254 Youtube Flying Videos by Jan
(Updated October 20, 2019)
254. Flying in Kamloops Fall Colors, Oct 19, 2019
day of flying, while day before I went through some serious turbulence, this day was my redemption.
It was very pleasant flight with some sporadic fluffy clouds and beautiful fall
colors on the ground. Kamloops
is a bit challenging to fly in, but when all stars line up it is extreme
pleasure with so much of natural beauty all around to enjoy.
253. Beautiful Day, but Unpleasant
Turbulence to Fly in, Oct 18, 2019
It was one
of those autumn days full of fall colors, warm, sunny and no wind. It looked
like an ideal day to fly. My fall color mood changed very quickly right out of
the gate. It was very bumpy and getting progressively worse. It took me about
10 min to decide to go with it or chicken out and fly back. Eventually I did
not want to push my luck and turned around.
252. Perception of Flying Speed from 9,000' above Ground, Kamloops Oct 6, 2019
30 sec video to show how perceived flying speed from 3 km
(10,000') elevation looks extremely slow, while flying 130-140 km/h
251. Power off Glide from 10,000', Oct 6, 2019
I wanted to know what my trike gliding ration is while the
engine is off. It took me 20 minutes to climb to my goal altitude of 10,000' (3088 m). I was climbing up at 600 fpm (3
m/s) which eventually dropped to 400 fpm (2 m/s) while maintaining constant
5,000 rpm on engine. The drop in vertical speed (performance) is natural,
because the air is getting less dense with altitude. The view was spectacular
and I felt like suspended in the air flying the Space Shuttle. I had
practically no perception of speed from that height, but my ground speed was
about 54 kn (100 km/h).
After I cleared with the control tower that nobody is in any
hurry to land, I turned power off. This flight also gave me appreciation of the
wing electric trim. I did not see any purpose of it when I made initial few
flights, but now, I am singing different tune. It is excellent invention in
longer and steady flights like this one. I trimmed it going up hill so if flew
hands off the control bar and the same going down hill. I trimmed it going down
to 50 kn indicated, which is actually 40 kn real, as I discovered in the first
flights. It flew hands off and without unwanted turns or surprises.
It was peaceful downhill at steady speed covering 10 nm (20
km) distances. I calculated that my trike has 7:1 glide ratio. For every 1000'
of elevation I could fly 7000' distance. Of course it will change with wind
against or behind me. This glide ratio is very impressive for such heavy trike
with small and fast wing. I did the similar test in Apr 2014 with my Airborne
trike with Wizard wing (http://youtu.be/cgb7QSM_idw).
I calculated 5:1 glide ratio on that slow trike.
Landing was uneventful and 60 kn (111 km/h). I could not
restart the engine after landing, because the battery run out of juice. When
you are in the similar situation you would appreciate the advantages of
classical analog (gauge with needles) instruments versus all computerized
stuff, which need a lot of power. I was prepared for this situation by carrying
battery power pack and connected into the 12 V trike outlet. I kept all
navigation lights, radio, transponder and all digital instruments on. I thought
that the battery pack would be able to supply all needed power. Obviously it
did not. You could see from the video that it was not big deal when I turned
all power off. It was very happy day for me.
250. Flight to Barriere,
BC, Oct 4, 2019
It was one of my best flights. I wanted to fly originally to
Sun Peaks, but they were closed by fluffy
clouds. I changed my plan towards the small town north of Kamloops. Barriere is located in beautiful North Thompson River valley, with many meadows, farms and
ranches, good places for any emergency.
I took different route the last 15 km before Barriere. I
flew above Westside Barriere Rd
instead of river valley. It was very beautiful to see all those trees in fall
colors. They looked like flowers on the meadows from my high elevation perspective.
I was really moving with 50 km/h tail wind, but then, of course, on the way
back it was slow against 50 km/h head wind. There were some expected turbulent
sections, but not too bad considering it was 12:30 pm sun heat effect.
249. Short Flight over Kamloops
North and East Ridges, Oct 1, 2019
Weather forecast called for sunny day, but it did not happen
in that morning. I liked the fluffy low level clouds around the East Ridge peaks.
