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First-person view radio control

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

First-person view (FPV), also known as remote-person view (RPV), or simply video piloting, is a method used to control a radio-controlled vehicle from the driver or pilot's view point. Most commonly it is used to pilot a radio-controlled aircraft or other type of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

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Friday, January 13th, 2017

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Flying USA to Canada: Pre-trip Preparation

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

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AOPA's Pilot information Center shares this video with information about flying to Canada!  Before you go, make sure you have planned accordingly, and have your checklist handy. 

  • You need your normal documents
  • pilot certificate with English Proficient endorsement
  • valid medical
  • you and your passengers need a valid passport
  • children traveling with just one parent need a notarized statement of approval from the absent parent stating the dates of the trip. 
  • Your aircraft must have the appropriate documents on board as well 

    • a standard airworthiness certificate; operating limitations
    •  weight and balance information
    •  permanent registration certificate.
    • Each aircraft must be equipped with a mode C transponder 121.5 mhz or a 406 Mhz ELT
    • If you are installing extra fuel tanks in the baggage or passenger compartment, they must have a 337 form to accompany them on board the aircraft. 
  • The pilot in command must have a restricted radiotelephone operators permit
  • The airplane must have a radio station license obtained from the FCC. 
  • US Customs and Border Protection requires that you possess an annual user fee decal as well
  • notification of the trip through the Electronic Advance Passenger Information System.
  • any private aircraft traveling to Canada must be covered by a public liability insurance policy. The amounts of required coverage vary, based on the the gross takeoff weight of the aircraft. If the aircraft weighs up to 2,300 pounds, you must carry 100,000 in public liability coverage. from 2,301 to 5,000 pounds, coverage increases to500,000, and from 5,001 to 12,500 pounds you must have 1,000,000 in public liability, and300,000 of passenger liability coverage per passenger on board the aircraft. 
  • You must be on a filed, active ICAO flight plan for your border crossing, and land at a designated airport of entry so that you can pass customs. 
  • You must notify the Canadian authorities at least two hours, but not more than 48 hours ahead of your arrival with a phone call to the Canadian Border Services Agency.
  • Now, if you are flying from Alaska to Canada, you must be on an active IFR, or Defense VFR plan. You’ll most likely cross the ADIZ, so make sure you have 12 inch registration marks on the aircraft as well as an ID data plate. 

For more in depth guidance on flying to Canada, please visit the AOPA website.

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