(Updated February 17, 2021)
Short video clips from my last flight showing sections when I used the wing speed trim. It shows how the pivot point is moving in flight. You might need to run it several times to see the detail. Watch first time to its end where you will see it in slow motion.
Still cloudy airport area, but blue sky pushed through in many places. While there was no snow on the ground around airport area, the ground was well covered all around us. It was beautiful flight between, under and above clouds under sunny and very blue sky. This area looks (is) so beautiful that it is beyond any description. I am lucky to have this opportunity to see it from the above.
262. Flying to South Area of
261. Flying above
It was almost beautiful day, but heavy
clouds were hanging in the
In my previous video, # 259, I was showing possibilities to kick back the Rotax 912 engine to run in reverse. Reverse running engine also produces backward force, because the prop is running in reverse. This is not very efficient way due to the prop leading and thicker edge now becoming trailing edge.
Here is about 2 min video showing my experiment, where I demonstrate that it could fly in reverse. I am some-what luckier than many other trike owners, because my wing is tight like drum and there is not a single wrinkle and flutter. This makes it easier and less risky.
Enjoy the video and let me know what you think.
It looks like one of the last days of flying in above freezing temperature. It was beautiful day, with no ground wind, but 30 km/h wind just 2,000' above ground. Several times I was surprised with strong blast of air from nowhere and from ever changing direction. Eventually it became more peaceful at about 6000'. It was nice flight in this nature jewel all around us.
I was always thinking how to "drive" my trike from hangar, without heavy lifting and pushing it. This is problem now for my steel shoulder after the last year motorcycle accident.
Finally, I figured it out. I was inspired by my first
"car" in 1967, three wheeler converted motorcycle, named Velorex.
It was originally made for handicap people in communist
I tried the same idea with my Rotax 912 and it works. You could see it in my video. The problem is solved now. I don't want to brag, but I am very proud of myself. I am surprised that nobody else used this idea yet.
258. Flying over
Finally, it was good flying day. I installed all my GoPro cameras, external batteries, GPS, Spot and another stuff, getting ready for beautiful weather waiting for me. I could not start it. The battery had not enough power to start 80 hp engine after below freezing overnight temperature. I knew already that there is not much life left in it. I move the trike back to hangar and uninstalled all the stuff again. Drove to downtown to buy battery and replace it, which is not easy in this trike. I was ready to go again after about 90 minutes.
It was very pleasant flight with warm sun on my back, with 5C down to 1C and back to 5C (41F - 34F - 41F). The sun was very close to horizon, which was not enjoyable result to shine into my face through two layers of Plexiglas (windshield and helmet). It was very good 90 min flight.
257. Seven Years of Trike Flying in
I took 30 random selected clips from my 7 years flying
256. Flying with Clouds to Chase via Paul
I was one of my best flight without any nasty surprises. Almost 2 hour flight took me over beautiful hills and valleys and generally pleasure to look at scenery. I tried to bring the mood up with the Strauss Blue Danube music. This is how I usually feel when the conditions are right and the flying is pure pleasure. Turn the volume up and enjoy the flight with me.
255. Flying Kamloops-Ajax-Tobiano, Oct 31, 2019
One hour flight around
254. Flying in
My second day of flying, while day before I went
through some serious turbulence,
this day was my redemption. It was very pleasant flight with some sporadic
fluffy clouds and beautiful fall colors on the ground.
253. Beautiful Day, but Unpleasant Turbulence to Fly in, Oct 18, 2019
It was one of those autumn days full of fall colors, warm, sunny and no wind. It looked like an ideal day to fly. My fall color mood changed very quickly right out of the gate. It was very bumpy and getting progressively worse. It took me about 10 min to decide to go with it or chicken out and fly back. Eventually I did not want to push my luck and turned around.
30 sec video to show how perceived flying speed from 3 km (10,000') elevation looks extremely slow, while flying 130-140 km/h
I wanted to know what my trike gliding ration is while the engine is off. It took me 20 minutes to climb to my goal altitude of 10,000' (3088 m). I was climbing up at 600 fpm (3 m/s) which eventually dropped to 400 fpm (2 m/s) while maintaining constant 5,000 rpm on engine. The drop in vertical speed (performance) is natural, because the air is getting less dense with altitude. The view was spectacular and I felt like suspended in the air flying the Space Shuttle. I had practically no perception of speed from that height, but my ground speed was about 54 kn (100 km/h).
