After returning from Oshkosh this year we decided the time was
right for our daughter to take her first flight in N200PF. I have to
say it was the most rewarding flight of my life...the two of us
flying in our homebuilt. I'll never forget this day as long as I
Here are a few pictures from the flight...
Last OSH'12 Photo y Jeff Point
"Van's tent the day after..." [ed. Note the RV-shaped
Jul 30, 2012. 1037z Good Monday morning! If this is your first visit since
you left for OSH a week ago, there are (25) little updates below that
were pushed out last week - as opposed to the usual (5). That
might keep you occupied for a few minutes. Turns out staying home
was a blessing in more ways than just financial, as my mother-in-law is
a little under the weather, requiring my wife to go down to Waco for
several days (down there now).
Hope you had a great weekend and that your Monday goes swell. (contact)
Every year someone asks who the pilot participants were for the
40-ship Flight of Forty Large Formation, so here goes.
Falcon Flight 10-ship
1- Stu "Falcon" McCurdy
2- Bill "Gunnbody" Gunn
3- Lowell "Pfantom" LeMay
4- Ron "Shorts" Walker
5- Pat "Glider" Tuckey
6- Roy "Jarhead" Geer
7- Jeff "Shiner" Jackson
8- Steve "Lizard" Richmond
9- Tom "Woody" Jett
10- Scott "Scoot" Card
The 4 (West Coast Ravens and Denver Renegades)
A1- Mark "Dula" Dulaney
A2-Dan "Sunblock" Hall
A3- Dave "Rodoc" Leonard
A4- Brad "Tailwind" Ransom
B1- Jim "Gringo" Gray
B2- Mike "KB" Smith
C1- Tim "Tank" Redden
C2- John "Brick" Brick
C3- Steve "Shifty" Payne
C4- Dan "Lava" Miller
The 0 (The KC Flight, Cincy River Rats, and Denver Renegades)
E1- Bill "BeeGee" Gill
E2- Steve "Weasel" Cox
E3- Phil "Ripper" Lamb
E4- Keith "Jazz" Schult
F1- Kevin "Husker" Loseke
F2- Jon "Mutha" Thocker
F3- Bud "Joker" Newhouse
F4- Kent "Yobo" Yohe
Spares (who turned out invaluable and a very important part)
1- Gary "Condor" Sobek
2- Paul "Rosie" Rosales
3- Axel "xxxxx" Alvarez (who actually flew the A3 spot in the
1- Mike "Kahuna" Stewart
I know the TeamRV players but do not know their order, Kahuna can
you fill them in??
In The Shop ● Canopy Glued ...'Flyguytki'
in Olympia, WA
This year was the first year I have ever flown into the show.
When Russ invited me to go in his 9A, I wasn't missing that chance.
They always say to expect anything and our arrival was no different.
Inbound to fisk Saturday afternoon and almost over Fisk they had a
mishap on the runway closing the airport, so off to Rush lake we go
for 30 hot bumpy minutes flying around in circles. It just so
happened that when they opened the airport, we were #1 for Fisk.
When over Fisk we heard "RV over Fisk cleared inbound for RWY
27....I need max forward speed to the airport..." Russ firewalled
the throttle and just as we crossed the extended centerline of the
runway I looked down to see our ground speed clicking past 170
knots... then we hear "RV on downwind start your decent" ha, who you
kidding! Once we got it slowed down the approach and landing was a
non-event. Had a blast!
Boy, if you think the weather’s changeable where you live,try this
place Wisconsin. We’re standing under hot, blue, sultry skies when
far –off and barely audible loudspeakers start say something like:
“….storm….tie-down….minutes…grunddkk….storm….” Hard to understand
until you walk around thetent and look due west.
Uh-oh. Here comes
Cape Horn, Midwest version. A wall of nasty grey cloud stretched
from the ground up to as high as you could see. Every bit of it was
swirling and twisting and it was headed directly for us. ETA maybe
Joe Blank had the best view. He was at 1000’ in the RV-12, racing
for the airport , in bound from a demo ride over Lake Winnebago. The
“ground crew” caught sight of him as he rolled off the north end of
36R and turned toward the tent. The sky was getting darker by the
second, rain was starting to whip around our ears and it was getting
pretty darn gusty. Our only hope was that Joe could cover the half
mile to the booth and that we could get the airplane secured and
tied down before the real windstorm hit the fan. It was going to be
Van's FB Page ....OSH Day 3
Sunny and HOT was the forcast for Wednesday at Airventue. Ice cream
sales peaked around 4:30pm that day I think.
Earlier in the day we had a visit from the Hightower family who
were ready to place an order for an RV-12 Emp-TailCone Kit. (In case
you didn't know, Rod Hightower is the president of EAA!) Since Rod
has an incredibly busy schedule and had to be in meetings most of
the day, the rest of the family came by the booth to fill out the
paperwork. What they didn't expect is that we knew in advance about
the impending sale. So when they arrived, they got to shake hands
with not only Van, but their new tailkit, all crated, and ready to
take home! Their intention is to build the RV-12 as a primary
trainer for the family. What a great idea!
Jul 27. 1129Z Today at 1300 at OSH's Homebuilder's Hangar, Guy
Prevost will be discussing the build process, flying and maintenance of
his RV-8A. Jeff Point texted me that there were 284 RVs
still on the field as of 8:05pm last night. Tony Spicer
got 9 stitches yesterday and a damaged left elevator, but otherwise
I hope you have enjoyed the additional updates this week here during OSH
(this is the 21st update - I would normally have pushed out 5).
If a few more online photo galleries from folks go online over the
weekend I might push out one or two more, otherwise I'll see you Monday.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! (contact)
I like the shape of the Air Trac 500-5 tires for my application.
