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by PilotDAR
Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:36 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Forced landing on a beach caught on videos
Replies: 16
Views: 2498

Re: Forced landing on a beach caught on videos

Generally, sand will be more firm where it is moist, but not submerged. When I have done beach landings, I have touched down so the water side mainwheel would not be lapped by the highest wave, but close. Once down and taxiing, move a little further away form the water to be sure. Consider that when...
by PilotDAR
Wed Jan 06, 2021 6:58 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Forced landing on a beach caught on videos
Replies: 16
Views: 2498

Re: Forced landing on a beach caught on videos

This one worked out reasonably well Well, I guess in that the pilot did not hit the beach goer who ran out of the way at the last second, but the landing could have been better. Any extension of flap would have given a better outcome, as would landing on the more moist area of the sand, where it wo...
by PilotDAR
Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:35 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Looking back at the airspeed should be instinctive
Replies: 82
Views: 1891

Re: Looking back at the airspeed should be instinctive

I have flown a couple of aircraft with AOA indicators. They were of little use to me and ignored. Generally, for GA planes with an aftermarket AoA, I agree. If the AoA is a part of the type design, they seem to be better. Be very aware of aftermarket AoA systems installed in airplanes which have ot...
by PilotDAR
Sat Jan 02, 2021 12:00 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: Looking back at the airspeed should be instinctive
Replies: 82
Views: 1891

Re: Looking back at the airspeed should be instinctive

I agree, I rely little on airspeed information from base in. Sure, I may glance, but I do not rely. I've had enough either ASI blocks or errors, that I consider it a reference instrument, not a prime instrument in a GA plane. When landing a Caravan into my home runway (2100 x 50'), I was paying real...
by PilotDAR
Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:47 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Get safe aircraft control before talking to ATC
Replies: 49
Views: 1899

Re: Get safe aircraft control before talking to ATC

At an estimated 200 ft aal, the engine suffered a rapid and significant power loss. ........... it struck two houses and came to rest between them. Gee, that's a bit worrisome, if you're climbing through 200 feet, and there are houses under you already! That would extra certainly be a takeoff for w...
by PilotDAR
Sat Jan 02, 2021 11:43 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Get safe aircraft control before talking to ATC
Replies: 49
Views: 1899

Re: Get safe aircraft control before talking to ATC

Why didn't you in this situation if I may ask? Well, to be honest, I didn't think a mayday call would get me anything I didn't already have. I had a landing clearance, and the tower knew I was gliding in, so I jut focused on flying the plane. As otherwise referenced, landing on that runway is going...
by PilotDAR
Sat Jan 02, 2021 5:30 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Get safe aircraft control before talking to ATC
Replies: 49
Views: 1899

Re: Get safe aircraft control before talking to ATC

No, they don't. Obviously you believe you have this all figured out, but you are not seeing the big picture. Just because your aircraft and operations are simple enough that you can (hopefully) successfully do a mayday call AND not stall the aircraft at the same time, doesn't mean that you aren't a...
by PilotDAR
Fri Jan 01, 2021 2:09 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: What Does It Mean If .....
Replies: 75
Views: 1582

Re: What Does It Mean If .....

I don't think for this particular airplane something actually snapped, In many planes (any of the Cessnas I have worked on) the bladder tanks are held in position by metal snaps, either the dome type found on a heavy jacket, or the wire type which hold the door panels to the door frame. They can ea...
by PilotDAR
Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:18 am
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: What Does It Mean If .....
Replies: 75
Views: 1582

Re: What Does It Mean If .....

What happened?
Hint: the plane has bladder tanks.
Bladder tank came unsnapped within its bay, and collapsed, perhaps fussing the fuel sender as it did. A blocked vent can be a reason for a bladder tank collapse.
by PilotDAR
Thu Dec 31, 2020 6:54 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: What Does It Mean If .....
Replies: 75
Views: 1582

Re: What Does It Mean If .....

