October 31, 2016. Issue
John Wilhite visits the Van Cave Friday.
Thanks to Mr. Steve Ingraham ...Tony
I posted a few days ago trying to decide
between a RV-7/7A or RV-14/14A and received a lot of great feedback.
One who responded to the post noticed that we lived close and
graciously offered me a ride in his RV-9A. This was to be my first
in any RV. I had a great time and learned many things. Steve has a
beautiful aircraft and I am very grateful for the experience.
Many thanks to Steve and Mary Ingraham.
First video ...'trackdom' in France
Here is my first hero4 video over south
alpes in France.
1700 hours ... Pete Howell
Just completed the 1700 hr oil
change with compression check and borescope pics of the exhaust
valves. - Thanks to Alex P for letting me try out his new scope!
Oil filter media and screen were examined and were clean
Compression check with cold cylinders:
DIY Spark Plug Tray
A couple of recent RV-12 pictures from Jim
Mothership Comedy ....courtesy Adam I think
October 28, 2016. Issue
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Eagle's Nest Projects: Wings Over Houston '16 ...Ernie
PLTW Aerospace Engineering Students,
Mentors, and Teachers from Clear Springs High School in League City,
TX displayed three completed Eagle's Nest Projects at Wings Over
Houston. Clear skies and cool temps set the stage for record
attendance and an opportunity for hundreds of families to experience
first hand the outstanding accomplishment of local high school
Most adults just couldn't believe that high school students built
these beautiful aircraft. After a few minutes however in
conversation with one of the student-builders, disbelief generally
turned into absolute amazement.
Ugh!! Back Riveting mistake!! ...Jeff
I just KNOW that I am the only one to do
this, but just in case I'm wrong, here's what I did. I am in the
process of backriveting the stiffeners onto the aileron skin.
Everything was going well when I started riveting this rivet and
discovered that the back plate had shifted and I had nothing for the
rivet head to rest on for the flush finish. Wound up with a slight
but unsightly divit in the surface of the skin.
I've already redimpled the hole but the entire thing still has this
divit.. Wondering what magic procedure will help flatten this area
around a new rivet... perhaps setting it back in the backing plate
and then slightly hammering either with slow rivet gun or manual
hammer, over a small socket that would surround the dimple, but
drive down on the skin. Also has to the stiffener to help in the
process.. I was hoping to send a few pics, but I can't seem to be
able to do that, which is also very frustrating!!
Making the EFIS Look More 'Boeing Like'
The 'goal' was to have the MFD show me the
things that might hit me, and the basic nav points...and not much
else. De-clutter a bit by playing around some in Setup and Map
Display settings. Zooming in beyond the 3nm level shows all
the private and unpaved strips for an emergency (I could also hit
the 'NRST' button of course). Force it to stay in 'night mode'
to turn the background dark. Turn off topography. Moved
the engine stats strip along the top over to the PFD. You get
Still fiddling with it, and until they add a 'Boeing mode' for the
nav screen I think I can make due just fine with this. Less is
more (for me and nav).
The role model: Boeing nav screen...
Photographer anon. (I owe him lunch though).
My RV-6 PDF and MFD on a fuel run.click
RNAV 17 active and approaching glide slope capture.
RV Over French Enclave ...Vlad pics
DIY Field Notes ...a.k.a. How I queue
up content for the site
I have a very non-standard career, as you
already know. The workflow requires being around a computer of some
sort pretty much 24/7. And since I'm always looking for content for
the next day's edition, I'm forever searching for the perfect way to
remember tiny bits of information for later. You can probably
It could be a reminder to promote something
that's coming up this weekend (and maybe I remembered that while I
was eating lunch at Wendy's). It could be the thread number of a
particularly interesting topic in the forums I saw using my phone,
somebody I met at the fuel pump at a nearby airport inspires a few
paragraphs of copy, etc.
Grocery lists. After a flight I put 5-10 words and the time
flown (#deer, approaches flown, etc)...I'll put it in the logbook
when I get home. Multiple input
sources....one struggling brain that wasn't trained as a writer (but
tried capturing this information into a pocket digital recorder,
into 3-4 apps on my phone over the years, on little pieces of paper
in my back pocket and a dozen other methods all in the name of
efficiency. I keep coming back to something similar to the 'Field
Notes' pocket-sized notebook. But those are too thick for my
Of course, being a pilot, the idea of
spending $10 for three little paper books....well, you know how
that's gonna go. I love the DIY internet sites, and they
didn't let me down.
A piece of cardboard folded that was on the
back of something we got in the mail, five sheets of printer paper
folded over, cut and stapled down the spine and I am in business.
Trimmed to the exact size for the side pocket in my shorts with
gardening sheers. If I have $.10 invested in this thing I'd be
surprised. And I can build another one in about 60 seconds when I
fill this one up over the course of about 2-3 weeks. Keeping
the page count small keeps it thin enough to not get on your
If you go to the actual Field Notes
site, you'll see each
"model" has a back story associated with it, I guess to connect to
the hipster crowd maybe? I remember Cabbage Patch kids, and
that's what that reminded me of. ;^)
I'm a pilot, and an RV builder, and that
means I'm thrifty by default.....so of course I'm perfectly fine
with a notepad I made out of junk mail ;^).
Seriously, these things are nice to have in
your pocket. It's faster to get the information down with a short
series of words and symbols than it is to type it in some 'improved
app', IMHO. The cardboard is industrial this time around and
should hold out over its short life. Also, if I drop it in the
toilet it won't stop working and cost $500 to replace. A good
mechanical pencil, or a cheap fountain pen with a medium nib that
slops out a ton of cheap ink, and
Baby, you got
a stew going! I hope you clicked on that link and
I wrote this 'article' as a matter of fact
using little one word topics that I assembled over a couple days in
the corner of one of the pages.
So here's the latest 'VAF Field Notes' pad,
complete with doodling on the cover. Its life will be brief,
Yours in thrift...
October 27, 2016. Issue
Odd request. Might
someone have a 1970-1980 DFW sectional showing 52F labeled as 'Aero
Valley'? A picture from your cell emailed to me would suffice just
fine. I have a sectional from 1967 (below), but the airport wasn't
there yet. Tanx,
[ed. Update a couple hours
later....thank you Troy Stegemoeller for sending me the exact pic I
2 1/2 Year Old son's first flight in my RV-7 ...Trevor Conroy
Yesterday evening I took my 2 1/2 year old
son, Charlie, up in my RV-7 for the first time! As a father and
professional pilot, there was nothing more rewarding than seeing the
smile on his face! He has ridden with my wife and I in his car seat
in the back of a C-182 on a few previous occasions but this was a
completely different experience for both of us. My father and I
spent 5 long years building the -7 and to now fly my son in an
airplane I built is sure a special experience. <g>
Over the course of the last several months, I've brought Charlie out
to the hangar with me to tinker on the airplane so he could get
familiar with it and identify it as ours. Then I started putting him
in the right seat and securing the harness and turning on the panel
so he could see it light up. Being only 2 1/2, I didn't want him to
be able to play with the control stick so had to add an electrical
connector where the right stick break is so that it could be
completely removed. I also made some cushions to raise him up and
forward in the seat. Last week I strapped him in and we taxi'd
around the airport a little bit so I could gauge how well he would
do. He loved it and said he wanted to go fly! I made him wait a
couple more days just to be sure. Last night I strapped him in and
skyward we went! I had planned to take-off and fly the pattern to an
immediate landing but once we were on downwind I asked him if he
wanted to keep going and he said YES so we ventured out a couple
miles before heading back. On the drive home all he could talk about
was flying in "dadda's airplane". Truly a special day for both of
Now I won't feel as bad leaving my wife and two kids at home when I
want to go flying on the weekends. My wife will be thrilled for me
to take Charlie to burn some 100LL with me <g>.
Texas Fastback 2.0 ...Arlie Conner
124TT has made it safely to its new home in
Germany. I hope the new owners enjoy the heck out of it. We decided
to build another fastback, this time starting with a somewhat blank
canvas with a partially completed kit. We thought we looked it over
pretty good but I guess not good enough. I'm not going to mention
any names or where I got it, but we have already run into a major
screw up that requires major surgery. It requires removing and
replacing the top and lower longerons and the firewall weldments
that they attach to. Hopefully after this is done we can actually go
forward with this build instead of going backwards. I would like to
know how others have solved this problem of getting the correct edge
distance and fit?
New to the 8 forum ...Arlie Conner again!
We have been flying our "new to us" RV-8 for
a little over a month now and it is everything we wanted in a plane.
Aerobatic, great cross country machine, and best of all, I can
finally carry a passenger that weighs more than 180lbs. Don't get me
wrong, our RV-4 was all of the above plus a blast to fly, but just
quite didn't fit our needs as far as the back seater goes. I'm
250lbs and ride comfortably in the back.
EUREKA!! Probable Hot #3 Cylinder Reason Found ...Galin
I have been fighting an intermittent hot #3
cylinder on my Lycoming O360 for years and nothing seemed to work.
When the problem arose I had to run the engine quite rich to bring
the #3 CHT to just under 400F but at the same time the the other
cylinders were at least 50 degrees cooler. Worst still on many
flight the CHT's were fine and all 4 cylinders were very close to
each other. I tried changing the CHT probe with no luck and my
baffling was perfect, or so I thought. Pardon the pun, but this was
After reading a completely un unrelated thread here on inexpensive
borescopes, I bought a Vividia VA-400 Borescope. Out of curiosity I
used the borescope and looked into the firewall with the cowl on. I
found that, when installed, the top cowl was folding part of the
baffling down and almost completely blocking air only to, you
guessed it, the #3 cylinder head.
SERFI '16 RV Champs
Tom Goddard RV-8
Chris Sells RV-8
Randy Pflanzer RV-12
Scott Millhouse RV-12
October 26, 2016. Issue
More pics from the 3rd Annual Primitive Camping Fly-in ...joe
It was nice to meet you all. I'm sorry I
missed a few because I had to leave so early, perhaps next year.
It was a scenic trip over the mountains from Grass Valley that
passes Lake Tahoe to my left:
I was a bit apprehensive because this was my
first flight out of my phase 1 box. The Saturday weather was perfect
in the morning, winds calm in the California central valley and
forecasted to be increasing at bit in the afternoon. Worried about
the increasing winds I was hoping for an early departure as a flight
of 2. Wingman (Lars) was running late, everything else was a ‘go,’
so I opted to head out 1st.
Rest in Peace Mr. Bob Hoover
High Sierra Fly In 2016 ...Bluelabel
A 'commercial' from the mothership ;^) ...Adam Burch
"Van's Aircraft recently visited the Petit
Jean, Arkansas fly-in, and we were reminded again of what a
fantastic community the 9,500 strong RV builders have formed all
over the world!"
52F Update ...where I'm based.
Majority in ALL sectors
"Every property owner under either the AVDCO or Hyde restrictions is
now governed under a single document: the
Deed Restrictions. The POA’s elected board of directors
are now the airport’s sole governing authority. As far
as our immediate objectives are concerned, Tim will have dirt moving
on the east side of the runway within the next couple of weeks.
We will begin the rest of the work ASAP. The property owners
NW Regional Aero Valley Airport have 'knocked
down the Berlin Wall'. Test holes to determine if work can
begin on the drainage improvement project were dug this past
weekend. Looked good. The new runway is coming.
More to follow...
As of 10/23/2016...
10/25/2016 photos by doug reeves.
Panel Update Pics/Report ...Tony T
October 25, 2016. Issue
3rd Annual Primitive Camping PIREPs Coming In ...Scott and Lars
Petit Jean Shortfall - In Case You Want to Chip In ...Tanya Card
The gathering on the mountain was fantastic
but had one giant snag this year, about 36 hours of not a soul being
able to land at Petit Jean due to low ceilings and poor visibility.
Fortunately, everyone stayed safe, whether it be at alternate
airports or by staying home. Nicely done everyone!
all the shenanigans put the EAA group hosting the event in the hole
by about a couple grand. Actually, I'm amazed the loss wasn't a
whole lot larger considering a little more than half of the planned
attendees arrived. That was due to generous folks paying the
full-weekend registration fee even if they only made it in Saturday
afternoon, others adding random amounts to their registration fee,
people buying more raffle tickets than they would have otherwise,
and other creative ways to help contribute to the kitty. To these
folks, THANK YOU MUCH!
Many others have expressed interest in trying to help offset the
deficit. If you want to chip in, anything you might care to part
with would be appreciated by EAA 165, the volunteers who work their
tails off, and those that have gotten to enjoy the event or will in
the future. Bill has already said this isn't going to stop Petit
Jean 2017, but I think we should give them all the reasons to not
pause a single moment in continuing to put in the exceptional effort
that they do every year even while knowing Mother Nature may choose
to not cooperate and throw them deep into the red.
For those so inclined, checks should be made payable to EAA 165 and
43 Masters Place Drive
Maumelle, AR. 72113
Thanks for being a part of this fantastic group of aviators and
Last year Ms. Patti was laying in a hospital bed, still partially
paralyzed after a stroke. I went home to get a shower and some
clothes, and found an email from Bill, announcing the date for PJ
2015. Ms. P wasn't yet speaking well enough to answer the phone, so
I sent her a text..."Just got the date for PJ, you want to go?". She
propped her phone in her lap and one-fingered with her left hand,
"**** yes", and it was what she worked towards the rest of the year.
Last week was our sixth time at PJ...and I doubt I could drag Patti
to Oshkosh with a Learjet. Yeah Tanya, we're in.
Dinner for 200+ at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute isn't free,
nor are the transport vans, the big tent, the catered BBQ, or
anything else. To make it work, it's my understanding that the
Arkansas gang has to guarantee around $16,000, with the knowledge
that a shortfall has to come from their own pockets.
Hey, let's be real. The PJ guys don't need our money. They
are uniformly bright, successful people, and getting stuck with the
tab won't break them. On the other hand, I'd be seriously ashamed to
stick 'em with it after they've hosted me and mine so graciously all
these years...and if you're a PJ regular, I suspect you feel the
So, here's the deal. Let's think high, and kick in $100 each. Forty
or fifty hard-core PJ fans can fix last week's weather disaster,
and start a little nest egg for next year so our friends don't
have to worry. It's just doing something nice in return for all
they've done for us.
How about it? Will you match me?
3D printed washer wrench ...dwranda
I bought my wife a 3d printer for mothers
day to have fun with making things for her craft hobby. Yesterday I
gave her a useful project idea(not that her crafty things aren't
I had her design and print a washer wrench. I tried it out and it
works pretty well. I'll just have her change it a little when I need
different sizes. Technology is amazing!
Vac's Transition Training Syllabus PIREP ...bruceinuse
Just completed a dual check-out in
my newly acquired RV-4 with Vac over the weekend using this syllabus
as our reference. I would thoroughly recommend this document, which
Vac must have spent years perfecting, as the gold standard for those
aspiring to fly an RV, as well as an invaluable reference source for
experienced RV drivers.
(Airbus test pilot, formerly airline pilot and F-16 test pilot, and
now an RV-4 owner/pilot with that Vans RV grin from ear to ear)
October 24, 2016. Issue
Adam Burch iPhone photo in the RV-14 demonstrator
returning from Petit Jean. Columbia River Gorge.
(click to enlarge)
Pecan Plantation Fly-in Pics ...opens new window.
Susie and I flew down to 0TX1 Saturday to
catch up with folks we don't visit enough - couldn't have asked for
better weather (track).
Had a couple of hot dogs, caught up with RV friends and flew back
home to go to the grocery store. Everyone there at Pecan is
very nice, and they put on a very enjoyable gathering.
Sorry for the small number of pics....the
camera battery was on fumes and I didn't plan well enough ;^).
One RV had interesting cowl access doors, and I did get (3) pics of
that. The builder mentioned the top flap minimized hot start
issues with fuel injection. Said the engine would cool off
HDX Builder Notification Letter ...mothership
"Van's is working on integrating this new
panel into the RV-12, but this will not be available as an ASTM
approved avionics kit for some months. The panel cut out needs to
change for a different size and mounting holes (or a blanking plate
will need to be installed). In addition, we need to design and test
the new screen layout and software configuration files specific to
the RV-12.This will take a couple of months after we receive a beta
test HDX screen, which should be in late October 2016. So we
anticipate HDX screens being available for the RV-12 early in 2017."