The tread is rounded (a sectional cutaway would have the profile of
an inflated inner tube) and I can closely fit my subfairings to them
without any pressure points during operation. However, I have
recently had two right main landing gear flat tires. The first was
on 4-21-12 on the way home from the Hill Country Air Race and the
second was on 7-23-12 on the way home from the AirVenture Cup Race.
In both cases the middle of the tread was worn through completely in
a spot an inch or more in diameter. After the first flat I went to
an Air Hawk tire which has a square profile. I installed it and it
didn't touch and after several years of operation with the
subfairings I was a little concerned but after a successful landing
I though it would be OK. I was wrong. On a subsequent landing with a
little more stress the square sharp cornered flat tread caught the
edge of the subfairing and caused significant damage to the
subfairing requiring packing modeling clay around the tire and
building it up again. I some unrelated testing I found that the MLG
subfairings were good for around 1 kt. I bought a replacement Air
Trac and all seamed well again until the hot landing on 7-23-12
which instantly destroyed it and damage the sub fairing again
(ground the bottom off on the concrete).
Jul 26. 2316Z
(from Jeff Point)"No serious RV damage that we could
find. A few pulled their tie down stakes out and moved around. One
used nothing more than tent stakes. A few of you got the tie down
lecture from me, this is the reason why. You may not care about your
plane but I guarantee the person next to you cares about theirs."
(from Jeff) "How'd you like to be
parked next to this guy?"
On Display at the Garmin Tent at OSH ...they'll be parked
RIGHT HERE Danny King's RV-8
...(2) G3X and (1) GTN650 Peter Fruehling's RV
...G900 Avionics (SteinAir
Classic Aero Designs interior.
Jul 26. 1959Z Storm blows through OSH ...more photos
Your Best OSH Picture ...Steve Stucky starts the thread
...[ed. Steve, can I use this as the August calendar
Well, construction begins on the new rudder (old one is
showing too much crack). I brought the portable a/c unit
home from the hangar and pointed it at my back (99°F with heat index
of 102°F), dug out the 3-ring binder (existing rudder started on
9/16/97 - that would be 5,518 days...or 15.11 years ago), unboxed
what I ordered from Van's and started inventory. The
replacement skin is not only thicker, but prepunched around the
edges. Thank you Van's!
Of course I can't find the actual rudder plans...found everything
but the emp group. I'll keep looking. I've got the
preview plans though, so I've got a pretty good mental image on it.
Van graciously acknowledged the effort that went into the RV1
restoration, then recounted his memories of the RV1 and the early
air show years. When queried about the "tiny" RV1 cockpit, he
brought out and demonstrated a recreation of the original RV1 seat
(long lost) that made it possible for an adult to sit in reasonable
comfort and ....
... simultaneously have a removable "rocking chair" for
spectating! The man was ahead of his time even then
A pleasant sunset at the seaplane base ...Colin Richardson
(from Carlos at GRT) "GRT Avionics announced its 12.1 HXr
at AirVenture 2012. The 12.1 HXr is a larger version of the 10.4 HXr
GRT Avionics announced at Sun-n-Fun.
Several GRT customers flew into Airventure 2012 with the HXr 10.4.
The HXr 12.1 shipments will begin after Airventure2012."
Jul 25. 1119Z
Teen Flight / Eagles Nest Kids Last Night at the
Banquet ...talking to Van
Made the trip up Saturday morning and came back this
Took my grown Son who is also a pilot and soon to be an RV-4 owner when
finances allow. We had a ball together. I have never seen so many
RV's in my life. There were also a sea of yellow Cubs. Dan Horton
was camped just down a few planes from me so I had the pleasure of
meeting him for the first time. His RV8 is awesome looking. We could
only carry a very small cooler so every time we bought ice we
sneaked over and refilled his cooler but he finally caught on.
Well, we did our duty and closed it down. In the best form
possible. The stories were ALL true. The people were all bigger than
life. My beer was always cold, I'm sure I owe a few, I just have to
figure out to whom. I'm only sorry I didn't get a chance to talk to
more people, but wait, there are still many days left, this is only
a primer for the impromptu chance meetings with new and old friends
in the days to come. Hey, how about that 40 ship! Ok, ok, it is
done... but was a big highlight (and a lot of work) of my OSH 2012.
That is the end of this beer social story for this year. Where were
I'm still looking forward to a nice conversation with 'The Horton'
about micro or some such technical detail to send me back to the
engineering texts for the next 9mo when I get home.
Jul 24. 0107z
First Flight in LA ...Paul Rose RV-9A
After a great inspection by Vic Syracuse and transition training last
week with Jan Bussell, N417PR finally got air under her wings yesterday
morning here in South Alabama. It was a very uneventful first flight
with the thanks for that to Van's. It's been a long 6-1/2 years since I
shot the first rivet in the tail but oh, so well worth the wait!!!!
Thanks are due to so many people along the way, but especially to my
family, this website, Al DeWeese, Larry Westbrook, and Tim Pethel. Larry
(flew chase) and Tim were there for the first flight. Al was off
someplace in WI doing who knows what
It flew wonderfully just like everyone said it would. I have a little
issue with CHT's that are higher than I'd like to see them but it's a
new engine and I would expect it to run hot though the oil never got
above 190 even with the OAT in the mid 90's yesterday.