Unfortunately, my joyful ride was tarnished by the radio. It just quit. It was
very disappointing news for me, because I had many moments like that with my
previous trike handheld radio. So it was "S..t, not again." I tried
everything possible to get it going. I even turned off the master power switch,
which I was not sure if this would also stop the engine. No, the engine was
running OK. Thanks to my Transponder, I could "communicate" with the
control tower. I switch to code to 7600 (Failed Radio) and pushed the ID button
in all usual placed to let them know where I am. They could see me on the radar
screen anyway, but my ID pressed button lighted on their screen my position.
I was stressed not about the flying, but to deal with the
problem. When I was about 200 m from the end of runway we could again
communicate by radio. It was not perfect, but at least I could apologize for
the bloody radio. I was not very keen to deal with it right a way, but I am
glad that I did. I concluded that it must be antenna and it was. The mini
coaxial connector was unscrewed. The cable still worked in short distance as
antenna, but not very far. I reconnected the cable and wrapped it in electric
tape to prevent it from happening again. It really made my day. I was so happy
that I found it. It was good day and the video shows it.
248. Second Flight that Day to Knutsford Area, Sep 30, 2019
It was beautiful day, but very bumpy especially in the South
of Kamloops. I was looking for different layer for some peaceful flying
conditions, but no luck. I just relaxed and tried to like it. I have good
247. Short Flight over Kamloops North Ridge, Sep 30, 2019
It was perfect weather (it looked like), but my camera quit
shortly after take off. I turned back to reset it.
246. Flying over Kamloops North Ridge, Sep 6, 2019
The main reason for this flight was to take aerial picture
after devastating fire of the local school the previous day. The school was
totally destroyed. Unfortunately I took off with camera without memory card and
on top of that I forgot to turn the front, full view camera on. Oh, well, at
least I had very good local flight.
245. Flying to Sun
Peaks, Mt Lolo and NW
Ridge, Sep 1, 2019
I was trying new camera mount on the trike nose, so there is
no picture interference with any part of trike. This front view is run at 4 to
6x faster with perceives speed of 500 to 700 km/h.
I did very good aerial survey of the Sun Peaks
recreational area. It is the 2nd largest ski area in Canada, just 40 min away by car.
I crossed Mt Lolo, with a bit of turbulence and then scanned
the hills of the NE of Kamloops Lake. This 1:40 hr flight is compressed into
3:50 min video.
Practicing Landings at Kamloops
Airport , August 26, 2019
Short video showing several take-offs and landings in Apollo DeltaJet2
243. Flying from Kamloops to Logan Lake
and Merritt via Hwy 97C, August 19, 2019
long distance flight (177 km) to explore Kamloops
area beauty. Hwy 97C is going through beautiful valley when viewed from road or
from the air. The flight was uneventful until Merritt at 3600' ASL while
approaching the airport. I was met by serious turbulence in early morning sun
heat. Original plan was to land at the Merritt airport, but the turbulence
changed my mind to go up again and leave those conditions ASAP. The last leg to
Kamloops was OK
again. I was following Coquihalla Highway which is features on Discovery
Channel as "Highway Thru Hell", reality TV show.
242. Flying from Kamloops to Highland Valley, Ashcroft and Cache Creek, August
wanted to fly around the big surface copper mine in Highland Valley.
I attempted to do it in 2015, but ended up in the worst turbulence ever (by
that time). See the video here http://youtu.be/LGQsdSmTb68.
The weather gods cooperated with me and allowed me to have good flight in
another beautiful and challenging area in Kamloops
region. I landed in Cache Creek airport to change the batteries for all 5
cameras, before flying back to Kamloops.
It was 187 uneventful kilometers
to Harper Ranch, Cold Creek Rd
Loop, July 29, 2019
One of the most
relaxing flight over spectacular countryside. This part of Kamloops area has totally different
character, which remind me European meadows, rolling hills and small lakes. I
was lucky to be flying under very unique cluster of small clouds. These clouds
created interestingly looking spotty patterns over the North Ridge hills. I
have very unique pictures and video capturing this life time opportunity. It
will never happen this way again, as far as result is concern.
240. Kamloops Flying to Adams Lake Bay via Sun
Peaks, July 22, 2019
One of our
flying club members posted few pictures from his flight over Agate Bay Rd. It looked very spectacular,
so I decided to explore it too. Weekend before my flight, I drove my intended
flight loop, 200 km long loop on motorcycle. I realised that it would be
extremely dangerous to follow the Adams
Lake to Chase. I took the
shorter flight over Sun Peaks to Agate
Bay and then west following the Agate Bat Rd valley
to Luis Creek. The last leg was over North
Thompson River south, back to Kamloops.
