After several months of trying, Chris Duros and I were finally able to get together and do some flying in our -12s after work yesterday. We decided to fly up to the Skagit and see if the waters had come down from the last time Chris was up there. It would also be a chance for me to try my first gravel bar landing. After practicing a bunch of spot landings at PAE and on Karl's new STOL strip in Duvall, I felt ready to give it a try.
Chris led the way (http://supercub.org/gallery/view_pho...Chris_Mt_Baker) and we scouted a couple and then found the riverbank he was familiar with:
He went in first and walked it while I circled and took pictures:
After getting the beta on the approach and landing from Chris, I set up for my very first riverbank landing. Other than the sun in my eyes, it went smoothly and Chris' guidance to make sure to avoid a rise in the bank at the shore was spot on. Just like I'd been practicing, I came over the edge at 45 IAS, set her down and cut the power. A little bumpy (now I know why we have bungees), but no problems getting stopped and parked.
I ordered my bushwheels last night and can hardly wait to go out again.
Thanks again Chris (Mikey here on the site)!