213 Youtube Flying Videos by Jan Nademlejnsky

(Updated December 16, 2018)

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213. Short Flight over Kamloops North Ridge, Dec 15, 2018

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 then 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 mad 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 Kamloops area would not be fun. I cut my flying short, but the wind never came, while beautiful, spring like weather continued.


212. Worst Turbulence Ever from Control Bar Cameras, Nov 28, 2018

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



211. Worst Turbulence Ever from Wing Camera, Nov 28, 2018

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



210. Short Kamloops Flight in the Worst Turbulence Ever, Nov 28, 2018

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 Kamloops flying conditions. Regardless what ever it was, I hope I will not experience this again.


209. Flying to Deadman Valley and Seat Belt Problem, Nov 17, 2018

I took off for 130 km loop flight to Deadman Valley. I was following the south shore of Kamloops Lake flying west over Tobiano, Golf Residential Resort, to Savona.  I turned NW over beautiful Deadman Valley for about 30 km. My fingers were getting numb from cold, so I decided to fly straight back SE towards the Kamloops Airport. The environment is not very friendly for any emergency landings there, while flying over heavily forested hills and valleys. I trust my Rotax 912.  There were many logging fires so the very large area looked like during the famous Kamloops forest fires.

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.


208. Good Turbulence Flying Apollo Trike, Oct 30, 2018

Just 2 min video showing sudden and a bit unpleasant turbulence during otherwise peaceful flight.


207. Flying to Kamloops South Ridge, Knutsford and Sandbars with Major Turbulence, Oct 30, 2018

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.


206. Flying to Kamloops North Ridge, North Shore of Kamloops Lake and Sandbars, Oct 30, 2018

Nice flight into, still for me not known, Kamloops region. Nice scenery with many payers of mountains and hills. I wanted to test my Monster Vision 360 camera, but the battery quit in just 15 minutes



205. Flying to North of Kamloops to Barriere, BC. Oct 20, 2018

The lately, weather is almost every day perfect for flying, with no wind and turbulence. I flew north to small town on North Thompson River, Barriere. I flew almost straight line over the mountain to Barriere and followed the North Thompson River on the way back south. The flight was very uneventful, but the sky was hazy from cold morning fog. It was especially noticeable facing sun through fog and haze, large windshield and helmet face shield. This was not very good combination for taking pictures either. I still manage to bring and edit decent video and good set of aerial pictures.


204. Flying to Greenstone Mountain and Ajax, Oct 15, 2018

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 Greenstone Mountain. Unfortunately, I ended up on similar peak, but not where I wanted to be. There was wind and practically no turbulence until I was close to the mountain ridge. The air was very turbulent and unpleasant. I did not want to push mu luck with my new steel shoulder, still untested in the battle. I decided to skip the Greenstone and turned back north. The unpleasantness turned again to tranquil pleasure flight. Flew over Ajax mine area and my favourite river sand bars. It was good flight


203. Short Test Flights by Kamloops Lake South Shore, Oct 15, 2018

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.


202. My First Cross Country Flight in Apollo Trike, Oct 14, 2018

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 Canada, Sun Peaks. Ten minutes into the flight my two GoPro cameras refused to record. Luckily, my wing camera was working. Resulting video is from one camera only versus my usual at lease three camera views.

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.


201. My First Flight after Shoulder Replacement Surgery, Oct 11, 2018

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 flight around Kamloops to check my favourite places, Mount Peter and Paul and South Thompson river sand bars. It was good and uneventful flight.


200. My First Float Flying, Fort McMurray 1983

My first ever flying on floats in 1983. I flew my weight shift Atlas made in Edmonton AB by Birdman. It was exceptionally easy to fly, but poorly designed machine. I never took any lesson and I flew it perfectly the first time. The same on floats. I was very apprehensive after reading so many horror stories about float flying. I expected to die, but it was much easier that anything else.


199. Fort McMurray, AB, Flying Weight Shift Atlas in Winter 1983

The same on floats. Winter flying on Snye, the most popular place for winter activities at that time


198. Fort McMurray, AB, Flying Weight Shift Atlas 1982

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.


197. Motorized Rogallo in Italy 1977

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 Italy during our time waiting for immigration to Canada.


196. First in Flight Selfie Movie, Rana Hang Gliding 1974


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.

195. Hang Gliding Pioneers in Rana, Czech Republic 1974

1974 beginning of quickly developing hang gliding sport


194. Rana Hang Gliding Beginnings in Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia, CSSR) 1974

Beginning of hang gliding in Czechoslovakia in very popular and ideal learning place, Rana near Louny.
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.


193. How I Started to Fly in 1974

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.


192. Sunset Flight in Smoky Air, July 25, 2018

It was beautiful, but hot (30C) and very smoky evening. There are many forest fires around us, but luckily far away from Kamloops. We still get the smoking signals here too. I wanted to test my navigation and landing lights and newly installed transponder. I was planning to fly up till 30 min passed the sunset, but I eventually gave up right after the sunset. The air was smooth and pleasant in higher elevation. I was also wakening up by some summer turbulence. I am very happy with this trike and how it performs. You could see on my website several pictures of the flight instruments taken during the flight. It moves without any sweat at 70 kn (80 m/h, 129 km/h) and just around 5200 rpm.

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.


191. Second Flight in Apollo Trike, July 23, 2018

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.


190. First Flight in Apollo Trike, July 22, 2018

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 Winnipeg area with just 8.5 hours on the engine (and trike). I could not resist having some more, accelerated fun in my quickly vanishing life expectancy.

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


189. Flying Buse Lake Area, April 4, 2018

Beautiful, but bumpy flight to Buse Lake. I was following the mountain ridges on both sides on South Thompson River. The Buse Lake is famous by changing color in the late summer from green to pink from plankton in the water. Check the Kamloops region beauty.


188. Flying to Savona and Kamloops Downtown, March 31, 2018

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 Kamloops.

This trike is for sale: New wing last spring and complete engine overhaul last year too. It flies perfectly, but buying a bigger trike.


187. Nice Aerial View of Kamloops Area from South and all around, March 17, 2018

Another beautiful flying day. Flew SE to Campbell Creek Rd, north to Barnhartvale, North Ridge west over Mt Peter & Paul. Very nice view of the Mt Mara top and fly around perspective. Sand bars are always spectacular while flying south and then east over Kamloops downtown. Check it out.


186. Flying Loop Harper Mountain - Tobiano, March 11, 2018

It was perfect day for flying with blue sky and above freezing temperature. I was following Kamloops South Ridge east, then to Harper Mountain ski slopes north. I turned west over the North Ridge, then to south across the Kamloops Lake to Tobiano and finally east over the South Ridge back to river sand bars and airport. It was relaxing flight over very beautiful country site.


185. Flying to Harper Mountain Ski Resort, Kamloops, Feb 27, 2018

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 Kamloops, Harper Mountain. Everything looked perfect and I was encouraged by the perfect flight a day before. The flight was very relaxing until I was just above the Holston Bridge. The turbulence and sudden 28 km/h headwind were two things which I did not want to deal with. The flight was still OK until I reached the edge of Harper Valley, just 5 km west of the ski resort. The problem was very large snow cloud on my left (North) and another ever increasing snow cloud on my back right side (SW). Those two clouds were coming together, which I did not like. After a few minutes of bouncing around and thinking should or shouldn't I to continue, I chickened out and turned back. I was surprised that I was flying again into headwind of about 25 km/h. The upper wind just shifted 180 deg. It was still beautiful flight in very nice countryside.


184. Beautiful Flight over North Ridge Lac Du Bois Road, Kamloops, Feb 26, 2018

It was beautiful day to explore other areas in Kamloops region. Flew north, roughly following the Lac Du Bois road and then turned west by the Lac Du Bois towards Tranquille River valley. The south turn brought me to one of the most beautiful area to fly, which is the NE of Kamloops Lake, part of North Ridge. Flew over Mara Mt then crossing the airport to South Ridge and eventually to snow covered Thompson River sand bars. I saw there again 25 eagles and at least 15 other birds of pray, eagles' competitors, and all living there in total harmony. I was caught in wake turbulence just a foot before my touch down. My sudden right turn before touch down was caused by the wake turbulence from taxiing airplane.


183. Short Flight over North Ridge Downtown, Kamloops, Feb 22, 2018

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.


182. Short Flight over North Ridge Downtown and Sandbars, Kamloops, Jan 13, 2018

The first flight in the new year. Kamloops received a bit of sunshine on snow covered ground and mild temperature, just below freezing. It was short time, which was limited by my level of freezing fingers.

I counted 23 eagles on the ground, trees and one in flight. It was good flight.


181. Short Cold Flight over South Ridge and Sandbars, Kamloops, Dec 23, 2017

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. 


180. Flight to Mt Peter and Paul, Downtown and Sandbars, Kamloops, Dec 4, 2017

Very nice but cold flight to very scenic Kamloops landmark, Mt Peter and Paul. It shows annotated views of both hills in unique perspective. I saw 'flock" of 8 eagles on the South Thompson river. Turn your sound on to heal relaxing music while flying with me in that beautiful Kamloops countryside. https://youtu.be/pjs3zua3eSg

179. Flight with Clouds, Kamloops, Nov 17, 2017

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; Mount Peter & Paul surrounded with clouds and then back to Mara Mt and my favourite North Thompson River sand bars. The sand bar area is now larger then the water surface. https://youtu.be/BITeXmO4LvA

178. Flight around Kamloops Lake, Oct 27, 2017

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 Kamloops Lake, starting with north shore above the North Ridge. This area is very beautiful, but not very emergency friendly place to have engine out moment. The south shore has more places to drop it down in case of an emergency. It is very beautiful all around. I also encounter weather inversion. It was about 10C warmer at 5000' then 1000' above ground, where I usually fly. I run this video x faster so it is not boring. I also synchronised almost all video cuts into the music beat. Watch it and let me know if this video slowed your heart beat.


177. Flying above Nicola Valley Clouds, Kamloops Oct 26, 2017

It vas a crispy morning which allowed me to fly in beautiful, Kamloops area countryside. The Nicola Valley was totally covered by clouds and so I had an opportunity to fly over them. It was spectacular scene and very rare opportunity to do this. I then flew over my popular spots, Mt Peter and Paul. The air was very stable which happens very seldom there. My flight was topped off with beautiful fall colors near the airport. It was very good day.


176. Cold and Unpleasant Turbulent Flight, Kamloops Oct 23, 2017

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 Fuji camera is on the beck seat. I had only slight hope that it is still there. I informed tower that I am changing my plan and going down. Eventually I reached back and was able to grab that camera. Yahoo! I did not loose it. I informed the tower that I changed my plan again to my original plan.

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 Fort McMurray I used to fly down to minus 25C. The reality is that I used to have much better gloves, but now I operate too many buttons, which is impossible in some serious winter mittens. Now, my fingers quit first, which is not very pleasant feeling.


175. Short Local Flight in Beautiful Cloudy Sky, Kamloops Oct 11, 2017

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.


174. Flying in Kamloops with Cathy, Aug 27, 2017

This was another milestone in my flying life. It was the first time ever that I carried a passenger. Cathy Montgomery, ultralight flying instructor from Ontario was visiting Kamloops. She contacted me through Facebook with a wish to meet me. So we did and eventually I took her for ride around Kamloops in beautiful, but a bit hazy Sunday morning. I did not notice any difference in handling of my trike and only very slight degradation in performance. I never push my trike anyway, so that explains the engine spare capacity available for this flight.

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.


