THOMPSON VALLEY SPORT AIRCRAFT CLUB
Newsletter April 2018.
Next meeting Thursday, April 12.
7:30pm, Blair Field Clubhouse.
Aviation Safety Letter
From Willy Trinker
“Winter!” ..what’s not to like?
While most pilots stash their aircraft for the
winter, some of us are really looking forward to carry on all year even if it
means means swapping from floats or wheels to skis. I personally have been an
advocate for plane skiing ever since Scott from Mountain Air Services took me
for the first ever outing into the Kamloops Hills with his Dad’s Citabria.
Needless to say, I’ve been hooked on the idea ever since!
However, ski flying is not just something to
you pick up one day and is as easy as mounting a pair of skis on your trusty old
birdie and the old “Hey, lets go!”. There is cold weather engine management,
shock cooling, pre-heat, etc. etc. To add more issues there is varying ski
installations and again, not all are suitable for the mountain or a back country
lake adventures, some are simply a runway to runway ski that prevents you from
sinking out on the snowy part of 33 at CZML. How are the conditions on the
destination end, over-flow, flat light, winds and drifting snow, crusts, powder,
snow swamps and the proverbial GLIT that prevents you from taking off and
reaching your lofty goals, ..you guessed it right, it takes to two words to make
that one. Next, how heavy is your aircraft? In my humble experience it seems
like the lighter they are, the less work is involved. You swamp your PA18-180
you'll regret the moment you decided to mount the skis, you sink your SkyRaider
2 Ultralight and its not too big a deal, unless of course you break things in
the process and can’t get home.
Avid MK4 & BushCaddy R80 on a Burger Trip to
As in everything, training helps but does not
always prevent mishaps. Ongoing good judgement calls are in order since Mother
Nature is relentless during the darker month of the year and a minor mistake may
end up a major rescue. Ideally flying in a small group is best, or at least have
a flying ski-buddy to back you up, come and get you, just in case the play time
turns into major working overtime with your snowshoes and shovel. Just make sure
you’re not needing 2 guys to rescue. Do we speak from experience here?
Pick your days; there is occasional some good
early, prior to Christmas, ski flying. Honestly though, it does not get nice out
until Valentines Day and up here in the South Cariboo it lasts usually into late
March. That is based on straight skis, add some wheel skis and you can be like
Clint, always ready, as he never takes his R2800’s off his Pacer. Alpine (above
tree line) flying is actually better later in the season, longer days, better
snow coverage and a more consolidated snowpack make for easier and more fun
(speak less work) outings. Again, know where you are going. Anyone been there
before, any tracks, any reference, used in the past, used this year, used last
week, ..rescue possibilities, back up plane and pilot, all these considerations
should be a constant questionnaire going through a ski flyers mind and determine
his or her choice of landing sites. Maybe for starters, the next lake over, with
the highway right alongside it and the Burger Joint across the road might just
be the place. Adjust your outing according to the conditions at hand, maybe a
touch and go and the 180 back is the better choice and most likely better than
having to press one of these covered over buttons on your Spot Tracker, ..you’ve
got one those, right!? BE PREPARED, sleeping bag, axe, saw, a few tools,
survival gear, snow shoes, bring it, always! Trust the old timers on this,
you’ll need it.
Citabria & Kitfox 2 ice fishing in the Quesnel
While this winter is slowly coming to an end,
maybe start thinking about skis for next winter and extending your flying
season. Not every winter is the same, there is good ones and there is so so.
This one was a better one once again and I hate to see it all melt away. But
there is always next year and one thing for sure, Clint is already ready again!
If you have an interest in ski flying and you’re the only one on your field,
come and join us. A big shout out goes to Hans Hofmaier who has flown his
SkyRaider 1 powered by an HKS four times from his home at Qualicum Beach on
Vancouver Island to the Cariboo. He enjoys our surroundings and the usually
suitable ski flying conditions. Think about this for a moment, ..thats eight
times across the Salish Sea, eight times across the coastal mountains, eight
times crossing the Canyon all on skis in a little Ultralight.