The video and photography conditions were not very good with early morning low
sun in my face and early morning foggy low laying areas.
239. Kamloops Flying to Isobel Lake
and NE Ridge, July 11, 2019
mine mentioned camping at Isobel
Lake. He suggested flying
there, which I did. It is located just few minutes north from the airport.
Eventually I ended up east of Kamloops
for excellent area for picture taking. It is one of the most interesting area
of Kamloops. I
had sun in my back so it helped to my videos and pictures.
238. My Record Flight to Molybdenite
Peak, July 3, 2019
years ago I watched YouTube video showing group of Kamloops 4x4 riders going to Molybdenite peak
(2,749 m, 9,919'). The peak is part of the Coast Mountains, vast mountain area
spreading from Alaska down to Vancouver BC
area. I tried to get some other person to join me to do this trip on off-road
motorcycle. Interested people always quit before the trip. The last year my
motorcycle accident squashed out that dream. I decided to fly there instead.
I had very
few hours of sleep thinking of all those "what if" possibilities. I
got up at 4:30 am and was in the air at 5:55 am. Dressed in my full winter
gear, I was really hot in already sunny, 14C, morning. There was up to 18 km/h
(10 kn) head wind, but otherwise very relaxing flight. It was not easy to take
pictures, because big contrast between sunny and shady areas from the low sun
position. I was stunned to see the beauty of the eastern part of the Coast Mountains. I reached my goal at 7 am. I was at 3,557 m (11,670'). I was glad for my winter
clothes at 0C temperature. I took several pictures, circled around and headed
back via Cache Creek airport. This is very tricky landing spot, because this
airport is perpendicular and on downwind slope of very steep ridge. You are
practically landing on downwind slope in swirling wind, which is no fun. I had
quick stop to change batteries in my cameras and carried on to home stretch.
The morning heat created turbulence in Cache Creek area and it kicked me up few
safely at the Kamloops
airport, at 8:50 am. I took advantage of WW2 bombers, B17 and B25 parked by the
terminal. They came form USA
for one week public display and flights, as organised by our Kamloops Flying Club. I took some
pictures together with my trike. https://youtu.be/n5se6t74ebc
My record longest and potentially
the most dangerous flight so far.
Distance: 278 km (173 mi, 150 nm)
Max Elevation: 3,557 m (11,670')
Moving time: 2:40 hr
Max Ground Speed: 148 km/h (92 mph,
237. Flying to Knouff
Area, June 9, 2019
before, I was driving my motorcycle to Knouff Lake Recreation Area
and I was very impresses with the nature beauty there. I decided to check it
out from the air too. It was very nice flight, but the better view from the
ground. It looks from the air much flatter then from the ground.
236. Flying to Savona to Check the Wild Fire Situation
There, June 6, 2019
Walking on the
street previous day, I noticed black smoke on western horizon. Oh no! No forest
fire again. Media reports were not very favourable with statements like double
in size, out of control...
was crisp, with just 8C and sunny sky. I decided to fly west to see how bad the
fire situation is NW of Savona. Actually, I was very surprised that the fire
was out, but still with some smouldering patches and very close to the forest.
I could see small burned patch and father west large burned area. It was obvious
that it was deliberately set by someone. The first smaller patch was very far
away from the train track separated by very dry grass and wide road. This fire
could not start by train. It is mad-mad world.
235. Kamloops COPA
Flights for Kids, June 1, 2019
Flying Club organized "COPA for
Kids". COPA (Canadian owners
and pilots association) motivation is to seed some interest into young generation
to become pilots, attendants, mechanics.. The current majority of pilots is in
its life sunset. Very few people are starting to fly. Unless something drastic
happens, there will not be too many long distance holidays or business trips.
There will be no pilots and mechanics to service those planes.
234. How Trike Works and How to
Mount Flight Cameras, May 30, 2019
similar video with my AirBorne Trike in
Feb 2017. I had many very good responses, so I decided to follow up with my
new trike, but with emphasis on camera mounting basics. It shows how trike is
controlled, instrumentation, how to make camera mounts, how to mount them to
prevent vibration, best angle of view, how to set camera to be parallel with
horizon in level flight... All comments ale welcome.
