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Fri Dec 19, 2014.  1220Z
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

John's -8 at theVanCave.


  Early Christmas Present For You

The VAF Courtesy Car List

It only took a couple of minutes to work out the ins/outs of getting the info into a GoogleMap, and I don't really think the list will be that long in the end.  Maybe a couple thousand records.  So, here ya go.  The map platform may change down the road as new stuff pops up.  Or not...we'll see.

The list/map is usable on anything you got that surfs the web.  I spent fifteen minutes populating the start of the list using info from various state sites and some friends with good memories.

Obviously, you'll want to use whatever method you are comfortable with (Airnav, Pilot, Skyvector, ForeFlight, etc) to contact the airport to make sure the car is *really* there.  Stuff changes ya know...

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas. 


  RV White Pages Updated and Current

...courtesy the lovely and talented Audrey Reeves (home from college for Christmas Break).


  Your RV may be the key to a happy marriage! ...dwmillsap trip report

I've been happily married for close to 30 years. And, to the same woman all that time! Building airplanes is rough on marriages, but Lori has been with me through the gestation of an RV-6A, a slow build RV-10 and more recently an RV-12. So, what's the secret of a happy RV marriage? Well, she indulges my passion, so I indulge hers. People say that I'm plane crazy and I don't deny that. But, my bride is a quilting whackjob, I mean that in the most loving way. She is completely loopy about her hobby; sewing is her life.  continue


  Rivet Gun Repair Info

...courtesy Bob Avery of www.AveryTools.com, "Print this out (4 pages) and follow the instructions on 2nd & 3rd pages, using the blow up drawing as reference to the parts inside.   The gun is probably gummed up inside from sitting so long.   This usually works to disassemble, clean and polish everything inside, oil & reassemble.   It’s worth a try.   Let me know the results."




Thu Dec 18, 2014.  1155Z
More pics that tried for the calendar (I'm glad we get to enjoy them!)


N96KD Update (9A)

It has been a busy year working on my 9A.

And while I'm not done with the year yet, I'm starting to wind down with only a couple weeks left, and one of those on vacation skiing!

Last November we made the decision to move from our house to the other side of town to live on an airstrip. This has turned out to be just a great decision. It is a wonderful neighborhood (07TS), and the knowledge base of all things aviation is incredible. While I lost about 2.5 months building time with the move, the help I've received has made up for it several times over.

I started working on the Fuselage right after new years this year. And as my wife will tell you I have been a bit "focused" on the project.

With the help of a couple friends we got her up on her wheels, and mounted the engine Monday night!

I still have a lot of work left to do, but I can show people pictures and it really looks like an airplane now .

My hope is to get her done and flying sometime next summer. I think that is reasonable, but we will see.

Still trying to decide if I want to paint it myself, or have it painted. Right now I'm leaning towards painting it white myself, then having a wrap applied in a Texas flag motif (wife's idea).

Now, to figure out how to plumb an airplane engine, and how to fit a cowling!


Coneheads Unite!

10 Ways Your iPad Can Cause an Accident or FAA Violation


Jean New Year's Day Flyout 2015


Your photos on final


Help with 1st tire change please

Q: I want to flip my tires because the outsides are treadless at this point. Can I get some instruction on how to go about it?

A: Many replies.

RV-10 Gust Lock- 9GT's Version ...many pics




Wed Dec 17, 2014.  1154Z

RV-10 Status Report ...Bluelabel (many pics)


Advanced RV-7 IFR Quick Panel ...Rob at AFS

Here is a picture of an Advanced Quick Panel for an RV-7 getting ready to ship.  Configured, tested and ready to install with the following equipment: Two AF-5600T Touch Screens, D6 EFIS, Autopilot, AF-Com, GTN-650, Remote Mode S ES Transponder, Multi screen ADS-B Weather-Traffic, 406 ELT, Lighting controller with Wig-Wag, Flap Positioning, Auto Trim, Advanced control module, Remote USB data jacks for easy database and logbook updates


Well worth the wait ...Eric Wiley RV-8

After almost 10 years to the day, and a lot of fun along the way, the -8 flew for the first time in September. It was surreal. Flies like a dream hands off with no tweaking. Definitely a sense of accomplishment. I told myself I would finish some fiberglass work and install the wheelpants while flying of the 40hrs. 50 hrs have gone by and the wheel pants haven't moved and it is still a pink nosed ball of fun.

