Nov 28, 2014.
O.T. (but applied to my long term sanity): Might there be
any 1979-1984 audiophiles out there with a Pioneer RT-909
reel to reel in a closet lonely and unused? Working or
not. I have a stereo from 1980 that I'm hoping to finish
out as a Christmas present to myself. I'm in the market if
you have one. I'd be grateful to hear from you.
Hope you had great meal yesterday and enjoyed quality time with family
and friends. Wishing you a good weekend.
For RV Shoppers Idle at Work
Trutrak Black Friday Sale!
Black Friday Special. Whelen LED Lights
WhirlWind Propellers - GA Ground Adjustable VAF Special
Black Friday deals - post your finds
Complete ...Dbro172 9A
got the ultimate squawk code…… ...turbo
Nest Projects - Bunk Room Magazine
a bad spot
Report ...The Swede
the Turtles Airlift
It has been a rough year for sea turtles, and
general aviation is stepping up to help save hundreds of these
endangered animals of various species, flying rescued turtles by the
dozens from Massachusetts to facilities across the southeast and
November 'Experimenter' Online
Posts Remembered.. Thanks VAF! ...Mike Rettig motivates!
So, I just realized that this marks my 1,000th post
on VAF. Being that it's right before the holiday and all my ducks
are squarely in a row at work, I figured I'd reflect on what has
come to pass in the time since I first entered the VAF family, as a
lurker, almost 4 years ago...continue
Seen at KSWI (Sherman) here north of the DFW area....Randy Richmond photo
...enjoying slightly cheaper gas.
$3.80 in Sherman, TX (KSWI)
Garmin Pilot iPad screengrab (click to enlarge.
Photo at the pump two days ago confirmed...
Wed Nov 26, 2014.
A day of notable firsts
Our 14yr old son Tate started and taxied an airplane
for the first time yesterday (with me in the right seat). A
buddy's RV-7 needed to be repositioned back to his hangar spot on
the other side of the airport after some work. I volunteered
and the Tater was with me. "Go ahead and climb in the left
seat. You're probably tall enough now to reach the pedals."
What a hoot. All thumbs at first, but got better each second.
It was a pleasure to experience from the next seat that learning
curve being flattened. Back in 2002, I remember
throwing me the keys to his RV-6 and saying something along the
lines of, "Go figure out how to taxi. Don't come back for 30
minutes!" Tater had it figured two decades sooner than his old
man. Good times.
After we got back to the hangar he said, "Can I drive the truck?"
Ummmm, you know what? Yes. We found a deserted,
non-public path and toodled along at 15 mph. My advice
beforehand? "That right pedal doesn't make it go right."
Be it known that Mr. Tate Reeves started/taxied an aircraft AND
drove a vehicle for the first time on the same day. Just
turned out that way - none of it was planned. I'm guessing not
too many kids can make the same claim. The most important
thing to take away from all this, of course, is that he taxied the
aircraft first. And it was an RV.
Happy Thanksgiving to all. See you Friday.
...a video from our friend Luke in northern Italy.
RV-12...Rocket ...Brent Connelly
Nothing like a near 40 kt tailwind to make a routine
flight home a little more exciting. Was showing 160 kt ground speed
at times on Saturday in western PA. With only 10 gal left in tank,
Skyview showed 373 nm range! (if only) Now the trip the other way
earlier in the day was not worth bragging about...
Thanksgiving With the
...you have to have seen 'Apollo 13' to get this
parody. I need to remember to spotlight this yearly. dr
Christmas cheer comes to the hangar
Tue Nov 25, 2014.
Snoqualmie Pass to Desert Aire
pedal sanity check
at the IAV/RV Working Group
Upgrade Status ...drmax before and after
Mon Nov 24, 2014.
Coast beaches of Australia ...Eddie Seve pics (RV-7)
Endangered Sea Turtles Need Pilots, Planes
There is an immediate need to
fly sea turtles that have stranded themselves on the east coast.
They need to be flown to rescue facilities in the southeast. The
endangered turtles are experiencing a "state of emergency" due to
recent cold temperatures and strong onshore winds in the northeast.
More than 150 endangered sea turtles were stranded on Cape Cod
alone, and many are suffering from hypothermia.
Touch Screens at Night ...VAF advertiser shots
Flight III Nearing Completion
v2.1 Posted Transition Training Syllabus ...Vac
Passenger Briefing Look
Fri Nov 21, 2014.
IFR XC: Complete
Well, check that one off.
My brain is pretty melted from yesterday.
(GPS) RWY 17 at KBVO,
at KSWI and
or LOC RWY 16L at KAFW. 620 statute miles. 3hrs 55min
engine run time. Some the best chicken fried steak I've ever
had. That and I got to eat lunch with Gary Platner's 92.9 year
old mom. What a great lady...went up the stairs at the
restaurant faster than me!
Flying my CFII to lunch with
his mother, and paying for the meal, wasn't the worst of plans.
My first IFR lesson was 6,383
days ago on 5/30/1997 (17.48 years). Two kids, three jobs and
sticking to the budget kept it to a now and then luxury. I
apparently have the 'pacing myself thing' down. :^)
One item left on the
Screengrab of GoogleEarth screen with groundtrack
grabbed off the Garmin D2 wristwatch.
Soldiers ...Vlad post
I fly my RV9A all year around.
Winter flying has its limitations it's challenging but very
interesting. Engine likes thick, cold and tasty winter air. Dress
warm, preheat and go flying!
Status Report ...Jim Soutar
Progress, trying to get
something done each night even if it is small. I hope to finish
drilling the LH horizontal stab skin tonight.
G3X v9.00 ADS-B Settings
G3X V9.00 is now available and
contains some changes in support of improving TIS-B performance.
The GDL 39/39R is a dual frequency (978 Mhz, 1090 Mhz) ADS-B
receiver that receives ADS-B traffic air-to-air whether the traffic
has a UAT and is transmitting on 978 Mhz, or has a mode S 1090ES
transponder transmitting on 1090 Mhz. The GDL 39/39R also receives
free FIS-B weather on 978 Mhz from ADS-B ground stations.
Additionally, the GDL 39/39R receives notification from ground
stations of nearby Mode C aircraft using the TIS-B datalink.
Thu Nov 20, 2014.
Seen at the Van Cave yesterday. Rob got the top skin
drilled on his
fastback RV-8 this past weekend. John's -8 in the background.
Overhead Console Pics ...9GT
Van's Calendars Have Arrived
Break & Other Landing Procedures Question
Link to (250) page Navy
training doc in the thread.
Cover Ideas: RV-12
From the mothership FB page... ...a good read.
liability coverage now available for some Van’s Aircraft
Wed Nov 19, 2014.
got to fly an RV ...great time lapse video from Nick Akimoff
I had a chance to fly an RV4
this past weekend, I'm still smiling. I have been set on building an
RV7, but after flying the 4 I may have to reconsider. What an
absolute pleasure these planes are to fly.
Locking Tailwheel ...Michael Robinson
While fully functional, I've
never been a fan of steerable tailwheels with the external chains,
springs, etc. So in the spirit of "why not?", I decided to try a
locking tailwheel for the Rocket. And of course, I didn't like what
was commercially available, so I decided to whip up a prototype and
see how it worked. Admittedly, the design goals, even if fully
realized, are hardly a clear cut advantage over the Vans or similar
designs. The design goals in no particular order are as follows:
Fatigue Cracks In The Making
If you were thinking your RV
didn't move much during its travels through turbulence and landings,
take a peek at this video from the inside of a container ship in
rough seas. My point being that wings get flexed on a nearly
continuous basis, however minutely, and landing gear, and motor
mounts, and propellors, and rudder skins, and the throttle bracket,
and seat belt attach points, etc.
Enjoy the snot out of it, but inspect on a regular basis.
Recorded during passage from
Suez Canal to Singaporre. The ship is over
1,100 feet long. Enjoy:
in YOUR squeezer-!
