A Mooney, Some Camping Gear, a Pillow, and a Shopping Bag Full of Charts – Going Places with Ron Klutts

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Ron Klutts and I have carried on a correspondence for more than a year and we finally met in person at AirVenture Oshkosh this summer. Ron and a friend had flown all the way from Palo Alto and had made a two-week ossyssey out of the OSH trip.

So when I thought about doing a show on going places (far-away places) Ron naturally came to mind. In this episode, we talk about long-distance GA flying. How to plan, what to take, how to pack, and other lessons learned from two nearly trans-continental trips.

Also check out Ron’s appearance on The Pilot’s Flight PodLog – Episode 9.

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  1. I’ve been listening to your podcasts while on the road for about six months. They have been very entertaining and informative.

    I had a chance to do three great ‘extreme’ cross countries to the Canadian arctic and the Magnetic North Pole and Alaska that you may enjoy looking at. Some pictures and data are at http://www.pathealy.com/flyingadventures/flying.htm

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