(Updated December 30, 2020)
I like when ground is covered by the first snow, but not everything is white yet. The terrain looks much better in that contrasts between the white snow and dark roads, streets and slopes.
It was good flying day.
I woke up into blue sky, no wind and above freezing
temperature. I checked, as always, all my weather application, including
Environment Canada Weather (EC) forecast. EC showed 5C and 30 km/h wind for
every hour, including my wakening hour with absolutely no wind. This government
site has the most useless weather information. It is obvious that during the
sunny day the temperature will go up. All other weather applications were
showing 5 to 10 km/h wind and of course variable temperatures per each hour. So
I took a chance and went flying. I made just 40 min loop, because the EC
forecasted 30 km/h wind was haunting me. I tested my newly installed electric
carburetor heaters, which will give me more confidence in my machine in winter.
Frozen carburetor in
This is almost full turbulence captured by the control bar cameras. It shows how bad (for some not too bad) it really was. It is part of the video # 210
This is almost full turbulence captured by the wing camera without too much of editing. It shows how bad (for some not too bad) it really was. It is part of the video # 210
It was beautiful, sunny day with just light wind. I
took off with intention to fly east towards Chase and perhaps further east. In
about 5 minutes my plan very quickly and suddenly changed. I was in the worst
turbulence while in command (I was in much worse turbulence in commercial
flight). The up and down bounces were very unpleasant and for me outright
scary. I was in one moment in weightless condition going down with instant kick
back up. The problem was that I took off west, up wind, turned east, down wind
but instead I ended up in very strong up wind. This is the weirdness of
I took off for 130 km loop flight to
At about 5 min into my flight, I noticed that I forgot to buckle up. Instead of turning around and land, buckle up and take off again, I made dumb decision to buckle the seat belt in the air (while in bumpy air). I really struggled with this task (well documented on the video), and it was serious distracted flying. I will never do it again and I hope I will never forget again to buckle up in the first place.
Just 2 min video showing sudden and a bit unpleasant turbulence during otherwise peaceful flight.
It was my second flight of that decent flyable day. I flew SE towards Knutsford airstrip, but still did not dare to land there in this fast trike and with my low hours time on it.
On the way back towards the airport area I encountered very sudden, short but a major turbulence. Let's see if you have patience to wait for it. I never experienced this before: During this bouncing up and down like garbage bag in the wind, all of the sudden I felt very strong blast of air from my left side. It totally freaked me out. If anything it should be from the front and not from the side. Luckily for me it lasted less them minute, but if definitely perked my attention
I have very nice views of the ever changing river sandbars, with very complex underwater formations.
Nice flight into, still for me not known,
The lately, weather is almost every day perfect for flying,
with no wind and turbulence. I flew north to small town on
I set the prop pitch to 9 deg, based on experience
during the previous flight. Everything looked good after take off, so I decided
to fly straight south and uphill to
When I was transporting this trike with just 9 hours on it, I damaged one prop blade. I installed new prop. The original owner told me that he set the prop pitch to 11.5 deg. I measured the same angle too. I originally set the pitch of the new prop to 11.5 deg. The static test, (trike was not flying, but it was reved up on the ground), produced only 4,000 RPM as versus desired of 5 500 RPM.
Eventually I ended up with 6.5 deg pitch and the engine produced max 5,400 RPM when not moving.
I noticed during my previous flight, that I could run the engine at max RPM in just 3/4 of throttle. This could be potentially dangerous to over rev the engine. I also noticed big difference in max RPM between static test on the ground and the actual flying. Based on the above I set the pitch back to 11.5 deg and took off for this flight. The pitch was too coarse with poor performance and 4,500 RPM max. I turned back and changer the pitch to 9 deg. It worked well during my following flight above.
It was beautiful fall day so I decided to pull my new
trike and myself through some cross country flight test. I flew to the second
largest ski area in
It was the first time I really appreciated the wing speed trim and figured out how it supposed to be used. It is very good device especially in stable air and long flights.
It is interesting to compare my previous Airborne Trike with the original Wizard wing and this Apollo with Cheval 14 wing. Both trips measured 135 km (coincidence). The Airborne trip took 2:13 hours and this Apollo just 1:14 hour. The Apollo is really moving, but it still looks and feels slow in the air. Basically I do not perceive any speed difference.
It was the first flight with my steel shoulder. It was
the result of being victim in motorcycle accident 5 months earlier. I feel that
I am getting slowly back to my regular life again. I missed all that warm
flying weather and now I am back into winter clothing again. It was one hour
My first ever flying on floats in 1983. I flew my
weight shift Atlas made in
Winter flying on Snye, the most popular place for winter activities at that time
The weight shift Atlas was the best concept and easiest flying machine. Easily transportable, but very poorly designed. I had several close calls with this machine: broken prop shaft, stripped prop dive belt, broken cable tong, flipped upside down on the lake with pontoons and many engine quits.
