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  #91  
Old 01-09-2017, 02:21 PM
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Desolate Lake would be short for my liking in the Mooney without good braking action, not much over 2000ft in any direction. Raquette lake is plenty large enough though.
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Old 01-15-2017, 04:12 PM
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Year 2017. A very unique opportunity has opened on Raquette Lake in Upstate NY it won't last long. For several years I was observing the ice condition there and I wasn't able to land. Ski planes and bush wheelers go there on regular basis. There was a lot of snow in the beginning but then a couple of warm days came and the snow melted. Then the deep freeze made it solid. Couple phone calls and couple emails answered and I am airborne.



About to turn final. A good 7,000 feet available you can land a jet there.







This will be my parking spot.





Ice is very slippery but there are spots that can give you a quick traction. I stopped far from the shore then carefully slid closer.





Had to pull red knob all the way back at least two times before I got to parking. The plane moves at idle it's adjusted couple winter RPMs above normal.





Inside Raquette Lake cruse boat-restaurant.





I had to push the airplane back then turned to aim in different direction. Not easy on a slippery surface I used my metal wheelchokes to stand on for better ice grab.







Go while the weather is holding. I plan to be there tomorrow around noon.
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Old 01-18-2017, 08:44 PM
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Default Lake Pleasant NY

Usually it's too much snow here. There is a joint by the road to grab a bite and a hot drink. Be careful while exiting the aircraft and bring a blanket...








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Old 01-30-2017, 04:27 PM
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A good friend of mine just got his unmanned pilot certificate. We flew to Upstate NY to exercise the privilege. That's what he cut. His first time composing a video.
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Old 01-30-2017, 04:38 PM
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A good friend of mine just got his unmanned pilot certificate. We flew to Upstate NY to exercise the privilege. That's what he cut. His first time composing a video.
Who else was hoping for a slip and fall caught on camera as our favorite traveling pilot was walking to his plane?
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Old 01-30-2017, 08:49 PM
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A good friend of mine just got his unmanned pilot certificate. We flew to Upstate NY to exercise the privilege. That's what he cut. His first time composing a video.
You've got more nerve than me, Vlad. I would never park my RV (that I spent 6 1/2 years building) on a lake that might thaw at any moment. Gives me chills just thinking about it.

Great job by your videographer.

Chris

P.S. Good thing the pickup driver wasn't from Texas or he probably would have hit the plane
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Old 01-30-2017, 09:48 PM
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As I dream to flock somewhere warmer to travel to, my friend Vlad migrates north. A strange duck indeed!
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Old 01-31-2017, 08:06 AM
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more power to you.i will be freezing my a** off next week when i head out to utah to challenge the mountains and my legs.

if you need to taxi slower you can use the float plane technique and go to one mag as you get closer to your parking area.
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Old 01-31-2017, 09:19 AM
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Default Nice Video!

I like the picture of the parking limitations. Vlad, do you put something between the tires and the ice to keep them from sticking/freezing?
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Old 01-31-2017, 10:03 AM
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Default de-icer?

....Aviation-grade Wodka never freeze!...always in emergency kit!

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