THOMPSON VALLEY SPORT AIRCRAFT CLUB
Previous Newsletter March 2019
Next meeting Thursday, April 11, 2019.
7:30pm, Blair Field Clubhouse.
I was there on March 31 and the field looked pretty good and
dry. The fellow (Darren?) who mowed the grass did a great job; some of the
grass was already starting to turn green too. Now give us a bit of rain...
One small problem is that the frost had heaved the deck again,
and the door could not open all the way. But it might be OK by the next
Phil was there installing a new tail wheel system he built
himself, and it seemed to work very well when he did a few taxi runs over
Need something like a digital thermometer for
your aircraft? You can get items online, for 20% and sometimes 10% of the
price you would have to pay here. I am all for encouraging local people, but
there is a limit to how I will let them overcharge me.
In the past few years I have bought online
quite a few gadgets from China, from Aliexpress. Items like LED lights,
power supplies, temperature switches, etc... Small stuff
to keep me busy at my electronics workbench. Their service is
excellent, but usually don't expect to get the items in less than one
month. Usually it is two months. One thing only took less than two weeks to
get here, that was a record.
Another record was broken lately; I had ordered
an item on November 19, and received it on April 3rd. That is some 173 days!
I told the supplier it must have been a speed record for a two-man boat
rowing across the Pacific from Dongguan to Vancouver, with a detour by the
Galapagos Islands. :-)
Despite that slow boat from China, I am still
very satisfied with Aliexpress and would recommend them to my friends.
I got a shock...
Willy Trinker had mentioned it on Facebook, so
a few days ago I check my natural gas bill. It was always being paid
automatically on the equal-payment plan, so I did not worry and just threw
the statement in a file without looking at it.
So I was shocked to see the March bill. Total
of $191.01 when the gas itself is only $27.88
Anything wrong with that picture? I think
I know, that has nothing to do with flying, but
it does affect all of us.
So many are working on the concept, someone is
bound to come up with a great working design. It is just a matter of time.
Building WW1 aircraft.
From Jan Nademlejnsky
Record Flight to Dunn Peak, the Highest Peak in Kamloops Region, March
I was always intrigued by
the snowy peak on very distant northern horizon. I was very close to
this region in Oct 29, 2018, when flying to Barriere, BC. I did not dare
to fly there until I would learn more about this mountain.
The conditions were ripe
for very good flight at 9:30 am, with blue, but hazy morning sky and
+6C. Just before I strapped myself into my bird, I was visited by my
flying club buddy. He told me about his nasty experience with extreme
turbulence while flying his regular airplane there. This stacked in my
head, especially, when in that mountain range. I was flying in the final
stage at 11,175', well above the peak elevation of 8,600' to avoid the
mountain turbulence. I stayed on the up wind side of mountain only and
chickened out to fly around, hearing in my head his story of 1,000'/min
It was very good flight
without any surprises. It was another milestone flight with these, for
me, record-setting values:
Distance: 184 km (114 mi)
Max Elevation: 3,406 m
Delta elevation 3,053 m
Average Speed: 116 km/h
Temper -6C to +8C (21 F to
Flight to Second Largest Ski Area in Canada, March 20, 2019
It was truly spring day. I
took off from Kamloops around 11am at +3C (1160') and experienced +13C
over Sun Peaks at 7800'. I was actually hot in my winter clothing. Sun
Peaks is the second largest ski area in Canada, while Whistles by
Vancouver is the largest.
It was very pleasant
flight with just small section with turbulence; otherwise I could listen
to music and daydream. Actually, I was fully alert and waited for some
nasty Kamloops area surprises, which, fortunately, never came.
I adjusted the angle of
view of my camera mounted on the broomstick. The view looks good. This
low tech camera mount was surprisingly very sturdy and fast to make. It
would not win any industrial design price, but it cost nothing and
worked perfectly. I cannot say the same about the GoPro overpriced
mounts, which are good enough, but no good for my videos. I had to
modify them to prevent vibrations.
Kamloops Flight Following North Thompson River, March 17, 2019
Another short flight to
test my homemade camera mount, but mainly if the view would be
interesting to watch. It appears that my broom stick camera mount and
its attachment to the wing struts worked well with practically no
vibration. I will leave to viewers to answer the question whether the
camera view is interesting. The next time I will turn the camera more
forward facing to capture the scenery too.
It was the first day of
this winter season, when I was actually hot during the flight. Yahoo!
Kamloops Flight to North Ridge, March 17, 2019
Just short flight with my
new camera mount and 360 Master Vision camera. It was disappointing
test, because camera quit recording just after only 2 minutes. The
camera manual says that it should be operated above 7C. The temperature
was 3C to 6C. Obviously, that camera did not like it. I landed and
installed GoPro camera to give me another angle of view. You could see
the result in the next video.
