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by Big Pistons Forever
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Why is avgas not cheaper?
Replies: 14
Views: 943

Re: Why is avgas not cheaper?

In North America more car gas is sold In one day then Avgas in 2 years. The oil companies don’t even call it gasoline, it is classified as a “specialty petroleum product” The ordinary laws of supply and demand don’t really apply to such a low volume and highly regulated product, so it is unlikely yo...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Flight school delays - Covid19
Replies: 30
Views: 2268

Re: Flight school delays - Covid19

I am also being told that TC is working on a policy letter to allow extensions for pilots who have ratings or PPC's that will expire soon like they did for medicals.

Sadly it will probably be moot for many pilots as Canadian Aviation goes into a Corona Virus induced coma....
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Mar 22, 2020 7:36 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Flight school delays - Covid19
Replies: 30
Views: 2268

Re: Flight school delays - Covid19

TC exam centres shut down UFN. It sounds like most FTU’s have either shut down completely or are not doing any dual training. So all TC centres are closed for any enquirires? No the exam centres at the TCC are closed. This means that you can’t write an exam at a TCC. The TCC’s are open and can be v...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:43 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Flight school delays - Covid19
Replies: 30
Views: 2268

Re: Flight school delays - Covid19

TC exam centres shut down UFN. It sounds like most FTU’s have either shut down completely or are not doing any dual training.
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: have you parked your saving in cash to ride..
Replies: 36
Views: 2885

Re: have you parked your saving in cash to ride..

Everyone has to have a plan to manage the downside. I am in the position that I could lose the entire 100K I borrowed at what will probably be a 1.5 % interest rate, and pay back the loan and still be OK But, It would be unprecedented in the history of world markets dating back to the 1700’s for the...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Mar 15, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Transition between aircraft
Replies: 11
Views: 876

Re: Transition between aircraft

Thanks Big Pistons Forever, I never noticed that. Is there any CAR that refers to a complex aircraft or is it just the definition? CAR 426.75, Requirements for the integrated CPL course; (vi) 5 hours flight time on complex or technically advanced aeroplanes NOTE: A technically advanced aeroplane me...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Mar 15, 2020 12:36 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Transition between aircraft
Replies: 11
Views: 876

Re: Transition between aircraft

In addition to PilotDAR's good advice, the answer to your question is found on your licence: No. There is no definition of a "complex" aircraft in Canada, so no worries there. Your licence is valid for all aircraft that are neither high performance nor multi crew. So no regulatory requirements for ...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Corona Virus
Replies: 335
Views: 34228

Re: Corona Virus

Flew from the West Coast to Buenos Aires through YYZ Thursday-Friday. Plane was maybe 1/3 full. The thing that struck me was the level of screening in Argentina. Debarked one pax at a time. Initial screening on the jetway at the cabin door and then there was a whole crew in hazmat gear for another s...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:05 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: have you parked your saving in cash to ride..
Replies: 36
Views: 2885

Re: have you parked your saving in cash to ride..

I have enough cash to cover 2.5 years of current living expenses without having to touch my equities. Anyone who is heavily involved in equities that does not keep a good cash cushion is IMHO, a fool My house is fully paid off but I am seriously looking at a 100 K mortgage to spend on quality divide...
by Big Pistons Forever
Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Corporate
Topic: I like this registration....
Replies: 10
Views: 1654

Re: I like this registration....

From the Aircraft Registry search page Aircraft Information Mark:C-FUKM Common Name:SorrellModel Name:SORRELL HIPERBIPE SNS-7 Serial No.:267 Basis for Eligibility for Registration:CAR Standard 549 - Amateur Built Aircraft Category:AeroplaneEngine:1, Piston Max Take-Off Weight:866.82 kg I am amazed t...
by Big Pistons Forever
Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:40 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Favourite Type
Replies: 58
Views: 3011

Re: Favourite Type

Douglas DC6. The epitome of the big Piston airliners with beautifully balanced flight controls and a wonderfully manly low rumble when you set the props to cruise RPM No automation, so how well the flight went was totally up to crew skill. The only magenta line was the streak from the hydraulic over...
by Big Pistons Forever
Mon Mar 02, 2020 5:45 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: PPL Flight Test failure
Replies: 19
Views: 713

Re: PPL Flight Test failure

The examiner was there, all the commentators in this thread were not so if it is a he said she said issue my first instinct is to go with the examiner over the students version of events. Based on the situation as described the following is fact - An aircraft limitation was exceeded. Exceeding this ...
by Big Pistons Forever
Mon Mar 02, 2020 7:38 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Pretty sobering opinion
Replies: 16
Views: 4001

Re: Pretty sobering opinion

In commercial aviation for 35 yrs. This will be the 4th time the industry cratered after the economy tanked......
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: PPL Flight Test failure
Replies: 19
Views: 713

Re: PPL Flight Test failure

/\ What he said
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Flight Instructors - What is important?
Replies: 29
Views: 1086

Re: Flight Instructors - What is important?

