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by Siddley Hawker
Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:12 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Maple Flag Canceled
Replies: 23
Views: 2667

Re: Maple Flag Canceled

Canada is spending plenty on the military. I present the latest two acquisitions for the RCN, the Seaplane Tender HMCS Harjit Singh... http://i100.photobucket.com/albums/m8/Siddley-Hawker/Siddley-Hawker001/HMCS%20Harjit%20Singh_zpsforwrrfm.jpg ...And the new Aircraft Carrier HMCS Justin Trudeau. Her...
by Siddley Hawker
Sun Aug 12, 2018 5:32 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Biplane accident at YXX (after the airshow) Aug 11, 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 1805

Re: Biplane accident at YXX (after the airshow) Aug 11, 2018

...but I don't believe the engines have feathering capability if one fails. Gipsy Queens?
Correct on both counts.

The maintenance done in BC last winter was having the wings recovered.
by Siddley Hawker
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:29 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: C-47 Takeoff Groundloop and Crash
Replies: 96
Views: 7676

Re: C-47 Takeoff Groundloop and Crash

The guy in the video I linked to checked out the pilot who was flying right seat on the accident aircraft and who was doing the takeoff. Early on the roll the airplane yawed left, the guy in the left seat took control, the airplane then yawed right and headed for a culvert 1800 feet from the point w...
by Siddley Hawker
Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: C-47 Takeoff Groundloop and Crash
Replies: 96
Views: 7676

Re: C-47 Takeoff Groundloop and Crash

More info here. It's a FB video, I can't find it on YouTube.

https://www.facebook.com/dan.gryder/vid ... 184444866/
by Siddley Hawker
Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: C-47 Takeoff Groundloop and Crash
Replies: 96
Views: 7676

Re: C-47 Takeoff Groundloop and Crash

As a semi-insider in this thing, there are some things I can say with certainty. The engines were operating just fine - very smooth, appearing to make good power. The CG was near the center of the envelope. The gross weight at takeoff was slightly under our self-imposed limit of 25,200 lbs, which i...
by Siddley Hawker
Thu Jul 26, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: C-47 Takeoff Groundloop and Crash
Replies: 96
Views: 7676

Re: C-47 Takeoff Groundloop and Crash

You forgot the most important check Siddley. Brain engaged. :mrgreen: Heh heh. :lol: I once did an IFR renewal all by myself, with just the DOT inspector. At the time I was a co-pilot, but had had my left seat checkout, so just the two of us buggered off and did the ride. Does that qualify as singl...
by Siddley Hawker
Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: C-47 Takeoff Groundloop and Crash
Replies: 96
Views: 7676

Re: C-47 Takeoff Groundloop and Crash

The company I flew DC-3's for back when the dinosaurs roamed the range had external control locks that defied anyone to attempt takeoff with them installed. The elevators were locked full down, the rudder at full left deflection and the ailerons at full left aileron. Still didn't trust you though, t...
by Siddley Hawker
Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Superior Airways
Replies: 294
Views: 162159

Re: Superior Airways

Karl, you gotta put all this stuff on a cd and sell it. This is history, man. :smt023
by Siddley Hawker
Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Water Methanol Take-Off
Replies: 18
Views: 2404

Re: Water Methanol Take-Off

The RR Dart 529 engine in the Gulfstream 1 was rated at 1910 shp dry power but 1990 shp with wet take-off power. That may not sound like much but remember in high or hot conditions, the engine will not make rated power dry. On a hot day, a wet take-off was almost like starting a third engine. In th...
by Siddley Hawker
Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Skiplane Groundloop
Replies: 7
Views: 3138

Re: Skiplane Groundloop

Pardon me if this is a dumb question, but can you groundloop a skiplane? You can with a 185. The first time maybe couldn't be called 'skis' as I was landing with the skis up on glare ice after a rainstorm and refreeze. The braking action was basically nil, but there were snow ridges sticking up thr...
by Siddley Hawker
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:14 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Hand spanking C47
Replies: 67
Views: 11151

Re: Hand spanking C47

... Good SOP's are the only way to go - nobody will argue that - and thankfully we've evolved enough to have them, but they are STANDARD operating practices or procedures, not a replacement for common sense, ability, experience, or talent. And you'll find that many, many situations in this game are...
by Siddley Hawker
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Didn't know Canso's have aft airstairs
Replies: 4
Views: 1105

