AVIATOR EXPRESS # 802 - JULY 10, 2019


  • Laplante-Duggan Fund for Aviation Safety
  • Location beacons and satellite phones - For the peace of mind of your loved ones 
  • RVA Lachute, August 3, 2019 
  • Women in flight - Mont-Laurier, August 10, 2019
  • RVA Saint-Jean, August 10, 2019
  • Fuel discount at La Tuque airport


Claide Laplante

Claude is one of the founding members of the APBQ that later became Aviateurs.Québec. Claude was deeply involved in the life of the association and in the promotion of general aviation. He was still an active member of the board of directors. Claude has been president of the association and has been on the board almost without interruption since 1979.

Claude was also a fan of flying in the Far North and in remote areas. Pilot of more than 45 years of experience, he has traveled all over Quebec and Labrador. One of his favorite destinations was the Torngat Mountains National Park. He went there several times. The promotion of aviation safety has been a major issue for Claude, as has the promotion of aviation among young people.

Gentlemen, your legacy and achievements are considerable. You will never be forgotten and the entire general aviation community will miss you.

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James R.K. Duggan

James was a brilliant lawyer specializing in labor law and an aviation enthusiast. One of his greatest accomplishments has been to convince the Supreme Court to allow the unionization of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers. James was a recipient of the Lawyer Emeritus distinction awarded by the Barreau du Québec. James was recognized as a gentleman wherever he went. A staunch defender of the right to fly, he served on the board of directors of the Association des Pilotes de Brousse du Québec (APBQ) for several years as secretary. He negotiated agreements with satellite phone providers and flight tracking devices for members, as well as spending time on the legal aid program.

As a pilot, James was a fan of flying in the Far North and in remote areas. He flew a Beaver and loved his fishing trips. He liked to tell his travels stories, ever more thrilling from one time to another.


Laplante-Duggan Fund for Aviation Safety

Aviateurs.Québec is proud to announce, following the request of the families of Claude Laplante and James Duggan, the creation of the "Laplante-Duggan Fund for Aviation Safety".

The creation of this fund on their behalf is very appropriate since Claude Laplante, a founding member of Aviateurs.Québec, and James Duggan have been involved throughout their lives in advancing general aviation in Quebec. Their legacy is substantial and the creation of this fund will further their work.

A fund entirely dedicated to financing initiatives aimed at aviation safety

Every tragedy reminds us that much can still be done to help pilots fly more safely. This fund will be fully dedicated to funding various initiatives to increase aviation safety. 100% of the donations raised will be used directly to finance the initiatives that will be put forward. Aviateurs.Québec will assume, at its own expense, the management of this fund and the coordination of these initiatives as part of its mission.

What will the fund be used for?

Aviation safety touches on several elements. To star with there are the skills and knowledge, but there is much more. There are also "best practices", that is, the way a pilot flies, specific to each pilot, as well as the equipment and technologies that can help pilots fly more safely. There are also the human factors, as well as, our ability to properly analyze our environment and make the right decisions at the right time. The Laplante-Duggan Fund for Aviation Safety will fund training, awareness campaigns on various topics related to aviation safety, promote good practices, publicize tools and technologies that can help pilots be safer. The program will target both young and more experienced pilots. Young pilots often lack the experience and knowledge to cope with the different situations they may face, but many of the more experienced, over time, have developed bad habits or, perhaps, forgotten some of the knowledge required to fly safely. This fund will provide all pilots with the knowledge and tools they need, and encourage them to follow good practices at all times. This fund will help prevent families from experiencing the tragedy of an accident.

That's what Claude and James would have wanted.

How to make a donation ?

You can donate directly online by going to www.aviateurs.quebec

Or by mail:

Aviateurs.Québec, PO Box 89022, CSP Malec, Montreal, Qc, H9C 2Z3

Or by phone: 1-877-317-2727 / 514-255-9998

Photo: Jean-Charles Hubert



For pilots and outdoor enthusiasts who regularly frequent remote areas, it is necessary if not essential to have a reliable communication device to give its position periodically to notify family and close to the smooth running of the shipping.

It is even more important to pair this beacon with a two-way communication device (voice or text) to communicate when needed. The recent unfortunate accidents remind us how important these communications are in flight and on the ground.

Here is some information about communicators and satellite phones to demystify the use of these communication devices.

Location BEACONS

If you choose a location tag, use a two-way device to communicate. It is important to give one's position but also to be able to explain the nature of the problem in case of need.

The main models are: Garmin (Garmin InReach) and Globalstar (SPOT tag)

Characteristics that you should look for:

  • Bi-directional communications available? This functionality allows you not only to give your position but also to communicate with your loved ones. Also available on some tags via your cell phone.
  • Ease of use
  • Easy to transport the beacon
  • Endurance of the battery and recharging system
  • Reliability of the location system (constellation of satellites used)
  • Cost of equipment and usage fee

Satellite phone

This is an essential tool for any pilot working regularly in remote areas. Some devices offer calling card recharges ending the obligation of an annual contract.

The main models are: Immarsat, Iridium and Globalstar.

