May 24, 2018. Issue
52F airport manager
Rob Reece running the rented roller Wednesday at my home field.
Smoothing out the grass areas, making the airport grass cutting
crew's job a little less off-road. Getting better all the
time! www.Fly52F.org is
our field's URL.
New RV-7A Owner Checks In ...Joe Kohn
Thanks to all of you that answered my ad when I was looking for
RV7A, 8A, or 9A a few weeks ago. I found a pristine RV7A, that was
right under my nose and 15 minutes from my house in Arlington,
Texas. I love it and I am proud to show her off. I bought my first
RV a couple years ago, RV9A, and sold her and regretted it ever
since. I have already flown the 7A almost five hours and there is
nothing like it, especially the Garmin G3X Touch. Looking forward to
Found During Condition Inspection ...bruceh 9A
I'm in the middle of doing my annual condition inspection, so the
wing tips were off again. I had disconnected my J Pole antenna and
put the APRS antenna that I got with the tracker inside the wing tip
back several months ago. The changing of the antenna solved the
issue I was experiencing with packets not getting heard. I was back
to spitting out packets reliably. When I did this change, I just
left the J Pole antenna in the wing tip (figuring I might need to
use it again if the other antenna wasn't the solution).
I pulled out the J Pole antenna and found this on the end.
RV-14 Flap Travel: Reflex ...Scott
RV-14 (and RV-10) have a custom designed airfoil meant to reduce
induced drag in level flight at high speed cruise. The ailerons are
rigged to match the desired reflex shape of the airfoil but since
the flaps are movable, they can be moved out of the reflex position.
This essentially makes the wing act like it has a bit more wing
area, improving climb performance slightly.
The way we fly our RV-10's and 14's is to take-off with whatever
flap setting you choose (1/2 or zero), and then position them to
zero for climb.
Then position them to -3 as you level off and set cruise power.
After decent and leveling off to enter the pattern, return them to
zero and then use flaps as desired (within the limitations of Vfe)
In simpler terms - reflex position for cruise and decent - zero for
We have G3X (with GAD27 module) in our RV-10 and had no problem
setting up the indicator for -3, 0, 15, and 30 degrees.
specific to the airfoil design and a reduction in induced drag.
Otherwise it would be beneficial to all the RV's, regardless of what
Intersection Fairing, Rain and Birdsh*t Tape ...Steve Melton
"...the plane sat on the ramp in Wichita for 10 days while I
painted my father's house. before I departed I placed tape on the
intersection fairing thinking it would keep the rain out. it worked
well and it also kept all of the bird **** out too. you would not
believe all of the bird s h i t running down the vertical stab.
cleaned. picture of the tape.
Customer Interior Shots ...Luke D
Here's another beautiful RV from France. Lot's of nice features.
Thank you for the pictures Alain!
Intel Wanted ...Vlad the Traveller
In couple days my buddy and I are westbound. I've been over
Denver couple times crossing the Rockies back and forth but alone
and I took the beating in the middle of the day. This time I am
going with someone I would like to keep comfortable. Could be a
future RV owner. I am wondering what's the reasonable overnight
place would be in this quadrant? I would like to jump the
Rockies in the morning heading to the highest elevation airport.
Flight Data Systems News
(Charles Newman) "We have started producing the LC-50 Lighting
Controller again and would like to make the VAF community aware it
is now available.
http://www.fdatasystems.com/lc-lighting-controllers/ for more
Fuel Injection Star Wheel Adjustment
Q: Hi All,
My IO 320 D1A idles roughly and there is no rise in RPM moving to
idle cut off. This, and black smoke on start, indicate it is running
too rich idles at 700 RPM once warmed. I've read on carbs engines
the mixture adjustment needle is turned out one to one and a half
turns in most cases from closed. I have moved the star wheel in the
lean direction a number of clicks (10) and still have rough idle and
no rise. Do I need to make several turns as opposed to moving it
clicks. Anyone able to give me a starting distance between the two
blocks where the star wheel is positioned.
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