STOL Demo, KPYM – Aug 20th

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If you are around, please join us at the Plymouth Airshow on Aug 20th where Bill Brine, Marcum Scott and I will be doing a STOL demo.  Bill will be in his A18 Husky, Marcum in the Kitfox 4, and I in the Skywagon.  Also at the event will be a Bell 47 demo, RC Jet performance, golf ball drop raffle, and the biggie… Michael Goulian in his Extra 330SC!

You are welcome to fly in that day, just be aware that there is a POTUS TFR going on.  This will not effect PYM, but 15/33 is closed and 24 has right traffic…

 

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Tour de Strip…

Been doing a bunch of fall flying lately.  The air has been great, the temps nice and crisp, and the colors perfect.

Backcountry Pilot IMR or “Informal Micro Rally”

In the effort to get more BCP folks to get out camping and meeting, I created the IMR or Informal Micro Rally.

What the hell does that mean?  Simple:  Just get out and camp… Doesn’t have to be anywhere crazy, short, or gnarly.  Anyone is welcome, anywhere is game… Pick a meeting spot and run whatcha brung.

Pick a spot, let other folks know where you are heading by posting it, and roll the dice… If at least another person shows up, you got yourself an IMR.

 

Good luck!

 

Some pics of last weekends event in Lincoln ME.  It was myself, Texashooligan, and another Skywagon.  Was chilly, but super fun!

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Afternoon Visit…

It continues to be an amazingly warm December, and a perfect excuse to play hooky from work. After a couple of days of rain, the clouds broke and I jetted over to Sherman field for a quick visit with my friend Dick.

Headed out to Katama (1B2)

I think Im getting the 180 dialed in a bit closer.  I have 10hrs on since the new tires etc., and it feels nice and tight.  Of course this whole CS prop thing is totally new to me, but I think Im getting it.  Cross country from L.A. I was worried at the 14.5gph burn, so I’ve been messing around with power settings and have been happy with a lesser 11gph burn at roughly the same TAS.  In the C170, the A/C seemed to want to wheel land all the time.  With the 180, its the opposite.  Its soooo much heavier than the 170.  More practice needed…

Was a bit dreary in Eastern MA today, but a nice calm day to fly.  I put 1.4 on the hobbs and headed over to Martha’s Vineyard and did a couple at Katama (1B2).  (such a great place)  Playing all this hooky from work is gonna kick my ass come next month.

3 Hrs of Grass…

Fantastic day today at Plymouth (PYM.) Was able to get in the left seat and stretch her out for nearly 3 hours of grass flying along with some good instruction.

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We started at the home base of Plymouth (PYM) and headed to my friend Dicks private strip called Sherman Field (MA63.) From there, it was south west to a great grass strip called Myricks (1M8,) and then south east to Cape Cod Airport AKA Marston’s Mills (2B1.)

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When I bought her, I was a bit nervous flying the 180, worrying that it might be a bit too much airplane, but after today, I feel really good and am ready to settle in and really start to learn how to fly her. I can already tell it’s behaving differently with all the weight out of the tail and really is nice on the larger tires. It really is fun to fly… And although its not that dramatic of a cuff, the Owl Stol cuff really makes it nice and docile.

Found a couple more squawks today that I am adding to the list. Nothing major, but expected. All in all, I got in about 20 grass landings and learned a ton. A great way to spend an afternoon!

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We are fortunate here in Eastern Mass to have at least a dozen well maintained grass strips within a 20 mile radius, and its my plan to use em.

We started at the home base of Plymouth (PYM) and headed to my friend Dicks private strip called Sherman Field.  (MA63.)  From there, it was south west to a great grass strip called Myricks (1M8,) and then south east to Cape Cod Airport AKA Marstons Mills (2B1.)

When I bought her, I was a bit nervous flying the 180, worrying that it might be a bit too much airplane, but after today, I feel really good and am ready to settle in and really start to learn how to fly her.  I can already tell it’s behaving differently with all the weight out of the tail and really is nice on the larger tires.  It really is fun to fly… And although its not that dramatic of a cuff, the Owl Stol cuff really makes it nice and docile. (will be pulling this off eventually for a Sportsman!)

Found a couple more squawks today that I am adding to the list.  Nothing major, but expected.  All in all, I got in about 20 grass landings and learned a ton.  A great way to spend an afternoon!

Getting Excited For Next Summer…

Earlier this year I made some vids of the C170 flying locally.  I thought I would start adding some video pages on this blog.  Watching them gets me pumped to really start flying the Skywagon.

This is a short of flying into my friend Dick’s private grass strip.  He had a flyin the day this was shot.  Its called Sherman Field (MA63.)

Katama FIeld (1B2)

Flew into Katama field (1B2) today to get checked out in an L19 Bird Dog. What an awesome field. Love it!

Sherman Field Fly-In…

We had a local airshow at my friends private airstrip (MA63) last weekend called Sherman Field. It was a great time. Here is a short vid.