173. Flying in Kamloops in Rough Turbulence, Aug 25, 2017

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 Kamloops. As there was a slight wind, I concluded that the air would be well mixed to prevent heat turbulence. My original plan was to fly Sun Peaks and Chase, but it evaporated very quickly. It was bumpy above downtown, but as soon as I crossed Mt Paul to its north side, the turbulence in the valley was too much for me to have fun. I turn back west, while flying over the North Ridge. The flight over there was almost pleasurable. Finally I turned south over the river sand bars, which I love to photograph and explore.


172. Flying to Savona to Check Forest Fires, Aug 18, 2017

Kamloops had an exceptional weather that day. The blue sky was all around us and no traces of forest fires smoke. It was very rare condition during more that month now. Very often, we were chocked by the falling ash and heavy smoke, with almost zero visibility. I decided to fly as far west as I could to see where the smoke is coming from. I flew to Savona which was the last place west of the airport which was still open to general aviation. The rest was open just for the forest fighting aircrafts. I could see no smoke anywhere from my 6,500' elevation, which was very good news. The fires are far away from the Kamloops.

I took off at 7am west into no wind. I was following the south shore of the Kamloops Lake where I was met with some serious turbulence. I had to admit that I lost my turbulence practice and tolerance, because my previous flights were very smooth. I was surprised and contemplating to turn back, because it did not feel like fun flight. I figured that I was caught in downdraft of south wind rolling over the mountains from my left side (south). I braved it and eventually I relaxed and tried to enjoy it.

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 Kamloops airport area.

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. 


171. Flying in Kamloops in Very Smoky Sky, Aug 12, 2017

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.


170. Sixth Annual Pacific Northwest Trike Fly-in of Trikes near Sandpoint ID, USA, July 27, 2017

I droved 650 km my motorcycle from Kamloops to Sandpoint in Idaho. The roads were perfect through beautiful mountain valleys. I wanted to see some other trikes in real life and not just from YouTube. I staid 2 nights, but only one day at the one week long event. I was very impressed with attendance, variety of designs, shapes and beauty of the private grass strip area. I was hoping to get some ride, but no luck.

I chose different road to go back up to Nakusp, BC. I drove several hours in very hot and unpleasant weather (36 C), which felt like hair dryer on high setting blowing into my face. After some rest and exploring, I turned back towards 450 km ride home. Just about 60 km south of Nakusp, I collided with a bear and messed up my one year old BMW C650 GT scooter. The impact did not feel like too much for me, but the young bear was knocked down. No blood just the front end damaged. My bike was towed back to Nakusp and the next morning we were towed to Kelowna BMW dealer. I continued then by bus home. Overall it was very nice trip except the end.


169. Flying to Sun Peaks, July 25, 2017

This was another milestone in my flying career. I flew almost straight line over the hills to Sun Peaks. Normally I would follow roads and more-engine-out friendly environment. It was easy and uneventful flight over beautiful scenery, but a bit hazy from all those extreme fires all around Kamloops.


168. Flying to Greenstone Mountain and Savona, July 12, 2017

It was extremely smoky in Kamloops from dozens of fires around us. This day, early in the morning looked promising, so why to waste it. I decided to fly around Greenstone Mountain, 5,900 ft elevation, S-W from the airport. It was high enough to have clear air, which is important for good pictures. I visually checked the status of the evacuated Cache Creek due to forest fire there. I did not see any smoke above the village, but the smoke was about 30-40 km north from the village. I pass this good news with pictures and short video clip to several evacuees to give then some hope to go home soon. On my way back east to airport I was seeing many water bombers and helicopters with water buckets flying west to fight those devastating fires. Over all it was good flying day.


167. Flying to Cache Creek Airport, July 5, 2017

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 Kamloops. The flight was very pleasant with practically no surprises. I was going up wind of about 18 km/h with no problem until I realised that it might be very interesting at the Cache Creek airport. It is single runway in N-S orientation on the side of high mountain. I was facing potentially 90 deg cross wind. The wind sock showed cross wind from East, while I was all the time flying against the wind from West. I realized now, when writing this intro, that I was actually facing the bottom part of the downdraft on my approach. It was not pleasant to be bounced sideway. My touch down was not very good looking and I would say it was a bad landing.

I spent several minutes at the airport, took several pictures, replaced batteries in all my four cameras, and headed back to Kamloops. It was visibly faster going back with the 18 km/h tail wind.

I stopped by WW2 bomber B25, which was visiting from Arizona, USA. This rare airplane is one of only 3 in existence from 10,000 built. I took some pictures of my trike with B25 in background.


166. Canada Day Flying in Kamloops, July 1, 2017

It was a special day for Canada and Canadians, because Canady celebrated 150 years of its birth. A few days before my flight, we had a forest fire NW of the airport. I flew there to check out the damage. To my surprise it was just small area which looked more like result of a control burn rather then fire out of control.

I then flew over Kamloops main landmarks, Mt Peter and Paul, downtown to check the early morning beginning of massive Canada Day celebration. Finally I flew nearby the Afton gold and cooper mine. It was very good flying day with no weather surprises.


165. Flying to Ajax, Knutsford, Downtown and North Ridge Chasing Clouds,

June 17, 2017

After I adjusted the camera bracket (see previous video # 164), I went up again to Ajax mine area, Knutsford and down south over Kamloops downtown. Then I spotted a band of reachable clouds over the North Ridge. I went to chase them with very strong urge to dive into them, but again I chickened out. There was not any danger to get lost or flying blindly, but the pure fact that air density is significant different in clouds form normal sky. I did want deal with any nasty surprise.


164. Flying to West of Tobiano to Check the Nature, June 17, 2017

I went for hike and discovered spectacular scenery few km west of golf resort in Tobiano on Kamloops Lake. I decided to check it out from the air too. Also I modified my new, homemade camera bracket and I found that the horizon was tilted. I adjusted the camera when I landed and then went again flying. Check next video #165


163. Checking Kamloops Overflowing Thompson Rivers, June 4, 2017

It has been annual ritual to go to see swollen North and South Thompson rivers in their Kamloops confluence. They carry water from the melted mountain snow and unusually high spring rain water. Initially it is interesting and beautiful, but eventually damaging to the lower elevation areas. I flew over both rivers to see how the high water level changed the character of the Kamloops valleys.


162. Knutsford Flying Club BBQ, June 3, 2017

Knutsford Fly-in-BBQ by Thompson Valley Sport Aircraft Club members


161. Kamloops Flying Club Fly-in-Breakfast, May 27, 2017

Kamloops Airport Flying Club Fly-in-Breakfast


160. My Length Record Flight from Kamloops to Salmon Arm, May 26, 2017

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.


159. Still Testing New Wing and Old is Sold, May 20, 2017

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 Alberta and his wife were waiting for me to buy my trusty AirBorne Wizard wing. I had almost nostalgic feelings to let it go, because I had so much fun and memories under this wing. Hopefully, he will have as much fun as I had.


158. Short Flight NW Area of North Ridge with Rough Landing, May 18, 2017

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 Kamloops area. The ground is moving faster now with faster wing, so I don't have to increase the video speed. I flew over Frederick Rd, NE shore of Kamloops Lake and Mara Mount. The air was turbulent, but nothing to be afraid of. The windsock on my 09 approach showed very light head wind. I wanted to land as far East as possible to avoid long taxi to my hangar. The end of main runway is closed for nearby construction activities. I was flying about 20' above the runway when suddenly I ended up in very violent, gusty crosswind of at least 25 km/h. The video shows my struggle to stay on course and to make it safely down. I had to wait for proper position in my oscillation to drop it down. In that time I still did not know what happen until I saw the other windsock which was fully erected at 90 deg across the runway. The flying conditions changed almost instantly from very good to very dangerous. I was glad to be down, but had hard time to taxi in this strong cross wind. It is not easy to manage large wing in these conditions.

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.


157. Wing Test Flight, May 14, 2017

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?


156. Flying to Cross Country to Walhachin Area, May 14, 2017

Started early morning to avoid any major turbulence. I had to scrape ice form my car window, which is very unusual for Kamloops. This was my second flight with new wing. Flew about 42 km west (straight line) by following the Kamloops Lake south shore to Tobiano, Savona and small village Walhachin. Tested various combinations of engine RPM and speed at level flight. My conclusion was that it flies too slowly, because the wing hang post is too far back. I eventually adjusted it before my next flight (video # 157). Flight was very pleasant, except that if was very difficult to take any decent picture or video on the way back. The sun was too low and directly into my cameras.


155. Testing my New Wing from North Wing, Quest GT5, May 12, 2017

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. https://youtu.be/OtN2K4eISlk

154. Following Campbell Creek Upstream to See Flooding, May 9, 2017

Flying over Kamloops downtown, east to Barnhartvale to see flood by Campbell Creek. Followed that creek upstream to junction of 5A and then north to Knutsford, Mount Dufferin and South Ridge. It was my last flight under Airborne Wizard wing, which performed flawlessly since 1998. It carried me more then 12,000 km over beautiful sceneries in many beautiful flights. It also carried me safely during those few terrifying, turbulent conditions. New wing will be on my next flight.


153. Flying by following South Ridge and North Ridge on Return, Apr 30, 2017

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 South Thompson River to North Ridge at about 40 km east of the airport and followed it back west to the airport. I saw several groups of wild horses high on the very steep slope. I wished I could fully concentrate on filming and picture taking, but my priority was to fly safely. I had powerful zoom camera, but it is impossible to use with just one hand. It was very good day and perhaps the last flight with and under this slow, but very enjoyable wing. Brand new and 50% faster wing, GT5 by North Wing, to be delivered this week. https://youtu.be/txYh0LAUzqA

152. Flying 30 km North from Kamloops Airport, Apr 25, 2017

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 North Thompson river valley it was again upwind. As soon I turned down South in the valley the wind blew again against me and this continued all the way to airport, which was west of me.


151. Flying along the North Ridge to East of Kamloops, Apr 21, 2017

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.

The Kamloops countryside is always spectacular, so no matter where I fly it looks interesting and beautiful. This flight was no exception. I saw many wild horses and I wished to be able to take proper picture of them. I use 35x zoom camera, but it is impossible to use it in flight while still in flight control. I only use a wide angle zoom and just estimate what I am taking picture of. There would be a lot of opportunities for a passenger-photographer.


150. Flying to Tobiano and North Ridge, Apr 14, 2017

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 Kamloops Lake to North Ridge and followed it back to the airport. It was pleasant flight with some turbulence north of the airport.


149. Flying to Mt Peter and Paul, North Ridge and River Sand Bars, Apr 3, 2017

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.


148. Flying to Ajax, Knutsford and Kamloops Downtown, Feb 27, 2017

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 Ajax mine and then to check out flying club airstrip in Knutsford. It was still full of snow drifts, dangerous to land there. Flew north over downtown in more west track than usually. The video shows to complexness of Kamloops, which is located in very picturesque natural setting.


147. Flying over Kamloops Downtown and South Ridge, Feb 22, 2017.

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 Kamloops downtown, while continually watching those clouds. I new they signal nothing good. As the clouds were coming closer to the airport behind my back, I decided to turn back and stay closer to the airport just in case I have to go down. The flying was perfect in sunny and warm weather. I took some spectacular pictures of those scary clouds. I decided to go down and not to push my luck when I saw snow streaks near the airport. I landed, undressed all my gadgets. I dropped my GoPro Hero 3+ camera, when removing it from the wing bracket. I dropped it to the grass, as I thought, but eventually I found cracked lens. Here went $350. This was not very good culmination of my day.