I purchased a tail mostly done
but am finishing trim tab, leading edges, etc. I noticed this small
ding on the leading edge of the left elevator. It is to be rolled
and riveted. what is the proper procedure to repair and prevent
Tina's VAF Flash Sale ...three units left. Mention
take a fresh look at out Tip-Up/Slider Canopy Modification
for the RV-6, 7 & 9. This year marks our 14th year anniversary for
this product. We now offer two canopy modifications, our original
kit and another gentleman’s laser cut kit. Both kits have their own
advantages. We let the builder choose which is best for their needs.
This year also marks our 14th year of doing business! We now offer
many new products for the experimental aircraft market. Please check
out ALL of our great products at
Tue Nov 18, 2014.
Vlad 2014 Strips In Review
90% done....50% there.
Quick update: We're about 90%
done with 2014, and donations (LINK)
are currently at 50% the 2013 total. I sort of remember it
going like this last year, with around half the yearly donations
coming in December
the year end pledge drive. I do not enjoy one bit the whole
asking-for-money thing, but I need to try my best to keep the lights
on and family fed, while not driving the audience crazy in the
process. At right is a screen grab from a person's inbox I saw
online (at right). The caption under it was "I ordered
fresh direct one time - thanks a lot." God as my witness,
I'll never do that. You can have my RV if I do.
Pledge drive starts Dec 1, and
I'll hassle you a tiny bit more in a few weeks, but until then THANK
YOU to the readers and advertisers who have already chipped in
The Reeves Family
Chicago - sun rising ...Steve Melton
Once in awhile you get a decent
photo, 11/15, Sat morning. 2200 ft and airliners passing over for
Midway 22L. I received one good downwash thump.
Enthusiastic RVer interview with video
UK 24 ...Rob
Hatwell sent me this link. You're going to want to watch this full screen.
Tank/Winglet Mod RV-9A ...Experimental Category at work
Titan Going To Hong Kong for RV8
Mon Nov 17, 2014.
Going through things at Mom's
house this past weekend with my brother and sister. Below is
my 2nd grade report card. 'P' = 'participates'. 'S' =
'satisfactory'. 'S--' means I was a little bit of a shat at
times (sorry Mrs. Burnett). Too busy to read the comments...or
even finish this sentence...
Related: Any RV builders/pilots in Waco need a winter's worth of
free firewood? I've got a lot of live oaks to trim on their
land. A lot.
Longa Western Australia
From the mothership FB page....
Drill bits gone wild
I think my floats flunked
Vans front desk time occupier- Which RV chooser
Fri Nov 14, 2014.
Nest Projects - News2 Student of the Week
Gear Bolt Failure. Argh! ...Kahuna reporting.
This past weekend one of our
teammates, our only nose dragger left on the team, had a nose gear
bolt failure resulting in a prop strike. I had seen this before on
VAF, but had never seen one myself. Fortunately he was
not moving, or barely moving at the time, pulling out from a run-up,
holding a brake to turn to square up on the taxiway. As soon as the
plane started to rotate, the bolt failed, the gear leg rotated, and
she nosed down and caught a few inches of the prop. We are very
thankful for composite props, a little luck, and some heads up
wingman that were around him at the time. A couple of weeks earlier,
he had the tail down, nose gear up, greasing the nose wheel bearing,
and had no play in the gear. Its also checked at condition. This
hidden bolt, probably doesn't give much warning before failure. Had
it failed in another phase of flight other than barely moving, it
could have been much much worse for him and the plane. I think he
has ~1500 hours or more on the plane. Probably worth considering a
periodic change of this important bolt. Or stick it in your tool bag
of reasons to own a tail dragger
Thought I'd share a couple of pictures.
G3X RV-10 Autopilot Yaw Damper Option ...Garmin
We are pleased to announce that
we are now shipping the RV-10 yaw damper option for RV-10
aircraft equipped with either G3X or G3X Touch systems.
The RV-10 yaw damper is a ground up, new design created specifically
for the RV-10. The yaw damper servo bracket ties in nicely to the
aft end of the pitch servo bracket for an extremely rigid, yet
relatively light weight installation.
Welcome WhirlWind Propellers ...
[ed. Their ad appears in the
forums and front page. They are starting their advertising
with a one month special
VAF WhirlWind Special Thru 12/15.
WhirlWind Propellers has a
special offer for Van’s Air Force readers on our complete RV
propeller package. This offer is good through 12-15-14 only. The RV
propeller package includes the GA200L 72” diameter ground adjustable
propeller, 13” RV style spinner, 2.25” standard spacer for only
$2,763 (Regular package price is $3453 -
SAVE $690) *Must mention you saw this on Van’s Air Force
The GA200L-72 propeller was designed for the RV type aircraft.
Special attention was given to the RV’s top-end speed and cruise
performance. Design features include an optimized blade area, twist
distribution and highly taped planform for minimum induced drag.
Even the cowling and fuselage shape of the RV aircraft has been
taken into account in the design of the GA200L-72’s blade shape,
twist and airfoils.
Reasons to Choose the WhirlWind GA200L-72 Propeller:
- You only need to buy one propeller for multiple pitch setting
- Performance flexibility: Pitch the propeller to your performance
preference, such as top-end speed or super-efficient cruise
- Not all aircraft and engines are equal. Adjust the pitch to
maximize your engine/airframe combination
With a conventional fixed-pitch propeller, you are stuck with what
you have. Small airframe clean-up modifications and engine
performance changes can necessitate a complete propeller change or
re-pitch of your fixed-pitch propeller. With the GA200L-72 propeller
you can immediately take advantage of airframe/engine performance
improvements simply by making a small pitch adjustment without
buying a new propeller or waiting to get re-pitched.
The GA200L-72 propeller is a well-tested and proven propeller
system. The blades are designed using characteristics of our very
successful constant speed propeller, the 200RV, but now in a lower
cost ground adjustable option. The composite blades are extremely
durable, and are equipped with an electro-formed Nickel leading edge
for maximum protection from rain and other abrasion.
For more details check out
THIS LINK on our website.
Technical Director, WhirlWind Propellers
"Leaders in Propeller Performance Technology"
jim 'at' whirlwindpropellers 'dot' com
1800-C Joe Crosson Drive
El Cajon, CA 92020
Canoe Question ...Av8torTom
OK, my "canoe" is all match
drilled and all the necessary fabrication of parts completed. I'm
starting to rivet it all together now and I realize that it would be
a heck of a lot easier to rivet if it was right side up. Would it be
OK to roll it over now and rivet?
Method of Riveting ...Iluke photo
Thu Nov 13, 2014.
You think some of your RV landings are bouncy?
Philae, the washing machine sized lander that weighs in at 0.04 oz.
on the surface of comet 67P (the gravity is 1/100,000ths that of
earth's), landed yesterday at 15:33Z, then again at 17:26Z, then finally
17:33Z. The first bounce was believed to be over 1km high, and
nearly two hours in duration. When it came to a stop it was 2.5km
away from the initial landing location. Could be on its side (link).
Streaming web media briefing today 13:00 GMT / 14:00 CET (this
link). Collecting concrete data that will impact how the next
mission is executed. Exciting times!
I'm never going to say one of my landings 'was pretty hairy' again.
Now, back to building and flying RVs....and good morning.
of Old Air Compressors ...HIIFLY
A few days ago I was going to
fill up the air in my tires on my RV-8 , so I plugged in my 30 yr.
old trusted Sears 2 hp 30 gal horizontal aircompressor .While I was
1 ft. from the end of this compressor filling up my portable air
bottle , without any warning , it BLEW !!!!!! .At only 100 PSI of
pressure in the 30 gal. compressor tank air gage . I am uninjured by
the grace of GOD, and my RV-8 was not damaged . But to say it SCARED
the livin **** out om me is an under statment ! If you have an OLD
COMPRESSOR BEWARE of What CAN HAPPEN !
