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Flight Planning Session a Success

By John Carley, EAA 1088721

To become updated on the new "Flight Plan 2012" information and to review flight planning in general, the Carman Flyers Group at Carman (South), CJS7, in Manitoba held an updating session on flight planning on November 13 at its new flight centre. To present flight planning information and to mediate the varying opinions about flight planning, Lance Appleford of Mountain City Aviation was asked to conduct this training session. Six flyers from the Carman area attended. Our topic of flight planning must have been a popular choice as our local group was honoured to have 11 flyers from Lyncrest make the trip to Carman to attend.

One of the major goals was for each attendee to leave the meeting with a flight plan made out correctly for his airplane that could be used as a master flight plan. A master flight plan contains information about a particular aircraft that is not likely to change. The information on a master flight plan is recorded by Nav Canada, and when a pilot wishes to file a flight plan, Nav Canada can call up the master flight plan. As all the information about the aircraft is already recorded on the plan, only a few more pieces of information are needed (e.g., time of flight, passengers on board, destination, etc.), and the flight plan is completed. Making a flight plan quick and easy to file means likely more pilots would be willing to file.

The session produced good discussion among the attendees. A coffee and snack break provided time for informal discussion and visiting.

Letting other flyers know when and where we will be flying and, if the flight is discontinued, where we might be located is an integral part of responsible aviation. Flight planning is a major way to accept these responsibilities. More information about "Flight Plan 2012" can be obtained on the Nav Canada website.

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