(Updated October 22, 2020)
Late morning with -3C temperature and many different layers of clouds were too inviting to ignore. It was one of the most spectacular flights for me. I am so lucky to have almost 360 deg no obscured view from my trike so see that vast area beauty. I have never seen this type of clouds at the second cloud layer. You cannot see that from the ground, I felt like to jump into them and have some serious fun there. It was very good flight.
It was one of my best flights ever. If you want to watch this
video then do yourself favor and watch it on a large monitor or at least on a
tablet. The phone screen is too small to really appreciate our natural beauty
All my cameras worked perfectly and the sun and clouds were
in right places to capture the nature at its best. I was a bit sidetracked to
check potential forest fire on western horizon. I made low passes over the edge
of Mt Savona Provincial Park with spectacular rocky cliffs and top covered with
the first autumn snow. You can see very, very long train snaking along the edge
309. Flying above Clouds to
Chilly morning at 3C, but sunny day brought smile to my face.
I could fly and enjoy to Covid free time above
308. My First flight after 2 Month Wait for New Prop Blade, Oct 6, 2020.
This was my first flight after the August unfortunate mistake (see Video # 306), which ruined 2 months of my flying days. I also changed this time the prop pitch from 9 to10 degrees. I set it correctly on the ground (when I bought this trike) to prevent potential engine over revving, but I found that in flight it would run about 500 extra RMP. My cruise speed now increased about 5 kn (10 km/h) at 5000 RPM, but I have to push the throttle harder. I think my fuel consumption will go up. I will see the next time during at least one hour flight.
It was short, just local flight, because the sky was still
very smoky from the West coast
came to see in real life the famous
306. This is how I Ruined my Flying Days, Aug 2, 2020.
It was ideal weather for flying, but I wished I stayed at home. Just a few seconds after take off I felt like a wing cable broke off. Engine started to vibrate. Landed immediately and taxied back to my hangar where I saw what happened. One bar mitts was on the ground. I removed my winter bar mitts, because it was already 25C and put them on my rear seat bag. The mitts are very florescent bright, so they are difficult to miss, but I did. I forgot them behind my back.
I checked for damage and there was just about ¼” of prop blade edge protection tape slightly damage. Checked the prop pitch values and the affected pitch was 1 deg off. I figured I got off very easy this time. I set up the pitch, started the engine and the vibration was the same. Now what? Hopefully it is not the engine. Eventually I found that the blade was cracked just on the edge of the blade hub. I was very lucky to be above the runway when this happened.
This is just section from flight as per video # 303. It is unedited, full
screen view from just front camera. The best is to watch it on large screen or TV
to appreciate the natural beauty of that region in
This is just section from flight as per video # 303. It is unedited, full
screen view of
My first really warm flying, because it was already 19C at 7
am. It was even 19 C at 2334 m (7625’). The sky was very hazy which looked even
worse while flying against the raising sun. I made several passes over the
This was my 3rd attempt to do the above loop. Finally sky was clear and conditions just right. It was very pleasant and relaxing trip. I am just showing snippets from this 136 km long flight, over very spectacular countryside. The terrain is very divers and complex. It is always pleasure to look around from the eagle perspective.
155 km long trip to small town Barriere about 60 km north of
I was anxious to try my new drag chute camera. I tried it the previous day, but the view angle was disappointing. I made new camera bracket which did its work. I was also anxious, because potential negative effect on flying characteristic. The camera is attached to “badminton style” basket and pulled on string attached to one side of the wing. This causes unsymmetrical directional force, resulting, as one pilot described, difficult to control in straight direction. I did not find any problems.
My plan was to fly to
298. Checking Flooded South Thompson River in
I flew about 1500’ feel above ground to see the effect to the
river flood. I started about 6 km east of
Beautiful day to be in the open air. It was still on colder side at 11 to 12C around 8 am, but sky was blue and eventually I met some fluffy clouds to enjoy. I had to change my original plan due to heavy and very intimidating cloud in front of me. It was very peaceful flight.
