Did a quick flight over to San Jose to deliver my old seats to a gentlemen that really needed some in his 66C. Filed IFR and ended up climbing to FL140 for the trip over due to aircraft conflicts at my filed altitude. First time we've gone that high in the Mooney and she did great getting up there. Our true airspeed worked out to 161 knots and I was only burning 8.1 gallons per hour. I did pay the price with a nasty headwind that slowed us down to a meager 132 knots across the ground. Coming back, we filed for FL130 and saw the reverse with a 172 knot ground speed. Very smooth ride going both directions, which is always a plus. We use an Aerox Aviation Oxygen system and a PulseOx 5500 to monitor our O2 levels (oxygen is required for the pilots/crew above 12,500 feet and passengers above 14,000).
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