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Old 11-20-2014, 06:27 PM
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Talking Winter Soldiers

I fly my RV9A all year around. Winter flying has its limitations it's challenging but very interesting. Engine likes thick, cold and tasty winter air. Dress warm, preheat and go flying!


2011. Noah, Captain John and I at Rangeley Lake, ME.





Every year the owner of Baldmountain Lodge plows a good chunk of the lake.







The same area (Northern Maine) sounds inviting isn't it?












Seaplane base at Alton Bay NH converts to an FAA approved ice runway pretty much every year when ice is thick enough to hold a Boeing 777.


First I visited in Feb 2012.










After that I was coming every year. In 2014 I visited Alton Bay 7 times.







Lake Sacandaga in Upstate NY. Slippery!!!









A Finger Lake unable full stop...







Show your winter landings be it on a frozen water on a snow covered runway. How did you use your brakes?
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:43 AM
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How did you use your brakes?
That is what I want to know- how do you use your brakes or even steer while taxiing?
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Old 11-21-2014, 07:49 AM
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That is what I want to know- how do you use your brakes or even steer while taxiing?
Cold ice actually provides a reasonable amount of traction. What you don't want is temperatures right around the freezing level or above and a small amount of water forming between the tires and ice. Then you're on ice skates which is actually how skates work. They thaw a film of water between the ice and blades. Usually the colder the ice the better the traction.

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Old 11-21-2014, 11:03 AM
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...sooo...this would have been a typical SPRING day for Vlad in his former homeland.
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Old 11-21-2014, 11:30 AM
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Hilarious! "they plowed a chunk of the lake".
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Old 11-21-2014, 02:06 PM
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Looks cold! You you do anything special to protect the canopy from cracking due to the cold?
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Old 11-23-2014, 12:51 AM
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Awesome stuff guys, that is something we'll never be able to do in Australia

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Old 11-23-2014, 01:58 PM
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Ha!

I hadn't noticed this until now.

Here's some more pictures.



This is The RV-6 that I fly.

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Old 11-23-2014, 04:27 PM
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In answer to the questions,

The canopies are just fine. We haven't had any issues yet.

The ice gets kind of tacky when you taxi on it. It helps to make left hand turns with power on. P factor and rudder effectiveness will help you, should you need it.

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Old 11-23-2014, 07:29 PM
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I gotta thank you VLAD for your awesome pictures and commentary. You bring a lot of character, inspiration and useful information to this great forum .Im Very grateful to be able share these experiences with people who can appreciate what we have as a pilots and people keen on adventure. We are very fortunate.
Now back to work so I can buy more fuel and fly on!
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