SPORT AIRCRAFT CLUB
SEPTEMBER 2020 NEWSLETTER
Next meeting: November 12, 2020
7:30pm, Blair Field Clubhouse
From Jan Nademlejnsky
very good Chili today at Flying club.
I have 3
last photo albums from our Knutsford socials on my website. There are also some
videos there too. If you want to use anything for your newsletter, then you
could download it or refer to my links below:
It has now been over four years since the Beaver
died! Yeah, time flies and I don't... A few friends have let me fly
their aircraft since, and I have been fantasizing about getting my own again but
kept is as a fantasy.
I still have more than enough material in my shed to
build another ultralight, like I did with the Proton, but I realise that I don't
have the patience and the stamina anymore for such a project. But that doesn't
mean I did not dream about it and even made some plans. Now I am at the point
where I would sell all my aircraft stuff and let somebody else have a go at it.
It would be a great deal for someone wanting to rebuild a Beaver or two.
Months ago I went back to radio-control flying,
and my son gave me a quadcopter for my birthday. The DJI Mavic Mini is more than
a toy, it is a very stable machine that takes great videos. Then last month a
friend made me an offer I could not refuse: he had a DJI Mavic Pro he did not
have the time to fly anymore, and he thought I would have lots of fun with it,
and he gave it to me! With all accessories and even the FPV goggles! (THANKS
AGAIN Dean!) I took them on a few hikes, but the conditions were not ideal
the results were disappointing! There will be better days ahead.
I also have been so busy with backyard projects
in the past months, it surely cut into my hiking time! I have also been quite
reluctant about going to meetings.
I have now been doing the Newsletter for nineteen
years, and must confess that the sacred fire is dying. Probably time to let
somebody else do the job! Though the Buy&Sell section is doing
great, better than I ever expected! But there I don't have to worry about
finding ideas, people just send me their request and I place the ads for them.
(I placed an ad yesterday for a PA-22 and it is gone already!)
Now getting a bit of nostalgia about the early
years, let me re-publish a Newsletter from a long, long time ago:
June 2001 Newsletter.
meeting: June 16th, 2001.
Location: Knutsford strip.
Instead of the usual second Thursday, this
meeting will be on a Saturday. Let's hope we have
great flying weather!
Club's sign at Knutsford
In a previous newsletter, I
suggested that the old sign be re-painted and a
phone number be added so that anyone interested
could contact a member to get some information.
Our newest member, Gene Zwick, volunteered and
did an excellent job. An added feature was the
way he painted the phone number on a piece of
metal that you can slide out of a holding bracket
when you need to change the number.
Many thanks to Gene for the great
work! He is presently busy working on a Lazair,
and we hope to see him flying this summer. He
also has two SkySeekers that he has been
Invitation to Trail
I received this from Phil Molloy of
Day (June 16th) is designed more for the local
public because we have a number of local
politicians who don't see the value in having a
local airport. We have fixed wing and helicopter
rides, radio controlled model aircraft displays
and demonstrations, various restored cars on
display, some aviation related displays in the
clubhouse and a concession. We certainly
encourage pilots to come for a visit. We spent a
lot of time and effort this spring cleaning up
the airport grounds and we'd like to show them
off. Camping is available on the field for anyone
who would like to stay over.
Our long term plans include
expanding with more events for visiting pilots
hopefully as early as next year.
The price of fuel went up
again!.......Last time I filled the jerrycans at
Mohawk in Valleyview (June 1st.) the price for 91
octane marked gas was 78.9/liter. That's roughly
$3.55/gallon. That means that I can fly for
Tony, Larry and Gerald have been up
lately, mostly going for lunch at Quilchena. They
flew over Stump Lake while Harry Winterhalder was
fishing there for a few days. Harry refers to
them as "The Knutsford Air Force"!
On May 26th, Bill Davidson was
practicing circuits at Larry Dee's airstrip south
of Pritchard; that strip is a bit of a challenge
for a 185, due to the fact that both ends are
obstructed by trees, and the center is lower than
the ends. Bill said it was excellent training,
and he's got it mastered.
