2013 Oshkosh RV Social ...DanH (beer survey) It's on! First the Big News; we have a fabulous new location,
the back yard at 1366 West Waukau, one of the handful of private homes
just outside the main gate a few blocks west of the control tower.
Nationair Aviation Insurance leases the yard for the week, and they have
agreed to abandon it and run for their lives on Monday evening so
properly lubricated tall tales and lies may spring forth for the
amusement of all. Please look for Jenny and Shanna and thank them in
some appropriate way. They will be at 1366 all week with cool drinks and
shade for weary aviators.
Audrey Reeves: Hospital Scholarship Recipient
The TX Health Presbyterian
Hospital, where our daughter Audrey volunteered 100+ hours over the
past 1.3 years, awarded her a $1,250 scholarship for college.
Every little bit counts, and we've applied for dozens. This will
pay for about two weeks of her biomedical engineering degree at SMU, and
we couldn't be more proud of her. She earned
every penny of this one.
The N-number on our RV-6 is her birthday and initials if you didn't
already know. We just got the tail kit when she learned to walk.
Where does the time go?
Airworthy: Chris Michael (stinson46)
in Liberty, NC
Rest in Peace: Mr. Chris Hand
"Sad to report that Chris Hand, VAF handle = OneCharlieKilo, passed
away this morning. I got an email from his wife, Kellie.
Chris was only 45."
Thu May 30
interesting tidbits plucked from the
VAF forums (posting
guidelines) Yesterday you
might have experienced some latency issues on the site.
doing stuff. Sorry for any inconvenience. br, dr
RV Over the Bahamas ...flybill7 About the time Rosy Rosales, Scott Card, et all were
returning, I headed over to the Bahamas and DR for a week in the
RV7. With an old high school buddy, our plan was to island hop
and try to cover most of the outer islands which we did. I made
a web log for the entire trip."
RV-8/3 Paul Dye's nice blog entry at AVwebinsider ...space
stuff "A couple of news stories this week about Virgin Galactic's progress
in putting tourists into space raises the perennial question:
Can it made safe? Flying in space will never be truly safe, but
then again, flying in the atmosphere is not completely safe,
Eagle's Nest--New Plane, New Pilot!
Yesterday (the 25th) late in the day Elijah Morris became the third
Eagle's Nest student/builder to solo in EN-1. Eli did a great
job, really greasing the three landings. As I watched the CFI
watching the last landing, I commented that we hadn't made him a
lot of money (he volunteers his instruction.) He came back, "But
it sure has been fun."
Today, EN-3 put air under her wings for the first time. Special thanks to
Bruce Bohannon, test pilot, who reported no problems with all in
the green. Ernie Butcher did a great job supervising the build,
in record time. It has been a good weekend for ENP...
Badlands Fly-in Info ...L. Vetterman The badlands flyin is scheduled for Sept 6-7-8 this
year. We are planning to do a ground tour of the Badlands
National Park on Saturday, which means you will fly over to Wall
SD and get on the bus for the tour, or you may do the Black
Hills aerial tour if you do not want to go on the tour. As usual
we will provide information on motels, etc as we get closer to
See you in September,
Mayeux Gets Squared Away ...at my airport. Sid stored his RV in theVanCave for a few
weeks while relocating to Texas (retiring from USAF). Sid (L) and
gang came out Saturday to pick up the RV and move it to its own hangar
on the field. Great guys. dr
Today was a good day! ...Brantel Before we started giving Young Eagle rides today, I decided to take a
hop over to 0VG to get some fuel. I hit the sky early right after
updating my G3X system to version 8.0 and it was clear and smooth! Dead
On the way back, I decided to run her flat out and cranked out 180kts TAS
@ 3500ft running 2710rpm.
Not bad for an airplane built in my basement garage!
Ready for First Flight ...Paul Tuttle I don't know if these airplanes are ever "finished",
but it's ready for the first flight if the weather ever clears up. It
closed in shortly after this picture was taken and it's been raining
Storm Safe Room /
...courtesy Eric. Progress continues. (from Eric) "It is sized to easily hold a family of 4 for
the duration of a nasty storm. Note the focus is on survival,
not comfort. Length and width can be added or removed by adding
or taking away C-Channel. All material can be had from Discount
Steel and McMaster-Carr, part numbers are on the drawing. One
addition may be to run 3X3 tube under the top to give it a
little more strength. Another option would be adding more angle
to bolt the top to the vertical supports instead of welding. I
would recommend using 1/2 inch Grade 8 bolts to secure the
shelter to a concrete floor. As drawn, with full welds and A36
steel, a quick FEA analysis shows that the top surface can take
an DISTRIBUTED load of over 10,000 lbs."
