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Old 12-16-2016, 07:56 AM
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More than a month after agreeing to selling ye olde RV-7A -- N614EF -- I finally saw an opening to ferry it over to its new owner, Chris Moseley of Grand Rapids, MI.

It wasn't particularly emotional because I've had a month to get over it, and I was happy to be done with the frustration of trying to find a period where the lake-effect snow of Michigan, and the regular old sucky winter of Minnesota would ease enough ferry it.

It gave me time to write the final blog post for my day job on the subject of N614EF.

It was -12 in Minnesota when I left yesterday morning; I'd never flown the RV in that sort of weather, so it was fun "expanding the envelope" a bit. I was a walking sleeping bag when I finally strapped myself in and launched.

I circled the field a few times, prepared to return if I heard anything resembling a stumble (Reiff preheater had the oil temp at 109 when I started her. Great product!).

As usual, I picked up flight following from Mpls but noticed something. I'm pretty much deaf now but the controllers still seemed garbled; the engine seemed louder.

It was awhile before I realized, the batteries in my Zulu 2 were dying. I could get the ANR to work by turning it back on, but it wouldn't last long. So after being handed off to Mpls Center, then Chicago, then Rockford, I'd turn it on when I heard my N number called.

Seeing a "heavy" take off from Rockford beneath me was awesome.

The cold was not . -18 at altitude. I broke out the handwarmers when the fingers started tingling after Rockford cut me loose, not even offering the frequency to try to negotiate with Chicago approach.

No matter, I wouldn't have been able to understand them anyway.

I headed for my usual turn at Joliet, a steady stream of Southwest 737s in front of me. I descended to 3500.

The single muff heater in the RV was doing its part, which surprised me, but I needed to get some batteries, so I landed in Valpairaiso, borrowed the crew car, and headed to WalMart, while they topped off the tanks. Can't deliver empty fuel tanks to a new owner.

That also gave me time to come up with a strategy for getting through the snow lines I could see to the north.

I launched out of KVPZ and headed southeast of South Bend, which was reporting IFR, because Goshen was reporting VFR and, indeed, they were in the sunshine.

It was just a matter of hop-scotching from one airport to another based on their ATIS broadcasts, swinging east of Battle Creek (the farther I could get from the lake, the better).

There were only a few moments when visibility was quite poor but I realized the construction of these bands of light snow and there was blue sky above.

I contacted Grand Rapids approach 20 miles out; I was almost there.

"The field just went IFR", they said. So I circled. And circled, and finally just landed at 9D9, which was hard to find since it was covered with white.



I found the nice little terminal after wading through four foot high drifts. "I can sleep here tonight and just start the plane every hour," I thought.



But Chris called and said the conditions looked good at the field. So I launched again.

"The field just went IFR again," approach said. So I circled some more but a few minutes later approach said, "proceed direct to Grand Rapids, contact tower."

I saw an opening to punch through the squall and found the field (it's hard to find airports when there's snow all over the place) and landed...and felt the plane pulling to the right. More rudder...rudder...rudder! And the plane pulled to the right even more. I could feel it skidding but by the time I thought, I'm going to end up in the snowbank, I was slow enough to coax her back with a little left brake action. My suspicion plowing through a snowbank at 9D9 packed a little snow on one of the brake pads.

The closing was uneventful, I grabbed a Southwest flight (A2 in the Southwest queue at Grand Rapids, A1 at Midway. With drink tickets!!!), and was home by 11 p.m.

It was the perfect last flight
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Old 12-16-2016, 08:09 AM
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Bob, I hope the new owner takes good care of your aircraft. I really enjoy your writing.
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Old 12-16-2016, 08:18 AM
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The old "All's well that ends well" saying comes to mind. Not just the flight, but the saga. All of us will go through this at some point, if we are lucky. Selling something as personal as and aircraft you have built has to be tough. You have been an encouragement to so many here on VAF over the years, and in this, that continues. Godspeed, my friend.

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Old 12-16-2016, 08:34 AM
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Sorry about the sale Bob. Just wanted to note; don't feel bad about Chi town approach. I've been through there many times now and get the same treatment every time and from every angle. No one hands off to Chicago approach, maybe they'll give you a frequency to see if they'll clear you in, bu ive never been successful. For flight following of course. I trick them sometimes if heading home from the east, I climb to 10,500 and just go right over them! Guess I showed them! I too have enjoyed your writing. Don't imagine we've heard the last from you though. The love for aviation can't be stopped quite that easily.
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Old 12-16-2016, 08:37 AM
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Thanks for the write up Bob. I too have enjoyed your writing on VAF.

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Old 12-16-2016, 08:47 AM
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Bob, you are one of the first VAF people I met. My son and I camped across from the gathering spot in Scholler. I have enjoyed following your adventures, up and down, ever since.

I will be awaiting your writings of Vlad's adventures, and will be sure to get the first printing. You and Vlad will make a great RV Team.

Keep posting!!
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Old 12-16-2016, 09:59 AM
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Sorry about the sale Bob. Just wanted to note; don't feel bad about Chi town approach. I've been through there many times now and get the same treatment every time and from every angle. No one hands off to Chicago approach, maybe they'll give you a frequency to see if they'll clear you in, bu ive never been successful. For flight following of course. I trick them sometimes if heading home from the east, I climb to 10,500 and just go right over them! Guess I showed them! I too have enjoyed your writing. Don't imagine we've heard the last from you though. The love for aviation can't be stopped quite that easily.
Whenever I've asked, i've been able to get picked up. But I'm usually up between 5500 and 7500, high enough where I'm not going to be a problem for them.

Anyway, currently planning on building an RV-12. I don't know if I'll be able to actually fly it. But it turns out I actually like BUILDING airplanes.

But if anyone has a right seat open when flying around the Twin Cities, you know where to find me.
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Old 12-16-2016, 10:01 AM
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Bob, you are one of the first VAF people I met. My son and I camped across from the gathering spot in Scholler. I have enjoyed following your adventures, up and down, ever since.

I will be awaiting your writings of Vlad's adventures, and will be sure to get the first printing. You and Vlad will make a great RV Team.

Keep posting!!
yes, sir, I remember it well. That was one of the best AirVentures I ever had thanks to you two and a few others who just happened to be camp nearby and just happened to be RVers.

You know, flying into Oshkosh has been great and camping in HBC has been fabulous, but it'll be nice to set up a campsite again in Scholler and be able to stretch my arms and make some dinner on an open flame .
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Old 12-16-2016, 12:36 PM
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Bob,
Did you, or could you have, asked Grand Rapids for a Special VFR clearance? Might have saved some time.
Best wishes in the future.
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Old 12-16-2016, 01:42 PM
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Honestly, I don't know, but i'd seen what the marginal VFR looked like (and I presume some actual IFR) and I wasn't real anxious to venture into it any more than I may or may not already had.
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