Sedona ...rightrudder video
1st Attempt at Vinyl Wrapping ...RGLives
Engineer Wanted ...mothership
"Van's Aircraft has a new position for an
engineer. We are looking for an applicant with a passionate interest
in the kit aircraft industry. This position requires a broad
mechanical/engineering background and the ability to work on
multiple projects simultaneously."
Panel Upgrade Update / Pics ...Tony T
October 21, 2016. Issue
Wishing you and yours a
happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Deer and a zoom lens...via RV-6. dr
Ep6. Touring Adelaide & Homemade Flying World Records ...haydnc
We head out into Adelaide and find the South
Australian Aircraft Museum. Inside we found this famous RV-4, that
belonged to Jon Johanson. The aircraft has made multiple trips
around the world and to the south pole.
Dealing with the anxiety of the flight test phase
I am 6 hours into my flight test phase and
am definitely struggling with the anxiety of everything that could
For background - I have been flying for 25 years, have a little over
500 hours in Cessnas and have an instrument rating (though not
So far nothing really scary has happened with possible exception of
finding a small engine compartment fuel leak AFTER a recent flight
Yesterday I flew for about an hour - at 5000 feet agl, right over
top of my airport. Yet even with the altitude and proximity to home,
my anxiety level continued to grow the longer I was up.
I did distract myself by doing the CAS tests but as soon as they
were done I did a "how am I doing check?". I decided that my anxiety
level was reaching my limit.
I wanted to stay up longer to get the 40 hours down, and the weather
was beautiful, but I had just reached my stress limit. So, i reduced
power and managed a decent landing.
I don't think I ever really considered how the flight test phase
would affect me. I was so busy building and besides, not many people
talk about this subject.
I presume the more I fly the easier this will get, but that doesn't
really help me right now.
I was wondering if anyone had any tips for dealing with the anxiety
of flight testing?
Coldfoot Alaska ...Vlad
Early August 2016. Temperatures in high
thirties winds from the North 15 knots peak gusts 21.
1st attempt at video ...Gene Mohr
Today I took the GoPro Hero 3 Black that I
have had, well since it came out. 1st time editing and
creating this little vid. Just a 1.5 hr flight to pick up a couple
of the SCAA Ambassador Passport program stamps. Let me know what you
Balmy 100F in California on early August
morning. I am still frozen from Alaska and need to warm up.
David Paule -3B Update
October 20, 2016. Issue
Hump Day Hop: $8.50
data called it 18 minutes (included taxiing), but my stopwatch
showed 14 min 32 sec from runway ON to runway OFF. Wednesday I
got in a short flight over to see our friend who waves from the
porch, then the final segment of the KAFW ILS 16L practice approach
- WIGZU to missed. Watching the screen after T/O I saw a few
diamonds on final for KAFW, so I went and waved to our friend on the
porch first, while monitoring tower/ATIS. After waving a good
morning, I called up KAFW and asked for the practice approach.
Granted. VFR and CAVU....no visor and safety pilot...just
practicing buttons and knobs and trims.
On GS, the tower amended my landing clearance, raising the missed
approach altitude from 200' AGL to 500' AGL. Curveball that
Barely got the engine hot, but 1) time was spent off the surface, 2)
oil was moved about and 3) skills were worked on for about what I'd
estimate was $8.50 in avgas. Kay was on the run up ramp in his
8A when I was turning base to final, so I knew the landing would be
graded and no mercy given if I pooched it. "8 out of 10"
was his call over the radio <grin>. He needs his eyes checked
- that hop was barely a hop.
Back on the computer climbing Mt. Email and other grown up tasks
three minutes out of the plane - the day had peaked. Thank you
again Van's Aircraft, for the best therapy there is.
Greetings! ...Jeff Goostree of Rogers, AR
Joining the RV world and dropping a note to
say hello. My wife and I were able to attend the Petit Jean
gathering this past weekend for our 1st RV fly in and had a great
experience for the short time we were there. We are from NW Arkansas
and I'm in the market for an RV-8, welcome any and all suggestions.
Again hello, thanks for the warm welcome this past weekend and glad
to be aboard.
RV-8 Status Report Pics ...Martin Filiatrault
There have been a few more updates on my
Blogspot RV-8 Blog; click on the blogspot link by my signature to
check it out. Topics include attending the Sherwin-Williams
Aerospace Coatings Training Program and further progress on the shop
heater and paint booth. I'll have to share this highlight: Today I
took my tail feathers for a walk. For the very first time, the
empennage has left the nest. I'm making room for the big crates,
which should arrive in a couple months.
3rd Annual Primitive Camping Fly-in at Alpine County - Oct 22-23 ...Paul
Although I am sitting in central Florida
right now, I just checked the weather for home this weekend, and it
is looking marvelous for a fall fly-out! Lo's of 44 (perfect
sleeping temps) and a high on Saturday of 71.....doesn't get much
better for hiking than that! (OK, those are for our home
base....Alpine County is about 1500' higher, so subtract a little -
still well above freezing at night - perfect for a campfire.)
If you didn't have this on your list, but you're looking for a nice
destination this weekend, come and join us - no reservations, no
fees, no nothin'....except good company and a hopefully clear sky
for the night.
RV-12 Upgrade Pics / Status ...Tony T
Courtesy Car List Updated
October 19, 2016. Issue
Sid Mayeux and Rob Reece discussing
Rob's RV-8 build at the Van Cave.
How I Met Gayle ...Roger Kellogg
Chasing the setting sun toward the west, the
prairie glides past beneath my silver wing. The heat of the autumn
day fades seamlessly to the chill of night. Farm buildings, small
rural villages, a pickup truck on a dusty road, a combine harvesting
corn in the lengthening autumn shadows, all are oblivious as I sail
overhead. They fade behind me without protest as more blossom into
Glancing down I see a silver twisting path of trains, stretching off
to the far horizon. The steel rails glow bright orange in the
reflected light of the setting sun. I follow them until a speeding
Amtrak creeps slowly into view. It is half-filled with passengers,
travelers, strangers, each anticipating a new day, a new place, and
a new view.
Slowing, turning, I descend toward the fields, paralleling the
silver rails. The lights in the coaches create halos around
passenger’s faces. A woman leans against a window, long brown hair,
gentle brown eyes; she reads a paperback novel to the rhythm of the
clicking rails. It’s a tale about a man who travels, always travels,
longing for a companion to share a view of the world that slides
beneath him. He looks down on those around him, not because he feels
superior in any way, but rather he just has a different point of
view. She understands why he travels. She travels, too. She dreams
of a different place, a fresh perspective, a new point of view.
She lowers the paperback to her lap, and thoughtfully glances out
the window, seeking a different perspective. Initially she sees her
own reflection in the window, and then shifts her focus to the shiny
metal plane, silhouetted against the glowing western sky. She
smiles. I pull alongside and return her smile. I reach out my hand
to touch hers, and she is in the seat beside me. Pulling back on the
stick we climb, up, away from the clutter of the surface, climbing
into the soft, cool, creamy dark of the night.
A full moon peeks above the horizon beyond my left shoulder,
climbing to take its place to watch over the night. We travel on,
watching time go by. Together. Us. We. Sharing a new point of view.
FWIW, haven't written much lately, but this was inspired by a
line from a recent epic post, note the plagiarized line, thanks,
RV-8 Inflight Photos...SuperCubDriver in Germany
Last Sunday I went up together with a Mooney to take some pics
during formation flying, I thought I share some here. I should work
on the background though, there were very nice photos in the past
from other RV´s. Enjoy
Cause List Updated
probable cause documents going back 38.3
Research. Discuss. Reflect.
PJ Words and Pics ...crabandy
The Petit Jean Fly-In really is a Gathering,
a mixture of like minded people from across the US (ahem...and
possibly the UK) with the same interests sharing stories and
experiences around food, airplanes, campfires and hiking trails.
Being my second trip to Petit Jean I recognized a lot of faces and
hope I was a little better with names, I also met a lot of new
RV'ers. It was my second oldest daughter Mya's first trip to PJ, our
second daddy daughter date in the airplane. She does get a little
bored flying but was really looking forward to the dinners,
especially the dessert table. She took a picture of every dessert on
the table and txt'd them to the Homefront, she settled on the
chocolate cake and wasn't disappointed!
Panel Upgrade ...Tony T begins
Started on a SV upgrade for my RV12
There are two ways to go on this, you can use the conversion
harnesses or better but more expensive and time consuming is to pull
all the old harnesses and install the latest. I am going the latter
Charity Cap Sighting
...courtesy Gary Sobek at the
Smithsonian Air&Space Museum [ed. Thank you Gary! dr]
About the cap...
October 18, 2016. Issue
In yesterday's edition I mentioned I had an 'old' computer
at the hangar that was giving me some grief. It was locked into
Microsoft Vista and I couldn't install a more modern browser past
Internet Explorer version 7. No modern browser site will let you
download their browser on a Vista-running box (I tried I.E., Chrome and
Firefox). Reader Alex Bell e-mailed me and suggested I save a copy
of the new Firefox install executable to a memory stick using an updated
computer, then run the install from the stick on the old computer.
It worked like a charm. Thank you very much Alex! You saved me from
having to go spend a couple hundred dollars buying a 'new and improved'
computer. I can access my cloud-based accounting software and some
hangar now - if I only run one thing at a time :-).
Thank you again Alex!
A leisurely flight with a friend ...Brad Benson
A friend and I joined up and went for a nice
leisurely flight this summer. It was a nice relaxing sortie that
lasted about 1.3hrs.
PJ Recap ...Bill Schlatterer
It's amazing to me when folks like something
so much they offer to pay for it ...even when they got none of it
Wow.... you just have to think about that a little bit! Thanks to
everyone for the offers and we'll let you know how it goes when the
dust settles but more important, here is a short story about the
weekend. This is the short one but know that there are lots of short
and long stories about the journey and new friends found in odd
Petit Jean Airport and Campground was in better shape than it has
ever been. Lots more grass parking on really solid (when dry)
ground. Great menus, fun stuff, the waterfalls were spectacular ...
and so on. But then Friday happened. Forecasts were for rain
Thursday night, blowing through and VFR mid morning. Not a big deal
....and they blew through all right but it left a lot of moisture in
the air. All around the mountain, we had pretty good marginal VFR if
there is such a thing with 1,000 -1,400 OVC viz 6+ but the trees on
the airport are at 1,1,00 MSL and that meant KPMJ was like 300 ovc
with vis obsured in the morning. It was supposed to lift after lunch
and occasionally hinted at it but nothing really changed for more
than minutes at a time.
My 'New' (to me) RV-4 ...mbuehler
Here's a few shots of my "new to me" 2004
RV4 SN#142. Made my first flight a few days ago, absolutely
N410CT first flight ...Claudio Tonnini RV-14
Claudio Tonnini's RV-14 had it's maiden
flight today. All went well. Claudio is located at Old Bridge,
Status Report ...rv6builder
Here's a hybrid- Couldn't do away with the
old round engine gauges!
From the mothership FB page...
"We've finally made the big time! Arrowhead
Stadium 49 ship RV flyover commemorated on a McDonalds cup. Photo
courtesy of Cathy White Page."
PJ PIREP ...MikeyDale
PJ 2016 was a great "weather" learning
experience for my lovely Co-pilot and I! We flew from our farm in
West Texas 300 miles to Sherman. The first half of that leg was MVFR
but lifting all the way. Stopped for some gas in Sherman, Tx and
checked the weather again for PJ and central and North Arkansas but
we already knew from looking at Mr Dynon on the first leg, it was
not lifting there like the forecast predicted. At 5:30, we declared
a "No Go". But, we spent the night with my son and his family who
live near Sherman. 3 little grandkids were sure surprised so that
made up for the disappointment. But, I was sure thinking about that
dinner spread at the lodge waiting for us!
As soon as we saw some breaks in the clouds in Sherman next morning
we headed to the airport but waited till 10:00am to take off because
clouds just wasn't lifting over those mountains between us an PJ
very fast! We still flip flopped from on top of clouds to beneath
the clouds most the way and diverted a little north to follow the
Arkansas River east for the last twenty miles before landing at PJ
amidst a swarm of RV's at about 11:30 am!....We have been flying
with our new ADSB weather for 18 months now and it takes the
Fall Colors ...Pete Howell
Just past peak here in the Twin
Cities.....It was a great day to fly!!
RV-8 Air-to-Air Photo Shoot ...colojo
Hired a professional aerial photographer to
take some air-to-air shots of me flying my RV-8 a couple weeks ago.
Here are some of the better shots that came back. These were taken
over downtown Denver, Boulder and the Front Range.
October 17, 2016. Issue
You know that surplus
2008 Dell PC running Vista I wiped back to factory defaults and took
out to the hangar so I'd have a *real* computer to work with there?
QuickBooks online, webmail, etc. Nothing too crazy - work the
to-do list a little easier than on the smart phone. Well, it only
works on about 1 out of 5 web pages running that OS with I.E. v7.
Can't upgrade I.E..
Can't upgrade to Win10. Won't install Chrome or Firefox.
Just too old...too slow. Vista has left the building....
I'm a 1965 model....what hope is there for me? Anyone need a boat
OK, on to the Monday edition of VAF News. Hope you enjoy it and
hope that you had a nice weekend.
Put-in-Bay ...Steve Melton
A hop to the island in Ohio? Yes, Ohio
has islands.... in Lake Erie!
Pennsylvania Flying Farmers ...Vlad
Less then an RV hour north of my base I've
discovered several uncharted airstrips. They all belong to farmers.
This past weekend there was a flyin on one of them and I was
invited. Beautiful day.
More RV wins at aerobatic contests
The results of the Mason-Dixon Aerobatic
contest in VA are posted, and our Ron Schreck won all three
sequences (gold medals), and the first place plaque. Oliver
Spatscheck in his RV8 and first contest placed 2nd in Primary. There
are only three more contests this year- Keene, NH, Sebring, FL, and
Marana, Arizona. Two RVs are preregistered for Sebring, but expect a
couple more will compete. Our aerobatic consultant/mentor/ and
RV advocate placed 1st in the Unlimited. Way to Go, Eric. This
has definitely been the year of the RVs in aerobatics. Next year
should be even better
Thank You AFS ...LARCO
"Today is Saturday so here I am messing with
the AFS EFIS and I goofed it up somehow and thinking that just maybe
there would be someone at the factory, I called, left a message and
within a short time Rob is on the phone. He took the time on the
weekend to help and with a great attitude. I really like this
Company and everyone that works there! Thanks Rob, I really
appreciated the help. Larry"
From Sid Mayeaux at the Alliance Airshow
(Fort Worth, TX)
Three Frontiers ...Vlad
Shop Update Pics ...scard
(Friday) As I have a little time waiting on
the weather at Petit Jean this evening, how about a shop update. We
have Power! Wow, what a difference to be able to put away the long
extension cord from the house. After paint and being able to
terminate all of the branch circuits I hooked up the service entry
from the pole. I'm happy to report that I released no blue smoke.
Thanks from Jesse
...for all the kind words on the new kiddo.
PSA for my RV Buddy Jim Pappas
"We have a new website for folks that
might be interested in the Charleston, SC area. The
company name is Kiawah Seabrook Properties. We provide
Residential Real Estate, Vacation Rentals and Property
Management Services on Kiawah, Seabrook, Wadmalaw and Johns Islands.
Depending on where you stay on them you are never more than 15 miles
from Downtown Charleston, SC.
The local airport here on Johns Island is called Charleston Executive and
is known as KJZI. We can pick anybody up at the airport it’s
5 minutes from our house.
Jim and Beata"
APRS iGate Now Online at the Van Cave (sorta)
For the benefit of the
APRS crowd around my
neck of the woods. This
would not have gone as smoothly as it did without the help of Glen Salmon of
AirPRS.com fame. He was kind enough to configure a $35
for me. "Just plug it into your router and
power it up and it should work."
It did. Within 60 seconds of power-up the
icon appeared online. Go to www.aprs.fi
and search for KG5PRB-1 in the top search box if you want to see for
built found a 'case' for it by
using the to go container
from my breakfast Saturday morning - Berry Almond Swiss Oatmeal from Corner
Bakery with added walnuts and bananas. 10 seconds under the running water in
the bathroom sink followed by 15 seconds under the leaf blower and I had
something to work with :-).
