Due to my annual inspection and vacation, post-Oshkosh flying has been minimal at best. My usual ritual of once-a-week sorties all but dried up.
Looking to correct this issue, and with perfect fall flying weather at my disposal, I got organized and set aside firm plans to fly Sunday (Sept 30th).
A quick text to my buddy Rick and an email to my friend Srihan, Sri for short, and we had a plan.
1300e rendezvous at my home airport, Buckeye Executive. Rick would fly in his RV-4 and Sri would do GIB (Guy in Back) duties in my RV-8, perfect.
The weather was excellent and we had no where to go so we just went out South of the field for some much needed formation practice – needed for me, not Rick.
We took off and flew as a two-ship formation, practicing different positions, wing overs, rejoins, etc. The clouds provided a beautiful backdrop.
Sri is an hang glider and RC pilot so he had no problems handling the -8 from the rear -pit (sorry Sri, should have brought more cushions) and flew about half of the mission with Rick on his wing. The other half was relagated to my playing yo-yo trying to stay on Rick’s wing – I need to practice more!
After almost an hour, we came back to Buckeye and since there was no traffic we did our customary overhead approach and landed uneventfully, if don’t count my bounce.
Post-flight including adjusting my tailwheel chains and shooting the bull before heading our separate ways.
It was a perfect way to spend a few hours on a lazy fall afternoon with friends!
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