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About Olav

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  • Birthday 10/28/1951

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  • Location
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Interests
    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. 11th Annual CT/LSA Fly-in, Page AZ Oct 17-21

    October and the Annual Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in is coming up fast. Make those reservations for either the Bryce Canyon pre-event, the Page main event, or both! And again, please send a PM to both me and Tim with your information.
  2. Practice Maneuvers

    A good maneuver, not easy to master without lots of practice, is the Dutch Roll. This is an excellent maneuver to hone stick and rudder skills. Start out with gentle angles of bank. Slowly increase the angle as you gain ability and feel to maintain your nose on a point on the horizon. Get to the point where you can roll 60 degree banks left to right and back as quickly as you can input the control all the while keeping your nose locked on a “pivot point” on the horizon with no yawing or pitch change and you will have gained an excellent feel for control using all control inputs. The WWII fighter ace Joe Foss emphsized training in this maneuver as an important one to learning mastery of good aircraft control.
  3. Seeking information

    Thanks Dick. I think FD is also missing a great ad benefit by not having a representative at the annual Page Fly-in. Great photo ops for their ads along with any number of stories of epic trips taken in CTs! Maybe this year?
  4. Seeking information

    I'll second Flying Monkey's comments. I have flown my 2007 CTSW all over the country in the 10 years I've owned it, the longest trip being a 7 day marathon trip "following Lewis and Clark" up the Missouri River. Albuquerque to St. Louis, then up the Missouri River and on to the mouth of the Columbia River. And return home. Over 4300 miles. Lots of stops along the route to visit iconic Corps of Discovery sites and museums. And the CT got all kinds of interested attention at almost every stop. Comfortable traveling airplane, reasonable to refuel, and has good long legs if needed. I use is for travel much more than my previous plane, a Cessna 182. Frankly, while a bit slower than the 182 (15 - 20 knots or so) it is so much more reasonable to fly and I find it more comfortable in addition. You can't go wrong with a good CT.
  5. 11th Annual CT/LSA Fly-in, Page AZ Oct 17-21

    Just a reminder folks...please send a PM to both me and to Tim with your fly-in information, specifically: Your name and passenger's name, if any Your aircraft type and N number Your home base Phone number Email Whether you are attending both the Bryce pre-event and Page fly-in, or only Page. Also...please let us know when you have confirmed your hotel reservations. This information is important to building an accurate roster of who is attending and keeping track of how many hotel rooms are left. If we run out of rooms there is some opportunity to get a few more at the fly-in price but only with enough early warning. Thanks! Olav
  6. 11th Annual CT/LSA Fly-in, Page AZ Oct 17-21

    Once again we will have a Ford 12 person person van available during the fly-in to shuttle folks around. In addition, Avis will extend special fly-in rates for cars rented by fly-in attendees for those wishing their own transportation option. For information and rates contact Avis at the Page Airport at (928) 645-2024. Be sure to identify as renting a car under the "Page CT and Light Sport Fly-in" in order to receive the special rate. For the Bryce Canyon Pre-event, Bryce Canyon Airport is making the north ramp exclusively available for us. The airport manager indicated he would ensure tie-downs are available. If you even hope to go but are unsure if you can...make your reservations anyway. You can always cancel if unable. But if you do cancel you'll be missing out on one of the best fly-ins around!
  7. 11th Annual CT/LSA Fly-in, Page AZ Oct 17-21

    Correction to the rate at Ruby's Inn. Quoted rate ($112) I first received was different from the final rate ($119). Trying to resolve the difference also between cancellation policy as given on the phone for the block (3 weeks) and on the booking site. Standby.
  8. 11th Annual CT/LSA Fly-in, Page AZ Oct 17-21

