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Farmer

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About Farmer

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  • Birthday April 4

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    Honolulu, hawaii
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    Family, Friends, Work, Travel
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  1. Bringing an old plane back to life.

    I wanted to add a little information to the Skymaster post On the single engine performance side of things originally Cessna did many single engine take offs at lighter weights to demonstrate the safety at this aircraft. I was told that at least one of those demonstrations didn't go well, or management had a change of heart, and Cessna stop doing that, as a sales technique . Did I mention that I love this aircraft model, my favorite pic of all time . This past trip to Canada we learned that contractors doing fire spotting work for the Canadian government still hire many Cessna 377's , we saw several park at airports. I talked to one of the pilots this year but I didn't ask him about the techniques that were used In the past, which was to shut one down and stay on the station up to 10 hours at a time, when they were fighting fire far from their home field. Because of the overhead fuel tanks, and on some models long range tanks, which can crossfeed to either engine you can burn all the fuel anywhere you want to. If this seems risky to you I'm sure most know that during search and rescue missions with a C130 you shut down the outboard two engines and do your work on the inboard two engines. There are some weight limitations, fuel on board, survival gear etc. etc. the limit when you can do this . I have even heard of pne story that while running on two engines a C130 required a shut down of one engine and could not successfully restart any of the three offline engines . In that case the pilot just came home on one . Life is good. Farmer
  2. Portable GPS

    I agree with the iPads capacity however the iPad Pro, which my old eyes like the size, becomes problematic as compared to the 796 with the XM service. 796 is hardwired, and as required Kenny Rogers is my traveling companion. In The light sport aircraft the Dynon the Skyview is what were used to looking at. We must all remember looking outside is the goal here. please enjoy this shortened week with friends and family Farmer
  3. Portable GPS

    Our various aircraft have different GPS units installed. The quicksilver has a 295 Garmin, the newer c 172 has G-1000. The CTLS 696 plus sky view, the CTLSI a 796 plus sky view, the Superstol a 660 plus sky view and the older 172 a gtn 650 plus 797. if I could have only one unit it would be the 10 inch touch skyview. If that is a problem for space or $, the 796 is my choice. We always have IPad Pro running with garmin pilot as well as foreflight, they spend most of the time in the aircraft side pocket for lack of cell service. However the stored data in foreflight has helped sometimes. CAUTION The Garman 796 shut down on me for 20 minutes three years ago at the very wrong time Something about a firmware update, and it shut down for a much shorter time on this most recent trip. It is a VFR device and I do not find the synthetic vision to be very useful in the 796. The terrain feature is very useful in any of these units when you're in unfamiliar territory . Farmer
  4. Canada, Cuba, Central America, and beyond

    Columbus was right the earth is not flat and contrary to this threads inactivity Duane and I did not drive off the edge. It may take two posts to summarize the trip but here goes. When you are a senior citizen who is not retired and take six weeks off for Adventure travel you get really behind in your work. We got so involved in the trip and it's planning, and execution that something had to give. I recommend a trip like this to everyone but when you're halfway through your 70's it tends to be quite a physical and mental work load. Can hardly wait for the next leg of this flying adventure in the Americas. The Aircraft, which is a 172 k model preformed flawlessly. With 60 gallons of fuel on board and a new Garman, IFR, panel we could go anywhere they would sell us Fuel, and did. One of the nicest features on the aircraft upgrade was placing a 797 Garmin on each yoke. That with the JPI 450 and the GTN 650 garmin made for good situation awareness. Final accounting on the trip is not complete however it looks like about 80 hours of flying, and more than 8000 nautical miles. It appears we use about 600 gallons of fuel. The landing fee billing are still coming in from the airports across the country, about C$17 per landing. Aviation fuel is not readily available above the Arctic Circle. But neither are there airports. Where we could find Fuel the higher prices were about $3.45 per liter. Pulling up to the pump and adding $500 of fuel is not for the faint of heart . Most times we arrived at the airport without a ride or a room We did spend four nights in the tents at the EAA air show. Best Oshkosh fly in I have ever attended in all these years . We remove the backseat and put in a couple of bins, bungee strapped to the floor. This was for the tent,sleeping bags. and MRE, survival gear etc. etc. etc. where are well-equipped and never needed more than we had On board. We landed at 35 different airports of which 30 we had never seen before we were lined up on the final. One of the big issues on this trip was understanding the perimeters of the airports, how long, at what MSL and what traffic pattern, as well as the frequencies. The only flight plans that were filed we're the requirement to do so for international border crossings. This is not to say that we did not vigorously plan our next landing spot. We did not always land where we thought we would, sometimes a little weather, more often unbelievable scenery. More to follow what I get a chance, cook is calling and I always respond. Farmer
  5. Bringing an old plane back to life.

