Extreme time building - 14 hours in 2 days

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  1. labbadabba

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    Our CAP wing has been put on alert to help out in Houston. One of our chief pilots has asked if I'm Mission Transport rated, I'm 13.3 hours short.

    If I can get get MTP rated in the next couple of days, I may be able to ferry planes down to Texas for CAP ops over the next week. I'd basically just be flying from Eastern to Western Kansas for a couple long in-state X/C flights to get the hours.

    Is this a terrible idea?

    I'm instrument and night current and just renewed my Form 5.
     
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    Go for it! It sounds like it will pay off in more hours later.

    We used to fly eight hours every day when I was involved with USFS work. It was back when the federal government had money.
     
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    I'd do it.
     
  4. denverpilot

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    Worst case, you're paying for 14 hours of flight time, and no mission needs you.
    Best case, if you need hours, is you pay for 14 hours of flight time, and they fly your butt off.
     
  5. mondtster

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    14 hours in two days isn't too hard to do. But why stay so close to home? Take a trip somewhere, fly out one day and come back the next.
     
  6. labbadabba

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    CAP gets funny when you want to cross state lines... The Kansas wing has a LOA with Missouri so technically I can fly in MO too but there's extra paperwork involved.
     
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    denverpilot Taxi to Parking

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    Usually State A takes aircraft (resource) to State B, and then pilots sit around while State B's pilots fly the thing. Not always though. Depends on the size of the event.
     
  8. AggieMike88

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    Check in with Pilots n Paws mission board. Maybe there are missions in your territory that provided added reason and value to fly that schedule.
     
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    Wait, time doing paperwork doesn't count to CAP currency???
     
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    You could also try flying the perimeter of the state if there's nothing else to do.
     
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    Do what you gotta do...go for it! Be safe down there, it's nuts.
     
  12. frfly172

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    You really have nothing to lose,go for it
     
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    Makes sense that someone has to make sure that the surrounding states didn't crowd in when no one was watching.
     
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    Not in a CAP airplane. But some CAP wings have agreements with some of the AngelFlight groups. Depends on AFx and CAP Wing.
     
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    Thinking about this more...

    You're going to have to build more time than you're likely to get out of the possibility of flying to Texas, assuming you only do one trip down and back. It's up to you but I'd probably question if it was worth the extra expense to build time just to check a box. I also find it mildly amusing that the CAP won't let an airplane leave a state when the idea is for you to build enough time to qualify you to leave the state with their airplane.

    Any chance that you could petition to get a waiver to let you fly the plane down and back if you were say 10 hours short of the requirement? You'd probably be close to qualified by the time you got back at that point.
     
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    Another option would be to fly down in the right seat as a safety pilot to pick up the final 5 hours or so...
     
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    I flew 17 hours in one day recently (172, no autopilot), so 14 in 2 days sounds like a breeze!