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by Blue Side Down
Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:48 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Thunder Bay - Vancouver Island on floats
Replies: 6
Views: 1761

Re: Thunder Bay - Vancouver Island on floats

The single malt is ready and waiting-
by Blue Side Down
Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:24 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: C123 in Eastern Ontario
Replies: 11
Views: 1758

Re: C123 in Eastern Ontario

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A Pilatus Porter can be fast parked inside one quite effectively- at least RD Jr can make it happen in a pinch.
by Blue Side Down
Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: Aerobatics & Airshows
Topic: Extra 200 or 300L
Replies: 86
Views: 37489

Re: Extra 200 or 300L

How's IO-360 engine life with this kind of hard aerobatics? Considering it is now at 300h, what are the chances it needs major work in the next 200-300 hours? Would you have reservations about picking up an aerobatic airplane that was used to its potential prior? I.e. structural concerns, safety et...
by Blue Side Down
Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:17 am
Forum: Aerobatics & Airshows
Topic: Extra 200 or 300L
Replies: 86
Views: 37489

Re: Extra 200 or 300L

There are two 300's listed for sale on Barnstormers at the moment. One in South Africa or something like that, so the boat ride might be expensive. Also a very nice G202 available. The 202 will fly circles around the Extra 200. Cruises about 160 kts as well. While the MX series make the Extra < (les...
by Blue Side Down
Mon Nov 19, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: Aerobatics & Airshows
Topic: Pitts S2 Wanted
Replies: 17
Views: 10612

Re: Pitts S2 Wanted

NER is for sale- check barnstormers or your local SW Ontario flying club community board.
by Blue Side Down
Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:21 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Flying with a Firearm
Replies: 23
Views: 1820

Re: Flying with a Firearm

Just put it in a hardcase, wrap it in brown paper and mail it to yourself. No fuss, no mess, and cheaper to boot, even with insurance on the package. Canada Post trucks gats around with more enthusiasm than Nicholas Cage. I've flown with a rifle once, and it was a real facepalm experience. Dangerous...
by Blue Side Down
Mon Jul 11, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Mid-Air collision at Duxford
Replies: 14
Views: 3079

Re: Mid-Air collision at Duxford

Under-qualified in terms of skills? Doubtful. The respective pilots were flying multi-million dollar, privately owned machines in close formation. They obviously had their act together well before accident. Why situational awareness fell apart allowing lack of planning to bite them in the hindquarte...
by Blue Side Down
Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:14 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Float season duration?
Replies: 9
Views: 1689

Re: Float season duration?

I flew floats every summer except for one throughout university. All were for smaller operators/ camps, and it was a great time. Graduated school debt free as a result. It's a good plan- go for it.
by Blue Side Down
Tue Feb 01, 2011 7:04 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Belly Fuel Tank for a Beaver
Replies: 21
Views: 2726

Re: Belly Fuel Tank for a Beaver

Did they remember to put oil in it before putting it back in the water?

If so, where is it all?? Surely it couldn't be keeping to itself in the oil tank!

Very, very classy machine :prayer:
by Blue Side Down
Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:34 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Float Training Opinions- GTA
Replies: 8
Views: 1419

Re: Float Training Opinions- GTA

Just keep in mind that a Beaver doesn't have some of the quirks that Cessna's do while on the water, and also are able to get out of the corner easily when you almost screw up a docking, both of which may compound and cause a number of 'holy expletives, it's not supposed to be doing this' incidents ...
by Blue Side Down
Sat Dec 18, 2010 2:33 pm
Forum: Aerobatics & Airshows
Topic: Deleted
Replies: 8
Views: 4925

Re: Hammerheads

I've never felt any excessive torque present during a hammerhead that's been timed right. And that's spinning a metal prop at 25^2. Kick early or late and there's a bit of funkiness involved; but timed right, it seems like the airplane knows what it should be doing. I have a theory that these 'rogue...
by Blue Side Down
Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:45 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Downwind Takeoff and Landings in DHC-2
Replies: 42
Views: 4611

Re: Downwind Takeoff and Landings in DHC-2

When it comes to something like a dw takeoff in a beav, this is my advice: if you have to ask about it, you're not ready to take that particular leap of faith. When you're experienced enough to pull off the feat, you won't have to ask about it. Chill, be happy, and take things slower. The ten minute...
by Blue Side Down
Mon Oct 11, 2010 12:09 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Aviation's most demanding missions/jobs
Replies: 38
Views: 3198

Re: Aviation's most demanding missions/jobs

As far as TC not having an official endorsement, that might need to change. Dangerous thought right there... remember how once upon a time Aerobatics Canada thought it would be in the best interest of aviation in Canada to implement an 'aerobatic instructor's rating'? Good idea at the time, I'm sur...
by Blue Side Down
Sun Apr 18, 2010 10:19 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Should upset recovery be included in flight training?
Replies: 39
Views: 1757

Re: Should upset recovery be included in flight training?

