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A Pilot's Perspective.

By Barry Meek.

I'm a retired ambulance paramedic, former broadcaster, mountain bike tour guide and a current commercial pilot.  In the past, I have flown many aircraft as a working pilot, and some owned alone and in partnerships.  Much of my commercial flying was confined to summer seasonal jobs in northern B.C. and Alberta.  I write for aviation publications including the Canadian Owners & Pilots Association (COPA), the Aviation News Journal, which is published in Vancouver, Canada and distributed in many countries.  Also for web-based newsletters.  Home is now in Vernon, British Columbia.  Your e-mails are always welcome, I read them all, and respond to most.              Barry Meek        bcflyer@propilots.net

 

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Archives: 
2005: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2006: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2007: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2008: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2009: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2010: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2011: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2012: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2013: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2014: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2015: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
2016: Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.

      Jun. 2005       A TRUE EMERGENCY

      Jul. 2005       DEPARTURE DISTRACTIONS

      Aug. 2005       WHAT KIND OF PILOT ARE YOU?

     Sep. 2005        PILOTS ARE HAPPY PEOPLE

      Oct. 2005      WISDOM OF THE FUTURE

      Nov. 2005       SHARED OWNERSHIP OF AN AIRCRAFT

      Dec. 2005       CHRISTMAS AT THE AIRPORT

      Jan. 2006        NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

      Feb. 2006        AFTER THE CRASH

      Mar. 2006        A HOMEBUILT WORTH A LOOK

      Apr. 2006        WE WERE ALL YOUNG AND FOOLISH

      May. 2006       RESPECT YOUR AIRPLANE

      Jun. 2006       IT'S TIME TO SLOW DOWN

      Jul. 2006        MOUNTAIN FLYING LESSONS

      Aug. 2006       FLIGHT IN CONTROLLED AIR SPACE: BEAR AIR

      Sep. 2006       MOTHER NATURE'S DESIGN

      Oct. 2006       SUMMER FLYING ON THE PRAIRIES

      Nov. 2006       I KNOW NOW WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW THEN

      Dec. 2006       TOO OLD TO FLY?

      Jan. 2007        YOU NEVER FORGET YOUR FIRST LOVE

      Feb. 2007       BACK TO THE FUTURE

      Mar. 2007        YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY

      Apr. 2007        HANGARS AND MUCH MORE

      May. 2007       CONVERSATION WITH A ROCKET SCIENTIST

      Jun. 2007       NEW KID ON THE BLOCK

      Jul. 2007        METRIC CONVERSIONS

      Aug. 2007        AIRPLANES, ALIENS AND GLOBAL WARMING

      Sep. 2007        TOO MUCH INFORMATION

      Oct. 2007        LAWN CHAIRS CAN FLY

      Nov. 2007        THE BEAUTY IS IN THE LANDING

      Dec. 2007       AN AIRBORNE ENGAGEMENT

      Jan. 2008        THE AIRPORT UNDERGROUND SOCIETY

      Feb. 2008       PILOT NUMBERS, AND LEAVING FLYING TO THE BIRDS

      Mar. 2008        2008 THE LONGEST FLIGHT IN HISTORY... IN A C-172

      Apr. 2008        GOLFING AND FLYING DON'T MIX

      May. 2008       PILOT UNCONSCIOUS, PASSENGER LANDS PLANE

      Jun. 2008       RURAL AIRPORTS: JUST NOISE MACHINES

      Jul. 2008         AFRAID TO FLY

      Aug. 2008        HIGH COST OF FLYING

      Sep. 2008        NORTH TO ALASKA... ALMOST (PART 1)

      Oct. 2008         AIRPORT USERS FEES

      Nov. 2008        STUDENT PILOTS AND GRUMPY OLD MEN

      Dec. 2008        ORGANIZING THE COCKPIT

      Jan. 2009        THE PAINLESS PILOT LICENSE

      Feb. 2009       BEWARE OF BURNOUT

      Mar. 2009         STREET MAP GPS MAKES EVERYONE A PILOT

      Apr. 2009         VOICES IN THE SKY

      May. 2009        THE VIETNAM MEMORIAL

      Jun. 2009         NOT IN MY BACKYARD

      Jul. 2009         OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH

      Aug. 2009         NORTH TO ALASKA... ALMOST (PART 2)

      Sep. 2009        FIRST FLIGHT

      Oct. 2009         THROW THE DRUNK OFF THE PLANE

      Nov. 2009         WHEN DO YOU SAY "NO"

