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May 3, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,108.

RV grin sighted ...Indy

My brother hadn't flown my RV-4 in almost 2 years. He rehacked his currency during a visit this weekend, and a closer look at a photo I took revealed the RV grin--absent for 21 months. When he saw the picture he said he didn't realize he was grinning so much. Well, that's what happens when you fly an RV...

 

Quadrant and Controls Complete ...TimO RV-14

As I've mentioned before, one of the things that I simply would not do without in my RV-14 is a quadrant type throttle. For the RV-10, Van's had the foresight to create both a quadrant and push-pull type controls, but to date they haven't released any quadrant info for the RV-14. With a little luck involved, the RV-10 quadrant worked out real well for me. Now that I've got my seats, I was able to test out the quadrant position and there is actually better knee clearance using the quadrant in the RV-14 than there is in the 10. It is very well positioned and has plenty of clearance from stick movement as well. I'm not sure why it is taking so long for them to get this designed in, as I'm sure it would be a very very popular option. At OSH last year we were talking quadrants and we polled a good sized group of people around our campsite. Every one of them but one was using the quadrant throttle. It's something that you really want for formation flying, and I think many people would prefer it once you try it. I started out with push-pulls in Cessnas, but as I moved into beeches and pipers, they all had quadrants and I preferred them greatly.  ...

 

May 12th:  The Annual Ch105 Meeting at Van's Aircraft

...from the mothership FB

 

New school project, Columbus, IN

Tuesday we got the go-ahead for a project at Columbus North HS, Columbus, IN. We have been negotiating on this since October. I was first contacted by Cummins (the diesel engine mfgr) that they would like to see something like this in Columbus, their headquarters. We are working in conjunction with a local college, industry, the local airport (BAK,) and the local school system. The build will begin in the high school and finish on the airport, at least as it is planned now. We begin this August.  ...

 

May/June FAA Safety Briefing ...40 pages.

 

Too Cool Not To Include Here Today ...video

...new hoverboard record:  1.4 miles (confirmed by Guinness World Records)

 


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05-07-2016: North Carolina May 7th, 2016 Cox-Grantham Airfield annual Spring Flyin. 6nc0, Essex Skypark, MD (W48) - Pancake Breakfast
05-14-2016: KFFC Fly-In & Aircraft Spruce Customer Appreciation Day!
05-21-2016: Eastern Canada RV Gathering - St-Georges QC - CYSG, Wings & Wheels-Airport Apreciation
05-28-2016: OK18 Memorial Day Fly In 2016
05-29-2016: OK18 Memorial Day Fly In 2016
05-30-2016: OK18 Memorial Day Fly In 2016
05-31-2016: OK18 Memorial Day Fly In 2016
06-04-2016: Bakersfield, CA EAA Chapt. 71 fly-in, L45
06-18-2016: Boone Iowa (KBNW) RV Day, 4th Annual Mid Atlantic Gathering of RV's
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