Kamloops Flight to Downtown, Nicola Valley, Ajax, March 13, 2019
Beautiful day with now
wind, ideal conditions to have pleasant flight. After take off I
realized that I forgot my camera on the back seat. I had to turn around
to retrieve it. Right after take off I noticed that this flight might
not be very relaxing. The air was bumpy and the bumpiness was steady
increasing during the flight. I also noticed when flying over the
Knutsford area, that I did not buckled up after my camera retrieval. The
flying conditions were not ideal for hands off flying. It took me two
attempts to secure myself in the seat again. This was big relieve for
I had to change my
original flight plan twice, due to the snow/rain in the areas where I
was planning to go. I am very allergic to such combination of blue sky
with cold clouds nearby. This always brings very nasty and sudden winds
in Kamloops area. I made it home safely.
Kamloops Flight North Ridge, Tobiano, Afton Mine, March 9, 2019
I took advantage of the
first warm and sunny day of 2019. Ground temperature was +2C and -6C in
the air. I explored still snow covered country side around Kamloops. I
flew west following the north shore of Kamloops Lake. Crossed the lake
south to Tobiano Golf Resort and then east towards Knutsford. Several
pilots reported show showers and significant turbulence nearby, but at
that time I had totally blue sky above head. I could see heavy clouds
all around which eventually started to created turbulence in my area. I
decided not to push my luck and turned towards the airport. It was good
day with beautiful scenery.
Buy And Sell
New (or modified) ads since last Newsletter.
I’m looking to sell this plane for my father. It is
currently being stored at King George Airpark, which is being turned into a
blueberry farm. Plane needs to go by end of the month. We have12K in receipts.
Ultralight basic, brand new Rotax 582, 0 flight hours just break in!. New
windshield, new landing gear. Please call 604-588-5120 for more
information. Looking for 12k for the plane but motivated sellers !!.. Basically
a free plane! Jacob Deane Freeman
532 hrs. total on
airframe and engine, Aerovee 2180 engine, 2 seat side by side, Icom radio, 125
to 130 mph on 4.2 gals per hr, 669 lbs. empty and 1100 lbs gross, carries
16 gals of gas, Gary May, Saskatchewan, 306-220-0836
NOW $59,995. Cdn
7465 TTSN 1924SMOH 0 SPOH Ex-military A/C.
820 Hrs since bottom inspection (new parts incl. bearings).
Compressions 68, 64, 72, 64, 78, 76. Recent cylinder work.
Horton stall kit and B/M gap seal kit installed.
All accessories installed 2019.
KY86A digital Com, GTX 327 digital Txpdr, encoder, 4-place iCom.
Overhauled prop with sale. New ELT with sale.
Many new parts. Expensive annual 2019. 0 snags on aircraft.
After-sale support and upgrades by AME/Owner at reduced dates.
No major damage history, no corrosion issues.
Ext 7/10, int 6/10. Good glass. Hooker harnesses.
A/C located at Oliver BC. Delivery at cost. Shayne 250-688-1760
1946 Aeronca Chief
TTAF 1926 SMOH 726 Recent fabric 85 hp Continental no electrics
C/W handheld radio intercom and sealed lead acid battery. Metal prop 800 X 6
tires. Always hangered, real nice shape. Contact Alvie (cell) 250-354-7141
2 seat, dual controls, EIS, 30 hr TTAF and 280 hr on 912S, 3
blade warp drive, clear coat UV protection on sail, $ 19,500 John
2005 Chinook Plus 2 BULA,
HKS 700e 4-stroke engine, 310 hrs TT, 800 hrs TBO
Matco full swiveling tail wheel
RPS Recovery Chute
Altimeter, airspeed, VSI, magnetic compass, engine instruments
Microair 760 radio, DRE-201 intercom, Narco AT-50 transponder
Full airplane covers made by Arctic Covers
New GSC prop just installed, old blades available
New exhaust pipes, springs and muffler bracket
Ceconite covering in very good condition
Custom trailer available. Call for pricing
Located in Surrey, BC
Must sell. Priced well under real value for a quick sale.
Only serious buyers please.
Contact Sorin: (236)984-0408 or
1985 Spectrum Beaver RX550
must sell. $6,000.
Less than 300 hrs total.
Always hangared. Rotax
503 DCDI. Steerable nose wheel. Differential brakes. Extra
fuel tanks. GPS, radio & helmets. Runs strong, flies tight.
Chris(778) 549-0590 (Surrey, BC)
See video at
4714 hrs., 180 HP Lycoming 793 hrs., CAP 2000 floats, Hartzel 76" dia. C/S
prop. 2 yrs old 41 hrs., Sportmans STOL kit, ICOM radio A210, Garmin
transponder GTX327, ACK A-30 encoder, Kanad compact 406 mhz ELT. hydraulic
launching dolly and 250 litre aluminium fuel transfer tank with 12V pump
100 Mile House, BC
Fisher Koala project.
me an offer
Serial # 08-8412, Reg Marks C-ICBW, Basic Ultralight
Category. Kawasaki 440 motor with 350 hrs, 2 GSC SYSTEMS wooden props. -2
options for tires; 1) Cleveland 600x6 wheels and brakes and 2) 850x6 tires with
tubes plus new spring loaded suspension to replace original Bungee cord system.
