January 16, 2019. Issue #4,739
Please read if converting from Fixed pitch to Constant Speed prop
...AX-O 1/15/19 Update
Well, it has been a long
troubleshooting event. Leading down multiple rabbit
Background info: I removed the
engine from the plane to access the firewall for the
governor cut out and also to send it in to an engine
shop (name held on purpose). As the engine was
already at the shop I asked the shop to convert it
to constant speed. They said no problem.
Bad Assumption: Everything should be working, they
After I did the test with the air on the 90 degree
fitting (nose of the engine that gets the governor
line), I started researching on VAF and other sites.
That lead me down the path of the hole or no hole,
NPT plug or not.
in order to confirm the problem, I tried to prove
that saying of "insanity is doing the same thing
over and over again, but expecting different
in this case, I was not insane. The results would
differ and were not predictable. Sometimes I would
put 40 psi of air in the plug and the prop would
move. Sometimes i would cycle the prop a few times
with the engine running and it would work. Then it
would not work after a certain number of prop
cycles. Sometimes it would work if I "double pump"
the prop lever is my RMP was at 2200. Seemed like it
always failed to cycle at around 170 deg of oil
temp. All that took time to diagnose and collect.
I designed a pressure differential
tool that would work just like a cylinder
compression tool. I would put 40 psi of air in the
90 deg fitting and read the actual pressure in the
system. Sometimes the tool would real 22-24 psi and
the blades would move; and some times the 40 psi was
going straight out of the crank case vent without
any prop movement or pressure.
Talked to a local A&P and he said I should
instrument the governor to check the pressure. So I
contacted the PCU5000 folks for guidance on how much
pressure I should see at what governor rpm. They
told me that max pressure of 320 psi plus/minus 20
happens as low as 1700 governor rpms. So 1700 times
the governor ration of .866 gave me the engine rpm
required. at 1600 ish engine rpm i should have a
good check of governor pressure and not blow the
gauge to the moon. I ran the engine at 1600 rpm and
the pressure gauge read 350 psi. I called that good
as the calibration on the gauge was not checked for
accuracy prior to using. we just knew it work as
they A&P uses it to check pressure in the fuel/oil
lines he makes. Pics below of the set up.
Preferred Parking ...kaweeka
Now THAT's preferred parking. Just where a Vans
ought to be! KTRK (Truckee, ca). I just loved
the juxtaposition of the mega money jets and my RV,
both equally enjoying the Sierra Nevada beauty.
Houston RV Gang: Attention to Brief! ...Philip
Alright, it's getting to be that
time again. Who's up for a burger at Hooks?
Let's meet at the usual time, 11:30 AM, this
Saturday (1-19), at the Aviator's Grill.
IFR Rating RV Update ...airguy
Update on this thread...
It took a while but I finally got my ticket wet this
morning. We've had lots of IFR weather here since my
checkride, but most of it was LOW IFR and had icing
conditions, so that was a no-go. I've flown a fair
bit IFR in VMC since getting the ticket, but this
morning was the first chance to fly solo actual with
conditions fitting a minimum-experience fresh IFR
I took off from my home private strip after getting
clearance via FSS on cellphone, entered IMC about 30
seconds after takeoff, was in-and-out of the tops
enroute, and didn't see the ground again until 700'
AGL on the RNAV 25 at KMDD. Perfect conditions for a
first-solo actual flight. Now with the weather soon
turning warmer and ice becoming less of a threat I
should be able to add more actual to the logbook and
fine-tune my personal minimums.
Flying with an instructor or safety pilot under the
hood, or even solo in VMC, is completely different
than solo actual. I expected a little pucker factor
the first time I went IMC and it was there,
definitely an attention-getter. Huge fun!!
2100 hour Borescope ...petehowell
It's that time again! Just did the 2100 hr oil
change and took a peek at the valves. Oil filter and
suction screen had some crumbly carbon bits in them,
but no metal I could see. The magnet on the filter
had a thin film of micro iron stuff that wiped right
Compressions were 77/72/78/77. #2 has shown a bit
low before, but typically comes back on the next
here are the Exhaust Valves I added some "pop" in
January 15, 2019. Issue #4,738
So I went to the TCU/BU WBB game in Fort Worth Saturday ($10 general
admin) and got a hat sighting (pic).
Thought I was all set for a splash image sometime this week.
Then around 3pm Monday I got a text from a corporate pilot
friend currently in the T&C 'for work'. Pic below....shown
as a contrast to Dvalcik's RV-12 landing on a block of ice
yesterday ;^). I was finishing up the insulation/sheetrock
repair in the water-damaged closet (pic)
when I got the text. Was going to tape the drywall next,
but Tate had to leave for work after school and I wanted to show
him how to do it (not like there aren't
outstanding videos online showing how to do it better than I
My evil plan to get Tate to do the taping for me might not pan out as I
(about the charity cap)
AX-O RV-4 Update
Flew the plane yesterday for .6 hrs. Will write
something up tonight if I get the chance. The plane
is way different to fly. Will need some time to get
used to it.
With the limited flight time; the plane feels less
maneuverable, heavy on the landing flare but it
climbs like a bat out of you know what.
U.S. Sport Aviation Expo Jan 23-26.
Join Van's Aircraft east coast rep Vic Syracuse at
the US Sport Aviation Expo this month in Sebring,
Florida. The One Week Wonder RV-12iS will
also be at the show for all to see! The show runs
RV-6A partner wanted in Wisconsin
I have a 2000 full IFR RV-6A. Only 220 hours on
the engine. Just had annual inspection completed. I
keep it in a T-hanger at Green Bay airport (Austin
Straubel or KGRB) I hope to have a partner with some
mechanical ability because I have none! Thanks
Please call or email Chris at 530-2SIX3-22
FOUR9 or savchris 'at' hotmail.com
RV-14 Panel Plans ...infltc2s RV-14
Update on the Crankshaft leak - I have new seals I don't need now
Hello Everyone - quick update.
The other week I had the chance to take the prop of
the RV7A, and do a good visual inspection around the
outside of the crankshaft seal....it was bone dry
(other than the little bit of grease I used when
installing the seal that was still on the shaft).
Sanding in the Helix per the Continental SB
certainly solved the issue.
If you want to ride along in an RV-9A for 17 minutes
this new video online. Go full screen on
your monitor and daydream about RVs while enjoying
the snow covered mountains and engine noise. I
like videos like this. ;^) dr
RV-7A rebirthing update ...kentlik
I got back in the garage for a short time today.
It was cold. I managed to stuff myself back in the
bad boy to do the brake lines. Didn't finish, wanted
to watch the Chargers a bit. Also, short a nut for
the output bulkhead fitting. Have -6's but no
Mr. X Pic
...GG bridge SFO sunrise. Click to enlarge.
January 14, 2019. Issue #4,737
Landing at the House on Ice ...Dvalcik
I have been waiting for the right conditions with
the ice thick enough. I have flown into Alton Bay
multiple times. We live on Branch Lake just outside
of Ellsworth Maine, close to Bar Harbor. Today was
almost perfect to land on the lake for a photo op of
the RV12 in front of the house. Winds calm, sunny
and the Temps were – 15 Celsius on the ground (a
warm day for Maine.) The ice had very little of any
snow and was almost Zamboni quality.
A few pictures of the plane on the ice with the
house in the back ground.
I've been flying with my G3x and GTN 625 for almost 2 years and enjoying
the many features and benefits provided. I keep everything up to date with
respect to software and charts. Something interesting happened yesterday
after a few practice approaches. While taxiing in, the G3x went black
momentarily then re-booted with all frequencies and screens as they were
prior to the event. This happened once before exactly as described. Just
goes black and immediately reboots back as it was. I never could find a
reason and I am stumped still. I checked all connections carefully to be
sure. I would hate to be driving an approach to mins and have this happen
again. Anyone have a similar experience? Any suggestions?
Dec '18 Summary ...j-red
Haven't had a lot of time to update the thread in
the past month. The engine run was quite a leap
forward past all the other tasks that had to be done
since first hanging the wings. Going back through my
build log, here are some of the highlights...
Empennage tips took a couple of weeks to do. This is
an older kit and they were either never formed very
well to begin with, or age and heat had caused them
to distort, because they had to be cut, squeezed,
filled, and overlayed in a bunch of ways in order to
get them to fit right. Lots of work, but they turned
out nice in my opinion.
KC Flight Formation Clinic
2019 Kansas City Formation Clinic April 26,27,&
28 at (KLXT) Lee's Summit Airport
More Emphasis on advanced formation flying and Large
formation Flight. As always new formation pilots
training will be geared for their skill level. New
information and education on the Updated FAA 8900.1
rules for formation flight in a CoW.To sign up for
the clinic go to the DATABASE section of this group
and make an entry on the appropriate table. The Fee
for the clinic is $80.00 All meals will be provided
starting on Friday evening.
Participating pilots should have excellent stick and
rudder skills. This clinic is only for RV aircraft.
Sorry, no RV-10’- 12s. All aircraft must be in
excellent condition. Beginner's aircraft must have
dual controls (throttle, stick and rudder),
intercom, and PTT in both positions. No vernier
throttles allowed! In addition to the normal
paperwork required of all aircraft (registration,
airworthiness certificate, weight & balance), pilot
certificate and current medical, you will need to
bring proof of liability insurance. We have arranged
a block of 30 hotel rooms under (KC Flight) at
Comfort Inn & Suites in Lee's Summit, MO . 3701 NE
Ralph Powell Rd. 64064 phone 816-554-6688 Rooms Drop
Off the Block Rate on March 26, 2019 make
reservations early cancellation 48hrs notice.
We will provide dinner on Friday evening, and lunch
and dinner on Saturday. Further detailed information
will be posted to this group as it is available.
Experienced pilots who wish to take a check ride to
earn an FFI Wingman or Flight Lead card must secure
a recommendation for the check ride prior to the
clinic and request a check ride through this forum.
Virtual Hangar Entry ...Fhuber
RV-7A N357FD Frank Huber
I purchased my second hand RV-7A quick build kit on
March 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas and trucked it back
to my garage shop in Maple Grove, Minnesota, with my
best friend John. I got things organized and figured
out where to start. I started working more regularly
after retiring in September of 2012. By June of 2015
it was time to move it to our hangar at KANE, before
we downscaled into a fifty-five and older community.
Work continued until July of 2018, when I ran out of
things to do and my friends verified it was ready
for the inspection.
(Related: Same Person) Here is my panel
I have a Skyview touch with both control panels,
a D-6 backup, Garmin 650, backup com 760, PS
Engineering com control panel, I-Pad mount on right
side with a charger and cooling fan built in and a
EI Commander to program and monitor the P-Mags. The
panel was cut, painted and markings added by Stein
Air. The panel was made a bit taller, to allow all
the switches to go under the Skyview
RV-10 Status Report ...cderk
Finally got all windows "glued" in. Now to start on the fiberglass work!
Fun with my RV-6A ...terry.mortimore
Had some fun last summer, a local pilot wanted an RV ride. He filmed the
Trim tab alignment ...Girraf (7)
I'll admit that perhaps I overthought this part
of the build, but I really wanted to do this just
once. I won't bore you with the details of what I
found challenging, but here is my final result. The
hinge doesn't leave you any room for fore aft
movement of the tab if you want any hope of
preserving edge distance on those hinge attach
rivets. You basically need to drill directly down
the centerline of the hinge flange. Overall, I ended
up with exactly 3/32 gap on the outboard edge (min
distance per the plans, which I can file open
slightly), and well matched inboard edge, and the
tab itself sits about 1/32" in from the TE of the
elevator. Again, due to the hinge edge distance
issue, I don't think I had much control over how
this ended up. I'm curious if that's a passable
result or if I should have done something different
to get a perfectly matched TE. Here are some pics. I
can always order some new hinge and try again....
Side note: my Wings arrived this weekend!
Falcon Flight Formation Training Clinic - KGYI - 2019
Falcon Flight will be hosting a Formation
Training Clinic on April 5/6/7 2019 at the North
Texas Regional Airport – KGYI. The weather-out dates
will be April 26/27/28. This is a closer location to
those coming from the north/east than the ones we’ve
held in the past. We have created a group to handle
the logistics. Use the link to request membership in
this group, then add a line with your information to
the Clinic Signup Table.
We will be using this group for all information
distribution. Further details regarding scheduling
et al are forthcoming and will be disseminated
through that group. We’re looking at a cost of $60
per person to cover van rentals, food, drink and
A limit of 32 participants is in place. Newcomers
and advanced are welcome. We will also be going over
the changes to 8900.1 that apply to carded pilots
when operating within a certificate of waiver (airshows).
All hotel information is found in the FILES section
of the group. If you have any intent on
participating, make sure to get your room booked
early before the group rate expires - you can cancel
up to 48hrs prior to arrival at no pentaly.
Wiring Technique Request
A: (Mike S)
Too many dimples in F-01412A Bulkhead?
The plans page 10-07 step 1 called for dimpling
the #30 holes in the web of the bulkhead except as
indicated in the figure. There are two holes that I
don't think should have been dimpled though. In the
picture you can see the two dimples behind the edges
of the tie-down bracket that is keeping it from
laying flush to the bulkhead. Anyone else run into
this? Can I just flatten those dimples out?
Article...I Survived a Mid Air Collision
(Not RV) but a scary, interesting read.
January 11, 2019. Issue #4,736
Wet and windy here in DFW over the weekend. Yuck. There
was some downtime Wed/Thu and I apologize for that. Had
the ISP on the phone and we are looking at some things possibly
causing it - some changes made that I think will help (DB
cleanup routine times, backups, etc). We're monitoring
things and might do some more tweaking over the weekend.
Apologies in advance if you try to get in and can't - we might
be working on stuff.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
20 Years in Our
RV-4 ...gmrv4 vid
Q: I have arranged with a local expert to
come help me 'get started'. Well I got antsy and
started with out them. I started with he HS, and
have stopped where I have a question, and so now I
moved on to the VS. I see some folks have
recommended to start here anyway.
Thus far I haven't done anything I do not think is
reversible or fixable, but before I get to far ahead
of my self, at which point do I need to have tech
counselors take a look?
I assume before I start riveting skins on would be a
good start, but besides if I have question should I
have a tech counselor look before then?
Yep. Before closing the skin on the first component.
Panel Pic ...DeeCee 57
Ok, here we go: my minimal VFR day only panel...
light, simple, and functional
Since I bought the -6 already built, I didn't design
the panel. The holes were already there, and I've
just spent about 14 days rewiring the headsets,
installing a new 8.33KHz COM, a Garmin G5, a GT-50,
and a Garrecht AT-1 TAS.
Not shown on the foto, the iPad mini which is
affixed by the ball.
Retired from the airlines I prefer to enjoy the
outside scenery instead of perusing an acre of glass
with zillions of useless stuff on it. And no A/P
A Pretty Neat Towbar Post From the Past ...rzbill
Due to the holiday week, I have had more "shop
time" than usual.
One of the things I have been thinking about was a
replacement of my current control lock. This was an
idea stolen from a Diamond DA20 I flew some 10 years
ago. My initial implementation was OK except the
interface to the rudder pedals was a bit light and
it popped off once, giving me a dent in the rudder
that very very windy day.
So, a few months ago, I saw and picked up a couple
of discarded aluminum crutches by the side of the
I did a jury rig proof of concept at the hangar and
then an evening in the shop to fabricate it to final
Mr. X Pic
Daniel's First RV-6 Flight
...end of '18
Flying into Canada without landing ...Jim RV-9A
Q: Say if a guy plans a flight from Port
Huron, MI over Canada to Rochester, NY (Niagara
Falls area) what things should he be prepared for?
Should I file a VFR flight plan or just ask for
flight following? but then what? What radio contacts
should I be prepared to make once over Canada. Does
CA charge a fee? I suppose if I have to make an
emergency landing in CA then it would get dicey
unless I just do the planning beforehand for the
contingency. Advice, comments?
A: Just file a VFR flight plan and away you
go. There won't be any charge from Nav Canada. Same
deal for us Canadians flying over the US to another
Canadian destination. When I file a VFR flight plan
from Ottawa to Halifax, I'm assigned a transponder
code and automatically get flight following. Each
controller will just hand you off to the next one. I
wind up talking to:
- Ottawa Terminal
- Montreal Center
- Boston Center
- Moncton Center
- Halifax Terminal
It is all choreographed for you, just change freqs
when told, tell them you are there, and that's it.
However, if you need to land, you better have your
passport with you and land at a facility with
Customs on site if at all possible. Also, you might
have to sit around a couple days as I think you will
have to file an eAPIS thing to get back into the US,
although I could be wrong there on the timing and
whether it is required for Americans returning to
A: I've flown that route many times going to
and from Oshkosh. As previously offered, always file
a VFR flight plan. I've never had to make an
uplanned landing in Canada, but I have heard it can
be messy. Sometimes I have used flight following.
New York or Michigan will seamlessly hand you off to
the appropriate Canadian controllers. Very easy.
Some Updates: Brantel RV-10
Timelapse Aileron Structure Build (Jan 9)
...[ed. I like these type videos. Benny Hill
music always plays in my head. dr]
January 10, 2019. Issue #4,735
My RV-7 was in an clothing catalog photo shoot ...Gash
An ad agency's models and photographers spent a
few hours today with my RV-7 doing a photo shoot for
an OGIO ad campaign. We had fun playing with the
airplane and motorcycle. When I asked if they wanted
me to "photo bomb" one of the pictures, they said
absolutely! And of course, I shared the other seat
with one of the pretty ladies.
ATC Says, “Altitude Upon Request.” Say what?
So I’ve been using VFR Flight Following more now
than any other time in my many years of flying. I
try to use it on any trip outside my local area and
it’s really been great. ATC is very accommodating
and the more I use it the less chance of my
stumbling over my words and sounding like the rookie
that I am.
So a couple of weeks ago I was on a flight from the
SF Bay Area to the Sierra foothills. During my
initial call to ATC they asked what altitude I was
requesting. I told them 5,500 feet. They told me to
fly at or below 5,000 feet and they added something
like “5,500 feet upon request.” I hadn’t heard that
So I do understand holding me at 5,000 because there
were a couple of jets flying overhead for landing at
Oakland. So, I waited several minutes until the jet
traffic seemed to subside a bit before calling back
and asking if I could to go 5,500 feet. This was
approved and off I went.
I figure basically he’s saying “yea man, chill at
this altitude for a while even though it’s not where
you want to be at. At some point hit me up later if
you still want to go higher and I’ll check and see
if it’s cool or not.” (The controller is from
California too.) I’m pretty sure this is what is
going on here. If so, I’m thinking I did the right
thing by waiting to ask for higher later. I was
perfectly fine flying at 5,000 the entire way but
that’s not a proper VFR cruising altitude.
My questions are:
1-What exactly does this phraseology mean?
2-Would it have been ok just to stay at 5,000 feet
and not request higher? I think being at the proper
VFR altitude is safer of course.
Show me your AFP Boost Pump mounts
Q: I did a few searches but came up short on good
pictures. I was planning on using two padded hose
clamps but wantes to to how everyone else has done
it on a 6.
A: Almost Standard Install in 9A with
Andair Selector Switch
Here's how it turned out in mine. I used the Andair
fuel selector switch instead of the Van's, and being
that I have electric elevator trim I bend the flange
forward of the switch (where the manual trim knob
would be installed) to a 90º and tucked it into the
Hoping this mistake doesn’t equal a new HS Spar
I was trying to punch out a rivet tonight whilst
riveting my HS spar together (page 8-6). I was
unable to punch it out so slowly started to drill
further into the rivet with a #40 and continued to
punch it. Still couldn’t get it so I drilled through
the whole shaft. Whilst being careful to keep it
aligned at the top the drill bit was pushed to the
side out the bottom (see photos, first post so I
hope they work).
I’ve flicked an email off to Vans but thought I’d
throw it on here whilst I wait for their response.
Hoping to save my work. The HS-1002 part isn’t on
Vans parts list and while it may not be overly
expensive the shipping to the East Coast will be a
Also I’ve been having some issues with rivets being
hard to push in by hand due the primer. Is it an
issue to use a metal object (read hammer) to gentle
tap them in (not pounding but they are too tight to
push in with hand). Would this cause any damage to
the shaft of the rivet, if it will I guess I’ll have
to ream the holes.
Thanks for your thoughts.
Q: Those of you that use a towbar, do you travel
with it, and if so, have you done anything specific
to secure it in the baggage compartment - some type
of clamp set up? Would you mind sharing thoughts?
A: Tool Clips. I installed four 5/8ths-inch
tool clips on the floor of my forward baggage
compartment. To make it more secure I also installed
a lock pin (foreground) through one of the tow bar's
Awesome new headset! CQ1 from Card Machine Works
I’ve had the privilege of flying with a new
in-the-ear headset for a few months. It was designed
after years of frustration with the offerings from
the two established in-ear headset manufacturers.
The best part is that the CQ1 is manufactured and
marketed within the VAF family; Tanya and Scott
Card. I’m not sure what CQ stands for, but in my
mind it’s Card Quality. Card Machine Works is now a
paid advertiser on the site, headsets are now for
sale, and I feel like I can out them. I get
extremely energized by watching people identify
problems and create solutions. It's even better when
we all benefit from the results!
I’ve been flying with the CQ1 for a few months. The
noise cancelling microphone makes a huge difference
in the quality of communication and the speakers
have the quality to match. Right after Christmas I
made my first IMC approach into the LA area. it was
such a relief to have consistent clear communication
capability without having to mess with my headset.
The kids in the back seat don’t comply with the
sterile cockpit rule, so the headset mike has to do
double duty filtering out airplane noise and kids
excited about arriving at Disneyland. Communication
with SoCal approach and the tower was never a
The CQ1 is visually similar to some other offerings,
but one touch or a closer inspection reveal the
enormous differences. The differences are even more
obvious at first use. The frame is more robust and
stays where you put it. The cables are high quality
with a Kevlar core. The controls are simply amazing!
No more finding the tiny sweet spot in the volume
knob that allows both speakers to work
simultaneously! The mike is fundamental game changer
with its noise cancelling capability. It stays
EXACTLY where you put it with no spring back.
There’s no auxiliary input, that feature is easily
addressed by simple adapters and most intercoms and
audio panels have wired and / or Bluetooth inputs
My fear is that this post reads like an
advertisement. It’s not; I am however excited about
the product and what its creators have done. I like
it well enough that we have bought a second CQ1 for
my pilot wife. I own two Bose A-20s because they’re
quality, they fit the kids, and they will for years.
I own a Lightspeed Zulu II which was an expensive
failed experiment. Quality is good, but they
interfere with sunglasses and hats, and they clamp
my dainty ears; a fault they share with the Bose. I
have primarily flown with the Quiet Technologies
headset because it’s more comfortable than anything
that clamps my head. It was also fickle,
temperamental, and of mediocre quality. I have
tested all 4 headsets back-to-back and Tanya and
Scott’s CQ1 offering is the best, hands down.
I find in-the-ear headsets quieter than ANR in RVs,
especially when glasses and hats are in the mix to
break the seal with my head. I can hear the
cancelling feature in ANR headsets and find it
tiring and a bit nauseating. There was a post here
recently about that, so I'm not the only one. Ear
tips and ear plugs are a very personal thing. They
also have to be inserted correctly to work. I roll
my own using Howard Leight earplugs because they
work well for me. I think Card Machine Works have a
few other suggestions. I use the same basic plugs
for flying, motorcycling, woodworking, machine work,
and even at my day job at times. It’s on my list to
make a video describing my process. Now that I’ve
stated that publicly, maybe I’ll follow through.
Here's a link to their website. There is much more
detailed information there.
Status Report #10 ...romanov
That report is about:
• Aft Fuselage: it's almost the fuselage, in fact it
is the fuselage.
After we have made small wing type structures
(...four of them), now we have a chance to try our
skills on the actual body of the plane. Here is how
it looks like:
January 9, 2019. Issue #4,734
...my home field (52F). Rob Reece driving the golf
cart / me as pax. Two sets Mark I eyeballs.
Reno 2019 rookie...hopefully
Wheels are turning and gears are in motion at Bear Dog
Racing to make the Reno Air Races 2019 for the very first
time in our RV-4. First comes Pylon Racing School in
June..."Rookie School". When all goes well there, I'll have
my Sport Class racing license in hand on Sunday the 9th,
then....qualifying in September. Really excited!! Race prop
finally being carved this weekend. Need to get going on the
10:1 pistons and intake mod. Feel free to come to the pits
and turn a wrench
See y'all in Reno!!!
SARL Race 51
RV-4 O-360 (N92BP)
I've been working with Advanced on my quick panel (they are
awesome to work with). I am switching from 12V to dual USB
chargers. Also, adding 3-4 spare toggles just in case for
things I've not considered or will add in the future.
Any other thoughts? Would love the thoughts of those that
have built and what they'd do different, add/delete. The
collective IQ and history/knowledge of this crew can find
something I should change I am sure :-)
Thanks in advance!
Front Access Panels ...bhester
If I was building today I would just mount everything so
that it could be accessed on the sub panel, it could be
accessed via removing the instrument panel. I just could not
do that when I had analog gauges. The big brain box for my
AFS engine monitor and my Lightspeed Ignition box are
mounted under the LH panel. My altitude encoder use to be
under the RH panel, no longer needed, now that I'm using the
Garmin G3X. I use clear RTV when installing them and they do
not leak. I have been back into them a number of times. I
made this mod myself, they are not the ones being sold, but
are made like them, only smaller. Feel free to go to my web
site and look at my ugly plane ;-)
Advanced Flight EFIS Software Release
Advanced Flight Systems just posted our
long-awaited Version 15 software release for the
AF-5000 series of EFIS screens, which includes a
number of new features:
• Improved graphics.
• Ability to use a Garmin G5 as the backup ADAHRS.
The new software even does ADAHRS cross- checking
between the Dynon ADAHRS and the G5 ADAHRS.
• New Airspeed filtering algorithm improves the
airspeed display in turbulence
• New AHRS filtering algorithm.
• Ability to tune and push frequencies to an Avidyne
IFD radio from the EFIS.
• Ability to tune and push frequencies to a Garmin
radio (GTR200, GTR255, GTR225) from the EFIS.
• Ability to send ADS-B weather and traffic to the
Avidyne IFD Navigator display.
• Improved integration with the PS Engineering
PDA-360 Remote Audio panel with Bluetooth phone and
• Remote MFD map control from the PFD Joystick. When
displaying a map on the PFD, the joystick will
control the remote MFD map.
• EFIS Inset Windows (profile view, flight plan,
traffic, map, g-meter).
• Display Sectional, IFR Low or IFR High charts in
Track Up or North Up
• Added Nexrad WX to Sectional chart.
Link to new Software:
AF-5000 Video Pilot Guide YouTube Page:
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sales grew at an exceptional rate.
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Master contactor failure (maybe?)
Looking for some advice. I've got an RV-6A with a Lycoming
IO-360 and Skytec starter, 750hr TT. I bought it flying
about 350 hours ago.
Went flying a week ago, and after a fuel stop, I tried
starting back up, head a "clunk", then nothing. Tried again
and it worked... gremlins I thought...
Then I went to go flying today, and after turning the master
power on: "clunk clunk". Then nothing. My engine display,
which is always on if the master power is on, was "off". I
toggled the master switch a few more times for
troubleshooting and got a wide variety of results. In some
cases, I'd get the prop spinning like normal. Other times,
I'd turn the starter switch on and absolutely nothing would
turn on - not even any "clunks" of the master
I confirmed the battery is healthy (I keep it on a tender
and then checked the voltage independently - good). The
weather was mild.
I replaced the starter solenoid about 2 years ago after a
similar problem. This one is different because sometimes I'm
not getting any power at all... but when I get power I can
engage the starter.
So, I "think" my master contactor has failed. I only have 1
battery and 1 alternator, but the plane has 2 master
contactors in line. When I heard the "clunk"s, they were
coming from just one of them. No noise from the other at
There is no marking on my contactors, but they look kind of
like Aircraft Spruce's LAMAR SOLENOID 12 VOLT CONTINUOUS
(X61-0028) - just without the sticker.
Do master contactors fail like this? Thoughts?
Thanks for your help!
Here's a short and sweet FAA video that's worth the
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January 8, 2019. Issue #4,733
No Words (too awesome!) ...lucaperazzolli
At the top of the loop. During the
first january flight we had taken this still photo from a
Camera screwed under Franz's plane (along the tip screws
line). It's a strange perspective (for a carburator
engine ). I'd like to share it with you:
Carb Issues ...Stevegrasley
Over the last few months I have been
noticing a small amount of dirty fuel/oil dripping out of
the nose gear faring onto the nose wheel pant. Nothing
really significant and I chalked it up to little leaks,
dribbles and dirt on a 5 year old O-360 that I fly behind
300+ hours every year. Nothing else to note in terms of
performance anomalies (fuel consumption, power, engine
performance in general) except that I seemed to be having to
diddle with mixture more and more in the last few months to
get nice stable performance at altitude.
Yesterday after a 1 hour flight I pulled up to the hangar
and was shutting down. Low and behold the mixture cutoff was
fully pulled but it just would not shut down. Would slow way
down and then burp and cough and rev up a little more and
keep coughing. Seemed like it was definitely not "cutting
off". Shut the dual PMAGs off and after a little dieseling
Pulled the cowl and noticed a lot of fuel sitting in the FAB.
(Wow! Where was this fuel coming from? No external leaks
anywhere around the carb.) Took off the airfilter thinking
the fuel sitting in there was the cause of the continued
running as it vaporized. Fired up without the FAB and
everything seemed OK. Did a run up and all good. , But, then
it started running rough at idle and I had to lean quite a
bit for the engine to run smooth. I am at sea level and it
was 75 degrees. Odd. Like it was way too rich for some new
reason. Tried a shut down and similar story. Shutdown the
dual PMAGs and finally got it to quit.