After I cleared with the control tower that nobody is in any hurry to land, I turned power off. This flight also gave me appreciation of the wing electric trim. I did not see any purpose of it when I made initial few flights, but now, I am singing different tune. It is excellent invention in longer and steady flights like this one. I trimmed it going up hill so if flew hands off the control bar and the same going down hill. I trimmed it going down to 50 kn indicated, which is actually 40 kn real, as I discovered in the first flights. It flew hands off and without unwanted turns or surprises.
It was peaceful downhill at steady speed covering 10 nm (20 km) distances. I calculated that my trike has 7:1 glide ratio. For every 1000' of elevation I could fly 7000' distance. Of course it will change with wind against or behind me. This glide ratio is very impressive for such heavy trike with small and fast wing. I did the similar test in Apr 2014 with my Airborne trike with Wizard wing (http://youtu.be/cgb7QSM_idw). I calculated 5:1 glide ratio on that slow trike.
Landing was uneventful and 60 kn (111 km/h). I could not restart the engine after landing, because the battery run out of juice. When you are in the similar situation you would appreciate the advantages of classical analog (gauge with needles) instruments versus all computerized stuff, which need a lot of power. I was prepared for this situation by carrying battery power pack and connected into the 12 V trike outlet. I kept all navigation lights, radio, transponder and all digital instruments on. I thought that the battery pack would be able to supply all needed power. Obviously it did not. You could see from the video that it was not big deal when I turned all power off. It was very happy day for me.
250. Flight to
It was one of my best
flights. I wanted to fly originally to
I took different route the
last 15 km before Barriere. I flew above
249. Short Flight over
Weather forecast called for
sunny day, but it did not happen in that morning. I liked the fluffy low level
clouds around the
I was stressed not about the flying, but to deal with the problem. When I was about 200 m from the end of runway we could again communicate by radio. It was not perfect, but at least I could apologize for the bloody radio. I was not very keen to deal with it right a way, but I am glad that I did. I concluded that it must be antenna and it was. The mini coaxial connector was unscrewed. The cable still worked in short distance as antenna, but not very far. I reconnected the cable and wrapped it in electric tape to prevent it from happening again. It really made my day. I was so happy that I found it. It was good day and the video shows it.
248. Second Flight that Day to Knutsford Area, Sep 30, 2019
It was beautiful day, but very bumpy especially in the South of Kamloops. I was looking for different layer for some peaceful flying conditions, but no luck. I just relaxed and tried to like it. I have good video.
247. Short Flight over Kamloops North Ridge, Sep 30, 2019
It was perfect weather (it looked like), but my camera quit shortly after take off. I turned back to reset it.
246. Flying over Kamloops North Ridge, Sep 6, 2019
The main reason for this flight was to take aerial picture after devastating fire of the local school the previous day. The school was totally destroyed. Unfortunately I took off with camera without memory card and on top of that I forgot to turn the front, full view camera on. Oh, well, at least I had very good local flight.
I was trying new camera mount on the trike nose, so there is no picture interference with any part of trike. This front view is run at 4 to 6x faster with perceives speed of 500 to 700 km/h.
I did very good aerial survey
244. Practicing Landings at
Short video showing several take-offs and landings in Apollo DeltaJet2 trike.
Another long distance flight (177 km) to explore
I always wanted to fly around the big surface copper
One of the most relaxing flight over spectacular
countryside. This part of
One of our flying club members posted few pictures
from his flight over
Friend of mine mentioned camping at
Several years ago I watched YouTube video showing
I had very few hours of sleep thinking of all those
"what if" possibilities. I got up at 4:30 am and was in the air at
5:55 am. Dressed in my full winter gear, I was really hot in already sunny,
14C, morning. There was up to 18 km/h (10 kn) head wind, but otherwise very
relaxing flight. It was not easy to take pictures, because big contrast between
sunny and shady areas from the low sun position. I was stunned to see the
beauty of the eastern part of the
I landed safely at the
My record longest and potentially the most dangerous flight so far.
