Category Archives: Aircraft

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.

Pictured (left to right): Grant Johnson, Douglas M. Grant (author), Jason White (club Secretary)

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.