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18 Feb 2017, 06:28

Flying - KGTU-KLIT-KGTU

Beautiful day flying. Went to Little Rock for a business meeting.

I still can’t get over how fast this plane is.

Pictured below off the right wing tip is Georgetown airport (KGTU). You are looking west at runway 29. Lake Georgetown in the background on the left.

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They let me park with the big boys at Little Rock International (KLIT).

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Air was pretty darn clear leaving KLIT. About 70 degrees with just a hint of a breeze.

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This plane climbs like mad compared to my DiamondStar. 1,000 feet per minute all the way up to 16,000 feet. Above 12.5k I need to wear the cannula for supplemental oxygen.

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10 Jan 2017, 03:08

Flying - Georgetown TX to Little Rock AR (round trip)

Beautiful day 200 knots at 9000 feet.

Stayed down low to avoid headwinds at higher altitude. Travel time just under 2 hours from Georgetown TX to Little Rock AR.

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On the way back the next day the winds had changed direction and to avoid a 30 knot headwind I hopped up to 16,000 feet. Above 12,500 feet oxygen is required by the FAA hence the cannula.

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Question on Facebook: “Wow!!! Why so high???”

Faster, smoother, no other traffic.

It was 20 minutes faster getting home at 16k feet. Two hours travel time vs 2 hours and 20 minutes at a lower altitude.

At 8k feet and below there was rough turbulence. At 9k feet there was a 30 knot headwind which kept getting less and less the higher you fly. At 16k feet the headwind was down to 4 knots. And, roughly, for every 1k feet above 10k the plane flys 2 knots faster because of less dense air.

At almost 250 mph this plane is fast. I start my decent about 100 miles out. As I descend over Waco I realise I’m less than 15 minutes from landing at Georgetown.


Since I almost always fly IFR you can usually view my flights on flightaware.com.

N581GL on Flightaware.com

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