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Friday, December 31, 2010

Delta Airpark Open House

Hi guys,

I received this invitation from Delta Airpark. Those of you flying tomorrow should try to attend. I will be going.
Hi Jim
Could you let the Aero Club members know that the Delta Air Park is having their annual open house this sat. Jan.1st.
It starts about noon, it is a drive in or fly in deal and open to all. Just a great place to meet more local people interested in flying.
Ken Wardstrom On 2010-12-30, at 09:20 ,




Monday, December 20, 2010


It was an enjoyable afternoon at the pub for the Xmas lunch. Thanks to Rob Barron for suggesting the function and thanks to James,for organizing it.Great turnout.
Len

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas lunch at the Big Ridge/PUFA

What a great turnout for lunch today. It was nice to have so many of our group together. Shades of years gone by when a Christmas get together was expected and a normal part of our group activity. I for one hope that todays event is the first of many.

Some of you may know that there is a movement to re-instate PUFA, the Pacific Ultralight Flying Association. There are many changes proposed by Transport Canada which will involve the Ultralight community and without representation our points of view will go unheard. We as a group need representation. Fred Glasbergen spoke for us in Ottawa as the Pacific Ultralight Flying Association in favour of Passenger Carrying when the Eastern group UPAC was fervently against it. Fred has volunteered his time and expertise to be a spokesperson for the West Coast pilot community but needs your support so that we can speak as a group. Robbie Barron has volunteered to be part of the executive and I hope you will give both Rob and Fred your full support. Comments please.

James.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Xmas Lunch at the Big Ridge

Hi group,

Following up on the last post, I have reserved space at the Big Ridge Brewing Co on 152nd st for noon next Sunday. I need to know how many are coming to make sure everyone has a seat. Please call or email me.  All are welcome.

James.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Xmas get together

Hi there Group,

Some of our group have been suggesting a Pre-Christmas get together which I think is a great idea. I have taken it upon myself to organise a lunch for next Sunday, venue to be chosen and is up for suggestion. I need to know how many of us will be available so that I can reserve space if necessary. Everyone is welcome, the more the merrier, dutch treat of course. Please let me know if you would like to join us either by comment on the blog or my personal email

James.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

new Title pix.

The new title picture is Fred's SeaRey at Seachelt lake 4500ft ASL. it was send in by Fred on Jan 18 2008

Fly with the eagles

The eagles are back. It is the time of year for the eagle migration to their feeding grounds at the Harrison and Chehalis river estuaries. Numbers of birds are usually around the 200-300 mark but this year a record 1500-2000 birds are expected so you guys flying the valley need to be on the lookout.

James.

Friday, November 12, 2010

A poll

1.What kinds of improvements or maintenance are you planning on doing over the winter?

2. How does everyone feel about doing a Christmas dinner somewhere  (restraunt, pub?)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Graval bar in Fraser River ecological reserve?

Subject: Gravel bars Fraser River near Chilliwack - conservation area

Sieg,

I thought you might be interested in this. Bob Barron and myself were playing around on the gravel bars today and ended up landing on one with a nice smooth sandy area. I've seen aircraft in there many times. I think you and your friend with the 172 may even have landed in there on occasion.

In any case we landed there today, and there was a 180 already there with several people already walking around enjoying the day.  As we walked over to say hello we were approached by a couple of parks bc volunteer wardens asking if we knew that the island was an ecological reserve?  Of course we didn't. It isn't marked on the aviation chart. I pulled out my laptop and we checked the Parks BC website and the map they provide doesn't even clearly indicate the area as ecological reserve. It is however a reserve and apparently we aren't welcome there with our aircraft.

Anyway, here is the link to the Parks BC page with the info and a google earth pic of the area in question. Fortunately it's the only ecological reserve in the area, all other gravel bars appear to be fair game.




How we could have known about this I haven't a clue. If you feel inclined you can pass the word...or not, up to you.

Best,

Ian J


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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Like to build something differend ?( link to site)

How about this delta from the Nederlands
it is completely build from aluminum and this one has a 50 hp Subaru engine cruising at about 140 MPH  ( looks alien)  apparently very easy to fly. Ron.

Saturday, October 23, 2010



Oct. 23 2010

visit from Ian and Bob




Ian and his exceedingly well maintained, 912 powered Rans S-7.