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 Kamloops unpredictable weather. I experienced this almost instant and extreme wind blows in summer, but it was the first time in the winter. It was very warm at the airport, about 20C on the sunny side. About 5 km N the "ugly" cloud brought snow with temperature below 0C. When the air mass temperature equilibrium was interrupted, then the warm airport air started to rise and it was replaced by the cold air from the North Ridge. This is why that sudden extreme wind blowing from the north. I observed this 3 times already and now I know what to look for. Overall, it was good day.


146. How Trike (Motorized Hang Glider) Works, Feb 13, 2017

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.


145. Flying Kamloops North Ridge, Mt Peter & Paul, Frederick, Feb 13, 2017

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 Kamloops Lake over to Frederick village. It was really excellent day to fly, except that one camera battery quit and then wing camera gyroscope stabilizer quit too. I still have decent footage from my flight and many beautiful pictures too.


144. Few Minutes of Unpleasant Turbulence in Kamloops, Jan 22, 2017

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.


143. Winter Flying in Kamloops North Ridge, Mt Peter & Paul in Turbulent Air, Jan 22, 2017

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.


142. Winter Flying in Kamloops North Ridge, Jan 21, 2017

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.


141. Using 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer, with GoPro Bar Camera, Dec 27, 2016

The camera view does not look too impressive, unless it would be placed up front and facing back or the other way around. The stabilizer was sometimes "hunting" around vertical axes at about +/- 3 deg, which is annoying. Battery lasted only 30 min at -2C, while manual says 4 hours.

Stabilizer FY-WG X3 has 3 gyroscopes and could be mounted on helmet too. I used "GoPro Hero3+ Silver" camera with this stabilizer.


140. Using 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer, with GoPro Wing Camera, Dec 27, 2016

The camera view looks interesting, but there are some negatives too. The stabilizer was sometimes "hunting" around vertical axes at about +/- 3 deg, which is annoying. Battery lasted only 30 min at -2C, while manual says 4 hours.

Stabilizer FY-WG X3 has 3 gyroscopes and could be mounted on helmet too. I used "GoPro Hero3+ Silver" camera with this stabilizer.


139. Flying to Mt Peter & Paul and Chasing Clouds, Dec 10, 2016

After about 10 days of suddenly cold weather we got break. It was sunny, -5C and ground just covered with show. I like these conditions, because everything looks nicer from the air. The Kamloops area complex terrain looks even more complex with contrasting white snow and dark bare faces and ridges. I flew around and above the Mt Peter and Paul, Kamloops beautiful landmark. I also spotted several wild horses there. I could not keep my fingers warm, so I was looking for different layers with warmer temperature. It was amazing to feel the temperature differences in higher elevations. It was actually very warm at about 1000' above the ground.

I flew over bunch of clouds above the Mara Hill. I had fun there. I even forgot that my fingers are really getting numb. It was good day


138. Black Friday Flying around Kamloops Lake, Nov 25, 2016

Everybody rushed to spent money on Black Friday specials, but I went for Fun Friday flying tour. It was perfect day to fly in this beautiful blue sky over our region spectacular scenery. It was another first for me, because the north side of the Kamloops Lake is not very accident friendly area. The micro weather is also challenging there very often. The Kamloops Lake is sitting in deep "canyon". It is around 25 km long, 2.5 km wide and down to 150 m deep. The north ridge, lake shore, cliffs and steep hills are spectacular and favourite place for my ground explorations too. I was originally planning to fly just half way following the north ridge. The weather was perfect, no turbulence, no unexpected surprises, so I decided to fly to the end. The lake south side is mostly accident friendly place, so much safer to fly, which I did many times before. I was surprised, when I was editing my video from 3 GoPro cameras that I flew through very good turbulence too, but I did not even notice. I guess, I am getting more resilient now.


137. Flying in Kamloops Following North Thompson River to McLure, Nov 16, 2016

A friend asked me to take some pictures in McLure area. The weather just turned to very good from gloomy a few minutes before. I jumped into my trike and flew in the coldest day of the year to North. The sky was beautiful, but just 3 km before the target area, the clouds closed in. The photo conditions were the worst possible in very big contrasts. Later I learned that I took pictures of the wrong area. Oh, well, at least I had some fun.

Note: All my videos are taken in 4x3 (1280x960). This is default setting on all GoPro Cameras. This wide angle of view in vertical direction is perfect setting for skiing, snowboarding, flying, water sports, because it captures max possible angle in vertical direction. It shows all from sky to skis or from sky to what is under me when flying. 16x9 format is cropped out strips from the top and from the bottom of the existing captured information, which does not make any sense. These days everybody is going nuts about 16x9 because all TV are in more less 16x9 format. iPads are in 4x3 format so my video covers full screen.

My posted videos are converted by YouTube to 16x9, but 1280x720 from original 1280x960. The resulting video has lower resolution then the original with black strips on left and right. My original video is shrunk from 1280 x 960 =1228822 pixels per frame to 960 x 720 = 691200 which is only 56% of the original frame resolution. I am not happy about it.

I saved another version of this video in the 16x9 format while I padded sides of the frames with black strips myself while maintaining the vertical resolution of 960 pixels. I converted it from 1280x960 to 1920x1080 by default Corel VS X9 format for my video. I will see if this makes any difference on YouTube: It was even worse the before. YouTube resized it to back 1280x720. It did not work as I thought it would.


136. Flying in Kamloops North Ridge and Sand Bars, Nov 14, 2016

It was beautiful day, perhaps the last of relatively warm autumn days. Fluffy clouds created beautiful spotty patterns on the rolling hills. I really like these days. Kamloops nature is very spectacular and it shows in my video.

I used my third GoPro camera on the helmet, but the result is disappointing. There is too much head movement. I wanted to use it mainly to maintain horizon level in the turns, which is how it should be. The airplane is tilting while horizon is level. Even in commercial movies the airplane is horizontal, but the background is tilting, which is not normal.

I will not use head cam anymore. The next time, I have to find some camera exciting location to mount it.


135. Flying in Kamloops Following South Thompson River East, Nov 6, 2016

It looked like perfect day for flying: sunny, very few clouds and no wind. I wanted to fly to Chase, but as soon as I crossed the North Thompson Rive the turbulence started with wind shifting 180 deg in few minutes. It was no fun flying, because it was getting continually more intense. As I did not want to push my luck, I decided to head home. I hope next time


134. Flying in Kamloops to Rose Hill Rd Area and Sand Bars, Oct 22, 2016

It was nice day to go flying, so I vent. I explored the area east of Knutsford and found some beautiful places. I used my all road motorcycle in the afternoon to take also ground pictures, but all roads and access were private. It was very disappointing.


133. Flying in Kamloops to North Ridge and South Thompson, Oct 11, 2016

It was cold (8C) sunny morning, total contrast to hot days just 3 weeks before. I was flying about 10 minutes, when I realized that I left my camera on the back seat. I was not sure if I will see my popular camera ever again as there is nothing preventing it from falling out of sky. I turned very gently to prevent camera to slip out. Luckily, I found it still on that seat when I landed.

I took off again to North Ridge with intend to fly about 20 km north. The heavy rolling clouds right in my intended path scarred me, so I turn back south, following the North Thompson River to downtown. The highlight of the flight was low flying above the spectacular and never the same South Thompson River sand bars. I was very close to circling three eagles, but did not manage to capture that experience.


132. Exploring Rolling Hills of the North Ridge, Sep 10, 2016

I was filming my contribution to Canada in a Day in the morning, but the sky was not too impressive. Finally the sun showed up and with it the flying mood level went up too. I explored beautiful area of the Kamloops North Ridge with rolling hills and many small lakes. The surrounding areas of the lakes (slews) turn purple as they drying out in this time of the year. It is very beautiful there.


131. "Canada in a Day", Kamloops Flying, Sep 10, 2014

This is short video of my story as Canadian. It is my contribution to CTV campaign to collect as many videos as possible from people documenting what they are doing on Sep. 10, 2016


130. Flying to Downtown, Mt Paul and NW of Kamloops Lake, Sep 4, 2016

It looked like almost perfect flying afternoon. I received few kicks from the Mother Nature right at the start, but eventually the weather settled down to let me enjoy my time in the air. I flew to downtown and then north around Mt Paul, where I was knocked down very good be a downdraft. The rest of the flight following the North Ridge west was just pure joy. Beautiful, blue sky with heave and interesting clouds made it even more enjoyable. I flew farthest west then before to have that magnificent view of the Kamloops Lake north shore. I played around there and above still to me mysterious Frederick village. I explored this area several times on my terrain motorcycle, bicycle and on foot, but never from the air. It was worth it.

I ended my trip over the river sand bars which are developing very nicely.  The river level is dropping steadily by this time of the year and exposing intricate forms of newly created sand bars. It is really joy to fly over and to have this rare opportunity to see it like that. https://youtu.be/3uj5XVFQ6Yw

129. Flying to Downtown, Mt Peter and Paul, North Ridge and Sand Bars, Aug 20, 2016

Just needed my flying fix. One hour flying in Kamloops in very hot (36C) and calm weather.


128. Flying to Buse Hill Again for Close Look of that Beauty, Aug 12, 2016

After my previous flight to Buse Hill area in Aug 1, 2016, I drove my terrain motorcycle there to explore that beautiful region. I was so impressed that I decided to fly there again for close look. I wish the camera could capture exactly what human eye can see. I also tried my hand GoPro strap for some more interesting camera angle views. The result was disappointing, because the camera is too loose-fitting resulting shaky videos. The hand signals do not indicate that I got mad; they are used to synch my 3 GoPro cameras.



127. Flying to Buse Hill, Hwy 97 and Hwy 1 Loop, Aug 1, 2016

It was very calm morning, unusually cold at 15C compare with previous days at 25C. This was second time trying to fly east across Buse Lake area to Hwy 97 and then north to Hwy 1 and back to Kamloops. The only problem was the hazy air and very low rising sun directly into my face and cameras. I was surprised by the landscape beauty south of the Buse Hill around the Disdero Lake. It is something to explore on my terrain motorcycle, as soon as current heat wave eases a bit.



126. Happy Day. Finally Flying to Merritt through Nicola Valley, June 29, 2016

I finally made it. The weather always won over my bravery during my many unsuccessful attempts to fly through Nicola Valley. The weather was very flying friendly the last 3 days, especially after almost 3 weeks of totally unpredictable weather. I flew to Merritt airport through the very beautiful Nicola Valley. This time the conditions were right without any nasty surprises. Unfortunately, my wing camera quit just 3 min after take off. I rest it in Merritt. This was so far my longest flight of 167 km, about 2:20 of flying time. I encountered one scary cloud for about 20 min during my return leg, but fortunately we did not cross our path. The Nicola Valley is one of the most scenic highway routes in BC as shown from my dash camera here: https://youtu.be/7bTRhtiE6RU


125. Flying to North of McQueen Lake and NW Area of North Ridge, June 26, 2016

It was new area for me to fly to, which is not very engine-out friendly. It is beautiful like all this region of BC. It was one of the most enjoyable flights, without turbulence.


124. Elusive Flight to Nicola Valley, June 7, 2016

Another attempt to fly through the Nicola Valley did not happen. I wanted to fly to Merritt airport following the beautiful Nicola Valley, refuel there and return above the Coquihalla highway. I did not make it too far due the sudden weather change. Nicola Valley is famous (to myself) with nasty winds and unpleasant turbulence.

I took off from Kamloops with no wind, turned south shortcut over the beautiful rolling hills, small lakes and numerous animal pastures towards the Valley. It is shown and annotated in the video, how the peacefulness could turn instantly into nastiness. It felt like someone turn on a switch. It did not take too much time to decide to turn back. Even the places absolutely steady just 5 min before were very bumpy. I hope I will make it one day through.


