(Updated July 13, 2019)
mine mentioned camping at
years ago I watched YouTube video showing group of
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
safely at the
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)
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.
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.
Flying Club organized "
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.
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
another beautiful flight just north of
several attempts in the past to fly to
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
I started early
morning to prevent
I was up in
the air at 6:30, heading for Merritt airport. I chose longer, but very scenic
way through the
40 minutes in Salmon Arm airport I took off towards 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
is from my first leg of two hour flight to Salmon Arm (SA) airport and back. I
decided to fly almost straight line between
waiting a long time to test again the Gimbal Stabilizer FY-WG X3 with
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
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)
Temper -6C to +8C (21 F to 46 F)
truly spring day. I took off from
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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.
almost nice day and especially after unusually cold weather in
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
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 accidently pull the buckle latch when grabbing the camera with my clumsy winter glove. Regardless, I had to buckle up again in the air. While doing it, the control bar suddenly and unexpectedly surged (moved) forward, into, I think, stall position. If you don't have patience to watch whole movie then skip to 3 min and watch it in normal and slow motion. I would like to hear from you experts some explanation, what really happened there.
beautiful, crispy day at about -2C to -6C. I was flying east from
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.
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
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
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
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
I took off
for 130 km loop flight to
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.
Just 2 min video showing sudden and a bit unpleasant turbulence during otherwise peaceful flight.
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.
into, still for me not known,
weather is almost every day perfect for flying, with no wind and turbulence. I
flew north to small town on
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
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.
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
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.
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
ever flying on floats in 1983. I flew my weight shift Atlas made in
The same on floats. Winter flying on Snye, the most popular place for winter activities at that time
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.
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
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
1974 beginning of quickly developing hang gliding sport
of hang gliding in
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.
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.
beautiful, but hot (30C) and very smoky evening. There are many forest fires
around us, but luckily far away from
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.
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.
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
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
but bumpy flight to
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
This trike is for sale: New wing last spring and complete engine overhaul last year too. It flies perfectly, but buying a bigger trike.
beautiful flying day. Flew SE to
perfect day for flying with blue sky and above freezing temperature. I was
following Kamloops South Ridge east, then to
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
beautiful day to explore other areas in
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.
flight in the new year.
I counted 23 eagles on the ground, trees and one in flight. It was good flight.
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.
but cold flight to very scenic
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;
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
It vas a
crispy morning which allowed me to fly in beautiful,
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
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.
short flight, because I am getting wimpy and less tolerant to the low
temperatures. Now -5C is too cold for me while in
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,
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.
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
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.
was very tempting to go flying. Normally, I would try to avoid flying in the
afternoon heat, because it could be nasty in
I took off
at 7am west into no wind. I was following the south shore of the
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
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.
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.
650 km my motorcycle from
different road to go back up to
another milestone in my flying career. I flew almost straight line over the
extremely smoky in
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
several minutes at the airport, took several pictures, replaced batteries in
all my four cameras, and headed back to
by WW2 bomber B25, which was visiting from
It was a
special day for
I then flew
June 17, 2017
adjusted the camera bracket (see previous video # 164), I went up again to
I went for
hike and discovered spectacular scenery few km west of golf resort in Tobiano
It has been
annual ritual to go to see swollen North and South Thompson rivers in their
Knutsford Fly-in-BBQ by Thompson Valley Sport Aircraft Club members
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.
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.
beautiful morning flight. When I came back, my Face book friend from
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".
sunny, warm, no wind and no scary clouds in the afternoon, just perfect day for
flying. The scenery is always spectacular 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.
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
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?
early morning to avoid any major turbulence. I had to scrape ice form my car
window, which is very unusual for
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
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
152. Flying 30 km North from
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
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.
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
I used 3
It was very turbulent flight, but the aerial view always compensate for any hardship I suffer.
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
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
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
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.
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
This is just turbulence section from my flight and my video #143. It was kicking. It is very well captured with my camera mounted on 3 axes gyroscopic stabilizer. The horizon is stable, but I am bouncing. Check this out.
