Shortly after departing on a personal cross-country flight in the Lancair IV and leveling off at the filed cruise altitude, the commercial pilot reported trouble maintaining altitude and descended to a lower altitude.
He then reported both engine and instrument problems and requested to divert to a nearby airport.
Subsequently, he reported that the engine had lost power, oil was all over the windshield, and that there was no visibility due to the oil. Shortly thereafter, he stated that a forced landing was imminent. [Read more…]