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  • More flying pics from the weekend.

    Interesting story here, one way airstrip about 250m (roughly 900ft) long, slightly uphill. We landed and took a walk around the local area, and when we returned a 15 knot tailwind had picked up for our take-off. Normally the Bearhawk is airborne by the halfway mark, but with the 15 kts on the tail it needed more like 75% of the available length. We decided it was safe enough, as the end of the airstrip is like a ramp, so it would be like flying off the end of an aircraft carrier.

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    • Beautiful country! I am continually amazed at how much NZ looks like Alaska where I lived for 21 years. I definitely need to visit sometime. I had a Maule M5 most of that time and used it much as you use the Bearhawk, lots of great memories.
      Last edited by rodsmith; 09-17-2018, 10:24 AM.

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      • A couple of photos from a backcountry fly-in over the weekend.
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        • Originally posted by Battson View Post
          A couple of photos from a backcountry fly-in over the weekend.
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          Is the back country pilots quite active here?

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          • Originally posted by SimonNicholson View Post

            Is the back country pilots quite active here?
            Yes, the association has over 150 members and there are a lot of landings taking place, several thousand per year in total (estimated). We measure the ones on Conservation land, but not the rest.

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            • Big rocks, short landing spot.

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              • Some really great photos! Appreciate you posting them!

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                • Battson:
                  How does a BH or any plane with big (29 or 31) tires handle that? You have a new and very expensive prop. No worries?

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                  • Originally posted by svyolo View Post
                    Battson:
                    How does a BH or any plane with big (29 or 31) tires handle that? You have a new and very expensive prop. No worries?
                    Provided there's not much air in the tires, big rocks are not much of a problem. There is only a small concern for the tail / belly. The prop is at risk from very small stones, especially thrown by tire tread. The major concern is a much larger rock hidden among the rest, which can be very hard to see amongst a myriad of same-coloured rocks.

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                    • It will be a while before I get that brave. Awesome pics though.

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                      • Time for some new video content, while I sit at home with a busted back - wishing I was flying!

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                        • JimParker256
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                          I always enjoy your videos, Jon. On this one, you sounded so laid back and peaceful... Hope your back heals quickly.

                        • nichzimmerman
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                          I hope you heal fast! ...but not too fast that you don't have time to make another video first =)

                          -Nic

                        • Battson
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                          Thanks for all the kind words everyone!

                      • Very nice, thank you - helps keep motivation up! Sorry to hear about the back, hope it's better soon.

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                        • Very inspiring Jon. Hope the back heals quickly ! (I know the feeling )

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