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Old 09-03-2012, 08:19 PM
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Wow! Great write-up Gary! Looked like a great time was had by all!
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:34 AM
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Enjoyed reading all about your trip! Believe me when I say I can't wait to get started.
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:24 AM
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Default Great write up!

Gary,

Hope you'll contact us and come up to ZPH or meet us somewhere for a visit. Still a 9 to 5'er so the only opportunity I have to make Sebring in the AM is the Wed before Thanksgiving and the odd Wed I have off.

Usually a flock of us there on Sat and Sun - especially during the winter months
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Old 09-04-2012, 08:29 AM
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I really like the Wife/navigator lure. I shall have to try that one.
Great write up.
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Great write up and pics. I like how you did the picture collages!
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:00 PM
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Default Thanksgiving at Sebring

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Gary,

Hope you'll contact us and come up to ZPH or meet us somewhere for a visit. Still a 9 to 5'er so the only opportunity I have to make Sebring in the AM is the Wed before Thanksgiving and the odd Wed I have off.

Usually a flock of us there on Sat and Sun - especially during the winter months

Sorry Carl, I'll be fishing up North around Thanksgiving this year. I made it last year for the annual Weds. before Thanksgiving RV fun run. I will be back for Weds Sebring breakfasts as soon as everyone returns from their northern sabbaticals.

I wil try to get up to ZPH sometime. Lots of good airplane stuff going on there.

Thanks to everyone else for the comments. Glad I could provide a little inspiration.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:01 PM
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34 hours. 5400 statute miles.

It would be interesting to see how much fuel you used. I think it would be even or better MPG than a car. Care to give us the figures?

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Old 09-05-2012, 08:05 PM
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Rick, since you asked, here is what I have. I only kept score on the trip out to New Mexico just to get a handle on it myself.

Normal cruise for me is 160kts/185mph at 2500 rpm, 8,500'

I tried to keep that 160kts figure as a ground speed and varied my airspeed to do just that. Sometimes reducing power with a tailwind (not much) and a little more power with a head wind.

So, with that in mind:

1405 nm/1617 sm from Venice, Fl to Moriarty, NM
(Actual route is as follows for those who want it all: KVNC KCLW KCGC KCTY 16J 11A KMEI M23 KSPH KCWC T55 0E0.

9.7 hrs flight time (does not include startup/taxi time)

equals

166.6 mph average speed, which accounts for climb/descent profiles. At times, I climbed to 12,500 as I went from Texas to New Mexico. (Moriarty is 6199' field elevation)

Burned 83 gallons 100LL ranging in price from $4.60 to $5.65/gal. (approx. $350 for the one way trip)

If you run all of those numbers you get 8.55 average gallons per hour and using automobile figures, approx. 19.5 miles per gallon. About what I get on my V-6 Nissan Truck. However, I drove my truck out once and it took 5 days. (3 days thru Texas as I recall....LOL) I did all in 9.7 hours in one long day (11 hours with breaks)

For more information, I used flight following the entire trip and they were very helpful routing me around hot MOA's and Restricted areas so there may be a few more miles added based on that fact.

Hope this helps.
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Hey Gary,

Enjoyed flying the 14 states with y'all

YOL BOLSON!!!!
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:38 PM
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Default Weather Apps

Some VAF members have asked about the weather apps I used. Here is what my reply was.

The radar app is called RadarScope and is a $10 app (iTunes) that is very useful for weather nuts like me (maybe you too, lol) It is very detailed but you can get a quick, general idea of what the thunder bumpers are doing in any part of the country. I subscribe to Weathermeister and used it most of the time on my trip and of course, Doug's VAF weather page is the first place I go to get a handle on the day's flight.
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