233. Short Flight to West of
Kamloops North Ridge, May 30, 2019
ended just after 20 min. It was early morning at 15C, no wind, but very hazy
day. We were getting smoke from our neighbouring province Alberta with enormous forest fires there. My
original plan was to do cross-country triangular flight, about 180 km long. It
did not happen. I started in no wing and as soon as I climbed to 4000' I was
hit with 67 km/h (42 mph) headwind. The turbulence was getting worse with every
minute from all those hills around me. The second planned leg would get me into
90 deg crosswind and no chance to fly in the beautiful valley. I decided to
turn around and not to push my luck. The next time.
232. Flying on the Edge of North
Ridge West and East of Kamloops,
May 27, 2019
another beautiful flight just north of Kamloops.
Finally I dared to fly over, for me mysterious village Frederick, located 15 km
NW of the airport. The only access to it is by twisty narrow road over the
steep mountain road or by the boat. I dove down to the Kamloops lake edge for some low passes and
few pictures. The next leg took me NE of Kamloops following more-less Shuswap
road. The early morning was very hazy and with sun in to my face made filming
and taking pictures challenging. The situation significantly improved on the
way back with sun behind. I wanted to explore from close up the hoodoo
formation along the Shuswap road. It is very interesting part of the Kamloops and definitely
not boring countryside.
231. Flying from Kamloops
to Falkland - Westwold - Monte Creek and Kamloops,
May 21, 2019
I made several
attempts in the past to fly to Falkland
region, but the turbulence changed my plan in hurry. It was different this
time. I flew direct line from Kamloops to
Falkland and then I followed highway 97 and 1 back to Kamloops. This road is well traveled by many
people and tourists on the way to Vernon and Kelowna regions. I wanted
to know if it looks as spectacular from the air as from the road and I was not
disappointed. Mainly Westwold farm and meadow land are very beautiful. I wish I
spent more time to explore that beauty, but I did not want to push my luck. I
knew that late morning heat would change the peaceful flight into potential
Flying from Merritt to Kamloops,
May 6, 2019
return flight continuation of the previous video. During short pit stop at Merritt
airport, I changed all 4 cameras batteries and enjoyed and bit the beautiful
blue sky and crispy clear air in the beautiful region. I decided to head home,
before the nature would change its mood. I more-less followed the famous
Coquihalla (TV series Highway to Hell) north to Kamloops. The trip was uneventful, but still
beautiful to see all those distant mountain ridges covered in snow and the
small lakes below me.
Flying from Kamloops to Merritt Airport,
May 6, 2019
early morning to prevent Kamloops
area moody weather. The weather is very good in Kamloops, provided you are on the ground. It
is different story when you are in the air.
I was up in
the air at 6:30, heading for Merritt airport. I chose longer, but very scenic
way through the Nicola
Valley. It is deep valley
with beautiful lakes and nature. I wanted to take advantage to have sun more
towards my back to get better light condition for my video and pictures. I took
over 130 pictures from my trip.
bought another GoPro camera (6th
now), this time Hero 7 Black. Black has nothing to do with color. It is the
confusing type of camera features in this sequence: White, Silver and Black
which is the most advanced. I was very impressed with the camera result. The
Stabilization if phenomenal and it works exactly how it supposed work for use
with aircrafts or boats on waves. The background in steady, but the foreground
subject is moving. When you have camera on the wing then in turbulence you are
moving against the background. Normally background would be moving while you
are fixed in one point on the screen. I was doing this in pos-processing
software, which took 2.5 hours for every 20 min of video. Now, all this is done
in real time in such small device like GoPro.
Very impressive. I was hesitant to buy it, because the original Stabilization
had one negative which I call, Over-stabilization. You could see this effect
even on TV made by professional cameras. When panning moving object then the
result is jerky. I my case when used during take off or landing the
undercarriage was separated from the trike and catching up and falling behind.
I bought the camera as soon as heard from my fellow trike FB friend that GoPro fixed this phenomenon.
Flying from Salmon Arm to Kamloops,
April 26, 2019
40 minutes in Salmon Arm airport I took off towards the Kamloops. I wanted to follow more scenic
route by Shuswap Lake
and South Thompson River. I thought that I
have it well imprinted in my head, which was not the case. After about 10 min
flight I realized that I am flying south instead of north. This is the 2nd time
when this happened at the same place.
