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Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:14 am
After the first season that I was a partner in the Chief, I learned two things.
1. - How to start it. Was no different that what I used for the champ in later years, but was quite easy. A couple of shots of prime, six or more blades with the mags OFF and the throttle open and then 1/4" on the throttle and mags on, an it would start in 2 blades. Hot or cold.
2. - I thought it was kind of piggish getting off the water using the normal procedure (CARS) and it would mush around to get on the step, until I tried something else - Instead of Full Stick (Yoke) back, I only used half and with just me on board, it would pop on the step and I was always off in 6 seconds. 10 seconds with me and a passenger. The high angle if generated with full stick back was just too much resistance.
Since I have never flown your J-4 I can not comment on it, but I have flown Bob Everts J-4 with a C-85 on many occasions and it did not perform for me any better than the Chief did. Next time you fly Gene's Chief, try the above and then re-comment on the performance. In the air it was a dog, but then so was the Champ.
You also need to keep in mind that when Dick the Dick, Don and I finished the Spec Out for the rebuild, I had intended to take the plane from time to time to the lake at Warwick and flying in that area meant a transponder was necessary with an electrical system. so in addition to all the padded side panels, the Bender Com and the Bender Transponder, we were heavier then we needed to be. The floats also were painted adding a little weight.
Years back I did like the 7CCMs that the Dunham's had at Little Ferry, but they were C-90s on 60-1320s and stripped of every possible thing to reduce weight.
I did enjoy flying Fil's 7GCBC though too.
Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:24 am
Why would you need a transponder at Warwick? Chief not even close to the J4. At island I'm off the water 150' before the wire.
Mon Feb 26, 2018 4:42 pm
Like I said Glenn, I have never flown your J-4, so I can only comment on the one that I have flown. I was always ready to be off the water by the wire and would hold it on the surface until I passed under it. Whether I needed one or not is not the point, there was one in the plane along with a panel mounted radio, both of which added weight as well as antenna weight. Has Gene taken it / them out? In any case why worry about it, I was not asking for your input, opinion or suggestions on the equipment list, just stating a fact as to why the plane was / is heavier than it needs to be, hence degrading some of the, but for the record, I my original intention was to be able to bring the plane onto a fresh water lake on Eastern Long Island, requiring a flight through the Transponder Vail. Put the rest of the sectional up and draw a line from Warwick to East Hampton. I never asked you why you had the extra wide rear seat in the Champ with its added weight, but I guess all those breakfast runs can put on the pounds. Bob
Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:11 pm
That was one of the few Champs that had the wide back seat when I got it. I left it in in case one of the future owners liked picking up fat chicks or wanted to give JJ a ride
PS. As to the rest of the sectional, that is useless weight. Why would anyone want to fly South East of Warwick?
Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:54 pm
You also forget that all six seasons I owned it, it came off the floats at the end of the season and went on wheels allowing a much broader range of travel options. Since I live in New York City and Long Island, having planes with transponders greatly expands their usefulness.
Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:15 pm
Thats why that NORDO Champ was perfect for you. You could go under most everywhere down there
Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:43 am
Looks like the Ski season got extended for some in New York yesterday. 36"s of snow in some places. Just rain down here.
Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:05 pm
Getting dug out, tough with mud underneath.
Time to go play some
Awesome riding today, nothing like virgin snow
Amish heading home
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:03 am
That's one mean nose and a nice helmet!
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:15 pm
When I was a 15 year old farm hand back in 1970 freezing my butt off shoveling poop. The nice farmers wife knitted that for me for Christmas. One of my most treasured items I own.
I guess I have to blame my Dad for the nose.
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:38 am
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:29 am
Flew up yesterday to spend the night with the boys at the cabin on Black Creek lk. Jeff, Poor Joe, CCJoe and Jeff's brother Brad who owns the cabin
We were roughing it
Brad is an amazing cool
Have to go to work
Great time, thanks guys
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