This was an excellent concept of hang glider
replacing aeroplane wing. I flew very well. I wish someone developed and
modernized this concept. I saw it in
Flying with my improved Dacron
type cover material, which was significant improvement from the previous poly,
rain coat, stretchable sail.
This shows my first selfie from mechanical (spring winding) movie camera. The movie film camera took just 3 min movie before if had to be rewound. I built camera remote control from the bicycle break leaver and cable. The trigger worked on the ground, but not in the air. Fortunately, it stacked in ON position, so camera took just full film movie (~3 min). Yah, how far it was from the GoPro.
1974 beginning of quickly developing hang gliding sport
Beginning of hang gliding in
This was one of my best time in my life to be surrounded by people similarly crazy and in love of this quickly developing sport. This movie shows the first accident on that hill.
I never flew anything in my life. I built a hang glider from home available materials, made all the cable connections from cooper tubing. Saw the sail from poly rain coat material. This film sequence show how I learned to fly and learned to fly it in just couple of hours. Never stopped flying since except for 2 years in 1980 after my serious hang glider accident when my marriage was in jeopardy.
It was beautiful, but hot (30C) and very smoky
evening. There are many forest fires around us, but luckily far away from
I was wearing light summer jacket with loose sleeves, which caused a lot of wind vibration transferred into bar mounted cameras. I ended up with jello effect in my videos
The morning looked perfect for my second flight in new Apollo trike. My original plan was much more ambitious then I eventually ended up with. As soon as I crossed the river to the south side the air become nasty. High wind a loft and morning heat with temperatures differences of at lease 20C between shade and sunny sides ruined my flight plan. I concluded that it was too much for me in just second flight in new trike. I turned back north and stayed there which felt much better. I made just 30 min flight in my familiar territory. I got warning to head home when I noticed that east half of our big lake (closer to me) had glossy water, but the west side looked black and choppy. It was still good flying day, but not relaxing. The wing trim worked, but I did not notice much difference or purpose of it. I guess I need more time and more steady flying conditions to appreciate it.
I received deposit from potential buyer on my
excellent Airborne trike in April 2018. I promised him, that I will not fly it
anymore to preserve its condition as I advertised it. I decided to move one
notch higher in the trike category. I really liked the styling of the Hungarian
made Apollo, DeltaJet2 with Rotax 912 UL. I was very lucky to find one in
Meanwhile, in May15th, I became victim of careless track driver who pushed me off the road while I was riding my motorcycle. I lost a lot of skin from my legs, arms and hands. I had torn several muscles and tendon in left shoulder. My summer fun was in serious jeopardy, because of my limited left arm mobility. Eventually I recovered reasonably quickly my skin, but my shoulder has to be replaced. This flight day was just one weak before the scheduled surgery. I would have to wait at least 4 months after the surgery, so my flying season will be in serious trouble. I had to fly my new trike, because I have no idea if this would even fly and I could not wait any longer.
I was very pleasantly surprised that there was not any nastiness in the Apollo trike. It handles well and it was only the second trike (or wing) which I was comfortable with from the first minute. I have to adjust the pedals which are too close for my legs and fix the electric wing trim. The fuse burned out. I have to find why. I am expecting very good fun with this toy
Beautiful, but bumpy flight to
The ground wind was very light, but up to 38 km/h in
the air. I was considering several times to give up, because the turbulence was
getting unpleasant. I was telling myself to be brave, otherwise I would never
learn to handle this type of situation. It was good flight over this beautiful
countryside here in
This trike is for sale: New wing last spring and complete engine overhaul last year too. It flies perfectly, but buying a bigger trike.
Another beautiful flying day. Flew SE to
It was perfect day for flying with blue sky and above
freezing temperature. I was following Kamloops South Ridge east, then to
Another beautiful day for flying: Temperature was
slightly above freezing, sunny, blue sky and very light wind. I could not ask
for anything better than this. I was flying east over the Kamloops North Ridge
towards the second ski resort in
It was beautiful day to explore other areas in
It felt like warmer day, but it was still cold, particularly on my fingers. I had to pull hands from gloves several times to fiddle with radio and cameras, which does not help at that speed and in open freezing air. I made short flight to Mt Peter and Paul, downtown and back to the airport.
I will be selling this trike, because I am moving into higher league; I am buying Apollo DeltaJet2 with Rotax 912. It would be difficult to part with this trike and especially with the engine fully overhauled and new latest technology wing installed in summer 2017.
The first flight in the new year.
I counted 23 eagles on the ground, trees and one in flight. It was good flight.