The next step: Aircraft ownership

Once you’ve experienced the joy of flying, you will almost certainly do your very best to rationalize owning your own airplane (or, at least, a share in one). It’s good to recognize that while any analysis you conduct will be biased, having numbers will certainly help “sell” the business case for ownership to your spouse. Here’s how to put together the numbers.read more >

Getting my wings wet: The freedom of flying floatplanes

A private pilot’s license is really just a license to learn. Even if you don’t plan to become a commercial airline pilot, there is an extensive array of flying experiences that will put a smile on your face. Learning to fly a floatplane, for example, is something that not only broadens your flying experience, but also opens up a whole raft—pun intended—of landing fields across Ontario and beyond. While a pile of fun, it also opens up the possibility of more difficult take-offs and landings—which is why I also suggest egress training (a fancy name for learning how to extract yourself from the cabin when you’re in trouble in the water).read more >

What does it take to learn to fly?

Always dreamed of flying? Me, too. So, six years ago I dipped into my savings and went to ground school. With as many hours (or more) of hangar talk under my belt as actual flying time, I thought I would offer some tips to others contemplating getting a private pilot’s license. My most important piece of advice? Don’t wait another minute. Go for it!read more >