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#552523 - 08/01/19 11:54 AM Re: Canadair in action on Lake Como [Re: Gambalunga]
Alan Patterson Offline
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WOW - some skilful flying involved there.
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#552533 - 08/01/19 12:35 PM Re: Canadair in action on Lake Como [Re: Gambalunga]
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Amazing, if you see how the pilots have to rise after collecting the water with full power and how slowly the full loaded plane gets altitute again.

#552553 - 08/01/19 03:34 PM Re: Canadair in action on Lake Como [Re: Gambalunga]
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Incredible skills, I wonder if they have any onboard computer help with the trim of the plane versus oncoming load, if not they should have.

I hope they have extinguished the fires now Peter.
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#552576 - 08/01/19 06:03 PM Re: Canadair in action on Lake Como [Re: Gambalunga]
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Nice bit of video Peter, thanks for sharing it.
Hope the fires are soon extinguished and no one hurt.
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#552641 - 08/01/19 09:46 PM Re: Canadair in action on Lake Como [Re: Graham, G4FUJ]
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Very intersting to see the action, I saw these planes parked at Marseille airport. In USA I watched helicopters picking up water to fight forrest fires on the west coast in a jacobs ladder style.
Thanks to these skilled pilots!
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#552649 - 08/01/19 10:20 PM Re: Canadair in action on Lake Como [Re: Gambalunga]
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I should explain that we have had a very long period without rain, this has been accompanied by a very unusual series of strong, warm, and dry northerly winds. The forest floor is covered in dry leaves and the underbrush is tinder dry. Put all this together and a fire fanned by winds of up to 100 kph is a disaster. Fortunately we don't have a lot of pine or eucalypt forests in this area and with the leaves off the trees it has mainly been ground fires, devastating none the less but nothing like the fires in Portugal or California.

We had a very calm day today and I hope this has allowed the fire-fighters to get the fires completely extinguished. Unfortunately there is another strong wind warning for tomorrow but it may also bring some rain or even snow. We could certainly use it. Nobody remembers ever seeing anything like this before.

In the news they are saying 2018 was the warmest year in 200 years. On the weekend we went to a area where a few years ago they would have been skiing today there is only a few remnant patches of old icy snow. Many areas that were once ski slopes are now no longer viable. I'm not so convinced about the reasons for climate change but it is certainly changing.

#553266 - 11/01/19 05:00 PM Re: Canadair in action on Lake Como [Re: Gambalunga]
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The CL-415 takes on over 6,000 litres of water in a little over 10 seconds: depending on fuel load, that's around a 30% weight increase overall while flying along skimming the water surface at 80 knots. One hell of a skill for a pilot to master, I'd have thought! They were built in North Bay, Ontario - a town not otherwise known for its aeronautical exploits - until production ended in 2015.
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#553487 - 12/01/19 07:46 PM Re: Canadair in action on Lake Como [Re: Oakvillian]
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Looks like they may be making more of them...

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