Ready for the river gravel bars.














Bob and his fairly noticeable Zenair 701.

Great performance and of course the "R" in Rotax 912 stands for "Reliable" as we know.













Just about to fly off the intersection.

Love those tires.











And off to the West.












Check out that deck angle!

Skyward Ho!












Time to head home before the weather turns nasty.

Thank you for dropping in folks.

Call ahead for hot coffee Eh!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

DairyAir News.


Oct. 21 2010
Phil and his Beaver 550.

touching down.

Runway 10












Phil over the wires for Runway 20

Notice the BC Hydro installed orange flags, wrapped around the power line.

The flags make the runway easier to locate, as well as indicating wind patterns over the thresh-hold.










Ready to alight.

Runway 20
















Phil's fine amphibious 550.









A happy Phil getting set to kick the tires and light the fires.



Thanks for flying in Phil.

Drop in again soon.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

New link to lots of airport cam's

I put up a new link to lost of airport cam's for you to check out and the Navcanada cam's link

: Ron                    Airport cam's  Navcanada. webcam's

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Need a new motor? Check this out. (Click on the title)

110 horses and only ten grand with a warranty. Thirteen and a half firewall forward which includes custom engine mount for your bird, exhaust, and all the goodies that Rotax charge extra for.

http://www.vikingaircraftengines.com/

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sport aviation magazine

here's a link to the most resent and past online EAA magazine's happy reading.
online EAA Magazine

new title photo

 
Vargus Island 2009!  Our first time landing on the beach.  An amazing day with a little hiccup on departuref.  The engine started to sputter immediately on take off, so we circled and landed as quickly as possible.  With advise from our fellow pilots, over the radio, we did a second run up, turned on the carb heater and fuel pump... and took off again.  This time the engine purrrred. 
We're ready for a second visit.  Anyone interested in a fly out?
Darrell & Sharon
Flying high with a good attitude!
Thanks for the photo  Darrel and Sharon 
: Ron

Saturday, September 4, 2010

DairyAir News.


September 03.
Visit from Wayne and Phil, in Wayne's amphib. Beaver.


Over the fence.
Runway 10











Touchdown 12:28 Hrs.




Right on the button!
Light quartering tailwind not an issue.
















Wayne and Beaver.











Departure.
Liftoff at 16:29













Thanks for the visit.
Fly in again soon.
The coffee is always fresh.

Jack

Thursday, September 2, 2010

(awe)Some blog updates

Yes your on the right blog , we have made some changes ( not that there was anything wrong with the blog) just to keep things fresh, looking at the same old colors and backgrounds can take away from our new posts .

Also the picture behind the blog title is this month James Shepherds Rans S6s with the speed wing option , pic taken at the Sandpiper golf course with its private airstrip.

we would like all pilots on this blog to send a picture of there plane ( with or without pilot) and a little description to this E-mail address pacificpilot.bc@gmail.com then we will use this picture behind the blog title next month, and the next and so on

well thanks already , keep on flying and blogging dirty side down

James and Ron

airline humor

Check out their new livery!














(Be sure to read the comments of flight attendants and crew.)



Kulula is a low-cost South-African airline that doesn't take itself too seriously.











WHAT A PITY KULULA DOESN'T FLY INTERNATIONALLY - WE SHOULD SUPPORT THEM IF ONLY FOR THEIR HUMOUR - SO TYPICALLY SOUTH AFRICAN.

Kulula is an Airline with head office situated in Johannesburg .

Kulula airline attendants make an effort to make the in-flight "safety lecture" and announcements a bit more entertaining. Here are some real examples that have been heard or reported:
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On a Kulula flight, (there is no assigned seating, you sit where you want) passengers were apparently having a hard time choosing, when a
flight attendant announced, "People, people we're not picking out
furniture here, find a seat and get in it!"

---o0o---

On another flight with a very "senior" flight attendant crew, the pilot
said, "Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached cruising altitude and will be
turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance
the appearance of your flight attendants."

----o0o---

On landing, the stewardess said, "Please be sure to take all of your
belongings. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's
something we'd like to have."

----o0o---

"There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane."

---o0o---

"Thank you for flying Kulula. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride."

---o0o---

As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Durban Airport , a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella. WHOA!"

