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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread postby savas » Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:30 pm

Hi Rudi

wow, what a great story from your very first posting right through to this trip, you must be damn proud of your achievements =D> =D> =D>
this is inspiring me to do this trip early next year in my C172, and i will call u for some tips etc

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DAY 3

Unread postby RudiGreyling » Tue Dec 16, 2008 5:44 pm

Hi Guys, thanks for your kind comments, yes it was a Fantastic Experience…Below is day 3 photos and story,

Day 3:
Route South out of Stellenbosh until the coast then East all along the coast non stop to Port Alfred. The route is +/- 550 Miles and took us just more than 3 Hours.
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Once again we left just after sunrise. The Weather Office said we would encounter broken cloud with a 2,000 ft ceiling initially making VFR along the cost flying possible. It would be impossible to go VFR inland initially in any case since the clouds was pushing up against the mountains. The Weather Office also said it would be clearing within the first 50 miles. The take off sight out of Stellenbosh was awesome. As soon as we were airborne the sun reflected between the see, cloud ceiling against the mountains. Spectacular! Just a pity my cheap camera could not capture the full glory.
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We turned the corner going east and the clouds started breaking up. Mountains, Beaches and Valleys WOW! We flew over an area called Nature's Valley, ever wonder why?
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These parts of the coast have lots of towns and holiday resorts scattered along it for our entire day 3 trip.
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I think this is the “Van Staden’s” bridge. People use it to bungee jump off, deep into the valley, or at least people use to 10 years ago when I was here by car.
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Some more scenery along the coast
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Knysna and the Knysna lagoon. The Knysna Heads protect the lagoon, and many skippers have miss judged their entry into the lagoon, so apparently many shipwrecks lie beneath the mouth.
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St Francis airfield, a place I will be visiting soon again.
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We arrived at our destination, Port Alfred, safe and sound. We paid a visit to their wonderful beach
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Our hosts were Fantastic, going out of their way to make it enjoyable. Thank you Dirk, Mariaan and their son. We will be definitely visiting you again.
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The best picture of the day is the also the first picture we took, larger for your convenience. Image

…day 4 to continue soon, the wild coast!

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Rudi
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread postby RudiGreyling » Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:07 pm

savas wrote:Hi Rudi

wow, what a great story from your very first posting right through to this trip, you must be damn proud of your achievements =D> =D> =D>
this is inspiring me to do this trip early next year in my C172, and i will call u for some tips etc

Safe Flying
Savas


Hi Savas, Yes I am proud, but I post it to encourage others =D> , not to reflect on my own achievements [-( !
If I can then anyone can. You just have to put your will where your dreams are, and work at it!
Thank you for your kind words
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread postby AndyDaws » Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:11 pm

Hi Rudi

What a trip, great stuff, I am jealous, one day...... :mrgreen:
In the pic of Keurbooms River mouth, (day3_07.jpg), I can see the holiday spot that I have a share in.
I think the bridge may be Bloukraans bridge on the N2 toll road, they do/did bungee off of there, claimed to be the highest in the world. The Van Stadens bridge, also arch span, is nearer PE and they do not bungee off of it.... I think :D

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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread postby WABez » Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:35 pm

Jeeper wrote:In the pic of Keurbooms River mouth, (day3_07.jpg), Correct.
I think the bridge may be Bloukraans bridge on the N2 toll road, they do bungee off of there, claimed to be the highest in the world. The Van Stadens bridge, also arch span, is nearer PE and they do not bungee off of it.... I think :D ... also correct.

Rudi,

Awesome and inspiring. Well done. One day I will do the same - this is motivational stuff!
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DAY 4

Unread postby RudiGreyling » Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:39 am

Hi Guys, below is final day 4 photos and story,

Day 4:
Route Port Alfred all along the Wild Coast to Margate, then Inland back to Home Johanneburg Springs. The route is +/- 620 Miles and took us just less than 4 Hours.
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Once again we left just after sunrise. The Weather Office said the weather would be good in the morning, but deteriorating in the afternoon and staying like that for 2 days. We wanted to fly all the way to the north coast, but predicted weather and not knowing 100% for sure if we will find accommodation further north, we decided to cut the trip a little short. I will always be able to fly the north coast on my Next big trip, cause it is relatively close to home.