The weather was almost the same as the previous day (https://youtu.be/59HTNObHCpw), except of very strong and sometimes unpleasant turbulence. The wind was very light, but the air bounced me very often up and down. The worst place was between Mt Peter & Paul. I was pushed into downdraft and violent kicks. My radio acted again. Eventually I found that the camera gyro RC caused the radio interference.
I am pleased with overall performance and especially video result of my 3 axes gyro stabilizer. It saves me several hours of video processing to get the similar result: "The horizon is fixed and aircraft is moving". Almost all aviation videos, even commercial, are from cameras fixed to the aircraft. This produces not natural effect: "Aircraft is fixed and horizon is moving." See my test video of fixed horizon here: http://youtu.be/GT1MQhoJxK8
I was good, but not very relaxing day.
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 (
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.
FY-WG X3 has 3 gyroscopes and could be mounted on helmet too. I used "
view looks interesting, but there are some negatives too. The stabilizer was
sometimes "hunting" around vertical axes at about +/- 3 deg, which is
FY-WG X3 has 3 gyroscopes and could be mounted on helmet too. I used "
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
I flew over bunch of clouds above the Mara Hill. I had fun there. I even forgot that my fingers are really getting numb. It was good day
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
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.
my videos are taken in 4x3 (1280x960). This is default setting on all
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.
beautiful day, perhaps the last of relatively warm autumn days. Fluffy clouds
created beautiful spotty patterns on the rolling hills. I really like these
I used my
I will not use head cam anymore. The next time, I have to find some camera exciting location to mount it.
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
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.
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
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",
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
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
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
my flying fix. One hour flying in
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
It was very
calm morning, unusually cold at 15C compare with previous days at 25C. This was
second time trying to fly east across
made it. The weather always won over my bravery during my many unsuccessful
attempts to fly through
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.
attempt to fly through the
I took off
about 45 year old dream to owe and fly a gyro almost fully materialized in
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
My intent was to stay there until I have gyro license. My 20 min intro flight in RAF gyro was not what I expected. I did not like that screaming engine at 7,800 rpm behind my back and extremely sensitive control. I could not control it and I was airsick like dog. I bought 6 month old Ford Taurus station wagon instead. I still have this car with only 100,000 km and like new.
in MTO Sport by Air Pro Gyro, made in
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.
several times to fly through
I took off
early morning to prevent any
After many days of very hot weather we received some rain. The air was loaded with evaporated moisture with many beautiful, layered clouds over and around high mountain peaks. I could not miss this rare opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream to jump and play in this fluff. That morning the weather was almost sunny and no wind. I had fun by flying close, beside and above those clouds, but still did not dare to fly through.
was good, practically no wind and overcast sky which usually brings more stable
air for flying. Well. I was wrong. I felt like riding on wild horse, especially
around downtown and Mt Paul. I had hard time to judge the wind direction,
because it was changing constantly in 180 deg in different elevation layers.
Originally I wanted to fly over the Mt Peter and Paul to video wild horses
which I could see from a distance. I gave up on that idea, because I could not judge
if I am on up or down wind of the mountain. Eventually I flew back in not very
pleasant bumps and stayed over the
It was just another beautiful day to go flying. Flew over downtown, Knutsford airfield and intended to fly through Nicola Valley, but it was too turbulent and unpredictable for my taste. I turned around and flew to my favorite North Ridge then sand bars on South Thompson River.
I was asked by someone to take video of the South Thompson River to see how to navigate through the sand bars by a boat. I thought it is good idea to give to Kamloops boaters information how to avoid getting stacked in the middle of still very cold river. Also I asked my fellow pilot to test his Christmas gift SLR camera while I am flying. He would take pictures of me in the air at Knutsford airstrip.
The weather conditions looked good and the wind speed forecast was low. It showed very quickly that this was not the case. The air was very turbulent with strong variable wind from south. But I had commitment to fly over my photographer at Knutsford, so I pushed forward. I made several passes to pose for the camera and eventually landed for few minutes at Knutsford. Since I did not like the horizontal wind sock, I decided to head back while it is still flyable. I flew back towards the airport following the river while taking pictures and video of the sandbars.
