Great Lakes/Midwest February Lunch

Discussion in 'Cool Places to Fly' started by EdFred, Jan 25, 2013.

  1. gprellwitz

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  2. ChrisK

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    It is still snowing and too far to drive. Wanted to meet you all too. I'm out today.

    Hopefully March is better!
     
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    Thanks to everyone for a nice meet, Ed Fred for selection, Liz A for perserverence, Good to see everyone again, and to meet a few new (to me) folks. And best of all, every engine restarted.

    :)
    Now apologies if I've got names incorrectly: from left ( 9 o'clock clockwise - bearer of the picture has to pass the end of the hour quiz!)- Lynn and (?Rob), Grant, Liz (aka "Joe", beautiful RV BTW), Pfen, Jonathan,(corr.), EdFred, Jeanette (corr.), Tim, Bruce and Sue.....

    First pic misses Liz "A" (Azure), to EdFred's left.....
     

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  4. EdFred

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    You forgot Jonathon between Pfen and I.
     
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    Sorry I missed it this time. Maybe next time.
     
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    Got home about 90 minutes ago. Much faster trip back than out. Good to see the familiar and new faces.
     
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    Next one, I'm bringin blue and yellow spray paint to fix a couple airplanes.
     
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    Close Bruce! My wife's name is Jeannette. Was very good to talk with you.
     
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    That's not really yellow is it i thought it was chicken something or the other isn't it?
     
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    Hope to do this again as well.
     
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    Guessin' I get a pass :D


    Thanks for putting this together, Ed!

    Great to see everyone again. Dr. B, I'll be in touch!

    Looking forward to March. :)
     
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    Maybe next time it will be warmer and we can spend more time outside with the airplanes.

    Hated to be the first to leave but we did make it back in time to get to the pharmacy
     
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    We're gonna try for Saturday the 16th in March.
     
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    So, no 99s excuses!
     
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    Exactly.
     
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    Had a great time, and was glad to be able to surprise a few folks with my presence. Sorry Leslie couldn't make it! LizA was worried about waiting long enough for her oil to get to temp, but then had to wait as about 8 planes landed or did touch and goes in front of her.
     
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    Yeah, I just decided to weasel my way in, seeing no end to the roundy-round madness. RV does get out of the way quickly. :D
     
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    I'm back home, landed about an hour and a half ago. It was great seeing everyone, and especially nice talking to Dr. C at the end. I wish it had been warmer, so I wouldn't have been worried about cold soaking my engine.

    Looking forward to March!
     
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    Hm. I think I already have something on the 16th. Maybe I can get out of it ...
     
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    Have it on my calendar!:D
     
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    Sigh... I'm likely to be plane-less starting the week before that. :( :( :(

    Wish I could have made it today - Looked like a beautiful day here. Instead, I was performing in a benefit concert that raised over $16,000 for a homeless shelter.
     
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    Clearly you need to get your priorities straight.
     
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    No kidding - I need to have a benefit concert for me to buy a new airplane. :D ;)
     
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    :( All good things Mooney must pass....
     
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    Yep... Sigh.

    I did get to take a look at one of the other (two) Ovations at my home field the other day. Everything this one's got plus G1000 and FIKI! Drooooooooooool.
     
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    Sometimes you have to just accelerate in the turn onto the runway and make a spot. The tough part was waiting to see if the landing aircraft was going to make the turn off or have to back taxi.

    Still, it was great to see so many people learning to fly.
     
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    Back safe.

    Nice to meet more folks, and see some of you again.
     
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    Believe me, that's what I would have done if it had gone on much longer before someone offered to extend their downwind. I never realized that little field was so busy. One of my CFIIs told me he knows the owner of the FBO there -- apparently a major A&P in the area.
     
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    Yes, G&N Engine repair is on site. Relatively well respected engine overhaul facility.
     
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    I added the next one to my calendar, we'll see how long I can keep it there.

    There's a slim but not impossible chance that by that time I'll be PPASEL/IA/HP/Complex as well.
     
