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18th Apr 2014, 17:04
Towed Behind an Airplane on Skis - YouTube

Now that would give the Health and Safety folks in the UK a heart attack. :p

18th Apr 2014, 17:45
Shouldn't think the FAA are best pleased, sadly.

18th Apr 2014, 18:16
Looks about as much fun as water-skiing :cool: (which I have tried, not an expert or anything).

18th Apr 2014, 19:52
Shouldn't think the FAA are best pleased, sadly.

As some here that fly in Alaska can tell you, the rules are a bit different when it comes to Alaska. What would have a pilot thrown in jail in the lower 48, will seldom get a second glance up there.

It is a different kind of flying up there. Not saying that is good or bad, just the way it is.

18th Apr 2014, 20:49
As some here that fly in Alaska can tell you, the rules are a bit different when it comes to Alaska. What would have a pilot thrown in jail in the lower 48, will seldom get a second glance up there.

Indeed. :D


19th Apr 2014, 00:31
Before my kids were skiers
http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa72/Aerowerk/hookupcloseup.jpg (http://s198.photobucket.com/user/Aerowerk/media/hookupcloseup.jpg.html)

http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa72/Aerowerk/Wagtherudders.jpg (http://s198.photobucket.com/user/Aerowerk/media/Wagtherudders.jpg.html)

19th Apr 2014, 00:43
What happens if something goes seriously wrong ? Does the pilot have a mirrior, or observer able to view backwards, or a GoPro camera perhaps, in which case is he watching the camera or his task in hand ( low flying ) and has he got a quick release mechanism ?

Sounds a little daft to me, and as has been noted, the skier can't do anything except provide drag if he can't let instantly let go, which might happen.

Don't think I'd do it -either flying or skiing !

19th Apr 2014, 07:35
Right, I'll let go now he's climbing away.

Erm...wait, me glove's caught in the rope...

Erm...I said WAIT...

Waaaaaaaaitttttt...ah well, never mind then.

Wee, now he's doin a loop...

...and another...

...and another...

...and another...

Krystal n chips
19th Apr 2014, 08:01
Leaving the cranium aside, there isn't any danger of anything underneath those of the participants getting damaged really, and apart from the wrists, arms, associated vertebrae, pelvis, legs and ankles, is there any other form of weak link, like wot gliders have for example, for some strange reason, on the tow line at all ?

The bit where the tug gets airborne is quite interesting....and would probably become even more interesting rather rapidly in the event of the engine stopping....just how close to a stall is it flying anyway ?

On the other hand, having viewed the clip, it only serves to confirm further how and why Sarah was, so, very popular in Alaska.....alas, that is until she ventured further afield. Nothing against Sarah by the way, she was always entertaining,

A A Gruntpuddock
19th Apr 2014, 10:27
This is my favourite story about Alaskan flying -

Unusual bear attack in Alaska (not graphic) - snopes.com (http://message.snopes.com/showthread.php?t=52677) :eek::eek::eek:

19th Apr 2014, 13:02
Great little video.

Ketchikan Bush Pilots.

izod tester
19th Apr 2014, 14:14
I saw this photograph in the Museum at Hood Lake, Anchorage.


The helicopter is towing a 4 ton generator on a sledge. I wonder whether there was some enhancement of the blades tips on the underside so that the pilots could see the blade clearance.

The caption did not say whether any aircraft crashed whilst doing this.

Um... lifting...
19th Apr 2014, 14:41
None crashed, and none were damaged.

Columbia Helicopters (http://www.colheli.com/news/the_hover_barge/)

19th Apr 2014, 15:17
Thank you very much for that Pigboat, brings back memories of my alarm clock one morning being the sound of a Beaver taking off alongside the cruise ship I was on at Ketchikan. I had to be dragged down to breakfast by my wife but still managed to get a table on the right (as opposed to wrong) side of the ship so I could continue to watch them over my bacon, eggs, etc, etc.:ok:



Mind you, looking out of my cabin that morning and seeing two other enormous cruise ships moored behind us I couldn't help but think 'poor Ketchikan!'

19th Apr 2014, 16:35
You're welcome Groundgripper. In that vid they show a few hanging lakes which are fun to operate out of. Most of them are one way in/same way out. We had two in my neck of the woods we used occasionally, one so small it did not appear on the eight mile to the inch maps. The procedure in was to drag your rear end through the tag alders, touch down and immediately dump the flaps to get stopped before the opposite shoreline. Outbound you set climb flap and allowed the airplane to get on the step, then flapped it off the water and dove into the canyon to accelerate to a safe flying speed.

Back in the 1920's Tom Wheeler and his brother Harry opened a ski resort, the Grey Rocks Inn, at Mont Tremblant, north of Montreal. Great alpine skiing in the Laurentian Mountains, and as an added attraction they had a Travel Air on skis they used, to tow skiers along the snow covered ice of Lac Ouimet. They'd drag three or four hardy individuals at a time behind the aircraft according to one picture I have seen. This was considered great fun, long before Sarah Palin was a gleam in her father's eye.