Five minutes after the RV-14 was announced....421 people in the
Jul 23. 1118z Morning! There will be multiple editions of VAF today -
this edition here, after lunch and before bed. Check back often
(and hope you had a nice weekend). (contact)
Monday cell photo by Don McNamara ...wonders
of the interweb
First Flight: N328KL ...Kyle Lewis
Around 3PM on 7/21/12, N328KL flew for the
1st time...80-825 hrs on the build meter and 2.5 years of work (includes
wait time on Skyview). Waited the low ceilings off early and by 3 had
4,000' to play with. Flew great, need a minor adjustment to the
flaperons for a heavy "left wing", rudder was center and yes, did
float a bit on the landing. looking forward to flight #2.
TruTrak and Advanced Flight Systems Form Strategic
...both announcements below.
Danny 'Sky' King Showing the Garmin
Salesmen How It's Done
....they don't go to work for another 22.5hrs, but Danny's at his
plane at the Garmin tent
demoing the panel right now. Don McNamara photo....
Jul 20. 1129z OSHapalooza starts Monday! Plan on coming to VAF's front
page more than once a day M-F all next week. There will most
likely be more than five updates, with all the photo links going online
as fast as they tend to do during the week - I'll organize them here on
the front page. Probably 50,000+ camera phones, cameras,
camcorders on the same field, thousands of RV folks with laptops and
their own online photo albums....and my contact info is at the end of
the next paragraph. Let's really lower productivity in offices
around the globe next week! ;^).
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! FLY
Yesterday was the first flight of my RV-9A, done by
transition-training instructor Jan Bussell at the controls. Today
was my first solo attempt.
I seem to be experiencing plug fowling and I nearly aborted my first
takeoff when, during the run up, I had some deep mag drops (I have
both a regular Slick mag and a PMAG). Drops on both were about 250
RPM! I consulted with the old timers and two A&Ps who felt I needed
to run the engine hard and lean it out (even though I lean
aggressively on the ground). Let me add I have a new Lycoming
YIO-320, though it has been sitting around for several years.
A flight of 3 RV's departed Vans Aircraft this morning with a
tyical NW Oregon gray overcast and light winds. The Teen Flight
RV-12, the Red factory RV-12 demo, and the RV-1 were Oshkosh bound!
Heading east, we took the only available route out of the Portland
area, which was the Columbia River Gorge. It was quite scenic flying
the gorge at a couple of thousand feet looking DOWN on all of those
waterfalls along the way. Once we popped out at Hood River, we were
treated to bright sun and clear skies.
● VansAirForce.net Charity Hats
at the Avery Tools Booth
Tools will have the (120) VansAirForce.net caps left from the latest
batch ordered with them at their booth during Airventure. If you
didn't know, they cost $7 each to make and are sold for $12 ($5
profit goes to charity - neither Avery or I have ever made a penny
off them). The last batch of hat charity money went to the
Joplin, MO tornado victims ($1,440). Hats are ordered 288 at a
If Avery sells the 120 hats while at OSH we'll have another $1,440
for folks that could use it. Pretty kick @ss reason to stop by...if
you were looking for one ;^).
Every VansAirForce.net baseball cap you've ever seen, or will ever
see, represents $5 that went to someone in need. And thank you for
helping us do that!
Jul 19, 2012. 1142z Men plan and God laughs...
I have (6) cracks in my 10yr old rudder (old
style thin skin RV-6) where the stiffeners meet the spar (pics taken
yesterday at right). Common issue on older RVs. Last year I had
(4) and they were being monitored (and covered with tape with a little
pen mark identifying the end of the cracks). This
annual, finished a few days ago, shows (2) more tiny cracks, and the existing (4) have grown a few
millimeters in length (I measured them last year). I haven't
really flown the plane *that* much over the past six months, so erring
on the side of
safety has me thinking a 10+ hour round trip flight to Wisconsin
and back at cruise power might not be the smartest move. Remember that 'promote
safety' mindset we'd like to see pushed in the GA world?
My A&P friend Randy and I have talked it over, and we came to the
conclusion that it would be best to accelerate the replacement of this
rudder. I ordered a replacement three months ago and was going to build
it this fall/winter. Let's do it now instead. No OSH for me.
Uncrating the rudder kit on the workbench today.
The silver lining is I'll be able to push out a much better VAF
product during the week of OSH as I'll have a fiber optic connection to
the web and my two big HP desk monitors in front of me. I'm pretty
sure there's more than one camera and laptop at OSH.
And I'll save over $2,500 that can
be used for college, and that is huge.
Danny King's 'Beautiful Doll' RV-8, complete with (2) Garmin
G3X screens and GTN 650 touchscreen
Nav/Comm will be taking my plane's spot* in front of the Garmin tent (pics
below). Come meet Danny, and thank him for helping me out.
He's more interesting to talk to than me anyway. Ask him why he
likes his G3X more than what he used in the B777.
Oh, and before I forget....Danny's AF buddy that is hanging with
him at OSH gets my Van's banquet ticket. Joe, or Gus, or
Daryl....give my ticket to Danny King for his friend (I'll call the
I can't wait to see lots of online photo albums trickling in.
