Category Archives: General

Why you still don’t have your flying car

Get rid at the outset of the idea that the airplane is only an air-going sort of automobile. It isn’t. It may sound like one and smell like one, and it may have been interior-decorated to look like one; but … Continue reading

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You won’t believe these 5 amazing tricks with your old ADF!

There is some life left in that old ADF receiver that you haven’t bothered to remove from your panel yet. Continue reading

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Icing and sublimation

On Friday, when I was flying back from Fredericton to Ottawa, I picked up a splash of clear ice in a cloud top over Maine. I use my Outside Air Temperature (OAT) probe as an early ice detector, since thinner … Continue reading

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Four digits

Finally passed the 1,000-hour mark in my logbook. #flying Continue reading

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Diagnose this: rough engine on approach

Can you diagnose this airplane engine problem? #flying Continue reading

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Personal IFR minima

One big source of stress around flying is indecision: if all things (people, weather, and equipment) are perfect, it’s an easy choice to fly; if something’s clearly awful (you have the flu, there’s freezing rain, the plane has a major … Continue reading

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Pilot advice on OurAirports?

I’m still hoping to do a responsive redesign on OurAirports if I can wedge some free time into my schedule. I’ve also been thinking about how to make the site less CRUDy (browsing lists of things) and more generally useful … Continue reading

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Link: Private pilots pushed out of hangars at Toronto island airport

http://www2.macleans.ca/2013/06/07/private-pilots-pushed-out-of-hangars-at-toronto-island-airport-court-documents/ Porter contends that the Q400 turboprop planes it flies qualify the airline’s activities as general aviation. I love Porter as an airline, but that statement (if accurately reported by Macleans) is BS of the worst kind. Porter is trying … Continue reading

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Less noise in the cockpit

I took this morning off and went for my first flight of 2013. Something was wrong with my Bose headset or its batteries, so I had to do without noise cancellation, but it was a wonderfully-quiet flight in a different … Continue reading

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10 years as a pilot

Ten years ago today, I passed a flight test and received my Private Pilot’s License (PPL) in a rented Cessna 172 (C-GPMR) at the Ottawa Flying Club. I’d been worried about turbulence — I didn’t quite have my flying stomach … Continue reading

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