FlyCanada has just released a new video outlining why international students should come to Canada to fly with in Canada and with the Ottawa Flying Club. Check it out.
FlyCanada is a group of Canadian flight schools who are members of the Air Transport Association of Canada (ATAC). Their mission is to promote the Canadian brand of safe, high quality flight training to international students.
The demand for pilots is booming. Aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing predict that demand will grow from 232,000 pilots today to 467,000 over the next twenty years. At the same time, the capacity to produce these pilots in their home contries is not sufficiently developed to meet the need.
Canadian schools like the Ottawa Flying Club offer solutions to the many students looking for safe high quality places to train. With almost a century of flight training experience behind us, we have the flight training capacity, skills and experience that today's international market needs.
Want to do some flying, but the weather's not favouring your flight plan? Why not make use of a bad weather day to brush up on your instrument and other flying skills?
Students and Members can now take advantage of solo/rental use of the new Simulator
In order for you to use the Simulator on your own, we ask that you complete a quick 'checkout', as you would for any of the fleet aircraft with one of our Instructors, where they will show you the ins and outs of the Sim's multiple features. After this they will sign off your logbook as "OK for Solo Sim Use". Then you're free to use the sim at your convenience.
The Sim will be treated as the rest of the OFC fleet, so before getting the keys you will have to be 'signed out' by Dispatch to get the keys to the Sim room, then signed back in when you are done. The Solo rate for the Sim is $35.00/hr.
A few days ago, one of our aircraft developed severe vibrations during a training flight resulting from an engine failure. A valve head had broken off and was loose in the cylinder. The piston kept moving, driven by the other three operating ones and tried to compress the valve head resulting in tremendous damage that broke a hole through the top of the piston, bent the piston rod and severely scarred the cylinder. Click the image to see a larger version. Miraculously, the engine continued to run and the aircraft was able to return to base without incident.
The Instructor and Student on board followed the engine failure procedures, declared an emergency but found they had sufficient power to maintain altitude and return to base.
As Pilots, we train for emergencies. When everything is operating smoothly, it doesn't take much skill. There has been talk lately from Ryan Air's CEO about moving to single pilot planes since, in his view, the computer can fly the plane. But can the computer land in the Hudson, or in the trees in Russia - saving all passengers in the process? Its when things go wrong that the value of a pilot is really tested - and things do go wrong. So we train for emergencies.
Engine failure of this sort are very rare. The engine was recently overhauled and was 700 hours into its 2000 hour life. There were no indications of impending failure, no trace metals, in the oil samples we have analyzed every 50 hours. Nothing to indicate a problem. But, as the saying goes, "Shit Happens" - be ready.