RV-12 Status: John Halcrow (Irvine, CA)
"First major milestone: four months / 197.0 hours build
time. Will hold off on mounting the tail surfaces and
installing fairings until later in the build. Rudder and
ASTs are on shelves, out of frame. Wings are
next...kit is on the floor, waiting. Note: I don't
always work in full dress uniform - thought this occasion
was special enough for it."
training? ...Bob Collins 7A
Anybody interested in getting together for a few spring training baseball
games in Arizona? I'm thinking about flying down to Goodyear to watch the Tribe
play. I think there's a little airport right nearby.
Dynon Announces Skyview v5.1, Featuring User Configurable Data
Update (with video) of Brian Chesteen's Panel Upgrade Project
Major cold front passing East TN today...started the day at 68° and by
midnight it should be in the 30's. Huge amount of rain and flooding since the
ground was already soaked and all the creeks, ponds and other low spots were
already full of water. Tons of tornadoes in the South East. Hope all the RV'ers
got out of it unharmed!
AEROLEDS RELEASES NEW MICROSUN TAXI/RECOGNITION LIGHT
Mounting elevators; is this normal?
Is it normal to have to trim this much of the HS skin to allow travel of
the elevator counterbalance arms? Just want to make sure I don't
cut off anything I can't put back. Thanks!
Finalizing Panel- All thoughts welcome
I am in the final throws of sending my panel of to be CNC'd and engraved
for my RV-10. I am after any and all comments as to the layout to ensure I have
missed no specific issues and I have covered all bases.
...RV-12 spotlighted as one of the successes
I was match drilling the skin through the J stringer into
the F-779 skin. It was hard enough trying to keep the centre
line of the J stringer in the centre of the side skin (F-773)
hole of the tail cone let alone line up the hole in the F-779 on
my RV 9. This was the result, figure of 8 holes and oversize
I have emailed VANS. I am thinking of drilling out the holes to #30 and
using a 4 oops rivet. Not sure of my options here and are asking
for advice. Many thanks in advance.
Don Patrick Starts his -8 Fuse
Picked up my fuse kit in Lewiston, New York today. Boy, there's quite a
bit to sort!
Hoping to be attacking that firewall sometime this coming weekend!
Install Tip...Jon Thocker I'm just finishing up my third G3X install in the last 14 months.
Something came up that hadn't been an issue in the 2 previous planes.
This particular RV7A has a rudder bottom mounted Whelen Nav/strobe light.
When running the magnetic interference check I found that it failed when the nav
lights were turned on. This hadn't happened on the previous RV8's with
magnetometers mounted in roughly the same place. (RV7A on the aft deck, the 8's
mounted just fwd of the same last bulkhead). The 8's both had wingtip mounted
Nav/Strobe combo's with integral white aft facing lights(No tail lights).
A friend had an uninstalled Whelen LED tail light combo, so I tried that
and ran the mag interference test. It passed with flying colors.
The wires run in the center of the fuselage bottom to the tail, and are
probably 18 inches from the magnetometer. This is a big no no in the install
manual, but it would be hard find a perfect place. If left alone the heading
slews 2 degrees when the nav lights are turned on. This could be zeroed out in
the calibration mode if done with the lights on, so not to big a deal. Or just
live with it, and calibrate with them off. The other option would be to replace
the tail light with an LED version.
Hope this helps those planning a G3X system.
Annual / Conditional / Flying Inspection
Can I perform a staged or progressive Annual? That is to say, can I do
the engine one weekend then button it up and fly the next day?
Then, do the fuselage the next weekend, button it up and
fly...and so on?
Or, do I have to take the plane down until the entire Annual is done?
This is what I used to do during my owner assisted Annuals years
ago on my certified airplane.
Panel Upgrade Status ...Brian Chesteen Warm today so I left work at noon today and plan to
take the next two days off to work on the plane. It is suppose
to be 70° here tomorrow and 66° Wednesday.
Tied the VP-X into the plane today. It sure is getting tight behind
that sub-panel and access is limited at best. My dreams of this
thing coming out looking like a work of art are slowly fading.
It will be safe and durable but it won't be looking like a
masterpiece. Once all of these wire bundles start trying to
occupy the same space as fixed objects, it becomes a nightmare
to keep it all organized.
I have had to abandon the idea of using cord to lace all of the wires
behind the sub-panel. There is just no way my big arms are going
to twist in that many different directions at the same time. The
pre-built panel harnesses are all laced so that will just have
to do. Tons of zip-ties will do the job.
