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chrisk last won the day on July 4 2016

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About chrisk

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  • Birthday 12/31/1965

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    Austin TX
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    Flying, Mountain Biking, Scuba diving.
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  1. For me, I would not go..... Too much risk. But I also think the trip is do-able, but barely so. The winds by them self are marginal. But, lets say you wanted to go to Durango. A path from Houston, to ABQ, to KDRO, looks like it would avoid most of the issues with mountains. i.e. in the mountains with big down drafts. --you would still get mountain wave effects and lots of turbulence. But you also have a forecast for trace to light icing over parts of southern CO, at 11,000. And Durango is reporting a ceiling of 1800. --This means your likely IFR in potentially icing conditions, or VFR close to the ground with strong winds. In any case, it would not be a fun trip.
  2. For some reason, I am reminded of my last for real go-around. I hit the seat belt latch while adjusting the trim wheel. The seat belt came undone on a short final. Full flaps of course, which is why I was adjusting the trim.
  3. I'm not going to throw stones. He was supposed to land on 20L. Your looking for a big runway on the right and a shorter and narrower one on the left. I'm guessing he mistook 20L for 20R. I have a friend who almost did the same think at KPHX (Phoenix Sky Harbor) in a 182. Fortunately he realized it before landing and went around. He heard a bit of annoyance in the controllers voice, fessed up, and said he realized he was lined up for a taxi way. The controller was very nice after that and thanked him for not landing. The markings on the runways are not great either.
  4. One thought goes through my head at 50 feet every time. Where is the gear selector? Always without fail, a quick glance to confirm gear is down, while I still have time to do something about it.
  5. 5000 feet. Landing 18, I usually make the first taxiway, which I would estimate to be approximately 2200 feet. Usually off the ground at the 1000 foot marker. Elevation is 786 msl. I'm really not sure what my speed is over the fence. 90 kts on base to final. 80 well before the fence. Touchdown with stall horn chirp.
  6. This is where things get really interesting. The societal impacts are huge. No more drunk drivers! On the other hand, getting a car that a drunk threw up in is not high on my list. And how will cities make money on traffic enforcement, if the laws are not broken anymore?
  7. As an example, here is something you can buy now. A flying car for $400K. Any bets on how many get sold?
  8. Maybe the well off can own/share a personal quad copter, but not the masses. The energy efficiency and reliability of rolling transports will prevent the mass adoption of personal flying transport. Think what happens when an autonomous car has a mechanical issue. The car may crash, but there is a good likelihood for survival. When your personal quad copter has a mechanical failure, your more likely to die. Which of course can be fixed with redundancy and inspections. --all of which drives the cost up and makes the market smaller. Then think of icing and thunderstorms, and the personal quad copter is starting to look unappealing as sole source of transport. --Which means you will still need the ground transport....
  9. Your certainly doing better than my wife. 5+ lessons and she was never able to land the plane. I also remember when I was learning to fly. A narrow runway (2600x30), a hump in the middle where you could not see the other end which made back taxi interesting, and trees to disturb the winds as soon as you got close to the runway. It took a while to learn how to land. And I can tell you a Cessna 152 can bounce at least 20 feet into the air (or it felt like that).
  10. Yes. On the other hand, we fly Mooneys! --In all seriousness, I'm under the impression that the safety record is due the high wing loading and touchy characteristics at slow speed. Low and slow might be a difficult recovery with lots of altitude loss. Everything I have read says these planes should be flown by the numbers. I'd like to think that Mooneys are more demanding of being flown by the numbers too, so a transition might be easier. But maybe that is wishful thinking.
  11. I'd like a IV-P. Got to love speeds like: at 24,000 feet as 291 knots, 17.5 gph, and 282 knots, 16.8 gph,
  12. The problem I have is not with the legality of what he is doing, but with the ethics. Corruption is defined as " the process by which something, typically a word or expression, is changed from its original use or meaning to one that is regarded as erroneous or debased " The system was clearly intended to be fair and to benefit individuals. By gaming the system, it is no longer benefiting individuals in a fair way. That is why I said he corrupted the system. I'll work on encouraging the FAA to deny N-Number transfers from any one entity owning more than 10 unassigned numbers. We will see how well his business does after that.
  13. I fault him. The system is intended to be fair, and he has corrupted it. If numbers are going to be sold this way, I'd prefer the funds go to the FAA.
  14. Nice! For me, I never ordered it because I know I don't like reading in an electronic form. I'll take paper copies most any day. The one exception is when I want to search for a phrase or word. Can this be pre-ordered now?
  15. Paul, you have my sympathies. Thank you for sharing. If you just need a ride in a Mooney, let me know, I'm at KGTU. I wish I could contribute to the discussion, but I'm no expert in this area and it would be all speculation: Bad alloy from day one, the guy putting the wing together had sweat drip on the cap, paint stripper, water behind the sealant, etc. In short, I have no clue what might have caused this. The whole discussion does really make me wonder about bladders used in some Mooneys. Seems like a possibility to trap water,some fretting, and a difficult spot to inspect.