I still have to run the long antennae cable up to
the roof of the hangar and install a proper antenna for it to work as
intended, but everything works
currently if the hangar door is open and I'm nearby. Thanks again to
Glen and the other self-professed nerds of the world that make the zeros and
October 14, 2016. Issue
Sometimes the weather just
visit to the Van Cave scrubbed due to Wx.
Adam and Sterling were on their way
to my hangar Thursday afternoon and weather got between them and me.
I got a call from Adam saying they landed in Joplin, Missouri and
the new plan was to spend the night in a hotel there.
They will push on to Petit Jean Friday. So, if you were hoping
to see the RV-14 demonstrator at my hangar Friday morning, I'm sorry
to say it won't be there.
You can see a screen grab of the weather here. The numbers are cloud
ceilings in hundreds of feet. The storms were moving West to
Adam texted me to tell everyone that he is a "meteorologist with a
keen sense of preservation - and Sterling was flying with a healthy
dose of caution and prudence". Comedy aside those are actually good
words to fly by.
It wasn't a complete loss. I washed the sheets in the guest rooms
and even cleaned the bathroom. I still get to enjoy that… :-)
It needed cleaning.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
Warning - Suction cup mounts may damage your canopy during prolonged
Please be careful with your canopy and video camera suction mounts.
Or any other suction mounts. Prolonged use without removing the
suction mount may warp your canopy.
My aircraft spent about a week outside in 80 degree temps during the
Reno races. Our crew was very diligent about only removing the
canopy cover (Bruce custom) during races and recovering the canopy
(Todd clear canopy) once I got out. The canopy was uncovered
probably less than 2 hours total the whole week.
My guess is that the heat over the week in combination with the fact
that we never removed the camera mounts allowed the canopy to become
somewhat malleable. The suction cup on the mount ended up sucking
the portion of the canopy where the mount was attached. I did not
notice it until I got home. I now have 2 suction cup size indentions
on my canopy.
Final Update: Petit Jean '16 ...Bill
Man, are we ever excited!
Our group slipped off early from work today to sort out last minute
issues like raffle prizes, food confirmations, clearing room
reservations, and updating email lists with the very last latest
registrations. At the airport, we immediately started the final
checking, organizing, and loading of all of the gear, golf carts,
food trucks, ice chests, and cold drinks. All that plus another
trailer load of stuff that it takes to handle 130 registered
airplanes on RV Mountain. We’ve mowed the grass, swept the ramp, and
all it lacks is 100+ RVs :--) ... That’s where you come in !
It’s going to be a great weekend and here are the last few things
you need to know:
Welcome South Florida Sport Aviation
are pleased to announce the latest installation we’ve had at
South Florida Sport Aviation. Charlie Nugent’s beautiful RV-10
came in with the bare bones for a
full interior upgrade package and
Air Conditioning. Some minor alterations were made on the panel
with two tone paint and repositioning of the throttle cables. The
remote auto pilot panel was installed on the
Throttle Console for optimized ergonomics but pictures
speak for themselves."
Well it's no longer mine but the new Owner
sent be pics of her in her new dress. I guess I can call it finished
now. She now lives at Spruce Creek:
October 13, 2016. Issue No. 4,224.
Saddleback in SoCal ...rightrudder 9A
I wanted to go to Sedona today, but far too
much turbulence and gusty conditions at the destination. So I did my
normal lunch run to French Valley, but this time via the coastal
side of Saddleback, two peaks at about 5500' that form a backdrop
for South Orange County. I wish the marine layer had come all the
way to the mountains...would have looked cooler.
Climb-out from French Valley was awesome. Cooler temps (mid 80s)
allowed for a really aggressive climb...1900 fpm with me and about a
half load of fuel aboard!
Fun! The performance of our planes makes it so easy to climb and pop
over Class C airspace. If I had gone the low route, it would have
been a lot bumpier.
Not on the video, but I went over March AFB on the way back and saw
a couple of B-52s on the ramp.
Final Update: Petit Jean '16 ...Bill
Man, are we ever excited!
Our group slipped off early from work today to sort out last minute
issues like raffle prizes, food confirmations, clearing room
reservations, and updating email lists with the very last latest
registrations. At the airport, we immediately started the final
checking, organizing, and loading of all of the gear, golf carts,
food trucks, ice chests, and cold drinks. All that plus another
trailer load of stuff that it takes to handle 130 registered
airplanes on RV Mountain. We’ve mowed the grass, swept the ramp, and
all it lacks is 100+ RVs :--) ... That’s where you come in !
It’s going to be a great weekend and here are the last few things
you need to know:
E-MAG Service Note:
(from Brad Dement) "We've learned that
a small percentage of units handled by our shop in the last couple
of years (during select periods) may have suffered a process defect
during assembly. In certain instances the four internal bolts that
secure the case (square section) to the nose (round section) were
installed without thread-lock. We estimate this may have occurred in
a dozen or so units - out of 359 handled in the review window. To
date, we have seen two instances of nose/case loosening, both in the
first 30 hours of operation. For more information go to "Case
We regret any inconvenience, but safety is
or primary concern. Please feel free to call or email if you have
817 444 5310
RV Team Chile Air Display ...Hernan
During these week end we make our first
season presentation in Ovalle, Chile.
Our presentation meets all the local regulations.
The Tracker She Is A Working
I've sort of busted the avgas budget for the
next week or so, so this is probably the last flight longer than
about 12 min. for a bit. Anyway, now that I have the
APRS tracker installed I thought I would go
out to nearby Decatur and fly and honest-to-goodness RNAV approach
to missed on autopilot and see how it tracked.
IAF at ZUMKI and then as published. Direct RTB at missed.
38min 18sec runway to runway.
I guess I'll just go ahead and declare the
tracker "works exactly as advertised". Can't ask for more than that!
From the mothership FB...
October 12, 2016. Issue No. 4,223.
Congratulations 1st place Sportsman
Congratulations to Patric Coggins for his
first place finish out 9 in the IAC sportsman category at the Rocky
Mountain Oyster Invitation in Lamar, CO in his RV-4. If he used the
same free style he used at the Nationals, it would have included
both an inverted and upright spin. There are only a couple more
contests left this year to show the RVs (with lots of practice) can
bring home the goodies.
Cheers, and thumbs up Patric,
Patric beat out three
Pitts, four Super Decathlons and a Skybolt. Bill McLean and
Patric at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships studying routine
and peeling an orange respectively.
It's time for Glass ...Philip 6A
When I started to build my RV-6A back in
1997 I decided that a good 6-pack of steam gauges were relatively
inexpensive, reliable, easy to install, and companies had been
around since the Wright Brothers. Glass was new, no clear
indications the companies would be around for service, and as a
aero/mechanical engineer, glass had way too much electrical stuff to
learn about (I shy away from electronics like other do fiberglass).
My flying is VFR with limited cross country so I have never needed
anything fancy. With the advent of the iPad, I added glass on my
knee with all the great charts and ADS-B weather and traffic. Now
after 8 years of building and 10 years of flying I have seen the
light of glass.
Below is a picture of my panel. I still like it and would not even
be thinking of changing except items have begun to fail and maybe
instead of repairing/replacing, it is finaly time to upgrade.
1 day of transition training ...Gene Mohr 6A
I can't stop grinning. 1.2hrs of transition
training. Stalls, steep turns, approaches and landings. Man this
airplane flies sooo nice. I actually found it easier to land than
the Cessna 172 I trained in for my PPL. Very stable at all
attitudes, stall was non eventful. Buffet and then then nose drops
and powers away. I am loving it
New Certificate Issued ...Jesse
Birth certificate, that is.
Madalyn Faith Saint was born this morning at 5:53.
Track ...adjusting to life w/an APRS tracker.
KDTO (Denton, TX) is 5 minutes North of my
home field by RV and avgas is always cheaper. I never buy fuel
at my home field - ALWAYS cheaper elsewhere. Usually a lot
cheaper. Airborne at 0822 and back 30 minutes later.
Logged 16 minutes. Smooth air and some practice interacting
with a tower swamped with training students from other countries.
Worked me in just fine. The tracker
flight of a half hour, but I was really only flying 13 minutes
or so, and 3 more taxiing. I even turned the tracker off at
DTO while refueling - it stitched the two flights together I guess.
Maybe it has a smallest time interval or some logic that guesses.
Still playing with things and learning what to expect.
Tate called from school with a migraine about the time I was
climbing in the car for home. Had him tucked in shortly after
and was on Mr. Mom detail. Better now. Spent the rest of
the day on the computer and phone working.
I got to fly, I got gas, I got to parent. Win win win.
DTO has good APRS coverage I'm guessing.
It found me at the pump after I filled up (lower right).
Tailwheel Fairing Re-do ...Lucaperazzolli
After a lot of sanding and bonding process I
decided that 3D Printer could be a better (and modern) idea. So I
jump into the learning process to 3D design with a cheap software (Devfus);
here first results, the general idea is to create a negative model
with a 3D Printer.
Stay tuned, I'll keep you updated.
Grove Gear Upper Brake Line Plumbing Pictures ...multiple
October 11, 2016. Issue No. 4,222.
Primer Test ...from the factory
(click to enlarge). photo by Van's Aircraft,
"Back in 2002, we put a test piece of
2024-T3 alclad aluminum outside under our back stairway to see what
level of corrosion protection we are actually getting with the use
of the P60-G2 type wash primer. We use P60-G2 on all our company
aircraft, and it is also applied to our Quick Build kit
The test location was covered overhead and shaded from direct sun,
but otherwise exposed to the typical outside air that we experience
year around (approximately 60 miles east of the Pacific Ocean
The test consisted of:
An area scuffed with Scotchbrite™, cleaned, then sprayed with primer
An area with primer sprayed directly on clean bare material
An area left untreated (right side),
A small portion of the sample was exposed (using lacquer thinner) in
2006 and again in 2010. On both occasions the material underneath
the primer was the same as the day the primer was sprayed, but the
exposed/unprimed area has developed visible signs of surface
We just recently exposed another area and found the same result.
Underneath the primer the material looks the same as when it was
originally coated. The coated areas that were previously exposed
have begun to develop surface corrosion.
Clearly an application of the P60-G2 does provide some level of
corrosion protection even without top coating (as recommended by
Sherwin Williams). We continue to feel it is an economical and
simple to apply option beyond just the bare alclad aluminum.
Not a precisely controlled scientific experiment, to be sure, but a
long duration one!"
Condition inspection find
I just completed the condition inspection on
my RV8 and thought I would pass on an interesting find. Everything
with the aircraft was found to be just fine during the inspection
except for the aft bolts that hold the mounting blocks for the flap
torque tube. The aft bolts on both sides of the aircraft were backed
out between 1/4 and 3/8th's of an inch!
Spaceport America Trip ...Guy Prevost
I’m at least as much of a rocket nut as an
airplane nut. For that reason, the opportunity to fly my RV into
Spaceport America and land at an airport with a rocket symbol was a
big deal for me.
Colorado Fall ...mchargmg words and pics
The weather was great this weekend in
Colorado, with almost no turbulence. A perfect day to visit Eagle
It is a fairly short flight from KFLY to KEGE, however there are
some mountains to deal with. We went the easy way; first to
Leadville, then over Tennessee pass, to Avon, and down the valley to
Eagle. For the reverse flight, we came back via Weston pass, see
1000 hours on plane 700 hours flying it ...Bubblehead
It was a great day for me in Texas Saturday.
Beautiful blue Texas skies were calling, and I flew about 4.5 hours
over West Texas and New Mexico. Stopped for gas at Lubbock Executive
Airport and met some nice people including a Texas Tech Mechanical
Engineering student working as a line boy. It was a great day for
many reasons but most of all I had no where to be and no time to be
there. I flew the direction I wanted, at the altitude I wanted
(consistent with FARs of course) and took extra time circling
After flying back to Fort Worth I caught my logbook up. Here are the
totals. Not bad for a guy who never flew for pay.
My RV-8 passed 1000 flying hours on Saturday. I am the 4th owner but
I now have 700 hours in the plane, 1600 total hours, 900 tail wheel
hours, and over 1200 cross country hours since starting training in
Galesburg, IL in 1985.
There were a couple of periods since 1985 when I could not fly due
to lack of funds or because there was just too much going on in my
life, but there has never been a day in my life where I did not love
airplanes and dream of flying.
Quite a day, which was beautifully capped off by a Cubs playoff win!
Close enough to perfect for me.
October 10, 2016. Issue No. 4,221.
Milestone: Happy Birthday Tate Reeves!!!!!
Jagger's RV Ride / Hello (APRS) World!
AIO APRS tracker (I
passed my ham test two weeks ago and received my call sign just a
few days back: KG5PRB). The tracker arrived in the mail on Saturday
preconfigured. I bought some batteries on the way to the airport
Sunday morning and turned it on before we took off. After the flight
I looked online and there was our flight right there... About as
painless as you could ask for. Very convenient for passenger
My former coworker and good friend Melanie
Emmel has a son named Mason. Mason's best friend is Jagger.
Jagger would like to be a pilot, and Melanie asked me if it would be
possible to give him a ride in our RV. Sunday morning I had the
pleasure of doing just that. It also gave me an opportunity to use
my 'just came in the mail'
My first APRS track...(click
for the track)
Now that I know it works I'll show the
person(s) waiting at the hangar the link on their smartphone - they
can follow along.
Jagger did wonderfully. Before takeoff we
discussed how I would hand control of the aircraft to him, and how
he would hand control back. We took off to the south and made a
climbing left turn to downwind. After that we made a sorta-show pass
down the runway for Melanie at about 500 feet AGL and then proceeded
out to the Northwest to hopefully see our friend who stands on the
porch and waves at us. She was there and there were smiles all
Then North, and Jagger concentrated on
holding an altitude and heading. He commented more than once
on how sensitive it was. I reminded him each time it would get
easier the longer we flew. I enjoyed seeing the gears mesh in
his technique - he got it after just a few moments. After he had
that down pretty good I asked for a turn to 090 maintaining 2500
feet. He did fine. Then a turn to 120 - then to 180. Finally, I
D> waypoint for the return back to our
home field and let him fly "through the boxes" on the EFIS. The last
10 min. of the flight he had really smoothed up and was really
starting to enjoy himself. Talked about Class B airspace on
the way and watched airliners above us. He liked that quite a
bit. Viz was nice and temps were a pleasant 60*F. Fall
in Texas - perfect for a small plane intro flight.
Had him follow along on the controls
(lightly) during the pattern arrival and landing. Smiles all around.
The picture of us sitting in the cockpit is right after we landed
and was taken by Rob Reece (there in the hangar working on his
RV-8). You can see that I have my right headset cup lifted up so I
can hear what Melanie is saying, and of course I look like a dork as
usual. A dork wearing Nomex, with a PLB on his shoulder strap,
and both wearing Nomex gloves. And a new APRS tracker.
Teaching safety front and center as lesson #1. By example.
Safety always. Safety always! Safety always!!!
You can also see that I painted the canopy strut brace bright yellow
in the last few days (issue #4217 f.m.i.).
Today gave me an opportunity to reflect once
again on just how much of an honor it is to help shape someone's
initial impression in regards to these wonderful planes. And,
how just a little planning followed with responsible execution can
pay off huge dividends on the future of a young adult. Jagger
left both exited about aviation, his future options, and you
couldn't help but notice the eagerness to learn and improve.
What an honor to witness that!
When I got home the kids were still asleep
<g>. Audrey is home for the weekend. Later I added my
APRS tracking link to the APRS page.
Hope you have a nice Monday,
Groovy becomes Zeus ...paul330 in South Africa
Not too often you get to "finish" your
aircraft twice! G-RVVY has been moved and re-registered as ZU-IIZ.
I'll say one thing - the weather in South Africa is a bit better
It's the field, it's the field!! ...MrNomad
Flying home from Coolidge AZ I got a low
current warning. Given that there was no smoke and the engine was
happy, I decided to fly to my destination which was 20 min away. I
switched EFIS & EMS & GPS to internal battery backup so there was
enough juice for flaps and radio.
On the ground, we looked for voltage on the green wire that goes
inside the ES 50-12159 connector. Nada!
Little "Oktoberfest" ...SuperCubDriver in Germany
Today I did a fun flight with my new -8 and
when I came back I saw "our" girls doing a photoshooting in front of
my SuperCub. I said "hey, now we do the same in front of the RV-8".
