Flying Videos by Jan Nademlejnsky
(Updated December 30, 2020)
Flying over South Thompson River Sand Bars, Nov 21, 2015
It was cold, but reasonable day for flying, so why not
to fly. Checked my popular sand bars on South Thompson
River. Nothing extraordinary happened, but it was good flying day.
105a. South Thompson River Sand Bars from
the Air (Slide Show). Nov 2, 2015
Slide show of the beautiful sand bars with relaxing
music to listen to.
It was very beautiful day for flying. Turbulence was
manageable and scenery spectacular by the East of Kamloops Lake. The highlight
of the day was to fly over the South Thompson River
delta with ever changing sand bars. The nature is the real artist in this
Flying over South Thompson River Sand Bars and NE of Kamloops Lake.
Nov 2, 2015
It was very beautiful day for flying. Turbulence was
manageable and scenery spectacular by the NE of Kamloops Lake. The highlight of
the day was to fly over the North Thompson River
delta with ever changing sand bars. The nature is the real artist in this
104. Kamloops Flying over North Thompson
River, Mara Mt and Sand Bars, Oct
It was perfect, chilly day for flying, with no wind
and a little of turbulence. The best part was to fly low over the South Thompson River. The late summer, fall and winter
create continually different and larger sandbars as water level is decreasing.
I like those creations of nature. I met with several birds and flocks of birds
there. I flew over very colorful, now dry slew near Tranquille farm.
Flying to Knutsford Fly-In Breakfast, Sep 27. 2015
Sep 27 was an excellent day for flying to Fly-in
breakfast organized by Knutsford flying club. Beautiful, but crisp sunny
morning with no wind in Kamloops.
It became very windy as soon as I cleared the hills south of Kamloops down town. Typically very windy in
Knutsford which is just 10 km south of Kamloops.
I just ate my breakfast and headed back before it would get worse. Took of into
10 kn wind and came in totally still air in Kamloops. Spent some time above emerging sand
bars from lowering river water level which is annual natural occurrence.
Flying to Chase and Squilax Air Strip, Aug. 19, 2015
My another flying millstone: The longest flight of 181
km and 2:50 hr total flying time over potentially hostile environment in case
of emergency. Flew over the following lakes Paul, Pinantan, Niskonith and Aylmer, before I reached
very large "Little Shuswap Lake". There were no places to land if
needed. Finally landed on Squilax air strip to change my GPS and GoPro cameras
batteries. The country site is spectacular like any other places around Kamloops. I encountered
some almost unpleasant turbulence, but nothing like in my past flights. On the
way back while waiting for other aircraft to land or take off I spotted 15
pelicans near Tranquille farm. I did not know that pelicans are in Kamloops. This 20 min
video is result of 5.5 hours video clips.
Flying, Aug 15, 2015
I tried to chase low clouds after a day of heavy rain.
Unfortunately clouds dispersed before I could reach them. The sky turned very
grey, so I lost appetite to do any big explorations. It was just 50 min flight.
My wing camera refused to cooperate so this is just single camera view video.
100. Flying over Tranquille Farms and NW
Ridge, July 28, 2015
I had good fun flying morning over the farms and West
part of North Ridge. I experienced sudden blast of cold air by the edge of Mara Mt.
I did not expect anything pleasant from it so I hopped quickly into the safe
air further south. I can say that I handle the turbulence very good. I just
relax and only control the moving hang glider from extreme angles. It flies by
itself. I actually move much less than in an airplane, because I am suspended
from the wing center of gravity so while wing is dancing above I am more-less
stationary at least in compression with fixed wing aircraft.
99. Flying Kamloops,
Knutsford, Campbell Rd
Valley and East of Kamloops,
July 23, 2015
I attempted to fly in the Campbell Rd valley several times before,
but I was always forced back by the nasty turbulence or wind there. The Campbell road is in deep
and narrow valley surrounded by dark colored ridge slopes and green colored
ground. Large lake in that area also contributes to sever turbulences. I was
finally brave enough to fly through, because I am also much more experience
with turbulent air and I am more tolerant to it. It was good flight.
98. 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. Counted 25 wild horses in one small area on the top. Saw
spectacular Blue Moon sunrise. I wish I could fiddle with camera to take
something close what human eye could see. Unfortunately, I had to fly too so the
electronic record is not even close to human record. 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 noticed that GoPro struggled with low light
conditions which resulted with a bit fuzzy video by the end.
97. Canada Day Morning Flying, July 1,
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
96. 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 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.
95a. Mini Air Show, Knutsford June 14, 2015
After flying club BBQ, some members showed their toys.
See this mini air show.
95. Flying in Kamloops, June 14, 2015
Flew from Kamloops
to our small field airstrip in Knutsford, where I had to fix my wing camera
which was not recording. Flew across Kamloops
downtown towards North Ridge. Had to wait on south side to allow Air Canada
Dash 8 in its descend flight towards airport. Took several pictures of Brock
residential area flooded farm fields on west side of Kamloops.
