Fri Jan 30, 2015.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Delivery Van (pun intended) ...catmandu trip report
"...My daughter packed her car full last
week to return for her spring semester at Salisbury, but
neglected a few 'critical' items."
Slip ...Bob Collins(AA) of Mukilteo, WA
Yesterday my RV-7A N927BC (serial 71080)
received its Special Certificate of Airworthiness and is
ready for Phase One .
Pink Slip ...RV7AJeremy of Tucson, AZ
Looks like Bob Collins and I had the same
great news on the same day. I also received my AW cert
yesterday from the FAA; the Scottsdale FSDO was very easy to
work with. RV-7 Serial number 73827: four years, one month
and two days of building. A huge public thank you to Paul
Merems (DRDT2 guy) for all the help, guidance, and support
during my last two years of building!
Begins ...AndyWW of Englefield Green, UK
Hi everyone. I received my empennage kit
#74424 yesterday (RV-7). It's going to be a long
journey, and I'm going to need a lot of help from this
amazing community of pilots!
Thanks in advance....
Report ...Ed Fleming of Harare, Zimbabwe
Panel Instrument Progress ...Stein
"I know many of you have been in contact
with me/us directly or with Vans regarding panel options for
the RV-14. To that end, I though I'd take a quick moment to
at least post some progress pictures of what we're doing
here. Most are already aware we provide many of the wire
harnesses for the rest of your kits, but we've also been
working with Vans and Garmin to put together some panel
package options that will plug right into the rest of the
wiring in your plane and make it both easy on your wallet
and easy for installation."
you think of this idea?
beginning ...Jason Ellis RV-10
Welp, I pulled the trigger.
I have ordered tools (I'm sure this is an ongoing thing) and
the tail kit! I'm very happy and extremely excited.
I was already pretty much sold on the notion but Bill
Thomasson flew up from Atlanta in his -10 and let me sit in
his baby.. Wow.. It's perfect! This absolutely sold me.
This is exactly the right plane for me and my mission; Plus,
I get to build it!
Working on adding an RV-10 section to my website and will be
thorough on filming and documenting the process.
-8 ...Philip (N546RV)
Thu Jan 29, 2015.
From Nelson Mail ...New Zealand newspaper
Report ...Tom Martin -14
I finished the tail cone today and clecoed
it to the forward fuselage. So far I have been working seven
weeks part time, and have built both the fuselage and tail
cone in that time. I have done this working alone and so far
have needed help for about an hour for some rivets on the
I will need some help with riveting the two halves together,
time will tell how much help is needed.
I like to work alone and then there is only one person to
blame for mistakes! Two people who know what they are doing
could have done this much in less then half the time, this
is some special kit!
Alternate assembly idea for your consideration ...Tom Martin -14
Flight Data Snapshot
Q/A: G3X Nav Databases
Q: I'd like some clarification on
which nav database is being used and/or displayed on the G3X
when flying an external flight plan from, say, a GTN 650.
Does the 650 only supply the "magenta line" which is shown
on the G3X, overlaid on the G3X's internal nav database, or
does all of the displayed data/moving map come from the 650?
In other words, if the nav data is current in the G3X but
expired in the 650, and I use the 650 as the external flight
plan source, is the nav data displayed on the G3X current?
A: In fact it's the other way around. The GTN, being
the certified navigation source, provides data for both
waypoint positions and leg types in the active flight plan.
If a particular waypoint is missing in the G3X database, or
there is a disagreement about the position of a waypoint
between the G3X and GTN, the GTN's version wins.
The above only applies when the G3X system is set to use the
external flight plan data from the GTN. Of course the G3X
system has its own internal navigation database, which can
be used for VFR flying. Many people switch navigation
sources based on the type of flying they are doing - G3X for
VFR, and GTN data displayed on the G3X for IFR.
Wed Jan 28, 2015.
From Methow Valley News Online
After two years of not really knowing what
his airplane would look like, Peter Dixon’s Van’s RV-7 is
finally becoming recognizable. “It’s only looked like an
airplane for about the last two months,” he said.
Sighting ...David Maib RV-10
This photo was taken today at Dak To,
Vietnam. This is the old airstrip at the Special Forces
camp. I last stood on this strip 45 years ago and we
had to leave in a hurry when 122mm rockets started hitting
the strip. No problem with rockets today! <g>
More on the cap...
If this is in your hangar, does it count as 'living' in your hangar?
I saw this story online and thought it was
interesting - the only thing inside is the
toilet/sink/shower. You could put a lot of airplane
stuff in those cabinets, and if it was on wheels even
better. Storage, rest, hygiene and food...and nothing
attached to anything. Move around the hangar as
Fun to think about...and completely
impractical (but still neat).
Google Images of 'Cubitat'
Welcome Tailwind Aviation Services
Aviation Services is a Canadian avionics shop
specializing in custom panels for kit aircraft. Our mission
is to be homebuilder friendly offering affordable rates and
treating every aircraft as if it were our own.
From the simple to the full IFR, Tailwind Aviation strives
to fit your needs and your budget! Owned and operated by a
licenced Avionics technician, who’s also an RV builder,
Tailwind Aviation always works to the highest industry
standards in the hopes of seeing that RV grin. For those who
are already built and flying we offer 24 month altimeter &
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Tue Jan 27, 2015.
I see RV's being described as "Time
Machines" often and I couldn't agree more. The speed and
cross country capabilities of these airplanes are amazing.
Trip PIREP ...John Morgan
The second annual VAF ski trip is now
history. Snow conditions were great with mild weather and a
7 inch dump of powder mid week. Skiers were Dave Syvertson (
RV 10 builder Houston) Gordon Fowlkes ( RV 10 builder
Atlanta) with his Wife Laura and son Jon, John Morgan ( RV
6A driver Atlanta) John's daughter Kimberly and friend
Jennifer from Boston. Laura's cousin Deb from North Carolina
came along to help with the cooking and all important
Mike Rettig ( RV 10 builder from Denver ) joined us the
first night for dinner and pool then skiing at Breckenridge
on Sunday. We also skied at Vail twice, Beaver Creek twice
and Copper Mountain.
All said it was a great trip with the rookies skiing the
blues with confidence by the end of the trip. More pool
shooting and less RV talk this year so we need more RV
builders next year. Next years date is the third week of
January again so make plans to join us. Nick Ahlen says he
is coming back next year, so he says.
PS: I declare myself king of the pool table but I will
probably get an argument from Mike and Gordon!
Sighting .....Joe Blank
Got my mug between the Subaru and Twin Keck
telescopes while visiting the Mauna Kea Observatories in
Hawaii last week. At 13,677' it would have been nice to have
Outstanding place to visit so go there if you are
ever on the 'Big Island'...
attempts with a GoPro
panel upgrade ...vic
I thought I would share a recent panel
upgrade I just completed this week end because it has a
personal side to it. See, I originally built the RV-7A in
are Done ...wirejock
Finally. I thought I would never get here.
Lucy's wings are done. Plus due to a fudged hole, I
completely disassembled the Horizontal Stab and rebuild the
skeleton using new forward spars, inboard ribs,
reinforcement angles and doubler plates so the service
bulletin is also done.
[ed. I sure do like that end-of-wing
storage setup! dr]
Tailwinds: 200kt GS Club
kitchen is the latest ...thing out of my shop (post-RV): Guy Prevost
Mon Jan 26, 2015.
Ops Stanley N.S. ...Paul Tuttle
solo ...Marshall 'RV10Man'
Not RV related exactly, BUT....My daughter
soloed the 150 yesterday!!!
Now, to keep it RV. After she gets her PPL, she'll probably
get "checked out" to fly the 9A.
Dad's proud, and she's excited!
...Myron Nelson (RV-10)
First flight with my son on the "day job".
Flying & Camping adventure ...Bill R.
