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Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

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Night Flight

May 18, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated May 22, 2019

I last flew at night in 2012. I was just out of flight training. We aren’t planning to fly at night during our cross country vacation to Utah, but it seems prudent to refresh my skills. I picked Saturday, May 18, to practice because the full moon should illuminate the ground. I also picked Saturday […]

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Learning Bearhawk Takeoff Technique for High Altitude

May 4, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated May 9, 2019

We emulated a high altitude takeoff by only giving partial throttle and found the Bearhawk takes off best with 10 degrees of flaps and tail up. We tried tail up and tail down takeoffs, no flaps and 10 degrees of flaps. Tyson was pretty sure more flaps would be too much drag. Ten degrees of […]

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Big Tires at Intervale and Crow

April 21, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated May 1, 2019

We bought the big tires for landing in backcountry strips out west. But it’s not enough to have the right equipment, you also need to know how to fly it. I expect I’ll need to fly the Bearhawk every weekend between now and our vacation to get good enough. We also need to record how […]

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New 31″ Bushwheels for the Bearhawk

April 15, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated April 24, 2019

This summer, we are flying out west for a vacation. We need to sort out lots of details, and tires are one of them. Inspirational backcountry flying videos all show airplanes with giant balloon tires. On the other hand, the guidebooks describe the maintained airstrips as suitable for a standard general aviation plane. Back country […]

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Stuart and John’s Sugar House

February 10, 2019
Emilie Phillips
updated February 15, 2019

Stuart & John’s is a family run maple sugar house and restaurant in rural western New Hampshire. One of the supercub.org pilots discovered it and found the great-grandfather in the family, Roger, loves airplanes. He keeps the neighboring fields open for airplanes and helicopters. A group of Super Cubs flies in every Thursday for his […]

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Ice Flying Time

Emilie Phillips
updated February 13, 2019

I flew up to Alton Bay last Sunday with four other Brookline pilots. The runway on Lake Winnipesaukee is the only official ice runway in the lower 48 states. I worried the ice would be too thin after the rain-thaw-refreeze cycles that week, or it would be half refrozen with slush between ice layers. Thankfully, […]

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Fall Flight to the Beach

November 11, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated December 12, 2018

Back in November when we were installing the new propeller on my RV-4, Mike invited us to take a break and fly to Chatham MA for lunch with his friends. The unknown friends didn’t tempt me much, but Chatham looked interesting. The town of Chatham is at the southeastern bend in Cape Cod. It has […]

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Catto composite propeller on my RV-4: installation and first flight

November 10, 2018
Emilie Phillips
updated November 28, 2018

I upgraded my RV-4 to a Catto propeller for better performance, quieter cruise, and more ground clearance. My old propeller was a Sensenich. Old: Sensenich 70CM6S16-0-79 New: Catto Semi-custom 2 blade 3 blade Aluminum Wood core, glass/carbon composite 70″ diameter x 79″ pitch 66″ Diameter x 70″ Pitch 35 lb (approximate) 13 lb My engine […]

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We have two small airplanes, an RV-4 and a Bearhawk, and we have fun flying them to local small airports, and off field landings with other local pilots.

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