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2 minutes ago, McMooney said:

Here's my flight for today, sorry no pics but I did get a new IR 

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150 knots at 7500 burning 9.5 at 2500 and 150 knots at 8000 burning 10.0 at 2550 today.  I will take that.  Nice and cool up there.  First flight for puppy in soft kennel in back seat.  Three year old was wandering into hat shelf.  Yelled at my wife saying it is NOT rated for 50 pounds up there...(#nosuchthingasaperfectflight). Face palm. .260ish nautical miles in two hours.  I will take it.

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Formation practice in Seattle area. Madison can’t get here soon enough. 1a52855de75cd955752be9b1395e8428.jpg1cc9b5bc6a6fba1dd8e39921be6f7367.jpg


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Went flying with another Mooney pilot today to get in some practice approaches. We each had two and he had two landings. The wingtip pic is the Talladega race track. The ForeFlight flight tracks show how close my house (the blue dot) is to the airport.

 

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That's quite a missed at Talladega and Gadsden! How do you turn around so sharp that there's only a single line shown?

For comparison, this was my return from Cole's to my new base, admittedly rusty due to excessive downtime . . . .

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56 minutes ago, Hank said:

That's quite a missed at Talladega and Gadsden! How do you turn around so sharp that there's only a single line shown?

For comparison, this was my return from Cole's to my new base, admittedly rusty due to excessive downtime . . . .

 

He said his friend had two landings, so presumably they were full stops there :)  Either that or @Oldguy rented a helicopter!

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Went to the airport before work Tuesday and finished cleaning the bugs off from our coast to coast trip, then went by the airport after work to fly. My hangar neighbor had just got back from spending the day at Catalina so I visited with him and his wife for about an hour and then went up for a short little flight. Just a quick little flight, made a steep turn over the house and waved at the family and grand kids (not that they could see me waving) and then down to Irvine lake and back to KFUL. Landed a little after sunset, but not long enough after to count for any night currency.

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Going through pictures as I'm writing up our trip and noticed that one of these is a MS member at the Mid-Atlantic clinic, @kpaul, look familiar?

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I believe the ones here on the tablet are the two of you, as I departed right after.

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1 hour ago, Skates97 said:

Going through pictures as I'm writing up our trip and noticed that one of these is a MS member at the Mid-Atlantic clinic, @kpaul, look familiar?

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I believe the ones here on the tablet are the two of you, as I departed right after.

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Yep that me on the outside, leading for a first time formation pilot.  Funny you should have only been able to see one of us on ADSB however, my wingman missed the ground ops checklist item to pull his transponder CB.  We fixed that, must have been shortly after you captured this screen shot.  My ADSB was not happy with another target 3' from my wing tip.

Next year I expect to see you in Madison, joining the Caravan into Oshkosh.  After all there is are Caravan groups in California, Washington and Arizona. Or better yet come back to Hickory and train with MAG!

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10 minutes ago, kpaul said:

Yep that me on the outside, leading for a first time formation pilot.  Funny you should have only been able to see one of us on ADSB however, my wingman missed the ground ops checklist item to pull his transponder CB.  We fixed that, must have been shortly after you captured this screen shot.  My ADSB was not happy with another target 3' from my wing tip.

Next year I expect to see you in Madison, joining the Caravan into Oshkosh.  After all there is are Caravan groups in California, Washington and Arizona. Or better yet come back to Hickory and train with MAG!

Hope so, the trip to NC this summer ate up a good chunk of my vacation but was completely worth it. Next year I should be able to fit in Oshkosh. I am planning an Alaska trip but I think that one will be in 2021.

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On 7/4/2019 at 10:29 AM, Hank said:

That's quite a missed at Talladega and Gadsden! How do you turn around so sharp that there's only a single line shown?

For comparison, this was my return from Cole's to my new base, admittedly rusty due to excessive downtime . . . .

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Had to stop at Talladega to swap pilots. Was going to get breakfast at Gadsden, but forgot the FBO was closed, so no crew car.

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Today... well this weekend anyway... I was able to take my 252 flying in it's natural habitat, the Colorado Rockies. I don't have any pictures as I was a little focused on the flying. But hopefully this will be the first of many trips into the mountains.

