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Pilot stories and aviation adventures from Canada. From mountain and float flying stories, to warbirds and airshows, and flight training and career discussions. Flying BC takes listeners on a journey into the world of west coast flying and beyond. Hosted by Warwick Patterson.

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Pilot stories and aviation adventures from Canada. From mountain and float flying stories, to warbirds and airshows, and flight training and career discussions. Flying BC takes listeners on a journey into the world of west coast flying and beyond. Hosted by Warwick Patterson.

    Linden Hoover: Flying in Antarctica and Northern Canada

    Linden Hoover: Flying in Antarctica and Northern Canada

    "So we flew all the drums out, and laid them on the blue ice, and then we went back with pictures. We were all so happy because, you know, 100 drums, we did a good job and it looked really nice. And just the way he looked at the pictures when we showed him...we were, like, 'uh oh'. He's says, I'm really sorry guys but this won't do..."


    Linden Hoover is a First Officer with the legendary Canadian company, Kenn Borek Air. He has been flying the Twin Otter and Basler (Turboprop DC-3) in Northern Canada and Antarctica for the past few seasons. A graduate of University of Victoria’s Aviation Business program, he earned his CPL in 2017 and has some great insight into what it takes as a young commercial pilot to make connections and get your foot in the door at the jobs you want.


    Follow Linden on Instagram @lindenhoover
    Antarctic Logistics & Expeditions (ALE): @antarcticlogistics


    And of course, follow Flying BC 


    To get first crack at the Flying BC Aviation Adventure Camp, held at Tsuniah Lake Lodge on July 31-August 2, 2021, sign up for the mailing list at www.flyingbc.com

    • 36 Min.
    Christine Gervais: COPA's Strength in Numbers

    Christine Gervais: COPA's Strength in Numbers

    "People don't necessarily know that this doesn't have to be a career. This can be something that is an add-on to your life...a fantastic add-on to your life."


    In North America, we enjoy a freedom of the skies that is the envy of the rest of the world. And a lot of that is due to strength in numbers, and advocacy efforts from organizations like COPA – the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association. There’s a lot of change and new faces coming into COPA head office in the past few months, and as a member and regional director, I’m excited to see the organization revitalized. So, I asked COPA’s new President and CEO, Christine Gervais, to come on the show to talk about what COPA has up it’s sleeve for the future, and what she sees as the organization’s strengths and opportunities.


    Find out more about COPA at www.copanational.org
    Student Pilots get a free 1-year membership!


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    • 45 Min.
    Katie Cowley: Adventures of a new Commercial Pilot

    Katie Cowley: Adventures of a new Commercial Pilot

    "So I sat down in the roughest water I think I've ever landed in, and it's not that big of a plane so it was pretty big waves for those little floats. And I landed so far from the camp because I just wanted to be down on the water sooner than later."


    On this episode of Flying BC, I chat with my friend Katie Cowley about her first couple years as a new commercial pilot. For the past year, she’s been flying on floats and wheels out of Sioux Lookout in Northern Ontario, living the bush pilot life. I caught up with her just as she was coming up to the 1000 hour milestone, and we talked about her adventures – and misadventures – on her path through flight training, some of the lessons she’s learned along the way, and what it’s really like being a newly-minted commercial pilot trying to gain experience and find jobs. It’s not always easy! 


    You can find Katie on Instagram @katie.cowley


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    or on Facebook.


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    • 57 Min.
    Michael Wilton: Tips for Buying and Selling an Aircraft

    Michael Wilton: Tips for Buying and Selling an Aircraft

    "One of the things we recommend for all clients if you're going to purchase in the US, is to send a Canadian Maintenance Engineer down across the border to view the aircraft and do your pre-buy for you."


    Michael Wilton is the President of FlightSimple Aircraft Sales, and his job is to help pilots navigate the world of buying and selling an aircraft. On this episode, Micheal walks us through the steps people should take when buying a plane, the pitfalls to avoid, and answers some of the listener questions about importing from the USA, and whether purchasing for time building or in a partnership is a good idea.


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    Please send feedback, show ideas, and your questions for the guests to podcast@flyingbc.com


    Join me on Instagram @flyingbritishcolumbia
    or on Facebook.


    Videos on YouTube 

    • 59 Min.
    Anna Serbinenko: Sky Dancer

    Anna Serbinenko: Sky Dancer

    "If a commercial flight test is not successful, it's typically not a question of stick and rudder skills or knowledge. More often than not it's the lack of attention to detail."


    Anna Serbinenko is an airshow performer, Chief Flight Instructor at Canadian Flight Centre, and a Transport Canada Pilot Examiner. But her life involves a lot more than just flying. She’s has a PHD in Financial Mathematics, is fluent in eight languages, has lived around the world, and is a competitive athlete. Upon moving to Canada, she took her first flight and she was hooked…


    On this episode, we talk about how to master learning, Anna’s journey into aerobatics and airshow performing, what she see’s as a flight examiner, and we wrap up with Anna sharing some of her experiences on the Canadian Arctic Aviation Tour which brought a travelling airshow to over 60 northern communities in 2017.


    Check out Anna's website: www.annaskydancer.com


    Watch CFC's Flight Test Debrief video series.


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    A new Flying BC episode comes out every second Tuesday. 


    Patreon Supporters receive a regular stream of exclusives, extended cuts, and early previews…plus a chance to get your questions in front of our guests. I just got some new Flying BC flight suit patches, and for a limited time I’ll send one out to everyone who joins at any level. http://www.patreon.com/flyingbc


    Please send feedback, show ideas, and your questions for the guests to podcast@flyingbc.com


    Join me on Instagram @flyingbritishcolumbia
    or on Facebook.


    Videos on YouTube

    • 52 Min.
    Dave Hadfield: 5000 miles in a Spitfire

    Dave Hadfield: 5000 miles in a Spitfire

    "The ideal candidate is someone who's got some Tiger Moth time or Stearman. Those two airplanes are exceptional initial experience trainers because they tend to amplify your faults without killing you."


    Dave Hadfield is the Chief Pilot at Vintage Wings of Canada, home of the Michael Potter Collection. Dave grew up around airplanes, and after a career with Air Canada he found himself in the right spot, with the right experience, to start flying warbirds. We discuss what it's like to fly the Spitfire, Hurricane, Kittyhawk, and Mustang, and the quirky characteristics of the Westland Lysander - one of only three left flying in the World. He also had the honour of flying the Y2K Spitfire over 5000 miles across North America to a homecoming back at the Comox Air Force Museum. Dave is also an accomplished musician, and he tells us the backstory of one of his favourite aviation-related songs he's written. 


    Watch Dave Hadfield's YouTube channel.
    Listen to Dave's music at hadfield.ca


    Photo by Peter Handley


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    A new Flying BC episode comes out every second Tuesday. 


    Patreon Supporters receive a regular stream of exclusives, extended cuts, and early previews…plus a chance to get your questions in front of our guests. I just got some new Flying BC flight suit patches, and for a limited time I’ll send one out to everyone who joins at any level. http://www.patreon.com/flyingbc


    Please send feedback, show ideas, and your questions for the guests to podcast@flyingbc.com


    Join me on Instagram @flyingbritishcolumbia
    or on Facebook.


    Videos on YouTube

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