I am a fairly new pilot. I recently flew to a non-towered airport in Quebec, Canada (Lachute, CSE4). There is a significant displaced threshold on each end of the runway. The airport has one taxiway which goes up to about half the length of the runway. Because the taxiway doesn't extend all the way, back taxi is required on one of the runways.
When I attempted to depart I noticed that all CTAF announcements were being made in French. Before I got to my holding point I had to cross the runway and I spoke in English before I did so. I do not speak or understand French. Once I got to the holding point I noticed two aircrafts which were performing touch and goes. There was really no time for an aircraft to takeoff before one of them would be on the base leg or the final. I waited for several minutes. I noticed another plane also waiting at another holding point. A third aircraft was taxiing and about to queue up behind me.
My question is:
- What is the correct procedure in this situation? Do we continue to wait until the other aircraft finish their touch and goes?
- If there is no procedure defined (I'm not aware of any), what is the correct etiquette in this situation?
After waiting for a while I waited for one of the aircrafts to take off. Then I immediately stated my intentions to back taxi on the active runway and started the back taxi. I saw the second aircraft turning from base to final and I accelerated towards the end of the runway and positioned myself towards the beginning of the runway/displacement threshold. There was no way I could have attempted a takeoff.
However, what I did made a number of people very unhappy and they berated me and told me that I should brush up my procedures (in English this time). I haven't come across this situation in my training. Can someone please help clarify the correct/accepted process?