266 YouTube Flying Videos by Jan
(Updated January 24, 2020)
266. Kamloops from the above Clouds, Jan 22, 2020
morning started very promising with sun, +5C, but forecast called for windy
day. I waited till about 10 am, but there was no wind. I took my chances and I
did not regret it. It was one of my most relaxing and beautiful flight. I was
planning to cross Kamloops
downtown and then south towards Knutsford. While closing towards downtown, I
saw that there is no way for me to squeeze between the upper Kamloops and the cloud base. The area in
front of me was totally in heavy clouds. I turned around west, where I could
see some sun and traces of blue sky. It turned out as very beautiful day with
all river and other valleys filled to the brim with clouds, but blue sky, +2C
and practically no turbulence. My GPS was showing ground speed between 85 and
155 km/h, so there was significant wind aloft, but of course, I could not feel
anything and even visually, it all looked stationary. It was dreamlike and
spectacular day. I almost wanted to jump into those clouds and fulfill my
childhood dream. The relaxation aspect of this flight is enhanced be music to
turn viewers in the same mood.
Beauty from the Air, Jan 9, 2020
terrain is very diverse, complex and beautiful. It is even more noticeable in
snowy winter. All that beauty just pops up due to the contrast between white
and every other color.
It was very good flight, but my
fingers were getting numb which determined the flight duration. It is not easy
to take pictures and fiddle in knobs in heavy gloves.
How Wing Trim Works in Flight, Dec 27, 2019
Short video clips from my last
flight showing sections when I used the wing speed trim. It shows how the pivot
point is moving in flight. You might need to run it several times to see the
detail. Watch first time to its end where you will see it in slow motion.
Christmas Flying in Kamloops,
Dec 27, 2019
Still cloudy airport area, but blue
sky pushed through in many places. While there was no snow on the ground around
airport area, the ground was well covered all around us. It was beautiful
flight between, under and above clouds under sunny and very blue sky. This area
looks (is) so beautiful that it is beyond any description. I am lucky to have
this opportunity to see it from the above.
262. Flying to South Area of Kamloops, Dec 8, 2019
Nice flight to south area of Kamloops: Knutsford, Ajax
and Afton mines and fields and hills all around.
I bit turbulent air and up to 40 km/h head wind aloft.
261. Flying above Kamloops Clouds, Dec 3, 2019
It was almost beautiful day, but heavy
clouds were hanging in the Kamloops
area valleys. I squeezed between North Ridge crest and clouds into blue sky and
warmer temperature. It was very pleasant flight but also surprisingly 40 km/h
wind aloft while no wind at the airport. The lightly covered ground with snow
makes everything more interesting to look at. The snow and dark ground create
very contrasting lines and ridges which are well captured by my cameras.
260. Short Experimental Flight Backward,
Nov 25, 2019
In my previous video, # 259, I was
showing possibilities to kick back the Rotax 912 engine to run in reverse.
Reverse running engine also produces backward force, because the prop is
running in reverse. This is not very efficient way due to the prop leading and
thicker edge now becoming trailing edge.
Here is about 2 min video showing my experiment, where
I demonstrate that it could fly in reverse. I am some-what luckier than many
other trike owners, because my wing is tight like drum and there is not a
single wrinkle and flutter. This makes it easier and less risky.
Enjoy the video and let me know what you think.
259. Beautiful Day, but Unpleasant
Turbulence, Nov 24, 2019
It looks like one of the last days of
flying in above freezing temperature. It was beautiful day, with no ground wind,
but 30 km/h wind just 2,000' above ground. Several times I was surprised with
strong blast of air from nowhere and from ever changing direction. Eventually
it became more peaceful at about 6000'. It was nice flight in this nature jewel
all around us.
I was always thinking how to "drive" my
trike from hangar, without heavy lifting and pushing it. This is problem now
for my steel shoulder after the last year motorcycle accident.
Finally, I figured it out. I was inspired by my first
"car" in 1967, three wheeler converted motorcycle, named Velorex.
It was originally made for handicap people in communist Czechoslovakia. It was two-seater,
350 ccm, two stroke, two cylinder motorcycle engine, with max speed about 100
km/h (60 mph). It had very brilliant system to kick the engine in reverse so
you could go backward, without getting out and push it back. Actually you could
drive in full speed and use all 4 gears backward.
I tried the same idea with my Rotax 912 and it works.
You could see it in my video. The problem is solved now. I don't want to brag,
but I am very proud of myself. I am surprised that nobody else used this idea
258. Flying over North
Thompson River Valley,
Nov 20, 2019
Finally, it was good flying day. I installed all my GoPro cameras, external batteries, GPS, Spot and
another stuff, getting ready for beautiful weather waiting for me. I could not
start it. The battery had not enough power to start 80 hp engine after below
freezing overnight temperature. I knew already that there is not much life left
in it. I move the trike back to hangar and uninstalled all the stuff again.
Drove to downtown to buy battery and replace it, which is not easy in this
trike. I was ready to go again after about 90 minutes.
It was very pleasant flight with warm sun on my back,
with 5C down to 1C and back to 5C (41F - 34F - 41F). The sun was very close to
horizon, which was not enjoyable result to shine into my face through two
layers of Plexiglas (windshield and helmet). It was very good 90 min flight.
257. Seven Years of Trike Flying in Kamloops in 2.5 Minutes
I took 30 random selected clips from my 7 years flying
in Kamloops. I
have 1663 video clips saved. I cut first 5 minutes out and then used the next 5
sec from each selection. The clips are not chronological, but in random order
as these numbers were generated (in Excel).
256. Flying with Clouds to Chase via
Paul Lake, Nov 3, 2019
I was one of my best flight without any nasty
surprises. Almost 2 hour flight took me over beautiful hills and valleys and
generally pleasure to look at scenery. I tried to bring the mood up with the Strauss
Blue Danube music. This is how I usually feel when the conditions are right and
the flying is pure pleasure. Turn the volume up and enjoy the flight with me.
255. Flying Kamloops-Ajax-Tobiano,
Oct 31, 2019
One hour flight around Kamloops
to Knutsford, flying club airstrip, Ajax old
gold mine, Afton gold mine and Tobiano, golf
course and residential resort. It was uneventful flight, but I missed the sunny
sky. When I removed all the gadgets and cameras ready to go home, the weather
changed to perfectly blue sky. Well, it was too late for me.
254. Flying in Kamloops Fall Colors, Oct 19, 2019
My second day of flying, while day before I went
through some serious turbulence,
this day was my redemption. It was very pleasant flight with some sporadic
fluffy clouds and beautiful fall colors on the ground. 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.
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
I was stressed not about the
flying, but to deal with the problem. When I was about 200 m from the end of
runway we could again communicate by radio. It was not perfect, but at least I
could apologize for the bloody radio. I was not very keen to deal with it right
a way, but I am glad that I did. I concluded that it must be antenna and it was.
The mini coaxial connector was unscrewed. The cable still worked in short
distance as antenna, but not very far. I reconnected the cable and wrapped it
in electric tape to prevent it from happening again. It really made my day. I
was so happy that I found it. It was good day and the video shows it.
248. Second Flight that Day to Knutsford Area, Sep 30, 2019
It was beautiful day, but
very bumpy especially in the South of Kamloops. I was looking for different
layer for some peaceful flying conditions, but no luck. I just relaxed and
tried to like it. I have good video.
247. Short Flight over Kamloops North Ridge, Sep 30, 2019
It was perfect weather (it
looked like), but my camera quit shortly after take off. I turned back to reset
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
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.
Landings at Kamloops
Airport , August 26, 2019
Short video showing several take-offs
and landings in Apollo DeltaJet2 trike.
243. Flying from Kamloops to Logan Lake
and Merritt via Hwy 97C, August 19, 2019
Another 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
I always 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
Kamloops 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
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
Friend of 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
Several 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 times.
I landed 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
longest and potentially the most dangerous flight so far.
278 km (173 mi, 150 nm)
Elevation: 3,557 m (11,670')
Speed: 148 km/h (92 mph, 80 kn)
237. Flying to Knouff
Area, June 9, 2019
Six days before, I was driving my motorcycle to Knouff Lake Recreation Area
and I was very impresses with the nature beauty there. I decided to check it
out from the air too. It was very nice flight, but the better view from the
ground. It looks from the air much flatter then from the ground.
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...
The morning was crisp, with just 8C and sunny sky. I
decided to fly west to see how bad the fire situation is NW of Savona.
Actually, I was very surprised that the fire was out, but still with some
smouldering patches and very close to the forest. I could see small burned
patch and father west large burned area. It was obvious that it was
deliberately set by someone. The first smaller patch was very far away from the
train track separated by very dry grass and wide road. This fire could not
start by train. It is mad-mad world.
