A small, honor system webezine trying its best to be a laid back virtual watering hole for builders/pilots of Van's RV kitplanes - more and more important in today's increasingly nutzo world.  Brought to you by the Reeves family.

Support VAF

Advertisers Index
APRS tracking NEW
Builder Assistance
Builder Modifications
Courtesy Car List
Firewall Forward
First Flights
Today's Posts
New Posts
Hat Sightings
Hurricane Inland Bases
Newbie Info
Nose/Tail Art
Photo Gallery
Photo Album URLs
Probable Cause List
RV Hotel
RV White Pages
   - Van's Safety Columns
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Service Bulletins
Store / Logo / Caps  
Transition Training
Trading Cards
Travel Stories
Video Knowledge Cntr
Wallpaper Calendar
Weather / Flgt Plng
   - Metars TAFs TFRs

Dec Wallpaper

Advertise on VAF.


Paying that light bill...the annual pledge drive.

It's the end of the year, so it's time for me to ask those who have been reading this webazine at the rack for the past eleven months to please go through the checkout line so I can buy some food, shelter and clothing (and insurance) for me and my family.  VAF is my full time gig, and like any small business if enough people don't buy the products or services it eventually folds.  The pie chart has me worried a bit to be completely honest - the small slice is donations.  VAF isn't financially sustainable at this donation level.  It's insanely expensive to operate.  I try not to make too big a deal about the donate thing throughout the year, as I'm sure you get bombarded from 10,000 other businesses.  But, I need to ask now so I can keep the business afloat.  Please pay if you use it.  Please.

HERE is all the donate info (and bigger pie chart image).  And thanks if you donate.


December 8, 2016.   Issue No. 4,263. 
A quick status report on the back spasms I was having a couple of days ago. Four people emailed with their experience at what helped, and a book recommendation, etc.  Thank you for that!  Filed away in the 'Personal Health' email folder.
  I'm happy to report that the pain has subsided substantially. Most of the day Wednesday I had no pain at all and even got in a little bit of work on the RV. It's currently down for its yearly inspection, and today I was feeling good enough to take off the cowling, spinner, wheel pants and empennage fairing.  I've contracted with my son to take out the seats, floor panels and rear baggage compartment wall this weekend at $10 per hour :-). He takes his driving checkride on Thursday and if he passes he's cleared to go solo (after a call to State Farm). Obviously he wants gas money :-).
  By the time today's edition goes live, that Arctic front should have arrived in the Dallas area. We are wrapping the outside pipes and I'm running up to Home Depot this evening to get a new propane tank for the heater out at the hangar. "Real" winter has apparently arrived…



Yesterday while I was out at the airport for a couple of hours some of the usual suspects were doing a quick formation practice. They made two passes down the centerline, and since I was out on the ramp standing there anyway I thought I would pull out the iPhone and shoot some video. No fancy editing, no intro or credits. Just the two clips uploaded at 1080HD.  The entire clip runs 44 seconds.  Sounds good with headphones...


Wiring Baja Design Squadron Pro

Q: I'm in the process of installing the Baja Designs Squadron Pro LED lights into the Duckworks leading edge kit for my RV-10.

For those who have gone before me - a couple questions on wiring them:
1) Did you ground locally or back at the firewall? For those flying - any evidence of noise for either method?
2) Did you use the included connector or cut/ splice the wires?

Thank you for your help!

BTW - the finish kit arrives tomorrow!! Time for more fiberglass fun!

A: ...courtesy Ed Kranz

A: ...courtesy Bruce Hill


Forgotten mistake - opinions needed

I vaguely remember botching a rivet on the aileron a long time ago. While re-installing them after doing the bottom skins, I saw it and now need to fix it. Question is, what's the best way? It is the last rivet on the inboard side closest to the trailing edge on the top skin.


Dynon D2 Pocket Panel $100 Holiday Mail-in Rebate Offer


52F Drainage and Runway Renovation Continues! ...my home field.

Updated: 12/6/2016. 
Drainage project SW corner
100% happening because of the
P.O.A. at 52F.

(All of the airport improvement photos HERE)

Related: 52F Annual Meeting THIS FRIDAY...

CEATL (Center of Excellence for Aviation, Transportation, and Logistics)
2301 Horizon Drive,  Fort Worth, TX 76177

fmi: P.O.A.


GoFund for Tricia Blank (Joe's wife)

This fund is to help offset the costs for Joe's wife Tricia as they relate to the memorial service and healthcare costs.


How to Minimize the Chance You Could be Dealing with a Scammer

...when using the classifieds.

Model-specific subforums

photo courtesy Van's Aircraft, Inc.






photo courtesy Fred Bauer, Jr.

VAF Calendar ...upcoming Events for the Next 60 Day(s)

Mothership News

Off Topic


Previous Day's VAF News

This honor system site by Doug Reeves (contact). 
Landlord: theVanCave
| Thoughts on safety
Legal Terms and Conditions