278 YouTube Flying Videos by Jan Nademlejnsky

(Updated April 2, 2020)

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278. Unnoticed Flock of Geese in my Landing Area, March 20, 2020

I noticed a shadow from a bird flying overhead just before a touch down.  I never notice any birds (usually geese), so that shadow surprised me. After reviewing the videos from the on board cameras, I saw around 50 Canadian Geese in area where I was touching down. Any collision with those big birds could potentially create serious damage to any aircraft.

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277. Kamloops to Cache Creek Area, March 20, 2020

Really spring weather with 6 to 8C, but of course, that take off and landing turbulence again on sun heated concrete runway. The turbulence was discouraging, but eventually it was very nice flight. It was also first flight after many months without frozen fingers. This area west of the Kamloops is again very beautiful and unique in its character. Thompson Rive did very good job forming that interesting landscape. During the flight I noticed that my front camera was about 5 deg of horizon. This was disappointing, but I could do nothing about it. I will do this valley again in the late Spring and make unedited video to show it how it is.

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276. Kamloops to Campbell Rd Valley, March 17, 2020

The weather looked perfect, with blue sky, warm air, but still cold in shadows. There must be turbulence. I was not “disappointed”. It started to kick me up and down right out of deck. Turbulence was just short live and it was very peaceful flight the next 40 minutes. I went to 6,500’ to 7,500’ where the air was smooth. I received another few kicks just north of airport on the way back.

I was not looking forward for my landing. I experienced very similar conditions during my previous flight and it was nasty just few feet above the runway. I expected the same this time, and it came. The air was very still with wind sock pointing down, which was bad sign. The air will not be agitated. The warm and cold air blocks were side by side waiting for something to disturb their temporary equilibrium. Sometimes just a bird flying through could cause the major air movement. I was that bird. I started dancing above runway. I could feel on my face blasts of warm air from left and right blowing under my helmet face shield. I increased my landing speed and I was hoping for the best. The actual touch down was very good, but I was going up and down just few feet above the asphalt.

Again, it was very relaxing flight. This was my social isolation from COVID-19 virus epidemic emergency but mainly from all that bad and depressing news.

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275. Nothing but Turbulence, March 9, 2020

Two minutes of turbulent flying. It shows unusual, not perfect, but very well recovered landing: Push rather then pull after first bounce.

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274. Short, but Turbulent Flight in Noon Heating. March 9, 2020

It was one of those rare days with blue sky, no wind, warm, but still cold in shade (-2C).  I knew that it will be bumpy without any wind to agitate the cold and warm air. I was surprised that the turbulence started right during the take off. I was considering to go home during the next 5 min. Eventually, it smoothed out, at least for a while. I climbed up to 6,500’ looking for good flying conditions. I had several more kicks during my flight above this beautiful terrain.

I was not looking forward to landing, because of hot runway right beside cold river and warm beaches. This is never too good here in Kamloops. Yes, it happened. I was bounced up, down and sideways. I had interesting landing when I was pushed down from 3’ above the runway. I think, I reacted well with very good second touch down. I cut my flight short, because I did not want to push my luck (and skills).

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273. Low Level Flying by North Ridge. Long Version from just Front Camera, March 1, 2020

This is very little edited version of the previous video # 272. I used just front camera video running 2x faster. The perceived flying speed is between 200 and 250 km/h above fascinating and very complex terrain. I did it to show the real Kamloops beauty while listening to relaxing music. My very talented high school friend, Alma Mares, allowed me to use her instrumental music. If you like the music then you can contact Alma on Facebook (Mood Music Alma Mares) for more info or buy her music on CD. I noticed that my YouTube videos are running at low resolution (360) on Facebook. The best is to click Pause after video runs and in upper RH corner click Setting icon. Change the setting to 1080. My videos should look perfect and far as picture quality is concern even on very large monitor (mine is 32”). Low resolution video has very blotchy and annoying background.

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272. Low Level Flying by North Ridge, March 1, 2020

Favourable flying conditions allowed me to fly much closer then lately to the ground, so I could show the full range of the Kamloops beauty. The area east of the North Thompson River is especially beautiful and interesting. The high plateau between South Thompson River and North Ridge is deeply scarred into various patterns. It is interesting to see from birds view and from ground up too. On my flight back I passed airport west to Tranquille area. This is my popular place for hiking. I flew over and around Mara Mt to show big slabs of rocks on its south side. Then I followed Frederick Rd valley, Battle Bluff Hill, down to South Thompson River delta with my favourite sand bars. The ever changing underwater sand bars forms beautiful 3D pattern, where you could spot all kind of lookalikes, similarly to heavy clouds. It was excellent, 138 km long trip.

