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 Saturday, November 22 2014 @ 06:14 AM EST

Web Site Move Coming

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The website was down for a few days this week, and I have no idea why. I hadn’t changed anything since the last time I know it was working, and tech support wouldn’t admit to making any changes on their end. After two days of complaints from me, it suddenly started working again.

By the time they got it working again, I’d already signed up for hosting services at SiteGround. SiteGround gets much better reviews than my current site host, and it’ll be a bit cheaper. I’ve got the site mostly working on the new host, but I plan to update to the latest Geeklog software before I switch the site over. If I started over today, I’d probably choose a different solution than Geeklog, but it is easier to stick with it than move all the content to a new platform.

There may be some turbulence during this changeover, so keep your seat belt fastened.


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Another Short Flight

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General NewsSaturday I did some maintenance on the aircraft, then got a short flight off in the afternoon. I had hoped to do some more testing of an experimental technique to determine stall speed using GPS data, but I didn't get airborne early enough in the day. We had an overcast ceiling by the time I finished the maintenance, and it was bumpy below the cloud, so there was no point wasting time doing the tests, as I knew that the data quality would be poor. Maybe next weekend.


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Short Flight

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The weather today was much better than I expected, so I took advantage with a short flight. The winds at altitude were lower than a week ago, so I did some more stall speed testing, using GPS data. The results seem to make sense, but I need to get data from a couple of more flights to see how consistent a result I get. Id compare to the results from last week, but I forgot to bring that analysis home from work, and I wont be back into the office until Friday.


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Sunday Flight

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We had clear skies today, so I went flying in the afternoon. I trialled an experimental technique to measure stall speed using GPS that we have been discussing at work. Unfortunately, the air was too bumpy at low altitude, and the winds were over 40 kt at higher altitudes, so the data is probably not very useful. Ill crunch it at work on Monday to see what it tells us.


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Toronto Island for Lunch

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The weather on Sunday was wonderful, and we took full advantage by flying to Toronto for lunch. Toronto City Centre Airport is on an island close to the CN Tower, right next to downtown Toronto. It is the main hub for Porter Airlines, and is a great way to get to downtown Toronto.

Here you see downtown Toronto, the CN Tower, and the airport as we approach from the west.


The view as we turn onto base leg for runway 08.


Calling Nav Canada to close our flight plan.


Terry, after a great lunch, ready to head back home.


The Porter Airlines terminal, and some of their DeHavilland Dash 8 aircraft, seen shortly after take-off.


The Rogers Centre and the CN Tower, off our left, just east of the airport.


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Fall Colours

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The weather this weekend was spectacular, and this time of the year you never know if this is the last weekend like it. We went out to eat Saturday evening, sitting outside in the setting sun.

Sunday, we flew to Sherbrooke, Quebec, to meet friends for lunch at the airport restaurant, sitting outside. The trees are just starting to turn colour here, but the elevation in the Sherbrooke area is about 500 ft higher than around Ottawa, and that apparently makes a big difference. The trees are pretty much at peak fall colour in that area.






Sherbrooke airport.


Update - 01 Oct 2014

Pictures from the flight are now posted on Flickr.


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October 2014 Wallpaper

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While at Oshkosh, shortly after we landed, a golf cart with EAA Press folks rolled up. They aircraft had caught their eye as we were taxiing in, and they asked if Id be interested in doing an air-to-air photo flight sometime during the week. I quickly agreed, and we did that flight a few days later.

The photo guys were flying morning and afternoon every day, with several subject aircraft each time, and they took 500 to 1000 shots of each aircraft. I knew it would take them quite a while to sort through all the shots, so I wasnt surprised when it took almost two months before I saw the first results of this flight.

Today an alert RV4 owner alerted me to the October 2014 EAA Desktop Wallpaper, which was a beautiful shot of our RV8.

Other sizes can be downloaded for the next few weeks from the EAA site.


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Oil Change

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Today was the first flight since getting back from Yarmouth. It was just a short flight to warm the oil, so I could change the oil and filter. After the oil change, I inspected the exhaust system for cracks. Ill finish the inspection ahead of the firewall before the next flight.


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Visiting Family in Yarmouth

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Terry and I had a great trip to Yarmouth, NS to visit my folks, brother and sister over the Labour Day long weekend. My sister lives in Yarmouth, but my brother lives NW of Toronto, so it is a rare occasion when we are all in the same place.

We flew down on Friday, stopping in Sherbrooke, Quebec for lunch. We could have done the trip to Yarmouth nonstop, but I was concerned about the high surface winds in the wake of Hurricane Cristobal. It had passed by well south of Nova Scotia, and was currently off the east coast of Newfoundland. It was producing wind gusts well over 20 kt at Yarmouth, and the wind direction was forecast to stay almost exactly between the two runways. The winds at Halifax had gone to over 30 kt. I was concerned about the possibility that the crosswinds when we would arrive might be higher than I was prepared to risk during an aft CG landing. It looked like I might have to divert to northern New Brunswick to find lower winds, so a fuel stop on Sherbrooke ensured that we would have lots of diversion fuel upon arrival in Yarmouth. As it turned out, the winds upon arrival had veered a bit, and while the gusts were still over 20 kt, the wind direction was only 20 left of the runway heading. No problem.

My brother Ron was visiting as well, so I threw him in back on Saturday and we blasted up to Stanley (CCW4), to check out the annual Stanley Fly-In. Multiple RV builder Jerry Wilcox had brought the Wright R2600 engine that he had recently restored. The engine had come from a retired TBM spruce budworm sprayer. Jerry ran the engine for a few minutes in the afternoon to blow dry his hair.


On Sunday I did a couple of short flights with family members.

On Monday Terry and I drove up to Digby, a scenic town on the Bay of Fundy. Terry enjoyed her lunch of Digby scallops.


We flew home on Wednesday. The departure was delayed waiting for the fog to start to break. The visibility was 1/8 mile in the early morning, but it finally increased to the 1/2 mile that I needed to legally take-off. We skirted the south end of a long line of convective activity over the Bay of Fundy.


After the fog and thunderstorms, the only challenge left was very strong headwinds, which had the ground speeds down to 125 kt for quite awhile. We could have made it back to Smiths Falls nonstop, but the predicted 3:25 duration was a bit longer than we wanted after the morning coffee. We stopped in St. Georges de Beauce, Quebec, a very nice airport just across the border from Maine. Lots of red roofs on the hangars, cheap gas, and friendly staff.

Terry and I had a wonderful visit. It was great to see everyone again. And the RV8 is a very efficient way to cover the miles. Ive been experimenting with lower cruise RPMs. In the past, I usually used 2450 rpm and full throttle, and usually got around 162 kt at 8.0 to 8.2 USG/hr, running lean of peak EGT. At 2300 rpm and full throttle, Im seeing 159 to 160 kt, burning 7.2 to 7.5 USG/hr. In automotive terms, that is around 25 mpg at 184 mph. Try that in your car!


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Fish and Chips in Killarney

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The weather today was pretty much perfect, except for a bit of haze, so Terry and I decided to head up to Killarney (CPT2) for fish and chips. killarney is a small town on the north shore of Georgian Bay, which is at the top of Lake Huron. Herbert Fisheries has a commercial fishery there, and some of the whitefish and perch supply their fish and chips stand. The Herbert Fisheries fish is acclaimed far and wide as the best fish and chips in Ontario. The fish and chips stand in a converted school bus was removed at the end of the 2013 season, and it will be replaced by a new restaurant, which is still under construction. In the interim, there is a temporary fish and chips stand in an Atco trailer.

Killarney is 242 nm from Smiths Falls, which is a 1:35 flight at our typical cruise 160 kt speed. We landed about 1120, then walked into town (roughly a 25 minute walk).


The airport ramp was quite busy, with about a dozen aircraft parked.


We found a spot and had just finished securing the aircraft when a beautiful RV7 from London, ON arrived.


The new Herbert Fisheries fish processing facility and restaurant on the right isnt open yet, but their famous fish and chips are supplied from a temporary trailer.


The fish is expensive, but it pales compared to the cost of the fuel we burned to get there.


Tasty good! The fish was wonderful, but the small chips portion is way too much. Next time well only get one order of chips to split between us.


On the way back to the airport, we passed Alain Boucher from Welland, ON, who had dropped by in his RV4 (on the left). He had some crazy story about stopping by after visiting his brother, but I suspect the main reason for his trip was the fish and chips, and the visit with his brother was a happy consequence.

Cornelious Westers beautiful RV7 was parked next to our RV8.


The airport, with the town in the distance.


The town, with the southwest end of the runway visible at the left.


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