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Piper PA-18 Super Cub

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The Piper PA-18 Super Cub is a two-seat, single-engine monoplane introduced in 1949. It was developed from the Piper PA-11, and traces its lineage back through the J-3 to the Taylor E-2 Cub of the 1930s. In close to 40 years of production, over 9,000 were built. Super Cubs are commonly found in roles such as bush flying, banner and glider towing. It was built between 1949-1983 and 1988-1994.

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Logbook Forensics

Logbook Forensics

September 2015

Many of those “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” television shows begin by the discovery of some old, forgotten bones… after which the beautiful young CSI members, clad in tight jeans and T-shirts (don’t they have a dress code at work?) swarm the scene. They whisk away the remains to their lab and use every high-tech gadget the script writers can imagine to tell a story.

I’ve been trying to do the same, except without Ted Danson and his hair to help me.

Much like a TV show, this case began with the rumor of some remains stashed in a hangar for decades.

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Refreshing Flying: How a Floatplane Made Flying Fun Again

Refreshing Flying: How a Floatplane Made Flying Fun Again

May 2015-

There was a time when I would leave work, drive straight to the airport and pull out my airplane. But after 35 years of using my old airplane for work, travel,
a dozen and a half flights throughout the Caribbean and lots of nasty IFR; learning how to fly gliders; plus nearly 20 years of competition aerobatics, there just wasn’t much new to cause me to want to open the hangar door. Flying had stopped being fun, or even very interesting.
Then I decided to get my feet wet.

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The PA-18 Super Cub

The PA-18 Super Cub

December 2005- It was the last of the old-time bush and utility planes. It was in production longer than it takes for a human to go from birth to embarrassing 40th birthday presents and parties. It first flew shortly after the Greatest Generation won the “big one,” and is still flying today during a much different but equally important conflict.

The Piper Super Cub, an apt name when comparing it to its forbears the J-2 and J-3, has appeared in more guises and configurations over the years than Liz Taylor or Prince. I don’t think you can name a realm of flight, except perhaps space flight, that the Super Cub hasn’t taken part in.

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