Author: Blake

New Home Base

New Home Base

I’m currently looking for a new airport to fly out of. So this weekend I plan on checking out Brampton Airport (CNC3). Buttonville (CYKZ) is the closest airport to where I live, and I’ve...

Status Update on Buttonville Airport

Now that the dust has settled on the announcement of the closure of Buttonville Airport. I decided to see what new news or plans surfaced for the lands. Derek Sifton, the current owner/manager of...

Congrats Matt!

Congrats Matt!

I just want to give a shout-out to Matt, who just got his CPL yesterday. It’s been a long road buddy, but you finally made it! Matt did his training up in Barrie, ON...

TACANs and VORTACs No More!

TACANs and VORTACs No More!

The Department of National Defence (DND) and Nav Canada are decommissioning approx 30 VORTACs and TACANs over the next two years. The ones being turned off in 2011 are: Sydney  25 April 2011 Moncton  2 May...

Pilot Dies In Blimp Crash

Pilot Dies In Blimp Crash

The CBC has reported on a Goodyear blimp crash in Germany this past week. The item that caught my attention was the following fact: The pilot yelled “We had an accident!” followed by “I...

My Dream Watch?

I think I finally found my perfect aviator watch! Almost 5 years ago I posted a “must have” list for my flying watch. I have yet to find one… until today. The 4-bit Chrono...

Using PostgreSQL for Flight Planning

Using PostgreSQL for Flight Planning

I recently gave a nerdy talk to a bunch of database developers about World Flight Planner and PostgreSQL. The talk went well and it was attended by a few folks from all over the...

Cool Looking Bird

… it’s also cool because this baby can fly without a pilot too! It’s a new class of aircraft called Optionally Piloted Vehicle (OVP). It’s a UAV, with a pilot on board. GizMag has...

The New Kid On The Block

Air Canada (more accurately Sky Regional) started flying Q400s out of Toronto City Centre Airport to Montreal and Ottawa. 14 Daily flights in fact. Naturally, this has increased pressure on Porters bottom line. It...

Flying With Heart

Flying With Heart

I took my parents up for a one hour flight on Friday. The GFA was showing moderate mechanical turbulence under 3000′. The city centre airport was showing winds gusting to 30kts. I gave my parents the warning that...