June 22, 2017. Issue No.
Five of the usual RV suspects at my home
field flew over to the
Beacon Café at nearby Hicks airport (T67) for breakfast at 08:15
Wednesday morning. We seemed to have reached that part of the year
where breakfast fly-outs are replacing lunch fly-outs due to the
heat. It was nice seeing Christie again (her and husband Gene ran
the restaurant on our home field several years back). Wonderful
folks who we don't see enough! Logged .3hrs.
It felt good to fly in the morning and it also felt good to be back on
the ground before the heat got unbearable.
Wishing you a nice Thursday!
Shell Lake Burger Night ...Pete Howell
Andi and I have a goal to fly to as many burger burns and
pancakes breakfasts as we can this summer. Been to quite a few
already - Shell Lake, WI was on the agenda tonight, short flight on
a beautiful evening.....continue
Milestone: -7 Empennage Finished! ...Frank Cordrey
I posted back in Jan. that I was going to start building (here).
I haven't posted since then and have been chipping away here and
there. Well I'm finished with the empennage (except fiberglass tips)
It has been fun and frustrating all at the same time. I've learned a
lot in the last 5 months and 160.5 hours. Lots to figure out all at
the same time. I have messed up and had to reorder parts. A couple
emails to Vans with problems and they would set me back on the right
road. They have been great! I've got REALLY good at drilling out
rivets.....not sure that is something to brag about but....
I found a tech counselor early on and he looked over my VS before I
closed it up and was told I was doing fine keep going. I've
tentatively scheduled another meeting with him to look over my
project. Just want to be sure I'm doing things right.
My wing kit was ordered in March and came in on June 8th. It has
been inventoried and I'll be working on it in the next couple
RV-10 N657FW ...begins
No pics yet, but tail kit has arrived and commencing on building
my tables, doing the inventory and getting the shop ready to go...
Been waiting a long time for this...
RV-9 for Formation?
Q: After decades of dreaming, the stars are aligning and
I'll be able to start building sometime this fall! I've had A LOT of
false starts over the years, but fingers crossed that this is the
time! My wife says I've been responsible for enough years that it's
my turn to do something completely irrational, like build a plane.
I've pretty well settled on the RV9A for a variety of reasons that
don't need to be rehashed here. I am curious though, while I have no
real desire to flip upside down, formation flying is something I'd
love to get into. It seems like most formation guys are flying
anything but RV9s. Does that just say something about the guys who
fly formation or the planes themselves? Would I really be hampered
from flying formation if I fly a 9?
A: I know of three FFI
Formation Pilots that fly the RV-9A. (Scoot, Cookie, and Gunner) It
can and has been done.
Falcon Flight Formation Team has an RV-9A in its group
If there is a lack of RV-9's in formation it doesn't have anything
to do with the plane. I fly formation and even have a fix pitched
prop. No problems
A: Ha! Yeah. For a non-acro show, there
is absolutely nothing wrong with a -9. Ours has been flying the
Falcon Flight show for years. Heck, after a couple of years in the
same position, your wingman might just come to appreciate that it is
just a little less twitchy in roll. In fact, it is scheduled to
perform a show in a couple of weeks
A: Bandit Flight Team
has two Yaks, an RV-14, several RV-8's, an RV-6, several RV-7's, an
RV-4, and an RV-9. No issues with formation work
already said, the RV9 is fine for the standard FFI formation flying
(non-acro). As for possibly being more challenging than the other
models, I don't think so. All models with the O-320 engine and fixed
prop will be more challenging than the larger engine/constant speed
models. It's just a mater of technique, anticipation and practice
Finishing External Window ...bruceh's take
Get some "pipe tape" at your local big box home improvement
center store. It is a bit thicker (20 mils) than electrical tape and
you can sand right down on top of it with no problem to get a nice
edge. My painter (after painting the canopy frame) used some
black silicon sealant as a fillet along the edges of the fiberglass
where it meets the plexiglass. It is probably around 1/16" wide at
most, but it looks great and keeps the edge of the paint from
June 21, 2017. Issue No.
RV-8 Panel Upgrade Complete ...WingnutWick
So a few months ago I decided that I was sick of my old nasty
cockpit an panel that was not complimentary to my otherwise
beautiful 8. I was also tired of having an unreliable engine
monitoring system with multiple broken plugs. I wanted to go digital
as well as change many of the things that were bugging me with the
original setup. I had ZERO experience with working with electricity
or avionics but knew that I could use this as a learning experience
while taking advantage of fantastic online resources like this fine
site to make sure I am doing it correctly and safely. The other goal
was to save significant money not only through doing the work myself
but also through non-traditional avionics equipment: a hard mounted
iPad behind the dash with quick release connectors and 2 AHRS that
pump flight data to the iPad.
Formation Flat Blowouts (now that's impressive!;^)) ...newt
To explain Eddie's last comment:
He and Glenn BOTH had flat tyres on landing at home base, about ten
minutes apart from each other. We're now sufficiently well
trained that we can have formation tire blowouts.
Arizona Heat and RV-10 ...Dave Ford
Q: The Arizona heat is in the news recently and just
curious how that has been affecting RV10 performance? Some
commercial flights have been grounded.
A: The RV-10
really has a lot of excess power and is not usually a problem during
high density operations from an iarcraft performance standpoint.
However, engine operating paramters can be easily exceeded, such as
CHT's and oil temps, especially during the climb phase. Climbing at
airspeeds high than usual, and allowing for step climbs can help if
needed. Really paying attention to ground ops during the heat is
important, like making sure to perform runups facing into the wind
and minimizing taxi time.
A: I had a 7 with IO 360
and used to fly it to work. The hottest I every took off was 117
degrees. No problems. A word of caution, if you go to a higher
altitude check the DA and your aircraft performance
I can't speak to the RV10, but the overall performance of the RV
series means less effect with high density altitudes. I flew Cessna
for 40 years.... just like many others. Very hot days were very
evident on takeoff in a Cessna with full fuel. Calculations and
planning were imperative.
Now, as an RV owner... the added performance I experience on cool
days, pay off in the heat. Even if I am back to the anemic 500 FPM
climb rate I was used to in Cessna operations.... I am flying
safely. I do see that I need to do some step climbs to keep CHT
peaks within limits. But this is easy to accomplish.
When packing the plane, we often carry more than needed. I am sure
the roomy RV10 can hold more than you might actually need for the
Calculating partial fuel loads has an enormous effect. Liguids are
HEAVY. Respect that fact in physics. In fact, we are heavy! I won't
get into that here... but we are mostly liquid and fat... which
translates to more lift needed.
On these hot days out west.... three things rule. 1. get up EARLY
2. Check fuel needed and don't top off if not required. 3. Check
load in aircraft and adjust. THEN--- enjoy the best designed flying
machines on the planet....
A: I just flew back from
Southern Utah and Colorado yesterday where we had daytime temps of
103F when we were there. As Vic said, the RV-10 has a lot of extra
power in general. Certainly power and lift won't be the issue in
Phoenix in an RV-10. Oil temps and CHT's may be. You'll have to be
On my recent trip my daughter landed at Leadville, CO. Pattern
altitude is 10,727' MSL, with field elevation 9,933'. It was a warm
day, so DA's were a couple thousand more at least. The RV-10
departed just fine with tons of runway remaining, and it was very
neat to see the altimeter hit 10,000' within seconds of taking off.
No issue with performance in the RV-10. We are very lucky as RV
pilots that we can almost ignore performance charts. It's actually
almost sad that it can make us poorer and more complacent pilots in
that we have less to worry about and calculate.
For flying around Phoenix this week, I'd recommend basically not
bothering doing it unless you have somewhere to go where it isn't as
hot. It just won't be comfortable. If you do have to fly, do it in
the a.m. You'll want to manage the flight by CHT and oil temp,
adding forward speed in the climb. We climbed out at 125KTS to keep
temps in check when we flew in the west the past few days. Altitude
is your friend, so get there and stay there. LOP operation also is a
great benefit to cooling. Just don't get yourself in a position
around terrain where you are forced to climb quickly. That may cause
you to mis-manage your engine.
Also, I'd have to say that after being in the 103F dry heat, I'd say
it's still easier to tolerate than the 85-90F humid heat where we
are. I got home and this week we're looking at 70's all week long. I
wouldn't mind mixing some of our air with that down there so that
being on the lake would be warmer.
Burnt Cowl...Dusyone -10
I had a customers RV-10 in the workshop last month for some
upgrades and repairs. (new windscreen and Planaround door upgrade )
This particular RV-10 is 10 years old and has flown approx 1100 hrs.
The lower cowl exhibited external heat damage and on closer
inspection the heat shielding was no longer doing its job and not
covering enough of the cowl.
The heat shielding had been allowed to get stained over time and was
no longer able to reflect any heat.
COMM Mic Feedback Whine? ...RidiGreyling
(traced to TWO Zulu 1 headsets)
June 20, 2017. Issue No.
VAF Charity Cap Sighting: Millennials Edition.
My daughter Audrey and her boyfriend Daniel.
Both on their phones - not talking to me. dr
the charity cap)
Advanced Formation Flying at Temora ...newt (Sydney, Australia)
Eddie (RV-7), Mal (RV-6A), Glenn (RV-7) and myself (RV-6) did a
formation flying course in Sydney last November. It's a flight
activity endorsement on a pilot license in Australia, all very
formal and well organized, modulo the usual regulatory bureaucracy.
We've been out on weekends practicing, and wanted to get one of our
instructors back to hone our skills, set us some new challenges, and
generally step things up a notch.
So we brought Jeremy Miller from Mildura and Michael Jorgensen from
Brisbane across to Temora in central NSW, and spent three days on it
New -14 Builder (possibly) ...Dave12
Hey fellers, I am thinking about moving up two notches to a 14.
Yes, I am fixin to squeeze the trigger on a 14 (RV not mini, but I
like those too). I have been pondering this for several years and
have decided to make the decision at Kosh next month. I am wondering
which prop, which engine, who has the deals, y'all know what I mean?
I am fairly firm on Advance 5600's and Avidyne. Any and all advice
Proud Dad of a Navy Corpsman
FMF "Devil Doc" 2nd Marines
N588DF RV12 #336 Sold
N73DF RV12 #244 Flying
was in Japan for a couple of weeks last December, and in several
vehicles there I saw these neat air vents that are like an eyeball,
with a dial in the center that opens and closes a set of radial
vanes to control air flow. I wasn't sure where to find them
until I rented a Chevy Sonic during a trip last month. Very similar
to what I saw in Japan. I think the vehicles in Japan where I saw
them were a Mazda and a BMW.
Now, they are rather large in diameter, and possibly too deep for an
overhead console, but I am still considering them for the foward and
rear fresh air vents. Bonus: They're pretty inexpensive, and
probably available at an auto wrecking yard. I may pick one up just
to see where I could make it fit.
Edited: Now that I look at these pictures, I see these are different
than the ones I saw in Japan in that they have a folding butterfly
behind the vanes to regulate airflow rather than the radial "petals"
that rotate on their individual axes like I saw over there. I will
now have to find those. I bet the "petal" ones aren't as deep, since
the split butterfly has to have at least a depth equal to one radius
of the opening...
DID YOU KNOW liability coverage on a builders risk policy can give
you peace of mind? ...Leah (advertiser)
Builders policies protect your project from the unthinkable but
have you thought about protecting yourself? By adding liability
coverage to your builder’s risk policy, you will not only have
coverage for the aircraft itself, but you will also have peace of
mind. For example, if you are trailering your aircraft and it comes
loose from the trailer, the project could become the least of your
worries. What if part (or all) of the aircraft falls off the trailer
and hits a car head on? How much damage could an aircraft in the
middle of the interstate do? Liability coverage would help you in
this situation. Liability insurance for builders risk policies is
important for other reasons too, such as your aircraft causing a
fire or someone being injured while helping to build or move the
project. If you have your project covered, think about getting
yourself covered as well.
Paint Crinkling ...rvdave
From time to time I run across this problem in painting and can't
figure out what is causing this sporadic crinkling of the paint.
Seems to be in the surface or primer or some contamination but have
been cleaning it all the same. Looks like this:
Getting the FRZ PIN, Washington DC- just DO IT ...Lycosaurus
In order to fly in to the Washinton DC Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ)
you need to have a unique PIN code that positively identifies you to
the Potomac TRACON when you file a special flight plan (for both IN
or OUT, as well as VFR or IFR).
In the last year or so, obtaining a PIN code has become somewhat
easier, in that you do not need to be physically present in
Washington, or have to circumnavigate the different government
agencies and airports. You can be interviewed remotely, as well as
more flexible locations for taking your fingerprints.
