(Updated February 17, 2021)
It was cold, -12C, but beautiful and sunny day. Had to hand shovel snow to get from the hangar to taxiway. I used to fly down to -25C, but my ultralights were slow to max 50 km/h. -12C at 110 km/h feels very cold especially on the face and my fingers. There is an opening in the front bottom of the pod to accommodate the steerable front wheel. This creates serious and concentrated draft directly into the face, which is very unpleasant. Even the microphone wind screen sponge froze solid from my steamy breath. I had to raise my voice to penetrate the ice.
Overall it was very good flight. Actually, by default, the flying in winter is more pleasant then in summer, because usually there is no turbulence to worry about.
Very nice but cold flight to very scenic
It was perfect day for flying: Stable air, sunny with
fluffy clouds and +5C. I like to fly "with" clouds, which is above,
below and around them, but I never dared to fly into them, yet. Right now it is
enough to fly under them and to feel their effect. I followed the North Ridge
east to Harper mountain area;
I had so much fun a day before that I decided to do
the same again this morning. It was on cooler side (5C) and a bit haze in the
air, but still beautiful day to fly. I decided to fly around
It vas a crispy morning which allowed me to fly in
This morning with no ground wind and 5C looked too good
not to go flying. The first part was uneventful until I wanted to take a
picture and realized that my
I experienced the effect of cold and warm areas from deep shade in valley on north side and warm sunny side on the other side of the ridge. This was coupled with the 18 km/h upper wind blowing over the ridge. It was wild ride.
It was short flight, because I am getting wimpy and
less tolerant to the low temperatures. Now -5C is too cold for me while in
Short clip from flying in turbulence between Mt Peter and Mt Paul. It shows the same locations from 3 cameras consecutively.
The summed disappeared so fast. After almost month vacation, I had an urge to fly again. The sky was covered by very heavy but beautiful clouds, which would be perfect for picture taking. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera. I had a few bumps on my way, but nothing extraordinary. Only the landing was not as I would like, actually it was bad in my books. The landing actually looked much better on video (even in slow motion) then during my landing.
This was another milestone in my flying life. It was the
first time ever that I carried a passenger. Cathy Montgomery, ultralight flying
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.
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
I took off at 7am west into no wind. I was following
the south shore of the
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
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.
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 smoke.
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.
I droved 650 km my motorcycle from
I chose different road to go back up to
This was another milestone in my flying career. I flew
almost straight line over the hills to
It was extremely smoky in
It was another, 133 km long, cross country flight to
small airport in Cache Creek. I took off at 7 am in already 26C temperature and
no wind in
I spent several minutes at the airport, took several
pictures, replaced batteries in all my four cameras, and headed back to
I stopped by WW2 bomber
B25, which was visiting from
It was a special day for
I then flew over
After I adjusted the camera bracket (see previous
video # 164), I went up again to
I went for hike and discovered spectacular scenery few
km west of golf resort in Tobiano on
It has been annual ritual to go to see swollen North
and South Thompson rivers in their
Knutsford Fly-in-BBQ by Thompson Valley Sport Aircraft Club members
Well, finally I did it. I decided to fly to Salmon Arm municipal airport, true test of my new, 50% faster, "Northwing Quest GT5" wing. I woke up early to perfectly sunny and no wind day. I pulled Salmon Arm airport info (GPS, elevation, radio frequency and runway numbers), packed my 4 cameras, 3 GPS, bunch of spare batteries, 20 L of extra mixed fuel in canister and in about 40 minutes I was ready to go. The day was perfect and about 17C, but I still dressed in my full winter gear. It is not fun to be cold and no way to change it. I was glad I did that. I was taking short cut over to mountains and there was still snow under me at 6000'.
The only negative was very low rising sun blasting into my face and very hazy day. We had a lot of rain this month and several very hot days causing all that moist air hanging low above ground. It was not easy to take good pictures in these bluish conditions.
