SPORT AIRCRAFT CLUB
FEBRUARY 2020 NEWSLETTER
January 2020 (not much...)
Next meeting: February 13, 2020
At the Blair Field Clubhouse
Still not much happening at this time of the
year. A few of our member are Snowbirds, sunning themselves somewhere in the
But we could still have a social meetingat the Clubhouse on February 13. I was up at
the field today, and I cleared the snow from part of the deck. It heaved up in the frost again, but not
as much as last year, not enough to keep the door from opening.
The strong wind from this last week has produced
some fairly deep snow drifts, and I had to shovel some to reach the generator;
it was reluctant to start, but finally did it and I let it run while I was
moving some snow. Unless there is another snowfall (none in the forecast...) there
will be plenty of parking space; today it would have been possible to park ten
vehicles in the area behind the first hangars. (Just take the first turn to the
right.) Only the first section off the highway was a bit iffy.
So, on this coming Thursday evening I plan on
getting there earlier to get the generator going and the Clubhouse nice and
From New Zealand
I am still in touch with Paul Parsons from
Hamilton, NZ. He is showing his sense of humour by saying:
sunscreen provided free of charge from the Aussies who have a surplus of bush
fire smoke on the other side of the Tasman Sea.
We know the feeling, we saw it all a couple years ago! Now if
the snowpack keeps melting like it has been last week, we might look forward to
a dry summer and more of the same!
Now that torrential rains have helped put out a
few of those fires, Australia is facing the prospect of having to deal with
floods and landslides!
When Paul sent me that picture a couple weeks ago, the
temperature in his area was 20/30, and the humidity was 95%! Like living in a
Mark your calendars now, details to follow
The Kelowna Flying Club will be hosting our Rust Remover on April 25th. This
year the focus will be highly relevant review and current airmanship. Our
Speaker Faculty is being finalized. A more detailed email will follow.
Please inform your membership, we encourage our fellow aviators to join us for
this event. The cost will be $30 per person.
From Jan Nademlenjsky
Flying to Savona and Downtown Kamloops,
Jan 27, 2020
beautiful, spring-like day, but flying conditions were not too relaxing. I
encountered a lot of turbulence. I tried different altitudes, over water,
terrain with and without snow, but no luck. It really built a lot of anxiety
when not knowing if this is how it will be or is it just warm up for the big
one. I was already in several serious turbulences before, so I am not looking
forward to experience it again. Eventually the air was much friendlier over the
downtown to pleasure me down. Overall, it was good flight.
266. Kamloops from
the above Clouds, Jan 22, 2020
started very promising with sun, +5C, but forecast called for windy day. I
waited till about 10 am, but there was no wind. I took my chances and I did not
regret it. It was one of my most relaxing and beautiful flight. I was planning
to cross Kamloops downtown
and then south towards Knutsford. While closing towards downtown, I saw that
there is no way for me to squeeze between the upper Kamloops and
the cloud base. The area in front of me was totally in heavy clouds. I turned
around west, where I could see some sun and traces of blue sky. It turned out as
very beautiful day with all river and other valleys filled to the brim with
clouds, but blue sky, +2C and practically no turbulence. My GPS was showing
ground speed between 85 and 155 km/h, so there was significant wind aloft, but
of course, I could not feel anything and even visually, it all looked
stationary. It was dreamlike and spectacular day. I almost wanted to jump into
those clouds and fulfill my childhood dream. The relaxation aspect of this
flight is enhanced be music to turn viewers in the same mood.
265. Kamloops Winter
Beauty from the Air, Jan 9, 2020
is very diverse, complex and beautiful. It is even more noticeable in snowy
winter. All that beauty just pops up due to the contrast between white and every
It was very good
flight, but my fingers were getting numb which determined the flight duration.
It is not easy to take pictures and fiddle in knobs in heavy gloves.
How Wing Trim Works in Flight, Dec 27, 2019
Short video clips
from my last flight showing sections when I used the wing speed trim. It shows
how the pivot point is moving in flight. You might need to run it several times
to see the detail. Watch first time to its end where you will see it in slow
Christmas Flying in Kamloops,
Dec 27, 2019
airport area, but blue sky pushed through in many places. While there was no
snow on the ground around airport area, the ground was well covered all around
us. It was beautiful flight between, under and above clouds under sunny and very
blue sky. This area looks (is) so beautiful that it is beyond any description. I
am lucky to have this opportunity to see it from the above.
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