You don't usually look at Dave's aircraft from this angle, but
my drone did, before take-off.
Are you flying to Savona on July 1st?
We are having a July 1st celebration at our local park... I am
wondering if you might be interested in doing a fly past of airplanes on July
1st anytime between 11 am and 2 pm...as part of our celebrations.
Look forward to hearing from you..
Barb Gale President of Savona Community association 250-6373-2700
Landing with a head wind
Maybe Dave Jones could do that!
From Dan Berwin
I did not make it to the Cache Creek
Fly-In, but Dan sent me these pictures:
Flood at Hefley Creek
lost a good part of his property when the raging creek started to erode the
banks in early May.
As it appeared on Google Earth before:
Then on May 13, a drone view:
Most of the trees fell down into the creek, so did his suspension bridge and
most of his gardens.
From Jan Nademlejnsky
155. Testing my New Wing from North Wing, Quest GT5, May
It was long process since Dec 2016. I took
advantage of the North Wing Christmas discount and ordered their latest model
with high performance numbers, Quest GT5. It took 5 month to get it, because it
had to be test flown by local dealer. He was in mercy of weather and other
delays. Anyway, it is on my Airborne trike and this is the first video. So far I
did not find any suitable bracket to mount a wing camera, so I used only control
I made 3 take off and landings and then I went
for it. It was definitely different from anything I flew so far. During and
after just one hour of flight I must say that it was a bit intimidating. This is
not wing for beginners. Ease of handling, better control and experience in
turbulence as book says... Not at all. I would say just opposite. I had to put
much more hours on it, before I will fly some cross country. The video shows
that there is no difference, or it feels worse while flying in turbulence in
comparison with my previous Wizard wing. Only a time will show if I will master
it. I am committed, because I spent fortune on it, so there is no turning back
156. Flying Cross Country to Walhachin Area, May 14, 2017
Started early morning to avoid any major
turbulence. I had to scrape ice form my car window, which is very unusual
for Kamloops. This was my second flight with new wing. Flew about 42 km west
(straight line) by following the Kamloops Lake south shore to Tobiano, Savona and
small village Walhachin. Tested various combinations of engine RPM and speed at
level flight. My conclusion was that it flies too slowly, because the wing hang
post is too far back. I eventually adjusted it before my next flight (video #
157). Flight was very pleasant, except that if was very difficult to take any
decent picture or video on the way back. The sun was too low and directly into
157. Wing Test Flight, May 14, 2017
After I just finished previous flight (video
#156), I moved the wing (hang glider) hang point 0.5" forward to increase the
cruise speed to specified level between 88 and 105 km/h (55-65 MPH). My speed
was 74 km/h (46 MPH). I test flew over the NW Ridge and I was very happy with 85
km/h (53 MPH) which is very close to its minimal cruise speed range. I will fly
this way for at least another hour and then move the hang point by another
0.25". So this is my plan for a near future. I have to find some GoPro attachment
for my wing view; looking for some idea and solution.
I witnessed, and it is documented in this
video, very interesting nature twist. Two days previously (video #155) I flew
over the Tranquille Creek with very high water level. Normally this is just a
wimpy creek. The creek looked to me totally dry this time while flying over at
9:11 am. This looked strange, because there was always some water, even in deep,
hot and dry summer. Ten minutes after, on my way back (at 9:22 from picture
time), the creek water was again spilled over its banks. How is this possible?
158. Short Flight NW Area of North Ridge with Rough
Landing, May 18, 2017
I am still trying to fine tune my new
Northwing GT5 wing. Moved the wing hang point another 3/8" forward and I felt
that this is too much. I will back it up about 1/8".
