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AirBorne Trike in Kamloops, Dec 28, 2013
I took advantage of very good weather and above
freezing temperature. Flew 70 minutes above local mountain and snow covered
sand bars. Saw many eagles.
Stabilization Test, Mar 3, 2012
Normally when you fly with a camera attached to your
wing the plane is stationary and the horizon is moving in opposite direction of
the plane movement. This is not natural. I found on line software
"Muvee" which does very cool stuff. It stabilizes background and the
plane is moving with the turbulence as it should. It looks very cool. This is
the demo clip. The first half is the original clip and the second half is the
same clip run through Muvee Stabilization. See the difference. In normal, from
just camera stabilized clip, the wing is anchored in the upper screen corner
and the background is moving accordingly. After the clip is Muvee stabilized,
the wing is not stationary any more, but it is moving with the air current, which
is how it supposed to be. This is very cool improvement. The software is not
full proof and it creates serious an unacceptable mess in other situation. For
example during the same clip when taxiing. The software stabilize also the
horizontal panning, which creates unrealistic wheels skips. They are on
something, but it need some improvements.
58. Flying AirBorne Trike in Kamloops, Dec 15,
2013, Version 2
This is the shorter version of the same video
posted under the same name, but I used new feature. Normally when you fly with
a camera attached to your wing the plane is stationary and the horizon is
moving in opposite direction of the plane movement. This is not natural. I
found on line software which does very cool stuff. It stabilizes background and
the plane is moving with the turbulence as it should. It looks very cool. Check
Flying AirBorne Trike in Kamloops, Dec 15, 2013
After several weeks of unusually cold weather we had
sunny and warm day. It looked like perfect time to go flying. I decided to fly
east above the river towards Kamloops
downtown and then turn south over the hill to Knutsford and area. There was
almost no wind at the airport, but as soon as took off, turbulence was acting
up. It was difficult to hold camera steady to take pictures. There was headwind
about 10 knots at 800' above ground. When I turn south over the downtown and
started steadily climbing up to clear the hills the wind shifted 90 deg to
about 25 knots. I had feeling that I was not moving forward. I was bounced in all directions as it is also
shown in the video. Finally I had enough of fighting the turbulence, turned
around towards the airport. The scenery was spectacular and snow and dark roads
made very contrasting patterns on already very complex and interesting
Eventually I decided to fly across the airport on the
north side over the North Mountain Ridge. I was very surprised how good and
peaceful it was there. No wind and no bouncing around.
AirBorne Trike in Kamloops, Nov 14, 2013
It was beautiful day with Spring like conditions. Took
of from the Kamloops
airport heading over the North Ridge. It was very nice weather for picture
taking with many fluffy clouds and different light contrasts. Peace was over
when I entered snow covered areas. Turbulence was getting unpleasant so I
turned back South and followed South and the North Thompson
Rivers and their well
sculptured sand bar beaches. I had good time during this 70 min flight.
with Cam's Beaver, Oct 29, 2013
It was very beautiful, but crispy cold afternoon. Took
off south-west and turned towards
Knutsford, our flying club location. Mid flight I "met" Cam
Villeneuve in his bright yellow Beaver. I tried to keep up with him, but his
wing is much more efficient than my hang glider. Eventually we landed at
Knutsford airstrip and took some pictures. Wind started to pick up and because
one never knows what will happen there weather-wise, I decided to head back to Kamloops. Actually the
weather was very good so I continued flying. Buzzed over sand bars, check on
the birds and generally enjoyed myself in that beautiful countryside
to Lac do Bois and River Sandbars. Oct. 17, 2013
I took off into cold, but sunny morning over the North
Ridge towards Lac Du Bois (lake) to explore area which I walked through the
previous week. Made several low passes over the pasture. Then I flew south,
crossed the airport runway to my popular area, South
Thompson River sand bars. The water level is traditionally low at
this time which exposes very uniquely sculptured sand bars. Since water is
clear you can see the underwater shapes too. There were flocks of various
birds, including at least 10 eagles. Had chance to capture train going through
1, 2013 Morning Fun Flying
Finally weather look more settled than last weeks. It
was beautiful and crispy morning. Took off west to take pictures on newly cut
corn maze, but it was getting rougher with every minute. Notable difference in Kamloops Lake water color did not make me feel
comfortable. It was black (waves) in the west and glossy in the east (closer to
airport). I decided to stay closer to airport to have short distance to safety.