Being a Canadian living in Ottawa, my process required some travel
for the fingerprinting part, however, other this, you should be able
to follow the same procedures.
Progress! 10 steps forward, 2 steps back...bkervaski RV-14
We finished the vertical stab, rudder, horizontal stab, and
elevators+trim tab .. started on the tail cone this weekend .. but
dropped the bucking bar during a rivet and trashed the bottom skin
.. ugh .. this hobby needs a therapy hotline!
[ed. I think you've reached it <grin>.
June 19, 2017. Issue No.
First flight for C-FIJT ...ackselle
So in February of 2014 I started building RV-7A s/n 74310. With a
lot of help from Bill Funk, Rob Hickman, Mark Elste and all of you
on this forum, C-FIJT took to the air fir the first time on June 16,
2017 at Steinbach airport (CJB3) with Bill Funk at the controls.
Here's a link to the first flight/ first landing video.
Special thanks to my wife Bev....without her support, I wouldn't
have started. Now we plan to use our little plane together to fly
between Winnipeg, MB, Mesa, AZ and Sarasota, FL...and other places
Van's #9700 Flies ...pilotkms -7A
Yesterday 6/16 was first flite of my Vanessa. According to Van's
site they claim 9,699 flyers. So I have identified mine as # 9,700.
And the 1,581st RV7/A. Rocket Man Fred Laforge and RV9A Doug Kott
were there for guidance. Short 30 minute flite. The RV grin was
acquired, and still there today. Getting her set up and dialed in
will be FUN. If u have a Dynon VPX panel, make sure u calibrate your
flaps. Hope to be headed to OSH next month. Keep banging them
GMU for Father's Day
Three of us flew from the Asheville area to Greenville Downtown [GMU]
for lunch today. Darwin took off right behind me from AVL and we
demonstrated that his RV-4 is faster on climbout than a Lancair with
it's gear down. Yup, like a dumb azz I forgot to raise my gear for a
few minutes (how embarrassing for me). ATC actually had to
de-conflict us so the RV-4 didn't chew my tail off!
My Helper for Tonight. She's Getting the Aviation Bug Early!
[ed. A really cute thread begins....
Avionics Going In ...Ron Gawer -12
It's been a while in the making, but I finally got my avionics
mounted in my panel.
1800 Hr Borescope Pics ...Pete Howell
On the way home from the dad's day fly-in @ KTOB Andi and I took
Niner-pop-hotel over 1800 hrs. So I dropped the oil, checked the
filter, checked compression, and scoped the valves.
Filter was clean, compressions were above 77/80 on all cylinders,
and the valves looked pretty good - plugs were clean, too. #4
cylinder clearly got into the Spotted Cow........
O-320/Carb/EI/Mogas/Lots of LOP.
Tire observation ...PilotBrent -12
Just replaced my original tires at 355 hours. Might still look
new for Vlad, but after a couple of rotations, it was time. Both are
Aero Classic 5.00-5s from Van's.
The used tire, is actually a little bigger than the new one when its
placed side by side. Clearly the used one has less rubber, but I
guess being under pressure for three years or so, weaken's them and
they permanently stretch out some? Anyhow, might not be news, but
something I hadn't seen before.
Fuel Tanks - Part Duex, Is it a comedy or tragedy? ...PilotjohnS
Tank assembly begins!
The bottom stiffeners were installed per the plans. I mixed up 1
gram of Proseal per linear inch, and this was just about right,
taking into account losses from leaving stuff on the mixing plate,
smeared on the ceiling, etc. Did I mention this stuff gets
The next day, I mixed up another batch of Proseal per the
instructions, and using the baggy technique, applied it to the ribs.
I then cleco'd the ribs to the bottom skin using a cleco in every
Special Request from a VAF Reader
[ed. In striving to keep the
signal-to-noise ratio in the
forums as RV-specific as possible, I am happy to post a non-RV personal
request like the one here occasionally on the front page when emailed to me.
17.2 Acres for sale ...Jim Pappas email@example.com
17.2 ACRES OF SMOKY MOUNTAIN HILLSIDE WITH
GORGEOUS VIEWS AND YOU CAN WALK TO IT FROM JACKSON COUNTY AIRPORT.
Build your dream home or subdivide this land. Endless possibilities.
Currently 1 parcel , 17.2 acres zoned AG. County has said it can be
subdivided up to 6 homesites. Located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains
of North Carolina between the Blue Ridge Parkway and The Great Smoky
Mountain National Park. Close to precious historic downtown of Sylva ,
Dillsboro , Waynesville and less than 50 miles from Ashville, NC. Near
WCU, Jackson County Airport, and all the action and fun, yet serene privacy
and a bold creek on 17.2 acres with a Jackson County TAX VALUE almost $200K.
Asking price only $121,000 or OBO. Owner is a licensed real estate
broker in IL and SC.
Little Savannah Rd. Sylva, NC 28779 (GoogleMap link)
June 16, 2017. Issue No.
My A&P buddy Randy 'Monkey' Richmond
is "looking for an uncut (newish) RV-8 fuel injection
(no scoop) engine cowling. Maybe you went with a James
cowl instead and you still have the vans cowl laying around?"
Can anyone help Randy out?
Gonna be hot here in Texas this weekend. Hope a little cooler where
you are. Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
Propwash (16X). Click to enlarge
Route 66 Trip Advice ...Allen Rice -9A
Planning a Route 66 trip this Fall, Chicago Midway to Santa
Monica in my 9A. Any suggestions on mandatory 'can't miss' stops and
preferred mountain routes? We are going to take our time and do a
lot of sightseeing/pictures along the way. Thanks.
Cabin Top- Carbon Fiber Overhead to paint transition ...ERushing
The Aerosport overhead console is finally mounted on the cabin
top and I'm starting to work on the cabin top cosmetics and overhead
to cabin top transition.
For those who have kept the carbon fiber look, how have you made the
transition from carbon fiber overhead to paint on the cabin top
above and around the door opening? I'm struggling with how to make
the transition along the shadow line of the overhead console look
good and not have a ridge of paint or overhead clear coat.
Any advise would be appreciated.
In the photo below, the shadow line will be the bottom edge of the
green fine line tape. I'll sand the clear coat between the green
tape and the raw carbon fiber/ flox blend line. I'm planning to put
a single piece of thin fiberglass tape over the transition and then
micro to near the shadow line. Sand smooth, fill, paint. But that
transition from the actual shadow line to the paint has me
perplexed. I'm planning to use a single stage PPG product for paint
so no clear coat on the paint.
...ad lives on the Previous Day's News
June 15, 2017. Issue No.
My friend Rob working on baffles and intakes...
Stars and Bars Going On ...Boomer506
The letters and numbers are vinyl applications from the local
FastSigns shop, but the stars and bars were masked by hand. It
wasn't as difficult as I thought in might be.
Puddle Jumping 2 - The Sequel ...Mark Albery
Some of you here may recall my RV-8 flight from L.A. to the UK in
2013 when my time working on the Tesla Model S finished and I
returned home to the UK in my RV-8.
Soon after that happened I got a call to join another automotive
start-up in the Bay area which has now grown to be Lucid Motors;
going well but still a couple of years from production.
There was no time to arrange getting the RV-8 back, so I made
arrangements to get friends to take care of it and keep it in good
airworthy condition. That went through a few cycles of partners
coming and going and came to a head recently when my current
partnership was about to end due to him getting a job offer, also in
Decision time. Do I try to find another partner, sell the RV,
pickle it and store it away or bring it back to the US. You've
probably already guessed the answer!
I sold the RV-4 that I bought on my return to the US in 2013 (thanks
DR for helping with that, there'll be a token of appreciation in my
New Guy Chimes In ...'rplittle' Bob (Seattle)
Hi all. I figured I'd introduce myself and share a trip report
since this forum has helped me recently. My name is Bob Little, and
I'm a new owner of an RV-6A as of two weeks ago!
I heard of VAF over a decade ago while going to college and dreaming
of owning an RV some day. I remember Paul and some other folks
coming out in their RV's to my college in San Luis Obispo probably
around 2004 to give rides to those of us in an aircraft construction
class. Since that time, I haven't been on here much until recently
when I was finally able to start shopping for an RV. When it was
looking more and more like I would actually be buying an RV, I paid
my dues (thank you, Doug!) and started using the forums to learn.
Man there's a lot of information on here!
I found an RV-6A in Locust Grove, GA that had been finished up by
Kent Gorton in 2014. After many phone conversations and quite a few
prayers later, I purchased a one-way ticket from Seattle to Atlanta
and headed off. Reading the positive reviews about Kent on this
forum gave me added comfort as I headed to Atlanta.
After about a day and a half of inspecting and flying the airplane,
I completed the purchase and headed back towards the west coast!
After two days and just over 20 hours of flying, I made it back home
to North Bend, OR (KOTH). A few days later, I was able to fly the
airplane up to work in Seattle for the first time. What is usually
about a 7 hour drive for me is now about 2 hours from engine start
to engine shut down!
I'm looking forward to getting to know folks on VAF more, and hope
to get to see some VAF folks in the Seattle and Southern Oregon
Dog copilot ...Norcalrv7
Rebel, my girlfriends bulldog is my hangar and flying buddy while
she is at her real job. (and) His favorite toy, which is about
the only thing on this planet he can't chew up.
June 14, 2017. Issue No.
10 Minute Therapy Session Before Work...(click to
June 2017 - Capital to Capital (Washington DC) ...Lycosaurus
Ottawa to Washington DC
I have wanted to visit Washington D.C. for the longest time. My
first visit was many years ago (I was 18 then, can you believe it)
with my high school friend Jack. We managed a trip to the
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and I remember how I was in awe of
the space ship displays. (multiple
parts - continue)
Mitch Lock Says Thanks
To everyone who attended the fly in on Saturday,
With all of our hearts, my family and I wish to thank you so very
much for taking your time to come and share this day with us. Old
memories were relived and new ones were made. It truly was one of
the best days of my life.
A special thanks go out to the folks who talked with my wife and
daughter about our move. She was unbelievably touched by your
concern and compassion over such a tremendous change in life. The
support you have shown her is priceless.
I cannot even begin to thank Helen Woods, owner of Chesapeake Sport
Pilot. Her dedication to Van's Aircraft is unparalleled and her
friendship is a valued treasure.
To Steve Koziol of EAA Chapter 1384 and Mike Regan, thank you guys
for taking your time and efforts to organize this event. It would
not have been such a great day without your touch.
So it's off to Oregon with a new adventure in aviation and a new
chapter of life. I thank God everyday that my life's book still has
many pages yet to be read.
Bless you all!
President Van's Aircraft
In the French Alps ...trackdom
Old newbie ...Rick from Tyner, NC (retired Army Officer)
I've owned an empennage and wing kit for "years". Life got
in the way. Last builder log entry was 9/11/01- I had finally found
time to get started. Well the next 12 years were a little busy,
multiple deployments. Now retired, relocated want to try again. BUT,
do I need to get fresh rivets? Will my sheet metal parts still be ok
to use? Do I throw it all in the trash and start with a new kit.
Bought and viewed the updated Orndorf build videos but have lots of
5 RV-10's fly to Quebec City ...Ivan Kristensen
Many months ago while at a BBQ in Ohio I floated the idea to a
few of my flying buddies of an RV-10 weekend flying trip. After a
few "adult" beverages at the Combs' Pig Roast in Canal Winchester
the idea of a June trip to Quebec City was born.
On Thursday June 8th. 5 couples and 5 RV-10's assembled at the
Waterloo regional Airport (CYKF) in SW'ern Ontario Canada to prepare
for the 438nm trip to Quebec City (CYQB).
Status Report ...crabandy
Several tanks of fuel later, #4 cylinder dropped 15* and is now
right in line with #3 in climb and all cylinders in cruise. Oil temp
is close to the same, the lower duct was consistently showing .25
inch H2O less pressure than the lower cowling at cruise speeds. No
speed difference was found, structurally everything as installed.
One difference noted, oil temp increases with a power reduction and
increased airspeed in descents. I need to measure the upper face of
the oil cooler and see how it compares to upper plenum pressure.
I modified the lower duct from mostly constant area to an expanding
duct, I sliced off a portion of the duct leaving the attatchment and
cowling/engine mount interference points.
Where to start after long hiatus? ...Orlando, FL
I've got an RV-7 project that I've been away from for several
years and I'm ready to get started on it again, but I've been out
for so long I don't know where to get started again. All sheet metal
is complete, canopy complete, basic interior complete, fiberglass
work complete except for finish prep.
