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  1. Gday mate. Tim howes here. I founded bfdu. Shoot me an email mate at [email protected] and well get in contact!
  2. far from kidding ourselves on this one, it is a very very standard practice. It is something practiced with every off airport landing and for those off us of whom bush flying is our hobby, making the majority of our landings off airport this is just another one of the many simple skills we practice as standard. I only suggested it as I feel it is a genuinely useful skill for everyone to have for moments like these. It is something taught as part of standard training in the US. there are various degrees of dragging a strip depending on how serious your situation is but for a simple thing such as checking the surface condition of an unknown runway a simple touch and go with a bit of pace behind you can suffice. My reference here to keeping a bit of pace behind you is in relation to if you do find the surface isnt suitable and starts to drag you down you have a bit of pace to get up again and out of there. this is certainly not going to work for everyone but for those who have big flaps like mine, keeping a notch or 2 of flap available can help that you can pull out if required to help pop you back into the air just as you would on a short field take off. also if you are flying a nose wheel aircraft it can often be advised to try and keep the nose wheel off the ground just in case. But like everything, best thing to do is go see your instructor or have a chat to someone who's had a bit of experience landing in questionable places. anyway long and the short of it there is an entire sport based around operating from spots that arnt airfields where accessing surface conditions before landing is essential and in turn there are a number of well tried and proven methods to know if a surface is suitable to operate from while still in the air. Bush pilot or not this is a perfect example as to why its beneficial for all pilots to learn some of the basics. There actually is a series of formulas that I have found to be really quite accurate available to help calculate take off roll ranging from total weight, DA, surface type and even surface density (including one directly for grass length!). for those interested look up the mountain flying guide, written by an alaskan aviation veteran, its all in there.
  3. The short version of dragging a strip is to do a pass of the strip before landing, lightly touching one or 2 wheels to assess the surface condition if it appears questionable. Its always important to come back around and look at your tracks aswell before landing to see how deep the grass, mud, or whatever the surface is. There is ofcourse alot more to it than that, this is the very very dumbed down version. like what techniques to employ to make sure this action is done safetly. Its also harder than it seems to hold a single wheel on a runway for an extended distance only lightly. This said often multipule short taps of the mains can surfice. My earlier comment referenced to a soft field take off however there are a number of techniques that can be utilised interms of a short field take off. from turning starts to reducing the aircrafts drag factor by keeping flaps in until the last minute and holding elevators neuteral on nose draggers and lifting the tail early on tail draggers. However each aircraft will react differently to all of these techniques. There is ofcourse alot more to all of it to than I cant type tonight and I reccomend having a proper chat to someone with experience to learn how to get it right. There are alot of fellas on the bush flyers down under facebook group who have alot of experience with all these techniques and are happy to give advice
  4. No worries geoff, illsend you a message on face book about how to do all of the above. Some good bush strip practices. We can practice them at little italy one day Ryan, if you ever like id be more than happy to run you through some good bush strip/off airport techniques and could tell you a bit about how to identify surface and wind conditions before landing. I do reasonable amount of bush flying and take pleasure in passing on what ive learnt
  5. I havnt posted here in a long time, but I felt like voicing an opinion on this one. I will quickly say though I appologise if this is full of typos, Im typing on my phone in a hospital waiting room. Im sorry ryan but I have to say I see you as completely in the wrong on this one. You say you have 100 hours and then go on to say you had a perfect takeoff technique. There is no single perfect take off technique, they are variable for every situation. At 100 hours your still in flying diapers and there is no way you could judge if your takeoff technique is perfect with that little experience. Ive seen jabs take off in worse conditions than that in higher DA on shorter strips than that with no worries using proper soft field techniques. I really feel in relation to your take off the only person to blame is you. Its your job to judge your abilitys, your aircrafts abilitys and how your aircraft will be effected by varying factors. This attitude you seem to have of your in the right and everyone else is wrong is as dangerous as things get. I really thonk you need to take astep back and assess things a bit. Youve had a few far more experienced flyers here tell you it was most probably your fault, maybe they are on to something? But take off aside, if conditions where so poor, why did you land there? You where in the wrong here from the moment you set up to approach. Why did you not inspect the strip, why did you not drag the strip, why did you make the call to land there in the first place. Choice of where an aircraft operates is soley that of the pilots, starts and stops there. You cant put that on any book or phone call. On another note I do however in all honesty applaud you for telling people of your experience. Those who know me know this is something Im a big fan of and try very hard to promote. My only issue is I think you need to take the time to assess things before you point fingers and pass the buck.
  6. haha sorry mate, most of it was actually filmed without audio so it would have been awfully quite! cant please them all
  7. Hey guys, havnt been on in a while but as a rampant bush flyer Ive just come back from the states on a bush flying holiday. made a couple of videos I thought some of you might like
  8. I was wondering if anyone can tell me the difference between the Kitfox and the Skyfox?
  9. I was wondering if anyone can tell me the difference between the Kitfox and the Skyfox?
  10. just be aware anyone ever flying into tyagrah, the skydivers cut low level over the runway all the time! so if you are coming into tyagrah and hear anything about the chutes away, orbit until they are down or at worst case, land short on 23
  11. Hey Tim, Do you know who can replace skins on a drifter. My drifter is ready for new dacron but I prefer someone to do it as Wayne is no longer with us.
  12. hey emah, im starting to look into a set for my baby, when your ready get in touch with me and shoot me a quote