On the 4th, my wife, our dog and I loaded up the Mooney and flew from Denver (KBJC) to Gunnison (KGUC). We departed about 8:45am to beat the winds that whip up in the afternoon. The winds were still 30 knots on the nose as we crossed just north of Cottonwood pass and over some 14,000+ foot peaks. At 15,500 ourselves, we just had some light chop. The flight was just 50 minutes instead of what would have been a 4 hour drive.

Today we made the return trip. We loaded up and departed runway 06 out of Gunnison which is our direction of flight but also points directly at rising terrain immediately off the runway. The runway sits at 7680 ft MSL with terrain rising to over 9000 ft within 5 miles. And within 20 miles we were crossing 14,000 ft terrain. For the 252 it was as if asking, "what mountains?" We topped out at 15,000 and stayed on course direct Denver. BJC was reporting IFR and 800 OVC, and with a 45 minute flight, we were "METAR Controlled". So I filed IFR at 15,000 for the short flight. On contacting Denver Center, they told me the minimum IFR altitude would be 17,000. I declined and said we'd rather stay at 15 and VFR. Center said "no problem, we can open your IFR flight plan after you get across the Collegiate range. BJC started clearing up as we got closer so we stayed VFR all the way in. I really appreciated the speed brakes trying to lose 10K ft of altitude in just a few miles coming into Denver. Flight time was only 40 minutes, and we were home in time for brunch.

The M20K 252 is such an amazing airplane to have in this part of the country. I'm excited to get to do this type of flying.

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Here’s a few pics from flights over the past several days- Telluride, Rockies, Moab, Sierras, Yosemite, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, &  Lake Powell. 

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Flew my Mooney to St. Paul Downtown airport yesterday. The EAA had their B17 and B25 here for the weekend giving rides and ground tours. The terminal building was built by the WPA in the mid-1930’s and was used by Northwest Airlines. The large Quonset hangar behind the B25 was built in WWII and used to modify aircraft, including Doolittle’s B25’s. Lot’s of great history.

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12 hours ago, gsxrpilot said:

Today... well this weekend anyway... I was able to take my 252 flying in it's natural habitat, the Colorado Rockies. I don't have any pictures as I was a little focused on the flying. But hopefully this will be the first of many trips into the mountains.

gsxrpilot, 

Welcome to the front range! I’m  based at KLMO.  It’s been unusually stormy here (earlier in day and season and more frequent for the past several weeks). I’m sure you heard this already, but I highly recommend the Colorado Pilots Association (CPA) Mountain Flying course in June and August (8/17). It’s a great course on mountain flying anywhere and especially in Colorado. You’ll gain a ton of local knowledge and tips for mountain flying just about anywhere in the Colorado area. 

Here are a few pics from my quick  20 minute sightseeing flight from Longmont- Boulder- Rollins pass- Lake Granby- Milner Pass- Trail Ridge Road- Fort Collins on May 31 and a last pic of me this 4th of July at KSJC:

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8 minutes ago, HXG said:

gsxrpilot, 

Welcome to the front range! I’m  based at KLMO.  It’s been unusually stormy here (earlier in day and season and more frequent for the past several weeks). I’m sure you heard this already, but I highly recommend the Colorado Pilots Association (CPA) Mountain Flying course in June and August (8/17). It’s a great course on mountain flying anywhere and especially in Colorado. You’ll gain a ton of local knowledge and tips for mountain flying just about anywhere in the Colorado area. 

Hi, and thanks for the warm welcome!  I did take the CPA Mountain Flying course when it was offered in June. Well, the ground school portion anyway. Because of weather, we had to scrap the flying part. I hope to get that in soon. Even though several people, including one of the instructors asked when they heard I fly a turbo Mooney, "why are you taking this course?" it was full of very useful information and local knowledge.

I'd love to meet up and fly together sometime.

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A meet up sometime this summer sounds good.      Glad you got to take the mountain course, which is a little more focused on flying below 14,000 feet, but still useful. Most of my mountain flying before purchasing my turbo mooney a little over 2 years ago has been in non-turbo aircraft including taildraggers.

