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Title: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: TheSoccerMom on September 30, 2007, 08:15:55 PM
Anyone have any time in this airplane?  Or have access to one?  Thanks!   ::wave::

S'Mom  :)
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: BrianGMFS on October 01, 2007, 01:46:03 AM
I know a guy who owns one... I haven't flown in it but I have moved it around the hangar a time or 2  ::rofl::

Brian
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: TheSoccerMom on October 01, 2007, 02:56:02 AM
Brian, that's a WHOLE LOT closer to one than I have managed as of yet!  I'm envious!   ::bow::

They just look like so much fun.  I've been checking out their accident rates, etc., and saw a sad one today...  the USDA installed the shoulder harnesses wrong (insert SoccerMom saying "I am SHOCKED"), and the airplane went into the terrain at low speed, and, despite having a helmet on, the pilot was killed because of the improper installation.

What a waste. 

Like we've said..  and said...  and SAID....  good mechanics keep us all alive.   |:)\

 8)
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: tundra_flier on October 01, 2007, 08:18:31 AM
Shhh...careful, don't let any Super Cub owners hear you mention a Husky.  >:D

Phil  (aka AntiCub on SuperCub.org)
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: Baradium on October 03, 2007, 08:58:28 AM
I have a friend who owned one for a good while  in TN.

I haven't seen a single one up here.  I've been told that their parts support isn't seen as being "good enough" up here if you want to get parts in any decent amount of time.


In fact, even my friend who owned one (and loved flying it) made a comment that it wasn't built to be easily repairable like a supercub is.  He seemed to think it wouldn't be all that great of a bush plane just by that merit alone, too complex.  I haven't found anyone up here actually flying one, so I can't get a first hand account of how it actually fairs.
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: TheSoccerMom on October 03, 2007, 11:49:04 PM
Thanks for the info -- I never seem to run onto them, either -- but am still looking!  I almost got fuel this summer where they're built, but, alas, I missed my chance there.   ::banghead::
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: BrianGMFS on October 04, 2007, 02:28:56 PM
Our avionics shop got a one time STC to put an autopilot in one once.... the guy that owns it flies it from Vermont to Alaska once a year, I guess he wanted to look at the scenery going by at a whopping 100 kts (or take a nap enroute  ::rofl:: )
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: TheSoccerMom on October 05, 2007, 02:01:32 AM
PaFEW -Huck-ack-choke!  Excuse me while I spew good Canadian beer all over the keyboard here -- an AUTOPILOT in a HUSKY?!?!?!?!?!?     ::unbelieveable::

Wow, I have heard EVERYTHING now....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!       ::rofl::
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: Baradium on October 05, 2007, 02:50:40 AM
PaFEW -Huck-ack-choke!  Excuse me while I spew good Canadian beer all over the keyboard here -- an AUTOPILOT in a HUSKY?!?!?!?!?!?     ::unbelieveable::

Wow, I have heard EVERYTHING now....!!!!!!!!!!!!!!       ::rofl::


I just thought of the story of the first attempt at an autopilot and the way they tried to "test" it....     ::rofl::
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: G-man on October 05, 2007, 06:07:26 AM
See now what is funny is that..I almost thought this was a humor thread..I am sure I have heard a joke that started with "Anybody flown a husky?"..  ::thinking::  ::thinking::

Scuse my ignorance, but is a husky the taildragger plank with the BIG tundra like wheels?
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: Baradium on October 05, 2007, 08:09:54 AM
See now what is funny is that..I almost thought this was a humor thread..I am sure I have heard a joke that started with "Anybody flown a husky?"..  ::thinking::  ::thinking::

Scuse my ignorance, but is a husky the taildragger plank with the BIG tundra like wheels?

Think super cub on steriods.   They look pretty simiiliar.     They make the big tundra tires for supercubs as well, I think Aviat advertises up to 31" tires on the husky. 

www.aviataircraft.com

They have the same amount of power as many Cessna 172s, takeoff and land shorter, and cruise faster.   I remember calculating 104 kts usually for the 172s I trained in on cross country flights.
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: TheSoccerMom on October 05, 2007, 05:08:56 PM
Good one, G-Man!!!!!!!!!   ::wave::
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: G-man on October 05, 2007, 05:33:06 PM
Good one, G-Man!!!!!!!!!   ::wave::

Glad to see someone else has a sense of humor this week---it was getting way to serious on CW lately.  ::whistle:: ::whistle:: ::drinking:: ::drinking::
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: TheSoccerMom on October 05, 2007, 06:01:11 PM
Well, you know you can always count on me to be serial...   ::loony::

 ;D
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: FB41 on October 05, 2007, 06:18:02 PM
I recently got current again in taildraggers and had the good fortune to do it in a Husky. A local banner tower uses one as well.

