April 29, 2016.
Issue No. 4,106.
It's the end of the month again so it's time for me to, as unobtrusively
as I can, gently remind regular readers that honor system donations are
a huge part of what keeps the lights on here.
updated 4/27/16 19:12:21 CDT.
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use it regularly - all we've ever asked. All we ever will.
Life is complicated enough, and I like to keep it low key here.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and
Grass Strip Stop in Pictures ...Vlad 9A (1E8 in Degrasse, NY)
RV-10 First Flight ...Rick Lark
Finally, after 6+ years and 5000 man hours, RV10 #40956 (C-GDMH)
flew it's first flight today.
Many people to thank for all the help and guidance. Bill Peyton, Ray
Doerr, Ivan Kristensen, Art Penner just to name a few. Many other
non fliers also to be thanked. And last but certainly not the least,
my spouse Sandra.
Flew about 45 minutes with only one squawk (RPM's were higher than
2700 on take off) out of CYHS (Hanover, Ont).
Looking forward to many more flights.
Rick #40956 Southampton, Ont
PIREP in Pictures ...AX-O
Folks have been asking how it is going lately.
I took my wife (and the plane) on the first trip outside our area.
My wife absolutely loves the plane and told me she is attached to it
already. She is really happy with the additional room that the
rocket canopy/fastback offers.
A few people got to see Dilemma for the first time at the formation
clinic. All the comments/feedback were positive. I learned that I
don't like the pitot tube location because it complicates tie down.
My other plane had the aluminum pitot line and had more clearance.
Calendar Wallpaper for May
Joe and Sterling depart 52F in the -14A demonstrator.
24 hours straight with two strippers ...DaleB RV-12
Since we've had a very entertaining thread about Hookers
(harnesses), I thought I'd post my experience with a couple of
strippers too. So I have an airplane with lots of paint that
will need to be removed before it can be re-painted. When I say
"lots", I am not kidding. There appears to have been no real surface
preparation or priming done, just some paint sprayed on rather
thickly. It seems to be an automotive base/clear of some sort. The
builder apparently had someone do it who is perhaps not the best
painter in the country.
Since I'd like to minimize the mess and toxicity, I decided to
try a couple of non methylene chloride strippers. I've had excellent
success with Citristrip on many surfaces with stain, varnish, spray
paint, etc. And Spruce sells some stuff called PTS-202 that claims
to remove epoxy and urethane paint effortlessly. I even found a
Youtube video of it being used to strip a Caravan or something.
Pretty impressive, that one was.
So I brought the spinner home and brushed one side heavily with
Citristrip and one with PTS-202. A couple of hours later there was
no indication of any change in the condition of the paint. Since
it's pretty heavy paint, I gave it another heavy brush coat of each.
That was around 11 PM last night.
SuperTracks!! ...installed. Anthony Greco RV-6
How Vlad Does That APRS Art Stuff ...Vlad RV-9A
1. Study your airspace. Stay out of arrivals/departures you have
more room to the east to play then I have here. Be ready to talk to
ATC at any point of your flight.
Step 2. Take a tablet/phablet/smartphone with any nav app and draw a
circle or any geometric figure on it. If unable to draw choose
anything on the map i.e. VOR circle, lat/long square etc. Choose an
Step 3. Have an APRS tracker or any kind of tracker with on/off
Step 4. Switch the tracker on over entry point.
Step 5. Switch off when done. Enjoy your track on Google Maps.
I am using Foreflight and having a stylus it's relatively easy to
dot a figure looking at 2D silhouette. I also can print on
transparency and dot it over iPad Pro. Takes a bit of time but you
have some fun hand flying precisely. It's very easy to botch a sky
drawing especially complex ones. Couple seconds missed on 140 degree
turn and your line is crooked. I completed about 20% of what I drew
because of traffic, weather, birds, winds, late/early turns, iPad
puked etc <g>.
....$3.99 well spent (I think)
I finally broke down and went from the free app to the 'upgrade'.
I like to sit in a chair in the front yard around sundown and hang
out with the dog, watching the jets go over. We live halfway
between the LEGRE and YOHAN intersections on the ILS/LOC RWY 18R at
KDFW. Now I know what jet it is, where it has been and when it
will fly over my house. I really like watching the Airbus
380's fly over, and we get two a day here in DFW. A few times
a week it flies 2000' over my house dirty with the power up. I
can now schedule the dog's bathroom breaks with this...
Screen grab below filtering everything out except Airbus 388
traffic. I pointed the camera at a contrail yesterday over
N.TX (the little binoculars in the upper right corner of the app)
and it turned out to be an Airbus 380 at 40,000' on its way to
Houston. I'm starting to get the hang of identifying jets by
their engine noise sitting in a lazy boy watching TV in the
evenings. 'That's a two engine Airbus'....then I look down at
the iPad to see if I was right. Cheap fun.
I miss that old DC-3 cargo plane that used to fly over at 10pm each
night...those radials sounded wonderful.
(click to enlarge)
Our house on the 18R inbound course KDFW.
Our spare upstairs bedroom My office looks out at
Are you inadvertently voiding your insurance policy?
...Shanna at Gallagher Aviation (VAF advertiser)
"Did you know most Pleasure and Business policies do not cover
instruction in your Vans Aircraft if the person receiving
instruction is not a "Named Pilot"? This is typically true even if
the CFI is a Named Pilot. Always be sure to double check with your
broker prior to allowing your friends and loved ones to get
instruction in your aircraft."
"During a BFR the CFI does not necessarily have to be a “named
pilot” as long as you are current and remain PIC. The only time I
can think of offhand where there would be a gray area is if; Let say
you became incapacitated for some reason and the CFI had to become
PIC during the flight (and he did not meet your “Open Pilot
Warranty.”). But this would be a rare and unlikely instance.
In most cases getting a BFR in your aircraft without the CFI being
named is perfectly fine."
Proof of RV Enjoyment ...Vlad -9A
[ed. How long do you think it will be
before 'VAF' stands for 'Vlad's Air Force'? Let's just call it
that as an a.k.a. <g>. Vlad, thank you again for all the
motivation you provide!!! dr]
April 28, 2016.
Issue No. 4,105.
First Flight ...David Hill RV-12
After 33 months, I was able to take 1st flight of s/n #0760. I
had a perfect day in central Ohio, winds 5 knots, CAVU without a
cloud in the sky! Even better than the day was the way the plane
flew. Not even a heavy wing!
Thanks for everyone's advice, support and inspiration.
Now that I'm in the Club ...Scott Martin RV-10
Hello all- now that I am officially in the club with N430WP
(RV-10), I can't help but ask the first rookie questions.
N430WP is 260 HP, 9.5:1 cylinders with plenum. One Mag. One
Lightspeed. Otherwise, a standard build.
One tank down, one to go!! ...dwranda
Pressure tested my first tank and it passed on the first try.
Took me a couple tries to get the balloon to not leak though.
Buttoned up the other tank today and will try that one in a few
days. I'm seeing the light at the end of the pro seal tunnel!!!!
Eastern Canada Gathering of RV's May 22
I just read on the Monthly news letter from Bush Pilot
Association of Quebec (APBQ.com) there will be a gathering of Van's
Aircraft RV at St-Georges-de-Beauce (CYSG) this coming May 22. See
link here (Sorry, in French only)
I was wondering if Eastern Canada RVer monitoring this frequency
have any details about this Fly in ? Since I am building my RV-8 at
this time, I'd like to join in and get to know other RVers in my
I would assume all the Northeastern US RVer are also welcome, as
this is somewhat close to the Border
Thanks for sharing info if you have any.
Glide Ratio Weirdness ...SMO
I have never satisfactorily determined the "Best Glide" speed for
my F1 EVO Rocket. I have now done a few flights trying to pinpoint
this, and while I think I need to change my process a bit in order
to get more accurate, I have discovered a weird anomaly and I wonder
if others have seen something similar. The following graph shows the
data points I have determined in 3 different flights on different
days. The thing I think is weird is that every flight shows that at
105 knots the glide ratio is worse than the preceding or subsequent
Anybody have an explanation for such a result?
The method I have been using: Determine the number of seconds it
takes to glide from 3500' to 3000' at a constant IAS (+-1 knot). I
get this from the data log of my G3X. I then convert the speed to
"feet/minute forward" (knots * 101.269) and descent to "feet/minute
vertical" (60/(seconds * 2) * 1000). Dividing feet/minute forward by
feet/minute vertical provides the glide ratio. The speed with the
best glide ratio is the best glide speed.
The problem I have with this method is that I need a more granular
measure of time, or I need to increase the glide distance to 1500 or
2000 feet. However I don't believe making these changes will impact
the seemingly repeatable event that shows 105 knots having a poor
I also understand that flying on different days with different
weights, temperatures and air densities will also give differing
results, so I am not unduly concerned that each days flight has some
I need some input on the placement of my future GTN 625. In the
picture I have it placed in the far right panel as it will really
only be feeding the G3X panel for coupled approaches. I don't plan
on installing it right away but have provisioned for it behind the
panel. Rumor has it that it must be located a certain distance from
the pilot to be considered IFR legal. Has anyone heard of this?
Mothership FB Story
April 27, 2016.
Issue No. 4,104.
APRS Art ...Vlad RV-9A
Effect of Ignition Timing on TAS/EGT/CHT when WOT & LOP ...nigelspeedy
I am trying to set the record for the most
TLA in a thread title.
I have dual PMags and an EI Commander. Today I did a cheap and
cheerful test to look at the effect of ignition timing in the
cruise. All testing was done at 10,000' PA, 5 deg C OAT, WOT, Prop
2500 RPM and leaned to 25F LOP. After this the only thing I changed
was the maximum allowed advance.
Fun...ny flight with girlfriend ...Paul 5r4 vid
Aircraft Specialty FWF Hoses ...TimO RV-14 pics
Wrapping up my Firewall Forward, one of the things I needed to
get done was install all of the hoses. I had used Aircraft Specialty
for all the brake and fuel hoses inside the fuselage, so I wanted
the same known quality on the FWF. Additionally, I really like the
idea of having firesleeve on EVERY hose, not just some of them.
Steve at Aircraft Specialty feels the same way, so it was a good
match to have him make my hoses.
Instrument panel critique ...Leo RV-10
The photo shows the IP layout so far. Since I haven't purchased
the instruments or cut holes, I thought this might be a good time to
post and let others tell me what they think. I recognize everyone
has their own favorite layout, so in the spirit of learning, I
appreciate all feed back. It is intended to be IFR capable.
By way of explanation, I have chosen to go with Garmin G3X and all
Garmin supporting cast. Instead of a GTN650 or 750 I plan on a
remote mounted GPS20A (ADSB WAAS certified position source) feed to
ADSB out, both MFDs with seperate GNC255a nav/com and GTR200 com
radios. The cost is about $4K less total and I don't need another
screen. I also wanted to leave space in the lower center stack to
mount an ipad (removable and exchangeable as technology changes).
Chase those blues away ...Wayne Kerr RV-4
N313GT Phase 1 Update ...Chris Johnson RV-9A
I have enjoyed and found other threads on Phase 1 experiences
useful, and thought I would add my own. Right now I am at slightly
over 10 hours, and have mainly been running high power settings to
break in my new ECI cylinders. Have not yet experimented with higher
altitudes or a great deal of slow flight.
-I have a small oil leak from somewhere on the front portion of the
engine. The oil lands on the lower cowl right above and forward of
the air intake. I slightly snugged up on case bolt there, but have
not been able to stop or track down the source yet. Maybe 4-5 drops
-As noted in another thread, my electric Facet boost pump had
stopped pumping, although fuel flowed through it fine. Removing from
airplane and shaking it seemed to fix it. I think a spec of dirt got
in it, and have ordered an inline filter to install before it and
-Right side CHT's were slightly high. I have since moved the upper
inlet ramp forward a few inches and re-glassed. This brought #1 way
down. #3 is still slightly hotter, and hovers around 406* at 75%
power at 70* OAT. I have done a lot of work baffle sealing, so will
probably not stress over it too much until the cylinders have had
time to break in. I know some people have had to re-jet, but this
carb has been flying fine for 760 hours, and all my other temps are
okay (well under 400). I am pretty sure further break-in will help
even more, as well gear leg fairings and wheel pants.
-My oil temp is on the low side, and I have taped over the upper
portion of the oil cooler inlet, which has helped.
-Oil consumption is reasonable considering break in, I think. I have
added 1 qt in 10 hours.
RV-6 in Friendswood, TX ...titanhank
April 26, 2016.
Issue No. 4,103.
Tommy Williams flies his RV-8 out of the same field as me. He also
flies the occasional P-51 and F-86 at airshows. He flew at the
show here in the DFW area this past weekend, and needed to reposition
the P-51 back to his home field in south Texas, flying his RV-8 back.
(Randy) "You wanna go drive Tommy to Alliance airport and eat lunch
nearby after he leaves?" Yes.
Tommy was kind enough to give us three a private tour of the a/c,
pointing out some of the unusual features - even let me climb in for a
couple minutes. I asked where the switch was to engage the
supercharger's high-blower setting, and about some of the technique
adjustments flying this vs. his RV-8. Hopefully these were a
little different than the hundreds of questions I'm sure he got at the
airshow. Click on the pics for larger versions. Nice cutaway
drawing of the two-stage supercharger
Standing 20' to the side as he started was an unexpected and much
appreciated lunchtime treat. Rocking the wings on his 'see ya
later' pass after take off was icing.
Building an RV led to me getting to sit in a P-51 for the first time.
Thank you Tommy!!!
Master Left ON - Question about Charging
Ok, I flew out of town to visit family. When I returned to the
plane 2 days later, battery completely dead. So, I decided to prop
start the plane. Wasn't even sure if I could because my plane uses
slick start system and I have never tried to prop start it. Anyway,
it fired right up. However, never made any electricity. I then put a
battery charger on it for a while and it started and alternator made
electricity. My thought was that since the battery was completely
dead, the p-lead never had any power to it to turn the alternator
on. The pilot that was there with me said that shouldn't matter.
That is the only thing that makes sense to me. Any thoughts??
CS Propeller Agony ...Bert 9A
My RV9A "Pearl" now has 13.9 flight hours in Phase I. From
the very first lift off, the prop has surged and was still doing it
yesterday when we flew.
Propeller Oil Control Leak Test Procedure
So what is it?
Taken a week or so ago west of Denton, TX.
April 25, 2016.
Issue No. 4,102.
Ottawa - Toronto - Good day for goofing off ...Lycosaurus RV-9A
Start of the week and things are getting slow at work for both
Shirley and I. How about a mini holiday? A day off work on Tuesday
Dawn Patrol ...Doug Kott RV-9A
Had a great flight this morning. Made the 1-hour drive to the
airport in 45 minutes (the benefit of a 6 a.m. start to beat the
bulk of commuters), scarfed down McDonald's finest Sausage McMuffin
combo and was airborne over the Inland Empire by about 7:45. This
was my third flight after finishing Phase 1, and I picked a great
day...velvet smooth air, high cirrus clouds and only a hint of L.A.
It's always fun the first time you fly over (or at least near) your
house! I never knew that Laguna Hills High School had two big
baseball diamonds, but there they are.
A visit to Boyceville ...Bob Collins RV-7A
I think more than anything else, the best part about flying is
picking out a rural airport on the sectional map, and then flying
there just to see who's there. So this evening I flew to Boyceville,
WI., (3T3) about 45 air miles from South St. Paul. It was a
beautiful evening for a flight, and I picked up Mpls Approach on the
way to help navigate around parachutists in Baldwin.