123. My Dream Gyrocopter Flight Penticton - Oliver - Osoyoos - Penticton, May 30, 2016

My big, about 45 year old dream to owe and fly a gyro almost fully materialized in Penticton. I took my wife there with a hope that she would like the fight so we could fly together. Unfortunately she told me that nobody would ever get her into that thing. Her limit is Dash 8. This answered my gyro ownership. I realized that it would be a lot of dedicated time and expenses to get pilot licence before I could legally fly "this thing". My remaining life expectancy and at least $100,000 cost did not look too good.

So I just relaxed and enjoyed very good instruction flying from Mark Humbke, long time gyro flyer. It was actually my second gyro flight. The first attempt to get gyro license was in 1999 when I took my tent and check book to Wetaskiwin, AB.

My intent was to stay there until I have gyro license. My 20 min intro flight in RAF gyro was not what I expected. I did not like that screaming engine at 7,800 rpm behind my back and extremely sensitive control. I could not control it and I was airsick like dog. I bought 6 month old Ford Taurus station wagon instead. I still have this car with only 100,000 km and like new.

The flight in MTO Sport by Air Pro Gyro, made in Germany, was totally different story. It was perfect. It was hot day after cool morning. Flying above fields and lakes must produce a lot of turbulence, but I did not feel any. I guess I am now well trained in turbulent air from Kamloops. Mark is excellent instructor. First he showed me what gyro does and its basic limits. From about 90 min flight I was in control for around 25 minutes. Everything was very natural to me after about 10 min. No surprises and just pure pleasure. I was ready for complete flight, which, I hope will happen someday. I will be flying with Mark just for pleasure, without hassles of studying, exams and major cost.


122. Kamloops Flying to Knutsford for Club Flying BBQ, May 14, 2016

Blue sky, cold (er) morning and no wind is perfect combination for some serious turbulence. I flew to Knutsford for our flying club annual BBQ. The air was bumpy but not too bad. Landed safely at Knutsford, had my hot sausage, and watch some planes still arriving. It was perfect day to be outdoor with sun cooking in full force. I knew it would be challenge to fly back down to airport valley. I was not disappointed in my assessment. It was kicking like wild horse down to the hot runway radiated the heat right into my face. Overall, it was good day.


121. Kamloops Flying to Nicola Valley and Flying around Clouds, May 13, 2016

I attempted several times to fly through Nicola Valley in the past, but had to return because of almost always present strong and gusty winds. This deep valley with many lakes and steep cliff sides is famous for this type of weather. Finally, the conditions were almost ripe in that early morning, except I was pushed by 15 km/h tail wind. I enjoyed my flight, but eventually I turned around before it would be too late, because I had to fly into 15 km/h headwind. It feels like slow motion movie to go so slow. It was also bumpy as I was influenced by the undulation of the terrain and the wind following those contours too. I had again chance to play a bit in tow morning clouds, my best and favourite part.


120. Kamloops Flying to Greenstone Mtn, Ajax Mine, Knutsford, Downtown and Tranquille Farm, May 5, 2016

I took off early morning to prevent any Kamloops typical nasty weather surprises. I flew to and around Greenstone Mountain, Ajax mine and landed at our flying club airstrip Knutsford. Continued to downtown, North Ridge and then to check the state of the flooded Tranquille farm area land.


119. Chasing Clouds, Kamloops, Apr 22, 2016

After many days of very hot weather we received some rain. The air was loaded with evaporated moisture with many beautiful, layered clouds over and around high mountain peaks. I could not miss this rare opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream to jump and play in this fluff. That morning the weather was almost sunny and no wind. I had fun by flying close, beside and above those clouds, but still did not dare to fly through.

I checked also the South Thompson River. My popular sand bars and beaches were all gone under the already very high water level.


118. Flying in Turbulent Air, Kamloops, Apr 3, 2016

The weather was good, practically no wind and overcast sky which usually brings more stable air for flying. Well. I was wrong. I felt like riding on wild horse, especially around downtown and Mt Paul. I had hard time to judge the wind direction, because it was changing constantly in 180 deg in different elevation layers. Originally I wanted to fly over the Mt Peter and Paul to video wild horses which I could see from a distance. I gave up on that idea, because I could not judge if I am on up or down wind of the mountain. Eventually I flew back in not very pleasant bumps and stayed over the South Thompson River and its sandbars.


117. Kamloops Flying to Knutsford, Nicola Valley and North Ridge, Mar 31, 2016

It was just another beautiful day to go flying. Flew over downtown, Knutsford airfield and intended to fly through Nicola Valley, but it was too turbulent and unpredictable for my taste. I turned around and flew to my favorite North Ridge then sand bars on South Thompson River.


116. Kamloops Flying to Knutsford and River Sandbars, Mar 26, 2016

I was asked by someone to take video of the South Thompson River to see how to navigate through the sand bars by a boat. I thought it is good idea to give to Kamloops boaters information how to avoid getting stacked in the middle of still very cold river. Also I asked my fellow pilot to test his Christmas gift SLR camera while I am flying. He would take pictures of me in the air at Knutsford airstrip.

The weather conditions looked good and the wind speed forecast was low. It showed very quickly that this was not the case. The air was very turbulent with strong variable wind from south. But I had commitment to fly over my photographer at Knutsford, so I pushed forward. I made several passes to pose for the camera and eventually landed for few minutes at Knutsford. Since I did not like the horizontal wind sock, I decided to head back while it is still flyable. I flew back towards the airport following the river while taking pictures and video of the sandbars.


115. Kamloops Flying to Take Pictures of Sandbars, Mar 26, 2016

I was asked by someone to take video of the South Thompson River to see how to navigate through the sand bars by a boat. I thought it is good idea to give to Kamloops boaters information how to avoid getting stacked in the middle of the very cold river.

I took video by two cameras and pictures from the rivers junction up to delta of Kamloops lake. The result is the overall view of the very shallow river where it is almost guaranteed to stack on the sandbars unless you have aerial view to see where to go. I used minimal editing to show as much info as possible.


114. Kamloops Short but Rough Flight, Mar 14, 2016

It looked like perfect flying day, but it was not. First it was raining a bit, but no cloud around. I turned from downtown to north following the river up to golf course. The air became very turbulent. I was bounced like yoyo, so I decided to take short cut over the North Ridge back to the airport, but it did not want to move. At one point my control bar was pulled from my hand and into the turn, because my left wing got into updraft. A year ago or so I would totally freak out, but I am getting more used to these funny weather phenomena.


113. Kamloops Flying with GoPro on the Selfie Stick, Feb 29, 2016

The perfect weather continued so I decided to go for second flight. I mounted GoPro camera on telescopic hand held selfie stick. I was hoping for some interesting shots while "steering" with one hand and fiddling with camera with the other hand. I chose the sand bars on South Thompson River where the wind and turbulence are more predictable. One hand operation is not always the most pleasant experience, so I wanted to have as few variables as possible.

I was particularly after the video and pictures while in turn. Normally camera does not take true representation of reality, if the camera is fixed to the plane. The plane stays horizontal, but the actual horizon in background is tilted. While flying I tried to rotate camera so that it is horizontal to the actual horizon. It is not always easy to do, because I cannot watch the camera 100% of time while flying. I think I took some decent videos and pictures from the screen shots.


112. Kamloops Flying to See Wild Horses, Feb 29, 2016

It was one of those "Must-Fly-Days". The weather was perfect for whatever doing outside, but especially to fly. I decided to fly pack to SE of Mt Peter to see and video the wild horses again. I flew there on Feb 6, but my GoPro did not work so I flew there again. Unfortunately the horses were scattered all over and especially on the downwind slope of the ridge. The snow was gone so they have no reason to stay down on bared land. I made several passes around them and the "meadow" and on the top of Mt Paul. I was also very close to soaring eagle north of the airport. I tried to follow it, but I had no chance with my 65 Hp engine versus the perfectly natural creation of the eagle. It was fun.


111. My Birthday Flying in Kamloops, Feb 6, 2016

This was my 69th birthday, which is frightening and unfair. It is the last year when I will not be in seventies. Regardless, it was very good weather to go flying. My original intend was to fly to Harper mountain ski hill, but I did not find it. I stayed in South Thompson River valley and on the way back I buzz above herd of wild horses. I counted 22 horses in that spot and 6 in another place. I was flying so, that I could take video of them from my control bar camera, which I can control by hand. When I landed I found that the memory card was full from the previous flight, so no video from that and intended angle. You can still see them from my wing camera.


110. Exploring West part of Kamloops North Ridge and Sand Bars, Jan 24, 2016

The weather was perfect for flying. I decided to explore the mountain area north of Frederick Rd. This is very beautiful and popular area for hikers, particularly the section between Kamloops Lake and Frederick Rd. The north parts of mountains, north of Frederick Rd is very steep and rugged terrain, which I knew very little about. Now it was time to expand my knowledge.


109. Flying from Kamloops to Tobiano, Jan 20, 2016

It was absolutely perfect day to go flying. I just installed engine electric carburetor heaters to prevent icing of the carburetors. I am very well experienced with carb icing, but it was not a big deal when flying in Fort McMurray. There was always place for an emergency landing. I removed the iced up carb there and used hair dryer to melt the ice and then dry it. I installed it back and flew again.

The carb icing is much more dangerous in Kamloops region. There are very few places for an emergency landing. The heaters gave me an extra confidence in my beautiful bird.

The air was very smooth so it was pleasure to fly in +5C and blue sky weather. Flew west over Tobiano golf course and residential area situated on the south side of Kamloops Lake in spectacular location. Flew further west over the hoodoos and back. Took a lot of pictures. The day was so perfect that I decided to fly again. See the next video "Flying from Kamloops to Ajax Mine and Nicola Valley Clouds"


108. Flying from Kamloops to Ajax Mine and Nicola Valley Clouds, Jan 20, 2016

The weather was so perfect that I could not waste it. I decided to explore Ajax Mine area, which is very often in the news because of the "pro and against" mine issues. I took many pictures from low level and 6,000'. When at 6,000' I noticed further south that Nicola Valley was totally covered by clouds. This very deep and wide valley looked like river filled up to the brim with clouds. I had to explore it. It was phenomenal.

The west side from intersection of hwy 5A and Campbell Creek Rd was 100% in clouds and the east side was clear with cloud transition by the intersection. I never had seen something like this and especially not from the air. I took a lot of pictures while flying across the valley above those clouds. The sundog was leading me on my NE side when flying back. I had very strong urge to burry myself in those clouds, so only my head and the wing would be above them. I chickened out. I had no idea how this would influence my flight and I did not want to take any chances.


107. Flying from Kamloops to Harper Mountain ski hill, Jan 13, 2016

Plus 5C was inviting temperature to fly in snow covered Kamloops. Flew to Harper mountain ski hill. The area below me was partially covered in clouds which added an extra excitement.


106. Kamloops Flying over South Thompson River Sand Bars, Nov 21, 2015

It was cold, but reasonable day for flying, so why not to fly. Checked my popular sand bars on South Thompson River. Nothing extraordinary happened, but it was good flying day.


105a. South Thompson River Sand Bars from the Air (Slide Show). Nov 2, 2015

Slide show of the beautiful sand bars with relaxing music to listen to.

It was very beautiful day for flying. Turbulence was manageable and scenery spectacular by the East of Kamloops Lake. The highlight of the day was to fly over the South Thompson River delta with ever changing sand bars. The nature is the real artist in this aspect.


