• Chronicle on Aviation Safety: Flight Itinerary
  • Recency training schedule 
  • Report a Nav Canada service refusal
  • New inspection standard for ELT
  • Member Discount - Globalstar and Garmin
  • Open House: Trois-Rivières Airport
  • Reminder: UTC = Eastern Standard Time + 5 hours
  • Aeroparc Project at Therford Mines Airport
  • 2019 Photo Contest



The Canadian Aviation Regulations state that:

< CAR  602.73 (2) No pilot- in-command shall operate an aircraft in VFR flight unless a VFR flight plan or a VFR flight itinerary has been filed, except when the flight is conducted at a VFR flight. 25 nautical miles or less from the aerodrome of departure.

Many pilots choose a flight itinerary rather than a flight plan or unfortunately,  simply choose to fly without one or the other. Is the flight plan and flight itinerary equivalent? Not at all. There are important differences that the pilot must understand.

If you talk to SERABEC, they will tell you that in many cases, when the pilot has provided a flight itinerary, searches are initiated 24 to 48 hours after the disappearance of the aircraft so that with a flight plan , searches are automatically initiated 60 minutes after the end of the flight plan. This is one of the first differences that is not negligible! There were cases this summer, high-profile, where the authorities were alerted the day after the expected arrival of the device. And the research is <initiated> after 24 hours; we have not found you yet because, more often than not, flight itineraries are very vague and are often only verbal! Twenty-four hours, it could be the difference between life and death!

Another difference between the flight plan and the flight itinerary is that you put the responsibility on the back of a person in your entourage and not in the hands of a professional. It's a safe bet that the person to whom you have entrusted this responsibility will have a hesitation to alert the authorities. And that's what happens frequently. The person in question will immediately feel stress in realizing that the pilot has not arrived at the scheduled time and will tend to believe that everything is correct and that there is surely a communication problem. And what information does this person have? In many cases, the person in charge did not even know the call letters of the aircraft, did not know where to call and did not really know the planned route. So, why put this responsibility on the back of a member of your entourage when you have the opportunity to do it with a professional? Think about the burden you put on that person.

The third major difference between a flight itinerary and a flight plan is often the quality of the information available. Unfortunately, the reality is that the flight route is often used to avoid really planning your flight. The flight itinerary often looks like: <I'm going for a ride in the Mont-Tremblant area today and I should come back in the afternoon.>. It goes without saying that this route is not very useful. Where exactly did you go and at what time were you where? CAR 602.74 states that the flight plan or flight itinerary must contain, among other things: route, departure aerodrome, expected departure time, cruising speed, anticipated duration, flight time, expected arrival, aircraft identification, colors, etc. In fact,

The road is the crucial point! For example, a direct flight between St-Hyacinthe-Sherbrooke is a flight of about 35 minutes on a heading of 110 °. But if I plan to go south of Bromont to fly over the mountains, my initial course will be closer to 160 degrees and the flight lasting about an hour. Without the details of your true road, the authorities will not know where to look for you. It could be long!

Even for flights where you simply want to make a pleasure flight without a specific destination, it is possible to determine a route, at least approximate, that you anticipate to follow and include it in your plan / itinerary. The example of the ride over the mountains of Estrie illustrates that without the details of the real anticipated road, the search area will not be the right one.

So, an itinerary should never be a substitute for planning and if you have taken the time to do this planning, then why not file a flight plan? Avoid putting this burden on the backs of those who are dear to you!


As part of its core mission to promote aviation safety and under the auspices of Fonds Laplante-Duggan, Aviateurs.Québec announces its annual training program. The program is multi-faceted and aims to provide both training that can be used as credit for updating knowledge (RAC 401.05) and training of specific interest such as the use of Foreflight.

