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  1. The 180 power off is all about energy management (just like flying a glider). If you are high energy (high and fast), you can use slips and flaps to dissipate energy (I would not put in any flaps or at most TO flaps until you see what your energy state is). If you are consistently high energy, you may want to fly further downwind to dissipate some energy. If you find yourself with low energy, pulling the prop back makes a huge difference. Iuse the same speeds as a normal landing. The trick is knowing the aim point so the float will be predictable. If you’re consistent (especia
  2. The Canadian books for my plane are much larger than the ones for while it’s been in the US...even though it was registered in Canada for many fewer years.
  3. KLAM is a great little airport...all takeoffs on 9; all landings on 27; restricted area directly south of the airport; prevailing wind is a direct crosswind; mesas can produce LLWS;...oh, and high DA! In the terminal building, there’s a Aircraft Carrier KLAM stamp for your logbook if you are so inclined. I sent you a PM so we can connect.
  4. I have an F and I’m at KLAM...besides, if you see a K first, you won’t want anything else!
  5. When I put in my Surefly, most places didn’t have half harnesses in stock...New Horizons did and got it to me in a few days. https://www.newhorizonsmaggieaircraftignitionsystems.com/maggie-harness-order-form
  6. About the same time that I bought the airplane, there was a fatal accident at a nearby airport (higher altitude)...makes you think (and learn from others). A couple of months after I bought the plane, there was a fatal accident at my airport. The local flight instructors put together a good resource for the airport. Always, a licence to learn. https://f8fcd52a-a-62cb3a1a-s-sites.googlegroups.com/site/lamairport/airport-info/KLAM_Pilot_Warning.pdf?attachauth=ANoY7covjD11zC5M6-s0faEhn4vat8zQ7ZHITI6D2OF9LxazDLqhiqJVeDR1v9BcdL1biL3YVkBK9JclSCGkciv3zh-JhHszrXR59IF2eXErA5rxdI8FE
  7. All commercial maneuvers are about planning and adapting. Look at where are you at 45 degrees; adapt to be at the right point at 90 and 135 and 180. For me, that meant changing pitch and bank angle to get to where I needed to be. I seem to remember doing them (in an F) at 18”, 2500 rpm, but ~120 mph (but also typically at 9500’). My commercial instructor always said that if a lazy 8 wasn’t boring, I was doing it wrong!
  8. I have a M20F based at an airport with an elevation of 7171’. DA in the summer is usually well over 9000’; afternoons are often over 10. Once DA is over 10k, I run the numbers and decide if I really need to go. Obviously, lean the mixture during run up for best power (I still find it weird to go full rich at low elevations). The runway is 6000’, but I still usually use Short field technique; hold breaks until MP is over 20”, then release. I pass 60 mph at ~1000’, if I don’t rotate by 2000’, I would reject the TO (hasn’t happened yet). Gear and flaps up with sustained positive rate (~85 m
  9. I’ve been pondering a similar question...how much water would cause a problem? 8 gal/hr is about 30.2 L/ hr (in sensible units); this is ~8.2 ml/sec . How long will it take to cause a problem? My sample cup is only ~30 ml; if I have 10 ml of water, will it cause complete stoppage? Should we be slumping more than 10-20 ml?
  10. Going from steam gauges to a dual G5, it’s incredible how much information is displayed on them. Much of the information is small flags, it’s really a matter of knowing what each means (for me it took awhile). The GS is great and much more accurate than the old analog instrument.
  11. I’ve had the “opportunity” to use the manual gear extension procedure twice (for real). Both times, I had an instructor along. The first was during my transition training (switch failed). The second time I was working on my commercial certificate doing pattern work and we didn’t catch it until we were about to turn base and noticed something didn’t feel right. Mechanic didn’t find anything, but I was having intermittent issues with the voltage regulator. The second time really shook me up. Would I have caught it if I hadn’t had another pilot or if the workload had been higher? I cha
  12. https://www.avweb.com/aviation-news/military-aviation/a-10-makes-emergency-gear-up-landing/ I guess it does happen to the best of us...
  13. Sure it would be possible (in Al or Ti). Most as printed parts are very rough, so they would need post-processing to get the close tolerances needed for a cylinder (what they usually neglect to tell you when they show you the medical part with a mirror finish).. Metal AM parts have more inclusions and voids than cast metal, and they fail differently as well. The ideal would be to get CAD files for any part you might need, have it printed at a service bureau and install it as an owner supplied part. I’m not sure I would trust an AM part for a safety critical component. GE has inv
  14. The current OSHA limit is 85 DB averaged over 8 hrs. For 95 DB, the limit is 4 hrs exposure. The science underling the exposure limits has expanded over the past 30 years. Most headsets will reduce exposure by 10-20 DB, putting it within OSHA limits (which aren’t required if You aren’t being paid). I agree that if you are flying with young ones, reduce their exposure as much as possible. my workplace hearing conservation hasn’t detected any reduction in my hearing in nearly 10 years of flying...of course your watch/phone isn’t a calibrated device... Pilot thoughts only, not an IH.
  15. When I did my CPL (at ~850 TT ~600 in the Mooney), I was worried about these requirements as well. If i remember, I took off from KLAM, got gas at KSAF and did a t&g in Zuni on the way to DVT ( solo to a concert, my wife doesn’t like Metallica for some reason!). When I did my check ride, the DPE verified total numbers but never asked about specific flights I was using for these more specific requirements.
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