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Old 02-28-2021, 10:17 AM
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rolivi rolivi is offline
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Paint beautification process has begun. Tip to toe buffed out. Ceramic coating will be applied when the humidity goes down.
RV-6A (Purchased)
2021 Dues Paid, of course
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Old 02-28-2021, 11:15 AM
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Location: Half Moon Bay, CA
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Default Down for paint

Dropped the plane off at the paint shop at KSNS for loooong 6 week wait.

Great shot of the homestead neighborhood on way back to KHAF. Winds were howling 40 kts at 2000 AGL !!, fortunately straight down the runway. Thanks go to Pat, my RV7 hangar neighbor, for helping to disassemble the plane at the painter and for air taxi services back home.
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Bill Bencze
N430WB RV-7 @KHAF, Flying
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Old 02-28-2021, 11:23 AM
wilddog wilddog is offline
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Location: va.
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Flew over to CJR in my RV-8 Wednesday and bought a Pitts S1S from firewall back.
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Old 02-28-2021, 11:57 AM
Paul 5r4 Paul 5r4 is offline
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Location: Foley, Al
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I flew to Dauphin Island, Alabama. Only across Mobile Bay for but still a beautiful and peaceful place that never gets old. There are restaurants that will come pick you up at the airport then bring you back. My usual is the Pelican Pub... only a 10 minute walk. Another place that will pick you up is Islanders Restaurant. Their number is 251-861-2225 with hours of 8A to 9P 7 days a week. Dauphin Island... a great destination for lunch!

Well, I can't get pics to post as thumbnails. :-( I put some information above.

Finally figured pics out.

IMG_5527 by Paul Gray, on Flickr
IMG_5535 by Paul Gray, on Flickr
IMG_5532 by Paul Gray, on Flickr
Paul Gray
Foley, Alabama
N729PG..... 450+ hrs
RV 7A, Lycoming 0 320 D1A, Sensenich FP propeller
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Old 02-28-2021, 12:04 PM
RV10Man RV10Man is offline
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Location: Oklahoma City, OK
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Just got finished taxi testing. This is the first time the RV9A has moved under it's own power. Brakes are great, all gages and instruments are where they're supposed to be, control surfaces all feel good.

Next trip to the runway will be for test/first flight of N781DM.
N781DM became an airplane 2/8/2021
First flight 03/01/2021
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Old 02-28-2021, 01:04 PM
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Default started mounting Wings

I waited on this step until close to the very end. Exciting to see but only one wing at a time in the garage!
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RV-9A Sold
RV-10 Building - Working on the last 90%
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Old 02-28-2021, 02:27 PM
bill.hutchison bill.hutchison is offline
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Location: Northern VA
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FINALLY finished installing and calibrating the EI FL-2 fuel gauge - had a minor panic moment when it seemed like the float in the right wing was stuck/wasn't working and refused to calibrate, but that seemed to shake loose after a few tries at filling. Small victory. I'll take it.

Noticed that the little hinged flap to my carb heat control was messed up, figure out why - the rivets had pulled a little loose on the arm that the control cable connects to. So I pulled it off the plane, drilled out the rivets and put some new ones in. While re-installing it I over-torqued the little bolt that secures the control wire and snapped it in half. Ugh. I struggle to drill a hole in a bolt that small so I'm searching McMaster for something pre-drilled.
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Old 02-28-2021, 04:04 PM
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Landed on Wah Wah hardpan on the way to work

Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 02-28-2021, 04:12 PM
Flying Canuck Flying Canuck is online now
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Location: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
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Default Simulated RNAV approaches

Now that I've (mostly) finished installing my GPS 175 and have completed a good portion of 2 different Instrument Rating ground schools, it was time to try out the new toys. Thursday I flew 20 minutes north and did a coupled simulated RNAV approach (CEH3 RNAV 16). That was not pretty, I was not prepared for the go around, as in I didn't know the exact steps I needed to do. It was also blowing 21KT direct crosswind at the FAF and it was bumpy. Nothing close to dangerous, but doesn't match the chart all that well.

Today, after nailing down my procedures on paper, I went out and shot 3 coupled simulated approaches into my home airport. The first 2 to minimums and the last one coupled to minimums and then landed. All went very well. Main thing I wanted was getting my speed and configuration dialed in such that I was setup for either a go around or a landing at decision height. Probably a little slow to sequence in with the heavy iron. I did 120KIAS at the IAF turn, slowed to 90 KIAS by FAF and then pulled most of the power for descent at about 75. Added flaps and power to be at about 65 at DH. Turned off the A/P on my last one at DH (250') and greased it in. It was almost shocking to see how well the A/P had me setup for landing.

I enjoyed this so much, really looking forward to getting my rating and the operating limits changed on the plane.

I've attached the one picture I took, just finishing my turn inbound at the IAF.
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RV-9A #91081, C-GCPT
Dynon SkyView HDX, IO-320 and WW 200RV C/S. Flying as of August 6, 2018

Added GPS 175 and authorized for IFR April 1, 2021

Interactive map of all of my flights here
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Old 02-28-2021, 06:36 PM
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Landed on Wah Wah hardpan on the way to work

Wow, interesting surface. Must make quite a rumble in the plane!
Alex Peterson
RV6A N66AP 1700+ hours
KADC, Wadena, MN
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