Flying BC - Pilot Stories and Aviation Adventures podcast

Flying BC - Pilot Stories and Aviation Adventures

Flying BC

Pilot stories and aviation adventures from Canada. From mountain and float flying stories, to warbirds and airshows, and flight training and career discussions. Flying BC takes listeners on a journey into the world of west coast flying and beyond. Hosted by Warwick Patterson.

20 Episodes

  • Flying BC - Pilot Stories and Aviation Adventures podcast

    Linden Hoover: Flying in Antarctica and Northern Canada

    36:46

    "So we flew all the drums out, and laid them on the blue ice, and then we went back with pictures. We were all so happy because, you know, 100 drums, we did a good job and it looked really nice. And just the way he looked at the pictures when we showed him...we were, like, 'uh oh'. He's says, I'm really sorry guys but this won't do..." Linden Hoover is a First Officer with the legendary Canadian company, Kenn Borek Air. He has been flying the Twin Otter and Basler (Turboprop DC-3) in Northern Canada and Antarctica for the past few seasons. A graduate of University of Victoria’s Aviation Business program, he earned his CPL in 2017 and has some great insight into what it takes as a young commercial pilot to make connections and get your foot in the door at the jobs you want. Follow Linden on Instagram @lindenhoover Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE): @antarcticlogistics And of course, follow Flying BC  To get first crack at the Flying BC Aviation Adventure Camp, held at Tsuniah Lake Lodge on July 31-August 2, 2021, sign up for the mailing list at www.flyingbc.com
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    Christine Gervais: COPA's Strength in Numbers

    45:24

    "People don't necessarily know that this doesn't have to be a career. This can be something that is an add-on to your life...a fantastic add-on to your life." In North America, we enjoy a freedom of the skies that is the envy of the rest of the world. And a lot of that is due to strength in numbers, and advocacy efforts from organizations like COPA – the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association. There’s a lot of change and new faces coming into COPA head office in the past few months, and as a member and regional director, I’m excited to see the organization revitalized. So, I asked COPA’s new President and CEO, Christine Gervais, to come on the show to talk about what COPA has up it’s sleeve for the future, and what she sees as the organization’s strengths and opportunities. Find out more about COPA at www.copanational.org Student Pilots get a free 1-year membership! ---- SIGN UP for the Flying BC mailing list and you'll be first in line for the Aviation Adventure Camp, July 31-August 2nd!  www.flyingbc.com/mailing-list Follow Flying BC on Instagram @flyingbritishcolumbia and Facebook  
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    Katie Cowley: Adventures of a new Commercial Pilot

    57:26

    "So I sat down in the roughest water I think I've ever landed in, and it's not that big of a plane so it was pretty big waves for those little floats. And I landed so far from the camp because I just wanted to be down on the water sooner than later." On this episode of Flying BC, I chat with my friend Katie Cowley about her first couple years as a new commercial pilot. For the past year, she’s been flying on floats and wheels out of Sioux Lookout in Northern Ontario, living the bush pilot life. I caught up with her just as she was coming up to the 1000 hour milestone, and we talked about her adventures – and misadventures – on her path through flight training, some of the lessons she’s learned along the way, and what it’s really like being a newly-minted commercial pilot trying to gain experience and find jobs. It’s not always easy!  You can find Katie on Instagram @katie.cowley --- Please send feedback, show ideas, and your questions to podcast@flyingbc.com Join me on Instagram @flyingbritishcolumbia or on Facebook. Videos on YouTube 
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    Michael Wilton: Tips for Buying and Selling an Aircraft