TXIO-360 M1B from Mattituck with two standard mags
Sensinech CS from van's
7" Skyview with AP and Dynon audio panel
Garmin 396
ICOM A210 radio
Hotel Whiskey ER tanks
Odyssy Battery in the back
Grove gear

Empty weight (no wheel pants or paint) 1083lbs
empty CG 79.70"

Only thing I would change is the battery to the front to allow a bit more passenger weight. This may be due to the Grove gear. I am not sure of the weight of the Mattituck exp engine. (New engine but second owner. Not in the paperwork.) May change someday after painting and if the mood strikes.

Thanks to DR and all those that take the time to post their experiences.

I would post pictures, but looks like any other almost finished -8. Besides, being from a conservative part of the state, I promised her I would not post pictures with her pants off. I will post when she is decent.

Keep working. If anyone needs remotivating, stop on by for a ride. It reminded me why I got my license.


Yazaman Update

Finally made it to Boerne after a challenging time getting around the clouds.  Here is Wayne and Marci (Tyler's Parents) about to get it ready to be Transferred to Lagrange TX (Its final Home)


Weather forecasting and visualization site


From the factory...


Garmin G3X Touch V2.80 ADS-B Settings

G3X Touch V2.80 is now available and contains some changes in support of improving TIS-B performance. This is similar to the changes recently reported for G3X V9.00.

The GDL 39/39R is a dual frequency (978 Mhz, 1090 Mhz) ADS-B receiver that receives ADS-B traffic air-to-air whether the traffic has a UAT and is transmitting on 978 Mhz, or has a mode S 1090ES transponder transmitting on 1090 Mhz. The GDL 39/39R also receives free FIS-B weather on 978 Mhz from ADS-B ground stations.

Additionally, the GDL 39/39R receives notification from ground stations of nearby Mode C aircraft using the TIS-B datalink.  continue



Tue Dec 16, 2014.  1154Z

RV Team Chile first Show!!!

We have been working on formation flying and aerobatics, so last weekend we made our first official presentation like "RV Team Chile", special thank to our families for their support and our instructor Cesar Falistocco.  video


Museum Month Continues ...Vlad the Amazing


Remember that 'Dust Award' Entry?  An update... ...Jstov


Another 8


2014 Spruce Creek Toy Parade ...tc1234c


You Leave Your Wheel Pant On The Kitchen Counter for 2 Minutes ...Pete Howell




Mon Dec 15, 2014.  1145Z
  Family tidbits.....Audrey scored a 91 for the semester in Physics (sophomore at SMU).  Placed out of her Organic Chemistry final exam, if you can wrap your head around that.  Also, Tate performed some Christmas music with three friends at the local Border's book store this past Friday (2nd from left).  The 57sec clip can be viewed HERE if you would like to start your day off with their first song.   So proud of both of them!
  Hope you had a good weekend.


Submitted Calendar Pics Thread Continued



RV-4 Status Update ..Gregg Brightwell

Well, after way too long, I have BOTH tanks finished and they are leak free! At my previous job, I worked with a lot of B1/2 sealant, so I got B4 for my tanks. I wanted plenty of working time here. Here is a pic of the left tank, mounted on the wing, taken while starting to rivet on the outboard skin. The balloon has been inflated for over a week at this time, with pretty steady temps and pressures over that week:  continue


Final Panel Iteration (for now) ...RV8iator

I've had my plane since October of 06 and when I started flying her, the panel was basic day VFR like this...

Over the years I've gone thru several upgrades from better VFR, to Basic IFR with a GRT Sport SX and a Garmin 300XL.

A couple years ago I decided I needed, NEEDED a full up IFR platform so I upgraded the Sport to the HXr, the 300XL was supplemented by an SL30, then both of those were replaced with a Garmin 650.

Audio is now PSEngineering PMA450, second com is a Garmin GTR200, Trig TT31 connected to it is full 2020 compliant for ADSB out. ADSB in is provided by SkyRadar D2.

The HXr had a single ADHRS, and I needed redundancy for that so I added a MiniX. Then I needed a tie breaker if one of those failed, so I added a second MiniX.

I have full standby electrical powering HXr, Mini 1&2, audio panel, GTR200 and A/P is all heck breaks loose.

Here's the final iteration, for now. I couldn't be happier.  continue


Paint booth light REDO ...9erDriver

OK, heeding the sage advice of my fellow VAF'ers and not wanting to foul my lights with paint nor blow myself to smithereens, I built a plastic covered soffit around my new lights. I will then open up the wall behind them allowing them to run in fresh air and effectively isolating them from the paint fumes. Not much of a reduction in light, still substantially more than before the upgrade. Thanks for the advice guys!