After shut down I noticed a fair amount of fuel dripping off
the back of the FAB mounting plate. It was not obvious to me
where it was coming from but I think it was internally
coming out of the carb...like a float was stuck down and the
residual pressure in the engine fuel pump was forcing fuel
out...but the mixture was supposedly cutoff? This must have
been what has been getting worse over time.
I bought my Lyc O-360 from Van's and it came with an Avstar
10-4164-1 carb. Compared to the carb that I had on my 1972
C172M the Avstar is built like a tank. But something is not
I have decided to replace the carb before contemplating any
flying. Really get frustrated when I am AOG. I am suspicious
of damaged floats and/or mixture valve but I am not sure.
Carbs are one thing I have never gotten deep into
understanding. Can anybody give me a more definitive answer
based on what I have written here? Up until now this carb
has 1,260+ trouble free hours on it.
RV-9A Status Report ...9GT
Fabricating a plug for a new snorkel. It will be
removable to ease the difficulty of
removing/installing the lower cowling with a three
blade prop, and it will also house a custom FAB. I
don't care much for the Van's FAB bolted to the
bottom of the fuel servo. For experimental purposes,
I am going to embed a copper tape VOR antenna in it
and see how well it works since I already have the
materials on hand. No big deal if it doesn't work
well. I will just go with my original plan of an
Archer style wing tip VOR antenna.
Another milestone happened today. My thanks to Harry
Manvel for his assistance and shared wisdom.
Insurance PIREP ...Leah (VAF
DID YOU KNOW older pilots need to take
extra precautions when comes to insurance?
Welcome to 2019!!! It’s a new year and we’re all going to be
turning another year older. Did you know that some insurance
companies will deny starting coverage for you once you reach
a certain age no matter what your health condition is? It’s
true, before you turn 75 years old, make sure you are with a
solid company. A company that won’t reduce coverage, require
an annual medical, or require you to fly “dual only” just
because you had another birthday. There are several good
companies for senior pilots, so if you are 75 years or
older, check with your agent to make sure you won’t have any
surprises come your next renewal. Age is just a number. You
can still fly insured well into your 80’s as long as you
We wish you all a happy new year and safe flying!!!
Panel Demo / Fit Test ...ssokol
Here's a shot of a full system (less the engine monitor)
I put together using the blank I cut for the booth at
Oshkosh last year.
In the foreground you can see the ADC, GPS puck, and
FlightBox. On the far side of the FlightBox is a 4-port USB
hub. Not pictured are the power supplies for the iPads.
Finished Our First Page!
It's a silly thing, yet huge for us! We have completed Page
8-2 (HS rear spar). A neighbor is an A&P type for the Coast
Guard and said our work was just fine. (You can't come close
to imagining what that did for our egos!)
What a learning curve... ..never having used our hands
before... ..replacing all the parts (at least once)...
..never having painted anything much less performing
significant surface prep. This stuff is just amazing.
Thanks to all the contributors here, we learn much from your
RV-10 Emp Kit!
Big day today, I rolled the fuselage canoe. It is just a
symbolic step about half way through the fuselage
IFR Hood Time Safety Pilot
Local pilot needed
ballast a safety
pilot. Sure, why not?
1. VOR/DME RWY 18 KXBP
2. VOR/DME RWY 17 KLUD
3. ILS 16L KAFW
Some grabs (click to enlage).
Tracked in Garmin Pilot.
January 7, 2019. Issue #4,732
Saturday morning before drywall duty I had the pleasure
of giving new friend George his first ride in a small plane.
He works in law enforcement. George and Cynde are 'an
item' as the kids say, and we've known Cynde pretty much our
whole lives. Great guy! Cynde and George drove
up, and I think Cynde was planning on hanging out on the
couch. Randy walked up and said he wanted to go fly
too. New plan. "You have a hat I can wear?"
It was 00000kt and CAVU, so of course we're doing some
formation if the passengers don't object. Gentle turns
and nothing too steep for our guests, then it was up to KGLE
for gas. It seemed everyone with an airplane was
flying Saturday. I know a big group went to KSEP for
BBQ (I bowed out because I needed to be home repairing the
closet by midday). Anywho, back to the story, gas
bought and back in the air. Randy and Cynde went
direct back 52F while George and I flew over to his neck of
the woods so he could see his house. On the way we saw
a B-52, guessing out of KGYI or such). It turned away
and we got a nice show of exhaust. While on the ground
GLE I texted lifelong friend Billy T to see if he was home
(lives near George). Yes. "Go in your backyard
in 14 minutes." OK. Thankfully he didn't moon me
(it's in line with his character). Maybe his wife and
son standing next to him were an influence. Waves
Let George fly for about 15 minutes and then back on the
ground 52F, handshakes, laughs and a sense of
accomplishment. Got to treat a law enforcement officer
to some aviating fun, got to have some laughs with a family
friend, got to share airspace with a B-52 defending my
freedoms, and lucked into a greaser landing (told him they
were all like that). Later I got the 'George wants to
know how much it costs to learn to fly' text from Cynde <g>.
And so it begins...;^)
The rest of Saturday was drywall and work.
Sunday 0730 Mass, more drywall and more work. A nice,
Hope you had the same and that you have a nice Monday.
Here's the rest of the RV news from the weekend...
I have 125 hours on my RV7A with an Aero Sport 0-360 ECI
engine. The prop is a Sensenich metal prop purchased through
Vans. During take off and level flight I have a vibration.
When descending it is not near as noticeable. I had the prop
dynamically balanced. It seams to be better when lean of
peak. Leak down and regular compression testing show good.
Ignition is a Light Speed II and one mag. Timing is set
correct. Carb was just overhauled. Any ideas or suggestions?
One more Sunset.....petehowell
I know I probably post too many sunset
pics, but I snapped this on a quick flight tonight and
really liked the colors from the HDR setting on the phone.
The sun, the ice, and the sky were really kinda
How bad is it? (back riveting oops)
Well, I did it. The thing I said I
wouldn't do. I riveted off the edge of my back rivet plate
and damaged my rudder skin. SEE PHOTOS HERE.
Will be putting a call into Vans, but hoping someone here
can talk me off the cliff. Is this a, "Buy a new skin don't
even think about continuing," OR "A little paint filler
after completion will take care of that?"
Few positives: 1) It was barely off the plate, so wasn't
able to push down to workbench and punch through, 2) I
caught it on about the 3rd hit of the rivet gun. I went
ahead and dimpled the hole again, and that looks fine along
with the stiffener, but wondering about the dent/crease on
the outside of the skin. Thoughts?
RV-14A Status Report ...kbalch
Fuselage join accomplished this morning. A
complete non-event, as everything clecoed right together as
expected. For anyone who’s built an earlier, pre-matched
hole, kit, these -14 kits seem like cheating. I built an
early -8 and the difference is night and day. I love it!
Finally Pulled the Trigger!
Might as well introduce myself... I (we) finally pulled the
trigger today after lurking for perhaps a record setting 12
years! I surprised myself and ordered an RV14 instead of the
-8 that I have a sweet set of Grove Airfoil Landing gear for
in my garage.
I can already credit people here on the forum for guiding me
to keep my better half happy and perhaps more engaged in the
While I'm technically an Aerospace Engineer with 20 years of
military flying and now an Airline pilot, I'm going to rely
heavily on the group here for advice and instruction. It
should be a fun ride! I've just got to keep telling myself
you eat an elephant one bite at a time...
KSEP BBQ PIREP ...scard
Oops, we did it again! It was great to see
everybody. We counted 23 heads.
RV-14 Electrical Diagram ...mulde35d
With all the discussion on lighting and
electrical noise I thought I would post the primary power
and G3X pinout diagram that I created over the course of
about 6 weeks of sitting in hotel rooms bored out of my
mind. This is still under revision as I actually build it,
but while the pictures are only JPEG I would be happy to
email the full visio product to anyone who is interested (PM
me with your email address). I created this from scratch
while referencing an electrical drawing that was produced by
a professional company to give me some ideas on how to lay
things out in a clear manner. Hence why it may look like a
paid for product, but is purely my creation. The wire
numbering scheme is also original and has a decoding method
to the madness that should help me identify wires quickly in
the aircraft should I find problems once in flight.
I am also open to any input from any electrical guru's in
the house as most of this was self learning from the
baseline installation documents with a couple calls to
Garmin for some detailed pinout instructions. Have fun on
the eye chart if you so desire.
RV-12 Status Report ...rongawer
I installed a canopy latch with security lock from
Aircraft Specialty. Steve was very helpful and I highly
recommend this upgrade.
Status Report ...jcarne
Somewhat of a big day today. After finishing the
flap fabrication it was time for my last major
primer session. Almost everything is primed for the
wings (just push tubes left) and almost everything
for the fuselage (push tubes and a couple of small
parts) I will still have some odds and ends here and
there but this is the last big one!
This Summer August 13-16 there will be a
gathering of 45,000 - 50,000 kids grades 5-12 at
Oshkosh, these kids are from around the world. I am
responsible for the aviation portion of their
activities. The last time this event was held we
gave around 800 Young Eagle rides in the 2 1/2 days
that weather was good. Our goal is 1,000 if we have
4 good days of weather. I am looking for volunteers
that would like to help with flights. We also have a
ground display area on aviation, home building, and
mission aviation. The kids will all have gone an
intro to aviation and a preflight before they come
for their Young Eagle ride.
If you would like to help for any or all of this
time please contact me. I will be their with my
RV-10 (now this is RV related )
RV-Lancair Brotherhood Day...snopercod
The weather was perfect and we had a great
turnout today at GMU - seven people! Besides the
regulars (Darwin couldn't make it), Keith from
Greenville showed up in his RV-12, and Doug and wife
Susan from Gainsville, GA flew in in his RV-12,
making three RV-12s! Mark Cigal in his RV-8 brought
his Cirrus instructor friend Chuck from Denver.
Lunch was good as usual and it was a pleasure to
meet the new folks. I hope they'll come join us
again the next time we do this. In no particular
Owen's Red RV-12 and Keith's Blue RV-12:
Year 12 Performance Runs ...petehowell RV-9A
Got out and up today to see how the old girl is
doing at cruise.
Cloudy, but 02degC and a pretty nice day. She seems
to still have it at 12+ years and 2096 hours!
O-320, carb, dual EI, Hartzell, mogas. Otto flying
Yep - The D-10A has the dreaded black spot - it is
stable for now, so I am just leaving it. The D-10A
and the EMS-D10 have been great for 12 years and I
know Dynon will fix me up when time comes.
Master contactor failure (maybe?)
Looking for some advice. I've got an RV-6A with a
Lycoming IO-360 and Skytec starter, 750hr TT. I
bought it flying about 350 hours ago.
Went flying a week ago, and after a fuel stop, I
tried starting back up, head a "clunk", then
nothing. Tried again and it worked... gremlins I
Then I went to go flying today, and after turning
the master power on: "clunk clunk". Then nothing. My
engine display, which is always on if the master
power is on, was "off". I toggled the master switch
a few more times for troubleshooting and got a wide
variety of results. In some cases, I'd get the prop
spinning like normal. Other times, I'd turn the
starter switch on and absolutely nothing would turn
on - not even any "clunks" of the master
I confirmed the battery is healthy (I keep it on a
tender and then checked the voltage independently -
good). The weather was mild.
I replaced the starter solenoid about 2 years ago
after a similar problem. This one is different
because sometimes I'm not getting any power at
all... but when I get power I can engage the
So, I "think" my master contactor has failed. I only
have 1 battery and 1 alternator, but the plane has 2
master contactors in line. When I heard the "clunk"s,
they were coming from just one of them. No noise
from the other at all.
There is no marking on my contactors, but they look
kind of like Aircraft Spruce's LAMAR SOLENOID 12
VOLT CONTINUOUS (X61-0028) - just without the
Do master contactors fail like this? Thoughts?
Thanks for your help!
January 4, 2019. Issue #4,731
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
First Flight RV-12 N12SM ...Tacco
On New Years Day. After 18 months of build time.
Flew great! No surprises. Rudder trim needs
adjusted. No heavy wing. Finished half of PAP FT-1.
RV-10 #41988 - DFW
And so it begins........
After at least three years lurking on this site and
flip flopping between a 10, 9a or 14a, and even
looking at some high wing models I made the leap
Officially ordered my RV-10 QB wing kit. I’m waiting
a few months to order the tail kit as I recover from
Rotator cuff surgery. I figure this will be added
incentive to do the exercises and recover.
Can’t wait to start the process. While I’m one armed
over the next few months I plan to clean and
organize my workspace/garage.
Thanks to dr’s website and the countless blogs and
threads I have read to get to the starting point.
And I’m sure I will be reading even more on this
site as I move forward
RV-10 QB Wings ordered
How I painted my RV-6 Fuse ...Joewebb 12min vid
Exit pressure must match local exterior flow at exit
...Steve Smith thoughts
The fundamental rule of subsonic exit flow is that
the internal flow pressure at the exit must match
the external flow pressure at the exit.
When you open a cowl flap or have a diverging exit
angle, you are creating an area of lower pressure in
the external flow, which yes indeed helps extract
more flow through the internal flow path, because
you are exiting into lower pressure. The penalty for
this is the increase in frontal area needed to
create the accelerated external flow, and the
likelihood that exiting internal flow may be at a
lower velocity than the external flow.
When you have an exit in an area where the external
geometry is tapering or sloping back towards smaller
cross sections as you go downstream, the other flow
is slowing down, pressure increasing, and you are
exhausting into an area of elevated pressure
compared to the free stream. The internal flow at
the exit is therefore at a higher pressure, lower
velocity than it could have been. In small doses,
this region of decelerating flow, with rising
pressure, can be good - the pressure recovery on the
aft-facing slope provides some thrust. But if the
pressure gradient is too adverse (pressure rising
too fast) the boundary layer will separate and you
will have a separated flow region trapped in the
area where the body is getting smaller, causing
pressure drag - which is a way of saying that you
are not getting the pressure recovery that you would
have gotten had the flow stayed attached.
Tuft Testing and Systems ...DanH (same thread)
Larry, first suggestion is to think in terms of
building a system. Whatever individual modifications
you might make should be considered in a system
context. Bandaids only go so far, and real bolt-on
speed is rare.
Next, remember the little things. I'm going to take
one subject as an example, that 4-pipe exhaust.
You're thinking about cutting off the downturns, but
in the context of how to reduce cooling drag, the
best bet would be to stack it under a workbench
Welcome Aboard...Bellhemem (Lafayette, LA)
Vans sold another RV10 Kit
I took the plunge and should have a RV 10 Empennage
kit delivered next week. I have a few questions as I
do not personally know any RV builders, or have an
I have most of what I need (I think). Advise on a
couple of questionable parts/tools –
Substructure Dimple Die 3/32? Leaning towards no…
Tail light Adapter Ring?
Threaded Tie Down Block?
Rudder Cable Fairing?
Static Line Kit from Cleveland any better/worse than
I have ordered extra rivets, the Radio Shack
Self-Adhesive clips for the Static Line, and RV10
Anything else other than a Light/Conduit I may need
to finish the Emp?
New Panel Design - Critiques Please ...ssokol
I spent part of the holiday break working on a
design for a new panel for my RV-6A. I'm getting
close to having a first cut of my home-grown
avionics suite working and its time to bite the
bullet and start "eating my own dog food" as they
say. Please take a look and let me know what you
Status Report ...jcarney
Well after finishing up the ailerons by bolting
the brackets on it was time to start the flaps.
19K and 89kt Xwind ...crabandy
Also from 2018, KSDL..KICT 3:40ish enroute time
and less than 20 gallons if I recall correctly.
Inspiration from 'Ron's Cart' ...TASEsq
I took great inspiration from Ron’s cart below,
but not being able to find a cheap cart that wasn’t
too big, I just used some left over kitchen to build
mine. The drawers are very handy (they are 10mm
ply), for stuff needed often but not every second.
The drill bit holder and die holders are the best
things ever - never have to search for a bit, and
I’ve since removed some I don’t use and added
reamers for an3 and 4 bolts. The air tools hang on a
bit of PVC pipe with notches cut. I also now have a
sandpaper holder on the side, and found 5lt olive
oil cans are the best for clecos. Very handy having
all the hardware boxes wherever I’m working. Thanks
for the inspiration!
January 3, 2019. Issue #4,730
Mothership Jan 1 pic.
2019 Sats, maybe ahead of Vlad for a day? ...BruceEicher
Finished off (this year so far) 15 airports with
landing and Take offs, 5 new airports, one grass
strip and 2 night landings. Was trying for the
entire Oregon Coast and all airstrips. Had to scrub
one grass strip after landing on the better one, it
was very soft and the other posted warnings.........
Now Vlad, if I want to keep this up I might just
have to install your auxiliary fuel tank so
conveniently left in my hangar <g>
Video on RV-12iS Drop In Lines ...Aircraft Specialty
[ed. I enjoyed this
video immencely! If you have a 19 minute hole
in your day I recommend it. Nerds of the World
Unite!!!! ;^). v/r,]
The rv12is provided a great opportunity to fully
utilize CNC tube bending technology to provide drop
in lines for the 12iS aircraft that the OP of this
message utilized in his aircraft.
Here is a video that shows the design process,
fabrication, as well as tube final dimension
The 10:22 mark is where the actual tube bending
begins. The rest of the video shows how the entire
process is done from start to finish.
As always, we couldn't have done this without the
help of some great beta testers. The RV/
Experimental community is comprised of some great
people, and we really enjoy working with you to
refine and improve the build experience.
HS spar scratches RV 9 ...toddramsey
"...finished match drilling my ribs to the spars
on my horizontal stabilizer. When I disassembled and
removed the blue plastic, I found these shallow
scratches. I believe they came from the brake used
in bending the spars in the manufacturing process.
The blue plastic was also cut along these scratches.
I used mineral spirits to clean the scratches to
remove the plastic residue and the photos show what
remains. These scratches are very shallow but I can
feel them with my fingernail."
Photos of the 'Wood Tool Cart' ...ronshchreck
Potentially catastrophic mistake: Aft canopy deck position along the
Happy new year everyone. Wish I could
share in the happiness, but I just found what's
possibly a catastrophic mistake I made on the RV,
and wanted to share it. Obviously this is going to
involve a long discussion with Van's, but I thought
I'd start a discussion here to potentially prepare
myself for the extremely bad news I have coming.
Long story short, it looks like I built the whole
forward and mid fuselage around incorrectly bent and
I'm at the point in the build where I'm
disassembling the forward fuselage to prep the
surfaces, dimple, and countersink them for riveting.
While countersinking the longerons, something just
didn't look right. The top holes I had drilled for
the aft canopy deck were way too far aft. So I
clecoed the longeron back to the mid-fuselage, and
pulled out the F-721B aft canopy deck pieces. Lo and
behold, the holes are indeed way too far back:
January 2, 2019. Issue #4,729
Clean drywall cuts made - drying out continues (bad
pano pic). Washroom ops returning to normal. Clothes
donation pile growing - clothes that I didn’t know I had tossed
in. ‘Professional clothes’ whittled down to about a foot and a
half of rack space - feels pretty great to tell you the truth (pic).
Less clutter is nice.
Hope you had a nice holiday and that your 2019 goes swell.
Getting Back to Building! ...llavalle
So some of the older folks here might remember
me. I was building a -9A back in what.. humm
2008-2009. Had a webcam link in my signature which
was awesome in 2008.
Went to 'Osh in 2009 and met some of the folks
here! At the Van's dinner, our host here, DR,
recognized me by saying "hey, you're that French
Canadian guy from Québec, right?"
So anyway, after 265hours and 3642 rivets (yup,
counted them), life had other plans for me and I
paused the building of the -9A. ~2 years later, was
offered a very good price on it so I decided to sell
it. Emp was complete and inspected by MD-RA
(specific to Canada stuff). One wing was mostly
complete, the other one I was working on.
Unbelievable! ...Don Patrick
After a week of fighting the flu, I managed to get
to the airport and strapped on my RV-8.
I can't say that I wasn't nervous..I sure was, but
once the power was poured on, all trepidation left
and it was down to business.
What an amazing feeling....Incredible!!!
The only issues I had was a heavy right wing, a
D180 that screamed stall at me the entire flight (my
programming mistake) and a MP issue that I have to
There are so many I have to thank. My family, you're
the best! Manny Rosario and the boys at Enterprise
Air...your ACES!. Rob Baldasaro, thanks for the
paint work!. Simon Hitcheon, thanks for my RV
checkout and the support!! All the others from this
site for the help and guidance, much thanks!
For those of you still building...keep moving
forward every day...These are amazing aircraft!!
It wasn't a perfect weather day, but the end
RV-9 Daddy/Daughter Vlog to Cumberland ...rv9daughter
RV9 daughter is home for the holidays! Which
means that I had to ask my old man to take the RV
for a spin. We packed some snacks and made the short
trek to Cumberland, WI on Sunday. I made this (very
poorly filmed and edited) video just for a fun
memory, but my family thought you all might like to
see it. Enjoy
Flight Data Recorders: Foreflight logger, Arduino, Raspberry Pi
So last week I decided to fly some simple tests to
determine how useful the Foreflight Track Logger is
in capturing data for Flight Tests.
So I flew a simple plan which consisted of taking
off, flying wind speed and direction circles at 5000
feet and then again at 8000 feet, then doing some
simple aerobatics to see if the Track Logger could
also be used to tell me how I'm doing with the acro.
The results were interesting. I downloaded the
CSV file from Foreflight and wrote some Python to
capture the data and plot it out in 3D.
The short answer is - the Foreflight Track Logger
might be useful for Phase 1 flight test of climb,
airspeed calibration,best glide, Vx Vy determination
Doesn't seem to be useful in showing a round loop.
This is the 3D plot of the full flight. The roll,
loop and roll is the track at the far right of the
RV-12iS Fuel Line Photos ...subpar_bucker
wanted to send a quick post our showing the
installation of the fuel lines I purchased from
Aircraft Specialty. ...... I
can say it was quite delightful after humiliating
myself fabricating the long fuel lines to simply
attach these lines where they belonged in a single
No Excuses ...petehowell
Brrr - someone turned off the heat in the upper
midwest today, but Bernie and I had the day off -
that means a good day to fly! -1F, bundle up and go!
Flight Levels Club ...airguy
Since we've got the "200 knots" club and it's
been around for a while, I thought we should have
this one as well. I know quite a few of us have been
up there with our RV's, and a couple of us have gone
WAY up there.
Anyway, here's my entry, coming back home from Reno
2018, was picking up a trace of ice in the top of a
layer at 17,000 so requested FL190 to get clear
2019 New Year Resolutions ...Jaybird gets the ball rolling
2019 New Year Resolutions
Fly more this year.
Resolutions are made to be broken. Right?
I predict,,,,, This time next year I’ll be asking
what you did to comply with this new ADSB rule? I’ll
still need to exercise more, and lose weight.
I only flew 113 hours in 2018. I’m wondering why I
have 3 airplanes.
Paul at Kitplanes
Happy New Year - And (Maybe) Hat Sighting ...tcard
Happy New Year to all of our flying friends! The
Year 2018 ended with a flight, so it seemed
necessary for 2019 to start with a flight. There
wasn't any of the requisite noise from our airpark
community, so we decided to fix that even though the
weather was, well, not great. Clearly our fellow
pilots needed a ceiling report. The consensus in our
cockpit was low and "variable".
December 31, 2018. Issue #4,728
(no Jan 1 issue)
Friday morning I scooted out to 52F
for a gas run up the Gainesville and back. Smooth
flight, $3.50 gas and viz straight out of the
brochure. Great flight - logged .6 - been too
long. RV performed flawlessly. The plan was
at Mr. Frosty (built in '54) in Denton with some
of the usual suspects.
Chris Pratt (RV-8) and I were texting and firming
up plans - shaping up to be a good lunch. When I
landed back at 52F I had a voice mail from Susie
saying we had 1” of water in the master bedroom
closet. New plan...
home fast, turned off the water to the house and all
hands on deck moving clothes and drawers out into
other rooms. Started
cutting out wet sheetrock. Rob (RV-8) and Randy
(RV-8) showed up around lunch time to rub it
in help find the leak. It took us a
bit, but the leak was found and plans were made for
the fix. It turned out to be caused during the
initial install over three decades earlier. The
'plumber' made a partial cut on a pipe, then decided
to leave the pipe a little longer and instead made
the actual cut further down. This partial cut, maybe
because of metal stresses, maybe from molecules from
the steel cutting blade being pressed into the
copper (dissimilar metals), corroded, weakened,
leaked and finally sprung a big honkin' jet sometime
during the night last Thursday. Took ~35
years. Pics in the link below...
all day. Line repair made. Fans drying things out.
Sheetrock plan being formulated. All about
back to normal, and we’re only out about $20 so far
in plumbing supplies. Looks like a clothes
bomb went off. Mr. Frosty next week maybe.
pics starting here
My dad passed on this day in 1999, and New Years
Eve understandably has never been the same.
I'm usually a little down this time of year because
of it, but on a drive up to Whataburger Sunday
morning I caught myself smiling, because I know he
would have really enjoyed complaining about this
water leak. He would have wanted to tear that
plumber a new one the size of Texas.
The closet is
almost dry as of press time. Time to clean up
the cut lines, start measuring and go to Lowes for
supplies. I'm going to put a removable panel
where I can get back there easier next time if I
ever need to.
While moving stuff out of the
closet, Susie came across a family document that we
thought was lost. When Tate was a small boy he
saw a frog that had been run over in the street in
front of our house. He asked Susie if he could
write a note to the other frogs. He put the
note below on the ground out near the street.
Finding that note for our family was like finding
the Magna Carta. Our 'Huffman Prairie Moment'
of the Great Water Leak of '18. For the last
15 years or so whenever someone would see a frog, at
least one family member could be counted on to blurt
out, "Dear Frogs and Toads...". Finding
this made the year.
Happy New Year to our RV friends and thank you
for supporting our little family business here -
we're trying our hardest. You help our
lives be filled with laughs, motivation, compassion
and true, honest friendship. Increasingly rare
things in today's world.
I got to fly a little a
few days ago. I get to earn a living doing
something I'm passionate about. I had some
laughs with family and friends during a tough time
of the year. We got to see our daughter over
In a weird way I'm a little grateful
for the water leak. There are worse problems
to have. It capped off the year with unplanned
variety. Isn't that the strangest thing to
Neighbors will let you use their shower.
Friends have your back. Life, especially RV
life, is pretty good.
Happy New Year from our
family to yours and God Bless all of you.
The last awful joke of '18:
Q: What do you call a fake noodle?
A: An impasta.
YOU HAVEN'T YET DONATED IN '18 AND WOULD LIKE TO
This site is how our family eats and we sure would like
to keep doing that. 26,352 forum accounts.
Tens of thousands of 'lurkers' (when there are 300
people online, it's usually ~50 registered and ~250 unregistered
guests enjoying the site). As of
there have been
so far (< 3% of the readers my best guess). It's donation month here, so if you could, please
give this a read.
To those who help
us stay in business with a yearly donation, thank you!
Like I said earlier, we like to eat food (not rocks). This site is
how our family makes that happen, with your help.
Please consider a donation if you haven't and are 'a
Revised RV-8 Sub-Cowl ...tuft testing update
I tufted our RV-8 and flew with the modified sub
cowl a few days ago. The point of the sub cowl is to
reduce the exit opening to raise CHT and oil
temperature, which it has. (Our XP360 was running a
bit too cool). The below video indicates the exit
flow is not perfect but better than the first
Here is a video of the first attempt. Note the
large lip on the trailing edge of the opening which
caused flow separation.
RV-8 Phase 1 Complete!
Please read if converting from Fixed pitch to Constant Speed prop
In the process of changing from a fixed pitched prop
to a constant speed prop, I have ran into one major
issue. Hoping to have a thread that folks can view
and use to make a decision before heading down this
If you are a moderator, please consider making this
a sticky. It will save someone thousands of dollars
and many weeks of troubleshooting and backtracking.
STOP!!!! before you even think about doing this
conversion, some very costly advice i had to learn
on my own (even though the info is out on VAF on
various threads if you look around).
All engine cases are not crated equal. Make sure you
know what type of case you have and how it has been
configured. Just because you have a hallow crank
does not mean you can convert to constant speed by
adding a governor and associated line, gasket, pad,
Some engine cases have a port/hole on the left
engine case half. (Example picture, not my engine)
RV-9 Performance PIREP ...Bill R.
My O-360 powered -9 taildragger spinning a fixed
pitch Catto prop will cruise right at 175 knots at
8,000 feet density altitude at 75% power.
On Christmas day I spent some time exploring the
lower end of the performance spectrum.
Within 900' from the end of a runway on a no wind
60°F day, not my touchdown point, I was able to land
and take off again. That was land, stop, raise the
flaps, adjust the trim and take off in less than 900
feet. Since I floated past the end of the runway, I
absolutely believe Van's numbers.
On that same flight I thought I would see what my
optimal extended range speed would be.
It turns out that 40% power gives me 135 knots
running while burning 4.8 GPH LoP.
This works out to 28 GPH gives me a range of over
What numbers are the rest of you seeing?
Show Us Your RV-4 ...tlump51 entry
Prop Help Requested ...Dewey Clawson
I recently purchased a 2012 RV10, 390 hrs, TTSMOH,
TT airframe. IO540, Blended Airfoil Hartzell CS, MT
I flew it home from TX, 7hrs, and Tue flew about an
hour. Wed I took a puppy to just S of Albany, NY (2
hrs) and another guy took her on to her furever home
in Maine. I took off on the return leg and was level
at 8,000 IFR, just on top of the clag, about 63%
power, 22inches, 2100rpm, or so and about to lean
and the rpm ran away. 2700rom.
Yanked the throttle back, could not change the rpm
with the prop lever. Prop had gone to flat pitch.
Next thing I looked at was oil press. All OK.