Hans Hofmaier blowing some Cariboo Powder in
his SkyRaider 1
We do hope there is more guys joining us next
winter, given its a good one again. To finish off, our pilot refresher turn-out
was beyond expectations with 31folks in attendance all in all. As for regular
ski fliers locally here, about 10 to 12 guys fairly regularly, flying everything
from UL’s up to Stinson’s and C-180’s. I guess thats what you get when you have
8 month of winter and 4 month of poor ski flying. Did we mention that winter is
a great time for flying?!
“Pizza & Beer” with some of the local fliers
at Nick’s Rag & Tube - CZML
Pilot Refresher held on February 23, 2018 at
With best regards, Willy Trinker AERIAL ESCAPADES
www.fly-bc.com 250 706 9496
From Jan Nademlejnsky
189. Flying Buse Lake Area, April 4, 2018
Beautiful, but bumpy flight to Buse Lake. I
was following the mountain ridges on both sides on South Thompson River. The
Buse Lake is famous by changing color in the late summer from green to pink from
plankton in the water. Check the Kamloops region beauty.
Nice Aerial View of Kamloops Area from South and all around, March 17, 2018
flying day. Flew SE to Campbell Creek Rd, north to Barnhartvale, North Ridge
west over Mt Peter & Paul. Very nice view of the Mt Mara top and fly around
perspective. Sand bars are always spectacular while flying south and then east
over Kamloops downtown. Check it out.
186. Flying Loop Harper
Mountain - Tobiano, March 11, 2018
It was perfect day for
flying with blue sky and above freezing temperature. I was following Kamloops
South Ridge east, then to Harper Mountain ski slopes north. I turned west over
the North Ridge, then to south across the Kamloops Lake to Tobiano and finally
east over the South Ridge back to river sand bars and airport. It was relaxing
flight over very beautiful country site.
New in the Buy&Sell
in the last month
1998 AirBorne Trike
AirBorne Edge X Trike for
1. New North Wing Quest GT5:
C$13,500. 2. Total engine Rotax 582 overhaul: C$4,300.
The Rotax 582, 65 Hp, 2
cylinder, dual ignition (4 spark plugs), electric carb heat. 5200 RPM at cruise
speed 100 km/h.
This trike is in perfect
condition. When the Lightwing Services took the engine apart in 2017 with total
of 400 hours, the technician called me with news that the engine was in perfect
condition and did not need any overhaul. I asked for complete overhaul anyway,
including the crankshaft replacement, because I wanted this engine lasting my
lifetime (I am 71 now). The original wing was also in perfect condition, but I
wanted a faster wing and latest technology to last to my end. I bought New North
Wing Quest GT5 in 2017, C$13,500. I installed it at 455 hours.
The trike is in perfect
condition. I carried a passenger only once for 30 min. It has been always
hangared and the wing never folded. No accident, hard landing, engine or
structural failure. It has BRS installed in 2009. I installed electric carb
heater, so I could have worry free flying in winter
This is 1998 model, which I
bought in 2002 with 36 hours. Practically new engine after 400 hours overhaul
(which was not needed), new wing at 455 hours, 482 hours now. BRS, Carbon fiber
4 bladed prop, new battery. It has Transponder with reporting elevation. I will
move it to my new trike, unless the new owner wants to pay me extra for the new
transponder (~$2,000?). I am buying new trike Apollo, DeltaJet2, with Rotax 912.
Check pictures for instrumentation and video for additional information.
How Trike (Motorized Hang Glider) Works, Feb 13, 2017
Several Trike Flying Days in Three Minutes
Flying Buse Lake Area, April 4, 2018
Ask any question by email:
Jan Nademlejnsky, P.Eng
38-1836 Greenfield Ave
Kamloops, BC V2B 8T2
PIPER PA-17 VAGABOND
FLY CHEAP • $25,000.CAD 1948 A-75-8 Cont.
FRESH ANNUAL Mar 21, 2018. 2325 TTSN 166 STOH. NEW Prop, NEW Sealed Struts, Disc
brakes, Brackett Air Filter, FWF done in 2014. • Contact Joel Ellis, Owner -
located Surrey, BC Canada • Telephone: 604 619 2689 •
Posted March 31, 2018
1968 Cessna 172K 4700 hrs., 180 HP Lycoming 777
hrs., CAP 2000 floats, Hartzel 76" dia. C/S
prop. 2 yrs old 24 hrs., Sportsmans STOL kit, ICOM
radio A210, Garmin transponder GTX327, ACK
A-30 encoder, Kanad compact 406 mhz ELT.
hydraulic launching dolly and 250 litre aluminum
fuel transfer tank with 12V pump $79,000. CND
Frank 250-706-7751 Lac La Hache, BC.