I was too
far from my original route, so I took shortcut across the mountain again. I
wanted to avoid this route, because I did not like the turbulence there. The
turbulence was waiting for me.
I took side
trip to Chase village on the shore
of Little Shuswap Lake.
Of course taking pictures and my 3 GoPro
cameras were recording my journey. The rest of the flight was relaxing above
the magnificent nature in the South Thompson River
between South and North Ridges.
Flying to Salmon Arm, April 26, 2019
is from my first leg of two hour flight to Salmon Arm (SA) airport and back. I
decided to fly almost straight line between Kamloops and SA over the mountain. The flight
was almost uneventful until 20 km from SA when crossing mountain ridges and
multidirectional valleys, which is not very good combination. I received
several good kicks from thermals and changing wind directions. I landed in SA,
changed camera batteries, talked to several pilots interested in my bird. I
wanted to go back home ASAP, before the heat of the day would make my flight
226. Flying to Tobiano and Savona to Test Wing GoPro on 3x Stabilizer, April 14, 2019
waiting a long time to test again the Gimbal Stabilizer FY-WG X3 with GoPro wing camera. I tested this mechanical stabilizer in 2016 with disappointing
results, when batteries quit in just 12 minutes at -3C. It was a bit better
this time with 30 min running time at +3C, but still very short of spec 3 to 4
hours. I will try again in summer. The result is very good and much more
interesting relation between the trike and background.
225. My Record Flight to Dunn Peak,
the Highest Peak in Kamloops
Region, March 30, 2019
always intrigued by the snowy peak on very distant northern horizon. I was very
close to this region in Oct 29, 2018, when flying to Barriere, BC.
I did not dare to fly there until I would learn more about this mountain.
conditions were ripe for very good flight at 9:30 am, with blue, but hazy morning
sky and +6C. Just before I strapped myself into my bird, I was visited by my
flying club buddy. He told me about his nasty experience with extreme
turbulence while flying his regular airplane there. This stacked in my head,
especially, when in that mountain range. I was flying in the final stage at
11,175', well above the peak elevation of 8,600' to avoid the mountain
turbulence. I stayed on the up wind side of mountain only and chickened out to
fly around, hearing in my head his story of 1,000'/min downdraft.
It was very
good flight without any surprises. It was another milestone flight with these,
for me, record setting values:
Distance: 184 km (114 mi)
Max Elevation: 3,406 m (11,175')
Delta elevation 3,053 m (10,015')
Average Speed: 116 km/h (72 mph)
Temper -6C to +8C (21 F to 46 F)
224. Flight to Second Largest Ski Area in Canada,
March 20, 2019
truly spring day. I took off from Kamloops
around 11am at +3C (1160') and experienced +13C over Sun Peaks
at 7800'. I was actually hot in my winter clothing. Sun
Peaks is the second largest ski area
in Canada, while Whistles by
It was very
pleasant flight with just small section with turbulence; otherwise I could
listen to music and daydream. Actually, I was fully alert and waited for some
area surprises, which, fortunately, never came.
the angle of view of my camera mounted on the broomstick. The view looks good.
This low tech camera mount was surprisingly very sturdy and fast to make. It
would not win any industrial design price, but it cost nothing and worked
perfectly. I cannot say the same about the GoPro
overpriced mounts, which are good enough, but no good for my videos. I had to
modify them to prevent vibrations.
Kamloops Flight Following North
Thompson River, March 17, 2019
short flight to test my homemade camera mount, but mainly if the view would be
interesting to watch. It appears that my broom stick camera mount and its
attachment to the wing struts worked well with practically no vibration. I will
leave to viewers to answer the question whether the camera view is interesting.
The next time I will turn the camera more forward facing to capture the scenery
It was the
first day of this winter season, when I was actually hot during the flight.
to North Ridge, March 17, 2019
Just short flight
with my new camera mount and 360 Master Vision camera. It was disappointing
test, because camera quit recording just after only 2 minutes. The camera
manual says that it should be operated above 7C. The temperature was 3C to 6C.
Obviously, that camera did not like it. I landed and installed GoPro camera to give me another angle of view. You
could see the result in the next video.
Kamloops Flight to Downtown, Nicola Valley,
Ajax, March 13,
day with now wind, ideal conditions to have pleasant flight. After take off I
realized that I forgot my camera on the back seat. I had to turn around to
retrieve it. Right after take off I noticed that this flight might not be very
relaxing. The air was bumpy and the bumpiness was steady increasing during the
flight. I also noticed when flying over the Knutsford area, that I did not
buckled up after my camera retrieval. The flying conditions were not ideal for
hands off flying. It took me two attempts to secure myself in the seat again.
