Mission: Fly Across America #1 – Day 1

Hey All!

As many of you may have heard, Mike, Simon, Jon, & I have been planning a trip to Fly Across America.

The goal is simple: Dip our toes in the Pacific ocean, see some great sights along the way (Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Hoover Dam, Oceanside CA, Pima Air & Space Museum, and the Titan Missile Museum), while having fun flying a whole lot in Jon & Mike’s Van’s RV-6/6A.

Today was a very successful Day #1.
Follow along with us via our SPOT tracker points by going here.

The flight plan looked something like this the night before we left (copy & paste into Skyvector/Foreflight/etc if desired):

0A7  4M3  KFDR  KSAF  5V5  UT25  3714N11032W  3702N11123W  KPGA  L41  3619N11156W  3619N11207W  VPGCF 3610N11243W  3608N11316W  3543N11320W  3547N11339W  3607N11357W  3601N11420W  3601N11444W  KBVU  JOTNU  KOKB  KCXL  AZ06  E63  KTUS  KDNA  E11  F44  KCRT  KGAD  0A7

Original Flight Plan

We just finished our first day of the trip, and we ended up deviating a bit due to the weather, namely convective sigmets and high winds coming up from the south. Our actual route ended up being the following:

0A7 KLQK 4M3 KLAW KLBB

While enroute from 4M3 to KFDR, the cloud cover was deteriorating quickly so we took openings in the overcast down and diverted to KLAW. At KLAW, we reviewed all the weather and decided that it made the most sense to fly the route backwards, choosing to fly the sourthern route first while the weather on the northern part passed through. Thus, we ended our day in Lubbock, Texas.

Actual stops on Day 1
Weather Prog Chart that shows the fronts that we were contending with. Strong winds didn’t help either.

Pretty great first day…we were able to accomplish nearly 11 hours of flying and around 987nm! We are all pretty exhausted and were happy to get to the hotel and have a good dinner. I’m falling asleep here typing this, so its time to get to bed!

Tomorrow the plan is to fly from KLBB (Lubbock, TX) to KTUS (Tucson, AZ) to visit the Titan Missile Museum, and the PIMA Air & Space museum (likely to be done Wednesday morning).

Click to continue on to Day 2 of our adventure!

Happy flying!

May 2019 Meeting


Given the success of last years chapter gatherings/BBQ at 0A7 (Hendersonville), we feel it would be a shame to not do it again!! 

  • Arrive around 6ish
  • bring a side, your own meat/main dish and drinks.
  • Grills, cutlery, napkins and plates will be provided.

Weather permitting it would be great to see some planes in the air.

Friends and family are welcome!

A note regarding car parking tomorrow evening… we need to preserve access to the hanger south of Jon’s place (red box on image) could we therefore please park on the grass in the blue boxes. Note: the west most box may not be possible and will be coned off if not.

If you are bringing an aircraft feel free to park next to the taxiway leading to the museum or closer if you can find a spot.

See you May 14th!

April 2019 Meeting


Given the success of last years chapter gatherings/BBQ at 0A7 (Hendersonville), we feel it would be a shame to not do it again!! 

  • Arrive around 6ish
  • bring a side, your own meat/main dish and drinks.
  • Grills, cutlery, napkins and plates will be provided.

Weather permitting it would be great to see some planes in the air.

Friends and family are welcome!

A note regarding car parking tomorrow evening… we need to preserve access to the hanger south of Jon’s place (red box on image) could we therefore please park on the grass in the blue boxes. Note: the west most box may not be possible and will be coned off if not.

If you are bringing an aircraft feel free to park next to the taxiway leading to the museum or closer if you can find a spot.

See you tomorrow!!

Last night’s meeting

Good turnout last night in spite of the weather.

For those that missed it, we voted on the following board members for 2019:

Greig Hillman – Vice President
Simon Jennings – Board member at large

So the board for 2019 is:

President: Michael Doornbos
Vice President: Greig Hillman
Secretary: TBD
Treasurer: Mike Gaffney
Board members at large: Simon Jennings, Mark Cigal

Tech Advisor: Keith Plemmons

October 2018 Meeting


This months meet will be a carbon copy of last month and the month before;

  • Arrive around 5:30ish Oct 8th
  • bring a side, your own meat/main dish and drinks.
  • Grills, cutlery, napkins and plates will be provided.

Weather permitting it would be great to see some planes in the air.

Friends and family are welcome!

If you are bringing an aircraft feel free to park next to the taxiway leading to the museum or closer if you can find a spot.

 

CANCELED: EAA Chapter Leadership Bootcamp

Just a heads up for those involved. The Bootcamp we were scheduled to host on Saturday has been cancelled.

Thanks to all who volunteered. They are going to try and reschedule it for a later date.

We’re in for a Hurricane this weekend. Obviously we’re far enough inland that it wont be anything but IFR weather and rain.

You can view the track here and get the local aviation weather here.