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Learning to fly at 55 – Intro flight – Again!

In April of 2022, I walked into my local flying club to go for a scheduled introductory flight.  This is a repeat of something that I did about 25 years earlier.  At 55 years old, I had set my goal … Continue reading

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A Near Miss, Bitter Sweet?

Most aviators will have a near miss with another aircraft sooner or later in their career. This begs the question. Why do they happen? What can be done to prevent them in the future? My story comes during the hour … Continue reading

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Emergencies are as simple as a 4 legged chair

In aviation, many pilots dread the experience of an emergency in flight. In my early years I also disliked working on emergencies. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Done correctly, emergencies are as simple as a 4 legged … Continue reading

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Aviation Writers Wanted

We are looking for energetic writers that have expertise in the field of aviation that are willing to create good, informative and entertaining articles. Reading that is helpful, and effective at promoting aviation and the community it supports. We pay … Continue reading

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Same Thing Each Time

Piloting is a work in progress, and often you find yourself doing routine tasks over and over. But, there is a pace of task that has to be recognized in order to get tasks done in a prompt and routine … Continue reading

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Why are International Aviation Students and Canada Best Friends?

Canada has been increasingly becoming the go-to choice for most international students. Be it graduate courses, undergraduate programs, diplomas, or post-doctoral programs, students have been increasingly seen drawn to the country. In fact, according to the Professional Flight Centre, 50% … Continue reading

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A bad days flying is better than a good day at the office

The day started normal enough, light winds from the North, high overcast, and fine temperatures. April is a good time to get a checkout in a new airplane and I had been looking forward to learning to fly a new … Continue reading

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Adding a Telegram Channel

I have added some features to this blog site, like an auto link from this site right to my telegram channel. The Telegram channel is called Air Under Your Chair and is a regular channel to discuss aviation ideas and … Continue reading

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High Wing Low Wing, Does it even Matter?

Is there a case for picking the low wing over the high wing in flight training? I certainly have my preferences and perhaps you may as well. People tend to pick the airplane style that they trained on but in … Continue reading

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Good Landings Start At The Downwind Turn

Everything’s connected. Your landings are a direct result of how well you fly your circuit pattern. Recently I have been reviewing procedures for various aircraft and I have completed a procedure for the Alon A2 Air coupe that was presented … Continue reading

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It’s Just A Tin Plate

So you get into your airplane and your instructor says to you, “Hey where is your Kneeboard, your desk? What are you going to write on and fly at the same time”? “My what”? “Kneeboard” “I did not think I … Continue reading

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Ground Training in Aviation

Knowledge is the cornerstone to being the best aviator you can be. Without reasonable knowledge about your flying education, your ability to operate successfully is compromised. So how do you get educated? Transport Canada with the Private Pilot and the … Continue reading

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Simulators in Civil Aviation

Simulators for aviation have been around a long time, certainly since I began using my home PC in 1989. I wanted my home PC to work flight sims since I was a new commercial pilot. I could see advantages to … Continue reading

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Free Aviation Education

Free you say? I have to shell out big bucks for every flight for the airplane and the instructor. Yup you do, but just remember that education is all the time, in the plane or out. The moment you put … Continue reading

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Project Log

New addition to this website is a modest presentation of the repairing a 1966 Alon A2 Aircoupe. These are popular airplanes of the period and it’s nice to see another one getting improvements to make it work better. They are … Continue reading

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1966 Alon Aircoupe Rebuild Log.

This website is going to be presenting a Rebuild thread on the very popular Alon A2 Aircoupe. It is a 1966 model in good condition and worthy of its progress being presented for those with an interest in Alon A2 … Continue reading

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Flight School in Trying Times

Now is not the time to give up on your flight training just because the industry is on hold due to restricted travel. If you are in Private, Commercial, or Flight Instructor training phase, Keep Going. The industry is not … Continue reading

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