Rocket 40th hour flight video ...Mark Olson
Haven't flown my Rocket for 3
weeks, mostly weather related but also have the seats out for
re-upholstery. Well, today was clear and cool (32* F) so I put some
cushions on the floor to sit on, used my parachute for the seat back
and went flying. My son lent me his Go Pro so I attached that to the
tailwheel spring to see how it worked.
N.B. In Canada we get released
from the regulators at 25 hours so this 40th hour flight does not
have the same significance it would in the US.
the pipeline at TruTrak
"This video shows a simulated
automatic cabin depressurization recovery system. There are three
components to this system. Central to the system is an iLevil AHRS.
The AHRS also serves as a communications hub for the other two
components. Another part of the system is an iPhone 6, which is
running the Xavion app. The final component is a TruTrak Vizion
For the test the altitude threshold has been lowered to a safe
altitude (8000 ft cabin alt). Notice the pilot is "asleep" and
never touches the aircraft or any of the avionics.
The autopilot has been set to continue a 500 fpm climb until Xavion
senses the cabin altitude at an unsafe level, at which time the
system takes over control and sets an automatic descent to a safe
altitude. Worth noting, but not shown is that the system will avoid
oceans and mountains"
Watch the clip
Wed Nov 12, 2014.
We turned on the heater last night for the first time this
season in North Texas. Looking at the temps up in the northern USA
right now, I'm going to be the last to complain! Stein, Bob and
the rest of the MN RV gang....you guys hang in there.
Speaking of cold, Philae attempts a landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
on this). The images should be amazing. Back in 1986
while I was a computation center work study slug (delivering computers
on campus) at Baylor, one of the guys who oversaw the operation was
doing some of the math for scientists working to design the surface
penetrator-lander of the later-cancelled
CRAF mission. It was to be the first scientific instruments
placed on a comet nucleus. Listening to Bill talk about it was a
real treat. Today we finally land on a comet, nearly three decades
later than I'd initially hoped. Fingers crossed!!! Touchdown
scheduled for 1602Z today. Go Philae!!!
webcast of the landing
with ADS-B, A Wife's Tale ...Paul M.
I have been flying my RV-7A for
the past 4 years and my wife has accompanied me on a half dozen
cross country flights. She is a fearful flier and is a bit stressed
(doesn’t show it) when we fly and has about 50 hours in the plane.
Going to new places is what helps her overcome her fears.
I have had a few close calls with airplanes over the past few years.
Didn’t have to make any evasive maneuvers but would have liked to
have known they were coming close well in advance. Some of these
encounters occurred under radar or tower coverage.
About 6 months ago I decided to upgrade my Dynon D180 system to
SkyView/Mode S ES Transponder/ADS-B Receiver so that I could have
ADS-B traffic/Weather and an improved moving map. I did this so that
I could see the traffic in advance.
This past weekend my wife and I went on our first long cross country
from Tucson, AZ to Corona, CA. To fly safe in the western deserts
and mountains I always try to fly with a road beneath me if I can.
This means flying between airports and on airways most of the time.
We were using flight following and handed off to a half dozen
centers. I expected (as in the past) that the centers would be
calling out traffic to keep us out of harm’s way. Well this was not
the case. About 50% of the time they never called out the traffic.
When I decided to upgrade the system I explained to my wife why and
what the ADS-B system provided. This cross country flight was her
first exposure to our investment. She became an expert at looking at
the SkyView screen and seeing the ADS-B traffic depicted and
understanding the distance from and if it was above and below our
airplane. She then would be looking in the right direction and was
better at spotting the traffic them me. I actually believe it made
her feel safer and kept her mind active and made her part of the
flight crew rather than a passenger. There were a few times where
the center never called traffic and we had to descend or change
course to keep a safe distance from a head on aircraft.
The whole point of building my RV was to enjoy flying, travel to new
places and have great adventures with my wife. Adding a Mode S/ES
transponder and an ADS-B receiver is expensive, but for me and my
wife it was money well spent.
What would you do with this?
wingtip lens ...alcladrv
Q: After nearly 10 years
the wingtips on my RV7 have started to get cloudy on the outside.
What do you use to keep the lens clear?
A: I have used the
Mothers powerball for headlights with my electric drill - works
great! The diameter is small enough to fit inside the lends. I just
pull the lens off and polish using the powerball. I think I paid $24
at Wal Mart for it
A: I've used the 3M
brand with good success on my car, about $15-20. Just leave the lens
on the plane and tape around it for protection. Since planes aren't
subject to thrown gravel like cars are, your lenses shouldn't be
FWIW, I've also seen youtube videos recommending toothpaste with
apparently good results
A: When I was at true
value in page Arizona purchasing lemon pledge for my canopy the
clerk said that people buy off bug spray to get rid of the yellow in
their lenses on the cars and said that it works extremely well
better than any of those headlight polishing kit and that she would
never buy headlight polishing kit again.
Veterans Day, 2014.
run for some NC BBQ ...kjowen
Last Sunday, while having to
fly off some time solo for the insurance company in the new -10, I
needed to come up with somewhere to go. After a quick stop in
western NC, then over the hills to N. Wilkesboro, and then a BBQ
pick up in Lexington and a photo op with my bro and spouse. (Maybe
one day they will even get off the ground). After packing the
cooler, turned towards home to make dinner with the crew. Really
loving the room and the ride in the -10. <g>
While the 7A is under
construction, we have 172 to keep current with at KMEV Minden. This
last weekend I was taking my daughter for a ride on the bike and we
stopped by the hanger to put the heater on the cawl, (getting cold
here) and noticed folks talking in the hanger on the back side of
mine, we rode around the other side and what cha know? Three gents
chit chatting around a 7A! All this time and never knew who my
neighbor was. We had a nice visit and got to look around his plane
and talked about his project. What a friendly community these Vans
G3X Touch Dual Screen...Wow! ...Jim Ellis
Probable Cause Published 10/27/14
...RV-12 Landing Accident
Flying with the Feature-Rich GTR 200 COM
extinguisher maintenance ...1st reply from an ex-firefighter.
Nov 13th Auction: RV-9 tail, RV-6 wing & tail, pies
Mon Nov 10, 2014
I had the distinct pleasure of giving one of my
wife's yoga students a 1.1hr ride around the area on Friday in our
RV-6. Kathy is both a fighter and inspiration. She had
never flown an airplane before our flight, but checked that one off
the list with gusto. Of the 1.1hrs logged, she flew 1.0.
more infectious than a disease ;-) ...Christoph in Hamburg
I'm flying around with my RV8 for almost 11 month
now and enjoy it every time . No matter what I do, flying alone
around the block doing some aerobatics, dogfighting with the
neighbors Pitts S1 or showing some friends the world from the top;
it is always fun with the RV8. This year I met two guys from an
airfield close to mine, they were building a RV9A. (Sunit and Vinod)
I flew over and I helped them couple of times. This summer
they asked me if I could do some hours of flight training with the
father Vinod and check him out on their RV9A. I said of course
and we put the 9A in my hangar for 2 Weeks so we had it easier to
start of if the time and weather permits...
Project Move- Lessons Learned ...Clay Cook
Yesterday a friend and I drove 10 hours to pick up
an RV-8 project. It took 4 hours to pack things up and another 10
hours to make the drive home. I thought I was all done with
all-nighters after college, but I guess not!
Some lessons learned:
1. Don't even think about doing it yourself. There's enough stress
already, don't try to do the driving and packing and lifting and
strapping down solo. Another set of eyes watching can make all the
2. You will never have too much padding and protection; bring more.
Strip the blankets from all the beds in your house, sleeping bag
pads, carpet remnants, carpet pads. Those pool/beach "noodles" are
great padding and dirt cheap. You also will never have too many
ratchet straps. Nothing good ever happens without Duct tape.
Shop Size Doesn't Matter...
