1980Mooney Posted March 1 Author Report Share Posted March 1 (edited) 10 hours ago, Red Leader said: This has gotten so far off topic - This thread was about the Mooney Down at Lakeway TX 3R9. Right. He did not need to make a 180 degree turn. At the point of engine stoppage, he was at 5,000 ft AGL and 6.3 nm from Lakeway. Many have complained about 3R9 being short and hard to find, however it is called the Texas Hill Country for a reason. There are not many suitable places to safely emergency land. There was one golf course near Bee Cave (where he suffered the engine failure) and the long runway at Austin Bergstrom was 16 nm. away (which was too far away). He should have flown more directly to land on Runway 34 at Lakeway. There was a modest crosswind. If he was flying best glide of about 90 kts then he would have made the runway in about 4 1/2 minutes. Situational awareness at all times is key and critical.. As @PT20J noted, new tech like Smart Glide make it easier, but a moving map with "direct to" works - follow the magenta line. Still it only works if you are aware, watching and thinking about your options as you fly. Edited March 1 by 1980Mooney 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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