-Fuselage covered with Ceconite (initial coat). -New fiberglass engine
cowl. All woodwork of entire plane has been checked and parts replaced as needed
by an AME. Project comes with all original hardware, plus some extras and
original plans included. Contact Bob
New Aeros Still
17 Wing, Rotax 503 DCDI with E - Box, Composite Arplast Eco Prop, Electric &
Rope Start, Complete O/H on trike and Engine, New Crankshaft, 2 Hrs. T.T.
Electric Prime and Boost Pumps, Training Bars, 2 Seat Dual Steering & Throttle
Controls, Microair VHF Radio, Strobes, Trailer & Cloth Pod Cover, Manuals,
1994 Rans S12
1994 Rans S12, 325 hours, Blue Head Rotax 582 with 208 hours,
Good fabric, always hangared, all AD's done, including new
tail boom, New wiring and panel with Becker radio/intercom, digital
altimeter/VSI, EIS,Strobes, cabin heat, two 9 gallon fuel tanks, hydraulic
brakes, Earth EX Lithium battery. Registered basic ultralight, can be
registered Advanced UL, great flyer! Located in Creston, BC Price
$19,500. Contact: Kasper Naef 250 505 2501
PRIVATE AIRSTRIP AND ACREAGE
50 PLUS ACRES IN SMALL VALLEY, AT FOOT OF PORCUPINE HILLS, BORDERING ON WILLOW
Google earth Ref. 49°47’42,16N 113°32’14,29W
1800ft. Turf Strip with 40X40 NEW metal Hangar. This is a complete home
site. Older, well maintained home, with huge fire place. Well treed with large
garden . Buildings includes a 4-space carport, large self-contained work shop
and a separate horse barn. Entire site was re-wired to 100 amp service in
2015. Hangar is wired for solar power. Wiring for emergency power in place.
The property is
located in it's own quiet valley with no nearby neighbours. There is very
abundant bird and wildlife.
It has a
large sheltered area ideal for RV parking or camping. Could be used for small
business such as market gardening or rental for social groups, or pasturing
horses. 40-minute flight time from YYC and a 10-mile drive from Fort MacLeod.
Asking $600,000. OBO
Contact Alan McNeil 403-382-9689
[email protected] Additional photos
available on request.
Zenair Zodiac 601HD $28,000. OBO
Engine 90HP Subaru EA81 C/W
Johnson Reduction Drive. Dual Ignition. Warp Drive Carbon Fibre
Ground Adjustable Prop. Electric Trim. Empty Weight 675 lbs.
Gross Weight 1240 lbs. Wing Loading +/-6 G’s. Fuel Capacity 15 US
Gals. Contact Ron Peters, Neuanlage, SK. Ph. 306-229-7911
1956 Cessna 180
1956 Cessna 180,
light airframe, O470K, factory reman, Horton Stall Kit, 185 whl gear, 2870
Floats, Hyd Wheel Skis new Teflon, King Radio, ADF, Mode C, 406 ELT, New
Goodyear tires & start battery. Interior excellent condition, Cowling and
wing covers, Rear Bench Seat. Bush Seat, Rebuilt mags, One piece
windscreen,Last annual May 12/18, TTE 916.9, Fast flying machine, TTAF 9078.9
hrs, Aircraft flying times will change, Carl
867-334-4560 or Cory 867-332-4199 Aircraft located in
Kingfisher Amphibian Project
$2,000. or trade
Gear, Plans, Motor mount, Fuel Tank, 4130 Steel Tail Group Parts Completed,
Project has been stored inside. Internals of fuselage varnished. External
covered in a layer of fibreglass. A viable project for those interested in
working with wood. Approximate $2,000. value or trade for Geo Tracker, Suzuki
toads (tow along), etc. in good running condition or other interesting projects.
Canadian Registered Basic Ultralight
Motor Glider, PIK20E, for sale in Vernon, BC. Open to offers
for Spring flying season, a 1979 self launch motor glider with 49 foot wing
span. 46HP Rotax DC SI built for this purpose
and conceals into body for gliding purpose with a listed 40:1 glide ratio. 3
test flights in late fall of 2018 to prove airworthiness and
several new instruments. Motor de-carbonized by Rotax mechanic.
Check out the specs online. Too much to enumerate in this advertisement.
Must have glider lessons to fly safely! A custom fiberglass trailer is
also for sale for this plane. Serious inquiries only. For a reply / pictures
1973 Skylane 182P.
3212 TTSN. 990 SFRM 0-470R. 35
SPOH. Dual VHF Radio, Dual VOR, ILS, Marker lighting, ADF, DME, Bendix GPS, Mode
C, two axis Auto-pilot 406 ELT & more. 1782lbs empty/1168lbs payload. Auto Fuel
STC. 80gal long range tanks. New 8.00 main tires. Same proud owner for past 20
years. Nice paint and leather seats. Plane located in Vancouver area, can
deliver for extra cost. $125k CAD
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