---o0o---

After a particularly rough landing during thunderstorms in the Karoo , a
flight attendant on a flight announced, "Please take care when opening
the overhead compartments because, after a landing like that, sure as
hell everything has shifted."

---o0o---

From a Kulula employee: " Welcome aboard Kulula 271 to Port Elizabeth .
To operate your seat belt, insert the metal tab into the buckle, and
pull tight. It works just like every other seat belt; and, if you don't
know how to operate one, you probably shouldn't be out in public
unsupervised."

---o0o---

"In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend
from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your
face. If you have a small child travelling with you, secure your mask
before assisting with theirs. If you are travelling with more than one
small child, pick your favourite."

---o0o---

Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but
we'll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, nobody loves you, or your money, more than Kulula Airlines."

----o0o---

"Your seats cushions can be used for flotation; and in the event of an
emergency water landing, please paddle to shore and take them with our compliments."

---o0o---

"As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings.
Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight
attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses.."

---o0o---

And from the pilot during his welcome message: "Kulula Airlines is
pleased to announce that we have some of the best flight attendants in
the industry. Unfortunately, none of them are on this flight!"

---o0o---

On Kulula flight 255 just after a very hard landing in Cape Town , the flight attendant came on the intercom and said, "That was quite a bump and I know what y'all are thinking. I'm here to tell you it wasn't the airline's fault, it wasn't the pilot's fault, it wasn't the flight
attendant's fault. It was the asphalt."

---o0o---

On a Kulula flight into Cape Town on a particularly windy and
bumpy day, during the final approach the Captain really had to fight
it. After an extremely hard landing, the Flight Attendant said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to The Mother City. Please remain in your seats with your seat belts fastened while the Captain taxis what's left of our airplane to the gate!"

---o0o---

Another flight attendant's comment on a less than perfect landing:
"We ask you to please remain seated as Captain Kangaroo bounces us to the terminal."

---o0o---

An airline pilot wrote that on this particular flight he had hammered
his ship into the runway really hard. The airline had a policy which
required the first officer to stand at the door while the passengers
exited, smile, and give them a "Thanks for flying our airline." He said that, in light of his bad landing, he had a hard time looking the
passengers in the eye, thinking that someone would have a smart comment.

Finally everyone had gotten off except for a little old lady walking
with a cane. She said, "Sir, do you mind if I ask you a question?"

"Why, no Ma'am," said the pilot. "What is it?" The little old lady said, "Did we land, or were we shot down?"

---o0o---

After a real crusher of a landing in Johannesburg , the attendant came on with, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt
against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we will open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.."

---o0o---

Part of a flight attendant's arrival announcement: "We'd like to thank you folks for flying with us today. And, the next time you get the
insane urge to go blasting through the skies in a pressurized metal
tube, we hope you'll think of Kulula Airways."

---o0o---

Heard on a Kulula flight: "Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing. If you can light 'em, you can smoke 'em."

---o0o---























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fly safe

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cortes?

Hi there guys,

The weather forecast is looking good for the weekend. Who's up for lunch at Cortes? Or any suggestions? Step up guys. Let's make the most of the summer thats left.

James

Monday, August 30, 2010

Hastings Field.


There was a great turnout for the Hastings Field appreciation day and Barbeque. Around 30 airplanes including three from our group. Len Lambert flew a rescue mission for spare parts and the aviation community showed how to work together to help fix a slightly broken airplane.

The food was excellent and on behalf of our group I would like to personally thank the Hastings family for providing the venue.

James.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Hastings Field Fly-In

The folks at Hastings field, North Pender Island are hosting thier Annual "Hastings Airstrip Appreciation Day" on Saturday August 28th 11:00am-3:00pm.

Incoming pilots are asked to monitor 123.2, make a mid field pass joining a left hand downwind, look for parking signs and clear the landing area asap.

Hope to see you there.

James.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Airshow 2010

Hi guys, this weekend is the airshow out in Abbotsford. I will be flying in on Saturday morning and putting the Pixie on static display. It would be great to have some of us there to support general aviation, and of course Arnold, who will be there all weekend selling his "snake oil" 


Blue skies


Bob 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Pemberton up-date

Len Lambert has pointed out that the smoke fron the fires around Lillooet which is visible looking toward the mountains,may make a trip to Pemberton not such a good idea. We will be monitoring the situation.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Pemberton for lunch

Hi gang,

Bruce XYR has suggested Pemberton for lunch next Saturday, weather permitting of course. Sounds good to me. Who's up for it?

