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Old 05-27-2018, 10:51 PM
lndwarrior lndwarrior is offline
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Default RV down in Petaluma 5/27/18

Two perished. I can't tell the RV model on my cell phone but it should be readable on larger screens.

Witness says engine sputtered on takeoff, plane turned back towards the runway - and "then just fell sideways".

I've seen this plane around but don't know the pilot.

RIP. So sad.
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Old 05-27-2018, 11:37 PM
cardinalflier cardinalflier is offline
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I knew the pilot and his wife well. Please say a prayer for the family.
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Old 05-28-2018, 08:52 PM
rockwoodrv9 rockwoodrv9 is offline
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I just read an update. Pilot and his wife identified. What a sad day. So sorry for the family.
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Old 05-28-2018, 09:48 PM
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Always very sad to hear ! Prayers to the family!
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Old 05-29-2018, 12:43 PM
tdhanson tdhanson is offline
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Condolences to the family. My wife and I knew him well as he owned the home directly across the street from me. He worked hard on it the last year getting it ready to rent again. Very nice and friendly. He also had a hangar a few down from my brother's hangar and KLHM. Sad to hear of this.... hits a little close to home.
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Old 05-29-2018, 11:15 PM
gasman gasman is offline
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Very sad situation.....

The Petaluma airport was designed with golf courses and open space at each end to allow for emergency's like this.

A local pilot witnessed the motor fail at about 200' agl on takeoff.

The pilot chose to turn right.
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Old 05-30-2018, 07:16 AM
sibriggs sibriggs is offline
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Default Flap aileron ripples

Never saw trailing edges like those in the pictures before, are they custom.
Steve Briggs. RV9, G3x, G5, VPX, GTN625, PMags, A&P, IA, ATP-CFII
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Old 05-30-2018, 08:04 AM
mdevans9 mdevans9 is offline
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Default Not what you think you are seeing

The trailing edges look corrugated, but they are not. The wire fence in the foreground is what you actually are looking at, superimposed on the wing.

Merrill D. Evans
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Old 05-30-2018, 11:04 AM
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One of the kindest couples I have known. I lurk a lot on the forum but Richard was one of my best friends and Sue was like my 2nd mother to me. Spoke with him the night before for about an hour and then got a text before they departed Petaluma. He was always excited and passionate about flying. Never a guy to cut corners with safety always in mind. The aviation community lost two great people I'll try to share more later but I wanted to leave most of that up to the family when they felt the time was right and have proper time to grieve. I really want to remember them thank them both for treating me like a member of the family from the day they met me.

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Old 05-30-2018, 04:43 PM
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Nick, please check your PM?s. Thank you, Bruce Estes
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