Beer Run (KREI) ...$100 beer run
Ok, so I gave up eating meat. That means no more
$100 hamburgers. It's just not the same flying in for a veggie
patty. (B.T.W. - I lost 40 pounds eating a plant based diet)
So what's a person to do.... Turns out the Hangar 24 Brewery is just
across the street from the Redlands airport in Southern California.
I have purchased two 'growlers', which are refillable beer
containers. I have a cooler, fly over to Redlands, get my growlers
refilled (Sealed Container), and fly home. Once the plane is put to
bed and there is no more flying for the day... it's time to enjoy a
Made that trip today. Flew out over the desert and did a few stalls
and steep 360 turns. Landed in Big Bear and checked up on my cabin.
Took off and basically glided right down to Redlands. Well I was
over getting my growlers filled, Alan from AntiSplat Aero must have
strolled past my plane, as he left a card behind.
Now that was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Oh, now it's
Sunday night, and that Pale Ale is mighty fine...
Landing Chicago-Midway ...Whitman vid
Middle ...Brad Benson
The second year of flying my RV-6A is drawing to a
close, and as I look back, I'm amazed at how much I've learned along
the way. It's an amazing aircraft, one that has taught me more about
flying than anything else I've flown. While it does
straight-and-level as good as any brand-C or brand-P aircraft, it
excels at formation, aerobatics, and mock aerial combat. My favorite
part was capturing the "pilot's halo" while descending through an
undercast while on an IFR plan. Seeing the halo around the airplane
was fitting, I thought.
Fri Nov 7, 2014
Eagle's Nest Projects - Wings over Houston
Day One ...KJBSouth
Two days short of six months from deciding to build
the -7. Months devoted to arranging two shops (Michigan and
Florida), buying and building tools, and practicing with Van's
airfoil kit. A lot of practice was needed to produce decent set
rivets. Found 30psi on AD3 rivets worked best for me.
Today blue plastic was stripped from HS parts. The fit of
reinforcing bars to the HS rear spar is perfect - no edge rounding
on the Two Dead Cylinders on Left Side ...Dave
Well, winner winner, chicken dinner!
It was a primer pump issue. Had a failure in the primer pump
solenoid that was allowing max fuel to be pumped into the L side
cylinders, thereby "drowning" them out/over rich. Totally makes
Sure appreciate everybody's input, definitely helped me sort through
things. Start simple and work from there..... learned a lot!
New from TostenMFG.com ...grip builder
Flight Quick Panels ...Rob Hickman
"...An hour later Jeffrey, (our chief SolidWorks
panel engineer) and I were headed to Eugene in the RV-10 with a new
RV-8 panel and all the modules..."
factory head failure - can anyone tell me how this happens?
While I was riveting ribs to rear spar on my RV8
wings and 5 AN470AD4-8 factory heads failed in the same way.
I was hand bucking these with a double offset cup and a tungsten
bucking bar. I was using ~45PSI and the shop head was well formed. I
had an assistant who was holding the rivet gun perpendicular to the
work so I could focus on squeezing the trigger and forming the shop
head. When we lifted the rivet gun the factory head just fell out of
the cup. leaving the rest of the rivet in place.
Any ideas how this happens? Was this technique or could I have other
rivets that are ready to fail in a similar way? I inspected
(including some light prying on the rest with no failures) and don't
see any indication of problems.
Experience in SW Florida
I need some help. I live on Marco Island. I am 70. I
have PP, INST, COMM, MULTI! but have not flown in 15 years. Have
built FFR Cobra and Glen-L wooden boat in retirement, but now I have
been bitten by the flying bug again hard out of the blue and want to
build a plane. I ordered all of the info packs from Sonex, Zenith
and Vans. I studied them intensely as well as lots of internet study
and phone calls to builders. I attended Sonex build school three
weeks ago. Flew the plane. Wonderful, professional people, but plane
will not meet my mission requirements. Then concentrated on Zodiac
CH-650, frankly, because the very desirable Vans products seemed too
expensive and perhaps too difficult for me to build. The 650 seemed
to be a great compromise for me, but further intense research
brought me back to the Vans RV-9A. I am simply going to bite the
bullet and build the correct aircraft for my well considered
THE ISSUE: I really need to see and touch a real RV-9A before
pulling the trigger. I need to talk to that builder one to one about
his same dream and fulfillment. (The builders that I have talked to
AND the Vans factory all tell me this.) if I can mooch a demo
flight, wow!, all the better....and I can trade you for a drive of
my Cobra around town if you like. Can anyone who has built a flying
RV-9A in SW Florida (or anywhere within a day's drive) help me out?
I would be extremely appreciative, I assure you. THANKS!
RV-4 wings, RV-6 fuse, helicopter engine.
Simple panel. In the air for $30K. Rob Ray's ride.
(click to enlarge)
Rob's Pax Yesterday:
Riley selfie during the flight...
Thu Nov 6, 2014
So you say you don't ever want an A&P to look at your plane, huh?
Check out the three photos my A&P, and good friend,
Randy 'Monkey' Richmond sent me yesterday. Taken in an RV-3
that was brought to his shop for a fatigue crack in the lower
weldment at the firewall (and condition inspection). Randy's
first time to inspect it. It was purchased used and has been
flying for 3-4 years. Hundreds of hours. Beautiful
See it yet?
The right side push/pull tube was
NOT riveted to the end cone that
connects to the control stick. Primary flight controls, folks!
Holding the right aileron and having a helper move the stick to the
right resulted in the end cone falling out. The left push/pull
tube had the proper rivets.
But wait, there's more! Apply more right
aileron, then go back left with the control stick, and it hangs!
Locked up at just under full right aileron input!
Gorgeous airplane, but it's a miracle someone wasn't
killed. How many eyeballs looked at this that weren't in an
A&P's skull over these last few years?
This isn't the Colleyville Women's Book Club meeting
for snacks and spirited discussion. Give it the respect it
Here's Randy's card if your thinking is remotely in
line with mine and you can't find an A&P on your field. He's
done the last (12) condition inspections on my RV-6. I take it
apart and inspect it the best I can. Then I hand it over to
Randy. I have the repairman's cert, having built it. I
choose to let my A&P have the final word, though, and it's his
signature in the logbook. I sleep better at night...and so
does my wife.
Monk, you're a Rock Star. Saved a life today
laser in one night ...Don Patrick
Today RV-12 120691 flew its first flight. ...John Mc
Registered as an E-LSA N112J, it took off from KIWA
the early morning of Nov 5, 2014 only to encounter unforecast winds
of 03015G25 (rwy 12) upon return that resulted in a go around and
diversion to nearby KCHD where we sat out out the winds, waited for
a ride home and encountered several EAA types who gave it the twice
It has a left banking tendency at max throttle, but flys perfectly
hands off during base and final in calm conditions. I have a
slightly worrisome high (yet green) right EGT that needs a little
The video link below is the second flight taken by former RV-8
builder Charlie Wambolt at KCHD as I was beating sunset to make the
5 mile flight home to the hangar.
Thanks to Vans for making an airplane that I can build and fly.
Wed Nov 5, 2014
hello to the nice man on the 110th floor! ...AAflyer
"And just across the harbor from the 'Freedom
Tower', a Russian is flying free over the Statue of Liberty…"
Roger Chastain: 2nd Place at Casa Grande ...Jane Chastain
Nov 4, 2014
Congratulations to Bill who
took 1st place in the Sportsman category today at IAC 19's Blue
Ridge Hammerfest in Morganton, NC (MRN) flying his RV-4. more
2 Sunny Day Flight ...Mike C.
"...Introduction of the iPad
Air 2 came with reports of 50% better sunlight readability due to
changes in the screen. This sounded promising enough, so I bought
one, and finally had the chance to take it up this morning on our
flight to Peoria. Side by side with my Mini, I would say a 50%
improvement is a reasonable statement. But an even better comparison
was when I held it up next to the GRT Sport. The sun was over my
shoulder, shining directly on both displays."
