June 30, 2016.
00:04 UTC. Issue No. 4,149.
Bird or Bug?
Found this big splotch on the cowl while pushing the RV back into
the hanger. Never heard or felt anything during my flight. Nothing
on the prop.
N199MJ Panel Lights Up ...woodmanrog
Here is a pic of our new panel. Ready to go! Data inputs are
underneath on the bottom lip directly beneath the touch screens.
Thanks to Stein and his crew for another well done job.
Wheel Fairing Plans - Read twice cut once ...TimO RV-14A
This is from page 46A-04 for tricycle gear builders...
The plans are ok, but, there is a way to misinterpret the plans and
make a mistake, and this hopefully will prevent you from doing that.
You are locating a gear leg and brake line cutout in the wheel
fairings, and it gives you some reference points. When I first laid
out the hole I did it using the green marker in the photo below. I
mistakenly used the dimple hole in the fairing as the reference,
which is the hole below the cutout in the drawing. This is not
correct. This is a hole that is not yet located. So your SOLE
reference when marking the cutout is the hole ABOVE the notch you
are creating....the one 2-3/16" from the hole along the fairing
That is in red in my photo.
If you mix these up, your gear leg cutout will be in the wrong spot.
If you do it successfully (I'm glad I caught it), it should fit
almost perfectly with only a little filing to do.
I'm sure that 99% of the builders aren't as dumb as I am, so you
won't have this issue, but, having that hole which is labeled "mark
then match-drill" got me going down the wrong path. It makes perfect
sense once you know what you're doing, but if you start using that
point as a reference you're doing it wrong. It may be helpful to
actually have a sentence in the plans in bold saying to use the
upper hole as the reference, or a "do not use as a reference" listed
by that hole.
Otherwise, so far the process has been pretty good. I do like these
brackets better than the ones on the RV10, and the pre-dimpled
fairings make the process pretty nice so far.
Fly In, BBQ, and Hangar Dance ...S. of Amarillo, TX
Join us for our annual Fly In, BBQ, and Hangar Dance. Sunday
Location: Blue Sky Airfield, Just south of Amarillo.
17/35 3800x60 Turf
Field Elev. 3615'
Airport Identifier: 2TX0 (zero)
Lat./Long.: N35.06 W101.85
PNH VOR 211/13 DME
In conjunction with the Vaughan's Annual Barbecue and Hangar Dance,
Blue Sky Airfield will host a fly in for attendees that day.
If you fly in, be sure to bring tie downs. Camping available. Hotels
5 miles away. There will be a Magni Gyrocoptor or two that
will be demonstrated.
Plan on staying the evening for a great free Barbecue and hangar
dance featuring a live band, Young Country.
Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
For questions or information contact:
Lynn Vaughan 602-321-8186 lynnv737 'at' comcast.net
Larry Vaughan 602-315-8990 lv737 'at' aol.com
Day 3. Aerial Tour and Departure ...Vlad
The French weatherman opened the sky for us around 9 am. We were
already in the tower/FSS.
Probable Cause Released; N57DC
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 06, 2014 in Summerfield, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/14/2016
Aircraft: MONROE DENNIS RV-7, registration: N57DC
Injuries: 2 Fatal.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation
or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any
travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this
aircraft accident report.
The private pilot, who was also the owner/builder of the
experimental amateur-built airplane, was assisting with the
production of a film throughout the afternoon, and the purpose of
the accident flight was to record video footage from the air. After
departing from the grass runway, the airplane entered a circular
left orbit around a tightly clustered group of actors on the ground
at an altitude just above the tops of nearby trees. The airplane had
completed three circuits, and during the fourth, it appeared to
witnesses to be flying slower than it had during the previous
circuits. Analysis of video from onboard the airplane, video taken
of the airplane from the ground, and witness statements showed that
the airplane banked steeply left and began descending toward the
ground at a relatively steep angle, consistent with inadvertent
entry into an aerodynamic stall. As the airplane descended, the
engine power rapidly increased, and the airplane began banking back
toward a wingslevel attitude as its pitch attitude increased; these
actions are consistent with the pilot recognizing and attempting to
recover from the stall. The airplane subsequently impacted the
ground in a nearly level and slightly nose-down pitch attitude.
Signatures observed on the wreckage were indicative of high engine
power at impact, and no evidence of any preimpact mechanical
malfunctions or failures were observed on the airframe and engine.
Examination of damage to the airplane’s horizontal stabilizer
revealed that it failed from overstress due to ground impact. The
majority of the spar cracks and fracture surfaces exhibited features
consistent with overstress failure. The other damage features
present on the spar section were consistent with ground impact.
Although some fatigue cracks were present in the spar sections, the
fatigue crack sizes were small, and crack orientations were
inconsistent with the stress direction of the overstress portions of
the fracture. These cracks were unlikely to have resulted in an
in-flight failure of the horizontal stabilizer. Even if the spar had
fractured before impact, the remainder of the part was still riveted
to adjacent structural components within the stabilizer.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable
cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain airplane control while maneuvering
at a low airspeed, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall, and his
decision to maneuver at an altitude that did not allow an adequate
margin to recover from a stall.
Accident Probable Cause Listings
June 29, 2016.
00:10 UTC. Issue No. 4,148.
GMA 245 and G5 PIREP ...jthocker
Completed my panel finally! Changed out the GMA 240 for the new
245 and the GRT Mini X for the G5. The GMA 245 is great. 1st, the
auto squelch works as advertised and the ability to select noisy
cockpit seems to reduce the background hiss while using intercom.
2nd, the bluetooth to my iPhone works superbly. I was able to have a
5 minute conversation at 2500 ft msl while enroute to an air show
last weekend. 3rd, the 3D audio is especially helpful in our air
show environment in that the 2 coms are separated in my head, Air
Boss is in my right ear and lead is in my left ear. 4th, dedicated
music volumes for pilot and copilot will be welcome to my wife. 5th,
bluetoothing to our Garmin Virb XE's will make our videos more
interesting by adding our cockpit audio.
The G5 is the perfect compliment to my G3X touch. Should I lose the
main display, I will still have autopilot capability along with
moving map and approach capability via the GTN 650. But, best of all
is a full time dedicated "Baro" knob for both displays via the G5
multi function knob that is defaulted to "Baro" until pushed. It
also changes the Touch baro setting via Can Bus.
Hopefully this is my last panel upgrade for a while!
Recording feature on ForeFlight/message in the sky ...brianwallis
The King Air type rating was expensive.... It broke my soul to
sell my RV-3 to help pay for all this and then the recruiter says
"you are 67 hours short for our minimums of 1000 PIC". Well darn and
hold the phone. I made arrangements to build time in an RV-6. After
flying ALL over Houston, it was time to do something really fun. So
to answer the burning question of what to do to help burn 67 hrs of
flying, here you go! I drew out a message on my iPad and traced it
with the airplane to create a visual flight plan message. It was the
first try doing this and my apologies for the horrible handwriting
but maybe if I slip this in with the job application... It might put
me over the top. Input? Big thanks to all the wonderful RV folks
I've met in Houston!!!! Especially Hank for trusting me with his
Ever loose a tool in your airplane?
Have you ever lost a tool in your airplane and never found it?
Not a good situation. Read this interesting article about
loosing a pair of pliers only to be found many decades later.
Status Report ...kentlik
Moving forward...thanks for the help Darrell of Aurora/Hubbard,
RV Grin Captured ...AdamB vid
For you creative googlers ...Vlad
Can anybody fish any info from the Net about this airstrip in
Newfoundland? Or maybe somebody already been there? If I weren't on
a leash I would have checked it myself by landing there. I have
approximate coordinates and a picture. Can anybody savvy help me
June 28, 2016.
00:10 UTC. Issue No. 4,147.
Flying saves time and money (new stuff) ...hydroguy2
Ashley creek, 2 miles east of 97MT, was looking fine last Monday
on my flight home.
Vlad's Suprise Birthday Party ...from Vlad viewpoint
Thank you guys that was cool! I've been through couple fed checks
before and this one looked real. With all CAP setup, parking etc. I
just went through two customs couple hours ago so all paperwork was
perfect. Good laughs!
What a weekend! Early morning I did a quick 3 hour run to Canada.
France. Day 2 ...Vlad ads to a previous trip report
Next day weather was as forecasted. Windy, foggy, in low 40ies.
Not even a chance for island hop. Typical Aleutian climate.
I Knew Better ...1001001
...but I Wasn't Thinking
I think I know what happened here, but can anyone tell me and help
confirm or deny my suspicion?
Garmin Pilot v8.3.0 is out. ...just FYI.
June 27, 2016.
00:03 UTC. Issue No. 4,146.
RV Gathering @ KPYM and Vlad's Birthday Surprise! ...Dvalcik
RVs in the NE all converged on Plymouth MA, KPYM. Captain John
our host out did himself along with his Neighbors on either side of
his hanger. Great get together, good conversation, a lot of lies,
and fun for all.
Teen Flight 4 RV-12 First Engine Start ...greghughespdx
On Saturday, student members of the Teen Flight 4 class in the
Portland, Oregon area met for their regular weekend session at KHIO,
Hillsboro, OR. This class of young men and women has been working on
the fourth RV-12 being built by the program, which is part of the
Airway Science for Kids organization.
This weekend was a rather momentous one, as TF4's Rotax engine was
started for the first time. Mr. Jerry Van Grunsven, one of our
mentors, did the honors with one of the students, Matt, in the
cockpit to help. Afterward, all the students who were in attendance
posed for a quick photo to commemorate the occasion.
A few pics of Mt. Olympus peeking out of the clouds today, on the
Olympic Peninsula in Washington State.
Pylon Racing School Videos ...AX-O
Finally got around to looking at some video. Below are 2 short
videos. The join ups at Reno for the races are different than
the standard rejoins. There you always join to the outside.
This was my first lap around the Medallion course. I was "following"
my instructor Shane. He was flying Bob Mills' Super -6.
Beautiful RV-8 Flight Over the Rockies ...colojo
The smoke from the western wildfires finally cleared out a bit
and I enjoyed a nice, smooth flight over the foothills west of
Denver this morning. Captured a nice shot of the hills with the high
peaks in the background. Great day for an RV grin!
Next Generation RV Grin ...Rob 'Traynhr'
My son and grandson continue to experience the "RV grin" every
time they take the RV8 out! Today, my grandson wanted to go from 3
g's to 3.5 g's in turns. The guy is five years old and is already
emulating his dad's fighter pilot background. We've had lots of
planes and flown many more but never, ever have we had one that
brings us this kind of joy!
A2A Pics ...Closterman
Some great pics of my RV-7A. Now 42h on the hobbs and I truly
love it !! A dream come true!
June 24, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,145.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and
Eagle's Nest Projects - An exciting week in the life of two teenage
girls ...Ernie post
What makes for an exciting week in the life of two teenage girls?
-Jim Senft, Program Director - Eagle’s Nest Projects
Central High School (WI) June-2016
How about graduating high school with honors and distinctions
and completing your First Solo flight in an airplane you
helped build. That’s exactly what Olivia Rasmussen and Nicole
Jackson did last week at Central High School-District of Westosha.
Nicole completed her ‘first solo’ flight on Monday, June 13th, and
two days later on Wednesday the 15th, Olivia completed her 'first
The rest of the story...
-John Putra, CFII
“Both Olivia and Nicole have done a tremendous job in achieving
their first solo flight! The weather conditions for both solo
flights were sunny skies, temperature in the mid-80s, and light and
variable winds. For the dual portion of this lesson, we ran through
traffic pattern emergencies, making proper corrections for high and
low approaches, bounces, and Balked Landing Procedures. After a
grueling hour and a half and at 8 times around the pattern, I
declared them ready, parked the plane, signed their log books, and
sent them off for that first half hour of PIC time! They both did
three takeoffs and landings that would make any flight instructor
proud. They were a pleasure to fly with, they always came prepared
to their lessons with all assigned reading and homework complete,
and because they helped build the airplane they were able to
articulate in areas the average student pilot would likely stumble.
I’m looking forward to helping them complete the remainder of their
training and being there when they earn their Private Pilot
“The Eagle’s Nest program has provided me with a unique experience
in which I have worked to build meaningful relationships in addition
to forging an array of unique skills. Throughout the build of
“Falcon One”, I was exposed to real life engineering applications
that further inspired me to pursue a degree in engineering. I was
also introduced, quite unforgettably, to the world of aviation as I
never would have imagined before, both through the build and in
training for my license. Eagle's Nest Projects has truly given me
the opportunity to take part in a sincerely memorable experience
that has helped prepare me for college and my future in so many
Olivia is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin
Madison; Mechanical Engineering.
“Eagle’s Nest Projects has helped me peruse my private pilot license
and choose my degree. Building "Falcon One" gave me more background
on the physics of flight so when I started flying it was easier to
understand how flight works. The experience I received from Eagle's
Nest Projects helped me decide that I would like to work with the
design of airplanes and become an aerospace engineer. My first solo
flight was an incredible experience. It really is one of those
things where you just smile and think that that really just
Nicole is currently enrolled at MSOE, Milwaukee School of
Engineering; Aerospace and Electrical Engineering.
-Jim Senft, Program Director - Eagle’s Nest Projects Central High
The partnership between Central High School's STEM Aviation Program
and Eagle’s Nest Projects has provided our students an exciting and
truly unique education experience and a venue for further developing
knowledge and skills in the areas of STEM. The Eagle’s Nest program
emphasizes the importance of setting goals, planning, teamwork, and
respect as students work “hands-on” on complex processes and
problems in the same way accomplished scientists and engineers
perform their jobs. The program also motivates, empowers, and
encourages students with technical abilities to pursue STEM careers.
The combination of teamwork, the challenge of learning so many
skills, and accomplishing something as unique and outstanding as
building a flying aircraft really instills something that's
incalculable and invaluable to the students. Eagle’s Nest Projects
is a life-changing program.
[Aside: Please take a moment here to congratulate these
outstanding young ladies on their accomplishment. I'm sure any words
of encouragement would also be appreciated and I'm guessing will
take a permanent place in their scrapbook of life. /reb]
Status Report ...crabandy pictures
Alternator weirdness, help required ...nigelspeedy
I have a Dynon Skyview system with EMS. The ammeter shunt is set
up so it measures the alternator output. I also have a Vertical
Power VPX Pro. The VPX measures the current flowing through it and
then calculates the difference between VPX current used and Alt
output and figures any difference must be going to/from the battery.
I have a Lithium Ion battery and at rest with no load it has about
13.3 volts. I also use solid state relays that have a quirky
property that even when off there is a small voltage (~2.3 volts) on
the output side. The alternator is a Plane Power 60A and only has
about 50 hours on it. With the engine off, if I turn on the
alternator I see about 4 amps on the #1 Alt Vse, although in flight
this value alternates in the display between 0 & 1 Amp.
Engine Issues to Work Through ...TimO RV-14A
I wanted to post this to make sure that everyone has a good
engine run experience and help eliminate some of the potential you
may have for issues. I feel this is important for many reasons, but
one big one is that I believe that Lycoming has been making a
serious mistake on the engines they're shipping out.
First, this is an important one...
Check your engine data plate. The IO-390 has a timing setting of 20
degrees BTDC. At least on mine it is. In my case, I also am using a
Lightspeed ignition, so I had to make sure that when I sent my
flywheel to Klaus for drilling, it was drilled for magnets for a 20
degrees BTDC setting.
I've been finding that Lycoming is not properly setting the timing
on the engines they're shipping.
Case 1: There is another airplane at our airport who just got a new
factory IO-390 in his Mooney. He had high CHT's that went over 400.
The mechanics did their troubleshooting and found that the factory
had both his mags timed to 23 BTDC. Once they corrected that his
CHTs dropped into the normal range. They warned me and I checked
Milestone: Finished RV-10 HS ...AdamB
June 23, 2016.
00:06 UTC. Issue No. 4,144.
Sunday fun ...video from NZ.
Classic Aero Designs Customer Pictures
(longtime forum advertiser Luke)
I thought I would start a thread with some of the recent pictures
customers have sent us of their completed airplanes. We have been
putting these on our company Facebook page for quite a while, and
they have been very popular. This way VAF readers who don't do
Facebook can see them too.
We put many hours of effort into each order that goes out our door,
so it's also very nice for us to see the finished product in the
completed airplane. We hope you like them.
PS: We sent each of these customers a gift certificate from Aircraft
Spruce as a thank you for taking the time to get back to us with
some nice quality pictures. If you have pictures of our products in
your plane, we'd really appreciate pictures from you too. Thanks!
Mannan Thomanson ...Rest in Peace
Born: October 03, 1940
Died: June 16, 2016
THOMASON, age 75, of Alto, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, June
Mr. Thomason was born on October 3, 1940 in Habersham County,
Georgia. He was a member of Good News Baptist Church, and a life
member of Grant Reeves VFW Post 7720. Mr. Thomason was a retired
veteran with the United States Air Force having served for 20 years.
He was also a member of The Pilot Association with The Habersham
County Airport. He is preceded in death by his parents, Marion Jones
and Lomie Wilbanks Thomason; and brother, Milton Thomason.
Survivors include his loving wife of 11 years, Becky Hess Thomason,
of Alto; daughters, Jennifer Thomason, of Austin, TX; Rebecca
Thomason Kovacs, of Austin, TX; sons, Kevin Thomason, of Oakland,
CA; Scott Thomason, of Omaha, NE; sister, Trudy Thomason Wade, of
Alto; 5 grandchildren, and special nephew, Matt Wade, of Alto.
Memorial Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 16,
2016 at The Habersham County Veterans Wall of Honor, 660 US Highway
441 Business, Cornelia, Georgia 30531, with Rev. Austin Kelley
officiating. Full military honors to be provided by United States
Air Force Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to The
Habersham County Wall of Honor for Veterans, P.O. Box 298, Demorest,
Arrangements are in care of Whitfield Funeral Home & Crematory,
South Chapel, 1370 Industrial Boulevard, Baldwin, Georgia.
Those wishing to express online condolences to the family may do so
by visiting our website at www.whitfieldfuneralhomes.com.
Flight over Laguna Beach, Hemet
Here's the first video I made after having the plane painted.
Video quality varies a lot with the camera mounted on top of the
V-stab; very shaky with lots of gyrations during takeoff as result
of prop wash, but not too bad when throttled back.
Kinda smoky, a result of the Santa Barbara fire.
Landing at Hemet was a little crossed up, but done at walking speed
(nearly!) thanks to a decent headwind component.
Whelen Tail Strobe (many pics) ...TimO RV-14A
Over the past couple years as LED NAV and Strobe packages became
more popular, I've heard one thing about some of the systems. People
complain about having noise generated by the LED's or Drivers, and
it affects their avionics or audio. I've always done what I can to
eliminate noise possibilities.
In both of my planes I have a single-point ground, and run nearly
everything that requires a ground, to it. I do sometimes utilize
airframe grounding but more often than not, I run a ground wire.
Considering the rumblings I've heard about LED kits, I ran a ground
for my NAV and Strobe wires.
June 22, 2016.
Issue No. 4,143.
Pylon Racing School (PRS) 2016 ...AX-O
I will write something up about PRS soon. Just wanted to say that
I was not the only RV person there. There were a group of us. Some
renewed their certification and some of us earned the qualification
for the 1st time.
Video of my plane being pulled out to the ramp. No, I did not add
the music. There was an ice cream truck running around.
Why Karl's RV-8 is Painted Like a Corsair
Thanks Jim. One of the cool things is that my old Navy squadron
(VFA-151) used to fly Corsairs in the late 1940's. Hence the
registration number N151TK and the 51 nose number. They were
originally established as VF-23 and flew off the USS Midway, CV-41.
Ironic that that's the last ship our squadron flew off of before she
got decommissioned post Desert Storm.
N151TK "La Otra Chica"
Women's Air Race Classic Update
Catching Up: Recent RV-14A First Flight ...TimO
Just catching up...
Regarding Scott's cowl mod inquiry.... I agree it's too early to
worry much about it, but I do have a good general feel for how this
airplane is working out and I do think if the oil cooler could more
easily evacuate to the outside airstream it would be an improvement
that will likely be needed by some people later. Yes, my temps will
come down with time, but I also don't live in the hottest region of
the country. I probably will actually need to install a throttle
valve in front of my oil cooler, like I did in my -10, just to
maintain enough oil temperature in the winter. But what really
annoys me is when I have to step climb to keep temps down. On my
return trip from the cayman islands a couple months ago, with 1180
hours on the RV-10, flying in turbulent clouds talking to foreign
controllers who aren't easy to talk to, I found myself asking to
stop my IFR climb to 10,000' to let my oil temps relax a bit. I
don't want to deal with that in this plane too, and I'm still open
to chopping the cowl a little in the -10 to fix it there as well. I
just want to know the quickest, easiest, guaranteed way to get the
job done without any more modification than necessary. A week or two
ago I saw a mod that an aussie flyer says is common there. You slit
the cowl in a square pattern on 3 sides, with the aft side not being
slit. Then pull the cowl flap created upwards into the cowl about an
inch or so. Then glass in the sides between the cowl and the flap.
This creates a little slot..they called it a mailbox slot, that
although facing forward, apparently exhausts really well. It doesn't
disturb the paint too much, and is easy to do. If I can find a dozen
people who say that mod works well, I'll probably dig in and do it
on both planes. At this point it's a gut feeling that even after
break-in the oil temp is still going to be an issue on hot days or
extended climbs. It's not urgent, and I don't plan to even spend the
time on it until I get the hours flown off...certainly not before
OSH. But if I find that by August it's still acting the same, I'm
going to figure something out. The cowl cooling is definitely much
better than expected...I've very very happy with my CHT's.
Tuesday morning I had the distinct pleasure of
giving an 18-year-old kid in our neighborhood his first ride in a small
airplane. Spencer's plan is to be a professional pilot. He just
graduated from the same high school Tate is in, and will be starting OSU
in the fall.
We did a preflight, climbed in and launched into the sticky, hazy,
already 90*F morning North Texas air. Climbed to 2500 feet and I gave
him the controls. Let him fly, figuring things out as we went
along for the next 18 min. He did wonderfully and picked up things
quick. He flew .3hr of the .4hr flight.
Takeoff (me), straight and level (him), some very small turns, following
the heading and holding altitude and then back down safely. No
vomit, drips or errors. Win-win.
I think I enjoyed it as much as he did. What a privilege to be able to be
a part of such a momentous occasion in a potential aviator's future.
photo courtesy Sid Mayeux
The Rock ...Vlad
Off the coast of Newfoundland there is a French enclave. Two
islands Saint Pierre and Miquelon both have nice airports. Both
claim to be stunning tourist destinations. So a scarce intel was
pieced together, a crew member found, couple calls made and up went
against the time on a cool May day northwest bound.
The flight was uneventful. We had a breakfast in Massachusetts then
refueled at Wiscasset Maine. From there we were on course to Prince
Edwards Island but encountered some clouds loaded with hard water
and diverted to Stanley, NS. There we topped off with $2 a liter
avgas and continued our journey.
June 21, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,142.
Last Flight...Brian Eisner
Yesterday I took my Dad who is 84 years old to a Fly-in at the
Fredericton(CYFC) Airport to celebrate the Fredericton Flying Club's
50th Anniversary. He informed me before we left Stanley(CCW4)
Airfield that this would be his last flight in the RV. He had a knee
replacement many years ago but the pain is too much for him to sit
in the back of the RV. I just want to say that I'm very fortunate to
have been able to have my father fly with me all of these years.
Here is a picture of Dad and me taken at the Fredericton(CYFC)
Airport before leaving to fly back to Stanley(CCW4).
Thanks Dad for all the great memories.
First flight video ...Dominik in Switzerland
[ed. Yeah, I thought that screen grab
would get your attention :-). v/r,dr]
RV Grins on Father's Day
Flying with your son is one thing, but these photos show two
generations of 1st flights flying with me. One is of my Grandson
Tripp in my RV-7 late last year and the second is of his father (my
oldest son, Aaron). Both photos taken by my beautiful wife Melonee
more than thirty-two years apart.
12 hours of detailing on Dad's RV 7 for Fathers Day!!! ...ScottSundstrom
2 Days of washing, clay bar, compound buff, polish, and Wax
Woman's Air Race Classic Starts Today! ...Doug Dunston post
Air Race Classic starts tomorrow! Here's the
live map of teams - look for team 24, Vans Air Force 1 in their
RV-7. Wishing all the pilots safe flights & a great
Milestone: AX-O Gets His Reno Card!!!
First Flight Pics ...TimO RV-14A
Canada RV News ...Martin Rousseau
I have done a radio interview this morning at the regional radio
about the completion of my RV-7A and first flight. A web article was
done from the interview. In resume, I said that Experimental
aircraft are even, if not more safe than certified aircraft, and
build an aircraft are not a way to save money....
I'm pretty proud to have build my own aircraft, and VAF greatly help
me all along the process. Thanks for all who have help me in the
last 6 years !
I have now 38h on my RV and I really like it ! So fun to fly, it's
P.S.: The interview and article was in french, sorry for my English
Quirky from the air ...Vlad
main goal is to have a filter gascolator easily accessible and
serviceable from outside the aircraft, without loosing/tightening
the AN fitting of the fuel system.
June 20, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,141.
Painted! ...Karl Richcreek pics
RV14 First Flight ...TimO
Hey all, had a great first flight today in N14YT. The plane flew
perfectly, and I was happy to find that all the temps were great. My
CHT's were in the low 300's and oil temps were in the mid-180's to
mid-190's when doing full power climbs. It climbs like a rocket and
OAT is around 90F today here. It wasn't as stable as the RV-10 but
that's not a negative....it seems to have a bit better roll rate and
should be not quite an RV-7 but fun for Aerobatics. We'll have to
find that out after a few more hours. Otherwise, it's very nice to
be near the end of being in the shop and be able to spend more time
in the sky. I still have to finish the wheel and leg fairings to
earn my higher top speeds, but that's about it...I'll post a pic or
two later. Time to get back in the cockpit for some more air time to
get rid of these flyoff hours.
Canopy Frame Repair
In January I bought a wonderful fastback RV-4 from a guy in
Kansas City. I'm very happy with it - in about four months I've put
about 100 hours on it! It was finished in '08 and is built nicely.
I have been a long time lurker just reading and trying to learn.
I have been flying for three years now. I'm SEL & SES rated. I have
got a little over 90 hours in a 172N and 6.5 hours in a PA12
seaplane. I still rent but really would like to own someday.
I keep trying to define my mission and keep coming back to a side by
side Vans. One can learn a ton on these forums but at some point you
need more. I have seen 6's and 7's @ Sun & Fun and a few other
places tied down and have never had the chance to do more than just
look. Well my opportunity came this week thanks to BABALU. I came
across one of his posts and saw he was really close to me. I
contacted him about meeting up sometime so I could ask questions and
look at his RV9A up close. He did just that and on very short notice
(like one day) as I ended up in his neighborhood first of the week.
He was very accommodating meeting me after he got off work , letting
me look and sit in his airplane and answering my questions. This has
cleared up some things for me and I know now that I fit comfortably
. I'm not a standard FAA pilot! So I'd like to give a huge THANK YOU
to BABALU (Andy) for helping me out and letting me bug him.
I guess the next step is to actually fly in one... So if any of you
side by side drivers find yourself in northeastern NC and feel like
helping me out let me know. I'm really interested in a 7 but would
like fly in any side by side as well for comparison.
RV-4 New Panel ...TnMike
Just finished upgrading my RV4 panel and thought I'd share the
new look ...
Still need to make labels,lines,etc.....I used the new Guardian
Avionics mount for hte iPad mini with GRT miniX on the left and
miniB on the right ... kept the Trio as a separate item (just in
case) and the GRT EIS as well.
(New vs Old)
Linch, his F-16 and RV-4
So I was watching this show on the Smithsonian channel called
'Air Warriors'. It was on the F-16. I kept seeing them interview
this guy and referring to him as "Linch". I'm thinking to myself
"I've seen this guy before, and I think he was standing in front of
So I hit pause on my TV, took a picture of it with my iPhone, then
send it to Rob 'Smokey' Ray with something along the line of "do I
know this guy from your F-16 days"? Rob called me back in a
few hours and said yes that was his friend and that he used to have
an RV-4. And I said something to the effect of they were talking
about how they would put the F-16 in a dive and get it above the
speed of sound and use the shock wave to disrupt enemy troops on the
ground when they couldn't get a visual on the enemy troops
surrounding the British special forces they were trying to help. I
asked Rob if he was familiar with what Linch was talking about on
"I'm very familiar with the mission he is discussing. I was
flying with him." When I stopped laughing he filled me in
on some of the details. Pretty cool stuff, and a great RV tie in.
Here is the schedule for the show 'Air Warriors' if you want to try
to give it a glance.
PS: I know the battery in my remote needs changing…
June 17, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,140.
I would like to start today by wishing our wonderful daughter Audrey a
very happy 21st birthday. N617AR, the registration of our RV-6 stands
for 'June 17, Audrey Reeves'. I don't think I can adequately put
into words just how proud we are of the young lady she has turned into.
Typical of the budding scientist she now is, she's spending her 21st
birthday in National Nuclear Chemistry Summer School on the west coast
(sponsored by the American Chemical Society and the Department of
Energy). I have her syllabus, and see she will be spending the
17th learning about 'Nuclear Mass and Stability' and 'Radioactive Decay
Kinetics - Radioisotope Dating'. After that she listens to two guest
lecturers discussing "Separations in Actinide Science…." and "Plutonium
and Beyond: Understanding Bonding in Actinides".
In contrast, I think on my 21st birthday I drank a pitcher of beer,
played air guitar to Def Leppard, and threw up in the bushes afterwards.
She may be thinking this through a little bit more than her old man did.
Happy birthday, Sweetie!
Hoping everyone has a happy, safe and RV filled weekend.
Jonathan Stranberg RV-3
I really love the old school stuff.
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From the "Do you collect grass strips?" Thread. Jim Stricker entry…
My home base - 1OA2 Mole (pvt) Grafton, OH.
From Scott Card…
I don't think I was ever lacking eyeballs to critique my work.
Heck, the airplane arrived at the airport and a line formed!
"The line starts here boys."
And also from the Scott Card comedy files :-)
So, I'm flipping back through some old build pictures...
It seems that it took me a few tries to get the coax stripping tool
setup just perfect. How many tries did it take you to get
something just the way you wanted it?
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June 16, 2016.
00:15 UTC. Issue No. 4,139.
Juneau ice field tour photos ...Greg Arehart
New RV7 Build - Finally
Took the EAA class and built my shop about 2 years ago. Spent the
interim time finding a plane and flying the heck out of it. Now
that's out of the way:
Logged my first, 1.5 hours last night unpacking, inventorying, going
through paperwork and plans, and trying to figure out where to store
stuff. Thought I would feel overwhelmed with all those parts, but I
got more excited the more I organized everything. I'll need to take
a break in a few days as I want to knock out another practice kit
quickly, but I've just been lying in bed thinking about it the past
couple nights, and concentrating on work sure isn't happening.
What primer should I use and what parts should I prime? Just
kidding! Time to forge ahead.
Tail kit in progress
Shiny new paint! ...Doug Kott 9A
No more pink cowl comments! I'm really happy with the results.