My Beaver was airborne at 6:15am on
May 26th. It was great flying very calm, so I
gained altude and went straight over the hills,
and one hour later I landed at Vic's strip just
outside Armstrong. That's where my brother Paul
temporarily keeps his newly acquired Beaver
RX-550. Great grass strip, sloping up at the
south end, which is great for take-off!
next stop was at Harry Winterhalder's,
south of Salmon Arm. I circled twice over
his house, hoping to wake him up, before
coming for a landing. When I went up to
the house, his wife Pat told me he had
just left for breakfast in Salmon Arm
with some of the boys; she insisted that
I use her car to go join them. I found
him at the Country Kitchen in the
Industrial Area, with John McDermott and
Doug Pierce, Radio-Communication Tech for
the Department of Highways.
Harry and his alarm
When we got back to Harry's
farm, Bill Hansen was there doing some checks on
It was near 11am when I started back
to Knutsford, the day had warmed up, turbulence
was getting heavy on the hillsides; the Beaver is
too light for those conditions. I headed over the
hilltops, straight for Falkland; once there I
turned north into the valley, until I got to the
other valley going west to Monte Lake. That's
where the turbulence became more severe. I have
learned to handle that type of flying, but still
haven't learned to like it! By the time I arrived
to Monte Lake, there was an updraft waiting for
me...and it was taking me up nearly 1000 feet per
minute! A good way to gain altitude to go over
the next hills!
Campbell Lake Range was not too bad,
but I decided to land in a field by Curry Lake to
make sure there was enough fuel in the tank to
make it over Campbell Creek Valley. I topped off
from the jerrycan, and was up again. No problem,
except for a severe downdraft west of the valley.
At Knutsford, the two windsocks were pointing in
different directions! I came in through
turbulence and crosswind over the pond, and had a
fairly decent landing on #13. With 3 hours
running time on the engine, including warm-up
time, on less than 9 gallons, not too bad!
visited Robert Bacon at his home at Brigade Ranch
lately, and had a look at how he is doing with
the construction of his Zenair 701. He is now
working full-time on it, and still figures he
will have it flying by the end of summer. The
wings, leading-edge slats, ailerons, rudder and
tail section are almost ready; Robert even found
the time to build some parts for Gary Friddel's
701. The work has not been started on the
fuselage: right not it is only a bunch of metel
sheets and parts stored in his shop. It will be
powered by a Rotax 914.
showed me the area where he plans on having his
airstrip; he might even have two strips, in
different directions. Last week I watched a
1-hour video about the 701 on Flightpath, and the
performance is impressive! Robert will have no
problem landing or taking off anywhere.
people have told me that they think the 701 is
not a good looking aircraft...You know what they
say about "the eye of the beholder"...I
think that if I had one it would be the best
looking in the world!
As you can see if you look at the
new airstrip page, it is still at the
construction stage. I keep adding to it as I get
new information. I would like to add pictures to
show what they look like from the air; so if you
have any photographs you can share, please let me
know, I will scan them and return the originals.
They will be published on the page, with proper
credit given to the owners.
Here is one of Harry Winterhalder's
strip, taken with my digital camera on May 26th.
(I am not too happy with the quality, and I hope
those taken with the 35mm turn out better!) View
from the south-west.
Something to sell? Something you
will publish it on our Buy&Sell pages.
published by Camille B. Villeneuve
would welcome feedback, and some help with the
newsletter. If you would like to contribute with
photos, or your flying stories, or project
updates, please contact me at 374-4181 email@example.com or Dan Berwin at 376-7005 firstname.lastname@example.org
BACK TO 2020!
(SINCE LAST NEWSLETTER)
PIPER PA-22 BASED PROJECT
Sensenich 74x54 prop in
excellent condition for experimental Tel 604-819-3301 or
Used ultralight seats
The two black ones were on a Wizard. the others on
the left are seat/tanks for a single-seat Beaver. The other is a
back seat for a RX-550
More RX-550 Beaver seat/tanks and back seats
For more info: Cam at 250-374-4181 or
1994 BACK FORTY TUNDRA
1994 Tundra 2-seater with a Rotax
503 with approximately 30 hrs on top end rebuild.