235. Kamloops COPA
Flights for Kids, June 1, 2019
Kamloops Flying Club organized "COPA for Kids". COPA
(Canadian owners and pilots association) motivation is to seed some interest
into young generation to become pilots, attendants, mechanics.. The current
majority of pilots is in its life sunset. Very few people are starting to fly.
Unless something drastic happens, there will not be too many long distance
holidays or business trips. There will be no pilots and mechanics to service
234. How Trike Works and How to
Mount Flight Cameras, May 30, 2019
I did similar video with my Airborne Trike in Feb 2017. I had many
very good responses, so I decided to follow up with my new trike, but with
emphasis on camera mounting basics. It shows how trike is controlled,
instrumentation, how to make camera mounts, how to mount them to prevent
vibration, best angle of view, how to set camera to be parallel with horizon in
level flight... All comments ale welcome.
233. Short Flight to West of
Kamloops North Ridge, May 30, 2019
My flight ended just after 20 min. It was early morning
at 15C, no wind, but very hazy day. We were getting smoke from our neighbouring
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
232. Flying on the Edge of North
Ridge West and East of Kamloops,
May 27, 2019
I made 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
This is return flight continuation of the previous
video. During short pit stop at Merritt airport, I changed all 4 cameras
batteries and enjoyed and bit the beautiful blue sky and crispy clear air in
the beautiful region. I decided to head home, before the nature would change
its mood. I more-less followed the famous Coquihalla (TV series Highway to
Hell) north to 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
I started 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.
I just bought another GoPro
camera (6th now), this time Hero 7 Black. Black has nothing to do with color.
It is the confusing type of camera features in this sequence: White, Silver and
Black which is the most advanced. I was very impressed with the camera result.
The Stabilization if phenomenal and it works exactly how it supposed work for
use with aircrafts or boats on waves. The background in steady, but the
foreground subject is moving. When you have camera on the wing then in
turbulence you are moving against the background. Normally background would be
moving while you are fixed in one point on the screen. I was doing this in
pos-processing software, which took 2.5 hours for every 20 min of video. Now,
all this is done in real time in such small device like GoPro.
Very impressive. I was hesitant to buy it, because the original Stabilization
had one negative which I call, Over-stabilization. You could see this effect
even on TV made by professional cameras. When panning moving object then the
result is jerky. I my case when used during take off or landing the
undercarriage was separated from the trike and catching up and falling behind.
I bought the camera as soon as heard from my fellow trike FB friend that GoPro fixed this phenomenon.
Flying from Salmon Arm to Kamloops,
April 26, 2019
After about 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
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
This video is from my first leg of two hour flight to
Salmon Arm (SA) airport and back. I decided to fly almost straight line between
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 less enjoyable.
Flying to Tobiano and Savona
to Test Wing GoPro on 3x Stabilizer,
April 14, 2019
I was waiting a long time to test again the Gimbal
Stabilizer FY-WG X3 with GoPro wing
camera. I tested this mechanical stabilizer in 2016 with disappointing results,
when batteries quit in just 12 minutes at -3C. It was a bit better this time
with 30 min running time at +3C, but still very short of spec 3 to 4 hours. I
will try again in summer. The result is very good and much more interesting
relation between the trike and background.
My Record Flight to Dunn Peak, the Highest Peak in Kamloops Region, March 30, 2019
I was always intrigued by the snowy peak on very
distant northern horizon. I was very close to this region in Oct 29, 2018, when
flying to Barriere, BC. I did not dare to fly there until I
would learn more about this mountain.
The conditions were ripe for very good flight at 9:30
am, with blue, but hazy morning sky and +6C. Just before I strapped myself into
my bird, I was visited by my flying club buddy. He told me about his nasty
experience with extreme turbulence while flying his regular airplane there.
This stacked in my head, especially, when in that mountain range. I was flying
in the final stage at 11,175', well above the peak elevation of 8,600' to avoid
the mountain turbulence. I stayed on the up wind side of mountain only and
chickened out to fly around, hearing in my head his story of 1,000'/min
It was very good flight without any surprises. It was
another milestone flight with these, for me, record setting values:
184 km (114 mi)
Elevation: 3,406 m (11,175')
elevation 3,053 m (10,015')
Speed: 116 km/h (72 mph)
to +8C (21 F to 46 F)
Flight to Second Largest Ski Area in Canada, March 20, 2019
It was 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 Vancouver is the largest.
It was very pleasant flight with just small section
with turbulence; otherwise I could listen to music and daydream. Actually, I
was fully alert and waited for some nasty Kamloops
area surprises, which, fortunately, never came.
I adjusted the angle of view of my camera mounted on
the broomstick. The view looks good. This low tech camera mount was
surprisingly very sturdy and fast to make. It would not win any industrial
design price, but it cost nothing and worked perfectly. I cannot say the same
about the GoPro overpriced mounts,
which are good enough, but no good for my videos. I had to modify them to
Flight Following North Thompson River, March
Another short flight to test my homemade camera mount,
but mainly if the view would be interesting to watch. It appears that my broom
stick camera mount and its attachment to the wing struts worked well with
practically no vibration. I will leave to viewers to answer the question
whether the camera view is interesting. The next time I will turn the camera
more forward facing to capture the scenery too.
It was the first day of this winter season, when I was
actually hot during the flight. Yahoo!
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.
Flight to Downtown, Nicola Valley, Ajax,
March 13, 2019
Beautiful day with now wind, ideal conditions to have
pleasant flight. After take off I realized that I forgot my camera on the back
seat. I had to turn around to retrieve it. Right after take off I noticed that
this flight might not be very relaxing. The air was bumpy and the bumpiness was
steady increasing during the flight. I also noticed when flying over the
Knutsford area, that I did not buckled up after my camera retrieval. The flying
conditions were not ideal for hands off flying. It took me two attempts to
secure myself in the seat again. This was big relieve for me!
I had to change my original flight plan twice, due to
the snow/rain in the areas where I was planning to go. I am very allergic to
such combination of blue sky with cold clouds nearby. This always brings very
nasty and sudden winds in Kamloops
area. I made it home safely.
220. Kamloops Flight North Ridge, Tobiano,
Afton Mine, March 9, 2019
I took advantage of the first warm and sunny day of
2019. Ground temperature was +2C and -6C in the air. I explored still snow covered
country side around 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
219. One Hour Winter Flight around Kamloops, March 6, 2019
One hour pleasant flight in the first above the
freezing temperature. Beautiful views of hilly areas covered with show on North
sides, while brown on the sunny sides.
218. Kamloops 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.
Local Flight, Feb 15, 2019
Finally! It was almost warm at -5C. We had unusually
cold and windy 2 weeks of weather. This day the sun was peeking through after
about 6 cm of fresh snow. After clearing snow from my long access road to
runway, I decided to take my bird for some fresh air. It was beautiful flight
with no wind or turbulence. I flew just around Kamloops 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 next time.
216. Flying above Beautiful Kamloops NW Ridge, Jan 21,
The second sunny day required to take your bird up. I
was following Kamloops North Ridge east and west. With practically now ground
wind, it was blowing around 70 km/h at 6,500'. The flight was very enjoyable
and uneventful until I noticed that my seat belt was unbuckled (again). The
buckle opens by just lifting its latch. I have camera around the neck and
resting practically on that seat belt buckle. Most likely, I accidentally pull
the buckle latch when grabbing the camera with my clumsy winter glove.
Regardless, I had to buckle up again in the air. While doing it, the control
bar suddenly and unexpectedly surged (moved) forward, into, I think, stall
position. If you don't have patience to watch whole movie then skip to 3 min
and watch it in normal and slow motion. I would like to hear from you experts
some explanation, what really happened there.
215. Flying to Chase Village
over Beautiful Mountains, Jan 20, 2019
It was 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 well.
214. First Snow in Kamloops
Flying, Dec 27, 2018
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 flying day.
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 continued.
212. Worst Turbulence Ever from Control Bar Cameras, Nov 28, 2018
This is almost full turbulence captured by the control
bar cameras. It shows how bad (for some not too bad) it really was. It is part
of the video # 210
211. Worst Turbulence Ever from Wing Camera, Nov 28, 2018
This is almost full turbulence captured by the wing
camera without too much of editing. It shows how bad (for some not too bad) it
really was. It is part of the video #
210. Short Kamloops
Flight in the Worst Turbulence Ever, Nov 28, 2018
It was beautiful, sunny day with just light wind. I took
off with intention to fly east towards Chase and perhaps further east. In about
5 minutes my plan very quickly and suddenly changed. I was in the worst
turbulence while in command (I was in much worse turbulence in commercial
flight). The up and down bounces were very unpleasant and for me outright
scary. I was in one moment in weightless condition going down with instant kick
back up. The problem was that I took off west, up wind, turned east, down wind
but instead I ended up in very strong up wind. This is the weirdness of Kamloops flying
conditions. Regardless what ever it was, I hope I will not experience this
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 first place.
