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Wed Jul 23, 2014  1204Z

Took my 'not so little' son for his first RV-8 ride ...Paul Tuttle

Pleasant Experiences ...DanH

Seems like I've been all over the east coast recently for business and pleasure. I had no idea exactly what to expect in the case of two recent destinations, and both turned out to be quite pleasant. Consider this to be a recommendation.

The outlying GA airports have not been convenient in getting to a particular truck auction I attend in Orlando, so I decided to give Orlando International (MCO) a try. It's just 5 miles from the sale.

Still trekking to the West ...Vlad

Garmin® Team X Introduces New G3X™ Touch 7-Inch Touchscreen Display Option And Connext™ Cockpit Connectivity for Experimental Aircraft

OLATHE, Kan. /July 23, 2014/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today a new 7-inch G3X Touch display option for experimental amateur-built and light sport aircraft. The new high-resolution infrared touchscreen display compliments the existing 10.6-inch

The RV Community Mourns the Passing of Scott Balmos' Mom

Where Is Everybody? (OSH)

Baffles: Status Report ...akarmy

New MGL iEFIS Discovery Lite

"We usually have something new each year to celebrate Oshkosh. This time is no difference.  The new iEFIS Discovery "Lite" will be gracing MGL's booth at Oshkosh next week."

RV team formation Chile!!!



Tue Jul 22, 2014  1202Z

Mom Visit #3

Some morning fog popped up for a bit making for a nice sunrise photo.

This RV-6 is a godsend.  Trip #3 in the RV down to visit with Mom as she battles her medical issues turned a 10hr roundtrip car nightmare into a 3hr, 99% on autopilot, chair in the sky to eat my morning oatmeal in.  1hr 22min down and 1hr 25min back in the air and 1.5hrs in two cars in two cities - slipping into the new weekly routine.  Once again the folks at Henriksen Jet Center at KTME batted 1000, handing me the keys to the Cadillac crew car with the great a/c.  Appreciated in 'it's not a dry heat' Houston.

Coupled up on the RNAV 18 LPV approach (VFR conditions).
Turned off the A/P over the numbers. What a magic carpet.
click to enlarge)

We visited for a few hours, went over the Nationwide race stats on my iPad there in her room, talked some about music and worked the rehab plan a bit.  The flowers that Sydney, Gary, Clayton, Randy and Tony sent earlier were on the dresser front and center.  Mom got a little emotional talking about you guys.  She really appreciated the gesture (as do I).

The greatest hobby on earth pays unanticipated dividends yet again.  I am grateful for the airplane that takes me to see Mom so painlessly, but just as grateful for the network of friends that showed up along the way.  I am Blessed. 

A selfie only a mother could love.  Reading glasses over prescription sunglasses and an Aerox oxygen
rig stuck up my nose.  Took the photo for Mom, but I look so goofy I felt compelled to share.


First flight for N229Zulu ...Jesse Bentley RV-8 (Jeff Point test pilot)


HB-YRV Gets Airborne


Garmin® GTN™ Adds Capability with Connext™ Cockpit Connectivity, WireAware™ and More

OLATHE, Kan. /July 22, 2014/Business Wire — Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced today additional enhancements and new features for the GTN touchscreen avionics. New capabilities include Connext cockpit connectivity, which supports wireless flight plan transfer between the


OSH14 RV-10 Builders Cookout: Sunday 7/27


Welcome www.AircraftPropeller.com

And a group buy begins ...(more on this)



Mon Jul 21, 2014  0257Z

Alaska- First Encounter...Vlad

I started planning a trip to Alaska two years ago. First time the life was in the way, second time - a job transition. NOW or NEVER I said to myself. Took a vacation plus some unpaid time, loaded my plane with all kinds of gear a pilot could imagine (except a thing I really needed) and launched.  continue


Titan R409 & EFii Fuel and Ignition Tests, Success

Busy week at Titan Engines. Bart, Sue, and I are rounding third with Oshkosh preparations. I have so much to share but Ill focus this thread on status of R409 testing and experience with EFii system on R409. Over the past few weeks we have been focusing our efforts on fine tuning peak performance on R409 with AX50 cylinders. The new chamber is much more efficient than traditional cylinders so we wanted to get the most out them. One problem we where running into was lack of fuel at the top end. We tried our own ECi fuel system as well as brand B fuel injection. With these we were able to reach 229hp at 2800rpm and about 434lbs of torque at 2400, impressive but not quite what we expected. I had recently sold a X370 engine to a guy that wanted the new EFii system. So we agreed to install it for him with the assistance of Robert Paisley from Protech and run it on the dyno to break in engine. To our surprise the system was easy to install and even easier to fine tune the customers engine. After this experience I decided to order up a Dual EFii system for my RV8 and test it on the R409. Good decision, the power came up to 234hp and the torque jumped to 454lbs at 2400 rpm... Bart has been for the past two days and I can't wait to put this back on the RV8 this weekend, note the time of this thread.  ...


Fortuitous Failure… Paul Dye

I hate it when things break on the airplanes, but we all REALLY hate it when things break on a trip! Today was a good reminder that if you are planning on your big annual trek to Oshkosh, it might be a good idea to do a little local flying and some systems and airplane checks to make sure everything is ready to go.

I am headed out on a flying trip tomorrow to visit some companies and fly some airplanes – the trip will end up with Airventure so I’ll be on the road for two weeks. The Valkyrie is the plane of choice for this trip for a number of reasons, and since I had a bunch of things to get done today to get ready to be gone, Louise volunteered to run it over to Carson City to fill it up with fuel so I can leave for points east before sunrise tomorrow. When the phone rang about twenty minutes after she left, I figured we had trouble.  continue


Status: Windscreen Band ...Blain


July Experimenter


Tina's Latest.... www.TinasPilotShop.com



Fri Jul 18, 2014  1148Z
  Have a nice RV weekend.

RV-4 and Hurricane Ridge ...Steve Rush video

If there can be said to be some small benefit to all the excessively warm weather we have had in the Northwest lately, it is that the resulting air mass is very smooth and calm.

I went out to Pt. Angeles and Hurricane ridge and got some decent video. I was even stalked by a naked (unpainted) 747-8. It was flying in the same area only a couple thousand feet above me. It was kind of cool until I realized that it was going to pass right over me and that put me in a position I definitely did not want to be in.

RV White Pages Updated

Note: A couple of people didn't include a phone number and one didn't include what he was building.  If you submitted your information and don't see it in the list, please resubmit and I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

Mission Accomplished ...Vlad

It took two weeks and almost 97 hours on the Hobbs. Airplane and pilot were pushed to their limits. Airplane performed flawlessly without a single hiccup I couldn't say the same about the driver

Special thanks to:

Rockwood9 you brought me good luck brother. You pushed me out of the nest a day earlier and it was the right choice. And I finished the major portion of the trip where I started - at Lansing, MI...

Humptybump, Glen thank you for the valuable intel on the go. Thank you for your virtual Trip Headquarters, advice and suggestions. It wouldn't be that smooth without your help.

Thank you Bryan Douglass of Missoula, JackM and Jim of Prosser WA. I owe you big time.

Thank you Bruce and Crystal Stamper for turning me around and entertaining for two days. Who knows where I would end if I pressed back to Yakutat in that bad even for Alaskans weather.

Greg and Julia Arehart - picturesque place and nice guest house in British Columbia. My hat is off to you. You brought oil for my plane from CONUS I am very glad I have such friends.

August and Bonnie Lehmann if you are reading this I'll never forget your flying ranch at Dawson Creek, BC. Please accept my gratitude.

The Sterlings, Glen and Connie of Hulett, WY. I know it was a trap and Glen mastered it very well. Enjoyed time by the Devils Tower with both of you. Will be back in two years.

It may take a while to digest what happened during those couple weeks but I promise you all a slide show with subtitles. It will be vetted of course but not much. Stay tuned

Summer Trip Update ...Tommy and gang

The RV Hotel List Updated

Garmin Mode S Transponder Software Upgrades at Oshkosh

Those of you visiting the G3X tent at Oshkosh know that it is common to see people carrying their portable GPS units into the tent for free software upgrades.

We decided to take this a step further this year and offer free software upgrades for Garmin Mode S transponders used in Experimental aircraft.

Just bring your GTX23ES, GTX330, or GTX330ES transponder in to us at the G3X tent at Oshkosh (just North of Hangar D) and we will install the freshly certified V7.04 software into your transponder while you wait. It only takes about 2 minutes to accomplish this update.

Sorry, but we are not equipped to perform sign-offs for certified aircraft, so please only these transponders installed in experimental aircraft.

We will take drop-ins, but we would appreciate getting an idea of how many plan to bring their transponders to us so we can plan for the correct number of programming stations.

Just send us an email at G3Xpert@garmin.com and provide your N number (if you have one), type of aircraft, and roughly which day you might stop by and we will add you to the count.

Even if you don't have a transponder to upgrade, be sure to drop by the G3X tent to say hello and/or attend a seminar. We have a new larger tent this year that even includes two air conditioned seminar rooms.

Hope to see you at Oshkosh!

Seen in the forums....

Donations List for 2014 Updated

THANK YOU for helping keep this small family business online. 



Thu Jul 17, 2014  1150Z

Army Apache RV-4 Flight

Beautiful morning to fly in south Louisiana today. While holding for approaching traffic it went something like this: Jennings flight of 2 Army Apaches approaching from 5 miles west at 1000' for Lafayette. Army flight... flight of 2 RV-4's have you in sight will depart on 8 for Lafayette and maintain south of you. RV flight...care to join us? We're headed for Lafayette too. Sure!! As we're on the roll you look up and two Apache's are directly above at 1000'. What an awesome site while rotating and assending into a flight of 4. We flew together for what seemed like an hour...but only 20 minutes. Good fun...once in a lifetime.

On a Vladabout...

...tracking the rock star!

Charity Hat Sighting ...Trevor Conroy

My 7 month old son that has been the delightful cause of delays for our -7 project. Can’t wait to take him flying in it someday!

Not So Baffling...Paul Dye

Baffle seals age slowly, and the effects of temperature and wear change CHT’s a little bit over a long time. Season after season passes, we go from winter to summer over and over again, and the overall rise in temperatures goes un-noticed until one day you realize that you’re compensating with increased climb speeds on every flight. Suddenly, you realize that the seals have been doing their duty for close to a decade and it is time for a re-do! Such was the case with the Valkyrie, my 1800+ hour RV-8….so last weekend I decided it was time for new seals. As most builders remember, cutting and trimming baffle seals takes time and a lot of effort – not something we remember fondly. But I’ve got good news – replacing existing seals can be quick and easy! Here are a couple of notes from my project – which really only took about five hours.

Garmin Pilot Press Release



Wed Jul 16, 2014  1147Z

ZU-JVR is Flying! ...Janekom in South Africa

After about a year and a half I have another RV in the air. This time ZU-JVR, an RV10. Mostly standard with two Dynon Skyview panels. Oxygen, Central locking, My own plenum and my own intersection fairings. It also has Aero Sport Panels. Ihave also designed a new Trim speed controller board.  more


OSH 2014 - RV-8/8A Meeting ...Kevin Horton

Oshkosh is fast approaching, so it's once again time to sort out when the RV-8/8A builders and flyers will meet. Given that there are many people who are there for the first few days, then leave, and another group who come for the last weekend, I propose two meetings - one early in the week, and one on the final weekend.

Looking at the list of known events, and attempting to avoid other events likely to be of interest to RVers, I propose the following times. I'm open to other suggestions if anyone has a better idea:

•Monday, 10:15, Theatre in the Woods, at the end closest to the flight line, and
•Saturday, 10:15, Theatre in the Woods, at the end closest to the flight line.

I should make the Monday event, but will likely have left before the Saturday one. I’m looking forward to meeting old friends, and making a few new ones.


Update ...Tommy and gang


AP Disconnect question .Dgamble

This is the AP disconnect that came with a partially completed kit. It is a D-180 to Skyview conversion. We're not sure why there are silver pins on the black and white F78 and F79 wires; it looks like we can just lop them off and attach Molex pins - any reason why we shouldn't?


Hat Sighting....Mike/Paula's beach house on Crooked Island.  Jay Pratt sent me this pic.  "You can see the lighthouse in the background."


DIY Seat Covers Update ...Dave




Tue Jul 15, 2014  1232Z

Mom Trip #2

I found out Sunday morning that Mom fell and fractured her left femur at the base of the ball.  Surgery would be the '3-screw method' illustrated in pic at right.  The Wx looked good for a quick down and back trip from Dallas to Houston, and the family RV-6 once again shined in the role we never intended it to be used for.

For a second time, Henriksen Jet Center (web) treated me like a king, storing the RV in the shade, handing me a cold water and the keys to the crew car with the coldest a/c.  One of the line guys asked me how Mom was doing.  He remembered me from the week before.

I walked out the door at my house at 0534 and into her hospital room at 0833.  That included a stop for car gas and a drive through breakfast (eaten en route).

They wheeled her into 'pre-surgery' around 1000, so I only got to spend about 2.5hrs with her, but it was put to good use reading her NASCAR articles from my iPad on the race Sunday.  It's what she wanted, and that's what her baby boy did.

The afternoon forecast called for storms at both ends, so getting home sooner rather than later was my goal.  Mom understood and felt the same.  She's five minutes from my sister's house (and two kids), so she has a lot of family around - I'll go back down Friday or Saturday when it's VFR.

At 8,500' it was 65*F, so I elected to swing around the western edge of DFW's class B so I could stay high on the return flight (right).  Wearing a flight suit and gloves calls for cool air.  Ended up spending only around ten minutes 'in the oven'.  98*F on the ground when I landed.

What I'm particularly glad to have access to during these flights:
- An autopilot and saved flight plans.  And big EFIS screens.  Click, click, click and eat breakfast.
- "The Banana".  The selected altitude intercept arc (QUITE useful for planning an arrival under a shelf of class B - bump the rate 100' up and down and watch the arc simultaneously move up and down on the EFIS)  more
- Aerox oxygen system.  I wasn't exhausted after the round trip, just a little tired.
- Onboard Wx
- The friendly and compassionate people at Henriksen Jet Center at KTME.

I was home by 1330 and the forecast storms bubbled up a couple hours later (right).  Mom was back in her room around 1500 (surgery didn't end up starting until about 1345).

I'm so glad I decided to build this RV.  If you're on the fence, and you think you have listed all the reasons to own a fast plane, make sure you include my current situation.  These flights are far more important to me than any trip to Idaho or OSH could ever be....but you already knew that.


Congrats to Cooper!