    59:43

    "One of the things we recommend for all clients if you're going to purchase in the US, is to send a Canadian Maintenance Engineer down across the border to view the aircraft and do your pre-buy for you." Michael Wilton is the President of FlightSimple Aircraft Sales, and his job is to help pilots navigate the world of buying and selling an aircraft. On this episode, Micheal walks us through the steps people should take when buying a plane, the pitfalls to avoid, and answers some of the listener questions about importing from the USA, and whether purchasing for time building or in a partnership is a good idea. --- Patreon Supporters receive a regular stream of exclusives, extended cuts, and early previews…plus a chance to get your questions in front of our guests. I just got some new Flying BC flight suit patches, and for a limited time I’ll send one out to everyone who joins at any level. http://www.patreon.com/flyingbc Please send feedback, show ideas, and your questions for the guests to podcast@flyingbc.com Join me on Instagram @flyingbritishcolumbia or on Facebook. Videos on YouTube 
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    Anna Serbinenko: Sky Dancer

    52:33

    "If a commercial flight test is not successful, it's typically not a question of stick and rudder skills or knowledge. More often than not it's the lack of attention to detail." Anna Serbinenko is an airshow performer, Chief Flight Instructor at Canadian Flight Centre, and a Transport Canada Pilot Examiner. But her life involves a lot more than just flying. She’s has a PHD in Financial Mathematics, is fluent in eight languages, has lived around the world, and is a competitive athlete. Upon moving to Canada, she took her first flight and she was hooked… On this episode, we talk about how to master learning, Anna’s journey into aerobatics and airshow performing, what she see’s as a flight examiner, and we wrap up with Anna sharing some of her experiences on the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour which brought a travelling airshow to over 60 northern communities in 2017. Check out Anna's website: www.annaskydancer.com Watch CFC's Flight Test Debrief video series. ---- A new Flying BC episode comes out every second Tuesday.  Patreon Supporters receive a regular stream of exclusives, extended cuts, and early previews…plus a chance to get your questions in front of our guests. I just got some new Flying BC flight suit patches, and for a limited time I’ll send one out to everyone who joins at any level. http://www.patreon.com/flyingbc Please send feedback, show ideas, and your questions for the guests to podcast@flyingbc.com Join me on Instagram @flyingbritishcolumbia or on Facebook. Videos on YouTube
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    Dave Hadfield: 5000 miles in a Spitfire

    1:28:22

    "The ideal candidate is someone who's got some Tiger Moth time or Stearman. Those two airplanes are exceptional initial experience trainers because they tend to amplify your faults without killing you." Dave Hadfield is the Chief Pilot at Vintage Wings of Canada, home of the Michael Potter Collection. Dave grew up around airplanes, and after a career with Air Canada he found himself in the right spot, with the right experience, to start flying warbirds. We discuss what it's like to fly the Spitfire, Hurricane, Kittyhawk, and Mustang, and the quirky characteristics of the Westland Lysander - one of only three left flying in the World. He also had the honour of flying the Y2K Spitfire over 5000 miles across North America to a homecoming back at the Comox Air Force Museum. Dave is also an accomplished musician, and he tells us the backstory of one of his favourite aviation-related songs he's written.  Watch Dave Hadfield's YouTube channel. Listen to Dave's music at hadfield.ca Photo by Peter Handley ---- A new Flying BC episode comes out every second Tuesday.  Patreon Supporters receive a regular stream of exclusives, extended cuts, and early previews…plus a chance to get your questions in front of our guests. I just got some new Flying BC flight suit patches, and for a limited time I’ll send one out to everyone who joins at any level. http://www.patreon.com/flyingbc Please send feedback, show ideas, and your questions for the guests to podcast@flyingbc.com Join me on Instagram @flyingbritishcolumbia or on Facebook. Videos on YouTube
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    Kimberly Lysak: Flight Instruction is Broken

