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  1. klang
    January 17, 2018 @ 5:28 pm

    Great article Fred.

  2. Alton
    January 18, 2018 @ 8:10 am

    This is great to see that our Blog is up and running.


  3. Jim Tiviotdale
    January 21, 2018 @ 11:29 am

    Looking forward to the updated website, congrats!

  4. bdunham
    January 21, 2018 @ 12:31 pm

    Glad to see the blog up and running. I am looking forward to seeing any and all conversations that lead to a better understanding of what we are all about, and how we can become even safer and more effective.

  5. Art Lashbrook
    January 21, 2018 @ 1:21 pm

    What are the specific authority requirements listed by CASARA to allow an aircraft to engage in training and search activities ? Is it a contractual agreement or type of lease? Is the information available on the web site?

    • Alton
      January 22, 2018 @ 9:21 am

      Hi Art:
      In BC, the aircraft must be 145HP or greater and the Pilot must have minimum 150 hours as PIC to begin training. The aircraft is not on contract or lease, we pay the Pilot/Owner a reimbursement rate on the Horsepower of the aircraft. For Example is the aircraft is 230HP we would reimburse the price of fuel that changes to a Fuel Factor times the horsepower for a rate per hour. Hope this helps you. If you need more info, please let us know.

      • Art Lashbrook
        January 22, 2018 @ 1:20 pm

        Thanks Alton,
        I’d like to get some additional information. Thinking about an airplane but not quite ready to commit yet. Need to know more. Let me know.

        • Alton
          January 22, 2018 @ 5:27 pm

          Hi Art, if you let me know what area you are in I can put you in touch with the local unit Zone Commander. He/She will be more than happy to have you come to a SAREX and you can learn all you need from that point.

          • Art Lashbrook
            January 22, 2018 @ 7:55 pm

            Thanks Alton!
            I’m in south eastern zone (Creston, BC). I believe Don McKinnon is commander here and he lives in Nelson, I think.

          • Alton
            January 24, 2018 @ 7:46 am

            Hi Art:

            Yes, Don is the Zone Commander. In Creston, you can contact Carlene Blackmore, Robert McLean or Keith Kepke for more info on the local group.

  6. 5393
    January 22, 2018 @ 11:02 am

    This is a huge improvement to our website. Congratulations Fred-Allister

  7. 2369
    January 23, 2018 @ 5:44 am

    This is a great idea! Thank you, nice to keep in touch.

  8. 10790
    January 26, 2018 @ 3:05 pm

    This will be very useful as more members get use to it and USE IT.
    Looking forward to see what expires.
    Nice addition to the web site.
    Larry Wolf

    • Alton
      January 26, 2018 @ 3:29 pm

      Thanks for your comments Larry, I can’t agree with you more. We are looking forward to more input from the members.

  9. Jim Tiviotdale
    February 1, 2018 @ 12:02 pm

    ForeFlight published a podcast discussing 121.5 and 406 ELT’s. It is 20 minutes in length and while produced in the US the information is generic in nature and provides a great insight/review for both pilots and PEP Air members. It would make for a good tabletop session.

  10. Alton
    February 1, 2018 @ 12:17 pm

    Thanks for posting this Jim, I think it is good info for all our members.

  11. Jim Tiviotdale
    February 15, 2018 @ 10:10 am

    Sounds like there is a quality problem with 100LL in Western Canada. Some airports are issuing NOTAMs halting sales.

  12. Jim Tiviotdale
    February 15, 2018 @ 10:41 am

    Avgas supplies across the country have been quarantined because of an unknown quality control problem with fuels delivered since late December. The quarantine means that many FBOs and airport fuel suppliers have closed their avgas pumps while a solution to the problem is found. FlightFuels spokesman Craig Tanselli told COPA Flight the problem originated with the Edmonton Esso refinery that produces all the avgas for the whole country. He said his company is checking inventories to see if there is any unaffected avgas that they can sell but for the time being there are no avgas sales. Many airports have issued NOTAMs advising they cannot sell avgas. Jet fuel is not affected. COPA is monitoring the situation and will provide updates as they become available.

    Just posted by COPA

  13. Alton
    February 15, 2018 @ 12:34 pm

    Imperial notifies Transport Canada of potential aviation fuel quality issue
    Posted on February 15, 2018; Imperial Oil Limited Press Release

    Imperial has notified regulators and customers of a potential fuel quality issue in aviation gasoline (sometimes referred to as “avgas” or “100 low lead”) shipped from Strathcona refinery since Dec. 28, 2017.
    The primary concern is that the product quality issue may cause interference with on-board fuel gauge sensors of aircraft using avgas.
    All shipments of the avgas from Strathcona refinery were promptly stopped as soon as the company became aware of the issue on Feb. 13, 2018. Imperial has also requested that all distributors cease distribution of the product.
    At this time, Imperial is not aware of any reported safety issues related to the fuel. Aircraft that use jet fuel, also known in the industry as “Jet A,” are not impacted by this potential fuel quality concern.
    “We regret this inconvenience and will continue to provide information as the situation evolves,” said Jon Wetmore, vice-president, Imperial Downstream. “An investigation into the cause of the issue is ongoing.”

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