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  1. Paul, I'll be happy to take you up on that some day in the not-too-distant future.
  2. Looks like fun. The Bahamas mean you’ll be within glide distance of land or shallow water for a lot of this flight. Provo was a good fuel stop for me 14 years ago. Have you considered doing some island hopping after St. Maarten? There are some fun places to explore.
  3. BTW, the regulations also explain that "Federally-regulated commercial aircraft means a commercial aircraft regulated by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)."
  4. RealID does not appear to be required under current law for piloting a non-commercial airplane, even after October 2020. To make it required, there probably would need to be a new law enacted or a new regulation promulgated. Section 202(a)(1) of the RealID Act provides: "Beginning 3 years after the date of the enactment of this division, a Federal agency may not accept, for any official purpose, a driver's license or identification card issued by a State to any person unless the State is meeting the requirements of this section." The effective time has been pushed back, but this is the statutory language enacted in 2005. Section 201(3) of the Act provides: 'Official purpose.--The term ``official purpose'' includes but is not limited to accessing Federal facilities, boarding federally regulated commercial aircraft, entering nuclear power plants, and any other purposes that the Secretary shall determine.' The Secretary's determination is reflected in the Code of Federal Regulations. 6 C.F.R. § 37.3 defines "official purpose" as "accessing Federal facilities, boarding Federally-regulated commercial aircraft, and entering nuclear power plants." Yes, the statute says "includes but is not limited to," which does open the door to broader application, but the regulation does not include that language. The regulation therefore limits the breadth of the statute. The above is not offered as and is not intended to be relied on as legal advice. Pilots should consult their own advisors as to the application of the statute and the regulations to their situations. Fly safe.
  5. Great description. Landing a Mooney is about flying the right speed and then having the patience to let the plane land when it wants to land rather than trying to force it to land when it's not ready. Trying to force it to land is a great way to experience pilot-induced oscillation, otherwise known as porpoising, which is not fun and is hazardous to your prop.
  6. First, as others have mentioned, congratulations on your decision to stop when you did. Stopping an hour short of a planned destination is one of the things I've been proudest of doing in my 20 years of Mooney ownership. I've done it for weather, and for fatigue, and for a mixture of weather and fatigue. I've flown Santa Monica to New Haven in a day, and Santa Monica to College Park, Md., in a day. Those were long days. Good weather and a good autopilot made them doable. I'm less sure now than I was at the time I flew those trips that those long days were wise. As Part 91 pilots, we get to make choices, but it's worth considering why pilots flying under different rules face restrictions on flight hours.
  7. This story in the Oregonian says Yury's sister said he was scouting wave power sites when he died. I didn't recall reading about that before. I never met him but followed his exploits on the Mooney mailing list. They were amazing reading, on multiple levels.
  8. Thanks for the trip report. Glad you were able to get fuel at CYFB and that you were able to find a workaround for the closed FSS at Dorset. What was Puvimituq like?
  9. I third the recommendation for Angel Flight West. Angel Flight is a well-run organization that offers pilots outstanding opportunities to combine the hobby we love with the chance to do a good deed for someone who really needs it. I've flown for AngelFlight Soars (Atlanta), AngelFlight Northeast (when I lived in New Haven), and AngelFlight Mid-Atlantic (DC), and now I'm with AngelFlight West. They're different organizations, but they're much more similar than different. You fly as much or as little as you want, and it couldn't be simpler.
  10. I liked George Town in Exuma, and there appear to be some airbnbs there. The "out islands" seem more interesting than the big ones.
  11. It's a shame not to fly it across yourself. Coming back from Europe was the second-best trip I ever made in N315L. Going to Europe was the best. I realize you'd need a lot of hours to feel comfortable taking such a trip, but . . .
  12. I second the recommendation for Cole Aviation. Joey was my mechanic when I was based at Fulton County from 2002-2009. He knows Mooneys, and you can trust him.
  13. Welcome aboard, Jim. Bought my Mooney on August 4, 1999, also from Ohio, and have been enjoying it ever since. You have joined an incredible community of pilots and acquired a plane that can take you just about anywhere. I wish you many happy adventures.