THOMPSON VALLEY SPORT AIRCRAFT CLUB
Newsletter September 2017.
Next meeting on
Thursday, September 14, at 7:30pm.
Clubhouse, Blair Field.
It would be nice at this time of the year to have an article
entitled WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION... Maybe we can get something for
Here Phil was getting ready to fly back to Langley for additional maintenance.
Craig came to check his Breezy he had not flown for quite a while.
We have a new member, William Graham from Golden BC, who flies a
paramotor. I met him at Blair Field on August 27 and took a few pictures as he
was flying around. Sure looks like fun!
Comparing Ultralight Aircraft
Barry sent me this link about a young fellow who built his own
Quite a few companies with lots of money are also trying to
produce some commercially, like this one
Sent by Paul Parsons
Paul also sent me this link to a very
interesting site about new development in aircraft technology.
Dave Skelhon promptly answered my request for a photo of Skoatl Point, and
sent me this one he took in 2001. Dagger Lake is in the background.
Ken Martin also took some pictures for me as he flew by on August 20 on his
way to Willowgrouse Lake
Thanks, guys! I am planning to hike there with my brother
Paul. In fact we were on our way there on August 27, only to find that
Jamieson Creek Road was closed du to the bridge washout. Another way
would have been to drive to Barriere and drive West to join with the Gorman
Forest Service Road to reach the northern end of Jamieson Creek Road. And we
were not ready for that.
One attraction for me would be the Geocache at the summit.
I will try again.
Yes, I tried it again, this time on September6, with my friend
Karl in his SUV. We tried from Barriere, and west of Gorman Lake we came
across a road washout by a beaver pond; those buggers had blocked the culvert
and it took out a 50-foot section of the road. So we checked the GPS
again, and Karl said there seemed to be another way, just by Scott Lake and
leading to Beauregard Lake and Jamieson Creek Road. So there we go,
and the road was getting pretty rough. Finally we came to a big puddle on the
road and stopped to investigate. The bottom seemed to be solid enough to
make it, but the day was getting late and we decide to backtrack to the
campground by the lake and have lunch.
When we finally made it back to Westside Road, it was not due to
my navigation skills, and I had to give credit to Karl... (Sometimes
I argue too much...) Maybe for
next try I should download BC Backroads Maps to my GPS!
A few years ago, Phil flew to that spot I had heard about for quite a while.
He lately gave me the exact location as
52°15'58.32"N 120°31'4.75"W and I spent some time looking at the area
on Google Earth, and dreaming about flying there... Have a look for
Phil flew back to the are this last week, but he did not have his GPS and could
not find the exact spot.
From Jan Nademlejnsky
174. Flying in
Kamloops with Cathy, Aug 27, 2017
This was another milestone in my flying life.
It was the first time ever that I carried a passenger. Cathy Montgomery,
ultralight flying instructor from Ontario was visiting Kamloops. She contacted
me through Facebook with a wish to meet me. So we did and eventually I took her
for ride around Kamloops in beautiful, but a bit hazy Sunday morning. I did not
notice any difference in handling of my trike and only very slight degradation
in performance. I never push my trike anyway, so that explains the engine spare
capacity available for this flight.
I noticed, when editing this video, that Cathy
was on her edge before our landing. She grabbed the control bar cables and she
was ready to interfere if needed. It was not necessary as I was in full control
and confident in my abilities. It was good flight.
173. Flying in Kamloops in Rough
Turbulence, Aug 25, 2017
The weather was very tempting to go flying.
Normally, I would try to avoid flying in the afternoon heat, because it could be
nasty in Kamloops. As there was a slight wind, I concluded that the air would be
well mixed to prevent heat turbulence. My original plan was to fly Sun Peaks and
Chase, but it evaporated very quickly. It was bumpy above downtown, but as soon
as I crossed Mt Paul to its north side, the turbulence in the valley was too
much for me to have fun. I turn back west, while flying over the North Ridge.
The flight over there was almost pleasurable. Finally I turned south over the
river sand bars, which I love to photograph and explore.
172. Flying to Savona to Check Forest
Fires, Aug 18, 2017
Kamloops had an exceptional weather that day.
The blue sky was all around us and no traces of forest fires smoke. It was very
rare condition during more that month now. Very often, we were chocked by the
falling ash and heavy smoke, with almost zero visibility. I decided to fly as
far west as I could to see where the smoke is coming from. I flew to Savona
which was the last place west of the airport which was still open to general
aviation. The rest was open just for the forest fighting aircrafts. I could see
no smoke anywhere from my 6,500' elevation, which was very good news. The fires
are far away from the Kamloops.
I took off at 7am west into no wind. I was
following the south shore of the Kamloops Lake where I was met with some serious
turbulence. I had to admit that I lost my turbulence practice and tolerance,
because my previous flights were very smooth. I was surprised and contemplating
to turn back, because it did not feel like fun flight. I figured that I was
caught in downdraft of south wind rolling over the mountains from my left side
(south). I braved it and eventually I relaxed and tried to enjoy it.
I was pushed by some serious tail wind at 45
km/h (~29 MPH) with my ground speed of 145 km/h (90 MPH) on the way back. There
was no wind when I arrived to the Kamloops airport area.
I flew several times around the ever
increasing sand bars (summer low water level in the river). Visited downtown,
with some heat turbulence ride.
I stopped at the airport fire prevention
aircraft base for selfies and pictures of the water tanker aircrafts. Overall,
it was good day for me.
171. Flying in Kamloops in Very Smoky Sky,
Aug 12, 2017
We lost our mountains for about 2 weeks to
numerous forest fires in our province. Visibility and air quality was extremely
poor to dangerous. Airport was closed for several days, because of very dense
Finally, there was some hope. The mountains
started to appear around us again and I was hoping that it would be much clearer
higher up. Unfortunately, I was wrong. The visibility and smoke smell was
getting worse further east and higher I flew. I had to change my plan from cross
country to just low flying around the airport. It was good flight with very
smooth air, so nothing, video exciting happened during this flight. The water
level in our rivers is low so I could fly again above the growing and ever
changing sand bars.
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