AVIATEUR EXPRESS # 849 - May 12, 2021


  • Safety capsule: Your personal minimums
  • Parachuting zone in the Lévis region
  • Recency training: Back to Flight After COVID
  • New on our website: Section for pilots and ultralight owners
  • Revive an abandoned aerodrome
  • Fernand Henley, an aviation pioneer in Quebec, has passed away.
  • Your virtual library, updated May 12, 2021.
  • Photo competition 2020-21.

Your personal minimums
Contributed by Gilles Jean

Considering the fact that many of us have flown little in recent months, we may have lost some skill over the winter. There's no better time to assess our recent experience and look at our personal minimums. Why have these personal minimums?

It is said that all pilots must know their abilities and skills and define them within the limits that they set themselves to frame their decision-making. It is better to define your limits on the ground, with your head rested, without the presence of emotions. These minimums will help us resist the temptation to negotiate with ourselves even in the heat of the moment. Our ability to make the right decisions decreases when we are under stress and busy trying to drive. You all know of cases where the pilot made a bad decision that led to an accident, often fatal. It is often difficult for humans to change their plans and cancel a planned flight in the heat of the moment. These minimums will serve as a guide and help you avoid finding yourself in difficult situations.

The minimums differ from pilot to pilot and depend on several factors like the weather, your experience with the type of aircraft, and your skills, to name a few. Here are those factors that should be part of your minimums:

Weather  : One of the most important factors in any go / no-go decision is the weather, such as the ceiling, visibility, and winds. Are your minimums different for a cross country flight compared to a local flight? You may prefer a higher ceiling on long flights, or perhaps greater visibility when the ceiling is lower.

Plane  : The minimums such as the length of the runway required in hot and humid weather, the maximum crosswind, etc. vary depending on the type of aircraft you fly. It is important to put them on paper so that you can easily review and refer to them.

Pilot  : Your minimums also greatly depend on your level of experience and skill. Your skill level will not be the same if you fly regularly or if you fly only a few hours per year. It is therefore important to determine your limits before boarding a plane. For example, what is the maximum gust speed that I am comfortable driving?

So take the time to define or revise your personal minimums. They just might help you avoid making a bad decision!

For a PDF copy of this checklist, click HERE

Parachuting zone in the Lévis region

A message from Max Sénéchal, Parachutisme Atmosphair.

Friendly reminder for all those who fly over the Lévis region: the parachuting zone is active at all times at CPT9 ( Aérodrome de Pintendre ).

Since we all have GoPro's on our helmets, don't find yourself starring in a low-praise YouTube video this summer!

How? 'Or' What? Easy:

Are you flying in the area above 1,500 'and are in communication with the Quebec Terminal as required? No problem: it manages the traffic as a result of our operations.

Do you fly lower and less than 5NM from the aerodrome? Go to 123.20 so that the base or our pilots can inform you about our current flights (see CFS). Our call signs: ATMOSPHAIR 1 and ATMOSPHAIR 2.

Thank you for your cooperation and good flights to all!

Blue skies

Recency training: Back to Flight After COVID

On April 27, Aviateurs.Québec in collaboration with Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board presented a training session on the theme: Return to flight after COVID.

A most interesting and captivating training with the objective of getting us to return safely to the air after this long period of abstinence. This training is carried out by :

  • Sophie Dufresne, VP Membership Services and Class 1 Instructor,
  • Bernard Pichette of Transport Canada,
  • Pierre Gavillet from the Transportation Safety Board.

The topics addressed:

  • What is the condition of your aircraft?
  • Are you ready as a pilot?
  • What is the state of your technical preparation?
  • Planning and management of your flight.
  • Defensively pilot "Threat management"

The training is now available in French in two parts on the AVPBOX platform , a partner of Aviateurs.Québec:

  • Part 1, video duration 1:18:56
  • Part 2, video duration 1:06:40

Aviateurs.Québec is pleased to announce that the viewing of the video recording of this training has been approved by Transport Canada for the purpose of recency training, in accordance with CAR 401.05. Both videos must be viewed in full to obtain the certificate. 

In these difficult times, when COVID is disrupting our lives, Aviateurs.Québec is pleased to offer free access to this training for a limited time to all members and non-members of Aviateurs.Québec. We do this to give everyone the opportunity to meet their need for regulatory compliance, but also to improve their competence as a pilot.

To access this training, click HERE

New on our website

Section for pilots and ultralight owners

We are pleased to announce the launch of a section of our virtual library dedicated to pilots and ultralight owners. The availability of this collection of documents is made possible thanks to the generosity of Claude Roy, PPUL. Claude Roy is the sole owner and operator of the company Challenge Aviation which began its activities in 1997. He has flown ultralights since 1984, holds an ultralight instructor diploma since 1985, has more than 35 years and more than 6,500 hours of training. flying experience in the field of ultralights.

Access to this Ultralight section is available to members of Aviateurs.Québec via a quick link on the home page of our website . 

Reviving an abandoned aerodrome
by Nathalie Fortin

Nathalie Fortin tells us about a recent trip to the abandoned Lac Nigault aerodrome and the efforts made by volunteer pilots to rehabilitate it. Her text is available on the home page of his website  http://flyingnathalie.ca/

Aviateurs: Quebec takes the opportunity to congratulate the work of François Martel and his associates for their work at Lac Nigault. Visit the Friends of Lake Nigault Facebook page .

Fernand Henley, an aviation pioneer in Quebec has passed away

 An experienced pilot and talented manager in military and civil aviation, Joseph Fernand Henley has contributed for more than 50 years to the development and operation of air routes to the Far North, and has played an indispensable role in the planning and construction of the James Bay hydroelectric project. He was Vice-President of Operations for Nordair as well as Quebecair. He was decorated with four World War II medals and received numerous career awards, including the Trans-Canada McKee Trophy from the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute.


He was a member of the Order of Canada and inducted into the Pantheon of Air and Space of Quebec and Canada.

Mr. Henley passed away on May 4, at the age of 98, at the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Veterans Hospital.

Obituary of Mr. Fernand Henley

Your virtual library, updated May 12, 2021

Photo Contest 2021

Congratulations to Marc-André Roy, winner of the April round of the Aviateurs.Québec photo contest! Marc-André earns himself a cap or a polo shirt.

The 2021 competition continues! Now is the time to submit a photo or two for the May 2021 round! We are currently accepting photos (aviation related, read regulations) for the March round. We currently have no photos in the bank.

Send your photos to photos@aviateurs.quebec before May 31 at 10 p.m. 

The pricing structure

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

In order to allow everyone to have the chance to win during the year, the same person cannot be declared winner of the month more than four (4) times during the year.

The winning photos for each month plus the photos with the most votes during the year, up to a total of 20, will be finalists.

For a monthly round to be held, you must have received at least five photos, from at least three different photographers. Otherwise, the photos received are entered in the following month's round. 

The complete contest rules can be viewed HERE

Our sale continues. We reduced our prices by 15%.
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