I hope to get to the point of installing the new panel tomorrow. I want
to ensure everything possible is done that I can do before
putting it in because that will make access even harder.
Selitz Bay Flight in RV-7 ...Spencer Rice
Harcourt RV 7 LZU Over Colbert ...David Jones
Mon Jan 28,
...by Bob Bogash (RV-12 AIRWORTHY!)
What is a friend? Friends are special. But that word is thrown around
rather loosely. Too loosely for my taste. Tony Tessitore fills the bill in my
book. He's a very special guy.
Most people on this Forum know Tony. He is a prolific contributor. His
postings are always knowledgeable and on-point. He is ever helpful. His photo
website has become the "Go-To" place for anyone building an RV-12. He has helped
many builders via his comments. And via personal visits and demo flights. He has
personally helped local builders during their journey. And, he has personally
helped me - and gone way beyond the call of duty. Way beyond.
Rock Solid N.TX
RV-8 for Sale ...from my friend Don Christiansen (He
recently finished his 3rd RV. It's a solid plane.
I've flown with it for years, including at least one trip to
Idaho's Johnson Creek. I personally know the history of
this plane and can vouch for it and the owner). dr
Robin Marks RV-8 Panel
Here is a panel layout that has all the elements you are considering
(Dual G3x, GX AP, Garmin Stack, Gemini, labeled switches) all
stuffed in a standard RV-8 panel. Note Gemini in custom side
console. As far as panel removal that is a nice feature but
there is less need with the new EFIS displays since they remove
easily and leave you two huge holes to access the backside of
your panel if needed.
Note: I used the lighted Honeywell switches with engraving vs.
stickers or screen printing to mark the switch function
Fri Jan 25,
2013 Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
shutter of my iPhone camera strong-arming Don Christiansen's
Sebring LSA Expo ...Ken Scott When I woke up and peered out my bedroom window at the sixth straight
day of freezing Oregon fog, the Light Sport Aircraft Expo in Sebring, Florida
started sounding pretty good. Forget that it’s 3:30 a.m. and I’m facing a long,
long day in a middle seat…I’m goin’ to Florida! Three hours later the Airbus
lifted off Portland International’s runway 28 and I had plenty of time to think
about my first trip to Florida, almost exactly fifty years ago. My mother grew up in DeKalb, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. During World War
2, she moved to California, following an older brother in the Air Corps, and
quickly found work at Douglas Aircraft in Santa Monica helping build C-47s and
C-54s. One of her strongest memories of those times was how she found herself
sitting on the bench outside her rooming house, wearing a light sweater, waiting
for the bus that would take her to her shift. In a flash of revelation, she
realized “it’s December. If I were back in DeKalb, I’d die if
I sat outside in a sweater in December!” She never returned to Illinois…and I
suspect she told her parents the same story, because in the early Sixties they
left DeKalb and relocated in Ocala, Florida.
Wheel Cold Weld
Has anyone had this to happen. I was pushing plane back into hanger and
bumped a inch and a quarter door lip to roll into the hanger. The weld just
snapped. I have been flying my RV for almost 400 hours.
(possible) If you were going backwards when you hit the 1.25" high lip, I think
that it is possible that the loads on the weld were actually pretty high. As you
go backwards, a load applied to the tailwheel by an obstruction will tend to
pivot the tailwheel spring down, increasing the vertical force on the tailwheel
and making it harder for it to roll over the obstruction
HS brackets distance
I just started building my new RV-4 and first issue arose.
I drilled one side of each HS bracket to the spar. Now, manual says
to mate the other half of the bracket installing the bearing with nut and bolt
and a thin washer (AN96010L). In this way the proper distance between the two
halves is achieved and the second half of the bracket may be drilled on the
Problem is that the edge-to-edge distance of the bearing itself is
16/32'' (not including the washer thickness) but drawing number 3 and 5 call for
7/16 gap. Also the bearing table at the beginning of the manual says a 7/16
thickness for MD3614M bearing. I measured those bearings and their "body" is in
fact 7/16, but the edge-to-edge is 8/16''.
Now, if the distance between brackets is set to 7/16'', provided that the
bearing overall thickness is bigger, torquing the nut will produce an angle in
the bracket side, since at the top of the bracket, where the bolt is located,
distance is bigger than that at the bottom of the bracket, where bracket is
riveted to the spar. I guess this is not good.
