Tuesday, April 24, 2007

TeamRV Flies at Sun-N-Fun!

TeamRV (led by Mike Stewart), flew several "circuits" in formation at Sun-N-Fun this past Friday (4/20) and Saturday (4/21). The flight positions were: Lead - "Kahuna"/Super8, (2) "Subob"/RV4, (3) James ("Vibes"???)/RV6, (4) "Smokey"/RV8, (5) Ken (???)/RV6 and (6) "Speedy"/RV6.

After a 4-ship + 2-ship departure,several formation passes were made.

The passes included: "Delta", "Arrow", "Double Vic", "E-Z", and "Cluster" formations using the six ships.

A final 2+4 pass was made with Kahuna and Subob heading home after the Saturday routine

A great time was had by all.

Our flight was in the "Nikon Best of Show Photo!! See ... http://www.sun-n-fun.org/content/interior.asp?section=flyin&body=07FLYIN/nikon

See these locations for more pictures thanks to Scott Will and Hayden Davis ... And now see video at left!


Monday, April 9, 2007

"6" Seems "Acute" and High ...

When I first saw this photo by Mike Hoover, he and I commented that "6" looked a bit high and acute. But after writing the prior submission, a different thought came to mind ...

Maybe it's just Ray,

in the ultimate RV,

"Gone West" ... :-(

"Palmetto Flight" + "TeamRV" at Palmetto RV FlyIn

This past Saturday, April 7th, a several determined souls braved forecast winds of "gusting to 32" knots on top of a "cold snap" and made their way to Columbia-Owens Downtown Airport (KCUB) for the 4th Annual Palmetto RV Fly In. Some called and canceled and several dozen decided to come by land instead. But as usual, good food and good fellowship was the order of the day, along with a chance to take a look at some nice RVs. We thank everyone who came and made it another nice get-together. Pictures of the event should be forthcoming. More pictures from the FlyIn can be seen here:


On a sad note, our first and most prolific Carolina RV builder, Ray Chaplain passed away earlier in the week. Ray had built an RV6, RV6A, RV7A and an RV8 and was visited by Van "hisself" in the early days. His deep red (burgundy) with gray stripes RV8 has been seen many times in various magazine articles about F-16 flyers who are also flying formation in RVs. Ray had recently finished a Zenith Light Sport Aircraft. I know he would have done an RV12 instead if they had been available at the time and his most memorable saying about his last project was "... it ain't no RV!...". We will miss Ray, his dry wit and his paving the way for us as builders here in the Carolinas.

We fortunate to have Mike Stewart and Danny Kight of TeamRV join us for a "Missing Man" flight for Ray and I am told that his family really appreciated it.

In the first picture, above, taken by EAA Chapter 242 newsletter editor, Mike Hoover, is a 5-ship fly-by after the flight for Ray. This was the team that did the "Missing Man" for Ray. Lead: Ken Harrill (RV6), 2: James Clark (RV6), 3: Tad Sargent (RV7A), 4: Danny Kight (RV6), 5: Mike Stewart (Super8).

In the shot to the left, "2" (James) has just pitched out and "3" (Tad) is about to ... at KCUB

Lake Norman Fly-In

[Submitted much earlier by Bill ("Reno Red") ... Sorry about the delay. JEC]

Saturday March 24 turned out to be a great day for Palmetto Flight. Three of us (Stripes, Smokey, and Reno), made it to 14A, Lake Norman Airpark, to a fly-in, a special fly-in I might add. We were asked to perform a 'missing man' fly-by in honor of Andy Moscarelli, a friend and advisor to many RV builders. Andy passed away recently, and his widow attended the fly-in. Since we only had 3 players, we were honored to have Retired General (thats right) Tom Waslaw join us in his RV-4. A former F-15 jock (Smokeys FAVORITE airplane) with some considerable formation time, the flight didn't miss a beat. Smokey led w/ smoke on. Reno flew # 3 and pulled out and up w/ smoke on. Numerous 'atta boys' were offered up at landing. About 100 planes made it including SERVers Cappy, Dale Ensing, and a -6 from Anson Co. Looks like we have a new member in Genl Tom. He lives on Lake Norman and will make a great addition. after we give him plenty of grief at his first few practices. Everybody starts at the bottom. Hoping for a Great flying season, especially when CB gets back in the air. Practice scheduled for Sat. 3/31 at Lkr at noon wether permitting. Hope to see everyone there. RR.