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One Last Flight
Local RV-7A builder and club member Bob Collins has written a bitter sweet piece on selling his airplane. Bob is a professional wordsmith so this is quality work appearing on Minnesota Public Radio's NewsCut blog. Take a moment to enjoy.....
Tom Irlbeck reflects on his 57 years as a pilot, 71 1⁄2 years of flying....
Thought I’d drop you a note, as I reflect back on my years in the air. Flying has been good to me. I consider myself very fortunate, having been born into a flying family. My Dad was a B-17, B-29 pilot. When he was home on leave in the fall of 1945, we went out to John Benson’s Airport, just north of White Bear Lake. Don’t know all of the story how my Dad and John met, but know they were close friends, until both went west, a number of years ago. Anyway, I have a cherished photo sitting in John’s J-3 that he was renting, on my Mom’s lap, with my Dad in the front seat. That was my first ride at 2 1⁄2. I have my hand on the stick, my Mom said I want to shake the stick, and to this day I still enjoy “shaking the stick”, must be in the genes.
Last Sunday, old “Bear”, my trustworthy RV-8 turned over 2,000 hrs. I started building her in 1997, and June of 2000 she took me into the air on her first flight. On Sunday I was giving a “Young Eagle Ride”, a young lady of 15yrs, her 1st ride in a “little” aircraft. She had been in the air only once before, in an airliner, and was a little apprehensive. On such rides, I take it “easy”, you might say I hold back a lot, not my normal “Navy Take Off”. I mentioned that we would be turning over to the 2,000 hr mark to her, but I’m sure she didn’t realize the signifigance, but “Bear” did!!!!
Congratulations to Jeff Schwalen on the successfuil first flight of his RV-10 on September 28, 2016. Doug Weiler was the test pilot and the flight was out of Fleming Field with landing at AirLake. There is nothing like the excitment of seeing those thousands of hours of work take wing for the first time!!!
Our own Tom Court has finished his weather app titled "Weekend Flyer." It's a great tool to obtain up to a 3-day forecast of aviation weather to plan your "weekend flying." It has been recently reviewed in Ipad Pilot News. You can download it on the Apple App Store. Here's the link on the Apple App Store. Give it a free trial!
RV-6A builder/pilot Brad Benson has been honing his aerobatic skills. He recently competed in his first competition in Newton, KS. Here's a cool video sure to scramble your eyeballs!
Our 27th RV Fly-In and Picnic is now history. Thanks to all the folks at Sky Harbor who make this possible especially Roy and Kim Fuhrmann. Here's a link to some photos of the day......
Here is one of the best resources for general RV construction methods and technques. And of course it's right from the horse's mouth: Van's Aircraft! Permanently now available in our Building Tips section.
The September issue of the "RVator's Log" is now ready for download HERE
Pete and Andi Howell just wrapped up another great RV adventure! This time it was a visit to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Leadville, Colorado. Check out the great photos on the Trip Log page
RV-10 builder Ed Krantz and his wife Colleen have put together a great website that blogs on all things related to their newly minted RV-10. You'll find a great building log tracking Ed's construction of the -10 and now that he is flying, you'll also find some great narratives (and videos) of their flying adventures. Here's why we spend hours and hours (and years and years) building these great aircraft. Enjoy.......
Our June BBQ is now history. Thanks to Bernie Weiss and Pete Howell for hosting us!!
The June issue of the RVator's Log is now ready for download HERE
RV-7 driver Doug Weiler discovers a "gotcha" on his Silver Hawk fuel injection servo. Check out the story in Building Tips!!!!!
Thanks to all that attended our meeting on March 12. We had a great turnout (of course the weather was spectacular!) We lost count as to how many RVs (and others) flew in but the north end taxiways at Lake Elmo were filled up! Thanks to Tim Olson and his daughter Danielle for a great presentation on their RV travels and also to Pete Howell for translating the options for ADS-B.
RV-7A pilot and builder Bob Collins has whipped up an informative video on how to fix a leaky fuel tank rivet. Don't panic if you see a "weeping" rivet. Check out his video HERE......
Our December meeting was well attended and it was great to see old friends again and some new RV enthusiasts as well! Tech counselor Tom Berge was center stage with an informative talk on electrical system design. New treasurer Peter Fruehling was introduced and gave us a briefing on our new PayPal dues payment system.
Here’s a link to Tom’s PowerPoint slides which will give you a brief outline of the topics he covered.
Your friendly editor had the pleasure of making the first test flight of Ed Krantz's RV-10 on August 29 out of the Red Wing airport. Ed's -10 is chock full of all the latest Garmin goodies and it is going to make a great cross country machine. The test went well with just some minor trim adjustments to be made. Since then Ed has soloed his RV and is well on the way to flying off the test time.
A nice story was recently written in the Hastings newspaper about the Krantz family and their new RV-10. Here's a link to the article.....
Our 2015 RV Fly-In and Picnic is now history. It was one of the absolutely spectacular early fall Saturdays with clear skies and very little wind!! This was picnic #26 believe it or not and again we thank Kim and Roy Fuhrmann and their friends and neighbors for making this such a great time of fellowship.
Congrats to our own Chris Stenstrom for winning a Bronze Lindy workmanship award at this year's EAA Airventure. His RV-8 was fresh from Midwest Aircraft Painting and the judges were impressed. Can't wait to see it in person!
Fortunately it is rare that I get a call from the FAA (and I really want to keep it that way!). But recently I received a call from Mark McMullen who is a controller at MSP center. He was calling me to follow up on a question that I brought up had at a CFI refresher clinic that I attended last month. I was talking to another FAA controller who was attending the course and I asked him whether the local FAA controllers knew I was ADS-B equipped. He wasn’t familiar with how ADS-B was being integrated locally as of yet, but he said he’d find out and have someone call me. Thus Mark’s call…
He explained to me that MSP center and approach can be operated in their Fusion ATC display mode. What this does is to integrate Mode C, Mode S, and ADS-B traffic data into one single-tracked target. So what this means is that the controller sees a traffic target whose location and altitude data is generated by a combination of airport and/or air route surveillance radar and ADS-B information. He said that one of the immediate benefits of ADS-B in the MSP area is that it provides a traffic target in areas that have poor surveillance radar coverage (a good example is in the Eau Claire area). From a pilot’s viewpoint, this is transparent and even the controller may not know on his or her display whether the traffic target is derived from radar or ADS-B. As you know, in exchange for providing this ADS-B “out” data, we receive weather and traffic as the ADS-B “in” data. Having now flown my RV-7 for about 10 hours using FreeFlight’s ADS-B FDL-978 transceiver, I am a true believer in the safety margin provided just by the traffic feature alone. I can attribute at least 3 instances of a potential “close encounter” averted just in the first 10 hours of use in the MSP area. Worth every penny!!
RV-4 pilot John Field recently took his niece Mono for a ride in his beautiful yellow -4. She wrote him this REALLY COOL thank you note... You'll love it!!! (make all that labor worth every minute!)