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roadrunner20 06-14-2017 06:00 PM


Originally Posted by Vlad (Post 1106288)
I am in for airborne viewing :)

Vlad, I like your option.

Question is how to approach it?

1. Across it, would be a blink.
2. Fly a heading into it? You can watch it coming.
3. Fly a heading away from it? Let it consume you from behind?

I'm undecided with 2 or 3. Both have my favor.
I'll have to have others chime in for their thoughts.

N402RH 06-14-2017 06:08 PM

The Sunriver airport in Bend OR (S21) is taking parking reservations.

Rob Hickman
N402RH RV-10

roadrunner20 06-14-2017 06:13 PM

Triple Tree is also having a special as they ae also in the path.

74-07 06-14-2017 06:32 PM

Triple Tree (SC00, Woodruff, SC) is hosting an Eclipse fly-in with camping, food, etc.. Details are at

boom3 06-14-2017 07:00 PM

On the West coast Madras Oregon seems to be the good spot. Pretty good chance of clear skies and smack dab in the path of totality.

Some RV buddies and I have already reserved fly in camp spots. They are expecting over 100,000 in the area (small towns) so it'll be a great weekend to have an airplane!

Book now! The 28 hotels in the greater area have all been booked for months and the camping is filling up.

Fast Eddie B 06-14-2017 07:28 PM

We have a few acres alongside a grass strip in Lenoir City, TN:

Big T Airport - 80TN.

I'll have to check with the owner of the airport about flying in, but we have room for camping if anyone is interested and wants to drive in.

snopercod 06-15-2017 06:28 AM

I don't need to go anywhere. The totality will pass right over my house for 2 minutes, 10 seconds.

fliier 06-27-2017 04:58 PM

I have a spot reserved in Redmond, which is right on the edge of totality so I can expect a whopping 39 seconds of darkness.

I'll be returning to the LA area from Spokane and I'm thinking maybe I'm better off with aerial viewing. After all isn't that bubble canopy custom made for this? Timing is a little tricky given. . .well given that I'm bad at math, but I'm thinking if I plan a West-East route right down the center of the "zone of darkness", throttle back to 90 knots and 10 degrees, and engage the autopilot it should all be good.

That way I'm not stuck on the ground waiting for a zillion airplanes to take off while afternoon thunderstorms build over the mountains.

Of course it's a pretty narrow band and a couple hundred other guys might have the same idea, so western Oregon could look like the Ripon transition. Not sure see and avoid works all that well with welding goggles on.

Maybe the rest of you ought to stay home.

BTW people in Central Oregon are going "crazy capitalist" with this event. I contacted a touring company that was sponsoring an overnight camping trip out of Bend. They were asking $400 apiece for one night, and you had to bring your own tent and sleeping bag!

John Allen

GalinHdz 07-13-2017 11:01 AM

FWIW: Here is a link to an Interactive 2017 Eclipse Map so you can see what percentage of the eclipse will be over any part of the world. You can zoom in and tap your particular location for your information. It is a great planning tool.


airguy 07-13-2017 12:23 PM

I'm planning an airborne observation as well, departure from Texas early in the morning, flying up to Fayetteville AR to pick up a buddy, and then north and west to wherever the cloud cover offers the best view. Going to put on the oxygen and get way up there for minimal traffic and better viewing.

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