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Clubhouse gets some needed TLC from some helpful members.

It was a dark and stormy Saturday morning. The weather was so bad that not even the birds where flying.  So what should a pilot do?  A group of volunteers came out on Saturday morning (December 2, 2017) and had the first of several work parties.  We worked, talked and had some good laughs from 10:00 till around 13:00 with several of the volunteers coming and going throughout this time.  This party included general clean-up around the flight room, bar area, kitchen and the back storage area by the furnace room.  We also removed a faulty switch in the electrical room.  Smoke detectors were installed in the lounge, meeting room, and the kitchen. A couple guys looked at the ice maker and hot water tank and we will have a plumber come and do some adjustments to the hot water tank as well as help us temporarily relocate the ice maker while we fix some plumbing issues in the bar area.  A picture was hung up in the flight room that was donated to us earlier in the year.  A big thank you to the volunteers who came out on Saturday morning.  They consisted of Chris Palmer, Richard Bauch, Clark Closkey, Warren LeGrice, Andy Halichuck, Ken Campbell, Devin Campbell (and his 2 children), Randy Kelly, Duncan Poynton and Bob Bryan.  Also thank you to Warren and Ken for bringing donuts. This won’t be the last of the work parties.  There will be another towards the end of March when the weather improves where we will be focusing on the outside of the building.

History of Okanagan Helicopters shared at the club.

At the November 8th general meeting, the club was treated to an excellent presentation on the history of Okanagan Helicopters by Douglas M. Grant (middle in picture below) in support of his new book titled “Vertical Horizons: The History of Okanagan Helicopters”.  Thanks again, Douglas!

Definitely check out Douglas’ book as it captures the story in great detail and is an interesting read.

Another Interesting 2-Seater

Zenith CH 750 Cruzer

Category: Amateur-built normal.
Builder: Amateur or ready-to-fly built by professionals (licensed shop).
Cost: $80k used, $125k new
Construction: All-metal
Engine: 100hp Rotax 912uls (5gph) or 912is (4gph). Other options avail (e.g. UL 350is).
Cruise speed: 118mph
Takeoff Roll / Landing Roll: 350ft
Climb: 1200ft/m
Useful load: 660lbs (@ 1440lbs gross).
Cockpit width: 50in (with bubble doors, 42in without).
Seats: sliding and adjustable
Flight Controls: Central Y-stick for easy ingress/egress. Dual sticks an option.
Fuel capacity: 30gal

Click here or the picture below for more detail.


Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter Flies Again

The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation’s Boeing C-97 flies again. Amazing to see all four P&W R-4360 engines and their collective 112 cylinders moving this magnificent machine through the air.

The Boeing C-97 Stratofreighter was Boeing’s last piston-powered design and implemented as the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser airliner, it was the end of an era as jets became the wave of the future.