High Sierra Fly-In Article (BCP)

New article up on BCP about the High Sierra Fly-In.  Thanks to By and BCP for posting!

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Great Article by Zane over at BCP…

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I love re-posting great stuff from BCP.org…  Check out Zane’s latest article on Alex Wells over at backcountrypilot.org.

 

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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Small BCP Get-togher this Weekend N. Maine. All welcome…

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Small BCP IMR (Informal Micro Rally) this Sat night deep in the Maine woods. Will be remote, but doable for anyone who wants to tag along… We will probably be meeting at Bethel around lunchtime for fuel, then flying up together, hitting some of the usual suspects along the way as well as some exploration Sun AM. If you want to join, shoot me an eMail info@bushwagoneast.com. The more the merrier! Strip is about 33mi north of Greenville, and W of Baxter.

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Great Article and New Film: STOL Tips (Tricycle Gear Airplanes)

Patrick Romano of Backcountry Aviation has released a great new STOL Tips film along with a detailed article over on BCP.org.   Worth a watch…

 

 

 

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Dead Stick Landing – C170B…

This is an oldie but goodie.  Nice job by the pilot.

Great New Article On Fire Starting Over At BCP…

Great article from Ravi Fry over on BCP.org.  Thanks Ravi for your work and supporting the community!

 

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Wings Over The Rockies + Harrison Ford…

Probably safe to say that most of us have a “man crush” on Capt. Solo…  That aside, Harrison Ford has done much for general aviation, and for that, we should be singularly grateful.

Mr. Ford’s latest endeavor.

 

POV Cessna 205 Crash… Glad Everyone is OK!

Just reminds you of how quickly stuff can go wrong!

 

 

State Of AK: Off Airport Ops Guide

Found this the other day… (Click here for PDF)

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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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Alton Bay Ice Runway…

Was able to get up to Alton Bay for the Ice Runway. Those guys do a kick ass job up in N.H.  Kudos!

Found these pics of the Bushwagon on the 180/185 club site.

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Looking to Ski…

Some great chewy air!  DA this AM was -4600.

Flew over to Sherman Field where I was taunted by the cool kids for not having my skis worked out yet.

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Might try to get em on before the snow all goes away.

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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.

Prop Clearance…

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One of the “cool” things you see the BC Pilots do in all the Alaska films is taxi around with their tail up.  Takes a bit of skill, a bit of power, some delicate braking, and a whole lotta smile.

Since I am constantly being drawn into this black hole of the back country, I thought I should get to know the airplane a bit and see just how much clearance I was dealing with between the deck and the prop tip while in flight attitude.

Since the Skywagon was already set up for this measurement, I would have been a lazy ass had I not pulled the tape and walked around to the danger end of the airplane.

The reality was that there is WAY more clearance than it looks from the pilot seat.  From deck to tip, with the 82″ mac I am running, I have 18″ of “leeway.”  Interesting…

Inspiration…

Saw this again on the BCP.org site.  I remember watching this over and over again when I was looking for a good C170.  It really got me bit.  If you’ve not seen it, take a second and give a look…

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.)