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Olav

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About Olav

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  • Birthday 10/28/1951

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    Albuquerque, New Mexico
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    Flying; backpacking; camping; fly fishing; boating; white water rafting; motorcycling; adventure travel (Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru climbs, Tanzania, East Africa; Alta Via No. 1 Route trek , Italian Dolomites; Camino de Santiago ("Way of St. James") trek, Spain; Grand Canyon rafting (multiple times with more to come!).
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  1. 10th Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in

    Quick stats from the 2017 Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in: 20 planes...13 CTs (both SWs and LSs), 2 Tecnams, 1 Zenith 601, 1 RV12, and 1 RV6. 31 pilots and "crew". This does not include a Cessna 337 that Eric and "crew" came in (thanks for that impressive presentation on the new ADS-B development Eric!). Attendee that came the furthest: Greg Merritt ("CT9000") from Melbourne, Australia who arrived for his first visit to the U.S. just for this fly-in...and says he will be back next year! Other attendees from beyond the Southwest Region came from: British Columbia, Canada; Friday Harbor, WA; Ypsilanti, MI; Nashville, TN; and Hermosa Beach, CA. Others closer in came from Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado. Start planning for 2018 folks! It will be even better with some really new events and experiences in the planning stage. Details to follow in the months ahead. Next October will be here before you know it! Olav
  2. 10th Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in

    A great fly-in once again, with good weather and, as always, a group of terrific people. The scenery is stunning, the flying wonderful but it is really the people who come to this that are the soul of this event. Tim and I are already looking forward to next year with some ideas for some new experiences being tossed about. So stand by, stay tuned and keep your schedules open for October 2018 (specific dates to be set shortly)! And finally, thank you to everyone who attended for making the Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in the bucket list event it is. Fly safe everyone! "Olav"
  3. 10th Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in

    CORRECTION TO PAGE FLY-IN INFORMATION post above: "As we have done in the past we will break up in groups of 3-5 planes and each group will have a leader for your chosen flight out that morning. Then each evening at dinner you can pick where you would like to go the next morning which may be with the same group or a different group. Having small groups limits the flight congestion within one area and makes the aircraft in the group easier to manage. We will discuss this further at the WEDNESDAY evening meal. This dinner is a must to get all the Fly-In information". Correction changes Thursday to Wednesday. Please take note.
  4. 10th Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in

    Yes, 122.75 is the "Uplake Freq" and it is indeed busy! All aircraft, or at least Flight Leads, need to monitor it...but each group flight is assigned a specific freq for group comms so that we do not interfere with the commercial flight ops. Thanks for this Tip. Too bad you can't join us there this month!
  5. 10th Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in