GIRL -- N260KM Status Check ...scrollF4
in your shop when the RV's done?
Panel is finished! Maybe a little sparse for
some, but for me it's just right, and consistent with the
Van's K.I.S.S. philosophy.
Skateboard Grip tape for Airplane Use ...jgnunn
I am not building an RV, but I come here
sometimes for firewall forward ideas for my Skybolt project.
So, I thought I would reciprocate a cool idea that
materialized while I was web surfing one evening:
iPad use and placement
Fri Jan 23, 2015.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Update ...Karl Bambas -7.
Except for the fiberglass tips, Dolly and I
finished the empennage on January 15th. The pieces are
wrapped in blankets and ready for transport to Michigan.
There were no insurmountable problems in that no replacement
parts were needed. However I did become an "expert" at
drilling out rivets.
trip to Everglades City ...Ted Chang -9A
Last time we had dinner at the Rod and Gun
Club at Everglades City we drove with our friends from Marco
Island. We always wanted to fly there for airboat ride and
for their fresh seafood. I talked to two neighbors, a
Diamond Star driver and a Cherokee driver to go with us.
Since neither of them are formation pilot we flew with only
one of them down and another back in order to take some
aerial photos for them.
Commuting to the Hangar Project / Update ...hydroguy2
Lifting Device ...cactuspilot
Working on prepping the plane for paint,
putting on the pants and the RVBits fairings and someone
said you should do this with no load on the wheels, so I
took my HF 25% coupon and bought the 1000lb hydraulic lift
table - came to around 190 with tax and all....and you have
to mod the handle a little....but boy it sure lifts a RV12
sweet and easy.
Summer's Trip to Yellowstone...Troy Branch
Courtesy Car Additions...Benson, AZ and Kalispell, MT
From the Factory
No, that’s not how long it’ll be before the RV-14 Finish Kit
is released… it’s how many consecutive days the crew at
Van’s has gone without an on-the -job injury. So, give ‘em a
hand! They’ve worked very hard to keep Van’s Aircraft a
super safe place to work.
The crew celebrated with a pizza for lunch. Nobody choked on
an anchovy so we’re off to a good start on another 1000 safe
Thu Jan 22, 2015.
Airworthy! ...Tom Powers RV-8
I got my Airworthiness
Certificate issued to me today by the FAA. I still have some
finish up fiberglass work I want to get done before flying.
I figure if I don't get it done before it will be harder to
do it later. I'm also moving to a different hanger (same
Airport) so I should be in the air next month. <g>
Instrument Panel Treatment Similar to the Factory RV-12
SkyView 12.0 Now Available
Virginia Joins the Courtesy Car List
...Mike Dale -7
I was a cotton/hay
farmer for 23 years before my brother in law talked me into
the drilling business. I have never been employed or had a
salary, always been a contract (daywork) hand. I represent
the oil company onsite during the horizontal drilling of
oil/gas wells. I work 14 on and 14 off. This works out great
for my airplane building. During my 14 days on I live and
work out of a mobile home. I am very fortunate as my rig is
40 miles from my home. This is the view from my office
January Issue Online
Wed Jan 21, 2015.
I went to bed Monday night with
the always awesome plan of taking the RV-6 up for a short .3hr
hop Tuesday morning - we've had an unusually good weather window
for a couple days here in DFW. What greeted me on the
phone when the alarm went off at 0530, however, was a text from
our daughter asking if I could bring her nebulizer machine down
to the college 45 minutes away. She was needing it along
with a $249 per container Advair prescription that our family's
$9,204/yr health insurance plan won't cover. Thanks again
[political term goes here]! OK, calm down
Reeves...you're gonna give yourself a headache. Calming
breath. Happy place. Flying thoughts...
Back to our story. Flight scrubbed. Tuesday edition
pushed out. Traffic navigated, prescription picked up, and
it and nebulizer delivered as she walked out of class. We
grabbed a burger at the original 'Burger House' on
Hillcrest, a place I use to eat at in a former life as an
I.T. cube worm at a law firm. Where I worked when I
ordered the tail kit in December of 1995. She's smiling in
the picture at right because she can breathe better...and that
makes me breathe better.
At Burger House I told her the story of my first visit there, and about
the day she first met Jim. My second day at the law firm
an attorney, Jim, who would become a good friend, asked if I had
lunch plans. Went to Burger House, and there I found out
that Elvis' parents attended his dad's church for decades.
As a kid Jim met Elvis a few times at family gatherings.
Jim's dad even officiated over Elvis' funeral. Every so
often Elvis would pay to have the carpet replaced in his
parent's house, and they would gift their still-almost-new
carpet to their preacher. Jim (preacher's son) and his
wife Annette were in the waiting room along with my parents on
the day Audrey was born. Our RV-6 N-number...June 17th
Audrey Reeves. N617AR. Audrey and Jim met briefly,
but she doesn't remember, being 20 minutes old and all.
Jim, Annette, Mom and Dad all found out at the same time it was
a girl, five minutes after Susie and me. And THAT, your
Honor, is how Audrey came to be two degrees separated from
The King. Thankyaverymuch...
Life with an RV and kids means you drive under blue, VFR skies to take
medicine to your walking N-number outside her organic chemistry
The RV waits patiently as the avgas budget rebounds over the short term -
Tater gets a cavity filled today for $400+. Kid
maintenance costs, am I right? (rolls eyes - those with
kids nodding head in agreement)
I'll study IFR stuff instead....very affordable. Didn't go flying,
but I got to hang out with my daughter over lunch in an old
haunt...and flying never tops that. Not even close.
PS: And I'm behind on emails....but that's another story.
I am trying to catch up.
Inflight Self Portrait ...WingnutWick
John Mastro's RV-8
with plenum) Cracking baffles? ...DanH reply
Yes. The -8 with an angle valve is
sort of a special case. There is very little clearance
between the port cylinders and the upper cowl, in particular
above the 1/4-20 threaded mounting ears on the tops of the
heads. In order to maximize clearance (and create a flange
for plenum lid nutplates), I made very short baffle
sidewalls that tipped inward at the ears. Because the I
expected a significant load across the span of the intake
openings, the front cylinder baffle walls were made from
Update ...bsmichael post
Posting an update on John Morgan's behalf.
Looks like too much fun is being had out in Colorado!
Status Report ...James/Zeni McClow
Haven't updated in a while. Waiting on the
wings to be shipped. Just finished the elevator pushrod
connections and the tailcone is complete. I am planning to
work on the fiberglass while waiting for them to arrive. At
least it will be done and won't have to do it all at once.
Went to the Sebring Sport Aviation Expo this past saturday
and had a good time talking at the Advanced booth and to a
flying 10 builder. Good times.
Look forward to getting busy on the wings.
Nevada Joins the Courtesy Car List ...Hawthorne
(Submitted by Joel Allen) "HTH,
Hawthorne Nevada has a free car you can use. The airport
attendant will bring the car to your plane and tie you down.
All for the cost of....free. She would not even take any
money for gas."
Progress Shots ...Pittsartist
Tue Jan 20, 2015.
Yesterday was a busy airport day. It was 69*F
with light winds, and many had the day off. In no
particular order I caught glimpses of: Steve (-7), Randy (-6),
Jerry (-8), Rob (-7), Scott (-7), Bob (-4), Kay (-8A), Gary (-8)
and a 6A I didn't recognize. So nice, in fact almost
spring-like, that I cranked up the shared Cub and took it for a
.3hr spin for the first time since Dec 10th. Scott was
fiddling with the slo mo feature of his new iPhone as I passed
by on my takeoff.
Video clip here.
No, it's not a 40mph headwind, but it is "so slow it has a
calendar for an airspeed indicator". Jerry said this
yesterday at lunch. Great line...
Crummy Wx returns here tomorrow, but it was a nice window into spring for
the past 48 hrs. The field was really buzzin....hope you
had the same in your neck of the woods.
TeenFlight Milestone ...next class underway (#4)
Eicher Armrest O2 Install ...-8 'HulaGirl'
...having access to the bottle and valve is
needed as I have found in my portable system.
My mounting solution has worked well, for me...no space lost
and as handy as possible. I don't bother removing the cradle
when I remove the bottle, then it holds POH or camera or...
dreaming about the trim, but it can become a nightmare soon ...WVM in
of radio stack install pics ...crabandy
Mon Jan 19, 2015.
Permit me to brag on my son Tate. His 8th grade midterms
were last week, and he got three A's and two B's (HIGH B's he said). The Tater is
crushing it. Soon as he told us Friday afternoon, he asked if we could go get some
Oreo shakes at Dairy Queen. His salesmanship skills are sharpening
<g>. I had a banana split.
U.S.S. Texas Cap Sighting ...A&P,IA Randy Richmond photo (biz
related: About the cap /
How to order yours
210 dogs from Alabama to Florida - Pilots N Paws
Legs' ...Vansrv7arob in Australia
Beautiful fly-by at the annual Spruce Creek bonfire ...tc1234
Pics and video...
Update ...Jeff Rich -10
I guess I'm past due for an update. Today my better
half and I finished attaching the outboard leading edge to the right
wing. It's now hanging out on a wing stand passed down to me from a
friend who's RV-10 is now flying. Hopefully we'll have the left
leading edge attached either tomorrow or Tuesday.
The tanks have already been clecoed together and final drilled by my
wife and her dad while I've been flying around the country playing
Santa's little helper. Can't wait to start playing with the
Courtesy Car List Grew Over the Weekend
RV-8A Pics ...Scott Detton
Christmas Present ...DarylT
start to a bad morning
Project Update ...Bill Bencze
I've been making good progress on my fuselage build
and am happy to report a full length fuse in the shop. The firewall
is clecoed in place. A pretty cool milestone, and that pile of blue
coated aluminum is getting smaller and smaller. I'm very impressed
on how well all the prepunched holes line up on this kit. Kudos to
Vans for a great design.
in Richmond RAAF base (Sydney Australia)
Fri Jan 16, 2015.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
'Flash' from above in the Van Cave.
IFR limits?...Pierre starts the discussion
Yesterday, I needed to
fly a 24 mile trip for some minor repairs and the
destination showed 500' overcast and 6 miles visibility.
Even with my new Vizion/coupled for approaches, I didn't
feel comfortable since I've only flown an approach with it
once...that and my concern about icing...it was 38° F. A
former Georgia governor did the same approach yesterday with
his -7A, so I considered it but didn't go.
Where do you instrument-rated guys/gals draw the line?
Report ...acam37 RV-4
Report ...crabandy (several pics)
measure 3 or 4 times, marking and drill as best I could on
the kitchen table left my radio stack slightly wonky.
reason to save a cracked canopy?
A: Mini Bio-Dome
experiment with the kid's hamsters?
A: helmet impact
A: Cut into sections
and sell them to us noobies who need plexi drilling practice
From Tina....flash sale.
Two flights in two days...
...I know, crazy,
right?!? A quick hop over to KLUD for the VOR DME 17
practice approach. Direct to ENTUR on autopilot, then
hand-flown approach. At missed back to 52F for emails
and lunch. Nice, VFR cloudless day in N. Texas for a
change. All CTAF frequencies were clobbered with
others with the same plan.
comes to a hault–Fuel Tank Leak ...Michael Burbidge
Thu Jan 15, 2015.
Practicing Automation and Buttonology
No hood time, but
yesterday I got 1.0hr off the surface practicing pushing
buttons, monitoring automation and work flow during
approaches. Been a month since I've flown an hour in
the RV (damn a month goes by fast). Track below...all
three approaches at nearby Decatur, TX - two on autopilot
and one hand-flown. The battery on my iPad antennae
died during the flight, so I was down to five screens for
situational awareness. Six counting the watch.
Hardly any panic set in - which is good.
(click to enlarge)
RNAV (GPS) RWY 17
starts w/ 52F direct ZUMKI (far right to top center)
Route: 52F -> ZUMKI WISOR TINLE RW17
then at missed...
RNAV (GPS) RWY 35
(center left down to bottom/back)
then at missed...
VOR/DME RWY 17
(diagonal line far left)
...then Direct back to 52F.
(click to enlarge)
2000 pixel iPhone pic in the hold
at HIRGO (RNAV 35 KLUD)
N80E ...Jim Dearborn
The beginning is here.
. . almost. Construction was to begin with the move to our
new home near KRYY. But as with most new homes, ours is
late, which delays the RV project. The empennage has arrived
and the QB fuselage and wings have been ordered. The goal is
to be flying by the end of the year.
Retirement has it's
advantages and you gotta have a goal.
Cheers to all,
Report: And First Post ...Jules Mominee
Report: Many Pictures ...Greg Hughes RV-8
Probably should update
on the work that's been done the past couple months. Work
and life have been especially busy and I had surgery at the
end of the year, but I find time here and there. Thank
goodness the hangar has heat, or I'd almost never be in
there hah. So, a pretty big update this time around.
Crankshaft Seal Blowout In Flight and Emergency Landing - RV7A
Service bulletin on
Good Factual Article
Wed Jan 14, 2015.
hop over Big Apple ...Vlad pictures
RE: Yesterday's 'Eye Datum' Piece (I learned a new phrase)
[ed. The link in one of the replies to a
site on 'Cockpit
Design and Human Factors' was very interesting!
Thank you AX-O! dr]
hitting forward top skin ...rv8gibbo
Hi Guys, I've seen a post similar to this
before but I going to double check if It's ok to cut the aft
most section of the top skin completely off to stop the
canopy frame from hitting the skin? Also what should be the
gap between the roll bar and canopy frame when the frame is
Wheel Stand ...DanH's take.
Wheel Stand ...kinger's take.
Should I sell? ...lost medical (2nd time)
I was in the final wiring & debugging of the
panel stage of construction of my RV-7A when I suffered the
loss of my medical last year. This is the second loss of my
medical for this reason so a reissuance isn’t in the cards.
I’m totally unsure of what path I should take at this point.
I have about $100,000.00 invested in this project.
If you were me (be grateful that you are not), would you
sell the project, finish it and then sell it (possibly paint
to order) or finish & keep it in the hope that Congress will
someday save the day and let me fly without the medical? I
also have a Cessna Cardinal that now sits in the hangar (and
the hangar). Currently the RV is safe, warm in my basement
Tue Jan 13, 2015.
Thoughts Regarding an On-The-Bench Panel
I'm having initial thoughts of what is 'down
the road' regarding panel changes on our family RV-6 (first
flight 2002 and on its third panel). This round I was
thinking first of taking measurements of four spots (picture
below) using string, or wire, fishing lure hardware or
whatever, and converging those lines to a point at the
bridge of my nose.
With these measurements I would then
construct a wire jig to quickly and accurately recreate the
distance-to-eyes and panel angle in my home office using a
folding table, a panel blank, and my adjustable office
chair. Four pieces of fishing line tied together to
some old glasses frames and some numbered hooks is the
Now the fun begins with paper printouts of
avionics on the panel blank. Where to put the AOA,
switches, labels, EFIS screens, backup screens, iPad/Phone
and more using MY arms and MY eyes with MY bifocals, etc.
Get the switches and screens exactly where they work for my
arm sweep and sight lines (thinking IFR here). Wedges
required to perfectly read an EFIS on the other side
of the panel - and how many degrees. Are MY arms long
enough to reach this and that without moving my body/head?
Or switching hands? Important stuff with the hood on
I'm finding out. With today's remote transponders,
comms, autopilots and more, you could end up with a very
Build the panel in my home office with
sufficiently long service loops, and with the proper power
supply on the bench spend all the time necessary to
configure a majority of the software. Drop it in.