I was asked by someone to take video of the South Thompson River to see how to navigate through the sand bars by a boat. I thought it is good idea to give to Kamloops boaters information how to avoid getting stacked in the middle of the very cold river.
I took video by two cameras and pictures from the rivers junction up to delta of Kamloops lake. The result is the overall view of the very shallow river where it is almost guaranteed to stack on the sandbars unless you have aerial view to see where to go. I used minimal editing to show as much info as possible.
It looked like perfect flying day, but it was not. First it was raining a bit, but no cloud around. I turned from downtown to north following the river up to golf course. The air became very turbulent. I was bounced like yoyo, so I decided to take short cut over the North Ridge back to the airport, but it did not want to move. At one point my control bar was pulled from my hand and into the turn, because my left wing got into updraft. A year ago or so I would totally freak out, but I am getting more used to these funny weather phenomena.
weather continued so I decided to go for second flight. I mounted
I was particularly after the video and pictures while in turn. Normally camera does not take true representation of reality, if the camera is fixed to the plane. The plane stays horizontal, but the actual horizon in background is tilted. While flying I tried to rotate camera so that it is horizontal to the actual horizon. It is not always easy to do, because I cannot watch the camera 100% of time while flying. I think I took some decent videos and pictures from the screen shots.
It was one
of those "Must-Fly-Days". The weather was perfect for whatever doing
outside, but especially to fly. I decided to fly pack to SE of Mt Peter to see
and video the wild horses again. I flew there on Feb 6, but my
This was my 69th birthday, which is frightening and unfair. It is the last year when I will not be in seventies. Regardless, it was very good weather to go flying. My original intend was to fly to Harper mountain ski hill, but I did not find it. I stayed in South Thompson River valley and on the way back I buzz above herd of wild horses. I counted 22 horses in that spot and 6 in another place. I was flying so, that I could take video of them from my control bar camera, which I can control by hand. When I landed I found that the memory card was full from the previous flight, so no video from that and intended angle. You can still see them from my wing camera.
The weather was perfect for flying. I decided to explore the mountain area north of Frederick Rd. This is very beautiful and popular area for hikers, particularly the section between Kamloops Lake and Frederick Rd. The north parts of mountains, north of Frederick Rd is very steep and rugged terrain, which I knew very little about. Now it was time to expand my knowledge.
It was absolutely perfect day to go flying. I just installed engine electric carburetor heaters to prevent icing of the carburetors. I am very well experienced with carb icing, but it was not a big deal when flying in Fort McMurray. There was always place for an emergency landing. I removed the iced up carb there and used hair dryer to melt the ice and then dry it. I installed it back and flew again.
The carb icing is much more dangerous in Kamloops region. There are very few places for an emergency landing. The heaters gave me an extra confidence in my beautiful bird.
The air was very smooth so it was pleasure to fly in +5C and blue sky weather. Flew west over Tobiano golf course and residential area situated on the south side of Kamloops Lake in spectacular location. Flew further west over the hoodoos and back. Took a lot of pictures. The day was so perfect that I decided to fly again. See the next video "Flying from Kamloops to Ajax Mine and Nicola Valley Clouds"
The weather was so perfect that I could not waste it. I decided to explore Ajax Mine area, which is very often in the news because of the "pro and against" mine issues. I took many pictures from low level and 6,000'. When at 6,000' I noticed further south that Nicola Valley was totally covered by clouds. This very deep and wide valley looked like river filled up to the brim with clouds. I had to explore it. It was phenomenal.
The west side from intersection of hwy 5A and Campbell Creek Rd was 100% in clouds and the east side was clear with cloud transition by the intersection. I never had seen something like this and especially not from the air. I took a lot of pictures while flying across the valley above those clouds. The sundog was leading me on my NE side when flying back. I had very strong urge to burry myself in those clouds, so only my head and the wing would be above them. I chickened out. I had no idea how this would influence my flight and I did not want to take any chances.
Plus 5C was inviting temperature to fly in snow covered Kamloops. Flew to Harper mountain ski hill. The area below me was partially covered in clouds which added an extra excitement.
