VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

-POSTING RULES
-Advertise in here!
- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Keep VAF Going
Donate methods

Point your
camera app here
to donate fast.

  #1  
Old 09-06-2012, 08:58 AM
hydroguy2's Avatar
hydroguy2 hydroguy2 is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Townsend, Montana
Posts: 3,179
Default RV improves the daily grind

Been working 6 days a week lately and more to come. But wednesday I had time available for catch up. I'm no Vlad...or any of you lucky ones traveling around the country but I try to put the RV to good use. SO:

My tour as President of the HomeOwner Association came to a close recently. The new President wanted to discuss duties and responsibilities. I live 4.5hrs away(by car) so she suggested a 10am phone call to save me travel.

I woke up and the weather looked good so I called and said "I'll be there by 0930. Climbing out I wondered what I had done the visibility was about 8miles of smoke in the valley. Once I got above 9000' I was on top and other than a 25-30kt headwind viz was better and smooth. Guess that's why I call my RV "Aurora" after the Roman Goddess of the Dawn, I love morning flights.

It cleared up as I got north. Wild Horse Island on Flathead lake


Descending through 6000, Cabin Creek Landing(97MT) is at my 2 o'clock as I approach over the hills from the south. Bitteroot lake was like glass.


Left downwind for RY20. (one lot in foreclosure, will go cheap we think)


Had some Altitude to burn so I made a crosswind then out over the lake before coming around to land on RY02.


Meeting got over around 1100, so I grab a splash of fuel and saddled up.

Climbed to 9500 to grab some tailwind, but still bumpy as the mountains heated up...going to 11500. Finley Point under my wing as I crossed Flathead lake was looking inviting. (we've stayed there before).


I went over the Mission Mtns on the return trip. Why does it seem the engine vibrates more when the ground looks like this under me.


Smoke laying in the valleys of the Bob Marshall Wilderness. shortly after this pic, I ended up climbing to 13500 trying to get out of the smoke.


Found a few more Kts of tailwind. I was showing 177kts TAS with a GS of 196-202KTS...on 8.1gph or 28mpg thereabouts.


Usually I can see Helena(KHLN) from here <20 miles out...not today.


I stayed high as long as I could but finally had to drop into the haze. this is about 10miles out of Townsend(8U8). The shoreline of Canyon Ferry lake is about 4miles. The smoke just got thicker the lower I went. I finally picked up the airport at 3.5miles.


Meetings suck, but flying to them makes them tolerable. 0.9 hrs home aint' too shabby either. RV's are a great escape even in small bites.....ok back to work, everybody
__________________
Retired Dam guy. Life is good.
Brian, N155BKsold but bought back.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-07-2012, 03:41 PM
BSwayze's Avatar
BSwayze BSwayze is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Molalla, Oregon
Posts: 955
Default

NICE, Brian! Great pictures and good reading about your trip! I'm looking forward to using the RV for a business trip once in a while, too. Being able to write off the expenses only sweetens the deal even more.
__________________
Bruce Swayze
RV-7A Standard Build
First flight November 3, 2019!
http://www.BrucesRV7A.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-07-2012, 06:05 PM
hydroguy2's Avatar
hydroguy2 hydroguy2 is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Townsend, Montana
Posts: 3,179
Default

Mine is a unpaid volunteer position, so no write off. But factor in the fun, I come out ahead.
__________________
Retired Dam guy. Life is good.
Brian, N155BKsold but bought back.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-07-2012, 08:41 PM
Subwaybob's Avatar
Subwaybob Subwaybob is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Dallas, TX
Posts: 321
Default

Nice write up and pictures you dam builder you!
__________________
Bob
RV-10 QB Here 8-25-19
RV-7
My brain shows a remarkable capacity to not willingly accept information that it considered useless.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-07-2012, 11:06 PM
miyu1975's Avatar
miyu1975 miyu1975 is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 1,077
Default

Nice Brian. Curious, what power settings and alt do you have at 177 tas with 8.1 gph?...if you recall
__________________
Ryan Allen, CFI

RV7 N612RA, flying since july 2012
E-170/175

RV10 Tail Kit complete, Wings 98%, Working on Finishing Kit, AEIO-540 on the stand
Acro Sport 2 on deck.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-07-2012, 11:41 PM
hydroguy2's Avatar
hydroguy2 hydroguy2 is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Townsend, Montana
Posts: 3,179
Default

don't mind the VSI, I was level. But moved the stick grabbing the camera....no autopilot.

__________________
Retired Dam guy. Life is good.
Brian, N155BKsold but bought back.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-08-2012, 05:46 AM
Skykingbob's Avatar
Skykingbob Skykingbob is offline
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Bealeton Virginia
Posts: 577
Default Nice!

Hey Brian.....nice call on taking the airplane.....looked like a fun flight...and there is nothing better than a good excuse to go flying!!!! When I first saw the photos I figgered you were flying in the Smokey Mountains

YOL BOLSON!!!
__________________
Bob "Skyking" Corriveau
"PRINCE TRAPPED IN A PILOT'S BODY"
Yes I paid my =VAF= membership dues!
RV-8 QB Reserved N212KB
ATP
CFI/CFII/MEI

Build Site: http://www.mykitlog.com/skykingbob/

"Nothing worthwhile has ever been accomplished without inspiration, determination, and perspiration!"
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-08-2012, 10:53 AM
miyu1975's Avatar
miyu1975 miyu1975 is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 1,077
Default

Nice numbers..remind me not enter any races with you.
__________________
Ryan Allen, CFI

RV7 N612RA, flying since july 2012
E-170/175

RV10 Tail Kit complete, Wings 98%, Working on Finishing Kit, AEIO-540 on the stand
Acro Sport 2 on deck.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-08-2012, 01:08 PM
hydroguy2's Avatar
hydroguy2 hydroguy2 is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Townsend, Montana
Posts: 3,179
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by miyu1975 View Post
Nice numbers..remind me not enter any races with you.
you should enter a race or two. You'll learn a lot about yourself and your RV.

I just try to improve each race. I can't compete with the fast RV-8's and RV-4's, but hold my own against the other side by side RV's with parallel valve 360's.

I've seen 194kts TAS during a winter testing run(-5*F), but has not been repeatable conditions. I can hit 190KTAS most calm days....now if I learn how to fly on a race course. I think I am burning 13.6gph and 2610rpm here
__________________
Retired Dam guy. Life is good.
Brian, N155BKsold but bought back.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:02 AM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.