This was big relieve for me!
I had to
change my original flight plan twice, due to the snow/rain in the areas where I
was planning to go. I am very allergic to such combination of blue sky with
cold clouds nearby. This always brings very nasty and sudden winds in Kamloops area. I made it
Kamloops Flight North Ridge, Tobiano, Afton
Mine, March 9, 2019
advantage of the first warm and sunny day of 2019. Ground temperature was +2C
and -6C in the air. I explored still snow covered country side around Kamloops. I flew west
following the north shore of Kamloops Lake.
Crossed the lake south to Tobiano Golf Resort and then east towards Knutsford.
Several pilots reported show showers and significant turbulence nearby, but at
that time I had totally blue sky above head. I could see heavy clouds all
around which eventually started to created turbulence in my area. I decided not
to push my luck and turned towards the airport. It was good day with beautiful
One Hour Winter Flight around Kamloops,
March 6, 2019
pleasant flight in the first above the freezing temperature. Beautiful views of
hilly areas covered with show on North sides, while brown on the sunny sides.
Loop Flight, March 1, 2019
It was almost
nice day and especially after unusually cold weather in Kamloops. This video shows Kamloops
beauty from the air in areas between Kamloops
Lake and Mt Peter and
Paul. One hour flight in 7 min video.
217. Kamloops Local Flight, Feb 15, 2019
was almost warm at -5C. We had unusually cold and windy 2 weeks of weather.
This day the sun was peeking through after about 6 cm of fresh snow. After
clearing snow from my long access road to runway, I decided to take my bird for
some fresh air. It was beautiful flight with no wind or turbulence. I flew just
until my feet were cold in about 40 min. About one hour after I landed, remove
all GPS's, camera and other stuff, the weather became absolutely perfect with
blue sky and no wind. I should stay longer, but I did not. Well, I hope for the
216. Flying above Beautiful Kamloops
NW Ridge, Jan 21, 2019
sunny day required to take your bird up. I was following Kamloops North Ridge
east and west. With practically now ground wind, it was blowing around 70 km/h
at 6,500'. The flight was very enjoyable and uneventful until I noticed that my
seat belt was unbuckled (again). The buckle opens by just lifting its latch. I
have camera around the neck and resting practically on that seat belt buckle.
Most likely, I accidently pull the buckle latch when grabbing the camera with
my clumsy winter glove. Regardless, I had to buckle up again in the air. While
doing it, the control bar suddenly and unexpectedly surged (moved) forward,
into, I think, stall position. If you don't have patience to watch whole movie
then skip to 3 min and watch it in normal and slow motion. I would like to hear
from you experts some explanation, what really happened there.
215. Flying to Chase
Village over Beautiful
Mountains, Jan 20, 2019
beautiful, crispy day at about -2C to -6C. I was flying east from Kamloops over the Harper
Mountain Ski Hill and over beautiful valleys and hills to Chase village. The
Chase is "coastal" village on Little Shuswap Lake. It was very nice
flight over mountains and clouds. That area is very picturesque. I landed from
about 3,000' to runway at idle speed (~2,000 RPM) until touch down. It was
another first in this trike. It went very
214. First Snow in Kamloops Flying, Dec 27,
I like when
ground is covered by the first snow, but not everything is white yet. The
terrain looks much better in that contrasts between the white snow and dark
roads, streets and slopes.
It was good
214. 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 that during the sunny day the temperature will go
up. All other weather applications were showing 5 to 10 km/h wind and of course
variable temperatures per each hour. So I took a chance and went flying. I made
just 40 min loop, because the EC forecasted 30 km/h wind was haunting me. I
tested my newly installed electric carburetor heaters, which will give me more
confidence in my machine in winter. Frozen carburetor in Kamloops area would not be fun. I cut my
flying short, but the wind never came, while beautiful, spring like weather
212. Worst Turbulence
Ever from Control Bar Cameras, Nov 28, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
208. Good Turbulence
Flying Apollo Trike, Oct 30, 2018
Just 2 min
video showing sudden and a bit unpleasant turbulence during otherwise peaceful
207. Flying to
Kamloops South Ridge, Knutsford and Sandbars with Major Turbulence, Oct 30,
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 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
206. Flying to
Kamloops North Ridge, North Shore of Kamloops
Lake and Sandbars, Oct
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
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
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
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.
