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Old 12-10-2011, 12:51 PM
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Default RV-12 to the Cairngorms

Winter is coming to Scotland. We have a maritime climate, so plenty of variety, but usually no extremes. However...

Thursday brought wind, rain, hail, snow. The bridge conveying traffic north from Edinburgh over the Forth Estuary was closed - winds gusting to 86 mph. An empty jet at Edinburgh airport was tipped onto its wingtip. It also brought the winds to the Cairngorm ski area - 165 mph recorded. Not a record, but exceptional for here.

Today was different, so I pulled out the RV12 to take a look at the Cairngorms. Not high by most people's standards (4000 ft) but can be pretty, especially in the winter.









Happy building. Happy flying...Keith
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:36 PM
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Very pretty, Keith. Now what did you say? 165 is not a record? What is the record, and how much notice do you receive that such a blow is on the way?
Lastly what is that airplane in the photo that has the wings on top instead of where they belong? (just joshing) I flew one of those types for seven years before discovering RV's. Now I am going to the web to find out exactly what the Cairngorms are, and how they were created.
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Old 12-11-2011, 03:53 AM
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The greatest British wind speed 150 knots (170 mph or 274 km/h) was recorded on Cairngorm Summit on 20 March 1986, where speeds of over 100 mph (160 km/h) are common.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairngorms

The plane is a Skyranger. We, rather rudely, call them "tattie sacks" as they are steel/aluminium tube and fabric (the fabric being large socks that are pulled over the wings).

http://www.flylight.co.uk/skyranger/

I video recorded this flight. The picture quality is a bit fuzzy - I suspect a thin layer of ice on the lens. However, this short clip was a useful lesson for me.

http://youtu.be/p9AVYVXnDXY


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Old 12-11-2011, 05:45 AM
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However, this short clip was a useful lesson for me.
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Lesson? Are you referring to the steep bank Keith, or am I missing something?
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:40 AM
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Two pilots on board. Both assumed the other was flying. Plane gently rolled over. When the bank got to 80 degrees and the nose was dropping I looked to see what was going on. Discovered no one was holding the stick.

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Old 12-11-2011, 02:58 PM
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Two pilots on board. Both assumed the other was flying. Plane gently rolled over. When the bank got to 80 degrees and the nose was dropping I looked to see what was going on. Discovered no one was holding the stick.

Cheers...Keith
Aha! That explains the quick recovery.
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Old 12-11-2011, 03:38 PM
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.... Now I am going to the web to find out exactly what the Cairngorms are, and how they were created.
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The Cairngorms in Scotland were made near Aberdeen so the rest of the UK could go skiing....

http://ski.visitscotland.com/conditions/cairngorm/
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Old 12-11-2011, 03:49 PM
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...if you can get to the ski-slopes there's no snow. If there's snow, you can't get to the ski slopes ;-)
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Old 12-11-2011, 04:49 PM
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That's a nice word...Cairngorm. What does it mean in american? Rockpile hill?
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:48 PM
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That's a nice word...Cairngorm. What does it mean in american? Rockpile hill?
Had to brush up on my Gaelic words....

Cairn = Man made pile of stones - usually used as a marker (I knew that one - lots used on hiking paths in the UK)

Gorm = Blue
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