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From: Austin Tinckler (austin@uniserve.com)
Date: Thu Oct 16 2003 - 19:45:29 PDT


Robert Browning was the poet who wrote in an ode to his wife of his love and
appreciation for her by penning the lines,

"How do I love thee, let me count the ways "..

Well, I must concur with the essence of the RV list and all the members and
lurkers who have helped me get to where I am now,flying, by saying , my
sentiments are the same as Brownings...

I have asked many a question, gotten immeasurable help, found friends, and had
photos and gifts sent to me all because of voices in the ether who want to see
another RV get in the air by what ever means..technical help, or a personal
snapshot story of flying....

I must say now and forever more, Thank you all,...and Matt for this list and the
avenues of communication that he opened up for all of us. First timers
especially and even repeaters whose memories need an input of electric jolt of
recollection.....
  
I really appreciate notes from all over the globe from listers who names you may
only see once, but have added something I keep in my "help" files, and whose
input is still read and helpful today, after all the rivets, and painting, and
assembly and inspections are done and you have a few hours on the airplane....
something, like a snag, or a concern, will still prompt a question, and there is
an RVer somewhere who will answer the call....
          
When you get done, take off alone one evening near dark and head out away from
zones and fly up to the base of the dark and watch the lights come on below.
Turn on the strobes and instrument lights and marvel as the GPS clicks off the
speed and distance to home and start your letdown enjoy the beauty within and
without as streets and cars define lines of light and color as cannot be seen by
day and see a new beauty that flying gives by twilight....

Chances are, you may be the only one in the area, and be cleared straight in,
hopefully the VASI lights will tell you that you are on the glidepath, and flare
over the darkness where grass and blacktop meet and you are rolling out with
strobes lighting the grass every now and then and wigwag lights breaking the
darkness on the runway....

What can ever compare with that ?

That, and the fact that you created this portrait.

The list helped me experience the magic all that much sooner... Please support
Matt, and in the doing, support and keep in place all the listers of our special
club.

Austin.

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