Features

North Star Restoration

North Star Restoration

North Star Restoration: a labour of love—and precision MRO work The Canadair North Star was an unusual beast, borne [...]

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Moving Forward After Mental Illness

Moving Forward After Mental Illness

The concept of moving forward helps us to discover new opportunities in the days ahead and put back into [...]

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Maintenance Training Standards Explained

Maintenance Training Standards Explained

Once upon a time, men were admired and rewarded for their ability to make fire, club furry animals to [...]

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Helicopter Tail Rotors – Part 2

Helicopter Tail Rotors – Part 2

Well, I see you are here again for our continuing discussion on why helicopters, unlike my dog Roxy, don’t [...]

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2013 Recurrent Training EXAM

2013 Recurrent Training EXAM

Please note that the EXAM is not contained within the Printed Magazine. Please Download the current 2013 EXAM here: [...]

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Murphy’s Mayhem

Murphy’s Mayhem

Most of us in the aviation maintenance world are well aware of Murphy’s Law. Its boiled down reality simply [...]

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Passenger Systems – Part 2

Passenger Systems – Part 2

Passenger Accommodations, Systems & Services Explained – Part 2 In Part 1 of this series on passenger accommodations, we looked [...]

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Helicopter Tail Rotors

Helicopter Tail Rotors

Welcome once again my faithful students. Hope all has been severe clear and blue skies since last we met. [...]

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Passenger Systems — Part 1

Passenger Systems — Part 1

Passenger Service & Entertainment Systems Explained: Besides the standard “fascination with aviation” and a geek-like interest in electronics, what [...]

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Loss of Control & Crash

Loss of Control & Crash

In June 2007, a Cessna Citation 550 impacted Lake Michigan shortly after take-off. The two pilots and four passengers [...]

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“Who CAIRS” & other regulations

“Who CAIRS” & other regulations

Transport Canada has several ways of dealing with people like me. The first is to ignore me, the second [...]

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Helicopter CK again

Helicopter CK again

Welcome back to another session of Helicopter CK. I will assume you are reading this because you enjoyed the [...]

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VRLA Batteries Explained

VRLA Batteries Explained

“Overdressed, oversexed, overpaid bus drivers” was how airline owner Harry Steele referred to them, and I myself recently referred [...]

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Raising The Bar: A Sikorsky Crash

Raising The Bar: A Sikorsky Crash

On August 5, 2008, a Sikorsky S-61N helicopter impacted trees and terrain during the initial climb after takeoff at [...]

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AMU Chronicles: 7 Heaven

AMU Chronicles: 7 Heaven

It all began one evening at Air Canada as we rolled down Golf taxiway towing a Boeing 727 to [...]

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Human Factors: Identifying Errors

Human Factors: Identifying Errors

Identifying Errors in the Workplace and Getting to Know The Dirty Dozen   Say what? — OK, I know [...]

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Helicopter Cocktail Knowledge

Helicopter Cocktail Knowledge

I know that you regular students are familiar with CK, but for you newbies, CK (or Cocktail Knowledge) is [...]

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AMU Chronicles: Borescopes

AMU Chronicles: Borescopes

Not So Boring – Borescopes A large part of our job maintaining aircraft is the never-ending task of routine [...]

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Perception – Part 2

Perception – Part 2

Human Factors: Perception – Part 2:  Group Perception The Last Article (AMU Aug-Sept) dealt with some of the problems [...]

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The Regs: Consistency

The Regs: Consistency

Once again, we start out with a letter from a reader. Martin Grechan wrote his “Letter To The Editor” [...]

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Aviation Terms – Part 2

Aviation Terms – Part 2

Welcome back to our second session on aviation terms. And since I know I wore you out with a [...]

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HIRF Explained

HIRF Explained

To the many young people beginning their careers in the field of aviation, I say “Welcome”. To those who [...]

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Aviation Terms – Part 1

Aviation Terms – Part 1

It looks like we will be continuing our interrupted Martin Mars story in another session. I am sure when [...]

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The Regs Oct-Nov 2012

The Regs Oct-Nov 2012

In my last column, I made a last-minute addition referring to approval of major repairs and modifications for importing [...]

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Keep On Working

Keep On Working

As we continue to learn about mental illness and reflect upon some of the implications discussed in my previous [...]

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Pilot Optional Aircraft Explained

Pilot Optional Aircraft Explained

I recently reconnected with a colleague of mine from the 1980s. His career has taken him into the engineering [...]

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