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Old 07-27-2016, 06:58 PM
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Talking Alaska 2016 Second Coming!

Two years have passed quickly since my first encounter with The Last Frontier in 2014. Time for another trip counteracting Caribbean Rosie. I decided to shift the visit to August. The weather of July 2014 was not favorable and I was not able to reach some destinations I originally planned. The difference between the last trip and this one is absolute flexibility. There will be no rigid schedule no deadlines and no established routes. The only planned stop is the base of CanAlaska Squadron in Vernon, BC. I want to pick some brains of fine Canadian folks who just returned from their epic trip.

We are two Vans RV aircrafts and two solo pilots. Aircraft #1 is newer, faster, with bells and whistles piloted by a good friend of mine Chip Diggins. He will also be a recovery ship in case my old bird hiccups. He will start moving from Boston area one day later then me. He will catch on me somewhere in Montana and we cross Canadian border as a flight of two. Chip is well trained and was asking me more then a year to join a trip of a lifetime. You are in buddy

Aircraft #2 is a Day VFR RV9A with relatively high time on the engine. Wood prop no glass and no autopilot less things to troubleshoot I guess. Yours truly has approximately 20 hours of actual Alaskan flight time from previous visit. Some simulated hours in MVFR could be helpful. The aircraft is all stock there is no modifications whatsoever. Interior is stripped to allow some extra gear and prevent more scratches on Classic Aero fine leather. I am very excited. Wheels up on Thursday July 28th, 2016. I will post updates to this thread when I have some pictures to brag

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.

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Old 07-27-2016, 07:33 PM
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Vlad it has been an epic week at osh so far. We have been wondering about your trip so wish you the most fun possible. They have 10 rvs flying a show case tomorrow for the 30 year celebration. carry on.
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Old 07-27-2016, 07:38 PM
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Have fun Vlad!
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Old 07-27-2016, 07:49 PM
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Safe journey Vlad.

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Old 07-27-2016, 08:33 PM
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Can't wait to read your trip report. Fly safe comrad.
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Old 07-27-2016, 08:39 PM
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Vlad, everyone has been asking me about your status out here. Enjoy your trip!

Keep Chiperoo out of the ditches and on the correct runways!

Chip, keep an eye on our favorite Russki and don't let him escape back to mother land while you are up there!

Safe travels you crazy kids! Lol

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Old 07-27-2016, 10:49 PM
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Can't wait to read about the trip. Always love the pics and stories. Safe travels.

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Old 07-27-2016, 10:57 PM
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Safe travels y'all! I hope the weather Gods work in your favor.
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Old 07-27-2016, 11:08 PM
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Vlad, if you come through Montana this weekend, I'll be at 97MT. But Neil and Tracy will probably be around at 8U8.
Let us know if you need anything.


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Old 07-28-2016, 05:08 AM
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Safe travels my friend!!
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