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Dec. 06, 2020.

Previous Newsletter   November 2020  

Next meeting: How about September 2021?  That virus problem seems to get worse every day, looks like we are in for the long haul...

EDITOR'S NOTES

When I emailed everyone asking for contributions to the newsletter, what I meant was:   "I am looking for photos, stories and articles.  I myself am running out of ideas!  Anything would be totally appreciated!  Just email me anything you have.

I am very grateful that many of you responded within a few hours! Thank you! I find the help very encouraging in keeping on producing the newsletter, and hope the same can happen in the future!

I've sworn an oath of solitude until the pestilence is purged from the lands. Yeah OK, that's my attempt at humour for now...   But seriously we keep hearing all the time how bad the situation is; if the virus doesn't kill you, it might leave you with damages to your system that will degrade your quality of life.

Actually, BC has declared a state of emergency. https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/traveller-information/travel-affected-by-covid-19

At this time, stay local and avoid non-essential travel within B.C. Do not travel outside of the province unless it is essential.

That is a guideline, not a as drastic as an order, but if we are careful and responsible it might bring a very quiet holiday season. As my sons live in Vancouver and Delta, it might be smarter for them to stay there rather than take the risk to bring me the virus. I am sure that most people here will face a similar situation. That's what is called "the new normal"!  See what is happening elsewhere: In California they have a stay-home order starting today...

FROM GARY WOLF

    I am sending the bones of an upcoming article and think that you should make your members aware of the situation. There is a serious threat to our continued use of unregistered aerodromes, that threat being the drone industry. In the past five years they have been lobbying Transport Canada for more access to airspace and they want more freedom to fly beyond line of sight. They have had great success in these approaches and they want more. The latest is that they are proposing to have dedicated airways for their exclusive use, to provide courier services and perhaps passenger traffic. Last Spring they asked for an increase in gross weight to nearly that of a Cessna 150.

  At present the industry is laying out possible airways and it is assumed that they will not interfere with normal GA and commercial flights. To this end they are using the CFS are the document that shows the locations of registered aerodromes. The problem is that they have no way of knowing the location of unregistered aerodromes of the type that many of us have on our own property, so they will go ahead with whichever routes are most efficient for their operations. This problem already exists for unregistered aerodromes where commercial entities seek to install wind farms or communications towers that conflict with our use of our own aerodromes.

  Once these airways go into effect it is entirely possible that a pilot could find that he can no longer take off from his own runway, and that his hangar has become in effect a storage unit for an aircraft that can no longer fly. 

 The regulations governing aerodromes changed in January 2017 but an aerodrome in operation before that date can easily be registered. The process is explained in Transport's document AC 301-002. I encourage all aerodrome owners to get moving on this quickly.  Most of the work can be done by email. 

 Transport estimates that there are some 6000 airfields of all types in  Canada, but only one third are registered. There could be a lot of aerodromes rendered unusable if pilots do not take action to register. If we all register our aerodromes the CFS might have to become three volumes...

Gary Wolf

RAA Canada

FROM BILL HUXLEY

Not much happening out here at Ross Creek Landing.  My Challenger has been put into storage for the Winter and is now fast asleep.

The only thing I can think of for a picture is to go back in history to July 2nd, 2008 when a Flight of 3 "Knutsford Air Farce" flying machines was sent to patrol the skies above. A Challenger (camera plane), The "Bigfoot" Kitfox and a Renegade with the smoke on for the folks at Logan Lake.

FROM GORDON ISAAC

The  recoil starter on  my  MZ34  broke a  part that  the  retailer  wanted  $135. US plus  shipping  to  replace  the  whole  unit as  they would  not  sell the  little  plastic  retainer  alone . Turns  out  that  part  is  for  sale  on  Amazon  for  OLD snowmobile  recoils for  less than  $12. Cdn. Total  guts  can  also  be  bought  for  about  than  $40. Cdn . I robbed  the  guts  from an  OLD  377 snowmobile Rotax  motor  . Totally compatible .

**  I now will  place  a   " decompression  valve " on the MZ34  head ,,  as  there  was  a  plug  I could  remove  next  to the  spark  plug . ** The Cisco 2 - cycle  motor  on  my  other ATF  trike  ( like  they  use  in  parasailing ) has  a  decompression  built  into  its  configuration  ,and makes it much  easier  to  start . The valves  are on  Amazon  as  chainsaw  replacement parts.

 LeRoy Procter  has  moved  his single  seat   Falcon canard  ultralight into  the  hanger  space  beside  my trike(s) and  I am  looking  forward  to  a  possible restoration  of  his  ultralight in  the  springtime  .Very   few  of  these canard  wing  ultralights  are  for  sale  or  even  flying  these  days . 