If it took a good long while to accomplish, where's the
harm? It would be a lot of fun as well as a new skill
set...and it wouldn't require a daily 1-hour round trip to
Anyone do this already? Thoughts?
Nerds of the world unite!
Eve ...Pete Howell pic
A quick flight after work to blow out the
corporate cobwebs netted an interesting image of the island
house and tall shadows.
30 min, 2.5 Gals, then on the road home for dinner - sanity
South East Formation Clinic ...tomdubes
Happy New Year!
This is an information / planning post - Details will follow
An FFI standard RV Formation Clinic is planned at Stanley
County Airport near Charlotte, NC - June 26 - 28, 2015. The
formal signup will be via a yahoo group that will open
around April 15th.
A block of hotel rooms is available now thru May 26th -
hotel details below.
Block of 20 rooms – NC Formation $88.00 per night
Sleep Inn & Suites
621 SR 24-27 Bypass
Albemarle, NC 28001
Block held till June 1, 2015
Block of 20 rooms – NC Formation $ 112.00 per night
Holiday Inn Express and Suites
500 Leonard Avenue
Albemarle, NC 28001
Block held till May 26, 2015
Make plans - book rooms, all questions will be answered with
the Yahoo Group opening - Mid April.
VAF Doc List Grows: 15% off for Orthodontics
Welcome RV builder and Orthodontist Brian
Taylor of Waco, TX.
Report ...KHeidorn -14
Planning Mockup ...DHRYCAUK
Mon Jan 12, 2015.
Christmas Star formation 2014, mainly experimentals! ...ao.frog
Flight RV-8 ...Bill Dicus
Anniversary) finally got its Airworthiness Certificate
11/14/14 after 13 years of sporadic building and a lot of
help from this site and other folks. Waited about three
weeks for suitable weather with light winds and good
ceiling/viz, temp. about 20 degrees. Acceleration on takeoff
awesome and lifted off in about 5 seconds after throttle
open. Initial climb 2500 fpm and still good rate at
140-150mph ias. Visibility superb and first landing was a
greaser. CHT's low on #'s 1 and 2, addressed before 2nd
flight with small air dams up front. Now all is good and CHT
spread 10-14 degrees. Just need to get the Lycon IO-360 exp
M1B (10:1 comp) broken in. Ken at Vans says I'll like the
RV-8 even better after a few years, but that's going to be
difficult! Garmin 430W, SL30, GMA340 and GTX330,TruTrak
Pictorial turn and bank, round Alt, AS, VSI, g-meter, AFS
and Dynon AOA's, Whelan strobes and LED leg, taxi lights.
Tosten grips with electric elevator and aileron trim (ident,
Transmit, freq switch and AP CWS on stick also). Special
thanks to Tom Stearman, Steve Raddatz, Randy Carson, Doug
Woofter, Russ Kotlarek, Mike Schreiber, Dennis Millsap, Mike
Saeger, Jeff Point and especially my wife Jane, who put up
with having her car in the driveway for 11 cold and snowy
Wisconsin winters. What a ride!
instrument rain guard- a permanent solution ...trib's mod
Beauty of Pennsylvania Winter ...Vlad
importance of testing your panel design
The 'Fly-to-Doc' list gets its first
Optometrist. 20% off eye exam and glasses with cash.
Near Ellington Field. They'll
pick you up and you can eat next door!
aeros with some passengers ...eddieseve
Getting started: What will the tools cost? ...Cleaveland Aircraft Tool blog
Aircraft Tool handles the majority of “Complete Toolkit”
purchases over the phone. Why? Everyone is at a different
stage with tool acquisition, and so must their tool kit
purchases be. Here's a quick guide to help you and your pals
get going. Looking forward to the comments on this one!!
Pins - Am I the only one who didn't know this?
G3X Touch Install ...R.P. Ping
OT: At my back porch Friday
I had the long lens
camera at the kitchen table when these guys showed up in the
back yard - we don't see these often in our neighborhood.
Thought you might enjoy like we did. Click to enlarge.
Eastern bluebird (info)
Red-bellied woodpecker (info)
Fri Jan 9, 2015.
Attn: Dentists, Doctors, Optometrists, etc.
(This is initially for my immediate need, but I can immediately
expand it to serve the rest of the country/planet if it turns
out there is interest.) I'm looking for a dentist,
optometrist and doctor in the N. Texas area
(within 35 min. RV flight - red circle at right) who can offer a
discount for a fly-in patient paying in cash. I need a
teeth cleaning, blood work up and new bifocal lenses for my
sunglasses. I'll fly to you if you can get me from
the nearest runway to your office. Maybe you're a pilot
also and want to each lunch before/after the visit.
There must be
50+ towns within a short flight of my home field, and the
free market is a wonderful thing. I welcome a new reason
Let me help promote your practice to the pilots that read this site.
I'll list you for free. Forever. We can knock out
two birds with one stone (1. justify a flight for proficiency
and 2. get a cash-discounted service).
What I will do: I have
created a dedicated Googlemap/page similar to the
List on this site for medical professionals looking to get
more pilot business. Phone number, website, whatever you
want if I can use my RV to get my teeth cleaned. Let's see
if there is demand for this (hope so).
Yours in good health, and wishing you and yours a happy, safe and
Shot in Flight ...Dbro172
Gear Lessons Learned ...Walt (A&P)
Given the recently reported nose gear leg
bolt failure, a few of us “VAFers” have concluded that the
time has come to summarize “Nose Gear Lessons Learned” at
least from our personal perspectives and in the interest of
safety for our fellow VAF RV-A builders and fliers. We are
talking about improvement, prevention, and safety; not any
inherent flaw in the RV-A nose gear design.
Annual VAF ski trip ...John Morgan
Attn Colorado RV drivers:
2nd annual RV driver ski trip to Beaver Creek is coming
Jan 17 - 24
Still a couple of bedrooms left at $70 per night if any
locals want to come ski for a day or two or the whole week.
Or come join us for a day.
Call John Morgan @ 770-823-1713 if interested.
Brian Carroll photo from a few
Revisiting a good thread: Small Fiberglass Parts ...DanH
"The SOFTIE line of Pilot Emergency
Parachutes, manufactured by Para-Phernalia, Inc., is proud
to be a new advertiser on VAF. With
34 saves to our credit
we have a product for you, whether your requirements are
flight test, Aerobatic, or Formation flight."
13th Anniversary ...Aircraft Extras
take a fresh look at out Tip-Up/Slider Canopy Modification
for the RV-6, 7 & 9. This year marks our 13th year offering
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 12th year of doing business! We now
offer many new products for the experimental aircraft
market. Please check out ALL of our great products at
Thu Jan 8, 2015.
the factory FB page ...Ken
So, here´s the problem. After fifteen
years, the bronze bushing that holds the swivel shaft in the
full-swivel mechanism on my RV-6 tailwheel is just...worn
out. It´s visibly oval, and the shaft rattles around in
it. For reasons I don´t know, this bushing is not designed
to be replaced in the field so the only recourse is to
replace the mechanism.
understand the advantage of AOA in a 2 seat RV
(RV-8) ...WD-814 rollbar - fuselage fit. I'm
unable to get the correct edge distance for the #12
holes/AN-3 bolts that hold this weldment to the rails/upper
Turning Back into a Garage - Reverse! ...Chris Johnson
...progress continues. The garage workshop
started looking more like a garage again, so I had to take
'Power of Kit
Planes' Podcast Archive Available
Paul's interview the other day. Also
available as podcast (link).
Wed Jan 7, 2015.
There ...Tom Powers
I finished the canopy
and installed it.
