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  1. To each his own, but I can't understand why any thinking person would settle for third-rate American-made products. :down:
  2. If only life were that simple! But there will be significant consequences to this decision, which must be carefully weighed and considered. I agree that more people tend to regret not doing something, than those who regret doing something.
  3. Well, for one thing, Canada is much larger than Europe ... the odds are that any flying job that Heli-Raiser might be able to find will be far away from where he (and his wife) currently live. Also, for better or worse, Canada has many more pilots per capita than most countries. I can't speak for Europe, but here we have a surplus of qualified pilots, all of whom of course want well-paying jobs with good working conditions, etc. etc. Jobs in or near the cities are especially few and far between (particularly for helo pilots). Too many pilots seeking too few jobs = a very competitive marketplace. That's the way that it has been for the past 85-odd years, and probably the way that it always will be.
  4. Obviously this is an important factor that must be taken into account. I don't know your wife, but in my experience wifely comments like this should never be taken at face value. It is easy for someone to say something vague like "go for it", but unless you have spent considerable time discussing precisely what this would entail, I suspect that your wife most likely has no idea what sacrifices would be involved. Additionally, if you want to pursue a flying career then you would be well advised to think long and hard about specific benefits for her. If she agrees to something just to please you, some degree of resentment is almost inevitable (she might not say anything, but that won't mean that she isn't angry and unhappy). Apparently the fellow that wrote Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus is a charlatan, but there seems to be a fair bit of truth in the book.
  5. Campbell's custom helmets are the best available, and are superior to the various Gentex models. They do cost a lot, though.
  6. Fixed-wing pilots don't wear helmets because their instructors didn't. If the civil f/w training environment involved helmets, most students would purchase them as a matter of course, and then of course they would always wear them because that would be what they had. In addition to ag pilots and a few tow pilots, 'warbird' pilots typically wear helments. Certainly the CWH pilots at Hamilton are always helmeted, and I believe the CHAA at Tillsonburg is also moving in that direction.
  7. Greg, my advice is not to bother with what other people have done, or paid. Keep asking such questions and sure enough you will encounter someone who claims that you got ripped off, or your instructor is useless, or you are useless. The only result will be that you feel bad ... and there's no point to that. It sounds as though you are happy with the instruction that you're receiving and the prices that you're paying, so just enjoy the fulfilment of your dream, and don't worry about keeping up with the Jones. If you are currently solo and have the time and money to fly regularly, I see no particular reason why you shouldn't complete the license by the end of November. But rather than simply hoping, it might make sense to sit down with your instructor, tell him or her about your goal, and discuss in some detail exactly how the two of you are going to cooperatively ensure that you get there. Good luck, and happy flying. P.S. For what it may be worth, I agree that $115 per hour for a C172P is pretty much the going rate these days.
  8. Ask Ken Armstrong; he will give you reliable information.
  9. I am 6'3". My legs are average length, but I have a relatively long trunk. I had problems flying in an Ercoupe and a Swift ... in both case it was doable, but only if I get tilted away from the canopy, towards the centre of the airplane. I fit into a Katana okay, but I quickly developed a severe backache. I have flown only about one hour in each of the above types, and that was enough. :down: I have had headroom problems with various gliders, but can usually manage to squeeze in by removing the seat cushion and just sitting on the parachute. I'd rather seek out an aircraft that fits, than try to fit myself to the aircraft.
  10. Hi schteevie, How is the Harvard flying going? Have you finally finished the conversion training process? We're all looking forward to some interesting warbird stories! Cheers, Swingline P.S. Who do they have for instructors, btw?
  11. Hello Chuck, I'm no fan of TC, or the Catholic church; so I will leave it to someone else to defend them, or try to justify/explain their conduct. I have not personally run into stone-walling behaviour by TC, but can well believe it happens (I saw this sort of thing often enough in the Cdn Forces). :down: Regards, Swingline
  12. Hi Chuck, If you're happy in your work, then keep at it. Sorry that I misunderstood. In my own experience, most people at TC are good sorts. I do agree that there are occasional power-hungry jerks who seem to enjoy making trouble for no reason, and/or believe that their own subjective interpretations of the legislation is "The Law". You'll excuse me if I don't get down on my knees. As a practicing lawyer who has successfully taken on TC in the past, I can fight my own battles, thanks very much. Regards, Swingline
  13. You and the rest of pilot population! Join the club!
  14. Well, we all need a place to live; and paying off a mortgage is usually a better move financially than paying rent. The real question is: why would anyone want to buy a cottage? Everyone I know who has one seems to spend all of their weekends cutting grass, clearing brush, putting docks in or taking them out, washing windows, etc. etc. Taking care of one property is enough for me. And don't get me started on the time wasted in the long drives there and back.
