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Old 07-03-2022, 08:26 AM
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Default What did you do with your RV this weekend? (7/2-4/2022)

Getting it started. I'm in annual.
Doug Reeves (your host)
  • Full time: since '07 (started it in '96).
  • Available as Contract Pilot (ATP. PIC typed in G-V(450/550) and Phenom 300). Flying resume.
  • Part time: G450/550 and Phenom 300 seat support at CAE (KDFW).
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Old 07-03-2022, 09:24 AM
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Going to washwax clean it.
RV 10. N4371
Chattanooga, TN.
EAA # 706863.
Exempt, but donated 2022.
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Old 07-03-2022, 11:44 AM
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Default 4 country hop

Just a little 4 country hop to visit daughter #1 (CH/FR/DE/NL). 2.5 hours.

These little flying machines are amazing fun, and good transportation on top of that!

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Old 07-03-2022, 03:47 PM
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11 hour roundtrip from west Texas to Huntsville Alabama.

When I finished building my 9A, I sold my DRDT-2 to another builder, thinking I would never need it again. Now that I have a 10 kit coming in October, I obviously need one again. David Olivares in Huntsville just finished his 8 and is in Phase 1 with that airplane, and was proceeding to make the same mistake I did - sell his DRDT-2 - so here we go!

I filled my inboard and outboard tanks and departed 73XS about 7am and went nonstop to Huntsville in 5.4, first at 9,000' for best winds and then later at 13,000' for rising cumulus buildups in the last 300 miles or so. I burned about 40 gallons headed east, didn't watch it exactly.

I met David at his hangar and we went to lunch (great little Mexican food place down the road), loaded the DRDT-2 in my plane, and I launched for KHAB about 70 miles back toward home, where they were advertising $4.90 fuel. That's cheaper than anywhere else I have found 100LL recently, and almost as cheap as I can buy 93E10 back home, so I tanked up my inboards and outboards again, and launched for home VFR with flight following at 16,500', well above the buildups that were busy causing heartburn and angst with all the spam cans below me.

For some reason Flightaware does not realize these were two separate flights, so it shows it as one flight with an extra descent and climb. The altitude jitters on the way home are interesting as well, I was quite stable and smooth at 16,500 all the way.

I was truing out consistently between 147 and 153 knots on 6.0 and 5.9 gallons per hour all the way home. Gotta love the efficiency, especially with long range tanks. I went nonstop from KHAB to 73XS in 4.9, burning 30 gallons, and landed back home at 8:15pm. That's a 14-hour drive one way plus stops, and I roundtripped it in 13 with a good lunch in the middle, with 11 hours in the air.

David asked me why I would make a trip all the way across the country for a used DRDT-2. I told him I looked at it this way - it was about $400 in fuel, plus $200 for the used DRDT-2 (which was in excellent condition), for a total of $600. A new DRDT-2 sells for $550 plus shipping, so that's still going to be $600, it's a toss-up on price. But this way I get to spend all day doing what I love, seeing some new country, go to a place I've never been, meet another builder and BS about airplanes for a while. What's not to love?

UPS ain't got nothing on a 9A...
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Greg Niehues - SEL, IFR, Repairman Cert.
Garden City, TX VAF 2022 dues paid
N16GN flying 1,200 hrs and counting on 91E10; IO360, SDS, WWRV200, Dynon HDX, IFD440, G5
Built an off-plan RV9A with too much fuel and too much HP. Should drop dead any minute now.
Repeat Offender - 10 empennage in process.

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Old 07-03-2022, 04:44 PM
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Wife and I flew RV7 4136NM in 12 days. Indianapolis to San Juan Islands, down the west coast to northern California (to see giant redwoods) then to Salt Lake and back to Indianapolis.
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Old 07-03-2022, 05:14 PM
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Scouted the burn scar from the Black Fire and made this very quick and dirty video of one of our backcountry airstrips that was in the middle of it all - seems to have faired pretty well. Longer video coming - hoping to show the full extent of this 325,000 acre fire.
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RV-3B - O-320 - "Daisy" (sold)
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Old 07-03-2022, 06:26 PM
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♪ Cutting and buffing ♫, wiping ♪ and shining ♫.... (if you remember the old car wax commercial song) Lots more to go.
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Mike W
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N164WM RV-6A Slider/O-360/FP Sold 4/2022
N184WM (RV-8) Ready for inspection. Titan IOX-370/ CS/G3X
N184P reserved (RV-8QB) Empennage kit and QB wings in the shop
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Old 07-03-2022, 08:05 PM
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Default Soloed!!!

On Thursday, I finally soloed N174PM. It first flew in September and I've had some very patient instructors since then.

Then on July 2 I fulfilled a decade-long wish to take it to EAA 1246's Coffee and Donuts in McKinney.
Pete Miller
RV-7 N174PM
McKinney, TX (T31)
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Old 07-03-2022, 09:05 PM
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Pete - congratrulations. (You may remember 174RT as a visitor in the hangar where you built your plane.)

Capt Sandy (Sunshine) and I flew to the chapter 1494 pancake breakfast at KMOR Sat morning. An RV-12 and an RV-8A as well as a Stinson, a Cherokee, and two gyrocopters from Hensley Airpark were also there. Nice turnout. Also got to visit with Marvin and Sandy McGraw.

Maybe I/we will get to fly some on July 4th!


N174RT (RV-7A) first flight 5/31/11, 2000hrs as of 6/5/22:
Tip-up, Lycon IO-360 EXP, WW 74HRT, AFS 5600T, AF-Pilot, IFD440, SL-30, echoUAT, D100 for backup, CQ1 headsets, CMW E-Lift

Our other riveted aluminum monocoque RV is a 2012 25' Eddie Bauer Airstream

Past aluminum monocoque vehicles:
N601RT (CH601HDS) First flight 5/03, 1550hrs after flying 8 years: 912ULS, GNS430W, SL-30, D10A Sold
1995 Midnight Pearl NSX w/BBSC Sold

EAA Chapter 105 board member 2010->2015
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Old 07-03-2022, 10:41 PM
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Assisted with Search and Rescue team (using my RV) to locate a lost hiker. Enjoyed Freedom Festival fireworks at my place after that.

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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