Bob's Picnic 2010Today was one of my favorite days of the year- the time for another trip up to Bob's house to visit with other Bearhawk fans. This year we were able to fly there- not in a Bearhawk, but still in an airplane. The fall leaves were starting to change, and we had a nice trip. With the winds aloft blowing out of the northwest at 30 knots, the ride wasn't very smooth, especially as we descended below the ridge level. Here are a few pictures of the trip up there. You can click on a small picture to see a larger version of the same one.
Now it's time to play spot the airport! Do you see it yet?
Bob's property is really in a wonderful area. The valley that extends north of Roanoke features rolling hills and a rural mix of farmland and trees. At least one of his neighbors has a nice pumpkin patch! The approach and landing are not extremely difficult, but the relatively short runway and the trees on the east end mean that one must pay attention when operating there.
This year the weather was much nicer than last year! The wind was still fairly gusty, but the warmer temperatures meant that we could spend a lot more time outside. Tim and his wife flew in just after we arrived, and we were eager to spend some time studying a Bearhawk that we hadn't seen yet. It was very nice of him to bring his airplane and let us look over it so closely, and to answer all of our questions. His airplane has a very similar engine to ours, so I was able to get some great pictures of how he hooked everything up under the cowl. His paint scheme is great, and he has lots of interesting features that we might try to incorporate. He has been flying for three years with approximately 140 hours of flying so far.
If you aren't at this stage of building, please pardon the excess of otherwise boring pictures.
This was the scene for the first couple of hours after their arrival. Three other airplanes flew in- perhaps one year there will be a few more Bearhawks instead!
I went inside for a few minutes and took a picture of Bob's latest engine, but then it was back out for more details on Tim's airplane. The last picture is of Bob's aileron. These hinge covers are coming up for our project, so I wanted to get a picture of them.
Here are a few pictures of the crowd. Do you see anyone that you recognize? Bob did one demo flight with Hari, but it wasn't really a good day for introductions due to the turbulence.
Here's the aftermath of the lunch spread!
And a few more standing around pictures.
And a few more pictures of Tim's Bearhawk
We had another great year, spending time with familiar faces and meeting new ones too. Perhaps in 2012 we'll be ready to bring our Bearhawk!
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