    2017 Annual Page, AZ Fly-In Oct. 11 -15, 2017 (Colorado River raft trip morning of Oct. 11th) Page Fly-In Flight Information As we have done in the past we will break up in groups of 3-5 planes and each group will have a leader for your chosen flight out that morning. Then each evening at dinner you can pick where you would like to go the next morning which may be with the same group or a different group. Having small groups limits the flight congestion within one area and makes the aircraft in the group easier to manage. We will discuss this further at the Thursday evening meal. This dinner is a must to get all the Fly-In information. We have the restaurant all to ourselves (The Ranch House Grill) and dinners are catered and it is a nice leisurely 2 block easy walk from the hotel. Dinner gathering and meeting Wednesday through Friday evenings starts at 1700 hrs. and we eat at 1800 hrs. Our final night dinner on Saturday October 14 will be a The Dam Bar and Grill at 1800 about 4 blocks from the hotel. Breakfast is either the free one at the hotel, out at a local restaurant or more likely during one of your group flights at the local airport restaurant. Late afternoon flights are another good time if you and others would like to fly and check out even more scenery and or grab lunch. A 12 person Ford van has been rented and will be available to take folks to and from the airport, restaurants, etc. General information Page, AZ Airport (KPGA) Runway 15-33 Freq. 122.8 Runway 33 is the preferred calm wind runway FBO: Classic @ 122.85 Kris 928-645-5356 GROUP SIGHTSEEING FLIGHTS Grand Canyon Flight Grand Canyon (see Grand Canyon VFR map) round trip is approximately 173 miles 1.7 hrs. Route: From KPGA head west with an easy climb to 10.5K to Fossil Corridor @ N36 22.87 / W112.18.70 and then turn south at the corridor head and monitor freq. 127.05. Always monitor this freq. while in the Grand Canyon area. (You aren’t really that high off the rim as it is approximately 7500’elevation) Exit Fossil Corridor at 10.5K @ N36 16.43 /W112 34.97 and turn east along the Grand Canyon rim. Start a slow climb here to 11.5K to enter the Zuni north bound corridor @ N35 58.33 / W111 53.39 and exit @ N36 17.38 / W111 51.04. Having the Grand Canyon special chart is recommended, AND IS REQUIRED by the Flight Leader. As you exit the Zuni corridor on the north side of the canyon you will be on the south end of Marble Canyon and headed back towards Page which is a short flight home. While in Marble Canyon monitor 120.05). If you choose to go to breakfast in Marble Canyon you will now start a decent into for the Marble Canyon airstrip (L41, Freq, 122.9, Elev. 3603’) and restaurant which is only 10-12 minutes south of Page. After breakfast it is only a 10 minutes flight back into Page. Monument Valley Flight Monument Valley Airport (UT25) Runway 16-34. You only land on 16 and take off on 34 Freq. 122.9.Runway 16 is a slight uphill. This round trip is approximately 185 miles and 2 hrs. of beautiful zigzagging through Monument Valley. There is a restaurant and we will have breakfast there on Friday and Saturday flights. It is a nice, short, but uphill morning walk. A van may be available but not guaranteed…call (435) 727-3231). KPGA to UT25 @ N37 01.003 / W110 12.020. When you leave MV head north to Mexican Hat @ N37 09.016 / W109.51.541, then west to Lake Powell @ N37 17.535 / W 110 23.171 and finally south down a lake finger tributary to KPGA. This will give you only a general route and or you can and probably will zigzag around Monument Valley to take in all the sites. Flight altitude is at pilot’s discretion but be aware that this is a Navajo Tribal Park and is considered sacred by the Navajo so be mindful of this. Do not fly lower than FAR minimums over people, vehicles, or structures. Bryce & Zion National Park Flight Bryce Airport (KBCE) Freq. 122.8 Runway 03-21 272 miles 2.5 hrs. KPGA to BCE which goes right over the top of the Hoodoos in the canyon, What’s a Hoodoo? Wait and see, but have the camera ready. Land at Bryce Canyon for breakfast. A van from Ruby’s Inn will pick you up (call: (435) 834-5341) OPTIONAL ON RETURN: Take off and head southwest to Zion National Park general area @ N37 14.847 / W113 05.115 and fly down the Devils Backbone in Zion.(You’ll know it when you see it) Then turn back southeast to KPGA at this point. Flights to Bryce will have breakfast at Bryce Canyon Ruby’s Inn on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Lake Powell to and then up Escalante Canyon Flight Escalante Airport (1L7). Freq. 122.8 Runway 13-31. Elevation 5733’ 140 miles roundtrip. This is a flight about halfway up Lake Powell to the confluence with the Escalante River and then up the spectacular Escalante Canyon to 1L7. You can fly an altitude at pilot’s discretion but do not lose sight of your group. Be advised that this is an over-water flight through about half of the distance. Wearing of an inflatable life vest is optional and at pilot’s discretion but is a prudent option if available. There are some altitude recommendations for tourist flights avoidance, i.e. even and odds that they suggest you fly to stay with the flow of other possible aircraft traffic. That info will be briefed in detail at our pilot dinner briefings. With a direct return to Page the round trip is approximately 140 miles. A van will be available from the City of Escalante to take you to breakfast in town, 2 miles from the airport. Call Louise Barnes (435) 826-4446 or cell (435) 616-4432 prior to departure from Page to provide the ETA at 1L7 so the van can be there waiting. Lake Powell to Bullfrog Basin Resort Restaurant Flight Bullfrog is U07,N37.32.44.96 and W110.42.47.51, the elevation is 4167’ and the Bullfrog airport Freq. is 122.80. The restaurant is open from 0700 to 1000 hrs for a full breakfast. The runway is 3500’ x40’ and runways 1-19. AWOS at U96 (9nm se) is 134.37 Follow Lake Powell up the channel northeast bound and head into the Bullfrog Basin Resort restaurant for breakfast or lunch. The resort will come out the very short distance to pick you up. Call them for pick up @ (435) 684-3032 or better to call “Bullfrog Unicom” 122.80 for transportation when you are ten minutes out. You can fly very low or high and it’s up to you; be advised that this is an over-water flight through most of the distance. There are some altitude recommendations for tourist flights avoidance, i.e. even and odds they suggest you fly to stay with the flow of other possible aircraft traffic. That info will be briefed at our pilot dinner briefings. “Rainbow Bridge” scenic sight up the lake channel GPS coordinates are N37 04.37.39 / W110 57.53.06. There are very specific altitude and turn direction recommendations for overflying Rainbow Bridge as it is often congested with tour aircraft. Plus the recommendations offer the best viewing angle; it can be difficult to see from the air as it is tucked into a narrow, deep canyon. Page to Sedona Flight Sedona Airport (KSEZ) also is occasionally called the “USS Sedona”…you will understand why when you land there! CTAF Freq. 123.0. AWOS 118.525. Runway 3-21 (3 is calm wind runway). Elevation 4830’. 252 miles roundtrip. Due to distance there will be only one group flight to Sedona each day with takeoff at 0700. The Mesa Grill provides a good breakfast/lunch. Several pilots at the Fly-in are experienced flying Sedona and will brief the details each evening at our pilot dinner briefings. ————————————————————— Dinner Wednesday through Friday nights at the Ranch House grill at 1700 hrs. We will have a social hour before the meal (eat at 1800 hrs). This is only 2 blocks down the street from the hotel. The restaurant is closed to the public and only open to us. It is an all inclusive, drinks, salad, two entree meal plus sides and desert. Seconds are good, too. Bring your own alcohol if you want wine or beer. All other drinks they supply. This is when we will decide on and sign up for our daily flights, groups, and times out the next morning. Our final night dinner - Saturday October 14 will be at The Dam Bar and Grill 4 blocks from the hotel. ————————————————————— Don’t forget about the Colorado River raft trip. It is on Wednesday the 11th and starts at 1100 hrs. If you haven’t signed up and want to go make those reservations under the name of the CT GROUP and join us. A 1/2 day raft trip on Wednesday Oct. 11th from Glen Canyon Dam down to just above Lee's Ferry. The trip starts in Page (at 1100 hrs) where we will take a shuttle bus from the outfitters office to the put in point down below the dam. We will board a 20-22 person raft and travel down river for about 1.5 hrs. and get out for drinks and photos. Then back in and on down to just upstream of Lee's Ferry. The raft then turns around and goes full speed back to the dam to catch the shuttle back up to their office and we arrive around 1600-1630 hrs. There is no white water just a nice trip down through the canyons. The cost for all of this is $87 a person. The phone number for the reservations is 928-645-9175. Don't be left out and don't be late to make the boat; sign up now. They have a 48 hr. cancellation policy and you get it all back except a $7 charge. To do the raft trip means you will have to arrive in Page Oct. 10tth (or very very early on the 11th!). BRING YOUR HAT, SUNGLASSES, SUNSCREEN AND CAMERA. NO KNIVES OR SHARP OBJECTS ALLOWED. It generally won’t be hot, but it will be sunny. Here is the link: (http://raftthecanyon...day-raft-trips/ WE HAVE A 12 PERSON FORD VAN RENTED. WE WILL LEAVE THE CLARION HOTEL PROMPTLY AT 1030 WEDNESDAY MORNING FOR THE RAFTING COMPANY OFFICE (130 6th Avenue). MEET IN THE LOBBY SHORTLY BEFORE DEPARTURE IF YOU NEED A RIDE.
  6. 10th Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in

