Loooong GA flight in progress


#1

flightaware.com/live/flight/N9484B

17 hours in the system a mighty long haul!

Equipment suffix perplexes me, why slant C?

Allen


#2

flightaware.com/about/faq_aircra … suffix.rvt

But WHY /C? I dunno.
Altitude reporting certainly isn’t a high priority when flying at 6000ft in the middle of the pacific! I guess they figured they didn’t need it.


#3

I used to prep a/c for this trip, installing HF gear and the like. What I find unusual is that it departed KHWD instead of KOAK. Hayward has a 5,700’ runway whereas Oakland has 10,000’. I’ve seen some barely stagger off the ground in Oakland and barely clear the Golden Gate.

Also a little unusual that it’s now showing a G/S of 318 knots, but that’s another issue. I hope it holds for them!


#4

Guess international waters, rules of the road don’t apply? Or is there different set of IFR rules for international waters as I would have thought Mode C would be required for the IFR part?

In fact, since there is a track log, they have Mode C, at least the way I understood Mode C to work???

At that low altitude, I wonder how the transponder can transmit that far?

He (or she) has made quite a bit of progress, though not exactly a direct shot, must be some weather or something for the trek to deviate north a bit or selecting that heading for better tail winds as the ground speed has picked up substantially.

Allen


#5

That was clearly an anomaly, since the altitude had jumpted 3000 feet. Not unusual, as the very next entry showed 116 knots at 6000 feet instead of 9K.

Allen


#6

It looks like they have turned back. I’m a bit confused, can somebody explain how a Cessna 172 is fitted to handle such a long flight, what the purpose of the flight would be, and why might they be turning back?


#7

Maybe another anomaly, guess the next few minutes will tell.

Not unusual for ferry flights of this nature. The Cessna probably was outfitted with extra fuel tanks and got a ferry permit from the FAA.

Allen