Warbird U 2013



Are you, like me, stuck in a dead-end job? Has being third fry-cook at Marcel and Huguette's P'tit Patate Casse-croûte lost its original "job-appeal?”  Does it say "Acting Second Assistant Filing Manager, Dormant Records and Forms" on your business card? Does your wife look at you over breakfast and just shake her head or roll her eyes? Was crashing the gate at the Ottawa Valley Beanie Baby Collectors Meet the last really exciting thing you did?
 
Or perhaps you have, over the past months, slept fitfully night after night wishing you could get answers to such questions as:
 
“Was that a twin choke SU carburettor at the base of the supercharger on that Merlin?”
 
“How do I get my Sabre to stop on a 7,000 foot rain-soaked runway?”
 
“Should I be worried about inadvertent, non-commanded wing-folding in my Corsair during 3G aerobatic manoeuvres?”
 
If you really need an answer to any of the foregoing interrogatives or if you have niggling questions that keep you sleepless, we have the educational program for you. The Vintage Wings of Canada Warbird University series of Technical Ground Schools will put the puff back in your jodhpurs, the jingle in your spurs and the jut back in your chin. Designed specifically for Vintage Wings warbird pilots (the most god-like pilots on the aviator pantheon), these courses are mandatory if they wish to fly our aircraft. You will learn what they must learn – technical systems, operation techniques, performance parameters, flying characteristics (both benign and deadly) and historical context combined with anecdotal stories from highly experienced test and warbird pilots.



We begin with presentations on aircraft systems, normal and abnormal emergency procedures. Photo: Richard Lawrence

Given that the University of Oxford is nearly nine hundred years old, it seems a tad premature to look back over the 36 months since we founded Warbird University with some sort of alma mater boola boola college nostalgia. But the truth is, the first three semesters of Warbird U Technical Ground Schools were a resounding success with students and teachers both learning tremendous lessons in the operation of vintage warbirds and the sharing of this knowledge with the world at large.
 
Studies by the Canadian National Institute for Suavity have shown a clear correlation between Warbird U graduates and better performance with the opposite sex. Further studies also indicate that Warbird U graduates have better luck in lotteries, are more likely to be selected for career advancements and significant compensation increases and have better results in golf. It's true...




In attendance may be guest Second World War or Cold War veterans who can offer personal insights and often poignant vignettes and remembrances.


From the outset when pilot Rob Kostecka rolled out the first Ground School on the Harvard in 2010 and moved the bar for detail of instruction and quality of presentation past the detents to the maximum setting, the courses and responses have been nothing short of exhilarating for Vintage Wings of Canada.

Each Technical Ground School takes place at either the Vintage Wings of Canada boardroom or the Canada Aviation and Space Museum's new state of the art theatre and is two days packed with insights, information and anecdotes packaged in an easy to understand series of Powerpoints given by Canada's top aviators. Lunch and coffee breaks will be served each day with private tours of the Vintage Wings of Canada collection in Gatineau on the Sunday followed by cockpit checkouts. Each participant will receive a Warbird U Certificate and a custom portrait of themselves in the cockpit of the course warbird.

As we all know, no course is a great course unless it is taught by talented and committed instructors. Now, imagine you could study Psych 100 under Sigmund Freud, get tutoring in Architecture Fundamentals from Christopher Wren, or have Madame Curie as your chemistry lab partner. The concept of the superstar instructor comes to life in each and every one of our Warbird U courses with perhaps the finest and most accomplished pilots in Canada. Here are the courses and their "Profs".

Dave O'Malley




A special feature of the tour is the opportunity to sit in your warbird for a personal tour conducted by a VWC pilot.