Choice of props: Power Fin, Ivo or
Warp Drive .
Aircraft has been covered with
Polyfiber. Has in-wing fuel tanks and full dual flight controls
including steerable nose wheel.
We can deliver for a reasonable
price. We move many airplanes, so rest assured we can deliver
unscathed . Call Phil 250-207-3777.
1800 amphib floats, 0320, 160 Hp Engine supplied by Vike-Aeromotive
in Kamloops. 22 Hours total time, engine, airframe
and prop. Located on Salt Spring Island Call Gary for details
2008 AMPHIB CHALLENGER II
C-FOOB, TTAE 154, Rotax 503
Puddlejumper Amphib Floats, Turbulence Seats,
Interior & Full Covers Mode C Transponder, Comtronics Intercom &
Headsets, Icom A6 Radio, Electric Start, Electric Fuel Pump, ELT,
Many other details and extras.
To see a video of the Aircraft:
Aircraft was built with care. Registered as Amateur
Built to reflect a higher build standard.
Can be flown with an Ultra-Light Permit.
Great Low Cost Time Builder.
Turn Key option to get you flying on floats.
Based @ CAK3
Contact Derek Tisdelle 604-728-3126
Advanced UL CH701
- 3 blade Kool prop with
metal leading edges
- Hobb's meter; original
one showed 33 hrs on it and the current one shows 27 hrs (engine
hours) on the 80 hp Rotax.
- has nose wheel collar
and new bungee.
-VG's on the elevator
-Radio is FL760 with
push-to-talk button the control yoke.
-new liquid-cooled carb
-fuel shutoff valves
inside cabin area with master shut off on left side.
- always stored inside
-service and maintenance
manuals of all upgrades.
Please contact Bob at
403 302-0943 cell or 403 341-5256 landline or at
Rans S6 Coyote
1972 Grumman Trainer AA1B
Dynon Pocket Panel $1,100.
1) - Brand new Dynon Pocket
Panel with Synthetic Vision ( bought new at Aircraft Spruce but then
went with certified instrument). $1,275 new plus shipping and taxes
(over $1,500 total).
2) - Two Aerovoltz batteries.
Removed for upgrade.
All items for pick-up in Vancouver
- no shipping. Ian Porter
I am not
rebuilding Beavers anymore,
but I still have lots of Beaver ultralight parts left, new and used.
That would be a treasure trove for anyone rebuilding a RX550 or
To get an idea of what I have,
check here: Beaver Parts
Even more parts than I
remembered! 30 milk crates, all kinds of tubes and ribs.
I have two sets
of wing platforms, one with better cables and eight
turnbuckles. (Built by Jim Thibodeau.) The other set is the
original type. A set of in-wing tanks. Many
spare wing spars, used and new struts. Elevator, stabilizers,
aileron tubes. Compression tubes for wings. Even some solid
aluminum stock like 6061-T6 1.5 dia, by 8 foot solid rod, 1/2 inch rods, new
tubes from 1 1/2" by 12 foot down to 3/8 inch. Used seat tanks, used sponsoons for single-seater on Full-Lotus. Boxes and boxes of
fittings! Hinges, turnbuckles and fittings of all kinds.
New and used AN bolts, nuts and washers in sizes
3,4,5 6. Various pop rivets. Rolls of polyester pinking
ribbons for recovering. Some Dacron aileron envelopes. Pulleys.
Nylon tube saddles. Seat belts. Even a 20-foot
5-inch 1/8 wall tube. And probably stuff I forgot!
You would need a 20-foot
trailer with high sides to take it all away!
call Cam at
250-374-4181 (9am-9pm) Kamloops BC.
Mooney M20B project
Mooney M20 B for sale. Total time 1977 hours, flight controls and
tail are painted white. Seats are reupholstered and it comes with a
new camshaft, lifters and four new cylinder assemblies. If you are
interested email your questions to me at
email@example.com and I will do my best to answer them. Hangared at
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