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Old 07-19-2017, 08:47 PM
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Default Trip Report: Flying over TX, CO, WY, ID, OR, CA, NV back to TX over 4 day weekend

Well after a bit of a delay here is my trip report flying from DFW area to Eugene Oregon and back to pick up my daughter from the University of Oregon.

The plan was to fly to Eugene in a day and spend a day to help her finish packing and move her things into storage. Then we would fly back in 2 days with a stop to see my cousin in AZ. My daughter told me she had 2-3 bags she wanted to take back but knew from experience this would grow, glad the -10 holds a lot!

So after looking at the weather and doing some planning I went on VAF to see if anyone was interested in a one-way flight to Eugene or anywhere near my planned flight path (remember, I did not know how much stuff my daughter wanted brought back home). I posted on VAF and Steven (nevetsw18) contacted me and was interested, having just moved to take a job at Lockheed here in Fort Worth from Oregon.

Here is the -10 at 0600 ready to start. The weather to 4V1 (Spanish Peak, CO) was MVFR but forecast to clear to VFR in an hour. The only other weather on route was a local band of scattered rain South of Amarillo.



After topping off with fuel, we launched at 0700. Here we are 22minutes later nearing Wichita Falls – headwinds were about 20 knots.


Here is the obligatory selfie! Steven enjoyed fling the -10, his first flight in an RV. He posted about his experience here: http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...ghlight=Oregon



Unfortunately the weather in Colorado got worse instead of improving as forecast with the ceiling dropping. After finding a hole to get below the broken deck we diverted to KPUB (Pueblo) for fuel and to create Plan B. It was 54 deg, windy and raining when we refuel with both of us in shorts and short sleeve shirts!



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Old 07-19-2017, 08:52 PM
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Looking at the weather it looked like the entire front range of the Rockies had low ceilings – so much for crossing at Mosca Pass! However, Cheyenne, WY looked good so off we went heading to the North East to find higher ceilings and Scattered clouds.

Here is a huge feed lot East of Denver. The cloud deck was starting to break up the further North we went.



Just entering Wyoming South of Cheyenne.



Finally had a hole big enough to climb on top and turn NW to get on course to American Falls, ID (U01). Steven was impressed with the climb capability of the RV-10. Strong headwinds kept GS down to 135-140 knots. Finally can see the tops of the Rockies!



Clouds cleared rapidly to the West and was severe clear all the way to Eugene.

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Leaving Wyoming and entering Idaho.



Time to fuel and grab a bite to eat! American Falls is a good place to stop and relax.



Final Leg of the day, 460nm! Getting close, flying between Mount Bachelor on my left and the Sisters on my right, beautiful view and can see Mt Hood Mt Washington etc. to the North.





Flying down the Willamette river with the University of Oregon to the South as I head for KEUG.




Landed around 6pm after 1550nm and about 10:15 flying time, about 150 knots GS average, not bad with strong head winds! This is the longest day of flying in the -10 and am still amazed at how much ground you can cover and how comfortable it is, especially the seats! Steven and I parted ways after securing the plane. I enjoyed flying with him and meeting his mother. Made the time go a lot faster having someone to talk to and to help with taxi instructions etc.
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Keep the story going! I'm thrilled that you and the -10 are back in action, and what a great trip to celebrate the return.

Two words: Petit Jean.
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Old 07-19-2017, 09:04 PM
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Saturday was spent packing my daughters things and moving them to the storage facility. Of course it was 99 F with no a/c in her apartment – ugh!

Getting ready to load the plane – I weighed each piece and made sure we were within weight and CG. Izzy managed to add more than 2-3 bags and we ended up 50 pounds below gross and within CG. The cabin was full behind the front seats!





On the way to see my cousin via San Francisco and a planned stop for lunch in Half Moon Bay.



Beautiful Weather again as we leave Oregon and enter California.



Over Trinity National Recreation Area.



A great View of Mt Shasta with a lot of snow still on it!

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Izzy was very excited to see San Francisco on the horizon.



Izzy wanted a picture of her with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background – note the Marine Layer that stopped our plan to have lunch at Half Moon Bay. The layer did not look like much but was solid so could not get down through it and KHAF was not VFR.





So Plan C was to head South to Paso Robles, KPRB, for fuel and food. Great wine country around there, too bad I couldn’t have any for lunch  Good FBO with nice crew car and great places to eat a short drive away.



A clean Midget Mustang was near the fuel pumps. Interesting the negative reactions some folks had to the paint job.



Final Leg to see my cousin in BullHead City AZ. Flew via Fox Field in Lancaster and over Palmdale to avoid all the restricted airspace. It has been 32 years since I was stationed at Edwards AFB working at NASA Dryden and then going to Test Pilot School – time flies and there have been a lot of changes even though it is still very desolate in many places.



Amazing number of solar farms near Palmdale!



Time to check the weather at BullHead City (I was landing at A20 (Sun Valley). 118.4 F at 5:35!!! Ouch!



Crossing the last ridge before descending into A20. It was too hot to take pictures after landing, just wanted to fill her up, tie her down and get into a/c!

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After visiting with my cousin and other relatives and having some cold adult beverages it was time to get some sleep to fly home the next morning. 98F at 0745 – too hot, time to get off the ground into cooler air!



Heading to KPVW (Plainview, TX) was 638nm. Interesting country to fly over, especially around Sedona.



Good view of the “Aircraft Carrier” at Sedona – fun place to visit. Love the sunset views from the airport!



Leaving Sedona, beautiful colors there.



KPVW is a good place to stop, great runways, friendly FBO (Rocket Aviation), cheap fuel, loaner car, and a good local place to eat (the Fieldhouse).



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Last leg back to 52F. Unusually green across Texas for late June.



Some of the many wind farms around Texas.



A little bumpy below the deck so climbed above until I had to get below the DFW Class B airspace.



Finally back to the hanger and unloading the -10. Never thought 92 deg would seem cool!



Filled up the SUV with her stuff, had to have the seats down. I guess that shows the RV-10 is a flying SUV  - but much more fun and better handling!



3400nm of bug splatter to clean up – good thing I put a fresh coat of Rejex on it before I left!



This is where we flew, covered a good part of the country in 4 days, 3 of which were travel days. Left on Friday and home by 5:30pm on Monday – RVs are amazing! I look forward to another long trip – hopefully with more time to explore and in cooler temps. Glad I have cloth seats and love how comfortable the RV-10 is for long trips (maybe not long if you use Vlad as a basis of comparison).

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Old 07-19-2017, 09:42 PM
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TJ,
Keep the story going! I'm thrilled that you and the -10 are back in action, and what a great trip to celebrate the return.

Two words: Petit Jean.
Thanks Sid, had a blast! Good to back flying again, making up for lost time with 22.5 hours in 4 days! I plan on going the Petit Jean if the weather cooperates!
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Old 07-20-2017, 02:59 PM
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Here are some pics of the logbook on the GRT




Note that the fuel used is about 10-14% too high, haven't gotten around to getting a better calibration Also, the last leg showed fuel used by the EFIS was 20.4 gallons. Not sure why it did not show on the log book. 21.9 hours total flying time.
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