I'm basically at the point where I'm ready to work on the instrument
panel and the firewall forward. Basic wiring and a couple of
instruments are installed in the panel but nothing else.
This may seem silly, but I'm not sure where to start back again in
order to get the momentum going to 'completion'...
June 13, 2017. Issue No.
Corriveau was in town yesterday for work. When I pulled up to the
hangar in the morning he was parked in front waiting on me (he might
already be back home as I type this). It's always good to
see my friend from the NE with the 'funny accent'. Turns out he was
driving Jim 'izzybear''s
car. Interesting how RV folks touch base before trips and find a way to
work some RV stuff in there.
Bob, great seeing you and wish you could have stayed
longer...and tell Izzy not to be such a stranger!
This spider is in for one heck of a surprise...
RV-7 Status Report ...Carlos in AZ
First light for project. My son Alonzo (12 yrs old) helped me
re-position the fuse yesterday.
Mothership's New 'East Coast Guy'
(from the mothership FB page)
"Van's is excited to announce that Vic Syracuse has agreed to take
over duties as Van's East Coast representative from Mitch Lock.
Vic lives at Mallards Landing in Georgia with his wife Carol, and is
lucky enough to have his son and his family right across the runway
from him! He learned to fly while stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB,
soloing in 1977. Since then he has amassed over 8500 hours in 70
different kinds of aircraft, with almost 4000 of that in RV's. He
has built 11 different aircraft, starting with his first RV-4
in 1981, followed by an RV-6, RV-7A, RV-8, 2 RV-10's, 3
Kitfoxes, a Prescott Pusher, and a Just SuperStol. Vic is a DAR for
7 Southeastern States, and holds a Commercial License with
multiengine and seaplane ratings, a CFII, and an A&P certificate.
Vic is also the author of the monthly "Checkpoints" column in
Kitplanes magazine, and a member of the EAA Homebuilt Council. Vic
also flies as part of a Stearman Formation team, performing in
airshows across the Southeast.
He is also the owner-operator of Base Leg Aviation,
Vic will look after the care and feeding of our RV-12 S-LSA
and RV-14A East Coast demo airplanes. These will be operated
out of Henry County airport (KHMP) just west of Hampton, GA, about
16nm South of Atlanta.
Vic can be reached at 404-307-5133 or
vicsyracuse (at) gmail.com
Welcome aboard, Vic."
Oil leaking from Sniffle Valve ...Aussieflyer
My aircraft has now flown 110 hrs and I have changed my oil from
Mineral oil to Shell 100W 5 hours ago. ( Vans supplied IO-390 )
I am now getting oil dripping on the floor from the Sniffle Valve.
This is approximately the same amount I was getting when I tried to
change from Mineral oil to 100W at 50 hrs, I was advised then to put
the mineral oil back in and run for another 50 hrs. Oil
consumption while running on Mineral oil is approx 2 qts every 25
hrs and no dripping at all from Sniffle Valve.
Why does this happen when I change the oil ? Can anyone advise
what action I can take ?
RV and EAA help beyond
My wife Judie had to go to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mn. I
reached out on the forum for help and we got it in spades. First
Ronn said he might have hangar space then Rich and Cindy said they
did have space for sure. Rich made all the promises and then went
fishing and Cindy met us, put us in the hangar and took care of us
all week. A tour of Rochester, took us out to dinner and delivered
us back to the airport to leave. Joe picked me up at the hotel so I
could get my airplane cleaned up for departure and stayed with me
because transient pilots can't be left alone on the Rochester
airport. Dick listened to my stories and offered margaritas. All of
this because we own a RV. Judie's results from the clinic were very
good and I want to thank all of these folks for making a stressful
situation much easier. Rich, Cindy wants a new ceiling fan and I
told her you would get it for her. Hope to see all of you at
Oshkosh. Thanks and Thanks!
Pics from the 5th Annual Mid-Atlantic / Mitch Lock Fly-In
RV-14A Status Report ...kiljoy
So I've picked my side for priming. I'm going with a straight
rattle can as you can see in the pics before you:
Here's the Competition... ...ronshcreck
In the 1970s and 1990s the Pitts reigned supreme in IAC and World
aerobatic competition. And then came the monoplanes! Now the
dominant aircraft in the Advanced and Unlimited categories are known
as Panzl, Staudacher, Lasar, Extra, MX and others. Most of the
"legacy" aircraft that once dominated the upper reaches are still
being flown but the majority are now in the Sportsman and
Intermediate classes along with the RVs.
SUPERIOR AIR PARTS ANNOUNCES THE PUBLICATION OF PISTON AIRCRAFT
EXPERT BILL ROSS’ NEW BOOK “ENGINE MANAGEMENT 101”
Based on over 32 years of experience as a pilot and FAA A&P/IA,
Bill Ross’ new book,
Engine Management 101 gives pilot/owners proven tips and insights
into how to get more performance, reliability and value out of their
piston aircraft engine.
Coppell, TX, (June 09, 2017) — Scott Hayes, Vice President of Sales
and Marketing for Superior Air Parts, Inc., announced today that the
company has published “Engine Management 101” written by the its
V.P. of Product Support, Bill Ross.
“This year Superior Air Parts is celebrating 50 years of producing
FAA-approved PMA parts that help make flying more affordable,” Hayes
said. “What better way to highlight our commitment than to capture
all of Bill’s knowledge and experience in ways to extend the life of
a airplane engine and put them in a book that’s both educational and
fun to read?”
With over 32 years of experience as an FAA A&P/IA technician and
thousands of hours as a pilot and aircraft owner, Bill Ross has
quite an interesting story to tell.
“I’ve spent my entire career around piston aircraft engines, either
as a charter pilot, A&P/IA or working for an aircraft engine
manufacturer,” Ross said. “I’ve see just about everything an owner
can throw at their aircraft engine and have learned the right ways
to operate and maintain an engine to avoid all the major problems.
That’s the insight I’ve put in this book."
Ross explained that Engine Management 101’s 144 pages divided into
11 chapters packed with valuable information on subjects ranging
from Choosing the right mechanic, to Improving engine operations, to
Cylinder compression testing, to How PMA parts help owners save
money, and much more.
“There’s a lot of great information in the book. But, when you
distill it all down, my message is simple: ‘The purpose of scheduled
maintenance is to prevent unscheduled maintenance,’” he said. “While
it may go against the grain of some so-called engine experts, that’s
what I truly believe.”
“That’s why getting this book into the hands of other pilot/owners
is a dream come true for me,” Ross said. “If it helps just a few
owners get their engines safely to TBO, then it has done its job.”
Engine Management 101 will debut at this year’s Oshkosh AirVenture
as part of Superior Air Part’s 50th anniversary and ongoing forum
series. Everyone who attends a Superior Forum will receive a free
copy of the 144 page book.
“From our Millennium Cylinders to our FAA-PMA replacement parts, to
our XP-Engines, Superior is all about providing exceptional products
at true value prices,” Hayes said. “Our forums are an opportunity
for Bill to share his valuable insights during AirVenture and Engine
Management 101 is a way for owner/pilots to continue to learn long
The free, 45-minute forum sessions will be held at the Superior Air
Parts tent (#257), located just north of the Bendix/King Hangar B.
Forum times are 9:00, 11:00 and 12:30, Monday through Friday.
For more information and complete forum schedule, visit: www.
About Superior Air Parts, Inc.
Superior Air Parts, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of the
Superior Aviation Group. Founded in 1967, Superior Air Parts is the
leading manufacturer of FAA approved aftermarket replacement parts
for Lycoming and Continental aircraft engines. In addition, the
company manufactures the FAA certified Vantage Engine and the
XP-Series Engine family for experimental and sport aircraft
builders. For more information, visit: www.superiorairparts.com
Media Relations Representative
Superior Air Parts, Inc.
June 12, 2017. Issue No.
A couple of us
flew RVs from 52F out to Mineral Wells (KMWL) to try Natty Flat
BBQ (401 SW 1st St, Mineral Wells, TX 76067).
About as nice an experience as you could ask for! Called
Unicom 10 miles out and they had the crew car keys on the counter
and the sign in sheet turned around facing us with a pen ready when
we walked in. Brenda handed us a map and fueled the planes
from the truck while we ate. The food was OUTSTANDING.
You kinda figure it's going to be good when you have this exchange
at the FBO, "You going to Natty Flats?" Yes. "Here's a
$10 bill...would you please get me some ribs?" I'd be happy
Took some pictures with the iPhone - of note is the menu and the
map on the wall at the FBO showing all the staging fields that were
used during the Vietnam War. Mineral Wells is where 95% of
helicopter pilots got their initial training. The staging
areas around Mineral Wells matched exactly the bases they would fly
to/from in Vietnam. Google it.
Great food. Smooth air above 3,500. A new food stop is in the
Hope you had a great RV weekend, also.
PIREP from the Mid-Atlantic/Mitch Lock Gathering
Sunburn, burgers, dogs and somewhere North of 75 RVs were in
attendance to wish Mitch and his family a HARDY SENDOFF to the great
northwest (otherwise known as the birthplace of RV Country!! An
accurate count of arriving RV's was lost after 75 due to the
continuous onslaught of arrivals and rumor that our parking crew ran
out of fingers and toes to help keep track!
It is no surprise that the attendance records were shattered from
our previous Mid-Atlantic Gathering which reflects the admiration,
love and appreciation we all have for this man who has been our
friend and now heads off to command Vans Aircraft. Mitch was
presented a wooden plaque by Helen Woods "owner of Chesapeake Sport
Pilot" that depicted the Maryland flag and a crab as a reminder of
his Maryland heritage. Mitch also was honored with our EAA Chapter
1384 polo shirt. Mitch thanked the 120 plus pilots and guests in
attendance and was touched by the heart felt tribute.
RV7 on Beach ...seattleworm pics
Landed on and took off from WA beach. RV can do it!
RV-Lancair Brotherhood Day ...continues <g>
Owen and I met at Rutherfordton Co. [KFQD] for lunch at
57 Alpha Cafe. It's a quaint little place with about ten chairs
inside, and some rocking chairs and picnic tables outside. Closed
Mondays. (There was another beautiful blue RV-6 there, but the
couple left before I could snap a photo.)
N26ED relocated from ksua to khfd ...turbo
...thursday looked like decent wx to fly ifr from florida to
connecticut. i filed 9,000', had some diversions around some lines
of wx in florida.
Making a Bit of Metal
...update. I finally got an afternoon free to pull a cylinder--the
#2. The second cam lobe looked pristine. But here's what the forward-most
lobe looks like:
My 4th IAC Aerobatic Contest! ...RV8Squaz
I just returned from my 4th IAC aerobatic contest, the Bear Creek
Bash, held in Rome, Georgia this past weekend! As in previous
contests, it was a ton of fun and tremendously rewarding! Once again
it was great to see those familiar faces again and meet some new
ones. However, this contest was a little different experience for me
in so many ways. First, it was hosted by my home chapter, IAC 3.
This was my first contest outside of Florida and it was only 60nm
from my home. I also played a very minor role as Assistant Contest
Director. Assistant CD just means help the CD wherever I could. I
got to monitor the Unicom, welcome the arrivals, and get them
parked. I also ensured the waiver was signed and organized the
June 9, 2017. Issue No.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Fifth Annual Mid-Atlantic Gathering of RV's - And Mitch Lock Day
- June 10th
"Please join us at Chesapeake Sport Pilot (W29) Saturday, June
10th from 10-2 for a celebration and send off party for our friend
Mitch Lock as he moves into a new roll at Van Aircraft."
Heads up for W29, Bay Bridge Airport, they have a some noise
abatement procedures that everyone is asked to follow. Most
important to know is that the left pattern for Rnwy 29 is a 2nm
offset from the runway (2nm X-Wind and 2nm Base legs). Use the water
tower South of the runway for guidance.
Runway 29 Departures / Arrivals
•Climb to 700 feet and 1 mile before turning X-Wind.
• Extend X-Wind to 2 miles before turning downwind, reference water
tank for turns.
• Avoid over flight of Bay City neighborhood (depicted as yellow
area south of airport).
Runway 11 Departures
•Turn left 10 degrees when able and follow Route 50 on climb-out.
• Departing aircraft climb to 1,000 feet before turning.
Radar Altimeter Functionality for < $200 ...Brantel
Disclaimer: This project is for fun only. No we don't really need
this on our airplanes. No I don't plan to use it to shoot
approaches. Use at your own risk. Yes it is a total waste of time
and money. Yes I am a GEEK!