Two-part epoxy primer, three coats of Valspar polyurethane (Mazda NU
Vintage Red, Nissan KL2 Silver Metallic, not sure about the black)
and Acry-Glo clear coat. Took about six weeks at Century Aircraft
Painting at Chino.
This afternoon, I took the first flight in the newly painted machine
(other than the quick hop from Chino to Cable). A very serene sunset
flight, 1.2 hours on the Hobbs...neat to see those orange-ish hues
from the setting sun reflecting off the silver wings.
Finally!!! ...mciaglia RV-10 begins.
I think I have been on here for 3 years now. I have read almost
everyone's build thread from Tim Olsen, Ed Kranz, Mouser, Jason
Ellis, Ivan, Bob, Charlie "Mark" and countless others. I have
discussed the time, financial and other issues with undertaking this
build and my wife and my life is finally in a good place to do it! I
have already got my workshop ready (4 EAA tables, compressor with 3
air stations, drill press, band saw, TV and fridge!). Planning on
purchasing the empennage at Oshkosh and a tool se and am taking the
sheet metal class.
Are the tool deals worth it at OSH or should I get them now?
Planning on Isham kit.
Thanks for all the knowledge this site has provided.
Hope you guys follow along
Sale Ends June 16th....
$30 off TTII.
So you think you got 'em all ...Bill Pendergrass entry
As a reminder to myself, I did a couple of things during the
Maybe this is same as most everyone else. It helped me.
1) I used torque seal to mark fasteners and fluid connectors that
were 100% "finished". (Note: I agree with Walt about not relying on
that paint as an indicator at annual. Many fasteners had "settled
in" and needed a few flats to regain torque values at annual)
2) On the incomplete connections that could more likely kill me, I
put flags of various sorts such as red tags wired on or a big flag
of blue painters tape.
There were many structural fasteners that could go together
permanently early in construction. They were easy of course.
However, that final year of construction saw a huge amount of
off-on/in-out/cut to fit/paint to match activity and I had to be
very fastidious about fastener/connector marking.
Added to that, as has been said above, have an inspection party with
the local EAA or allow any visitors with a modicum of aviation
knowledge to look over your plane frequently as you get towards the
RV-7A: Flying since April 15, 2012
Got my tools this week ...nacoblio
I took delivery of our first set of tools this week. Went with a
few companies including Cleveland, browns, the yard, ebay and the
manufacturer of the DRDT2 (also honorable mention to harbor freight
for some small odds and ends and a new tool chest. All in I am
around 1700. Thats with the drdt2 and a pneumatic squeezer along
with most of the stuff they include in the pre-packaged kits. I also
splurged and bought a grab box from browns. Its basically a mystery
box. I have included a picture of the contents below. The box was
25$ i cant even identify all the tools in the box but I have found a
few that I think I can start using on this build. If anyone knows
what some of tools are and how much they cost I would appreciate it.
RVs Filling in for the Blue Angels
(Jon Thocker) Thanks for the pitch Steve! Yes, we were
somewhat surprised with the call, but had been in contact with them
over the last couple of years trying to get hired for this show. It
seems we were to be hired next year, and they were very happy that
we were available this weekend for this years show.
This is a "bucket list" show for us as was/is OSH and Sun n Fun.
We do enjoy showing what the RV8 can do in the air show environment
and have convinced ourselves we have the "Perfect" plane!!
June 15, 2016.
00:09 UTC. Issue No. 4,138.
A picture from the archives... RV-8 'Beautiful Doll' builder/owner Danny
King and RV-8A owner Scott Doores discussing the intricacies of
something or another. Probably about beer or taxes would be my guess...
Medical Update Status ...Brian Chesteen
"To close the loop on this, I have my fresh medical certificate
in my hand. Even better is that they graciously extended it more
than a year as so I did not have to immediately start the process
all over again!"
Classic Aero Designs RV-14 seats now available ...Luke at
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seats are available for sale. The first wave is working it's way
through the shop now. RV-14 Sportsman seats are planned as well.
Our Aviator seats don't use the stock Vans backrest frame, so they
look like the picture below when installed, they have an adjustable
lumbar support, 3 types of visco elastic foam, and include a large
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If you don't like the colors in the picture we can make them any way
you want. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions, or
would like a free set of samples. 1-866-219-1087"
10 year VAF veteran
I realized today that my join-date for vaf forums was june 2006.
ive been a part of the family for 10 years . i've now been flying my
RV for longer than i spent building it (in terms of years, not
flying hours!) which i suppose is another milestone.
Flying since July 2010!
Bad AvGas Problem ...Jerry Folkerts
I'm based at H19, a small municipal airport in Northeast
Missouri. The City has an above ground fuel tank, and recently
installed an expensive credit card reader and pump. They don't sell
much fuel and it sits in the tank for up to a year. For the last
year, the City has failed the State Fuel Vapor Pressure test.
Evidently, they are really close, but it always comes in a decimal
or two off. They have had the supplier drain the tank, put new fuel
in etc., but shortly after it always fails the test.
The tank has an unusual arrangement in that the pickup tube for the
pump is 18 inches above the bottom of the tank, so the bottom rarely
gets drained. We first noticed the problem when Aaron Christensen
was visiting with his RV-7 and noticed some off-color fuel. Shortly
after, it began failing the test.
I'm not a chemical engineer, and neither are any of the city
employees. Since they tend to just sit on the problem and worry
about what it will cost, they are doing nothing. I would appreciate
any help someone might be able to lend us. Do we have a supplier
issue? Feel free to contact me off line and lets discuss.
First Flight: The 'Other' Plane
RV-9/RV-10 builder/pilot Troy Branch of Calgary Alberta Canada
did the first flight on his other airplane yesterday. This is
absolutely RV related because my friend Randy Lervold is the
president of Cub Crafters :-) Congratulations Troy!
"Tragically, Todd passed away suddenly on June 12, 2016 following
a plane crash. His funeral will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016,
at the Collegedale Church, located at 4829 College Drive E,
Collegedale, TN, 37315. This will be live streamed online and the
link will be available closer to the time."
[ed. Both Susie and I would like to
extend our sincerest condolences to friends and family of the
Silvers. This is such a tragedy I can't even wrap my head around it.
I probably won't ever be able to. v/r, dr]
June 14, 2016.
00:32 UTC. Issue No. 4,137.
Kiddo Update ...crabandy
We just got the news, we should be heading home with PIE
tonight!!! Lots of work/recovery to do but we are going home!!
Loose Fuel Tank Air Vent ...Saville
Just this weekend I positively determined that the B nut on the
left fuel tank air vent - on the inside of the tank - was so loose I
could tighten it with my fingers.
Don't know if it's been that way or got that way or, if it got that
way how it got that way.
But it happens.
Now I have to tighten it and figure out how many turns (or facets)
past finger tight I need to go. I have to get it right because I DO
NOT want to go through the thrills of removing an access plate again
if I can avoid it.
Final Painting ...Blain
I can honestly say I've had enough paint, fiberglass and
sandpaper for a while. Lower cowl is the last item. Even came out
well. Not a curtain to be found!
Aileron bellcrank rib (RV-4)
I'm wondering how other builders have dealt with this problem.
Two of the rivets that attach the 3/4 angle are located right on the
flanged ring around the second lightening hole. This is as per the
plans but this leaves a gap between the angle and the rib web.
Unfortunately I didn't notice this until I had started riveting.
I'd like to flatten this area to the angle with a pair of flat
sets and my squeezer by I don't think it will lay tightly to the
angle. I'd rather not have to drill out the rivets to disassemble
it. Any suggestions?
June 13, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,136.
It's been a pretty horrible weekend for news, so I'm
going to publish this quick and start focusing on the Tuesday edition.
Prayers to all those affected in Florida.
First Flight, Unique addition to the RV Family!!! ...Bruce
It is with great pleasure that I get the rights to tell you
Klaus-Peter Morhard of Southern Germany has successfully completed
his first flight of his LOM engine powered RV-7!!!
I first met Klaus and his family two summers ago when we accepted
his request (on VAF) to host his son Matthis for a school year here
in Wilsonville Oregon. So we have been following the -7 project,
anticipating the long awaited first flight. The decision to install
a non-Lycoming power plant as always brings difficulty and added
design and fabrication. Klaus-Peter’s strive for perfection might
have also added a bit of time. Even the need to change prop choices
after a failed test run added almost a year. But Klaus kept at it
over many years and built a beautiful airplane!
And Friday here is what I heard from Klaus in Germany:
Update on the Kiddo ...crabandy
Doctors think she's on the mend, she's starting to look and act
like a little girl again. We're hoping the progress keeps up and
we'll get to go home Monday.
Thanks to everyone for the shared experiences and show of support,
helps to keep this daddy "coordinated."
So, you think ya got em all?...bret
I was in the shop today and decided to set fuel pressure at the
regulator and test the fuel system for the first time, made up
transfer lines and a ground wire for the 5 gallon gas can, (wings
off) and discovered port plumbing was reversed at the duplex valve,
so I crawl under to switch the lines and discover one of the fuel
line was loose! After years of hearing of this and told myself
over and over to check every B nut during the build, and I did over
and over, I still had a loose fuel line! I guess I am human and will
make mistakes, still cant believe this........could have been real
Flying an RV is...
When I talk with student pilots or GA pilots who have never flown
an RV I always try to describe what it is like to fly one. I have a
hard time expressing what it is really like. I've said that "C or P"
brands are like a Yugo or VW Bug and an RV is a Porsche. I have
never driven a Porsche or a Yugo (many of the younger generation
don't even know what a Yugo is/was) but I did own a Bug or two.
So I am throwing this question out the RV community. Please finish
Flying an RV is?
The definition of sport aviation
C and P are like Chevy sedans...an RV is like a Miata with wings
I like the VW vs Porche comparison. Both have horizontally
opposed, air cooled 4 cylinder engines, just like Cherokees and RVs.
Compare the performance and handling of the two and it is
appropriate. I owned a Cherokee 140 until my first ride in a
RV-8 and subsequent ride in an F1 Rocket. I also owned a 1973 Super
Beetle and stepped up to a 1973 Mustang shortly after
Station Wagon/Truck v.s. Sports Car.
It's a little different for us 10 drivers... An old 182 is
like driving a 1983 Chevy Caprice Wagon. The RV10 is like
driving a 2016 Audi Q7
I just tell people double your rate of climb and add 50 knots to
your cruise speed. Granted, ive never flown an RV, but im
building one (g)
Milestone: This past Friday
Tate Reeves got his learner permit for driving. 2.5 hours
waiting at the DMV. On the way home I pulled over, took the
picture below, then I had him drive me home on side streets.
June 10, 2016.
00:30 UTC. Issue No. 4,136.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
Eagle's Nest Projects - Graduation Snapshots 2016 ...Ernie post
High School Graduation – a milestone and the close of an
important chapter in a young person’s life. With hormones, emotions,
reasoning, and self-discipline engaged in constant battle, diploma
in hand these young adults are eager to charge forward and make
their mark on the world.
Photos are still coming in but I thought you might enjoy a sneak
preview of tomorrow’s business and community leaders. Yes, they’re
all Eagle’s Nest Projects build-students!
Brantel Medical Update ...Brantel
After being forced to return my medical certificate (fully expected
and not unreasonable) and receiving the "You have been denied"
letter from the FAA in late March which was a response to me
informing them of receiving a new stent in my heart in December, I
obtained confirmation that I have a new medical certificate on its
way to me this week!
Important tips for those that come behind me:
Don't wait on them to tell you what to do. If I had, I would
still be waiting because to date they have never responded to my
request for re-authorization of my special issuance medical. Do
your homework as most disease protocols are listed on their
website with the exact requirements needed for each class of
medical and what they will require. Get that stuff done and send
it to them proactively.
Be as precise and complete as possible. You will have to force
your doctors to comply. Dot every i and cross every t. Check,
double and triple check your documents to ensure that you have
exactly what they want per the protocols listed online. When I
submit documents directly, I always organize them, put a sticker
on every page with my name and PI#, include a table of contents
and a cover letter.
If your special issuance is canceled and or denied, don't forget
that you must formally request in writing for it to be
reauthorized. They don't tell you this up front and you can
waste months on this fact alone.
Call them every week to get an update. Sometimes this can cut
days out of the process because the desk clerk can let you know
what that letter in the mail says. Waiting on the USPS can add
weeks to the process. Call your regional office as they are
sometimes not as busy and I think they are actually FAA
employees. Seems to me the contact number for OKC goes to a
contractor hired to answer the phone. (not sure on that one).
Get help from someone that can call the FAA on your behalf. My
understanding is that this is either your AME or someone you
hire that is in that business. If your AME is not stellar, good
luck and you better find someone else! The hired route can be
very expensive for the services they actually provide since you
are the one that has to do all the work anyway. Someone that has
privileges to call on your behalf may or may not be able to
speed up the process but at least they can get past the front
desk and let you know where you really stand and what is really
Always send your documents via certified mail and get a return
receipt. Call and check to ensure they acknowledge receipt of
That is all I can think of right now. I am sure there is more but
starting with those tips will help out a bunch. Obviously each
persons situation is different and your results may vary. Finding an
AME with lots of experience with the SI medical process would be
key. Unfortunately none exist fairly local to me. Next time I will
be traveling to the closest one that has a great reputation in this
Now all I have to do is get current again....My BFR is due so that
is good timing. Condition inspection is in progress.
Looks like I will make it to Osh afterall!
Little Screwdriver ...Weasel
While I am working in the shop my 4 year old daughter bothered me
with....Hey daddy, what do yall use this tiny screwdriver for?
I quickly start. That's NOT a screwdr....... uh wait. I guess I
never looked at it quite like that.
Man these little ones and there imaginations <g>.
Rope trick gone bad ...scard
The other day I performed some minor exhaust valve maintenance
using the standard rope trick. I used 3/8" rope, which I'll never do
again. Somehow I must have hit the lottery because the rope tied
itself into the most perfectly tight slip knot inside the cylinder.
I was on the verge of pulling the cylinder because there was just no
way this knot/rope was coming out.
Tanya said, "Don't pull that cylinder just yet. Not until I get a
crack at it." She loves puzzles and this one was a doozy. So I took
a deep breath and sat for a few minutes, all the while thinking "I
could have this #2 cylinder off and back on in an hour and a half."
Was I really going to let her show me how this is done? I don't
I drug out the borescope and computer for detailed evaluation. Yep
that is one tight slip knot. With the borescope in the bottom plug
hole, looking at the computer screen, a hemostat and flat head screw
driver went in the top hole. To my amazement, in about 45 minutes, I
was able to mostly untie the knot in the cylinder and extract the
rope. Wow, that was close.
I think a smaller rope, maybe 1/4", would be more appropriate such
that if it tied itself in a knot, it could still be pulled out. I'm
sure some unsuspecting mechanic has already learned this lesson. Now
I have too.
June 9, 2016.
00:15 UTC. Issue No. 4,135.
Morning fuel run: KGLE. dr photo
Mental Gyros Re-Calibrated
I call short flights in my RV-6 "mental gyro recalibration
sessions". Yesterday things worked out in a way so I could get
in a half-hour off the surface before it got too hot. Our son is
currently taking drivers education classes in the morning, and
Susie's schedule worked out where she could take him and pick him
up. So I mentioned before going to bed last night that I may try to
wake up early and sneak out the back Jack before the sun comes up.
The temperature high was supposed to be in the mid-90s with the
humidity in the 30% range, so the dog days of summer have arrived in
the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Getting up and down before 8:30 AM in
the morning is the preferred plan.
The bladder tank was full around 6 AM, so that's when my eyes
popped open. I put on the same clothes that I was wearing before I
went to bed so I wouldn't need to open any drawers or cabinets,
snuck out past the bathroom without brushing my teeth or taking my
multivitamin or taking my baby aspirin, and quietly put on my shoes
without waking up
It's been awhile, so I had forgotten how nice it is to drive out
to the airport before the roads are congested with morning traffic.
Couple this with the fact that it's summer and there are no hot
school zones, and the possibility arises if you catch the lights
just right you can drive for 15 min. without taking the car off
cruise control. It's the simple things, right?
I arrived at the airport around 0630 and had the place to myself.
Zero wind. Zero clouds horizon to horizon. Preflight the airplane
and pushed it out into the still morning air. The mission was a fuel
run up to Gainesville and to verify avionics functioning properly
after a recent database update.
I usually set the elevator trim visually before I even climb in,
and I found the sweet spot that results in stick forces that I find
pleasing right when I reach rotation speed. For some reason I
actually got it right this morning, and the plane got up on the
mains and everything was all trimmed nice and happy, only needing
the slightest back pressure to break ground. Right after leaving the
surface if conditions are right you can ease up the back pressure
just the smallest amount and let the speed build up so that the
second time you pull back it just feels… Solid.
The sun is about my 10 o'clock just breaking the ground and I
enter a long gentle sweeping graceful climbing turn to the left.
Slowly lowering the propeller RPM, trimming on-the-fly and glancing
at the engine gauges every second or two between scans for traffic.
God, what a wonderful feeling! I forget sometimes how absolutely
amazing this feels. The first 10 seconds of the flight and I knew
that was the peak and that it was all downhill from there.
I had preset the radio so that number two was the AWOS at
Gainesville and the standby on number one was Denton tower. As soon
as I got established northbound I set the altitude bug for 2750 feet
and checked in with Denton tower. That puts me over the top of their
airspace but under the Dallas class B, making everyone happy. They
were working a couple of targets in their pattern and pointed them
out. Good mornings were exchanged.
The winds were still 00@000 so I opted for a straight in approach
at Gainesville making announcements on the radio with my distance.
Just for grins I set up a VNAV approach flying through the magenta
squares and noticed after a few minutes it was taking me to the
center of the airport, which makes sense because I hadn't loaded an
approach, or runway. Just the airport. One more little piece
of data squirreled away for some day when I might need it.
There was a car on the East side of the airport and was driving
across the runway as I was on short final. I had my landing lights
on and was making radio calls, and I think they were listening which
is why they stopped. I had my hand on the throttle and was ready to
go around if they came across the centerline. I think it was
somebody who's working on the East side on one of the cropdusters.
They're based over on that side.
Gas was $3.25 a gallon and I filled it up to the top. Went inside
to visit the powder room and texted my wife good morning (it was a
couple of minutes after 7 AM and I knew that her alarm had just gone
off). Topped off the tanks, walked around the airplane looking for
stuff (found nothing), then climbed back in for southbound
I took the long way home down the western side of Lake Lewisville
so I could enjoy the view of the morning fishermen and their long
multi-mile wakes on the glassy water. Running parallel to the
western side of the lake was Interstate 35 and its morning clog. It
wasn't lost on me how incredibly fortunate we are to get the views
that we get - I would imagine not a soul in all those hundreds of
cars had any idea of what beauty lay just a thousand feet above.
This arrival back to the airport takes me over my house, so I go
as low as I legally can, and pumped the throttle just the tiniest
bit over the top of our house to say good morning to the wife and
son. They said later that they heard me. It's a nonevent for them,
but it still impresses me and makes me smile, so I'm going to keep
After saying hello to the family I go out to Argyle to say good
morning to one of my high school friends and then drop down to about
500 feet above the western shore of Lake Grapevine. It's been
raining a lot lately and the rain has really swelled the lake. There
is a beach on the west side that has a picnic table and a sign that
says 'pick up your trash'. All you could see was the top of the
Popping back up to 1000 feet AGL away from the lake across
Highway 377 and establish myself on a 45 for the left downwind 17 at
52F Northwest Regional. Make my radio call, slowly pull back
on the throttle, twisting a little prop to slow the plane down and
as the speed comes off feed in the first click of flaps. At low key
everything is stabilized and I begin my descending 180° turn for
runway 17. Halfway through this turn I dropped full flaps and begin
my scan of the airport property looking out for lawn tractors,
soccer moms, bicycles, deer, FedEx trucks, SAMs and all the other
things that make landing at a smaller airport interesting.
Sometimes if the conditions are just right, like they were this
morning, I can time the flare, or do I say I get lucky enough to
time the flare, where you can feel the wheels spool up over the
course of a full second. It worked out and right as the RPM came up
on the wheels I reached over and raised the flaps. The plane stops
feeling light on its feet and instantly feels like it's in glue. I
like to land long at our runway right now because the first third of
the runway essentially looks like the
backside of the moon. The newly re-established Property Owners
Association (link) is working
on that 33-yr-old problem right now, so sometime soon I'll be able
to report we're getting a new runway. But currently I land a little
long and used this raise-the-flaps technique in good conditions so I
can land on a smoother part and still make the turnoff to my hangar.
It worked out just fine. The still air made it easy.
I shut the plane down in the hangar and pulled off the headset
and just sat there with a shit eating grin on my face listening to
the clicks and pops of the engine cooling down. The miracle occurred
again and my mental gyros are freshly recalibrated. Bring on
It was hardly dramatic, and many people would say it wasn't even
that interesting of a flight. Just a fuel run. Nothing fancy. But to
me it was everything. These short flights in perfect weather
conditions rejuvenate me at a base level. I honestly don't know what
I would do differently if I won $100 million in the lottery. I'd
still want to do this. Well, as Steve Martin said he'd do, I'd
probably buy an electric dog polisher and a fur-lined sink.
And some dumb stuff maybe...
Actually I think I already won the lottery. I have an amazing
airplane, good friends and family, and get to occasionally enjoy the
jaw dropping beauty of flight - seeing things few others get to see.
We are a fortunate bunch, we RV flyers. It's humbling.
It had been nine days since my last flight, and that flight was
only 9 min. long. It really didn't count. The one this morning was
over a half-hour and it made all the difference. Forty minutes
on the treadmill afterwards and I was feeling like a mere mortal
again. Grunts and drips and sore muscles and e-mail notifications
and all the other stuff that harshly brings you back to reality.
But there for a half hour it was golden.
I know what makes me feel better, and in 22 or 23 hours with the
right forecast I can be there again. Flying this RV-6 for 14
years and the visual and mechanical beauty of it all still takes my
breath away at times.
For those still building, or thinking about building, you're in
for a real treat.
PS: Voice to text software made this possible - I'm much too
lazy to type all this.
June 8, 2016.
00:05 UTC. Issue No. 4,134.
I think a few years ago I read somewhere on the site (maybe in a 'what is
your day job' type thread) that somebody around here worked for John
Deere. If that person is still around, I was hoping they could
reach out (vansairforce 'at' gmail 'dot' com). I have a mower
question, because, you know, it finally stopped raining here in N.Texas.
Yours in Hank Hill mode (I tell you what),
TeenFlight Puyallup congratulates student for first solo
TeenFlight Puyallup student, Bryan Newman, completed his first
solo in our teen built RV-12. Bryan is graduating HS this year and
is pursuing his goal of becoming a commercial pilot. He has
participated in out TeenFlight program for three years and is
currently serving as a student mentor to our new students. Congrats
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Status Report ...David Randall 9A
Finished the left wing top skins today with the help of my son.
He is an aerospace engineering student at Embry Riddle so this is
his summer internship!
RV-10 Retrofit Door Locking Kit Updated Product Release Information
"...We have been asked to provide pictures of both the Red and
Silver locking systems. Our website has also been updated to reflect
this. We will maintain our introductory pricing of $329.95 on the
kit through Oshkosh in the hope that we can get as many of these
kits out and installed on aircraft prior to the show as possible."
FREE 6-Month International Aerobatic Club membership - Yes, FREE!
"I am forwarding to all VAF readers this email from Mike Heuer,
President of IAC. Even if you have no interest in flying aerobatics
this is an opportunity to receive the IAC magazine and read about
the sport. Who knows, that may spark and interest in flying
aerobatics or volunteering at IAC events in your area. (Sometimes I
think volunteers have more fun that the competitors. Really!)
This is not one of those offers that automatically switches to a
paid membership at the end of six months. If you do nothing the
offer expires. Period. I think many of you will choose to join after
getting a tasted of what IAC has to offer. Try it!"
June 7, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,133.
Today I've added a new section to the front page called "mothership
news". It'll be down at the bottom, and as items pop up on the
mothership website I will add them here so you'll have the last five or
10 items in front of you.
Milestone ...Jason Hess RV-7
Been some (far too much) time since I have had an update worth
sharing but... My tanks are fully sealed!
Naming a Pilot ...Jennifer @ Gallagher Av. Insurance
As Shanna Linton had previously posted in the article mentioned
below, when letting another pilot fly your plane you may be
unintentionally voiding your insurance policy. The previous post
quickly went in a different direction, Ha ha ha! Although those were
all good questions and topics, the main idea we were trying to
convey is that you should always read your policy or check with your
broker before allowing another pilot to fly your aircraft.
Here is some more information regarding naming a pilot to your
When you have a 'named pilots only' policy, it is intended for just
that. When you request to have a pilot added to your policy the
underwriter may require a check out or a specified amount of dual
hours to be completed with a CFI. If this check out or dual is
completed in your insured aircraft, this pilot and the CFI must be
named pilots on your policy prior to receiving this training. You
must notify your broker to make this addition, and they will have
the underwriter add these pilots to your insurance policy (there may
be an additional fee, depending on the pilot). If the training is
completed in another aircraft, then you must follow the guidelines
of that policy.
If you proceed with training and do not name these pilots on your
insurance policy, any potential loss may not be covered. We would
hate for something unfortunate to happen and have no way to help
Turbo Eddie Arrives! ...Vlad reporting
Using All Your Tools ...Randy Pflanzer RV-12
On Sunday, I returned from a 5-day father-son fishing and golfing
vacation in Branson, MO with my #3 son, Ross. While the trip was not
a particularly distant one, about 370 nm, what makes it worth noting
is that this trip would not have been possible with any of my
previous airplanes. Why? One word, avionics. The ability to get
updated TAFs every 5 to 10 minutes and NEXRAD images make good
weather decisions just that much easier. In the past, I would have
never attempted a flight that day due to the enroute conditions and
the hourly forecast in Branson. We decided to give it a try because
of high ceilings, reasonable visibility, and the lack of convective
activity. Once airborne, I relied on the TAFs along my route to
determine if going further was wise. In the end, we navigated around
some rain shafts but otherwise had a very uneventful flight.
GPS Interference Testing
7 JUN 16 1630Z – 2230Z
9 JUN 16 1630Z – 2230Z
21 JUN 16 1630Z – 2230Z
23 JUN 16 1630Z – 2230Z
28 JUN 16 1630Z – 2230Z
30 JUN 16 1630Z – 2230Z
KLBX - Angleton TX, Airport Closure with Flooding
Noon photo flight today, 6/6, LBX airport, 25 south of Houston
Hobby airport, closed this morning by Airport Mgmt. Interesting
talking to HOU approach, I gave them pireps and got a cell # to send
them some of the pix. An inbound flight stated that they had
coordinated a landing at the closed airport to evacuate planes.
Approach said they couldn't authorize anything, but terminated their
coverage (squawk 1200) and passed on my verbal report to them.
Normally the Brazos River is miles away.
Beringer Wheels & Brakes for RV-14A Now Available ...czechsix
After flying and maintaining my RV-8A for almost a decade I have
developed a great appreciation for anything that increases
reliability and reduces time spent on maintenance tasks. To that end
when I decided to build an RV-14A I started thinking about
improvements that could be made during the construction process that
will make my life easier once the airplane is flying. Wheels and
brakes are one of the most time consuming repetitive maintenance
headaches (second only to oil changes), and a flat tire away from
home is a major inconvenience at best. So I spent some time
researching Beringer’s wheel and brake products. Beringer has been
around for over 30 years, getting their start in the motorcycle
industry and began making aircraft wheels and brakes in 2002. They
have developed a number of improvements and benefits compared to the
traditional designs (Cleveland, Matco, and Grove) that Vans supplies
with the stock kit. Here’s a list I compiled:
Do You Need to Move Your RV out of the Way of a Tropical Storm or
Tropical storm Colin doesn't seem to be big enough to do huge
damage to the RV community (currently), but I thought I would use
this opportunity to remind people that there is a hurricane
relocation list available on this website. If you look over in the
menu on the left side of the front page you can scroll down you find
the words "hurricane inland bases".
Go there now:
Hurricane Inland Relocation List.
Related: Tropical Storm Colin
Help Wanted at the Mothership
June 6, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,132.
Tate starts driver's education today. You've been warned....
Round one done FL TO CT ...turbo
My Pie and I
[ed. crabandy's kiddo is fighting some
stuff, so if you could, please send some good thoughts their way.
Matt's RV-9A is For Sale
[ed. We mourn
the passing of his father, and wish Matt the best of luck in
whatever the future presents. His 'for sale' listing was
presented so well I felt the need to put a little spotlight on it
today. Matt, very sorry for your loss, and please do visit
from time to time.
1000hrs ...Weasel's many great pics!
This milestone edition is mainly focused on "Friends of the -10"
people who have rode in the airplane.
RV-7A Flight over the Grand Canyon ...Capt Sandy
Our latest post is a short write-up and a few pictures of our
flight from Bryce Canyon over the Grand Canyon on our way to
Arizona. Enjoy - and love to hear your comments.
N313GT Phase 1 Status Report ...Chris Johnson RV-9A
34 hours down now, and still grinning, even more so after blowing
by a 172 yesterday like he was standing still. And I was climbing.
I have been working on my timing with respect to getting slowed
down, and experimenting with different ways to fly the pattern. Also
did a no-flap landing yesterday. Practicing more stalls which are
non-eventful but I still need more work flying right above stall
I have my main gear fairings and intersection fairings attached, and
plan to do the nose gear leg fairing this week. Definitely a bit
I broke down and bought a used Lightspeed Zulu. Never going back.
I have also semi-permanently installed the Stratux box which is now
hardwired to my GRT Sport. I love being able to pull up METARs,
especially since our ASOS transmitter at ZPH has been down for
weeks. I also bought an AP510 APRS transmitter that I finally got
setup last night and will test next time I fly. Yes, I have a
I had slightly high CHT's on #3, which had been reduced by
triple-checking all my baffle seals, as well as adding the gear
fairings, however #3 was still just barely below 400* at 75% cruise
(although it is quite hot out). A few days ago I finally bit the
bullet and fabricated a channel into the rear of the #3 baffle that
directs some air under the cylinder. Noticed immediate improvement
now with #3 well under 390* even with higher OATs yesterday. I still
think I can do better though because #1 is around 350-360*. I think
adding to the air dam or at least some speed tape on #1 can help
even out the temps. The only challenge is that #1 tends to get
hotter faster on climb out, so I want to keep it cool enough in
climb as well.
Other squawks: My old Dynon D10 backup EFIS has the leans, and
indicates a slight left bank while straight and level. If it's a
hardware issue my only option is to upgrade to a D10A I guess. But
since I'm not flying IMC I'm not immediately concerned with a backup
EFIS. Besides, the airspeed and altitude on it work fine.
Baffle cracks: Sure enough, the baffle is cracking along the outside
left rear corner at the oil cooler mount. Tomorrow I am going to
fabricate a doubler angle that will be well secured, with the goal
of lasting until I order some new parts and make a beefier setup.
Should've listened to those before me...
Everything else is going well, and I am experimenting with leaning
technique, and will start a separate post with some of those
Crater Lake Fly By ...kaweeka
Took this snapshot of Crater Lake last weekend flying from KLHM
to KBND. What a beautiful view.