208. Good Turbulence Flying Apollo Trike, Oct 30, 2018
Just 2 min video showing sudden and a bit unpleasant
turbulence during otherwise peaceful flight.
207. Flying to Kamloops South Ridge, Knutsford and Sandbars with Major
Turbulence, Oct 30, 2018
It was my second flight of that decent flyable day. I
flew SE towards Knutsford airstrip, but still did not dare to land there in
this fast trike and with my low hours time on it.
On the way back towards the airport area I encountered
very sudden, short but a major turbulence. Let's see if you have patience to
wait for it. I never experienced this before: During this bouncing up and down
like garbage bag in the wind, all of the sudden I felt very strong blast of air
from my left side. It totally freaked me out. If anything it should be from the
front and not from the side. Luckily for me it lasted less them minute, but if
definitely perked my attention.
I have very nice views of the ever changing river
sandbars, with very complex underwater formations.
206. Flying to Kamloops North Ridge, North
Shore of Kamloops Lake
and Sandbars, Oct 30, 2018
Nice flight into, still for me not known, Kamloops region. Nice
scenery with many payers of mountains and hills. I wanted to test my Monster
Vision 360 camera, but the battery quit in just 15 minutes
205. Flying to North of Kamloops to Barriere,
BC. Oct 20, 2018
The lately, weather is almost every day perfect for
flying, with no wind and turbulence. I flew north to small town on North Thompson River, Barriere. I flew almost straight
line over the mountain to Barriere and followed the North
Thompson River on the way back south. The flight was very
uneventful, but the sky was hazy from cold morning fog. It was especially
noticeable facing sun through fog and haze, large windshield and helmet face
shield. This was not very good combination for taking pictures either. I still
manage to bring and edit decent video and good set of aerial pictures.
204. Flying to Greenstone Mountain and Ajax,
Oct 15, 2018
I set the prop pitch to 9 deg, based on experience
during the previous flight. Everything looked good after take off, so I decided
to fly straight south and uphill to Greenstone
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.
Eventually I ended up with 6.5 deg pitch and the
engine produced max 5,400 RPM when not moving.
I noticed during my previous flight, that I could run
the engine at max RPM in just 3/4 of throttle. This could be potentially
dangerous to over rev the engine. I also noticed big difference in max RPM
between static test on the ground and the actual flying. Based on the above I
set the pitch back to 11.5 deg and took off for this flight. The pitch was too
coarse with poor performance and 4,500 RPM max. I turned back and changer the
pitch to 9 deg. It worked well during my following
202. My First Cross Country Flight
in Apollo Trike, Oct 14, 2018
It was beautiful fall day so I decided to pull my new
trike and myself through some cross country flight test. I flew to the second largest
ski area in Canada, Sun Peaks.
Ten minutes into the flight my two GoPro
cameras refused to record. Luckily, my wing camera was working. Resulting video
is from one camera only versus my usual at lease three camera views.
It was the first time I really appreciated the wing
speed trim and figured out how it supposed to be used. It is very good device
especially in stable air and long flights.
It is interesting to compare my previous Airborne
Trike with the original Wizard wing and this Apollo with Cheval 14 wing. Both
trips measured 135 km (coincidence). The Airborne
trip took 2:13 hours and this Apollo just 1:14 hour. The Apollo is really
moving, but it still looks and feels slow in the air. Basically I do not
perceive any speed difference.
201. My First Flight after Shoulder
Replacement Surgery, Oct 11, 2018
It was the first flight with my steel shoulder. It was
the result of being victim in motorcycle accident 5 months earlier. I feel that
I am getting slowly back to my regular life again. I missed all that warm
flying weather and now I am back into winter clothing again. It was one hour
flight around Kamloops to check my favourite
places, Mount Peter
and Paul and South Thompson river sand bars.
It was good and uneventful flight.
200. My First Float Flying, Fort McMurray 1983
My first ever flying on floats in 1983. I flew my
weight shift Atlas made in Edmonton
AB by Birdman. It was
exceptionally easy to fly, but poorly designed machine. I never took any lesson
and I flew it perfectly the first time. The same on floats. I was very
apprehensive after reading so many horror stories about float flying. I
expected to die, but it was much easier that anything else.
199. Fort McMurray, AB,
Flying Weight Shift Atlas in Winter 1983
The same on floats. Winter flying on Snye, the most popular place
for winter activities at that time
198. Fort McMurray, AB,
Flying Weight Shift Atlas 1982
The weight shift Atlas was the best
concept and easiest flying machine. Easily
transportable, but very poorly designed. I had several close calls with this
machine: broken prop shaft, stripped prop dive belt, broken cable tong, flipped
upside down on the lake with pontoons and many engine quits.
Motorized Rogallo in Italy
This was an excellent concept of hang
glider replacing aeroplane wing. I flew very well. I wish someone developed and
modernized this concept. I saw it in Italy
during our time waiting for immigration to Canada.
196. First in Flight Selfie Movie,
Rana Hang Gliding 1974
Flying with my improved
Dacron type cover material, which was significant improvement from the previous
poly, rain coat, stretchable sail.
This shows my first selfie from mechanical (spring winding) movie camera. The
movie film camera took just 3 min movie before if had to be rewound. I built
camera remote control from the bicycle break leaver and cable. The trigger
worked on the ground, but not in the air. Fortunately, it stacked in ON
position, so camera took just full film movie (~3 min). Yah, how far it was
from the GoPro.
195. Hang Gliding Pioneers in Rana, Czech
1974 beginning of quickly developing hang gliding
194. Rana Hang Gliding Beginnings in
Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia, CSSR) 1974
Beginning of hang gliding in Czechoslovakia
in very popular and ideal learning place, Rana near Louny.
This was one of my best time in my life to be surrounded by people similarly
crazy and in love of this quickly developing sport. This movie shows the first
accident on that hill.
193. How I Started to Fly in 1974
I never flew anything in my life. I built a hang
glider from home available materials, made all the cable connections from
cooper tubing. Saw the sail from poly rain coat material. This film sequence
show how I learned to fly and learned to fly it in just couple of hours. Never
stopped flying since except for 2 years in 1980 after my serious hang glider
accident when my marriage was in jeopardy.
192. Sunset Flight in Smoky Air,
July 25, 2018
It was beautiful, but hot (30C) and very smoky
evening. There are many forest fires around us, but luckily far away from Kamloops. We still get the
smoking signals here too. I wanted to test my navigation and landing lights and
newly installed transponder. I was planning to fly up till 30 min passed the
sunset, but I eventually gave up right after the sunset. The air was smooth and
pleasant in higher elevation. I was also wakening up by some summer turbulence.
I am very happy with this trike and how it performs. You could see on my
website several pictures of the flight instruments taken during the flight. It
moves without any sweat at 70 kn (80 m/h, 129 km/h) and just around 5200 rpm.
I was wearing light summer jacket with loose sleeves,
which caused a lot of wind vibration transferred into bar mounted cameras. I
ended up with jello effect in my videos.
191. Second Flight in Apollo Trike,
July 23, 2018
The morning looked perfect for my second flight in new
Apollo trike. My original plan was much more ambitious then I eventually ended
up with. As soon as I crossed the river to the south side the air become nasty.
High wind a loft and morning heat with temperatures differences of at lease 20C
between shade and sunny sides ruined my flight plan. I concluded that it was
too much for me in just second flight in new trike. I turned back north and
stayed there which felt much better. I made just 30 min flight in my familiar
territory. I got warning to head home when I noticed that east half of our big
lake (closer to me) had glossy water, but the west side looked black and
choppy. It was still good flying day, but not relaxing. The wing trim worked,
but I did not notice much difference or purpose of it. I guess I need more time
and more steady flying conditions to appreciate it.
190. First Flight in Apollo Trike, July 22, 2018
I received deposit from potential buyer on my
excellent Airborne trike in April 2018. I promised him, that I will not fly it
anymore to preserve its condition as I advertised it. I decided to move one
notch higher in the trike category. I really liked the styling of the Hungarian
made Apollo, DeltaJet2 with Rotax 912 UL. I was very lucky to find one in Winnipeg area with just
8.5 hours on the engine (and trike). I could not resist having some more,
accelerated fun in my quickly vanishing life expectancy.
