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  1. Something about friends watching from all the seats just makes those landings buttery smooth on the mains!
  2. Fill the back seats and your landings will be nicer
  3. You're not going to find any useful weather forecasts for 3 weeks out. https://aviationweather.gov/progchart/sfc?fore=thumb However, starting a week out, you can start following the prog charts to get an idea of how things are trending and planning. If you see a 3 day window of good wx in the region you are planning (in other words trip day +/- 1 a day) you're in pretty good shape. If it's iffy, you'll have to wait for more info closer to. https://aviationweather.gov/windtemp/plot Starting about 3 days out, particularly in winter, you'll want to start watching the temps aloft as well. Select Plot > Temperature, Vert Level > Cruising Altitude, Time > Departure/Arrival. This plots the forecast temperatures aloft around the entire country. Can help with thinking if icing is a concern or not. Lastly, it's not the weather that you're going to be planning 3 weeks, 3 months, or 3 years out. It comes down to knowing how to plan trips in a private airplane to account for the unexpected. And weather is not the only concern. Maintenance problems, pilot health issues, etc. I've done a lot of trips around the country and nearby countries and have found that short of major maintenance issues, I can make just about any trip in +/- a day. Heck, usually it's +/- morning vs evening of the same day with IFR capability. As the more accurate 3 and 1 day out forecasts start to come in, I start planning a contingency. If the day of my trip is looking impossible, I might leave a day early to make sure I make it on time. Worst case, I usually plan a low key day the day after arrival just in case I arrive late. So in other words, never plan an important business meeting on the day of arrival or the day after arrival. Have that buffer of coming a day early or day late. That covers the vast majority of incidentals. Even things like needing a starter or a tire, not just weather. I think of this strategy not only as a weather strategy but also largely as a risk mitigation strategy. Many accidents are the result of getthereitis. By planning a 3 day window for getting places, it greatly reduces the pressure to perform a flight or continue a flight when you should not. Even with the best of advance weather planning, what you actually get can be quite different. There's always the possibility of having to cut it short or divert. So, having reserve time planned is important. With that said, the majority of flights go smooth and as planned. Usually there's a way to divert around weather (if it's not at the departure or destination) or alter the time a little earlier or later to make it work. The spare days relieve the pressure and help deal with more severe weather. And finally, when that plan isn't good enough, it's time to start thinking about other modes of transportation. Particularly the train or greyhound because even the airlines can be affected by weather. The kind of weather that will ground us for multiple days in a row (hurricane, snowstorm) is probably going to ground them too!
  4. Didn't notice that one specifically but we did see the red bull one the guy jumped out from in space and broke the sound barrier in the spacesuit freefall.
  5. And a mediocre albeit free lunch at Oshkosh this year
  6. Just file a DC SFRA VFR flight plan or be on an IFR. Good idea to monitor guard. Daily dose of entertainment and thrilling action about someone else getting nearly shot down. And the $100 is with 10g of gas for some fees waived. Figure if gas is usually $5/gallon, that's $50 premium for using the airport. Air and space charges $15 for car parking alone.
  7. Yeah, whatever they call them... all in was $100 + tips for the shuttle driver and I came out with 10 gallons of fuel and a great time. Museum is free.
  8. Took my wife's family to the Smithsonian Air and Space in Washington Dulles. 1.5 hours from Linden. Landed 19L. "Keep the speed up." Parked at Signature. Dinner at Fiorentino's at Lancaster on the way back.
  9. Looks like a fun trip!
  10. Another one for the collection.
  11. In my young and stupid days, before the wisdom of mooneyspace, I did 10x night touch and gos and Trenton airport at night with full flaps Also I flew to Hyannis with Byron and had to feed him loads of lobsters for a night cross country sign off. The only thing I learned from that flight is that it’s good to have instructor friends from Mooneyspace.
  12. Any of those 3. I think it’s going to come down to more of which of those you can find the best specimen of for the money.
  13. Only around 150. Had a lot of downtime this year for maintenance and other things. But I still managed a few big trips like out west, northern Canada, Oshkosh, and more. Spent a bunch of time prepping for and taking the Commercial ASEL.
  14. Catch any other Mooneys in a movie since?