Flight started on the Kamloops North Ridge following the
409. Nice Flight in Serious Turbulence,
It looked like an ideal condition for flying, but the reality changed very quickly into a nasty turbulence. Decent condition changed within 10 km into scary situation. Cool morning, no wind, cloudy without thermals so why this sudden change? I had to change my original plan because I did not want to push my luck. It was still very nice and eventually peaceful flight. Test
This is short video taken from my previous video #407. I am showing in details my serious mistake and consequence when I forgot to buckle up the seat belt.
My seat belt is not the best kind. It has the flip up latch to open it. This poor design allowed me to unbuckle in flight (3x) when lifting the neck camera. I solved this unpleasant problem with the funny pack covering the buckle. The camera strap does not accidentally unbuckle me now, but complicate situation to buckle up in flight.
The air was very good and steady. I set (tuned) the electric wing trim to level, hands free flight first. The complication started when trying to place both belt ends under the funny pack with camera on the top of it. Then, suddenly and instantly the control bar went to max forward up to the front brace. I did not change the RPM. It had to be vertical puff of air. This proved my point that it is important to relax your hands on control bar, but still control or dampen the bar/wing from reaching the extreme movement due to the asymmetrical vertical air movements.
Originally I had different plan, but totally unexpected and ever increasing turbulence made me turn around and look for some more peaceful place to fly. I found it and it was very beautiful country site with many lakes, hills and deep valleys. I had also one stupid moment shoving how close I was to some serious problem. I will show more details in my follow up short video to show my stupidity from different camera angles. You will get the pictures in this video.
406. Flight to
considering this flight for long time, but the hot noon weather effect scared
me from doing it. Salmon Arm flying club, about one hour away, has Wednesday
morning coffee fly-ins, which starts at 10 am. Normally, I am back from my
flights by 9 am to prevent the nastiness of the hot weather turbulence. This
time it was different. I took off at 9 am (22 C / 72 F) and returned at noon at
29 C (84 F). The first leg was a straight line over some mountain area very
hostile to emergency landing. I encounter turbulence close to the peak. The
turbulence is not the problem, but the apprehension about what will come next.
Is this the first warning, would it get worse, what to do next. I could go
higher, but eventually I had to go low too… Salmon Arm is very member active
airport located is beautiful area by enormous
I followed the highway and the river valley through the civilization on my way back. The sun was in my back, so it was better for the cameras. This video is extract from my 10 hours, 5 camera videos, 214 km (133 mi) long flight through one of the best nature in this region. There was practically no heat turbulence except above the concrete runways, like always.
190 km (118
mi) long trip through the most picturesque hills, valleys and lake areas to a
special recreational area of Douglas Lake Ranch. The ranch is owned by an
404. Mountain Flying to Greenstone Mt, Ajax Mine, Kamloops Downtown and Watching Creek Wild Fire, Aug 6, 2022
It was very
relaxing and a bit colder flight (11 C (52 F) to very nice area of Greenstone
mountain. It used to be the forestry
fire watch tower, before they switched to satellites and electronics. The shack
is still there and maintained be volunteers even though it was several times
vandalized. It is one of the highest peaks in that region which offers perfect
360 deg view. I flew to
I took off
at 7:30 in 24 C (75 F) sweating temperature to cool off in higher up, but no
luck. Regardless, I flew over another spectacular and diverse terrain with many
lakes, hills, deep valleys, meadows and forest. I am shoving this beautiful
402. Another Fantastic Flight to
flight to beautiful recreational area of Knuff and Sullivan lakes and then to
Perfect flight in spectacular river valley and good combination of sun and cloud for good video. I did this route several times and it is always challenging with very variable weather conditions. There are several valleys meeting in one point which is very often rough to fly through. After every landing in Cache Creek I made decision not to land there anymore, but, like this time, I did it again. This is short video from 165 km flight made into very nice music. Check our luckiness to live in such complex natural beauty. I had very rare opportunity to video two opposing trains in the same place, but separated by river. It looks like model trains running in the loop.