Fairing delamination ...mgregory176
So I was pretty happy with the results of the windscreen fairing
until I started seeing the leading edge lifting as I sanded to the
recommended thickness so I kept sanding it back hoping that the bond
would be better further back. No joy. The bond to the
plexiglass seems to be very good. Is there any way to salvage this
short of removal and redoing?
Help Wanted at the Mothership
June 11 in Stevensville Maryland if you didn't know...
DIY Seats/Upholstery Done ...Cbull RV-10
June 3, 2016.
00:05 UTC. Issue No. 4,131.
It rained virtually all day Thursday here in Dallas, Texas. 93%
humidity and raining as I type this. The meringue that I tried to make
for the chocolate meringue pie (made for my wife as an anniversary gift)
never got as fluffy as I wanted it to - never reached 'stiff peak' as
the chefs say. It turns out after some web searching that when you have
high humidity you most likely won't have success making a good meringue.
Now I know. So I used what I had, then threw a couple of Reese's peanut
butter cups in the freezer, ground them up in the food processor and
sprinkled on top. Adapt and overcome. Can't fly the RV-6 in
storms, so might as well cover a pie with candy.
Happy anniversary to my wonderful, beautiful, loving wife of 26 years,
who for some strange reason stuck around 20 years ago when I mentioned
I'd like to build an airplane in the garage. She's braver than me.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
The Best Thing You've Ever Heard in Your Heaset
"Papa, what’s that down there?
Papa, is that flashing light another airplane?
Papa, is that plane landing?
Papa, we’re going fast!!
Papa, are we going to fly through clouds?
Papa, etc., etc.?
I’ve flown with the family many times, flown with the kids, flown
with the kids with their kids, etc. One thing that I had been
waiting on was flying with Chris - my son, Eli - my oldest grandson
(4 years old) and me … and it just being us guys.
Wednesday night was the night. I flew from KJCA to KCCO (Northwest
of ATL to Southeast of ATL) and back to pick up my son so he could
borrow my pickup. No reason for Eli not to join us so away we went.
Me in the right seat, my son Chris flying us back and grandson Eli
in the back entertaining me (until he fell asleep). Of course, I did
leave a 2 yr old not happy that he wasn’t getting to come along with
Papa but that is still to come."
Alaska 2016 Here We Go Again ...Vlad
Two RVs will start leasurely from Bozeman, Montana. Trekking
northbound on early morning Aug 2nd (or 3rd or 4th...). We will take
it easy this time 5-7 hours a day. We plan to keep on east side of
the range to intercept Alcan. Question to Canadian friends - which
side of Calgary airspace would you pass?
Checked out in the P-51D ...brought to my attn by Jim Lechleiter
'traynhr' in the forums. Rob owns an RV-8 with his
son. You'll want to read every word of this article.
Charity Hat Sightings ...XOverZero
I took advantage of an offer to join a long-time buddy at the
100th running of the Indy 500. It was a fantastic experience! Also
added a couple extra days to visit the National Museum of the US Air
Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, and the Wright Cycle
Company/Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. Both of
these are absolute musts for everyone and anyone involved in the
aviation world, right up there with Oshkosh.
Status Report ...Martin Filiatrualt RV-8
A quick status update:
During this building hiatus I attended the Synergy Air Quickbuilding
Class in Oregon... see my blogspot blog for details, as well as
comments in the VAF reviews section.
Yesterday was a big step. After a phone call to Van's to sort out
some details, I placed my order for my RV-8 quickbuild wings and
fuselage. My hands were almost trembling as I hit "send" to place
the order. I also got on the build list for a set of Grove airfoil
landing gear legs... and I'm told I was just in time to get in on
the next batch. So things are on the move again. While waiting for
the kits to arrive, I'll be talking with engine, prop and avionics
guys at AirVenture, attending the Sherwin-Williams training program
in September (the April class was cancelled), visiting the Barrett
shop in Tulsa, building wing stands, getting heat installed in the
main shop and starting the fiberglass work on the empennage. As Oat
Willie would say, "Onward, into the fog..."
Ad lives on the front page. Video of it being used
June 2, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,130.
You might be a builder ...Tim Freeney RV-10
I've been working on this project now for 2.5 years. I'd love to
say I'm further along than I am, but there have been certain
milestones along the way.
Each time a subassembly comes together...or trying a new process...
This weekend I got the pleasure of a new milestone. Drilling out a
LARGE number of rivets to fix a mistake. Over 300 to be exact. Of
course I've done the onesy twosey rivets along the way, but this was
another mountain altogether.
Tuscon over Memorial day ...Georff McHarg
We took the 6a down to Tuscon over Memorial day to visit my niece
and help her unpack from moving. the weather was really nice. We
left KFLY early Saturday and went down via Grants, Show Low and into
Tuscon. On the way back we came up north to Canyon de chelly.
Know your avionics ...Don Stiver RV-8
I experienced an alarming avionics display incident today and it
was not the result of a failure of either of my GRT displays (HXr
and miniAP). However, it points out a potential safety hazard that I
bring to your attention. I may find after this post that there is
already a solution that I am unaware of.
I experienced a dual screen total blackout and could not get the
screens back on line: note that I said nothing failed.
My aircraft is a Vans RV8 which has a bubble canopy. Today in
Florida was cloudless sky and very bright. I’m going to try to
describe the button pushes that got me into this predicament. I
departed Venice, Florida this AM about 0945. While on runway heading
and scanning for traffic I wanted to turn the heading bug about 90
degrees North to get me on a gps intercept path. I’ve done it so
many times that my left hand just knows about 90 degrees I then
pushed the right button to call up the AP heading mode. Looking down
to fine tune the setting I was shocked to see both screen blacked
out. I went thru all kinds of trouble shooting steps, cb’s, avionics
master, frantic pushing of soft keys all to no avail.
First my HXr is on the Master Switch with a TCW Smart Battery so
when I start the screen does not reboot. If I had cut the MS that
would have helped. Second, the left knob on the GRT HXr has two
functions: heading AND Dim. If you are in Screen mode the Dim
feature is activated. Two short spins to the left and you are in
Blackout mode; but not exactly, more on that later. If you don’t
notice that you are in Blackout mode and push any softkey or button
the menus change and there is no way in heck you can find your way
back. Once back in my hanger with only skylight as a source of
illumination the min Dim setting had enough light to see the screen
BUT NOT enough light to discern any of the softkey menus which
change every time you select a different mode and there is a zillion
of them. Once you lose track you are toast.
Big Day Today ...The Swede
Thanks again for the cheers
After weighing in at 445,4kg/982lb on 180,73cm/71,2inches time has
come to start up the engine <g>
It Can’t Be Nashville Every Night ...Colin McG
I’d have to agree with the Tragically Hip who said “It Can’t Be
Nashville Every Night” as, after just one night, I was completely
exhausted. This all started many months before when Dave Matheson
had suggested, to Matt Pearson, that it might be fun to fly Matt’s
RV-7a (C-GIME) from Ottawa, Carp (CYRP) down to Nashville for a
hockey game. When this was mentioned I, somewhat under the influence
of alcohol, suggested that perhaps John Weir (who I blame for
influencing me with the alcohol) and I should tag along, in John’s
RV-7a (C-GWUL), and make it a formation (loose) exercise.
Plans were hatched and lines drawn on virtual maps but the November
weather failed to cooperate and the trip looked like it would be
consigned to the ‘potentially great trip’ bucket as winter was fast
However, the Nashville Predators were clearly not being as negative
as we were and, just as the snow started to melt, they got through
to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Perhaps there was still time to grow
our playoff beards.
Nashville continued their winning run, beating Anaheim in the first
round and the weather was improving all the time. For round 2 they
faced the San Jose Sharks and, as the first two games would be in
San Jose, we decided to target game 4 with a potential bad weather
alternative as game 6. Of course there would be no guarantee they’d
make it as far as game 6 so daily weather watching became our hobby
in the days leading up to game 4. The game was scheduled for the
Thursday and, as Matt Pearson wasn’t able to make it, Matt Mountain
stepped up as the 2nd GIME pilot and Jedi master of all things EAPIS
and flight planning.
Dinner ...'cause 'Merica!
I know it's not RV related, but I haven't had a banana split for
dinner in like 35 years. Tomorrow's the last day of school for
Tate's freshman year in high school, it's also Susie and my wedding
anniversary (26), and we had just seen an episode of 'How It's Made'
where they did ice cream.
Life has been crazy busy as of late, so screw it for an hour. I'm
eating ice cream for dinner. 'Cause 'MERICA!
I may be throwing up in another couple of hours, but it was
pretty awesome. Susie, Tate and I all agreed that the banana split
was probably better for me than the fried steak fingers and french
fries they had :-).
60 min. on the treadmill/elliptical scheduled for tomorrow -
probably won't be enough.
Sorta related....if you Google 'Merica and click on
images....you get some comedic gems. Like...
June 1, 2016.
00:06 UTC. Issue No. 4,129.
The other day I was out at the hangar and I
noticed that Rob had come by to work on his RV-8 project over in the
corner. It looks like his avionics wiring harness arrived from
SteinAir, as well as his custom cut panel blank. Looks great Rob!
A bit of trivia: The workbench you see in the picture here was cut from
one of the lanes at the bowling alley Rob grew up playing at in San
Angelo, Texas. When they were tearing down the bowling alley you could
go over there and buy a little bit of the lumber if you wanted to.
Rob and his dad thought it would make a nice workbench, as well is a
nice stroll down memory lane. It could be the only 'bowling alley
workbench' on Planet Earth being used to build an airplane <g>.
(click to enlarge)
Another great Pilots N Paws Mission ...UnPossible
Hey - Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, I was able to
complete another PNP mission - this time with the assistance of my
I had planned to put the pup in the baggage area of my 7A, but the
pup had other plans. However, once we fired up the engine and
started heading home she settled down. She spent most of the flight
with her head nestled in between my and my son's shoulders.
Here's a quick pic I took at 8500 feet above central Texas..... I'm
not the dog whisperer, but that looks like a RV Grin to me!
Mystery Island ...Vlad
Anyone been there?
Delta Oscar Golf ...David
Our 2 year old lab loves to go flying - I lift her up and she
crawls back where she belongs and waits till we get out to help her
out of the back.
Short 2 min video.
I've been meaning to post this for a long time. Each time I think
about doing it, I consider how trivial it is, and that I may well be
the only person on this earth that did not know this. So, here we
go. While at the RV fly-in at Petit Jean last year, I was chatting
with another RV-12 guy, and the subject got around to gas caps. I
mentioned that often I had difficulty in removing the cap. I made a
nice tool for lifting the tab, but the well fitting "O" ring made
the cap removal a real struggle. We happened to be standing by my
RV-12, and he politely demonstrated a simple procedure. All it takes
is a little push down on the stem, and the cap can be easily
removed. What a simple fix for an aggravating problem. After lifting
the tab, that little push down on the strm relieves the tension that
is against the "O" ring. This may not be much help to most of you,
but if it just saves one guy from this struggle that I have been
having for over a year, it was worth posting.
What a fantastic bird!!!..........Tom
Status Report ...The Swede RV-4
Got the reluctant spar bolts in after they spent the night in the
....Skyview lit up ok and brakes finally bled after some serious
About Aging Rivets ...Bill Boyd
I have quite an assortment that came with the partially-completed
kit, including some that were probably in the builder's shop from
even older projects. Most that are part of my kit are still bagged
from Van's, in 2010-2011. I've heard about age-hardening of rivets
and don't want problems with cracked heads when it comes time to
Any way to tell ahead of time what the likelihood of issues is? Is
there a rejuvenation trick for ancient rivets, if I have any?
Well…. The first conditional inspection is almost completed. I
can’t believe she has been an airplane for a year now. I was only
able to fly her for about 55 hours in the first year as there was a
lot (I mean a lot) of what we call “fly-fix-fly” mods. The most
significant were the numerous oil cooler and oil cooler
configuration changes to include the engine plenum.
I have not found anything unexpected during the conditional
inspection as I have kept a close eye on things. Taking things
apart, cleaning, lubricating, etc. more than usual. The small things
I added in the build process to simplify maintenance have really
paid off. IT IS IMPERATIVE to think about how you will maintain the
aircraft during the build process. If there is something you don’t
want to open up, or crawl into or just plain do; figure out a way to
overcome that issue during the build process.
I did take the time to make a few “upgrades”.
-Added a 5th harness strap for my wife.
-Painted a few interior parts.
-Reset the control stick to the right so it would be more
ergonomically suited for my flying position.
-Made/installed an exit fairing at the bottom of the fuse covering
the engine-mount cross-tube. This was a new concept for me. I let a
friend (Brian, future RV builder) make the part and just provided
guidance and requirements. It turned out very well, flight data to
come at a later date. I also came up with a way to interface the new
fairing with the DanH’s style cowl flap. Will post pics later.
In the process, I discovered that the injector restrictor nozzles on
the 340 were .028. Long story short, Don at Airflow Performance (the
nicest, most supportive vendor I have ever talked to) is sending me
.022 restrictor nozzles. That should also help with my idle issue.
Fingers crossed. Will report out later.
Still to do:
-Arrive at the final rudder trim wedge size. Slowly cutting it down.
-Make aft wing root fairings.
-Reset the incidence angle on the horizontal stab.
-Motorize DanH’s style cowl flap. Brian is working on a concept to
automatically open/close the cowl flap based on engine temps and
also provide the capability to override the position.
-Install the right pitch/length prop. Waiting on the 4th version.
Keep pounding rivets, running wire and sanding fiberglass. See you
Rainbow Formation ...Smiling Jack
Nice 82 degree day in Naples today with some scattered clouds to
make a nice rainbow formation picture.
May 31, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,128.
Honey, can you pick me up in Albuquerque?...GLPalinkas trip
Well it happened ...welcome Nick Coblio
to the Tacoma area this month. After we got settled we decided to
make the pilgrimage down to the RV plant and check things out. I had
planned on maybe getting the practice kit and preview plans at best.
After my wife and I got to go for a flight we ended up with a RV7
emp with electric trim and a practice tool box. For anyone who is on
the fence about this and can get to their shop in Aurora Or I would
good. The flight was amazing and with the 7 the first kit fits
easily into a car.
Wallpaper Calendar for June
N383RV in the flare at 52F. D.Reeves photo.
I always dread asking,
but a man's gotta eat.
It's the end of the month again so it's time for
our family to, as unobtrusively
as we can, gently remind regular readers that honor system yearly donations
determine whether or not our family business here runs at a profit
or a (loss). The year is
a little over 40% done, and 3.75% of the 22,253 registered forum
users (853) have donated so far in 2016. This doesn't include
the 30,000+ unregistered users who also view the site regularly.
More like 1% if you count those...
THANK YOU!!! if you
help support this site financially with your hard earned money.
We're trying our hardest to provide the RV community with a
motivational, informative, entertaining product that is worthy of
your fiscal support. We think it is unique in the online
We don't want a mansion or a yacht, but we do need the business in
the black to continue doing it. Please donate yearly if you
use it, and thanks again to those who do.
Doug, Susie, Audrey and Tate Reeves
Bahamas Weekender in the Abacos ...Dan Landry trip report
Milestone: Jeff Green ...wings installed.
Using the RV-10 to fix the house a/c ...Weasel trip report
I found myself almost asleep Thursday night when my dear bride
abruptly wakes me up with..Hey! The air conditioner is making a
funny sound outside.
Farmington NM, trout fishing, no luck ...Steve Melton RV-9A trip
"They have too much water and were releasing it from the dam and
that made for poor fishing. delivered one to Wichita and picked up
another in El Paso. flying into El Paso (Dona Anna airport, 5T6) in
the late afternoon, I was blinded by the sun and dust. water
temperature was 40F. cheap lightweight waders make you talk like a
Milestone ...Philip RV-8
Exhaust Valve Trauma ...Pete Howell
Status Report ...Mike Gregory -10
Closer Than Ever ...Carl in Sweden
Near completion now, waiting for calibrated scales/weighing.
Canopy is on.
Status Report ...David Paule -3B
Testing New Plenum integraty ...bret
Memorial Day, 2016.
May 27, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,126.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
dr photo. 52F.
Looking over Rudder ...LuisR
Ok, finally finished Ning the time to look over the rudder from
the partial built kit I just picked up.
1. First, I'm just now noticing that the skin rivets may have been
set with the blue vinyl then later removed. I say this because I see
blue specs stuck underneath a dozen or so under the rivets.
2. There is a very small gap between the left spar cap and the rear
3. Page 6-4 says to leave 3 horizontal places open. Well, they were
riveted. These are part of the VS-1004 or bottom rib.
Is 1 and 2 above a "build on" situation or do I need to remedy them?
What's the best way to drill out those 3 rivets in 3 above. I'll
post pics later.
RV-8 gear tower wire holes ...laz
Q: I have searched the forum. I have called Van's support
( not a real definitive answer).
Soo I need some help.
I am running a lot of wires down the inside of my left gear tower. I
need to exit them near the bottom in the same area that already has
holes for fuel lines. ( there are two and both are used). The Right
Gear tower has a huge hole (at least an inch). Form many reasons I
cannot run all my wires on that side.
1. Can I drill an addition two 3/4 inch holes in that area?
2. Has anyone else done this?
3. What should the spacing be?
I can easily keep 3/4 " spacing between the edges of all holes if
that info helps.
A: How about a 2" scat tube hole and some other holes.
Bulletin 16-05-26 ...RV-12 Data Plate
Chased by a B-29 in the RV-1 ...Paul Dye in Air & Space
"Lakeland Tower, RV-1, out of the flyby pattern for landing on
Two Seven Left.”
“Roger RV-1, continue your crosswind and fly downwind as close as
you can. Your traffic is a B-29 on a 45 entry to the downwind.”
“Roger the B-29, I have him in sight. Do you want me ahead of him or
Van's Aircraft, Inc. will be closed Monday May 30
Phone, Fax, e-mail and Web Orders placed after 12PM noon (Pacific
Time) on Friday, May 27th will be processed on Tuesday May 31st
Two Guys Enjoying Retirement w/RV-12 ...Jim Strickler video
May 26, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,125.
First Flight RV-3 S/N 11452
Today saw the first flight of Steve Lenne's RV3 in Cobram
Australia. Around 6 years in the making, with an Aerosport
IO-320, Whirlwind Prop, AFS3500 and Trutrak A/P recycled from my RV7
panel upgrade. Reportedly no major issues other than a
slightly heavy wing to be addressed.
VAF Airport Courtesy Car List Updated
...one page, no fuss.
[ed. Hey, FBOs!
Want your car listed here?
2016 OSH NOTAM Now Online ...32 pages
SteinAir News ... fmi:
1. Newly redesigned website. Take a look...
2. Four recently completed panels:
3. 'Premade' Stepped circuit breaker panel inserts for the RV-8
that allows folks to put breakers down the side of the armrest.
May 25, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,124.
The RV community
got word today Chris Johnson lost his battle with colon cancer on
the 19th of May. His last post was late July of last year.
Please keep Chris' friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.
RV-4 - Sacramento, CA to Pittsburgh, PA ...Al Hibpshman Trip
It was my privilege to ferry Jeanette Hibpshman's and my RV-4
from just North of Sacramento, CA to the Pittsburgh, PA area. The
trip took one long and one short day, a total of 12.9 hrs "Hobbs"
time. The weather was amazingly VFR the whole way. I stopped
approximately every two hours for fuel. Good to stretch the legs,
empty the bladder and take in the sights.
I flew at 11,500' for the first two legs, then 9,500 the rest of the
way. Using the disposable supplemental oxygen bottles to take a deep
breath of 95% oxygen every 10 minutes worked to keep my pulse
oximeter higher than 85.
Another Oshkosh talk show ...Bob Collins
Hi there. I'm weighing a request from EAA Radio to do another
mid-day talk show from Oshkosh, like I did in 2012. That was a blast
and I had some fantastic guests (listed
here), but, man, it was a lot of work. The prep time alone
chewed up a lot of free time but I met so many fascinating people
that it was more than worth it.
I try to do shows that emphasize grassroots aviators, that is: not
bigshots but people who build and/or fly and who have their own
interesting journeys in aviation.
So as I think about whether to do this this year, that leads to the
question: Who would that be?
Many of the guests in 2012 came as a result of a request posted here
(Alex Cuellar, the Unreins, Don Hull, etc.), so I'm hoping you'll
step forward and pass along information on people in aviation you've
met who you think would have a great story to tell for 15 minutes.
Or maybe it's even you.
Please post here, or you can email me at bcollinsrv7a 'at'
centurylink 'dot' net.
Status Report ...crabandy
I made another "plug" to simulate the reinforcement ring of the
inlet duct out of the same HDPE I've used for the rest of the
project. I made the radius 1/16" larger than the inlet ring to give
me some wiggle room, after I sanded things smooth it was probably
more like 1/32 larger. Since the cowl split line doesn't bisect the
center of the circle I also squared the sides of the HDPE plug
tangential to the half circle (not sure how else to word it) so the
top cowl can slide over the top of the inlet duct reinforcement
OSH AirVenture 2016 RV-10 Dinner/Social ...tradition
Sticking with tradition, we will be hosting the annual Oshkosh
RV-10 dinner/social on Sunday 7/24 this year. Location will
be in Camp Scholler (in the area of 54th & Lindbergh) as in
the past but we won't know the exact area until we get on site,
about a week before. We will also acquire an additional site as in
years past for a hangout area during the week.
Start time will be 5:30, feel free to show up early if you'd like to
be put to work setting up! We've had best luck just taking care of
the food rather than doing pot luck so we'll stick with that
approach and have a container for a free will offering to help
offset cost. If you'd rather bring something that's ok, it's just
difficult for a lot of folks to do much if they flew in and/or are
Not sure what the menu is yet but probably something different than
the standard burgers and brats. This is intended to be RV-10 focused
but as always, those still in the planning stages, vendors, etc. are
More details when the date gets closer, as of now there isn't much
more known. If you are planning to attend I'd appreciate a heads up
(PM limit will be quickly exceeded, email or just reply to the post
please) so we have some idea of head count.
...before further flight.
May 24, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,123.
N76CX First Flight! ...Jeff Caplins
After 14 years of building and thanks to the support of family,
friends and the VAF community, N76CX took to the skies.
The takeoff roll was short. The climb and racetrack over the airport
was smooth and predictable. The landing wasn’t too bad either (some
sort of weird hybrid 3-point/wheel landing) with Mike Seager’s voice
haunting my thoughts; “keep the stick back, keep the stick back.
Feet up to the brakes….”
0.4 hours in the logbook, and I needed a nap.
...before further flight.
Milestone: Painted ...Dave Ambrose RV-8A
"I did all the dis-assembly (1 day) and reassembly (2 days) with
the assistance of my wonderful wife. The paint is AkzoNobel Black
Mist and Medium Silver. The green is called Sublime Pearl and is a
Checking In ...Mark Bishop RV-10 (Tampa, FL)
"I acquired a previously started kit (full emp and 3/4 of one
wing done) and now have it sitting in my garage awaiting inventory
The RV-10 Forum
John S. “Jack” Wallace ...Rest in Peace
John S. “Jack” Wallace, EAA 10381, was a long time member of
Chapter 723. He was a retired captain for TWA, a Cosmic Wind
builder, and an RV-3 flyer. Carl Wright recalls that his hangar was
a place where many issues, aviation and otherwise, were debated, if
Jack started flying in 1936, and was a tower operator, a flight
instructor until December 1941, and then a flight instructor for the
Army Air Corps. Later he became a production test pilot for Douglas
Aircraft on SBD and A20 aircraft. He flew for over 33 years as a
pilot for TWA, amassing over 25,000 hours in his career. He was in
the initial group of captains who checked out on the L-1011 and he
helped immeasurably in introducing it successfully to the traveling
public. He was the Captain of the 1975 Flight Deck Crew of the Year.
The Cosmic Wind project brought him in contact with air racing folks
like John Parker of American Air Racing in Torrance, California.
Here is a list of the aircraft Jack flew: Kinner Sportster,
Porterfield, Taylor Cub, Rearwin Sportster, Taylorcraft, Aeronca,
Luscombe, Stinson 105, Fleet, Rearwin Cloudster, Culver Dart, Culver
Cadet, Monocoupe, J-5 Travelair, Fairchild 24 Warner, Stinson
Voyager, Interstate Cadet, Ox-Travelair, Stinson SM7A J-69,Ryan
PT-22, Stearman, Rearwin 8135-T, Vultee BT-15, Douglas C-47a, Boeing
B17g, Dourlas SB-D, Cessna170, Couglas DC-3, Citabria, Cessna 195,
Douglas A20, Douglas C54, Martin 404, Lockheed Constellation 049 749
749a 1049 1049g, Navion, Bonanza, Mooney Mite, Convair 880, Boeing
707, Lockheed L-1011 Tri Star, Great Lakes, Pitts, Rv-3.
Jack’s Cosmic Wind project was sold to a gentleman from the Midwest,
and his RV-3 went to an EAAer from Burbank.
Status Report ...Blain
"I can almost smell the AvGas."
KIWI PILOTS TACKLE THEIR TOUGHEST FLIGHT YET
23 May 2016
Kiwis are set to enter an elite club this week as they each pilot a
hand-built single-engine aircraft all the way from New Zealand to
Australia and back.
Sitting in an aircraft no larger than a car for nine hours might not
be everyone’s idea of a bucket-list adventure, but for these three
pilots, the 1265-mile (2300km) Tasman crossing is the flight of a
Making the long journey over water and outside radio and radar
coverage can be quite a dangerous undertaking, but thanks to the
satellite technology of New Zealand company Spidertracks, friends,
family, and emergency services will be able to watch their progress
live and communicate with them the entire time.
One of the pilots, Wellingtonian Peter Merwood, knows firsthand how
difficult a journey like this can be, having called off a similar
trip in 2014 due to bad weather.
This time around, Peter joins Aucklander David Wilkinson and western
Bay of Plenty native Bill Luther on what they’ve dubbed the “Great
Aussie Flying Adventure.”
The trio, with over 90 years of flying experience between them, will
leave from Kerikeri on Monday and fly the 482-mile (890km) leg
direct to Norfolk Island before taking off again for Lord Howe
Island — leaving only the remaining 300 miles (555km) to mainland
Australia at Port Macquarie.
The idea of the Great Aussie Flying Adventure was born in late 2015
when David and Bill contacted Peter to get help planning a
trans-Tasman crossing of their own. Peter agreed to assist on the
condition that he could try again, too.
“I wasn’t able to cross the ditch last time, but I’ve flown
extensively in Australia on private flying trips and love the
Outback. While Dave and Bill have plenty of experience in NZ, they
haven’t flown in Australia before, so I’m looking forward to
explaining the differences to them and introducing them to some
iconic Outback locations,” says Peter.
He adds that the long flight over water will be the most dangerous
part, but having the Spidertracks device onboard means that if
anything goes wrong, people will know exactly where they are and
what was happening the whole time.
“We’re required to carry a device called an emergency locator
transmitter (ELT), but they have a notorious failure rate when it
comes to alerting people of an accident on land and simply do not
work in water. With the Spider onboard, we know that emergency
services will automatically be alerted right away if anything
happens during the trip, and they’ll know exactly where to look,”
For David Wilkinson, who is bringing his father along with him for
the adventure, the flight is extra special.
“It’s been a dream of my father’s to cross the ditch for a long
time, but his aircraft isn’t able to carry enough fuel, so it’s nice
we get to do it together.”
adds that while the flying hasn’t changed much from his father’s
time, having a Spidertracks device onboard has changed the whole
idea of long-distance flying, as it provides peace of mind for his
wife and three young children who will be following the flight in
“I remember as a kid having to actually pick up the phone and call
the control tower to find out where my dad was on his cross-country
flights. Now my kids just have to look at an app on their phone or
laptop to see where I am anywhere in the world. It’s amazingly
“It’s also nice to know that if something does goes wrong, it
doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in the bush, or floating in a raft
somewhere in the ocean; if you had a Spider onboard, then someone
will know where you are,” says David.
Bill Luther, the most experienced pilot of the group, says the
“Vans” aircraft they are taking are perfectly suited for such a long
flight, as they do not require any modifications.
“It’s going to be a great adventure. It’ll be a wonderful
opportunity to test ourselves over open ocean and open desert, where
everything looks the same. But that’s part of the fun.
“The Vans RV6, RV7, and RV8 that we’re taking across are perfect for
this type of flight as they’re relatively quick. We’ll be cruising
at around 150kts (277km/h), around a third as fast as a Boeing 737,
but at least we’ll get a better view.”
The pilots took off from Kerikeri on Monday 23rd and can watch the
Great Aussie Flying Adventure’s progress live on their public page
For more information, contact Todd O’Hara on +1 310 710 3654 or
May 23, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,122.
Vlad's Grocery Run in Pictures
"Eggs, Milk, Mixture Lean, ..."
First Flight: RV-4 ...Spence Dance
Beautiful day for a first flight this morning. She leapt from the
ground like a home-sick angel. EFII 360 engine ran perfect. The prop
surged a little on the initial take off, but then after about 2
surges it smoothed out. I think the prop hub just needed to be
filled with oil.
Indicates 160 knots with 25/25 at 5000 ft. Wheel pants are not
installed yet so I will get some more speed when those are
I flew for 51 minutes.
Number three cylinder stayed around 425 degrees and the other three
were around 375, so I need to look at that.
Besides that, it was a non-event. Lots of anxiety for nothing.
First RV-12 lesson ...KALewis
Pretty sure he will be a stick and rudder pilot!
Milestone: All Twos
Forums clicked past 22,222 registered forum accounts over the
weekend. Thank you from our family to all the wonderful people
who make the VAF online community what it has become - really
honored to call so many of you friends.
We'll continue to try our hardest to provide you a good place to
meet and promote the world's greatest hobby! You keep goofing
off at work <grin>.
Your grateful hosts,
Milestone: RV9A Painted ...Darin
Registration is OPEN: OK18 Fly-In (Oklahoma) ...Clayton
are quickly closing in on the Memorial Day weekend and its time to
get serious about planning. I have updated the
calendar event with some more details, including plans for
meals, as well as a registration link.
Catfish will be on the menu.
If you are planning to join us at OK18 over the weekend, please
Survey/Registration form so that we can be better prepared for
All the Best,
Clayton's Latest Fishing Report
[ed. As you may suspect...Clayton and I are
friends. ;^) dr]
Almost done w/panel ...KHeidorn RV-14 (4 images)
Eastern Canada Gathering of RV's - The Pics ...Martin Leroux
Today was the first Eastern Canada Gathering of RV's at
St-George-de-Beauce, Quebec, Canada (CYSG). Since I was the
originator of the forum thread that made this public on VAF, as a
follow up, I am starting a new thread where people can share
pictures of this event.
Originally, I understood that the Beauce Flying Club, organizer of
this event, had only published it on French Canadian forums. Well,
they didn't know the VAF social networking power, and told the crowd
there they were surprised to see RVers flying in from Nova Scotia,
Ontario or even the USA to attend this beautiful Saturday RV and Hot
dog RV networking event in Quebec. I believed I heard 50-60
airplanes of all types, RV and others, showed up for the event. For
a moment on that airfield, it felt like a "mini-Oshkosh"!
A new story begins ...Martin Richer (Mirabel, Quebec)
Well…it’s done. My RV-7 empennage has been ordered and was shipped
today. A new adventure begins. The only downside is the
shipping cost with that exchange rate!!! I certainly hope that our
loonie gets in better shape before I order my wings!