    As announced, this year’s Page, AZ Fly-In dates are Wednesday October 17 - Sunday October 21, 2018. THE FOLLOWING IS LENGTHY BUT READ AND UNDERSTAND IF YOU ARE PLANNING ON COMING, PARTICULARLY IF YOU INTEND TO COME TO THE PRE-EVENT AT BRYCE CANYON!!! “Official” arrival in Page, Arizona is Wednesday, Oct. 17th and we head for home Sunday morning Oct. 21th. We will do group flights over the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley (breakfast), Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon (breakfast), Bullfrog Marina and Resort (breakfast), once again to Escalante, Utah (breakfast), and also offer options to fly up to Monticello, Utah via spectacular Comb Ridge and to Sedona, Arizona (breakfast) if enough are interested. Each year we change a few things to add variety to the experience. A total of 32 rooms have been blocked off at the Clarion Inn, once again with a rate of $65 (2 queen beds). Breakfast is free in the mornings. The Clarion has not only a continental breakfast but a hot breakfast menu as well. Just like in years past make your reservations early so you don't miss out; the hotel won't hold all 32 rooms forever. Book it now and you can cancel up to 24 hours before Oct. 17th. Get it booked and reserved, then if you have to cancel you can, but if you wait again then you may not be staying with the rest of us and at your own peril for rates and possibly a different hotel. They book darn near the whole town in October. "You must tell them you are with the "CT Group" for your reference and the rate of $65 a night or you will end up being charged full price. Ask for the General Manager, Illisa M. Tso if you have any issues with your reservations or contact either John-Olav Johnsen or Tim Greer through the CTFlier.com forum. Clarion Inn - Page 751 South Navajo Drive Page, AZ 86040 928-645-9000 We will have evening meals together Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Location to be announced for Wednesday through Friday evenings. The Dam Grill will once again be the host for our final dinner on Saturday. It is important that you attend the Wednesday through Friday dinners to take part in the flight briefings and to sign up for what flights you want to take the following morning if you intend to fly in one of the groups. The advantage of being in a group flight is safety plus flight leaders are experienced and knowledgable with the geography and routes of the flights. We will fly into the Page airport - KPGA. We are staying with Classic FBO. The CT Fly-In group will receive a 30 cent per gallon discount on fuel. Classic is not the first FBO next to the runway, but the second one behind them. The Antelope Canyon tour and the tour of the Glenn Canyon Dam is open if anyone wants; you make these tour arrangements on you own. These are land tours. You are welcome to invite other planes that are not CT's and everyone is welcome. Find some more LSA's. Everyone is welcome!!! AND...this year for the first time we are having a "pre-event" fly-in to the Bryce Canyon Airport. This will be Monday October 15 - Tuesday October 16 and then we will have a group "fly out" to Page on Wednesday morning October 17. This will give everyone a full day at Bryce Canyon National Park to explore, hike, or do anything you want to do. A block of 10 rooms have been set aside at Ruby's Inn in Bryce Canyon City; if we have enough early interest in this pre-event that leads to all 10 rooms in the block being reserved early we may be able to increase the block size but this option will start closing as summer approaches. You can cancel up to 21 days prior. These are non-smoking rooms with two queen beds. The rate is $112 plus tax. You will need to book and guarantee your room at the following link: https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotel-rooms.45040.html?groupId=1J9HR0I0 . IMPORTANT: Be sure to identify yourself as being in the Group Identifier "Pilot Fly-in/IND". If you have any issues please contact the Ass't Manager, Olga Syrett at (435) 834-5341 Ext. 7986 or if problems are encountered contact either John-Olav or Tim through the CTFlier.com forum. BE SURE TO NOTIFY JOHN-OLAV AND TIM AS TO WHETHER YOU ARE ATTENDING PAGE, OR BRYCE CANYON, OR BOTH...AND CONFIRM WITH US WHEN YOUR RESERVATIONS ARE MADE SO THAT WE CAN GENERATE THE GROUP ROSTER AND GET NAME TAGS MADE!!!
  9. Merry Christmas from Mammoth Lakes

    Beautiful Christmas spirit photo And finally... "God jul og godt nyytår for alle på CTFlier.com"!
  10. Passenger foot rest

    I have one of the footrests that Roger Lee referenced installed in my CTSW. Great design, easy to flip up for the passenger to have a footrest or down for access to the rudder pedals. And lifts out if you want it totally out of the aircraft. Great design. I can't imagine a better one combining strength with simplicity.
  11. 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
  12. 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"
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.