Each course participant receives a “Hero Shot” in the cockpit of their warbird. In this case, your fellow students will be experienced pilots like Sabre pilot BGen Paul Hayes (left) or Harvard Pilot Edward Soye






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Technical Ground School No. 1
The Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray
Goodyear FG-1D Corsair




Saturday, 19 January and Sunday, 20 January 2013
Vintage Wings of Canada Board Room
1699, rue Arthur Fecteau, Gatineau Québec
$200 for non-members / $75 per Member of Vintage Wings,
Canada Aviation & Space Museum, and Rockcliffe Flying Club

  • Aircraft Technical Systems
    Engine, Hydraulics, Controls, Instrumentation & Armament
  • Aircraft Handling and Flying Characteristics
  • Aircraft History – historical Canadian significance of type
  • Thorough “walk-around” and cockpit familiarization
  • Private tour of Vintage Wings of Canada collection & facility
  • Meet and talk flying with Vintage Wings warbird pilots
  • Warbird Ground School Certificate
  • Professional cockpit photograph of you and your “warbird”
REGISTER ME RIGHT NOW!




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Technical Ground School No. 2
The Flight Lieutenant William Harper
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire XVI




Saturday, 9 February and Sunday, 10 February 2013
Canada Aviation and Space Museum and Vintage Wings
$200 for non-members / $75 per Member of Vintage Wings,
Canada Aviation & Space Museum, and Rockcliffe Flying Club

  • Aircraft Technical Systems
    Engine, Hydraulics, Controls, Instrumentation & Armament
  • Aircraft Handling and Flying Characteristics
  • Aircraft History – historical Canadian significance of type
  • Thorough “walk-around” and cockpit familiarization
  • Private tour of Vintage Wings of Canada collection & facility
  • Meet and talk flying with Vintage Wings warbird pilots
  • Warbird Ground School Certificate
  • Professional cockpit photograph of you and your “warbird”
REGISTER ME RIGHT NOW!




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Technical Ground School No. 3
The Wing Commander Stocky Edwards
Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk



Saturday, 2 March and Sunday, 3 March 2013
Vintage Wings of Canada Board Room
1699, rue Arthur Fecteau, Gatineau Québec
$200 for non-members / $75 per Member of Vintage Wings,
Canada Aviation & Space Museum, and Rockcliffe Flying Club

  • Aircraft Technical Systems
    Engine, Hydraulics, Controls, Instrumentation & Armament
  • Aircraft Handling and Flying Characteristics
  • Aircraft History – historical Canadian significance of type
  • Thorough “walk-around” and cockpit familiarization
  • Private tour of Vintage Wings of Canada collection & facility
  • Meet and talk flying with Vintage Wings warbird pilots
  • Warbird Ground School Certificate
  • Professional cockpit photograph of you and your “warbird”
REGISTER ME RIGHT NOW!




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Technical Ground School No. 4

The Flight Lieutenant Donald “Bunny” McLarty
Hawker Hurricane IV
The Flying Officer William Lidstone “Willie” McKnight
Hawker Hurricane XII



Saturday, 20 April and Sunday, 21 April 2013
Canada Aviation and Space Museum and Vintage Wings
$200 for non-members / $75 per Member of Vintage Wings,
Canada Aviation & Space Museum, and Rockcliffe Flying Club

  • Aircraft Technical Systems
    Engine, Hydraulics, Controls, Instrumentation & Armament
  • Aircraft Handling and Flying Characteristics
  • Aircraft History – historical Canadian significance of type
  • Thorough “walk-around” and cockpit familiarization
  • Private tour of Vintage Wings of Canada collection & facility
  • Meet and talk flying with Vintage Wings warbird pilots
  • Warbird Ground School Certificate
  • Professional cockpit photograph of you and your “warbird”
REGISTER ME RIGHT NOW!



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Technical Ground School No. 5
The Squadron Leader Fern Villeneuve
Canadair F-86 Sabre 5 – “Hawk One”




Saturday, 4 May and Sunday, 5 May 2013
Vintage Wings of Canada Board Room
1699, rue Arthur Fecteau, Gatineau Québec
$200 for non-members / $75 per Member of Vintage Wings,
Canada Aviation & Space Museum, and Rockcliffe Flying Club

  • Aircraft Technical Systems
    Engine, Hydraulics, Controls, Instrumentation & Armament
  • Aircraft Handling and Flying Characteristics
  • Aircraft History – historical Canadian significance of type
  • Thorough “walk-around” and cockpit familiarization
  • Private tour of Vintage Wings of Canada collection & facility
  • Meet and talk flying with Vintage Wings warbird pilots
  • Warbird Ground School Certificate
  • Professional cockpit photograph of you and your “warbird”


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