Monday, May 24, 2010

Surfing in a Tornado...a very cool picture

A tornado rises from the sea behind a surfer on Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia. Photographer: James Alcock/AFP/Getty Images

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Raising Kids to Be Entrepreneurs - @CameronHerold delivers a great talk at Tedx Edmonton

Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs these stories really hit home. Nice work Cameron!

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Friday, April 09, 2010

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Backcountry Flying Photo of the Week - Water Skiing Cessna 185's...yes airplanes that walk on water.

And now for something completely different. Have you ever seen an airplane with wheels water ski along the water like this? Please don't try this at home people! I know you are probably wondering why anyone would want to do this? In this case a few friends of mine from New Mexico (yes New Mexicans are crazy) did this simply to put on a show. In the real world there are situations where being able to water ski an airplane with wheels is needed. Many bush pilots in Alaska use this hydroplaning technique to land on short gravel bars in rivers or near beach areas. Pilots use the water as an "extended runway" by touching down on the water prior to the gravel bar and as they approach the bar they bleed off the speed enough to remain on the surface of the water until they hit the edge of the bar. Like comedians the life of a bush pilot is all about timing and the moment they hit the land they pull the power and jam on the brakes. Taking off is the reverse, of course, but the pilot better hope he/she has enough speed as they leave the gravel bar or they are going for a submarine ride.


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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Elvis Costello's Spectacle is what MTV Unplugged could have been....

I can't say enough about this show. I caught a repeat of Cheryl Crow, Neko Case, Ron Sexsmith and Jesse Winchester. Here are a few clips:

Jesse Winchester makes Neko Case Cry

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Ron Sexsmith interprets Elvis Costello's Every Day I Write the Book

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Backcountry Flying Photo of the Week - Turbo Beaver on Cowichan Lake, BC

Canada is float flying heaven. With thousands of remote lakes spread across the country and vast coastal waters on the east and west coast it makes for, what I believe to be, the ultimate float flying experience. I took this shot a few years ago from the remote, west side of Cowichan Lake which sits on the south end of Vancouver Island. If you ever visit Victoria you can drive up to Cowichan but getting to the more remote west side of the lake requires a boat or airplane. The best part of flying floats is that you don't have the same requirements as you do in a wheel plane; You can land in just about any body of water, beach the airplane and hop out for a swim, picnic or even a little water skiing behind the airplane!

This airplane is a completely restored turbine Beaver. If you have flown in a Beaver before you will probably be more familiar with the old school thumping of a radial engine Beaver (which is a dream to listen to by the way). This one has a special conversion to hold a Pratt & Whitney PT-6 turbine engine that puts out 760 HP. I don't like the sound as much but I love the power. Some cool facts about this airplane.....it has wheels tucked into the floats making it possible to land on water and land and it can go in reverse making docking a piece of cake.


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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Top 10 low pass Flyby's. If you like jets flying very low watch this video

I admit that I have been involved in these "low pass" competitions. Us
wind-up toy, propeller guys go much, much slower though. I will say
that flying this low to the ground has...well...some risks. There is
an old aviation adage that says says that the three most useless
things in flying are: runway behind you, altitude above you and fuel
in the truck. These guys are leaving a lot of altitude above them.

Oh...and the guy standing on the runway in #3 has balls!

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Amazing Pictures from Space by @astro_soichi

If you have not seen Soichi Noguchi's twitter feed (@Astro_Soichi) you are really missing out. Soichi is staying on the international space station and sending tweets down of the most amazing photos and videos. You can link directly to all of his photos on Twitpic here.

I pulled a few of his photos from twitpic and posted them here to get a taste. There are tons of really cool shots but these are my favourites.


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Sunday, March 07, 2010

Backcountry Flying Photo of the Week - Mount Tatlow, BC

I posted a video a few days ago showing the trailer of Ice Pilots NWT, a reality show the follows the team at Buffalo Airways in Northern Canada. Since then I have had some people asking about my back country flying so I thought I would share a few photos I have taken over the years. The cool thing about backcountry flying is that many times the only way to get into these remote locations is by plane or helicopter. Sometimes you can pile a bunch of gear on horses and trek for a week but an airplane is far more efficient. 

This photo was taken in the Chilcotin region of BC very close to some of the most amazing mountains and lakes that BC has to offer. The mountain in the background is Mt. Tatlow (10 049 ft) that sits at the lower end of Chilko Lake and Taseko Lakes. The airplane is sitting next to a 4000 foot grass airstrip on Elkin Creek Ranch.


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