Fairing ...Dennis in Waalwijk photos
Sighting New Years Day 2015 Machu Picchu ...Jeff Vaughan
I thought I’d post a
picture of my new G3X Touch / GTN650 panel. This is the
sixth panel upgrade for my RV-8A in the 9 years I’ve been
Out The Door ...AFS
Tue Jan 6, 2015.
Porn ...MTBengel RV-7
Paralyzed Pilot Flying at 52F Looking for RV Help
"My name is Justin
Meaders and I am a paralyzed pilot. I have worked hard to
earn my private and instrument ratings and am currently
working toward my commercial rating as well. I fly out of
Northwest Regional (52F)
and I am wanting to start building some tailwheel time. I
fly with Marcair aviation and will hopefully be flying the
Citabria they have in the very near future, but once I am
proficient in that aircraft I would like to get into
something with a bit more performance. You see I am building
a formula one racer like they race at the Reno air races and
I hope to be the first paralyzed pilot to race in Reno with
my plane. I would actually like to accomplish a whole list
of firsts with my flying, but I will take it one step at a
time, or maybe I should say one wheel at a time! :) Anyway
long story short I would really like to get some tailwheel
time in an RV. If you or someone you know might be
interested in letting me build a set of hand controls for an
RV and working with me to try them out please let me know.
The controls I plan to build will be easily removable and
will not permanently alter your plane in anyway. Thank you
for taking the time to read this and feel free to contact me
if you have questions or would like more information on what
I am doing.
Contact: justonline_99 'at' yahoo 'dot' com 817-229-4634."
About the cap
power during extreme heat conditions ...Mauritz in S.Africa
Today while I was busy
with transition training (40 minutes in the flight) the
Rotax engine started losing power at about 100ft AGL in the
climb. I fly with 95 Shell Mogas. The engine has run for
about 10 hours now, the tank was about half full, however
the outside temp was 36.5⁰C or 98⁰F. As a result of the
extreme heat in our part of the world I have moved the
oil-cooler an inch forward which definitely help with the
Did anybody experience this in extreme heat conditions? Is
there a possibility that the fuel lines became too hot and
resulted in the engine losing power? This was now the 2nd
occurrence in extreme heat conditions and don’t want to fly
any further until I have found the problem and or the
Courtesy Car Additions Overnight In:
Oklahoma, North Dakota,
Nebraska and Utah.
RV-12 Condition Inspection ...Randy Pflanzer
I've nearly completed
my first condition inspection and I thought I'd post what I
found. I only found three things that required any attention
at all, and all were fairly minor.
I added the fuel vent kit to my tank as part of the
inspection, and I did find a little residue in the bottom of
the tank. Nothing significant, just a little dusty
golden-colored residue on the bottom. The gascolator and
tank screens were all clear. There's another thread about
this. My finding are consistent with what others have found.
I have used a combination of 100 LL, ethanol-free 90 octane,
and 93 octane Shell with 10% ethanol.
I found a minor fuel leak in the center tunnel where the
fuel line goes into the back of the gascolator. I had
replaced the red cube earlier and I didn't get that fitting
very tight because of the close quarters. I asked my son to
climb in there and tighten it up this time. He bends better
than I do.
I did the first float check in the carburetors and one of my
floats failed. Simple to check and simple to replace. I
already had the floats and the gaskets on hand so no biggie.
To close the loop on my original post in this thread, I read
the inspection list very carefully. Since the engine just
had a 100 hr check completed, I did a 25 hour check. Filled
out all the paperwork and filed it in the log book.
According to my read, this was the appropriate and legal
approach to take.
I'm now ready for another flying season.
Mon Jan 5, 2015.
cold winter's day ...Pete Howell
morning Aeros and touch and goes ...video
Courtesy Car List Grows
Hey, FBO owners! Want to get RV pilots
to visit? Here's a way to promote your business
that is FREE.
Grandkids, Kids, and kids-in Law
Eagle's Nest Projects - Matthew Malcomb 1st Solo 16th B/D
Another Figure 8 Dimple
Fri Jan 2, 2015.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Enough? ...ColoRv's RV-8 in Colorado
First Flight - RV-4 ...video
Final': Ecuvillens, Switzerland ...Michael Wellenzohn
a Pro-Sealed Part and Cleaning Up the Sealant
identify this ski resort?
Don't throw away the wing skin you screwed up 15 years ago...
...you can use a piece for flame protection
while soldering in some replacement pipe in your downstairs
bathroom the day after Christmas. Yepper, our
downstairs half bath sprung a leak in the wall Christmas
day. All better now, and planning the renovation now
(been thinking about it for 8 years). It currently
Wed Dec 31, 2014.
I'd like to end this year on an upbeat note,
celebrating young life. I say this because 2014 was one of
the worst years for me (I lost my Mom). Because this site
is about a LIFE LIVED with a Van's RV thrown in the mix, may I
present a year end gift to you from my daughter and son.
Audrey Reeves (L) and her cousin Kate performing
'Edelweiss' for their 90yr old grandmother this past Christmas.
...and Tate's watercolor painting of our
family pet 'Moondog' to his parents
(Christmas present from him - click to enlarge)
Thank you to those who helped keep our small business' lights on for
another year. Our family would like to wish you and yours a happy, safe
and loving 2015.
God Bless You All.
2014 pics of flying ...moll780
just ruin this?
my Second Airplane. ...Troy Branch
event on one cylinder
Today I went flying and, to make a long
story short, part of my exhaust broke off and departed the
I bought the RV-6 and have contacted the builder to try to
learn the type of exhaust system that is on it.
It is designed that the #2 cylinder crosses over the the #1
cylinder through a heat muff. The heat muff has nipples on
each side that connect to the cylinders. The #2 cylinder has
a Y where one pipe goes to the muff and the other drops down
and exists the center of the cowling. This is the pipe that
broke at the Y and is missing.
anyone questioning my density (Pete Howell)
-3390ft at -16C = A great day to
fly........Takeoff was pretty spectacular!
Tue Dec 30, 2014.
Final' Shots ...Rob Kochman
New Years Day Fly Out ...Dan West
A bunch of us are flying to Willows WLW for
lunch New Years Day. If we over fill Nancy's there are a
couple of places just over the freeway. Denny's Black Bear
Diner and a Chinese place. Lets see how many RV's we can get
on the ramp at Willows. We are planning 11.30 hope to see ya
continues 'Museum Month'
Performance Numbers ...Pete Howell
Pretty boring, maybe a touch slower, but it
was really cold at -16C. No complaints, still 151KTAS on
6GPH. Running Minnesota winter mogas at $2.37/gallon after
road tax rebates and coupon discounts from the local
retailer. Works out to be $0.0942/mile. Hello cheapo fun!
From the factory...
Status Report ...Greg Brightwell
That's NOT a big wing, but they are
finished. (mostly) Well, FINALLY. The wings are
finished, save for a couple hours work on the left wingtip.
There are still a few clecoes in it. I moved them to the
little shop today, and could not help but lay them out
(minus the dihedral) and take a picture.
the 'Cool Shot' from Yesterday ...note open baggage door on photo ship
Hope you had a Merry Christmas, enjoyed time
with family and friends, and got to do something RV-related.
While you ease back into the work week, some are chiming in on 'for
Christmas, my RV got' thread. Finally, two days
left in the yearly pledge drive (link).
Thanks and best,
Final' Thread Continues to Shine
Flying, Chino to Catalina Island
N6113 Mark Antry (mantry) KBTF ...virtual hangar entry
First Flight Lesson ...crabandy
Flight' Visit ...Kentsrv7A
Randy Pflanzer's Visit...
engine compartment fire ...JRo -12
I was running my engine today prior to
flight, waiting for the oil temperature as always. SkyView
warned "Shutting down in 30 seconds" and "Aircraft Power
Lost". I shut down immediately, smelled smoke, then saw
smoke at my feet. Exited the cockpit, peeked through the oil
service hatch, saw yellow flames about 3-4" tall burning
gently at rear of engine, straight below GPS antennae about
7". Extinguished immediately. Removed top cowl. Disconnected
ship's battery. Fire appears electrical, but cause unknown.
