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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,400
Posted By mchargmg
Spanish Peaks

We decided to fly down and circumnavigate the Spanish Peaks in Southern Colorado. The peaks sit about 5 miles off the southern end of the Sangre de Cristos. There is an absolutely beautiful road...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,503
Posted By mchargmg
Frustrating!

It was a beautiful day Sunday, and I was going to fly over to Gunnison and visit a buddy for breakfast. Got the plane going and taxing out to do a runup when the fuel pressure started acting up. I...
Forum: Midwest 10-03-2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 327
Posted By mchargmg
A non numeric answer--a lot

When I was out today in the 6A I saw three other RVs. The RV environment at KFLY is very strong. I would not be surprised if there we >50 RVs of some type on the field.

Blue skies

Geoff
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,459
Posted By mchargmg
Colors have started to turn finally

We flew up to Westin pass, across Leadville, and landed to say hi to the nice folks in Buena Vista (KAEJ). The colors have finally started to turn. This is a photo of the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,817
Posted By mchargmg
First flight after conditional

We had to send the magnetos in for reconditioning. Put in a new Horizon 10.1 EFIS. Finally got everything going and took it up in the pattern to make sure it still makes airplane noises. Glad to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,160
Posted By mchargmg
Cats did ok for 3 hour flight

Hi all

I took some cats (momma and kittens) from Oklahoma City to KFLY outside Colorado Springs for Pilots and Paws. We used a soft sided cat carrying case. The trip home was right at three hours....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2021, 08:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,169
Posted By mchargmg
Changed the oil and took a short flight

One of the cadets and I were testing the range of a low power transmitter by driving around town, and we wound up close to the airport. I asked if he likes to fly, and of course, he said yes. So he...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,665
Posted By mchargmg
Quick flight to KLIC

I am looking for an airport East of KFLY to put a piece of equipment at. So I flew up to KLIC to see if they had wireless (which I need). Unfortunately, it does not look like they do.

Anyway,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 02:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,018
Posted By mchargmg
La Veta pass and Southern Colorado visit

Friday I flew in local area as there was a storm blowing in. Today was gorgeous along the Front Range, so we went over La Veta pass, and did a touch and go at Monte Vista airport (KMVI) and Leech...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 08:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,708
Posted By mchargmg
Got out the snowblower

Cleaned off the 50m or so of ramp up to the taxi way and flew over to Limon for some touch and goes. Nothing very exciting, but it was nice to get out!

Blue skies

Geoff
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2021, 06:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,933
Posted By mchargmg
Flew around Pikes Peak

We were headed to Buena Vista, but it was getting choppy, so we diverted down to 1V6 (Freemony County). Here is a photo of the backside of Pikes Peak....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2020, 07:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,734
Posted By mchargmg
Changed the oil

And flew the local area. It was a beautiful day. No photos sadly. Will get some next time.

Geoff
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-07-2020, 11:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,394
Posted By mchargmg
His life defined service

His type will not pass this way again soon.

God speed General Yeager
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-05-2020, 09:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,516
Posted By mchargmg
Thanks for the help

I will go check that spark plug this weekend. Not sure I have ever done an inflight mag check.

Thanks again!

Geoff
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-05-2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,516
Posted By mchargmg
EGT during Lean of Peak operations

Hi all,

I fly an RV-6A with an IO-360 (180 HP) and CS prop out of KLFY Colorado. I routinely run Lean of Peak (LOP) when just cruising around. Typical cruise numbers up at our altitude...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2020, 05:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,027
Posted By mchargmg
Gas run

We flew down to 4V1 on Saturday to fill up. When we arrived there was a Beech C90 parked in front of the gas pumps. Luckily the pilot was there, waiting for passengers. We carefully pulled in...
Forum: Photography 10-07-2020, 07:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 23,311
Posted By mchargmg
Did you use Direct Image Link in Embed Google?

Dan,

When you generate the link in Embed Google Photos use the Direct Image Link. I think maybe what you did was paste that directly into the VAF post. You need to use the insert image button in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2020, 09:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 16,458
Posted By mchargmg
Nigh Flight to La Junta

We have been trying to fly at night once a month during the full moon just to keep current. This month was La Junta (https://www.airnav.com/airport/KLHX), Colorado. La Junta was a bomber training...
Forum: Photography 10-06-2020, 09:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 23,311
Posted By mchargmg
Embed Google Photos

Hi Dan,

I admit it is a bit confusing. I made a pdf with examples images that hopefully explains how to do this. 3135 Let me know if it worked for you. Here is the photo that I was using in my...
Forum: Photography 10-05-2020, 12:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 23,311
Posted By mchargmg
Embed google photos

Hey all,

I have been using this little website (https://www.labnol.org/embed/google/photos/) to help with google. It is pretty easy. You go to google photos, open up a photo you want, and click...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2020, 07:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,415
Posted By mchargmg
Leadville and Westin Pass

Last week the fires in Colorado kept us on from going anywhere, really miserable visibility. This week we got some snow, and that cleared the air out. This morning dawned clear and quiet so we...
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-08-2020, 10:26 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,776
Posted By mchargmg
Recharge time

Supposedly the recharge time is 45 minutes (https://www.pipistrel-aircraft.com/the-alpha-electro-is-getting-established-in-switzerland/). When I was doing training our club ran 2-3 sorties a day on...
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-08-2020, 06:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,776
Posted By mchargmg
I wonder if electric will make it's first mark as a "second plane?"