Help! ...A&P near Provo, Utah needed. F-18 jet blast bangs
Big day today; just over 7 months after emergency mitral valve
replacement, I received a phone call from Transport Canada Civil
Aviation Medicine that I my medical is once again valid and I am cleared
to return to flying. I know I don't have to explain to anyone on this
forum what that means to me.
A couple of weeks ago, a young mechanic helping me with some work on my
plane asked me if the aircraft had a name. It didn't, but it got me
thinking, and I decided that if and when I got my medical back, I would
in fact give the plane a name to recognize the second chance at flying
and life that I have been given. I am pleased, then, to tell you that
the new name for my 6A is.... "Second Wind".... I hope to have the
chance to explain over and over to people at airports and fly-ins for
years to come what the name represents
Now I just have to get some vinyl lettering designed and cut, and start
planning my first flight in 7.5 months!
Gerry Julian RV-6A
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Mr. Tate Reeves:
Director's Award and Outstanding Soloist
....received last night during the 6th grade spring concert (and
he can fly an RV-6 pretty good, too).
The trumpet my parents bought me 35 years ago for six grade band is
in good hands.
Thank you again God for letting me be a part of this young man's life.
Cross Country Fun….ny ...GLPalinkas My father-in-law just had surgery again last week in
Georgia. My live-in elderly mom is visiting my brother. So my wife
says, fly me up to see dad and mom in Georgia for a week. Well, OK
honey, if you Insist
Sanley Fly-in breakfast RV-8s ...Paul Tuttle photos (I think) Kevin Horton from Ottawa dropped into the fly-in breakfast
with his RV-8 and parked next to mine. We are hoping to make the
first flight within the next week or so, weather depending.
Kevin made an inspirational fly by when he left Stanley.
Eagle's Nest - Roger Elder receives "Teacher Innovative Grant"
Eagle's Nest (EN-3) project leader and Clear Springs High School PLTW
aerospace engineering instructor, Mr. Roger Elder, receives
$5,000 "Teacher Innovative Grant" from Clear Creek Education
Foundation to support next year's Eagle's Nest program.
Eagle's Nest -10 is scheduled to begin in the Fall semester and will be
the school's second project!
Thank you CCEF for your vision and generosity!
50+ fish visible from a plane.
The RV is too speedy for me to see this kind of stuff, which is probably
why it's new to me in two decades of flying. Yesterday morning in
a low/slow Cub I stumbled upon 50+ fish in the shallows of a lake near
our airport. Lon/Lat sent to our friend Steve (fishing guide).
The iPhone took a surprisingly good picture from about 250' up.
Winds calm and blue skies after several days of storms - it felt good to
get off the surface, if only for a bit. 2.5 gallons burned and the
mental gyros recalibrated for a few days.
Clicking on the image below will take you
to the 3,264 pixels-wide version.
Hudson Valley ...SmilingJack Haven't been able to fly much, but squeezed in a quick flight today
in the New York "Texas" heat
Avery Tools Memorial Day Sale
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THE AVERY FAMILY WISHES ALL IN THE AVIATION & RV COMMUNITY A
HAPPY AND SAFE MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY.
DIY safe room project that doubles as work bench
you can build airplane parts on
Randy, Clayton and I were talking yesterday about tornadoes and what they
do to our part of the country. I found a safe room
design online for
$3K-$5K that could double as a family tornado shelter (another
Since I don't have that kind of money laying around, we thought maybe you
could buy steel 3/16 C-channel locally cut to a specific length, maybe
workbench height, and then weld them together with the stick welder here
in the hangar.
Unlike the online version this would have the rough stuff pointing
outward - smooth interior walls. You could tie the four walls together
in the corners with some angle iron and bolts. Use a hammer drill, more
HILTI expansion bolts and more to tie it into the garage slab.
Bolt on a work surface made out of thicker steel C-channel welded
together and then cover that with wood to become a workbench. Cut
in a door with some bad boy welded-on hinges and we're good. Paint
it safety red and put a RESCUE arrow on the door pointing to the knob.
