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Chit-chat / Re: Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by N804RV on Today at 12:58:46 PM »
Nice looking bird Doug!
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Chit-chat / Re: Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by Stinson Pilot on Today at 12:56:21 PM »
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Chit-chat / Re: Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by N804RV on Today at 12:29:48 PM »
What flying experience did you have prior to this that made you feel comfortable buying and transitioning to a Sonerai?  There are so many cool, inexpensive airplanes out there with the little wheel on the back.

Come have a beer with me. Let’s talk!
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Chit-chat / Re: Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by Stinson Pilot on Today at 10:40:01 AM »
Glad you and the Sonerai are getting acquainted. I'll have to try and make a lunch with you and Will sometime.
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Chit-chat / Re: Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by jcadwell on Today at 09:51:29 AM »
What flying experience did you have prior to this that made you feel comfortable buying and transitioning to a Sonerai?  There are so many cool, inexpensive airplanes out there with the little wheel on the back. 
 
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Chit-chat / Re: Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by will moffitt on October 18, 2017, 05:27:04 PM »
Top Rope!  You were a climber?  I got out of it, flying is safer and easier on the body.  Nice looking trip.

will
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Chit-chat / Re: Taming the Taildragger Pilot
« Last post by N804RV on October 18, 2017, 05:00:15 PM »
Thanks for the encouragement guys!  Its been a heck of an adventure so far.  I thought I'd post a few more pics.


Some of the beautiful views on the drive home.

Oops! Tail spring has a 500hr TBO, right?

Tom Downey came all the way from Oak Harbor to help unload.  Here's my old top-rope and some climbing hardware adapted to a new use.  Believe it or not, it came off without a hitch! :-)

Current accommodations.
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Flying Techniques & Skills / Re: Where do you get "Big Picture" forecast information?
« Last post by aftCG on October 18, 2017, 02:37:46 PM »
[cough]Flight Service[cough].  Funny how far people will go out of their way not to call a briefer.

While they will temper their message with "outlook briefings are only accurate for the next 6 hours" these people understand weather and the trends that are incoming.

I made a trip on September 1 from KEPH (Washington) to KBDH (Minnesota), and returned the weekend of 10/7.

In addition to using Flight Service and the link posted above I also used this one:
https://www.wunderground.com/severe.asp

That wind map showed that on the Saturday before we left Minnesota to return home the winds on the ground in Great Falls and Livingston were in the 41-65 knot range.  Needless to say that caught my attention, but the same source also indicated that it would be very calm on Sunday.

I don't know if I would call it calm (winds were generally 11G16) and the weather did tank on us Sunday afternoon in Rapid City.  Sunday's prediction would turn out to be true for Monday - which aligns with my long standing observation of weather forecasting:  The weather they are predicting will happen, but not necessarily with the timing they predict.
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Flying Techniques & Skills / Re: Where do you get "Big Picture" forecast information?
« Last post by piperfan on October 18, 2017, 02:37:21 PM »
Forecast Discussion.
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