Hi all,

As technology improves, I wonder if electricity will come into its own as the second plane. I do not know what percentage of pilots have multiple planes, but many that do have a "fun" plane...
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-07-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,776
Posted By mchargmg
Technology is coming along

Hey all,
This is a really interesting post. Two companies come to mind on the electric powerplant front.

The first is Pipistrel, it now has a certified version of the E-811...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2020, 09:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,541
Posted By mchargmg
New Mexico Jaunt

Sabrina and I flew down to Raton (KRTN) and Springer (S42). The Raton pass is low, and very pretty. Here is a view of the butte just outside of Trinidad on the way over the pass....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,350
Posted By mchargmg
Finished conditional and chased down an A/P gremlin

Back flying after the conditional, where we changed tires on mains, spark plugs, and a starter. It ran great today on the test flight.

Blue skies.

Geoff
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-07-2020, 05:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,347
Posted By mchargmg
Power setting at low altitudes

Hi all,
I fly a 180HP with CS prop 6A. I have always flown at high density altitudes. Our field elevation is 6800 ft, and we routinely see 10,000 ft DA in summer. So I have never really worried...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2020, 08:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,450
Posted By mchargmg
Pnp flight

Hi all,

We flew our first Pilots N Paws (PnP) flight this weekend. We went from KFLY down to Sundance airport (KHSD) on the outskirts of Oklahoma City to pick up some kitties. The momma and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,485
Posted By mchargmg
Suggestion on how to find mechanic

Bill,
Welcome! You ask a really great question about how to find a good mechanic. I think there are as many answers as people that have ever bought an RV. Let me suggest what worked for me.

Go...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,988
Posted By mchargmg
Pictures show up yet?

I redid the photos following the google photos tip I found. Can you see them yet? I sure wish there was an easy way to get google photos to work. The trick seems to get google photos to "pops...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,988
Posted By mchargmg
4V1 for cheap gas and Spanish Peaks flight seeing

4V1 (Walsenburg CO) seems to consistently have the cheapest gas around. I flew down today and filled up for $2.40 a gallon.

Here we are on short final on runway 9. Walsenburg is a pretty airport...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2020, 07:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,918
Posted By mchargmg
Flew around the Sangre De Cristos

Headed down to Spanish Peaks for a touch and go. When we left winds were about 10 knots, when we got there they had a 30 kt crosswind. So we flew over to the Westcliff valley (East of Sangre De...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,379
Posted By mchargmg
We need a movie!

Wow, that looks great! Take a movie and post so we can see if indeed the propeller goes the right way:-)

Great job, I would never have the courage to even try something like that.

Geoff
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2020, 09:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,224
Posted By mchargmg
Gas run

Since everything is closed, no hamburgers. Ran down to 4V1 as they have the cheapest gas nearby. Got to where I could hear the AWOS, and it says the pump is down. Rats! So I came back to KFLY,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2020, 07:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,101
Posted By mchargmg
KAEJ for breakfast

Took a buddy of mine to Buena Vista for breakfast at the Roosters Crow. Great place. He flies C-17s for the AF, first time he had flown an RV. Grins all around.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2020, 05:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,446
Posted By mchargmg
Got N241ES back in the air

Left brake on the pilot side has been leaking around the cylinder inside the plane. I managed to get that fixed a week ago, but it was brutally cold in the hangar. I must be getting old:-) So today...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-14-2020, 07:45 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 15,645
Posted By mchargmg
Wink Those were the days

This reminds me of a time in the late 70s. My girlfriend (now wife) had a job in Oklahoma. She was driving back to see her mother in Missouri. She called me from a truck stop, her Chevy Vega had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2019, 10:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,066
Posted By mchargmg
Taos NM run

Sabrina and I decided to fly down to Taos NM for a day. We had to preheat the plane since it was about 20 deg. F. The cold air was very calm, and the flight over is only about an hour.

After...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2019, 09:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,334
Posted By mchargmg
Flew to Eads CO

In my quest to fly to all the paved runways in Colorado, we went to Eads (9V7). Did a few touch and goes, and came on home. It is so small, no car to go into town.

Not much out on the eastern...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,492
Posted By mchargmg
Changed the oil

Put the wheel pants back on since they finally got the main runway finished and we don't have to land on dirt anymore. Flew in the pattern. Not very exciting, but KFLY is back in business!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,836
Posted By mchargmg
Flew to Kansas City

Flew out from Colorado Springs to KC on Friday. I had a great time with my friends on Friday and Saturday. Flew back Sunday. Strong headwinds the entire way combined with mist in the morning made...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 07:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,597
Posted By mchargmg
A possible alternative

As Paul said, all the main sites use data provided by National Weather Service. Windy lets you actually change models. You can choose to look at output from any of the three main models, NAM,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2019, 10:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,932
Posted By mchargmg
Wandered around Colorado

Looking for colors. Not yet...

