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by lhalliday
Mon Mar 25, 2019 12:02 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: ICAO Airport Codes
Replies: 11
Views: 536

Re: ICAO Airport Codes

The U.S. uses K because they had lots of radio stations whose callsigns started with K. The rationale for the initial assignment of K and W for U.S. radio stations is not recorded. They also have N, plus AAA-ALZ. Since airplanes are self-contained radio stations their registrations are radio callsig...
by lhalliday
Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Did I waste Time And Money?
Replies: 18
Views: 1329

Re: Did I waste Time And Money?

Since you don't have any feel for the plane flight sims make you preoccupied with the instruments rather than looking outside like you're supposed to. This is a hard habit to break when you get in a real plane.

...laura
by lhalliday
Sun Mar 24, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Google Earth image, JAL over BC field
Replies: 7
Views: 2643

Re: Google Earth image, JAL over BC field

The Google Maps imagery of Langley is ancient, pre-dating the construction of the new terminal building. The Google Earth and Apple Maps imagery is more recent and shows my plane parked on the east apron. In one well-timed update a while back I was taxiing to the runway 01 runup bay.

...laura
by lhalliday
Fri Mar 22, 2019 1:47 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Can I log my hours with an expired PPL with a CFI on board?
Replies: 5
Views: 344

Re: Can I log my hours with an expired PPL with a CFI on board?

You don't need anything to log dual if there's an instructor in the right seat.

And, yeah, CFI means something different here in the Great White North.

...laura
by lhalliday
Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Don't block the pumps
Replies: 8
Views: 582

Re: Don't block the pumps

I always pull my plane away from the pumps by hand. Thanks to a bad ($$$) experience last year.

...laura
by lhalliday
Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Aviation Videos & Photos
Topic: Fly BC Interior
Replies: 4
Views: 1415

Re: Fly BC Interior

Nice! Kamloops is fun, you can float along for ages before you actually land. :P

A bit warmer last time I was there, attending an event at the Flying Club last July.
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CYKA final approach
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...laura
by lhalliday
Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: GA into Edmonton
Replies: 17
Views: 1586

Re: GA into Edmonton

Villeneuve isn't actually half way to Slave Lake. It only feels like it... :lol:

...laura
by lhalliday
Sat Jan 05, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Advice on where to start?
Replies: 9
Views: 804

Re: Advice on where to start?

Go to the airport and talk to people.

...laura
by lhalliday
Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Toronto Sightseeing
Replies: 11
Views: 936

Re: Toronto Sightseeing

If you're really nervous about this go for a dual flight and get an instructor to show you the ropes. In my experience such flights are time and money well-spent.

My first post-PPL dual flight was Victoria CYYJ. Three runways, too many taxiways, ridiculously complicated procedures.

...laura
by lhalliday
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Toronto Sightseeing
Replies: 11
Views: 936

Re: Toronto Sightseeing

I'd fly west of Pearson's zone down to the lake shore, then east. Toronto Terminal may be helpful. City Tower will clear you for orbits of downtown, typically at 2000 or 2500.

...laura
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by lhalliday
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:11 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Buttonville Tower Closed!
Replies: 10
Views: 1417

Re: Buttonville Tower Closed!

The new CFS and CAP charts don't show a tower frequency anymore, just the MF, so there's no need for a NOTAM I guess. We had a similar situation in Vancouver when they redid the VFR procedures for Boundary Bay in June 2017. They took effect the day the new CFS was published, so no NOTAM was require...
by lhalliday
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:16 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Flying into USA
Replies: 35
Views: 1790

Re: Flying into USA

Regarding opening the door before an officer arrives... if it’s 30c+ and people are burning up. Open the door... you wouldn’t leave your dog in a hot car so CBP can shove it. If they give you a hard time, ask for a supervisor. In Canada, they don’t care as long as you’re not out loading your car. R...
by lhalliday
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:56 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Flying into USA
Replies: 35
Views: 1790

Re: Flying into USA

Bellingham don't have radar so the only VFR squawk code they care about is 1200. I was taught to activate my U.S. flight plans through Flight Service and get a squawk code from them while I'm at it. It works for me. Shrug. The first time I did I called Seattle Radio on the Bellingham RCO and was tol...
by lhalliday
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:24 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Flying into USA
Replies: 35
Views: 1790

Re: Flying into USA

photofly wrote:
Thu Dec 13, 2018 7:19 pm
Just tell the briefer to "assume departure". Seriously. Job done, no more fiddling about with FSS frequencies after departure and trying to talk on COM1 and listen on NAV1.
Do they give you your squawk code when you file?

