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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Pierce View Post
    …...That BadLandsTraveler with it's 172 wing is an interesting airplane …..
    I watched a video about that Badlands Traveler a while back.
    Awesome performance.
    I believe it had 150 wings then, but I recall the owner talking about either building another one with 172 wings.
    Or upgrading the original.
    Like to hear more about the Traveler-- maybe you can get the owner to post some info about it.
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    The first one had 150 wings and this one has 172 wings.
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    Perfect Sunday morning, no wind but ceilings and visibility was garbage to the north and east so no one to fly with but my dogs. Now that the river has gone down it has revealed some new land spots.
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    I donít frequent supercub.org so much these days, so I didnít see that there was some inquiries about my contraptions.
    Doug Jackson now has the one with the 172 wings and the 0360.
    It came out at 1085 empty with 31Ē Bushwheels.
    Performance was sort of a mixed bag.
    I felt like it definitely did better all around at my elevation (3100) as compared to the last 2 that I built with the 150 wings.
    The 150 wings definitely make for a much lighter (930 empty) and snappier plane, even though they arenít as stable at low speed, and certainly donít perform as well with a big load.
    I guess itís like everything in life; define your mission.
    Im planning to start another plane early 2020 with hopes to bring it to Oshkosh.
    150 wings and a 340. Time will tell. Clint
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    8 degrees on Saturday, so off to explore lake conditions. They all have overflow!


    (deiced at MSP Friday night heading home)


    Saturday evening


    overflow everywhere:






    Gull river


    Brainerd






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    The winner?
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    Yes... Craig took home the prize. It was almost no contest after that unveil...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cubus Maximus View Post
    Yes... Craig took home the prize. It was almost no contest after that unveil...

    I feel like Craig may have a checkered past, a third wife with a good sense of humor and a Milwaukee’s Best habit.
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    I've been bogged down for months with my day job. Finally had a moment to flex some rental wings local to Lewiston Idaho.

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    Out and about on the second shortest day of the year.

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    Flew up to help SantaClick image for larger version. 

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    Still in flight school, did a cross country today. Superior to Brainerd to Mora and back to Superior. (KSUW-KBRD-KJMR_KSUW) Once you got on top of the inversion it was like butter, super smooth air. But about a 40kn headwind to Brainerd. Got a 160kn ground speed in a 172 from Mora to Superior though!

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    Prairie dog town somewhere in Wyoming!
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    Just a little bit of fun in the NM desert.

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    Hey Pete, we need to get together and fly sometime. Itís been a long time!
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    Prairie dog town somewhere in Wyoming!

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    Ice time on Saturday

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    https://youtu.be/8rLa1A7Ow7g


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    I agree, Clint. I was excited to see your recent post regarding the Badlands Traveler, which meant you were still out there and "in circulation". Let's meet in the middle someday!Click image for larger version. 

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    New Year's Eve at the Classic for supper:


    Followed by Debbie's French Toast this morning:


    Followed by freezing rain:


    (a rag and warm water helped clean it off before the next shower - it was 37F above 3K)




    Starting to spritz and freeze on the windscreen, bummer!


    Lots of freezing rain over there...


    (the iPhone11 camera has a nice wide angle)
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    I just love that every picture I see of you two, you're both smiling and looking happy!
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    56f today.
    Window open flying mid January in New England.
    Skis are still covered in dust.


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    Weather FINALLY broke enough on Sunday afternoon to get back in the saddle. Whew!

    Of course today is actually perfect (no wind, blue skies.. but work...)







    First ice road of 2020











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    It was not today, was yesterday... But it was fun flying, filming and editing.

    Hope you enjoy




    Between 2 depressions:


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    I have a C170 with avcon 180 in it. Flew from home road to Swift Current to fuel up. Then north in a 60 mile loop along the S Sask. river.Pumped skis down and landed on a lake right beside the town of Morse. I walked in to town for mail and a cup of coffee. Town has 225 residents so I probably said hello to 10% of the population. Remembered to buy a bag of horse oats at co-op and carried them to plane. Took off---wow are those drifts hard-- both coming and going. Then I did a check out of a few neighbours yards and went home. I found a fairly soft and level stretch of snow beside one of my hedgerows and greased on. Taxied to road; pumped skis up and drove down the road to my yard and hanger. Bright sun , light breeze and just freezing, a great day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogone View Post
    I have a C170 with avcon 180 in it. Flew from home road to Swift Current to fuel up. Then north in a 60 mile loop along the S Sask. river.Pumped skis down and landed on a lake right beside the town of Morse. I walked in to town for mail and a cup of coffee. Town has 225 residents so I probably said hello to 10% of the population. Remembered to buy a bag of horse oats at co-op and carried them to plane. Took off---wow are those drifts hard-- both coming and going. Then I did a check out of a few neighbours yards and went home. I found a fairly soft and level stretch of snow beside one of my hedgerows and greased on. Taxied to road; pumped skis up and drove down the road to my yard and hanger. Bright sun , light breeze and just freezing, a great day.
    If there’s no pictures, it never happened
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    Only my third time on skis and the first time this winter, so I have a lot yet to learn. But damn, ski flying sure is fun! Got a little chilly on the ground - hit -25F at the last place I landed, so I didn't stick around long. What a beautiful day!





