THOMPSON VALLEY SPORT AIRCRAFT CLUB
July 5, 2015.
Thursday, July 9, at 7:30pm.
At the Blair Field Clubhouse, Knutsford.
Blair Field June BBQ
On June 13, it was a beautiful day, but quite warm and windy, so
only a few people flew in. A few others rode their motorcycles in. Thanks to
Darren and Tina for doing the cooking.
Dennis' Tri-Pacer, and Bill's Cessna 185
------More readers: My brother Maurice lives in the
Dolbeau-Mistassini area of Quebec and is a member of the Roberval Flying Club.
Recently I got in touch with his Club President, Christian Taillon, to tell him
about our newsletter and give him the link to our Buy&Sell section. Christian
has asked his members if any of them could come up with a similar newsletter.
That would be great, I could have a link to it, and we could see what they are
up to. And when Maurice has his Zenair 701 flying I will be sure to post
------My 8-year old grandaughter is visiting from Delta, and I
am training her as a killer; she loves
helping me getting rid of those pocket gophers and is becoming an expert at setting the traps.
By July 4 we had a total of 36 critters sent back to where they belong. The
local raven seems to have lost his taste for those snacks, and now leaves them
to be disposed of by the burying beetle
------Drones: I am like a god, creating them then
destroying them. The last one is still intact and I will have to seek expert
advice to find out where I am going wrong. But I watched someone fly a DJI
Phantom and was totally impressed; the owner assured me that it will fly right
out of the box, and he gave me a demonstration on a fairly windy day. For
some $1,300. it sure performs better that my DIY $140. assembly of cheap pieces.
------Barry Meek's page now contains all the article he sent us to
publish in the monthly newsletter. I spent some time on it lately to update and
cleanup; I tried to ensure that all the photos are there, and all the links
work, but I probably missed a few. If you find any problem please let me know so
I can correct them. Just go
here and enjoy!
-------Jan came with me to the official opening of the Ross
Creek Airstrip. We knew the day would be hot, so we drove (the Beaver does not
behave well in turbulence...) Dan Berwin flew from Cache Creek, but
spent the night there, to come back on the next cool morning. There are four
owners of the place, and everyone was very friendly. We will have to make sure
and invite them to our next BBQ.
Willy and Dan
Gerald, Darren, Wally and Bill.
Some of the guests
Dan sent me some short animations in .GIF format.
This one is of Hunlen Falls at the
north end of Turner Lake in the Chilcotins.
This one is the Ross Creek Landing
Ross Creek Airstrip Opening
From Bill Huxley
It was a pleasant surprise to see so many
TVSAC members attend the Fly-In last week end. Our hosts were very pleased we
had such a good turnout from the aviation community. They mentioned many times
how impressed they were by all the aviators who attended. We even had
Blake from The Kamloops Flying Club and a couple from Springhouse on Sunday
morning to enjoy a great pancake breakfast.
I have attached some photos. I especially
like the one of a smiling Beaver-driver, as well as, the one of our youngest
pilot . Perhaps you would add this to your next newsletter as a way to
extend appreciation to the TVSAC membership. It was a fine "christening"
for Ross Creek Landing.
Take Care, Bill
At the strip
Roy's Robinson R44
Don't let her take off!
Part of the attendance
A face that only a mother could love
From Jan Nademlejnsky
As usual Jan sent me lots of his flying photos, the only
"problem" is there are too many to publish here! But go to the links he
provided, and enjoy!
Flying to Logan Lake and Highland
Mine. Nasty Turbulence, June 23, 2015
Almost 2 hours flight started early morning in
Kamloops with no wind, blue sky and temperature around 25C. Peaceful flight
changed quickly into very bumpy ride. I was considering turning back, but
continued. I eventually got used to it, so I continued S-W towards Logan Lake
village and then Highland
Valley Copper Mine open pit
which covers many square kilometers of land. I wanted to fly around the mine to
take pictures and videos. I changed my mind when I saw the fluffy clouds above
the mine and I knew that this would be very unpleasant. I was also very cold and
started shiver. The temperature at 7,200' was just 12C and 70 km/h win chill
from my open cockpit did not help either. I turned back as soon as I reached the
S-E edge of the open pit. At that moment it felt like someone turn switch on of
the turbulence generator. I was acceptable 3 minutes before but frightening now.
I had about one hour of flying ahead of me. This was definitively my worse
flight ever and I wish to be on the ground rather then in the air. Many pilots
would say that it is always better to be on the ground and wish to be flying
rather than to be flying and wish to be on the ground. This was exactly my case.
It was difficult to control my trike acting like a spooked wild horse. The heat
turbulence was relentless and lasted all the way to the airport runway. I was
really surprised that I was not air sick, because I get very air or carsick from
just playing video game. But the airsickness caught up with me just by Affton
mine and I felt it for another 3 days after. My control bar camera quit for no
reason about 45 min before the end and the wing camera batteries died 5 minutes
before landing. At least I have good video, which show how peacefulness could
change into nastiness in just a minute.
