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Cessna 182 pilots, jumper or glider experience

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Just wanted to get the opinion of anyone who might have a lot of experience in the 182. I recently started hauling jumpers and the checklist shows descent as such: -After jump run accelerate to 120mph -Man. pressure to bottom of green arc (15in/Hg) -Accelerate 10mph each min to max 150 -Monitor GEM for no more than 50degree/min cooling   Here is my question, could one use full flaps and fly at the top of the white arc and descend just as fast or faster while keeping man pressure at 15in and not shock cooling? What technique do you use?

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  1. John D Collins on Jun 30, 2015

    I don’t believe in shock cooling, but you should follow your employers guidance.

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  2. Jarett Langley on Jul 04, 2015

    Congrats on flying skydivers, it is a great time building expirence. I flew skydivers in 182 for a while and some things I noticed is that you will decend a lot faster by pitch below red line and on short final out your flaps in. Where I previously flew we had an 8000 ft runway so we never used flaps. Curently I am flying the caravan and twin otter and both we decend first and the use flaps on short final. As far a shock cooling as long as you close the cowl flaps you should have no issues with shock cooling. Have fun and always remember no matter what they skydivers tell you they don’t know shit about flying as they all think they do.

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