First flight for 32YE - Spirits of Aviation flying club
The first flight of 32YE happened yesterday.
The weather cooperated and the flight went off without a hitch. Dave
took to the air first then I hopped in for a short flight. It
handled great. Only a rudder trim tab will be needed. Flew like a
Photo of all 6 flying club members. Joe, Dave, Ron, John (myself),
Bob, and Chuck (left to right):
Another RV-12 Hatchling About To Leave The Nest
Normally, when a black SUV with Government
license plates rolls up on you at an airport … it’s usually a time
for concern. However, that was not the case Monday at the DOG
Aviation hangar … in fact, much to the contrary, it was a most
welcomed sight. The SUV’s doors opened and three representatives
from the FAA’s Cleveland MIDO (Manufacturing Inspection District
Offices) facility exited the vehicle to greet me. Mr. Richard
Greenlief, a Senior Aviation Safety Inspector and Small Plane
Directorate, was the first to speak and said not be alarmed …
normally he would be the only Fed doing the inspection, but he had
brought a couple of his newer employees along for some on the job
training. I was introduced to Mr Jeffrey Green and Mr. Steven Heard
… then was told that Steven Heard would be taking the lead inspector
role and would be performing the airworthiness inspection on the DOG
Aviation RV-12 under Mr. Greenlief’s supervision. Steven and I
shared an instant camaraderie …. the airworthiness inspection would
be a first for each of us.
First flight today ...Ron B. RV-14
C-GLEP flew flawlessly today with 1.75 hrs.
on the hobbs. Pictures to follow soon. Need to go out and get
another hr. on it today.
Day 6. Crossed Arctic Circle
My trusty wingman and good friend Chip made
a tough decision. To turn back enter CONUS and land in every state.
I salute him he made it that far very few RV drivers are able to do
that. Well done brother well done! I will catch you on the way back
stay safe as you always told me.
Afternoon of Day 6. Frozen
A radio comes alive a bushy Cessna in
opposite direction. Hi guys how it looks up there? Bad we couldn't
make it through the pass they said. What are you up to? I am an
experimental trying to make it to Galbraith Lake. Don't even try I
doubt you can even make the shelf... unless you go IFR... Hmmm the
shelf? what shelf?
End of Polar Day 6 ...Vlad's Alaska
I spend a good hour in Kaktovik said goodbye
to my wonderful guide Robert Thompson and departed westbound toward
Prudhoe Bay Deadhorse airport. Winds were calm and I decided to
track Beaufort Sea shoreline just below the cloud deck.
Day 7. The Top of the World ...Vlad's Alaska
I checked out of Deadhorse late. The front
desk asked if I had a breakfast. Sure thanks. Go and pack your lunch
you already paid for it. Let me tell you the Aurora hotel has a
really good buffet I packed a ton of meat in that little container.
Weather looked good as it usually is this time of the year. My next
destination was Barrow PABR the place a lot of pilots are trying to
reach including myself.
24 July: Knox, IN
The airborne path out of Shafer Field
that Sunday was an alleyway cutting back to the northeast, bordered
on both sides by rising columns of cumulus that towered like
contorted fence posts over the back yard plains of America. Taking
me directly over the top of Champaign, IL, the alley gradually began
to narrow the further I flew until, dodging hither and thither
through the clouds, I made an aggressive descent from the cool
heights of cruise.