This weekend flight from Camrose to Fairmont Hot Springs started in beautiful sunny weather with few clouds.
The Alberta side of the Rocky Mountains near Kananaskis and Canmore was getting a little more cloudy, with ceiling at 11,000 feet.
And here’s a Google Earth animation I made, showing partially what it was like in that canyon, although, I was flying lower, and clouds were in the upper half of the valley. (And this animated gif has glitches, and stops after 1 loop, so I have to re-make it.)
My Garmin G-500 avionics displays 2 kinds of maps: On the right is a top-down topographical view, and on the left is a “synthetic vision” 3D graphics view of the mountains and valleys ahead of my plane.
Study the picture above, and you’ll see a tiny white airplane symbol in the middle of the right-hand screen, representing the position of my plane. Ahead of it is a valley, which I followed, which took me to the south end of Columbia lake, and then I turned north to land at the destination CYCZ airport at Fairmont Hot Springs.
May 6 update. I added a few more pictures, from the return leg of the trip from Fairmont Hot Springs to Camrose. I filled up at Fairmont Hot Springs airport, which has suprisingly a great amount of services!.
And you’ll notice the fairly low clouds. I flew north along the Columbia river valley,
Then I had a choice of going West to Vancouver, or East to home in Camrose. I chose East because of the low clouds, and I took the valley route that I know very well, over Abraham lake, toward Rocky Mountain House. And here’s a nice picture of my avionics showing the synthetic vision of the valley, the topographic map of the valley, and then the actual valley.
And, here’s the four ladies I visited with at Fairmont Hot Springs, who wanted me to take pictures of their shoes, which I did. And I end with a picture of a Moose head at the restaurant where we had dinner.