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by Big Pistons Forever
Sun Apr 19, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Fresh CPL pilot job outlook
Replies: 33
Views: 3802

Re: Fresh CPL pilot job outlook

Back in the dark times of the early 1990"s one of my CPL students made a cross Canada job hunting road trip. He loaded up his little car with food and camping gear and a plan to live frugally. His strategy was to go to the most obscure out of the way operators he could find. Well into the trip he dr...
by Big Pistons Forever
Wed Apr 15, 2020 11:30 am
Forum: Employment Forum
Topic: Fresh CPL pilot job outlook
Replies: 33
Views: 3802

Re: Fresh CPL pilot job outlook

I have had 6 flying jobs over 33 years. I got every job as a result of contacts in the industry that gave me a heads up or recommended me. Who you know is everything in this Industry. It is going to be very hard for low time pilots to get a flying job for probably several years as there is going to ...
by Big Pistons Forever
Wed Apr 15, 2020 9:01 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Renting out your privately registered aircraft
Replies: 13
Views: 1613

Re: Renting out your privately registered aircraft

Being the name insured, I believe that I will also be able to rent out to those with a PPL or higher (likely those with a PPL building time towards their CPL will be interested) as long as I'm onboard. My idea is to just come along for the ride and get good at using foreflight, radio proficiency, a...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sat Apr 11, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: General Airline Industry Comments
Topic: Airlines must adapt to survive
Replies: 49
Views: 9791

Re: Airlines must adapt to survive

35 years in commercial aviation for me and this will the fourth time I have seen the industry crater. I remember in the early 1990's operators asking for ATPL with 5000 TT and 2000 MPIC for a Navajo Captain and they were getting multiple applicants. It took 5 years before things really started to op...
by Big Pistons Forever
Fri Apr 10, 2020 10:44 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: How long can you wait after completing your cpl to file the paperwork
Replies: 8
Views: 617

Re: How long can you wait after completing your cpl to file the paperwork

TC is using global exemptions to try to avoid disadvantaging anyone who could not meet calendar limits due to the Corona Virus. The 30 day limit for retesting after a partial failure has just been exempted. I would wait until July. If the current restrictions on flight training are still in place I ...
by Big Pistons Forever
Thu Apr 09, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Can you train with a class 3 instructor in a experimental aircraft?
Replies: 9
Views: 842

Re: Can you train with a class 3 instructor in a experimental aircraft?

I did 2 PPL's on student owned X foreign military training aircraft. They were flying under a Special C of A - Limited. The C of A included an additional page of limitations, none of which affected the conduct of the PPL training. TC had no issues with processing the license. The biggest issue was f...
by Big Pistons Forever
Tue Apr 07, 2020 7:28 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Flight school delays - Covid19
Replies: 75
Views: 5987

Re: Flight school delays - Covid19

Sounds like something the B.C. Ministry of Health should be made aware of... Can you show me where the BC ministry of health says no flight training? I bet you can't. From the BC Government web site For Transportation the list below is the list of essential services Supply chain services needed to ...
by Big Pistons Forever
Sat Apr 04, 2020 2:52 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Hey TC maybe this is a good time to extend pilot's medical validity
Replies: 22
Views: 2726

Re: Hey TC maybe this is a good time to extend pilot's medical validity

My Aviation Medical Doctor's day job is as at a hospital, he does pilot medicals one day a week. I think given what is going on he is way more useful in there than giving me my 53 rd pilot medical......
by Big Pistons Forever
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Why is avgas not cheaper?
Replies: 14
Views: 1269

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: 75
Views: 5987

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: 75
Views: 5987

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: 75
Views: 5987

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: 3071

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: 969

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: 969

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: 622
Views: 49726

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: 3071

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: 12
Views: 2591

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: 56
Views: 3170

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: 823

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: 4433

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: 823

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: 1397

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: 1397

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: 1080

Re: Falcon 50 burned at markham

Sometimes you can get spontaneous “friction fires” when the loan note starts rubbing against the insurance papers.....

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