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Newsletter March 2018.

Previous Newsletter February  2018

Next meeting Thursday, March 8.

7:30pm, Blair Field Clubhouse.

Editor's Notes

A fish tale.

Maybe I missed a good meal!...  Some weeks ago I came back home to find a sandwich bag on my front steps, and inside were four clean, fresh looking rainbow trout wrapped in paper towels. No notes indicating where that was from, no message on my phone. I did not know if they had been brought there and abandoned by some neighbour cat, or a gift from a friend.

Now, I love trout, I ate lots when I was a kid and still think they are the best tasting fish around. But I could not chance eating those without knowing their history. So I left the bag on my back deck where it froze solid. And so far the ravens and the magpies don't seem interested about scavenging them.


Thanks folks!

Thanks to Dan Thomas for his contributions in the previous two newsletters, and Jan Nademlejnsky for this one. I have been feeling quite lousy for a few weeks, and had no energy or inspiration for the task.


New aircraft

If you check the Buy&Sell  section you will see quite a few new ads for some neat aircraft. It seems I could even fly the Mooney on my ultralight permit....

From Jan Nademlejnsky

I am moving into a higher league of flying. I flew my Airborne trike in Kamloops since 2011 and I covered 12,500 km. Here are all my GPS tracks




I like my trike flying very much, but still my biggest dream has been a gyro. The first time I actually saw the real gyro was in 1984. It was simple Bensen design.

I liked the concept, but did not like the hand propping the old military drone engine.

I decided in 1998 to tent in Wetaskiwin airport area in Alberta until I have gyro license. I took the intro lesson and after just 20 minutes I was airsick like dog.

I was not impressed with the RAF design extremely sensitive control and screaming Hirsh engine at 7,800 RPM behind my back.

That was it for a while with gyros. I bought an almost new car instead at the same city.

Then new, highly refined European gyros showed up on the market and they grabbed my interest again.

I decided to go to Penticton, pay $300/h to get my desires fixed. I did it twice and most of the time I was in control, which was extremely easy and satisfying.

I was also very impressed how it handled the turbulent air.

It did not squash my dream to have my own, especially the one with the enclosed cockpit, which gives you much more pleasant flying in the winter.

Finally I stopped dreaming. I have probably 10 years to go (live or with it), if lucky and I did not want to waste several months on license and flying course in Penticton and Montreal.

I decided to go with higher level of trike, mainly Rotax 912 engine, better radio, faster cruise. This would give me chance to explore the other airports and area around Kamloops.

These new trikes are extremely expensive, which start around U$65,000-U$85,000. With desired options, delivery, dollar conversion and taxes it would end up around $100,000+

I was extremely lucky to find this baby: 2016 Apollo DeltaJet2, 20 hours total time with Rotax 912 UL, cruise 120 km/h, stall 64 km/h.


This baby is in Winnipeg waiting for me to pick it up. I am waiting for the snow to be gone to bring her safely to Kamloops


183. Short Flight over North Ridge Downtown, Kamloops, Feb 22, 2018

It felt like warmer day, but it was still cold, particularly on my fingers. I had to pull hands from gloves several times to fiddle with radio and cameras, which does not help at that speed and in open freezing air. I made short flight to Mt Peter and Paul, downtown and back to the airport.

I will be selling this trike, because I am moving into higher league; I am buying Apollo DeltaJet2 with Rotax 912. It would be difficult to part with this trike and especially with the engine fully overhauled and new latest technology wing installed in summer 2017.

Video    Pictures


184. Beautiful Flight over North Ridge Lac Du Bois Road, Kamloops, Feb 26, 2018

It was beautiful day to explore other areas in Kamloops region. Flew north, roughly following the Lac Du Bois road and then turned west by the Lac Du Bois towards Tranquille River valley. The south turn brought me to one of the most beautiful area to fly, which is the NE of Kamloops Lake, part of North Ridge. Flew over Mara Mt then crossing the airport to South Ridge and eventually to snow covered Thompson River sand bars. I saw there again 25 eagles and at least 15 other birds of pray, eagles' competitors, and all living there in total harmony. I was caught in wake turbulence just a foot before my touch down. My sudden right turn before touch down was caused by the wake turbulence from taxiing airplane.