Distance: 278 km (173 mi, 150 nm)
Max Elevation: 3,557 m (11,670')
Moving time: 2:40 hr
Max Ground Speed: 148 km/h (92 mph, 80 kn)
Six days before, I was driving my motorcycle to Knouff Lake Recreation Area and I was very impresses with the nature beauty there. I decided to check it out from the air too. It was very nice flight, but the better view from the ground. It looks from the air much flatter then from the ground.
Walking on the street previous day, I noticed black smoke on western horizon. Oh no! No forest fire again. Media reports were not very favourable with statements like double in size, out of control...
The morning was crisp, with just 8C and sunny sky. I decided to fly west to see how bad the fire situation is NW of Savona. Actually, I was very surprised that the fire was out, but still with some smouldering patches and very close to the forest. I could see small burned patch and father west large burned area. It was obvious that it was deliberately set by someone. The first smaller patch was very far away from the train track separated by very dry grass and wide road. This fire could not start by train. It is mad-mad world.
Kamloops Flying Club organized "COPA for Kids". COPA (Canadian owners and pilots association) motivation is to seed some interest into young generation to become pilots, attendants, mechanics.. The current majority of pilots is in its life sunset. Very few people are starting to fly. Unless something drastic happens, there will not be too many long distance holidays or business trips. There will be no pilots and mechanics to service those planes.
I did similar video with my Airborne Trike in Feb 2017. I had many very good responses, so I decided to follow up with my new trike, but with emphasis on camera mounting basics. It shows how trike is controlled, instrumentation, how to make camera mounts, how to mount them to prevent vibration, best angle of view, how to set camera to be parallel with horizon in level flight... All comments ale welcome.
My flight ended just after 20 min. It was early
morning at 15C, no wind, but very hazy day. We were getting smoke from our
I made another beautiful flight just north of
I made several attempts in the past to fly to
This is return flight continuation of the previous
video. During short pit stop at Merritt airport, I changed all 4 cameras
batteries and enjoyed and bit the beautiful blue sky and crispy clear air in
the beautiful region. I decided to head home, before the nature would change
its mood. I more-less followed the famous Coquihalla (TV series Highway to
Hell) north to
I started early morning to prevent
I was up in the air at 6:30, heading for Merritt airport.
I chose longer, but very scenic way through the
I just bought another GoPro camera (6th now), this time Hero 7 Black. Black has nothing to do with color. It is the confusing type of camera features in this sequence: White, Silver and Black which is the most advanced. I was very impressed with the camera result. The Stabilization if phenomenal and it works exactly how it supposed work for use with aircrafts or boats on waves. The background in steady, but the foreground subject is moving. When you have camera on the wing then in turbulence you are moving against the background. Normally background would be moving while you are fixed in one point on the screen. I was doing this in pos-processing software, which took 2.5 hours for every 20 min of video. Now, all this is done in real time in such small device like GoPro. Very impressive. I was hesitant to buy it, because the original Stabilization had one negative which I call, Over-stabilization. You could see this effect even on TV made by professional cameras. When panning moving object then the result is jerky. I my case when used during take off or landing the undercarriage was separated from the trike and catching up and falling behind. I bought the camera as soon as heard from my fellow trike FB friend that GoPro fixed this phenomenon.
After about 40 minutes in Salmon Arm airport I took
off towards the
I was too far from my original route, so I took shortcut across the mountain again. I wanted to avoid this route, because I did not like the turbulence there. The turbulence was waiting for me.
I took side trip to Chase village on the
This video is from my first leg of two hour flight to
Salmon Arm (SA) airport and back. I decided to fly almost straight line between
I was waiting a long time to test again the Gimbal Stabilizer FY-WG X3 with GoPro wing camera. I tested this mechanical stabilizer in 2016 with disappointing results, when batteries quit in just 12 minutes at -3C. It was a bit better this time with 30 min running time at +3C, but still very short of spec 3 to 4 hours. I will try again in summer. The result is very good and much more interesting relation between the trike and background.
