physical hangar of DR,LLC. Sheltering and
constructing Van's RVs (and more). Social
Hello. My name is Doug Reeves. I grew up
in Waco, TX and now live with my wife and kids just
north of Dallas, TX. In 1997 I started
for the tens of thousands of people building, flying
and dreaming about
kitplanes. I built and fly an RV-6. Over
the next decade the site morphed into my full time
Before emailing me you might want to take a minute
I may have already answered your question. If
that didn't help, you can send me an email, but I
get a lot - more than humanly possible to respond to
Your email stands a better chance of getting through
the fog if it has a catchy subject line (extra
credit if it makes me laugh). My current email
address is below. It changes from time to time
as spam reaches a certain level - the current email
address used will always be listed on this page.
Yours (occasionally) above the surface,
(completed 2002) ...for cooler Wx, trips down to
Waco, Austin and Houston to see relatives, acro and
formation. One of the best overall airplanes
on the planet, IMHO.
1946 Piper J3C
...for warmer Wx and enjoying
the local countryside at 45mph low enough to smell
the cut hay. Inexpensive flying....$11 in
avgas for a half hour. We are the 23rd owners
of this 66yr old aircraft. Flying and expenses
are split between a handful of friends, making it
about as expensive as owning an old motorcycle.
...and turning away from airplanes for a bit.
My lovely wife teaches yoga (about
co-founded a non-profit that provides free yoga for cancer
patients and survivors (Yoga
and makes yoga-inspired jewelry (shop).
The stat that counts:
During the first eight months of 2013, the
VAF Forums served up nearly 15,000,000 ad impressions to
unique visitors. We're on track for 20,000,000
impressions this year. Lot of eyeballs...eyeballs with
Would love to have you
onboard. I just ask two
things: 1. The product or service be RV-related and....
2. That you pay up front before the ad goes live, and by the due date when invoiced
down the road. Why up front? I've been burned in
the past - and the back and forth via email is a lot of
trouble for a 1-person company.
Here's my logic on this - if
you hem and haw and make excuses that have me emailing you
multiple times to get the check you agreed to send, how do I
know you won't do that with the RV community and your
product? If you can't pay on time, please don't bother
contacting me. I'm a one man shop and only have ten
interested? Great!!! OK, work up an ad graphic using the
graphic here as a reference. Feel free to save the
image to your computer so you'll have the correct
dimensions to start with. Email me for an
advertising rate card. If it still sounds good,
simply email me your graphic, tell me which URL to have
clicking on the ad take readers to and include the
mailing address where the invoice needs to be mailed.
Easy parcheezy. If you want to update the ad from
time to time, that would be just fine.
Why Advertise on VAF?
(email for an advertising rate card)
April 2013 Flying Magazine
(click to enlarge)
December 2012 Flying
Magazine Blurb about VansAirForce.net
Brought to my attention by Larry Pardue. The word I'm
most proud made it into the article was 'politely'.
(Speaking of community, Van's....)
October 2011 Flying
Magazine Blurb about VansAirForce.net
In an article by Stephen Pope on Van's Aircraft,
VansAirForce.net was mentioned favorably. One minor
correction...in the article it reads incorrectly that I was the
founder of 'Van's Air Force'. What I actually did was
create a WEBSITE called VansAirForce.net in 1997. The
term 'Van's Air Force' has been around for decades.
It was very satisfying to see this site referred to as "the largest
online community for devotees of all things Van's."
Many thanks to Mr. Pope and Flying.
a) The October 2011 Issue of Flying
b) The article about Van's Aircraft
c) The paragraph mentioning this site...
VansAirforce.net/.com Pageview Stats
visitors land on the
front page of ¯¯VAF¯¯ first, scanning the summarized items of
interest, then jumping off into the
forums for several minutes. There they view an average of six posts
daily. An advertisement in the forums (which includes
a free ad on the front page) will be seen on average 70,000+
times daily (M-F). Below is a recent stat snapshot:
Front page of VAF:
VansAirForce.net Forums Global Coverage Don Hall imported the
city/state fields of the 11,000+ (in 2007) users currently registered in the
VAF Forums (there are another 25,000+ 'lurkers' that aren't in
the data). Anyway, he sucked the data into Google Earth and
provided a graphic showing where people are logging in from.
