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December 13, 2017.   Issue No. 4,457.

Proof of Fun:  RV Curves...it never ceases to amaze.

Gas run up to GLE, rendezvousing with Smokey on the way.  3-ship of usual suspects turned into 4-ship as planned at the time we were shooting for (amazing).  I mean it's just a gas run, but the discipline and skill sets are something you start to take for granted, and occasionally when looking at the ground tracks later you're brought back to the stunning realization of just how beautiful the geometry can be....and what satisfaction this RV hobby can provide when you practice.

The ground tracks spotlighted (start here) ...and captioned.  Garmin Pilot screen grabs.


100 Hours

Approximately one year ago, N104ST made its first flight powered by a prototype CD-230. Today, it passed the 100 hour mark.

Fuel bill for the first 100 hours---$2084.27-----713.2 gallons ------- Price range $2.50 to $3.57
---There are still 33 gallons in the tanks!---

Condition Inspection time is here, so the fun will come to a temporary halt.

Known items to be worked on:
1- enlarge oil cooler inlet duct- oil temps are acceptable but need to be better.
2- CHTs - there is TOO much cooling air.
3- start working on empty weight reduction

I’ll be sure to post any findings from the inspection when its finished.

Scott Flandermeyer
Rv-10 TDI #40816
Fayettevile, GA


Titan II missile museum

Our recent trip to Tuscon to see the Titan II missile museum.


J_Turner Status Update

Today I got the left gear leg and the upper and lower intersection fairings in place and drilled and cleckoed together. The lower intersection fairing took quite a bit of heat from a heat gun then I held it in place with a shop towel while it cooled. I trimmed the aft edge a few times and continued the heat gun process about 3-4 more times until it finally laid down where and how I wanted it.


Baggage floor to center section riveting  ...Bob Collins RV-12

And we're back.

Tonite's question involves the RV-12iS, Section 21 page three instructions for riveting the three ribs and baggage floor to the center.

Specifically, this line of rivets -- AN470-4-9's -- 12 of which are need on each floor to the center section. Simple.


Practice on scrap!

Reason number 148 for why you should practice learning how to use a tool (in this case a nutplate jig) on scrap rather than the workpiece:

Sometimes I make a mistake and say, "Well that happens--lots of builders learn this one the hard way". Other times I have to say, "Wow there really isn't any excuse for this. Use your head, dummy!" This is one of those times.

If you're a new builder, heed the advice constantly given here on VAF to practice on scrap first!


December is the Month to Help Keep VAF Online

It’s December once again, so it’s time for me to beg grovel respectfully ask those folks who haven’t yet sent in their 2017 donation to please send it in now so I can pay the bills I need to pay to stay in business and do the food, shelter and clothing thing.  If you haven’t heard this year-end speech before, VAF is my full time job, my sole source of income for our family (right), and the donations usually determine if we end the year in the black or not.

If you have already donated in 2017, THANK YOU! I’m trying my hardest to provide the RV community with a quality product that motivates, educates and entertains.  I want to keep doing it, but I don't get to make that call.  You do.

Click HERE for all the ‘how to donate’ details, and thank you again to those who help me keep the lights on.

As for the rest of the fam in '17, Susie is still providing free yoga classes to cancer patients (link), Audrey is currently in her 2nd rotation in year one (research) on her path to getting her PhD in Chemical Biology, and Tate is rocking it as a junior in high school - excelling in English, Art and Physics while refining those incredibly important interpersonal skills at the front counter of Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.  College soon.

My wife and children never cease to inspire, amaze and humble me with their dedication, compassion and altruism.  My clumsy efforts to continually bring VAF to the RV community is an attempt at bringing a few smiles to some faces in an increasingly caustic world.  My wife and kids set the bar high, and motivate me.

If you choose to donate, thank you for supporting this site with your hard earned money!  I'll continue to try my best to bring you a good product.  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

Doug Reeves
Your balding host.


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