I'm guessing something like this might support the weight of a
car, and might even stay attached to the slab if an EF5 decided on
Maybe there is an engineering type out there w/something better than MS
Paint that finds this interesting, too.
We're thinking about things like this with a renewed vigor around here.
Anywho, if it comes to fruition, we'll keep you in the loop.
My dumb two minute drawing...
Pic of a safe room bolted to the slab...
Tue May 21, 2013
interesting tidbits plucked from the
VAF forums (posting
guidelines) Not a lot of excitement to
work on the site today, I'm afraid. Our hearts are heavy from the
loss of life and storm destruction across the Red River in Oklahoma.
God Bless all those affected. dr
On this Sunday was held the French vintage aircrafts annual meeting of La
Ferte Alais, in the south of Paris. For the first time, Aluminium
Lady was invited to put her heel of this famous airfield on which was
held one of the most famous meeting for Europeans, excepted Duxford in
Landing with flat tire ...Larry Pardue Thought I would report this just as a data point. I
had the left main tire go completely flat during a short flight
today. I made my normal three point landing and could
immediately tell that something was amiss but the airplane was
completely controllable and I even taxied down the runway to the
turnoff and turned to clear the runway in the direction opposite
of the flat. Took lots of throttle to taxi and of course the
tube was destroyed. but the wheel pant seems fine.
It was time for new tires and tubes anyway.
RV INTERIORS NEWS (Rich Meske) Please take a fresh look at Aircraft Extras, Inc.
custom aircraft interiors. Presently, we are offering interiors
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interiors for other models, please contact us. Choose your own
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Fact Sheet - GA Safety ...issued May 14 The United States has the largest and most diverse
general aviation (GA) community in the world with more than
300,000 aircraft including amateur-built aircraft, rotorcraft,
balloons, and highly sophisticated turbojets. Reducing GA
fatalities is a top priority of the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) and the FAA’s goal is to reduce the GA
fatal accident rate by 10 percent over a 10-year period
(2009-2018). Loss of Control – mainly stalls – accounts for
approximately 40 percent of fatal GA accidents.
Never leave an airplane part on the floor of the garage. Even if its just
for a minute. I learned a valuable lesson today that cost me a
month's worth of work.
Fuel Tank Rib Tooling Hole Issue
I'm stumped by what to do with the tooling hole in my inboard T-703 rib
of the fuel tank, in the area where the T-708 access plate is mounted.
The tooling hole at the aft end of the rib extends beyond the T-407 cork
gasket and stiffener by a tiny amount, but it's just enough to see
daylight through it. The drawing shows this hole as barely under the
gasket, as they appear to touch on the outboard edge. My access panel is
a fraction forward of where the drawing has it located, and has just
uncovered the edge of the tooling hole.
April in San Miguel de Allende 2013
My wife Joan wanted us to stay in one place on our next trip so, since I
want her to continue flying with me, I said yes. We rented a house in
San Miguel de Allende for April for $1000. We took 2 weeks of Spanish
Language classes and explored the area by walking a lot, and also we
took taxis, and buses. We reserved a shuttle van the the drive back and
forth after leaving the RV at Celaya airport. Believe it or not, it was
fun, and we had a wonderful time.
Here is our story with pictures.
Status ...Miles RV-7 I finished the F-704 bulkhead by riveting the vertical spacer
bars and vertical side members to the aft bulkhead, and the vertical
side members to the forward bulkhead. I also enlarged the F-704J spacer
holes in the aft bulkhead to 15/64 then reamed them to 0.249. I
performed this step while the two bulkhead halves were aligned with two
7/16 bolts though both the forward and aft bulkheads on each side so I
could use the final size spacer bolt holes already in the forward
bulkhead as alignment holes. Many thanks to local RV-7 builder/flyer Hal
Lyons for loaning his very well made laminated wood bulkhead spacer
blocks to me.
Fri May 17, 2013
interesting tidbits plucked from the
VAF forums (posting
guidelines) Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
...flown by an Englishman.
The weather was kind to us yesterday, and we managed to shoot Mark
Albery's RV-8. Mark's machine is still wearing it's 12"
temporary N-numbers from it's transatlantic flight, but will
soon be G-registered.
I had to brag for her!