It was one
of my best ever flight; perfectly relaxing and without any unpleasant weather
surprises. I flew in straight line over the
399. Hot Evening Flight over Flooding Rivers, Jun 25, 2022
It was the first very hot day and in this case evening, 30C (86 F) at 8 pm. I flew to check the status of our two major rivers flooding. It was a bit let down, because the water level was lower then previous night. This is good news that the predicted, half century flooding will not happen. We cannot do victory lap, because the nature could always surprise us with own quirks.
It was very good flight and the resulting video, fully annotated is showing it. I really like to read your comments, which is the only reward for my hours of hopefully not wasted life.
398. Flying over Flooding S Thompson River from Chase for
I flew 150
km in early morning to see the state of the
The flooding of N and S Thompson rivers is an annual event. Each spring those rivers change from shallow rivers with many islands, beautiful beaches and interestingly sculptured sand bars into raging rivers (almost like small lakes) flooding many low laying fields and areas. Time to time they create disaster floods as marked on the attached photo of the historic floods. So far, the rivers are at annual flood, but forecast is for disastrous flood in the level of 1972. It was very relaxing flight above all green and yellow terrain except usual and sudden turbulence to wake me up from my daydreams.
An unusually colder spring delayed snow melting in the mountains. Finally we had several very warm days and mainly nights which is now accelerating the snow melting. The rivers cannot keep up and so we are expecting some serious floods. I flew to check it out. The North and South Thompson rivers are already spilling out in the low laying areas. It was almost relaxing flight until I hit serious turbulence in the 7:30 morning sun heat. This cut into my original plan.
I did also my pre landing experiment to lower the effect of dark and hot runway in the middle of green and cold grass. It really took an age from usual unpleasant turbulent landings. My experiment worked.
Early morning flight into a special natural rock formation in very weird weather. I started with no wind, which was changing up to 53 km/h. The flying was from very relaxing to instant heavy turbulence. Landing was interesting too with head wind speed from 52 km/h to no wing within 1000’ elevation difference. I was hoping to fly close to the Buse Hill rock face, but the weather conditions there were too risky.
395. Beautiful Flight to Paska and Other Lakes. Playing in the Clouds. May 24, 2022
flight to Paska Lake Recreation Resort, low level fluffy clouds to
394. Beautiful Flight to
This was one of my best flights over many lakes, meadows, hills and valleys. The sky was sprinkled with scattered clouds creating interesting patterns of shadows down below. The flight was mix of relaxation to full attention from turbulence. It was also my best landing with zero kinetic energy into my wheels. I was impressed.
was almost relaxing until I entered the
plan was much more ambitious, but I had to change it due to increasingly more
unpleasant turbulence. Terrain is more beautiful with greens covering the
majority of its surface. My flight is over the most beautiful natural area of
km round trip through some spectacular and also sad scenery. The SW portion of
my flight was over the remnants of the devastating 2021 forest fire(s). It
looks interesting, but also very sad. The small town (pop 2500)
I captured also different and complete view of Tobiano and nearby hoodoo areas. East side of Mt Savona looks very interesting.
I flew over several still frozen lakes around Lac Le Jeune. I had an opportunity to spot the three large flocks of cranes, but much lower then I was flying. I made a few attempts to get closer, but they were faster in their maneuvers. They were very well aware of my presents above them.
closer aerial video of the Petersen Creek canyon and
It was very
nice flight through the backcountry in deep valleys. In 2021 fire season
the Whitecroft was in unwanted center of attention when it was part of very bad
forest fire. The fire result could be seen in video. It was very close to the
Whitecroft village and just barely separated from the very popular Sun Peaks
Ski Resort, the 2nd largest ski resort in
of still frozen
The landing was as expected, hairy. There was no reported wind at the airport, the air was about 5C, but the dark runway was heated to perhaps to 15C. This created very unpleasant turbulence near the runway surface. I also felt twice sudden push from the back, which was the first one for me. I was bounced in every direction, which is not very pleasant experience few feet from the ground.
