I looked at older threads, but got frustrated trying to find info that likely you guys have already talked about. So, if you know of a previous thread that helps the discussion, can you provide the link? Thanks
I have a C-170B w/ 0-320 @160hp. The goal is to set it up w/ skis to be able to do some back country flying this winter. Likely I'll start out at FAI Int'l, then will park in front of the house on the Chena, which I can drag and pack. I'll be looking to go to remote spots w/ powder, not just stay in and around FAI and strips that are packed. Assume I'll be operating at gross weight most of the time w/ winter gear and another person in the plane. I do have ski time from about 100 years ago, so am excited to get back out and do it again.
What manufacturer/model/size skis have you set up for your C-170? What can you tell me about them; weight, pros/cons, like/dislike, etc. If you can provide accurate weights, that'd be very cool and thx for that.
What are the hidden advantages/disadvantage of larger or smaller skis, i.e. 2500 vs. 3000?
In general, for any aircraft you've flown, have you seen performance differences between all aluminum skis vs. fiberglass, etc?
I am a UHMW fan for most things that need to slide and glide. Have you ever extended the bottoms of your skis (what size skis) and if so, how far was the extension?
Right now I see several different manufacturer's skis and sizes available on websites. I see no reason to re-invent the wheel and not listen to folks that have done this already.
Anything else to add?