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billyvray

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I'm making plans, but am not sure yet. I hope to at least be there Friday and Saturday. Coming down from just below Atlanta.
 

ScaleBirdsScott

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Will be at the ScaleBirds booth, same place as last year. But we might have more help than last year, so if there's any meetups or such-like I might be able to make some time to attend. Or after-hours dinners/drinks in the area I'm game.

Can't wait to get out of this snow.
 

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There’s a good chance I’ll be there on the Tuesday and/or Wednesday. On the weekend prior there’s a splash-in at Tavares, FL on Lake Dora.
 

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This year’s Sun n Fun is only the second one that I haven’t attended.

How about a report from those of you who are there?

Did the weather restrict aircraft attendance?

If anyone wanders by the Glasair display, please give Ran a “hug from Byron.”


BJC
 

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This year’s Sun n Fun is only the second one that I haven’t attended.

How about a report from those of you who are there?

Did the weather restrict aircraft attendance?

If anyone wanders by the Glasair display, please give Ran a “hug from Byron.”


BJC
Hay, and one from me too. Also ask if she is any closer to getting a pilot certificate and if not, why? I still want a chance to fly with her.
 

Victor Bravo

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Sorry, off topic, but while Ron W is being "perp walked" down the taxiway at Sun n Fun, I can't wait for the PC Police to arrest every Mayor in America who went around kissing babies for the last 100 years.
 

billyvray

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Great airshow today, the Blue Angels do put on a fine show.
I came by Scott's place, but you guys were busy. The p36 is really looking nice, and that Verner is a fine looking piece of equipment.

Here are my faves:
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Daleandee

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I managed two days (Wednesday & Thursday) as I had to be back on Friday. Seen some old friends and made a few new ones. I agree that there was some tremendous flying being performed over the field by the airshow pilots.

I was also taken with the CGS Hawk ultralight that was flying at Paradise City in some pretty strong winds. It had the 28 horse Hirth engine on it and was performing quite well but with all the wind down the field it looked like the takeoff roll was all of 35 feet or so. Landing wasn't much longer.

Was a lot to see in the Warbird area and some of it made my eyes water a bit ...

Dale
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wsimpso1

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I was on the field Tuesday evening through Saturday morning.

ATC did a great job on the arrival procedure. We had to do it twice Tuesday. Went around the hold at Lake Parker twice, sent on the arrival, go to the turn for downwind and a post landing incident closed the the runway. Back out to Lake Parker, around twice and we were first bird selected to head in. I continue to believe that ATC out there selects the airplanes that fly the specified altitude and cross over the specified fix at the power plant. There were quite a few folks flying high and wide and they were not getting picked - I have always suspected the controllers select folks who can do what is asked first. The controllers also did a nice job of ignoring the guy who *said* he had been in the hold since 4:30. I do not know why someone would show up a full hour before the air show would end, much less tell the whole world he is that dumb. He sure did not illicit any sympathy from me, given the NOTAM is clear on this topic. Once we got to the field, they were handling the GA and warbirds down the same runway, distributing us along its whole length, and it worked great. Kind of neat watching big old Navy warbirds land ahead and high speed taxi on the mains all the way to the end at near my approach speed...

Visited with ScaleBirdScott - their P-36 is a very exciting project, on its gear with stub wings, canopy and tail all on it. The cockpit and canopy system are well thought out and looks fantastic. The shape of the whole bird is very stirring - makes the Walter Mitty in my want one bad, and I do not like working in sheet metal. Good to meet them in person.

Caught up with the Clapps, always good to see them. They were selling kits to people.

Said hi to Shelly at RANS. They too were selling airplanes.

Caught up with Mark at AeroMomentum. He is getting more installed engines out there. Good to hear. Still waiting on the big engine.

Caught some good forums I can elaborate on each on other pages if there is interest:
  • AOA for flight control and its lack of usefulness - It works great for driving aural warnings, but a lot of data shows it lags other indicators for general flying;
  • Spins vs Spirals - It appears that a good fraction of accidents labelled as stall/spin are actually steep spiral divergence - how you get in and how you get out are different from spins... Worthy of attention and training, but the research is yet to be completed. Sounds like a good thing to practice at big altitude with an instructor who understands both;
  • Fiberglass and RV windshield and canopy install - lots of good info including over bending the canopy ahead of attachment, use of adhesive for attach and dry micro for fairing, stiffening the skirts, etc.
Big down sides that may keep me away in the future:
  • Very few homebuilts at the show. There was as much space devoted to a car show as there was to homebuilt parking. On Saturday, homebuilt parking had less than 30 airplanes;
  • No WiFi and no on-field briefing service for pilots who need it a decent briefing when we must deal with challenging weather;
  • Very few trams for transport around the field and long waits for them;
  • There was zero hand washing or sanitizer on portapotties I saw anywhere, and the food vendors did not have hand sanitizers either. Way to risk making the show a serious disease vector;
  • Current tactical aircraft displays and the Blue Angels long show both cause huge interference with convention business - training, teaching, workshops, and commercial interactions all get hammered while the big jets are deafening us;
 
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billyvray

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I love this one. The Sunshine Clipper.
It's like my spirit vehicle...simple, readily available, tough, ruggedly handsome, and cheap....lol!

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