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MolsonB

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Pretty sure he flew off the 40 hours doing figure 8's around the airport.
Looks like he is heading West to California. Pretty slow though, 120kts @3500ft.
 

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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'.
 

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Pretty sure he flew off the 40 hours doing figure 8's around the airport.
Raptor has an Experimental, R&D airworthiness certificate that is geographically limited and has no Phase 1 test period. The 40 hours Peter has been gingerly accumulating is unrelated to his operating limitations. He has probably gotten a waiver for the geographical limitations; if not he is in violation of them.
 

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He is landing at richard arthur field it seems . so making hops of 2hours +
Less fuel weight, what is he going to do when he gets to the Rocky Mountains ? Going to have to carry more fuel and climb a lot higher.
 

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Less fuel weight, what is he going to do when he gets to the Rocky Mountains ? Going to have to carry more fuel and climb a lot higher.
Considering that the highest that plane has ever been is about 6,000', it would be an incredibly bad idea to attempt a flight over the Rockies. He's got to have another destination in mind.
 

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Just call the G men on him. I think you can choose to break the law the last time I checked. Your problem if caught. Not caught, is there really a problem? Did we expect anything different?
 

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Raptor has an Experimental, R&D airworthiness certificate that is geographically limited and has no Phase 1 test period. The 40 hours Peter has been gingerly accumulating is unrelated to his operating limitations. He has probably gotten a waiver for the geographical limitations; if not he is in violation of them.
Yes, but who knows what deal he had with the FAA? Maybe they agreed to change his geographical limitations, once he has accumulated 40 hrs?!?
 

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Looks like he is heading West to California. Pretty slow though, 120kts @3500ft.
He can do that because he has air conditioning. He should arrive right in the middle of our string of 112° days. Would be terrible for a plane with cooling issues, but nothing to worry about in the Raptor… he can just redirect that air conditioner into the engine compartment.
 

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Yes, but who knows what deal he had with the FAA? Maybe they agreed to change his geographical limitations, once he has accumulated 40 hrs?!?
Wouldn't be with the FAA. It would be an agreement with whoever is paying the bills or whoever is going to start paying the bills once some milestone is reached. I am sure it is not a coincidence that as soon as he hit the milestone he had been talking about in the past that he folded his tent and left in a straight line to the PACNW.
 
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