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Old 02-09-2019, 12:34 AM
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Default Digging Out My RV-6

Was sick last week, wasn't able to dig out the RV after each snow storm until yesterday.

Nikiski received more snow than Kenai, it is 15.2-miles from my driveway to the tie downs at the Kenai Airport (PAEN).

When I arrived after work yesterday, the RV was isolated by about 10-inches of frozen snow. It rained at 40 degrees F and then cooled down to below freezing before it started to snow.

Only way I could move the snow was by using a metal square tip shovel to break it up and then a plastic snow shovel to move it out of the way. Took three hours to clear the tie-down. Worked up a sweat wearing a t-shirt in 12 deg F coolness.

Anyway here are a few photos:

Time to start shoveling:



Tools used to clear the pad:



Finally to the Leading Edge, camera battery quit after this photo, notice the frozen rubble? It was heavy stuff to move/lift:


Here is what my home looked like today when I arrived after work:


My back hurts.

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Mike Bauer
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:02 AM
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Wow - if there is anywhere that I thought you guys would have lots of hangars it's way up north. Serious question - any reason why no hangar? Seems like getting a lot of snow would be a very common thing.
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Old 02-09-2019, 01:13 AM
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Red face Dude! Its Cold Out!

My back hurts just thinking about digging it out of the snow. Take care of your baby, I know you love her!
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Old 02-09-2019, 06:46 AM
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Mike, that looks like Maine!

Yes, they are all correct, you do need a hangar, but I do know how scarce they are up there.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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Old 02-09-2019, 08:03 AM
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I hear you Mike we have that kind of powder in New Jersey too. The amount of snow is not the killing part, the wind chill and ice are.

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Old 02-10-2019, 02:24 AM
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I hear you Mike we have that kind of powder in New Jersey too. The amount of snow is not the killing part, the wind chill and ice are.

Hi Vlad,

You know if you stop using the mosaic mode on your camera the wings will look smooth again.

That looks like heavy wet snow...Bet it melts before the stuff up here does!

I'm looking forward to the hangar! Even if only for a month.

See you soon.

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Old 02-09-2019, 07:22 PM
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Smile Snow and ice

After owning a FBO in Wyoming for 10 years, I decided I needed out of Mike's situation, so I moved to the hill country of Texas, 34 degrees today and I'm whining big time, wimp. We heated as many as 15 airplanes for departure in Wyoming for 8 months of the year. What we do for money.
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Old 02-10-2019, 02:03 AM
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Mike, that looks like Maine!

Yes, they are all correct, you do need a hangar, but I do know how scarce they are up there.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

CJ
Hi Capt John,

Hopefully you're thawed out by the time I head down! If Maine looks like that when I get there, not stopping....

First look at the route shows approx. 86-hours to fly 10,668 SM, and 512 gal of fuel @ 125kts.



Building an aluminum tank that will hold 20.5 gallons of fuel for the passenger seat. Sure is nice to be able to use my TIG welder and my new MIG machine at home! Once again, Thank You for the wiring job!

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Old 02-10-2019, 05:12 AM
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Once again, Thank You for the wiring job!

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Mike, my pleasure!

Wear that shirt that I bought you on the trip also!

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Old 02-10-2019, 01:45 AM
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Wow - if there is anywhere that I thought you guys would have lots of hangars it's way up north. Serious question - any reason why no hangar? Seems like getting a lot of snow would be a very common thing.
Well, they just built 10-new hangars here in Kenai. Will be renting one for the month of March; condition inspection, paint graphic, install cockpit heater, upgrade panel, fit aux fuel tank, make a tip up canopy water barrier behind the instrument cluster to protect radios.

Plan to sew a heavy duty bag that will lie flat on the passenger floor to move some of the heavier cargo forward for my upcoming flight. Plan to attach it so it stays put.

Eventually will be doing a couple of threads on some of these projects.

The paint graphic will be added to the thread about designing the graphic itself.

Designed a small jack to fix flat tires. Only weighs 1lb 5.7oz. Problem is measured the axle height with the air in the tire. Once at the hangar, away from snow/ice, will be able to re-do for a flat tire lower height, so that the jack will fit under the axle with a flat tire. Then plan is to market the jack. Prototype took 20-minutes of welding to create.

Oh, the hangar will be $1000 for one month plus utilities....At my pay scale that will be 50+ hours of work.

Soldotna (PASX) has the hangars. They don't have a control tower to deal with....That would mean a 45-mile one way trip each day to and from Nikiski.

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