I'll spotlight the ones filled with RVs on the front page. (contact)
N296JR made its first flight today after almost exactly 5 years
of effort! I had hoped the first flight would have occurred on
Friday July 7, but since the Orlando FSDO won’t allow DARs to issue
temporary airworthiness certificates, I had to wait until the
following Tuesday. But, that was the day I and my kids were heading
to Comic Con in San Diego for a week, so my plane had to sit to
await my return. That, and I still had a bit of transition training
to complete with Jan Bussell of Okeechobee. Comic Con was fun,
obviously, but I was happy to get back to Florida and pick up my
airworthiness Tuesday and have Jan come back to complete my training
today (Wednesday). We also did my biennial while we were at it, and
reviewed slow fight, stalls and we did a bunch of landings in his
I had long debated with myself and others about me making the first
flight. I have not flown much in the last few years and that was in
either a C-152, C-162 or C-172. The C-162 (Skycatcher) was nice in
learning to fly with an electronic panel but, of course, is nothing
like an RV. Learning to fly Jan’s RV-6A wasn’t as difficult as I
thought it might be, but that is more of a testament to his
instruction than my piloting skills. Anyway, I was pretty confident
that I could pull off the first flight given Jan’s training, but I
still knew I would be very nervous, and nervous pilots make
mistakes. Plus, with my relative lack of recent experience, I
realized that what would be a minor issue to an experienced RV pilot
could become major for me. So, I asked Jan to make the first flight
and he agreed. So, after conducting a thorough inspection of my
airplane, he hoped in and……
Now this trip is what building this plane was all about! Brandi's
birthday was this past weekend and I had planned a little surprise
trip down to Jekyll Island. We arrived at the hangar around 9:30am
Saturday morning and all the guys were already there busy cleaning
things up. We pitched in and then I did an oil change on our bird.
Bill generously loaned us a case of oil and Walt saved the day by
having an oil filter we could use. We took off, got fuel at a nearby
airport for $4.99/gal and off we went. There was some weather
between ATL and Jekyll so we climbed up to 10,500 feet, which was
high enough to get over it all. We did jump up to 13.5 briefly to
dodge some taller clouds. The view was spectacular. I have always
loved flying among the clouds. We cruised at 170 knots (195MPH) most
of the way there. As we got closer we began to see some really
pretty scenery as the river and wetland area permeated the area.
On Monday the 16th July at about 12:30pm, Keith McGeachie my test
pilot, made a successful first flight of my RV-7 after a 4 year
Duration was 0.4 hours, just long enough to evaluate aircraft
handling, no issues where reported and engine temperatures where all
in the green, take off was quick even with a fixed pitch prop, and
he was off the ground before the first taxiway on 35 at Cessnock.
Static rpm check before the flight for the 72” dia x 85” pitch
Sensenich was 2100 rpm, and 2350 rpm on climb out. I have one
dead EGT that we knew about, which I need to sort out.
After the flight we de-cowled and inspected the aircraft from front
to rear and found no issues except for some oil that I had spilled
on the bottom hinge line, which I assume the negative air pressure
was helping to work its way out, this left a small mess on the
forward bottom skin, about ½ a teaspoons worth.
Video screen shot.
With the RV reassembled, I took it up to continue its initial
run-in, 75% power for the first 2 hours and then varying between
65-70% until oil consumption drops, not sure how quickly I will be
able to detect oil consumption, but at the moment after 1.7 hours I
can’ tell if I it has used any???
I bored holes in the sky over Cessnock airport for about 1 hour and
generally got the feel of things, and then did 3 stop and go
landings before calling it a day resulting in 1.3 hours of flight
My landing technique leaves a bit to be desired at the moment,
because once I loose visibly of the runway over the nose in the 3
point attitude, I am not using my peripheral vision to gauge when to
continue flaring and am over correcting a little by flaring too
early, which resulted in a small bounce for each landing, practice
Checked the belly again after pulling it into the hangar and found
about 1/8 of a teaspoons worth of oil, I’ll keep an eye on this to
ensure its not coming from anywhere else, engine seems dry and oil
free, I will de-cowl again before next flight to check all is OK.
Without wheels spats or fairings, I am seeing about 137-140 knots at
2370-2400 rpm, I assume this is about normal. Handling through
the range, I tried 55 knots to 160 knots in a slight dive is rock
solid. On climb out my CHTs are hitting about 380-390F and
drop to 345-355 in cruise. EGTs for the 3 that are working are
all close at around 1250-1300 ish. Oil temperature is cold at
165F so might need to block off the oil cooler a little.
Destroying the Rhineland's Ability to Make White Wine ...Chris
Santschi comedy pic.
The Phase I endorsement for the logbook that's required seems to
suggest that the testing for V speeds should be done at as many
different weights as possible, which would seem to include maximum
I'm 170. Full fuel is 250... give or take... which gives me about
350 pounds for ballast I'd need in a fashion that allows me to move
it forward and back.
What are people using to provide this much ballast (in an affordable
I used 60lb bags of concrete. Just put them each in a garbage
bag so you don't get dust all over. I took out the passenger
cushions and they stack up nicely and can be belted in
I strapped duffle bags full of dumbbell weights and sandbags
into the pax seat and baggage area
I used sand bags in various tote bags and used the handles of
the totes to tie the bags to spots to keep the weight from
shifting. In the baggage area I tied it to the central flap
housing and varied the length of rope for various loading
scenarios. I also put various weights in the passenger seat and
ran the seat belts through the tote handles. It was still a bit
messy until a friend loaned me some bags of lead shot which I
also put in the totes for securing. Much easier with the bags of
Large dog food bags #34. We use to breed Boxers so the extra
bags didn't go to waste. Not as dense as concrete but not as
messy if/when the bag breaks open
This evening at 6:13 local EN-1 put air beneath her wings for the
first time. I offered Jeff Malcomb (11,000 hour pilot with lots of
GA time, plus RV-12 transition time) the honors. The plane was
signed off this afternoon by the FAA and the kids jumped on it to
get all the inspection plates in place, etc. Some of the paint
(fiberglass especially) will have to be touched up after Oshkosh,
but it looks and flies great.
I have to say there was as much satisfaction watching a first flight
as there was when I did my own RV-9A. I got to watch the kids as
they saw THEIR creation take to the air. It is a special kind
The pilot report says that we need to increase the pitch of the
prop, but there was NO heavy wing tendency. It needs a very slight
tab to correct about a one-half ball to the right.
