I am contemplating to visit my cousin in Edinborough. He lives there with his family (our family is quite widespread ;)
First things first, and the first “problem” seems to be crossing the channel in a single engine Bonanza, from a safety perspective (airspace and ATC communication later).
My thoughts are the following: The distance between the two closest points (Cap Gris Nez and Dover) is 22,5 NM.
My Bo has a best glide at ca. 90-95 kts with a sink rate of 1000-1200 fpm (1:stone), which would give me a maximum of 16 NM if the ventilator quits at FL 115. The longest distance over water seems to be 11 NM and that should be doable. So, in theory…. but that’s best case of course. If I can fly at that altitude at all. I would at least, over the water, try to be as high up as possible….. and I am not afraid of controlled airspace and have a level 6 in English.
I just wonder if I need to go the whole nine yards of buying vests or life raft, training water emergencies including exiting the plane under water, and all that. Or not ? How do the frequent continent flyers among you cope with that challenge ?
Or is it not a big deal anyway ?
I am currently working on the AMP of the aircraft that I have recently purchased. While I am working together with the maintenace organisation where she has always been maintained and where I plan to continue to do the maintenance in the future as well, the AMP will be officially declared by me as an owner-pilot, so I want to make it as beneficial for my operation as possible. I have a couple of questions that I would like to hear your thoughts about.
Thanks for any opinions in advance.
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