I made it to Salmon Arm with no problem, just too many flying people and no traffic control which I am not use to anymore. Finally, I found slot to drop in. It was hot already, so I had to unpeel my winter clothes. One pilot offered me coffee, used toilet, visited one fellow, exchanged few questions about my flying machine, changed batteries in cameras, GPS and topped my fuel. After 45 min I was in the air again for my trip home 100 km away. I was glad to have my GPS, because I was flying in wrong direction, because my head compass (in my brain) flipped over again. It took me about 3 minutes to synch my head compass with the GPS. Very few bumps when crossing the peak reminded me that it is not over until it is over. The rest of the flight was more pleasant with sun off my face. The true flying time was 2:10 hr for 197 km. This is very good for cross country flying. My engine RPM went up now from 4300 to about 5100, but the fuel consumption is almost the same at about 10 L/h. This indicates that the wing is much more efficient and cuts better through the air. The wing is pleasant to fly in a still air, but heavy in bumps and manoeuvres. It does not like to be pushed around. It has direction control delay, which could cause serious over control to beginner when used to more responsive wing. My best behaving trike was Sabre 340. The wing was perfect and extremely pleasant to fly the first minute. I cannot say that about my Wizard, Streak and this GT5. These need time to like them and eventually love them.
I moved the wing hang post about 1/8" back (see my previous video), as I determined during my last flight. This time the setting was perfect. I watched the videos from my previous flights, looking for the answer to why I had a hard time to take off: I was not pushing the control bar far enough before the lift off. I pushed it the same way as with the Wizard wing without even thinking about this step. This time my first and any other after take offs were as normal as they should be, with the bar a bit far forward. I am still too hot on landings and looking for that magic sweet spot on my speed indicator.
I had beautiful morning flight. When I came back, my
Face book friend from
I am still trying to fine tune my new Northwing GT5 wing. Moved the wing hang point another 3/8" forward and I felt that this is too much. I will back it up about 1.8".
It was sunny, warm, no wind and no scary clouds in the
afternoon, just perfect day for flying. The scenery is always spectacular in
I could cause this air movement, because sometimes even bird can trigger the warm/cold air to move. Everything is in balance, until the warm air cannot stay still any more or something pushes the worm air into motion. Warm air above the runway suddenly rises up and it is replaced by cold air from the North Ridge, which flows horizontally from north.
After I just finished previous flight (video #156), I moved the wing (hang glider) hang point 0.5" forward to increase the cruise speed to specified level between 88 and 105 km/h (55-65 MPH). My speed was 74 km/h (46 MPH). I test flew over the NW Ridge and I was very happy with 85 km/h (53 MPH) which is very close to its minimal cruise speed range. I will fly this way for at lease another hour and then move the hang point by another 0.25". So this is my plan for a near future. I have to find some GoPro attachment for my wing view; looking for some idea and solution.
I witnessed, and it is documented in this video, very interesting nature twist. Two days previously (video #155) I flew over the Tranquille Creek with very high water level. Normally this is just a wimpy creek. The creek looked to me totally dry this time while flying over at 9:11 am. This looked strange, because there was always some water, even in deep, hot and dry summer. Ten minutes after, on my way back (at 9:22 from picture time), the creek water was again spilled over its banks. How is this possible?
Started early morning to avoid any major turbulence. I
had to scrape ice form my car window, which is very unusual for
It was long process since Dec 2016. I took advantage of the North Wing Christmas discount and ordered their latest model with high performance numbers, Quest GT5. It took 5 month to get it, because it had to be test flown by local dealer. He was in mercy of weather and other delays. Anyway, it is on my Airborne trike and this is the first video. So far I did not find any suitable bracket to mount a wing camera, so I used only control bar cameras.
I made 3 take off and landings and then I went for it. It was definitely different from anything I flew so far. During and after just one hour of flight I must say that it was a bit intimidating. This is not wing for beginners. Ease of handling, better control and experience in turbulence as book says... Not at all. I would say just opposite. I had to put much more hours on it, before I will fly some cross country. The video shows that there is no difference, or it feels worse while flying in turbulence in comparison with my previous Wizard wing. Only a time will show if I will master it. I am committed, because I spent fortune on it, so there is no turning back for me.
