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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 half years.

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!


Jay 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 non-certified aircraft.

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.  continue


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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 Vans Aircraft.

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 / guidance.

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.  continue


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