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Episode #111 "Buck the Rivets"

Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:07 pm
by lucaberta
Found more references to the ALS World Flight around the world here:

http://www.alsworldflight.com

N220FC, the Mooney M20J used for the flight is pictured and described here:

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http://www.kerrlake.com/mgarratt/plane.htm

They are right now in Djibouti, at the base of the Horn of Africa, and are planning the Atltantic crossing leg. Way to go!

Ah! Just heard my name a number of times on the podcast now... :D

Ciao, Luca

Re: Episode #111 "Buck the Rivets"

Posted: Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:25 pm
by Dave Higdon
Go, ladies, go!

We're all rooting for your safety and success!

Dave

Re: Episode #111 "Buck the Rivets"

Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:45 am
by fordan
The use of the SPOT is interesting. I own one, and from my recollection, I didn't think the coverage would be there, but it looks like it's not too horrible:

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I'm also curious where they put it; it's not tremendously forgiving of not having a clear view of the sky. I've had issues in a Cessna 172 with it giving positions only when flying eastbound but not westbound consistently. And if you point non-pilots to a source of information about your flight that suddenly stops updating, inappropriate and scary conclusions are often reached. :D The obvious place is up on the dash, but it transmits in a way that could possibly disrupt a nearby GPS receiver, so doing so if you are using the GPS to navigate doesn't seem wise...

Re: Episode #111 "Buck the Rivets"

Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 12:25 pm
by champguy
And I get jumpy just crossing a large lake.
Tailwinds and Good Luck

Re: Episode #111 "Buck the Rivets"

Posted: Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:15 pm
by PilotBillFromTexas
fordan wrote:And if you point non-pilots to a source of information about your flight that suddenly stops updating, inappropriate and scary conclusions are often reached.

I pointed some family members to flightaware.com so that they could check my progress on a recent trip. Then I just picked up flight following for the VFR trip. (They were supposed to pick me up at the airport.) They said that it dropped out for 90 minutes and got concerned. But, when I went to the web site later there was a solid line drawn from point a to point b over my exact route. Strange.

Re: Episode #111 "Buck the Rivets"

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 6:08 am
by lucaberta
Speaking of FlightAware, I am tracking the final leg of the ALS World Flight online just now:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N220FC

Go girls!

Ciao, Luca

Re: Episode #111 "Buck the Rivets"

Posted: Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:48 am
by lucaberta
On the ground in Orlando, everything went well! Congratulations girls!

Ciao, Luca