Sunday, July 17, 2016

Prepping for Oshkosh

This week I have been busy prepping the airplane (and myself) for the annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh.  As with last year Jeff and I will be flying together to the show.  Martin will be riding over with me but he has to be back by a specified time so he won't be coming back with me.

Anyway, this week I planned on doing a little injector nozzle tuning under the tutelage of Don Rivera from AirFlow Performance.  I purchased 4 new restrictor nozzles that are suppose to replace the nozzles I already have in the engine.  Well as luck would have it I have some very old injectors in my engine and they don't have adjustable nozzles.  So I have ordered 4 new injectors as well.  I took a little time and cleaned my existing injectors just in case the new ones don't arrive in time for the trip.

The GPS and chart databases are all updated as of today and the airplane is loaded with the exception of our clothes.  I think we are ready.

I forgot to take pictures but I also finished painting the back wall of the hangar.  Work on the walls is done and now I need to focus on the door insulation.

Top of tail perspective.  Very cool!
Top of the tail perspective - PANO

Monday, July 11, 2016

Arlington 2016

This year the Arlington fly-in was a lot of fun.  We almost cancelled the trip due to rain forecast but on the day we were suppose to go we decided to brave it.  We have great tents, and the weather actually cooperated during the day so the hard rain we had at night didn't impact the camping trip at all.  The forecast did limit the number of people that showed up, particularly the pilot crowd that normally flies in.  Here are a few pics.

Jeff at KPLU during the run-up before takeoff

Tents set up and airplanes tied down...15 minutes later the evening rain started.  Perfect timing!

Another picture as the rains start moving our way.

The lights were pretty so I tried to take a picture with my iPhone.  Didn't turn out great especially since my flash went off.

Not much better without the flash but its not quite as grainy.
Trying to be creative to capture the cool cloud formations with the 9A in the foreground.

Another shot of the clouds.  Ok so its really not about the clouds but they prompted the picture...

Morning coffee going on day three without a razor...You can tell we had sun by the red nose.
I decided to have the airplane judged this year now that it's painted.  Turns out I won a Champion award!  Very happy with that.
Finally, Lane (Jeff's son) took this selfie as Jeff and I were formed up on the return trip home.

Golf in Montana

You frequently hear RV's being referred to as "Time Machines"...well here is a post that explains why.  :-)

A couple of weekends ago Harry, Jeff and I decided to go golfing...RV style.  So we loaded up, flew to Montana, golfed 9 holes with my Dad, and then flew home in time to have a few beers at the hangar.  Now figure the drive to Montana from here is about 6.5 hours; that's 13 hours round trip and not a lot of fun.  Flying we were able to do the entire trip in barely over 6.5 hours including lunch and 9 holes of golf.

After landing in Superior Montana

Jeff looking for his ball....ok, not really, he was taking a picture of the old train trestle that spans the St Regis river.  You can see the trestle in the background.

Thirsty airplanes fueling up for the return flight.