I’ve been in the aviation industry for the past 13 years so I
already have a lot of tools to start with, that’s the upside.
And…I’m not yet a pilot…yeah I know it’s kind of crazy
… I figured I’ll get my license sometime during the building
process. Always wanted to fly and build!
I’m very proud to be part of the VAF “family”.
(sorry for my english…french canadian here) <g>
May 20, 2016.
00:04 UTC. Issue No. 4,121.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Jacob Hollenbeck photo.
142LM First Flight ...Matt German RV-10
Well, after two and a half years of building and 8 months
distractions, at 6:07pm central time at 3GV 142LM finally took to
air. The flight was flawless with slight turbulence but no wind. All
the parameters were in the green. Flew for 1.7 hours and looking
forward for more to come.
Problem Solved (Help Needed in Bangor, Maine)
First off thank you for all the help and support. The aircraft
got fixed, the problem was the voltage regulator. The only
indication after looking back at the flight was the amp gauge which
BARELY showed a discharge.
So be aware of the amp gauge if it ain't showing 0 or + something is
going on with the alternator. I was sitting right seat so the
angle of viewing during flight indicated +
When in doubt rely on training, AVIATE, NAVIGATE, COMMUNICATE.
2016 Oshkosh Social ...the Beer Fairy announcement
2016 Oshkosh RV Social
Monday July 25th
1366 WEST WAUKAU AVENUE
Starts When The Airshow Ends
Ends When The Kegs Run Dry (or about 10PM)
Troy Branch Spar Update
Yesterday I cleaned the area with a scotch brite pad and took
this shot. I need to do the dye test to put this to bed. It is too
perfect of a curve to be a crack IMO. But it sure looks like a
crack. It goes from hole edge to hole edge. I think a dumped rivet
that was removed may have done this but generally the second rivet
would not be able to be set perfect. This one is, maybe I just got
lucky. It is to long ago for me to know what I did. A dye test will
be the only confirmation I think. Not sure what the dye will look
like if this is only a gouge. Not sure if it will show the same as
if it was a crack.
30 Years of the RV-6/6A Design: Airventure 2016 Celebration!
...shirt/cap/patch preview courtesy EAA.
New SB issued 6 May ...inspect before
Aircraft Service Bulletins
For Sale: Russ Daves RV-10
[ed. My friend Russ is selling his
RV-10. One of the nicest people I've had the good fortune to
ever meet. v/r,
May 19, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,120.
Our RV online friend
David Domeier (7A/8)
shared with us that he lost his wife to Glioblastoma yesterday.
Please keep David and his extended family in your prayers.
Between layers/showers on a .3hr flight Wednesday Dallas, TX.
Respectfully submitted for motivation (click
Signed Off! ...Spence Dance RV-4
May 5, sign off. Now it is not just an expensive hangar
decoration. Many thanks to Mel
VAF into Germany ...Bruce Eicher
Many may know Katie and I met a German RV family on VAF. Last
year we hosted Matthis for the school year and then the rest of the
family visited us in the summer. So now we are visiting them! The
chance for the great fun and friendship should be credited to VAF!
I could write a book and fill a hard drive with pics, but I will
keep it RV related.
Herman and Klaus -7s.
N1488BW's Panel ...AAflyer
I slapped my avionics into my panel today to test
connections/plugs, etc. I'm trying to keep it as simple as I can get
away with. I added the ELT remote switch only this week, which was
the first addition to my Dynon Skyview suite since I laid out my
panel over 18 months ago. Hope to put power to it soon. Blue masking
tape is evidence that I'm also waiting for a nice day to paint my
windshield fairing and canopy bow. Some of you may appreciate my mod
for this "tall boy".
Update on Clayton's Memorial Day Fly-In
...at least the trot line has bait on the hooks. Melissa and I
got out this evening and set the trot line. Have had some rain in
the area the past few days, and the river is starting to really run.
Plans are, if successful with the fishing, we will have a catfish
dinner over the Memorial Day Weekend. Working on other food
arrangements (at least the main course) for Saturday, Sunday, and
We will be getting a registration form out in the next few days, so
that we can get an idea of how many guest we can expect.
Will update you on how the fishing goes.
In the meantime, let me know if you have questions.
All the Best,
PS: We caught 9 nice blues and a channel cat a couple of weeks ago
on Mother's Day. I'm convinced more every year (coming on 30 now)
that I married the right gal - a good Okie
Upcoming Garmin Experimental Avionics Seminar
May 18, 2016.
00:10 UTC. Issue No. 4,119.
265WD First Flight! ...John Walker RV-10 (above)
Well, I (we) did it.... On Friday, (yes Friday the 13th
but it was Top Gun day so that overruled my superstitious
tendencies) our RV-10 took flight for the first time, after 2.5
years of building, with me at the controls.... For the most part it
was an uneventful flight. Had some high CHTs and the oil door popped
open after about 10 minutes, but other than that,she flew
beautifully. Leaped off the runway in what seemed like no time at
all and before I knew it I was 2000 feet off the ground. Stayed in
the pattern and only flew for about 15 minutes. She flew straight
and true and very well balanced. (We fixed the oil door too, been a
PIA since day one... Needed to be even stiffer and the latches
needed more bite)
Since then I've flown another 6 hours including the 45 minute hop to
take it to Cleveland Airport outside of Tulsa to drop it off for
I can't say enough good things about working with Barrett Precision
and EFII. The engine starts easy, runs so good and so smooth.
Combine that with the 3 blade MT, it is the smoothest plane I've
Also a big shout out to Stein and his crew that have helped with all
the little questions that arise. And the G3X guys have been
instrumental as well.
Took until now to post this because... Well, I'm happy to say, I was
My mother in law got a couple shots, but they are from behind as
they had driven down to the departure end of the runway to make sure
everything was ok... She said the plane was too fast to keep up
Scary problem accidentally found! ...Jesse
I had a guy fly up to visit my shop on Saturday. I had talked to
him once or twice about how difficult it has been to start his
O-360. He was able to get it started on Saturday morning to come
visit me (hoping I would be here, which I happened to be). Then he
couldn't get it started again to get home, which very possibly saved
his life, and very likely saved his plane.
The starting problem appears to be a bad Mag, or at least bad
points. We popped in a Slick 4372 that we had on the shelf in place
of his 4373 after talking to the Slick guru about he compatibility
and how to time it for testing. We out the mag in and it started on
the second blade. We ran the engine for about 15-20 seconds. After I
shut down my assistants noticed that the firewall was covered with
oil. Upon closer examination, this is what we found.
Milestone - - - RV-12 ...John Bender
900 HOURS on Hobbs. Running very well. Hope it encourages
those building to stay with it.
Pics from N. California RV-12 Get Together ...Paul Straub
Status Report ...crabandy
I precut the straight weave 9.66 oz (7500 from spruce), I was
only able to line up the fabric perpendicular as recommended earlier
on the outside surface and keep the fabric 1 piece.
Status Report ...Carl in Sweden
Mostly electric work done recently, nearly finished with the
DYNON installation. Just got rudder back from painter.
May 17, 2016.
00:17 UTC. Issue No. 4,118.
Roger Von Grote departs 52F a couple weeks ago in
his RV-8. Besides having good tastes in airplanes, Roger has
some interesting flying experience. He flew the Caribou with
the bulldozer in the back in the 'B-29
Frozen in Time' Nova episode. Also, he's related to the
Red Baron. Like I said...interesting <g>.
Canopy Crack ...Mark Dickens RV-8
Probably the oldest story in the book. Cracked the canopy while
riveting it to the frame this afternoon, but stop drilled it
immediately. I will get some weld-on, but was wondering what to plug
the hole with. I know RTV isn't a good choice, but wonder what
everyone else has used, I was thinking about using a little DAP Alex
caulk since it dries clear.
Electrical System Planning - Inputs are welcome ...Yves (Basel,
I am currently planning my Electric Power distribution and wanted
to know what you think about it.
Basic infos: I am building a RV-8 for VFR and Night VFR flying.
Equipment: G3X 10" Touch, GNC-255, GTX23ES, GMA245, Garmin A/P and
Electric Trim. As I will install a light Catto Prop, the Battery
(PC680) will be mounted on the Firewall. On the engine I have
planned a B&C starter and a Plane power alternator "with OV".
As the Panel is glass I really want to have a Ground Power Jack.
My current Problem is that I do not know if I need a Avionics Bus to
Avionics during engine start (Com, Audio Panel etc). During startup
the G3X, GSU73 and the GEA24 will be kept alive with the GAD27.
Here is what I have so far. Am I missing something?
RV-10 800hrs Spar Crack ...Troy Branch RV-10
So this is what my spar crack looks like. The rivet just below
the pushrod hole is the location. The spar has some scuff marks
which looks like happened prior to the corrosion protection. I
really should have buffed them out and then primed before riveting.
The crack is almost turning in on itself. Not sure where I should be
stop drilling this. I have the question into Vans to get their
(later) Vans say to leave and monitor. It is not where they
would expect the crack to be from the SB. I am going to see if I can
get a better confirmation of what it is. My concern with drilling
out that rivet would be breaking that part of the spar material
right off. I will monitor monthly and see.
(Scott M) "I viewed your photo with Gus and I am not
convinced it is a crack. A dye pen inspection would better
show if it really is, but short of doing that we agreed that
monitoring it was a good plan."
[ed. I'll let you know if Troy does a
dye test. v/r,dr]
4th Annual Cedar Meadows Fly-in VA/WV
...rescheduled to June 4.
May 16, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,117.
John von Linsowe converts tri gear to taildragger
Practicing stall recovery, the fabled base to final turn with engine
(Eddie Seve Sydney, Australia) "I did my BFR last Friday,
as part of the review, Pete my instructor asked if I had ever
practiced a turning stall with in turn rudder to get it to come
Note in the video the stall warning sounds after we are pointing at
This was a very sobering exercise, watch my attempt, I was taught to
roll upright before pulling to the horizon, but the surprise catches
me out even though I know it's going to happen. I then stall it
again in my recovery by pulling a little too hard.
Also note, there is no spin, just straight down..."
Eagle's Nest Projects - Center Stage at Wings Over Paris Airshow
Saturday morning in Paris, Texas, the clouds cleared and blue
skies prevailed for the Wings Over Paris air show. Thanks to the
efforts of repo-man Kevin Lacey (also a mentor at the McKinney
build) and the overwhelming support of the airshow management staff,
Eagle's Nest Projects was featured center stage at the event.
Build-students from McKinney Aviation Academy were on-hand
throughout the day answering questions, doing media interviews, and
generally enjoying "celebrity" status. McKinney is nearing the
completion of their build but not yet flying and they chose to
display a flying aircraft from Houston, the 3rd completion at Clear
Springs High School. It was an outstanding day for all and the
airshow was as good as it gets!
From the Mothership FB page...
May 13, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,116.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Enjoying the greening fields of Texas for a bit
Flaps Work! (video ...Larry Larson RV-7A
"Only builders understand why this is cool."
Friendly Neighbor ...Vlad
Here I am crawling to the airport after work for an evening
fix... You gotta be kidding me how do they know so fast? I didn't
tell anybody ...<g>
Paint flaking off cylinder barrel. Normal? Common?
Q: My 300-hr Aerosport Power 0-320 has a fair amount of
black paint flaking off all four of the barrels, particularly on the
flange that connects to the case. Is this common, normal, OK?
A: Well, I see it a lot......does that make it normal?
A: Steve after my tach flipped first thousand hours
about two years ago I worried about this. Factory baked Lycoming
only three years in service?
A: My Warrior has a low-time O-320 rebuilt by Penn Yan.
Same as Vlad's pic above. I was told by an A&P that it is very
common and not to worry. Don't know if this is true but he said
years ago a paint formulation change was made and flaking became
A: When we used to judge aircraft at the SWRFI, we quickly
learned that paint was only worth a very small percent of a score.
Translation= paint don't make them fly and better, just keeps them
lasting a little longer. The last engine I built for myself, I spent
a good amount of time prepping and painting with very good high temp
engine paint. You guessed it, it flakes off too.
I know this dose not settle your concern but, this is why we work on
them every week end, or so it seems
Bird strike photo
Seen at my home field after lunch Wednesday. Plane is from
out of state, I think. Cell phone pic...
May 12, 2016.
00:04 UTC. Issue No. 4,115.
Trying to Better my IFR Self ...a.k.a. 'Cubeworms
...learning the flow a bit bitter without spending much money.
Some screen grabs and short explanations below describing how I pick
a random flight a couple hundred miles out and follow along on the
radio so I can practice for when I need to interact with ATC in the
crowded Class B environment (DFW) I live and operate around.
(click to enlarge)
1. IFR approach chart for 18R at KDFW (my local area). Or
whatever chart is called for...
2. Notepad document open showing route of flight I'm tracking
(grabbed off FlightAware shows the STAR)
3. iPad running $3.99 app 'flightradar24'
(let's me display just the airplane symbol and the call sign)
4. STAR called for in the route ('UKW4' in the example here).
5. Handheld tied into a
Centerfire VHF Special Purpose antenna on roof. Plan 'B'
is to use www.LiveATC.net if
it's away from my local area.
Also of note a weather map of N.Texas radar lower left. The
other monitor on the right is for working while I do this <g>.
OK, so we had this Tuesday evening in the DFW area.
clouds followed by TSRA. This from my driveway before the
(click to enlarge)
I pulled up
the iPad and started watching the traffic inbound for DFW pile up in
holds.........waiting for the storms to pass...
(click to enlarge)
Tap on one to see the location of the hold.
Turned on altitude so I could see who was where, and how clobbered
and tall each stack was.
(click to enlarge)
I pick an ARTCC freq and pick an airliner a ways out
to follow along with - see if I can find it. If so go look it
up on FlightAware.com to get its filed route. Copy paste that
in a notepad doc and go look up the STAR they are planning to use.
Image here courtesy
Write their call sign on a post it note and put on
the monitor. Try to pretend I'm in that aircraft and I'm
running the radios. Try to get mentally ahead of the aircraft.
The game for me is to stay with it as it's switched over to
approach, then tower, and finally ground while following along with
the correct STAR, approach plate and airport diagram.
Sometimes they change approaches. Sometimes runways.
Often frequencies. Real world dynamics, and simulated practice
that doesn't cost anything... Thank you ARPANET and your
Over an hour in a hold...
(click to enlarge)
I *think* this inexpensive nerdvision exercise helps
me keep my ATC chops a little sharper while I'm not flying often
(like now during the college years). At least it seems to help
me for when I'm talking to approach during practice IFR work.
I kinda know what to expect.
The flexible beauty of this tech is that you can
find stormy Wx pretty much anywhere in the country and follow along
as the dynamic stuff throws wrenches into everyone's perfect plans.
Maybe the route of a trip you're planning on doing
someday in your RV.
ATPs reading this might be rolling their eyes, but I
was 50 when I got my IFR ticket, and my brain needs to be worked out
more than when it was 18 to remember stuff. ;^)
It's gotta be more productive than watching 'Housewives
of Alaska House Flippers'.....again.
May 11, 2016.
00:03 UTC. Issue No. 4,114.
Follow the Sun. An RV adventure in England ...Richard Welch
First Flight...Bill Vinson RV-7
RV-7 N321BV made its maiden flight today. The flying
characteristics were flawless. The Dynon Skyview system worked
perfectly I have a new engine so need to do the run-in over the
first few hours and used the autopilot which allowed me to closely
monitor all engine readings as I made racetracks on the sky over the
airport. The only problem noted was some roughness from the E/I. The
mag side ran smooth as silk.
On return I removed the cowling a found a few fittings I needed to
snug up before the next flight. I also contacted Electro Air and
they provided suggestions on how to correct for the E/I roughness.
Another RV takes to the air!!
This site have been a huge help over the course of my build. Thanks
Tip- Match drilling for Aviation Products tailwheel ...DanH
My tailwheel spring came drilled with two holes for the stock
Van's tailwheel. Some folks just drill a new hole through the
tailwheel socket and spring to mount an Aviation Products tailwheel,
but I prefered to match drill for the existing holes.
This is a clamp-on drill guide block. Clamp the block to the spring
and drill it using the hole in the spring as a guide. Then position
the tailwheel, flip the drill around, and drill the tailwheel socket
using the block as a guide.
Well Shoot. A setback and a very bad night ...Eric Rushing RV-10
Just need to commiserate a bit...
I had a very bad night tonight. Just finishing up a few things on
the left outboard wing skin before starting to rivet it in. (The
right wing is done.)
I was dimpling the #8 screw holes in the skin for the Gretz pitot
mast and a big chunk of the skin cracked and just broke away. The
hole was deburred but not perfectly round. I could not get it any
more round with the #19 drill so I just proceeded.
Jesse Saint Saved My Day!
Yesterday I flew from my home base KBKV (Brooksville, FL) up to
X35 (Dunellon) in my RV8A to get some of their cheap fuel. Just as I
was turning to stop in front of the self serve pump, the seal in my
right brake piston went out and it was a miracle I didn't end up
hitting the fuel pump or barricades. After I finally got it stopped
in the grass and saw what the problem was, I knew I was going to
need some help. I had never met Jesse, but had read many of his
posts here helping people with avionics questions, and remembered he
was based at this airport. I went looking for him thinking he might
be of some help, and he was more than I could have hoped for. He and
one of his assistants dropped what they were doing and helped me get
the plane to his hanger, and then proceeded to fix my blown out
seal. I had been wanting to get up there and meet Jesse and talk
avionics, but that wasn't my goal that day. I did, however, get to
see a recently finished panel upgrade he did in an RV7A that made me
want to drool. Jesse got me fixed up and on my way in about an hour.
I can't believe how lucky I was not only to have avoided hitting
something with my plane, but having the great fortune to have broken
down a few hundred yards from Jesse's shop. When I need a panel
upgrade or some other service Jesse provides in the future, you can
be sure he's the first person I will contact!
Status Report ...crabandy photos
Selfies ...Bruce Eicher
First trip yesterday to the coast with our new rescue, Jade. Hana
is laying on Katie's lap disgusted she has to share her space.
The "Sock Muffs" have slipped in the photo, but she wears them just
Hangar Request for 3 Nights ....Houston area May 16th(ish)
[ed. Needed for an RV friend. v/r,
May 10, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,113.
Pug Traffic Watch ...Rob Hickman RV-10
Valdez Fly In Pics ...Berchmans in Alaska
The annual Valdez Fly In was May 6th through the 8th this year.
My wife and I flew our RV8 in for the big day, May 7th. It was a
beautiful clear day for a flight through the Chugach Mountains and
over Prince William Sound. Here are just a few photos.
Panel Design Feedback
It's time to cut the panel! Any comments on this layout before it
becomes a lot more difficult to change?
What to do after the RV-8 is finished ...Danny King
"I restored a 1939 Maytag washing machine engine for fun and the
love of old engines. After I got it running, my “motor-head” friends
loved the 75 year old engine simply for what it was, but most others
just didn’t get it. The most common question I got was: "What does
it do?” "Well it runs," was my answer.
I gave it some thought, and remembered that I had a 1960’s vintage
White Mountain hand cranked ice cream maker in the attic. It had
been up there for over 30 years. I dug around until I uncovered the
rusting antique churn and went to work restoring it. I ordered a
small wagon, but UPS delivered them damaged four out of four! I
decided that the odds of getting one delivered un-broken was nil, so
I combined the last two damaged wagons to make one good one, and
returned all the broken parts.
I purchased an Amish made sliding engine mount for the Maytag to act
as a clutch, and a pillow bearing pulley assembly to reduce the
engine’s RPM. I machined a length of 3/4 steel shaft to replace the
hand crank handle on the churn so I could install a 12” pulley in
its place. Finally, I had all the components necessary to build a
Maytag powered ice cream machine. Below is the almost finished
project. Anyone up for some home made ice cream?"
Possibly the best RV photo I've ever
taken (Danny's RV-8).
I have no idea how it turned out so good. dr
RV-12 Kit for sale ...Santa Fe, New Mexico.
[ed. I thought this was a really well
laid out combination of inserting pictures and listing exactly what
you're getting. And I'm sorry you need to sell your kit, Bob.
The way you've laid things out, I think it will sell quickly.
May 9, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,112.
Snowy Owl release in James Bay – PnP Canada ...Lycosaurus RV-9A
RV-8 Bob "Beagle" Brents ...welcome
First builder thread post from a long time lurker. The wing kit
just arrived so I suppose I'm committed.
Back in '78, as a bald-faced boy I drew an airplane and vowed
that one day I would grow up to be an aerospace engineer and design
and build this:
Many years passed and I did become and aerospace engineer
(Boeing) but life got in the way of "the airplane thing". One day
(no longer at Boeing) I heard that a colleague was building an
airplane. I asked him which one and he said "A Van's RV-8". So I did
a quick internet search and thought that an RV-8 would scratch that
itch from 1978.
Chino Air Show 2016 Photos ...XOverZero
Photos of Pacific NW ...bob1392
Here are some pics taken today in the Pacific NW, NW of Seattle
with pics of Puget Sound, the Hood Canal, Mt. Rainier (SE of Seattle
in the Cascade Mtns), the Straights of Juan de Fuca (separates the
US from Canada), the Olympic Mtns, and Port Angeles airport.
From the Sun to Uranus, my RV is Google Maps Famous! ...Brad
Watch Your "Step" ...Jim Stricker's wife wins all arguments for
That River ...Pete Howell
The Big River is open for commerce again(it has been for a while)
So I went out on my favorite local sunset flight to snap a few pics.
May 6, 2016.
00:07 UTC. Issue No. 4,111.
A&P Getting Help From CFII
Airline mechanic Eldo 'Nova' Elders gets some RV-6A
familiarization instruction from CFII Gary Platner Thursday morning
at 52F. Eldo bought the plane used and is fixing it up.
Let that sink in a bit.... Professional aircraft
mechanic, who already has his pilot's license, recognizes that there
could be something that he doesn't know about flying this plane.
Realizing that it can be life and death, he avails himself of
someone with the proper skill set to educate him.
A professional mindset demonstrated. Nova, you're my dang
hero, and a fine role model.
Wishing everyone a happy, SAFE and RV-filled weekend.
(click to enlarge) dr photo.
Lessons from a long X-C ...Ed Wischmeyer
After six days, I finally finished the three day trip from
Savannah, GA, to Prescott, AZ. (Total logged time was 14.5 hours)
Some observations and "thoughts":
* If my retirement plans are to spend four winter months in Savannah
and the other eight in Arizona, I might not want to make this long
X-C twice a year, in May and January. In other words, leave the
plane in Arizona for four months. Maybe if I were younger and more
energetic... and the plane should get used to it, eventually.
* Ideally, you should have all your last minute chores attended to
days before you leave so that you're really ready for the trip
* The RV-9A really needs a constant speed prop to be a good high
density altitude airplane. Once it gets going, it's fine, but a
fixed pitch prop is like getting a car moving in fourth gear. And I
got real tired of constantly adjusting power in the west Texas up
and downdrafts -- and they weren't even up to full strength;
* The sunscreen was indispensable, even in mild temperatures;
* Had a full set of sectionals for the trip (many of them old) but
never touched them;
* I've got about ten inches between the G3X screens. That's too much
for reading fine detail on the far screen;
* The full screen display is preferred for reading charts (always
north up) when you're flying east or west.
* The autopilot made this trip so much easier than hand flying,
especially with all the bumps, gusts, and wind changes. With a wind
readout, you realize that the flight planning as taught is based on
averages, but it's not what you see in the air;
* I hate bumps;
* Oxygen takes the edge off bumps, even as low as 6,500 feet;
* Instrument currency would have been nice, as long as the flight
was above at least 1,000 foot ceilings;
* For VFR X-C, you really don't care about ceiling. You care about
the lowest clouds, be they few or scattered;
* Cheap gas is nice, but the total package is gas, food, hotel, and
ride to the hotel;
* Had some good meals, some not so good meals, but the most
appreciated food was a half grapefruit one morning;
* I really like an occasional inflight sip or nibble. Preferred are
bottled water, bottled soda (so you can close it again), and good
chocolate chip cookies, and something salty;
* There's a balancing act between good hydration and bladder
* If you carry liquids, like cleaning supplies or oil, good idea to
have them in two containers. My bug cleaning bottle leaked big time;
* Frequent changes of destination are par for the course;
* Failures on this trip were the Dynon D2 and a stuck PTT, right
after the last landing;
* With the weather delays and such, my average groundspeed was about
a third of the speed of the Solar Impulse.
Dog Selfie ...Rob 6A
Separation During Riveting ...agoessling
I was riveting some of the HS ribs to the spar this evening and
ran into some separation issues. The rib flange sat flush with the
rivet in place before riveting. It also sat flush after giving it a
few taps to swell the shank. However when I went to fully form the
shop head, the rib flange pulled away from the spar ~0.006". These
were some of my better rivets in terms of the quality of the shop
and manufactured head, but twice I had the same separation problem.
I read that too low pressure can be a cause of this so I increased
the pressure on the mini-regulator until it was just on the edge of
controllable for me (Here the rivet was being set in less than or
equal to one second). This seemed like it might have slightly
improved the separation distance, but not enough. I would have liked
to put the manufactured head on the rib flange but that would
require an offset set so I put it on the spar.
Top 10 - Stadium Flyovers
May 5, 2016.
00:07 UTC. Issue No. 4,110.
Yesterday was 'Star Wars Day' apparently...
Adam Burch took a stab at it...
83rd Birthday RV Grin! ...TJ
My Mom turned 83 and needed to get up to Muskogee, Ok to my
sisters where they would take her for the weekend to Branson, MO.
Original plan was for my sister to drive 4.5 hours down to pick her
up and drive back due to the weather. Well as luck would have it the
weather cleared for the day and I flew her up! She was thrilled to
fly, especially since we were at KMKO in an hour 6 minutes, beat 4.5
She was thrilled with the flight and was able to get in the front
seat despite having 2 knee replacement surgeries last year!
RVs are great time machines and I hope I will still be flying when I
turn 83! <g>.
EGT Dropping Issue
I have a Superior IO 360 with mags on both sides in my RV with
325 hours on it. I have have had several incidents of my number 2
cylinder EGT dropping very low and the engine running rough as if
only running on three cylinders. It only lasts for a few seconds, so
its hard to note other changes. My response has been to come back on
power and richen mixture. But its usually over by then.
My oil pressure has always run high, I use 100 LL only, change oil
every 25 hours and oil filter every 50 hours. I usually run ROP ,but
occasionally LOP if at low power settings. My only real sin is I
warm up the engine at low RPM's, usually about 700 because it runs
smooth and vibration free at that RPM. I have recently read a
Lycoming article about idleing the engine at 1100 to 1200 RPM's so
as to run the the engine hot enough to activate the the lead
scavageing chemical in the fuel. I have changed my warm up
I am in the mdst of checking the number two exhaust valve and
reaming if necessary. My spring compressor and ream are ordered and
should be here tomorrow.
More to follow.
Partial "glass" Panel ... what to do with the blackness ...Glen
I'm preparing for an IPC. My RV-8 has a pretty good glad panel
but being and RV-8 it doesn't have huge reserves for redundant
displays. It does have backups for the key systems and I've
practiced using them in VMC.
Note iPad covering 'broken' EFIS....
Garmin 2016 panel photo contest!
I wanted to share this link for those interested in entering our
2016 panel photo contest.
Panel photo submission link
You can enter from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Include a
brief description of what Garmin products you’ve installed and the
aircraft type, and don’t forget your contact information, too.
If your submission is selected for posting to our Flickr account, in
addition to being proudly displayed on our experimental webpage,
you’ll be entered into a monthly drawing for a year subscription to
Garmin Pilot. That’s a $150 value!
Thanks in advance for sharing your work with us.
May 4, 2016.
Issue No. 4,109.
RVator Takes (2) 96 yr old B-29 Crew Members Up In 'FIFI'
You may know Bill 'Lurch' Goeken. He flies an RV-8 fastback
out of Propwash (16X) west of DFW (him below). He also flies
some of the CAF stuff, notably 'FIFI'. Tuesday morning he was
leading a 4-ship proficiency RV formation flight out of 52F, and I
stopped by to visit for a bit before the briefing started.
He said he had the honor of flying two gentleman this past
Thursday in the B-29, and that I could find it by Googling.
One of the gentleman, a former B-29 flight engineer, had left the
last B-29 he was in via parachute after being shot down over Japan
in 1945. POW.
You can read the article
HERE. Mr. Hanley's POW story
Lurch holding steady off my wing some time back.
Status Report ...rmartingt
Work has progressed slowly since the last update. I've painted
and assembled the bulkheads and started clecoing the tailcone
Why the delay, you ask?
Well, I got a new build partner.....
His name is Joshua, he's two months old, and he was a complete
surprise. My wife and I have been trying to adopt for a few years,
and on the afternoon of March 4th we got a phone call. We took
Joshua home the next day.
Things are finally settling down enough that I can get back to
working on the airplane, so hopefully somewhat more regular updates
Signed Off!!! ...Jeff Caplins RV-7
DFW-American Chemistry Society Award Winners: SMU
Dad brag time...
2016 Outstanding Student Award Recipient at SMU...Ms. Audrey
Reeves (the one with the pink hair). I don't really know
how to feel about the hair yet - I understand it's 'a thing' these
days with the kids. She assured me she would dye it back to
something non-neon when she was interviewing for PhD programs.
I have some pictures of me from 1987 you'll never see with a 'Duran
Duran doo'....so I guess I should just shut up.
I do know how proud of her I am. Very.
Many of you helped her get to this point by supporting this site.
Thank you again for helping make this beautiful young woman's dreams
come true (and mine).
2016 SMU Chemistry Students of the Year.
First flight in the RV-6....2006.
Empennage kit arrives...1996
Caption this Photo ...Pete Howell
May 3, 2016.
Issue No. 4,108.
RV grin sighted ...Indy
My brother hadn't flown my RV-4 in almost 2 years. He rehacked
his currency during a visit this weekend, and a closer look at a
photo I took revealed the RV grin--absent for 21 months. When he saw
the picture he said he didn't realize he was grinning so much. Well,
that's what happens when you fly an RV...
Quadrant and Controls Complete ...TimO RV-14
As I've mentioned before, one of the things that I simply would
not do without in my RV-14 is a quadrant type throttle. For the
RV-10, Van's had the foresight to create both a quadrant and
push-pull type controls, but to date they haven't released any
quadrant info for the RV-14. With a little luck involved, the RV-10
quadrant worked out real well for me. Now that I've got my seats, I
was able to test out the quadrant position and there is actually
better knee clearance using the quadrant in the RV-14 than there is
in the 10. It is very well positioned and has plenty of clearance
from stick movement as well. I'm not sure why it is taking so long
for them to get this designed in, as I'm sure it would be a very
very popular option. At OSH last year we were talking quadrants and
we polled a good sized group of people around our campsite. Every
one of them but one was using the quadrant throttle. It's something
that you really want for formation flying, and I think many people
would prefer it once you try it. I started out with push-pulls in
Cessnas, but as I moved into beeches and pipers, they all had
quadrants and I preferred them greatly.
May 12th: The Annual Ch105 Meeting at Van's Aircraft
...from the mothership
New school project, Columbus, IN
Tuesday we got the go-ahead for a project at Columbus North HS,
Columbus, IN. We have been negotiating on this since October. I was
first contacted by Cummins (the diesel engine mfgr) that they would
like to see something like this in Columbus, their headquarters. We
are working in conjunction with a local college, industry, the local
airport (BAK,) and the local school system. The build will begin in
the high school and finish on the airport, at least as it is planned
now. We begin this August.
