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Re: N7A - Change of Guard

Postby counsellj » Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:26 am

300-350 makes a good leg distance. Variables such as wind and limited fuel stops may shorten that. Thanks for the offer in Spokane.
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Re: N7A - Change of Guard

Postby GAHorn » Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:34 pm

Doubtless that “E” will remain in-place as long as green paint exists on the airplane... :lol:

After the Benton Harbor convention Jamie and I flew N146YS over to Niagara Falls for an overnight and then on to visit my daughter in Manhattan, via the Hudson at 1200’ and a circle around “the Lady”, landing at KLDJ (Linden). (This is the airport to use, IMO,... We parked overnight at KLDJ for 3 days/nights as it was much more affordable than Teterboro or Republic... about $20/nite, waived with a purchase...so we bought 3 sectional charts and fuel.... avoiding ramp fees....may have changed since then. Caught a taxi to the train, then the train to Central Station, Manhattan. Easy-Peasy)

Linden is a taxiway of the former WW2 Ford B24 mfr’g plant.

Anyone planning a Hudson River flight should be certain to take the online course required and print out your certificate of completion.

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Sorry for the diversion/hijack.... Congratulations on your new “Caretaker’s Position” of N7A. Enjoy that Tail-Number! Last I heard, FAA no longer allows single-digit registrations except for Official FAA/Gov’t aircraft. (I wonder how it’d look if painted to mimic Air Force One! ... ?) :P
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Re: N7A - Change of Guard

Postby Aaron » Mon Jul 06, 2020 3:38 am

gahorn wrote:Doubtless that “E” will remain in-place as long as green paint exists on the airplane... :lol:


Well let's say it'll probably be there as long as that white paint is on the tail. :)

gahorn wrote:Congratulations on your new “Caretaker’s Position” of N7A. Enjoy that Tail-Number! Last I heard, FAA no longer allows single-digit registrations except for Official FAA/Gov’t aircraft. (I wonder how it’d look if painted to mimic Air Force One! ... ?) :P


Thanks George! When we landed in Billings I was admiring a Beaver that had just arrived, meanwhile they were admiring my tail number. They had just picked it up out of Canada the day before and were heading to its new home in Reno. I'm not letting that number go though. I just need to figure out how to make ATC (and Jughead) happy when I say it on the radio. I think I even had him mixing it up there for a while. :oops:

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Re: N7A - Change of Guard

Postby GAHorn » Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:05 am

Aaron wrote:
gahorn wrote:Doubtless that “E” will remain in-place as long as green paint exists on the airplane... :lol:


Well let's say it'll probably be there as long as that white paint is on the tail. :)


Hey, Aaron! ... I’ll make a suggestion.... Have it painted by a quality paint shop in Air Force One colors with that N7A number.... and I’ll donate $100 toward the project! (Now if we can get 99 more participants to match that challenge you’ll have ten-grand to have a heck of a paint-job!) :P

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Re: N7A - Change of Guard

Postby counsellj » Mon Jul 06, 2020 4:30 am

"I just need to figure out how to make ATC (and Jughead) happy when I say it on the radio. I think I even had him mixing it up there for a while. :oops:"

Yes, he even had me messing it up a few times. If it was mine, I would sell it faster than I could fly an oil-change off on a NYC to OR cross country.
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Re: N7A - Change of Guard

Postby 170C » Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:57 am

A new paint job?? What is that going to do to the Rat Plane award :roll:
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Re: N7A - Change of Guard

Postby GAHorn » Mon Jul 06, 2020 12:11 pm

170C wrote:A new paint job?? What is that going to do to the Rat Plane award :roll:


DId you not notice those nice, new Cleveland brakes?
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Re: N7A - Change of Guard

Postby Bruce Fenstermacher » Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:13 pm

170C wrote:A new paint job?? What is that going to do to the Rat Plane award :roll:


N7A won the "Most Potential" award, at Bardstown, a one time award. It was never a Rat Plane.

There never was a Rat Plane award as that category can only be determined by the owner and no one else. Paying homage to Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, and spoofing the Association logo, I did bestow a plagiarized Rat Plane Sticker on my first 170 N9149A, not N7A.
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Re: N7A - Change of Guard

Postby Bruce Fenstermacher » Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:34 pm

Aaron wrote:I'm not letting that number go though. I just need to figure out how to make ATC (and Jughead) happy when I say it on the radio. I think I even had him mixing it up there for a while.


It is easy. November seven alpha.

What is not as easy is answering ATC when they ask for a full call sign. If they asked nicely I just reply "that is the full call sign". On at least one occasion ATC took the time to scold me for checking in with an abbreviated call sign. In that case I answered "I did check in with the full call sign, but feel free to make up as many more numbers as you want".

As N7A was first registered to the Goodyear blimp Puritian, decomissioned in '49, when I passed through the Canton Ohio, area, home of the GoodYear blimp fleet, I thought ATC might have a comment about it. But no, to my disappointment, they just acknowledged without question.

A matter that might interest everyone, the original registration was N9087A. Within two months of leaving Cessna hands, still in '49, the registration was changed to N7A and Goodyear crosswind brakes where installed.

Aaron, don't worry, you will get use to and relish having a unique registration number.
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Re: N7A - Change of Guard

Postby counsellj » Wed Jul 08, 2020 3:07 pm

Well, work and Montana thunderstorms are finally clearing out of the way. I am headed back to Billings this evening and Aaron and I will be airborne for what should be an easy three hop trip to Portland, OR area tomorrow. Weather is forecast to be clear and fairly calm.

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Re: N7A - Change of Guard

Postby c170b53 » Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:57 am

I’ve always liked Billings as a stopping point, guess I’ll have to hole up in Livingston now that I’m no ADSB ops. Once through Mullan Pass what will be your preferred routing?
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Re: N7A - Change of Guard

Postby counsellj » Thu Jul 09, 2020 1:15 pm

After Missoula well take Lolo Pass to Lewiston, the pretty much direct along the Snake and a Columbia Rivers to Aurora, OR.
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Re: N7A - Change of Guard

Postby GAHorn » Fri Jul 10, 2020 12:07 am

Don’t know about the airport itself.... but the city of Billings was depressing to me. I spent two weeks there on two separate occasions, and while the people were nice, the city, it’s layout, and it’s amenities were disappointing.
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Re: N7A - Change of Guard

Postby counsellj » Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:29 am

We were blessed with a nice day of flying through the MT/ID mountains today. We had 15-20 mph headwinds the last three hours, our only headwinds of the trip. A shower along the flanks of Mt Hood, washed the bugs clean. N7A is tucked into her new home. Safe and sound. Congrats Aaron! Thanks for letting me be a part of this adventure.

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Re: N7A - Change of Guard

Postby MoonlightVFR » Sat Jul 18, 2020 7:11 pm

Jughead

I admire you. You are such a Brave Pilot. A Man.

If I am 1500 ft ABG I am on final to approved runway.

Glad you love the C170.

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