Thursday, June 30, 2005


"Spanky's" Bad Day!

You remember "Spanky", don't you? He is our dock-hand and resident fuel-cap retriever, as witnessed in my post Finally, Decent Weather (or, "Spanky" Freezes His "Balls"). Anyways, he sent me some photos, and I agree, if you are involved in a situation like any of the following, it is a "bad day"!

Holy shit, what happened to the "cowling"? Time to land....... Posted by Hello

Hey, Buddy, this is a private mooring area, you will have to leave.......... Posted by Hello

How to make a "lorry" into a convertible, with just one "clip" of the wing........... Posted by Hello

Jacques Cousteau's airplane doubled as a "twin-engined submersible".......... Posted by Hello

This is how you put a square peg in a round hole......(just about) Posted by Hello

Dang! There will be a lot of sparks when I land............ Posted by Hello

Juan Valdez jumps from his truck, as the Maxwell House corporate aircraft attempts a "merger"............ Posted by Hello

"Ah, for cryin' out loud, I told you Papier-Mache airplanes wouldn't hold up"! Posted by Hello

Great photos! See you on the docks, "Spanky"! (The nickname came from Grade 2 and has since stuck, so that is cool in my books, and we let him use it!)


Kaitlan "Cleans Up"!

School is finally over for the 2004/2005 year. Monday saw the Awards Night for Riverton Early Middle School and Riverton Collegiate. Well, Dad is proud again. Here we go!

Shane, finishing Grade 7, and his final year at REMS, received a Certificate Of Merit in Academics.

Way to go, Shane! Posted by Hello

Kody, Student Council President, finished Grade 12 this year. At Awards Night she received;

Senior Girls Badminton MVP Award

 Posted by Hello

Certificate Of Participation for Badminton Provincials

 Posted by Hello

The Cheryl Magnusson Award, for Overall Badminton Achievement

 Posted by Hello

Kaitlan, who will be in Grade 10 in September, received;

Academic Certificate Of Merit

 Posted by Hello

Grade 9 Athletic Award

 Posted by Hello

Junior Girls Badminton MVP

 Posted by Hello

Junior Girls Volleyball MVP

 Posted by Hello

And, believe it or not, in only Grade 9, for the whole school, Kaitlan was..........

Female Athlete Of The Year!!

Way to go Kaitlan! Great accomplishments by some fine, well-adjusted (not perfect) kids!! Posted by Hello


Steve's Video Of The Day: "V-22 Osprey"

I love the V-22 "Osprey". A V/STOL machine that can insert and retrieve troops from small clearings, and then fly at high speeds. A transport and helicopter, in one. Tilt-rotor and tilt-wing technology has slowly evolved, and Canada had a very promising entry in the field in the Canadair CL-84 Dynavert. Very cutting-edge, but like any Canadian military aviation project, it was headed for the scrap heap. (Remember the Avro Arrow? Anyways, lets see the V-22 Osprey, and some of it's predecessors.)

VIDEO - "Tilt-Wings And Tilt-Rotors"


• Two Allison T406-AD-400 engines
• Max and Intermediate, shp (kW) - 6,150 (4,586)

Rotor System
• Blades per hub - 3
• Construction - graphite/fiberglass
• Tip speed, fps (mps) - 661.90 (201.75)
• Diameter, ft (m) - 38.00 (11.58)
• Blade area, ft2 (m2) - 261.52 (24.30)
• Disc area, ft2, (m2) - 2,268.00 (210.70)
• Blade folding - automatic, powered

• Takeoff [USMC], shp (kW) - 4,570 (3,408)
• Takeoff [USN], shp (kW) - 4,970 (3,706)
• Takeoff [USAF], shp (kW) - 4,970 (3,706)
• 1 engine inoperative, shp (kW)
5,920 (4,415)

• Max speed, SL, kts (km/h) - 275 (510)
• Vert rate of climb, SL, fpm (m/m)
1,090 (332)
• Max rate of climb, SL, fpm (m/m)
2,320 (707)
• Service ceiling, ft (m) - 26,000 (7,925)
• Service ceiling, one engine inop, ft (m)
11,300 (3,444)
• HOGE, ft (m) - 14,200 (4,328)

• Amphib assault, nm (km) - 515 (954)
• Max, self-deployment, nm (km)
2,100 (3,892)

• Cockpit - crew seats - 2
• Cabin - troop seats/litters - 24/12

Dimensions - Internal
• Length, max, ft (m) - 24.17 (7.37)
• Width, max, ft (m) - 5.92 (1.80)
• Height, max, ft (m) - 6.00 (1.83)

• Empty, lbs (kg) - 33,140 (15,032)
• Takeoff, vertical, max, lbs - 47,500 (21,546)
• Takeoff, short running, max, lbs (kg)
55,000 (24,948)
• Takeoff, self-deploy mission, lbs (kg)
60,500 (27,443)
• Cargo hook, single, lbs (kg)
10,000 (4,536)
• Cargo hook, dual, lbs (kg) - 15,000 (9,221)

Dimensions - External
• Length, fuselage, ft (m) - 57.33 (17.48)
• Width, rotors turning, ft (m) - 83.33 (25.55)
• Length, stowed, ft (m) - 62.58 (19.08)
• Width, stowed, ft (m) - 18.42 (5.61)
• Width, horizontal stabilizer, ft (m) - 18.42 (5.61)
• Height, nacelles fully vertical, ft (m) - 21.76 (6.63)
• Height, vertical stabilizer, ft (m) - 17.65 (5.38)

Fuel Capacity
• Sponsons, gals (liters) - 1,228 (4,649)
• Wings, gals (liters) - 787 (2,979)
• Aux, self-deployment, gals (liters) - 2,436 (9,221)

Wednesday, June 29, 2005


The "Final" Photos From The "Lens Of Brad Blois"

I have made 2 previous posts, entitled Photoblog: Some Fine Photos From the Lens Of Brad Blois, and More Photos From The Lens Of Brad Blois. Well, here are the last of Brad's photos (until he sends us some new ones), they are quite good.

Daytime heating starts to build cloud.......... Posted by Hello

Stalwart "Polack" Otter KYG, in the climb. MP -35", RPM -2075, Oil Press. -75 PSI, CHT -215 *C, just a fine "old girl", reaching for the skies! Posted by Hello

The Manitoba Hydro Dam at Great Falls, on the Winnipeg River....... Posted by Hello

KYG, heading for "Dogskin Lake Lodge", with 25 gal. drums loaded with fuel! Posted by Hello

The door to "Brad's Office"........ Posted by Hello

"Brad's Office"........... Posted by Hello

Beautiful sky colours.............. Posted by Hello

KYG up close............ Posted by Hello

Beaver EYQ, waiting to fly "canoeists"........ Posted by Hello

Airborne, canoe strapped on the side!!! Posted by Hello

KYG touchdown! Posted by Hello

Poetry in motion............. Posted by Hello

KYG coming "off the step"! Posted by Hello

KYG, super-charger throbbing, 4-barrel carburetor gulping air, produces 1000 HP and accelerates towards take-off......... Posted by Hello

The last 3 photos are my favourite, as they show what flying is really like in the bush. Brad went out to "Pawn Lake", to pick up a load of "Wild Rice". I have posted previously about wild rice, and my post was called Wild Rice! - (also called " Mahnoomin, Folle Avoine, Canadian Rice, Water Oats, Blackbird Oats, and Marsh Oats"). Pawn Lake is owned and picked by Laurie Gaffray, and the photos show an Otter in it's element, in the bush.

KYG loaded with rice, against the rock. Another load of rice sits on shore, and the rice-boat takes a rest. Posted by Hello

Laurie, in orange cover-alls, takes a breather, as the Otter is now loaded. Posted by Hello

Simple, yet efficient. A rice-picker consisting of 2 pontoons, a frame, platform, header, and 350 CI small-block Chevy engine turning a prop for propulsion.  Posted by Hello

As you can see, some great photos. Yes, folks, there is a lot to see out in the "bush". Thanks to Brad Blois for sharing some of his "sights" with us.