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April 28, 2017.   Issue No. 4,361.
  Made room for airplane therapy and spent an hour removing wheel pants and the top cowling so I could bleed the RV-6 brakes - the left one is a little spongy lately and it acts like there's an air bubble in there.  While all this was off, I stripped the tailwheel area down to clean/re-grease (the key wasn't grabbing in the lock position like it usually does).  The rest of the time lately my world has been orbiting around email and accounting.  My 1-employee (me) small business was randomly selected (Yayyy!!!) by the Texas Workforce Commission* for an audit, so gathering up that info amongst other normal life processes has me loosing ground in the Battle for Timely Email Comms.  Apologies to those reaching out that probably feel I've blown you off (it's me, not you).  The inbox is many pages long, but I'll get through it eventually.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe, low email count, RV-filled weekend!  ;^) 

     *it says 'we're here to help' in their banner logo <rolling eyes>

Left Coast Trip ...blahphish RV-10

Our adventure machine got us safely through 25 hours of flying and 4,000nm on an amazing trip out west.  ...


From the Mothership

(from FB) "Van’s will be without builder support Friday, April 28th. Questions sent via email will be answered as soon as possible on Monday next week.  All other departments are available as usual.  We apologize for the inconvenience."  [ed. I called Cynthia at Van's later and she said it might be a little longer, possibly 5/3.  She recommends anyone needing tech support EMAIL their questions WITH PICS to support 'at' vansaircraft 'dot' com and that will help the crew get a specific answer to you sooner. v/r,dr].

Related: Support Position Opening at Van's Aircraft


RV-10 Paint Update #2 ...Auburntsts

So with the white base on, the stripes and N-number shadowing has been applied. After that's all dried, the color for the cabin, top cowl, and wing/emp flashes will get sprayed.


Rib Deburring made easy....DIY ...Erik Lanning

Take 1 inch scotchbrite wheel and cut into pie pieces. Then thread pie piece onto threaded Dremel adapter. Finally, shape scotchbrite pie piece into a cone. Then debur away......1000x faster.


RV-14 bottom cowl misalignment with air filter frame cover...Rocky005

Our RV-14A bottom cowl has a misalignment with air filter frame cover and the bottom cowl air intake scoop is too low, this is causing issues with fitting the rubber seals. I have linked a photo of our issue and the other side not in the photo is the same (ie its symmetrical and not twisted).  Our cowls have been fitted as per the plans and the gap around the spinner is perfect.  It looks like a few other builds has this issue from photo's on their blogs but I have not seen a description of how they remade this area with a mix of cotton flox with epoxy resin. Anyone also have this issue and please share a few photo's of your repair?


Plenum Thread Activity ....chock full 'o pics


Hi Res/LARGE RV Panel Pics

A project continues...   Use your smart phone to take a pic of your RV panel.  Email it to me full size.  I'll host it.  Here's my panel full size as an example (3,264 x 2,448 pixels) - taken with a nothing-special iPhone.

More are starting to come in now...  See 'em.


Drainage Improvements ...my home field.

At Fly52F.org...matting laid down to hold seeds in place.  Made out of coconut husks I was told.


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)

04-29-2017: EAA Chapter 268 Young Eagles Event
05-06-2017: Essex Skypark, MD (W48) - Pancake Breakfast
05-20-2017: KFFC RV Squadron Fly-In & Cookout !!, EAA Chapter 846 Fly-In Pancake Breakfast
06-03-2017: Bakersfield, CA Annual Fly-in EAA Chapt. 71
06-10-2017: Mitch Lock Fly-In (W29)...Chesapeake Sport Pilot
06-17-2017: Boone Iowa (KBNW) RV Day


Mothership News

Off Topic

My wife and I split a meal at Wendy's Thursday.  "What's the name for the order?"  "Doug".   This was on the receipt - and it happens more times than you might think (sometimes it's 'Dug'...once 'Doh').

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