So, I am almost convinced to distance them of 8/16''.
Will this be OK?
Ron Townson -8 Battery ...and some nice firewall swirls
I wanted an extra air box for rear seat heat so put my battery in the
upper left. Still not complete but havn't hit any snags with it
Need Advise Over Counterweight Screwup
After reading all the posts I still screwed up my elevator E-703 tip rib
when I drilled the counterweight. Take a look and let me know!
Second time of course was a charm, perfectly in the middle. Is
this 703 toast or is there a fix?
18 Hours into Phase 1...Dave Svajda RV-6
I spent the first 11 hours making sure the engine was broken in. Then 6
hours of lots of slow flight and landings. For 17 hours the airplane
was hands off, centered ball all the way to 165KIAS at 6500MSL.
After I quit patting myself on the back, I decided to put the wheel
and leg fairing on. On a today's test flight I was about 1/4 ball
out to the right at 130KIAS at 2500MSL, then about 1/8 ball to the
left on an idle descent at 120KIAS. Looks like next flight will
include a 8" balsa wood rudder trim wedge. I guess that's why we do
Phase I. At least everything is finally bolted on and in place.
My (RV-10) flight analysis ...Sean Strasburg I think this is great info. I would have loved seeing this as I was
building just to see actual flight info including: Speeds, EGT's, CHT's and so
on. As you can see there are a bunch of options. This is a flight from SLC to
DVT while running LOP. I welcome any comments.
You may have to create a log in but well worth it.
RV-8 Status ...Chris Michael RV-8, Lycon IO-360, Sensenich fixed pitch, Dynon
FlightDEK 180, Garmin 300XL, Dynon autopilot, Garmin 796 panel
mounted, electric trims, DC load center, showplanes cowl.
Progress is good planning summer flight test.
Vans has a sense of humor
The end is near and Vans just now in the Firewall Forward shows a sense
of humor in this step. Truly this can't be the only buried joke.
Winterflying with landing on a frozen lake in Norway ...ao.frog
Today, we woke up to GREAT winter-weather here in the south-eastern
Norway, so the wifey and me decided it was time to let our -7 get some air under
it's wings and to do this seasons first ice-landing.
Since a couple of the runways on frozen lakes in our local area opened
for the season last week, we chose the runway situated in the northern part of
Mjøsa, close to the city Lillehammer, as our destination today
Getting on with the cowling
...Bruce Hill 9A
A nice long weekend to get some progress on the cowling. It is
slowly starting to come together. I just had to get the full effect with top,
bottom and spinner on there temporarily. Finally starting to look like an
Windshield scratch/scuff repair or polish question
So our painter absolutely destroyed our windshield and canopy. I guess
whatever he used to cover it and all of the fiberglass dust he got on it really
messed it up. It is swirled and has what can best be described as permanent hand
prints. It is hazed and smudged all over and really looks awful. It's very
distracting when flying when the sun hits the canopy. I wouldn't recommend this
painter to anyone.
Anyway, see the picture below for an example of what I am dealing with
and let me know if there is anything that can be done about this. Plexus has no
impact on it. Its like its permanently dirty. Thanks everyone.
Time to move on -- FINALLY! Used 3/8 four flute cutter, then smoothed
with 3/8 carbide burr sitting on a small square of maroon
Scotchbrite, then hand polished with 600 wet/dry sandpaper, and
finally Dremel buffed with polishing compound.
Fri Jan 18,
2013 Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
What's it like?...Dave Gamble I wrote a blog post about what it's like to build an airplane, or at
least what it has been like for me. I sent it off to the editors of Sport
Aviation to see if they'd like to print it, but got no reply. I just thought I'd
go ahead and share it here. It's a bit wordy for a single post, so here's a
You get a lot of questions from people that find out that you are
building an airplane.
Some become routine.
Some test your ability to suppress an eye roll.
Examples of those are "When will it be done?" and "A real airplane? And
you're going to actually fly in it??"
After awhile you build up a library of ready answers for the most common
ones along with the ability to spit out a wordy non-answer when the real answer
would require too much time and effort. You know, much like a politician.
The hardest question of all, though, is, "What's it like? What is
building an airplane like?"
