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Old 05-21-2014, 01:32 AM
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Talking Calgary & West Coast USA

The past few weeks I have been in Canada & USA visiting friends and seeing all the touristy stuff, unfortunately this meant no work could be done on my RV-3B, 14,000km away at home.

However whilst I was in Canada & the USA, I did get the opportunity to meet some friendly people and learn a heap about building, and of course there was some RV Flying in there too.

Thanks to Troy Branch for the flight around Calgary, Paul & Louise Dye for the wealth of information and showing me around your home, and Ken Scott for the tour of the Vans Factory.

Hopefully all the pictures work (there are a few of them...):

15 hours by 777, maybe one day I can take the RV...



Departing LAX for Vancouver and then on to Calgary...



Flying with Troy Branch in his RV-10 (very nice aircraft, he's done a great job with it)...









Portland International Airport...





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Old 05-21-2014, 01:33 AM
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A famous landmark well known to most people here...





The RV-14 really is a nice aircraft, it is definitely on my list of planes to build in the future... (After the 3 is done, I might do a 12 to see the contrast between the two kits, and then maybe a 14 after that with some long range tanks added in.... we will see though)



The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum...



The Spruce Goose...



Sacramento...







One for the Bridge thread, this is in Old Sacramento...



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Old 05-21-2014, 01:34 AM
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And another famous Bridge...



Mussel Rock Paragliding (I didn't go up, but my friend did)...



Drove over to Dayton Valley Airpark and found this car, I was pretty certain I had found the right place...







The Oregon Aero seat is very comfortable, I think it will be the first choice for my 3 now...



Afterwards, Paul, Louise & myself went in to Carson City for lunch...





Then I had to drive back to Sacramento, down the 50 through South Lake Tahoe... A very scenic route and great drive...

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Old 05-21-2014, 01:34 AM
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Back down to LAX...



Santa Monica Airport...



Santa Monica Beach...



Santa Monica Pier...



Van Nuys Airport...







The view from my apartment in the Hollywood Hills, literally 360 degree views of the city, and the pictures don't do it justice...





Grauman's Chinese Theatre...

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Old 05-21-2014, 01:35 AM
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Found some Aussie stars on the Walk of Fame...



Including the well known Hungarian-American by the name of Houdini, who was an aviation pioneer in Australia...



The famous Rodeo Drive...



With some very nice cars...



The Space Shuttle Endeavor at the California Science Museum (this was too cool!)...



Paul Dye will know these 3 missions...







Universal Studios...

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Old 05-21-2014, 01:35 AM
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Redondo Beach...









Unfortunately it was time to go home...







Departing Sydney for Moruya (My home Airport)...







Hope you enjoyed the trip as much as I did
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Nice trip! Were you able to take advantage of the trip and hand-carry some of the expensive parts for your plane back with you...
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Looks like you made great use of your time here and we enjoyed your visit. First signature in the official guest book! Hope to see you at Oshkosh next year.
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Great trip reminds me my pre-RV days
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Wow, you sure got to see lots. Most people haven't seen that much and live on this side of the world! It was nice meeting you and glad you enjoyed the flight.
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