Author: Blake

Local North

It was great to be back in the air this past weekend. A cold front had passed through on Friday, bringing with it a high pressure system of nice dry air. This means some...

Checked Out!

Checked Out!

Went flying this morning. The first time in a while, so I did a checkout with one of my favourite instructors.It was a lot of fun, and I forgot how I love to fly....

Flight Sims for IFR Practice

Flight Sims for IFR Practice

I know a few people who use flight sims to keep their IFR skills sharp. I don’t have my IFR rating (yet) so I just use them to fly around. I use Microsoft Flight...

Common Frequency Areas Survey

Common Frequency Areas Survey

Ramiel over at Pilots Discretion has a quick 5 min survey that he would like pilots to fill out. It has to do with the usage of Common Frequency Areas in use around the...

Thankfully You’re In An Airplane

I’m sure the IFR pilots down under appreciate the sense of humour when doing the SINNK Five Arrival into Brisbane International Airport. Take a look at the approach plate Hopefully Glenn and Lissa don’t...

Site Improvements

Site Improvements

I’ve made two major improvements to the site over the past 24 hours. Firstly, you are now able to get updates via e-mail (like with the old blog). You can manage your subscription on...

A Question About TAFs

A Question About TAFs

I’ve been looking at some TAFs from various locations and noticed a weird convention. In the following TAF the validity period contains a time of 2400Z. For example: EFHK 122336Z 1224/1324 05006KT 4000 -SN...

Rare Runway Renumbering

Rare Runway Renumbering

Tampa International Airport will be renumbering their runways next week. The reason being the change in the magnetic variation in the area. The North/South runway will be renamed from 18R/36L to 19R/01L. This doesn’t...

Santa Has Filed His Flight Plan

Santa Has Filed His Flight Plan

I just got word from Nav Canada, that Mr. Claus has filed his ICAO flight plan with them for his departure later this week. Normally they don’t release flight plans to the public, however...