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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:42 am

Headed over to the saphouse for breakfast on Sunday morning. Passed over the Amish Sunday meeting along the way.

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JUst 2 of us. me and a L4/ HE-1 at saphouse. Missed getting his pix but got his tracks

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Such a nice day I went for more gas.

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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby RKittine » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:01 am

Looks like it was a beautiful day. Nice pictures as always.
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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:46 pm

Dumped in more gas and flew over to Skippy's

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He hadn't flown in a year while working on his SC so I let him play with mine to keep him motivated.

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Was sunny when we went down into the basement to check on his project.

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And when we came upstairs for me to go home it had changed a little. Fun ride home

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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby RKittine » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:33 pm

Glenn,

Looks more like some of the other more recent trips. Glad that you got home OK. What motor is in your new SC?

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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:46 pm

0200. Just a normal flying day upstate, if you want to fly you have to deal with it and be ready to spend the night with the farmers daughter.

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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby RKittine » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:49 pm

Or in your tent ! (depending on what the Farmer's Daughter may look like. What makes a Cub a SC? Can you solo your plane from either seat? Did you ever solo the Champ from the back seat? According to the 7CCM specs, it is solo from front seat only, but I think that Dan said that he soloed it from the back also.

I bought a lightweight tent and a sleeping bag to throw in the back of the plane, but since I never leave the Warwick Pattern, I have not had occasion to use it. - Bob
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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Mon Feb 10, 2014 1:56 pm

I have a -30F sleeping bag, backpack tent, 12x16 tarp and others stuff with me at all times. It's not if I'm going to spend a night in the Dacks but when.

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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby CFII » Mon Feb 10, 2014 2:34 pm

Cool Castle.
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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby RKittine » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:24 pm

Glenn,

I got my latest excuse. Although Cessna discontinued Piston Aircraft during the Regan Years, and all the controllers got fired during that same time, leaving me with a fear of flying in the system with all the newbies, I am afraid to leave my home turf because the current Socialist Administration has me afraid to spend any money and fly.

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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:56 pm

OK. But I'm spending mine before they try to spend mine.

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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby RKittine » Tue Feb 11, 2014 3:58 pm

Glenn,

You need a better tax accountant. I am actually on my way to B&H Photo right now to get another action camera (super sale) that I will probably not put to use (beat you to it), but need to support the economy.

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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby Tim McCormack » Tue Feb 11, 2014 4:18 pm

cubdriver2 wrote:OK. But I'm spending mine before they try to spend mine.

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Glenn, in case you haven't noticed, you're too late. :shtstrm:
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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby psafran » Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:57 pm

Tim McCormack wrote:
cubdriver2 wrote:OK. But I'm spending mine before they try to spend mine.

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Glenn, in case you haven't noticed, you're too late. :shtstrm:

I may be too late too, but hope to stop them spending my grandkids money (and they're not born yet)
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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:29 am

Balmy, sunny -23 this morning

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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby RKittine » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:40 am

Sounds like a perfect day for you to take a ride in the SC. What is Dan doing with his now?
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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:13 pm

RKittine wrote:Sounds like a perfect day for you to take a ride in the SC. What is Dan doing with his now?



Flying it. Didn't you see him in the ski pix?

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Re: Won't be long

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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby RKittine » Wed Feb 12, 2014 4:31 pm

I didn't notice him and don't remember his N number.
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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:51 pm

I got to the Saphouse and tested the snow laying down 100' of tracks, all seemed ok so I came back and landed. Well after 3 or 4 outa control just happy to keep moving circular drift busting circuts I got back out of the Saphouse hayfield and headed for plan # 2 for the day

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Jim knew a little General store in Bachlorville on the East end of the bridge.

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Waters down about 20'

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Made the most of the weather we had.

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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby RKittine » Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:47 am

Glenn,

Is that the frame of a new structure you are building?

I understand you met Mark yesterday. Told me that you guys met up and while he was on the ice between a couple of the planes, his one leg went through. Where was that. Any pictures?

Did you tell him to sign up here?