Pitot tube melted away for about 6" section (that appears to
be mostly the combustion). Wire bundle severely compromised.
Both throttle cables and both choke cables badly burned
where they're bundled together and tie-wrapped to motor
mount about 6" forward of firewall.
It looks as though the wire from the starter relay to the
cockpit switch panel became compromised.
on a Plane" - Flight therapy in the RV-6 ...video
"...High on life... (not alcohol or drugs)
Status Report ...NorthernRV4
Courtesy Car List...
...begins to show some California entries.
Dec 24-28, 2014.
Christmas 2014! ...Bill R. starts the thread this year
Final' Shots ...Gaylon -10
a Ride ...Dbro172
Almost 3 years since I ordered the tail kit
(and when my wife found out she was pregnant with 1 of 2
now) Kim finally got her first ride
Here were some of her remarks during the ride:
"This sure is a lot smother than the 172"
"Do they make one we can bring the kids in?"
"It sure is smooth"
"I wonder what the rich people are doing today?" (over
Rancho Sante Fe)
"It's so roomy and i can stretch my legs out"
"Did you ever add up all those receipts"
Courtesy Car List Grows
...listings in the following states over the
past few days.
Holidays ...David's card
Tue Dec 23, 2014.
who bucked these rivets? ...David Taylor
From the factory....before further flight.
McHarg on final photo
rivets have nothing on these! ...comedy
'bout a scratch built -4 retract project ...Smokey Ray
...man I do love this
Nose wheel bearings pitting
AircraftExtras.com Press Release
Mon Dec 22, 2014.
Christmas Cards 2014
big adventure ...Strike69
sunrise: Shuttle Landing Strip, Kennedy Space Center, etc. ...Arlen pictures
flight! ...newt's niece, that is.
Month #3 and #4 ...Vlad the Amazing (-9A)
RV White Pages New Feature
Two embedded maps
showing the city (not the actual address) that the RV White
Pages entry lives in. I opted for two maps, one USA
and the other everyone else, to get around GoogleMap's 2,000
record limit per map.
I think this newly
embedded map will be most helpful in letting you quickly
see if someone is building/flying near where you live, or
where you'll be on a trip. You can then dive into the
PDF list to get their actual contact information.
Done w/Fuselage Halves ...KHeidorn -14
photos on final
Courtesy Cars added to the list
over the weekend...
...and embedded the map
on the page. Works with anything you got that accesses
new owner :) ...Sumo
Fri Dec 19, 2014.
Wishing you and yours a happy,
safe and RV-filled weekend.
John's -8 at theVanCave.
Early Christmas Present For You
VAF Courtesy Car List.
only took a couple of minutes to work out the ins/outs of
getting the info into a GoogleMap, and I don't really think
the list will be that long in the end. Maybe a couple
thousand records. So, here ya go. The map
platform may change down the road as new stuff pops up.
Or not...we'll see.
The list/map is usable
on anything you got that surfs the web. I spent
fifteen minutes populating the start of the list using info
from various state sites and some friends with good
Obviously, you'll want
to use whatever method you are comfortable with (Airnav,
Pilot, Skyvector, ForeFlight, etc) to contact the airport to
make sure the car is *really* there. Stuff changes ya
Enjoy, and Merry
RV White Pages Updated and
...courtesy the lovely
and talented Audrey Reeves (home from college for Christmas
may be the key to a happy marriage! ...dwmillsap trip report
I've been happily
married for close to 30 years. And, to the same woman all
that time! Building airplanes is rough on marriages, but
Lori has been with me through the gestation of an RV-6A, a
slow build RV-10 and more recently an RV-12. So, what's the
secret of a happy RV marriage? Well, she indulges my
passion, so I indulge hers. People say that I'm plane crazy
and I don't deny that. But, my bride is a quilting whackjob,
I mean that in the most loving way. She is completely loopy
about her hobby; sewing is her life.
Rivet Gun Repair Info
...courtesy Bob Avery
"Print this out (4 pages) and follow the instructions on
2nd & 3rd pages, using the blow up drawing as reference to
the parts inside. The gun is probably gummed up inside
from sitting so long. This usually works to disassemble,
clean and polish everything inside, oil & reassemble. It’s
worth a try. Let me know the results."
Thu Dec 18, 2014.
More pics that tried for the calendar (I'm glad we get to
It has been a busy year
working on my 9A.
And while I'm not done with the year yet, I'm starting to
wind down with only a couple weeks left, and one of those on
Last November we made the decision to move from our house to
the other side of town to live on an airstrip. This has
turned out to be just a great decision. It is a wonderful
neighborhood (07TS), and the knowledge base of all things
aviation is incredible. While I lost about 2.5 months
building time with the move, the help I've received has made
up for it several times over.
I started working on the Fuselage right after new years this
year. And as my wife will tell you I have been a bit
"focused" on the project.
With the help of a couple friends we got her up on her
wheels, and mounted the engine Monday night!
I still have a lot of work left to do, but I can show people
pictures and it really looks like an airplane now
My hope is to get her done and flying sometime next summer.
I think that is reasonable, but we will see.
Still trying to decide if I want to paint it myself, or have
it painted. Right now I'm leaning towards painting it white
myself, then having a wrap applied in a Texas flag motif
Now, to figure out how to plumb an airplane engine, and how
to fit a cowling!
Your iPad Can Cause an Accident or FAA Violation
Year's Day Flyout 2015
photos on final
with 1st tire change please
Q: I want to flip my
tires because the outsides are treadless at this point. Can
I get some instruction on how to go about it?
A: Many replies.
Gust Lock- 9GT's Version ...many pics
Wed Dec 17, 2014.
Status Report ...Bluelabel (many pics)
RV-7 IFR Quick Panel ...Rob at AFS
Here is a picture of an
Advanced Quick Panel for an RV-7 getting ready to ship.
Configured, tested and ready to install with the following
equipment: Two AF-5600T Touch Screens, D6 EFIS, Autopilot,
AF-Com, GTN-650, Remote Mode S ES Transponder, Multi screen
ADS-B Weather-Traffic, 406 ELT, Lighting controller with
Wig-Wag, Flap Positioning, Auto Trim, Advanced control
module, Remote USB data jacks for easy database and logbook
worth the wait ...Eric Wiley RV-8
After almost 10 years
to the day, and a lot of fun along the way, the -8 flew for
the first time in September. It was surreal. Flies like a
dream hands off with no tweaking. Definitely a sense of
accomplishment. I told myself I would finish some fiberglass
work and install the wheelpants while flying of the 40hrs.
50 hrs have gone by and the wheel pants haven't moved and it
is still a pink nosed ball of fun.
TXIO-360 M1B from Mattituck with two standard mags
Sensinech CS from van's
7" Skyview with AP and Dynon audio panel
ICOM A210 radio
Hotel Whiskey ER tanks
Odyssy Battery in the back
Empty weight (no wheel pants or paint) 1083lbs
empty CG 79.70"
Only thing I would change is the battery to the front to
allow a bit more passenger weight. This may be due to the
Grove gear. I am not sure of the weight of the Mattituck exp
engine. (New engine but second owner. Not in the paperwork.)
May change someday after painting and if the mood strikes.
Thanks to DR and all those that take the time to post their
I would post pictures, but looks like any other almost
finished -8. Besides, being from a conservative part of the
state, I promised her I would not post pictures with her
pants off. I will post when she is decent.
Keep working. If anyone needs remotivating, stop on by for a
ride. It reminded me why I got my license.
Finally made it to
Boerne after a challenging time getting around the clouds.
Here is Wayne and Marci (Tyler's Parents) about to get it
ready to be Transferred to Lagrange TX (Its final Home)
forecasting and visualization site
From the factory...
