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.
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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.
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Post by chinapilot on Nov 23, 2009 17:10:26 GMT 12
In the Eddie Coates collection there are several shots of 180s with a cylinder on the starboard wing which may or may not be connected to the hopper...used to know what they were but can someone please enlighten me?
Also, many, many years ago used to go to a 'strip' at Welcome Flat in the Copeland Valley in a 180..is that still used?
Post by chinapilot on Nov 23, 2009 18:39:25 GMT 12
I was just up there on foot a few weeks back, didn't know there was a strip there. Where abouts was it do you remember ??
Wasn't a strip or such but just a clear area..
Just Googled the area now and trying to remember if it was that area on the southern bank and upstream...know we used to walk over to the hut and springs...but seem to remember another shingle bar was used further upstream also...
This was in the mid 60s and had some photos but long lost with many moves over the years...frustrating.
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