FS- IFR RV-6A Glass 2014
[ed. If John's RV is anything like the
IFR checkride he gave me (story),
the airplane will be detail oriented, by the book, thorough and
worth every penny!
Video tour of aircraft
IFR checkride day! John's RV-6A in
Motivation ...Stoney RV-14
For those of you looking for a little push, a little motivation,
N214SW has 10 hours on her. Today an RV-6 pilot with thousands of
hours went up with me and he is an experienced aerobatics pilot. We
did a full loop and a couple of rolls, then brought him back to the
airport to get his plane and do some aerial photography. It is
really slow without the wheel pants and we decided no more aero
until those get put on, which should be within the week, hopefully.
Here is a pic from today.
RV-10 pink slip ...stamper
I finally got it! Now I have to leave to Alaska for 6 months
before I get to fly it.
April 22, 2016.
Issue No. 4,101.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. dr
$2.98 for Visual Egress Aids
...at Lowes / Home Depot where the mailbox stuff is.
Peel off and stick - trim with razor blade. Sid Mayeux brought
this stuff to my attention. I have about 20" of the 24" left
Upper canopy latch (tip up)
Side canopy latch:
I'm going to adhere some behind the red ball tomorrow.
April 21 Update RV-12 ADS-B (Mothership)
RV-10 Panel Status ...stamper
Safety: Beware of Static Electricity Generated by Flowing
...article courtesy shimadzu.com
A Milestone and a Right of Passage ...Ebeswick 9A
April 21, 2016.
Issue No. 4,100.
Oregon Coast, Dogs and Wild Cats ....BruceEicher
Milestone: Rudder Finished ...AdamB RV-10
Tonight I finished up my rudder. I've already made some
progress on the HS, but now 100% of my effort will be onto that.
The RV-10 Forum
Dave Leonard RV-10 POH ...nice template for
you RV-10 folks
The RV-10 Forum
Free Burritos and Discounted Fuel! ....Bridgeport,TX
"This Saturday April 23rd Bridgeport is hosting our brand new
5000' runway Open House from 8am till 10am. Please
stop in for a free burrito n coffee and discounted fuel.
Any question feel free to call or text 9402557795."
Tip Up Canopy Woes ...Sean Blair RV-7
It was another night of trimming plexi in the garage. I'm still
having great difficulty with the plexi making contact to the
aluminum just aft of the ears. I must put a fair amount of pressure
(guessing 10 + lbs.) on the plexi in this area to make contact. The
left is worse than the right, but both are too resistant. Under
advice of Van's and in reading other posts from builders struggling
with this dilemma, I have trimmed the front curve more and more for
a possible resolution. The plexi is now slightly aft of the forward
mark on the aluminum skin, and the aft of the plexi is within 1/16"
of the center-line of the rollbar. I can't take anymore material off
and maintain the overall fore and aft prescribed dimensions. I still
have the issue of outward tension in that area of the plexi. I will
use Sika to bond and this seems to have stopped all progress. Very
frustrated and not sure what to do next. Take a chance and heat that
area while it's clamped with the side skirts? Put extra Sika
thickness in the area with slight clamping pressure, then try to
fair it in with fiberglass later? Start again from scratch? Ughhhh!!!!
Anyone have an idea for resolution? Thanks!
April 20, 2016.
Issue No. 4,099.
Sun n Fun 2016 RV style ...DCalland trip write-up
Passed IPC ...Bob Marshall
After about 200 hours flying my RV-6A VFR, I decided that I was
ready to get back into instrument flying. I checked my logbook--my
last instrument approach (a GCA in the clouds into Marble Mountain
MAF, RVN) was on Aug 2, 1970 four days before I was shot down flying
an H46D. So, its been a long time.
My two Skyview touch screens with the Garmin GTN 650 and autopilot
made the flying part doable. It did take my old brain about 15 hours
of CFII time and lots of on-line training to get it up to speed.
Flying approaches with the RV and autopilot are a snap--very, very
amazing rock solid glide paths and glide slopes.
I think back on all the work, all the years and all the rivets! The
current instrument ticket is major frosting on the cake.
Engine Case Half Pitting? ...Steven Hild
Q: Anyone seen anything like this before? Right side O-360 engine
case half pitting where the cylinder base interfaces with the flange
on the engine case.
A: That looks more like casting porosity to me. Has that surface
been machined beyond factory original? Typically, this is
considered as part of the material strengths for a cast part so it
should not add any concern about material fatigue strength. A more
specific answer would be in order from an expert that will be
standing behind their work
A: That's not wear or fretting and machine marks are still
present, so those imperfections were there last time it was
machined, I think your fine. I'd guess those were inclusions
or gas bubbles in the casting
A: +3 on hydrogen gas porosity generated during casting. I would
talk to the vendor about it.
A: (engineering at ECI/Continental) “Porosity in casting.
Cosmetic, should not affect torque or hold down.”
Van's Calendar Time!!!!
We need calendar pics!
Send your images to
email@example.com (attn AdamB) and we'll do our very
best to get them into the calendar this year!
Even images not selected for a monthly showcase may appear in
smaller form, so start sending in your amazing pictures! Even if we
don't use them this year, there's always the chance your
photographic brilliance may appear in subsequent years!
Thanks in advance!
Luca in Italy ...POH doc added
Converting PDF to MS Word
Garmin Pilot Enhanced For Europe
FOR SALE: 1948 INDIAN CHIEF ...favor for my RV buddy.
(Rob 'Smokey' Ray) "This is my Dad"s 1948 Indian Chief
motorcycle he restored over a 20 year period. It's all original,
used original Indian parts and runs great. He's selling as he's 85
and can't ride bikes any more. Asking $21.5 or a potential
smokyray 'at' rocketmail 'dot' com
April 19, 2016.
Issue No. 4,098.
A short hop between rain bands Monday shows the damp
Wx TX is getting right now - thought I was in Oregon there for a little
bit <g>. Certainly don't need to water the yard for a week or so.
Click to enlarge...
First Flight N77PB ...Paul Winkels RV-7
After 10 years of building, my RV-7 flew for the first time on
Saturday, April 16th!
RV/Rocket Gathering and More ...Mike B. Pics
First Cross Country Trip! ...Bevan 7A
Well I just have to tell the world that I am so excited to have
completed my first cross country trip in an airplane I built myself
in a renovated cow barn! It was a challenging flight as it was
almost entirely in busy ATC controlled airspace including about 10
frequency changes for the 23 minute flight, over water for 1/2 the
flight, and through international airspace.
Closing the chapter on SnF 2016 ...R. E. 'Ernie' Butcher
Many of the student-builders, mentors, and members of our
community support team asked that I share their appreciation for
your kind words and support. "From all of us...Thank You!"
Before closing the chapter on SnF 2016, I would like to personally
recognize some of the individuals and groups that went that extra
mile in support of our program. Deserving the highest praise of
course are the the build-students who built the aircraft, kept them
spotless during the show, maintained the grounds, were always
available for meet and greet with visitors, handled 'on-air' time at
SnF radio, and were superstars in a one hour Eagle's Nest
presentation at the museum. And in no particular order, MillionAir-Sanford
for providing overnight hangar space for six aircraft and full use
of their fabulous FBO facility; SnF volunteers and in particular the
marshaling crew and HB parking - they knew we were coming,
coordinated our arrival, and parked all aircraft together in a
visible area; Austin Malcomb, a student-builder on Eagle's Nest One,
private pilot, and student at Purdue - he flew Eagle's Nest One from
Indiana to Florida, missed the show because he had to be back at
school on Monday, then returned on Saturday to fly EN-1 back to
Indiana with his dad; Scott Malcomb, JetBlue instructor and Aviation
Director/Mentor on two builds at Circle Christian School - Scott is
one of those individuals that just makes things happen. It would
take ten pages to list what he (and his beautiful wife Sara) did to
make this an outstanding show for us; and last but certainly not
least, the team of pilots and co-pilots that brought 7-aircraft into
SnF and returned them back to their nests without incident!
Chapter closed- preparing for Oshkosh
April 18, 2016.
Issue No. 4,097.
Inaugural flight ...Stoney Ware RV-14
Venice - Italy Pics ...Luca
GMA 245/245R Demo Videos Now Online ...g3xpert
N265WD is an Airplane!! ...John Walker RV-10
Possible Prop Failure Mode
Sensenich says this is what they think happened. There's a "plug"
at the hub end of our hollow blades. They think it came loose and
was thrown outboard inside the hollow blade causing it to "bulge".
So one blade was not only about a half-inch thicker just inboard of
the tip, but it was also statically and dynamically unbalanced. They
are sending new blades! I'll pull the cowl and check engine mounts,
etc, VERY carefully.
DIY RV-10 Upholstery Pics ...Cbull
OK18 Memorial Day Fly-In Discussion ...Clayton starts it
like this might be the right part of the forum to post discussions
about the 2016 OK18 Fly In. Still have a few weeks to go but I
thought I would start a thread to judge interest and to also answer
any questions that our RV friends might have.
The dates, and some basic information, can be found on the VAF
OK18 is a 2200' grass strip located in North East Oklahoma
on Lake Hudson. The place is located on a peninsula, with a
little more than half a mile of shore line. Lots of places to tie
down and camp.
The strip is oriented 17/35, with preferred landings to the North
and take offs down hill and to the South.
Since weather is such a major factor in a weekend fly in like this,
we will not be firming up plans until we get a lot closer to the
actual event. In the mean time, I am happy to answer questions or
otherwise provide information about the place and what we have in
mind for the weekend.
Please let me know, by reply to this post, if you think you are
interested in joining us or if you have any questions that I might
be able to answer.
SNF Outstanding Homebuilt Award 2016 ...Bob Lund
Rosie's Update on 30 Years of RV-6/6A at OSH ...Rosie
"...I've been working with Charlie Becker at EAA and with his
help, have come up with some GREAT RV events that I'm sure you will
enjoy. There will be RV 30 year apparel (hat/shirt) available for
purchase, and you may even see an RV-6 on the "I flew my homebuilt
to Oshkosh" Patch I still need to confirm the days with Charlie but
here we go for the week:
MONDAY: BBQ somewhere on the grounds
TUESDAY: RV Banquet
WEDNESDAY: Corn-Cobb Roast in Homebuilt Camping Area
THURSDAY: Homebuilder's Banquet
In addition, there will be TWO (2), yes... count 'em, TWO 30-ship RV
formation flyovers during the week along with an 8-ship RV Formation
Performance during the Airshow by the West Coast Raven's Formation
Team!!! The days for the RV Formation performances are still TBD.
If you have not already, please sign up
HERE on the EAA website if you are planning on flying ANY RV
into the show!!!
At last count, we had over 240 sign-ups of which 140+ were
I'll update this information as it becomes available to me."
Squatters! They are fowl and in the cowl
April 15, 2016.
Issue No. 4,096.
Wishing you and
yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
A thank you to my wife ...AX-O
How do you say thank you to someone that has supported your
childhood dream to build an aircraft? To someone so special that gave up so
much for 10 years just so I could go pound rivets, grow fiberglass parts,
complain when things would not go my way, not once ask how much that box
that UPS delivered cost and so on??? To someone that said "stay out of my
kitchen, that is my garage". I don't touch your tools, you don't touch mine.
I will keep you feed and hydrated, just go build".
Galveston Picture Story ...Weasel RV-10
Run to Fun ...Vlad pictures
Mr. Darryl Usher: Rest in Peace
"Many of you who are building or have built RVs may have heard of
Usher Enterprises, a company that manufactures several components
that are standard parts in Van’s kits. The man behind this company
was Darryl Usher, its founder, who departed this earth on Feb. 12,
2016 at the age of 80. I had known Darryl for over 50 years, having
first met him through the Portland OR EAA Chapter 105 immediately
after my return to Oregon following completion of my USAF active
duty tour in late 1964. Darryl had begun construction of a Bushby
Midget Mustang. Though it was his first attempt at homebuilding, he
was making steady progress even though he was including several
modifications. These included retractable landing gear, removable
leading edge wing fuel tanks, and a raised profile sliding bubble
canopy. At the time, this was perhaps the only all metal homebuilt
under construction in the area, so he had little opportunity to
network, and it was being scratch built as there were no kits
available at that time."
Eagle's Nest Projects - SnF 2016 ...Ernie
30 Years of the RV-6/6A Design: Airventure 2016 Celebration!
Hi All, it’s true…I’m your leader for AirVenture's 2016 30th
Anniversary Celebration of Van designing the RV-6/6A***... way back
in 1986….I was introduced to the RV-6A at Sun ‘n Fun 1995 and
started building in the summer, same year. Five (5) years later and
about ~3000 hours of labor, on July 4, 2000, Tuppergal and I started
flying our Custom-Built RV. Here we are 15 years and 4000+ hours
And we now have 1000’s of friends we’d of never known (and now
vacation with year after year) had it not been for the
RV…....Condor, Jimmyb, Vicky, Seismo, Red, Kahuna, Scotty, Deb,
Jailbird, Redtail, AC, Turbo, Moody Blue, Bun, Keys, Scoot, Cookie,
Taco, Belle, BeeGee, Nordo, Shifty, Goose, Cougar, Schoolmom,
Sharpie, Dula, KB, Tailwind, Sharkbait, Nasty, Sunblock, Wingnut,
Fast Eddy, Nordo, Hog, Speedy, Krash, Shiner, Indy, Falcon, Jarhead,
Shadey, Lucky, Ironflight, Moose, Don, Daryl and many, MANY more!!!
We consider you all our RV family of friends!!!!!
I was contacted by Ken Scott (Van’s Aircraft) and Charlie Becker (EAA)
early this year asking if I might be interested in
‘running-this-to-ground’…..uuuhhhhh….YEAH!!!!!!! But you can't say
anything until after AirVenture 2015....Now here we are…only one (1)
year to go!!!!!!!!!! Soooooooooooooooooooooooo…..if you know me
personally, save me the trouble of TELLING you that you are flying
your RV-6/6A to AirVenture 2016. If you don’t know me, please
consider flying your RV-6/6A to AirVenture 2016. If you are building
an RV-6/6A, it’s time to finish up!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let’s plan on setting the record for the most RV-6/6As ever in
attendance! Heck, let’s make it a record for ALL RVs!!!!! There will
be some special to-be-named ‘goodies’ given to you for flying your
RV-6/6A to AirVenture 2016 in addition to some EAA to-be-named
sponsored events honoring Van and the 30th Anniversary of designing
the most-built-and-flying model RV!
If you have any ideas of how we can honor Van, Charlie Becker and I
would love to hear them!!!!! I’d appreciate all the support I can
get to make 2016 the BEST AIRVENTURE EVER for RVers!!!!!!!!! So the
Keep poundin’ them rivets because IT'S ALL WORTH IT!!!!! Paul
***The -6A is being included in this -6 celebration per Ken & Van
Day Trip to Clayton's in RV-8A and RV-8
Four pics some friends from my home field sent me Thursday.
This is what retired guys do <g>. Extra points for Gary's
'Van's Naval Air Force' shirt - he had that made locally (ex-Navy
pilot). Clayton is having a Memorial Day Fly-in here (more
info). OK18 in northeast OK.
They asked me to go today....and in hindsight I should have <g>.
Maybe let's fish!
So much for fish...
