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    Newbie!

    Hi Guys,
    Just bought my first Super cub! PA-18 160 HP on Floats. I do not have it yet but hope to go and pick it up in May and fly it back to the Yukon. I'm a new pilot too and trained on a Cessna 120. This site looks great and I'm hoping to get lots advice for my trip to the Yukon fuel stops ETC.
    It has wheel gear too, but just the stock stuff.
    How long of a flight is that in miles? I have not started to do any flight planning yet. Is there plenty of fuel stops?

    Klondiker

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    Don't know where you are picking the plane up but these people may be of some help.

    http://www.bcfloatplane.com/

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    Thanks alot Jack.
    Klondiker, plenty of lakes (& gas) in BC. I carried extra last summer going to Whitehorse, didn't need it except for the side trips.
    Like Jack said, go to the BCFA website. Lots of info there (but you'll need to be a member for the good stuff). We have an interactive map of fuel for wheel types, & floats. Membership director is (Mike) hirshfield@shaw.ca & if you're flying floats in the NW, I suggest you join up. $40/yr. Next N-letter is in March! Where are you launching that new Cub from to get it home?

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    sorry,

    you bought a cub,

    now you are one of us

    I pity you.

    Ignore most of us, we are crazy. (stop at Logan's, good food there)
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    Welcome aboard! I am a newbie myself but I find this site amazing in its knowlege and depth. Great people here!

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    I guess I did forget to mention a few details! It is in Ontario. Thanks for the advice, I think I will have a look at the BCFA. Any ideas on what amount of vacation I guy should book off for a trip like this??

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    Haha +1!!
    That will be a loooong trip in a cub. Welcome to the forum!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wronghand View Post
    Haha +1!!
    That will be a loooong trip in a cub. Welcome to the forum!
    True to that statement. I hope this helps, but my fiancé and I bought a cub in Tennessee last spring and flew it to Alaska. Now minus 3 breakdowns and visiting family clear out in California, Missouri and Washington. Oh don't forget 5 days of being stranded by weather. That trip took 3 weeks. But from Bellingham wa, to Palmer ak, in just flying days it was 2.5 days. Welcome to an elite club. Really we are, just ask us.
    jeff

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    figure a week if flying in spring. it can be done faster, but will take long days.
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    I did almost the same trip in 2010 with my PA-12. Took seven days from Sudbury to Kugluktuk (375 miles north of Yellowknife). Great trip, but you have to plan your fuel stops carefully and call ahead. I also have the 0320-160 so was looking for 100LL.

    Stops were in Wawa (Hawk Lake - Airdale has a nice float base there with 100LL. Talk to Steve and tell him Larry sent you!), Armstrong (Viking Outposts), Bissett, MB (Blue Water Aviation), Norway House (a diversion due to weather - Molson Air), The Pas (Grace Lake - Missinippi Airways), Southend (Reindeer Lake - Lawrence Bay Airways, stay at Nordic Lodge they have good dockspace and can lend you an ATV to get gas), Uranium City (Urdel Ltd. - filter your gas!), Yellowknife (Big River Air - dockspace $60/night - ouch!).

    Between Armstrong and Bissett you could stop in at Red Lake for the Norseman Festival if you time it right. I skipped Red Lake since I had a nice tailwind that day.

    It really helps to have plenty of tankage!

    You'll love it! PM me if you need further info.

    Larry C-GAMW

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    Don't forget to check out Medical Matters, newbie! Welcome. Terrific group of people here. Really terrific.

    Randy

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    Well it has been a while since I posted and my cub plans and planes have changed! My deal few through due to some issues with the aircraft in Ontario so I ended up geeting one from Alaska and importing it. That was a bit of an education. Anyways the new PA-18 did not come with floats. After a bit of looking around I decided to go for broke and buy new edo 2000's.
    Hoping to get them put on in about a month and get a float endosement.
    My old plane was a C120. WOW this cub is something else compared to my old 120!!

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    Where in the Yukon are you?

    I know where a set of Baumans are for sale, and in good shape, close to you
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    I'm in Whitehorse. I have the deal on the EDO's pretty well done. Too bad! I would liked to have tried and saved a few bucks.

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    if you want to come this way, give a shout at the house: (907) 767-5589

    snowing in Haines now, but I HOPE it stays all year

    Strip is a bit soft, but will be fine for man tires
    I don't know where you've been me lad, but I see you won first Prize!

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    I wished I had man tires! When I bought the plane it came with 8.5's and I wanted floats but could not afford both. So it is only 8.5's for me until the money tree starts to green up ( probably next year). I would like to get 31's and a baby bush wheel on the tail. Getting the floats delivered to Whitehorse and getting them put on here hopefully on in late May or early June.

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