Started immediate turn back toward lower ground (was
over the Catskills) and better wx and said the magic
word....EMERGENCY. Landed at Kingston-Ulster
Found the only mechanic on the field. He was in the
middle of 2 week vacation but came in to help me. We
talked to Penn Yan and to NE Propeller Service. They
gave us some ideas to look at.
1. Linkage was connected and worked OK ran eng and
prop was not controllable.
2. Moved the prop by hand and each blade moved OK.
rotate blades. OK
3. Stick a paper clip in the zirk fittings on the
prop. Only grease in there.. OK
4. Removed the oil filter and inspected it for metal
shavings. Looked OK. Front main bearing hasn't spun
and blocked the oil passage.
5. Removed prop governor and drove 3 hours to New
England Prop Service. They tested the governor and
it checks OK.
Drove home 10 hours.
Out of ideas.
New RV Owner Chimes In
Complete RV8 Panel for Sale ...friend of mine. Cleanest shop
I've ever seen
It is time for an upgrade and I would like to
sell my current panel as a complete unit. This will
include all of the harnesses, probes, etc. that are
currently installed. When I remove the panel I will
label all of the wiring so it will easier to
reinstall in your project. The Tru Trak Vision AP
and pitch servo was purchased at OSH 2018 and
installed in August. Everything is in good working
order and is a great option for someone looking at
an inexpensive and complete panel for your project.
This will include everything you see in the center
panel as well as the EI Oil Pressure and Temp that
is located in the right side panel. I also have a
new-in-the-box Garmin 660 and AirGizmo mount that I
was going to install where the 496 is currently
before I decided do to a more extensive upgrade.
I have taken 50% of the cost of the equipment to
come up with an asking price of $7,200 or $7,800
with the Aera 660 and Airgizmo mount.
The panel is located at Propwash Airport (16X) and I
can deliver it to you via Cessna 180 if within a
reasonable distance. I never need an excuse to
Please call or email me directly if you are
interested and I will provide a list of the
equipment and more pictures.
Milestone: Back At It!
RV-14 Beringer Brake Install Pics as Requested ...Erimo
Here is my installation in few pics.
Connections at the gear leg/wheel didn't seem to me
the main issue. Connection at the fuse belly/ gear
leg , more. Hoses have to fit with the leg
Support ...Paul (Flyleds)
We have updated the manual since you received
your kit. It now includes the picture you're looking
for! We had this as a separate page with our first
batch of RV-9 kits but we must have missed this with
December 28-30, 2018. Issue #4,727
The mothership will be closed Monday (31st) and
Tuesday (1st). There will be a VAF edition here on the
31st, but not on the 1st. I'll see you Monday!
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
Wallpaper Calendar for January '19
Solar Halo, birds searching for morning lift and
RV-8 on climbout. dr
Prop De-lamination RV-6 Update / Solved ...Brooks
Alright boys and girls,
Flew the pacesetter without a spinner today (no
backplate). Honestly, I think it's almost the same
speed with the little "test pilot" wind triangle I
did. Regardless, climbs amazingly and ran smooth
enough by just leaving my existing dynamic balancing
washers where they were.
GRT configuration ...Jeremy 7A
I'm in the middle of an avionics upgrade and
can't seem to find the info I'm looking for to
configure my GRT Sport EX/Horizon EX.
I used to have a Garmin 300xl, Sl30 and the internal
GPS for the GRT. The nav choices under the softkeys
were listed as GPS1, GPS2 and Nav. The 300xl was GPS
I now have an Avidyne IFD440, SL30 and GRT internal
GPS. I've checked and the appropriate serial
counters are counting, the system seems to be aware
of the sl30 but the only annunciated Nav choices are
"440-1" and GPS2.
I know there are a number of ways of configuring it
and I would like to hear from folks what their
preferred setups are for IFR work and how I do it.
I'm sure I'm missing something simple here but I
would love to at least see "440-1" and "SL30" or "Nav"
as a second choice. I really want to know what Nav
sources I'm following!
I've got an email and phone call in to GRT but it's
the holidays and I thought I would tap the brain
RV7A "Stella Luna"
Tip RE Removing Fuel Caps
Brake Bleeder Kit ...N319BC
I think I’ve found the Holy Grail in Brake
bleeder kits all for less
than $10. While at Lowes I stumbled
across this 2 Liter (0.5 gallon) Pressure sprayer
for $5.88 in the home and garden section. While
there, I went and bought 10 feet of 3/8 OD tubing
(1/4” ID) ~ $3.00
Connect the 3/8” tubing (about 2 feet) to the
sprayer and the other end to about 2 feet of ¼”
“static” line tubing. Wire tie them together to
prevent any leaks. Connect the static line ¼” tube
to the zerk brake fitting (AKA bleeder valve) and
you have bleeder kit that works with virtually NO
spillage. Just a couple of drops when removing the
tube from the brake (zerk fitting). I filled up the
Left Main on my 10 in less than 5 minutes.
I cannot find a listing at the Lowes website but
here is the manufactures info.
Trimming External Step Kit ...mflemming
Using the belt sander with a 220 grit belt gave
me a lot of control. The tube grinds away very
December 27, 2018. Issue #4,726
Windy and wet here in N.Texas Wednesday.
Whenever it clears up I'd like to fly up to Gainesville and get
some gas. Thursday is forecast nearly direct xwind at
14kts. I don't know if I need gas that bad ;^). I
do know I need to get on the treadmill.
Hope your modified work week isn't so clobbered and you're getting some
Salvage Project... new kit or rebuild? ...BruceMe
I have a RV4 half-built wing/emp I found for very
reasonable nearby. Then I found a salvage also
cheap... The wing is obvious, just finish it. The
fuselage is teetering on the edge of rebuild/re-kit.
I purchased it cause it probably has enough
fitting and bits and bobs to make it worth the ask.
I'd take this down to bulkheads. Straighten them all
out then re-skin, maybe $2500 in aluminum. Or for
$5,0000 I can buy a fuselage kit from Vans and start
from scratch. I'm not sure which to do. Which way
would you go and why?
Listen to this Stein Guy...he knows what he’s talking about
Q: (Turner B.) I have wiring harness from
stein with all the wires for the EGT/CHT probes
(brown wire). My Garmin engine sensor kit has all
the probes which are terminated with staggered ring
terminals with small screws.
I need to make connections between the brown wires
and these probes - what are the acceptable/common
methods for doing this? I've been using butt splices
sealed with shrink tube for connecting other
miscellaneous wires (in some cases of course devices
have their own terminal plugs i.e. PMAG).
Ring Terminals are fine and used by many (we keep
them in stock and obviously sell them too). Some
folks also have/and do use spades, butt splices,
knife splices and other methods. It is nice to
be able to remove them and swap if need be as
previously mentioned, so we prefer "non-permanent"
options like the small ring terminals.
And Speaking of Stein....
...have you seen the
video library on his site? You should.
New Builder Assist Entry
...Bill Davis in Florida. In the
Otis Holt Chimes In on the Mechanical Fuel Pump Vapor-lock Issue Thread
The bypass valve aspect of the regulator should
serve as a check valve against this. You might
consider replacing the regulator with a simpler
fixed bypass valve nominally set to 25-30psi. The
metering valve should tolerate a range of pressures.
Airflow performance systems rely entirely on a
high-quality bypass valves and don’t require
regulators. The hexagonal brass colored bodies shown
in this photo of the dual pump system I’m installing
are bypass valves that feed back into the return
lines.(I’m eliminating the engine drive pump, thus
redundant electric pumps).
Wheel Fairing Question: Waxing screws ...Ken Stockman
I am at the point of putting on the wheel
fairings where the plans tell you to used floxed
epoxy around the areas where the fairings attach
with screws. One is supposed to coat the screws with
candle wax so they don't set up in the epoxy.
Question: Do I try to get as thin of a coat of wax
on the screws as possible? Not sure what the best
approach is. Or is there an alternative to wax?
Also the metal brackets are supposed to be covered
with plastic tape. I assume that electrical tape is
the best approach here.
Chasing the issue - low fuel pressure on takeoff ...John C
The low fuel pressure on takeoff appears to be a
design issue related to cavitation at the engine
driven fuel pump. Controlling the pressure at the
engine driven fuel pump appears to be the most
The problem is not consistent. At times, the
pressure at takeoff does not drop below 4-4.5 psi.
At other times, the pressure can drop into the low
2s or even near 1 psi.
Often, I can lower the nose and pull back to 4000
rpm, see a pressure recovery, power up and continue
The two solutions offered prior were to use a blend
of 100LL or just accept the low pressure if there is
no engine falter. To me, neither is acceptable. I
prefer, and the engine was designed for mo-gas.
Hopefully, the slightly higher rated Facet pump will
boost the pressure at the engine driven pump to
prevent the pump cavitation, if that is the issue.
The problem may only appear on the RV-12, at least
according to two of the Rotax dealers and
information from user’s groups or operators of other
designs. Thus, it would appear to be a design issue
related to the RV-12.
PRESSURE DROP IN SYSTEM:
There are several contributors to the lessening of
the pressure at the engine driven pump.
Static pressure with the Facet pump: 3 psi
Pressure with engine and Facet pump running: 5.5 psi
Pull the c/b: 5.2 psi
At higher rpms such as runup: 3.5-4.5 psi, sometimes
drops to 3 psi, rarely to 2 psi.
At takeoff, the pressure often drops to 1-2 psi.
Van's, Rotax and others suggested instrumentation or
installation issues as the source of the indicated
or actual low pressure problem.
1. Bad engine driven fuel pump: changed engine
driven fuel pump, same problem. Result, both engine
driven fuel pumps are ok.
2. Unusual blockages restricting flow: Using the
Facet pump only, the static pressure was 3.0 psi.
The pressure transducer is on the right forward side
of the firewall, near the top. Flow was 33 gph at
the engine driven fuel pump; 20 gph at the fuel
pressure transducer; and 1.4 gph at the end of the
fuel return line (you should also see 1.5 gph flow
on the Skyview.). I did not check the flow to each
carburetor as they only need 2.5 gph to each.
Result, no unusual blockages.
3. Bad fuel pressure sensor: Static pressure about 3
psi and drops to 1-2 psi on takeoff. A new sensor
was added and the results were the same. Dynon
pressure was compared to a mechanical gauge on the
ground, at takeoff and in flight (see later post for
mechanical installation). The mechanical gauge was
consistently about 0.1-0.2 psi less than the Dynon
sensor. Result: Dynon sensor is accurate to
demonstrate that the large pressure drop was real.
The system design also contributes to the pressure
loss. It appears that the typical overall system
loss is about 1.5 to 2.0 psi attributed to
increasing fuel flow when and the rpm is increased
from idle to 4000-5000 rpm (see above).
4. Contributing to the overall loss:
Long fuel line runs: 140 inches of 3/8 tube. The
Facet pump in the middle confuses the issue for me.
Numerous components/fittings: 4 components and 10
Six 90-degree bends (plus two 45-degree bends)
5. Column pressure due to column height from tank to
engine driven pump: (this is included in the overall
from full tank: 8 inches or 0.2 psi
from empty tank: 21 inches or 0.5 psi
Takeoff dynamics further contribute to the pressure
6. Increasing column height due to pitching up is
added to the overall system loss.
10 degrees pitch at 72 inches: 12.5-inch column
increase or 0.3 psi
7. longitudinal acceleration adds to the overall
0.2 Gs longitudinal acceleration calculated from
change in ground speed. With a 90-inch horizontal
column, the 0.2 G longitudinal acceleration =
18-inch column increase or 0.45 psi pressure loss
during acceleraton and/or initial climb.
The total loss is about 2.5-3.0 psi at takeoff. The
portion of pressure loss due to the takeoff appears
to be about 0.7-0.8 psi and may be the reason that
the problem typically appears during the takeoff and
initial climb phase of flight. The pressure drop at
takeoff lessens the pressure at the engine driven
fuel pump. Perhaps that is the primary trigger for
cavitation at the engine driven fuel pump.
The higher rated Facet pump may fully offset the
Charity Cap Sighting ...Dvalcik
Future pilot - driving his “Gampa”. VAF hat
and Flight Jacket
(about the cap)
December 26, 2018. Issue #4,725
Moondog Christmas morning 0800.
Waiting for everyone to wake up...
Milestone: First Engine Run (video) ...j-red RV-8
Last Thursday I gathered my posse of fire-extinguisher
wielding airport buddies and cranked her over for the first
time.... nothing. Cranked again... nothing. Fuel? Check.
Spark? Ahh, no spark. CPI seems to be on, magnets are
showing as synching when the prop is turning but still no
spark. Ross says to check and see if the coil pack is
getting 12 volts. It isn’t. Gotta have something to do with
the setup in the vertical power vp-x box, but my laptop is
at home and now the two days of hard rain they’ve been
predicting has started with a drizzle. Pushed the plane back
in the hanger and kept working away at the left wingtip.
Chimed in with a Winning Calendar Ticket ...lucaperazzolli in N.
"...I've got a Golden Ticket under my Christmas Tree,
thanks Vans ! I need to plan a factory visit."
New Guy Chimes in ...Vancouver, BC (Ken Birss)
Looking for an RV7/7A!
Hello! Looking to get into the Vans world and
figured this would be the place to put out some
feelers as to what is on the market apart from the
standard trade a plane/ barnstormers etc..
Looking for a 7 or 7A. IO-360 preferably with c/s
prop, slider or tip up, IFR capable would be great,
day/night lighting, dual controls...
If anyone knows of anyone interested in selling,
send them my way! I’m up in Canada, so closer the
better but would be willing to make a trip if it’s
Christmas Day Status Report ...jcarne RV7A
I love the holidays, so much more time to airplane!
First on the list, rivet the ADHARS mount that I fabricated.
IAC Known Sequences for 2019 ...ronschreck RV-8
When you are through with the eggnog and ready to get
back in the cockpit you might like to try out the IAC KNOWN
SEQUENCES for 2019. Final approval by the IAC Executive
Committee is expected soon after the holidays but these
sequences are the latest proposals by the Known Sequence
Committee and I expect they will be approved without
Below is the Sportsman Known. The only change from the
original proposal was to change figure 8 from a reverse
wedge to a forward wedge.
Canopy Issue After Paint (Ugh) ...bkervaski
Yikes! (the pic makes it look a lot worse than it
This happened at the paint shop already during reassembly,
the painter fixed it perfect. Happened again this morning.
Been about 15 flights in between.
The best I can tell the is that I left the canopy up on it's
pins, which keeps it at an angle, on Saturday. Came out
today to fly, lifted the canopy, and "pop", this happened. I
think what has happened is that it was in a position where
the front thin aluminum was touching *every so slightly* and
it got a little tacky (temperature change?) and held it in
place just long enough for the lip to catch the seal. The
more it raised, the more it started bending and digging in.
Already talked with the painter, he can fix it again. Evoke
is great, took my call on Christmas Eve, love Jonathan and
Posted by the Mothership
Twas the night before Christmas, and out on Van’s
Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ.
The RVs were fastened to tiedowns with care,
In hopes that come morning, they’d all still be
The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their
With gusts from two-forty at 39 knots.
I slumped at the fuel desk, now finally caught up,
And settled down comfortably, resting my butt.
When the radio lit up with noise and with chatter,
I turned up the volume to see what was the matter.
A voice clearly heard over static and snow,
Called for clearance to land at the airport below.
He barked his transmission so lively and quick,
I'd have sworn that the call sign he used was "St.
I called to the tower to turn up the lights,
The better to welcome this magical flight.
He called his position, no room for denial,
"RV Nick One, turnin' left onto final."
And what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a VanGrunsven-built sleigh, with eight Lycoming
With vectors to final, down the glideslope he came,
As he passed all fixes, he called them by name:
"Now Dasher! Now Dancer! Now Prancer and Vixen!
On Comet! On Cupid!" What pills was he takin'?
While the controllers were sittin' and scratchin'
They phoned to my office, and I heard it with dread,
The message they left was both urgent and dour:
"When That RV pulls in, have him please call the
He landed like silk, with the sled runners sparking,
Then I heard "Turn left at Alpha," and "Taxi to
He slowed to a taxi, turned off of three-oh
And stopped on the ramp with a "Ho, ho-ho-ho..."
He stepped out of the sleigh, but before he could
I ran out to meet him with our best set of chocks.
His red helmet and goggles were covered with frost
And his beard was all blackened from Reindeer
His breath smelled like peppermint, gone slightly
And he puffed on a pipe, but he didn't inhale.
His cheeks were all rosy and jiggled like jelly,
His boots were as black as a cropduster's belly.
He was chubby and plump, in his suit of bright red,
And he asked me to "fill it, with hundred low-lead."
He came dashing in from the snow-covered pump,
I knew he was anxious for drainin' the sump.
I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work,
And I filled up the sleigh, but I spilled like a
He came out of the restroom, and sighed in relief,
Then he picked up a phone for a Flight Service
And I thought as he silently scribed in his log,
These reindeer could land in one-eighth-mile fog.
He completed his pre-flight, from the front to the
Then he put on his headset, and I heard him yell,
And laying a finger on his push-to-talk,
He called up the tower for clearance and squawk.
"Take taxiway Alpha, the southbound direction,
Turn right three-two-zero at pilot's discretion."
As he sped down the runway, climbing like a beast,
"What kind of airplane is THAT? And traffic’s
inbound from the east."
And I heard him proclaim, as he climbed into the
"Merry Christmas to all! RV has the traffic in
(with apologies to the original author and the
many that have since modified!). Van’s
Aircraft wishes you and yours the Merriest of
Christmases and Happy Holidays! We hope you have
some time to build and fly this week, a great way to
finish out 2018!
December 24-25, 2018. Issue #4,724
Susie, Audrey, Tate and I would like to wish you and yours a
very Merry Christmas. We are so fortunate to have
many online friends here as we do to share this RV building
and flying adventure with.
We are truly, truly blessed to have so many wonderful
people in our lives. Merry Christmas!
Note: I'll take Christmas (Tuesday) off, then it's
business as usual Wed, Thu and Fri.
Status Report: Many Pics ...AX-O RV-4
Catching up on posts. I have been sick so
have not been able to fly yet. The plane is ready. Paper
work and pilot to follow.
I called Kathy at EarthX and ordered a 48 inch Quick Connect
and Charging cable like this one Click
I also got a Jump Pack like this one Click since we used one
at OSH this year to start a plane during the airshow.
The plan was to run the cable from the battery to a place in
the cockpit that I could easily plug into if I need to.
fairly easy process. Used the avionics knot to clean
everything up and velcro at the end of the cable for
The battery pack is very light, has an LED, USB charging
plug and electronic built in protection for reverse
polarity, etc. Surprisingly the 48 inch cable weighted about
the same as the battery pack. It is a bigger gauge cable
than what I had before since you can plug into this one for
starting. Hope I never have to use it but is there if I need
RV-7A Status Report ...jcarne
After some dimpling and riveting it was time to for the
ever stressful bending of the aileron skins. Seemed to go
off without a hitch, they came out great. I still have some
tweaking to do to make sure a straight edge will sit flat
but I will wait until they are done for that.
Prop delamination, RV-6 stuck on cross country, HELP!
Felix (custom) wood prop that is meticulously inspected
got me from Denver to Doylstown, PA. Upon inspecting the
prop today a few days before heading home, I realised there
are several points of what appear to be delamination that
may have occurred from the humidity and temperature changes
I look at the prop carefully, so the changes must have
occurred after or during the 8 hours of flying from Denver.
I'm looking for folks with a prop I can buy to get back
It's a o-320 making ~165hp on what is currently a 198mph
Again, currently stuck at Doylestown Pennsylvania and
looking for a safe way to ferry the plane back to Denver.
Fun with Numbers ...fbrewer
G loading on RV6...
Reading the discussion about g limits on the RV
(let's use an RV6 as the baseline).
Let's say the plane is loaded to its aerobatic
weight of 1390.
The airplane has a 180 lbs pilot and 16 gallons of
fuel (all in the left tank)
Now the plane is loaded again to its aerobatic
weight of 1390.
The airplane has a 100 lbs pilot and 29.3 gallons of
fuel (all in the left tank).
Even though the airplane is loaded to the same
weight, does condition 2 (100 lbs pilot) put less
bending moment on the wing spar than condition 1
(1800 lbs pilot)?
200kt GS Club Entry ...SJordan
200kt GS Club Entry ...BillL RV-7
Status Update: Mothership
RV-14 NEWS and Stocking Stuffers ...Aircraft Extras
are NOW accepting orders for our new RV-14 E-Z Out Center
Console. This was developed with the help of three different
RV-14 builders last month. Thanks to their help, we are able
to offer this new product! We intend to start shipping
sometime in late January. Please visit our E-Z Out Center
Console page to place your order.
Don't forget to purchase our great "No Weld Handles", "Relay
Boards", and "Tire Valve Extensions" for your Christmas
For more details on these two items and more GREAT PRODUCTS,
Mr. X Pic
...Salt Lake City.
December 21, 2018. Issue #4,723
Today's awful joke:...Dec is also bad joke
Q: Want to hear a joke about a piece of paper?
A: Trust me you don't… it’s tearable.
[ed. Wishing you and yours a
happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! Note: There
will be a Monday Christmas Eve edition. I'll
take Christmas (Tuesday) off, then it's business as
usual Wed, Thu and Fri. v/r,dr]
Milestone: Elevators Done! ...Brantel RV-10
And here they are. All done with the exception of
the fairings. These things were the most time
consuming so far. Some real brain teasers and tight
spaces to work in. New to me construction techniques
and the fact that it has two trim tabs made these
much more challenging than the RV-7 elevators. Glad
to finally get them done and move on to the
anticipated TAIL CONE!
DIY Tactile Flap Switch
Monk's. Going into an RV-8. Scrap
aluminum repurposed - two minutes on a belt sander
and a hole threaded. Monk and I joked later
that a more impressive version would be a
Fowler flap that split into two surfaces, but,
you know....that would cost a thousand dollars.
Not the five cents this one did <g>.
(click 'em to enlarge to crazy big size)
Motivational Quote ...Jerry Morris
Again, I have to stand back and realize just how
fortunate we are that Dick VanGrunsven designed this
wonderful group of airplanes.
I departed Chino California yesterday at 6:40
pacific time, pointed the nose east. One leg to Dona
Ana NM., just west of El Paso, next leg to Conroe,
Tx. just north of Houston, and one long leg to Saint
Simons Island Ga. and I’m home 12 hours
later. Literally, coast to coast. 1,890
So if you get a little frustrated, remember this
post. RV’s truly are a little magic carpet that
literally open up the whole country to us.
Now, get back to work.
Jerry "Widget" Morris
RV 8, N8JL, 2700+ hours
Proof of Enjoyment and a Mod I Liked
...another RV-8 getting some love at
Monk's. I'm drawn to pictures like these
for some reason. Look at the little clear
window in the baggage area behind the pax seat for
visibly checking the ELT (removed for battery
change). Plexi sheet and some pop rivets.
(click 'em to enlarge to crazy big size)
Classic Aero update on RV-14 Side Panels ...VAF advertiser
Hello RV-14 builders,
Just a quick note for anyone wondering about the
status of our RV-14 side panels. We are close
to having them ready. I expected to have pictures up
on the website by now, but we are still making some
With the end of year holidays right around the
corner, I wanted to let everyone know what was up
since we will be closed next week to spend some time
with our families. I'm sorry for the delay, but we
are close though. This is probably the most work
we've put into developing a new product. I hope
everyone like them.
Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!
Classic Aero Designs
Mr. X Pic
ADSB save - or near enough for me ...Greg Niehues
ADSB save - or near enough for me
This morning I was flying my 9A into KMDD headed to
work, talking to Midland approach. They pointed out
traffic at my 1 o'clock opposite direction 5 miles
and handed me to advisory frequency. I saw the
traffic on ADSB but not visually, he was on a
parallel course about 1 mile to my right coming at
me, about 900 below as I was descending into KMDD.
He was not talking to approach and he was not on
KMDD advisory frequency.
I was still descending and getting within 300' of
his altitude and had not found him visually yet -
when I noticed on the ADSB screen he had taken a
90-degree right hand turn and was heading directly
for me, less than a mile, just as the Dynon
squawk-box hollered "Traffic!". I gave up the visual
search and pulled about 2.5 positive G to quickly
add several hundred feet between us. I finally
caught sight of him just as he crossed under me, we
would have had less than 100 yards separation if I
had maintained my original course and descent.
I don't know any way to have avoided this, since the
other pilot was not talking on the local frequency
nor to approach (he was in Class E airspace, so not
required) but having the ability to SEE him
electronically certainly gave me the situational
awareness to avoid a close encounter and possibly
worse. I did not have a tail number on my screen so
the other aircraft was not ADSB-equipped.
200kt GS Club ...Al
Firewalled leaving CYTB yesterday in my 7 with a
climb to 3000' and a 21 kt tailwind. Running ROP on
a 180 hp O-360, Marvel 10-3878 with the Mooney mod,
Sensenich 85" FP and dual mags. Took a little more
than 2700 rpm to get there but she did!
December 20, 2018. Issue #4,722
Today's awful joke:...Dec is also bad joke
Q: Cosmetic surgery used to be such a taboo subject.
A: Now you can talk about Botox and nobody raises an
RV-8 pass at 52F. 10/28/16. f/4.8 1/800th. dr
Converting a GTX-327 from Parallel to Serial Altitude Encoding
I decided to join the 21st Century and change the
altitude encoding inputs to my Garmin GTX-327
transponder from parallel to serial, driven by my
Dynon D-6. Sadly, six years ago when I had the
harness made up for the GTX-327, I didn't instruct
the shop to add the shielded pair(?) for the RS-232
serial encoder input to Pin 19. My first plan was to
extract the unused wire going to pin (socket,
actually) from Pin 20, and move it over to 19. No
matter how hard I tried, I was unable to get the pin
extractor in the hole, so I gave up and moved on to
Plan B. I begged a socket from the FBO and added a
The wiring diagrams for both the GTX-327 and Dynon
D-6 were unclear, especially regarding the shield
grounds. The Garmin just showed a ground symbol for
the shield, but didn't specify case ground, power
ground, or signal ground. I chose signal ground but,
in retrospect, I don't think it made any difference.
The Garmin schematic didn't show a "return" or
"common" wire for the RS-232, so I guess the ground
was it. I still don't know if Gamin intended a
shielded pair or a single shielded wire for the
RS-232 IN. The Dynon schematic didn't show shielded
wire at all, but there actually was a shielded pair
coming out of the harness. It contained a "return"
line for the RS-232. The wire color in the manual
was incorrect, but I figured out which wire was
which with my Fluke.
Without going into the boring details, I connected
the Encoder Out wire from the Dynon to Pin 19 of the
GTX-327, and all the shields and the second RS-232
"return"? wire from the Dynon to Power Ground with
~8" #22 pigtails. I programmed the ALTENC setting on
the Dynon to "Format 4" for the GTX-327, and on the
transponder, set "RS-232 Input CHNL 1" to "Icarus"
per the manual. I was as surprised as anybody when
it actually worked. Now I guess I'll need to get
another transponder check in order to remain legal.
To work on the GTX-327 connector, it must be removed
from the backplate with a long, skinny, screwdriver
(two Phillips screws). Then the backshield clamp can
be removed and the shroud retracted, exposing the
back side of the DB-25 connector. Hint: The
backshield clamp can NOT be reinstalled with the
connector in place. Ask me how I know.
The two black wires are the "power ground" and
"signal ground". You can see they are spliced
together so apparently it doesn't make much
difference. (Ignore the tygon fuel vent passing
through the aluminum without a grommet. I'll put the
grommet back tomorrow.)
IFR for RV-4? ...Larry DeCamp
Q: Please tolerate my ignorance. I am
equipping an RV4 with G3x and all 2020 compiant
hardware. Panel space is limited but I thought it
would be wise to layout the Avionics “shelf” and
panel so IFR is an easy upgrade for the next owner
if desired. Garmin suggests a gtn 625 to compliment
the G3x because it is not certified IFR. It feels
logical to me that one panel (G3x style) wille
eventually be the solution.
Do you have any suggestions to satisfy the IFR
function with a G3x panel as a starting point ?
A: (Nived17) Ask away regarding Garmin IFR
installs. I'm adding a G5 as a backup in a week (it
will be installed where the airvent is in this
picture) and then the heated pitot in January
A: (Slice) I've been flying with this
setup for the last 18 months or so and very happy
with it. I also have a Stratus 2S and iPad mini that
I had used before the panel upgrade. So with that I
have 3 attitude and 4 nav sources(3 gps, 1 VOR/ILS)
with the iPad being totally independent. You could
get by with the G3X, a nav/com radio and a Stratus
and iPad. It's nice to be able to file /G when
needed though not to mention more and more GPS
approaches showing up all the time at smaller
Ever wonder how bright FlyLED’s are??? ...j-red 6A/8
Well, you can’t look directly at them, that’s for
Got my delux kit from flyboyaccessories, and put
them together over about two evenings after the kids
went to bed. At least, I would have if three of the
LED’s weren’t missing. The guys from flyboys we’re
grewt and got them in the mail right away. A few
days later they arrived and I can finally take the
box of parts and the soldering tools out of the
dining room and put them away (much to my wife’s
Here goes nothing....
Bulkhead Recess F-601K-1fitment ...Aero_Octaveus
Has anyone had issues with the fitment of the
Bulkhead Recess F-601K-1.
When I cleco mine onto the bulkhead, the top most
#30 holes each side (and the one lower down #40
holes) do not want to align. The recess width seems
to be 1/8" narrow overall. Is it possible that maybe
Van's didn't get the bend 100% perfect on this one?
(and then after some sleep....)
So sometimes a person just has to laugh at
themselves. A good sleep and a fresh perspective is
all that was needed. Can you spot what I did wrong?
The key word being firewall "recess", not firewall
Now there are at least two members of that club...
