Ned Gravel

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About Ned Gravel

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  • Birthday 01/18/1953

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    CYRO (Rockcliffe) near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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    Flying, History, Shooting, Sailing
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    1965 M20E

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  1. When do you retract flaps after take-off?

    That is me too. Gear up (less than 2 seconds on a manual J bar) as soon as establishing positive rate and runway no longer a factor. Flaps up when I am no longer worried about where to put it down if the engine quits (normally 1000' AGL).
  2. When do you retract flaps after take-off?

    I am a bit conservative. Altitude is life. 1000' AGL @ 95 mph is when I bring the flaps up. 95 mph is the minimum cooling speed for my IO-360. Note that this leaves me only 5 mph before I am beyond the white arc. When I met Norman Howell this summer, he talked about his Master's Thesis and the "optimum" climb speed. For my E model, it is about 130 mph (~110 kts), so no flaps at that speed in my Mooney. What that speed does is get a plane to its destination quicker (winds aloft not being considered). What it does not do is get you to 1000' AGL in a hurry. So good knowledge from Norman, but no change in current procedure.
  3. Virginia Accident

    I built one for mine at Clarence's this past summer during the annual. Big key ring at the end of 8" of flexible wire that pulls the latch from the inside.
  4. Oxygen refills is Pa/Nj area

    Wow. That is steep. It cost me $30.00 to fill mine in Oshkosh during Airventure two years ago at Basler.
  5. Survival Kit Discussion

    Just as an aside, I also keep an ICON A6 in my flight bag with Li-Ion batteries fully charged, from the charger on my desk at home. From this discussion, I have recognised that it might also serve as a method of requesting assistance on Guard or the frequency used by overflying aircraft. Although I spent twenty years in the Signal Corps, I appear to have forgotten that cell phones are not the only way to speak live to another person while alone in the woods. Thanks.
  6. Survival Kit Discussion

    Khedri: Sorry, misunderstanding here. I think the survival kit is needed where you fly. I carry mine when flying to Rocktown from Ottawa. Or to North Bay, or Timmins. I was just suggesting that a firearm might not. (Bear persuader)
  7. Survival Kit Discussion

    Khedri: My friend from across the Ottawa river and I do not necessarily agree on this. I have lived in the bush as part of my earlier career and I grew up in North Bay (about 3.5 hours north of you on Hwy 11 by car). My first emergency addition was a current ELT to replace the 121.5. Best emergency investment you can make. Until then, get a SPOT or a personal locator beacon. With 121.5, it will take at least five hours for the folks from the Rescue Coordination Center (in Trenton, or Halifax, or the ones west of Ontario) to coordinate a mission to find you (not a lot of resolution from 2 satellite passes in 6 hours - if that even works any more). On a 406 MHz device, it will take 20 minutes to locate you and dispatch a crew to the location. From then on, it is just a matter of being found - they already have a good idea of your location. Second, if you do not have it, get some training in how to use the stuff you have purchased. It may mean restocking some items you may use. If you already know and have lived in the bush in winter, there is not much you need to learn. I helped mount some training here at our flying club about 11 years ago and we spent the night in the bush, with only the things in our survival kits. Two pics attached. Mine is the pack in the middle (ie: meant for schlepping around leaving my hands free). You can see that some folks brought more than they would ever load into their plane (sheeesh). Third, the best advice you will get from anyone is to not move from the crash site. Lotsa reasons for that. The site is more visible than you are. The ELT is there. If you can enhance the site's visibility with a signalling mirror, flares, fluorescent tape, a fire, or some way of writing something in the snow or on the ground that can be seen from a distance, it will help. Our club runs civil air search and rescue (CASARA) exercises about four times a year. The US equivalent is the civil air patrol (CAP). Both organisations are dedicated to helping the system find you. Both are part of the system to find you. The only other consideration is what to do if you are injured. If injured you will have to understand that stopping the bleeding, keeping warm, and treating for shock are your three most important activities. You have a good first aid kit, but I would also get a little handbook called the SAS Survivor's guide. See Full of little hints on what to look for and how to make use of things we might not consider readily available - even when injured - without turning into a survivalist. There is one other member of Mooneyspace that flies a Bravo from Newfoundland to Edmonton. You can imaging the country he crosses if you look at the great circle nav routes this involves. He carries a "brown bear" / "white bear" discourager. Not a bad idea if flying in the mostly uncontrolled airspace of our great white north - but not really necessary at all in the US or within controlled airspace. I think you are doing the right thing for the right reasons. Good luck.
  8. Glide Ratio

    Ya, right............
  9. Glide Ratio

    This is why crossing Lake Michigan is possible at 12,000’ without life jackets at the 45 nm crossing between Sheboygan and Little Sable Point. At no point would we be beyond gliding to shore.

    Scott: Isn't the red box from 50 LOP to 50 ROP at or below 7500' when you are pulling more than 70% power?
  11. Well done Chris: The day after I ground looped our Arrow some 120 nm from home, I spent an hour with each of four instructors at my home drome the following day for the same reason. I still spent a year and a half blaming myself for the loss and I hope you do not do this. It turns out the insurance company determined a gear failure but still my fault for flying it at colder than minus 25 Celsius. One of the reasons I bought a J-bar Mooney.
  12. M10 is on the move

    Well a Screamin' Eagle may even be a step up from Marvin K Mooney.
  13. M10 is on the move

    Mimi bought an Ultra?
  14. Voice recording indicates he was at 1700' and still five miles out. That is at least three and one half miles too far to make it to Burbank airport (based on what my E model can do with a windmilling prop). Good work in a bad situation.