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by Kenneth Voort
Wed Jul 14, 2021 9:11 pm
Forum: DISCUSSION
Topic: BFC's 75th anniversary
Replies: 0
Views: 82

BFC's 75th anniversary

This came though email from the Brampton Flying Club, and it's no small thing, what they've accomplished. I thought I'd share it. Caledon, ON – July 14, 2021 - The Brampton Flying Club has reached an important milestone in its history: 75 years and still soaring to new heights. Founded in 1946, the ...
by Kenneth Voort
Mon Jul 12, 2021 11:37 pm
Forum: DISCUSSION
Topic: Sad News - Walter Chmela
Replies: 13
Views: 435

Re: Sad News - Walter Chmela

I remember doing an annual check-flight with Walter in his beloved 2-32 many years ago. Just before we entered the circuit he "looped it". That's a Walter! He was a great pilot, an inspiration for many of us and most important of all a great friend. I will miss him. Somehow I doubt our CF...
by Kenneth Voort
Mon Jul 12, 2021 8:32 pm
Forum: DISCUSSION
Topic: Sad News - Walter Chmela
Replies: 13
Views: 435

Re: Sad News - Walter Chmela

I have very vague memories of Walter, but I do remember him. I owe my love of flight to him. I didn't quite make the cut with the Air Cadets, so my squadron sent me off to York. If it wasn't for Walter, and what he built at York, I likely would have never believed I could fly. He sparked in me a lif...
by Kenneth Voort
Sat Jul 03, 2021 12:51 am
Forum: DISCUSSION
Topic: flying car
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: flying car

Like driving boats, the compromises required to make a flying car will always result in a lousy car, a lousy airplane or both. I dunno about that. Hippo Buses are pretty cool. I was on one for a company outing in 2010 in Toronto. Very fun. They're operating in Victoria now, check them out if you ev...
by Kenneth Voort
Fri Jul 02, 2021 11:33 pm
Forum: DISCUSSION
Topic: Fastets RC model, does it require an engine?? NO!
Replies: 2
Views: 119

Re: Fastets RC model, does it require an engine?? NO!

Turbine powered RC pilot: We go really, really fast. Sailplane RC pilot: Hold my beer. That was awesome. I've studied the concept of dynamic soaring, and I'm not convinced it would be of much practical use to a "real" glider. But to see it used like this was just... fascinating. https://en...
by Kenneth Voort
Fri Jul 02, 2021 9:22 pm
Forum: DISCUSSION
Topic: Wingtip wake turbulence
Replies: 2
Views: 142

Re: Wingtip wake turbulence

That's just... cool.
by Kenneth Voort
Mon Jun 28, 2021 12:40 am
Forum: DISCUSSION
Topic: 2-33 landing speed
Replies: 18
Views: 762

Re: 2-33 landing speed

Wait, what? 50 some odd years of teaching folks like me to fly somehow means ya'all know what you're doing? That's unpossible! And Doug mentioned something to me some time back that just somehow came to mind again: once you're on final in a glider, how closely are you really watching the ASI? He's r...
by Kenneth Voort
Sat Jun 26, 2021 12:06 am
Forum: DISCUSSION
Topic: 2-33 landing speed
Replies: 18
Views: 762

Re: 2-33 landing speed

No - not really. I'm speaking of landing in calm winds, in which case 55 feels too fast when solo. In a good crosswind, yes, it's bit rougher, but 55 feels right, if a bit rough. Landing against a crosswind, I'm expecting to fight the wind, and I need more airspeed for that. The landing will be roug...
by Kenneth Voort
Fri Jun 25, 2021 1:14 am
Forum: DISCUSSION
Topic: York's Great Relative Strengths
Replies: 10
Views: 613

Re: York's Great Relative Strengths

I do have fond memories of tubing down the Elora Gorge. That could definitely be something to do on a great sunny day when the lift sucks. I do look forward to the club dinners. I very much enjoy cooking giant meals for large groups of people. I bet I could cook something pretty great with two stove...
by Kenneth Voort
Thu Jun 24, 2021 10:44 pm
Forum: DISCUSSION
Topic: 2-33 landing speed
Replies: 18
Views: 762

Re: 2-33 landing speed

2. "Flare" speed. We generally don't quote this. You fly circuit speed until such time as you flare. Therefore you start the flare at circuit speed. Any reference to "flare speed" in the POH must be the speed at which you END the flare. This is the critical piece of information ...