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    That was exactly my Dad's philosophy on the point to point records. He set many records during flights with TWA from city to city. At the end of the flight they would explain that the record had been set and that any passenger on board for that flight was eligible for a certificate from the NAA. Then gave the passengers that requested the information, contact information for the NAA.

    As to the Mojave to Reno record. Bill Hickle was out of Flight Systems and as part of our pre-Reno procedures we would relocate to Mojave for a quick test program, and inspection program. (One time we changed a nose case there due to the inspection. OUCH!) The first year of the Pond racer we had some good natured exchanges with them. As he was leaving for Reno Lyle told us he had decided to "show them the way to Reno." That was a fun start to a brutal week that year.

    Great times.
    John Slack

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    Thank you, Elliot. Nice photos, too.
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    The FAI posted the initial results!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laminar View Post
    The FAI posted the initial results!!

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    Nice. Just under 253 mph. Will you try it again - or wait for someone to top it first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyKidChris View Post
    Nice. Just under 253 mph. Will you try it again - or wait for someone to top it first?
    Cool question.

    I don't know. I would sure be pumped if somebody went after it, and it would be fun to pass it back a forth for a while.

    Check out Justin's Selfie!!

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    PRS saw 8 students in the Formula 1 class, although a couple were hardly "rookies ". Have to say right off the bat that the GT400 is one awesome airplane, thanks Elliott for bringing it to PRS. IF1 was truly international again, with 1 attendee from France, 2 from Great Britain, and 5 from the USA. We also had one student in a wheelchair but I will not call him handicapped, because he is currently building his own racer and should have it in Reno next year. Check out Justin Meaders' Facebook page, Limitless Air Racing, he is a former motorcycle road racer now preparing to compete in Reno. Can't wait to see his racer in Reno. Also, check out photo # 5 of Elliott's, that's Justin in the back seat of the GT400 gettin' ready to go flyin' with Elliott.
    Between the races in Tunisia and Spain, and talking to everyone at PRS I am stoked waiting for Sept. to get here. Come check out IF1 this year everbody !
    Russ
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    Quote Originally Posted by 3dWrightBrother View Post
    PRS saw 8 students in the Formula 1 class, although a couple were hardly "rookies ". Have to say right off the bat that the GT400 is one awesome airplane, thanks Elliott for bringing it to PRS. IF1 was truly international again, with 1 attendee from France, 2 from Great Britain, and 5 from the USA. We also had one student in a wheelchair but I will not call him handicapped, because he is currently building his own racer and should have it in Reno next year. Check out Justin Meaders' Facebook page, Limitless Air Racing, he is a former motorcycle road racer now preparing to compete in Reno. Can't wait to see his racer in Reno. Also, check out photo # 5 of Elliott's, that's Justin in the back seat of the GT400 gettin' ready to go flyin' with Elliott.
    Between the races in Tunisia and Spain, and talking to everyone at PRS I am stoked waiting for Sept. to get here. Come check out IF1 this year everbody !
    Russ

    Such a fun week! I am glad you were there Russ!!

    Elliot

    Justin shot this photo during the record attempt. Such pretty country.
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    Went to Texas in the GT to pick up a stranded Arrow, great chance to get more data on the GT.

    Leave for Oshkosh here in like two weeks.

    It was the GT's first time in Texas...such an awesome airplane!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laminar View Post
    Went to Texas in the GT to pick up a stranded Arrow, great chance to get more data on the GT.

    Leave for Oshkosh here in like two weeks.

    It was the GT's first time in Texas...such an awesome airplane!!

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    Elliot, how is the GT in terms of comfort-ability for longer flights, like the one to Texas?

    Now that I say that, I suppose it's fantastic considering you did 10+ hours in Wasabi last summer...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJAM427 View Post
    Elliot, how is the GT in terms of comfort-ability for longer flights, like the one to Texas?

    Now that I say that, I suppose it's fantastic considering you did 10+ hours in Wasabi last summer...
    Yeah that flight in Wasabi was...interesting haha.

    The GT is a great cross country airplane. Solo the airplane is directionally and longitudinally stable stick free. So you can put your feet flat on the floor and use trim to fly almost hands off. For the roll axis you can turn off the left or right wing tank to manage lateral CG relieving that workload. With Jenn and bags in the back the pitch axis gets a little more lively and you need to fly it pretty actively, especially if you can't get above the turbulence. With Ken in the back we were pretty close to the aft CG limit and the airplane is very active in both pitch and yaw, so I end up handing off a lot of the navigation duties so that I can keep the airplane on altitude and course.

    The propeller is the weak point of the airplane and we are looking around for another option. I think there is significant performance to be gained with a new prop, well obviously some Aerochia/Pacific Continental Turbos would help alot too

    Party on,
    Elliot

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