Pic from Mr. X
Wasatch Mountains from FL38
December 19, 2018. Issue #4,721
A Preview of the January '19 Wallpaper Calendar
...taken Tuesday standing beside Kay's RV-8A at
52F. Kay and I were commenting on the
large flock of birds looking for morning lift over
the hangars on the east side of the airport...
...and that was when we noticed the nearly
solar halo around the Sun. "I should
get a picture of that." About that time we
heard the unmistakable sound of an RV on its takeoff
roll. "I hope he sees those birds!"
He did, skirting a little west of centerline on
Camera out. RV-related! Click click.
Fingers crossed. Success. Nature,
weather, risk and reward all in the shot.
put the calendar text there in the dark shade of
Phil's hangar. Happy little accident as Bob
Ross would say.
Milestone: Gas to Noise Converter Update ...Nihon_Ni in
It's been a while since I've updated this post.
We're pretty far into the electrical work and will
bond the canopy in a few days, but today we got an
early Christmas present:
Question: strange result with a long pop rivet
I need some advise here:
The pop rivet turned to be absolutely hollow , the
ball and the pin who supposed to hold it from inside
are completely torn out by the rivet gun (seems like
uncontrolable process with this kind of rivets). We
aware to the fact that this os defenitely reduces
the rivet strenght , but how bad is it? May this be
acceptable at this specific place ? Moreover , there
in an open hole in that place , how bad is that?
The location it happened is the plastic that leads
the cable for the rudder control. Here some
Trolling for Walleyes ...Dbro172 RV-9A
Could have brought my ice auger
Shout Out to Iron...RV-3, RV-6, RV-8 and more
...our buddy Paul is building a jet as some of
you know, and because the RV-J doesn't exist yet he
keeps his updates on his day job site (www.KitPlanes.com).
What floored me was the email he sent today.
"This thing is the closest to a self-building
airplane I’ve ever seen. I’ve been working on it for
a touch over a month, the engine is installed, and I
am down to avionics and wiring."
A month, folks. Simply outstanding.
Paul, looking fwd to the first flight report here in
about 72 hours <g>. Seriously, knocking it out
of park, man! Impressive!
December 18, 2018. Issue #4,720
Frozen Sunset ...petehowell RV-9A
Interesting haze layer over the Twin Cities as I
snuck out of work to fly for day 3 in a row(miracle
in December!) I'll crunch claims data later
Mississippi running thru STP.............
RV-3B Status Report ...David Paule
With the engine mount still at my machinist
friend’s house, I made the bulkheads straight and
flat. For the firewall, I used a steel carpenter’s
square (later changed to a larger one).
Wing walks - a (better?) idea ...Dick Gossen RV-12
There are two problems with the original wing
walks: They're too small for my big feet and, the
rivets wear through the black anti-skid material
(unevenly and ugly-ly) There's a long thread about
this by Bob Noffs in here somewhere, where flush
rivets are discussed. Too much work!
So I addressed both issues as thus.
1. Wear-thru. I cut the anti-skid stuff into strips
to fill in between the rivet rows. Made nice rounded
corners, so they look and work great. It's been that
way for three years and 400 or so hours with no
visible wear or peeling at the edges. I suspect
that's partly because the rivet heads take much of
the abuse, while the anti-skid anti-skids!
2. Size. I ordered extra wing walk skins from Vans
and trimmed them to butt against the originals,
roughly doubling the useable area. Now I dont have
to worry about passengers with big shoes...and I can
sit my lard-..s comfortably on the walk while I'm
working on the panel or just fidlin' with the
Garmin, without "oil-canning" the wing skin.
Note in the picture the rivet pattern looks like
there are supporting half ribs under the added
skins, but there are none, of course, since I made
this mod after the wings were complete and
flying....and dented badly by an enthusiastic but
The unsupported double-skins are super strong and
support my 200+ lbs easily.
Note also I trimmed the new skins at the rear so as
to avoid drilling into the spar caps!
Just an idea....works for me
RV-9? What am I thinking? ...Rich (Keller, TX)
Howdy y’all. Hoping to get some sound feedback
and advice from the good folks here on VAF about
this crazy idea I have about building an airplane.
Like many that have come before me, I am embarking
on this journey having many personal reservations
about my ability to even complete such a project,
and am further consumed by anxiety and fear that
even if I should finish it, that my final product
might tarnish the reputation of the manufacturer,
and disgrace all the artists who have painstakingly
crafted so many of what I consider to be the most
beautiful aircraft ever built.
In speaking with other experts in the field (none of
whom have actually built an aircraft on their own)
the common advice I receive is that I should just
buy a plane that is already built, as it will save
me time, money, and possibly my marriage. Though
likely to be good advice, it is the process and the
challenge of building the plane, and the expectation
that I will be so intimately familiar with every
thread of its fiber that when it is completed it
will be part of me, that really has me so excited to
take on such an endeavor.
But my primary motivation for building the plane is
to share it with others...
Okay, that’s all a bunch of ****. I really want a
plane so I can fly up to Arkansas and Colorado to go
fishing. There’s no trout in Texas. I need one
that’s fast, sips fuel, and can land off pavement,
preferably as close to a fish as possible. And I
have to look good doing it. It can’t be big enough
to take everyone that wants to go, but big enough to
take a kid, or a wife, or a dog, or someone who will
buy ALL the beer when we get there. But most
importantly, it’s got to have room for a Yeti cooler
that I can fill with fish!
After months of careful consideration, and houndreds
of hours spent here researching, I have finally
decided to build the RV-9. I have exactly 1.9 hours
of tailwheel time about 17 years ago, so it seems
the only logical choice. After all, why not build a
plane that I don’t know how to fly when I don’t know
how to build a plane in the first place? Makes sense
My questions are very simple and probably will have
no answers of opposing opinions:
1. Should I get my head examined befor ordering the
2. I’m planning on ordering the IO-320 with a Catto
3-blade prop. 2nd choice would be the Sensenich GA
prop. I really would prefer to keep it simple and
light. Am I limiting myself significantly for flying
into high density altitude airports/grass strips by
avoiding a CS prop? Of the two I listed, would one
have any significant benefit to the other? I cannot
afford to leave any fish behind!
3. I don’t really intend on landing anywhere too
rough, but love flying on grass strips. I was
originally going to build a 9A, but have been
horrified by all the stories I’ve been hearing and
reading about with respect to coming to rest
inverted. Has this problem been rectified? Any
viable engineering solutions? I’ve finally come to
terms with learning to fly a taildragger however,
but any input would be appreciated as I would still
consider the 9A.
4. Eventually, I want to teach my kids how to fly my
plane. Anyone else have any experience teaching kids
in the 9? I can barely get these kids interested in
driving a car, so I certainly don’t want to
overwhelm them in a taildragger when maybe they
could get the spark in a 152.
5. Are there any RV groups in the DFW area? Would be
nice to meet some nice folks who have similar
interests. I could also use the technical and
motivational support and my wife would probably like
recommendations for a local mental heath provider!
Let the good times roll.
Home Brew Center Console ...KJBSouth
Being frugal I made one out of wood.
200kt GS Club ...RWoodard
My little RV-3 doesn’t have to work too hard to
get to 200kts groundspeed. I’ve seen significantly
bigger numbers with bigger winds, but wanted to at
least get on the board!
This is on the way home from an impromptu trip from
KFNL to KSBS. I was at 13,500 feet just west of
Estes Park and slightly north of the summit of Trail
My TAS was 179kts so there was very little wind.
New Kid on the Block ...Joe Reaves (Longview, TX)
Hello everyone. I am building an RV-14A in my
shop behind my house in Longview, Texas. I have
completed the empennage and am awaiting delivery of
my QB fuselage and wings, hopefully the 2nd week of
January. I would like to meet someone in the East
Texas area who has experience in RV building and
could guide me through some of the sticky areas to
keep me from making bad mistakes.
I'm not new to aviation, holding Commercial,
Instrument and Multi-Engine ratings and have been
flying since I was 16 years old, but I am new to
experimental aircraft (specifically RV's) building.
RV14A Empennage complete
Arian Lightning LS-1 - Flying … hangered in
Push Pull Cable End Help? ...digidocs
I think I understand how this type of push pull
cable end works:
...but I'm not sure I've cracked this one yet.
How do you assemble it?
And the real question is, which do you recommend
for the end of a parking brake cable?
December 17, 2018. Issue #4,719
TX B.C. Squadron Lunch Fly Out to KSEP BBQ 12/15/18
What I initially thought might be Jay, Carol, Sid
and me ended up being quite a bit more. Seems
the 'let's take advantage of this weather window'
crowd was thinking in parallel. RVs showed
from Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Houston and Austin in
addition to some of the locals from DFW. Had a
wonderful time catching up with old friends (and
meeting some new ones!). A huge thank you to
everyone who made the day so much fun!
The plan (straight line) vs how it panned out
(I got distracted looking at sandbars and wind turbines). ;^)
Unofficial greeters Jay and Carol at the top of the
Beautiful Day for BBQ in Texas ...Chris Pratt RV-8
It was one of those days you hope for because
they never seem to happen on the days you have free
It was CAVU in Texas with cool temps that make the
airplane perform its best, no turbulence and a bunch
of RVers craving barbeque. So the BC Squadron
mounted up and met in Stephenville (KSEP) for some
Hard 8. It seems as though the entire population of
Stephenville had the same idea -- the line was long,
but the chatter was fun and the food well worth the
We had at least 15 RVs show up (12 in the photo
below but stragglers soon followed. Perhaps Doug
will post a later photo). Parking actually became a
Yep ...scard 9A
Yep ...chipf 9A
Special Delivery ...petehowell 9A
We were going to mail Mom's presents down to
South Bend, but the forecast for Saturday looked
great and I could take mom to lunch as well!!! It
would be a quick trip due to the short daylight, but
Fog in the Valleys was worth the trip itself!!!
Joliet was hard IFR, so I made the bet it would
clear before I got there...... I won.......
RV Hangar Space Available at Hicks (T67).....North Texas
While talking with Jay Pratt over lunch, he
mentioned he had space for an RV in his hangar at
T67. $350/mo. So there you go interwebs
- there could be worse places to keep your RV
Jay's contact info
It was a good day ...airguy 9A
Took my little guy to go see extended family for
an early Christmas gathering, and completely tired
him out to the point he slept through the flight
home, which just never happens. It was definitely a
Don’t get marooned ...Aviaman
What are the likeliest reasons you will be forced
to stay somewhere overnight (not including WX)? IMO
the 2 biggest causes are flat tires and dead
batteries. Can we carry items that give us self
sufficiency, where we can fix things quickly?
My idea is to carry a spare wheel assembly, so that
no splitting of the existing wheel is required. That
greatly simplifies the fix. A jacking method is
still required. Jacking on a windy ramp is
problematic, so if you carry jacking items, you may
still need to move inside of an FBO hangar for an
hour. The jacking equipment might be too bulky to
carry, and the assistance of an FBO might be needed.
What about the battery? An external power port
allowing jump starting will fix the dead battery
problem. On my previous RV-6, I fashioned a welding
cable and connected it to the battery in the battery
box. It was protected with grommets and terminated
with a trailer connector. The cable was a few feet
long and kept coiled on the floor with a protective
boot to preclude a short. A mating cable was also
fashioned to connect to a jump starting battery
source. Any other ideas or better way to deal with
this, or other, out of town problems ?
Status Report #9 ...romanov RV-14A in Israel
Cold Progress ...Tdeman RV-7
It’s been cold out in the hangar, but I’ve tried
to keep the progress moving. I built a visqueen box
to try and keep some heat in, and some moisture out,
hence the change of backdrop! One benefit is it
reflects much more light from the sides.
Finally tackled the seat pans. Things not quite
being perfectly straight 90 degrees to each other in
this area made it difficult to bend single sheets to
fit everything for the lowered seat ribs… So a
3-piece seat pan was built because it was easy to
make it register well on all surfaces.
Tracker Screengrabs in GoogleEarth ...Vlad
I was playing with our tracker the day we met Tobin.
3D Printed Tray ...Don Winters (dtw_rv6)
Q: What do you do when the used GNS420 you
bought didn't come with a tray?
A: Print one! I'll fabricate the metal
tube to support the front end and rivet it to this
ABS housing. The connectors were over $100 for the
pair. All in for plastic and sheet metal - ~$20. Of
course, I spent the better part of Saturday
modelling the housing in Solidworks.
Status Report ...Jereme Carne RV-7A
December 13, 2018. Issue #4,717
Sandbars at the Red River N. of KGLE 12/12.
Rains and high wind arrive Thursday. dr
Mr. Robert Anglin ...Rest in Peace
(Bill E.) To all who know or have met Robert
Anglin, RV8A and frequent
VAF, he passed away yesterday evening while working
on his aircraft in his hangar at 8A7. I know Robert
well known in the Houston Texas area, and he had
relocated here to NC in retirement a few years ago.
He completed his RV8A about 2 years ago, and has
been one of those guys that came out to the airport
almost every day, rain or shine to fly or work on
his RV. He was a man with driven passion for this
great hobby and the friendships that go along with
it...Robert will be missed by our 8A7 community, and
those who knew him. Arrangements have not been
disclosed at this time... Praying for his family.
[ed. If and when I hear
funeral arrangements I'll pass them along. To
the family and friends of Mr. Anglin please accept
Susie and my deepest condolences. dr]
Update to Nigel's 'T/O Config Effect on T/O Distance' Thread ...Bill
Dust off this excellent and useful thread
have to belatedly say thanks to Nigel for this data.
I am finally getting some more accurate data for my
RV7 POH and want to see what was available.
I have 180 hp with the Hartzell composite - the wide
blade one. I tried the lift the tail on a cool day ,
34F, and got about 450 ft for lift off. The
G3X data was used to calculate the position and
speeds. VS defined the lift off point.
450' seems high compared to Vans (275) and my
estimated weight was 1480 lbs, so it was not heavy.
I could probably make a little more RPM on brakes
and certainly use the tail low lift off technique
for slightly reduced roll. Maybe higher tire
pressure will help too. Cold tires rolling drag
coefficient can not be good.
I really appreciate the detail Nigel has provided,
it will shorten the test work.
One snag is the accuracy of the WAAS gps data, but
way better than the next best and it is really easy.
One last thing, if anyone has governing equations to
make a definitive correction of TO roll and climb to
different temp, altitude conditions, please post or
send an email.
Control column installation and bearing stiffness (RV-14)
Scott - I owe you a beer. Just a light tap on the
side loosened it right up! It did take another
few hours of playing with shims to get it perfect
however I think it is worth it. Just as a side note
- I did remove the entire control rod and used a
bolt with washers directly on each bearing. With
this setup I was able to use my 24" socket extension
to tap directly onto the bearing. I did this on both
sides and it magically opened up. Hindsight: I
wouldn't prime between the bearing brackets, BoeLube
before installing the bearing into the bracket, and
squeeze slowly on each rivet before the final set.
Update on Wheel Pant Fitting ...Bill Boyd RV-10
back to the shop last night and tried on a pant
after the reinforcing plies of fiberglass around the
preliminary mounting holes had cured 24 hours.
Rechecked Plumb Bob and all his buddies. I was
astonished to see that only one of the six holes in
the pant were anywhere within 3/16" of where they
needed to be to line up with the holes in the
bracket. I lay there on the floor beside the main
wheel and tried to wrap my head around any possible
explanation. A shift of the pant to align more of
the holes was physically impossible due to the size
of the existing cutouts for the tire and leg, as
well as the fixation imposed by the bolt in the axle
In the end, I re-drilled 5 of the holes using the
Christmas lights on a stick trick someone mentioned
here for back-lighting. That was a life saver of a
trick. I am unable to explain the misaligned holes,
being confident of the pains taken to realign
everything exactly as it was before, but I would
recommend an alternate technique: drilling the holes
in the brackets first, then installing and aligning
the pants, then back-lighting the holes and
marking/drilling the pants based on the light spot
as a reference. Aiming for an ink mark through the
semitransparent wheel pant into an angled bracket
ear introduces some considerable potential for
error, at least in my case.
I plan to follow the recommended procedure for final
fitment using 6-32 screws and mold release. This
will have to wait till after the kids and grandkids
come to visit this weekend. Family first!!!
One Other Thing (Bill)
I believe Scott's caution about the screws vs clecos
applies only to the common spring-type, which would
deform the pant unacceptably.
I realized too late after drilling the #36 holes
that, as a SilPruf window installation veteran, I
had a good supply of a cleco type that might just
avoid this issue - as well as the need to tap all
those temporary holes in the brackets. Probably
won't be able to use these now that the holes are 4
drill number sizes too large for them - my bad.
Might help someone else who has wing-nut clecos in
their shop, though.
Brantel Checks In (RV-10)
Still working on it!
I promise that you will see a pic of some finished
With work, holidays, business trips, visiting
colleges, sickness and the other priorities, it
seems to be taking forever to finish my elevators.
am building both at once. I am now working on the
trim tabs. The rest is done less the fairings.
Hopefully you will see another pic of some finished
So far the elevators have been the most time
consuming and brain teasing part of the build. The
way these go together requires some thinking to keep
it all going together correctly. Add in the
complexity of the riveted trailing edge, foam
ribs/pro-seal and trim tabs on both sides makes
these much more of a challenge than my RV-7's
Another thing I have noticed is that Van's has
really cut back on the hardware provided with this
kit compared to my 7. Seems like they sent enough
hardware to build 2 airplanes (rivets, nutplates,
pop-rivets) on my 7 but with this 10 I have been
very short on a few rivet sizes and have had just
enough of the pop rivets. They went from way too
much to just enough and in some cases not enough.
Somewhere in the middle would have been nice....
Good thing I have spare rivets on hand!
Check out my build blog for the details on my build.
Over 8,100 page views so far! Thanks for looking!
Removing really old sheet metal protective film ...Zazoos
So my wings were built in the 90's and the sheet
metal was wrapped with some white film. I am
struggling with removing some of it. I have tried
MEK, Acetone, Brake Clean, Goo Gone, Kerosene,
Shopline JT501, and Aircraft Paint Remover. Nothing
touches this stuff. I even took a 3m Scotch Brite
Pad to remove the white backing to expose the
adhesive layer and the solvents still will not
I can Scotch Brite it all the way but would prefer a
RV-7 Tail Repurposed ...Weasel
One-Off Experimental Cub. Fuselage started as
Back Country but heavily modified. Wings are on-off
metal design by Warren Arter, previous builds
included RV-6, RV-8, RV-7a, RV-10, Double Eagle, and
Carbon Cub. Fuel in leading edge of wing - 40 gal
total, RV-7 tail pieces, All pushrod controls,
Carbon Cub cowling, Lycoming 150 HP. I like it if ya
December 12, 2018. Issue #4,716
This site is how our family eats and we would like to keep doing
that. It's donation month here, so if you’re a daily reader, aren’t
exempt, haven’t donated yet in 2018 and would like to see this
site stay afloat….it’s time to make it hap'n cap'n. I'm going to post a joke
each M-F this month. If you don’t donate, the jokes are going to
get more and more cornball - so consider yourself warned ;^).
I'm not sending out thousands of emails...just this little note here for
a few weeks - you get bugged enough in other aspects of your
life. Thank you to those who help keep this site
to donate / am I exempt?).
Today's awful joke:
Q: What do you call a boomerang that won’t come back?
A: A stick
credit card got hacked last Saturday, so we've been
operating off cash since then up to late Tuesday
afternoon, when the replacement card showed up.
That and updating all the things that get auto-paid
(like these domain names and server rentals) is a
process as many of you know. Insert expletive
I've been needing a gas run up at KGLE but have held off due to no card
for the pump. I know....first world problem.
Still a bit of a pain in the arse.
I've been wanting to fly up to KGLE because of some WWII POW info I found
online Saturday morning. Just north of the
Gainesville airport was Camp Howze, and there is easily
seen remains of the camp from a wide base to RWY 17.
Maybe Wednesday Wx permitting...
Map of camp /
Googlemap today /
More info on the camp. ]
A Letter from a Former POW
Subject: Your Camp Howze story and pix
To Sarah Reveley
"I stumbled onto your pictures and story concerning
the German POW camp at Camp Howze. Thanks for
bringing back memories.
I was one of those POW’s at the camp from Mar 45 to
Spring of 46. There were 3 compounds for the
prisoners, all next to each other. Most of us worked
on area farms, I had the fortune of working at the
Camp Howze laundry plant. In the Spring of 46 we
were shipped home, which turned out to be a journey
to England where we had to work for another few
years as POW’s for the Brits.
In the mid 50’s, I with my family emigrated to the
US. I had opportunity to visit Camp Howze (or what
was left of it) in the early 70’s during a trip to
Dallas. At that time I met with and talked to a
farmer who had built his homestead where the camp
was located before. He told me that I was the first
and only former POW he knew of that ever came back.
Thanks again for your story and your pictures." -
Wolf Weber, February 15, 2011
Coffee is Served ...Maxrate RV-7
Now that the turkey is all gone and the family is back to
their routine I had some time to finish the cup holder
cover. It turned out very functional indeed! Next I plan on
using some micro fill to get the top and sides smooth and
wrap it in the same light weight synthetic leather as the
rest of the interior. Then glue in the plastic cup holders
from the underside. In all the added weight was only a few
ounces and I was able to make use of that dang flap skin
that I messed up during the wing build.
Sydney's Airway Victor 1 ...newt
Sunday: Lovely morning. I have a guest from Europe. We've
organized a posse, so let's go flying.
Lead: Glenn in VH-VNZ.
#2: Mal in VH-DWC.
#3: Me in VH-SOL.
Our journey starts at Long Reef. Passes Curl Curl, Manly
Beach, and North Head.
Then South Head, the cliffs around Bondi Beach, Bronte
Beach, and fades to black at Clovelly near Maroubra.
In the background you can see Chatswood, North Sydney, a
pair of Manly Ferries making their way across the harbour,
The silhouette of downtown Sydney, the Sydney Opera House
and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Airway Victor 1 is the dotted purple line on the chart
below. Easily one of the world's most scenic charted VFR
As usual, every time I do this I have difficulty suppressing
astonishment over the fact that something this much fun is
D180 Trim Calibration Issue Solved ...bobg56
Problem solved, it was a wire in the tail
cone that was loose at the wire block...it
was the excitation wire. Re secured it and tie
wrapped the wires securely. The thing that gets me
is that I was certain it was the update that did it
since it worked fine before, some coincidence, now
I'm going to go dance in the street to celebrate, I
flew for about 1.5 hours today and everything was
Status Report ...Bill Boyd
Say hello to my little friend Bob. Plumb Bob.
Cutting and fitting to reference points in thin air. Don't.
let. anything. shift. Drill through fiberglass into
landmarks you can barely see - at an angle. This may be the
part of the story where I jump off a bridge.
Not sure; those that have gone before say the cowling will
also be... "interesting."
Shear clip 09-10 ...HAL Pilot RV-14
Q: Aloha All. Fig 1 step 1, on 09-10 tells
us to dimple the E-1022 Shear clip.
I just can not find where it tells us to dimple the
corresponding close out tab holes, and at what point those
holes are riveted.
Thanks so much for your help
A: (smash) I dimpled
those holes. They get flush riveted so they won't interfere
with the trim tab.
December 11, 2018. Issue #4,715
Dad?...........Help? ...petehowell RV-9A
Kate called last night - Finals this week and she
misses her Dad, and oh BTW, her towel rack is
broken, and the sink won't seal, and lunch would be
OK, I'm a sucker, and the weather was finally
good in the upper midwest, and you know, I'd get to
Bernie provided wingman duties up till the Iowa
border, where he broke off to return to Anoka. The
sky was clear and the heartland shimmered with a
dusting of snow.
RV-7A Re-Birthing Status Report ...kentlik
Finished the recent stunt project and we are off!
Looks like I left off on the brake lines...But will
need to make another flap motor part as well, I do
not like this one and I have a new one in the kit I
bought. Finished the recent stunt project and
we are off! Looks like I left off on the
brake lines...But will need to make another flap
motor part as well, I do not like this one and I
have a new one in the kit I bought.
Clogged Injector? ...istrumit
Hello all -
A few minutes from landing on a flight a few weeks
ago, I felt a very, very subtle change in engine
vibration, so I had a quick look and noticed the CHT
on #3 cylinder (IO540) had risen about 15 degrees
and was suddenly the hottest cylinder (I was
descending at medium power).
I fiddled with mixture and nothing improved (or got
And i watched as the temperature continued to
gradually rise by about 5 degrees until I was within
range to reduce power and land, at which time it
fell back in line with the rest of the cylinders.
At no time did the cylinder actually fail to fire,
but it did seem 'unhealthy'.
I pulled the data from my monitor and I found that,
just after beginning my descent, #3 started to rise
and #4 started to fall, both abnormally (compared to
data from other flights).
I inspected the injectors for #3 and #4 and saw
nothing obviously wrong. I used cleaner on them
Test run was good. And I test flew it again today.
Everything seemed normal during test, until I saw
that #4 had gotten unusually cool again.
Landed..ran it up....tested the leaning
Took off again...all normal, but I decided to
postpone my 1.5 hour trip until I figure this out.
So, currently, I have a normal running engine that
seems to have fluctuating temperature previously in
3 and 4, but now, just #4.
I also tightened the intake on all cylinders (to
account for induction leaks).
Bottom line...I'm stumped.
The engine runs fine. Starts fine.
But, I want to understand this anomaly.
N430WP RV-10 - Purchased
Pic request - Fairings-Etc tail fairing install on RV-7/8 ...Dave
Q: Fellow Fairings-Etc tail fairing
customers, would you share pictures of your fairing
installation, especially the lower fairings? I'm
particularly interested in how you attached the
lower fairing to the fuse and whether you installed
any fasteners to the underside of the HS.
......Any new info would be much appreciated!
Q: If loops, rolls, or spins are not
documented during phase 1, does that mean they are
not authorized in that plane? If so, can they be
added later, and how?
Any aerobatic maneuvers to be flown must first be
tested within phase I. You may place the aircraft
back into phase I for a minimum of 5 hours at any
time. This is listed in the operating
limitations issued for the aircraft. Depending
on when you op lims were issued, you may have to
have them amended. Earlier versions of op lims had
the option to be issued to allow or not allow
aerobatics. If you op lims state that aerobatics are
prohibited, then you must have them amended.
Trailing edge wedge countersinking ...Girraf
after a lot of research, I started to countersink my
Rudder trailing edge wedge yesterday morning (AEX
wedge). I had been struggling with how to reconcile
the fact that the hole I drilled through the wedge
(and skins) when match drilling was perpendicular to
the centerline of the wedge, yet the countersink
should be perpendicular to the face of the wedge on
each side. If using a pilot cutter in your
countersink cage, this will most certaily apply a
side load to the little pilot on the countersink
cutter. Sure enough, after 10 or so holes, I ended
up breaking the pilot off my bit. (#*@&!)
I recalled that on the my practice kit, I
countersunk the wedge using a speed deburring tool,
which is essentially a countersink cutter with no
pilot. Turns out you can create the necessary c'sink
with the deburr tool very effectively, if you apply
some elbow grease. I then decided to disasseble my
c'sink cage and mount the deburring bit in the
holder and free hand the process using a drill. If
your easy on the trigger and careful (check depth
often), you can make great countersinks and my end
result was fantastic. I did have to install the
wedge into the rudder twice and check for proper
nesting of dimples as some needed to go slightly
deeper but I was able to finish the job while I wait
for a new c'sink cutter to arrive (went with single
flute this time).
All this to say, don't be afraid to try something a
Pic from Mr. X
...San Anontio, TX
December 10, 2018. Issue #4,714
Status Update #8 ...romanov in Israel
Two new AviationNation pilots!
Two of our students from the North Vernon project passed
their PPL check ride today. Very proud of Thomas and
Kyle for their dedication, efforts, and hard work. We
will have a few more from that group either this year or
Bob Kelly, Scipio, Indiana
Founder, Eagle's Nest Projects
President, AviationNation, Inc
RV-9A N908BL, Flying
1,500th RV-8 Flies….mothership
The 1,500th RV-8 has flown! Congrats to Baron Marshall
and family on the first flight of N762BM
Subject: RV-8 N762BM first flight 4 Dec 18
Date sent: Friday, December 07, 2018
Just wanted to say that after 14 year 6 months and 22 days,
as well as, 7 moves....I finally know the RV grin! N762BM
(RV-8) "Russian Bare" took to the skies with ease. Her 200hp
IO-360-A1A (shoehorned into a James Cowl) powered us through
180kts true @ 5000'. I can't wait to see how she does with
the gear and wheel fairings on! All in all a benchmark day
with friends and family to cheer us on. I could not have
made it through this journey without them....thank you all!!
Special thanks to my Bride for all the patience and love
shown through some frustrating and fun moments!
Empty weight: 1136
Prop: Hartzell 72" blended airfoil CS
James Cowl and plenum
Thanks again to the Van's team,
The Skew-T and extreme turbulence ...scottd
If you are not a Skew-T fanatic, you should be.
Here's an excellent example of what the Skew-T can
do for you. Take a look at this Skew-T analysis from
15Z in southeastern NC.
Notice at about 6,500 ft MSL, the winds are from
the southeast at 58 knots and then around 9,300
feet, they are from the southwest at 57 knots. This
is an excellent example of directional shear in the
wind aloft. The key though is the moist unstable
layer that starts just below 8,000 feet that enables
the air to mix. All of this coupled together is the
reason this pilot reported extreme turbulence at
8,000 feet MSL.
Steve Thorne Vblog Visit to Van's ...'Flightchops'
...24min. Part 2...18min
Operation Good Cheer ...terrykohler post
Yesterday, nearly 300 aircraft of all types and sizes
took to the sky out of Pontiac International Airport to
deliver nearly 20,000 Christmas presents to about 7,000
foster children throughout the state of Michigan.
massive undertaking with hundreds of volunteers wrapping
gifts into the early hours, manning numerous loading
stations across the tarmac, handling pilot registrations,
mission assignments, and pilot instructions.
