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Mr. Dare & Annie Add Video

He lives up to his name, piloting the AN-2 through what could be called an 'interesting' wind scenario :D

Posted by bc on October 20, 2013 at 7:38 PM 935 Views

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3 Comments

Reply Mr. Dare
8:07 AM on October 21, 2013 
I was thinking about it last night after going to bed, and also having just read the previous post from BC. Plan "B" should have been plan "A" all along... Attemting to do anything other than a straight in approach at that speed was risky at best. Fun but risky. By trying to set myself up for a more spectacular landing, I also set myself up for the potential stall since over half of my air speed was coming from mother nature at the end. In the real world that would have been negligent on my part. In the simulator though, I have to admit it was kind of awesome lol!
Reply bc
10:20 PM on October 20, 2013 
In fact the deHavilland DHC-2a Beaver, which came along just a bit after the AN-2 has, in it's POH the following advice (paraphrase):

If the crosswind is of sufficient strength then the pilot might consider taxiing to the infield and taking off into the wind from the grass, or landing the same way after clearing turns for other traffic".

Bottom line: You do what you have to do as safely as possible.
Good work Mr. Dare

bc
Reply Mr. Dare
9:54 PM on October 20, 2013 
A little too interesting almost for my taste! Haha The story behind the video... I was flying 3300 lb of assorted cargo that was dropped off at CYXQ bound for King Ranch. Weather at takeoff was good, calm winds, no problem-o. I was planning a fuel stop at Chistochina since in order to carry the freight I had to lighten the fuel load, and burn prodigious amounts climbing to an altitude of 6500 ft to make sure I could clear most of the mountains if I got socked in with clouds as so often happens without warning. At max load, the Annie only wants to make about 150 fpm on climb.
On decent into Chistochina, the winds kicked up something fierce, and a quick check of wind at the airport showed 18 kts from 120 degrees (almost 90 degrees to the runway) gusting to 25. At this time all of my alternates were reporting similar conditions. After two aborted attempts at a normal landing I discussed the situation with the tower and we decided on this unconventional approach as being safer than trying to land normally or risk having to try it at Bingo fuel at an alternate that didn't promise to be any better.
Plan "A" called for me to approach into the wind and try to "J-hook" it onto the runway. You will observe he left wing drop halfway through this maneuver indicating an impending stall as the wind shifted. So much for style points! I throttled up a tad, lowered the nose and began my flare as soon as I regained control, settling for Plan "B", which was to touch down as slow as possible on the runway and roll across into the grass.
Gotta love that Alaska weather!