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Tue Sep 2, 2014  1152Z


Seen a few hangars down - doing an annual.... 

Another RV-8 Flies ...Vic Syracuse

In January of this year I picked up a partially-completed RV-8 from a local builder, Paul Ledoux. Paul decided to build an RV-12 instead, and that is coming along very nicely. I always wanted an 8, and didn't think anyone was going to let me fly theirs. Well, I finally finished it and made 3 test flights today.  ...

Thanks! another 8 flying ...NLPete

Ive been a lurker here for a long time and thought Id step out to say thank you ...

First Flight of the Eagle ...John Harrell 7A

After four years and seven months of building, my RV-7A S/N 73678 (aka the Eagle) took to the air. It was just me, my wife, and Dave Stevenson at the hangar this morning as we checked the airplane out for the last time before the first flight. I wanted this event to be low key. Spectators would just make me nervous and add pressure that could cloud my judgment. The airplane was ready as far as I could tell, and the conditions were right so I decided it was the day to fly. I started the engine with 18 gallons of fuel on board; more than enough for this flight. After a smooth taxi to the east end of the runway at KAJO I did a standard run-up and mag check. All systems go! I checked for traffic and called out my intention to take-off on runway 25 for the first flight. The next guy in sequence to take-off radio'd back "good luck".  ...

Monkey Island Grand Lake Ok ...crabandy trip write-up

Impromptu RV trip because the Wx was simply too nice not to go flying, we just needed a place to go to. Ray was nice enough to haul 2 of my girls in his 10 and the Pie went with me to give "Monkey Island" a try.  ...

My 50th ...David Paule

Yes, it's been 50 years today since I soloed.

I was 17 years old. I worked at an FBO washing and waxing planes in exchange for flying lessons. The minimum wage then was $1.25 an hour and that went directly towards the flying. The Cessna 150, the original fastback version, cost $12 an hour wet. The instructor cost $6. Fuel was expensive at 42 cents a gallon, but the airport was Santa Monica and the City was the fuel vendor. I didn't get any flying support from my folks. They talked about whether they'd sign off on me soloing and were slightly dismayed when I explained that they didn't need to.

At that time I didn't have a driver's license. I had to walk or bike to the field. Since I wasn't earning any actual cash and didn't have a bike, I walked. It wasn't exactly around the corner.

When I wasn't working or flying, I'd roam around the field, getting to know many of the regulars. I got to fly a lot of cool airplanes and eventually checked out in taildraggers with a Cessna 120. No flaps and it sure was noisy - no ANR back then.

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It was a pretty day today, so I went flying. I went solo. It seemed appropriate.

Dave

Beautiful Steamboat ...vid post by Christopher Murphy

The Renegades are at the Wild West Air Fest this weekend. This is our favorite event and this video hints at the reason.  ...

My new Ride (RV-6A) ...Manny Oro

Just bought this beauty. 0-320 8.5 gph. Did 185 mph with 1600+ fpm the other day in sunny (HOT) Florida! Panel can use an upgrade but that is coming.

Texans invade Nevada! Come and welcome them ...this Wednesday

Three RV/VAF couples (Tom and Bonnie Walker, Claudia and Martin Sutter, and Ron and Kelly Walker) plan to arrive at Dayton Valley Airpark mid-day on Wednesday (9/3). Paul and I will be hosting a BYOB gathering at our hangar starting at 6:30 pm that evening. We'd love to have some other VAF folks show up. Please note if you fly in that the runway is unlit and the moon will not be any help at this time, so you probably should head home before it gets dark.

In addition, we plan a fly-out on Thursday (9/4) morning for breakfast at Bridgeport. Meeting on the ramp at O57 at 8:30 am then walking across the bridge into town to the Hays Street Cafe (about a 5 miinute walk from the ramp). Join us!

Status Report ...Bill Greenley

Milestone: So Long Phase I ...Bruce Hill 9A

Panel Upgrade ...Jesse

This is a recent upgrade to N345RD from dual AFS 3500's to a 3500 and a 5600 Touch. It's almost done. It's going to be great flying behind the 5600.

Status Update: Many Pics ...Andy Karmy

N66GB Nearly Ready to Fly Again ...dacronwal post

August Experimenter

 

Sun Aug 31, 2014  1536Z SPECIAL

Some good news
For those wonderful folks and advertisers who choose to support this site financially, I thought I would give you a bit of good news regarding what some of that money has helped accomplish.

Yesterday we got a text from our daughter Audrey, a sophomore at SMU majoring in Biochemistry, saying she starts training for a lab job this coming Wednesday.  The Lippert Research Group (web link) is working with chemiluminescence in the body.  She will start out helping to analyze chemicals found in saliva to look for trends between stress and depression.  Some of the other research involves using widely available smart phone technology, for example an iPhone's camera, to test for lung cancer.

I thought you might enjoy this wonderful news.  Susie and I are so very proud of Audrey and the adult she is becoming. 

 

Fri Aug 29, 2014  1758Z SPECIAL

 

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