AVIATEUR EXPRESS # 844 - March 3, 2021 


  • Safety capsule: Alert: Ski operations
  • Annual General Meeting: April 10, 2021 via Zoom videoconference.
  • Transport Canada: A new communication protocol for the exchange of documents is implemented.
  • Foreflight training available for Aviators.Québec members.
  • The VOR YJN is no more.
  • Appointment Bernard Gervais, Vice-President Communications.
  • Globalstar: Which SPOT model to choose?
  • Well done to these pilots who have just taken an important step.
  • Aeropod episode # 61, The Airbus A-220.
  • Your virtual library, updated February 25, 2021.
  • Photo competition 2020-21.

Safety capsule: Alert - Ski operations.

Hello to all winter enthusiast pilots,


A different winter for many of us who like to explore the northern lakes on skis. Late season and uncertain lakes. We are unfortunately aware of several incidents on the lakes this winter, fortunately without significant injuries except for the ego and for the twisted metal of the aircraft. Reminder of precautionary measures when operating on skis:


  1. Never venture into remote areas alone, take at least 2 aircraft;
  2. Analyze the terrain from above before starting the approach: obstacles on the ground, surrounding terrain in the event of a go-around, best exits for possible take-off;
  3. On the first approach, fly over at low speed and low altitude for a good look at the ground: look for "hot spots" (darker area of ​​the snowy space), possible buried snowmen, ice holes fishermen and others;
  4. On the first landing, maintain full throttle and good ground speed by letting the skis put weight on the snow without stopping for a length equivalent to at least twice the landing / take-off length necessary and make a rise;
  5. If the layer of snow has a heavy crust, take off immediately and come back the following winter;
  6. From the air, check if the water has come up in our tracks. If positive, move on to the next lake, otherwise start the approach with the objective of depositing the skis at the very beginning of our same track to stop in the first third in order to keep the rest for takeoff;
  7. On the ground, avoid turns, the best way to find a hot spot and rush into the slush;
  8. Always take off again in the same tracks, this reduces the risk of encountering an unexpected obstacle;
  9. Beware of snowmobile trails, absolutely avoid them otherwise approach them at low speed;
  10. In a “whiteout” situation, avoid small lakes. Take a long approach with a gentle slope. If you walk along the edge of the lake to give yourself a ground reference, make sure you are on the upwind side.

Above all, take all the necessary survival equipment.

Let's enjoy the rest of the season, protect our pilot rights and protect our insurance premiums!

Yves Saint-Loup, C-GYSV
514 448-1899
Sierra Assurance Aviation

Photo: Jean-Pierre Bonin

Annual General Meeting: April 10, 2021 via videoconference

Mark your calendar. The Annual General Meeting will take place on April 10, 2021 at 10:00 am via Zoom videoconference.

Members in good standing will shortly receive a notice of meeting.

You can already register by clicking HERE

Transport Canada: A new communication protocol for the exchange of documents is implemented.

Mr. Alain Carrier, Regional Director, Civil Aviation, Quebec region advises us of a new protocol for the exchange of protected documents with personnel in the Quebec region. This initiative was adopted in the interest of protecting the health and safety of Transport Canada employees and customers. 

The communications protocol uses an electronic file transfer portal called Postel Connection, which is a Canada Post online platform that uses 128-bit encryption technology to send and receive messages and files. It has been approved for sending A and B protected documents and can support the transfer of very large files that cannot be sent by conventional email.

For the full text and the procedure to follow, click HERE

The VOR YJN (Saint-Jean) and the NDB YGV (Havre St-Pierre) are no longer.  

Nav Canada, as part of its NAVAID modernization program, proceeded on February 25 with the operational withdrawal of 25 NAVAIDs including the VOR YJN in Saint-Jean, the NDB YGV in Havre St-Pierre and the NDB YKX in Kirkland Lake . This step in this program is the fifth out of a total of 12.

On the aeronautical chart (IFR Low), we can see that the VOR YJN is no longer, but that the DME is still there. The only IFR approaches now available for CYJN are RNAV GNSS approaches (06, 11, 24, 29).