105. Kamloops Flying over South Thompson River Sand Bars and NE of Kamloops Lake. Nov 2, 2015

It was very beautiful day for flying. Turbulence was manageable and scenery spectacular by the NE of Kamloops Lake. The highlight of the day was to fly over the North Thompson River delta with ever changing sand bars. The nature is the real artist in this aspect.


104. Kamloops Flying over North Thompson River, Mara Mt and Sand Bars

Oct 20. 2015

It was perfect, chilly day for flying, with no wind and a little of turbulence. The best part was to fly low over the South Thompson River. The late summer, fall and winter create continually different and larger sandbars as water level is decreasing. I like those creations of nature. I met with several birds and flocks of birds there. I flew over very colorful, now dry slew near Tranquille farm.


103. Kamloops Flying to Knutsford Fly-In Breakfast, Sep 27. 2015

Sep 27 was an excellent day for flying to Fly-in breakfast organized by Knutsford flying club. Beautiful, but crisp sunny morning with no wind in Kamloops. It became very windy as soon as I cleared the hills south of Kamloops down town. Typically very windy in Knutsford which is just 10 km south of Kamloops. I just ate my breakfast and headed back before it would get worse. Took of into 10 kn wind and came in totally still air in Kamloops. Spent some time above emerging sand bars from lowering river water level which is annual natural occurrence.


102. Kamloops Flying to Chase and Squilax Air Strip, Aug. 19, 2015

My another flying millstone: The longest flight of 181 km and 2:50 hr total flying time over potentially hostile environment in case of emergency. Flew over the following lakes Paul, Pinantan, Niskonith and Aylmer, before I reached very large "Little Shuswap Lake". There were no places to land if needed. Finally landed on Squilax air strip to change my GPS and GoPro cameras batteries. The country site is spectacular like any other places around Kamloops. I encountered some almost unpleasant turbulence, but nothing like in my past flights. On the way back while waiting for other aircraft to land or take off I spotted 15 pelicans near Tranquille farm. I did not know that pelicans are in Kamloops. This 20 min video is result of 5.5 hours video clips.


101. Kamloops Flying, Aug 15, 2015

I tried to chase low clouds after a day of heavy rain. Unfortunately clouds dispersed before I could reach them. The sky turned very gray, so I lost appetite to do any big explorations. It was just 50 min flight. My wing camera refused to cooperate so this is just single camera view video.


100. Flying over Tranquille Farms and NW Ridge, July 28, 2015

I had good fun flying morning over the farms and West part of North Ridge. I experienced sudden blast of cold air by the edge of Mara Mt. I did not expect anything pleasant from it so I hopped quickly into the safe air further south. I can say that I handle the turbulence very good. I just relax and only control the moving hang glider from extreme angles. It flies by itself. I actually move much less than in an airplane, because I am suspended from the wing center of gravity so while wing is dancing above I am more-less stationary at least in compression with fixed wing aircraft.


99. Flying Kamloops, Knutsford, Campbell Rd Valley and East of Kamloops,

July 23, 2015

I attempted to fly in the Campbell Rd valley several times before, but I was always forced back by the nasty turbulence or wind there. The Campbell road is in deep and narrow valley surrounded by dark colored ridge slopes and green colored ground. Large lake in that area also contributes to sever turbulences. I was finally brave enough to fly through, because I am also much more experience with turbulent air and I am more tolerant to it. It was good flight.


98. Happy Canada Day. Flight Past Sunset, July 1, 2015

It was one of the best flying days ever. I took of this second flight of the day at 8 pm with plan to stay up until legal time allows. I could stay up till 30 min past the sunset, which was at 9:45 pm. I flew several times around downtown, landed in Knutsford and then explored the Mt Peter & Paul. Counted 25 wild horses in one small area on the top. Saw spectacular Blue Moon sunrise. I wish I could fiddle with camera to take something close what human eye could see. Unfortunately, I had to fly too so the electronic record is not even close to human record. I landed at 9:45. The ground was totally dark, because the sun sets behind the mountains, which makes very sharp difference between day and night. I was wearing my Canada Day T-shirt, which already celebrated 15th Canada Day. It was gift from my daughter 15 years ago. It was good day.

I noticed that GoPro struggled with low light conditions which resulted with a bit fuzzy video by the end.


97. Canada Day Morning Flying, July 1, 2015

It was very nice early morning with crisp air and blue skies after torrential rain day before. I took off towards Kamloops downtown to check on preparation for usually big Canada Day celebration in the park. I was just buzzing around and had fun. I followed North Thompson river to explore the river valley. It was very relaxing flight. After watching this video I realized that the air was also turbulent, but I did not even remember that. I guess, I am getting more tolerant to those bumps


96. Flying to Logan Lake and Highland Valley Copper Mine, Nasty Turbulence, June 23, 2015

 Almost 2 hours flight started early morning in Kamloops with no wind, blue sky and temperature around 25C. Peaceful flight changed quickly into very bumpy ride. I was considering turning back, but continued. I eventually got used to it, so I continued S-W towards Logan Lake village and then Highland Valley Copper Mine open pit which covers many square kilometers of land. I wanted to fly around the mine to take pictures and videos. I changed my mind when I saw the fluffy clouds above the mine and I knew that this would be very unpleasant. I was also very cold and started shiver. The temperature at 7,200' was just 12C and 70 km/h win chill from my open cockpit did not help either. I turned back as soon as I reached the S-E edge of the open pit. At that moment it felt like someone turn switch on of the turbulence generator. I was acceptable 3 minutes before but frightening now. I had about one hour of flying ahead of me. This was definitively my worse flight ever and I wish to be on the ground rather then in the air. Many pilots would say that it is always better to be on the ground and wish to be flying rather than to be flying and wish to be on the ground. This was exactly my case. It was difficult to control my trike acting like spooked wild horse. The heat turbulence was relentless and lasted all the way to the airport runway. I was really surprised that I was not air sick, because I get very air or carsick from just playing video game. But the airsickness caught up with me just by Affton mine and I felt it for another 3 days after. My control bar camera quit for no reason about 45 min before the end and the wing camera batteries died 5 minutes before landing. At least I have good video, which show how peacefulness could change into nastiness in just a minute.


95a. Mini Air Show, Knutsford June 14, 2015

After flying club BBQ, some members showed their toys. See this mini air show.


95. Flying in Kamloops, June 14, 2015

Flew from Kamloops to our small field airstrip in Knutsford, where I had to fix my wing camera which was not recording. Flew across Kamloops downtown towards North Ridge. Had to wait on south side to allow Air Canada Dash 8 in its descend flight towards airport. Took several pictures of Brock residential area flooded farm fields on west side of Kamloops.


94. Flying Kamloops May 28, 2015

Flying over Kamloops downtown, Knutsford, Nichola Valley, Mt Peter & Paul and North Ridge.


93. Flying Kamloops May 12, 2015 (Knutsford, South to Nichola Valley and North Ridge)

Finally very good flying weather. I took off early in the morning when sun heat did not create too much of havoc, so my flight was mostly peaceful. Flew over the Ajax gold mine, Knutsford airstrip and then further south to Nichola Valley. There I encountered the first bumpy ride due to rising sun heat and cold water at the valley bottom. My original intention was to fly further south, but I did not want to push my luck. Turner back over downtown and then North Ridge, flying about 1000' higher then normally. This gave me new perspective view, but speed perception dropped sharply. Explored the north part of Frederick Rd valley and 6,000 ft. It was enjoyable fun.


92. Flying in not very Peaceful Air, Apr 19, 2015 (Knutsford and North Ridge)

Air was very peaceful on the ground, but it was different story in the flight. This video shows it very clearly. I am getting used to these conditions, but a year ago I would totally freaked out. 1504190001-Knutsford-NRidge-Turbulence.mp4. Click here for pictures


91. Trike Flying to Savona during Heavy Turbulence.

My worst flight ever, Apr 5, 2015.

Previous day I drove my motorcycle through the mountain area to Oscar hang gliding launch area (N50.79707 W120.90213), NW of Savona, BC. I came to watch a bunch of hang gliders to take off. It brought me back to 1974 when I started with this sport. The activities were planned for the next day too, so I decided to fly there. I knew that it will not be easy flight, but I did not expect that it will be so scary. The weather was very peaceful, sunny and no wind. There were some heavy fluffy clouds around, so I was prepared for some surprises. I was eventually facing 10 kn (18 km) head wind from west with occasional kicks from thermals and down drafts from shades, but nothing too exciting. I have now much higher tolerance to nastiness of weather when compare to my first days of Kamloops flying. These conditions would be frightening before, but acceptable now.

The wind was still blowing from west when I turned NW towards the Oscar. It started to get more unpleasant. As soon as I spotted the hang gliders on the edge of mountain and I wave to the people, the forces of the nature grab my hang glider control bar from me to show me who is the boss. To my surprise, I was on down wind side of the mountain. The wind was blowing from East, while up to that point it was from the West. I was in the middle of the forceful downdraft pushing me down and thermals pushing me up and everything in between. If you do not have patience to watch it, then skip to 2:30. I think it is interesting to watch. It was so bad that I could not even take any pictures, because I could not let the control bar from my hands. I felt like garbage bag in the wind.


90. Trike Flying to Knutsford Area and North Ridge During Heavy Turbulence,

Apr 2, 2015.

I took off at no wind from Kamloops airport and 15 km south the wind was blowing 38 km/h. The thermals from the sun shining through holes in the clouds were getting unpleasant to my stomach, so I decided to go back over downtown and eventually over the North Ridge. Base on the past several weeks of really strange weather changing within an hour I decided to go down before it is too late. Actually the weather stayed good, but I had my flying fix already.


89. I made it to a local movie.

I was interviewed, by inspiring young BC filmmaker, Kora Vanderlip in January 2015. She also used few seconds of my GoPro clips. Check it out.


88. Trike Flying to Knutsford Area and Detail View Flight around Mt Peter and Paul, Feb 20, 2015

It was another beautiful day to fly in this beautiful nature surrounding Kamloops. Flew several times around Kamloops horizon landmarks, famous Mt Peter and Paul to show how they look from the close up. Click here for pictures.


87. Trike Flying North Ridge, South Ridge and Sand Bars Feb 15, 2015

The second day of perfect flying over the Kamloops beautiful nature just few minutes from our house. Explored areas over the North Ridge, flew over Mara Mt and then crossed the Tranquille Valley to Frederick Rd. Hit some major turbulence. The wind was very light, but changing in 180 deg direction. It was very difficult to predict if I will be on upwind or downwind side of the hills. I took many pictures to document all that natural beauty. There is spectacular view on the North shore of the Kamloops lake towards the Frederick village. Continued across the airport to South Ridge which opened another spectacular view of those mountain ranges. Click here for pictures.


86. Trike Flying Sand Bars and North Ridge, Feb 14, 2015

Finally, after 3 month without flying, I had my perfect flying day. I explored ever changing river sand bars and then flew over the North Ridge mountain terrain to have real fun. I hit some turbulences which I am more relaxed with now and I even enjoy them. The weather was perfect, which shows in my videos and pictures. Click here for pictures.



85. Trike Flying GPS Fast Track of above Flight, Feb 14, 2015

GPS downloaded my flight path and animated to see how and where I was flying



84. Trike Flying to Knutsford and North Ridge, Nov 12, 2014

This was first, really cold day in Kamloops, but the blue sky lured me up. I almost did not make it to the Knutsford airstrip, because my fingers were very numb. Once I passed the half point I had to make it there to put another gloves on. I hit occasional turbulence, but I am used to them now. I do not fight them, I just fly with them.