94. Flying Kamloops May 28, 2015
Flying over Kamloops
downtown, Knutsford, Nichola
Valley, Mt Peter & Paul
and North Ridge.
93. Flying Kamloops
May 12, 2015 (Knutsford, South to Nichola Valley
and North Ridge)
Finally very good flying weather. I took off early in
the morning when sun heat did not create too much of havoc, so my flight was
mostly peaceful. Flew over the Ajax gold mine,
Knutsford airstrip and then further south to Nichola Valley.
There I encountered the first bumpy ride due to rising sun heat and cold water
at the valley bottom. My original intention was to fly further south, but I did
not want to push my luck. Turner back over downtown and then North Ridge,
flying about 1000' higher then normally. This gave me new perspective view, but
speed perception dropped sharply. Explored the north part of Frederick Rd valley and 6,000 ft. It was
92. Flying in not very Peaceful Air, Apr
19, 2015 (Knutsford and North Ridge)
Air was very peaceful on the ground, but it was
different story in the flight. This video shows it very clearly. I am getting used
to these conditions, but a year ago I would totally freaked out.
1504190001-Knutsford-NRidge-Turbulence.mp4. Click here
91. Trike Flying to Savona during Heavy Turbulence. My worst
flight ever, Apr 5, 2015.
Previous day I drove my motorcycle through the
mountain area to Oscar hang gliding launch area (N50.79707 W120.90213), NW of
Savona, BC. I came to watch a bunch of hang gliders to take off. It brought me
back to 1974 when I started with this sport. The activities were planned for
the next day too, so I decided to fly there. I knew that it will not be easy
flight, but I did not expect that it will be so scary. The weather was very
peaceful, sunny and no wind. There were some heavy fluffy clouds around, so I was
prepared for some surprises. I was eventually facing 10 kn (18 km) head wind
from west with occasional kicks from thermals and down drafts from shades, but
nothing too exciting. I have now much higher tolerance to nastiness of weather
when compare to my first days of Kamloops
flying. These conditions would be frightening before, but acceptable now.
The wind was still blowing from west when I turned NW
towards the Oscar. It started to get more unpleasant. As soon as I spotted the
hang gliders on the edge of mountain and I wave to the people, the forces of
the nature grab my hang glider control bar from me to show me who is the boss.
To my surprise, I was on down wind side of the mountain. The wind was blowing
from East, while up to that point it was from the West. I was in the middle of
the forceful downdraft pushing me down and thermals pushing me up and
everything in between. If you do not have patience to watch it, then skip to
2:30. I think it is interesting to watch. It was so bad that I could not even
take any pictures, because I could not let the control bar from my hands. I
felt like garbage bag in the wind.
90. Trike Flying to Knutsford Area and
North Ridge During Heavy Turbulence, Apr 2, 2015.
I took off at no wind from Kamloops airport and 15 km south the wind was
blowing 38 km/h. The thermals from the sun shining through holes in the clouds
were getting unpleasant to my stomach, so I decided to go back over downtown
and eventually over the North Ridge. Base on the past several weeks of really
strange weather changing within an hour I decided to go down before it is too
late. Actually the weather stayed good, but I had my flying fix already.
89. I made it to a local movie.
I was interviewed, by inspiring young BC filmmaker, Kora
January 2015. She also used few seconds of my GoPro clips. Check it out.
88. Trike Flying to Knutsford Area and
Detail View Flight around Mt Peter and Paul, Feb 20, 2015
It was another beautiful day to fly in this beautiful
nature surrounding Kamloops.
Flew several times around Kamloops
horizon landmarks, famous Mt Peter and Paul to show how they look from the
close up. Click here
87. Trike Flying North Ridge, South Ridge
and Sand Bars Feb 15, 2015
The second day of perfect flying over the Kamloops beautiful nature
just few minutes from our house. Explored areas over the North Ridge, flew over
Mara Mt and then crossed the Tranquille
Valley to Frederick Rd.
Hit some major turbulence. The wind was very light, but changing in 180 deg
direction. It was very difficult to predict if I will be on upwind or downwind
side of the hills. I took many pictures to document all that natural beauty.
There is spectacular view on the North shore of the Kamloops
lake towards the Frederick
village. Continued across the airport to South Ridge which opened another
spectacular view of those mountain ranges. Click here
86. Trike Flying Sand Bars and North Ridge,
Feb 14, 2015
Finally, after 3 month without flying, I had my
perfect flying day. I explored ever changing river sand bars and then flew over
the North Ridge mountain terrain to have real fun. I hit some turbulences which
I am more relaxed with now and I even enjoy them. The weather was perfect,
which shows in my videos and pictures. Click here
85. Trike Flying GPS Fast Track of above
Flight, Feb 14, 2015
GPS downloaded my flight path and animated to see how
and where I was flying
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