awoke early and looked outside to see thick fog. This was
expected, and we also expected it to clear by 11:00am
after the Sun rose and energised the air.
Breakfast was at the Bend Café, I had granola yoghourt,
and fruit with black tea.
There's a move to outlaw a decent cup of tea in Canada as
they want to drop the liquid temperature to a value that
would not scold (they said "burn") if spilled
in the car. A lady had complained about third degree
burns when she spilled Tim Horton's tea while she was a
passenger in a car.
Hot water does not make tea! You need boiling water to
brew it properly! Even Green Tea requires 80°C or so!
I poured hot water from the vacuum flask into a cup over
a tea bag... Not ideal, and I decided to drink it black.
Outside the fog boiled and dissipated ahead of schedule,
it was interesting to watch.
We took a taxi back, it
was a Dodge minivan and Ted was very interested in the
seating arrangement. Ted's likely to obtain one of these
vehicles for his business, and so he was able to get a
full briefing on its operation.
Serendipity reigns in Golden it seems, the lady who
signed us out of the Motel knew the taxi driver in Prince
George BC many years ago; she was his dispatcher there.
They met again in the grocery store in Golden where after
all those years they'd both moved.
At the airfield I had
another chat with the meteorologist who was once again
reading through her philosophy book. She's an attractive
lady, her dog is friendly after a short bark, and both
are content in their life in natural Golden.
We were airborne again
at 17:28z on a flight plan to Vernon BC routing via the
Rogers Pass, over Revelstoke, and then along the wires to
Entered Rogers Pass at 17:44z, Albert Canyon at 18:02z,
and flew over Revelstoke at 18:12z (90 knots
groundspeed). I had the Aera GPS turned on for a few
minutes and then turned it off and put it away.
I filled the second CF
card in my Canon G5 camera and so I had to resort to
using the Canon G11 for the rest of the trip.
Approaching Vernon and
talking to traffic, I asked for the altimeter setting a
few times but got no response...
Downwind we were being followed by an RV6A and so when we
were a little high and would have needed a backtrack we
went around instead rather than do unto him what the
Cessna 172 did unto us at Red Deer.
Vernon is an idyllic
place for the retired aviator. It has a very active
flying club which has events all of the time and there's
always someone there to talk to.
We were made welcome.
But we were on a flight plan with a forty minute stop
here and so we made an anti social departure, getting
airborne at 19:58z enroute to Langley.
The weather was perfect
and so we made an easy climb across the lake and passing
a ridge on a direct route to fly over Hope.
Over Pennask Lake at 20:23z, circled a couple of lake
resorts at other lakes nearby, then routed past Mount
Thynne at 6,500 feet, and along the Coquihalla Highway
Hiro was enroute to Hope in the Glacier Air Cessna 206 at
the same time, and he reported over the Hope Slide on an
intersecting course with ours.
We were over Hope at
21:03 after which we began to descend into the valley
enroute along the Fraser River to Langley.
Landing at Langley was
at 21:34z after 1hour 36min in the air.
On the ground Ted asked the controller to close our
flight plan... There followed an argumentative discussion
over the radio as the controller told us that we should
have got a transponder squawk code from Kamloops FIC or
Pacific radio, thirty minutes before approaching Langley
I replied that I was not familiar with this new
procedure... If I'm not familiar then 90% of pilots here
wont be either as I have never seen this NOTAM'd or
I read the CFS and it does not say this is required
except for entry to Vancouver International or Victoria
I phoned Kamloops and the flight servce person stated
there was no requirement for him to give me a code when I
filed my flight plan except for the two major airports
The Langley controller had given me grief and he had no
right to do this.
Welcome back to the Lower Mainland, if there's no
friction we'll create it!
I have since had an
e-mail apology from the ATC manager for the local