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Alec Myers

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Airworthiness and conformity to type design

Yesterday, my attention was drawn to a recent legal judgement detailing how Transport Canada had wrongly interpreted its own regulations and handing a small but significant victory to aircraft owners and operators. If you’re one, or if you’re planning on taking a flight test any time soon you’ll want to read this.


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The first solo

ANYONE FOLLOWING this blog will have noticed a few “first solo” announcements recently. There seems to be a seasonality about these things – none for a while then three come at once. But that got me to thinking about how you can tell a student is ready for a first solo flight. Here’s a checklist… Read more »




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The impossible turn

This post addresses an issue that consumes a lot of discussion time among pilots, whenever they get together: the engine-failure-after-takeoff (EFATO) and the decision on whether to try to turn back to the runway, or to try to “land ahead”.




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A flight instructor’s apology

Suppose you wanted to learn the piano. And your piano teacher said that they were going to teach you one note per lesson: today, we’ll learn middle C. Tomorrow, maybe an E; the lesson after that will be on an F. And at the end of being taught all 88 notes on the keyboard, you’ll be able to play the piano.

Doesn’t that seem a funny way to learn a musical instrument?


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Short & soft field takeoffs and the 70/50 rule

Your small airplane has landed in a grass strip, or field, or other confined area, one with which you’re not familiar. There’s a runway of sorts, but it’s muddy in places, or the grass hasn’t been cut for a while. Also it’s not level, like the tarmac runways you’re used to. There’s a bit of an up-slope here, and it definitely slopes down over there.



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