It's hard to answer because there is no simple, concise response that can
truly convey what the experience is like. Most people have never tackled a
project that requires the level of commitment, persistence, tenacity,
frustration, elation, perspiration, dedication, and time that comes with the job
of building an airplane. There are parallels that can help people to understand,
of course, but few of those result in a day when you are going to trust your
very life to the end product. It is that aspect, I believe, that erects an
insurmountable communication barrier between those that have and those that
haven't. It is also why one of the more routine questions, albeit almost always
a rhetorical one, is "Are you crazy??" continue
Elena ...video from Italy. "Here's a short video of two friends flying the RV7 "Glamorous Elena"
in northern Italy.
Watch the awesome pics at the the end of the clip."
Engine School Photo ...randyintejas
Everyone else seems to post their new Engine pic’s so I figured, why not?
I had this little SLACKER built up a couple of months ago…
A1A Case 1st run by CrankCase Services, Inc. - All new Lycoming
parts – Cam has Centri-Lube Tech LLC. STC.- Lycon 9:5:1 Pistons,
Superior Cold Air Induction – AFP Fuel Injection – Pure Power
Lifetime Oil Filter – New Oil Nozzles - Case Modified with Lycon
O Ring STC, Gap-less Rings – Lycoming Cylinders Flow Balanced –
Crank Balanced – Slick Mags (for Now) Alum Oil Filer Tube - Sky
Tec Starter – Plane Power Alt and Bolting up a Vetterman 4 Pipe
Team AeroDynamix Coming to OSH'13
"January 17, 2013 - Team AeroDynamix, which made a spectacular EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh debut in 2012, will be returning this year as
a featured act in the event's afternoon and night air shows.
The 61st annual EAA fly-in convention, known as "The World's Greatest
Aviation Celebration," will take place July 29-August 4 at
Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh."
Thu Jan 17,
DIY pre-heat on a Budget.
This is the pre-heater of Randy 'Monkey' Richmond, my great friend
(and A&P). If I remember the conversation yesterday at
lunch correctly, it was $20 for the heater, $4 for the aluminum
flange that he pop-riveted to the unit, $7 for the choke-down
flange and $5 for the ducting. $36 total. Blanket
over the top of the cowl and towels stuffed in the cowl intakes.
1hr to raise the oil temp to 100°F. Heats the entire
engine...not just the oil.
He might chime in the forums if I got something wrong (highly possible).
His username is 'Monkey' if he does.
Acknowledging the supporter...Paul Tuttle I put the name of my long suffering and patient supporter under the
canopy of our -8 yesterday.
I told her there was something I wanted her to see when she had a minute.
She seemed very happy with the addition. I think I would have given this up a
time or two if it wasn't for her help and encouragement through it all.
Mixture Push/Pull Alignment Issue
I've got a stock set up with the YIO-540 from Vans with the stock Fuel
Servo. I just connected my push pull cable and secured it to the stock push/pull
cable mount adapter between the servo and the engine sump. When I attempt to use
the stock hardware (bolt, washers, etc..) the bearing is at a severe angle to
the mixture arm.
Wed Jan 16 2209Z
SPECIAL (from the company FB page)
"The Sebring LSA
show is on this Thurs/Fri/Sat, and Van's guys Mitch Lock and Ken
Scott should be there. Ken will make it OK on the airlines. However,
bad weather has stranded Mitch (and our East Coast RV-12 demo
airplane) in Maryland.
So... if any RV-12 owner is flying to Sebring, or wants to go, we
can offer them a free parking spot on our booth. Might even buy 'em
If you're in the neighborhood, and want to show off your RV-12,
contact us here at Van's (503-678-6545). Thanks!"
Flight! ...Don Jones 9A On Sunday January 13, 2013 at 2115Z, N151E fought against gravity and
became airborne for the first time. The event occurred 4 ½ years after receiving
the tail kit. It flew beautifully as expected. Temps were all normal in the
crisp air and the engine ran strong and smooth. It is an all standard build RV9A
sporting a Sam James Cowl, Catto 3 blade propeller, Rebuilt O-320, Full Classic
Aero Interior, Dual 10” Skyviews and all Garmin stack. Thanks go out to my wife
for putting up with me through the project, Russ Dent for all his help with the
final assembly at the airport and VAF for lots of good information.
Here is the required RV Grin Picture (Russ Dent photo.
Any help would be appreciated but here is what I am thinking. I really
like the dark blue and white. I have accented it with yelow and black in the
past and I like that. I have tried different stripe widths and even showing the
white between the stripes but so far this is my favorite. I am trying the
painting myself so simplicity is important. I have been thinking that the dark
blue might be hot here in Florida but I sure like it.
