Stephen R. Smith's Blog – March 2009 Archive (2)

Another 1,288 statue miles added to the log book

My mother turned 91 last week which provided the excuse to fly to Southern California and back.



The trip down on 3-7-9 was 444 miles non-stop which I flew in a beeline on auto pilot at 9,500 feet because there was a nice tail wind up there. My average speed was 126 statue miles per hour and the plane got a solid 33 miles per gallon. Try to beat that performance in a car! Flights like this provide lots of looking-out-the-window time and you can literally see half of the state’s width… Continue

Added by Stephen R. Smith on March 18, 2009 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Flying with a tablet PC

A few people have asked about the tablet PC in my plane. Here is some information.



My brother and I each have 601XLs. We also have worked with computer software for many years. I have been programming computers since 1974 and my brother manages a team of software developers. When we built our planes we agreed that we wanted to computerize them.



Anyone who has worked with a computer knows how… Continue

Added by Stephen R. Smith on March 1, 2009 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

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