I have line flying experience in Flight Training, Corporate, Aerial Work, Air Taxi, and 705 freight. My own personal experience has been the exact opposite of the opinion expressed above. Flight instruction gave me a solid skill and knowledge base for the foundation skills and knowledge used at eve...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Mar 01, 2020 4:36 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Flight Instructors - What is important?
Replies: 29
Views: 1086

Re: Flight Instructors - What is important?

It’s completely dumb that time spent instructing counts towards airline and licence flight time requirements. It shouldn’t. I have line flying experience in Flight Training, Corporate, Aerial Work, Air Taxi, and 705 freight. My own personal experience has been the exact opposite of the opinion expr...
by Big Pistons Forever
Fri Feb 28, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Falcon 50 burned at markham
Replies: 3
Views: 912

Re: Falcon 50 burned at markham

Sometimes you can get spontaneous “friction fires” when the loan note starts rubbing against the insurance papers.....
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Feb 23, 2020 7:30 pm
Forum: Air Canada
Topic: Boeing Update, for Air Canada Pilots — News and Views
Replies: 122
Views: 17592

Re: Boeing Update, for Air Canada Pilots — News and Views

The 320 series production is, pardon the pun, maxed out so even if AC wanted to go back to a all Airbus NB they are no slots available for several years. In any case AC won't buy the best airplane they will buy the cheapest. AC is just whip sawing Boeing with the threat of going back to Airbus for N...
by Big Pistons Forever
Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Circling Apporaches. Where did they go?
Replies: 39
Views: 3148

Re: Circling Apporaches. Where did they go?

First circling approach I ever did was to Runway 25 in Abbotsford during my initial IFR course. It was raining and the ceiling was right at circling minimums. The view out the windshield was not what I was expecting. Instead of a nice horizon and a brightly lit obvious runway there was a whole bunch...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:53 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Renewing Expired Flight Instructor Rating
Replies: 15
Views: 586

Re: Renewing Expired Flight Instructor Rating

That’s correct. Note that when you take the flight test, you will have to meet the standard for a class 3 instructor, not the easier standard of a class 4 instructor, the latter being the standard most candidates at that exam - being new instructors - are expected to meet. If you only meet the lowe...
by Big Pistons Forever
Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: DC6 lands short at Candle on Aug 1st 2019
Replies: 13
Views: 2007

Re: DC6 lands short at Candle on Aug 1st 2019

Sad to see. Not many working Big Pistons left. 3800ft is indeed tight for a DC6 and would require planning on a touchdown near the threshold, which should be fine unless there is a big berm there....
by Big Pistons Forever
Mon Feb 03, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Instances of reversed controls
Replies: 33
Views: 2019

Re: Instances of reversed controls

Control reversal is unlikely to be experienced in a modern airplane. However performance reversal occurs in the slow flight regime and has bitten many unprepared pilots. Sadly there have been many accidents caused by flight controls reinstalled backwards. I had a significant emotional event when the...
by Big Pistons Forever
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Building Time as a Glider Tow Pilot?
Replies: 31
Views: 1189

Re: Building Time as a Glider Tow Pilot?

I don't think he meant "rewarding" as income, or financial reward. It would be personally rewarding to volunteer at a gliding club and do something productive instead of pounding out circuits in a 152. It will give you better hands and feet too. And yes, earning a financial reward without a CPL or ...
by Big Pistons Forever
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Landing off airport
Replies: 13
Views: 1126

Re: Landing off airport

Recall that a fly-in is a “special aviation event” that needs an SFOC from the minister (603.01). It’s not just the land-owner’s permission you need. And there are strict requirements. A fly in exemption exists. See NCR-024-2017 The exemption shows as expired but I am told it is about to be renewed
by Big Pistons Forever
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:37 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: The importance of maintaining your airplane
Replies: 8
Views: 1076

Re: The importance of maintaining your airplane

Weather will be number one; then CFIT. See page four of the Aviation Safety Letter 1/2018 https://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/ca-publications/Aviation-Safety-Letter-1-2018-eng.pdf The numbers above are from the TC Aviation Safety letter 1 of 2018. I miss remembered the order but I think it is very...

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