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Akheloce 16 September 2019 20:46

Sadly, Draco, a highly modified Wilga ground looped today and was pretty cracked up. Mike (pilot/owner/builder) is okay. I hope he rebuilds.

For those who don't know, Draco is a bad ass plane, won it's class at Valdez by a LOT. Guy spent millions on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfctWAoDXvs

hawkdrver 16 September 2019 23:04

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Originally Posted by usmc_3m (Post 1058814552)
Ok stupid question: why planes and not rotary wings for these remote environments? I would hate to land a plane somewhere and then have a bitch of a time trying to takeoff again. With a chopper youíre in and out. There must be valid reasons for plane vs chopper, but they are not obvious to me.

One big factor is, it's illegal to have helicopters touch anything to do with hunting up here. If that changed I think you would see the aircraft ownership demographic change dramatically just about overnight. You can use them for fishing most places, but not everywhere.

Max Power 17 September 2019 07:57

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Originally Posted by Akheloce (Post 1058815161)
Sadly, Draco, a highly modified Wilga ground looped today and was pretty cracked up. Mike (pilot/owner/builder) is okay. I hope he rebuilds.

For those who don't know, Draco is a bad ass plane, won it's class at Valdez by a LOT. Guy spent millions on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfctWAoDXvs

Damn, that was a bad ass plane. I'm sure he'll rebuild it, improving it (somehow) in the process.

sixgun 17 September 2019 13:11

I logged a couple of skydives from a Wilga in FRG in the late 80's...

I wanted to bring one home with me when I DEROS's :biggrin:

There was an operator in Edmonton in 1978 that put a PT6 in a Beaver - that was the shit at that time...

JAFO 17 September 2019 15:10

I'm actually at Maule Flight Inc. today. Cool little STOL airplane.

low&slow 16 October 2019 21:01

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Originally Posted by hawkdrver (Post 1058815183)
One big factor is, it's illegal to have helicopters touch anything to do with hunting up here. If that changed I think you would see the aircraft ownership demographic change dramatically just about overnight. You can use them for fishing most places, but not everywhere.

For me itís the $500 per flight hour, out of KFDK. :eek:

KW Driver 17 October 2019 14:46

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Originally Posted by low&slow (Post 1058820225)
For me it’s the $500 per flight hour, out of KFDK. :eek:

what airframe? last I looked for shits and giggles, a 206 rental was $1k/hr wet.

granted, I've never flown in or looked at costs for a R-22/44/66... but it's still pricy to run rotary. given enough space, I'd run a STOL fixed wing all day long over rotary, as a personal aircraft.

I watched the Draco build videos and am seriously impressed with him. broke my heart when I saw he'd totaled it. I respect the hell out of how he's handled it.

RemTech 17 October 2019 14:54

"I'm actually at Maule Flight Inc. today. Cool little STOL airplane."

That's pretty cool JAFO, I used to pass by there on my way to our plant in Moultrie. Always meant to stop in and look around but never got around to it.

low&slow 20 October 2019 18:45

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Originally Posted by KW Driver (Post 1058820364)
what airframe? last I looked for shits and giggles, a 206 rental was $1k/hr wet.

granted, I've never flown in or looked at costs for a R-22/44/66... but it's still pricy to run rotary. given enough space, I'd run a STOL fixed wing all day long over rotary, as a personal aircraft.

I watched the Draco build videos and am seriously impressed with him. broke my heart when I saw he'd totaled it. I respect the hell out of how he's handled it.

R44 from Advanced Helicopter; could get away a little cheaper with the R22. I will do some rotor work once IFR certified. I am mostly interested in STOL for mission work in remote areas.


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