It was cold, but reasonable day for flying, so why not to fly. Checked my popular sand bars on South Thompson River. Nothing extraordinary happened, but it was good flying day.
Slide show of the beautiful sand bars with relaxing music to listen to.
It was very beautiful day for flying. Turbulence was manageable and scenery spectacular by the East of Kamloops Lake. The highlight of the day was to fly over the South Thompson River delta with ever changing sand bars. The nature is the real artist in this aspect.
It was very beautiful day for flying. Turbulence was manageable and scenery spectacular by the NE of Kamloops Lake. The highlight of the day was to fly over the North Thompson River delta with ever changing sand bars. The nature is the real artist in this aspect.
Oct 20. 2015
It was perfect, chilly day for flying, with no wind and a little of turbulence. The best part was to fly low over the South Thompson River. The late summer, fall and winter create continually different and larger sandbars as water level is decreasing. I like those creations of nature. I met with several birds and flocks of birds there. I flew over very colorful, now dry slew near Tranquille farm.
Sep 27 was an excellent day for flying to Fly-in breakfast organized by Knutsford flying club. Beautiful, but crisp sunny morning with no wind in Kamloops. It became very windy as soon as I cleared the hills south of Kamloops down town. Typically very windy in Knutsford which is just 10 km south of Kamloops. I just ate my breakfast and headed back before it would get worse. Took of into 10 kn wind and came in totally still air in Kamloops. Spent some time above emerging sand bars from lowering river water level which is annual natural occurrence.
flying millstone: The longest flight of 181 km and 2:50 hr total flying time
over potentially hostile environment in case of emergency. Flew over the
following lakes Paul, Pinantan, Niskonith and Aylmer, before I reached very
large "Little Shuswap Lake". There were no places to land if needed.
Finally landed on Squilax air strip to change my GPS and
I tried to chase low clouds after a day of heavy rain. Unfortunately clouds dispersed before I could reach them. The sky turned very gray, so I lost appetite to do any big explorations. It was just 50 min flight. My wing camera refused to cooperate so this is just single camera view video.
I had good fun flying morning over the farms and West part of North Ridge. I experienced sudden blast of cold air by the edge of Mara Mt. I did not expect anything pleasant from it so I hopped quickly into the safe air further south. I can say that I handle the turbulence very good. I just relax and only control the moving hang glider from extreme angles. It flies by itself. I actually move much less than in an airplane, because I am suspended from the wing center of gravity so while wing is dancing above I am more-less stationary at least in compression with fixed wing aircraft.
July 23, 2015
I attempted to fly in the Campbell Rd valley several times before, but I was always forced back by the nasty turbulence or wind there. The Campbell road is in deep and narrow valley surrounded by dark colored ridge slopes and green colored ground. Large lake in that area also contributes to sever turbulences. I was finally brave enough to fly through, because I am also much more experience with turbulent air and I am more tolerant to it. It was good flight.
It was one of the best flying days ever. I took of this second flight of the day at 8 pm with plan to stay up until legal time allows. I could stay up till 30 min past the sunset, which was at 9:45 pm. I flew several times around downtown, landed in Knutsford and then explored the Mt Peter & Paul. Counted 25 wild horses in one small area on the top. Saw spectacular Blue Moon sunrise. I wish I could fiddle with camera to take something close what human eye could see. Unfortunately, I had to fly too so the electronic record is not even close to human record. I landed at 9:45. The ground was totally dark, because the sun sets behind the mountains, which makes very sharp difference between day and night. I was wearing my Canada Day T-shirt, which already celebrated 15th Canada Day. It was gift from my daughter 15 years ago. It was good day.
