June 23, 2017. Issue No.
Thursday morning I woke up and sat down at
the computer. And worked. Drove out to the airport and flew .2
hours. Worked some more using my phone and iPad. Exercised for 40
min. Worked some more on the computer. Took a shower. Took a
sip of my iced tea through the straw. There was a fly in that
straw. It had drowned on sweet tea. I thought it was a
lemon seed for a second or two.
I have, as of today, adjusted my "drinking sweet tea at the airport"
procedure to include the following line:
- Cover the straw, dumb@ss.
I'm still a little creeped out by the whole
ordeal :-). Ugh. Wishing you and yours a happy, safe,
straw-covered and RV-filled weekend.
Sky, Scorch and Scroll taxiing in at
Random image from the PC. dr
Puddle jumping number two – the sequel… An update
Today has been quite an adventure. Our companions in the
Beech 18 got out their lightweight balloon to do the 4th ever
balloon flight in Iceland and the first by a female pilot.
We then loaded up and set off for Isafjordur. My co-pilot Rocky
was flying this leg and I sat behind. After backtracking the
runway we had a call to stop and exit because the wheel was on
We quickly got it extinguished, removed wheel fairings, got new
O rings and fluid to repair the brakes. Tyre was damaged, but
only on the surface and cords OK no bulges. We managed to get a
new tyre sent fron Reykjavik to our destination. Just arrived 30
minutes ago and will be replaced ASAP.
Wonderful scenic flight across northern Iceland, with a bit of
formation flying with the Saratoga and Beech 18 (Betty the
You should be able to see some pictures in the link below.
No "BOTH" Positions Allowed on RVs
Please, please, please don't do this. I was performing a
prebuy on an RV-8 today and for the second time I found a fuel
valve with a BOTH position. Huge NO-NO! A both position in a low
wing aircraft will fool you into thinking it works correctly,
especially when both tanks are either full or above the fuel
pickup. But let one of the tanks get below a fuel pickup and
even if you happen to have a full tank on the other side, it
will suck air. Probably at the worst time, like when turning
base to final. More accidents are caused by modifications to the
fuel systems than any other modification. It was a even very
nice Andair valve, too.
Music input noise trouble-shooting
Q: Hey - recently I am having some trouble with noise in the
music input for my audio panel. When I built the plane, I
installed a 1/8" headphone jack in the rear of the plane, wired
to the aux music input of the audio panel (PS engineering
PMA5000EX). This has worked well for 5+ years.
Now whenever I try and play music through the Aux input, the
music is very muted, with a bunch of "fuzz" that sounds like
waves. I have not changed anything in the plane. I've checked
the wiring at both ends, and everything looks fine. I've tried
two different music sources and several cables. At this point I
am about of ideas. Any suggestions or ideas on other things to
A: If the music input jack is grounded to the
airframe, often times this introduces a ground loop that creates
problems similar to what you're hearing. Try isolating the input
jack from the airframe and see if that helps. All-plastic jacks
are available, with solder connections on the rear for wiring,
that prevent the ground loop issue
A: Try shutting off
things one at a time while you are getting the
noise.......strobes, xpnder, position lights etc.
Other possibilty is ignition or alternator........both have
parts that wear over time and could start causing issues that
were not there when new.
A: This exact thing happened
to me recently. I use an IPhone 6 for the music source. I
discovered that it was the music jack on the phone that was
malfunctioning. I then put on earphones and only heard one side.
If you have an IPhone you can get a lightning adapter (plugs
into the main power charging port) that will allow you to plug
straight into your music jack from the phone. Now my music is
crystal clear again. I have a GTR 200 comm with music input via
the 1/8" music jack on the right side near my headphone jacks.
Solved: Problem solved....... and it wasn't anything I
expected. The culprit was a new phone. I googled "Samsung S8
static from headphone jack" and found several articles
mentioning solving a similar problem by enabling a UHC setting
in the audio quality menu. I flipped the switch, and the static
is gone. Glad it was an easy fix...I really was not looking
forward to tracing out wires, etc.
Van's Aircraft OSH Banquet Tickets Go On Sale ...from the
Event: 2017 Van’s OshKosh Banquet
Time: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Location: Nature Center Pavilion*
$35 per person
Please order tickets in advance on our website,
www.vansaircraft.com or call Van’s M-F 503-678-6545
option 1 or 2.
Please pick up the tickets at Van’s booth at the show.
TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED.
FRESH GARDEN SALAD W/CHOICE OF TWO DRESSINGS
VEGETABLE – CHEF’S CHOICE
MEDITERRANEAN GARLIC CHICKEN
BACON-WRAPPED PORK TENDERLOIN W/RASPBERRY JUS
DINNER ROLLS W/BUTTER
COFFEE AND ICED TEA
News at my Home Field
Support Position Open at the Mothership
Aircraft is looking for a Customer Support person at our factory in
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
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You Could be Dealing with a Scammer
...when using the classifieds.
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