May 3, 2016.
Issue No. 4,108.
RV grin sighted ...Indy
My brother hadn't flown my RV-4 in almost 2 years. He rehacked
his currency during a visit this weekend, and a closer look at a
photo I took revealed the RV grin--absent for 21 months. When he saw
the picture he said he didn't realize he was grinning so much. Well,
that's what happens when you fly an RV...
Quadrant and Controls Complete ...TimO RV-14
As I've mentioned before, one of the things that I simply would
not do without in my RV-14 is a quadrant type throttle. For the
RV-10, Van's had the foresight to create both a quadrant and
push-pull type controls, but to date they haven't released any
quadrant info for the RV-14. With a little luck involved, the RV-10
quadrant worked out real well for me. Now that I've got my seats, I
was able to test out the quadrant position and there is actually
better knee clearance using the quadrant in the RV-14 than there is
in the 10. It is very well positioned and has plenty of clearance
from stick movement as well. I'm not sure why it is taking so long
for them to get this designed in, as I'm sure it would be a very
very popular option. At OSH last year we were talking quadrants and
we polled a good sized group of people around our campsite. Every
one of them but one was using the quadrant throttle. It's something
that you really want for formation flying, and I think many people
would prefer it once you try it. I started out with push-pulls in
Cessnas, but as I moved into beeches and pipers, they all had
quadrants and I preferred them greatly.
May 12th: The Annual Ch105 Meeting at Van's Aircraft
...from the mothership
New school project, Columbus, IN
Tuesday we got the go-ahead for a project at Columbus North HS,
Columbus, IN. We have been negotiating on this since October. I was
first contacted by Cummins (the diesel engine mfgr) that they would
like to see something like this in Columbus, their headquarters. We
are working in conjunction with a local college, industry, the local
airport (BAK,) and the local school system. The build will begin in
the high school and finish on the airport, at least as it is planned
now. We begin this August.
May/June FAA Safety Briefing ...40 pages.
Too Cool Not To Include Here
...new hoverboard record: 1.4 miles (confirmed
by Guinness World Records)