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  1. It's a bit of a two step process without altitude pre-select, however. Garmin 530W use OBS to sequence the next waypoint, but altitude needs to be managed using either the CWS or the altitude up rocker switch. Depending on conditions, I've used either or both. Going missed at minimums, I'm usually happier using the CWS, as my right hand is busy doing lots of other things (power, gear, flaps, trim...) followed by alt-hold once I'm there.
  2. I couldn't agree more. I've now had two vacuum failures in IMC in my flying career. In both cases, the KFC-150 AP followed the rolling KI256 AI into a bank as the gyro tumbled. The first time it happened, I was in a descent from 14k through cumulus, and in the clag and the turbulence, I didn't notice the bank until I was in a proper spiral dive. It got a little bit exciting as airspeed and VSI steam guages spun up and the altitude gauge spun down, but I was able to transition to hand flying on electric backup AI, and get straight and level in turbulent IMC before loss of control. Second t
  3. Agree. If you are pulling it out an iPad the middle of an upset in IMC, you are doing it wrong. But if you have it up and running already on your yoke, running a moving map display, or in the case of the lost King Air crew - on both yokes - there's no reason not to use it. I'm with you - the more redundancy I have, the happier I am. Having lost my vacuum AI twice now, both in IMC, I've always appreciated having a backup. Or two.
  4. That seems to have been the case here. Having rolled into a spiral dive, they were going downhill fast. There is a pretty good chance that the AP was already following the failing gyro into the roll before it disconnected. as the TSB notes: "During the descent, the aircraft was calculated to have reached a maximum airspeed of over 400 knots calibrated airspeed (KCAS) just before impact, which exceeds the maximum operating speed of the aircraft by approximately 141 knots. The aircraft also achieved a maximum descent rate of 35 637 fpm". The no-gyro radar vectors option is avail where we h
  5. Not a Mooney incident, but a chilling read - https://www.tsb.gc.ca/eng/enquetes-investigations/aviation/2019/a19w0015/a19w0015.html Pilots on board a King Air 200 depart with 1 working AI. The working AI rolls in descent in IMC. Pilots lose control, plane enters spiral dive. Plane impacts terrain. What stands out for me is that the pilot flying had a perfectly functional iPad Mini on his yoke, running Foreflight with synthetic vision. The pilot failed to make use of it. My take away - and recommendation for Mooney pilots similarly equipped - is to practice partial p
  6. I think a better question at the moment is "what does winning look like?". To quote the great philosopher Kenny Rogers, "there'll be time enough for countin', when the dealin's done" Given that we are dealing with a viral pandemic, I think the only responsible answer to that question is when R (the effective infection rate) is less than 1, and likely to stay that way. Anything else means that the virus is winning, spreading faster than it can be contained, or likely to do so. So what are the 'winning conditions'? R < 1 happens when there is sufficient herd immunity so that it can'
  7. This pretty much describes our moment here in the North. In the NWT, there are more caribou than people. We are remote, not rural. 40,000 people spread over half a million square miles (much bigger than Texas, almost as big as Alaska). About 1/2 the population lives in Yellowknife, a city of 20,000 people. Everyone else is in small towns and villages, most of which are fly-in only for much of the year, once the ice roads melt. Most of the population is Indigenous (native). At present we are under a pretty draconian lockdown. No non-essential travel to the Territories. Anyone coming
  8. Nice! That's definitely next on my list. looking forward to photos and pireps.
  9. Damn. I don't. The emergency checklist currently requires diversion to the nearest cafe...less optimal, but there's only so much room on the countertop. I can see the argument for the Nespresso backup though - those little machines make some quality coffee.
  10. When it comes to coffee, I'm all about steam gauges. Profitec 500 w/ PID, Baraza Sette 270i grinder, and Lavazza Crema e Aroma beans. 18g in a double porta-filter at 9 bar for 30s to distill 50g of delicious espresso elixir, straight up. Sure, you can pay more for fancy artisanal beans, but I've learned to never challenge the Italians when espresso is on the line.
  11. I made it to the 10m mark. I'm an attorney, not a physician, but a big part of my practice is critiquing expert evidence presented in regulatory hearings, and i've learned a few things along the way. This won't shock anyone here, but most people don't understand evidence, much less statistics, which makes it really easy to get stuff wrong, or less charitably, to use the "numbers you like" to persuade yourself or others about the outcome you want. Numbers don't lie, but people do. I've lost track of the number of times that I've examined experts and forced them to 'qualify' conclusions that can
  12. Appreciative of the informed discussion above. One of the better series of articles I've read from a policy perspective is Tomas Pueyo's excellent series in Medium: "The Hammer and the Dance". Deep data and analysis made accessible. https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-the-hammer-and-the-dance-be9337092b56 Basically, the initial social distancing measures were - as every rational person now recognizes - necessary to slow the exponential spread of the virus, and to buy time for health care systems to get to the point where they are not overwhelmed trying to keep large numbers o
  13. Great discussion on this thread, and as Anthony notes, an informed and thoughtful one - which is rare in these troubled times. While the virus doesn't do politics or economics, it does create new conditions for both. <speech on> As a lawyer working at the intersections of resource development, constitutional and public law in Canada, I'm seeing daily evidence that our existing legal orders are being challenged in the current crisis in unprecedented ways. If anything is clear - we'll need both an informed and enlightened leadership (not just politicians, but at all levels of so
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