We expected some thin broken cloud with 2,000 ft ceiling on the first part, clearing very shortly. I liked this hole in the sky with striped clouds above.
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The are we will be flying is called the Wild Coast, due to it’s unspoiled pristine condition. There are very little settlements along this pretty coast line.
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There are a couple of unique attractions along this coastline. The first is ‘The hole in the wall’ a rock formation just off the beach with a big hole where the sea crashes through.
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The second is a runway that ends on a cliff into a narrow valley with a river running into the sea.
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Also unique are 2 waterfalls directly into the sea, apparently there are only a few places in the world where a waterfall goes straight into the sea. Here we are lucky to have 2 of them in close proximity. The First one:
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The Second one:
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On the northern border of the wild coast is a popular tourist attraction, the Wild Coast Sun. From here on north you can start to see normal civilization again with tradition buildings and roads.
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The arch bridge leading to the Wild Coast Sun. There are rumors of dare devil pilots flying underneath this bridge.
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At Margate we started routing back inland going home. Kwazulu Natal is lush green, and the rivers brown with all the rain washing down into the rivers.
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The last picture of the day, me and my wife, just before our final landing home…Does it look like we enjoyed it???
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The Best picture of day 4 must be “The hole in the wall” larger for your convenience.
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The End.
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread postby RudiGreyling » Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:44 am

Lastly here is my GPS Tracks, from take-off to landing. The speed averages includes to slow portions of take-off, landing, and circuits.
Not bad considering most of the flight was low level, zig zag along the oranje river or the coast, if we saw something interesting we 360 around it before going again. If you are interested in the actual .gdb or .gpx file to see it in Marpsource or Google Earth PM me your email address and I'll email you the file.

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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread postby PJL » Thu Dec 18, 2008 7:55 am

Awesome, awesome, awesome I have done this route a few times at low level and Rudi's photos convey how beautiful the coast line is. Now my @rse is really itching to do it soon. Rudi,"The second is a runway that ends on a cliff into a narrow valley with a river running into the sea." is the field at Port St Johns. It always seems to be covered with cow sh@t :shock: :twisted:

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What a Flying December!

Unread postby RudiGreyling » Mon Jan 05, 2009 12:32 pm

Hi RVators,

Wow what a fantastic flying December! After the coast to coast trip I stayed home over the holidays, but flew almost every day :twisted:
Gave at least 5 new guys their first RV flip, hosted an american pilot and showed him a bit of the country from the sky Loskopdam and Groblersdal.
Flew to a couple of new airfields in an hours range, and stayed over one night at Zebula Lodge.
Got some additional Aerobatic Instruction, I'm practising loops now :P :mrgreen:
RV Zulu 7 has now clocked 100 Hobs hours, without any glitches!

I love my RV!
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread postby savas » Mon Jan 05, 2009 3:33 pm

Hi Rudi, all the best for 2009
Was at FASI one am filling up with ZS-PMW, and you were departing for Dunnotar.
Seems to me that you are REALLY enjoying the luv of your life, and please PM me your cell.
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread postby RudiGreyling » Tue Jan 06, 2009 7:46 am

Thanks Savas, jip I am enjoying her, all the best and you have PM...Rudi
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread postby Hugo Stark » Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:33 pm

Hi Rudi,

Dankie vir die mooi fotos en inligting oor julle trippie. Dis sommer puik.
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread postby RudiGreyling » Thu Jan 08, 2009 1:55 pm

Rvators,

My friend send my this pic today taken during my visit at Zebula a week ago.
Zebula...The bush lodge where the aiplanes drive on tar and the cars on the dirt :P :twisted:
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GRoete,
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread postby bladerunner » Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:36 am

Hi there Rudi,

Saw you parked at Zebula and had a closer look - fantastic workmanship! And you definately had more fun getting there than me :D
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread postby THI » Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:44 am

Hi Rudi,

Net vir interessantheid, wat was jou gem brandstofverbruik?

Vliegtuig lyk amazing! Baie geluk.
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