Saw a quick mention in this thread about LIDAR and went
Found that Garmin sells a small and very lightweight eye safe
infrared laser distant measurement sensor for $149.99.
So I just had to try one and see how it works. This is an OTS
solution that could be done slightly cheaper if you wanted to
assemble your own boards.
Simple hookup to an Arduino Uno ($24.95) with 4 wires and I was up
and running. I used the I2C interface so I could have access to the
many setup parameters inside the unit.
Bored with building or flying around the pattern?
Life can be far more exciting, just try trailering your plane. If
you do enough stuff wrong, life can definitely get more exciting!!
Maybe even more than you really wanted.
Special Request from m VAF Reader
Hello. You may recognize me from many of my post in the forums. I wanted to
let the VAF community know that I have started a new side job ferrying
airplanes and here is why. At the age of 41 I decided it was finally
time to do what I have always wanted to do, become a professional pilot.
Thanks to the current high demand in the airlines (also a very supportive
wife) and beyond, now was the time to make a move.
This winter I completed my instrument training and check ride in my RV7.
Last month I finished my commercial training and check ride in an Arrow. I
am currently training for my CFI and then CFII (which will be done in the
As a way to make a little money, but mostly as a time builder, I have
started ferrying airplanes on the side. To date, I have flown many different
types of airplanes and wanted to offer my services to the VAF community
should you be in need of having an aircraft repositioned.
Please visit my site
[ed. In striving to keep the
signal-to-noise ratio in the
forums as RV-specific as possible, I am happy to post a mostly non-RV personal
request like the one above up here on the front page when emailed to me.
Nice RV-4 Panel...Jesse
This panel just flew for the first time yesterday. Not room for
much more in this one.
Neat trick in tight spaces
Does anyone know of a trick to use to tighten or loosen nuts in a
confined space like this? I don't seem to be able to even get
a crows foot on it. How are you guys doing this?
June 8, 2017. Issue No.
RV-7A N23VC Out of
the Paint Shop ...photo shoot
Robert Ellis' RV-7A is fresh out of GLO Custom at my home field,
and I was lucky enough to see it out on the ramp yesterday before it
was picked up. I asked Grady if I could shoot a
What a gorgeous airplane! The pics don't do it justice.
1st flight ...Alain Van Severen (France)
On Sunday 4 June I flew my RV-7 after a 7 years build.
RV-Lancair Brotherhood Day ...another outing
As I was closing the canopy to do some boring touch and goes at
AVL, my RV buddy walked up and asked if I wanted to to the Western
Part of NC. Heyal yeah! So we both launched off and flew down the
Blue Ridge Parkway at 8,500'. Our first stop was Macon County [1A5].
I had never been there before.
Randy's Improved Taco Cart
Randy 'Monkey' Richmond's day job is aircraft mechanic (Richmond
Aircraft Service), so this stuff gets used for hours each day.
He recently added a backboard to his 'taco cart', something
continually tweeked. This latest addition seems pretty
appealing. He let me takes some pics.
Click on each image to
Custom flashlight holder...
The back is for rulers and stuff...
Aluminum channel modded to hold socket extensions...
Aluminum channel modded to hold screwdrivers
Wood tilted enough to see the top of the socket.
June 7, 2017. Issue No.
I took a picture of
my friend Rob 'Mashy' Reece before he went for a short RV-7
flight Tuesday around 0745. I went up for a couple of minutes
myself before plopping down at the computer, nabbing a digital image
of (5) turkeys in a recently cut field - long lens. Sorry for
the shoddy quality....I was focusing on other things <g>. Hope
you had a nice Tuesday.
N. Fox Island part 2 ...Paul K
Circled the island once then set up for the landing. Beautiful view,
difficult to stay on task and not look around at the beaches and
N Fox Island part 3 ...Paul K
We heard reports of snakes, lots of snakes, but none to be seen!
The walk to the beach only takes about a minute and is an easy
downhill trail. There is a marker at the bottom to help find the
trail back up but in reality, the beach ends at the trail head, only
clear to the East. Rocky and swampy to the West.
"The River" ... filming with an RV ...Richard Welch (U.K.)
Here's my latest film, Made with a combination of boats, drones ,,,, and
Hope you like it
Paint Data Point...Chris Pratt RV-8
For those thinking about what brand of paint to use on their RV,
I’ll give you a data point to consider.
The pictures below show my exterior paint after today’s flight
through rain. Paint is 12 years old:
- water still beads
- never been waxed
- always hangared except for 10 Oshkosh visits and a few other
Paint is Sherwin Williams AcryGlo. Yes, I have the usual hangar rash
and paint does get thinner with age, but overall still looks good
and garners compliments. I’ve been pleased with it. Hopes this
Engineers- Check my math
i've been plugging away at my RV-14 and I've run into a snag.
After installing the main landing gear and performing the
toe-in/toe-out measurements it appears that my left landing gear has
a twist in it resulting in 2.8 degrees of toe-in. I decided to
machine myself a shim to take the twist out (I have the equipment,
so why not!). I installed the shim and it went on no problem. It got
me thinking about the preload I might be putting on the bolts with
the 2.8 degrees of deflection. I reached out to Van's. I spoke with
Gus who in turn spoke to engineering. His response was engineering
felt it should be fine, but he thought it was best to replace the
gear. There shipping me out a new gear leg today. As a side hobby
i've been trying to learn more about mechanical engineering. So I
decided to try and run some calculations of my own to see how how
much pre-load, particularly in shear I am putting on the bolts with
the shim. I used an online beam stress calculator to run my
calculations. Am I in the ballpark?
June 6, 2017. Issue No.
First flight of N696VA...waterboy2110
Flew the first flight today. I can't express how well this plane
flies. I decided to rent the SLSA from Scanlon and flew with Will.
He's a great CFI and for all you NorCal folks I would recommend him.
We did some slow flight, stalls and after three landings it was time
to fly the C152 home to KCCR and bring out the RV-12. Will
said he's taught a lot of people in the 12 and he felt I was ready
good to go. I told him I'd write a check for that statement.
N245JM no longer project only, now a flying machine! ...Johan
N245JM took to the air Thursday May 25. It surpassed all my
expectations, performed very well, temps stayed within limits and
was easy to fly and land. The whole experience was awesome. It is a
beast!!! It has now flown close to 10 hours, not a single issue,
still running high power to break engine in.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank VAF and all its
members. It will be impossible to say how many ideas (MANY) were
implemented during the build, the endless stream of advice and
knowledge expressed on this website that has proven to be of great
value as well as the encouragement to keep going.
I would like to thank SteinAir who built my panel. Everything in
that panel worked as it should. Everything that did not work was
through my ignorance and stupidity. I am especially grateful that
after about 2 years after receiving my panel they still take my
calls and e-mails, answer my questions and give good advice and
guidance patiently. Thank you Doyle!!
Thank you to my family for their support!! I was blessed to have
some of my family present. (Wife, daughter and grand daughter)
Thanks to all on this website. I am a blessed and happy man!
Stephenville for an RV Lunch ...pics
(5) RVs made the short flight from the DFW area for lunch at the
Hard Eight BBQ in Stephenville Monday. It's been a long time -
I stopped in Mineral Wells (KMWL) on the way for fuel
($3.50). Forecast VCTS after lunch had us threading around
some of the Florida-like afternoon pop ups, but no big deal.
Chris and Sid both had planes with Wx onboard and they were sharing
headings and suggested routes. Worked out fine, and the
rain-cooled air was a nice treat. We're really greening up
Great seeing friends I don't get to see enough.
See the pics...
Ground Track Link
Chris Pratt's Write-up
North Fox Island, MI ...Paul K trip report
During a visit for a family funeral, my son and his wife came
home from Vandenberg AFB and as an added bonus, stayed with us for a
couple extra days. His wife left early for Denver to pick up the
kids from grand parents but David, had a couple of extra days so we
spent them together as much as we could including some flying!
Zero oil pressure ...RV-12
After changing all of the hoses per the 5-year recommendation, I
started the engine to check for any leaks and the alarm went off,
showing zero oil pressure. I did not have any issues with the
sending unit up to that time. I have read previous blogs,
going back for some years and not sure what the consensus is for the
best sending unit replacement. I have logged 260 hours and have the
Dynon 180 efis. I intend to move the sending unit to the
firewall as has been recommended by many.
Danielle Olson - 16yr Old Solo Milestone ...Tim's daughter
Status Report ...kentlik 7A
Here is how the bend point came out. I need to add some more bend
to the flange that goes under but other than that I think I am good.
Not perfect, but acceptable.
Bandit Flight Team Flyover
Attached is Bandit Flight Team's National Anthem flyover of the
All Star a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
-- Josh Staples
June 5, 2017. Issue No.
If you're in the N.
Texas area and would like to meet in Stephenville (KSEP) for
BBQ at the Hard Eight Monday the 5th, rumor has it a few RVs
from the DFW area will be headed that way. The usual plan is
for those in attendance to begin walking from
towards the food at exactly 1130. Wx may scrub all
plans. Those enroute will monitor 122.75 MHz. Consider
yourself both briefed and invited!
VAF Poster 'TeamFAS'
with his "two 3s"
(an email from his father)
VAF member Lt. Keith Stock (my son) with his RV-3 parked by an E-3 (AWACS).
His day job in the the Air Force is as an E-3 copilot. This piture
was taken May 20, 2017 at Tinker Air Force base in Oklahoma City at
the annual open house.
Long term Tie-down Tips ...Auburntsts
Well it looks like a year from now we'll be moving to Ft Myers,
FL. The bad news is there's a 3-year wait list for hangars at Page (FMY).
So no matter what, my RV-10 will have to live outside for a
prolonged period of time (I'm still not sure how to break this news
So for those who tie their planes down on the ramp, are there any
products that I should be looking into (especially with OSH
coming up) to help my 10 survive the FL climate until a hangar opens
I have a good gust lock (Anti-Splat Aero), cowl plugs, and a Bruce's
Custom Cover (but it's a travel cover):
Note: this is an old pic, she has since been painted.
Pics from the Bakersfield Annual Fly-In ...Bruce Hill 9A
Flew in, ate and had a nice time. The tri-tip was
RV14A - N225HK ...new guy checks in
(Andrew Kilroy...San Fran)
So finally after years have gotten the universe aligned up just
right and have
started my RV14 build. The stars aligned, I found a hangar and
friends to help and my wife approved.
I couldn't be happier and I only wish I didn't sleep so that I could
spend all night working to get her in the air sooner.
I've got a few pics of the empennage arrival and the very first
clecos. Most of the time I'll just be uploading time compressed raw
video log of the build along with some voiced over commentary. Its
mostly so that when I build my next plane I'll have myself from the
past there to help me not make the same mistakes twice. I'll be
posting these on here as well.
Continued thanks to the Vans Air Force community at large. I
couldn't do this without help from such a helpful group of good
Purchased Flying RV6 Flight Back to Alaska ...mbauer
PAPG to PAYA (Petersburg to Yakutat, Alaska)
After topping off with fuel at the Petersburg Temsco Helicopter FBO,
pushed the RV to the West end of the apron to do a little laptop
WX still looked good. Since there were a few clouds developing an
overcast layer up high, decided to verify Yakutat was still good.
One of the great briefing tools we have here in Alaska is the FAA
Webcam website: http://avcams.faa.gov/
If you visit the above page, you can see that even BC Canada has a
few. Great to see the weather conditions.
Paint Shot ...Steve Melton
...view from the trailing quarter as requested. windy day. rudder
has centering springs
Aerobatic Contest Results: Coalinga Western Showdown June 2-3, 2017
I just returned from the Western Showdown aerobatic contest in
Coalinga, California. There was a great turnout with some very full
categories. We had 16 pilots in Sportsman (15 competing and 1 for
the patch). The weather was perfect and we all had a blast! I had
the only RV there...hoping for more soon! I'm getting many comments
from people who would really like to see more RVs flying in
contests. There's lots of untapped opportunity here for competition,
fun, and good old pilot camaraderie.
RV-10 N657FW ...new guy checks in
(Michael Meyer....Titusville, FL)
No pics yet, but tail kit has arrived and commencing on building my
tables, doing the inventory and getting the shop ready to go...
Been waiting a long time for this...
Close Out on Voltage Regulator Move ...Keith Williams RV-12
Mike and Joe, the VR move is finished. Two comments in closing:
1. You were right in your first stab at why fuses were blowing. When
I got the wires all the way back out I found that the scraped part I
had noticed was, indeed, all the way through to a short.
Lesson - follow the Vans instructions about protecting the wires by
putting some sort of shield in when pulling wires through that tight
spot. (Or make another hole.)
2. I installed the JD type regulator purchased on line ($23, free
shipping). The hook-up was easy with your info in previous posts. It
seems to be working better than the Ducati - 14.2 volts instead of
13.8 and seems to do it at a lower engine speed than I remember with
Again....what a great resource this forum is. Thanks for your help.
Interesting antiques ...Matt
While browsing through an architectural salvage store in
Portland, I found this pair of gems...
3D Printed RV-8 Mirror Housing ...Steve Melton
June 2, 2017. Issue No.
I'd like to give a big shout out to our son Tate
for making a 90 on his Algebra II Pre-AP final (last day as a
sophomore was Thursday). The Tater put in some long hours
prepping for this and should be recognized for the big deal it is.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
K-Rod Returns to the Air!!!
Got the following text Wednesday from local RV guy and friend Kay
Frizzell. Due to a broken leg and subsequent surgery, he
hadn't flown PIC in his RV in 121 days.
Fast forward to Thursday morning (below). We're very happy for
our good friend and wish him thousands of RV flights in the future.
In addition to the pic above, please enjoy the 37 sec video below
using my iPhone's slo-mo feature. In 720pHD.
That 200hp FI engine sounds neat in slo-mo.
Kay is back!
The Shrinking Exit ...DanH
I happened to be looking up some old data from past tests, and
just out of curiosity, ran the numbers for coefficient of pressure
as defined in NASA CR3405, to wit:
(plenum static pressure less freestream static) / freestream dynamic
The three measurements made in level flight were done at partial
power, in each case just enough to maintain the desired 120, 140,
and 160 IAS. The resulting true airspeed (NTPS method) is shown
here. A Cp in the high 0.8 range is very good.
The curiosity point was the effect of propeller outflow at full
power and 100 IAS, given a constant speed BA Hartzell, with low
Vi/Vo inlets moved outboard as far as possible, and in close
proximity to the blade. Cp turned out to be 1.17 when calculated
using 100 knots for the dynamic pressure. The difference between Cp
in the 0.8's and 1.17 is almost entirely due to high velocity air
from the prop, meaning prop outflow is a very large part of cooling
power in a steep climb.
There is a probable prop outflow contribution in the level flight
values too, but not nearly so much, as the power settings were quite
low, and the difference between prop outflow and aircraft TAS gets
smaller as velocity goes up. It might be interesting to get some
pressure numbers with the prop stopped, for comparison.
Note, these measurements were taken several exit iterations in the
past....a small fixed exit ending at the plane of the firewall, the
smallest in the very first post.
Corsica Forever ...Remyswing (Servon, France)
Aluminium Lady has for the first time crosses Mediterranean sea
to visit Corsica. Engine has never run so smooth over the water!
"Ile de Beauté" really earns its nickname !
ALERT! - Fuel hose obstruction! ...BSwayze
So... I'm working on my firewall forward tasks, and I'm at the
point where it's finally time to install the fuel hoses to the
engine. So the first one is the short foot-long hose that goes from
the firewall fuel outlet to the engine-driven fuel pump. So I grab
the hose that's been sitting on my shelf for several years now. I
bought it new from Vans, and it's still shiny, clean, and brand new.
Just before threading it on to the fittings for a trial fit, almost
as a casual afterthought, I lifted it up and stretched it out
straight to look through it. I could barely see a bit of light
coming through it. Hmmmm... seems to me there should be more light
coming through. Maybe I don't have it straight enough. So I try it
again. Same thing. I wasn't sure if this was really unusual or not,
having never done it before. I shrugged and reached in again behind
the engine to install it. It had to be okay, it's still brand new.
Then, I thought, maybe it wouldn't hurt to run a long pin or
something down through it, just to make sure.
(the purchased flying RV-6 flight back to Alaska
Arrived at KBOI using Alaska Air & Horizon. Arrival was at 10:05 AM.
Picked up my rental car and drove over to visit/help my brother who
recently had back surgery. Spent some time helping him do some
shopping and chores around his home.
Then I drove back to the Western Aircraft ramp to get it ready for
the next leg of my flight back to Alaska.
As I pulled up to the gate Rockwood was waiting. Rockwood offered to
help look at a couple of maintenance issues. He brought some tools
and spent the afternoon helping me with doing minor maintenance.
Outstanding person and talked as we worked-he did most of the work.
He put off some flight training to help! Wonderful person!
When we found out that the spark-plug wrench wouldn't fit the
plugs-took a short drive to an auto parts store to get a couple of
tools we needed. After bore scoping a couple of the cylinders, time
to put everything back together.
Rocky did most of that by his-self while I crawled around on my back
with some de-greaser to clean the underside of the RV. Had some oil
built up the whole length from a leaky oil fill tube.
My cowling is held on by piano hinges, Rocky was able to get the
pins back in without much help from me. The final safety clip took
most of the time to install.
After getting everything back together it was time to return my
rental car, Rock followed as I returned the car and then gave a ride
back to the Western ramp.
It was near 4pm local time, it was time to depart Boise. I thanked
Rock for his help, and he left. My battery, a 6-year old Odyssey PC
680, was showing yellow charge after sitting for 6-weeeks.
June 1, 2017. Issue No.
June Wallpaper Calendar
This month is Sid Mayeux (RV-7A) imaged from the near-top of the
beat up scissor lift at the Van Cave. Due to the F.O.V. issues
involved, I had some space left over on the side. I chose to
make that a black strip for anyone with computer icons over on the
left (Windows PC). Of special note, Sid took his IFR written
test Wednesday 11:00 at my home field and passed.
You can see the rest of the pictures from the shoot
Flight Tracking / ADS-B vs APRS ...Scott
I'm hoping to do my ADSB validation flight this weekend. Messing
with the install got my wife asking me what exactly it does...I
really don't know the answer.
BUT, she also has been asking about me getting a SPOT device like I
got for my dad several years ago; I was looking at APRS tracking as
All of that said, can't she track me pretty reliably through the
ADS-B websites like ADS-B Exchange or others?
Do any of you have a favorite website, or any of them work any
better than others? Is there a reason other than geek factor for me
to get a license and do APRS if I have ADSB?
If I were to put my plane down somewhere, would ADSB give a
reasonable enough last signal for search and rescue purposes?
Thanks to you all who know more than me!
Prefabricated Fuel Lines ...Aircraft Specialty (VAF advertiser)
How much interest would there be in prefab rigid fuel
lines for the RV-12? There is no set time frame on this, and
there would be some hurdles to overcome. It may be possible to offer
rigid fuel lines that drop right into place. Some would be pre
flared, and some would need one flare put on after installation.
Any thoughts from current RV-12 builders? Or any thoughts from those
who already built lines and would have liked to have this option
If we did something like this, it would be similar to the lines we
prefab for the rv-14. They would be bent with a CNC tubing bender
and come ready to install.
Thanks in advance for the input.
RV8 Elevator Trim Servo Question (curious)
We have an RV-8 here that we did the elevator spar service
bulletin on to reinforce around one of the hinges where a crack
Unfortunately we cannot figure how the servo is attached when
re-assembling the elevator. The guy that removed the elevator is not
here. So on with the questions:
The servo appears to be a Ray Allen 8A servo (gold colored part
marking label is covered). This servo has a threaded rod sticking
out of the thick end where a Heim joint attached through the spar
itself. Here are some photos:
RV-7A Rebirthing Status Report ...kentlik
Starting work on the left side skin. Time to do that curly bend
on belly tab deal.
EGT Spike ...Jesse
I have a fuel injected engine that runs a little rough at
full power and the EGT on cylinder 4 spikes. The data log
shows 1560 on that EGT with no significant change in CHT, up
or down. When I pull power back, things seem to smooth out, and the
data log shows that EGT coming down to roughly inline with the
I have looked at the nozzle and it doesn't appear to have any
obstructions in it. I have done a flow test on the injector line,
and it flows like the others. I have tested the plugs and they fire
fine and wires are good.
Any other things to check before flying again for more data?
May 31, 2017. Issue No.
Another RV-8 is complete! ...Steve Riffe (Gunter, TX)
Just completed airworthiness inspection! 7 years and 2631+ hours.
Phase I--here I come! Mel Asberry (DAR) and me...
RV-7 Status Report ...pazmanyflyer
So while out in the sticks in the land RV my engine builder sends
me these teaser pics for the RV7 project. Fantastic weekend closing
RV-10 Status Report ...Bill Boyd
I got the doors glued up last week and I'm ready to attempt the
installation of the factory locking hardware and Sean's
excellently-made PlaneAround center latch kit.
Help Me Choose A Paint Scheme ...tfriendshuh
Formation Pilots' Knowledge Guide ...v2.0 (77pg PDF)
While trying to find my copy of the T-34 Formation Manual (never
found it), I was directed to the URL above by Stan Price on our
field. I hadn't known the F.A.S.T. folks had updated their
online manual so well, and that it was available for free
download. I got my F.A.S.T. card years ago through the
Swift group Stan is associated with.
Chock full of illustrations,
which works well for my brain. Nice to keep on the iPad.
If you didn't know about this PDF, you do now....
How to save PDF files to iBooks (iphone/iPad)
RV-14A Empennage Kit Arrives in Damaged Crate ...the factory
knows about it and is working the problem.
[ed. from a later reply.]
Frustrating .. same thing happened to my empennage kit,
looked like they drove the forklift through it .. quick inventory
of damaged parts and call to Vans and the replacement parts showed
up a few days later. Vans was great at getting it resolved quickly
and with minimal hassle.
May 30, 2017. Issue No.
Cleared for Takeoff ...waterboy2110
Received the airworthiness certificate yesterday. It's been a
long haul. Time to get serious about flight testing. Thanks to
everyone on the site for all the great info.
Another Airworthy RV-7A ...Keith Sremaniak
10 years, 2 months and 25 days after first kit arrival, i
obtained my Airworthiness Certificate today.
What a journey -
totally awesome. I cant imagine what i would have wasted all that
time on had i not built my own airplane. One that outperforms most
commercial aircraft. New friends, new places to visit, great vendors
providing quality products and great service. This forum provided
countless number of ideas and motivation to keep pounding those
rivets. So for all you just starting, keep at it. The feeling when
your DAR says OK and hands u that Cert is amazingly satisfying.
Second only im sure to the feeling that awaits me when I complete my
first flight. Thank you all!!!
The RV GRIN awaits !!
377KG RV7A out of Evoke Aviation paint shop ...Bugsy
Cant say enough good things about Jonathan at Planeschemer and
his new paint shop Evoke Aviation in Gadsden Alabama. We flew the
plane down from Milwaukee and boy was it worth it. Fiberglass work
is perfection and design/paint job a work of art. Email Jonathan at
planeschemer 'at' gmail.com to take you from design to finished
product. See you at Oshkosh.
Just pulled the trigger on tail kit ...Chris Salter RV-14
Hello all, I am new to the forum and fairly new to RV's. I have
seen RV's for years and was impressed with their looks. Then this
past September I started assisting a friend of mine with his RV9A.
He was already very far along with his build as he had all the main
kits already built but not put together.
Long story short, I assisted when I could and we got everything
together, inspected and flying in February.
The RV bug bit me and now I have pulled the trigger on a -14 tail
kit. I am looking forward to it, as I missed most all of the
construction part with the 9A.
In Your Face! Lighting Mount ...Steve Melton 3D printing
First, we now have available a Flushmount Bracket for the Garmin
G5 EFIS/HSI. It’s designed so you can mount it vertically or
horizontally (above a radio stack or beside a screen) and not have
to do any metal fabrication. Price is $59 and currently shipping.
Second, a nice RV-10 panel pic w/the new Dynon Skyview HDX
screens in it.
Anybody lose a propeller over Gainesville, TX?
(Brock Street reply) "I sent the link to the prop's owner.
The crankshaft broke while doing aerobatics. He safely flew the
plane back to the runway and is working on repairing the engine.
Thanks for posting, and I'm sure he'll contact you soon!"
Why haven't I been using this thing for the past 15 years?
My late Dad's tool set contains a small socket spring extension.
The diameter of the end is small enough to fit into the cordless,
and the right socket will work with a phillips head bit. VERY
useful for working in/out those inner screws at the cowl inlet.
Dad is smiling <g>.
May 29, 2017. Memorial
HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868
i.The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of
strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades
who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and
whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet
church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is
prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange
such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances
We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell
us, for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and
strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound
together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress
the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than
cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their
breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier
lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their
deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard
their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth
and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is
but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no
wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant
paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond
mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time
testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have
forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.