The girls - in fact lady pilots - organized a liitle Oktoberfest at
our club airfield today so they all wore traditional Bavarian dress.
Funny thing is I have never been to the real Oktoberfest in Munich
but enjoyed the small edition very much, especially being in the
middle of the crowd.
Selfie ...Tami and Mike
Somewhere between KCCB and KIZA.
RV-8 Flight Along the Foothills ...colojo pics
We've had gorgeous weather here in Denver
this weekend, so I fired up my RV-8 this morning for a leisurely 1.5
hour cruise alongside the foothills west of town. Got a few nice
pix, but my iPhone is focusing weirdly since the latest iOS update.
I'll need to look into that.
Australian Campaign Phase One. Planning ...Vlad
I had a visitor from Down Under the other
day. To him I relayed my dream plan and we had a great talk over the
beer. We didn't talk much details but rather about strategy. If I
bring my RV to the land of Oz in a shipping container how difficult
would it be for N-registered airplane to fly around the continent
VFR? I've read a lot of travel stories with beautiful pictures and I
am fascinated with Australia. If you hit a lottery and the winning
prize would be fuel for 100 hours and lodging for it how would you
burn it? Where would you go?
October 7, 2016. Issue No. 4,220.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe
and RV-filled weekend.
Selfie ...Martin Rousseau 7A
Inbound for Radisson (North of Québec) with
my lovely wife!
Wooden Prop Static Balancing Stands ...snopercod
In order to determine the source of some
excessive vibration in my wooden prop, I built myself a couple of
stands so I could re-check the static balance and tracking. This was
supposedly done when I had this Aymar-Demuth prop refurbished, but I
just wanted to check it myself. I built these stands in two halves
for easy storage, and to allow spreading them apart or pushing them
closer together as desired.
I made each stand out of 2x4s with both the base and height roughly
From Stein at SteinAir....
Vlad's Top 20 ...2016 update
Here is my updated list as of end 2016.
Finally I had a guest from Down Under bold enough to ride with me.
Hurricane Inland Bases List
....if you need to relocate your pink hide
(and your RV).
Petit Jean Update
UPDATE 10/3/2016 ... 12 days out and
everything is looking great on the Mountain. Airport campground and
trails should be in perfect condition.
We have had two cancellations this week from the Glamper side
.....that would be Campers at the RCC , so there may be two rooms
available. Not sure but you should call the RCC if you have been
waiting for this chance. Otherwise, the Presidents Lodge, the
Meadows, and the four houses are full.
Big switch in the menu for the Friday Night Bash at the Lodge.
Switched from our Northern Italian spread to a way overdone Tex-Mex
Fajita Bar backed up with some pretty amazing side dishes from the
gourmet Kitchen at the RCC.... and I'm not kidding about the gourmet
kitchen Someone also said something about a complementary Tequila
Shooter. I'm not sure what kind of weapon that is but I understand
it can give you a headache
On the subject of food (one of my favorites) ... you might not know
this but the RCC (Rockefeller Conference Center) does specialty
weekend gourmet cooking classes in the fall and it's a great weekend
fly in all by itself. Check out the website for the RCC for details.
It's all good on the Mountain! See you there
Garmin G3X v4.80 is out
...Oct 5 push.
related: Get alerts when
updates come out by signing up
Changes made from version 4.70 to 4.80:
Add AGL height data field
Add support for Bluetooth interface to Virb Ultra
Improve display of GDL 39 pressure altitude on datalink info page
Improve GEA 24 RPM signal processing
Improve support for pre-programmed supplemental map cards
Improve display of road labels on map
Improve GSU 73 software update process
General improvements to system operation
Includes update to GEA24 software version 2.80
Includes update to GSU 73 IGRF database version 1.03 (Base Year
Includes G5 software version 2.40
Includes GAD27 software version 2.20
Includes GAD29 software version 2.30
Includes GDL39 software version 4.70
Includes GI260 software version 2.70
Includes GMA245 audio software version 2.20
Includes GMA245 Bluetooth software version 2.00
Includes GMA245 software version 2.20
Includes GPS20A software version 2.20
Includes GSA28 software version 3.20
Includes GSU25 software version 3.60
Includes GSU73 software version 3.60
Includes GTR20/200 software version 2.80
October 6, 2016. Issue No. 4,219.
I got my FCC license call letters in
the inbox today. I'm KG5PRB. The ball is rolling on
getting an APRS
tracker configured and installing an iGate at my hangar.
Searching for some old ham gear now that will receive 144.390 to tie
into an old computer. Fun 'back burner' project.
I have to say (again) how good it makes me feel to see folks
offering up hangar/ramp/home space for people needing to get out of the
way of Hurricane Matthew. This is really a wonderful bunch of
people, and I'm honored to call so many of you friend.
October 08, 2016 Dedication KVVS
"Saturday, Oct 8, 2016, 10:30 AM EDT the
Connellsville airport (KVVS) terminal will be dedicated to WASP
Shutsy Reynolds. Many of the local RV'ers will be
HELP--#%-$ Baggage Door ...Steve Riffe RV-8
Ok guys, about to admit the baggage door has
This is the second door I've built and it is only marginally better
than the first. I've read every thread on the board regarding the
door and just can't find a magic potion. The fit is quite good
everywhere except in the tight curve, both the fore and aft edge
stick up about 1/32". I marked the areas in blue--I can push the aft
portion of the door down flush. The forward portion can be pushed
down almost flush. I'm thinking I need to shrink the skin in these
areas but not really sure. Is there anyone in the Dallas/Fort Worth
area where I could get some help fitting this door? Thanks in
3rd Annual Primitive Camping Fly-in at Alpine County - October
"I spoke with Paul and Louise at the Reno
Air Races RV BBQ and we settled on a date for the third annual
fly-in campout at Alpine County on October 22nd and 23rd. As
before, the plan is to meet there about 10am on Saturday and stay
until we get bored on Sunday. Those who've gone the past two years
have had a great time. I hope to see many of you there this year!"
From the mothership FB page...
SERVICE BULLETIN 13-12-19 Fuel Tank Attach Modification ...RV-12
In my original post I stated that I tried to use a single-edge
safety razor blade to slice thru the Pro-Seal on the tank lid. I
liked the idea of using the thin blade so as not to distort any
aluminum, so rather than slicing I now lightly tap the razor blade
with a hammer straight through the Pro-Seal joint. The razor blade
spans 1-1/2 rivets on the tank lid, which makes it easy to index the
razor to the next position. The blade is taped in until the back
safety edge meets the tank lid. A pliers is used to pull the razor
back out. No twisting or prying is required.
Considerations for the Mixer Mount ...David Paule RV-3B
October 5, 2016. Issue No. 4,218.
Acro Clinic? ...ronschreck
I was talking with Mark Fullerton while at
the Nationals. Mark is with IAC Chapter 3 and they host contests at
Rome, Georgia. He would like to hold a clinic for aerobatic
competition beginners sometime in the near future. It would probably
would be a weekend affair that would include a ground school and
lots of coaching from the "experts". I would like to solicit
suggestions/comments from those of you who have been following this
thread. What would you like to see or hear? When is the best time to
hold the event, etc? Once we sort out the details I'll start a new
thread and gauge the level of interest from RV pilots.
An overnight trip to Indianapolis from Florida ...Ted Chang
Two weeks ago we made an overnight trip to
Indianapolis to attend our daughter-in-law's baby shower (will be
our first grand daughter). Since we had other commitments at home we
decided to leave in the morning, attend the baby shower in the
afternoon, then return the next day. A quick 700 nm each way trip
made possible by our RV9A. Weather forecast was not good, a cold
front was on the west side of Appalachian Mountains crossing our
route, low clouds and rain in a wide area along our route. We filed
IFR for a quick fuel/rest stop at the mid-point east of Atlanta.
From the mothership FB page...
...a blast from the past (link).
Fly Often! ...jesse
I have an engine in my RV-6A that came off a
damaged RV-9A, sat for about two years before running in my plane,
then started flying at least once a week and often more. The first
sample in this report was from the oil that was in the sump while
the engine was sitting, so no corrosion from sitting I said in it.
It was, however, not flown very often before it was damaged. We out
new oil in and flew the first 20 hours or so. That oil had all the
corrosion/wear from running after sitting for 2 years. You can see
from the sample dates that it has been flown very regularly ever
since, and you can see the wear metals decreasing. This proves,
IMHO, that the absolute best thing for the engine is to fly. I am
using Phillips 20W-50 oil in all except the second to last sample,
where I think I used Aeroshell 15W-50. I have also used Camguard in
all except the first sample.
Low Pass at the Space Shuttle Landing Facility - Shuttle below my
RV9A ...Ted Chang 9A
A month ago when Gary Baker and his wife
Mary came to visit we went to VAC Warbird Museum for breakfast then
we did a formation low pass over the shuttle runway. The passenger
(Marco Pretoriani) in the lead Bonanza took the following photo. The
space shuttle is a mock-up that used to be at the visitor center.
ADSB worked just like it should ...Paul 5r4
We had an interesting experience yesterday
on a trip from the Birmingham area south to our home along the Gulf
Coast of Alabama. We were about halfway when the ifly 720 alerted me
to traffic 1 o'clock 12 miles +200 feet relative to us. We were
cruising at 4500 feet, the proper VFR altitude for our heading.
Thinking he was on his way up or down, we observed him for a minute.
With the target now only 6 miles out and the +200 ft relative
altitude not changing it was time to disengage the autopilot and
descend. I dropped 400 feet as the Aircraft passed overhead right
where the Navworx ADSB said it would be. Climbing back to 4500 feet
and with "George" again flying, we were on our merry way.
October 4, 2016. Issue No. 4,217.
$4 Tip Up Canopy Strut Brace
This might have been hashed out 15 years
ago, but I didn't learn about it until about a month ago. A
gentleman at our airport who prefers to remain anonymous (let's call
him Mr. X) saw a YouTube clip where they were doing something
similar to hold up the rear doors of old hatchback cars. He
made one for his RV, and I copied his design.
It involves about a dollar's worth of PVC
pipe and about three dollars worth of O-rings. I splurged and bought
a can of yellow spray paint, but have yet to actually do the
painting. I settled on yellow because it would be the same color as
the chocks under the wheels, and in my mind I thought along the
lines of "move the yellow things out of the way before flight".
In 'braced' position...
Okay, about the O-rings. I took one of my
old struts up to Lowes and went through the O-ring section (they
actually do have an O-ring section) and tried several of them until
I found what would fit snugly around the main body of the strut. It
is the #41 package.
Next I took the strut over to the PVC aisle
and found one with an inside diameter that would accommodate both
the main shaft with O-ring, and the molded plastic bottom.
As for installation, slide two or three
O-rings up on the main body of the strut, measure and cut the PVC
pipe to the length that you need, and install. Paint if desired.
The O-rings roll a little as you slide the PVC in the stowed
position, but not much. The PVC doesn't rattle in flight -
elegant and simple.
I have nearly 9 feet of PVC pipe left if you
want to come over to my hangar and get some for yourself. I think
the length of my braces measured out to be 6 3/8 inches if memory
serves. This is what worked on my RV-6. I have no idea
if it will work on different models.
Anywho, there may be some downside to doing
this, but it hasn't occurred to me yet what that might be. They stow
away wonderfully in flight, and in the hangar when I'm trying to get
a passenger in or out they perform swimmingly. One less thing
to worry about (canopy falling). In the hot summer months I
like to put the passenger in the airplane inside the shaded hangar,
then roll them out onto the ramp where I get in. With these strut
braces, in no wind situations, I can now leave the canopy up with
more confidence while rolling the passenger and airplane out onto
In 'stowed' position...
You'll notice in the top picture that there
is a small gap between the top of the PVC and the bottom of the main
strut body. That is not an accident. My logic in doing that is if
the strut is working properly it will never touch the PVC. Only
if/when the strut starts to get a little long in the tooth will it
ever touch the PVC. Strut touching PVC? Time to replace strut...
The thought did occur to me to not only
paint them yellow, but also wrap them with some sort of transparent
label with emergency checklist information. Avery label and MS Word.
Maybe on the passenger side it could have information relevant to
them. On the pilot side stuff relevant to the pilot (emergency
transponder codes, best engine out glide speeds, the 'Five T's' of
IFR flying, etc.)
Wrapping up, a special thanks to Mr. X for
You can see the rest of the pictures in their full resolution glory
at this link (opens new
Yours in slightly more canopy confidence,
Three Oceans ...Vlad
My RV officially has been to three ocean
beaches. How about yours?
Weekly Update ...j-red pics/words
I actually like the idea of the removeable
scoop and for a time hoped to replicate it, but there were some
filler and delamination issues going on in this particular
installation that made grinding out the old and glassing in the new
the best route.
Continuing on with cowl-related work, I cut the nose-gear slot in
the center of the cowl scoop, then put together the assembly that
stabilizes and covers the gap behind the nose gear leg.
October 3, 2016. Issue No. 4,216.
Really nice Wx
here in N. Texas this weekend (peak heat finally passed). Took my
son flying for the first time in over two years. Where in the
world does the time go?!? Wow have his flying skills improved!
I can only guess that since he's grown about a foot and a half since
that last flight, it's down to being able to finally reach the pedals
and properly see over the panel <g>. He *is* taller than me now
(sigh). Highlight of the weekend as you might expect. Got
the October wallpaper calendar
up on Saturday (the 1st).
Bumped into RV-8 builder Jim 'izzybear' Novak at Mass Sunday.
"RVs be with you." ;^) Finished out the weekend doing
accounting (thanks again to those who help keep it afloat).
Hope you had a nice weekend as well and that your week goes swell.
Family Portrait ...Scott Martin family RV-10
Mostly unedited video of my first race in Reno 2016 ...AX-O
This is a video of my first race. It is
mostly unedited so those of you that want to see the environment can
see it real time. That being said, it is approx. 13 minutes long. In
the video I point out the pylons and some of the things going
through my brain at the moment.
You will also see a nice race from my point of view. I was going at
it with#26 and #38.
Qwest for Cow ...Pete Howell 9A
I think it is illegal in Minnesota.......too
strong, too tasty, dare I say it.....too Udderly delicious!
On a beautiful fall evening, Andi declared her desire to go on a
Quest for Cow, so we loaded up the machine and headed east to the
Beer State, Wisconsin. Along the way, there were amber waves of
grain and long shadows - it was quite the golden hour...
Andi has a Cow, I get to fly. Quiet twilight trip home and a nice
night landing. Pretty good for a Thursday! (more
Issued Over the Weekend ...RV-12
Bill and Ron's bling...
For couple years I was puzzled how my brand
new glare shield got a burnt spot. I didn't solder anything in the
cockpit and my passengers usually don't smoke. Then I got another a
bigger one. Then one day I returned to my aircraft to see a touch of
smoke coming out of the cockpit. Now I know why. Ever heard of a
heliograph or sunshine recorder? Your RV bubble canopy can be one of
Getting Close! ...Jeff Green -8
September 30, 2016. Issue No. 4,215.
Wishing you and
yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! v/r,
Zimbabwe RV-7 Status Report ...Z-EDD
This was an awesome RV building day! As soon as we finished riveting the
centre section, I put the longerons in place, and arranged the sawhorses.
Then we lifted the centre section into place. the clecos are tough to get in
at first, but then it all starts to line up and comes together.
Pirep on Trutrak Gemini Autopilot ...Larryskydives
Thought I would do a pirep on purchase and installation of Trutrak Gemini
Autopilot. I have a RV6 purchased from the original builder. No autopilot
intalled, so starting from scratch. In a search for and AP, I looked at
various models and mfg. in reviewing online information, I liked the
installations of the servos in the RV6's by Trutrak. Not wanting to cut any
new holes, the I liked the idea of the Gemini control head to replace my
artificial horizon. This is not to say the Trutrak is any better or worse
than any other mfg, this is my experience with this unit only.
1 - While looking I had several conversations with Zack and Lucas at Trutrak.
They answered all of my questions and gave clear answers and the website had
very good information and downloads for manuals and installation drawings
and info. Afterwards found the operating manuals to be an older version, but
installation drawings were still current for the pitch and roll servos as
well as the auto trim module.
2 - Upon making the decision to purchase the Gemini unit, I found Aircraft
Spruce to have a discounted price. I spoke with Trutrak about meeting that
price. They would not meet the price but said that no matter where I bought
it from they would back it as if I purchased it directly from Trutrak. I
mentioned that I was looking at buying parts and pieces from SteinAir to
build my harnesses. Was told that SteinAir was a dealer. Called Steinair and
spoke with them and although they discounted the price, it was not as low as
Aircraft Spruce. To make up the difference, they said they would discount
the harnesses if I would buy the premade harnesses. That is what I did.
Purchased from SteinAir the Gemini and harnesses. I recieved the harnesses
in a weeks time. And it was three weeks to recieve the Gemini AP Package.
Time frame was acceptable and packaging was very good.
Three Years ...Tim Blake RV-10
I'm so grateful to have my RV and the ability to make memories like this,
I thought this made for a neat set of pictures. First picture is from
.... when we were on our way to TX State to visit my middle child. In the
2nd picture 2016, the only difference is the child in the rear left seat is
the one we were visiting in 2013 and she is now with us to go visit my
youngest (left rear seat 2013) that is now attending at TX State.
After seeing this I think it might be time for me to spring for a new hat.
Using Elevator Trim Indicator to Full Advantage ...Piper J3
Until recently I have been using the elevator trim indicator on the D-180
to set and verify only takeoff trim position. Once airborne I would make
trim adjustment for cruise and decent strictly by feel, which required many
small, step adjustments to reach hands-off pitch stability.
I have made mental note of where trim indicator needs to be to satisfy
cruise and power-off glide with full flaps deployed. Now when I change from
climb to cruise and from cruise to decent I can quickly attain stabilized
flight in pitch by setting the elevator trim by visual reference to the trim
indicator. By roughing-in the trim setting visually I can attain desired
pitch stability quickly with just a few small step adjustments and thus
So for what its worth (and maybe I’m just late to the party as usual) I
thought I’d pass along this revelation as I gracefully age in my love of
RV-14 Status Report ...Nova RV
Mated the fuselage halves and had a visit from my EAA tech counselor to
check things out. He said everything looked good and I was ok to start
covering things up with the baggage floor installation.
Our Trip part#12 ...bhester
Our Trip part#13 ...bhester
September 29, 2016. Issue No. 4,214.
Pics below of
Tommy 'GenTom' Williams and Randy Richmond in their RV-8s at my home
field Wednesday. The rest can be found in their full rez glory
HERE. If you have the
time, go to YouTube and search for 'Tommy Williams P-51' and 'Tommy
Williams F-86'. He flies other stuff, too.
The nice thing about having the wind from the north around here is that I
can get pics of RVs without having to walk too far (that's my open
hangar door under Tommy's wing).
Bowling Greens and Nashville trip ...SmilingJack
Made a quick trip to Bowling Greens and
Nashville. Landed in KBWG and used Co-Mar - NO Ramp Fee! NO
Overnight Fee! And the guys behind the desk couldn't have been more
Rented a Hertz car and first drove to Nashville (Fees to high to
land there, so we just drove the 50 miles).
Ready for its closeup ...John Walker RV-10
Well.... I can finally post in this
thread... I guess that's the goal right? So here she
is... Truth is, she's been done for a while. We flew to KOSH, but
the graphics weren't 100% complete. And we finally had a chance to
take some real pictures. She has affectionately become know as
"Miss Whiskey Delta"...
US Nationals ...sandifer
Bill McLean......on the podium!!!!
Dynon Announcement- Limited time
trade-in rebate offer
Status Report ...crabandy pics
A little more shaping tonight, using the 14
inch cutoff wheel to cut radius guide marks into the foam worked
pretty well for shaping the lower cowl exit. Pretty easy to eyeball
a center for the cut and then measure from the cut off wheel to the
cowling to keep things concentric. Kinda odd that I actually had a
14 inch concrete cutoff wheel laying around the shop from a totally
September 28, 2016. Issue No. 4,213.
A Quick Visit w/Ron and Bill at the US Nationals Championship
I haven't flown my RV-6 for one whole hour
in over a month. Because of that, and the majority of my flights
being .2 or .3, a tank of gas lasts me upwards of a month :-).
I finally needed gas, and it is $.65 per gallon cheaper at nearby
Sherman (KSWI). By coincidence the US Nationals Championship is
being held next door to where I was getting said avgas. Ron Schreck
has been kind enough to journal about his and Bill McLean's time
in a thread in the forums, and I thought it was
appropriate for me to stop in, since I was so close, and thank him
personally if possible.
I threw the semi-good camera in the
passenger seat and grabbed my new 'window cling' that I ordered from
Flightline Interiors about a week ago. Randy took off while
I was pre-flighting my airplane, so I knew I would probably talk to
him after I launched. It turns out that the air was incredibly,
incredibly smooth. Smoother than I can remember it being in quite a
long time. I put the plane on autopilot and was messing with my new
portable shade thingy when Randy called on the radio and asked if he
could join up. Absolutely! I took a few pictures of him - one of
them even turned out pretty decent. In the background of that
picture you can see a new car racing facility that has popped up on
some private land between my house and the airport. How would you
like that for a backyard?
Put the gas in the airplane at Sherman and
scooted back up into the sky to talk to the tower at KGYI, where the
event is being held. The friendly lady in the tower put me in a hold
2 miles east of the control tower, with three, maybe four other
airplanes doing the same in different spots. Everybody was waiting
on a IFR flight that had started its approach.
Once on the ground I parked and started
walking to where I thought I saw a couple of RV's as I was taxiing
in. It turns out both Ron and Bill were there next to their
airplanes fiddling with them. They were due to fly in two or three
hours, so I kept my visit fairly short, not wanting to interrupt too
much. Ron was kind enough to walk me through some of the stuff they
do and some of the preparation and training involved. Talking with
them, it's obvious they're both very passionate about getting more
RV folks involved. As I write this, Bill is currently in second
place sportsman class out of 17 participants. He is doing this with
an RV-4 with a wood prop and a 160 hp engine. Let that sink in for a
RVs can compete just fine.
At Ron's suggestion, after saying goodbye to
them, I walked down to where the judges were. Clumped in groups of
three, Ron explained that one would be a spotter who says out loud
what the next maneuver is, the judge is next to that person, and a
recorder is next to him or her. Taking down notes spoken by the main
judge. It seemed to me like there were four groups of these and I
guess they average their scores or something.
The trip back home, all 22 min. of it,
allowed me to play with the new window cling some more. I had the
plane on autopilot and everything was hunky-dory. I could slide my
top shade over to the side a little bit and put the window cling on
the bottom, leaving a little one to two inch gap where I could scan
for traffic. The picture doesn't do it justice. In regular normal
flight my head is only a few inches from the slit, so my field of
view is quite large. But finally there is little to no glare anymore
on the side of my face. Hallelujah. Why didn't I do this 10 years
You can see all the pictures I took in their
full resolution glory, with captions, by going to
I hope you enjoy both them and your
This year's British Air Racing Champion is...
From the mothership FB page...
Sunday's Reno Medallion Start
Cancer Awareness T-Shirt Blue and Pink Ribbons
...available from the mothership
September 27, 2016. Issue No. 4,212.
Jim Lechleiter at Triple Tree...
Our Trip part#5 ...bhester
While I was getting the car, Marsha took a
few pics of the planes that got there before we did.
Our Trip part#6
The next day Marsha and I spent exploring
Baa-Ha-Ba (Bar Harbor) and Acadia Park. It was an hour drive from
the hotel; everything is an hour drive, Belfast – Bangor - Bar
Harbor. I took the picture below on the way there.
Our Trip part#7
Here are a couple pic from the top of
Cadillac Mountain in Acadia Park and some pics from Bass Harbor.
Our Trip part#8
We were amazed at Young’s Lobster Pond, this
place is awesome! The place is a barn, where the lobster boats come
to and unload. There are holding bins lining both sides of the
ground floor. The lobsters are sorted by soft shell or hard shell.
The front part on one side is where you place your order and it is
prepared right there. We were told that this is one of the last few
places like this. Years ago there were a lot more.
Our Trip part#9
Today was the actual Fly-In day. We got
there about 9am and when we walked through the gate Vlad was moving
his plane in front of a Cloudhopper. A Cloudhopper is an
experimental single place hot air balloon. Vlad was going to use his
prop blast to inflate the balloon. They got it inflated and where
going to do a tethered flight but the winds where just a little too
much, so they deflated it and put it away.
Our Trip part#10
We made it to Eastport and refueled then we
flew down to Baa-Ha-Ba airport and around Acadia Park-Cadillac
Mountain. I wanted to fly around some of the lighthouses out on the
islands but Marsha didn’t want any part of flying out over all that
water. The picture below is what I wanted to tell her, but I didn't.
I usually do my best to keep her happy :-)
It is right there in front of her every time I tun it on...
20yo RV-6 belly skin extensive rivet repairs...BruceMe
I purchased a damaged RV-6 project, the
previous owner was getting on and losing his health to the point he
was no longer able to safely pilot. He had likely repeatedly hard
landed this aircraft and unfortunately the last landing was a
Needless to say, there's a long list of repairs and I've been
working on it for 6mo now. One thing I noticed early on in the
pre-buy was that all the belly skin rivets where smoking. This isn't
an accident issue, but a long-term ongoing maintenance and safety
OT, but important to share....video
Veteran walks in hangar to see P-38 being
restored. Discovers it was his plane...
Not so fast! ...ronschreck
I'd like to say that we all flew flawless
routines today but the truth is, we never turned a wheel due to
crummy weather. We do have a few pictures to share but you will have
to wait until tomorrow for some flying tales.
September 26, 2016. Issue No. 4,211.
Guess who has an amateur radio license,
Technician class, as
of 3:30 PM Sunday, September 25th? Yup!
If you're of the opinion that this is a hard test, please let me help
alleviate those fears. Just go to this page,
click on and print out the
Technician Study Guide
- 14 pages). Study it for two hours the morning of the test, arrive an
hour early and study for one more hour in your car. Glance at
this chart a couple of times. Drink a Dr. Pepper. Pay
the $15* to take the test and score a 91. Go to Jason's Deli
afterwards and get a salad because you feel guilty about that Dr.
Now begins the process of researching which APRS
tracker to purchase. I'll probably end up just asking Sam or Pete or one
of the other RV folks already doing it, and go with whatever they tell
me slash suggest. Open to idears...
The nice guy at the testing center said I should get something in the
mail in about 10 days. I'll let you know what my call sign is when I
Sport Class Start Reno ...Tim O'Brien photo via Bob Mills
Jay Pratt's 70th Birthday Pics
It sure is enjoyable to be able to visit
with friends. Some of these folks I don't see enough, and it's just
a lot of fun to get to catch up. Our entire family had the pleasure
of attending Jay Pratt's 70th birthday party. A few of the usual
suspects arrived in style from the air, and I was on the ground with
a long lens for the arrival. Our son Tate manned the other camera
and got some pictures of the birthday boy and the festivities.
Fun had by all and we all wish our friend
Jay many, many more happy birthdays like this!
RV's at U.S. National Aerobatic Championships (OFFA 70+) ...ronschreck
We have arrived! Bill "WillyEyeball"
McLean and I arrived at North Texas Regional Airport (KGYI) this
"afternoon. It's a "Bucket List" for both of us old geezers: a first
attempt at IAC competition at the national level! Bill has been
flying his RV-4 in competition for a few years longer that me and he
does things with that old -4 that you wouldn't believe. And he does
it with 160 horsepower and a fixed pitch prop! I have seen him wipe
up the tarmac with Extras and Pitts so I'm anxious to see what he
does here in Texas. Bill is an optometrist by trade and does
research projects for the US Army at Fort Rucker. (Thus the
WillyEyball handle.) He signed up with the Air Force early on and
was denied a pilot slot because of less-than-perfect vision.
Besides, they said that pilots are as comon as dirt. What they
needed was an optometrist.
We met up in Grenada, Mississippi on the way to Texas so we could spend a
few days together practicing our Sportsman routines before heading
to Texas. Bill lives in southern Alabama and I live in North
Carolina, so Grenada was a great place to meet and they have an
aerobatic box right on the field!
Tick, tick, tick -- fixed! ...Ed Wischmeyer
On the last flight in the RV-8, right after
takeoff, there was an unusual sound somewhat like the electric fuel
pump. I landed immediately, and then...
The pulse repetition rate seemed too slow to be engine related, but
first priority was getting the plane on the ground, not debugging
the problem at low altitude.
Next day, took the cowl off, and Mike, my IA, inspected the engine
carefully. Nothing. Loose rubber strips flapping? Nope, but close.
On the RV-8, there is an air intake under the right wing to provide
fresh air to the back seater. Mike found that the scat tubing had a
tear, and perhaps that was the culprit, with the tube flapping back
and forth. He managed to cut out the bad portion of the tube and
then reattach it, something I'm not sure I could do.
This morning, it was time for the test flight. Tower cleared me for
takeoff, maintain runway heading. Uh, no thanks... if the problem
wasn't fixed, I wanted to be able to turn downwind immediately.
Takeoff clearance declined. And on the takeoff, I was aware that
landing on the crossing runway would have been dicey, at best.
But the good news was that the noise had gone away. Once again,
reinforcing the safety adage that in a homebuilt, every flight is a
test flight. And that's not a bad attitude for spam cans as well.
-14 Panel Shots Added
September 23, 2016. Issue No. 4,210.
Kay Frizzel RV-8A (w/pax Austin Alvord) and
Gary Platner RV-8 (w/pax Tony Ryan) taxiing out for a breakfast/gas
flight Thursday morning at my home field. I don't think what was
for breakfast was really important <g>.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
RV-8 Skyrunner airborne ...Germany
Yesterday I made the maiden flight with my
new RV-8. It was a QB kit and kept me busy for the last one and a
The flight was uneventful and just everything worked as expected. No
need to correct the flight controls and all engine parameters are in
the middle of the green. Oil temp is on the low side and even CHT
was only 350 F with 75% power - I expected higher CHTs!
At higher airspeeds the rear of the canopy is lifting may be 1/4
inch or so and there was quite some air rushing in from behind.
After landing I found a minor oil leak on the center fitting of the
inverted oil valve. Retorqued the fitting and glued some soft rubber
seals inside the rear of the canopy skirts and today on flights 3
and 4 all was perfect. What a fun plane!
Pratt Turns 70 Years Young ...an invitation.
If you happen to be in the neighborhood of
Hicks Field (T67) Saturday at noon, your presence is
requested at Jay's hangar to celebrate his 70th birthday.
Scuttlebutt is there could be a formation flyover, barbecue,
birthday cake and more. The restaurant is open on the field as a
good plan B. See you there!
RV White Pages Updated
...courtesy the amazing Tate Reeves
GTN V6.21 Upgrade for EAB Customers
We are pleased to announce that GTN V6.21 is
now available as a software download to EAB customers with
Please note that the software images linked on this page which
format and auto-create SD cards are delivered to our dealer resource
center as a Windows computer self extracting .exe file and are only
usable on Windows computers. We apologize up front to Mac users.
Also note that as explained in the service bulletin, GTN V6.21
begins use of a new format of the Navigation database to support
additional data. The database SD card for the current cycle contains
both old and new formats, so you should just need to load the new
format (the GTN will recognize the correct file) after updating with
the V6.21 software. If you do not have a current copy of the
Navigation database (Jepp or Garmin), wait to perform this software
update since the new software cannot use the old format Navigation
database and will remove that database if currently installed.
Another RV-7 Started
Just wanted to introduce myself, my name is
Eric. I am in the final stages of getting my PPL, I have the hours
just need to take the tests. I was planning on waiting until I got
my PPL to start building but was in Oregon for business and visited
I have always enjoyed building things, I have a background in
machining and metal fabrication. I haven't worked with sheet metal
or driven rivets but with some experience it shouldn't be a problem.
I built the tool box and two of the control surface practice kits
with reasonable results. I started the horizontal stabilizer but I
would like to connect with local RV builders to gain some experience
and more confidence. I have a mill, lathe and welding equipment so I
might be able to offer something in the way of trade for some help /
Anyway just wanted to say hello and share a few pictures of the shop
and progress with the horizontal stabilizer.
Eric Fitzgerald (Dryden, MI)
Our "Lobster" Trip Part IV ...bhester
When I looked up I saw this huge Moose come
running across the runway, he was coming straight for us OH NO,
Marsha was screaming.
