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Any pilots here??

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by 64Strat, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. 64Strat

    64Strat Friend of Leo's Vendor Member

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    Vans RV-12. Link here!!!!

    The kit normally is setup for the Rotax 912ULS engine but people are balking at it because it's a $26K engine. Some folks have converted the RV-12 to the Viking and there has been some serious engineering put into it and it's half the cost.

    If you go to this link.... HERE!!!!!! and go to the 2nd video on the RV-12, there is a play list of 7 videos that show the plane and engine together and flying. I'll see them at Oshkosh in a few days and make an assessment.
     
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    mad dog Friend of Leo's

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    Yes, private pilot since 2002. I fly a Grumman Yankee, AA1B.
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    Pretty impressive amount of people here at the TDPRI with flight time. The statistic used t be 1 in 100 people was a pilot, but I'd guess the average here is higher than that.
     
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    I went to three different high schools, and when I was a senior I went to one that had a flight/ground training program. Time in a Cessna 150 was $4/hour, wet with instructor. I had pretty much all the credits I needed to graduate, so spent my senior year pretty much playing football and basketball, and flapping around California.

    My dad worked for the school district, so he could take lessons when the plane wasn't scheduled by students. He bought a Cessna 120, and for quite a long time I was the only one in the family with a license to fly it, so I did, a lot.

    I acquired my commercial license for SEL and gliders, and an instructor rating for gliders, and spent weekends and summers through my college years working as a tow pilot, glider pilot, and glider instructor. I logged about 900 hours, and probably flew another 300 that I never wrote down.

    Haven't flown since college. I think I would need a bigger plane now.
     
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    Awesome. Mind if I ask why you chose the -12 over the other models?
     
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    I have a PPL but haven't flown in a decade. Avgas got too expensive to justify flying around in circles.
     
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    I think when the $100.00 Hamburger got to be a $250.00 hamburger, it shook a lot of us loose from the passion.
     
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    Adjusting for inflation, flying and gas costs about the same as it did decades ago, but it sure does hurt a lot more when you can easily burn through $100 worth of gas in an hour.
     
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    Acquisition and maintenance cost is driving it. I would really prefer an RV-8 for the performance enhancement but the RV-12 is seemingly more practical, from a sustainability point of view.
     
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    Actually, that is interesting.... I'll be sure to stop by and see them at AirVenture. The 6 cyl 3300 would be really interesting too. Thanks!
     
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    Driving it ?? You do realize it should fly pretty well, right? :confused:

    :D:D
     
  13. 64Strat

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    here's a teaser of 4, out of 60 photos taken today at AirVenture 2013 Oshkosh....

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    As soon as I need that size write off...

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    I got 40 hours as a student , but first wife put a damper on flying . Read the post on some body getting joined up by F15's in Alaska, I got buzzed by A-10's out of Baltimore during a lesson over the Bay. I saluted them, the one finger kind......
     
  16. 64Strat

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    Anyone recognize what the Twin is, that I posted above? Here's a clue: 1 of 17 made and 1 of 2 flying today.



    Here's some photos at Van's booth...


    The RV-10: 4 place, 200mph cruise, 1000 mile range...
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    The RV-12: E-LSA category
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    The RV-9A
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    Customer built RV-12.....
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    Warbirds section....

    F4U Corsair...
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    P-40 Warhawk...
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    P-51D Mustang
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    caught on start-up...
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    Here's the FM-2 that was recently extracted from Lake Michigan.... after being underwater for almost 70 yrs....
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    more airshow photos...

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    Anyone recognize this??
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    Awesome! Thanks for posting these pics. I forget how much I miss going until I see things like this, and then all those great memories come right back.

    Most (or all) of those Zeros are T-6 variants, right? I think there's only one or two flyable Zeros in the world, and the cosmetic mod to a T-6 to mimic one isn't uncommon.
     
  20. 64Strat

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    yep! T-6's made to simulate an A6M... but there was a real one at the show from CAF, the guys that did the Tora! Tora! Tora! portion of the show that I captured in the stills.
    Real A6M Zero at the show link
     
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