AVIATEUR EXPRESS # 853 - July 7, 2021


  • Safety capsule: Precautionary landings: a big overlook
  • Mauricie common frequency area: 122.7 MHz
  • Do you check your ELT after a flight?
  • Canadian airspace
  • A first RVA in East Hawkesbury CPG5!
  • Aéroclub ULM Québec: upcoming events
  • RVA Lac-à-Paul, August 13 to 15
  • RVA - Saint-Jean (CYJN), August 7
  • Your virtual library.
  • Photo competition 2020-21.

Aviation safety capsule: Precautionary landings: a big overlook

When was your last precautionary landing practice? During your PPL? Obviously, we all prefer to land on a nice asphalt runway that is three times too long for our needs. The idea of improvising a landing in a field or on a side road is not really appealing I agree. Still, the precautionary landing might just be your best option in some emergency situations; and maybe the only one! Whether it's due to weather conditions, lack of fuel or an emergency on board, the precautionary landing could just get you out of trouble. But if you never practice it, chances are you'll be very apprehensive about performing it to the point where you might prefer a much riskier alternative like getting into IMC conditions.

The objective of the precautionary landing is to land your aircraft on an undeveloped surface. The technique aims to make contact with the ground at the lowest possible vertical speed and horizontal speed. By itself, the precautionary landing isn't too complicated, but it shouldn't be underestimated either. The purpose of this article is not to describe the complete procedure. Refer to your flight manual and even better, have a qualified instructor explain it to you. Overall, the technique consists of:

a) The choice and inspection of the landing axis and the choice of the approach circuit :

The terrain is chosen taking into account the force and direction of the wind, but also according to the axial and lateral clearances. To do this, the pilot makes a first pass head wind at about 500 feet above ground level, to locate obstacles entering and exiting the terrain, giving himself landmarks and visualizing the circuit. The pilot adapts the circuit according to the cloudy ceiling, visibility and obstacles.

b) Short approach and landing

The main challenge of the precautionary landing is the approach in slow flight configuration to perform a short landing. The objective is to land into the wind, if possible at 1.3 Vs0 maximum or according to the flight manual! At these speeds, leaving less room to manoeuver, the pilot must be extremely careful and have dexterity in his maneuvers, hence the importance of practicing. The pilot must control both his approach speed, but also his descent speed.

In summary, the precautionary landing is a technique that every pilot should master to the point of feeling very comfortable to execute it if necessary. Consider going out with an instructor to practice it and even land on a grass track that you do not know. There are also several security elements that you should be aware of. For example, the pilot should, just before touching down, turn off the ignition and the fuel inlet to minimize the risk of fire if the airplane were to be damaged. It is also important to prepare the passengers in the briefing before landing your plane. So there are several details that you should review with your instructor.

Have a good flight.

Contributed by Gilles Jean
Photo: Pilot Workshops

Mauricie Common Frequency Area: 122.7 MHz

Nav Canada has now updated the Montreal VNC chart and CFS to include the Mauricie Common Frequency area which is 122.7 MHz.

Caution: The Trois-Rivières (CYRQ) MF frequency remains 122.35 MHz.

Do you check your ELT after a flight?

Recently, on the south shore of Montreal, many saw a C-130 Hercules flying at low altitude. A pleasure flight? NO. They were looking for the origin of a signal on 121.5 MHz. The case was finally resolved. An ELT had tripped and it was not due to a plane crash!

Do you remember to check your ELT 121.5 after every flight? If your ELT 121.5 was triggered during landing and you do nothing, the consequences for the entire search and rescue system (Royal Canadian Air Force and SERABEC) will be most costly not to mention that resources will be allocated to the detriment of a potential real emergency.

The number of such incidents and the time spent responding to false alerts can be reduced by taking the following actions:

  • Make sure the ELT is part of the pre-flight check:
    • Check that the ELT is secure and free from corrosion and that the antenna connections are secure.
    • Check if the ELT is activated.
    • Check if the batteries are working.
    • Listen to frequency 121.5 to make sure the ELT is not triggered.
  • After landing (as part of the post-flight inspection):
    • Listen to frequency 121.5 to make sure the landing bounces did not trigger the ELT.
    • If possible, deactivate the ELT by setting its function selector to “OFF”.

Do your part to ensure that our search and rescue system continues to perform well and that it is used for the right reasons.

Even better, get an ELT 406. A reminder that the installation of an ELT 406 in private aircraft will become mandatory in November 2025. 

source: Transport Canada - Avoid unnecessary SAR alert messages! 
photo: National Defense

A first RVA in East Hawkesbury CPG5!

On June 30, Jacques Des Becquets published on the CPG5 group's Facebook page that the owner / manager, Jim Ouellet and his team would hold a lunch RVA on Saturday July 3. The relief of certain restrictions due to COVID-19 in Ontario allowed the event to be organized in the tradition of the lunches on the first Saturday of the month that had taken place in the past.

Little time for the organization, therefore, and a minimum of publicity, just to get a little bit of it and see if everything would go smoothly.

According to Jacques Des Becquets, president of the local COPA 131 club, “About 20 pilots landed and at least 25 lunches were served. Club members and friends participated under a bright sky and in just as good company! On behalf of the executive, thank you so much to the people who came! Hope to see you again in a month "

I had the pleasure of being there for my first RVA in over a year and the photos are HERE

To download the title photo, click HERE

Jean-Pierre Bonin

Canadian airspace

A site that gives us a visualization of the Canadian airspace: Canadian airspace 

Disclaimer: This reference is provided for your information only, not to be used for navigation purposes. Refer to the documentation provided by Nav Canada.

Source: Les ailes québécoises

Aeroclub ULM Quebec

The Aeroclub ULM Quebec is offering us a series of events over the coming months:

All these events will be held at the Saint-Cuthbert aerodrome (CCU2):

RVA Lac-à-Paul, organized by the Saguenay Lac St-Jean Pilots Association, August 13 to 15

RVA Saint-Jean airport, organized by the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Pilots Association, August 7

It is the turn of the Association of Pilots and Owners of Saint-Jean Airport to invite you to an RVA on August 7th.

For the latest information on this event, visit their Facebook page


We are on the summer schedule

A reminder that we are on the summer schedule. A schedule that will be in effect from June 25 to August 27 inclusively. Office hours will be Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Obviously, we will remain reachable on Fridays in order to respond to emergencies.

Have a good summer !

Your virtual library

Aviateur.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 vote for the June round of the 2021 contest!

You have until 10 p.m. on Monday July 12, 2021 to vote by clicking on the photo (or photos) of your choice by going to our Facebook page 

Now is the time to submit a photo or two for the July 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 July 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

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