May/June FAA Safety Briefing ...40 pages.
Too Cool Not To Include Here
...new hoverboard record: 1.4 miles (confirmed
by Guinness World Records)
May 2, 2016.
Issue No. 4,107.
San Diego Trip ...Mike Dale RV-7
Update to the Project ...George Fahmy
Yesterday was a huge step for my RV-7 journey! I took delivery of
both my QB fuse and wings! I have a write up on my blog,
www.n890gf.com, but i thought id share here as well. I haven't
had time to go through all the pieces and parts, but i think the
first thing i need to do is make a Wing Stand. If anyone has any
tips or can point me in the right direction, that would be awesome.
I have felt a little bored since completing my empennage and now i
can feel the excitement all over again, except on a much larger
scale! I know its not the same as building the slow build, but with
my schedule and current life obligations, I don't think there is
anyway I would have been able to get a slow build -7 complete in a
reasonable amount of time. The QB option is worth every extra penny
And with Vans AirForce support I have had nearly every question
answered for me, I am very appreciative of this community!
Trish 'SchoolMom' Russell is Back in the Air! ...ronshchreck
I accompanied Trish on her first flight in her RV-6A since her
stroke. With a little help on the rudders Trish completed two
landings and got a standing ovation from the whole neighborhood at
Gold Hill Airpark.
Way to go Trish!
Test Update ...Bayou Bert
DIY Wrap vs Paint ...Bevan (wrap)
Having one of those BAD days ...Tom A.
Hangar Finished and More ...The Swede
Hangar floor rubber rolled in Swedish april weather...
Drilling the Spar --- Eek! ...StuBob
Just double-checking before I do something stupid. I'm on the
first step of SB RV8 wings. The manual says to rivet the tank skin
platenuts to the spar after countersinking. But the holes in the
spar aren't up to size. I assume I'm supposed to drill them to #40
and debur the bottoms of the holes? (The tops will be countersunk.
Reference - Oil routing ...zkvii
Over the past week I've learnt a lot more about the flow of oil
through our -360 engine. I thought a few photos and words might be
useful for the next person trying to understand.
David Paul Update
I'm slowly working on getting the fuselage jig ready. Like the
jig outlined on SK-39, the Fry jig intends for the firewall to be
mounted 3/4 inch from the support members. David Howe advised me
that this doesn't leave enough room to easily get in for riveting,
and to increase it to something like 4 inches.
April 29, 2016.
Issue No. 4,106.
It's the end of the month again so it's time for me to, as unobtrusively
as I can, gently remind regular readers that honor system donations are
a huge part of what keeps the lights on here.
updated 4/27/16 19:12:21 CDT.
The year is 1/3rd over, and
clicking on the chart at right will show you where our family small
business stands with donations. (691)
unique 2016 donors to date totaling about
$13K after taxes.
If you're of the belief that I'm giving 'ol Mark Zuckerberg a run for his
money with all this, let me just put that rumor to bed. Kidding
aside since this is my full time job, PLEASE support this website if you
use it regularly - all we've ever asked. All we ever will.
Life is complicated enough, and I like to keep it low key here.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and
Grass Strip Stop in Pictures ...Vlad 9A (1E8 in Degrasse, NY)
RV-10 First Flight ...Rick Lark
Finally, after 6+ years and 5000 man hours, RV10 #40956 (C-GDMH)
flew it's first flight today.
Many people to thank for all the help and guidance. Bill Peyton, Ray
Doerr, Ivan Kristensen, Art Penner just to name a few. Many other
non fliers also to be thanked. And last but certainly not the least,
my spouse Sandra.
Flew about 45 minutes with only one squawk (RPM's were higher than
2700 on take off) out of CYHS (Hanover, Ont).
Looking forward to many more flights.
Rick #40956 Southampton, Ont
PIREP in Pictures ...AX-O
Folks have been asking how it is going lately.
I took my wife (and the plane) on the first trip outside our area.
My wife absolutely loves the plane and told me she is attached to it
already. She is really happy with the additional room that the
rocket canopy/fastback offers.
A few people got to see Dilemma for the first time at the formation
clinic. All the comments/feedback were positive. I learned that I
don't like the pitot tube location because it complicates tie down.
My other plane had the aluminum pitot line and had more clearance.
Calendar Wallpaper for May
Joe and Sterling depart 52F in the -14A demonstrator.
24 hours straight with two strippers ...DaleB RV-12
Since we've had a very entertaining thread about Hookers
(harnesses), I thought I'd post my experience with a couple of
strippers too. So I have an airplane with lots of paint that
will need to be removed before it can be re-painted. When I say
"lots", I am not kidding. There appears to have been no real surface
preparation or priming done, just some paint sprayed on rather
thickly. It seems to be an automotive base/clear of some sort. The
builder apparently had someone do it who is perhaps not the best
painter in the country.
Since I'd like to minimize the mess and toxicity, I decided to
try a couple of non methylene chloride strippers. I've had excellent
success with Citristrip on many surfaces with stain, varnish, spray
paint, etc. And Spruce sells some stuff called PTS-202 that claims
to remove epoxy and urethane paint effortlessly. I even found a
Youtube video of it being used to strip a Caravan or something.
Pretty impressive, that one was.
So I brought the spinner home and brushed one side heavily with
Citristrip and one with PTS-202. A couple of hours later there was
no indication of any change in the condition of the paint. Since
it's pretty heavy paint, I gave it another heavy brush coat of each.
That was around 11 PM last night.
SuperTracks!! ...installed. Anthony Greco RV-6
How Vlad Does That APRS Art Stuff ...Vlad RV-9A
1. Study your airspace. Stay out of arrivals/departures you have
more room to the east to play then I have here. Be ready to talk to
ATC at any point of your flight.
Step 2. Take a tablet/phablet/smartphone with any nav app and draw a
circle or any geometric figure on it. If unable to draw choose
anything on the map i.e. VOR circle, lat/long square etc. Choose an
Step 3. Have an APRS tracker or any kind of tracker with on/off
Step 4. Switch the tracker on over entry point.
Step 5. Switch off when done. Enjoy your track on Google Maps.
I am using Foreflight and having a stylus it's relatively easy to
dot a figure looking at 2D silhouette. I also can print on
transparency and dot it over iPad Pro. Takes a bit of time but you
have some fun hand flying precisely. It's very easy to botch a sky
drawing especially complex ones. Couple seconds missed on 140 degree
turn and your line is crooked. I completed about 20% of what I drew
because of traffic, weather, birds, winds, late/early turns, iPad
puked etc <g>.
....$3.99 well spent (I think)
I finally broke down and went from the free app to the 'upgrade'.
I like to sit in a chair in the front yard around sundown and hang
out with the dog, watching the jets go over. We live halfway
between the LEGRE and YOHAN intersections on the ILS/LOC RWY 18R at
KDFW. Now I know what jet it is, where it has been and when it
will fly over my house. I really like watching the Airbus
380's fly over, and we get two a day here in DFW. A few times
a week it flies 2000' over my house dirty with the power up. I
can now schedule the dog's bathroom breaks with this...
Screen grab below filtering everything out except Airbus 388
traffic. I pointed the camera at a contrail yesterday over
N.TX (the little binoculars in the upper right corner of the app)
and it turned out to be an Airbus 380 at 40,000' on its way to
Houston. I'm starting to get the hang of identifying jets by
their engine noise sitting in a lazy boy watching TV in the
evenings. 'That's a two engine Airbus'....then I look down at
the iPad to see if I was right. Cheap fun.
I miss that old DC-3 cargo plane that used to fly over at 10pm each
night...those radials sounded wonderful.
(click to enlarge)
Our house on the 18R inbound course KDFW.
Our spare upstairs bedroom My office looks out at
Are you inadvertently voiding your insurance policy?
...Shanna at Gallagher Aviation (VAF advertiser)
"Did you know most Pleasure and Business policies do not cover
instruction in your Vans Aircraft if the person receiving
instruction is not a "Named Pilot"? This is typically true even if
the CFI is a Named Pilot. Always be sure to double check with your
broker prior to allowing your friends and loved ones to get
instruction in your aircraft."
"During a BFR the CFI does not necessarily have to be a “named
pilot” as long as you are current and remain PIC. The only time I
can think of offhand where there would be a gray area is if; Let say
you became incapacitated for some reason and the CFI had to become
PIC during the flight (and he did not meet your “Open Pilot
Warranty.”). But this would be a rare and unlikely instance.
In most cases getting a BFR in your aircraft without the CFI being
named is perfectly fine."
Proof of RV Enjoyment ...Vlad -9A
[ed. How long do you think it will be
before 'VAF' stands for 'Vlad's Air Force'? Let's just call it
that as an a.k.a. <g>. Vlad, thank you again for all the
motivation you provide!!! dr]
April 28, 2016.
Issue No. 4,105.
First Flight ...David Hill RV-12
After 33 months, I was able to take 1st flight of s/n #0760. I
had a perfect day in central Ohio, winds 5 knots, CAVU without a
cloud in the sky! Even better than the day was the way the plane
flew. Not even a heavy wing!
Thanks for everyone's advice, support and inspiration.
Now that I'm in the Club ...Scott Martin RV-10
Hello all- now that I am officially in the club with N430WP
(RV-10), I can't help but ask the first rookie questions.
N430WP is 260 HP, 9.5:1 cylinders with plenum. One Mag. One
Lightspeed. Otherwise, a standard build.
One tank down, one to go!! ...dwranda
Pressure tested my first tank and it passed on the first try.
Took me a couple tries to get the balloon to not leak though.
Buttoned up the other tank today and will try that one in a few
days. I'm seeing the light at the end of the pro seal tunnel!!!!
Eastern Canada Gathering of RV's May 22
I just read on the Monthly news letter from Bush Pilot
Association of Quebec (APBQ.com) there will be a gathering of Van's
Aircraft RV at St-Georges-de-Beauce (CYSG) this coming May 22. See
link here (Sorry, in French only)
I was wondering if Eastern Canada RVer monitoring this frequency
have any details about this Fly in ? Since I am building my RV-8 at
this time, I'd like to join in and get to know other RVers in my
I would assume all the Northeastern US RVer are also welcome, as
this is somewhat close to the Border
Thanks for sharing info if you have any.
Glide Ratio Weirdness ...SMO
I have never satisfactorily determined the "Best Glide" speed for
my F1 EVO Rocket. I have now done a few flights trying to pinpoint
this, and while I think I need to change my process a bit in order
to get more accurate, I have discovered a weird anomaly and I wonder
if others have seen something similar. The following graph shows the
data points I have determined in 3 different flights on different
days. The thing I think is weird is that every flight shows that at
105 knots the glide ratio is worse than the preceding or subsequent
Anybody have an explanation for such a result?
The method I have been using: Determine the number of seconds it
takes to glide from 3500' to 3000' at a constant IAS (+-1 knot). I
get this from the data log of my G3X. I then convert the speed to
"feet/minute forward" (knots * 101.269) and descent to "feet/minute
vertical" (60/(seconds * 2) * 1000). Dividing feet/minute forward by
feet/minute vertical provides the glide ratio. The speed with the
best glide ratio is the best glide speed.
The problem I have with this method is that I need a more granular
measure of time, or I need to increase the glide distance to 1500 or
2000 feet. However I don't believe making these changes will impact
the seemingly repeatable event that shows 105 knots having a poor
I also understand that flying on different days with different
weights, temperatures and air densities will also give differing
results, so I am not unduly concerned that each days flight has some
I need some input on the placement of my future GTN 625. In the
picture I have it placed in the far right panel as it will really
only be feeding the G3X panel for coupled approaches. I don't plan
on installing it right away but have provisioned for it behind the
panel. Rumor has it that it must be located a certain distance from
the pilot to be considered IFR legal. Has anyone heard of this?
Mothership FB Story
April 27, 2016.
Issue No. 4,104.
APRS Art ...Vlad RV-9A
Effect of Ignition Timing on TAS/EGT/CHT when WOT & LOP ...nigelspeedy
I am trying to set the record for the most
TLA in a thread title.
I have dual PMags and an EI Commander. Today I did a cheap and
cheerful test to look at the effect of ignition timing in the
cruise. All testing was done at 10,000' PA, 5 deg C OAT, WOT, Prop
2500 RPM and leaned to 25F LOP. After this the only thing I changed
was the maximum allowed advance.
Fun...ny flight with girlfriend ...Paul 5r4 vid
Aircraft Specialty FWF Hoses ...TimO RV-14 pics
Wrapping up my Firewall Forward, one of the things I needed to
get done was install all of the hoses. I had used Aircraft Specialty
for all the brake and fuel hoses inside the fuselage, so I wanted
the same known quality on the FWF. Additionally, I really like the
idea of having firesleeve on EVERY hose, not just some of them.
Steve at Aircraft Specialty feels the same way, so it was a good
match to have him make my hoses.
Instrument panel critique ...Leo RV-10
The photo shows the IP layout so far. Since I haven't purchased
the instruments or cut holes, I thought this might be a good time to
post and let others tell me what they think. I recognize everyone
has their own favorite layout, so in the spirit of learning, I
appreciate all feed back. It is intended to be IFR capable.
By way of explanation, I have chosen to go with Garmin G3X and all
Garmin supporting cast. Instead of a GTN650 or 750 I plan on a
remote mounted GPS20A (ADSB WAAS certified position source) feed to
ADSB out, both MFDs with seperate GNC255a nav/com and GTR200 com
radios. The cost is about $4K less total and I don't need another
screen. I also wanted to leave space in the lower center stack to
mount an ipad (removable and exchangeable as technology changes).
Chase those blues away ...Wayne Kerr RV-4
N313GT Phase 1 Update ...Chris Johnson RV-9A
I have enjoyed and found other threads on Phase 1 experiences
useful, and thought I would add my own. Right now I am at slightly
over 10 hours, and have mainly been running high power settings to
break in my new ECI cylinders. Have not yet experimented with higher
altitudes or a great deal of slow flight.
-I have a small oil leak from somewhere on the front portion of the
engine. The oil lands on the lower cowl right above and forward of
the air intake. I slightly snugged up on case bolt there, but have
not been able to stop or track down the source yet. Maybe 4-5 drops
-As noted in another thread, my electric Facet boost pump had
stopped pumping, although fuel flowed through it fine. Removing from
airplane and shaking it seemed to fix it. I think a spec of dirt got
in it, and have ordered an inline filter to install before it and
-Right side CHT's were slightly high. I have since moved the upper
inlet ramp forward a few inches and re-glassed. This brought #1 way
down. #3 is still slightly hotter, and hovers around 406* at 75%
power at 70* OAT. I have done a lot of work baffle sealing, so will
probably not stress over it too much until the cylinders have had
time to break in. I know some people have had to re-jet, but this
carb has been flying fine for 760 hours, and all my other temps are
okay (well under 400). I am pretty sure further break-in will help
even more, as well gear leg fairings and wheel pants.
-My oil temp is on the low side, and I have taped over the upper
portion of the oil cooler inlet, which has helped.
-Oil consumption is reasonable considering break in, I think. I have
added 1 qt in 10 hours.
RV-6 in Friendswood, TX ...titanhank
April 26, 2016.
Issue No. 4,103.
Tommy Williams flies his RV-8 out of the same field as me. He also
flies the occasional P-51 and F-86 at airshows. He flew at the
show here in the DFW area this past weekend, and needed to reposition
the P-51 back to his home field in south Texas, flying his RV-8 back.
(Randy) "You wanna go drive Tommy to Alliance airport and eat lunch
nearby after he leaves?" Yes.
Tommy was kind enough to give us three a private tour of the a/c,
pointing out some of the unusual features - even let me climb in for a
couple minutes. I asked where the switch was to engage the
supercharger's high-blower setting, and about some of the technique
adjustments flying this vs. his RV-8. Hopefully these were a
little different than the hundreds of questions I'm sure he got at the
airshow. Click on the pics for larger versions. Nice cutaway
drawing of the two-stage supercharger
Standing 20' to the side as he started was an unexpected and much
appreciated lunchtime treat. Rocking the wings on his 'see ya
later' pass after take off was icing.
Building an RV led to me getting to sit in a P-51 for the first time.
Thank you Tommy!!!
Master Left ON - Question about Charging
Ok, I flew out of town to visit family. When I returned to the
plane 2 days later, battery completely dead. So, I decided to prop
start the plane. Wasn't even sure if I could because my plane uses
slick start system and I have never tried to prop start it. Anyway,
it fired right up. However, never made any electricity. I then put a
battery charger on it for a while and it started and alternator made
electricity. My thought was that since the battery was completely
dead, the p-lead never had any power to it to turn the alternator
on. The pilot that was there with me said that shouldn't matter.
That is the only thing that makes sense to me. Any thoughts??
CS Propeller Agony ...Bert 9A
My RV9A "Pearl" now has 13.9 flight hours in Phase I. From
the very first lift off, the prop has surged and was still doing it
yesterday when we flew.
Propeller Oil Control Leak Test Procedure
So what is it?
Taken a week or so ago west of Denton, TX.
April 25, 2016.
Issue No. 4,102.
Ottawa - Toronto - Good day for goofing off ...Lycosaurus RV-9A
Start of the week and things are getting slow at work for both
Shirley and I. How about a mini holiday? A day off work on Tuesday
Dawn Patrol ...Doug Kott RV-9A
Had a great flight this morning. Made the 1-hour drive to the
airport in 45 minutes (the benefit of a 6 a.m. start to beat the
bulk of commuters), scarfed down McDonald's finest Sausage McMuffin
combo and was airborne over the Inland Empire by about 7:45. This
was my third flight after finishing Phase 1, and I picked a great
day...velvet smooth air, high cirrus clouds and only a hint of L.A.
It's always fun the first time you fly over (or at least near) your
house! I never knew that Laguna Hills High School had two big
baseball diamonds, but there they are.
A visit to Boyceville ...Bob Collins RV-7A
I think more than anything else, the best part about flying is
picking out a rural airport on the sectional map, and then flying
there just to see who's there. So this evening I flew to Boyceville,
WI., (3T3) about 45 air miles from South St. Paul. It was a
beautiful evening for a flight, and I picked up Mpls Approach on the
way to help navigate around parachutists in Baldwin.
FS- IFR RV-6A Glass 2014
[ed. If John's RV is anything like the
IFR checkride he gave me (story),
the airplane will be detail oriented, by the book, thorough and
worth every penny!
Video tour of aircraft
IFR checkride day! John's RV-6A in
Motivation ...Stoney RV-14
For those of you looking for a little push, a little motivation,
N214SW has 10 hours on her. Today an RV-6 pilot with thousands of
hours went up with me and he is an experienced aerobatics pilot. We
did a full loop and a couple of rolls, then brought him back to the
airport to get his plane and do some aerial photography. It is
really slow without the wheel pants and we decided no more aero
until those get put on, which should be within the week, hopefully.
Here is a pic from today.
RV-10 pink slip ...stamper
I finally got it! Now I have to leave to Alaska for 6 months
before I get to fly it.
April 22, 2016.
Issue No. 4,101.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. dr
$2.98 for Visual Egress Aids
...at Lowes / Home Depot where the mailbox stuff is.
Peel off and stick - trim with razor blade. Sid Mayeux brought
this stuff to my attention. I have about 20" of the 24" left
Upper canopy latch (tip up)
Side canopy latch:
I'm going to adhere some behind the red ball tomorrow.
April 21 Update RV-12 ADS-B (Mothership)
RV-10 Panel Status ...stamper
Safety: Beware of Static Electricity Generated by Flowing
...article courtesy shimadzu.com
A Milestone and a Right of Passage ...Ebeswick 9A
April 21, 2016.
Issue No. 4,100.
Oregon Coast, Dogs and Wild Cats ....BruceEicher
Milestone: Rudder Finished ...AdamB RV-10
Tonight I finished up my rudder. I've already made some
progress on the HS, but now 100% of my effort will be onto that.
The RV-10 Forum
Dave Leonard RV-10 POH ...nice template for
you RV-10 folks
The RV-10 Forum
Free Burritos and Discounted Fuel! ....Bridgeport,TX
"This Saturday April 23rd Bridgeport is hosting our brand new
5000' runway Open House from 8am till 10am. Please
stop in for a free burrito n coffee and discounted fuel.
Any question feel free to call or text 9402557795."
Tip Up Canopy Woes ...Sean Blair RV-7
It was another night of trimming plexi in the garage. I'm still
having great difficulty with the plexi making contact to the
aluminum just aft of the ears. I must put a fair amount of pressure
(guessing 10 + lbs.) on the plexi in this area to make contact. The
left is worse than the right, but both are too resistant. Under
advice of Van's and in reading other posts from builders struggling
with this dilemma, I have trimmed the front curve more and more for
a possible resolution. The plexi is now slightly aft of the forward
mark on the aluminum skin, and the aft of the plexi is within 1/16"
of the center-line of the rollbar. I can't take anymore material off
and maintain the overall fore and aft prescribed dimensions. I still
have the issue of outward tension in that area of the plexi. I will
use Sika to bond and this seems to have stopped all progress. Very
frustrated and not sure what to do next. Take a chance and heat that
area while it's clamped with the side skirts? Put extra Sika
thickness in the area with slight clamping pressure, then try to
fair it in with fiberglass later? Start again from scratch? Ughhhh!!!!
Anyone have an idea for resolution? Thanks!
April 20, 2016.
Issue No. 4,099.
Sun n Fun 2016 RV style ...DCalland trip write-up
Passed IPC ...Bob Marshall
After about 200 hours flying my RV-6A VFR, I decided that I was
ready to get back into instrument flying. I checked my logbook--my
last instrument approach (a GCA in the clouds into Marble Mountain
MAF, RVN) was on Aug 2, 1970 four days before I was shot down flying
an H46D. So, its been a long time.
My two Skyview touch screens with the Garmin GTN 650 and autopilot
made the flying part doable. It did take my old brain about 15 hours
of CFII time and lots of on-line training to get it up to speed.
Flying approaches with the RV and autopilot are a snap--very, very
amazing rock solid glide paths and glide slopes.
I think back on all the work, all the years and all the rivets! The
current instrument ticket is major frosting on the cake.
Engine Case Half Pitting? ...Steven Hild
Q: Anyone seen anything like this before? Right side O-360 engine
case half pitting where the cylinder base interfaces with the flange
on the engine case.
A: That looks more like casting porosity to me. Has that surface
been machined beyond factory original? Typically, this is
considered as part of the material strengths for a cast part so it
should not add any concern about material fatigue strength. A more
specific answer would be in order from an expert that will be
standing behind their work
A: That's not wear or fretting and machine marks are still
present, so those imperfections were there last time it was
machined, I think your fine. I'd guess those were inclusions
or gas bubbles in the casting
A: +3 on hydrogen gas porosity generated during casting. I would
talk to the vendor about it.
A: (engineering at ECI/Continental) “Porosity in casting.
Cosmetic, should not affect torque or hold down.”
Van's Calendar Time!!!!
We need calendar pics!
Send your images to
firstname.lastname@example.org (attn AdamB) and we'll do our very
best to get them into the calendar this year!
Even images not selected for a monthly showcase may appear in
smaller form, so start sending in your amazing pictures! Even if we
don't use them this year, there's always the chance your
photographic brilliance may appear in subsequent years!
Thanks in advance!
Luca in Italy ...POH doc added
Converting PDF to MS Word
Garmin Pilot Enhanced For Europe
FOR SALE: 1948 INDIAN CHIEF ...favor for my RV buddy.
(Rob 'Smokey' Ray) "This is my Dad"s 1948 Indian Chief
motorcycle he restored over a 20 year period. It's all original,
used original Indian parts and runs great. He's selling as he's 85
and can't ride bikes any more. Asking $21.5 or a potential
smokyray 'at' rocketmail 'dot' com
April 19, 2016.
Issue No. 4,098.
A short hop between rain bands Monday shows the damp
Wx TX is getting right now - thought I was in Oregon there for a little
bit <g>. Certainly don't need to water the yard for a week or so.
Click to enlarge...
First Flight N77PB ...Paul Winkels RV-7
After 10 years of building, my RV-7 flew for the first time on
Saturday, April 16th!
RV/Rocket Gathering and More ...Mike B. Pics
First Cross Country Trip! ...Bevan 7A
Well I just have to tell the world that I am so excited to have
completed my first cross country trip in an airplane I built myself
in a renovated cow barn! It was a challenging flight as it was
almost entirely in busy ATC controlled airspace including about 10
frequency changes for the 23 minute flight, over water for 1/2 the
flight, and through international airspace.
Closing the chapter on SnF 2016 ...R. E. 'Ernie' Butcher
Many of the student-builders, mentors, and members of our
community support team asked that I share their appreciation for
your kind words and support. "From all of us...Thank You!"
Before closing the chapter on SnF 2016, I would like to personally
recognize some of the individuals and groups that went that extra
mile in support of our program. Deserving the highest praise of
course are the the build-students who built the aircraft, kept them
spotless during the show, maintained the grounds, were always
available for meet and greet with visitors, handled 'on-air' time at
SnF radio, and were superstars in a one hour Eagle's Nest
presentation at the museum. And in no particular order, MillionAir-Sanford
for providing overnight hangar space for six aircraft and full use
of their fabulous FBO facility; SnF volunteers and in particular the
marshaling crew and HB parking - they knew we were coming,
coordinated our arrival, and parked all aircraft together in a
visible area; Austin Malcomb, a student-builder on Eagle's Nest One,
private pilot, and student at Purdue - he flew Eagle's Nest One from
Indiana to Florida, missed the show because he had to be back at
school on Monday, then returned on Saturday to fly EN-1 back to
Indiana with his dad; Scott Malcomb, JetBlue instructor and Aviation
Director/Mentor on two builds at Circle Christian School - Scott is
one of those individuals that just makes things happen. It would
take ten pages to list what he (and his beautiful wife Sara) did to
make this an outstanding show for us; and last but certainly not
least, the team of pilots and co-pilots that brought 7-aircraft into
SnF and returned them back to their nests without incident!
Chapter closed- preparing for Oshkosh
April 18, 2016.
Issue No. 4,097.
Inaugural flight ...Stoney Ware RV-14
Venice - Italy Pics ...Luca
GMA 245/245R Demo Videos Now Online ...g3xpert
N265WD is an Airplane!! ...John Walker RV-10
Possible Prop Failure Mode
Sensenich says this is what they think happened. There's a "plug"
at the hub end of our hollow blades. They think it came loose and
was thrown outboard inside the hollow blade causing it to "bulge".
So one blade was not only about a half-inch thicker just inboard of
the tip, but it was also statically and dynamically unbalanced. They
are sending new blades! I'll pull the cowl and check engine mounts,
etc, VERY carefully.
DIY RV-10 Upholstery Pics ...Cbull
OK18 Memorial Day Fly-In Discussion ...Clayton starts it
like this might be the right part of the forum to post discussions
about the 2016 OK18 Fly In. Still have a few weeks to go but I
thought I would start a thread to judge interest and to also answer
any questions that our RV friends might have.
The dates, and some basic information, can be found on the VAF
OK18 is a 2200' grass strip located in North East Oklahoma
on Lake Hudson. The place is located on a peninsula, with a
little more than half a mile of shore line. Lots of places to tie
down and camp.
The strip is oriented 17/35, with preferred landings to the North
and take offs down hill and to the South.
Since weather is such a major factor in a weekend fly in like this,
we will not be firming up plans until we get a lot closer to the
actual event. In the mean time, I am happy to answer questions or
otherwise provide information about the place and what we have in
mind for the weekend.
Please let me know, by reply to this post, if you think you are
interested in joining us or if you have any questions that I might
be able to answer.
SNF Outstanding Homebuilt Award 2016 ...Bob Lund
Rosie's Update on 30 Years of RV-6/6A at OSH ...Rosie
"...I've been working with Charlie Becker at EAA and with his
help, have come up with some GREAT RV events that I'm sure you will
enjoy. There will be RV 30 year apparel (hat/shirt) available for
purchase, and you may even see an RV-6 on the "I flew my homebuilt
to Oshkosh" Patch I still need to confirm the days with Charlie but
here we go for the week:
MONDAY: BBQ somewhere on the grounds
TUESDAY: RV Banquet
WEDNESDAY: Corn-Cobb Roast in Homebuilt Camping Area
THURSDAY: Homebuilder's Banquet
In addition, there will be TWO (2), yes... count 'em, TWO 30-ship RV
formation flyovers during the week along with an 8-ship RV Formation
Performance during the Airshow by the West Coast Raven's Formation
Team!!! The days for the RV Formation performances are still TBD.
If you have not already, please sign up
HERE on the EAA website if you are planning on flying ANY RV
into the show!!!
At last count, we had over 240 sign-ups of which 140+ were
I'll update this information as it becomes available to me."
Squatters! They are fowl and in the cowl
April 15, 2016.
Issue No. 4,096.
Wishing you and
yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
A thank you to my wife ...AX-O
How do you say thank you to someone that has supported your
childhood dream to build an aircraft? To someone so special that gave up so
much for 10 years just so I could go pound rivets, grow fiberglass parts,
complain when things would not go my way, not once ask how much that box
that UPS delivered cost and so on??? To someone that said "stay out of my
kitchen, that is my garage". I don't touch your tools, you don't touch mine.
I will keep you feed and hydrated, just go build".
Galveston Picture Story ...Weasel RV-10
Run to Fun ...Vlad pictures
Mr. Darryl Usher: Rest in Peace
"Many of you who are building or have built RVs may have heard of
Usher Enterprises, a company that manufactures several components
that are standard parts in Van’s kits. The man behind this company
was Darryl Usher, its founder, who departed this earth on Feb. 12,
2016 at the age of 80. I had known Darryl for over 50 years, having
first met him through the Portland OR EAA Chapter 105 immediately
after my return to Oregon following completion of my USAF active
duty tour in late 1964. Darryl had begun construction of a Bushby
Midget Mustang. Though it was his first attempt at homebuilding, he
was making steady progress even though he was including several
modifications. These included retractable landing gear, removable
leading edge wing fuel tanks, and a raised profile sliding bubble
canopy. At the time, this was perhaps the only all metal homebuilt
under construction in the area, so he had little opportunity to
network, and it was being scratch built as there were no kits
available at that time."
Eagle's Nest Projects - SnF 2016 ...Ernie
30 Years of the RV-6/6A Design: Airventure 2016 Celebration!
Hi All, it’s true…I’m your leader for AirVenture's 2016 30th
Anniversary Celebration of Van designing the RV-6/6A***... way back
in 1986….I was introduced to the RV-6A at Sun ‘n Fun 1995 and
started building in the summer, same year. Five (5) years later and
about ~3000 hours of labor, on July 4, 2000, Tuppergal and I started
flying our Custom-Built RV. Here we are 15 years and 4000+ hours
And we now have 1000’s of friends we’d of never known (and now
vacation with year after year) had it not been for the
RV…....Condor, Jimmyb, Vicky, Seismo, Red, Kahuna, Scotty, Deb,
Jailbird, Redtail, AC, Turbo, Moody Blue, Bun, Keys, Scoot, Cookie,
Taco, Belle, BeeGee, Nordo, Shifty, Goose, Cougar, Schoolmom,
Sharpie, Dula, KB, Tailwind, Sharkbait, Nasty, Sunblock, Wingnut,
Fast Eddy, Nordo, Hog, Speedy, Krash, Shiner, Indy, Falcon, Jarhead,
Shadey, Lucky, Ironflight, Moose, Don, Daryl and many, MANY more!!!