The last few weeks have had their ups and downs, hoping to make
Oshkosh. Nothing is guaranteed, but we should make it. That will be
one of the proudest moments in the lives of ten high school age
builders, and I imagine in my life, too. I remember two years ago
when I asked for money for tools to build this thing, and you guys
gave generously. You can be proud, too.
Bob Kelly, Scipio, Indiana
VP, Chapter 1328, Tech Counselor
Founder & Director, Eagle's Nest Projects
Supervising high school RV-12 builds
RV-9A N908BL, Flying
Bernardo Malfitano's First VAF Forum Post....I like this guy
...Garmin announced their new portable bluetooth ADSB receiver,
the GDL 39 includes a built in WAAS GPS receiver (which by the way
can send the GPS data to your Ipad). Includes both traffic and
weather info (except for the 496 which is traffic only), is portable
and can display on the G3X, Garmin Pilot App/Ipad, most of the
portables, and note that Bluetooth support will be added to the
795/796 later. Price is $799, but includes a whole lot of goodies.
Yesterday I went flying and during my preflight check I went to
drain fuel out of my left tank to find that nothing was coming out.
I had 33 litres or 8.8 US gallons in it after my last flight. My
tank doesn't leak and there was no signs of Avgas leakage on the
grass below the wing. At least the person had the decency to replace
the gas cap. The cost of my 33 litres or 8.8 US gallons at the
current rate was $69.76.
I'm pretty sure everyone does this but goes to show you that never
assume you have fuel in your tanks before you go flying.
Has this ever happened to anyone else and can you get locking caps
for the RV-4.
Thanks and safe flying everyone.
Brian Eisner RV-4 C-GRJT
Bedford Nova Scotia Canada
Kind of funny... I'm sitting in an aluminum tube on the tarmac in
Philly this morning - about 15 in the cue - remembering how much I
loathe flying the airlines. Flipping through the US Airways
magazine, when I see this!
It's one of those questions which pops up on a
regular basis: How do you get a nice edge where fiberglass overlaps
You do it with plastic tape.
Lay down a tape line on the plexi precisely where you want
the glass edge. If it's not straight or perfectly positioned just
pull it off and do it again. Tape is cheap.
When you have the first tape layer on and positioned where you want
it, go back and lay another ply of tape exactly on top of the first.
Depending on the thickness of the tape you may want a third layer
too. The total thickness of the tape buildup determines the
thickness of the subsequent fiberglass edge.
Now do the fiberglass cloth layups. Butt them up close to the tape.
Paint a little excess epoxy at the butt so any gap between tape and
glass fabric is filled. The glass layups will be thicker than the
tape line. The wet epoxy edge should lap over the tape. Allow full
Make up a little sanding block, maybe 6" long and 1" wide, whatever
is comfortable and fits the work. Stick 120 grit paper to it and
start sanding carefully along the butt joint. Your goal is to sand
the new glasswork down to the thickness of the tape. Stop when the
tape edge becomes fully exposed.
When you peel the tape you'll have a defined edge with a consistent
If you ever wanted to know how to dance to 'Thriller'
Jul 16, 2012. 1115z Morning! Got out to the airport early Sunday morning
for a hop in the RV before it got too hot. Friend Chris Pratt
(RV-8) was along and got some time flying my -6 from the right seat.
We went over to Decatur, TX (KLUD)
for some TnGs, as its runway is 1,000' longer and 20' wider than our
home field. Don't you just love that identifier? Klud!
Chris did great, especially considering almost all of his RV time is in
a RV-8 (larger rudder than the -6). The springy gear of my -6
didn't confuse him for long, and he was nailing slightly tail low wheel
landings after only a few tries.He said he still likes his
-8 better, but I think if he flew my -6 solo it would give him a run for
his money. He did mention the bubble tip up canopy was nice in the
pattern turns - he hadn't experienced that before. Unrelated, after 10 years of flying the RV I finally
spotted deer from it. I've been spending the hot months of the
summer mostly in a J-3, at 500' with the door open and windows down, and
I'm getting better at spotting them. Now that I know where to
look, dang if I didn't spot a couple from Flash. Hope you had a great weekend. Hope Monday goes swell. (contact)
Passed the inspection on Friday and took the first flight Saturday!
Thought my RV9 flew great. The 8 is Awesome. Slow build kit took 22-1/2
Retirement is Great!
After reading, and being motivated/inspired by, so many great trip logs,
it's finally my turn to put up a few pics from a great trip we just took to
Oregon in the recently completed plane. I hope there will be many more to
come and I hope to get better about taking the right photos, and taking
It started as a short 2-day business trip to central Oregon. Work got done
in one day instead of two. What to do? A call to Wally Anderson at Synergy
Air in Eugene (who taught me everything I know about building RVs) and John
Stahr (Stahr Design, who helped design my paint job) also in Eugene,
revealed they would be around Thursday morning. Off we launched from
Prineville to Eugene.
C-GERZ was born N242UL in 2003, built by Ulrich Luhnau in Houston. It
went through two more owners; one in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and the
gentleman I bought the plane from just outside of Kansas City. I bought the
aircraft last summer, went through the delightful process for importing a
homebuilt into Canada (not that bad, actually), and flew for the first time
Oct. 1, 2011. Beautifully built aircraft with about 340 hrs tt, a factory
O-360 A1A, Sensenich FP prop, nice VFR panel with steam flight gauges, a
Becker com, TT autopilot, KMD 150, and EI engine gauges. I have EI dual fuel
gauge and an EI fuel flow gauge ready to go in, but haven't gotten around to
it yet. Has a Ray Allen/MAC G207 grip on the pilots side, with electric
elevator and aileron trim, and the simpler grip with just PTT on the copilot
side. Seat cushions are Classic Aero. Since the panel pic was taken I have
also added a g-meter on the center post. I've also installed the Nose Job
brace from ASA (along with the Lip Skid and modified nose wheel) with it's
larger fairing since these pics were taken. I have 35 hrs on the airplane to
date and have enjoyed every single minute!