A new VAF friend ...Luke in Italy
I like to introduce a really special friend.
His name is Francesco 'Franz' Dante and he had the privilege to be the
'one-and-only one time' pilot who flown my 8 from the front
Obviously he's sporting his 'RV Grin'.
He's building his own RV-8 and we plan to fly our formation routine in a
near future. He's my mentor in formation flying beeing an avid
Italian Air Force instructor pilot from 1996 on MB 339 CD.
On this photo he doesn't wear his VAF hat but believe me he does
everytime. Is an outstanding photographer too and he shot the
best pictures you saw on my past threads.
This year we'll be together in Oshkosh to join that great family members.
Rocket "Busts a Contrail"
Or maybe broke the speed of sound. Or...the speed of light?. Or the index
refraction (or reflection?), or ummm... Hey, here's an idea: Maybe I was just
Anyway, I submit this as the best picture of a Rocket with a
GRT HXr screen shots
I've been flying behind the GRT 10.4 in HXr for a week or so now and am
really impressed by what it offers.
Here are several screen shots with explanations of all the information that I
thought might be of interest to everyone that's not familiar with glass
cockpits. It's a lot to absorb at first, but once you get used to it, the
situation awareness is wonderful.
New Garmin Radios ...Stein post
Garmin has finally released details of their new radios. Note that I
don't know for sure, but I'm guessing street prices are likely
to be pretty darned close to the current radio offering, and
finally with a good quality usable built in intercom as well.
I'll try to post some pictures shortly.
Tear around hole after dimpling
Accurately feathering the trigger on a pneumatic squeezer is a very
useful skill in producing nice dimples on the rib flanges.
Unfortunately, it's a skill I apparently still need to work
I closed the dies a little too quickly, with a little too much
misalignment. About 1 diameter of misalignment. This, of course,
made a rather funny looking hole(s)/dimple. Two flat sets in the
squeezer flattened this out nicely. But, as you might expect,
when I re-dimpled (this time, without the misalignment and
twitchy trigger finger) the material around the dimple tore due
to the damage from the initial misaligned dimple. I had tried to
file/scotchbrite before dimpling the second time to remove any
stress concentrations, but I think the initial goof-up did me
So, I imagine I need a new rib (VS-706 -- $7.90), but I thought I'd throw
it before the court for any other ideas before I pull the
trigger on ordering a new one. Thoughts?
Thomason Heart Valve Update
From Mannan's wife...
"The surgery went very well and he is sitting up and taking nourishment
as he would say. He's is to be moved out of ICU to a regular floor later today.
His humor is still in place. He'll write an update later.
Thank you all for your prayers and positive thoughts. They really really
made a difference!"
[ed. I put in my lon/lat for 52F and spaced the intervals for
140kts each hour...for values I used: 33.04983333333,-97.23216666667
140nm,280nm,420nm. I used
the lon/lat converter at the top of the screen at the link to
convert my lon/lat into a format the site wanted.dr]
Lasik Eye Surgery - A little long
I recently had Lasik surgery done to my eyes and decided to write a
Pilots Report about it for those curious. To keep this on the proper topic I
wanted the procedure to be able to fly my RV-6 without glasses.
I have a bunch of photo's of formation flying, but every once in a while
one really just jumps out as being a great photo and telling a story.
Our good friend and a great photographer, Dean Wingard, from Augusta, GA.
went up with us last year at the Boshears Skyfest for some air to air. He got
some great shots of our large formations and then we broke off into 4 ships for
some acro. Some of you may have seen some of those on his Facebook Page.
This one was on initial back into Daniel Field just before the break.
Dean was in Kahuna's plane and caught us in just about a perfect echelon right
formation. It's one of those moments in time where everything was just right.
Stripes, Smokey and RB look like they are out for a morning stroll.. What
a great memory
Update on recent off-field RV-10 landing
(Dave Saylor post) ...*From my notes:
Jerry had been flying his plane for one week. *It was his fourth flight
with six hours on the Hobbs. *He had flown for two hours the day
before. *His habit had been to decowl after every flight to look
for trouble. *He landed at two airports in his test area and
practiced some steep turns. *He departed Aqua Caliente (L54) and
climbed to 8500 feet. *Note that the terrain in the area (33
*00.143, *-116 *42.912) includes very little flat land, peaks
above 6000 feet, and deep canyons. *He was headed back to his
test base, Ramona airport (RNM), when he noticed oil pressure
dropping. *The plane is equipped with a 3-screen Garmin G3X
panel, which includes a complete engine monitor.
