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March 23, 2018.   Issue #4,528.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

Some Teaser Shots

Monk and Plaster asked if I would take some pics of a -6 coming up for sale soon.  Absolutely....my usual rate (one lunch up to and including $10).  And I get to use the pics on the site if I don't screw 'em up.


Thursday a.m. we went up for a quick .2 and got some.  That's Plaster above holding station from the right seat - I know he's cussing me at the time as I was pretty close to being directly between his pupil and the center of the sun.  There for about five seconds the paint on the plane seemed to fluoresce.  The pic here is  untouched in Photoshop.  I shot a burst of about 20 pictures in that five seconds and knew we could go home right then.


Once Monk and I landed I stood on the taxiway and got some touch and go passes.  What a beautiful RV.  Some more pics.

Of note is the tiny landing light just above the airbox intake.

More info when I have it...


New RV-6 owner in Northern Illinois ...Jonathan Gruber

Just wanted to test out my ability to post and also introduce myself. Picked up a "finished" (are we ever REALLY finished) rv-6. Very excited to become a part of thus group and I'll see everyone in the sky. Aircraft is based out of KDPA.


Why you do a 360* on the ramp before taking off...

...to see if you're leaking oil during mag check, etc.  Seen on the run-up ramp at 52F 3/22/18.  dr.



RV-14 Milestone ...control

Engine mounted

Not torqued yet, I did not really plan to mount it today but when all fittings were in place I just could not help myself from trying. Even without help, I was able to get all the bolts in, in around 30 minutes.


Prototyping Technician Needed


Well Rested Pilots Fly Better (maybe)

I downloaded a free app called Sleep Cycle for my iPhone the other day.  Used it Wednesday night for the first time (graph below).

"An intelligent alarm clock that analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase – the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed. No need to place your device in bed - Sleep Cycles uses sound analysis sleep tracking."

Note the snoring blips around 0400.  It recorded (7) snoring events spread out over (19) minutes, and no I won't pay $30/yr to hear them - the free, non-premium version serves my needs.

I asked it to wake me sometime between 0615 - 0630.  It chose 0626 based on the sounds I was making. 

It ties into the health app already on my phone.  Screen grab of the steps page below (guess what day back spasms paid a visit?). 


My Vans RV Conundrum ...new guy Dave chimes in

I have been thinking seriously about trading my Mooney for a Vans RV-9/A. It better fits my mission which is mostly me flying around by myself in good weather with no particular place I need to go. I think it would save me a bit of money in fuel burn, replacement parts and upgrades and it would be newer with not so much history, mechanics, repairs, annuals and the like on it.

My ideal Vans would be the 9/A with an IO-320, CS prop and either a tip up, or slider, I haven't decided. It would also have to have a nice, standard layout panel with at least two axis auto pilot, dual coms, WAAS GPS, engine monitoring and a good audio panel. ADS-B in and out and a 406 ELT would be great too. Unfortunately there are four serious things preventing me from pursuing this plan. In order of seriousness-
  1. Safety. I like the 9 because it has the lowest stall speed and that means the slowest touch down in an off field landing scenario, but it seems that if you land a Vans on anything that isn't hard and prepared, you end up upside down, hanging from your harness and most times trapped by a stuck canopy. Ditching a Vans in water sounds like suicide, or at least very, very slim chances of a good outcome. I feel much more confident in the Mooney's ability to land off field and in water. I also feel very confident of the Mooney's strength in the airframe. I'm not so sure about the Vans.
  2. The wife. I mentioned in passing that I was thinking of trading the Mooney and she was ho-hum about that... until I told her I was thinking of an experimental! She was pretty strongly against that idea! It will take a lot of convincing that it is just as safe and I first have to convince myself.
  3. The wife. The cabin in the Mooney is tight, but I think the Vans cabin is even tighter. It feels very narrow to me. As we get older, neither of us is getting any skinnier. There is also poor baggage area access, or capacity. While it has only occurred three or four times in the last seven years, it would be nice to keep the ability to take the wife along for a weekend. I'm not so sure how well the Vans can handle this job.
  4. Money. I don't think I can get anywhere near enough money for my Mooney to get a nice clean, well built RV-9 configured the way I want it and then do all the things that will need to be done to make it mine. I will have to sell my Mooney and then likely pony up even more money. While I have the money and could do this, right now is not a financially great time for me to do it.
What do you guys think?


Very Special RV-6 For Sale ...our friend Joe Blank's RV-6

Being Offered for sale By Tricia Blank.
Van's Aircraft RV-6
Built from a Quick Build (QB) Kit
Sliding Canopy

Location: Molalla Oregon
Asking Price: $95,000

(Scott McDaniels)
"This airplane was built, maintained, and flown by Joe Blank.  Up until losing a courageous battle with cancer in Nov. 2016, Joe was a Factory Demo Pilot / Technical Support guy at Van's Aircraft.  The airplane is well know by many within the RV community because of Joe's employment at Van's, his participation as an FFI Flight Lead team member in the West Coast Ravens, and his participation in many other formation events including numerous world record formation flights.

I have been the caretaker, pilot, and maintainer of this airplane since Joe's passing, and will be the contact person for inquiries for additional info., etc.
Please contact me via PM or e-mail and I will get back to you ASAP.  [ed. If you don't have a VAF forum account you can email me and I'll get your contact info to Scott.  v/r,dr].

The attached list of configuration and equipment has been made to the best of my ability; having not personally built or owned the airplane. It is the full responsibility of any interested party to confirm any specific details of interest.

Scott McDaniels" 

more info on this plane

video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VImNBuJW3sQ

more videos

[ed. I miss my friend very much, and I hope somebody
takes very good care of his plane.


SB 18-03-06 ...mothership

RV-12 (Powered with Rotax 912ULS) ALSO SEE Revisions and Changes.  Replace the throttle return springs


How to Minimize the Chance You Could be Dealing with a Scammer

...when using the classifieds.

Model-specific subforums

photo courtesy Van's Aircraft, Inc.






photo courtesy Fred Bauer, Jr.

VAF Calendar ...upcoming Events for the Next 60 Day(s)

05-05-2018: 4th annual Ramona airport RVfly in BBQ,
4th annual Ramona airport RVfly in BBQ

Off Topic


The Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate's Experimental Plasma Effects Weapon

The U.S. military’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program, or JNLWD, is inching closer to a weapon that alters atoms to literally create words from thin air. It’s called the Laser-Induced Plasma Effect and, fingers crossed, they hope to be able to say intelligible words within the next three years.

The weapon is composed of two parts: first, a femtosecond laser, which shoots a burst of focused light for 10−15 seconds, just long enough to rip the electrons from air molecules and create a ball of plasma. (Sometimes called the fourth state of matter, plasma is a field of electrified gas, highly responsive to electromagnetic effects.) The scientists then hit that plasma field with a second nanolaser, tuned to an extremely narrow range of wavelengths. They use that to manipulate the plasma field in a way that can produce light and noise. Get the interaction precise enough and you get something that sounds like a haunted walkie-talkie. This video was taken in Feb of 2018

Think bouncing a laser off a object 10 miles away and having it talk.

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