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Not a Goldwing

Postby WingAdmin » Tue Mar 17, 2015 3:42 pm



Not even a motorcycle. But I thought this might interest some people who were talking about riding in cold weather.

I have a friend with whom I went to flight school, who was born and raised in Alaska, and has spent the last twenty years flying bush up there. He's currently flying along with the Iditarod mushers, putting his plane to bed on whatever lake he can land his (ski-equipped) airplane.

It's very cold - one of the other pilots in his group, flying a ski-equipped Cessna 206 in -48F temperatures had the oil seal in his propeller governor blow, due to a combination of cold temperature and high oil pressure caused by the thick oil in the extreme temperature.

The oil blew out over the cowl and covered the windshield, and the cockpit filled with smoke. The pilot could not see the instruments, and he could see (sort of) out of the side window if he held his head close to it. He managed to not only keep the plane upright, but find a frozen lake and put the plane down on it, with no damage at all.

Bush pilots are amazing! :)

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Re: Not a Goldwing

Postby Mspinner » Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:19 pm

Wow"... So glad I wasn't with him!! Ever see the movie " The Edge". ? That plane crash always scared the crap out of me. Great movie! I'm glad he was ok :)

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Re: Not a Goldwing

Postby redial » Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:34 pm

I hope the Environment Protection Agency did not fine him for making a mess of the clouds.

Great skills, though.
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Re: Not a Goldwing

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Mar 22, 2015 6:59 am

I have no clue..... :shock: are these small planes heated,, I would guess yes.. What a nightmare that must of been,, if this happened at night be probably wouldn't be with us all today...

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Re: Not a Goldwing

Postby Ol' Man » Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:08 am

I took a ride with a crop duster once. Like riding a roller coaster. One has to admire those pilots.
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Re: Not a Goldwing

Postby littlebeaver » Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:33 am

Admin. do you have any photo's of the plane you fly?
I would like to see it .... Name of Plane? I wish to know all about it...

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Re: Not a Goldwing

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:39 am

littlebeaver wrote:I have no clue..... :shock: are these small planes heated,, I would guess yes.. What a nightmare that must of been,, if this happened at night be probably wouldn't be with us all today...


Yes, there is a shroud around the muffler, outside air is run through the shroud where it is heated, and then piped into the cockpit as needed.

Bush pilots don't often fly at night. No lights, no ground reference, no way to land.

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Re: Not a Goldwing

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:44 am

littlebeaver wrote:Admin. do you have any photo's of the plane you fly?
I would like to see it .... Name of Plane? I wish to know all about it...


I rarely fly anymore. But I used to fly my dad's Cherokee 180 quite often:

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Re: Not a Goldwing

Postby littlebeaver » Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:00 pm

That's awesome,, thank you ...I always wondered how they got heated.. Looks like fun to fly around in...

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Re: Not a Goldwing

Postby WingAdmin » Mon Mar 23, 2015 12:07 pm

littlebeaver wrote:That's awesome,, thank you ...I always wondered how they got heated.. Looks like fun to fly around in...


One of the main problems with that system is that if the muffler develops even pinhole leaks, it starts pumping carbon monoxide from the exhaust into the cockpit. For that reason the exhaust is inspected closely during annual and 100-hour inspections, and many owners choose to have carbon monoxide detectors in the cockpit. Some pilots even fly with an oxygen saturation meter.

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Re: Not a Goldwing

Postby silverado6x6 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 12:11 pm

I flew briefly up here in Alaska when i moved here in 1992, did not really get into it. But during the summer months you can easily land at what you would think of when its dark, but it isnt, the sun is up and shining at midnite, its a bright twilite from say 2-3 am, you dont even need headlights.
Now winter though is different, more night than day. Its a requirement to make a night takeoff and landing here during flight school, usually you have to do it in the early spring or late summer.


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