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by RatherBeFlying
Tue Jun 15, 2021 7:59 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Ex-SAA pilot with 100% safety record died because his passenger was too heavy
Replies: 34
Views: 1468

Re: Ex-SAA pilot with 100% safety record died because his passenger was too heavy

It's really not that hard for most 2-seat gliders: 1. Add your weight with chute to the empty weight and subtract from gross weight to obtain maximum passenger weight with chute when you are flying. 2. Calculate minimum front seat weight if not already on placard. Lighter students will require balla...
by RatherBeFlying
Sun Jun 13, 2021 9:14 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Night VFR rule changes
Replies: 48
Views: 2087

Re: Night VFR rule changes

I suspect that helicopters are a major component of the night VFR accidents that are driving the proposed regulations. Helicopter operators seem to be the vast majority in the list of consultations. The Kobe Bryant accident is a stark demonstration that helicopter pilots aren't always capable of han...
by RatherBeFlying
Sat May 22, 2021 8:55 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Aircraft sales tax
Replies: 10
Views: 1194

Re: Aircraft sales tax

Alberta remains the only province without Provincial Sales Tax. Many provinces roll PST into HST (GST + PST) which gets collected by customs if importing. It helps to be living in Alberta (or have an Alberta corporation and customs broker paperwork) when importing an aircraft. GST is not charged on ...
by RatherBeFlying
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:51 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Snowbird crash in CYKA
Replies: 348
Views: 34163

Re: Snowbird crash in CYKA

When you have an ejection seat, your decision-making process is very different than when you fly an aircraft that don't. There's a big difference between an outdated ejection seat with a narrow envelope and one that will still save you close to the ground heading down and not quite wings level. In ...
by RatherBeFlying
Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:45 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Snowbird crash in CYKA
Replies: 348
Views: 34163

Re: Snowbird crash in CYKA

The video in the previous post displays many, if not all, of the pages in the complete report which discusses authoritatively many of the issues discussed in this forum. There is a possibility pressure may be applied to remove the video; so, don't wait too long before viewing it. There have been oth...
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Apr 03, 2021 6:59 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Snowbird crash in CYKA
Replies: 348
Views: 34163

Re: Snowbird crash in CYKA

There was mention of altitude loss turning back. Glide ratio in a turn is less than in wings level glide. I suspect that it's cos(bank angle), in which case a 45° bank reduces the vertical lift component by ≈ 29% and a 60° bank halves it. In a turnback after power loss, you have to thread the needle...
by RatherBeFlying
Wed Mar 31, 2021 8:54 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Snowbird crash in CYKA
Replies: 348
Views: 34163

Re: Snowbird crash in CYKA

According to Newton, total energy = mgh + mv²/2 g = 32.2 ft/sec² 1 ft/sec = 0.592 kt or 1 kt = 1.69 ft/sec So 220 kt = 372 ft/sec and 130 kt = 220 fn/sec Assume 0 for engine failure realisation altitude, initial climb rate, drag and residual thrust. KE / unit mass at 220 = 372²/2 = 69192 Reducing to...
by RatherBeFlying
Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:38 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Snowbird crash in CYKA
Replies: 348
Views: 34163

Re: Snowbird crash in CYKA

The report does not address the capabilities of the ejection seat compared to newer aircraft - chain of command and all that. For a low level power loss in the Tutor with the current seat, I'd put emphasis on remaining within the ejection seat envelope. Wings level at top of whatever climb is left o...
by RatherBeFlying
Tue Mar 23, 2021 10:06 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Employee with PPL flying for the Company
Replies: 60
Views: 3707

Re: Employee with PPL flying for the Company

There's legality and then there's mortality. A few years ago a Commercial pilot flying a pipeline inspection crashed while in a low level turn taking pictures of a problem. Some friends wanted pictures of their house in the country. They took the pictures and I stayed above 700'. A company or busine...
by RatherBeFlying
Sun Feb 07, 2021 7:29 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Medical/Technology Rant
Replies: 14
Views: 1680

Re: Medical/Technology Rant

I made a serious mistake by asking for my medical to be downgraded from Cat I to III (no longer any need for CPL privileges). It took just short of FOUR months to get my new sticker, even though there was NO change from my previous report.
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Jan 30, 2021 9:56 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Ugly evening to ditch
Replies: 15
Views: 3802

Re: Ugly evening to ditch

Friday Harbor is 10 nm less straight line distance (over the Coast Range), and there's strips on just about every island in the San Juans if your nibble into your reserve turns out too big a bite. The desire to avoid the hassle of two customs stops and possible quarantine is understandable. A handgu...
by RatherBeFlying
Wed Jan 27, 2021 8:19 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Ugly evening to ditch
Replies: 15
Views: 3802

Re: Ugly evening to ditch

Really sad.

If you route over the Gulf and San Juan Islands, it's pretty easy to maintain gliding distance to land plus there's the odd airport and landing strip.
by RatherBeFlying
Sun Jan 17, 2021 7:22 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: New landing fees at CYTZ
Replies: 26
Views: 1932

Re: New landing fees at CYTZ

In the good old days, the Harbour Board would need a couple months to send you a fuel bill. Time to put on floats. Living by the Danforth I knew when a C-185 was taking off.
by RatherBeFlying
Mon Jan 11, 2021 9:30 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: New Transport minister
Replies: 11
Views: 1949

Re: New Transport minister

Wikipedia notes that he got an engineering degree and has been involved in human rights issues as an MP.

Will he be the one to clean out the stables?
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Jan 09, 2021 9:18 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Check That Control Stick Attachment
Replies: 13
Views: 983

Re: Check That Control Stick Attachment

The weld on the seat tube can break. I know one glider club that had a spare seat on hand.
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Jan 09, 2021 8:08 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Check That Control Stick Attachment
Replies: 13
Views: 983

Re: Check That Control Stick Attachment

I was in the rear of an L-19 doing a glider tow. After release (if not somewhat before) the pilot handed control and told me to take it back. Joined downwind, turned base and pulled some flaps which called for more back stick, whereupon the stick came out and the nose dropped which got the attention...
by RatherBeFlying
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: ADSB diversity update?
Replies: 28
Views: 1323

Re: ADSB diversity update?

Just put your transponder antenna on top. Ground based radars will see it as long as you're not directly overhead. I've had my carbon fiber glider up at FL200 in the Cowley Block with the antenna through the glareshield and have heard that YEG got all excited that they saw a 1202 code.
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Dec 26, 2020 5:35 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Ran out of Gas Thread
Replies: 46
Views: 3083

Re: Ran out of Gas Thread

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by RatherBeFlying
Mon Nov 30, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Glider Loss of Control and Near CFIT
Replies: 30
Views: 3351

Re: Glider Loss of Control and Near CFIT

Near CFIT implies Controlled Flight which is much too flattering for those moments they were in cloud. We're all grateful the glider stayed in one piece during an energetic recovery after coming out of cloud. That's when lots of GA aircraft come apart. An AHRS might help you stay right side up, but ...
by RatherBeFlying
Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: VIDEO: Cessna 182 Crash after Engine Failure on Final Approach, Nov 2020
Replies: 29
Views: 2034

Re: VIDEO: Cessna 182 Crash after Engine Failure on Final Approach, Nov 2020

Slowing up to stretch a glide doesn't work well in a headwind. You might want to speed up. Not much in the way of options except for the railroad track parallel to 12. Likely hard on the airframe, but perhaps more survivable than taking a chance on the usual utility poles and wires along an urban st...

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