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271. Squadron of Vernon RV Homebuilts Visiting Kamloops Flying Club

It was unusual sight in the sky and on the ground to see and hear five, high performance RV homebuilts. They joined our Kamloops Flying Club for regular Tuesday coffee and donuts social gathering and pilot talk.

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270. Good Flight to Harper Mountain and River Valley, Feb 24, 2020

I was planning to fly to Sun Peaks ski resort, but my fingers gave up about half way when temperature dropped from +3C to -5C. I changed my direction towards smaller ski area, Harper Mountain. It was very pleasant flight in beautiful natural surroundings.

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269. Flying Kamloops, Showing Just Turbulence Section, Feb 15, 2020

This video, version 2, is edited so that only sections with turbulence are shown.

It looked like peaceful day for flying, but the reality was just opposite. As soon as I crossed North Thompson River, while flying east, the air bumps and kicks started to chase me. The turbulence was getting worse with every km of distance from the airport. Eventually, I had enough to fight it so I turned around back west towards the airport. It was getting worse before it calmed down. After just about 40 minutes I landed, because I did not know how it would shape out. I did not want to push mu luck.

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268. Flying Turbulent Kamloops North Ridge, Feb 15, 2020

It looked like peaceful day for flying, but the reality was just opposite. As soon as I crossed North Thompson River, while flying east, the air bumps and kicks started to chase me. The turbulence was getting worse with every km of distance from the airport. Eventually, I had enough to fight it so I turned around back west towards the airport. It was getting worse before it calmed down. After just about 40 minutes I landed, because I did not know how it would shape out. I did not want to push mu luck.

I was also testing another GoPro Hero 7 Black (3rd one), but the result was extremely disappointing. The stabilization did not work for some unexplained reason. The footage was practically useless and much worse then from my previous Hero 3 camera. Hero 8/B has Super stabilization, but it was horrendous in this case.

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267. Flying to Savona and Downtown Kamloops, Jan 27, 2020

It was beautiful, spring-like day, but flying conditions were not too relaxing. I encountered a lot of turbulence. I tried different altitudes, over water, terrain with and without snow, but no luck. It really built a lot of anxiety when not knowing if this is how it will be or is it just warm up for the big one. I was already in several serious turbulences before, so I am not looking forward to experience it again. Eventually the air was much friendlier over the downtown to pleasure me down. Overall, it was good flight.

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266. Kamloops from the above Clouds, Jan 22, 2020

The 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.

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265. Kamloops Winter Beauty from the Air, Jan 9, 2020

Kamloops 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.

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264. 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.

 


 


 

263. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 yet.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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250. Flight to Barriere, BC, Oct 4, 2019

It was one of my best flights. I wanted to fly originally to Sun Peaks, but they were closed by fluffy clouds. I changed my plan towards the small town north of Kamloops. Barriere is located in beautiful North Thompson River valley, with many meadows, farms and ranches, good places for any emergency.

I took different route the last 15 km before Barriere. I flew above Westside Barriere Rd instead of river valley. It was very beautiful to see all those trees in fall colors. They looked like flowers on the meadows from my high elevation perspective. I was really moving with 50 km/h tail wind, but then, of course, on the way back it was slow against 50 km/h head wind. There were some expected turbulent sections, but not too bad considering it was 12:30 pm sun heat effect.

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249. Short Flight over Kamloops North and East Ridges, Oct 1, 2019

Weather forecast called for sunny day, but it did not happen in that morning. I liked the fluffy low level clouds around the East Ridge peaks. Unfortunately, my joyful ride was tarnished by the radio. It just quit. It was very disappointing news for me, because I had many moments like that with my previous trike handheld radio. So it was "S..t, not again." I tried everything possible to get it going. I even turned off the master power switch, which I was not sure if this would also stop the engine. No, the engine was running OK. Thanks to my Transponder, I could "communicate" with the control tower. I switch to code to 7600 (Failed Radio) and pushed the ID button in all usual placed to let them know where I am. They could see me on the radar screen anyway, but my ID pressed button lighted on their screen my position.

