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L'AVIATEUR EXPRESS # 826 - June 24, 2020 


  • Safety capsule: Your survival kit
  • Modification of civil aviation medical examination procedures
  • Portrait of aviators from Quebec: Guillaume Narbonne
  • Story of a trip to the North Shore with Air Tunilik
  • Warning of SOPFEU
  • Aeropod, episode 38
  • Your virtual library (new publications dated March 26, 2020).
  • 2020 photo competition.

Safety capsule: Your survival kit

A survival kit is essential, it could save the lives of you and your passengers. In fact, the Canadian Aviation Regulations require that you carry a survival kit on board. According to section 602.61 of the CARs:

It is prohibited to operate an aircraft above the surface of the earth, unless there is carried on board adequate survival equipment to ensure the survival on the ground of the persons on board, taking into account the geographical location, of the season and the predicted seasonal climatic variations, which survival equipment offers the means: 

  • start a fire;
  • provide shelter;
  • provide or purify water;
  • to issue visual distress signals.

But in practice, what should it contain. Naturally, you will find in the trade a multitude of offers at more or less exorbitant prices. Here is our suggestion, inspired by several sources:

  • A solid knife that could be used as a tool, eating utensil, build a shelter, an instrument to cut the bandages.
  • A small knife, Swiss knife model.
  • A hatchet.
  • A lighter that you will need to check from time to time to make sure it is working properly.
  • Waterproof matches.
  • Rope.
  • Metal wire.
  • Some trash bags of different sizes. The large format could serve as a poncho.
  • Some Ziploc bags.
  • Tablets to purify water.
  • Repellent against mosquitoes.
  • Mosquito protection net.
  • A reflective mirror. You can use a CD / DVD as a reflective surface.
  • A few candles.
  • A gourd.
  • A flashlight with spare batteries.
  • A compass.
  • A whistle.
  • A polyethylene canvas to build a shelter.
  • A first aid kit.
  • A backpack.
  • Some spare clothes: underwear and stockings.
  • Toilet paper.

As for food, avoid sweets. Think of energy bars and maybe some canned food (fish, meat). Empty tins can be used as a container for cooking. 

Here are some interesting links:

Modification of civil aviation medical examination procedures

Transport Canada has just released a document that provides a summary of the exemptions and the new process. You can consult this document HERE

Portrait of aviators from Quebec: Guillaume Narbonne,

ULM Quebec,

Guillaume, this gentleman-entrepreneur is well known in the Quebec aviator landscape for his dynamism, his innovative ideas and his thousand and one projects. After traveling in Argentina, Costa Rica and French Guiana, he landed in Quebec in 2002 with a specific project in mind: to open an aeroclub where training would be offered for piloting leisure in multidisciplinary aircraft. Thus in 2010 he founded ULM Quebec: "a company that promotes innovation through a vision of sustainable and participatory development". It was to fully realize this vision that he proceeded with the purchase in 2016 of land in St-Cuthbert, 1 hour from Montreal. This land will offer him the opportunity to carry out his overall project, combining partnership and sustainable development, with enthusiasts. Why a corporate model in partnership? He quotes an African proverb to explain it: "Alone we go faster, together we go further."


Interview by Sophie Dufresne, Class 1 instructor at Cargair (CYMX) and Vice-President, Member Services at Aviateurs.Québec

Story of a trip to the North Shore with Air Tunilik

I wanted to share with you my bush trip done on the North Shore and from which I have just returned.

As you know, with the cessation of operations by Air Saguenay, the opening to northern Quebec was compromised until Air Tunilik proceeded with the acquisition of some of these bases. '' incredible chance to accompany Simon Contant in the opening of the bases of Sept-Îles, Havre St-Pierre, Natashquan and Manic-5 and to meet people who make legends.


Contribution from Sophie Dufresne, Class 1 instructor at Cargair (CYMX) and Vice-President, Member Services at Aviateurs.Québec

Reminder of SOPFEU


During this period when several fires are active, SOPFEU reminds all aircraft pilots that the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) state that the presence of a forest fire results in automatic restrictions airspace whether or not firefighting aircraft are operating.

CAR 601.15 specifies that it is prohibited to operate an aircraft at an altitude of less than 3000 feet AGL above a disaster area or the region within five nautical miles of the disaster area. No notice to airmen (NOTAM) is required for the imposition of an airspace restriction.

The purpose of this ban is to allow SOPFEU tankers, helicopters and air-hitting aircraft to operate safely.

Canadian Aviation Regulations

We invite you to share this information in large numbers among the members and aviation group of your entourage.

Photo: SOPFEU Facebook page

Do you know AéroPod? The only French podcast on aviation in Quebec

Here is this week's episode.

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 Jacques Jaillet for the winning photo of the month of May!

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

The 2020 competition continues!

You can therefore vote for any of your favorite photos throughout 2020. Click on the photo (or photos) of your choice by going HERE

It's time to submit a photo or two for June. Send your photos to before June 30 at 10 p.m.

We are currently accepting photos (related to aviation, read the 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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