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Old 04-19-2015, 05:36 AM   #421
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I started working on my condition inspection last October. It has been 14 years sense the little 503 Rotax had new seals and being that Rotax says you must replace them every 5 years I decided to take it over to Arlington Wa to Aircore Aviation and have it done. I finally got everything back together last week.

All winter long and this spring I have been hearing chainsaws working somewhere on the hill next to where I live. I couldn't see anything going on up there so decided to find out what they're doing up there. It was time for my annual spy plane mission to see whats new in the kittitas valley.

First, here's what the chainsaw noise is all about. The brush that looks like sage is bitterbrush. It burns like a good grade of kerosene. Those windrows, they have cut and hand piled the bitterbrush along the ridge top and have started chipping it. The land owner has built a multi million dollar house off to the right side so must be a fire break.
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These folks are cow penners. Not the same as the guy building the fuel break. The center section of the big barn is 160 feet X 80 feet. They practice inside during the winter.
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A new house. It is built Fire Lookout style. My wife loved this picture. She put herself through College working on a Forest Service Lookout 20 miles to the west. The fence behind the house is the Elk fence on the LT Murray state wildlife area. Behind that is the Okanagan/Wemnatchee, National Forest. Behind that is the Mt. Baker/ Snoqualmie NF. Their closest neighbors to the west would be in Seattle.
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The ranchers are burning their ditches.
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Mt. Adams. See the horse, center top of the mountain?
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Mt. Rainier.
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The Stewart Range. They don't slant up to the right, I hit a bump as I pushed the shutter button.
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Close up of ditch burning.
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Kitfox is fun flying.
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:18 AM   #422
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Tom,
Doug and I just made a similar trip Thursday. I started out of Portland, breakfast in Prosser, Desert Aire, Ellingsburg, Kcls then back to Oregon. Got some good pics.
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Our Super Sports. Over 600 hours between the 2 over the last year.
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Old 04-19-2015, 06:18 AM   #423
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Very nice Tom. Beautiful country. I use to hunt elk in your country.
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Old 04-19-2015, 12:40 PM   #424
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Great pictures guys. I just went back thru all 43 pages. Cant believe this thread was started back in 2012. Time flys. Keep the pictures coming.
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Old 05-04-2015, 01:23 AM   #425
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Just done a trip to Poolburn Reservoir in central Otago New Zealand
A few photos to show New Zealand isn't all lush green and blue rivers.
Spectacular all the same
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Old 05-09-2015, 04:58 PM   #426
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Flew to my favorite beach on flathead lake in northwest montana and someone was already their .met someone new and had a nice flight.win win
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:54 PM   #427
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Thanks for the photos Dusty and Mike.
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Old 05-09-2015, 08:29 PM   #428
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Flew to my favorite beach on flathead lake in northwest montana and someone was already their .met someone new and had a nice flight.win win
Man, that's a big beach Mike! My folks used to have a place on Flathead Lake. Montana is my old stomping ground. That's also a really big rudder on your Kitfox ... did you modify it?
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:10 AM   #429
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long story short about the rudder is that the guy I bought the plane from had recovered the wings and was recovering the rudder as well, about nine months later and he finally brought my rudder to the airport and he had made it the wrong shape. I put it on just to get the plane in the air and thought I would redo it when I wasn't flying the plane for a while .two years later I still haven't stopped flying it long enough to do it .and to be honest the shape kind of grew on me.. so much for the short story
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:52 AM   #430
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Interesting rudder but it the paint scheme that catches my eye. I am planning yellow and black for my Model IV (just bones in the garage right now) If you get time I would like to see a complete album on your plane. I noticed you don't seem to have an album yet. Looks like a good candidate for KOM.
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