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  1. This is pretty basic, but what I do if the air is smooth. Typically on a long cross country I am at 9,500 or 10,500 and only getting 20-21" MP. When I am ready to descend I push the nose over and trim it out for 3-500fpm, let the speed come up. I usually am between 160-180 mph IAS in descent (again in smooth air) and as I descend pull the throttle back to maintain the 20-21" MP. Once you level out, even at 20" it will come down to gear speed, in my plane gear speed is 120 mph. Once the gear is down I will reduce to 15" which in level flight brings me below the 100 mph to extend flaps. It takes some practice to figure out how long it takes to slow down once you level out. Once you know that distance it is just a matter of arriving at the altitude you want to be with enough distance in level flight left to slow from descent speed to gear speed.
  2. I took a good friend and his 18 yo son flying last Thursday. Here's the "public post" I put on my blog and FB. It was very rewarding to be able to help a young man overcome his fear of flying and find out that it is actually fun. The rest of this post is kind of a long, but I didn't want to post more details on my blog because I didn't want his son to be embarrassed about being so scared. I wrote that he was nervous, but that would be the understatement of the year. Here is the Paul Harvey "Rest of the Story" where none of his friends will see. As I said in my post, his son had flown once on a commercial flight when he was 4 yo. As I was going through my pre-flight with them and answering questions his son was shaking, as in his whole body shaking because he was so nervous. I did my best to calm him down as I continued telling them about how the plane flies, what keeps it in the air, the safety features, etc... We got through that, got him calmed down enough that at least you couldn't see him shaking anymore, and pulled the plane out of the hangar. I wanted him in the front seat so hopefully I could get him to take the yoke for a minute later in the flight. "Ok, Greg you're going to be in the right seat and your dad in back." "I don't want to be in the front." "But if you aren't in front you won't be able to fly it at all if you decide you want to." "I won't want to." "Well, if we have any problems and have to land on a golf course, in a field, or on a road, the person in the right seat gets out first." "Ok, I'll sit in the front." Perfect. We got in and everyone bucked up, at which point he started breathing a little faster and said "I can't do this." I didn't want to see him just give up. As I told his dad later in the evening, even if he decided that he didn't want to fly ever again, I wanted to see him face his fear and overcome it because that would benefit him in other aspects of his life. So, I put on my best negotiator hat. "Ok, so let's do this. I'm going to start the engine to get a little cool air going. Then we're going to taxi down over there and do a run-up to make sure everything is working right, and if it is we'll just fly around the pattern once and land. We'll take off, start climbing up, make a turn to the right, make another turn and level off at 1,000'..." He cut me off, I did not know that not only was he afraid of flying, he was terrified of heights. "1,000 feet!!!???" "It's ok, it won't feel like you are very high." "But 1,000 feet!!!???" "I promise, it won't feel like it. It's only going to take about 3 minutes (ok, I know it is a little longer than 3 minutes around the pattern but figured he wouldn't notice) and then we'll be landing. All you have to do is hold on for 3 minutes. When we land you can tell me, 'I never want to do that again," and we'll just come right back to the hangar. You can say 'I want to do that again, but I can't handle it right now,' and that's ok, we'll come back here and go a different time. Or, you might say 'That wasn't so bad, I want to fly a little more,' and we'll go fly around some more and see things. Deal?" "Ok" With that we taxied down and after the run-up flew around the pattern once and I thankfully made a beautiful landing at which point he said he wanted to fly some more. On the subsequent flight we just did some flight-seeing he loved it. Over his High School, past their house, down to the coast, and the air was so smooth. At 3,000' I told him how high we were, but that it just doesn't feel like it and he agreed. I told him I'm afraid of heights too, but in the plane it isn't the same because you don't feel like you're going to fall off the edge of something. Over and over he kept saying how cool it was and he is looking forward to the next time we fly.
  3. Use the ignore user function, it's really a beautiful thing.
  4. Is there a way to add the pointer?
  5. Kern Valley is great, and really fun to fly into. I went there last summer just for the fun of flying there, didn't stop at the cafe but I heard it is fairly good. It's a fun approach along the hills on the downwind leg. Not the best video, but this was the end of the flight. Nice little campground and the river is a short walk away.
  6. No experience with Charlotte, but I've never had issues with Phoenix. In fact the last time I flew to Mesa Gateway from SoCal I was angling to the south like normal to descend under the shelf when approach said "I can clear you through the Bravo if you want to go direct." Departing they usually clear me through the Bravo as long as I'm staying south of the 5,000' shelf as I'm heading west. Must just depend on the time of day and the flow in and out of KPHX.
  7. T-shirt my wife got me for Father's Day, seems to fit the topic.
  8. Aw... I went to just click a blank reply thinking my signature would fill in, but nope, you have to type something. Richard
  9. It works great, until someone quotes that person that I'm ignoring and I see their post. Of course then it serves as a reminder why I am ignoring them in the first place.
  10. After learning in Cherokees and then only flying my Mooney for a couple hundred hours I rented a Cessna (never even sat in one before) and my wife and I flew around Maui/Moloka'i with a CFII. On short final I pulled the throttle... he pushed it back in.
  11. I consider myself about as patriotic as you can get. Raised in the military with a long line of ancestors and relatives that have served. I still often get tears in my eyes when the national anthem is sung/played at sporting events, or anywhere else for that matter. I do find it incredibly offensive when people burn the flag and if it was happening in front of me it would take a great amount of restraint not to intervene. I also find it offensive when people put down this great country and have voiced my opinion to them when I hear it, which often gets nowhere and just incites more anger on their part... However, as Andrew pointed out there is the 1st Amendment. Over the years case law has created a list of things that are considered protected or not protected under the 1st Amendment. Interestingly burning a flag is considered protected, yet using language to inflame another and incite physical retaliation is not protected. I could see where burning the flag, while protected could be argued to incite physical retaliation. But then I'm not a judge/lawyer, just a guy that loves my country. Not the same thing... See Tony's comment above about properly retiring a flag. It is actually a very cool ceremony to watch.
  12. At least it's been long enough since the separation that we can get along with @Hyett6420 on the other side of the pond!
  13. Hope so, the trip to NC this summer ate up a good chunk of my vacation but was completely worth it. Next year I should be able to fit in Oshkosh. I am planning an Alaska trip but I think that one will be in 2021.
  14. Going through pictures as I'm writing up our trip and noticed that one of these is a MS member at the Mid-Atlantic clinic, @kpaul, look familiar? I believe the ones here on the tablet are the two of you, as I departed right after.