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Hand-propping In Flight: How Easy?

Thu Feb 16, 2012 11:58 pm

Woulda thought it would be hard to succeed-- could it really work?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/34076827@N00/4587719364
 
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RE: Hand-propping In Flight: How Easy?

Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:41 am

I bet it's much more easier than on the ground. You have air flowing through the propeller to help get it going.

Heck, I'm actually surprised the prop is fully stopped. Then again it is a light wooden prop, they have much less momentum than their metal counterparts. Either way I'm sure it fired up right away.

In very cold mornings I hand prop our planes before starting the engine to get some oil flowing (as minimal as it may be). I sometimes need to ask my students to help me do it. (then again the IO-360 is much larger than what a Cub has)

[Edited 2012-02-16 16:44:34]
 
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RE: Hand-propping In Flight: How Easy?

Fri Feb 17, 2012 12:51 am

Ok, that has my vote for the most stupid thing i've seen a Pilot do..
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RE: Hand-propping In Flight: How Easy?

Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:05 am

I look at that picture and just thought, oh hes going places. Unfortunately its the sea below him.
Not the smartest idea.
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RE: Hand-propping In Flight: How Easy?

Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:13 am

Quoting jetblueguy22 (Reply 3):
Unfortunately its the sea below him.

Looks more like a dam to me.

Quoting Max Q (Reply 2):
Ok, that has my vote for the most stupid thing i've seen a Pilot do..

Oh trust me I've seen worse.
 
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RE: Hand-propping In Flight: How Easy?

Fri Feb 17, 2012 6:46 am

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 4):
Quoting Max Q (Reply 2):
Ok, that has my vote for the most stupid thing i've seen a Pilot do..

Oh trust me I've seen worse.

Just remembering the scene in "Never Cry Wolf" where the pilot steps out on the float in a DeHavilland Beaver and fixes the engine in flight after suffering an in-flight engine failure   And to top it off, he has a non-pilot passenger hold the controls while he did it  
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RE: Hand-propping In Flight: How Easy?

Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:08 pm

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 5):
And to top it off, he has a non-pilot passenger hold the controls while he did it

In real life I rather trust my trim alone than a passenger sitting inside shitting brix.
 
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RE: Hand-propping In Flight: How Easy?

Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:42 pm

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 1):
Heck, I'm actually surprised the prop is fully stopped.

It won't happen in a "normal" engine failure case. But here I'm sure they did it by intention to get this picture. Just slow down the plane close to stall speed (33 kts on the cub!) after closing the mixture and the prop will stop.

But once the prop is fully stopped, you need quite some speed (and therefore altitude) to bring it again into the windmilling state - or the helpful hand of your pax like in the picture  Smile

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RE: Hand-propping In Flight: How Easy?

Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:24 am

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 4):

Oh trust me I've seen worse.

I am impressed..
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