It’s nice to be flying again. I’m also quite happy that my new base airport is Campbell River or as it’s known in pilot speak “CYBL”.
The area is stunning and the island goes on forever. Across the Salish Sea are a wall of snow-capped mountains that leave little room to penetrate under 8,000 feet.
Campbell Lake is spectacular as well and I hope to get there sometime soon.
The only thing that was negative was having a viewpoint that sees the vast clearcuts of what once was forest. Now just snowpack, spring will melt it off and wash the soil along with it. I wish there was a better way to log but it seems this is one sight that hasn’t changed since I started flying aircraft. Hope one day it will change.
Gotta love the past. Some accomplishments fade, some stay with you forever. When I was 16 I was awarded a flying scholarship. Since then I’ve flown. On a few occasions I drifted away from it. That’s just happened to me over the past few years. But now…
I’m back in the air! Oh and how I’ve missed it. It’s a positive part of my life and it’s always inspired me to be my best, and to trust my skills and decisions. Planning and making it happen. Life is an open flight plan!
I have been working on a media transfer project the past while. I received around 80 hours of reel to reel tape. The tapes were my late grandfather’s. (It should be mentioned that his reel to reel inspired me to become an audio engineer.) I’m transferring all the tapes to digital. It’s a slow process but it’s a labour of love.
My grandfather was an accordionist. Well known too! He had a live radio show on CKCK in Regina long long ago. So going though the tapes I found one that has some interesting history to it. It starts with him introducing a Mr. Marconi. The first bit of the tape is missing but he mentions that Marconi is not the one who invented the radio, but his second cousin! Yes! My grandfather has him say something in Italian and then the two jam with Marconi on trumpet!
Can’t wait to share these recordings!
Archives are great. Being a pilot myself, I have found something of interest to aviators and aviation buffs.
Here is a scan of Billy Bishop’s attestation document for the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in WWI… Before he was to be known as the flying ace “Billy”…
There is a great place I have found to connect. It is so new that there are only a few people on it so far. It’s like Facebook meets Twitter meets WordPress meets Google Docs!
It is designed for Vancouver Island however I’m sure it is okay for others to join in. It is for adults only and you must create an account to get in. Data is not sold and it is self moderating. Be kind and don’t be a troll!