Duane Jefts

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About Duane Jefts

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  • Birthday 08/31/1945

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    Tucson, Az and Lake St Louis, MO
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    golf, tennis, table tennis, softball, grandkids, travel.

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  1. Some of you might recognize Buffalo Joe's airplane of "Ice Pilots" fame. The only C-46 flying freight today. He has many planes in various stages of repair both in Yellowknife and Hay River. At Joe's home he has a neat little yellow float plane tied to one of his barges in his back yard. The Mayor of Hay River, Brad Mapes, whom we met in Tim Horton's in Yellowknife, invited us over to Hay River so we flew down the next day and we had quite a time. He treated us to a tour of the town, Jet boat ride to Alexandria Falls, farmers market, housing and food. We had breakfast with prominent members of the community and was interviewed by the local Newspaper. Most places we go, we are the only General Aviation plane on the ramp and folks always come over to "see what we are doing" while we are trying to see "what's going on with them". There is a lot going on in Canada. De Beers says Yellowknife has the best diamond mines anywhere. There is insane money around town. In Stony Rapids tonight, hoping to make Churchill tomorrow. Weather not so good though.
  2. Inuvik to Norman wells to Yellowknife today. Inuvik is failing with gas and oil leaving. 2 of ten hotels open for 2500 or so residents. Norman Wells down to 800 people and at least one bear harassing the folks at the terminal. The major air commerce at both airports seems to be the fire fighting airplanes. Many fires all over Canada. The terrain for 7 hours of flying today was all the same - yet different. Beautiful patterns of water colored with Algae and pine trees was pretty much all we saw. The last picture is of "fire boss" planes. We have seen many of these. They land in the water, fill their floats with water, and then go fight the fires. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=you+tube+fire+boss&view=detail&mid=593FB0424D9235C4895A593FB0424D9235C4895A&FORM=VIRE
  3. Long Day today. Flew from Dawson to Old Crow then on to Tuktoyaktuk and finally to Inuvik. Our plan was Fairbanks, tok Junction and Kavic then Deadhorse but the weather was hard IFR for the second day in a row so we decided to do Northern Canada instead. There is NOTHING but terrain and water all along the Artic Ocean and Beufort Sea. Only a couple villages in hundreds of miles, but the scenery is incredible. The pictures don't do it justice but I will post some anyhow. Yellowknife tomorrow and then on to Hudson Bay. We are in the land of the Polar Bear but the only one we saw was in the terminal at Inuvic. The runways are small and made of gravel but easy enough with the Cessna. When we were forced out of the Eldorado Hotel, we went to Klondike Kate's cabin. I highly recommend it if you are in town. Refueling at Dawson with 737 in background. Gravel runway. PIcture of Dawson along the Yukon with the Klondike River coming in just past town. Klondike water is clear. Old crow runway and entire village (5). The third to the last picture is the approach end of runway 10 at Tuktoyaktuk. Not much of a gravel runway.
  4. About the CTLSi vs the 172 for Alaskan travel. 1969 172K burns twice as much fuel and goes 10 kts slower. The CT has a great panel with the Dynon's and 796 (non certified). The 172 has updated Garmin G-5 and Garmin GTN 650 and FS-450 for fuel monitoring which requires expensive updates. Dynon updates free. 796 updates reasonable. Dynon has a certified EFIS-D10A and is trying to get their product like the Dynon 1000 certified. If that would happen, the certified instrument world would become much more affordable for General Aviation. So do you need certified on your Alaska flight? Not if you are sight seeing like we are. Yesterday we followed the highway below the clouds from Ft St John to Whitehorse and the scenery was incredible. We were in light rain showers most of the time and some of the passes required lower altitude but if you follow the road it is very doable. Therefore I think the CT is the better aircraft for your Alaskan trip.
  5. Great flight so far. Gentle winds and a few high clouds. Roughest part was taking off from Grand Junction, CO at 105 deg and 8100 Density Alt. We were a sloooowww climber. Wyoming was nice with stop in Townsend as Buckaroo mentioned. Great visit. Cody Wyoming with Yellowstone Mtns in background was beautiful. Border crossing was uneventful and easy once you get past the eaphis filing. Canola fields contrasted with hay fields was beautiful. We stopped in Edson, CA for fuel and the pictured Helo mechanic/Pilot took us to lunch in his wife's car. Hmmm, maybe that job pay's OK in Canada. Friendly folks wherever we have gone. The ramp not so good at our overnight tonight at Ft St Johns. Canada up here is Canola, Farming, Oil/Gas and Timber. Lots of all three. Lots of water/streams. Weather still a bit warm. Our track can be viewed on My spot link at the bottom of this post. If you go to the left bottom of the map, you can see several pages of past days.
  6. The wing strut does limit your abilities for sure but I'm thinking we will keep the strut attached for now.
  7. Thanks Tim, the spot link for the trip is up and running. For those of you that might want to follow another trip to Alaska and Canada, my Spot link should show our progress - if I remember to turn it on! I will try to post some pictures along the way. Do not expect to see fabulous Mountain pictures like Ed's. I don't know how he does it.
  8. Perhaps some gravel/driveway rocks in the depressions.
  9. Great info.
  10. We started trouble shooting master cylinder and brake lever first as that seemed logical but in the end, just replacing the pucks fixed the problem.
  11. Had something similar. After landing on 6L at Ryan field in Tucson, I was holding short of 6R for traffic. When cleared to cross 6R the plane did not want to taxi. Both brakes were locked up and required two dollies under the mains and a push to the hangar. My hangar is not far from Roger Lee's hangar so a couple pucks later - back on the road again. 240 hours on the plane since new. Thanks Roger.
  12. Matt, Flight Design can give you the unlock code for your Dynon's and then you can change your pressure readings. Then you can lock the Dynon's. That may be the only way to fix your problem.
  13. They would be better served if they added a foot rest like Tom Covell's for the non flying pilot/passenger.
  14. Copper City on this site has repaired some and should know the correct epoxy to use.
  15. Garmin has a (rebate??) program with authorized garmin dealers. If you find the right one they should be able to get one for you under 10K. The farmers is $9,800.