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November 21, 2018.   Issue #4,703.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled THANKSGIVING Thu/Fri/Sat and Sun.  See you Monday! 


Status Report ...Sam Bovington

Final Assembly: Been awhile since I posted an update. Its at the airport now (AWO) and nearing engine start. Just working off a long list of items to complete. I've also been in the middle of a career transition which has delayed things a bit. But not much longer!


Oshkosh Alternate Airport Reviews ...DanH

Ok, you're inbound to KOSH and dial up the arrival ATIS, only to learn the field is closed, or the approach is turning into a furball. No problem; time to head for an alternate airport and land.

So tell us about your alternate airport visit. Why did you pick it? What facilities are available? Was it a pleasant experience? Did you make new friends? Where did you sleep? Did you go hungry, or eat like a king? Do they have Uber? Groceries? Starbucks? Strips clubs? Churches? What's there?

It's human nature to distance ourselves from the unknown, but if we know, we'll go. Report the good, the bad, and the ugly, and help your fellow pilots pre-determine where they're going, before they ever leave home.


Status Report  ...rmartingt

Got some coworkers over with promises of beer, and we mounted the wings last week.  Today I checked rigging.  Incidence is a hair high (bubble is touching the forward mark) but it's even on both sides, all the way out (no twist).  Edge distances are good.  Triangulation is dead on to 1/32".   Both wings are swept forward 3/8" at the tip.  The flaps touch the bottom skin perfectly.  Close enough for government work!  Now there's a couple days' break for Thanksgiving and for my aft bolt drilling tools to arrive. Going to crack a cold one...
(And yes, that's our old stove back there... perfect for baking parts post-painting...)


Tip-up Lift Strut Test

There has been a lot of talk about adding quick release for the lift struts on a tip-up, should the canopy need to be jettisoned.

I just ordered a new set of lift struts for my canopy, thus I will so have a pair that we can experiment with.

I was thinking of taking a flat foot sheet of plywood approximately the size of the canopy and hinging it at the bottom, attaching the struts 1/3 of the way from the top and securing them on a trailer and see at what speed they pull out.

I suppose I could make the sheet half the width and mount the strut in the vertical center of the sheet so I can run two tests.

Dan, you are much better at this than me, do you or any others have a suggestion for running this test?

My theory is that the struts will pull apart at a fairly low speed.
Bill R


First (real) post! ...new guy chimes in (Wichita, KS)

Hello all,

I've been lurking on the site for a while now but finally felt like it was time to actually make my first real post!

I purchased a once-flying RV-4 about 8 months ago and put it into the shop while I left town for work. I should be coming home next week and it should (hopefully ) finally be finished and ready to fly!


New Guy Chimes In ...petizo1 (Torrance, CA)

Hello, I'm new to the forum and a 100 hour private pilot; I've been looking at buying a used RV12. I went and flew one a few hours this weekend to get some transition training. I really enjoyed the plane and the handling, especially the 3-4 gph at 100+kts! When I talked to the experienced 15K hour instructor he advised against one for anything except local around the patch flights. I'd really like to think it could be used for trips from Socal to Northern CA, AZ and even Utah, New Mexico...he thought with the big mountains everywhere that would be dangerous and such a light plane would not be a good choice except on the most perfect of days. Obviously I'd pick the best weather I could, but to be honest, he made me nervous that I'm being naive about the realities of light sport x-country capabilities. Would love to get some thoughts from those of you that have more experience. Thank you!


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12-08-2018: Abilene,TX~EAA 471~Breakfast, EAA 471 Breakfast~Abilene TX

RV-Super Cub? Would you build one?  Let me know.  I'll add your comments to my sales pitch.  (150) or so people with 'I'm ready to order' next to their name might get the ball rolling - over 50 names already.
Updated 11/19/2018.

Spotlighted Feedback  NEW - 11/19/18
   "Add me to the list of a repeat offender who would IMMEDIATELY buy a Van's RV Super Cub.  When I say I am literally sitting here at my desk with a RANS S-21 order form laying here, I truly am. It's filled-out and ready to send. But for the past few weeks I have hesitated to send it, HOPING that some news would break about a possible Van's version of a Super Cub. I would be absolutely furious (with myself) if I send this in, my Ran's kit gets delivered, and then here comes an RV bush plane. I can just see that happening to me.
   I would buy the Van's Super Cub the day it was offered. End of discussion. Please keep reminding them of the tremendous interest this kit would generate! Can you imagine the free press it would also get from the various trade magazines?
   Thanks for adding me to the list. Let Van's know I can't wait forever. I have tools in the new workshop gathering dust.
--- Gary Robertson (Arlington, TX) 

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