    Latest update to the roster. Please please take note. If you are coming and are NOT listed please PM me or Tim Greer. If you are on the list and cannot come also please advise. Here 'tis: Bergmann, Lee and Christine Bristol, Todd Carlson, Ted and Martha Ferson, Wayne Gambles, Jay Greer, Tim and Lynette Ince, Bill Jefts, Duane Johnsen, John-Olav ("Olav") and Lisa Kelty, Rick and Pam Kreienkamp, Ron and Jan Langan, John and Linda Lloyd, Sid and Mari (staying in their RV not in hotel) McEvoy, Peter and RoLayne Merritt, Greg (“CT9000”) Olmedo, John and Holly Schroeder, Steve and Laura Solove, Gregg (no pax) Swisher, Eric and Cheryl ("Coppercity") Toepfer, Brian Van Camp, Peter and ? Wade, Phil and Sue Walker, Andy
  7. 10th Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in

    ALSO...if you are signed up for the raft trip Wednesday with Colorado Discovery BE SURE to tell them you are with the CT Group. As noted by Roger above, anyone who may have signed up but did not specify being with the CT Group is not included in the number I have received from the company rep. We need a minimum number to get our own raft. No problem if we don't have the numbers...we'll just be mixed into a raft with other paying non-CT group folks.
  8. 10th Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in

