Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: SFTS in Canada Training flight recorded as "BTO N/F test"

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Prague, Czech Republic
    Posts
    4,258
    Thanks
    46
    Thanked 63 Times in 62 Posts

    Default SFTS in Canada Training flight recorded as "BTO N/F test"

    Hi all, I would like to ask if anybody will be able to decipher the flight recorded as "BTO N/F test". It has been found in Log Book of Czech instructor with the SFTS in Canada flying Harvards in early 1945

    TIA

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Hornsea, East Yorkshire, UK
    Posts
    4,206
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked 141 Times in 135 Posts

    Default Re: SFTS in Canada Training flight recorded as "BTO N/F test"

    Hi Pavel

    Possibly Blind Take Off Night Flying Test?

    Malcolm

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Prague, Czech Republic
    Posts
    4,258
    Thanks
    46
    Thanked 63 Times in 62 Posts

    Default Re: SFTS in Canada Training flight recorded as "BTO N/F test"

    Malcolm, thank you for your suggestion. It seems to me very reasonable.

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Christchurch, New Zealand
    Posts
    1,157
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 15 Times in 15 Posts

    Default Re: SFTS in Canada Training flight recorded as "BTO N/F test"

    Not entirely convinced by this interpretation. Think we should continue to look for a properly referenced interpretation, as I do not believe "blind take offs" were ever an approved method of operating training aircraft. I personally cannot recall ever coming across such an abbreviation in a normal (EFTS, SFTS) syllabus. Has anybody else? Naturally prepared to be contradicted!
    David D
    Last edited by David Duxbury; 22nd May 2021 at 00:14. Reason: revised

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Prague, Czech Republic
    Posts
    4,258
    Thanks
    46
    Thanked 63 Times in 62 Posts

    Default Re: SFTS in Canada Training flight recorded as "BTO N/F test"

    Hi David, thank you for your comment. Well it has be also taken into account that he was of Czech origin so he English would not be as of native speaker.
    But I think he would be using abbreviations common in the service language at the time rather creating his own.

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Reading, Berkshire, UK
    Posts
    4,316
    Thanks
    75
    Thanked 67 Times in 62 Posts

    Default Re: SFTS in Canada Training flight recorded as "BTO N/F test"

    I would go along with David D. Blind Take Off is a bit of a non-starter. I flew (several times) as supernumerary crew in Lincolns. On a number of those times the take-off visibility was very low, but the rule (then) was that the Captain had to be able to see at least three runway side-lights ahead of him in order to be able to maintain directional stability. Now I don't know how far apart the runway side-lights were, or if they were a standard distance or if it varied from a/f to a/f. I think the lowest vis I took-off in was 300 yds. I don't know what the minimum was.
    HTH
    Peter Davies
    Last edited by Resmoroh; 22nd May 2021 at 14:24. Reason: QSD
    Meteorology is a science; good meteorology is an art!
    We might not know - but we might know who does!

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    Hornsea, East Yorkshire, UK
    Posts
    4,206
    Thanks
    7
    Thanked 141 Times in 135 Posts

    Default Re: SFTS in Canada Training flight recorded as "BTO N/F test"

    Hi

    I agree that I haven't heard of a 'Blind Take Off' but when I did my PPL I did have to take off using only instruments whilst wearing instrument flying goggles

    Malcolm

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •