Icing encounter

Submitted by on Mon, 01.04.2013 - 21:48
“Well, that’s not what I expected!” Have you ever heard yourself mutter these words while flying? I have! On numerous occasions I have heard and seen the “seasoned” pilot with 200 hours under his/her belt whip together a flight plan (based on guesstimate numbers) and thunder out the door to fly to a favorite airport, with the mindset of “get home-itis”. Weather can be a strange thing, as most of us have discovered on our travels. What is forecast might not be what we encounter, as I found out recently on a trip from CYWG (Winnipeg) to CYND (Gatineau) in a pressurized twin. This encounter happened in winter on a domestic IFR flight plan. The trip took us from CYWG to YQT (Thunder Bay VOR),…

Lazy Feet

Submitted by on Fri, 01.02.2013 - 00:00
Whadda ya mean I have “lazy feet”? Pilots look at us funny when we make that comment. They have probably heard us saying this before (I know I heard it a lot when I was in training!). They understand the concept, but don’t know how we can tell just by seeing how the airplane flies. So here are a few scenarios that can help you see if you have lazy feet or not. First, let’s define what we mean by “lazy feet”: it means you are not reacting to adverse yaw and keeping the airplane coordinated using rudder. In other words, you are not using your feet enough: "lazy feet".

Precautionary landing

Submitted by on Tue, 15.01.2013 - 00:00
There are times during flight training when I sense some students feel they are doing a lot of training for an incident that will probably never occur. This may be true and I hope that none of us have to experience a serious in-flight emergency. However, statistics show that an incident can happen to anyone at anytime. And, unfortunately incidents do not choose an ideal time to happen or the most experienced pilot. More often than not it is the weekend pilot out for an enjoyable morning or afternoon flight.

The overhead arrival

Submitted by on Tue, 01.01.2013 - 00:00
Straight in to downwind or overhead? Hmmm... Yesterday, a pilot mentioned this situation after arriving at Rockcliffe: he was coming in to land from the South (upwind). He announced his position when released by Ottawa Tower and then again 2.4 NM away (GPS...), with his intentions to join overhead for mid-downwind for runway 27. Then he heard another pilot announcing his position as over the Gatineau River with intentions to join straight in downwind for 27. OK quickly now: has this ever happened to you? This happens quite often at Rockcliffe and other uncontrolled airports. There are two different ways to join the circuit, overhead and straight in to downwind. Pilots will choose to use the two different ways, sometimes simultaneously. This can easily lead…