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Newsletter   March 06, 2016.

Newsletters:            Dec 2015          Jan2016

Next meeting: Thursday, March 10, at 7:30pm.

At the Blair Field Clubhouse.



The story was on CBC and InfoNews            I even got a call from Globalstar Canada Satellite Co. (Spot Tracker) and they will soon have it on their website.

It has been five weeks now, and I am doing much better! So much that I already spent hours taking the Beaver apart to see what needs to be fixed, of it it even worth it. So far it is not encouraging!...  And I have been unable to come to a verdict about why the aircraft became so hard to control; I thought it might have been a ski getting loose, but not so sure now. 

I found out a story about that happening to a Cessna 185. Amazing to read that two passengers survived!



From Dan Nelson

The time has come!

I have been wanting to recover my Cub for a long time but I have also been able to procrastinate for the last three years. I just about started on it last winter, and didn't do it. So this fall it was finally time. I think what really helped was when Ole Hansen offered his hangar to me to work in. It has heat and is well insulated. He and his wife Vickie travel south to Mexico for the winter and I put his Cub in my hangar.

On Dec 14th I took my Cub for a flight out to see Dave Jones, after a short visit I headed back to Kamloops, in the next couple of hours I had all the tail feathers off.

The next day and with help from a couple friends I got the wings off. My friend Grant who has a Citabria project started has been helping me when ever he can spare a few days.

It was finely time to go get a knife and start cutting off the old fabric; getting the fabric off was quite a struggle, and it was found that the last fabric job needed lots of glue.

Once we had all the fabric off we had to get the old dry glue off, and that was a real challenge I went to Sherwin Williams paint and got a couple gallons of MEK, and that stuff is not good for anyone to breathe. But a good respirator sure helped and good rubber gloves. 

It took lots of elbow grease and six gallons of MEK, but by Feb. 12th we had all the glue off.

The only damage I found was the right horizontal stab was cracked on the outboard end.   I took it to Rick Church at Langley and he straightened and welded it up.

Continued next month...


From Joe Gagne

So that’s why there was a bit of vibration on the way back! I suppose it just needs a light dressing with a file...





From Dennis Seib

58th annual Cactus Fly-Inn (Part 1)

Lynda and I drove the 45 minutes south of our home in Phoenix to attend the 58th annual Cactus Fly-in at the Casa Grande airport.  I took lots of photos in low resolution and will send them to you to edit. There were many planes that showed up and I didn't take very many of the many common planes like Van's RV's and Cessnas that were plentiful. The even was a 2 day event and many people came with trailers and motor-homes and parked on the airport grounds. We did not stay for the Saturday night supper and band performance but heard the band practice and it sounded like a good country hoe-down. I may stand corrected on some of the models as I am only working with an old memory.... 

Photo of the shuttle wagons, this one was a hay wagon,... they had several that had roofs and good Thomas bus seats. Looking around most of the pilots are over fifty so this was  good way to save lots of walking. It always amazes me that the planes taxi right through the crowds of people to find a parking spot. Scary at times as the active planes often did not even wait for the "Follow Me" motor-bike.



General view of some aircraft parked. They were coming and going all day so there were lots that we missed as we were there for about 4 hours Saturday morning.



Nice tri-cycle Kitfox with a tri-cycle Avid in the back-ground.



Just Highlander (great STOL aircraft) and a Whitman Tailwind in the back-ground



Commonwealth. have not seen many of these aircraft in recent years.



 I believe that this is a Harmon Rocket. Harmon Rockets are usually RV4's on steroids.



Taylorcraft This one is a model F21.... hope to have my model 19 finished this year. I had a good look at this one as mine has been dis-assembled since 1995 and I thought I had lost some parts under the landing gear, but alas it will be just like the design.


High-wing Glass-Star.  Fiberglass shell around a 4130 frame. Don't think too many were built even though the factory at Arlington Wa. had a builder assist program. Great performance aircraft that is adaptable to tricycle, tail-wheel and/or floats.


Christen Eagle Beautiful bi-plane, this is my wife's favorite aircraft. I would have built one but way back in the 70's when Frank Christen designed it .....the kit was over 50 Thou but was so complete it had everything in it including a 7 volume builders manual. I believe the story goes like this..... Frank made his millions in electronics and wanted to buy the Stits biplane company but it wasn't for sale so he moved west and designed the Eagle, I think in Colorado.


