AVIATEUR EXPRESS # 821 - April 15, 2020 


  • Transport Canada Actions, COVID-19
  • Death of Dr Claude Bélanger
  • Globalstar rebate on SPOT equipment
  • Separation of a cylinder in flight
  • Have you checked  your ELT recently?
  • Flight simulation
  • Your virtual library
  • 2020 photo competition

Transport Canada Actions, COVID-19

A message from the Regional Director of Civil Aviation (Quebec)

Good morning all,

I wanted to take a few moments of your time today to reiterate the commitment of my regional management to continue its efforts in support of the civil aviation sector during this difficult period. These efforts materialize in different ways, but in all cases have the objective of aligning our regulatory requirements with the reality of the moment, while staying focused on safety. Also, we hope to be able to facilitate the implementation of the various territorial, provincial and federal measures that can impact you by answering your questions and concerns, and by making the bridge with the national functional authorities of Transport Canada in Ottawa.

In terms of regulatory compliance, we have already reviewed our monitoring schedule and are working with our national authorities to adapt our compliance approach to current reality.

In the past few days, a variety of regulatory exemptions and extensions have been prepared and disseminated by the central authorities of Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) in order to offer certain reliefs allowing the sector to cope with the current crisis situation. Also, some Emergency Orders have been issued to address the risks of the spread of COVID-19. We realize that this translates into a large flow of information that is subject to change periodically. We therefore invite you to frequently consult the usual information networks that Transport Canada makes available to you.

In addition to your usual sources of information, I include below a hyperlink leading to the complete list of measures, updates and guidelines related to COVID-19 issued by Transport Canada:


On this page you will find emergency orders, exemptions, newsletters, guides for the aviation industry, response measures for air transportation, safety alerts civil aviation, and other information related to the COVID-19 crisis. The “Civil Aviation” tab will provide all the specifics specific to this sector.

I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that the scope of the Emergency Order relating to questions relating to the health of passengers for domestic flights in Canada will be extended today to 703 operators as well as private aircraft of less than 10 seats. As you know, this Emergency Order is intended to prevent the boarding of passengers who have symptoms of COVID-19. Inspectors will contact these operators as early as next week to validate their overall understanding of the expectations of this Order, and to discuss their situation and general needs.

Finally, in order to ensure inclusive communication links, we set up a national periodic call managed by TCCA, Quebec region, bringing together the main manufacturers in the aeronautical sector, and certain maintenance organizations. This is like the weekly national call on the status of civil aviation, managed by our colleagues from central authorities in Ottawa. These calls serve as forums for TCCA to provide the most recent updates on its regulatory activities and to answer questions from various stakeholders in the aviation sector. Note that we will shortly organize the same kind of calls, but this time on an ad hoc basis, for other sectors of the civil aviation ecosystem in the Quebec region that could benefit from such a platform.

For any questions or concerns regarding the current situation or other aviation safety issues, do not hesitate to contact your inspector.

Alain Carrier
Regional Director Civil Aviation / Regional Director Civil Aviation
Transport Canada / Transport Canada
Région du Québec / Quebec Region
Telephone / Telephone: (514) 633-3159
Fax / Fax: (514) 633-3052
alain.carrier@tc.gc. it

Editor's note:

Here is a direct link to the different CAR exemptions published by Transport Canada:

Exceptions to Canadian Aviation Regulations

In particular, you will find there the exemptions related to the validity of Canadian aviation document booklets and flight tests. 

Death of Dr Claude Bélanger

We learned of the death of Dr. Claude Bélanger on April 9 last following a long illness.

For many of us, Claude was the doctor who gave us our medical exams for more than 40 years. He had stopped exercising when he was diagnosed with his illness.

A very large number of private and commercial pilots, bush pilots and airline pilots knew Claude very well. Also a pilot, he was known for his good nature, his stories and a doctor who took the time to chat with all the pilots he examined. It was always a pleasant date.

Our sincere condolences to Lucie, her faithful companion that all the pilots also knew, her son Sébastien and daughter Alexandra, as well as her brother André.

Globalstar rebate on SPOT equipment for Aviator members. Quebec

Globalstar offers Aviator.Québec members advantageous pricing.

If interested, we invite you to contact

David Milord, Director of Distribution.

(Bur.) 1-905-712-6653 (CELL) 1-514-924-4404 or dmilord@globalstar.ca

Separation of a cylinder in flight

A contribution from Yvon Roy as part of our invitation to share this moment when you picked up your bag of chances.


Cessna 182Q

300 hp TCM I0-550 engine

New cylinder of 238 hrs Top O / H. Eci TiTan

Aerocet 3500L floats

August 09, 2008 / 12:00 p.m. ET

Here is a somewhat special situation during a fishing trip flight: After 55 minutes of level flight (2,500 feet) completely normal, a sudden detonation equivalent to a caliber rifle. 12 is heard inside the cabin, everything starts to vibrate intensely, I lose 250 revolutions of RPM. I immediately think of the propeller due to the vibration, and I start to make a quick scan of my engine instruments to notice that my EDM JPI-700 analyzer indicates a problem on the cylinder no: 2 by flashing and indicating a temperature of the CHT / EGT at Zero degrees. I do not change any engine speed parameter on an instinctive memory recall from an experienced TEA who had mentioned to me that as long as the propeller turns you start by securing yourself. In the 3 minute interval I was landing on a river near a road,

I reassured my 2 passengers immediately by having identified the problem on cylinder no: 2 and that I would do an emergency ditching. This made them more confident in handling the situation and there was no panic on board. After the landing, I see that the entire left side and the underside of the cabin are full of engine oil, I had lost 3 liters of oil in three minutes !!! , do the math ??