RV-12 Status ...Tim Pyle
After years of dreaming I am finally building my RV.
VS is almost complete. Just waiting for my new hydro-pneumatic rivet
Thu Jan 10,
Eagle's Nest (EN-4) kickoff - Emerald Ridge High School
Eagle's Nest 4 has started! We got off to a slow start but we're not in a
race so that's ok. The students at Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup, WA had
their first meeting this past Monday. We meet Mondays and Saturdays for about 3
hours each day. There are 12 eager students and 4 mentors (officially) on the
project. I doubt we'll keep pace with EN3 (wow!) but we are excited to finally
be building. The students are all members of the schools aviation program and
after school aviation club.
If you're in the local area and want to drop in during one of our session
feel free to shoot me an e-mail (darrin at boxbar dot net).
I would like to give a special shout to Ernie Butcher and Bob Kelly
(regulars here). Their coordination and support to get this off the ground has
been instrumental. Thank you both!
Let the fun begin!
RV8 Wind draft Buster stops draft & reduces cabin volume for better
Lexan sheet 0.065 cut to close off canopy behind rear seat
MD weather seal part number 01025 black Marine and Automotive all-weather
It’s a double D self-adhesive seal and I wrapped and glued one D on each
side of the 0.065 Lexan
But with the two Ds approx. 0.25 inch above for compression sealing. Then
the lexan is velcroed for quick removal and installation.
Thanks to Bill Crothers!
For my introductory ride in an RV, specifically in his beautiful RV-8
this afternoon. I can't imagine a more picture perfect afternoon
and enjoyed every minute of the flight! Still grinning...
Wed Jan 9,
2013 Got in a little .3hr local flight in the RV before the rains
hit yesterday....light drizzle on the canopy, 6.3gph and putting along -
looking for deer out in the wet. Slidddddddd to a glassy landing -
you only get it with a just-wet-still-film-of-oil-on-it runway.
Smooth air and a half hour before the hard stuff arrived. Really
pleasant 18 minutes. No deer spotted, but time well spent.
What a wonderful airplane. dr
book ...Ed Hicks post Just before Christmas, Bob surprised me by sending me a copy of a
book he made using photos from our sunrise shoot.
[ed. Wouldn't that be cool for a build log after you're done building?
A coffee table book of the experience! dr]
Helmet ANR kit install progress ...
I had a few minutes last night to start the Headsets, Inc.
helmet ANR kit install. Nothing really here yet except
some 'how it was' shots, a cut wire or two, and a drilled hole.
The Headsets, Inc. folks worked up an all-in-one cable for me. Developing...
...video from the folks at iFlightPlanner.
as Musical Instruments!
Well, as a brass player, when I saw the silencer unit for our RV-12
sitting on the table I just couldn't resist. Just wondering if anyone else
is as crazy as I am
Introducing...Don Jones 9A N151E! Sunday was the day and the 4 1/2 year project became an
airplane. The inspection was done by Mel Asberry and went with only a few
squeaks(not really squawks). Now to put it together and get on with Phase 1.
First flight should be soon. If only I didn't work for a living.
Gap -- VS-412PP to VS-803PP
Another quick question... In clecoing together VS-412PP and
VS-803PP, there is a small gap on each side as the upper VS-412PP hinge bracket
contacts the radius of the VS-803PP spar flange bend. I assume this should be
made to lay flat before match-drilling and riveting?
flight in 7-8 weeks, anything special to do before startup?
I've just had an instrument in the US for repair, so the -7 has been on
the ground since the 16th of Nov.
This week, it'll FINALLY be back so I can get the bird in the air again.
Since the first flight summer -08, I've flown the plane with 1-2 weeks
intervals, and sometimes every day.
This so the engine is run with short intervals.
Point is that the engine by now never has been sitting still so long
before, so I'm wondering if there's anything special to do before startup?
Of course I'll check both tanks for water, charge the battery if needed,
check the engine oil, brake fluid etc, but I'm wondering if there's any other
smart things to do? Prime the oil pressure sensor for example? (like you do
before the very first engine start)
Maybe I should pull the prop through 4-8 revolutions? Or maybe not to
touch the prop at all?