Crossed south to check and photograph sand bars, which are never the same. They
are beautiful as always. Took pictures and video train, which looked like open
necklace laid on the edge of mountains.
from Kamloops to Shuswap Airstrip, Sept. 13, 2013
This was my another major cross-country trip and
partially over a hostile terrain. I took off into 2 knots wind and as soon as I
turned East and 2000' the tail wind become stronger and stronger, but at least
steady and not gusty. The visibility was very poor. Very hazy with low sun
directly into my face. The sun also reflected from the river which acted like a
mirror. I had to manoeuvre to change the sun angle, so I could see better. With
18 knots (32 km/h) tail wind, I was making very good progress towards Chase
which is on the west side of Little Shuswap Lake. Occasionally I was getting
thermal kicks and downdraft pushes, so I was changing elevations between 2000'
and 3000' looking for more friendly air.
The terrain up to the Chase is flyer friendly with
almost always some farm land to put it down just is case something goes wrong.
The situation changed from Chase with no farms, just very winding road which
would need a lot of luck to put it down safely. The Shuswap Air grass strip is
located east of Little Shuswap Lake. It is very beautiful and peaceful place.
I just spent several minutes there to install fresh
batteries into my cameras (4 in use plus one in pocket and phone camera too).
GPS showed enough power to last the trip back. I wanted to take off as soon as
possible, because of now the 18 knots headwind.
I took north side of the lake over the mountains,
which appeared to me more acceptable crush alternative then water. I wish I
could spend more time there to enjoy the scenery. I was very relieved when I
was back over the Chase in more friendly environment. The trip back to Kamloops was very slow
but with only mild turbulence. There were places where my GPS showed
continually longer time of arrival due to the increasing head wind.
radio reported 2 knots wind, but 1000' higher it was 18 knots. My trike did not
want to go down onto the runway 26 due to thermal from already superheated
asphalt surface. It was good trip.
past the Sunset, Sept. 10, 2013
Took off into beautiful, but hot evening (36C) with
aim to time my cameras memory cards and batteries to last till the legal flying
limit, 30 min past sunset. I made it and was rewarded by very enjoyable flight.
above the Clouds in Kamloops, BC,
Sept. 8, 2013
Took some pictures of the newly created Corn Maze by
Tranquille Farm. Buzzed above the Sunday Flee market and then headed to chase
the low clouds above the North Ridge. It was fun during my 65 min flight. This
16 min video shows Mount Paul and Mara
Mountain from close up.
Very few people has this opportunity to see it this way.
Flying, Kamloops, Tobiano, Knutsford, Downtown, North Ridge, Mara Mountain, Aug 8, 2013
Beautiful flying day with calm but hazy air. Explored
Tobiano golf course resort West of the Kamloops
airport. Flew to Knutsford where I met 2 pilots who flow in from Vancouver area. Turned
downtown which is always interesting to see and to photograph. My day was
finished by mountainous North Ridge with Mara mountain. Had to circle north of
airport until all the traffic clear before I could land. The camera battery
quit so I missed a rare opportunity to capture Canadian Air Search and Rescue
planes and helicopters on tarmac. They just successfully located missing local
student pilot, unfortunately he did not survive the crash. Son of my pilot
friend died while following his dream to become pilot like his father.
Flying, Knutsford, Ajax Mine, Afton Mina and Tranquille Farm area, July 16,
Interesting views of the controversial Ajax mine, aerial view of Afton Mine and beautiful view of
10 min video from Tranquille Farm area, Kamloops,
Flying over Tranquille Farm, July 2, 2013
10 min video from video taking over Tranquille Farm, Kamloops, BC.
