On Cancelling a Flight

Sometimes, things just aren’t meant to be. And no, I’m not talking about relationships. I had to cancel my first night training flight in over a year due to a number of factors, but mainly due to an INOP defrost/heater system. Most pilots who fly in the lower mainland are used to cancelling flights due to weather,…

Flight to Victoria, BC (CYYJ)

It occurred to me recently that in almost five years of flying, I hadn’t actually flown to Victoria International Airport (CYYJ), located approximately 35 nautical miles SW from Boundary Bay. It also so happens that I have a brother currently living in Victoria, so a flight to Victoria could serve the actual purpose of picking him up…

Flight to Squamish, BC (CYSE)

Yesterday, I decided to make use of the gorgeous weather we had been having at the start of October and take a quick flight out to Squamish (CYSE). I had overflown the airport before when enroute to Pemberton but never actually landed, so this would be the first time I’d been on the ground there. The weather…

Flight to Princeton, BC (CYDC)

This last weekend provided an awesome weather outlook of CAVOK around Vancouver and inland so I decided to take a buddy and head east to Princeton for a short but nice mountain flight. I would have liked to take another passenger but unfortunately the combo of Princeton having the 100LL pumps unavailable and a gross weight…

Boundary Bay (CZBB) to Sechelt (CAP3)

A couple weeks ago I decided to head to a small airfield on the coast that I had overflown when enroute to Powell River from CZBB. Sechelt (CAP3) is a nice little field with a 2400×75′ asphalt runway and open clubhouse complete with leather couches and a ping pong table. For this flight I brought along a…

Pemberton (CYPS) and Harrison Mills Golf Course (Rowena)

After a several month flying hiatus during the foggy and cloudy Vancouver winter, the weather finally turned up and gave me a chance to get back into the air. Something I had been meaning to do for some time was get some mountain flying experience, and given the sudden occurrence of unlimited ceilings it seemed like as…

Boundary Bay (CZBB) to Hope Airpark (CYHE)

I had another chance to get a morning flight in before work last week, so I figured I’d take a quick flight up to Hope for some scenery. The weather was a bit cloudy with some rain enroute, but cleared up to be nice and sunny by the time we were back at CZBB. Unfortunately…

Boundary Bay (CZBB) to Powell River (CYPW)

Since obtaining my PPL (private pilot license) in the summer of 2013, I’ve been looking for opportunities to get out for morning flights to enjoy the beautiful area around Vancouver. I had a friend and co-worker tell me about his recent flight to Powell River and I thought it would be a great opportunity for a…