Last week my wife was awarded a full scholarship to complete her IFR
training. The award is the Amelia Erhart scholarship presented by the
National '99's' organization for women pilots. She now has left seat
control of our RV6A.
Status ...David Domeier 8 I've been measuring, trimming and smoothing the edges after each cut
of the Todd canopy. It started out 4" above the roll bar and is now down
to 3/8". The aft end has been trimmed once and now rests on the canopy
frame rather than the fuselage. About 3.5" of material has been removed
from the front of the canopy.
This is a messy, unpleasant job and I will be pleased when it is
completed and can move on to more civilized, clean work.
Updates on the 'Rosie and gang' RV
adventure [ed. My working theory is that nobody sells more RV kits than
Paul 'Rosie' Rosales! dr]
"(A lot of this page was update for placeholders for Days
And the grand-daddy post that I just made moments ago...and
I need to get up in about 5 hours (but it was worth it):
Page 22 with this post:
Link and a second because I can't have more
than 8000 words (was nearly 12,000!)
Good night Krash and thanks again for this WONDERFUL
If you would like to read this thread from the beginning, go
HERE(also, if you're logged into the forums you
might like clicking on 'Display Modes' over on the right
side of the screen. Select 'Linear Mode'). dr
Good evening with RV ...Vlad Working hours are over done for the day. Clocked out and 30 minutes
run from work to the hangar. There were freshly flared brake
lines for RV12. Nicely done.Tried to bend them no way brain is
frozen. Here comes RV therapy
When I bent the F770 side skin, a crack developed at the sharp bend.
Can I just stop drill the crack and continue building or do I need to
order a new skin?
....from Andy Matthews "You may have already noticed this but I wanted to be
sure you know that we've updated the processing behind the
Weather Widget on VAF to always pull in the nearest TAF for any
airport in the string of identifiers that are submitted. It was
an overall upgrade to the site for resources within
iFlightPlanner that display METARs and TAFs, and the VAF Widget
is one of the beneficiaries of the new technology running behind
[ed. This means I can put in the identifier for a grass
runway near me (XA0) and it will automatically pull the METAR
from the nearest reporting field (DTO 5nm) and TAF from the
closest reporting spot (AFW 11nm). dr]
When Van started selling his kits....I wonder if he ever imagined one day
they would be used to Lifeflight turtles.
I was busy watching my hockey play offs with friends and having a couple
margaritas on friday night when the emergency email came. Pilots N Paws
Canada needed an emergency rescue flight. Cool, some cute little dog
needs to go to a new home. I would do that.
May 25th: Near
Summit Point, WV
Weather permitting, stop in next Saturday afternoon May 25 for a cold
drink and some RV talk. Cedar Meadows Airpark is not on the sectional,
but is a couple miles west of Summit Point, WV, just a few miles SE of
Martinsburg, WV. RW 9/27 is on the south side of the railroad tracks and
has (for identification purposes only) an intersecting N/S runway on the
north side of the tracks. The turf runway is 3000 by 100 and reasonably
smooth. We monitor 122.85 My new hanger is being constructed and should
be occupied by my RV4 by the end of May. You can park by the white
hangar on the west end of the runway.
Pure joy of flying ...Luke in Italy Today the weather was VFR excellence (we are still
waiting for spring software upgrade here in Northern Italy), so
me and my wife took some hours of free time for a flight, pure
joy to do it, spending couple of hours together in our RV-8.
Memorial Day Air Race at Terrell, TX, 5-25-13 ...Bob
Axsom SARL is struggling with converting to a new website
hosting service (I think I got that right) so things are running
late as they convert to a new one. The Address is the same
www.sportairrace.org but the content form etc is changing. Sorry
about that. The course is not yet published but will be coming
soon. Terrell is on the east side of Dallas. It has an
uncontrolled airport which last year was the start point for the
The current entries are:
Race # Name Aircraft Class
Race 71 Bob Axsom RV-6A RV Blue
Race 77 JT Racing RV-6 RV Blue
Race 411 Jeff Barnes RV-6 RV Blue
Race 118 Ken Krebaum RV-8 RV Blue
Race 390 Jerry Hajek RV-8 RV Gold
Race 13 James Redmon Berkut RG Blue
Engine mount rusty - how to fix it
I have an engine mount that I have not gotten around to using yet.. but
being in my garage, it has been subjected to the cold and higher
humidity (yeah.. I know, MOVE IT!!) and sadly it has developed
some surface rust (Hope that is all it is)..