I was always intrigued by the snowy peak on very
distant northern horizon. I was very close to this region in Oct 29, 2018, when
The conditions were ripe for very good flight at 9:30 am, with blue, but hazy morning sky and +6C. Just before I strapped myself into my bird, I was visited by my flying club buddy. He told me about his nasty experience with extreme turbulence while flying his regular airplane there. This stacked in my head, especially, when in that mountain range. I was flying in the final stage at 11,175', well above the peak elevation of 8,600' to avoid the mountain turbulence. I stayed on the up wind side of mountain only and chickened out to fly around, hearing in my head his story of 1,000'/min downdraft.
It was very good flight without any surprises. It was another milestone flight with these, for me, record setting values:
Distance: 184 km (114 mi)
Max Elevation: 3,406 m (11,175')
Delta elevation 3,053 m (10,015')
Average Speed: 116 km/h (72 mph)
Temper -6C to +8C (21 F to 46 F)
It was truly spring day. I took off from
It was very pleasant flight with just small section
with turbulence; otherwise I could listen to music and daydream. Actually, I
was fully alert and waited for some nasty
I adjusted the angle of view of my camera mounted on the broomstick. The view looks good. This low tech camera mount was surprisingly very sturdy and fast to make. It would not win any industrial design price, but it cost nothing and worked perfectly. I cannot say the same about the GoPro overpriced mounts, which are good enough, but no good for my videos. I had to modify them to prevent vibrations.
Another short flight to test my homemade camera mount, but mainly if the view would be interesting to watch. It appears that my broom stick camera mount and its attachment to the wing struts worked well with practically no vibration. I will leave to viewers to answer the question whether the camera view is interesting. The next time I will turn the camera more forward facing to capture the scenery too.
It was the first day of this winter season, when I was actually hot during the flight. Yahoo!
Just short flight with my new camera mount and 360 Master Vision camera. It was disappointing test, because camera quit recording just after only 2 minutes. The camera manual says that it should be operated above 7C. The temperature was 3C to 6C. Obviously, that camera did not like it. I landed and installed GoPro camera to give me another angle of view. You could see the result in the next video.
Beautiful day with now wind, ideal conditions to have pleasant flight. After take off I realized that I forgot my camera on the back seat. I had to turn around to retrieve it. Right after take off I noticed that this flight might not be very relaxing. The air was bumpy and the bumpiness was steady increasing during the flight. I also noticed when flying over the Knutsford area, that I did not buckled up after my camera retrieval. The flying conditions were not ideal for hands off flying. It took me two attempts to secure myself in the seat again. This was big relieve for me!
I had to change my original flight plan twice, due to
the snow/rain in the areas where I was planning to go. I am very allergic to such
combination of blue sky with cold clouds nearby. This always brings very nasty
and sudden winds in
I took advantage of the first warm and sunny day of
2019. Ground temperature was +2C and -6C in the air. I explored still snow
covered country side around
One hour pleasant flight in the first above the freezing temperature. Beautiful views of hilly areas covered with show on North sides, while brown on the sunny sides.
It was almost nice day and especially after unusually
cold weather in
Finally! It was almost warm at -5C. We had unusually cold
and windy 2 weeks of weather. This day the sun was peeking through after about
6 cm of fresh snow. After clearing snow from my long access road to runway, I
decided to take my bird for some fresh air. It was beautiful flight with no
wind or turbulence. I flew just around
The second sunny day required to take your bird up. I was following Kamloops North Ridge east and west. With practically now ground wind, it was blowing around 70 km/h at 6,500'. The flight was very enjoyable and uneventful until I noticed that my seat belt was unbuckled (again). The buckle opens by just lifting its latch. I have camera around the neck and resting practically on that seat belt buckle. Most likely, I accidentally pull the buckle latch when grabbing the camera with my clumsy winter glove. Regardless, I had to buckle up again in the air. While doing it, the control bar suddenly and unexpectedly surged (moved) forward, into, I think, stall position. If you don't have patience to watch whole movie then skip to 3 min and watch it in normal and slow motion. I would like to hear from you experts some explanation, what really happened there.
It was beautiful, crispy day at about -2C to -6C. I
was flying east from