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Old 08-20-2017, 07:29 PM   #1
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It only has a tangential tie-in to biplanes, but it's there. I flew Norbert the Champ from Seattle to Los Angeles and back this last week, and I'm writing about it:

Day 1 (Snohomish to Ashland): http://www.obairlann.net/reaper/blos.../18#2017-08-18

Day 2 (Ashland to Tulare): http://www.obairlann.net/reaper/blos.../19#2017-08-19

More to come, but I figured you guys might enjoy the story and the pictures so far. I was able to meet up with our own freerangequark finally, and got to spend a few minutes flying his Charger from the front seat, which was a great experience.

As I write more installments, I'll post them to this thread.


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Glenn and Judy are great, she shot my avatar photo from their Charger.
Last time i talked with them they were looking to build a home on an airpark near Sacramento then i think i read where they are moving further Northwest. Do you have any info to share?
Keep up the blog on the trip and weigh the stuff in the Champ if you can.


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I did weigh the stuff in the back of the plane: it was about 35 lbs in the baggage compartment, and about 40 in the back seat. Give or take, I don't remember exactly. The limit is 50 in the baggage compartment, and I know I was well short of that.

When I talked to them, it sounded like finding a house on the local airpark near Placerville is the goal, but we only touched on the topic briefly, so I'm not an expert. Placerville is nearish to Sacramento, so perhaps that's the airpark you're thinking of.
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Day three (Tulare to El Monte, and flying with my brother): http://www.obairlann.net/reaper/blos.../20#2017-08-20
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Wow what a Trip! Well done!
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Episode four, from LA to Ashland: http://www.obairlann.net/reaper/blos.../21#2017-08-21
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Ian,
Glenn and Judy are great, she shot my avatar photo from their Charger.
Last time i talked with them they were looking to build a home on an airpark near Sacramento then i think i read where they are moving further Northwest. Do you have any info to share?
Keep up the blog on the trip and weigh the stuff in the Champ if you can.
Building a hangar home in Eldorado County is simply cost prohibitive... I can't spend $900,000 to build a $700,000 house.

We're looking to buy something a O61 (Cameron Park), but are waiting for the right house to come up for sale.
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Ian, that was a great narrative. I ferried my 7AC Champ from San Antonio to its new owner in Marysville, OH. I remember it as a great experience.
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Ian, enjoyed reading about your trip. Thanks for sharing.

Fly safe,

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Great read Ian, Thanks.

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There's one more, which brings us from Ashland to Snohomish, plus a surprise run-in with a certain Mr. Dave Baxter: http://www.obairlann.net/reaper/blos.../22#2017-08-22

I'm glad you've enjoyed them. They're fun to put together, and I know I'll be happy to have them in future years, when I've forgotten the details of the trip. I love running across descriptions of previous trips like this, where the writing reminds me of all the memories from the adventure.
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Thanks for taking us along. Good read.
Too bad you didn't make a quick stop in Agua Dulce, pretty cool runway tucked up against the mountain.
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I really enjoyed your account of the trip! Well done.

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Ian, thanks for including us in your travels, and this was the Antique airplane Fly-In an annual event held at SPB Scappoose Oregon. Did the chunk of Temper foam I gave work, at least for the last 140 miles of your trip? It is really nice to see someone actually fly their airplane to destinations far from the local areas they normally call home. It is also wonderful that you got to meet and spend some time with Glen and Judy, along with getting to fly in the Charger.

As others have said, thanks for posting a detailed account of your travels, as so many can live their dreams from your experience, as if they were with you. Dave
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Dave, the foam didn't make an appreciable difference, unfortunately. I think the problem is that I'm hitting the rear horizontal bar of the seat. Not sure if I can fix it without changing the construction of the seat, but a trip to Oregon Aero for a consultation might be in order. A dedicated aircraft upholstery shop might be able to provide solutions that I haven't thought of.

On the positive side, it's just not a problem for short flights. I didn't notice it after the three days flying down, I really only started to have the problem on the flight back. The obvious solution on long trips is to stay longer, wherever I'm going.


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