    Eric The Skymaster is my favorite airplane of all time. I had a 337G here in Hawaii and flew and her inter island for nearly 20 years. I always flew it single pilot and mostly only myself so it was a real performing aircraft. N1310L is still flying part 135. I really like your paint job with those colors. You're going to have fun . Farmer
  6. Canada, Cuba, Central America, and beyond

    Very interesting day yesterday We worked our way north along the Hudson Bay to a town called Churchhill Manitoba This is where people hunt polar bears with the camera and will do that later today Churchhill had been served by a railroad who's tracks were washed out last winter and now they have no Road or Railroad and no aviation gas Most of our flying legs here are anywhere from 2 to 400 nautical miles Our alternate route Avairt also had a fuel pump either failured 10 day ago and had no gas We chose a southerly route and then turn north however Lynn Lake Fuel stop was struck by lightning and had no fuel either There was a Notam to that effect being posted three minutes before we landed On a picture of the airplane posted at Dawson city you will see a round hole behind the copilot seat That is a reserve tank TSO that we had installed in the baggage compartment to extend our range to about 6 1/2 or maybe 7 if we are carefull That means the old Cessna 172 is carrying 60 gallons of gasoline either 100 low lead or non-ethanol mogas we chose this engine so that we could burn auto or boat fuel if worst came to worst We are now at Churchhill a six hour flight from the closest Fuel when you consider the round-trip and the winds. Yesterday's wind we were 18 gusting 28 30 degrees off the nose and we spent most of the day at 500 AGL in heavy rain Duane has his camera ready we're going bear hunting Farmer
  7. Just a quick note to start this trip report. Duane and I departed KRYN today with first stop in GGJT about four hours. Next leg was KRIW about three hours. We have no hard schedule but we're hoping to go through Canada into Alaska and up to the Arctic Ocean. From there turn east towards the Hudson Bay. Then with the possible stop at the Oshkosh EAA event. We have put aside up to six weeks for this trip . This trip should have been in a C-4 aircraft but we know all about those issues. Unbelievably we chose the next best thing in our mind an old Cessna 172. It burns auto fuel and with a stol kit performs reasonably well in and out of gravel strips. Two of us in a single aircraft seemed better for this trip since removing the back seat and loading with survival find us right at Max gross weight. We have upgraded the panel to a very modern IFR capable platform. Cuba requires entry on a IFR flight plan. Part of the plan is if the Cessna gives us trouble, sayin Central or South America we can just walk away from the aircraft and our wives will still let us in the house. Will try to get some pictures and maybe even the spot track page. My apologies I know this is really not CT topic but several friends have asked see just how much trouble we can get into. No tough goals here just to seniors trying to have fun . Farmer
  8. WTB: Garmin GTN-650

    Sorry upgrading panel in my Cessna for international travel
  9. WTB: Garmin GTN-650

    I searched for several months finally gave up and purchased a new GTN 650 A couple of weeks ago. North of $10,000 but a better option then the used 530 or 430, we thought Farmer
  10. Alaska 2014

    Duane and myself are working on the final details of our summer 2017 flying trip. Would like anyone interested in joining this trip just let us know. trip does not have hard itinerary, go with the flow of weather and local knowledge for things to do and see fishing? about three weeks in July perhaps stopping at Oshkosh late in month flexible flexsible flexible 50/75 hours of flight time mostly in Canada and Alaska as far north as fuel is easy to find VFR or park until VFR No mountain flying No long water crossing, glideing distance only at most we will have sat phones but spot is recommand aircraft will need sticker, easy and cheap. pilot in command need class 3 physical Duane can help with paperwork to travel across the border and 100 things we have not though about yet If and when we get final plans will post to new thread Farmer
  11. Little flight around Oahu

    I hope so I've attended several and I do have a room booked That coupled with a strone desire to enjoy the four days means I'll be there if I can.
  12. Little flight around Oahu

    John Farmer here, I live on Oahu, I have two light sport aircraft on island a have been known to receive guest on short notice. There are two CTLS aircraft that I know of in Hawaii. One lives on big island and mine is here on Oahu. We brought both in a single container from west coast some years ago. My second light sport just arrived last week. I would enjoy telling you of the many pitfall and some success stories of how it can be done. Hang onto pocketbook because it will be a ride, but very possible. farmer Spelling punctuation and grammar courtesy of Siri
  13. What is the farmer up to today .

    Tim I do not know how you found that picture but that is the aircraft and the hanger that I was at I found the aircraft a little tight inside not as much room as a CT and vision under the wing to my right was difficult however the airplane has many nice features You can take off the nose wheel then move main gear forward add a tailwheel and cables to turn it into a Taildragger It had a stick for control and a 430 Garmin in the panel along with a Dynon looking 10inch glass PFD The CTLSi is owned by another airline captin who I did not meet. Same blades but different prop hub and small rotating knob center panel high to control pitch just dial the RPMs you want I was told Aircraft looked as new with only 25 total time in 2 1/2 years Farmer
  14. What is the farmer up to today .

    Yes To easy with tail letters but that was the plan. Wife and I have been motorhome traveling in New Zealand for about a month. Made contact with a lovely English gentleman named Tim Harrison He is a retired triple seven driver from British airways who moved to New Zealand a few years ago He has been interested and actually selling light sport aircraft here for some time. I was trying to chase down a new CTLSi with 25 hours when I ran into Tim The airdrome NZKF is a sleepy grass strip 30k north of Auckland, NZ. I ended up flying his new Glassair 2+2, 180 hp fuel injected, IFR equipped beautiful aircraft Wonderful friendly people here in New Zealand and I recommend to all come talk to the people life is short Farmer
  15. Where is the "Farmer" and what is he up to. These photos were taken today and I'm sure members of this forum will know in a moment where. Logged some time in this new Glassair today in near perfect CAVU FLYING. Life is a joy and we are having more fun than should be legal. Farmer ☺️???????? Yes I know the photos are upside down please teach me how to turn them over from my iPad
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