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Calls for violence

At OurAirports, an anonymous visitor has left the same comment for six different Vietnamese airports (including an air force base), encouraging a Libyan-style uprising in Vietnam (the comments should be gone by the time you read this, for reasons that … Continue reading ?

The #flightlog Twitter hashtag

I’ve used the hashtag #flightlog to post information about my last two flights to Twitter: CYRO-CYAM VFR, 4.4 hours flight time (4.2 air time) PIC #flightlog CYTZ-CYRO IFR 1.8 PIC in a PA-28-161 #flightlog No one is using this hashtag … Continue reading ?

The fuel and weight dilemma

Last week I wrote about the summer flying dilemma, the challenge of balancing passenger comfort, speed, and the rising summer cumulus clouds. Pilots face a whole series of dilemmas like that with every flight — in fact, it’s probably fair … Continue reading ?

8 years as a licensed pilot

Eight years ago today, on 29 August 2002, I passed my flight test and earned my Private Pilot License — Aeroplane (PPL). I had 56.9 hours in my logbook (14.1 solo), and took the flight test late in the afternoon … Continue reading ?

Why checkpoints matter

Let’s say that you’re going on a 300 nm (550 km) flight — a typical distance for a cross-country trip in a small plane — VFR, without radar coverage.  You file a flight plan, take off on time, but don’t … Continue reading ?

#1 again

That was fast! Barely are my blogs restored, and Google has already bumped this blog up to the #1 search result for the common aviation phrase “land and hold short”, ahead of the Wikipedia article (#2) and AOPA’s guide to … Continue reading ?

He lives!

Promise to post several updates! I have done some flying since my last blog post and hope to do some flying during my holiday vacation. Money is a bit tight these days so I have not flown nearly as much as I’d like. I have mentally reconciled that maintaining my IFR currency [...]

Trip around Brittany, Act III

L ast act of the trip around Brittany.We woke up early in the morning to check the day's weather forecast on the Internet, and the situation is great. The sun shines almost everywhere over our territory apart from some thunderstorms in the south of France, but this doesn't concern us. Show More Summary

Trip around Brittany, Act II

T he second day of the trip should have flown us from Morlaix to Quiberon, overflying the Brittany's most Western extremity. The plan was then to head to Brest and then reach the south coast and follow it until we reached the Quiberon peninsula. Show More Summary

Trip around Brittany, Act I

A s I quickly mentioned it in a previous post, I realised a three days trip around Brittany with a Cessna 172 last summer. The principle: following the coast all around the peninsula, accompanied by a lovely passenger - photographer girl. Show More Summary

Digiatl trip

H ere is a short video from a Toussus -> Pont-sur-Yonne -> Toussus flight. You'll see some castles, some colourful Yonne river meanders, the city of Fontainebleau and its famous forest and finally the Ferté Alais airfield with vintage aircrafts of the Amicale Jean-Baptiste Salis.

Factor 10

T hree years ago precisely, I was passenger of a Boeing 777 between Paris CDG and New-York JFK airport. Around 20 minutes after take-off we reached the European continent's border, ready to cross the Northern Atlantic area to join the United States. Show More Summary

Passenger's perceptions

P assenger [noun] A traveler on a public or private conveyance other than the driver, pilot or crew. Adapted to air transportation, the passenger's role is to my opinion one of the best occupation we can find. Admiring clouds, cities...Show More Summary

Sea from the sky

A lthough strongly attracted by everything that can fly, looking at the sea remains something special ad mysteriously resourcing. As I only need to fly straight for 45 minutes from my aerodrome to join the coast, I recently spent some pleasant time following the Etretat Cliffs at 2500 feet. Show More Summary

Flying around the runways

A well known basic training exercise for student pilots is flying in the aerodrome traffic pattern, or aerodrome circuit. Without surprise, it consists in realizing a complete circuit around the aerodrome runways. The goal is makingShow More Summary

Window seat, please

T he best seats onboard an aeroplane are the window side seats! This picture is an indisputable proof. Like many dreamers, I let my eyes fixed on the outside world when I get the chance to obtain a "window seat". And the best gift is to spot another aircraft, somewhere else in the sky.However, it might not seem that exciting. Show More Summary

Choosing a field after an engine failure

W hen flying with a single engine aeroplane, we have to be prepared to the engine failure situation. In this case, the solution is an off field landing, which means gliding to a field without power.It could look like obvious but the ideal field choice is in fact a discipline included in the flying skills. Show More Summary

Over the clouds, the sun always shines

T o my eyes, one of the most attracting aspects of an air transport pilot's life is its unlimited sunshine feature!It must be really pleasant knowing that today at work you'll pass over this low winter cloud layer to join natural light in its purest state. Show More Summary

The unstable Cumulus Mediocris

We are never far from clouds when flying and with time I'm starting to really appreciate them. These large heaps of condensed water droplets are indeed excellent visual indicators for the atmosphere's mood, this so vast but so changing playground. Show More Summary

The jet engine's complexity

W hy is it so complicated to become an air transport pilot ? A glance to the right side gives us some clues. That complex thing is an aircraft's jet engine. Unfortunately, before being able to use one, we must have fully understood its principles of working. Show More Summary

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