Meanwhile, in May15th, I became victim of careless
track driver who pushed me off the road while I was riding my motorcycle. I
lost a lot of skin from my legs, arms and hands. I had torn several muscles and
tendon in left shoulder. My summer fun
was in serious jeopardy, because of my limited left arm mobility. Eventually I
recovered reasonably quickly my skin, but my shoulder has to be replaced. This
flight day was just one weak before the scheduled surgery. I would have to wait
at least 4 months after the surgery, so my flying season will be in serious
trouble. I had to fly my new trike, because I have no idea if this would even
fly and I could not wait any longer.
I was very pleasantly surprised that there was not any
nastiness in the Apollo trike. It handles well and it was only the second trike
(or wing) which I was comfortable with from the first minute. I have to adjust
the pedals which are too close for my legs and fix the electric wing trim. The
fuse burned out. I have to find why. I am expecting very good fun with this toy
189. Flying Buse
Lake Area, April 4, 2018
Beautiful, but bumpy flight to Buse Lake.
I was following the mountain ridges on both sides on South
Thompson River. The Buse
Lake is famous by
changing color in the late summer from green to pink from plankton in the
water. Check the Kamloops
188. Flying to Savona and Kamloops Downtown, March
The ground wind was very light, but up to 38 km/h in
the air. I was considering several times to give up, because the turbulence was
getting unpleasant. I was telling myself to be brave, otherwise I would never
learn to handle this type of situation. It was good flight over this beautiful
countryside here in Kamloops.
This trike is for sale: New wing last spring and
complete engine overhaul last year too. It flies perfectly, but buying a bigger
187. Nice Aerial View of Kamloops
Area from South and all around, March 17, 2018
Another beautiful flying day. Flew SE to Campbell Creek Rd, north
to Barnhartvale, North Ridge west over Mt Peter & Paul. Very nice view of
the Mt Mara top and fly around perspective. Sand bars are always spectacular
while flying south and then east over Kamloops
downtown. Check it out.
186. Flying Loop
- Tobiano, March 11, 2018
It was perfect day for flying with blue sky and above
freezing temperature. I was following Kamloops South Ridge east, then to Harper Mountain
ski slopes north. I turned west over the North Ridge, then to south across the
Kamloops Lake to Tobiano and finally east over the South Ridge back to river
sand bars and airport. It was relaxing flight over very beautiful country site.
Flying to Harper Mountain
Ski Resort, Kamloops,
Feb 27, 2018
Another beautiful day for flying: Temperature was
slightly above freezing, sunny, blue sky and very light wind. I could not ask for
anything better than this. I was flying east over the Kamloops North Ridge
towards the second ski resort in Kamloops, Harper Mountain.
Everything looked perfect and I was encouraged by the perfect flight a day
before. The flight was very relaxing until I was just above the Holston Bridge. The turbulence and sudden 28
km/h headwind were two things which I did not want to deal with. The flight was
still OK until I reached the edge of Harper
Valley, just 5 km west of
the ski resort. The problem was very large snow cloud on my left (North) and
another ever increasing snow cloud on my back right side (SW). Those two clouds
were coming together, which I did not like. After a few minutes of bouncing
around and thinking should or shouldn't I to continue, I chickened out and
turned back. I was surprised that I was flying again into headwind of about 25
km/h. The upper wind just shifted 180 deg. It was still beautiful flight in
very nice countryside.
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
It felt like warmer day, but it was still cold,
particularly on my fingers. I had to pull hands from gloves several times to
fiddle with radio and cameras, which does not help at that speed and in open
freezing air. I made short flight to Mt Peter and Paul, downtown and back to
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
The first flight in the new year. Kamloops received a bit of sunshine on snow
covered ground and mild temperature, just below freezing. It was short time,
which was limited by my level of freezing fingers.
I counted 23 eagles on the ground, trees and one in
flight. It was good flight.
Short Cold Flight over South Ridge and Sandbars, Kamloops, Dec 23, 2017
It was cold, -12C, but beautiful and sunny day. Had to
hand shovel snow to get from the hangar to taxiway. I used to fly down to -25C,
but my ultralights were slow to max 50 km/h.
-12C at 110 km/h feels very cold especially on the face and my fingers.
There is an opening in the front bottom of the pod to accommodate the steerable
front wheel. This creates serious and concentrated draft directly into the
face, which is very unpleasant. Even the microphone wind screen sponge froze
solid from my steamy breath. I had to raise my voice to penetrate the ice.
Overall it was very good flight. Actually, by default,
the flying in winter is more pleasant then in summer, because usually there is
no turbulence to worry about.
Flight to Mt Peter and Paul, Downtown and Sandbars, Kamloops, Dec 4, 2017
Very nice but cold flight to very scenic Kamloops landmark, Mt
Peter and Paul. It shows annotated views of both hills in unique perspective. I
saw 'flock" of 8 eagles on the South Thompson river.
Turn your sound on to heal relaxing music while flying with me in that
Flight with Clouds, Kamloops,
Nov 17, 2017
It was perfect day for flying: Stable air, sunny with
fluffy clouds and +5C. I like to fly "with" clouds, which is above,
below and around them, but I never dared to fly into them, yet. Right now it is
enough to fly under them and to feel their effect. I followed the North Ridge
east to Harper mountain area; Mount Peter & Paul surrounded with clouds and then back
to Mara Mt and my favourite North Thompson River
sand bars. The sand bar area is now larger then the water surface. https://youtu.be/BITeXmO4LvA
178. Flight around Kamloops Lake,
Oct 27, 2017
I had so much fun a day before that I decided to do the
same again this morning. It was on cooler side (5C) and a bit haze in the air,
but still beautiful day to fly. I decided to fly around Kamloops Lake,
starting with north shore above the North Ridge. This area is very beautiful,
but not very emergency friendly place to have engine out moment. The south
shore has more places to drop it down in case of an emergency. It is very
beautiful all around. I also encounter weather inversion. It was about 10C
warmer at 5000' then 1000' above ground, where I usually fly. I run this video
x faster so it is not boring. I also synchronised almost all video cuts into
the music beat. Watch it and let me know if this video slowed your heart beat.
177. Flying above Nicola Valley
Oct 26, 2017
It vas a crispy morning which allowed me to fly in
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
Oct 23, 2017
This morning with no ground wind and 5C looked too
good not to go flying. The first part was uneventful until I wanted to take a
picture and realized that my Fuji
camera is on the beck seat. I had only slight hope that it is still there. I
informed tower that I am changing my plan and going down. Eventually I reached
back and was able to grab that camera. Yahoo! I did not loose it. I informed
the tower that I changed my plan again to my original plan.
I experienced the effect of cold and warm areas from
deep shade in valley on north side and warm sunny side on the other side of the
ridge. This was coupled with the 18 km/h upper wind blowing over the ridge. It
was wild ride.
It was short flight, because I am getting wimpy and
less tolerant to the low temperatures. Now -5C is too cold for me while in Fort McMurray I used to
fly down to minus 25C. The reality is that I used to have much better gloves,
but now I operate too many buttons, which is impossible in some serious winter
mittens. Now, my fingers quit first, which is not very pleasant feeling.
175a. Turbulence Between Mt Peter
and Mt Paul from 3 Cameras Views, Oct. 11, 2017
Short clip 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
The summed disappeared so fast. After almost month
vacation, I had an urge to fly again. The sky was covered by very heavy but
beautiful clouds, which would be perfect for picture taking. Unfortunately, I
forgot my camera. I had a few bumps on my way, but nothing extraordinary. Only
the landing was not as I would like, actually it was bad in my books. The
landing actually looked much better on video (even in slow motion) then during
174. Flying in Kamloops with Cathy, Aug 27, 2017
This was another milestone in my flying life. It was
the first time ever that I carried a passenger. Cathy Montgomery, ultralight
flying instructor from Ontario was visiting Kamloops. She contacted me
through Facebook with a wish to meet me. So we did and eventually I took her
for ride around Kamloops
in beautiful, but a bit hazy Sunday morning. I did not notice any difference in
handling of my trike and only very slight degradation in performance. I never
push my trike anyway, so that explains the engine spare capacity available for
I noticed, when editing this video, that Cathy was on
her edge before our landing. She grabbed the control bar cables and she was
ready to interfere if needed. It was not necessary as I was in full control and
confident in my abilities. It was good flight.
