News and Comment
Congratulations to Steven Blackwood, Stephen Keays and Weston Nicholson on obtaining their float plane rating within the past 2 weeks.
Way to go guys.... all the best!!
Matthew Little soloed today! Congratulations to both Matthew and his instructor Larry Nurse.
Ali Basmaci soloed today under the tutelage of Morgan Ross. Congratulations to you both!
Joshua Shea flew his first solo today. Joshua is the first student in the September Class to do so. Congratulations! In all fairness to the other students, he did start back in July, but still managed to get solo in about 20 hours. Keep up the good work!
An early morning flight in C-GJFE ended suddenly when the plane landed with a collapsed nose gear. Both props struck the runway and the aircraft slid to a stop on its nose. No-one was injured.
With DMO also off-line from a prop-strike in Rochester, OFC will be without any twin engine aircraft for the next few weeks. Rest assured we will be doing out utmost to return one of the aircraft to service as soon as possible.
Dimitrios Pavlou flew his first solo today. Dimitrios is a private student with an interesting background. He is the head chef at Costco and is responsible for all their ready to eat meals. Congratulations to Dimitrios and his instructor Tony Tiefenbach.
Patrick Allard flew solo this afternoon. Congratulations to Patrick and his instructor Chris Busch.
5 instructors and 10 students have made it to St. John's Newfoundland this evening.The adventurous group led by instructor Terry Otsuji left the Ottawa Flying Club on Monday August 23 in 4 Cessna 172's (FEUH, GCVO, GCOH and FVZN) and the Beech Duchess (GJFE). Their route consisted of Ottawa (CYOW) to Québec City (CYQB) to Fredericton (CYFC) for the night. Tuesday to Moncton (CYQM) to Charlottetown (CYYG) to Sydney (CYQY) to St. John`s (CYYT).
Private pilot student Quichen Zhang flew her first solo flight on Thursday August 19, 2010. She started her quest for her license this past winter. Congratulations Quichen.... keep soaring!
Our private pilot students and our Algonquin Aviation Management Program students come various walks of life as well as from around the globe. It truly is a great mosaic of the skies.
Flying is something you have to have a passion for. Not anyone can say they can't wait for that moment when the wheels leave the ground and you are doing something that a person has always dreamed of doing. How many people can say that they fly over the Grand Canyon, or the wheat fields of Saskatchewan or the beauty of Lake Superior as the pilot in command? You have not lived until you have soared off into sunsets you can't even begin to image. Or the feeling of looking out over the world at night from 9,000 feet and seeing the lights of Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto or New York. But perhaps the greatest feeling of being a pilot is the absolute freedom you feel. You are on top of YOUR world. The sky IS the limit. And coming in on finals in the last waining moments of the day and knowing that in the morning you get to get up and do it all over again, I can't think of a better job in the world.......
These two students are well on their way having started their studies in the Algonquin program and the Ottawa Flying Club in May 2010... CONGRATULATIONS Charles & Brent!!