7 days of Aviation fun in the 12
Three RV12s had been planning a x-country trip to the Petit Jean Fly-in. #1 Brent C, #2 David V and #3 Jeff V. (AKA “The Man”). We had planned on leaving on Wed morning the 14th and taking our time traveling to Arkansas. We planned a stop halfway to Memphis, but flying was good so we made it to Campbellsville, KY and spent the night. We met a fellow pilot that took us to lunch and dropped us off at the hotel. Then Thursday morning it was a short 2.2 hour flight to Memphis. We landed @ West Memphis Municipal Airport and got a hotel close for an early departure to Petit Jean AR. Thursday afternoon the 3 of us went to Beal Street for good food and visited the Music hall of Fame. Friday morning the flight of three headed to Petit Jean to see friends and meet new ones.
This event is one of the best RV Fly-ins in the country. They had roughly 120ish RVs. The EAA chapter has planned and thought out the event in detail. Great food and facilities on the top of Petit Jean. The food is top notch IE Grilled ham or turkey and cheese for lunch, then a fish fry for dinner. Fun times meeting with everyone at dinner. Sat began with breakfast , then lunch we had burgers, later in the afternoon we all were watching the balloon popping competition, then BBQ that night. The park is a great venue with plenty of hiking.
We had planned to then make a stop in New Orleans for the food and to visit the WWii museum on Monday. On Tue we started back to PA / NJ staying in Spartanburg SC for the night then headed home.
I have flown to Oshkosh and back and forth to Maine to PA many times, but this was the longest my bird has been from her hanger. The 12 is slower but still a great x-country bird. The three of us had very close to the same fuel burn at fill-ups. We unfortunately had some head winds most of the trip both ways - go figure, but still fun. We flew most of the time between 6500 and 7500 on the way back, but we did do one leg at 9500 nice cool air.
7 days of Aviation fun and now back home.
2237 nautical miles
Just under 25 flight hours
13 new airports
Lots of fun with my two buddy’s
Last edited by Dvalcik : 09-23-2022 at 08:48 PM.