 **If you  have  any ultralight aircraft instructors  for " stick "  or " trike " viewing  your  website ,, it  would  be  helpful to  our  hobby  if  they were to advertise where they are  located   and  their  average  cost  to train interested  future  pilots for  ultralight aircraft . I trained  for  8 hours  on a  farm outside  of  Spokane Wash., did  my   "solo " on the  airstrip  in Tonasket to fly  ( FARR 103 ) in the  USA  in  my  first  " Cadet " ultralight . When  John  M/c Dermott started  his  UL school in  Salmon Arm  ,,I finished  his  course  and  wrote my  UL pilot  licence in  Kelowna .  Some  years  later  it   took  me  another   8  hours  of " trike "  flying  to  fully transition  to  this   unique  type  ultralight as  the  mind  has  to  convert  to  a  "push " to  land  rather  than  " pull " which has  caused  many  "stick ' pilots  grief !! My  trike  instructor  was  Kamron  Blevins  of  North Wing  in  Chelan ,  Washington. He insisted  I fly  without  the  ASI  to  fully  be   attuned to   the  trike  aircraft's  flight. He  saved  me  several times  from  the  results  of  a  "pull " instead  of   " push " ! The  transition  time  was  worth  the  effort .

 Yes,  Cam , i would  enjoy  hearing  some  stories  from  other ultralight  pilots  and try  to  get  a  " feel " as  to  the  interest  for  this  hobby presently  and  where  folks  are  flying ??  The  once  very  active  club  out  of  Salmon  Arm of  60 plus active  ultralight  pilots  has  dwindled  to  about  6  active flyers  I have  knowledge  of  now . 

Thanks  for  keeping  the  ultralight interest /  community  alive  with  your  website ,

Gordon

JERRY LIEUWEN

I talked to Jerry lately; he was a Club member a few years ago.  he since moved to Williams Lake, sold his power parachute and is now driving a truck.  A while ago he had sent me a picture from when he had been riding in Northern BC (or the Yukon...) 

Next time you come thru Kamloops, you are invited to drop in, Jerry!

FROM WALLY WALCER

RETIREMENT!  This is what happens when you sell your Rans, take over a bedroom and call it your hobby room. The motorcycle I got for my 65” birthday, I’m now 72, at least it’s done. The planes bought one from brother in law, he gave me the second one. I’ve ordered a Citabria from SIG Manufacturing, 69” wing span, balsa construction, but it’s on back order. Anxious to get that one, need something to do this pandemic Winter! You guys stay safe you hear! A guy I know would end with “talk to youa”. 

Wally

FROM WILLY TRINKER

Here's a link to my latest Blog post, maybe this helps your newsletter. Only a year overdue :-)) 

Working on another topic concerning flying the classic ultralights, hope it won't take another year too! Sorry to hear about Bill, but we also lost Hans Wilhelm my 701 flying partner due to a brain tumor in Colombia. As we all get older, eh... 

https://fly-bc.blogspot.com/2019/09/flying-on-cheap.html

Best Regards, Willy T. 

FROM CRAIG MEREDITH

Ha Ha! I thought that you were looking for money to fund the newsletter!🤗 I enjoy it and would love to see it continue. It is a value to the aviation community. And, the Buy & Sell is a huge asset ...one that I plan on using to sell my Bushmaster 160 in the Spring. It helped me to sell my Full Lotus floats a couple of years ago (I see that they are listed again!).

I fully understand how tiresome that it must be for you to come up with content. Would it help to reduce the frequency of the Newsletter?

I hope that you can find a way! Thx for what you have done for so long now! 

Craig😎

FROM DAN BERWIN

Taken in the Spences Bridge area.

FROM PAUL VILLENEUVE

 

Flapping my wings.  Fernie 1973.  Spring had taken all the snow out of the valley and with the birds and the bees singing and buzzing their joy at the heat I found myself not too far behind.  One night stepping out of a car with heavily steamed windows I took my very new girlfriend’s hand for a walk into what I thought was an empty field.   Out of the three am mist, a pale shape appeared and resolved into a small plane.  We had parked on the edge of the Elk Valley Flying School airfield.

Returning there a few days later I enrolled myself in to learn how to fly.

FROM JOHN EATON

I really enjoy the aerial shots of the country side and I miss getting up myself to see things. What about feedback from pilots on strips, especially emergency ones, with updates on conditions, maybe approach and departure photos, proximity to help, things that could be done to cleanup and improve them ( with owners permission if on private proper). In Faro, Yukon, the Airport has a comment book that pilots fill in after using a strip for others to use

Keep up the great work, Cam

John

Jan's Latest Videos

Watch at least my so far the most popular flying videos, #314 and #317. Thanks for visit!