Good ideas appreciated...
RV-4 Turkey Vulture Birdstrike
....Dan Landry post.
An EAA chapter member of mine had an encounter with a turkey vulture 2
weeks after he purchased this beautiful RV4. Fortunately, He was
able to fly it back the 40 miles to his home base in
Brooksville, FL (KBKV) after the tower confirmed he still had
his gear intact. This is an amazing feat considering the damage
incurred. It just goes to show how incredibly strong these
aircraft are engineered.
We checked the wing alignment Saturday to insure the spare had not been
compromised. It had not.
We'll be able assess in more detail once the wing skin is removed.
My Headsets, Inc.
arrived in the mail yesterday evening 7pm (for my
Installation pics shortly...
Up on the gear and the engine mounted ...Bruce Hill 9A
Finally back working on the project after the holidays. I was able to get
all of the decorations back up in the attic and clear out my
shop. I had to move everything around so I would have enough
room to mount the engine. Got the gear legs on, then with some
help from my son and daughter, we were able to get the engine
completely mounted. More photos on my web site.
Mon Jan 7,
Birthday Solo in RV-12!!
At 9AM today, Austin Malcomb soloed in N901EN, Eagle's Nest One. Austin
turned 16 today and is a builder of the airplane. Austin is a
third generation pilot, and both his father and grandfather were
present. I doubt if there have been many builders solo in the
plane they helped build, and do it on their 16th BD. Being
involved in this whole process has been fun, but nothing beats
today. Seeing these kids get their instruction, and of course
their licenses, is a dream come true
my first long trip in my new 6
Flew from C56 just south of Chicago with my ultimate destination McAllen
Texas down in the Rio Grande Valley. A distance of about 1050 nm. All was well
until I hit Carthage TX on Thursday 12-27 when IFR ceilings at 400ft socked me
in for two nights.
All was not lost though because I made two new friends. Panola County
Airport manager John DePresca was a big help by hangaring my plane and shuttling
me back and forth from the hotel. The fuel delivery system is out of service at
the airport for now so before you fly in to take advantage of their super low
fuel price ($4.20) check Notams. Other than that it is a beautiful facility with
no shortage of friendliness.
Fri Jan 4,
2013 Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
Lake Havasu New Year's Day...Rosie Happy New Year to our ever-growing RV Family of Friends!!!!! I've not
been on the computer much over the past two weeks as I've been enjoying
my two weeks off from work, yee-haw! But I made time this morning to get
pics up from our annual Arizona/SoCAL RV New Year's Day flyout, again to
Waldo's BBQ on the Lake Havasu (KHII) airport on the Colorado River.
As always, kudos to Katie Velvick who does all the legwork in getting the
groups together, and this year, for a record-breaking 46 RVs!!! There
were also other RV enthusiasts/friends who flew there in non-RV aircraft
(including the Whiteman Bunch) so there were well over 50 airplanes
there for our BBQ lunch. The crew at Waldo's did a great job at handling
our big group and look forward to having us there next year!
Fireworks by RV
We took the attached photos of the Sydney NYE fireworks the other night
from 3,500' 3NM west of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The photos really don't do it
justice - the view was just incredible and we spent most of the time just taking
it in. Fireworks were going off all night - everywhere you looked. We even had a
display quite literally in the circuit area at Bankstown as we came in to land.
Art ...Mark Wyss RV-4 I made two attempts to get my spinner right. First I went mechanical
and jigged up the spinner on an ultra slow turning axle. Had motor reduction
unit laying around from
project. Although it seemed like a good idea, after several attempts, I could
not get the stripes right. The next attempt was done using the 3m 1/8 tape (see
link below). I shot the background base coat of the cream color you see in
photo but not the clear coat. I cut the tape into small squares and applied it
to the spinner in the approximate positions where I thought the lines should go.
The corkscrew lines in the final result are different widths at different points
on the spinner. Once I had the squares where I wanted them, I sequentially
removed the squares and wound the tape to the square's previous positions.
I then used green body shop tape and green body shop masking paper to
complete the masking.
The Door is Done...David Domeier 8.
First task of 2013 was to take on the forward baggage door. After all the
parts were final drilled, de-burred, and dimpled the assembly process began.
(this is old hat for those who have been down this road but perhaps there
is some useful information here for those starting the build effort)
The inboard and outboard support angles were easy to back rivet to the
outside skin but it was clear the forward and aft ribs would be a challenge due
to the surface curve and closed angle of the pieces. I decided straight away the
rivets had to be bucked and it would take 2 guys to do it right so I called a
couple buddies and the 3 of us got it done in about 30 minutes.
