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Bob Collins
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Writes the blog, NewsCut, for Minnesota Public Radio. Pilot. Builder of airplanes. Lover of Cleveland Indians baseball. Father who wishes he'd had an instruction manual.
Writes the blog, NewsCut, for Minnesota Public Radio. Pilot. Builder of airplanes. Lover of Cleveland Indians baseball. Father who wishes he'd had an instruction manual.

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The perfectionist
I've started working on building an RV-12 and one of these days I'll get around to a longer post about what I've learned and what the difference is between building it and building the RV-7A. One of these days. But here's a story for now. I finally remembe...

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The repeat offender
The RV-7A is now safely at its new home in Grand Rapids, Mich., and the hangar seemed empty. I'd grown accustomed to saying, "see you later, baby!" when turning off the lights and locking the door. So I got a new "baby" the other day. The first of the RV-12...

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The last flight
More than a month after agreeing to selling ye olde RV-7A -- N614EF -- I finally saw an opening to ferry it over to its new owner, Chris Moseley of Grand Rapids, MI. It wasn't particularly emotional because I've had a month to get over it, and I was happy t...

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When the time comes to part with what we hold dear
I can't remember a time when I didn't refer to N614EF as her . From the moment the preview plans arrived in 2001, she was always her . "Touch it once per day," Van's builder support expert advised me early on. Except I didn't touch it. I touched her . And w...

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When the time comes to part with what we hold dear
I can't remember a time when I didn't refer to N614EF as her . From the moment the preview plans arrived in 2001, she was always her . "Touch it once per day," Van's builder support expert advised me early on. Except I didn't touch it. I touched her . And w...

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RV-7A For Sale
It appears that my Meniere's Disease, which I've been fighting for several years and which has led me to several skirmishes with the FAA, has now jumped to the good ear, meaning there's no way I can safely be expected to pilot an airplane. I know what you'r...

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A final salute to Bob Hoover


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