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Old 11-10-2012, 09:06 AM
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Vlad:

Glad you were able to make it to Catalina, especially w/ a local guide. That approach is... interesting if you don't know what to expect, especially the burbles at the approach.

As for the Miramar/Montgomery mixup, it's very common, usually corrected in time, and with no serious consequences. Had your destination been just a bit South, folks often mistake Gen. Rodriguez (Tijuana, Mexico) for the smallish Brown Field (US) with more significant consequences.

Glad all worked out well, and my offer of a pint of the world's best India Pale Ale still stands.
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Old 11-11-2012, 05:07 PM
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Glad all worked out well, and my offer of a pint of the world's best India Pale Ale still stands.

February 2014 Ron? Chips included?




... See you later San Diego.






Time to check for coyotes. No not the canine kind.











Here they may dig under iron fence. If I spot some I would radio directly to Rangeley ME there is a CPB post.







Nobody in AZ desert nothing to report.








Turned around the corner







and headed to Yuma, AZ for fuel and food.








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Old 11-11-2012, 05:18 PM
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Sweet spot Yuma! $1 breakfast at Million Air????





Tobin Basford flew over with his wingman.







On the weekday it's like a beehive in Yuma. Everything what could fly is airborne. Jump jets, hybrids, airlines everybody likes VFR. Tower standing tall and very strict no rookies allowed. Go ahead Big RJ. You need two minutes? Cool I am out.













Anybody please invent air conditioning for RV9. Hot!



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Old 11-11-2012, 05:29 PM
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They carved a corridor here. Restricted areas left and right and poor transient is squeezed tight in between.







I was on my way to Tucson. Somewhere half way I remember I've read an article in New York Times about relocated blimps. They were brought from the other side of the world to help with borders here. That's why I see no coyotes. See those two white spots? Remote Border Patrol.






Their arresting gear.







Their pool.







Somewhere here lives Acrogirl she is off airport today I checked.







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Old 11-11-2012, 05:49 PM
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I thought Yuma was dense on traffic forget about it. When one gets to Tucson he wonders why it's still not Class Bravo?





I was religiously holding VFR altitude +/- 2 feet and turning knobs on my radio with speed of light working my way to the Boneyard.






But when two blunt noses suddenly appeared out of nowhere I chickened out and punched in







"HEADING 180" grrrr see you next time Boneyard.






Had to look at trains instead.








Landed at Benson E95. With no apparent reason just because.








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Old 11-11-2012, 05:53 PM
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Spaceport America next...
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Keep it coming Vlad. You are inspiring a lot of builders out there in VAF land.
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Old 11-12-2012, 06:43 AM
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Hey Vlad,
You look pretty comfortable up there with just your socks on. Just curious, do you have an auto-pilot? My Navaid died in my 7-A and I am planing a long trip next month. I was thinking about not putting a new one in. I fly VFR.
So do you hand fly your trips?

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Hey Vlad,
You look pretty comfortable up there with just your socks on. Just curious, do you have an auto-pilot? My Navaid died in my 7-A and I am planing a long trip next month. I was thinking about not putting a new one in. I fly VFR.
So do you hand fly your trips?

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Matt I don't have an autopilot I hand fly all the time and love it. I have very stable airplane it seats trimmed straight on the heading for several minutes. Socks?? They are kevlar I hope nobody runs a matching software to prove the opposite.
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Some day I would like to experience the RV-9. "Stable" sounds very nice

My RV-8 is definitely not stable enough to fly hands off for more than a few seconds. Fully trimmed, just shifting my weight to reach behind me and the plane starts to bank or pitch.
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