Measure the panel tilt w/an iPhone...free
I saw, in a recent "project thread", a builder using a digital
level to accurately set the 8 degree bend in the forward
I needed to do something similar but didn't have a digital level. Then it
dawned on my that my iPhone has a bunch of built in sensors and
there must be "an app for that".
Sure enough there is!
Tip- Attaching Stabilator ...Gary Robinson RV-12
For those who have installed the stabilator, you well know how
those pesky, tiny, thin washers will most likely fall off from
the hinge points...the washers that Vans instructs you to
temporarily attach with super glue? The
concept of the glue is
great, but I had no luck with them staying put during the
installation. For those about to perform the stab installation,
perhaps my tip will help when/if your glued washers fall off. My
trick was to get the stabilator held into place by partially
inserting the bolt/outside washer into each side. At least now
the stabilator won't fall off. But the problem is access to the
inside washers. There is VERY little room to slide the inside
washers into place. Despite having most every kind of tool
available (including a device made to hold washers), there is
such little room to work with that the task seems impossible.
your own washer holding device! I found an old manila file
folder, cut a piece of it as shown, used an Xacto knife to cut
around the perimeter of the washer, then super glued the washer
to the manilla folder tool. Use a very bright flashlight so that
you can see into the tiny workspace. Mark a few reference lines
on the tool, against the washer. Once inserted into the hinge
area, about the only thing I was able to see, were the reference
lines. The idea is to get the washer somewhat slid into place,
then use the reference lines to line up the hole in the washer
as best you can, with the center of the bearing. Hold the washer
in place, then push the bolt through the bearing, through your
new washer, and up against the nutplate. Once you get a few
threads of the bolt started into the nutplate, simply tear away
the washer holding tool. Worked great for me.
overnighted at our airport (52F) Tuesday on his way from Seattle to
Central Florida in the Rocket he recently bought. The fairing work
around the canopy was so nice I thought you might enjoy a pic.
Bill has a strip in Florida with a similar ID (52FA). Look it up
on GoogleEarth sometime....I gotta land on that crooked runway someday!
Great visiting with you, Bill! Beautiful airplane.
Introducing Joe Rainbolt ...and family
I've been working on this project for 1 year. The Empennage is done and
the wings are in progress. Like to waste time? Click this link to learn all
about my project.
My first RV-4 ...LukeJ from Kansas
I bought it a few mouths ago.. Some will recognize this plane. It lives
in the KC area now. Based at K59.
Sent to me by Russ Daves..glad all OK.
"Talked to Bob Kaufman a few minutes ago. Failure was due to the elevator
pushrod tube coming apart at the bolt on the WD1010 control column. Nut was
missing but it could have fallen under the floor.
Bob and Sidney are fine, just a few bruises.
Bob lost complete elevator control on landing at Las Vegas."
Unhappy Exhaust Valve ...Scott Card This is an unhappy exhaust valve. ECI O320 550 hrs on
this jug which I just pulled last night. I'm not seeking any
advice, but I thought some might like a picture, and the
commentary might be interesting.
iPhone Panoramic Photos
It took me a little while to figure out that the new iPhone software
upgrade included a panoramic photo mode. That thing works great.
You take a photo similar to a video while moving the phone and
it stiches it together as a photo. Below is a sample shot from
yesterday. I started just outside of the prop arc and went all
the way to the tail. Other than the canopy glare it turned out
great. This photo was downgraded 50% to post but you can still
zoom in to see the mountains in the Cascade Range.
I have been extremely pleased with my GRT Sport SX since I installed it.
The GRT products and support have been second to none for me.
When I saw the 10.4" HXr I thought "I NEED that".
With the help of good friend James "CB" Clark we tackled the project last
week and 3 days later I had my NEED fixed
Well, too nice of a day (finally, after mostly bad weather for the last
several weeks) to miss an opportunity to go somewhere for brunch. So, three of
us headed off from RTS (Reno-Stead) to WLW (Willows) over in the California
valley. Helped that it was a bit warmer there than here. Took a few photos on
Jan 1st Flight
You were heading west over the Sierras as I headed east, though I just
did a big joyride circuit over Tahoe, then returned to the valley. And yeah, the
weather was basically perfect