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  1. G-1000 SD Card Alternatives

    The difference in the $100 Garmin card and the more expensive ones is whether or not it comes pre-loaded with data. Just make sure that your Garmin dealer orders the blank card if you already have a account. There can't be any difference in a Garmin card and any other retail're paying $88 for a Garmin sticker. I recently paid that though to avoid any legal issues.
  2. Mountain Flying and Winds Aloft Discrepancies

    Thanks for the info. I understand most of that at a conceptual level, and I have read the Mountain Flying Bible. While I don't have much experience mountain flying, I do understand how to take the wind direction and try to visualize how it flows around the mountains. I *think* I can derive where the updrafts/downdrafts may be present based on that, but I don't have the experience yet to know for sure what I'm visualizing is accurate because I've never found myself in a downdraft. I guess what I'm asking is for a real example with real numbers of when you would make a no-go decision solo, and when you'd make a no-go decision for passenger comfort (I had a buddy with me yesterday who was clearly uncomfortable in light turbulence, so that made my decision somewhat easier). And if it's questionable/marginal (say, exactly 25kts), would you start into the mountains anyways and feel it out? Based on the information that I had, would that be a go or a no-go for you?
  3. Howdy all, Flatlander here, looking for some advice from some of you frequent mountain flyers. I've flown into the mountains a handful of times (Leadville, Granby, Gunnison, Steamboat), and I've also diverted into Denver a few times. All of these have been very easy go/no go decisions though....conditions were pristine (VFR with calm winds) or a death trap (ifr + icing + windy). Yesterday, however, I was trying to get into Kremmling, and the decision was much more difficult. An early morning brief forecasted 7kt winds at 12,000 ft at the time of my arrival. En route, the G1000 (XM) was showing 45kt + winds at 12,000 ft. ADS-B on my phone (Garmin Pilot/GTX345) was showing 22kt winds at 12,000 ft, and, for some reason, winds aloft were unavailable on my iPad. AWOS reporting at various passes/peaks varied from 7kts at some locations to 27G41 at others. AWOS at Kremmling was reporting 11G17 (30 degrees off centerline, if I remember correctly). There were no PIREPs relevant to my route of flight at the time. With each handoff between controllers, I requested ride reports...and no one was complaining up until my last handoff. Ultimately, I decided to divert to BJC for 2 reasons: 1) I didn't like what the ride was starting to feel like at FL180 approaching the mountains and 2) a 737 had just reported moderate turbulence climbing through 17,000 out of Denver. The turbulence that I encountered was light, but I still had the sensation of being tossed about like a kite despite the pitch/roll changes being very slight. Anyways, point being, I have several questions/takeaways from yesterday's no particular order: I need to better understand the sources of the data that I have in the cockpit and why they could vary so significantly. While I think I have enough basic knowledge and understanding of mountain flying to safely complete a flight in pristine conditions, I need some time in the cockpit with a mountain instructor to be better equipped to make decisions in more marginal conditions. I'm likely losing some of the utility of the airplane by making no go decisions that are too conservative. I would like to better understand how some of you more experienced mountain flyers use the available weather products to make your go/no go decisions. Any practical/real world examples that you can provide would be helpful. Has anyone else seen such significant differences in winds aloft information? Obviously some of the data on the G1000 is interpolated, but I still don't understand why it could vary as much as it did. Thanks in advance.
  4. Garmin Pilot Checklists

    If the Apple Pencil worked with the iPad mini, I’d be all over it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Garmin Pilot Checklists

    I have the same problem....Garmin Pilot checklists are flaky. Checklists and checklist items re-order themselves, and it's a pain in the arse. Also, in my opinion, using checklists in the G1000 is not practical (maybe other MFDs are better?). There are checklist items on the MFD that would require toggling between screens. Because of this, I'm still on paper for checklists (and for copying IFR clearances...because using scratchpad sucks).
  6. For what it's worth, my kids are almost 4 and 6, and they do ok on oxygen. They're like their mother though...generally asleep before we ever leave the ground. For the multi-leg trips, a tablet plugged into their headsets keeps them still. I stay out of the flight levels when they're on board and have my wife occasionally check them with a pulse oximeter.
  7. Had a problem starting today

    Watch the Dmax video that I attached. He explains it in detail.
  8. Had a problem starting today

    Don Maxwell has a great video on YouTube for hot starting the IO360. Hot starts were a breeze in my J model following those procedures.
  9. So whats too cold for the plane

    My coldest flight to date was yesterday departing the Chicago area. The cabin heat did not keep up (as you can tell from my daughter hiding under her ski jacket). It finally caught up as the OAT increased to about -10C further south. The friendly folks at Gary Jet Center (KGYY) were very accommodating though. I was able to preflight, load the bags, strap the kids in, and even strap myself in while still in the heated hangar with the door closed. Probably the best service and facilities that I've experienced to date, and the prices were relatively reasonable.
  10. No Ice On Relief Tube.

    If you could somehow route your relief tube to the leading edges, you wouldn't need TKS or RainX.
  11. Best Aviation Christmas Gifts

    The best gifts are Mooney gifts. Unfortunately, one of my favorites experienced a prop strike a couple of years ago (because toddlers). Love the ornament too, but I’ll love it more once my wife matches my paint job. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. People use Apple maps?!?
  13. Family pressures?

    I’m shooting for that one as well because it’s a short hop and I have a bfr due next Oct anyways. Maybe I’ll see you there! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Family pressures?

    I just asked about the 2018 PPP schedule last week. Here are the dates/locations. February 9-11, 2018 - Palm Coast, FL April 13-15, 2018 - Henderson, NV June , 2018 - TBD (possibly in Fort Worth, TX) September 7-9, 2018 - Manchester, NH October 5-7, 2018 - Owensboro, KY Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk