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January 16, 2018.  0008Z.  Issue #4,480.
  Got in a quick loop, two rolls and a split-S before the Wx arrived Monday in our area (pano pic below).  And the 16L practice ILS at KAFW.  Passed the NASCAR track after going missed and turning east RTB (look for the Texas-shaped pool in the full size version).  Could have worn shorts before lunch.  Not so much afterwards.
  It's cold again.  Bleh.

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Flight Testing of Repaired Canopy Crack ...Scott Chastain

The San Joaquin Valley winter fog finally broke on the afternoon of Sunday, January 14. I raced from Church to the airport and put some preheat on the engine while I prepped the Dove for her first flight since the canopy repair. After taking my dog, Gracie, for a little adventure walk around the airport, I pushed the plane out of the hangar for the first time since Christmas Day. It had been 3 weeks since the canopy was removed.


Will helmet (or head) break the canopy?

With my seat a comfortable height for normal (blue-side up) flying, I find when I do neg g maneuvers my helmet hits the canopy. I cinch up the belts but it still happens. I have a slider and was concerned if I could crack the canopy?

If I am not going to be doing aerobatics, I don’t wear the helmet and my head doesn’t hit even in turbulence. The things I have thought of: lower the seat but that will restrict forward visibility, pad the helmet, don’t wear a helmet, or don’t worry about it.

A: I have heard of one occurrence, here in Colorado, where a very seasoned RV-6 pilot smacked his head during turbulence and cracked his slider canopy enough that it needed to be replaced. That being said, I believe the canopy had flown for many years before this occurred. Although it's always been hangared, it sees a lot of flight hours too.

A: Ages ago, I learned aerobatics in an open-cockpit airplane over the ocean. The first thing we'd so was roll upside down and roll back upright. Then we'd tighten our safety belts as much as possible. We repeated this and if necessary, we tightened again. Having no canopy and a cold ocean underneath made this seem important.


Show us Your RV-4 ...Jvon811

I actually was fortunate to join the club back in June 2017 but this is my first pic post! N249P is early-ish (S/N #715) with 327TT. O-320 with a Ben Warnke Prop. Improvements in the works are a new panel, "Poor man's cold air intake", heated seats, and many others. Located KFNT, Flint, MI.


RV-7 Status ...pazmanyflyer

Finished horizontal intake.  Started and finished trimming baffles over this past weekend. I have a nice evenly spaced (3/8"ish) baffle to cowl. Still need to do the air gap seal.

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Build Update ...KazooRV-9A

Continued working on the right wing leading edge. Had a couple of days last week in the upper 50's here in SW Michigan, worked with the shop door open for awhile!
Leading edge now on, finally something permanently installed!


Stand-by Alternator Photos

Anyone have photos of installation of a stand-by alternator on the rear engine case? It's kinda crowded back there and I am wondering about interferences. Thanks.


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