Now up and running is SmartPilot.ca, a website for all things related to flying safely in Canada, including interactive courses and videos — all focused on helping pilots stay fresh and current about flight operations.
The site, open and free to all, has material applicable to all levels of pilots from student to the most experienced.
Since launching May 1, the site already has more than 525 registered users, according to the developers.
While registration is not mandatory, it does allow online access to some features and also includes updates on new materials.
SmartPilot.ca has created and posted five new video segments. These are in addition to an array of older materials posted. The new films cover:
- Mountain Flying
- Aircraft Egress
- Preparing for an Emergency Water Landing
- Uncontrolled Aerodromes
Other new materials include float planes, detailing both the preflight and passenger briefing and one on winter survival, the developers noted.
French versions of the materials have also been developed and posted for Aircraft Egress, Uncontrolled Aerodromes, Float Planes and Winter Survival.
Looking down the pipeline, project lead Ted Rankin states, “In final production and due for release soon is a much anticipated and requested series on Upset Training. Additionally the French variant on Mountain Flying should be up shortly as well.”
“Our associates and codevelopers are as thrilled as I am with the response so far,” Rankin said. “Pilots of all skill levels are getting a lot out of this effort we hear – and best of all, it’s all free!”
SmartPilot.ca is sponsored by the Canadian Aviation Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) with the financial support of the government of Canada.
The on-going development and support of the project includes input from many sources and associations, including Transport Canada, The Transportation Safety Board, Canadian Aviation Search and Rescue Association and a Board of Advisors comprised of recognized aviation leaders. The Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) are also helping develop and create new material, according to the website developers.