It was very nice early morning with crisp air and blue skies after torrential rain day before. I took off towards Kamloops downtown to check on preparation for usually big Canada Day celebration in the park. I was just buzzing around and had fun. I followed North Thompson river to explore the river valley. It was very relaxing flight. After watching this video I realized that the air was also turbulent, but I did not even remember that. I guess, I am getting more tolerant to those bumps
Almost 2 hours flight started early morning in Kamloops with no wind, blue sky and temperature around 25C. Peaceful flight changed quickly into very bumpy ride. I was considering turning back, but continued. I eventually got used to it, so I continued S-W towards Logan Lake village and then Highland Valley Copper Mine open pit which covers many square kilometers of land. I wanted to fly around the mine to take pictures and videos. I changed my mind when I saw the fluffy clouds above the mine and I knew that this would be very unpleasant. I was also very cold and started shiver. The temperature at 7,200' was just 12C and 70 km/h win chill from my open cockpit did not help either. I turned back as soon as I reached the S-E edge of the open pit. At that moment it felt like someone turn switch on of the turbulence generator. I was acceptable 3 minutes before but frightening now. I had about one hour of flying ahead of me. This was definitively my worse flight ever and I wish to be on the ground rather then in the air. Many pilots would say that it is always better to be on the ground and wish to be flying rather than to be flying and wish to be on the ground. This was exactly my case. It was difficult to control my trike acting like spooked wild horse. The heat turbulence was relentless and lasted all the way to the airport runway. I was really surprised that I was not air sick, because I get very air or carsick from just playing video game. But the airsickness caught up with me just by Affton mine and I felt it for another 3 days after. My control bar camera quit for no reason about 45 min before the end and the wing camera batteries died 5 minutes before landing. At least I have good video, which show how peacefulness could change into nastiness in just a minute.
After flying club BBQ, some members showed their toys. See this mini air show.
Flew from Kamloops to our small field airstrip in Knutsford, where I had to fix my wing camera which was not recording. Flew across Kamloops downtown towards North Ridge. Had to wait on south side to allow Air Canada Dash 8 in its descend flight towards airport. Took several pictures of Brock residential area flooded farm fields on west side of Kamloops.
Flying over Kamloops downtown, Knutsford, Nichola Valley, Mt Peter & Paul and North Ridge.
Finally very good flying weather. I took off early in the morning when sun heat did not create too much of havoc, so my flight was mostly peaceful. Flew over the Ajax gold mine, Knutsford airstrip and then further south to Nichola Valley. There I encountered the first bumpy ride due to rising sun heat and cold water at the valley bottom. My original intention was to fly further south, but I did not want to push my luck. Turner back over downtown and then North Ridge, flying about 1000' higher then normally. This gave me new perspective view, but speed perception dropped sharply. Explored the north part of Frederick Rd valley and 6,000 ft. It was enjoyable fun.
Air was very peaceful on the ground, but it was different story in the flight. This video shows it very clearly. I am getting used to these conditions, but a year ago I would totally freaked out. 1504190001-Knutsford-NRidge-Turbulence.mp4. Click here for pictures
My worst flight ever, Apr 5, 2015.
Previous day I drove my motorcycle through the mountain area to Oscar hang gliding launch area (N50.79707 W120.90213), NW of Savona, BC. I came to watch a bunch of hang gliders to take off. It brought me back to 1974 when I started with this sport. The activities were planned for the next day too, so I decided to fly there. I knew that it will not be easy flight, but I did not expect that it will be so scary. The weather was very peaceful, sunny and no wind. There were some heavy fluffy clouds around, so I was prepared for some surprises. I was eventually facing 10 kn (18 km) head wind from west with occasional kicks from thermals and down drafts from shades, but nothing too exciting. I have now much higher tolerance to nastiness of weather when compare to my first days of Kamloops flying. These conditions would be frightening before, but acceptable now.
The wind was still blowing from west when I turned NW towards the Oscar. It started to get more unpleasant. As soon as I spotted the hang gliders on the edge of mountain and I wave to the people, the forces of the nature grab my hang glider control bar from me to show me who is the boss. To my surprise, I was on down wind side of the mountain. The wind was blowing from East, while up to that point it was from the West. I was in the middle of the forceful downdraft pushing me down and thermals pushing me up and everything in between. If you do not have patience to watch it, then skip to 2:30. I think it is interesting to watch. It was so bad that I could not even take any pictures, because I could not let the control bar from my hands. I felt like garbage bag in the wind.
Apr 2, 2015.