This year featured a NOTAM 20+ pages long and the
designation of the airspace around PTK as DC SFRA (yeah,
just like Washington DC). Planes were staged according to
capability (instrument, FIKI, non-instrument, can you carry
bicycles?) and everyone was assigned a discrete transponder
code, even if you chose not to file.
Amazing effort and
coordination by so many people working behind the scenes.
Flying was the easy part.
Ted Gauthier flew wing with his RV-6 as we
managed to stay VFR at about 1500 AGL going across the
state. We were met at Big Rapids airport by another group of
kids and volunteers who formed a “bucket brigade” to help
offload the planes while hot coffee and food waited for us
Flying back into PTK, our ADSB looked a bit like
Oshkosh arrival. Ever have one of those days when you feel
blessed to be able to fly? Yup, in so many ways.
December 7, 2018. Issue #4,713
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
Trip Canceled to New Adventure ...tcard RV-9A
You may remember Crazy Marti from my trip write
up for Lajitas and Big Bend. Well, she struck again.
Her family was getting together in Kentucky for
Thanksgiving and she asked if I might be up for a
road (or is that air) trip. I did want to spend
Thanksgiving Day with my hubby, so we made plans for
a Friday/Saturday trip - weather permitting, of
course. Long story short, the weather did not
cooperate outside of Texas so I reluctantly
Where is the sun? ...Paul K RV-7
It's been a really long time without seeing any
sun so when a small hole opens in the clouds with
blue sky above.... If you don't live in Michigan,
you wouldn't understand!
T-hangar for rent at my home field (52F) ...N.TX
$375. Lights, your power expense, no water.
NW corner. Contact: Bill Goeken. wk.goeken
‘at’ verizon ‘dot’ net and/or
(817)ThreeZeroEight-1916. Tell him Doug sent
Announcing Lightning Formation Airshows ...AX-O
I would like to share some exciting news. A group of
pilots that have been flying airshows in our RVs
around the U.S. and Canada for the past several
years have formed a new team. Our name is Lightning
Formation Airshows. Some of the teammates frequent
the VAF pages and will share the adventure with you.
As we embark on this new journey, we have teamed up
with Lightspeed Aviation. This teaming is a great
fit as Lightspeed Aviation and our values/goals are
very closely aligned. We both place importance on
high ethical standards and creating a culture where
folks feel valued, vested, and heard. We also feel
very passionate about aviation and promoting its
Follow along and be part of our journey. We are
looking forward to the 2019 season!
New RV-3B ...andrejv
Just finished an RV3B - VH-VIJ. I now have 16
hours. IO-320, Christenson inverted oil, Smoking
Aeroplanes smoke, Harmon turteldeck, ground
adjustable Sensenich prop. Lots of fun to fly, but I
still love my 10!
This is what five years of forum new registrations looks like
(9,620 registrations in 2,165 days).
looks promising for the VAF Brain Trust. Chart here
VAF Forum registrations totaled for the last
five years - plotted cumulatively by day. Starting
1/1/13 and added to the previous day’s total up
through 11/30/18. Averaging 135 per month for the
past 59 months.
Linear, uniform growth. Maybe an indicator of the
health of the RV hobby - maybe not. I tend to think
it is. And thanks for joining in the RV
New Kid on the Block ...DeeCee 57 in Zurich
"...picked up and repositioned my new toy on Dec
1st... early Xmas present this year."
52F News...my home field
"...On Tuesday, commissioners voted to spend $2.9
million of county funds to enable the town of
Northlake to shut down the road and re-route it as
part of Northlake’s long-term development plan. The
project, which is expected to be completed in a year
and a half, will make Cleveland Gibbs Rd a town road
instead of a county road, officials said."
Is your 'other plane' a bush plane? ...a poll I started for Jaybird
As an addendum to my 'Would you build an RV-Super Cub?'
document that I'm gathering signatures for to see if there
is interest, my friend Jay Pratt told me today another of
our local RV circle has began construction of a Rans S-21
bush plane (Don C). Jay
asked what I thought about a poll regarding people who own a
2nd airplane. Sounds like a good idea. Hoping to see if it's
1% or 5%, or more....
Here is the question:
you are building or fly an RV
you own an additional plane, is that additional plane (or
one of the additional planes if you own more) what would be
considered a 'bush plane'? A J-3 or a Champ would be an
example...as would a C170/C180.
If you're flying an RV and building a bush plane that would
be a yes. Same in reverse....flying a bush plane and
building an RV.
Yes or no?
[ed. Update: After
a day of voting and around a hundred votes, the percentage
of RV owners that also own a bush plane is much higher than
I would have guessed. v/r,dr]
December 6, 2018. Issue #4,712
22 years ago today this site started out as the
'North Texas Wing' of Van's Air Force. I hope
you're pleased with what it morphed into over the
past two decades.
I Forgot My Airplane's BDay ...crabandy
I totally forgot until FB reminded me of my most
liked post from 5 years ago today......When my
project became and airplane. It's a crappy pic of a
pic but my FAA DAR handing over the goods when he
couldn't find a reason not to. Like I said I
didn't know about "her" birthday, it just so
happened to be my day off. What should a guy do on
his day off even if it is a tad bit chilly? The
previous snow in front of the hangar has melted and
more snow in the forecast for later in the week so
might as well take advantage of the 2000' OVC with
flurries and warm up the oil! Besides my copilot
hasn't flown for 2 weeks and he's been feeling the
need for speed.
Is your 'other plane' a bush plane? ...a poll I started for Jaybird
As an addendum to my 'Would you build an RV-Super
Cub?' document that I'm gathering signatures for to
see if there is interest, my friend Jay Pratt told
me today another of our local RV circle has began
construction of a Rans S-21 bush plane (Don C).
asked what I thought about a poll regarding people
who own a 2nd airplane. Sounds like a good idea.
Hoping to see if it's 1% or 5%, or more....
Here is the question:
*IF* you are building or fly an RV
*IF* you own an additional plane, is
that additional plane (or one of the additional
planes if you own more) what would be considered a
'bush plane'? A J-3 or a Champ would be an
example...as would a C170/C180.
If you're flying an RV and building a bush plane
that would be a yes. Same in reverse....flying a
bush plane and building an RV.
Yes or no?
G3X non touch TO/GA
Q: Need help with dual G3X 370/375 and
garmin 430W with 305 autopilot installation of TO/GA
button. I have a GSU73 with the ability to use
Discrete 1,2,3,or 4. What type switch or button is
used and will the 430W couple to fly the missed
approach? Thanks in advance
A: (g3xpert) Page 28-4 of the Rev. AG
G3X installation manual shows how to wire a TO/GA
button to a GSU 73 and GTN.
Note that the GNS 4XXW/5XXW units don't support an
external Go Around button like the GTN 6XX/7XX, but
you can still wire the TO/GA button into the GSU 73
to trigger TO and GA modes on the G3X.
You will have to manually activate the missed
approach on your GNS 430W just like you do now since
it doesn't support the remote button. The 430W will
still provide guidance and let you couple to the
missed approach just like a GTN after you activate
the missed approach on the 430W.
Question- maximum trimmer angle move ...romanov
I didn't find any info in the specs so will ask you
expirienced fellows: is that trimmer move looks good
to you? Does anybody has an info about the
angle the trimmer should go?
A Film - "In the moment"
One of my R/C buddies is in his final year of a
Media Studies degree (at Manchester). He got an
assignment to produce a film titled "in the moment"
and asked if I'd help him out.
Mainly my Pitts in the video, but there's a couple
of RV's in there - A '7 that belongs to the airfield
owner (200hp and a C/S MT = goes like stink !), and
a '6 recently arrived as a long term resident. We
have 715m on the one runway (21/03) and a few fairly
unusual hazards (A river and, a church and a
mansion). But it's a great place to fly from and
fairly typical of a "farm strip" here in the UK.
Anyway, here's the result, hope you like it
Welcome Josh Pava ...new guy chimes in
I am considering purchasing an RV-6A for a 420 NM
trip, each way, about 3x per month. I’d fly it day
Can I get some feedback/opinions as to the
suitability of the airplane for this type of trip?
I’m 5’10”, 180 LBS, AND 32” inseam. How about
comfort for the roughly 3 hours aloft that this trip
would take? How much storage space for a suitcase
will I find in an RV-6A?
Any RV-6A owners in SoCal that might be willing to
talk to me, or take me up for a ride in theirs? Also
I’d be up for any leads on aircraft that you may
know of that would fit what I’m looking for.
December 5, 2018. Issue #4,711
Seen Tuesday at 52F.
Monkey found what turned out to be a burnt valve
in a 7A (failed compression check). Getting
some love up at Sal's most likely as I type this.
I helped him update an RV-8's Dynon EFIS and EMS
units to the latest software version (to recognize
newly installed oil and fuel pressure sensors).....
John Platner (newly minted Private Pilot
extraordinaire) was getting in some more RV time
with CFI Dad Gary in the back. John solo'd the
RV yesterday. Two videos....the sound on the
takeoff is ringtone-worthy. Stuck the wheel
landing like a old RV pro.
Back home at noon for an afternoon of work.
Productive day.... Wednesday is the last good
flying day for a few days here. I might try to
get off the surface for a bit and practice a
commercial maneuver or two if I can.
"....There very well may be
three tickets that we stuffed in
calendars that have considerably more value than the
Possibly something along the lines of another tail/emp
kit discount ticket..."
And Posted Today
Order a $5 calendar (s/h included cont. USA).
All the cool kids are doing it.
RV-8 Rudder Build Critique?
I continue to finish empennage components. I gotta a
few concerns about my workmanship. Take a look and
let me know if there are any issues. Thank you.
1) Rudder bend - It's not pretty, but would it cause
any issues down the road?
2) The R-809 (fiberglass tip) does not seat with as
close a tolerance to the R-713 (counter balance
skin) and R-801PP (rudder skin) as I have viewed
finished aircraft. Should I be concerned with these
or keep building?
Help build an Eagle's Nest RV-12 ...brad_walton
A friend asked me to post this for him. We need
volunteers to help with construction:
To The RV Builders in the Houston Area,
My name is Thomas Stein and I am a long-time pilot
and flight instructor in the Houston area, and the
Construction Foreman with the Alief Independent
Alief ISD would like to partner with Eagle’s Nest
Foundation and have some of our students build a
Vans RV-12 at one of our high schools. One of the
requirements of the Foundation is that we have
homebuilders with RV experienced overseeing and
mentoring the students as they work on this project.
The STEM teacher that is leading the project is
named Steward Bailey and he is a certified A & P
mechanic, and will be there throughout the
construction. The aircraft will be assembled at the
Elsik High School, located near the intersection of
Dairy-Ashford Drive and the West Park Tollway, in
southwest Houston. Eagle’s Nest will supply the
materials, and all the tools will be provided, but
they would like a minimum of four (4) experienced RV
builders to be involved to mentors to the students.
With enough volunteers, it may mean a commitment of
around 1-2 hours per person, every couple of weeks,
throughout the school year.
Alief is predominately a low income school district,
and most of the kids would never have the
opportunity to experience aviation if not for
projects like this. We at Alief think that this is
not just an opportunity for some young people to
build an airplane, but to also learn meaningful
academic subjects, as well as lessons in personal
enrichment. If you ever wanted to share your skills
and expand the great community that we call
“Aviation”, this is your chance. What we need is
your time and talent, as well as your hands and your
Mr. Steward Bailey can be emailed directly at
Steward.Bailey 'at' aliefisd.net, or you may contact
me on my district cell phone at (281) 808-2293
during school hours, or at tommy.stein 'at'
aliefisd.net. If you love to build and want to help
lift up some worthy kids in the process, this is
your chance. We really need your participation.
Thomas Stein, CFI
Chart question ...rvdave
Hey all, have a question regarding a local ils
chart in my area with what looks like an acronym
that I or no one I’ve asked has an explanation. It’s
CFBTW on this ils approach into tvc. Any takers on
RV-3 Brake Fluid Hemorrhage ...swjohnsey / oaklandaviator
Q: I am the proud new owner of an RV-3
#190/10190 N93JP. It has a brake fluid hemorrhage. I
still have brakes so it must be somewhere between
the firewall mounted reservoir and the master
cylinder on the right side. It has fuselage mounted
24 gallon fuel tank. Will I have to pull the fuel
tank to gain access to the brake line. What do I
need to replace it with? The current line is some
sort of plastic/nylon.
A: What an
interesting coincidence in that my wife's RV-3 just
had this exact problem. We would get to the airport
and a puddle of brake fluid would be under the
center of the plane dripping from the fuel vent. To
get behind the firewall required removing the upper
skin and windshield (hers is a slider), then remove
the fuel tank. Once that's out everything is easy to
see and work on. Hers had a loose tee fitting on the
back of the reservoir so we just resealed it and
tightened it up then bled the system.
To remove the tank, once the skin and windshield are
off, you'll need to drain the tank completely,
remove the vent line from the front of the tank
between it and the firewall, then remove the fuel
feed line at the bottom rear of the tank (unless you
have an inverted fuel system with a flop tube, which
we installed on my wife's plane. In this case the
fuel line is located at the front bottom of the tank
and will probably require you to lift the tank up
and have a helper loosen the line.) Tank should just
lift right out. To reinstall, loosen the tank straps
slightly to make it easier to get the screws started
on the upper skin. You'll have to sit in the seat
when it's all back together, reach under the tank,
and tighten them back up. They pull the tank up
against the skin.
Do any other needed maintenance under there while
the tank is out. It's not that hard, but I don't
like pulling it unless really necessary. There's
great access to everything up front with it out so
take the opportunity to look over everything really
well. It's a great time to rebuild or replace the
brake master cylinders, tidy up wiring, or install
any cool avionics. Very easy to get to everything.
Partial Alternator Fauilure at 245 Hours ...Colin RV-10
Thanks to this thread I have determined what is
wrong with my transponder, or battery, or VPX
Pro...nothing!!! The PP 60 amp alternator that was
standard in the RV-10 FWF kit had a partial failure.
For the last 6 months or so the Dynon transponder
would trip at random times during nearly every
flight. I thought it may have been because of a
software update that was done around the same time
that would cause the transponder to momentarily draw
more current than the 3 amp VPX circuit would allow.
I changed it to a 5 amp circuit and the problem
persisted. I brought up the VPX page on the AFS EFIS
and once saw 37 amps reported on the transponder
circuit, ridiculous considering the 20 awg power
wires would have become a fusible link at that point
but they were fine. With the engine running the
voltage was solid at 14.2 and the amps reading
looked normal giving me no reason to suspect the
Then my ETX1200 battery light started constantly
flashing. I would charge it on the ground, go flying
for a couple hours and by the time I got home the
light was flashing again. Obviously a problem with
the battery right? Not cool for a very expensive
battery that was under 2 years old.
So I pulled the battery and sent it to EarthX last
week, installed a PC680 so I wasn't grounded. The
next flight the problem with the transponder became
constant. I reset it and it would immediately trip.
I guess the EarthX battery was providing some
masking of the problem.
So then I found this thread. Today I removed the
fairly young Plane power alternator and took it to
an alternator shop. They tested it and it showed a
problem. They took it apart and found one stator
wire broken off that also took out a portion of the
rectifier. It is currently still at the shop and
they are trying to repair it. The stator is a uni-point
part and apparently difficult to find in the
There are no problems with the bearings. For a
background on my plane the prop was balanced to .03
IPS before first flight 2 years ago and was checked
at the same during the 2 subsequent annual
inspections (I have a smart avionics PB3 dynamic
balancer). The belt was also torqued properly so
neither of those were causes of this failure.
If the lifespan of a PP alternator is somewhere
around 200 hours I think I need to look for a
different product. Maybe an automotive unit would be
better since they would be easy to source just about
anywhere. The alternator shop showed me a 14757 that
is mentioned elsewhere in the forums but it is
larger and heavier than the PP. I'm open to other
December 4, 2018. Issue #4,710
Gas run to KSWI ($3.55).
Mountain SW Advice ...JD (RV-4)
Living in the
subject area, my advice is to fly early when the
lighting is best and the air is smoothest. Flying
over in the afternoon at 14k will cause you to miss
the sights and the beauty. With good, early morning
light, the colors come alive!
If not familiar with the effect of density altitude,
please brush up. Most of the ground in this area is
higher than the typical pilot cruises. Takeoff and
landing at 11,000' DA is different. Cruising at
8,000' and skimming the ground is unnerving if not
Watch the winds aloft at 18k. That will tell you how
rough it will be over the mountains. If the winds at
that altitude are high (40kts), expect rough.
Depending on what you want to see and do, the whole
area is a huge playground. Monument valley is neat
but, sadly, it is a tiny little place (when going
150 kts). Be sure to see Canyonlands, Bryce Canyon
(you can land at the airport and get a shuttle to
the park to walk the canyon trail), Comb Ridge,
Goosenecks, Capital Reef, Meteor Crater, Gila
Wilderness area, etc.
If I were flying CNM to PGA and the weather/winds
aloft are good, I'd fly west towards LRU to get
around White Sands to the south. Then head direct to
PGA or Monument Valley. This will take you over the
continental divide and some great sights. If you
want to see the lava flows and chain of craters,
head towards GNT. If you want to see Shiprock, LRU
direct to 5V5.
Another great option (for sights) is LRU to JTC (Springerville)
to SEZ (Sedona) and then to PGA. There are also some
really great backcountry strips available if looking
to camp or do that kind of sightseeing.
The only real problem is that this is a MASSIVE area
making it hard to see it all in one trip!
UK RV-6 Aerobatics Approval ...Towline
We've just had
aerobatics approval through for our RV-6 from the UK
LAA. As I couldn't find a lot online to help in the
process, I've condensed our experience into a short
blog article here that others may hopefully find
The process has seemed fairly straight forward
despite looking quite arduous to this pair of
We're non-inverted and I've been told to avoid
vertical rolls as they can empty a lot of oil, also
stall turns will use around half a quart.
Any advice on -6 aerobatics would be great.
What Phase I Looks Like ...bkervaski
Here is what Phase
I looks like on a Garmin G3X ... just in case anyone
Now if I can just figure out how to clear the tracks
so I can see the map again
The Windy.com App
Saturday morning I
was planning on being part of a formation practice (RWY
17). While fiddling with various weather apps
I stumbled across 'Windy.com'. Download the
app for free for iOS
HERE if bored. The app showed pretty
convincingly I'd have a 90* crosswind in a
small-tail RV-6 possibly gusting to 30kts at the
time of takeoff. Finger hovering over the
scrub button... And it turned out we
how a) it color codes the velocity of wind in the
four different wind models at the bottom of the
screen and b) how easy it is to find a time in the
future with the winds will be where you would like
screen grabs below. First showing the Friday
7pm forecast for the next day at 9am. Not fun.
grab showing pretty nice winds for Tuesday at 3pm.
Might be worth a download (free) if you want to play
around with it.
Brake Cylinder Problem
Q: I have a brake
cylinder that is leaking fluid inside the cockpit. I
removed all four cylinders and replaced the seals.
One of the cylinders is still leaking fluid. I think
this one was responsible for the main leak that I
had initially. Should I just buy a new master
cylinder. It is a Cleveland 10-30 master cylinder.
Or is there something else that I can do to stop the
leak besides the rubber seals that I already
Replacing the seals/o-rings should fix the leak. If
not, it is likely corroded and may need to be
When rebuilding the Cleveland 10-30 master cylinders
in my 6 I discovered the piston shafts worn where
the top seal makes contact, which was the cause of
my leaks. After polishing out the surface
irregularities on the piston shaft and installing
new seals they remain leak-free after two years.
Don Hull Got a Golden Ticket
December 3, 2018. Issue #4,709
Magic Carpet Is Airborne! ...Chris RV-12
After several weeks hoping
for the weather to improve my MagicCarpet RV-12 S/N 120832
has finally airborne. The maiden flight was flawlessly and
very successful. A tiny bit of heavy wing on the left side,
which will be adjusted with the upcoming flights. Beside
that she flies very nicely, well balanced and yet agile. The
outside view is simply superb. Max. speed. was 116kt TAS at
5500rpm at 5000' without the wheelpants.
The plane features a single Dynon 1000 Touch with analog
backup instruments for altitude and airspeed. A Power FLARM
traffic avoidance system and a dual port 5V USB charger. The
interior consists of confor foam leather seats by Flightline
Interior with custom stiches, sidewalls and all carpets.
It took me 4 years and a little over 2000h to complete her,
followed by 9 month for final assembly, exterior painting,
acceptance procedure and airworthyness certification.
Needless to say, that I am very proud to have finally took
her up in the sky.
At this point I would like to thank you all here at VAF for
your outstanding support. You are truly awesome.
A video clip of the flight can be found
Great Couple of Weekends! ...SeanB
11-18 Today was a big
day!!! Tracey (my bride) was awesome, once again, and
volunteered to help me get the plane on its gear. I already
had the tailwheel on. We got the engine hoist and a giant
tow strap to the front of the plane. I weaved it thru the
engine mount. Gotta admit, I was a little nervous as we
started getting airborne off the fuselage dolly. Things
could roll or pitch. Tracey jumped in and helped stabilize
the front of the plane from rolling. I tried getting the
first gear on, but I still had slight interference from the
fuselage. Emergency action with the Dremmel took care of
that. I was able to get the gear slipped into the socket,
then get the bolt started. "Wahooo", exclaimed Tracey! I
raced to the other side and had no interference. The leg
went into place and again with the bolt. Another, "Wahoo"!
We took a minute to look at
the sight of things and smiled. The back of the plane was
still on the dolly, so I went back and easily lifted the aft
fuselage. Tracey rolled the dolly, then the plane was on all
three wheels for the first time ever! I was so excited and
thankful Tracey was there for help and to share in the
excitement. Couldn't have done it without her. I was so
excited, I rolled the plane outside for many more looks.
Engine is next!
Status ...Nova RV RV-14A
Wheel pants and fairings
are attached and now it's all completed. Awesome performing
Some Throttle Love ...AX-O
I sent out my throttle
quadrant to Dayton Murdock at DJM Manufacturing so he could
use some of my old parts (they were matched drilled to the
fuselage for mounting) and add the Prop lever.
2019 Van's Calendar Golden Ticket Winners Chime In
Get your calendar (and possible golden ticket) here
RV-14A Status ...Tom023
Slow build but getting
RV-3B Status ...David Paule
Engine mount/landing gear to the machinist -
Since I just couldn’t cut a tapered hole in the landing gear
mount, I took it to my machinist friend. But I’d gotten far
enough so that I could use the tapered pin as a positioning
tool. He’ll get to it one of these days. For him, it’s a
hobby. He’s a physicist and his company is very busy these
ADAHRS bracket -
With the engine mount off, I flipped the canoe and looked
around for the next thing to work on. Seems as if that might
be the ADAHRS mount. I made a sketch showing where one could
go on an RV-3B and found that the place I preferred was just
under the top of the F-308 bulkhead.
Goatflieg Status Update
My thanks to Terry Kohler, Dave Pohl, Ted Gauthier, Harry
Manvel and Curt Martin for their help... again.
How to Set These? ...Girraf 7/7A
Anyone have any suggestions
for how to set these? Clearance is extremely tight for my
tungsten bar and a 4" no hole yoke. Anyone use pull rivets
here? These are the final rivets for my vertical stab and I
set it aside a few weeks ago thinking I would have an
epiphany at some point but I haven't come up with any grand
Milestone: Engine ….Jonathan in Lewisville, TX
November 30, 2018. Issue #4,708.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
Milestone: Private Pilot!
Our friend John Platner at 52F (RV-8
owner Gary Platner's son) earned his Private Pilot
rating Thursday with DPE Bob Owsley. So now
having jumped out of airplanes 3,000+ times
with a parachute, he can now also fly them <g>.
Way to go John!!! dr
John Platner (L) and Bob Owsley (R).
Gary Platner photo.
Dilemma 2.0 ...AX-O
Well this has been
ruff. Plane has been down since Jul. I am getting
close but at this point, the introduction of Dilemma
Since I originally made the firewall without the cut
out, i had to overcome some limitations with the
metal. That is why you will see a few dots of
sealant on the firewall. Although the holes ended up
in front of a bracket when folded over and were no
impact, i still wanted to make sure they where
The firewall is sharp. If you look at it wrong, it
will come out and bite you. In the below pic I did
not even know i got a cut.
Don't wanna do that
again. Nope. Double check your math when calculating
UTC offsets, especially when crossing time zones.
Could've been there an hour or so earlier for
11004KT. Went around the first time when tower gave
me 35L. Planted that sucker firmly on 31 second time
around. Remarkable handling, and glad to know how
capable the plane is, but I would really prefer to
avoid a repeat performance.
Smyrna, TN - KMQY
Milestone: Six Years and Counting! ...rph142
Practicing the Commercial Maneuvers in the RV-6
Pencil notations. Thursday a.m. NW of 52F.
Click pics for greater detail. Garmin Pilot
track. G3X showed 39kts of wind at 2,500' so
those maneuvers that didn't require me to stay over
one spot understandably had some drift (like the
steep turns right and left done first).
Climbed up to 7,500' out of class B for the 1,080*
spiral down at idle. That was 'fun' with the
40+kt wind up top. Staying over one spot
required a quick turn with many seconds after almost
wings level. More detail in the zoom in.
The jagged track is usually when the plane is near
60* of bank.
Fun to do and to
track for later critiquing. The RV-6 (compared
to a C172) makes these maneuvers more challenging,
IMHO, but I got my instrument ticket in it so I'm
confident. To those unaware, some of the
maneuvers require the wind to be from a specific
direction at start. The wind vector on the G3X
makes this a non-event. Now if there was a
wizard in it that would calculate the pivotal
altitude for the eights-on-pylon! <wink>.
Heck, it might do it and I just don't know about
Nerds of the world
unite! <g>. Four pics beginning
List of infrequently inspected/overhauled/replaced items? ...RV10Rob
Hi, all... now that
my RV-10 is nearing 8 years and 500 hours, I'm
wondering whether I'm missing any of the
preventative maintenance items that are done
infrequently, such as the 500-hour mag inspection
and (10-year?) flexible fuel/oil hose replacements.
Does anyone have a good list of these items? Similar
question asked a few years ago here, but didn't see
a comprehensive list. Thanks!
December Wallpaper Calendar
...Sunset RV-8 at
Status Report #7 ...romanov (Israel)
That report is
• How to make your workspace to be ultra-inspiring?
• Riveting: Vertical Stabilizer (The tail of the 1st
• Riveting: Rudder
That time our report is very heavy in achievements
are super happy to put it here. Let's go and see it
RV Hanger Space Available (N.TX - T67)
Hanger Space for
Rent. Hicks Airfield T67. I have room
for one,,,, RV3,4,6,7,8, 6a,,7a, or 8a.
builder Ken Krueger. Ken contributed to the
design of the RV-9, 7, 10, 12 and 14, and has been a
friend for nearly 20 years. Sells RV-8
aluminum airfoil landing gear kit and other stuff.
Ad lives in the Previous Day's News section.
Cessna Style Flap Switch Mod? ...mfleming
I've searched but
have not come up with any information on installing
a Cessna style flap switch with detents in a Van's
I'm currently flying a C-172 with a spring loaded
switch like the one for my -7. I absolutely hate it
Could I get used to it? I'm sure I could but since
I'm building my own plane I'd like to see if using a
Cessna style switch with would be feasible and
A flap switch like this:
Did some checking
with the newly re-pitched Sensenich (to 85 inch) at
2700 rpm was almost full throttle at 12,500 ft
(14,000 ft DA) and got that 200 mph number (174 kts)
RV-Lancair Brotherhood Day ...snopercod
made an unscheduled early run to GMU this morning
before the clouds set it. All three of us arrived at
pretty much the same time. My iPad was lit up with
targets. I was following Darwin's RV-3 and I passed
Owen's RV-12 approaching the airport. GMU tower has
radar and reported he was 1 mile off my right wing,
but I could see the whites of his eyes
So I landed next and Owen right after. Lunch at the
Runway Cafe was good as always. Mike was kind enough
to snap some photos of our planes.
November 29, 2018. Issue #4,707.
Flew the RV-6 for a .6hr post-MX checkout flight Wednesday - the
first RV time in a month and two days (yuck). The new
brake line install is officially complete. Thank you TS
Flightlines! Honestly felt about 100' behind the plane for
a few seconds there at takeoff and climbout. Eye opening
how fast these skills deteriorate! Flew over to KXBP for
$3.99 fuel and back, practicing the buttons for VNAV climbs and
descents, as well as the mindset of arriving at an airport at RV
speed! Felt wonderful to be back in the air. Boy
does that plane need a bath!
Next project: some love for the tailwheel group. The locking
pin and spring are worn and, even after cleaning I'm taxiing
with brakes and rudder only. File picture below under
"proof of enjoyment" ;^). Researching options...
In the mean time I'm working up some flashcards with the
commercial maneuvers on them for reference in the bumps
while flying. Direction the winds need to be from,
calculating the pivotal altitude, Va entry speeds and exit
speeds for each maneuver, etc. Hieroglyphics-like on
a kneeboard. Time to knock out this rating now that the
plane is back online.
Hope you have a nice Thursday.
Hermann Demos RV-8 Aerobatics While Giving You a Scenic Tour of Germany
...BruceEicher post. Hermann Schiele "SuperCubDriver"
shows off his flying skills, his countryside and his
beautiful RV-8. Enjoy!
Photo/Video URLs in Forums
Reality Check? Value of 1993 RV-6 ...punkin
I've got an itch to do something different, which
probably means I'll regret it later...I LOVE my
RV-6! Some of you have followed as I progressed
through larger tires, ground adjustable prop, and
then engine upgrade in my attempts to turn my -6
into a super cub.
