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Old 07-20-2017, 09:57 AM
mturnerb mturnerb is offline
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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, 05:51 PM
Ron77 Ron77 is offline
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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, 09:37 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, 10:20 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, 12:28 PM
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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