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Flying UL/LSA's on skis

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Rob Stapleton
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#1 Posted: 1/8/2010 10:09:45

Just wondering who else out there is flying WSC on skis this winter? I am having mine resurfaced (bottoms) because I wore them out landing and taking off up here winter flying. It sure is a blast being able to land on rivers, lakes and mountain tops-- wherever there is good snow there is a place to go!

Also wondering who or if anyone is making skis, because we have both short and long skis available up here.

Blue skies, and smooth landings!

RS




Larry Labor
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#2 Posted: 2/8/2010 19:59:34

Hi Rob,

I have been flying on skis for 5 years and it is truly a great experience. I am presently flying a 2 place Challenger with a rotax 503. Cabin heat, all lakes and fields are now airports! I bought my skis from a company called "Turbulence Aviation" in Canada. I live in Vermont so the shipping distance is minimal.

BTW I will be in your state in August 2010 on my motorcycle touring for a month.

Larry Labor



Theodore Fails
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#3 Posted: 2/9/2010 21:20:33

Hey Rob:

UL on skis is great fun!  I designed and built skis for my CGS Hawk last winter using children's snow boards.  Worked pretty well in quite a variety of snow conditions.  Ground handling was challenging though, due to lack of control at slow speeds.  In the air, climb was slightly diminished as well as cruise, but otherwise, they were hardly noticed.

 

Have safe fun!

 

Ted



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Ralph Burlingame
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#4 Posted: 2/10/2010 09:39:52


I fly the Firestar on skis. I used some composite water skis. They work great in deep snow.

Ralph

 

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Joe Mapes
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#5 Posted: 3/5/2010 21:31:33

Ski flying is some of the most fun every year. I get my neighbor to pack the runway with his snomobile, works great. and the Chile at the fly-ins is great too. I made my skis from 1" square 16 gauge mild steel tube and as I had just put on a new windshield made of lexan I cut the old one up and pop riveted it to the bottom of the skis, gorks great, and you can see through them!



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Mike Schweim
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#6 Posted: 3/6/2010 09:56:12

I've been flying m 1982 Weedhoper C on homemade skis since 2006. I made them using kid's snowboards, with pine and plywood pylons to attach them to the axles. Rigging is permanently attached to the skis, and to a triangular bracket that bolts to the aircaft. Only requires removal and instalation of 1 nut to install or remove all rigging fr each ski.

I have several videos of my plane flying on skis on my Youtube channel.  www.youtube.com/weedhopr

Mike Schweim

Mankato,MN



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