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Old 09-23-2019, 08:07 AM
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JordanGrant JordanGrant is offline
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Location: Virginia
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Default Practicing

Did a right-seat sortie practicing for a future CFI checkride. Things I learned:
1. When solo, full-power clean stalls are fun. The RV-6 just hangs on the prop at 50 knots with a super high deck angle. It's kind of hard to make it stall with the power up.
2. There is a private grass runway in North Carolina that is no longer a runway (the one I practiced an engine-out glide profile into). Trees all grown up into it. I don't like that it's on the charts - what if someone tried to use it in an emergency?
3. I over-flared my fuel tubing. My plane just started a small weeping fuel leak, so I took the tube out after the flight and started working the fix. Looking at it with my more experienced eyes, it's obvious I over-flared that aluminum tube. I need to do another post for posterity on this subject, so future builders can learn from it and do better. The short version is that you should NOT use the auto-clutch feature on the Ridgid 37-deg flaring tool - it will over-flare 3003 aluminum tubes.

Jordan Grant
RV-6 N198G
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Old 09-23-2019, 08:54 AM
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Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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Saturday, installed the left wingtip light and lens. Yesterday, started riveting the bottom skin to the right wing
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Old 09-23-2019, 11:26 AM
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Location: Roy, UT
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A great day for flying Young Eagles in Duchesne, Utah (U69) yesterday! Thank you all for making it an awesome event. We had 10 planes and pilots and flew 39 kids total.
Kent Wright, UT
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Old 09-23-2019, 03:04 PM
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Location: Spring Hill, Florida; Flushing, Michigan
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Default Manhatten Memories

Dolly and I flew the Hudson River Corridor.
It was her first visit ot NYC.
Enjoy the video.
Karl Bambas
1954 1st solo
1964 Mooney Statesman, 1979 C-172, 1948 Globe Swift (all sold)

RV-7 "Dream Weaver" N50KB
Empennage arrived 10/14
QB Wings & Fuselage arrived 06/15
Finish & FF kits arrived 11/15
Dual screen Garmin G3X instruments and harness delivered by Stein 01/16
First flight June 13th 2018

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Old 09-23-2019, 04:08 PM
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Yep - did enjoy it. Nice video. Gonna do that flite one of these days.
RV 7A RV #9700 May 2017
N325KS the Flying K
Built in SoCal KCCB, now in GA @ KPXE
800+ Hours & 7X cross the USA
OSH flyin 2018 & 2019 & Petit Jean 2019 & 2021
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Old 09-23-2019, 05:01 PM
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Location: torrance, ca
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Flew "around the block" in 86F ambient with 55F blowing in my face. Lovely!
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Old 09-23-2019, 11:17 PM
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Today, my wife and I finished up our "weekend" flight from the SF Bay Area, back home to San Diego.

We took off from Concord, CA (CCR) and headed south to Harris Ranch (3O8). After a nice lunch, we took off for Carlsbad, CA (CRQ). We climbed to 11,500' and enjoyed a nice 20-30 knot tailwind, giving us a groundspeed of 180-190 knots. Around LAX, we were passed by a Blue Angel support C130, with one of the Blue Angel Hornets flying formation with it 500' below us.

My wife commented about how FUN flying in the RV is, and how comfortable it is, and asked when we can go again?! All to say, it was a great weekend.

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Old 09-24-2019, 08:25 AM
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Location: Richmond VA, USA
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Default Another great RV weekend

Visited family in Allentown PA. Three hours of easy flying vs. 12 (or more....) hours on the highway. Glorious.
N929JA, 2007 RV-9A
Based W96: New Kent International Aerodrome
(near Richmond, VA USA)
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Old 09-24-2019, 08:38 AM
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Location: KBVY Massachusetts
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4 cloverleaf airspeed calibration runs at 4000 feet

1 Loop

3 landings: all short field practice with #2 also being a short final.
Flying RV-8 N880BC
2022 Dues - happily paid.
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Old 09-24-2019, 10:17 AM
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Location: Severna Park, Maryland
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Seven RVs flew this weekend at the annual Easton Airport Day in Maryland, featuring a mass formation flight of 10 T-34s, 6 T-6, 1 CJ, 7 RVs and 4 Epsilons, followed by the famous Rubber Chicken Dropping Contest. The weather was perfect, the flying was great, and the catered food for the pilots was the best you'll ever have at an airport event and most restaurants! (I'm not kidding)

Here are the seven happy RV drivers: Top left to right: Mugsy, Zack, Pablo, Jolly, Big Al. Bottom left to right: Claw, Magellan.

On Friday, we went to a secret undisclosed grass field to practice our rubber chicken drops.

A close-up of Mugsy taken by my passenger during a practice flight. Notice the rubber chicken launching device under his left wing. Mugsy is a repeat champion of the prestigious rubber chicken dropping contest. Zack won it this year with an amazing 5ft drop, demonstrating once again that RVs can do it all. I had a respectful drop: 50 ft long.

My passenger waves to his wive (who took the picture) as we taxi by as part of the Mass Formation takeoff. My chicken launcher is clearly visible. I have a little control box in the cockpit with an Arm switch and Drop button.

The mass formation flight over Easton Airport on Saturday. The locals love Easton Airport Day. It's rare to see lots of planes in the sky simultaneously. There were roughly 7,000 people in attendance: most ever! The T-34s were up front, followed by the T-6s, then the RVs (arrow pointing to mine) and the four Epsilons.

A close-up of our seven RVs.

The view from the cockpit, taken by my pax.

Approaching Easton Airport. Smoke on!

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Bill Cloughley
Severna Park, Maryland
RV-7 Builder and Pilot (1,700 hours on RV-7)

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