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Ben Hoben Safety Seminar

Date:     January 24th 2015
Time:     10 am - 12 pm

Topic:    Cessna 172 Aircraft Systems 

The Ben Hoben Safety Seminar has been awarded the 2001 Back & Bevington Safety Award for British Columbia to pay tribute to the establishment of this seminar by Ben’s family. The seminar was established by Ben’s family and Pacific Flying Club. Ben was a fifteen year old student pilot who died tragically November 20, 1999 in a mid-air collision in Surrey, British Columbia. He had completed his Recreational Pilot Permit flight test and was looking forward to being licenced as an RPP on his 16th birthday. He was an enthusiastic pilot whose loss is felt profoundly by all who knew him.

The yearly safety seminar will be Ben’s legacy to aviation. The seminar will remind all pilots that they must continually strive to improve both their own piloting skills and situational awareness.

The 15th Annual Ben Hoben Safety Seminar will be held at Pacific Flying Club tiJanuary 24th at 10am - 12pm. There is no charge for this important day. Space is limited and preregistration is required by contacting PFC dispatch to confirm attendance.

It is the wish of Ben’s family that this yearly seminar be accorded the importance and stature it demands so that Ben’s legacy is one of improving safety and pilots’ skill sets and situational awareness training.


The following are regular seminars that are offered throughout the year at Pacific Flying Club for members. Seminars on other topics are offered on a less regular basis. They are typically 2-3 hours in duration and offered on weekends.

Co-Pilots Course for Non-Pilots

Date:    April 18th & September 19 2015
Time:    9 am to 11 am

This is a ground and flight training course for family and friends of pilots wishing to have a greater understanding of flying. It is meant to enhance the enjoyment of flying by giving the passengers more flying skills and knowledge.  The goal of this course will be for the student to be able to control the aircraft, navigate back to an airport and safely land the aircraft.

Advanced Airmanship Seminar

Date:    March 21, August 15, 2015 & March 19, 2016
Time:     9 am to 11 am

This seminar is the ground portion of the Advanced Airmanship program. It covers the background and theory of flight of various maneuvers. The intent of this program is to allow pilots to develop their skills beyond those of the PPL and even the CPL. Topics covered in this seminar are;

  • Precision Speed Changes
  • Rolling on a fixed heading
  • Slipping on a fixed heading
  • 30, 45, and 60 degree banked turns
  • Full envelope level flight
  • Uncoordinated climbing turning stall
  • Precision forced approach
  • Spins to a desired heading
  • Precautionary Landings

"What I really liked about the Advanced Airmanship was not only do you practice skills taught in flight training but learn new skills to enhance your flying.  The training allowed use of a variety of aircraft with different configurations instruments and radios  As I took my Commercial license in the 70’s the flight test did not have 180 power off approach so again a new skill.   IF YOU ARE FEELING RUSTY OR SIMPLY WANT TO ENHANCE YOUR FLYING SKILLS, THIS MAYBE JUST WHAT YOU NEED!"  

-Ken Holmberg

The Seminar will give you a much greater understanding of what an airplane does during various flight maneuvers, and how to make the airplane do what "you" want it to. The follow-on to this seminar is the Air Exercises segment where participants are assigned to specially selected instructors, and you proceed through the air exercises at your own pace.

Mountain Flying Seminar

Date:    2rd Saturday of every month
Time:    9 am to 11 am

Flight safety in the mountains is not an elusive or difficult concept, but it does require an awareness and understanding of the hazards associated with mountain flight to reduce the risk and bring about an enjoyable experience. These seminars are intended for those who are about to obtain the PFC Mountain Check ride, and for those who have already done the check ride and are interested in improving their skills. Topics covered in the seminar include weather considerations, mountain wave phenomenon, turbulence, ridge crossing, course reversal procedures, canyons, aircraft performance considerations, survival considerations, precautionary landings, and much more.

