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by tractor driver
Fri Sep 17, 2021 8:28 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: C-130 Seaplane
Replies: 4
Views: 856

Re: C-130 Seaplane

Years ago, while at Wipaire in S. St Paul, Minnesota, I saw a set of engineering drawings for a C-130 on amphibious floats. Not sure how far it progressed from there.
by tractor driver
Mon Aug 30, 2021 8:32 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Northwestern Air Lease Turbine Otter Flips Over
Replies: 18
Views: 3679

Re: Northwestern Air Lease Turbine Otter Flips Over

Good point regarding winter operations. We don’t do much of that in the firefighting world. Had the water rudders freeze up countless times in previous cold weather straight float operations, makes sense consideration should be given to the amphibious gear.
by tractor driver
Mon Aug 30, 2021 8:05 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Birddogs & AC690's
Replies: 6
Views: 1187

Re: Birddogs & AC690's

We use Turbo Commanders for the fast planes ( Electras), and King Air 100’s for the slower one. ( Fireboss, CL-215). Both are good for bird dogging, administration flights, and ferry with the engineers and spare parts for base changes.
by tractor driver
Sun Aug 29, 2021 7:54 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Northwestern Air Lease Turbine Otter Flips Over
Replies: 18
Views: 3679

Re: Northwestern Air Lease Turbine Otter Flips Over

That’s the way we do it. ( retract every departure). In addition to gear check every landing/ circuit/ scoop, and a group radio call at the 1st water landing, and end of the fuel cycle back at the airport.
Doesn’t feel excessive at all, and so far so good.
G
by tractor driver
Tue Aug 17, 2021 7:24 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Thunder Bay airport accident
Replies: 32
Views: 8683

Re: Thunder Bay airport accident

We worked with those guys this summer. Top notch crew.
RIP
by tractor driver
Thu Aug 12, 2021 4:00 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Pilot check out
Replies: 23
Views: 1947

Re: Pilot check out

Not sure what a seaplane amphibious rating is. I’ve done numerous insurance check outs over the years on amphibious float equipped airplanes with pilots far more experienced than I. Sometimes you had to wonder about the rationale. Always a pleasure to meet and fly with an aviator starting out on a n...
by tractor driver
Mon May 10, 2021 7:32 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: OMNR Tanker gear up
Replies: 87
Views: 8603

Re: OMNR Tanker gear up

During initial Fireboss training by Wipaire (the manufacturer), we were trained to verify gear position 3x on each landing or scoop. So far so good, definitely a show stopper if missed.
by tractor driver
Fri Apr 02, 2021 5:40 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: North Western Ontario flight training
Replies: 3
Views: 873

Re: North Western Ontario flight training

Harv’s Air in Steinbach, and KBM in Thunder Bay are similar distances. Other than a freelance instructor, I believe those are your closest options.
by tractor driver
Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:16 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Check That Control Stick Attachment
Replies: 13
Views: 1024

Re: Check That Control Stick Attachment

Had a similar incident years ago in a J-3. While training a student, had the rear stick come off in my hands. The “ through” bolt was installed and secure, giving the impression the stick was appropriately attached. However, the stick was turned such that the bolt wasn’t connecting with the lower re...
by tractor driver
Fri Dec 25, 2020 1:20 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: The Shepherd
Replies: 7
Views: 889

Re: The Shepherd

Like many, I’m out of the country, and away from family, carrying on the flying career this season.This was just the peaceful reflection needed.
Thank you, Merry Christmas.
G
by tractor driver
Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Dr. Lower Passed Away - Thunder Bay
Replies: 9
Views: 1455

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: 3691

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: 1127

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: 727

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: 790

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: 1055

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: 1055

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: 1390

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: 1574

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: 3982

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...

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