Flight to Boone, IA RV Fly-in
Added 6/20/2006 - 87.7
hours total time
What a great way to spend a Saturday morning! With Boone
being only 191nm from home, we thought it would be a great fly-in to
attend, especially with the plethora of RV-10 builders who were going
to be there. Ray Doerr made an appearance in his RV-10. He
may not have any paint on it yet, but let me tell you, that man has
good workmanship. Very impressive!
There was all sorts of nasty weather in Nebraska, and South Dakota /
Minnesota, so I didn't know if this trip would be much fun. Turns
out it was just fine. We had a 30kt headwind going down, so the
trip took us about 1.5 hours. The sky was super smooth at our
8,000'+ cruising altitude. I'm getting my O2 fill station together, so I didn't have any O2
ready to go, or I may have flown higher. The flight was
completely uneventful. I grabbed the screenshots below to show
the performance figures. On this flight, I operating Rich of
Peak, to see how that worked out. I did get a bit more airspeed,
at our lower altitude, but keep in mind when you look at the photos
that I was pulled back between 1-2" of MP. I ran it easier due
to the higher OAT's we had. I try to keep the CHT's under 400 in
cruise if possible. I think running LOP actually makes this much
easier, but I'd rather run LOP at slightly higher altitudes, or 8,000
as a minimum. I added this data to the Performance Page.
At the Fly-in, we had some FANTASTIC BBQ sandwhiches and pie.
Those guys really throw a great fly-in meal! I didn't want
to waste much time eating though, with all the RV-10 builders there.
Many of them surprisingly hadn't ever had the chance to fly in a
-10 before, so I thought I better rectify that. I gave a few
rides, one of them equipped with 4 adult males, and we were still
climbing 1,100fpm, even in the heat of summer. I missed giving
Bob a ride...Bob, we'll just have to do it again sometime!
After the rides, we had a deadline to meet, so we called to say we were
going to be late, having only 50-60 minutes enroute available to make
our deadline. As it turned out, that 1.5 hour flight with a 30kt
headwind became a 1 hour flight with a 40kt tailwind on the way home!
With a total enroute time for the 191nm trip of 1:02, we were
doing great on the way home...still not running it as hard as we could.
The WSI was nice to have on the trip down, as we monitored the
storms progress, but where we really lucked out was the weather on our
return flight. If you look at the image below, that was the
weather during the time we were on the way home. I forgot to take
screenshots of it, but we made it right up that clear corridor from
central IA to Western WI. That WSI weather has to be about my
most indispensible feature!
Finishing the Tedious Work
With a little time during the week, I decided to finally get a
template made and paint my "No Step" letters on the flaps, before we
have people climbing on them at OSH. Easy job. The photos
of the elevator are for reference for another RV-10 builder. I'm
hoping they'll help identify the skin overlap recently discussed on the