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Old 01-12-2023, 10:08 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Gather 'round chilluns, and listen to the tale of the Gimli Glider...
The pilot was already quite experienced on gliding, and presumably that's why he managed to land safely.

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Old 01-14-2023, 02:48 PM   #22 (permalink)
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years ago i was a helicopter pilot/mechanic and flew offshore on the oil rigs in LA.
I rebuilt this old 1946 Aeronca chief and use to fly back and forth between Home la and southern IL i had a 7 day on 7 day off schedule. One trip from IL to LA, i guess it was a dry front i passed got a bit bumpy but then i noticed my airspeed was 125 mph ( usually cruised at 85 mph) so i quickly pulled the throttle back to idle and kept in that updraft. I had to slightly alter my course but could maintain over 100mph at idle. There were no mountains it was a cold front and i just caught it at the right time. I had wished i had more time to ride it out but after a half hour i had to turn back to my origional course. Having glider experience kinda helped me keep in that wave.
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Somewhere I still have a picture of my DME indicating 164 knots towards station over the Cali grapevine in maybe a 70 knot tailwind, pretty close to idle power. Vne of the pacer is something like 120 knots
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I regret not taking a photo of the Garmin 430 showing 9 knots. And I even had enough reserve airspeed that I could have slowed down to get the groundspeed down to 0 knots. We were trying to get to 12,500 feet in a C152 to take some air samples, and only made it to slightly over 12,000.

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