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Old 09-21-2016, 04:22 PM
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LettersFromFlyoverCountry LettersFromFlyoverCountry is offline
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The what ifs are fascinating.

I'm officiating at my son's wedding next week and in my "monologue" I note that what often brings us to a particular moment could only result from those moments that seemed like the end of the world at the time.

What if a wife hadn't walked off with the town insurance agent way back when? What if the economy hadn't collapsed and I had to move? What if I hadn't taken a job in a lonely town where I'd meet the woman I've been married to for 32 years? What if my son wasn't bullied out of school and forced to go to another one where he'd meet a certain girl. Etc. Etc. Etc. If any thread is pulled, we are not where we'll (hopefully) be in a week?

Same thing in aviation. What if I didn't mention over coffee with my twin brother once I had a dream to fly that wouldn't be realized? What if he hadn't sold his pharmacy business and had some extra cash? What if he didn't pay for flight lessons? What if a guy didn't say offhand once, "you know you can build your own airplane?" What if a VAF guy hadn't remembered a 2007 article that was the answer to my loss of my medical certificate? What if I'd never heard of VAF?

Some think a deity is involved. Some think it's **** luck. I know every day is a darned close call.
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Old 09-21-2016, 05:28 PM
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Enjoyed the trip Scott. I am a brother in Christ and appreciate your dedication to God. Beautiful 8 which is also my ride of choice.
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Old 09-24-2016, 02:14 AM
Arablenz Arablenz is offline
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Thanks Scott for your great write up on your trip around American the beautiful.
I'm not a religous person but I thoroughly enjoyed your style of writing and had me craving the next instalment. Not being from your part of the woods it was great to see the back doors of America. Between you and Vlad's adventures you both certainly are well traveled and enjoying your means of transport.
Your RV 8 is a real show stopper from the pictures and if my RV 14 can be half as good looking as yours when I am finished, I will be most happy.
Great job alround.
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:29 AM
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Fast forward about a year. I still think about Scott's epic trip and documentary and wonder what he is up to.

Wondering if he possibly is in the process of creating a sequel?
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Old 07-20-2017, 08:57 AM
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I was thinking the same thing. I continue to be inspired by this story, and have something similar in mind for my (retired) future.
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Old 07-23-2017, 04:51 PM
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Talking Spotted in Houston

I spotted him in Houston (T78) last week, so perhaps another epic trip?
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Old 08-14-2017, 08:37 PM
AeroDog AeroDog is offline
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Originally Posted by David Paule View Post
Sure enjoying the story and those great photos.

Modest recommendation: on tiedown knots, ditch those knots that you're using, they won't hold up to a real blow. They'll slide up the rope and things will get sloppy and loose and the plane will start rocking and eventually something will break. Instead, use three half-hitches after pulling the ropes just as tight as you can get them -- don't use chocks while doing this. I tie one main, then the other one, cranking down on it, and then the tail, pulling the plane back as I do for more tightness.

When the length of the ropes permit, I double-up the rope. The idea is to gain more stiffness. Anything to keep the plane from moving around.

I learned this after some 100+ mph winds at the Boulder Airport in 1981 or 1982. We lost about a dozen airplanes. I walked among the wreckage examining what failed, and among the survivors, examining what worked.


Could you elaborate a bit on what worked and what didn't?

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Old 08-15-2017, 09:20 AM
Rob's RV9A Rob's RV9A is offline
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Default Saw his plane in VA

The week before OSH I saw his plane on the CJR ramp. Earlier, I went out to look at it and saw a very nice RV8 that looked familiar. About an hour later this fellow comes and I recognized his face from his posts last year. Then we introduced ourselves. It was Scott on his way to the Battlefields in PA. His RV8 Descending Dove looks like it was just built and painted. A great looking plane. Anyway, he was off in a few minutes later on a left downwind climb out. A great looking plane with a nice sounding engine.
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Old 08-15-2017, 11:28 AM
David Paule David Paule is offline
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Originally Posted by AeroDog View Post

Could you elaborate a bit on what worked and what didn't?

Jerre, you just quoted what works. The only additions would be to avoid polypropylene or nylon ropes. Get polyester. Also avoid straps and hooks.


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