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by tractor driver
Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Dr. Lower Passed Away - Thunder Bay
Replies: 9
Views: 1208

Re: Dr. Lower Passed Away - Thunder Bay

A better man would be hard to find. Did my medical for 35+ years. Through all that time I was fortunate enough to consider him a friend. The photo of him wearing the jacket given by the OPP Aviation Services in his obit was taken at his retirement party held in a hangar in yqt, attended by any aviat...
by tractor driver
Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Plane takes off with concrete tie down attached in Kelowna.
Replies: 26
Views: 3003

Re: Plane takes off with concrete tie down attached in Kelowna.

Know of a few such incidents over the years. The Cherokee in YQT was a rushed departure by a friend. Thankfully ATC noticed during taxi. Amazingly, according to the pilot,it was not noticeable. Another friend was in YPL with a Turbo Otter on skis. Got airborne with a cement filled tire attached to t...
by tractor driver
Sun Sep 27, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Pitch attitude in the larger waves
Replies: 3
Views: 933

Re: Pitch attitude in the larger waves

Agreed to all above. Only thing I’ve got to add is when I couldn’t avoid rougher water that was still within the limits of the airplane, I’d do my best to get the weight into the wings and off the floats as early as possible. If anything, a slightly nose high attitude would allow this while maintain...
by tractor driver
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: SEAT down in Idaho
Replies: 2
Views: 654

Re: SEAT down in Idaho

Godspeed
by tractor driver
Thu Sep 17, 2020 10:22 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Good footing for handpropping
Replies: 6
Views: 673

Re: Good footing for handpropping

Yep, I think the times have changed favouring caution. We had a J-3 on floats for the school. Took out the starter, etc., to save weight and “ allow” for larger students. Let the majority of them have a go at flipping it over. Everyone loved the idea as additional training. Was 20 yrs ago. Probably ...
by tractor driver
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:37 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Unstable Approaches in New Guinea
Replies: 3
Views: 945

Re: Unstable Approaches in New Guinea

Thanks for the clarification. I forgot that part of the West 1/2 of the island is called simply Papua, where as the peninsula and smaller islands just off the shore are West Papua. Was mostly just reliving the experience of having the 737 going skidding by. Had some great experiences flying there.
by tractor driver
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Unstable Approaches in New Guinea
Replies: 3
Views: 945

Re: Unstable Approaches in New Guinea

Wamena is actually in West Papua ( Indonesia). Not New Guinea. Interesting place. A book called Lost in Shangria la describes an old DC-3 accident there. I have a video from a few years back of the same company and type doing a similar approach going the opposite way. Hit so hard they tore the mains...
by tractor driver
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Fuel used per hour
Replies: 5
Views: 1178

Re: Fuel used per hour

Going back a while....
0470, 23 square, full rich, could get up to 14 gallons/ hr.
Lower power, very lean, down to 10, so average with reasonable engine management , 12.
by tractor driver
Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:44 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: PK 3000 vs EDO 2870/2960 on C-180
Replies: 6
Views: 1193

Re: PK 3000 vs EDO 2870/2960 on C-180

IMHO,
from your original selection of choices, the Edo’s are the easiest to manage and own. As stated by a previous poster, if available, the Aerocets will be the most durable and easiest to maintain. They both fly very well on the 180. Particularly with the longer float struts on the 2870’s.
by tractor driver
Sun Aug 16, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: What are the three biggest reasons for floatplane crashes
Replies: 20
Views: 3007

Re: What are the three biggest reasons for floatplane crashes

1.Float planes often fly low level, off the beaten path, and get “ caught” in poor weather. 2.Surface winds some time get misread, or underestimated, resulting in loss of control on landing, take off or taxi. 3.Approaches are sometimes mishandled with abrupt results. Especially into short lakes.. Co...
by tractor driver
Sat Aug 15, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Interesting Amphibious Event
Replies: 5
Views: 766

Re: Interesting Amphibious Event

Yes, the mains were down. The bow wheels extended forward slightly, but not down. Well handled non-event.
Back flying next day.
by tractor driver
Sun Aug 09, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Too long radio transmissions
Replies: 9
Views: 1235

Re: Too long radio transmissions

1.Who you are
2.Where you are
3.What you’d like to do
Pretty much covers it.
G
by tractor driver
Tue Jun 02, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Seaplane Rating YQT
Replies: 11
Views: 1687

Re: Seaplane Rating YQT

Go to the All Air seaplane base. Ask for Arnie.
by tractor driver
Thu May 28, 2020 11:36 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: What's the cruise speed of a Cessna 180 on floats?
Replies: 5
Views: 1063

Re: What's the cruise speed of a Cessna 180 on floats?

C-180H, 0470 230 hp, 23 square, on 2870’s with the longer float struts was a tad quick.
Consistently 130mph.
by tractor driver
Sun Apr 05, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Turbine Otter Incident - Fort Langley
Replies: 4
Views: 2065

Re: Turbine Otter Incident - Fort Langley

I had the opportunity to fly this Otter when it was US registered. Absolutely beatiful airplane.
It was on Wip 8000 amphibs then.
by tractor driver
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Small aircraft loading
Replies: 22
Views: 2457

Re: Small aircraft loading

Portable saw mill as external on DHC-3T.
Draggy as hell.
by tractor driver
Thu Mar 26, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: So, anyone self isolating in their airplane lately?
Replies: 12
Views: 1686

Re: So, anyone self isolating in their airplane lately?

Not a great deal lately,
but single pilot, single engine air tanker (s.e.a.t.) is going to be the way to go this season.
by tractor driver
Fri Mar 06, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Favourite Type
Replies: 56
Views: 3914

Re: Favourite Type

Although the S.E.A.T. I presently have the pleasure of operating is possibly the best aviation job I’ll ever experience, flying my Dad’s Super Cub was my favourite. Hands down. As close as I could get to pure flying in a G.A. aircraft.
Everyone should fly a cub.
by tractor driver
Wed Feb 05, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Instances of reversed controls
Replies: 33
Views: 2735

Re: Instances of reversed controls

Weight shift ultralights, ie. trikes, are reverse controlled compared to conventional aircraft. You pull back to go descend, push forward to climb, push right to go left, etc. Even taxing is reversed, you push left pedal to go right and vice versa.
by tractor driver
Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Have you ever flown with Durian
Replies: 9
Views: 2479

Re: Have you ever flown with Durian

Durian was used as an additive to ice cream while I was flying in Indonesia.
No accounting for some tastes....

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