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Old 04-04-2020, 09:53 AM
DeltaRomeo DeltaRomeo is offline
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Location: Highland Village, TX
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Default What did you do with your RV this weekend? (4/4/2020 - 4/5/2020)

...getting it started.
Doug Reeves (your host)
  • Full time: since '07 (started it in '96).
  • Part time: Contract Pilot (PIC type in Embraer Phenom 300). Flying resume.
  • Part time: Phenom 300 (currently) and Gulfstream 450/550 (soon) Seat Support at CAE (KDFW).
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Old 04-04-2020, 04:04 PM
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Location: Crestwood, KY
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Default Moral support for another RV-er

Flew down to Bowling Green Kentucky to lend support to Doug Rohrer for his ready to be inspected RV-9A. Bobby Hester flew in as well to check over Doug's plane prior to scheduling a DAR inspection. Doug was gracious to take me flying in his prior 9A while I was building mine and while my daughter was attending Western Kentucky University.
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Building RV-12 with brother
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Old 04-04-2020, 05:04 PM
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Location: Grand Rapids, MI
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Took the wife up for some sunset photos. A beautiful flight and evening with some decent photos and big smiles. We really needed to get back to normal even if for only a few minutes. Good medicine!
Paul K
West Michigan

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Old 04-04-2020, 05:12 PM
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Location: Valparaiso, Indiana
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Default Chi-town fly by

Got an early start to the weekend on Thursday, given conditions were too perfect not to fly. Took a lunchtime vertical distancing break and headed North along the lakefront. Chicago approach was quiet as a mouse and there may have been two arrivals to ORD fly overhead the whole time. Getting close to doing my first oil change...looks like I will be going solo on that given the current constraints. Have enjoyed around 25 hours in this ride since picking her up in mid-February...still grinning. Thank you RM!

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Old 04-04-2020, 05:51 PM
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Airborne to an undisclosed location
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 04-04-2020, 05:54 PM
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Location: Cedar Park, TX
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Buttoned everything up from the 13th condition inspection on 22C.
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CQ Headset by Card Machine Works
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RV-9A N4822C flying 2200+hrs. / Cedar Park, TX
RV8 Building - fuselage / showplanes canopy (Done!)
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Old 04-04-2020, 08:11 PM
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Location: San Diego
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A contractor friend of mine had around 500 N95 masks to spare, and a nurse friend works in a unit that could use them.. so off to the mountains I flew, about 85 miles east of me, to get the masks.

Great flight to and from (with a little cloud dodging), and on the way home, I was curious to see how the iPhone did propped up on the top of the panel, recording the landing. Not great, but not awful.
Paid, Jan 2022
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Old 04-04-2020, 08:23 PM
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Just a little social distancing over the puget sound.
Snoqualmie WA
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Old 04-05-2020, 04:47 AM
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Location: Sydney, Aust.
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I didn't do too much. I simply swapped rego numbers and replaced the PlanePower FS-14 alternator with a B&C unit. But to do that, I had to...
  • Drive to the airport
  • Setup generator to keep 4WD battery charged while the kids play Xbox in the back seat.
  • Lay out tools on the wing
  • Remove the top cowling
  • Disconnect the battery negative lead
  • Undo 3 of the 4 nuts holding the alternator in place
  • Waste 30 minutes trying to work out how to uninstall the 4th nut without removing the P-mag
  • Swear
  • Uninstall the right P-mag
  • Remove the PP alternator
  • Drop one of the washers down between the battery and the battery box
  • Swear again.
  • Remove the battery hold down strap
  • Remove the battery positive lead
  • Pull the battery out
  • Retrieve the washer
  • Reinstall the battery
  • Reconnect the battery positive
  • Install the B&C alternator
  • Reinstall the P-mag
  • Realise you're not able to re-time & test the P-mag today because you're not going to move 2 planes out of the hangar to do a ground run this late in the day.
  • Swear again.
  • Install the B&C Voltage regulator
  • Install the wiring for the regulator
  • Reconnect the battery negative
  • Test for smoke
  • Remove old RAAus rego numbers from under the wing
  • Smack head into flap bracket
  • Swear. Again and a lot.
  • Pack up tools
  • Find out the Honda EU22i generator doesn't put out enough amps to keep the Landcruiser battery charged with Ignition On, Engine Off.
  • Swear again.
  • Lock the car
  • Play soccer with the kids while waiting for the battery to charge
  • Cross fingers, unlock car & try to start.
  • Pack up generator & 12VDC leads
  • Realise the low bus voltage has disabled cruise-control, pre-collision detection, traction control and a host of other sub-systems.
  • Swear again.
  • Drive home.
  • Google where the OBD port is on the new 4WD
  • Retrieve OBDII dongle and reset vehicle computers.
  • Tell the KRviatrix I CBF cooking dinner and order take-away
  • Drink Bundy.
Once you have tasted flight you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return - Leonardo DaVinci

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RV-9A - Finished on 10th February 2016 after 4 years, 9 months and 19 days! The 1020th RV-9 flying.

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Old 04-05-2020, 09:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Vlad View Post
Airborne to an undisclosed location
Looks like a long trip to Saratoga and some recy on various mystery locations?
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