      Dec. 2009         THE OLD, BOLD AND RICH PILOT

      Jan. 2010        RETURN TO SIMPLE FLYING

      Feb. 2010        FLY AND BUILD HOURS FREE

      Mar. 2010         THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED

      Apr. 2010         FLYING ON THE GROUND

      May. 2010        LESS REGULATIONS EQUAL SHORTER WAIT TIMES

      Jun. 2010         ARLINGTON 2010

      Jul. 2010           HAVING A BACKUP PLAN

      Aug. 2010         ARLINGTON, 2010

      Sep. 2010         LOGBOOK RECOLLECTIONS

      Oct. 2010         DO YOU FLY TO LIVE, OR LIVE TO FLY

      Nov. 2010       MUST SELL, LOST MEDICAL

      Dec. 2010        FLYING STORIES FROM THE LOGBOOK

      Jan. 2011         SOME AVIATION (AND OTHER) OBSERVATIONS

      Feb. 2011         HONEY, WE'VE LOST THE PROP

      Mar. 2011         INSIDE THE MIND OF A PILOT

      Apr. 2011         SURVIVOR

      May. 2011       ICE PILOT NWT

      Jun. 2011        MEMORIES OF FOOFOO

      Jul. 2011           AFRAID OF FEAR

      Aug. 2011        SO, YOU WANT TO FLY

      Sep. 2011         THEY LOST MY LUGGAGE

      Oct. 2011         MORE NEW HAZARDS TO FLIGHT: LASER LIGHTS

      Nov. 2011       FLYING THROUGH THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS

      Dec. 2011        LEARNING TO FLY, THE EASY WAY

      Jan. 2012        PILOT EJECTS, MILITARY JET LANDS ITSELF

      Feb. 2012         TIME TO SPARE? GO BY AIR!

      Mar. 2012       TO CHUTE OR NOT TO CHUTE

      Apr. 2012        MOVIE STUNT FLYING

      May. 2012        BASIC HIGH TECH

      Jun. 2012         THE BIRTH OF AN AIRPORT

      Jul. 2012           MIRACLE IN SAN FRANCISCO BAY

      Aug. 2012         LET'S CLOSE MORE AIRPORTS

      Sep. 2012        THE EASIEST WAY TO AN AIRPORT

      Oct. 2012       ACROSS CANADA ON FLOATS (AND OTHER GOOD STORIES)

      Nov. 2012       GOLFING AND FLYING (THE FULL CIRCLE)

      Dec. 2012        SOME RANDOM WINTER WRITING

       Jan. 2013        FLYING WITHOUT A PILOT

      Feb. 2013        HOT AIR BALLOONS, THE GENTLE GIANTS

      Mar. 2013         SIMULATORS: REMOVING THE RUST OR LEARNING TO FLY

      Apr. 2013        CAN WE PROMOTE GENERAL AVIATION?

      May. 2013        TAKE CARE OF THE BUCKET LIST

      Jun. 2013           WILL CARS EVER FLY?

      Jul. 2013          GOOD NEWS FOR AIR TRAVELLERS

      Aug. 2013         THE AIRPORT PARAMEDICS

      Sep. 2013         DO THE WRONG THING, LEARN A LESSON

      Oct. 2013         FLYING WITH A DIFFERENT APPROACH

      Nov. 2013        THIS IS YOUR CAPTAIN SPEAKING, "SHE" SAID

      Dec. 2013         AFTER THE CRASH, WHO DO YOU BLAME?

     Jan. 2014         NEVER STOP LEARNING

      Feb. 2014        OUR NATIONAL SECURITY: WHO IS WATCHING?

      Mar. 2014        THE BEAUTY IS IN THE LANDING

      Apr. 2014         MEMORIES OF FOO-FOO

      May. 2014          BAD DECISIONS BY PILOT / TRAGIC RESULTS

      Jun. 2014          REAL STORY, BUT NO MOVIE

      Jul. 2014            HANGARS AND MUCH MORE

      Aug. 2014           YA BUT SUPERMAN COULD FLY

      Sep. 2014         MAN WAS MEANT TO FLY

      Oct. 2014          FLYING THE "SHORT HOP"

      Nov. 2014        MAKING HISTORY

      Dec. 2014        A RESPONSIBILITY ISSUE

      Jan. 2015        ABOUT FLYING CLUBS AND OUR NEED TO KEEP THEM ALIVE 

      Feb. 2015         NAVIGATING AN AVIATION INSURANCE CLAIM

      Mar. 2015          2015: COULD THIS BE THE YEAR?

      Apr. 2015         TWO CAPTAINS IN THE FAMILY

      May. 2015          AN UNSOLVED AVIATION MYSTERY

      Jun. 2015          THUNDERSTORMS AND A PEEPING TOM

      Jul. 2015           WHAT READERS SAY:  TVSAC NEWSLETTER