Flying the Piper Arrow II

In March 2017, I moved to Toronto and with the change, left my airplane partnership in Vancouver. This meant I had to find another way to fly. I ended up choosing Durham Flight Centre for their convenience (located at Oshawa airport, CYOO) and the fact that they have quite a nice Arrow II available for rental.…

The HARPEL Check

Contrary to what most non-pilots think, a lot of flying is actually very mundane and uneventful. There is a saying among pilots that flying is 99% boredom punctuated by 1% moments of sheer terror, indicating that routine flying can quickly become exciting – but not in a good way. Something that’s always helped me stay on…

Lillooet, BC (CYLI)

Yesterday, a buddy and I made it up to Lillooet (CYLI), which has an airport I intended to visit last summer but had to cancel multiple attempts due to thunderstorms. Yesterday being a crisp, clear January day made it a prime opportunity to see the airport. We flew the leg to Lillooet via Hope and…

Featured on Aviation News Journal Magazine

It was my great honour this September to be featured on the cover of Aviation News Journal Magazine. Accompanying the front page photo is a short bio of yours truly to accompany the cover photo, mostly describing how I got into aviation and hope to inspire others to do the same.

Toronto Trip – July 2016

What does one do when on vacation in Toronto during a sunny July? Go flying of course! I chose to fly out of Toronto City Airport (CYTZ) for a touch and go at Oshawa (CYOO) before returning for a few orbits around downtown. The weather was fantastic (albeit a bit hazy), and the air was very smooth once…

Flight Planning

Preparing for a flight is something every pilot does in his or her own particular way. We’re taught the basics in PPL ground school and demonstrate a prescribed method for the checkride, but it takes hours (and years even) of experience beyond the basic training for each pilot to enhance and refine their own methods. With the…

Tofino, BC (CYAZ)

Tofino has been a destination I’d had in mind for some time before finally being able to make the trip. The airfield is an old military field with three large runways, located only a 10 minute walk from a gorgeous beach. It’s also known for intense fog in the mornings even during the summer, so…

Oliver, BC (CAU3)

Yesterday marked the longest flight I’ve done to date at about 188 nautical miles (or 347 km). It was an excellent November day with just some SCT 125 clouds and smog/haze, so I chose to take the opportunity to push a bit further into the interior than my last flight to Princeton. My eventual goal…

Flight to Campbell River (CYBL)

This past Sunday I managed to take a windy, mid-November flight to Campbell River. For most of the first leg up the Sunshine coast we faced 25-30 knot headwinds from around 330°M but did manage to enjoy the same winds on the return leg. I took a bunch of photos on both legs, mostly of the cool…