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Thread: PA-20 Float Plane

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    Harold Kroeker's Avatar
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    Default PA-20 Float Plane

    2015-09-02
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    UPDATE: TSB Report #A15C0116: The private Piper PA-20-135X, operating on floats with the pilot and one passenger on board, was taking off from Sourdough Bay on Lake Athapapaskow, 7 NM north of CYFO Flin Flon, MB. The aircraft lifted normally from the water, however the subsequent rate of climb was slow. As the aircraft approached the end of the lake, a down draft was encountered near the trees on the shoreline. The engine was functioning normally, however the aircraft was unable to climb and settled into the trees. The aircraft came to rest on a road and sustained substantial damage. The occupants were able to exit the aircraft and notified the RCMP. The pilot and passenger had been wearing the available seat belts and shoulder harnesses and were uninjured. Some fuel leaked from the wreckage, however there was no fire. The ELT activated and was turned off by the pilot.

    Comment by Harold: The X after the model number signifies that the aircraft is in owner maintenance. Not that it has anything to do with the accident by it may look strange to our cousins to the south.
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    Default Re: PA-20 Float Plane

    Glad the crew was not injured.
    I like the idea of being inside a welded steel cage in the unfortunate chance that there is tumbling.
    I am slightly uncomfortable in aluminum planes that was not be as structurally robust when everything goes wonky.

    Let's all be safe out there!

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    Glen Geller
    1955 PA22-150 "One For Papa!"

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    Default Re: PA-20 Float Plane

    That's why I like having a tailwind over an rv

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    Default Re: PA-20 Float Plane

    Quote Originally Posted by Harold Kroeker View Post
    2015-09-02
    Narrative:
    UPDATE: TSB Report #A15C0116: The private Piper PA-20-135X, operating on floats with the pilot and one passenger on board, was taking off from Sourdough Bay on Lake Athapapaskow, 7 NM north of CYFO Flin Flon, MB. The aircraft lifted normally from the water, however the subsequent rate of climb was slow. As the aircraft approached the end of the lake, a down draft was encountered near the trees on the shoreline. The engine was functioning normally, however the aircraft was unable to climb and settled into the trees. The aircraft came to rest on a road and sustained substantial damage. The occupants were able to exit the aircraft and notified the RCMP. The pilot and passenger had been wearing the available seat belts and shoulder harnesses and were uninjured. Some fuel leaked from the wreckage, however there was no fire. The ELT activated and was turned off by the pilot.

    Comment by Harold: The X after the model number signifies that the aircraft is in owner maintenance. Not that it has anything to do with the accident by it may look strange to our cousins to the south.
    Never heard about it. Only 100 miles away. 135 is slightly underpowered for float operation. 150 min or better 160/180 be the best. Got my float plane back in the water for the year

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    Default Re: PA-20 Float Plane

    Have to concur with the 135 vs 150 or better hp for float ops... and you need 2000 and not the 1650 edos.

    Flying up to Talkeetna for the Hudson Fly in this coming weekend on wheels then on floats as soon as I get back to the Naknek.

    Its that time of year!!!!


    Rocket

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