I took off at no wind from Kamloops airport and 15 km south the wind was blowing 38 km/h. The thermals from the sun shining through holes in the clouds were getting unpleasant to my stomach, so I decided to go back over downtown and eventually over the North Ridge. Base on the past several weeks of really strange weather changing within an hour I decided to go down before it is too late. Actually the weather stayed good, but I had my flying fix already.
interviewed, by inspiring young BC filmmaker, Kora
Vanderlip in January 2015. She also used few seconds of my
It was another beautiful day to fly in this beautiful nature surrounding Kamloops. Flew several times around Kamloops horizon landmarks, famous Mt Peter and Paul to show how they look from the close up. Click here for pictures.
The second day of perfect flying over the Kamloops beautiful nature just few minutes from our house. Explored areas over the North Ridge, flew over Mara Mt and then crossed the Tranquille Valley to Frederick Rd. Hit some major turbulence. The wind was very light, but changing in 180 deg direction. It was very difficult to predict if I will be on upwind or downwind side of the hills. I took many pictures to document all that natural beauty. There is spectacular view on the North shore of the Kamloops lake towards the Frederick village. Continued across the airport to South Ridge which opened another spectacular view of those mountain ranges. Click here for pictures.
Finally, after 3 month without flying, I had my perfect flying day. I explored ever changing river sand bars and then flew over the North Ridge mountain terrain to have real fun. I hit some turbulences which I am more relaxed with now and I even enjoy them. The weather was perfect, which shows in my videos and pictures. Click here for pictures.
GPS downloaded my flight path and animated to see how and where I was flying
This was first, really cold day in Kamloops, but the blue sky lured me up. I almost did not make it to the Knutsford airstrip, because my fingers were very numb. Once I passed the half point I had to make it there to put another gloves on. I hit occasional turbulence, but I am used to them now. I do not fight them, I just fly with them.
After short chat with my fellow pilot and with another gloves on, I took off towards Kamloops downtown, then to North Ridge for some buzz around, chasing my fun.
Weather was forecasted as one of the still relatively warm days. I had to do it. Flew over the famous North Thompson river sand bars, then river upstream towards Kamloops center and eventually ended up in Knutsford Flying Club airstrip. Chatted with my fellow Beaver pilot Cam Villeneuve during excellent sunny warm weather. We took off west, while I continued towards Kamloops airport and Cam turn south to search for his ventures. It was very good flying day especially considering the next day which was just opposite: cold, rainy and miserable. I was glad that I did not wasted my day.
This was one of the best and the most beautiful flights. The flight took 2 hours to cover 140 km, through extremely beautiful mountain valley. Leaves were in full colors in spectacular scenery. I encountered several very heavy turbulences, but I had fun with them. I explored that region the following week from the road. It is definitively very beautiful area.
It was my true first cross country mountain flying through potentially very hostile and quickly changing weather conditions. The weather was perfect, but still with occasional heavy turbulence. Eventually I enjoyed those challenging flying conditions and even sought some thermals under mountain clouds. I gained a lot of confidence. I had to repeat this experience the next day with flying another mountain cross country.
It was very unusually turbulence free day for very relaxing flying above and along the South and North Thompson rivers. The visibility was not the best and especially the low sun position on the western horizon did not help either.
It was beautiful, a bit crispy day with no wind, while sun heat started to slowly change the tranquility of the still air. Originally my flying goal was much more ambitious, but turbulence did not allow me to reach it. It was getting unpleasant and fear of air sickness was very real for me. I was pushing my comfort envelope with hope that I will have very good video from my bumpy experience. I was not disappointed from this aspect. You could see from the video how the terrain is complex below and around, and how many potential sources of thermals and downdrafts are there. Kamloops is beautiful, but also dangerous or at least challenging to fly in very light aircraft.
I used special post processing software, where the video from the wing camera is transformed into more realistic viewers experience. Instead of background moving around and the trike stationary in one place on screen, the software reverses it. The trike is realistically moving in the air and the background is relatively steady. It looks like someone else took the video of me. It is very tedious process, taking hours, but very cool effect.
