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VOR Time Check

I was perusing the Transport Canada Instrument Procedures Manual today and noticed a rather interesting exercise: It’s called the VOR Time Check and allows you to estimate the amount of time required to cross...

XKCD: Airfoil

Are you able to answer this students question? Why *can* airplanes fly upside down if this is how an airfoil works. Or better yet: Why does the air above the airfoil have to meet...

90 Years ago, the ADF is “born”

90 Years ago, the ADF is “born”

On this day in 1920, the first ever flight using a “radio compass” was performed in Virginia. It’s destination? A ship 100 miles off shore. Using only an AM radio station on the ship...

Personal Operating Procedures (Draft)

Personal Operating Procedures (Draft)

So I have my first crack at setting up my own personal operating procedures (POPs). The document is far from complete, but I’m looking for some early feedback from you, my beloved readers, as...

Incipient Spin Caused By Engine Failure

Incipient Spin Caused By Engine Failure

“…If the engine fails on take-off with insufficient runway remaining, I will trim the aircraft for best glide and try to land withing 30° of the runway centreline.” Ahh, the take-off briefing! This particular...

VFR Flight Itineraries

VFR Flight Itineraries

A recent comment about flight plans by a reader has prompted me to write this post about flight itineraries. Pilots have the option of filing a flight plan or a flight itinerary. There are...

The CRFI, Part 2

The CRFI, Part 2

Let’s take a look at an example METAR with CRFI data in it: CYFB CRFI 17/35 -22 .34 0201190630 In order, the block of data contains: Airport/Station Ident CRFI Indicator Runway Temperature CRFI value...

The CRFI

The CRFI

Back in January of 2007, I breifly talked about the Canadian Runway Friction Index (CRFI). With the recent winter-like weather in Southern Ontario I figured this would be a good time to go into...