Fri Dec 19, 2014.
Wishing you and yours a happy,
safe and RV-filled weekend.
John's -8 at theVanCave.
Early Christmas Present For You
VAF Courtesy Car List.
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
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
Enjoy, and Merry
RV White Pages Updated and
...courtesy the lovely
and talented Audrey Reeves (home from college for Christmas
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.
Rivet Gun Repair Info
...courtesy Bob Avery
"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.
More pics that tried for the calendar (I'm glad we get to
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
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
Now, to figure out how to plumb an airplane engine, and how
to fit a cowling!
Your iPad Can Cause an Accident or FAA Violation
Year's Day Flyout 2015
photos on final
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.
Gust Lock- 9GT's Version ...many pics
Wed Dec 17, 2014.
Status Report ...Bluelabel (many pics)
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
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
ICOM A210 radio
Hotel Whiskey ER tanks
Odyssy Battery in the back
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
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.
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)
forecasting and visualization site
From the factory...
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
Tue Dec 16, 2014.
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
Month Continues ...Vlad the Amazing
that 'Dust Award' Entry? An update... ...Jstov
Spruce Creek Toy Parade ...tc1234c
Leave Your Wheel Pant On The Kitchen Counter for 2 Minutes ...Pete Howell
Mon Dec 15, 2014.
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
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
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:
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.
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.
A nice shot from the wingMAN ...Luke in Italy
a problem? (rear spar attach point)
Call the factory at (503) 678-6545.
Installments ...Vlad's trip to the Air & Space museum
I like this image because I think Vlad in the background was
a nice touch. dr]
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
your RV-4 entry ...Jerry Isler
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.
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
...Vlad trip write-up
(first and second installments)
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
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?
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.
AvionicsInstallations.com Sent Me This Pic
(click to enlarge)
Might Be An RV Builder If....
Wed Dec 10, 2014.
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."
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
Does anyone know of serious problems that occur when one converts an E2A
in this way?
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.
Video: AF-5000 Getting Ready for a Flight ...Advanced Flight Systems
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
Tue Dec 9, 2014.
APRS Geometry ...Vlad
Flaps any ideas?
Common problem. Your flap motor probably needs to be cleaned out
...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
a mystery photo ...from Turbo's RV
in the UK
Mon Dec 8, 2014.
Ted and Arlen Watching Orion launch from the air ...two
Dust Award Nominee ...Jstov
I just purchased my
first rv-4. It has been sitting in a hangar for ten years.
RV-12 False Spar (for transport)
Real Oil Change ...Strike69
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).
This week the forums
should pass its 20,000th registered user. Thanks for
helping it become what it has.
Fri Dec 5, 2014.
Thanksgiving trip out West ...blahphish
George Ford video
In-flight Self Portrait ...Bruce Hill and daughter
coolest Pitot Cover ...scrollF4
Milestone: Engine Hung ...Guilhermepilot
Thu Dec 4, 2014.
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).
3. Press OBS on the 430W and then the OBS CRS soft key on
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
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
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
Hangar Space ...Pearland, TX
Wed Dec 3, 2014.
Month ...Vlad trip
Condition Inspection Logged ...Glen
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
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
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
Final Report Issued
shares the findings of his 2/23/14 accident (Probable
Orion Test Flight This
Thursday ...watch live on NASA TV
Tue Dec 2, 2014.
Sid 'scrollF4' Mayeux - Wings ON (7A).
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
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)
+tip for the nice guys who helped with baggage.
problem Pneumatic Squeezer mushing rivets
From Grady at GLO...
inspect prop build-up pics
Pickup Fuse Kit from Shipping Terminal ...K.
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
Mon Dec 1, 2014.
RV-6 Bush Plane
Way to Hold Your Pants
Victoria, TX 219PB ...welcome
Aerobatics Lesson with Air Show Pilot Adam Baker - Part 2
Status Report ...K. Sizemore -14
on top of cylinder
Calendar Wallpaper for
Engine Start - RV-7 - N77PB
Club ...Mike Messer entry
Avery Tool Press Release