  Photos of some nice bi-planes




Continued next month...


From Jan Nademlejnsky

My Birthday Flying in Kamloops, Feb 6, 2016

This was my 69th birthday, which is frightening and unfair; the last year, when I will not be in seventies. Regardless, it was very good weather to go flying. My original intend was to fly to Harper mountain ski hill, but I did not find it. I stayed in South Thompson River valley and on the way back I buzz above herd of wild horses. I counted 22 horses in that spot and 6 in another place. I was flying so, that I could take video of them from my control bar camera, which I can control by hand. When I landed I found that the memory card was full from the previous flight, so no video from that and intended angle. You can still see them from my wing camera.





Video               Pictures 


Kamloops Flying to See Wild Horses, Feb 29, 2016

It was one of those "Must-Fly-Days". The weather was perfect for whatever doing outside, but especially to fly. I decided to fly pack to SE of Mt Peter to see and video the wild horses again. I flew there on Feb 6, but my GoPro did not work so I flew there again. Unfortunately the horses were scattered all over and especially on the downwind slope of the ridge. The snow was gone so they have no reason to stay down on bared land. I made several passes around them on the "meadow" and on the top of Mt Paul. I was also very close to soaring eagle north of the airport. I tried to follow it, but I had no chance with my 65 Hp engine versus the perfectly natural creation of the eagle. It was fun anyway.






Video               Pictures


Kamloops Flying with GoPro on the Selfie Stick, Feb 29, 2016

The perfect weather continued so I decided to go for the second flight. I mounted GoPro camera on telescopic hand held selfie stick. I was hoping for some interesting shots while "steering" with one hand and fiddling with camera with the other hand. I chose the sand bars on South Thompson River where the wind and turbulence are more predictable. One hand operation is not always the most pleasant experience, so I wanted to have as few variables as possible.

I was particularly after the video and pictures while in turn. Normally camera does not take true representation of reality, if the camera is fixed to the plane. The plane stays horizontal, but the actual horizon in background is tilted. While flying I tried to rotate camera so that it is horizontal to the actual horizon. It is not always easy to do, because I cannot watch the camera 100% of time while flying. I think I took some decent videos and pictures from the screen shots.





Video               Pictures


From Dan Berwin

Flying with grand kids and a shot of Corwall Mountain lookout. 

With Domanic


With Jonathan


Cornwall Mountain


There is a story about BC Parks wanting to remove the lookout, and some people want to save it.


 SNOWBIRDS in Winter

By Barry Meek 

     There are two kinds of “Snowbirds” in Canada.  When hearing the word Snowbird, most of us think of the Canadian Forces Air Demonstration team we all see at airshows around the country.    Their purpose is to "demonstrate the skill, professionalism, and teamwork of Canadian Forces personnel".  The other group known as snowbirds consists of a very different breed.  These are the people who follow the sun, avoiding Canadian winters by heading south for part of the year, retired seniors who are done with the cold, ice and snow.  

      The clear blue January sky over southwestern Arizona is in stark contrast to the overcast and cold conditions of northern U.S. and Canadian locations.  Aviation continues pretty much all year in the sunny southern climate.  And some Canadian military pilot trainees from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, have taken advantage of these conditions.  Without the fanfare associated with the Snowbirds squadron, these pilots began appearing over the southwest desert and towns in their CT-156 Harvards in January of this year.  Residents and vacationers on the ground were treated to some precision flying for several weeks as the training progressed.  The Harvard ll’s are dark blue, and usually seen in groups of two, flying so close together they appear connected somehow.  The spectacle had peoples’ attention!

        Rumors flew around about who these guys were and what they were doing.  Many folks were saying they were American Air Force pilots practicing, showing their readiness to face terrorist threats.  Some of the Canadians living here had heard that this was training for the “future” Snowbird pilots. I was intrigued when I heard they might be Canadians.  So I went to the airport in Lake Havasu City, Arizona (my snowbird home) to snoop around.  It turns out that some of the trainees might someday be real Snowbird pilots.  But here is the story. 