Milestone: PPL ...Garet Hess RV-7A
can't believe you started building your plane before even getting a
pilot's license. No half way for you!" Said a friend to my when I
explained my hobby. I had to take a moment...You know, I didn't
really think twice about starting my build with no pilot's license.
In one sense I can imagine that to one it may seem crazy, but is it?
I think for me it all represented an adventure. Everyone's build is
a story, and everyone's story is different. There was no question
for me which came first. I wanted a project, I wanted to build
something very cool. I wanted something challenging. And I think I
got exactly what I was searching for. But...I knew that it was only
time before I need to get on the license...
Well on holidays, I took my first official flying lesson
This guy is hooked!!! (Although....Was there any doubt??)
April 14, 2016.
Issue No. 4,095.
Fixed the garage
door opener by replacing its worn helical gear.
Why does fixing something like this give me so much pleasure? It
must be related to the 'cheap pilot' stereotype that I embrace
My new hangar floor paint -) ...Manny Oro
Status Report & Pics ...crabandy
Whew, real life got in the way the past couple weeks and it took
an hour to find my bookmark. My last couple build sessions have been
filled streaming Merle Haggard, good stuff! Plenum filled and
sanded, just awaiting the pinhole process.
I used the router to make some plywood disk to hold the front of the
intake boot plug concentric with the inlets, the jigsaw cut some
angle chunks of foam.
Get in shape flying! ...Wayne
We all know that we can get some good cardiovascular exercise
while flying (when we scare ourselves) but i have discovered that we
can get good solid documentable exercise while flying.
I had the pleasure of flying my RV10 - 31 hours round trip to SNF.
On the way back over the southern states we were getting bounced
vigorously around by 40+ knot crosswinds. That evening in the hotel
room i just happened to look at my iPhone Health app. It showed that
we had walked/ran 4.5 kms and climbed 10 floors !
So there you go, dont go for a boring treadmill session - go flying!
I stopped by another hangar this morning and got into a lengthy
discussion about all the airplane/hangar fires we have seen and
I wanted to start this thread so newbies in particular won't repeat
these dangerous situations:
- My friends told of plane after plane they had known of or
witnessed where a fire destroyed or damaged someone's dreams.
- They told of a twin which had a visible fuel leak on a turbo
charged (hot) engine that the pilot insisted on flying.
- A 700k plane burned up when the dehumidifier in the T hangar
SNF Best Auto Engine Homebuilt 2016
Congratulation to Sam and Rose Hodges from Dawson Springs, KY.
SNF Best Auto Engine Homebuilt 2016. First time attending SnF.
It is a 05' Mazda 13b Renesis Rotary Engine - Very good looking FWF
Can't seem to run LOP after a long climbout ...Mike B.
Q: I've noticed an issue recently where I cannot seem to
run LOP smoothly after a long climbout. Going down to SNF I was
flying relatively low - 4500' to avoid the headwinds. My CHT's on
climbout only got up to about 300 degrees. I had no issues with the
engine running smoothly LOP, burning 7.8-8.2 GPH, and leaned out to
roughly 20-40 degrees LOP.
Coming back I climbed up to 9,500'. On climbout the CHT's reached
370 degrees. When I tried to lean, the engine would surge and
stumble any any mixture setting leaner than peak. I pulled back the
throttle to cool the engine down. Once the CHT's went down to the
low 300's, I could easily lean the engine LOP.
This is not the first time this has occurred, and it always is
correlated to highest CHT's. I am running a Superior IO-360 with a
vertical sump, Precision Fuel Injection with the Sam James short
cowl and plenum. Oil temps are always around 180 degrees. OAT
doesn't seem to matter. It happens with the OAT across the board
(except when it is too cold for the CHT's to get above 300).
My thought it is has to be related to the fuel system getting hot -
either the fuel divider, fuel pump or the lines going from the
divider to the injectors. Before I invest in some thermocouplers to
take temperature readings on my fuel system, I thought I'd see if
anyone else has had this issue and can offer some advice.
Thanks and I appreciate any assistance!
A: I discovered a similar issue early in Phase I on my 9A,
I wrapped a second layer of firesleeve around the fuel lines from
the firewall penetration all the way to the servo, and from the
servo to the baffle penetration going upward toward the spider. This
seemed to solve the issue, and now I'm testing 91 premium auto fuel
alongside 100LL with this setup
Loose RV7a Elevator Counterweight
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campground is a long walk from the runway
A friend told me about this monowalker thingy...
April 13, 2016.
Issue No. 4,094.
IFR to Aurora ...boom3
[ed. This in the 'Congrats Kurt!!!' IFR
rating thread. br,dr]
Great Job Kurt!! Sometimes I wonder if it's all
worth it and then a day like Sunday comes along. Planned to fly to
Aurora Airport (home of Van's) for some time in the FAA's hypoxia
chamber. Stable air mass, overcast at 1200ft with tops between 4 and
5K and freezing level around 8K. VFR I wouldn't have gone, IFR no
From Cynthia at Van's.
"...Just a heads up to the builders out in Van’s Land that I will be out
of the office during the month of May, so if they need any paperwork done,
ie bill of sales for the FAA, or changes of ownership, the requests will
need to be made before April 30th."
Cynthia A. Schrantz
Van's Aircraft, Inc.
14401 Keil Road N.E.
Aurora, Oregon 97002
503-678-6545 x 301
Are the buttons I'm pushing making the airplane do what I think
As it turned out.....yes.
Two practice approaches and a gas run Tuesday for proficiency purposes
(long lunch). RNAV (GPS) RWY 35
KLUD and RNAV (GPS) RWY 17 (Circling) KGLE to minimums. On autopilot. Gas at KGLE and RTB. Logged
.9hrs. Quick lunch with (3) other RVators from the field (all flew
their RVs earlier) and then back home to the computer. Was talking
with Kay about how, now that I'm not cramming for an IFR checkride, it seems the
work flow is easier to stay on top of. Bandwidth freed up, I guess. Felt like I was three miles
ahead of the plane the whole time. Lately I've become fond of leaving the G3X MFD in 'Flightplan' mode, it displays nicely distance
and time to EACH
waypoint in the approach. I'll get a picture next time...
Wx is kinda hit and miss in our area for the next five days or so, so I'm
glad I got some productive time off the surface. Mental gyros
(click to enlarge)
Rudder lock that works for my RV9A ...MrNomad
It’s been two months since I built my rudder lock and it’s held
up under the most extraordinary winds so I thought I would post it.
Here are some photos of the completed unit.
As you can see, I used the best “aviation grade” schedule 40 pvc
pipe with a generous dose of flat black paint.
It’s actually a 2 piece design so I can disassemble it and stuff it
in the back when I travel.
What makes it work is the down force exhibited by one bungee cord
and the rearward force applied by a second bungee cord.
The downward force causes the unit to flex and extend placing
pressure on the pedals.
Saturday Joy Ride ...Jeff Kersey
Loving being able to fly so much more cost effectively and the
performance awesome. This elevator is going up!
Status ...The Swede
Wings are home.
My journey into fuel tank assembly ...Jeff Warren
A Rodeo Drive week ...togaflyer RV-10
So I spent a week at Sun and Fun. In that week was the engine I
bought, the Garmin avionics Im ordering, the prop, well, we all know
what Im talking about. Serious money out. I thought, am I crazy to
spend this kind of money on an experimental airplane. During the
show I stopped and looked at the Cirrus G3. 315 HP twin turbo, 3600
lbs max gross ramp weight. Very nice. It had a 1000 pound useful
load, humm, the RV-10 has more useful. The salesman was telling me
he was doing 172 kts at 16 thousand feet, only burning 17 gph, and
at 83 percent. Hummm the -10 is in the 160s at 65 percent burning
11.5 or so. The Cirrus, according to the salesman, operating cost
are around 185 dollars a hour. The -10, maybe half that. The Cirrus
did have the ballistic parachute for that one in a million mayday
moment, but that equipment requires service every ten years at 17
thousand dollars. Oh, and the price tag, 880 thousand dollars. And
we are not talking Canadian dollars. The Cessna version was a little
less at 780 thousand. So after years of blood, sweat, and agrivation,
and maybe a total investment of around 150-180 thousand, you have a
plane that closely meets the performance specs of those planes,
which cost over four times that of a Vans RV10, and cost twice as
much to operate. So I guess Im not crazy after all!
April 12, 2016.
Issue No. 4,093.
Sun 'n Fun 2016 Trip Write-up ...Mike Bullock RV-7
"My buddy Peter and I have talked about going to Sun 'n Fun for
the last few months. Originally our plan was to go down on Thursday
and come back on Sunday. The weather didn't work out for that plan,
so we needed to take off a day early. Oh darn...another day in FL!
To make it down to SNF before the airshow started at 2:30pm, we
needed to take off at Dark-o-thirty. On this particular day it was
downright cold outside - my car registered 25 degrees on the drive
to the airport. I made sure to get to the airport early to turn on
the hangar heater before Peter showed up. I didn't want a moody
passenger from he get-go of the day!"
[ed. You couldn't ask for a more
motivational trip write-up! Mike, thank you! Simply
Just gotta brag a little ...Kurt W.
On Friday morning last week I passed the instrument checkride in
my RV9A. Not usually one to toot my own horn but this was sort of a
big one. Took a long time and a lot of work to get ready. Thanks to
a great instructor/buddy, it turns out I was well prepared.
Anyway, get back to building, everyone. <g>
SNF Outstanding Homebuilt 2016 ...Bruce Sacks post
Congratulations to Tim Goddard for winning the outstanding
homebuilt award at this year's Sun N Fun!
Tim taught me how to fly and convinced me that building a tail
dragger RV was gonna be more fun than an A model RV. He has been
building that "quick build" RV8 since he was my CFI in 2003. Its
first flight was earlier this year. Running a flight training and
maintenance shop probably took much of his time. He runs Aeroflight
Training at the Perry, GA airport KPXE. I don't have any interior
pics but there is some beautiful wood armrests and accents.
RV-8 Status Report Pictures ...Martin Leroux (Canada)
Last March was a very active month at Martin's Aircraft
Factory....With at least 75% of all my fuselage parts now primed or
painted, and the possibility of starting a new job soon, I launched
myself into an assembly blitz. Over a period of about 10 days
strait, I was installing rivets after rivets. I couldn't believe how
fast I could put together this aircraft after working on it so much
in the last few months.
Initially, I feared installing rivets on my RV. I didn't want to
fail. I had prepared a number of practice parts with scrap aluminum
while my parts where at the paint shop. It turned out, I didn't use
any of those practice parts at all. The riveting skills I learned
many years ago from aircraft manufacturing school came back very
quickly. I was up and running with riveting !
Here are a few pics from last March....
The first and most important picture....The first rivet installed by
myself on my RV-8 fuselage. <g>.
X-31: Breaking the
Chain: Lessons Learned ...38min video
[ed. Pitot tube icing in the desert?
Complacency after hundreds of flights? It happens to the best
of the best. dr]
By any measure, the X-31 was a highly successful flight research
program at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, now the Armstrong
Flight Research Center. It regularly flew several flights a day,
accumulating over 550 flights during the course of the program, with
a superlative safety record. And yet, on Jan. 19, 1995, on the very
last scheduled flight of the X-31 ship No. 1, disaster struck.
Each mishap has it's own set of circumstances and it's own sequence
of events. But those who study mishaps find similar issues:
communications, complacency, unwarranted assumptions, human
frailties….just like a chain. You make a chain -- a chain of events
-- when you have any of these accidents. Any link of the chain, if
broken, would prevent an accident.
The X-31 flight test team was the "A" team -- the best people, from
every discipline -- from every organization. But they lost an
airplane. If it can happen to the best team, it can happen to any
Created: 2005 Run time: 38 minutes 45 seconds
April 11, 2016.
Issue No. 4,092.
SnF Pics ...turbo and copilot
Status Report ...Blain Stumpf
Completing baffles seems to be one of those hurdles that
reinforce "I'm getting close".
About Some of the Chemicals We Use Building These Planes
...Dave Brunberg (chemical engineer building an RV-10)
"MEK, along with many of the other industrial chemicals we use in
this hobby, is classified as a hazardous substance, both for health
and flammability reasons. This includes solvents, paints and
primers, etchants, lubricants, hydraulic fluids, fuels, etc. As a
chemical engineer, I have spent my career working with these types
of materials and can tell you that the health implications are no
joke. Please read the SDS provided with any chemical you find
yourself using, and follow the PPE recommendations.
Not everyone's body reacts the same way with acute noticable
symptoms, so even if you do not experience them, you could be
setting yourself up for serious chronic effects later in life if you
don't take appropriate precautions.
If you haven't received an SDS with the chemical, please take the
time to look it up on the internet.
Here is a
representative Safety Data Sheet for MEK."
Sun 'n Fun show case fly-by by Spruce Creek Gaggle Flight ...two
...ad lives on the front page.
PSE announces lower cost for Exp Market PDA360EX Audio Panel
New Paint Job! ...Chuck Gant
Pilot v8.2 is out
...adds Flight Profile View on the iPhone
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival ...from the RV
I had my son over for a BBQ and to help me rivet the steps on
last night, only a year or two more to go!
Thought it might be a crack in the landing gear strut (Wasn't)
Roger and his new best friend ...SnF PIREP
Well, Myra and I drove home after an exciting week spent with the
99's and three incredible women from the WASP (Women's Air Service
Pilots). These girls, all in their 90s, gave interviews, spoke in
the Air museum and signed autographs from sunup till sundown for 5
days this year. Look them up on the internet for more incredible
information. I made it a point to hook up with Mitch Locke every day
when the opportunity arose as we met last year at Osh and found we
had a lot in common with Van's Aircraft and our RV14 builds. I
really want to extend my thanks to him and all of Van's staff for
the great job they were doing. I think they will all need throat
lozenges from talking non stop all day. SnF was a great success due
to the incredible weather and great turnout.
The 'AR' in N617AR. Our daughter is involved in
WISE (Women in
Science and Engineering) at SMU. That's her on the left
Saturday morning - two papers due and a P-Chem test next week.
She came home for dinner, but went back after a couple hours to
study. While she was home we had the Masters on, and when
Bryson DeChambeau was playing I mentioned he was at SMU as
recently as last year as a Physics major. "Oh, we were in
the same building then." She didn't know SMU had a golf
team. She comes by it honest - I went to one football game
while at Baylor...and left early. I didn't really enjoy it
until about three decades later. There's hope <g>.
Attn Golfers: About
Bryson DeChambeau's swing
"...DeChambeau, a physics major at SMU, built his unique swing after
reading the book The Golfing Machine, which offers some alternative
To make it work, DeChambeau has the most anomalous set of irons in
golf. They are all the same length -- roughly the same as a 7-iron
-- with the same weight, shaft and lie angle. That allows DeChambeau
to execute the same single-plane swing...." (article)
April 8, 2016.
Issue No. 4,091.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
N313GT First Flight ...Chris Johnson 9A
Well some nasty weather rolled through early this AM, hopefully
going easy on Lakeland, but by 8:30 the skies were clear and wind
was calm, and I got to fly N313GT for the first time - it was
pleasantly uneventful. She flew hands-off and as expected the only
hard part was slowing her down.
Take-off roll was extremely short - I had a friend setup at the
first taxiway to shoot pictures but was off well before I got there.