If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in
the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and
warmth of life remain to us.
Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred
remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the
choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear
old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence
renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among
us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and
sailor's widow and orphan.
ii.It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this
observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year,
while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his
departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its
friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of
the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
iii.Department commanders will use efforts to make this order
By order of
JOHN A. LOGAN,
WM. T. COLLINS, A.A.G.
May 26, 2017. Issue
Thursday I made an
morning gas run up to KGLE for gas ($3.45). Went over the
top of KDTO to maybe see some of
from the other day (all cleaned up and nothing to see). On the
way back shot the
16L ILS practice approach at KAFW - complete with a right 360*
for spacing for a King Air and (3) T-38s. Lotsa bumpy and
getting warm. After landing I sat in the lawn chair and
checked in with some emails and made some calls. The chair
calm never lasts as long as you would like it too - online work is
always calling ;^). For a little bit, though, the office view
was perfect. Something about that blue sky from the shade that
really re-calibrates my mental gyros well.
Note: The factory will be closed
Memorial Day (next Monday). Plan accordingly if you're
ordering parts, etc.
It's forecast to be windy most of the weekend here in DFW.
Hope it's nicer where you live. Wishing you and yours a happy,
safe and RV-filled weekend.
Eagle's Nest Projects - Clear Springs HS Completes Their 4th RV-12
N916EN s/n:120960 A/W Cert: 5/18/2017. Flying off Phase-1
hours - GLO Custom next week - See ya at OSH!
Pictured below are the PLTW Aerospace Engineering 2nd and 3rd period
Aside: Scott Malcomb, Director of Eagle's Nest Projects at
Circle Christian School in Florida, several years ago developed a
strong working relationship between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University and Eagle's Nest Projects and that relationship continues
today to pay dividends to Eagle's Nest build-students. Two seniors
from Eagle's Nest-Clear Springs HS, Nikki and Blake, were accepted
to Embry-Riddle's Florida campus and were told separately by the
admissions office that their participation in an Eagle's Nest build
project was a consideration in their acceptance. Congratulations
Nikki and Blake... you make us proud!
VAF Courtesy Cars & Food List Updated
...added the following, and simplified the layout. It
doesn't have to be more complicated than a simple text list IMHO.
Much easier for me to edit quickly.
USA/NV/Mesquite/67L. ‘Terrace’ at Wolf Creek
Club, (702) 345-6701. Golf course fare. 5-minute walk from transient
parking, or they will send an EZ-Go cart to pick you up from
airport. (have a few bucks ready for the fella driving.)
USA/UT/St George/KSGU. Cracker Barrel, 1736 S Convention Center Dr
(5-minute drive) Free courtesy car, sign out keys at the desk.
USA/AZ/Sedona/KSEZ. Mesa Grill. 1185 Airport Rd (5 minute Walk).
Great view of approach area and USS Sedona.
USA South Carolina, Barnwell, SC. KBNL. Courtesy car as well as
snacks and drinks. Local restaurant is Anthony’s, about 4 minutes
away. Very friendly, and cheap fuel, as well as unleaded 93 octane
USA Maine - Auburn Lewiston Airport - KLEW - Backwoods BBQ. Located
right in the terminal building and open 207-753-1746
USA Maine - Augusta - KAUG - Sweet Chili Thai. Great Thai food
located right in the terminal building. 207-621-8575
USA Maine - Belfast - KBST - Off the hook Shuckin Shack. Great fresh
seafood. About 1/4 mile walk down the access road to the airport on
the left. Picnic tables outside. Open 7 days a week. 207-338-3852
USA Maine - Limington - 63B - Runway Restaurant. Located right
across the street off the 29 end of the airport. 207-637-2210
USA Maine - Oxford - 81B - Oxford Grill & Bar. Located at Oxford
Casino a few miles from the airport but they will pick you up at the
airport if you call ahead. 207539-6700 oxfordcasino.com/dining
USA Maine - Sanford - KSFM - Cockpit Cafe. Classic fly-in restaurant
located right in the FBO building. Great breakfast and lunch.
USA New Hampshire - Hampton - 7B3 - Airfield Cafe. Classic little
airport and restaurant located right at the airport. Great breakfast
and lunch. 603-964-1654 theairfieldcafe.com
USA New Hampshire - Franconia - 1B5 - Franconia Inn. Grass strip in
northern New Hampshire right across the street from the Franconia
Inn. Serves breakfast till 9:30 and dinner in the evening.
USA New Hampshire - Laconia - KLCI - Kitchen Cravings. Beautiful
restaurant located in a former bank building across the runway from
the FBO. You can walk or they FBO usually has a courtesy car and if
not they'll give you a ride over and pick you up. Serve breakfast
and lunch 7 days a week. 603-528-0001 kitchencravingsnh.com
USA New Hampshire - Nashua - KASH - Midfield Cafe. Located right at
the airport. Serve breakfast and lunch. 603-594-0930
USA New Hampshire - Jaffery - KAFN - Kimball Farm Restaurant.
Located a few hundred yards from the 34 end of the runway. Seasonal
serving fantastic seafood and homemade ice cream. 603-532-5765
USA Massachusetts - Stow (Minuteman Field) - Nancy's Airfield Cafe.
Serve some of the best food you'll ever get at a small airport.
Right in the FBO building. 978-897-3934 nancysairfieldcafe.com
USA Massachusetts - Lawrence - KLWM - China Blossom Restaurant.
Terrific Chinese food with great buffet located right at the end of
the access road to the airport. 978-682-2242 chinablossom.com
USA Massachusetts - Lawrence - KLWM - Dominic's Diner. Serve
breakfast breakfast and lunch right in the main terminal building.
USA Massachusetts - Martha's Vineyard - KMVY - Plane View
Restaurant. Located right at the airport. 508-693-1886
USA Massachusetts - Chatham - KCQX - Hanger B. Located right at the
airport serving breakfast and lunch. 508-593-3655 hangerbcapecod.com
USA Rhode Island - Block Island - KBID - Bethany's Diner. Right in
the FBO building. Wonderful place to eat with indoor and outdoor
May 25, 2017. Issue
Safe Margin of Tread Wear ...Blain
Been spending most of my time shooting landings. Have tire wear
to show for it.
Not sure how far to run these out before they become subseptible to
puncture. Flying off good pavement but there is always the chance of
sharp rocks, etc.
Do I wait until cord is showing?
Haven't done that since high school.
What Happens If You Don't Change Your Engine Oil? ...nigelspeedy
My engine is fitted with a filter so by rights I could change the
oil at 50 hours but given that it is the single most expensive part
of the plane changing it at 25 hours seems like a reasonable idea.
Since new I have sent a sample away for analysis. Well all good
intentions but SnF came up when I had 20 hours on the oil and I was
in a rush getting ready so I pressed on to 50 hours before the next
change. Turns out engine oil gets dirty as you can see in the
attached plot. Pretty normal but the second to last sample is the
one with 50 hours on it then back to normal with a 25 hour change at
the end. So I guess the good news is that even small changes are
picked up. What I am not sure of is the major source for each of the
different metals detected. Seriously where does Lycoming use Silver
in an IO-360?
So for my continuing education and recreation where does the
majority of the metals come from.
While the graph for an individual engine will show variations from
its normal state are there any published absolute limits for these
Check my Data Tag ...Deuelly
Just made a sample tag this morning. Before I do the final
rendition is there anything I need or don't need? Is there something
you would add I don't have?
New Guy Chimes In ...Bryan (Frisco, TX)
Been watching from the sidelines for a few years now. Just jumped
in and bought the RV-7 tail this week. A leap of faith since I've
never even been in one and have no tail wheel time.
Any particulars I should begin with? Or probably more important,
things I shouldn't do?
Anybody building in North Texas?
Thank you Wind Gods (200kt GS Club) ...Jetj01
Best master switch saver?...BruceMe
I'm handy with electronics and I'm sick of killing my battery
because I forget to turn off the master... I know, this is a "millenial
problem" like FADEC and glass panels. But it's getting old and a $5
circuit can fix it.
•Must not accidentally turn off on final after a long flight (simple
•Must have very-very low current when off (<1pA)
•Be cheap and reliable
•Avoid failing-off... ie if it dies, stay on
Use a micro-controller connected to a sensitive vibration detector
that resets a one-hour timer. After one hour of
near-total-non-movement or 2 seconds of holding the power-switch;
then collapse the power supply and de-energy the master solenoid. An
LED would indicate "On" when solid, blink when in some state of
It would be installed in place of the master switch on an aircraft
and could be built using a single LED momentary switch.
•ATTINY85 (8-pin micro controller)
•LED Power Switch
•3.3 volt regulator
•5 - Resistors
•2 - Capacitors
I'll post an updates as I'm building and when it's done.
Announcement: Introducing the VIRB 360
May 24, 2017. Issue
Amateur Built, Amateur Maintained ;^) ...crabandy
Almost made it to 50 hours this time for oil change/air
filter/general look-see under the cowl service. It's more fun for
everyone when they are challenged and involved, this supervisor was
Bodie and Lone Pine ...Joe Rainbolt RV-7A
What's in a Name (Proud of those Kids!) ...Bob Kelly
Tonight the kids building an RV-12 at Columbus North HS (Indiana)
picked a name for their plane. It will be known as "Jeanne,"
named for a Columbus graduate, Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck. She took
flying lessons while in her senior year of HS.
Jeanne, born in 1912, went from Columbus to graduate with honors
from Washington State. In 1941, while working as a swimming
instructor in Honolulu, she watched as Pearl Harbor was bombed. This
inspired her to join the WASP.
She was working as a test pilot when a red lined (previously
grounded for control problems) BT-13 she was evaluating came apart
on final. She was killed. She is the only civilian woman we know of
that was given a military escort and funeral. She has been honored
many times, but one more certainly won't hurt. I know her nephew,
who was 13 when she was killed (1944.) I expect he will be thrilled.
We often lament our younger generation, and how little they seem to
relate to our history and heritage. It isn't always true.
AviationNation attempts to work some history into our build
projects, and it must work. I was proud to see these kids discuss
the naming of the plane, and agree on "Jeanne." There is a lot on
the web about her, and googling the name brings up some interesting
reading. It would be worth a few minutes of your time.
RV-12 Status: Done ...waterboy2110
Students from Georgetown High School and East View
High School have built a fully functional airplane as part of
Georgetown ISD's Aerospace Engineering course. Please join us for
the unveiling of the student-built Vans RV-12 and
ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 25, 2017. We encourage you to
come experience the student-built airplane for yourself.
A Shout Out to Stein ...Paul Bonorden RV-6A
Just started installing the one that I received from Stein. Very
We had some Wx in the area Tuesday morning around 0300.
Denton airport, a few miles north had several flight school aircraft
turned upside down. More pics
RV-10 Door Lock is broken..can you help?
The key was put in the barrel on the left hand main door and the
barrel then broke away with the key in it. It was my passenger, not
me, so am not sure how much force was applied.
Just trying to source the aftermarket part - any help would be
appreciated. We have spoken to VANS and they suggested a post here.
Thankfully the handle still works, it is just the locking mechanism!
May 23, 2017. Issue
RV-7A Facilitates Boat Repair in San Juan Islands ...Capt. Sandy
There are plane repairs in exotic places, and boat repairs in
exotic places. This weekend our RV-7A rescued our boat. Roy and I
flew from KHIO to KORS to get our boat ready for the sailing season.
We had a GREAT flight up. The weather was clear and the islands
lovely. And of course, the boat needed work, because, well, it is a
boat. The Jib needed repair and no sail repair places to be found in
the islands. Roy came to the rescue and schlepped our 135 Jib to a
sail loft in Bellingham. Much Thanks to Tony at KORS for the use of
the crew car, and the kind folks in Bellingham also.
Now I Know Why I Built an RV...David Perl (Watford, UK)
I finished my 7A 18 months ago. Ive enjoyed 100 hours of fun
flying around the UK, gradually making longer trips with the local
flying club i joined.
This weekend was a highlight. I flew across the English channel
intro France with a Cirrus and 3 other pilots. We spent 2 days
landing at 8 airfields around Paris. We stayed over saturday night
and enjoyed some wonderful French cuisine.
The weather was perfect, the company fun and the plane behaved
Definitely a highspot to file in my memory banks and made the 5
years of building all the more worthwhile. The more I fly the RV the
more i enjoy it. And when i landed back at my home field, a yellow
Swiss registered RV7 landed. The weekend was rounded off with a
pleasant chat with the builder, his second RV7 and true to form, his
build was immaculate, just like a Swiss Watch.
