Brief Description: Matt Picks Up His New RV-6 - Part 02
I met Harry at his hangar at Livermore about 8:15am and we taxied out in his very nice yellow and white RV-6 about 8:30am. Its a pretty short flight over to Vacaville from Livermore and we landed and taxied up to Ed's hanger about 9:10am. Ed and his wife were waiting for us and the Red and Gold RV-6 was too! We got out and checked the plane out and Ed showed me the typical preflight that he does on the RV-6. We filled out and signed a bunch of various paperwork and I presented Ed with a Cashiers Check for the balance of the sale price (I'd mailed him a 10% deposit a couple of weeks prior.) We had a nice chat with Ed and his wife after the business was complete.
From there, Harry and I got into our respective RV-6's and decided to fly formation over to Auburn were we met up with three other Livermore RV builder/flyers we know for lunch! We had a great time talking airplanes and eating hamburgers.
Gas was "cheap" at Auburn, so three of us filled up before the flight back to Livermore. Barry, Harry, and I all took off in formation and flew all the way back to Livermore in a nice, tight formation. It was pretty fun.
The new RV-6 is a dream to fly! It has a 180hp engine and a constant speed prop and performs almost as good as my RV-8. It isn't quite as nose heavy as the RV-8, so that makes it a little easier to fly, particularly in formation. It was really great to be back in the air again today, to say the least! Another thing that will be really handy about having the RV-6 is when I go to get the RV-8 painted up in Red Bluff, I will have something to fly up and check on their progress over the 2-3 months its suppose to take to get it painted. It will make me very happy to be keeping an eye on them to make sure everything is going according to my standards! :-)