Post by planecrazy on Sept 17, 2019 15:44:22 GMT 12
Always been a bit of a fan of STOL machine and this beast Draco would have to be one of the more bazaar STOL aeroplanes ever, sadly she had an accident and has been badly damaged recently, luckily no injuries.
What a beast.
Here's an early clip not long after her creation.
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With a machine with Draco's STOL capabilities and given the wind strength I think it would have been much wiser to have taken off across the runway into wind as I witnessed several DH Beavers do on Wellington airport in the early 1960s. Even saw one, ZK-BMF flown by Roger Jamison, approach over the terminal building an land on the apron in a howling westerly.
Ah, Air Traffic Controllers. In the early 1970s I landed a Tiger Moth at Milson to refuel during a cross country flight from Blenheim to Hastings. After I'd parked the aircraft and got out I was summons to the club house where over the phone, a controller tore a strip of me for not landing on the grass parallel to the main runway. I politely informed him the crosswind prevailing at the time was be beyond my capabilities and probably more than the aircraft was capable of handling, however I suggested to him, somewhat sarcastically, that if he considered he was capable of landing the aircraft is such a crosss-wind perhaps he may like to tell his technique. I cannot recall his reply but later when I filed a flight plan for my onward journey another controller apoligised for the former's remarks, adding that I was welcome back anytime with the Tiger Moth.
It was very very gusty at Reno on Monday. I arrived back late last night from there. The weather went from glorious sun with sod-all wind most of the week to snow on the hills Monday morning - which was when he busted the plane.
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 20, 2019 17:51:17 GMT 12
Mike Patey is such a great engineer and do-it-yourselfer, I really enjoy watching his videos. And I love how he explains everything. This newest one where he's building the carbon fibre boot cowl for Scrappy is awesome and well worth a viewing.
Post by Dave Homewood on Nov 26, 2019 18:44:31 GMT 12
There are so many great aviation series on Youtube these days. I am glad I threw away my TV.
Lately I have been watching Mike Patey's channel, Kermit Weeks' series, Plane Savers Series Two, and Trent Palmer's series where he flies his Kitfox 'Freedom Fox' around the countryside, plus a load of other bushplane videos.