No not really, all I saw was that I had not latched the canopy. I
taxied to the end of the runway latched the canopy and took off from
that end of the runway. 10:27 - takeoff. The trip to Belfast was
pretty bumpy under the cloud layer so I climbed to 5500’ for a
smoother ride. Somewhere along the way we saw this windmill farm.
September 22, 2016. Issue No. 4,209.
Day 19. Final Day of the Big Trip ...Vlad's Alaska
It's over and I can't believe I did it. I
was still 5 flight hours from home but it was nothing compare to
what's flown. I walked from Atkinson Suites to Lumberton airport and
was airborne immediately. I planned to scout Cape Fear on early
morning with low tide but a lot of people were already enjoying the
beach. I was out of luck.
Ready for her closeup ...TCONROY
I am THRILLED to say our RV-7 is COMPLETE
(at least mostly complete
now that she has a paint job. The fine folks at ArtCraft paint in
Santa Maria, CA did a wonderful job turning our vision into reality!
First flight was in May 2015, which gave us a little over a year to
work the kinks out before painting.
RV-6 Formation Flying - Air Facts article ...Dave Gamble
Shop Update ...Scott Card
We're continuing to make progress. With all
of the drywall complete, I was on a mission this weekend to get the
interior painted. My current goal is to get the A/C going. It is hot
out there. Working backwards from that, we need electricity done.
For that we need to finish terminating all of our branch circuits.
Before that, we need paint. So, that is where we're at.
I spent a bunch of quality time with a paint sprayer on my lift. On
Saturday, before and after our airport fly-in, I sprayed a
high-build primer on the walls and ceiling. On Sunday I popped out
of bed at 6am and had the whole place painted before noon. What
color you ask? WHITE! No, really, the paint was just base with no
tint. The reason is for maximum light reflectivity.
VAF Airport Courtesy
Car List Updated
Did you Know?
There are rockets on the sectionals?
Space X facility SW of my hometown. Lots more stuff
September 21, 2016. Issue No. 4,208.
Gave Flash a bath (finally).
VS reflection off top wing.
Formation flight with Ken Krueger over Black Forest ...Germany
Today I was very lucky today to meet Ken
Krueger. He is visiting Klaus, another RV-7A builder here in Germany
who just recently finished his RV and is in the flight testing
phase. The weather was a little hazy today over the Black Forest but
we got airborne in both our planes and did some photo shooting and
formation flying. Too much fun and the flight was too short of
America the Beautiful ...Scott Chastain conclusion
The Lord took me to the edge of my grave,
and at the edge of my grave, I looked down. I looked down, and I was
In Heaven I had a sister, a sister I had never met. She died of
pneumonia at the age of only ten months. Exactly ten months later,
my mother gave birth to me. Wendy’s death became the doorway to my
Belfast Lobster Fly-in Part III
About 10 mins into the flight, and about
7,500’, we get a call from ATC and he said “Albany was asking if I
still had the courtesy car key”. OH NO! Yes, I did have the key and
was headed back. As I got close, I was looking at my fuel and
thought that I had better get some more. I was down to about 20-22
gallons and should have enough but better to have too much. The line
guy met me at the turn off and ran up to get the key. Self-serve
fuel was further down the taxiway. So we got 8 gallons of fuel and
we were off for the second time headed to Albany. Back up to 9,500’
and as we got a little further than the first time the clouds were
getting higher and not looking real good to the west. We climbed to
11,500’ and had to let ATC know that we were going to be doing a
little dodging around the clouds toward the east.
Another Belfast report- Must be something good there, eh?...catmandu
As I told the 'Governor' on Saturday, he
really needs to be called the 'Benevolent Dictator'! What a great
fly-in, Lord knows he has a lot of help from a lot a people, but
they all knew who runs the show.
We decided to come up Friday, and I decided someone really needed to
get serious about her RV PIC time, since, you know, she provides
most of the funds for it. I had her shed her shiny uniform, and 125K
pounds of aircraft, and threw her deep into the GA world. We skipped
the normal flight following to prove that one can actually fly the
Northeast corridor without talking to anyone.
One good. One bad.
I flew the RV for 13 min. Tuesday morning
early. It turned out to be a scorcher of a day with a high near 100.
At 7:30 AM however it was only 80 and PERFECTLY smooth. Look at that
nice round left hand climbing turn back over the airport post
takeoff and out to the Northwest for deer spotting. Four
turkeys and one deer, and non-budget-breaking aviating. Back for the
overhead break and a ground track that got more and more sloppy. The
air was so still that I was hoping to make a perfect circle.
Hoping is the operative word ;^).
GoogleEarth said the pattern was 3,000' wide
runway to downwind - nice and tight with the AOA good the whole way.
Stuff to keep working on…
The 'new' VanCave PC
Circa 2007. Rocking it Microsoft Vista
The kick@ss HP monitor is much newer, but
the Dell Inspiron 531 was my mother-in-law's for a few years before
she got a smart phone and discovered she was content just getting
the occasional text/picture from her grandkids on that. I purchased
the computer for her as an 83rd birthday present roughly a decade
She's been asking me if I wanted it back, so
I said yes. Reset to factory defaults with a low level format,
turned off every auto update everything and locked it down as
tightly as I could configuration-wise. Purchased a $22 USB Wi-Fi
adapter and I'm in business baby (I have one of those
MiFi pucs that I
carry in my backpack for the laptop/iPad/etc). My backup if
the house internet goes down.
Anywho, it's kind of nice to have an option
now right there on the workbench that doesn't require a magnifying
September 20, 2016. Issue No. 4,207.
How Eagle’s Nest Project Pilots spend a weekend
What a great way to spend a weekend home
from College. Two Eagle’s Nest Project pilots Nicole and Olivia
spent the weekend flying together on a beautiful Saturday afternoon
in Wisconsin. Hummm, was taking selfies part of flight training….. I
don’t think so!
Home ...Scott Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
Waking up each morning to the sadness of the
gray unknown for over a week had me searching desperately for the
beauty of America, for the beauty as I had known it during my
absence from home. Being home suddenly seemed to remove a part of
that beauty, making me feel at once lost and abandoned and very much
alone. In that mad search to become united to my country---united as
if by blood or by marriage, in such a way that we two should become
one flesh under the banner of freedom---where was I to begin? Where
was the dew-covered garden of newness and innocence for which my
soul leapt at the thought of being with my beautiful America
Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
cont.)...Scott Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
cont. cont.)...Scott Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
SteinAir Overstock / Garage Sale. Radios, Autopilots, EFISes and
Since we neglected to do a spring cleaning or summer garage sale,
our inventory of “Overstock, Trade-in, NOS, Refurb” and other units
has grown to the point we need to sell some of it and we figured
we’d list them here before it hits the auction sites! Below is a
list of what we’ve got for sale right now and any associated
information regarding warranties, etc.. As usual with our ‘Garage
Sales’, first person with the dollars get it. We’ll update the list
as items are sold or added. Price does not include shipping, and
prices are listed as cash/check prices (CC’s can be used but may
incur a small extra fee on these items). If you’d like more
information or photos of these items, please contact us off list via
email, phone, etc.. and of course you can stop by anytime to inspect
these items in person. As many of you know, we are picky about
taking items in on trade and only will deal with items in excellent
physical and cosmetic condition. No Junk here.
Here’s what we’ve got (Note this list may change):
Thanks for the RV Turnout ...Tanya Card
Had several RVers at the picnic this
weekend, both local and a couple with some airtime to get here. Hope
you had fun, and thanks for joining us. We raised a little over
$1,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
[ed. Tanya, I watched your RV fly
around the pattern via APRS on my iPad all afternoon. I'm
guessing you gave a LOT of rides!!! v/r,dr]
ADS-B --- when eyeballs are not enough ...John-G
One sunny clear afternoon a couple of days
after Memorial Day, while receiving RV-12 transition training, the
instructor and I were climbing out upwind of runway 29 at Petaluma,
CA (O69) and beginning a right turn to crosswind when we heard a
pilot say he was entering the downwind for 29 on the 45. We couldn’t
spot him after finishing the turn to crosswind, nor could we see him
after turning downwind … but the ABS-B box feeding the Garmin G3X
sure could. We called out to the pilot to find out what speed the
aircraft was flying in the pattern, fortunately it was 15 knots
faster than our speed … we could relax a little.
Both the instructor and myself were looking HARD to spot the
aircraft, but we just couldn’t locate it … and we both KNEW it was
less than a mile directly in front of us. The ADS-B showed we were
not gaining on it, but the aircraft was lost to our vision in ground
clutter and we simply could not spot it. Guess we were nearing
mid-field on downwind when the pilot called his turn to base and as
the aircraft’s left wing lifted for the turn, we both instantly
spotted it directly in front of us and a little lower.
We commented to the pilot that although we couldn’t spot him
visually until his turn to base, the ADS-B box sure knew where he
was … amazing technology. His reply was that he too had ADS-B and
was watching us as well.
This real-time experience with ADS-B just reaffirmed my decision to
install ADS-B in my RV-12 during the build is indeed, a good one.
There are times when keeping eyeballs outside the cockpit is just
not good enough to spot traffic … even when you know traffic is
right in front of you. Without a doubt, ADS-B is a safety
enhancement and a useful tool to improve situational awareness.
French Lick,IN Fly-in 9/24
I just wanted to remind everyone my wife and
I are putting on a Fly-in at KFRH this coming Saturday, September 24
We will have doughnuts, coffee, juice, milk, water at 8:00 and then
start frying fish around 10:30. We plan on having slaw, baked beans,
and chips with plenty of drinks. Nothing fancy but good times and
The weather is forecasted to be gorgeous so please stop in.
Hope to see many there.
Darren & Traci Kerns
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September 19, 2016. Issue No. 4,206.
So much news today! You're not going to get a thing
done at work for an hour or so. Milestone: Saturday was the 14
year anniversary of our family's RV-6 first flight. Spend Saturday
doing yard work (and watching APRS returns at various gatherings around
the country during college football on TV - kinda made you feel like you
sorta attended). Sunday was planning on giving a ride, but
storms at 0700 stopped that. Next time....
From Reno (via Adam Burch via Ernie Butcher)
1 August- Merced, CA (last installment)...Scott Chastain
My last night of the trip started with a
walk about a half mile down the road to a nearby Chevron station. I
had a hankering for ice cream again---a big hankering. On the
way out of the airport, I wondered why the rotating beacon had not
come on. I could see the lenses spinning on the orange and white
wrought iron tower, and I could hear the gimbal grinding away up
there as I walked by, but there was no beacon. Either the bulbs were
shot, they were not getting power, or they were not even installed.
Either way, it didn’t matter. I knew coming back that my final night
of prayer walking along the length of an American runway would be
absent of its customary green-white-green-white rhythm of welcome
for aviators that would probably never come anyway. I had an airport
all to myself again.
A little bit of "history" ...
First time to my knowledge that a University
President leads a flight for a game opening.
vid 1 /
Over Clemson's "Death Valley" no less. They beat us pretty badly but
at least a "Bulldog" was in the lead of (at least one) Tiger at the
opening of the game. We did come back to rule the halftime,
though. :-) There was a "press release" put out the day before
referencing "Alpha Bulldog to lead Tiger Flight". All of the
aircraft were RV's.
Without the pilots coming to help their friend, this could not have
happened. And without Widget's HOURS of background work and tutelage
on marks and timing, I would not have made it in at the right time!
SCSU President Leads Game Flyover
Deadstick Landings - Alvord Desert ...Joe Blank video
Could not have ask for a Better Time!...Lobster Fly-in PIREP
Additional Recap ...Dave
Our trip to the Belfast EAA 1434 Mid Coast Fly-In ...bhester
Our trip to Belfast, ME began Wednesday
morning. Of course there were hours of planning beforehand. I had
initially planned to fly to Niagra Falls, NY and then over to
Belfast but, the weather forecast up that way did not allow it. So
the night before I laid out our new flight plan.
...Tim Huneycutt RV-10
It's still in a lot of pieces, but I drove
my first rivets in quite a while this week. The new house and shop
is all done and I'm back on the build. I never thought I'd be so
excited about deburring!
All my pictures on the blog are huge, so won't post it here, but
check out the link in my signature for some pictures.
Day 17. Still Seeking Sunshine ...Vlad
September 16, 2016. Issue No. 4,205.
Added Bruce Hill (9A) to the APRS
page. Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
RV-8 and RV-10 photo flight around Seattle ...Bernardo photos
This post is long overdue, I have been
mega-busy preparing B-KOO for her round the world (RTW) journey, and
I am finally ready.
Since her first flight in Nov 2015, we spent 6 months trying to get
approval to flight test in Hong Kong but failed. We then dissembled
the aircraft and air freight it to Queensland, Australia, under a
new registration "VH-FSX". After 40 hours of flight test, I did a
trial flight to Adelaide and met up with Jon Johanson, the man who
inspired me to build my own RV and fly it around the world. The
aircraft yield an amazing 23 litres/hour at 45% at 135kts, thanks to
Catto. With this figure, I work out I can fly for 19 hours non-stop
with bladder tank installed.
Our Morning with Mitch Lock
I have been contemplating taking the dive into building my own
plane for about 25+ years now. That life long dream is about to
become reality. I have done a lot of researching in the past year or
so, and have narrowed my choice down to two. The RV-10 or the the
RV-14a. During that time I was able to reach out to Mitch Lock and
ask for a demo fight. My wife and I traveled to Manassas VA for an
EAA Sportair Workshop on September 10-11. I took the sheet metal
course. It was well worth the expense and effort, but that is for
31 July- Mountain Home, ID ...Scott Chastain
I had to sit down. I was a little overwhelmed by it all; and
plus, since I knew I was approaching the Omega portion of the
mission, a tiredness had caught up with me that I had not felt
before. I still was not ready to head home, and there in Mountain
Home---a home away from home so many years ago, and now a home
away from home once again---the sweet and certain comfort of
familiarity settled over me as I walked away from the Old Glories of
the brick building to the railroad park I remembered so well. I lay
down on the grass listening to the wind in the tall trees and the
nearly indistinguishable tide of traffic going by until I dozed off.
It wasn’t long before the bells of the railroad crossing guard rang
and announced the passage of a freight train only a few dozen feet
from where I was sleeping. The rumble of earth and the hailing
trumpets of the locomotive did not stir me from the cool comfort of
my bed of grass. I was genuinely tired. It was probably another hour
after the train had gone by that I decided to get up and start
exploring my past again.
Breakaway Airport Picnic, 9/17 Austin, TX
Belfast Maine Lobster 2nd Annual Fly-in
Status Pics ...Z-EDD (Harare, Zimbabwe)
September 15, 2016. Issue No. 4,204.
Heads up: The Friday edition might be pushed out a little
later than usual. I'll be vehicleing down/back to Waco solo
Thursday to attend the funeral of my
31 July- Mountain Home, ID ...Scott Chastain
I cooked dinner that night in Twin Bridges
from my camping reserves, boiling up some water and throwing in some
dehydrated chili-mac. It tasted good, and was I glad to have it.
Even with all the other meals I had eaten outside of my on-board
supply of food over the past five weeks, the dried reserves were
getting low, so I made the most of them while they lasted.
With the lights turned on in the pilot shack, there was a massive
infusion of flying insects swimming on the outside surfaces of glass
and screen. The moths and gnats were particularly numerous and
agitated. The rotating beacon shot laser-like across the tarmac into
an insatiable darkness. Its green-white-green-white brightness
bounced relentlessly off of the Dove and into the shack. The
reflection itself was enough to draw a legion of moths in that
direction, and they swirled around the plane like
green-white-green-white sparks from a fire. The intensity of the
strobe itself was almost enough to keep me awake that night as I
watched it from the long black sofa, but I managed to sleep quite
soundly after I dozed off. It would be the last rotating beacon
experience of the trip.
Strong Crosswind, not a great outcome...Steve Smith RV-8
Well, its confession time. After 400+ hrs in the RV-8, and over
500 hrs of total tailwheel time, I just groundlooped the RV-8.
Fortunately nothing damaged but my ego and confidence. But...
Usually when something doesn't turn out so well, I can play back in
my head and think through what I did, what I should have done
differently, etc. Learn from it.
In this case, I'm not sure I could have done anything differently.
Before the story, you probably need to know I have a rocket-style
steering link, which I really like. It has a nice amount of spring
give but is very responsive at low speeds.
