Hello and welcome to May. Groundschool starts
on the 5th, but if you are a little late signing up, don’t worry,
you can step into the second class and make the other up next time. We are
offering a Katana workshop this month and a few in school lectures. We will
be finalising the OSHKOSH plans and hope to get a tour of the NRC lined
up. Things are picking up at OAS so start booking your flights early! Parlez-vous Francais? You may see a new face around the C172 lately…Marc Prefontaine,
OAS alumni, is picking up a few flights on the Cessna until he can get his
school up and running in Gatineau. Marc, a Class One Instructor, will be
running that school which he hopes to open in late May. Make him feel welcome
and help out his students whenever you get a chance! Read on!
THINGS TO LOOK
SFFC Fly-In Breakfast
at the Smith’s Falls –Montague Airport. Only $5 for a complete breakfast
and a day of fun. Fly down or drive down and check out all the planes. The
SFFC gang is hoping to break the 900+ breakfasts served last year. OAS will
be giving short flights as well at really cheap rates! Come on down and
support the club! See you there!
Firsts and Other
From the Desk of the President
Want to Buy?
I just finished reading Aviation Consumer; a magazine
devoted to General Aviation in the USA and Canada. In the
last issue, they have done a very complete analysis of aircraft
prices since September 11th. To no one’s surprise,
for the first time in years, the cost of used aircraft has
fallen! (The only exception being the Aeronca Champ…Donna
and I each owning one can attest to their timelessness). So
if you are in the market to buy an aircraft, now might be
If you are thinking of buying please approach me
and we will do everything we can to help you navigate this
treacherous path! Also: log on to one of the many aircraft
sales sights or Darin and Lisa Graham’s www.bluesideup.com.
Also check out the ‘For Sale’ portion of COPA Flight
That’s All for Now Folks!
Wonderful Achievements in
Maria Topping (SFFC)
would like to congratulate all of these pilots!
Partners for aircraft ownership.
I would like to find one or more partners to share in buying and operating
an airplane. I’m fairly flexible about the aircraft type, but it should
hold two large adults and still have enough weight capacity to hold a reasonable
amount of fuel. (C150’s need not apply!). Please call Mike James at (613)
727-9359 or email him at
1961 Fourney FIA Aircoupe, only 35 manufactured!
Excellent condition and immaculate paint. Maintained to the highest standards.
Please contact Chris Trim at (613)
822-4140 with inquiries!
is in full swing!
students can enjoy competitive rates through West Capital Aviation operating
out of Constance Lake and Rockcliffe Airport. Any OAS student sent out to
train at West Capital enjoys the benefit of not having to pay any membership
fees and the ground portion is included in your package. (Not to mention OAS
gets a small finder’s fee!) See Teri for package details.
Have you been over to the National Capital Aviation
Museum lately? The Museum is putting together some great exhibits
to commemorate the 100 years of powered flight being celebrated in 2003. The
Museum is located off the Rockcliffe Parkway near the river or can be reached
online at www.aviation.nmstc.ca.
OAS staff Teri Loretto can be seen in yet
another theatrical production. Running May 1st-4th
and May 7th –11th at Arts Court Theatre, is Third
Wall Theatre’s production of the Brothers Menechmus. Check it out online at www.thirdwalltheatre.com.
FROM THE “BACK END”
by Nina Loretto
As the “face of the Airline” flight attendants
are not only there to provide comfort (even with minimal seat pitch) and
service (even with budget cuts) but also to provide safety. Yes, we know
that you are well aware of the operation of your seatbelts, but you would
be amazed at what some people don’t know. One passenger freaked out when
the spoilers deployed for landing. He thought that the wing was falling
apart. And although the doors to the lavatories operate in the same way
as every other door on the face of the planet, I have seen people try to
pry it open by the top .All that aside, we do face some more serious events.
Aside from the missed approaches, fuel dumping, evacuations, janitrol fires
and other ‘”regular” emergencies, my least favourite is actually just the
regular old drunk. On many occasions, flight attendants work alone in the
aircraft. The ticket agents screen for unruly and intoxicated passengers,
but some still sneak by, and at altitude, their mood is amplified. Not a
pleasant scenario. Security may take old ladies’ knitting needles away,
but my biggest weapon is hot coffee. I will use it if the need arises. (The
fire axe is also available…hmm) Medivacs are common on our northern routes
as we are often the only way to a good hospital. Just last week we took
out a poor girl who had lost her baby prematurely and she was boarded up
on a stretcher, IV bags, blood drips and an ambulance waiting in YUL. We
do our best with our “Air Crew” first aid, but always appreciate a MD as
an escort. As for our schedule, as you know, aviation is an irregular job
with irregular hours. Sometimes I have 2 weeks off, sometimes a couple of
days. Sometimes I get stuck due to weather or mechanical problems and lose
my days off. I never answer my phone on a day off. As for the pay? Well,
I’m not buying any beachfront property soon. We get paid flight time, but
must be present 1.5 hours prior to T.O. to do our safety and service checks
on the aircraft–fire extinguishers to food, and full crew briefings. Basically
a 14-hour duty-time day equals 7.6 hours pay. Needless to say, we enjoy
the de-icing as the engines are running and we get paid. Don’t ask for a
newspaper or expect a beer on the ground. We aren’t being rude; we have
rules to abide by, and must remain by our exits. We are governed by the
CARS, yet are not licensed. Our 5-week training course is re-certified
by annual training in emergency procedures. As a pilot, I find it semi-reassuring
as I know what is going on, but also, that is a hindrance. I know when we
sneak in at minimums. Arctic flying conditions are very different; sneaking
up to the flight deck through the cargo holds; wearing flight suits on the
northern runs, tossing cargo, helping with the engine covers in –70C …the
unspoken duties are numerous. So next time you fly an aircraft with over
19 passengers, be kind to your flight attendant, he or she is a trained
(And don’t worry if you see us giggling at
the back, we’re just laughing at you!).
Nina is a flight attendant with First Air and a Commercial Multi-IFR Float Rated
pilot. She has been a flight instructor and a ferry pilot, as well as flying
Charter. She also happens to be Lary’s #3 daughter! Thanks for the light-hearted
view of Northern Flight Attendant life!
Thanks for reading this month!
Until the next…keep the blue side up!