We used to fly a Cessna 172 recreationally out of
Boundary Bay airport (CZBB) located in Delta, British Columbia. Here is
a story about our most memorable
flight from Boundary Bay to
Port Hardy (CYZT) via
Sechelt (CAP3), which
took place in August of 2013. Port Hardy is located on the Northern
15. But what's with those low
clouds...the minimum vertical distance from the clouds VFR (Visual
Flight Rules) aircraft must maintain is 500 feet...
Johnstone Strait BC Canada
16. Really nice views, but the clouds...
Flying Near North-eastern Vancouver Island British Columbia Canada
17. The clouds were getting lower, so we had to keep descending. It's
quite legal to fly right above the water, but this is not a seaplane, so,
if the engine quits, our gliding distance would be less than desirable.
Flying to Port Hardy from Boundary Bay in Cessna-172
18. We were getting close to Port Hardy, and the clouds seemed to level
Approaching Port Hardy Airport in Cessna-172
20. Here is another unusual sight -
(across the strait from Port McNeill) has an aerodrome (named Alert Bay
CYAL), and its runway takes about a third of the entire island. From
the looks of the clouds way ahead, it was possible that we could use this
runway for an unscheduled stop.
Cormorant Island BC Canada
20. This is where we started to feel rather
uncomfortable. This was our first time in the area, and, while we were tuned to the Port Hardy
there was no GPS in the aircraft, and we did not feel like flying near
the hills in this weather. Things got really interesting after the Port
Hardy control tower advised they were unable to provide vectors for
landing. They did say the visibility was eight miles at the airport, so
if we could just get past this nasty spot...