Climbed out at 100 knots and was at 3000' before I knew it. I have 4
new ECI cylinders so I watched the CHT's - #3 topped out at about
406 for about 20 minutes and then I noticed a distinct drop. The
others were in the 365-395 range. I kept power at about 70-75% for
35 minutes and then did a brief slow-flight test, with a full flap
stall right at 40 knots. Came back into the pattern and flew final
at 65 and then 60 knots. Just like Jan Bussell said it would, the
plane landed itself and made me look good.
Thank you to everybody here for answering what started as dumb
questions and hopefully at least became slightly less so over 3.5
years. I have learned immensely. Thanks to Jan for excellent
transition training, and to Vic Syracuse for a thorough inspection
and the confidence-inspiring kind words. And it doesn't hurt to have
an amazingly supportive wife.
As they say, it's all worth it. And now, the grin....
KELLI GIRL joins the 200 Kt Club ...Sid Mayeux
I flew KELLI GIRL down south to Austin Exec to pick up Kelli and
bring her home. On the solo leg to Austin, I had a huge
tailwind, rolling my ground speed over the 200 knot mark. BooYah!!
That's all the State of New Jersey. All within 20-30 RV minutes.
...DIY Strobe Kits. Ad will live in 'Previous
April 7, 2016.
Issue No. 4,090.
Pink Slip ...Chris Johnson RV-9A
Okay it's not really finished - too poor for paint and too
impatient for wheel pants just yet, but N313GT received it's pink
slip today thanks to Vic Syracuse who was kind enough to stop by on
his way to SNF. 3 1/2 year slow build, couldn't have done it without
Hoping for a first flight Thursday early AM at KZPH before the SNF
crowd starts launching.
Monkey'n Around (90 second video) ...Bruce Eicher
A gold chain vender sent us a monkey and like the VAF hat, asked
us to post where we would take it...dressing it in a gold chain was
easy, finding the right headset for Miti the monkey, not as easy.
The problem rivet connects the E-901 skin, E-913 Counterweight
Skin, E-902 Spar, and E-903 Rib together. After drilling out my
first unsatisfactory rivet (which I now realize I should have left
in place), the dimple on the inside E-903 rib was distorted. I then
decided to drill a size up (#30) to insert an AN426AD-4 rivet in
hopes of removing part of the damaged dimple. I then riveted the
AN426AD-4 rivet in place, and the above picture is what I found.
There is a relatively sizable crack extending from the top of the
dimple outward (can be seen in the mirror). My question is what
should I do next? Unfortunately there isn't space to add another
hole in this location. I'm afraid an order of replacement parts may
be in my near future.
Thanks for your help.
now STC APPROVED for Type Certificated Aircraft
April 6, 2016.
Issue No. 4,089.
Signed Off! ...Robert Van Duyn RV-14A
Just signed off what I believe to be the first customer built
RV-14A at Hidden Valley Airport (5TX0). Pictures below: First
picture is left to right; Robert D Van Duyn (builder), Tony Baumgard
(my FAA supervisor), and of course my distinguished self in the
Airworthiness Certificate dated 05 APR 2016. Robert did an
exceptional job on the aircraft. He has previously built an RV-7A
and an RV-10.
LtCol. Pete Krok passing
I am Stephen Krok, son of Peter. It is with great sorrow that I
write to you today. My father passed away 4/1/2016 due to
complications from cancer. He has touched so many people’s lives and
has been a great role model and beacon for me and many others. Thank
you for being a part of his life.
Built and flew RV-7 in retirement and setup the Subenews group to
help fellow builders sort out issues. Just learned of this today
from his son
Hand Salute to you Col. blue sky's and tailwinds,
Sun N Fun PIREPs ...VAF folks chime in
What a great night to show up. Unfettered access to the
entire flight line by bicycle. Everybody's still setting up and
you can go wherever and whenever you want. That won't be true
starting tomorrow morning!
Looking like great weather too.
Sun N Fun
STEEL FIREWALL PASS THRU KITS ARE BACK IN PRODUCTION
After a lengthy time finding a new source for the metal spun flange
for the firewall pass thru kits, we are happy to announce the kits
are back in production and available for sale. These pass thru kits
have all the necessary parts to make a safe, strong, and secure
firewall penetration for your cables and wiring. The .050” thick
stainless steel metal spun flange is far stronger than other flanges
made from spot welded .020” thick stainless steel flat sheet.
PART # SA-05 RETAIL PRICE: $ 65.00 (Bob Avery / Avery Tools &
Milestone: Jay Pratt....5,000 Hours
First Starts - Crankcase condensation-a data point ...Bill Lane
FYI - There are dehydrator threads, and water collection in the
oil separator threads and winter flying threads. All relate to
water/moisture in the crankcase and corrosion issues.
As a datapoint, yesterday I helped (watched) a 10 friend with his
first engine start. We checked for leaks then cowled and he did some
taxi runs to break-in the brakes. All went well. With 2100 rpm mag
checks and such - I guess it was 45 min of running. Very little at
idle and it was preheated to 145F with a Reiff preheater system
overnight. OAT was 40F with wind. Oil temp at end of testing was
I have been looking at dehydrators and cobbled one together for
experimentation. I thought it would be good to use on a first start
because, it is cold, short run, rich and expected some blowby.
Post run, we hooked the dehydrator, powered with a little aquarium
pump, the dry air into the breather pipe and moist air out the oil
fill tube (540).
About an hour later, there was water collecting in the exit hose.
The warm, moist air was condensing water in the hose! - He estimated
We were both shocked to see that much water. The desiccant was not
weighted or measured, but surely there was more water coming out via
Now you know, definitively, how much water you could leave in the
crankcase for a short engine run. Decisions about dehydrators, water
returning to crankcase via oil separators and such are left to other
treads, but everyone about to expose your expensive new engine to a
joyful first start should take note of this situation.
Bruce's Aircraft Covers SnF Special
This month receive 10% off your Bruce's Custom Covers
order in honor of The Sun 'n Fun Aviation Trade Show. Use discount
code SNF2016 when you check out or click this link:https://www.aircraftcovers.com/coupon/snf2016.
Mothership SnF Engine Special
Talking about the new G5
April 5, 2016.
Issue No. 4,088.
Nice day in the Anchorage Area ...video
New High School RV-12 build project! ...Bob Kelly
A little catching up is in order. I have been devoting most of my
time to getting things organized, and it appears to be working! This
is to announce a new AviationNation project at Grand Prairie
Collegiate Institute, Texas, beginning this fall. GPCI is a charter
school, only three years old, but really working to bring quality
education to their students. It must be succeeding! They just
competed in the Texas-wide SkillsUSA competition, and won several
Gold Medals. Several teams and individuals are moving on to
Nationals In Louisville.
About two weeks ago, the Principal and a teacher came and visited
our project at Jennings County High School, North Vernon, Indiana
(that is the school where I began the first Eagle's Nest Project)
and watched the kids work. They decided our approach was what they
were looking for, and we are partnering with them, starting this
Panel Status Update ...Karl Bambas
My goal for the winter in Florida was to do as much as possible
on the panel for the Dream Weaver.
Our Build Log with thirty more photos is
just a click away.
Poppies ...erich weaver (CA)
There has been an amazing bloom of poppies in the San Rafael
Mountains north of the Santa Ynez airport in California that is
attracting a lot of attention. Here are a few cell phone shots.
Sorry they are not as sharp as I would have liked.
Mothership SnF Info...
Where's Wally... or at least F-643 and F-644 ...tgmillso
So this may turn out to be one of those embarrassing questions,
however I have been unable to locate F-643 and F-644 Forward
Fuselage Channels as I work my way through the edge finishing and
priming of the fuselage components. I've checked the inventory list
and have been unable to find it, searching manually and using the
search function in the version I converted to a readable text PDF
These two parts are located in the Parts Index at the front of the
manual, but they are listed as "manufactured" indicating that they
should already be bent and shaped to a certain extent rather than
being created from scratch using sheet material.
Thus, I was wondering where these components are. Any ideas?
Clayton's OK18 Memorial Day Fly-In ...NE of Tulsa, OK
My good friend Clayton is having a Memorial Day Weekend fly-in.
RVs are most welcome.
Night Transport ...Carl in Sweden
"...Fuselage is now in
airport club workshop. Wings, empenage, rudders and fairings at
VAF Courtesy Car List Updated
Simple list. Easy peazy...
April 4, 2016.
Issue No. 4,087.
Today marks nine years of this
site being my full time job. As a reference, I started the 'North
Texas Wing' of VAF on 12/6/1998....17.3 years ago. It took 8.3
years to cut the corporate cord <g>. Where does the time go?
Thanks for not rolling your eyes too often as I continue to learn the
ropes of a life in small business.
And good morning!
Mt. St. Helens Pictures from the RV ...Carl N. RV-8
First to Fly N144VA
The past couple of days I have been getting some training in
N144VA with Mike Seager in Oregon. I understand I am the first to
fly it, outside of Van's personnel. It was quite a treat. It jumps
off the runway with the IO-360. It's a really stable plane with very
tame stall characteristics. A couple of times we did a go around and
I think that plane will fly from a dead stop, it never floated back
to the runway, full power and we were off and going. If anyone is
considering going out there to fly with Mike, I highly recommend it.
He won't beat you up too bad for mistakes, but sometimes I heard, "I
have to say, that was really a bad landing". I went for the 5 hours
since I have about 300 in a RV-7, but it has been 8 years and I
should have gone for the 10 hours. I surely would have come away a
much better pilot. Thanks Mike.
Dynon Introduces SkyView SE
Introducing the Advanced AF-5700 12.1" Display
Phase 1 Update ...rightrudder
Almost there! Another 3.1-hour flight this morning, with four
landings at Apple Valley. Met a super nice guy there named Joe, who
came over to pay me a compliment on my RV. As I was taxiing toward
the restrooms, I saw his plane, a really pristine Cessna 180, as he
was taking it out of the hangar. It is so nice to have people
recognize the sweat and blood we put into our aircraft. Sometimes,
now that I'm flying my RV, I'll look back at it when it's parked and
think to myself, "Did I really build that?" Even though it's only
been a few months, the days of riveting, sanding and deburring seem
like they were years ago. A rip in the space/time continuum?
SHOP ART ...Jeff Vaughan
Brake questions from my hangar
I am making a second attempt to rebuild the Matco master
cylinders on my RV-7. They were slowly dripping from one cylinder
when I bought the plane but all four cylinders were weaping. I had
an A&P help me rebuild the cylinders once and a couple hours later
they were the same. This time it was a different cylinder that was
dripping but all were weaping again. Everyone found this odd.
Taking a VAF member for a fly in Sydney Australia
A few weeks ago VAF member Randy Garrett posted that he was
travelling to Sydney and was wondering if anyone would be willing to
take him for a fly in an RV in Australia.
Fix it or Build On?
Progress Report ...N311CJ RV-10
April 1, 2016.
Issue No. 4,086.
I'm about a week into
consuming much less sugar, and I'm feeling like a hammered turd.
Smart people say it gets better, but right now what I want is a Dr.
Pepper the size of my house. Why saying all this? Because if
you say 'Hi' to me and I take a swing at you it's most likely the sugar
withdrawal. Don't take it personally. This gut will
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
My Builder Buddy
Full circle and a compliment (I think)
The other weekend a gave a married couple a ride in the -7A (no,
not at the same time). With the pre-flight completed, I asked them
my usual questions which includes 1) how do you feel about roller
coasters 2) have you ever flown in a small airplane 3) is there
anything in particular around the Austin area you'd like to see, 4)
any questions or concerns, etc.
The husband responded that it had been many years since he'd been in
a small plane and he went on to explain that he was a kid at the
time. I asked if he remembered it being "Young Eagles" related but
he couldn't specifically remember. Hmmm, full circle? I thought it
was kinda cool nonetheless Anyway, he really dug the flight and
tight turns about a point - he was like a kid in a candy store.
Hopefully a future (RV) builder.
The wife had never been in a small plane so the usual "how do you
feel about roller coaster" questions followed so that I could get a
general idea on her reservations/fears/inhibitions/concerns before
we departed terra firma. All was good in that department so off we
went. As we're making our way around the local lakes, I find out
she's a professional singer. Now, I'm thinking to myself, "Wow, I've
got a famous singer with me. That's a new one. I wonder just how
famous she is?" Come to find out, she sings in a local Austin band.
I told her that she could have said her name was "Beyonce" and I
would have bought it hook, line, and sinker. I would have then gone
back to my buddies and said, "Dude! You wouldn't believe who I took
for a ride the other day!". Glad we got that straightened out.
Anyway, the rest of the flight was great and I headed back to home
base. As we made our way back, I explained what I was going to do
and how I was going to do it. Now on final, followed by runway made,
followed by flare, followed by touchdown, she shouts out "Better
than Southwest!". I know she meant well and a good laugh was had
and that's what counted.
What compliments have you gotten that were well intended?
Quirkies Seen From the RV ...Vlad
A Siddha Yoga Center in Upstate NY.
Garmin Team X introduces G5 electronic flight instrument for
All-glass back-up or primary flight
instrument with optional autopilot capability.
[ed. I was emailed the 'journalist packet'
about this 16 hours before the public release, so for a little more
than a half day I had a slightly higher security clearance.
Felt like James Bond. ;^) I like when fly-in season
starts and the new products start to come online. Exciting
Garmin Team X introduces new, full featured GMA 245/245R audio
Combines Bluetooth wireless music,
phone, 3D Audio and more...
Paint, seats and hangar...
Visited painter today, only some small anomalies to be
corrected on fuse before transport to hangar. I think it turned out
quite well regarding paint scheme and colours.
A Note From Your Host...
(some people auto-paid a smaller
amt monthly, so their data is reflected multiple times in the chart).
updated as of 3/31/16 12:05:50 CDT:
The year is 25% over.
My gut feel is that last year I didn't do a very good job of
conveying how unbelievably crucial the yearly honor system donations are at
keeping this 1-family small business afloat. So this
year I'm reminding readers
on the last Friday of
each month. Updated chart below. (596)
unique donors to date
Thank you to those who support this site!
Donations by year compared to
registered forum users
New RV8 with Garmin Touch ...Walt's work
March 31, 2016.
Issue No. 4,085.
A couple SnF product
announcements will be 'released from embargo' Thursday morning early.
I'll update the page here again around 7am Dallas time(ish). There
is a webinar at 10am related to this announcement (join).
I like when fly-in season spools up...all the cool new stuff starts
BTW, milestone.....ticked over the 22,000 mark on registered forum users
today. RVation seems to be alive and well online!
Look for the update here in around 12 hours...
Found During Condition Inspection
Pics/text courtesy Randy 'Monkey' Richmond of
Richmond Aircraft Service
on an RV that was 5 years old with 300 hours - on its 3rd owner.
Right aileron push-pull tube not riveted. Had someone hold the
aileron while I put about 5lbs force on the stick. Pulled
right out. Pushed stick hard right and locked up due to
fitting jamming in yoke."
Solution Now Available for SkyView 14.0 Technical Service Bulletin
We are excited to report that
SkyView v14.1 is now available for download. It contains the fix for
the issue that was the cause of the Technical Service Bulletin
earlier this month. It also has a few other small fixes and feature
improvements that we found since then.
Found this during an inspection. No names!
