A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
When everything seems to be going against you,
remember that an airplane takes off against the wind. Not with it.
- Henry Ford.
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THE PROCESS

How it works

Two conditions to make it possible... and legal.

  1.  The instructor.

    The flight instructor you hire must be at least a Class 3 (or 2 or 1) to be allowed to provide freelance instruction. This means no supervision of the instructor, by Chief Flight Instructor, is required. This flight instructor must have informed Transport Canada of his/her flight instruction activities. I personally inform Transport Canada of every training I start or end with a student.

  2. The aircraft

    You, or a member of your family, must own the aircraft you will be trained with. I CANNOT have my own aircraft to do flight training as this would be considered as running a Flight Training Unit (FTU), with all kinds of requirements from Transport Canada to comply with. Please, check this link ( CARs 406.03 ) for further details.
    This aircraft can also be co-owned and shared.
    For a Private License training,  the aircraft must be a single-engine, ideally certified for spins and spirals and should meet all maintenance and safety requirements imposed by Transport Canada. The aircraft must be insured and the instructor must be stated as one of the pilots who fly it as a Pilot In Command (PIC).

How work.

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So, you have a pilot license plan, a rating or a check ride project with your own aircraft and you’d rather proceed with a freelance flight instructor… Congratulations on the project and thank you for considering me as your instructor. As we might spend a lot of time together in your aircraft cockpit, we probably need to know each other a bit better… How about meeting somewhere at your convenience for a coffee and an informal discussion about your project, to start with and before you make any final decision? My treat, of course!

process02

It was really nice meeting you and having that conversation. You like me, I like you, and we should be a good team to put you on your way to success. But I still need to know if I also like your aircraft. In other words, I need to make sure it complies with Transport Canada maintenance requirements, ADs (Airworthiness Directories) and SBs (Bulletin Service). I also need to check for any outstanding defects and when the last annual inspection was done. I’ll take a close look at your aircraft journey logbook. And eventually, I need to know how your aircraft is insured and what needs to be amended to make it fully work for your project.

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So far, so good… I’ve asked you tons of questions about your background, your motivations, your aircraft, but you don’t know much about me yet and how I am going to handle your training. The best way for you to make sure you will be comfortable being instructed by me is to give it a try. How about a 30-minute flight to give you a chance to assess me as an instructor? It’s on me again!

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Once I have determined everything is in order to start your training and you have definitively made your choice on me as your instructor, it is time for us to go through my Training Policy and sign a contract that will protect both of us and help consolidate our business relationship. Nothing complicated or sophisticated, no fine prints at the bottom of the contract; just basic things to ensure we stay on the same page in the long run.

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We will plan your training based on your schedule, how often you want or can fly and we will define a possible deadline. This plan cannot be set in stone considering weather contingencies and other possible unexpected events that will probably force us to readjust it, but that will give us a few milestones and a guideline to work with.

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Everything seems in order, the aircraft is safe and running well, your motivation is up to the roof, you can’t wait anymore and I’m eager to make a good pilot out of you. The fun can start now, let’s get that done!

And welcome to the beautiful world of aviation!

How work

  • You commit to study, be consistent and do your part in setting yourself for success.
  • You comply with the following basic rules :
    • Hold a valid aviation medical and let me know if you are experiencing any health issue that could potentially impair your abilities or judgment,
    • All flights must be planned in advance through this website or by phone
    • The aircraft keys are kept by the instructor as long as the student is not suited for solo flight.
    • All due maintenance must be done in time
    • Punctuality is a matter of respect not only for the instructor but also for the other students,
    • All cancellations should be done 24 hours in advance.
    • Open up about your concerns, doubts, fears etc… this can only help to improve what needs to be.

For more information about my policies, please have look at the training policy..

What you pay

  1. The pre-flight briefing.Every flight is preceded by a short ground lesson and a briefing that shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes (except when we get to the navigation flight lessons that imply more preparation).
  2. The air instruction.Since you fly with your own aircraft, all you have to pay for the flight itself is the fuel and the air instruction time. Flight time starts when the engine starts running, which is why you would be well advised to have a working Hobbs meter to ensure we are both always on the same page regarding the flight time.
  • My hourly rate is $60,00 for both ground and flight time.
  • The average flight time takes between 1. and 1.2 and the pre-flight briefing usually takes 20 to 30 minutes.

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Because you should not rely only on what you are reading on this website, here is a little hint to help you retrieve the information from a very official source: Transport Canada. The following link will take you to the Canadian Aviation Regulation rule regarding freelance instruction. Enjoy the reading!

That other link will take you to the regulations regarding the qualifications for Flight Instructors teaching towards various ratings:

Any questions about that process and how it works? Just ask!

Did you know that...

Even with a loss of elevator control, the aircraft can still be flown and landed.  All it takes to fly or land the aircraft is the right use of the trim wheel and power control to set the proper attitude and manage the altitude.

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The Wright brothers invented and flew the first airplane in 1903. It is considered the world’s first “sustained and controlled heavier-than-air powered flight.” Their aircraft, the Wright Flyer, flew about 120 feet. Today, the newest Boeing 787 can fly 10,000 miles on a single tank of gas.

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The oxygen in an airplane’s emergency oxygen masks lasts for only about 15 minutes. Which is enough time to get the aircraft back to a safe altitude.

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Airport control tower windows must be angled at precisely 15 degrees from vertical at the top to decrease reflections from both inside and outside the tower

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The wings of the airplane are just one component of flight. There are actually four forces of flight that push the plane up, down, forward, or slow it down. These four forces of flight are lift, thrust, drag, and weight. 
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A jet’s contrails (or white trails) consist of water vapor and can be used to predict the weather. A thin, shorter tail indicates low humidity and fair weather. A thick, longer lasting tail is the early indication of a storm.

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Mercury is not allowed on a flight. Even a small amount of mercury can seriously damage aluminum, which is what most planes are made from. Airplanes that are exposed to mercury are usually quarantined

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Often dubbed the “Father of Aviation,” in 1799 English aviator George Cayley (1773–1857) built the first glider that could go short distances. His early work helped inventors understand the dynamics of flight, and the Wright Brothers acknowledged his importance.

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The contrails of a plane primarily consist of frozen, crystallized water vapor. They also contain carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, sulfate particles, and soot. Some conspiracy theorists claim that the U.S. government and military have planted harmful chemicals in contrails.

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If a cabin is pressurized and an airplane door came open in mid flight at a high altitude, the sudden opening could cause items and people to get sucked out. However, pressurization in the cabin and a plug-type door (a door that is bigger than the opening), makes it near impossible for even multiple people to open a door during a flight.

Did you know that...

Aircraft radar cannot detect turbulence. Turbulence can occur in clear, cloudless weather as well as in bad weather. It is the number one cause of in-flight injuries.

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