1958 Piper PA22-160 Tri-Pacer.
Total time airframe 2112
hrs; engine O320 B2A 160 HP 202 hrs SMOH; propeller 5 year inspection 2014;
lifetime struts and new fuel selector so no ADs for these; new carb 2013; new
wheels/disk brakes 2015; new tires/tubes 2014; new battery 2015; 406 ELT 2015;
new compass 2016. Annual due Aug 2018; transponder Aug 2019; ELT Aug 2018.
Standard instruments, King KX 170BNav/Com, Bendix T-120 ADF, RT-159A encoding
transponder, 2 place intercom. Ceconite redone in 1984, hangared since 1983.
Located near Villeneuve AB. Asking $32,000.
Ridge Runner 3S Kit
wings are partially done, some controls
installed, needs a few minor storage rash
repairs, included in sale are 2 Rotax 503
engines, 2 A-Drives, 1 Belt drive
..all in all, the works! Will not separate
items. First $7,500.- takes it all away. It's a
deal at that, so the price is firm!! AERIAL ESCAPADES
250 706 9496
Piper Super J4
Owner retiring - This homebuilt conversion is currently on 2000 floats with recent 2 part epoxy below waterline, wheels and skis are included in sale, so is a second propeller for wheel/ski use. Built in 1995 with 566hrs TTAF and 473SMOH on Lycoming 0-320B with light weight starter, alternator and new mags. 54 US Gal fuel gives it 7+hrs range. Large easy access baggage allows loads up to 8' long with hatrack. PA-18 Tail. Great Bush Plane! For more info please call Dick at 250 395 0591 or 250 395 4360. Ferry/Delivery possible. Asking
the "Cadillac of ultralights" in many ultralight
aircraft reviews for it's flight performance and speed
range of the 20 foot wingspan with dropped
tips cantilevered wing used (no struts or wires ). Unknown hours, but
very strong electric start 503 DCDI Rotax with "inflight adjustable " 3
blade Ivo prop. Has EIS info for motor , etc. in good instrument panel.
Cruises at 85 -100 mph. Radio & headset may be available separately. 10
gallon US gas tank. Huge flaps. New battery. Wing and body covers plus
hangar protection. Just replaced fan belt and Lexan windshield. The prop
is worth $1,600.00 US alone, Asking price is $18,500.00 CDN Contact Gordon
Isaac at 250-549-1608 or email
PPG Trike for sale. Generac 50hp V-twin
engine, 72" 3 blade GSC prop, foot throttle. Has around 160 hours on the
trike. It comes with 2 wings. Apco Play 42 (100 hours) & a Powerplay Sting
250 (Red, 60 hours) Also comes with an intercom system & Icom A6
radio with 2 headsets. Wyoming,
Lazair 2-seat ultralight
Lazair 2 seat
ultralight aircraft, great fun way to fly, enjoy the open air feeling. 40’
wing span x 14’ overall length x 6’ tall. With 2 – 26 HP KFM electric start
motor, all new fuel lines, new plugs, decarbon cylinders, 2 new props 36”x 15
pitch, 2 fuel tank total 12 gallon, dual electric fuel pump, gauges.
Halls airspeed indicator, battery voltage, cylinder head temp, altimeter,
vertical speed, compass, turn coordinator, new seats. Bungee landing gear
with 6’ wide stance gear. Asking price $9,000.CDN Will
deliver within 4 hours flight time(400 KM) Floats and 0 time KFM also
available for additional price. Located at Chilliwack, BC Ron
Pankonin 604 991 0522
Kitfox Mk1 2-seat ultralight
100 hours on 582 blue head
motor, folding wings, heater, 3 blade IVO prop, gauges: airspeed, VSI, turn
coordinator, Exhaust gas temp, tack, compass. STOL aircraft 63’ take off
with one person 1/2 fuel. Has trailer, save on hangar fee, can store in a
normal garage. New Bungee, new fluids radiator and Matco brakes lines,
repacked wheel bearings. Selling for a friend. Located at Chilliwack, BC.