What you see below represents
of the viewers visiting from North America. For every
registered user there are three 'lurkers'.
Ads in the forums
are currently being viewed hundreds of thousands of times each
week from all
over the globe.
emailing/voice mailing/private messaging/texting me, please read...
I sent you an email/voice mail/private message/text. Why didn't you get back to me?
If your email doesn't reference one of the items below you
will probably not get a reply.
Forum login issue
Some long lost friend from my
Let me explain in
If your phone rang every five minutes around the clock, and everyone left a message,
how long could you hold out before turning it off?
The last thing I want is to have someone upset at me because
I haven't responded to a call/email/IM/PM/vMail/letter/note/smoke
signal. Having said that, the stark reality is I get more
requests than I can respond to. It's an uncomfortable
feeling that I never get used to, knowing that if I typed and talked
day and night I couldn't keep up.
Some examples I get on an hourly basis: 'Why did you delete my post about selling my washing
machine on eBay?'
engine/avionics/prop/tools should I buy?'
'What buttons do I push to engage the VNAV portion of the
coupled approach on
the RNAV GPS 17 plate at KDTO on my G3X EFIS/GXPilot'?
'Can you send me
a larger version of a plane image you posted 2yrs ago? It was
red.' 'Can you tell me what my plane is worth?'
'I'm thinking of buying XXXX's RV. Can you tell me if
you think the price is fair?'
'I'm writing a paper on XXXXX, can I ask you some questions?'
'I have the same radio as you and it's giving me an error.
Help!' 'I'm starting a small business. Can I pick your
brain for a bit?'
'I'm trying to get in touch with XXXXXX. Got his/her
number?' 'Can you tell me how to do a web site / what software do you use
/ what cameras?'
'Why are you such a jerk?' Why won't you answer my damn
None of the questions above are
at all unreasonable, and I answered them for years for tens of thousands of people. Then, over the
course of a decade or so the site got a good head of online steam, and the
emails really started coming in. It is not unusual for me to
emails/vmails/PMs/texts/calls a day,
and no matter how much typing/talking I do, it keeps growing (doing
Of course, that's the way it works - you reply to a question and usually
that person will ask one or two more in a follow up (completely
understandable). But in
the mean time more folks are asking things, so the pile always
grows, never shrinks. OK to deal with for a little bit...not
so much 365/24/7 for the rest of your life.
Hopefully, you can understand now why
I'm not on FaceBag or Tweeter, or any other social media site.
my wrists started to hurt. Time for an executive
decision - cut down email by 99%. The wrist pain stopped.
The good news is I'm making enough money with the website to pay
some bills and keep a little gas in the plane. The bad news is I
don't make enough to hire an assistant to answer all the emails (even a virtual
So it's just me and my 10 fingers for the foreseeable future.
There might be a time some time in the future where the economics
will support a virtual assistant, but right now the numbers are just
And, I have obligations outside the business that I want to fulfill (family, friends, health, etc).
Too much computer time will burn a fella out, make 'em throw the
dang thing away and convince them to move to the mountains.
Brains aren't wired for constant computer. It'll make you dumb. Read 'The
Shallows' if you want to explore some of the science behind it.
So, due to both the laws of physics and
limitations of the human hand, it is a virtual certainty
that if your email isn't advertiser/forum login related you
will not get a reply.
For RV-related questions,
nearly 17,000+ human brains in the VAF forums 'brain trust' is
where I always suggest people go. Rocket scientists, aeronautical engineers and brain surgeons hang
out in there....literally. People mucho moss
intelligente than moi.
It is my sincere hope you won't feel slighted by a non-response.
I have become, by circumstance, design and choice, a 1-person company with a very,
VERY tightly defined scope. This while staying as
far away from the corporate mindset as is physically and mentally
possible. A quarter century of that lifestyle killed off a large part
of my soul, and I'm trying to nurse it back to good health
as a pirate.
Flying helps. Truth be told I don't want a staff. Staff =
meetings and status reports and all those scenes from the
movie Office Space that make you cringe.
If you don't hear back from me, again, please accept my apologies
PS: Same goes for the cell
phone. If I don't recognize the caller ID as being from a
family member or close friend (or a couple of folks up at the Van's
factory), I don't usually pick up. If your
caller ID says 'Blocked'...well...you know <g>.