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Donald Haack, 78, diamond expert, adventurer, author and founder of Donald Haack Diamonds & Fine Gems in Charlotte passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 1, 2009
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From Wikipedia

Don Haack and his TriPacer
Bush flying is a term for air operations carried out in remote, inhospitable regions of the world. Bush flying involves operations in rough terrain, frequently necessitating bush planes be equipped with tundra tires, floats, or skis. This type of flying, combined with unpredictable weather and distance from help means that bush pilots have to be very
resourceful to be successful, or all too frequently, just to stay alive. Given all these elements, bush flying has entered the world of aviation and popular culture as a rugged, romantic lifestyle that combines elements of great beauty and independence with constant danger.
Bush pilots must fend for themselves because they are so far from help. Critical skills range from survival skills like trapping and shelter-building, to mechanical skills for airplane repair. The life-and-death nature of bush flying also means that bush pilots frequently resort to untested methods for accomplishing the job. Whether this means repairing an airplane engine with duct tape or landing a floatplane on snow, the result is that many common aviation practices are pioneered in bush flying. It also results in frequent accidents, as evidenced by the fact that even today Alaska records the highest percent of aviation accidents in the United States.
Common Traits of a Bush Plane
Don with Harry, his Cessna and supplies.
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.
Some bush planes are also outfitted with an outside air intake to increase engine performance during slow flight which may be experienced in the landing roll. By increasing air flow it helps to maintain a safe oil temperature during non ideal conditions.