'14 Online ...36 pages
bottom photo H. Dean Chamberlain
Counter/Non-counter weighted engines?
reply) This is somewhat of a semantics issue so I
will try to give more info for your understanding.
Engines have multiple vibration orders (meaning combined sets of
frequency and amplitude) that are not all simply the same frequency
as the crank RPM. For instance, since a 4 stroke fires every other
rotation, there is a 1/2 order vibration (1/2 RPM) and it is
followed by basic balance of the crank or prop that would be 1st
order (same as RPM).
The whole vibration formula has multiple order terms starting with
the primary order vibrations (above) and then the secondary order
etc etc and the influence gets smaller and smaller as the terms go
off to the right side of the equation as they describe smaller and
smaller physical influences.
All aircraft engines are counterweighted for the first few modes
(sorry I don't remember how many). The term "counterweighted" as
generally applied to Lycomings is in reference to a specific
crankshaft design that includes extra weights that actually move in
relation to the crank. They are in a kind of pendulum arrangement on
the crank webs that allows slight movement of the weight. The
movement is needed to address higher order (further to the right in
the equation) and more complex vibration modes. A quick google
search says 6th and 8th order.
My understanding of history is that the "counterweighted" crank was
introduced with the angle valve Lycomings and it was signified by a
"6" in the engine suffix. With the advent of so many EXP Lycoming
clones, both angle and parallel valve, I don't think one can tell
what is counterweighted and what is not without knowing the engine
details from the builder.
Since I am shooting from memory, I welcome any corrections or
clarifications to the above from other members here.
adds) To add to Bill's (excellent) description, a
possibly more direct / simple explanation.
An engine is not built with a counter weighted crankshaft to make it
better, it is generally done to make it work.
The vibration modes induced into a crankshaft are a function of the
crankshafts size, stiffness, the compression ratio of the engine,
stroke of the pistons, ignition timing, what propeller is
installed.... and on and on....
Most of these influences are fixed by design. But some of them we as
builders can influence, such as installing a previously untested
propeller, or an ignition system that is able to advance the
ignition timing beyond what is typical with magnetos. When that is
done, it is possible to take any engine (counter weighted or not)
outside of the safe zone of propeller/crankshaft vibration
Browsing Through The Published Probable Causes
Save this bookmark:
http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/index.aspx. Go to the
link and fill out the form like below:
You'll get a result set
something like what is below. Click on the 'Probable Cause'
Mon Nov 3, 2014
Ride- Susquehanna ...RVDan
First Flight ...Vlad reports
2nd Engine Start ...Tom Powers
Notification 14-10-24 ...factory site
Clarification of O-320/360 Exhaust System installation.
Before further flight
IFR Training Fun
Friday .5 off the surface to
practice buttonology and systems management on the RNAV 35 at KLUD
in CAVU. Stiff north wind and others with the same idea.
Graph line upper right shows the VNAV track to missed, also overlaid
on the plate profile below that. I enjoy fiddling with the
data on the computer afterwards (makes the flight seem longer).
Saturday band stuff with the son and college ball on the WOPR*.
Sunday NASCAR race three miles from our field, so stayed away (and
watched the recorded F1 race on TV). Cool temps finally.
Hope your weekend nice also.
*Our family calls the
DVR the 'WOPR'. If you've seen the movie War Games you'll get
it. And for fans of the movie 'War Games', you should go to
to read about how they built the 'W.O.P.R.' The part about
adjusting the crystal with a lead pencil floored me.
Fri Oct 31, 2014
Well...Done...Sorta ...John Mc -12
"Well I'm legal. Thanks to everyone on this board
for your advice and comments - couldn't have done it without you.
Special shout-outs to locals Rich S and Denny M for flight time and
tech support, and to Dave (yes that Schmetterling's Aviation blog
guy) - lunch and/or beers on me if we ever meet some day - you saved
me from myself a few times!
Also Barb B at Van's deserves a lot of credit for helping keep this
thing on track over 2 years!
First flight tent Nov 4. Then test phase, wheel pants/paint/throttle
redo...does it ever end? LOL."
November Wallpaper Calendar ...Ed
From the factory
Aerobatics Training with a Former SR-71 Blackbird and F-4 Phantom Fighter Pilot
...chutes and all.
Interpreting the Skew-T ...how thick are the clouds and where are they
Bryan Douglas told me about this during a recent
visit. I've been digging into this chart for a few days, and
the more I look, the more I like it. The wind
barb/direction/depth on the right hand side reminds me of something
Edward Tufte (web)
would approve of.
Nutshell: blue line is dewpoint curve, red
line air temp. Read altitude off right scale. Where they
touch or get close is where the clouds are, and how thick.
Here's a link to KAFW Skew-T, my nearest 'big' airport that
reports. Note in the link that the last four characters make
up the airport identifier.
In one image you get:
- Air temps at all flyable altitudes
- Cloud elevations (i.e., "cloudbase")
- Wind speed
- Wind direction
- If it will be cloudy or sunny
- Types of clouds in the sky (i.e., stratus,
cumulus, cirrus, cumulonimbus, or none)
- Top of lift
- Thermal strength
I added a link in the middle of
the weather page for
the form where you
can enter the nearest big airport to you. And here's a Google
search for 'interpreting
Yoga Bridge ....free yoga for cancer survivors
A local TV station
did a piece on what my wife and a friend started a few years
back. That's Susie teaching the class in the pic below.
They interview her at the 1min 57sec mark.
My wifey teaching the class.
I've been lucky enough to give a few of these
wonderful gals rides in the plane. 'What does your husband
do?' questions before and after class kind of thing. What a
privilege it is for me to be able to put a smile on a face that
could use one. I'm Blessed.
Thu Oct 30, 2014
Mike Kelly photo of Bob Kurrle (-7) and Gene Ledda (-7A) around Spruce
I went out to the airport yesterday with the plan of loading
in the RNAV 17 at nearby Decatur and practicing button flow and systems
monitoring in CAVU for about fifteen minutes. Hey, that’s Ross’ plane
over at the restaurant. Must be cleaning the hangar out. Monk’s taking
off – good for him! Geez, Danny’s truck too. They all came out of the
woodwork today I’m guessing. I preflighted, climbed in and launched.
Activate approach. Saw Monk roll out – short flight I guess. Kick
@ss day to fly.
From a handheld on the ground I hear a faint, “Krash, you up?” Pushed in
the squelch button to hear better and turned my belly antennae up
towards the airport, now three miles behind me. “Yep.” “Come
back and fly formation with us.” “OK. On ground four minutes.”
New plan. One minute late to the briefing. Five ship with the locals
I know well. Forty minutes logged. Join ups, root, turns in parade and
echelon, pitch outs / rejoins, lead changes, all the juice. Detailed
brief and debrief. Always learning. Trying to improve.
The unexpected, initially unplanned awesome. Shaking the rust off
the skill set. Made the day that much better. Lovin' that
RV...and the community.
My RV 8A
has a heavy wing (Yes another one, But with Pictures!)
Carrier only, no voice suddenly
A: (Stein) At the moment with what we know based on
your report, Walt is likely spot on here (that being if it works
with the avionics switch off). Most intercoms are made to fail over
directly to the radio when power is removed...therefore if you shut
it off, your jacks effectively are wired directly to the radio -
which typically explains why they will work when the intercom is
off, but not when it's on.
If it were a jack wiring it would either work all the time or not
work all the time...that's the nice thing about that.
You definitely need to figure out whether it IS or is NOT working
without power and with power before worrying about any other
troubleshooting. Once that step has been completed, then you can
look at headsets, jack wiring, etc.
