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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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    M20K (1981 231)
  1. pattern etiquette question

    I've flown into a number of airports where light jets (and even some bigger ones) are present. KDUX, KMTJ, KDRO, KCOD, 11R, and KHDC come to mind. Generally everyone seems to work well together. I'm generally inclined to let a jet go around me, as it almost never delays me by more than 30 seconds. On the other hand, I have had to go around more than once by flight instructors that have a conversation on the runway, or a tail dragger that wants to taxi the length of the runway at 2 mph (when they could landed near the taxiway). My last experience with a jet was 2 weeks ago at KDUX. I was very appreciative of the jet pilot when he canceled IFR in the air. It let me get in without having to cancel IFR before getting the airport in sight (or get delayed with a hold). --And right after we both landed, a crop duster came in. All of it was a non-event. The jet came straight in on an instrument approach. I crossed mid field for a down wind entry. The crop duster showed up 2 minutes later.
  2. pattern etiquette question

    My personal pattern etiquette pet peeve is the instructor who wants to do a "stop, chat, and then go" when there are multiple aircraft in the pattern. I've had to go around more than once. I've had this happen at both non-towered fields and towered fields. For pattern etiquette, I do see some folks getting unreasonably upset. At a local field there is a banner tow operation which uses an old crop duster. They can follow a student pilot in Cessna 172 doing a touch an go (with a 747 pattern), drop their banner, and come back around and be on short final before the 172 is even ready to turn base. Heck, half the time they are already on the taxiway before the 172 turns base. I was stunned the other day when I heard a Cessna state they were extending their downwind because of this. The crop duster was flying a tight pattern, and was clearly going to be off the runway prior to the Cessna turning base to final. --Its lots of fun to seem them pick the banner up too. We also get lots of rotor-craft traffic. Again some folks get upset when a rotor-craft doesn't follow the same pattern as the airplanes. This usually comes out as a snippy comment "The traffic pattern is left/right here". --Different rules for helicopters. Especially true for flight over congested areas.
  3. Ultra Screw Up

    If its that big a deal, get right side brakes installed and fly it from the right seat. Or for the 40% to 70% of the time you fly by yourself, use the right door.
  4. Survival Kit Discussion

    I suspect they use COSPAS-SARSAT satellites. The McMurdo Fast Find 220 plb sold in the US indicates COSPAS.
  5. Survival Kit Discussion

    I put a kit together a few years ago. The major items were: knife, fire starter, cigarette lighters, Mylar blankets, bandages with quick clot, signaling device (strong green laser), a "life straw" water filter, para cord, and pistol with 10 rounds. I put all of this in a camel back bag. Weighs in around 5 lbs or 6lbs. If flying over the mountains, I make sure I have adequate clothing/coats in the plane for cold temperatures. I also typically have some sort of water in the plane, but who knows if it would survive a crash. I have a ELT with GPS, as well as a PLB. The PLB is in my pilot bag and goes everywhere with me (including hiking). The pistol also goes hiking with me, when in bear country. I went with a laser signaling device (and charge the battery prior to my big trips). I figure it will actually get the attention of a relatively high flying aircraft and at least generate a police report. As I recall, the relative order for survival is: 1) first aid, 2) shelter, 3) water, and 4) food. In my mind, that means stop bleeding, be able to get out of the elements and make a fire, and find water if you can. Food is very far down on the list. I can easily live without eating for a week.
  6. Here are the winds history. The night before was worse. It claims 21 gusting to 41 mph. Again, I'm not sure I believe it. I've never been in wind before where I thought it might topple me. It had to be stronger. --That was easy, the plane was staying tied to the ground.
  7. It's why I was wheels up at 10am, why I largely stayed mostly east of the mountains, and why I flew at 15,000 feet. Surface winds were at my personal limits. Unfortunately, there is not a strong black and white line for surface winds. It's gray. Different for all of us and every type of aircraft and location. Its a good place for discussion and learning. It made for a very high work load and not something I would have wanted to do at night or in IMC. --As for the winds out of Cody, I'd estimate 20kts, gusts to 25kts. The AWOS reported less and seemed suspect.
  8. I'm just curious if anyone else was flying in North Western Wyoming / South Western Montana. I left from Cody WY for a trip back to Texas. Strong surface winds made me think more than twice about taking off. Lots of turbulence. And once of the strongest mountain waves I've been in.
  9. Who made this intercooler

    I'd love to have one of these. But I'm not sure I am ready to take the hit for the install and purchase just yet. --Maybe it is just me, but I want things done properly on my plane. I've found to many mechanics that do sloppy work. I'll have to consider it when my plane goes back to Maxwell's.
  10. I happen to be vacationing in Bonaire this week. I've never seen the local airport so crowded. I think all of the northern Caribbean decided the ABC islands were the place to go for riding out the storm.
  11. West Houston Airport Aerial

    The economic impact is going to be huge and will impact folks in un-expected ways. For example, Austin had no damage from the storm. However we now have a "temporary" gas shortage, which brings back memories from the 1970s. I must pass at least 15 gas stations on the way to work. All but two were out of fuel. Attached is a picture from 7am this morning at the local Sam's club, where the line was at least 15 deep to get to the pumps. --So, who wants to vacation in Austin this holiday weekend? Any guess about the economic impact? This part of the worlds economy runs on fuel. When it stops flowing, the economy stops.
  12. I have multiple Honda's . I love them, but I've had a few small issues. The most irritating was the power steering pump was sucking air past an "O" ring. After a bit of searching I found a service bulletin for it and it listed the labor at 0.25 hours and the part required. I forget why I was at the dealer, but I inquired about the cost to fix it, as my car was out of warranty. They wanted over $200, I pointed out the service bulletin labor estimate, and they didn't care. I bought the $1.50 part and installed it in about 5 minutes. I have not been back to that dealer...
  13. Bravo For Sale

    My guess is the engine has 2010 hours on it, which would put it at TBO. A factory overhaul is about $59K without the labor.
  14. This whole discussion brings back memories from my childhood. I went to high school in Virginia Beach. I remember the road to the naval air station in Norfolk had stop lights for air traffic. Then they built an underpass for the cars. To give some idea of how close it was: