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Jul 19, 2009, 06:21 AM
The sky is my playground.
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Home for the next 28 days and already off to an unforgetable start..

So get this RC Groupers: On Thursday, while I was out and about running some errands an amazing twist of fate, luck and whatever else happened to me. Long story short, I was driving by the local airport. As I passed, I noticed that one of the hangar doors were opened with what appeared to be a Extra 300 inside. Turns out after chatting with the owner for a few minutes it was actually an Extra 200. Also from the disccussion, I had previously met her over ten years ago at another airport with a different areobatic plane, a Zlin. Anyway, she had been waiting for a friend who wanted to go for a ride in her plane. Well the friend, apparently had some sort of a miscommunication with her and was elsewhere. As if reading my mind, she offered to take me for a ride. As you might have guessed, it didn't take much consideration on my part. As my luck (atleast this time) would have it, I had my camera with me for my wife to take some pics of me prior to the flight and myself to take some in-flight pics from in the cockpit. I hope you enjoy!

..and if this isn't already amazing enough, she has offered to take me flying again hopefully in the next week or two.
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Jul 19, 2009, 08:21 AM
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Very cool John!
Jul 19, 2009, 03:38 PM
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Excellent write-up and pictures! Thanks for posting it all!

So, I have to ask the question "When are you going to start your Private Pilot lessons?"
Jul 22, 2009, 09:39 AM
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Wow, what a lucky fellow.
Bet you will be camping at the Airport for the next few weeks.

Great pictures.
Orrin Eldred
Honor, MI.
Jul 22, 2009, 02:54 PM
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Have you got the bug now? Nice view from the front. Imagine trying
to see around you to land! Never flew an Extra, but because it is a real
aerobatic plane (the RV does sportsman acro) it is probably neutrally
stable in all axis (won't stay where you put it) and similiar to an RV (although the RV is positive in pitch). Was it real light on the controls? Looks
like you had a blast.

Jul 23, 2009, 06:51 AM
The sky is my playground.
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Tom, I've always had the bug to fly. I chose to do RC because I figured it would be cheaper. Given the amount I've invested in RC, the jury is till out on that decision.

Yeah, the plane is very much neutrally stable. And the controls were VERY light and very sensitive. Doing a simple alieron roll require very little stick movement. When I was flying it, I needed to be constantly correcting for level flight. I let go of the stick just to see what happened, and off the plane went flying with a mind of it's own. With all this being said, I could also see how the guys gals who fly these planes can excel with it too.
Jul 24, 2009, 09:16 AM
Wishing I was at Torrey Pines
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I bet that was a blast, John. I had a similar experience years ago in a open-cockpit Steen Skybolt. Very fun!

No expo! LOL!

Aug 09, 2009, 10:42 AM
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Woops.. looks like my lawn needs mowing!

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