 

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Yesterday we made a short flight to the coast as I needed some areal photos for reference to use on my paintings. Winds and thermals were really screwy as soon as we were on the upwind we were getting 12 to 13 hundred fpm and had a pretty bouncy flight to the sea. The marine layer was deep but fore flight showed a gap open along about 20 to 30 miles close to home. When we hit the area it looked just like what the satellite was showing and would be good for pictures. But the ride was so bumpy at 2000 agl made it near impossible to get any good pics. Head for home. AWOS was stating variable 10 knots with a 90 degree swing. Was getting pushed and pulled in the pattern and just before TD got the stall horn and dropped onto the runway from maybe a foot or two. We were at 75mph at that moment so must have picked up one of the infamous Lampson rollers. 

Also had to move out of the hangar I was renting. forth move at our little airport. I think I may have lucked out as we were able to find this one and for the first time it's not shared with others. Owner says we can stay as long as we like. 

 

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Departing HWD today going southbound they had me fly at 2000’ right under the final approach for SFO. They would point me right at a heavy then say “caution wake turbulence.” After they did this a few times I had to say “if you’re really worried about wake turbulence you wouldn’t give me that heading.” They seemed to get the point and the rest of the flight went smoothly.

My son say my hangar neighbor’s RV-8 and is now grilling me on why I didn’t buy a “real plane.” Mine doesn’t even have a stick!

 

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18 minutes ago, ilovecornfields said:

Departing HWD today going southbound they had me fly at 2000’ right under the final approach for SFO. They would point me right at a heavy then say “caution wake turbulence.” After they did this a few times I had to say “if you’re really worried about wake turbulence you wouldn’t give me that heading.” They seemed to get the point and the rest of the flight went smoothly.

You rule B)

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Ok, not in a Mooney- but pretty high altitude for a Toyota Hilux.   Last week in northern Chile.

 

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I did a mercy flight yesterday, bringing back a cancer patient from Ann Arbor to the U.P.  As usual I got the full route STAR, with a couple altitude crossing restrictions and a speed restriction of 250 knots at the first one, the RNAV 24 approach, and another full route SID.  Probably because of my climb rate, I never made it to my first SID way point before being cleared Direct to home.

Anyway, when I taxied in, there was a nice looking M20J sitting on the ramp.  As I got out of the plane, the guy that ground handled me (an older gentleman) asked what kind of plane I had.  He said it was the first Lancair propjet he had ever seen.  I told him I had been to ARB quite a few times with it recently.  He then introduced himself as John Solo (Solo Aviation was the FBO).  I commented how great his operation was to our pilots coming out of the U.P. frequently for med flights.  The fuel guy came right up and asked if I wanted fuel and I gave him my fuel order, with John reminding the guy very firmly "JET A"!   I could tell he was a business owner.

SO I met my passenger and saw the Jet A fuel truck pull to my plane right away, so a few minutes later when he was no longer parked by my plane, I tried paying my fuel bill.  The desk girl apologized and said I HAD NOT been fueled yet, the Mooney was first in line, going to depart soon, so he had to fuel him first.  I said no problem, I wasn't in a hurry.  I looked out and saw the Mooney owner pre-flighting, so decided to meet him and make sure he didn't think I was trying to jump him on getting fuel.  

I asked if he was on Mooney Space, to which he replied he had just joined.  Apparently he just bought the plane.  I wish I would have taken a picture of it.  It was a very nice blue plane (clearly I don't like blue, sarcasm alert).  I mentioned I had been flying Mooney's since 1996 and just moved out of my Rocket.  He said "looks like a pretty significant move up", to which I replied "not many planes are a move up from Mooney's"!!  Sounds like this is his first "owned" plane, having done rentals previously.  I said that's a pretty big jump to which he mentioned he flies for a living.  Anyway, he said his name is Brian (Bryon?) so hoping he becomes an active member.

Tom

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Today we went to an event at Blackbushe Aerodrome and a little Cessna 152 taxied past, G-BIJV.  On the 11/7/1982 a young Me flew this plane with an instructor called James Luck and learnt how to recover from full spins.  

It was so sweet to see her still flying all these years later.

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