Category Archives: Ground School

Class of April, 2017 – Welcome!

Hello Everyone,

It was great to meet you all two weeks ago. I am looking forward to seeing you again on Tuesday.
We’ll start with a quiz on the material you have been learning with Tarek. If you want to look at it ahead of time, please do – it’s right here on the site under Chris’Quizzes – Aerodynamics 1.
The quiz will be a regular feature. We’ll spend twenty minutes at the start of class finding the answers by consensus.
Then we’ll move on to the new material – this week, regulations: the CARS. I hope you all have the CARS Index Page bookmarked.
See you Tuesday,
Chris

Quiz for Class October 11

Hello Class of 2016-2017: Maxime, Niyazali, Douglas, Paul, Ella, Benjamin, Sylvain, and Pierre,

This week I am starting a new series of pages, featuring the class quizzes. These will be available (hopefully) a few days before the class. You will find them under Chris’s Quizzes.

Have a great Thanksgiving, and see you Tuesday!

Chris

Last Class May 3

Greetings Class of 2016,

We are ready for graduation!

Of course, there is the dreaded final exam. We will do the exam in class on May 3. But fear not: it will be open book! If you have a Pratt laptop that can receive the internet, bring it along so you can go to your (bookmarked) CARS Index Page. If you have notes, bring them and use them. I’ll have copies of the AIM in English and French available as reference.

The downside is there is a time limit: 1 hour 20 minutes. There are 100 questions on the exam, but we will do only the first 80 in that 1:20, so that’s 1 minute per question.

Then we’ll take a break while I mark the exams. After break, we’ll do the flight planning together and answer the remaining 20 questions.

That’s the basic outline of the class. Is there time pressure? Big time! But we’ll do the best we can. And at the end of class I’ll give you a sheet with the references for the questions, and commentaries on some of them. Then (hopefully) I’ll get all that up on the site.

Suggestions for April 19 Class

Hello, Class of 2015-16

A reminder that we are meeting a week from today (Apr 19) to review topics of your choosing.

Patrice has suggested we go over what has to happen before you can go solo. That’s a good idea, and one of the hurdles is passing the PSTAR (90% corrected to 100%).

The first reference for PSTAR is TP11919EN, Student Pilot reference guide, et TP11919F en français.

I just bought a Transport Canada approved app for iPhone for studying for the PSTAR. It is the PSTAR Exam APP et c’est bilingue.

Moving on to the PPL exam , the reference is TP12880E or TP12880F.

For practice exams online, see pilotsense.com, among others.

I’ll make sure we have plenty of topics to discuss next week, but now is your chance for requests.

See you next Tuesday,

Chris

Review Sessions

Hello Classmates,

I have posted the answer sheets on the site. You will find different methods there – i.e. Interpolation vs. Worst case (conservative). You will probably also find mistakes.

To formalize it: we have decided together to have two more sessions:

April 19: Review of topics you submit

May 3: Private Pilot Flight Test practice

Here are a few answers and links re questions from last night:

  • Standard Rate Turns: 3 degrees per second, one minute for 180°, two minutes for 360°. A quick formula is Bank Angle = TAS/10 + 5. Another resource on the subject is here.
  • For your study and review, consult TP880E, Study and Reference Guide for PPL
  • The Flight Test Guide for the Private Pilot Licence (TP 13723E) sections Admission to a Flight Test, and Letters of Recommendation, are worth looking at.
  • Fuel reserve requirements for VFR flight are in CAR 602.88(3): 30 minutes day, 45 minutes night.
  • Merryn: Written examinations are good for two years: ref CAR400.03. The requirements for the written and flight tests are in CAR 421.13 and CAR 421.14.
  • Louis: requirements for your Flight Review are found in CAR 401.05 and CAR 421.05.

As we discussed last night, please feel free to email me (chris@formercaptain.ca) with questions from your study and suggestions for our review session April 19.

Joyeuses Pâques

Good Morning Cheyenne Team, Salt Lake City Team, Phoenix Team, and Los Angeles Team:

The slides from all the presentations are now up on the site as PDFs. (Text and slides to follow, in some cases). I have updated Chris and his Teachers to honour my old friend Dan, who recently received the Wright Brothers Award for 50 years of safe flying.

To help you with your homework and enable you to study other charts than the one used for your mission, I have put all the charts and mission statements up under Flight Operations: Southwest USA Flight Plan Exercises: Route. As I say on that page, a good approach is to calculate the Takeoff and Climb performance two ways:

  1. Use the sea level, standard day numbers from the POH and the Koch Chart
  2. Use the POH numbers with all the corrections for pressure altitude, temperature, and wind

They will not be the same, but they should be in the same ballpark.

Another good exercise is to use your E6-B to calculate the TAS, and thence the groundspeed, at liftoff and touchdown.

Please feel free to email me with questions or observations this weekend.

Joyeuses Pâques and I look forward to seeing you next Tuesday.

Chris

Flight Operations Slides Posted

Hello Annie, Merryn, Eric, Etienne, Jean, Louis, Patrice, & Raymond:

It was good to see you all again last evening.

As requested, here are the slides I presented. I have included a couple of links but no text as yet.

Next week we’ll flight plan a semi-realistic flight or two, looking at map work, flight log, and performance issues. Bring your E6B and plotter, and a Montreal VNC if you have one.

See you then,

Chris

p.s. For the slides look under Aéroclub de Longueuil: Flight Operations.