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Old 10-05-2019, 07:14 PM
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Default What did you do with your RV this weekend (10/5 - 10/6/2019)

I really enjoy these threads, so here we go...!

After a bit of ignition system troubleshooting during the week, it was time to enjoy the now fixed airplane. I flew over to Ramona, Ca (RNM) where they were having an ?Air Fair.?

Pretty nice showing of RV?s in for the get together .. seven varying RV models flying in formation over the airport, Bruce Hill giving Young Eagle rides in his RV-9A, a few RV-6?s in the main display area, along with my and one other RV-9A, plus Plummit?s RV-10 in transient parking, along with a RV-6A, and perhaps others. RV?s were well represented.

Several antique airplanes were being shown, a T-6 was giving rides, several light sport aircraft were parked in the show area, along with a glider, a few T-34?s, and lots more that I?m missing.

In the back area were several exhibitors, ranging from the Boy Scouts to CalFire, the local EAA chapter, and many others.

Lastly, there was a bit of a car show area as well, with mostly classic cars.

The highlight of my day was running into the aviation insurance broker for my day job, who was there with her 13 year old son who had never been in a small plane. I fixed that. We went for a short ride around the local area, which he loved. Now he wants to learn to fly.
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Old 10-05-2019, 07:22 PM
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Default What did you do with your RV this weekend (10/05-06/2019)

My youngest was the first to express an interest in learning how to fly. We did a couple lessons, and then other things got in the way. Last night, I got a text asking if we could spend some time together today, when he came home from College Park for the weekend. This morning, he suggested flying to lunch. So I dropped all my plans, and we flew to LNS, and had pizza. Climbing out on the return flight, he said, "Can I do some turns and stuff when we get back to the Eastern Shore?" I immediately said, "Your airplane" and we took the long way home, all the way to short final. That was fun.
Mike C.
Sierra Nevada
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Old 10-05-2019, 07:36 PM
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Finished GDL82 install. Flew flight to verify it worked. Got confirmation all good. Collected my $500 rebate. Went up to turn some of that rebate into fuel then into Horsepower. Put on almost 2 hours flying around enjoying smooth air never getting more than 50 miles from my home airport
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Old 10-05-2019, 07:44 PM
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Default Rock Hopping

After 5 weekends of being stuck at home behind a computer, I took the Dove for a quick spin over Yosemite and zipped through Tioga Pass where we landed for some brunch at Lee Vining, California (O24). The weather was perfect with just a nip of autumn tinging the air.

The walk into Lee Vining was a refreshing change. We were right in the middle of almond and pistachio harvesting season in central California, and barring any major wildfires, our air quality was at its worst in early October. Orchard sweepers regularly spewed tons of earth into the skies, and from the air, the floor of the San Joaquin Valley appeared like a hotbed of dirt geysers. But on the east side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the breathing at 6,800 feet MSL felt like putting on an oxygen mask. It was only about a half mile into town where the restaurant, Nicely?s, sprang up like a wildflower from the 1950s.

There was a problem. It was closed. And so was nearly every other business in Lee Vining. According to the owner of a local coffee shop, there was a major power outage affecting everyone from Topaz Lake all the way down to Bishop---a 130-mile swath of California real estate. Lee Vining was in the epicenter of the power failure. I turned around and headed back to the Dove.

But walking back toward the airport, I noticed a lot of traffic going into the Tioga Mobile Station on Highway 120, just up from the airport. There was a place up there called The Whoa Nellie Deli. They had no problem with power. As such, they were swamped with business. I wandered in through a mix of European tourists and American weekenders and ordered a bacon cheeseburger.

The wait was longer than expected but worth every bite. I sat outside and watched the Yosemite Park and Owens Valley tourists mingling in the sunshine, some on their shiny motorcycles, others in their SUVs. Wiping the grease off my face with a napkin, I couldn?t help thinking about flying over all of them and getting home in only 30 minutes and feeling with every bump, ripple, jolt and updraft not only the thrill of canyon flying, but the joy of living, of being alive and really knowing it.

The road back to the airport took me along the perimeter of the United States Pumice Company, the pumice mine where those long rectangular sticks used to scour porcelain sinks and toilets were dug up, cut, and processed. There was a lot of kickout lying by the edge of the road. They were rocks that could float in water.

After a quick pre-flight, I blasted out of Lee Vining on a right downwind and watched the flat circumference of Mono Lake fall to the port side.

