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Chit-chat / Re: Going where the sun don't shine?
« Last post by WadeT on August 21, 2017, 09:39:15 PM »
Good times.  Just north of Salem with an friend flying an RV4 in formation:



30 seconds before the total eclipse giggling like kids.  We eventually turned ESE to chase the shadow for a few more seconds:

https://youtu.be/14zVi7JFUBw

Saw some fireworks on the ground which was unexpected.
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Events & Destinations / Re: eclipse trip reports
« Last post by groupw on August 21, 2017, 08:57:50 PM »
I'd given up on trying to see the eclipse because of the predictions about hordes of tourists, jammed roads, packed airports, and the like. But Saturday I checked the condition of the highways and they weren't bad at all. Several airports (e.g., Madras, Salem, Albany) were NOTAMed closed on Monday except with advance reservations (which were of course long ago filled up) but thought it might be worthwhile to check out smaller airports farther from the center of the path but still within the totality band -- at least we'd get to see the total eclipse if not for as long a time.

So I decided to fly to a few nearby airports within the band and see if any had parking space. The Lebanon, OR (S30) web site said they have a good sized area of grass, campers were welcome, and the FBO would make restrooms available. (That airport is well known locally for its friendliness.) They were charging $20 for a limited number of hard tie downs, and no charge for parking on the grass -- first come, first served. And the length of totality there was 1:40, not that much shorter than the center of the path. So we loaded the tent and sleeping bags and flew down on Sunday morning, planning to try Corvallis, McMinnville, and Mulino if Lebanon didn't pan out.

But it did! There was plenty of parking available when we arrived (~45 minutes flight from the home airport Twin Oaks) and they found places for everyone who arrived after us, some just a short time before totality -- around 30 aircraft total. No clouds, and a minor smoke layer didn't detract because of the sun's high angle. So we pulled it off with a total of about 30 minutes round trip driving to and from the airport (no significant traffic) and 45 minutes of flying each way.

If you're ever in the Willamette Valley, be sure to stop by Lebanon. They have ethanol free mogas on the field, too.

Roy
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Chit-chat / Re: Going where the sun don't shine?
« Last post by AbnJag on August 21, 2017, 08:27:06 PM »
I don't know about Madras but Independence State (just west of Salem) was fantastic. Nearly 2 minutes of Totality - absolutely wonderful. Probably somewhere around 200 planes came in over two days   - at least 30 or so this morning including a Found on amphibian floats from Mercer Island. That was an incredible plane. We went on a wine tour and there wasn't hardly any traffic at all in the area and a number of merchants were reporting the expected crowds did not materialize. Salem closed in the early morning unless you had a r serration but reopened around noon or so. Getting FF from Portland Approach was hectic- just needed to be patient for your squawk code. With so many flying home today, I was vectored around quite a bit by ATC until halfway down the Gorge.
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Buy & Sell, Swap & Trade / FS: David Clark H10-13S Headset
« Last post by richardwg21 on August 21, 2017, 06:12:33 PM »
Selling my spare David Clark H10-13S headset. Originally purchased from Sporty's and used for my initial training but have upgraded to Bose. They are in great condition and work great as well.

Asking $200. I'm in the Everett area but can ship USPS if needed.

Thanks!
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Events & Destinations / eclipse trip reports
« Last post by hotrod180 on August 21, 2017, 05:40:03 PM »
I'd like to hear some pireps about people's experiences with biewing the eclipse.
Not the eclipse itself, but:
how big were the crowds?
was the venue (airport) & venue operators prepared for what they got?
How did the roads look?
etc.

Lotsa hype ahead of time, esp when they showed a 15 mile backup on hwy 126 between I-5 & Bend area on TV Friday,
but reports I got on sunday sounded like there was not nearly the number of spectators as expected (at least not yet).
But it seems like Monday might have been a lot different story.
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Chit-chat / Re: One fatality - Madras, OR
« Last post by hotrod180 on August 21, 2017, 05:35:07 PM »
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Events & Destinations / Re: Wings and Wheels @ KFHR sat Aug 26
« Last post by hotrod180 on August 21, 2017, 05:30:36 PM »
I have been there several years ago on a  busy summer Saturday (but no special event),
and the airport had a guy with a handheld directing people where to park.

I attended this fly-in a couple years ago, don't remember details but parking wasn't too much of a problem.
They had fly-in attendees parking on the west side of the airport, not all in the normal northeast corner transient parking area.
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Chit-chat / Re: Going where the sun don't shine?
« Last post by mneuman on August 21, 2017, 02:47:04 PM »
So, how was it? How many people in Madras?
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Chit-chat / Re: One fatality - Madras, OR
« Last post by Dan_Root on August 21, 2017, 11:41:55 AM »
That is sad and given the scope of the event, glad there wasn't additional folks impacted.
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Need to drop my plane at Thun field for maintenance. Need a ride back 20 minutes north
if anyone will be in the area flying. Please PM me.
Thanks
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