173. Flying in Kamloops in Rough Turbulence, Aug 25, 2017
The weather was very tempting to go flying. Normally,
I would try to avoid flying in the afternoon heat, because it could be nasty in
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
had an exceptional weather that day. The blue sky was all around us and no
traces of forest fires smoke. It was very rare condition during more that month
now. Very often, we were chocked by the falling ash and heavy smoke, with
almost zero visibility. I decided to fly as far west as I could to see where the
smoke is coming from. I flew to Savona
which was the last place west of the airport which was still open to general
aviation. The rest was open just for the forest fighting aircrafts. I could see
no smoke anywhere from my 6,500' elevation, which was very good news. The fires
are far away from the Kamloops.
I took off at 7am west into no wind. I was following
the south shore of the Kamloops
Lake where I was met with
some serious turbulence. I had to admit that I lost my turbulence practice and
tolerance, because my previous flights were very smooth. I was surprised and
contemplating to turn back, because it did not feel like fun flight. I figured
that I was caught in downdraft of south wind rolling over the mountains from my
left side (south). I braved it and eventually I relaxed and tried to enjoy it.
I was pushed by some serious tail wind at 45 km/h (~29
MPH) with my ground speed of 145 km/h (90 MPH) on the way back. There was no
wind when I arrived to the Kamloops
I flew several times around the ever increasing sand
bars (summer low water level in the river). Visited downtown, with some heat
I stopped at the airport fire prevention aircraft base
for selfies and pictures of the water tanker aircrafts. Overall, it was good
day for me.
171. Flying in Kamloops in Very Smoky Sky, Aug 12, 2017
We lost our mountains for about 2 weeks to numerous
forest fires in our province. Visibility and air quality was extremely poor to
dangerous. Airport was closed for several days, because of very dense smoke.
Finally, there was some hope. The mountains started to
appear around us again and I was hoping that it would be much clearer higher
up. Unfortunately, I was wrong. The visibility and smoke smell was getting
worse further east and higher I flew. I had to change my plan from cross
country to just low flying around the airport. It was good flight with very
smooth air, so nothing, video exciting happened during this flight. The water
level in our rivers is low so I could fly again above the growing and ever
changing sand bars.
170. Sixth Annual Pacific Northwest
Trike Fly-in of Trikes near Sandpoint ID, USA, July 27, 2017
I droved 650 km my motorcycle from Kamloops
to Sandpoint in Idaho.
The roads were perfect through beautiful mountain valleys. I wanted to see some
other trikes in real life and not just from YouTube. I staid 2 nights, but only
one day at the one week long event. I was very impressed with attendance,
variety of designs, shapes and beauty of the private grass strip area. I was
hoping to get some ride, but no luck.
I chose different road to go back up to Nakusp, BC.
I drove several hours in very hot and unpleasant weather (36 C), which felt
like hair dryer on high setting blowing into my face. After some rest and
exploring, I turned back towards 450 km ride home. Just about 60 km south of
Nakusp, I collided with a bear and messed up my one year old BMW C650 GT
scooter. The impact did not feel like too much for me, but the young bear was
knocked down. No blood just the front end damaged. My bike was towed back to
Nakusp and the next morning we were towed to Kelowna BMW dealer. I continued then
by bus home. Overall it was very nice trip except the end.
169. Flying to Sun Peaks,
July 25, 2017
This was another milestone in my flying career. I flew
almost straight line over the hills to Sun Peaks.
Normally I would follow roads and more-engine-out friendly environment. It was
easy and uneventful flight over beautiful scenery, but a bit hazy from all
those extreme fires all around Kamloops.
168. Flying to Greenstone
Mountain and Savona, July 12, 2017
It was extremely smoky in Kamloops from dozens of fires around us. This
day, early in the morning looked promising, so why to waste it. I decided to
fly around Greenstone
Mountain, 5,900 ft
elevation, S-W from the airport. It was high enough to have clear air, which is
important for good pictures. I visually checked the status of the evacuated
Cache Creek due to forest fire there. I did not see any smoke above the
village, but the smoke was about 30-40 km north from the village. I pass this
good news with pictures and short video clip to several evacuees to give then
some hope to go home soon. On my way back east to airport I was seeing many
water bombers and helicopters with water buckets flying west to fight those
devastating fires. Over all it was good flying day.
167. Flying to Cache Creek
Airport, July 5, 2017
It was another, 133 km long, cross country flight to
small airport in Cache Creek. I took off at 7 am in already 26C temperature and
no wind in Kamloops.
The flight was very pleasant with practically no surprises. I was going up wind
of about 18 km/h with no problem until I realised that it might be very
interesting at the Cache Creek airport. It is single runway in N-S orientation
on the side of high mountain. I was facing potentially 90 deg cross wind. The
wind sock showed cross wind from East, while I was all the time flying against
the wind from West. I realized now, when writing this intro, that I was
actually facing the bottom part of the downdraft on my approach. It was not
pleasant to be bounced sideway. My touch down was not very good looking and I
would say it was a bad landing.
I spent several minutes at the airport, took several
pictures, replaced batteries in all my four cameras, and headed back to Kamloops. It was visibly
faster going back with the 18 km/h tail wind.
I stopped by WW2
bomber B25, which was visiting from Arizona,
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 over Kamloops
main landmarks, Mt Peter and Paul, downtown to check the early morning
beginning of massive Canada Day celebration. Finally I flew nearby the Afton gold and cooper mine. It was very good flying day
with no weather surprises.
165. Flying to Ajax, Knutsford, Downtown and North Ridge
After I adjusted the camera bracket (see previous
video # 164), I went up again to Ajax mine area,
Knutsford and down south over Kamloops
downtown. Then I spotted a band of reachable clouds over the North Ridge. I
went to chase them with very strong urge to dive into them, but again I
chickened out. There was not any danger to get lost or flying blindly, but the
pure fact that air density is significant different in clouds form normal sky.
I did want deal with any nasty surprise.
164. Flying to West of Tobiano to
Check the Nature, June 17, 2017
I went for hike and discovered spectacular scenery few
km west of golf resort in Tobiano on Kamloops
Lake. I decided to check
it out from the air too. Also I modified my new, homemade camera bracket and I
found that the horizon was tilted. I adjusted the camera when I landed and then
went again flying. Check next video #165
163. Checking Kamloops Overflowing Thompson Rivers, June 4,
It has been annual ritual to go to see swollen North
and South Thompson rivers in their Kamloops
confluence. They carry water from the melted mountain snow and unusually high
spring rain water. Initially it is interesting and beautiful, but eventually
damaging to the lower elevation areas. I flew over both rivers to see how the
high water level changed the character of the Kamloops valleys.
162. Knutsford Flying Club BBQ, June 3, 2017
Knutsford Fly-in-BBQ by Thompson Valley Sport Aircraft
161. Kamloops Flying Club Fly-in-Breakfast, May
Kamloops Airport Flying Club
160. My Length Record Flight from Kamloops to Salmon Arm,
May 26, 2017
Well, finally I did it. I decided to fly to Salmon Arm
municipal airport, true test of my new, 50% faster, "Northwing Quest
GT5" wing. I woke up early to perfectly sunny and no wind day. I pulled
Salmon Arm airport info (GPS, elevation, radio frequency and runway numbers),
packed my 4 cameras, 3 GPS, bunch of spare batteries, 20 L of extra mixed fuel
in canister and in about 40 minutes I was ready to go. The day was perfect and
about 17C, but I still dressed in my full winter gear. It is not fun to be cold
and no way to change it. I was glad I did that. I was taking short cut over to
mountains and there was still snow under me at 6000'.
The only negative was very low rising sun blasting
into my face and very hazy day. We had a lot of rain this month and several
very hot days causing all that moist air hanging low above ground. It was not
easy to take good pictures in these bluish conditions.
I made it to Salmon Arm with no problem, just too many
flying people and no traffic control which I am not use to anymore. Finally, I
found slot to drop in. It was hot already, so I had to unpeel my winter clothes.
One pilot offered me coffee, used toilet, visited one fellow, exchanged few
questions about my flying machine, changed batteries in cameras, GPS and topped
my fuel. After 45 min I was in the air again for my trip home 100 km away. I
was glad to have my GPS, because I was flying in wrong direction, because my
head compass (in my brain) flipped over again. It took me about 3 minutes to
synch my head compass with the GPS. Very few bumps when crossing the peak
reminded me that it is not over until it is over. The rest of the flight was
more pleasant with sun off my face. The true flying time was 2:10 hr for 197
km. This is very good for cross country flying. My engine RPM went up now from
4300 to about 5100, but the fuel consumption is almost the same at about 10
L/h. This indicates that the wing is much more efficient and cuts better
through the air. The wing is pleasant to fly in a still air, but heavy in bumps
and manoeuvres. It does not like to be pushed around. It has direction control
delay, which could cause serious over control to beginner when used to more
responsive wing. My best behaving trike was Sabre 340. The wing was perfect and
extremely pleasant to fly the first minute. I cannot say that about my Wizard,
Streak and this GT5. These need time to like them and eventually love them.