Morning Flying, July 1, 2015
was very nice early morning with crisp air and blue skies after torrential rain
day before. I took off towards Kamloops downtown to check on preparation for
usually big Canada Day celebration in the park. I was just buzzing around and
had fun. I followed North Thompson river to explore the river valley. It was
very relaxing flight. After watching this video I realized that the air was also
turbulent, but I did not even remember that. I guess, I am getting more tolerant
to those bumps.
Day. Flight Past Sunset, July 1, 2015
was one of the best flying days ever. I took of this second flight of the day at
8 pm with plan to stay up until legal time allows. I could stay up till 30 min
past the sunset, which was at 9:45 pm. I flew several times around downtown,
landed in Knutsford and then explored the Mt Peter & Paul. I counted 25 wild
horses in one small area on the top. Saw spectacular Blue Moon rise. I wish I
could fiddle with the camera to take something close to what human eye could
see. Unfortunately, I had to fly too so the electronic record is not even close
to what I saw. I landed at 9:45. The ground was totally dark, because the sun
sets behind the mountains, which makes very sharp difference between day and
night. I was wearing my Canada Day T-shirt,
which already celebrated 15th Canada Day. It was gift from my daughter 15 years
ago. It was good day. I realized how lucky I am that I live in Canada, so I
could do whatever I do and have so much fun. I thanked myself for that very wise
decision to immigrate to Canada and the 13 months wait in Italian refugee camp
was worth of wait.
What Readers Say: TVSAC NEWSLETTER
By Barry Meek
Flying has never been boring or uninspiring,
but there are times when the ideas and incidents I need to write about it don’t
happen before publication deadlines. So as I read through various ideas jotted
down over the past few weeks, I will also browse old articles, those that have
been submitted and printed since starting this work in 2005.
I also have a file containing e-mails and
comments from readers. Strangely, articles further off the topic of flying,
generate the most e-mails. For example, medical and health issues are important
matters that I sometimes delve into. From professional and personal experience,
I’ve become acutely aware that they are serious issues for everyone, not just
pilots. And articles about health bring a lot of mail! Much of it is sad
tales of pilots unable to maintain their medicals. But some people remain
positive. One fellow optimistically stated that he now has time to do all the
things he couldn’t do when he was flying! He discussed how life goes on without
the airplanes, and how we all have to roll with the punches to stay happy and
Several years ago, personal stress tended to
be a big topic. If I commented on it, the e-mail picked up. Testimony and
advice came from not just the patients and pilots, but from professionals, like
M.D.’s, psychiatrists, and educators. It’s surprising and at the same time
humbling to know this stuff is read by so many fine people from various
backgrounds. The advice and knowledge they have shared is priceless, providing
excellent learning opportunities for all of us.
Next on the list of e-mail responses is from
nostalgia stories. When I write about aircraft we owned, where and when we flew
them, there’s no shortage of thoughts from readers. I truly enjoy reading the
memories of how lives have been enhanced and changed by owning and flying
airplanes. Similarly, the coffee-hour discussions at our flying club are
entertaining, frequently about planes and adventures from the past.
Back in 2010, I got interested in John
Denver’s music. Interested enough to find out more about how he died and to
write about his life and his accident. His contributions to the world included
more than just the great music. Here is a line from the article: “On that
October afternoon in 1997, the world lost not just another pilot, but a
humanitarian, a singer, performer and actor. His character reflected the
conscience of a concerned citizen, of a man working for the improvement in the
life of all peoples, socially, environmentally and politically. He joined the
ranks of other singer/musicians, Ricky Nelson, Otis Redding, Patsy Cline, Jim
Croce, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly, to name just a few who lost their lives
in aviation accidents”.
It quickly became obvious to me from all the
e-mails, that Denver had a huge following of pilots who were curious about the
truth surrounding the crash that killed him. It was not really difficult to
find. The NTSB and FAA reports are published on the internet. The publicity
and media reports had distorted many of the facts.
There have been times when I wrote about
achievements in aviation. One such story involved the two fellows in Nevada
who in 1958, flew a Cessna 172 continuously for 64 days! The flight was a
publicity stunt for a Las Vegas hotel, and a story which had been long forgotten
or never heard of by most folks today. That generated e-mails, phone calls, and
even an invitation to the aviation museum and Las Vegas (McCarran) airport where
memorabilia from the flight is on display. I visited with the curator at the
Henderson museum and came away with much more information than I ever expected,
including a documentary video about that flight. Sometime later, subsequent
owners of the 172 came forward and provided me with information on its history.
For a while, the airplane was owned by a Canadian pilot, then was purchased by
the families of the two pilots in the story. They took it back to Nevada, and
it is now beautifully restored and hangs from the ceiling at McCarran Airport.
