Well, it all began 3 months ago when I got an email from the Abbotsford Airshow organizers asking if I would like to put my aircraft on display again this year. So after asking my fellow pilot friends if anyone else would be interested, it was decided that yeh, let's do this.
After discussing some logistics we decided that we would ferry the planes to YXX on Thursday evening after the airspace re-opened at 19:20 hours.
The plan now is for James and Stumpy to fly the Rans Coyote, David McIntosh would fly the Renegade Spirit and I'll fly the Titan Tornado. There was only one problem, David M. had never flown the Renegade before and she had been sitting for a couple of months not being flown. James and I started to inspect the Renegade to be sure it was airworthy before we let our friend fly it. What we found was that planes don't like to sit un-flown for periods of time. After James and I spent many hours changing fuel lines, spark plugs, rectifier and getting the propeller refurbished in Vernon, the Renegade was finally ready for a test flight.
|Phillipe checks out the Renegade|
Since David M. had never flown a Renegade before, let alone done a test flight we were able to contact Phillipe (who flys a Renegade on a regular basis) who graciously accepted to test fly our Renegade and get David M. checked out on it.
|The Renegade ready for a test flight|
Since the light winds were favoring runway 25 in YXX, I opted to land on 07 but David M. decided he would favor runway 07 so we split up with YXX tower advising us which way to land. As I was on short final for runway 07 the F22 Raptor and a Mustang flying formation flew right over midfield, now I knew the airshow was on.
|Rans Coyote, Renegade & Titan Tornado on Display|
|This looks like a good spot to park|
|lets head over to "Hanger 13"|
By the time my wife Jen got to the airport to pick us up and bring us home, we were all starting to get this feeling we were missing something..... dinner! We hooked
up with Jen and made our way over to "Hanger 13" where the volunteers and fellow pilots go for food, drinks and dancing. Because the general aviation volunteers were done for the day, we hadn't registered our planes and gotten our passes yet so after we convinced the bouncers that we were pilots and they let us in (except James because they loved his British accent) we got some drink tickets and ordered up a "Columbus Burger". Note: the Columbus burger is 2 beef patties and a cut up hot dog! After we had our fill of burger and beer we headed home to rest up .
Friday morning, we packed up our camping gear and headed back out to YXX. Since David M. had to work that morning, James and I went first, we registered the aircraft and got our passes then we set up our tents and started to explore the show.
Now, for those who may not realize getting around at an airshow isn't as easy as walking over to the planes.... nope, you need to get shuttled across the active taxi way and past the hot side (performing aircraft) this is a task that can take up to 30 min each way waiting for a ride. By the time we got to the show, there was only 45 min left. After the fantastic night show, we got a ride back to the Abbotsford Club house where Jen, David M., James, and Heidi got off to head back to Hanger 13 for some adult beverages while Wyatt and I headed back to the campsite.
|Fly-in Camp Site|
|6 Pacific Pilot Planes|
|Selfie time with the gang|
|Pacific Pilots don't like rain!|
|James takes shelter from the sun.|
With the Snowbirds concluding the show, it was time to pack up our gear and fly the toys back home to King George. Like a well oiled machine, the organizers marshaled the static planes off one by one (except for me who was escorting the Renegade Spirit). Once we got our squawk code, we lined up for our turn to take off.
On our way I took a slight detour to give a low and over at Intergalactic Aerodrome (Bob Barron's Place) as Bob wasn't able to join us this year at the airshow.
|David M. and the wind blown look.|
Until next year, safe flying.