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I recently bought a used Cessna 182T (non-turbo) in Orlando Florida and flew it to Lima, Peru where I am currently based. I am a private pilot with 220 hours total time, (approximately 80 hours in the 182). I want to start doing some mountian flying in the Andes with the 182. However, I have no mountain flying experience. Also there is not much general aviation in Peru and none of it flying single engine pistons in the Andes. So far I haven't found an instructor who has mountain flying experience in my kind of aircraft. I would like to know what performance I may expect from my aircraft taking off from Altitudes of 8,500 ft and density altitudes of over 12,000 ft. My aircraft has a service ceiling of 18,000 ft but the POH only gives information for the aircraft maximum rate of climb at (3100 lbs) until a pressure altitude of 14,000 ft. The following questions are formulated considering I will fly the aircraft as a 2 seater (2800 lbs vs 3100 lbs), use a relatively long paved runway +9000ft long and field elevation of 8500 ft. I should have to clear terrain no higher than 11,500 ft for my flight and have no immediate obstructions after takeoff. 1. What is highest pressure altitude I should consider taking off from? 2. How high can I expect to climb with a temperature of +20C at the airport? 3. What can I expect my climb rate to be? 4. How do I calculate the service ceiling for my aircraft at a lower weight than MTOW? 5. Any tips, recommendations or suggestions? Thanks, Abel
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