Glass Install Layout Advice
Please take a look at the attached layout and see if
you guys have any advice for me. I am going from the steam gauge to
the GRT Mini EFIS and replacing a few items. Any suggestions would
Vacuum System Concerns
"...We strongly advised everyone to inspect the tube
into the exhaust at every oil change to be certain it is open and
free of any serious clogging..."
are deforming bulkheads!
Wed Oct 29, 2014
(Brian Eisner) "My stepdaughter went flying
yesterday in my friend Paul Tuttle's RV-8. She went up with another
friend of mine who has 20000 flying hours under his belt.
As you can see she had a blast indicated by that famous RV grin."
on the move ...Dvalcik
does the inside of your oil separator look like?
Tue Oct 28, 2014
cowl split - A models ...RKellogg
the bucking bar
Garmin Press Release: GDL 84 ADS-B Datalink
Jean pics ...Mark Burns
Mon Oct 27, 2014
N66AU ...Bad Sheila
Over AT&T Park Prior to Game 5 of 2014 World Series ...Kelly Johnson
Crankshaft Seal Blowout In Flight and Emergency Landing ...Gash
Force Landing Write-up ...good read
air race results
Merlin Aerodrome ...Vlad
Copperstate Pics ...Bruce Hill
Press Release from Flight Data Systems
A simple text file of some of the recent threads
deleted. Might be updated periodically for awhile just for my
own curiosity. Link added to the rules
Fri Oct 24, 2014
riddle for you..... Two dead cyl on left side?
I have a Lycoming O-320 on my RV 4 that has
decided to run on only two cylinders. I would have thought
that virtually impossible to happen. Especially both being
cold/dead on the (same) left side. It’s a
carbureted/aspirated, mid-time engine. Shut off with mags a
couple weeks ago to check ground. Exhaust is two pipes
w/crossover. No recent maint done/changes before last
flight. Fuel sumped.
Flew it in just fine, never skipped a beat, left it outside
in average weather for a few days, went to start it up one
morning and shook like **** after normal easy start. Knew I
was in uncharted territory by the sound it was making. Tried
running it up to 1000-1200 RPM thinking a fowled plug,
leaned it, cycled mags with 30-40 drop each side. Shut it
down after 1-2 min thinking WTF? She never gives me any
over the Bay ...Scott
"Sunrise over Easton MD. RedStar Formation
Renegades over the Rockies
Take six RVs and then add a Giles 202 (to
teach us tolerance and diversity) and you have the Rocky
Mountain Renegade Formation Flight Team. We just completed
our third airshow season and will now take a few weeks off
before starting work on a new and better show for next year.
Here is our 2014 video...... Enjoy
Roos ...act of charity
finally found but what can I do?
Petit Jean Schedule...this weekend.
Thu Oct 23, 2014
Report: Greg Hughes -8A ...Hillsboro, OR
Have been spending quite a bit of time
getting things ready to do some real work. Honestly, there
was more time involved in the "get ready" part of the
process than I realized there would be.
I'm a member of EAA 105 here in Hillsboro, OR. Aurora and
Van's Aircraft are right around the corner in the valley
here. The chapter has a couple of hangars that it improved
and set up specifically to allow people to build/work on
airplanes, and I decided a few weeks ago to split the rent
(and space) in one of them. They hangar is heated and
insulated (nice in the Oregon rainy winter, which it seems
has just started), well-lit, has electrical outlets
everywhere, and a big air compressor plumbed into the
building. The chapter even has a decent tool chest with many
of the tools needed for this kind of project. Quite a bit
nicer for building than the basic T-hangar where my Cherokee
lives. It's also conveniently located a less than a quarter
mile from my front door. I don't have a garage at my house,
but this will work.
trip ...GREAT crabandy trip write-up
[ed. Note credit card in shaking hand <g>]
on Our Friend Seth ...Bob Mills
Here's an update. Spoke to Seth late last
week, and he is doing well and on the mend. He has done some
physical therapy, and has begun working at the job he was
hired for just before the mishap. He has also been up flying
in his RV too. Good progress, though he's still dealing with
pain. He's pleased with strength and mobility improvements.
We laughed a bit when he he told me he had a lot of trouble
early on, just trying to pour a glass of wine out of a big
jug that was given to him as a get well present...and I
said, ya know, tequila bottles are smaller and lighter! He's
improved quite a bit since then!
I also told him about the Sport Class donation collection
effort, and told him SARL and VAF members had really been
rallying to his support. In addition to the large checks
sent to Seth by both SCARA and SARL, the site was able to
raise over $6,500 for Seth's medical expenses...pretty
awesome, eh!! Turns out he had kind of unplugged a bit as he
started the new job, so it was quite a surprise to him. He
was pretty much speechless!
RV-12 S-LSA Tour to Copperstate...continued - Joe Blank
Safety at non towered airport
I want to share this event that occurred
today while I was taking off from KMWL.
I rent a hanger at this airport Mineral Wells Tx. And I am
very familiar with the Area. Well today my wife and I loaded
up the Rv to head to Monroe KMLU. It was like all the other
departures we have done in the past, the WX called for calm
winds. So I taxied out and decided to depart on runway 13 .
I announced my intentions on the frequency and held short
for departure, I looked both directions and listened for any
other traffic. All was clear and proceeded to depart on
runway 13. Now let me explain the runway environment. Runway
13 runs uphill and at the top it goes down about 500' now
I'm full power and just as my rv lifts off I see another
plane and my Dynon tell me traffic !!!! Another plane was
running down the runway heading toward me. I pulled up
turned to the right and seen this Grumman fly past me. The
other plane made a comment on the radio that he made his
radio call that he was departing. I did not hear any radio
transmissions and I advised him that I also made the
appropriate radio calls . He said he did not hear anything
but what sounded like someone broke squelch . About that
time the FBO operator made a radio call stating that he hear
both of our transmissions. The only thing I can think of is
that he was on the other side of the hill and we could not
hear each other.. The good thing about this event is that we
had a good outcome from a bad situation.
I will from this time forward from any airport were you
cannot see the other end will take every percaution before
departing. Anyway I hope everyone that reads this and finds
themselves is this situation will be very carfull.
I had trouble making Vans little clip under
the oil cooler brace fit so I came up with this...time will
Pics of Joe Zuffoletto's -8
Wed Oct 22, 2014
Finally... a -REAL- RV Grin! ...Joe Zuffoletto RV-8
Some of you may recall that this newbie
tailwheel pilot had a heck of a time landing my new (to me)
RV-8 when I bought it last summer. Scared myself so bad in
three attempts that I was afraid to fly it and almost sold
Flight ...Keith Rhea RV-7
After 26 months of building, my RV7 slow
build flew October 16th at the hands of David Austin. We
only had to hand finess one aileron. I would like to
thank Doyle Reed and The Air Capital Aviators for their
support. Rv7 slider equipped with O-320-D2a, Catto 2
blade prop, Enigma EFIS with autopilot, Trig Transponder,
V-10 Radio, 14 hours flying in 5 days and about 75 landings,
i guess i am gonna get them down yet. Ps thanks to Upnorth
aviation for the great panel job, Abby at Flightline
interiors for some very nice seats and the VAF Forum for all
the information. Based at 55K.
Shakedown flight post-annual
Flew .7 yesterday, first flight in my RV in
a month (ouch). Out to Bridgeport for the LOC RWY 18
practice approach (screen grab below), called regional
approach after going missed so I could run the ILS RWY 16L
at Alliance on my way back, then back to 52F to get on the
computer. Trying to keep in practice with all the
buttonology and flow. I let the A/P fly the procedure
turn at Bridgeport, which is why it's so pretty in that grab
(blue line) - wobbly line after the PT is all meat servo.
Felt good to get Flash off the surface again.
That plane is absolutely amazing in what it can do...even
with me flying it.
