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Old 03-11-2012, 04:24 PM
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Default Morning Drop Off

Just got back from dropping the Ferry Masters off at KFTG. A breezy morning, around 15 Kts and a bit brisk. After deciphering the weather they departed and headed for a northerly route around the Rockies.

Snapped a pic once they got their gear loaded into Craig's new plane N133JL.

Looked like it might be a BuMpY ride over the Rock Pile today. Winter weather is always a bit more challenging, but very doable if you are cautious and plan well. After their departure I went up and put an hour of "Cloud Chasing" on 339A.

It was our pleasure to have them bunk with us for the night. They reported that the basement digs aren't too bad if anyone else needs a place to "crash"
Scott Mills, Front Range, CO
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Old 03-11-2012, 09:05 PM
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Default RE: Fun to follow

Thanks for giving me a day to vicariously enjoy this flight of two......Welcome home I am sure!!!!
Frank @ 1L8 ... RV7A ... N74BZ (SOLD)
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Old 03-12-2012, 12:08 AM
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Originally Posted by fstringham7a View Post
Thanks for giving me a day to vicariously enjoy this flight of two......Welcome home I am sure!!!!
Thanks for keeping an eye on us Frank! I told Craig that even though we couldn't get flight following through the 'Rock Pile' that we had LOTS of you keeping an 'eye' on us We had a nice breakfast with Scott & Deb Mills then it was off to Front Range (FTG) with a departure just after 10am local time.

The best weather for us was northwest bound towards Walton-Jackson (33V) around the northern tip of the weather then back towards Eagle (EGE) and "IFR" along I-70.

We overflew Grand Junction (GJT) and continued into Canyonlands (CNY) for fuel. No food there so we continued into Bryce Canyon (BCE) where Ruby's Inn sent a van to take us to lunch. From there, we continued to Boulder City (BVU: Too much ice tea!) then direct Barstow-Daggett (DAG). We 'turned' the corner westbound going around R-2515 (Edwards Air Force Base) then into Rosamond (L00), landing just after 7pm local time. Total flight time from Meridian (MEI), MS was 12.4 hours, and we flew 1822nm for an average speed of ~147 knots. It's been a long day, and I wanted to get some pics up for you before I call it a day. Craig had the camera so will have to wait for his pics but I have a few that include our trip long and pics of his plane in my hangar. We could not land at Agua Dulce (L70) as they have no lights (not so much for us to land but I knew that I'd not make it out with my plane to get home quick enough after sunset);

Our flight starts from the bottom up with the first entry the local flight Craig went on with Josh (the seller):

Here are some more pictures to show the 'winner' that Craig can now call his:

Here's the full ground track from the SPOT website;

Had we been able to fly our proposed route (great circle) from MEI to L00, that distance was 1474 nm (what's an extra 348nm when it includes a visit with the Mills!?!)

Many thanks to Craig for having me along as we had a great weekend trip! Craig will 'check in' later this week with his pics and hopefully his own write-up. Thanks again for following us along! Rosie

Monday morning update: Unknown to us at the time, there was a plane crash near Agua Dulce at 1845, 20 minutes before our ETA of 1905 to Agua Dulce. However, we diverted to to Rosamond for the reasons noted in the post below. It wasn't us!
Paul A. "Rosie" Rosales
Rosamond Skypark (L00), CA
RV-6A, 4200+ hours since 7/4/2000

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Old 03-12-2012, 03:01 AM
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Default Runway lights, we don't need no stinkin' runway lights

Did you know that you can legally land and depart under Part 91 without runway lights - even without an aircraft landing light?

From Rosie: Yes, I do Mike, however, it's an airport issue (and a very sensitive one at that and well-known by local pilots) so we diverted to L00.
Mike Coster
BUILDER: N92MB RV7A (A/W 3/2009) - Sold
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Old 03-12-2012, 08:15 AM
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Default Stormpulse

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yea wx, you are just trying to rack up some extra hours to catch up to the turbo man. nice going. be safe out there. miss you all.

found an interesting wx site. head west young man.
Nice find Turbo. Stormpulse looks to be another good weather link. I use Weathermeister and VAF Weather link the most but added this site to my weather tab. ps saw you posting on VAF at 3am the other day. what the heck are you doing up at 3am....LOL

See you Weds....
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:29 PM
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Default Follow up THANKS to Craig & Rosie's Flying Trip

Im the new guy (Craig Jace) with the 6A (N133JL). Rosie flew with me from MS to So California this last weekend. Cant think of anyone who I would rather have in the seat next to me avoiding bad weather and flying over the Rockies then Paul Rosales. The time he took to make sure I got the right plane and also get the plane home safely was above and beyond. (Doesn't matter that he kept yelling at me to look out for traffic and keep airspeed at 80 when landing over the last 2 days!)
Paul gave me my first ride in his plane over a year ago and has been in contact with me since that time. Since I got the plane, Paul already has ideas for my 6A that I would not have a clue to do without his help. And I still have some transition training to finish with him. Just wanted everyone to know the kind of guy Paul is! (but you all knew that)

That said I need to also thank some RV guys on this list over the last year when I was trying to find an RV
Mike Starkey for opening up his home for a prebuy last year and Steve Barnard for doing that prebuy. Steve said to "wait for another RV".
I did, and he was right!
Last month I contacted Rick Gray for a possible pre buy of a plane (that he talked me out of thankfully) by his home. Rick talked to me for hours several times (up to 1am one night) about Rv's and what to look for. He said he usually "talks people out of using him" for a prebuy because he tells them everything on the phone! (he did)
He told me bout the RV that I finally bought on friday. Rick gave his blessing on the plane because he knew the plane and the builder (John Furey) and the quality of the build. John Furey sold the plane some years ago but Rick remembered the plane when it was listed for sale
Rick also got me in touch with John and I have been "picking his brain" as well the last few weeks. Everyone has been so helpful.
Thanks guys, and also the ones I did not mention due to this long post!
Doug you have my donation!
Craig Jace
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Old 03-12-2012, 09:58 PM
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Default Congratulations!!

Have fun with your new machine!!!!

And post some pictures when you get a chance.

Fly safe.
Tom Lewis
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Granbury, Tx
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:42 AM
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Default Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!

Craig, glad you finally got a set of wings of your very own.

Take care, fly safe
Mike Starkey
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:56 AM
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gary, its almost 3 am again. must be old age?

stormpulse was a new site for me. glad you liked it. good radar coverage.

also found some new features on

turn on the webcams, Temperature / Wind, Satellite image, and have fun.

see you wed..........
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