SPORT AIRCRAFT CLUB
Previous Newsletter June 2019
Next meeting Thursday, July 11, 2019.
7:30pm, Blair Field Clubhouse.
MICROSOFT OFFICE FRONTPAGE
That's the software my son showed me how to use
way back around 2000, to produce this newsletter. At the time, it was part
of the Microsoft Office suite. Not anymore!... So, if this
present laptop I am using decides to screw up like my previous desktop did a
few years ago, I will be in trouble! If anyone has one old desktop
from 1998 to 2003 that still has that program on it, I might buy it as a
backup. Please let me know.
As Microsoft keeps on updating Windows without
asking me for permission, who knows what might happen to that software I
Also, I am still looking for battery packs from
dead laptops. I have been using the batteries for Winter projects at my
electronics workbench. So, if you have any, please consider calling me to
pick them up, for the same price as you get from the recycler! :-)
ROSS CREEK FLY-IN
I made it back to the Ross Creek Fly-In on June 30, but I drove.
I picked up Paul in Pritchard and we arrived by 11am. There were maybe a
dozen people left, and Bill and Fran were getting ready to leave. Breakfast was
still being served, so we sat down to enjoy it while visiting with Bill Huxley
and Jack, and some of the other attendees.
Apparently some ten aircraft had come, but there were only a few
left at the strip. When an aircraft took off during breakfast we knew it was
Bill Davidson's, it has a very characteristic sound!
Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) and the Hamilton
Air Show organized a historic aviation event with The Merlin Formation. It
was Fatherís Day weekend, 2013, and CWHM brought together six W.W. II Warbirds for
a formation flight. These six warbirds were powered by a total of ten
Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine.
From Paul Parsons
(In New Zealand)
One day last
century........ Yes it was a long time ago - especially if you are in the
younger generation of pilots who have only read about DH Tiger Moths,
landing T's and been introduced to air traffic control by the Aldus Lamp.
However, my earliest memories of aircraft involved them doing rather
unpleasant things to young boys who failed to use the bomb shelter,
preferring to watch aircraft instead. So to me the incident I'm about to
relate some times seems little more than yesterday.
I was to return to
Hamilton from New Plymouth. The met. report didn't look too bad but promised
to get worse later in the day . To double check I phoned Hamilton ATC and
some one who lived not far from the Hn airfield . Both parties gave positive
reports on the state of the weather so I decided to depart . However, my
personal check list includes always carrying the maximum amount of fuel. At
the time I had on board the fuel needed for the expected duration of the
trip and more than 40+ minutes beyond the expected time to Hn. There was
still capacity to take more fuel. I was tempted to ignore my own fuel rule
as it had started to rain. After a brief argument with myself I topped off
my fuel - and I proved to my self the wisdom of my actions. As I approached
Awakino the New Plymouth ATC broadcast an all stations message stating that
New Plymouth airport was closed to ALL traffic and repeated the first part
of the message adding INCLUDING ALL IFR traffic. Just about this time I
flew into unexpected weather conditions and knowing that I couldn't return
to NP I would look for the first open space to put down and sit out the
storms .The nearest air strip was the gravel strip next to the beach at the
Taharoa Ironsands site but the wind was at 90 degrees to the strip at good
25 - 30 kts and gusting to ??? (and not wide enough to land accross) The
cloud was now down to the cliff tops and the coastal surf was about the only
certain "land mark" ( but not an inviting one for someone who doesn't count
surfing amongst his sports) The gusts that started hitting the plane pushed
the RPM up to the red line despite the throttle being closed as each gust
made the plane vibrate as it stuck. My overnight bag, which was strapped in
the Rh. seat was litterally torn out of the the straps and hit the canopy
before hitting me as gravity asserted its authority over the bag. Needless
to say my ground speed was well below that which I had expected to achieve
earlier when I did my flight planning. A trip that I had expected to take 35
- 40 minutes took the best part of 2 hours. Had I gone with my original
fuel load which was more than sufficient for any normal diversions I would
have been having surfing lessons about 40 minutes before reaching Raglan
where I spent the night. LESSON: YOU CAN NEVER CARRY TOO MUCH FUEL - unless
your on fire.