Fri Dec 12, 2014.  1145Z
A nice shot from the wingMAN ...Luke in Italy

Q: Is this a problem? (rear spar attach point)

A: Absolutely.  Call the factory at (503) 678-6545.

More Installments ...Vlad's trip to the Air & Space museum

[ed. I like this image because I think Vlad in the background was a nice touch. dr]

Post your Van's Calendar pic submission for 2015 (more pics)

From the factory... RV-7/7A, 8/8A, 14/14A

Garmin Announces New Datalink Weather Receiver

GDL 69 and GDL 69A SXM Receivers Bring SiriusXM Datalink Weather and Audio to the Cockpit

Show us your RV-4 entry ...Jerry Isler

Jim Buechler Panel Pic

I don't post very often, (but always contribute to this great website) and have reached a milestone with completion of my panel. Equipment Includes GRT 10.4" HXr and EIS, GTN 650, PMA 450 Audio Panel, AOA pro, Trutrak Vizion A/P, GNC-255A Nav/Com and remote TT22 Transponder. Wiring Architecture includes backup 20A alternator as endurance buss, with Dual P-mags for the IO-360. Many thanks to SteinAir and Mike Gleason for all of their input. They are terrific.

Scheduled Maintenance 12/13 10pm CT - 12/14 6am CT

Our regularly scheduled maintenance window will be used to perform network upgrades.  Intermittent service accessibility during this window.



Thu Dec 11, 2014.  1145Z

Trip to Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

...Vlad trip write-up (first and second installments)


Post your Van's Calendar pic submission for 2015 ...AX-O

Like many of you every year I cross my fingers to see if my picture submission to Vans makes it in the Calendar. Being that the calendar is for sale now and I did not get a call, I am sure I did not make it in. So below are 2 pics. Not edited. They were taken by Pat Dulaney during the California Capital Airshown. She does a wonderful job taking pics and takes it very seriously. What did you submit?


From the factory (re: French builders)...


Painted.  Jim Woolf


9A Status ...Scott Balmos

Some of you here who also know me on FB have already seen this. But I'm 4 months into fitting and drilling the center and forward sections of my fuselage. Here's last night's pic, the last view of it before it all gets torn apart for deburring, dimpling, and riveting. After this it's the no-canoe-rolling-here non-party (the word "party" is there, so a few bottles of beer is still legal for the event, right? ).  continue


Turtle Update ...AndyRV7

Cape Cod Sea Turtle Rescue update Wednesday December 10, 2014

The majority of the sea turtles rescued are Kemps Ridley. All sea turtles are critically endangered, with the Kemp’s Ridley being the most endangered. We have successfully transported over 500 sea turtles thanks to all of you.

Sadly, we are still working on transporting stranded sea turtles out of Cape Cod. Yesterday alone, there were another 40 rescued and brought in for treatment at the Boston Aquarium. Once stabilized these turtles will be on the list to be transported. Currently, I have 85 turtles to be transported to the Gulf States for rehab and release. This flight needs to be flown asap, in order to guarantee the survival of the turtles. A PC12 type ac with seats removed would accommodate the 85 turtles listed below. I can also split the load up with 2 smaller ac. A generous donor without an ac would like to help by paying for the fuel for this mission, if that would be helpful to an owner pilot.  continue


Pahan from AvionicsInstallations.com Sent Me This Pic

(click to enlarge)


You Might Be An RV Builder If....




Wed Dec 10, 2014.  1210Z

Milestone: 700 Hours ...John Bender

"I post every 100 hours to encourage those building to keep it up. I am the Flyout Coordinator for our EAA chapter, so fly all year long."


O320-E2A converted to C/S = Problems?
  I'm looking at an RV-4 (to buy) which sports an O-320 E2A. The owner says the engine was converted, by a previous owner, to a Constant Speed prop engine by, he believes, replacing the crank with a "hollow crank".
  Also the 7:1 compression ratio was boosted to 8.5 via higher compression pistons.
  Does anyone know of serious problems that occur when one converts an E2A in this way?

Some replies:
O-320-E2A at 160HP and those pistons is really an O-320-D2A. The regular O-320-E2A crankshaft and front bearing setup is constant speed capable. So all he really did was add a prop gov drive, CS prop mounting dowels and CS prop plumbing to a O-320-D2A. Which is not going to present any problem as far as the engine or its operation is concerned

The O-320-A series is cs capable as far as the nose bearing and crankshaft go. Make sure there is a pad to mount the gov drive too, on the back of the engine and you also might have to change prop mounting lugs in the flange to fit a Cs prop and you will have plug the back of the nose bore in the shaft if it has been being used for FP. Other than that you should be all set.