It's been fun, and it's a decent trade off to have a
145mph cruiser that can land on some rough fields,
but I'll never have the comfort level of doing the
real slow and low in this airplane.
I'm considering selling, and just want a reality
check. I know I'll never get what I paid + what I
put into it (about the same as I paid again) over
the last couple of years.
But, since this is a forum that never lacks strong
opinions...if I put it up for sale here or one of
the big online sites...what should I expect to ask
and receive? I'll probably put the stock tires and
wheel pants back on because most people don't buy an
RV to go slow...
1993 RV-6 TTAF about 700hrs, TSMOH about 640, but
see below work done about 40 hrs ago.
O-320-E2A now with new cam, new oil pump and 4 new
high comp pistons and remfg cylinders (about 40 hrs
on them) crank sent to Tulsa for inspection and
returned with no issues.
New oil cooler with engine work
Whirlwind Ground Adjustable Prop
Appareo ESG Transponder (2020 ADSB compliant)
Garmin GTR200, wired to Aera 660
Air gizmos panel dock for Aera 660, (may remove if I
get beat up on $$)
Trio EZ pilot with altitude hold coupled to Aera
Analog Airspeed, Tach, and Oil pressure
MGL E-1 combo engine monitor
MGL Flight combo multifunction gauge
I'm probably missing something, but that's the
And the headline price should read.... $$ ??????
Status Update Pics (many) ...RV7ForMe's RV-7A Rebuild
...updates 3, 4 and 5.
Alright... We continue!
The wings and wing tips needed a bit of sanding and
we went ahead and got the old paint removed and
primed and painted them again. Since the old paint
scheme didn't turn out to be very luck we decided to
take the opportunity to something different.
...AviatorJ. Since I moved the plane
to the hangar on Saturday my progress hasn't slowed.
In fact I think it's motivated me to push on. Today
I drove up there for a very long lunch and put the
wings on. Then I stared at it so long that I decided
to take a picture, instead of being creepy!
November 28, 2018. Issue #4,706.
Note from mothership re: 2019 calendars: "...calendars
are in stock, being packed
in envelopes and boxes and shipped. And,
the Golden Tickets have been randomly inserted.”
Around the World in an RV-9A Blog Update
I have updated many
sections of the trip blog and added additional
This was a tough trip, with very unfavorable weather
around the planet and many obstacles along the way.
I plan to fly "May" to Oshkosh in 2019 and hope to
see you there. Fly safe.
Spaceport Update (Fly-In)
...Guy Prevost (RV-10) PIREP
Update 20181127. As
stated in the thread linked in the original post, my
goal was to enable people to fly into Spaceport
America. It was going to cost me at least $5k up
front to arrange that and much time. There is now a
Fly-In scheduled at the
spaceport on April 7, with registration
becoming available before hand. FMI:
I'll post updates in the other thread as I learn
New RV-14A Builder Chimes In
Tom Valenzia (RV-8) Family News
On son Jeff was
promoted to Brigadier General. The DoD made the
announcement public today. Next stop...Afghanistan!
A few months ago I commented how difficult is was to
sneak in an RV flight or two with our son. Jeff's
last flight with me was in our RV-8 back in 2012.
I've owned the -12 for 5 years. On Jeff's last
visit, the -12 was down for SB repairs. I am
beginning to think maybe the time is right for me to
trade in the airplane hobby.
Early Xmas Present
25,000mAh power bank for my laptop/iPad/iPhone in
the field....with flashlight. $54. I
have no data to report other than a) it arrived
yesterday and b) it seems to work.
Three photos showing specs and stuff.
Shown below on the trunk of the car charging the
iPad running Garmin Pilot. Holding down the
power button turns on the flashlight. Tapping
the power button changes the flashlight from ON to
BLINK, tapping again to SOS, and finally tapping one
more time turns it OFF. Direct link to the one
I can cancel my
puck w/AT&T that runs $45/mo and instead use my
iPhone as a WiFi hotspot out in the field for laptop
internet access without worry of killing the cell
phone battery. Will save me over $500 a year,
and that's a lot of haircuts. If I still had
Milestone: No Limits ...Claude
I'm probably over
my limit of posts for one day, but couldn't avoid
New Special Certificate of Airworthiness with
amended operating conditions received today.
Official test phase done - passengers, night flight
and cross country flights here we come.
Now to plan some hamburger runs.
Eagle's Nest Projects - Spotlight on Jim Senft (Central
Spotlight on Jim Senft
Eagle's Nest Project Director - Central High School
Jim Senf is a mover and shaker in his community and
if you ever meet him, you'll instantly begin to
share his high level of excitement and enthusiasm
for "paying it forward". Jim organized and manages
the Central High School (WI) Aviation Club and in
partnership with Eagle's Nest Projects, he's been a
commanding force in the lives of hundreds of young
adults and community leaders. His untiring efforts
inspire and empower the youth to become more than
they ever dreamed possible and he brings out the
best in the community leaders in support of his
programs and the youth. The spotlight is on you,
Jim... and it's well deserved for all that you do!
Thank you! /reb
I (and others) received this note from Jim sometime
before Thanksgiving; “I am Thankful for:" I’m
sharing it here because it inspired me and because
it may provide others food for thought. BTW, did I
mention Jim's son is an Eagle Scout? /reb
November 27, 2018. Issue #4,705.
ZU-XOX is an aeroplane! ...Janekom
So after about two
years and just over 1300 hours, QB kit #41612 became
an aeroplane on 14 November 2018. This happened at
The Coves, South Africa. This is my 7th project and
might be the last. What a fantastic aircraft. Thank
you to Vans for providing us with such an incredible
kit. A big thank you to everyone else involved.
Another one flies ...mike newall
120958 G-CJZW flew
today. Phoned Vans to give them the news.
2 years in build along with it's partner 120957 as
we had workshop room.
They have been built as an engineering exercise and
to keep the workshop full lest the wife fills it
with carp and other stuff
Another straight forward event, rpm a little low...
left wing a little heavy.... nothing a big issue and
will be cleared this week. We managed 2.5 hours
today, we need 5 as a fly off in the UK before a
flight test and submission for sign off.
There will be a little something on YouTube soon
when I have the data.
Crew RV8 ...lucaperazzolli in Italy
Hey, that great
photo from my friend Bruce told me that I'm absent
for too much here. Enjoy this photo took
from our friend Luca Grazini.
Thirteen months and three weeks and she chubby but beautiful
It has been eleven
months of pure joy building and two months of
anxiety for paint process but she finally got done
and after three weeks of transport, final assembly
and sign off, today was the first good weather day
for the first flight.
I want to take this time to thank first and
foremost, my wife for being absolutely wonderful and
supportive in this project and never hesitate to
come to the garage to give a helping hand. Second, I
like to thank VANs team for creating such wonderful
kit that is just a joy to build, they have outdone
themselves. Lastly, I like to thank Doug and this
great community for always providing good support,
friendly feedback and ideas.
Today I made two flights, one 30 minute and one
nearly two hours. The aim of second flight was to
break-in the engine. She flew without any issues,
all temps were good and she was fast.
I do realize I still have lots of work and tweaking,
calibration and configuration of the avionics. I do
have a bit of right wing heavy which not sure how to
go about resolving as my rigging seem to be spot on.
One flap sits about 0.6 degree higher than the other
but I am not sure if that is enough to cause a heavy
wing. For those before me and if they had a heavy
wing (RV14) would appreciate any feedback as how you
How to create a perfect tray for coating the RV parts ...romanov
All you need is the
box you got from VANs sometimes. Later you
just need piece of fence and 30 screws with big
heads. That's all: isn't it perfect ;-).
I'm back..with another -8A..in need of panel upgrades!
back. (eHangar.org guy.)
It's been about 9
years since I've been here. I built an -8A in 2002
and sold it in 2009, and just got busy with
life...you know how it is. But I just picked up
another -8A and will be stating a two phase panel
upgrade, along with an in-depth condition
inspection, next month. I hope to have a
builder/flying log up in the next week or so to
document the process, but it's not quite ready.
The "Ghost" is a 2006 RV-8A quickbuild with a 200HP
IO360 and Hartzell C/S. The panel is VFR and pretty
well done with vacuum AI and DG, Navaid autopilot,
RMI VSI, VM1000, GTX327, 250XL, SL40, and a 496.
It's also got a Propriety Software Systems AOA. Not
bad, but if you know me, then you know i'm gonna
Servo Activated Oil Cooler Shutter
...seen at Richmond Aviation on an RV-8
Dave Binkley (RV-6) Chimes in the 'Your 2nd Airplane' Thread
I finished and flew my RV6 in May of 1996. Still
flying N241DC 22+ years later.
The other one....
November 26, 2018. Issue #4,704.
Hope you had a nice holiday weekend. Lots of RV news to
report over the past four days, so feel free to dig in.
Scattered data points: Not-RV,
the Mars Insight Mission lands on the surface 11/26 at 3pm ET (watch
live). Updated the
has / how to) as of 11/24 1940Z - THANK YOU! to the
folks that help keep VAF and our family afloat. Special shout out
for the gift of the VansAirForce.net charity
cap with the
custom lobster (right) flying an RV-12 logo on the back (David helps
Belfast,ME Fly-In - they apparently eat well at this thing). It
arrived Saturday and is on my head as I type this. How can
you not love this cap <g>?!?! Thank you Sir!
No RVating in N.Texas Sunday. Wind grab from 12K’ level shows it was
‘active’ around here.... and the F1 season is in the books.
Hope you enjoy today's edition and have a nice, crazy-free Monday.
RV flying in Germany, photo and video proof. ...BruceEicher
Posting for a
very dear friend; RV-7 Tobias Treichel, RV-6 Peter
Grievner and Herbert Fluck, RV-7A Klaus-Peter Morhard.
Almost in the air! ...Don Patrick
After 8 years,
8 months, and 8 days, the building stage has come to an end.
Calibrated my fuel tanks yesterday and so far, I am
impresssed with how accurate the capacitive system is...I
filled the tanks and then I started draining the tanks a
gallon at a time and the fuel level on the D180 reflected
I have had number of AME’s look at the aircraft so I’m not
expecting any real issues with the inspection. Fellow VAFer
Simon Hitcheon will give it a go over tomorrow to check for
Here’s a few pics.
Very Timely Thread! (Mid Seat Rails RV-10)....Bill Boyd
Great idea on
the bottom-up approach. I don't see how you'd ever get the
washers and nuts started on the bolts in the traditional
Some of these are beyond the reach of even the slenderest
fingertips, and groping with pliers is an exercise in
frustration (tried that first). So - double-sticky tape on a
tongue depressor is your friend when it comes to getting
some of these in.
Plan Revisions / New Documentation: 11/16/18 publish date
Page 38iS/U-02 REV 1:
In Figure 2 detail view, added “NAS1149F0332P”.
Thin washer prevents premature bottoming of nut.
Page 38iS/U-05 REV 1: Step 5, “Use shims and clamps
to secure the left and right flaperons in a trailing edge
down position as
shown in Figure 3. The goal is to have a 1/8 in. [3.2 mm]
offset at the trailing edge.” was “Use shims and clamps at
the trailing edge
to lock both the left and right flaperons in a slightly
downward position as shown in Figure 3.”
Updated Figure 3 to show smaller shims (that don’t interfere
with rivet heads) and to show clamp at the trailing edge.
Page 38iS/U-09 REV 1: Added new Step 1, “Match-Drill
#30 the two holes in each F-01207C-L-1 & -R-1 Baggage
Bulkhead into the
F-1284-L & -R Shear Clips. See Figure 1.”. Renumbered
Shear clips are supplied without holes in forward flanges.
Page 38iS/U-17 REV 1: In Step 1, “…WD-01207-1 and
WD-01208-1…” was “…WD-1207 and WD-1208…”.
Updated Figure 1 to show new stabilator structure (reference
Page 38iS/U-18 REV 1: Added new Step 8, “Fabricate
the T-01236 Fuel Overflow Sleeve by cutting a 1 in. [25.4
mm] piece of PT
1/4IDX3/8ODX4” tubing.”. Renumbered subsequent step.
Page 38iS/U-21 REV 1: In Step 2, added “These seat
cushions have been designed to suit most pilots. For
adequate clearance to
the canopy, very tall pilots may need to remove foam from
the seat bottom cushion or source a custom seat cushion.”.
Back from the Upper Valley Aviation paint shop ...BJohnson
After a day of
assembly, rolled Juliette out of the paint shop in
Chilliwack, BC on a crystal clear November day to bring her
back home! After not having her for several months it is
time to go fly!
Top Forward Skin ...RV-14E PIREP
As a datum
point, I did not have the F-01471 Forward Top Skin riveted
when I fit the canopy. Following completion and after the
Forward Top Skin eventually was riveted, I have no fitment
...free online panel designer. Ad lives in the Previous Day's News
Congrats to RV Drivers ...Boomer
Win in First Air Race 1 China Cup China Cup
November 21, 2018 - Steve Senegal, EAA 478025, held
off Tim Cone, EAA 374465, in a dramatic finish in the
gold final at the Air Race 1 China Cup in Wuhan City, China.
Steve, flying his Arnold AR-6 Endeavor, clocked speeds of
more than 230 mph during the final.
The Air Race 1 China Cup, which took place November 16-18,
was the first air race to be held in China. Air Race 1 CEO
Jeff Zaltman said it would be far from the last one.
“Bringing air racing to China has been a major triumph and
the public have fallen in love with Air Race 1,” Jeff said.
“I would like to thank our Chinese partners that have helped
to make this happen and we look forward to working with them
again in the future. Air racing in China is here to stay.”
Tim had an early lead in the gold final in his Cassutt What
Airplane Honey, which must be a familiar feeling after he
won the Air Race 1 World Cup event in Thailand last year.
Tim ended with a speed of 230.539 mph, while Steve won out
with a speed of 233.637 mph. Philip Goforth placed third in
the gold final, and Steve Tumlin took home first-place
honors in the silver final."
Steve and Slick (Tim) are also Vans
RV 8 drivers.
Status Report: #6 ...romanov (Israel) RV-14A
That report is
about: - How the Horizontal Stabilizer made my day?
- Last painting day before the great finalization.
RV-Lancair Brotherhood Day ...snopercod
So the photographer is a day late and a dollar short, but
four of us flew to Spartanburg [SPA] for lunch at Jason's
Deli on Wednesday. I forgot my wide angle lens so I was
unable to get all our planes in one shot. Then I left the
camera in the plane so I couldn't post the photos until
today. I flew my Lancair, Owen flew his RV-12, Darwin flew
his RV-3, and Mark brought his Subaru-powered RV-#?.
On the return trip at 6,500' , Darwin kept up with me all
the way and then approach put him in front of me for
landing. I call discrimination!
11/25/18 Update ...j-red RV-8
The night we moved the fuselage, a couple of
friends came over and helped fit up the wings with
some tapered hardware store bolts. These same guys
helped me do the wings on the 6a. Based on that
experience, they were prepared for a
several-hour-long ordeal. This was nothing like what
they expected. Maybe 5 minutes per side, and they
were temporarily hung.
Over a couple of days, the tanks were attached and
fuel lines fitted.
The next major job was to check for incidence and
sweep. Once the fuselage was levelled, 4 plumb bobs
took care of the latter, and a piece of angle
clamped to a 4' level made checking incidence a
piece of cake.
Vlad Strikes Again (Thanksgiving) ...Vlad
Too Deep! Counter sinking the Rudder trailing edge ...hubbardr1
After getting the rudder ready for priming I went
ahead and moved forward to the elevator. The
elevator trailing edge wedges went much smoother and
much more uniform. So I decided to take a second
look at the rudder wedge and I'm worried. I'm pretty
sure I overdrilled the rudder trailing edge wedge
counter sinks too deep.
The top wedge in these photos is the rudder wedge.
Bottom is from an elevator. The rudder depth from
top of rivet head to the top of the skin is about
double that of the elevator. :/
can also see where I pulled the drill press too hard
and slightly deformed the wedge edge. I'm worried
once riveted, the trailing edge will resemble a
missouri road vs something nice flat and and
So what are my options? I've contemplated re-doing
the rudder wedge but I've already dimpled the rudder
skins. Seems impossible to get the hole alignment
right now that its dimpled.
Anyone out there redo the rudder wedge? Successful?
Pics from Mr. X
...Tonopah test range,
Monument Valley Airport,
Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project,
and wingtip vortices from B777 at SFO. Pics
November 21, 2018. Issue #4,703.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled THANKSGIVING
Thu/Fri/Sat and Sun. See you Monday!
Status Report ...Sam Bovington
Final Assembly: Been awhile since I posted an
update. Its at the airport now (AWO) and nearing
engine start. Just working off a long list of items
to complete. I've also been in the middle of a
career transition which has delayed things a bit.
But not much longer!
Oshkosh Alternate Airport Reviews ...DanH
Ok, you're inbound to KOSH and dial up the
arrival ATIS, only to learn the field is closed, or
the approach is turning into a furball. No problem;
time to head for an alternate airport and land.
So tell us about your alternate airport visit. Why
did you pick it? What facilities are available? Was
it a pleasant experience? Did you make new friends?
Where did you sleep? Did you go hungry, or eat like
a king? Do they have Uber? Groceries? Starbucks?
Strips clubs? Churches? What's there?
It's human nature to distance ourselves from the
unknown, but if we know, we'll go. Report the good,
the bad, and the ugly, and help your fellow pilots
pre-determine where they're going, before they ever
Status Report ...rmartingt
Got some coworkers over with promises of beer,
and we mounted the wings last week. Today I
checked rigging. Incidence is a hair high
(bubble is touching the forward mark) but it's even
on both sides, all the way out (no twist).
Edge distances are good. Triangulation is dead
on to 1/32". Both wings are swept
forward 3/8" at the tip. The flaps touch the
bottom skin perfectly. Close enough for
government work! Now there's a couple days'
break for Thanksgiving and for my aft bolt drilling
tools to arrive. Going to crack a cold one...
(And yes, that's our old stove back there... perfect
for baking parts post-painting...)
Tip-up Lift Strut Test
There has been a lot of talk about adding quick
release for the lift struts on a tip-up, should the
canopy need to be jettisoned.
I just ordered a new set of lift struts for my
canopy, thus I will so have a pair that we can
I was thinking of taking a flat foot sheet of
plywood approximately the size of the canopy and
hinging it at the bottom, attaching the struts 1/3
of the way from the top and securing them on a
trailer and see at what speed they pull out.
I suppose I could make the sheet half the width and
mount the strut in the vertical center of the sheet
so I can run two tests.
Dan, you are much better at this than me, do you or
any others have a suggestion for running this test?
My theory is that the struts will pull apart at a
fairly low speed.
First (real) post! ...new guy chimes in (Wichita, KS)
I've been lurking on the site for a while now but
finally felt like it was time to actually make my
first real post!
I purchased a once-flying RV-4 about 8 months ago
and put it into the shop while I left town for work.
I should be coming home next week and it should
(hopefully ) finally be finished and ready to fly!
New Guy Chimes In ...petizo1 (Torrance, CA)
Hello, I'm new to the forum and a 100 hour
private pilot; I've been looking at buying a used
RV12. I went and flew one a few hours this weekend
to get some transition training. I really enjoyed
the plane and the handling, especially the 3-4 gph
at 100+kts! When I talked to the experienced 15K
hour instructor he advised against one for anything
except local around the patch flights. I'd really
like to think it could be used for trips from Socal
to Northern CA, AZ and even Utah, New Mexico...he
thought with the big mountains everywhere that would
be dangerous and such a light plane would not be a
good choice except on the most perfect of days.
Obviously I'd pick the best weather I could, but to
be honest, he made me nervous that I'm being naive
about the realities of light sport x-country
capabilities. Would love to get some thoughts from
those of you that have more experience. Thank you!
Pic from Mr. X. ....Grand Canyon, looking West at 0900 local
Mothership Holiday Hours
[ed. Same with this site. v/r,dr]
November 20, 2018. Issue #4,702.
Status Update ...Bill Boyd RV-10
Haven't updated progress in awhile in my own
thread so here goes.
I was pretty much running out of things to do
before drilling the gear legs and messing with seat
tracks and such. By that I mean, lacking an avionics
suite, there wasn't much more to do during the
easy-access stage where the fuse is on a rolling
dolly down close to the floor.
Time to spit on my hands, rub them together,
hoist the Jolly Roger and slit a few throats.
And sweat a few bullets.
Reminder to self: moments like this are why we carry
After much pondering I decided there was no need
to make a sawhorse just for this job. The EAA
workbenches I have on hand should be tall enough at
34" and will certainly hold the weight. Tail resting
on one bench, engine mount double-strapped to engine
hoist, up she goes! Slowly. Ever so slowly. Check
everything twice, three times... The fuse canoe
hasn't been off this trolley since I inspected the
project in Columbus, Ohio three years ago.
parting shots showing the gear legs installed. Whew!
Big step! 34" bench height seems to give plenty of
ground clearance for wheel installation. I'll know
for sure tonight.
[ed. Zoom in of Bill's
'taco cart' overlay mod. A real work of
Review: The Hartzell Composite Propellor on my RV-7A
...Otis Holt RV-7A
Not long after I purchased
my flying 7A in October of 2017, I took the plunge
and ordered a Hartzell Composite propellor and
aluminum spinner through Van’s. The decision to buy
was downright scary, as several pleas for opinions
and experiences here on VAF went unanswered, and
searches of prior posts turned up very little info.
Were pilots having bad experiences they were not
revealing? Was I making an expensive mistake?
The blades have an incredibly large surface area
and chord widths from 3.5” at the squared-off tip to
over 8” at the widest point. Long after I’d paid, my
old friend and propeller guru Jack Norris told me
that classical propellor theory would suggest nasty
tip vortices, and I wondered if my plain-vanilla
180HP, 8.5 compression Lycoming clone would be able
to pull it, or if top speed would be severely
limited. I’ll jump ahead and declare a resounding
YES to the first and NO to the second. Evidently the
lack of info on VAF was mainly due to very few of
these being installed on RV’s because of the higher
My under 40k RV-6 ...Pilotjkl (Seminole, TX)
Temporary panel while I figure out what I want...
New Guy Chimes In
New RV-8 Project Purchase
My wife and I just purchased a RV-8 kit that is
mostly complete. The builder started back in 2000,
so it is an older kit. We have never built a RV
before and we sold our Bonanza to fund our project.
See we are not new to aviation but brand new to the
I know there are some SB's I should comply with but
any other tips of items to do on an older airframe.
We live in Maine so good heat will be a must. Where
do people get the heated seats?
We want to do the G3X panel with the Garmin
Autopilot. Will we need to open up the wings or tail
to install the servos?
So far we know it needs paint, a panel, a propeller,
and an interior. It should be delivered in early
December. We are very excited!!
RE: the RV-12iS Avionics Packages ...Scott @ mom
Greg (Hughes) was the person posting the Avionics
kit announcement so he would be the best person to
confirm, but I believe the prefinished panels will
be offered in only one color. The same metallic
medium grey that was used on the prototype (N912VA)
The kit will include all 3 panel sections and the
switch panel / throttle control portion of the
center console, finish in this color with all of the
placarding /logos silk screened on (with the
exception of the N number), as shown in this photo.
November 19, 2018. Issue #4,701.
replacement battery installed in my 4yr old smartphone.
iFixit.com’s $25 battery and install doc worked out swell.
Good for another 4 years hopefully ;^). The RVating Wx
was very different for Smokey and Vlad this past weekend.
Two splash images below, and hope you had a nice Sat/Sun.
"Sleepy Texas airport personified." ---Smokey Ray
"Winter is here." ----Vlad
First flight of 120910 ...RV-12 UK
Pleased to report the first flight today of G-DOUZ in the
careful hands of UK LAA inspector and fellow RV12 builder
Jerry Parr. Following Jerry's initial 30 minute solo flight
I joined him for a second flight of just over 2 hours and 12
landings. Hopefully another 2.5 hours tomorrow to complete
the LAA test schedule.
A 39 month build and the first dual G3X Touch 12 in the U.K.
First flight completed.
On a lunch run today, the Tach. ticked over 2,000 hrs.
This may not seem like that big a deal, but the engine in
the RV-8 that I just bought last year is a hopped up Lycon
modification of an O-360A1A that had fuel injection added as
well as ceramic coated, high compression (10:1) pistons.
Many people told the previous owner, that flew it for 15+
years, that this particular engine would never get to TBO,
primarily because of the high compression pistons. In fact,
it will make more than TBO since I plan to fly it for
another 2 years before having the engine overhauled.
It runs extremely well, has good compression on all
cylinders and is not making any metal. The only gripe is
that oil consumption is slowly creeping up, and has been
over the past several years. I am currently at about 1 quart
every 4 or so hours. This is what will probably lead to the
decision to pull the trigger on an overhaul eventually.
Out of Paint Shop ...bkervaski
Alternator problem - here we go again ...74-07
Ok, I have a Plane Power 60 amp alternator. It works fine
for a while then, it doesn't. We've run out all of the
wiring and checked the belt. We looked at the plug and
tugged on the wire. All good. We've done this three or four
times. Every time, after we check everything over, it works
again for a flight or two then, we get a low voltage warning
and sure enough, we're running on the battery (12.3 volts
and decreasing). As a last resort, I have purchased a new
plug, pins and seals. Today, while removing the old plug, I
noticed that the white wire (unused) was in the correct
location (#1) but the aircraft red wire was in the center
pin location (#2) rather than the #3 position as depicted in
the Plane Power drawing. The jumper was installed correctly
between #2 and #3. Could this possibly make any difference?
Can't see how it could since the red wire is connected to
the jumper and would be connected to both pin locations in
Panel Layout Choices ...Av8torTom looking for input (poll)
I'm getting ready to start cutting holes in my panel and
I'd like input on the three panel arrangements below -
RV-12iS Avionics Packages Available to Order ...mothership
November 16, 2018 – Van’s Aircraft has announced
that it has opened orders for its RV-12iS avionics
kits, which include complete state-of-the-art
avionics options from both Dynon and Garmin.
Builders may order these kits beginning today using
the RV-12iS Avionics Kit order forms, which are
Van’s anticipates shipping initial orders for these
kits starting in December. Note that when building
the RV-12iS, the avionics kit is typically installed
after the powerplant kit due to building sequence
dependencies. Therefore, customers who have already
ordered and received their RV-12iS Powerplant kit
will have shipping priority if their avionics kit
order is placed by December 15th.
New member of the 'Sinker Club' (carb floats) ...pstraub
After about 125 hours on my RV-12, I was
beginning to think I would be one of the lucky few
without carb float problems....I was wrong! Doing my
night currency last week, I noticed the smell of
fuel in my cabin for the first time. Also, my idle
had been gradually getting rougher. After shutting
down for the night, I opened the oil tank door on
the top cowl and the fuel smell was very strong.
With a flashlight, I could see standing fuel in the
drip tray! I removed the top cowl and dropped the
float bowl.....sure enough, the floats were mostly
submerged. After letting them dry, I weighed the
pair and they were 11.4 grams. I then checked the
left carb floats, they were not as bad yet, but
still over weight at 9.5 grams. I just ordered 2
pair of the latest PN, 861188. Wow, $300!! I guess I
have a new and expensive 'consumable', this engine
is 1.5 years old with 125 hours. Based on everything
I have read, I am not confident that the new floats
will last any longer. Maybe it's the ethanol in this
California fuel. I just wanted to add my experience
as a data point
Flight Test: Tuft
Testing and Interesting Propeller Helical Condensation
We took this RV-9A up for some
flight testing to gather data determining
characteristics of the RV-9 airfoil in a critical
angle of attack and during a stall. When we got back
to the office, we noticed a cool phenomenon on the
video. A cloud-vapor-like trail of condensation was
forming off the tips of the prop, which which was
pretty interesting and fun to look at!
Seen in the Forums...
November 16, 2018. Issue #4,700.
The Red Bull Air Races are at the Texas Motor Speedway this weekend near
my home field. Heads up for the locals. Wishing you and yours a happy,
safe and RV-filled weekend!
To Colorado and Arizona ...joe_rainbolt
My latest flying adventure. Along the way, we cross
the Rockies and Sierras twice, see a baseball game, survive
the harmonic energy vortex at Sedona, and view a big hole in
EarthX battery pirep ...William Slaughter
purchased an EarthX ETX900 for my rear battery RV-8 for the
substantial weight savings and increased electrical capacity
over the Odessey 680 I'd previously selected. Since the
ETX900s terminals are on the centerline of the battery, you
have to install the cables before installing the hold-down
clamp. I of course have an insulating cover for the positive
terminal, which I had believed was sufficient. But it was
not. While wriggling the holddown and bolts into place, I
managed to momentarily short the battery to ground. This
resulted in an impressive flash and bang, and a noticeable
divot in the hold down bolt. Removing the holddown bracket
and bolts, I noticed that the top part of the battery was
quite warm to the touch, but that seemed logical after the
energy dump which had just taken place. I immediately set to
work thoroughly insulating the holddown bolt (the bottom of
the bracket was already insulated), and when finished,
crawled back in to re-install, but the battery was still
just as warm, just short of hot. I removed it from the plane
and called EarthX. They diagnosed it as an internal short in
the damaged BMS, and suggested I fully discharge it and send
it back. They suggested a resistive load such as a light. I
brought the battery home, checked the voltage (12.9) and
attached a 55 watt driving light. In spite of being wounded,
the battery drove that light for quite a few hours. I
returned the battery, EarthX repaired (probably just
replaced it actually) it at no charge, and sent it back.
My take homes:
Despite being wounded, the battery did not rupture or catch
fire, and continued to provide useful voltage for a
substantial period of time.
The customer service at EarthX is just outstanding - I made
it clear that this incident was entirely my fault.
I have no qualms about putting the battery back in.
Now before someone replies that a regular AGM battery would
have been unharmed by this momentary short, that is
undoubtedly true, but beside the point. You can make a
similar argument against a carbon composite prop because you
can't just file out a small ding like you can on an aluminum
prop. "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch."