It was sunny, warm, no wind and no scary
clouds in the afternoon, just perfect day for flying. The scenery is always
spectacular in Kamloops area. The ground is moving faster now with faster wing,
so I don't have to increase the video speed. I flew over Frederick Rd,
NE shore of Kamloops Lake and Mara Mount. The air was turbulent, but nothing to
be afraid of. The windsock on my 09 approach showed very light head wind. I
wanted to land as far East as possible to avoid long taxi to my hangar. The end
of main runway is closed for nearby construction activities. I was flying about
20' above the runway when suddenly I ended up in very violent, gusty crosswind
of at least 25 km/h. The video shows my struggle to stay on course and to make
it safely down. I had to wait for proper position in my oscillation to drop it
down. In that time I still did not know what happen until I saw the other
windsock which was fully erected at 90 deg across the runway. The flying
conditions changed almost instantly from very good to very dangerous. I was glad
to be down, but had hard time to taxi in this strong cross wind. It is not easy
to manage large wing in these conditions.
I could cause this air movement, because
sometimes even bird can trigger the warm/cold air to move. Everything is in
balance, until the warm air cannot stay still any more or something pushes the
warm air into motion. Warm air above the runway suddenly rises up and it is
replaced by cold air from the North Ridge, which flows horizontally from north.
159. Still Testing New Wing and Old is Sold, May 20, 2017
I moved the wing hang post about 1/8" back
(see my previous video), as I determined during my last flight. This time the
setting was perfect. I watched the videos from my previous flights, looking for
the answer to why I had a hard time to take off: I was not pushing the control
bar far enough before the lift off. I pushed it the same way as with the Wizard
wing without even thinking about this step. This time my first and any other
after take offs were as normal as they should be, with the bar a bit far
forward. I am still too hot on landings and looking for that magic sweet spot on
my speed indicator.
I had beautiful morning flight. When I came
back, my Facebook friend from Alberta and his wife were waiting for me to buy my
trusty AirBorne Wizard wing. I had almost nostalgic feelings to let it go,
because I had so much fun and memories under this wing. Hopefully, he will have
as much fun as I had.
160. My Length Record Flight from Kamloops to Salmon Arm,
May 26, 2017
Well, finally I did it. I decided to fly to
Salmon Arm municipal airport, true test of my new, 50% faster, "Northwing Quest
GT5" wing. I woke up early to perfectly sunny and no wind day. I pulled Salmon
Arm airport info (GPS, elevation, radio frequency and runway numbers), packed my
4 cameras, 3 GPS, bunch of spare batteries, 20 L of extra mixed fuel in canister
and in about 40 minutes I was ready to go. The day was perfect and about 17C,
but I still dressed in my full winter gear. It is not fun to be cold and no way
to change it. I was glad I did that. I was taking short cut over to mountains
and there was still snow under me at 6000'.
The only negative was very low rising sun
blasting into my face and very hazy day. We had a lot of rain this month and
several very hot days causing all that moist air hanging low above ground. It
was not easy to take good pictures in these bluish conditions.
I made it to Salmon Arm with no problem, just
too many flying people and no traffic control which I am not use to anymore.
Finally, I found slot to drop in. It was hot already, so I had to unpeel my
winter clothes. One pilot offered me coffee, used toilet, visited one fellow,
exchanged few questions about my flying machine, changed batteries in cameras,
GPS and topped my fuel. After 45 min I was in the air again for my trip home 100
km away. I was glad to have my GPS, because I was flying in wrong direction,
because my head compass (in my brain) flipped over again. It took me about 3
minutes to synch my head compass with the GPS. Very few bumps when crossing the
peak reminded me that it is not over until it is over. The rest of the flight
was more pleasant with sun off my face. The true flying time was 2:10 hr for 197
km. This is very good for cross country flying. My engine RPM went up now from
4300 to about 5100, but the fuel consumption is almost the same at about 10 L/h.
This indicates that the wing is much more efficient and cuts better through the
air. The wing is pleasant to fly in a still air, but heavy in bumps and
manoeuvres. It does not like to be pushed around. It has direction control
delay, which could cause serious over control to beginner when used to more
responsive wing. My best behaving trike was Sabre 340. The wing was perfect and
extremely pleasant to fly the first minute. I cannot say that about my Wizard,
Streak and this GT5. These need time to like them and eventually love them.
Two heads are better than