Ed Cesnalis Posted September 15, 2012 Report Share Posted September 15, 2012 The attached photo demonstrates a primary mountain flying issue, climb performance and ability to clear terrain on initial climb. Minimizing gross weight will have a lot of impact beyond that the biggest issue is, once again prop pitch. If your climb performance is inadequate check your RPM. If your RPM is less than 5,500 than you are not using all the horse power available from your engine. Climb can be enhanced in a CT by flying in areas of lift but some background in soaring and micro-meteorology is needed. I can almost always find some lift but it often means climbing along ridges and flying very close to the terrain. Looking for lift I might inadvertently fly into a rotor zone and its good to have that experience as well. Speaking of rotor zones, the rotor zone can be the other side of the coin. The same terrain that requires the steep climb on departure will require a steep descent on the way back and if it is on the lee side then that descent might have to penetrate a rotor zone. If you can visualize the rotor you have a chance of avoiding it otherwise I tend to buckle up and throttle back. I see your videos, how about some tips from you guys up north? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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