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Roll call... who's making it to Oshkosh?

 

I managed to convince Marc Zeitlin (for the last time) to let me fly yet again with him. I'm flying in commercial on Wednesday, and experimental out on Saturday. :D

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...The same plane we are taking to RR.

Okay... we're jumping forward to Rough River 2005!

 

I'll be at OSH 7/28 and 7/29, and half-days in front and back of those days.

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Now:  Rebuilding Quickie Tri-Q200 N479E
Next:  Resume building a Cozy Mark IV

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...driving unfortunately).

Another committed future builder! I hope to see you out there.

 

For anyone going, Rick Maddy has downloaded and put together an offline list of all events at OSH, including unpublished Cozy events (BBQs, etc.). You can find it here.

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I'm leaving for OSH momentarily... flying into Milwaukee, WI and then taking a $18 bus trip to Oshkosh.

 

Hope to meet you guys there. Look me up... I'll be the one with the hat. ;)

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Now:  Rebuilding Quickie Tri-Q200 N479E
Next:  Resume building a Cozy Mark IV

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I'm down at OSH right now. While waiting at the airport in Newark NJ, I recognized Yair Gill. We managed to annoy a good portion of the passengers on the way down by non-stop Cozy-talking all the way to Milwaukee. Yair has some small, but interesting modifications. One is to make the leg holes taller by a couple inches, while keeping the top of the instrument panel the same.

 

More to come... Nat's forum is in just 2 hours, and is to be the final word (I presume), on why the canard length is how it is. I'll post a summary when I get back.

 

I forgot my hat so I need to score one now...

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Next:  Resume building a Cozy Mark IV

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I wrote up my adventure here: http://www.canardzone.com/members/jonmatcho/airventure_2005.htm

 

Thanks to everyone who took part in putting together special events. There's really a lot of people to thank that were not part of the official program -- everyone I met made this event rather special for me.

 

Thank you all!

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Next:  Resume building a Cozy Mark IV

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We're back home from flying our VariEze to Oshkosh and back. We had a great week there, and the airplane performed flawlessly, as usual. Thank you Joe Kendrick and Bob Barton. We had ground speeds of typically 215 mph heading East on our way there, and about 185 mph on the way back (against the normal headwinds). I received some very good advice regarding hot starts after quick fuel stops, and in Mankato, MN and Ainsworth, NE the engine started on the very first pull-through after less than an hour on the ground. Wow. We met and talked with some very special people in the canard airplane community. Here is a photo of our campsite in Homebuilt Camping (the all-color-coordinated plane/tent on the right):

 

http://www.vigilanceaero.com/1JK_Oshkosh2005.jpg

http://www.vigilanceaero.com/Warbird_Overflight.jpg

http://www.vigilanceaero.com/Polishing_a_Mustang.jpg

http://www.vigilanceaero.com/WhiteKnight_SS1.jpg

 

On our way back home:

 

http://www.vigilanceaero.com/Mankato_MN.jpg

http://www.vigilanceaero.com/OverSiouxFalls.jpg

http://www.vigilanceaero.com/Ainsworth_NE.jpg

 

We stopped in New Ulm, MN on our way there to see a friend I have only known via the Internet and the X-Plane simulator. We had never met face to face before. The weather was bad over KOSH then (SAT eve.) and getting worse, so Jim and Gina Kallinen put us up for the night in a guest room of the complex they manage. Jim has uploaded the story, the photos, and some videos. Here are a couple of videos. Such great people involved in all aspects of flying.

 

http://www.xplanefreeware.net/~jim/7-24-05/VariEze/100_2023.MOV

 

http://www.xplanefreeware.net/~jim/7-24-05/VariEze/Curt.mov

 

 

Curt and Gail

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Oh, a couple other things I forgot in that first post. We really enjoyed spending time with Curt Smith, Mark Zeitlin, John Matcho, Larry Schuler, Lee Devlin, Bill & Marilyn Siebold, Kevin Funk, Frank Pullano, Ray Parker, Don Herzstein, and Harry Parsons. We also saw and talked with Burrall & Joyce Sanders, George Steele, Nat & Shirley Puffer, Austin Meyer (X-Plane), Len Levansic, Mark Beduhn, Bill Kastenholtz, Tony Rothwell, and Bob Forsternet and many others.

 

Here is a neat slideshow produced by an X-Plane flight sim user. We had X-Planers going around searching for us at Oshkosh (wierd), because of my design work of all Rutan types for the program.

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24472797@N00/sets/680665/show/

 

Finally- I am trying to get back in touch with Mr. Ray Parker of Cincinnati, OH. He has completed his VariEze but hasn't flown it yet. I benefitted greatly from using my VariEze in X-Plane to start flying the real thing (yes, I benefitted ... I'm still alive and the plane is undamaged.) I want to get the flight model of my VariEze updated to v8 to Ray ASAP.

 

Anybody know how to reach Ray Parker ?!?!?

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Finally- I am trying to get back in touch with Mr. Ray Parker of Cincinnati, OH. He has completed his VariEze but hasn't flown it yet. I benefitted greatly from using my VariEze in X-Plane to start flying the real thing (yes, I benefitted ... I'm still alive and the plane is undamaged.) I want to get the flight model of my VariEze updated to v8 to Ray ASAP.

 

Anybody know how to reach Ray Parker ?!?!?

Strider,

 

Drop me a private email and I'll get you in touch with Ray, he's my tech counselor, though I may need to help him set that up.... And as a seque, here's a picture of the members of Camp Cincy at OSH, including a Cozy Girl, Ray, and your's truly - the famous, the nearly famous, and the miscellaneous other.

 

Brett

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Brett Ferrell

Velocity XL/FG

Cincinnati, OH

http://www.velocityxl.com

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I really enjoyed meeting, talking at length, and drinking with Ray Parker at Oshkosh. For those who haven't met Ray, he is the one in the photo who is top-center and (most appropriately) raising his glass. Ray is a retired Air Force Viet Nam Veteran, Desert Storm Veteran, B-52 Bomb Loader, KC-135 Boom Operator, and AC-130 Weapons Specialist. He has also built and flown a Rutan Quickie, has built and taxiied his VariEze, he's a very accomplished engine mechanic, and as mentioned he's an EAA Tech Counselor. I assume, Brett, that you are describing Ray as the famous, yourself as the nearly famous, but who is this girl you are referring to as the miscellaneous other?

 

I'll get the private email sent off right away. Thanks.

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