I found take-offs to be a little exciting in that they occur in about 175-200'! I 've flown ultralights that have longer take-off rolls!

Other characteristics are pretty much like the Super Cub as far as handling and perfomance, though I will say I believe it can get into shorter fields (as if 700' ain't short enough!).

If you get the chance to fly one jump on it.
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: TheSoccerMom on October 05, 2007, 06:25:12 PM
Wow, THANKS for the info.  That sounds like a BLAST!  I just haven't run into anyone, EXCEPT YOU, who can tell what they fly like.

I'm sure I'd have to put out a NOTAM if and when I can ever get tailwheel current again, but I'd sure like to.  Money is always the problem...  but I'd sure love to get into that airplane and just get a good checkout..  it just looks like fun.

Maybe I can scrape up enough dough to run over to WY and get a little bit of time.  Of course, they would all be doubled over in laughter, I'm sure..  it's been EONS since I was in a taildragger.

Thanks for letting me know about it!!!   ::wave::
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: Baradium on October 05, 2007, 07:56:10 PM
I recently got current again in taildraggers and had the good fortune to do it in a Husky. A local banner tower uses one as well.

I found take-offs to be a little exciting in that they occur in about 175-200'! I 've flown ultralights that have longer take-off rolls!

Other characteristics are pretty much like the Super Cub as far as handling and perfomance, though I will say I believe it can get into shorter fields (as if 700' ain't short enough!).

If you get the chance to fly one jump on it.

And this year they're coming out with one with an IO-360 at 200hp!  (standard is a regular O-360 at 180hp and you can get a 160hp one if you really want).

Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: undatc on October 05, 2007, 11:27:20 PM
On a side note mom...

I see you have bubbles as your avatar!!

Nice to see someone else has heard of, or maybe even watches Trailer Park Boys.  I think its because we have a few Canadians in our house, but we watch it every week here, and even took a trip up to Winnipeg for the movie.
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: TheSoccerMom on October 06, 2007, 12:09:38 AM
Oh Man, I LOVE it!!  One of the jumper's wives stumbled onto them, and he brought one season's worth to work.  We all went nuts...  I especially love it..  reminds me of back home!  HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

And, I was SO tickled, on the last day of work this year, he gave it to me as a gift!  I was just a babbling idiot.  It just cracks me up, I don't know what it is, but it's nuts.  And, I DO love Bubbles, he is so cute and always the nice one.  The guys all murmur "Uh oh, Mary's watching her boyfriend again" whenever we crank it up. 

I'd have hopped in on that trip to Winnipeg with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!    ::bow::   
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: BrianGMFS on October 06, 2007, 01:44:08 AM
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Oh Man, I LOVE it!!  One of the jumper's wives stumbled onto them, and he brought one season's worth to work.  We all went nuts...  I especially love it..  reminds me of back home!  HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA.

Franklin County isn't that bad Mom.... Well except for Richford, Sheldon, Enosburgh, Montgomery, Fletcher, etc. however I gotta be nice to St Albans, Swanton and Highgate... Even I have relatives there  ::rofl::

Brian
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: RagDragger on October 06, 2007, 02:12:14 AM
Never flown a Husky, but the (extensively modified) Super Cub I fly will land in less than a football field.  Takeoff roll is maybe 100-150 feet.  Of course, it's a banner tower and modified to that end with a 180HP O-360, leading edge cuff, droop tips, vortex generators, lengthened wings, longer ailerons, and of course any unneccessary weight is removed.  To the point where we use handheld radios and handprop our aircraft 'cuz there's no starter.  Not quite a fair comparison, but I had to brag a bit.  I'd still like to fly a Husky though, I kinda have a special affection for anything with a tailwheel.   
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: TheSoccerMom on October 06, 2007, 02:37:57 AM

Franklin County isn't that bad Mom.... Well except for Richford, Sheldon, Enosburgh, Montgomery, Fletcher, etc. however I gotta be nice to St Albans, Swanton and Highgate... Even I have relatives there  ::rofl::

Brian

Whaaaa Haaaa, well, we could chat for quite a while about all this!  Of course, when I left there, the collective IQ went up dramatically.   ::silly::

Never flown a Husky, but the (extensively modified) Super Cub I fly will land in less than a football field.  Takeoff roll is maybe 100-150 feet.  ...I had to brag a bit.  ......I kinda have a special affection for anything with a tailwheel.   

