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February 27, 2017. Issue
N705BC Airborne Today! ...Ben
After two months worth of weather delays, etc. my RV-7A N705BC
took flight today. I received transition training from Dave Austin
out of Denton, Texas who did a phenomenal job showing me the ropes.
I highly recommend Dave as he is a calm voice in the face of
information overload and unusual attitudes. Seriously, he has been
one of the most patient and effective instructors that I have had.
The plane flew beautifully, no squawks other than it will probably
need a small trim tab on the rudder due to the fact that "yours
truly" nailed the vertical stab straight down the fuselage
centerline rather than offsetting the leading edge 1/4" left of
center. I read the instructions after the fact. Really not too big
of deal but with 200hp on takeoff, a lot of right rudder is needed.
I started the project in 2004 with a really slow build. Building was
so much fun and flying is just icing on the cake! I learned a lot
and plan on building a 777 for my next project now that I know so
Much thanks to God who gave me much grace to do this (my nose art
will say "by the grace of God"). Much thanks to my family and
friends in which everyone pitched in with a helping hand at one time
or another. Much love to my wife who loved me enough to let me spend
many days and nights at the hangar. Many handshakes for those on VAF
that provided tips, advice, and answers to my endless list of
questions. I'm not sure that I would be finished yet if VAF members
had not have been there to give such great advice to get me thru the
head scratching moments. Lastly thanks to the many vendors on this
site that provided great products, great support, and great customer
service. The home building world is truly full of great people!
RV Aerobatic Clinic scheduled. Sign up here!
months ago I posted a poll to gauge interest in an aerobatic clinic
just for RV pilots. Enough of you showed an interest so it is going
to happen! The clinic will be held at Russel Regional Airport, Rome,
GA (KRMG) on 22-23 April. Chapter 3 of the International Aerobatic
Club (IAC) will be hosting the event and ground school presentations
will be made by myself and IAC Advanced World competitor, Mark
Fullerton. Aerobatic flight instruction will be provided by top IAC
competitors and judges.
This clinic is intended for RV pilots who have previously completed
basic spin/departure training in either a civilian or military
environment and have some degree of aerobatic experience. Flight
instruction at the clinic will be from ground observers. You will
not have an instructor in your airplane with you as we will
NOT be providing basic aerobatic training.
We WILL be providing instruction and critiquing from the ground by
highly experienced IAC competitors and judges with the objective of
preparing you for your first IAC competition.
IFR rating, a birthday present to myself ...Walt
The IFR rating was one of those "bucket list" items for me, and
finally after having my private for over 40 years and approaching
2000 hrs, I finally was able to get it done!
This last year all the stars finally aligned to make it happen. The
Garmin G3X panel upgrade a couple of years ago and the GTN650
install last year set this all in motion. This year finding a great
flight instructor that I really connected with, who had both the
type of experience that I was looking for (I didn't want to be
training the CFI on glass) and a personality I could deal with (I'm
a liberal minded New Yorker that says F&S a lot) was key. Someone
easily offended by my NY trash talk and sarcastic sense of humor
wasn't going work for me, or them.
I will say this, my flying is now on a whole new level. My
understanding and command of the systems and how to make this
avionics panel do what it was designed for has ramped up 10 notches.
SIDs/STARs Visually Depicted
FltPlan Go app (free).
A couple of screengrabs off my iPad today. Enter an airport in
the route, then click on 'Procedures' from the 'Edit' tab (pg 41 in
the manual). Tapping on one of the routes lets you add it
to the route. The split screen option lets you look at the
plate and map...or overlay it over the map.
The interface isn't as
user friendly as others, but it's hard to beat
click to enlarge
$10 Microbrew Valve-o-scope ...Pete Howell
Is it awesome, no. Does it do the job, yes. Is it the price of a
micro-brew, yes. The $10 valve-o-scope. It works for me - YMMV. Well
worth the 10bux.
Here is my setup: Cheapo $9.12 borescope(waterproof!!) The scope is
taped to a length of 14ga copper wire to get the required hook.
An old laptop running Linux Mint 18 with the "Cheese" webcam program
displays the video and can snap pics. Linux Mint is a cool, free OS.
A phone or tablet would work, too.
GAIRS Report for ADS-B Rebate ...Joshua Wyatt 9A
"...the FAA report was all green on the first try, and all
parameters had 0.0% fail. Hurrah! This is a GTX355/GPS.
Tip learned during the 91.413 transponder check: on the standalone
335 (and I presume 345) models, you may need to enter "ground test"
mode to complete the test. Power off and hold the "cursor" key while
powering back on; keep holding until the main screen appears. Power
off to return to normal operation mode. I didn't find this tidbit in
the pilot's guide or install manual, but I've filed it away since
it'll be needed every 2 years."
Questions from Non-RV Owners ...Scott Martin RV-10
So, I was loading up my 10 last Monday for a 1.5 hour flight back
I had my wife, my 15 year old son (who is taller than I am), my 12
year old daughter (who is the same size as my wife), myself, our 50
pound dog, our luggage, a K-cup coffee maker (luggage), and 40
gallons of fuel.
A friend of mine at the airport saw this and asked me who was
staying behind. He was serious.
I said, "no body - we're all headed back".
He couldn't believe it.
I was still 120 pounds under the weight limit and well withing CG.
Could have still been within limits with full fuel.
And I easily made 170 knots at 7500 feet all the way home.
Panel Upgrade Shot ...Dreamin9
Recent upgrade installed by Jesse Saint, designed by Jesse and
myself. A simple design that took a lot of back and forth to get
Twin Dynon Touch
Garmin G5 on the left
Top center are the Knob, Autopilot, Comm controllers. Then Garmin
625, Garmin SL40, Garmin 240 audio panel
...my home field.
Latest pic: 2/14/17
Airport construction photos
How to Minimize the Chance
You Could be Dealing with a Scammer
...when using the classifieds.
VAF Calendar ...upcoming Events
for the Next 60 Day(s)
03-18-2017: 9th ANNUAL SHAMROCK FLY IN
Ariel Atom on Nurburgring
"I've seen more BMW drivers use their indicators in this video than
I have in the last year on normal roads."
[ed. Blinkers used to indicate 'Pass Me'. And Formula 1
starts back up in one month. Yes! dr]
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