Prop Clearance…December 11, 2012
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…