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Old 03-10-2016, 06:28 PM
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Talking Russians in Canada (Русские в Канаде)

My airplane is due for quarterly condition inspection. I am parked outside and any kind of heavy maintenance presents a challenge. It's still winter, it's windy and cold, there is no electricity and I can't leave cowl off for more then couple hours not even talking overnight. Hey, said Julian, the owner of two beautiful Canadian RVs, hop over the border I have a heated hangar by Montreal, all tools and an apartment built into the hangar. We can even balance your prop...

What could be better?! VAF camaraderie at work! At the end of the day I am heading north for the weekend.





Here in the Adirondacks I have a secret spot nobody knows except Piper Cub drivers. I'll visit on the way back. A boat restaurant on a frozen lake...





Another 30 minutes and I am at the border crossing St. Lawrence River.







Interesting how they ice fish in Canada. All anglers lined up in circles and rows like Burning Man.





A dam close to my destination it looks like I am number 3 for the field. I remember there was a discussion never enter 45 degrees to a Canadian downwind. Guilty here, I did. It was the most practical way two aircrafts in training were flying bomber patterns.





This is where real winter starts. Western Siberia!!








Either I need reading glasses or my camera is out of focus. Julian meets me signaling to enter from the back door.









In 2.5 hours I am in a heated hangar. First time in 18 months or so. SkyKingBob do you remember when?


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Old 03-10-2016, 06:30 PM
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Julian and I were born and raised in the same part of the world. We entered North American continent in different centuries and exited at different stops. We speak the same mother tongue but I noticed we automatically switch to English when talking about airplanes. Somewhere in Montreal Julian found a Russian food store and bought some expensive delicatessen man we don't have this in the south. I haven't eaten some for a decade. And here it was a Friday night at the hangar. World problems solved


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Old 03-10-2016, 06:31 PM
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Believe it or not but all Saturday I spent indoors. Never left the comfort of the warm hangar. Had a lot of fun with my plane while Julian was machining something on the other side. My beat up prop got a facelift I had several very bad dents from visiting Duanesburg NY.



My oil return hoses are finally mil spec with proper non extruding clamps.






I had to cut old oil breather hose it fused. Replaced with the same NAPA part next time I go fancy.









Oil dipstick tube got a nice real gasket.





Right brake pads were fubar I suspect a defective pad. Only some 400 hours, the left pads were worn fairly. Never let it go that far it may ruin your discs.





All eye bearings received an injection.






The day ended happily. Initially we planned to invite some guests but it was too late and too cold outside.






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Old 03-10-2016, 08:22 PM
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Glad to see you made it north again, Vlad. I think you had a slightly easier time taxiing at that airport!
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Old 03-10-2016, 09:39 PM
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Not to mention he speaking plural, "Russians in Canada." Or perhaps it's an invasion?
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Old 03-11-2016, 02:23 AM
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Very cool! So cool... it's cold. (couldn't resist) Can't wait to hear more.
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Old 03-11-2016, 04:50 AM
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Default It was a cold windy day......

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In 2.5 hours I am in a heated hangar. First time in 18 months or so. SkyKingBob do you remember when?


Hey Vlad.....I do....cold day....wind blowing around 30 mph.....no one is
flying....except a crazy Russian!

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Does anyone else find it ironic, if not somewhat hilarious, that Vlad has to head north across the border, to a frozen land of ice and snow, to find a warm hangar to work in? I'm cracking up here! LOL!
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Old 03-11-2016, 07:28 AM
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Vlad...should have came to NC.. shorter trip,upper 70's, shorts weather, the pool is open (no ice) and Scotch on hand. You could have used Caspers' place. last time you came down here, you went to Canada "on the way"...I think Russians seek the Canadian cold for old time sake!
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Old 03-11-2016, 09:06 AM
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In that case my dog and I will come and visit you. I am at the same airport.

Julian is a very capable guy, he's a fellow Ruskie and his hangar is well equipped. In fact his hangar is drool worthy, makes mine look like a shack. It has 4 bifold doors and an apartment and a machine shop. If he is missing any bits or pieces then likely I can help out.
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