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Flying a Taylorcraft in the backcountry with Lacy

Jun 10, 2024
You should go the other way too Here we are with Lacey So what did we do today? We went to St Johnson Lansing Aviation's poppin grass strip the way it was meant to be. I left Detroit towards the fields of central Michigan, sunny, green skies. Grass, we're ahead, okay, we're on the way to Forest Hills Airport, a short hop to the grass field and we haven't had the Stinson in almost a month since I did anything besides practice takeoffs and landings. at the airport and on a test flight, just released annual. It was a longer, unexpected annual event, but it's working well.
flying a taylorcraft in the backcountry with lacy
Look at it. Forest Hills. I'll close the Trent Bomber style. What is the length of this track? 2000 feet, I think 2000. feet, uh, yeah, can we do it? I think last time I checked we'll get it. I did it right last time I was here, it was the middle of winter, though okay, okay, show me what she's got, let's go down, let her go. look and she's off, so don't let her turn yellow, okay, and you really want to keep going like this about no or no less than 25. what a half turn, quarter turns for fine trimmings, terms of quarters for fine trimmings and then thick cuts. a full turn, okay, feels good, perfect, what's this empty weight like?
flying a taylorcraft in the backcountry with lacy

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This is right, about 1400, okay, it feels, you know, it's obviously heavier than a Taylor ship, but you can tell when you fly it, it's got a little bit more, yeah. so it should be down to around 1300 by the time I'm done, okay that's my goal. I wanted to take it to the grass destroyers this year. It doesn't have the wing to land and only has horsepower to help. With takeoff, can I try to land here or not? No, if you're not comfortable with that, let's see how it works if I say I have the plane. Yes, I have the plane.
flying a taylorcraft in the backcountry with lacy
I'm definitely going to check it out here. a crosswind from the right cantonment cross doesn't seem like much. You explained to me how, as you get downwind, you'll bring the power back to about 1900, okay, and then, you know, you'll apply the carburetor. heat, I can apply it if you want, there's a tricky little block in this and then we're going to slow it down to, I don't know, 80 ish, okay, 90 ish and then you put a lapel notch or two lapel notches sometimes. just throw it in there's not much difference uh it's going to require some back pressure you'll find the adjustment will be somewhere with this first kick okay keep the airspeed when you get there okay so it would start to slow down the speed right now, oh yeah, okay, there it is, there you go, and then you grab the flaps and put the flap on, you have to push the handle, I can't reach it, I got it, yeah, there we go and that says 90.
flying a taylorcraft in the backcountry with lacy
I want give yourself the second notch right now, then you don't have to worry about it. There seem to be power lines. Yes, actually for the countryside. Okay, you want me at 80. So, now, go ahead. and it starts to go down, you'll get close to about 70. okay, 65 70. uh, yeah, 75-ish 70 and you'll have the power down between 15 and 1400 rpm, okay, we've got everything set up, there we go and it looks like here . Hi, yeah, it looks a little high, oh yeah, it's going to work, okay, there are 70. yeah, about the power lines, yeah, I'll protect you, sorry, okay, no, no, not at all, you don't know me, idle idol, just remove it.
Yeah, okay, that was a good reaction and I'm going to start braking here, okay, I've got the brakes, you've got the plane, okay, that wasn't bad, right? Oh, it's a very simple plane to fly, yes, very simple. It flies very well I think this is Bob's place You've got the plane Okay, we're all set The trim is set where I'd like it The trim Yes, I think so, that's good, Yes, the next turn is fine, thanks, yeah , everything looks good, no. it goes very far right there there it comes everything is fine you can lift slowly there it is your 65 75 will come out like this quite well and it will start yes, there it goes, it is increasing the speed although there is a quite nice

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plane, very nice, really.
Easy to fly, I saw that it was more fun to be the pilot in command, so we took our planes for a formation

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thirty and a half. No, no, I don't see you, I don't believe it. I think I can take you. Where are you? You, I'm at your four o'clock low, I don't know, not too tight, pretty loose, but put it on for him. I'll pass on your left side here to make traffic on the left a little easier. I had to switch sides there. I'm getting slow three miles, okay, if we're downwind, it's time for me to make some space here, we'll let her shoot, I'll go outside, okay, the shady grass here looks great and then.
It looks like a very narrow little strip and a bright line the traffic is a stinson we're turning onto a long final track uh three six in the shade one I'll be fine so then what did we do today uh we went to the grass track jumping around st John's and Lansing, yeah, you got some time for Stinson, uh, yeah, I had two landings under my belt from the instructor's seat, from the instructor's seat, absolutely, so let's see if you get your Facebook, is it a Facebook page or is it just your Facebook? it's just my facebook it's just your face i'm not facebook famous like you are you're not famous you have as you should i mean you with so many selfies you have to be famous right i mean how many followers do you have i don't know just a few, just a few thousand of all Anyway, yeah, we took the taylor ship, did a little formation flying with it, gave the stinson a little instruction, a little fun up there, what is this place?
This is a shady grass field for Mike. four, yeah, a nice strip of corn over here, some little trees and then a Taylor craft and a really nice Taylor craft, let's see this, sorry, you got the final numbers, okay, no, I don't care, it's good. numbers we'll take a look here yeah so you said this is a Taylor ship 85 horsepower 85 bc 12d yeah it looks like it has the original instrument package yeah with non-original instruments or they're original they're original. they are original, original and ben overall okay it's such a beautiful plane yeah it's well taken care of and show them the skylight and the skylight oh my gosh it's a full skylight look at that yeah I would love it in my plane there's a lot of It's funny, how fast can you get this off the ground? uh, like if you lined up there, if I lined up there, halfway between the second and third cone, halfway between the second and third column, no, I don't know.
I don't know, yeah, a second tone, but you have a second five minutes that you could do. I'll sit here to record it. Okay, five. Okay, so I leave the glove to Lacy and then she does exactly what she says. she can do are you there? I want to see what you have that was bad, you have your rhythm, yes, I think you are shorter than me.

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