Last weekend was Arlington Washington Fly-in, our NW warm-up to Osh.
Mark Cooper AKA CharieWaffles won Grand Champion Kit Built with his RV-10
I didn't make it this year, had to look up the results. There are a few other RV's taking home plaques...Congratulations!
Link  Hey Mark! How about some pictures? Or are you waiting for the big show?

I flew my RV-6 all the way around the USA ...Arlen

It was FUN, exciting, a way to really get away.

DATES: June 28 - July 10, 2014
PLANE: RV-6, N4AS, Lycoming 0-360, Hartzell C/S prop, GRT EFIS / autopilot / SV / HITS / with ADS-B in, etc.
PILOT: me....2200 total hours, Commercial/Instrument, ASEL, ASES.
FLIGHT: to the four corners of the continental USA from my home field on the east coast of central Florida; flight time 47.5 hours; 22 flight legs.
FUEL: 416.48 gallons, $2400.40 (average $5.76/gal, and average 8.77 gph overall)
DISTANCE: ~ 7,240 nm.
WEATHER: 6.0 hours in IMC, 41.5 in VMC; 19 of the 22 flight legs involved a headwind! Three instrument approaches, one instrument take-off.

My daughter joined me from corner # 2 (Seattle) down to San Francisco.

I feel very blessed....what a great time!

Here are the 13 days condensed to 5 minutes....with some Santana:

First Passenger & The RV Grin! ...David C.

Status ...Mark P.

Whelen releases NEW LED Landing light and test data

40% more power than previous versions.

Flying the GRT HXr IFR

There a LOT of folks now flying the GRT HXr.   I will be doing a presentation on Flying the HXr IFR at the Homebuilders Hangar on Wednesday July 30th at 2:30 p.m until 3:45 p.m.

There is no right or wrong here, just one view point.

I fly over 300 hours a year on the GRT equipment, most of it cross country to shows so I get to play around with it a LOT.

If you are using any of the GRT EFIS systems I think you will find this useful. Come listen and we can share ideas and innovations to make the HXr more user friendly for us all. Hopefully we can all learn something.

Hope to see you there



Mon Jul 14, 2014  0136Z
  Monday's edition pushed out early.  Mom fell Sunday morning and fractured her hip - in the hospital down the street from my sister's house in Katy, TX probably going to get pins.  I'm flying the world's most amazing airplane down to Houston to visit her a.m. Monday.  Prayers appreciated, and thanks to the mods that mind the store while I hang out with Mom. 

First Flight ...Michael Wynn

N803DK - #92013 - Done! ...Derek

My First Passenger ...Robert Cutter

Trip to the Fender Guitar Factory-Corona, CA ...Kelly Johnson

Netherlands- Texel Fly-Inn Cinema ...Gagarin737

RVs (and hat sighting) on DFW TV

Looked up from the chair Saturday afternoon and saw RVs!  Young Eagles event.  Here's a link to the story/video..  The whole family got a giggle out of seeing the cap on TV.  Thanks guys! 



Fri Jul 11, 2014  1145Z
  Wishing you a safe, happy and RV-filled weekend. 

Van's at Arlington ...from their FB page.


Difficulty Bleeding Brakes Up

Q: I'm rebleeding my brakes from the bottom up. On the left side, for some reason, no matter how much pressure is applied, it just "barely pushs the fluid up to the reservoir. It ultimately made it to the top, but then the brakes were still spongy (despite no visible bubbles). Anyone else run into this where the brakes won't bleed up? The right side worked pretty well, but the left really wouldn't. The valve was definitely fully open.

As of now, I don't see any notable bubbles, yet both sides feel spongy yet I cant seems to bleed one side

A: Reach down in the floor of the cockpit and pull back on the break pedals by hand so they are fully retracted. The slightest depression on these pedals will stop flow

A: My first pump was a small modified yard sprayer. The problem was that the end of the air pump was in thre brake fluid and when I would pressurize the tank it would pump air into the fluid.

The fix was to get a bigger (taller) tank that moved the end of the pump up, out of the fluid

A: You might consider doing a little research about adding springs to the master cylinders and maybe long pivot bolts-----all been discussed here many times

A: Yep, probably have partially covered the return hole in the master cylinder. If pulling back does not fix it then you should check, otherwise the line would fill from reservoir

A: Yep, if the cylinder isn't fully open you will find it hard to push. I used a turkey baster syringe and clear plastic tubing. since everything is clear you can see any air bubbles before they get into the brake system. No spillage at all


Bird Strike Visualizations ...mill2978


Beware of the Hun in the Sun ...David-aviator status


Status ...BoilermakerRV


Tosten Mfg's New Grip Will be at OSH


Sunriver Morning ...Spindrift vid


Status ..AAflyer



Thu Jul 10, 2014  1134Z
  OT:  Might anyone know if Piper/Navy NE-1 BuNo 26346 ever spent any time in Texas during its service life?  This aircraft (#225).  My J3C-65 needs a wing painted this winter, and adding a couple numbers and circles/stars turns it into a tribute to a warbird that shared my air.  #225 has the lightning stripe, like mine.  It's proving pretty hard to find out the history of NE-1 aircraft during WWII, much less numbers that can be verified with a picture.
  Back to RVs, a nice person accidentally sent me a $3000 donation yesterday instead of $30.00 via PayPal.  Emails exchanged, refunds issued, and a giggle regarding what I'm guessing was a missing period.  There for a minute though my heart just about stopped!  Bet his almost did, too. ;^) 


Sweet Vida ...Pete Howell

Busted out of work early today to help the boxer group bring in Vida, a great little pup with nasty broken leg.  Nice day to fly down to Waukegan to pick her up. Great help from ATC along the way.


First flight and a question ...bajapilot

Had the first flight of N218VC yesterday followed by a 1 hour flight today. What a great little airplane. Coming from flying rag & tube taildraggers for the last 10 years it took a little getting used to the light controls.

A few minor problems have been ironed out with idle speed, prop pitch and stall warning adjustments.  ...


Sebring Breakfast during Summer ...GLPalinkas

We had about 12 RV's in attendance at Wednesdays RV breakfast as most of the crowd is up North.  ...


A few recent fun flights ...tc1234c

It is a tradition for Spruce Creek Gaggle Flights to do a fly over at Geneva Florida July 4th parade. This year we had 21 airplanes in 5 flights and did five passes over the town to start their celebration. I mounted a GoPro camera under my right wing tiedown point and recorded the flight.  ...


Philippine QB artwork

I have these drawings on all faces of the wood spar stubs on my QB 8 fuselage.  Wondered if anybody else also received theirs similarly decorated?.


Trip to McCall ...Tommy and gang.

On Monday morning, we flew over to McCall to restock our food shelves. We spent the day exploring the town and flew back to JC about 6 pm.  ...


Woo Hoo! ...60av8tor



Wed Jul 9, 2014  1126Z
I was lucky enough yesterday to hang out with Andrew and Lucas from TruTrak for an hour or so at lunch.  BBQ at the Hard Eight in Roanoke.  Very easy guys to hang out with. 

Tim Terry's RV-7 Just out of Paint Shop ...sent by Jay Pratt

Removing rust and damaging an ego...Bob Collins 7A

I got a special issuance from the FAA last week (it only took five days after my exam down at the Mayo Clinic) and I'm back in the air.

I've never been the most confident pilot in the world; I owe that, I think, to the fact I blew my checkride many years ago and it often feels like I've spent all the years since proving that was a fluke. Maybe it was; maybe it wasn't. It is what it is.  continue

Northern Excursion 2014 ...bsacks05

It almost seems routine at this point. My 18 y/o son and I set off June 30 for our (almost) annual summer flying trip. We have been doing this for 6 or seven years now.

9-ship practice flight...schristo

Our World Traveler

Vlad just reported in from Ketchikan and has one more "not so little" hop before the late setting sun. He's officially in Alaska!

POTUS TFR Texas....today / tomorrow (check yourself to be sure)

Add'l Pilot Program for Phase I Flight Test ...Gary Baker

The FAA has just opened the comment period for allowing a qualified second pilot in the cockpit during Phase I test flights. After more than a year of hard work, the final draft of the Additional Pilot Program, informally known as “2nd Pilot,” is available for public comment. The program will be administered via an AC, with the working title AC 90-APP “Additional Pilot Program for Phase I Flight Test.” You can find it on this page: http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/draft_docs/afs_ac/ (direct link to the document: http://www.faa.gov/aircraft/draft_do...Coord_Copy.pdf).

There is some background info in the beginning of the AC as to why the second pilot (Qualified Pilot) must meet certain flight experience requirements to be in the aircraft during the first eight hours of flight time. Yes, this proposed AC will allow the Qualified Pilot to be onboard the aircraft for the first flight. After the first eight hours and specific flight tests have been completed, the strict requirements are lessened and the second pilot can be another private pilot (Observer Pilot).

As one of many people involved in helping to create this program, I can assure you that there was very intensive discussion so that there was value added to each flight, not just another body.

The comment period is open until July 29, and I am sure that the FAA will be holding some forums through too the week at Oshkosh

From M.Giron (RV guy / FAA guy)
Well folks, I take my first week of vacation in years, and they publish the draft of the AC I worked on while I'm away. Typical government operation, right? Read only a few comments from the folks here on VAF about the document. I'll try to provide responses to those who take the time to post to the best of my ability.

I'll be presenting this program at OSH this year on Monday from 11:30-12:45 in Forum 10. Charlie Precourt will be up there with me. If you haven't met Charlie or heard what he has to say, hearing him alone is worth attending.

This will be a great opportunity for anyone looking to begin or is in the midst of Phase I, and also for those who want to be that 'additional' pilot.

The format of ACs is not very flexible, and so it's not always as simple to write it to read like a book or manual as one would wish. However, if you use the worksheets in the back (Appendix1) for structure and reference the body of the AC to help answer any of the questions you have it becomes a bit easier to understand.  continue

Titan Engines R Series Testing Update

Status Update ...Tom Powers



Tue Jul 8, 2014  1140Z

'Saber Flight' in the St. Louis area.
Courtesy Jeff Scaly.

Trip #1 to See Mom in Houston

The fuel tank drip is fixed (thanks again Randy), so I flew the RV-6 down to Houston (Katy) on Sunday to visit with Mom.  She had her first radiation treatment last Thursday, and another yesterday.  We visited for 4.5hrs while my sister went out for groceries and ran errands.  1hr 19min down and 1hr 22min back up.  52F -> FUZ -> STURN -> KTME.  Autopilot ON about 500' after takeoff and OFF on a three mile final.  62*F at 8,500'.

MANY thanks to the friendly folks at Henriksen Jet Center at Houston Executive for a) letting me park in the shade for over five hours and b) letting me keep one of the five courtesy cars for the same.  $4.99 from the truck in the shade.  I'm coming back for more, hopefully every week for the next year or so (fingers crossed and praying).

I've never been so grateful to have this amazing airplane.  Not once during construction did I think it would be used for this, but now I know these are the trips I'll be most thankful for having taken.  Thank you Van.  Mom thanks you, also. 

Henriksen Jet Center's Massive Shade at KTME.

Garmin VIRB pic on the way back (8,500')

(those TFRs weren't there during the trip - popped up today).

Visual fuel check paid off ...Bryan Douglass

An interesting thing happened this morning that validated my original training - imagine that. I ordered some fuel while preflighting and a new line guy came to fuel me up. I had about 18 gallons on board. I told him to fill them to within an inch or two from the top. He did his thing and left. Should have taken on about 42 gallons. I normally glance at the fuel gauge on the truck but did not this time.  continue

One Step Closer .KHeidorn

POTUS TFRs ...7/9 and 7/10

Sunset Flight ...Ettore Bellini (Verona, Italy)

What to do with the leftovers? ...BigD

From www.AircraftExtras.com



Mon Jul 7, 2014  1139Z
Why I built an RV, reason 1

Tip- Bubble-wrapped fuselage

Well...she's back in the air

It's Alive!

VH-OBY First Flight Success ...three vids

Update on this fine 4th ...Brantel

Welcome Graco Supply...new VAF supporter.

Their ad appears in the forums and the front page.

fmi: http://www.gracosupply.com/


June Update II ...riseric

Question About Flight Following in LA Basin

I may be flying down to the LA area from Northern California on Monday. I've only flown down there 2 or 3 times in a GA airplane.

I recall on one occasion, after taking off from Fullerton, I contacted ATC and asked for flight following to KRHV, my home airport over 3 hours away (via Aeronca). I remember the controller telling me that he couldn't give me FF for that entire route and asked if there was another destination I wanted. I was puzzled so we played a bit of a guessing game. He asked if there was a point north of the LA basin that I'd like to go to. I guessed the Gorman VOR which was along my intended route of flight. Bingo! He cleared me to Gorman and once I got there, I was dropped.  continue

Hartzell tests on Titan Engines

RVers’ Grand Turk Treasure Hunt

"....Initiates of the RV bottle brigade now is the time to go forth, intrepid in the face of the unknown, ready to follow the path of the pioneers and complete the cipher which will lead ye to that which has been hidden. (Pay close attention to the wording in this document; yer quest is hidden, not buried. No tools will be required nor trespassing on private property allowed.) By becoming a member of the RV bottle brigade and participating in this quest, yer automatically sworn to secrecy regarding all information concerning that which is hidden..."

So Many Clecos ...N546RV

The worst part of RV ownership ...washing/waxing the belly

July 4th at Johnson Creek ...Tommy and gang



Fri Jul 4, 2014  1226Z

Annotated Text


Engine Fire ...Sheldon

Last Friday, after a nice hour flight around my home field (St. John's KSJN), the day became a real bummer. Long story short. After refueling, it was a typical HOT START situation. Being impatient and in a hurry to put my plane back in the hanger, I kept cranking & over primed with the throttle. Engine flooded, backfired and caught on fire! 

Lucky Gary was there that day & with an extinguisher, he put out the fire in time before I might have lost my entire plane.

Leasons learned:
1. Being Impatient NEVER WORKS...!!
2. Wait for engine to cool down before trying a re-start...
3. If flooded, See #2


Canopy not locked for takeoff

It was hot and I was being baked in the cockpit. I cracked the canopy (slider) open about 1 inch to help the hot air get out while taxiing to the end of the runway. On the takeoff roll at about 50 mph I looked up and saw I had not completely closed or locked the canopy so I aborted the takeoff. Just wondering what the consequences would have been it I had been in the air. I know someone must have done this and what was your experience?


