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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
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:18 am
Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:45 pm
3 days till first day of spring, -3 below this morning, 19 now. Working on my tan before I go out on the sled
49 year old sled still thumping away
Life is good
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:37 pm
I ski instructed in Fairbanks and those Ski Doo's where our run-about's each evening. A couple of times we would find a disoriented skier and bring them back to the lodge.
They got the job done.
Tue Mar 20, 2018 7:49 am
First day of spring :-) -7 below, might get May ski time yet
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:45 am
Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:58 am
12 this morning. Another awesome day, heading North
Got to Stillwater and they closed for the season last night.
So we flew over to Beaver River
Bob, while sitting in the Taphouse at Raquette lk I met Mark the new Edo 2000 Sedan owner based at Raquette
Awesome day, ski flying and a sunburn at the same time
Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:18 pm
I'm getting spring fever. Picked up a new toy for the pond. I need the ice to stand on to get the post in to support it.
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:18 pm
I know that snow is just solid water, but can't we convert to liquid state already?
4 years into my stay in Germany and I don't miss a single snowflake...
When are you putting the damn floats on, Dr. McGlenn?
Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:15 pm
I love winter and the snow but the ice is melting fast, I fell thru a couple times but if I stayed on the sheet of plywood it kinda worked. Little scary when I was up on the step ladder with a 10lb sledge drivering the pipes in.
Had to stage it to find out where the pipes needed to go.
I can finish the rest later
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:41 am
QUOTE=cubdriver2;714547]Happy Easter. Some of us we're blessed with a beautiful coating of new snow making the world look like a new day
Grandkids had a blast for over 2 hrs on the hill behind the house. Best sled snow all winter, er.......spring.https://youtu.be/nCbYZrCBMao
Then after dinner the Boyz needed a nap
Sat Apr 21, 2018 10:58 pm
Spent the day on the island with Bob replacing the bearings on the seaplane Dolly and running around chasing parts and ice cream in his 35 flathead Ford
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