Last Sat morning we flew out of Driggs about 30 min before rain
moved into the area. I was flying this leg as Bonnie had flown into
Driggs. I climbed to 11.5k and flew around the north end of the
Tetons. This was the view out the right wing.
I have spent the last couple of weeks getting my
center tunnel and throttle quadrant from Bonehead Composites fit and
finished in my 7. Overall I am very happy with the outcome and
quality of the products Chris makes. The Tunnel needed a little bit
of work and needed to have a few inches taken out of it and then a
strap had to be fabricated to hold the two pieces together. As far
as the Throttle quadrant goes, other than mounting the quadrant it
dropped right into place with no modifications needed.
Overall I am very happy with the outcome and just wanted to help
Chris out show another example of his excellent product.
After reading Erich Weaver's report on cheap Chinese made dental
cam I brought one and modified it. This morning after oil change I
inserted the camera through lower spark plug holes and recorded
video of valves. Since I held the camera in one hand and turned
propeller using the other at times images were shaking. I don't have
experience on engine thus can not tell if my valves are fine. If you
see any problem please let me know.
...RV-1 in foreground.
I'd swear that is Joe Blank around the 26 second mark.
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Totally Off Topic
My wife sent me this....
Jul 13, 2012. 1127z I was digging around in some old files on my computer and
found the first mention of this site, positioned in scope as catering to the entire RV planet
instead of just 'The Texas Wing'. The date was April 6, 2000, and
it can be considered the date this web site came into existence. Two weeks
later I bought the domain name VansAirForce.net and directed it to the
page you are currently reading. That makes this
site...counting today...4,481 days old. In business 12¼ years, the
last five as my full time gig.
Set a note in your calendar, VansAirForce.net will have been in
business 5,000 days on Dec 14, 2013. We
might just have to have us one heckuva party (it's a Saturday). Or
not....dinner and movie with my wife sounds pretty nice, too. ;^)
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! (contact)
The flight up to Arlington yesterday was nice and cool at 8,500'.
It didn't start out that way though. It was quite warm in Oregon for
us Northwesterners, who never see the sun except for a couple of
times a year. When I climbed into the ONE to go, I was just dripping
with sweat. Ugh! So I positioned the aircraft in the large hanger,
had Ken Scott help me get belted in, then had him shove me out the
door, fired up and left. Arrived AWO about 1.7 later. I did pass the
setup crew (Daryl & Lindsey in the -9A) in flight around Renton WA
as they were heading south. We briefly chatted on the radio and they
gave me the scoop regarding the booth setup. Nice flight all things
Ken Scott arrived this morning in the RV-10 with several Van's
employees (Adam, Amber, and Vonn) who typically don't get to go to
the shows. It was a welcome break for them...
There were a couple of things about the engine that troubled me
on the way back from Yarmouth 10 days ago. The rate of climb was
noticeably lower than expected above 6,000 ft. And the #2 cylinder
EGT didn’t vary quite the same as normal when I leaned the mixture
in cruise. I hoped that I simply had a partially plugged fuel
injection nozzle, which would cause the #2 cylinder to be running
too lean, and the others to be too rich during the climb (I lean
during climb to keep the highest EGT at the value seen during
take-off, as recommended by Advanced Pilot Seminars and John Deakin).
Sunday morning I pulled the cowling and inspected the fuel injection
nozzles. I couldn’t see any evidence of a partially plugged nozzle,
but I cleaned them with an ultrasonic cleaner, and reinstalled them
in the same cylinders they came from. I checked the air filter - it
was in good shape, but I cleaned and reoiled it. Still looking for
the smoking gun, I did a differential compression check. Three
cylinders were good, but #3 was worryingly low at 63/80. Air was
felt to be coming out the exhaust pipe, which means the exhaust
valve was leaking. This cylinder was 74/80 on the previous
compression check, but it was the only cylinder where the escaping
air was coming from the exhaust on that check.
N317DC took to the sky for the first time over Northern Nevada on
a dawn patrol launch at 06:00 10 Jul 12. Absolutely a joy to fly.
Exceeded all expectations. Planning 40 hours Phase I over Stead then
fly her up to Medford for paint. Hanger doors will be open during
the Reno Air Races. Come on by, get out of the sun and have a cold
one. Thanks for sharing all the great information on this site/
We’re having a full week of rain in the Houston area – the
mornings seem sort of OK, then deteriorate into either Thunderstorms
or steady drenchers once the atmosphere wakes up. Quite a change
from the great drought of 2011, but it makes it hard to enjoy a
little flying. One benefit, however, is that the air is very smooth
before the rains set in, and this morning I was up in Tsam, playing
around with a few maneuvers and watching on the XM as some rain
showers slowly crept in from the south. Now that we have over a
hundred hours on the airframe and have worked out most of the kinks,
I have been trying to take part of each flight to gain more
experience and do some testing with the G3X/GXPilot/GNS 430W system.
We plan on using the airplane for instrument flight (hence all that
equipment), but I like to go slow getting there with a new airplane.
