A quick picture from one of todays training flights. Here Greg Smith is practicing approches on Runway 25.
A native son of Ontario, Archie moved to the West coast in 1969. His Uncle, an avid pilot who always spoke of flying was the start of Archies dream to take to the skies. Recently circumstances have allowed Archie to fulfill his lifetime dream of flight. Now partway through his flight training, Archie plans to buy a plane when he’s finnished.
I was born in Ukaraine, travelled through out Europe and ended up in Canada. I have been here for 10 years, (Vancouver for 5). After my bachelors, took a year off to experience what life has to offer aside from school. On my way to crystal beach saw King George Aviation from the highway and decided to go on a fam flight. The fan flight was amazing, nothing I thought it would be and totally fell in love with it. A few months later, I joined the class and love it.
The Firefly is a significant breakthrough in ultralight aircraft design. The Firefly was designed to be a legal ultralight with the twin cylinder 40HP Rotax 447 engine installed.
This single seat Firefly is a legal ultralight with a Rotax 447 engine. Features 10 minute wing folding. Quick-build option available for the Firefly. The Quick-buid option represents approximately 50% of the building / assembling time of the aircraft.
Cruise speed: 65 mph
Stall speed: 30 mph
Climb rate: 1,000 fpm
Take-off roll: 150 ft.
Wing span: 22 ft.
Wing area: 117 sq.ft.
Fuel tank: 5 gal.
Empty weight: 252 lbs
Gross weight: 500 lbs
Engine: Rotax 447
From my earliest memories I have been fascinated with all things mechanical, with airplanes always being my favorite. My dad used to be a hang glider pilot which might have helped plant the flying bug. Due to my fascination with airplanes I was a model airplane pilot as soon as I was able. I also can’t get enough of high up places and being high up, so flying seemed to be a logical fix.
I really enjoy driving things and ultra lights seemed to be a great new challenge. I was amazed that I was allowed to fly at age 14. My first reaction was that there must be some kind of mistake. I mean who in their right mind would let some teenager fly an “airplane” before they can drive a car? (this probably explains why I can’t taxi straight!)
My dad and I were always very interested in flying but my mom well…….not so much; but when we found out about King George Aviation there was nothing stopping us. King George Aviation was very convenient because it was near my spring soccer league games in Surrey. My mother was very surprised when my dad offered to drive me to “all” my soccer games. Ultra lights are a lot more affordable, a lot more convenient, and a lot more fun than conventional airplanes. The ultra lights we fly aren’t what I was expecting. I was thinking along the lines of a slow flying open air kite whereas these ultra lights can fly faster than a Cessna 152; heck FESO even has a cabin heater. King George Aviation has been great, what with top notch instructors and great planes, where could you go wrong?
One of the best things about flying for me is the feeling, of acceleration when you gun it for takeoff or flying at strange attitudes like side slipping or pulling out of a powered stall. Unlike a car, you can roll into a turn which is very fun and different. It’s kind of like a roller coaster that can go wherever you want it to.
Flying is really, really fun and it gives you a unique perspective on the world looking down on the tops of things. You wouldn’t believe the number of people who have pools in their backyards. Flying makes you feel as if you are on top of the world, which you very nearly are. Flying with King George Aviation is a great experience and a lot of fun.
For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of flying my own aircraft. King George Aviation was the perfect opportunity to accomplish my dream of being a pilot. The inexpensive flying offered was the best way for a 15 year old airplane junky to get his daily fix of flying.
One day I saw photos taken from the vantage point of an ultra light over Golden Ears Park on the internet. I googled Ultra-lights and came across the King George Aviation website which turned out to be really close to my home. My father gave me a gift certificate for my 14th birthday to fly on an ultra light. It then took me a full year to convince my mom that the air travel was safer than the roads and that I should take pilot lessons.
I started flight school in June and have flown over ten hours. The instructors are great and every flight I learn something new. Having multiple instructors also adds to the multiple tips that I have picked up from them on how to expertly maneuver the ultra light.
Two years ago, I didn’t even know about Ultra-lights but its been one great discovery. Now I freakin love them!
By Andrew Yergatian
Semiahmoo Secondary Student