"ENTERPRISE" Goes to Lebanon, TN RV Fly-in · · PAGE 170.
September 17, 2005: This Saturday was a day
for Wendell Folks and I to go flying in my RV-9A. I also got to try out a new
Lightspeed 20XLc ANR headset. We climbed out of Chattanooga with a scattered layer
expecting to find clear weather to the northwest since a front was coming down from that
direction. What we found was a solid cloud layer beyond about 40 miles from home.
At about EIGHT miles from Lebanon it became broken and getting down was easy
without having to backtrack into the airport. I entered the pattern following Mike
Seager in the Van's RV-7 since he was in town providing transition training for RV
builders in this area. The ceiling was reported as 1300, but it was more like 750
feet AGL. When I got there around 10 AM Central Time, I was the fourth RV to show up
at this end of the flight line. There was one more farther down behind my camera
position. Notice that the RV on the other side of mine is an RV-10. Vic
Syracuse had flown it in from Locust Grove, Georgia.
Wendell had a good time, especially when a number of RV-8's showed up and he
had a chance to see how they were built and outfitted.
As the weather cleared a bit, there were more RV's coming in. About 25
came to the meeting today, which would have had more if the weather had not been marginal
VFR down low. It was beautiful above 4000 feet MSL, and smooth!
Here is another look at the RV-10 as they were preparing to leave for Kansas
City. Vic has put in two additional fuel tanks with 7.5 gallons in each wing.
The MT 3-blade prop sure was quiet on this airplane.
When we took a lunch break, two EMT's from the local Nashville area Vanderbilt
Life Force medical helicopter were there and Wendell and I both talked with them.
Wendell was showing some of his digital photos to one of the EMT's and talked
about a relative of his that is also a medical nurse. We were talking to them about
Van's Aircraft models.
The flight line is mostly RV's on one side and a mix of RV's and other types of
aircraft on this side near the EAA chapter tent where they were serving burgers and hot
We took the EMT's out to my airplane and gave them a personal tour up close and
looking in the interior at the panel and upholstery. Wendell is having fun talking
with these two about what he has already learned about Van's Aircraft models. All
this was going on while Mike Seager was coming back from a flying lesson with another RV
builder from this area. That is the Van's factory RV-7 on the taxiway in the
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