Re: [bolger] Re: Fast Brick question
- John the webpage you posted wouldn't come up for me. Also the aft part of the float is not used as a planing surface.
I was looking at my PILOT'S LOGBOOK and I see a number of listings for a Piper Super Cub that was on floats at the time, I was flying it. Dad trusted me with his price and joy! Dad last fall Dad celibrated 66 years flying, and with over 12,000 hours in a logbook, and 70% of that time was flying on floats.
John if you wish let's take this out of the group. I don't think the group wants to read about aircraft hull forms.
nq2u2 <nq2u2@...> wrote:
The floats on modern float planes are shaped such that the rear of the
float can act like a planning surface. When the pilot pulls the nose
up during take-off he/she pulls the displacement part of hull (the
front part) out of the water so that just the rear part of the hull
(the planning part) remains in the water, reducing hull drag and
allowing a faster airspeed. This procedure is called getting on the
"step". You can see the shape of the floats in the wikipedia article
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floatplane. See the third photo
captioned "A De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter floatplane in West
Coast Air livery"
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