I speeded up some sections up to 4x to show the beauty, but eliminated boringness of the normal speed flying, which sometimes looks like I was stationary there.
I flew west over Tranquille farm to take pictures of newly created corn maze. Continued NW over the Kamloops lake cliffs for those spectaculars views to capture on my camera. Flew then NE over the North Ridge which had the peaks covered in clouds. Played a bit around those clouds. Final stage was over the South Thompson river sand bars, which are again growing up covering larger and larger areas as the river water level is going down.
Early morning flight in smoky sky from BC forest fires, following South Thompson River East. Very tranquil flight up to the last minutes. It was turbulent above city on the way back. Strong sun heat created many local up and down drafts based on the ground colors. Overall it was very good flight.
76. Trike Flying to S-W of Kamloops Lake to Tobiano Golf Course, July 25, 2014
Just short, 50 min flight to get my flying fix.
I was thinking about this flight for a long time. I was watching very carefully the strange Kamloops area weather and finally I decided to go for it. The final point to convince me that it might not be too bad was the fact that most of the time I will be flying above very wide 4 way highway, which is much more safer to land on (provided that drivers will let me) that somewhere in the bush.
I felt almost like Lindberg when he decided to fly solo across the ocean from Canada to France. I too could not sleep while going through all those negative possibilities. The life could be much more complicated in just few seconds.
I was ready to take off at 5:45 am. It was just 19C, which was very pleasant compare with those 40C hot days. It took a lot of pushing "up hill" from 1100' to 6000" to cross the mountain peaks. I do not like to rev up my Rotax 582 too much, which I no not think it is healthy for it.
I was following more-less the Coquihalla highway, the famous highway from Discovery channel series Highway Thru Hell.
Government in July of this year increased speed limit there to 120 km/h. This was met with very vocal opposition, because it is dangerous, people will die and all this normal nonsense. I was ready to document all those dead people and vehicle pile ups along the highway. Fortunately and of course there was nothing of this gore stuff to photograph.
The weather was perfect, no wind and no turbulence, which does not happen very often here. I landed in Merritt Municipal airport (2090') after 75 min flight. Took some pictures, refuelled from my spare fuel can, and took off again further south towards Merritt town. I did not spend too much time there, because I wanted to enjoy the same perfect weather on the way back. It was already 25C, so the heat was on...
I was enjoying the scenery even though the visibility was not the best. It was actually the first day this summer with hazy sky. The flight was very uneventful and I was almost day dreaming when suddenly I received several jolts of unexpected turbulence. I still had about 30 min to go so I was hoping that this will not be my fun spoiler. Luckily it lasted just about 5 minutes, but I decided not to go exploring, but head straight home. In 45 minutes of in bound leg flying I was back at the Kamloops airport. It was 9:30 am and already 28C.
This was my milestone flight, the longest cross-country so far.
It was one of the best flying days. Warm, no wind and no turbulence, which is very rare combination. Flew over Kamloops North Shore residential area, Mount Peter and Paul and then landed at Knutsford. Flew for some pictures and videos over Ajax mine. It was very good flying day.
This Sunday morning was perfect day to do some flying. Checked the flooded areas near Tranquille Farm and then turned East and eventually NE to follow North Thompson River upstream. Saw some interestingly looking mountain areas on the West ridge so I decided to investigate. Found O'Connor Lake and surrounding areas which look spectacular from the air. I am taking my dual sport motorcycle there to check that spot from the ground too.
It was beautiful weather with almost no wind. Turbulence grabbed me as soon as I was air borne. I fought it for several minutes, but eventually gave up, because it was dangerous. I was back in my hangar in just 5 min, where I discovered that I forgot to turn my video cameras on.
in the in the evening and it was fun. Explored NW of North Ridge where I had to
stay due to skydivers activities in the NE region. Tested Garmin sport camera
"VIRBelite" which I forgot to set in the same format as the other two
Flew to NW of beautiful region of Kamloops North Mountain Ridge with spectacular view of 150 m deep Kamloops Lake. Turned east above Mara lake to 4900' for power off glide back to airport. This was my long time adventure consideration to do it one day. This was the day. Glided almost exactly 5 minutes down to runway at calculated 5.2 : 1 gliding ratio. I received many questions from people wanted to know the gliding ration. Since I did not knew I decided to find out. It was a bit apprehension to do it into fully functional and sometimes very busy airport. I felt that the conditions were right with almost no wind and very mild turbulence. It was better than I expected and it turned me back 40 years when I started flying Rogallo hang glider. It was very peaceful fun.
