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.
Zenith CH 750 Cruzer
Category: Amateur-built normal.
Builder: Amateur or ready-to-fly built by professionals (licensed shop).
Cost: $80k used, $125k new
Engine: 100hp Rotax 912uls (5gph) or 912is (4gph). Other options avail (e.g. UL 350is).
Cruise speed: 118mph
Takeoff Roll / Landing Roll: 350ft
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.
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.
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.
An interesting article from Plane & Pilot magazine on the aircraft piston engine and its reliability.
Two interesting videos featuring the
Aeroprakt A22 Foxbat. The first is a local BC pilot enjoying flight around local BC mountains. The second video shows flying an amphibious version in New Hampshire.
A great introduction from a great pilot.
Click here for an article from Flying magazine which profiles Canadian Steve Thorne, aka FlightChops. Steve’s work in promoting aviation is well worth watching.
Back in 2015, former Concorde pilot John Hutchinson visited the club for a talk about Concorde. Below is a video for those who missed that excellent session.
Here’s a video with more detail from John about the engineer’s panel.
Here’s John’s discussion on the Air France Concorde accident.