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Discussion in 'Cool Places to Fly' started by bstratt, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. bbchien

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    We had a piece of French Toast for you, Barry. Never regret staying on the ground!
     

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    We made it, and had negative icing. Coming back our IFR strip had expired so we took off VFR, but found that there were low ceilings at home, so had to file from the air after all. A good time was had by all! Bruce has posted the pic already, and we were glad that Susan came too. (Not shown, as she was the photographer.)
     
  3. FlyingBadger

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    Almost every day this month the Fox River valley has been socked in until noon, when it suddenly burns off into a beautiful day. How does that restaurant in JVL compare to the Jet Room at MSN? Never been to the one in JVL, they look pretty similar from Bruce's picture.
     
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    Um Which Fox River Valley? I live right by the Fox River in Northern Illinois and it has been fine each day in the morning.
     
  5. bbchien

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    Got my first ice of the year climbing into the warm front from 6 to 8 to 10,000 in and out of the tops on the way home.....
     
  6. gprellwitz

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    We leveled at 5,500 VFR, then filed IFR en route and dropped down to 4000. No ice:no:.
     
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    I intentionally did not take the DA-40XL, because I didn't want to make you too jealous! :blowingkisses:


    Well, we did the DA-40 and Leslie was less than thrilled. It's difficult to reach down and grab the T-handle to adjust the pedals when you're not slim and athletic. Also, the seats aren't the most comfortable, offering little lower back support, and not giving you much room to manuever in the cockpit. On top of it, Leslie uses a lapboard that covers both legs. Doesn't work so well when there's a stick trying to come up between the legs! (Get your mind out of the gutter, I saw it go there! :goofy::yes:) I think I agree with Greg on the other thread, a side stick is the way to go. Please give me a Columbia so I can test it out!

    On the positive side, the DA-40 is efficient, sexy, and responsive. I do wish, however, that the owner of this one opted to keep the GPS up to date and the XM subscription in force so you have weather! Don't know why you'd skimp on that.:dunno:
     
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    For once I made it!


    Driving out I was praying for the frost to melt and the temps to climb above 34 degrees. I get close to the airport and the temps dropped 2 degrees and I hit solid fog. I figured I was doomed again. At the airport they said it was solid at the road just east.

    I waited a while and called FSS. Does anybody else have trouble hearing the new advanced centralized FSS? I got the AIRMET. Also a laiding pilot siad it was OK to the west.

    As soon as I hit pattern altitude when departing I saw the scattered layer at 800' AGL or so. I climbed on top on that and hoped it would be kind to me. It was. It was gone by the time I hit JVL.

    I need to find out why I got a moderate vibration when I pulled the power on initial climb. We figured that it could have been carb ice, but you would think I would have seen a drop in MP. I pulled the prop and left in more MP than I would have otherwise and I'm here so whatever it was I lived through it. That didn't happen on the way home. I didn't go through visible moisture but the temps and dew point were only a few degrees apart at it was around 2 degrees C on the ground.
     
  9. ApacheBob

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    Saturday or Sunday?
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    Same valley as you. Guess I exaggerated a bit, should have said every morning I've tried to fly, I've had fog or low ceilings.
     
  11. flyingcheesehead

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    Woohoo!

    Just wait'll you move into the new house...

    You look really happy in that pic too. I wonder why. :)
     
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    Why, thank you for calling me slim and athletic! :rofl:

    Yeah, I'll admit it's a bit of a stretch... My biggest problem is headroom. I'm OK until I put my headset on. If the club gets a DA40, I'm gonna get an in-ear headset.

    That's why Rob over at Zuluworks invented the Mini-Z. He owns a DA40. I have one, it's a nice board.

    Headroom is a BIG problem in the Columbia. I actually turned down a free flight in one because when I sat in the left seat, I was looking at the upper door frame. :eek:

    You know, it's really hard to beat a 182 for comfort. I've yet to do a long trip in a DA40, but I can imagine it getting a bit uncomfortable for really long flights. I've done 5.3 in the 182, and then another 3.5 after fueling.
     
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    You're quite welcome. (I'll accept a beer at Gastons!:cheerswine:)


    Sorry, he's already sponsoring a "competitor's" webcast! :goofy:



    Yeah, but you wouldn't have to put up with it for long! I'm much shorter (okay, my weight is distributed horizontally:rofl:), and I found the Columbia quite comfortable, at least on the ground.

    Yeah, the 182 is comfortable. We did non-stop Chicago (1C5) to Cross City, FL in the 182 with no problems.
     
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    What were you cruising at and with what ground speed? That is really good. The Warrior and my bladder needed two fuel stops for the trip.
     
  15. Dave Siciliano

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    Bob:

    I plan on flying up Friday to Lance's home base. From there, over to Portage (C47). Saturday the girls are working until 1:00 P.M.; so, an early lunch somewhere could work if I can get back by then. Otherwise, I could stop on the way back Sunday somewhere, but have to temper this with the fact that I have over a four hour flight back that day.

    Best,

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    OK, I'll add you to the list of people who I owe a beer to at Gaston's then. :cheers:

    Funny, nobody owes me a beer yet...

    While we appreciate the sentiment, The Finer Points is an excellent show and Jason Miller is a good friend of the Pilotcast. Heck, we've got him on the CFIcast now!

    Besides, Rob's all right. He bought me dinner at OSH, which is probably about as close to sponsorship as we've come yet. :rofl:

    Oh yeah, I forgot that the newer ones have even longer legs than the old ones. N271G carries over six hours of fuel, and IIRC the new ones carry about 7 1/2 hours! With range like that, it'd better be comfortable! :yes:
     
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    Hey, I brought the top shelf margaritas last time! Patron!



    That's why I put it in quotes!



    We were somewhere around 8500' and getting 150 - 155Kt ground speed, IIRC. It was a couple of years ago!
     
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    It would have to be early Sunday, and the weather is not looking too good as of now. I will stay tuned to the thread. Thanks for the note.
    ApacheBob
     
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    150kt GS in that bird means you can get 975nm and still have an hour's reserve.
     
  20. mikea

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    It had just occurred to me as we talked about how I always thought that Bruce's situation living 2 miles from the airport was what i wanted when I grew up...and I realized that mine is gonna be as good or better! :goofy:

    I talked to my new neighbor. He's been taking copter lessons in Wisconsin. I'll take him for a ride and show him his local airport.