Then I headed west through Tioga Pass. The gusting stream of channeled wind lifted me higher and ever higher, and I could feel the blood pumping through my body. It was good to be alive.
Scott Chastain
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Old 10-05-2019, 10:02 PM
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I departed CRQ for the 20 NM trip, and as it turns out departed behind a Diamond DA40 Star, and a C172. I don?t really know much about the DA40, especially about its performance. Anyhow, the three of us departed back to back, I was #3. I was impressed that I passed the C172 about 500? above him about a minute after takeoff. Then about three minutes later, I passed the Diamond DA40. It?s fun passing people, mostly because I think that they don?t expect the RV to be such a performer.
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Old 10-05-2019, 11:28 PM
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Wink There?s wayyyy more out there

Originally Posted by Scott Chastain View Post

But walking back toward the airport, I noticed a lot of traffic going into the Tioga Mobile Station on Highway 120, just up from the airport. There was a place up there called The Whoa Nellie Deli.

The wait was longer than expected but worth every bite.
Glad you discovered a gem that is dear to us climbing bums when we emerge from the Sierra. And, equally glad you did NOT find the multiple hidden hot springs out there. LOL

BTW - love the paint scheme.
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Old 10-06-2019, 08:36 AM
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Default Ramona air fair

Bruce Hill's beautiful -9A

A nice pedal plane:


Formation work:

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Old 10-06-2019, 02:21 PM
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Default 1st Sunday at Santa Paula

This morning we flew to Santa Paula for their 1st Sunday (of the month) event.
We transitioned the LAX Special flight rules corridor at 4500 feet:

It was a little cool as we arrived early and tied down:

One of my favorite airplanes, the venerable Cessna Skywagon was undergoing Annual at CP aviation:

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Old 10-06-2019, 03:35 PM
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I gave 3 Young Eagles rides at the Ramona Air Fair for EAA Chapter 14.

After they wound down the YE flights, I gave my friend Jim, a rusty pilot, a ride down and around San Diego. Gorgeous day to go fly! He was very impressed by the RV-9A and how it handles.

It was also good meeting Josh for the first time and seeing Al, Marc and Rita there, too.
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Old 10-06-2019, 07:16 PM
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My weekend started earlier this week.


After finishing the firewall forward portion of my condition inspection I took a buddy of mine with me to Columbus GA (54 nm) to deliver some Whelen LED beacons to be installed on our Bonanza. The airplane is there for an annual inspection. This happened to coincide with the shop's annual open house/bbq. Awesome people and food. The technicians at Columbus Aero Services are quite good. They're all very honest, hard working, and reasonable mechanics. Three of them are IA's.


Flew four legs. 1. Took my chute to Thomaston for repacking. 2. Left there to practice some aerobatics and went to Berry Hill to have lunch with a high school friend of mine that is also employed by the major airline based in Atlanta. He lives only a few minutes from the airport. He has a Bellanca Viking that he normally keeps there. We went to a relatively new mom & pop bbq joint in town that was very very good. Like I said, he and I went to HS together. He ended up taking lessons from the instructor I was using and also got his PPL. Later we went our separate ways, he to U of Florida and me to Embry-Riddle. He had a 21 year career in the Navy and me a 20 year career in the AF. And then we end up at the same air line living only 22 nm from each other. How cool is that! 3. He dropped me off back at the airport and I flew back to Thomaston to pick up my chute. 4. Flew back to Falcon Field and mixed it up in the pattern with various airplanes.


Gave a ride to another scout's dad that I have become friends with over the years. My son Max became an Eagle Scout last month and his son is on his way to becoming an Eagle scout very soon. The boys hung out in the hangar while the dads flew

Sunday (today)

Flew my son up to Chilhowee TN (92A), 112 nm north of FFC for his glider lessons. Filed IFR and took off in a 900' ceiling. Fortunately the gliderport was VFR. In addition to becoming an Eagle Scout last month, he also got to solo a glider for the first time last month. It was a big month for him. He turns 16 in February and the goal is for him to complete his Private Pilot-Glider check ride on his birthday and solo a powered aircraft the next day.

Tomorrow (Monday)

I plan on doing the tires and brakes. I've got all new tires, tubes, and brake linings to install. If the weather allows in the afternoon, a friend of mine is going to give me a ride in his Extra 300L in preparation for the next contest. A very very generous offer one of which I am very excited and appreciative of!

Its been a great few days with fantastic utilization of my RV! Sure is fun!
Jerry Esquenazi
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