    55:56

    "Does your instructor have a mentor? Does your instructor have someone more knowledgeable, more skilled than they are, that they are unafraid to ask questions to?" Kimberly Lysak is a Class 1 instructor, holds an ATPL, and is ICAO-certified in Advanced Flight Instruction and Aviation Training Management. As the flying school she worked for pressed pause in 2020, she launched her own online community to help instructors weather the storm, and improve their craft. She’s a big believer that we need to adapt flight training to take advantage of modern learning science, and that flight instructors can make more money and have more fun by empowering themselves with knowledge beyond just the basics. You can find Kimberly Lysak and Advancing Aviation at www.advancingaviation.com A new Flying BC episode comes out every second Tuesday.  Patreon Supporters receive a regular stream of exclusives, extended cuts, and early previews…plus a chance to get your questions in front of our guests. I just got some new Flying BC flight suit patches, and for a limited time I’ll send one out to everyone who joins at any level. http://www.patreon.com/flyingbc Please send feedback, show ideas, and your questions for the guests to podcast@flyingbc.com Join me on Instagram @flyingbritishcolumbia or on Facebook. Videos on YouTube
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    Vignesh Rajasekar: Inspiring Young People into Aviation

    39:21

    "So if you have the love of aviation and you want to spread it among youngsters, and have people come into aviation, I don't think there's a better place to start than in schools. One person joins and then all of a sudden you have a huge class." Vignesh Rajasekar has already accomplished a lot in Aviation at the age of 23, and he’s not slowing down. He’s a Class 1 instructor, Chief Flight Instructor at McMurray Aviation, Founder of his own aviation consulting business, and just recently co-founded a new Flight School in Kamloops. At McMurray he has developed a successful high school aviation program, which now leads to a College program. We talk about inspiring young people into aviation, and what makes a good student and instructor. You can find Vignesh at https://www.bluejayaviation.ca/ A new Flying BC episode comes out every second Tuesday.  Patreon Supporters receive a regular stream of exclusives, extended cuts, and early previews…plus a chance to get your questions in front of our guests. I just got some new Flying BC flight suit patches, and for a limited time I’ll send one out to everyone who joins at any level. http://www.patreon.com/flyingbc Please send feedback, show ideas, and your questions for the guests to podcast@flyingbc.com Join me on Instagram @flyingbritishcolumbia or on Facebook. Videos on YouTube
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    Bonus: Story from Tight Floats and Tailwinds

    8:35

    "The men we were picking up were jubilant about finally getting out after many weeks of solitude. Not so for the men we were leaving behind..." On this bonus episode, W.T. (Tim) Cole reads one of the many bush flying stories from his book & memoir, Tight Floats and Tailwinds. Patreon supporters enjoyed an advance listen to this bonus. If you'd like more exclusives, advances, and perks, consider supporting the podcast at http://www.patreon.com/flyingbc You can buy Tim's book on the BCGA store: https://www.bcaviation.ca/store/p52/tightfloats.html You can reach me on Instagram @flyingbritishcolumbia or email me through the website at http://www.flyingbc.com  
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    W.T. (Tim) Cole: Bush Pilot to Bureaucrat and Back

    1:12:09

    “It’s pretty intimidating for an Ontario farm boy to be out there saying, holy mackerel I’m just about at the tip of mainland North America and everything rests on this big ol’ round engine.” W.T. (Tim) Cole takes us on a journey through his aviation career starting in the 60’s at the legendary bush operation, Laurentian Air Services, all the way through to his various roles in Transport Canada on the West Coast, and his flying adventures post-retirement in his Cessna 172. His career is a great example of the sort of interesting and fulfilling jobs you can find as a pilot. With over 13,000 hours in his logbook, half of which is on floats, skis, and in the bush, Tim has a treasure trove of stories, and he’s published a lot of them in his new memoir “Tight Floats and Tailwinds” - it's well worth the read. We touch on some of those stories, and more in this episode.  You can buy his book on the BCGA store: https://www.bcaviation.ca/store/p52/tightfloats.html I hope these full length episodes are entertaining and worthwhile for you – fire me a message or an email and let me know! Do you want shorter episodes, or do you like the in-depth long format shows? You can reach me on Instagram @flyingbritishcolumbia or email me through the website at http://www.flyingbc.com  

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