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Flying

Breakfast and Tulips

Last weekend was Kelly’s baby shower, so we had family in town.  On Saturday, I took “the grandmas” to breakfast at the Spruce Goose Cafe, and then we flew over the tulips in the Skagit Valley.

 

Weather and Clouds

The weather hasn’t been great lately, which means not much flying.  I did get up this weekend, though, which was fun.  Here’s a picture I took above the clouds with my iPhone.

Flying again!

After almost 5 weeks, I’m back in the air.  Did a quick post-maintenance flight on Friday evening, and everything is working well.

Lunch in Bellingham and 100 Hours!

Flew with Tom and Kay Staggs (Long-EZ) up to Bellingham for lunch at a Greek place close to the airport.  Kelly and our friend BJ rode with us.  Great time, great food, and a great facility at Bellingham, complete with a crew car!

Tom and Kay in their Long-EZ

Us, taken by Kay, with Mt. Baker in the background

Everyone is cool, calm, and collected

Ready to depart Bellingham

Exactly 11 months after our first flight, we reached 100 hours on the airplane, just as we returned home!

100 hours on the Hobbs (engine time)

Here are the rest of the pics from the flight: http://kochman.smugmug.com/RV-10/Flying-to-Bellingham-February

Friday Harbor Lunch

On Saturday, 10 of us in 6 airplanes met in Friday Harbor for lunch.  It was a rare sunny, relatively warm day in February, so the ramp (parking area) at Friday Harbor was packed.  We had a good lunch at the Cask & Schooner.

Here’s a video of us leaving.

Wind and Bumps

I took our friend Brad up for his first flight in the RV yesterday.  It was windy and bumpy around Paine, but less so around Seattle.

Here’s a video of the landing:

Here’s a video of the entire flight:

Flying to Breakfast at Pierce County

Kelly and I flew to Pierce County Airport to meet some of the EAA guys for breakfast.  We met up with Jim Piavis (RV-7) on the way, and he took some great pictures.

Photo by Jim Piavis

Photo by Jim Piavis

Jim’s pictures are here.  Our pictures are here.

More Video

Got a ContourHD 1080p camera and mounted it to the outboard end of the fuel tank.  Here’s a video of the 12-minute flight between JeffCo and Paine Field after lunch.

“WheelCam”

Duct taped (literally) a small $17 camera to the left wheel of the airplane and went flying. Here’s the view from 6″ off the ground on takeoff.

The camera model is commonly called the “MD80”

Sunset Flight

Nothing quite like a quick flight after work.  Kelly and I went up and caught a fall sunset over Seattle.