  15. Chuck, I don't know you and I won't presume to say when you should retire. However, I will offer this general advice: assuming that one doesn't need the money, the time to quit a job - any job - is when its headaches and hassles routinely outweigh the fun and/or personal satisfaction that it provides. Many of your posts seem quite bitter about the hard times that you are given by Transport Canada and other organizations and individuals; but only you can say whether things are so bad that you have reached the above stage. Regards, Swingline P.S. It goes almost without saying that when you do retire, you don't have to quit flying altogether ... you can have lots of fun and relaxation flying recreationally in your own small airplane.
  16. This brief article appeared in the Globe & Mail. It's not very informative.
  17. Hi FS, Sure you can log it, provided only that you are: (i) legally qualified to command multi-engine airplanes, and (ii) actually acting as PIC. In other words, to log PIC the instructor has to be considered just a passenger, and can't log any time him/herself. If you can negotiate that, great, although most instructors are jealous of their desire to log time, and many FBOs will not permit a rental pilot to rent a twin solo or with a passenger. While this restrictive approach undoubtedly makes it difficult to acquire PIC time, really it all makes sense. Personally, I have always thought that it is a bit of a fraud to have two people simultaneously logging PIC: simple logic dictates that there can only be one commander at one time. My rough definition would be: the PIC is the person who will take over in the event of an emergency, and who is ultimately answerable for the conduct and safety of the aircraft's flight. Usually that means the instructor; but just because someone is instructor rated doesn't prohibit them from going along for the ride, without any authority or responsibility (obviously, this must be agreed to prior to the flight, if the instructor-passenger will have access to the aircraft's controls). Best of luck to you! :up: You're better off asking these questions than just assuming it can't be done, or making questionable entries in your logbook (that would require a lot of Liquid Paper, if you are subsequently challenged!) Swingline P.S. In the U.K., they apparently have a category called "P1 under supervision", which I think is a bit of a non sequitur, but at least does away with the fiction of two aircraft commanders. See further this thread.
  18. Take a look at Pilot Insurance Center and this AvWeb article.
  19. I would suggest logging it as dual, since: (i) if you take a conservative route you can't be criticized, but if you take the liberal approach there will always be some who will say that your logbook contains improper or false entries; and (ii) notwithstanding that FAR §61.51 has been around for quite a while, there remains considerable controversy in the USA regarding exactly which circumstances merit logging time as PIC (as one small example, see generally this article). Just my two cents.
  20. You're welcome! Over the winter, you can prepare for your training by reading books. There are a lot of good ones out there, and many are available free of charge at the library. I have often observed that all too many students (and instructors) have very narrow knowledge of aviation, since they only learn what they are taught at flying school and do no outside reading. I feel sorry for those people. Assuming that you're just starting out, I would recommend the following books: (1) Chris Hobbs, Learning to Fly in Canada (Detselig Enterprises, 2000) [available at any Chapters store]; (2) Peter Garrison, Flying Airplanes: The First Hundred Hours (1980) [look for it in the library, or buy a secondhand copy]; (3) Wolfgang Langewiesche, Stick and Rudder (1944) [still in print, and readily available]; (1) is sort of a primer. It's a bit basic, but contains some 'tribal lore' that you may find useful. (2) and (3) are classics, by authors who really know whereof they speak. They are books that you will want to refer to again and again, long after you've obtained your permit. Two other books that would also be useful, but are not worth searching out specially, are David Frazier, The ABCs of Safe Flying, 4th ed. (1999), and Gay Dalby Maher, The Joy of Learning to Fly (1978). Finally, a well-written non-technical book that you would enjoy reading and would encourage you in your decision to pursue / stick with flight training is Diane Ackerman's On Extended Wings (1987) [look for it in the library, or buy a secondhand copy]. Highly recommended! I could go on, but these should get you started. Swingline
  21. By RPL, I take it you mean the Recreational Pilot Permit - Aeroplane (RPP); right? Advising how long it will take to complete any flying qualification is fraught with difficulty, since there are many factors to consider (aptitude, motivation and availability of both student and instructor; aircraft availability; and weather). However, assuming that you manage two lessons or practice sessions a week; do some reading / preparation / review between lessons; and have a decent instructor, I would imagine that you won't have any problem qualifying for an RPP by the end of of the summer. No ground school is required, but you will have to do some self-study in order to pass the written examination. I hope this helps!
  22. I think it's a gag, put together by (as co-joe says) someone with too much time on their hands. Too bad though, it's an interesting idea for a movie. BTW, I also couldn't get the sound to work.
  23. Besides the Taylorcraft and Champ, another cheap option would be an Ercoupe. And if you are patient, you might be able to get a deal on a C-120 or C-140. BTW I don't see "OurPlane" as the best option for someone looking for an inexpensive timebuilder. It does have some advantages that would appeal to people in different situations, though.
  24. Hi donnybrook, Just about any information that you can provide would be helpful, especially general advice concerning common maintenance problems etc. Are these airplanes 'bulletproof', or 'maintenance hogs'? Also, I've heard that they have problems, or at least 'issues', with respect to the main spar; any truth to that? Thanks for your help! :up:
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