AVIATEUR EXPRESS # 824  - May 27 , 2020 


  • Recommended instructions for disinfecting an aircraft during COVID-19
  • Have you updated your personal minimums?
  • Reopening of  flight schools
  • RVA camping Casey 2020
  • Civil Aviation Safety Alert - Inspection of Emergency Beacons 
  • Your virtual library (new publications dated March 26, 2020).
  • 2020 photo competition.

Recommended instructions for disinfecting an aircraft during COVID-19

We are resuming here, for your benefit, an article published by COPA in their latest newsletter

About two months ago, at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we published an article on this subject written by Phil Lightstone, contributor to the COPA newsletter. Now, as flight schools and flying clubs begin to open across the country, many members who were not flying at the time are now asking us for advice on how to disinfect planes used by others as well. people.

Since we published Phil's article, various bodies and organizations, national and international, have published various documents on disinfection suggestions and we have taken some advice from them to list them below.

Even though knowledge about how the coronavirus is transmitted continues to grow, it is known to be transmissible through body fluids. As a result, the interior surfaces of an aircraft can be contaminated by a person who sneezes, coughs, or otherwise expels droplets into the air while inside. Therefore, most interior surfaces should be disinfected by wiping them with a solution containing at least 60 percent isopropyl alcohol (AIP) mixed with water. It is recommended to use a solution with only 50 percent AIP on the dashboards.

There are strong recommendations on what not to do, as this can spread the virus or damage aircraft hardware:

  • Do not use compressed air, steam or high pressure cleaners;
  • Do not use a vacuum cleaner to start the cleaning process, as machine exhaust can spread the virus;
  • Do not use an ionizer. Although effective on organic materials, it will also have a harmful effect on rubber, plastics and leather;
  • Do not use hydrogen peroxide because of its harmful effect on leather, acrylic materials and polycarbonate windows;
  • Do not share headsets.

Conversely, the following tips should be taken into account:

  • Encourage accompanying passengers to use non-medical face masks if they are not required to speak with a headset;
  • Follow the disinfection procedures before and after using the aircraft, in case this has not been done by a previous or next user;
  • Use microfiber cloths to clean the faces of the instruments to avoid scratching them;
  • Use gloves when performing a pre-flight inspection.

Stay healthy, fly safely and enjoy it in the sky!

Contributed by Steve Drinkwater, COPA Flight editor

Image: Gilles Lambert

Have you updated your personal minimums?

With the arrival of good weather and, we hope, the deconfinement, we will start flying again. And considering that many of us have flown little in recent months, we may have lost some skill over the winter. There is no better time to assess our recent experience and examine our personal minimums. Why have these personal minimums?

It is said that every pilot must know his capacities and skills and define them within the limits that he gives himself to frame his decision-making. It is better to define your limits on the ground, with a rested head, 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 wrong decision that led to an accident; often deadly. 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 will help you avoid ending up in delicate situations.

The minimums differ from pilot to pilot and depend on several factors such as the weather, your experience with the type of aircraft, and your skills, to name a few. Here are the factors that should be among 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 cap on long flights, or perhaps higher visibility when the cap is lower.

Airplane : The minimums such as the length of the runway necessary in hot and humid weather, the maximum cross wind, etc. vary depending on the type of aircraft you fly. It is important to put them on paper so that you can easily read them again and refer to them.

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

So take the time to define or revise your personal minimums. They could help you avoid making the wrong decision!

We invite you to use the checklist you will find HERE

Contributed by Gilles Jean

Photo: AOPA / Air Safety Institute

Reopening of flight training units

As a sign of a return to near-normalcy, the flight training units are starting to reopen. These reopenings are nevertheless carried out under the aegis of protocols which have been approved by public health. To give you an idea of ​​what a protocol may require, here is a copy of the guide published by AQTA for flight schools. This guide is the translation of the original version in English developed by ATAC. The guide is available HERE.

Before heading to your school, we recommend that you contact either the school or your instructor.

Civil Aviation Safety Alert - Inspection of Emergency Beacons

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has identified that some models of ELT did not activate due to improper installations and / or faults with the ELT itself.

For example, TSB report A11W0151 indicated that the installed ELT had come out of its support following the accident. TCCA subsequently published an article in Aviation Safety News Issue 2/2013 on the importance of proper installation of ELTs, especially those that use hoop-and-loop fasteners.

TSB Aviation Safety Advisory A19Q0109-D1-A1 recently reported that the ELT lock toggle switch had been broken, resulting in the ELT switch being unable to remain lock in the "ARM" position and as a result was found in the "OFF" position and could not activate as expected.

Transport Canada has published a Civil Aviation Safety Alert (ASAC) requesting that special attention be paid to the installation and condition of the ELT during the annual inspection of an aircraft. For a copy of ASAC 2020-05, click HERE . 

RVA camping Casey 2020

The organizers of the RVA camping Casey 2020 advise us that they continue to plan the event with the expectation that it will always take place.

The whole being dependent on the decision of the public health. We remind you of the dates: September 4 to 7 (Labor Day weekend).

We invite you to follow the news on the RVA camping Casey 2020 by consulting their Facebook page: RVA camping Casey 2020 / Casey camping Fly-In 2020 (more than 1,200 members in this group).

Photo: RVA Camping Casey 2020 Facebook page

Your virtual library

Updated March 26, 2020 - New publications of the Aeronautical Information Manual (AIM) and 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 Jeannot Thomas for the winning photo of April!

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

The 2020 competition continues!

So you can vote for any of your favorite photos throughout the year 2020.  C lick on the photo (or photos) of your choice by going HERE

It's time to submit a photo or two for May. Send your photos to photos@aviateurs.quebec before May 31 at 10 p.m.

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

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 loyal 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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