159. Still Testing New Wing and Old
is Sold, May 20, 2017
I moved the wing hang post about 1/8" back (see my previous video), as I determined
during my last flight. This time the setting was perfect. I watched the videos
from my previous flights, looking for the answer to why I had a hard time to
take off: I was not pushing the control bar far enough before the lift off. I
pushed it the same way as with the Wizard wing without even thinking about this
step. This time my first and any other after take offs were as normal as they
should be, with the bar a bit far forward. I am still too hot on landings and
looking for that magic sweet spot on my speed indicator.
I had beautiful morning flight. When I came back, my Face
book friend from Alberta
and his wife were waiting for me to buy my trusty AirBorne Wizard wing. I had
almost nostalgic feelings to let it go, because I had so much fun and memories
under this wing. Hopefully, he will have as much fun as I had.
158. Short Flight NW Area of North
Ridge with Rough Landing, May 18, 2017
I am still trying to fine tune my new Northwing GT5
wing. Moved the wing hang point another 3/8" forward and I felt that this
is too much. I will back it up about 1.8".
It was sunny, warm, no wind and no scary clouds in the
afternoon, just perfect day for flying. The scenery is always spectacular in Kamloops area. The ground
is moving faster now with faster wing, so I don't have to increase the video
speed. I flew over Frederick Rd,
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
I could cause this air movement, because sometimes
even bird can trigger the warm/cold air to move. Everything is in balance,
until the warm air cannot stay still any more or something pushes the worm air
into motion. Warm air above the runway suddenly rises up and it is replaced by
cold air from the North Ridge, which flows horizontally from north.
157. Wing Test Flight, May 14, 2017
After I just finished previous flight (video #156), I moved the wing (hang
glider) hang point 0.5" forward to increase the cruise speed to specified
level between 88 and 105 km/h (55-65 MPH). My speed was 74 km/h (46 MPH). I
test flew over the NW Ridge and I was very happy with 85 km/h (53 MPH) which is
very close to its minimal cruise speed range. I will fly this way for at lease
another hour and then move the hang point by another 0.25". So this is my
plan for a near future. I have to find some GoPro
attachment for my wing view; looking for some idea and solution.
I witnessed, and it is documented in this video, very
interesting nature twist. Two days previously (video #155) I flew over the Tranquille
Creek with very high water level. Normally this is just a wimpy creek. The
creek looked to me totally dry this time while flying over at 9:11 am. This
looked strange, because there was always some water, even in deep, hot and dry
summer. Ten minutes after, on my way back (at 9:22 from picture time), the
creek water was again spilled over its banks. How is this possible?
156. Flying to Cross Country to
Walhachin Area, May 14, 2017
Started early morning to avoid any major turbulence. I
had to scrape ice form my car window, which is very unusual for Kamloops. This was my
second flight with new wing. Flew about 42 km west (straight line) by following
the Kamloops Lake
south shore to Tobiano, Savona
and small village Walhachin. Tested various combinations of engine RPM and
speed at level flight. My conclusion was that it flies too slowly, because the
wing hang post is too far back. I eventually adjusted it before my next flight
(video # 157). Flight was very
pleasant, except that if was very difficult to take any decent picture or video
on the way back. The sun was too low and directly into my cameras.
155. Testing my New Wing from North
Wing, Quest GT5, May 12, 2017
It was long process since Dec 2016. I took advantage
of the North Wing Christmas discount and ordered their latest model with high performance
numbers, Quest GT5. It took 5 month to get it, because it had to be test flown
by local dealer. He was in mercy of weather and other delays. Anyway, it is on
my Airborne trike and this is the first video. So far I did not find any
suitable bracket to mount a wing camera, so I used only control bar cameras.
I made 3 take off and landings and then I went for it.
It was definitely different from anything I flew so far. During and after just
one hour of flight I must say that it was a bit intimidating. This is not wing
for beginners. Ease of handling, better control and experience in turbulence as
book says... Not at all. I would say just opposite. I had to put much more
hours on it, before I will fly some cross country. The video shows that there is
no difference, or it feels worse while flying in turbulence in comparison with
my previous Wizard wing. Only a time will show if I will master it. I am
committed, because I spent fortune on it, so there is no turning back for me. https://youtu.be/OtN2K4eISlk
154. Following Campbell Creek Upstream to See Flooding, May
Flying over Kamloops
downtown, east to Barnhartvale to see flood by Campbell Creek. Followed that
creek upstream to junction of 5A and then north to Knutsford, Mount Dufferin
and South Ridge. It was my last flight under Airborne Wizard wing, which
performed flawlessly since 1998. It carried me more then 12,000 km over
beautiful sceneries in many beautiful flights. It also carried me safely during
those few terrifying, turbulent conditions. New wing will be on my next flight.
153. Flying by following South Ridge
and North Ridge on Return, Apr 30, 2017
It started as very interesting day with some low
clouds as a residue from the previous rainy day. This gave me an opportunity to
fly over them while following South Ridge east. The wind was very low and
predictable with only mild turbulence. I crossed the South
Thompson River to North Ridge at about 40 km east of the airport
and followed it back west to the airport. I saw several groups of wild horses
high on the very steep slope. I wished I could fully concentrate on filming and
picture taking, but my priority was to fly safely. I had powerful zoom camera,
but it is impossible to use with just one hand. It was very good day and
perhaps the last flight with and under this slow, but very enjoyable wing.
Brand new and 50% faster wing, GT5 by North Wing, to be delivered this week. https://youtu.be/txYh0LAUzqA
152. Flying 30 km North from Kamloops Airport, Apr 25, 2017
I always wanted to fly straight north over the not
very emergency-situation-friendly terrain. Finally I had enough confidence in my
equipment to do it. It was almost continual uphill from 1200' to 7000', from
15C to -2C and snow covered terrain. The first half of the flight north was
very beautiful, but the second portion was not very photogenic. Just forest and
logging patches on rolling hills. It was interesting that I was flying north
upwind. When I turned east to North Thompson river
valley it was again upwind. As soon I turned down South in the valley the wind
blew again against me and this continued all the way to airport, which was west
151. Flying along the North Ridge to
East of Kamloops,
Apr 21, 2017
Two days before my flight, the weather forecast said
that the wind will diminish from strong, gusty and from East to no wing at 10
am. I was ready at 9:30, waiting for the wind to get reasonable. Exactly, 10 am
the wind stopped, slowly turned around 180 deg, but still below 10 km/h.
Practically, no wind and the sun cooking, created very unstable thermal
conditions. As I am used to it, I actually enjoyed some of those thermal bumps.
countryside is always spectacular, so no matter where I fly it looks
interesting and beautiful. This flight was no exception. I saw many wild horses
and I wished to be able to take proper picture of them. I use 35x zoom camera,
but it is impossible to use it in flight while still in flight control. I only
use a wide angle zoom and just estimate what I am taking picture of. There
would be a lot of opportunities for a passenger-photographer.
150. Flying to Tobiano and North
Ridge, Apr 14, 2017
It was an exceptional morning: warm, no wind and
sunny. I decided to fly to Tobiano Golf course residential area. Several
kilometres west of Tobiano I crossed Kamloops
Lake to North Ridge and
followed it back to the airport. It was pleasant flight with some turbulence
north of the airport.
149. Flying to Mt Peter and Paul,
North Ridge and River Sand Bars, Apr 3, 2017
I used 3 GoPro
cameras, but strangely all quit as soon as I started. I eventually resurrected
just the wing camera.
It was very turbulent flight, but the aerial view
always compensate for any hardship I suffer.
