Barrel Roll - Unloading the beer for a hangar party.
Did You Know
That Advanced Ultralites ( AULA ) are governed by some very strict rules. The most interesting , is the rule that states: Any modification to an AULA must be OK?D by the original manufacture in writing. An AULA is any CI Registered aircraft that has two seats or more if possible. For more information on this topic check out COPA?s May issue Page C-19.
Cessna 310 - More than the sum of two Cessna 150's.
Oshkosh - A town in Wisconsin that is the site of the annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in. It is believed to have been named after the sound that most experimental aircraft engines make.
December 1917 : flying safety tip, Passengers should always use safety belts, as the pilot may start stunting with out warning!
Did You Know
VFR Radio Communications Procedures at Uncontrolled Aerodromes with MF and ATF Areas.
(Taken from the 2nd issue Aviation Safety Letter )
Operation on Manoeuvring Area:
* Report intentions and maintain a listening watch.
* Report intentions before moving onto the runway.
* Ascertain visually and by radio that no conflict is likely during takeoff.
* Report departure from the aerodrome traffic circuit and monitor the designated frequency until well clear of the area (5-10 NM).
* Report position, Altitude, arrival procedure intentions and estimated time of landing at least 5 minutes prior to entering the area.
* Maintain listening watch on the designated frequency.
* Report on downwind leg, if applicable.
* Report established on final approach.
* Report clear of the active runway after landing.
* Report joining down wind leg ( base mark is mid point of runway).
*Report established on final approach, stating intentions.
* Report clear of active runway after the final landing.
Editors note: Having flown with a VHF radio for the past few years has shown it self to be a valuable tool in the safety of flying at the KFFC.
It is important to keep on top of these information issues. The system is not here to ram rules down your throat, but to give all pilots a common thread of Knowledge. In the hope that we may all be thinking alike when we fly.
Is your A.I.P. updated!
"It would take too long to explain"
( I have no idea how it works.)
Did You Know
Our esteemed Editor was surprised to learn that Thunder Bay International Airport is not the original airport in the area. Harold Spithoff learned of rumours that Bishops Field had the distinction of being the first land aerodrome in the area. When he discovered that the writer clearly remembers the flying activity that took place during the 1930's he suggested that I should write a brief article an the subject.
Bishops Field was located next to the East boundary of the Municipal Golf Course, south of Rosslyn Road. It came into being as a result of ate efforts of the Fort William Aero Club, the official opening having taken place on June 19,1929. A competition was held to name the Field with the inner receiving a $5.00 prize for suggesting the name of Canada?s World I hero , Billy Bishop. A licence was issued by the Federal Government on April 18, 1929 and two DeHaviland Gypsy Moths arrived on May 22, 1929. The first flights took place June 3,1929 while the grand opening occurred June 15, 1929.
The Fort William Aero Club was quite active and trained many pilots although the depression tended to restrict aviation activity.
In 1936, rumours that the Canadian Car & Foundry might re-open to produce aircraft prompted City Council to look for a new site and after a lot of in-fighting and bickering between Fort William and Port Arthur, the property known as the Sears Farm was purchased. Construction of the new Airport started 1939. As a result, Bishops Field was no longer required and the last use of the field occurred during World War II when Tiger Moths from #2 Elementary Flying Training School frequently used the area to practice forced & precautionary landings.
Most of the above is written from memory although I did visit the Thunder Bay Historical Society to learn dates of various events. If anyone is seriously interested in this subject, strongly recommend they visit the Thunder Bay Historical Museum on Donald St. In particular, there is one scrap-book that contains every news paper article concerning the Fort William Aero Club that appeared between 1929 and World War II.
"I'm not lost, I know exactly where we are."
(No one will ever see us alive again.)
"I don't need to read the instructions."
(Because I am perfectly capable of screwing it up without printed help.)
Cockpit A confined space in which two chickens fight each other, especially when they can't find the airport in a rainstorm. <
Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!