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post #31 of 40

sport tube mod

I had dinner the other night with my buddy, proud owner of a "new" Tiger, and we touched on this carrying skis thing.

He had just done a ferry hop to get a Husky (Aviat not the Fairchild), in for annual so the topic drifted in and out but ....

He did remember seeing an approved mod that sounded like a sport tube that allowed long items like skis and fishing rods to be carried in/towards the tail and keep things clear of the minor details .... like the cables and turnbuckles and like. The bad news .... he couldn't remember which plane he saw this on.

Fishing rods are probably "no factor" .... but skis ... weight and balance would have to be considered (IMHO), a significant factor.

Probably someting the "bush set" would be familiar with.

Happy hunting .... remember ... the hunt is half the fun! Sounds like a Husky could be added to the list since you can add floats for water skiing!
post #32 of 40
I am the happy owner of an A36 Bonanza. We use it frequently to fly to Mammoth weather permitting! I have had my instrument license for almost 20 years, and frankly, I would never fly to the Mammoth area if the conditions were IFR. I have flown into Tahoe IFR before, and even though the conditions were relatively tame it was still not a lot of fun (icing, turbulence, snow on the runway, etc.) Most smaller GA aircraft, even if equipped with ice-avoidance equipment, should be used with great caution in those conditions. If you are considering using a plane to go skiing, you should be willing to drive without much hesitation. I consider flying to the lifts as an excellent bonus when the conditions permit.

OK, given that little rant, the Bonanza is a terrific time machine. We can leave Torrance airport at 7 AM, be skiing at 9:00 and home in time for dinner. Sure beats five-and-a-half hours each way driving (with no traffic)! Ours is a six-seater, but we often take out the two back seats to put luggage in the rear. Skis fit on the floor and into the "hat rack" in the back ledge of the cabin. It does not have a separate baggage compartment. We flight plan for 170 knots (~200mph) and it has tip tanks in addition to mains in the wings. 15 gallons per hour and 104 usable gallons, so you can go a mighty long way without stopping, traveling in comfort the whole way. (Often the limitation is the passengers' bladders, not the available flight time!) I'll try to post a picture of it.
post #33 of 40
Originally Posted by Mister Moose View Post
Let me know if you have any more questions.

Spar varnish or Cetol?
post #34 of 40
I'm not a pilot myself. But I do know two people who fly to ski often. So it didn't appear to be such a rarity. I'm sure it's not cheap. Or everyone else would be doing it.

But in both case, the airport are in town at lower altitude while some distance away from the ski area and the mountains. I'm only guessing that makes landing and such a lot easier on the one hand, but needing a car to get to the slope on the other.
post #35 of 40
You make me sick.
post #36 of 40
Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
You make me sick.
post #37 of 40
Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
You make me sick
Without your permission I altered your quote.
post #38 of 40
Oh no, one more from my night of drunken posting. This one is the most embarrassing of all. I don't remember writing that. Sorry. I'll try not to be such an idiot in the future, but I think I've made that promise before.
post #39 of 40
[quote=doogiedoc;915725]I am the happy owner of an A36 Bonanza./quote]

happy indeed. That is a beautiful aircraft.
post #40 of 40
I used to own a C182 based in Bedford, MA and did take the family skiing a couple of times. Was a bit cramped with the skis (in bags) sticking between the rear seats, but it was doable.

The reality was that it really wasn't all that practical.

By the time you woke up, got to the airport, preheated and preflighted, stowed the gear and got going you could have easily driven to some of the ski areas in southern NH. If I drove to Sunday River it was 4 hours door-to-base. If I flew it was 4 hours door-to-base, but I got there after 10 because the line crew wasn't pre-heating before 7 am and I needed to wait for the bus at the other end.

There are only a couple ski areas with airports next to the mountain (Sunday River, Stowe), others were at least 1/2 hour drive/taxi away.

Winter weather sucks ... even with an Instrument ticket ... if it's IFR, it's usually "known icing" conditions, which means you aren't legally leaving in a fixed gear single.

Flying in a mountainous area at night is asking for trouble, so that meant leaving before dark, which meant leaving the resort around 2:00 pm.

In my case, skiing was just an excuse to go flying. If skiing was my primary mission it was much easier (and cheaper!) to load the car and drive.

Just my $0.02 ...
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