Mar 4 2010, 12:43 AM
Real or not? At this altitude in super cub in...ahem....in mountain winds? Where IS the wind? If wind is present in these mountains, the last thing I would be trying to do is land on a mountain top where the wind would be screaming madness over her tops.
I fly with a very experienced soon to be 85 year old flyer who is quite experienced with mountain flying in "interesting" conditions. She told me a story where she once landed in 50 knot winds with power full on until she touched down and crew on the ground held on to the plane to park it.
Hialeah Reilich is still current as a flight instructor. I wonder what she would think of this video if she would only subscribe to high speed internet to view this...http://www.aircraftowner.com/videos/view/s...mt-top_912.html
Mar 4 2010, 02:15 AM
Wow!! It sure looks real to me...and I could only imagine getting out and looking around at such a beautiful view.
I don't doubt the altitude or the winds...winds can be just as calm on mountaintops as on the wide open ocean. And some Super Cubs with 150 hp engines are great performers even at the higher altitudes.
Every time I see a video like this, it makes me want a Super Cub.
One of my favorites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4bYAGBZrME
Apr 13 2010, 05:55 AM
The best aircraft ever, bar none. No transponder, no GPS, no radio, stick and rudder heaven! Pilots need not apply, Aviators only. Now, where are Bill Kershner, Wolfgang Langewiesche and the likes of them? Does anyone remember them?
Apr 14 2010, 02:56 AM
Apr 26 2010, 12:16 AM
But , where is the wind? We all know what winds can do in the mountains. A famous mountain...no...TWO famous mountain fliers perished this last year. Winds are suspect possibly due to down drafts in mountain terrain. What were two very knowledgeable pilots doing there in the first place? Sparky Imerson is one, and the other guy I cannot recall, but both were very experienced in mountain flying. I have known a few more experienced pilots that died but I won't go into it here. I guess my point is...It does not matter how many hours you have under your belt or in your log book...However.... It DOES matter if you do not understand the laws and physics of mother nature...OBEY OR DIE. Period.
Apr 26 2010, 02:07 AM
Probably they chose the good suitable day where there was no wind/conditions were good?
You should see some of the landing fields we have on mountain tops here... I'll try to find those photos again, a particularly good one...
Yes you have to know what you do, with the Alps here PPL training includes bits about understanding the dynamics in the mountains, but mountain flying is perfectly safe if you do it right, like for everything else.
Apr 26 2010, 04:09 AM
QUOTE(Kilrah @ Apr 26 2010, 01:07 AM)
...here PPL training includes bits about understanding the dynamics in the mountains, but mountain flying is perfectly safe if you do it right, like for everything else.
Wish we had that everywhere here stateside. I know of two pilots who took off out of the airport I'm based at (in rather flat Texas) and put a plane in in the mountains. They don't teach it around here because so few people will head off that way, but anything would be a valuable bit of info for the pilots who do.
Apr 27 2010, 03:52 PM
Here's the fun place in question:
The landing strip is actually down in the "hole" on the left, i.e you land/take off on a 20° slope or so.
Here's what's behind:
Apr 30 2010, 03:14 PM
Nice clips you all found there! And nice pics of that little strip Kilrah! As you said mountain flying is dangerous but at a calculable risk if one has proficient knowledge and experience. And again I'd say it comes in handy if you had the chance to get some soaring experience. Mountains can be quite helpfull to gain altitude in terms of hill flying.
I'd guess that Super Cub in you Video Becky had some STOL kits added to it too. There are various kit types of lift adding devices, reducing induced
drag or even up to a totally different airfoil. Having sufficient know how and equiptment even gets you to do STOLs
And then compete here
. I could watch those planes over and over, despite the ending....
Apr 30 2010, 05:47 PM
Thanks for the pics Kilrah...awesome and the video clip Chill. Somehow it doesn't look so bad compared to the video. Lear Capt is right, it sure makes you want to own a super cub!
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