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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas everyone.

On behalf of Pacific Pilot I would like to wish all our blog members a very Happy Christmas and a great 2013.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Yellowknife Update

Hello friendly aviators,

We are looking to depart for Yellowknife on Saturday August 24th, 2013. We expect to be home on Sunday September 8th. If the weather is better we could be home sooner, but this leaves us plenty of time so as not to rush and minimize risk-taking on behalf of the weather.

Some have expressed interest in the trip, but don't like the idea of mosquitoes and camping. Others want to get more time out of a tank, as we will have to stop every two hours max for fuel based on our 12 gallon tank. I will try to accomodate these points as I work out the finer details and purchase maps over the Christmas break.

I'll post up some more info as I work it out, but if you are at all interested, please mark down the dates! :)



Thursday, November 15, 2012

Xmas Lunch

It's that time again, where does the time go? I am thinking of booking table space for the yearly King George group Christmas lunch. The past two years were a great success. It's good to see flying friends that we haven't met for a while.
I was planning December 16 noon at  the Big Ridge pub similar to last year. It would help to have some feedback on attendance numbers. If you would like to come, please let me know. I will book the tables.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Flying to the Northwest Territories - Next summer

Mel and I are thinking of taking a couple weeks next summer to fly to Yellowknife, NWT.

I have done a preliminary outline of the trip, and it looks like we can make it on our 12 gallon tank, but it will be a lot of stops for gas.

I'd like to have atleast one other aircraft accompany us if possible, but we will make a go of it alone if we have to. All are welcome to join of course! We'd enjoy the company.

We are thinking of camping out under the wing mostly, with maybe a hotel stay once in Yellowknife.

I think it would be a great way to see some more of Canada.

I don't mind doing the legwork, figuring out what services are available at what stops along the way so we can be sure we can get gas etc. If you are interested, please let me know! I will probably put in for the time off around Christmas. I'm thinking late July and early August when the weather is best. We may have a couple bad wx days too, but we should have plenty of time.



Saturday, September 22, 2012

108 mile House Fly-out

There are a few of us planning to fly to 108 mile for the "Airport Days" next weekend if the weather co-operates. All are welcome. Should be a good trip, hope to see you there.


Friday, September 14, 2012

Tomo's leaving us!

Our friend and flying instructor Tomo is moving on to  bigger and better things. His last working days at King George are this weekend. There is a going away bash for him starting around five or six on Saturday evening which will give us a chance to thank Tomo for his  great work and patience teaching us misfits how to fly. Everyone is welcome, hope to see you on the deck at King George.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Chilliwack Flight Fest 2012.  BBQ at Garys' Hanger at Chilliwack . Looks like a used airplane lot. Had a good  turnout for the air show.  Gary went all out on the BBQ, great BBq Gary and thank you again   

Here are some pics from the BBq at Garys' hanger

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Flying fun

A check ride ought to be like a skirt.
Short enough to be interesting, but long enough to cover everything.

Speed is life. Altitude is life insurance.

It only takes two things to fly:
Airspeed, and money.

The three most dangerous things in aviation:
1. A Doctor, Lawyer or Dentist in a Cessna or a Beechcraft
2. Two captains in a DC-9.

Aircraft Identification:
If it's ugly, it's British.
If it's weird, it's French.
If it's ugly and weird, it's Russian.

Without ammunition, the USAF would be just another very expensive flying club.
The similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots?
If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies.
If ATC screws up, the pilot dies.

The difference between flight attendants and jet engines:
The engines usually quit whining when they get to the gate.

New FAA motto:
'We're not happy, till you're not happy.'
If Air Traffic Control screws up, it's called a "System Malfunction," If a pilot screws up it's called a "violation."

If something hasn't broken on your helicopter--it's about to.

I give that landing a 9 ................. on the Richter scale.

Basic Flying Rules:
1. Try to stay in the middle of the air.
2. Do not go near the edges of it.
3. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance
of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space.
It is much more difficult to fly in the edges.

Unknown landing signal officer (LSO) to carrier pilot after his
sixth unsuccessful landing attempt:
"You've got to land here son . . . this is where the food is."

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Cortes Island.

Great flying this Sunday. Cortes Island for a picnic on the beach. Hot as hell but the air was smooth. ideal flying weather. The Hansons on Cortes were welcoming as always. We will be back.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

The trip back from 108 mile down the fraser canyon. Looks worse than it was. Pic #2 is comming into Hope. July 22 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Barkerville / July 19 2012

Down town Barkerville


I would do this trip again and spend 2 days to see the shows and take the stage to Richfield.
One day is not enough.