Panel Status...AviatorJ RV-10
Tonight was finishing up some of my interior install and
decided to put the seats in. Shut the plane doors and took
some pictures. I really like everything about what I ended
up doing. Will probably take better pictures once I
get the tape off, clean everything up, ect.
New Guy Chimes In ...Pedropilot
Long time reader, first time poster.
I fly combat rescue helos for the USAF in Tucson and have
about 600 hours in helicopters with around 150 fixed-wing
time in aircraft such as the T-6A, C172 and piper super
Been wanting to build an RV-8 for a while now and have
recently started looking into buying an RV-4 to build more
fixed-wing hours in the coming months as a first time buyer.
Been getting quotes through insurance and aircraft loans for
a $42K RV-4. USAA is asking for 3 hours of dual in the MM
before flying solo. Is there any RV users in the Tucson area
that have an RV-4 or equivalent MM I could build those
required hours in?
Looking forward to being apart of this community!
Ross's RV-4 Vent Photos ...David Paule
He kindly sent them to me, and I'm posting them with his
permission. On a couple, I tweaked the exposure for clarity.
Houston area monthly lunch (November)
Well folks, it's that time of the month again where we
get together to talk about all things RV. Let's plan on
hopping over to Hooks for some burgers, this Saturday
(11-17) at 11:30 AM.
Unfortunately I'll be down in Angleton for a track event, so
I won't be making it this month, but hopefully everybody
else can get together.
Pic from Mr. X
Meteor Crater and UPS 767...
Forums Lurker? You're Missing Stuff...
If you're a VAF Forums 'lurker', you see all the
posts, but NOT who is online. Meet RVators!
Private message folks. Make a friend.
Impress your neighbors! Get RV problems
What the lurker sees at the bottom of the
What the registered user who is logged in sees
(there were 653 people in the forums when I grabbed
this......572 of the 'lurking'):
November 15, 2018. Issue #4,699.
Ken Linde pic of Axel (AX-O).
Pink Cowl Seam Fit ...snoopyflys
Hi Fiberglass Gurus;
Now the cooler weather is starting to move back into my
area, I started to turn my attention to reading, staring and
mulling over the cowl fitting on my RV-7A. In the photos
below, I think I have the top and bottom cowl somewhat in
the position to clear my Whirlwind GA prop spinner (3/16")
and close to finished along the firewall. However, the seam
line between the halves gets progressively wider (open) as
it proceeds forward to the spinner. Here some pics of where
I am now;
And a solution: (DanH)
A common question in my PM inbox is how to extend the
edge of a cowl that has been trimmed a little too short. The
subject has been covered very well in the past, but perhaps
a dedicated thread will search better.
There are two methods. A small extension (like 1/8", maybe
3/16") can be done with a flox/epoxy mix. A longer extension
is done with multiple plies of glass fabric.
Both methods are based on a scarf joint. Block sand the
scarf with coarse grit paper. The scarf should be 3x wider
than the glass thickness, minimum. The wider it gets (5x,
10x thickness) the stronger the joint becomes.
A hold and approach...jpowell13
Still needed a hold and one more approach by the end of
the month. Ceilings were about 1,000' yesterday, but there
was an icing forecast near but not exactly in the space I
would be flying. The wind was gusting to about 20 knots and
there was a turbulence forecast near but not in the space I
would be flying. I hung around the airport waiting for
better conditions, but decided to write it off and try again
Ceilings were about 1000' and climbing this morning with an
icing airmet from the surface. Winds were about 8kts. By
late morning the icing airmet was lifted and surface temps
were at 41F. There were no precip reflections. Overcast
extended from 1400' up to 2900'. A 172 took off and flew an
approach while I was prepping the plane with no apparent
I filed "local IFR" and flew a hold and an RNAV approach to
landing. The temp at 3000' was 32F, and I saw mist in the
clouds, but no ice on the aircraft. I may have cut it close
with respect to icing, but with the ceiling at 1400' the
airport in Marginal VFR conditions and with flat terrain and
no tall antennae where I would be filing, I reasoned I could
let down below the ceiling in a pinch. It worked out well
today. Should I have flown or stayed on the ground? John
New stock Titan 340 engines ...VAF advertiser
For anyone looking for an engine for their RV 9,
Continental Motors has 2 lightweight, fixed pitch 340 Titan
engines in stock. One high compression (9.0:1 180 HP) and
the other low compression (8.0:1 174 HP). They have
Precision Silverhawk fuel injection and dual P-mag ignition.
These are the same dimensions as a Lyc. 320 but make more
power. Motor mounts are Dynafocal Type 1. The high
compression one has horizontal cold air induction, the low
compression one has vertical induction. Propeller bushing
I.D. is 3/8". Contact me at Titan Engines if interested.
jball 'at' cmg.aero
Boiling fuel/vapor lock..an engineering question...Mark33
So as we all know, boiling fuel, caused by either heat or
decreased vapor pressure at higher altitudes is not a good
thing and causes vapor lock. I know that different types of
fuel (Avgas VS. Mogas) have different temperatures and vapor
pressures at which it boils, but for this discussion let's
take that variable out of the equation and pretend that
regardless of the type, that it all boils at the same
temperature and vapor pressure. So:
1. Does anyone know how much pressure is required to
overcome this boiling point and to keep the fuel in its
2. As the temperature or altitude increases, does it take
additional pressure to keep the fuel in its liquid state? If
so, is there a simple formula to calculate that variable?
November 14, 2018. Issue #4,698.
Paul Schad photo. Taken Veterans Day.
Want a Job Building RVs?
(from Keith Ellis at Synergy Air South)
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An A&P and previous building experience is highly
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Probable Cause List Updated
...please digest, discuss and learn.
NACA Duct on RV-4 Cowl ...acam37
I was going to do the same thing. I saw it on a -4 at a
local fly in and thought it looked really good. But after
cutting the hole and checking where the hose would enter
through the side skin, the throttle/mixture cables were
right in the way. So there was no way it would work on the
left side with my setup. I glassed the hole up and abandoned
The Gremlin is Back...
Well, my gremlin is back after three trouble free hours.
Here are the symptoms:
1. CHT, EGT and OIL temps spike high. Left EGT spikes more
than others at about every 2-3 seconds.
2. Spikes are not synchronized.
3. At low temperature the indications are reasonable. That
is before start, they reflect ambient temperature and
respond normally (I sprayed Freon on them and observed a
drop in temperature below ambient.
4. Disconnecting the CHT leads drives the indication low
leading me to believe this is not a connector issue.
5. Oil pressure, fuel pressure, tachometer and fuel flow are
stable and unaffected.
6. Today during ground runs I got an voice alert “EMF Low”
alert, but main bus voltage was stable at 13,8 VDC.
Any ideas from the brain trust? Tomorrow I’m going to talk
to Dynon.I suspect the D180 May have an issue.
Wingtip repair what glass fibre cloth do I need?
Unfortunately I damaged the wingtip on my RV8 and I wondered
what glass cloth I should order for the repair and what
resin and hardener you guys use? West System?
I'd like to add a bit of glass to at the top of the wing and
add a strip across the seam inside the wing to add strength.
Where would you get it from? And any tips to do the repair
My Second IAC Contest
I was asked to do a short write-up of my experience so it
might inspire others to get into aerobatics with their RVs.
So here it is:
I did my first contest 6 months ago and it was a great
learning experience. Since then I have been too busy and
have not practiced the Primary Sequence much (in fact not at
all except at 2 practice days with the new chapter I joined
last month). I have been spending a little time with the
Sportsman sequence and just playing around with point rolls,
vertical rolls, reverse cubans, humpties, etc. Just having
Flying this contest was a last minute decision and I did not
show up in time for practice, so I went into my first round
without even seeing the box. On top of that, there were
issues with my paperwork and I was not cleared to fly
literally until the last minute. That left me very flustered
and stressed out and my score showed it - 66%.
I did better the next day with 77% and 75% flights, but I
was still disappointed because I felt I could fly better,
but just couldn't perform when it mattered. However, due to
the low turn-out, I still ended up with a first place
finish, despite my mediocre overall score.
I also ended up being given the "Grassroots Achievement
Award" for having the highest score in any category with a
low HP airplane (defined as less than 180hp). I also was one
of two pilots in all categories with no outs and no zeros in
all three rounds. So overall it was a great weekend, despite
me not performing my best. I learned a lot and met some
great people and gained valuable experience.
I plan to compete in Sportsman next year and excited to see
the 2019 Known sequence. I know I won't have as good a
chance at placing well (compared to if I stayed in Primary),
but I'm ok with that.
When at a contest, I'll do my absolute best, but in general
I'm not as competitive as some guys. I love aerobatics for
the pure joy of expression in 3 dimensions. And I enjoy
doing higher level maneuvers, even if it's not done to
perfection to win a trophy. So having fun and meeting great
pilots and always improving is what's more important to me.
But of course bringing home the goodies once in a while
isn't bad either.
A big thanks to all you guys who were supportive and
motivated me to get into this. It's been great!
Oh, and the other cool thing about this contest was to see
the look on everyone's faces when at the end of the banquet,
well after dark, I told them I'm flying home. No one else
could do that b/c their acro mounts were day VFR-only. I
once showed up to a practice day with my wife in the back
and unloaded a bunch of luggage onto the ramp. We were going
on a trip after the practice day! Gotta love the versatility
of an RV!
Hope to see more RVs join the fun!
Get your entire kit plans, manual, OP Drawings, catalog,
and other reference material in the PDF format
on a USB Flash Drive from Van’s Aircraft.
Load it up to your laptop, iPad, or your other favorite
electronic device for use at work, or in the hanger.
Air Cleaner Box (FAB) K&N Cracking and rubbing
I see a ton of posts on this and various fixes. I took
off an old, and cracked FAB that had a metal plate on it
with a huge gap between the filter and the housing, and
built a new box and added support where the old one had
cracked. Within 100 hours, it had completely eaten through
the new bottom. My question is: Is there supposed to be ANY
contact between the lower cowl and the air cleaner box via
the baffle material? On BOTH assemblies, the thick plate
that mounts to the performance airflow section of the
throttle body has also cracked on the forward left bolt
area. I obviously have something WAY wrong. I've only had
the plane for a couple hundred hours. 815 hours on airframe.
Whats the fix?
Avionics Margins PIREP ...Stein from SteinAir
I don't have much to add other than to say the reputable
shops mentioned here I consider colleagues are fine folks (Aerotronics,
Approach, Walt, etc..). With the aforementioned folks
specifically, we all actually do business back and forth
with each other so I know what you can trust from whom. The
"cheapest" vendors are not on that list.
Most people don't realize that with Avionics (and many
things aviation) and unlike furniture, jewelry, or even cars
- there isn't much margin to start with. Anyone hoping to
find a 25% discount or difference in price between different
dealers is in for a huge awakening. The reality is that most
avionics and electronics now start out with a gross margin
to the dealers of high single or low double digit percent
numbers at best. That is why you see some folks charging you
extra to even use a CC, etc.. I've had/have people call me
assuming there are huge margins to begin with and insist on
a 30% discount. I have to tell them that when they find that
let me know, and I'll start buying supplies from them!
There are folks that will sell somewhat cheaper than others,
but you'll never find anyone that is 25 or 30% less than
someone else, because it's just not there to begin with.
That means that on an entire purchase of avionics you're
looking at very small differences (percentage wise) and why
we try to add value in other areas. The business model where
the only value you add is being the low bidder isn't what
we're all about.
As an aside, we do a fair bit of regular business re-wiring
items / harnesses that folks already purchased once
Just my 2 cents as usual.
November 13, 2018. Issue #4,697.
$24 replacement battery for my 4.2-yr old iPhone 6 Plus,
then drove out to the airport to get a pic of the new brake
lines (thanks Monk!). New pads, lines and an overhaul of the
master brake cylinders that were needing some attention (Monk
had some O rings). Helped him move some planes around
before the cold, cold Wx arrives Tue (27*F forecast for am -
cold for us). By then it was time to get back on the
computer. No flying. Some shivering. A taco for lunch.
Productive morning. Hope warmer where you are...
11/12/18 Update ...j-red
Big day. Had a local auto towing service come
over and help me move the fuselage to the hangar.
This was the third time I've used these guys,
although it was this particular driver's first time
to carry a plane. He was pretty stunned to say the
least Took quite a few pictures to show his buddies.
$125 later, she made it to her new home at the
airport. Much easier, quicker and probably cheaper
than rigging up a trailer myself.
First time I've been able to step back and get some
good full-scale pictures of it.
RV IAC Aerobatic Competition Standings - 2018... It's a wrap!
Congratulations to Brian Pfam who scored a first
place finish in the final IAC competition of the
season. Brian is the sole RV pilot competing in the
Primary category this year and expects to move up to
the Sportsman level in 2019.
I just returned from the IAC Fall Board meeting
where we reviewed the proposed KNOWN sequences for
2019. We returned the three lower category KNOWNs to
the Known Sequence Committee for a re-write. We
decided that there was no reason to change the
PRIMARY sequence as it worked well in 2018. There
may be some who think we should change the PRIMARY
sequence every year but the Board feels that PRIMARY
is just an introduction to competition and pilots
should move up to SPORTSMAN after a year in PRIMARY.
We sent the SPORTSMAN sequence back to the committee
because there were a couple of figures which would
have been difficult to fly by those without inverted
systems. (FYI: The policy guidance to the Known
Sequence Committee states that... "Proposed Primary
and power Sportsman Known sequences shall be flyable
by aircraft without inverted fuel or oil systems, in
the class of 115 hp Citabrias")
We sent the INTERMEDIATE sequence back to the
committee with instructions to omit snap rolls from
the KNOWN sequence. (Once again, the policy guidance
to the committee states that... "Proposed power
Intermediate Known sequences shall be flyable by
aircraft in the class of the 150 hp Decathlon.")
Many Decathlon aircraft have sustained damage to
fuel tanks as a result of doing snap rolls. However,
there is still the likelihood of encountering snap
rolls in INTERMEDIATE unknown sequences!
I think this is all good news for the RV aerobatic
group. There are no barriers to RV competition at
the SPORTSMAN level and those without inverted
systems have an equal chance of emerging victorious.
All it takes is practice, practice, practice! The
2019 competition season will be here before you know
it. Get ready!
Christmas Early....new TS Flightline brake lines.
The thought occurred to me to apply some
skateboard grip tape to the aluminum surface of the
brake pedals. I'm gonna look for some at Home
Depot next time I'm in there.
Personal IFR Limits ...Ed Wishchmeyer PIREP
I very much agree with Rob's basic tenets. Other
factors to add in:
* Cumulus clouds give a very rough ride in the
RV-9A. If the height from cloud base to top is more
than 3 or 4 thousand feet, I avoid them;
* Instead of 500 foot overcast below, I prefer
1,000. Over known flat, open land, maybe lower, but
even Iowa has swatches for forest that would be
really bad if your first glance was at 500 feet;
* As for approach minimums -- you **** well better
be able to fly an approach to minimums!! Weather
does change en route. The difference is whether you
plan a flight where you anticipate flying to
* For me, inflight fatigue can be an issue, so time
of day, overall energy level, etc are factors;
* Since my canopy doesn't seal well, rain is a
* Another way at looking at go/no-go decisions is to
count the number of challenges on the flight:
turbulence, crosswinds, solid IFR vs on top or in
and out, ATC environment, airspace restrictions,
what happens if the autopilot dies, etc. Too many
total challenges on the flight, or too many
challenges at once are reasons to reconsider whether
to go or not. (And it's also real challenging to
have the autopilot die when you're busy fussing with
the automation and have low situational awareness
because of the automation...)
Y'all be careful out there!
Wingtip/aileron/flap alignment ...longranger
The I set the aileron position using a taut
string with a loop tied in one end clecoed into the
forward tooling hole in the leading edge rib, and
the other end taped securely to the trailing edge
aileron. I adjusted the angle of the aileron until
the string ran past the center of the rest of the
tooling holes, then clamped it in place.
November 12, 2018. Issue #4,696.
Veterans Day (Observed)
ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN
The White House, November 11, 1919.
year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in
accordance with an armistice which rendered them
impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world
an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered
order and to work out in peace a new and juster set
of international relations. The soldiers and people
of the European Allies had fought and endured for
more than four years to uphold the barrier of
civilization against the aggressions of armed force.
We ourselves had been in the conflict something more
than a year and a half.
With splendid forgetfulness of mere personal
concerns, we remodeled our industries, concentrated
our financial resources, increased our agricultural
output, and assembled a great army, so that at the
last our power was a decisive factor in the victory.
We were able to bring the vast resources, material
and moral, of a great and free people to the
assistance of our associates in Europe who had
suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause
for which we fought.
Out of this victory there arose new possibilities of
political freedom and economic concert. The war
showed us the strength of great nations acting
together for high purposes, and the victory of arms
foretells the enduring conquests which can be made
in peace when nations act justly and in furtherance
of the common interests of men.
To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day
will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of
those who died in the country’s service, and with
gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing
from which it has freed us and because of the
opportunity it has given America to show her
sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of
[ed. In 1954, the word
“Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans” as a way to
formally include all Veterans of all American wars
in the day of remembrance. dr]
Flight to Half Moon Bay ...kaweeka
I'm practicing video skills and thought I would
try a tail mounted GoPro during a flight to Half
Passing of RV6 pioneer
I want to let the RV community know about the
passing of an early RV6 builder/pilot in the
Colorado, Mas Yosida, N93MY.
Mas passed away quietly today after a lengthy
illness and was known as one of the RV pioneers in
the Denver area starting in the early 1990’s. Mas
has a long history as an aviation enthusiast having
owned a Luscome, C152, Mooney, Bonanza, but couldn’t
say enough good things about flying his RV6 since
No plans yet for services but I can post the
information here once I receive additional
information. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mas’s
Wing Attach 5/8 Distance ...Zazoos RV-6
Working on the right wing. Per the plumb bob it
is swept forward 1 inch.
The wing rear spar is fully seated and touching the
fuselage. The fuselage rear spar forward piece of
the fork is touching the wing rib.
I marked my 5/8 distance grid on both pieces. The
inside 5/8 distance on the fuselage is measured from
where the two forks mate an become a solid spar.
The inside 5/8 on the wing rear spar is measured
from the root rib flange.
1. Since the both spars obviously continue in there
respective directions can the inside 5/8 distance be
somewhat ignored? Otherwise as you can see in my
grid layout I really do not have the room to remove
any materials (especially on the wing rear spar).
2. If I'm correct that the inside edge distance can
be ignored, is there a good ratio as to how much
material to remove to get close to a 1 inch movement
at the wing tip?
Newbie Here ...Mike Singer
I am new to the build scene and have some questions
that might sound dumb... I am very interested in
building a plane but it all seems a bit
overwhelming. I ordered the toolbox kit to see what
skills are required to assemble something small
before investing a considerable amount of time and
$$. The kit has a few terms I am unfamiliar with. Is
there anything in writing or videos that someone can
refer to while learning the skills needed to
complete a build. Cleco, Deburr, Dimple, are just a
few that I spent some time researching but couldn't
get clear answers on.
Paint Update ...bkervaski
Would you fly your RV to Russia? ...Vlad 9A
For adventurous types a question here. Would you
like to fly your RV to Russia? A couple of my
friends are interesting to visit the western
neighbor with their RVs. I made a Day VFR trip from
Alaska to Russia two years ago it was a challenge
but only first time. Now I am planning another trip
and would appreciate an escort.
I am making a short poll here. Take a look make a
click. Elaborate if you wish
Status #5 ...romanov pics
TS Flightlines Fuel Lines installed ...mfleming
My TS Flightlines fuel line look great
I fit the wing tank fuel lines today and I'm really
happy. Tom does a great job of working with you to
get the perfect fit.
All the fuel lines connected to the pump and Andair
valve are TS Flightlines. The discharge line can be
seen snaking underneath the pump to the firewall.
How to polish exhaust ...wfinnell
I would like to polish my exhaust pipes like the
ones in the Kitplanes link below. I remember someone
saying something about using the back of emery
cloth, or something like that... at least I think I
My question, do you polish exhaust pipes in the
normal way, or is there a special trick.
I know, I know, this is considered a waste of time
by many, but I enjoy polishing metal.
Personal IFR Limts ...jpowell13 PIREP
Flew 5 practice approaches in my 6A today in IFR
This thread is really good for sharing IFR
experience. Brad said he flies practice approaches
in actual IFR in his 6A if it's allowed by his
My personal minimums are higher than his, so, it's
taken a long time for the stars to align, but I did
I needed 6 approaches and a hold, and me and the
plane were ready. It was low IFR this morning, with
a VFR legal alternate within about 100 miles. By 2pm
the ceiling had lifted to about 1000'. It was a
solid overcast. This seemed like conditions I could
safely deal with so I filed "local IFR" at BTR and
When I took off it was about 3pm, and the sky seemed
to be clearing. I was actually afraid that I might
not be able to log the approaches, but by the time I
got "on top" I saw no holes in the overcast. I hand
flew 3 ILS's while I was fresh and then let the
autopilot and 400W take over.
After the forth approach, I noticed I was breaking
out at about 500', and the light was dimming
surprisingly fast. I began to get that feeling
you've heard about. You know, "I wish I was down
there and not up here." So, I informed approach that
I'd be landing after the 5th approach.
By the time I got back below that layer, the runway
lights were on, and I think I could have
legitimately logged a night landing.
I'd have been a lot safer taking off at noon even
though the ceiling was a little lower then.
Departing late in the day in late fall just doesn't
leave enough daylight for going to an alternate if
you have to.
That's the point of my newly added minimum
requirement. "Have enough daylight to get to the
alternate and make an approach and landing."
Status Report 7A ...jcarne
Well I have changed gears a bit but I'm still
getting things done. I decided it was time to do
some things in the garage pertaining to the flaps
and ailerons since winter is approaching and I can
work on those in the house. But first... My
first RV grin! I had to drill some holes on the
front deck so I thought why not
Gel-filled Mount Update ...DanH
Quick follow up...
The gel-filled inserts probably failed due to
overload, a case of excessive deflection of the
mounts due to load and age. Sag in shear allows the
middle of the gel bag to get pinched against the ID
of the inboard steel rings molded into the
doughnuts, and when that happens, compression or
tension displacement would tend to peel back the
ends of the rubber bag.
I suspect the Lord J-9613-40 mounts seen here are
just too soft for a 390 with a metal Hartzell on a
sport plane, the result being a lot of sag in
only 800 hours. Examine application listings which
include Vans, and you'll see the same isolator
spec'ed for a 320 with a Catto, and a 360 angle
valve with a metal BA. The engine difference is as
much as 50 lbs, and the prop difference might add 50
more. The prop center of mass is roughly 28 inches
forward of a set of mounts spaced 10 vertically
inches apart, so there is a force multiplier too.
The fun starts when trying to select an isolator
with slightly increased capacity. None of the three
aviation isolator manufacturers publish aviation
mount catalogs with technical data, notably shear
and compression ratings (lbs per inch). They do
publish good data catalogs for hundreds and hundreds
of industrial isolators, for every imaginable
application except aviation mounts. Go
Lord has the data, but the only way to get it is to
identify a particular isolator part number, then ask
someone in product support. They won't recommend a
specific mount, but will shotgun a few suggestions
and state the stiffness values when asked. There is
no practical way for a customer to simply select an
isolator from a list, based on engineering values.
Panel Rendering ...mountainride looking for input
Panel Renderings Update (Later) ...mountainride
Thank you both for the input. I was able to
compress the stack and get the g5 with 15mm
clearance at the top. I am worried the switches
won't have enough support between the 625. E, I
can't tell you how helpful your blog has been.
RV-7A Rebuild ...Europe
As most of you know, I am currently building my RV-7
(RV7ForMe Build Log) and I have slowly been working
on my wings. But I have not posted much of an update
since the summer. There is a reason for this.
A buddy of mine has purchased a about to be finished
RV-7A. Meaning, the builder wanted to sell before he
finished the aircraft. Because of the 51% rule the
builder finished the kit with my buddies wishes in
terms of avionics and it all was well until first
flight. I am not interested in talking about why
this was a good or a bad decision. I am just filling
you guys in as to why the current owner doesn't have
any building experience.
On first flight there was a problem that caused an
engine stoppage. A forced landing on a field caused
the dreaded flip of the airplane after the nose gear
dug in... Yes there was the anti splat mod but the
gear just bent at a different location with the same
result. The good news is nobody was hurt.
The poor guy wants nothing more than to fix his new
plane but couldn't find anyone who had time to do
it. So he decided to tackle this himself. The
problem is that as all of you fellow builders know.
There is steep learning curve for all of us learning
the techniques. And this is where I come in. Not
sure how this came about but I was asked to assist
and most importantly teach him a little bit what I
have learned. Yes, I know I don't have all the
skills required here either. I am just building
wings but I am sure we can figure this out with
enough patience and research.
So I have moved my entire treasury of tools to his
shop and we have started to learn how to shoot and
buck rivets, how to use a squeezer, how to deburr,
how to drill, dimple and so on and so forth... Not
sure if I just happen to be a good teacher or he
just happens to be a natural but he is very talented
and is highly motivated!
I will be semi documenting these repairs here as I
thought this might be interesting to some of you as
well. Let me know...?
This also means that I will stopping building my own
wings for a few months because I simply don't have
the time to build at 2 places. I see this as an
opportunity to learn a few things for my own
airplane and I am still in college and don't have
the money for the Fuselage/engine etc anyway.
VAF dues paid until 10/2019
RV7 - Empennage 95% done
RV7 - Wings Started...
TeenFlight PIREP ...greghughespdx
"The TeenFlight program is alive and well, and
various similar programs now exist all over the
world! At the original Portland TeenFlight, we just
sold the 5th TeenFlight RV12, while TeenFlight 6 and
TeenFlight 7 are both currently under construction."
November 9, 2018. Issue #4,695.
Wishing you and
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Flight training in ELSA. IS IT ALLOWED?
Q: I am on the verge of buying a RV12 ELSA
for the purpose of teaching my daughter to fly. I am
a sport pilot instructor.
Yesterday I read that the FAA has, or is about to,
release a NPRM to allow flight training in ELSA .
1. Can I give my daughter flight training leading to
her Sport Pilot airplane certificate?
2. If so, are there DPE’s who will give the check
ride in an ELSA?
A: As long as there is no
compensation to you for use of the airplane,
there is no problem in doing what you want to do.
Specific limitations are spelled out in the
operating limitations that are part of the 8130-7
(airworthiness certificate) for E-LSA aircraft.
You could receive compensation as a flight
instructor while giving training though.
The NPRM you mentioned is related to compensation
for use of the aircraft (charging rental fees), and
more specifically, for aircraft types were there are
no SLSA examples for flight schools to use. An
example would be 2 seat ultralights that were
originally converted to ELSA's during the transition
period, so that they were legal aircraft under the
FS: 1995 RV-6 ....$56K
[ed. It's the one in the
November wallpaper calendar pic. Randy
Richmond is the contact. v/r,dr]
Flap Bracket Rivet Technique: .....RV-14E
It's possible with a mushroom set, but it's tough
to do. When I caused a dent in that area, I tried
using a 12" long backrivet set on the manufactured
head to clear the flap bracket, yet caused another
dent. I put those rivet sets aside in favor of
I used a longer flush rivet set when I did my bottom
skins. This is a 5.5" flush set with a 5/8" surface
obtained used from Yardstore. They don't appear to
carry it any more, but it looks like Brown Tool has
the 5.5" flush set. Yardstore also 3.5" and 7.5"
long flush sets. The latter is probably too short as
it may not fully clear the bracket.
[ed. I don't know what I
like more....the black circle on the head or the
fact that the work is going on in the living room
Moving a plane into a Mode C Veil, cheapest solution for Transponder and
Q: I'm buying my first plane and I have
found a plane I like, but it is located in an area
where it has never needed a transponder. Full
disclosure it is experimental, but not an RV. I am
just posting here because 90% of the valuable
information Google finds me on experimentals
(especially avionics) is from this forum.
My question is, if I do the install, what is the
cheapest solution for a transponder and ADS-B on a
plane that never had either?
A: (Mel) Cheap
is not always economical. Do your research. I
went with Trig. I've had Trig in 2 airplanes over
quite a few years and very happy with their system.
Complete ADS-B out including TT22 (Mode S
transponder), TN72 (ADS-B compliant GPS), and TA70
(GPS antenna). All for about $2400.
(Gary S.) Others have mentioned the Trig and I
agree it is a good value. I am planning on
using the Appareo-Stratus as I feel it is the BEST
for my RV-6. Everything in ONE box. Easier for me to
retrofit into a flying airplane. I will either buy
from Stein or RST sometime in the next few months.
I plan to abandon my Grey Code encoder and use the
serial port from my Garmin G5 as my altitude source.
Hangar Clean Up- Sigma-Tek DG, Lyc Ring Gear, Vac System, Flop Tube,
Throttle Lever ...items for sale
[ed. Pretty neat way to
do it... v/r,dr]
Why Garmin Pathways Can Be Off-Center
"...synthetic vision is heading based (aligned with
the nose of the aircraft) since it is meant to give
you the same picture that you see out the front
window of the aircraft.
When you are flying with a crosswind, the nose of
the aircraft can be significantly misaligned with
the flight path marker which is showing you "where
the aircraft is going".
Since the track of the aircraft is aligned with the
course line, not the nose of the aircraft, you will
frequently see the flight path marker and pathway
boxes (if you use them) off the center of the
display when the CDI is centered."
Help me figure out a noise ...Brantel
So a few weeks ago I was on a nice smooth solo
flight and I started noticing a noise that I am not
used to hearing.
The noise sounds sort of like a high pitched whine
similar to alternator noise.
