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  1. I guess that would be a good idea. The plane is a 1978 J model, normally aspirated.
  2. Thanks for all the input. All is helpful. I know the winds from the west over the mountains are important and some of you stated “ as long as it’s not too windy”. What is considered too windy? As I mentioned, I have no mountain flying experience and don’t mind flying on the cautious side. Im retired and don’t have to be any particular place yesterday. However, sight seeing would be great If I was somewhat certain I could count on a smooth ride. I also hope to be taking along an old friend who I know can get air sick.
  3. If things go right I will be flying to Denver to visit son and daughter, then to 0E0 in Moriarty, NM to visit a friend, then onto Falcon Field, FFZ, near Mesa, Az to visit another friend then back home to I69 near Cincinnati. This could happen within the next few months. I have no mountain flying experience so I’m wondering what is a conservative route, what's Ok and what is just not a good idea. Not worried about flying a little south east from Denver to 0l0 if recommended and even flying from there along the east side of the mountains to El Paso then over toward Tucson and back north if its the best thing to do. But, flying from 0l0 to maybe Winslow, Az and going South sure would be shorter. Any predictable conditions to look for?
  4. I just don’t understand why an aircraft seat/shoulder belt is so much better and so much more expensive than a passenger car seat/Shoulder belt. There are guys flying around in $5k airplanes that cant afford $1k for an approved set of $50 seat belts. Just my opinion.
  5. One of the best bits of advice I got in my life time was from my 5th grade teacher. She said “there is no such thing as a dumb question”. In regards to engine oil pressure at idle...are your cowl flaps open?
  6. Keeping it cold or on ice will help.
  7. Great trip! I will say, you have a hell of a lot of confidence in your plane. Not a whole lot of emergency landing spots that I could see.? Have you thought about flying to Europe? Looks like you have the long range tanks.
  8. My take on the government write up is this and they put it in writing: the most effective form of protection is noise cancelling headsets combined with ear plugs inserted in the ear. I’ve been doing this and totally agree. Sorry RogueOne, I wasn’t trying to quote you but I accidentally hit the quote button and couldn’t get rid of your comment. I tried to erase it but your name just stayed there. I’m not to good at some of this stuff. i will say I think you should try foam plugs under your ANR headsets and see if you actually can hear ATC more clearly. It’s worth a try and certainly can’t hurt.
  9. My take on the government write up is this and they put it in writing: the most effective form of protection is noise cancelling headsets combined with ear plugs inserted in the ear. I’ve been doing this and totally agree.
  10. Check out this government site. It’s pretty clear on what to do to maximize hearing protection when flying.
  11. Your first sentence leads me to believe my worry may be correct? My brother in law has very expensive digital hearing aids and I am guite certain his hearing has gone down hill substantially since he started using them.
  12. That’s interesting. I’ll need to research that. Not sure if correct though?
  13. I think she knows it already.
  14. This hearing loss debate seems to be more important to the guys that have already lost some hearing than to the ones who have not noticed that their hearing has already diminished. So, to the ones that now realize they have at least a slight hearing problem let me ask a question. My wife has been bugging me to get hearing aids but I don’t want to yet as I seem to be getting by ok. My rationality in holding off on the hearing aids is that they are tuned so we can hear the higher frequencies which help with normal conversations. My question is this...if the hearing aid amplifies the higher frequencies will that eventually kill off what little high frequency capacity we now have?? My brother in law has a hearing problem and last year he got top of the line set of hearing aids which worked fine. However, I’ve noticed that when he does not have them in he really can’t hear worth a damn anymore, so much so that I think he has lost way more of the high frequency capability that he used to have a year ago. I’m wondering if that is a result of the amplification of high frequency? Anybody know if my thinking is in line??
  15. I use A Zulu ANR headset and I was unhappy with it alone. It protects low frequency but not so much on the higher frequencies. Those are the ones to worry about. I started using foam ear plugs with the headset and all seemed fine. I could even understand conversations through the headset better. Ears seem to be ok now after I land and remove all the protection. With just the headset my ears would ring all day. Really worried me.