SPORT AIRCRAFT CLUB
June 2020 NEWSLETTER
Next meeting: June 11, 2020
7:30pm, Blair Field Clubhouse
From John McLintock
Kitfox III lift struts with wood fairings
This is confirmation of what was learned from Piper struts years
ago – tubes should be
sealed closed with preservative oil, and delete the wood fairings. This rebuild
project is another example of lessons already learned by others.
While the exterior appearance of these faired pieces was great,
the internals were very suspect, and I’m glad I stripped the fabric away in
order to inspect. (but the replacement cost makes me think of learning how to
create a go-fund me account!). But this is just another little ripple in the
rebuilding of an aircraft, a huge task as many of our members know so well.
This plane was built in 1992, and wood fairings were used on the
lift struts and cabane landing gear legs. The faired combination was then
wrapped with fabric and painted. So 28 years later, the struts look great from
The plane was on floats for a long time, so the landing gear
must have been kept out of the weather, they were not too bad. Hysol was the
typical structural adhesive of the day, and it was difficult to remove the wood
fairings. The steel had a primer, it seemed to be a single coat, and rust could
live under the primer. So in removing the fairings, sometimes the wood split
along the grain and other times the glue and wood stayed together and separated
from the rust layer.
The lift struts were in worse shape because the jury struts
allowed moisture into the fabric wrapped combination, so the lower half of the
struts were showing far more rust than the upper half. The wood retains
moisture. And the jury strut attachment strap (like an Adel clamp without the
rubber cushion) was not corrosion protected, so of all places, near the
mid-point of the lift strut was the highest amount of surface rust. And we all
know you can’t see what’s happening on the inside of the tubes.
A few days were lost while I checked the price of 4130, before
biting the bullet and just going with factory made replacements. BTW, when you
shop online at aircraft spruce, the prices aren’t being kept up to date. Put
something on your wishlist and the next screen comes up with the current price.
Another complaint about pricing is Poly Fibre products, did you know the price
in the warehouse in Ontario is now $200 per US gallon.
This time around, the frame is getting Endura epoxy primer, it
sticks something quite amazing. There’s a good sand blasting shop nearby, they
are using glass beads and they are willing to do it without their powder coating
service … have you seen how well powder coating hides surface rust?
From John McDermott
To ; All Salmon Arm Pilots and
Visiting Pilots, the NOTAM for the closure of the Salmon Arm Airport
for the Construction of ‘’TAXIWAY CHARLIE” has been
The Airport is NOW OPEN.
However, Taxiway Charlie
will not be available for use until we complete the installation of the
electrical, signage and update of the CFS.
With additional work requiring completion,
please make sure you check for NOTAMS before flight planning
to Salmon Arm.
John Mc Dermott, Salmon Arm Airport
From Gordon Isaac
Hi folks! I want to share my excitement
to be able to get this new " glider " type trike wing for the
little airplane .. Will be a lot easier to hangar and less hassle
to deal with taking wing up and down after / for each flying
session .. Traded in the "king post " wing for this "strutted "
type wing .
I hope it can be delivered mid July
From Jan Nademlenjsky
294. South Thompson
River Flooding Part 2 of 2, June 3, 2020.
unedited and complete aerial view from front camera only. It starts at 17 km
east of Kamloops and ends at Kamloops Lake delta.
293. North Thompson
River Flooding Part 1 of 2, June 3, 2020.
unedited and complete aerial view from front camera only. It starts at 28 km
north of Kamloops and ends by rivers junction in
of North and South Thompson River Flooding,
June 3, 2020.
Both Kamloops rivers
are very ripe to cause some serious damage from their floods. Low laying areas
are already submerged and the water is slowly creeping into Riverside Park.
I flew straight north about 15 km and then flew above North
Thompson River to downtown. Then I turned east and at 15 km I
started my flight west above South Thompson River.
The countryside is even more beautiful now when everything is green with many
patched of yellow flowers. I notice that I left the neck camera on the back
seat. It was major decision to land or to retrieve it in flight. I did it in
with Clouds in Nicola Valley,
May 27, 2020.
flight, south of Kamloops,
over green meadows, fields, hills and lakes. This area is always challenging for
me to fly, because the conditions are very often unpredictable and changing
quickly. It started with no wind, but turbulent, bumpy ride, eventually smooth
and relaxing when flying over the clouds by Stump Lake.
I almost wanted to jump into those fluffs, which reminded me my childhood dreams
to do something like that.
rivers junction valley displayed all its beauty and the comSpectacular Kamloplexness of that
nature creation. I finally checked the Tranquille Farm are flood situation. It
was perfect flight 90 min long and recorded by 4 cameras. I found very jumpy
music as a background, to highlight my flying mood during that flight.
along North Ridge and Flooded Tranquille Farm, May 24, 2020.
plan where to fly, but sudden and unexpected turbulence put dumper into my
expectation. It started peacefully when flying east until I crossed the North
Thompson River. It became unpleasant and especially to deal with the
anticipation what would come next. Would it stay at lease the same of even
worse? Eventually I decided to turn back without pushing my luck. Once I crossed
that river again, everything stopped. It became enjoyable flight again. This is
typical challenge of flying in Kamloops.
I never know what will happen during my flight as far as weather is concern.
to Knutsford, Ajax and
Flooded Tranquille Farm, May 19, 2020.
that it is just about time to land on our grassy landing strip in Knutsford. I
was very hesitant to do it, because the terrain is very bumpy and landing is up
or downhill. This is very fast trike with landing speed of 90 km/h. I could land
in much worse areas in the case of emergency, but this was not emergency and I
didn’t want to create one.
I did it and I was glad. I met there another trike pilot from Kamloops.
It looks like we could do some flying together. See my previous video
# 288. I spent there just few minutes, because I was anxious to fly back.
The heat turbulence and upper winds were getting more unpleasant then I liked.
I flew over
the AJAX gold mine which polarized Kamloopsiens into
two groups: People who need money (jobs) and people who want to preserve Kamloops beautiful
nature. Final place was to check the flood situation by river delta with Kamloops Lake at
Tranquille Farm. This area is always the first one to end up under water. Kamloops is
expecting major flood this year and we are on its way to go there and ahead of
Trike in the Air, May 19, 2020.
circling our flying club airstrip, I noticed another trike on the ground. I
could not believe it. So far I was here just lonely ultralight flyer. That’s
very good. New member who kindly took the pictures and video. I have tons of
pictures and videos, but nothing of me from ground up. I was really impressed
how fast this trike really is. It does not feel too fast when flying it.
from Kamloops to Brigade Lake,
May 14, 2020.
Then I flew a bit North above North Thompson River to
check the developing flood area. City of Kamloops is
getting ready for the big one. Almost all the river beaches are under water and
my popular sand bars are all gone too. I flew over the Tranquille farm, which
has significant section of land already under water.
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Standard gages include
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$60,000. USD OBO
First flew in 1983. Always hangared. Flies very nice. 160HP
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440 Hrs on prop but it has been freshly overhauled. I built
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$40,000. USD OBO
First flown in 2012. Always hangared. Flies very nice. 80HP Rotax 912,
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Aerocomp 1400 superfloats.
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Full Lotus 2150 floats
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Federal 2000 skis with tags
Contact Rick Pinger at 403-783-1450 Alberta, or
MURPHY JDM 8
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250-260-0700 Armstrong, BC
290 parts for sale
-Bendix Starter working condition will fit 290 and 320. Asking
-Sensenich Excellent Shape low time. 76AM-2 56 pitch, and Sensenich
74DM 61 Pitch asking
Willing to negotiate. Please email
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pairs Slick Mags 500 Hr. Inspection Done $500.00 ea.
Harness $150.00 ea.
pumps parts and pieces $300.00 for all
Champion Spark plugs x 6 $210.00
Serviceable REM Spark Plugs x 13 $200.00
Lycoming starters $150.00 ea
covers X 5 $25.00
Gascolators $50.00 ea.
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250 898 7840
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