Today, with no traffic and smooth air, it looked like a good
opportunity to try for a fully-coupled, complete approach at our
local ILS runway. I wanted to see the system do the whole thing,
horizontal and vertical, including the full procedure turn. I was
about 20 miles southeast of KLBX at 3,000’ when I got started –
brought up the approach on the 430W and activated it, then punched
up “External” on the G3X flight planning page. This immediately
populated the G3X flight plan with the waypoints for the approach,
and told the G3X we were going into approach mode – the 430W was
driving. I engaged the G3X with the stick trigger, and this brought
it up already integrated to the EFIS in pitch and roll hold. The
next thing was to get it descending and headed to the IAF, so I
dialed in 2500’, a 500 fpm descent, and punched it into “Nav” mode.
Tsam obeyed immediately with a turn in the proper direction and a
little dip of the nose. From here on out, all I was going to do was
work the throttle and cross-check the airplane’s flying.
....This was after about 60 miles of level flight with the a/p
flying and everything stabilized. Fuel flow is 11.8 running
179kn TAS at this altitude LOP. I am still testing and contemplating
tuning #5 cyl as you can see it is quite a bit leaner than the rest
of them and is always the first to peak.
It appears to make about the same speed on approx .4-.5 GPH less
with each 1000ft of increase in DA but I have not yet made a chart
to reflect that. I might do it in the future....
Coming back from a morning flight, set up for landing on Rwy 17.
Touchdown was uneventful until just after the nose touched the
ground. The right main went flat and created a lot of drag. I
immediately hit the brakes and the plane stopped while still on the
runway. I got out and fortunately had no damage to the wheel pant,
just a little tar stain. With help form the FBO crew, managed to get
the plane off the runway the tire changed. Found a hole in the tube
from some foreign object. Lesson learned - replace the tire before
it gets too bald.
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You know how it is, the cut hands, lack of social life, short
temper, long days, dwindling bank account, and then one flight makes
it all worth it, that was today for RV-7 VH-VNZ out of Bankstown,
Sydney Australia. When the controller said how'd she go I
could only mutter... I cant talk for grinning!!!! Thanks for
everyone and in particular this website for all your much needed
support. See you at OSH.
Rgs Chad Boot
An Invitation to Talk to the FAA About Amateur-built Safety
[ed. You know how some people complain
that the FAA doesn't care about homebuilders? Well here's your
chance to take part in shaping the A/B policies of the future.
My buddy Mark Giron works at FAA HQ in Washington, D.C. and is
looking to get input from the A/B community.
He flies an RV-6.
He wants our input. I've added this event to the RV-specific
OSH'12 list I created, even though it's not technically 'RV only'.
Lawn chairs plopped down in a sea of RVs....talking about safety.
Let's pack it! ]
(From Mark) Airventure is
nearly here. For most of us, we can't wait,,,although some could
use a few more days to put the finishing touches on our projects!
Here at the FAA, we're doing the same thing. It's been a busy year
in a lot of ways when it comes to policies related to the
I work at FAA's Washington,
DC Headquarters, in the General Aviation Operations Division,
AFS-800. I serve as the subject matter expert on
Experimental-Amateur Built policy regarding pilot operations. I was
hoping to utilize the knowledge of those attending the show in an
open forum last year, only to have to cancel in the final hours due
to funding...and perhaps a bit of politics. This year, after all of
the dust has settled, I've managed to make the very short list of
those attending from Washington.
I would like to invite you
all to bring a chair and attend a Wednesday Evening 6:30 PM
gathering in the Homebuilt Parking area (rough location outlined in
RED near the Ice Box I'm told). I've invited some folks from
different organizations outside the FAA to come out and share their
thoughts as well. I believe it will give you a better sense of what
really goes on. I know the silver screen is playing Red Tails at 8
PM, so we'll conclude by then if we get that far.
Here's what I have in mind
for the event. I'd like to have a candid discussion on
amateur-built safety. Some of the topics I'll put out there are:
* Transition training and
obtaining an authorization (LODA) to do it * Recent NTSB Safety
Recommendations * The fatal accident rate * Some new "stuff" we're
One thing I'd like to try to
avoid: * Having to wear Kevlar.
Let's keep the discussions respectful, healthy and meaningful.
This is truly an opportunity
to take part in shaping the amateur-built policies of the future. I
hope you'll consider attending.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 Time: 6:30PM-8PM Location: Homebuilt Parking
Mark E. Giron Aviation Safety Inspector,
General Aviation and Commercial Division (AFS-800) Washington, DC HQ
Well things are getting pretty busy and I should have probably
have had this task done a month ago, but it seems something always
got in the way...
I'm doing the flight plan for the RV-1 and the two RV-12 escort
ships tour from Aurora to OSH. We'd like to make a few stops along
the way to show off the airplanes and perhaps trade hanger lies over
a hamburger. Of course all of this is weather dependant...
Our first planned event stop is at Townsend MT, to meet up with EAA
Chapter 344. Brian Carroll (hydroguy2) is coordinating that stop and
we've already been in contact.
So if you are along a rough line from Oregon to Wisconsin and are
interested in seeing a piece of this flying historical artifact,
contact me via PM and we will see what we can work out.
Building Tips / Techniques/ Mods
● Latest in Aviation Wheel Chock Technology ...George Ford
sent me this.
A friend of mine forgot his chocks at our club fly in... no worry. His
two quarts of oil worked fine.
Totally Off Topic
Matt Burch sent me this...
Jul 10, 2012. Hello Tuesday! Avery Tools will have the (120) VansAirForce.net
caps left from the latest batch ordered with them at their booth during Airventure. If you
didn't know, they cost $7 each to make and are sold for $12 ($5 profit
goes to charity - neither Avery or I have ever made a penny off them).