       Prior to the mystery planes showing up over Arizona, the Canadian Forces were looking for a base to operate from where winter weather is conducive to flying.  In mid November, the RCAF contacted five airports in this area seeking the perfect conditions for their base.  Officials in Havasu welcomed the Canadians with open arms, much the same way they do the visiting snowbirds, us old people, each winter.   The training program for new pilots begins initially in Manitoba.  The flying in Arizona was intermediate training, normally conducted in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  Their work consists primarily of navigation, IFR and formation flying.  And this is all done in the CT-156 Havard ll’s, sleek, tandem-seat, turbine-powered, single-engine airplanes.  This aircraft is utilized for military training in many countries.  They’re also known by the U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marines as the Beechcraft T-6 Texan 2.  In fact I heard it referred to by the Canadian pilots as the “Texan”.

        The Canadians set up an operations base at the north end of the Lake Havasu airport.  Gaining entry was no problem for me.  I simply walked through the luxurious Havasu Air FBO and was warmly greeted by the military and civilian personnel running the show.  During the afternoon I learned there were seven Harvards being  flown by the young pilots and their instructors.  A large contingent of logistics people and their equipment, parts, fuel and other material was assembled inside a hangar and on the ramp in front of the open doors.  It all seemed very efficient and definitely had a “military feel”.  That being said, everyone was friendly and eager to chat about their jobs and about the deployment to this base.  The flying “missions” were all serious business, and while they were landing and departing, I met people from cities and towns all across Canada.  Without exception, everyone was excited to be down here in the warmth and sunshine, a stark contrast to the weather in Saskatchewan!

        The Canadians enjoyed free access to the facilities at the Havasu Airport.  They were welcomed by the hotels and restaurants, and were front page news in the local papers.  The venture was a win-win situation.  One of the pilots told me that in the first week flying in this fine weather, they completed over two hundred training missions.  Meanwhile, those flying in Moose Jaw did just twenty!  This program will obviously help speed the pilots along so they’re ready for the next phase of their training, which is already scheduled.  They will be assigned to specialty flying at that point to become helicopter, transport, or fighter pilots.  Following their two weeks in Havasu, they moved on to Falcon Field in Mesa, near Phoenix.

        After speaking with many citizens of this fine city, I contacted the Public Affairs Officer, 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Canadian Armed Forces to express our delight in having their crews here, and to suggest the possibility of some public relations events in future.  Her response:  

         “I’m glad to hear you enjoyed having our pilots and support crew in Lake Havasu, I know they certainly enjoyed it as well!  They were very excited about the great flying conditions and the welcome they received from the community.  As this was their first trial deployment exercise we did not plan activities, in order to get accustomed to the airfield and the area, but I agree that an event like an Open House/Community night would be a great opportunity.  If we have the opportunity to return, I will definitely look at what events may be possible in order to better explain to the Lake Havasu people what it is we are doing there and build some bonds within the community.

Thank you again for your kind words, I will be sure to pass them along to the pilots. 

Lieutenant Jennifer Halliwell”

             I have a feeling they’ll be back!

UPDATE:   The training is on-going, well into March at this writing.  They now say Lake Havasu will be a destination for more flying in times of bad weather in Saskatchewan, so that pilot trainees can keep to a schedule and assure they are current with skills they need to graduate. 

New in the Buy&Sell 
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1974 Cessna 150 US$15,000.


7000 TTSN  1950 TSOH (on condition / runs great)  MoGas STC  Oil Filter STC  VFR Panel with Colour GPS   New Radio  Fresh Annual  New Spark Plugs  New Engine Baffle Seals  All AD's Up to Date  Plus much more...     Learn to fly or get back into flying and beat the high cost of renting by owning your own aircraft. You can own this well maintained 1974 Cessna for only $15,000 USD.  Make your best offer!  Got something to trade? Let us know we will consider it! Ph. 604-312-3598  For more info and photos go to  Rock Whitney


  1946 Ercoupe 415-DX.    $18,000.

This aircraft is in the Canadian owner maintenance category.  Total time 2436 hrs. 47 hrs on overhauled O-200 engine. 8-1 Lycon pistons.  It has Alon bucket seats and double nose fork. Fabric wings are in good condition, overall paint is in good condition, interior fair.  Asking price is 18,000.00.  For more information, please contact Norm Lindstrom at 250 992-9795 email 


