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Old 06-09-2017, 10:27 PM
rplittle rplittle is offline
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Hi all. I figured I'd introduce myself and share a trip report since this forum has helped me recently. My name is Bob Little, and I'm a new owner of an RV-6A as of two weeks ago!

I heard of VAF over a decade ago while going to college and dreaming of owning an RV some day. I remember Paul Rosales and some other folks coming out in their RV's to my college in San Luis Obispo probably around 2004 to give rides to those of us in an aircraft construction class. Since that time, I haven't been on here much until recently when I was finally able to start shopping for an RV. When it was looking more and more like I would actually be buying an RV, I paid my dues (thank you, Doug!) and started using the forums to learn. Man there's a lot of information on here!

I found an RV-6A in Locust Grove, GA that had been finished up by Kent Gorton in 2014. After many phone conversations and quite a few prayers later, I purchased a one-way ticket from Seattle to Atlanta and headed off. Reading the positive reviews about Kent on this forum gave me added comfort as I headed to Atlanta.

After about a day and a half of inspecting and flying the airplane, I completed the purchase and headed back towards the west coast! After two days and just over 20 hours of flying, I made it back home to North Bend, OR (KOTH). A few days later, I was able to fly the airplane up to work in Seattle for the first time. What is usually about a 7 hour drive for me is now about 2 hours from engine start to engine shut down!

I'm looking forward to getting to know folks on VAF more, and hope to get to see some VAF folks in the Seattle and Southern Oregon Coast area!

Back at Mallards Landing after my final training flight

Proud new RV owner! First picture with my airplane!

Crossing the Mississippi!

End of day 1, in Big Spring, Texas

Sunrise on Day 2

Hot and windy near Phoenix

We go to EDW for work every couple of years, so it was cool to get cleared through R-2515 and fly right over the base!

Passing Mt. Shasta on the final leg

Short final at KOTH. Had to get a special VRF at sunset to make it in under the fog (the airplane is IFR current, but I am not!)

Pulling in to the FBO where I first learned to fly, in an airplane I've wanted for nearly as long as I've been flying!

The route as flown. Amazing trip that I'll never forget!
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Old 06-09-2017, 10:41 PM
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Default Welcome to VAF

Bob, welcome aboard the good ship VAF

Good to have you here.
Mike Starkey
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Rv-10, N210LM.

Flying as of 12/4/2010

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Old 06-09-2017, 10:47 PM
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Welcome to the club and welcome aboard the good ship __VAF__
Paul Gray
Foley, Alabama
N729PG..... 300+ hrs
RV 7A, Lycoming 0 320 D1A, Sensenich FP propeller
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Old 06-10-2017, 11:48 AM
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Bob welcome! Very nice airplane you got there and great pictures on the way back.
Jereme Carne
RV-7A Emp. done
Wings mostly done
Fuselage almost done
Finish kit arrived
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Old 06-10-2017, 12:00 PM
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Glad to see you join the group, Bob!

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Old 06-10-2017, 07:43 PM
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Bob, Welcome to the group from another RV6A pilot/owner. They are great
little airplanes that will do amazing things! Enjoy the RV Grin. I do every time
I fly!!
Gene Mohr
RV6A (purchased), O360, Hartzell C/S prop
Trenton, SC (S17 homebase)
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Old 06-14-2017, 06:21 PM
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Welcome to the group, Bob.

Nice pics and airplane. I am curious about your route. What was the rational for going the long way? Sightseeing or perhaps just enjoying the trip? The reason I ask is that I am planning some long distance flights for this summer and I've been asking people where they've flown and why.

Anyway, enjoy the new RV (It would be impossible not to).

Joe Rainbolt
RV-7A slow build complete 4 July 2016

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Old 06-14-2017, 10:27 PM
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Default Welcome to Seattle

I have a very nice Rv6a based at Krnt, let me know if you want to meet up for some fish and chips at Kpwt or Friday Harbor? Where are you based? Jim
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Old 06-15-2017, 02:22 PM
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Default Rocky Mountains?

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What was the rational for going the long way?
I'm guessing "to avoid the Rocky Mountains". When I flew from NC to Oregon, I took the Northern Route down I-80 and on the return trip I took the Southern Route along I-10.
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Old 06-15-2017, 04:45 PM
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Congratulations on your new plane, Bob! I know the trip back was epic! Thanks for posting the photos!
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