Climbing Through 10,000 ...Paul Dye

Thanks to Rosie for alerting me to the funny number up in my post counter window - 9,999....I stopped paying attention to it some time ago. But it would be a shame not to recognize the amazing benefits I have received in my life from participating in Doug's little social experiment here on VAF. I joined the forum when Doug created the site back in 2005(ish), and have enjoyed both the social and the technical aspects of the community ever since. I owe a lot of my success in my "second career" in aviation journalism to the presence of this site as a place to practice.

VAF has always tried to be a bit of civility in an internet world where people forget that they are speaking in public, and often say the darnedest things.....you wonder sometimes if the entire population of the 'net was raised by wolves. The goal has always been to create a place where people could come and ask questions without being slammed as ignorant beginners - and overall, folks do pretty well. When we chase someone away because they are made to feel foolish, it is the community that has failed - not the questioner.

Anyway - to the point. I have been a little quiet this week because we lost my father a few days ago. He was 89 years old, lived a full life, was a member of the Greatest Generation (USS Aaron Ward, DM34, almost sunk at Okinawa...). He wanted to be a Naval Aviator in the war, but couldn't pass the color test - and he encouraged me in my own aviation career, one he couldn't have. Dad taught me (among many other things) that you need to learn to communicate with - and understand - other people if you are going to be successful ... at anything! He was a mathematics educator all of his adult life - and generations of Minnesota students benefitted from his work in problem solving curriculums used throughout the state. He even left us a math problem to be placed in his funeral bulletin. That's dedication!

In addition to making sure I learned my math, he always emphasized the importance of reading and the importance of reading a lot in developing good writing skills - and I am tempted to believe that he was right....

Dad flew with me a number of times in my life, but by the time my RV came along, he was no longer limber enough to climb over a cockpit rail - so didn't get the chance to fly in the airplanes I built. But he was with us in spirit.

Dad - this 10,000th post is for you!



Registration in 7 days ...Larry New

I highly recommend using the EAA's Registration and Certification kit. I know I wouldn't have gotten everything right without it. I followed it exactly and just saw my registration listed on the FAA Registry 7 business days after I mailed it! I did make one call to EAA to ask about the amount of the check. It's $5 if you've already reserved an n-number. The cost with shipping for EAA members was about $17 and it includes a data plate and more.


Garmin GTR 200 V2.60 Software ...g3xpert

Hello GTR 200 Users,

As everyone knows, the front mounted micro SD card on the GTR 200 allows users to install free software upgrades each time we make them available.

Today we released GTR 200 V2.60 to our website which unleashes more of the power of the GTR 200 digital signal processor and adds some great new audio capabilities if you use your GTR 200 as your stereo intercom.

V2.60 adds a Music Bass Boost feature with Off, Medium, and High settings and Music Equalizer Presets with Off, Pop, Classical, and Rock settings. We know you will be very pleased with the results.  continue




Why RV12's have wing-tip handholds

Tuesday, following G-RMPS’s annual condition inspection and air test the previous week, the weather throughout Scotland looked exceptional. Time to get back in the saddle. At the airport I reckoned a flight to the top left corner of Scotland, then west over the sea to the top of the Hebrides islands, then southward along the island chain, following by eastbound leg over the sea, and a cross-country back to base (Perth) would do the trick.

Five hours at a leisurely 100 knots. I planned to land on Sollas Beach, in North Uist around the half-way mark, to chuck another 20 litres (5 gallons) of fuel in to get us home.  continue


My first real RV trip ...crabandy


Stall Practice Gone Wrong?

Nearing the end of my Phase 1 testing of my RV-9A, I recently began flight tests at increased weight and varying CG locations within the envelope. The plane was loaded with full fuel, one 50-lb sandbag in a duffel strapped down in the passenger seat, and one 50-lb sandbag in a duffel strapped in the baggage compartment. The weight and CG were calculated to be well under max gross and nowhere near aft limits.

I climbed to 5k (4k AGL), and determined the aircraft to have positive stability in all axes as normal. I then performed two power off stalls (one clean, one full flaps), both of which went exactly like all previous power off stalls: mild buffet followed quickly by a slight nose drop, release back pressure and the plane resumes flying. I set up to do one more clean power off stall in order to capture a data point for my Skyview AOA indicator.

This time, however, as airspeed decreased and I increased back pressure on the stick, and with eyes fixed firmly on the centered ball, instead of the usual buffet I was instantly and abruptly rotated nose down, wings level, to what I found out later from recorded EFIS data was a 64-degree nose-down pitch. My cell phone, which was sitting on the seat next to me along with the sandbag, hit the canopy. It seemed like forever before the airplane had built enough speed to recover, but thankfully it did so without any ill effects. Analyzing the data, it turns out that I lost about 600 feet altitude in recovering from this stall. The whole event lasted about 7 seconds.  continue


Some Russian showed up in Lansing!

This crazy Russian dude plopped into Lansing an hour ago looking for food and a place to stay. When he got out of the plane, he had a fur hat and a life jacket on. Im not sure what that means, but he sure had a bunch of stuff in his baggage area.


MEK - a cautionary tale!

I recently spent the day at the aircraft restoration facility run by a friend of mine, cleaning parts and then spraying them with primer. At the end of the session, Matt kindly presented me with the now half full can of MEK. Parts all carefully loaded into the car, can of MEK, top secure, in the trunk, and I set off for the 200 mile drive home.

After about 45 minutes I began to feel pretty sleepy and over the next 15 minutes or so found it more and more difficult to stay awake. After a couple of near misses - basically falling asleep and waking up as the car changed lanes - remember that British motorways have a 70mph speed limit so they are not places to doze off - I just had to stop for some coffee.  continue


Interesting ''First Flight',

A friend today did his first flight on his RV-9 and shortly after take-off ( 300 feet) the engine started running very rough to the point that he tought about landing it in a nearby field ..

He is an experience airline pilot so he didn't panic, kept on flying the aircraft and troubleshoot as best as he could at the moment.  continue


Please Welcome www.leadingedge-airfoils.com/

Their ad appears on the front page.  129 page catalog of pretty much everything.




Thu Jul 3, 2014  1210Z
I'm Back, Baby! ...Bob Collins

And to conclude this endless thread, I got this email from Dr. Schall today:

I hope this finds you doing well. I have reviewed and approved your Special Issuance for your Medical Certificate. You should receive it in the next 5-10 days. If you need to fly sooner, I can email you a Fax-Wire letter that you can fly on for 60 days until your Certificate shows up. Let me know if you need one. All the best.

Kindest Regards,

Dave Schall
David G. Schall, MD MPH FACPM FACS
FAA Great Lakes Regional Flight Surgeon
Aerospace Neurotologist.

Joined two big parts today

New RV-10 Low Profile Handle Design

Tommy and Gang ...Idaho

Names on my canopy skirt

Playing around w/my new GoPro mount ...Michael

Two old Friends meet

Pimped Out Hangars

Justin Twilbeck's RV-10 project

Tank Leak Repair Status Pic ...N617AR

Tiltable cradle constructed.  Pic sent from A&P mechanic/friend Randy Richmond.

Happy Birthday Toast to Dean Fellows! ....89 years young.

From friends at Johnson Creek.

Van's Aircraft will be closed...

...Friday July 4th (Independence Day).  Phone, Fax, e-mail and Web Orders placed after 12PM noon (Pacific Time) on Thursday, July 3rd will be processed on Monday July 7th

Upcoming EAA Webinars Schedule



Wed Jul 2, 2014  1222Z
  No edition today.  Transported Mom down to Houston yesterday and never got close to a computer.
  We’re in the complex process of trying to get a slot at MD Anderson in Katy, TX for Mom’s radiation treatment. My sister is working on this full time down there now, but I had the thought that there might be an RV builder doctor/oncologist/nurse/etc down in the Houston area that might be able to help her get through this maze a little quicker. If that is you, I’d love to give you my sister’s contact info.
  Thank you.


Tue Jul 1, 2014  0220Z
  Thank you again for the many kind words regarding my mom's health issues in emails, PMs and forum replies.  It means more than you know.

Wallpaper Calendar for July ...Ed Hicks photo

Tunnel vision ...MikeS

For some time now I have experienced the dreaded "shopping cart shimmy" upon landing.

This has been quite intermittent, maybe once in every 10 or so landings.

Most of us have heard or read about the problem, and I would guess that a few of the nosedragger folks may have experienced it.

When this first happened to me, I checked the nose wheel breakout and found it to be a bit light so I snugged up the nut one flat. Seemed to take care of the problem. ...


Bucking Bar protection- any one else do this?

Maybe this is a common thing to do, but I got the bright idea to use strips of cardboard cut from cereal boxes to protect the flap and aileron spars from damage during bucking of rivets. Maybe I am just a hack riveter. As shown in the pictures. I taped in the cardboard for the edge line up with the side I was riveting. No damage to spar, but the cardboard was a bit damaged. After getting done with one side, I re-taped it to the other side. The second side is more important, since I won't be able to see it after I am done. well at least no easily.


Be careful when drilling top wing skin inboard nutplate holes

I am waiting for word from Vans Support, but I think finally I made the mistake that is going to require some expensive re-ordering... Red arrow on the attached picture is the hole I drilled #19 by accident.

Veteran builders already know this, but building when you are tired and it is late at night is just begging for disaster.

Witness the mistake I made Friday night.  ...

Sterling over at Vans even went further and suggested that I just install the nutplate with a single rivet instead since as you mentioned the only purpose here is to hold this in place while the screw goes in and there are MANY other nutplates drilled correctly holding on the fairing. Phewww.... Back to paying more attention. Hopefully it helps someone avoid the same mistake


Delta Pop com antenna PIREP

I had previously posted about the problems I was having with a foil antenna mounted to the windshield of my -6. I added noise supression filters to the mags as the problem presented itself after having the mags overhauled. I finally decided that something had to be up with the foil antenna and indeed after close inspection I discovered that the foil had developed a crack which severed the antenna 1/3 of the way up. After searching the forums, I contacted Don Pansier by e-mail and asked him to call me. He called back within half an hour and we spent the next 30 min discussing my problem and I ended up ordering his bent whip antenna. He suggested mounting it ahead of the spar in the corner so that I get to it and could use the antenna with my handheld if needed. I had the antenna in two days and after installation I am thrilled with the results. I can highly recommend Delta Pop's antennas and they will be my first choice of antennas in the future.


RV-4 Builder Dave Ross to Receive EAA Tony Bingelis Award


Need help and thoughts, cylinder issues

My partner posted about a EGT issue we were having where the number 3 EGT jumped up substantially over the other cylinders. Everyone seemed to think it was a clogged injector. We have been looking at the problem and need a bit more advice. It now appears sadly the issue may be a cracked cylinder or cylinders.

To fill in a little more history on the aircraft the very first indication that there might be a issue was slightly elevated EGTs on 2 and 3 at takeoff power.  ...


Oshkosh- new procedure in Homebuilt Camping


Now that we've ticked over into July, it's time to start thinking about Oshkosh in earnest. Actually, to be accurate, we never really stop thinking about it, but the pace quickens as it gets closer.

Over the years, your faithful parking volunteers have heard some variation of the following questions roughly ninety jillion times:  ...


A satisfying moment



Mon Jun 30, 2014  0234Z
  My mom's diagnosis, if you haven't already heard, was bad.  Lung cancer that has spread to the brain (pushing on the brain caused the motor skills loss and falling).  Radiation and chemo start Wednesday at MD Anderson in Houston.  Prognosis a year, maybe a year and a half.  Tuesday I drive from Dallas to Waco to get Mom, then take her halfway to Houston, where my sister will meet me and take over.  Wednesday's edition might be thin, just FYI.  Mom's going to relocate to Katy, TX (Houston) to be near my sister and continue to get treatment, and I'll fly down there regularly once I get the fuel tank leaks fixed (a much higher priority now).  The RV will get down there in 1hr 20min at 150kts, as opposed to my sister driving 3.5 hours up from Houston.  When I convinced myself to built this plane back in 1996, I never envisioned it being used this way.  I think I'll end up being most grateful for having it for this very purpose.  I am blessed to have this airplane.
  I have to keep busy or I'll go crazy, so please keep my Mom in your prayers, and understand that I need to keep doing this front page regularly for my own sanity.  Thank you so much for the kind words via email and forums.
  Finally, I'm sorry to start your morning with such sad news. 

RV-3 Wing Desk
...and yes, I would love to have one of these to produce VAF on.

Hat Sighting ...Turbo, of course.

Bob Collins Update

snip......So, to keep the narrative updated, there's hope.....snip

David Nellis Panel

First Annual KC Flight Formation Clinic

Will Fly for Food ...Smitty vid.

WD-1230 Nose Fork Cracks

From Factory FB Page...

Tommy and Gang in Joseph ...many pics


Thu Jun 26, 2014  1046Z
Elko BC Day trip ...TroyBranch

This past weekend we skipped out of town for the day as a cold front hit with rain and 30plus knot winds out of the north. The forcast looked great at our destination of Elko BC and we crossed our fingers the forecast was right for our return that afternoon. The plane was packed with food and blankets and off we went.


Summer 2014 trip ...tommylewis

Tom & Bonnie left Texas last Thursday and flew our RV10 to Cheyenne to visit our son for the weekend. On Friday we took a nice 4 mile hike down north of Ft Collins.


WOT Climb to 10,000' ...David Domeier

This morning the plan was -

Check CHT in an extended climb.
Check OT same situation.
Measure time to climb.
Carefully approach 200 KTAS on the way down.

With the OAT 78 - max CHT in the climb was 377 using EIS 4000 to measure it.
This engine cools well because it is NOT an IO360 angle valve 200+HP unit. It is a simple standard compression IO360 180 HP.

OT hit 175. I may have to cover the cooler a bit.

Time to climb was 8:23. Not too shabby and also not so good, but decent for this engine/Catto prop combination and no wheel pants. For sure any CS prop will beat it.

I used the GRT Sport EFIS TAS indicator to ease up to 200 knots on decent. The maneuver is always a bit tension filled but the airplane was solid the whole way and the speed advance was very gradual. I did not try any turns or abrupt stick action at that speed, just wanted to see if it was stable. It is. Note: Like most guys doing this stuff, I am no trained test pilot.

Van comments in his Landing the RV article some time back, what makes a difference is practice, practice, practice. He is absolutely right. With just 4.9 hours in the RV-8, i need lots more practice. I can get it on but I don't like the landings even if they don't bounce. I am flairing too high and need to go out and drive it closer to the grass or asphalt.


Zack Air was at the 2nd Annual Mid Atlantic Gathering of RV's ...

...at the Carroll County Airport in Westminster, Maryland. A great turnout of nice people and RV aircraft! Many thanks to Jack Savage and EAA chapter 1384 for putting on this annual event. Special thanks to our host...Craig Moen!