The last batch of hat charity money went to the
tornado victims ($1,440). Hats are ordered 288 at a time.
If Avery sells the 120 hats while at OSH we'll have another $1,440 for folks that
could use it. Pretty kick @ss reason to stop by...if you were
looking for one ;^).
Every VansAirForce.net baseball cap you've ever seen, or will ever see,
represents $5 that went to someone in need. And thank you for helping us
do that! (contact)
SLOOOOOOW build -6 well started her back in Dec 96 and Last
Saturday she got kicked out of the nest. OMG, what a feeling of
working something for so long and now have it fly. Now I need
to figure out the paint. That should only take 5-6 years ;-)
N212BJ is an airplane!
Somebody started a thread of the scariest noise that you heard in
the shop while working on your project... I think the scariest noise
is no noise at all!
...the stuff I know about, and I'll be
updating it as I get more info. The idea (at least for me) is to print
this off a day or two before I leave for the show. Maybe some others
will find some benefit from it also. Click to see what I have so far.
We had a good turnout at Okeechobee yesterday for the RV crowd.
18 planes showed up. The Mooney in pictured here is why you should
monitor your fuel "really carefully". The famous Sam James will be
at OSH giving classes on fiberglas construction for RV's. Be sure to
see his presentation.
It's a great day to be an American and a father. My daughter
Lindsey just did her first Solo out of North West Regional (52F) in
Texas today. I bring this up on the RV-12 website because she did
her first introductory flying with me in the RV-12 and after that
first flight she wanted to do more flying. Her first primary flight
training was in the 12 with me and after learning to taxi and about
8 hours in the 12 she said taxing and flying a 172 is a piece of
cake. I did not want to do all the primary training in the 12
so I sent her off to Marcair out of 52F which is a part 141 flight
school. Congratulations to my daughter Lindsey!
Friend of my girlfriend asked it I would take her father for a flight for
Father's Day. A flight in a small plane was on his bucket list. No problem!
Arranged for one of our formation group (Tom) to fly photoship. Originally
my girlfriend was supposed to take photos, but the daughter got brave at the
last minute and rode shotgun in Tom's RV-8. Turns out dad was a WWII refuge,
brought to the states from England via the Warner Brothers program (his dad
worked for them) at age two. Returned to England in 1945 and eventually came
to the US via Canada. Nice guy. Got some stick time too (after the
Ongoing Maintenance Issues ● Starting the pre-OSH
Took Flash out to
Randy's yesterday so he could start the 2012
annual...it's spending the week in front of the Garmin tent at OSH so I want to
make sure everything works. I let Randy do it because he ALWAYS finds
something (A&P/AI) I miss and I sleep better doing it this way. In the
background note the used Ford Ranger I bought from RV-8 guy Dan Horton (his
car site). Easiest vehicle I've ever bought....."Can you find me a
used, cheap, bare bones truck that won't break the bank?" Took two days. He
One thing we're having to address on
the plane is the grey sealant that is used on the roof of the hangar
dripping on the plane. It's been so hot down here that, apparently,
the hangar is melting.
● Seen from the air
Yesterday I got the following shot from the air. Five
deer down near a creek (another out of frame). I guess I need to start
bringing the 'big lens' with me on all flights. Here is a cropped image,
Buck? Doing a little Photoshop enhancement brings out what
could be a rack.
Sure looks like something is curving up from behind those ears...
Not bad for just outside the DFW metroplex, and no I won't say where
Totally Off Topic
Jul 3, 2012. 1136z Hoping you have a nice Fourth of July. No Wednesday
edition due to Independence Day.See you Thursday, and may
God Bless the United States of America! (contact)
Every Saturday morning there are two groups flying out from
Spruce Creek - Beech Group and Gaggle Flight. This morning I decided
to give four new friends a ride. All of them got their RV grins.
Life is good!
Jun 29, 2012. 1039z Very hot here in Texas, but hoping to get out to the
airport Saturday morning before sunrise to get in a flight while it's
the double digits. Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and
RV-filled weekend! (contact)
Life's been pretty busy lately to add any posts for the last week or so,
but this should catch everyone up on the ONE's recent activity.
Unfortunatley the Langley BC trip was cancelled due to adverse weather.
While the rest of the country swelters, it is still late winter or at least
some version of spring here in the NW. Oddly enough, freezing levels were
down around 5,000' with some snow accumulations at the ski resorts, which
are oddly enough, closed for the summer...
On to the Lenhardt's Oregon Pilots Assn. meeting, where featured speaker Gus
Funnel from Van's gave a nice talk and powerpoint on the history of the RV-1
and how it ties in with the 40th Anniversary of Van's. About 50 attendees
swarmed over the ONE which produced a lot of questions and photo ops. The
following pic is one of my favorites... This little gal was SO excited to
sit in the ONE...!
RV Assembly course, supported by Van's Aircraft, teaches the skills needed
to assemble the popular RV kit planes like the RV 12 LSA. Taught by expert RV builder and sheet metal construction
expert Jack Dueck, the classroom portion includes discussion of
amateur-built aircraft FARs, tools required, workshop requirements,
insurance, engine and propeller selection, flight testing, and more. The
main (hands-on) portion of the workshop is where students gain experience in
techniques necessary to assemble the airplane. This workshop also may
feature a very special guest with intimate knowledge of the Van's RV line!"
Proving flights, which form the final part of the iEFIS product
development have now been completed. The only change done to the system
during the proving flight schedule was a change of colors used on the
writing of some touch screen items to improve visibility under very bright
sunlight conditions at certain angles. All software and hardware items
passed testing first time around with zero issues. You can tell we have done
this a couple of times in the past - experience is starting to count.