By Mark J. Sullivan
I got this Piper Pawnee from a fellow AMA pilot that lives up in Fort Collins, CO. last Tuesday May 15th, 2012, and got it back here and set up with a 2.4ghz Spektrum AR8000 reciever and flying it with a brand new Spektrum DX7S Transmitter.
|Hangar9 Piper Pawnee with an .82 Saito 4 Stroke engine.|
I had Cloyce Mann do the honors of the Maiden flight to trim it out for me, and once he got it settled down some he then handed the radio over to me to try my hand at it some too. What a docile, easy turning flyer it is turning out to be.
Cloyce and I both did some low passes, and Mark Putzer got these incredibly great pictures taken of the flight for me.
|Cloyce Mann manning the sticks.|
|What a great looking plane!!!|
Next thing we know it seems like a very awful long flight time and I hand Cloyce back the radio for him to set up his landing approaches and feel that out some for me, so I can learn and observe from a good pilot.
Cloyce does the usual......."One more time around" kind of a pass and gets out around to the North and East end area of the pattern, and right then runs out of fuel, as he got lined up for a low but fast approach.
Now he is committed to land, and has too much speed to bleed off without much headwind to slow it down, and he does a terrific job of a great dead-stick landing not knowing what to expect one way or the other, even tho he had to carry it along the runway as long as he dared to, to bleed off the speed first.
He finallllllly was able to set down at the West end of the runway heading West towards the tank fence and got it stopped about 12 feet shy of the fence-line without a problem......Thats why he is the seasoned pro and I'm just learning and observing yet still....