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Old 10-19-2020, 05:14 PM
rockwoodrv9 rockwoodrv9 is offline
 
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Default Finally a real plane

It has been 8 pretty long years but the DAR inspected and passed my 9A this morning. Without the help of Chuck Brietigam, I would not have finished. flyinmonque (Dave) gave me my first ride and several rides since and checked in on me over the years to make sure I didnt give up. Vlad visited me a few times to encourage me and just to say hi. Thanks to the Colorado gang too.

I look forward to the first flight. I wish I was qualified, but smart enough to let Chuck break it it!

Thanks VAF and Doug for the help received from so many and to the guys that have sent me checklists and POH manuals for me to modify - that is a huge help!
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Old 10-19-2020, 05:27 PM
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It has been 8 pretty long years but the DAR inspected and passed my 9A this morning. Without the help of Chuck Brietigam, I would not have finished. flyinmonque (Dave) gave me my first ride and several rides since and checked in on me over the years to make sure I didnt give up. Vlad visited me a few times to encourage me and just to say hi. Thanks to the Colorado gang too.

I look forward to the first flight. I wish I was qualified, but smart enough to let Chuck break it it!

Thanks VAF and Doug for the help received from so many and to the guys that have sent me checklists and POH manuals for me to modify - that is a huge help!
https://photos.google.com/share/AF1Q...EyYXFyNEZoSmN3
Nice going! I remember the earlier years where you and I jabbed each other occasionally about who was going to finish first. I had a five-year plan, and managed to finish it in 8, pretty much same as you. Now go fly that rascal and enjoy it! It's worth every drop of sweat and blood during the build process.
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Old 10-19-2020, 06:18 PM
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Thanks Greg. I cant wait to get in the air!
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Old 10-19-2020, 08:57 PM
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Thanks Carl. i thought I had the picture posting down, but I guess not!!
Glad to have the certificate behind me - now to get insurance so it can get in the air!!
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Old 10-20-2020, 06:20 PM
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Default Way to go!!!!

Rocky,
A big congrats on the finish of your plane. Hope we get to fly together for a photo shoot soon.
Let's see a photo of the plane where your not blocking it.🤩🥳
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Old 10-20-2020, 07:03 PM
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Daaaaang, congrats Rocky. Dare I say "about time"? I know I was also in that who's-finishing-first rib-jabbing club. Just passed 100hrs the other day, and I take the bird down to Jonathan to get prettified this Thursday. Enjoy as much as possible, don't mind the endless tinkering to come (I'm still constantly doing things to mine!), and welcome to the skies.
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Old 10-20-2020, 07:50 PM
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Default Congratulations!!!

Rocky, big congrats on getting past this milestone
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Old 10-20-2020, 08:38 PM
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Wow! The end of a very long road, but you got it done. Have a safe Phase 1!
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Old 10-20-2020, 11:32 PM
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Bruce, Thanks. It looks like I may be near your part of the country for a few m months. SLO, not that close but over than MI or ID!
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Old 10-21-2020, 07:06 AM
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Default From the Movie "Casablanca"

"Welcome to the fight. This time, I know our side will win." (Victor Lazlo, to Rick)
Congratulations!
Looks like you've checked all the boxes - latest gen. front fork, anti-splat gear mod, access panels on upper cowl, composite airbox, and i'm sure, a lot more.
If you venture to the East side of the state, stop at KPTK and head to "Echo Row" AKA RV Row. We'd love to see your bird up close.
Have fun. Fly safe.
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