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Off-Airport Flying With The Piper Super Cub

by on Mar.19, 2011, under Travel

Piper Super Cub

For many people, the Piper Super Cub airplane is to the aeronautic world what the Ford Model T is to the automobile industry. There was a time when the term “Piper Cub” was used by people to refer to any single-engine plane they saw. The roots for this plane can be found in the J-3, which did not have quite enough power to perform on unimproved airstrips. A team of aeronautic engineers addressed this concern and the PA-18 was developed.

With a payload of just 450 lbs, including the weight of the fuel, the relatively short range was an issue with the old J-3. The single fuel tank was mounted on the front and did not have a very large capacity. The new design incorporated a bigger engine than the original model. A 90HP Continental engine was eventually replaced by a four cylinder Lycoming. When the 150 HP Lycoming 0-320 was added, the payload increased to 820 lbs. This more powerful aircraft uses more fuel so a second tank was added and both were mounted in the wing roots.

This extra horsepower had several desirable effects on performance. The cruise speed increased significantly, from 65 knots to 100, and the service ceiling went up to 19,500 feet. This 7,500 foot increase in ceiling made the aircraft more useful in the west, where mountain passes can be as high as two miles. Takeoff roll was now reduced to a mere 200 feet, and the steep climb-out enabled the aircraft to depart from almost any improvised runway.

With the added weight, the plane became more challenging to land on any airstrip that had a short approach. The company addressed this problem by adding another flap to the rear spar just behind the pair of fuel tanks. This flap is designed to act as an air-brake to allow a steeper approach at slower air speeds. This proved to be so successful designers decided to include an additional flap nestled between the ailerons and the cabin. This made the craft easier to control during landing and takeoff maneuvers.

The Super Cub could now go almost anywhere. Spray rigs were developed for agricultural purposes. Super Cubs were fitted with floats and skis, and their yellow silhouettes were soon seen across the skies of newly developed Alaska. The Super Cub could land on the smallest gravel bar or frozen lake, and was the bush taxi of choice for a generation of sportsmen and prospectors. Even today, the Super Cub is still the best aircraft on unimproved landing strips across the world.

The Super Cub is actually a decendant of the J-3 Cub. It led the way for the many aircraft that would later be inspired by it’s flight characteristics including the Super Breezy by Yakima Aerosport.

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    Discover How To Obtain Your Pilot License Quickly

    by on Mar.30, 2010, under Travel

    The one thing you want to realize is when you are taking your pilots training that there is no such thing as short cuts. There are things. However, that you can do that will enhance your training and give you a better experience.

    There are two parts of the pilot training course, and you will need to do both successfully in order to gain your license, there is the theory part and then there is the experience part. You might find you can take the theory part at one school and go to another for the experience part.

    Don?t just jump at the first school that comes along make sure that you check out their credentials.

    Make sure that you are going to be able to fulfill all the needs that are going to be demanded of you. You have to realize that it is going to take time to take this course, and you are going to have to structure yourself in order to be able to attend all of your classes. The best way to figure this out is for the school that you are considering find out what their class schedule is and determine if you are going to be able to fit into it.

    You must be able to structure yourself and focus on what will be coming. You must stay in constant action of attending your classes and doing your homework. If you become laid back about completing your course chances are you will not finish it and you will have wasted a lot of money.

    It’s not just your classroom and your field training that is going to take your time; there is going to be a great deal of study and homework that has to be done as well this means that you will have to apply yourself to this course just like you did when you were in school. If you are not prepared for this type of commitment you are better not to put out the money and lose it to begin with.

    You may get to the point where you find that it’s not as exciting as what you thought it was going to be. What you might want to do here is just think over where you have come from, and what you have accomplished and the goal that will be at the end of you graduating and becoming a successful pilot. It is natural to get frustrated during any type of training program and you can get over this hurdle if you just give yourself a chance.

    Whatever you do don?t let yourself think that there are ways that you can short cut around this course. This is a course that is centered totally around your safety and the safety of others remember that flying a plane is going to be your responsibility and there is no one there to help you out if you run into any kind of difficulties. You need to commit yourself 100% to your training course if you want to be successful.

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    Read This Before You Attend Flight School

    by on Mar.28, 2010, under Travel

    If you have signed up for a training course to become a pilot then you are probably already aware that there are going to be two parts of this course that you must complete successfully.

    You are going to find that there is the part where you will only be able to fly with an instructor. Then once you have completed this part you will be able to go on to the part of the course where you can fly on your own. Naturally, it must be understood that you are not going to be able to be weak in any area of your training when you are going to fly solo.

    When you are ready for this part of being able to fly on your own a lot of it will also depend on whether your instructor feels that you are ready to do so. Safety is very important and there is no way if you are not ready will you be aloud to go alone in the plane. Sometimes what some of the schools will do is still move the student on to learn other parts of the course that takes place after the solo.

    This way all that is left to do will be the solo flight time. Usually where the weakness comes in is on the landing this is where most students feel insecure. What you might want to do is buy some extra flight time to give you extra practice in this area.

    So when you look at the total aspects of your course you can now see that it is broken into two areas where there is the education part and then gaining experience. Of course the educational or the ground work is more important before you can take on the responsibility of flying the plane.

    It will be natural for you at first to feel a bit nervous when you get into the plane and are ready to fly for the first time. Your instructor should have a good idea of how confident you are, and he will make his decisions based on this. Record keeping is going to be very important for you during your entire course.

    You will have a log book for a student pilot and this is where you must keep track of everything that you have completed. Your training instructor will have to sign each one of the entry?s that are made in this book. If your log book is not up to date and complete, you will not be able to do your final exam.

    Make sure that you don?t look for any short cuts when it comes time to learning everything that you are going to need to know for your course. Remember that in this particular type of training there is no room for mistakes.

    By following the rules and staying focused you should find that you are able to achieve your goals quite easily.

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