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Slipping the Surly Bonds


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The very idea of flight has captivated humanity from the time of Icarus. …

The very idea of flight has captivated humanity from the time of Icarus.

I was bitten by the bug, got my license, and have done a fair bit of flying. In this talk I'll discuss various aspects of flight including license requirements, components of flight training, international considerations, and some fun and memorable flights I've done. I'll end up with how you too can be a pilot!

From the Un-Distinguished Lecture Series ( The talk was given Apr. 20, 2007.

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  • 1. Slipping the Surly Bonds UDLS talk Allan Rempel April 20, 2007
  • 2. Introduction PPSEL, CPSEL, IFR, CFI Complex, tailwheel, high-performance Multi, seaplane, turbine, ATP Glider, balloon, helicopter, gyroplane Transport Canada, Federal Aviation Admin, Civil Aviation Safety Authority, ICAO
  • 3. Requirements Class 3 medical Ground school Meterology theory and weather reports Aviation law and regulations Radio communication, flight operations Aerodynamic theory, controls, instruments Navigation, human factors Flight training
  • 4. Flight training Minimum 45 hours flight time, 40 in US Preflight, taxiing, takeoff, landing, turns, slow flight, stalls, spirals, spins, circuit, forced landings, navigation, instrument flying, unusual attitude recovery, emergencies, radio communication 17 hours dual incl 3 hours xc and 5 hours instr. 12 hours solo incl 5 hours xc
  • 5. These are a few of my favourite planes…
  • 6. These are a few of my favourite planes…
  • 7. A license to learn Private license ~ BSc Commercial licence ~ MSc CFI + ATP ~ PhD Aerobatics, other ratings Long distance trips Flying with other pilots, in clubs Free FAA safety seminars
  • 8. Memorable flights Long solo XC for private license LA to Death Valley and back LA to Hayward, Golden Gate, Bay Area tour LA to Vegas, Mandalay Bay LA to Harris Ranch, earthquake tour Aerobatic sequence in Pitts Special Boundary Bay to Oshkosh Brisbane – Gold Coast – Toowoomba
  • 9. I want to fly! Est. cost $6800 - $10000 for private license Nearest airports are Pitt Meadows and Boundary Bay Also Langley, Abbotsford, Chilliwack Ultralights – King George Airpark Bellingham…
  • 10. Aviation organizations Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA) Canadian Owners & Pilots Assn (COPA) Experimental Aircraft Assn (EAA) National Assn of Flight Instructors (NAFI)
  • 11. Velocity XL RG homebuilt
  • 12. “High Flight” – John Gillespie Magee Jr. Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, —and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of—wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air.... Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace Where never lark nor even eagle flew— And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
  • 13. Off to Koerner’s Pilots like beer – after flying “8 hours from bottle to throttle”