Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

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Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

Postby David » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:21 pm

I have been waiting for the right conditions with the ice thick enough. I have flown into Alton Bay multiple times. We live on Branch Lake just outside of Ellsworth Maine, close to Bar Harbor. Today was almost perfect to land on the lake for a photo op of the RV12 in front of the house. Winds calm, sunny and the Temps were – 15 Celsius on the ground (a warm day for Maine.) The ice had very little of any snow and was almost Zamboni quality.

A few pictures of the plane on the ice with the house in the back ground
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A short video on YouTube Branch Lake youtube.jpg

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Re: Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

Postby TimTaylor » Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:43 pm

Maybe you should trade for an amphibian.
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Re: Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

Postby Sling 2 Pilot » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:14 am

Nice David, thanks for sharing. By The Way, can I ask, what we’re your oil and coolant temps that day? What do you see typically? It appears the RV-12 is tightly cowled, more don’t than my Sling. I flew yesterday, ground temps 21F, my oil never got above 178F and coolant 131F. So far this winter I haven’t gotten anywhere near boiling point with my oil temps.

Both my radiator and oil cooler are taped off with aluminum tape. Just curious as to what other Rotax drivers are seeing.

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Re: Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

Postby Warmi » Mon Jan 14, 2019 8:41 am

Similar story - I have issues getting about 180F for oil when it is really cold outside - that's even with the tape and the oil thermostat.
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Re: Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

Postby David » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:51 pm

Sling 2 Pilot wrote:Nice David, thanks for sharing. By The Way, can I ask, what we’re your oil and coolant temps that day? What do you see typically? It appears the RV-12 is tightly cowled, more don’t than my Sling. I flew yesterday, ground temps 21F, my oil never got above 178F and coolant 131F. So far this winter I haven’t gotten anywhere near boiling point with my oil temps.

Both my radiator and oil cooler are taped off with aluminum tape. Just curious as to what other Rotax drivers are seeing.


I have installed a shutter to keep my oil temps up even when it is five below Fahrenheit. It is fully adjustable and I can reach temps of 130. I adjust in flight and keep the temps about 220 so I have heat in the cabin. I also have a baffle that slows down the flow over the radiator that is adjustable inflight.
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Re: Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

Postby David » Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:55 pm

Info I had posted on Sportpilottalk on the oil temp subject

http://sportpilottalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5191&p=53322&hilit=Shutter#p53322
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Re: Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

Postby Sling 2 Pilot » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:03 pm

David wrote:Info I had posted on Sportpilottalk on the oil temp subject

http://sportpilottalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5191&p=53322&hilit=Shutter#p53322


Thanks David, Midwest Sky Sportsmhas one for the Sling, which I’ll have installed during the next annual. For now it looks like more tape.

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Re: Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

Postby Warmi » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:08 pm

Are you sure it was 15 C ? :D

I used to go swimming at 15 C ( when I was 15 , that is ) and that ice and snow sure doesn’t look like 15 C ...
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Re: Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

Postby drseti » Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:51 pm

Warmi wrote:Are you sure it was 15 C ? :D


I'm guessing he meant 15F. ;)

(Unless he meant minus 15 C.)
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Re: Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

Postby TimTaylor » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:00 pm

He said - 15 Celsius.
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Re: Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

Postby drseti » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:11 pm

TimTaylor wrote:He said - 15 Celsius.


Ok, that's credible. It equals +5 F.
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Re: Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

Postby TimTaylor » Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:20 pm

drseti wrote:
TimTaylor wrote:He said - 15 Celsius.


Ok, that's credible. It equals +5 F.


Credible or not, it's what he said.
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Re: Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

Postby FastEddieB » Tue Jan 15, 2019 9:42 am

Very cool! Literally!

A friend of mine made note of the fact that humans are about 60% water. His takeaway was that there is something unnatural about living anywhere where water gets hard.

He lives in Florida, of course!
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Re: Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

Postby ShawnM » Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:16 pm

FastEddieB wrote:He lives in Florida, of course!


Duh, all the cool kids are doing it. :mrgreen:

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Re: Landing at the House today on the Ice, Branch Lake

Postby David » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:23 pm

Corrected the numbers from my typos on the iPhone

“I have installed a shutter to keep my oil temps up even when it is five below Fahrenheit. It is fully adjustable and I can reach temps of 230. I adjust in flight and keep the temps about 215-220 so I have heat in the cabin. I also have a baffle that slows down the flow over the radiator that is adjustable inflight.”


Also the outside temperatures were correct 5°F or -15°C we were having a heat wave that morning. :)
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