My original plan was to fly triangular cross-country, but the poor flying conditions changed my plan. I completed just one side of the triangle and decided to fly back. It started as beautiful and sunny morning, but the sky changed to overcast and very hazy before I got ready. I expected no turbulence, because thermal changes were very small. I was wrong. My trip turned few times and instantly from peaceful to nasty rides. I cut it short, because I did not want to push my luck.
I have still very good video with very good background music which will lift your feet in its rhythm.
170 km (106 mi) flight over beautiful area of rolling hills, deep
valleys, many lakes and exceptionally green terrain. It is interesting how
green it was. We are living in very dry climate, where everything is normally
brown, except spring and early summer. It is amazing how the nature is rushing
though its life to push itself to display all its beauty in very short period.
My goal was to check the
This is unedited and complete aerial view from front camera
only. It starts at 17 km east of
This is unedited and complete aerial view from front camera
only. It starts at 28 km north of
292. Survey of North and
291. Fun with Clouds in
Beautiful flight, south of
290. Flying along North Ridge and Flooded Tranquille Farm, May 24, 2020.
I had totally different plan where to fly, but
sudden and unexpected turbulence put dumper into my expectation. It started peacefully
when flying east until I crossed the
I decided that it is just about time to land on our grassy landing strip in Knutsford. I was very hesitant to do it, because the terrain is very bumpy and landing is up or downhill. This is very fast trike with landing speed of 90 km/h. I could land in much worse areas in the case of emergency, but this was not emergency and I didn’t want to create one.
Regardless, I did it and I was glad. I met there another
trike pilot from
I flew over the
When circling our flying club airstrip, I noticed another trike on the ground. I could not believe it. So far I was here just lonely ultralight flyer. That’s very good. New member who kindly took the pictures and video. I have tons of pictures and videos, but nothing of me from ground up. I was really impressed how fast this trike really is. It does not feel too fast when flying it.
287. Flight from
A day before I explored very beautiful Knutsford area on my
motorcycle. I decided to check it out also from the above too. I was not
disappointed. No matted what you do, you cannot find boring areas around
286. Flight from Merritt to
This is return trip of my previous video # 285. While I was
cruising up to 145 km/h flying to Merritt, I could not reach even 100 km/h of
ground speed when flying back. I took direction of the famous “
Those “patches” are much warmer then surrounding green forests, creating serious turbulence. It was bumpy and occasionally unpleasant.
It was very nice flight in one of those times which don’t
happen very often. Warm day with blue sky and no wind. I decided to fly to
Merritt following one of the most scenic roads in the
Beautiful, early morning, 140 km long flight through
283. Flight from Buse Hill to
It is always the most difficult and time consuming process to
edit my flying videos into short version for human consumption. The problem is
I also learn with my #273 video, that there are people with interest in nature and beauty presented to them in very rare and unique views which few people could experience. That video is my most popular flying video so far and it is long. The new GoPro camera technology (Hero 7) solved the most annoying problems of vibration and jello effect. Hero 7 camera has perfect stabilization producing spectacular HD and wide angle videos. One of my cameras is mounted on the front of the trike showing nothing but the beauty as I fly through it. That technology also allows me to speed up this video 2.5 to 3x so more information is presented in shorter time. Aerial videos are not easy to produce, because the perception of speed is diminishing with the elevation above the ground. Basically, it looks more boring higher I fly.
I am showing in this video flight in west direction, when the sun was behind or on my left side, exactly what I needed for good exposure. Sky was fully seeded with fluffy clouds casting spotty shadows over the hills and valleys. You could see there some spectacular views from about 1000’ above ground. You could appreciate the complexity of the terrain when you look around the screen. It was very good flight.
