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Old 12-08-2013, 04:19 PM
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catmandu catmandu is offline
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Location: Sierra Nevada
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Default Dear Santa: Move along, got all I need!

Just over eight years ago, I sat down and started reading all the archived posts on this site. I was hooked. Convinced myself in about three days that I needed to build an RV-8 powered by a Subie. Made a list of hard-to-find-used-or-cheap tools and gave it out as Christmas present ideas. Got most of them. Then reality started to set in, and I was reminded of wants versus needs.

Life moved along, things changed, but I always came back here. To get smart. To live vicariously. To donate. I bought into an Arrow partnership, and had about 90% of my GA flying mission satisfied. Started doing some of those "some day" flights, like going to Sun 'n Fun with my Dad and my son this past year. Great times, but still, I yearned.

Well, about a month ago I started looking at a job that was a good two hour drive, one way, down a two lane road. The fit was right, but man, what a commute. Started talking to my wife about it, and "options" to make quality of life better. One night at dinner, I let my son know about the job and the changes to home life it might bring about. At the end of the conversation, my wife says, "Well, go ahead, tell him the best part!" Until that moment, I was not sure I had a green light to turn the two hour road trip into a twenty minute flight!

Sent SmokyRay and his band of misfits out on a search. A search that was successful! I found a VFR gap in this week's bad weather, flew out to Colorado, found a plane as described, signed papers, got checked out, and brought her home:

I even joined the 200kt club on the way home (okay, 50kt tailwind, but still, grinned and howled!):

She's not what I first wanted, and not 100% what I want right now, but by golly, she's mine! Besides, where would I be without something to tinker with?
Mike C.
Sierra Nevada
RV-6A bought flying (for sale soon)
Super-8 bought flying

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Old 12-08-2013, 04:41 PM
JumpNurse JumpNurse is offline
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Awesome! Very jealous!
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Old 12-08-2013, 05:14 PM
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Mike S Mike S is offline
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Location: Dayton Airpark, NV A34
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Default Congratulations!!

Mike, congrats on the new toy------Santa will be jealous
Mike Starkey
VAF 909

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 12-08-2013, 06:13 PM
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Location: Richmond, VA
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Congratulations. There is something particularly satisfying about having your own RV so welcome to the club. If you ever find yourself looking for cheaper fuel to your south, stop by KXSA and say hello.
Don Alexander
RV-9A 257SW Purchase Flying - O-320, Dynon D100
RV-9A 702DA (reserved) Finish Kit IOX-340
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Old 12-08-2013, 07:27 PM
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Congratulations Mike! Now come get your ruddy iGate!

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Old 12-08-2013, 08:08 PM
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Congratulations Mike! When is the party?
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 12-08-2013, 10:20 PM
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Your story is an inspiration! Thank for sharing.

You have done a good thing! Glad you made some of the right choices
Congratulations ! Have fun!,

I have been trying to get want-to-bees to do what you have done for years
Get a plane First, Fly a lot, learn to fly, define your mission, build when the time permits.
Jay Pratt VAF #2
RV Central - Builder Assistance
Paul Revere, Borrowed Horse, & Shooter

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Old 12-09-2013, 04:50 AM
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Location: Durango, CO
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Congratulations on your new transport! The last time I bragged to a friend about a 55 mph tailwind from Durango all the way to Conroe he reminded me that the weather gods never forget. He was right! A week later I flew upstream all the way home!

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Old 12-09-2013, 09:27 AM
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Location: Belton, MO
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Hey, I think I know that airplane! She knows the way to Oshkosh, that's for sure-- she used to belong to a volunteer friend of mine.

If you have any questions about your GRT equipment, give me a shout! (Congratulations, by the way!)
Katie Bosman
EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council
Rebuilt most of SNF tornado victim RV-3B Tony Boy II (had to sell him, but he's flying!)
VAF Dues Paid 2021!
Thoughts & opinions expressed here are my own, and not those of my employer.

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Old 12-09-2013, 11:14 AM
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Default Atta Boy!

Glad you made it home safely Mike. She looks real nice in her new hangar. My loss, your gain, but she deserves to fly more than I was exercising her lately. Enjoy your new ride.
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