We consider you all our RV family of friends!!!!!
I was contacted by Ken Scott (Van’s Aircraft) and Charlie Becker (EAA)
early this year asking if I might be interested in
‘running-this-to-ground’…..uuuhhhhh….YEAH!!!!!!! But you can't say
anything until after AirVenture 2015....Now here we are…only one (1)
year to go!!!!!!!!!! Soooooooooooooooooooooooo…..if you know me
personally, save me the trouble of TELLING you that you are flying
your RV-6/6A to AirVenture 2016. If you don’t know me, please
consider flying your RV-6/6A to AirVenture 2016. If you are building
an RV-6/6A, it’s time to finish up!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let’s plan on setting the record for the most RV-6/6As ever in
attendance! Heck, let’s make it a record for ALL RVs!!!!! There will
be some special to-be-named ‘goodies’ given to you for flying your
RV-6/6A to AirVenture 2016 in addition to some EAA to-be-named
sponsored events honoring Van and the 30th Anniversary of designing
the most-built-and-flying model RV!
If you have any ideas of how we can honor Van, Charlie Becker and I
would love to hear them!!!!! I’d appreciate all the support I can
get to make 2016 the BEST AIRVENTURE EVER for RVers!!!!!!!!! So the
Keep poundin’ them rivets because IT'S ALL WORTH IT!!!!! Paul
***The -6A is being included in this -6 celebration per Ken & Van
Day Trip to Clayton's in RV-8A and RV-8
Four pics some friends from my home field sent me Thursday.
This is what retired guys do <g>. Extra points for Gary's
'Van's Naval Air Force' shirt - he had that made locally (ex-Navy
pilot). Clayton is having a Memorial Day Fly-in here (more
info). OK18 in northeast OK.
They asked me to go today....and in hindsight I should have <g>.
Maybe let's fish!
So much for fish...
Milestone: PPL ...Garet Hess RV-7A
can't believe you started building your plane before even getting a
pilot's license. No half way for you!" Said a friend to my when I
explained my hobby. I had to take a moment...You know, I didn't
really think twice about starting my build with no pilot's license.
In one sense I can imagine that to one it may seem crazy, but is it?
I think for me it all represented an adventure. Everyone's build is
a story, and everyone's story is different. There was no question
for me which came first. I wanted a project, I wanted to build
something very cool. I wanted something challenging. And I think I
got exactly what I was searching for. But...I knew that it was only
time before I need to get on the license...
Well on holidays, I took my first official flying lesson
This guy is hooked!!! (Although....Was there any doubt??)
April 14, 2016.
Issue No. 4,095.
Fixed the garage
door opener by replacing its worn helical gear.
Why does fixing something like this give me so much pleasure? It
must be related to the 'cheap pilot' stereotype that I embrace
My new hangar floor paint -) ...Manny Oro
Status Report & Pics ...crabandy
Whew, real life got in the way the past couple weeks and it took
an hour to find my bookmark. My last couple build sessions have been
filled streaming Merle Haggard, good stuff! Plenum filled and
sanded, just awaiting the pinhole process.
I used the router to make some plywood disk to hold the front of the
intake boot plug concentric with the inlets, the jigsaw cut some
angle chunks of foam.
Get in shape flying! ...Wayne
We all know that we can get some good cardiovascular exercise
while flying (when we scare ourselves) but i have discovered that we
can get good solid documentable exercise while flying.
I had the pleasure of flying my RV10 - 31 hours round trip to SNF.
On the way back over the southern states we were getting bounced
vigorously around by 40+ knot crosswinds. That evening in the hotel
room i just happened to look at my iPhone Health app. It showed that
we had walked/ran 4.5 kms and climbed 10 floors !
So there you go, dont go for a boring treadmill session - go flying!
I stopped by another hangar this morning and got into a lengthy
discussion about all the airplane/hangar fires we have seen and
I wanted to start this thread so newbies in particular won't repeat
these dangerous situations:
- My friends told of plane after plane they had known of or
witnessed where a fire destroyed or damaged someone's dreams.
- They told of a twin which had a visible fuel leak on a turbo
charged (hot) engine that the pilot insisted on flying.
- A 700k plane burned up when the dehumidifier in the T hangar
SNF Best Auto Engine Homebuilt 2016
Congratulation to Sam and Rose Hodges from Dawson Springs, KY.
SNF Best Auto Engine Homebuilt 2016. First time attending SnF.
It is a 05' Mazda 13b Renesis Rotary Engine - Very good looking FWF
Can't seem to run LOP after a long climbout ...Mike B.
Q: I've noticed an issue recently where I cannot seem to
run LOP smoothly after a long climbout. Going down to SNF I was
flying relatively low - 4500' to avoid the headwinds. My CHT's on
climbout only got up to about 300 degrees. I had no issues with the
engine running smoothly LOP, burning 7.8-8.2 GPH, and leaned out to
roughly 20-40 degrees LOP.
Coming back I climbed up to 9,500'. On climbout the CHT's reached
370 degrees. When I tried to lean, the engine would surge and
stumble any any mixture setting leaner than peak. I pulled back the
throttle to cool the engine down. Once the CHT's went down to the
low 300's, I could easily lean the engine LOP.
This is not the first time this has occurred, and it always is
correlated to highest CHT's. I am running a Superior IO-360 with a
vertical sump, Precision Fuel Injection with the Sam James short
cowl and plenum. Oil temps are always around 180 degrees. OAT
doesn't seem to matter. It happens with the OAT across the board
(except when it is too cold for the CHT's to get above 300).
My thought it is has to be related to the fuel system getting hot -
either the fuel divider, fuel pump or the lines going from the
divider to the injectors. Before I invest in some thermocouplers to
take temperature readings on my fuel system, I thought I'd see if
anyone else has had this issue and can offer some advice.
Thanks and I appreciate any assistance!
A: I discovered a similar issue early in Phase I on my 9A,
I wrapped a second layer of firesleeve around the fuel lines from
the firewall penetration all the way to the servo, and from the
servo to the baffle penetration going upward toward the spider. This
seemed to solve the issue, and now I'm testing 91 premium auto fuel
alongside 100LL with this setup
Loose RV7a Elevator Counterweight
Hangar For Rent North Dallas (My Home Field 52F)...
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Regional Airport (52F). $425 per month includes 50’ x 60’ hangar
with power and plenty of outlets, LED lighting, bathroom, sink, air
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campground is a long walk from the runway
A friend told me about this monowalker thingy...
April 13, 2016.
Issue No. 4,094.
IFR to Aurora ...boom3
[ed. This in the 'Congrats Kurt!!!' IFR
rating thread. br,dr]
Great Job Kurt!! Sometimes I wonder if it's all
worth it and then a day like Sunday comes along. Planned to fly to
Aurora Airport (home of Van's) for some time in the FAA's hypoxia
chamber. Stable air mass, overcast at 1200ft with tops between 4 and
5K and freezing level around 8K. VFR I wouldn't have gone, IFR no
From Cynthia at Van's.
"...Just a heads up to the builders out in Van’s Land that I will be out
of the office during the month of May, so if they need any paperwork done,
ie bill of sales for the FAA, or changes of ownership, the requests will
need to be made before April 30th."
Cynthia A. Schrantz
Van's Aircraft, Inc.
14401 Keil Road N.E.
Aurora, Oregon 97002
503-678-6545 x 301
Are the buttons I'm pushing making the airplane do what I think
As it turned out.....yes.
Two practice approaches and a gas run Tuesday for proficiency purposes
(long lunch). RNAV (GPS) RWY 35
KLUD and RNAV (GPS) RWY 17 (Circling) KGLE to minimums. On autopilot. Gas at KGLE and RTB. Logged
.9hrs. Quick lunch with (3) other RVators from the field (all flew
their RVs earlier) and then back home to the computer. Was talking
with Kay about how, now that I'm not cramming for an IFR checkride, it seems the
work flow is easier to stay on top of. Bandwidth freed up, I guess. Felt like I was three miles
ahead of the plane the whole time. Lately I've become fond of leaving the G3X MFD in 'Flightplan' mode, it displays nicely distance
and time to EACH
waypoint in the approach. I'll get a picture next time...
Wx is kinda hit and miss in our area for the next five days or so, so I'm
glad I got some productive time off the surface. Mental gyros
(click to enlarge)
Rudder lock that works for my RV9A ...MrNomad
It’s been two months since I built my rudder lock and it’s held
up under the most extraordinary winds so I thought I would post it.
Here are some photos of the completed unit.
As you can see, I used the best “aviation grade” schedule 40 pvc
pipe with a generous dose of flat black paint.
It’s actually a 2 piece design so I can disassemble it and stuff it
in the back when I travel.
What makes it work is the down force exhibited by one bungee cord
and the rearward force applied by a second bungee cord.
The downward force causes the unit to flex and extend placing
pressure on the pedals.
Saturday Joy Ride ...Jeff Kersey
Loving being able to fly so much more cost effectively and the
performance awesome. This elevator is going up!
Status ...The Swede
Wings are home.
My journey into fuel tank assembly ...Jeff Warren
A Rodeo Drive week ...togaflyer RV-10
So I spent a week at Sun and Fun. In that week was the engine I
bought, the Garmin avionics Im ordering, the prop, well, we all know
what Im talking about. Serious money out. I thought, am I crazy to
spend this kind of money on an experimental airplane. During the
show I stopped and looked at the Cirrus G3. 315 HP twin turbo, 3600
lbs max gross ramp weight. Very nice. It had a 1000 pound useful
load, humm, the RV-10 has more useful. The salesman was telling me
he was doing 172 kts at 16 thousand feet, only burning 17 gph, and
at 83 percent. Hummm the -10 is in the 160s at 65 percent burning
11.5 or so. The Cirrus, according to the salesman, operating cost
are around 185 dollars a hour. The -10, maybe half that. The Cirrus
did have the ballistic parachute for that one in a million mayday
moment, but that equipment requires service every ten years at 17
thousand dollars. Oh, and the price tag, 880 thousand dollars. And
we are not talking Canadian dollars. The Cessna version was a little
less at 780 thousand. So after years of blood, sweat, and agrivation,
and maybe a total investment of around 150-180 thousand, you have a
plane that closely meets the performance specs of those planes,
which cost over four times that of a Vans RV10, and cost twice as
much to operate. So I guess Im not crazy after all!
April 12, 2016.
Issue No. 4,093.
Sun 'n Fun 2016 Trip Write-up ...Mike Bullock RV-7
"My buddy Peter and I have talked about going to Sun 'n Fun for
the last few months. Originally our plan was to go down on Thursday
and come back on Sunday. The weather didn't work out for that plan,
so we needed to take off a day early. Oh darn...another day in FL!
To make it down to SNF before the airshow started at 2:30pm, we
needed to take off at Dark-o-thirty. On this particular day it was
downright cold outside - my car registered 25 degrees on the drive
to the airport. I made sure to get to the airport early to turn on
the hangar heater before Peter showed up. I didn't want a moody
passenger from he get-go of the day!"
[ed. You couldn't ask for a more
motivational trip write-up! Mike, thank you! Simply
Just gotta brag a little ...Kurt W.
On Friday morning last week I passed the instrument checkride in
my RV9A. Not usually one to toot my own horn but this was sort of a
big one. Took a long time and a lot of work to get ready. Thanks to
a great instructor/buddy, it turns out I was well prepared.
Anyway, get back to building, everyone. <g>
SNF Outstanding Homebuilt 2016 ...Bruce Sacks post
Congratulations to Tim Goddard for winning the outstanding
homebuilt award at this year's Sun N Fun!
Tim taught me how to fly and convinced me that building a tail
dragger RV was gonna be more fun than an A model RV. He has been
building that "quick build" RV8 since he was my CFI in 2003. Its
first flight was earlier this year. Running a flight training and
maintenance shop probably took much of his time. He runs Aeroflight
Training at the Perry, GA airport KPXE. I don't have any interior
pics but there is some beautiful wood armrests and accents.
RV-8 Status Report Pictures ...Martin Leroux (Canada)
Last March was a very active month at Martin's Aircraft
Factory....With at least 75% of all my fuselage parts now primed or
painted, and the possibility of starting a new job soon, I launched
myself into an assembly blitz. Over a period of about 10 days
strait, I was installing rivets after rivets. I couldn't believe how
fast I could put together this aircraft after working on it so much
in the last few months.
Initially, I feared installing rivets on my RV. I didn't want to
fail. I had prepared a number of practice parts with scrap aluminum
while my parts where at the paint shop. It turned out, I didn't use
any of those practice parts at all. The riveting skills I learned
many years ago from aircraft manufacturing school came back very
quickly. I was up and running with riveting !
Here are a few pics from last March....
The first and most important picture....The first rivet installed by
myself on my RV-8 fuselage. <g>.
X-31: Breaking the
Chain: Lessons Learned ...38min video
[ed. Pitot tube icing in the desert?
Complacency after hundreds of flights? It happens to the best
of the best. dr]
By any measure, the X-31 was a highly successful flight research
program at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, now the Armstrong
Flight Research Center. It regularly flew several flights a day,
accumulating over 550 flights during the course of the program, with
a superlative safety record. And yet, on Jan. 19, 1995, on the very
last scheduled flight of the X-31 ship No. 1, disaster struck.
Each mishap has it's own set of circumstances and it's own sequence
of events. But those who study mishaps find similar issues:
communications, complacency, unwarranted assumptions, human
frailties….just like a chain. You make a chain -- a chain of events
-- when you have any of these accidents. Any link of the chain, if
broken, would prevent an accident.
The X-31 flight test team was the "A" team -- the best people, from
every discipline -- from every organization. But they lost an
airplane. If it can happen to the best team, it can happen to any
Created: 2005 Run time: 38 minutes 45 seconds
April 11, 2016.
Issue No. 4,092.
SnF Pics ...turbo and copilot
Status Report ...Blain Stumpf
Completing baffles seems to be one of those hurdles that
reinforce "I'm getting close".
About Some of the Chemicals We Use Building These Planes
...Dave Brunberg (chemical engineer building an RV-10)
"MEK, along with many of the other industrial chemicals we use in
this hobby, is classified as a hazardous substance, both for health
and flammability reasons. This includes solvents, paints and
primers, etchants, lubricants, hydraulic fluids, fuels, etc. As a
chemical engineer, I have spent my career working with these types
of materials and can tell you that the health implications are no
joke. Please read the SDS provided with any chemical you find
yourself using, and follow the PPE recommendations.
Not everyone's body reacts the same way with acute noticable
symptoms, so even if you do not experience them, you could be
setting yourself up for serious chronic effects later in life if you
don't take appropriate precautions.
If you haven't received an SDS with the chemical, please take the
time to look it up on the internet.
Here is a
representative Safety Data Sheet for MEK."
Sun 'n Fun show case fly-by by Spruce Creek Gaggle Flight ...two
...ad lives on the front page.
PSE announces lower cost for Exp Market PDA360EX Audio Panel
New Paint Job! ...Chuck Gant
Pilot v8.2 is out
...adds Flight Profile View on the iPhone
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival ...from the RV
I had my son over for a BBQ and to help me rivet the steps on
last night, only a year or two more to go!
Thought it might be a crack in the landing gear strut (Wasn't)
Roger and his new best friend ...SnF PIREP
Well, Myra and I drove home after an exciting week spent with the
99's and three incredible women from the WASP (Women's Air Service
Pilots). These girls, all in their 90s, gave interviews, spoke in
the Air museum and signed autographs from sunup till sundown for 5
days this year. Look them up on the internet for more incredible
information. I made it a point to hook up with Mitch Locke every day
when the opportunity arose as we met last year at Osh and found we
had a lot in common with Van's Aircraft and our RV14 builds. I
really want to extend my thanks to him and all of Van's staff for
the great job they were doing. I think they will all need throat
lozenges from talking non stop all day. SnF was a great success due
to the incredible weather and great turnout.
The 'AR' in N617AR. Our daughter is involved in
WISE (Women in
Science and Engineering) at SMU. That's her on the left
Saturday morning - two papers due and a P-Chem test next week.
She came home for dinner, but went back after a couple hours to
study. While she was home we had the Masters on, and when
Bryson DeChambeau was playing I mentioned he was at SMU as
recently as last year as a Physics major. "Oh, we were in
the same building then." She didn't know SMU had a golf
team. She comes by it honest - I went to one football game
while at Baylor...and left early. I didn't really enjoy it
until about three decades later. There's hope <g>.
Attn Golfers: About
Bryson DeChambeau's swing
"...DeChambeau, a physics major at SMU, built his unique swing after
reading the book The Golfing Machine, which offers some alternative
To make it work, DeChambeau has the most anomalous set of irons in
golf. They are all the same length -- roughly the same as a 7-iron
-- with the same weight, shaft and lie angle. That allows DeChambeau
to execute the same single-plane swing...." (article)
April 8, 2016.
Issue No. 4,091.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
N313GT First Flight ...Chris Johnson 9A
Well some nasty weather rolled through early this AM, hopefully
going easy on Lakeland, but by 8:30 the skies were clear and wind
was calm, and I got to fly N313GT for the first time - it was
pleasantly uneventful. She flew hands-off and as expected the only
hard part was slowing her down.
Take-off roll was extremely short - I had a friend setup at the
first taxiway to shoot pictures but was off well before I got there.
Climbed out at 100 knots and was at 3000' before I knew it. I have 4
new ECI cylinders so I watched the CHT's - #3 topped out at about
406 for about 20 minutes and then I noticed a distinct drop. The
others were in the 365-395 range. I kept power at about 70-75% for
35 minutes and then did a brief slow-flight test, with a full flap
stall right at 40 knots. Came back into the pattern and flew final
at 65 and then 60 knots. Just like Jan Bussell said it would, the
plane landed itself and made me look good.
Thank you to everybody here for answering what started as dumb
questions and hopefully at least became slightly less so over 3.5
years. I have learned immensely. Thanks to Jan for excellent
transition training, and to Vic Syracuse for a thorough inspection
and the confidence-inspiring kind words. And it doesn't hurt to have
an amazingly supportive wife.
As they say, it's all worth it. And now, the grin....
KELLI GIRL joins the 200 Kt Club ...Sid Mayeux
I flew KELLI GIRL down south to Austin Exec to pick up Kelli and
bring her home. On the solo leg to Austin, I had a huge
tailwind, rolling my ground speed over the 200 knot mark. BooYah!!
That's all the State of New Jersey. All within 20-30 RV minutes.
...DIY Strobe Kits. Ad will live in 'Previous
April 7, 2016.
Issue No. 4,090.
Pink Slip ...Chris Johnson RV-9A
Okay it's not really finished - too poor for paint and too
impatient for wheel pants just yet, but N313GT received it's pink
slip today thanks to Vic Syracuse who was kind enough to stop by on
his way to SNF. 3 1/2 year slow build, couldn't have done it without
Hoping for a first flight Thursday early AM at KZPH before the SNF
crowd starts launching.
Monkey'n Around (90 second video) ...Bruce Eicher
A gold chain vender sent us a monkey and like the VAF hat, asked
us to post where we would take it...dressing it in a gold chain was
easy, finding the right headset for Miti the monkey, not as easy.
The problem rivet connects the E-901 skin, E-913 Counterweight
Skin, E-902 Spar, and E-903 Rib together. After drilling out my
first unsatisfactory rivet (which I now realize I should have left
in place), the dimple on the inside E-903 rib was distorted. I then
decided to drill a size up (#30) to insert an AN426AD-4 rivet in
hopes of removing part of the damaged dimple. I then riveted the
AN426AD-4 rivet in place, and the above picture is what I found.
There is a relatively sizable crack extending from the top of the
dimple outward (can be seen in the mirror). My question is what
should I do next? Unfortunately there isn't space to add another
hole in this location. I'm afraid an order of replacement parts may
be in my near future.
Thanks for your help.
now STC APPROVED for Type Certificated Aircraft
April 6, 2016.
Issue No. 4,089.
Signed Off! ...Robert Van Duyn RV-14A
Just signed off what I believe to be the first customer built
RV-14A at Hidden Valley Airport (5TX0). Pictures below: First
picture is left to right; Robert D Van Duyn (builder), Tony Baumgard
(my FAA supervisor), and of course my distinguished self in the
Airworthiness Certificate dated 05 APR 2016. Robert did an
exceptional job on the aircraft. He has previously built an RV-7A
and an RV-10.
LtCol. Pete Krok passing
I am Stephen Krok, son of Peter. It is with great sorrow that I
write to you today. My father passed away 4/1/2016 due to
complications from cancer. He has touched so many people’s lives and
has been a great role model and beacon for me and many others. Thank
you for being a part of his life.
Built and flew RV-7 in retirement and setup the Subenews group to
help fellow builders sort out issues. Just learned of this today
from his son
Hand Salute to you Col. blue sky's and tailwinds,
Sun N Fun PIREPs ...VAF folks chime in
What a great night to show up. Unfettered access to the
entire flight line by bicycle. Everybody's still setting up and
you can go wherever and whenever you want. That won't be true
starting tomorrow morning!
Looking like great weather too.
Sun N Fun
STEEL FIREWALL PASS THRU KITS ARE BACK IN PRODUCTION
After a lengthy time finding a new source for the metal spun flange
for the firewall pass thru kits, we are happy to announce the kits
are back in production and available for sale. These pass thru kits
have all the necessary parts to make a safe, strong, and secure
firewall penetration for your cables and wiring. The .050” thick
stainless steel metal spun flange is far stronger than other flanges
made from spot welded .020” thick stainless steel flat sheet.
PART # SA-05 RETAIL PRICE: $ 65.00 (Bob Avery / Avery Tools &
Milestone: Jay Pratt....5,000 Hours
First Starts - Crankcase condensation-a data point ...Bill Lane
FYI - There are dehydrator threads, and water collection in the
oil separator threads and winter flying threads. All relate to
water/moisture in the crankcase and corrosion issues.
As a datapoint, yesterday I helped (watched) a 10 friend with his
first engine start. We checked for leaks then cowled and he did some
taxi runs to break-in the brakes. All went well. With 2100 rpm mag
checks and such - I guess it was 45 min of running. Very little at
idle and it was preheated to 145F with a Reiff preheater system
overnight. OAT was 40F with wind. Oil temp at end of testing was
I have been looking at dehydrators and cobbled one together for
experimentation. I thought it would be good to use on a first start
because, it is cold, short run, rich and expected some blowby.
Post run, we hooked the dehydrator, powered with a little aquarium
pump, the dry air into the breather pipe and moist air out the oil
fill tube (540).
About an hour later, there was water collecting in the exit hose.
The warm, moist air was condensing water in the hose! - He estimated
We were both shocked to see that much water. The desiccant was not
weighted or measured, but surely there was more water coming out via
Now you know, definitively, how much water you could leave in the
crankcase for a short engine run. Decisions about dehydrators, water
returning to crankcase via oil separators and such are left to other
treads, but everyone about to expose your expensive new engine to a
joyful first start should take note of this situation.
Bruce's Aircraft Covers SnF Special
This month receive 10% off your Bruce's Custom Covers
order in honor of The Sun 'n Fun Aviation Trade Show. Use discount
code SNF2016 when you check out or click this link:https://www.aircraftcovers.com/coupon/snf2016.
Mothership SnF Engine Special
Talking about the new G5
April 5, 2016.
Issue No. 4,088.
Nice day in the Anchorage Area ...video
New High School RV-12 build project! ...Bob Kelly
A little catching up is in order. I have been devoting most of my
time to getting things organized, and it appears to be working! This
is to announce a new AviationNation project at Grand Prairie
Collegiate Institute, Texas, beginning this fall. GPCI is a charter
school, only three years old, but really working to bring quality
education to their students. It must be succeeding! They just
competed in the Texas-wide SkillsUSA competition, and won several
Gold Medals. Several teams and individuals are moving on to
Nationals In Louisville.
About two weeks ago, the Principal and a teacher came and visited
our project at Jennings County High School, North Vernon, Indiana
(that is the school where I began the first Eagle's Nest Project)
and watched the kids work. They decided our approach was what they
were looking for, and we are partnering with them, starting this
Panel Status Update ...Karl Bambas
My goal for the winter in Florida was to do as much as possible
on the panel for the Dream Weaver.
Our Build Log with thirty more photos is
just a click away.
Poppies ...erich weaver (CA)
There has been an amazing bloom of poppies in the San Rafael
Mountains north of the Santa Ynez airport in California that is
attracting a lot of attention. Here are a few cell phone shots.
Sorry they are not as sharp as I would have liked.
Mothership SnF Info...
Where's Wally... or at least F-643 and F-644 ...tgmillso
So this may turn out to be one of those embarrassing questions,
however I have been unable to locate F-643 and F-644 Forward
Fuselage Channels as I work my way through the edge finishing and
priming of the fuselage components. I've checked the inventory list
and have been unable to find it, searching manually and using the
search function in the version I converted to a readable text PDF
These two parts are located in the Parts Index at the front of the
manual, but they are listed as "manufactured" indicating that they
should already be bent and shaped to a certain extent rather than
being created from scratch using sheet material.
Thus, I was wondering where these components are. Any ideas?
Clayton's OK18 Memorial Day Fly-In ...NE of Tulsa, OK
My good friend Clayton is having a Memorial Day Weekend fly-in.
RVs are most welcome.
Night Transport ...Carl in Sweden
"...Fuselage is now in
airport club workshop. Wings, empenage, rudders and fairings at
VAF Courtesy Car List Updated
Simple list. Easy peazy...
April 4, 2016.
Issue No. 4,087.
Today marks nine years of this
site being my full time job. As a reference, I started the 'North
Texas Wing' of VAF on 12/6/1998....17.3 years ago. It took 8.3
years to cut the corporate cord <g>. Where does the time go?
Thanks for not rolling your eyes too often as I continue to learn the
ropes of a life in small business.
And good morning!
Mt. St. Helens Pictures from the RV ...Carl N. RV-8
First to Fly N144VA
The past couple of days I have been getting some training in
N144VA with Mike Seager in Oregon. I understand I am the first to
fly it, outside of Van's personnel. It was quite a treat. It jumps
off the runway with the IO-360. It's a really stable plane with very
tame stall characteristics. A couple of times we did a go around and
I think that plane will fly from a dead stop, it never floated back
to the runway, full power and we were off and going. If anyone is
considering going out there to fly with Mike, I highly recommend it.
He won't beat you up too bad for mistakes, but sometimes I heard, "I
have to say, that was really a bad landing". I went for the 5 hours
since I have about 300 in a RV-7, but it has been 8 years and I
should have gone for the 10 hours. I surely would have come away a
much better pilot. Thanks Mike.
Dynon Introduces SkyView SE
Introducing the Advanced AF-5700 12.1" Display
Phase 1 Update ...rightrudder
Almost there! Another 3.1-hour flight this morning, with four
landings at Apple Valley. Met a super nice guy there named Joe, who
came over to pay me a compliment on my RV. As I was taxiing toward
the restrooms, I saw his plane, a really pristine Cessna 180, as he
was taking it out of the hangar. It is so nice to have people
recognize the sweat and blood we put into our aircraft. Sometimes,
now that I'm flying my RV, I'll look back at it when it's parked and
think to myself, "Did I really build that?" Even though it's only
been a few months, the days of riveting, sanding and deburring seem
like they were years ago. A rip in the space/time continuum?
SHOP ART ...Jeff Vaughan
Brake questions from my hangar
I am making a second attempt to rebuild the Matco master
cylinders on my RV-7. They were slowly dripping from one cylinder
when I bought the plane but all four cylinders were weaping. I had
an A&P help me rebuild the cylinders once and a couple hours later
they were the same. This time it was a different cylinder that was
dripping but all were weaping again. Everyone found this odd.
Taking a VAF member for a fly in Sydney Australia
A few weeks ago VAF member Randy Garrett posted that he was
travelling to Sydney and was wondering if anyone would be willing to
take him for a fly in an RV in Australia.
Fix it or Build On?
Progress Report ...N311CJ RV-10
April 1, 2016.
Issue No. 4,086.
I'm about a week into
consuming much less sugar, and I'm feeling like a hammered turd.
Smart people say it gets better, but right now what I want is a Dr.
Pepper the size of my house. Why saying all this? Because if
you say 'Hi' to me and I take a swing at you it's most likely the sugar
withdrawal. Don't take it personally. This gut will
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
My Builder Buddy
Full circle and a compliment (I think)
The other weekend a gave a married couple a ride in the -7A (no,
not at the same time). With the pre-flight completed, I asked them
my usual questions which includes 1) how do you feel about roller
coasters 2) have you ever flown in a small airplane 3) is there
anything in particular around the Austin area you'd like to see, 4)
any questions or concerns, etc.
The husband responded that it had been many years since he'd been in
a small plane and he went on to explain that he was a kid at the
time. I asked if he remembered it being "Young Eagles" related but
he couldn't specifically remember. Hmmm, full circle? I thought it
was kinda cool nonetheless Anyway, he really dug the flight and
tight turns about a point - he was like a kid in a candy store.
Hopefully a future (RV) builder.
The wife had never been in a small plane so the usual "how do you
feel about roller coaster" questions followed so that I could get a
general idea on her reservations/fears/inhibitions/concerns before
we departed terra firma. All was good in that department so off we
went. As we're making our way around the local lakes, I find out
she's a professional singer. Now, I'm thinking to myself, "Wow, I've
got a famous singer with me. That's a new one. I wonder just how
famous she is?" Come to find out, she sings in a local Austin band.
I told her that she could have said her name was "Beyonce" and I
would have bought it hook, line, and sinker. I would have then gone
back to my buddies and said, "Dude! You wouldn't believe who I took
for a ride the other day!". Glad we got that straightened out.
Anyway, the rest of the flight was great and I headed back to home
base. As we made our way back, I explained what I was going to do
and how I was going to do it. Now on final, followed by runway made,
followed by flare, followed by touchdown, she shouts out "Better
than Southwest!". I know she meant well and a good laugh was had
and that's what counted.
What compliments have you gotten that were well intended?
Quirkies Seen From the RV ...Vlad
A Siddha Yoga Center in Upstate NY.
Garmin Team X introduces G5 electronic flight instrument for
All-glass back-up or primary flight
instrument with optional autopilot capability.
[ed. I was emailed the 'journalist packet'
about this 16 hours before the public release, so for a little more
than a half day I had a slightly higher security clearance.
Felt like James Bond. ;^) I like when fly-in season
starts and the new products start to come online. Exciting
Garmin Team X introduces new, full featured GMA 245/245R audio
Combines Bluetooth wireless music,
phone, 3D Audio and more...
Paint, seats and hangar...
Visited painter today, only some small anomalies to be
corrected on fuse before transport to hangar. I think it turned out
quite well regarding paint scheme and colours.
A Note From Your Host...
(some people auto-paid a smaller
amt monthly, so their data is reflected multiple times in the chart).
updated as of 3/31/16 12:05:50 CDT:
The year is 25% over.
