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What is VFR?

IFR Flying Conditions. Image Courtesy of Langley Flying School.

It’s springtime, and out here in Alberta the weather is all over the place. From clear, sunny, calm days arrive strong wings, snow, sleet, rain, low ceilings and all sorts of weather, signifying change of seasons. Yesterday for example we did not have VFR weather here.  In fact, with a visibility of 1/2 SM, vertical visibility of 500 feet and ...

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Chair flying pilot training

IFR Anyone? Even if we can't fly, we can still practice by visualization.

Chair flying is a recommended way to keep up with your pilot training It’s the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere – March 21 – but you wouldn’t know it by looking outside.  We have snowstorms all across Alberta with the city of Edmonton under a snowfall warning.  When we have bad weather days and aren’t able to ...

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A student of weather

A student of weather.

Being a pilot means being a student of weather – all the time. Weather is so fickle in Alberta that you quickly learn how much flying depends on it. I did my ground school for my PPL a few years ago at Centennial Flight School in Edmonton City Centre airport.  After years of putting it off, I’m finally getting myself ...

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Airport weather minimums

Since the weather has been so bad for the month of October in the Calgary area, we have been seeing a lot of IFR weather – weather that I, as a private pilot can’t go flying in.  What defines IFR conditions?  I thought it would be useful to post the IFR outlook chart as published by The Aeronautical Information Manual ...

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