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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1914 times:
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Has anyone here flown an aircraft equipped with skis? How is the directional control? I would imagine it would be much more challenging to maintain centerline in a crosswind, and taxiing must also have it's share of challenges. Are there any particular methods and/or techniques employed that differ from an equivalent aircraft on wheels?


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User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1900 times:

Although I have never flown an aircraft with skis, I would assume its similiar to a floatplane.

User currently offline320tech From Turks and Caicos Islands, joined May 2004, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1886 times:

I have a few hours on skis. Directional control, in my experience, is not a big issue. First, if you're not using on a runway, you can take-off and land more into the wind. Even if your "runway" is narrow, you can still point the airplane somewhat into the wind, reducing the crosswind component.

Second, all the skis I've ever seen (not many) have a steel runner down the ski centreline, that helps the ski dig in. That works very well at keeping the airplane straight.

Once you get used to the idea of having no brakes, it's not much different from wheels. Taxiing is no problem, but you have to be a bit careful going over the ridges and bumps in the snow.

Not having flown floats, I don't want to speculate on the comparison.



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User currently offlineCanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3389 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

From what I can tell its the same idea as a snowmobile. The wheel that would normally turn the aircraft on the ground still turns, so that ski turns the aircraft. On the ski I'd imagine its the same deal as a snowmobile, having some sort of metal runner that digs into the snow and some ice, pushing the ski around the corner, and bringing the attached aircraft with it.



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