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Low Level Airspace Change

Low Level Airspace Change

Back in August, I reported that NavCanada was making some changes to the Low Level IFR airspace on Ontario. They have an implementation date! October 22! The full details can be found at NavCanada.

Are There Any VOTs Left?

Are There Any VOTs Left?

NavCanada turned off all VOR receiver test facilities (VOT) in Canada (I believe). This means there is no longer a way for you to test your VOR on the ground before you depart. I’ve...

Air Canada Confusion?

When I originally booked my flight, using Aeroplan, the itinerary showed that my flight to Sydney would be a non-stop flight: However every source I look at (including a friend I have who works...

Real World Encounters with ATC

Real World Encounters with ATC

We’ve all heard the “atc jokes” that have been floating around the Internet. You know, the ones like this: ATC: He’s at your 3 o’clock Pilot: Sorry, we only have digital watches. *groan* So...

Vacation Time! (Sorta)

So, I will be heading off on a month long vacation to the pacific next week. Specifically, Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa. Well, the Samoan visit is still up in the air as they...

St. Pierre et Miquelon Airspace

Does anyone know if the airspace around LFVP is managed by NavCanada or Frances’ Air Traffic Controllers? For those of you who don’t know. Saint Pierre and Miquelon is a French territory off the...

Q Codes Explained

Q Codes Explained

Matthew Stibbe posted a comment asking about Q Codes: Now if only someone could explain the origin of the Q-codes (e.g. QNH, QFE and the ever-mysterious QSY which means ‘I’m changing frequency en route’...

Airspace and Flying

I went flying on Saturday with a coworker. The weather was perfect! We headed up north to Barrie and could see the Toronto skyline. The visibility was at least 80kms. I guess that’s what...

Why we call UTC, Zulu Time.

Why we call UTC, Zulu Time.

I always wondered why UTC was given the “Z” letter designation when dealing with all things flying. I found my answer today, and it has to deal with a concept known as Nautical Time...

Toooot! Porter to Serve Steam Whistle!

Toooot! Porter to Serve Steam Whistle!

Porter announced that it will be adding Steam Whistle Pilsner as part if its complementary beverage service. I highly suggest you order one next time you’re on a flight. As well, if you have...