Hello and welcome to September. The new groundschool is full! We are doing a bit of renovating before the winter sets in so please ignore the occasional hammering! The biggest news this month is the return of Dave Dumouchel to OAS. Dave was CFI for us…oh way back when we still used big elastic bands to power the planes. We welcome him back with open arms! Dave has a background in flight training and years of experience in “the real world” as well. Feel free to introduce yourself and say HI. Dave will be starting up the Multi program again in a few weeks and is taking bookings as of September 1st. Read on!


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From the Desk of the President


Some of these are OAS operating procedures that have since been addressed; some are the responsibility of YOU, the pilot! Please take a moment and think before you fly! If you are uncertain, ask a staff member to help out.

1. Lately I have observed some beginner students sent out to do walk-arounds with little or no supervision. The result on five different aircraft? I have found loose panels, hydraulic leaks, soft tires and one attempt to turn the prop backwards. (Had the student succeeded the aircraft would have been grounded!) We wouldn’t send you out if we didn’t believe you to be capable, but sometimes there is no substitute for experience. Ask if you are unsure.

Further to the above, some students are smashing the controls into the stops and using too much force checking that the flaps are on the “up pads”.

2. Aircraft are being flown with windshields so dirty with bug splats; it could be a hazard to visibility. It is the pilot’s responsibility to make sure the aircraft is flight worthy. Need a hand? Just grab any OAS staff standing around. We don’t mind!

3. Please leave the cockpit the way you would like to find it.                 

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Firsts and Other

Wonderful Achievements in




Michael Bach

Kyle Davies

Joe Leggett

Neil Spriggs


Alex Gignac

Mahdi Fathi

Peter Kan

Jacqueline Laframboise

Instructor Rating

Gabe Vaghy


Kate Duncan

Group One IFR

Kate Duncan

OAS would like to congratulate all of these pilots on their achievements!


Please remove all junk from pockets and the baggage area. One plane had no less than three bottles of glycol in the baggage area.

4.  Please, if your aircraft does not need fuel, don’t block the taxiways into the ramp. Don’t put airplanes on the tie-down of they do need fuel.

If a student or pilot asks for the weather, stick to the known facts, and no drama! The pilot should be checking for himself or herself, not relying on others. If they want a PIREP, stay high on fact and low on drama, otherwise the result could be lost flights and frustrated students when the weather clears minutes later.

5. If your regular instructor is not available when you want them, think about trying out someone else. Don’t let your training be delayed because of one element. You are students of the school and not the individual instructor, and it may be helpful to get a different perspective once in a while. Now that Dave is in place, take a flight with the CFI! Think about a solo instead of a dual. Look at some simulator time or set up a study session. That’s All For Now Folks!                  LARY

OAS has seen increasing student loads this year and it is our hope that we will improve service as our school grows. Let us know if there is something you would like to see in place! (Be nice!)


Check out this month’s edition of Aviator Magazine, Ottawa’s own flying mag. Bob Fassold, who owns and operates the Chipmunk out of the North Field, is guest editor this month. You can check him out on page 13 of the September/October edition. Speaking of the Chipmunk, congrats to “Katie” Duncan, Bob’s oft-time co-pilot, who flew with Bob at the Carp Airshow this year. The duo opened the show each day and flew some exciting manoeuvres for the crowds. Good work!


The irate ground controller…

During Taxi, the crew of a US departure to Fort Lauderdale made a wrong turn and came nose to nose with a United 727. The irate female ground controller lashed out at the US Air crew yelling “US Air 2771, where are you going? I told you to turn right on taxiway Charlie and you turned on Delta. Stop right there. I know it’s difficult to tell the difference between Cs and Ds, but get it right!” Continuing her lashing to the embarrassed crew she shouted, you’ve messed everything up! You stay right there and don’t move until I tell you to. You can expect progressive taxi instructions in about a half- hour and I will tell you exactly where to go, when and how to go there! You got that US 2771?!” Naturally the ‘ground control’ frequency went terribly silent until an unknown male pilot broke the silence and asked “ Wasn’t I married to you once?”.

This plane humour was submitted by Lisa Graham. Got a joke or a funny flying story? Drop it at Dispatch or email us at info@ottawaflighttraimimg.com.

Aaron Speer, Andrew Campbell and Alex Meson participated in the Aerobatic Competition at Gatineau Airport this past weekend. All three did us proud and won or placed in their categories. Andrew placed first in the Primary Section, followed closely by his student Alex Meson. Aaron won Highest First Time and third overall in the Sportsman Category. The GROB has a harder time during some exercises when up against the higher-powered aircraft common to this type of competition, so it speaks highly of the skill of these guys to do so well! OAS alumni Darin and Lisa Graham served volunteer capacities and were recognised for their efforts as well. The Gatineau Open is an annual event at CYND. Try to check it out next year and see the OAS crew in action! Congratulations guys!


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