Hello and welcome to November. For all of the bad weather, October was a month packed with achievements. OAS saw no less than 7 Private Licenses issued! See below for complete details. Bill Hutton came back for a visit and new CFI Dave Dumouchel has the multi program up and running. Give us a call to book you times. The Ottawa Aviation Services’ great website at www.ottawaflighttraining.com now has a ‘forum’ for students and alumni. You can sign up at our site and talk flying with other OAS pilots, past and present. If you have any items for sale this may be a perfect place to post a bulletin. Check out Kate’s Corner in this issue for some upcoming social events. Also, welcome aboard to James Mohns and AvServ:  OAS’ new maintenance facility. James has the blue hanger at the Carp Airport, out by West Capital. These guys are great and you will see a familiar face or two working on the Katanas as well. Read on Flyer!

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Amazing Aaron does it again! OAS’ own Aaron Speer is this year’s winner of the Charles David Abramson Memorial Award for Flight Instructors. Sponsored by Jane Abramson and ATAC, this award recognises outstanding contributions to Flight Training in the areas of safety, program design and general love of aviation. Aaron was a shoe in. Actually the competition was stiff, but Aaron’s qualifications won the day. Congratulations Aaron!

 See the ATAC sight for details.

Marc St. Onge is looking for a travel partner to do his 300 NM cross country in the GROB. He is finishing up his Commercial License and looking for someone to take the leg home. Save some money, fly with a friend! You can call him at (613) 222-6119.

Firsts and Other

Wonderful Achievements in

 

OCTOBER

Solo

Lloyd Bunbury

Hélène Condie

Nick Kellett

Night Rating

Joshua Fletcher

Claude Taillon

Private Pilot Licence

Marc Belanger

Chuck Cassie

Mike James

Sergei Kogan

Jim McKenna

Mike Miles

Maria Topping

Commercial Licence

Trevor Stoski

Class Four

Instructor

Piotr Dobrowolski

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

WE SALUTE YOU!

From the Desk of the President

As most of you know we have moved our aircraft maintenance contract over to Av Serve at Carp and Montreal Aviation Services in Dorval. We selected these two companies out of the many that bid on our contract, on the basis of their reputation as first class organisations and the fact that two of the key staff from our previous contractor are now employed by them.

In view of the above, should one experience a problem which would obviously ground the aircraft at the end of the flight one  might want to land the aircraft at Carp and we will come and get you. The maintenance hanger is right at the threshold of runway 28. Call us on company frequency (123.30) to let us know of your intentions. Minor snags of course will still be handled in Ottawa.

Its that time of year again (winter) so a review of winter opps. Is in order for all pilots.

That’s All For Now Folks!

LARY

 
 


…More on Back

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Comes with carry bag

*4 Headsets to sell, free BOSE duffle bag for first three buyers

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The Canteen at Smith’s Falls is open for business once again. Glenn and Anne Davies will be running the “Flightline Café” on Weekends for excellent coffee and breakfasts. Make a morning run out on Saturday or Sunday and enjoy the day at Eastern Ontario’s friendliest little airport!

What Does Painting an Aircraft Involve?

You may have noticed the snazzy paint job this summer on GJB – the Cherokee at the end of the flight line.  Earlier this year we decided to give our plane a spruce-up before our 3-week adventure flying to BC this summer.

Choosing a paint shop is not an easy task.  There are about 4 or 5 major ones spread throughout Ontario and they all have roughly the same price.  So, that means really deciding on quality and service.  After spending several months looking at paint jobs everywhere, we were most impressed by the job Skyservices had done on the COPA plane (which parks right beside us on the flight line!).  We talked with Jeff (the manager), Bob (the head mechanic) and Helen (the design lady) at Skyservices and were pleased with the opportunity to work with them.  They certainly have experience as they had done small corporate jets and even a whole waterbomber fleet. The only little problem is that they are located in Bar River, a nice little airport just outside of Sault Ste. Marie.  It was a great 4.5-hour flight up with about half being a good chance for IFR.  But coming back required a 12-hour over-night bus ride!

