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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Soaring off into the Yonder

Well, we are back on the road again.  We are down in McMinnville, OR, just about 30 miles or so SW of Portland, at the Olde Stone Village RV Park.  It’s just across the road from the McMinnville Airport which brings back memories of, well, of yesterday…..

Yesterday, Saturday, Carol and I joined our son Tim, wife Kiersten, and 7 week old daughter Sophie out at  Twin Oaks Air Park for their monthly pancake breakfast.  The airpark is privately owned but available for public use.  The breakfast is a fund raiser for the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) – chapter #105.

On a side note, I learned to fly in 1973 at Flabob Airport in Riverside, CA, home of EAA chapter #1.

There were probably 350 people there or more, each paying $5 for the breakfast.  The food consisted of pancakes, bacon or sausage, eggs, and grits.  After we ate, we walked down to the aircraft parking areas and scoped out the planes.


Last of the crowd getting fed breakfast


Walking down part of the flight line – there were about 40 planes to see


More aircraft on the flight line.  Avgas is over $5 per gallon!


A look inside a vintage Piper Cub?????


Not really!  This “Cub” has an all glass cockpit and carbon fiber skin!


One of the RV homebuilts


A Taylorcraft from the late 40s or early 50s


Cessna 182 – I used to own one of these – nice aircraft to fly too.


Cessna 180 – older brother to the 182, probably from the early 50s


Beechcraft Bonanza V tail – from the late 40’s


Beech Debonaire – faster & newer sibling to the Bonanza


Beech Staggerwing open cockpit.


1968 Piper Cherokee 140 – great training aircraft


Homebuilt RV10 – the kit factory is not too far from the airpark.


I think this one is an RV 7 homebuilt


A DE Havilland Beaver Amphibian


A Cessna Amphibian


Another RV Homebuilt

And No, these RV homebuilts are not Recreational Vehicles.  (at least not in the sense of our motorized road castles).   They are kits you buy from Van’s Aircraft Company.  Basically you can either buy an aircraft that is made by a factory (Cessna, Beach, Lear, etc.) or you can buy a kit and make your own.  Of course this “home building” method is way less costly, but then you have an airplane that is not certified as safe and you won’t be able to get much in the way of insurance either.  Just make sure when you finish building it, there are no parts left over, especially things like propellers, wings, etc.

For more details on these RV kits, visit Van's RV Aircraft.


Donna K said...

I've heard of building your own radio controlled airplane, but one that you actually intend to ride in way up in the sky??? Not sure I'd want to go there! Great photos of the planes. Hope you and Carol are having lots of fun.

Tim said...

Yikes - enjoyed the post but some fact errors at the end!

ALL aircraft are inspected for airworthiness by a FAA inspector, homebuilt or not. Homebuilt aircraft are subject to even more exacting standards than regular aircraft before they can carry passengers, despite the fact that its assembly team had a bit more vested interest in it staying airborne than your average line worker!

Also, insurance is rarely an issue, unless you were already an unsafe pilot for other reasons.