(click to enlarge)
it's a wrap ...akarmy
...and many more pics.
the Stone Ages - Almost
Sunday, on a VFR flight to Las Cruces, I
lost the GPS signal to my Trutrak ADI about 80 miles east of
El Paso. Then lost the GPS signal to the 796 about 10 miles
east, which also took out the ADS-B traffic. Suddenly I was
faced with navigating through the interesting mix of Class C
airspace, restricted areas, mountains and rain showers armed
only with a finger on the (electronic) sectional and
landmarks on the ground. I pulled out the iPad for the
larger SkyViewPro sectional and was surprised that the iPad
still had a good GPS signal. A close call - I almost had to
do it the old-fashioned way.
In retrospect, I'm surprised at how comfortable I've become
with the little airplane symbol on the magenta line. It took
a few minutes to mentally switch over to old-fashioned
pilotage and I was relieved to see the iPad working.
[ed. Question:] Don't know what caused
the GPS signal loss. The 796 reacquired about 10 miles out
from Las Cruces. I think I'll practice my pilotage more in
GPS Interference Testing
Hand Propping Rotax 912-UL: Accident Report
Tue Oct 21, 2014
All back together....annual done. Databases updated.
Planning my IFR XC now. John's -8 in the background.
our RV friends ...Bob Collins post
Oh, you don't have an RV pal who'll come
over to your hangar on a Sunday morning when he could be out
flying, look at that electrical wiring problem you've had
for a week, and then crawl inside your Mercury 7-like space
(even though he's over 6 feet tall) and fix your problem for
It's Brad Benson, (aka: "Chief Pilot" on VAF)
Who's your best RV pal and why?
From the factory...
Update ...Sam -8
system Schematics review ...asking for input
Proposed IFR XC...the rating journey continues.
259nm, Victor airways, radials, (2) RNAV,
(1) VOR/DME and (1) ILS. 1+43 at 155kts, so probably
just at two hours total. Thoughts? Possible
lunch in Gainesville and/or
Air Tractor tour in
Olney. Garmin Pilot screengrabs below - click to
(click to enlarge)
(click to enlarge)
Relevant approach plates:
RNAV RWY 17 KGLE
RNAV RWY 17 KONY
VOR/DME RWY 18
ILS or LOC RWY
Mon Oct 20, 2014
people just make your day better ...Paul Tuttle
We got this picture of my friend Jordan by
my plane today. He's been coming to Stanley Airport since he
was a baby. Both his Dad and Grandpa own and fly a plane
here. He's had his share of challenges and is one of the
most courageous people I know. He has a knack for making
your day better whenever he's around. Thought I'd share the
With A Heavy Wing ...Tom RV-12
Update: TK's -8 ...Vlad post
P08 (Coolidge AZ) Help trouble shoot alternator ...Scott Schmidt
VansAirForce.net Charity Hat Sighting w/Jay Leno ...D. Allan Stern
"Meeting Jay at KHTS FBO."
(about the hat)
Fri Oct 17, 2014
Canyons and Balloons ...Bill Pendergrass 7A
Looks like this is the season for posting
pictures of trips out to the canyons so this is our record
plus some storyline.
Update ...Ed Wishchmeyer
Status Update II ...riseric RV-8 (many pics)
Factory Video and some flying shots
Nest Projects - Circle Christian School...R.E. Butcher
"Abbey Carlson - 7th ranked girls junior golfer in the US, and she's building an
Thu Oct 16, 2014
Gopher (and Badger) Style ...Pete Howell
October reminds us of why we choose to live in the upper midwest, warm days,
cool nights, and an absolute explosion of color. We are pretty close to peak
color, so Andi and I used date night to do some aerial leaf peepin' and grab
dinner at the diner at KEAU. The golden hour yielded some nice light for
I'll let the pics tell the story somewhere over Minnesconsin:
Snorkel Pics ...Paul K
I created a new picasa page of all the photos I took building the custom
snorkel. Made lots of mistakes and would do it differently if I did it over
again but here they are:
RV-6 Status ...Mat Wreford
Here's a few pics of the progress so far, tail is done ,one wing finished and
the other getting close
reach the top of the hangar ...wondering how the RV community does it.
My siblings and I are spending weekends going through Mom's house.
I thought I would share a picture of the spot she spent most of her days at for
the past 15 years. To my online friend who I've never met in person,
Jeremy Constant, there is your beautiful RV-7A on the wall next to Mom's
computer desk. Her vision was getting pretty bad at the end of last year,
but she left her 2013 Van's calendar on the wall nonetheless.
Jeremy, years ago you were kind enough to send me
this picture. She talked about it on more than one occasion. I
think it was a nice cosmic roll of the tumblers that yours was the RV she looked
at the last nine months of her life. She picked well.
My RV pic was on the fridge, just so you know ;^).
click to enlarge
Wed Oct 15, 2014
Condition inspection #12 nearing completion - reassembly
almost done. I seem to take longer doing this each year,
replacing a lot of screws with new and enjoying the work flow of
a job that isn't rushed (cheaper than flying also!). I
bought this little double box ratcheting wrench a year ago at
Lowe's with a phillips insert that is VERY useful for those six
screws in the cowl inlets.
a link to a set online that includes this, although the set I
found had some sockets and was only $5 more. You can see
it on top of the taco cart below (click
to enlarge). I use this thing more and more - gives me
better tactile feel when doing something like tightening spinner
click to enlarge
Home: Update ...Bob Collins
Flight Out West - Green River ...flybill7
Richichi's Panel PIREP
"...it won’t be too much longer and I’ll be installing my avionics in the
plane. I’ve attached a pic of the CAD model I did of the panel. I did this to
find any interferences in the installation. There were a ton I found.
Hopefully I found them all on the computer so I won’t have to find them out in
click to enlarge
Coupla more pics from Jeff...click to enlarge
Flight: John Sannizzaro
"It took 10 years but N357JS kit number 70312 is finally a completed aircraft!"
Installation of new AF Perf fuel pump ...Craig Taylor
After nearly 1800 hours of operation of our RV8, the original Airflow
Performance boost pump has become increasingly noisy. It has finally gotten loud
enough to cause concern, so rather than waiting for failure I decided to change
the pump. The new pump is the Air Flow Performance #2090255, sold by Van's as "EF
Airflow Fuel Pump-1." The new pump has vastly simplified the installation, as
the bypass is internal to the assembly, eliminating the return line to a "T" at
the fuel selector valve. The installation eliminated seven fittings and about
18" of fuel line. A very nice assembly! The photos show how neat it is:
the GRT HXr IFR Videos Are Up ...KatieB
"A huge THANK YOU to Widget for all his hard work on this! I finally got the
slides converted to something usable for YouTube. This is
an hour and 40 minutes of pure knowledge
from a guy who uses the HXr alot for IFR. It's split up into 5 parts on our
YouTube channel. Here's the link to the playlist. Take notes!
-12 and -14A at Copperstate ...
[ed. cool snorkel pics to complement Scroll's excellent
build piece. dr]
Scroll, I feel your pain! I used an IO360 with ECI cold air
induction and the fit wasn't even close! I,m talking off by more than 1 inch on
the inside and 3 inches on the outside plus it made contact with the starter
flange and the alternator. I started out doing what you did to make it fit but
was so totally turned off by the results that I tossed it in the junk and built
one from scratch. Not that hard to do and ended up looking better than I dreamed
it could! Give it some thought and feel free to call me with questions. It can
Here's the vid clip for anyone that wants to see. I know I've lived vicariously
through stuff like this for the past 6 years. I assume, like the pile of
VHS tapes of my first child and not nearly as many of my second, I'll stop
capturing video of every flight soon, but I'm not nearly there yet! Still very
new to me
From the factory...time critical!
Tue Oct 14, 2014
Flight RV-7 N87EM ...Merrill Evans
Flight, N247RV ...Roger Kellogg
A Day of
Local Fun ...Vlad
Fruehling and daughter...
Coast Ravens - Watsonville 2014
Terrifying Tale of FrankenSnorkel !
