AVIATEUR EXPRESS # 840 - January 6th, 2021 


  • Safety capsule: Is it safe to fly in snow showers?
  • Transport Canada: the 4/2020 edition of the Aviation Safety - Letter is now available
  • Nav Canada, Satellite ADS-B and General Aviation
  • Last call for the Photo competition 2020
  • Recency training: Flying in Winter
  • A reminder on renewals of medical certificates
  • The boutique: We reduce our prices by 15%
  • AéroPod # 53, a review of the year
  • Your virtual library, updated January 6, 2021
  • 2020 photo competition

Safety capsule: Is it safe to fly in snow showers?

“In most cases, snow falling below the base of a cloud deck is not an icing threat. Snow tends to just blow around the surfaces and does not adhere to the airframe. Flying through heavy snow at slightly warmer temperatures can cause a blockage of the induction system on some aircraft. So you must be prepared to use an alternate air source.

What about wet snow? Wet snow implies that the temperature at your flight level is warmer than 0 degrees Celsius. While it may initially stick to the airframe in some locations, it will likely melt shortly after contact. It’s rare, but if it does begin to accumulate you should treat it like any other icing encounter. In other words, exit those conditions as soon as possible.

While snow may not be a serious structural icing threat, it can lower flight visibility below VFR minimums within a matter of seconds. Flying through snow can also be quite disorienting to some pilots. Whether you are flying VFR or IFR, be sure to turn on your pitot heat and scan those instruments, especially if you lose sight of the horizon. In this situation, your autopilot may be your best friend.

Perhaps the biggest threat from snow is when the aircraft is still on the surface. Pulling your plane out of a relatively warm hangar into a snowfall will cause it to accumulate on the surfaces of the aircraft quite quickly and contaminate the wing. Never attempt to depart with a contaminated wing. Snow stuck to the airframe will not simply blow off on your takeoff roll as you might expect, leaving the airplane severely handicapped for flight.”

Source: This text is taken from a capsule published weekly by PilotWorkshop.com . We suggest that you subscribe to this newsletter which is a source of sound advice on security. 

Photo: Smart Pilot

In addition to this text, we suggest you watch this short video produced by Smart Pilot on Whiteouts

Transport Canada: the 4/2020 edition of Aviation Safety Letter is now available

The latest edition of Aviation Safety Letter from Transport Canada is now available online.

Take the opportunity to complete the short survey on this journal by clicking  HERE  - it will only take a few moments of your time and your opinion will help TC improve its content.

To obtain your copy of the issue 4/2020 Aviation Safety Letter, click  HERE

Nav Canada, satellite ADS-B and general aviation

Nav Canada publishes a question and answer page  on the implementation of the ADS-B satellite system in Canada. Here is an excerpt that explains the position of Nav Canada on general aviation:

“Currently, there is no mandate in place for general aviation, and the initial airspace proposed is Class A and B, where general aviation customers typically do not fly. Prior to establishing a mandate related to ADS-B in controlled lower airspace (below 12,500 feet) - including Class C, D or E control zones, Class E airways, regions terminals and transition zones - guidelines will be developed to take into account the concerns of affected operators and provide mitigation measures. NAV CANADA recognizes that there is a cost associated with properly equipping an aircraft, and that this cost is factored into the schedules and classification of the airspace.

NAV CANADA is committed to working to provide other benefits to general aviation, such as search procedures and digitized flight information in the cockpit. >>

For more information, click HERE

Last call for the Photo competition 2020

The 2020 edition photo competition is drawing to a close. Now is the time to vote for the December round, the final round of the 2020 contest!

You have until 10 p.m. on Monday January 11, 2021 to vote by clicking on the photo (or photos) of your choice. If you haven't done so yet, take the opportunity to review the photos submitted in 2020 and vote for your favorites  , regardless of the month.

To vote, click ICI  (before 10 p.m. Monday January 11, 2020).

The price 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.

Knowledge update: The flight in winter. The video is now available online

A reminder that Transport Canada has authorized us to put online the recording of the training session of December 8 on winter flight for the purpose of recency training, in accordance with CAR 401.05.

In these difficult times, when COVID is disrupting our lives, Aviateurs.Québec is pleased to offer free of charge and for a limited time access to this training 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. In addition to the 75 people who attended this training session on December 8, more than 50 other pilots took advantage of the video-on-demand service and were able to complete their knowledge update in the comfort of their homes.

In order for this video-on-demand training to be used to validate your own recency training, the video must be viewed in full. To do this, it is imperative to click on all the "I am present" which will appear directly on the screen randomly throughout the video. It is therefore most important for you not to leave your screen while viewing it. If you have to, then pause the video.

To access the video on demand, click HERE and follow the instructions to connect to the AVPBOX platform. 

AeroPod: Episode # 53, a year in review

A reminder on renewals of medical certificates

Civil Aviation Medicine has made temporary changes which will minimize face-to-face contact between applicants and Civil Aviation Medical Examiners (CAMEs).

These changes support public health measures to manage the COVID-19 pandemic while maintaining safety and security within civil aviation. These changes are aligned with guidance from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

All aviation Medical Certificate (MC) holders shall continue to comply with the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs) in all respects. The CARs continue to apply in all respects other than the exemption noted. Aviation MC holders are reminded that they shall not exercise their privileges if they cease to hold a valid MC by meeting any of the circumstances set out in section 404.06 of the CARs.

For more information, click HERE

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