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    Tim, I should probably add that we made a...

    Tim,

    I should probably add that we made a couple basic mods to the steering which improved same. One simple (but not cheap) one is to get rid of the “standard” steering arm on the 3200 tailwheel,...
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    It turned well, Tim, mostly because of lots of...

    It turned well, Tim, mostly because of lots of power and a pretty light tail. The AWB 2500 skis were pretty heavy and didn’t float real well, but....

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    There are lots of nice shiny "toys" out there to...

    There are lots of nice shiny "toys" out there to select from......some sixty years old, others much newer. But, $150 K will buy you a VERY nice airplane that will do 99 % what a CC will do....or...
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    I agree that the SPOT is useless or close in...

    I agree that the SPOT is useless or close in Alaska. In at least parts of the Lower 48, it kinda works, but there's no doubt that In Reach, and as noted above, an Iridium Satellite phone are far,...
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    Stewart's comment reminded me of a story from an...

    Stewart's comment reminded me of a story from an old time Alaskan who now lives in Lewistown, MT. He spent a number of years as a game warden and pilot in Alaska. I asked him if he was a pilot when...
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    Aviation is a very small world. MTV

    Aviation is a very small world.

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    True story that..... MTV

    True story that.....

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    A paved runway....is how long? A Husky, even on...

    A paved runway....is how long? A Husky, even on floats, should be airborne in what..seven hundred feet?

    One thing I’ve ALWAYS done on amphibs: Lift off, positive rate-gear is coming...
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    And that’s a guy who’s setting himself up...

    And that’s a guy who’s setting himself up for....what? It becomes a “nothing call” on wheels, and if you play that game sooner or later, you’ll get them mixed up.

    Discipline, not rote. Geeez!...
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    As the others implied, full left rudder, stick...

    As the others implied, full left rudder, stick forward and BLASTS of power. Of course if you hold that power in, your skis may dig in. So quick blasts of power. It sounds rude. I once asked a...
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    You were certainly blessed to train with...

    You were certainly blessed to train with Tom....what a class act! And, stories!!! I miss him!

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    Absolutely on your last statement, but it's not...

    Absolutely on your last statement, but it's not stupidity and it's not arrogance.

    Frankly, I think all the bells, whistles, bitching Bettys, etc, etc MAY in fact be counter productive. They...
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    100%...... Mtv

    100%......

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    I don't think no steering would be all that bad...

    I don't think no steering would be all that bad on a Cub, IF you could add a locking device to the TW.

    Most of the big ag planes have no tailwheel steering, but I think they all have lockable...
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    Discussions of survival always remind me of a...

    Discussions of survival always remind me of a story Tom Wardleigh told about his early fifties Alaska experience: Tom came to work as the “new guy” at Fish and Wildlife Services Lake Hood base. One...
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    Yep, and the cost of insurance on amphibs just...

    Yep, and the cost of insurance on amphibs just went up again....Ca-Ching! Won’t be long before nobody will be able to afford to insure an amphibious plane. All because pilots get distracted and...
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    In that place and situation, I’d rather use an In...

    In that place and situation, I’d rather use an In Reach or SPOT, but I sure wouldn’t hesitate to put out a call in the blind on 121.5. Get me and my plane back safe, and I’ll happily apologize to...
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    All 150 hp Super Cubs increase GW to 1760 when...

    All 150 hp Super Cubs increase GW to 1760 when installed on floats.

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    I can't think of a tougher insurance environment,...

    I can't think of a tougher insurance environment, except maybe warbirds, than amphibious floats. The accident rate on those floats, regardless of other aviation experience, seems to be horrendous. ...
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    Likely a school program? I ran one of those for...

    Likely a school program? I ran one of those for seven years, not that big, but.....Students, and especially flight instructors are the WORST enemy of an airplane’s starter. And a few other parts.
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    What floats are those? Not Wips....and what do...

    What floats are those? Not Wips....and what do they weigh?

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    You’d likely have to fabricate a single light...

    You’d likely have to fabricate a single light “bucket” to hold the lights, since I think all the Pipers had the two light mounts.

    At least some Maules used a single light in each wing. You might...
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    Memory fades, but comes back in very short...

    Memory fades, but comes back in very short bursts.....

    One of the things I recall about talking to Bob at BLR about the strakes was the turbulence that comes off the inboard end of the flaps in a...
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    "Electronic bar fight"....I like it! Good...

    "Electronic bar fight"....I like it! Good descriptor in this day and age of lockdowns.

    Husker77, please forgive me if I came on too strong. I could have more politely pointed out that pilots,...
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    Itís not the insurance industry or attorneys that...

    Itís not the insurance industry or attorneys that have ďruined GAĒ, itís pilots with an attitude like yours. I canít tell you how many beautiful brand new Cubs, Huskys, etc that Iíve seen, sitting...
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