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Old 02-02-2015, 06:57 PM
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Talking Turn around a point

Do you remember when you did a perfect "turn around the point" maneuver by PTS? I did it nearly perfect only once about three years ago during my private pilot check ride. Or so DPE said.
On our recent Maine run I had a commercially rated meat servo in right seat. We saw a good reference point Mt Washington in NH and he wanted to orbit it. Go ahead show me the superb airmanship. Winds were howling at the altitudes and we were approaching the Mount sideways.

Holy Crab!!! Approaching with drift almost 40 degrees, harnesses and seat belts tightened couldn't breath ...

First ellipse was sloppy. Wind blew us far from the reference point. Fail.

Next turn was better and looked like a circle.

Upwind bank was too steep and on downwind we flew with negative bank angle

Nice view of the observatory.

What a perfect place to click a round number on tachometer.

The fun was still ahead...
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:29 PM
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It looks a little nippy out there.
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:29 PM
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We were downwind of that point. It nearly launched Jenny out of her seat! The wind was very unpredictable that day. Nice pictures!

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Old 02-02-2015, 08:40 PM
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Default Mount Washington

I've hiked to the summit many times in February and know that it can be COLD and windy. I was tracking your flight and at the same time logged in to the Mount Washington Observatory site. As you were circling, it was -12 F on the summit with 80 mph sustained winds. No wonder you were doing some crabbing!

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Old 02-02-2015, 10:44 PM
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What altitude was that at, it looks very cold and inhospitable.

Great photos.

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Old 02-02-2015, 11:20 PM
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Mt Washington is just a little over 6,000 feet MSL. Although not particularly high as mountains go, it gets high winds and poor weather fairly often.
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Old 02-02-2015, 11:50 PM
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Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. The summit of Mt. Washington (elevation 6,288 feet) holds the world record for the highest surface wind gust of 231 m.p.h. and the highest sustained 5 minute wind speed of 188 m.p.h., both from a southeasterly direction recorded during a fierce New England storm on April 12, 1934. During that storm the 24 hour wind speed averaged an incredible 128 m.p.h. and included one hour when the wind averaged 173 m.p.h. With wind numbers like these, it is not surprising that Mt. Washington is also this nation's windiest location, averaging about 35 m.p.h. annually.
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Old 02-03-2015, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by jdiehl View Post
As you were circling, it was -12 F on the summit
Only -12? Shockingliny warm for this time of year.

My parents can see Mt. Washington from their house and I've flown into Mt. Washington Airport quite a few times to visit them. Gorgeous area.
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Old 02-03-2015, 10:39 AM
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Welcome to the "ROCK PILE"---NO trees above 4000 ft---the RV-8 and 90HP J-3 have visited many times---you NEVER want to lose your respect for that mountain---great shots V-man---John Fleurent
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Old 02-03-2015, 01:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Vlad View Post

Next turn was better and looked like a circle.

The fun was still ahead...
That place looks like Dr Evil's lair from a James Bond movie. Good thing they didn't shoot you with lasers or a tractor beam or something.
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