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Newsletter   July 5, 2015.

Newsletters:       May 2015     Jun 2015

Next meeting: 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

Phil's Rans

Editor's Notes

------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 pictures.

------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  Nicrophorus americanus.

 ------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 Berwin

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 Strip.

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 Valley Copper 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.

Pictures      Video


Canada Day Morning Flying, July 1, 2015

It 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.

Pictures      Video


Happy Canada Day. Flight Past Sunset, July 1, 2015

It 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.

Pictures     Video   

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 productive.

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    $24,999.

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 


1980 Beech 77 Skipper    $28,000.

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).


CH200TD   $29,000. or trade

Its 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.   Dean 250-743-4916 home         250-710-9139 cell 


 Chinook 11  $31,000. OBO

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 1-250-836-3763  Email


2006 RV-9a  

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   Call Perry at 778-214-0688  or e-mail me at


Amphibian Single-Place Beaver    $5,750.    SOLD!

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.  604-589-0555 


Beaver 550.   NOW $5,500. 

In good condition, it has Rotax532,  electric start, new tires and brakes. For more info. Call Mario 604-589-0555 or email  for more pictures.  (Selling for a friend)


Aeronca Chief    $6,000.   

Aircraft SOLD!



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  



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