My gut feel is that last year I didn't do a very good job of
conveying how unbelievably crucial the yearly honor system donations are at
keeping this 1-family small business afloat. So this
year I'm reminding readers
on the last Friday of
each month. Updated chart below. (596)
unique donors to date
Thank you to those who support this site!
Donations by year compared to
registered forum users
New RV8 with Garmin Touch ...Walt's work
March 31, 2016.
Issue No. 4,085.
A couple SnF product
announcements will be 'released from embargo' Thursday morning early.
I'll update the page here again around 7am Dallas time(ish). There
is a webinar at 10am related to this announcement (join).
I like when fly-in season spools up...all the cool new stuff starts
BTW, milestone.....ticked over the 22,000 mark on registered forum users
today. RVation seems to be alive and well online!
Look for the update here in around 12 hours...
Found During Condition Inspection
Pics/text courtesy Randy 'Monkey' Richmond of
Richmond Aircraft Service
on an RV that was 5 years old with 300 hours - on its 3rd owner.
Right aileron push-pull tube not riveted. Had someone hold the
aileron while I put about 5lbs force on the stick. Pulled
right out. Pushed stick hard right and locked up due to
fitting jamming in yoke."
Solution Now Available for SkyView 14.0 Technical Service Bulletin
We are excited to report that
SkyView v14.1 is now available for download. It contains the fix for
the issue that was the cause of the Technical Service Bulletin
earlier this month. It also has a few other small fixes and feature
improvements that we found since then.
Found this during an inspection. No names!
This is the same wing bay
From Rich Meske...
take a fresh look at out Tip-Up/Slider Canopy Modification for the
RV-6, 7 & 9. This year marks our 15th year offering this product. We
now offer two canopy modifications, our original kit and another
gentleman’s laser cut kit. Both kits have their own advantages. We
let the builder choose which is best for their needs.
This year also marks our 16th year of doing business! We now offer
many new products for the experimental aircraft market. Please check
out ALL of our great products at
RV TEAM CHILE display on FIDAE 2016 ...video
New Lower Cost Database Options for Garmin aera
We recently announced our new aera
660 portable navigator, and with that we announced the availability
of the new Garmin Navigation Database (for U.S. and Canada) and
introduced a family of new lower priced database bundles.
We are pleased to announce that similar bundles are now available
for aera 795/796 customers through the normal www.flygarmin.com
Bob Kuykendall's RV-15 Idea
Resurrecting this thread with an
idea I posted elsewhere. Yes, it's RV-related.
I propose that the next RV kit should move into the market space
being developed by the Icon A5 amphibian guys. Vans business model
has always been to either offer something for which there is no
equivalent production aircraft (most RVs) or for which a kitplane
can undercut production aircraft by ~50% (RV-10). I think that an A5
competitor would fit perfectly with this model.
My proposal is that they start with the basic RV-12 design and go
from there. Ditch the fuselage and replace it with a combination of
aluminum panels and carbon fiber hull moldings that looks enough
unlike the A5 to get them around the bizarre patent laws that
protect boat hulls. Plug the RV-12 wings into the top, hang the
RV-12 motor onto the back, plop the RV-12 stabilator onto the carbon
fiber fin, add retractable gear and there you are. The big plastic
parts and the retractable gear have bumped the price by about 35%,
and it is not going to have that lovely supercar interior, but
you've achieved 90% of the A5's performance and functionality for
less than 50% the price.
Flame suit on!
Thanks, Bob K.
March 30, 2016.
Issue No. 4,084.
April Calendar Wallpaper Online
Sid Mayeux departing my home
airfield in his RV-7A. Burst mode, 200mm lens, f/7.1, 1/640s,
auto-focus. Shoot was pre-briefed and done with a text from
Sid letting me know when he was two minutes from takeoff. I
shot this from the ramp in front of my hangar - easier to do than
you might think.
If you're ever departing my home
field to the south and would like me to get a pic, just get in
touch. How's free sound?
Rogers RV14A Build - 140204 ...Roger Kieffer II RV-14A
Got the tools, kit, shop, and build log website setup and Im ready
to get going on my Vans RV14A in SE Wisconsin. This is my
first build so please provide any guidance, advice, etc as I go
through this process.
Introducing Supertracks ...Vince Frazier
Blake and I have come up with a totally new product to make life
easier for pilots with RV-6, 6A, 7, 7A, 9, and 9A SLIDING canopies.
Our new Supertracks allow you to easily roll your canopy back an
additional 9" (or more) to make accessing your baggage compartment a
snap. And there's nothing to disconnect, or futz with, just the
normal fore and aft canopy motion that you're accustomed to already.
Ongoing (Alternator) Maintenance ...PaigeHoffart
550 hours I just broke the middle wire in the connector housing. Of
course it would have to happen in IMC. I ordered a new crimpable
RV-8 s/n83124 ...Dominique in France
RE: ACS and Credit Card Fraud ...Jim Irwin
"We noticed today's posting
from Carl about the credit card fraud he recently experienced, and I
want to respond regarding Aircraft Spruce's credit card security
procedures. We follow industry standard procedures for credit card
security and have been PCI certified for many years by our credit
card processing center. This means that we have all of the available
measures in place to prevent credit card fraud. All of our
customers' credit card information is encrypted and only a select
few managers have access to this information. Our IT manager checks
credit card logs regularly to insure that there is no indication
that any of our credit card records have been compromised.
Credit card security is a big concern these days and Aircraft Spruce
deals with it on a daily basis, as do all suppliers, with persons
trying to place orders with stolen credit cards. We screen all
orders carefully and are able to identify and cancel these
fraudulent orders. This is not an easy task, as credit card thieves
and hackers are getting more sophisticated all the time in their
efforts to defeat credit card security.
We encourage any customer any customer who feels that a breach of
their credit card may be related to a transaction with Aircraft
Spruce to contact us immediately with all the details they can
provide so we can investigate immediately. We were unable to
identify Carl on the VAF posting but I hope that he will email me
directly with whatever information he can provide, including the
details on who paid their property taxes using his credit card."
March 29, 2016.
Issue No. 4,083.
Missing Man Formation Marana, AZ ...Gash
I had the privilege of flying in a 6-ship missing man formation
yesterday at the opening ceremony for the new Veteran's Memorial
Cemetery in Marana, Arizona. Flight members from the Arizona
Scorpions were: Gary Goebel (on loan from the Blackjacks), Jim
Graham, Mel Jordan, Karl Gashler, Cathy Page (with Carl Brownd
riding shotgun) and Bill Grischo. Tito Sanchez was our ground
coordinator. It's always an honor to fly with such an excellent
group of aviators and friends. We all had a great time!
Here's a photo from the Arizona Daily Star. You can see Mel pulling
up and away, and it's nice how the photographer got the flag in the
...Rob 'KRviator' 9A in Sydney, Australia
After 4 years, 9 months and 19 days building, Aurora Australis
was awarded her registration, but I then had to wait several more
weeks for a combination of good weather and kids-in-daycare to be
able to perform the first flight.
Other than a few EMS alarms (high current, EGT and Fuel Flow) the
flight went beautifully. These alarms will be reset to more
appropriate values before the next flight. The high-current was due
to me setting the redline at the 30-amp rating of the PP alternator,
that I now understand will output slightly more than 30 amps
at times. EGT was due to the #2 cylinder being much higher
than the others, even during idle, so I'm going to swap the probe to
#4 to see what happens, and FF was higher than expected for the
O-340, and I didn't have enough margin in the setting there.
Aileron bracket.. Whoops
Just when you think... That won't happen to me! I countersunk the
wrong side of the bracket. It looks thick enough to handle a 'double
countersink' so I did the other side as well and built on...
What do you think? Airworthy or rebuild?
0320/E2G with 30 hrs SMOH. almost every flight it will
momentarily stumble for a split second. It can best be described as
a (bump). After that it runs fine the rest of the flight. It will
only do it once. We changed both mags, wires, and plugs and it still
does it. I cant figure out what could be causing this? The plane is
going to Sun-N-fun which is 1000 miles one way. I would like to find
out if this is a major issue or just an annoyance?
Anything inherently wrong with this idea? Fits my IPad in a Otter
C Frame Dimpler Table ...Bruce Windowm's take (foamboard
and liquid nails)
You might consider what I did. It's a heckuva lot easier to move
on/off your work table, and can be more easiler store in an overhead
rafter area, if you have one of those.
3rd & 4th Inboard Wing Rib - Hole miss-match? ...Steve Murray
Started assembling the Wing rear spar to the back of the wing
ribs (1/8") rivets. On the 3rd and 4th rib from the inboard side. I
am seeing a mis-match between the pre-punched holes in the ribs and
the rear spar.
Note the two holes that have not been deburred, these holes are
matched drilled from the doubler "W-1007B Rear Spar Doubler" on the
March 28, 2016.
Issue No. 4,082.
I hope you had a nice
Easter weekend and that you got to have a huge meal with family,
bragging about your RV plane/project. I was out at the airport
Saturday morning, fiddling with this and that, and saw my neighbor Scott
getting into his RV-8A. "Where you headed, Scott?" "Off to
see Mom. Easter." Had a suit folded neatly in the passenger
These planes, and what they allow us to do, are amazing.
9DB---BOGIE AT 8 O'CLOCK!!!!!!!!! ...Dave B. 9A
Never mind---it is a friendly.
Actually, there were nine friendlies!!! You see, at KPRC we have a
rather large contingent of pilots on our "Fly to Breakfast/Lunch"
mailing list. This past Sunday we had a total of nine planes/14
people whose "mission" that day was to patrol the Chino Wash and
then to rendezvous for breakfast and de-brief in Seligman, AZ at
West Side LiLo's--wheels down at 0900. West Side LiLo's is one of
those historical 1950's-1960's diners located right on old Rte 66 in
northern AZ. However, if you go there beware---they serve "cowboy
New to us RV8 ...Rob Traynham Simpsonville, SC
Well, my son and I jumped out and bought a beautiful RV8 in
Canada. As of yesterday, we now have U.S. registered airplane AND a
fresh Airworthiness Certificate. We recently trained with Kent
Gorton at Mallard's landing and had a great experience. Just waiting
on the rain to stop now so we can fly it!
Scenes from Newcastle ...haydnc
It's the one you don't see
I had an interesting experience with ADSB. The RV is ADSB out and
I was using a Stratus II / iPad (Foreflight) for ADSB in. The
traffic displays were very good and all looked well.
Later, I had the chance to compare that to an ATC radar plot - there
was traffic that had not showed on the ADSB. The traffic was putting
out mode C only but there was some problem with the altitude data so
it was defaulting to "000" for altitude on the radar display;
essentially, sea level. ATC was not talking to him.
I'm at 3700 - so it's outside the puck even though ground elevation
was about 1000 MSL (that's the prevailing conjecture as to why it
didn't display). So, the traffic really could have been at my
altitude, but in this situation, it wasn't going to display for me.
As helpful as the traffic info is, I think there might still be
something to be said for looking out the window since this
high-priced video game is not picking everything up.
Bulldog Flight Formation Video
The Eagle (EMS) Flys ...Dane Patterson RV-8 w/FADEC
After a six month hiatus, to change over from an Aerosance FADEC
to a Precision Airmotive EMS, my aircraft is once again flying. The
Aerosance FADEC (now a Continental Motors product) was becoming a
liability. Periodically it would skip a beat, for no apparent
reason, or give strange readings, that could not be explained. After
years of frustration I decided it was time to make a change.
Grass Runway Season Open! ...Vlad pics
Tale of a sticky valve
Block Island PIREP ...Mike/John
Fun trip in the RV up and back to Block Island today! We managed
to fit a Maryland/Mass beer exchange into the activities!
Albit - Next time! I plan to be up in New England a lot this year!
She's Got Legs! ...with a nod to ZZ Top
FS Airpark Home ...Lake City, FL
Andy Blanchard's New Panel ...Bold!!!!
March 25, 2016.
Issue No. 4,081.
Was over at Jay Pratt's place visiting Thursday
morning, and saw an RV-14 fuse (taildragger) on the gear with the tail
on (no wings). Was really impressed with how much larger it seemed
than my RV-6 fuse/tail. Looked like a RV-10 as a taildragger,
actually. I can see why there is a step-up option.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled Easter weekend.
Pilot Joe Blank 'communicating' with his
reflection during an RV-12 SLSA delivery flight.
From the factory
JB MDL ...Vlad
An email was channeled to me via secure network. It stated if I
don't forward all my credentials within two days to a certain
address I would never had a chance to touch down on a military
concrete. And so I did in a big hurry not telling anyone. In a
couple weeks I was clear to visit McGuire AFB with 36 other local
bug smashers. The military conducted a Midair Collision Avoidance
seminar and the brass approved a flyin.
Arriving aircrafts were split in 4 groups and each group received a
time slot. I departed earlier and planned to intercept somebody by
Video Related To Above ...Brent Connelly
Status Report ...rightrudder
Getting there.... 27.4 on the Hobbs now. Today's flight was the
longest yet at 2.9 hrs.
I redid the right inlet ramp to reduce CHTs for Nos. 1 & 3,
shortening it by about 1.5 in. I cut it where it mates to the intake
with a Dremel cut-off wheel, sanded down the dry micro with a mini
die-grinder sander, then used the remaining shelf to anchor the
Aft end was secured with a thick bead of flox, then a couple layers
of 9 oz. cloth. I sanded down the remnants of the original
attachment flush with the die grinder.
The temp variance wasn't all that bad to begin with, but the change
seemed to help...all cylinders are now with 10 degrees or so in
cruise. But No. 1 still gets the hottest in climb, so I'll have to
either remove its air dam altogether, or cut it down by half again.
I'm getting lots of practice with leaning, as I buzz the practice
area in one direction, pull a U-eee, richen, climb 1000 ft, lean,
buzz the other direction, descend 1000 ft, richen, and so forth.
Did a couple of landings at Apple Valley, and the aircraft is really
starting to fit like a glove. After running 'er hard, it's kinda
peaceful to throttle way back and just putt-putt around the pattern.
One last thought....it's the little things that make it more fun to
work on our planes. A long, skinny funnel I bought from HF slips
right down the dipstick tube and stays put. Best $3.99 I've spent
The cat's meow for touch up
When you buff the paint off a rivet...
Issue No. 4,080.
It was too windy to haul
gravel Wednesday in DFW (badump). Settled for the treadmill and
computers...no RV anything. Storms forecast overnight, so maybe
Thursday on the back side it will be calm enough for some time off the
First formation video of my RV7 ...Shawn Li
Flew with a friend with a Glasair to Independence, OR last
weekend. My wife was riding in the Glasair, and had a chance to
shoot a video of our flying RV7 for the first time. It's also her
first time to check out our RV7 in the air
Thought to share the video with the group.
RV Snowbird Acro PIREP ...Bill M.
Thanks for the congratulations, but many have helped to develop
the competitive edge. Two weeks before the Snowbird contest, Ron and
others gathered in Vidalia, GA on a weekend for an aerobatic
workshop with coaching from Eric Sandifer (Advanced 1st place in the
Northeast 2015) and Tony Zorn (Advanced). This is where you refine
the maneuvers and improve your scores. Eric also helped me design my
free style and signed off on it as a judge. At a contest, it really
doesn't matter what you fly. It just a big happy family whether it's
a MX, Extra, Edge, Pitts, Decathlon, YAK, or our nimble little RVs.
It is also very addictive too. Hope to see more RVs at other
The shop ambient noise level measures 30-33dB on my iPhone app
when the people upstairs are not walking overhead - quiet as a
Moving to Houston, TX ...from Italy
After long thinking with my family we decided to give a substantial
change to our lives. We'll move to Houston from Italy this summer!
Unfortunately this means I have to sell my RV-7 project
[ed. We'll see about that <g>. dr] (by the way, it has
been on hold for the last couple of years due family/job/money
difficulties) but I hope I can continue to be a member of the RV
community (who knows.. maybe in the future I'll start over again!)
Any advice for a new Houston resident?.
Last Summer ...Karl Bambas
People keep asking Dolly and I if we've been hiding, that they
haven't seen us for a while. Well we've been building.
Follow Up From Joe
Just to clarify from my E-mail answer yesterday...
That would probably work OK, but you’d have to use a reduced head
screw (AN525 series would work) so as not to interfere with the roll
bar when closed. Also ensure good Edge Distance on the roller
weldment here as there is a significant 'lifting component' to the
forces applied to the canopy during flight.
Option #2 is to TIG weld the holes closed on the parts and re-drill
with the correct ED.
Option #3 is to replace the parts with new. Your choice."
Check one off the bucket list
Yesterday I was finally able to do something I've been wanting to
do my whole life. Flew my -12 to visit my father for the first time,
a 2 hour flight and my first ever overnight stay (with the plane)
away from the home 'drome. My dad is 87 now and is still in good
shape. He had a serious health issue at Thanksgiving and has made a
good recovery. One of the reasons I built the -12 was to be able to
fly with him and the speed of the assembly was a primary factor. I
was able to complete my plane in about 700 hours, Van's was spot on.
Dad was a Navy fighter pilot. He has over 2000 hours in F-8
Crusaders and did 3 combat tours in Viet Nam. One tour as executive
officer of VF-211, one as commanding officer VF-211, and the last as
CAG-5 on the USS Midway. Naturally I wanted to be a fighter pilot
like him. However, when I was 12, during a routine vision screening
at school, I found out I would need glasses. Knowing that the Navy
does not accept pilot candidates with anything less than perfect
vision my dreams were crushed. So now my -12 is my jet fighter and I
have flown my father in it. The only other time I flew with Dad was
a family trip from Jacksonville, Fla to Lower Alabama when I was 5.
Dad also was a flight instructor at Pensacola in the late 50's.
After we landed yesterday he scored the "check ride" as an "UP". So
I guess that I have now passed primary flight training and will now
move to jet transition training. I hope to enjoy many more flights
with my father in the days to come. For all you guy's still building
your fighter jets,,,,, keep pulling and pounding those rivets so
that you can have a day like I did yesterday.
Ordered -8 QB Fuse!! ...Jeff Munzell (VA)
I am very excited.... This is one of those so far...slooooooow
builds. Ordered tail kit late 1999, ordered slow build wings in late
2000. Between job and raising kids and trying to stay ahead of
household maintenance 3 1/2 acres, it's taken me this long to get to
this point.. I've been using "...8 wings still" for way too many
years...but not for much longer!
Fuse should show up around the August/September timeframe.. very
Factory Represented at AERO Friedrichschafen
...April 20-23, 2016 (Southern Germany)
March 23, 2016.
Issue No. 4,079.
Tater Salad was down for maintenance Tuesday with a migraine, so I was on
go get him from school and chicken nugget duty. That and making
sure the house was rigged for quiet. On the back side of it now
and doing much better at publish time.
No RV related activities today other than normal computer work, and
that's just fine. Family is priority 1-10...aviation 11. It
was gusting here nearly to 40mph today, anyway. Too much for my
Status Report: Wings Away! ...David Paule RV-3B
Wirejock came down from his mountain to help me more the wings to
the hangar. It went smoothly enough. After taping moving blankets to
the wings beforehand, I put one thin piece of plywood in the pickup
truck, then the right wing, blanket side down, then another thin
(and therefore light) piece of plywood, and and finally the left
wing. Tied them down and off we went, driving carefully.
Of course something had to cause some concern. In this case it was a
pine tree in the backyard that had grown up into some power lines.
While we were tying the wings in, a neighbor dropped by to tell us
that the tree was sparking with the wire. After a brief visit from a
fire truck and a call to the power company, we were on the road.
Unloading went smoothly enough. Larry took a photo of me holding a
wing in the hangar.
Re-drilling canopy roller?
I screwed up one of my canopy rollers when I mis-measured,
resulting in insufficient edge distance. Based on the fact
that these parts are steel, and that, when closed, there won't be
much force applied to this connection, I'm thinking of re-drilling
in the fore-aft direction ( 90 degrees to this mis-drilled holes) a
Insane? or OK?
Govenor Cable Help
I have a Hartzell govenor on my 200hp which is mounted so the
actuator moves fwd and aft versus left/righ. I am having problems
trying to find a cable bracket and proper function on the cable.
Anyone out there that had this problem and has a fix? Your expertise
would be greatly appreciated.
Silver Hawk fuel injection servo "gotcha"
My RV-7 has been a great machine over the last 4 years. 99.9% of
the 450 hours thus logged have been pretty much trouble free. But
here’s a short story of a “gotcha” that popped up recently. It was
not a real big deal and probably not a major safety of flight item,
but I’ll pass this along anyway.
I have an Aerosport IO-375 installed with a standard Precision
Silver Hawk fuel injection system. On a recent run-up prior to
takeoff, the vernier mixture control seemed to have a “sticky” spot
as I pushed the mixture to full rich. I experimented a little and it
seemed like the vernier control was hanging up about an inch out
from full rich. So like a dummy, I took off anyway assuming that I
might have to look into it later.
Mixture Arm Interference with Starter
have installed Van's mixture bellcrank and bracket for an IO-360A1B
Horizontal Induction. When I connect to the mixture arm I am unable
to get full throw due to interference with starter (see pic). This
engine installed in another aircraft was configured with the arm in
the down position where there would be no interference. Van's said I
either need a shorter starter or modify the arm to avoid the
contact. Even if I use the lower hole and cut off the top portion it
does not look like I will still get full throw.
Engine Mount Beef-up ...David Paule RV-3B
KatieB sent me a photo of a cracked weld in an RV-3B engine mount
at a lower corner where the landing gear socket is welded adjacent
to a mount bolt. The crack was visible with dye penetrate.
March 22, 2016.
Issue No. 4,078.
RVs RULE Snowbird! ...f14av8
"...Bill McLean WON the Sportsman Category competition at the
Snowbird Classic. He did that in a RV-4, competing against a field
of purpose-built aerobats, including an EXTRA (really two EXTRAS as
it was being flown by two pilots). So, Bill went out and showed what
an RV, flown by a well trained and well prepared pilot can do.
There's just nothing like an inverted spin in a RV-4 to impress the
judges! Congratulations Bill."
On the day of my 60th birthday
N321BV, RV-7 S/N 74171 received its Special Airworthiness
Certificate!! The maiden flight will take place soon when schedules
and weather are coordinated.
Here are the basics:
RV-7 Standard build
3 years 1 month elapsed construction time
2070 hours logged construction time
Superior IO-360-B1LD2 engine (horizontal induction)
Whirlwind 200RV prop
Christen inverted oil system
Dynon Skyview EFIS, EMS, COM & I/C, ADAHRS, XPDER, ADSB, 2 axis
1086 lbs. empty weight
RV-7 Standard Build
They cover pretty much anything you need covered.
Cremated Remains Dispenser
Polish burns ...Bob C.
It was opening day this weekend for the Spring Polishing Season.
Fortunately, I've compound polished the plane enough in the last few
years that -- unless there's a specific scratch -- I don't bother
doing much compounding.
Lately, I've been using California Custom Purple (always with the
de-oxydizer) and then using the Cyclo with Nuvite F7 and then Grade
S with a fleece cloth.
Anyway, I had used some painters tape to protect the stripes when I
encountered a piece that was hard to get off . I'd neglected it
before starting with the cyclo but there I was in the middle of
cyclo'ing and I was picking at this tape.
While I was doing that, I lost focus on my cyclo work and while
picking at the tape with one finger, I was holding the cyclo in
place with the other.
So, of course, the aluminum got warm and burned.
I was subsequently able to get the "burn" out but here's my
question: What's burning? The aluminum or the polish on the
"Never give up."
Milestone: The Big Cut
Spent a couple hours staring at it, reading and re-reading the
instructions and drawings. Seems to be a little extra plexi between
where the slider forward end stops and the windshield begins, which
makes it less critical to get the cut exactly right the first time.
I used my Dremel on high speed with a diamond blade. The first cut
was just to remove the excess from the sides, From there, take an 1
to 1.5 inches at a time so you can keep the rather small cutting
disk perpendicular to the Plexiglas. Uses sponges or similar to
support the glass while cutting so there is no stress on the cut
From the RV-6. Counted (14)
on a short .3hr flight Monday, (12) in the two pics below.
Excuse the blurry one, but it shows a nice buck. The 200mm
lens is big enough that they usually don't even look up.
Cleaning the Oceans and Flying on Waste
March 21, 2016.
Issue No. 4,077.
John Goodloe RV-8. dr photo.
Additions/Updates to the RV White Pages ...courtesy Mr. Tate
Renegade 5 RV4 at Alamosa (two vids)
Near miss - Bird Strike
Using Paint Masks (lots of photos) ...Dan L.
Crabandy Status Report
Fireblock failure...Don't do what I did
Classified Spotlight ...9A w/many
Pazmanyflyer Status Report
DAR added to the
Status Report ...longranger -7
March 18, 2016.
Issue No. 4,076.
Pushed out the updated VAF Courtesy Car
list yesterday, then rec'd (4) more updates today. So, I added
those (updates are usually pushed out the day I
get an email). It's crazy simple to maintain. The
RV White Pages should be updated over the
weekend, courtesy young Mr. Reeves. I pay him per record
edited/added, so of course he is a fan of lots of people updating their
info. He suggested a few thousand people add a period to part of
their listing. I told him if that happened we'd probably need to
rethink our payment model <g>.
Formula 1 racing starts back up this weekend. First race
Australia - the long drought is over. Go fast time is back and
the DVR is cocked.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
She Flys! ...Lorne
Yippee!, Yeehah!, Wow!, She Flys!
A couple of days after getting the pink slip, the latest RV-6 leapt
into the sky. All I can say is keep on building.....the grin is
Not your typical fuel tank woe ...Ryan -12
After agonizing over to wet rivet or not, sealant dispensing
methods, and everyone opinions, I completed my fuel tanks back in
November and the initial leak test with soapy water and balloon
passed with flying colors. About a week or so ago I ran across a
thread from a builder who was having issues with producing
acceptable tubing flares. It was then I learned that I used the
wrong flare set (automotive) when making the vent lines in for the
tanks. That's when I went down another path of endless thread
scouring about potential vent blockages/leakages etc. I was worried
that although leak free, I may leak fuel through the improper vent
fitting once the vent fitting was submerged in fuel. My curiosity
couldn't take it anymore, so I decided to do another leak test with
Avgas. Long story short, no leaks from the inboard rib vent fitting
when submerged in fuel. Which brings me to...
RV-7A Dream Panel ...Walt/Rick Aronow
Our latest project from EXP Aircraft Services, the RV7 dream
This is my brother's RV7A so it was a team effort, I let him do all
the hard work (installing it in the airplane) while I did the easy
stuff like basic system architecture, building custom interconnect
harness, panel wiring etc..
I'd also like to give credit to the Stein Team (Christer especially)
for a superb job helping getting it all to fit and then cutting the
panel. And thanks to Brandon at GloCustom Paint for the custom
flat black epoxy finish.
Garmin: G3X 10" Touch, GTN750, GTR20 (com 2), GMA240 (audio panel),
GTX23ES (remote mode S xpdr), GDL39R (ADS-B in), Full A/P w/GMC307
control panel, GI260 AOA indicator with heated pitot.
(Airspeed indicator is a place holder for future back-up.)
795 was left over from old panel, probably not going to be needed
Eagle's Nest Projects - AOPA features Florida student-builder Abbey
...FIRST SOLO!!! RV-12.
A leaf in the wind ...Jeff Kersey
Sometimes I feel a little like a leave in the wind in this little
plane. It keeps it from getting boring. I enjoy the challenge. My
wife, not so much... I still have not had her on a smooth flight in
the new RV yet. She thinks it is always bumpy and it is because the
pane is so light. I have to remind her we get bounced around in big
jets too. I look forward to a fun trip with her that is like
glass... Oh well. Gusting to 20kts, 90 degrees to the runway. My
little plane handled it just fine. I love this thing! <g>
Condition Inspection Continued ...Vlad
Status Report Pictures ...Ed Flemin -7 Zimbabwe
Moving on to the flap braces, these were a bit trickier than I
thought. The problem is the flange which rivets to the rear spar is
straight, but the section which attaches where the rear spar is
doubled should be higher. hopefully you can see what I mean from the
pictures. When you first cleco it in place this puts quite a kink in
the lower flange where it rivets to the bottom skin. This required
quite a bit of adjusting to get things straight. I got it to a point
where it was straight with the skin clecoed on, but I found out
later I needed to get it straight without the skin to help. Thats
because when you drill the hinge you can't use clecos.
Sports in the Yard
...photographed from the RV-6 Thursday morning
after the hail and thunderstorms passed. Baseball, golf
and basketball just outside the front door. Not my
neighborhood if you were wondering <g>. Not buzzing the houses
either (Canon EOS-1 D w/ EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens).
Texas, ladies and gentlemen.
March 17, 2016.
Issue No. 4,075.
Springtime in Texas. dr
I've seen a lot of builders extend their inlet ramps out beyond
the side baffles, but per my RV-8 FWF plans circa 2006, my
interpretation was that the upper cowl ramps are inside of the
baffles (for both the parallel valve and angle valve engines). I
built mine with the fiberglass ramps completely inside of the
baffles and the baffles seals lay against the cowl and not the
ramps. My ramps are open on both ends. I have excellent engine
cooling with this arrangement.
VAF Courtesy Car List Updated
A simple list on one page - all it needs to be.
Status Report (Many Pictures) ...craband
If I had it to do over again I probably would move each inlet
about 3/8" inch inboard for more outside curve, but I'm moving on
with the existing inlets. I carved out a spot to nestle in the
forward section of the new hinge, it helped with the angle for
inserting the hinge from the front. I followed the Van's
instructions on drilling extra holes and aggressively sanding the
hinge flange and epoxying it to the cowl, the old hinges were not
letting go virtually welded to the cowl. I used the hinge pin and an
extra piece of hinge to position the new hinge with the existing
hinge. After the epoxy dried I riveted the new sections.
March 16, 2016.
Issue No. 4,074.
Status Report ...Chattin35 in Boise
How Vlad Reads VAF <g>
Finally Some RV Time Off the
Got in a .2hr RV flight Tuesday
morning after a couple computer hours - first flight in (11) days.
Guessing $8 in avgas. Checked the creek for deer (none) and a
pass down a friend's grass runway to say good morning (they waved
from the porch). VOR check back at the field (131°/312° radial
TTT over 52F) and the overhead break for 17 - the break occurs when
the needle centers. Felt good to get off the surface, if only
for a bit. Treadmill, some weights and lunch, then back on the
keyboard mentally recalibrated (the watch seems to think flying
didn't burn calories ;^)). RVs are pretty awesome when you can
occasionally work them into your schedule! Spring is
here in DFW....temp was 81°F. Lots of pollen, though.
Classified Spotlight: 9A For Sale: $65K ...or trade
Quirkies From the Air
March 15, 2016.
Issue No. 4,073.
Birthday Ice Cream Party PIREP
Well the 8th annual ice cream social is a wrap. Even though we
had about 50% cancellation due to bad WX and winds we still ended up
with 30 airplanes. Thank you to those of you that came. It made the
event very special this time around. Special (I put on a tux)
because my grandparents, parents and sister traveled to join us.
They had a blast.
My wife busted her behind more than usual this time around. If you
flew/drove in you know what I mean. Despite hiring someone to work
the event, I was still not able to spend enough time with everyone.
My apologies, that really bugs me. The games we introduced were a
hit. Many folks ended up with “pie” to the face. Also the bean bag
game was great even though I saw my sister take a bean bag to the
head at one point.