AF-5000 EFIS Screen Shots ...from AFS


From Tina



Wed Jun 25, 2014  1147Z
  Family milestone: Audrey made Honor Roll with Distinction for the Spring of '14 at SMU (link).  That means top 10%.  Go Ace! 

San Juan Islands & Victoria

...OUTSTANDING trip write-up by Bryan Douglass (RV-10)


'Touch' Upgrade Almost Complete ...Brantel

Got my new GDU465 G3X Touch screen and CNC'd adapter plate and the plug for the PFD2 side from Stein on Friday.

The CNC'd parts look and worked perfectly to convert the original 3 screen setup. All I had to do was take a dremel and cut the small piece out of the middle that was between the two portrait screens. The plug for the PFD2 fit like a glove and it was made with 2 pieces so that it comes out flush with the face of the panel.

All that is left to do is for me to paint the adapter/plug and tie in the bare wire cable for the 796.  continue


More Ed Hicks Pics from the Expo

[ed. Ed, can I please have something from this session for the July wallpaper calendar?  Your choice which.  dr]


August Cover ...our friend Dayton Murdock


RVs at Johnson Creek


Microburst Event Video: US Air Force Academy Airfield 4/23/2014

Of note are the fair-weather looking skies in more than half the field of view, skies some pilots might interpret as not being a threat for flight.  Understandably, there is some strong language...and listen for "Departure end wind 120 at 31 gust 55". 

Advisory Circular 00-24C (Thunderstorms) 13pages

"...Gust fronts often move far ahead (up to
15 miles) of associated precipitation..."


Medical Waivers - Lesson Learned ...Terry

Things I've Learned Along the Way:
1. The FAA will provide you with a guidance letter detailing requirements - Give them EXACTLY what they want.
2. Provide your personal physician with the FAA guidance letter - highlighting key points may be helpful.
3. If your personal physician insists on doing it his way in terms of paperwork or format, see rule #1
4. If discussion with your personal physician doesn't result in EXACTLY what you need, GET A NEW PHYSICIAN.
5. One of the key elements required is likely a LETTER to the AME from your personal physician summarizing all tests and attesting to your fitness. Clinical notes and stand-alone lab reports won't likely cut it.
6. Put together a "packet" for the AME with all FAA requested documentation. A cover with a table of contents won't hurt.
7. Make sure YOU have copies of everything.
8. For heart issues that require a Bruce Stress Test, make certain you go a minimum of 9 minutes. The tech administering the test may ask you if you want to stop once you've reached target rate - if it's less than 9 minutes, the FAA may not accept the results.

My first waiver (for stent placement) resulted in waiting about 4 months beyond the required down time. This was all the result of a non-cooperative cardiologist. Unfortunately, the FAA started the clock when I first submitted my application - this resulted in the medical being good for only about 8 months.

Solution this year was a new Cardiologist (early June). Examination, all testing completed and summary letter in hand as of this Monday. AME visit yesterday. New medical/waiver good for another 12 months. Trip to family camp on the shore of Lake Superior this weekend- a perfect ending.



Tue Jun 24, 2014  1204Z
  I was messing around with MS Excel and Archive.org yesterday afternoon, and came to the conclusion that I've published in excess of 3,500 M-F daily editions of this site since April of 2000.  I don't know if that means I'm dedicated to this American small business, in it for the long haul, or if I need to get my head examined.  Let's go with dedicated, and thanks again to those people and advertisers who keep it in the virtual air.
  And Ed, on the pic below that you took at the Expo, just outstanding! 

From the Expo

Andy Karmy Status

Once I was on a roll, I had my friend Curt (RV-4 guy) come over Sunday evening and we closed out the front top skin. 3 hours later we were done! Not the most fun riveting on the project, but hey it had to be done. Access is quite limited in most locations along the longarons.

What Is This On My Governor?

I have a McCauley DC 290 governor that has some sort of adjustment on top of it as seen below with the jam nut. I can not find a manual for it on-line and when I contacted McCauley and asked about a manual, there response was to take it to one of the authorized service centers if there were any problems with it. Anyone have any idea what this adjustment is for? The engine is an IO-540 V4A5 that came out of a late model Maule.

Turnkey RV-10 For Sale (Medford, OR)

RV-10 for Sale SN N104BK. Located Medford Oregon $200,000, Total time on airframe and engine >75 Hours last flown June 5, 2014. IO540 with cold air induction, tuned exhaust, Show plane engine cowl and glass panel. Last Annual Jan/2014. Avionics include Dual Grand Rapids Horizon HX Monitors, Dual AHRS, Dual Magnetometers, GarminSL30, Garmin GNC 300XL, TruTrak Autopilot, Garmin 327 transponder, Grand Rapids EIS 4000/6000. Willing to deliver. Robert (Bob) Kaufmann, (541) 973-7083, email bob.kaufmann 'at' gmail 'dot' com

Unhappy Result on First Engine Start

I’ll get right to the sad punch line: I had a kickback and broke six teeth on the flywheel ring gear on my engine last weekend during the first start attempt.
Here are the details.  ...



Mon Jun 23, 2014    
My two 7's together for the first time, and phase 1 complete! And first pax-flight

Block island here we come

N614EF Flying to South St. Paul


The value of a preflight


Gust lock bent

An evening 2 ship formation flight- RV-7 and RV-4, wifey as lead

Rudder horn wear bushing

You know your passenger has a bit of nerves when he sneaks a prayer behind your back!

Another RV-8 Born today

Boroscope images


I'm primed! and the Cessna rule


RV-4 and the Other Side of the Mountain(s)



Fri Jun 20, 2014  1148Z   
 Last week RV builder Tim Terry stopped by the Van Cave.  He recently dropped his RV off at Grady's for paint.  Turns out Tim owns and runs TNT Electric, Inc up in Gainesville.  How about that!  I need a 220v single phase plug right about here.  Two 90* bends, an offset and two junction boxes would do it.  Can you give me a quote?
  Yesterday two folks from TNT came by and knocked it out of the park in not very long at all.  Tim, thank you.  You meet the nicest people in this hobby.  Some can even knock out items on your punch list.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 


The Thrifty Mind of an Aircraft Builder...it's sometimes hard to turn off.

Occasionally the Dennis Miller show makes me laugh - he interviews a lot of comics, and that sure is more appealing to me than the news.  It comes on 570 AM from noon to 3pm here.  I'd catch five or ten minutes in the car every now and then, but the 30 minutes per hour of news and commercials were a kick in the man vegetables.  The DVR in the living room has changed my commercials tolerance level to zero point zero.  I could use a DVR for my radio, only free.  And the less computer this and that the better.

OK, the DMiller podcast on the smartphone, maybe.  Nope, they want $50/yr for that, and we know that's not gonna happen.  I haven't paid for a haircut in twenty years.  Think like a thrifty airplane builder.

Above is my 32yr old Sony 'Dream Machine', model ICF-C30W.  Purchased at Service Merchandise in Waco's Richland Fashion Mall in 1982.  I woke up to this in high school, and every morning in college.  It sat on the work bench for five years playing classic rock during the construction of the RV-6.  The BOSS sticker came with a guitar effects pedal.  In front of it is the digital recorder I bought fifteen years ago as a cube worm.  It's recording the show old school.  A little fiddling around with the recorder revealed you can make it come on/off at a future time/date, and you can set the fast forward button to jump in 1, 2 or 5 minutes leaps with each tap of the button.  You can set the radio to come on, also.  Very DVR-like.  I set them both to spark up at 11:59am, and it worked like a champ.  I later listened to the parts I was interested in during the 24 minute drive home from the airport (the car has an 'Aux In' line).  Cost?  Maybe five cents in electricity.  Commercials?  Zero, but you'd occasionally hear an airplane go by, which was kinda kick @ss.

The Dream Machine lives on, even though it's described as 'retro' and 'vintage' and 'a collector piece' in ebay listings (proof).  The RV-6 and this clock radio are old friends.  It's nice to know they still hang out.


Engine Turning Discussion/Examples


Rear seat Headrest ...Aerosport

Aerosport Products is now offering Rear seat Headrest for the stock Vans rear seats. These headrest are adjustable and removable in a matter of seconds.  These can be retrofit to most completed stock van seats.  We will also be offering complete rear seat foam sets.


Creative offload ...fuse kit


RV-12 Expo PIREPs

"32 of us finished the Rainbow Aviation ELSA Repairman Inspection course yesterday. The 1 day Rotax course by is today. The Expo officially starts tomorrow. However, there is a new RV-12 SLSA sitting right out side of the conference room right now"

"Today was the 1 day Rotax course building on the Rotax info we got in the 2 day Repairman/Inspector course we took on Tues. and Wed. Great info! Makes me want to take the 15 day course that Rainbow offers."

"I was in the Skyview class this afternoon. Learned all the basic functions and some of the more advanced features, excellent practice. I now feel like I'll be able to operate the Skyview enough to learn all the features when I do install it. My wife and I have been enjoying our visit here at Sunriver and are looking forward to attending all the classes/discussions to come."



Thu Jun 19, 2014  1148Z   
Welcome Back ...andrewtac

I was a member a few years back, poked around a bit with intentions of starting an RV8. I came back a few months ago poking around a bit again, made a couple posts. Found a wing and tail kit in the classifieds, it sold; found another wing and tail kit with tools and jumped on it. After working out the details I picked it up Sunday. The tail work is complete (minus the glass) and spar construction on the wing was begun. I've got no experience building planes, but have a buddy who worked at a build shop (and did about 95% of an RV-9). I've got some shop setup to do and a bit of research (practice kit and maybe some classes) before I get started. Thanks Nate for the patience with the purchase.


Updated Formation Guidelines v2.6 ...Stu

A sample page...


Off the Bench at Up North Aviation

RV-8 panel rework for a 2003 RV-8. Adding GNS430W a TruTrak Vizion and a Stratus/iPad Mini for IFR cross country.  Bruce G. a retired Hawker 800 and Falcon guy from Alabama

fmi: www.upnorthaviation.com


Status ...Michael Boggs RV-8

18 JUNE 2014
Schedule has been hectic but I'm making time. About 25 hours into the tail kit the vertical stab has just a few rivets left to go on the skin. Just plugging along one rivet at a time.




Hat Sighting ...RVDan

Angel Fire, NM Vietnam veterans memorial.


Tank Leak Update

(8) fuel repair kits arrived yesterday.  Left tank off, right tank down to one screw that is being stubborn, is stripped, and might require dynamite.  That last sentence describes aircraft maintenance in one sentence <g>. 



Wed Jun 18, 2014  1128Z   
What does this picture represent?...Brad Benson


IMC in the Rocket ...Tom Martin

On Saturday I had a chance to to get a bit of actual IMC time in conditions that I am comfortable with. The IFR ticket has been a bit frustrating at times as my personal minimums are quite a bit higher then the legal minimums and this limits my actual IMC time. I file IFR on quite a few nice VFR days just to keep in the system. Over the last two years I have flown almost 100 hours of IFR but only a handful of actual IMC hours. This is a typical IMC flight, for me, clear skies below, a solid layer, and clear skies above. I thought that I would post a video of this "typical" flight. A lot of the IFR world revolves around the conversation with flight control and this video gets the highlights of the radio talk of a 20 minute flight condensed in under 3 minutes.

I am NOT a pro, I am a nervous IFR guy but I am really enjoying the challenge of the experience. I learn something new each and every flight. If you are going to do this try not to wait until your mid fifties like I did; it just has to be easier with a younger sharper mind!


Status ...Mevans 6/6A

From Oregon to Florida for only 291.00 by Old Dominion, very pleased with their service. How do they scrunch up that fuselage into that little box? anyway, off to the workshop for inventory.


Happy Grandkids


Hat Sighting ...D Allan Stern

Here I am in Russia at Catharine the Great’s palace.


Need Help With This ...Clarkie

OK. The RV-6 has been running like a champ. Last week my partner and I performed the GAMI Lean Test to see if any of our injectors needed to be re-sized. John Paul from GAMI called back after he analyzed our data and said, "Don't touch a thing. You are exactly where you want to be." Great news or at least it was until yesterday.  continue



Tue Jun 17, 2014  1131Z   Happy Birthday Audrey!!!!!

N37DD has Flown ! ...David Domeier

Decided today was the day to do it.  With Frank Baldwin and Gale Derosers acting as flight advisers, I took off at about 9 am.  Climbed to 3000' over the airpark, checked flight controls (very sensitive but stable) did a clean stall (51knots) and full flaps (47 knots). Conferred with Frank on an approach speed and settled on 60 knots over the fence.  continue

Day with the Snowbirds...prkaye

Boomerang and two RVs ...mrblob

Entire Swiss RV-10 fleet in one picture ...Michael Wellenzohn

Another Redline Video ...jthocker

Why you get an instrument ticket ...Jon

Video- "Force Field" ...AX-O

AFS RV-10 will be at the Sunriver RV12 Expo this week

Page Gets a Ride!!!! ...Weasel

Don't over-tighten drain plugs ...DanH

Another Father's dad gift-) ...MS19087

Be-a-Pilot Day Smithsonian ...Joel Medeiros

Unusual Attitudes: It Wasn't My Time...By Martha Lunken



Mon Jun 16, 2014  1154Z
  I changed the thermostat in the wife's car Friday, the front brake pads in the daughter's car Saturday, and can now hopefully get back to the REAL punch list....item #1 being the leaking RV-6 fuel tanks.  I have the left tank off and the right tank half off.  Progress, but the cars keep needing attention. ;^)
  On a personal note, Susie and Tate were in California some of last week visiting and catching up with some of her old friends (two AA AAdvantage tickets we had saved up for using credit card purchases over the past few years).  While they were there the spouse of one of Susie's close friends died unexpectedly, so Susie needed to cut the trip short by five days.  AA really shined, putting her and Tate on a flight back home yesterday for $2.50, not the $900 we were fully expecting on such short notice.  I wanted to thank American Airlines for that - it is very much appreciated.
  Hope you had a nice weekend.

Russ Daves RV-10


Open House/Hangar Warming Pics ...Paul

Fun Down South ...petehowell

One year after the accident ...Chuck Hagerty

How NOT to mount a GoPro camera (on a -9) ...scard

...To our amazement, this configuration increased the clean stall speed (no flaps) by 12 knots!...

