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Old 06-20-2021, 10:08 PM
rcsilvmac rcsilvmac is offline
Join Date: Sep 2019
Location: NorCal
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Default Santa Catalina - KAVX

My bucket list included flying to Catalina Island, and I checked that one off this weekend. A friend was buying a car in Lancaster, CA and needed a ride. I dropped him off Saturday AM and flew over to my daughter's house near Fullerton. Spent the night with her and we went to Catalina on Sunday. The clouds were low and they just broke at Fullerton around 11 AM. KAVX continued to show VFR, so I knew if I could get over the cloud layer, while staying out of the Bravo, I could make it. Of course we did, and as you can see the airport is just above the layer. We had a great day hiking around. One more thing checked off...
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2021 Dues paid
RV-6 with training wheel
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Old 06-20-2021, 10:29 PM
GOFT GOFT is offline
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Location: Canada
Posts: 31
Default Cruising at 9500, summer is here

Northbound in the Kananaskis area towards Banf, Alberta
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RV-14A Flying Jul 2020, thanks to all
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Old 06-21-2021, 07:48 AM
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Bernardo Bernardo is offline
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Location: Portland, OR
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Default Nehalem

Took a lovely trip in the RV-12 to Nehalem Bay State Park on the Oregon coast. One of my favorite airports to land at, within easy walking distance to a beautiful beach (and you can camp there, too, but we didn't this time).

The coastal fog usually burns off around 9AM (at least according to the TAFs) so I timed the flight to land around 9:30. As we were getting to the coast, I started to feel pessimistic. Tillamook is down in this valley somewhere...

But when we reached Nehalem Bay, the fog had cleared off just enough to let us land.

You can't tell in this small version of the photo, but that's a Wilga all the way in the back. You don't see that every day!

(Within an hour or so, we were joined by an RV-4 and an RV... 7A or 9A, I forget).

A quick walk through the trees and...

We made it!

Had a little picnic, which was not easy due to the strong wind. We talk about hundred-dollar hamburgers; Here's a hundred-dollar bagel! Well, in the RV-12 it's more like a forty-dollar bagel...

Things looked much clearer on the way out.

Rural Oregon, with its patchwork-quilt of small farms, is really beautiful. And note Mount Rainier in the distance. In fact, all the volcanoes were "out" despite a wildfire that created some slightly-brownish haze. Once we got up higher, it was easy to see Rainier, Helens, Adams (below), and Hood and Jefferson a little further right.

Have a good week, everyone!
RV-6, 6A, 7A, 9A, & 12 pilot/co-owner. Aeronautical engineer, researcher, lecturer, author. Stanford, Boeing, etc.
Worked on wind-tunnel research, on design & modeling of rocket & jet engines, control systems for UAVs & spacecraft, jetliner maintenance planning, lab tests & computer modeling of innovative aero structures, future airplane designÖ But I have always wanted to work for a small company, on airplanes optimized for fun rather than profit, and no airplane is more fun than an RV!

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Old 06-21-2021, 05:43 PM
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Took my 87-yr-old dad for a ride in my -6 out of TOA. As noted, there was plenty of stratus the past few days which means it's hot above the clouds (80+F). But, the awesome A/C took care of that problem.
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Old 06-21-2021, 08:52 PM
Scott Hersha Scott Hersha is offline
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Location: Cincinnati, OH
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I was able to fly my RV4 this weekend, just because I wanted to. This RV4, or any RV4, could be the best flying airplane Iíve ever owned. Then I prepared my hangar for my next project. I swore I wouldnít do this again, but here I am. It was delivered today (Monday):

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I now have an RV6 to complete. Iíve come full circle. RV6 #2 - (my #1 RV6 build was in the late 90ís), 2 RV8ís after that, and 2 RV4ís that I didnít build, but Ďmodifiedí extensively. This airplane will be for my wife (primarily), and for jumping rides with my grandkids, and others. A side by side is better for that. Iíve said that I wouldnít do this again, but here I am. Iím approaching the age where this may become difficult, but you know what? Itís something that I love to do, and thatís good for me (and others too, maybe).
I purchased this kit from Vans employee (engineer) Taylor, who is not the original builder of this older kit, but put some very good effort at bringing it along. Itís about time she sprouted some wings, and Ďdefied a little gravityí, (Beach Boys), not my method, but you get the drift. Hope to bring it to Sun-N-Fun next spring, definitely Oshkosh Ď22. Iíll be at KOSH Ď21 in my RV4 if anyone is interested in an extremely well built O-360 powered pocket rocket.
RV6/2001 built/sold 2005
RV8 Fastback/2008 built/sold 2015
RV4/bought 2016/sold/2017
RV8/2018 built/Sold(sadly)
RV4/bought 2019 Flying
RV6/Used kit purchased 2021 building
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Old 06-21-2021, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Bgill View Post
The photo says it all..
I can play this game too..
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RV6-A "Aluminum Mistress"
Too many hobbies- not enough time.
2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 donor and happy to do it.
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Old 06-21-2021, 11:03 PM
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Default Amazing little machine...

KMAN to KMFR and back. 28.1 gallons. 590nm. Averaged about 160ktas. Still amazed by this wonderful airplane. Plus, you get to do this along the way...
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Old 06-22-2021, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Flying Canuck View Post

The most significant part of my week was writing and passing the instrument written exam yesterday. 20 more hours of training and a flight test and I'll be rated. This summer hopefully.
Nice! That's a big step, not to be ignored.
Greg Niehues - SEL, IFR, Repairman Cert.
Garden City, TX VAF 2021 dues paid
N16GN flying 850 hrs and counting; IO360, SDS, WWRV200, Dynon HDX, IFD440, G5
Built an off-plan RV9A with too much fuel and too much HP. Should drop dead any minute now.
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Old 06-27-2021, 07:24 AM
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Default Unforgettable weekend

So I’m a little late, this happened a few weekends ago but this one will stay with me.

My good friend Don and I flew our RV’s to meet another friend as he brought his newly restored P51 back to Canada from Florida. We flew formation for an hour back to our home airfield and did a couple of low passes at various airfields along the way. We could hear his engine roar even through our ANR headsets. Don and I were at 2400 rpm and Hannuh was at low power with 2 stages of flap.

What a day.

Simon Hitchen
Port Perry, ON, Canada
7 Tip Up, Titan XIO-360, Dual P-Mags, Airflow Performance matched Injectors, Sensenich FP Prop, 2 Dynon Skyviews, GPS-175, GTR-200, GTX-327. Day/night VFR/ IFR

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Old 06-29-2021, 12:08 AM
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Default PAEN to KFFA

Arrived at KFFA June 20, 2021:
29.8 hours/4481.5 miles.
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20 gallon AUX tank can be seen sitting in passenger seat! Big help on a trip like this. Modified with Velcro, big help keeping pens/snacks/notebooks etc. handy.

Installed the echo-UAT ADS-B system for this journey.

Flew back to Alaska yesterday 6-27-2021, one day flight from KORS to PAEN took 9.9 hours and covered 1558.8 miles. Refueled at PAPG. Had to divert, Prince William Sound was IFR, flew north to PAGK then under the clouds back to PAEN.

Best regards,
Mike Bauer
Mike Bauer
N999SN 1998 Syd Nelson RV-6 (purchased 2017)
UTC -09:00 Alaska

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