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    Awww... I thought you had access to a club 182 though?
     
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    Where we goin in March? Ohhh Sheite, I just realized that is spring break week and the missus wants to take the brats errr kids on vacation. :mad2:
     
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    Hey not to barge in on your plans, but if you are looking for something to do this weekend, (I66) here is Wilmington is going to be having coffee and donuts starting at 9:00 am. If anyone is interested, I am going to be going. Just FYI
     
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    Or DA40... Or Archer, in a pinch. However, the Mooney is a 12-minute drive from home, the club is an hour and a half... And it's in the wrong direction, making the flight longer as well. Plus, it's quite a bit more expensive. The Mooney costs me about $0.35/nm to fly, the club birds are about three times that.

    If I'd have been able to make the flight to 05C this past weekend in the Mooney, it'd have cost about $75, travel time would be about 90 minutes total, and I could leave home at 9:45 AM. If I'd have done it in the DA40, it'd have cost about $330, travel time would be about 5 hours total, and I'd have to leave home at 8 AM (and thus, get out of bed at 7. Blech!).

    I definitely need to find a new way to fly closer by...
     
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    Lol. Sorry, Kent! :(

    This is exactly why I'm loving the RV-6 vs. Sooper Yankee. And owning vs. renting.
    Sure, it may cost more, but it's worth it! ;)
    Now, if only I could find a faster way to travel between airport and home (and, no, I'm not willing to change either one of them) ....
     
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    I am pretty fortunate. The airport is on my way home from work and with the new exit the state installed two years ago, my one way travel form home to the AP is only 20 minutes.

    I did however not have fun when I returned to KMGY last Sunday. The turbulence on the way home had Jeannette scrambling for a trip to the FBO restroom so as she drove away I started opening the hangar doors. One of the leaves on the right would move about three feet and stop with a loud bang. The second time I tried to open it I did so with enough force to dislodge a large group of icicles from the roofs edge which slammed into my head with enough force to leave a knot on my forehead that I still have today. For the record I did not loose conscienceless, my vocabulary did however grow to a fever pitch.

    Had to have the FBO folks come down and let them handle it. I will check it out on the way home today and see if it is really fixed or not.
     
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    Something tells me you are only counting the cost of fuel and, maybe, oil, but not mx. Plus, you are flying a cream puff, and have been lucky so far. I know the feeling -- it was MUCH less expensive to fly Jean's Cardinal than my own, even though we were splitting all the fixed costs and maintenance. (Admittedly, part of that is the difference in fuel cost too, comparing 2005 to today.)

    Well, all you need to do is buy the Mooney yourself. ;) It sounds like the reduced operating costs would go a long way toward offsetting the acquisition cost (although that's only IF it continues to be what it is today, which is highly unlikely over a period of several years).

    Alternately, you can look for another, less expensive cream puff and grab it! :yes:
     
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    Ouch!! :eek: Hope that bump goes down soon. I guess it just proves that there are a lot of hidden hazards in aviation...
     
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    Yup. My aunt pays for the maintenance, or at least will when I actually send her the bills. (I'm not gonna 'til the plane is sold.)

    I don't think there's been a new squawk since I got the plane, and I'm around 100 hours in it. Existing squawks and regular mx has been mostly minor - one inop CHT probe, an oil change, install the Reiff, get the Garmin transponder wired so that it comes on with the avionics master, pitot/static/transponder check, the usual stuff.

    No need to save money for upgrades or engine overhaul, since it's for sale.

    So yeah, hourly my main cost is fuel. I pretty much pay for fuel and the hangar. I've been paying for mx but will get that back when the plane sells, and I haven't divided out the hourly cost yet.

    Oh, I wish. You can live in an airplane, but you can't fly a house... Except Kelsey tells me I can live in an airplane, alone! :eek: We'll be getting married soon and having kids soon thereafter, and in the early stages I don't know if I'd be able to fly enough to justify ownership. It's probably a good 10 years out for me still. :(