Too Hot To Fly

Brian posted a comment letting me know his lesson at 2pm today was canceled because it was too hot. I had a plane booked at 6pm to practice some short field take-offs/landings solo. I was hoping the temperature would be cooler by then.

No dice.

The temperature was 34°C with a dew point of 19°C. Toronto Airways policy for renting planes to students only allows flights between -10°C and 35°C. Needless to say I didn’t go up. My trusty E6B tells me that the density altitude for Buttonville would have been 2792′, more than 2000′ higher than field elevation.

Because of my schedule, I wont be flying until next Monday (June 5th). I hope the weather is good that day, because my Student currency expires June 8th.

When you are granted Solo privileges you also have to remain “current”. This means that you must fly Solo for at least an hour in a certain amount of time. With Toronto Airways this is 14 Days. If you expire, then you will need to go up with an Instructor to “prove” that you can go Solo again.

This is also the case with private pilots and renting planes at Toronto Airways. To remain current you can either have “Gold Currency” with is 30 days, or Platinum which is 45 days.

I have been trying to find an “electronic” log book that I can download/buy. All of the ones out there are either US/FAA specific or cost way too much money. I’ve started the “digitizing” process by creating a crude “log book” using Excel. I want to do cool things like generate graphs and reports. Anyone have any suggestions out there?

33.5 Hours Dual, 5.7 Solo (FYI)

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8 thoughts on “Too Hot To Fly

  1. Possibly stupid suggestion, but why not make a database-backed web-based logbook for yourself?

  2. too much effort.
    I’m a lazy bastard. I dont want to reinvent the wheel either. There are some web-based “free” log books out there that kinda suck.
    I might end up doing it anyways..

  3. while we’re on the topic of logbooks, have you looked into/seen any PDA version logbooks? this would be great to just log my hours in my book at school and then in a pda that i can load to a memory stick then transfer to my computer. Then i guess to an excel spread sheet that i can upload to my webserver, more copies the better in case one gets lost:-)

  4. Email me and I’ll send you what I have set up for a logbook using a spreadsheet. As for making a web-based logbook, I thought about that also. But realistically, unless you are looking to provide a service for others, why would you bother making it that complicated? Even if you’re flying everyday, it’s not that hard to modify a spreadhseet once each evening.

  5. I’m a computer nerd and doing things like this turns me on ;)
    I already have a table set up to track the number of hours i’ve flown.. but it’s just a simple one.
    Adding additional columns to that table should be pretty easy.

  6. Cool, I might have to buy that for my old man, he’s been wanting to go flying more, since his blood pressure’s come back down.

  7. Robert: So far it looks pretty good, they have a free version for student pilots. (can add upto 100 flights at a max of 3 hours each flight)

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