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Archive for November, 2011


Chilcotin River Camp

    I recently spent some time camping on the Chilcotin River, near Chezacut. For those unfamiliar with Chezacut, or the Chilcotin, it’s located in central British Columbia. The Chilcotin runs from high in the Itcha Mountains all the way to the Fraser. Among others it gathers in the Chilanko and the Chilko Rivers. Where […]

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Weather Symbols Quiz 1

This is the first of a series of quizzes on weather symbols. The symbols come from the Nav Canada website. My name is Rob Chipman and I’m a realtor and pilot based in Vancouver, BC. I AM NOT A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR AND I AM NOT OFFERING FLIGHT INSTRUCTION! I am sharing my study notes and […]

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The V-Speeds

Pilots often use the phrase “fly by the numbers”, and trust me, in aviation there can be a lot of numbers. One group of basic numbers are the V-speeds. V-speeds are standard speeds that are important for precision flight, and by precision flight I don’t mean some sort of formation flying – I mean the […]

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The Basic V-Speed Quiz

V-Speeds are textbook speeds that a pilot should commit to memory. The actual speeds will vary from airplane to airplane, but the symbols for them do not. V-Speeds are expressed with the large letter “V” followed by a small letter or letters to indicate which speed it is. For example, the “never exceed” velocity or […]

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