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Revo Trike Trip to AirVenture 2011

By Wesley Frey, for Light Plane World

Wes and Marsha Frey
Wes and Marsha Frey

We had a fun trip flying from Florida to Oshkosh with lots of unique experiences. The extreme heat made for too much sweating on the ground and longer takeoffs. We made a lot of hops at 6,500 MSL and even 8,500 MSL to get over clouds and into calm colder air. The RV trailer broke down near Zephyrhills in Florida, so cameras, computers, and lots of other gear had to be left behind.

Our flight began in Florida and we landed in seven different states. The total one-way distance was about 1,180 miles with the longest leg about 150 miles. Our itinerary is shown below.

Our Flight Plan
KZPH – Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, Zephyrhills, Florida
24J – Suwannee County Airport, Live Oak, Florida
KCKF – Crisp County-Cordele Airport, Cordele, Georgia
4A4 – Polk County Airport-Cornelius Moore Field, Cedartown, Georgia
KMBT – Murfreesboro Municipal Airport, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7K4 – Ohio County Airport, Hartford, Kentucky
KSIV – Sullivan County Airport, Sullivan, Indiana
50I – Kentland Municipal Airport, Kentland, Indiana
0C8 – Cushing Field Ltd Airport, Newark, Illinois
KUNU – Dodge County Airport, Juneau, Wisconsin
KOSH – Wittman Regional Airport, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

You can see a video report of the trip made up from iPhone pictures and movies in this YouTube video. On the way back we had to stop in south Chicago Executive Airport due to darkness. Then a couple of days later we flew to Paulding County, Georgia (KPUJ), because our planned stop at 4A4 had an out-of-order fuel depot. We rented a car and made a vacation evening out of that because there was also bad weather at KCKF, our next stop.

I had a business stop in Columbus, Georgia, for a design job I did in Fort Benning on the way up which got me and the Apollo Fox short of Murfreesboro due to darkness. So we landed in Winchester and phoned the manager for a nice hotel to rescue us until we could catch up with the rest of the group the next day.

List of Participants
Wes and Marsha Frey in white Revo by Evolution Trikes  
Larry Mednick and (part-time) Amy Saunders in blue Revo by Evolution Trikes
Sean Scott and (part-time) Taylor Scott (daughter) in gray Delta Jet by Apollo
Phil Mednick and (part-time) Nick Morrow in white and orange Apollo Fox

The part-time passengers traded places in different aircraft for variety, and for the warmer Apollo Fox when we were planning to go high.

And let’s not forget to mention the hopefuls, Abid Farooqui and Jan Ferrera, that we left behind with all the gear and a trike trailer. The RV broke down a couple of times, and the RV was determined too risky to drive that far after the repairs were made. So we had to make some trips to the stores, and we did some laundry for clean clothes. We had no cameras or computers. We packed the Apollo Fox and trike wings with gear for the trip back, which is probably what we’ll do next year—unless we fashion some saddle bags for the Revo.

Oh, and we also got to see another 360-degree rainbow from above the clouds like we had seen on our trip to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2010, but no pictures this time. Read the story “Trike Odyssey to AirVenture 2010” in the September 2010 issue of Light Plane World.

Chicago
My iPhone picture of Chicago

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