...laura
by lhalliday
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Flying into USA
Replies: 35
Views: 1790

Re: Flying into USA

It's not that difficult. Really. South: eAPIS, call CBP, file, fly, close flight plan, stay in the plane until told otherwise , talk to CBP dudes. North: eAPIS, call Canada Customs, file, activate , fly, phone Customs. People often get burnt on failing to activate their flight plan back to Canada, s...
by lhalliday
Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:15 am
Forum: ATS Question Forum
Topic: VFR Tower Initial Contact with FF
Replies: 3
Views: 838

Re: VFR Tower Initial Contact with FF

As long as you keep it brief nobody will complain.

"Victoria Tower, GWHG East Point 3000"
"Renton Tower, C-GWHG Bellevue 2000 landing with Sierra"

If you think you should be on a different frequency, ask.

...laura
by lhalliday
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Whats your Shortest non stop flight?
Replies: 68
Views: 4136

Re: Whats your Shortest non stop flight?

A couple of times while doing circuits in Abbotsford I've been told to extend downwind and have almost hit Lynden. Less than 6nm I flew some circuits at Abbotsford some years ago on my student pilot permit. I checked the ATIS before I departed, noted that the active was 25 and discussed the airspac...
by lhalliday
Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Whats your Shortest non stop flight?
Replies: 68
Views: 4136

Re: Whats your Shortest non stop flight?

CYNJ-CYPK, 8nm. Zero cruise time, as soon as I'm clear of Langley's zone I'm starting my approach in to Pitt Meadows.

KBLI-CYXX, 16 nm. Shortest international flight.

...laura
by lhalliday
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:13 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: What was your longest non stop flight?
Replies: 59
Views: 4087

Re: What was your longest non stop flight?

Commercially, about 14 hours. Vancouver to Auckland.

As PIC, about 2.5 hours.

...laura
by lhalliday
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Langley schools. Langley Flying School or SkyQuest Aviation?
Replies: 38
Views: 6362

Re: Langley schools. Langley Flying School or SkyQuest Aviation?

CaptainGoose wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:59 pm
How’s Langley Flying School ‘s refund policy? In case anything happens to school, can unused tuition be refunded?
Not applicable: all flying is pay-as-you-go.

...laura
by lhalliday
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Langley schools. Langley Flying School or SkyQuest Aviation?
Replies: 38
Views: 6362

Re: Langley schools. Langley Flying School or SkyQuest Aviation?

The LFS Cherokees look pretty ratty, but they are maintained to standard. My favourite during flight training was FKKF.

...laura
by lhalliday
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Is this the new norm?
Replies: 18
Views: 1863

Re: Is this the new norm?

I went through the requirements for different kinds of flight when I bought my plane. She's equipped for Day VFR, Night VFR and VFR OTT. Yes, the pitot heat works. Since I fly out of Langley I keep my pitot static certification current. I've just read Paragraph 13 and don't see the typo. Sorry. Alte...
by lhalliday
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:55 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Is this the new norm?
Replies: 18
Views: 1863

Re: Is this the new norm?

152 is not an IFR certified. They aren't? I thought they (some?) were. It's all moot anyways, this time of year in Canada you'd be hard pressed to find any trainer that can punch through clouds due to icing limitations. There is no IFR certification per se for aircraft in Canada. You need the usual...
by lhalliday
Mon Oct 01, 2018 8:38 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Plane Rental in US in a US plane with a US Instructor
Replies: 6
Views: 621

Re: Plane Rental in US in a US plane with a US Instructor

I've gone for flights in the U.S. logged them as dual and enjoyed the experience. Most recently a mountain flying trip in northern California in the left seat of N1483L. Nice plane.

...laura
by lhalliday
Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Clarification for Height Requirements
Replies: 5
Views: 651

Re: Clarification for Height Requirements

You have to be able to reach the controls and see out the windows. Go for a fam flight and see for yourself. If you fit in a 152 you'll fit in anything. There are height requirements for flight attendants, since they have to be able to reach the overhead bins but not be so tall as to constantly bump...

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