That sure sounds like FUN, Ragdragger!  I mean, I know you're working your butt off, too, but at least it's FUN work, right?!? 

The Minivan does well, too, but I've never been in one that was stripped all the way down to nothing.  Even with tons of crap loaded inside, she does a good job...  it'd be fun to get one that was just bare bones!  LOOKOUT CHAPS!  Here she comes!!   :D
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: Frank N. O. on October 06, 2007, 10:24:18 AM
While I was looking for the video of the Bell 407 vs Cessna runway incident for the other thread then I found this clip on the frontpage, sounds like a nice plane! (that is the Husky you're talking about right?) http://www.flightlevel350.com/Aircraft_Aviat_A1_Husky-Airline_Untitled_Aviation_Video-8957.html

Frank
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: RagDragger on October 06, 2007, 04:35:04 PM
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That sure sounds like FUN, Ragdragger!  I mean, I know you're working your butt off, too, but at least it's FUN work, right?!? 

Sure is.  Probably as close as I'll get to being an airshow pilot.  The airplane and the big banners we tow always draw attention and questions from pilots and linemen.  I'm living out of a suitcase, traveling all over, and enjoying the hell out of it all.  Life's good!
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: TheSoccerMom on October 06, 2007, 08:59:28 PM
It's obvious you have a GREAT outlook!!!!!   ::wave::

I'd bet you will end up being whatever type of pilot you WANT...  airshow, or whatever.  Keep up the FUN!   ::bow::

 ;D                ;D                ;D                ;D 
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: RagDragger on October 07, 2007, 01:46:55 AM
Tell you the truth, there's two things I really want to do with flying before I die:  bush work in Alaska, and flying a waterbomber.  Both of those look like way too much fun!  Gonna do this for a while yet, but I'm always keeping an ear to the ground. 
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: TheSoccerMom on October 07, 2007, 04:01:15 AM
Aren'tcha gonna drag a wingtip, doin' that?!?!?   ::silly::
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: RagDragger on October 07, 2007, 12:56:11 PM
Hey now, just 'cuz I've got big ears..... ;D
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: airtac on October 07, 2007, 03:07:14 PM
Yeah Ragdragger,
If you keep your ear to the ground, nose to the grindstone, and shoulder to the wheel----you'll be successful BUT,  ::silly:: , you'll look funny ::rofl::
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: Gulfstream Driver on October 08, 2007, 09:39:01 PM
There'll be a Husky on straight floats for sale here at Baudette pretty soon.  Not sure what they want for it, but it's a really nice airplane.
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: TheSoccerMom on October 25, 2007, 05:49:00 AM
Today was better than Christmas....  got to fly a beautiful Husky with a super good guy.... 

It was hard to tell him how rusty I was, but he was gracious beyond all reasonable expectations, and (SOMEHOW) didn't even laugh out loud as I tried to recall what to do with that durned tailwheel......  What FUN.....  this is an awesome airplane.......

I'm in love.   :)
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: Frank N. O. on October 25, 2007, 11:28:52 PM
Oh wow Mom that's too cool for school!! I don't suppose you got any pictures did you?

Frank
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: TheSoccerMom on October 28, 2007, 06:34:35 PM
Aw, I was so wound up about the airplane, I never even remembered I own a camera now...  what a DORK.   ::loony::

But -- here's one of a fellow Husky at the same airport..  compleat with Minivan in the background....

Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: gibbo_335 on October 29, 2007, 12:50:30 AM
WOW Mom!!!!!! AWESOME STUFF...sounds like you had a great day!!!!  ::bow::

Too cool!
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: airtac on October 29, 2007, 11:53:07 AM
Nice picture Mom---GEE didn't YOU have fun---- ::complaining:
Title: Re: Anybody flown a Husky?
Post by: PiperGirl on October 29, 2007, 06:49:47 PM
nice little husky there! <Insert green with envy smiley>
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