From Willy Trinker
First off, apologies to our foreign friends but please note that the
Canadian UL-PP, which is described below, can only be used in Canada for
Let me start with a little History
On or about in 1985, while driving the TC east of Kamloops, I was sidetracked
by a lot of activity in a field. There was a bunch of cool looking little
aircraft parked, something one might consider an office and a few small
hangars. Being drawn by the Beavers, Birdman's and Lazair's buzzing around
with their smoky and screaming 2 stroke engine over that field I decided to
stop in and take a closer look. I was somewhat intrigued by what one
witnessed and little did I know how this short stop-over would have an
affect on the rest of my life. Add to this a visit to the Vancouver Home
Show about the same time and the display of a CH-701. I can't recall if I
actually talked to Chris Heintz at that time but whoever it was, it really
set me off onto this now 30+ plus year of Kitplanes subscription and my path
of aviation. To be able to build and fly ones own airplane is just something
that will never grow old with me. But how times have changed.
It was no doubt a bit of the Wild West what recreational aviation concerned
in those days, little training needed, "..buy a kit from me and I'll teach
you how to fly it" and new designs popping up like unicorns in a magic
irrigation pipe and sailcloth forest, with each and everyone claiming the
performance of a Cessna 185 with the operating cost of your Grandpa's trusty
But best of all in those days, there was no tall wire fences, no "Keep Out"
signs, keyed gates and locked hangars, all of which has turned us into a
somewhat "privileged access" lot of individuals. There were a lot more
active airports, farm fields, pilots, schools and training across this
great land than now. UL Flight Training in those days was simpler, basic and
if you had an RX 350, 550, 650, Lazair, Chinook most likely a few hours of
dual would send you on your way.
Over the years and plagued by numerous fatal accidents the industry and
Transport Canada, realizing some of the same re-occurring problems, lack of
organized training being one, decided to restrict this Wild West mantra
somewhat with a few rules. And so we got the basic ultra-light (BULA) and advanced ultra-light
(AULA), Flight Instructor Training, Flight School registration, the Light
Aircraft Manufacturers of Canada (LAMAC), "Fit for Flight", Passenger
Carrying, ..and the list goes on, which brings us to today.
Where to start?
My first question to any prospective new student is generally what the
"Mission Profile" is going to look like? What are your dreams, expectations,
realities? For starters, the basic ULPP (UltraLight Pilot Permit)only allows you to either fly by
yourself, with an instructor or with another licensed pilot. The MTOW
(Maximum Take Off Weight) (here
starts your training :-) ) is either 1200 lbs in the GA,
Homebuilt/Experimental, BULA and/or 1232 lbs in the AULA category. Unlike in
the US we don't have the no license UL aircrafts nor do we
have the LSA's with the higher gross weight of 1320 lbs. Anything you fly in
Canada will need a license of some form and fashion.
Next and here comes the big one, do you want to rent an aircraft or are you
planning on having your own. Simply put and not to burst your bubble, but
there are less and less options to rent an ultralight aircraft in Canada. So
this immediately makes flying UL's for a rather serious financial commitment
up front. However it will also save you some money, especially if you
compare it to the cost of getting a Private Pilot License (PPL) via the
rental route. It could account for almost a third of your potential UL
aircraft acquisition. The biggest benefit of having your own is that you
are building time in what you will be flying, you will have a better
understanding of the aircraft, an easier time getting insurance and a whole
slew of other benefits. Now, don't just rush out and buy an aircraft before
making that phone call to your instructor and/or flight school as not all
aircraft are set up and suitable for training. Also not all flight
instructors are current on all models. Tailwheel aircraft being a big one!
Do your research, surf, call, gather as much info and understanding as
possible before spending your hard earned cash.