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    Beautiful scenery BrianM and nice plane (Eh, MTV?). One suggestion is try to stop in a run you laid down before while testing the snow. Sometimes if you stop at the end of a run getting going can be tough. The prop tip eats snow which reduces thrust and the skis can't lift the plane up especially with a belly pod for drag. What skis are you using? Hey have fun but try not to get stuck.

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    Iím using Aero 2000 skis.

    Yeah, I realized that stopping in untracked snow was a rookie mistake. I did check the snow before committing to landing, but didnít think through where Iíd stop. Didnít think about the prop eating snow - thanks for the tip - but certainly noticed that it took some time to get moving. Still learning for sure, so certainly appreciate the feedback.

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    Brian you'll have some real fun with that nice plane. As we move into Spring and daily melt from sun and warmth starts then refreezes, the top of the snow get more crusted. That hard crust can damage the prop tip and eventually change the pitch. You can hear a hollow sound when the tip's buried into the snow. If you raise the tail too soon it'll drop the tip in even more. The belly pod and tail wheel if lowered a little some should cut a groove for the prop tip in deep snow, so that's why a couple of practice passes before settling in can help. Keep the great pictures coming!

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    Thanks, Gary! Thatís excellent feedback. I really appreciate the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    Got a little chilly on the ground - hit -25F at the last place I landed, so I didn't stick around long.
    So you werenít dressed to stay a few days?



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    Quote Originally Posted by mike mcs repair View Post
    So you werenít dressed to stay a few days?



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    Was dressed warmly and had survival gear to stay if needed. Was still chilly, though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian M View Post
    Was dressed warmly and had survival gear to stay if needed. Was still chilly, though!
    Been a couple decades since I worked on that plane for the veterinarian at peters creek. You survival gear may burn up with the wreck.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by mike mcs repair View Post
    Been a couple decades since I worked on that plane for the veterinarian at peters creek. You survival gear may burn up with the wreck.....


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    Appreciate the concern. Was wearing treated down top to bottom and other layers along with other survival gear and communication equipment. Iím new to ski flying, but not new to cold weather outings and situations where survival depends on being prepared. Not claiming that Iím immune from making mistakes or that I canít learn, but when I said it was chilly I didnít mean to say that I was unprepared.
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    I like the way you didn't leave foot tracks in your picture of the landed airplane, all my ski landing pics show my trail out to where I take the picture! I'm too lazy to do otherwise, or maybe the snow is too deep and I don't want to take the time to put on the snowshoes. Same with the untracked snow in front after you stopped, makes for a pretty picture but as others have said, can get you into trouble. The interesting thing about ski flying is how just a few hours can radically change conditions, what you got away with earlier may not work later. There is nothing worse then realizing that when trying to take back off, you have reached your max ground speed and the acceleration stops, and it isn't even close to lift off speed! And then when and if you have enough length to make a 180 and head back to try again but now in your tracks, so better, you get bogged down in the turn. All in all, I can't imagine why anybody would willing choose to ski fly, ha ha.
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    Yep, skis are a lot of fun but can end up being a lot of work! Used to fly a 185 on Landes wheel penetration skis. Spent a couple of extra days on Shell lake one winter trying to pack a strip. Of course, staying at the Brinker’s place wasn’t too bad a deal. You know you might be in trouble when you can’t open the door because the snow is blocking it.

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    Commit this photo to memory



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    Quote Originally Posted by mam90 View Post
    Yep, skis are a lot of fun but can end up being a lot of work! Used to fly a 185 on Landes wheel penetration skis. Spent a couple of extra days on Shell lake one winter trying to pack a strip. Of course, staying at the Brinker’s place wasn’t too bad a deal. You know you might be in trouble when you can’t open the door because the snow is blocking it.
    A friend in ANC who had a Twin Bee told me of landing in the snow on the belly without skis. In one case the snow was so deep that he couldn't open the side doors.
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    I’ve been thinking about trying that with the twin bee. How about the sponsons, are they strong enough if the touch the snow? The guy in Alaska wouldn’t happen to be a retired Judge would it?
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    That's the guy KJ. He was a great friend. I would be concerned in deep snow, though not so much if not deep enough to dig in. I have landed and taken off on dry grass with the gear up. It got out shorter than the landing, though it was three people lighter on take off.
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