Question is: How to remove/treat the rust without weakening the mount?
Should I sandblast it? (suggested media?) Wire wheel it? Should
I metal prep it afterwards ? Does metal prep need to be
RV-10 #500 ...from factory FB page Yesterday the Hobbs Meter on our website rolled over FIVE
HUNDRED flying RV-10s. That’s a big number in the world of 4-place kit
airplanes. But even with 500 flying, landing somewhere and seeing an
RV-10 on the ramp is still a bit usual.
That’s because about half of the RV-10s completed so far have been built
outside the USA and the vast majority of those – over 200 -- are in
Many American pilots don’t realize it, but Brazil has a strong aviation
history, dating back to before World War I and the days of
Santos-Dumont. People have been flying, designing and building airplanes
in Brazil for over a hundred years. Van’s is just joining a long and
A story about assumptions
Fear not, this story does not involve loss of life and limb or the
destruction of innocent airplane parts.
Way back in March, the long-awaited day arrived: the truck driver called
to report that he'd be at my house in about 30 minutes with me
wing kit. I was overjoyed...time to get some of the Real Work
going here! Getting down to business inventorying took a bit of
the shine off, particularly when I saw that I had a few items
- A couple of tank ribs
- All 210 of the tank attach nutplates
- Some nutplates for the stall warning kit (which I didn't plan
on using anyway)
That didn't stop me from getting to work, though. I set about assembling
the rear spars, and when that ran out, I went to tinkering on
the main spars. Without the tank attach nutplates, the Big Job
had to wait, but I still had inspection plate nutplates,
tiedowns, etc., all of which I took care of.
About a month in, I hadn't received any shipments from Van's, so I gave
them a call to check on the status of my backorder. I found that
the tank ribs had come in, along with one of the nutplate
batches, but the other nutplates had not. I didn't remember off
the top of my head the part numbers for the nutplates and which
ones were for the stall warner and which ones were for the
tanks, but it was suggested that the ones still on backorder
were for the tanks.
Skyview Accessory Locations
Panel is about to be cut, Skyview 10" in front, Skyview 7" in rear.
Need help with the following for best locations please.
1. EMS box and route of sensor wires to firewall forward.
2. Remote transponder box.
3. Mounting a 7" Skyview for the rear talking freight.
4. Skyview battery box.
Glassed Filtered Air Box Alternate Air Door
There have been some threads I've read during my build discuss options
for an alternate air door on the FAB other than the stock Van's door
that can't be reliable reset without removing the lower cowl. Many
builders have worked up a new door design that used hardware such as
aluminum guides or delrin to provide a means to slide a door back and
forth over an alternate air door. But these have all used additional
hardware and weight. Dan Horton had commented an alternative would be to
use fiberglass to provide these rails and eliminate the hardware. So I
took that challenge.
Mon May 13, 2013
interesting tidbits plucked from the
VAF forums (posting
guidelines) Hope you had a good Mother's Day weekend. I
didn't get any flying in, but did spend some time with Mom (Waco isn't
far enough away to see significant time/cost savings, with the two car
changes and ramp fee). Having said that, I can neither confirm or
deny that she was a 78 yr old passenger in a sports car topping 110mph
on a long, straight, deserted road out in the country. A road like
this. I can also neither confirm or deny that she
asked to do it a second time.
After all this stuff that may or may not have happened, she watched the
Spanish Grand Prix on her DVR. Van's Aircraft wall calendar next
to the TV. A pretty kick@ss Mom....and one lucky kid.
Wonders never cease
Two years ago when I bought my RV I was pretty disappointed when I
discovered my wife, who was scared and reluctant to fly, would
get physically ill from motion sickness in even the slightest
"WEASEL I JUST SHOT YOU DOWN MAN!!!!!!!"
It all was a good day in the air. I was on the way back from a trip and
was descending through about 2500ft direct to my back yard when my
passenger said "hey right there is an airplane" I looked out his side to
see a P51-D coming at us starboard side.
Hand controls needed, please help
...Greg Marlow "...I believe I will fly it again, but it's going to need a
modification of hand controls for the rudder and brakes.