Nav Canada explains its approach as follows:

<<The objective of the NAVAID Modernization Program (NMP) is to define a network of ground-based navigation aids to supplement a fully-implemented, satellite-based ANS, through the largest navigation realignment undertaken in Canada to date.

We are taking a phased approach to ensure it is completed in the safest and most efficient manner. To find out which NAVAIDs have been decommissioned and which ones are scheduled, see the lists below.

Given the project’s size, complexity and long implementation timeline, NAV CANADA is committed to ongoing coordination with impacted users based on the change schedule and its implications. The time frame for each phase will be based on an Aeronautical Information Regulation and Control (AIRAC) cycle with a submission and review every five months. The completion date of the project is planned for May 2024.>>

For more information on this program, click HERE

Foreflight training available to members of Aviateurs.Québec

We have grouped together a number of training courses in our Documentation Center . Among others, the following training courses are available to members of Aviateurs.Québec:

  • Foreflight - Initial configuration of the application.
  • Foreflight - Flight planning
  • Foreflight - Weight and balance
  • Foreflight - Visual approaches in Foreflight

To access these videos on demand, click HERE 

Appointment: Bernard Gervais, Vice-President Communications

Michel Chartier, President of Aviateurs.Québec, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Bernard Gervais as Vice-President, Communications. Bernard recently joined the board of directors of Aviateurs.Québec.

Bernard has a long and successful track record serving the pilot community in Canada. In particular, he was President and CEO of COPA from 2015 to 2020 and previously President of Aviateurs.Québec from 2014 to 2015, preceded by VP Member Services and Director of the Association for more than 10 years. His work within these organizations greatly contributed to their success and to advancing the cause of general aviation with decision-making bodies both in Quebec City and in Ottawa. His knowledge of the general aviation environment in Quebec as well as his rich and vast network are definitely assets that will benefit the members of Aviateurs.Québec.

As Vice-President, Communications, Bernard will assume the role of liaison with governmental and para-governmental authorities and associations working in the field of aeronautics at the provincial and federal level.

For those who would like to communicate with Bernard, his email address at Aviateurs.Québec is gervaisb@aviateurs.quebec .

Globalstar: Which SPOT model to choose?

Location tracking and communications equipment, such as the Globalstar SPOT or the Garmin INReach, is a device that could save your life and reassure your loved ones in the event of an incident. This type of equipment is portable and is known in our community as being suitable for use on air travel. But its portability also makes it ideal for snowmobile tours, hiking trips, boat trips, car trips. 

In airplanes, this location tracking equipment also becomes an important addition to your ELT, especially if you only have an ELT 121.5, at least for now. Because, don't forget that you will have to change your ELT 121.5 for an ELT 406 by November 2025 at the latest.

Note that it is recommended to add the information when submitting your flight plans that you are using SPOT or Garmin equipment.

But which model to choose? We would like to thank David Milord, Director of Distribution for Globalstar (Quebec and Atlantic Provinces) who prepared a document for us which should help you choose the SPOT model that is best for you. This table is available HERE .

A reminder that Globalstar is offering Aviateurs.Québec members attractive discounts on their SPOT equipment. For a list of these discounts, click HERE.

Well done to these pilots who have just taken an important step.

AéroPod: Episode # 619, The Airbus A200 program

Your virtual library, updated on February 25, 2021

Aviateur.Québec Photo Contest 2021

The 2021 competition has started!

Now is the time to vote for the February round, first round of the 2021 contest!

You have until 10 p.m. on Monday March 8, 2021 to vote by clicking on the photo (or photos) of your choice by going HERE 

It's time to submit a photo or two for March!

We are currently accepting photos (aviation related, read regulations) for the January round. We currently have no photos in the bank.

Aviateurs.Québec members in good standing can send their photos to photos@aviateurs.quebec before March 31 at 10 p.m.

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.

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.

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 total number of photos in the final remains at 20.

The complete contest rules can be viewed HERE

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