I was stressed not about the flying, but to deal with the problem. When I was about 200 m from the end of runway we could again communicate by radio. It was not perfect, but at least I could apologize for the bloody radio. I was not very keen to deal with it right a way, but I am glad that I did. I concluded that it must be antenna and it was. The mini coaxial connector was unscrewed. The cable still worked in short distance as antenna, but not very far. I reconnected the cable and wrapped it in electric tape to prevent it from happening again. It really made my day. I was so happy that I found it. It was good day and the video shows it.

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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.

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247. Short Flight over Kamloops North Ridge, Sep 30, 2019

It was perfect weather (it looked like), but my camera quit shortly after take off. I turned back to reset it.

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246. Flying over Kamloops North Ridge, Sep 6, 2019

The main reason for this flight was to take aerial picture after devastating fire of the local school the previous day. The school was totally destroyed. Unfortunately I took off with camera without memory card and on top of that I forgot to turn the front, full view camera on. Oh, well, at least I had very good local flight.




245. Flying to Sun Peaks, Mt Lolo and NW Ridge, Sep 1, 2019

I was trying new camera mount on the trike nose, so there is no picture interference with any part of trike. This front view is run at 4 to 6x faster with perceives speed of 500 to 700 km/h.

I did very good aerial survey of the Sun Peaks recreational area. It is the 2nd largest ski area in Canada, just 40 min away by car.

I crossed Mt Lolo, with a bit of turbulence and then scanned the hills of the NE of Kamloops Lake. This 1:40 hr flight is compressed into 3:50 min video.

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244. Practicing 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 7, 2019

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

 



241. 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 concern.



240. Kamloops Flying to Adams Lake Bay via Sun Peaks, July 22, 2019

One of our flying club members posted few pictures from his flight over Agate Bay Rd. It looked very spectacular, so I decided to explore it too. Weekend before my flight, I drove my intended flight loop, 200 km long loop on motorcycle. I realised that it would be extremely dangerous to follow the Adams Lake to Chase. I took the shorter flight over Sun Peaks to Agate Bay and then west following the Agate Bat Rd valley to Luis Creek. The last leg was over North Thompson River south, back to Kamloops. The video and photography conditions were not very good with early morning low sun in my face and early morning foggy low laying areas.


239. Kamloops Flying to Isobel Lake and NE Ridge, July 11, 2019

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.

My record longest and potentially the most dangerous flight so far.

Distance: 278 km (173 mi, 150 nm)

Max Elevation: 3,557 m (11,670')

Moving time: 2:40 hr

Max Ground Speed: 148 km/h (92 mph, 80 kn)


237. Flying to Knouff Sullivan Lake 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 those planes.




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 province Alberta with enormous forest fires there. My original plan was to do cross-country triangular flight, about 180 km long. It did not happen. I started in no wing and as soon as I climbed to 4000' I was hit with 67 km/h (42 mph) headwind. The turbulence was getting worse with every minute from all those hills around me. The second planned leg would get me into 90 deg crosswind and no chance to fly in the beautiful valley. I decided to turn around and not to push my luck. The next time.

https://youtu.be/VUSY3Dz2oMk


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.

https://youtu.be/Xl2nMvvtlSE


 


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 hell flight.

https://youtu.be/tdR3mzecs-s
 


230. 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.

https://youtu.be/9X0XY2dREkE

229. 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.

https://youtu.be/mtqygNyoH1w

228. 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 same place

I was too far from my original route, so I took shortcut across the mountain again. I wanted to avoid this route, because I did not like the turbulence there. The turbulence was waiting for me.

I took side trip to Chase village on the shore of Little Shuswap Lake. Of course taking pictures and my 3 GoPro cameras were recording my journey. The rest of the flight was relaxing above the magnificent nature in the South Thompson River between South and North Ridges.

https://youtu.be/jS_zled_3hY



227. 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.

https://youtu.be/47uqbGmlQBg


 


226. 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.

https://youtu.be/BnhOMVpQRL8



225. 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 downdraft.