Flying, Kamloops, Mount Lolo, Floods. June 12, 2013
A day earlier I discovered from my motorcycle very
nice areas NE of Kamloops, Cold Creek and Mount Lolo.
I decided to check it out from the air. I flew up to 6500' over Mt Lolo which
used to be popular with hang gliders. Flew over Paul
Mountain ski area towards South Thompson River valley to check the high water level
in the rivers. Took pictures and video of flooded farms NW of the airport. 75
min flight compressed into 15 min video.
Flying Kamloops, May 29, 2013
downtown, North Ridge. Beautiful crispy day without any surprises. This video
is the first attempt to synchronize video cuts with the music beat. It was
after thought, when I was watching my original edit. The video was almost in
synch with the music. I tried to 8x fast track the boring section. I had to use
music instead of the original sound, because MS Movie Maker mutes sounds in
other speeds that 1x. I did not like the fast speed section so I started again
by cutting out the boring stuff and synch the other cuts to music. The 1st
section is not well synched, because I had all ready these cuts made and it is
impossible to adjust them in this video editor. It will be better next time.
Flying Kamloops, May 1, 2013
Kamloops east, North Ridge, Mount Peter
and Paul, Mara Mount.
Beautiful flight east of the city until I hit a major
turbulence which spoiled my peaceful time up there. Turned around close to
mountain ridge to show the Kamloops
area beauty. Discovered another interesting part N-W of the airport with very
sharp slabs of rocky faces. made several passes over there to see more details.
Used two cameras for more diverse views, but could not combine the results into
one video. After several hours it quit. There was something incompatible
between those supposedly compatible formats.
Flying Kamloops Short Video, Apr 17, 2013
Bought and installed another action camera ActionPro
1080P HD which looks like GoPro, but has many more features and accessories and
cost just $150 US. I wanted to have more variety in the camera views. Decided
to go for "cross country" since the weather was very good, until I
cleared the South ridge. It was very turbulent and unpleasant to fly. Turned
around and flew over the city. I also found, that I forgot to turn both cameras
on!!! So eventually I ended up with only half trip taken with my new camera only.
Flying Kamloops, Savona, Oscar Hill, Kamloops, March 31, 2013
Wanted to watch hang gliding gathering west of Savona. Tried to land on
International, hang gliding landing spot, but did not have confidence that I
could make it safely on my small wheels. Checked the hang gliding take off
spot, Oscar. Unfortunately, my timing was off, so I did not see anybody flying.
I wanted to fly with them for some aerial videos. Oh, well. I hope it will
Flying, Kamloops, Knutsford, Sandbars, March 29, 2013
Planned cross-country trip with my pilot friend in his
Beaver did not materialize. It was too turbulent. We turned back and I finished
it again flying over ever changing South Thompson River
Kamloops, Feb 15, 2013
Short video from sunny, but turbulent air: Kamloops airport, Ajax, North Shore,
North Ridge, Airport.
Flying Kamloops, Ajax, Jacko Lake,
Sandbars, Feb 10, 2013
Finally nice weather allowed me to have some fun again
during local flight. Explored in close up Ajax
mine, Jacko. Spotted several eagles.
Flying, Jan. 30, 2013
Fifty minutes flight over snow covered mountains North
of the Kamloops
airport. Flew over totally cloud covered valley.
Flying, Jan. 9, 2013
New snow, so after shovelling out snow between hangar
and Runway I was rewarded by a beautiful, flying day with temperatures above
freezing. Flew Kamloops, Mara Mtn, Dome Hills,
Peter & Paul Peaks,
Dufferin Hills and snow covered sand bars. Spotted many eagles.
I like this very complex scenery, with big contrasts
between snow and dark roads, rivers, structures... I am very lucky to be able
to experience this sport, which might a dream for many people. In one year of
living in Kamloops, I have seen much more of Kamloops area than
majority of people living here for many years.
Flying Videos in 2012