Because humour…

Pilots vs Maintenance Engineers

After every flight, pilots fill out a form, called a “gripe sheet” which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct the problems; document their repairs on the form, and then pilots review the gripe sheets before the next flight.

Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by pilots (marked with a P) and the solutions recorded (marked with an S) by maintenance engineers.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce the problem on the ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: #2 Propeller seeping prop fluid
S: #2 Propeller seepage normal – #1 #3 and #4 propellers lack normal seepage

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to a more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That’s what they’re for

P: IFF inoperative.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you’re right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics

And the best one for last.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget.

(Source: aviationhumor.net)

809 Newark Sqn Paper Airplane Contest – Wednesday, May 6…1900

Scramble, scramble, scramble…Aircrews, man your planes…

Hey 809….We’re looking to you to become designers of some funky, maybe practical, but also fun paper airplanes. We’ll be reviewing them on a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, May 6. We’ll pick out winners of 3 categories..

1/ Most realistic design….WW2 warbird…Canadian Forces Aircraft….Civilian Airliner….Whatever. Design and build a paper airplane model.  Colour it so that it looks as realistic as possible. Don’t worry about flight on this. It’s the look that counts.

2/ Most Fantastic Funky Fliers… Go all out with a crazy design. Take something from a movie….a cartoon… or just from the top of your head. Design something spectacular to show off. If it flies…well bonus.

3/ Best practical design. This is where we put together a paper airplane that’s born to fly. The airplane with the best flight characteristics gets the heads up on everyone in this category.

809 will get together on Wednesday May 6 at 1900 via Zoom (invitations will go out to take part).   Here you can show off your creation, talk about your influences and show how much air your flier can get.  Send me your email addresses so I can send you an invite.

We’d like everyone to take part.  Even if you’d prefer being an observer.  Let me know.

Have fun with this and bring your A-game.  Show the squadron who the best of the best is.


OCdt Couroux.

Levels 3 & 4 Aviation Subject Review

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder that the aviation subject review will take place tomorrow night in google classroom from 1900 to 2000.  Those cadets who have contacted Capt. Lemoine to set up an 809cadets.ca email address should have received an invite to the review.  PLEASE CHECK YOUR 809cadets.ca EMAIL.   You’ll need to log into the google classroom with your 809cadets.ca email address as well, and enter your google classroom code as per the invite.

For those of you who haven’t contacted Capt Lemoine, and want to take part in tomorrow night’s review, please contact him as quickly as possible.

Let me know if you have any questions.  My email address is dan.couroux@809cadets.ca

OCdt Couroux.

Weekly Routine Orders – Week of 19 Apr 2020

Date
20 Apr 2020

RO Number
2020-16

CO’s Message

I’ve received a little bit of feedback concerning the L3/L4 Combined Aviation Subjects review and exam. There is some concern that this is a live exam and that there will be a pass/fail component to it. The cadet training program for the year has been concluded and all cadets have been given a passing mark for all components of this year’s training, so this is entirely optional, though encouraged. There are two purposes to what we’re doing with the L3/L4 Combined Aviation Subjects review and exam:

  1. Testing out the Classroom and Hangouts Meet functions for suitability for further unit training
  2. Providing an opportunity for the L3 and L4 cadets to challenge themselves and see how they would have done

The links to the review material were in the last week’s WRO and the first Q&A session will be at 1900 (7:00pm) on Wednesday night with the exam to follow at 1900 on 29 April.

If you’re interested in participating and haven’t done so already, please contact me so that you can be set up with an 809cadets.ca email address for joining the class.

Remember that we still have the Anniversary Pin competition underway. If you’ve got ideas and a little bit of spare time, we would love to see your ideas for celebrating our unit’s 50th anniversary next year. Here’s a link to the original post:

Anniversary Pin Competition

We’re also going to be proposing fun activities that we can do over the summer while we’re in isolation mode. Items being considered thus far:

  • Model aircraft competition
  • “Boots and a Movie” boot polishing and on-line hangout
  • Global scavenger hunt

Any new ideas for something you’d like to run for your fellow cadets are being wholeheartedly sought. Email me directly if you’ve got something you want to put forward.

Stay home. Stay safe.

Upcoming Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
22 Apr 2020 1900 Wednesday L3/L4 Combined Aviation Subjects Q&A Hangouts Meet N/A OCdt Couroux
29 Apr 2020 1900 Wednesday L3/L4 Combined Aviation Subjects Exam Hangouts Meet N/A OCdt Couroux

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

The Latest News

Good afternoon.

As I’m sure most of you are already aware, the announcement came out yesterday that the Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers program has been suspended until 31 August 2020. This wasn’t the news that any of us were hoping for, though it makes complete sense when we consider the circumstances we find ourselves in as a society.

For those of you who haven’t already heard the announcement from BGen Cochrane, the Commander of the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group can be seen here:

The full general order can be found here:

CANCDTGEN 015/20

The loss of the remainder of the 2019/2020 training year is hard to take, and the loss of our summer training program even more so. That said, this does not mean that we’re just going to sit and wait to see what happens next. This has never been our approach and we’re not going to start down that road now. A number of things need to be addressed immediately, like:

  • What happens with Merit Review Boards (MRBs) for Warrant Officer Promotions?
    These are still on the table, though they will be conducted virtually.
  • What happens to our Squadron Awards Banquet and the Annual Ceremonial Review (ACR) now?
    The actual ceremonies are off of the table, but the awards are still being calculated and tallied. When they’ll be announced/presented is up for some discussion amongst the staff and SSC.
  • What happens to our training year?
    All cadets will be marked as having completed their training year. We’re still going to run through a few exercises like the Combined Aviation Subjects review and exam as an optional activity, just because this knowledge is highly recommended for all L3/L4 cadets, especially those who are interested in pilot training next summer.
  • What activities can we participate in while we’re isolating?
    That’s still under some discussion, but we’re going to have some answers on this soon. We’ve got our current Anniversary Pin competition underway already and have some more in mind. We may also be able to adapt some activities such as the Aerospace Club to an on-line format. Movie watch parties and gaming guilds are possibilities too. If you have any suggestions or want to run something yourselves, we’re open to input from the cadets and parents as always.