It was very good flight without any surprises. It was another milestone flight with these, for me, record setting values:

 

 

Distance: 184 km (114 mi)

Max Elevation: 3,406 m (11,175')

Delta elevation 3,053 m (10,015')

Average Speed: 116 km/h (72 mph)

Time: 1:35

Temper -6C to +8C (21 F to 46 F)

https://youtu.be/3pdqw_gorPY



224. 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 prevent vibrations.

https://youtu.be/gIWtVw3cYmE


223. Kamloops Flight Following North Thompson River, March 17, 2019

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!

https://youtu.be/5WBq95tKpqk


 


222. Kamloops 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.

https://youtu.be/WPnbRixrsHU



221. Kamloops 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.

https://youtu.be/BG1KpzmFKNU


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 scenery.

https://youtu.be/lqJkaq5bAP0



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.

https://youtu.be/t187sdqa_qk



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.

https://youtu.be/QdCO79_X7Ec



217. Kamloops 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.

https://youtu.be/F-cz3FlJzjY



216. Flying above Beautiful Kamloops NW Ridge, Jan 21, 2019

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.

https://youtu.be/8n_ld28bDl4



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.

https://youtu.be/hRMnjrS62Zs



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.

https://youtu.be/bSwa_dLTUxc



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.

https://youtu.be/nr2fomtm2SE



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

https://youtu.be/jSuaiSEd3WA



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

https://youtu.be/llFQOb2j0ZU



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

It was beautiful, sunny day with just light wind. I took off with intention to fly east towards Chase and perhaps further east. In about 5 minutes my plan very quickly and suddenly changed. I was in the worst turbulence while in command (I was in much worse turbulence in commercial flight). The up and down bounces were very unpleasant and for me outright scary. I was in one moment in weightless condition going down with instant kick back up. The problem was that I took off west, up wind, turned east, down wind but instead I ended up in very strong up wind. This is the weirdness of Kamloops flying conditions. Regardless what ever it was, I hope I will not experience this again.

https://youtu.be/LeCuWPc3ruY



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

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

At about 5 min into my flight, I noticed that I forgot to buckle up. Instead of turning around and land, buckle up and take off again, I made dumb decision to buckle the seat belt in the air (while in bumpy air). I really struggled with this task (well documented on the video), and it was serious distracted flying. I will never do it again and I hope I will never forget again to buckle up in the first place.

https://youtu.be/3VJO8l_Uejs



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

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

https://youtu.be/E29zIIGbyQo




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.

https://youtu.be/RTjiSVnv60Q



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

https://youtu.be/wqJ2Hj4gYqQ



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.

https://youtu.be/ATGa6BW9oHo



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

I set the prop pitch to 9 deg, based on experience during the previous flight. Everything looked good after take off, so I decided to fly straight south and uphill to Greenstone Mountain. Unfortunately, I ended up on similar peak, but not where I wanted to be. There was wind and practically no turbulence until I was close to the mountain ridge. The air was very turbulent and unpleasant. I did not want to push mu luck with my new steel shoulder, still untested in the battle. I decided to skip the Greenstone and turned back north. The unpleasantness turned again to tranquil pleasure flight. Flew over Ajax mine area and my favourite river sand bars. It was good flight

https://youtu.be/JIO74d0MG7M



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

When I was transporting this trike with just 9 hours on it, I damaged one prop blade. I installed new prop. The original owner told me that he set the prop pitch to 11.5 deg. I measured the same angle too. I originally set the pitch of the new prop to 11.5 deg. The static test, (trike was not flying, but it was reved up on the ground), produced only 4,000 RPM as versus desired of 5 500 RPM.

Eventually I ended up with 6.5 deg pitch and the engine produced max 5,400 RPM when not moving.

I noticed during my previous flight, that I could run the engine at max RPM in just 3/4 of throttle. This could be potentially dangerous to over rev the engine. I also noticed big difference in max RPM between static test on the ground and the actual flying. Based on the above I set the pitch back to 11.5 deg and took off for this flight. The pitch was too coarse with poor performance and 4,500 RPM max. I turned back and changer the pitch to 9 deg. It worked well during my following flight above.

https://youtu.be/fDL062aX1s0


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.

https://youtu.be/JJntwOTHD6I



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.

https://youtu.be/wEmWeVshlwA



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.

https://youtu.be/9-zTZ7eAvBk



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

Winter flying on Snye, the most popular place for winter activities at that time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XegnkvlkkCc



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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_Bu1YQxQuA



197. Motorized Rogallo in Italy 1977

This was an excellent concept of hang glider replacing aeroplane wing. I flew very well. I wish someone developed and modernized this concept. I saw it in Italy during our time waiting for immigration to Canada.

https://youtu.be/eu9lwwEsdc0



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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKQ_negrOrs



195. Hang Gliding Pioneers in Rana, Czech Republic 1974

1974 beginning of quickly developing hang gliding sport

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVDtdACc2qU



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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE5X_X34k78



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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeuHVEn6BhY



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

https://youtu.be/0ch3a_ODovc



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.

https://youtu.be/lqXA-It88jo



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

https://youtu.be/xNEQOEdjto0



189. Flying Buse Lake Area, April 4, 2018

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

https://youtu.be/-ngzMlCy6ZY



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

The ground wind was very light, but up to 38 km/h in the air. I was considering several times to give up, because the turbulence was getting unpleasant. I was telling myself to be brave, otherwise I would never learn to handle this type of situation. It was good flight over this beautiful countryside here in Kamloops.

