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Hello and welcome to April. New! Groundschools on weekends! It’s a long day starting at 8am, but a necessary hardship. This groundschool is great for anyone wanting to review before the big exam as well as those who just can’t get away during the week. Our next evening sessions start on May the 5th to have the course completed by the end of June. Some great submissions to the newsletter this month!

Read on, flyer! Or is it…fly on reader?



April 5th 2003! Looking for a cool vacation or a place to fly to? Check out Fun ‘ Sun, airshow and fly-in extraordinaire! You can visit their website at for details. This event is one of North America’s largest aviation shows. Check out the Diamond booth. If you attend, ask for tickets from OAS for the BBQ!)

Firsts and Other

Wonderful Achievements in


First Solo

Jim McKenna (SFFC)

Chuck Cassie

Tim Gordon

Dave Zyla


Alex Meson


Gabe Vaghy

OAS would like to congratulate all of these pilots!

We Salute You!

Pins in a Map

Like many pilots we have a set of Ontario VNC maps on a wall at home.  Stuck in the map are pins of the various airports we have visited over the last couple of years since we have had our PPLs.  Black pins signify that we have both flown PIC (either a take-off or a landing) from the airport.  Orange pins indicate that only Lisa has been there, and green pins indicate that only Darin has been there.  As everyone knows that there is no competition in our house (wink-wink) so there is of course no attempt to have more orange pins then green pins or vice-versa.

When looking at the map during the Christmas break, we discovered that we had visited over 30 airports in Ontario and around the Ottawa area.  As a test of knowledge we have created a little game that gets to you match these 30 airport names with its corresponding identifier.  There are two lists in alphabetical order below with the Ottawa-CYOW match already made.  See how many you can get without referring to the CFS.  Have Fun!

Arnprior                                       CNA9

Barrie-Orillia                              CNB9

Brockville                                    CNC4

Buttonville                                   CND4

Carp                                             CNL3

Collingwood                              CNM4

Cornwall                                                     CNP3

Embrun                                      CNS7

Gatineau                                    CNY3

Guelph                                        CPD8

Haliburton/Stanhope               CPN4

Hanover                                      CPR2

Hawkesbury(Windover)            CPT2

Killarny                                        CYCC

Kincardine                                 CYGK

Kingston                                                     CYKF

Kitchener/Waterloo                  CYKZ

London                                    CYMW

Maniwaki                                  CYND

North Bay                                CYOO

Oshawa                                    CYOW

Ottawa                                      CYPQ

Pembroke                                  CYRO

Peterborough                          CYRP

Plevna/Tomvale                        CYSH

Rockcliffe                                    CYTA

Sarnia                                          CYTZ

Smith’s Falls                              CYXU

Stratford                            CYYB

Toronto City Centre            CYZR

Submitted by Darin and Lisa Graham. Check out their website

From the Desk of the President

"Land it"

Last newsletter we discussed when to stay on the ground. This month let’s look at when to get it on the ground ASAP.

A recent case of a twin jet transport which lost an engine after take off and the pilot, instead of landing immediately, decided to fly around for over an hour to burn off fuel. Doing this in spite of knowing that the failed engine had lost all of its oil. The end result was of course an uncontrolled engine fire as the windmilling engine ground the accessory gearbox to pieces!  The lesson? If one has a major problem i.e. fire the best place to be is on the ground. This does not mean that any minor problem should be cause to land at another airfield but there are times when it’s best to be down on the ground rather than in the air wishing you were on the ground.

That’s all folks, see you next month.


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 It was a foggy Monday morning as I stumbled sleepily into OAS to begin my day when I heard the first of the many early morning phone calls begin to ring.  The call was Lary checking up on the usual things that needed to be done when all of a sudden he said, “How would you like to go ski-flying in my champ?”  Well that woke me up pretty quickly and I believe my response to his question was, “Uhhh…YEAH!!”

