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IFR Across Canada! No GPS, 6-pack Panel & ‘70s era Autopilot – How to Execute

Ferry Mission – IFR Across Canada in a 1971 Piper Cherokee 6

Getting ready for “Operation Eastbound” as I help my buddy Blake ferry his new-to-him 1971 Piper Cherokee 6 from Calgary-area to Toronto (YBW – YKZ) using it’s 6-pack instrumentation, no GPS, and the original autopilot!

This mission took place in early winter, and icing in cloud was a risk we needed to manage and mitigate.

Mentors and coaches I leaned on for this mission – and most of my training! 🙂

Contact these awesome instructors for help with advanced flight training:

Dennis Simo (Ontario, Canada) https://www.nlft.ca

Luke Penner (Manitoba, Canada) https://www.harvsairinverted.com

Ryan Van Haren (British Columbia, Canada) https://www.cardinalaviation.ca

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Links to the survival related episodes:

“Survival Shakedown” Parts 1 & 2: Could You Survive with Nothing but the Airplane Kit? We Try / Fail – BC Mountains:

Survive a Forced Landing in the Winter Wilderness – Are you prepared? BC Mountains

TFP signal mirror demo episode: (Demo happens at about the ~9 min mark)


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I’m a Private Pilot, doing my best to stay current and learn. I fly for fun and might just be the least cocky pilot on the internet! My self analysis videos can seem self deprecating at times, but I am trying to learn from the small mistakes to avoid making a big one; I’m happy to share and find it rewarding to help other pilots or aspiring aviators in any way that I can. How does the saying go? “Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards”. And in aviation, not all tests are survivable.

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  • Steve – I can’t recall in which video, but I am sure I saw you using a kneeboard that had your iPad on top, and you just lifted it up (hinged) to get to the regular writing surface. That was truly cool, and my current kneeboard is getting tired – where can one find info on the iPad-holding board?
    I fly out of Frederick MD, home of AOPA, and if you ever find yourself in the Mid-Atlantic region, please stop in.

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