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Old 08-30-2019, 08:06 PM
BillL BillL is offline
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Originally Posted by hydroguy2 View Post
Just saw this note. I crossed Peoria at 6500? and 174kts this afternoon and almost instantly got slammed into the canopy. Not much warning but it got rough for about 20 miles. Up and down 1-2000fpm. I pulled the power back and pulled the nose up to kill my forward speed. Wasn?t to bad at 135. Short bit later I decided KMLI would have good food good shower and comfy bed.
Late start do only did 600 miles in the heat and bumps. Tomorrow dawns a new day, we?ll get s better start and should make it home 1100 moles away.

FYI... it?s like riding a bike, RVs will treat even rusty pilots fairly. Made some of my best landings ever and last time I flew Aurora was February 2017. Keep pounding those rivets.

Also Rob T was the perfect buyer back then and meticulous owner/caregiver, but also a good friend to give me the chance to have the RV grin again
I saw your Flightaware track and it was almost over PIA. I think you were flying over right about 4 pm. There was a nasty area building about that time, not a storm but all the winds, glad it was ok for you. I was out mowing and the temp dropped 12 F and the clouds had that nasty dark cotton ball bottom just after your passage. Maybe I can catch you at 97MT in a few weeks on the way to Bellingham.

Hopefully better air for the next 1100.

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Old 08-31-2019, 05:19 AM
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Default Great news!

Good to hear things are going well for you two
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Old 08-31-2019, 11:08 PM
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I too am happily following this thread. Hopeful healing of the spousal unit and the opportunity to care for and fly your RV7 again is priceless.
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Old 09-01-2019, 11:50 AM
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Made it home last evening. Over 1100nm just yesterday with lots of headwind and weather detours. Scud running, squeezed between layers, climb through holes to get on top and plenty of heat and chop the whole day.

But Aurora performed great. It felt like I never stopped flying her all this time.

Life is good.
Retired Dam guy. Life is good.
Brian, N155BKsold but bought back.
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Old 09-01-2019, 02:42 PM
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Congratulations! Welcome back.
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Old 09-01-2019, 03:01 PM
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Made it home last evening. ....snip
Outstanding news, Brian. Very happy for you!!!!

Doug Reeves (your host)
  • Full time: since '07 (started it in '96).
  • Part time: Contract Pilot (PIC type in Embraer Phenom 300). Flying resume.
  • Part time: Phenom 300 (currently) and Gulfstream 450/550 (soon) Seat Support at CAE (KDFW).
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Old 09-01-2019, 03:59 PM
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I may make another follow up and a few pics....if I can figure out the hosting situation. I?ll probably be a regular again.
Retired Dam guy. Life is good.
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Old 09-01-2019, 08:46 PM
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Fantastic Brian....a real RV fairy tale that came true!!
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Old 09-02-2019, 08:37 PM
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Brian, Great news buddy, if I had been around would have given you a place to stay but was up in Ohio with Anita. Our Dazzle flew great

Like always. You give Kris a big hug and enjoy Aurora again in your new home

Glad the trip went well
Say again when in Atlanta actually in Jasper. We have cheap fuel and ya?ll have a place to stay

Smilin' Jack & Anita Hunt
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Old 09-03-2019, 12:52 AM
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Default Congratulations!!!

WOW, Brian... I just came across this thread and I am just thrilled to hear this!! What fabulous news! I have thought of you often, and wondered how your lovely wife was doing. Such good news, on all fronts. Welcome home! I'm sharing this story with my wife, she will love it too!


P.S. Quick update on my work, in case you're wondering... we weighed the 7A for empty weight. Came in at 1072 lbs! And just a few days ago we had the first engine start!
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