After short chat with my fellow pilot and with another gloves on, I took off towards Kamloops downtown, then to North Ridge for some buzz around, chasing my fun.


83. Good Flying Day, Nov 2, 2014

Weather was forecasted as one of the still relatively warm days. I had to do it. Flew over the famous North Thompson river sand bars, then river upstream towards Kamloops center and eventually ended up in Knutsford Flying Club airstrip. Chatted with my fellow Beaver pilot Cam Villeneuve during excellent sunny warm weather. We took off west, while I continued towards Kamloops airport and Cam turn south to search for his ventures. It was very good flying day especially considering the next day which was just opposite: cold, rainy and miserable. I was glad that I did not wasted my day.


82. Trike Flying to Deadman Road Valley, BC. Oct 9, 2014

This was one of the best and the most beautiful flights. The flight took 2 hours to cover 140 km, through extremely beautiful mountain valley. Leaves were in full colors in spectacular scenery. I encountered several very heavy turbulences, but I had fun with them. I explored that region the following week from the road. It is definitively very beautiful area.


81. Trike Flying to Ski Resort Sunpeaks, BC. Oct 8, 2014

It was my true first cross country mountain flying through potentially very hostile and quickly changing weather conditions. The weather was perfect, but still with occasional heavy turbulence. Eventually I enjoyed those challenging flying conditions and even sought some thermals under mountain clouds. I gained a lot of confidence. I had to repeat this experience the next day with flying another mountain cross country.


80. Trike Relaxing Flying above Kamloops Rivers, Sep 28, 2014

It was very unusually turbulence free day for very relaxing flying above and along the South and North Thompson rivers. The visibility was not the best and especially the low sun position on the western horizon did not help either.


79. Kamloops Flying Trike to Buse Lake Area in Heavy Turbulent Air, Sept 12, 2014

It was beautiful, a bit crispy day with no wind, while sun heat started to slowly change the tranquility of the still air. Originally my flying goal was much more ambitious, but turbulence did not allow me to reach it. It was getting unpleasant and fear of air sickness was very real for me. I was pushing my comfort envelope with hope that I will have very good video from my bumpy experience. I was not disappointed from this aspect. You could see from the video how the terrain is complex below and around, and how many potential sources of thermals and downdrafts are there. Kamloops is beautiful, but also dangerous or at least challenging to fly in very light aircraft.

I used special post processing software, where the video from the wing camera is transformed into more realistic viewers experience. Instead of background moving around and the trike stationary in one place on screen, the software reverses it. The trike is realistically moving in the air and the background is relatively steady. It looks like someone else took the video of me. It is very tedious process, taking hours, but very cool effect.

I speeded up some sections up to 4x to show the beauty, but eliminated boringness of the normal speed flying, which sometimes looks like I was stationary there.


78. Trike Flying to Tranquille Farms, North Ridge and Thompson River Sand Bars, Aug 31, 2014

I flew west over Tranquille farm to take pictures of newly created corn maze. Continued NW over the Kamloops lake cliffs for those spectaculars views to capture on my camera. Flew then NE over the North Ridge which had the peaks covered in clouds. Played a bit around those clouds. Final stage was over the South Thompson river sand bars, which are again growing up covering larger and larger areas as the river water level is going down. 


77. Trike Flying to East of Kamloops, Aug 5, 2014

Early morning flight in smoky sky from BC forest fires, following South Thompson River East. Very tranquil flight up to the last minutes. It was turbulent above city on the way back. Strong sun heat created many local up and down drafts based on the ground colors. Overall it was very good flight.


76. Trike Flying to S-W of Kamloops Lake to Tobiano Golf Course, July 25, 2014

Just short, 50 min flight to get my flying fix.


75. Trike Flying from Kamloops to Merritt and Back, July 12, 2014

I was thinking about this flight for a long time. I was watching very carefully the strange Kamloops area weather and finally I decided to go for it. The final point to convince me that it might not be too bad was the fact that most of the time I will be flying above very wide 4 way highway, which is much more safer to land on (provided that drivers will let me) that somewhere in the bush.

I felt almost like Lindberg when he decided to fly solo across the ocean from Canada to France. I too could not sleep while going through all those negative possibilities. The life could be much more complicated in just few seconds.

I was ready to take off at 5:45 am. It was just 19C, which was very pleasant compare with those 40C hot days. It took a lot of pushing "up hill" from 1100' to 6000" to cross the mountain peaks. I do not like to rev up my Rotax 582 too much, which I no not think it is healthy for it.

I was following more-less the Coquihalla highway, the famous highway from Discovery channel series Highway Thru Hell.

Government in July of this year increased speed limit there to 120 km/h. This was met with very vocal opposition, because it is dangerous, people will die and all this normal nonsense. I was ready to document all those dead people and vehicle pile ups along the highway. Fortunately and of course there was nothing of this gore stuff to photograph.

The weather was perfect, no wind and no turbulence, which does not happen very often here. I landed in Merritt Municipal airport (2090') after 75 min flight. Took some pictures, refuelled from my spare fuel can, and took off again further south towards Merritt town. I did not spend too much time there, because I wanted to enjoy the same perfect weather on the way back. It was already 25C, so the heat was on...

I was enjoying the scenery even though the visibility was not the best. It was actually the first day this summer with hazy sky. The flight was very uneventful and I was almost day dreaming when suddenly I received several jolts of unexpected turbulence. I still had about 30 min to go so I was hoping that this will not be my fun spoiler. Luckily it lasted just about 5 minutes, but I decided not to go exploring, but head straight home. In 45 minutes of in bound leg flying I was back at the Kamloops airport. It was 9:30 am and already 28C.

This was my milestone flight, the longest cross-country so far.


74. Flying Trike in Kamloops to Mt. Peter & Paul, Knutsford, Ajax Mine, June 30, 2014

It was one of the best flying days. Warm, no wind and no turbulence, which is very rare combination. Flew over Kamloops North Shore residential area, Mount Peter and Paul and then landed at Knutsford. Flew for some pictures and videos over Ajax mine. It was very good flying day.


73. Flying Trike to O'Connor Lake, NE of Kamloops, June 22, 2014

This Sunday morning was perfect day to do some flying. Checked the flooded areas near Tranquille Farm and then turned East and eventually NE to follow North Thompson River upstream. Saw some interestingly looking mountain areas on the West ridge so I decided to investigate. Found O'Connor Lake and surrounding areas which look spectacular from the air. I am taking my dual sport motorcycle there to check that spot from the ground too.


72. Flying Trike in Knutsford Mt Peter and Paul, North Ridge Grasslands Park, May 14, 2014

Warm morning was ideal time for some fun flying. Flew North to Knutsford airstrip then South around and above of Mt Peter and Paul. Did some low flying over the North Ridge "Lac Du Bois Grasslands Park" which is very beautiful place.


71. Flying Trike in Kamloops NW Ridge, May 7, 2014

It was beautiful weather with almost no wind. Turbulence grabbed me as soon as I was air borne. I fought it for several minutes, but eventually gave up, because it was dangerous. I was back in my hangar in just 5 min, where I discovered that I forgot to turn my video cameras on.

Tried again in the in the evening and it was fun. Explored NW of North Ridge where I had to stay due to skydivers activities in the NE region. Tested Garmin sport camera "VIRBelite" which I forgot to set in the same format as the other two GoPro Hero2 cameras. It seems to me that the stabilization of Garmin is better and it appears that it stabilizes background (horizon) and the trike is moving as this is how it supposed to be. I do the same with my GoPro camera in very lengthy and time consuming process with Muvee TVS (see http://youtu.be/GT1MQhoJxK8 for explanation). GoPro has overall better and more natural colors. Garmin colors are bluish especially under contrast or low light conditions.


70. Flying Trike to NW of Kamloops North Ridge with Power OFF Glide, April 4, 2014

Flew to NW of beautiful region of Kamloops North Mountain Ridge with spectacular view of 150 m deep Kamloops Lake. Turned east above Mara lake to 4900' for power off glide back to airport. This was my long time adventure consideration to do it one day. This was the day. Glided almost exactly 5 minutes down to runway at calculated 5.2 : 1 gliding ratio. I received many questions from people wanted to know the gliding ration. Since I did not knew I decided to find out. It was a bit apprehension to do it into fully functional and sometimes very busy airport. I felt that the conditions were right with almost no wind and very mild turbulence. It was better than I expected and it turned me back 40 years when I started flying Rogallo hang glider. It was very peaceful fun.


69. Flying Trike to Knutsford, Rose Hill and NE Mountain Ridge, Apr 5, 2014

I am getting better now in handling turbulence. I came from Northern Alberta, where terrain was flat and weather predictable. Kamloops area is very challenging weather-wise. The terrain is complex with many micro weather abnormalities. That day the air was turbulent, with no wind. Friend was grounded 1000' below me, because as he said the wind sock was horizontal. It is weird here. I had fun and took many pictures from this beautiful country site:


68. Flying Trike to Ajax Mine, Knutsford and Downtown, Mar 23, 2014

It was very good day for flying. Check the Kamloops region beauty.


67. Flying Trike in Turbulent Air, South Ridge, Kamloops Mar 14, 2014

Very light wind and ideal flying conditions at the airport turned into 22 km headwind and unpleasant turbulence. Half way to my original place to fly I had to turn back, because it was not fun to fight the elements. The video shows the effect of turbulence on this light aircraft.


66. Trike Flying - Chasing Clouds in Kamloops, Mar 9 2014

It was very promising day for enjoyable flying. Low clouds hanging above and around the peaks which I liked to explore. Flew east following the North Mountain Ridge towards Mt Peter and Paul. Noticed that my neck camera was low on juice, so I turn back to get fresh batteries. I encountered some bumpy right around to Mt Paul. Flew NW of Kamloops Lake to check the "Sediment Wall", which I discovered a few days earlier on my hike. Did some low flying above the Frederick road. I brought back 5.5 hours of video files from three on-board cameras. The 19 min excerpts show how beautiful it is here.


65. Flying Trike around Mt Peter and Paul, Kamloops Feb 26, 2014

This was the first movie which I edited in updated version of MovieMaker 2.6 for Windows 7. It allows to take default of GoPro HD 4:3 format (widest viewing angles in 1280x960), edit it and save it into the same format. Up to now I always had to use several different packages. I like 4:3 format because you can see it perfectly on iPad which is in 4:3. Majority of people watches YouTube videos on mobile devices which are mostly in 4:3 format. The industry is pushing 16:9 format, cameras follows and editing softwares all ignores millions of mobile devices and the majority of users. The resulting 16:9 video viewed on iPad loses 25% of pictures with black stripes above and below the video. I processed small section from the wing camera in Muvee Turbo Video Stabilizer, which stabilizes background so the trike is moving instead, normally and unnaturally other way around.

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64. Flying AirBorne Trike in Kamloops in Heavy Turbulence, Feb 13, 2014, Version 2

I re-edited the previous version into 16:9 format. I used 2 GoPro cameras at 4:3 format and ActioPro at 16:9, The original version did not look good. I spent several days to fiddle with this nonsense. Millions of people are using GoPro cameras which is set by default to 1280x960. It is the best format for flyers, skiers, bikers, because it captures the most info. Every other format is in camera cropped result. Majority of people watches the YouTube videos on iPad and similar devices which is in 4x3 format. There is nothing on the market (as far as I know) to just take HD 4:3 format, edit it and save it into lossless original format. 16:9 is the best on TV, for minority of YouTube watchers, 4:3 is the best for mobile devices, which is the majority of people.

