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Hello partners. Im planning to take a ferry flight from KFXE Florida Executive all the way to SVMI Maiquetia airport Venezuela. South America. Ill be flying a Seneca 3. Ive been flying seneca two for almost 150 hours. The aircraft POH says that it has 123 us gallons or 94 gallos depending on its serial number. Im planing to take this plane all the way to maiquetia in one day. Its about 9 hours. My question is, or recomendation would you give me for this trip. Starting that the seneca has aprox 550 600nm of rage as well as 4.5 hours of range 123gal with a fuel/cons of 23 to 25 us gallons a hour. Im planning to depart at KFXE at 6 am all the way to Exuma international MYEF. It about 290nm about 2 hours of flight. 60 to 70 us gallons. After refueling full tank  depart MYEF all the way to MDPP at domenican republic, its about 390nm and 3 hours of flight. then refueling all the way and fly to MDSD. Refuel again a fly to svmi its about 500nm and 3:40 hours to destination. My question is, its to dangerous to fly 500nm on open water on a seneca? what power settings its recomended as well as altitute. Not above 12500. is there any websites where i can find the winds in that day? if i get a tailwind of 5 to 10 knots how much time do ill get from that? i will just like to here your recomendations and take the best route. grettings

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4 Answers

  1. John D. Collins on Jun 30, 2013


    I hope you don’t take this wrong, but your question implies you don’t have the experience necessary to make this flight. There are too many possible issues to provide a single answer to this question and include performance and flight planning issues, over water operations, and weather issues as well. I would recommend you hire a pilot or instructor who is experienced in over water operations as well as being very familiar with the make and model. An experienced pilot will map out a safe route and make the appropriate plans for your flight. In the process, you will have the opportunity to learn some valuable information from the ferry pilot.

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  2. Carl Tyler on Jun 30, 2013

    I have to agree with John. The questions you ask about finding out winds, and how much time a wind would take off a flight, are basic flight planning questions that should know before you even get your private pilots license.

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  3. Jim F. on Jul 02, 2013

    +1 agreeing with John’s answer. Your questions are regarding things in which every pre-private student learns and should know. Asking these questions definitely indicates that you’re not up to the required knowledge level to make this flight.

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  4. felix miralles on Jul 22, 2013

    i did make it any way 3000 US dollars for me lol, cyaa

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