James.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Nimpo Lake Trip







Spectacular scenery going up Bute inlet with Fred.Also a pic of Nimpo Lake in the Chilcotins on arrival.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Your input please.


Dear All.

I would like ALL pilots reading this blog, to come visit DairyAir!

Perhaps for a BBQ or a corn roast. or even an over-night under the wing camp-out.
Stopping in for coffee is OK too.

How can I make this happen?
All (reasonable) suggestions will be carefully considered.

Thanks for your consideration.

edited to add.....Yay I got the image to load.

Jack

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Nimpo Briefing

Those of us flying to Nimpo this weekend are invited to a trip briefing on the Airflow deck at 6 this evening. See you there.

James.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Vargas Island Campout

Had an email from Ken Wardstrom from Langley Aero club about a Vargas Island campout this Sat July 10. They are meeting up at Delta air Park at 10.00 and leaving from there.It is an open invatation t0o anyone that might be interested.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Link to the Nimpo fly in information

Nimpo lake accomodation

For those needing accomodation at or near Nimpo, please call Mr Logan Sudieth at 250-742-3258 or email logan@xplornet.com. Logan will arrange free pick-up from local resorts to where the activities are. There is also camping available.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Nimpo Lake fly in

We are getting close to our next trip. The BC Floatplane association annual fly in at Nimpo Lake. Those of you who are going should think about accommodation at the resort as it is definitely an over nighter. Freddie can help here. He flies there every year and knows who to contact.

We are planning a briefing at King George on the weekend of the July 10/11th to make sure that we are all on the same page, and frequency.

Because it can be very turbulent when the air warms up in the afternoon in the area we will be flying, you should plan on leaving King George early, 6/7am.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Salmon Arm Airport Appreciation Day

Airport Appreciation Day
The Salmon Arm Airport Airport Appreciation Day is held at the Shuswap Regional Airport in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada. The 2010 event will be held all day Sunday June 27th. The event starts with a Pancake Breakfast at 8 am. Entrance through the gate is by donation. Ample aircraft parking for those that fly-in. A variety of light aircraft will be on display for viewing, with the opportunity to talk to the pilots to answer any questions

This fly out has been mentioned a few times over the last few weeks and now, here it is. Those who would like to make the trip can leave a comment so we have some idea who is going.There is a weather web cam available on the Salmon Arm flying club website.

James.
He James thanks for posting this story I found this little info clip you guy's might like : Ron.

Cortes Island fly-in


We had a great turn out on Saturday at Cortes Island. Eight airplanes flew in for a lunch prepared with almost no notice by our gracious hosts Jim and Diane. The weather was spectacular. We will have to do this one again.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Vargas Island trip

Commodore Freddie is arranging a trip to Vargas next Saturday. We have not set a wheels up time yet but hope to see you all at the strip bright and early. We will be flying to Vargas first to enjoy the beauty of the island and then on to Tofino for lunch.

See you there.

James.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

KGA NOTAM: Saturday May 29th, 2010

KGA NOTAM: Delta Heritage is having a Junior Aviators Event this Saturday, May 29th. They will have approx. 11 aircraft departing CAK3 every 20mins past each hour, starting at 9:20 continuing until atleast 2:20. They are restricted to below 1000ft until East of the Trestle (CZBB airspace) so please maintain a good lookout AT ALL TIMES. Fly safe!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Hot Dog's and plane's@ Rowena's


On Monday May 23 Victoria Day, Your all invited for a Hot dog roast at the Sandpiper golf course
Time: 12.30
let me know if You can or else just fly in
:Ron

Rowena for lunch

A couple of us are flying to Rowena for lunch on monday. All are welcome. See you there.

James

Thursday, May 13, 2010

flying to Rowena's and the pix Paul K made (click)




He fellow pilots James and I are flying to Sandpiper golf course on Saturday land there at about 11:30 and have some lunch, maybe even a hotdog roast ,we think that a leisurely flight on a nice Saturday not always has to go to the other side of the province or use up min. 25 gal. of fuel ,its nice to use less and have money and time left over to buy lunch and shoot the SH. so if it sound like fun. see ya there



here some pics from when we went in April '08

Here is also the direct link to the pictures Paul K made on Sat May 15 2010 PAULS PICX.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Flying activities

Well, we finally have some decent weather and there are rumours of some good fly-outs being planned (or at least discussed, planned is a word mostly avoided by our group)

I for one would like to see some blog input from more people this season. There are a couple of pilots that do all the posting. This blog was formed to give you all a forum to present your point of view, share interesting stories or for destination suggestions. Please feel free to use it.

James.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

DairyAir open for landings.

G'day all.

I hope to see some activity from my flying friends this season.
Both runways are freshly cut.
I have improved the runways by widening them 15'.

Last summer was a disappointment as far as visitors were concerned.
The only planes flying in or out of DairyAir, were my own.
I did spot a couple familiar planes in the vicinity looking interested, but no commitments.

If you fly over my house at 500' (circuit altitude at DairyAir), I will listen for you on 123.5
I would prefer that pilots that have not previously landed here, come and walk the runways first.
Call at 604-794-9827, and I'll make fresh coffee.

Fly safe Eh!

Jack

Thursday, March 18, 2010

LSA flying in Canada

By Mary Grady, Contributing editor

It's now easier for U.S. pilots to fly their light sport aircraft into Canada, EAA said this week. Transport Canada now will treat LSAs the same as experimental aircraft. Previously, TC required U.S. pilots of LSAs to call ahead and receive authorization to fly in Canada, obtain a validation form to keep in the aircraft, and pay a $100 fee. "Now LSA owners simply have to download the Standardised Validation form, follow customs requirements, and fly," said Randy Hansen, EAA government relations director. "The $100 fee has been eliminated." TC still requires pilots to have a private pilot certificate with a valid medical -- sport pilots without an FAA medical certificate are not allowed. "But we're working on that, too," Hansen said.
The change will benefit Canadians as well as U.S. pilots, said Jack Dueck, a member of EAA's Canadian Council. "This is also good news for Canadians since it indicates a continuing effort to bring LSA to Canadian pilots and owners," Dueck said. To download a copy of the TC Standardised Validation form, go to the EAA Web site.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Beaver RX 28 test (show of ) at King George

This video clip of a Beaver RX 28 from Spectrum aircraft inc. was made back in 1988/89 at King George the single seat basic ultralight was apparently flown by a pilot from spectrum aircraft of Surrey to show of the trust he has in this aircraft, you can see his performance really good because he is flying really low(I guess it does not hurt as much if he would hit the field from this altitude instead of high :) he is wearing his helmet. do not try this at home or any where else ever !!!! :Ron fly safe

Friday, January 8, 2010

Lowrance 2000c

I have just received this message from the Rans Flyers group. It may be of interest to the owners of Lowrance GPS units.



This is just a heads up. Lowrance confirmed to me that they are no longer going to market aviation related GPS units.I noticed less and less GPS products on their website so I wrote them and asked when we might be seeing some new aviation models. Here is their response:"Thank you for contacting us.We will no longer be making any aviation units, we are leaving that market. Please feel free to contact us if we may be of further assistance.Lowrance Customer Service Division of Navico Inc."The Bendix/King units are looking better all the time...Cheers,Dennis

Monday, January 4, 2010

SR-71

This is a most amazing Remote Controlled [RC] model airplane - click link below to see it fly. Not only did they build its jet engines, but included retractable landing gear, and built it into a fully scaled model of the SR-71 that is good enough to fly. This SR-71 model was built by some German RC enthusiasts, and this is one nifty toy - and sounds REAL! plus it is probably more expensive than our ultralights
: Ron
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDbQ5xvsrIU

Friday, January 1, 2010

Piper Superrrr Cub

Happy New Year to all From Ron and Deb.

Piper superrrr Cub

Have a look at the video link below of a performance by a stunt pilot who is, in real life a Delta Airlines pilot. His act at Air Shows is to pretend that he is a drunken spectator who rushes from the stands and jumps in a Piper Cub and takes off without any understanding of how to fly a plane.

The Piper Cub is actually specifically built to withstand enormous stress and has a very powerful engine.

This apparently is the most dangerous of Air Show acts because of the low altitude at which the pilot performs. This pilot possesses unbelievable skill, which becomes obvious in the attached video.

<http://www.franklinairshow.com/Video/Comedy%202010%20Net.WMV>