New Video:  AF-5000 Getting Ready for a Flight ...Advanced Flight Systems


Nose rib fluting

I am running into this while trying to flute the nose ribs. The first two pictures show what the rib looks like after fluting without an pressure. You can see there is a pressure forming a twist in the rib.  continue




Tue Dec 9, 2014.  1155Z
APRS Geometry ...Vlad


Q: Inop Flaps any ideas?

A: Common problem. Your flap motor probably needs to be cleaned out

A: ...first check for voltage at on the wire connections at the motor.


Another Newbie out of the Shadows


Welcome Matt Horstman....VAF Forums 20,000th registered user.


Not such a mystery photo ...from Turbo's RV


Paint Update...Pittsartist in the UK


Selfie ...ColoRv




Mon Dec 8, 2014.  1257Z
Ted and Arlen Watching Orion launch from the air ...two separate RVs.


RV-4 Dust Award Nominee ...Jstov

I just purchased my first rv-4. It has been sitting in a hangar for ten years.  more


Tony_T's RV-12 False Spar (for transport)


First Real Oil Change ...Strike69


POH Kneeboard v2.0 ...humptybump

I've updated my POH Kneeboard to address two issues - making it safer and making it even more useful.

This version used a plyable polyethylene cover which can be written on with a grease pencil (and easily wiped clean).  continue


This week the forums should pass its 20,000th registered user.  Thanks for helping it become what it has. 



Fri Dec 5, 2014.  1222Z
Thanksgiving trip out West ...blahphish

New George Ford video

In-flight Self Portrait ...Bruce Hill and daughter

The coolest Pitot Cover ...scrollF4

Milestone: Engine Hung ...Guilhermepilot

Buy Chuck's Book

Welcome Grove

fmi: http://groveaircraft.com/rvmain.html 




Thu Dec 4, 2014.  1218Z

Spruce fly-in's Whiskey flight off to breakfast this morning. Lead Mike Kelly RV-8, 2 Bob Kurrle Rv-7, 3. Gene Ledda Rv-7A, 4. John Fleurent RV-8, 5. Bill Merkin RV-6, 6. Paul Van Sickle RV7A.    Mike Kelly emailed me this.


$3.80 confirmed yesterday.....KSWI (Sherman, TX)

Yesterday I flew Flash over to KSWI for $3.80 avgas (90 cents cheaper than my field).  First flight over .1hr in two weeks.  I feel better having a learning component to the mission if I'm spending money getting off the surface, so I used the time to practice intercepting radials off various things in the 430W database.  Spots on the web talk about, during the IFR checkride, having an "intercept the XXXº radial of XXX VOR" thrown in there to see if you know how to muscle the GPS/NAV/COMM around, so on the way back I worked out the how-to-do-thats.  Buttonology practice.

1. On the 430W select DIRECT TO the FUZ VOR (but don't activate yet)
2. Scroll to the CRS window and enter 190 (my guess).  Now activate.
3. Press OBS on the 430W and then the OBS CRS soft key on the G3X
4. Rotate the knob on the G3X, while watching the magenta radial line pivot around the FUZ VOR on the MFD, until it crosses over where I think my house is.  It happened to be the 203º radial, and I now think the 'North Up' view would be best for this type stuff (for me).
5. Intercept that radial via meat servo (then see if the autopilot will do it....  it did).
6. Take a picture with phone while George is driving....

Click to enlarge.
Joining the 203º FUZ radial (note magenta pathways in the PFD)

7. Monitor on the iPad running Garmin Pilot for additional SA.
8. Land.  Eat lunch.  Kids meal at Whataburger.  $3.45 out the door...includes cookie and refill.  Read interesting tidbits about octopuses on the bag.  Skip the puzzle.
9. Go home and write about the flight.  .8hr logged.  Stuff learned, and saved over $6 in gas while learning it (over buying at my field).  Good times. 

PS:  I found a YouTube clip explaining some of this on the 430

FreeFlight ADS-B Special Deal thru the end of the year for VAF members

FreeFlight is offering the FDL-978-XVR UAT (Universal Access Tranceiver, ADS-B In/Out, built in certified GPS) for $3995 (retail $5490) thru the end of the year (expires Dec 31, 2014).

I am offering these units for $3250 (plus shipping) thru the end of the year to VAF members

As an authorized dealer I committed to purchase a large quanity of these units for a special price and am passing the savings onto VAF members.
This special price is for installation in experimental aircraft only (certified aircraft require dealer installation).

