AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 48

REMOVING THE ceiling

panels (far right)
of the Albatross
reveals the
components of
Row 44's
satellite-based
Wi-Fi system. The
main landing-gear
legs (right) retract
and extend
asymmetrically
and create a
noticeable yaw
while operating.

Trim is provided about all three axes using spring-loaded toggle
switches. There is a trim tab on each elevator that is operated by its
own toggle switch. Cummings advised me to engage both elevatortab switches simultaneously to prevent unequal elevator forces from
developing. The cowl flaps also operate electrically.
The airplane does not have a stall-warning indicator, nor does
it need one. Ample airframe buffeting occurs five to 10 knots before
the break. Although rolling moments during a stall can be strong,
recovery is conventional.
The throttles are pulled aft to idle the engines at touchdown.
You then push up on the throttle handles with the palm of your
right hand. This moves the throttles into a detent that electrically activates and hydraulically positions the 11-foot Hamilton
Standard propellers into reverse pitch. The throttles then can be
pulled farther aft to create additional reverse thrust for braking.
Reversing, however, is most valuable for steering the big boat on
the water. Unlike single-engine seaplanes-and like most other
multiengine seaplanes-the Albatross does not have a water rudder. By using the throttles differentially (moving one aft and the
other forward) with one propeller in reverse and the other in
forward pitch, the Albatross can pivot on a dime. With both propellers in reverse, you can drive the aircraft backwards.
UNFORTUNATELY, I did not have a chance to operate the Albatross
as a seaplane because the only convenient body of water during
our flight was the Pacific Ocean. Cummings doesn't like to operate the airplane in salt water because of the added cleaning and
maintenance this requires.
The Albatross, though, has a well-earned reputation for being
eminently seaworthy, designed to withstand the punishing forces
associated with operating in six-foot waves and 10-foot swells. In
1956, an Albatross was landed in 15-foot waves to rescue a downed
airman. A takeoff would have been impossible in these horrific
conditions, so the pilot taxied his aircraft 100 miles to Okinawa.
In the air, however, the HU-16 can go much farther. The primary
fuel system consists of two 340-gallon wing tanks, and the wingtip
floats are auxiliary fuel tanks, each holding more than 200 gallons.
48  |  AOPA PILOT  December 2013

ON THE

WEB

Additional information about
the Grumman Albatross can be
found online (www.hu-16.com).

(Fuel in the floats should be consumed before a water landing to prevent the possibility of fuel imbalance and to avoid damaging loads that
could occur with heavy floats when landing in rough seas.) Military
versions of the Albatross were equipped with drop tanks that gave the
airplane a range of 2,600 nm and an endurance of more than 20 hours.
This made the airplane well-suited for search-and-rescue operations,
not to mention submarine hunting and other long-range missions.
The Albatross could be refueled at sea from a seaplane tender or barge. It also could be configured as a triphibian, meaning
that you had the choice of operating it from land, sea, snow or ice.
Production of the Albatross ended in 1961 after 466 had been
built. During the late 1970s, Grumman purchased back 57 surplus
HU-16Bs with the intent of converting them into 28-seat commuter airliners. It was intended that these aircraft, designated as
G-111s, would become the amphibious equivalent of the Douglas
DC-3. But the demand never materialized, and only 13 were produced. Twelve were operated by Chalk's International Airline
and carried passengers between Florida and the Bahamas. The
remaining airplane was sold to Conoco Oil. Chalk's operation was
downsized during the mid-1980s to Grumman Mallards, and airline use of the G-111 came to an end.
Today there are 26 of these ex-military warriors flying privately. An additional 20 are in storage-some flyable, some not.
Many of these flying yachts and their proud owners gather at a
splash-in held annually at Boulder City, Nevada, and on nearby
Lake Mead.
AOPA
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President’s Position
Visual Approach
Letters
Waypoints
Proficient Pilot
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License to Learn
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Fly Well
What Happens in Vegas...
AOPA Sweepstakes
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Gift Guide
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News
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Yacht of the Air
Around the World in 25 Days
Aviation Legends Walter Extra
Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Unpredicted, Unadvised, Unaware
Summit 2013: Meeting Mr. Baker
Technique
Proficiency
Wx Watch
Technology
Ownership
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Never Again
State and Local Action
Member Products
AOPA Foundation
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Government Affairs
AOPA Insurance Agency
Fly by Wire
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