Saturday August 14th, 2004|
RV Fix; Hangar Building
Well, after a crappy week of being sick as a dog, putting my truck in the shop and having a crazy week at work, I got an e-mail from Mike Stewart on Friday afternoon asking if I wanted to fly over and help 'Subaru' Bob Goodman build a hangar. Bob has a new private grass strip and Mike was the first to land on it last week. We made the second landing at the field. Very cool!.
Mike has a really cool RV-6A (the first RV I ever flew in) and he let me fly it over to Bob's from the right seat. It was the first time I ever really flew an RV somewhere, so it was a neat experience. Mike has a Dynon D10 EFIS, a Garmin 430 and all sorts of other cool stuff in his plane. On the way over, I was using the heading on the Dynon and suddenly the stabilized heading on the thing veered left about 10 degrees then right about 10 degrees, but the plane was tracking completely straight in the cool air. Hmm...I thought to myself that I may have just imagined it. Then, as I was looking at the Dynon, it indicated about a 20 degree dive on the AH. Hmm...looked out the window and we were straight and level...interesting....
Anyway, when we got over Bob's, Mike took over to make the landing on the dirt/grass strip (grass is still coming in). Here's a video [.mov] of the landing.
While we were working on the hangar, Mike got a call from Angel Flight telling him that he had to go and run blood down to the Red Cross in Florida for the victims of Hurricane Charley. We loaded up in a hurry and Mike jumped in the right seat and said, "Get in". Very, very fun. That was a hoot, my first flight from the left seat of an RV.
The landing back at Gwinnett was a squeeker, but off the left of the centerline. :-(
What an airplane! This airplane seems to fly the way I did daydreaming as a kid. Too cool!