1. I processed ActionPro (wing camera) in Muvee Turbo Video Stabilizer, which stabilizes background so the trike is moving instead, normally and unnaturally other way around.

2. I used AVS Video Converter to Crop the upper portion of video files from 2 GoPro cameras mounted on the control bars. I changed it from 1280x960 to 1280x720 to have the same format like the wing camera. I could set GoPro to 1280x720 in the first place, but there was very good chance that it would crop wrong portion of the frame. I cannot see what camera see, I just estimate the aim.

3. I used MovieMaker 2 (I am PC guy), which is very simple, free and produces excellent video quality, but unfortunately, it is in *.wmv format which is then butchered by YouTube by their conversion.

4. I then process complete video from MovieMaker in Corel Video Studio X6, by following procedure from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZmFhm_yoSc to get the best video quality on YouTube.

It was very nice weather, almost no wind, just ideal conditions for flying. I took off with 3 cameras mounted to get different views. The tranquil conditions changed very quickly. As soon as I  was over the North Mountain Ridge, the turbulence started to bounce me around. It was still bearable, so I continued to North. It got really bad. I was searching for some better conditions to go higher, lower, in the valley, above valley... Nothing worked, but it was getting increasingly worse. I was like garbage bag in the wind. Eventually I made it back close to the airport, but my timing was wrong. I had to wait for 3 airplanes to land while I was kicked up and down like a yoyo. It was the most scary flight so far.

Finally I could cross the airport to partially frozen South Thompson River. It was very peaceful there. I flew very low over the frozen sand bars towards downtown and then follow North Thompson river for some picture taking. I saw at least 15 eagles. Eventually it was very good day and I have very good video to prove it.


63. Flying AirBorne Trike in Kamloops in Heavy Turbulence, Feb 13, 2014

It was very nice weather, almost no wind, just ideal conditions for flying. Took off with 3 cameras mounted to get different views. The tranquil conditions changed very quickly. As soon as I  was over the North Mountain Ridge, the turbulence started to bounce me around. It was still bearable, so I continued to North. It got really bad. I was searching for some better conditions to go higher, lower, in the valley, above valley... Nothing worked, but it was getting increasingly worse. I was like garbage bag in the wind. Eventually I made it back close to the airport, but my timing was wrong. I had to wait for 3 airplanes to land while I was kicked up and down like a yoyo. It was the most scary flight so far.

Finally I could cross the airport to partially frozen South Thompson River. It was very peaceful there. I flew very low over the frozen sand bars towards downtown and then follow North Thompson river for some picture taking. I saw at least 15 eagles. Eventually it was very good day and I have very good video to prove it.


62. Flying AirBorne Trike in Kamloops, North West Mountain Ridge, Feb 12, 2014

Finally, after month and half of unusually cold weather in Kamloops, the weather looked very inviting for flying. Meanwhile  I bought another GoPro camera, so I was looking forward to see the result of the final video from three cameras. Unfortunately, I forgot to press Record buttons on both GoPro Camera. The result is from ActionPro wing camera and re-stabilized with Muvee Turbo Video Stabilizer. You can see my demo clip what it does here: http://youtu.be/GT1MQhoJxK8. The weather was perfect so I did some low flying through the mountain range.


60. Flying AirBorne Trike in Kamloops, Dec 28, 2013

I took advantage of very good weather and above freezing temperature. Flew 70 minutes above local mountain and snow covered sand bars. Saw many eagles.


59. 1203030000 Video Stabilization Test

Normally when you fly with a camera attached to your wing the plane is stationary and the horizon is moving in opposite direction of the plane movement. This is not natural. I found on line software "Muvee" which does very cool stuff. It stabilizes background and the plane is moving with the turbulence as it should. It looks very cool. This is the demo clip. The first half is the original clip and the second half is the same clip run through Muvee Stabilization. See the difference. In normal, from just camera stabilized clip, the wing is anchored in the upper screen corner and the background is moving accordingly. After the clip is Muvee stabilized, the wing is not stationary any more, but it is moving with the air current, which is how it supposed to be. This is very cool improvement. The software is not full proof and it creates serious an unacceptable mess in other situation. For example during the same clip when taxiing. The software stabilize also the horizontal panning, which creates unrealistic wheels skips. They are on something, but it need some improvements.


58. Flying AirBorne Trike in Kamloops, Dec 15, 2013, Version 2

This is the shorter version of the same video posted under the same name, but I used new feature. Normally when you fly with a camera attached to your wing the plane is stationary and the horizon is moving in opposite direction of the plane movement. This is not natural. I found on line software which does very cool stuff. It stabilizes background and the plane is moving with the turbulence as it should. It looks very cool. Check it out.


57. Turbulent Flying AirBorne Trike in Kamloops, Dec 15, 2013

After several weeks of unusually cold weather we had sunny and warm day. It looked like perfect time to go flying. I decided to fly east above the river towards Kamloops downtown and then turn south over the hill to Knutsford and area. There was almost no wind at the airport, but as soon as took off, turbulence was acting up. It was difficult to hold camera steady to take pictures. There was headwind about 10 knots at 800' above ground. When I turn south over the downtown and started steadily climbing up to clear the hills the wind shifted 90 deg to about 25 knots. I had feeling that I was not moving forward.  I was bounced in all directions as it is also shown in the video. Finally I had enough of fighting the turbulence, turned around towards the airport. The scenery was spectacular and snow and dark roads made very contrasting patterns on already very complex and interesting landscape.

Eventually I decided to fly across the airport on the north side over the North Mountain Ridge. I was very surprised how good and peaceful it was there. No wind and no bouncing around.


56. Flying AirBorne Trike in Kamloops, Nov 14, 2013

It was beautiful day with Spring like conditions. Took of from the Kamloops airport heading over the North Ridge. It was very nice weather for picture taking with many fluffy clouds and different light contrasts. Peace was over when I entered snow covered areas. Turbulence was getting unpleasant so I turned back South and followed South and the North Thompson Rivers and their well sculptured sand bar beaches. I had good time during this 70 min flight.


55. Flying with Cam's Beaver, Oct 29, 2013

It was very beautiful, but crispy cold afternoon. Took off  south-west and turned towards Knutsford, our flying club location. Midflight I "met" Cam Villeneuve in his bright yellow Beaver. I tried to keep up with him, but his wing is much more efficient than my hang glider. Eventually we landed at Knutsford airstrip and took some pictures. Wind started to pick up and because one never knows what will happen there weather-wise, I decided to head back to Kamloops. Actually the weather was very good so I continued flying. Buzzed over sand bars, check on the birds and generally enjoyed myself in that beautiful countryside.


54. Flying to Lac do Bois and River Sandbars. Oct. 17, 2013

I took off into cold, but sunny morning over the North Ridge towards Lac du Bois (lake) to explore area which I walked through the previous week. Made several low passes over the pasture. Then I flew south, crossed the airport runway to my popular area, South Thompson River sand bars. The water level is traditionally low at this time which exposes very uniquely sculptured sand bars. Since water is clear you can see the underwater shapes too. There were flocks of various birds, including at least 10 eagles. Had chance to capture train going through the tunnel.


53. October 1, 2013 Morning Fun Flying

Finally weather look more settled than last weeks. It was beautiful and crispy morning. Took off west to take pictures on newly cut corn maze, but it was getting rougher with every minute. Notable difference in Kamloops Lake water color did not make me feel comfortable. It was black (waves) in the west and glossy in the east (closer to airport). I decided to stay closer to airport to have short distance to safety. Crossed south to check and photograph sand bars, which are never the same. They are beautiful as always. Took pictures and video train, which looked like open necklace laid on the edge of mountains.


52. Flying from Kamloops to Shuswap Airstrip, Sept. 13, 2013

This was my another major cross-country trip and partially over a hostile terrain. I took off into 2 knots wind and as soon as I turned East and 2000' the tail wind become stronger and stronger, but at least steady and not gusty. The visibility was very poor. Very hazy with low sun directly into my face. The sun also reflected from the river which acted like a mirror. I had to maneuver to change the sun angle, so I could see better. With 18 knots (32 km/h) tail wind, I was making very good progress towards Chase which is on the west side of Little Shuswap Lake. Occasionally I was getting thermal kicks and downdraft pushes, so I was changing elevations between 2000' and 3000' looking for more friendly air.

The terrain up to the Chase is flyer friendly with almost always some farm land to put it down just is case something goes wrong. The situation changed from Chase with no farms, just very winding road which would need a lot of luck to put it down safely. The Shuswap Air grass strip is located east of Little Shuswap Lake. It is very beautiful and peaceful place.

I just spent several minutes there to install fresh batteries into my cameras (4 in use plus one in pocket and phone camera too). GPS showed enough power to last the trip back. I wanted to take off as soon as possible, because of now the 18 knots headwind.

I took north side of the lake over the mountains, which appeared to me more acceptable crush alternative then water. I wish I could spend more time there to enjoy the scenery. I was very relieved when I was back over the Chase in more friendly environment. The trip back to Kamloops was very slow but with only mild turbulence. There were places where my GPS showed continually longer time of arrival due to the increasing head wind.

Kamloops radio reported 2 knots wind, but 1000' higher it was 18 knots. My trike did not want to go down onto the runway 26 due to thermal from already superheated asphalt surface. It was good trip.


51. Flying past the Sunset, Sept. 10, 2013

Took off into beautiful, but hot evening (36C) with aim to time my cameras memory cards and batteries to last till the legal flying limit, 30 min past sunset. I made it and was rewarded by very enjoyable flight.


50. Flying above the Clouds in Kamloops, BC

Sept. 8, 2013

Took some pictures of the newly created Corn Maze by Tranquille Farm. Buzzed above the Sunday Flee market and then headed to chase the low clouds above the North Ridge. It was fun during my 65 min flight. This 16 min video shows Mount Paul and Mara Mountain from close up. Very few people has this opportunity to see it this way.


49. Trike Flying Aug 8, 2013

Kamloops, Tobiano, Knutsford, Downtown, North Ridge, Mara Mountain.

Beautiful flying day with calm but hazy air. Explored Tobiano golf course resort West of the Kamloops airport. Flew to Knutsford where I met 2 pilots who flow in from Vancouver area. Turned towards Kamloops downtown which is always interesting to see and to photograph. My day was finished by mountainous North Ridge with Mara mountain. Had to circle north of airport until all the traffic clear before I could land. The camera battery quit so I missed a rare opportunity to capture Canadian Air Search and Rescue planes and helicopters on tarmac. They just successfully located missing local student pilot, unfortunately he did not survive the crash. Son of my pilot friend died while following his dream to become pilot like his father.


48. Trike Flying, Knutsford, Ajax Mine, Afton Mina and Tranquille Farm area, July 16, 2013

Interesting views of the controversial Ajax mine, aerial view of Afton Mine and beautiful view of 10 min video from Tranquille Farm area, Kamloops, BC.


47. Trike Flying over Tranquille Farm, July 2, 2013

10 min video from video taking over Tranquille Farm, Kamloops, BC.


46. Trike Flying, Kamloops, Mount Lolo, Floods. June 12, 2013

A day earlier I discovered from my motorcycle very nice areas NE of Kamloops, Cold Creek and Mount Lolo. I decided to check it out from the air. I flew up to 6500' over Mt Lolo which used to be popular with hang gliders. Flew over Paul Lake, Harper Mountain ski area towards South Thompson River valley to check the high water level in the rivers. Took pictures and video of flooded farms NW of the airport. 75 min flight compressed into 15 min video.


