Saturday 5 March 2016

HBBP Champs 2016 - Aircraft with Attitude

As you might expect with pilots straining to aviate or deposit back on terra firma as quickly as possible, some extreme attitudes can be attained.  Here are a few from Omaka, captured by Planefil:

Zenair CH 701 STOL ZK-TIA flown by Chris Anderson of nearby Ward worked hard to register his best distance of 13.4 metres in the Precision Landing Competition.

Maule M-6-235 ZK-MTP flown by Willie Sage was runner-up in the Light Touring Category with best scores of 38.5 metres for the take-off and 50.4 metres for the landing (88.9 metres overall).

Cessna 180C ZK-BXV flown by Colin Nimmo from Kaikoura attempting his landing in the trying crosswind conditions that prevailed during most of the day.

Piper PA-25-235 Pawnee ZK-CIQ was flown by Peter Anderson from Blenheim who was unable to register a landing distance so scored a ‘no score’ in the STOL Competition.  The distance past the line for the STOL competition is measured to where the mainwheels touch down and one technique to achieve minimum distance is to fly along with the tailwheel touching the ground - obviously this didn't work on this occasion.

Cessna 185A ZK-CBS, operated by Darlington Drilling and Piling Ltd of Paraparaumu and flown by Nigel Griffith arriving back on the airfield after a topdressing demonstration.  This demonstrates another short landing technique which is to land on the mainwheels only and stop with the tailwheel in the air.  This has been pretty successful in the Alaskan Bush Flying Champs that are held at Valdez.  However you can't nose over too far!

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