Category Archives: Airplanes

Petit Jean Mountain RV Gathering – PART 2

Here is part 2 about our trip to Petiti Jean Mountain, AR for the annual RV Gathering. Ever seen airplanes popping balloons? CHECK IT OUT!

 

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Vans RV Gathering at Petit Jean Airport (KMPJ) Arkansas – PART 1 – NSA Pine Bluff Fly Over

Video of our trip to Petit Jean Mountain for the annual Vans Aircraft RV Flyin.  Please hit that “SUBSCRIBE” button in Youtube!

1000 Hour Borescope Video of Our 8 Year Old Lycoming in the RV9A

Borescope video of our 8 year old Lycoming IO-320 with 1000 hours of flight time on it. Please comment in the section below and SUBSCRIBE!

GoPro Wing Mount Install Video & Test Flight

Installation of the Flix / Rock Steady GoPro wing mount on our RV-9A. This give us some better footage from outside of the plane in flight and on the ground.

Figuring Out How to Edit Video / Audio in the Airplane

I finally figured out how to sync the audio from a separate recording device with the video from the GoPro Fusion 360. The problem with all of the auto sync functions in Premier Pro is that they require good audio on the video channel to sync with. Well it turns out that the audio picked up on the GoPro is nothing but “engine drone” and even when you clapped your hands next to it you could not hear it on the video channel. I will try to post a video a little later on how I fixed it…

One More Time

If you spend any time around us, about this same time every year, our vocabulary begins to take on a few special words (GREEK to some, GEEK to others). In particular, Oshkosh, AirVenture & “Goin’ Again”. (Okay, that last one is two words). For those who don’t know what it’s all about, here’s the best explanation we can give. And yes, we did build our plane we are flying in & we are flying it all the way to Wisconsin (Again – for the 7th time) – to camp on the ground with 40,000 of our closest friends and live & breathe airplanes 24/7 for a few very special days. Come see what it’s all about. One more time!

Copiah County Fly-in 2016

Beautiful Saturday to Fly…   Just a short post to show the video we made while at the Copiah County, MS Fly-In a few weeks ago.  We had a GREAT turn out with some really nice planes!  Good food, FAA Wings credit, cheap gas, and I found someone to buy my old magnetos… perfect day!

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Building a Piper Cub!

Where do I start…   It’s been a while since we last made a post on the blog.  What can I say, we’ve been busy.  Lot’s of things have happened in our lives, some good and some not so good.  But, we are still here and have been flying, fishing and building as much as life allows.

Why a Piper Cub…  Well, we finished the RV9A over 5 years ago and have enjoyed every minute in the air with it (over 700 hours!).  But, on those rainy Saturdays for the first couple of years after building the RV, we would walk into the garage and wish we still had a project to work on, so the research began. We had the perfect long distance, fuel efficient and reliable plane with the RV, so why not “low & J3.gifslow”.   We didn’t want one of the main stream kit planes, mainly because they are fairly easy and quick to build and cost too much money.  We went plans / scratch built so that we could spread the minimal build cost over several years allowing us to take as long as needed to afford to build.  The Cub was the perfect plane for the mission, an inexpensive, “low & slow”, Sunday afternoon flyer!

Slow Progress…  We started work on the project a little over 3 years ago.  I have focused on the tubing and welding of the fuselage & tail feathers and Beth has been building the wood ribs.  We have collectively spent just over 400 hours on the project… contrast that with the 3,000+ hours we worked on the RV in just under three years and you can see why this is the perfect project for the rainy Saturdays 🙂

Really Neat Video…  After working on smaller components of the tail feathers for a while, I decided to do some time lapse photography of the fuselage build…  It turned out pretty good!  The video below represents about 14 months worth of work.  I have since made a good bit more progress, but have not prepared a video of the results yet.  The time lapse below has been compressed into about 8 minutes, so go fix yourself a glass of wine and come back!

So There You Have It…  who knows, it may be another two years before we post again, but I hope not!  In the mean time, please follow us on Facebook or “the” Twitter and keep the shiny side up!

Oshkosh 2013, Recap

Overall… our trip to Oshkosh & Airventure 2013 went very well.  The weather could NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER!  Morning temps in the 50’s and mid afternoon highs in the 70’s made it really easy to sleep in the tent.  We had very little rain and only one big gust of wind…  No tents were harmed in the making of this adventure!

Attendance… seemed on par with last year and was confirmed this week by EAA.  Over 10,000 planes made it to Oshkosh for the week.  RV’s were well represented in homebuilt camping as you can see by the panoramic photo below… this was taken from the wing of our RV9A (click for larger view).

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Show Changes and Cool Stuff… I think were, for the most part, good.  I liked the new airshow format, the $2 water everywhere, the new food vendors with a much larger variety and TWO night airshows.  The biggest thing missing this year was ALL military aircraft.  We had no C-17’s or A-10’s on static display or the usual daily flybys from F-18 Hornets or F-22 Raptors.  Thank goodness there is one person alive that can afford to privately own and operate a Harrier Jump Jet so that we can get our fill of noise on the flightline every afternoon!

Flying Car and a Jet Man…  One of the neatest things we saw was the Terrafugia Transition (flying car) do its thing in public for the first time.  It rolled out on its own power, unfolded the wings and took off to do a nice aerial display… then it landed, folded up its wings and drove off… pretty cool!  The “Jet Man”, Yves Rossy, was interesting enough, but watching something 6,000 feet over your head that didn’t even make much noise left a lot to be desired.  One of the “sleeper” displays of the week was the SubSonex single person V-tailed jet by Sonex Aircraft.  I’m not sure how you would insure it, but with a $10,000 deposit you could reserve a production slot on this $125,000+ single seater to be delivered next year.

Shower House RANT… It wouldn’t be the EAA if we didn’t have something to complain about now would it?  When you go to take a shower at home you expect to leave the bathroom cleaner than when you came in… not necessarily so if you shower at homebuilt camping.  Try putting on fresh clothes with water ankle deep in dirty bath water… wet cloths & shoes, ain’t no fun!    I know it costs money, but HBC could really benefit from a permanent structure like they now have on the North 40 with flush toilets and private bath stalls.  I know we didn’t spend as much money on our homebuilt planes as the Bonanza Bums & Station Airheads that camp the North 40, but we are part of the reason over a half a million people show up every July. (OK, lots of my friends drive Bonanza’s and 206’s… just laugh, OK)

20130728_112144IA, New State… On the trip up to Oshkosh, we made a fuel stop in Dubuque, IA (KDBQ) and parked next to a familiar P-51 Mustang and our friend from home, Dan Fordice.  Dan offered us lunch with the T-6 group that had been training there all week as he fired up “Charlotte’s Chariot” to beat the weather into KOSH.  After a quick bite and some fuel we managed to get out in front of the long line of T-6’s as they formed up and headed north.  After looking at my log when we returned, I realized that Iowa was a new state for our “land in all states adventure” – number 17 – a long way from all 49, but we are getting there!

Next Year?… you bet, we plan to be there.  Where else can you spend a week in a tent with 10’s of thousands of propheads like ourselves that traveled across this beautiful country of ours to the aviation Mecca, OSHKOSH!

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Oshkosh Day One – Best Porta-Potti Day!

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from the nearby warbird  camping at 0630.  Temperatures are in the mid 50s and the Porta-Pottis are in the best shape they will be all week! With the smell of coffee in the air at the homebuilt camping area, we stopped for a cup and headed to see the powered parachutes at the ultralight area before the winds pick up. The P51s are cranked and the Aeroshell T-6s are in the air, let the show begin!

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