Nov 15/17 – Took up the Piper Cherokee for flight

Its been couple of months since I flew the Cherokee – need to stay current on it.

4 circuits alone 3 with my wife

VIDEO – wind sock

Nov 15/17 – Kevin is done – 30 flights!

Kevin finished his course this am. Congrats. Wind picked up shortly after so Pater could not fly but he did do 2 hrs of kiting and locked it in.

VIDEO – Ben flight 30

VIDE) – Kevin take off

VIDEO – Ben take off

VIDEO

Nov 14/17 – Ben has finished!

Ben has completed 30 flight. Kevin has 29 and Peter managed first solo and a second flight.

Videos and more pics will follow later.

Nov 11 and 12/17 – 3 students started PPG course

I always feel Little bit tired at the end of the season so I did not do any updates in a last four weeks or so. I have several students training off the regular schedule such as Lowrence who is about to solo.

In this course I have Ben, Peter and Kevin. We decided to do four hours of ground school on Sat morning and then four hours of ground handling at the field in the afternoon. Ben managed to learn how to ground handle and get ready for solo in about four hours which is quite exceptional. The ground school was not finished and student pilot permit was not issued therefore I could not let him fly but I knew he would fly the next day. Kevin also made a very good progress and Peter was moving along nicely as well.

We have finished the ground school on Sunday morning and went to the field again. Immediately when we got there we did power on running exercises and just after that Ben went for his first solo. He did everything correctly and managed seven flights on the second day of training. Quite amazing.

Kevin needed a little bit more work but soon he was ready for his solo as well. Having skydiving background he did not have any problem flying and lending PPG. He then proceeded to do two more flights and four touch and goes some of which were not the best. Got to clean those up.

Peter is moving along with his ground handling. Normally students fly on a day 3 so he is not slow both Ben and Kevin are faster the average and Peter will get there soon.

Oct 24 and 26/ 17 – Kyle

Kyle started to work on getting his Canadian PPG permit.

Sep 28/17 – John added 2 more flights

When I got to the field at 3:30 PM there was hardly any wind. Strange, because forecast was calling for 17 km/h north north west. John was little late because there was an accident on the way. At 4 o’clock, we only had enough wind for forwards. John did several with training harness and they went really well. After that, we went to real flying. First take off was forward – very well done – good flight but Landing was little crooked. John seemed to like to land on his butt. Second flight was forward inflation as well. John is starting to like the power assisted forwards. In the middle of a second flight wind started to pick up to the point that I called him in to land. By the time he made his approach wind was gusting up to 25 km/h and his final was quite low. I asked him to apply power and work his way closer to the runway but a lot of power combined with a lot of wind started to turn him around and it was quite unstabilized final. He did manage to bring it in to the grass and landed properly giving the situation. After that, the wind picked up even more so we packed it in. The weather this year is upside down!

It was stunning evening and the visibility was great. I do not think I have ever seen Toronto so clearly across the lake.

VIDEO

Sep 27/17 – Alex tandem – video

Hi Andre,

Thanks for the flight yesterday, I had a blast!

I threw together a little video from the footage I shot:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6suPOR5gk9c

Cheers!
-alex

Sep 20/17 – Another great Tandem