Does anyone have any ideas? I have a 9A, with brakes on the left
AZ-MN Graduation Trip Begins
We stopped in at DHT for the night. The wind was 210 @ 18-20 G 29. We
used Rwy 21. About 30 min later the windsock went limp, then briskly
snapped to attention from 360 @ 20 G 33. They take their wind seriously
in the TX panhandle.
This morning we headed N out of Dalhart, then wandered towards the east a
Dawn Patrol pre-Mother's Day ..GLPalinkas
Well, since my 88 year-young mom is living full time with us, I don't get
as much air time as I would like. Long trips are out for now. I
did get mom to go the other day for a short flight. I'm just
glad she's still around to go with me.
Hopefully, I can get her to go again for Mother's Day.
I am mostly relegated to Dawn Patrol, not that I'm whining or anything. I
snuck in .6 this morning. Left at 6am, back by 7am. SWEET
AirVenture Cup Race 2013
The GREAT RACE called the AirVenture Cup Race is going to be run again
this year but from a new location, Mount Vernon, Illinois I
believe. For the second year they are going to include classes
I'm familiar with in SARL cross country air racing. In the
healing EAA there is support once again for the event. They say
this is the 16th annual AVC race but I have only flown in it
since 2005. It is a happening as they used to say. It is basic
but it has style and class as well for those who participate.
The website is starting to update as planning, and arrangements
fall into place. www.airventurecuprace.org.
We have started our build and wanted to post an update.
We received our -10 on April 26th. Since I had the back surgery last
month we decided to wait until Sun N Fun to order at the event.
Of course I couldn't let the crate sit unopened. We inventoried the
evening it came and began work the next day.
We have completed the vertical stab and rudder but still need to install
the fiberglass. I am on fence whether to do fiberglass now or wait and
do it all at once further down the road. I read what Bob Lefler wrote
about it and now think I may do it as I build the part. This way were
aren't working n fiberglass for a month when we are finished.
I damaged one part so far. I new better but did it anyway argh...I broke
the leading edge of the rudder while scuffing it after I machine
countersunk it. It was a dumb move. I should have left it on the bench
and scuffed it but I held onto it and of course it buckled in my hand. I
used the second piece I had for the leading edge and will order a new
replacement from Vans.
All she wanted for Mothers Day ...Jim Wright 9A
My sweet Mother-in-Law asked me yesterday when I was going to take her
for an airplane ride. Today we crossed that off the old bucket
list. She is 80 years young and had no trouble getting in and
out of the plane. She had been in a small plane three times in
her whole life, once when she was young and later in my Cessna
172. Today was the 3rd time and it was a perfect day for
sightseeing. She has never been in a commercial plane either.
When we landed she said that was all she wanted for Mothers Day. Boy did
I get off easy! :-)
Aero Friedrichshafen Follow Up - Two Perspectives...factory
Van's Aircraft exhibited again this year at the Aero-Friedrichshafen show
in Germany. Daryl Sahnow and Van were in attendance. Former
Van's Engineer Ken Krueger even showed up to help out. What
follows are their thoughts on the show:
Have I mentioned how much I get a kick out of the VAF community?
this thread)...Canada was 10 miles east and we had the sky
to ourselves. No restrictions from the surface to the moon. My
favorite wintertime activity was a contest to see who could
raise the highest rooster tail of snow when we buzzed a
Memorial to Frozen War ...Vlad 9A There is a fascinating place in upper right corner of
US. Two years I was trying to get there and it finally happened.
An alien Air Force guy I knew closely asked me to land there. I
still don't know why, the base was on his unit target charts.
I couldn't get permission to land, an authority of the phone
told me they don't accommodate planes on weekends. "If something
happens..." was their argument.
Anyway, after almost three hours of flying I finally got closer to Loring
(and as usual, a VAF user
spent time there)...."Those rusty fuel tanks in the
pictures used to hold millions of gallons of JP-4. I had to
manually "stick" every tank daily to ensure nothing was
Rest in Peace Capt. Mark Tyler Voss
...'RVZoomie' in the VAF forums
(from John Anderson) Based on news reports and some of his posts on here,
it looks like we lost fellow VAF member Capt Mark Tyler Voss (RVZoomie)
in last Friday's KC-135 crash in Kyrgyzstan. I can't say I knew Tyler,
but I saw him around USAFA from time to time and had a few mutual
...Thankful for his brave and selfless service and proud to know
that he was a part of the VAF community. Here's a toast...