First I have ruled out the alternator. I can hear it
without the headsets on. I have also turned off the
alternator in flight and the noise remains.
On several flights after first noticing it, I
noticed that the volume of this noise appeared to
change on different flights. Weird....
So on my last flight I accidently discovered that
the noise volume is directly related to how much I
open the cabin heat flapper thingy.
If it is closed, the noise almost goes completely
If I open it, it increases in volume up to 100%
volume when the gets to about 50% open.
If I open the door more than 50% it starts to reduce
the volume of the noise.
One theory I have is that it is some sort of air
flow noise that is causing something to resonate and
the different volume is due to the changes in
airflow thru my heat system. (standard Van's with a
Robbin's Wings heat muff and a standard stainless
heat valve that dumps to the lower cowl when closed)
Another theory is that the angle of the heat valve
door is reflecting the noise to my ears when at the
proper angle making it sound louder at a certain
Any ideas on what the source of the noise could be?
For context: I have a mechanical fuel pump, 2 Pmags,
and a PCU5000X prop governor on my accessory case
and that is it. The engine is a bone stock narrow
deck carbed O-360.
If you're bored, I found a podcast on the history
of my hometown (Waco, TX) that talks about WWI Camp
MacArthur (trained troops from Michigan and
Wisconsin) and Rich Field (trained 400 pilots to be
No commercials - kinda rare for a podcast.
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How and why I do the
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November 8, 2018. Issue #4,694.
Aviation. RV-7A getting some paint love.
Click to enlarge.
Intercylinder baffle grommet (ICB) ...pazmanyflyer
I'm looking to wrap up my hoses for my IO-360-M1B and I
have the Lyco ICB and the specified MS35489-20X grommet
(from parts catalog) and TS Flightline -4 fuel hose
installed. As you can see I have a 1/2" hose in a 3/4"
grommet hole. I'm sure this will whistle pretty good as well
as rob me of cooling air. Gooping it up with RTV is sloppy
and lazy and not what I want to see. Anyone have a part
number for the grommet that works with the -4 hose such as
the one shown?
Thanks in advance.
How much should I insure my aircraft for? ...VAF Advertiser
This question can be a little tricky. The best way to
determine the hull value is to consider what you would pay
for an aircraft similar to yours in its current state. There
can be serious consequences if the aircraft is not insured
at a proper value. Some examples are listed below:
Underinsuring: Let’s say your aircraft is worth $100,000 and
you insure it for $60,000. Then you have a prop-strike and
some other damage totaling $50,000. This would be a
completely repairable situation, however the insurance
company would rather total out the aircraft, pay you the
$60,000 check, and then sell your aircraft. There is a
chance that you could purchase your aircraft back from the
insurance company with the intention of repairing it
yourself however that wouldn’t leave you with enough claim
money to make the necessary repairs. (And most insurance
companies do not guarantee the first right of refusal)
Over insuring: Now let’s say your aircraft is worth $100,000
and you insure it for $150,000. Then you have a prop-strike
and have significant other damage totaling $90,000. Although
you would think your aircraft is totaled and have no desire
to fix the pile of scrap, it’s in the insurance companies
best interest to write you check for $90,000 to fix it.
Because that is more cost effective than paying you the
$150,000 check. This particular scenario could also make it
much harder to sell the aircraft down the road.
Insurance is meant to put you back financially where you
were before the incident happened without bettering
yourself. We cannot decide an amount for you so take a look
at what some similar models are selling for to give you a
good idea of your aircraft’s worth.
Leah Ringeisen, Shanna Linton, & Katie Escalante
Fail mode? ...tim2542
Can anyone tell me the fail mode seen in this bearing?
This is a friends 0-200A Continental, relatively low hours
on field overhaul. The pic is the #2 bearing, #3 looks
similar but better, #1 looks relatively normal with a little
debris damage, nothing serious. The engine was disassembled
looking for a low oil pressure issue. Pretty sure this is
it, but this damage does not look like lack of oil pressure
or debris damage. I’m only guessing but it looks like
corrosion or some kind of plating failure. The tin babbit is
all gone on this one, and much of the copper. The crank
looks decent, probably will clean up with polish only.
Information from the previous overhaul is sketchy, not even
sure the bearings were replaced.
Some Avionics Shelf Ideas
I fabricated a shelf and some rails. Sadly, don't have
pics of it installed ... basically this is just inside the
glove box opening.
Great place to put stuff if you aren't going to have a glove
box and don't anticipate accessing whatever you're going put
there much, if at all. I put my SkyRadar DX there on a
"shelf" made of angle much like bkervaski:
Leaking fuel vent line in tailcone ...John C
I started smelling fuel during power back after takeoff
or when I opened the canopy while taxiing on the ground. In
flight, opening the heat vent or the side vents quickly
cleared the smell. The usual sources, such as carberator
bowl gasket or spitting fuel out the carburetor vent line
were clean and dry.
Finally checked the fuel tank vent line aft of the bulkhead.
Found where the fuel had been collecting. Notice the
tightness of the small vent line. It had shrunk a
substantial amount as slack in the line was gone.
Press Release: TRIG Avionics
Reference Pics RE: SB 18-09-17 ...Greg @ Mothership
"...These reference images are to hopefully provide some
additional location context for those reviewing the 18-09-17
service bulletin. These particular photos are of the Van's
factory demo RV-14. Cracks were found on both of our RV-14
demo aircraft (conventional and tricycle models) here at the
factory, as was described earlier. No meaningful difference
between the two aircraft in terms of
Some More Brake Line Replacement Progress ...16yr old RV-6.
November 7, 2018. Issue #4,693.
RV-10 vs Piper Comanche 260-B ...Ivan Kristensen
In 1990 I bought a 1968 Comanche 260-B, I flew it
1500 hours before selling it in 2002. Yesterday I
saw it for the first time, at the Orillia, ON
airport, since I sold it. The airplane still
looks great with the paint job I put on it in the
late 1990's. I also overhauled the engine and added
several new instruments in the panel.
CHT numbers in the 14 ...Nova RV
For the guys already flying, are any of you
having high CHT issues? Yesterday was about 59
degrees OAT and I never saw CHT numbers over 300,
mostly mid-high 200s (all cylinders pretty
consistently close). I'm not complaining but my tech
helpers who both have 7s and high CHT issues thought
I must have some reading errors to be that low and I
don't recall anyone with a 14 posting about high CHT
issues. I was flying close to WOT and full rich as
these were the first flights. Can I solicit some
real world CHT numbers from you guys please?
Failed Mount Isolators ...DanH
Engine seemed a bit shaky recently, so today the
cowl came off for a look. Problem wasn't hard to
New Guy Chimes In ...London
Experimental kit airplane in europe ...
Hi, im new here. nice forum! i wanted to ask a few
questions on experimental kits i have. Ive been
doing some online research without success.
Im looking to own an airplane and my mission is to
tour europe. im looking to do this at 140-150 kts in
a 4 seater airplane
Im eu citizen and i have a spanish PPL EASA.
Because of the nature of my job i tend to move
within EASA . Ive been living in uk for 2.5yrs and
now ive been in Germany for 6 months.
I dont know where i might relocate in the future
ive looked at Arrows and Mooneys buy its hard to
find something good that you dont have to rebuild
the engine after purchase.
lately ive being looking at the experimental scene,
specially the Vans RV10 and Sling 4 TSI
Also because one of my life dreams and goals would
be to build an airplane.
Regarding regulations, what are those in Europe?
If i buy a RV10 or sling 4 kit, (or quickbuild
possibly) build it, and register it in spain/germany/uk
Can i fly internationally within EASA?
Can i fly night time?
Can i fly IFR?
Can i fly outside EASA?
What are the benefits regarding maintenance? is the
owner/pilot able to conduct its own maintenance?
(one of the mayor benefits of experimental in EEUU)
What other limitations are there to know?
Miles: Canopy Glued ...dwranda
Finally got the canopy glued on with sikaflex.
Definitely not as neat of a job as some guys build
sites I follow. Now I can take it into my basement
and do more detail work on it so it looks better.
Then I will fiberglass the front edge. I will be
listing the canopy clamps if anyone wants them. I
got them from Av8torTom and will pass them along
free to whoever wants to use them next.
Bruce Bohannon Training PIREP
Outstanding training by Bruce Bohannon
I am in the process of buying a really nice RV8
(hopefully if all goes well I will close by the end
of the week). I needed some transition training and
Bruce was recommended. I have only about 3 hours of
tail wheel, Beaver, Otter and a Cub all about an
Some background on me, not to brag on myself as I
feel a bit of it was timing on my part, but to
qualify my remarks on Bruce.
I began flight school in the T-34C as a young naval
aviator to be, went to the T-45C, then flew
Harriers. I had a boat deployment, dirt deployment,
racked up the quals and went on to be an instructor
at the RAG. From there I went to Naval Test Pilot
School; prior to starting TPS I got some training
from PIT USAF IPs in the T-38, and some T6 training
from the Navy. At TPS I got to fly things from a
mig15 to a super hornet, some tail draggers,
gliders, helos, warbirds, etc. By far some of the
best training I had was at TPS, we got to go touch
airplanes and really learn about aero, stuff that
wasn't typically taught in a text book or a lecture
hall. Went on to test the F-35; trained by some very
experienced test pilots. Got trained in the Legacy
and Super hornet by the Navy. I left the Marine
Corps early, went to American got trained and flew
the bus for a bit; then to the guard to fly RC-26,
received initial training on that from Flight Safety
and more from the guard; now I am a Flight Test
Captain at United typed in the Bus, 737, and 756.
So onto Bruce. I asked for transition training in
the RV8, but needed a tailwheel endorsement as well.
So today we started in his cub. Prior to that he
insisted on giving me extensive training on the
ground. Through the years of training, I knew to
approach with an open mind. When I pulled up I saw
on older gentlemen, looked like he might have been
someone who had been bailing hay or working on a
fence line. His place wasn't anything fancy (but I'd
love to have his setup with all planes included). I
got a handshake and welcome, then we walked into the
hangar and I really can't tell you when precisely
the ground school started. We started with some
casual conversation about my background, some other
things, and it was probably 3 to 5 minutes after
"class" had officially started before I realized he
was teaching me. All the things I have been taught
about how to instruct and getting folks attention,
get them interested he did so eloquently to me that
I didn't even notice he had done it and had my
undivided attention; it didn't even seem like he
tried. I kept wanting to open my backpack and get my
notebook out to write all the good information down,
but I wasn't willing to miss anything he was saying.
So onto what I think was 2.5-3 hours of ground
school; I know I showed up at 0900 and it was about
1300 when I left and we flew for an hour. I couldn't
tell you how long ground training actually was, it
felt like 30 minutes at best; again because I
couldn't stop listening I wanted more. Didn't feel
short because of content, just his delivery and
method of explaining things made sense. I am not the
expert in aviation; but I have had a bit of training
and experience, he was dead on accurate with his
theory and science. He explained things with physics
and aerodynamics, but in a way that was easy to
understood with no fluff. His instruction on how
things worked was as good if not better than some of
the ground training I had at Test Pilot School; far
superior to any other military or civilian ground
school I have had. Had he not told me his level of
education, based on his instruction I would have
assumed he had been to at least grad school,
instructed for most of his life, and been involved
with some higher level flight training program.
Onto the flight in the cub. He has a nice setup for
the cub. It was a bit of a gusty day. Instruction in
the plane was also outstanding. He used great
commands, kept my attention, gave correction when
needed, and pointed out when things were going well
to boost confidence. It wasn't long and things
clicked and were going well. I still had a tendency
to over correct some and work harder than I needed
to, as he told me I would. But he kept me improving
until we were done.
Debrief was also outstanding. Covered what I did
well, covered where I could improve. He also showed
how humble he was again, and took credit for my over
controlling and said he should have said some
different things in ground school.
Bruce is a very talented and smart man (though he
will never admit it), and well worth the trip
(luckily he is 45 minutes from me). I would have
taken vacation time, paid for the plane ticket and
hotel knowing what I know now. I haven't even got in
the 8 yet, plan is Wednesday, but I can tell already
this is probably going to be one of if not the best
place it get RV8 transition training.
I'll update as I get more training....
Mark Andrew Tacquard
Some brake line progress
...all the fiberglass off. New lines being
shown the ropes.
Do I want Steps? (RV-14 Taildragger) ...Mark Elliot (Minneaopolis,
Need to make a decision.......help? Do I need /
want steps on a -14 taildragger? I know it's my
choice, but for those of you who fly the -14
Taildragger what do you prefer?
if its a 14A doesn't matter your opinion - sorry
A: At very least the steps would be an
indicator to onlookers .. maybe avoid somebody
stepping on a flap and causing some grief
A: ...But I'm 36 years old and 6'2". Check
back in 50 years if I still think I don't need a
A: It depends on your age and height. I am
75 and short. I need them. You will get older and
your passengers may already be there.
I designed the steps for my -6. They go straight out
behind the flaps, therefore they have no welds. Very
simple. Give me your email and I'll send pics if
A: I'm building a 9, not a 14,
but I did some research on this topic. Here's what I
1) Of the folks with tailwheels, most did not have
2) The ones that did have them wouldn't have it
3) Of the ones that did not have them there were
some that wished they did.
4) There where some that went through the pain of
installing them post build and thought it was
definitely worth it.
5) Bob Axsom made his removeable, and speed testing
showed less than 1mph difference with and without.
As a result, I am building with them. HTH,
KC Flight Formation Team Video (Unofficial) ...Xkuzme1
I put together some of my personal videos of the
2018 season. We have much better pics as a team, but
I like to do a “year in review”.
Fuel and Oil Hose Life?
Q: Do you guys service your hoses based on
a 10 year manufacturer recommendation? It came up at
my annual this month. The hoses have no signs of
wear or imminent failure but they are 10 years old.
A: I replaced all my hoses at 6
years. I think Cessna and Piper service manuals say
5 years. I replaced my hoses with teflon-lined
hoses from TS Flightlines. I think those are not
life limited. Plan to leave them until engine
A: I did mine at 10 years. TS
Flight line made me a full set and re-used by
fittings, so the price was not bad.
won't discourage anyone from replacing hoses at
reasonable intervals. But just as a datapoint, both
times I have replaced/rebuilt the fuel and oil hoses
on my RV-6, the stainless braided Aeroquip hose I
took off the plane after several years in service
was indistinguishable from the new hose stock I used
for replacement. Still flexible, if I handed both
old and new hose to someone they would not have been
able to tell which was several years old. But
I still rebuild the hoses inside of ten years for
peace of mind.
November 6, 2018. Issue #4,692.
First Flight ...Chris Moon RV-14A (Leesburg, VA)
First two flights completed, perfect weather and
successful flights with only a couple small issues
to clear up. Love this plane!
How to Find a Paint Code?
Q: Looking to paint my bird once the panel is
done. Does anyone know how to get paint codes
for Cirrus? I am in love with there silver on the
"perception" aircraft. black nose and straight
silver body. so Sexy.
A: These are most likely
Sherwin Williams Skyscape's colors. You can get a
color chart from them for the stock colors they
have. Very sex paint. Good chance the Cirrus colors
are custom. You can take a class from Sherwin
Williams were they shoot this paint.
A: Found a
document via a friend in Cirrus maintenance service
center. Send me a mail
RV-14E's VIRB Mount in RV-14 ...and pics
I mounted dual USB power socket adjacent to my
canopy handle. I created a mount for the socket out
of some 1/8" aluminum and some angle. It is attached
with nylon hardware through the tooling hole on the
C-01405-R Aft Canopy Frame.
Questions about RV14A please
I am thinking about building a 14A and wanted some
advice on things please. As I will be exporting the
kit and building it abroad, I wanted to make sure I
get everything I need while I can.
1. What size axle does the RV14A use ? I have some
brand new grove brakes, wheels and tyres left over
from a Kitfox 7 build. The axles are 1.25" and the
brake hardware is Grove 65-211. The tyres are 6's at
the back and a 5 at the front. I have no intention
of fitting the wheel pants on the 14A as the strips
I go into are sometimes very rough. I would like the
larger 6 tyres on the back if possible. Would I be
able to use these brakes and tyres on the RV14A in
place of the stock stuff?
2. I would like to install dual P-mags and use the
automotive plugs in the IO390. Is this something
that Lycoming can do for me or should I order from
e-mag and do the install myself with 2 of the gears.
I presume I can then delete the standard Mags and
harness from the order to Lycoming. Also, do I need
the short or long reach adaptors for the automotive
3. I was planning on going quick build and I
understand that the kit is very easy to understand
and put together. I have just built an RV10, so I
have all the tools and some idea about what I am
doing. How much time will the QB save compared to
the SB version? Is it worth the extra money?
3. Are there any recommended upgrades / aftermarket
parts that I should change on the RV14A. I was going
to get the ready to fit brake lines and FWF hoses
from Aircraft Speciality and the uprated flap motor
with built in position sensor from Pat. What else
should I consider changing from stock?
Thanks in advance for you replies.
RV-8 Status Report ...j-red
11/05/18 Update Cont.
If I never sand a piece of fiberglass in my life, it
will be too soon! We’ve had some warm days
recently, so the opportunity was taken to do some
priming and painting. This required filling the
weave of the cowling with several skin coats of
micro followed by sanding, then thinned epoxy,
followed by sanding, and then epoxy primer and, you
guessed it, more sanding. Really disappointed in the
color coat. I’ll probably need to have a
professional re-do it in the future, but for now it
will have to do.
Airplane Stuff to Pull a Truck Up an Incline
...seen at 52F Monday. Gary Patner (RV-8)
manning the handles and son John doing his
impersonation of ballast. BTW, it worked
surprisingly well <g>.
November 5, 2018. Issue #4,691.
Enjoying this site? I hope so. Please excuse
this short update regarding 2018 honor system donations.
Historically the amount of donations sent in determine whether
our family makes or loses money for the year. So far this year
1,139 people were nice enough to donate approximately $21K
after taxes (out of the 26,122 VAF Forum accounts and ~30,000
unregistered ‘lurkers’ that regularly visit).
We haven’t broken even yet this year, so I’m starting to get a
little antsy in the pantsy. We are servicing our debt, but we’d
like to save a little for the golden years, so as we stare down
the final two months of 2018 I hope you don’t mind if I take a
moment today to remind those regular readers who haven’t donated
this year to please consider doing it.
You can use a credit card
and be done in around two minutes.
One of the reasons I’m getting my commercial rating is so I can
hopefully fly the occasional side job for a little extra family
income. Having things all hang out in a small family business
isn’t exactly the smoothest ride, if you were wondering ;^).
So good morning, enjoy Monday’s edition, and while doing so ponder
a bit on whether the content you’re looking at here maybe thirty
times a month is worth $2.08. Again, I apologize for the
commercial - I’m pretty certain I dislike talking about this
more than you dislike reading it. But, I need to speak up a bit
now, because the year isn’t looking so great if things stay the
way they are. Please give donating some thought...and thank you
if you have already. Thank you very much!
This small business owner is trying his hardest to bring the RV
builders and RV pilots of planet Earth a quality product.
I'd like to keep doing it.
Thanks for reading this and have a great week,
(and Susie, Audrey and Tate...and Moondog).
How and why I
do the donations the way I do.
BC Coastal Mountain Flight ...mbauer RV-6
Flew down to Boise, ID just before Memorial
Weekend 2017. Reason was to pick up my RV that was
"stranded" there during a flight back to Alaska.
Purchased my RV-6 on-line. Through VAF was able to
get a good pre-buy inspection done. Then during the
last week of March 2017 I flew down by airline to
After 5-hours for a PIC check ride (insurance
qualification) I left Jackson, CA for Phoenix, AZ.
After visiting friends and relatives all over the
western states, I headed back to Alaska.
(8) More Videos
More Video of the mountains
Back Near Civilization Again (video)
Border Crossing: Canada to Alaska (video)
44 Miles to Petersburg (video)
Crossing From Alaska Southeast Islands to the
More Video of Mt. Crillon (video)
Fairweather Mountain (video)
Fairweather mountain to Yakutat (video)
Good Memories ...Vlad 9A
Enjoyed your short video clips very much Mike!
What a great memories. Coastal mountains are
spectacular this is my 2014 views of Mt Fairweather.
New Guy Chimes In...Rich Pulman
I've been lurking here for a year or so, but
recently bought an RV-3A and decided it was time to
join up and support the site.
I want to dedicate my first post to Steve Hurlburt
who made the purchase of the RV-3A (my first owned
aircraft) a much less stressful experience.
Steve is a member of this site and has built several
RVs. He happened to live in the same city where the
RV-3A was listed for sale. Although I only know
Steve through this site, he agreed to perform a
pre-buy inspection on my behalf, including a test
flight. He then provided me with in-depth written
reports on both. And he did this without any
expectation of compensation! I was truly impressed
with his incredible support. His feedback allowed me
to proceed with the purchase knowing I wouldn't be
As I begin my own journey into the Van's world, it's
encouraging to know there are such fine people
around who are willing to help out when asked.
Thanks Steve. I really appreciate your
professionalism and kindness.
RV White Pages Updated and Current
Milestone ...Greg Niehues
IFR checkride! Might be old hat for some,
but it's new stuff to me. I passed my IFR checkride
this morning in my glass-panel RV9A with flying
colors. Life is good!
Status ...romanov (Isreal)
The Vertical stabilizer is a good place to start:
it is designed out of few parts for the sceleton and
one bended piece of an aluminium skin. The
construction of the web is a pretty straight-forward
thing: the rear spar and the front spar are
connected via 3 ribs. A couple of reinforcement
plates to make their reinforcment thing are in some
critical points, and the web is ready for the skin.
RV Hotel Updated and Current ...places to stay for weary RVators
New Guy Chimes In ...Randy Lervold
Hello RV-12 forum,
I've just started into an RV-12iS project and would
like to introduce myself and let you know what I'm
up to with this build. Of course I'll be seeking
assistance from those here who have gone before me,
and I promise to pay it forward once I'm done -
that's one of the things that make the RV world so
special and these forums so great.
I'm not new to the RV world but have been away for
awhile. I've built an RV-8 and an RV-3B, then took a
break for about 9 years with a stint at CubCrafters.
I've now joined Dynon, moved back to the Seattle
area where I'm originally from, and no longer have
any company aircraft to fly whenever I want. Hmm,
need to fix that.
Further, with my new role at Dynon I need to be
fully up on the avionics world which of course spans
both VFR and IFR ops. While I'm fully up on all of
today's EFIS systems I'm not fully educated on much
of the IFR functionality as I've never taken the
time to get my instrument rating. I've been
intending to get it for literally about 20 years but
have just been busy with RVs, formation flying,
glider rating/flying, and even seaplanes via Cubs.
It's time to fix both issues so I've started into my
instrument rating training and also made the
decision to build an RV-12iS.
My intent with the -12 though is a bit different
from most builds I read about here. I specifically
want an IFR-capable aircraft both for work and
personal use reasons. And, having built two E-AB
aircraft, I'm a bit spoiled by the flexibility the
builder has in configuring the aircraft. Finally, no
doubt I'll be doing some product testing as we at
Dynon continue developing cool new products. I will
therefore build the -12 as an E-AB and will make
some minor mods, though of course nothing whatsoever
structural. As I've done before I plan to document
the build with a web site, and I'll get into my
specific plans there.
So, I'll be spending some time here seeking your
advice and counsel. And please bear with me as I get
my web site up to speed as my immediate priority is
to get my instrument rating done. I am now digging
out all my old tools and getting my workspace set up
and will be starting into the emp kit, which has
already arrived, here shortly.
Feels good to be back!
Links Added to the Wx
...some maps couldn't be embedded, so the links
were added (up top).
Time for some more odds and ends.
Decided to drill the air vent intakes to the fuse. I
will proseal but I wanted a few rivets to hold them
And More Status ...jcarne
Well the work continues. I'm ordering all of the
stuff for fireproofing the fire wall, I'm going with
.010" titanium because a sheet of it is still
cheaper than the 0.005" foil from Titanium Goat that
some have used. I also don't like the look of the
0.002" stainless that a lot of people use. I know I
know, no one will ever see it; but that's not true,
I will see it... I guess this also means I have a
somewhat large order to place with Van's for things
like cables and battery box.
Elevator Trailing Edge Dent (Oops) ...Strikefinder
Well, a momentary lack of sense while rearranging
the very tight garage workspace led to my leaning my
right elevator haphazardly against an unstable
structure, which predictably (in hindsight), caused
it to tip over and hit the edge of my wing stand
pretty hard. After many cuss words, I found the dent
below in the trailing edge (which led to more cuss
November 2, 2018. Issue #4,690.
Wishing you and
yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
I Love Mondays! ...chrispratt
What better way to spend a beautiful Monday than
some formation flying on the way to get barbecue. I
have a friend visiting from Thailand and wanted to
introduce him to the RV world and create a “Kodak
Moment” (as they used to say when Kodak was still
I bribed my friend Danny King (RV-8 Beautiful
Doll) to fly formation with the offer of free
barbecue from The Hard 8 in Stephenville, Texas. It
was a tough negotiation but he finally caved . My
wife – the photographer - sat in back of Danny’s -8
while I took our friend with me.
Flightlines Replacement Brake Lines Arrive
...via Tom and they look GREAT! My leaking
16yr old lines are headed for file 13. I know
what I'm working on this weekend <g>.
Beautiful looking hoses Tom! Thank you!
click to enlarge
click to enlarge
Question about forward end of fuel line F-12127A in Section 27iS page 7
Is anyone else having
trouble aligning the tube with the bypass fitting
assembly? I realized after cutting and flaring that
I did not bend the tubing forward of the bulkhead in
order to align it squarely with the bypass fitting
Here's a picture that (hopefully) illustrates the
issue. I haven't tried posting a picture prior so
apologies if this doesn't work. I can get the nut to
reach its mating portion of the bypass fitting but
it just doesn't want to thread. I wasn't very
aggressive with the amount of force I applied -
looking for advice on whether this should go
together or if I need to redo this line.
Yet another 9A speed thread ...gfb
OK, so finally finished my wheelpants and dialing
in the prop.
RV-9A, Titan IO-340 180hp, WW GA-200L prop
75% 2650rpm 9.2gph 164kts TAS 8500' (189mph)
65% 2540rpm 7.9gph 154kts TAS 8500' (177mph)
56% 2440rpm 6.8gph 149kts TAS 8500' (171mph)
50% 2400rpm 6.0gph 146kts TAS 8500' (168mph)
I was expecting a bit more at the top end; I was at
full throttle, peak EGT.
Van's website numbers for 160hp list 186mph at 75%,
I figured the extra 20hp would buy me 10mph?
MS21042 nut running torque ...TASEsq
Just thought I would share my findings with
others to make sure everyone else uses about the
same running torque?
Please let me know if you are the same /
Setup was an AN3 or AN4 bolt held in a drill press
vice which was clamped to the table so it couldn’t
rotate. I then ran the nut onto the bolt so that
about 1 thread was showing out the end (so full
contact with but threads by the bolt). The scale was
read while the nut was in motion, and the wrench was
held at the end on the black knob.
Findings were (measured running torque):
AN3 / MS21042-3: 10 in/lbs
Nov/Dec '18 FAA
Safety Briefing Online
An Argument for a Carb Temperature Sensor
Carb air temp can be used to check if your carb heat
is working. One of the guys on the field noticed
with his 6A that the carb heat gave him about a 50
degree rise on the ground but in the air he had no
rise in temp unless he pulled hard on the carb heat
knob and held it. He had a ratcheting cable but not
locking. I don't have CAT in my 7 yet but I did hook
up the carb heat with a locking cable which does
give an RPM drop both on the ground and in the air.
There is a chart for probable carb ice condition
which you could use to set your Dynon range. FWIW
From the Mothership FB page...
Footage from the Soyuz launch on 10/11 showing
booster hitting core stack (why it aborted).
About 1min 20sec into the clip...
November 1, 2018. Issue #4,689.
The CPA asked me sometime back how buying a
drone is a
business expense. May I present the November
as my answer ;^). This RV-6 is coming up for sale
in a week or so. Local A&P,IA Randy 'Monkey'
Richmond is helping a guy on our field get it ready.
I was taking a few pics for him to help out the other
day, and when I saw this pic my first thought was
November Wallpaper Calendar. Easy choice.
I like the shadow of the plane and the hangar door that
creates a backdrop for the text. The concrete
expansion joints being parallel and perpendicular to the
shadow was icing. Maybe I'm overthinking this.
If this pic helps sell it I get a free lunch. And not just a
Whataburger...we're talking Hard Eight BBQ. So,
you know....somebody buy it please. ;^)
(A review of the
piece shown above)
"As an advocate of the Big Mac Aesthetic, I feel
that the aura of the biomorphic forms brings within
the realm of discourse the distinctive formal
Instant Art Critique Phrase Generator
Booth #09. DeLand, FL. Nov 1-3.
What's these extra holes for?...Brantel RV-10
I am working on my elevators and got to the point
of match drilling the elevator horns to the front
spars and root ribs. I noticed 2 extra holes
aft of the web on the elevator horns that do not
look like typical tooling holes. What are
these extra holes for?
What is This?
On the Raleigh/Durham, N CAR Jepp chart. 'TDG
So close! Exciting! ...bkervaski -14 vid
Final stages of paint!
Damaged dimple on a skin, is it fatal?
Hi Guys ,
I need your educated opinion here, we damaged a
dimpled holes a bit, what do you think is it so
bad that requires a new skin?
here is what happened:
We just started to scuff the VS skin (VS-801PP)
as a preparation for priming / coating.
Accidentaly we applied too much force on the inner
side where dimpled cone is.
As a result there are a few dimpled holes that are a
bit larger now: (about 0.15mm) and they are a bit
flatened , you can see the results on pictures
have to add here that the front side of the holes is
Please advise if it may cause a problem or may
affect the structure strenght.
The big question now is , whether we can continue
with that skin or we have to order a new one.
Looking forward for your recommendations