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Old 10-04-2009, 03:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been doing a bunch of reading here lately and have enjoyed the good info and the emphasis on gathering good data to base assumptions on.

Right now I live way out (400+ statute miles to the road system) in the middle of western AK, lots of cars out here but no road to get here (all of everything is flown or barged including fuel) our car gas is just shy of 5usd and AVgas is in the high sixes. We will be moving into town here in the next few months and I will likely start a 45 mile commute depending on the direction my work takes in the next while.

In town I have a 95 civic DX that will be my commuter and a Suzuki Samurai (my daily driver out here but we will ship it back in). In addition to that we (wife and I) have an older cessna that we use to get around the state.

Future mods for me will be some LRR tires, light aero, and instrumentation for the Civic.

The Suzuki will be getting a rebuild sooner or later (that 1.3l has to work hard to make that thing keep up) and I am thinking about switching to an aircraft carburetor for it and would like to see what running LOP (lean of peak) can do for it's mileage. Being a pilot I do a lot of adjusting the mixture for cruse flight and Don't see much difference in a ground crawler.

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Old 10-04-2009, 07:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to the site. What kind of mileage do you get with your vehicles normally?
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Old 10-04-2009, 11:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Civic dx hatch anywhere from 30-35 based on driving (has winter tires on it as it is our "in town" car so the low frequency of driving does not yet warrant the trade in winter traction for millage)

Samurai 15-25 (very temperature/humidity dependent)

cessna 172 7.5-10 GPH at 105-115 mph depending on altitude and type of flying.
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Old 10-04-2009, 12:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do you have some pictures of the plane?
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Old 10-04-2009, 01:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Pic was taken at a little bush strip in the mountains about 900 feet long of usable runway at 900msl. I used well over half the runway to insure I had more than adequate airspeed to clear the trees at the end.
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Old 10-04-2009, 03:47 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 10-04-2009, 04:59 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You should EOC in your plane.
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Sailplane pilots do a LOT of EOC.
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Sailplane pilots do a LOT of EOC.
So do cars out of gas.
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
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You should EOC in your plane.
If you are doing that in a powered plane it general means you are having a bad day that it's about to get worse.

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