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Cross Country to Hope (CYHE)

I flew to Hope this weekend as part of my medium cross country. It was a lot of fun and I was looking forward to it. I tried to get it in earlier but weather was a constant problem.

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The reason I was excited to go to Hope is because it has a grass field. It would be my first landing that wasn’t on pavement.

CYHE is a pretty long strip, coming in at 3,960, but the first 1000 feet of 07 were temporarily unusable. That still gives me plenty to land on in my 150, though. What I love about Hope is the approach to 25 when you’re flying in from the west. Hope is at the end of the Fraser Valley, when the mountains come together at the end of the Fraser Canyon. Westward departing aircraft stay on the north side, so when you fly in from the west you hug the south mountains. It is awesome! It feels like you can reach out and touch the rocks. Then, over Silverhope Valley you fly right toward a big rock face before making your base turn and final approach.

This is a video from another pilot landing on 07; As soon as I convert and edit mine I’ll post it.

The landing on grass was cool. I did the soft field procedure, but the field is nowhere near as soft feeling as a paved strip. There is lots of bumping around, and that grass field is pretty smooth. I can only imagine what it’s like to land on the gravel bars on the Fraser or Pitt. It was a good intro, nonetheless, and I hope I can get back soon.
GWJC at CYHE April 2012

Hope is a glider center as well, as there are lots of opportunities to catch updrafts off the mountains. When we landed we walked over to the Vancouver Soaring Association building, where they were setting things up for the long weekend. A few of the glider pilots told us about where they go to catch lift. It’s a worthwhile perspective to think about glider pilots. First, they always land without engines, which is a good thing to keep in mind if you have an engine failure and feel like panicking. Second, they fly close to the mountains in order to catch lift, and they do it in an aircraft that doesn’t have an engine. That’s a good perspective if you’re feeling some turbulence beside a mountain and feel scared. I’m not saying ignore the danger from mechanical turbulence – I’m just saying that you don’t need to panic.

I was surprised to see what looked to me like an old Cessna warbird on the ground. My instructor didn’t know what type of plane it was, but I was certain it was some sort of military Cessna I’d seen pictures of on the internet. When I got home I tried to ID it through Barnstormers.com, but couldn’t do it. I googled Cessna single engine military planes and wasn’t too successful either. I tried to search the plane through the civil registry, but I misread the mark and came up with a PA-28 in Ontario. Finally I lucked out and came across a discussion on a forum about why L-19s were so expensive. One reason is that they are considered by some to be warbirds, but the other reason is that…they are great for towing gliders!

Once I searched the registry for L-19s I came up with one owned by the Vancouver Soaring Association. What I didn’t get to see on the plane was the hook up system for the gliders, but I’ll check that out next time.
Cessna L-19

Cessna L-19

My name is Rob Chipman and I’m a realtor and pilot based in Vancouver, BC. I AM NOT A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR AND I AM NOT OFFERING FLIGHT INSTRUCTION! I am sharing my study notes and other things I’ve learned while getting my education as a pilot. You’re welcome to make use of this information, but do not treat it as expert advice.

I really enjoy flying, real estate and the Chilcotin.  My company is Coronet Realty Ltd., located at 3582 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 2A7. I have a C-150L that I own with two other pilots, based out of Pitt Meadows. Do not hesitate to contact me by email if I can help you do anything, especially if its likely to be interesting or concerns selling remote property in British Columbia.

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