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Old 02-17-2007, 12:24 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Cross Check
Hi Oshawapilot,

Starting/running a twin in the cold? Not sure if you are macho or sadistic....HeHeHe
I've been known to try the impossible occasionally.

It was just the first thing that came to mind.. I've got my Twinstar setup so that I can do differential throttle on the ground, and although it's of little practical use when on wheels I can only imagine that it would swing the tail around with a heck of alot of authority when using floats on snow.
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Old 02-17-2007, 01:24 PM   #22
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Hi Mark,

Differential on a twin would definatly work and be very cool.

It's enough of a challenge for us to get our .40s and .25s going sometimes at -10C or below...We have a Cox Black Widow .049 rud/el plane that can take a 1/2hr to start for a 3-4 min. flight !

We've learned a few things the hard way. Sometime our planes were flying great all day. Then they would get squirrely/twitchy/uncontrollable and crash.
Turned out that a 1/4in. or more of congealed oil on the tails moved the CG aft ! Lost my Falconstien(modified Falcon 56) that way when it would not come out of an inverted flat spin. Ice sure is solid !

One year we went up on a weekend with beautiful blue skies/light winds and reasonable temperatures. We attracted alot of snowmobiles that would zoom up real fast and made a mess of our nice takeoff/landing area. Although, it sure was fun flying from the back of a skidoo for a tour of the lake. A CG Eagle at 1/4 throttle is faster than you think !

I'm looking foreward to what fun we can come up with this year...

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