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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:19 pm

RKittine wrote:Glenn,

Is that the frame of a new structure you are building?

I understand you met Mark yesterday. Told me that you guys met up and while he was on the ice between a couple of the planes, his one leg went through. Where was that. Any pictures?

Did you tell him to sign up here?

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I met Mark last week, he fell thru at Saranac Lake by the ice castle. When I lead a group in to land I always overfly the LZ so that everybody has a looksee. I wouldn't have parked where he did from what I saw flying over.

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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby cubdriver2 » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:50 pm

Well I almost had another great unplaned adventure today. Was a little slow at work today and it had warmed up to 40f. We had a bunch of snow the last couple weeks and I was talking to my buddy Tom and he was worried about his camp roofs up in the Adirondacks. Forcast for the next couple day is for rain. Most of you know that lots of snow on a roof that gets rained on is a bad thing. Snow is like a sponge when it gets rained on and can weigh 50lb a cubic foot. Add the fact that these roofs are almost 100 years old is not good. His cabins are in the middle of nowhere and only accessible by boat, plane or sled. The local guys who normally do the roofs are busy with other roofs. So........I leave work about 1 and load up my Cub with 7 sections of 5' snowrake tubes and head North. I posted a pix of Toms camp 2 weeks ago on this thread when I landed and the snow was around 30" then but no overflow, solid ice.i get there and lay down about 500' of tracks 50' off of the shoreline. Go back up and it had filled with water. Layed down a second set 100' out and it also turns dark. I ran thru the second set a few times thinking it might get better if the tracks are wider. So now I go out 300' and lay down tracks and go back up for a look see and after 10 min its still white so I go back in the same tracks and extend them out to 700' long and back up to look. It stays white for another 10 flying around. Now my brain is telling me that I should go home, that even if the farther out tracks work out that I'm still going to have to snowshoe 500' thru 3' of slush just to get to the cabin. But my heart is saying, Toms a good friend and lets me use his place and he needs someone to step up and help. The last pass was at about 25mph without much drag so I set up to land, I touch just before my tracks because I want to park in the beginning of the tracks so that I can use the whole distance for the takeoff later. I was alot deeper then it showed on the earlier pass. I was in deep do do and I knew I was in trouble if I let it stop. WOT was only giving me a couple mph and I was in the old tracks, ran the whole 700' and might have gotten up to 6 or 7mph. I had the door open now and the seatbelt off and the top of the snow was as high as the landing gear top bolts but I was still moving. I couldn't steer much and had to hold the tailski up out of the snow to keep moving. As I left the tracks a big 100 ' dark spot was in front of me but I couldn't get away from it. As I went across the dark spot I picked up another 5mph and had a little better stearing. I knew the only hope I had of getting out was to do a 180 and get into the watery wider tracks from the second pass. But that ment that I had to turn towards the tree lined shore line and if I didn't complete the 180 turn I would be stopped facing the trees. But it was the only chance I had so I started to try to turn around. 20 years of ski flying and it took everything I knew but I made the 180 and at 5mph I was balls to the wall trying to line up with the watery tracks. Somehow I'm in the tracks splashing my way down the 2 3' deep channels gaining about 5mph every 100'. I'm doing about 25 and the last 200' of tracks in front of me end at a big boulder sticking up out of the ice that I over flew when I landed. The last 100' and I got up on one ski and just as the tracks ended I was barely flying with the backs of the skis still making marks in the untouched snow. Zero to Hero again  God I love this sh!t

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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby RKittine » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:24 pm

Sounds like a wonderful adventure Glenn and great story for the grand kids, but what happened to Tom's roof? - I think I am going to have to work in very slowing and cautiously to this ski flying stuff. Bob
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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby CFII » Fri Feb 21, 2014 2:59 pm

Good story about a lot of prep and still ending up flying lucky. Full Lotus floats would be safely parked at the shoreline on the first pass with no worries of sinking.
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Re: Won't be long

Unread postby RKittine » Fri Feb 21, 2014 3:39 pm

And save all the time and expense of change over twice a year, but then their is the whole Certificated Aircraft issue.
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