I-90 Goes through Butte, MT. The airport at Butte (about 1 mile from I-90) is about 5,500'. And the mountains rise pretty steeply along I-90 in places.
Not a place I would want to be 1,000' AGL in a plane with marginal if not unknown performance characteristics.
Except he's not on a course to take the southern route.
And I'm thinking (actually guessing) that he hasn't ventured higher than 6000 due to cooling issues... in the winter. If that's correct, there's no way he's going to get high enough to make the northern route in the summer.
Flying 40 hours doesn't change where he can fly.
Maybe he doesn't realize what his Operating Limitations are? Maybe he thinks they're like E/AB Operating Limitations?
And if this is the flight to the west coast, it's a pretty bad route for a plane that's never been higher than 6,000'.
Calibrated it? :rolleyes:
Although I suppose it's possible that the Garmin has a means of adjusting the static pressure. Then again, you wouldn't be able to do that until you've flown and have a baseline.
I was wondering about the Jet-A vs. diesel so I posted a question. IIRC, the consensus was that while a street diesel would run on Jet-A, it wouldn't be good long term. Diesel has lubricants in it that Jet-A doesn't. So if you want to run Jet-A in an engine that wasn't built for it, you would...