Units come with everything you need except wiring harness (connectors are included with the kit or I can build a harness for you for a nominal extra charge or you can build your own).  continue


Need Hangar Space ...Pearland, TX


$50 Off...




Wed Dec 3, 2014.  1235Z

Museum Month ...Vlad trip


Another Condition Inspection Logged ...Glen

Another condition inspection has been logged. This one was delayed by some family commitments and "a few changes" I wanted to make including changing the AP (this changing servos and wiring) and a new heated pitot tube.

Last year's assistant became this year's A&P. The "kid" did a great job and we found a few things.

Most of the above posts give the general experience.

I have not been happy with the location of my aux battery so I moved it to the space forward of the left gear tower. It's a LiFePO4 and only weighs 2.2 lbs so I'm not concerned with any significant CG effect.

Compression was up a bit and considering the test was done cold I'm happy with the 75 78 76 74. Timing was still right on the money.

This was the year for the new 380x150 tires / tyres. I spent about two hours adjusting the wheel pants. Thankfully the work was limited to increasing the bottom opening "incrementally"

With so little 100LL consumed and mostly ZeroE burned, the plugs looked great. There are times when I'm happy to fly behind a low-compression O320

The A&P did an accelerated swing test on the ELT. I'd never "tested" the ELT. we discovered it had been install backwards all this time. It took a bit of work to get the antenna coax and control cable long enough to reach the ELT with it facing the correct way. (There's nothing quite like yoga in the tail come of an RV-8 to test your flexibility.)

The rest of the condition inspection turned up a few worn and brittle cable ties; a rubber pad that had shifted and was about to stop providing its protection to the hot air belt tube, and a nut plate that needed to be re-riveted.


Welcome Dennis from Waalwijk, Netherlands

...many pictures.


Final Report Issued

...Victor shares the findings of his 2/23/14 accident (Probable Cause published)


From Garmin...



Orion Test Flight This Thursday ...watch live on NASA TV



Tue Dec 2, 2014.  1151Z

Sid 'scrollF4' Mayeux - Wings ON (7A).


  Guaymas Mexico Trip Update ...Brian Unrein RV-10

We made it back from our trip to Guaymas Mexico without much incident. The only exciting thing that happened during the flight, which happened to us last time we went to Mexico as well, was that we had a hard time reaching ATC/FSS while trying to re-enter the US. We climbed up from 9,500 to 11,500 feet and finally reached FSS to relay for us and get us a squawk when we were about 2 miles from the boarder near KPRS. It really surprises me they dont have a radio tower closer to the boarder. The closest one was 40 miles from the boarder so trying to hail someone at a reasonable distance out was no joy.

Our experience at the Guaymas airport was much better this time since we knew what to expect. Plus the agents there spoke a little English this time which helped a lot. I made 3 copies of all paper work - aircraft registration, airworthiness, pilots license, etc and stuck them in a folder. The Customs process in Guaymas seems a little unorganized as you bounce from area to area and paying fees and doing paper work. Overall, it was a good experience.

We paid approximately the following costs:
$130 for a multi entry permit (good for the airplane for 1 calendar year I think?)
$30 for 4 days of parking
$7 for landing fee
$24 per person (not pilot/crew) entry visas
$5 per person exit visa (non pilot/crew)
$4.82/gal fuel
+tip for the nice guys who helped with baggage.


  Rookie problem Pneumatic Squeezer mushing rivets


  From Grady at GLO...


  Plz inspect prop build-up pics


  Pickup Fuse Kit from Shipping Terminal ...K. Sizemore


  My Buddy Jim Bradley

I've known the cat for 20+ years or so.  He's looking for a Pharmaceutical Sales Manger position in the Dallas area.  I'd like to help my friend by posting his quals below.  Don't let the fact that he knows me blemish his chances.  In fact, he knows me from the 'I'm thinking about building an airplane' days.

Oh, and he grew up down the street from Elvis, who was years older....he has some stories. 



Mon Dec 1, 2014.  1154Z
RV-6 Bush Plane

From the mothership

Another Way to Hold Your Pants

RV-6A Victoria, TX 219PB ...welcome

RV-7A Aerobatics Lesson with Air Show Pilot Adam Baker - Part 2

Status Report ...K. Sizemore -14

Deposit on top of cylinder

Calendar Wallpaper for December Online

First Engine Start - RV-7 - N77PB

My RV-9A Rotisserie

200kt GS Club ...Mike Messer entry

Avery Tool Press Release


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