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User currently offlineLionel From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 391 posts, RR: 2
Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6241 times:

What are your favorite bush planes? Here are mine:


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User currently offlineJHSfan From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 469 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6229 times:

The Twotter does so well on rough landing strips  biggrin 

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PS. I was born in Greenland, so I really do LOVE the Twotter. It is really a big working horse.  cheerful 

PPS Also love to

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User currently offlineFlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6227 times:

Here in Anchorage & Lake Hood, the DHC-2 Beaver is the top dog, followed by the Cessna 185. But there are PLENTY of different types of bushplanes & floatplanes here in Alaska. We got Otters, Stinsons, Pipers, Taylorcrafts, Beechs, Maules, probably brandnames that I've never heard of, too. This is paradise to me when it comes to floatplanes.  Wink Regards.


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User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6223 times:

In South Africa , we're limited to DHC-2's and Twotters. The C208 is mostly used to fly into remote strips especially game lodges here.

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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6208 times:

This is a good Bush plane:

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 Big grin sorry couldn't resist


User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6205 times:

Quoting ZRH (Reply 4):
This is a good Bush plane:

Well, quite a number of people probably will suggest that GWD´s politics really look more like this (borrowed from reply #1):
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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 6187 times:

Quoting HT (Reply 5):
Well, quite a number of people probably will suggest that GWD´s politics really look more like this (borrowed from reply #1):

Sorry off topic. But you made my day. It is!


User currently offlineTripleDelta From Croatia, joined Jul 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6155 times:
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My favourite would be a modified Cessna 185 - STOL kit, larger tyres (not necessarily tundra) and an increased-diameter three-blade prop. Noisy, but that thing really takes off. Full load of parachuters, OAT +32 C, grass strip - airborne in 200-something meters  bigthumbsup 

Other than that, does the An-2 qualify?



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User currently offlineLionel From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 391 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6146 times:

Has the An-2 STOL capability? It could be hard to get such a big plane in short distance in the air with "just" on engine. Even if it is powerful one.

An other question just came to my mind. Did the Russians ever build the An-2 on floats? Or is there a lack of power for a takeoff on water?


User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5925 posts, RR: 40
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 6136 times:

the good old DC-3 is very liked as a bush plane in southamerica (Colombia)

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User currently offlineTripleDelta From Croatia, joined Jul 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6129 times:
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Quoting Lionel (Reply 8):
Has the An-2 STOL capability? It could be hard to get such a big plane in short distance in the air with "just" on engine. Even if it is powerful one.

Believe me, the An-2 lifts off like on a breeze. It's very light actually (a steel frame covered with fabric giving it an MTOW a tad over 5000 kg for the early versions), has a 1000 HP engine and that other wing helps a lot - plus it was designed from the outset to provide STOL capability. I've seen some lift off in well under 300 m with a load full of parachuters.

EDIT: wrong number typed.

[Edited 2005-09-16 22:26:11]

[Edited 2005-09-16 22:47:22]


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User currently offlineTripleDelta From Croatia, joined Jul 2004, 1123 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 6116 times:
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Quoting Lionel (Reply 8):
An other question just came to my mind. Did the Russians ever build the An-2 on floats? Or is there a lack of power for a takeoff on water?

I've just done a search through the db and came up with a float Y-5 (Chinese licence built version):

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However, I didn't find any original Russian or Polish built float models.



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User currently offlineZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 12, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6088 times:

Don't forget the Pilatus Porter it is called the "Jeep of the air". It has very good STOL abilities and is used off-airport, often in rough mountains, like Nepal for example.

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User currently offlineLionel From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 391 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6086 times:

I had the pleasure to fly on a Swiss Air Force Pilatus PC-6 a few years ago. Couldn't believe how fast we were airborne!

User currently offlineBushpilot From South Africa, joined Jul 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6037 times:

If asked a few years ago, I would have said the DH2 beaver, or even an otter. I think the supercub has to be mentioned...has to be. Gets in and out of any where, but has a small payload.
Living out in the bush of western Alaska myself and flown on a ton of bushplanes, my favorite hands down is a turbine engine Cessna 208 Caravan on amphib floats. Can land on all the rivers and plenty of the thousands of lakes around here. It is fairly quiet, can hold on some models a full ton of payload.
My one argument against the caravan is that at well over a million dollars it is out of reach for most private pilots.
Why the caravan wins for me, was personal experience with them. Last year after shooting a large moose with a buddy and having a storm move in and sit for several days on us we had to call an airplane to come get some of the gear when it was time to break camp. We could make it back down the river on the boat but not with the weight we had(5 people, a 54 and 37in moose respectively and gear for a week).
When a cub or or 180 wouldnt come close to doing the job, we called in the Caravan. A beaver or otter wouldnt have done it, thier avionics werent up to snuff for the weather. It was a beautiful sound to hear the ride home circling above camp waiting for the smallest of breaks in the clouds to land and get a few of us and gear out of thier.
Which is the other part of what makes a good plane and especially a bush plane, it is the pilot. I would rather fly and land on a sandbar in a mid 50s model piper cub with a grizzled old bushpilot than a fresh pilot in a tricked out beaver or something.
Kudos to Lionel for coming up with the topic. I have thought for awhile about doing one, but you beat me to it. best wishes.


User currently offlineJspitfire From Canada, joined Feb 2005, 308 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 6034 times:

I would have to say the Beaver. Here on the west coast, we see them all over the place. I just love the sound of those old radial engines, although the turbine conversion looks pretty sleek too.


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User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 6001 times:
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DHC Otters and Beavers!

Been on the one photographed while in Alaska... an experience I'll never forget and hope to repeat soon!

JBLU


User currently offlineLionel From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 391 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5996 times:

Somehow, IMHO the DHC-2 looks ugly with the turbine conversion. Furthermore the sound of the radial engines is muuuch better.

User currently offlineAeroWeanie From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 1608 posts, RR: 52
Reply 18, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 5958 times:
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Quoting Bushpilot (Reply 14):
Living out in the bush of western Alaska myself and flown on a ton of bushplanes, my favorite hands down is a turbine engine Cessna 208 Caravan on amphib floats.

A Caravan on floats is rather underpowered.

Quoting Jspitfire (Reply 15):
I just love the sound of those old radial engines, although the turbine conversion looks pretty sleek too.



Quoting Lionel (Reply 17):
Somehow, IMHO the DHC-2 looks ugly with the turbine conversion.

There were 60 Beavers built by DHC with PT6s as DHC-2 Beaver Mk.3s - they were not conversions. There have only been a few piston-engined Beavers converted since then, mostly by Viking.


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