This is the same wing bay
From Rich Meske...
take a fresh look at out Tip-Up/Slider Canopy Modification for the
RV-6, 7 & 9. This year marks our 15th 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 16th year of doing business! We now offer
many new products for the experimental aircraft market. Please check
out ALL of our great products at
RV TEAM CHILE display on FIDAE 2016 ...video
New Lower Cost Database Options for Garmin aera
We recently announced our new aera
660 portable navigator, and with that we announced the availability
of the new Garmin Navigation Database (for U.S. and Canada) and
introduced a family of new lower priced database bundles.
We are pleased to announce that similar bundles are now available
for aera 795/796 customers through the normal www.flygarmin.com
Bob Kuykendall's RV-15 Idea
Resurrecting this thread with an
idea I posted elsewhere. Yes, it's RV-related.
I propose that the next RV kit should move into the market space
being developed by the Icon A5 amphibian guys. Vans business model
has always been to either offer something for which there is no
equivalent production aircraft (most RVs) or for which a kitplane
can undercut production aircraft by ~50% (RV-10). I think that an A5
competitor would fit perfectly with this model.
My proposal is that they start with the basic RV-12 design and go
from there. Ditch the fuselage and replace it with a combination of
aluminum panels and carbon fiber hull moldings that looks enough
unlike the A5 to get them around the bizarre patent laws that
protect boat hulls. Plug the RV-12 wings into the top, hang the
RV-12 motor onto the back, plop the RV-12 stabilator onto the carbon
fiber fin, add retractable gear and there you are. The big plastic
parts and the retractable gear have bumped the price by about 35%,
and it is not going to have that lovely supercar interior, but
you've achieved 90% of the A5's performance and functionality for
less than 50% the price.
Flame suit on!
Thanks, Bob K.
March 30, 2016.
Issue No. 4,084.
April Calendar Wallpaper Online
Sid Mayeux departing my home
airfield in his RV-7A. Burst mode, 200mm lens, f/7.1, 1/640s,
auto-focus. Shoot was pre-briefed and done with a text from
Sid letting me know when he was two minutes from takeoff. I
shot this from the ramp in front of my hangar - easier to do than
you might think.
If you're ever departing my home
field to the south and would like me to get a pic, just get in
touch. How's free sound?
Rogers RV14A Build - 140204 ...Roger Kieffer II RV-14A
Got the tools, kit, shop, and build log website setup and Im ready
to get going on my Vans RV14A in SE Wisconsin. This is my
first build so please provide any guidance, advice, etc as I go
through this process.
Introducing Supertracks ...Vince Frazier
Blake and I have come up with a totally new product to make life
easier for pilots with RV-6, 6A, 7, 7A, 9, and 9A SLIDING canopies.
Our new Supertracks allow you to easily roll your canopy back an
additional 9" (or more) to make accessing your baggage compartment a
snap. And there's nothing to disconnect, or futz with, just the
normal fore and aft canopy motion that you're accustomed to already.
Ongoing (Alternator) Maintenance ...PaigeHoffart
550 hours I just broke the middle wire in the connector housing. Of
course it would have to happen in IMC. I ordered a new crimpable
RV-8 s/n83124 ...Dominique in France
RE: ACS and Credit Card Fraud ...Jim Irwin
"We noticed today's posting
from Carl about the credit card fraud he recently experienced, and I
want to respond regarding Aircraft Spruce's credit card security
procedures. We follow industry standard procedures for credit card
security and have been PCI certified for many years by our credit
card processing center. This means that we have all of the available
measures in place to prevent credit card fraud. All of our
customers' credit card information is encrypted and only a select
few managers have access to this information. Our IT manager checks
credit card logs regularly to insure that there is no indication
that any of our credit card records have been compromised.
Credit card security is a big concern these days and Aircraft Spruce
deals with it on a daily basis, as do all suppliers, with persons
trying to place orders with stolen credit cards. We screen all
orders carefully and are able to identify and cancel these
fraudulent orders. This is not an easy task, as credit card thieves
and hackers are getting more sophisticated all the time in their
efforts to defeat credit card security.
We encourage any customer any customer who feels that a breach of
their credit card may be related to a transaction with Aircraft
Spruce to contact us immediately with all the details they can
provide so we can investigate immediately. We were unable to
identify Carl on the VAF posting but I hope that he will email me
directly with whatever information he can provide, including the
details on who paid their property taxes using his credit card."
March 29, 2016.
Issue No. 4,083.
Missing Man Formation Marana, AZ ...Gash
I had the privilege of flying in a 6-ship missing man formation
yesterday at the opening ceremony for the new Veteran's Memorial
Cemetery in Marana, Arizona. Flight members from the Arizona
Scorpions were: Gary Goebel (on loan from the Blackjacks), Jim
Graham, Mel Jordan, Karl Gashler, Cathy Page (with Carl Brownd
riding shotgun) and Bill Grischo. Tito Sanchez was our ground
coordinator. It's always an honor to fly with such an excellent
group of aviators and friends. We all had a great time!
Here's a photo from the Arizona Daily Star. You can see Mel pulling
up and away, and it's nice how the photographer got the flag in the
...Rob 'KRviator' 9A in Sydney, Australia
After 4 years, 9 months and 19 days building, Aurora Australis
was awarded her registration, but I then had to wait several more
weeks for a combination of good weather and kids-in-daycare to be
able to perform the first flight.
Other than a few EMS alarms (high current, EGT and Fuel Flow) the
flight went beautifully. These alarms will be reset to more
appropriate values before the next flight. The high-current was due
to me setting the redline at the 30-amp rating of the PP alternator,
that I now understand will output slightly more than 30 amps
at times. EGT was due to the #2 cylinder being much higher
than the others, even during idle, so I'm going to swap the probe to
#4 to see what happens, and FF was higher than expected for the
O-340, and I didn't have enough margin in the setting there.
Aileron bracket.. Whoops
Just when you think... That won't happen to me! I countersunk the
wrong side of the bracket. It looks thick enough to handle a 'double
countersink' so I did the other side as well and built on...
What do you think? Airworthy or rebuild?
0320/E2G with 30 hrs SMOH. almost every flight it will
momentarily stumble for a split second. It can best be described as
a (bump). After that it runs fine the rest of the flight. It will
only do it once. We changed both mags, wires, and plugs and it still
does it. I cant figure out what could be causing this? The plane is
going to Sun-N-fun which is 1000 miles one way. I would like to find
out if this is a major issue or just an annoyance?
Anything inherently wrong with this idea? Fits my IPad in a Otter
C Frame Dimpler Table ...Bruce Windowm's take (foamboard
and liquid nails)
You might consider what I did. It's a heckuva lot easier to move
on/off your work table, and can be more easiler store in an overhead
rafter area, if you have one of those.
3rd & 4th Inboard Wing Rib - Hole miss-match? ...Steve Murray
Started assembling the Wing rear spar to the back of the wing
ribs (1/8") rivets. On the 3rd and 4th rib from the inboard side. I
am seeing a mis-match between the pre-punched holes in the ribs and
the rear spar.
Note the two holes that have not been deburred, these holes are
matched drilled from the doubler "W-1007B Rear Spar Doubler" on the
March 28, 2016.
Issue No. 4,082.
I hope you had a nice
Easter weekend and that you got to have a huge meal with family,
bragging about your RV plane/project. I was out at the airport
Saturday morning, fiddling with this and that, and saw my neighbor Scott
getting into his RV-8A. "Where you headed, Scott?" "Off to
see Mom. Easter." Had a suit folded neatly in the passenger
These planes, and what they allow us to do, are amazing.
9DB---BOGIE AT 8 O'CLOCK!!!!!!!!! ...Dave B. 9A
Never mind---it is a friendly.
Actually, there were nine friendlies!!! You see, at KPRC we have a
rather large contingent of pilots on our "Fly to Breakfast/Lunch"
mailing list. This past Sunday we had a total of nine planes/14
people whose "mission" that day was to patrol the Chino Wash and
then to rendezvous for breakfast and de-brief in Seligman, AZ at
West Side LiLo's--wheels down at 0900. West Side LiLo's is one of
those historical 1950's-1960's diners located right on old Rte 66 in
northern AZ. However, if you go there beware---they serve "cowboy
New to us RV8 ...Rob Traynham Simpsonville, SC
Well, my son and I jumped out and bought a beautiful RV8 in
Canada. As of yesterday, we now have U.S. registered airplane AND a
fresh Airworthiness Certificate. We recently trained with Kent
Gorton at Mallard's landing and had a great experience. Just waiting
on the rain to stop now so we can fly it!
Scenes from Newcastle ...haydnc
It's the one you don't see
I had an interesting experience with ADSB. The RV is ADSB out and
I was using a Stratus II / iPad (Foreflight) for ADSB in. The
traffic displays were very good and all looked well.
Later, I had the chance to compare that to an ATC radar plot - there
was traffic that had not showed on the ADSB. The traffic was putting
out mode C only but there was some problem with the altitude data so
it was defaulting to "000" for altitude on the radar display;
essentially, sea level. ATC was not talking to him.
I'm at 3700 - so it's outside the puck even though ground elevation
was about 1000 MSL (that's the prevailing conjecture as to why it
didn't display). So, the traffic really could have been at my
altitude, but in this situation, it wasn't going to display for me.
As helpful as the traffic info is, I think there might still be
something to be said for looking out the window since this
high-priced video game is not picking everything up.
Bulldog Flight Formation Video
The Eagle (EMS) Flys ...Dane Patterson RV-8 w/FADEC
After a six month hiatus, to change over from an Aerosance FADEC
to a Precision Airmotive EMS, my aircraft is once again flying. The
Aerosance FADEC (now a Continental Motors product) was becoming a
liability. Periodically it would skip a beat, for no apparent
reason, or give strange readings, that could not be explained. After
years of frustration I decided it was time to make a change.
Grass Runway Season Open! ...Vlad pics
Tale of a sticky valve
Block Island PIREP ...Mike/John
Fun trip in the RV up and back to Block Island today! We managed
to fit a Maryland/Mass beer exchange into the activities!
Albit - Next time! I plan to be up in New England a lot this year!
She's Got Legs! ...with a nod to ZZ Top
FS Airpark Home ...Lake City, FL
Andy Blanchard's New Panel ...Bold!!!!
March 25, 2016.
Issue No. 4,081.
Was over at Jay Pratt's place visiting Thursday
morning, and saw an RV-14 fuse (taildragger) on the gear with the tail
on (no wings). Was really impressed with how much larger it seemed
than my RV-6 fuse/tail. Looked like a RV-10 as a taildragger,
actually. I can see why there is a step-up option.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled Easter weekend.
Pilot Joe Blank 'communicating' with his
reflection during an RV-12 SLSA delivery flight.
From the factory
JB MDL ...Vlad
An email was channeled to me via secure network. It stated if I
don't forward all my credentials within two days to a certain
address I would never had a chance to touch down on a military
concrete. And so I did in a big hurry not telling anyone. In a
couple weeks I was clear to visit McGuire AFB with 36 other local
bug smashers. The military conducted a Midair Collision Avoidance
seminar and the brass approved a flyin.
Arriving aircrafts were split in 4 groups and each group received a
time slot. I departed earlier and planned to intercept somebody by
Video Related To Above ...Brent Connelly
Status Report ...rightrudder
Getting there.... 27.4 on the Hobbs now. Today's flight was the
longest yet at 2.9 hrs.
I redid the right inlet ramp to reduce CHTs for Nos. 1 & 3,
shortening it by about 1.5 in. I cut it where it mates to the intake
with a Dremel cut-off wheel, sanded down the dry micro with a mini
die-grinder sander, then used the remaining shelf to anchor the
Aft end was secured with a thick bead of flox, then a couple layers
of 9 oz. cloth. I sanded down the remnants of the original
attachment flush with the die grinder.
The temp variance wasn't all that bad to begin with, but the change
seemed to help...all cylinders are now with 10 degrees or so in
cruise. But No. 1 still gets the hottest in climb, so I'll have to
either remove its air dam altogether, or cut it down by half again.
I'm getting lots of practice with leaning, as I buzz the practice
area in one direction, pull a U-eee, richen, climb 1000 ft, lean,
buzz the other direction, descend 1000 ft, richen, and so forth.
Did a couple of landings at Apple Valley, and the aircraft is really
starting to fit like a glove. After running 'er hard, it's kinda
peaceful to throttle way back and just putt-putt around the pattern.
One last thought....it's the little things that make it more fun to
work on our planes. A long, skinny funnel I bought from HF slips
right down the dipstick tube and stays put. Best $3.99 I've spent
The cat's meow for touch up
When you buff the paint off a rivet...
Issue No. 4,080.
It was too windy to haul
gravel Wednesday in DFW (badump). Settled for the treadmill and
computers...no RV anything. Storms forecast overnight, so maybe
Thursday on the back side it will be calm enough for some time off the
First formation video of my RV7 ...Shawn Li
Flew with a friend with a Glasair to Independence, OR last
weekend. My wife was riding in the Glasair, and had a chance to
shoot a video of our flying RV7 for the first time. It's also her
first time to check out our RV7 in the air
Thought to share the video with the group.
RV Snowbird Acro PIREP ...Bill M.
Thanks for the congratulations, but many have helped to develop
the competitive edge. Two weeks before the Snowbird contest, Ron and
others gathered in Vidalia, GA on a weekend for an aerobatic
workshop with coaching from Eric Sandifer (Advanced 1st place in the
Northeast 2015) and Tony Zorn (Advanced). This is where you refine
the maneuvers and improve your scores. Eric also helped me design my
free style and signed off on it as a judge. At a contest, it really
doesn't matter what you fly. It just a big happy family whether it's
a MX, Extra, Edge, Pitts, Decathlon, YAK, or our nimble little RVs.
It is also very addictive too. Hope to see more RVs at other
The shop ambient noise level measures 30-33dB on my iPhone app
when the people upstairs are not walking overhead - quiet as a
Moving to Houston, TX ...from Italy
After long thinking with my family we decided to give a substantial
change to our lives. We'll move to Houston from Italy this summer!
Unfortunately this means I have to sell my RV-7 project
[ed. We'll see about that <g>. dr] (by the way, it has
been on hold for the last couple of years due family/job/money
difficulties) but I hope I can continue to be a member of the RV
community (who knows.. maybe in the future I'll start over again!)
Any advice for a new Houston resident?.
Last Summer ...Karl Bambas
People keep asking Dolly and I if we've been hiding, that they
haven't seen us for a while. Well we've been building.
Follow Up From Joe
Just to clarify from my E-mail answer yesterday...
That would probably work OK, but you’d have to use a reduced head
screw (AN525 series would work) so as not to interfere with the roll
bar when closed. Also ensure good Edge Distance on the roller
weldment here as there is a significant 'lifting component' to the
forces applied to the canopy during flight.
Option #2 is to TIG weld the holes closed on the parts and re-drill
with the correct ED.
Option #3 is to replace the parts with new. Your choice."
Check one off the bucket list
Yesterday I was finally able to do something I've been wanting to
do my whole life. Flew my -12 to visit my father for the first time,
a 2 hour flight and my first ever overnight stay (with the plane)
away from the home 'drome. My dad is 87 now and is still in good
shape. He had a serious health issue at Thanksgiving and has made a
good recovery. One of the reasons I built the -12 was to be able to
fly with him and the speed of the assembly was a primary factor. I
was able to complete my plane in about 700 hours, Van's was spot on.
