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Old 06-02-2013, 08:20 PM   #81
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20 years ago when My Wife and I got Married, we went to my Grandmothers in Alb NM. My Wife dreaded Flying and my leg paid for it the entire flight down and the flights were pretty perfect. Taking off from Alb, the pilot all of the sudden aborted the takeoff about 3 seconds after he gunned it. I sat silent but knew something wasnt right; Alb is a tough takeoff anyways, they have to climb ultra fast to get over the mountains, its a bit tough on the tummy when they do it correctly! The Pilot finally got on the horn and said they had failed to reset the flaps for an Alb Takeoff, I guess Alb has pretty odd atmospheric conditions and if he had tried it the way he started out, we would have never gotten off the ground.

Needless to say, my leg paid the price for the rest of the flight, I felt like a squeezy toy. 20 years later, I think I still have some of the bruises. We havent flown since, I dont miss flying all that much, its become a real pain in the ass anyways.
Density altitude can be a killer if you don't do your filght prep right.
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Density altitude can be a killer if you don't do your filght prep right.
I was spoiled by my Mooney... if it would fit, it would fly. There was no reasonable way to not be able to get it off the ground and be within W&B.
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I was spoiled by my Mooney... if it would fit, it would fly. There was no reasonable way to not be able to get it off the ground and be within W&B.
Depending on the year and model, "if it would fit" is the critical part of that description.

Now for a Cessna 210, "if it would fit" takes on a little more meaning.
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Depending on the year and model, "if it would fit" is the critical part of that description.

Now for a Cessna 210, "if it would fit" takes on a little more meaning.
year doesn't matter, model does I had a "C". Short fuselage, 180hp. It was a great four seat airplane like a mustang is a four seat car Mine was exceptionally fast, beat most of the book numbers before the speed mods. After I put in the fuel tank bladders, which added fuel, I could far exceed my own bladders ability to fly. I wish I had about an extra years experience on one flight from detroit to ft myers. I literally could have done that trip non stop with reserves, quite possible even setting a record.
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year doesn't matter, model does I had a "C". Short fuselage, 180hp. It was a great four seat airplane like a mustang is a four seat car Mine was exceptionally fast, beat most of the book numbers before the speed mods. After I put in the fuel tank bladders, which added fuel, I could far exceed my own bladders ability to fly. I wish I had about an extra years experience on one flight from detroit to ft myers. I literally could have done that trip non stop with reserves, quite possible even setting a record.
Did you fly into SW Florida International or Page Field or another airport?
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year doesn't matter, model does I had a "C". Short fuselage, 180hp. It was a great four seat airplane like a mustang is a four seat car Mine was exceptionally fast, beat most of the book numbers before the speed mods. After I put in the fuel tank bladders, which added fuel, I could far exceed my own bladders ability to fly. I wish I had about an extra years experience on one flight from detroit to ft myers. I literally could have done that trip non stop with reserves, quite possible even setting a record.
Was that the one with the J bar landing gear?

Those 180hp Mooney's are amazing works of efficiency.
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Love that manual gear! Also got me in the bad habit of dumping hydraulic flaps. Killed lift like RIGHT NOW. Funny side story, ex wife took the pinch hitter program, the damn instructor kept insisting she not get the engine "over square" or it would blow up. Untrue old wives tale, but irrespective, she could not operate the gear from the right seat. She's already going to gear up landing, who cares about "over square".

Actually it was Punta Gorda, there was a Mooney modifier on the field. He painted my plane after I won the lemon award at the annual convention in Kerrville TX. Hurricane totaled his business, and insurance covered very little of his or his customers losses.

It killed me to have to sell the plane, but it was the final thing that fell after the divorce. I wasn't flying much, and every time I did fly, I was throwing at least a $500 bill into maintenance. I was going broke very quickly. It was a wonderful plane and we had a lot of great fun together. Won a bunch of races, traveled all over east of the Mississippi. unfortunately, the guy who bought it, totaled it on what appeared to be a simple cross wind landing, which was well within the published numbers, and I exceeded those numbers by a lot at least once. Simple pilot error.

Short fuselage had a unique problem, my foot could change level flight to up or down 100'/min I could hardly trim it that accurate! Gear was worth exactly 500'/min. OM, gear down, pressure on yoke to stabilize oscillation, rudder to stay on localizer, damn it was easy.
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My old flight instructor used to say " You can teach a monkey to take off and fly straight and level, but you need a pilot to land."
Sounds like something an IP told me at Ft. Rucker...do you think your IP & My IP might be related???
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year doesn't matter, model does I had a "C". Short fuselage, 180hp. It was a great four seat airplane like a mustang is a four seat car Mine was exceptionally fast, beat most of the book numbers before the speed mods. After I put in the fuel tank bladders, which added fuel, I could far exceed my own bladders ability to fly. I wish I had about an extra years experience on one flight from detroit to ft myers. I literally could have done that trip non stop with reserves, quite possible even setting a record.
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Was that the one with the J bar landing gear?

Those 180hp Mooney's are amazing works of efficiency.
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I was spoiled by my Mooney... if it would fit, it would fly. There was no reasonable way to not be able to get it off the ground and be within W&B.
You guys got me almost drooling, been almost 20 years since I've flown a plane. This thread has me wanting to again.
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Sounds like something an IP told me at Ft. Rucker...do you think your IP & My IP might be related???
Probably not mine was a regional airline pilot doing side work at the fbo. He had been in the military, I forget what branch, but had gotten his licenses on the G. I. bill. He did not fly when in the military.
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