A New 6! ...Lorne Montgomery
After almost 5 years and a lots of great adventures, another RV6
gets a Special Airworthiness Certificate. My wife Aimee proudly
holds it. This photo absolutely would not have happened if it
weren't for her, Charlie, Scott, VAF, and DAR Phil Devlin.
First flight soon!
Formation w/a P-51 ...jdhmotor
I probably got to do something today that I thought would never
happen and will only get to do once. That was to fly formation in my
RV-8 with a P-51 Mustang. What fun. I have attached the link to the
video. It was bumpy so had youtube try to smooth it out. Not sure if
I like the way the screen jumps around but a better quality picture
of the Mustang.
(Mark P.) "I have a bunch of
new "Series" top view stickers available on the AircraftStickers.com
website. I have fighter jets, airliners, and of more interest to
your readers, the new "RV Series". The series stickers are
smaller less detailed and less expensive (only $4.99/ea) top view
stickers perfect for tool boxes, air compressors, or car windows.
I've attached a pic of all the stickers, and a photo of the RV-4 on
March 14, 2016.
Issue No. 4,072.
IFR Wx, POTUS TFRs (Sat) and 90°
crosswinds gusting 25kts (Sun) kept me from doing anything RV this
weekend. Plan B was fixing a broken toilet, working, watching
basketball, mowing the yard and washing a car. Wasn't as fun,
Audrey flew out to San Diego Saturday to attend the
American Chemical Society National
Meeting & Exposition (undergrad
program). SMU's chemistry department picked five students to
go, and Ace was one. How awesome is that?!? Very proud of
this young lady! Her first 'career trip' - the hard work is
starting to pay dividends.
Hope it was dry, TFR free and VFR in your town this weekend, and that you
got to RVate!
Happy Birthday Drawing ...Rick's 15yr old daughter
Control Stick Pivot Bushing Mod ...Jim Stricker
Milestone: Avionics Arrive! ...Rob Reece RV-8 via
RV-8 Flight on a Perfect Colorado Day ...Joe Z.
From the Mothership
8th Annual Ice Cream Social Pictures ...Bruce Hill
DIY Seat Status ...KHeidorn
RV10 takeoff pics at Alfonsinas Mexico
Pics of Ron Schreck in His RV-8
Airborne! ...Manfred in Austria
Vlad's Condition Inspection (installment 2)
Posting for a Buddy at my Airport...ask for Steve if you
Something to fly in N.TX for $12K while you build your RV.
March 11, 2016.
Issue No. 4,071.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Russians in Canada (Русские в Канаде) ...Vlad RV-9A
My airplane is due for quarterly condition inspection. I am
parked outside and any kind of heavy maintenance presents a
challenge. It's still winter, it's windy and cold, there is no
electricity and I can't leave cowl off for more then couple hours
not even talking overnight. Hey, said Julian, the owner of two
beautiful Canadian RVs, hop over the border I have a heated hangar
by Montreal, all tools and an apartment built into the hangar. We
can even balance your prop...
What could be better?! VAF camaraderie at work! At the end of the
day I am heading north for the weekend.
Eagle's Nest Projects - Space Center Houston
Space Center Houston was host to the 2016 CCISD middle school
science fair attended by more than 3,000 students and parents.
Eagle's Nest Projects was humbled and honored by CCISD's request to
keystone the event with an aircraft built by Clear Springs High
School PLTW Aerospace Engineering students (2nd of 3 completed).
Eagle's Nest Projects - STEM education at the highest level;
building student, school, and community pride!.
R&R old wood and glass gear leg fairimg
OK, so the brake line started leaking. And it's an older -6A with
permanently installed fairing. (wood and fiberglass at the leading
edge. Flox or micro balloons in trailing edge.) Managed to get
it off without damage to the leg, but splintered a good bit of wood.
I cut the trailing edge AND through the wood to get it off.
What now? Brake line is easy to replace, but I doubt there is any
reasonable way to put the old fairing back on.
Can I just replace one side with a new fairing from Vans? Or have to
replace both? Can the plane fly with one main fairing, or
would it pull to the side too much? Any helpful advice
So I started the long process of unbending my -7A...(background)
Going to be a long road, but worth the effort.
She went down in Nevada, moved to CA, now based in Portland OR.
Not much straight on her but she is resting comfortably...
Started the removal process and it is not bad, at least the easy to
reach rivets aren't. Will keep you posted on what I
uncover deeper into her innards
Verification w/GPS Followup ...Greg Niehues
To close the loop on this - after fixing the line that had come
off one of my static ports, my Dynon-calculated TAS agrees with the
3-leg GPS calculated TAS within 1.4 knots at cruise speed and better
than that at slow flight, close enough for the girls I go out
I'm showing 143 knots TAS at 67% power and 7500' now, without wheel
pants and gear fairings.
I'm also showing 140 knots TAS at 46% power and 17,500' burning 6gph
- love this 9A wing!!
Spotlight on 'The Lists'
site is chocked full of 'em.
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March 10, 2016.
Issue No. 4,070.
Ski's fit AND new snow ...Cathy Page
So, I got my ski's to fit in the 6 (without hard points and a
hollowed out sidewinder under the wing).
With this new discovery and new snow at Big Bear, does anyone here
have experience with getting transportation between L35 and the
Oh and speaking of mountain, I see there are actually 2 ski areas.
Is one preferred over the other?
I'm going up Thurs early and if my legs survive the first day I'll
be looking for lodging and ski Firday also.
When can a
ELT be tested after installation?
Off hand does anyone know where I can find in the FAA rules on
when I can test a ELT ( Emergency Locate transmitter). Panel getting
its final checks. Thanks.
A: I happen to be studying for my FAA written...
(a) Analog 121.5/243 MHz ELTs should only be tested during the first
five minutes after any hour. If operational tests must be made
outside of this period, they should be coordinated with the nearest
FAA Control Tower or Flight Ser-vice Station. Tests should be no
longer than three audible weeps. If the antenna is removable, a
dummy load should be substituted during test procedures.
(b) (b) Digital 406 MHz ELTs should only be tested in accordance
with the unit’s manufacturer’s instructions.
(c) (c) Airborne tests are not authorized.
I believe this to be accurate
A: For those Canadians reading this thread, the answer is
simple. Testing may be done in the first 5 minutes of the UTC hour.
This applies to both 121.5 and 406MHz units.
Note that most 406 units come with instructions that are very clear
about not leaving the unit it test mode for an extended period. The
way 406 signaling is designed, the ELT sends an 'invalid/test'
signal if it broadcasts within the first 50 seconds following
activation. After 50 seconds, you're broadcasting a valid distress
signal that WILL cause the alarm bells to go off. Please be very
careful about keeping 406 ELT tests short, in accordance with
Dynon in New Zealand
Status Report Pictures ...Carl
RV-4 in Sweden
Proceeding with spinner installation as I'm waiting for the
painter. The WW prop hub gives this 1990:s RV4 kit (12" spinner) a
challenge due to it's thickness. Had to modify the front plate quite
a bit but I think it will be stable enough. Previous lathe spinner
centering method worked out fine.
Phase 1 PIREP ...Doug 9A
"...At this point, yes, I'm flying the whole pattern with full
flaps and keeping the speed down. It just helps to reduce the
workload, to get the aircraft stabilized at 70-75 KIAS maybe a mile
or so out (and slowed down somewhat at 4-5 miles out). The key thing
is to do some stalls at altitude on maybe your second flight to see
what YOUR airspeed indicator reads. For me, a power-of stall with
flaps extended was 39 KIAS at solo weight, which gave me full
confidence to slow it down to 60 on final. Controls do get quite
light at 60....and the difference in feel from, say, 80 to 60 is
noticeably more pronounced in a -9A than in a Cessna 172 or Piper
Cherokee, for instance. So do those stalls and lots of slow flight
at altitude early on, and build that confidence.
Maybe later when I have more experience, I can approach the pattern
with a little more speed and slow it down mid-pattern, but for now
I'm very content to trudge along!
In a 172 or Cherokee, they're draggy enough that when you reduce
power approaching the pattern, you're almost automatically in Vfe
range, so a quick glance at the ASI and you can start feeding them
in. in the -9 or -7, you've just got to be more deliberate, stay
ahead of the plane, and go back and forth with power reduction and
nose-up trim to bleed off the speed and maintain altitude. No
biggie, just a little more planning involved.
One more observation that's old news to RV gurus but new to me:
There's so very little adverse yaw with the ailerons that I hardly
use the rudder at all when at altitude to keep the ball centered.
P-factor on takeoff requires higher rudder control effort than my
rental planes, but less throw because of the RV rudder's generous
size. I've yet to deal with any significant crosswind, but in coming
weeks I'll do some crosswind landings on purpose up in the high
Inboard tank rib tooling holes ...Garet Hess 7A
Ok...Silly question here. I've been researching as much as I can
but cannot find the answer. Do I need to worry about edge distance
to the tooling holes when attaching the T-407 ring and the T-405
angle to the tank rib? Almost all of the build logs show the one
rivet for the stiffener ring nutplate awfully close to that tooling
hole. Don't know if I should rotate the ring slightly, but that
affects the anti-hangup guide a bit.
Do I need to be concerned with the flop tube hole. My gut says I
might be ok there.
March 9, 2016.
Issue No. 4,069.
'Deerspotting' in the RV-6. Pic from a few weeks back. dr
Set of Rivets on Tail Cone Under J Stiffeners ...RV-10
Hello, I am riveting the tail cone skins to the bulkeads and came
upon a few rivets that I cannot figure out how to set. These are
several rivets that join the bulkhead to the skins but fall under a
J-stiffener. How do you get to these? Blinf rivet?
In this picture, it is very hard to truly see the rivet is
completely under the J-Stiffener. Others were close and I able to
use the edge of my back rivet set. On another note, I clekoed
the skins from the inside and back riveted almost 100% of the rivets
except the very back of the tail-cone. It came out very nice.
Any help or advice would be appreciated
related: From the
A: I have a bucking bar that has a little foot that sticks nicely
under the J-Channel. Something like the top bar in this pic should
work although my bucking bar is a lot shorter. I backriveted
most of it as well. Amazing how well the rivets set. I reaaaallly
wish I would have figured the back-rivet method out before I
assembled my rudder. That piece would have been done in a heartbeat
with a better outcome and no ruined skin. (I ended up replacing one
of the skins when I backriveted off the edge of the bar after
reading countless warning about not doing exactly that!)
Milestone: The Big Cut! ...Dave Cobb RV-7
I used a Dremel Multi Max as my poor old compressor could not
keep up with the air required.
I would caution anyone using this tool though to advance about four
inches at a time and shallow then go back deeper then go back to cut
through the plexi. This keep the plexi cooler and worked well.
Really cool to be this far!
My windscreen portion does not meet the tab of the side rail, in
fact the lower edge of my canopy extends beyond the forward tab of
the side rail about four inches where it curves up and around the
Does anyone see any problem with this?
FlightBox ADS-B - Update - New Web Store ...VAF advertiser
quick update on FlightBox ADS-B, the $200/$250 quick-build kit for
the Stratux system. The Kickstarter campaign ended about two weeks
ago with 344 backers and $77k in funding. We've ordered and received
some of the parts already. We should receive the money from
Kickstarter this week, which will allow us to order the rest. We're
expecting to be able to deliver all of the Kickstarter pre-orders in
I've had several people ask if we're still taking orders for
FlightBox - YES! We opened a web store which you can get to here:
Orders placed today will go out in late March or very early April.
We have enough of the long lead-time parts (the cases and GPS
modules) that we should be able to get caught up by the end of
March, after which we will have FlightBox units in stock. We're also
offering just the case and fan for the DIYers.
Thanks to everyone from Vansairforce who ordered during the
Kickstarter and helped make FlightBox a success. I really appreciate
the vote of confidence and look forward to getting your receiver to
you as soon as possible.
stage of build is best to sell a partial built (-7) kit? ...Bob in Boise
A medical condition may prevent me from keeping my 3rd class
medical. Therefore I could be moving to light sport.
My questions is (and I know you are lucky to recover funds spent);
is it better to sell a partial built kit than finished plane?
Current build; -7, slider. Empennage, wing and fuselage are built. I
was ready to order the finishing kit. Wings have been mated, all
flying surfaces rigged, fuel lines and brakes completed.
Do I sell now, or complete the plane and sell then?
My original bucket list goal was always to build an airplane, so
selling this and building a light sport still meets my goal.
Passenger liability coverage ...Leah Ringeisen
[ed. Leah works for Arthur J. Gallagher
Risk Mgmt. Srvs. They advertise on the front page. v/r,dr]
"We often get questions as to why an aircraft owner would need
passenger liability coverage on their policy when they ONLY fly with
a spouse. Some pilots would even like to exclude the passenger
coverage all together. There are several reasons to avoid doing
this, but the most important one is to protect your family.
Let’s say you are flying with your spouse and you are involved in an
accident. If your spouse is seriously injured, the passenger
liability coverage is available to help pay for the medical bills.
You want to take your children up for a spin instead of your spouse?
Great! Know that you have coverage in case something were to happen.
What about a friend or another family member? Passenger liability
coverage is the way to go. But remember, after the per passenger
limit is exhausted, a pilot’s estate or personal assets may be at
risk. Based on your level of flying experience, higher limits of
liability coverage may be offered and we always recommend you take
the highest liability limit available to you. Just a reminder that
ANY coverage is dependent on meeting the terms and conditions of the
policy! That is why we ask you to read your policy.
If you are interested in increasing your passenger liability limit,
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March 8, 2016.
Issue No. 4,068.
(360° Video) Van's RV-6 Cockpit View
Sunset at Half Moon Bay (KHAF)
Shot ...Brian Robinson 6A
Pahan Ranasingha and his team at Avionics Installations, Inc.,
Spruce Creek, Florida did the installation. G3X Touch, GTN 625, GTX
23, GTR 200. More capable than anything I've ever flown. I am a very
happy customer. The flight home to Colorado was a pleasure. Now I
need to update the interior.
For Those Thinking Selling the RV Will Be Easy ...Bruce
"I sold my RV-4 and I think I'm coming down with something it is
Serial builders disease.
I told myself NO WAY NO NO NO WAY was I _EVER_ going to build
another airplane ever again. But I really miss my RV-4 fastback and
every other plane I look at isn't as good.
So I'm on the first step... admitting I have a problem. What do I
I sold it for my first to go to college. I'm thinking I may do a
very long build of another RV-4. 70's style, from raw stock mostly.
Air Parts, Inc is on my way home from work... stop in every few
months and get another sheet of .032 or some angle stock."
New York New York ...Vlad pics
Tip - Brake Lines ...Tom Argentieri
I recently completed running the aluminum brake lines on my 9A. I
sought a lot of advice from fellow builders here and this is what I
came up with. I think it worked pretty well. I wish I had taken
photos during the install, but I think you'll be able to follow.
First, measure the length of the run (right and left are different),
then cut the tubing to length, plus a couple of inches. leave a
shallow bend in the tube; DO NOT flare either end. Feel the tube
thru the little bulkhead starting by the fuel valve.
New G3X Touch video tutorials are available on our website
here. They include some basics like how to tune the
radio/transponder, using the autopilot, AOA system operation, and
More coming soon! I'll update this thread when the new ones go live.
March 7, 2016.
Issue No. 4,067.
Windy enough here on Sunday to make it no fun, so the
flying plans got changed (updated a database and wiped things down
Saturday). Spent most of Sunday doing accounting instead.
Even as dry as that task can be, sometimes the 'memo' line on a donation
check can trigger a memory and bring a smile. David J. wrote
'Texas A&M Fund for Tate' on his. He hasn't expressed an
interest yet, David, but I'll show him that <g>. Aggie grads do
love their school and are supremely confident in both it and themselves.
My data point: Billy T. Lifelong friend and Aggie. During a nickel
beer induced bar fight in the 80's I happened to be a witness to, Billy,
while curled in a ball on the floor receiving kicks famously said, "YOU.
CAN'T. HURT. ME." Said between kicks. Like I was
saying...supremely confident! The fight stopped because basically
everyone involved was laughing too hard to continue. Hadn't
thought about that in a good long while, David. Thanks for
toggling that memory. Gig 'em! Billy has flown in our RV-6 a
couple of times scouting out deer leases he was looking at.
Probably a good thing there are no more nickel beer specials.
Spring Break this week for the kids, and Tate is in wants-to-earn-money
mode, so the plan is for him to drive a paint brush out at the hangar
for a chunk of the week.
Hope you had a good weekend and that your Monday goes swell.
David Calland 7A patrolling around Findlay, OH.
Little Co-Pilot ...Levi Self
My daughter having fun in the right seat. Gotta start them young!
I have been trying different headsets and the Zulu 2 seems to work
the best so far. I might need to find a kids headset though.
Even in her car seat she can just barely see over the siderail...
V6.11 Upgrade for EAB Customers ...Garmin
We take customer feedback very seriously and certainly understand
and empathize with those of you that have asked us over the years if
you could install your own GTN 6XX/7XX software upgrades instead of
needing to work with a Garmin dealer who may be a great distance
from your location.
We are pleased to announce that GTN V6.11, which includes features
such as G3X Touch integrated radio tuning and user defined holding
patterns, is now available as a software download to EAB customers
with non-certified aircraft.
the paint shop ...Chris Sells
thought I would get here!
...Chris Lindauer RV-12 Status Report
Well, I finally reached a milestone. Empennage, wings, and
fuselage are done. I started late in 2012 with the idea that maybe
someday I would complete an RV-12. With the help of my dad, son, and
cousin, we have progressed to this point (see below). It has been a
fun process. Now I really have to unload some cash to get this thing
dominate aerobatic contest! ...Ron Schreck
Five RV pilots will compete at the 2016 Snowbird Classic
Aerobatic Contest at Dunnellon, Florida (X35) Friday, March 18 to
Sunday, March 20 2016. Two will compete in the Primary category and
three of us in Sportsman. This is the largest turnout of RVs ever at
a regular IAC aerobatic contest. Several years ago there was a
contest in Texas that devised an aerobatic program just for RVs but
we have since proven that RVs can compete and win at regular
sanctioned IAC events.
Competition flights at Donnellon will be held on Friday and
Saturday. Sunday is a rain day. Come out and root for your fellow RV
pilots and learn how you can become a part of this challenging and
Lapse Videos: Jan/Feb ...gfb
RV-8 Flight in Colorado ...colojo video
March 4, 2016.
Issue No. 4,066.
I went out to the
airport for a bit Thursday to maybe fly, but it was too windy for my
tastes. I grabbed a paint brush and worked on some parts of the
hangar in need of some love. Tate has Spring Break next week and
I'm 'hiring' him to do some painting. I wanted to make sure I had
the supplies...then ended up starting. No flying, but I did pat
the RV on the cowl and said hello.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe, calm-winded RV weekend.
Hat Sighting: Virgin Gorda, BVI ...Turbo (RV-6A)
About the charity cap/logo
to quick build wing...builders
To the builders out there that are utilizing quick build wings,
let me offer you some advice. Prior to installing the access cover
and sealing up the wing, take a second and check the vent line
fitting inside the wing near the root rib. You can reach your hand
in the access cover opening and put a wrench on the fitting and just
check to make sure those quick build friends tightened it up.
It sure is easy to do prior to prosealing that cover on, and
mounting the wing on your bird.
Don’t ask me why I post this. But I can tell you how to know if your
vent line is loose inside the tank.
RV-14/14A Drop Test Video
...7min 13sec mothership video
Miami ...Vlad (RV-9A)
When it's below freezing in the Northeast you can hop into your
RV and fly around Miami on a weekend. It's like New York but less
busy and much warmer...
many, many pics
Cowl Status Pics ...crabandy (RV-7)
The ol' yard stick straight line sawing jig and flush trim saw
did another decent job making the split.
Seen on the floor at Monkey's hangar
Repainted RV-10 cowl and pants. Lookin'
March 3, 2016.
Issue No. 4,065.
Night Lights ...DCalland
Making a Little Bit of Metal ...Matt Martin
So over the past two years, the iron in my oil samples has been
slowly creeping up. But the filter was always clean so I just kept
an eye on it. On my last oil change however, I was able
to tease a little bit of ferrous particles out of the filter with a
magnet. The engine is a Lycoming O-360-A1D with Bendix mags,
about 600 hours since factory re-man.
Turns out in my case, since Aluminum is not elevated and the
particles in the filter are few in number and smaller that 1/16",
Both Mike and Lycoming recommend putting the plane back in service
and checking again at the next regular oil change. So that's what
Wife funny face ...Guilhermepilot (Brazil)
This always happens when she was not given a left seat
Crabandy Status Report
I couldn't believe how stiff/strong the soric sandwiched between
2 layers of glass was, not sure how to quantify it.
My first full half day I've had to work on the airplane in over 3
months summed up in 1 photo. The existing cowl/honeycomb was
cut/sanded at an angle, a fiberglass soric sandwich was placed in
the newly shaped areas with an epoxy/flox butter evening out the
seams and an extra layer of glass over the seams topped with peel
David Paule RV-3B Status Update
The bottom wing skins have all the solid rivets installed that
they'll be getting. David Dalton, a local RV-7A builder, came over
and helped on the right inboard skin. Then I did the other three
The procedure that worked best, working by myself, was to go from
inboard to outboard, one rib bay at a time. I riveted the main spar
holes to the next unriveted rib and then worked from the main spar
towards the rear spar. Since the leading edge was up in the jig,
that meant that I was standing, working downward. I couldn't do the
final five rivets close to the aft spar because my arms weren't long
enough and although I could reach them, they were too awkward to do
reliably. So I left the rear spar rivets and the aft-most five rib
holes to be filled with blind rivets.
After I'd completed these, I realized that I could have riveted
the rear spar as I did the main spar, doing a couple rivets in each
spar and then moving back to the other spar. And I probably could
have gotten those five rivets the same way, by sitting on the floor
and reaching into the wing. But I didn't think that through until
the skins were riveted. Now there's not enough access for that.
Blind rivets it'll be.
While waiting for the blind rivets to arrive, I riveted the -4
rivets that go into the main spar web at the inboard stub end. These
five rivets and the adjacent F-303H block are left to the builder.
Big hint: do these BEFORE you assemble the spar to the wing frame
and it'll be a bit easier. And it won't affect a thing. It'll just
New Probable Cause Documents Issued Since Last Update
...shaded in green at the top of the 'Probable Cause List'.
NOTE: Page is 7.6MB in size - WiFi recommended.
visit this page to see (593)
probable causes issued in the last (25)
years. And remember,
there is a whole section of the forums where I'm literally
begging you to discuss these for the sake of education and safer
The fatal accident probable cause below was issued 2/3/2016.
Accident occurred 2/22/2014.
(click to enlarge)
March 2, 2016.
Issue No. 4,064.
One of the Best 'For Sale' Listings I've Ever Seen ...Elkhart, IN
[ed. Of course
it sold immediately.... Just posting the picture as an
example of how a little presentation can go a long way. Don,
it made ME want to buy it....and I already have a tool set. ;^)
How to use the VAF classifieds
Phase 1 update...N427DK (9A)
I'm almost a third of the way through!
Here's a recap of flights thus far:
1) First flight, 0.7 hours. Cruised around within gliding distance
of the airport at 5300', higher than Ontario's airspace ceiling just
in case I drifted over. Kept close tabs on CHTs and oil pressure.
Slowed down at altitude to 65 KIAS to get a feel for handling in the
pattern. Landing was longer than I would have liked!
2) Second flight, 2.4 hours. Everything looked good under the
cowling, so buoyed by the success of the first flight, I headed to
the practice area...which involves a climb to at least 5500' to
follow the Cajon Pass up to SoCal's high desert. Odd to do a bit of
mountain flying so early in the process, but once up there it's a
big playground. I basically spent the flight at about 2400 rpm
learning the visual landmarks on the perimeter of the practice area.
Before heading back I did some stalls...Vs was 47 KIAS, and Vso was
3) Third flight, 2.8 hours. Calibrated the ASI at three different
speeds (80, 100 and 120 KIAS) and used my GPS for heading direction
and ground speed. At all speeds, the ASI was reading 2-3 percent
lower than actual airspeed. Not too bad, and error in that direction
keeps me further away from a stall. Did a couple landings at Apple
Valley, and worked on getting the speed down and stabilized in the
4) Fourth flight, 2.6 hours. Just a joyride to break in the engine,
running between 2500 and 2550 rpm. I did this fairly early in the
morning to avoid bumpy air in the desert. Mild Santa Ana offshore
winds, so coming down the pass got my attention...I went down to
maneuvering speed to deal with the turbulence. I made the mistake of
descending too early into more turbulent air. Extra altitude next
5) Fifth flight, 2.5 hours. More landing practice, engine break-in
and some 45-degree banked turns. Ventured up to Barstow-Daggett,
then over to Highway 395, the western boundary of my practice area.
Practiced leaning technique.
6) Today's flight, 1.9 hours. I cut it short because of bumpy
air...not so much in the pass but over the desert floor. This was
the first flight with the wheel pants on, and it really gets up to
130 KIAS quick!! During a smoother part of the flight, I wicked it
up to about 2750 rpm and saw a TAS of 164 knots (188 mph) and still
accelerating (this assumes a 3-percent low ASI reading, consistent
with the lower speed calibrations I did). I would've pushed it a
little harder, but at this point there was a hint of turbulence so I
erred on the side of caution and throttled down. To me, top speed is
just a footnote/bragging point; I'm super content just having a 145
KTAS performance cruise.
For the next series of flights, I'll start ballasting the right seat
in 80-lb. increments, up to 240 lb. (I've got some big friends!).
Also, I need to make a "reset" page for my checklist, for when you
land and taxi back for another take-off. Today, I forgot to reset
the elevator trim and it felt a little spooky there for a few
seconds at rotation.
Looking forward to having the simulated passenger weight and seeing
how that affects sink rate on final, stall speeds, etc.
March/April 2016 FAA Safety Briefing
...36 pages of PDF safety.
First flight since (yet another spinal) surgery ...Ed Wischmeyer
Yesterday morning I went up in the RV-9A with an instructor
buddy, first flight since spinal surgery 10 weeks ago. The flight
went well but I don't think that I'm recovered enough to fly solo
Because I'd not flown since the surgery, and not yet having
completed the advertised 12 week recovery, I took things slow and
used the checklist carefully. Things came back quickly, but they had
to come back -- my skills and knowledge of the relatively complex
G3X Touch / GTN650 instrument panel were not at my fingertips, as
they mostly were before surgery.
Winds were out of the west at 7 knots, but at 3,000 feet, they were
forecast out of the west at 29 knots, and surface winds were
forecast to pick up substantially shortly after our landing. We took
off on runway 19 with a not bad at all crosswind, and I had no
trouble flying the plane nicely on the assigned heading and desired
altitude. However, as I was fussing with the avionics, I was not
paying attention to where we were, a minor loss of situational
With that strong wind coming from across all of Georgia, my
allergies were probably acting up. My standard allergy symptoms are
that I get slightly woozy and sometimes a little queasy, as if
coming down with the flu. (That afternoon, the last symptom finally
showed up, a runny nose). I couldn't tell whether the general
malaise was allergies or a lingering surgical hangover.
At altitude, the air was smooth and I did a steep 360 degree turn
(45 degrees of bank) and then a stall. No problems, although I felt
slightly dizzy after the turn. Then it was back to Savannah, and I
had the autopilot fly the LPV approach to Runway 28. I got anxious
when it seemed the autopilot wasn't going to capture the glideslope
but eventually it did. However, when we got into the chop at about
500 feet, the autopilot was rocking the control stick fore and aft
and I took over manually. While I kept the plane on centerline,
marveling at the avionics (too many distracting cues on the screen
and I didn't remember how to get rid of them), but I did a lousy job
of tracking the glideslope. We had a lot of wind, 17 knots at 500
feet, and that made it seem like the speed was okay, even though I
was a little fast. At 100 feet, the wind was down to 10 knots, and
the touchdown with flaps 20 was gentle, on the centerline, but long.
On the next landing, tower asked us to land on the crosswind runway.
Knowing that the winds right above the ground were only 10 knots, I
accepted but also asked for a long landing. That was approved, and I
had a good workout with winds changing with altitude, crosswinds,
gusts, speed control, a no-flap landing because of the crosswind and
all that. The landing was just fine, although I didn't keep the
plane exactly on the centerline after touchdown because of the
The original plan had been to make three landings, but whether due
to allergies, surgery, or stress, two was enough. I was tired. After
lunch with a buddy on the way home, I took a nap, out like a light.
All told? Not bad, considering. However, my performance standards
don't make allowances for surgeries and allergies... and three
spinal surgeries in the last 3 1/2 years is a pretty good excuse. I
think I should give up spinal surgeries for Lent. Maybe for good.
March 1, 2016.
Issue No. 4,063.
Another milestone ...Lucio in Milano, Italy
"...yess .... we have the back skin on
was funny time with my daughter Camy, she's slim enough to
accommodate in the aft fuselage cone, here some nice and happy
WW2 aviator gets an RV ride ...Tommy Lewis RV-10
Last Friday, Bonnie and I had the pleasure of flying a WWII Naval
Aviator and his daughter to lunch at Cedar Mills. Bill
Amundson, Lois Larson, Tom and Bonnie on the ramp at Cedar Mills.
Bill got his wings at Pensacola in 1943 and flew PBY, C47 and C54s
in the South Pacific during the war. He is 92 and absolutely loved
flying an RV. It was a real treat to share an RV flight with them.
His daughter Lois also enjoyed her first flight in a small plane.
Start of an adventure ...Chris Hill RV-10
Well I did it! After years of scratching my head, collecting
tools and convincing the wife, I sent in my order for the empennage
kit today. I have chatted with some of you, met some of you and even
flown with some of you but now I can officially say I am part of the
'brotherhood'. I will have many questions in the future and just
want to say thank you in advance for the help; the help I have
already received is what convinced me I could do this in the first
place. Here we go!
DIY Painting ...many Steve Melton pics
"...finally ready for some glam. it took awhile to get everything
back together, do a condition inspection and clean up some wires of
things I have added over past couple of years. now I have music
working too. the airplane has been down for four months. I think she
is ready to go and is feeling proud because she came to life on the
second blade. thanks to the guys at HAO for helping along the way
and just stopping by to check on the progress. overall it was a very
nice experience but it was labor intensive and I spent about $2.5K
on materials alone. the stripes on the tail are not there yet
(because I was tired of painting) and I may add some color to the
wheel pants in the Summer. So for now I'm the guy with the plain
tail.... and the paint on the rudder is light."
ZU-JRV ...Janekom in S.Africa
So on Friday 26 February 2016 I have put another RV7A in the air.
It is a QB that someone no longer with us started (RIP) and I have
finished it in 14 months.
New Garmin aera 660 Portable GPS
Attn: Any Apple Watch Design Team Member Reading VAF
Could you please pass on this idea of mine....a 'heading bug'
type object (or any shape) on a few of the circular faces that you
can drag around with your fingertip. Double tap on it to
return to 12 o'clock position.
Prototype below I threw together in Photoshop...
I'm a fan of rotating bezels, using the TDC indicator several
times a day to remind me of when things are occurring in the future
(when the kid gets out of after school athletics, when the wifey
gets home from teaching her class, when I need to change tanks,
etc). Acts as an addition timer also.
Wallpaper Calendar for March