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Old 09-10-2019, 09:38 AM
AV8ER AV8ER is offline
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Default Hurricane Dorian Relief - RV-10 Style!

Was able to load 480 pounds of donated water, food, hygiene, and bedding in the RV-10 and fly it for Angel Flights to North Eluethera where it will be distributed by boat. A few keys to loading the plane to the gills with gear are as such:

Put rolled paper product in the baggage compartment as it is extremely light for the volume it occupies to keep CG in spec.

Leave the rear seats in place and only remove the padding on the bottom to allow the uprights to ensure nothing heavy moves backward.

Fill the largest backpacking backpack you can find (I used a 60 liter Dueter backpack) with water bottles and strap in the co-pilot seat. The rest fits wherever it fits, starting with the largest boxes/parcels first then infilling. Was able to load then entire 480 pound pallet in the plane this way and keep it within CG. The water in the co-pilot seat helps.

The mission as per Mercy Flight Southeast:

"Bahamas Methodist Habitat has requested our help flying supplies to North Eleuthera (MYEH, White Crown Aviation FBO) where they have customs services and goods can be brought to Abaco and Grand Bahama by boat. Domestically, we now have supplies available to us in Ocala, and Ft Lauderdale Executive at Banyan."

- Tim
RV-10 bought not built (Thanks Carl!)

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Old 09-10-2019, 10:31 AM
charger81 charger81 is offline
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You're a good man Tim!
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Old 09-10-2019, 08:58 PM
F1R F1R is offline
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You're a good man Tim!
And a brave one, to fly over that much ocean 2x
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:40 AM
Smilin' Jack Smilin' Jack is offline
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Your a blessing to those and I am sure you are getting blessed also.

Thank you for helping out our brothers and sisters in the Bahama’s
Smilin' Jack & Anita Hunt
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Old 09-14-2019, 09:23 AM
vijaypisini vijaypisini is offline
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Default God bless you!

God bless you as you continue to help out the needy...and use RV10 for that purpose!

Vijay Pisini
RV-10 - will fly one day!
Flying 1958 Bonanza BE35 (N35J) for now!
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Old 09-14-2019, 09:29 AM
maus92 maus92 is offline
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Looks like a lot of sorties needed to move all that stuff in the hangar. Make sure you have a PFD and a raft, PLB and some water for yourself.
2000 RV-8A | O-360, SDS CPI, FP, G3X Touch, VP-X, EarthX | Eastern Shore | KESN
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Old 09-17-2019, 06:44 AM
AV8ER AV8ER is offline
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@ charger81

@ F1R
With an inflatable life vest, Satellite communicator, 406 mhz elt, constant ATC reception/handoffs/communication, and the many boats in the water below it is less risky that one might imagine.

@ Smilin' Jack
Thank you. I have been blessed in many ways. Among those blessings I was born in a country where the common man can work hard and own an airplane and choose where and when it gets flown!

@ vijaypisini

@ maus92
There were many aircraft moving the donated supplies that Banyan had concentrated in their hangar. It was nice to see the GA community giving back to a country where many of them fly their planes for vacation.
- Tim
RV-10 bought not built (Thanks Carl!)
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