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Old 04-28-2009, 05:04 PM   #196
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Bravo or Ultra? I can't make it out quite clearly. Either way; I can count 6 P/N's I had some hands on. In 15 years, there isn't a plane they've made in the last 20 I haven't made parts for. Or helped in some desk-jockey way.
Pity it all comes to an end tomorrow. I'm out with another 2800 this week. That'll make 6,800 let go since January.
I'm sorry to hear that about your job, Bake. It's all too common these days.

I'll keep ya in my prayers for something else soon, if it's not already in place.


That was in "daddy's" Bravo...


But her favorites are "his" Encores.


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I honestly cannot wait for this kid to fly.
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Old 04-29-2009, 12:10 AM   #197
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Pity it all comes to an end tomorrow. I'm out with another 2800 this week. That'll make 6,800 let go since January.
I'm really sorry to hear it, man.

Best wishes finding a new gig.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:51 AM   #198
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Can anyone weight in on owning/operating and amphibious plane?

I'm thinking about an amphibious boat plane (not with pontoons, actual boat body). I like the idea of being able to land on water and land, but I'm curious if the somewhat limited carrying capacity of the smaller kit boat planes would be further restricted with bilge pumps (assuming you'd need them? ) and other water borne necessities. Also, probabyl would need extra maintenance to keep it floatable.

I dunno.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:51 PM   #199
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Can anyone weight in on owning/operating and amphibious plane?

I'm thinking about an amphibious boat plane (not with pontoons, actual boat body). I like the idea of being able to land on water and land, but I'm curious if the somewhat limited carrying capacity of the smaller kit boat planes would be further restricted with bilge pumps (assuming you'd need them? ) and other water borne necessities. Also, probabyl would need extra maintenance to keep it floatable.

I dunno.
There are a few boat hull kitplanes available, ultralight and light sport. Google to see which ones have been around the longest and have the most successful flying examples. A boat type bilge pump doesn't weigh much. I'm not too sure if amphibs even have bilge pumps. Flying boats are also harder to dock because of the outboard stabilizing pontoons.

The Lake brand is probably the best known certified amphib. They tend to be a bit pricey though and you wouldn't be able to do much of your own maintenance. My dad had a Seabee in the mid 50's. He took the wheels off because there were no airports around here then and to reduce weight.

Amphibious floats on a traditional high wing plane are proven technology and your options will be much greater if you go that route. It sure is nice being able to land on lakes, especially when you live somewhere that has a lot of them. The ice is almost gone here now...wooo hoo.
Amphib floats are heavier though and add complexity. Don't land on water with the wheels down.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:58 AM   #200
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And make sure the FAA allows floatplane ops in your state. Colorado does not
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Old 05-11-2009, 03:23 PM   #201
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Which do ya'll think is a more aerodynamically efficient design?

Though not perfect, I'd think the boat design would would be better than two giant pontoons and the structure needed to hold them out in the wind.

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And make sure the FAA allows floatplane ops in your state. Colorado does not
Reayl!?

I find that odd. Why would a federal governing body restrict things based on states?
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:02 PM   #202
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Which do ya'll think is a more aerodynamically efficient design?

Though not perfect, I'd think the boat design would would be better than two giant pontoons and the structure needed to hold them out in the wind.



Reayl!?

I find that odd. Why would a federal governing body restrict things based on states?
If you're concerned about aerodynamic efficiency the boat hull amphibs don't offer many advantages. For example a 230 hp C180 float plane has a cruise speed of about 110 kt. A 200 hp Lake Bucaneer also has a cruise speed of 110 kt, but it can only carry 550 lb of useful load. Now a super sleek Seawind with 350 hp or turbine goes like stink, but they are rare and expensive.

The Glass Goose and the Searay are two of the better known kitplane amphibians that are available if you really want to build one.

The pontoon planes are easier to get into and out of, easier to dock, and have more useful load. You should watch some of the earlier years of "Wings Over Canada" to see the utility of an amphib Cessna 185. The program has run about 8 seasons, but the last couple seem to focus more on the Piper Navaho that they grew into as the program got more popular. Great flying scenes and views of hard to get to places in Canada. Sort of like adventure riding with wings instead of wheels. John Lovelace, the pilot and host of the program is also a motorcycle driver.
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:39 AM   #203
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If you want to be an true adventure flyer and go off road, you'll need the proper tires.

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Old 05-14-2009, 02:15 PM   #204
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Well I finished my first semester of A&P school.

Three classes ending with one A and two Bs. I was just barely short of As on the two other classes. I think I couldve done better but not too shabby for no time spent studying.

Got summer classes coming up in two weeks. Assembly & Rigging, Sheetmetal Fab. and Aircraft Welding. I'm pretty exciting about the welding since it's always something I've wanted to do.

Nothing but fun so far!
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Old 05-14-2009, 04:22 PM   #205
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What's the payscale like for a&p's these days?

I have a good friend, that's a sheetmetal specialist, from his airforce days, and was thinking about going for a certfication, to work on aircraft sheetmetal. He's a wizard when it comes to sheetmetal work. A&P's come to him, for sheetmetal work, when needed. It'd be nothing for him to pass any tests, just wondering what the redtape is involved... If you happen to know...
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Old 05-14-2009, 04:34 PM   #206
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Congo-rats!
What's the payscale like for a&p's these days?

I have a good friend, that's a sheetmetal specialist, from his airforce days, and was thinking about going for a certfication, to work on aircraft sheetmetal. He's a wizard when it comes to sheetmetal work. A&P's come to him, for sheetmetal work, when needed. It'd be nothing for him to pass any tests, just wondering what the redtape is involved... If you happen to know...
How much does he make now, and can he afford the pay cut when he certifies.
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Old 05-14-2009, 05:04 PM   #207
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How much does he make now, and can he afford the pay cut when he certifies.
it's just a hobby right now...
I was just wondering what they usually charge/get paid...
Haven't had to call on an a&p in quite a few years.
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Old 06-08-2009, 04:17 AM   #208
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:21 AM   #210
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Didn't realize they use DC10s for refueling.

What's the difference between them and the KCs?
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