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Posted by rclad | Jul 24, 2019 @ 11:40 PM | 2,172 Views
More storms and the results of the KRAM Grand Rapids IMAC Challenge can be found here.
Posted by rclad | Jul 23, 2019 @ 11:43 PM | 2,354 Views
The weather was hot, humid, windy, wet and wild for an IMAC contest in Alto, Michigan, this past weekend. Read part one here. You can learn more about derechos and their destructive power here.
Posted by rclad | Jul 15, 2019 @ 09:59 AM | 2,708 Views
I should know better by now not to fly when I'm tired. After more than 460 flights on my 95" Extra 330SC-E I finally buggered up a landing so bad yesterday that I expected some serious damage to the airframe. It was 95 F with light winds and clear skies, but I caught a bit of updraft on the approach as I came over the end of a cornfield with stalks about 6 feet tall. The black geotex runway must have been generating some thermal activity as well. The plane wasn't descending as it normally does, even with power at idle.

I didn't notice how slow the plane was getting until it was too late. By the time I started to advance the throttle the left wing stalled and immediately fell. The plane dropped out of the air from about 5 feet up, came down on the left wing tip and smacked down hard on the landing gear. That was the first tip stall I have seen on this plane, and I practice stalls on every flight (for IMAC). This is not a design issue. I was drifting to the right side of the runway and must have applied some left rudder to stop the drift. After careful inspection I found no damage. This is a very strong airframe!

After swapping out batteries I got right back in the air and flew the same approach. This time I kept the nose down through the updraft, then brought it back to level once over the runway. I ended up landing midway down the runway, but I greased it in just above stall speed, so the rollout was completed before the end of the 600' runway.

I got off easy this time. Don't get complacent on landings!