Video    Pictures


185. Flying to Harper Mountain Ski Resort, Kamloops, Feb 27, 2018

Another beautiful day for flying: Temperature was slightly above freezing, sunny, blue sky and very light wind. I could not ask for anything better than this. I was flying east over the Kamloops North Ridge towards the second ski resort in Kamloops, Harper Mountain. Everything looked perfect and I was encouraged by the perfect flight a day before. The flight was very relaxing until I was just above the Holston Bridge. The turbulence and sudden 28 km/h headwind were two things which I did not want to deal with. The flight was still OK until I reached the edge of Harper Valley, just 5 km west of the ski resort. The problem was very large snow cloud on my left (North) and another ever increasing snow cloud on my back right side (SW). Those two clouds were coming together, which I did not like. After a few minutes of bouncing around and thinking should or shouldn't I to continue, I chickened out and turned back. I was surprised that I was flying again into headwind of about 25 km/h. The upper wind just shifted 180 deg. It was still beautiful flight in very nice countryside.

Video    Pictures 

New in the Buy&Sell in the last month


1995 Amphibious float plane.   $65,000.00 Cdn.

Amateur-built category.  It is one of a kind.  Modified Tripacer fuselage, designed wings, floats and automotive firewall forward.   TTSN – 1025.

Engine – Ford V-6, 3.8.  All engine systems are modified for A/C use.  Horsepower = 225 at 4800 rpm.  Fuel consumption – 7.4 US gph at 18” manifold pressure.

Propeller – Ivo electric 80”, 3 blade, in-flight adjustable.  The engine/propeller combination is smooth and powerful.  The in-flight adjustable prop gives fine pitch for take-off, which produces lots of thrust to get on the step quickly on the water.

Wingspan – 37 feet.  Airfoil is 23012 NACA.  Large slotted flaps designed from wind-tunnel tests of the 23012 airfoil by Abbott and Doenhoff high lift devices.

Ailerons – Drooped differential and gap sealed.  

Wings – Are engineered for .6 g’s loading positive and 3.5 g’s negative. 

Floats – two fuel tanks, one in each float.  Two fuel pumps in each float.  Each tank is 22 US gallons capacity.  Fuel in the floats lowers the CG.  This aircraft is the only amphibious float plane that I know of that can land on the water wheels-down and not go upside down.  This is an excellent safety feature.  One float has 2500 lbs. of buoyancy.  The main gear is Cleveland 500-5’s.  The fronts are 4.5 x 10 inch. Oildyne hydraulic electric and Arco hydraulic cylinders extend and retract the wheels.

Seating capacity – four.  Lap restraint is in the rear and shoulder restraint in the front.

Gross weight – 2500 lbs.  Empty weight – 1540 lbs.  Time to turn over   Baggage capacity – 70 lbs   VNE speed – 135 mph   Cruise speed – 105 – 115 mph   Max. rate of climb – 1000 fpm   Stall speed – clean – 45 mph   Stall speed – flaps – under 40 mph   Trims – elevator is mechanical.  Ailerons and rudders have electric trims.   Automotive heater with defrost.  The heating system can not be contaminated with exhaust gasses.   Lighting – Landing, navigation, strobe and panel lights.    

Instrument panel – Compass, airspeed, altimeter, tachometer, two turn and banks, two VSI’s – one 0-2000, one 0-4500, manifold pressure,  EGT, oil pressure, oil temperature, water pressure, water temperature, OAT, fuel pressure, fuel capacity – left tank and right tank, prop position panel meter, flashing warning light for wheels (extended or retracted), digital volt meter, red alternator idiot light, hour meter, advance and retard dual electronic ignition systems, battery back-up with charging circuit, VAL 720 VHF, Garmin transponder and encoder, Sigtronics 4-place intercom, tape deck and AM/FM radio, GPS docks on yokes, 12 volt outlets on yokes to run GPS’s.  ELT is an ACK 406.  Remote plug-ins for block heater and main and aux. battery charging and engine hour meter.    

Equipment = two paddles, float pump, axe, air pump, first aid kit, Halon fire extinguisher, life jackets.

Located 108 Mile BC Call Mike 250 791 6437.or  


Aircraft engine     $7,500.

2300 cc Valley engineering / Culver props USA Volkswagen based aircraft engine. rated power 110 hp. Has re-drive reduction and swings a 74 X 55  inch tractor prop, Beautiful wood Prop included with engine. Engine barely broken in, comes with pretty much everything to install. $7,500.  YouTube video engine running on test stand.    Call Phil,  Canadian Museum of Flight 604-530-9799 or email


Wing tip fairings   $250.

Wing tip fairings, brand new for Murphy Rebel, unpainted.  $250.   Call Phil,  Canadian Museum of Flight 604-530-9799 or email


Volmer Jensen Sportsman Flying Boat    $27,900.

