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September 23, 2016. Issue No. 4,210.
Kay Frizzel RV-8A (w/pax Austin Alvord) and
Gary Platner RV-8 (w/pax Tony Ryan) taxiing out for a breakfast/gas
flight Thursday morning at my home field. I don't think what was
for breakfast was really important <g>.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
RV-8 Skyrunner airborne ...Germany
Yesterday I made the maiden flight with my
new RV-8. It was a QB kit and kept me busy for the last one and a
The flight was uneventful and just everything worked as expected. No
need to correct the flight controls and all engine parameters are in
the middle of the green. Oil temp is on the low side and even CHT
was only 350 F with 75% power - I expected higher CHTs!
At higher airspeeds the rear of the canopy is lifting may be 1/4
inch or so and there was quite some air rushing in from behind.
After landing I found a minor oil leak on the center fitting of the
inverted oil valve. Retorqued the fitting and glued some soft rubber
seals inside the rear of the canopy skirts and today on flights 3
and 4 all was perfect. What a fun plane!
Pratt Turns 70 Years Young ...an invitation.
If you happen to be in the neighborhood of
Hicks Field (T67) Saturday at noon, your presence is
requested at Jay's hangar to celebrate his 70th birthday.
Scuttlebutt is there could be a formation flyover, barbecue,
birthday cake and more. The restaurant is open on the field as a
good plan B. See you there!
RV White Pages Updated
...courtesy the amazing Tate Reeves
GTN V6.21 Upgrade for EAB Customers
We are pleased to announce that GTN V6.21 is
now available as a software download to EAB customers with
Please note that the software images linked on this page which
format and auto-create SD cards are delivered to our dealer resource
center as a Windows computer self extracting .exe file and are only
usable on Windows computers. We apologize up front to Mac users.
Also note that as explained in the service bulletin, GTN V6.21
begins use of a new format of the Navigation database to support
additional data. The database SD card for the current cycle contains
both old and new formats, so you should just need to load the new
format (the GTN will recognize the correct file) after updating with
the V6.21 software. If you do not have a current copy of the
Navigation database (Jepp or Garmin), wait to perform this software
update since the new software cannot use the old format Navigation
database and will remove that database if currently installed.
Another RV-7 Started
Just wanted to introduce myself, my name is
Eric. I am in the final stages of getting my PPL, I have the hours
just need to take the tests. I was planning on waiting until I got
my PPL to start building but was in Oregon for business and visited
I have always enjoyed building things, I have a background in
machining and metal fabrication. I haven't worked with sheet metal
or driven rivets but with some experience it shouldn't be a problem.
I built the tool box and two of the control surface practice kits
with reasonable results. I started the horizontal stabilizer but I
would like to connect with local RV builders to gain some experience
and more confidence. I have a mill, lathe and welding equipment so I
might be able to offer something in the way of trade for some help /
Anyway just wanted to say hello and share a few pictures of the shop
and progress with the horizontal stabilizer.
Eric Fitzgerald (Dryden, MI)
Our "Lobster" Trip Part IV ...bhester
When I looked up I saw this huge Moose come
running across the runway, he was coming straight for us OH NO,
Marsha was screaming.
No not really, all I saw was that I had not latched the canopy. I
taxied to the end of the runway latched the canopy and took off from
that end of the runway. 10:27 - takeoff. The trip to Belfast was
pretty bumpy under the cloud layer so I climbed to 5500’ for a
smoother ride. Somewhere along the way we saw this windmill farm.
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