Dad was a Navy fighter pilot. He has over 2000 hours in F-8
Crusaders and did 3 combat tours in Viet Nam. One tour as executive
officer of VF-211, one as commanding officer VF-211, and the last as
CAG-5 on the USS Midway. Naturally I wanted to be a fighter pilot
like him. However, when I was 12, during a routine vision screening
at school, I found out I would need glasses. Knowing that the Navy
does not accept pilot candidates with anything less than perfect
vision my dreams were crushed. So now my -12 is my jet fighter and I
have flown my father in it. The only other time I flew with Dad was
a family trip from Jacksonville, Fla to Lower Alabama when I was 5.
Dad also was a flight instructor at Pensacola in the late 50's.
After we landed yesterday he scored the "check ride" as an "UP". So
I guess that I have now passed primary flight training and will now
move to jet transition training. I hope to enjoy many more flights
with my father in the days to come. For all you guy's still building
your fighter jets,,,,, keep pulling and pounding those rivets so
that you can have a day like I did yesterday.
Ordered -8 QB Fuse!! ...Jeff Munzell (VA)
I am very excited.... This is one of those so far...slooooooow
builds. Ordered tail kit late 1999, ordered slow build wings in late
2000. Between job and raising kids and trying to stay ahead of
household maintenance 3 1/2 acres, it's taken me this long to get to
this point.. I've been using "...8 wings still" for way too many
years...but not for much longer!
Fuse should show up around the August/September timeframe.. very
Factory Represented at AERO Friedrichschafen
...April 20-23, 2016 (Southern Germany)
March 23, 2016.
Issue No. 4,079.
Tater Salad was down for maintenance Tuesday with a migraine, so I was on
go get him from school and chicken nugget duty. That and making
sure the house was rigged for quiet. On the back side of it now
and doing much better at publish time.
No RV related activities today other than normal computer work, and
that's just fine. Family is priority 1-10...aviation 11. It
was gusting here nearly to 40mph today, anyway. Too much for my
Status Report: Wings Away! ...David Paule RV-3B
Wirejock came down from his mountain to help me more the wings to
the hangar. It went smoothly enough. After taping moving blankets to
the wings beforehand, I put one thin piece of plywood in the pickup
truck, then the right wing, blanket side down, then another thin
(and therefore light) piece of plywood, and and finally the left
wing. Tied them down and off we went, driving carefully.
Of course something had to cause some concern. In this case it was a
pine tree in the backyard that had grown up into some power lines.
While we were tying the wings in, a neighbor dropped by to tell us
that the tree was sparking with the wire. After a brief visit from a
fire truck and a call to the power company, we were on the road.
Unloading went smoothly enough. Larry took a photo of me holding a
wing in the hangar.
Re-drilling canopy roller?
I screwed up one of my canopy rollers when I mis-measured,
resulting in insufficient edge distance. Based on the fact
that these parts are steel, and that, when closed, there won't be
much force applied to this connection, I'm thinking of re-drilling
in the fore-aft direction ( 90 degrees to this mis-drilled holes) a
Insane? or OK?
Govenor Cable Help
I have a Hartzell govenor on my 200hp which is mounted so the
actuator moves fwd and aft versus left/righ. I am having problems
trying to find a cable bracket and proper function on the cable.
Anyone out there that had this problem and has a fix? Your expertise
would be greatly appreciated.
Silver Hawk fuel injection servo "gotcha"
My RV-7 has been a great machine over the last 4 years. 99.9% of
the 450 hours thus logged have been pretty much trouble free. But
here’s a short story of a “gotcha” that popped up recently. It was
not a real big deal and probably not a major safety of flight item,
but I’ll pass this along anyway.
I have an Aerosport IO-375 installed with a standard Precision
Silver Hawk fuel injection system. On a recent run-up prior to
takeoff, the vernier mixture control seemed to have a “sticky” spot
as I pushed the mixture to full rich. I experimented a little and it
seemed like the vernier control was hanging up about an inch out
from full rich. So like a dummy, I took off anyway assuming that I
might have to look into it later.
Mixture Arm Interference with Starter
have installed Van's mixture bellcrank and bracket for an IO-360A1B
Horizontal Induction. When I connect to the mixture arm I am unable
to get full throw due to interference with starter (see pic). This
engine installed in another aircraft was configured with the arm in
the down position where there would be no interference. Van's said I
either need a shorter starter or modify the arm to avoid the
contact. Even if I use the lower hole and cut off the top portion it
does not look like I will still get full throw.
Engine Mount Beef-up ...David Paule RV-3B
KatieB sent me a photo of a cracked weld in an RV-3B engine mount
at a lower corner where the landing gear socket is welded adjacent
to a mount bolt. The crack was visible with dye penetrate.
March 22, 2016.
Issue No. 4,078.
RVs RULE Snowbird! ...f14av8
"...Bill McLean WON the Sportsman Category competition at the
Snowbird Classic. He did that in a RV-4, competing against a field
of purpose-built aerobats, including an EXTRA (really two EXTRAS as
it was being flown by two pilots). So, Bill went out and showed what
an RV, flown by a well trained and well prepared pilot can do.
There's just nothing like an inverted spin in a RV-4 to impress the
judges! Congratulations Bill."
On the day of my 60th birthday
N321BV, RV-7 S/N 74171 received its Special Airworthiness
Certificate!! The maiden flight will take place soon when schedules
and weather are coordinated.
Here are the basics:
RV-7 Standard build
3 years 1 month elapsed construction time
2070 hours logged construction time
Superior IO-360-B1LD2 engine (horizontal induction)
Whirlwind 200RV prop
Christen inverted oil system
Dynon Skyview EFIS, EMS, COM & I/C, ADAHRS, XPDER, ADSB, 2 axis
1086 lbs. empty weight
RV-7 Standard Build
They cover pretty much anything you need covered.
Cremated Remains Dispenser
Polish burns ...Bob C.
It was opening day this weekend for the Spring Polishing Season.
Fortunately, I've compound polished the plane enough in the last few
years that -- unless there's a specific scratch -- I don't bother
doing much compounding.
Lately, I've been using California Custom Purple (always with the
de-oxydizer) and then using the Cyclo with Nuvite F7 and then Grade
S with a fleece cloth.
Anyway, I had used some painters tape to protect the stripes when I
encountered a piece that was hard to get off . I'd neglected it
before starting with the cyclo but there I was in the middle of
cyclo'ing and I was picking at this tape.
While I was doing that, I lost focus on my cyclo work and while
picking at the tape with one finger, I was holding the cyclo in
place with the other.
So, of course, the aluminum got warm and burned.
I was subsequently able to get the "burn" out but here's my
question: What's burning? The aluminum or the polish on the
"Never give up."
Milestone: The Big Cut
Spent a couple hours staring at it, reading and re-reading the
instructions and drawings. Seems to be a little extra plexi between
where the slider forward end stops and the windshield begins, which
makes it less critical to get the cut exactly right the first time.
I used my Dremel on high speed with a diamond blade. The first cut
was just to remove the excess from the sides, From there, take an 1
to 1.5 inches at a time so you can keep the rather small cutting
disk perpendicular to the Plexiglas. Uses sponges or similar to
support the glass while cutting so there is no stress on the cut
From the RV-6. Counted (14)
on a short .3hr flight Monday, (12) in the two pics below.
Excuse the blurry one, but it shows a nice buck. The 200mm
lens is big enough that they usually don't even look up.
Cleaning the Oceans and Flying on Waste
March 21, 2016.
Issue No. 4,077.
John Goodloe RV-8. dr photo.
Additions/Updates to the RV White Pages ...courtesy Mr. Tate
Renegade 5 RV4 at Alamosa (two vids)
Near miss - Bird Strike
Using Paint Masks (lots of photos) ...Dan L.
Crabandy Status Report
Fireblock failure...Don't do what I did
Classified Spotlight ...9A w/many
Pazmanyflyer Status Report
DAR added to the
Status Report ...longranger -7
March 18, 2016.
Issue No. 4,076.
Pushed out the updated VAF Courtesy Car
list yesterday, then rec'd (4) more updates today. So, I added
those (updates are usually pushed out the day I
get an email). It's crazy simple to maintain. The
RV White Pages should be updated over the
weekend, courtesy young Mr. Reeves. I pay him per record
edited/added, so of course he is a fan of lots of people updating their
info. He suggested a few thousand people add a period to part of
their listing. I told him if that happened we'd probably need to
rethink our payment model <g>.
Formula 1 racing starts back up this weekend. First race
Australia - the long drought is over. Go fast time is back and
the DVR is cocked.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
She Flys! ...Lorne
Yippee!, Yeehah!, Wow!, She Flys!
A couple of days after getting the pink slip, the latest RV-6 leapt
into the sky. All I can say is keep on building.....the grin is
Not your typical fuel tank woe ...Ryan -12
After agonizing over to wet rivet or not, sealant dispensing
methods, and everyone opinions, I completed my fuel tanks back in
November and the initial leak test with soapy water and balloon
passed with flying colors. About a week or so ago I ran across a
thread from a builder who was having issues with producing
acceptable tubing flares. It was then I learned that I used the
wrong flare set (automotive) when making the vent lines in for the
tanks. That's when I went down another path of endless thread
scouring about potential vent blockages/leakages etc. I was worried
that although leak free, I may leak fuel through the improper vent
fitting once the vent fitting was submerged in fuel. My curiosity
couldn't take it anymore, so I decided to do another leak test with
Avgas. Long story short, no leaks from the inboard rib vent fitting
when submerged in fuel. Which brings me to...
RV-7A Dream Panel ...Walt/Rick Aronow
Our latest project from EXP Aircraft Services, the RV7 dream
This is my brother's RV7A so it was a team effort, I let him do all
the hard work (installing it in the airplane) while I did the easy
stuff like basic system architecture, building custom interconnect
harness, panel wiring etc..
I'd also like to give credit to the Stein Team (Christer especially)
for a superb job helping getting it all to fit and then cutting the
panel. And thanks to Brandon at GloCustom Paint for the custom
flat black epoxy finish.
Garmin: G3X 10" Touch, GTN750, GTR20 (com 2), GMA240 (audio panel),
GTX23ES (remote mode S xpdr), GDL39R (ADS-B in), Full A/P w/GMC307
control panel, GI260 AOA indicator with heated pitot.
(Airspeed indicator is a place holder for future back-up.)
795 was left over from old panel, probably not going to be needed
Eagle's Nest Projects - AOPA features Florida student-builder Abbey
...FIRST SOLO!!! RV-12.
A leaf in the wind ...Jeff Kersey
Sometimes I feel a little like a leave in the wind in this little
plane. It keeps it from getting boring. I enjoy the challenge. My
wife, not so much... I still have not had her on a smooth flight in
the new RV yet. She thinks it is always bumpy and it is because the
pane is so light. I have to remind her we get bounced around in big
jets too. I look forward to a fun trip with her that is like
glass... Oh well. Gusting to 20kts, 90 degrees to the runway. My
little plane handled it just fine. I love this thing! <g>
Condition Inspection Continued ...Vlad
Status Report Pictures ...Ed Flemin -7 Zimbabwe
Moving on to the flap braces, these were a bit trickier than I
thought. The problem is the flange which rivets to the rear spar is
straight, but the section which attaches where the rear spar is
doubled should be higher. hopefully you can see what I mean from the
pictures. When you first cleco it in place this puts quite a kink in
the lower flange where it rivets to the bottom skin. This required
quite a bit of adjusting to get things straight. I got it to a point
where it was straight with the skin clecoed on, but I found out
later I needed to get it straight without the skin to help. Thats
because when you drill the hinge you can't use clecos.
Sports in the Yard
...photographed from the RV-6 Thursday morning
after the hail and thunderstorms passed. Baseball, golf
and basketball just outside the front door. Not my
neighborhood if you were wondering <g>. Not buzzing the houses
either (Canon EOS-1 D w/ EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens).
Texas, ladies and gentlemen.
March 17, 2016.
Issue No. 4,075.
Springtime in Texas. dr
I've seen a lot of builders extend their inlet ramps out beyond
the side baffles, but per my RV-8 FWF plans circa 2006, my
interpretation was that the upper cowl ramps are inside of the
baffles (for both the parallel valve and angle valve engines). I
built mine with the fiberglass ramps completely inside of the
baffles and the baffles seals lay against the cowl and not the
ramps. My ramps are open on both ends. I have excellent engine
cooling with this arrangement.
VAF Courtesy Car List Updated
A simple list on one page - all it needs to be.
Status Report (Many Pictures) ...craband
If I had it to do over again I probably would move each inlet
about 3/8" inch inboard for more outside curve, but I'm moving on
with the existing inlets. I carved out a spot to nestle in the
forward section of the new hinge, it helped with the angle for
inserting the hinge from the front. I followed the Van's
instructions on drilling extra holes and aggressively sanding the
hinge flange and epoxying it to the cowl, the old hinges were not
letting go virtually welded to the cowl. I used the hinge pin and an
extra piece of hinge to position the new hinge with the existing
hinge. After the epoxy dried I riveted the new sections.
March 16, 2016.
Issue No. 4,074.
Status Report ...Chattin35 in Boise
How Vlad Reads VAF <g>
Finally Some RV Time Off the
Got in a .2hr RV flight Tuesday
morning after a couple computer hours - first flight in (11) days.
Guessing $8 in avgas. Checked the creek for deer (none) and a
pass down a friend's grass runway to say good morning (they waved
from the porch). VOR check back at the field (131°/312° radial
TTT over 52F) and the overhead break for 17 - the break occurs when
the needle centers. Felt good to get off the surface, if only
for a bit. Treadmill, some weights and lunch, then back on the
keyboard mentally recalibrated (the watch seems to think flying
didn't burn calories ;^)). RVs are pretty awesome when you can
occasionally work them into your schedule! Spring is
here in DFW....temp was 81°F. Lots of pollen, though.
Classified Spotlight: 9A For Sale: $65K ...or trade
Quirkies From the Air
March 15, 2016.
Issue No. 4,073.
Birthday Ice Cream Party PIREP
Well the 8th annual ice cream social is a wrap. Even though we
had about 50% cancellation due to bad WX and winds we still ended up
with 30 airplanes. Thank you to those of you that came. It made the
event very special this time around. Special (I put on a tux)
because my grandparents, parents and sister traveled to join us.
They had a blast.
My wife busted her behind more than usual this time around. If you
flew/drove in you know what I mean. Despite hiring someone to work
the event, I was still not able to spend enough time with everyone.
My apologies, that really bugs me. The games we introduced were a
hit. Many folks ended up with “pie” to the face. Also the bean bag
game was great even though I saw my sister take a bean bag to the
head at one point.
A New 6! ...Lorne Montgomery
After almost 5 years and a lots of great adventures, another RV6
gets a Special Airworthiness Certificate. My wife Aimee proudly
holds it. This photo absolutely would not have happened if it
weren't for her, Charlie, Scott, VAF, and DAR Phil Devlin.
First flight soon!
Formation w/a P-51 ...jdhmotor
I probably got to do something today that I thought would never
happen and will only get to do once. That was to fly formation in my
RV-8 with a P-51 Mustang. What fun. I have attached the link to the
video. It was bumpy so had youtube try to smooth it out. Not sure if
I like the way the screen jumps around but a better quality picture
of the Mustang.
(Mark P.) "I have a bunch of
new "Series" top view stickers available on the AircraftStickers.com
website. I have fighter jets, airliners, and of more interest to
your readers, the new "RV Series". The series stickers are
smaller less detailed and less expensive (only $4.99/ea) top view
stickers perfect for tool boxes, air compressors, or car windows.