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

https://youtu.be/pCkgoYsAjX4



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.

https://youtu.be/9NyCxuRIPhM



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

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

https://youtu.be/TLMYDCYJf0o



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

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

https://youtu.be/hxJUXwZP0vI



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

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

https://youtu.be/_Zchwobqvpk



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

It felt like warmer day, but it was still cold, particularly on my fingers. I had to pull hands from gloves several times to fiddle with radio and cameras, which does not help at that speed and in open freezing air. I made short flight to Mt Peter and Paul, downtown and back to the airport.

I will be selling this trike, because I am moving into higher league; I am buying Apollo DeltaJet2 with Rotax 912. It would be difficult to part with this trike and especially with the engine fully overhauled and new latest technology wing installed in summer 2017.

https://youtu.be/2Nk6kHWhrMI



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

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

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

https://youtu.be/7bHl5ifTzJM



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

It was cold, -12C, but beautiful and sunny day. Had to hand shovel snow to get from the hangar to taxiway. I used to fly down to -25C, but my ultralights were slow to max 50 km/h.  -12C at 110 km/h feels very cold especially on the face and my fingers. There is an opening in the front bottom of the pod to accommodate the steerable front wheel. This creates serious and concentrated draft directly into the face, which is very unpleasant. Even the microphone wind screen sponge froze solid from my steamy breath. I had to raise my voice to penetrate the ice.

Overall it was very good flight. Actually, by default, the flying in winter is more pleasant then in summer, because usually there is no turbulence to worry about. 

https://youtu.be/ZUw-6JsXyOY



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

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

https://youtu.be/pjs3zua3eSg



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

It was perfect day for flying: Stable air, sunny with fluffy clouds and +5C. I like to fly "with" clouds, which is above, below and around them, but I never dared to fly into them, yet. Right now it is enough to fly under them and to feel their effect. I followed the North Ridge east to Harper mountain area; Mount Peter & Paul surrounded with clouds and then back to Mara Mt and my favourite North Thompson River sand bars. The sand bar area is now larger then the water surface

https://youtu.be/BITeXmO4LvA



178. Flight around Kamloops Lake, Oct 27, 2017

I had so much fun a day before that I decided to do the same again this morning. It was on cooler side (5C) and a bit haze in the air, but still beautiful day to fly. I decided to fly around Kamloops Lake, starting with north shore above the North Ridge. This area is very beautiful, but not very emergency friendly place to have engine out moment. The south shore has more places to drop it down in case of an emergency. It is very beautiful all around. I also encounter weather inversion. It was about 10C warmer at 5000' then 1000' above ground, where I usually fly. I run this video x faster so it is not boring. I also synchronised almost all video cuts into the music beat. Watch it and let me know if this video slowed your heart beat.

https://youtu.be/0RYVpZJIvkU



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

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

https://youtu.be/UIs-OLcM0gY



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

This morning with no ground wind and 5C looked too good not to go flying. The first part was uneventful until I wanted to take a picture and realized that my Fuji camera is on the beck seat. I had only slight hope that it is still there. I informed tower that I am changing my plan and going down. Eventually I reached back and was able to grab that camera. Yahoo! I did not loose it. I informed the tower that I changed my plan again to my original plan.

I experienced the effect of cold and warm areas from deep shade in valley on north side and warm sunny side on the other side of the ridge. This was coupled with the 18 km/h upper wind blowing over the ridge. It was wild ride.

