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By Sooty25
strip out all the weight you can, pick a calm day, fly it gently and there will be hardly any load on it compared to what a good wing is rated to.

Might be tempted to fly high and wear a 'chute though!
Thats Alaska..!!

I ve been to some of the "inhabited" areas of "The North" where you would be extreamly lucky to trailer an aeroplane anywhere. It seems pretty obvious they only had 2 options - leave it there written off or try to fly it out after repairing what they could in situ.

Regards, SD..
The end result depends on how much money, time, effort and bodies you have to throw at it.
Bring in a squad, build a maintenance facility and enter an aerobatic competition in a week.
Or patch it up and crawl home.
Rools and regulations don’t keep an aircraft airborne, the airframe does that.
Well done to all concerned.
Charles Hunt wrote:
PeteSpencer wrote:No red tape:

Just grey................... :wink:

Indeed, the familiar sound of a Duck tape repair.

Known in our family as ‘The Deadly Grey’ following, as told to me by my neighbour / friend in 70s , as the name given to it in ‘The Austin’ at Longbridge where he was CEO of the Tarmac operation within the factory and where ‘deadly grey’ was extensively used on the minis made there ......... :x
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I've seen a lot worse from Alaska bushplane videos (including a floatplane that lost a whole wing after hitting a tree whilst landing on a river, and a new wing was flown in, strapped to the belly of a Beaver floatplane and they did a "field repair" on the spot and flew the "casualty" out from the same river).

This is Alaska. When the New York Twin Towers were attacked in 2001, the FAA closed all US airspace....Alaskan aircraft were allowed to fly again less than three hours later, because they rely upon aviation for everything.

We here in the UK can only see similar if we fly to the Orkneys & Shetlands (and it's not even similar!)

I've flown a similar type aircraft over all the lower 48 States of the US in the last 5-6 years, over some similarly inhospitable territory...I would not hesitate to do a similar "field repair" if required.

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Has everyone here been watching Alaska Aircrash Investigations on the Smithsonian Channel? They follow the NTSB as they investigate GA crashes in Alaska.

Plane crash investigators have plenty of work in Alaska, which counts about 100 plane accidents per year and averages one each day during the summer.

“The big test take-away from this is if we can get one pilot to think about something that is brought up on the show, a checklist item that gets them thinking — if it saves one person, all of this was worth it," NTSB investigator Shaun Williams, a former airline pilot and flight instructor, told USA TODAY.