VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

- POSTING RULES
- Donate yearly (please).
- Advertise in here!

- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

  #1  
Old 06-14-2017, 11:28 AM
Mark Albery's Avatar
Mark Albery Mark Albery is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Redwood City CA
Posts: 579
Default Puddle Jumping 2 - The Sequel

The Prologue

Some of you here may recall my RV-8 flight from L.A. to the UK in 2013 when my time working on the Tesla Model S finished and I returned home to the UK in my RV-8.
Soon after that happened I got a call to join another automotive start-up in the Bay area which has now grown to be Lucid Motors; going well but still a couple of years from production.
There was no time to arrange getting the RV-8 back, so I made arrangements to get friends to take care of it and keep it in good airworthy condition. That went through a few cycles of partners coming and going and came to a head recently when my current partnership was about to end due to him getting a job offer, also in the US.
Decision time. Do I try to find another partner, sell the RV, pickle it and store it away or bring it back to the US. You've probably already guessed the answer!
I sold the RV-4 that I bought on my return to the US in 2013 (thanks DR for helping with that, there'll be a token of appreciation in my next donation).

Coincidentally, I heard about a plan to fly a group of aircraft from Scotland to the US at just the right time through the prepare2go organisation. They would take care of most of the logistics and arrange extra fuel availability at a couple of places where it's not normally available and use some airports not normally available for international flights.

That now meant that I did not need the auxiliary tank as the longest leg would be 500nm and the longest leg plus diversion under 700NM, so 42 gallons with careful power and mixture setting should work fine.

It also meant I could consider flying with an extra crew member. I first put it to my partner taking care of the aircraft in the UK, Rogier. Despite being in the process of moving jobs to the US, marrying his girlfriend, obtaining visas etc. He finally managed to get it all to work.

Checking out my liferaft and dry-suit, both proved too old (over 30 years_ and didn't pass muster. So I got two top of the range Mustang aircrew dry suits with the highest hypothermia protection and arranged liferaft hire from Far North Aviation at Wick in Scotland.

All's now (nearly) in place with permissions, customs decal, import agents, GPS data bases and charts etc. I fly to the UK this evening, get my UK licence renewed, do the final checks, a few courtesy visits and prepare to fly to the Rendezvous at Wick next Tuesday. Wednesday 21st is the planned start with a flight to Egallstadir in Iceland.

We'll be carrying satellite trackers with live tracking on https://yb.tl/Prepare2go and you may get some radar tracking on sites like https://www.flightradar24.com/reg/g-rrvv

The other aircraft on the trip will be a Beech 18 (carrying a hot air balloon) and a Saratoga.

I'll try to keep some updates coming as and when we get time and internet connection. The plan is to take our time and take in some interesting flights and sights expecting to arrive at Bangor around 30th June.

This is the planned route to Bangor ME, after that I part company with Rogier in Boston and continue to Hayward CA.

So Vlad, Steve Barnes &co, you have the full story so far. The adventure begins...
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 06-14-2017, 12:18 PM
Ivan Kristensen's Avatar
Ivan Kristensen Ivan Kristensen is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Guelph Ontario
Posts: 163
Default N. Atlantic crossing.

Good luck and we look forward to seeing your updates and track your flight.
__________________
RV-10 Quick Build
SN # 40838 (C-GMDV)
First flight June 28, 2010. Now 1000 hours of flight time.
Home field is Waterloo Regional Airport (CYKF) Ontario Canada,

2017 VAF dues paid.

Link to my build site:
https://ivankristensen.smugmug.com/B...ENTAL-aircraft
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-14-2017, 01:54 PM
Mark Dickens's Avatar
Mark Dickens Mark Dickens is offline
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Collierville, TN (KFYE)
Posts: 798
Default

Mark, good luck! It will be fun to follow your progress!
__________________
RV-8 #81077 Super Slow Build
Titan IOX-370, Dual P-Mags, AFP FM200A FI, Sensenich GA Prop
First Flight November 20, 2016
Phase One Complete June 1, 2017
http://www.marksrv8.com
2017 Donation Complete!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-14-2017, 04:11 PM
mike newall's Avatar
mike newall mike newall is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Yorkshire, England
Posts: 1,405
Default

Hope you flew to the UK with Thomas Cook !!!
__________________
"I add a little excitement, a little spice to your lives, and all you do is complain!" - Q

Donated in 2017
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-14-2017, 05:15 PM
Steve Barnes Steve Barnes is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Posts: 516
Thumbs up ENVY!!

Would love to do an adventure like that. Thank You Mark for the update.

Steve
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-14-2017, 05:27 PM
jeffkersey's Avatar
jeffkersey jeffkersey is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Cottontown, TN
Posts: 137
Default Wow!

Sounds like an awesome adventure. You have a place to lay down north of Nashville, TN if you need. I'll be following and dreaming of such adventures for myself. All the best!
Jeff
__________________
Jeff Kersey
RV7A Purchased Flying
Dues paid
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-14-2017, 05:53 PM
eddieseve eddieseve is offline
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 579
Default

Wow another opportunity to do what others can only dream about, good luck and I look forward to tagging along.

Cheers
__________________
Eddie Seve
Sydney Australia
First Flight 16th July 2012
RV-7 Phase 2, 30 Oct 2012
680 hrs July 2017
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 06-14-2017, 06:47 PM
Bill Dicus Bill Dicus is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Shorewood, WI (Milwaukee area)
Posts: 1,066
Default X the pond!

Let me know if you need a place to stay in Milwaukee. We'd love to have you! Good airport at KMWC... Have a wonderful trip.
__________________
Bill Dicus
Shorewood (Milwaukee) Wisconsin
RV-8 N9669D Flying 12/4/14!
Flying Pitts S-2A, Piper Lance
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 06-15-2017, 01:49 PM
lucaperazzolli's Avatar
lucaperazzolli lucaperazzolli is offline
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Trento, northern Italy
Posts: 545
Default ah ha

I was waiting this news from a long time

I always loved your story from Kitplanes dec 2013 article "Alone across the Atlantic".

I'll follow your trip so I'll dream again.

Hope to shake your hand in Oshkosh.
__________________
Luke
Trento, northern Italy
RV-8 QuickBuild, Catto 3 blade Prop, YO-360-A1A. Status : I-LUKE is Flying - 300 h. and counting
http://www.rv8.it

=VAF= 2017
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 06-20-2017, 12:00 PM
Mark Albery's Avatar
Mark Albery Mark Albery is offline
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Redwood City CA
Posts: 579
Default

We're on our way!
Left Enstone near Oxford this morning, had a break at Fishburn near Newcastle and arrived at Wick in the North of Scotland.
The other 2 crews just beat us, 4 in a Saratoga and 3 in a Beech 18. Another in a Europa may arrive soon.
If all is well, we leave for Iceland early tomorrow.
[IMG]www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10210269380826745&l=1a3f22c100[/IMG]
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:52 AM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.