Fathers Day Video Flight FL To CT ...turbo

Almost Done ...KHeidorn RV-14 Wing Tips

Dynon Autopilot and Knob Moduels ...mothership site

House-Warming gift! ...Paul

Watercolor for our friend ...gottawork

Hat Sighting ...Geico266

RV-9 Horizontal Stablizer Assembly (time lapse video)

KFFA Pic ...Clarkie

GoPro on the wingtip, down the river and beach on Father's Day ...Arlen

Status ...Gregg Brightwell RV-4



Fri Jun 13, 2014  1157Z
I’ve seen the enemy…and it is us.

Yesterday, while at the hangar working on my leaky RV fuel tanks, and starting the changing out of the water pump on the wife’s car, a good round of thunderstorms rolled through. At right is a screen grab of the weather at the time from my smartphone (click to enlarge). I’m the blue dot. The ruler tool in Google Earth later showed the distance from the blue dot to the ‘D’ in ‘Denton’ to be right at eleven miles statute, making the yellow/red portion of the activity at least ten miles wide.

Lightning every five seconds. Lightning to the east of the centerline two miles or so away. Lightning to the north. Lightning to the west. Cloud to cloud lightning spanning hundreds of degrees of sky. LOUD thunderclaps. Raining good. The storm is not nearby….it’s in the room with us sitting at the table.

The kind of weather that kills people in small planes.

And incredibly, right there in the middle of it, there were (3) small airplanes in the pattern. Two of them doing, shat-you-not, touch ‘n gos. A couple of Cessna 172s….and (sigh) an RV-7. Taking off to the south, possibly seconds from a 50mph outflow wind shear event.

Jaw on floor.  Is it any wonder that the average person on the street, and a chunk of the news media, thinks the typical GA pilot is a risk-taking adrenaline junkie?

As you might suspect, not long after it was VFR and pleasant – I took the Cub up for fifteen minutes after lunch. I’m grateful I didn’t have to pass by a crash site surrounded by news helicopters.

If you think I’m being too much of a worry wart, let me take you back to the LOE fly-in on 10/11/2008 when two RV builders in a Maule took off near a cell, were slammed into the ground and killed.  Link to probable cause.  You could see the black smoke from the ramp, a mile off the end of the runway.  I was there, and it was perfect VFR a few minutes later.  The PIC was 46yrs old and had 1,755 hours TT.

I wondered later if the people in the pattern at my field yesterday gave any thought to just how close to death they really were.  I sure hope they're reading this.

Fly safe.  Please.


The paint job- NOW my plane is done! ...Bob Collins


52,000 people at 5,430 feet ...bobmarkert

Use the Colorado Rocky Mountains as the backdrop on Memorial Day,…. pick a city with an elevation of 5,430’ ….. add 52,000 runners and you have the annual Bolder Boulder 10K race in Boulder Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Renegades Formation Flight Team was asked to help in the closing ceremony. 10 Renegades and two guest pilots (Thanks Ryno and Soup) brought the crowd to their feet. It was exceedingly bumpy that day, as can be seen in the smoke trails, but everyone did a great job. Below are three links, the first is a video made by team lead Jim Gray, the second is the official Bolder Boulder recap video and the third is the Renegade website. ….Enjoy


Selfie ...Shawn Li

My RV-7 is approaching 10 hrs in phase I now, I got my first in flight selfy, a family one will be nice, I will get that later.


Sporty's giving away another RV-12 ...Flying Mag article

fmi: http://www.sportys.com/sweepstakes



Thu Jun 12, 2014  1203Z
Time to start the engine ....awmuhs RV-10

Joe Zuffoletto's RV-8

New G3X Panel Up and Running ...Walt

Selfies ...DHRYCAUK

My wife and sons first flight in the -8, it's so rewarding to share your passion with your family!

Parking brake location

Alternate Air Door Interference


Drilled 1/2" holes in end of HS for endoscope. Worked fairly well. Can touch up plugs next paint time.

Scheduled Maintenance 6/14 11pm CT - 6/15 6am CT

...regularly scheduled maintenance window will be used to install critical patches to servers on the network, in order to keep the data safe and improve the reliability of the hosting services. Readers will experience intermittent service accessibility during this window.



Wed Jun 11, 2014  1112Z


Doug Crumrine hat sighting....
[Sometimes the splash image is REALLY easy to decide on <g>.]


Flyin' with Pete McCoy…RV perma-grin in place! ...Doug Kott

This past Saturday, Pete McCoy graciously treated me to a flight in his beautiful RV-9A based out of Chino. There was a bit of delay as he was flying down from Big Bear, which was socked in until about noon. No worries; I had my second breakfast at Flo's, a very pleasant way to kill some time, and afterward watched a P-40 do some low, thundering passes and steep turns. Gotta love Chino!   continue


The Quest for Paint - Part 3 ...Randy P


OSH'14 Van's Banquet Tickets On Sale


10 pounds in a five pound sack ...Bill R.


Tank Leak Repair: Update #1 


Panel design ...NTex looking for iput

Something looks weird here

Yep, it looks weird because there are no clecos! the wings are about to come out of the wing stand. I cant believe it. Am I really building an airplane? What a good feeling. My wife helped me with riveting on all the wing skins. she did great.   continue



Tue Jun 10, 2014  1150Z
The Quest for Paint: Part 2 ...Randy Pflanzer

From the mothership FB page...

Best way to pull RV-9A onto sliding deck truck

Glen's 50th ...Bob's pics

Panel Status ...I-MKLK (Italy)

Purge valve return spring ...AX-O

Randy Shares About His Recent Off Airport Landing ...Subie powered

Greetings all. I am the owner/pilot of the C-GYOO. I feel inclined to get the proper information out there for the benefit of others. The engine went into a very rich air/fuel ratio situation, after a normal takeoff and climb out. The mixture ended up as being beyond adjustment, causing a substantial reduction in power. The engine was running at impact. With the rapid reduction of power and altitude, and staring at the end of the runway beyond an 8' fence, which I knew I wouldn't clear, I elected to stall it into the swamp as low and slow as possible, from probably between 50-100' as far as I can recall. This was for personal survival and to minimize damage to my aircraft by trying not to invert on impact. IIRC, I impacted at about 60-70 mph at around 60 degrees +/- and from what I was told, bounced about 15' or so after impact. This I don't recall as I was probably still head down from the G's. The results are apparent. No inversion, cuts, broken bones or serious injury. The RV9A has turned out to be a very safe design. The cabin floor buckled enough to cover the fuel shut-off, but remained relatively intact. The tip-up canopy did not even crack, but had to be "horsed" a bit to get it open. I walked by myself for about 400-500 feet carrying my briefcase (that contained all of my aircraft related documents), through this swamp of heavy brush trimmings, short stumps and varying depths of water. All in all, a most successful outcome. This is not the full account, but rather enough to clarify the information out there. Fly safe. Randy Russell.

[ed. Randy, thank you for sharing this.  I think I speak for everyone reading this how grateful we are that you're OK.  dr]

Wing tip alignment

Pics- 12 in. vs 13 in. spinner on RV-4 ...AX-O

Fixing Tank Leaks - N617AR




Mon Jun 9, 2014  1112Z
Van Receives Godfrey L. Cabot Award

Lucy's First Flight

Would you fix this

Mowing day

Birds nest--cowl plugs not enough

D-Day Memorial Flight at Spruce Creek

New Paint Job - N417E

Hat Sighting ...at a wedding!!!!

AX-O Status

Pics: 50th BD party at 53VG

related: Glen's pics

Flaps stopped working. Time to degrease





Fri Jun 6, 2014  1149Z
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 

D-Day + 70 Years

If you could, please take some time this weekend to reflect on this.
fmi: http://www.abmc.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Normandy%20508_RT%20020614.pdf


Outer Banks North Carolina ...Wayne Gillispie

We flew to FFA- First Flight early Sat AM(5/31/14), a day later than planned due to IFR wx Friday. A nice smooth 2.5 hr flight at 9,500'. Be careful when it is windy. We hit an area on a 1/2 mi final for rwy 2 with a lot of sink. Winds were 12G18 nearly down the runway.  ...


VS Page 6-2 is Complete! ...hucks

I think I can officially claim to be an RV-10 builder now. Learning interesting new things at every step, not happy with my deburring skills yet and nervous about the first priming batch. Still, lots of fun so far, and 'm glad the girls are excited when I ask for help.


What an honor! ...Dave Gamble

While I have to confess to not being super thrilled with the title the editors came up with, I can't think of anything short of a Lindy that means as much to me as having the honor of having my story published in Sport Aviation. I have a lot to be thankful for in my life, but having had the support of my family and fellow builders for this project is very close to the top of the list.  ...


RV-12 Canopy Latch Safety Switch


My New IOX-370 ...Mark Dickens

Proud to present my new engine, a Titan IOX-370 with 8.3:1 piston, AFP injector and dual P-Mags.  It made 191 hp on the dyno and will work well with my Catto 3-blade prop. Can't wait to get it and get started on FWF!


My step cracked ...RVG8tor



Thu Jun 5, 2014  1145Z
One of the Best First Flight Reports Ever Written For This Site...Gary Baker

My apologies in advance for the length of this post. I have served as an EAA Flight Advisor since the beginning of the program in the mid-90’s and wanted to remind everyone that the program is still available to builders as you get close to your own first flight. Hopefully I have included something that can be used on someone else's first flight.

I received my aircraft sign-off for my RV-6 Thursday, May 29. A friend of mine drove in from out of state to see the inspection and help me get ready for the first flight. I thought that, with Scott's help and that of a few other friends, it would not be too big a task to finish off the last few items in preparation of the first flight. Well, no one has ever accused me of being on time!

Scott and I worked all day Friday on stuff, putting panels in and double-checking things, going thru my preflight punch list. Earlier, I had forgotten to tighten up a bolt before pop-riveting a seat floor pan in place, so Scott took on that job of drilling out about forty rivets, tightening up one bolt, and then reriveting the floor pan in again. Needless to say, that was not a ten-minute job!

Another friend, Paul, flew in that evening to let me get current in his RV-6 and we flew part of the profile I would fly during the first flight, as well as flying a few engine-out landings, with and without flaps. Over the years I have flown many of the RV models, so I am familiar with the flight characteristics of the -6. I have also been an EAA Flight Advisor for the past twenty years. Well, now I was going to put all of that advising into effect and actually see how it works.


Ron Duren, Jr. RV-7 Out of GLO Custom Paint Shop

Ron picked it up yesterday.  Got to eat lunch with him - very nice guy and a drop dead gorgeous RV!    dr


Greatest wife ever ...SkyFlorida

I'm on a business trip to Brazil and yet my build continues due to my tremendous wife. She claimed the rudder as her own project. I wanted to honor her by putting a pinup of her on the completed tail, but she isn't down with that.

Whatever. Am I a lucky guy or what?


Playing hooky ...mchargmg

The weather has been windy here in colorful Colorado the last few nights, so we decided to get up early, play hooky, and go fly.  ...




Wed Jun 4, 2014  1155Z
After 18 yrs, an Airworthiness Cert ...Gary Baker RV-6

Last Thursday evening, May 29, Matt Tomsheck, of the CLE FAA MIDO office, came to my hangar and conducted a public inspection of my RV-6. He was open to hosting a quasi-EAA Chapter meeting and let other builders see how he conducts an aircraft inspection. We had about twenty people attend the inspection and everyone got something out of the evening. ...


Perfect Rivet ...Tom Martin

"I clipped one of my pictures and blew it up to show what happens when a rivet is installed."


Status ...Doug Kott 9A

Some more progress. Very exciting to hang the finished rudder on the vertical stab! The trailing edge turned out nice and straight, and I didn't have to drill out a single rivet. I had a lot of apprehension about this step, but I re-read instructions about 14 times and followed them to the letter, and it worked perfectly.

Rolling the leading edges wasn't too difficult, but it was a bear to bring the rolled surfaces together to cleco & rivet. Took a lot of grip strength and yards of Gorilla tape.


Getting a -12 Through a Door ...Bob Hassel reply

Build what you can in the space. I have not yet installed the emp (even the first time) and I'll be starting the finish kit soon. What I can't or don't want to do at in the garage will all come together later or at the airport.  ...

wing in kitchen

tailcone hanging from ceiling

fuse in garage


How to get ton of fun ...Vlad continued


Oops (and congrats)...Mark Olson

First flight of my F1 EVO Rocket occurred on Saturday. 

This is a cable clamp and I have 3 of them, one each on the engine side of the throttle, mixture, and prop control cables. When I looked at it yesterday for some reason the thought went through my mind that the locking tab had swung out of place. Looking closer it was obvious that it was still as it should be, locking the cable in place. However the next thought was: IT COULD COME UNDONE, WHY ISN"T IT SAFETY WIRED??

I installed these, did my own final inspection on the airplane, the guvmint inspector (MDRA) inspected the airplane, the local mechanic on the field inspected the airplane, and I inspected FWF again myself after the first flight, and none of this picked up on the fact that these control cable clamps were not safety wired!

I was really surprised. There is even a handy little hole just above the tab for the safety wire. Just goes to show you can't have too many inspections.


Flash Goes for a Jog

My RV-6 flew more yesterday than it has flown in two months....and I only flew one of the four legs.  Half the time I wasn't in the plane.  First trip over to T31.  What a NICE runway - sooooo much better than our field's hammered turd of a strip.  A very striking contrast.

Later Ross used it to run a part down to Granbury, same town where the British actor who played Chewy in the original Star Wars movies now lives (I think).  Ross' plane is down for the S.B. repair and annual.  He asked if I wanted to go, but it was hot and bumpy, I'd already flown a bit and, he has a -6 and knows the feel, and has flown it before.

I'm guessing the plane was a little confused, but it got over it.



Tue Jun 3, 2014  1152Z
How to get ton of fun out of nothing ...Vlad

How to get ton of fun out of nothing? Easy. You are on VAF goofing off work you watch. You see a thread like this pops. You catch it you mark your calendar you wait. (could take two months or more). It's not cancelled you are good to go.


Phoenix to Seattle via the Grand Canyon ...704CH


Milestone: Rolled! ...Chris Johnson

What a good day. Have a family friend who is in high school, very into engineering, and I introduced him to flying a few years back. He has also been steadily helping with my build, and today we rolled the fuselage. I have since moved it from the sawhorse to a stand about 12" high, that supports it underneath the spar carry-through, and is nicely padded, in addition to a tail support. This seems to be as much support as most others have done; is there any need to add a third support, say underneath the F705 bulkhead? I worry about unnecessary stress on the structure when crawling around in the fuselage, but I'm probably way underestimating the strength of this thing. Thanks!


SB Done ...fred gassit

I finished the SB a few days ago, I had no real problems but I had easy access to the forward spar as it was out of the stabilizer.