 

Jan's Latest Pictures

Interesting clouds formations above Mt Peter. Looking North, Nov 28, 2020

 

New Cannabis farm (green roof) in Westsyde. Flying North, Nov 28, 2020

 

Interesting formation near McLure. Flying North above N Thompson River, Nov 28, 2020

FROM DENNIS SEIB

TAYLORCRAFT FLIGHT

Some pictures that Dave took of the aircraft's first flight in 20 years.  The flight was an adrenaline kick as I had not done a takeoff in a tail dragger in many years. It didn't help that there was a bit of crosswind and the tailwheel would swivel every direction but straight. The brakes are old cable brakes and require lots of heel pressure while also trying to use the rudder at the same time. Some interesting history of this Taylorcraft is that it is a 1953 model 19 and was the first aircraft of Dick Turner. He wrote about it in his second book "Wings of the North". He also wrote "Nahanni". His third book never got published but I read the manuscript. It was called "Mackenzie".

The Taylorcraft has twice the wing and half the power of my last aircraft.

I hope to get to a few more local airports before the snow flies. It does have skis but I have never flown it on skis.

I purchased CF-HAL back in 1987 and flew it for 10 years. The annuals were too expensive, so I stopped flying it and built an Avid Flyer and installed a Subaru engine. I had paid 8 thou for the aircraft but the first annual was 2 thou and the second was 6 thou.

It now is completely rebuilt and in owner maintenance.

FROM WAYNE FULLER 

Years ago, flying my Beaver RX-550 amphib, I was flying with the first-generation Spot device. I had taken off from my home field (Fred Glassbergens' 900-foot grass strip) in the Glen Valley area near Fort Langley in the lower mainland and it was a beautiful sunny day so I flew to the north end of Stave Lake where there is an old logging camp and an old road to a log dump on the river. I landed in the river and beached near the site on the river and then hiked up the old road towards the old camp and when I came to the main road, I headed down the road to Roaring Creek and hiked up that old decommissioned logging road until I came to my game camera site whereupon I changed video cards and then powered up my Spot device and sent an 'I'm Okay' message from that point. Usually, I powered down my unit after sending my message, but this time I left it powered up, put it in my breast pocket and went back down the road to the main road, once there I decided to bushwhack it to the old log sort on the river. Once at my plane I took off and flew down the lake and off towards the Fraser River, once there I flew up the Fraser to the Mission bridge and then back down the river to my home field.

The field is right across the road from a large practice area where it is common to have many aircraft flying about. As I was turning downwind, I noticed a search and rescue Hercules air craft heading towards me but off to my left, I continued to land and noticed the Hercules kind of circling my position. As I pulled into my hangar apron and got out Fred came out towards me telling me to call Conny (my partner) as my Spot was sending a 911 signal. As I cancelled the signal and called her, Fred radioed the Hercules to let them know that, 'pilot was down and safe'.

As it turns out , somewhere on that bushwhacking portion of my hike I had an activation of my 911 button and search and rescue then sent out a Cormorant helicopter to look for me at the ping site, but by the time they got there they were getting moving but erratic sites through the rest of my trip and so they sent the Herc.

I called search and rescue headquarters in Victoria and they said not to worry that it was better than a practice run because they actually were expecting problems, and he asked if I had a hard landing (there is an old strip) up there but I told him that it was an accidental Spot activation but I do not think he was aware of the unit I was referring to. I then called Spot about the 'pocket dial' but they denied it being a problem and yet the Gen. 2 unit has a cover over the 911 button to prevent such a thing.

THIS BUCK STOPS HERE.

This has nothing to do with flying, just another one of those things that makes life interesting!

Rutting season started a few weeks ago, and this young buck is very eager to do his part for the survival of his species! With four females to look after, he is very persistent and does not seem to run out of energy! Taken by my trail cam, in the green belt at the edge of my back yard. I have a front-row seat to the show, looking out the window from my computer chair, as they come within thirty meters.

This morning (Dec. 1st) I observed two does and two young bucks (not yet two-pointers) looking for something to eat on the slope, and they stayed for hours.

One of the does I have seen for a few years now, as she has an injured front-left leg she can hardly use; but that did not stop her from nursing her fawn two years ago. I must say I was surprised and happy to see her still around!

Even though the original picture captured by the Tasco trail cam is a 400X300 JPEG, the image quality is definitely not great. But what do you expect when you buy 2 for $99.97 ?  :-)

Maybe I should write a nature blog...

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  Editor: Cam  villeneuve@shaw.ca