AVBuGS Advetures and insights

Avbugs advetures and experiences

  • Who wants avbug to write a book?

    Votes: 111 43.7%
  • Who doesn't want avbug to write a book?

    Votes: 31 12.2%
  • Who doesn't care if he writes a book?

    Votes: 104 40.9%
  • Who wiil support him financially if he writes the book?

    Votes: 18 7.1%

  • Total voters
    254

dlwdracos

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Love ya man!

avbug said:
DB,

No books. The only reason I keep track of some experiences is because they make good examples to punctuate a point. Usually the point is about my screwup; I've got enough screw-up stories to fill a healthy book. A lot of times it's easier to share one of these, than to make the same point at somebody else's expense.

Hey Bug, have you ever read Moondogs Academy of the Air, and Other Disasters? Its a book of flying stories, written from the viewpoint of it being one pilots experiance, but the author states that it is actually stories from a few. It is a great, no brainer read. I highly reccomend it.

It helps to have one of these books handy to start the catatonia up!
 

Ravengirl

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I can't say enough good things about him. He is genuine as far as aviation is concerned. He is a wonderful person where aviation is not concerned. I'd support him and put him up in the spare room, myself. =)

Stephanie
 

avbug

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Shucks, Steph. I get off in a week. I'll be there with bells on! :cool: :p ;) :rolleyes: :)

"Avbug is really Martha King. " OUCH!!

Turbo...you mentioned knowing George Bush. Is he as short as he looks on TV?
 

surplus1

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Avbug,

Re Bush, is that short tempered, short witted, short stacked, short changed or short as in height?
 

TurboS7

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He is under 6 feet but can run 2 miles in 12 minutes. The secret service boys complain about that, they have to do an addtional workout so theyh can keep up with the Commander. I noticed on an interview that he now has one of those fancey treadmills so the secret service doesn't have to run along, I wonder who talked him into that.They liked running with Clinton he ran a 9 to 10 minute mile with a break at every McDonald's to say hi to the girls.
 

172driver

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Anyone read "I Must Fly" by Johnny Moore? Great book and probably very similar to what Avbug might write. The guy is a DPE in northern California and has flown everything there is to fly, except airliners.
 

pilotyip

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Wright Bro's

Anyone who does not believe the Wright's were the first to master flying should not write a book
 

bugchaser

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Hey Avbug, if you write it I'll read it. For the disbelievers out there, in my opinion Avbug has certainly been there and done that. Some of the things that he has written about would not be known by someone who has not had some back-n-forth time. Can't speak for the SEAT stuff, but you guys can be sure that he has sprayed a field or two. Good luck this season Avbug.
 

Snakum

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Avbug is really Martha King.

I wondered why my nipples got hard when I read his posts. :D

Minh
 

avbug

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Yipster,

I never said the Wrights weren't the first to master flying (but you're right...they weren't...they built on the success of others, like all pioneers). I did say they weren't the first to perform powered flight...which of course, they weren't.

Snakum, you're scarin' me, man.

Bugchaser, right after we corresponded, my employment went belly up, or is on the fast track, and I had to do some fast searching. Presently I'm tacked onto something that's not very certain, but I don't have the seniority or leverage to get the season off...probably won't see a smoke but from a distance, this year. (Sucks).

It's all about paying the alimony.
 

low-n-slow

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The Dromader is popular because it is cheap (it's POLISH!!)...in SEAT operations it is $300-$400 an hour cheaper than most other SEAT aircraft.
Avbug, if you ever get a chance to fly the M18 with a Lycoming T53-L7, PT6 or Garrett you will find it is a little better than the PZL round engine but overall the airplane is still a cheap piece of **CENSORED****CENSORED****CENSORED****CENSORED** that carries somewhat of a load.
These things were put out to pasture in the SEAT role because nobody wants to do real ag work with them. Hopefully they found a home there with the OAS. :)
 

Flying Illini

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Stupid question: <sheepishly> What is SEAT?

:confused:

Thanks!
 

avbug

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Lownslow,

I was flying the M18 T45R, which is the dromader with the PT6-45R motor. The dromader is a fine airplane. It was the eastern block production of the thrush, origionally. It's bigger, hauls more, has a better wing, and I think, is a better airplane.

This particular drom was heavily modified, with changes to all systems. It had different brakes, fuel, hopper, instrumentation, engine, and mods to the structure such as lengthened stinger, etc.

The Dromader flight and maintenance manuals are the only one's I've ever reviewed that were prefaced with the statement, "Nothing in this manual should be relied upon, or believed."

That says a lot.

Simply because they're low cost doesn't mean they're substandard, however. It's worth noting that a lot of very expensive air tractors have come apart...a friend of mine was killed in one last year. Three droms have lost wings, all the result of people complying with the wing attach fitting AD, and then overtorquing the fasteners.

It's also worth noting that in each case, a wing separated in flight, and the pilot walked away. There aren't many airplanes that this can be said about.

I was hauling 600 gallons in the airplane at density altitudes approaching nine to ten thousand feet and higher. That's just the departure...the airplane did just fine. I was dropping above 12,000 density altitude, and the airplane did fine.
 

low-n-slow

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avbug said:
Lownslow, This particular drom was heavily modified, with changes to all systems. It had different brakes, fuel, hopper, instrumentation, engine, and mods to the structure such as lengthened stinger, etc.
last year.

With heavy modification ($$$) a Dromader can be a very good airplane, I flew one with the Lycming T53-7, Cleveland wheels & brakes, updated instrumentaion...etc, far much (MUCH!!) better than the radial but it was STILL a Dromader. It is a funky dinky flying airplane that requires a whole lot of maintenance, IMO.

As far as the Air Tractor's falling apart, I was thinking that there have been only two with the wing spar failures? I am not aware of any more than that. While on this note I am not happy with the wing life of 1,600 hrs on the 502 and believe the factory should be at least accountabele for most of the cost...upwards of &15k for the fail safe system, yeeouch.

Reading the post here, I gather that Bugchaser is from Texas, are you from out that way also? I have worked a couple of seasons in Texas on the boll weevil program and may know you or of you guys. Untill my card expired this year I was also a SEAT pilot and may you from that area also.

I am new on this site but have enjoyed your post thus far.
 

avbug

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No wevil work, but I had an offer to sit a BWEP contract last year, and turned it down. I haven't done any spraying in Texas.

About half the SEAT contracts this year specifically call for the AT-802, and most of them are calling for turbines. I don't think any carded aircraft will be sitting idle this year, though. Those that don't secure a contract will go out CWN. But next year, or the one following...that's another matter.

Some big changes are in the works, everything from annoying requirements such as repainting the fleet, to specific airframe requirements, drop system changes, a new requirement coming to physically attend a preseason school, etc.

A friend is supposed to be bringing in eight AT-802's this year, and I heard that the drom I flew last year may be getting a -67 engine. It couldn't hurt, anyway. We shall see.
 
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