Contributing writers, pilots and photographers
on this TVSAC site have always been largely responsible for the memberships’
love affair with the newsletter. Most members and other readers say they
read it “cover to cover” each month. Over the years, we have enjoyed articles
from people like editor Camille Villeneuve, Jan Nademlejmsky, Willie Trinker,
Dennis Seib, Dan Berwin and others, who have all submitted articles, photos and
videos, entertaining thoughts and ideas that readers (including me) look forward
to seeing each month. I consider writing here as one way of supporting general
aviation. If readers find the articles informative, entertaining and
interesting, that is reason enough for the writers to continue putting them
out. I have met many folks, pilots and non-pilots, people I admire and learn
from along the way, all as a direct result of contributing to this TVSAC
NEWSLETTER. As long as that keeps happening, I will keep the articles coming.
If you care to comment on anything you read
here, your e-mails are always welcome. I read them all and try to
reply to every one.
New in the Buy&Sell
RANS S-7 COURIER/A
Rans built advanced ultra lite on Full Lotus
floats. Comes with wheels, 3-blade Warp Drive prop with nickel leading edge.
Dual fuel tanks, heating system, 228 hrs. T/T. 582 Rotax with fuel mixture
control. Always hangared. Lots of spare float parts. Radio, two head sets,
intercom. Lots of other features that didn't come with kit. Priced reduced to
$24,999.00 Smithers, BC 250-847-5497 Ask for Fred.
CUBY ll F $24,500.
F = folding wings. Factory built by factory
owner for personal aircraft. Purpose built trailer for storage and transport.
503 engine with single ignition, single carb, pull start, with 150 hrs
engine/airframe. Includes Puddle Jumper amphib floats, two sets skis, two extra
props (different pitches)) New engine parts (crank, pistons, carbs, etc.) New
extra bungees for gear, whole plane parachute (needs re-packing), wheel pants.
Will throw in one brand new Hi-Max with a new 503 DIDC electric start, with oil
injection, doors both sides for float attach (attach points installed) Also
includes two sets of headphones. Two Chinese airforce visored helmets. Extra
wheels (no brakes) Full instruments, handheld radio hard wired to dash, Garmin
195 GPS hard wired, full fuses, dual controls with quick disconnect for
passenger side, intercom. Wings fold and extend in less than five minutes. Two
pins and two control connections easily done by single person. Antennae wired
for transponder. Will include two transponders and encoder for installation.
Lots of extra aircraft parts and tools will be included. Everything
mentioned above, and probably more for $24,500. Erling Jorgensen 1-250-923-7933 email@example.com
1980 Beech 77 Skipper
3599 Hours TT 630 SMOH
0235 L2C 115HP Great clean plane, wide and comfortable.
Any questions please call Cliff Finlay at 250 812-0058.
Aircraft is located in Nanaimo, BC (CYCD).
$29,000. or trade
come time to downgrade. I wish to sell my CH200TD. Asking price
$29,000. or trade for a Cessna 152.Total airframe time 400 hrs. TSMOH 100 hrs.
o-320 160 HP. I have owned this aircraft since 2000, and it is based in
CAM3 (Duncan BC) Would consider other slower options as trade.
firstname.lastname@example.org Dean 250-743-4916 home 250-710-9139
Full Lotus amphib floats. Rotax 912,
1500 hours TBO. Engine has 414 hours on it. Engine had new bearings
put on the crankshaft, completely checked. Aircraft was built by Jim
Rowe who has lost medical. Will fly it anywhere in Canada. Call Eric
REDUCED! NOW $75,000 USD obo
Buy it - Fly it this summer!
Clean, straight, low-time quality build by
local AME. Simple & trouble-free. Airframe & Sensenich FP 110 TTSN, Lyc.
0-320 wide deck, VFR 6-pack, King comm/xpndr, AvMap EKP4 gps, new 406 ELT
w/GPS. Dual brakes, 152kts cruise. Full details at
http://kelownaflyboy.wix.com/forsale Call Perry at 778-214-0688
or e-mail me at email@example.com
It has a 503 Rotax, dual carbs, upright motor mount. Only 30 hrs since rebuilt
and much more! $5,750 Call Mario for more info. and images.
In good condition, it has Rotax532, electric
start, new tires and brakes. For more info. Call Mario 604-589-0555 or email
Mario@1all.com for more pictures.
(Selling for a friend)
Why spend $20,000. on a kitplane when you can buy an
old faithful Aeronca Chief on wheels with your choice of a 85 hp Cont.or 100 hp
Lycoming. Cont. has strange log, Lyc.has NO LOGS. Bolt it together
and go flying, all the parts are there, most of the sheet metal/all of tail
feathers has just been painted / Imron, and enough Imron to complete the painting
of the fuselage. Wings are OK. $6,000. No haggling. Leaky
1400# floats are extra.
Call Albert 250-494-0482
Summerland BC firstname.lastname@example.org
Newsletter Editor: Cam at email@example.com