Nov 08, 2019
In Mount Finlayson
So after a day at the Malahat I mentioned to a few newer pilots that flying of Finlayson is a fun day out. Two days later... Nice one Jacob!!!.
Nov 07, 2019
NOTE Thanks to Gio for putting this briefing together. Access: only hike (!). At the moment 2 paths already unusable. Bushwalking gets you there. Recommended to have map or navigation device with off line maps. We got lost once in the early days in winter and almost spent the night. Launch: A cliff one (!) with small runaway (!!). Nil wind makes things even more challenging. Not all could fly last time. All very skilled pilots. MUST be willing to hike down also alone. I did many times. Airspace: Class C from surface. NO flying without NOTAM not even sleddies (more stringent than Salt Spring). Kamloops and Tower MUST be aware. Tower has clear visibility of cliff and surrounding airspace. VFR rules here are paramount. Air Communication: RADIO 146.000 Mhz mandatory. We are often not cleared and could be grounded with no notice if runaway 27 is switched or any other YYJ Tower needs arise. Landing: no option before the highway 1 (Malahat section of the highway). Shore landing: tide related, even tighter window during the winter, anyone has different landing skills. MUST be checked, learned and planned accordingly. Besides that is one of my favourite escape from town. [GIO]
Oct 24, 2019
In Society Business
We have a "Dave Palmer Memorial Trophy" for Pilot of the year. The trophy has not been awarded for a few years but we are looking for 2019 nominations. In the past we awarded the trophy to a pilot who did something special with their flying time and/or made a significant contribution to the flying community". That criteria still works but we are open to new ideas. If you know of someone in the community that should be "Pilot of the year", for any reason, please send your nomination to one of the ISS Board Members or add a comment to this post. We also would like to collect some history of the trophy and post it on the the web site. If you have any information on the past winners please post a comment below. The past winners are: 2001: Les Sainsbury 2002: Jayson Biggins 2003: Greg Humphreys 2004: Annelies Brown: 2005: Garth Tissington 2006: Rusty Harrison 2007: Amir Izadi 2008: Dave Osborne 2009: Claudio Mota 2010: Rick Heatly