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Newsletter August 2017.

Previous Newsletter July  2017

Next meeting on Thursday, August 10, at 7:30pm.

Clubhouse, Blair Field.


Editor's notes.

Sick and tired of all the smoke? I'm sure everyone is!...   We can thank our lucky stars (or whatever...) that the fires are not here in Kamloops. Too many people elsewhere have lost homes and properties. Maybe eventually there will be nothing left to burn...

I went to Wells Gray Park, hoping to show Helmken Falls to my sisters visiting from Montreal, and we were lucky to do it on a day when the wind there was blowing from the right direction, the air was clean and we all could enjoy it.  Same when we went to Vancouver on July 28th.

Breathing that stuff here day in and day out is starting to take a toll on me, and I'm sure its no good for anyone's health. Even though I installed a pricey filter on my furnace and re-circulate the air with the Summer fan, we still can't totally get away from it. On most days its like in the old song by the Cyrkle: The sun is shining like a red rubber ball.  Or orange...

I guess not too many people lately are flying just for the fun of it. But only if they have to, like this fellow in the picture I just received from Paul Villeneuve:

New subject:  There is a rocky hill some 31 miles straight North from the Kamloops Airport; called Skoatl Point, it is the remnants of an old volcano, and I was told it sticks right out of the plateau. Does anyone have a good picture of it? I would love to have a look and publish it here.

I had asked for photos from the Ross Creek BBQ, and Bill Huxley had sent some, which I totally forgot to include in the newsletter.  My apologies to Bill, and to all.   I am correcting that below.

From Bill Huxley

Ross Creek Landing BBQ, July 1st

Our TVSAC contingent , left to right: Gerald, Bill and his C185 and Darren.

 Darren and Gerald rolling on 16 for departure.

  Saturday BBQ just getting started.

 R44 by the main house.

 Bill's C185 then from Salmon Arm, Fred's Challenger and Mike Smith's very nice Rans S6

July 29 Knutsford BBQ.

I missed that one, but was told there was a good attendance.  Darren Watt sent me a few photos.

From John McLintock

Foot Raunch Flying – Oscars’ Longest Day fly-in 2017

I’m convinced there’s nothing quite like foot launched flight. I’m also convinced we really pay our dues, the commitment of time and effort to learn how to put together the mental and physical, while forced to accept what mother nature deals out whenever we get to commit aviation. The critical timing of when to take your strides into flight, all the decisions to make while engaging with the thermals, and the finale of bringing everything back to rest on terra firma, unharmed, and hopefully in a convenient place. Yes, that’s how the International Field (Oscar’s landing zone) is such a fine blessing, wide open approaches and not much to create mechanical turbulence, oh, but there are trade offs. There can be foot raunching, not just foot launching!

The July long weekend gave us three soarable and cross country days. But what’s with the International landing zone this year, the speargrass has never been this bad. The wet spring conditions must have been responsible for a bumper crop, and now they are dry and ready to hitch a ride elsewhere. And it was really hot in that little piece of desert. With several folks to socialize with, it was several hours in the hot sun while packing up, on both of the first two days.

That little desert has taught me a couple of things, so let me share before going on with this. Whatever shoes you are going to fly in should have leather sides so that you do not have to watch every step you take to avoid the little cactus hitch hikers. Another trick that worked well for me was to pack a fresh set of socks in the harness bag, in order to have dry and warm feet in case you get to spend several hours near the freezing level.

It takes forever to pick speargrass from socks, and your feet are baking out in that desert sun, so why not take your socks off after landing? Why make the speargrass problem worse as you walk around packing up and socializing? Dave noticed my trick, and thought it was a good idea. Well, most things in life have pros and cons, and in this case what’s good for the socks isn’t so good for the shoes. And I never wear my newer shoes in the desert, so we’re not starting off all rosey here, but we are getting to the heart of the story.

Well, between camping and riding in different vehicles for a couple of days, things get a little disorganized, and perhaps they weren’t fresh socks when I did my final prep before launch on day 3. Then, it was hot on launch, and I ended up waiting for a couple of hours until finally the thermals were tracking through in a more consistent direction, all the while with my feet bundled up for staying near the freezing level. It was down to just Dave and I flying that day, with no ground crew (my polite term for a driver). Dave went first, and just like the last two days, there was a lot of sink out there. Eventually he was climbing, and I watched to see if there were shears preventing a non-stop climb to cloudbase. (my indicator for rating the cross country potential of the day) All was good, time to try catching up.

Now the third player for this day is Chris, who was having a few days off over there at the Freedom Flight Park. Chris had offered to retrieve anybody who made it the 150km to Lumby. Each day before launch I texted to seek confirmation that the offer was still “out there”. This day I even warned him, it looks like today is the day. Randy had also put out there, a free burger and beer for any arrivals. But yikes, with that switchy and fiesty air on launch, it was almost 1500 hours by the time I foot launched.

It was nice to be reporting 10 grand while passing over the Kamloops control zone, the ATC crew always seem pleased (or entertained?) to hear from me. The cloud streets and valleys made it a dog leg route of ______  Things went well with only two major slow downs after crossing the two widest valleys. It was a 7000 ASL arrival over the Freedom Flight Park, 4 hours, then a half hour on descent, landing in front of an appreciative audience of fellow foot launchers. A half hour later we heard from Dave, he enjoyed 5.5 hours but he couldn’t pass up that beautiful golf course at about km60 that he had used on a flight a couple of weeks earlier (it wasn’t foot raunching that time, but that’s his story to tell).

I packed up as quick as possible, Bala had cooked some excellent curry, and of course the beer went down easy. Poor Chris, it was going to be a late night, 225km each way. An hour and a half drive then we were loading up Dave and on to Savona. I offered Dave the front seat so Chris could hear some different stories, but wow were my feet ever talking to me, they were still bound up. I took off my shoes, that felt better, then the socks came off too. But gad, what a reek. I could see Chris operating his window, and glancing at Dave. Well, hey, he must think this new odour is from Dave. I was able to muffle my chuckles but just couldn’t imagine having to tie up my runners again. It was another hour drive to the International, with Chris frequently adjusting the cabin ventilation.

We transfer our gear into Dave’s vehicle, and say thanks and goodbye to Chris as he gets to start the return trip to Lumby. Dave and I start the drive up to launch and my abandoned vehicle, and right away Dave is remarking how Chris was always messing with his window. I laughed, as I was wondering how I was going to start into the story of how I had just let him take the rap for my raunchy footware! If I remember right, Dave said he didn’t notice the foot raunch, so Chris, if there is a next time, try using the passengers’ window!

Then there was another laugh, back in Lumby the next day, as I confessed to Chris what had really transpired. Now I think this is one of Chris’ favorite stories, as he seems to love telling it, especially whenever I’m in the circle and there is someone new to hear his perspective of what you have to put up with when helping your hang gliding friends. Ok, he paid his dues, he can tell it over and over again   …  but in my defence, the circumstances were exceptional this time, trust me, I’ve usually got fresh socks and alternate the old desert shoes, so give me a chance if I need a lift (you can always roll down the window)!

From Dan Berwin

Dan Berwin sent me this composite:

From Jan Nademlejnsky

170. Sixth Annual Pacific Northwest Trike Near Sandpoint ID, USA, July 27, 2017

I droved 650 km on my motorcycle from Kamloops to Sandpoint in Idaho. The roads were perfect through beautiful mountain valleys. I wanted to see some other trikes in real life and not just from YouTube. I stayed 2 nights, but only one day at the one week long event. I was very impressed with attendance, variety of designs, shapes and beauty of the private grass strip area. I was hoping to get some ride, but no luck.

I chose different road to go back, up to Nakusp, BC. I drove several hours in very hot and unpleasant weather (36 C), which felt like hair dryer on high setting blowing into my face. After some rest and exploring, I turned back towards 450 km ride home. Just about 60 km south of Nakusp I collided with a bear and messed up my one year old BMW C650 GT scooter. The impact did not feel like too much for me, but the young bear was knocked down. No blood just the front end damaged. My bike was towed back to Nakusp and the next morning we were towed to Kelowna BMW dealer. I continued home by bus. Overall it was very nice trip except the end.

Video    Pictures


169. Flying to Sun Peaks, July 25, 2017

This was another milestone in my flying career. I flew almost straight line over the hills to Sun Peaks. Normally I would follow roads and more-engine-out friendly environment. It was easy and uneventful flight over beautiful scenery, but a bit hazy from all those extreme fires all around Kamloops.

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168. Flying to Greenstone Mountain and Savona, July 12, 2017

It was extremely smoky in Kamloops from dozens of fires around us. This day, early in the morning looked promising, so why to waste it. I decided to fly around Greenstone Mountain, 5,900 ft elevation, S-W from the airport. It was high enough to have clear air, which is important for good pictures. I visually checked the status of the evacuated Cache Creek due to forest fire there. I did not see any smoke above the village, but the smoke was about 30-40 km north from the village. I pass this good news with pictures and short video clip to several evacuees to give then some hope to go home soon. On my way back east to airport I was seeing many water bombers and helicopters with water buckets flying west to fight those devastating fires. Over all it was good flying day.

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