Night Flying Seminar

Date:     February 21, July 18, October17, November 21, 2015 & February 20, 2016
Time:     9 am to 11 am

This seminar covers the ground portion of the training associated with obtaining a Night endorsement, or simply as a refresher for those already holding this endorsement. Topics covered in the seminar include regulations, weather, optical illusions, safety considerations, etc.

US Procedures Seminar

Date:    May 16, June 20, & December 19, 2015
Time:    9 am to 11 am

Flights to the US are not that difficult as long as you know the electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) procedures and regulations, and the differences that apply to civil aviation in the US and Canada. Information on the procedures for entering the US and also flying back into Canada are presented. Differences between Canada and the US as they relate to you as a pilot will be presented. Some of the topics to be covered are eAPIS procedures, points of entry and departure, CANPASS procedures for returning to Canada, Flight Following, Flight Watch, US Flight Plans, special use airspace, TFR’s, required weather briefings, differences between Canadian and US Charts, places to fly in the US, runway markings, etc. We also discuss how to obtain a US Airman’s Certificate based on your Canadian Pilots Licence.

The seminar is intended for those who are about to obtain the US Cross Border Check Ride, or for those who have already done the Check Ride and are interested in brushing up your skills and/or learning more about US procedures.

Underwater Egress and Sea Survival

Date:    On Demand
Time:    TBA

This one-day training program is designed to give students the skills and knowledge to deal with an actual aircraft ditching, underwater egress and sea survival situation. The aim of the training is to provide participants with the skill, knowledge and confidence to survive a real underwater escape situation. The one-day training session starts with classroom presentation, including ditching procedures, aircraft egress, passenger safety, and sea survival techniques. During the afternoon session in the pool, practical instruction is given on life vests and life rafts (righting from inverted position, boarding, equipment and use). This is followed by practicing several different scenarios in the underwater egress trainer and finishing off with a debriefing and presentation of certificates and training records. The training is conducted by Pro Aviation Safety Training.

Airframe and Power Plant Seminar

Date:     TBA
Time:     TBA

This seminar covers the details of an aircraft fuselage and an aircraft engine system. The instructors for this seminar are the Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AME’s) at PFC, the people within PFC that maintain our fleet of aircraft. It is held in the PFC hangar where participants are given a chance to see the insides of an aircraft with inspection panels removed, and all of the elements of a typical aircraft engine.  This is a rare chance to actually get your hands dirty and oily if you wish, see what keeps these machines in the air, and what the AME’s do to keep them flying.

High Altitude Indoctrination Training 

Date:    On Demand
Time:    TBA

High Altitude Indoctrination training (HAI) is a standard procedure used by NASA and the Canadian Armed Forces to familiarize pilots, skydivers, and aviation medical doctors with the signs and symptoms that accompany hypoxia; however, individuals will perceive different symptoms first. In conjunction with the Simon Fraser Environmental Medicine and Physiology Unit (EMPU), we are offering a high altitude training seminar for pilots.

The Environmental Medicine and Physiology Unit at Simon Fraser University is the only civilian research hyper/hypobaric facility in Canada. It is capable of “flying” the unit, to 33.5km Above Sea Level (ASL), which is equivalent to the atmospheric pressure on Mars (0.159psi, 100,000’ ASL). Since our Cessna’s are not known to fly that high, you will only be experiencing the effect of altitudes up to about 18,000’ ASL. The pressure vessel used for the training will accommodate up to seven participants at a time.

The one day program includes highly experienced instructors, who are leaders in their field; ground school to familiarize students with the effects of decompression and the signs and symptoms of hypoxia, and a manual for your reference.  You will also undergo decompression to a simulated altitude of 7,620 meters (18,000′) in Canada’s only state of the art civilian research hypobaric chamber and will perform a series of cognitive function tests that showcase how quickly hypoxia can set in and take affect.

Upcoming Events

Mountain Seminar April 11

Co-Pilot Info Session April 18

Mountain Seminar May 9

All Saturday Seminar are 9am to 11am

To sign up for any of the above seminars contact us here.

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