I am getting an Extra and joining a well known airshow team in 2015

My Extra

My Extra

I have acquired a 1996 Extra 300L. I will be picking it up in California in a few weeks. And I will be joining one of the best known airshow teams for the 2015 season.  I will be giving aerobatic rides at all the main airshows next year and also media rides for this airshow team. And hopefully by the end the season, will have obtained my ACE Ticket to enable me to fly airshows and I will have flown several airshows by the end of the season.  I am keeping it quiet right now about what team, I am joining. The official announcement will be made public later by the air show team. I will post it here at that time. I am seeking sponsors for this aircraft. Get your company name on this plane and get benefits. Contact me for more information. rob@robcanfly.com

Some Specs about the Airplane:

● 300 HP Lycoming AEIO540 Capable of continuous inverted flight.

● Stressed to +/10 G’s, or +/8 G’s with two people on board

● 220 Knot VNE and cruise speed of around 175 knots at 70% power.

● Capable of carrying two adult males.

● Very roomy front cockpit.

● 400 Degree per second roll rate.

● 600 Mile range with long range tanks(N51E has long range tanks).

● Extremely safe airplane, during certification testing or original design they could not successfully break the spar, the testing arms broke at 21g.

Flight Over Boston

My friends plane is going to be down for a while due to annual, so we took it over Boston Today. Got some great views of the skyline and several landmarks.

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Prudential Building

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View of the Fenway area

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Cambridge on the left side of the River Charles. Boston and Boston University on the right sides of the river.

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Good view of the Boston Financial District

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Nice view of Fenway Park

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Logan Airport across the bay. Boston Garden to the right of the Bridge

Texan Formation Flying and Aerobatics in Florida.

Having a great time in florida in an SNJ(T-6) flying some tight formations off another one and doing some nice positive G gentlemen’s aerobatics. Filmed with POV Video sunglasses. Forgot to turn on camera until after takeoff and it ran out of battery before landing. It also didn’t record audio for some reason hence the music. Enjoy!

Multi-Engine Checkride delayed to next week

Piper Seminole

I got to be the SIC of the B-24 because the Pilot was a CFI. To be able to come back more often and fly the B-24 and other planes, I have recently completed my training for Multi-Engine Rating.  All the hours in the B-24 did help. My check ride with the FAA DPE is going to be next week sometime. I am ready. I will be Flying the Piper Seminole that in trained in at East Coast Aero Club for the check ride.

Video of me landing the B-24

Here’s a quick video of pattern entry and landing in the Collings Foundation’s B-24 from the right seat. It was a pretty crappy landing, you can see the captain give me a little assistance holding the nose wheel off the ground(to assist with aerodynamic braking.)

I had the time of my life being the co-pilot of that plane for 2 weeks. I will be going back for next years tour.

RAIN and STUDYING

It’s been raining here all week.  No flying to be had.  I have been studying for both my CFI and Multi-Engine ratings.

On Friday morning, I do my second training session of three for Multi-Engine rating.  I already have many hours of logged multi-engine dual time, I just need three hours of practicing for the check ride. I hope to be able to do the check ride next week.

Then I am off to Kingston RI for the rest of the dayFriday  and all day Saturday to fly the Stearman.

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Next to the bridge is a Battleship and other navy vessels at Battleship Cove, Fall River MA