Here is the upcoming program:

  • Risk management on takeoff and uphill. This training is recognized as meeting the requirements of CAR 401.05 - updating knowledge. It covers the different stages in this first phase of a flight:
    • Pre-flight planning
    • Airplane performance
    • Takeoff rejected / Decision point
    • Winds across
    • Obstacles
    • Engine failure on takeoff
    • Take-off accident case study (TSB report)
  • Winter weather and decion making in unfavorable meteo conditions . This training is recognized as meeting the requirements of CAR 401.05 - updating knowledge. The topics covered are:
    • Fronts (link with winter weather)
    • Pilot decision making
    • Services offered by a NAV CANADA Flight Information Center (FIC)
  • Using Foreflight. This training will lead you to improve your level of comfort in the use of Foreflight. Revamped content to reflect the latest software enhancements by Foreflight

The calendar is the following. To register, click on the session that interests you in the following list:


Throughout the year, COPA receives information about one of the country's air traffic services (ATS) units that has denied them service. To help solve these problems, we need factual information with some specific details. We have created the tool below to help pilots report Nav Canada's cases of service refusal or service disruption. We encourage pilots to report these incidents so that we can forward this information to Nav Canada on behalf of our members. Pilots can access the tool by clicking on the following link:

                                               Report a denial of service

Source: COPA


Transport Canada changes the rule for ELT inspections (Standard 625, Appendix C, para 12). From now on, the 406 models will undergo a two-year cycle for performance test. ELT 121.5 remains at 1 year.

At a minimum, there should be an annual operational test on the 406s models. This test should be performed according to the manufacturer's instructions found in the ELT Operations Manual.

This new regulation represents savings of about $ 100 / year for the owner of an ELT 406. Not insignificant and this makes the 406 more and more affordable.

Why not take advantage of this savings by getting a piece of equipment like a SPOT or Garmin InReach (see rebates for members of Aviateurs.Québec below)

Contribution: Éric Fauteux,  http://www.aero-fax.com/


THE MOST IMPORTANT IN EMERGENCY SITUATION is SURVIVE! ... Then, it's to be FAST FIND! As you know, no matter where you take off, it's about flying 10 to 20 minutes to overcome it to be above inhospitable regions. In Quebec, even if it is successful, a forced landing in the forest can become an extreme survival test for any pilot. The importance of being located quickly will make the difference between life and death.

Redundancy of instruments is a basic principle in aviation. We believe it should be the same for the distress beacon. The ELT 121.5 is making way for the 406 and soon other options will be available but what about redundancy?

Several technologies using satellite networks already exist. These technologies are portable and improve from year to year. Technology now makes it possible to stay in touch via text messaging at very reasonable costs when compared to the costs of using satellite phones.

Aviateurs.Québec is pleased to announce the renewal of a rebate program for our members.

For more information, click on the following link DISCOUNT


Aviateurs.Québec was in Trois-Rivières last Sunday to contribute its participation to this event. Congratulations to the city of Trois-Rivières and the Association of Pilots of the Mauricie (APM) for the organization of this event. Thanks to AAR for making its facilities available to the organizers. A great success. Thousands of visitors were able to visit the site and get acquainted with the companies that work at the Trois-Rivières airport. This type of event contributes to the promotion of aviation and recognition of its contribution to society. Congratulations.

In the photo, Gilles Lambert - AQ, Ginette Bellemare - Deputy Mayor of Trois-Rivières, Michel Chartier - AQ, Maryse Bellemare - Municipal Councilor Chavigny District, Charles-André Dufresne - APM and Stéphane Bellemare - APM.


A reminder that in the night of November 2 to 3, we switch to Eastern Standard Time.

For the next few months (until  March 8 , 2020), UTC will be



The Thetford Mines Economic Development Corporation, the promoter of an aeropark at Thetford Mines Airport, would like to recruit potential participants for a Focus Group on an aeroparc project to be held in Thetford on November 23, in the morning.

A $ 70 bonus  is offered to each participant in the present discussion group.