I'd speculate that if the 'upset recovery' skill aren't practiced on a semi-regular basis, they'd be of little benefit three years down the line when an event actually does happen. Complacency that you recovered from inverted three times in an Extra isn't going to make a lick of difference when your...
by Blue Side Down
Thu Apr 15, 2010 11:02 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Red Bull Air Race Crash
Replies: 11
Views: 1761

Re: Red Bull Air Race Crash

All race aircraft have Spare-Air canisters, as depicted above. As a side note, having a Spare-Air onboard would be a heck of an idea for the float drivers reading to consider. Crash due to high speed stall trying to make the corner, as seen on film. Fast thinking to level wings with the solitary fun...
by Blue Side Down
Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Never seen one of these, have you?
Replies: 10
Views: 1290

Re: Never seen one of these, have you?

Saw it in trials for the floats STC in Vancouver last week. You should have heard it! Dual beat frequencies on takeoff!
by Blue Side Down
Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Beaver as a Skydive Jump Plane?
Replies: 8
Views: 1046

Re: Beaver as a Skydive Jump Plane?

'Beaver's as a jump plane' is a conversation that comes up at every dropzone across Canada at least once a year. There's a reason why thy aren't used- they've been tried before many times, and were always outclassed by even lowly Cessna's for the job. Climb rate is one deficiency. An obnoxious prop ...
by Blue Side Down
Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:40 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: skydivers escape plane crash (w. video)
Replies: 43
Views: 4344

Re: skydivers escape plane crash (w. video)

I believe the pilots at that particular DZ would wear chutes when flying smaller ( single engine ) a/c; but not when flying the twotter or casa. Perhaps there was a perception of greater safety in the bigger a/c ... I honestly can't say, as I didn't hang around there much. Only stopped off briefly ...
by Blue Side Down
Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: skydivers escape plane crash (w. video)
Replies: 43
Views: 4344

Re: skydivers escape plane crash (w. video)

Most gliders don't have transponders, as the only source for power is batteries or solar cells. Actually.... many serious glider pilots/ owners who thermal/ ride mountain wave/ operate in high traffic areas *do* indeed have transponders such as the Trigg model or similar. Jets and gliders have a lo...
by Blue Side Down
Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:42 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: skydivers escape plane crash (w. video)
Replies: 43
Views: 4344

Re: skydivers escape plane crash (w. video)

I think it's pretty neat that the jumpers who bail out after the spin has stabilized really do get flung away from the axis of rotation. I always wondered about that. It'd be a real bummer to bail out and have the airframe come back and smack into you on the next rotation.
by Blue Side Down
Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:08 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Floatplane Training.
Replies: 7
Views: 723

Re: Floatplane Training.

Everyone seems to be offering training on a 172XP or 180, but nothing smaller. Because the profit margins are larger on these types? Just a guess... Then again, right after the bottom line I hear that there is a quality control check box for 'Did the student receive an honest, well rounded, avcanad...
by Blue Side Down
Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:03 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Fun and exciting airports in Ontario?
Replies: 28
Views: 1421

Re: Fun and exciting airports in Ontario?

+1 for Muskoka. Turn your GPS off for the leg and try to mapcrawl all the way in without referencing Hwy 11. That'll be a fun 'low timer' experience. 8)
by Blue Side Down
Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:28 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: The best 206 floats?
Replies: 29
Views: 3445

Re: The best 206 floats?

Flew a 2x6 with 3430's for a season. Had the Robertson kit I think... whatever the drooping ailerons are anyways. Never had a hard time with it. It needed a little more taxiing time on some days, but I never thought 'I wish this things could ... ... better'. Fly it for what it is and it'll do just f...
by Blue Side Down
Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:14 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Canada's Runways too Short!?
Replies: 20
Views: 1697

Re: Canada's Runways too Short!?

Just when ya figure the media couldn't get any stupider, they release a gem like that. I won't be surprised to see an article published promoting widening the roads so less people go careening off the 40x highways in winter. Driving too fast in a snowstorm? bollox, the road simply isn't wide enough!...

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