In the pattern, the ATIS reported 16 kts at 260 degrees. Runway
heading 190 degrees, paved, 75 ft wide. I'll do the math for you,
that's 70 degrees off runway heading. The wind turned out to be a
bit stronger than 16 kts though.
On final, I transitioned from coordinated flight to a stabilized
slip. (I've always used a stabilized slip on final -- you just use
your feet to keep the airplane aligned with the runway, and the
stick to control the lateral drift. ) Over the numbers, wow it took
a LOT of slip, but speed good, right on centerline, aligned with
centerline. As I floated a bit, some of the slip naturally comes out
since the wind is not as strong right near the ground. Still a lot
of slip. One main wheel down, then the other. Still good alignment,
right on centerline. Here is one thing I **might** have done
differently: I did not make much effort to hold the tail up high. It
was taking a lot of rudder pressure (left rudder) to keep aligned,
and I just let the tail drop slowly as I slowed down. I felt the
tail wheel hit, still good alignment, still on centerline, rolling
out....still taking a lot of left rudder, but all good. Stick well
right of center and a bit aft of center. **another thing I might
have done differently: I could have had the stick full back to
really firmly plant the tail wheel. Not sure it would have
Rolling out nicely when IN AN INSTANT, I was sideways, because the
swiveling tail wheel had come unlocked and just swiveled. When I
processed that and made the intentional command to go full hard left
rudder and left brake, my foot was already there, way ahead of my
brain. All I could do was just hold that and wait, pretty much a
passenger at this point. The airplane slid in a gradual arc slowly
diverging more in heading and scrubbing speed until it left the
pavement, then it pretty much finished the groundloop. All the
corners of the airplane stayed level thank goodness. I had to get
out to turn the airplane more to get the tailwheel out of the soft
stuff and up onto the prepared gravel alongside the runway so I
could proceed to the apron with my tail between my legs. While I was
out, I assessed the actual wind. It was at least 18-20 kts (being an
old sailor I'm a pretty good judge of wind speed) at pretty close to
perpendicular to the runway-at least 70 degrees, maybe a bit more.
Thinking back through it, I am not sure if the tailwheel unlocked
because of more sideload than the latch pin could hold (might be
worn, will inspect tomorrow) or if it unlocked because I reached
full left rudder while steering on the roll out and the cam-action
unlocked it at full rudder. I do remember that I was steering pretty
smoothly, no weaving back and forth, and I was not being buffetted
by gusts. It all seemed pretty smooth to the instant the tailwheel
swiveled. Given that my foot was already full left rudder at the
instant I thought about it, I'm kinda thinking it got to full travel
from steering on roll-out.
If that's the case, it suggests that during roll-out, one must guard
against getting to full rudder travel, and instead feed in more left
brake with partial rudder.
One reason I am skeptical that it unlocked because of full rudder
command is that the spring in the steering link would have been
stretched to its stop and so even if the rudder did get to full
travel, the tail wheel would not have.
It is also possible, I suppose, that the tailwheel didn't actually
swivel, but rather broke traction and skidded because of
insufficient downforce. I really kind of doubt that. Although I
didn't have the stick hard back, it was certainly most of the way
back, which is kind of a reflex to me as soon as the tail wheel
touches. It might have been instructive to walk the runway and look
at the skid marks (if there were any). Presence or absence of skid
mark for the tailwheel would have answered this question
definitively. Unfortunately, its a tower controlled airport, with
big jets and stuff, so I can't imagine being allowed to go look at
the runway after I taxied to the apron.
So, at this point, I'm kind of feeling like I did the best I could
and not clear I could have done better. But ...
Had I held the tail off much longer with strong forward stick
pressure, I would have had perhaps better rudder control, but
perhaps not ENOUGH rudder control with the whole fin sticking up in
that wind. I might have ended up with the rudder on the stop and
still turning right. Now what?
With the tail wheel on the ground, it should be much more willing to
go straight. Had I sucked the stick back hard, maybe the added
downforce would have helped the tail wheel track the airplane
straight....unless the swivel unlocked.
I think the tail wheel swivel unlocked. I think at that instant, I
RVs at Reno
Temporary thread, just to follow all the RV's and Rockets racing
in the Sport class this week. Hopefully clan members currently at
Stead will post hot news for the working poor back home
From the website, unofficial qualifying speeds as of Tuesday
Kansas to DC ...crabandy
Work was going to send me Southwest but I would rather the RV
take me to DC for training. Up bright and early for a 5:30 am
wheels up to leave in front of the weather.
September 14, 2016. Issue No. 4,203.
SS William G. Mather Update
A few weeks ago Dave Gamble
wrote up a little piece where he toured the SS William G Mather.
The other day out at our airport, Eldo and his father Harold were
working on their RV-6A. Harold walked up and said, "I was
reading your website the other day and saw that story about the
Mather. I was an oiler on that ship 50 years ago."
Dave, I thought that would make you smile. In the picture below are
Harold Elders and his son Eldo in front of their RV-6A.
30 July: Twin Bridges, MT (cont.) ...Scott Chastain
Leaving the rodeo arena, I rode the perimeter of the fairgrounds
a couple of times, then went past the local school and gymnasium,
through downtown again, and meandered through the neighborhoods to
take in the sights, sounds, and smells of Twin Bridges:
30 July- Twin Bridges, MT (cont. cont).
17min 37sec ...practicing for canopy fogging over (on the outside)
Yesterday there was a
story about a gentleman with an RV-12 whose canopy fogged over
on the outside shortly after takeoff. Since that happened
just a few miles NE of me, I thought I would use a quick morning
flight to practice the ILS at the airport next door. Below is
the ground track showing my takeoff to the South with a climbing
left turn pointed towards Corral City. Put the plane on autopilot
and started spinning in the numbers and pulling up the chart for the
ILS 16L at nearby Alliance Airport. Took about 30 seconds. Got
the ATIS and flew in heading mode out to the ARGUE waypoint. Loaded
the approach and selected vectors to final. Called the tower asking
for the practice w/option. Granted.
Monitored things, and when I came upon the glide slope coupled the
autopilot to it. Just when I was about to the missed approach point
the tower asked if I could sidestep over to 16R. That explains
the little dogleg there at the end. Climbing left turn to the NE and
RTB. Could I land the RV using just the synthetic runway
representation (3rd pic below grabbed off web)? At KAFW, with
its 9,600' runway and having the tower call out the last couple of
feet? If I was nearly out of gas and had a fogged up canopy,
I'm thinking I could...
Total time 17 min. 37 seconds. 39.4 statute miles. .3
hrs in the logbook and a little more practice on workflow and
buttonology. What I took away from the practice most of all
was how easy it is to see where the autopilot was on and where it
was off (the 2nd picture) :-). I also overshot the localizer a
bit...I'll work on both.
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approval in 2017). Available for both 12V and 24V electrical
Day 15. Turning North ...Vlad
It feels so good when you are well rested. The hotel transported
me to the airport the only FBO guys were already busy at 7 am. They
said I owe them nothing. I grabbed several bottles of water and was
airborne in no time. I was in the mood to finish tracking southern
border I was in the mood to land on three islands I was in the mood
to clock at least 8 hours in the air all today. There is a sliver of
airspace by Laughlin AFB where you don't have to talk to them while
in transit. I am staying on our side of Rio Grande enjoying the
views. Birds are still sleeping.
Day 15. Turning North. (cont)...Vlad
September 13, 2016. Issue No. 4,202.
Added (4) new
names to the APRS page.
30 July- Twin Bridges, MT ...Scott Chastain's 'America the
30 July- Twin Bridges, MT (continued)
Unexpected IFR ...Steve Garrett RV-12
I wanted to share my experience
which happened this morning about 400' AGL right after T/O.
This morning was beautiful and a good day to go flying in N.E.
Texas. The reported weather at Paris/Cox airport was Clear,
Visibility 10+, Temp and Dew Point were two degrees apart. Fog
crossed my mind, but I had plenty of gas in case something changed
and fog showed up at my home airport.
My airplane is hangered and I had the oil heater on during the night
to reduce the amount of time for engine warm up. Prior to T/O, the
aircraft was outside in the elements about 10/15 minutes before
takeoff. The engine run-up was normal and checklist was completed
without issue. Therefore I began the T/O roll.
I was turning cross-wind when I noticed the canopy to begin to fog
up. I always have a clean rag with me and I causally reached for it.
I also opened up the outside vent on the pilots side. Forward
visibility now was 100% gone! I still had some side visibility
though. I immediately finished trimming the aircraft for climb then
wiped my rag on the inside of the canopy and I expected the fogged
up window to clear up.....to my amazement, the fogging was on the
Now my altitude was about 600 AGL I headed in the general direction
for Paris/Cox airport (much bigger airport than my home field just
in case) and only about 2 miles away. I pasted 1000 AGL and the
fogging effect cleared up as quickly as it appeared. I continued on
my short flight plan and made several landings and T/Os in the local
area without any issues.
I've been flying a pretty long time but I've never had that happen
to me before. I guess it was the temp of my canopy and dew point
temp but not sure. Just wanted to share and let everyone know to be
prepared for the unexpected.
KatieB ...pourable foam for fiberglass fabrication
RV's Dominate IAC Apple Turnover Primary Class
The 2016 Apple Turnover is the second IAC
contest in held Ephrata WA each year. I flew my second ever
contest (in Primary again) in my RV-8 placing second.
Christopher Lester flew up from the Portland area in an RV-6 and
passed me in the final round, winning 1st place for the contest,
Congrats Chris! The 3rd competitor flew a Super Decathlon,
making a nice 3 way contest.
Both RV's flew without inverted systems, and Chris' RV-6 is equipped
with a carburetor, so anyone sitting on the fence, claiming your
RV-3,4,6,7,8 isn't equipped for IAC, well, you are denying yourself
one of the most intense and rewarding experiences! You also make
great new friends that are as passionate about aviation as you!
PS; I never exceeded 4 Gs on the recording G meter, so the Primary
routine is not hard on the airframe.
Breakaway Airport Picnic, 9/17 Austin, TX ...tcard
The annual Breakaway (40XS) picnic will be
Saturday September 17 from 11-2. We are located in Cedar Park, just
NW of Austin. Please come out and make some airplane noises.
"Tailwheel Transporter is having an End of Summer Sale. For a
limited time you can get a
TRANSPORTER ll for only $349.99. Call and mention Van's Air
Force and receive an additional
Milestone: First Engine Start ...bifft
Started the engine for the first time yesterday. Won't run smooth
over 1500 RPM, but still really feels like I'm getting close. Had to
brag to people who'd understand.
September 12, 2016. Issue No. 4,201.
Surprise B-day trip ...crabandy
It's fun to get to use the RV for other
purposes, like a birthday trip for my oldest daughter with a mystery
Due to the forecasted wx we needed to scoot out of town before
school was out, she was happy to oblige!
15 Year Anniversary of N66AP ...Alex Peterson RV-6A
Greetings all -
Yesterday, September 9th, 2016, was the 15th anniversary of the
first flight of N66AP! It continues to be a dream come true each
time I fly it. For obvious reasons, we were grounded for some time
two days after this first flight, so that connection will never be
lost on me.
The plane has been flying about exactly twice as many calendar years
as it took to build, and at 1540 hobbs hours, it has flown about
half as many hours as it took to build! For those still in the
building stage, I hope this puts some perspective on the potential
“enjoyment investment” you are making!
First PnP Mission in the books! ...DarylT
29 July- Buffalo, WY ...Scott Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
On Friday morning, July 29, after
disassembling the mountain bike and packing up the Dove, I
called Faith City Hall. A woman named Gloria answered. I asked her
to send somebody out to the airport to turn on the fuel pump. About
15 minutes later, a police car came driving up the dirt road. A
young officer got out and I introduced myself, thanking him for his
assistance. He said his name was Matt, the Chief of Police. He told
me he was fairly new to the job after having recently moved to Faith
from another town. He inserted a special key into the side of the
pump and turned it on. He told me that the city had sprayed the ramp
with tar the day before I arrived which explained the smell of it
29 July - Buffalo, WY (cont.)
Garmin Comes to 52F and Gives a
On Saturday morning at my home field, Brian Hupe of
Garmin was kind enough come down from Kansas to display several of
his company's products and meet with about 30 individuals, letting
them fiddle with all the knobs and ask all the questions you would
Walt Aronow of
expaircraft.com hosted the event, and provided the food. Somehow
Walt worked his voodoo on me and I ended up at the grill cooking
about three dozen hamburgers and hotdogs. I have no idea what
anybody said or did in the presentation :-).
Tate was kind
enough to document the event with pictures, cropping and editing
as needed later on the home computer (he did this all on his own).
When I say he did it on his own, I mean he did it for $20. Money
well spent on my end - he got to work on his 'photographer's eye'
and learned a few Photoshop skills in the process.
I got to meet a few new RV friends who are currently
building or about to start building. I had two gentlemen walk up to
me and say "slider or tip-up?" Made me smile...
Anyway, if you didn't get a chance to come you really
did miss out. I believe one gentleman came from as far as El Paso.
We'll do it again most likely next year after the new runway is put
And here is the link to Tate's pictures:
Weapons of war (battling with tires) ...Michael Burbidge
I'm working on my second condition
inspection. My tires needed flipping. I heard various methods for
breaking the beads. It seemed like it should be easy.
Teen Flight RV-12 Auction
Portland is a program of Airway Science for Kids, Inc., a non-profit
organization in the Portland, Oregon area that provides services and
opportunities to youth from the area. Airway Science for Kids, Inc.
exposes youth, especially those who are socially and economically
challenged, to activities that inspire their interest and growth
toward higher learning and careers in aerospace, science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through the process
building an actual, flying RV-12 aircraft under the supervision of
expert mentors and aviation professionals, participating youth are
exposed to hands-on STEM experiences and gain valuable skills that
truly impact their futures.
N114TF is the 4th RV-12 the program has built since its inception.
Each RV-12 built by the program is auctioned and sold to fund the
next aircraft project for a new cohort of youth. The TeenFlight 4
class members that built this airplane, and others before them, are
moving on to even greater things, including engineering studies in
college, professional flight training and other related next steps.
By purchasing this aircraft, you will support the ongoing legacy of
the TeenFlight program and the incredibly positive influence it has
in the lives of participants!
The RVs Using APRS
(it's pretty easy actually) and should be taking my amateur radio
license exam in the next 2-3 weeks. They give the test every few
days somewhere in the Dallas area. Then I'll start looking for
I spent a few minutes over the weekend
starting a section where I could spotlight those RV pilots that are
using an APRS tracker. If you fly an RV, and have an APRS tracker,
and would like it listed on this page, just shoot me a note.
I'm about halfway through my
Anyway, if you're interested in seeing where
some of the RV Rock Stars have been traveling, simply click on 'APRS
Tracking' in the menu at the upper left corner of the front
page. Use the radio buttons next to each flight to select
multiple flights and then click the 'map it' button (turn your
smartphone landscape if using that).
September 9, 2016. Issue No. 4,200.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and
Rob Reece RV-8 at the Van Cave.
(fitting cowl w/old engine case)
28 July- Faith, SD (cont.) ...Scott Chastain's 'America the
It was just after noon when I walked into
King’s Drive-In. I ordered the largest burger they had on the
menu with fries and a blueberry shake. I told my server, a large
girl with red hair and blue jeans, to hold off on the shake until
after I was through eating:
28 July- Faith, SD (cont.) ...Scott Chastain's 'America the
In a light sprinkle, I rode quickly back to
the airport. It had suddenly become quite chilly. When I arrived,
the worst of the weather was skirting a parallel track north of the
Welcome AirPRS.com ...new
...ad lives on the front page (FAQ/What's
New). "AirPRS is the web
application for viewing and sharing your flights. With AirPRS you can review
past flights, compare multiple flights, map long cross country trips
– all with a familiar logbook style and using VFR and IFR maps. Whether you
are a student, VFR or Instrument pilot, or CFII, we hope AirPRS helps you
share the enjoyment and learning!
[ed. AirPRS is made possible by the staff at
Lane Studio. Brádan Lane Studio is
headed up by RV-8 builder/pilot Glen Salmon - you know him as 'humptybump'
in the forums. Studying for the ham test now...dr.]
Glen's last ten flights...
Search for 'RV' in the 'Aircraft' link...you
get some returns.
