Category: Ground School

Calculating Legal Night

Calculating Legal Night

One thing you need to do that wasn’t really taught (to me) was how to calculate when you’re flying at night (or Legal Night as us pilots like to call it). This is important...

Airports, Aerodromes, and Grass Strips

Airports, Aerodromes, and Grass Strips

A friend of mine mentioned that it would be cool to have “a million dollars” to have his own airport. I told him that all you need is space to land an airplane and...

Calculating G-Forces in a Turn

A while back I posed the question “Does an airplane in 45° bank experience more G forces than a slower one?” The quick answer: No. The G forces (or load factor) on the aircraft...

Landing at an Uncontrolled Airport

There are two “types” of uncontrolled airports, both of which have different rules and procedures. An uncontrolled aerodrome is one where a control tower does not exist or is not in operation. For example,...

Ground Briefing Study Lesson #1

Ground Briefing Study Lesson #1

Documents and Airworthiness Q: With respect the Air Regulations, what documents are required to be on board for every flight. A: Certificate of Registration, Certificate of Airworthiness, Weight and Balance Report, Journey Logbook, POH,...

How to intercept a NDB track

I am going to illustrate how to intercept a NDB track using MS Flight Simulator 2004 in a perfect world (no wind to worry about). There are certain times that you will need to...

Hazardous Attitudes

Hazardous Attitudes

There are five types of attitudes that can be considered “hazardous”. It is these attitudes that make us do things that have consequences that outweigh the reward. Anti-Authority Someone who “breaks the rules”. The...

The Three Altitudes

The Three Altitudes

A plane needs air to be able to fly. Thanks to the laws of physics, the same parcel of air can have different characteristics based on temperature and altitude. Because of this, there are...

Learning your A,B,C’s

Learning your A,B,C’s

Take a look a the map that I photoshopped the other day as a reference. Today I’m going to talk about the different classes of airspace around Buttonville. There are actually 5 classes of...

Learning About Airspace

I spent some time today looking at the Toronto VTA and the CFS entries for Buttonville (YKZ), Downsview (YZD), Pearson (YYZ), and Toronto Island (YTZ) airports. My goal was to try and understand the...