I few to
small city airport in Merritt. Merritt was seriously damaged during the autumn
2021 flooding. Some houses and properties were destroyed. I could not see much
of that effect from the air. Merritt is located in beautiful mountain
surroundings and connected with famous
I am presenting fantastic beauty of the Kamloops NE Ridge area. I flew above 3 herds of wild horses grazing in very picturesque setting. It was windy, but not gusty day to have very good flying experience. Join me to see what only a few people could experience.
387. Flying back from
This is second leg of my flight as describes in video #386. I
was not looking forward to take off due to high wind in about 45 deg to my
left. It was bumpy, but not too bad. Trip scenery is always spectacular,
because it is very diverse. It is very complex terrain all around us. I wish it
was a bit green to make it more colorful, but it is still too early for that.
The flight was very easy and smooth except, of course, just above
386. Flying to Cache Creek Challenging Airport, Part 1 of 2. Mar 16, 2022
The weather was just great with blue sky to fly 45 min west
to small, single runway, mountain type airport. I was following Thompson River
valley, over Tobiano,
I had very nice flight while testing additional features of my new camera, Insta360 One X2. In this video, I used explanatory comments of tested features.
384. Super Day over Super Nature – The Way the Birds See It. Mar 3, 2022
It was unbelievable sunny day with very complex sky and complex ground. Dark and still some snow covered surface created indescribable nature complexness which would be a big challenge for any artist to paint. I tested my Insta360 One X2 camera in another location, but I am still not happy with the result. The next time I will mount it on the wing. This video plays into classical music, creating relaxing mood. The last few years of camera technology progress surprises me every time I view my videos. Let me know if you like it.
Side mounted camera vibrated too much in previous video. This time I mounted it up front on the trike nose. Resulted video, which looks like globe must be edited into viewable clips to be integrated and synchronize with other GoPro cameras. A big advantage is that I could keep horizon level in turns. This has to be done manually in post editing process. Also the GoPro camera video could be speeded up max 3x without too much of extra distractions. Faster it plays more jerking it become. I tested the Insta360 in speed 8x faster, which translates into perceived flying speed of 960 km/h (597 mph). I was very impressed with the results. This and part 1 videos just test the features. I will be very careful not to be sucked into gimmicks. The bottom line is that camera is very impressive.
Just bought the Insta360 One X2 camera and testing it in two positions. In this test it is on my side long mount. The bracket is long but it is vibrates too much.
I am learning totally new field of editing. This camera is actually two cameras together taking 360 global views. I have to edit individual views, play speed, horizon angle correction in turns…, just more time to kill. I also wanted to know if it will integrate with my GoPro cameras. So far it works. This and part 2 videos just test the features. I will be very careful not to be sucked into gimmicks. The bottom line is that camera is very impressive.
381. Interrupted Flight due to Heavy Turbulence and Strong Wind. Feb 10, 2022
beautiful sunny day with no wind and +2C (36F). I was planning to fly to
I knew that
I would have hard time to fly in that headwind back. It was decision time:
Should I or shouldn’t I? Suddenly terrible turbulence started which bounced me
very good. It decided for me. I turned back and was inching towards
380. My Best Flight to Harper and Sun Peaks Ski Hills. Feb 6, 2022
This was my age depressing, 75th birthday flight. I needed to
take some edges of those “It’s over life feelings”. Fortunately, the weather was
perfect to relax in the air. I flew first to Harper Mountain Ski area, showing
our smaller ski hill. The next on my list was the 2nd largest ski area
379. Day to Explore Natural Beauty of
This was one of the best days for winter flying with smooth air and very
little weather surprises.
I flew over many frozen lakes and mountain ridges, eventually view
378. Beautiful Winter Flying in N
Nice flying day to get some fresh air and have fun with it.
After long period of very cold weather, the Mother Nature smartened up with quickly disappearing snow and above freezing temperatures. Patches of the disappearing snow created very interesting ground patterns with awesome results. It was very good flight at totally relaxing mode, but also with some shaking up turbulence. New camera mount and view angle.