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Old 09-10-2012, 01:15 PM
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Default Did my first "Airshow"

This summer when I just first flew my RV8 I meet a guy with a SF-260 Marchetti. After his landing, he rolled to a neighbor hangar with his plane, shut the engine down and jump out his plane.
At the same time I was rolling the aircraft out of the hangar to do the third of fourth test flight. We spent a lot of time around the plane and he really like the way the RV was built (I believe it was the first time he saw a completed RV as there are not a lot in France).
He really liked the finish of the plane and after discussing a lot he told me a little about himself. That he is the owner of Czech Ride ( Yak 3 modified into a Yak 11 and that had raced in Reno long time ago).

A month later and after I completed the test flight period of the airplane I went to an airfield close to mine to do the first "navigation". When I landed I saw his Marchetti on the apron and met him at the airfield office. We sat on the bar and discuss a little further on the building process of my RV8, about my studies and about him. He told me that on the airfield he is based on, he (with others) was organizing a small airshow and invited me to come with my plane to see it.

Without an hesitation I told him that it would be a pleasure for me to come.

A month later I call him to have some informations on the procedure for coming to the airfield and he told me that he didn't though that I would really come with my airplane but it was.

After a day of aeronautical studies, I took off at 7pm to do the 200Nm trip and landed 1:15 later.
I get a reception I wouldn't believe I could get and together with the Yak owner, we put the plane in the hangar. I had a dinner with him, the mechanics and his friends and we spoke a long time about the difference between luck and opportunities. I get to bed thinking of the next day meeting.


The next day, I take the breakfast and then go to the airfield with the yak owner to help him putting the planes out of the hangar and he told me : "Bastien, I have news for you, it might be good one or a bad one, the MS733 planned at 3:43pm is out of service due to an ignition problem, do you want to show your plane in flight?" ( I remembered about the luck and opportunities we spoke the day before) I told him that it would be an honor.


3:40, just after a breezy I started the engine an rolled for holding point runway 10. Breezy lands and I hear from the flight director : " RV8 you are clear to line up and take off runway 10. Good flight". I applied the power and did a soft demo of the plane (it was my first one and I preferred to keep it simple as I haven't the experience of low flying close to a public).

(photo by Jacques Bellanger)

After 4 minutes of demo (while the speaker was telling my story and my plane's) I landed, open the canopy and could see the applause of the public. I shut down the engine, (close the oil door that pops up on the last sharp edge fly-by). And discuss with some spectators curious to hear a little bit more about the airplane.

(photo by Jacques Bellanger)

After an intense day, I took off and get home with a grin I couldn't even imagine when I came to the Airshow.

Thanks for the Yak owner for his proposition, for what he has done for me, thanks to Jacques Bellanger the photographer for the beautiful shots it took and to all the staff for letting me fly during this event.


(photo by Jacques Bellanger)
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:28 PM
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Default Cool!

Bastien,

Wow. What a great honor you had. Thanks for the pics they are great!
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Old 09-10-2012, 02:29 PM
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Default Sweet

Bastien, another European ambassador for Van's!

Thanks for the story,
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:50 PM
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Default Well done !

You diserved it coz you have a fantastic airplane and I know you 've worked hard to get this kind of result ! Congratulations !

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Old 09-10-2012, 04:52 PM
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With that amazing paint scheme, you wouldn't even have to take off to impress the crowd!
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Old 09-10-2012, 06:03 PM
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Default Very Cool!

Both your airplane and your story!
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:54 AM
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Beautiful -8. I'm not surprised you were invited to participate. Pretty Yak, too.
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Old 09-11-2012, 12:52 PM
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Thanks for the replies about this experience. I will post if I have new ones !
Denis welcome to VAF ! It took a while before I understood who you really are. That said you should rather be building your 7 than reading my stories .
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Old 09-11-2012, 03:08 PM
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Bastien, your Oil trap is open!
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:25 PM
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Default Very cool!

Bastien,
Very cool! That is indeed a neat experience - thanks for sharing the story and your beautiful pictures.

Also, my oil door did the same thing - I ended up putting a couple of extra plies of glass on the inside to stiffen it up.

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