Getting Started with APRS
Mothership at Reno
"Going to the Reno Air Races this year?
Van's Aircraft will have a booth in the Pit Area, come say hello and
check out the RV-14!"
Mothership at Petit Jean ...Adam Burch
"Just wanted to let everybody know that
Van's will be there (myself and Sterling) with the RV-14 this year!
Looking forward to meeting everyone!"
Day Thirteen. Warming Up! ...Vlad's Alaska
Day Thirteen. Airports Below ...Vlad Alaska
Day Thirteen. On A Prowl ...Vlad Alaska
Day Thirteen. By The Pool ...Vlad Alaska
September 8, 2016. Issue No. 4,199.
There’s this lady I’ve been seeing...
I don't know her name and she doesn't know
mine, but we exchange glances for about a half second, twice a
Our family’s RV-6 has been flying since
2002. Back then, in my late 30s, I seemed to have more disposable
income and flew more (two full time jobs). Did those ‘long trips’.
These days there's a kid in college and another one about to start
driving, and everything seems to be more expensive insurance wise,
and proper maintenance on a slightly-past-middle-age body costs more
now. So, that means sticking to the budget pretty tightly. That also
means my flights are of much shorter duration for the most part.
Usually 12 to 18 minutes and local. Looking at my logbook shows
basically several vertical columns of the number '2'. I try to fly
a couple of times a week, and that is enough now to keep the juices
flowing and the skill set, while not razor-sharp, at least sharper
than a butter knife.
So Tuesday, as planned, I logged 12 min. and
did a VOR check over our field when I returned (the TTT VOR 133*
radial centers right on our runway where the overhead break occurs –
break when the needle centers). So I’m off to meet my friend. I
pick a random direction/altitude and set up a practice emergency
landing on a grass runway west of my local area which has a house
positioned a few hundred feet near the north end – a private
residence with their own runway. Adding power at the go around point
lets her know that I'm in the area and am wishing to say hello.
Holding the runway centerline to the south I let the speed build
back up, and after crossing the south end I begin a climbing 90°
turn to the west followed by a 270° counterclockwise turn which, if
I adjust properly for wind, lines me back up on the centerline for a
south to north pass.
Landing lights on and holding an altitude
that would be perfectly suitable for scaring deer off a runway
before landing. 140 knots. There's a small grove of trees maybe 300
feet southwest of her house - passing those I start to look. I
dip the wing just a tad right and can, on most mornings, just for a
second, actually for less than a second, spot an elderly woman
waving to me from her porch. She's leaning out with one arm
extended up. About half the time I see the dog running around
in the yard before I get to a spot where I can see the porch. If I
see the dog, I know she'll be there.
"Good Morning!" I say out loud while
gently rocking the wings. I would like to assume she is saying the
same. I've never landed to introduce myself. I think that would
spoil it. I wonder if she sits at her table, eating breakfast
and watching TV, wondering if her 'pilot friend' will visit this
We're coming up on the two year anniversary
shortly of Mom's passing, and for the last couple of weeks I've been
helping my sister square away final details for selling mom's house.
Calling roofing contractors and other miscellaneous stuff
interspersed with working on this website. 2016 has had its low
spots, so this uplifting, life-affirming bi-weekly ritual that helps
me refine muscle memory, emergency procedures and more is not taken
for granted. I miss my mom dearly, but am grateful to have this new
friend. This friend that I only visit in 1-second intervals courtesy
the most satisfying aircraft on the planet.
I do know if it was my mom on that porch,
she would call later and ask, "Douglas, can it go any faster?"
She really dug the speedy metal.
RTB. NAVCOMM 1 tuned to the TTT 133*.
NAVCOMM 2 GPS direct 52F for the miles-out radio call. Dedicated
traffic screen on the EFIS for the overhead to 17. Smooth
pull, on speed and altitude at the perch, respectable half-circle to
short final with good AOA, (NESA) at wings level (a little
not enough straight away), touchdown past the crumbly north end of
our runway and flaps up for the Charlie turn. Never perfect.
Always room for improvement.
Back on Terra I see Kay readying his 8A,
giving Phil and Jackie’s dog a little pat before he climbs in. It
seems others have the same idea as me. These planes make you
I return home recharged, ready to continue
the ascent of Mt. E-mail and the never-ending
opportunities of managing an Internet-facing business.
I'm already looking forward to the next
First Flight Lessons - Nose Wheel pre load ...Aussieflyer RV-14A
28 July- Faith, SD (cont.) ...Scott Chastain
It was with joy on my heart and by the thrust of freedom that I was
received in the beauty of Faith that morning. I was tickled by her signs as
I entered town. They were quaintly genuine, a stark contrast to the dazzling
but beautiful digital billboards of New York City. Here, America painted her
face with an altogether different kind of beauty---the kind of beauty that
was born of desolation, of the grit and gristle of life on the high plains:
September 7, 2016. Issue No. 4,198.
Reminder: Free Garmin
Experimental Avionics Seminar my home field this Saturday (52F near DFW).
Brian Hupe is bring Garmin toys for you to play with. See you there!
Somewhere over Iowa ...petehowell
Coming home from visiting the baby and
friends in Ames...[ed. Beautiful Pete!
Thank you for sharing! dr]
40 Hours DONE! ...KRviator (Sydney, Aust.)
Today I finished flying off the Phase-I
testing and I thought I'd celebrate with a bit of coastal flying on
the way back to Cessnock. You know, some poor buggers have to pay
hard earned cash for this kind of thing!
Welcome Bob Miller
Been in aviation a while incl USN a while back and typ brand M, C,
P, and B spamcans for family and business travel. Now that the four
kids are moving towards - off - and beyond college I'm looking to
get more into the EAB and specifically RV world. (...dabbled in EZ
land and felt I'd need several lifetimes to finish). I started a
custom machine company - I enjoy making things and likely plan to
build - however - had an opportunity I could not refuse to share a
flying RV-6A. I have put about 70 hrs on it and really impressed.
The original builder has long moved on to other pursuits so I will
have some maintenance questions for you builders!!
VAF Courtesy Car List
28 July- Faith, SD ...Scott Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
After surviving the tempest in Knox, Indiana
a few days earlier, I figured sleeping through another thunderstorm
was going to be a non-event. The storm that night in Pierre seemed
fairly timid by comparison. The place where I was pitched seemed
timid, too. I wasn’t in the least concerned about my safety in the
company of other squatters whose transience, very much like my own,
had them likewise sleeping in tents on the banks of the Missouri
River. But nothing could have prepared me for the rude awakening I
received that night.
The depth of my sleep could only be measured by the violence with
which I was suddenly and mercilessly ripped from it. There may just
as well have been a fire hose blasting the side of my tent, because
that’s what it sounded like when the sprinklers came on. My pathetic
little world got torn apart by water the grass probably didn’t need
anyway, and it went on long enough for me to realize that any sleep
I did manage to get that night would be a gift truly to be clung to
RV-3B Status Update ...David Paule
Lately I've been working on my replacements
for the F-312 ribs. These run from the firewall center engine mount
bolts to the main spar bulkhead, a lot like on the RV-4. The RV-3B
plans calls for a rib that doesn't quite get to the spar bulkhead.
It's slanted and terminates on the belly skin just forward of the
wing spar splice fittings.
First I had to lay out the part and cut it to shape. You should be
able to see the layout. I have a borrowed air nibbler that leaves a
spiral kerf. In this case there was a narrow edge that was attached
so I had a rare two-stage squiggly.
Status Report ...Raymo
I spent the 3 day weekend prepping and
installing the windshield so I could then do the final fit of the
canopy. All went well with the Sikaflex installation.
Next weekend will be installation of the side skirts and fiberglass
to cover the gaps.
September 6, 2016. Issue No. 4,197.
Our daughter Audrey sat
last Saturday (Graduate Record Examinations) - start of graduate school
process. Scored 161 out of 170 (huh?).
So very proud of the work this young lady has put in and just how
focused she is. All while working (3) jobs....lab tech, T.A. and
nanny. Still getting used to the pink hair, but considering how
she is crushing school I've got no complaints whatsoever <g>. Go
27 July- Pierre, SD ...Scott Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
The Dove and I ascended from Odegaard
Field through a glorious breakup of bad weather and into the sunny
skies that led to the southwest. In just over an hour, it was clear
that I would not be able to proceed any further than the foot of the
Great Plains; the rising terrain ahead was socked in with an
impenetrable meringue left over from the passing cold front. Making
an aggressive descent and passing over mid-field at Pierre, South
Dakota (PIR), I yanked the Dove into the downwind for runway
31 and looked at the earth racing by. There were a few corporate
jets parked centrally on the field, and the tarmac was torn up and
barricaded right in front of the FBO. Then I noticed another area
near the approach end of 31 that was set aside for crop dusters and
aerial firefighters. After landing, I decided to taxi there and park
next to a quonset hut-style hangar:
27 July- Pierre, SD (cont.)...Scott Chastain's 'America the
27 July- Pierre, SD (cont. cont.)...Scott Chastain's 'America
"The hypnotic and heavenly tapping of light
rain on tent fabric lulled me into a much needed sleep. Then things
Heading to the Airport ...BruceMe
Cowl is done and fits. Fuel tank is
done. Engine is on and mostly installed. Canopy is fit.
Fuselage rivets are repaired. I'd like to wrap up a number of
small issue, then get it to the airport where it belongs next
VANS at Sywell (UK) ...WVM
VANS was at Sywell this weekend for the 70th
birthday of the Light Aircraft Association in UK. I wanted to share
a few pictures with you. Enjoy.
During the presentation (same presentation as on homebuilders diner
September/October 2016 FAA Safety Briefing ...40 pages (PDF)
Day 11. Tracking Pacific ...Vlad's Alaska
Day 11. Driving the Shore...Vlad's Alaska
Day 11. Back to USSR with Jae...Vlad's Alaska
Day 12. Город Сан Франциско!...Vlad's
First Engine Start ...Mark Dickens
If you're bored and want to watch yet
another first engine start video, click here:
No leaks and no fire...engine misses a little at first. Got some
work to do there. All temps looked good.
September 5, 2016. LABOR
DAY. Issue No. 4,196.
Saturday morning just before 0705 I was laying in bed reading the news on
my phone when I thought I could hear a large truck, like a cement
truck, outside slamming doors and making a lot of creaking noise.
Also I thought I heard our son opening and closing cabinets
downstairs. That's odd… What's he doing up? He'll sleep until
noon if you let him. Later in the day I found out it was the earthquake
up in Oklahoma, magnitude 5.6, centered 221 miles north of me.
Minimal damage I later read. RV-8 owner Gary Platner was
visiting his mother in nearby Bartlesville. I gave him a call later
in the day and asked if he felt it (uh, yeah). He said he rolled
back over and went back to sleep. Well, there you go...
I hope you have today off from work and that you do something fun and/or
relaxing with your family and friends!
9A Painted! ...Bruce Peters
Day 9. The Areharts...Vlad's Alaska
Day 10. Stratovolcano Aerial...Vlad's Alaska
Day 10. Via Terrace to Oweekeno Nation....Vlad's Alaska
Day 10. Back to CONUS...Vlad's Alaska
as the storm came on land ...Brian Thompson
27 July: Kindred, ND ...Scott Chastain
27 July: Kindred, ND (Cont.) ...Scott Chastain
RV-3B Flying! ...Larry DeCamp
66 Hours and lots of fun!
September 2, 2016. Issue No. 4,195.
of the site already know how uncomfortable it makes me asking for yearly
donations. But if I don't do just that every now and then, I can't
keep the VAF business afloat. Donations are the difference between profit and
loss each year. 2016 is now 2/3rds over and
have donated (out of 22,661 registered forum users and another 30,000+
unregistered regular 'lurkers').
Call it one out of every fifty
readers so far - roughly $20K after taxes.
If you don't think your honor
system donation matters, please let me assure you it most certainly
does!! The I.T. costs associated with maintaining a forum of this
size runs in the neighborhood of buying a 2-year old Honda Accord
yearly. All I've ever asked is that if you visit the site
regularly, please support it with a $25/yr donation. That's $2.08
a month for something you might visit multiple times a day.
If you've donated in the last nine years, your name is searchable in the
THANK YOU!!! to those individuals who help support this website
with their yearly honor system
I'm sorry for having this commercial up top today. I didn't enjoy
writing it probably like you didn't enjoy reading it. I'm the
breadwinner in our family and I gotta make it work.
The mothership is closed on Monday for Labor Day, but there will be a
Monday VAF edition.
Susie, Audrey, Tate and I would like to wish
you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
Support this site
VAF Hurricane Inland Relocation List ...don't forget it's there
for you to use!
26 July: Roseau, MN ...Scott C
"The approach of a Minnesota morning
pleasantly fell upon the room, and soon I would awaken to the sound
of my soul. I would awaken to the yearnings of my childhood, to the
echoes of an innocence that had been calling me across the American
continent for five wonderful weeks.
I would awaken to a crop duster takeoff. I would awaken to the
freedom of flight"
Update on the Lobster Fly-In
It looks like 10+ plus RVs are coming in
early for the Lobster get-together at Youngs lobster Sept 16th. Most
everyone is stay at my house or other Belfast RVrs homes. We still
have a few more places to put up anyone who wants to come early for
the dinner on Friday.
Day 9. Matanushka Charm and Punches of Tazlina...Vlad's Alaska
The Tour of the Glaciers started with
Matanushka. Beautiful place the ride was very smooth.
Day 9. Nabesna Grandeur and Gulkana Hospitality...Vlad's Alaska
Wondering How Popular RV's Are?
Here's a screen grab off a FAA
Eagle's Nest Projects - Welcomes Granbury High School (TX)
Pop Rivet Art
September 1, 2016. Issue No. 4,194.
Jason got his first ride in an RV Wednesday
at my home field. He's a pilot for Southwest Airlines and hopes to
start building an RV-8 sometime in the near future. He seems pretty
happy about the ride :-).
September Wallpaper Calendar
...courtesy Ed Hicks.
26 July- Roseau, MN ...Scott Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
After making my appointment at the
Polaris factory for a 2:00 p.m. tour, I drove back to the
airport to change into a pair of shoes. On the way, I stopped at the
Roseau War Veterans Memorial that was located in a park along
the main highway. Surrounded by engraved stones memorializing the
lives of veterans of WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War,
the centerpiece read, “Honoring all who served, and dedicated to the
noble deeds of the men and women of Roseau County who served their
country, and especially to the everlasting memory of those who gave
their lives to preserve the freedoms of humanity.”
I was deeply reminded of my purpose by the efficacy of the message
and by the beauty of the memorial itself as it lay awash in the
mid-day sun of an American small town. It fully reinstilled the aim
of my mission as I ventured forth from the square and drove back
onto the wheat-bordered airport. There was a harvest coming soon:
Kevin's RV-7 ...status.
Day 8. Divergent ...Vlad's Alaska
Unalakleet morning started early. I
desperately needed a telephone. First person showed up at a Bering
outfit around 7:30 but they are opening at 8. It appeared to be a
long day. I bought couple gallons of gas to top off the gent at the
counter was trying to give me more change then I paid. They don't
have a knack for math in Unalakleet he was glad to get his seventy
bucks back. A call to Flight Service yielded what I expected. VFR
not recommended icing starts at 10,000 feet all the way down to my
next planned destination Cold Bay PACD. Another lesson learned when
FSS tells you something you don't want to hear you better listen.
Otherwise you will end up like myself 200 NM off course and nearly
300 NM short of your destination.
Day 9. Exiting Alaska...Vlad's Alaska
... it's time to move on. Palmer, AK is a
great stop for a weary traveler. Lodging and food in walking
distance from the airport. $5 for overnight parking well worth it.
ADS-B and smog?
My father-in-law and I flew up to Kentucky
to pick up a plane this morning. We were cruising about 5500 feet
past Nashville and he says, "Hey did you check weather?" I said,
"Well yeah, it's supposed to be clear til this afternoon when the
thunderstorms build up." Then he shows me this on the G3X Touch
radar screen and says, "What the heck!" Looked like light to
moderate rain covering the Nashville area... but the other picture
is the view out the window in that direction. The METARs we got in
the area all showed clear below 12,000 and good visibility.
There is an Air Quality Alert today, with a defined haze layer and a
fair amount of smog. Would smog show up as moderate rain on ADS-B?