148. Flying to Ajax,
Knutsford and Kamloops
Downtown, Feb 27, 2017
It was no wind, but just trace of sun. It felt cold at
- 2C. I guess I am not use to it anymore. I used to fly down to -25C. I flew to
and over the Ajax
mine and then to check out flying club airstrip in Knutsford. It was still full
of snow drifts, dangerous to land there. Flew north over downtown in more west
track than usually. The video shows to complexness of Kamloops, which is located in very picturesque
147. Flying over Kamloops Downtown and South Ridge, Feb 22,
After missing several days of beautiful weather to
fly, Feb 22, 2017 was the day. I finally received a water pump gasket to
prevent the coolant leak. I replaced it, install all gadget, like three GoPro cameras, two GPS, Spot satellite tracker,
radio. I was ready to enter that beautiful day again. It was so peaceful at the
airport. Warm, sunny, snow almost gone and no wind. When I was strapping in, a
commercial pilot called to inform us that there is very unsettled weather
nearby, with rain and snow. I looked up and I saw those beautifully ugly clouds
within about 10 km E, NW and W. I took off W and turn left following the sun
and South Thompson River to Kamloops
downtown, while continually watching those clouds. I new they signal nothing
good. As the clouds were coming closer to the airport behind my back, I decided
to turn back and stay closer to the airport just in case I have to go down. The
flying was perfect in sunny and warm weather. I took some spectacular pictures
of those scary clouds. I decided to go down and not to push my luck when I saw
snow streaks near the airport. I landed, undressed all my gadgets. I dropped my
GoPro Hero 3+ camera, when removing
it from the wing bracket. I dropped it to the grass, as I thought, but
eventually I found cracked lens. Here went $350. This was not very good
culmination of my day.
I was doing some chores around the trike and in the
hangar and enjoying the sunny and warm day. In about 2 hours, all hell broke
suddenly. The wind was blowing abut 70-80 km from N, 90 deg crosswind. I had
hard time to close my 4 panel, large hangar doors due to the wind blowing into
them, while still sunny. Yes, that is typical Kamloops unpredictable weather. I experienced
this almost instant and extreme wind blows in summer, but it was the first time
in the winter. It was very warm at the airport, about 20C on the sunny side.
About 5 km N the "ugly" cloud brought snow with temperature below 0C.
When the air mass temperature equilibrium was interrupted, then the warm
airport air started to rise and it was replaced by the cold air from the North
Ridge. This is why that sudden extreme wind blowing from the north. I observed
this 3 times already and now I know what to look for. Overall, it was good day.
146. How Trike (Motorized Hang
Glider) Works, Feb 13, 2017
One of my YouTube subscribers asked me to make a video
showing how the trike (motorized hang glider) works. I thought that this was a
good idea. My video shows the basic principle of how this simple flying machine
works. It is the easiest flying device learn to fly with just your hands and
now pedals for steering. I never took any flying lessons and I learned to fly
hang glider on my own in just couple hours (https://youtu.be/VeuHVEn6BhY). From
that I progressed to motorized hang gliders, which was very easy and natural
process. No instruction or video to see how it supposed to work.
145. Flying Kamloops North Ridge, Mt
Peter & Paul, Frederick,
Feb 13, 2017
Finally, after so much of snow and cold weather we had
a beautiful flying day. I flew NE of airport to Mt Peter & Paul then back
west following the North Ridge. Flew over Mara Hill and then NE shore of Kamloops Lake
over to Frederick
village. It was really excellent day to fly, except that one camera battery
quit and then wing camera gyroscope stabilizer quit too. I still have decent
footage from my flight and many beautiful pictures too.
144. Few Minutes of Unpleasant
Turbulence in Kamloops,
Jan 22, 2017
This is just turbulence section from my flight and my
video #143. It was kicking. It is very well captured with my camera mounted on
3 axes gyroscopic stabilizer. The horizon is stable, but I am bouncing. Check
143. Winter Flying in Kamloops North
Ridge, Mt Peter & Paul in Turbulent Air, Jan 22, 2017
The weather was almost the same as the previous day (https://youtu.be/59HTNObHCpw),
except of very strong and sometimes unpleasant turbulence. The wind was very light,
but the air bounced me very often up and down. The worst place was between Mt
Peter & Paul. I was pushed into downdraft and violent kicks. My radio acted
again. Eventually I found that the camera gyro RC caused the radio
I am pleased with overall performance and especially
video result of my 3 axes gyro stabilizer. It saves me several hours of video
processing to get the similar result: "The horizon is fixed and aircraft
is moving". Almost all aviation videos, even commercial, are from cameras
fixed to the aircraft. This produces not natural effect: "Aircraft is
fixed and horizon is moving." See my test video of fixed horizon here: http://youtu.be/GT1MQhoJxK8
I was good, but not very relaxing day.
142. Winter Flying in Kamloops North
Ridge, Jan 21, 2017
Finally temperature was above freezing after several
weeks of unusually cold weather. Unfortunately, the sun was gone before I was
ready. I received even several drops of rain, which was potentially not very
good for my unsealed cameras.
I wanted to try my new remote control for the camera (GoPro 3+) gyroscopic stabilizer. The RC did not work
properly and it created a lot of static in my radio. I had very poor
communication with the tower due to the noise bursts. I eventually discovered
the next day that it was not my radio, but the RC. It was decent flight over
out beautiful country site.
141. Using 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer,
with GoPro Bar Camera, Dec 27, 2016
The camera view does not look too impressive, unless
it would be placed up front and facing back or the other way around. The
stabilizer was sometimes "hunting" around vertical axes at about +/-
3 deg, which is annoying. Battery lasted only
30 min at -2C, while manual says 4 hours.
Stabilizer FY-WG X3 has 3 gyroscopes and could be
mounted on helmet too. I used "GoPro
Hero3+ Silver" camera with this stabilizer.
140. Using 3 Axis Gimbal Stabilizer,
with GoPro Wing Camera, Dec 27, 2016
The camera view looks interesting, but there are some
negatives too. The stabilizer was sometimes "hunting" around vertical
axes at about +/- 3 deg, which is annoying. Battery
lasted only 30 min at -2C, while manual says 4 hours.
Stabilizer FY-WG X3 has 3 gyroscopes and could be
mounted on helmet too. I used "GoPro
Hero3+ Silver" camera with this stabilizer.
139. Flying to Mt Peter & Paul
and Chasing Clouds, Dec 10, 2016
After about 10 days of suddenly cold weather we got
break. It was sunny, -5C and ground just covered with show. I like these
conditions, because everything looks nicer from the air. The Kamloops area complex terrain looks even more
complex with contrasting white snow and dark bare faces and ridges. I flew
around and above the Mt Peter and Paul, Kamloops
beautiful landmark. I also spotted several wild horses there. I could not keep
my fingers warm, so I was looking for different layers with warmer temperature.
It was amazing to feel the temperature differences in higher elevations. It was
actually very warm at about 1000' above the ground.
I flew over bunch of clouds above the Mara Hill. I had
fun there. I even forgot that my fingers are really getting numb. It was good
138. Black Friday Flying around Kamloops Lake, Nov 25, 2016
Everybody rushed to spent money on Black Friday
specials, but I went for Fun Friday flying tour. It was perfect day to fly in
this beautiful blue sky over our region spectacular scenery. It was another
first for me, because the north side of the Kamloops Lake
is not very accident friendly area. The micro weather is also challenging there
very often. The Kamloops
Lake is sitting in deep
"canyon". It is around 25 km long, 2.5 km wide and down to 150 m
deep. The north ridge, lake shore, cliffs and steep hills are spectacular and
favourite place for my ground explorations too. I was originally planning to
fly just half way following the north ridge. The weather was perfect, no
turbulence, no unexpected surprises, so I decided to fly to the end. The lake
south side is mostly accident friendly place, so much safer to fly, which I did
many times before. I was surprised, when I was editing my video from 3 GoPro cameras that I flew through very good
turbulence too, but I did not even notice. I guess, I am getting more resilient
137. Flying in Kamloops
Following North Thompson River to McLure, Nov
A friend asked me to take some pictures in McLure
area. The weather just turned to very good from gloomy a few minutes before. I
jumped into my trike and flew in the coldest day of the year to North. The sky
was beautiful, but just 3 km before the target area, the clouds closed in. The
photo conditions were the worst possible in very big contrasts. Later I learned
that I took pictures of the wrong area. Oh, well, at least I had some fun.
Note: All my videos are taken in 4x3 (1280x960). This
is default setting on all GoPro
Cameras. This wide angle of view in vertical direction is perfect setting for
skiing, snowboarding, flying, water sports, because it captures max possible
angle in vertical direction. It shows all from sky to skis or from sky to what
is under me when flying. 16x9 format is cropped out strips from the top and
from the bottom of the existing captured information, which does not make any
sense. These days everybody is going nuts about 16x9 because all TV are in more
less 16x9 format. iPads are in 4x3 format so my video covers full screen.
My posted videos are converted by YouTube to 16x9, but
1280x720 from original 1280x960. The resulting video has lower resolution then
the original with black strips on left and right. My original video is shrunk
from 1280 x 960 =1228822 pixels per frame to 960 x 720 = 691200 which is only
56% of the original frame resolution. I am not happy about it.
