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  1. It is! And not to be sniffed at. It is a proper adventure and you need to be well prepared. If you limit to Part 91 and exclude helicopters... from NTSB data. 73% of ferry pilots that ditch survive the splash down and the sea survival. 87% of ditchings result in all souls saved. 93% of forced landings on land result in no fatalities though injuries including burns are a lot higher. This is Paul Bertorelli on ditchings http://www.equipped.com/ditchingmyths.htm While in Australia I tracked down Ray Clamback to talk about his 300 or so deliveries from the US to Australia and New Zealand and his two open water ditchings http://www.equipped.com/1199ditch.htm That route is a probably the most typical avgas route to NZ though I think some are avoiding Cassidy these days as you have to position fuel there in advance. East is way, way harder from a handling, not getting shot down, mugged, ripped off, sold barrels of avgas full of water etc. perspective and a lot more expensive. You can go North and through Russia and Asia if range is limited but the water is much colder and land is not that much safer to land on in an engine out scenario. Sea survival, temps, sea state, shipping movements, inReach PLBs and ground crews, tropical CBs, limited approach nav aids, Hobbits and real life Dragons you have to contend with Westbound. Believe it of not SEP can actually be safer then MEP when so tanked up that one engine will not keep you in the air even in ground effect for the first 1/4 of the leg. Lots to think about, and a real achievement to get done safely, even with GPS.
  2. I do like what you have done with yours PJ, very nice.
  3. G'day Henry, I am based a little south of Auckland and happy to help any way I can. Now, do you want to find me a Rocket and fly it down?? ;) https://mooneyspace.com/topic/32955-wtb-rocket-with-epoxy-primer/
  4. Indeed... Glider pilot... I knew that foward CoG would be good for something.
  5. Hello from New Zealand folks, I am in the market for a Rocket preferably a 1986 on example or one that has had the frame epoxy primed as part of a repaint. It doesn't have to be too fancy just an honest, well maintained, regularly flying example with good engine data is what I am looking for. An owner that was up for an adventure flying it to New Zealand and having a holiday on us flying it around here before handing over would be the match made in heaven. https://skyvector.com/?ll=6.891525890546765,-127.79296875192452&chart=302&zoom=16&fpl=N0175F180 KSMX PHTO PLCH NSTU NZAA Morning mists in our valley
  6. Thanks J, glad to hear that Mooneys can zero out. Spot on sir, glider towing slow... plus a lot of holes.. everywhere.
  7. I have been flying with one of these clipped to my shoulder strap with audio and vibration alerts. https://www.amazon.com/Sensorcon-Inspector-Industrial-Monoxide-Detector/dp/B01M9GJANZ?ref_=ast_bbp_dp The only aircraft that have not registered any CO in the cockpit have been gliders and a DA42. Culprits include Tecnam P2002, Robin 2160, Lancair 360, Glasair III, CT4 Airtrainer, C152 Aerobat, Piper Arrow, Archer III (esp with AC running), Pawnee (over 60ppm), Grob 109, Aeroprakt A22 and 32 et al. I am thinking this is one of the reasons I can go 4 hours in a Glider at all sorts of altitudes on O2 (or not) with competition stressors and not and feel it but single engine tractors can have quite a grog factor even on a 40 min aeros sortee. With use of the sniffer attachment I have managed to isolate and resolve CO leaks on a number of those and found some to be lost causes. Also finding a mechanic that has experience with tracking and resolving CO issues is still pretty tough though on the improve now.