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by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Aug 12, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: When is my next medical due? Turning 60.
Replies: 14
Views: 1099

Re: When is my next medical due? Turning 60.

CAR 404.04 is clear on this issue. (5) A medical certificate is valid [/b]...... on the day on which the medical examination for the issuance or renewal of the certificate is conducted until the earliest of: (a) the end of the validity period set out in the table to subsection (6) for the certificat...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Geoffrey Wellum, DFC
Replies: 3
Views: 912

Re: Geoffrey Wellum, DFC

Just last month a friend recommended I read his book “First Light”. It is available as an e-book and is a great read.
by Big Pistons Forever
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:06 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Commercial or ATP License with Category 3 Medical
Replies: 21
Views: 1077

Re: Commercial or ATP License with Category 3 Medical

" If he permanently downgraded to a PPL then he needs to get a category 1 medical, sit the written exams and take the CPL flight test again. He needs to meet the same criteria as anyone getting a CPL or ATPL for the first time " I do not believe this is a correct statement. He or she isn't getting a...
by Big Pistons Forever
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:03 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Commercial or ATP License with Category 3 Medical
Replies: 21
Views: 1077

Re: Commercial or ATP License with Category 3 Medical

[quoteIf he permanently downgraded to a PPL then he needs to get a category 1 medical, sit the written exams and take the CPL flight test again. He needs to meet the same criteria as anyone getting a CPL or ATPL for the first time.][/quote] I do not believe this is a correct statement. He or she isn...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Lift Video
Replies: 47
Views: 2577

Re: Lift Video

I agree on the basis of general pilot knowledge, But BPF asked specifically for what’s relevant to a pilot *while flying*, which isn’t very much. I would suggest downwash, ground effect, wing tip vortices, and the relationship between AOA and lift are effects that have meaningful application in pra...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Things learned in the real world
Replies: 14
Views: 2262

Re: Things learned in the real world

Paperwork matters. I was almost fired from my first job after a series of Journey Log screw ups. The boss was pissed because I was not paying attention to my actual up and down times and ended up over estimating leg times. He though it was deliberately done in order pad my log book and it resulted i...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Exce$$ive ground briefings
Replies: 89
Views: 5201

Re: Exce$$ive ground briefings

Trey What I am personally seeing is usually the opposite of excessive ground briefing. As a general statement you should not be exposed to new information when flying the airplane as the airplane environment is not well suited to learning and understanding new material. That is why TC calls the grou...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Lift Video
Replies: 47
Views: 2577

Lift Video

I am looking for a short video that adequately explains lift in a practical way and in a way that provides information that a pilot should know and has actual relevance to them when they are flying.

Any recommendations ?
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Exce$$ive ground briefings
Replies: 89
Views: 5201

Re: Exce$$ive ground briefings

My personal opinion is the single greatest determinate in how long your PPL takes is how often you fly. My personal experience has been that the average student has to fly at least twice a week on order to be able to finish a PPL within 50 hours.
by Big Pistons Forever
Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: What dual hours qualify for instructor upgrades?
Replies: 6
Views: 563

Re: What dual hours qualify for instructor upgrades?

CAR 400.01 Interpretation flight instructor experience with respect to the experience requirements for a flight instructor rating for an aeroplane or helicopter, means the flight time accumulated in an aeroplane or helicopter (a) by a holder of a flight instructor rating while providing dual flight ...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:28 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Learning to fly in the golden years
Replies: 18
Views: 1677

Re: Learning to fly in the golden years

My oldest student was 72. Everything took a bit longer but he more than made up for it by being well prepared for every lesson. He had no previous flying experience and had always wanted to learn to fly but life got in the way. His wife told me one day he was moaning at the dinner table at how he mi...
by Big Pistons Forever
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Exce$$ive ground briefings
Replies: 89
Views: 5201

Re: Exce$$ive ground briefings

Unlike in Canada where all flight training occurs pursuent to CAR 406, flight training in the USA can occur under 2 sets of regulations Part 61 or Part 141 of the Federal Air Regulations. The differences are described below Part 61 vs. Part 141 Flight Training: When a flight school talks about train...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Coordinate that turn to final
Replies: 57
Views: 4078

