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July 21, 2017.   Issue No. 4,356.
For those travelling to OSH over the weekend, travel safe and have a wonderful time!  I started the annual thread where folks interested can insert links to picture albums, post PIREPs from the show, etc.  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

First Flight N14ZP 7/19/17 ...Greg Novotny

There was nothing left to do, but fire it up and go flying. She flew extremely well, no adverse characteristics. Really the most eventful part of the 0.6 hour first flight was the coyote in the touchdown zone and the tower reported, oil access door FOD (from previous departing aircraft) midfield! Build time was 2 years 3 months and 25 days from the time we opened the first kit. It is extremely gratifying.  video


Trip Report: Flying over TX, CO, WY, ID, OR, CA, NV back to TX over 4 day weekend ...Flying Again!

Well after a bit of a delay here is my trip report flying from DFW area to Eugene Oregon and back to pick up my daughter from the University of Oregon.

The plan was to fly to Eugene in a day and spend a day to help her finish packing and move her things into storage. Then we would fly back in 2 days with a stop to see my cousin in AZ. My daughter told me she had 2-3 bags she wanted to take back but knew from experience this would grow, glad the -10 holds a lot!  continue


Kilroy's RV-14 Video Updates ...kiljoy

Another quick video update: This morning I had 7 videos left in the horizontal stabilizer build to post. I've recorded commentary over all of them and am posting them in 2 batches. Three more today and 4 more on Friday.



RV-12iS What's New Page ...mothership

...updated with RV-12iS info


RV-8 Gathering Last Minute Reminder ...Steve Ashby

I am blasting off for OSH tomorrow morning. This is your last minute reminder that we are holding our RV-8(A) Airventure get together at Theater in the Woods on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. I will bring doughnuts.

I will also bring name tags.

It has always been a tight gathering, so lets each be prepared to give a little 2 minute run down about what has been going on in our flying/building. Nothing formal, but a way to better connect with each other.

As Pope Paul used to say, it's not about the airplanes, its about the people. I really cherish seeing you guys every year. Let's make this one count!


Vlad's VFR to Russia and Back Entries ...begin here (7/20 entries).


Break In - When Is It Done? ...Gary Sobek's take (3,300 RV-6 hours)

Definitely fly with the wheel pants and gear fairings on. 20-years ago, on my 1st flight in SoCAL, I never flew without the gear fairings on but did make the first flight with wheel pants off. Temperatures were high and improvements were made with less drag. I was doing test flying the hottest month of the year.

I am with Paul Dye that they all need to be installed for all of Phase I flying. A local RV-9A was having cooling issues in Phase I. I like Paul, recommended to get the wheel pants on. Temperatures came down with their installation and proper attention to temperatures could now be addressed.  ...


Thank you GRT Avionics!

A friend's Sport SX gave up the ghost last Friday right before formation practice at our home field.  He called Jon at GRT and asked about how long it might take to get it fixed if he shipped it that day (pressing work commitments on the near horizon).  Well, the unit arrived the next Wednesday.  And they even threw in two pics...

Let that sink in.  It's a week before OSH, you're plane is down, and they saved the day.

www.grtavionics.com.  Customer support is alive and well.  Thank you Jon and crew!!!

Getting some bench love...

All better...


Status Report ...Russtbucket RV-8

Thanks xblueh2o and jcarne for advice on the plans, I'll get some ordered!  DaAV8R, I'd like to know if you have an opinion on the access hole I've got in the tail of this -8. The picture is down below.  I've had a chance to do a more thorough evaluation of what I've got myself into, and I definitely have some work ahead of me.  First up in my list of headaches: IO-540 Engine.  This engine was overhauled by Chuck Ney in December 2011.  continue


OSH RV Specific Activity Calendar...lemme know if I'm missing something.


From the Mothership

"No technical support available from July 21 thru August 1.  We’ve gone all in for EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh this year, all of our technical support staff that is. There will be no technical support by email and no phone tech support times at the office during the show and for a couple days travel time before and after. Customer service staff will be here to process and ship parts and kit orders during our normal business hours."


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!


News at my Home Field

7/10/2017.  Mitch Whatley signing the contract for the new runway construction project at 52F.  7/10/2017 photo.  Construction begins 8/1.
FMI: Fly52F.org


Support Position Open at the Mothership

Van's Aircraft is looking for a Customer Support person at our factory in Aurora, Oregon.

We need a front office person with RV building experience and strong customer relationship and management skills. Also required are good verbal and written communication skills, computer experience (MS Office, Syspro) and a patient, problem-solver personality. The ideal candidate will have built, finished and flown an RV, though builders of less desirable airplanes will be considered. Duties for an experienced RV pilot may also include sales demonstration flights, and representing Van's at airshows.

Compensation includes $50-60k salary, health benefits, 401K and participation in Van's ESOP.

If you want to work for the best kit aircraft manufacturer in the world, email your resume with a cover letter to explain why you’re the person for the job.

Email resume to: gusf (at) vansaircraft.com


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

...when using the classifieds.

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photo courtesy Fred Bauer, Jr.

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

08-05-2017: Washington DC Fly out - meet at KCGS College Park
08-18-2017: International EAS Summer Fly-In Switzerland
08-19-2017: International EAS Summer Fly-In Switzerland
08-20-2017: International EAS Summer Fly-In Switzerland
08-26-2017: Land of Enchantment EAA fly in

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