Re: Didn't know Canso's have aft airstairs

CP operated a few Canso's after WW2, and all of them had the airstair door in the tunnel compartment, like that one. CP called 'em LandSeaAirs. There were a couple based on the West Coast and at least one in Quebec, in Val Dor, I believe. The one in the pic also has a diving platform below the LH bl...
by Siddley Hawker
Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:49 am
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Hand spanking C47
Replies: 67
Views: 11151

Re: Hand spanking C47

Holy cow!! This is my first post and I didn't realize it would garner such a lively discussion. Was somebody suggesting this was dangerous? Hmm. Of course it's pretty hard to swing the prop on a "pig boat".I just finished the morning plowing around in a super typhoon. Maybe I should send some pics ...
by Siddley Hawker
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Best not to push in the CB when there is smoke
Replies: 20
Views: 3064

Re: Best not to push in the CB when there is smoke

Depends what electrical buss the breaker was on. If the breaker was on a non essential buss, never reset in the air. If on an essential buss we were allowed one reset.
by Siddley Hawker
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:38 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Ontario To NFLD
Replies: 20
Views: 2242

Re: Ontario To NFLD

If you're going via Cape Breton, why not come back via the northern route across the Straits of Belle Isle from St. Anthony (YAY) to Blanc Sablon (YBX) and up the coast of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Sept-Iles and Quebec City? Don't miss Deer Lake (YDF), that's the 'airport of entry' for Gros Morne ...
by Siddley Hawker
Sun Jun 04, 2017 6:25 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: What airplane was the most difficult to fly?
Replies: 39
Views: 5468

Re: What airplane was the most difficult to fly?

Yeah, McKinnon it was. Had a brain fart - not an unknown thing - and forgot. :)
by Siddley Hawker
Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:22 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: The 'Mexican game': How Air Transat misled passengers and aviation officials
Replies: 25
Views: 5715

Re: The 'Mexican game': How Air Transat misled passengers and aviation officials

I believe it is called "filing short"...like when you want to go from Winnipeg to Thompson but can't carry enough gas. File to Norway House then miss and go to Thompson...I can use other locales but this one I hold dear. Yep. Before no alternate IFR became the rule, I've done it. Palm Beach - Minne...
by Siddley Hawker
Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:11 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: What airplane was the most difficult to fly?
Replies: 39
Views: 5468

Re: What airplane was the most difficult to fly?

Cat, who put the turbines on the Goose, Fred Frakes?
Oh, I can't think of an airplane that I found hard to fly, although I detested the Beech Queen Air. Had nothing to do with the airplane, it was the engines I hated.
by Siddley Hawker
Wed May 17, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Bush Flying & Specialty Air Service
Topic: Best Float Flying Read
Replies: 26
Views: 9501

Re: Best Float Flying Read

There's a couple of books by Jack Schofield that are a must, Flights Of A Coast Dog and No Numbered Runways.
They're probably available from Amazon, or barring that Larry Milberry at CanAv Books. Jack should be on AvCanada but I don't know his handle.
by Siddley Hawker
Wed May 17, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: This is a *real* autopilot
Replies: 4
Views: 1694

Re: This is a *real* autopilot

I would like to see the robot do one thing many (not all) pilots do well and that is to scratch it's nuts. I once took CF-IUU off the dolly and over to the seaplane base. I noticed the seat back had been repaired at some point, so I asked their engineer what had happened. Jules had an accent you co...
by Siddley Hawker
Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:02 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: North Korean issues
Replies: 45
Views: 4033

Re: North Korean issues

Somebody oughta tell Young Fat Wun that his haircut makes his head look like a whorehouse doorknob.
by Siddley Hawker
Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:18 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: United, again.
Replies: 156
Views: 11950

Re: United, again.

United Airlines screwed up big time on this one and to make it worse their CEO stepped in the dog shit with both feet.
Yeah Cat, then he stuck one foot in his mouth.
by Siddley Hawker
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:28 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: United, again.
Replies: 156
Views: 11950

Re: United, again.

Here's how customer service should work. Last fall my daughter and her two small kids ( 4 and 5-yo) were travelling on Jazz on a seat sale. On the flight back home to UL the flight was overbooked. When we went to check in the agent offered her $400 apiece to give up their seats and also put them on ...

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