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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Lacombe Alberta for lunch

Time to fly again and so I decided to go north to Lacombe for a lunch at Boston Pizza.  I left at 1100 am and after a 55 minutes flight in beautiful conditions arrived.  The restaurant is only a 12 minute walk from the small town single runway airport.  Runway is 16-34, 3000 feet long, wind was light out of the West and elevation of the airport is 2780 feet.  I really enjoy the good visibility out of the Quickie Q2 canopy, looking down is excellent and forward visibility is also good with a reasonable amount of forward terrain showing.  Trim control is working fabulous with the T-tail for pitch and the roll control knob on the stick.  As I fly along as long as the air is stable, the plane will fly hands off.      After many hours of keeping my eyes glued to the gauges I now finally get to take in the view of a lifetime in a much more relaxed state.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Local flight NW to Sundre Alberta area

On a beautiful evening I got out for a short flight with my friend Joel in in his Cozy Mk 4.  The objective of this short flight was to set up and flight test operation of 3 new Hero cameras.  Joel mounted 2 on his Cozy and I mounted one inside my passenger seat facing forward.  Joel mounted one inside his cockpit facing forward and a second under his right wing facing 45 degrees to his aft  right side.  All went really well and our videos turned out good.  Joel shot video of me as he followed in behind me and then he passed and I was able to get some shots of him pulling ahead.  He passed on my left and got shots of me trailing on his right.

I will add a few snap shots later, the videos are a bit awkward for me to load up.  My Q2 is running fabulous, I am very pleased with it after all of the work I completed to re-build it.  Temperatures and pressures are all staying within their normal ranges.  Total flight time for this video test flight was only 1 hour but very worth while.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Camrose Alberta Annual Fly in Breakfast

This fly in event is an annual gathering put on by the town of Camrose Alberta.  They put on a fabulous breakfast spread which attracts pilots from British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Alberta.  The fly in event is so popular that they had aprox. 115 registered aircraft arrivals this month.  They appear to get half the town out for this as was noted by the long line ups for a bite to eat.  Weather was the best that it could be for the event and the flying conditions were ideal.  Daytime temp was 20c, flew up at 5500 and back at 6500, ground speed was 125 mph in mostly smooth air.  Was nice to see some friends I have not seen in a while and the canard aircraft attracted quite the interest.

The organizers were kind enough to put our three canard aircraft near front-centre for everyone to see and they got a lot of looks.
 My friend Joel flew his Cozy Mk4 with our group of three aircraft out of Springbank Alberta.
 A local friend Matt who is a Q1 owner just bought this Longez and flew up with us.
 A friend from Three Hills Alberta just finished his RV8 and joined in.
Casut racer from Villeneuve Alberta.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

203 Nautical Miles around Calgary

Three of us went on a day trip around Calgary.  Alan in his Murphy, Jeff in his Citabria and myself.  A bag lunch and we were off at 10:30 for a triangular trip around the Calgary area.  Weather was spectacular on this fall day with temperatures at 21 degrees by noon.  Skies were clear and wind was very light as we travelled at 5500 feet to Vulcan, 6500 feet to Drumheller and 6500 ft. back to Springbank.  We had a long lunch break in Vulcan sitting outside on the picnic tables in the sun having laughs with Don a local flying fellow.  Then off to Drumheller for a 40 minute break before heading back to Springbank.  Having just completed my Annual inspection on the Q2 it was a good test to make sure all was working 100% and I was pleased it was. Still not happy with some constant background noise I am getting in my MGL radio and will continue to try and isolate.  Distant radio transmissions are hard to hear over the noise.  I forgot to take any pictures on this trip but have attached the map below showing our route.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sidetracked for a Canard Gathering

A friend called and asked if I was interested in joining him on a trip to a Canard fly in gathering, of course I had to say of course.  Joel invited me to join him in his Cozy Mk4 on this trip to Kanab UT.  Add in two travel days and it was a four day trip.  The annual gathering has been going for 25 years and this was the highest turn out of Canard aircraft at 39 aircraft.  It was a fabulous trip with much of our northern half in smoke from forest fires.  The weather at Kanab was fabulous though and our Saturday group tour of aircraft over Zion Park was beautiful, here are a few pictures.

Took a break in Rock Springs WY.
 Kanab UT
 Zion Park

 The Pink Sand Dunes

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Vulcan For Lunch again

A beautiful day here for another flight.  Off to Vulcan again with a short walk across the golf course to the club house for very good food.  Flight outbound was at 5500 feet and the temperature around 20 degrees celcius.  Flight home to Springbank airport (CYBW) was at 6500 feet and the temperature had risen to 27 degrees.  I had great company with Alan and Tina in their recently completed HATZ biplane and Alan in his newly aquired Murphy Elite.  Looking forward to doing it again soon.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Flight Test 1 of Passenger Carrying Capability

On this day of August 9 2017 I decided it would be a good time to do a test of weight carrying capacity for a passenger.  This I planned will be in stages with increasing weights to see if I could carry a passenger.  If carrying a passenger is feasible then I would need to figure afterwords what weight in fuel could be carried.

My Q2 thus far has been used only as a single seat airplane and has proven a real fun and sporty aircraft to fly.  When I bought this plane it was located at Abbotsford BC Canada and two of us flew in it many times.  My weight was 165 and the other pilot was about 180 pounds and we had no trouble flying locally from the elevation of 195 feet.  Fuel carried in the main tank was usually around 5 gallons.

Present airport elevation CYBW is:   3940 ft.
Empty weight of aircraft:                   0628 lbs.
Pilot weight:                                        165 lbs.
Fuel weight carried:                            54 lbs  (this is full header tank and 2 gallons in main)
Passenger seat sand bag and lead:       77 lbs.
Outside air temperature:                       22 degrees C
Barometric pressure:                            30.18

Flight was just for one circuit.  The take off roll was a non event, the climb was noticeably shallower than what I have been accustomed during the single seat operation.  The landing was also a non event and went smoothly.

Summary:  I was not happy with the climb rate but it was what I was expecting for takeoff from this altitude.  This is why I limited my passenger weight to the 77 lbs. for my early stages of weight carrying.   I was not in a position to read the VSI since my eyes were always outside for visual reference.  I will do a second weight test when temperatures are cooler and see what performance is like with the same weight.  If all goes well I will gradually increase the weight I carry to see what passenger and fuel load I can safely carry at various temperature and pressure values.

For now it will continue as a fun single seat aircraft.