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DHC Beaver down in Hawkesbury

Old 19th Feb 2021, 06:57
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Originally Posted by Foxxster View Post
anyway I wonder if having someone snapping off photos of nothing every second sitting in the front seat might have led to a more scenic route which rapidly became a very bad idea.
NOO's pilot had flown in and out of Cottage Point literally hundreds of times. I doubt having an enthusiastic photographer in the front seat would have been unusual.
Pilot incapacitation, on the other hand..
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Old 20th Feb 2021, 12:48
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A couple of comments from a seaplane pilot.

When the engine is running in a seaplane, the aircraft is moving. When taxiing downwind it may be at the same speed as the wind - you can end up sitting in your exhaust gases. The other main use in Aus for beavers was ag, however I would expect they would have spent most of their ground time (loading) facing into the wind.

I don't recall many pilots leaning the mixture on the water - rich mixture equals a greater percentage of CO in the exhaust gases.

The only times I remember closing the window in the Beaver whilst taxiiing was in rain.

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