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flyboy0681 last won the day on December 10 2016

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  1. I guess I'm the only one here (thus far) who thinks the form is straightforward and should take the applicant minutes to fill out. I also don't think it will be much of a burden on the physician. But I am surprised that a prostate exam isn't one of the requirements, that can be a real lifesaver.
  2. I don't believe it, but I agree with you 100%. This must be a first for Scott and myself.
  3. Somebody say air conditioning?
  4. You call that a distraction?
  5. We have a SAM GPSS installed and it's programmed to give an aural warning at about 1,300 feet "Check GUMPS". So far it's never reminded me to put it down.
  6. All of these suggestions are great, until the one time that you are distracted for some reason.
  7. My avionics relay is on the fritz again. When I turn on the master, all of the avionics come to life, including the A/P. It's much better to have the failure mode keeping the bus powered than not.
  8. Regarding the TS question, it's an acquired skill set . We pretty much know the daily patterns, which start midday with buildups starting over the gulf and working their way east. This means flying down the west coast during late afternoon, at which time they hopefully all moved east. Then it's a delicate dance between what's showing up on the 20 minute old Nexrad (no Stormscope) and having our very talented controllers navigate us around the rough stuff. The golden rule here is, carry lots of extra fuel.
  9. A better discussion might be what skill sets does a retired VFR without a timeline need to safely get across the country in a Mooney traveling time machine.
  10. I will cut you a lot of slack, but your numbers are way off. Since I got my IR two years ago, my mission success has been 95% for those trips where there wasn't adverse weather in the way. I said 95% because I'm still skittish about flying down to minimums and won't attempt a trip if the forecast at arrival time is for low IFR. I still know my limitations and don't take any chances, and I always follow my first rule of IFR flying - know where the VFR is.
  11. There were a lot of interesting replies here and I enjoyed reading each one. But one thing that hadn't been discussed was training to get out of bad situations. I'm sure there are a lot of VFR guys out there who think that the 15 minutes they spend under the hood with their instructor during their BFR is sufficient enough training to make a quick 180 back to safety, the reality is that it's not. I urge you, no, I implore you, to get dedicated training under the hood so that you can confidently get yourself out of trouble. This means a couple of hours a year, not minutes. Remember the number 178.
  12. I guess a lot also depends on the mother-in-law.
  13. I've been stranded twice and it's never dissuaded me from taking long trips. As many have said here, there's usually a mechanic on field that can get you on your way, the only question is cost.
  14. Since I went NORDO two years ago I always monitor On Guard. The audio that the investigator sent me showed that they did try to reach me. But what amazes me most about On Guard is just how frequently it's used. This past weekend my wife and I flew to New Orleans and I heard no less than five call outs during one three hour leg alone.
  15. With just one response, you backed up my assertion. Thanks!