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    San Carlos Airport (CA) KSQL
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    Offshore sailboat racing and cruising by sailboat and trawler powerboats. Sports cars. Foreign and domestic travel. Naviagational systems from ancient voyages to newest avionics.
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  1. Backup AHRS

    I very much concur. I’ve had the LifeSaver for several years now, and it works flawlessly. The back up battery is expensive, but well worth it. I had the inclinometer add in fail last year, and it was replaced at no cost to me, nor any hassle. Good company -good product. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Bad day for Mooney’s on Spruce Creek

    My dear friend and CFII is diabolical in his efforts to distract me on takeoff, cruise, and especially landing. Circuit breaker pulls while he directs me to look at something outside on the left are normal. In fact when I just get to land normally, I wonder why, or suspect there is something I may have missed. When I fly alone, which is most of the time, I mentally see him in the right seat giving me grief. Keeps me sharp and focused. In my J I tend to drop my gear a little early (just as I get to gear speed) as it helps to slow down to flap speed. At my home field terrain and complex airspace keeps you high to close to the airport. It may be heresy but I also use speed brakes to help out on the “slam dunks” that are sometimes necessary. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Any KPAO pireps?

    Fortunately, the - 101 is generally not that bad between San Carlos and Palo Alto. I do that drive fairly frequently and most of the time it is at speed limit (or higher). Also there are a few work arounds that parallel the 101 for most of those 10 miles or so. The 101 is a mess as you get close to San Francisco-especially on the approaches to the Bay Bridge at commute times, and further south in the Sunnyvale/ San Jose sections. The middle sections, south of the 92 interchange (including San Carlos to Palo Alto) are usually the bright spots. I flew out of KSQL this morning to Watsonville and back, and road traffic was tolerable from my home In the San Bruno hills (19 miles) to my hangar in San Carlos, and then later to my office in South San Francisco. I think the LA freeways are far worse for traffic. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Northern Ca. Fly In Idea

    The last time I was there I couldn’t get a cell signal on AT&T. But, I am glad that Air Galore rents cars - any car is better than waking to Mendocino. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Any KPAO pireps?

    I’ve never spent an hour on the 101 between KSQL and KPAO. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Northern Ca. Fly In Idea

    That’s great news. I am familiar with the fog potential at Little River, and I have landed a number of times in Boonville - always walked to town. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Northern Ca. Fly In Idea

    Just a bit off topic. But has Little River any facilities for rental cars, or Uber Service? Years ago I regularly flew up to Little River to spend time in Mendocino and Fort Bragg, but when Coastal FBO left there were no rental cars available. The old Mendocino Stage went out of business, and the gentleman who ran the fuel business, and who lent out a few old cars, also left. I had cabs come down from Fort Bragg to pick me up (and bring me back) at outrageous cost, but even they stopped doing so. The Little River Inn used to pick you up at the airport if you were staying there, but they are not in downtown Mendocino. I really like the 5280’ runway, but without transportation, I gave up going there. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Any KPAO pireps?

    San Carlos is only about 10 miles north of Palo Alto. A slightly longer runway with plenty of parking near the coffee shop. The Aircraft supply store in the terminal/restaurant building has rental cars and taxi service, and UBER pickups at the terminal building are common. Personally I much prefer San Carlos to Palo Alto. The Tower staff is very helpful and Rabbit Aviation has fuel trucks at “reasonable” pricing. Welcome to Nor Cal, Silicon Valley, and the home of Biotech. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Pacific Coast Avionics

    I’ve tried most of the mapping programs, but in my opinion (not shared by everyone) ForeFlight does just about everything I want, and thanks to Garmin, traffic and weather appear on the Mini 4, along with flight plans imputed via the GTN 750. The relatively new glide range presentation is quite impressive, and I think it is one of the best features of FF. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Pacific Coast Avionics

    ForeFlight. An excellent aviation program (iPad/iPhone app) that includes numerous data bases, mapping, weather, and much more. I run ForeFlight on an iPad Mini 4, yoke mounted, as a supplement to my GTNs. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Pacific Coast Avionics

    ForeFlight has a great presentation of glide range that takes in consideration of altitude, topography, and Best Glide Speed. There are times when I alter my course a bit to keep airports in their “ring”, which is usually odd shaped here out in the West. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Northern Ca. Fly In Idea

    I’ll be there. Anything you want to display and discuss would be great. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Mooney N94MR- Paint Project

    I totally agree. When I had my 261 conversion I generally flew her in the low to mid Fl20s. I always had a secondary oxygen bottle hooked up with attached masks strapped to the passenger seatback. I had the red/green ball flowneters in all the oxygen lines, and I religiously checked to to see that oxygen was flowing about every 10 minutes. In retrospect that was not often enough. On a flight across the country with a friend who was also a CFII /ATP, we decided to take turns taking off our masks at Fl270. I didn’t last very long - about 2 minutes before breaking into laughter and then becoming totally incoherent. I put the mask back on (these were the really high quality expensive masks with built lt in microphones), and took a good 5 minutes before I felt normal (but probably wasn’t). We repeated the test with my friend who simply dozed off, and his recovery time was a bit better than mine after we got his mask back on. Thereafter I tried to fly no higher than FL230, and mostly less than FL210. Now with my J I use oxygen above 9500’ as I feel sharper in my thinking than without oxygen. If I am on a long flight in less than ideal conditions, I’ll use oxygen at 8,000-8500’. I can feel my age (82) being a factor now, but I have no trouble breathing in non-Flying situation. Hypoxia can sneak up on you. (As can CO). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Pacific Coast Avionics

    I had a complete panel rework done at Executive Aircraft Maintenance at Scottsdale Airport. Quite a way from San Carlos, CA, but well worth the flight. Absolutely outstanding workmanship and everything worked as represented. When a GTN 750 failed through no fault of their installation, they flew out an avionics specialist to San Carlos to swap out the bad unit for a new one. No charge to me for that service work. All in all the price was reasonable, and they gave me a fair price for trading in older avionics. If you call them ask for Bill Forbes- a great guy to talk to, and easy to work with his staff who picked me up and took me back to Phoenix Airport. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Exhaust pipe orientation

    The newest PowerFlow system uses a long pipe. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk