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Old 10-20-2013, 04:25 PM
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Smile Living the Dream - An RV Weekend...

Here we go again...

Six flights, three passengers and 4.2 hours logged makes for a great weekend in the RV!

#1 - Flew the wife and our family dog up to Big Bear (L35).
#2 - Flew down from Big Bear to Ramona, CA (KRNM)
#3 - Motivational flight for fellow 9A builder, Bruce Hill. Nothing better then paying it forward by taking up a fellow builder who is still pounding rivets.
#4 - Back up to Big Bear to spend the night at our cabin.
#5 - Early morning sight seeing flight for my friend Mark Rosenfeld. What an awesome morning to fly around Big Bear. Cool temps and no wind. Amazing.
#6 - The wife and I flew home to Chino. Moved my plane from Cable to Chino a couple of weeks back.


Flying from Big Bear to Ramona. This is just past the Banning pass area.



Diamond Valley Lake, just past Hemet, CA



Flying around Ramona, CA with Bruce Hill. When I was building I had RV flights form Gary Sobek, John Raush, Jim Paynter and Robert Scott. Anytime I could get some stick time well I was building was a great thing. Now that I am flying, I plan to pay it forward and take up fellow builders when I can.



A shot of Bruce after the flight. We had lunch and then took a tour of his project. Awesome job Bruce. Your plane looks great!



Leaving Ramona...



Sunday morning I took an early flight with a friend for some sight seeing around Big Bear. It was the most amazing mountain flight I have ever had. No wind, and cool temps. We couldn't find a bump in the air. We flew low over mountain ridges and explored valleys I don't normally fly in. It was great!



This shot is North of Big Bear in Holcomb valley.



My friend Mark flying for the first time. I think he wants to talk to an instructor after this flight.



After circling around Big Bear, we headed back into the valley to land.



Landing at Big Bear (L35). Awesome morning to fly. One more short hop down to Chino closed out the weekend.



Yep, living the dream. Keep pounding those rivets. Flying an RV is a great experience
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:33 PM
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Default Great trip!

Great write up Peter.

Flying around SOCAL is awesome especially this time of year. I also took Bruce for a motivation flight a year or so ago before touring his project. He is gonna have a good time paying these flights forward!

If you ever get a little further south to Gillespie, give me a shout.

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Old 10-20-2013, 11:27 PM
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Default Thanks Pete!

The flight was a lot of fun, and I can hardly wait to get my -9A done. A few more months and it should be flying. Not sure if I'm ready, but the airplane will be.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:06 AM
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Very nice!
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Old 10-21-2013, 02:59 PM
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Default paying it forward.

I know what you mean, giving rides to those on the way.
Yesterday I went out to the airport (7S9) to fly and bumped into a mini celebration for a young man who just passed his check ride earlier that day.
His flight instructor caught me over cake and said, "I'd really like to get his in something a bit more sporty than the old 172 he trained in, but he leaves for college this week....
Half hour later he was with me in the right seat of my 9A climbing out at an angle that made his eyes go wide.
He now has the RV grin as one of his memories for the day he became a pilot.
Better than chocolate cake? For me or for him?
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Old 10-21-2013, 05:07 PM
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Default Tips for Big Bear?

Peter:

It looks like you have a lot of experience with Big Bear. I have a friend down there that I'd love to visit in my RV-9A. Any tips would be appreciated. I'd be coming down from RHV via the Palmdale area probably. PM me.

Thanks.
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Old 10-21-2013, 08:17 PM
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Default I saw you guys

Pete, Bruce:

I saw you fly in, taxi, and park at Ramona's transient line; I was contorted around the engine compartment, in the hangar facing the line,
working on a p-mag installation when you landed. (If Paul Dye set a record for fastest installation, I'm headed for another type of record...)

From the pictures, you had a great time!
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:03 PM
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Pete, Bruce:

I saw you fly in, taxi, and park at Ramona's transient line; I was contorted around the engine compartment, in the hangar facing the line,
working on a p-mag installation when you landed. (If Paul Dye set a record for fastest installation, I'm headed for another type of record...)

From the pictures, you had a great time!
Ron, I poked my head in your hangar when Pete left, but you were down in the depths of your airplane. I didn't know you were here in Ramona with your RV-9A. We will have to get together some time.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:57 PM
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Default I owe you one, or two...

Bruce:

Sorry I wasn't more attentive to guests; I was very focused on the installation.

I'll give you a shout once I get the ignition finished, tested, and I'm satisfied with the performance; after all, one of the reasons I have a 9a, and keep it at Ramona, is because of all your answers to my questions.

Sedona is a bit far, but it has a great on-airport restaurant; how about Hemet, Corona, or somewhere in SoCal?
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:17 AM
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Ron-

Once you get the plane back online, you and Bruce should fly up to Chino or Big Bear. Great little restaurants at both.
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