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Skis on Highlanders or SuperSTOLs?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 2:30 pm
by SuperFly
What brand and or models of skis are guys using on the Highlander? Any one with them on SuperSTOLs? Straight Skis? Wheel Penetration Skis? More just for curiosity than anything. Its been kinda nice not having to plow snow this year, but Im curious for the future... Seems a neat challenge.

Thanks,

Ben

Re: Skis on Highlanders or SuperSTOLs?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:51 pm
by TaterTot
Good question Ben. I have been wondering the same. I did manage to find one youtube video of a Super Stol on skis. Looks like it's in Canada and may be homemade skis. Wondering if skis are not ideal for the SS due to its suspension/gear system, or maybe it doesn't matter much?

Bill

Re: Skis on Highlanders or SuperSTOLs?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 11:45 pm
by FlyerChief
Jack Leroux in Ontario, Canada has his Highlander on Federal 1500 straight skis, but he lives on a lake so wheel penetrating skis are not necessary in his case. Here are a couple of videos...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kJvIGZj-U8&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnB9IIxjltM&feature=youtu.be&t=10#t=10.335188
Dan

Re: Skis on Highlanders or SuperSTOLs?

PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:48 pm
by gkremers
I've been using wheel penetration skis for 3 winters now on my Highlander in Michigan. This winter started out great but turned warmer in late January and February. My Skis were purchased from Summit Aircraft in Colorado. Mike was great helping me get things set up. He designed a custom bracket for the standard Highlander gear. It literaly takes 10 minutes to put them on or take them off.

Gary

http://www.summitaircraft.com/index.php/aircraft-skis/


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Re: Skis on Highlanders or SuperSTOLs?

PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:22 pm
by Jack L
I use Federal 1500s and really like them. If you can get away with straight skis go for it!

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Super STOL on what look like Federal 1500s ( Photos by Jean-Pierre Bonin)

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Re: Skis on Highlanders or SuperSTOLs?

PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:31 pm
by Jack L
If you want to see some amazing pictures of aircraft on skis check out Jean-Pierre Bonin's flickr pages.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/djipibi/albums/72157678309160702/page7

Re: Skis on Highlanders or SuperSTOLs?

PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:51 pm
by danerazz
Gary,

Does summit have a bracket for the heavy-duty highlander gear (the three-leg ones)?

Re: Skis on Highlanders or SuperSTOLs?

PostPosted: Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:36 pm
by gkremers
Dane,
I know he has sold the skis to other Highlander owners. I'd call him and check. He had never done a Highlander before mine so I sent him one of my gear legs and he designed the bracket.

Gary

Re: Skis on Highlanders or SuperSTOLs?

PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:59 pm
by SuperFly
Thanks for all the replies. The link to the Flicker page is awesome! and hugely helpful.