Asking price $20,000. CDN Will deliver within 4 hours flight time (544 km)Ron
Pankonin 604 991 0522
AIRCRAFT ENGINE WANTED
I am looking for an engine for my Luscombe. I
will consider anything from an A-65 to a C-90.
Must be certified and airworthy. Email:
Also looking for
Complete rebuild 2012. 47 Hrs. on
Airframe and Engine. Light weight Polly covering. Wide Landing Gear
with Disc Brakes. Strobe. FUN TO FLY! Located Calgary AB.
LOOKING FOR A " VANS RV-4 Contact: George 403-931-1645
Also looking for
The Andreasson BA-4B is a
Swedish-designed sport biplane that dates from the mid-1960s.
This BA-4B is an excellent example of the type. It features
all-metal construction, superior build craftsmanship, a 0-timed engine, terrific
panel and a removable full canopy. It is built for small to medium sized pilots.
The builder, Gerry Theroux, is a retired aircraft maintenance engineer, and his
experience with structures and systems on large airliners shows in the build
quality and attention to detail that
0-235-L2C 118 hp, O SMOH. Overhaul completed in 2015, engine properly
preserved in a heated garage or hangar since then.
proper break-in sequence completed. 2000 hour TBO.
allow variable and always optimal ignition timing. This translates to
exceptional fuel economy and reliability. The ability to use automotive
spark plugs saves even more money over having to use aviation spade plugs.
and remote oil filter.
also O time SOH.
EZ-Pilot single axis (roll) autopilot. The EZ-Pilot is slaved to the
included Garmin 296 GPS and will intercept and hold a course the pilot
selects, or operate autonomously to any heading the pilot selects. It can
slave to any GPS featuring standard NMEA data output
Garmin 296 GPS. An MGL comm radio Mode C transponder.
altimeter, VSL, fuel gauge, and tachometer. Quad gauge for oil pressure and
temp, CHT and EGT. Full electrics with proper wiring and circuit
breakers. Electric pitch trim with electronic position indicator.
Flaperons, which will also work with the EZ pilot. Adjustable rudder
pedals. Cabin heat and cabin vent cooling.
Garmin 296 GPS
An MGL comm
altimeter, VSI, fuel gauge, and tachometer
for oil pressure and temp, CHT and EGT
electrics with proper wiring and circuit breakers
pitch trim with electronic position indicator
which will also work with the EZ pilot
ailerons for exceptional roll control
Fighter plane-style stick grip with
switches for comm, trim and autopilot
55 litre fuel tank (14.5 US gal)
Spring steel landing gear, dual brakes and
6.00 x 5 tires
Full swivel tail wheel
Wingtip and strobe lights
Full plans and a set of claw tie-downs
There is a little bit of work yet to be
done on the plane. The final aileron rigging is needed, and lower wing to
fuselage gaps seals need to be installed. So do the lower wing tips.
Additionally, the engine needs the
initial ground run break-in, plus the standard in-flight break-in to seat
the rings and to stabilize oil consumption.
The BA-4B is currently registered as an
ultralight aircraft and has not yet flown. As an ultralight, it does not
require the standard amateur-built restrictions such as staying within only
25 NM of the home airport for the first 25 hours of flight. The pilot has a
lot more freedom to explore the airplane at his or her discretion.
The airplane weighs about 700 lbs empty,
and as noted, it will best fit small to medium sized pilots. The rudder
pedals are adjustable via turnbuckles, and there is some
room for adjustment in the seat
This airplane will have outstanding
performance with an excellent power-to- weight ratio, terrific climb and
roll rates, and an estimated cruise speed near 150 mph! You won’t find that
in other ultralight aircraft.
We’ve tried to price this aircraft fairly
considering the features and build quality versus the fact it’s only 99%
complete and hasn't flown yet. The panel and firewall-forward together are
worth more than the asking price.
See this Wikipedia link for the design’s
complete history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreasson_BA-4B
If you feel the BA-4B might be right for
you, please contact
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