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  1. I think I read somewhere that most of these aviation related videos are made by a couple of clickbait artists from the Southeast Asia (can't remember if it was Malaysia or Indonesia). Same idea with the stupid enunciation though
  2. Yes, that would be a more nuanced and less inflammatory statement of your position, thank you
  3. Just got back from a trip down the West Coast from Oregon, with stops in SQL, MYF, SMO and MFR to visit some family and friends this summer. Some comments and photos in no particular order: It was hot. My wife got some evaporative cooling vests that worked pretty well. It has hydrogel pellets in some pockets, so it doesn't have to be soaking wet to work, and retains enough water to last for most of the day in the heat, especially in Medford. Airport PIREPs: I hadn't realized SQL has no self-serve fuel, so remember to call Rabbit Aviation ahead of your departure if you need fuel from the fuel truck. SQL is a relatively short runway, and after touching down I braked firmly anticipating this, and then realized with embarrassment I still had about 1000' of runway left (8 kt headwind). Transient parking was available on a Friday afternoon. CrownAir in MYF was fantastic and they helped out with getting the rental car. Their tiedown cost isn't cheap ($20/night) compared to transient ($9/night), but when I was last at MYF, transient was completely packed so I didn't want to worry about finding a spot. As it turned out, of course, MYF was pretty quiet when we arrived. There is no self-serve fuel at SMO either, the only SS pump is for UL94 fuel, by decree of the Santa Monica Homeowners Association. You have to call Atlantic for the 100LL fuel truck at $8.50/gal. Transient parking is $20/night, and there's a $24 landing fee (the best argument I've heard against touch-and-goes ) I fly into Medford frequently, and Million Air there is always great. Lot of firefighting ops going on right now, and when we were there I saw a weird sight of a Marine UH-60 and AH-1 being refueled by the FBO Some ATC shenanigans: While on an IFR plan, I vaguely heard someone identifying themselves as "Icon" and it sounded like he was going in the opposite direction 1000' above me. I vaguely thought that was odd, since the Icon A5 wasn't IFR capable, and wasn't sure if it was capable of getting up to 11,000' MSL either, but I was curious to see one for real. Then ATC called me and said I had a C-17 opposite direction and would I like vectors to avoid wake turbulence, and I said "that'd be lovely." We spotted the C-17 about 20 nm (!) away, and as we came within a couple miles, the C-17 called visual on us. At that point, I realized he was using the callsign "Icon", so I thought it was funny I was expecting to see an Icon A5, and instead saw a C-17 up close Anyway, kudos to ATC for offering On the flight down from SQL, I picked up IFR in the air, got new routing, then realized a couple minutes later when talking to the next controller that the new route put me through a restricted area around the Hunter-Liggett military area. I asked the new controller if the area was active, and she said yes and that I'd need to avoid it. When I pointed out I was on an IFR plan, there was a long pause, after which we negotiated some vectors and extemporaneous routing. I suspect my IFR plan got lost somewhere crossing sectors, and the next controller thought I was VFR. No harm done, since we were in severe clear, but my wife got pretty nervous listening to it. The northern California fires continue, although the surface winds and winds aloft have been helpful, so the smoke wasn't too bad except for directly over the area. I took the coastal detour through the Oregon/California border both ways. Radio reception with ATC there can sometimes be a little spotty, though Strange sight in Medford Landing MYF San Diego coast San Francisco and Bay Area from the east Landing SQL Oregon Dunes near Coos Bay
  4. No, but when one states their opinion as fact, it should get corrected for accuracy
  5. I've got a few filters I can part with if anyone in the PNW wants to fly up here and pick one up on a weekend
  6. That's the part that really creeps me out, if I just had new cylinders put in, every bone in me would want to quadruple-check EVERYTHING during the runup
  7. Does that mean you ran on one mag at a time without the shuddering?
  8. Quoting someone automatically sends a notification too, so @PT20J got pinged already Sorry for all the pings @PT20J
  9. That's also like saying that pilots have a 100% chance of having completed their PPL @MoMooneyMoProblems I'd actually suggest holding off on owning a plane until you're a bit past your PPL. Buying, owning and learning a new plane are three pretty steep learning curves. Even after you get your PPL, there are still some things you'll want to be working on with or without an instructor, like expanding you personal minimums, precision while flying, rough field landings or whatever. The first year of buying a plane and plane ownership was a whirlwind of learning for me, at times it felt hard to keep up. I was glad I was flying a club plane at the time and not working on my instrument ticket yet. I spent about 6 months with the Mooney before telling my CFI I was ready to officially start my IFR training. Granted, everyone is different, but just a thought.
  10. This is still my favorite airman's reference: https://www.av8n.com/how/
  11. Is CrownAir no longer at MYF? They did well by me for a pre-buy several years ago, and spotted a number of Mooney-specific issues right off the bat.
  12. Good luck! If by "fun", you mean constantly explaining the additional checks coming out of your bank account, then welcome to the club! The way I understand it is that IA's or A&P's can't "declare" a plane unairworthy. However, starting a required inspection automatically renders the plane unairworthy. At that point, the IA decides whether to return the plane to service or not.
  13. Have you SEEN some of my landings??
  14. I suppose a partial nosegear collapse would make control on landing fairly spicy?
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