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

Unread post by Rob K » Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:53 pm

Sounds good - let me check with the others.

Saturday tentatively...


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

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:04 am

Hi Rob,

Brits Saturday...I will be there early +/- 8:00AM
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Mon Nov 24, 2008 5:19 pm

Hi RVators,

Flip A Fellow RVator #8:
I Gave Dennis his first flip in a RV. He is currently building a RV7, but had not a had a ride yet. I think he enjoyed it.
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We flew to Brits over Harties dam, shoe the dam is sick...
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RV Zulu 7 cooling down at brits
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Then on Sunday I flew over Heidelberg, enroute to Vaaldam after I serviced the RV.
It is nice to see the airfields so Green after all the rain.
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Till Next Time,
Rudi
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:31 pm

Hi RVators,

Today I entered RV Zulu 7 in the Springs Navigation Rally. First time I Entered RV in a flying competition, and only my second flying competition ever.
Anycase I am very proud to say that Me, My navigator Ferdi Hugo and our Trusty Steed RV Zulu 7 Took first prize, with 51 Aircraft Competing! :twisted:

I LOVE MY RV!

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Unread post by Ray W » Sat Dec 06, 2008 8:39 pm

Anycase I am very proud to say that Me, My navigator Ferdi Hugo and our Trusty Steed RV Zulu 7 Took first prize, with 51 Aircraft Competing
Brilliant - well done. =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> :D :D :D
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by Nkwazi » Sun Dec 07, 2008 8:35 am

Congrats mate - well done. Any idea how the trikers went??
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Mon Dec 08, 2008 7:34 am

Baie Dankie!!!

2nd place went to a triker, fantastic considering he was alone in an open cockpit, juggling all those pages of photos in the wind must have been tricky!
The Result list is uploaded on the competition Topic, but here is the link: download/file.php?id=47301

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Rudi's RV Coast to Coast trip 11-16 Dec

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:28 am

Hi RVators,

For those in the know I am going on a planned Coast Wise trip with my ‘new’ RV. The initial plan was only to go JHB->Margate->CPT->JHB, but it looks like the Weather for Margate is bad for the planned trip there Friday and Saturday, So what to do? Well I will be going the other way around, and a day earlier to get in behind the bad weather. On top of that I decided I will fly the ENTIRE South African Coast, Coast to Coast Anti-clock wise.

I will be logging it via a nice GSM GPS website from my Nokia N95, with Google Earth map interface. (Check out this test run with the motorcar: http://www.buddyway.com/trip/rudigreyli ... -test-trip) cool hey! My laptop is going with for WX and Flight Planning purposes, which means I will be able to post updates online here below, for you to follow if you wish during the trip...

My NEW plan (which is flexible):
Thursday: Springs-> Upington -> Augrabies Waterfalls -> along the whole Oranje River -> Alexander Bay along the West Coast to -> Kleinsee
Friday: Kleinsee along the West Coast -> Stellenbosh
Saturday: Stay at Stellenbosh and fly Capetown area
Sunday: Start making my way up the coast to St Francis or Port Alfred.
Monday: Up to Margate, Durban, Virginia, might stay over or continue….Richard bay, Sodwana, Kosi Bay, back home JHB.
Tuesday: Spare Day.

Wish me luck, I am very excited to let my 'new' RV stretch her legs a bit.
This is a dream come true, and what RV home building is all about. :D

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

Unread post by Bearcat » Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:34 am

Ray W wrote:
Anycase I am very proud to say that Me, My navigator Ferdi Hugo and our Trusty Steed RV Zulu 7 Took first prize, with 51 Aircraft Competing
Brilliant - well done. =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> :D :D :D
Rudi and Ferdi taxying out at the start the Springs Nav Rally.
Well Done ..and amongst stiff competition =D>
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:00 pm

Wow very nice one Bearcat! Send me a High Res One...Pretty please [-o< to greylingr AT yahoo DOT com ???
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Re: Rudi's RV Coast to Coast trip 11-16 Dec

Unread post by Steve » Wed Dec 10, 2008 12:33 pm

RudiGreyling wrote:Hi RVators,

For those in the know I am going on a planned Coast Wise trip with my ‘new’ RV. The initial plan was only to go JHB->Margate->CPT->JHB, but it looks like the Weather for Margate is bad for the planned trip there Friday and Saturday, So what to do? Well I will be going the other way around, and a day earlier to get in behind the bad weather. On top of that I decided I will fly the ENTIRE South African Coast, Coast to Coast Anti-clock wise.

