Matt's RV-6 Project



Matt Dralle's RV-6 Project
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Date:  8-20-2011
Number of Hours:  1.00
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Brief Description:  Matt Picks Up His New RV-6 - Part 01

Last year I flew the RV-8 170 hours from the Test Flight on May 2 2010 to the Mishap on May 1 2011. That's a lot of flying and a lot of fun. For the last three and a half months, I haven't flown at all, and I have to say I was really missing it! So, I got the great idea to get me another airplane to fly in the meantime while the RV-8 gets rebuilt! I kept my eye on http://www.barnstormers.com and http://www.tradeaplane.com for a couple of weeks and a nice RV-6 showed up for sale, and best of all it was over in Vacaville, not far from Livermore. The RV-6 is similar to the RV-8, but it has side-by-seating instead of tandem seating. There are a few other differences too, but basically it is, for all intense and purposes, the same basic airplane. I called up the seller and asked some questions about it and we scheduled a Saturday about three weeks ago for him to fly over to Livermore so I could check it out. When he arrived, we pulled the cowling off and I had a look at the engine and stuff under the hood. The plane was built by the seller, Ed Martinson, in 1994 and he has put about 1300 hours on it since he first flew it back then. After the inspection, we went for a little flight so I could check it out first hand and get a sense of how it flew and handled. I was impressed all around by the quality of the plane and so the next week I made him an offer on it and he accepted.

On Saturday 8/20/2011 Ed and I scheduled to meet over at the Vacaville/NutTree airport where he has it based to closed the deal. I asked a good friend and fellow RV builder/flyer, Harry Crosby, and who is also based out of Livermore, if he'd fly me over to pick up the RV-6 Saturday morning and he said he'd be happy too!

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Taxi Out With Harry Crosby

Taxi Out With Harry Crosby

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Taxi Out With Harry Crosby

Taxi Out With Harry Crosby

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Nut Tree Airport In The Distance

Nut Tree Airport In The Distance

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