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Encyclopedia > Bush plane
An American Champion Scout. Note the large tundra tires, for use on rough surfaces.
An American Champion Scout. Note the large tundra tires, for use on rough surfaces.

A bush plane is a general aviation aircraft serving remote, undeveloped areas of a country, usually the African bush, Alaskan and Canadian tundra or the Australian Outback. Among the most common bush planes are the Cessna 180, Cessna 208 and 206, de Havilland Otter, Beaver and DHC-6 Twin Otter, Douglas DC-3/C-47 and Piper Super Cub, although countless other aircraft types serve in these hostile, demanding environments. Citabria Scout outfitted for backcountry operations. ... Citabria Scout outfitted for backcountry operations. ... The 8GCBC Scout is a two-seat fixed conventional gear general aviation airplane which entered production in the United States in 1974. ... General aviation (abbr. ... An Airbus A380, currently the worlds largest passenger airliner An aircraft is any vehicle or craft capable of atmospheric flight. ... World map showing location of Africa A satellite composite image of Africa Africa is the worlds second_largest continent in both area and population, after Asia. ... Official language(s) English Capital Juneau Largest city Anchorage Area  Ranked 1st  - Total 663,267 sq mi (1,717,855 km²)  - Width 808 miles (1,300 km)  - Length 1,479 miles (2,380 km)  - % water 13. ... A tourism sign post Yalgoo, Western Australia The MacDonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory are found in the centre of the country. ... The Cessna 180 is a four- or six-seat, fixed conventional gear general aviation airplane which was produced between 1953 and 1981. ... The Cessna 208 Caravan, also known as the Cargomaster, is a single turboprop short-haul regional airliner and utility aircraft built in the USA by Cessna. ... The Cessna 205, 206, and 207, known variously as the Skywagon, Super Skywagon, and Stationair is a development of the popular Cessna line of high-wing, single-engine piston aircraft used for general aviation. ... Another in de Havilland Canadas successful line of rugged and useful STOL utility transports, the single engined, high wing, propeller-driven Otter was conceived to be capable of performing the same roles as the earlier and highly successful Beaver, but was bigger, the vertible one-ton truck. ... C-FGYN Adlair Aviation Ltd. ... A West Coast Air Twin Otter rigged as a floatplane Air Labrador Twin Otter The DHC-6 Twin Otter is a 20-seat STOL feederliner and utility aircraft developed by de Havilland Canada. ... The Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing, propeller-driven aircraft, which revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s and is generally regarded as one of the most significant transport aircraft ever made (also see Boeing 707 and Boeing 747). ... The Piper PA-18 Super Cub was a single-engine piston aircraft manufactured by Piper. ...


Common traits

  • High wings provide improved ground visibility during flight and greater distance between the bush and the wing during landing.
  • Conventional or 'taildragger' landing gear — two large main wheels and a small rear wheel result in a nose-high attitude on the ground and increase prop clearance, convenient when operating from rough-surfaced runways. Bush pilots are often proud of the fact that most of their landings are logged in taildraggers.
  • High-lift devices such as flaps, vortex generators, and slots or slats improve low speed flight characteristics, allowing for shorter ground rolls on landing.
  • Very large, low-pressure tundra tires enable the pilot to land and take off in unimproved areas. It is not uncommon for a bush pilot to land (and take off) where no airplane has been before.
  • Removable floats and skis permit operation on water or snow.

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See also

Bush flying is a term for air operations which are carried out in remote, inhospitable regions of the world. ...

External links

  • Bush-planes.com

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Bush plane - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (222 words)
A bush plane is a general aviation aircraft serving remote, undeveloped areas of a country, usually the African bush, Alaskan and Canadian tundra or the Australian Outback.
The most common bush planes are the Cessna 182, Cessna 206, Piper Super Cub, Douglas DC-3, DeHavilland DHC-3 Otter, and De Havilland Beaver, although countless other aircraft types serve in these hostile regions.
Bush pilots are often proud of the fact that most of their landings are logged in taildraggers.
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