Once the plane was in Skyservices hands, they immediately started to take off all of the fibreglass parts – wing and stab tips, fin tops, cowling, etc.  Some of the non-fibreglass plastic parts were original 30-year old stuff and were going brittle, so we had bought fibreglass replacements as well as some speed-mods including new design wing-tips and wing root fairings. We kept some of the older fibreglass parts that we in really good shape or too expensive to replace. These were expertly fixed and patched to near new condition.  Also all the control services – flaps, ailerons and rudder – are taken off as they will be processed separately and then put back on at the end.

Once all the parts are off, all the wheels, windows, engine and prop are covered with protective plastic.  Then the stripping of the old paint begins – first with a general chemical-like stripping and then by hand to make sure all the paint around things like the rivets is absolutely gone.  What is left is a bare and smooth aluminum airframe that will oxidize very quickly if not properly treated.  The aluminum is then etched with an allodyne process that leaves the surface with micro-scratches that allows the paint to solidly adhere to the metal.  Then the slow process of adding layers of new stuff begins with a good amount of time between layers to let them adequately dry. First: two layers of primer and then two layers of base white paint. The paint is a new type that is a 2-part epoxy (like the epoxy glue) that is rock hard and very glossy and smooth when done – and doesn’t fade.  But, if you don’t mix the two parts just right you end up with a soupy mess that never hardens or a concoction that dries before you get it painted.

Helen loves lots of curves in designs.  She was very happy and challenged by our “feather-like” wisps on the wings and fuselage. We had a basic design created by “borrowing” from other planes and pictures we had seen, but Helen helped tailor it for GJB.  When the white paint was dry, she began to mask out the green on the aircraft.  At each step she was very careful to cover everything not painted so that no overspray damaged the already newly painted parts.

Once the airframe was done, the fibreglass parts (which have also been stripped, primed and painted separately) were put back on. The control surfaces (also processed separately) were meticulously installed and balanced to that no adverse flutter occurs during flight.  Skyservices goes through a thorough checklist to ensure that everything was properly done.

The process is not as smooth and as simple as described here.  As everyone knows who owns a plane there are always hitches along the way. It was great to work with Jeff and Bob at Skyservices as they called us with problems they found along the way (minor skin cracks and pinholes in hoses) and helped us come to a successful conclusion.  When I got the phone call that everything was done, it meant another 12-hour bus ride up…but this time I would get to fly back myself as Lisa was away (…don’t feel to bad for her as she was at the Paris airshow!). When I got there, the transformation was amazing.  GJB was parked outside, gleaming in the sunlight, looking like a brand new plane…the paint job made the plane look like it could go another 20 knots faster!

How long does it take you might ask – about 4 weeks, over 200 hours of labour and $15K – certainly not like painting your old Corolla. You can see pictures of the painting process on our website www.bluesideup.ca.

Darin & Lisa Graham fly@bluesideup.ca

Kate’s Corner

Our “event” for October was a barbeque/fly-in at Lary & Donna’s farm.  Thanks to everyone who came out, and special thanks to Donna & Teri for the copious amounts of fabulous food and drink, and to the Grahams for not one, but two famous cheesecakes! Lary took everyone on a tour of Windover Field Airport, which included a homebuilt VolksPlane, the famous Loretto Aeronca Champs, as well as numerous parts and pieces of various interesting aircraft.  Also, two lucky people got helicopter flights courtesy Greg Michaud!

  Due to wetter and chillier weather we’re planning some “inside” events for the next couple of months.  Look for signup sheets for a Katana workshop (November 17th @ 7pm), a “behind the scenes” tour of the Canadian Aviation Museum, and a tour of the Ottawa Air Traffic Control Tower & Terminal Building.  If you have any ideas of other fun & exciting activities let me know!

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