It was beautiful day to fly over
281. How to Set up SPOT to be Ready in Emergency with only the Last Track.
1. The company lost the original intent of SPOT, which is to call for help and find where you are. It is not to keep tracks of your trips, because GPS is far better for this purpose. 2. It uses confusing name Asset instead Device. It is device and it is very clear what device means. Asset will not make it better, just confusion. I thought that asset was set of points until SPOT agent told me that it is device. 3. Delete button and date filter were removed form the main screen. It is totally illogical to burry it deep in menus. I would never find it there without Company help. There is no manual or tutorial. 4. Current delete button, if lucky to find it, deletes everything. The date filter should be put back. 5. “Check in” button brings out tons of useless info and takes you to a useless place. I use SPOT for flying, the same like many other people I know. We all agree that the latest update is very bad and impossible to use. Many people are talking to switch to other devices. We are all 65 to 85 years old and many of my colleagues are scared of computers. The message delivers frightening presentation and especially when received on phone. The fonts are microscopic and impossible to read. Your default link arrives as a text of 3 lines with unreadable micro text. Did you try to select your 3 line link on phone and the paste it to address bar? 6. I and majority of my fellow pilots use the SPOT 7. I go flying, have to do some work there, waiting for weather until the good time to go. Before take off I press Check in. My message is sent to my wife to start to look after me just in case something goes wrong. She is not very computer skilled, but she is above average computer user. There is no way she could navigate though SPOT presented info which is buried somewhere in weird named menus. She is somewhere out and see the info only on the phone. She cannot see anything because it is unusable on the phone. She needs to see whole map and only map showing the current flight points and preferably with the last known point flashing. The actual coordinates could be read by clicking the point. After landing I press OK again to let her know I made it safely. 8. I found that https://maps.findmespot.com/s/K36V/4R is the perfect. This link or some other to produce the same result is needed. It is very clear and it should be always default. Everything else to be optional. Currently you get tons of info but the most important substance must be painfully discovered. 9. What is alert and what is its purpose? Check in, Help, SOS… are already alerts. Why do we need duplication? 10. The logging button within the map is also messed up. First, it says log out, but it means both. To log in it suggests my email, which is not my ID. As soon as I start type in first character then Password changes to Manage. I have to enter password first and then user ID. That’s amateurish!
Due to Covid-19 pandemic, I decided to fly just around the airport without my usual exploration flights. I could return safely back to airport without the engine power. To make it more interesting I set a goal to go up to 10,000’ (3 048m) above airport. I made it to 11,600’ (3 536m) above sea level. Obviously, higher up above ground the perception of speed disappears. You feel like suspended motionless in the air with spectacular 360 deg view. It was very pleasant feeling. My views are especially special, because I am not looking through glass or through small windows. There is nothing between me and the environment. The ground temperature was 12C (54 F) and 3C (37 F) on the top, which is very good. No more frozen fingers.
279. Short Flight with Fuel Problem, Apr 6, 2020
I originally promised that I will not fly during the Covid-19 pandemic. I did not want to push my luck. I knew that there would be very limited medical help just in case I would need it, plus very high potential to get infected by that virus. It would be certainly fatal in my age.
Lately, we finally have very beautiful days, ideal for flying. I could not take it anymore. I decided to fly only at gliding distance from the airport to mitigate any dangers. I could make it back safely with dead engine. My goal today was to show how this areal looks from 10,000’ above ground. I wanted to spiral in very wide oval into 12,000’ and then idle down back to airport. It was very ironic, because just half way up, at 5,700’ I noticed low fuel pressure. I was not very trilled about it. I looked that my flying will be over, plus the find what the problem is. I turn on an auxiliary fuel pump which increased the fuel pressure, but it was still not normal. Lowered RPM, pump on/off, RPM up… nothing worked, while trike engine did not complain a bit. I called tower with my changed plan due to low fuel pressure. I was asked if I need emergency stand-by, like fire truck and ambulance. I was fine with just bid inconvenience. Eventually I found that it was fuel filter. I never ever had any fuel pressure gauge in my previous trikes and ultralight and I never had any fuel problem. It is a bid disappointing with this trike, because it has only 80 hours total. I think I would be really stressed to be far away from the airport.
