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Double Wasp

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  1. So who can tell me in their mind anyway the aircraft that is the most difficult to fly. My opinion in this matter is the Curtiss C-46 Commando. Once it is in the air it is beautiful, as long as both of the engines are turning. As soon as it gets close to the ground both mains turn into beech balls and in its mind the only way to roll down a runway is backwards. It is an amazing airplane that cruises at 165 KTAS, stalls at 66 KIAS at 48000 lbs gross weight and once you get the hang of it can handle 3000 feet relatively easily. There is a reason though that the max demonstrated crosswind is only 14 knots. Anything over five starts to be a big deal. Lookin forward to your responses. DW
  2. Hey there, Under another topic twotter mentioned that he was lucky have experieced life at before GPS. I thought that this was ironic but now that I think about it there is a lot of people out there that have grown complacent. Don't get me wrong I love GPS. When you want to go somewhere hit direct and go. I do feel that map use is also very important if not essential. I know some people who haven't opened a map since their commercial ride. This, as far as I'm concerned is not only unprofessional but dangereous. I more than worth while to have a look at a map especially when you are going someplace new. Terrain heights, runway orientation and navaid location relative to the airport is essential knowledge even in VFR. Remember 3 miles vis isn't that great especially if you are new. Even if you fly in an area often it pays to find out the names of local hills, lakes, mountains so when you are talking to a local pilot they have a better idea. There also might be two lakes fairly similar 45 miles east of the airport for example. It never pays to rely only on GPS or navaids, especially if you are not flying the newest of equipment. There is always the chance that one night not even in IFR everything will go black. It is not only helpfull to know which lake/mountain/whatever you are over but also which one comes next. Your maps do you no good packed in the back with the bags. Well I guess thats the end of my rant. Cheers DW
  3. I was just wondering what the minimum time for most float jobs is these days. 50, 100, I have even heard as high as 250 hours on floats. That is just outrageous considering the amount it costs per hour for even the smallest float plane. I have a debt load but at a modest guess of 150.00 per hour that would make it impossible to get the qualifications required. I guess I am lucky to have a gig. Good luck boys. DW
  4. I would say the arctic coast. Let me just say YCB, 30 knots, 2`C, and rain that falls horizontally. And then with a smile the captain says would you mind getting on the wing to fuel. Welcome to the arctic in July.
  5. No man but it sure seems like they like to fill guys heads with dreams. At least they did with me. I am just looking at what I have in front of me. There sure is a lot more job postings than there were a year ago and I have a feeling that this spring something good will happen for the industry. I could be way off. It does however seem criminal to tell kids that there is a shortage of people when there is a two year wait out there. How often do you walk into a flight school and the CFI says " well it isn't really the best time to get into flying." I understand that they have to make a living. Couldn't there be a system set up where there were only so many commercial licenses awarded each year depending on need. I know I am one to talk I already have mine but, if there was such a thing it would eliminate the employers ability to work us for nothing by drying up the supply of new blood. I realize that this would take more pull than I have but it is just an idea for discussion. Comments? Outbursts? DW PS I know someone who instructs for a living is probably going to flame the s**t out of me but ohwell I havn't been lit up for a while.
  6. Hey Bullet, If you want to try something a little difficult on Flight Sim 2004, Fly the DC-3, Take off, retract the gear, go to the spot plane view from behind and try and make the tailwheel touch without crashin. It accomplishes nothing but with a few Kokanee in ya it can pass a couple of hours pretty quick. DW
  7. 1830, It is probably that this is a bad time of year to see lurkers around. For the most part everybody knows that the spring is the season to hire and most of the flight college programs end in the spring. however I do agree that there seems to be less and less guys around that want to fly. I can think of 2 off the top of my head that have left the industry. It is pretty bleak out there right now. I do however, feel that now is the time to stick it out because I think better days are just around the corner. If you have stuck it out then at least when there is an upswing, and there will be another one, you will be in a prime position to choose which job you want. Just my thoughts, DW
  8. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think that Conair is a pretty big operator. I know that they do mostly bombing but I thing they do a fair bit of spraying too. Yes I also know about being tired although the paycheck at the end of the month sure helps to make up for it. Cheers DW
  9. I keep hearing these vicious rumours that by 2010 there will be no more avgas produced. Can anyone give me any proof, either for or against, if this is true? Thanks DW
  10. Can anybody give me any information of the Murphy Moose. I have been to the website and got all of the specs but what I want to know is what is the average time that it takes to build one. I would like to know time required for both the fast build and the normal options thanks. DW
  11. Hey Canso man how is everything going down there in god's country. When do you think she will be ready. It has been very slow for me. Our chief cook and bottle washerDW
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