Post by chinapilot on Oct 21, 2009 23:16:39 GMT 12
Any photos of BUS when it was with the Wellington AC in the early '60s...purely sentimental as my dad parted with a hard earned five bob for a flight for me in it around 1960-61...they used to park it over at the domestic terminal to tout for business...
I used to fly a C180K model (ZK-JFG) with a three-blade McCauley propeller and a Robertson STOL kit. It was a lovely smooth machine, although it was quirky in a crosswind. You always used full flap (or none at all) in a crosswind because the ailerons were drooped with the flaps up to 30 degrees flap which limited their defelction. They went to full travel again at 40 degrees flap. I believe that Robertson STOL system was part of a float plane kit? JFG came from PNG originally, having flown with MAF there. It was badly damaged in a crash near Kawakawa Bay near Ardmore years ago and was rebuilt with the mods, which was how I first flew it. I did around 500 hours in that aeroplane and loved every moment in it.
I think Colin (Kereru) has some good photos of JFG in action at Ardmore.
Last Edit: Nov 12, 2009 23:21:00 GMT 12 by flyjoe180
I know there's a lot of money in aviation because I put it there.
Re Robertson STOL The late Tex Smith borrowed the agwagon to do some carrots on the odd occasion when the Mt Cook 185s were busy, when it came back the paint was missing off the droopy conical camber wingtip, Tex rang up to say he got a chuff wind turning finals and the wing scraped the tussocks, as the ailerons droop with flap not a lot of movement. The wagon didn't like mud either, when working on muddy strips, every few loads we had to wipe the mud off the top of the wing and the leading edge of the tailplane, suppose it acted like ice.