• Tales from Yesteryear

    True Maine bush flying stories

    Pilot and author Jake Morrel has released Hardscrabble Lodge: True Maine Bush Flying Stories, a vivacious and colorful tale of his pursuit of a life in the wilderness of northwest Maine.

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Theory, Practice, and Procedures
PapernScissors 1 minute ago View the latest post Turbulence, how much is to much.

Micro bursts can rip a forest of healthy trees out, I have seen it. We must be careful about what we read and other people's complacent attitudes when it comes to turbulence.
Aviation Regulation and Law
maules.com 49 minutes ago View the latest post Passenger in cargo area.
Rob, even if you didn't get the 5th seat base option in your Maule, the seatbelt mount points are there.
Passenger does not need the seat, just the seatbelt. I argued that one with...
Engines and Propellers
CamTom12 Today, 07:42am View the latest post 520 or 470 carb ice
168 deg F carb temp? I'd like to put a sensor in mine, too.
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Projects: Homebuilding and Restoration
CamTom12 Today, 07:40am View the latest post Whee's Bearhawk Project...progress.
I know your plan is just for VFR flight, but I'd stick an attitude reference in there. I've got a TruTrack ADI and love it. Found mine used for pretty cheap (included the backup battery)....
Maintenance, Tuning, and Parts Support
fiftynineSC Today, 07:21am View the latest post Gill 7035-28 battery question
I have not tried that one, but looks like a good upgrade over the old one. I had good luck with old gill, but noticed if you didn't keep it on a battery tender they wouldn't last long...
Aircraft Types
fiftynineSC Today, 07:12am View the latest post PA22/20-150 Advice
What is a realistic runway length for a skilled pilot in a PA 20/22 with 150 hp? I see 1800' mentioned, but that's more like an airliner than a bush plane. Can this airplane...
Projects: Homebuilding and Restoration
cliff Today, 05:24am View the latest post The Light at The End of the Tunnel - My 185 Project
+1 I hope it all works out for you, and by the way, that is a good looking 185.
Around the Campfire
a3holerman Yesterday, 21:15pm View the latest post Bob Hoover Flies West
First time I saw him perform was at the old Reading, Pa airshow in the very early 70's. He finished his famous dead stick landing in the Shrike and had to taxi up a slight hill then...
Flight Resource - Composite Prop Upgrades For Most Popular Aircraft


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