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Old 02-26-2018, 06:10 PM
hfm49 hfm49 is offline
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Washington Township, NJ
Posts: 6
Default New Member Intro

I joined the force a few months ago and figured it was time to introduce myself to the membership. My name is Harry Maroney and I am a retired commercial pilot, ex-military (C-141), and have experience as a first officer in several business jets. I am an aviation enthusiast and have owned several certified aircraft, most recently, a BE76 (Duchess).

I met Vlad, perhaps the most prolific flier at N51 where he keeps his RV 9A.
He is a great Van's enthusiast, flier, and goodwill ambassador and introduced me to the Van's experimental world. I no longer have my Duchess and have been reading up on all of the Van's models to learn of their different attributes. I like them all!

I have never built an aircraft but enjoy and appreciate the cooperative spirit and dedication displayed by the members. I've learned a lot in the short time I've been a member and plan to purchase an RV in the near future.
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:21 PM
Djgeib Djgeib is offline
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Fernandina, Fl
Posts: 76

Welcome aboard! I?m just over a year into my -8 build and have been enjoying every minute of the experience. This web site is a fantastic source of information as is the EAA. Couldn?t live without either one of them. I highly recommend taking some of the sport air workshops that EAA offers. I did the sheet metal boot camp before I started and just recently completed their electrical class. Both excellent.
Doug Geib
RV8 empennage complete
QB wings started
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:22 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Posts: 683
Default Welcome

I am also a retired military pilot (KC-135 A/E/R) and joined VAF 3 years ago. It?s a great resource for everything RV. The experimental aircraft world is a very helpful community and RVs are great little aircraft. Being a lazy senior citizen I bought my RV from a builder. I think that?s a good way to go because it?s usually less expensive than actually building one. I have a nice RV7A but dream about a 14.

Welcome and good luck.
Jim Harris, ATP, T38, EC/KC-135A/E/R, 2008 RV7A, 2nd owner, N523RM (2015)
Superior XPIO-360, Hartzel CS prop, Dual GRT Horizon EX with ARINC, EIS, Garmin 340, 335 w/WAAS gps, Dual 430s (non-WAAS), TruTrak 385 A/P with auto-level & auto-trim, Tosten 6 button Military Grips, FlightBox wired to EX, Dynon D10A w/battery backup, 406 MHz ELT. Custom Interior, New TS Flightline hoses, Great POH!
Retired - Living the dream - going broke!
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Old 02-26-2018, 06:52 PM
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Mike S Mike S is offline
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Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Dayton Airpark, NV A34
Posts: 16,100
Default Welcome to VAF

Harry, welcome to VAF
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 02-26-2018, 06:57 PM
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Bugsy Bugsy is offline
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Waukesha, Wisconsin
Posts: 554
Default Welcome to VAF

Welcome to the Vans community. Its a big fraternity that's very welcoming. If you are an Oshkosh groupy you will see a big VAF showing there.

Cant say no such thing as a stupid question, but can say that no question, no matter how stupid is welcomed. I've asked my fair share.
Paul 'Bugsy' Gardetto, Col, USAF (ret)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Timmerman Field)
N377KG - Flying (250 hrs)
RV-7A, Aerosport O-360, WW200RV
Advanced Flight 5400
Avidyne IFD440
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Old 02-26-2018, 07:03 PM
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Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Utah
Posts: 8,440
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Harry glad to see you here Captain! That was a good run to Martha's Vineyard the other day. Thanks for lunch and gas! You fit right there an RV would be a perfect plane for you. They fly themselves they auto land buy one asap don't build life is short. Which one? Ask here...


Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 02-27-2018, 07:46 PM
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mchargmg mchargmg is offline
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Palmer Lake, CO
Posts: 243
Default Welcome!


Welcome aboard! I am another AF retiree. I also purchased a flying RV. I honestly don't think Van's make a bad one, so just pick one that suits your fancy, and start flying! If you and Vlad ever get out to Colorado drop me a line, we will go flying.


Geoff McHarg
2021 dues gladly sent
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