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May 23, 2017.   Issue No. 4,315.

RV-7A Facilitates Boat Repair in San Juan Islands ...Capt. Sandy

There are plane repairs in exotic places, and boat repairs in exotic places. This weekend our RV-7A rescued our boat. Roy and I flew from KHIO to KORS to get our boat ready for the sailing season. We had a GREAT flight up. The weather was clear and the islands lovely. And of course, the boat needed work, because, well, it is a boat. The Jib needed repair and no sail repair places to be found in the islands. Roy came to the rescue and schlepped our 135 Jib to a sail loft in Bellingham. Much Thanks to Tony at KORS for the use of the crew car, and the kind folks in Bellingham also.


Now I Know Why I Built an RV...David Perl (Watford, UK)

I finished my 7A 18 months ago. Ive enjoyed 100 hours of fun flying around the UK, gradually making longer trips with the local flying club i joined.

This weekend was a highlight. I flew across the English channel intro France with a Cirrus and 3 other pilots. We spent 2 days landing at 8 airfields around Paris. We stayed over saturday night and enjoyed some wonderful French cuisine.

The weather was perfect, the company fun and the plane behaved immaculately.

Definitely a highspot to file in my memory banks and made the 5 years of building all the more worthwhile. The more I fly the RV the more i enjoy it. And when i landed back at my home field, a yellow Swiss registered RV7 landed. The weekend was rounded off with a pleasant chat with the builder, his second RV7 and true to form, his build was immaculate, just like a Swiss Watch.


RV-9A Status Report ...Andy C. (Kalamazoo, MI)

Moving onward to the fuel tank assembly! Was looking forward to the wet riveting that I've read so many nice builder reports about.

All in all not that tough though. The worst part so far, is my stupid Harbor Freight digital scale, it turns off automatically in about 10 seconds.... I guess they figure that you can weigh a letter in that amount of time. So have to work around that little nuisance.

So yea, it's messy and you have to clean tools up constantly, and the sealant is sticky, but this isn't the hardest job I've done so far on this project.

Note that if your glove tears and you get the fuel tank sealant on your thumb, and it turns sort of black locally, it does wear off no problem (in about a week).


RV-7A Rebirthing ...kentlik

Rudder pedals and framework installed...


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


New Panel Pics Added ... in the RV Panels (in High Res) folder


Airport Improvements ...my home field.

At Fly52F.org.


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

...when using the classifieds.

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

05-20-2017: KFFC RV Squadron Fly-In & Cookout !!, Hidden Valley Airpark Golden Anniversary Fly In, KFFC Aircraft Spruce Customer Appreciation Day, EAA Chapter 846 Fly-In Pancake Breakfast
06-03-2017: Bakersfield, CA Annual Fly-in EAA Chapt. 71
06-10-2017: Mitch Lock Fly-In (W29)...Chesapeake Sport Pilot
06-17-2017: Boone Iowa (KBNW) RV Day
06-30-2017: EFLEVA Days 2017
07-01-2017: EFLEVA Days 2017
07-02-2017: EFLEVA Days 2017

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