45. Trike Flying Kamloops, May 29, 2013

Kamloops, downtown, North Ridge. Beautiful crispy day without any surprises. This video is the first attempt to synchronize video cuts with the music beat. It was after thought, when I was watching my original edit. The video was almost in synch with the music. I tried to 8x fast track the boring section. I had to use music instead of the original sound, because MS Movie Maker mutes sounds in other speeds that 1x. I did not like the fast speed section so I started again by cutting out the boring stuff and synch the other cuts to music. The 1st section is not well synched, because I had all ready these cuts made and it is impossible to adjust them in this video editor. It will be better next time.


44. Trike Flying Kamloops, May 1, 2013

Kamloops, Kamloops east, North Ridge, Mount Peter and Paul, Mara Mount.

Beautiful flight east of the city until I hit a major turbulence which spoiled my peaceful time up there. Turned around close to mountain ridge to show the Kamloops area beauty. Discovered another interesting part N-W of the airport with very sharp slabs of rocky faces. made several passes over there to see more details. Used two cameras for more diverse views, but could not combine the results into one video. After several hours it quit. There was something incompatible between those supposedly compatible formats.


43. Trike Flying Kamloops Short Video, Apr 17, 2013

Bought and installed another action camera ActionPro 1080P HD which looks like GoPro, but has many more features and accessories and cost just $150 US. I wanted to have more variety in the camera views. Decided to go for "cross country" since the weather was very good, until I cleared the South ridge. It was very turbulent and unpleasant to fly. Turned around and flew over the city. I also found, that I forgot to turn both cameras on!!! So eventually I ended up with only half trip taken with my new camera only.


42. Trike Flying Kamloops, Savona, Oscar Hill, Kamloops, March 31, 2013

Wanted to watch hang gliding gathering west of Savona. Tried to land on International, hang gliding landing spot, but did not have confidence that I could make it safely on my small wheels. Checked the hang gliding take off spot, Oscar. Unfortunately, my timing was off, so I did not see anybody flying. I wanted to fly with them for some aerial videos. Oh, well. I hope it will happen sometimes.


41. Trike Flying, Kamloops, Knutsford, Sandbars, March 29, 2013

Planned cross-country trip with my pilot friend in his Beaver did not materialize. It was too turbulent. We turned back and I finished it again flying over ever changing South Thompson River sandbars.  Trike Flying, Kamloops, Knutsford, Sandbars, March 29, 2013


40. Flying Kamloops, Feb 15, 2013

Short video from sunny, but turbulent air: Kamloops airport, Ajax, North Shore, North Ridge, Airport.


39. Flying Kamloops, Ajax, Jacko Lake, Sandbars, Feb 10, 2013

Finally nice weather allowed me to have some fun again during local flight. Explored in close up Ajax mine, Jacko. Spotted several eagles.


38. Trike Flying, Jan. 30, 2013

Fifty minutes flight over snow covered mountains North of the Kamloops airport. Flew over totally cloud covered valley.


37. Trike Flying, Jan. 9, 2013

New snow, so after shovelling out snow between hangar and Runway I was rewarded by a beautiful, flying day with temperatures above freezing. Flew Kamloops, Mara Mtn, Dome Hills, Peter & Paul Peaks, downtown, Aberdeen, Dufferin Hills and snow covered sand bars. Spotted many eagles.

I like this very complex scenery, with big contrasts between snow and dark roads, rivers, structures... I am very lucky to be able to experience this sport, which might a dream for many people. In one year of living in Kamloops, I have seen much more of Kamloops area than majority of people living here for many years.


36. Chasing the Sun Rays, Dec 29, 2012

Took advantage of a few sun breaks through the clouds in the snow covered Kamloops. Spotted 3 eagles.


35. Flying Kamloops, North Ridge, Mount Peter & Paul, Winter River Sand Bars, Dec 12, 2012

Beautiful December day and ideal conditions for flying. Ground is partially covered with show, which makes the features of the hilly terrain around Kamloops stand out. Took many excellent pictures of that complex Kamloops landscape.


34. Flying Kamloops, Knutsford, Ajax, South Thompson River Sand Bars, Nov 25, 2012

Beautiful chilly day, ideal flying conditions to buzz in around Kamloops. Beautifully complex above and below water sand bars give different perspective on this river.


33. Flying Kamloops, Ajax Gold Mine, Knutsford, Nov 5, 2012

Wanted to fly cross country, but the wind increased significantly into 40 km/h headwind. This would be potentially dangerous in the mountain valley, creating serious downdrafts. Turned around in Knutsford into very calm weather at the airport.


32. Flying Kamloops, Frederick and Copper Creek, Nov 2, 2012

Flew this route previously, but my video battery quit in the first 5 minutes. I could not miss to capture this spectacular scenery to share with my friends. Very ragged mountain terrain north of huge Kamloops Lake. Flew over two mysterious places Frederick and Copper Creek, BC.


31. Flying Kamloops, North Ridge and Sand Bars, Oct, 28, 12

Took off to video mountains, but it was too turbulent. Went back and stayed above South Thomson river sand bars. They are so beautiful and intricate in their configuration above and below the water.


30. Kamloops-Barrier-Kamloops, 130 km, Oct 5, 2012

My second long, cross country flight through and over the mountains. Battling cold and full bladder, I made round trip 130 km in 2 hours. Unfortunately, camera batteries failed by the first click, so I do not have any photos.


29. Kamloops Flying Photo-shoot in Oct 3, 2012

Les Larkin, Kamloops air to air photographer, took several very good pictures from ground up. It was trilling flight over the river sand bars and very low with sharp turns.


28. Trike Flight Kamloops - Cache Creek - Kamloops in Sep 29, 2012

My longest and the most adventurous flight cross country to another airport located between mountains. Check the south approach where runway is behind the hill.

This was a major milestone in my flying career. My first, truly cross-country flight.


27. AirBorne Trike Flying in Kamloops Sep 17, 2012

Local flight above beautiful scenery. Close up look to Ajax mine which supposed to reopen operation under Polish company ownership. Majority of local residents do not like it, because it is very close to city residential area. Kamloops, Knutsford, Ajax, Jacko Lake


26. Flying Kamloops to Tunkwa Lake, Sep. 12, 2012

Flying Kamloops to Tunkwa Lake, Sep. 12, 2012

Kamloops, Afton mine, Tunkwa Lake, Leighton Lake, Greenstone Mountain


25. Flying 100 km from Kamloops to Paul Lake to Hwy 1, Aug 29, 2012

My first major cross country flight over and through the N-E mountains. Battling 35 km/h headwind on down wind side of Mounts Peter and Paul.


24. Kamloops Flying, Short Clip from Camera on Control Bar, Aug 29, 2012

I forgot to turn video camera on, so I have the last few minutes only. Tried different angle from camera mounted on the hang glider control bar.


23. Sunset Flying in Kamloops, Aug 12, 2012

Different camera angle showing Kamloops area and the pilot's control.


22. Trike Flight, Kamloops - Savona - Kamloops , July 26, 2012

Kamloops - Savona - Kamloops Trike Flight in July 26, 2012. It was hazy, but flying was very smooth. It is very beautiful country site.


21. Flying in Kamloops, Buse Lake, Knutsford, July 17, 2012

Flying AirBorne trike Kamloops - Buse Lake - Knutsford - Ajax Mine with camera on the wing.


20. It was very good day in July 12, 2012

Flying AirBorne trike in Kamloops, BC and around exploring new areas. It was very good flying day. Kamloops, Ajax, Krentz field, Knutsford, Kamloops downtown, North Mountain Ridge, Mara Mountain


19. Several Trike Flying Days in Three Minutes

Different camera angles taken in different seasons edited together to show how it is to fly motorized hang glider (Trike).



18. Flying in Kamloops, BC with GoPro on the Stick in July 4, 2012

Finally, I was brave enough to try mount GoPro video camera on Xshot telescopic stick to get more interesting video angles. Most of the time, hang glider requires both hands to fly it, but the weather was very good...  I did not want the "apparatus" to go through the prop above the mountains.


17. Flying in Kamloops, BC over Spilled River and above Clouds in June 24, 2012

Taking pictures and video over swollen South and North Thomson Rivers. Had second chance in my life to play a bit with very low clouds. Kamloops, Deep Lake, Heffley Creek, Tranquille farm area.


16. AirBorne Trike Flying in Kamloops April 9, 2012

Local flight above beautiful scenery till sunset. Kamloops, Knutsford, Shumway Lake, Walker Lake, Petersen Creek, North Mountain Ridge, Mara Mountain


15. Flying in Kamloops, April 8, 2012

Played over South Thomson River sand bars, in 2nd part of the video. Never realized vastness of these sand deposits until I flew over. All these bars are under several meters of water half of the time when snow melts from the mountains. This is perfect place for an emergency landing, which is normally not easy place to do in Kamloops. Kamloops, Ajax mine, Knutsford, sand bars


14. Trike with Beaver Flying and Sand Bars Beauty, April 6, 2012

Flying Airborne trike in Kamloops, BC with friend Cam Villeneuve in his Beaver. The last part shows ever changing underwater beauty of Thomson river sand bars. Very few people can see this. Kamloops, Knutsford, South Thomson river sand bars.


13. Flying in Kamloops, BC March 7, 2012

Flying from Kamloops, Knutsford to Walker Lake, BC (61 km)


12. Flying in Kamloops, BC in March 3, 2012

Nice, overall view of major part of Kamloops core from the air. Beautiful scenery to photograph and video.


11. Beautiful Winter Kamloops from the Air, Feb.20, 2012

Slide show from pictures which I took while flying AirBorne Trike.


10. Flying in Kamloops, BC in Feb. 22, 2012

Flying in Kamloops, Feb. 22, 2012 with GoPro cam mounted on the side of the trike pod and facing rear. Interesting to see how much movement is between the wing and trike. The air was a bit more turbulent than normally.


9. Flying in Kamloops, BC in Feb. 12, 2012

Flying in Kamloops over the North Ridge Mountains with headcam. Flew over 2nd highest peak in Kamloops, Mara Mountain (1000 m)


8. Flying in Kamloops, BC in Feb. 11, 2012

Flying in Kamloops, Feb. 11, 2012 with GoPro cam mounted on helmet.


7. Trike Flying in Kamloops, BC in Feb. 11, 2012, Part 1 of 4

Trike Flying in Kamloops, Feb. 11, 2012


6. Trike Flying in Kamloops, BC in Feb. 11, 2012, Part 2 of 4


5. Trike Flying in Kamloops, BC in Feb. 11, 2012, Part 3 of 4


4. Trike Flying in Kamloops, BC in Feb. 11, 2012, Part 4 of 4

Trike Flying in Kamloops, Feb. 11, 2012


3. Trike Flying in Kauai, Hawaii Nov 11, 2007

While visiting my son Petr in Hawaii, where he was living, Petr bought me Trike flight in Hawaiian island Kauai. This was my Christmas present from him. So I did the same and bought him the same flight. This is short version of one hour flight over very beautiful, but also very hostile terrain. Very deep canyons, almost vertical slopes, sharp like knife. The chance for very turbulent air was also in my mind. There is very dark and no vegetation Waimea Canyon just beside very green tropical vegetation. It is perfect scenario to make this flight hairy.



2. Bell Blimp in Fort McMurray, July 8, 2006

Short clip of, for me, exciting event to see blimp in close up.



1. Trike Flying by Jan Nademlejnsky above Fort McMurray. AB in June 2006

I was flying in Fort McMurray for many years, but I have only few videos to prove it. This is one of those videos.