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Old 07-09-2017, 09:51 AM
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RV-7 pilot Ron Mitcham has left Scotland en-route for the US and eventually Oshkosh via the East Coast and Texas. Track Ron's progress here

https://share.garmin.com/RONALDMitcham

The plan is Greenland on Monday and on to Goose Bay if possible, then to Maine on Tuesday.

You won't mistake Ron's aeroplane if you see it, its lemon yellow!
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Old 07-09-2017, 10:22 AM
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Amazing. I am blown away at the flights people are making. What a dream world. I can't imagine the planning involved. I just did my first night cross country and it took almost as long to do the planning as it did the flight!

Best of luck. Have a great trip.
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Old 07-10-2017, 03:46 AM
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My hats off to Ron.

That's a tuff part of the world to cross. Miles and miles between airports and weather that's not friendly and water that's is filled with ice cubes the size of buildings. Alternate airports? Lol.

I had a friend that took a Lear 25 to Europe many years ago. On the way home they had to use the ground painting mode on the radar to get into sondrestrom as they were running out of gas. When they got home they bought a Lear 35 and sold the 25.

What kind of preparations did Ron do for the journey? Can you share a little more on fuel, flight planning, survival gear?

Cheers.
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Old 07-10-2017, 03:54 PM
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Looks like he made it to Greenland. Amazing. What an adventure.
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:27 PM
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RV-7 pilot Ron Mitcham has left Scotland en-route for the US and eventually Oshkosh via the East Coast and Texas. Track Ron's progress here

https://share.garmin.com/RONALDMitcham

The plan is Greenland on Monday and on to Goose Bay if possible, then to Maine on Tuesday.

You won't mistake Ron's aeroplane if you see it, its lemon yellow!
Ron,

Do you need a place to stay in Maine (Tue or Wed) Email
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:58 PM
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My hats off to Ron.

What kind of preparations did Ron do for the journey? Can you share a little more on fuel, flight planning, survival gear?

Cheers.
I called round to see Ron before I left on my trip across the pond. He is borrowing the auxiliary tank that Manuel Queiroz used on his RV-6 round the world flight. I doubt he needs to fill it to the level required for the Hawaii to California leg!
We used the Mustang MSF300 dry suits on the over water legs. There's an outfit at both Wick, Scotland and Goose Bay, Canada that does one or two way rentals of dry suits, liferafts and lifevests.
I think Ron used White Rose Aviation to arrange his permits etc, though it can all be done yourself with a little effort and research.

Unfortunately, I will be missing Oshkosh this year while the RV-8 is getting re-certified; but I'm sure you'll give him a good welcome when he arrives.

Another recent notable crossing was Andy McKee in his Silence Twister - G-FUUN who was following a few days behind our group on a similar route. He's currently in Toronto on his way to OSH
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Old 07-10-2017, 07:48 PM
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amazing.... like rockwood said I worry about crossing FL...

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Old 07-11-2017, 11:09 AM
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Ron's RV was built by Andy Phillips of Andair fame.

Hopefully Ron should make Goose Bay today. The weather is looking quite good if a bit gusty.
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That is great, looking forward to seeing you at OSH17!
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:38 AM
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