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June 30, 2016.
00:04 UTC. Issue No. 4,149.
Bird or Bug?
Found this big splotch on the cowl while pushing the RV back into
the hanger. Never heard or felt anything during my flight. Nothing
on the prop.
N199MJ Panel Lights Up ...woodmanrog
Here is a pic of our new panel. Ready to go! Data inputs are
underneath on the bottom lip directly beneath the touch screens.
Thanks to Stein and his crew for another well done job.
Wheel Fairing Plans - Read twice cut once ...TimO RV-14A
This is from page 46A-04 for tricycle gear builders...
The plans are ok, but, there is a way to misinterpret the plans and
make a mistake, and this hopefully will prevent you from doing that.
You are locating a gear leg and brake line cutout in the wheel
fairings, and it gives you some reference points. When I first laid
out the hole I did it using the green marker in the photo below. I
mistakenly used the dimple hole in the fairing as the reference,
which is the hole below the cutout in the drawing. This is not
correct. This is a hole that is not yet located. So your SOLE
reference when marking the cutout is the hole ABOVE the notch you
are creating....the one 2-3/16" from the hole along the fairing
That is in red in my photo.
If you mix these up, your gear leg cutout will be in the wrong spot.
If you do it successfully (I'm glad I caught it), it should fit
almost perfectly with only a little filing to do.
I'm sure that 99% of the builders aren't as dumb as I am, so you
won't have this issue, but, having that hole which is labeled "mark
then match-drill" got me going down the wrong path. It makes perfect
sense once you know what you're doing, but if you start using that
point as a reference you're doing it wrong. It may be helpful to
actually have a sentence in the plans in bold saying to use the
upper hole as the reference, or a "do not use as a reference" listed
by that hole.
Otherwise, so far the process has been pretty good. I do like these
brackets better than the ones on the RV10, and the pre-dimpled
fairings make the process pretty nice so far.
Fly In, BBQ, and Hangar Dance ...S. of Amarillo, TX
Join us for our annual Fly In, BBQ, and Hangar Dance. Sunday
Location: Blue Sky Airfield, Just south of Amarillo.
17/35 3800x60 Turf
Field Elev. 3615'
Airport Identifier: 2TX0 (zero)
Lat./Long.: N35.06 W101.85
PNH VOR 211/13 DME
In conjunction with the Vaughan's Annual Barbecue and Hangar Dance,
Blue Sky Airfield will host a fly in for attendees that day.
If you fly in, be sure to bring tie downs. Camping available. Hotels
5 miles away. There will be a Magni Gyrocoptor or two that
will be demonstrated.
Plan on staying the evening for a great free Barbecue and hangar
dance featuring a live band, Young Country.
Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
For questions or information contact:
Lynn Vaughan 602-321-8186 lynnv737 'at' comcast.net
Larry Vaughan 602-315-8990 lv737 'at' aol.com
Day 3. Aerial Tour and Departure ...Vlad
The French weatherman opened the sky for us around 9 am. We were
already in the tower/FSS.
Probable Cause Released; N57DC
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 06, 2014 in Summerfield, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/14/2016
Aircraft: MONROE DENNIS RV-7, registration: N57DC
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation
or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any
travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this
aircraft accident report.
The private pilot, who was also the owner/builder of the
experimental amateur-built airplane, was assisting with the
production of a film throughout the afternoon, and the purpose of
the accident flight was to record video footage from the air. After
departing from the grass runway, the airplane entered a circular
left orbit around a tightly clustered group of actors on the ground
at an altitude just above the tops of nearby trees. The airplane had
completed three circuits, and during the fourth, it appeared to
witnesses to be flying slower than it had during the previous
circuits. Analysis of video from onboard the airplane, video taken
of the airplane from the ground, and witness statements showed that
the airplane banked steeply left and began descending toward the
ground at a relatively steep angle, consistent with inadvertent
entry into an aerodynamic stall. As the airplane descended, the
engine power rapidly increased, and the airplane began banking back
toward a wingslevel attitude as its pitch attitude increased; these
actions are consistent with the pilot recognizing and attempting to
recover from the stall. The airplane subsequently impacted the
ground in a nearly level and slightly nose-down pitch attitude.
Signatures observed on the wreckage were indicative of high engine
power at impact, and no evidence of any preimpact mechanical
malfunctions or failures were observed on the airframe and engine.
Examination of damage to the airplane’s horizontal stabilizer
revealed that it failed from overstress due to ground impact. The
majority of the spar cracks and fracture surfaces exhibited features
consistent with overstress failure. The other damage features
present on the spar section were consistent with ground impact.
Although some fatigue cracks were present in the spar sections, the
fatigue crack sizes were small, and crack orientations were
inconsistent with the stress direction of the overstress portions of
the fracture. These cracks were unlikely to have resulted in an
in-flight failure of the horizontal stabilizer. Even if the spar had
fractured before impact, the remainder of the part was still riveted
to adjacent structural components within the stabilizer.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable
cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain airplane control while maneuvering
at a low airspeed, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall, and his
decision to maneuver at an altitude that did not allow an adequate
margin to recover from a stall.
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