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The Black Box

I’m hoping that I can do a flight tomorrow morning (I have a plane booked at 8am). The forecast isn’t looking good though. However, it doesn’t hurt to study at all. I came across...

Still No PPL

Still No PPL

I have this entire week off work and a flight booked almost every day of the week in hopes of getting my pre-exam flight and PPL exam flight done. I made a promise to...

METAR Decoding Help

METAR Decoding Help

METAR CYTZ 011500Z AUTO 07033G43KT 2SM -RA OVC008 03/02 A2960 RMK PCPN 3.0MM PAST HR PRESFR SLP026= What does “PRESFR” mean? I coudn’t find it in the AIM. I’m guessing that it means “pressure...

Fire at Pearson Tower

There was a fire at Pearson on November 28th. Specifically the Tower was evacuated for smoke and/or fire: NAV CANADA ADVZY 003 CYYZ/CZY *** TORONTO TWR IMMEDIATE EVACUATION *** EMERGENCY EVACUATION OF TORONTO CONTROL...

Visual Alignment Guidance System Explained

Visual Alignment Guidance System Explained

A little while back I noted that Toronto City Centre was getting a new lighting system. The explanation if such system is out in the latest AIC. I wonder if such enhancements were due...

Long X-Country Done!

I decided to take the day off work on Friday and attempt my long X-Country trip that I needed to do as a requirement for my PPL. The forecast was not looking good for...

I Should Be X-Countrying

I Should Be X-Countrying

Today would be a perfect day for my necessary long x-country. Alas, work beckons me. METAR CYKZ 211500Z 22006KT 12SM SCT220 BKN250 01/M05 A3051 RMK CI2CI2 CONTRAILS SLP340= METAR CYQA 211400Z AUTO 16005KT 9SM...

Flying Under Pressure

Flying Under Pressure

The ceilings were too low yesterday to do the pre-flightest work. So I decided to do some circuits and practice various types landings and take-offs. I’m trying to spend a few days each week...

Setting Up Your GPS Handheld

You can buy aviation specific gps units for $500 and up. These can include features such as terrain alerts, weather radar overlay, and a database of air space, way points, intersections, etc.. There is...