Hello and welcome to December! Eeek! Another year come and gone…and we’re still here! Gotta like that. Welcome aboard to Piotr Dobrowolski (Peter if you wish) as a Class 4 Instructor. You may have seen him around at OAS on the ramp, but he’s made the big move up! We will be having our Christmas drop –in again, so come one, come all. Also: check out the online sports newsletter www.sportscommunity.ca. OAS is a featured school this month and the only flying organisation recognised by this group. Also a big congratulations to OAS student Cyril Martin on the birth of his son Jacob last week. Mother and child are well and father is some proud!

Read on Flyer! (Or fly on reader?)

Happy Holidays and Peace to all in this season. OAS staff would like to wish all of our students and renters the best. Thanks for being there this year; here’s to many more flying hours in the future!

Next Private Pilot Groundschool announced for January!

Next PPL class starts January 21st at OAS. The course, still only $250.00 runs Wednesdays and Mondays 7-10PM in the classroom.

Firsts and Other

Wonderful Achievements in




Greg Ramirez

Night Rating

Elizabeth Den Otter

Michael Groh

Chris Krepski

Greg Michaud (Rotary)

Private Pilot Licence

Neil Spriggs

Commercial Licence

Umar Islam


Norman Mainville

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




December 21st 2003 12PM-5PM. Come one come all! There will be food and drink and a few good stories. Open to all OAS friends, family and alumni. Buffet/potluck style, feel free to bring a snack to share, or just yourself!

From the Desk of the President


Cliff Sutton, World War Two veteran, and for many years a pillar of General Aviation in the Nation’s Capital, passed away last week at the age of 83. Cliff has been a friend of OAS since our beginning and has been a constant presence. In fact the front desk always kept a supply of “doggie “treats for his constant companion “Duke” who amused and entertained us with tricks at every visit.

Cliff and his wife donated their aviation books to our library, so the next time you are sitting at the front, filling in time reading one of the books, spare a memory for Cliff, a gentleman and a pilot who has taken his Last Flight.

Thanks Cliff.



…More on Back


Kate’s corner

Well, all three of the Ground Schools have “wrapped up” in time for the holidays (bad pun, sorry) but that doesn’t mean nothing is going on!

Tower Tour #2

December 7th, this tour is full, but look for sign up sheets for tower tours every month from now on!

Behind the Scenes at the Canadian Aviation Museum

There are still a few spaces available on this one.  It is on Saturday December 13th and there is a charge of $3 for the tour. Rides in the DHC-1 Chipmunk are available after the tour (weather permitting) – Talk to me for details.

NavCanada Tour

Completely “sold out” on this one. For those of you lucky to be on the list, the tour is on Monday December 15th – again, call OAS for details.

Holiday Drop-In

Sunday December 21st!  Lots of food, fun, etc!  See the front page for details.

Upcoming Events

January’s events include another tower tour (date to be confirmed) and we are also looking into tours of the NRC and Wind Tunnel and of the Diamond Factory in London, Ontario. Keep an eye out for new sign up sheets at Dispatch.

Book Launch Party

“If Clouds Could Talk” by renowned aviation humourist Garth Wallace is now on the market. To celebrate this 6th book in the series, Garth is having a little celebration at the Sam Jakes Inn in Merrickville. Start time 2PM. Cash bar and light snacks available. Meet the artist and the writer, save $3 per book. For more information call Happy Landings Books at (613) 269-2552.

That’s about it, and remember: I’m always open to suggestions for activities! Just drop a note at dispatch or approach me at OAS.


Smith’s Falls Flying Club annual Christmas Dinner will be held on December 13th at the Legion in Smith’s Falls. If you want to attend please contact Floyd at (613) 692-4055 to reserve your spot. Cocktails at 5:30 and full turkey dinner to follow! All welcome so call now!

A little holiday giggle from the NSTB monthly:

INCIDENTS by D. Lombardo

Preliminary Report:

Yuletide Flight Goes Awry

Laplander Cloudhopper 2A, North Pole Dec., 02 – A Laplander Clouhopper 2A was substantially damaged, the number-six reindeer’s number-two antler was damaged outboard of it’s third point and an outhouse was destroyed at 1423 local time on Dec. 2nd. The sleigh, registered to K. Kringle dba as Santa Clause, was being operated by the owner under single-pilot provision of FAR Part 91. There was no injury to the sole occupant of the sleigh, though one reindeer did sustain damage to its nose. Two other reindeer were treated for shock and released. They promptly disappeared over the ice pack.  A volunteer search party appeared, seemingly out of nowhere and immediately set out after the reindeer.

The accident occurred during the sleigh’s take-off run on its first test flight of the season. A large number of eyewitnesses were on hand but no two stories coincided. It was determined they were elves on break from Santa Claus Industries and had been waiting in line to use the outhouse when it was struck by the sleigh. The weather at the time of the accident was -65°C with deep packed snow and ice. Weather is considered to be a factor in the incident. Weather is considered a factor in everything at the North Pole, including birth rate.

The pilot told investigators that the craft was on a hading of 180°. The NTSB was unable to verify the heading. The test equipment proved faulty, registering 180° regardless of the direction it was pointing.

“Everything was going fine and we had just achieved first-reindeer-stage rotation speed when one of the elves ye4lled ‘Yummy, venison’ at the reindeer, causing them to yaw and hit the outhouse. Opposite rein was ineffective at that speed,” Kringle testified.

The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident to be interference with a flight crew member(s). Contributing to the accident were failure to maintain directional control due to insufficient airspeed, a slick runway and a one-hole outhouse.

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