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Old 05-09-2021, 09:39 AM
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Talking 10 Years Ago on This Day

Time flies memories fade. Having an extensive archive of digital images, detailed pilot logs and decades of daily planners I am giving it a try. To remember what happened on a certain day 10 years ago. I can retrieve every day back to 25 years ago but that far is not RV related. So let's go back to May 2011...

Well, after building my RV9A for over four years, it's time to move to the airport. I started the empennage in 2007 in a tiny NYC studio then moved the project across the Hudson River to Bayonne, NJ. In a rented 1 car garage I completed the rest of the airframe the year was 2010. The frantic search for a hangar brought me to Princeton Airport where I was lucky to have an affordable space under a roof in a row of old hangars. With a dirt floor.

Al, local fireman, generously offered his trailer to transport the airplane to the airport for a nominal fee. Gas and food was on me. The crew of three went to work... Al to the right, to the left is Joe a neighbor of Bayonne Bleeder ...





Very carefully we loaded my RV on the trailer and secured it.



Stopped at a coffee shop to get fresh bagels to go. I am missing that joint.



Passed the toll plaza near Newark International Airport we hit Hwy 80. I was following the caravan in my brand spanking new Mini Cooper.





It took us over one hour to get from Bayonne to Princeton Airport. Unloaded the plane and moved it to the hangar.



Having such a rare opportunity to get skilled help we plugged the wings in the same day. Most builders know what ordeal it might be.



Around noon two "cousins" showed up to check on the progress. Jeff and Tony. Jeff was mulling the idea of building a 12 and Tony has already bought and ferried from West Coast his 7A.





Finished the operation at a local diner. What a day!
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Old 05-09-2021, 07:33 PM
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the basement laundry room build.... when there is a will, there is a way.

I really like this photo.

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Old 05-10-2021, 06:38 AM
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Thank you Steve. It was tight quarters full of junk. I struck a nice deal with a home owner, filled up couple dumpsters, scraped and painted walls and floors. Wings arrived to a real shop





There was a moment couple years later when it was time to fit the wings and I still didn't have a wide enough door to move the project out. The landlady was busy and out of reach I almost had a panic attack. The airplane is TRAPPED in the basement forever! Then a contractor came in couple months and blasted an 8' opening in the wall I was happy.

Caboom! I have the way out



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Old 05-10-2021, 08:00 AM
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Vlad:
Gotta ask the obvious question. How many hours have you put on the beast in that time? Any other "big" trips on the horizon? You continue to be a "must read" for many of us. Keep doing what yer doing.
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Old 05-12-2021, 06:16 AM
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Gotta ask the obvious question. How many hours have you put on the beast in that time? Any other "big" trips on the horizon? You continue to be a "must read" for many of us. Keep doing what yer doing.
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55 hundred hours plus Terry. All Day VFR. Running out of logbook manufacturers



Nothing epic is planned in near future the work consumes me.
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Old 05-12-2021, 06:59 AM
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thanks Vman. incredible story you have created. best of luck in your future endeavors.
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Old 05-12-2021, 07:43 AM
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55 hundred hours plus Terry. All Day VFR. Running out of logbook manufacturers
Wow, 5500+ hours... same engine? Any new cylinders at least?

Dang, I'm seriously impressed.
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Old 05-12-2021, 09:25 AM
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congrats on the build, congrats on all these accident free hours and aerial adventures!

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where do you take the time to fly as much as you do then

Oh well, you gotta have some eastern system working for you
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Old 05-12-2021, 07:15 PM
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Fly safe !,,
hope to see you before 20 years anniversary
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Old 05-13-2021, 04:56 AM
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Congrats! I wonder how many people like me had their first RV ride in that airplane. It was a profitable ride for Vans. I'm hoping to have my 9A done this year. Keep the adventures coming Vlad. I think Vans should supply you with a new engine for being such an ambassador for the brand.
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