RCAF 600 Wing

10/08/2018 Posted by admin

The week has passed but not without some interesting happenings. On Wednesday night several of us were invited to the Royal Canadian Air Force Veterans’ Association 600 (Regina) Wing dinner held at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) of Regina. It was a great opportunity to chat with many of our distinguished Veterans. It was both an honour and a privilege for having been invited to this dinner. Any time I’ve had a chance to spend time with these special individuals, I walk away with a deeper respect for what they have done for our Country. Thanks

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The weather plays a key role during our training season and as most of you witnessed we had a taste of spring followed by some reminders that winter still has a grip on us. On Thursday the temperature had warmed up substantially from the day before. Great, except that when this happens the frost starts coming out on the runways and parking ramps. Our aircraft don’t come equipped with winter tires on them, so we had to wait a while for Mother Nature to sort out the issue. By the time we got going it was nearly noon and there was still a full day of flying and debriefing to wrap up before heading home. An option could have been to delay until Friday except that Friday’s forecast had predicted that the March lion would still be here. Thursday ended up a lot like harvest time in the Prairies in that you need to make hay while the sun shines.

I mentioned in my last Blog that tryouts for 2012 are in full swing. In order for us to evaluate the new guys the team members are either flying with the candidates or flying on their wing. For those who don’t know, in CT-114 the seating is configured to be side-by-side for both pilots. Essentially both sides are identical with only slight differences. My normal position as number 6 has me flying on the right side of the formation. What this means is that I sit in the left seat. This is so I don’t have to look across the cockpit to see the lead aircraft. The best way I can describe it is that it’s similar to driving your car and looking left. You’re able to get closer to something on your left than your right side, unless you drive one of those British cars. On Thursday I happened to pair up with Oreo (Capt Parker). Normally we’re both left seaters, so we had a quick chat and decided I would fly from the right. I believed it would be good training, since next year I would be training one of the new guys to fly from that spot. Up until this point I’d flown 63 trips flying looking left and for this mission I’d need to look right. Doesn’t seem like a big deal until I took to the runway for the formation take off. It was a moment I felt like I was trying to stickhandle with a left handed stick versus a right handed one. It took me a few minutes to sort myself out, but after that things settled down. That mission reminded me that it’s important that from time to time we need to have a look at things whilewearing someone else’s shoes or should I say from their cockpit.

Snowbird 6 out.

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