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Roger Roger

Paid to sleep, fly for fun
I literally have flown the 5-bladed machine to some of the nastiest runways Alaska can reasonably throw at a PC12. Gravel, mud, etc. Volcanic rocks are the worst, but still mostly mitigatable if you're cautious. 90% of gravel dings are pilot induced. Don't taxi downwind if you can't help it, always shut down and start up into the wind, don't use reverse and be sparing with beta, if you do have to taxi down wind get some speed into the wind before you turn, don't get slow when turning, etc.

Still, the stock prop does not hold up in comparison. The nickel leading edge breaks rocks. The 5-bladed MT prop is • awesome. Also the acceleration and climb rate is phenomenal with the MT, it probably reduces the takeoff roll by a couple hundred feet. I've flown both, the 5-bladed MT prop is objectively better. I wish we had one on the NG.
The 5 blade Hartzell does fine as well. Or would if our mechs would touch up the paint nicks :rolleyes:. It also pulls a little harder than the 4 blade, and cruise seems about the same. And in an NG with the full medical kit and caboodle the 60 lb weight saving is nice.
 

ppragman

FLIPY FLAPS!
The 5 blade Hartzell does fine as well. Or would if our mechs would touch up the paint nicks :rolleyes:. It also pulls a little harder than the 4 blade, and cruise seems about the same. And in an NG with the full medical kit and caboodle the 60 lb weight saving is nice.
With the MT if you use 30 degrees of flaps you come off the runway like an otter if you wait to rotate until book Vr if you're light... It's amazing.
 

Low&Slow

Ancora imparo
I went to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio last week on May 9, 2019 and sketched out this B-25 on a small (8"x10") canvas board to start an acrylic painting. It looks rough, but I'm just getting started on it. This is my first attempt at drawing and painting from real life instead of a photograph.
Of all the aircraft in the USAF collection there, I picked the B-25 because Richard Cole just passed away last month.

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