Travel Log

Gathering of Airplanes - Beck Fly-In

It was once again time for the Gathering of Airplanes. A tribute to the late Gerry Beck.  This was the 8th Annual event held at the Battle Lake, Minnesota airport.

The forecast was to be a great day.  However, upon awaking that morning the sky was completely blocked with a low lying cloud layer.  Ceiling not getting much more than 900 feet.

Spent most of the morning sitting around waiting for the weather to clear with no luck.  So Mckenna and I decided that since the ceiling was high enough, we could just jump in the plane and run over there.

Turned out to be a great event with lots of spectators and more planes that I had expected would come due to the weather. Spent a few hours and then headed for home.

Turned out to be a great day after all.

Airventure 2014

After years of building my RV-10, I finally got to take one more thing of my bucket list.  And that is to take my own airplane, that I built, and fly it into the biggest airshow event know as Airventure in Oshkosh, WI.

The trip included myself along with a my nephew Connor and good friend Ellis (who soon will also be able to fly into Airventure as he gets his private license and fly in our RV-12 that we are in the process of building).

We decided that since this was the first fly in that we better do the whole experience and plan to set up camp right next to the airplane.  Have not camped in 15 years so knew this was going to be quite the experience sleeping in a tent for 5 nights.

Our original plan was to leave on Sunday morning but the weather was not in our favor so decided to leave a day early to stay ahead of the weather.  So Saturday morning got all our our gear loaded up and took off for Oshkosh.  There were a few clouds that we had to maneuver around but soon the skies cleared and it was smooth sailing for the rest of the trip.

Upon arriving at Oshkosh the nerves were getting a bit high as I was not sure what to expect with the traffic and the unusual arrival route.  However as we flew the arrival with all eyes looking for other aircraft, it was much easier than had been anticipated.  We flew right in with no issues and made a landing on the yellow dot on runway 36, taxied to the HBC campground and set up camp.

We spend the next days walking around the grounds, which are quite enormous, and took in all the activities and attractions that Airventure has to offer.  Taking in many of the vendors, looking at some cool home built aircraft, visiting the museum and catching a couple of the airshows was enough to fulfill our need.

Thursday morning came quite quickly and it was time to pack up and get ready to head out for home.  As we started out taxi to the runway, there was a plane crash that closed the airport and we had a few our delay.  The tower did finally open up one of the runways so we decided to give it another try.  We spent over 2 hours in line for departure and the takeoff was uneventful, as was the rest of the trip home.

We arrived back in Wahpeton that afternoon, spent some time unloading and cleaning up, then sat back and enjoyed a beer as we reminisced about our trip.

Was a great trip and already starting to think about next years trip to Airventure.

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Wings of Freedom

The Wings of Freedom tour was in Fargo a few weeks ago but due to being out of town, I was not able to make it to the show.  However, they were also making a stop in Minneapolis at Anoka County Airport this last weekend so there was another chance.

The day was looking pretty good except for some strong wings so decided to make a trip down.  My daughter Mckenna and I headed off to the airport and make the 50 minute flight to Minneapolis. 

Flight was pretty good, few bumps down low and very few clouds.  Had a nice tailwind of 36 kts on the way down so went quite quick.  Unfortunately had the same coming home, now only a headwind, then landing winds of 26 gusting to 34 at home.

Spend a couple hours checking out the warbirds, B-17, B24 and the P-51c, grabs some snacks and headed for home.

The whole trip was only about 4 hours but was a great day to spend with Mckenna.