The characteristics sought:

  • First and foremost, it is the reliability of the communications system that must be considered. Here again, satellite phone providers use satellite constellations. The number of satellites, their positioning (geostationary or in orbit) and their coverage are important considerations in your choice of a satellite phone. 
  • Packages offered (annual or à la carte). A subscription to the card allows you to take a subscription for a given period at a lower cost than the annual subscription.
  • Cost of equipment

Your safety and the peace of mind of your loved ones is priceless. Communication tags offer regular positioning which makes searches easier when needed. Are your loved ones dear to you? So let them find you quickly, do not leave without these essential tools!

Here are some links that will help you in your thinking

  • Philippe Paul (corporate member of Aviateurs.Québec) has been an equipment supplier to the Quebec pilots community for many years. He will answer your questions and guide you. To reach his site, click HERE
  • Garmin
  • Globalstar

Editor's Note: This article is an adaptation of a text originally provided by Phillipe Paul. You will find the whole of this text HERE




A copy of the poster, published by the Mont-Laurier Pilots Association, inviting women from the Upper Laurentians region to come and experience their first flight.

We are also looking for volunteer pilots for this event at the Mont-Laurier airport on August 10th. Meals and fuel provided.

To register, click HERE



The FBO at La Tuque Airport also offers $ 0.03 / l discount to members of Aviateurs.Québec.

A reminder that our members benefit from gas discounts at many other airports in Quebec.

For a list of these airports, visit our website.



Lake St-Jean otherwise!

Congratulations to Carole-Ann Voisine for the winning photo of June, photo sent by France Voisine!

Carole-Ann is awarded one of the following prizes, cap or T-shirt or gift certificate $ 10 Gift certificates can be cumulated over the year.

In order to allow everyone to have the chance to win during the year, the same person can not be declared winner of the month more than four (4) times in the year. Monthly and annual gift certificates can be accumulated for a maximum of $ 105

The 2019 contest continues!

You can also vote for any of your favorite photos for the whole of 2019 by clicking HERE

The winning photos of each month plus the photos with the most votes during the year, up to a total of 20, will be finalists.

If you are not a Facebook member, you can see the pictures (without voting) HERE

For those who want to participate in the June round, send your photos to photos@aviateurs.quebec before July 31 at 22H00

We are currently accepting photos (related to aviation, read the regulations) for the June round.

Prizes for the contest

Grand annual winner: $ 75 gift certificate plus
2nd and 3rd annual trophy : $ 25 gift certificate plus trophy
Monthly winners: Cap or T-shirt or gift certificate $ 10

Gift certificates can be cumulated over the year. In order to allow everyone to have the chance to win during the year, the same person can not be declared winner of the month more than four (4) times in the year. Monthly and annual gift certificates can be accumulated for a maximum of $ 105

For a monthly round to be held, you must have received at least five photos, from at least three different photographers (new in 2018). Otherwise, the photos received are entered in the next month's round. The total number of photos in the final remains at 20.

Winning photos of the month and photos with the most "likes" during the year (up to a total of 20) will be judged later to determine the three winning photos.

You can vote for any of your favorite photos throughout the year 2019. The winning photos of 2019 will be determined by an external juror during the month of January 2020 (see rules) and unveiled at the Annual General Meeting ( AGA) 2020.

To participate

Any photo submitted must be accompanied by the following information:

  • Name and name of the member submitting the photo
  • Membership number (in good standing)
  • Name and name of the person who took the picture (ATTENTION) if this person is not the member transmitting the photo, you certify by submitting the photo that the author is aware and agree to participate in the contest.)
  • The member must also certify that the photographer is not a professional photographer (the photograph does not earn more than 50% of his annual income)
  • Title of the photo
  • Location of the photo
  • The photographer authorizes the contest coordinator to crop my photo, if possible, in case the horizon is visibly crooked.

The "usual" corrections made in post-processing (slight color correction, cropping, straightening, light filtering to increase the sharpness ...) are accepted. Excessive manipulation may be refused by the contest administrator who will then ask for the photo to be re-submitted after "normalization" of the editing parameters.

The photographer authorizes Aviateurs.Québec to use the photos submitted as part of the contest for his publications (Aviateur and L'Aviateur Express magazines, website, Facebook page, Flickr album and other official publications of Aviateurs.Québec) . This partial assignment of rights implies that the photographer remains fully the owner of the rights in the transmitted photos and that they may be used by the author at any time for publication, broadcast or otherwise in any other media or platform. of diffusion.

The photographer must transmit his files in high resolution. Photos smaller than 1024 pixels wide (landscape format) or tall (portrait format) will not be accepted.

Please note: We had to refuse photos in the past, often transmitted by iPhone, in format too small. Please, make sure that you take and transmit your photos in high resolution format.

Important note: all members in good standing of Aviateurs.Québec (registered or not on Facebook) can enter the contest.

Contest rules can be viewed HERE  

Contribution by Jean-Pierre Bonin


Our Facebook page is informative about general aviation topics and in particular about what might be of interest to our members and those who are waiting to become so.

This is also the place where Jean-Pierre Bonin, our loyal collaborator, places the photos submitted as part of the Photo Contest.

We invite you to visit it and why not not register.



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