278. Unnoticed Flock of Geese in my Landing Area, March 20, 2020
I noticed a shadow from a bird flying overhead just before a touch down. I never notice any birds (usually geese), so that shadow surprised me. After reviewing the videos from the on board cameras, I saw around 50 Canadian Geese in area where I was touching down. Any collision with those big birds could potentially create serious damage to any aircraft.
spring weather with 6 to 8C, but of course, that take off and landing
turbulence again on sun heated concrete runway. The turbulence was
discouraging, but eventually it was very nice flight. It was also first flight
after many months without frozen fingers. This area west of the
The weather looked perfect, with blue sky, warm air, but still cold in shadows. There must be turbulence. I was not “disappointed”. It started to kick me up and down right out of deck. Turbulence was just short live and it was very peaceful flight the next 40 minutes. I went to 6,500’ to 7,500’ where the air was smooth. I received another few kicks just north of airport on the way back.
I was not looking forward for my landing. I experienced very similar conditions during my previous flight and it was nasty just few feet above the runway. I expected the same this time, and it came. The air was very still with wind sock pointing down, which was bad sign. The air will not be agitated. The warm and cold air blocks were side by side waiting for something to disturb their temporary equilibrium. Sometimes just a bird flying through could cause the major air movement. I was that bird. I started dancing above runway. I could feel on my face blasts of warm air from left and right blowing under my helmet face shield. I increased my landing speed and I was hoping for the best. The actual touch down was very good, but I was going up and down just few feet above the asphalt.
Again, it was very relaxing flight. This was my social isolation from COVID-19 virus epidemic emergency but mainly from all that bad and depressing news.
275. Nothing but Turbulence, March 9, 2020
Two minutes of turbulent flying. It shows unusual, not perfect, but very well recovered landing: Push rather then pull after first bounce.
274. Short, but Turbulent Flight in Noon Heating. March 9, 2020
It was one of those rare days with blue sky, no wind, warm, but still cold in shade (-2C). I knew that it will be bumpy without any wind to agitate the cold and warm air. I was surprised that the turbulence started right during the take off. I was considering to go home during the next 5 min. Eventually, it smoothed out, at least for a while. I climbed up to 6,500’ looking for good flying conditions. I had several more kicks during my flight above this beautiful terrain.
I was not
looking forward to landing, because of hot runway right beside cold river and
warm beaches. This is never too good here in
273. Low Level Flying by North Ridge. Long Version from just Front Camera, March 1, 2020
This is very little edited version of the
previous video # 272. I used just
front camera video running 2x faster. The perceived flying speed is between 200
and 250 km/h above fascinating and very complex terrain. I did it to show the
Favourable flying conditions allowed me to fly
much closer then lately to the ground, so I could show the full range of the
It was unusual sight in the sky and on the ground to see and hear five, high performance RV homebuilts. They joined our Kamloops Flying Club for regular Tuesday coffee and donuts social gathering and pilot talk.
270. Good Flight to
I was planning to fly to
This video, version 2, is edited so that only sections with turbulence are shown.
like peaceful day for flying, but the reality was just opposite. As soon as I
268. Flying Turbulent Kamloops North Ridge, Feb 15, 2020
It looked like
peaceful day for flying, but the reality was just opposite. As soon as I
I was also testing another GoPro Hero 7 Black (3rd one), but the result was extremely disappointing. The stabilization did not work for some unexplained reason. The footage was practically useless and much worse then from my previous Hero 3 camera. Hero 8/B has Super stabilization, but it was horrendous in this case.
267. Flying to
It was beautiful, spring-like day, but flying conditions were not too relaxing. I encountered a lot of turbulence. I tried different altitudes, over water, terrain with and without snow, but no luck. It really built a lot of anxiety when not knowing if this is how it will be or is it just warm up for the big one. I was already in several serious turbulences before, so I am not looking forward to experience it again. Eventually the air was much friendlier over the downtown to pleasure me down. Overall, it was good flight.
morning started very promising with sun, +5C, but forecast called for windy
day. I waited till about 10 am, but there was no wind. I took my chances and I
did not regret it. It was one of my most relaxing and beautiful flight. I was
planning to cross
It was very good flight, but my fingers were getting numb which determined the flight duration. It is not easy to take pictures and fiddle in knobs in heavy gloves.