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How Do You Land This Plane?

Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:01 am

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RE: How Do You Land This Plane?

Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:15 am

The hull suggests it is a float/water plane and wheels are just used for towing (e.g. like a boat) or taxing. Vancouver airport is surrounded by water on 3 sides (or 2 can't remember), so there might be some way of landing in water and taxing on the tarmac. I might be completely wrong though.
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RE: How Do You Land This Plane?

Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:27 am

Its an amphibian. I would guess the manual recommends wheel landings only, no 3 pointers. Also, the struts look almost fully compressed. I imagine they would bottom out before you cause significant damage to the keel. If you have a really bad day, you might lose 1/16 of an inch or so, but those Grummans were built tough.
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RE: How Do You Land This Plane?

Sat Jun 06, 2009 4:55 am



Quoting Brons2 (Thread starter):
...without scraping the belly!

The only way to scrape the gear on that is to land really nose down, just like any other tail-dragger. Even full strut compression won't do it.

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RE: How Do You Land This Plane?

Sat Jun 06, 2009 7:33 am

First of all, let's properly link the pic:


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Then, let's add two more aircraft that must be fun landing. They are both designed by the same nutjob genius.

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RE: How Do You Land This Plane?

Sat Jun 06, 2009 7:40 am

Like you would any other taildragger...carefully!  cool 

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RE: How Do You Land This Plane?

Sat Jun 06, 2009 12:34 pm



Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 4):
White Knight

Whenever I look at that aircraft, I get this vision of pushing a shopping cart with the one bad front wheel. You know...the wheel that annoyingly flutters back and forth as you push the cart along.

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RE: How Do You Land This Plane?

Sat Jun 06, 2009 7:07 pm



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 6):
Whenever I look at that aircraft, I get this vision of pushing a shopping cart with the one bad front wheel. You know...the wheel that annoyingly flutters back and forth as you push the cart along.

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RE: How Do You Land This Plane?

Sat Jun 06, 2009 7:09 pm



Quoting Brons2 (Thread starter):
[How do you land this plane...] ...without scraping the belly!

It is equipped with an advanced belly-scrape-avoidance system, the Ground Entanglement Avoidance Roller. The system is rather complex and heavy, but has been found to almost completely avoid belly-scrapes in a vast number of aircraft types. You can see it in the linked picture, the round things at the bottom of the plane. It is often referred to as "the landing gear" or "undercarriage".

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