robinson217 Posted January 11, 2008 Share Posted January 11, 2008 Hi. I'm new to the forum. I want to build an Airplane that can take me from California to Hawaii with a rear seat tank. Then eventually I would like to fly around the world. I think a Coxy MKIV is the plane for the job. My biggest concern about such a trip would of course be a forced landing at sea. I imagine there would be almost no way to do it without flipping over as soon as the mains "bite" the water. Any theories on how to ditch and survive? Here are the options I came up with. Please tell me what you think of them. 1. Retractable gear. (only realy would help in calm seas. A wing catching the water is still a high probability) Also, adds weight, complexity, expense. Lowers usefull load. 2. Large tundra tires. Ever seen those videos of bush pilots locking up their breaks and skidding across the water? You could lock the brakes and skip along the water untill slowed down. Again, only good in calm seas, and the nose would probobly "torpedo" after the canard ran out of lift. not to mention drag. 3. Rig gear legs with small explosive charge, to blow them off, or at least weaken them so they fold back harmlessly when you hit the water. Saves weight and allows use of intended gear...... but you have explosives strapped to your airplane. 4. BRS chute. Pop the chute and do a gentle belly flop into the sea. Wait for help. This sounds the best to me, but I can think of more than a few issues with having a chute on a Cozy. Anyone done it? any thoughts? Quote Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives. — Socrates Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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