OSHKOSH 2010 -- Tuesday, Departure Day for Texas · · PAGE 25.
July 27, 2010: We had only Sunday and Monday to be at AirVenture, so when Tuesday morning came, the breakfast trip down to the Warbird Cafe started our process at 6:30 AM when they opened. Both RED CUPS were filled with ICE and water before we left the restaurant. We then stopped by Homebuilders Headquarters to "check out" and reclaim part of our deposit for camping fees. There is a three-day minimum camping fee. Due to the wet conditions keeping us out on Saturday, we were only here TWO nights. The AirVenture annual glass mugs were still not in stock for 2010. I guess I will have to be content with the mugs from 2005 and 2006 in my trophy case.
We went back to the airplane and started clearing out the tent and preparing
the airplane for reloading all the stuff. I used the leather chamois cloth to clear
all the dew from the airplane before I started "load testing" the wings before
We dried off the dew from the tent before putting it back in its bag.
When everything that was on the wings was inside the airplane, it was time to pull the
"Enterprise" out into the taxi lane between the rows of airplanes and tents,
pointing it at a right angle to the other airplanes and tents. It is not polite to
crank up from where you were tied down, since you will probably blow away your neighbor's
tent. Our empty camping space is now ready for the next arrival to AirVenture.
I stood up on the wing to take this next photo looking to the northwest.
There were a few more empty spaces than I noticed last night.
I took this last photo with my camera at 9:44 AM Eastern Time, 8:44 Central,
again standing on the wing to get a good view of the camping and parking area to the East.
I put the camera beside my seat and got strapped in for departure.
I had my video camera running right after engine start and activated the next
route I had stored in memory. By the time I had finished, one of the plane handlers
on a motor cycle came down our row and I showed him my VFR sign, then placed it in the
left side of the windshield out of the way of the video camera. I gave him the
wind-up sign with my right hand and he understood I was ready to go. He escorted us
out to the north end of the camping area and on to the taxiway EAST toward runway 18
RIGHT. He handed us off to a flagman who saw my VFR sign and put us on this route
you see below to runway 18 RIGHT for a southbound departure. I asked Edward if there
was anyone behind us since I was ready to do the engine runup test of the ignition
systems. We had the canopy open slightly, so he stuck his camera up above the
canopy, pointed it backwards, and took this photo. Notice that virtually all of the
airplanes that were parked along the taxiway are now gone, as in moved to the "North
40" camping area adjacent to runway 9 and 27. Edward took this photo at 9:04
He wanted to get a view of the "show plane" parking area and the
control tower from our location on the taxiway.
I cropped this photo from the wider view above.
We had pulled up behind the yellow and white Van's Aircraft RV-10 demonstrator
N410RV. I snapped this photo as an airplane is turning final to land on runway 18
RIGHT south of the displaced threshold. That red and white RV-7 waiting for
clearance to enter the runway is Mike Seager in the company RV-7. N137RV is used for
tail dragger transition training for any Van's Aircraft builders who want to train with
Mike. Today as every day of the AirVenture show, the mission for Mike is
introductory flights for prospective buyers.
Mike Seager was cleared on to the runway from the head of the line as we pulled
up to the location you see here. You can see his airplane at the left edge of this
photo already on the runway, ready to "line up and wait" for takeoff clearance
from the tower.
Edward snapped this zoomed photo of the new control tower.
I got my own shot of the tower with zoom activated. This was cropped from
a wider view. It is not that bad considering it is a hand-held shot with the engine
running, etc. When it was our turn for clearance on to the runway, the controller
called us "RV PAPA ZULU" since our 12-inch numbers are clearly visible.
The video camera was recording everything about the takeoff and departure,
including our climb to 1300 MSL and cruising south out of the Oshkosh Class D air space.
The video continued recording until the GPS course was corrected and the autopilot
was engaged for lunch and a fuel stop at Moberly, Missouri (KMBY). Edward took this
photo at 9:21 AM Central Time showing how soggy the ground is in this area south of the
airport. That golf course down there has water hazards, but look at the field to the
right of the golf course, just ahead of the wing. You can see another soaked field
in the bottom left corner of the photo.
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