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Old 12-20-2011, 02:44 AM   #1
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Default On snow / ice ?

I have a Cessna 182 that I will set-up for floats as I have a wide river at back of house to play on.

In winter it freezes over and you get the Ice-Fisherman out there. Ice can be a metre thick.

My question is ... can the floats as per water use work on the snow / ice or should I make up ski's ? I've heard that floats will work OK as long as you protect the undersides from abrasion on ice shards etc.

Ok onto second question ... same river ... I intend to start experimenting with my T45 EDF on ice / snow ... and possibly water flight ! YEh - I know ... crazy !!

Anyone else ever tried it with a conventional style EDF jet such as a T45 of snow / ice ? I realise best is to hand launch and belly land ... but the idea intrigues me as different ... I know the Germans experimented with the Jet and Rocket planes at end of WW2 ... flying of skis etc.


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Old 12-20-2011, 03:06 AM   #2
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I can not speak for the T45 however I did witness many the Stinger 64 EDF that is also a belly landers take off from the ice. It scooted along real nice than up it went. Unfortunatly I did not get to see the landing due to a brown out but before it crashed it did slide on the ice it just hit very hard and of course the ice was not forgiving at all

Floats well I have them on my SC and I take off from the grass and snow with ease and landing as well. I have not had the opportunity to take off from water yet for 3 reasons. First the lake near buy has too many trees and I do not trust my skills yet also something about standing in the middle of a lake just freaks me out and finally the lake is still frozen so I have not tried water

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