I've attached a pic of all the stickers, and a photo of the RV-4 on
March 14, 2016.
Issue No. 4,072.
IFR Wx, POTUS TFRs (Sat) and 90°
crosswinds gusting 25kts (Sun) kept me from doing anything RV this
weekend. Plan B was fixing a broken toilet, working, watching
basketball, mowing the yard and washing a car. Wasn't as fun,
Audrey flew out to San Diego Saturday to attend the
American Chemical Society National
Meeting & Exposition (undergrad
program). SMU's chemistry department picked five students to
go, and Ace was one. How awesome is that?!? Very proud of
this young lady! Her first 'career trip' - the hard work is
starting to pay dividends.
Hope it was dry, TFR free and VFR in your town this weekend, and that you
got to RVate!
Happy Birthday Drawing ...Rick's 15yr old daughter
Control Stick Pivot Bushing Mod ...Jim Stricker
Milestone: Avionics Arrive! ...Rob Reece RV-8 via
RV-8 Flight on a Perfect Colorado Day ...Joe Z.
From the Mothership
8th Annual Ice Cream Social Pictures ...Bruce Hill
DIY Seat Status ...KHeidorn
RV10 takeoff pics at Alfonsinas Mexico
Pics of Ron Schreck in His RV-8
Airborne! ...Manfred in Austria
Vlad's Condition Inspection (installment 2)
Posting for a Buddy at my Airport...ask for Steve if you
Something to fly in N.TX for $12K while you build your RV.
March 11, 2016.
Issue No. 4,071.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Russians in Canada (Русские в Канаде) ...Vlad RV-9A
My airplane is due for quarterly condition inspection. I am
parked outside and any kind of heavy maintenance presents a
challenge. It's still winter, it's windy and cold, there is no
electricity and I can't leave cowl off for more then couple hours
not even talking overnight. Hey, said Julian, the owner of two
beautiful Canadian RVs, hop over the border I have a heated hangar
by Montreal, all tools and an apartment built into the hangar. We
can even balance your prop...
What could be better?! VAF camaraderie at work! At the end of the
day I am heading north for the weekend.
Eagle's Nest Projects - Space Center Houston
Space Center Houston was host to the 2016 CCISD middle school
science fair attended by more than 3,000 students and parents.
Eagle's Nest Projects was humbled and honored by CCISD's request to
keystone the event with an aircraft built by Clear Springs High
School PLTW Aerospace Engineering students (2nd of 3 completed).
Eagle's Nest Projects - STEM education at the highest level;
building student, school, and community pride!.
R&R old wood and glass gear leg fairimg
OK, so the brake line started leaking. And it's an older -6A with
permanently installed fairing. (wood and fiberglass at the leading
edge. Flox or micro balloons in trailing edge.) Managed to get
it off without damage to the leg, but splintered a good bit of wood.
I cut the trailing edge AND through the wood to get it off.
What now? Brake line is easy to replace, but I doubt there is any
reasonable way to put the old fairing back on.
Can I just replace one side with a new fairing from Vans? Or have to
replace both? Can the plane fly with one main fairing, or
would it pull to the side too much? Any helpful advice
So I started the long process of unbending my -7A...(background)
Going to be a long road, but worth the effort.
She went down in Nevada, moved to CA, now based in Portland OR.
Not much straight on her but she is resting comfortably...
Started the removal process and it is not bad, at least the easy to
reach rivets aren't. Will keep you posted on what I
uncover deeper into her innards
Verification w/GPS Followup ...Greg Niehues
To close the loop on this - after fixing the line that had come
off one of my static ports, my Dynon-calculated TAS agrees with the
3-leg GPS calculated TAS within 1.4 knots at cruise speed and better
than that at slow flight, close enough for the girls I go out
I'm showing 143 knots TAS at 67% power and 7500' now, without wheel
pants and gear fairings.
I'm also showing 140 knots TAS at 46% power and 17,500' burning 6gph
- love this 9A wing!!
Spotlight on 'The Lists'
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March 10, 2016.
Issue No. 4,070.
Ski's fit AND new snow ...Cathy Page
So, I got my ski's to fit in the 6 (without hard points and a
hollowed out sidewinder under the wing).
With this new discovery and new snow at Big Bear, does anyone here
have experience with getting transportation between L35 and the
Oh and speaking of mountain, I see there are actually 2 ski areas.
Is one preferred over the other?
I'm going up Thurs early and if my legs survive the first day I'll
be looking for lodging and ski Firday also.
When can a
ELT be tested after installation?
Off hand does anyone know where I can find in the FAA rules on
when I can test a ELT ( Emergency Locate transmitter). Panel getting
its final checks. Thanks.
A: I happen to be studying for my FAA written...
(a) Analog 121.5/243 MHz ELTs should only be tested during the first
five minutes after any hour. If operational tests must be made
outside of this period, they should be coordinated with the nearest
FAA Control Tower or Flight Ser-vice Station. Tests should be no
longer than three audible weeps. If the antenna is removable, a
dummy load should be substituted during test procedures.
(b) (b) Digital 406 MHz ELTs should only be tested in accordance
with the unit’s manufacturer’s instructions.
(c) (c) Airborne tests are not authorized.
I believe this to be accurate
A: For those Canadians reading this thread, the answer is
simple. Testing may be done in the first 5 minutes of the UTC hour.
This applies to both 121.5 and 406MHz units.
Note that most 406 units come with instructions that are very clear
about not leaving the unit it test mode for an extended period. The
way 406 signaling is designed, the ELT sends an 'invalid/test'
signal if it broadcasts within the first 50 seconds following
activation. After 50 seconds, you're broadcasting a valid distress
signal that WILL cause the alarm bells to go off. Please be very
careful about keeping 406 ELT tests short, in accordance with
Dynon in New Zealand
Status Report Pictures ...Carl
RV-4 in Sweden
Proceeding with spinner installation as I'm waiting for the
painter. The WW prop hub gives this 1990:s RV4 kit (12" spinner) a
challenge due to it's thickness. Had to modify the front plate quite
a bit but I think it will be stable enough. Previous lathe spinner
centering method worked out fine.
Phase 1 PIREP ...Doug 9A
"...At this point, yes, I'm flying the whole pattern with full
flaps and keeping the speed down. It just helps to reduce the
workload, to get the aircraft stabilized at 70-75 KIAS maybe a mile
or so out (and slowed down somewhat at 4-5 miles out). The key thing
is to do some stalls at altitude on maybe your second flight to see
what YOUR airspeed indicator reads. For me, a power-of stall with
flaps extended was 39 KIAS at solo weight, which gave me full
confidence to slow it down to 60 on final. Controls do get quite
light at 60....and the difference in feel from, say, 80 to 60 is
noticeably more pronounced in a -9A than in a Cessna 172 or Piper
Cherokee, for instance. So do those stalls and lots of slow flight
at altitude early on, and build that confidence.
Maybe later when I have more experience, I can approach the pattern
with a little more speed and slow it down mid-pattern, but for now
I'm very content to trudge along!
In a 172 or Cherokee, they're draggy enough that when you reduce
power approaching the pattern, you're almost automatically in Vfe
range, so a quick glance at the ASI and you can start feeding them
in. in the -9 or -7, you've just got to be more deliberate, stay
ahead of the plane, and go back and forth with power reduction and
nose-up trim to bleed off the speed and maintain altitude. No
biggie, just a little more planning involved.
One more observation that's old news to RV gurus but new to me:
There's so very little adverse yaw with the ailerons that I hardly
use the rudder at all when at altitude to keep the ball centered.
P-factor on takeoff requires higher rudder control effort than my
rental planes, but less throw because of the RV rudder's generous
size. I've yet to deal with any significant crosswind, but in coming
weeks I'll do some crosswind landings on purpose up in the high
Inboard tank rib tooling holes ...Garet Hess 7A
Ok...Silly question here. I've been researching as much as I can
but cannot find the answer. Do I need to worry about edge distance
to the tooling holes when attaching the T-407 ring and the T-405
angle to the tank rib? Almost all of the build logs show the one
rivet for the stiffener ring nutplate awfully close to that tooling
hole. Don't know if I should rotate the ring slightly, but that
affects the anti-hangup guide a bit.
Do I need to be concerned with the flop tube hole. My gut says I
might be ok there.
March 9, 2016.
Issue No. 4,069.
'Deerspotting' in the RV-6. Pic from a few weeks back. dr
Set of Rivets on Tail Cone Under J Stiffeners ...RV-10
Hello, I am riveting the tail cone skins to the bulkeads and came
upon a few rivets that I cannot figure out how to set. These are
several rivets that join the bulkhead to the skins but fall under a
J-stiffener. How do you get to these? Blinf rivet?
In this picture, it is very hard to truly see the rivet is
completely under the J-Stiffener. Others were close and I able to
use the edge of my back rivet set. On another note, I clekoed
the skins from the inside and back riveted almost 100% of the rivets
except the very back of the tail-cone. It came out very nice.
Any help or advice would be appreciated
related: From the
A: I have a bucking bar that has a little foot that sticks nicely
under the J-Channel. Something like the top bar in this pic should
work although my bucking bar is a lot shorter. I backriveted
most of it as well. Amazing how well the rivets set. I reaaaallly
wish I would have figured the back-rivet method out before I
assembled my rudder. That piece would have been done in a heartbeat
with a better outcome and no ruined skin. (I ended up replacing one
of the skins when I backriveted off the edge of the bar after
reading countless warning about not doing exactly that!)
Milestone: The Big Cut! ...Dave Cobb RV-7
I used a Dremel Multi Max as my poor old compressor could not
keep up with the air required.
I would caution anyone using this tool though to advance about four
inches at a time and shallow then go back deeper then go back to cut
through the plexi. This keep the plexi cooler and worked well.
Really cool to be this far!
My windscreen portion does not meet the tab of the side rail, in
fact the lower edge of my canopy extends beyond the forward tab of
the side rail about four inches where it curves up and around the
Does anyone see any problem with this?
FlightBox ADS-B - Update - New Web Store ...VAF advertiser
quick update on FlightBox ADS-B, the $200/$250 quick-build kit for
the Stratux system. The Kickstarter campaign ended about two weeks
ago with 344 backers and $77k in funding. We've ordered and received
some of the parts already. We should receive the money from
Kickstarter this week, which will allow us to order the rest. We're
expecting to be able to deliver all of the Kickstarter pre-orders in
I've had several people ask if we're still taking orders for
FlightBox - YES! We opened a web store which you can get to here:
Orders placed today will go out in late March or very early April.
We have enough of the long lead-time parts (the cases and GPS
modules) that we should be able to get caught up by the end of
March, after which we will have FlightBox units in stock. We're also
offering just the case and fan for the DIYers.
Thanks to everyone from Vansairforce who ordered during the
Kickstarter and helped make FlightBox a success. I really appreciate
the vote of confidence and look forward to getting your receiver to
you as soon as possible.
stage of build is best to sell a partial built (-7) kit? ...Bob in Boise
A medical condition may prevent me from keeping my 3rd class
medical. Therefore I could be moving to light sport.
My questions is (and I know you are lucky to recover funds spent);
is it better to sell a partial built kit than finished plane?
Current build; -7, slider. Empennage, wing and fuselage are built. I
was ready to order the finishing kit. Wings have been mated, all
flying surfaces rigged, fuel lines and brakes completed.
Do I sell now, or complete the plane and sell then?
My original bucket list goal was always to build an airplane, so
selling this and building a light sport still meets my goal.
Passenger liability coverage ...Leah Ringeisen
[ed. Leah works for Arthur J. Gallagher
Risk Mgmt. Srvs. They advertise on the front page. v/r,dr]
"We often get questions as to why an aircraft owner would need
passenger liability coverage on their policy when they ONLY fly with
a spouse. Some pilots would even like to exclude the passenger
coverage all together. There are several reasons to avoid doing
this, but the most important one is to protect your family.
Let’s say you are flying with your spouse and you are involved in an
accident. If your spouse is seriously injured, the passenger
liability coverage is available to help pay for the medical bills.
You want to take your children up for a spin instead of your spouse?
Great! Know that you have coverage in case something were to happen.
What about a friend or another family member? Passenger liability
coverage is the way to go. But remember, after the per passenger
limit is exhausted, a pilot’s estate or personal assets may be at
risk. Based on your level of flying experience, higher limits of
liability coverage may be offered and we always recommend you take
the highest liability limit available to you. Just a reminder that
ANY coverage is dependent on meeting the terms and conditions of the
policy! That is why we ask you to read your policy.
If you are interested in increasing your passenger liability limit,
please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to provide you with
a quote. Remember, our goal is to assist you with obtaining
insurance coverage that meets your needs and provide you with
service second to none.
Feel free to call or email us if you have any questions. We are
always happy to help!"
March 8, 2016.
Issue No. 4,068.
(360° Video) Van's RV-6 Cockpit View
Sunset at Half Moon Bay (KHAF)
Shot ...Brian Robinson 6A
Pahan Ranasingha and his team at Avionics Installations, Inc.,
Spruce Creek, Florida did the installation. G3X Touch, GTN 625, GTX
23, GTR 200. More capable than anything I've ever flown. I am a very
happy customer. The flight home to Colorado was a pleasure. Now I
need to update the interior.
For Those Thinking Selling the RV Will Be Easy ...Bruce
"I sold my RV-4 and I think I'm coming down with something it is
Serial builders disease.
I told myself NO WAY NO NO NO WAY was I _EVER_ going to build
another airplane ever again. But I really miss my RV-4 fastback and
every other plane I look at isn't as good.
So I'm on the first step... admitting I have a problem. What do I
I sold it for my first to go to college. I'm thinking I may do a
very long build of another RV-4. 70's style, from raw stock mostly.
Air Parts, Inc is on my way home from work... stop in every few
months and get another sheet of .032 or some angle stock."
New York New York ...Vlad pics
Tip - Brake Lines ...Tom Argentieri
I recently completed running the aluminum brake lines on my 9A. I
sought a lot of advice from fellow builders here and this is what I
came up with. I think it worked pretty well. I wish I had taken
photos during the install, but I think you'll be able to follow.
First, measure the length of the run (right and left are different),
then cut the tubing to length, plus a couple of inches. leave a
shallow bend in the tube; DO NOT flare either end. Feel the tube
thru the little bulkhead starting by the fuel valve.
New G3X Touch video tutorials are available on our website
here. They include some basics like how to tune the
radio/transponder, using the autopilot, AOA system operation, and
More coming soon! I'll update this thread when the new ones go live.
March 7, 2016.
Issue No. 4,067.
Windy enough here on Sunday to make it no fun, so the
flying plans got changed (updated a database and wiped things down
Saturday). Spent most of Sunday doing accounting instead.
Even as dry as that task can be, sometimes the 'memo' line on a donation
check can trigger a memory and bring a smile. David J. wrote
'Texas A&M Fund for Tate' on his. He hasn't expressed an
interest yet, David, but I'll show him that <g>. Aggie grads do
love their school and are supremely confident in both it and themselves.
My data point: Billy T. Lifelong friend and Aggie. During a nickel
beer induced bar fight in the 80's I happened to be a witness to, Billy,
while curled in a ball on the floor receiving kicks famously said, "YOU.
CAN'T. HURT. ME." Said between kicks. Like I was
saying...supremely confident! The fight stopped because basically
everyone involved was laughing too hard to continue. Hadn't
thought about that in a good long while, David. Thanks for
toggling that memory. Gig 'em! Billy has flown in our RV-6 a
couple of times scouting out deer leases he was looking at.