G3X Touch V2.80 ADS-B Settings
G3X Touch V2.80 is now
available and contains some changes in support of improving
TIS-B performance. This is similar to the changes recently
reported for G3X V9.00.
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
Tue Dec 16, 2014.
Chile first Show!!!
We have been working on
formation flying and aerobatics, so last weekend we made our
first official presentation like "RV Team Chile", special
thank to our families for their support and our instructor
Month Continues ...Vlad the Amazing
that 'Dust Award' Entry? An update... ...Jstov
Spruce Creek Toy Parade ...tc1234c
Leave Your Wheel Pant On The Kitchen Counter for 2 Minutes ...Pete Howell
Mon Dec 15, 2014.
Family tidbits.....Audrey scored a 91 for the semester in
Physics (sophomore at SMU). Placed out of her Organic
Chemistry final exam, if you can wrap your head around that.
Also, Tate performed some Christmas music with three friends at
the local Border's book store this past Friday (2nd from left).
The 57sec clip can be viewed
if you would like to start your day off with their first song.
So proud of both of them!
Hope you had a good weekend.
Submitted Calendar Pics Thread Continued
Status Update ..Gregg Brightwell
Well, after way too
long, I have BOTH tanks finished and they are leak free! At
my previous job, I worked with a lot of B1/2 sealant, so I
got B4 for my tanks. I wanted plenty of working time here.
Here is a pic of the left tank, mounted on the wing, taken
while starting to rivet on the outboard skin. The balloon
has been inflated for over a week at this time, with pretty
steady temps and pressures over that week:
Panel Iteration (for now) ...RV8iator
I've had my plane since
October of 06 and when I started flying her, the panel was
basic day VFR like this...
Over the years I've
gone thru several upgrades from better VFR, to Basic IFR
with a GRT Sport SX and a Garmin 300XL.
A couple years ago I decided I needed, NEEDED a full up IFR
platform so I upgraded the Sport to the HXr, the 300XL was
supplemented by an SL30, then both of those were replaced
with a Garmin 650.
Audio is now PSEngineering PMA450, second com is a Garmin
GTR200, Trig TT31 connected to it is full 2020 compliant for
ADSB out. ADSB in is provided by SkyRadar D2.
The HXr had a single ADHRS, and I needed redundancy for that
so I added a MiniX. Then I needed a tie breaker if one of
those failed, so I added a second MiniX.
I have full standby electrical powering HXr, Mini 1&2, audio
panel, GTR200 and A/P is all heck breaks loose.
Here's the final iteration, for now. I couldn't be happier.
booth light REDO ...9erDriver
OK, heeding the sage
advice of my fellow VAF'ers and not wanting to foul my
lights with paint nor blow myself to smithereens, I built a
plastic covered soffit around my new lights. I will then
open up the wall behind them allowing them to run in fresh
air and effectively isolating them from the paint fumes. Not
much of a reduction in light, still substantially more than
before the upgrade. Thanks for the advice guys!
Fri Dec 12, 2014.
A nice shot from the wingMAN ...Luke in Italy
a problem? (rear spar attach point)
Call the factory at (503) 678-6545.
Installments ...Vlad's trip to the Air & Space museum
I like this image because I think Vlad in the background was
a nice touch. dr]
your Van's Calendar pic submission for 2015 (more pics)
From the factory... RV-7/7A, 8/8A, 14/14A
Garmin Announces New Datalink Weather Receiver
GDL 69 and GDL 69A SXM
Receivers Bring SiriusXM Datalink Weather and Audio to the
your RV-4 entry ...Jerry Isler
Buechler Panel Pic
I don't post very
often, (but always contribute to this great website) and
have reached a milestone with completion of my panel.
Equipment Includes GRT 10.4" HXr and EIS, GTN 650, PMA 450
Audio Panel, AOA pro, Trutrak Vizion A/P, GNC-255A Nav/Com
and remote TT22 Transponder. Wiring Architecture includes
backup 20A alternator as endurance buss, with Dual P-mags
for the IO-360. Many thanks to SteinAir and Mike Gleason for
all of their input. They are terrific.
Scheduled Maintenance 12/13 10pm CT - 12/14 6am CT
Our regularly scheduled
maintenance window will be used to perform network upgrades.
Intermittent service accessibility during this window.
Thu Dec 11, 2014.
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
...Vlad trip write-up
(first and second installments)
your Van's Calendar pic submission for 2015 ...AX-O
Like many of you every
year I cross my fingers to see if my picture submission to
Vans makes it in the Calendar. Being that the calendar is
for sale now and I did not get a call, I am sure I did not
make it in. So below are 2 pics. Not edited. They were taken
by Pat Dulaney during the California Capital Airshown. She
does a wonderful job taking pics and takes it very
seriously. What did you submit?
From the factory (re: French builders)...
Painted. Jim Woolf
Status ...Scott Balmos
Some of you here who
also know me on FB have already seen this. But I'm 4 months
into fitting and drilling the center and forward sections of
my fuselage. Here's last night's pic, the last view of it
before it all gets torn apart for deburring, dimpling, and
riveting. After this it's the no-canoe-rolling-here
non-party (the word "party" is there, so a few bottles of
beer is still legal for the event, right?
Cape Cod Sea Turtle
Rescue update Wednesday December 10, 2014
The majority of the sea turtles rescued are Kemps Ridley.
All sea turtles are critically endangered, with the Kemp’s
Ridley being the most endangered. We have successfully
transported over 500 sea turtles thanks to all of you.
Sadly, we are still working on transporting stranded sea
turtles out of Cape Cod. Yesterday alone, there were another
40 rescued and brought in for treatment at the Boston
Aquarium. Once stabilized these turtles will be on the list
to be transported. Currently, I have 85 turtles to be
transported to the Gulf States for rehab and release. This
flight needs to be flown asap, in order to guarantee the
survival of the turtles. A PC12 type ac with seats removed
would accommodate the 85 turtles listed below. I can also
split the load up with 2 smaller ac. A generous donor
without an ac would like to help by paying for the fuel for
this mission, if that would be helpful to an owner pilot.
AvionicsInstallations.com Sent Me This Pic
(click to enlarge)
Might Be An RV Builder If....
Wed Dec 10, 2014.
Milestone: 700 Hours ...John Bender
"I post every 100 hours
to encourage those building to keep it up. I am the Flyout
Coordinator for our EAA chapter, so fly all year long."
converted to C/S = Problems?
I'm looking at an RV-4 (to buy) which sports an O-320 E2A. The owner says
the engine was converted, by a previous owner, to a Constant Speed prop engine
by, he believes, replacing the crank with a "hollow crank".
Also the 7:1 compression ratio was boosted to 8.5 via higher compression
Does anyone know of serious problems that occur when one converts an E2A
in this way?
O-320-E2A at 160HP and those pistons is really an O-320-D2A.
The regular O-320-E2A crankshaft and front bearing setup is
constant speed capable. So all he really did was add a prop
gov drive, CS prop mounting dowels and CS prop plumbing to a
O-320-D2A. Which is not going to present any problem as far
as the engine or its operation is concerned
The O-320-A series is cs capable as far as the nose bearing
and crankshaft go. Make sure there is a pad to mount the gov
drive too, on the back of the engine and you also might have
to change prop mounting lugs in the flange to fit a Cs prop
and you will have plug the back of the nose bore in the
shaft if it has been being used for FP. Other than that you
should be all set.
Video: AF-5000 Getting Ready for a Flight ...Advanced Flight Systems
I am running into this
while trying to flute the nose ribs. The first two pictures
show what the rib looks like after fluting without an
pressure. You can see there is a pressure forming a twist in
Tue Dec 9, 2014.
APRS Geometry ...Vlad
Flaps any ideas?
