A few flying days between the heavy rain

The Lower Mainland has had a huge amount of rain this past month and so opportunities to fly have been few. It is a very poor time to be a flying instructor.
The weather was good the evening of the 24th January and so I was able to do some circuits with Rory in the Tomahawk in the dark. Six with me, and then five on his own.

Flying training is about people and so I have included some portraits in this update.

It was Gloria's birthday and so Standard Operating Procedure is to go flying.
We went to Point Roberts, just across the American border to find the Sun.

The weather was poor to the east, but often there's good weather to the south of
Boundary Bay and over the San Juan Islands.

Back at Boundary Bay we did five circuits as there was nobody else flying.
All the schools had decided to close for the day, with the weather forecast so
poor, but they missed an opportunity to fly.


The runway, and the airport was all ours

Aeroplanes must be flown to maintain them.

Alice has the key, and so we went down to Boundary Bay, pulled the
Airvan out of its hangar, put some fresh fuel in it and went flying.

First to the Glen Valley for a few turns and then into Abbotsford to do a
stop and go on 19 to facilitate an IFR approach and go around on 07.

Heavy rain 31st January - 1st February

Over night the rain was so hard it sounded like a hose pipe playing water on the windows.
But the morning brightened up into a flying day.

'Went to Langley to give the Chipmunk a run...
My brother was there changing a tyre on a Chevrolet Chevette.

Bob Leroux has moved his Piper Arrow into the next hangar to the Chipmunk.
He retired as a dreaded examiner/inspector from Transport Canada.
I invited him along for a quick overhead flight in the Chipmunk... Of course I did
everything correctly, and I even managed to not roll the aeroplane; this is difficult in
a Chipmunk! I evaluated his steep turn overhead Langley Aerodrome while taking
some pictures of the flooded terrain around the local area.


There's a lot of flooded ground after the inundation of the previous night, and the previous weeks

Chilliwack

Gary has access to a Mooney M20C and so the Cherokee is sidelined.

The Mooney needed a run, and to be refueled and so we flew to Chilliwack
as the Sun was setting.
There was a Huey parked by the pumps so we stopped clear. I got out and
pushed the Mooney a more comfortable distance from the heavy helicopter.
In came a medivac S76 helicopter that taxied by very close to the Mooney.

Replenished; the Mooney took us back to Langley in a few minutes.


A Diamond DA20 was doing a practice forced landing as we passed; wouldn't be good for real!


Know your rotor diameter!


Huey departure

The next day the Cherokee had a turn at flying to Chilliwack.
this time Gary also wanted to take a friend's Cherokee 160 for a flight; it also
had not flown for months.
Mark turned up in the Maule Amphib and had a problem.
The battery was too weak to start the engine and so we borrowed a couple
of those battery jumper systems with some success, but the engine stopped.
Eventually a couple of jumper leads from the airport manager's truck did the
trick and we were off into the gathering dusk.
I flew back with Mark in the Maule with a splash in Hatzic Lake on the way back.

The heavy rain had washed away all access to the Hemlock Valley ski resort and so it was helicopter rescue time. Good practice for when the Big One hits BC!
We must not forget that Mount Baker is part of the Ring of Fire, and close to the fault line that leads to San Andreas.


New owner of the Vagabond

Back to work

The Vagabond has been bogged down at Delta Heritage Air Park where the runway has
been in no condition to be used.
On Monday morning we walked the runway and decided it would be good enough to takeoff
from, and so I was able to fly the Vagabond solo to Boundary Bay.
The objective is to both check out in the aeroplane and to learn to fly a tailwheel aeroplane.
You can fly a Vagabond on an Ultralight Pilot Permit in Canada, but you can also use this
aeroplane to do a Recreational Pilot Permit, or a Private Pilot Licence as well.

From Boundary Bay we flew to Pitt Lake for some steep turns, and stalls.
This was the furthest this aeroplane has flown in several years!
She flies very nicely.

As I write this it is gently snowing outside. There's rain forecast throughout the week until a cloudy Sunday with sunshine on Monday.
"What follows two days of rain in Vancouver?" "Monday".
I don't believe in forecasts and so I am always ready to go to the airfield.

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