Whats the longest flight/trip you've made in a light airplane?

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I'm thinking about EVB-BLM (New Smyrna Beach, FL to Belmar, NJ) and back this weekend.

Probably be close to 9 hours each way.

Would put me near the 200 hour mark.
 

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Sounds like a sweet trip! Have fun!

-mini

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PS Home for the weekend?
 
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minitour said:
Sounds like a sweet trip! Have fun!

-mini
Weather should be spectacular...70s into the mid atlantic.

I'm not ready to battle ice yet!
 

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minitour said:
What will you be in?

-mini
Something definitely not approved for flight into known icing. ;)

SP.

Yeah, home for the weekend. I'm going home for Thanksgiving anyway, but hey...I need the time, and I need it quick...and it'll be a cool thing to do. I won't have the money to do it once the time building phase is over. Might as well enjoy it while I can.
 

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gkrangers said:
Something definitely not approved for flight into known icing. ;)

SP.

Yeah, home for the weekend. I'm going home for Thanksgiving anyway, but hey...I need the time, and I need it quick...and it'll be a cool thing to do. I won't have the money to do it once the time building phase is over. Might as well enjoy it while I can.
haha yeah it's still doable though...just KNOW (don't guess) where everything is. Give and get PIREPs as much and often as you can...and have a ton of outs because you never know when one or a bunch will close up.

Can you say 61.129(a)4(i)? haha

-mini
 

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minitour said:
haha yeah it's still doable though...just KNOW (don't guess) where everything is. Give and get PIREPs as much and often as you can...and have a ton of outs because you never know when one or a bunch will close up.

Can you say 61.129(a)4(i)? haha

-mini
No, I can't, lemme go look it up. :)

I could stay above freezing if I needed too.

0C should be well over 10,000 on Friday and Saturday, up north.
 

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gkrangers said:
No, I can't, lemme go look it up. :)

I could stay above freezing if I needed too.

0C should be around 7-8K this weekend, up north.
That's awesome...I wish I had this weekend off instead of last weekend.

Oh well...ya can't win 'em all.

-mini

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Where you planning fuel stops at?
 

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minitour said:
That's awesome...I wish I had this weekend off instead of last weekend.

Oh well...ya can't win 'em all.

-mini

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Where you planning fuel stops at?
First one will be at KFAY.

Thats the exact halfway mark.

So I'm debating if I should make just that one stop, or make 2 stops and break the flight into thirds.

Breaking the flight into thirds, with ~3 hour legs might be "safer". And more manageable...3 hours in a plane is long enough, much less 4!
 

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With another member of flightinfo, I once did a Florida -> Montana -> Michigan -> Florida flight in a Seminole. Took 5 days from start to finish and roughly 37 hours on the hobbs.

The longest day was Florida -> Colorado. Roughly 10 hours of flying. Each leg was 3-4 hours.

Pretty exhausting, make sure you allocate time for lots of rest. Otherwise, have fun! My trip was by far the most fun I've ever had with an airplane.
 

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..and you could be cool and take some pix for us all to see too.

-mini
 

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I once flew a Seminole from SAC to JAX and back, with stops in IWA, ELP, SAT, and a couple of others I can't remember. On the return, I flew from Craig to ELP in one day. By the time I was ready to land, I was borderline delusional. I think Elvis joined me in the cockpit at one point... First and last time for a trip like that (except for the Elvis part...).
 

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minitour said:
..and you could be cool and take some pix for us all to see too.

-mini
I'm sure there is so much to see between Florida and NJ!

I've got some nics pics of NYC..love that we are still allowed to fly around Manhattan without hassle.

I think I might go EVB ILM SBY BLM

Two stops...I could make it on 1, but it'll be worth taking a few minutes to rest.
 

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gkrangers said:
I've got some nics pics of NYC..love that we are still allowed to fly around Manhattan without hassle.
...for now

I'd do 2 stops...3 hours is good "bladder time" and if you get a weird fuel flow and all of a sudden you're burning 8.6 instead of 8.1 that you planned....well, you get the idea...see Mr. 210 in LA...

Just be safe, have fun and tell me all about it. I soooooooo desire a nice long xc trip.

-mini
 

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Did SAT to OSH and back half a dozen times in a C-140. First time map and compass only, second time newfangled LORAN, 5th with a newfangled handheld GPS. Fun stuff.

Couple of years ago took a 172 that I owned from SAT-JAX (one fuel stop in MSY) overnight in JAX, then to TMB. Then TMB-ORF overnight for wx, then to RDG. Then RDG back to SAT in one day with 2 fuel stops. That last day sucked. I realized I was probably too old to be spending 12 hours a day in the cockpit flying single pilot IFR without an autopilot.

Trips I'd like to do: Perimeter of U.S., All major rivers, Lewis and Clarke trail, North Pole, AK, Land in all 50 states, NY-LA airmail route in a vintage biplane.
 

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minitour said:
...for now

I'd do 2 stops...3 hours is good "bladder time" and if you get a weird fuel flow and all of a sudden you're burning 8.6 instead of 8.1 that you planned....well, you get the idea...see Mr. 210 in LA...

Just be safe, have fun and tell me all about it. I soooooooo desire a nice long xc trip.

-mini
Yeah, I like the idea of 2 stops...hate having to piss when I'm up there.

Route will be more scenic and coastal then, too.
 

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gkrangers said:
hate having to piss when I'm up there.
Gatorade bottle with the wide mouth. Emtpy the bottle, then fill it back up again...had to use a sick sack once and believe me, the bottle is much easier.
 

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pilotmiketx said:
Gatorade bottle with the wide mouth. Emtpy the bottle, then fill it back up again...had to use a sick sack once and believe me, the bottle is much easier.
Yeah, its probably worth carrying one around...
 
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