AVIATEUR EXPRESS # 852 - June 23, 2021


  • Safety capsule: Freeze at 32 ° C? Very possible
  • A message from Transport Canada on the renewal of medical certificates
  • Love has wings: the story of a life, that of Thomas Fecteau and his wife Françoise
  • A new interface for the documentation center
  • NAV Canada launches new drone application, NAV drone
  • We go to the summer schedule
  • Flight simulation: Jean-Pierre Fillion, a flight simulation enthusiast, offers us more than 100 airport scenes in Quebec
  • Your virtual library.
  • Photo competition 2020-21.

Airline safety capsule: Freeze at 32 ° C? Very possible

Even at 32 ° C your carburetor could very well freeze. Do you understand under what conditions your carburetor can freeze? You should because your carburetor icing could happen the next time you take off or land! Each year, several pilots have been surprised.

Icing of your carburetor can occur even when temperatures are very hot. Take a look at this graph.

METARs give you the temperature and dew point.

For example. This METAR for St-Hubert gives a temperature of 26 and a dew point of 19 ° C. If you refer to the graph, you can see that we are in the “moderate icing while cruising and intense icing at reduced throttle, therefore descending”. Last week the temperature was 32 ° C and the dew point was 21 ° C, which placed us in the zone of intense icing downhill.

The carburetor is also susceptible to icing on the ground before takeoff. If you are idling on the ground for a long time or are on standby, icing may form in your carburetor. And even light icing could be fatal on takeoff. Several pilots saw their engine quit during takeoff.

The carburetor heater (Carbheat) is an anti-icer, not a de-icer. It should therefore be used before the frost appears or at the very beginning. Its use even brings a momentary loss of power. The carburetor heater should never be used during takeoff. If you are in conditions conducive to icing, you can use it in prevention, 30 seconds to one minute before the throttle reduction. And do not forget; use the carburetor heater fully or not at all. Using it in between would only make the situation worse. But always follow the directions in your manual and if in doubt, ask an instructor.

To learn more about the phenomenon of carburetor icing, click HERE 

Good flight.

A contribution by Gilles Jean and the image of Transport Canada

A message from Transport Canada on the renewal of medical certificates

In this new newsletter for June 2021, you will find information on the following subjects:
• Category 1, 3 and 4 medical certificates (CAT 1, CAT 3 and CAT 4)
• Relocation of the Longueuil Transport Canada Center
• Visit to Transport Canada offices and sanitary measures
• Transport Canada national virtual call center

For a copy of this bulletin, click HERE

Love has wings: the story of a life, that of Thomas Fecteau and his wife Françoise

A pioneer of civil aviation in Canada, inducted into the Quebec Air and Space Panthéon in November 2018, Thomas Fecteau tells us about his love story with his profession as a bush pilot and with his wife, Françoise, which he encountered at the 48th parallel.

Click on the following link to watch this unusual story Love has wings

Photo: Chibougameau Regional History Society

A new interface for the documentation center

The documentation center is a virtual library made available to members of Aviateurs.Québec. This library groups together 14 subject categories, the list of which is provided here on the left.

To navigate on this new interface, click HERE

Here are some explanations referring to the image above:

To browse the available categories,
1. click on the arrow, or
2. you can also click on the drop-down window
3. to search
4. to reset your search
5. to read the document
6. to download the documentation
7. to mark a document as one of your favorites. The list of your favorites is then found on the home page of your profile.
8. to classify the documents according to your choice
9. to watch a video if available for the document in question.

Let us know your comments , we would very much appreciate.



Canada’s air navigation service provider, NAV CANADA, launched NAV Drone earlier this month. Designed to help drone pilots and operators safely and legally fly their remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) in Canada, NAV Drone is now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. A web version of NAV Drone is also available on NAV CANADA’s website.

We're switching to the summer schedule

As the summer season approaches, we would like to inform you of the establishment of our secretariat's summer schedule, which will be in effect from June 25 to August 27 inclusively.

The office hours of will therefore be temporarily from Monday to Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Obviously, we will remain reachable on Fridays in order to respond to emergencies.

Good summer !

COPA aerial meeting and virtual aeronautical exhibition

A REMINDER. Attend the biggest general aviation event in Canada this year!


Exhibition, workshops, networking, prizes, quiz night and much more!

The regular price for members is $ 25, and that for general admission is $ 30.

Please note that for each ticket purchased, $ 5 will automatically be donated to the Freedom to Fly Fund. To learn more about this fund, please click HERE

To register, click on the following link: COPA - Virtual RVA and aeronautical expo.

Aviators.Québec members benefit from a 10% discount. ENTERING code AVIATEUR10 to get this discount when registering.

Flight simulation: Jean-Pierre Fillion, a flight simulation enthusiast, offers us more than 100 airport scenes in Quebec

The arrival on the market of Flight simulator 2020 brings us more and more towards the possibility of performing VFR flights on a home simulator. The imagery provided by this simulation software is surprising to many. Topographic details, buildings, woodlands are provided with a surprising level of detail. Click on the image on the left to view it in full screen.

Despite this graphic quality, this fidelity of being able to make a landscape as real as possible is not always 100% there. This is where enthusiasts like  Jean-Pierre Fillion come to rectify the situation by adding their own creation. For the past fifteen years, sometimes with the help of collaborators, he has developed and put online more than 100 airport scenes in Quebec. These scenes allow virtual pilots to find themselves in familiar territory as they enhance the graphics already provided by Flight simulator 2020. The image of the Quebec map shows the available scenes. They are provided free of charge subject to certain conditions such as respect for copyright.

Visit his site by clicking HERE

Here are some examples of Jean-Pierre Fillion's work:


Your virtual library

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:

Aviateurs.Québec Photo Contest 2021

Congratulations to Bernard Lavoie, winner of the May round of the Aviateurs.Québec photo contest! Bernard earns himself a cap or a polo shirt in the colors of Aviateurs.Québec.

The 2021 competition continues!

Now is the time to submit a photo or two for the June 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 June 30 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%.
Take the opportunity to display your colors, those of Aviators.Québec

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