Friday, April 26, 2013

More stalls and other fun shenanigans in the Cub

Plane: Cub, 85 hp 
Route: 40I, Local 
Weather: Clear, 57 degrees, wind 100 degrees at 4 knots

A friend and I were chatting the other day about Sail by Awolnation - better known as the song that's been used in seemingly every single airplane video produced in the past year or two. I said it would be hilarious to make one with a Cub instead of the usual military squadron. Well, challenge accepted! Here's the amusing - at least to my biased self - result. Hope you like it.

As for the flying itself, after my last flight, I wanted more stall practice. I felt sharp, but I wanted to make sure it wasn't just a fluke. Today I decided to make it a little more complicated with some turning stalls. So that's what I set out to practice in addition to some other maneuvers.

Up at 5,000ish feet, I first did a couple sets of steep turns. Then I slowed the plane down and did some regular power-off stalls, followed by a couple turning stalls, and then eventually a brief falling leaf. Everything was nice and coordinated. Woot. Power all the way in, nose up, stick back in my (smaller than it used to be - but that's a topic for another blog post) gut, and eventually the nose dropped straight down. Repeat a few more times while turning, same coordinated result. Nice. The ol' butt-in-seat turn coordinator sure has been performing admirably this spring!

Heading back to the airport after a battle with a roll of toilet paper (I won!) I spotted a cadre of hot air balloons out west of Lebanon and flew towards them. I zoomed past (a safe distance away, of course) and waved my winds vigorously to say hello. Eventually I returned to the pattern and performed a few different landings. All in all, it was a nice little evening in the sky.

I have video of everything and might edit it into a short video in the future. But as you saw above, I elected to use some of the footage from tonight's flight in a more entertaining manner. Last but not least, when it comes to the streamer cutting, usual disclaimer applies.

Flight Track: Google Earth KMZ File 
Today's Flight: 1.3 hours
Total Time: 260.9 hours


  1. Clearly, you had too much fun making that video! :-)

    1. I don't know what you're talking about... ;-)