Please answer the following 3 questions, if you are interested in this project by clicking on the following link: https://en.surveymonkey.com/r/groupediscussionaeroparc

This study was entrusted to the firm Expérience Stratégique LC by the Economic Development Corporation of Thetford Mines. For any other question about this approach or survey, please contact luc.caron@experiencelc.com .

We thank you very much for your valuable collaboration!

CALENDAR  (click HERE to access our online calendar )




Congratulations to Patrick Vergobbi for the winning photo of August.

Patrick wins one of the following awards, cap or polo or $ 10 gift certificate. Gift certificates can be cumulated over the year.

In order to allow everyone to have the chance to win during the year, the same person can not be declared winner of the month more than four (4) times in the year. Monthly and annual gift certificates can be accumulated for a maximum of $ 105

The 2019 contest continues!

It's time to vote for the October round.

To vote for your favorite (s) by going  HERE  and by clicking on Like for the photo (s) you prefer.

If you are not a Facebook member, you can see the pictures (without voting) HERE

For those who want to participate in the October round, send your photos to photos@aviateurs.quebec before October 31 at 22H00

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

Prizes for the contest

Grand annual winner: $ 75 gift certificate plus
2nd and 3rd annual trophy : $ 25 gift certificate plus trophy
Monthly winners: Cap or polo or gift certificate $ 10

Gift certificates can be cumulated over the year. In order to allow everyone to have the chance to win during the year, the same person can not be declared winner of the month more than four (4) times in the year. Monthly and annual gift certificates can be accumulated for a maximum of $ 105

For a monthly round to be held, you must have received at least five photos, from at least three different photographers (new in 2018). Otherwise, the photos received are entered in the next month's round. The total number of photos in the final remains at 20.

Winning photos of the month and photos with the most "likes" during the year (up to a total of 20) will be judged later to determine the three winning photos.

You can vote for any of your favorite photos throughout the year 2019. The winning photos of 2019 will be determined by an external juror during the month of January 2020 (see rules) and unveiled at the Annual General Meeting ( AGA) 2020.

To participate

Any photo submitted must be accompanied by the following information:

  • Name and name of the member submitting the photo
  • Membership number (in good standing)
  • Name and name of the person who took the picture (ATTENTION) if this person is not the member transmitting the photo, you certify by submitting the photo that the author is aware and agree to participate in the contest.)
  • The member must also certify that the photographer is not a professional photographer (the photograph does not earn more than 50% of his annual income)
  • Title of the photo
  • Location of the photo
  • The photographer authorizes the contest coordinator to crop my photo, if possible, in case the horizon is visibly crooked.

The "usual" corrections made in post-processing (slight color correction, cropping, straightening, light filtering to increase the sharpness ...) are accepted. Excessive manipulation may be refused by the contest administrator who will then ask for the photo to be re-submitted after "normalization" of the editing parameters.

The photographer authorizes Aviateurs.Québec to use the photos submitted as part of the contest for his publications (Aviateur and L'Aviateur Express magazines, website, Facebook page, Flickr album and other official publications of Aviateurs.Québec) . This partial assignment of rights implies that the photographer remains fully the owner of the rights in the transmitted photos and that they may be used by the author at any time for publication, broadcast or otherwise in any other media or platform. of diffusion.

The photographer must transmit his files in high resolution. Photos smaller than 1024 pixels wide (landscape format) or tall (portrait format) will not be accepted.

Please note: We had to refuse photos in the past, often transmitted by iPhone, in format too small. Please, make sure that you take and transmit your photos in high resolution format.

Important note: all members in good standing of Aviateurs.Québec (registered or not on Facebook) can enter the contest.

Contest rules can be viewed HERE  

Contribution by Jean-Pierre Bonin


Our Facebook page is informative about general aviation topics and in particular about what might be of interest to our members and those who are waiting to become so.

This is also the place where Jean-Pierre Bonin, our loyal collaborator, places the photos submitted as part of the Photo Contest.

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



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