Common problem. Your flap motor probably needs to be cleaned out
...first check for voltage at on the wire connections at the motor.
Another Newbie out of the Shadows
Welcome Matt Horstman....VAF Forums 20,000th
a mystery photo ...from Turbo's RV
in the UK
Mon Dec 8, 2014.
Ted and Arlen Watching Orion launch from the air ...two
Dust Award Nominee ...Jstov
I just purchased my
first rv-4. It has been sitting in a hangar for ten years.
RV-12 False Spar (for transport)
Real Oil Change ...Strike69
Kneeboard v2.0 ...humptybump
I've updated my POH
Kneeboard to address two issues - making it safer and making
it even more useful.
This version used a plyable polyethylene cover which can be
written on with a grease pencil (and easily wiped clean).
This week the forums
should pass its 20,000th registered user. Thanks for
helping it become what it has.
Fri Dec 5, 2014.
Thanksgiving trip out West ...blahphish
George Ford video
In-flight Self Portrait ...Bruce Hill and daughter
coolest Pitot Cover ...scrollF4
Milestone: Engine Hung ...Guilhermepilot
Thu Dec 4, 2014.
Spruce fly-in's Whiskey
flight off to breakfast this morning. Lead Mike Kelly RV-8,
2 Bob Kurrle Rv-7, 3. Gene Ledda Rv-7A, 4. John Fleurent
RV-8, 5. Bill Merkin RV-6, 6. Paul Van Sickle RV7A.
Mike Kelly emailed me this.
$3.80 confirmed yesterday.....KSWI (Sherman, TX)
Yesterday I flew
Flash over to KSWI for $3.80 avgas (90 cents cheaper
than my field). First flight over .1hr in two weeks.
I feel better having a learning component to the mission if
I'm spending money getting off the surface, so I used the
time to practice intercepting radials off various things in
the 430W database. Spots on the web talk about, during
the IFR checkride, having an "intercept the XXXº radial of
XXX VOR" thrown in there to see if you know how to muscle
the GPS/NAV/COMM around, so on the way back I worked out the
how-to-do-thats. Buttonology practice.
1. On the 430W select
DIRECT TO the FUZ VOR (but don't activate yet)
2. Scroll to the CRS window and enter 190 (my guess).
3. Press OBS on the 430W and then the OBS CRS soft key on
4. Rotate the knob on the G3X, while watching the magenta
radial line pivot around the FUZ VOR on the MFD, until it
crosses over where I think my house is. It happened to
be the 203º radial, and I now think the 'North Up' view
would be best for this type stuff (for me).
5. Intercept that radial via meat servo (then see if the
autopilot will do it.... it did).
6. Take a picture with phone while George is driving....
Click to enlarge.
Joining the 203º FUZ radial (note magenta pathways in the PFD)
7. Monitor on the iPad
running Garmin Pilot for additional SA.
8. Land. Eat lunch. Kids meal at Whataburger.
$3.45 out the door...includes cookie and refill. Read
interesting tidbits about octopuses on the bag. Skip
9. Go home and write about the flight. .8hr logged.
Stuff learned, and saved over $6 in gas while learning it
(over buying at my field). Good times.
PS: I found a
YouTube clip explaining some of this on the 430
FreeFlight ADS-B Special Deal thru the end of the year for VAF members
FreeFlight is offering
the FDL-978-XVR UAT (Universal Access Tranceiver, ADS-B
In/Out, built in certified GPS) for $3995 (retail $5490)
thru the end of the year (expires Dec 31, 2014).
I am offering these units for $3250 (plus shipping) thru
the end of the year to VAF members
As an authorized dealer I committed to purchase a large
quanity of these units for a special price and am passing
the savings onto VAF members.
This special price is for installation in experimental
aircraft only (certified aircraft require dealer
Units come with everything you need except wiring harness
(connectors are included with the kit or I can build a
harness for you for a nominal extra charge or you can build
Hangar Space ...Pearland, TX
Wed Dec 3, 2014.
Month ...Vlad trip
Condition Inspection Logged ...Glen
inspection has been logged. This one was delayed by some
family commitments and "a few changes" I wanted to make
including changing the AP (this changing servos and wiring)
and a new heated pitot tube.
Last year's assistant became this year's A&P. The "kid" did
a great job and we found a few things.
Most of the above posts give the general experience.
I have not been happy with the location of my aux battery so
I moved it to the space forward of the left gear tower. It's
a LiFePO4 and only weighs 2.2 lbs so I'm not concerned with
any significant CG effect.
Compression was up a bit and considering the test was done
cold I'm happy with the 75 78 76 74. Timing was still right
on the money.
This was the year for the new 380x150 tires / tyres. I spent
about two hours adjusting the wheel pants. Thankfully the
work was limited to increasing the bottom opening
With so little 100LL consumed and mostly ZeroE burned, the
plugs looked great. There are times when I'm happy to fly
behind a low-compression O320
The A&P did an accelerated swing test on the ELT. I'd never
"tested" the ELT. we discovered it had been install
backwards all this time. It took a bit of work to get the
antenna coax and control cable long enough to reach the ELT
with it facing the correct way. (There's nothing quite
like yoga in the tail come of an RV-8 to test your
The rest of the condition inspection turned up a few worn
and brittle cable ties; a rubber pad that had shifted and
was about to stop providing its protection to the hot air
belt tube, and a nut plate that needed to be re-riveted.
Welcome Dennis from Waalwijk, Netherlands
Final Report Issued
shares the findings of his 2/23/14 accident (Probable
Orion Test Flight This
Thursday ...watch live on NASA TV
Tue Dec 2, 2014.
Sid 'scrollF4' Mayeux - Wings ON (7A).
Mexico Trip Update ...Brian Unrein RV-10
We made it back from
our trip to Guaymas Mexico without much incident. The only
exciting thing that happened during the flight, which
happened to us last time we went to Mexico as well, was that
we had a hard time reaching ATC/FSS while trying to re-enter
the US. We climbed up from 9,500 to 11,500 feet and finally
reached FSS to relay for us and get us a squawk when we were
about 2 miles from the boarder near KPRS. It really
surprises me they dont have a radio tower closer to the
boarder. The closest one was 40 miles from the boarder so
trying to hail someone at a reasonable distance out was no
Our experience at the Guaymas airport was much better this
time since we knew what to expect. Plus the agents there
spoke a little English this time which helped a lot. I made
3 copies of all paper work - aircraft registration,
airworthiness, pilots license, etc and stuck them in a
folder. The Customs process in Guaymas seems a little
unorganized as you bounce from area to area and paying fees
and doing paper work. Overall, it was a good experience.
We paid approximately the following costs:
$130 for a multi entry permit (good for the airplane for 1
calendar year I think?)
$30 for 4 days of parking
$7 for landing fee
$24 per person (not pilot/crew) entry visas
$5 per person exit visa (non pilot/crew)
+tip for the nice guys who helped with baggage.
problem Pneumatic Squeezer mushing rivets
From Grady at GLO...
inspect prop build-up pics
Pickup Fuse Kit from Shipping Terminal ...K.
My Buddy Jim Bradley
I've known the cat for
20+ years or so. He's looking for a Pharmaceutical
Sales Manger position in the Dallas area. I'd like
to help my friend by posting his quals below. Don't
let the fact that he knows me blemish his chances. In
fact, he knows me from the 'I'm thinking about building
an airplane' days.
Oh, and he grew up down
the street from Elvis, who was years older....he has some
Mon Dec 1, 2014.
RV-6 Bush Plane
Way to Hold Your Pants
Victoria, TX 219PB ...welcome
Aerobatics Lesson with Air Show Pilot Adam Baker - Part 2
Status Report ...K. Sizemore -14
on top of cylinder
Calendar Wallpaper for
Engine Start - RV-7 - N77PB
Club ...Mike Messer entry
Avery Tool Press Release