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Old 11-16-2011, 06:54 PM
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Talking Passed The 4,000 hr mark today!!!!!!!!!

i knew it was coming soon but didnt know where i would be. the day started by flying to ft lauderdale executive airport as a flight of three RV6's. great vfr conditions, sebring was fogged in so fxe was the alternate. ron and bob are both fairly new to my airport and ron has latched on as my wingman and doing a great job tagging along whenever he can join in. i guess i make a good flight leader. a big feast at the airport restaurant and it was time to break up the party. ron split for work ( in his RV) and bob flew wing for the departure. after clearing fxe airspace bob broke off for home and i headed up to lakeland for a Seaplane Pilots Association meeting and more food. ugg. the wx at lakeland was reporting broken to overcast so i picked up a ifr enroute and was cruising along at 4,000' in and out of the tops when i checked the hobbs. 3,999.8. wow. it started to hit me. 12 minutes to contemplate all the miles and places and people and food and blue skys and clouds and emotions......... it was fantastic.

4,000 hours and counting. thanks vans for a great design, thanks lee ray for building a plane that became mine. it was built in stuart yacht and country club, it came to stuart airport for final assembly when i became interested in these RV aircraft in 1999. my friends told me about a new yet to be flow RV. i saw it, i bought it, and the rest is history. it has been quit a ride!!! i am ready for the next 1,000 hours. i hope this motivates you to finish up or buy a RV and join in. like i said, ' it has been quit a ride". i have some ideas for the exterior of my RV to celebrate the 4,000 hours of flying fun. more to come...........

my wing man.
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Ed D'Arcy
RV6-A 5,200+ hrs, R-44 1,600 hrs, Helicycle traded for 33 FFR coupe, gyro sold,35,000 miles flown in 2015
Stuart, Fl / S WINDSOR,Ct / Virgin Gorda, BVI - under major repair from hurricane damage
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:24 PM
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RV-7 : In the hangar
RV-10 : In the hangar
RV-12 : Built and sold
RV-44 : 4 place helicopter on order.
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:28 PM
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Default Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now, that is a milestone that not many will ever achieve.
Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

Phase 1 done, 2/4/2011

Sold after 240+ wonderful hours of flight.

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:45 PM
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Default Ed,


Thanks for the insperation, I like to read about your adventures.
4000 hours!!! way cool!! Keep going and let us know of your adventures!!!
Jay Pratt VAF #2
RV Central - Builder Assistance
Paul Revere, Borrowed Horse, & Shooter
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:17 PM
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Default That's incredible!

You truely use your airplane! Heck, you must live in it!
Good on ya! And thanks for all the trip reports - great stuff!
Brent Owens
EAA Chapter 9 Tech Counselor/Flight Advisor
Columbus, OH
RV-8 'Contrary Mary' flying
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:27 PM
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Default Congratulations Ed!

Turbo unbeatable out of Intervale NH!!!

Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:42 PM
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Turbo, you inspire us (or shame us) ... depending on the point of view. From this side of retirement, you're flight accume looks pretty nice!
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:42 PM
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Understanding that a tach only records time correctly at crusie rpm, how many hours does your the tach time read? I was curious about the ratio
of tach to Hobbs time for an airplane flying a similar mission profile. I have a lot of .2 hour flights that sure seemed longer than 12 minutes.
'95 RV-4 SN3389 w/1650 hrs
O-360 A1A Hartzell C/S
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:32 PM
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Wow, 4000 hours.
I look forward to being your wing man on some future wednesday morning.
Danny "RoadRunner" Landry
Morphed RV7(formally 7A), N20DL, PnP Pilot
1200+ hours
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:33 PM
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Location: I live in on the Rosamond Skypark (CA) and am married to Victoria (Tuppergal).
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Turbo, YOU are MY hero! YOU are also MY target Congrats to you my friend! Rosie & Tuppergal
Paul A. "Rosie" Rosales
Rosamond Skypark (L00), CA
RV-6A, 4200+ hours since 7/4/2000
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