I’m blessed. I’ve had two great flying days in a row! Winter’s still hanging on here in Indy with a snowstorm brewing but yesterday the sun was shining, there was a crisp horizon line and we topped out at 49 degrees. I had an invitation to fly my Rans S7 south to a friend’s grass strip that I hadn’t been to in over 5 years, never by air.

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The event was a BMW motorcycle cookout and host Mike Williams planned on hopping rides in his Tiger Moth and wanted additional pilots to give his motorcycle friends airplane rides.

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Gentle grace in the air as the Tiger Moth passes by.

IMG_2465IMG_2456The strip runs about 030/210 with cushy grass that’s like landing on a long, green marshmallow.

IMG_2468Here’s a Chipmunk project waiting in the wings next to a Laird Swallow awaiting an engine change from an OX5 to a more modern engine.

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Original style wheel pant on a C140.

IMG_2467This pair of restored VW campers were getting some attention.

Piper and Judy in a Rans S7

Piper and Judy in a Rans S7

AND the highlight of my day was giving this young 6th grade girl a ride in the Rans. It was remarkable; her name is Piper, she was named after a Piper J3 Cub RC model that her father flew …. and she had never flown before. I gave quite a few airplane rides, many to people who had never flown, but this one thrilled me!

Take a look and listen to this 20 second video. Mike’s taxiing off the runway to pick up his next passenger and you can hear the lovely inverted, inline (Gipsy Major) engine.

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