The view from the top of La Veta...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-24-2019, 09:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,979
Posted By mchargmg
Here is my view

Took off the wheel pants since we are landing on the gravel runway right now at KFLY. They are resurfacing the main runway. It sure was a pretty morning for a flight. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,042
Posted By mchargmg
HDX flooring for Hangar?

Hi all,

Has anyone used the HDX universal flooring for a hangar? How well does it last? Home Depot has an example here:...
Forum: Midwest 06-29-2019, 08:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 818
Posted By mchargmg
Update on closure

Hi all,
The KFLY 15/33 runway and taxiway alpha are closing July 8 for 73 days. They are replacing both the runway and taxiway alpha. The short cross runway will be in use. Updates can be found...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-13-2019, 07:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,314
Posted By mchargmg
Interesting photo!

Paul,

What a great photo. It does look like maybe the shadow of the light hitting to Kelvin Helmholtz waves. What is cool is that the shadows appear to be associated with the trough, not the peak...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2019, 05:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,906
Posted By mchargmg
Simple USB and aux portable amp

Hey David,

Sounds like you have decent speakers and a radio already. Take a look at something like this. Has both USB and aux input. The power amp is 50W, so it should drive most speakers. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,746
Posted By mchargmg
Thank you for VAF!

Doug,

I just wanted to echo what the others said. This is such a great forum. I am forever grateful I found it. I am more grateful you did all the hard work and took the leap of faith to make it...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-10-2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,587
Posted By mchargmg
Congrats

Great video Chuck,

Congrats on the new ride.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2018, 06:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,097
Posted By mchargmg
LSA in mountains

Hi there,

I have not flown the RV-12. I did my PPL in a Gobosh, a certified LSA. My home field was Centennial Airport in Denver. Field elevation is 5,880 ft. I flew the Gobosh all over the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-01-2018, 06:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,878
Posted By mchargmg
See if images load now

Had to fiddle about some. I use google photos, and it seems to have changed from what I used to do.

Thanks for letting me know.

Geoff

[ed. Yessir! Great pics!! b,d]
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-30-2018, 10:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,878
Posted By mchargmg
Colorado fall flight

It finally cooled down some, so we took the 6A up into the high country to see if we could find any color. Launched out of KFLY, and headed south, past Spanish Peaks, and up over Mosca Pass. You...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,607
Posted By mchargmg
A flying club is also a possibility

It is pretty clear that a flying club can charge dues that are used towards the upkeep, maintenance, hangar fees etc for the plane. Both EAA and AOPA have pretty strong programs to help setting up a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2018, 08:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,610
Posted By mchargmg
Plusses for a six

Mark,
Your post mentioned you might look at 4's and 6's due to the good deal you can get. I second that thought. We bought a 6a which was made locally but not flying much. I got it inspected, and...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-15-2018, 08:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,680
Posted By mchargmg
Great write up!

Mike,

Wonderful write up. Reminds me of home. I lived in Fairbanks for three years while in the Air Force. One of my favorite memories was snowshoeing in Denali park in February. It was clear,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2018, 07:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,878
Posted By mchargmg
Welcome!

Harry,

Welcome aboard! I am another AF retiree. I also purchased a flying RV. I honestly don't think Van's make a bad one, so just pick one that suits your fancy, and start flying! If you and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,729
Posted By mchargmg
After building maybe a club?

Ian,

Here at my home airport we have a "club" that has two planes in it. Each person in the club buys in, uses the plane for an agreed upon amount per hour. When they leave they are responsible for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2017, 08:36 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 10,215
Posted By mchargmg
Acuity software

As I currently own a "cave" T hangar, I am also in the market for lighting. I thought Jon's post was excellent. Here is a link to an online design tool at the Acuity website...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2017, 07:33 AM
Replies: 2,000
Views: 626,444
Posted By mchargmg
Cool website idea

Steve,

Very cool idea. You should have your daughter also "sell" the designs for those that have printers. What an entrepreneur!

Geoff
Forum: Safety 11-06-2017, 08:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,476
Posted By mchargmg
Similar

Yes, after a similar incident, I went back to watching the upper winds when I fly around the mountains in Colorado. If they are above 25 knots at 12,000 or above I go somewhere else. Cuts down on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2017, 07:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,675
Posted By mchargmg
Thoughts with all down in Texas

Looks awful. Stay safe. We are all pulling for you.

Geoff
Forum: Aircraft Camping 08-16-2017, 08:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,919
Posted By mchargmg
Canada?

Maybe Banff or Jasper National parks? They are not that far at all. You will have to do the border thing though, and you would have to have your passport with you.

Good luck!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-06-2017, 07:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,651
Posted By mchargmg
Early morning flight

Hey all,

For some reason I woke up early today and could not get back to sleep. So I decided to go flying. The hangar at my airport, KFLY, is about 35 minutes from my house. So after a bit of...
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