24 January 2008

City only knows CYOW?

RockcliffeAirport06B How is it that the City of Ottawa's website directs visitors to only one airport, namely Macdonald-Cartier International airport? At the very least visitors to Ottawa should be told of the excellent non-airline airports serving the region, specifically Rockcliffe, Carp and Gatineau airports. As well there other more outlying aerodromes that could be useful to visitors, such as Embrun, Bearbrook, Carleton Place and Smith Falls to name a few. Not everyone that flies to Ottawa does so in an airliner. As it is many pilots land at Rockcliffe Airport to go to the Canada Aviation Museum.

Come on City of Ottawa staff point to all your city's valuable airport resources and reference them in the City of Ottawa's website.

Another area of the city's website that irks me is under Business / Transportation and Parking. It mentions Carp and Gatineau airports, ignoring Rockcliffe Airport. How can such an important airport be overlooked? To add insult to injury, the city's website points at an old email address for Carp. The correct address for carp is http://www.carp.ca, for email try mailto:info@carp.ca.

You can get information on all these aiports at the Canadian Owners and Pilots Associations "Places to Fly" website: http://www.copanational.org/PlacesToFly/

To see what I am talking about point your browser at these pages in the Ottawa's website:




The V speeds - Dah!

Nothing annoys me more than unnecessary memory work. I believe the entire Vspeed thing is a pain. We clearly need to know the appropriate indicated airspeeds (IAS) to achieve the steepest angle of climb, fastest rate of climb, best glide speed, stall speed with and without flaps and gear down. I don't know if they called them Vx, Vy, etc. when I learned to fly in 1966, my flight training school, Peninsula Air Services in Hamilton, Ontario did not.

In my mind it is much more important to know the appropriate IAS to clear an obstruction than to know that this airspeed is arbitrarily labelled "Vx". These V lables don't add to safety, they add to memory work.

Am I nuts? What do you think?