Re: Coordinate that turn to final

I think this thread generated a good discussion. I bet many persons who read it learned something they did not know about high wing Cessna fuel systems, maybe even someone who flies a C182RG :wink:
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Jul 08, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Coordinate that turn to final
Replies: 57
Views: 4078

Re: Coordinate that turn to final

As an aside I am dismayed at how many FTU's running R and S model 172's have a checklist that specifies selecting each tank as a check before take off, :roll: a completely pointless exercise as even a casual glance at the POH fuel system schematic will show. Why would that be? I've looked at an R m...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:53 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Coordinate that turn to final
Replies: 57
Views: 4078

Re: Coordinate that turn to final

The CADOR stated that after the aircraft was refueled the engine operated without any issues. I do not see any plausible scenario where with the fuel selector on both and 20 litres of fuel in one tank that the engine would stop due to fuel exhaustion. The most obvious conclusion is that the pilot ha...
by Big Pistons Forever
Mon Jun 25, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Precautionary Landing Procedure
Replies: 8
Views: 1132

Re: Precautionary Landing Procedure

photofly wrote:
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:58 am
Fly at 70,and calculate at 60. Figure in a few knots of headwind, and you’re about correct. You’re determining if the field is suitable for landing, not surveying a land claim, so no need for pinpoint accuracy.
/\ What he said
by Big Pistons Forever
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:24 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Piper PA 48
Replies: 15
Views: 2051

Re: Piper PA 48

Comment fair, bad was I.
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:54 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: tablet on the CPL checkride?
Replies: 35
Views: 2442

Re: tablet on the CPL checkride?

The challenge in flight training is to make sure that students have the skill to do a TLAR ( That Looks About A Right) check when the magic box gives you a line to follow or presents a number. So for example a mentor flight I recently made with a low time pilot was an out and back trip for lunch. Th...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Jun 17, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Piper PA 48
Replies: 15
Views: 2051

Re: Piper PA 48

Somebody woke up grumpy this morning......
by Big Pistons Forever
Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Piper PA 48
Replies: 15
Views: 2051

Piper PA 48

A discussion at the other place got me looking up the types I have flown. It looks like I have most of the Piper Single Engine types in my logbook but I am definitely missing the PA 48........
by Big Pistons Forever
Sat Jun 02, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Things your instructor probably won't tell you, but wants to.
Replies: 6
Views: 1072

Re: Things your instructor probably won't tell you, but wants to.

# 16 The most important thing you can say to me is “I don’t understand X”. Instead of mumbling yes or nodding your head when you don’t have a clue, ask. # 17 You don’t have to like me but you do have to listen to me or this flying training thing is not going to work. # 18 Fight hunger, buy your inst...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sat May 26, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Reserve cost per hour 172
Replies: 4
Views: 828

Re: Reserve cost per hour 172

The choice is basically do you use the hourly rate to subsidize maintenance or do you simply divide all maintenance costs between the partners as they occur. I prefer the latter because it keeps the hourly rate lower which encourages use. Some groups set a middle ground. The hourly rate is set high ...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sat May 26, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Reserve cost per hour 172
Replies: 4
Views: 828

Re: Reserve cost per hour 172

Overhaul = about $ 30,000 all in (engine,shipping, labour and parts for the Re and Re) so 15 $/hr should cover overhaul reserve. If you are starting with a part time engine then you will need more to get enough money to cover the bill. Your hourly rate should also cover oil and oil changes. For the ...
by Big Pistons Forever
Tue May 22, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Cpl flight test hours
Replies: 10
Views: 1168

Re: Cpl flight test hours

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by Big Pistons Forever
Mon May 21, 2018 10:40 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Choosing a Flight School
Replies: 0
Views: 524

Choosing a Flight School

I was browsing the AOPA site and came across what I think is a good article on picking a flight school. Of note I have lightly edited it to remove some references that are only specific to flight training conducted in the USA. I would also like to point out that the AOPA web site has excellent free ...

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