I ended up with 6.5 deg pitch and the engine produced max 5,400 RPM when not
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
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
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
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.
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
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
197. Motorized Rogallo in Italy
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
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,
beginning of quickly developing hang gliding sport
194. Rana Hang Gliding Beginnings in Czech Republic
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
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
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.
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
191. Second Flight in Apollo Trike, July 23, 2018
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
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.
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
Area, April 4, 2018
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
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.
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
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.
Mountain - Tobiano, March
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.
Flying to Harper Mountain
Ski Resort, Kamloops,
Feb 27, 2018
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
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.
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.
Short Flight over North Ridge Downtown, Kamloops,
Feb 22, 2018
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.
Short Flight over North Ridge Downtown and Sandbars, Kamloops, Jan 13, 2018
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
23 eagles on the ground, trees and one in flight. It was good flight.
Short Cold Flight over South Ridge and Sandbars, Kamloops, Dec 23, 2017
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.
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
Flight to Mt Peter and Paul, Downtown and Sandbars, Kamloops, Dec 4, 2017
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
Flight with Clouds, Kamloops,
Nov 17, 2017
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
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.
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.
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.
175a. Turbulence Between Mt Peter
and Mt Paul from 3 Cameras Views, Oct. 11, 2017
from flying in turbulence between Mt Peter and Mt Paul. It shows the same
locations from 3 cameras consecutively.
175. Short Local Flight in Beautiful Cloudy Sky, Kamloops Oct 11, 2017
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
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.
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
173. Flying in Kamloops
in Rough Turbulence, Aug 25, 2017
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
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.
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.
several times around the ever increasing sand bars (summer low water level in
the river). Visited downtown, with some heat turbulence ride.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
July 5, 2017
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
162. Knutsford Flying
Club BBQ, June 3, 2017
Fly-in-BBQ by Thompson Valley Sport Aircraft Club members
Flying Club Fly-in-Breakfast, May 27, 2017
Kamloops Airport Flying Club
160. My Length Record Flight from Kamloops
to Salmon Arm, May 26, 2017
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'.
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
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
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,
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
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.
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
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.
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
156. Flying to Cross Country to Walhachin Area, May 14, 2017
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
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,
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
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
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
149. Flying to Mt Peter and Paul, North Ridge and River Sand Bars, Apr
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
148. Flying to Ajax, Knutsford and Kamloops Downtown, Feb 27,
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
FY-WG X3 has 3 gyroscopes and could be mounted on helmet too. I used "GoPro Hero3+ Silver" camera with this
140. Using 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer, with GoPro
Wing Camera, Dec 27, 2016
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.
FY-WG X3 has 3 gyroscopes and could be mounted on helmet too. I used "GoPro Hero3+ Silver" camera with this
139. Flying to Mt Peter & Paul and Chasing Clouds, Dec 10, 2016
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
beautiful day, perhaps the last of relatively warm autumn days. Fluffy clouds
created beautiful spotty patterns on the rolling hills. I really like these
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
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
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
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.
in a Day", Kamloops
Flying, Sep 10, 2014
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
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
Flying to Downtown, Mt Peter and Paul, North Ridge and Sand Bars, Aug 20, 2016
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,
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
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
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
124. Elusive Flight to Nicola
Valley, June 7, 2016
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Flying to Knutsford for Club Flying BBQ, May 14, 2016
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
121. Kamloops Flying to Nicola Valley
and Flying around Clouds, May 13, 2016
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Short but Rough Flight, Mar 14, 2016
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.
Flying with GoPro on the Selfie
Stick, Feb 29, 2016
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.
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
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,
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
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
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,
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.
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
Flying over South Thompson River Sand Bars, Nov 21, 2015
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,
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.
Flying over North Thompson River, Mara Mt and
Oct 20. 2015
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.
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.
Flying to Chase and Squilax Air Strip, Aug. 19, 2015
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
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.
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
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
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.
that GoPro struggled with low light
conditions which resulted with a bit fuzzy video by the end.
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
96. Flying to Logan Lake and Highland Valley Copper Mine, Nasty Turbulence, June 23,
Almost 2 hours flight started early morning in
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
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
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)
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)
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