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June 1, 2016.
00:06 UTC. Issue No. 4,129.
The other day I was out at the hangar and I
noticed that Rob had come by to work on his RV-8 project over in the
corner. It looks like his avionics wiring harness arrived from
SteinAir, as well as his custom cut panel blank. Looks great Rob!
A bit of trivia: The workbench you see in the picture here was cut from
one of the lanes at the bowling alley Rob grew up playing at in San
Angelo, Texas. When they were tearing down the bowling alley you could
go over there and buy a little bit of the lumber if you wanted to.
Rob and his dad thought it would make a nice workbench, as well is a
nice stroll down memory lane. It could be the only 'bowling alley
workbench' on Planet Earth being used to build an airplane <g>.
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Another great Pilots N Paws Mission ...UnPossible
Hey - Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, I was able to
complete another PNP mission - this time with the assistance of my
I had planned to put the pup in the baggage area of my 7A, but the
pup had other plans. However, once we fired up the engine and
started heading home she settled down. She spent most of the flight
with her head nestled in between my and my son's shoulders.
Here's a quick pic I took at 8500 feet above central Texas..... I'm
not the dog whisperer, but that looks like a RV Grin to me!
Mystery Island ...Vlad
Anyone been there?
Delta Oscar Golf ...David
Our 2 year old lab loves to go flying - I lift her up and she
crawls back where she belongs and waits till we get out to help her
out of the back.
Short 2 min video.
I've been meaning to post this for a long time. Each time I think
about doing it, I consider how trivial it is, and that I may well be
the only person on this earth that did not know this. So, here we
go. While at the RV fly-in at Petit Jean last year, I was chatting
with another RV-12 guy, and the subject got around to gas caps. I
mentioned that often I had difficulty in removing the cap. I made a
nice tool for lifting the tab, but the well fitting "O" ring made
the cap removal a real struggle. We happened to be standing by my
RV-12, and he politely demonstrated a simple procedure. All it takes
is a little push down on the stem, and the cap can be easily
removed. What a simple fix for an aggravating problem. After lifting
the tab, that little push down on the strm relieves the tension that
is against the "O" ring. This may not be much help to most of you,
but if it just saves one guy from this struggle that I have been
having for over a year, it was worth posting.
What a fantastic bird!!!..........Tom
Status Report ...The Swede RV-4
Got the reluctant spar bolts in after they spent the night in the
....Skyview lit up ok and brakes finally bled after some serious
About Aging Rivets ...Bill Boyd
I have quite an assortment that came with the partially-completed
kit, including some that were probably in the builder's shop from
even older projects. Most that are part of my kit are still bagged
from Van's, in 2010-2011. I've heard about age-hardening of rivets
and don't want problems with cracked heads when it comes time to
Any way to tell ahead of time what the likelihood of issues is? Is
there a rejuvenation trick for ancient rivets, if I have any?
Well…. The first conditional inspection is almost completed. I
can’t believe she has been an airplane for a year now. I was only
able to fly her for about 55 hours in the first year as there was a
lot (I mean a lot) of what we call “fly-fix-fly” mods. The most
significant were the numerous oil cooler and oil cooler
configuration changes to include the engine plenum.
I have not found anything unexpected during the conditional
inspection as I have kept a close eye on things. Taking things
apart, cleaning, lubricating, etc. more than usual. The small things
I added in the build process to simplify maintenance have really
paid off. IT IS IMPERATIVE to think about how you will maintain the
aircraft during the build process. If there is something you don’t
want to open up, or crawl into or just plain do; figure out a way to
overcome that issue during the build process.
I did take the time to make a few “upgrades”.
-Added a 5th harness strap for my wife.
-Painted a few interior parts.
-Reset the control stick to the right so it would be more
ergonomically suited for my flying position.
-Made/installed an exit fairing at the bottom of the fuse covering
the engine-mount cross-tube. This was a new concept for me. I let a
friend (Brian, future RV builder) make the part and just provided
guidance and requirements. It turned out very well, flight data to
come at a later date. I also came up with a way to interface the new
fairing with the DanH’s style cowl flap. Will post pics later.
In the process, I discovered that the injector restrictor nozzles on
the 340 were .028. Long story short, Don at Airflow Performance (the
nicest, most supportive vendor I have ever talked to) is sending me
.022 restrictor nozzles. That should also help with my idle issue.
Fingers crossed. Will report out later.
Still to do:
-Arrive at the final rudder trim wedge size. Slowly cutting it down.
-Make aft wing root fairings.
-Reset the incidence angle on the horizontal stab.
-Motorize DanH’s style cowl flap. Brian is working on a concept to
automatically open/close the cowl flap based on engine temps and
also provide the capability to override the position.
-Install the right pitch/length prop. Waiting on the 4th version.
Keep pounding rivets, running wire and sanding fiberglass. See you
Rainbow Formation ...Smiling Jack
Nice 82 degree day in Naples today with some scattered clouds to
make a nice rainbow formation picture.
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06-05-2016: LadiesLoveTaildraggers Texas Fly-in/Splash-in, Fall
River Mills, CA Airport Day O89
06-11-2016: RV Day Bay Bridge Airport (W29)
06-18-2016: Boone Iowa (KBNW) RV Day, 4th Annual Mid Atlantic
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06-25-2016: Wings Over The Rock, Sundance Airport RV Fly-in
07-01-2016: Experimental Days 2016
07-02-2016: Experimental Days 2016
07-03-2016: Experimental Days 2016
07-04-2016: Sisters OR July 4th Flyin, Townsend Festival of Flight
52F Airport News
We're hoping to soon replace our unofficial title of 'World's
Crumbliest Runway' with 'Best Little Runway in Texas!'
5/13/16 - Integrated Deed
5/10/16 - Runway construction committee formed and
5/5/16 - A majority of required property owners signed the
Integrated Deed Restrictions. All property owners are now governed
by a uniform set of rules substantially identical to those on which
the airport was founded.
3/2016 - Geotechnical
engineering study of runway environment completed based on five core
samples (property owners association paid for this)
Bathroom door signs in
a format not too dissimilar from illustrations on the
A related joke:
In a Saturday Night Live segment ("Next Week in Review") in episode
64 of the show's third season (originally aired 1978), Steve
Martin's character, a psychic named Cocuwa, announced that
extraterrestrials had responded to the Voyager record with the four
words: "Send more Chuck Berry".
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