I removed the hood and that's where I saw the head of the cyl. No: 2 which was completely separated and 1/2 inch apart from the '' End '' no: 5, the oil came out through the loose push rod tubes. I called my TEA by satellite and it came to replace my cylinder and I left the next day around 1.00 am to finalize my fishing trip.

Here are the lessons I draw from this CHANCE !!!

- Advice from my experienced TEA not to change my engine parameters in flight, until the plane is quickly secured, because people's lives are more important than an engine.

  • Having a fully charged satellite phone and SPOT tracking
  • Have a good repair shop and TEA
  • Have good pilot friends to accommodate you.
  • Have a good survival kit.
  • Review our emergency ditching practices.

Note: Following this incident, I required ECI to replace all of my cylinders, as they were all identified (serial) on a service letter as being possibly problematic at separation at ´End ´ no: 5.

This was completed the following spring to my satisfaction.

Yvon Roy

Val-d'Or, Qc.

Aviators member. Quebec no .: 3129

You got it in your bag of chances?

We invite you to do like Yvon Roy and share with us this moment that you lived where you picked up your bag of chances? How did you end up in this situation? How did you do? What lessons have you learned?

Write us your experience via email securite@aviateurs.quebec .

We will make a draw among the shipments received by April 30. The winner will receive a free one-year subscription (or a one-year renewal), all accompanied by an Aviator.Québec cap.

Have you checked your ELT recently?

This quiet period is the perfect opportunity to do so.

Any owner pilot should regularly check the correct functioning of his beacon.

Whether it is a beacon transmitting on the 406 MHz or 121.5 MHz frequency, it is only permitted to trigger an ELT for the purpose of functional testing during the first five minutes of any UTC time (universal time) coordinated) and their duration must be limited to a maximum of five seconds (CAR 605.40 (2)).

For an ELT 406 type beacon, a control panel is found in the aircraft dashboard. As one member said, "By pressing the" TEST "button, the small light in the center flashed and then went out. A few moments later I received an email from RCB / CBR (Canadian Beacon Registry ) , allowing me to check if my file is up to date, and confirming de facto that my beacon works. "

In the case of an ELT 121.5, the frequency 121.5 must be listened to on the airplane radio or a portable radio in order to validate whether it is transmitting clearly. If you hear the characteristic “youyouyouyou” noise, your ELT is working. If not, visually check that it is not "OFF", and if necessary, have the installation revised. Even if it is not required, it is advisable to call the FSS to tell them that you have just taken a test. You don't want to be overflown by a Hercules!

Before checking, we recommend that you consult the instruction manual relevant to your ELT. If you have any questions, check with an avionics shop or your mechanic.

Flight simulation

One of our readers writes to us about his passion for flight simulation and how to get started without being too expensive.


Are you a flight simulator enthusiast or just curious?

I have been for about 20 years and 5 years ago, I started building my airplane simulator following a visit to a professional simulator worth $ 140,000. Now 5 years later being also passionate about IT, I improved it, with 3 computers, 7 screens, 10 speakers, and a unique environment and several configurations available: Boeing 737, Cessna, Helicopter and Dash8.

Being passionate about IT and aviation, for 2 years, I combined the two, and I started to assist people for their airplane simulator. A basic simulator can be very affordable:

  • A computer or laptop (i5 processor) $ 300
  • A Flight Simulator license on Steam: $ 28 (several planes available, ultra light, Cessna, Boeing and more!)
  • A very simple USB joystick with integrated power controller at $ 30

And, hours of fun 😊 with more than 24,000 airports. So for around $ 350, it is possible to go around the world in virtual or simply practice flight procedures such as checklists, IFR flight, learning to use a GPS like the Garmin 430.

The purpose of the simulation for my part is to create an environment. Since it is only simulation (no sensation of speed, force "G" or movement), the way to get there is by adding certain software: Ex control tower, weather real, passenger simulation, etc

The simulation can be very complex, everyone has different opinions, I only share mine with the experience I have acquired over the years.

Contributed by Serge Lapointe, member of the SImulateur de vol Québec Facebook group

Editor's note:  Another interesting site to consult is that of Ciel québécois , an initiative of Stephan Schneider, member of Aviateurs.Québec. This site provides a variety of advice and links on the subject of flight simulation.

Your virtual library

March 26, 2020 - New publications of the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) as well as the Nav Canada Aeronautical Information Publication (AIP)

Here are links that will take you to the latest editions of some publications.

Click on the title of the publication to view and download it:

2020 photo competition

Congratulations to Jacques Dorion for the winning photo of March!

Jacques wins one of the following awards: cap or polo shirt.

The 2020 competition continues!

It's time to submit a photo or two for April!

We are currently accepting photos (related to aviation, read rules) for the April round.

Send your photos to photos@aviateurs.quebec before April 30 at 10 p.m.

To vote, click on the photo (or photos) of your choice by going HERE

The full contest rules can be viewed HERE

Do you know our  FACEBOOK page ?

Our Facebook page is intended to be informative on general aviation subjects and in particular on what could be of interest to our members and those who are waiting to become one.

It is also the place where Jean-Pierre Bonin, our faithful collaborator, deposits the photos submitted as part of the Photo Contest.

We invite you to come and visit it and why not register for it.



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