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Advertise on VAF.

December 13, 2019.  Issue #4,977.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
  (Need a part-time contract pilot?...DFW area)

Kicking Around an Idea I Have For My RV-6 ...dr

I'm thinking of maybe mounting a GMC 507 dedicated autopilot control in a cutout on my glare shied - centered in the middle.  For the last decade I've been turning on AP modes with a series of soft keystrokes at the bottom of the PFD.  Hear me out on this for a bit before you form an opinion.  It's only an inch deep, weighs almost nothing, and I think I might be able to find somebody in the interwebs to 3D print me a mount that would allow both securing the 507 in the mount, and the mount to the glare shield.

While talking with Brad from Garmin over lunch he mentioned something about some people 3D printing switch housings for stuff.  Later in the day it dawned on me I could use this maybe as a GMC 507 solution.

The edges could be tapered down to a point on top and bottom to make it look a little more professional in appearance.  You could put holes on the side for pencils.  Horrible rendition here...

- will it compromise the structural integrity of the glare shield.  I don't think so but I'm not sure.  I'll call the mothership during non-peak hours.
- will it impact my FOV on T/O and landing (NO - I made an actual-size cutout and sat in the plane (more pictures HERE).  Put the camera lens right in front of my pupil on one of the pics.
- will it impact my ability to see the switches (NO - see above)
- it would travel up/down as the canopy is opened/closed.

Anyway, I'm still thinking this through.  It sure would make interacting with the AP more similar to the stuff I've been flying lately on extra paper routes.  99% of that flying is spinning HDG and ALT knobs and pushing buttons on that panel.  Commonality of workflow...

Has anyone done this in a side by side RV?  Fun to think about.

More to come and happy to hear feedback.  I created a thread.  v/r,dr

Supporting images:

AFCS control panel on Pilatus PC-12NG

Guidance panel on Falcon 900 (EASy II)

Flight guidance panel Cessna Caravan


Old Farts Flying Club OFFC '19/'20 Season  ...turbo

"...this is all from our fearless leader roger. florida flying at its best every thursday wx permitting. message me and i will get you on the email list for the greatest show going. Turbo out.

Old Farts...
Here's a quick recap on our Thursday, December 5th Lunch at Aero Acres (FD88). The weather was just about perfect... so 52 fixed wing and three whirlybirds showed up. WOW! All went without a hitch. The food was catered by the nearby Carter's Grocery. It was incredible. If anyone went home hungry, it wasn't our fault. Ribs, chicken, potato salad, baked beans, green beans, collard greens, cornbread and peach cobbler. The early arrivals went through nearly 100 cups of coffee and two big trays of pastries. When we tallied up the money... it showed that we fed 110 people and cleared $130. That goes into an Old Fart reserve, to help cover the dreaded event when WX causes a bunch of no-shows and a catering bill to pay."  continue


Seen at Monk's

I took this picture of a mod'd brake fluid bottle Randy uses around his shop (he goes through a lot of brake fluid working on planes).  He added a valve so he can easily pressurize the bottle.  Said that 30 pounds is perfect - if you put in 31 the escape valve on the right side pops up.


James' New Panel

...it begins (RV-4).  Out with the old.  Developing....


December is Pledge Drive Month ...totals updated 12/8/19 1715Z

Dear VAF site/forum readers,

December is pledge drive month and as you know we use the honor system. If you are a regular VAF reader and haven't donated yet in '19, PLEASE consider it (
how to). Working VAF full time while trying to get a part time commercial side gig thing going (haven't broke even yet but am embracing the suck) and putting some resumes out there for a possible third part time gig in a sim (fingers crossed). Small business owner life is stunningly expensive and 24/7, and there is very little down time (flown the RV 39.8 hrs in '19).

Bill Gates I ain't and donations really, really matter in our family.

Please take two minutes to read the 'Support VAF' page if you haven't, and thank you if you are one of the
1,650* people who have sent in a little over $27K after taxes so far this year. We're approaching 28,000 registered forum accounts. Call it 5% donated so far, half that if you include unregistered 'lurkers'.

I'll never swamp you with emails, letters or pop-up ads. I'll NEVER track or sell your keystrokes and clicks like all the other social media sites, and I'll never ask for more than $25. Two bucks a month...a cup of coffee...for a nice, civil, non-politics (a rare thing) virtual watering hole promoting the greatest hobby and people on earth. 

Please help me keep it afloat.

I hate having to even have a pledge drive, but without it we're in the red as a business. The margins are that tight. Thanks again to those who help keep this site going...and my family fed and sheltered. I'll keep trying my hardest to bring you a quality product.

Kindest and best,
Doug (and Susie, Audrey and Tate).

*as of 12/8/19  1715Z
(Need a part-time contract pilot?...DFW area)


So, Did you Ever See That Episode of 'The Office' w/the Golden Tickets?...mothership

"So, we've stuffed all these Golden Tickets in our 2020 calendars, and there's something we want to explain. Some of these tickets may or may not have fine print on them, which may or may not entitle the holder to something more than was originally intended. Are we in Scranton or something? Sure feels a bit like an episode of The Office!"

Order a calendar HERE


VAFcast #7 ...James Walsh RV-4


Mothership Job Openings


----->>>>> How to Minimize the Chance You <<<<<-----
----->>>>> Could be Dealing with a Scammer <<<<<-----
...when using the classifieds.


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photo courtesy Fred Bauer, Jr.

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

11-02-2019: 1st Annual Chili Cookoff & Fly-In


Would You Build an RV "Super Cub"?

If you would, let me know and I'll add your name/comments to my sales pitch.  You never know....     (80) people ready to order.  

Off Topic


I'm interested.  Are you looking for a PC-12 or Caravan PIC or (due to insurance or company policy) a right-seater in your King Air / Citation / Phenom / HondaJet, etc?   I'm looking for part-time flying opportunities in the DFW area that might lead to a) the left seat and b) me supplementing my VAF income a little.  Willing to start on the farm team.
1,700+ hrs PIC.  I am PIC insurance-current in the Cessna Grand Caravan EX (recurrent training completed 5/8/19).   Flying resume and letters of recommendation upon request Age 54.  46 bpm resting heart rate.  169.5 lbs.  BP 117/72.  Lifelong non-smoker. EKG 10/22/19 (Apple watch)
Doug Reeves.
(more info, flying experience)


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