Bottom Rubs Tailspring....update
Hat Sighting: On Carnival legend arriving Sydney Australia, 09/22/14
...D Allan Stern
related: About the charity cap
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you have any needs to see how we can help.
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[ed. Ad lives on the front page. dr]
Avionics (Garmin, PSE, TruTrak) ...Stein
Mon Oct 13, 2014
Flight of RV8 VH-JSX
flight pre-surgery ...Ed Wischmeyer
Look Report (Camping) ...Paul
War Italian ACE, two birthdays and an Airport Open Day
...Luke in Italy
Bob Avery's BD Present to Jay Pratt ...bit
"It has little pads on the bottom so the bench can be blown clean."
Taken out at theVanCave this weekend.
When all the screws are gone, I'm done putting
my RV-6 back together (after its annual).
Spring Mounted Vid ...Marc Hudson -7
related: Advertising info at
Fri Oct 10, 2014
Happy Birthday to my son Tate! The
world's best son (IMHO) turns 14 today.
flight of kit 120573 Rego 19-8510
cracks - odd location
software- Enroute HITS, ADS-B TFRs, and more!
Jean Registration Status...
Aircraft Build Log for Android ...Stan Smith
After an empty search
for a 'build log' app I decided to take the homebuilder
approach and create something. It has basic log
functionality like time/date tracking, photos w/captions,
notes, helpers and the ability to flag items requiring
additional attention... all from your phone or tablet. Data
backup and print support are in the works.
Hopefully others in the VAF community may find it useful.
It's free on Google play
Feedback and questions are always welcome!
stan 'at' designerx 'dot' com
Thu Oct 9, 2014
Gary Rosier photo (click to enlarge).
(Mike Kelly) Here is a nice photo of Whiskey flight returning
from a breakfast flight this morning to the Spruce Creek Fly-In.
I. Mike Kelly 2. Bob Kurrle 3. Bill Merkin 4. Medford Bragg 5.
First Flight C-FTLL RV-9A
Vid: Page, AZ to San Diego, CA
Garmin G3X Touch V2.70 Software ...ready for download
Get the Vans CD plans !
Tall Man Panel Mod
G3X two panel system Vs. three panel
OT: An An-124-100 flew
over my house Tuesday.
6:32pm. Looking outside my upstairs bedroom window
I saw this. Crummy iphone pic, but Wow!.
related: a better pic
from the web
in the USA
(ad on the front page)
Wed Oct 8, 2014
I enjoyed posting the note about
Rob needing a car for his wife in yesterday's edition (reposted
below). It made me revisit the idea that this site (to me)
is more about people than airplanes. The normal journey
through life with a Van's RV thrown in the mix. Anyway, I
wanted to encourage others to occasionally throw the non-RV
request my way for the front page. If your request will
help a person in need, even better. You never know...it
might be the top story the next day.
VAF Off Topic 'Getting Through Life'
WTB: Cool car for cool wife who gave her previous car to a
friend in need.
Desires: Less than 5 yrs old, less than 30K miles
Contact: smokyray 'at' rocketmail 'dot' com
Petit Jean Update
Seen in regards to the AOPA Debonair giveaway ...made me
Another "riveting bottom skins" suggestion
RV-8/8A F-805F-1 Floor Spacer Question
Air vents higher on the panel?
TIP- Sika bonding for less $$
(ad on the front page)
An article my wife was interviewed for.
Tue Oct 7, 2014
Note from Rob Ray to me yesterday -
hoping somebody might be able to help.
WTB: Cool car for
cool wife who gave her previous car to a friend in need.
Desires: Less than 5 yrs old, less than 30K miles
Contact: smokyray 'at' rocketmail 'dot' com
First Flight RV6A N763RV ...CopterJohn
The $131 Hamburger...Jeff Bloomquist 7A
I Did Last Wednesday...
In flight photo
A great layout tool
DIY Home Drip System
Mon Oct 6, 2014
(Russ Daves) "Great turnout. 50
Airplanes flew in, mostly RV's. I understood that one
of the supervisors told the controllers, "There are a bunch
of pilots coming that are not real familiar with Class C
airspace and I don't want any told to call the tower when
they land". And it didn't happen!!! Probably because
everybody was perfect!!!
We had 104 pilots, passengers, and drive ins come to LOE
2014 and the banquet / big screen TV air-condition room that
EAA Chapter 471 built just for LOE - it was almost at
capacity for the banquet. Betty Rose's BBQ was so good and
tender you did not need a knife and people were invited to
go back for more. It has to be one of the all time great LOE
catered meals we've ever had, at least sine 2001 when I
I cannot thank enough the multitude of EAA Chapter 471
members who went all out to make this event such a great
Stu McGrudy and his crew also entertained us with some great
formation flying. Please come again next year as you were a
Tha ONLY complaints I heard all weekend was "Where in the
heck is all the RV'ers from the DFW area?" Hey guys, you
were way under-represented. Maybe next year we will offer a
door prize to the airport that has the greatest number fly
Thanks also go out to all the raffle prize donors who made a
bunch of people happy with what they took home."
RV-7 Builder Wins AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair.
Bob Collins co-conspirator.
Philly to San Francisco
KVBT Bentonville, Ar
Tracking your investment...Tate's 8th grade
grades as of 10/3.
A's and B's. Got 'em over the weekend.
Fri Oct 3, 2014
Fri-Sat-Sun Forecast for LOE'14
LOE'14 Saturday Breakfast
Pilots N Paws Flights Through Abilene During LOE
Just finished my panel (For now anyway)..
MGL iEFIS G3 touch screens, ADS-B, Android computer,
Bluetooth audio, Electronic Monoxide sensor, EI Commander,
Garmin 430W, SL-30, 340, 327, Vertical Power VPX-Pro,
RV-10 Status Report ...rvdave
Copperstate RV10 Nest 2014 ...woxofswa
I am in the early throws for planning the
eighth (and last) RV-10 Nest at Copperstate (AZ) 2014.
Hopefully the ninth and last will be next year.
My land based RV will be there for the duration and serve as
a crashpad for nesters with lots of shade, seating, cold
drinks, etc. Tent campers are welcome to use my facilities
Oregon International Airshow video
A new Advanced RV-8 Quick Panel just before powder coating
Fall Leaves in Quebec...Kevin Horton
Flat Top colors ...flyinmonque
Wing Panel Wrinkle ...seattleworm
Weather Change of Plans ...crabandy
KC Flight "Over" Royals game
Status Update ...RV7AJeremy
Lucy Has Wings ...wirejock
RV-14A Status Report ...AlinNS
Stop dribbling smoke... add a solenoid valve ;) ...schristo
Wed Oct 1, 2014
Wallpaper Calendar for October ...courtesy the talented Ed
15hr report ...Andy Karmy RV-8
[ed. About as
motivating a post as you could ever want to read! dr]
I know I really enjoyed reading the
early reports of phase I when a number of the rest of you
were going through it, so here's my short update.
9 days, 15.2hrs of flying... WOW it's been awhile since I've
flown this much.
As of now I think the engine is mostly broke in, the temps
have stabilized and are generally below 400 when not
climbing under full power. My hottest Cyl is #2 and it's
always the hottest in most any situation. Have to start
looking at some cutting down of the fin blockers in front of
1&2 since the rear Cyls are the coolest. In 15 hours I have
added 1 quart of oil thus far, so it's using a bit, but not
too much. The dual P-mags have been flawless thus far and
start and run easily. The Catto prop seems pitched right,
but it's hard to tell completely since I don't yet have the
wheel pants installed.
A trip to the islands - video...Dgamble
The early fall weather
has been great in Central Ohio. I took the opportunity to
make one last trip up to the islands. I took a co-worker
with me - it was her first time in a small plane. She says
she enjoyed it. You be the judge.
Transiting an "R" ...Vlad
Status Report ...John Gross
Slowly but surely it's
starting to look like something.
LOE'14 Begins Friday!
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