RV-9A Status Report ...Andy C. (Kalamazoo, MI)
Moving onward to the fuel tank assembly! Was looking forward to
the wet riveting that I've read so many nice builder reports about.
All in all not that tough though. The worst part so far, is my
stupid Harbor Freight digital scale, it turns off automatically in
about 10 seconds.... I guess they figure that you can weigh a letter
in that amount of time. So have to work around that little nuisance.
So yea, it's messy and you have to clean tools up constantly, and
the sealant is sticky, but this isn't the hardest job I've done so
far on this project.
Note that if your glove tears and you get the fuel tank sealant on
your thumb, and it turns sort of black locally, it does wear off no
problem (in about a week).
RV-7A Rebirthing ...kentlik
Rudder pedals and framework installed...
May 22, 2017. Issue
There could be no other top story ;^).
Audrey Reeves. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
May 20, 2017. PhD program to come.
More info when I have it...
11 years ago...
17 years ago...
20 years ago...
RV-14 Build Log N829MS
It's more of an overview.... ;^)
Mitch Lock Day RV Fly-In @ W29, 6/10/17
As everyone knows by now Mitch Lock, previously the East Coast
Vans Rep, is now the president of Vans Aircraft. In celebration of
this there is an RV fly-in scheduled on June 10th from 10-2 at W29,
Bay Bridge Airport.
Helen Wood who owns Chesapeake Sport Pilot is hosting the event and
will be providing lunch for everyone.
W29 Bay Bridge Airport is located on the shore line of the
Chesapeake Bay on Kent Island right next to the legendary Bay
Bridge, outside of the DC SFRA. We hope to have RV's in every
crevice of the airport so please come out and congratulate Mitch in
RV Formation Flight at Corsicana Airshow ...vids
Status Report ...Jereme Carne RV-7A
Well after taking a few days off of building due to being sick I
am finally back in the game! I got the left elevator parts primed
and started working on "the first" trim tab. Bending the trailing
edge was nice as it came out almost perfect! I did however mess up
bending the ears and have to reorder a trim tab skin (bend buckled
in a bit so I can't just cut it off) but oh well, looks like I will
join the multi try trim tab club.
I will however abandon this joke of a process and go the riblet
method now. I suspected this would be the case but I wanted to try
the Van's way first if only to learn more.
Status Report ...David Paule -3B
May 19, 2017. Issue
This weekend is special for our family - Audrey walks across the
stage at SMU. Chemistry degree....CHECK. If I understand
her correctly, we're not going to the BIG event where hundreds and
hundreds of people walk across the stage for hours, but instead a
smaller one for the chemistry types. Maybe Monday I'll have a
picture of the graduate to share. Susie's 92yr old mother will
be attending, as well as my sister from Houston. Audrey
pictured at right working with SMU's nuclear magnetic resonance
spectroscopy hardware (NMR).
Here's a 47pg PDF entitled "An Introduction to NMR Spectroscopy
off the SMU website. She understands it. I don't.
My usual 'but I can land a plane' argument is seeming more
and more insignificant these days. ;^). As it should be.
Next item on her list....PhD. She's motivated - the exact opposite
of me at that age. Rest assured you'll be kept in the loop
regarding her research projects <g>. To say we're proud
parents is an understatement.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Out of the Paint Shop ...Lorne Montgomery (GLO Custom)
Intro ...Dave Mills of Warrenton, VA
Finally getting started on my build journey. I bought my
tail kit many years ago. Just after it arrived I started a new job,
moved many states, bought a house, got married had a child. Things
always got in the way. Recently divorced and settled in
to my new life. I have a young son that's been flying with me since
age 3. I also have a wonderful woman in my life now that is very
supportive. Actually make that EXTREMELY supportive of my aviation
In the next months I hope to have tools, work area, etc all in
place. I will definitely be a part time builder 15-18 hours
per week. I added up TV time and various time wasted activities. If
I discontinue such I'll have plenty of time and I'll have something
to show for it.
The goal is pay as you go so I hope to have the big ticket items
saved up for by the time they are due. At my projected build rate
that should give me many years before I reach that point. This is my
pre and post retirement airplane. I want it paid for before I
I have decided my mission to mostly be me enjoying the airplane.
Maybe a GIB on occasion and my future spouse riding out for Saturday
breakfast. I have decided to continue with my original choice of an
Always looking for pointers. It will be a slow build and part timer
Must haves list. These are not negotiable
1) Alodine and epoxy prime airframe ( I live on the east coast and
will retire on the beach in FL eventually)
2) Trim...electric!!! #laziness
3) Fuel injection
I'm 70/30 constant speed vs a fix pitch. VFR instrument panel but
design modularity for ease of upgrade to IFR should I change my
mind. My take on spending an additional 10k to infinity $$$ on IFR
is that I'll be saving money and NOT flying. Rather have a VFR
machine and $10k gas money instead.
I want to get the alodine and prime process down to an efficient
level. I understand it will slow the build but it's important to me.
Just looking for tips on how to incorporate this process into my
build effective and efficiently.
I've been a long time lurker on here. Many thanks to all of you past
and future. Created a user name and paid my dues. I also
reserved my N number. Small steps but it's progress.
I'm predicting a conservative 2024 completion date. Wish me luck...
Cracks in Engine Mount Powdercoat ...prkaye
Doing my annual recently I noticed these cracks in the Engine
Mount finish... I assume these cracks are only in the Powder Coat,
but I thought I'd post them here for opinions... should I be worried
about these, or do anything specific about them?
RV-7A UL Power Update ...taverroi
Firewall Forward is 95% Complete.
Weve been waiting on a 3 Screen G3X System. They wont be available
for a few more weeks its seems. Initail panel work should begin in
the next 2 weeks Id say.
Cowling work is being adjusted to give a scosh more clearance from
componants. We want it to be right the first time so taking the time
to make that happen.
Its coming along. Steadily working.
Attached is a pic of what the final product has been planned to
kinda look like. Its just rendering from my X-Panel Software. The
round instrument by the throttle is the Electric prop controller..I
just put something there the same size for now. Remember this is a
FADEC Controlled Engine so no mixture.
Any Suggestion based on what you see here for the panel would be
received and accepted well!
May 18, 2017. Issue
My ISP had some issues on a piece of hardware between my box (and
others) and the web around 2:30pm DFW time Wednesday. Affected
more sites than just me. Down for ~1hr. It wasn't
ransomware ;^). Sorry if you tried to get on and couldn't.
Unrelated and in the motivation column, Audrey texted Susie and me
today that she is going to be published in a scientific journal.
How cool is that!!! I'll post a URL when I have something, and
I don't expect to understand much of it ;^). But still...neat.
Almost Ready to go to the Airport ...Simon Hitchen RV-7 (Port
Videos in my RV-8 ...Planenut
I am about to retire from the Canadian Owners and Pilots
Association and I planned a RV8 trip across Canada. I've been taking
good POV videos: I mounted camera externally but footage is static
and gets boring, I tried handheld inside the cockpit better but
canopy glare. I want to take sensational videos footage, especially
over the Rockies.
I think this installation will provide all I need for extraordinary
Alternate fuel pickup ...gyoung RV-6
I'm starting to work on these tanks for the partially completed
kit I picked up 15 years ago. It appears the original builder had a
different idea for the fuel pickup and reversed the original pickup
fitting, possibly for a return. I've already modified the left tank
for a flop tube so I'm only concerned with the right. I do need a
return in the right for my AFP purge valve so I'm tempted to leave
it as is. I don't see any inherent problems with this pickup but I
might move the return lower and switch to a -4 fitting to match the
return hose. Any comments?
For the sharp-eyed among you, that IS
the left sender plate in the right tank. Discovered after the photo.
May 17, 2017. Issue
RV-10 Build Begins ...SeanM
Found Broken Start Ring Cogs ..David Domeier
Am doing condition inspection and have had to replace the start
ring on fly wheel due to 4 broken gear cogs.
The issue is kick back from electronic ignition on start. In talking
with Robert Paisley, this is happening because I do not have back up
12 volts for the system. Voltage drops during start and EI looses
its brain and fires way off schedule.
I stopped using EI for start some time ago when this happened
repeatedly. It does not happen starting with left impulse coupled
mag. I have mag hooked up to top plugs so it starts very easily.
When engine is running smoothly, turn on EI. No big deal.
It is not a starter issue, am using Sky-Tec NL unit, it spins engine
very nicely and its gear cogs are like new.
200kts in Level Flight ...tfriendshuh
RV fly in, May 20 2017, east Canada ...Gilles Lessard
We are hosting our second annual fly-in for RVs. Last year we
have participants from Quebec, Nova Scotia and Maine, USA.
It will be held on Saturday may 20 at Saint-Georges Airport in
Quebec. (CYSG) (reset on Sunday 21 in case of bad temperature)
Every type of aircraft will be welcome
Lunch on site
We hope to see a lot of RVs !!
If you'd like more details soon give me an email: gilesard 'at'
Introduction of New-Style Carb Floats ...David Heal
(RV-12 folks) FYI -- ROTAX has issued an SI describing
their new-style replacement carb floats.
Free 6 Month Membership in the IAC ...Ron Schreck
proud to announce that the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) is now
an advertiser on Van's Air Force. IAC is continuing it's popular
"Join for Free" campaign. With a
free 6-month membership you will get access to the digital
archive of Sport Aerobatics magazine and access to the entire
IAC.org web site where you can find aerobatic instruction in
your area and a wealth of information on getting started in one of
the most challenging and fun sports in all of aviation. You
may recognize the RV featured in the IAC banner ad. That's Jerry
Esquenazi"s beautiful RV-8, also pictured below. Jerry is new to IAC
competition aerobatics and has managed to bring home a second place
trophy in the Sportsman category at his second competition at
Dunnellon, Florida this Spring.
Not sure if IAC competition is for
you? Only about 10% of IAC members participate in competitive
aerobatics! Many are there to volunteer at IAC events as judges,
starters, registrars, tech inspectors, etc. They just want to be a
part of the events and enjoy the social aspects of IAC
participation. There are IAC events that reward your passion
for aerobatics in non-competitive ways that also improve your
piloting skills such as the
IAC Achievement Awards program. There is something for everyone
Still not sure if aerobatic competition is for you? Join me at the
IAC Pavilion at AirVenture 2017. I will be giving a forum
presentation on Friday, July 28th at 10:00AM on
"What to Expect at Your First IAC Contest". Following the forum
I'll be available to field any questions.
Your first step is to take advantage of the
6-month free membership in IAC. I hope you will join us.
KFFC RV Spring Fly-In near Atlanta ...May 20th
What is this "clamp" on the prop governor?
In checking out the engine compartment, I saw this silver colored
clamp on the end of the prop governor:
You are looking down on the governor.
What is it's function? Nothing seems to be attached to it.
Also, it's on there very solidly but there doesn't seem to be a lock
washer and the head of the screw has a hole in it...probably for
safety wiring. But there is no flange or place to run a safety wire
except around the screw/nut assembly.
What is this part? What is it's function? And how would one go about
safety wiring it?
May 16, 2017. Issue
RV Grin ...Rob Traynham
My three year old granddaughter went for her first RV7 ride with
her dad today. Photo says it all!
Formation Flight Practice Never Ends ...lucaperazzolli (Italy)
Slow northern Italy spring gave us some pre-season activity
RVs are totally fun machine as I said after my first flight in 2010
they give an "Irresistible Euphoria"
New Guy Checking In ...JoopSJ (Netherlands)
The kit is ordered and the adventure is going to begin.
VAF was of great importance to me while preparing myself for
deciding to jump-in as well as deciding what to build. I want
to thank the host DR for providing this forum as well the members
providing all the valuable information.
It's going to be an RV-7/Slider. The adventure will start in
September as my son and myself will join the empennage building
class at Synergy.
I am an airline pilot planning to retire in the near future. Flying
an RV feels like going back to the source of my career when I
started sport flying, more than 40 years ago. Building it myself
feels like connecting the last dot to complete the circle.
Best regards, Joop
Can Somebody w/a Flying RV Give Eric a Builder Motivation RV Flight?
....Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Credit for this idea goes to
Bob Collins in
this reply. [ed. Eric later ordered new parts and is
continuing, BTW. v/r,dr]
New Guy Checking In ...Jeff (Oregon)
Hey y'all, I've finally been making a little progress on this
RV-3 project. I've never done the chat-room thing before, but I
figured it's time to get a little community now that I'm spending
time on the ‘ol -3. Just making a test on this section here. I am
looking for some info on type-II wings; I'll post details on the -3
Mother's Day Delivery
(crabandy) The RV sure makes traveling easy, kinda ironic after
all that work. A Mothers Day special delivery to Grandma....
