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Old 06-13-2012, 08:24 PM
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Default Latest RV-1 pilot

Len Kaufman (aka 'Nel') got his chance to take a crack at flying the ONE today. Len's a former military and airline guy (MD-11, OV-1, UH-1, and probably other cool stuff), can fly just about anything it appears, and regularly trades jabs with Lauren Paine.

By the 3rd landing I felt he was just showing off and ordered him off the runway... Some guys have more in their bag of tricks than others. He done real good...

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Old 06-17-2012, 02:59 PM
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Default EAA Chapter 105 Monthly meeting

In the Portland area, our local EAA Chapter 105 conducts a monthly meeting at various build sites or interesting locales. Typically the June meeting is reserved for the BBQ at the residential Parkside airport (WA87). An absolutley spectacular airpark with many RV projects, pilots, and some very interesting non-RV offerings too.

Jon Freideman thought it would be neat to display the ONE there. It's a challenging runway environment if you've never seen it before, but JJ's had plenty of experience since he lives there with his RV-6, Bucker, and someday a Fiat G.46. All in all, there were over 70 folks and 20-some aircraft that arrived. Here are some pics from the event:


The ONE begins to draw a crowd.


Some of the many aircraft that attended the event.


The ONE's display signage...


The ONE display at JonJay's abode...
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Old 06-18-2012, 11:59 AM
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Default EAA 105 Ferry flight to Parkside

At Van's factory hangar.

There is Mel's signature on the AW cert.

Obligitory air to air somewhere east of Portland.

RV Grin happy to be at Parkside.


Special thanks to John Pallister who conducted escort duties to and from Parkside in his 6.
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Old 06-18-2012, 07:54 PM
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It was GREAT to see this wonderful bit of history at Parkside. The RV-1, combined with the perfect weather, fabulous food, great people, and of course, the amazing Parkside Air Park, made for an evening we'll never forget. Thanks for the write-up, Joe!
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:14 PM
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Default Lenhardt's Airport

The ONE made it's way over to Lenhardt's Airport (7S9) today for the Friday morning coffee and donuts. This airport has historical significance in the overall picture of Van's Aircraft. Van frequented (and probably still does) this airport in the early days as evidenced in this thread: http://www.eaa105.org/node/6 Who knows, maybe this is not the ONE's first trip here...

Not long ago, airport owner Jack Lenhardt owned and flew the only other known example of an RV-1. The aircraft is still around in the Oregon area and actually is for sale from what I've heard. We might try to get the 2 of them together for a photo op...
Jack has passed on but his son Glen still runs the airport. It's a great place...



Once the ONE got back to Aurora State (UAO) it went on display at the Aurora JetCenter for the Friday lunch BBQ. http://www.aurorajetcenter.com/ They are great folks and right next door to Van's Aircraft if you ever stop by here.
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:10 PM
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Unfortunately due to worse than forecasted weather today, the ONES scheduled trip to the Langely BC Fly In was cancelled.

The same system is continuing to drop snow in the Cascade Mountains at this time... Isn't this supposed to be June?
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tour? Joe, I know it is still a ways out, but is there a rough timeline/routing for RV-1 from Arlington to OSH? We were just discussing it this morning.

PM or email if you prefer....bkcarroll@mt.net
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Old 06-28-2012, 04:06 PM
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Default Lenhardts OPA Meeting & Becks BBQ Events

Life's been pretty busy lately to add any posts for the last week or so, but this should catch everyone up on the ONE's recent activity. Unfortunatley the Langley BC trip was cancelled due to adverse weather. While the rest of the country swelters, it is still late winter or at least some version of spring here in the NW. Oddly enough, freezing levels were down around 5,000' with some snow accumulations at the ski resorts, which are oddly enough, closed for the summer...

On to the Lenhardt's Oregon Pilots Assn. meeting, where featured speaker Gus Funnel from Van's gave a nice talk and powerpoint on the history of the RV-1 and how it ties in with the 40th Anniversary of Van's. About 50 attendees swarmed over the ONE which produced a lot of questions and photo ops. The following pic is one of my favorites... This little gal was SO excited to sit in the ONE...!


There is a local family BBQ that occurs around these parts in the spring at the Beck farm. It's potluck style and the little farm that hosts it has about the smoothest, well manicured, grass strips that I've ever touched down on. We've gone to this event for the past 4 years and it's always a great time. We decided to stick Len (Nel) Kaufman in the ONE and send it over there as something fun to do and a way to expose people to it's history. Gus Funnel flew escort in the RV-12 for the 7 mile trip over...



This pic gives you the feel and view that this area provides. Green countryside and Cascade Peaks on the horizon with the ONE waiting to depart the fly in for Aurora...
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This pic gives you the feel and view that this area provides. Green countryside and Cascade Peaks on the horizon with the ONE waiting to depart the fly in for Aurora...
Sure that's not a golf course? Beautiful!

I'm glad to see you are exercising The One!
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Old 07-08-2012, 01:57 PM
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Default RV-1 visits the EAA105 breakfast yesterday

Well, summer is finally here. I think it started July 5th... So we decided to break out the RV-1 again and send it over to the EAA105 breakfast yesterday at Twin Oaks Airport (7S3). Len Kaufman did the flying duties again. (I think he's actually beginning to like flying the ONE...) We managed to get a couple of pics with at least one famous individual... ;-)



Since the weather was excellant, we had lots of aircraft fly in with hungry flight crews...



Once the chapter was out of pancakes and grits, Len headed her home back to the mothership. I managed to get this shot of the ONE with Mt. Hood in the background...

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