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March 23, 2018. Issue
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
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.
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
is untouched in Photoshop. I shot a burst of about 20
pictures in that five seconds and knew we could go home right then.
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
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
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
What do you guys think?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Location: Molalla Oregon
Asking Price: $95,000
"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
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.
more info on this plane
[ed. I miss my friend very
much, and I hope somebody
takes very good care of his plane. ]
RV-12 (Powered with Rotax 912ULS) ALSO SEE
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05-05-2018: 4th annual Ramona airport RVfly in BBQ,
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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
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