I saved another version of this video in the 16x9
format while I padded sides of the frames with black strips myself while
maintaining the vertical resolution of 960 pixels. I converted it from 1280x960
to 1920x1080 by default Corel VS X9 format for my video. I will see if this
makes any difference on YouTube: It was even worse the before. YouTube resized
it to back 1280x720. It did not work as I thought it would.
136. Flying in Kamloops North Ridge
and Sand Bars, Nov 14, 2016
It was beautiful day, perhaps the last of relatively warm
autumn days. Fluffy clouds created beautiful spotty patterns on the rolling
hills. I really like these days. Kamloops
nature is very spectacular and it shows in my video.
I used my third GoPro
camera on the helmet, but the result is disappointing. There is too much head
movement. I wanted to use it mainly to maintain horizon level in the turns,
which is how it should be. The airplane is tilting while horizon is level. Even
in commercial movies the airplane is horizontal, but the background is tilting,
which is not normal.
I will not use head cam anymore. The next time, I have
to find some camera exciting location to mount it.
135. Flying in Kamloops
Following South Thompson River East, Nov 6,
It looked like perfect day for flying: sunny, very few
clouds and no wind. I wanted to fly to Chase, but as soon as I crossed the North
Thompson Rive the turbulence started with wind shifting 180 deg in few minutes.
It was no fun flying, because it was getting continually more intense. As I did
not want to push my luck, I decided to head home. I hope next time
134. Flying in Kamloops to Rose Hill Rd Area and Sand Bars, Oct 22,
It was nice day to go flying, so I vent. I explored
the area east of Knutsford and found some beautiful places. I used my all road
motorcycle in the afternoon to take also ground pictures, but all roads and
access were private. It was very disappointing.
133. Flying in Kamloops to North Ridge and South Thompson,
Oct 11, 2016
It was cold (8C) sunny morning, total contrast to hot
days just 3 weeks before. I was flying about 10 minutes, when I realized that I
left my camera on the back seat. I was not sure if I will see my popular camera
ever again as there is nothing preventing it from falling out of sky. I turned
very gently to prevent camera to slip out. Luckily, I found it still on that
seat when I landed.
I took off again to North Ridge with intend to fly
about 20 km north. The heavy rolling clouds right in my intended path scarred
me, so I turn back south, following the North Thompson
River to downtown. The highlight of the flight was low flying
above the spectacular and never the same South Thompson
River sand bars. I was very close to circling three eagles, but
did not manage to capture that experience.
132. Exploring Rolling Hills of the
North Ridge, Sep 10, 2016
I was filming my contribution to Canada
in a Day in the morning, but the sky was not too impressive. Finally the
sun showed up and with it the flying mood level went up too. I explored
beautiful area of the Kamloops North Ridge with rolling hills and many small
lakes. The surrounding areas of the lakes (slews) turn purple as they drying
out in this time of the year. It is very beautiful there.
in a Day", Kamloops
Flying, Sep 10, 2014
This is short video of my story as Canadian. It is my
contribution to CTV campaign to collect as many videos as possible from people
documenting what they are doing on Sep. 10, 2016
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
Just needed my flying fix. One hour flying in Kamloops in very hot
(36C) and calm weather.
128. Flying to Buse Hill Again for
Close Look of that Beauty, Aug 12, 2016
After my previous flight to Buse Hill area in Aug 1,
2016, I drove my terrain motorcycle there to explore that beautiful region. I
was so impressed that I decided to fly there again for close look. I wish the
camera could capture exactly what human eye can see. I also tried my hand GoPro strap for some more interesting camera angle
views. The result was disappointing, because the camera is too loose-fitting
resulting shaky videos. The hand signals do not indicate that I got mad; they
are used to synch my 3 GoPro
127. Flying to Buse Hill, Hwy 97 and
Hwy 1 Loop, Aug 1, 2016
It was very calm morning, unusually cold at 15C
compare with previous days at 25C. This was second time trying to fly east
across Buse Lake
area to Hwy 97 and then north to Hwy 1 and back to Kamloops. The only problem was the hazy air
and very low rising sun directly into my face and cameras. I was surprised by
the landscape beauty south of the Buse Hill around the Disdero Lake.
It is something to explore on my terrain motorcycle, as soon as current heat
wave eases a bit.
126. Happy Day. Finally Flying to
Merritt through Nicola
Valley, June 29, 2016
I finally made it. The weather always won over my
bravery during my many unsuccessful attempts to fly through Nicola Valley.
The weather was very flying friendly the last 3 days, especially after almost 3
weeks of totally unpredictable weather. I flew to Merritt airport through the
very beautiful Nicola
Valley. This time the
conditions were right without any nasty surprises. Unfortunately, my wing
camera quit just 3 min after take off. I rest it in Merritt. This was so far my
longest flight of 167 km, about 2:20 of flying time. I encountered one scary
cloud for about 20 min during my return leg, but fortunately we did not cross
our path. The Nicola
Valley is one of the most
scenic highway routes in BC as shown from my dash camera here: https://youtu.be/7bTRhtiE6RU
125. Flying to North of McQueen Lake and NW Area of North Ridge, June
It was new area for me to fly to, which is not very
engine-out friendly. It is beautiful like all this region of BC. It was one of
the most enjoyable flights, without turbulence.
124. Elusive Flight to Nicola Valley,
June 7, 2016
Another attempt to fly through the Nicola Valley
did not happen. I wanted to fly to Merritt airport following the beautiful Nicola Valley,
refuel there and return above the Coquihalla highway. I did not make it too far
due the sudden weather change. Nicola
Valley is famous (to
myself) with nasty winds and unpleasant turbulence.
I took off from Kamloops
with no wind, turned south shortcut over the beautiful rolling hills, small
lakes and numerous animal pastures towards the Valley. It is shown and
annotated in the video, how the peacefulness could turn instantly into
nastiness. It felt like someone turn on a switch. It did not take too much time
to decide to turn back. Even the places absolutely steady just 5 min before
were very bumpy. I hope I will make it one day through.
123. My Dream Gyrocopter Flight Penticton - Oliver - Osoyoos - Penticton, May 30, 2016
My big, about 45 year old dream to owe and fly a gyro
almost fully materialized in Penticton.
I took my wife there with a hope that she would like the fight so we could fly
together. Unfortunately she told me that nobody would ever get her into that
thing. Her limit is Dash 8. This answered my gyro ownership. I realized that it
would be a lot of dedicated time and expenses to get pilot licence before I
could legally fly "this thing". My remaining life expectancy and at least
$100,000 cost did not look too good.
So I just relaxed and enjoyed very good instruction
flying from Mark Humbke, long time gyro flyer. It was actually my second gyro
flight. The first attempt to get gyro license was in 1999 when I took my tent
and check book to Wetaskiwin,
My intent was to stay there until I have gyro license.
My 20 min intro flight in RAF gyro was not what I expected. I did not like that
screaming engine at 7,800 rpm behind my back and extremely sensitive control. I
could not control it and I was airsick like dog. I bought 6 month old Ford
Taurus station wagon instead. I still have this car with only 100,000 km and
The flight in MTO Sport by Air Pro Gyro, made in Germany,
was totally different story. It was perfect. It was hot day after cool morning.
Flying above fields and lakes must produce a lot of turbulence, but I did not
feel any. I guess I am now well trained in turbulent air from Kamloops. Mark is excellent instructor. First
he showed me what gyro does and its basic limits. From about 90 min flight I
was in control for around 25 minutes. Everything was very natural to me after
about 10 min. No surprises and just pure pleasure. I was ready for complete
flight, which, I hope will happen someday. I will be flying with Mark just for
pleasure, without hassles of studying, exams and major cost.
122. Kamloops Flying to Knutsford for Club Flying
BBQ, May 14, 2016
Blue sky, cold(er) morning and no wind is perfect
combination for some serious turbulence. I flew to Knutsford for our flying
club annual BBQ. The air was bumpy but not too bad. Landed safely at Knutsford,
had my hot sausage, and watch some planes still arriving. It was perfect day to
be outdoor with sun cooking in full force. I knew it would be challenge to fly
back down to airport valley. I was not disappointed in my assessment. It was
kicking like wild horse down to the hot runway radiated the heat right into my
face. Overall, it was good day.
Flying to Nicola Valley and Flying around Clouds, May 13,
I attempted several times to fly through Nicola Valley
in the past, but had to return because of almost always present strong and gusty
winds. This deep valley with many lakes and steep cliff sides is famous for
this type of weather. Finally, the conditions were almost ripe in that early
morning, except I was pushed by 15 km/h tail wind. I enjoyed my flight, but
eventually I turned ar