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  1. “Gear up, flaps up, engine instruments green.” If I said that leaving the departure end of the runway I got a smile from my CFI. If I didn’t he had various ways to express his disapproval...
  2. I know proper radio technique is to use your full callsign until ATC shortens it for you, so it must be a real pain to be N6000000. Was doing the RNAV and they vectored the guy in front of me away for “sequencing” and asked me to “descend and maintain 4000, maintain maximum forward speed.” After I got to 190 kts they said, “please slow to 150 kts.” My son said “they must not know how fast Mooneys are.”
  3. Perhaps you missed my post about how if you fall asleep in my plane you wake up with a pulse ox on your finger...
  4. That was really disturbing. This has come up so often, but there’s really no reason NOT to declare an emergency. Maybe the hypoxia hit early before the transmissions start. I guess that’s part of why they require the high altitude endorsement. Couldn’t agree more about telling and not asking what to do in an emergency. ATC is great and they try to be helpful, but they’re not in the pilot’s seat and there’s a reason the PIC has the final authority and not someone else.
  5. How much oxygen content is is your lungs when you hold your breath at sea level and how much is in your lungs when you hold your breath at 45,000 feet? I could theoretically have someone breathe 100% oxygen for 15 minutes (wash out all the nitrogen in their lungs and replace it with oxygen) then put them to sleep, paralyze them, go to the cafeteria and get a coffee and come back and intubate them and their oxygen level would be above 92%. The biggest factor is how much oxygen content is stored in your lungs when you hold your breath (and how rapidly you’re using it up).
  6. I think what he meant was: As we know, there are known ICING; there are ICING we know we know. We also know there are ICING unknowns; that is to say we know there are some ICING we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns—the ICING we don't know we don't know. And if one looks throughout the history of our FLYING and other FLYING countries, it is the latter category that tend to be the difficult ones.
  7. Do you ever sleep?! If we’re actually going high, I actually carry a portable bottle (D size maybe?) in addition to the built-in tank with a cannula already attached and the valve shut off. Figure I could get that on really quickly. Those cans were $5 at Big 5 so I figured I would get a few and try them out sometime, I just haven’t had the opportunity to do it. Even removed most of the shrink wrap so I wouldn’t have to fumble with it. Anyone who flies with me knows the rule - if you go to sleep in my plane, you’re going to wake up with a pulse-ox on your finger!
  8. Does that work? I have a couple next to the POH in the passenger side back pocket but I’ve never tried one at altitude?
  9. Wasn’t there an STC to use the pilot relief tube to evenly distribute warm urine across the leading edge of a wing to melt the ice? I know when my dog used to pee in the snow it seemed to melt pretty quickly so I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t work. Seems like you would just need a couple of bottles of Gatorade and you could get at least a few “shots” of deicing.
  10. I’ll have to search the interwebs to see if the Spirit of St. Luis made it to TBO. Perhaps we can debate the point at the Spirit of San Luis sometime... I don’t want to turn it into a ROP vs LOP debate either. I took the class. Drank the Kool Aid. Signed up for Savvy. Tried it out. I have nothing against people running their engines LOP (or doing touch and goes, or landing with no flaps, etc...). What you do with your own airplane that doesn’t hurt anyone and doesn’t increase my insurance rates is fine with me. People handle uncertainty in different ways and I tend to go with the more conservative approach. I’ve seen the science and made my decision which I retain the right to change in the future. It’s funny how when we get these polarizing topics people try so hard to make others see their way of doing it as the only right way. I think it’s cognitively more difficult to accept that we don’t know the answer and to make a choice anyway.
  11. I have an Ovation with FIKI and VGs. I haven’t really noticed any decrease in cruise speed with the VGs. TKS definitely costs you a few kts. I usually fly between 8-12k’ and I get somewhere around 155 kts at 55% power, 165 kts at 65% power and 175 kts at 75% power. I almost always cruise between 50-60% power. Plane is fast enough and it’s not worth the increased fuel flow for me to go faster. I don’t cruise LOP unless I’m approaching max range. I did early on and by all indications I was doing it “right” but after pretty much every mechanic told me It was a bad idea I decided to listen.
  12. Does the POH have LOP numbers in it at 10 GPH? Did you try flying ROP?
  13. I thought “Baja Busch” was called Corona?
  14. Anyone else get this from AOPA today? Mexico to Recognize BasicMed Beginning on December 10, 2019, pilots using BasicMed in lieu of an FAA medical certificate will be able to travel to Mexico in their own airplanes. Mexico is the second foreign country after The Bahamas to recognize BasicMed, and AOPA’s advocacy efforts in pursuit of broader recognition will continue. When contemplating international travel, pilots should confirm their insurance is appropriate and documented in a manner satisfactory to the destination country and ensure that all paperwork including Radio Station License and radiotelephone operator's permit are in order. AOPA’s guide to flying in Mexico is here, and additional BasicMed resources including information about operating limitations are available here.