Newsletter December 2017.
No meeting this month
We had been invited to have the dinner with the main Kamloops
Flying Club, at the clubhouse at the airport. There were less attendees than
last year but everything went fine. Excellent food catered by the same fellow as
last year, more than enough for everyone.
Harry and Pat Winterhalder came again, it is always a pleasure
to see them. Some of the friendliest people in the world!
I took a few pictures with my iPhone and downloaded them to my
computer, intending to show them here. But count on me to screw up! After
I deleted them from the iPhone, do you think I could find them in my computer?
Not at all!!! I looked all over, but they are hopelessly lost. I can only
hope that they were all bad anyway!
From Willy Trinker.
Lesson's be learned!
Just a quick
heads up that while flying with a student yesterday (Nov. 17th, 2017) in his
PA-17 powered by a C-85 we had a partial engine failure in the circuit. We were
working on runway changes so at time of the failure a bit further out on
downwind as usual and unable to return to the pavement, safety concerns with
houses, power lines, highways etc.
Anyhow, as I
showed him once more pre-landing power reduction by pulling carb heat prior to
throttle reduction the engine nearly died. Also the carb heat cable came out
slightly further as it used to. I immediately pushed the nose down a bit, pushed
the carb heat back in - no change 500 - 700 rpm rough at best. Reduce speed to
best glide, look out below, check fuel, 3/4 tank, fuel valve on, bla bla bla
..while slowly sinking towards unfriendly terrain below. At this point I started
cycling the engine and after several cycles it seemed to stabilize at about 1900
- 2000 rpm, ..time to look for a landing site, open terrain below and possibly
nurse it back to the airport. No luck, can't maintain altitude so out over a
small valley we go to get additional heights in the sinking game. It is also
fairly open and has a few frozen ponds (barely frozen) in it that can be used as
a last resort scenario. But no power lines, roads, houses, and if needed a bit
of room to select the best bad place there is, since there really is no good
Knowing of an
old airstrip in the area and realizing that going back to CZML was a no go we
decided to use the old field. It has some fairly tall trees at the approach and
a new fence (hard to see near dusk) about 1/3 down, ..never mind its all we got.
Over the trees we go, lean it over into a nice slip towards the fence, level
off, flare, touch down, roll out, full brakes, watch the ditch, big rock, bull
wallows and and we come to halt, ..best of all right side up and not a scratch
on the plane.
After shut down
and inspection I put my fingers up the hot air bleed hole of the box and
immediately could feel the butterfly valve laying on the bottom of the box. Upon
removing the filter it was rather obvious that some really poor workmanship was
to blame and a secondary, possible 3rd repair and brazing failed - see photos.
It partially occluded the intake and reduced the amount of air needed for the
engine to run properly.
So if anyone is
using an old carb heat box, they are now 60 years old, things fail, don't be
afraid to check it good on your next annual. Look at the welds!! Anytime you
pull that filter, give that Butterfly Valve a good hands on wiggle, not just a
visual. Ideally spend a couple hundred bucks for a new one and get a peace of
mind with it. And also, anyone telling you that certified engines are better
than your Rotax, Subaru or Yamaha, because they never fail, ..I beg to differ.
Certified Aircraft engines have problems too and I could go on for some time
listing issues here. But the point here is, that a look is good, a hands on
wiggle better and new box ideal. So for all those on this forum or maybe your
friends that are bombing around with an old C-65, 75, 85, 90 you name it,
..maybe check that old airbox and the welds. Was a first for us, but there is
lots of them out there. Stay safe! --
Best Regards, Willy T.
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From Paul Parsons
Thought this site would be of interest to you
and the club. It's produced by one of our Waikato-Thames Valley SAA Chapter
members who flies his own classic lookalike - designed and built by him.
From Jan Nademlejnsky
Note: To see more of Jan's pictures, and in higher
resolution, click on this link to his
Aviation business opportunity for some one:
The owner of Czech manufacturing company,
FloatsCz, is looking
for Western Canada distributor. They are producing light aluminum floats. Check
their website; it is impressive. BTW, the Czechs are very good in what they are
doing and they have very long history in aviation manufacturing. They have the
strongest economy and the lowest unemployment in Europe.
I updated my website
Freedom of Flying. I took all my 2017 pictures (except the last one)
and loaded them to my site provider. I created new picture gallery selector. I
would like to ask you if you could give me some feedback. I need to know which
format is better: The original by clicking on the main "Picture Gallery" or the
new one by clicking on the upper last link "Gallery Test". It contains 2920
pictures which I took in 2017.
My latest flights:
180. Flight to Mt Peter and Paul, Downtown
and Sandbars, Kamloops, Dec 4, 2017
Very nice but cold flight to very scenic
Kamloops landmark, Mt Peter and Paul. It shows annotated views of both hills in
unique perspective. I saw 'flock" of 8 eagles on the South Thompson river. Turn
your sound on to heal relaxing music while flying with me in that beautiful
179. Flight with Clouds, Kamloops, Nov 17,
It was perfect day for flying: Stable air,
sunny with fluffy clouds and +5C. I like to fly "with" clouds, which is above,
below and around them. I followed the North Ridge east to Harper mountain area;
Mount Peter & Paul surrounded with clouds and then back to Mara Mt and my
favourite North Thompson River sand bars. The sand bar area is now larger then
the water surface.