 Cavalier 102.5       Now $25,900. OBO

The Cavalier 102.5 has a new Lycoming "Aero Sport Power" O-320-B2B installed in 2005 with only 182 hours total (to Aug 31 2013). Because of this fantastic engine, the Cavalier can climb out at 1,500 fpm!  Attached to this potent engine is a Sensenich metal prop.       The airframe was totally rebuilt in 1997, therefore, total time since then is only 380hr.      1750# gross weight, leaving a whopping 622 lb useful load;      VFR instruments + Garmin GTX 327 TXP Mode C & Val Radio; 37 inches across and high in the cabin. Please note that I am 6feet 2 inches myself and the seating is made for me.      Furthermore, the plane has been kept in heated hangar reducing any UV on the airframe.      However, there is 787 hours recorded to C-FBWF in the Aircraft Journey Log Book. I flew 23 hours in the Cavalier last year and average 25 hours of flying per year.   I am only asking $25,900. and that is basically the cost of the engine; so for more information please contact me at:  or 250-309-4171; ask for Cameron.

 I just had the engine torn down (the work was done by Aerosport Power in Kamloops) inspected and anything that was slightly iffy replaced.


1946 Taylorcraft BC12D    NOW $7,500.

1946 Taylorcraft BC12D, project aircraft for sale.  I am selling this aircraft, only because my garage is not big enough to complete it. This aircraft is still a factory registered aircraft (not owner maintenance). All logs available.  Total time airframe 3524.0   Engine- Continental A 65  TT 1314.0 hrs .  Prop. TT 1213 hrs, but 0 hrs since A1 Propeller o/haul in Richmond, BC.  The aircraft is almost ready for reassembly, fuselage inspected for corrosion, and primed, wings may need some cosmetic work, many extra parts included. Also includes skis.  The aircraft was disassembled because it needed fabric, not damaged. Has been in dry storage since.   I prefer to sell it for a rebuild rather than  part it out.   Dennis  or phone 604-795-9119 Chilliwack BC


Murphy Renegade Spirit C-IBOA  $16,500. (OBO)

Murphy Renegade Spirit C-IBOA - $16500 (OBO)  Flown regularly and always hangared (Kirkby-Chestermere Airfield CFX8, just east of Calgary, Alberta on Highway 1).  217 Hours on Rotax 618 UL DCDI, electric starter and RAVE (Rotax Adjustable Variable Exhaust).  245 Hours Airframe time.  3 Blade ground adjustable Ivo prop. Ballistic parachute (would need to be re-checked).  Poly-fiber fabric replaced in 2005. Suspension bungee cord replaced in 2015.  This is an easy to fly beautiful biplane open cockpit built in 1988. Registered as a Basic Ultralight.  Selling because we have moved to Victoria, BC (and now flying a Zenair CH-250)  Contact Javier Santoro  250-915-0330


  Lancair 235   NOW CDN$39,900.

Super Nice, well built 1991 Lancair 235, 450 hours total time airframe and engine, since NEW, not rebuilt, Lycoming O-235 L2C 118 hp. 160Kt cruise, super fuel efficient fun and comfortable cross country airplane. Good compressions, annual in done May.  Flies straight, gentle stalls. New tires, new Garmin Com radio. Mode C Transponder, 406 ELT.  Full set of new monogrammed Bruce's Custom Covers (never used, plane is hangared). Original US logs and all subsequent Canadian logs. Flown regularly. Must be under 6' tall to fit. Checkout and delivery available.  High wing tail-dragger trades considered. Please email for more pictures and information.


GYROCOPTER – Estate Sale    $14,000.

Ken Brock / Bensen design concept.   Centre line thrust - drop Keel gyrocopter.  Aircraft built approximately in years 2000 to 2005.  Fleck Rotor Blades.  Prerotator.  Aluminum trailer.  Less than 5 hours TT.  Rotax 582. To see more of the Gyrocopter please see:    

Contact Arnie Meyer at  or   780-832-9750    Clairmont AB Canada


Lycoming D-290-D2 engine     $7,500.

Sensenitch prop  M74DM761    $1,250.

As removed from Cavalier Homebuilt.   156 hours logged time.  Engine is complete with mags, vacuum pump, carb, alternator, starter, oil cooler and exhaust system. 

Sensenitch prop  M74DM761  off above engine.  $1,250.  Bill Montgomery   250-991-9718, text or leave message.


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