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Old 10-04-2016, 01:24 PM
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Default An overnight trip to Indianapolis from Florida

Two weeks ago we made an overnight trip to Indianapolis to attend our daughter-in-law's baby shower (will be our first grand daughter). Since we had other commitments at home we decided to leave in the morning, attend the baby shower in the afternoon, then return the next day. A quick 700 nm each way trip made possible by our RV9A. Weather forecast was not good, a cold front was on the west side of Appalachian Mountains crossing our route, low clouds and rain in a wide area along our route. We filed IFR for a quick fuel/rest stop at the mid-point east of Atlanta.

Departing Spruce Creek (Daytona Beach area)


Somewhere in Georgia, over a lower cloud layer and see "glory".


Atlanta Center warned us about some bad weather ahead (the first patch of rain north west of Knoxville).


Now we got into the main rain band. ATC gave us deviation for the yellow area but took that clearance away in a few minutes then vectored us to avoid conflicting traffic. Air was bumpy for only a minute or so, we did not get heavy rain neither.


Half an hour later we got out of cloud. After we passed, ATC began routing other flights through our path. We were doing 145-150 kts true, but only see 123 kts ground.
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Old 10-04-2016, 01:41 PM
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After we got into Kentucky the cloud gradually thinned out. Around noon, puff up clouds started to build up. The ride began rough each time we passed a built-up.



Soon we arrived in Indiana. Center amended our clearance and gave us a fix to the east of the city to fly to. Upon reaching the fix we were cleared to descend to 4,000' and vector directly to Indy International (our destination, KEYE, is 7 nm north of KIND).



Over KIND we had KEYE in sight under the scattered cloud layer. We were cleared for the visual approach. We made a sharp right turn and descended 2,200' to reach downwind for runway 21 at KEYE.


Base turning final on KEYE runway 21, Eagle Creek reservoir on the right, a beautiful sight.


We made the baby shower in time.


Our grand daughter already have enough wardrobe for her first year!
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Old 10-04-2016, 01:56 PM
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The 2nd day on our trip home I got to appreciate the 3D terrain feature of ForeFlight. I used to fly around mountains and hills over Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Since we moved to Florida, all the mountains I saw were land fill mounts. This is the first time I got to verify the display with the real terrain.





We used a different fuel stop on the return trip. When we taxied to the fuel pump we saw another RV with a similar N number. My wife took a picture of Larry Fussell, his RV7A - N13LF, me, and our RV9A - N103LF.


We knew we were back to Florida when we saw a lot of traffic on ADS-B.


Half an hour after we landed and the sky opened up with rain. A cell just sit over our airport. This is the typical Florida weather.




On the trip north the previous day, we saw 14 - 17 kts headwind all the way. On the return trip we had 20+ kts tailwind for more than half of the time. The other half we saw 10 - 14 kts tailwind. It more than made up the loss the day before. Life is good!
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This is exactly why I am trying to get my 6 finished. Go and see the grandson. Good write up!
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Thanks for the write-up Ted, I got my IFR ticket at KEYE... shooting the LOC21 approach many times.

Curious on your flight times and fuel stops? This would be a typical route for me when I get the -10 done.
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Congratulations Grampa! Where time goes? I still have that wedding card from years ago. What are the chances to meet an RVator with just a missing zero?
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Congratulations Grampa! Where time goes? I still have that wedding card from years ago. What are the chances to meet an RVator with just a missing zero?
He finished his RV7A a year after us. We got the number first. Otherwise, we would have the shorter N number.
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Thanks for the write-up Ted, I got my IFR ticket at KEYE... shooting the LOC21 approach many times.

Curious on your flight times and fuel stops? This would be a typical route for me when I get the -10 done.
We lived near KEYE in the early 90s. We flew in there a lot in the past 10 years. A few of the staff knows us well.

I usually fly slow (140 kts true) and burn about 6.5 gph (carbureted and fixed pitch, not the most efficient). No wind it takes 5 hrs without stop. One stop is just perfect for the distance (700 nm). 10 is faster, however, non-stop is a little too long to be comfortable.
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