HELLO and welcome to February! I am very sorry that you did not see any updates for the month of January. There were very many technical issues with the website the last few weeks. But do no dispair! Everything seems to be fixed now. Many congratulations are due to those who have earned a rating or license since the New Year. As well, a big congrats to Andrew Campbell who became (finally) a Class One Flight Instructor. If you are interested in furthering your flying education and becomming a Flight Instructor, speak to him directly. Furthermore, we are in the process of creating an e-mailing list to keep everyone informed about current and upcomming events. If you'd like to sign up, send your name and email address to Piotr.

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Since the New Year... (not that a lot has happend or anything!)

First Solo

Nick Faber

Naqi Khan

Private Pilot License

Dean Young

Anderson Wong

Steve Roberts

Night Rating

Jeremy McCuaig

Instrument Rating

Piotr Dobrowolski

Multi-Engine Rating

Alex Meson

Halim Sagaf

Multi-Engine Instrument Rating

Gabriel Vaghy

Class One Flight Instructor Rating

Andrew Campbell

 

LISTEN TO YOUR INSTRUCTORS!
[They could save your life]

     I earned my Commercial Pilot's Licence in March 2001. One of the prerequisites for that licence is a 300nm cross-country trip, so I took the Grob to Orillia, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay and back to Ottawa one fine autumn evening. Weather for the final leg (North Bay to Ottawa) was overcast at 8000 with good visibility and a moderate tail-wind. I filed a VFR plan direct to Killaloe VOR then direct to Ottawa VOR at 5500', and took off at 1:25am. It's pretty dark over Algonquin Park on an overcast night.

     There are no lights to give you any reference to the horizon, so it's nothing but a big, black hole off the nose of the aircraft. I committed the cardinal sin of moving my head too quickly, and vertigo and spatial disorientation set in. My body was absolutely convinced that the aircraft was yawing strongly to the left. I was in danger of losing control of this fabulous airplane! I began to panic!! Even though I was alone on this flight, I began to hear the sweet voice of my flight instructor whispering into the back of my mind: "Trust your instruments. They never lie!" So, head down I went.

     Attitude indicator and turn co-ordinator were showing straight and level flight. Heading indicator, airspeed and altitude were all correct and constant. The anxiety dissipated immediately. I set up my instrument scan and focused on keeping them that way, occasionally glancing at the CDI/VOR to ensure that I was still on course. Every once in while, I would risk further vertigo and peek outside to search for the horizon and any other aircraft. After about forty minutes, the lights of Pembroke, Cobden and Renfrew twinkled into view on the horizon, and I breathed a great sigh of relief. Thank you Kristina, wherever you are. Your gentle insistence that I master instrument flight has saved this pilot's life.