It was short flight, because I am getting wimpy and less tolerant to the low temperatures. Now -5C is too cold for me while in Fort McMurray I used to fly down to minus 25C. The reality is that I used to have much better gloves, but now I operate too many buttons, which is impossible in some serious winter mittens. Now, my fingers quit first, which is not very pleasant feeling.

https://youtu.be/0utsi9zkeu4


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.

https://youtu.be/rd5RvtzRiLA

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

The summed disappeared so fast. After almost month vacation, I had an urge to fly again. The sky was covered by very heavy but beautiful clouds, which would be perfect for picture taking. Unfortunately, I forgot my camera. I had a few bumps on my way, but nothing extraordinary. Only the landing was not as I would like, actually it was bad in my books. The landing actually looked much better on video (even in slow motion) then during my landing.

https://youtu.be/FYNCUX4BcgY



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

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

I noticed, when editing this video, that Cathy was on her edge before our landing. She grabbed the control bar cables and she was ready to interfere if needed. It was not necessary as I was in full control and confident in my abilities. It was good flight.

https://youtu.be/FF9jwPksbyE



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

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

https://youtu.be/_cmOLUzctDM




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

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

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

I was pushed by some serious tail wind at 45 km/h (~29 MPH) with my ground speed of 145 km/h (90 MPH) on the way back. There was no wind when I arrived to the Kamloops airport area.

I flew several times around the ever increasing sand bars (summer low water level in the river). Visited downtown, with some heat turbulence ride.

I stopped at the airport fire prevention aircraft base for selfies and pictures of the water tanker aircrafts. Overall, it was good day for me. 

https://youtu.be/TFZnncuJm9s



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.

https://youtu.be/lyD1-dxRD2w



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.

https://youtu.be/eqRWWCNi8A4


 


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.

https://youtu.be/U2Sl_2yYtcY



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.

https://youtu.be/H_nBEjDSh4I



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

It was another, 133 km long, cross country flight to small airport in Cache Creek. I took off at 7 am in already 26C temperature and no wind in Kamloops. The flight was very pleasant with practically no surprises. I was going up wind of about 18 km/h with no problem until I realised that it might be very interesting at the Cache Creek airport. It is single runway in N-S orientation on the side of high mountain. I was facing potentially 90 deg cross wind. The wind sock showed cross wind from East, while I was all the time flying against the wind from West. I realized now, when writing this intro, that I was actually facing the bottom part of the downdraft on my approach. It was not pleasant to be bounced sideway. My touch down was not very good looking and I would say it was a bad landing.

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

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

https://youtu.be/0kZHQ21aa6k



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

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

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

https://youtu.be/_zEbllj7Mp0



165. Flying to Ajax, Knutsford, Downtown and North Ridge Chasing Clouds, June 17, 2017

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

https://youtu.be/COaSUU79rvs



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

https://youtu.be/h0_puyl-ZHQ



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

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

https://youtu.be/9D2ZasAmnjE



162. Knutsford Flying Club BBQ, June 3, 2017

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

https://youtu.be/FxSUzaH9yFo



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

Kamloops Airport Flying Club Fly-in-Breakfast

https://youtu.be/GU-BPG0HbJ4



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.

https://youtu.be/pbbMxe-p8dM



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.

https://youtu.be/d0bLdbCv6K0



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

I am still trying to fine tune my new Northwing GT5 wing. Moved the wing hang point another 3/8" forward and I felt that this is too much. I will back it up about 1.8".

It was sunny, warm, no wind and no scary clouds in the afternoon, just perfect day for flying. The scenery is always spectacular in Kamloops area. The ground is moving faster now with faster wing, so I don't have to increase the video speed. I flew over Frederick Rd, NE shore of Kamloops Lake and Mara Mount. The air was turbulent, but nothing to be afraid of. The windsock on my 09 approach showed very light head wind. I wanted to land as far East as possible to avoid long taxi to my hangar. The end of main runway is closed for nearby construction activities. I was flying about 20' above the runway when suddenly I ended up in very violent, gusty crosswind of at least 25 km/h. The video shows my struggle to stay on course and to make it safely down. I had to wait for proper position in my oscillation to drop it down. In that time I still did not know what happen until I saw the other windsock which was fully erected at 90 deg across the runway. The flying conditions changed almost instantly from very good to very dangerous. I was glad to be down, but had hard time to taxi in this strong cross wind. It is not easy to manage large wing in these conditions.

I could cause this air movement, because sometimes even bird can trigger the warm/cold air to move. Everything is in balance, until the warm air cannot stay still any more or something pushes the worm air into motion. Warm air above the runway suddenly rises up and it is replaced by cold air from the North Ridge, which flows horizontally from north.

https://youtu.be/lSQ7hpqhXGo