It started as very interesting day with some low
clouds as a residue from the previous rainy day. This gave me an opportunity to
fly over them while following South Ridge east. The wind was very low and
predictable with only mild turbulence. I crossed the
I always wanted to fly straight north over the not
very emergency-situation-friendly terrain. Finally I had enough confidence in
my equipment to do it. It was almost continual uphill from 1200' to 7000', from
15C to -2C and snow covered terrain. The first half of the flight north was
very beautiful, but the second portion was not very photogenic. Just forest and
logging patches on rolling hills. It was interesting that I was flying north
upwind. When I turned east to
Two days before my flight, the weather forecast said that the wind will diminish from strong, gusty and from East to no wing at 10 am. I was ready at 9:30, waiting for the wind to get reasonable. Exactly, 10 am the wind stopped, slowly turned around 180 deg, but still below 10 km/h. Practically, no wind and the sun cooking, created very unstable thermal conditions. As I am used to it, I actually enjoyed some of those thermal bumps.
It was an exceptional morning: warm, no wind and
sunny. I decided to fly to Tobiano Golf course residential area. Several
kilometres west of Tobiano I crossed
I used 3 GoPro cameras, but strangely all quit as soon as I started. I eventually resurrected just the wing camera.
It was very turbulent flight, but the aerial view always compensate for any hardship I suffer.
It was no wind, but just trace of sun. It felt cold at
- 2C. I guess I am not use to it anymore. I used to fly down to -25C. I flew to
and over the
After missing several days of beautiful weather to fly,
Feb 22, 2017 was the day. I finally received a water pump gasket to prevent the
coolant leak. I replaced it, install all gadget, like three GoPro cameras, two
GPS, Spot satellite tracker, radio. I was ready to enter that beautiful day
again. It was so peaceful at the airport. Warm, sunny, snow almost gone and no
wind. When I was strapping in, a commercial pilot called to inform us that
there is very unsettled weather nearby, with rain and snow. I looked up and I
saw those beautifully ugly clouds within about 10 km E, NW and W. I took off W
and turn left following the sun and South Thompson River to
I was doing some chores around the trike and in the
hangar and enjoying the sunny and warm day. In about 2 hours, all hell broke
suddenly. The wind was blowing abut 70-80 km from N, 90 deg crosswind. I had
hard time to close my 4 panel, large hangar doors due to the wind blowing into
them, while still sunny. Yes, that is typical
One of my YouTube subscribers asked me to make a video showing how the trike (motorized hang glider) works. I thought that this was a good idea. My video shows the basic principle of how this simple flying machine works. It is the easiest flying device learn to fly with just your hands and now pedals for steering. I never took any flying lessons and I learned to fly hang glider on my own in just couple hours (https://youtu.be/VeuHVEn6BhY). From that I progressed to motorized hang gliders, which was very easy and natural process. No instruction or video to see how it supposed to work.
Finally, after so much of snow and cold weather we had
a beautiful flying day. I flew NE of airport to Mt Peter & Paul then back
west following the North Ridge. Flew over Mara Hill and then NE shore of
This is just turbulence section from my flight and my video #143. It was kicking. It is very well captured with my camera mounted on 3 axes gyroscopic stabilizer. The horizon is stable, but I am bouncing. Check this out.
The weather was almost the same as the previous day (https://youtu.be/59HTNObHCpw), except of very strong and sometimes unpleasant turbulence. The wind was very light, but the air bounced me very often up and down. The worst place was between Mt Peter & Paul. I was pushed into downdraft and violent kicks. My radio acted again. Eventually I found that the camera gyro RC caused the radio interference.
I am pleased with overall performance and especially video result of my 3 axes gyro stabilizer. It saves me several hours of video processing to get the similar result: "The horizon is fixed and aircraft is moving". Almost all aviation videos, even commercial, are from cameras fixed to the aircraft. This produces not natural effect: "Aircraft is fixed and horizon is moving." See my test video of fixed horizon here: http://youtu.be/GT1MQhoJxK8
I was good, but not very relaxing day.
Finally temperature was above freezing after several weeks of unusually cold weather. Unfortunately, the sun was gone before I was ready. I received even several drops of rain, which was potentially not very good for my unsealed cameras.
I wanted to try my new remote control for the camera (GoPro 3+) gyroscopic stabilizer. The RC did not work properly and it created a lot of static in my radio. I had very poor communication with the tower due to the noise bursts. I eventually discovered the next day that it was not my radio, but the RC. It was decent flight over out beautiful country site.