Once you've decided on a Flight School/Instructor, go for an introductory
flight lesson, and see if this is really for you. Meet the folks in person,
come prepared, bring a written list of still outstanding questions if
needed, systematically work through them and see if this will bring you near
the anticipated "Mission Profile", whatever it may be. All training consists
of two basic parts, the flight training, which is the fun part, and the much
threaded Ground School which is the not so fun part of getting your license
or permit. My general recommendation is to sign up for on-line Ground
School, the cost is about the same as your Introductory Flight and to state
it very clearly, ..if you can't finish your ground school, for whatever
excuse you may try on your flight instructor, you can't write any exams, and
for that matter will not receive a sign off or LOR (Letter Of Reference). I've seen this done in
as little as 5 weeks and as long as 5 years. In the past you could sign up
for weekend courses but as a fellow instructor put it so nicely, it's like
drinking from a fire hose, only so much goes in. On-line allows you to work
through this rather dry material at your own pace.
Remember, you will occupy the same runways, airspace, circuit and being held
to the same quality of radio communication as a private or commercial pilot.
ULPP's are not an excuse for not understanding half the things around an
airport. Once you are nearing the completion of your on-line training, this
will be a good time to get serious about the flying. Most students, subject
to the complexity of the aircraft and their own ability will finish within
about 16 to 25 hours of dual training. It only takes 2 hours of Solo Flight
to complete your license and get your LOR and SPP (Student Pilot Permit) signed off. Ideally, if
you can book out 2 x 10 days to concentrate on finishing your ground school
and flying, you will be much faster to finish than doing it over a longer
period of time. Another common mistake, don't fall short in the beginning of
your training, learn to fly properly versus rushing towards your Solo,
scaring yourself badly the first time out alone and having that bad one
experience forever ruin the rest of your flying career.
Additional Training and Passenger Carrying
There is many benefits to switching to the lighter side of aviation. For
one, flying in the winter on skis you don't nearly get stuck as often and as
badly as guys with their Supercub's, Citabria's and 170's. For playing on
floats, you'll love to have an aircraft that doesn't need a bunch of folks
to beach, dock, or launch. However, no matter which configuration the
aircraft is in, get some training. There is no formal Float Rating, Ski
Rating, or Tailwheel Rating for Ultralights. In either case, get some
training, ..did I mention to get some training? Most likely your aircraft
flies and behaves about the same in the air, given floats, wheels or skis.
On the ground it is all together a different story, waves, winds, docks,
boat wakes, shallow rocks, wind ripples, snow drifts, buried trees,
overflow, flat light, glassy water, upwind, downwind, updrafts, cats paws,
down drafts, hay stacks, both kinds, liquid and biological, ..do I need to
go on? Training, training, and more training. Don't just finish your permit
and think you've done it. Flying is a very demanding sport, financially,
timely and mentally that needs a constant honing and re-affirming of your
skills. The best pilots are those who fly often with the least stories to
As for the fun part of flying UL's? I wont even go into the access a little
Chinook, CH-701 or Kitfox can provide versus a GA, ..no matter how big the
tires and STOL sticker on the side. Yup, and there is the fuel economy of a
Rotax 912. I rest my case. But there will be a time when your wingman can't
make it. Luckily you've just rolled in a whole bunch of hours on your own,
..at least 25 or so. Now you may want to look into getting your Passenger
Carrying Endorsement. If you are sticking with the UL's, by all means,
upgrade your permit with the PCE (Passenger Carrying Endorsment). If you are thinking that you may want to
upgrade your aircraft in the future (only to forever regret selling your
Kitfox) to a GA, you may want to entertain the option of a Recreational
Pilot Permit. It will allow you to fly "regular airplanes" with a (1)
passenger such as the Cessna 172, PA18, Citabria, etc. Which is a good
thing, that one passenger I'm talking about, ..because they can help you dig
out from the overflow, dock, beach and heave you up another jerrycan of
overpriced 100LL. Just sayin.. :-), ..no really, it's a good thing :-),
..after all, spouses love jerrycan-heaving. I actually think it's one of
their favourite Sunday on the Airport pastimes. ;-)
I know why, after all those years, I still like the UL category. For one,
it's the least infringed category and freedom of flying in Canada. To build
your own plane. To maintain your own plane. To modify your own plane to suit
your needs. Not having to comply with every service bulletin ever written,
buying every expensive part ever made, but being allowed to experiment with
the latest and greatest technologies in aviation. In recent years the true
innovation in aviation has happened in this broad spectrum area of
experimental/recreational aviation. But it is not for everyone, as with this
freedom there is additional risk in dealing with the unproven and
non-certified. I fully respect that! It will most likely satisfy those
select few that rather build than buy, that don't mind being self
responsible for their equipment, maintenance and actions.
