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Tue Mar 11. 1145z ....some
interesting tidbits plucked from the
VAF forums (posting
N525RV departs my airport. Friday
morning was cold, overcast and damp, and I was in a chair in Stan's
hangar talking with Ross about the pros and cons of using
smartphones as health monitors. And airplanes, of course.
The beautiful RV-8 above came taxiing down into view, and I felt the
urge to go to the car for the camera.
shot thirty images during the roll, and liked this one best.
Click on it. What stood out to me, besides the beautiful paint
job, is the position of the aircraft in the shot. That complicated
mix of ground and flight, where everything is in play, and changing
by the millisecond. Note the elevator slightly pitched up, the
rudder slightly canted to the right (the shadow of the rudder
counterweight is just barely there). The engine at its
absolute maximum, and the pilot (most likely) focused on the
centerline off in the distance, correcting constantly. Is his
thumb just now starting to move toward the trim switch on the stick?
Three wheels spinning down, unneeded for now, as needles on gauges
continue climbing. Physics, art, engineering, excitement,
calculated risk, satisfaction. How can one not be drawn
to this hobby?
And good morning.
Aerobatic Fun ...Mike Elliott
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From the RV-6 Yesterday ...200mm lens.
Been trying for several days to see some
bucks, and yesterday morning the tumblers clicked. I think the
one on the lower left is makin' hockey. At least that's the
stance Moondog takes in our front yard. Fourteen minute flight
and back home on the computer an hour later.
If anyone's thinking of emailing me that I was too close, please
note that I was high enough that the female didn't stop eating.
GPS track later showed 992' agl. It's really quite an amazing
The challenge for me, and I find this enjoyable, is mentally
calculating the radius of turn needed to enter a nice banana pass
over the spot, trimming for altitude, holding 95kts, putting the
plane's belly between the sun and lens at the exact moment, and
raising the camera off my right thigh for one shot....then setting
it back down on the passenger seat. The actual taking of the
picture takes about two seconds if I have the flow right.
Easy in a Cub...a little harder in the faster moving RV.
If you're flying an RV-3/4/8, you'll have to figure out your own
system <g>. My passenger seat isn't just for passengers!
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