I will be logging it via a nice GSM GPS website from my Nokia N95, with Google Earth map interface. (Check out this test run with the motorcar: http://www.buddyway.com/trip/rudigreyli ... -test-trip) cool hey! My laptop is going with for WX and Flight Planning purposes, which means I will be able to post updates online here below, for you to follow if you wish during the trip...

My NEW plan (which is flexible):
Thursday: Springs-> Upington -> Augrabies Waterfalls -> along the whole Oranje River -> Alexander Bay along the West Coast to -> Kleinsee
Friday: Kleinsee along the West Coast -> Stellenbosh
Saturday: Stay at Stellenbosh and fly Capetown area
Sunday: Start making my way up the coast to St Francis or Port Alfred.
Monday: Up to Margate, Durban, Virginia, might stay over or continue….Richard bay, Sodwana, Kosi Bay, back home JHB.
Tuesday: Spare Day.

Wish me luck, I am very excited to let my 'new' RV stretch her legs a bit.
This is a dream come true, and what RV home building is all about. :D

Groete
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Rudi,

Please don't forget to stop by in East London..... We have an RV10, RV4, RV7 and RV8 flying here....I've e-mailed you contact details....
Have a great flight :)
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Back From Coast to Coast

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:38 pm

Hi RVators,

If the "Heroes" stayed home then the Villain is back! :twisted:
* 4 Days,
* 2500 Miles,
* 15 Hours of Breathtaking Flying this Beautiful Country's Coastline,
* Weather CAVOK all the way, blue skies 90% of the time
* Meeting some Fantastic People, and
* Doing it in your homebuilt plane without a single glitch…Priceless!

I am busy sorting the pictures and stories and will post them later here below:
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Groete
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Re: Rudi's RV7 build progress...Done and Flying

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Sun Dec 14, 2008 4:39 pm

Steve Onions wrote:Rudi, Please don't forget to stop by in East London..... We have an RV10, RV4, RV7 and RV8 flying here....I've e-mailed you contact details....Have a great flight
Sorry Steve, could not make it, maybe next time :oops:
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DAY 1

Unread post by RudiGreyling » Sun Dec 14, 2008 6:27 pm

Hi RVators,

Having finished building my RV, flying it around the cabbage patch for about 60 hours to proof it is safe and a worthy travel machine, it was time for it to stretch her legs…a long trip, 2500 miles along our Beautiful South African Coastline. Initially I was going to do it with the company of 2 other aircraft Cirrus SR22’s, but they decided not to join, so it was me, my wife and my RV…

Day 1:
Route WEST: Springs, Klerksdorp, Kuruman, Upington [Refuel], along the Orange river, West coast Alexander Bay, Down SOUTH to KleinZee.
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The initial plan was to do a clock wise route, but due to anticipated bad weather along the eastern coast, I changed it the other way around, West coast first.

Getting ready to leave at sunrise, Bags and Jerry Fuel can handy. Why the Jerry can??? Cause I run my right tank on Mogas and most airports don’t serve Mogas.
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Me and my wife ready and at the start of our adventure!
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The predicted weather was good with only one single rain cloud close to our departure point over Vereniging, but not in our path. It was a beautiful sight.
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There are some beautiful mountain formations on the route to our first stop Upington
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Refueling with a Regional Jet in the background
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A pretty picture at Upington with the Blue African Sky begging us to take flight again.
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From Upington, we picked up the Orange River, we plan to fly it all along it, the border of South Africa to the Western most point. . This area is quite barren, semi dessert, to full dessert as you fly along the river to the west coast. First on the Orange River agenda was the Augrabies Waterfalls.
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In the Desert the Orange River gives life, fantastic lush green fields every now and then.
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The landscape is quite dramatic, almost the “grand canyon” of South Africa, the mountain formations very contrasting in the barren desert.
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We reached the coast at Alexander bay and turned south along the “Skeleton Coast”. This area is rich in diamonds and you see diamond mining all along the coast, even in the water as these diamond fishing boats prove.
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A Shipwreck along this coastline proves it name.
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Our first overnight destination was Kleinzee, a diamond mining town. Lucky our wonderful host Rodney organized all the authorizations and clearances for us to land and go into this very strictly controlled Diamond town. Public are not welcome. Rodney was fantastic and assisted us in every way, going out of his way to help us. Thanx Rondey!
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The best picture of the day is the one below, larger for your convenience.
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The fist day saw us covering almost a 1,000 miles and our ‘trip time’ i.e. engine running time was 5H45.

…Day 2 to continue soon!

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

Unread post by Chris » Sun Dec 14, 2008 9:19 pm

Tried to call you near PE on Saturday but you were still busy with PE Approach. I was on my way out to Cape Town
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