Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Katmais And Cubs: A Desert Adventure
Two superb backcountry aircraft take on the Utah Canyonlands
We've come to experience the grandeur of this awesome but unforgiving country in two of the finest machines ever made for the purpose: The Katmai conversion Cessna 182 and the CubCrafters Carbon Cub. In fact, we're guests of none other than Todd Peterson, the man who conceived the Katmai, and who continues to be a respected and innovative figure in aviation with his introduction of the canard concept on the Cessna, and his vast experience in backcountry operations.
Peterson briefs our group and makes it clear that this will be a weekend of backcountry fun, with the goal being safety and learning about the capability of these airplanes. Other than Peterson, Warren and Katmai owner Jar Minor, there aren't any heavy-hitter backcountry pilots in the bunch. Experience ranges from 350-hour VFR pilots to others with more time and ratings under their belts.
The plan is to use Canyonlands as a base and strike out daily to a myriad of picturesque strips, with names like Happy Canyon, Mexican Mountain, Tangri-la, and Dirty Devil, that each offer challenges to match their names. Not a contest to pit the Carbon Cubs against the Katmais, it's a chance for both sides to experience what these airplanes can do.
|CubCrafters dealer Scot Warren (left) leads a group of three Carbon Cubs through Utah's Canyonlands to strips like Happy Canyon (center) and Caveman Ranch (right).|
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