    This is the current list of confirmed attendees to this year's Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in. Please PM me or Tim Greer if you are coming and NOT on this list OR if you have cancelled or are now unable to come and are ON the list. Thanks. Bergmann, Lee and Christine Bisbee, Eric (“Coppercity”) Carlson, Ted and Martha Ferson, Wayne Gambles, Jay Greer, Tim and Lynette Ince, Bill Johnsen, John-Olav and Lisa Kelty, Rick and Pam Kreienkamp, Ron and Jan Langan, John and Linda Lloyd, Sid and Mari (staying in their RV not in hotel) McEvoy, Peter and RoLayne Merritt, Greg (“CT9000”) Olmedo, John and Holly Schroeder, Steve and Laura Solove, Gregg (no pax) Swisher, Eric and Cheryl Van Camp, Peter and ? Wade, Phil and Sue Walker, Andy
  9. 10th Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in

    One week from today the fun starts...the 10th Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in! Opening dinner at the Ranch House Grill Wednesday evening October 11. Social hour starts there at 5pm with dinner at 6. Bring your own beer/wine/spirits! Sightseeing and breakfast flights will once again be to Monument Valley; Grand Canyon; Bryce Canyon; Bullfrog Marina on upper Lake Powell; Escalante, Utah; several of these include flights up the length of Lake Powell, and this year we are adding in Sedona and the spectacular red rock Oak Creek Canyon area. Regarding Wednesday's half day raft trip...so far only 4 people are signed up for this. If you are new to the fly-in and to the area this is an activity that I strongly recommend. No rapids, just a pleasant float in a large motorized raft. But the visual impressions of being down IN the canyon cannot be adequately described...really one of those "must experience to appreciate" activities. I have done it every year I've attended the fly-on but it never gets old and once again I will be on the raft. So, if you want to kick off the fly-in with a unique experience in a spectacular setting contact Colorado River Adventures. They will have us back to Page by 4pm on Wednesday. Any questions about any of the activities or plans please feel free to PM me or Tim (CT4ME). See you in a week!
  10. 10th Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in

    NOW JUST OVER THREE WEEKS TO THE PAGE CT AND LIGHT SPORT FLY IN! WEATHER IS ALMOST ALWAYS PERFECT OR NEARLY SO... SOME OF THE BEST FLYING WEATHER AND SIGHTS IN THE U.S. SO MAKE THOSE RESERVATIONS AND JOIN IN A GREAT EVENT IN PAGE OCTOBER 11 - 15 FOR A BUCKET LIST EXPERIENCE - IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN - AND A RENEWAL OF FRIENDSHIPS AND ANOTHER ROUND OF BUCKET LIST FLYING IF YOU ARE A RETURNING "PAGER"!
  11. 10th Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in

    Less than two months and counting down to Page! Hotel rooms still available...
  12. Canada, Cuba, Central America, and beyond

    So envious! What an experience. Enjoying it vicariously through your descriptions and photos. Can you put together a slide show to present at Page in October?
  13. 10th Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in

    Excellent! Hope he will fly out. Welcome to all Light Sport planes and pilots!!!
  14. Wheel pants not even question?

    My 2007 CTSW's wheel pants were off from day one delivered new. Not badly but sure enough to notice...the tail of one is cocked a bit higher than the other. And I've notice this on a couple of other CTSWs. Not adjustable but no big deal either. Offends one's sense of symmetry but does not affect flying.
  15. 10th Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in

    THREE MONTHS TO PAGE! Time is flying and soon those of us who make it to Page will be flying also...in the spectacular Four Corners Country of the Great Southwest. Rooms still available. C'mon...you know you want to! Give in...make the call. The 10th Annual CT and Light Sport Fly-in is a bucket list event for any Light Sport pilot, especially one who has never flown in this impressive landscape. And you will be guided by pilots experienced in flying in the area and who are familiar with the landmarks. Group flights every morning to Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon, Escalante Canyon, up Lake Powell, and other locales with landings for breakfast at some unique airport destinations. You will see the Southwest in a way few other people ever do. Meet other Light Sport pilots and share stories and experiences (embellishments and tall tales allowed too!). Take part in technical discussions and enjoy dinner with your fellow pilots and copilots each evening. So, just do it! Make that call. See you in Page! Once you get your hotel reservation made please PM me with your name, passenger name (if any), N number, aircraft type, home base, phone number and email address for the roster.
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