I replaced ___________ and it was fine afterward. Happened to me on one cylinder only: it was the plug at fault. What was it for you? If you have old mag leads, and the insulation is breaking down, it'll show first in the thinner air of high altitude (yeah, even in a 150). The spark will go to grou...
by PilotDAR
Thu Dec 31, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: Flight Training
Topic: What Does It Mean If .....
Replies: 75
Views: 1582

Re: What Does It Mean If .....

I'm not sure what the next open number is, but: Mags check perfectly on the ground. At high altitude (nearing 10,000 feet) engine is rough running, and makes you worried, mag check in flight is poor on either or both. Descend, and at lower altitude, they're perfectly fine again. This happened to me ...
by PilotDAR
Mon Dec 28, 2020 7:19 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: How is everyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 1482

Re: How is everyone?

I am perfectly well. I know that it's been a really rough year on many people, and I think of those who are having a challenge in life these days. I am fortunate that life has positioned me to manage through difficult times. 'Family is healthy, two great grandkids, two more on the way, work mostly f...
by PilotDAR
Sun Dec 27, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Use the Ferry Tank Early
Replies: 7
Views: 1144

Re: Use the Ferry Tank Early

While right seat to a very experienced Twin Otter pilot many decades back, we had a ferry system problem ferrying into Africa. He understood the system very well, and got it working while I flew. It was a venting issue. Yes, get the ferry fuel flowing early in the flight. I have "approved"...
by PilotDAR
Fri Dec 25, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Who Else Looked Up To C huck Yeager As a Kid?
Replies: 21
Views: 1270

Re: Who Else Looked Up To C huck Yeager As a Kid?

I consider Yeager to be inspirational, though that does not mean that I entirely looked up to him. He inspired me as he began from basic airplane mechanic beginnings, and worked hard to advance. I agree that perhaps he was less than team like along the way, and overly self important, and I do not ad...
by PilotDAR
Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:33 am
Forum: Accidents, Incidents & Overdue Aircraft
Topic: Long Landing Thread
Replies: 16
Views: 1748

Re: Long Landing Thread

I was cleared to "land long" once. I was landing in Harare, where the runway is 16,000 feet long (from old BOAC Comet days, I was later told). It would be pointless to land a Twin Otter in the touchdown zone and then taxi it for three miles! I support the idea of the pilot knowing which po...
by PilotDAR
Sun Dec 20, 2020 8:23 am
Forum: Aviation Videos & Photos
Topic: Some stall testing in a Grand Caravan
Replies: 5
Views: 657

Re: Some stall testing in a Grand Caravan

if you were certain about the results of the test, you wouldn't have to test. I can't use the word "certain", but I'm comfortable with "very confident". The test is a demonstration of compliance. Approval of the modification requires that compliance with the design requirements ...
by PilotDAR
Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Aviation Videos & Photos
Topic: Some stall testing in a Grand Caravan
Replies: 5
Views: 657

Re: Some stall testing in a Grand Caravan

What was the reason for the 1500 fpm climb? Couldn't get it to satisfactorily stall otherwise? It is required by the standard to approach the stall at one knot per second deceleration, and I was at 30 flap. Maintaining a particular altitude is not a requirement of that stall standard. With 75% powe...
by PilotDAR
Sat Dec 19, 2020 12:48 pm
Forum: Aviation Videos & Photos
Topic: Some stall testing in a Grand Caravan
Replies: 5
Views: 657

Some stall testing in a Grand Caravan

https://youtu.be/VpYI0PU6P-g I flew about 40 stalls, and all configurations, in a modified Cessna 208B Grand Caravan yesterday. Here's a video made by the Engineer who was right seat to me. It was a really bright day, so some instrument face reflections. But, you can see on each of the instruments ...
by PilotDAR
Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:10 am
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Ram Horn Yokes on Older Cessna 172
Replies: 7
Views: 908

Re: Ram Horn Yokes on Older Cessna 172

Although it may seem like an easy thing to change, the prevailing regulations require that the "data" be available, appropriate to the intended change. If the data exists (parts catalog say it's eligible, or there's an STC) you're good to use that data. In the absence of such data, creatin...

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