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Bert Pieke

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I am thinking of a scenic exploration of Southern British Columbia.. starting in Penticton, heading east towards Cranbrook, and then north along the Columbia River with an opportunity to skip over to Banff and Jasper for some early skiing..

 

Beautiful scenery all the way, courtesy of Orbx PNW and NRM..

 

Any interest?

 

For an overview map of the area, go here:  http://www.hellobc.com/british-columbia/transportation-maps/maps.aspx

 

and download a copy of the first map (BC Highway Map) offered.

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Sounds exciting Bert !! What aircraft are you choosing for your adventure ? 

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Sounds exciting Bert !! What aircraft are you choosing for your adventure ? 

 

Not sure.. Piper Comanche, Beech Bonanza, Cessna 337... or similar.

 

Edit:  Thinking a2a C182.

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Superb, Bert. For next Saturday? (We need a route and this sounds delicious!)

--M

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 Just be sure not to use current weather data :wink: , mid-late November generally isn't that great for wandering around the region.

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Superb, Bert. For next Saturday? (We need a route and this sounds delicious!)

--M

 

OK - will set it up.

 

Also agree with the weather recommendation, lets go for clear skies.

 

November is the rainiest month of the year in BC  :wink:

 

.. but we do have the odd sunny day, and that would be the forecast for Saturday.

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Date and time: November 26, 2016, 1900 UTC
Where: AVSIM RTWR Teamspeak - Casual Flights Channel
Teamspeak Server Address: ts.teamavsim.com
Multiplayer: FSX Multiplayer (IP will be provided on Teamspeak)

 

Required scenery:  Orbx NRM (Northern Rocky Mountains)

 

Suitable aircraft:  Cessna C182, C337, Beech Bonanza, Piper Comanche   (anything capable of 150 kts)

 

CZGF-CYBW  Grand Forks BC to Springbank AB

 

CZGF Grand Forks

CAD4 Trail

CYCG Castlegar

CZNL Nelson

CAR2  Waypoint

CAJ3 Creston

FINBO  Waypoint

ANTAK  Waypoint

CYXC Cranbrook

CYCZ Fairmont Hot Springs

CAA8 Invermere

CYBA Banff

CYBW Springbank - Calgary

 

If you want to help others enjoy the multiplayer experience, don't forget to enter your aircraft details on the multiplayer spreadsheet! (linked here)

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From Invermere to Banff, follow Highway 93.

 

It makes some 90 degree turns, but it is the only safe way to cross

the Rockies at this latitude.  Just stay at 6000 feet.

 

Having flown the route, a couple of thoughts, you need to make 150 knots for

this to work, so the C182 is marginal..  I am switching to the Comanche and having it tuned up for the flight.

 

Secondly, with all the twists and turns, this is becoming a long flight,

so we may just decide to overnight in Invermere and pick it up the following

week for the Rockies crossing.. we'll see how that goes.

 

In that case, I'll add an Alberta episode where we can visit some cattle country

and stop for a decent barbecue dinner with homecooked beans..

 


So us P3d guys are out?

 

 

We have talked about switching to a mixed multiplayer platform FSX/P3D in the future, so stay tuned   :smile: 

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A Story about BC's Southern Interior.

When I started study at the University of British Columbia, the first guy I met outside of my new roommate (and he was from Kelowna) went by the name of **** Popoff, he said he was from the Interior (having just come from Ontario, I had no idea what he was talking about) and then added he was a Doukhobor (again I had no idea what he was talking about, ment absolutely nothing to me at the time). He was from Grand Forks, again I had no idea where that was. Turns out half the town of Grand Forks are named Popoff....or some sort of @#$%"off".

 

Take a look at who wrote this article (name at bottom) from the same website.

http://www.usccdoukhobors.org/historical/aboutdoukhobors.htm

 

The guy was an usher at my wedding and was joined by friends from, you guessed it, the Interior, from Rossland, Trail, Castlegar, Montrose, Nelson (Best man was from here)...I am woven at the hip with the rich history of BC's Interior.

 

A scenic wonderland, an outdoor paradise for all seasons.

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This Piper Comanche PA24-180, registered C-FBPU, was built in 1961 and imported to Canada in 1972. The current owners purchased it in 1993 and have hangered it at Nelson BC since. The aircraft was involved in an inadvertent landing gear retraction prior to takeoff at the Trail BC airport in June 2004. [A2A pilots will sheepishly recognize the problem.] Brought home to Nelson, it was rebuilt, repainted, and restored to "0 time" status by the end of 2005. Since then C-FBPU has made many short, medium and long range trips.  The proud owners report, "It is a joy to fly and we believe one of the best examples of the Comanche in Canada."

CZNL_Comanche_Circling.jpg

 

From the local Nelson Pilots Association, on Training and Education:


Air Cadets, Young Eagles, student pilots all come alive when they walk through the doors at our local airport. Their eyes sparkle, their voices raise, and their smiles widen. They are energized by the anticipation of another flight. Their friends would see them as different people when they are at the airport. The excitement is well founded. Few activities teach their participants to combine knowledge, skill, experience, coordination, logic, initiative and common sense to succeed in a three-dimensional environment. Learning to fly is like climbing a mini Mt. Everest. Few activities match aviation’s challenge to learn and to accomplish. Nelson’s community airport is often their first exposure to aviation, the pilots of the future will be from among their ranks.

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For those of us who have the navigational skills of a.. a.. a non-navigational skills person, HERE is a plug 'n' play version.  :smile:

 

EDIT: If I haven't mastered Dropbox, HERE is one I have!

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At the conclusion of today's flight; our Comanches watching the last light on the Rocky Mountains - which is where we'll be heading next week.

 

Left to right: Ron, Mike, Nick, Jeff, Bert, Gunter and Josh.

 

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My chums were given a special treat this week...My microphone didn't work!  :Hmmmph:  That was the good news.

 

The bad news is...I got it working again! :yahoo:

 

I was about to pull the trigger on a new headset when I thought I'd give Google another chance to come good. It did. Uninstall and reinstall drivers. Done. :unknw:

 

Anyway, it was a very nice flight, weather was picturesque as was the scenery.

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