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Old 10-18-2011, 02:29 PM
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Originally Posted by ghrocketman
Cherokee-D's with D engines in ANY wind are recoverable generally only when using a streamer.
Use about a 90"x3" length of crepe paper.
With no wind, a 12" chute with a 4-6" spill hole works okay.
Forget the 18" chute; good way to lose one even on a C11.

I cloned one back in 2001 that I flew on C11s and D12s, then built a Thrustline clone that I flew on mostly D12s. The one I built myself suffered a CATO on the D12 flight, my first ever, that cleaned out the engine mount for me. Since I had the Thrustline kit by then I put an E mount in the original clone and did manage to lose it on the first flight, but only because I was flying in serious wind. Never had a problem recovering them at VOA with a reefed 18" chute. Some of the walks were like day hikes, but my Thrustline bird is out in the shop now with a damaged nose cone from rebounding into the body tube. Otherwise, it's flyable.
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