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Convert an FAA certificate to a Canadian private pilot license

Pre flight check on a Cesna 172

A little while ago someone asked us how to convert an FAA certificate to a Canadian Private pilot license. Applicants are required to write a conversion examination consisting of several topics that have mainly to do with Canadian air law. Regulations should be reviewed as they apply to airplanes in VFR operations.  These are found in the table below. CARS ...

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Air law – some basics

Studying air law requires a large double-double

I am currently studying air law.  Air law is a big topic and will take some time to cover.  It’s hard to present all this information, so I thought I’d review a few of the very basics. Material for air law is found in the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARS). CARS is divided into two parts, the Regulations, which provide the ...

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The high key – low key landing procedure

The high key - low key landing procedure. Image courtesy of Transport Canada (Flight Training Manual)

This procedure is used to plan a forced approach in the event of an engine failure. When we have an engine out emergency, our goal is the extend our glide as far as we can. The longer we can glide, the more time we have to evaluate our landing options and plan an approach. Once we have established our glide ...

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A review of weather reports for pilots

Mountain wave cloud from the edge of the rocky mountains

Let’s review some basic concepts in meteorological reports for Pilots. Cloud cover: measured in oktas, or out of eighths of the sky coverage: SKC – sky clear of cloud Few 1-2 out of 8 Scattered 3-4 out of 8 Broken 5-7 out of 8 Overcast 8 out of 8 – full sky coverage METAR: Aviation routine weather reports are coded ...

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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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Landing and departing at high altitude

El Alto International Airport, La Paz Bolivia. Image Courtesy of BolivaTravelSite.com

I read a post recently asking what is the highest altitude airport you have landed in. This reminded me when I flew into La Paz, Bolivia, landing at El Alto International Airport while on a backpacking trip in South America.  It was aboard a Lan Peru Airlines Airbus A319.   Though I wasn’t doing my pilot’s license back then, I was ...

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