For the RV-8 be aware that the new rivet hole that is drilled nearest the relief notches can leave you with very little edge distance in the spar itself. I've edited the image below to show what I'm talking about.

I spoke to Vans about mine, they weren't particularly concerned but nor were they giving any absolute assurances. I figure if it cracks it will relieve straight into that rivet hole but I'd recommend that you don't go crazy relieving those notches. Mine were exactly as per the drawing and I still wound up with this.


RV-8 Chris S. Johnson ...it begins


Badlands Fly-In

(per Larry V.)  The badlands flyin is scheduled the first weekend after Labor Day  which is Sept. 5-6-7.  We have not firmed up the activities yet, but  the aerial tour of the Black Hills will be part of the event.  When we get all of the details worked out, we will get them posted.   Larry Vetterman


High School RV-12 builders Austin Malcomb and Jacob Lofgreen fly Eagle's Nest One into AOPA Indy Fly-In.

Two articles...

Mon Jun 2, 2014  2130Z SPECIAL

VansAircraft.com Maintenace
Hardware Maintenance for vansaircraft.com is planned for Tuesday morning June 3, 2014, between 00:00 hours and 4:00am MDT (UTC/GMT-6).



Mon Jun 2, 2014  1145Z


N102KT flies! ...David Halmos

Voltige video RV-8 ...Luke in Italy

The joy of building an Experimental Aircraft ...Sid

Hotel room RV Construction...Dedication! ...Gregg

Cross Country Observations ...Randy Pflanzer

For those who have been following along, you know I am half way through my 4,400 nm journey and adventure to get my -12 painted. I spent four days in the airplane traveling from Indiana down through New Mexico to California and then up to Oregon, where it is now in primer as I write this. I have a couple observations regarding the cross country performance of the -12 that might be of interest to other owners. I invite others to share their experience as well.  ...

Adventures in Moving to the Airport ...Dan Langhout

VIRB Elite Wing Mount First Flight ...N411TW

Memorial Day Race Results In ...Bruce

Race#.......... Name Aircraft Class Elapsed Time Speed MPH Speed KTS
Race 91 Bruce Hammer Glasair I TD FX Blue 0:34:17 264.32 229.69
Race 24 Jim Wilson RV-8 RV Gold 0:40:52 221.74 192.69
Race 27 Jeff Barnes RV-6 RV Blue 0:41:15 219.68 190.89
Race 411 Ken Krebaum RV-8 RV Blue 0:42:02 215.58 187.34
Race 193 Bobby Bennett Beech Bonanza FAC1RG 0:42:38 212.55 184.70
Race 118 JT Racing RV-6 RV Blue 0:43:12 209.76 182.28
Race 77 Mike Thompson RV-6 RV Blue 0:44:35 203.25 176.62
Race 456 Ann Elise Bennett Cessna 182 FAC3FX 0:53:45 168.59 146.50
Race 191 Dan Tips Bonanza FAC1RG 0:54:31 166.22 144.44
Race 11 Mike Hardin Piper Apache Twin 3 0:54:51 165.21 143.56
Race 37 Rorie/Bloomquist Cessna 180 FAC3FX 0:55:54 162.11 140.87
Race 55 Team Ely AA-5A FAC5FX 0:57:11 158.47 137.70

AircraftWraps.com Project

Blain: The Big Bond Done



Fri May 30, 2014  1145Z
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 


Sunset Cruise...Pete Howell

What can you do with 2.8 gallons on a syrupy smooth night? Follow some rivers...more


Challenge yourself at next annual ...Rick Aronow

Sharing a hanger with Walt has made a HUGE difference in quality of maintenance I perform in my airplane. He has always preached that the only way to inspect stuff (i.e. anything that is a threaded fastener) is to Put a Wrench On It. So normally, I put on wrench on "everything".

This year, I decided to look for fasteners that may not have been included in "everything" in prior years. So starting with the empennage and working forward, I put a wrench on EVERY nut & bolt. I was surprised at the number of fasteners that I was able to snug up just a bit. Sometimes it was just 1 flat or maybe a 1/4 turn - in a few cases, it was quite a bit more.

Challenge yourself on your next inspection / annual to find some fasteners that you haven't put a wrench on in a while (or ever). I'd say if you can't find a few that need to be snugged up, you're not looking hard enough!

A couple of examples that I found in my 7A
(1) There are 4 bolts in each of the steel gussets located at the very forward most lower corners in the foot well (right at the firewall). They all needed at least 1 or more full turns to get tight.
(2) Three of four bolts on the wheel pant bracket on the Right Main wheel needed to be tightened.
(3) I was able to turn one "castellation" on 3 of the 6 engine mount bolts.

There were many others I could list but I think you get my point.


April wallpaper calendar.  Scott Elhardt


Status Report ...paul330

Got the aircraft back from the paint shop about a week ago and have it about 2/3rds re-built. Picked up the graphics yesterday and my paint guys fitted one of the side flashes today - 20 feet long!

Paint is Matterhorn White.  My aircraft is now officially "Groovy". <g>.


Paint update ...Bob Collins


Upholstery Version 1.2 ...BigD



Thu May 29, 2014  1145Z
N168LW flies ...Shawn Li

Happy Birthday Jim Thill! ...Vlad

Been Having Some Fun Flying With My GoPros

Status ...Derek

My RV-4 project is now officially an aircraft, it took to the air for the first time approx. 2 weeeks ago, and currently its got a whole 3 hours total flight time! So far the phase 1 flight testing has gone extermely well, no real show stoppers to speak of.

Fitting canopy frame to the plexi-bubble

Most STUPID mistake of all- closed canopy with no one inside! And problem solved!


Garmin Panel Upgrade 2.0



Wed May 28, 2014  1153Z

Selfie - a view from the tail cam ...selhardt


N116KR flew! ...pilotdds

RV-10 116KR flew this weekend.  It is the straightest flying of the 4 airplanes I have test flown.  Thanks to my Wife Laura for her incredible patience and sacrifice while I completed this slow build kit.  Thanks to Joe for all the help and advice and the crew at Top Gun.  Stein and Christer built the panel and have been very helpful as I work out a few bugs in the G-900. Pics to follow when the panel is fully calibrated.


Bragging on my Son

(email sent to Susie) "Good morning Ms. Reeves. Wanted to let you know that Tate will be receiving the boy 7th grade "Art" award for the end of the year!!! It was a no brainer for me - he's an amazing kid and artist." -- R. Males (his teacher)

Tate took home 'Art Student of the Year 7th Grade' yesterday, and we couldn't be more proud of him.  He also is pretty good on a powered hangar floor scrubber and is respectable in the RV.  We're very proud of our wonderful son, who we love very much!

At right is a recent picture he drew...one of his baby pictures. 


RV-14 Fuselage Photos ...from the mothership

"We should have an update on RV-14 Fuselage Kit availability shortly...stand-by! "


The Quest for Paint - Part 1 ...Randy Pflanzer RV-12


Another home-made smoke system ...Craig Taylor


Down 107 lbs and ran my first 5K race this weekend...Brantel


Truck on Runway Yesterday....52F

Why it's a good idea to 'look long' when you're on final - you never know when some newbie delivery driver is going to think your runway is a road.  Drove down a side taxiway, turned on the active, drove north a few hundred feet and turned off at Charlie.  The pic is of him on the runway.

So much for 'Aircraft Only Beyond This Point' painted on the ground in bright yellow.

click to enlarge




RV-4 Top Skins Finished ...Gregg Brightwell


First time aerobatic competitors

Congratulations to Patric Coggin, flying his RV-4 in Primary for the first time at the recent Lamar, CO aerobatic contest. If the weather permits, I should be participating at the IAC contest in Rome, GA this weekend. For those that have competed before, would like to hear how you and your RV were welcomed. If you don't want to post on vansaf, e-mail or PM me. For me it started as something on my bucket list, and now I'm hooked as long as I still have my bucket.


VAF Forums > Regional Forums > Midwest ....Partnership Wanted (Olathe)

I'm looking for a partnership in a RV6/7 (nose or tail dragger) doesn't particularly matter. I live in Olathe and would love to find someone looking for a responsible pilot and partner to share an airplane with. I am a former Air Force pilot with a commercial, single and multi engine rating as well as my instrument rating. Let me know if you or someone you know is looking for a partner. Thanks!
Taylor Verett
Former USAF Pilot
Long Time Lurker
Dreaming of RV-6/7


VAF Forums > Regional Forums > Midwest ...Detroit Area?

I am looking for a partnership in a 6A, 7A, 8A, or 9A in the Detroit area. KPTK, KVLL, KDET.


Shoe Goo to the rescue


Hat Sighting ...turbo rubs it in <g>



Tue May 27, 2014  1156Z
Laura and Mike's Southwest Odyssey 2014 ...Mike S

Memorial Day Weekend Flights ...tc1234c

Dem Dunes ...Pete Howell

Phase I Signed Off ...aturner

74285 7A project ...Guilherme Plassmann (Brazil)

Never too Old ...welcome Karl Bambas

Last Saturday, 5/17 was the day I decided I was not too old to start building an E-AB aircraft. I started on my aviation career in 1954. Now at age eighty own a Temco-Globe Swift, and have commercial SEL, SES, MEL, and Glider certificates collected in 3,000+ hours during the intervening years. I have allowed my CFII rating to lapse. It was a hurdle to overcome the idea that I might be too old to start building a full scale airplane.  ...

Video of my RV Vinyl Wrap ...pmccoy

Milestone ...Gerry Julian

This morning I stood in front of my hangar and watched my RV start up, taxi away and take off without me. This is a first since I bought it in 2011 and was not easy for me! In the left seat was my son, who is a military instructor pilot in the Harvard II (T6) and has 100 hours in the T38. In the right seat, checking him out, was my friend Brett (Laser) Glaeser, who has 100 RV hours, 4 years in the Snowbirds, 6 years as a jet instructor on the BAE Hawk, 7 years as a Hornet pilot, and now flies right seat in a 737. In other words, they are both immensely superior to me in terms of pilot skills and experience, but it was still ridiculously hard to watch that plane take off and disappear without me!  ...

1,500 hr of fun ...tc1234c

I-MKLK Panel Status ...Italy

Painted! ...rgmwa

"Daubers" & Starlets Today ...TomVal

RV-10 John Block ...it begins

BIG Step Backward ...longranger

Grand Canyon overflight ...Steve Melton

Baffle mounting screw broken

Baby RV-7's




Memorial Day, 2014 
No edition today out of respect for those who gave everything. 

"We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or the coming generations, that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided Republic. If other eyes grow dull, and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remains to us."

---General John Logan, General Order No. 11, May 5, 1868

The "Memorial" in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many of us who are beneficiaries of those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom and liberty. Often we do not observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively remember those Americans including our ancestors, family members, loved ones neighbors and friends who have paid the price for the blessings of liberty. You can change this by doing the following:
  • By visiting cemeteries and placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen heroes.
  • By flying the U.S. Flag at half-staff until noon. Memorial Day is a day of "National Mourning."
  • By attending religious services of your choice.
  • By visiting memorials.
  • By participating in a "National Moment of Remembrance" at 3:00 PM local time, to pause and think upon the meaning of the day and for taps to be played where possible.
  • By renewing a pledge to aid the widows, and orphans of our fallen dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.




Fri May 23. 1153z 
    Hoping to get off the surface in the RV for a bit this weekend, weather and oil changes permitting.  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 

Sedona Fire Update ...azrv6 PIREP


Sporty's Picks RV-12 Winner

(from mothership FB page)  In what is surely the best argument ever for buying paper charts, Ballard’s online purchase won the top prize in this year’s Sporty’s Pilot Shop sweepstakes, a Van's RV-12!

Sporty’s President Michael Wolf delivered the good news to Ballard by phone May 17 at the company’s tenth annual fly-in at its headquarters at Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio.

“It turns out the winning order was for a printed A/FD,” Wolf said. “The winner’s son is a pilot and has a subscription to printed charts.”

The receipt for the transaction was selected at random by an accounting firm as the winner. The Ballards will travel to Sporty’s to take delivery of their new airplane. And Sporty’s has already taken delivery of another RV-12 for its 2015 giveaway. (This one is a lovely shade of "Sporty's Blue")



RV-3B Status Shots ...Dwiedwald


Tony T's RV12 Rudder Gust Lock


From the mothership...



Wed May 21. 1140z 

The plane sees daylight for the first time.

So much sanding on the cabin top I had to move the plane out of the shop and do some cleaning. Dust was piled everywhere!  She's kind of going through this ugly duckling phase right now, but I'm still proud!  Won't be long now and I can order the last kit from Van's...Firewall Forward!
Justin Twilbeck
RV-10 N521TW


N798HJ First Flight This Morning!!! ...John Trollinger RV-10

Snuck out to the airport and took her around the pattern 3 times. I am in the DC SFRA so my options on the first flight were limited as I did not want to do a low pass over a mountain range on my first flight.

No one was there to witness it, but kind of wanted it that way incase things did not go well. So I really have no proof of the flight other than my RV grin :-)

39.75 hours left to go!

Flew really well. RPM readings seemed off (was showing 2850 at one point) when I set power for 2600 RPM I was only doing 110 kts which seemed slow for the 10 on an IO 540. Trim tabs also move backwards from normal, easy fix in the G3X menus though.


Calgary & West Coast USA ...Ignition trip write-up

snip...Thanks to Troy Branch for the flight around Calgary, Paul & Louise Dye for the wealth of information and showing me around your home, and Ken Scott for the tour of the Vans Factory...snip


Joe Gepner Sets the Shop Bar High!


Fresh out of paint ...Charlie Waffles RV-10


Tom Powers Status Update ...stab SB

I decided to do the Horizontal Stabilizer Service Bulletin. I was going to just do the inspection but unfortunately had to pull the tail off anyways so I figured it would be a good idea to just get it done now. I just about have the engine baffles done with the snorkel and air cleaner installed. Also mounted the Oil Cooler and hoses.  ...


Just out of the shop at Up North Aviation

This center panel is for an RV 8A that is being built by Dick J. This is Dicks 7th RV project. He also built a ​Glasair back in 1987.

fmi: upnorthaviation.com



Tue May 20. 1159z 

RV8 "Moody Rosie", B-KOO, Hong Kong ...Hank Cheng

Here's my project. Just a brief background/history: It is an educational and non-profit project where high school student get to hands on building an RV8 with pilot and engineer mentors. Upon completion, this will be the first experimental aircraft registered under Hong Kong (B-KOO reserved).

So far we had more than 200 students went through the program. We are at the final stage where the aircraft is getting too big for the classroom, we moved to the maintenance hanger at the international airport where it will reside until completion.