This is our opportunity to come together (virtually) and show leadership by presenting a positive attitude through all of this. This too shall pass. When it does, we all need to be able to look back on this and know that we did something to make it bearable to ourselves and our peers.

We won’t let this situation break us. Like the phoenix in our squadron crest, we will rise from this… immortal.

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Weekly Routine Orders – Week of 12 Apr 2020

Date
14 Apr 2020

RO Number
2020-15

CO’s Message

It took a little longer than expected to get everything together, but we have our Google Classroom / Meet setup ready to try out. We’re a week late from the L3/L4 combined subjects review and exam schedule posted last week, but that shouldn’t be a problem.

Now, I need to clarify things a bit. When the COVID-19 emergency was declared, the entire cadet training program was suspended. Our orders are that no mandatory training is to be conducted during this period, so:

  • Any activities that we schedule virtually are optional.
  • Any cadet who chooses not to participate will not be penalized in any way.

We intend to use the Classroom system in the new year for managing information related to our training, so a live test with some of the actual material will be useful. Any cadet who participates and takes the L3 or L4 Combined Aviation Subjects exam will have their results recorded for their level progression. Cadets who do not participate will be given the opportunity to complete this portion of their training when we resume normal activities.

If you are an L3 or L4 cadet and are interested in participating, please email me and OCdt Couroux and let us know so that we can generate an 809cadets.ca email address for you and add you to the Classroom. At the same time, please begin studying for the exam with the following material:

PROFICIENCY LEVEL 3 Aviation Subjects Handbook
PROFICIENCY LEVEL 4 Aviation Subjects Handbook

We’re looking to have an online review session on the 22nd of the month and to conduct the exam on the 29th. OCdt Couroux will follow up with further details.

We still haven’t received any submissions for next year’s Anniversary Pin. If you’ve got ideas and a little bit of spare time, this is the perfect opportunity to put something together. The original deadline for submissions was to be tomorrow, but I’m sure we can push that out under the circumstances. For reference, here’s a link to the original post:

Anniversary Pin Competition

We’re still waiting for information on whether or not our cadet activity will resume after our current 30 April date, but have been told that more information will be coming this week. I’ll keep you informed as I have more information.

If you have any questions, please email me directly.

Stay put and stay safe.

Upcoming Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
22 Apr 2020 1900 Wednesday L3/L4 Combined Aviation Subjects Q&A Hangouts Meet N/A OCdt Couroux
29 Apr 2020 1900 Wednesday L3/L4 Combined Aviation Subjects Exam Hangouts Meet N/A OCdt Couroux

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Weekly Routine Orders – Week of 5 Apr 2020

Date
5 Apr 2020

RO Number
2020-14

CO’s Message

Thank you to everyone who submitted your feedback about on-line training. Your responses and comments have given us some clarification on how to move forward. There’s a lot of potential in this, but it takes a long time to get everything set up correctly. In the short term, here’s what we’re going to be doing:

The only mandatory training items remaining in the year are the Level 3 and Level 4 Combined Aviation Subjects Exams. OCdt Couroux is going to be working with Google Classroom and Hangouts Meet to set up the necessary framework for a couple of on-line review sessions on 15 and 22 April and an on-line exam on 29 April.

Going forward, we may continue to use Google Classroom as a resource for organizing supplemental class material and for other functions like quizzes, but we’ll likely keep actual on-line training sessions as an option to be used only when strictly necessary.

We haven’t received further word as to whether or not our cadet activity will resume after our current 30 April date, nor whether summer training will be affected, but I’m optimistic that the Regional Cadet Support Unit will be able to salvage as much of our program as they can from the current circumstances.

In the meantime, as soon as we have further information, we’ll be sure to post it so that you’re aware.

Stay put and stay safe.

Upcoming Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
15 Apr 2020 1900 Wednesday L3/L4 Combined Aviation Subjects Review Hangouts Meet N/A OCdt Couroux
22 Apr 2020 1900 Wednesday L3/L4 Combined Aviation Subjects Review Hangouts Meet N/A OCdt Couroux
29 Apr 2020 1900 Wednesday L3/L4 Combined Aviation Subjects Exam Hangouts Meet N/A OCdt Couroux

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Weekly Routine Orders – Week of 29 Mar 2020

Date
29 Mar 2020

RO Number
2020-13

CO’s Message

Another week has gone by and I hope everyone is managing to stay upbeat despite the physical isolation. It’s not an easy task, I’m confident that each of you is showing leadership and setting a good example for your peers and our community.

Updates have come down from the National Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group that the cadet program will remain suspended until at least 30 Apr 2020. This is somewhat disappointing, but understandable and entirely necessary if we’re to ensure that COVID-19 is going to be controlled. As a result, there will be no training nights or supplemental in-person cadet activities for the month of April. We’re looking into options for finishing out our year properly if this becomes extended into May and will keep you informed as we know more.

Last week, I put out a survey to see how many cadets have the ability to participate in on-line training. To date, we’ve had seven (7) responses. This is a good beginning, but I don’t want to go down the path of developing something unless I’m certain that a majority of the unit can participate. If you haven’t replied yet, please do so as soon as you can.

Looking forward to seeing everyone either on-line or when the current situation passes.

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!