Probably a good thing there are no more nickel beer specials.
Spring Break this week for the kids, and Tate is in wants-to-earn-money
mode, so the plan is for him to drive a paint brush out at the hangar
for a chunk of the week.
Hope you had a good weekend and that your Monday goes swell.
David Calland 7A patrolling around Findlay, OH.
Little Co-Pilot ...Levi Self
My daughter having fun in the right seat. Gotta start them young!
I have been trying different headsets and the Zulu 2 seems to work
the best so far. I might need to find a kids headset though.
Even in her car seat she can just barely see over the siderail...
V6.11 Upgrade for EAB Customers ...Garmin
We take customer feedback very seriously and certainly understand
and empathize with those of you that have asked us over the years if
you could install your own GTN 6XX/7XX software upgrades instead of
needing to work with a Garmin dealer who may be a great distance
from your location.
We are pleased to announce that GTN V6.11, which includes features
such as G3X Touch integrated radio tuning and user defined holding
patterns, is now available as a software download to EAB customers
with non-certified aircraft.
the paint shop ...Chris Sells
thought I would get here!
...Chris Lindauer RV-12 Status Report
Well, I finally reached a milestone. Empennage, wings, and
fuselage are done. I started late in 2012 with the idea that maybe
someday I would complete an RV-12. With the help of my dad, son, and
cousin, we have progressed to this point (see below). It has been a
fun process. Now I really have to unload some cash to get this thing
dominate aerobatic contest! ...Ron Schreck
Five RV pilots will compete at the 2016 Snowbird Classic
Aerobatic Contest at Dunnellon, Florida (X35) Friday, March 18 to
Sunday, March 20 2016. Two will compete in the Primary category and
three of us in Sportsman. This is the largest turnout of RVs ever at
a regular IAC aerobatic contest. Several years ago there was a
contest in Texas that devised an aerobatic program just for RVs but
we have since proven that RVs can compete and win at regular
sanctioned IAC events.
Competition flights at Donnellon will be held on Friday and
Saturday. Sunday is a rain day. Come out and root for your fellow RV
pilots and learn how you can become a part of this challenging and
Lapse Videos: Jan/Feb ...gfb
RV-8 Flight in Colorado ...colojo video
March 4, 2016.
Issue No. 4,066.
I went out to the
airport for a bit Thursday to maybe fly, but it was too windy for my
tastes. I grabbed a paint brush and worked on some parts of the
hangar in need of some love. Tate has Spring Break next week and
I'm 'hiring' him to do some painting. I wanted to make sure I had
the supplies...then ended up starting. No flying, but I did pat
the RV on the cowl and said hello.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe, calm-winded RV weekend.
Hat Sighting: Virgin Gorda, BVI ...Turbo (RV-6A)
About the charity cap/logo
to quick build wing...builders
To the builders out there that are utilizing quick build wings,
let me offer you some advice. Prior to installing the access cover
and sealing up the wing, take a second and check the vent line
fitting inside the wing near the root rib. You can reach your hand
in the access cover opening and put a wrench on the fitting and just
check to make sure those quick build friends tightened it up.
It sure is easy to do prior to prosealing that cover on, and
mounting the wing on your bird.
Don’t ask me why I post this. But I can tell you how to know if your
vent line is loose inside the tank.
RV-14/14A Drop Test Video
...7min 13sec mothership video
Miami ...Vlad (RV-9A)
When it's below freezing in the Northeast you can hop into your
RV and fly around Miami on a weekend. It's like New York but less
busy and much warmer...
many, many pics
Cowl Status Pics ...crabandy (RV-7)
The ol' yard stick straight line sawing jig and flush trim saw
did another decent job making the split.
Seen on the floor at Monkey's hangar
Repainted RV-10 cowl and pants. Lookin'
March 3, 2016.
Issue No. 4,065.
Night Lights ...DCalland
Making a Little Bit of Metal ...Matt Martin
So over the past two years, the iron in my oil samples has been
slowly creeping up. But the filter was always clean so I just kept
an eye on it. On my last oil change however, I was able
to tease a little bit of ferrous particles out of the filter with a
magnet. The engine is a Lycoming O-360-A1D with Bendix mags,
about 600 hours since factory re-man.
Turns out in my case, since Aluminum is not elevated and the
particles in the filter are few in number and smaller that 1/16",
Both Mike and Lycoming recommend putting the plane back in service
and checking again at the next regular oil change. So that's what
Wife funny face ...Guilhermepilot (Brazil)
This always happens when she was not given a left seat
Crabandy Status Report
I couldn't believe how stiff/strong the soric sandwiched between
2 layers of glass was, not sure how to quantify it.
My first full half day I've had to work on the airplane in over 3
months summed up in 1 photo. The existing cowl/honeycomb was
cut/sanded at an angle, a fiberglass soric sandwich was placed in
the newly shaped areas with an epoxy/flox butter evening out the
seams and an extra layer of glass over the seams topped with peel
David Paule RV-3B Status Update
The bottom wing skins have all the solid rivets installed that
they'll be getting. David Dalton, a local RV-7A builder, came over
and helped on the right inboard skin. Then I did the other three
The procedure that worked best, working by myself, was to go from
inboard to outboard, one rib bay at a time. I riveted the main spar
holes to the next unriveted rib and then worked from the main spar
towards the rear spar. Since the leading edge was up in the jig,
that meant that I was standing, working downward. I couldn't do the
final five rivets close to the aft spar because my arms weren't long
enough and although I could reach them, they were too awkward to do
reliably. So I left the rear spar rivets and the aft-most five rib
holes to be filled with blind rivets.
After I'd completed these, I realized that I could have riveted
the rear spar as I did the main spar, doing a couple rivets in each
spar and then moving back to the other spar. And I probably could
have gotten those five rivets the same way, by sitting on the floor
and reaching into the wing. But I didn't think that through until
the skins were riveted. Now there's not enough access for that.
Blind rivets it'll be.
While waiting for the blind rivets to arrive, I riveted the -4
rivets that go into the main spar web at the inboard stub end. These
five rivets and the adjacent F-303H block are left to the builder.
Big hint: do these BEFORE you assemble the spar to the wing frame
and it'll be a bit easier. And it won't affect a thing. It'll just
New Probable Cause Documents Issued Since Last Update
...shaded in green at the top of the 'Probable Cause List'.
NOTE: Page is 7.6MB in size - WiFi recommended.
visit this page to see (593)
probable causes issued in the last (25)
years. And remember,
there is a whole section of the forums where I'm literally
begging you to discuss these for the sake of education and safer
The fatal accident probable cause below was issued 2/3/2016.
Accident occurred 2/22/2014.
(click to enlarge)
March 2, 2016.
Issue No. 4,064.
One of the Best 'For Sale' Listings I've Ever Seen ...Elkhart, IN
[ed. Of course
it sold immediately.... Just posting the picture as an
example of how a little presentation can go a long way. Don,
it made ME want to buy it....and I already have a tool set. ;^)
How to use the VAF classifieds
Phase 1 update...N427DK (9A)
I'm almost a third of the way through!
Here's a recap of flights thus far:
1) First flight, 0.7 hours. Cruised around within gliding distance
of the airport at 5300', higher than Ontario's airspace ceiling just
in case I drifted over. Kept close tabs on CHTs and oil pressure.
Slowed down at altitude to 65 KIAS to get a feel for handling in the
pattern. Landing was longer than I would have liked!
2) Second flight, 2.4 hours. Everything looked good under the
cowling, so buoyed by the success of the first flight, I headed to
the practice area...which involves a climb to at least 5500' to
follow the Cajon Pass up to SoCal's high desert. Odd to do a bit of
mountain flying so early in the process, but once up there it's a
big playground. I basically spent the flight at about 2400 rpm
learning the visual landmarks on the perimeter of the practice area.
Before heading back I did some stalls...Vs was 47 KIAS, and Vso was
3) Third flight, 2.8 hours. Calibrated the ASI at three different
speeds (80, 100 and 120 KIAS) and used my GPS for heading direction
and ground speed. At all speeds, the ASI was reading 2-3 percent
lower than actual airspeed. Not too bad, and error in that direction
keeps me further away from a stall. Did a couple landings at Apple
Valley, and worked on getting the speed down and stabilized in the
4) Fourth flight, 2.6 hours. Just a joyride to break in the engine,
running between 2500 and 2550 rpm. I did this fairly early in the
morning to avoid bumpy air in the desert. Mild Santa Ana offshore
winds, so coming down the pass got my attention...I went down to
maneuvering speed to deal with the turbulence. I made the mistake of
descending too early into more turbulent air. Extra altitude next
5) Fifth flight, 2.5 hours. More landing practice, engine break-in
and some 45-degree banked turns. Ventured up to Barstow-Daggett,
then over to Highway 395, the western boundary of my practice area.
Practiced leaning technique.
6) Today's flight, 1.9 hours. I cut it short because of bumpy
air...not so much in the pass but over the desert floor. This was
the first flight with the wheel pants on, and it really gets up to
130 KIAS quick!! During a smoother part of the flight, I wicked it
up to about 2750 rpm and saw a TAS of 164 knots (188 mph) and still
accelerating (this assumes a 3-percent low ASI reading, consistent
with the lower speed calibrations I did). I would've pushed it a
little harder, but at this point there was a hint of turbulence so I
erred on the side of caution and throttled down. To me, top speed is
just a footnote/bragging point; I'm super content just having a 145
KTAS performance cruise.
For the next series of flights, I'll start ballasting the right seat
in 80-lb. increments, up to 240 lb. (I've got some big friends!).
Also, I need to make a "reset" page for my checklist, for when you
land and taxi back for another take-off. Today, I forgot to reset
the elevator trim and it felt a little spooky there for a few
seconds at rotation.
Looking forward to having the simulated passenger weight and seeing
how that affects sink rate on final, stall speeds, etc.
March/April 2016 FAA Safety Briefing
...36 pages of PDF safety.
First flight since (yet another spinal) surgery ...Ed Wischmeyer
Yesterday morning I went up in the RV-9A with an instructor
buddy, first flight since spinal surgery 10 weeks ago. The flight
went well but I don't think that I'm recovered enough to fly solo
Because I'd not flown since the surgery, and not yet having
completed the advertised 12 week recovery, I took things slow and
used the checklist carefully. Things came back quickly, but they had
to come back -- my skills and knowledge of the relatively complex
G3X Touch / GTN650 instrument panel were not at my fingertips, as
they mostly were before surgery.
Winds were out of the west at 7 knots, but at 3,000 feet, they were
forecast out of the west at 29 knots, and surface winds were
forecast to pick up substantially shortly after our landing. We took
off on runway 19 with a not bad at all crosswind, and I had no
trouble flying the plane nicely on the assigned heading and desired
altitude. However, as I was fussing with the avionics, I was not
paying attention to where we were, a minor loss of situational
With that strong wind coming from across all of Georgia, my
allergies were probably acting up. My standard allergy symptoms are
that I get slightly woozy and sometimes a little queasy, as if
coming down with the flu. (That afternoon, the last symptom finally
showed up, a runny nose). I couldn't tell whether the general
malaise was allergies or a lingering surgical hangover.
At altitude, the air was smooth and I did a steep 360 degree turn
(45 degrees of bank) and then a stall. No problems, although I felt
slightly dizzy after the turn. Then it was back to Savannah, and I
had the autopilot fly the LPV approach to Runway 28. I got anxious
when it seemed the autopilot wasn't going to capture the glideslope
but eventually it did. However, when we got into the chop at about
500 feet, the autopilot was rocking the control stick fore and aft
and I took over manually. While I kept the plane on centerline,
marveling at the avionics (too many distracting cues on the screen
and I didn't remember how to get rid of them), but I did a lousy job
of tracking the glideslope. We had a lot of wind, 17 knots at 500
feet, and that made it seem like the speed was okay, even though I
was a little fast. At 100 feet, the wind was down to 10 knots, and
the touchdown with flaps 20 was gentle, on the centerline, but long.
On the next landing, tower asked us to land on the crosswind runway.
Knowing that the winds right above the ground were only 10 knots, I
accepted but also asked for a long landing. That was approved, and I
had a good workout with winds changing with altitude, crosswinds,
gusts, speed control, a no-flap landing because of the crosswind and
all that. The landing was just fine, although I didn't keep the
plane exactly on the centerline after touchdown because of the
The original plan had been to make three landings, but whether due
to allergies, surgery, or stress, two was enough. I was tired. After
lunch with a buddy on the way home, I took a nap, out like a light.
All told? Not bad, considering. However, my performance standards
don't make allowances for surgeries and allergies... and three
spinal surgeries in the last 3 1/2 years is a pretty good excuse. I
think I should give up spinal surgeries for Lent. Maybe for good.
March 1, 2016.
Issue No. 4,063.
Another milestone ...Lucio in Milano, Italy
"...yess .... we have the back skin on
was funny time with my daughter Camy, she's slim enough to
accommodate in the aft fuselage cone, here some nice and happy
WW2 aviator gets an RV ride ...Tommy Lewis RV-10
Last Friday, Bonnie and I had the pleasure of flying a WWII Naval
Aviator and his daughter to lunch at Cedar Mills. Bill
Amundson, Lois Larson, Tom and Bonnie on the ramp at Cedar Mills.
Bill got his wings at Pensacola in 1943 and flew PBY, C47 and C54s
in the South Pacific during the war. He is 92 and absolutely loved
flying an RV. It was a real treat to share an RV flight with them.
His daughter Lois also enjoyed her first flight in a small plane.
Start of an adventure ...Chris Hill RV-10
Well I did it! After years of scratching my head, collecting
tools and convincing the wife, I sent in my order for the empennage
kit today. I have chatted with some of you, met some of you and even
flown with some of you but now I can officially say I am part of the
'brotherhood'. I will have many questions in the future and just
want to say thank you in advance for the help; the help I have
already received is what convinced me I could do this in the first
place. Here we go!
DIY Painting ...many Steve Melton pics
"...finally ready for some glam. it took awhile to get everything
back together, do a condition inspection and clean up some wires of
things I have added over past couple of years. now I have music
working too. the airplane has been down for four months. I think she
is ready to go and is feeling proud because she came to life on the
second blade. thanks to the guys at HAO for helping along the way
and just stopping by to check on the progress. overall it was a very
nice experience but it was labor intensive and I spent about $2.5K
on materials alone. the stripes on the tail are not there yet
(because I was tired of painting) and I may add some color to the
wheel pants in the Summer. So for now I'm the guy with the plain
tail.... and the paint on the rudder is light."
ZU-JRV ...Janekom in S.Africa
So on Friday 26 February 2016 I have put another RV7A in the air.
It is a QB that someone no longer with us started (RIP) and I have
finished it in 14 months.
New Garmin aera 660 Portable GPS
Attn: Any Apple Watch Design Team Member Reading VAF
Could you please pass on this idea of mine....a 'heading bug'
type object (or any shape) on a few of the circular faces that you
can drag around with your fingertip. Double tap on it to
return to 12 o'clock position.
Prototype below I threw together in Photoshop...
I'm a fan of rotating bezels, using the TDC indicator several
times a day to remind me of when things are occurring in the future
(when the kid gets out of after school athletics, when the wifey
gets home from teaching her class, when I need to change tanks,
etc). Acts as an addition timer also.
Wallpaper Calendar for March