GRT Announcement ...Katie Bosman GRT Avionics is announcing a major price cut for all
EFIS systems today. Please find the press release attached,
along with a copy of the new price list and screenshots of the
Sport SX (with optional synthetic vision--a $400 software
upgrade) and the Horizon HXr. Please contact me with any
Hat sighting ...Joe Walker
"At the Udvar-Hazy center. Dornier 335 and Arado bomber in background."
Welcome Amelia's Landing
....flying-themed hotel in Port Aransas on Mustang Island. Their
ad will live on the Previous Day's News page. http://www.ameliaslanding.com/
Fri May 3, 2013
interesting tidbits plucked from the
VAF forums (posting
guidelines). TGIF! The five
year old Gateway desktop I
usually use to assemble the daily edition threw up all over itself
yesterday evening, and once again my trusty HP laptop came to the rescue
as my hot spare slash travel computer.
HP ENVY....you rock.
You gave me time to breath while I beat this desktop with a bat
back into submission.
Wishing you all a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Getting called up for active
duty requires selling new XO-360
....posting this as the top story for Lt Col Brian Delamater.
Least I could do.
Factory NEW Lycoming XO-360 A1A for $24,000. (crating/shipping or
pick up at buyers expense – Located in
Knoxville, TN area)
This engine was purchased
through Vans at the Oshkosh price of $25,500. (Current Vans list
price of $26,700). I received the crated engine in early October
’12 and hung it on my RV-7 in Dec/Jan timeframe. The engine
still has preservative oil inside (no fuel, spark or regular oil
has been introduced to the engine).
Lycoming confirmed that the
FULL FACTORY WARRANTY (which
has not yet been activated) will transfer with the sale of this
Engine will be dropped from
my project, resealed and “re-pickled” using a Tanis 4 Cylinder
Engine Preservation Kit prior to sale.
Why: Active Duty
Air Force Assignment is taking me outside of the Continental US,
project will go into storage for 2-4 years. I’m happy, blessed and
proud to serve (and flying the F-16 is no hardship)…I just didn’t
anticipate an overseas assignment and planned to fly a completed
RV-7 to my next duty location.
Timeline: I have until the end of June to complete
this sale, I will be departing the country after the 4th of July
weekend. Project will be moving from my residence in Maryville TN to
DKX (Knoxville TN) sometime this month.
Misc: Completed Baffles (fit to an RV-7 top cowl),
Catto 3 blade with spinner, and other Vans FWF items/accessories can
be discussed/negotiated if buyer is interested.
Contact: Brian, Cell: ( 7 0 2 ) 4 6 9 . 1 9 6 4 Update: Engine has sold
My trans-atlantic RV-8 odyssey ...Mark Albery Last Saturday I completed a 7,000 nm, 19 day trip from Los Angeles to
Oxfordshire, England in my RV-8.
Having completed 4 years working in the Tesla Motors design studio in
Hawthorne CA, it was time to move on and go home....
I made an extra hole
I'm 99% sure this part is trash but thought I'd put it out here to
see if anyone has any thoughts. I was dimpling leading edge skin tonight
and the skin slipped off of the dimple die. Before I knew about it, I
had made this new hole
Wed May 1,
interesting tidbits plucked from the
VAF forums (posting
guidelines). Today's edition
spotlights a lot of RV stuff in the new Sport Aviation. A nice mix
of motivation, safety and friendship. Enjoy! dr
So That's What They Look Like....
Yesterday I dropped by Walt's to say hey, and while there I got a shot of
him at work. Blinking electronic thingys that I don't
understand, but he does. He is 'Walt'
in the forums and runs
ExpAircraft.com (one of this site's advertisers).
"An FAA Certified repair station
specializing in Propeller balancing, Pitot-Static/Transponder
checks, Avionics work and Experimental aircraft building and
Request to Review LED Push-to-test Circuit...
Would you guys mind looking at the attached circuit for providing
push to test functionality to a handful of Annunciator LED's
(12v) and let me know if it is okay I need some peer review...
Night Flight Pics...tkatc
"...So there I was watching a few episodes of Flying Alaska while eating
dinner when it dawned on me that there should be a large moon again. I
remembered I was due to fill up the tanks but had plenty to make it to
the cheapest fuel airport around with reserve. I set out just before
dusk with my flashlights and a plan. ..."
Sport Aviation May Issue Online
....some highlights below.