Learning Experiences

January 2000 Issue

1/2 + 1/2 = 3/4

ĎI pitched for best glide and watched as the trees rose up to meet usí

It was my second cross-country in the RV-6 since getting my private license and tailwheel endorsement. I had about 100 hours total time and about 25 in the RV.

I picked up a friend at a nearby airport, where I also filled the tanks. On takeoff, I was surprised and a little concerned with the reduction in climb rate caused by full fuel tanks and a 180-pound passenger. Fortunately I had been warned about it, which is why I didnít fly out of the 2,700-foot grass strip with 50-foot trees on both ends where the RV makes its home.

The 1:40 trip went smoothly to Montpelier, Vt. Flying VFR with a GPS for navigation took most of the guesswork out of the flight. I even remembered to switch fuel...

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