Great smooth flying yesterday. From St. Catharines CYSN to Grimsby CNZ8 to check on condition of runway. Low and over pass confirmed that snow needs to melt more. Then to Welland CNQ3 for touch and go on 05. The to fly over the Niagara Falls then back to NOTL and CYSN. Great flight with very little turbulence.
Its has been almost 3 months since I flew the Piper Cherokee so it was time to take it up for spin. Normally I would feel bit nervous not having flown this type for so long but this time it was no issue, it was like when I was flying it on regular bases. I have been focusing on the 701 which is much more challenging to fly and utilize the STOL capabilities. I do miss the PPG flying but it has to be warm – waiting for the 15 C plus temperatures to come…
I took the CH 701 for flight day before yesterday.
I did bunch of circuits and made a short XC trip to Stoney Creek airport. It was awesome.
I went flying again this am. Nice morning, overcast, no turbulence at all and only minimal cross wind. Bunch of circuits then XC to Staff field and back. Then 5 more super short circuits. I am really getting hang of it. – I wil be ready for passenger soon.
3.5 hrs flight time and close to 20 take offs and landings in two days. Not too shabby.
I was planning to take up the Cherokee on Sunday afternoon but the visibility was down to 5 sm. So instead we got tour of the tower at the St. catharines airport. It was absolutely fascinating to learn about what they do and how they keep us pilots safe. St. Catherines airport is on the mandatory frequency 123.25. This means that anybody entering the zone must report their intentions. This makes flying much safer than just flying around and broadcasting position and intentions such as in Welland. I have been asked several times to extend downwind as not to interfere with aircraft on long final or cut cross wind leg. It was quite nice to put voices to the faces. Thank you guys.
From: Ben M
Subject: Re: Feedback on PPG course pls
Date: December 4, 2017 at 08:20:42 EST
To: Andre Zeman
Hi Andre, I’ve been trying to come up with something to say for the past week. Everything with the course was great. I really valued your experience and dedication to safety. You make a good teacher, very patient and calm with great instruction and encouragement. There’s not much else to say, I hope you continue teaching for a long time for the benefit of the sport. Thank you for enabling one of my longtime goals.
On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 10:46 AM, Andre Zeman
Congratulations on finishing the course and purchasing PPG gear.
I was hoping you could proviode feed back and let me know if I could improve the course to make it better for future students.
If you have any ideas please let me know.