I made it into California Thursday night. I left Ohio Tuesday morning. It was 4F out in Ohio and Ohio didn’t want me to leave! The airport did their best to keep the runway clear for me but 5” of snow Christmas Eve and strong winds on Christmas made it tough the taxiway from the hangar to the runway had huge drifts so we towed the airplane out to the runway and did my run up and everything there. It was in a heated hangar so It was preflighted, warm and ready to go. There was a lot of clouds and snow to navigate around getting out of Ohio but after a few stops and smooth flying, I made it to Enid well before sundown and was greeted by Bruce Crain.
It was awesome to have a fellow quickie pilot to stay with and made everything so much easier! Thanks again Bruce! Wednesday morning the weather at DHT was IFR and there was no way around it so it made for an easy decision to stick around for the day and diagnose my oil pressure. My oil pressure was always right around 30psi which seemed low for how fresh the engine is. It was 20psi the whole way from Ohio to Enid which was concerning. I suspected and issue with the gauge or relief valve and after verifying the gauge measurement we moved on to the relief valve which had what appeared to be about 5 pieces of very hard dry rubber behind it and at least one of them holding the valve open. Cleaned that out, drained and screened the oil (it was clean) and did a test flight - 42psi sweet!
I had to wait around Enid until 10am to let low ceilings en route to Dalhart open up enough for me to make it there. The weather cleared up halfway to Dalhart. I didn’t think I would make it to Cali with the late start and short day but a nice tailwind most of the day and some quick fuel steps let me make it into glamis just before sunset. As all of you know the scenery from Dalhart to Glamis was pretty incredible. Thanks for all the advice fellas! Happy I didn’t need to use any of my survival gear but it’s great to have it all now.
Matthew should be commended for reaching out to the group seeking information on X-C flying in a Q. Several lifesaving suggestions were offered.
Sometimes our egos prevent us from exposing our limitations or lack of knowledge. Matthew is obviously a confident and competent aviator.
Wishing you a great experience on your flight west.
On Dec 19, 2017 9:33 AM, "Matthew Curcio mlcurcio89@... [Q-LIST]" <Q-LIST@...> wrote:
I'm getting ready to make a literal cross country to bring my Q200 out here to Mojave from my previous home airport in Ohio. I'm planning for <2 hour ~300 mile legs and I'm going to go south and around the rockies. Anywho, any Q specific items or tips you all might have for a long cross country? This will be my first time in any cross country venturing more than 3 states from Ohio.
Warm clothes and blanket
water for 2 days and a couple of MRE's
Ipad and Iphone with foreflight for NAV and LA VFR sectional
3 Charging cables( for Ipad and Iphone and spare)
tie downs (can be used for hand propping if need arises)
30ah Lipo battery back - lightweight and can be used for jumpstarting, backup source for charging nav devices, and added battery reserve for fuel pump (I ditched the hand pump in lieu of a redundant electric pump) in the event of an alternator failure.