Who are we?
We are Mist, a yet-to-be assembled Van's RV-8 aircraft, and Patrick, a Farer!
I am a Frenchman living in the United Kingdom. One of my earliest aviation memories, when I was about 3 years old, was to sit in the pilot seat of a Robin DR400. Ever since, aircraft have haunted me. As I was building miniature models, fiddling with radio-controlled aeroplanes and scouring airshows, that passion never left me. Since as early as I can remember, I have always been attracted to planes. Growing up, my dreams were to become a professional pilot, get into aerospace engineering, own a Cap 232, become the Catherine Maunoury of my generation, design and build my very own aircraft... Many of these childhood dreams were obviously not meant to be. I am no professional pilot, no rocket scientist, nor aerospace engineer. My health and academic achievements (or lack thereof!) took me in a different direction.
Nonetheless, in my twenties, I saved enough money to take my first flying lessons on a Buse'Air 150, a three axis, two-seater microlight akin to Cessna 150s. From there, I moved on to flying the typical PA28s, Cessna 152s and Cessna 172s as an amateur pilot. Whilst these airframes are far removed from Rafales, Mirage 2000s, and other high performance jets that inhabited the dreams of my youth, the Aviation Community and kit providers such as Van's Aircraft make it possible for quidams like myself to make some of my dreams come true.
I can only hope that one day, before the fat lady sings, Mist will take me and my family across Europe. Together, we will capture breath-taking videos of landscapes from above, and give something back to the Aviation Community. General aviation is, if not in decline, at risk. Somehow, I wish to share my passion, help others who are on a similar journey, and ultimately do my part to ensure aviation becomes more and more accessible. One can dream, right?
Mist is a yet-to-be-assembled Van's RV-8 aircraft. Van's RV-8s are tandem two-seat, single-engine, low-wing homebuilt aircraft sold in kit form by Van's Aircraft. They are equiped with a conventional landing gear, and are aerobatic capable.
Named after a Valkyrie from the Poetic Edda, Mist is currently being assembled somewhere in the United Kingdom. One day, maybe, she will be a high-performance aircraft flying over the Cliffs of Dover, making a base-to-final turn at St-Cyr Aerodrome right above Versailles, or zooming above the Geirangerfjord in Norway.
Building an aircraft is no small feat, and I couldn't imagine doing it all by myself. This section is dedicated to all of you who have made this adventure possible. Whether you took the time to share your expertise, provided support, offered me your friendship, I have only one thing to say: thank you.