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  #121  
Old 08-02-2019, 01:45 PM
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Here are some promised details about my journey:

- Flighttime during the trip was 132:39 hours (wheels-up)
-I made 81 landings which includes 6 patterns with T/G, so average leg time was 01:38 h.
-I used 1144 USG of fuel so average fuel flow was 8.62 GPH.
- The most asked question was how long was the longest overwater flight and it was from Wick in Scotland to Reykjavik on Iceland, Foreflight spit it out as 661 NM.
- The longest leg was from Iqualit CYFB to CYZV, 829 NM and it took me 06:04 h of course with head winds. Average GS was 137 kts, flew with 50% Power and average FF was 6.8 GPH. Out of my 52 Gal I still had 10 Gal left.
- My shortest leg was between the two Sault Ste Maries CYAM to KANJ and was 6 NM. Also from KMQI to KFFA (First Flight) it was 6 NM.
- The highest altitude I reached was 15500 ft between Telluride KTEX and Rocky Mountain airport KBJC.

Here are some of my equipment I carried:
- one single man liferaft
- one 4 man life raft
- life vest
- Immersion suit
- helmet
- PLB
- ELT (I assumed it will work in the water tail up)
- Satellite tracker with emergency function
- waterproof packed aviation handheld
- polar and maritime emergency equipment
- temporary installed VOR/ILS receiver connected to Skyview
- Garmin Area 660 connected to Skyview
- 2 iPads with Foreflight
- Stratus 3 ADS-B receiver with AHRS
- 10 Gal extra fuel in the rear baggage compartment
- I put foam into the wings with 1060 lbs buoyancy so the plane would not sink

My RV-8 is also certified in the normal category and has a max T/O mass of 1854 lbs. Loaded with full fuel and equipment the actual T/O mass was 1836 lbs.
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Old 08-02-2019, 02:02 PM
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This trip was just awesome. I can tell you that every day was better than the other. The Atlantic crossing was easy, the weather cooperated mostly and the worst into which almost all my effort and preparation went didn´t happen. Flying in the US is so easy, the airports are well equipped, the ATC is the most efficient and even weather is available in the air with the right equipment.

I flew over the Golden Gate Bridge, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Hudson River and circled the Statue of Liberty and many many other places in my plane I built myself, I couldn´t believe it but it is true and I still have the smile in my face when I think about it.

The best thing however is the friendly and helpful people and pilots I met everywhere. I was received everywhere like a friend and had the true feeling being welcome. Thanks to all of you talking to me, helping me, commenting my posts and just being with me. I intentionally don´t put names here as I´m afraid I will forget some. There were so many, too many of you!!

I might put some videos at a later time here in the forum to share the good moments I had. This will take some time however.
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Old 08-02-2019, 03:29 PM
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Herman, we're all very glad you came, and speaking for myself, I promise not to shoot at you next time
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Old 08-02-2019, 03:35 PM
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...or I install tail guns....
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Old 08-03-2019, 07:34 AM
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Hermann, Thanks for posting all of the these data points. It was exciting for me to get up each morning and check your progress as I was having my morning coffee. I have bragged about your adventure to many pilot sand non- pilots. It is fun to dream about what it would be like to take on this kind of adventure. These little airplanes do make the world a smaller place. I'd love to see a picture of you RV7. Your 8 was amazing. Hope to run into you someday again...
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Old 08-03-2019, 02:55 PM
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Jeff - no problem, here are two pics:



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Old 08-04-2019, 08:37 AM
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Jeff - no problem, here are two pics:



That is beautiful, my wife wishes my plane was blue....
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Old 08-06-2019, 12:58 PM
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Just got home from Oshkosh and a flying trip through the US. First priority after getting back: Go flying with Hermann and our RV-7s:





I only saw this thread after I got back... So Miles, maybe you remember me? I visited you with Paul in 2013 while you were still building in Tehachapi.

I had a fantastic time in the US and met many incredible people. Thank you again, Gary, Vlad, Mike, Mark, Trish and all the others that I met!

Most of all I'd like to say a special thank you again to Paul and Victoria Rosales who trusted me enough to let me use their plane for a two week flying adventure all the way from California to Oshkosh, to New York and back from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean! There can't ever be enough people like you in the world.





Vlad selflessly offered to fly the Hudson route with me to take pictures in front of the impressive skyline of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.



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Old 08-06-2019, 08:31 PM
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Tobias, I had forgotten your visit to Tehachapi until Paul called a week or so ago and reminded me. You and Hermann are both welcome here in Brighton any time you are back on this side of the Atlantic.
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Old 08-07-2019, 12:50 AM
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Tobi, some great shots here (love that skyrise background), you guys really had a good time

PS
Best to your F/O
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