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August 21, 2017.   Issue No. 4,377.

RV-Lancair Brotherhood Day ...snopercod's 8/20 entry

Three of us flew to Spartanburg Downtown [KSPA] for lunch today. After filling up with cheap gas, we took one of the two courtesy vans to Jason's Deli. There are many, many restaurants within a mile or two of the airport.


RSVP and T-Shirt Size needed for the KBST Lobster Flyin ...4 weeks out

(of special note) 
David asked he could put the VansAirForce.net logo on the shirt in exchange for making a donation to the charity of his choice.  ABSOLUTELY!!!  Here is the charity he chose...Maine's ACE Camp "Bangor ACE Camp is an overnight senior camp for students ages 13-17 who have a strong interest in pursuing an aviation career."


Status Report ...CubedRoot RV-7

Since I have had my horizontal stabilizer inspected and approved, I am ready to close it up and finish it! I started tonight's session by re-clecoing the front spar onto the horizontal stabilizer. I had removed it so the inspector could get a good look inside and check my work. Once I had it all clecoed on, I double checked the orientation to make sure it was all correct.  ...


Day Five ...Scott Chastain RV-8

Day Five (cont.) ...Scott Chastain RV-8

Day Five (cont.) ...Scott Chastain RV-8


Status Report ...David Paule RV-3B

The F-307 partial bulkhead's flanges are getting prepped for gluing. The idea is to glue and rivet them to the skin and then later rivet them to the bulkhead.  ...


Help Climbing In ...RV-10

Q: My wife and I are both private pilots and currently own a Cessna 172. As our 2 kids are getting bigger we are getting worried about outgrowing it and no longer being able to take family trips. As a result we stopped by the Van's booth at Oshkosh to check out the RV10.

I was impressed but unfortunately my wife wasn't. She is only 5'1" and she had a horrible time getting in and out of the airplane. Her biggest issue was climbing onto the peg and then taking the giant step onto the wing walk.

While there the guy showing us the plane mentioned adding a handle to the outside. I think that would help, but for someone 5'1" it would still be difficult. Another option mentioned was using a step stool, but that is a ridiculous idea when she is the pilot! How is she supposed to fly to another airport and then get out and back in with the step back at the home airport?

Has anyone done anything to make it easier to get in or out of the RV10? Once in the airplane she liked it even though we will need to make some rudder pedal extensions for her as well.

If I can find a way to make getting in and out not so challenging, she would be sold on building an RV-10. However, if she is not comfortable getting in and out, we will be looking for something other than a homebuilt for our family plane.

A: You could make or have fabricated a suitable multi-step peg. The handle is a good idea too, maybe both?

That's the cool thing about experimentals, you can do with them what you want.

A: Had the same problem with my 5' 0" wife. I got a 12" or so tall folding plastic step stool from WalMart to help with the problem. It also comes in handy for cleaning the front glass. It is lightweight and takes little room in the baggage compartment when folded. If she is the pilot and by herself she can rig up a tether to lift it and put in behind the pilot seat.

A: The folding stool with a teather is a great way to solve the issue, I have a friend who does exactly that with his plane. An exterior hand hold is also a good idea...

Get a demo flight in a ten, and you will find all the motivation you need to overcome this obstacle


From the Mothership...


52F Runway Replacement Status

- Pictures and Video Clips
- Webcams:
North, Middle, South.
- Blueprints of New Runway
- Day 1 vid https://youtu.be/VtF6pUUh-lw
- Day 7 vid https://youtu.be/1v2bvE26Rfo
- Day 15 vid https://youtu.be/yoJEJmVxUDY
- Chris Pratt PIREP from the air

8/15.  Click to enlarge.


Van's Calendar Pics ...it's time to submit your entries.

(from Adam)
Okay everyone, we need calendar pics for this year's Van's Aircraft Calendar! Please send your HIGH RESOLUTION pics to AdamB@vansaircraft.com.

Please include pilot and photographer info as well so we can give credit where credit is due!

If I don't get enough images I'm going to have to use these photos of Daryl I found lying around...

Bribes, blackmail, can be sent to the same address. Thank you in advance!


How to Minimize the Chance You Could be Dealing with a Scammer

...when using the classifieds.

Model-specific subforums

photo courtesy Van's Aircraft, Inc.






photo courtesy Fred Bauer, Jr.

VAF Calendar ...upcoming Events for the Next 60 Day(s)

08-26-2017: Land of Enchantment EAA fly in
09-09-2017: Tehachapi Society of Pilots Fly In
09-16-2017: Belfast Lobster Fly-in KBST
09-30-2017: Fish Fry Fly-in KFRH Sept. 30, 2017 10-1

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