Jared has been flying skis now for 4 winters.

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The following videos captutre the essence of ski flying. This was filmed to show how a typical landing and take-off is executed at an unfamiliar location with unknown snow and ice conditions.

The landing took place near a cabin on an island shaped like an hour glass.The lake is Nemebien just north of Lac La Ronge.

The ice and snow cover were unknown. However at the time of filming  due to a bad freeze up, ice was notorius for being very thin near reefs and points, between islands and narrows, with more spider holes than usual. Deep slush was the most common complaint when traveling on the ice.

  The first pass was to check the snow conditions and mark the landing area.
 The second pass was made ahead of the first one so they would join end to end. More weight was put on the skis.on the second pass to check for water under the snow.
 The subsequent down wind pass  low altitude was to check for water in the ski tracks. A right hand turn was made on to final followed by a normal approach and landing.
Cessna 150 on Skis,pilot and passenger, full fuel and survival gear at near gross.

OAT was +2 C. wind was calm and CAVU.

The snow was up to 20 inches depending on drifting or close to the islands.

The landing took roughly 6-800 feet and the take-off about the same. Normal landing approach speed is 60-70 MPH

Take-off  was 35-40 MPH indicated while in ground effect, once flaps were reduced normal climbout followed at 65-70 MPH.
You can see this in one of the next videos.

 Landing and take-off when possible is done without turning around and back tracking. The reasons are the risks involved in trying to turn in deep snow, hitting thin ice next to the landing, and  time, fuel burn and overheating risks. Of course this is not always possible.

  more video coming soon !  
Main gear   click image to enlarge  
Nose gear. And NO!, it is not going to break off, or damage the firewall, or dig in and flip the plane. Of course if you smash into an ice heave at full speed you can damage any aircraft. Yes the widest end of the ski faces forward. click image to enlarge  
Ready to go have fun.
During the week Jared is an ITO Manager for the LLRIB, on the weekends he can be found either tinkering on his Cessna 150 or the Piper TriPacer, or he is gone flying. Sometimes you may catch him flying his RC planes.Regardless all his planes are all under "Owner Maintenance"
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