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Congratulations to Jim Nichols
On behalf of the students and staff of Langley Flying School, I want to express congratulations to LFS Graduate and Flight Instructor James Nichols, who has been signed as a Beech 1900 pilot with Pacific Coastal Airlines. Jim’s flying goes back to the Summer of 2005, and his pilot log book includes listings of many famous Flight Instructors—Phil Craig (now with Pacific Coastal Airlines), David Woollam (Trans Maldivian Airways), Benjamin Orlowski (Air Canada Jazz), Justin Chung (Pacific Coastal Airlines), Rod Giesbrecht (Pacific Coastal Airlines), and Carl Tingstad (Central Mountain Air). For those of us who have rubbed shoulders with Jim as a line instructor during the last year—both as students and staff—we know of his unrelenting passion for flying, and his unlimited inspiration that he projects to those around him. Jim plans to stay on staff with Langley Flying School, but we know that he will be quickly drawn into to all that comes with flying as a pilot in airline operations. Whatever the outcome, this is our time to congratulate Jim, and to express to him our appreciation for being our Flight Instructor and colleague. Thanks for sharing your passion for flying.
Changes to Langley Flying School's Flight Rules and Safety Precautions
We have amended the School's Flight Rules and Safety Precautions, and everyone who is currently operational is encouraged to review and apply these changes to their flying and decision-making. Just by way of context, and regarding the relationship between Langley Flying School Standard Operating Procedures and the Flight Rules and Safety Precautions, the SOPs are a reference document to refer to for direction and guidance with regard to the procedures and standards we apply to flight training, the Flight Rules and Safety Precautions are a set of core rules that we follow, often governed by CARs requirements for flight training units. The Flight Rules and Safety Precautions are embedded in our SOPs, but also stand as a separate document that is linked on our webpage.
Here is a summary of changes, and the associated links:
Altitude Minima—we have introduced minimum altitude rules for both Terrain and Maneuvers, including ridge crossing altitude (mountainous area), flight over water, as well as minimum altitudes for slow flight, stalls, and spins. These changes largely reflect current practices.
Spin Training Rules—we establish the physical harness check as a standard practice before each spin maneuver, we introduce solo spin rules, and maximum spin rotation rules—again, these changes largely reflect current practices.
Collision Avoidance—we are providing greater detail to clearing turn requirements during prolonged climbs (minimum 30 degrees).
Wildlife Runway Restrictions—we are introducing coyote rules (restrictions when they are within 500’ of the runway.
Contact myself or your Flight Instructor if you have any questions.
Special Big Thanks to John Laing
As our current batch of students are aware, there has been a lot of reorganization behind the scenes in the last couple of months owing to my cycling accident and unanticipated suspension from supervisory flying during convalescence, which unfortunately coincided with Rita's temporary but scheduled absence from flying. With the support of Transport Canada, John came to the rescue, stepping in to assume all supervisory flight duties. I know the students and staff enjoyed his active involvement in the operational flight training that precedes students first solo flights and flight tests, and clearly John has an unrelenting passion for flying and pilot learning. As both Rita and I rejoin active flying, we want to say a big thanks for your help and support during this period.
Changes for International Students
We have implemented some changes that will have an effect on our international student applicants. First, in an effort to streamline the administration and delivery of Letters of Acceptance, our new website incorporates an e-form application that connects directly to PayPal, which will reduce the number of email exchanges required, as well as the lost time needed for the inevitable ping-pong of email exchanges. For us, the tracking of bank transfer has also been an onerous task--only limited data was conveyed with these transactions, again leading to ping-pong emails. PayPal will automatically track transaction records and receipts, and will administer all credit card payments for a nominal fee. This will speed up the process. The PayPal payment process is automatically connected to the international student's e-form application, providing ease of processing. In an effort to recover the lost administrative costs that we have be experiencing, we have been required to increase the administrative fee for international students to $500--we do this while retaining our commitment to the fair and equitable treatment of all our international students. Our international students pay the same tuition and aircraft-utilization fees as our domestic students, and there are no middleman agents collecting erroneous student-finder fees.
In an effort to promote the English language requirements for pilot training, we have also introduced applicant language requirements for international students originating from countries where English is not the native language. This requirement will hopefully reduce the incidents of students whose aspirations of learning to fly in Canada are dashed needlessly by English comprehension issues. Please see the International Students Page for more information on this.
Signing off for now....
Fly safe everyone,
Chief Flying Instructor