As for recreation, in my opinion, its the category of choice!
It's the hidden lake or airstrip to paved runways, the quiet farm field in
the morning to hustling, bustling FBO's (Fixed Base Operator) for lunch. It's the "Pilot's Cave"
and all the help and opinions one could ever ask for versus the costly AMO
(Aviation Maintenance Operations).
Maybe its time to make that first step into recreational aviation, or maybe
you just want to re-kindle an old passion, now that you have the time.
Whatever your Mission Profile might be, maybe its time to pick up that phone
and get serious about it. After all, every journey starts with a first step
and every flight with a taxi to the runway. Why not taxi towards some
additional freedom in the UL category?
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I am sure that Willy Trinker and Dave Jones will love
this site, same for all the other guys who went to land at Bird's Nest!
Watch Willy's video:
From Paul Parsons
Paul sent me the link to this video of an
aircraft accident at Lukla in Nepal. 2 dead and 5 injured.
I also have been fantasizing about getting an electric-powered VTOL.
is very interesting, in that it
can take off like a quadcopter, then transitions to horizontal flight using
fixed wings to generate lift, thus minimizing the drain on the batteries. But it
is still the infancy of the art! Right now it's range is only 25 miles, at
62Mph. That's not enough for me! (What I want is
) But they will get better, or something else
will. I got to get one before I die! (After I die it will be too late!)
:-) Maybe I'll start building my own... I
need a flight time of two hours, and a range of 300 miles. I know, I'm
dreaming! Just don't wake me up yet!
From Gordon Isaac
I bought the parts to assemble an ATF trike from the fellow across the
lake here that bought my 447 Maverick Trike by Northwing, about 7 years
It has a soaring type wing about 35 feet
spread and 182 sq feet, was never registered. About from 2001,
and wing from about 2009, and in mint condition. I assembled it in
the carport, added wing at the field, have had 4 flights now. 26hp MZ34
motor. Count slow to 4, and "push the bar" out, and liftoff!
From Jan Nademlejnsky
My Record Flight to Molybdenite Peak
Several years ago I watched YouTube
video showing group of Kamloops 4x4
riders going to Molybdenite peak (2,749 m, 9,919'). The peak is part of
the Coast Mountains, vast mountain area spreading from Alaska down
to Vancouver BC area.
I tried to get some other person to join me to do this trip on off-road
motorcycle. Interested people always quit before the trip. The last year
my motorcycle accident squashed out that dream. I decided to fly there
I had very few hours of
sleep thinking of all those "what if" possibilities. I got up at 4:30 am
and was in the air at 5:55 am. Dressed in my full winter gear, I was
really hot in already sunny, 14C, morning. There was up to 18 km/h (10
kn) head wind, but otherwise very relaxing flight. It was not easy to
take pictures, because big contrast between sunny and shady areas from
the low sun position. I was stunned to see the beauty of the eastern
part of the Coast Mountains. I reached
my goal at 7 am. I was at 3,557 m (11,670'). I was glad for my winter
clothes at 0C temperature. I took several pictures, circled around and
headed back via Cache Creek airport. This is very tricky landing spot,
because this airport is perpendicular and on downwind slope of very
steep ridge. You are practically landing on downwind slope in swirling
wind, which is no fun. I had quick stop to change batteries in my
cameras and carried on to home stretch. The morning heat created
turbulence in Cache Creek area and it kicked me up few times.
I landed safely at the Kamloops airport,
at 8:50 am. I took advantage of WW2 bombers, B17 and B25 parked by the
terminal. They came form USA for
one week public display and flights, as organised by our Kamloops
Flying Club. I took some pictures together with my trike. https://youtu.be/n5se6t74ebc
My record longest and potentially the
most dangerous flight so far.
Distance: 278 km (173 mi, 150 nm)
Max Elevation: 3,557 m (11,670')
Moving time: 2:40 hr
Max Ground Speed: 148 km/h (92 mph, 80
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