I am getting better now in handling turbulence. I came from Northern Alberta, where terrain was flat and weather predictable. Kamloops area is very challenging weather-wise. The terrain is complex with many micro weather abnormalities. That day the air was turbulent, with no wind. Friend was grounded 1000' below me, because as he said the wind sock was horizontal. It is weird here. I had fun and took many pictures from this beautiful country site:
It was very good day for flying. Check the Kamloops region beauty.
Very light wind and ideal flying conditions at the airport turned into 22 km headwind and unpleasant turbulence. Half way to my original place to fly I had to turn back, because it was not fun to fight the elements. The video shows the effect of turbulence on this light aircraft.
It was very promising day for enjoyable flying. Low clouds hanging above and around the peaks which I liked to explore. Flew east following the North Mountain Ridge towards Mt Peter and Paul. Noticed that my neck camera was low on juice, so I turn back to get fresh batteries. I encountered some bumpy right around to Mt Paul. Flew NW of Kamloops Lake to check the "Sediment Wall", which I discovered a few days earlier on my hike. Did some low flying above the Frederick road. I brought back 5.5 hours of video files from three on-board cameras. The 19 min excerpts show how beautiful it is here.
the first movie which I edited in updated version of MovieMaker 2.6 for Windows
7. It allows to take default of
the previous version into 16:9 format. I used 2
1. I processed ActionPro (wing camera) in Muvee Turbo Video Stabilizer, which stabilizes background so the trike is moving instead, normally and unnaturally other way around.
2. I used
AVS Video Converter to Crop the upper portion of video files from 2
3. I used MovieMaker 2 (I am PC guy), which is very simple, free and produces excellent video quality, but unfortunately, it is in *.wmv format which is then butchered by YouTube by their conversion.
4. I then process complete video from MovieMaker in Corel Video Studio X6, by following procedure from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZmFhm_yoSc to get the best video quality on YouTube.
It was very nice weather, almost no wind, just ideal conditions for flying. I took off with 3 cameras mounted to get different views. The tranquil conditions changed very quickly. As soon as I was over the North Mountain Ridge, the turbulence started to bounce me around. It was still bearable, so I continued to North. It got really bad. I was searching for some better conditions to go higher, lower, in the valley, above valley... Nothing worked, but it was getting increasingly worse. I was like garbage bag in the wind. Eventually I made it back close to the airport, but my timing was wrong. I had to wait for 3 airplanes to land while I was kicked up and down like a yoyo. It was the most scary flight so far.
Finally I could cross the airport to partially frozen South Thompson River. It was very peaceful there. I flew very low over the frozen sand bars towards downtown and then follow North Thompson river for some picture taking. I saw at least 15 eagles. Eventually it was very good day and I have very good video to prove it.
It was very nice weather, almost no wind, just ideal conditions for flying. Took off with 3 cameras mounted to get different views. The tranquil conditions changed very quickly. As soon as I was over the North Mountain Ridge, the turbulence started to bounce me around. It was still bearable, so I continued to North. It got really bad. I was searching for some better conditions to go higher, lower, in the valley, above valley... Nothing worked, but it was getting increasingly worse. I was like garbage bag in the wind. Eventually I made it back close to the airport, but my timing was wrong. I had to wait for 3 airplanes to land while I was kicked up and down like a yoyo. It was the most scary flight so far.
Finally I could cross the airport to partially frozen South Thompson River. It was very peaceful there. I flew very low over the frozen sand bars towards downtown and then follow North Thompson river for some picture taking. I saw at least 15 eagles. Eventually it was very good day and I have very good video to prove it.
after month and half of unusually cold weather in Kamloops, the weather looked
very inviting for flying. Meanwhile I