Any suggestions and comments are welcomed, thanks for looking!


First Flight for "WindRider" ...Rick Carr

On April 26 Kit No. 73504 became "WindRider", the airplane. Three years of building came to a wonderful conclusion. ...


Successful Hanging Party ...Steve Ashby

I know that it only takes two people and about an hour to hang an engine. However, the significance of that event far outstretches the task performed. I have enjoyed every step of the journey constructing my 8A, better known as "Sweet Baby" (named after my wonderful wife, Elaine). There are certain milestones that should be recognized and celebrated. Giving Sweet Baby (the airplane, not the wife) her engine (coincidentally, I also named the engine: Constance, which is, of course, aspirational) is one of them.  continue


Flying with Mary ...Brent Owens

My youngest daughter has really taken to flying. Here she is at the controls of my RV-8.  She obviously enjoyed it.


High CHT's resolved and what worked ...Paul Gray

History. I've been flying the RV 7A for two years. On climb out the number two CHT would always hit 400 before I reached 1000 feet! I had learned to live with it doing a kind of step climb thing.... level off/thottle back/ cool/then climb some more or enter a shallow cruise climb. I had tried the usual suggestions tight baffles etc. without success. Here's what worked and worked GREAT with several pics.  continue


N798HJ is now an airplane ...jtrollin RV-10

FSDO checker her out this morning and gave her the pink slip!! Not to get her all back together and take that first flight.  Thanks for all the support over the past 5 years.



Mon May 19. 1154z 
The White 'crete of Dover ... AFB ...humptybump

...multi-part trip write-up.  Vlad also.


FLYING Magazine Flies the RV-12 with G3X Touch

...male model in the right seat: Joe Blank. ;-)


First flight HD video ...Vinod and Sunit


Netherlands: Texel Fly-Inn Cinema


Panel progress ...comfortcat


Fresh Paint ...Papa


Homebuilts are now exempt from Kansas property tax....

Sec. 5. K.S.A. 79-220 is hereby amended to read as follows: 79-220. The following described property, to the extent herein specified, is hereby exempt from all property or ad valorem taxes levied under the laws of the state of Kansas: Any antique aircraft and amateur-built aircraft used exclusively for recreational or display purposes or any combination thereof. The term ‘‘amateur-built aircraft’’ means an aircraft, manned or unmanned, the major portion of which has been fabricated and assembled by a person or persons who undertook the construction project solely for their own education or recreation. The provisions of this section shall apply to all taxable years commencing after December 31, 2013.

Strike69 Mid-May Progress Report



Fri May 16. 1145z 
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! 

Kay on climb-out in his RV-8A

Passing the torch ...Bob Collins

My son, Patrick -- several of you may remember him from the Oshkosh RV BBQ in '05 (I think) -- graduates a nurse this weekend.

He called me today to announce for his graduation gift, he'd like a Learn to Fly Ground School Course.

Somehow I'll figure out, I guess, how he can build hours in my airplane. But I gotta be honest despite the illogical thought process. The idea of him flying scares the heck out of me.

It's dangerous up there, I hear.


Wing progress ...Manny Oro RV-14


Checkered Rudder Continued ...Burke Wick

I admit I took the easy way out. All the Checkers are 3" Vinyl on polished Aluminum. I had extras made so if one gets scuffed up simply peal it off and apply a new one. Used them on rudder, flaps and fuselage...


EAA Chapter Meeting ...at the mothership.

On Thursday, May 8, Van´s hosted an EAA meeting in our shop.  Members of several chapters showed up to eat the pizza, swill the cola and take a look around Van´s.  continue


Garmin Press Release




Thu May 15. 1201z 
  I'd like to brag on my daughter again if you'll permit me.  The results are in for her freshman year at SMU.......3.896 GPA. More proof she got her mother's brain. 


Flight Test Meeting 2014 ...Luke in Italy


Mike Stewart Shout Out ...Clarkie

Wanted to share with you guys what I think is the best customer service I've received thus far owning an RV.

I ordered a Whelen LED wingtip/tail package from Mike about a month ago. Scheduling issues prevented install until today. I had some clearance issues in the wing tip lens so I called Mike for some guidance. Explaining my situation to him over the phone, he said he never had a complaint about clearance. Before I could finish explaining my issue, Mike asked where I was located (I'm in NC) and said he'd fly over to my airport to suggest a fix. Within two hours Mike was in my hangar providing the needed solution. This to me is way "above and beyond."

Go to Mike for all your lighting needs. The customer service is second to none and these things are super bright!


My cowl has never looked so good ...Turbo


GRT is now hiring!

GRT is now hiring for the following Full-Time position: Electronics Assembly & Support Technician

Duties will include:
Assembly and software installation of engine monitor and EFIS units
Phone and email tech support
Occasional packing/shipping

Minimum Qualifications:
Experience working on electronics and a willingness to learn.
Excellent craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Good communication skills and a willingness to help customers with installation and troubleshooting questions over phone and email.

Experience building, maintaining, and using aviation-grade electronics.
Pilot/experimental aircraft builder with experience installing and using Grand Rapids Technologies EIS and EFIS units is highly desired.

Starting salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Health insurance and retirement available. Two weeks vacation/year.

Grand Rapids Technologies of Grand Rapids, Michigan has been a leader in experimental avionics for over two decades. We're known for high-quality innovative products and excellent tech support. We are a small company and enjoy an informal office environment, but we take great pride in what we do. If this sounds like your type of place, we want to hear from you! Please email your resume to benk@grtavionics.com


More Checkerboard Rudders


G3X Exchange Update ...Stein

...here is a good set of "rough" number for you.

A single screen G3X Touch system with all the goodies (including probes/sensors, servos, antennas, etc.. ends up being right around $9.5K.

A dual screen 370/375 package with all the same goodies (probes/sensors, servos, etc..) ends up being about $300-$400 more.

Using some of these "NOS" type screens that we've been working with folks on likely would save you somewhere between $400-$800 on a system depending on various details. The prices on the GDU370/375's have ranged from a low of around $1200 up to about $1800 depending on age, condition, whether they are new in the box, warranty, etc..


Super 8 Ground Shots  ...BlackhawkSP



Wed May 14. 1150z 
RV-8 C-FHRY First Flight ...Dave Hrycauk

I'm happy to report I had my first flight on my newly purchased RV-8, 1 hour and counting as C-FHRY . Very happy with the airplane, handles like a little fighter .

This is my redemption for selling my RV-8 project 10yrs ago (empennage/wings completed/fuse nib)

I'm definitely glad I had 9hrs with Mike Seagar in his -7 as this definitely prepared me for my first solo. Landings were as expected and I performed a nice tail low wheel landing, the 45lbs of ballast in the rear baggage definitely helped as my CG was 80.7. The stick forces were nice and no lack of elevator trim.

One thing I found was after letting the tail come down slowly and once I pinned the tail down she got a little squirrelly... I'm pretty sure I was over controlling as the tail link on the tail wheel makes control pretty sensitive.

Thx for all the great info on this forum, I've been quietly absorbing as much info as I could searching just about every subject!!


Tracking Susquehanna River  ...The Vladster


Terrell, TX (KTRL)
Race # Name Aircraft Class
Race 24 Bob James Lancair 320 RG Red
Race 91 Bruce Hammer Glasair I TD FX Blue
Race 27 Jim Wilson RV-8 RV Gold
Race 390 Jerry Hajek RV-8 RV Gold
Race 26 Mike Thompson RV-6 RV Blue
Race 118 Ken Krebaum RV-8 RV Blue
Race 411 Jeff Barnes RV-6 RV Blue
Race 193 Bob Bennett S35 Bonanza FAC1RG
Race 55 Team Ely Grumman AA5A FAC5FX

Modifying the Sam James plenum ...Håkan Langebro

Checkerboard Rudders



Tue May 13. 1152z 

Paul Van Sickle in RV-7, Bud Harter yellow RV-8, Mike Kelly red RV-8.
Saturday morning breakfast fly out Spruce Creek. Photo by Gary Rosier,
photo Plane RV-7A Gene Ledda
(more pics)


I needed that! ...AX-O


Tip- protect paint during maintenance using SOCKS

Every time I work on my RV-8, I need to get the rear seat belts out of the way. It's really convenient to just flip them out of the way. But, I don't want them to bang against the paint.

I don't know why I never thought of it before but old athletic socks make a great solution!


Mud Daubers & $18000

About 5 days ago, there were a lot of threads on Mud Daubers. I read them all. Yesterday, a fellow RV 8ter and I were talking about these critters while at the airport. He related the story of an RV er going out to start his engine, and it cost him $18000. Seems the little varmints had crawled up the entire length of his exhaust pipe all the way into the cylinder, and then built their nest. The nest of course is sand, dirt, thus the reason for all the damage.

One of the guys, 5 days ago, talked about "pipe cleaners" Turns out Walmart has it in all different colors. I thought bright orange was great. So I know my airplane is going to look funny, but I've now got two nerf balls stuffed up my exhaust pipes, bright orange pipe cleaner threaded thru them with the two ends sticking in the fuel tank vents, and also bright orange pipe cleaner in the two static ports. (The pitot tube and ram air intake were already covered----found a bird and his nest in the ram air a few years back)

Y'all can laugh, but it makes me feel better <g>.


Boogered Hole


Press Release: Garmin GTN 725 and ATR 42/72



Mon May 12. 1206z 
A Short Test of the Garmin VIRB Elite Camera

They are letting me play with one (and the D2) watch.  Got it Friday, tested Saturday morning without looking at the manual.  Windy.  Note reading glasses over prescription Coke bottle Wayfarers (need to get those changed out to Coke bottle bifocals).  Music in background was free royalty-free song from danosongs.com.  The plan is to let the guys on the field play with the camera, and I'll smash-cut the highlights into a short movie.

Quick Likes:  HUGE record button you can use with gloves.  Stupid simple.  Start/stop recording with smartphone app or D2 watch.  VIRB Edit software is, like the camera, stupid simple to operate.  Viewfinder lets you position the camera just right.  Camera has a GPS built in, so you can overlay customized info on your clip (look for the 'gauges' on my plane's panel).  Prop filter cuts down on prop looking 'weird'.  I gotta get the 'head mount' and build something to mount it out on the wing tip.

One dislike:  No transition options for clips - currently only smash cut.  No title or credit options in VIRB Edit software (but I'm fairly sure that is on the horizon).  They might be there, but I didn't find it (didn't read the manual).  Once that is figured out/in place, I'll have no need for iMovie.

One sentence summary:  My GoPro just got relegated to the son's skateboard.

View test clip
(make sure to select 1080pHD and full screen)

fmi: http://garmin.com/virbelite


N24EV flew today KFFZ ...Myron Nelson

RV-4 and the Olympic Range ...Steve Rush

A special visit---Two well-known RV-3Bs meet ...Louise Hose

Panel Status ...Alan Muhs RV-10

Ground Shot ...kjlpdx

May Experimenter

May/June Issue Online




Fri May 9. 1146z 
 Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 

First flight RV-7A 377KG ...Paul 'Bugsy' Gardetto

Well after 6 years, 3 military PCS moves and 2 deployments, 377KG took to the skies with Vic Syracuse (DAR/multiple builder) at the helm. Vic did an outstanding inspection that found stuff I never would have thought, like the loose alternator wire at the fuse on the panel. Once I fixed the too do list and buttoned it up Vic took to the skys, sure glad that I had Vic do the first flight, not so proud that I have to be first, Vic provided a wealth of info on how my plane flys. In addition to Vic, special thanks to Kent Stitt (RV7A), Loyyd Montegue (RV8), Guy Prevost (RV8A), Sid 'Scroll' Mayeux (RV7A) for their help and advice. And of course my wife Kathy who understood my dream.

Best of all, I get to change my Vans AF signature block to "FLYING".


N96LV First Flight May 7, 2014 ...polishpilot

96LV took to the sky on May 7 and was the culmination of 3 years work. All systems appeared to be working with the exception of my SL30 transmit function failing in flight. I had my transition training in a 9A early in the day and flew my plane in the late afternoon. Great feeling and my nervous Sweetheart to greet me on my return. Now to look into that radio problem.


Oshkosh RV Social 2014

...the highlight of the week (but you already knew that)


Panel ...N411TW

Wanted to get this posted before I do another upgrade




Status ...Philippe Cordier (France)

I flew my RV9A for the first time last friday may 02 in Vannes airport LFRV.  40 minutes of flight.  No big issue, just the EFIS and EMS to configure correctly.  And a small leak at the gascolator fitting, quickly fixed.  Greats flights are coming


GRT is now hiring!




From AveryTools.com


Skin Crack Found on Rudder ...CharlieWaffles RV-10


Question for the VAF brain trust….(not RV)

In 1942, Marine Glider Group 71 (MLG-71) and Marine Glider Squadron 711 (VML-711) were relocated to Marine Corps Air Station Eagle Mountain Lake (source), currently owned by Kenneth Copeland Ministries.  The mission was to determine if amphibious gliders were a good tactical idea for an island hopping campaign (they turned out not to be).

"MLG-71 & VML-711 arrived in late 1942 with the base's first complement of aircraft:  (1) J2F Duck, (4) Pratt-Read LNE gliders, (5) Piper NEs, (2) Spartan NPs, (1) Timm N2T Tutor, and (2) Curtiss SNCs. The station was commissioned in late 1942."  -- source

The Question: Might anyone know, or know how to find out, the bureau numbers and large side numbers of the five NE-1 aircraft stationed at MCAS Eagle Mountain Lake in 1942-1943?  A photograph or logbook entry would be even better (for positioning).  The block of bureau numbers for the Navy NE-1s was 26196 thru 26425 - thanks to Scorch for that bit of info (pg 23).

I ask because there is a stock J3C-65 sitting in my hangar, hardware-identical to the (229) NE-1s delivered to the Navy, and it's going to need to get repainted one of these days.  I thought it might be nice to (plan 'A') pay tribute to something that worked five minutes from where I do most of my flying.


- A pic of (11) NE-1s and a Stearman that the Navy used (photo not taken in TX).
- A pic of the Navy XLRQ-1 Glider



Thu May 8. 1145z 

First flight N516RC ...Robert Cutter

N516RC, #72779, RV 7, TW, Slider, flew for the first time at about 8pm on Saturday, May 3, 2014. After 7-3/4 years of building by my wife (aka Moonpie) and me (aka RVRC), Moonpie II took air beneath her wings over KCUB. As dark was rapidly approaching, I only flew for 0.2 hr. The Y0-360-A1A and blended airfoil Hartzell prop had it leap into the air almost before I was ready. WOW what a thrill! The landing was fine, straight forward, no problems.