So the next day myself and Aaron Speer, who was also fortunate enough to have been invited out drove the many kilometres to the Loretto farm to begin a beautiful, cloudless day of ski-flying off of snow in an Aeronca Champ.  I could barely hold my excitement because all of my 240 hours of flying have been in the Katana, a few hours in the Cessna 172, and the Beech 19 but none in an older, historic plane like a 1946 Champ.

We arrived at the snow-covered field and quickly got the two champs pulled out of the hanger.  Lary went over a few details of the aircraft with the both of us but I don’t think I heard a thing he said because I was so excited to be going flying in this fun looking plane.  He went over the starting procedures and the proper use of hand signals to be used during start-up.  Unlike newer aircraft the Champ is started by turning the propeller by hand so it’s extremely important to make sure everybody involved is on the same page so there are no mishaps.  With a bellowing,  “Contact!” and thumbs up sign, a quick turn of the propeller, the 65-hp engine came to life, Lary jumped in the back with Aaron already seated in the front and away they went.  It only took a few circuits before Lary gave his approval and sent Aaron off on his own and we got the other Champ turned around and ready to go.  I jumped in the front, we went through the starting procedure, Lary jumped in the back and away we went! 

The first thing I remember thinking is, “how are we going to get up, over, and through the lumpy snow.”?  Well…Lary fire walled the throttle and I realised at that moment that all the training that I’ve had on how to taxi just went out the door.  We were getting bounced and jolted around like nothing I’ve felt in a plane before.  I looked back and forth at both wing tips coming inches from the top of the snow and the snow around us was blowing back and around in a swirling mass.  There was no “walking pace taxiing”, there was just GO and make sure you keep going!! 

Eventually we lifted off and Lary showed me a beautiful circuit with a touch and go, and then gave me control.  At this point I was thinking this won’t be too difficult as I’m a newly licensed commercial pilot, I have a few hours under my belt…piece of cake.  The Aeronca Champ requires a lot more stick and rudder action then a Katana ever did!!  The plane was yawing left and right.  Our heads were bouncing back and forth and my rectangular circuit was more in the shape of a pear.  I felt like I was a zero hour pilot on a familiarisation flight!!  All I was thinking was that Lary must think Transport Canada is nuts to give this guy any sort of a license.  It made me realise how different aircraft can be from each other and how much aerodynamics had advanced.  That’s not to say the Champ doesn’t fly well; it just takes a little more work and skill.  I was certainly pampered in the Katana.

After a little upper air work, a beautifully demonstrated wing over by Lary, and a touch and go Lary noticed Donna on the ground beside the hanger, which meant it was lunchtime.  I guess he was hungry because he took control after my touch and go, banked and climbed a few hundred feet in the tightest circuit I ever saw in my life, just cleared the trees on final, forward slipped smooth as ever and plopped the little champ beside the hanger like he was parking a car.  He hopped out heading for his lunch while I sat in the front bewildered at having just witnessed the most beautiful flying ever!!

After lunch Lary gave Aaron and I three hours of fuel and said, “Go have fun”.  He didn’t have to tell us twice; Aaron got in the front and I got in the back and away we went.

We performed multiple touch and go landings on the Ottawa River, waved at ice fisherman, watched a dog chase our shadow, and looked for moose south of the airport.  Flying from the rear seat gave me different perspective.  I was able to see the nose yawing left and right more so then if I were sitting in the front.  I couldn’t see the turn and slip indicator either so I literally flew from the seat of my pants.  If I felt my body pulling left then I gave left rudder to get the airplane co-ordinated again and vice versa.  I could also watch Aaron’s head bounce left and right to know if I was slipping of skidding!  By the end I think Aaron’s neck was probably sore!

Two quick hours later with the sun beginning to dip down it was time to land, push the planes back in the hangar, and head home.  The flying was wonderful and the learning experience even more valuable.  It will be a day of flying that will last with me for a long, long, time.

Submitted by Gabe Vaghy, recent commercial pilot and Instructor Candidate!

Thanks for reading this month, until the next, keep the blue side up!

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