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Float Rating Complete

By Matt | May 21, 2009

I finally finished off my float rating tonight after 7 hrs on the dot. I want to thank Lake Country Airways for providing the flight training for me. I highly recommend this flight school for your float endorsement, they are very pleasant and professional.

Now the next step is completing my commercial license. I’m trying to get EI to help pay for some of my CPL and instructor rating. Hopefully I can get some assistance and continue flying. The hours are adding up in the log book 🙂

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Float Rating

By Matt | May 7, 2009

Well, instead of taking time off from flying I decided what the heck… I’m going to get my float endorsement! I’m not the type of guy that can just sit around and do nothing, I always looking to learn.

Float flying is the best type of flying I have done to date in my aviation training. I decided to with Lake Country Airways for my training because they had their planes in the water and were available right away to go flying. They operate a 172 and 185 on floats and have a few instructors. The owner of the company Jeff, is a very nice individual and very experienced at float flying. So far I have logged 3.1 hrs and have almost covered all the bare essentials of float flying. Nothing beats landing on a remote lake and docking and just knowing that nothing but mother nature surrounds you. At one point my instructor told me “Ok pretend I’m a paying passenger, take me to this little lake and dock the plane and drop me off”. We took found the little lake landed and did exactly what he said. It felt so cool thinking that one day I might just be doing this for a living.

I have more float flying scheduled for this week and next week. Hope the weather meteorologist are wrong with their for cast for the next few days predicting rain every day 🙁

Check out my facebook profile for pictures of my float flying experience. http://www.facebook.com/people/Matt-StAmant/511055390

Cheers,

Matt

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Flight from CNB9 to CYSB

By Matt | March 17, 2009

The nice weather has finally arrived and I took full advantage of it on Sunday. I woke up to the sun shinning in my window and jump into my car and headed for a 11:30 flight booking. I arrived at the airport and went over some nav planning with my co-pilot Anne and my passenger PJ (my cousin). Once we were all set we loaded up the aircraft, topped up the fuel tanks and departed Runway 10 with a right turn out North for Sudbury Airport (CYSB). We climbed to 4500ft and headed towards Parry Sound Airport as a check point then enroute to the little town of Britt Ontario… We decided to take a quick flight over Britt to get a glance of where my cousin grew up and take a look at the St.Amant’s Waterfront Inn. After a quick flyby we headed direct to Sudbury Airport. 1hr and 30 min after takeoff we arrived at CYSB and landed on runway 22 (6600 ft long) and taxied to apron 3 to park the aircraft. It was really neat flying in and watching Air Candada Jazz planes fly in right after you and unload a load of passengers refuel and takeoff. Once parked we headed into the main terminal for a quick bite to eat and to do some quick calculations for the flight home. We headed back to the airplane and taxied out to runway 22 for departure. We only use half of the runway length for takeoff and still had a ways of runway left when we lifted off. We did a left turn out and a climb to 5500ft enroute direct to Lake Simcoe Regional. The flight was a great experience and I got to log 3.4 hrs in the log book. I would highly recommened to other pilots to take a trip up to Sudbury to view the beautiful scenery and check out the nice airport.

On another note, I’m getting really excited to get my float rating this spring. I’m thinking about going to Sudbury Aviation to do the rating since it’s the cheapest around. I havent flown much this month because I want to log the float time towards my CPL and enjoy this summer flying on floats. If anyone has a float plane that they are looking to rent out, please contact me.

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Bendix King AV80R GPS & Free aerobatics show

By Matt | February 19, 2009

Last Sunday I decided to fly to Hanover ( Saugeen Municipal Airport) with a aviation friend of mine to try out her new GPS. We departed Lake Simcoe Regional and headed direct to CPN4 using the new Bendix King AV80R GPS. I have nothing but good things to say about this GPS. The touch screen makes it so easy to use, the flight planning takes 10 sec, the screen is huge, and I think the best function is that it list all the airports and if you click on them it tells you a ton of information about the airport ( Runways, freq, elev). I highly recommend this GPS to anyone that is looking for a super easy and powerful gGPS. I’m hoping to write a full review about the product when I get a chance…. So back to the flight… We landed at Hanover and had a delicious lunch, saw some nice aircraft ( SR22, C182 float plane) then climbed back into the aircraft and took off back to CNB9… then shortly after takeoff (5 miles out from Hanover) a plane goes flying by my right wing as if we were standing still. All of a sudden the plane starts doing barrel rolls and other moves… It was so awesome!!!! I wish I got the aircraft tail registration so I could track the pilot and thank him for the free show! After the show was over we continued back to CNB9 and had a safe landing….

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Next step…

By Matt | February 6, 2009

I’m hoping to enroll in a Multi IFR course within the next few weeks.  I’m considering Toronto Airways or Canadian Flyers for my training but can’t make up my mind. Does anyone have any recommendations? I’m getting very close to 150 hrs and I think I’m ready for the next step!

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Looking forward to Spring !

By Matt | January 23, 2009

This winter has really taken a toll on my flight training. Living up here in the winter snow belt has been absolutely crazy. It has snowed almost every day here in Barrie Ontario CANADA. Hopefully the nice weather comes soon and I can complete my flight training. I’m a little upset that my flight school hasn’t ran a Commercial ground school for over a year. I have also been told by my flight school they would have a IFR certified plane to do my instrument rating, this still hasn’t happened….. They also told me they may be getting a twin for multi engine ratings…. we will see what happends.. alot of talking but no action. If they don’t have one by spring I will be switching to Canadian Flyers or Toronto Airways.

I have a plane booked this saturday, hopefully the weather is VFR!

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John Travolta’s son passed away.

By Matt | January 3, 2009

I was very sad today when I read that someone I admire very much (John Travolta)  lost his 16 year old son Jett.  It apparently happened at their vacation home in the Bahamas when his son fall and hit his head.

My condolences go out to the Travolta family.

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Finally done my night rating

By Matt | December 21, 2008

I finally had the opportunity to finish my night rating on a beautiful December night. I took advantage of the weather and logged 2.4 hrs in my log book.  I can’t believe the amount of snow that has accumulated in Barrie so far this season. Oh yea today is the first day of winter 🙂 I’m hoping to get some flying in over the Christmas break since I have a lot of unpaid days off from work. Keep checking back for more updates.

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Errrr… I hate winter!

By Matt | November 18, 2008

It’s been almost 2 weeks now without flying. Up here in Barrie Ontario, we have been hit with major snow. I have been thinking about packing up and heading south to Florida to complete my CPL. The only problem is, I would have to quit my job and still pay the bills.. Errrrrrrr what to do.. what to do…. I just hit 135 hrs and almost $24,000 worth of flight training. I guess my investment into flight training was better then investing into stock market. It sucks that we have been declared in a recession. I hope people continue to fly!

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My condolences to the Crisp family

By Matt | November 6, 2008

I just wanted to give my condolences to the Crisp family. 

Today Brandon Crisp’s body was found  just outside Barrie, Ontario minutes away from the airport I fly out of ( Lake Simcoe Reg) .  Brandon went missing Oct 13th and many searches were unable to find him.  RIP Brandon.

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