Ed Cesnalis

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About Ed Cesnalis

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  • Birthday 04/09/1953

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  1. Its out only, what will you use for in?
  2. Could you fly it from Germany to Australia?
  3. Mike, I think the float valves would leak even if the fuel valve were closed.
  4. that's why I work at 95kts IAS. that's plenty to get me pointed skyward and switch ends even if it isn't pretty. We tend to think we have to exit our canyon exit maneuvers at a the same or higher altitude and on a reciprocal heading but look at the photo above. The ridge at lower left was my boundary and all I have to do on my exit is not hit it. I can do a 180 and return to where I am or less and end up descending into the next canyon over, it all works.
  5. The name is Immelmann, color me confused on the name not the maneuver. It doesn't have to be high g or negative g or pretty.
  6. hmmmm, got my names mixed up. What is the opposite of Split-S? 1/2 Loop followed by 1/2 roll resulting in change of direction and increase in altitude.
  7. Mt McClure in Yosemite. I learned canyon exit maneuvers back in the 1990s but only used them in practice until today. After the above shot I felt at risk, speed was decaying and I was entering a tight box. Nothing bad was going to happen I just was not willing to cross the ridge without any options to counter a big increase in sink at the last second. So my subconscious mind made the decisions. Split S or wing over were out with decaying speed so a tight left turn. I did a very steep descending slip and only used 1/3 of the room that I had. I always keep my speed at 95kts IAS when shooting so I have lots of energy to work with but in this case the speed decayed without me pulling back it seemed. I guess I let the sight picture motivate me to pull back subconsciously. I find it interesting to relive and review what I did, how and why.
  8. If I lived elsewhere I would have owned tail draggers instead of trigear planes.
  9. Roger speaks of numbers I speak of fate. Ask not for whom ...
  10. If you ign mods are original you will have to replace them. There is no free lunch. Our old CTs like to start on the first blade except when they don't. Still a bit of 'art' mixed with this 'science' especially the warm starts.
  11. The reporting by the pilot and by the paper blamed the gust. They report the gust caused a sideways lurching as the plane was touching down. He side loaded his downwind gear and snapped it off. Shouldn't the report and the pilot mention that he landed on the wrong wheel? Landing slow with good technique means no issue. Poor technique side loaded the wrong gear and fast landing provided the energy to snap it right off. Relying on speed for crisp control response was of no benefit.
  12. The reporting gets every reverence to direction and the runway wrong and it reads funny but the story here is another landing issue where the pilot lacked the skills to land with even a low level of sheer. I was flying at the time and for me it was a 30* flap day and a day for landing on the upwind wheel first. I land slow on the numbers and can stop and exit in the same relative conditions that I touch down in. If I react with a fast landing I will rollout past the 1st turnoff and get into the zone where the shear is most troublesome and the rollout becomes the problematic part of my landing. Perfect example of slow working in wind shear as opposed to fast getting me into trouble in the rollout after both mains are on.
  13. I have lived in Mammoth for my entire flying career. Mammoth's shear is why I have never owned a tail dragger. Its also why I have strong feelings on landing technique.
  14. first step is to transition from the Skyhawk to a CT to get rid of the wing strut.
  15. makes sense to use the make/model best suited to your mission.