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I'm interested in hearing about modifications that are available and any modifications that you have found useful for Alaska flying - as it is different than flying in the rest of the world.
For my Skyhawk, my only modifications have been the addition of an aux fuel tank and removal of the starboard control yoke. With full fuel I can put 600lb in the cabin and stay in the air 6.5 hours. The added endurance and range is very important when flying in the far north where landing sites may be 300nm apart. With the yoke removed I can fly medical missions without the yoke hitting passenger legs and I can load the cabin to max without cargo interfering with control. I have also permanently removed the aft seat but could reinstall it if it were needed.
I have fit a motorcycle (Rokon) in the cabin and can fly with all but my biggest rafts, rowing frames, and oars. I couldn't carry a moose but could easily carry a carribou carcas, including rack. I haul skis, camping gear, etc. all the time.
I have thought about adding STOL kit but I can land it plenty short in its present configuration and figure that not having STOL capability has kept me from committing acts of off airport stupidity. An engine upgrade would be nice but I haven't been able to justify the expense.
How do you modify your aircraft for Alaska and what else could be done to my tired old underpowered, low performance 35-year-old skyhawk?
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