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Salmon, Idaho to Burlington, Vermont to Tucson, Arizona

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    This month I flew my Light Sport Flight Design CT (affectionately known as "Tweety") from Salmon, Idaho to Burlington, Vermont and back to Tucson, AZ.  Vermont was the only state that I have never visited, and I also went to see the fall foliage, and to visit come close friends and family along the way.  The airplane performed flawlessly, and I learned that with a small plane, a bicycle, hiking shoes, and a little time, you can go most anywhere in this beautiful country.  The weather was generally good, but I did have some weather delays; 2 days in Ames, Iowa waiting for the 40 MPH winds to subside, 24 Hours in Valparaiso, IN waiting for the low overcast to lift, and an unexpected afternoon in Saratoga Springs, NY because of rain.  With the ForeFlight App, I felt I had almost as much information and capabilities as a 747 captain.

 

     I stopped in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and visited Mac and Vicki Brame, who I had met at the Page Fly-In.  They couldn't make Page this year, but it worked out well for me, as I had a great visit! They showed me how to catch bass in their private pond.  They kept reeling them in, but I couldn't catch one for the life of me.  They also have a grass strip on their farm, where they land their CT.  I didn't attempt it, as it was fairly windy.

 

     It was a great adventure.

 

Bob Deurloo

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Interesting. I was flying in my home state of Iowa the weekend you were io Ames. A pilot heard on the radio that I was flying a CT. He saw your Yellow Tweety at the Ames airport and asked if that was my plane. I hope you enjoyed your stop in Iowa.

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I believe there were only 4 yellows ever produced. The yellow color messed up their molds to bad. The guy who ordered them lives in Phoenix.

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This month I flew my Light Sport Flight Design CT (affectionately known as "Tweety") from Salmon, Idaho to Burlington, Vermont and back to Tucson, AZ.  Vermont was the only state that I have never visited, and I also went to see the fall foliage, and to visit come close friends and family along the way.  The airplane performed flawlessly, and I learned that with a small plane, a bicycle, hiking shoes, and a little time, you can go most anywhere in this beautiful country.  The weather was generally good, but I did have some weather delays; 2 days in Ames, Iowa waiting for the 40 MPH winds to subside, 24 Hours in Valparaiso, IN waiting for the low overcast to lift, and an unexpected afternoon in Saratoga Springs, NY because of rain.  With the ForeFlight App, I felt I had almost as much information and capabilities as a 747 captain.

 

     I stopped in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and visited Mac and Vicki Brame, who I had met at the Page Fly-In.  They couldn't make Page this year, but it worked out well for me, as I had a great visit! They showed me how to catch bass in their private pond.  They kept reeling them in, but I couldn't catch one for the life of me.  They also have a grass strip on their farm, where they land their CT.  I didn't attempt it, as it was fairly windy.

 

     It was a great adventure.

 

Bob Deurloo

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I believe there were only 4 yellows ever produced. The yellow color messed up their molds to bad. The guy who ordered them lives in Phoenix.

 

Roger, that make no sense. IIRC from composite class there is no paint in the molding process. Filler and paint come after the mold.

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Just relaying what I heard. Maybe not the mold, but in some part it contaminated things and required a lot of cleaning before white was used again.

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Interesting. I was flying in my home state of Iowa the weekend you were io Ames. A pilot heard on the radio that I was flying a CT. He saw your Yellow Tweety at the Ames airport and asked if that was my plane. I hope you enjoyed your stop in Iowa.

 

     Brian, I had a great stay in Ames.  Rode my bike all around town, including through the campus, and ate at some nice resturants like "Aunt Maudes"  On Saturday I went to the Iowa State vs. Kansas football game and rooted for the home team, and thus, they consequently won!

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Nice trip report. What kind of bike and how did you pack it in the plane?

 

 

     It is a full sized Merlin Titanium bike.  Took some engineering.  Picture attached.

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Nice trip report. What kind of bike and how did you pack it in the plane?

 

 

     It is a full sized Merlin Titanium bike.  Took some engineering.  Picture attached.

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Roger, that make no sense. IIRC from composite class there is no paint in the molding process. Filler and paint come after the mold.

 

     I think mine was the last Yellow one produced (2005)  I think the concern was differential heating and cooling, which would least affect the white color.  I keep mine in a hanger all the time (except when traveling) and haven't noticed any problems.  I told them when I ordered my CT that if I couldn't get yellow, I didn't want one, so I got what I wanted, but also probably have to accept any consequences. 

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     Brian, I had a great stay in Ames.  Rode my bike all around town, including through the campus, and ate at some nice resturants like "Aunt Maudes"  On Saturday I went to the Iowa State vs. Kansas football game and rooted for the home team, and thus, they consequently won!

Bob,

 

I'm glad you enjoyed Ames.  I forgot to mention that I've spent time elk hunting just outside of Salmon. Beautiful country.

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Harold Thomas ordered those and he lived in Phoenix. Believe it or not he was a hundred millionaire or a billionaire. I met him several times and flew with him once. Once was enough. :rolleyes:

He also gave the Husky Mfg a million to get their plane FAA certified and then bought the first 18 and gave them away to church missions.

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I know everyone felt sorry for my wife Vicki and i not getting to come to page.....So as you heard from Bob we had our own little flyin...for now we will call it "Page East"....Bob forgot to mention some of the people who came to the flyin.

I have posted the pictures that he forgot, everyone caught fish and a good time was had by all.

We had a few celebrities and the airspace was even closed for a while ...thats really why Canary Bob couldnt land.

We were all quite surpised when airforce one and donald trump stopped in. They were quite a hoot to fish with.

Oh well so much for page easts first flyin..not telling who will be here next year?

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Harold Thomas ordered those and he lived in Phoenix. 

 

The book "Pilot with a Purpose" is his autobiography.  He mentions the CT in it...

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Fantastic journey! Now that's an x/c.

I enjoyed your photos. You were very close to where I'm hangared at Cherry Ridge, PA (N30.)

Were you at all a little apprehensive crossing the lake in Tweety?

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Fantastic journey! Now that's an x/c.

I enjoyed your photos. You were very close to where I'm hangared at Cherry Ridge, PA (N30.)

Were you at all a little apprehensive crossing the lake in Tweety?

 

Rich,

 

     Leaving Saratoga Springs, NY, early in the morning, I was planning on stopping in Hazeton, PA  (HZL), but when I got there, it was covered by low clouds, so I flew on to Cumberland, MD

 

     As far as flying across the lake, I didn't!  Two reasons;  I didn't want to fly through Detroit's airspace, and the lake directly south of Detroit is in Canada.  I flew west around Ann Arborm then south over Toledo, and again south of Cleveland to get to Ohio Regional, which was near my college buddy, who lives in Madison, OH

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