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201er's Caribbean Adventure #2

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12 hours ago, teejayevans said:

What's process for fuel stops?  Full customs entry,exit? Is DR easier than Bahamas or T&C?

I've never done the Caribbean by private plane, so its only been research on my part.  As I understand it, the Bahamas is relatively easy, but has some fees involved.  T&C is even more expensive, border line abusive.  The DR is supposed to be very GA friendly.  I'd like to visit sometime and I can make it non-stop there.   I hear Curacao is reasonable to stop at, and I'd like to visit again. And as much as I would like to visit Aruba for a day, the fees are such that it would be cheaper to fly commercial from Curacao.    Fuel is expensive, typically north of $6 per gallon.  Freeport, and Curacao have  cheap fuel (just under $5).

 

 

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48 minutes ago, chrisk said:

I've never done the Caribbean by private plane, so its only been research on my part.  As I understand it, the Bahamas is relatively easy, but has some fees involved.  T&C is even more expensive, border line abusive.  The DR is supposed to be very GA friendly.  I'd like to visit sometime and I can make it non-stop there.   I hear Curacao is reasonable to stop at, and I'd like to visit again. And as much as I would like to visit Aruba for a day, the fees are such that it would be cheaper to fly commercial from Curacao.    Fuel is expensive, typically north of $6 per gallon.  Freeport, and Curacao have  cheap fuel (just under $5).

 

 

Flying the Bahamas is great. While the fees can be downright abusive (arrival and exit fees), the scenery on the way there makes it worth while. If you plan your trip well, you can fly to a lot of destinations with land still in sight. Lastly, the Bahamanian people are really friendly and accommodating.

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Love USVI, where you staying?  I like Point Pleasant Resort.  

For those asking about flying the Caribbean.  I did a trip to Caymans and Jamaica a couple years ago and used Jim's site which is up to date on all details.  I just went through and paper clipped documents, money (mostly cash in the islands), etc. for each stop and stuck in an accordion folder.  A couple hours of research on his site (and he is helpful if you contact him) and prep and was a super easy process.  Everything went according to Hoyle which in the islands is saying something. 

Membership comes with a free Cuba overflight permit which Jim does so that alone basically pays membership fee.  

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After looking at his FlightAware track, I and my bladder salute you! Ah, to have a young and agile prostrate!

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2 hours ago, M20F said:

Love USVI, where you staying?  I like Point Pleasant Resort

You have to love a Mooney that can make the trip to St Thomas non-stop.  201ER's plan is awesome.  Avoiding customs is priceless!

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Well Michael after that 7+ hours trip you will appreciate the pilot relief tube. Unlimited capability, no mess and not embarrassment at the FBO. Best option for Long Rangers.

José

 

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Just fly regularly in IMC, or wash the belly a lot . . . Uric acid can be quite corrosive. Besides, Mikey's still a young buck.

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3 minutes ago, Hank said:

Just fly regularly in IMC, or wash the belly a lot . . . Uric acid can be quite corrosive. Besides, Mikey's still a young buck.

A well located venturi will not produce corrosion, thousands of plane have it. But if you suspect corrosion due your urine check:

http://www.webmd.com/arthritis/uric-acid-in-blood

It maybe a worse condition on you that on your plane.

José

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Thanks for the concern, Jose, but I don't pee on my plane. Nor do I use beverage containers, I just wait til I land. I'm also not a chemist, but figured it's called "uric acid" because it is acidic (pH<7), so it could easily attack aluminum, especially along joints and seams where it could sit for quite a while if not washed out. There have been many sad stories of the destructive effects of rat/mouse urine in airplanes.

The Venturi does nothing but create suction to pull it out of the cockpit and into the airstream, spraying it out behind. Or are you saying you don't get any on the belly of the plane? I find that difficult to believe.

I still say Mike is young enough to not know about the DRE yet, much les BPH.

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I think you guys may be mixing up urea with uric acid.  One is in human pee, the other is in bird pee.

Connecting a bird to piloto's device may have adverse effects.

uric acid that blood deposits in a crystal form is the basis for gout.

If Mike brings back a live fish from the carribean, ammonia would be the related challenge.

Hmmmm...  It's hard to not be familiar with BPH.  You would have to avoid watching all television...

From Siri's Biology 102...

Best regards,

-a-

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I think you guys should check out AD 2008-03-10  http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library%5CrgAD.nsf/AOCADSearch/7318ACCA46855EEE862573E600580310?OpenDocument "This AD results from leaking of the cockpit mounted pilot relief tube, which caused corrosion of the airplane structure."  --So I have no doubt a relief tube can cause corrosion.  How much when properly installed is another matter (where I don't know the answer).

As for me, I fly with only my family in the plane (or other pilots).  I also stay well hydrated, chugging from a huge bottle of Iced Tea, just like 201er.  I find the empty bottle makes a great receptacle.  I'm well past the "embarrassment".  My wife on the other hand is not, and makes a mad dash for the rest room as soon as the prop stops.  --I do hope Mrs 201er was not tortured badly.

 

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8 hours ago, Marauder said:

After looking at his FlightAware track, I and my bladder salute you! Ah, to have a young and agile prostrate!

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Beware that the cap on this bottle can leak when tipped. I used to have one and replaced for this one with an O-ring on the cap. Avoid loosing the cap underneath the seat, it gets messy.

 

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Flew from Flordia to St Thomas today. This will be the longest single flight of the trip. It took just under 7 and a half hours. First there was a westerly tailwind push from the US but it waned into an easterly wind approaching the islands.

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Cruising altitude was 9000ft for smoothest ride, best winds, and efficiency. Worked out really well for efficiency. 18nmpg, 145ktas, 8.5gph, up to 155kts ground speed. All this at under 65% power. 120kias put me right at Carson's speed. Topped the tanks at fort pierce, arrived with 35+ gallons still remaining! Gas here is expensive ($6.96) so efficiency pays off more.

Flew the ILS to 10 right at sunset. Tomorrow, all day on the island.

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8 hours ago, 201er said:

 Topped the tanks at fort pierce, arrived with 35+ gallons still remaining! Gas here is expensive ($6.96) so efficiency pays off more.

Gas is $5.45 at TJRV.

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That dinner is looking really good.  

A couple of people I know around here might be joining you for breakfast!

In Mooney hours, you are not very far away...

:)

-a-

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7 hours ago, 201er said:

I got crabs on St Thomas... And my wife approves!

Are you going to be able to make it to Magen's Beach?  One of the 10 best in the world, apparently.   I was there in 1988.  

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33 minutes ago, 201er said:

Tortola

Actually, you're looking at Beef Island!

Great fun!  Yippee.

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9 hours ago, flyboy0681 said:

Doesn't this guy work?

I don't think so, it looks like he robbed the cradle, or I'm getting old.

Clarence

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