You can ride the Stage Coach to Richfield and return
Old Church in town

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Texada Fly-in

Hi Group, the Texada fly-in is happening this coming weekend and some of us are flying up on Saturday morning. The weather is going to be great so don't forget your sun-screen. Hope to see you there. Hit the link below for details.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Re St Agnes Hot Springs by Skookumchuck.  The Cabin has 2 single beds, possibly put them together for a couple if so required.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Hot Springs

P.S.  The place is quite clean and tidy.  It is rustic and well looked after. The guy at the end of the strip owns the cabin and has a very nice guest cabin in back of the main cabin. It has indoor plumbing, shower, microwave, hot plate, bedding and all the dishes and utensils supplied.  All you need to bring is food and drink.  $70.00 per night.I had some discussion with Robin (he owns the cabin and takes care of the runway) about maybe getting some the the trees at the approach cut down and he said he would take a look at it.

There is a Japanese man that looks after the hot springs and he charges $7.50 per person per day for the hot springs.There are also campsites along the Lillooett river that are decent.  Nice spot!!!!  Definately going back.

Skookumchuck (St Agnes hot springs)

Flew in there Sunday June 24th 2012. They claim 1200 ft of runway but in reality only about 800ft that is useable. The path that was cut through the trees is growing up in height making a shallow approach  not that possible  at the very begining, but gets better as you go in. I found it very do-able but you must remember that it is one way in only. If you have to overshoot you may not make it.  Big trees at the north end.

For tricycle gear planes, the grass strip is mowed, but it is quite rough. Make sure you land on the mains  till you have slowed considerably, before lowering the nose wheel. I would suggest for all types of planes to come in over the river, through the trees as low as possible, and drag the plane in so you don't run out of runway.Big Cabin at the end!!!!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Good day all.

For those affected by the possibility of flooding in the lower Fraser.

To: All local pilots who may wish to move their planes to high ground for the duration.

All are welcome at DairyAir.
Bring your own tie-downs please, none are available.
Mo-gas is available locally.

If anyone wishes to fly in, please phone ahead to arrange.

Remember to keep the shiny side up and the greasy side down Eh!

Jack. With a high and dry DairyAir. 8) 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Saturday June 23rd is the Langley Flyin at Langley air port. The theme this year is amphibian aircraft.  Should be interesting.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Monday, May 28, 2012

Great flying weekend

Lots of action this weekend. Some of the group flying to Lillooet and some to Courtney for lunch.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

  April 2012 at Calvin falls , Nootka island.  Bruce and Greg at calvin falls. Beautiful spot to spend the day or an overnighter.

  Rumi at Quilchena on May 12  2012.

  Gary  Atkins Vagabond also at Quilchena.

  Was a good turnout.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Quilchena  May 12 2012.

Garys' Titan Tornado and Bruces' Cayote.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Quilchena fly in.

Seven airplanes from King George flew into Quilchena for lunch on Saturday. The weather was perfect and the air smooth at 9000 ft. A great start to the group flying season.


Sharron worked hard for her passenger carrying rating and finally got there. Well done.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Langley aero club has a number of planes going to Vargs island on sunday , may 13th if anyone is interested.  The tide s will be very good.
Quilchena Hotel  opens up for the season on Thursday May 10 2012. It's that time again for lunch trips to Quilchena. 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Hastings Field for a coffee break

After visiting with the Nanaimo Flying Club we made a quick stop at Hastings Field. A gust of wind gave me good sideways push, just as I was coming in final. A little scream, a little stick, a little rudder, and I was rolling nicely down the runway. What a great day!

Nanaimo Flying Club

What a great way to start Spring flying!

A group of King George pilots stops in to visit the Nanaimo Flying Club.

Thanks for the lunch and ice cream!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

fuel pump problems

I am having trouble feeding a 912ul engine and think the manual fuel pump may be the problem. Good flow from wing tank to the pump but doesn't seem to be much to carbs, runs low on fuel at idle and starves. Should I be able to blow air through the pump towards the carbs? It seems I can do this as well s drawing air back in reverse through the pump. I am 60o miles north of Vancouver so need to work this out on my own! Any response appreciated.

The engine is in a basket case Pelican PL that I have completly rebuilt.

Doug Steele

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

BC Floatplane Flyin

The BC Floatplane Association flyin this year is at the 108 Mile House airport. The dates are July 21-22. We are all invited and some of our group are going. It sounds like a fun trip. Those interested are encouraged to book early for accomodation. There are several hotels at 100 Mile House. For more details you can check the association's website.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012


Two of the airplanes from our flying group piloted by Jock Bray and Greg Stump landed on a sandbar on the Fraser this past weekend to assist an unfortunate pilot who had ran off the sandbar and flipped his Cesna 150 into the river. The pilot was cold and wet but uninjured. As the pilots cell phone was waterlogged, Jock called the RCMP, SAR and the pilots wife. Other aircraft soon landed to help and the Ultralights returned to king George. Good job guys.