There are so many people to thank for assistance in building this plane. First would have to be my wife. She has bucked 99% of the rivets and did 99.9% of the fiberglass work. This has definitely been a joint project. Ken (Lurch) Harrill (RV6) was my tech councilor and backed up by James (Chatterbox) Clark (RV6, 6A, 8). James also flew chase on my first flight. Ken was Mission Controller. Other RV people involved were Tom and Don Roberts, Mike Hoover, Scott McElroy, Eduardo Irizarry, Mac Burton, Steve Richardson, Clark Schadle, Melinda Harrill, Bill and Carol Deane, Rick Morris and DAR Vic Syracuse. Many thanks to every one of you. Also thanks to some non-RVers, Jack, Ron and many others from EAA Chapter 242.

Thanks to everyone at Advanced Flight System for a wonderful product and support, Stein and crew at SteinAir. Are you happy Stein? I’m broke! Cleaveland Aircraft Tool, Avery Tools, Vertical Power, Aircraft Spruce, Classic Aero Designs for a great interior and of course Van’s Aircraft for a great airplane! I know there is no way I could have built this without VAF and all the people that have had input on the forums. You have put information here that I have searched and re-searched in finding solutions to our questions. Because of that, I have only had to contact the factory a couple of times. Thanks, Doug, for the site!


First Flight ...aturner RV-10

I can report that another RV-10 has joined the ranks of flying birds. N784JC took flight from Clarion, Pennsylvania, on May 6 and performed even better than expected. It flew straight, hands off, and the only squawk was a small seep of oil from the engine.  continue (video)


Abby's First Flight ...Mike W.

I finally got my enthusiastic six year old granddaughter up for a flight. We have taxied around before, but mom and dad wanted to be there for the first real flight. She loves talking on the headsets. It was a bit bumpy (spring/summer afternoon is not my favorite time for flying in FL, first flights especially), but she had a great time on our short flight.  continue


KFFA ...Vlad


Takeoff Roll Got My Attention

I had a, hummm, interesting situation yesterday. I flew to a local airport, landed, was out of the plane for about 15 minutes doing my thing. I get back in and fire up, taxi out to the runway, all is good. Do a quick runup, roll out on the runway and start the takeoff roll. My plane has always wanted to roll left when I put in full power on the takeoff roll, so I have gotten into the habit of compensating with right aileron, a lot at first and slowly decreasing defection as speed builds up. This is where things get a little hairy. I go to put in right aileron, and the stick won't move. Mind you the power is still in and I'm in the early stages of the takeoff roll. I pull the power out and as I roll down the runway start playing with the stick, elevator travel is fine, it just won't move left or right. I taxi off the runway and keep playing with it the entire way. The stick will move about 1/2 to 1 inch left and right, that's it. I shut down the plane and the problem immediately goes away, the stick moves freely. I have a dual axis dynon autopilot with the servo out in the wing. I have checked the entire control system and I can't see anything that would have caused this situation. When I engage the autopilot test function on the ground, the stick is still able to move 1/2 to 1 inch. Is it possible that the servo caused this? I have had to replace a shear screw on this servo in the past and had no idea that it had sheared until I went to use it one day. I don't think this has anything to do with the situation at hand, but ya never know.

One things for sure, this will freak ya out!



More Grass ...crabandy

Another one to add, MO9 Kingsley Missouri. My wife finally had a Wednesday off, I was giddy when she suggested we fly somewhere for lunch! It's a crop dusting strip with a "Hangar Kafe." Loved the place, great food, great people and unbelievable prices.


Down Draft / Wind Shear on Final ...Gary Sobek

I consider myself an experienced pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours and over 1,600 Cross Country hours. I am a commercial rated pilot, built my RV, and have flown it over 16-year. I have over 2,700 RV hours.

Background: Airplane is RV-6, 160 HP, Constant Speed prop, VSO = 41 KTS, VX = 65 KTS, VY = 80 KTS
Normal pattern speed is 65 KTS, decent rate down final = 700 FPM

After a 2.6 hour cross country flight; I experienced an event that was a first for me after 32-years of flying.

ASOS reports Wind 200 @ 14 KTS with gusts to 23 KTS when 10 NM out.
Crossed over the airport and entered left pattern for landing on Runway 21. Update on the ASOS on the radio reports winds 19 with gusts to 29 KTS.


From Mark at AircraftStickers.com (VAF Advertiser)


Dynon Heated AOA / Pitot Service Bulletin ...dynonsupport

Dynon Avionics has released a technical service bulletin that pertains to our Heated AOA/Pitot Probe. If you own this product, please read the service bulletin it in its entirety. In addition to the technical details, there are some important topics covered in the Frequently Asked Questions section after the bulletin that will answer many of the questions you may have.

Note that we are not issuing a product recall at this time. Heated AOA/Pitot Probes that are currently installed in aircraft may continue to be used, subject to the Operating Recommendations section in the service bulletin.

Thanks to those of you that have reported your experienced (Jon Thocker, Stephen Christopher, I know I'm missing a few others from here) - your reports have been valuable in helping us hone in on the root cause here.

Michael Schofield
Marketing Manager
Dynon Avionics



Wed May 7. 1151z 

William Boyd and his Hopalong ...Vlad

Hello World ...Lucy Unrein

(from Dad Brian - RV-10) Thanks everyone. We're back home now and survived our second night on the job albeit with little sleep again

Lucy Ariel Unrein was born 7 lbs 3 oz on May 4th. She was a natural breech delivery and mom did great with no epidural! I survived with no crushed hand or black eye so I met my goal too

We're still hoping to make Oshkosh 2014 so we can show off our best build project to date <g>.


Cylinder #3 scoring, normal wear or something else- Dental cam pics

Running a compression check on an XIO-320 D1A (200 hours since rebuild) with .010 overbore steel cylinders shows that #3 compression is down to 68/80 cold and 70/80 hot (last year it read 74/80 cold.)

During compression check air can be heard in the case by opening the oil filler, I assume is blowing by the rings on #3.

Armed with a newly acquired eBay dental camera marks can be seen at the 12 o'clock portion of this cylinder (within the nice hone/hatch marks.)


G3X - "Exchange" Update ...Stein

Hi all,

The pricing is finally done, the packages are ready. Here's the deal:

LRU package with OAT, ADAHRS, Magnetometer and Config Module: $1875
Add EIS (Engine Monitor) for $599.

We also have a decent amount of GDU370's new in the box (NOS - as in new old stock never installed but perhaps shipped to a customer) from customers that we will be selling for them, no GDU375's at this time.


fmi: Original post


No.1 CHT and EGT lagging and low ...Derek

Ive recently run and flown my engine (and aircraft) for the first time, the engine was pickled for 2 years.It's a zero timed 0-360 A4M converted to AFP's FI. What was noticable immediately was No.1's CHT and EGT was the last of all the 4 cylinders to rise, way behind the other three and significantly lower in temperature. In the first picture Ive attached you can see that on initial start-up No.1's CHT is 70 degrees lower than all the rest, and you can see that this trend continues in the next photo taken approximately 13 minutes later.  more


Status Update ...David King RV-10

Finished up the top skin today & decided to put some additional pieces on just because I could. I felt like a 6 year old on christmas morning.



Tue May 6. 1200z 
First Flight ...Sig600 RV-8

The backstory ...rvmills

Dave Ander's Method of Aligning Landing Gear Fairings ...rv7boy

You know, looking over the list of things Dave Anders did to his RV-4 to get it up to 260 mph, I probably spoke out of turn. Because the fairing alignment item is but one little item on a whole list of things he did to maximize speed.

I looked for a site that had photos or a diagram, but as I recall what I read, he mixed some coloring crayon, (color doesn't matter) with a thinner that was safe on his paint, just enough to make the consistency enough to run (think of honey's viscosity). He then placed three dots of gooey crayon on the leading edge of each fairing. Then he'd go fly, real fast, and land. By looking at how the gooey crayon ran back to the trailing edge, he could get an idea of how to adjust his fairings.

The goal was to get each gooey crayon dot to split into two streams which each trailed back and met at the trailing edge. It's not a perfect method, but a compromise design method, (we used to talk about the "empirical method" on SSME's). And since he was obviously concerned with top speed, he did this at top speed. Cruising speed may give you a different configuration.

I think he had to make three or flights to get both sides adjusted. And I think he may have tried a similar method on his wheel fairings, but I'm not sure.

All in all, it probably doesn't make too much difference for us average pilots, but since I brought it up, I felt I owed you an explanation as I remember it. I still think it's an "elegant" method of aligning the fairings. <g>.

The 'Green Machine' heads to it's new home! ...mothership FB page

Conni and Maury Lehmann from Friendswood, TX (near Houston), are the proud new owners of the the first Green RV-12 S-LSA produced by Van's Aircraft. They stopped by last week to shake hands with the new aircraft, receive transition training, and visit some of the local scenic spots in the area. Last Thursday they finally took to the skies, heading home to the Houston area. Incidentally, Connie is a university professor and Maury works on the Orion Space Vehicle Program in the Houston area.  more

Grass ...crabandy

NOW I finally opened Runway 13/31 several weeks ago after re-seeding last fall. The rains last week have kept me off until now, it's dry and the grass is definitely growing! I now have grass stains all over the wheelpants

From Our Friend James Clark...

GRRRRRR. can I fix this or new skin?



Mon May 5. 1200z 
  Thirty years ago today I asked my (now) wife Susie to dance at a little dance club located at 31.521975, -97.179258 (there is a 'Linens and Things' on the spot now).  She said no.  I asked her friend.  No.  Asked Susie one more time.  Yes.  Can I get a high five!
  This June we'll have been married 24 years.  


Major problem with my project schedule ...airguy

Shrimp Boil Pics



Fly High, Fly Fast ...Bill R.

Goodyear Blimp and two RV-8s

Brantel Update ...100 pounds and counting

Hat Sighting ...yes, that's a kilt.

First Trip / Tough Mudder ...crabandy

Easy, quick and cheap baggage tie down anchors

From Mitch Lock....(works for Van's, but this is personal)

RV12 EAA Young Eagle Flight - 2 min video

6 vs 7 rivets, Roll Bar Attach Plate

A2A Shots ...mrblob

My New VansAirForce.net Cap and Ronald McDonald House

The $10 charity (huh?) I chose for this piece of gear was the Ronald McDonald house box there at the register at my local McDonald's.  The cap is 'khaki' with 'ivory' logo.  $4 more for the N-number on the back.

For Tom Rousch:

Tom Roush
RV 9A, Purchased, flying
Aeronca 11BC, restored, flying
Hot air balloons, 2, flying
2014 dues paid

The Post I'd like (you) to make to the Richmond Area Vans group.

Richmond area pilots....Hot Air Balloon Event in the Richmond Area.

"I'll be participating in the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival near Richmond next week (4/8,9,10,11/2014). If you are interested in learning more about these really cool flying machines, please come out and join us. The website is <midatlanticballoonfestival.com>. There will be 20+ balloons participating, and if you'd like to get 'up close and personal' sign up to crew for one of us. Frankly, the event needs more aviation savvy crew people. If you are interested, email <MABFballoon@gmail.com>, or respond to me via the VAF site. Weekend event passes will be provided to crew. Join us! Balloon grins are almost as big as RV Grins."



Fri May 2. 1212z 
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

Lunch at 3T0 w/Friends.

I thought it had been maybe a year and a half since my last visit to 3T0.  Turns out the logbook said it's been 3.16 yrs (1,156 days).  OMG.  51.8nm....I actually logged cross country time in the old logbook.  I'm outta control <g>.  I'd forgotten how beautiful this strip is. 

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Trip Report for P-82 visit ...MarkW

Yes I said P-82 for those of you that don't know, they made a few Twin Mustangs called P-82's. There are none flying at the moment but there are a couple being restored for flight. We had a group from KSFB Sanford FL. fly up to Douglas, GA. KDQH to see one of these projects.  continue


THE BABY HAS ARRIVED!!!!! ...Guilhermepilot (Brazil)

After 4 months and 6100 miles my 7A is here all boxes!!!!!!


Status Update ...Jeff Rich RV-10

Sunday (4/27) officially brought the elevator assembly to a close. Monday was the start of the tail cone.

The wing kit (slow build) was delivered St. Patrick's day, so it's ready to go as soon as we finish the tail cone.

Here are a couple of pics from today.


Randy Pflanzer RV-12 Status

The test flight phase is essentially complete. I just have a couple rate-of-climb tests to complete since I've been limited by ceilings the last few times.

All I've changed is to add a wedge to the rudder and fix a cowl rub on the #2 cylinder exhaust spring. All the performance numbers are slightly better than the book and the stall numbers are right on.

Not sure I have the prop tweaked exactly right just yet. I can't quite get it to 5500 RPM but its real close. Next step is to get the prop balanced and then fly it 2000 nm to get it painted.


Mr. 10K ....Mike Starkey passes the 10,000 post milestone

Pretty much the official welcome wagon here, and a very nice guy.  dr


From the Factory FB page

Ken Scott flies the Epic.



Thu May 1. 1140z 
A few N. Texas RV folks are flying up to Cedar Mills for lunch today (3T0).  B.C. Squadron rules in effect: 1100 begin walking from the planes (if you're three minutes late you're walking solo).  Walking directions/time.


Here's what I need y'all to autograph on Saturday (Port Aransas, TX)

fmi: About the shrimp boil


Divergent Oscillation - Educate me

I had a real test-pilot moment yesterday.

After putting my wheel pants on, I took the plane up to see what those extra knots would be like. I noticed a bit of buffeting after takeoff, during climbout but it wasn't bad. I couldn't really tell if it was buffeting or light turbulence, and it went away after a bit. It repeated itself on subsequent takeoffs.

Once I got up to 5k or so, I leveled off with the throttle opened up and my RPMs around 2300. Trimmed up for level flight and let go of the stick to see if it would fly hands off.

That's when it got interesting. Slight rocking motion, building up slowly from almost nothing to what could have been a real lunch-tosser. Before it got too crazy, I grabbed the stick and it settled down. This behavior is 100% repeatable.

The RV7 is supposedly a neutrally stable aircraft, and this (before the wheel pants and gear leg fairings) proved out in earlier flights. There are any number of things it could be, but the obvious culprit is misaligned gear leg fairnings.

What about the ailerons being out of rig? If they're both pointed slightly downward, would that counteract what little roll stability the RV7 has?


What Do I Use - FAB question?


Bridges of Suffolk County ...Vlad


A spliced former - is this common in an RV-4?




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