Reputed to be the most successful of all home built amphibian flying boats.  Fun to fly.  Radio, Mode C Transponder.  Lycoming 0-290G 125 hp engine.  Total time on both  approximately  370 hrs.  PH250 733 0808  JOHN FAUX <>


1986 Mooney M18X (C-GXTR)

Legendary performance. Responsive, predictable. Stick control. Retractable gear. Fly open canopy. Oh what fun!  Short field operation. High altitude operation. Lots of fuel. 117MPH to 130MPH @75%.  Low cost of ownership (1953 Mooney Mite rebuilt in homebuilt category by AME for his personal aircraft).  683lbs empty, 1025lbs gross. Continental A-65.  364hrs TTSN. 198hrs SMOH.  Try your offer (Value equal to mid time C-150).  1(780)679-6549


2004 Quad City Challenger II      $24,000.

C-ICZH registered Advanced Ultralight w/ 960lb GW

- 503 Rotax - Spare Re-furbished Prop - Spare Fuel Pump - Spare throttle Cable - Spare Spark Plugs - Cabin Heat - All Receipts and complete logs Comes with new fiber glass main landing gear, hydraulic brakes, after market nose gear suspension, snow skis, radio with external antenna, new intercom, and headsets.

ALT EGT CHT ASF Fuel Gauge New Analog Tach + min Tach with/ HR Meter Tinted Lexan Light Engine Services Throttle Quadrants Strobe Lights Burns premium fuel with 2 stroke mixing oil Cost effective flying

Also comes with two additional 5 Gal (10 Gal) wing tanks which pump directly into the main 10gal tanks. New strut fairing, belly cargo bag, and wing/plane covering if you want to store outside. Phone 403-872-9220  Email:


2003 Sonex       $23,000.


2003 SONEX amateur built. 80 HP Aerovee. 520hrs TTSN airframe and engine. Cruises at 125 MPH burning 4 GPH. Center stick can be flown from left seat or from the center for taller pilots. Conventional gear. Radio, intercom, ASI, VSI, altimeter, MAP, RPM, CHT, EGT, Volts, oil pressure/temp, ELT, compass. (No transponder) Canopy cover. New hydraulic brakes, rims. Flys fast at low cost. Stored indoors. $23,000. Located at CYPE. Contact Ryan 780-219-2800 or


1982 Yarrow Arrow   SOLD!

MSquared Sprint 1000     NOW $21,500. CDN

This heavy duty quicksilver clone sports a 1600 pound max gross, dual controls, 912S at 265 hours, EIS, airframe converted from amphibs 15 hr TT, clear coat UV protection, always hangared, switching to trikes  John 250-668-9596


J3 Cub Project  $15,000.

1946 Serial # 21034 Canadian registered. TTSN 2905, C-85 37 hrs. SMOH with started, 2 new 11.5 gallon STC'd wing tanks, Mcauley prop, hyd brakes. Metal spar wings. All surface ready for fabric. Clean and straight. Majority of parts for completion are included. Rod Lee  604 836-3143    Located in Delta, B C


2006 Flight Design    $93,000

2006 Flight Design CTSW located in Calgary, AB Canada. Currently 792hrs Registered as an Advanced Ultralight, comes with Bose blue tooth enabled head sets.  All glass panel with coupled GPS Auto pilot. Has optional tundra wheels and standard BRS ballistic emergency parachute.  Has All options and equipment. Video link: Located at Okotoks, AB airport (CFX2)   Carl Denis   Email:  Ph: 403-478-8200


1947 Cessna 140   $22,000. OBO



1965 Cessna 150E     $27,000.

For Sale 1965 Cessna 150E Texas Taildragger 0-200 with 1392 hrs SSOH. TTAF 4460, Millennium cylinders, Compression 76, 78, 76, 78. Straight tail, Manual flaps, Droop wing tips, Leading edge cuffs, New Scott tailwheel, New ignition harness and spark plugs, Full Tanis heat system, Ski fittings, Stall 35 mph full flaps, Logs since new, Annual due March 2018. Reason for selling bought a 4 place. Pictures are of Plane with Maule tailwheel. Plane located Valleyview Alberta. Contact Kevin Petryshen at 780 524 6555 or email at 


Wanted: ski attach brackets

Wanted: ski attach brackets for Stinson 108-1-2 or -3. Go around gear leg to attach cables and bungees. Part number sarb- 2500. Contact Kevin Petryshen at 780 524 6555



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