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Banjo Ben Biannual

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Banjo Ben Biannual

Postby mreisz » Thu Jul 12, 2012 3:31 pm

Howdy,
Ben was in the area for a wedding and made it over for his BFR. It was a pleasure to fly with him. He does a real nice job with the airplane. He said he wanted to work on soft field landings, so after we did some normal high altitude work, we spent the rest of our time communing with the cattle.

Here's some pics... The first one right after his first grass takeoff. I think it's great he got a "GLick" hat, but I didn't want to tell him that they mis-spelled it:
FirstGrass.jpg

Going back for another one. I think he kind of liked landing in a field.
Back4More.jpg

Arrived alive. Note the grass hanging from the antenna. That's a good indicator of a nice flare.
With3DG.jpg
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Re: Banjo Ben Biannual

Postby ldpayton » Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:18 pm

Nice pictures. Did the guitars come out?
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Re: Banjo Ben Biannual

Postby ronfold » Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:37 pm

very nice ...was thinkin the same thing ...wondering if you guys got to pick a little too ??
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Re: Banjo Ben Biannual

Postby mreisz » Thu Jul 12, 2012 9:25 pm

We didn't have a whole bunch of time to burn, but we did pick a little bit. I showed him some of my guitars (and Carolyn's guitar that she bought for herself on my birthday). We talked more than anything. He's a super nice guy and it was great getting to spend some time with him.
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Re: Banjo Ben Biannual

Postby TNTaylor414 » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:15 pm

Pretty cool there fellers.

I would think landing in a random field would be pretty tricky. Do you practice that for emergency situations or is that a normal thing? Seems like hidden bumps in the field would make that pretty sketchy.

Be pretty cool landing one in the middle of nowhere, jump out and hunt (visit or whatever), then take back off without having to land at an airport, then rent a car to drive where your going.
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Re: Banjo Ben Biannual

Postby ronfold » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:17 am

thats awesome ! would love to have been there!
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Re: Banjo Ben Biannual

Postby mreisz » Sat Jul 14, 2012 1:29 pm

TNTaylor414 wrote:I would think landing in a random field would be pretty tricky. Do you practice that for emergency situations or is that a normal thing? Seems like hidden bumps in the field would make that pretty sketchy.

It wasn't quite a random field, it's a friends field and he keeps it maintained for that purpose. He even went and mowed it for us as he knew we were coming. There are actually quite a few cool grass strips. They are generally pretty interesting. There are a couple we fly into that have restaurants next to them. Here's a FB link to a takeoff at one of those at Cedar Mills, Lake Texoma.
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=148 ... =2&theater
I don't know if you have to be a "friend" to watch it (I think it's public, but I don't know). If so, just send a friend request to my wife Carolyn. I haven't gotten around to making a FB account yet :)

You are correct, you do have to watch for holes, bumps, farm animals and such. Your first time into a field, you check it out as much as you can from the air before committing. In fact, one time we went to Cedar Mills (the one in the video) and the lake was covering over half the runway. We didn't land that day. It would have resulted in either an epic takeoff or an accident report. :shock: You are also correct that it is great practice for emergencies.
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Re: Banjo Ben Biannual

Postby TNTaylor414 » Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:06 pm

Pretty cool vid Mike! That was a sweet takeoff!

I'm not a member of FB and I could still watch it.

'Bout how fast are you going when you land in a field?
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Re: Banjo Ben Biannual

Postby mreisz » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:09 pm

Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for letting me know you could watch it. That's a neat place to go (and I like the restaurant as well).
When I land in a field, I try to get it as slow as possible. That's down around 40 mph airspeed. But if there is any wind, you land into it. So if you had a 10 mph headwind and 40 mph airspeed, that would be 30 mph across the ground. You could just about jump out. If the winds are real gusty, I'll carry a touch more speed to make it more controllable, but in general slower is better.
Update: BTW, that slow speed is just the touchdown speed. You are trying to touchdown right about stall speed. Your approach speed will be similar to a normal landing on pavement.
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Re: Banjo Ben Biannual

Postby TNTaylor414 » Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:33 am

That's not too bad, a lot more controlled than I thought. I thought you guys were swooping in at about 100 and hoping for the best.

I've never flown in my life (don't plan to either :)), so I have no idea. I definately see the attraction to it though.
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