December 13, 2017.
Proof of Fun: RV Curves...it never ceases to amaze.
Gas run up to GLE, rendezvousing with Smokey on the way.
3-ship of usual suspects turned into 4-ship as planned at the time
we were shooting for (amazing). I mean it's just a gas run,
but the discipline and skill sets are something you start to take
for granted, and occasionally when looking at the ground tracks
later you're brought back to the stunning realization of just how
beautiful the geometry can be....and what satisfaction this RV hobby
can provide when you practice.
The ground tracks spotlighted (start here) ...and captioned.
Garmin Pilot screen grabs.
Approximately one year ago, N104ST made its first flight powered
by a prototype CD-230. Today, it passed the 100 hour mark.
Fuel bill for the first 100 hours---$2084.27-----713.2 gallons
------- Price range $2.50 to $3.57
---There are still 33 gallons in the tanks!---
Condition Inspection time is here, so the fun will come to a
Known items to be worked on:
1- enlarge oil cooler inlet duct- oil temps are acceptable but need
to be better.
2- CHTs - there is TOO much cooling air.
3- start working on empty weight reduction
I’ll be sure to post any findings from the inspection when its
Rv-10 TDI #40816
Titan II missile museum
Our recent trip to Tuscon to see the Titan II missile museum.
J_Turner Status Update
Today I got the left gear leg and the upper and lower
intersection fairings in place and drilled and cleckoed together.
The lower intersection fairing took quite a bit of heat from a heat
gun then I held it in place with a shop towel while it cooled. I
trimmed the aft edge a few times and continued the heat gun process
about 3-4 more times until it finally laid down where and how I
Baggage floor to center section riveting ...Bob Collins
And we're back.
Tonite's question involves the RV-12iS, Section 21 page three
instructions for riveting the three ribs and baggage floor to the
Specifically, this line of rivets -- AN470-4-9's -- 12 of which are
need on each floor to the center section. Simple.
Practice on scrap!
Reason number 148 for why you should practice learning how to use
a tool (in this case a nutplate jig) on scrap rather than the
Sometimes I make a mistake and say, "Well that happens--lots of
builders learn this one the hard way". Other times I have to say,
"Wow there really isn't any excuse for this. Use your head, dummy!"
This is one of those times.
If you're a new builder, heed the advice constantly given here on
VAF to practice on scrap first!
December is the Month to Help Keep VAF Online
December once again, so it’s time for me to
beg grovel respectfully ask those folks who haven’t yet sent in
their 2017 donation to please send it in now so I can pay the bills I
need to pay to stay in business and do the food, shelter and clothing
thing. If you haven’t heard this year-end speech before, VAF is my
full time job, my sole source of income for our family (right), and the
donations usually determine if we end the year in the black or not.
If you have already donated in 2017, THANK YOU! I’m trying my hardest to
provide the RV community with a quality product that motivates,
educates and entertains. I want to keep doing it, but I don't get to make that
call. You do.
HERE for all the
‘how to donate’ details, and thank you again to those who help me keep
the lights on.
As for the rest of the fam in '17, Susie is still providing free yoga
classes to cancer patients (link),
Audrey is currently in her 2nd rotation in year one (research) on her
path to getting her PhD in Chemical Biology, and Tate is rocking it as a
junior in high school - excelling in English, Art and Physics while
refining those incredibly important interpersonal skills at the
front counter of Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.
My wife and children never cease to inspire, amaze and humble me with
their dedication, compassion and altruism. My clumsy efforts to
continually bring VAF to the RV community is an attempt at bringing a
few smiles to some faces in an increasingly caustic world. My wife
and kids set the bar high, and motivate me.
If you choose to donate, thank you for
supporting this site with your hard earned money!
I'll continue to try my best to bring you a good product. Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Your balding host.