New Advertiser Helping Support This Site
Aerobatic Club (IAC)
They do this stuff...and you can too.
May 15, 2017. Issue
me for a short .2hr flight Saturday morning here in the DFW area
around 0730 when the winds were 00000kt and the OAT 59*F. CAVU.
I asked her just before we took the runway what she wanted to look
at. "Cows." I can pull this mission off! 'Airspeed
alive, positive rate, cows on your left...' Short flight, but
very high quality.
We don't get many mornings like this past Saturday. I hope you had
nice Wx also, and got to spend some time off the surface in your RV
(or in the shop working toward that goal). Sunday was spent at
Mass, continuing the climb up Mt. Email, working in the home office
on admin tasks......and doing anything Susie said (Mother's Day).
RV's to the Caribbean, From the Right Seat ...Capt Sandy
Hello RV'ers. Roy and I joined the trip to the Antilles. Here is
a write-up from the right-seat perspective, and some photos to
share. We had a GREAT time. More info to come, on our time in the
Hoping to see your project and find out what I'm in for
I am just hoping to swing by and admire your project and talk
I am hoping to build an rv-14 (not 100% sure). I am military serving
in Japan and am currently in Altus Oklahoma for some
flight training. one of these weekends before I go back home I was
hoping to be able to talk face to face with some builders.
Cowl fitting issues ...madmaveric
I'm in the process of fitting the cowling but have come across an
issue, I've searched on here but I can only see issues with spinner
clearance and nothing around the back of the cowling.
I cut both cowls to the scribe lines and fitted the bottom cowling
with the two holes wither side as per plans and then added the lower
hinge. All seemed to be going good and I was happy with the fit.
Update on Making Metal ...Martin Pred
Since last year I installed the magnetic drain plug and ran
through a couple oil changes. At first I thought I was within the
Lycoming limit of 20-40 hairlike ferrous particles of 1/16" or
smaller. Now I'm starting to think I'm exceeding that limit. Here's
what it looked like yesterday:
Pretty in Purple ...bruceh
I added a whole new folder of picture galleries documenting the
Painting saga. Here's the beauty shot with a bit of Instagram
Rivet Corner Bracket Deals on Top ...kentlik
So, final drilled a lot of holes...just scanning the fuse to
figure out what I have skipped over as I have to jump around a bit.
I thought I posted this yesterday but don't see it so maybe I messed
So there I was applying some colour to various bits and pieces at
last. I had this painting thing nailed, the prep was done and the
paint was going on nicely, no runs, no orange peel, nice coverage
without being too heavy. Life was good... and then this happened!!
This is the inboard rear corner of one of my elevators. I was in the
process of suspending it from a hook in the roof of the spray booth
when the support wire slipped from my hand and it hit the floor!!
Needless to say I was less than happy and all I wanted to do at that
moment was start flinging tools around the workshop. After I stopped
calling myself all the idiot names I could think of I actually
decided to clean up and call it a day.
So now I am asking the collective wisdom here for any suggestions/guidence
to fix this. I'm thinking I should be able to carefully manipulate
this back into shape fairly easily but if anyone knows of any
potential 'gotchas' I am all ears.
Another RV-8 Panel Leaves the Shop ...Walt
May 12, 2017. Issue
Wishing you and
yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. And Happy Mothers
Day to all the moms out there.
GRT Upgraded Panel ...Dvalcik
I pulled the trigger and upgraded my GRT panel in my RV12. I had
been holding out for the 8.4 HRx touch.
Another 10 Gets Its Interior
This RV-10 got a full interior upgrade. Looks like it was done by
a custom interior shop. Nope! It was installed by Philip, Kristine
and Steve from Tucson Arizona. They purchased a full interior kit
from South Florida Sport Aviation and installed it themselves. Great
job guys! Beautiful Airplane!
Squawk code TFR intercept ...Turbo
did my BFR yesterday in the r-44 and today in the rv6. didn't
know there was an intercept code for TFR busting but my helo
instructor brought it up and i had never heard of such a thing but
we found with google, not finding it in the AIM. there it was, very
lucky numbers in vegas but not very lucky in a TFR incursion case,so
now you can rock your wings, listen on 121.5, follow the jet the way
he is flying and squawk 7777. hope you never need this one. busted
Time to throw in the towel ...epaslick RV-12
I don't appear to have what it takes to build an RV-12, so I'm
thinking it's coming time to bring this unpleasant disaster to a
[ed. You'll be happy to read later
in the thread Eric has a change of heart. And I remember
having those same feelings, Eric!!! Just means you're normal
Tate's Collision Repair Project
Some of you might know our son Tate is taking a collision repair
class at his high school (he's in 10th grade). Please excuse
me bragging a bit, showing off his hood painting project. It's
got some cartoon logo on it that the kids would understand.
The kid can paint!
May 11, 2017. Issue
You might have seen
Alex's air-conditioned RV-14A that went up for sale here on the
front page yesterday. I told him I thought it would sell in 24
hours - the first 14A going up for sale (we think). I was
wrong....he had a deposit in his hand in 18. How cool is that?
Very happy for my friend, the buyer, and I'll let you know if
RV Hotel Birthday Party
It's my wife's birthday today and Rob Handberg's tomorrow, so we
are having a birthday party while they stay at the RV Hotel on their
way from California to the Bahamas!
Another -10 gets its wings ...Jason McKay
Sorry no pictures to post but the inspection went very well and
I'm looking forward to phase 1 which I was informed is only 25 hours
due to the engine and prop combo I purchased from Vans. Bonus!
I'd like to thank everyone on this site. The amount of knowledge and
willingness to help was/is a huge help. By no way am I done but at
least when the weather is nice I no longer have to watch others
sneak away for the day.
All the best!
Article on RVs in news-press.com
New Member in Denver ...welcome Seth Andrews
Hello there! New member in Denver buying a RV10 project in the
next week. Any Denver RV 10 owners here?
Pic from Day Before First Flight ...Chattin35
Status Report: 7A ...jcarne
Just finished the right elevator today after spend 2.5 hrs
rolling the edges yesterday. Rolling the edges on the elevator I
thought were waaaay more difficult than the rudder.
New Panel w/AHRS ...WingnutWick
just finished ripping out my all my old heavy steam gauges and
re-designed and built the panel with a modular system. Using a hard
mounted/powered iPad with quick release fasteners for ease of
removal when desired. Powered by iLevil AHRS (with air data inputs)
and a stratus backup AHRS. New Dynon D-10 EMS with all new plugs and
custom push button start. USB chargers and music inputs installed as
DID YOU KNOW the difference between new and established insurance
(VAF advertiser) "Insurance companies can come and go over
time, aviation insurance is no different. Occasionally, a brand new
insurance company enters the market. As it often happens, they start
by offering lower rates or better coverage to “buy their way into
the market.” To be informed, there are some questions to be
answered: Are they a start-up or is it an established insurer that
has decided to enter the aviation market? Will they be offering a
full line of policies or are they only interested in a niche market?
What financial rating have they earned? At Gallagher, a company must
have at least an “A” rating for us to offer their products. We
require this to protect you. Experience has shown that lower rated
companies seldom survive long term."
May 10, 2017. Issue
RVs in Switzerland ...newt
Couple of months ago, I
posted on VAF to say I was visiting Zürich on a work trip: Are
there any RV people in Switzerland?
Near immediate contact from lots of people - far more than I
imagined, given my impression of EASA territory was that it was
near-prohibitively expensive and bureaucratic for E/AB aviation. But
no, it's positively thriving.
Marcel (mzund on VAF) is building an RV-4 near Geneva. As
luck would have it, he was visiting Sydney, and I caught up with him
at Wedderburn. He had pics on his phone showing spectacular mountain
scenery, and landing a cub on skis on glaciers near Mont Blanc.
I locked in a visit to his field.
Airworthiness Cert Issued! ...Phil
It's been a while since I've posted but wanted to share another
certificate being issued. Vic Syracuse made the trip to Texas for me
yesterday and performed the inspection. Many thanks to him for
coming out of the area and spending an entire day to perform my
inspection. He's built two RV-10's, inspected many more, and I
really wanted his experience with the airframe in going over it one
I had the paper work ready about a week early, we had reviewed it
together before his trip, and everything was in order. No surprises
and a relatively straightforward process. I've never certified a
plane before, so this was my first rodeo and it really wasn't that
bad if you've got a good inspector to guide you through the process.
I can't thank him enough for going out of his way to get here.
RV-7A Rebirthing Update ...kentlik
I managed a few photos of the firewall prep and installation. I
had my firewall finished but needed to remove the main brackets from
each corner as I am using the original firewalls brackets, they were
in excellent shape.
Status Report ...RV7ForMe pics
So I am done with most of the riveting but I had left out a few
hard to reach rivets on the rudder & elevators. I asked Vans about
using pop rivets as the plans do say I can use the CS4-4. There is a
problem with that.
Planet Earth's First 'For Sale' RV-14A...I think.
...my buddy Alex De Dominicis (my RV-6 transition trainer back in
the day - got my tailwheel endorsement with him also). Selling
due to job change that conflicts with his ability to do RV training
for a few years. Out of phase 1.
43 hours TT. Ready to paint.
(5/10 Update: Sale pending after
being online for 18hrs. Deposit in Alex's hand and he'll let
me know if something changes. v/r,dr)
Link to larger pictures
(2) Airflow Systems Oil
The Game is Afoot Again ...with kiddo #2
Tate and the fam are beginning the 'ol college hunt. We had
a college fair at the high school the other day and we went (Tate is
in 10th grade). SMU wasn't there (Audrey's college), but as
always I'm pushing schools w/in 1 tank of RV avgas. ;^) The
brochures we grabbed below...
Love those kids.
May 9, 2017. Issue
Got the "PINK" slip ...Dorfie RV-10
Vic Syracuse flew into KLEX this weekend and did the final
inspection on my RV10, serial No 40596. GOT THE PINK SLIP!!! Thanks
Vic for taking the time and effort to fly to me. Thanks to VAF
site and its contributors for all the good advice and support
through many years. I surely dug deep into it all and a lot of those
ideas were incorporated into my project. This is now the start
of the next phase in the life of this RV10. May it be many safe,
trouble free and pleasant flights!
Best wishes and thank you from a happy builder, soon flyer!!.
252kts GS ...Rusty Cr4awford
Rusty Crawford sent me this shot today from his 7A.
"On my way to Ohio this week for work, I experienced a nice
tailwind. I was cruising at 11500 feet 172 knots true airspeed, 57%
power, lean of peak, 7.7 gallons an hour fuel flow, 32.72 nautical
miles per gallon. Works out to 80 knot tailwind. Of course, what
comes around goes around though, terrible head winds, bad weather
and icing coming home. But it's all good. The "Working Girl" is
flying very nice with your SDS system."
Work With What You Have...the dummy doesn't muck it up for
Monday a.m. the winds were light, so I took the used-by-many-Cub
up for a few minutes to re-center my flying chakras (or something
like that). Saw what looked like somebody burning trash off in
the distance. As I got a little closer it looked more like a
grass fire. When I arrived it turned out to be oil pumping
equipment burning AND a grass fire....and I just might be the first
person to know about it. I could see flames around the pump.
Not many houses out here.
In the RV I would have called KAFW tower
on 135.15, hit IDENT and asked them to relay to the proper folks.
But the Cub has 1) no radio and 2) no XPNDR.
So what are you going
I trimmed the Cub for a slight climb so I could more
easily keep the wings level with rudder only. Hands are now
free to use the smartphone. 250' agl and 48mph - the phone
will work just fine. I got about halfway through Googling
'Northlake Police Department' when I decided I wouldn't be able
to hear them (I wear shooting muffs in the plane - no comm, so no
phone bluetooth tie in).
Plan B. I took a
selfie* picture, then started GoogleMaps on my
phone and held down my finger on the map to give me my lon/lat.
Got a screen capture (below). Annotated the image with my
finger and texted the note and pics to Monkey back at 52F (I'd seen
him before I took off). He'll figure it out.
About three minutes later I got the text below.
I'm guessing he's been waiting his whole life to use that phrase
<g>. I admit it made me laugh out loud. Later he said
the hardest part was getting the point across that he only had lat/lon,
and that he was passing on a message from a pilot with no radio - he
couldn't actually see it. 911 forwarded him to the Justin FD,
and they figured it out fast.
Plan C was going to be land at a grass strip a few
miles away and call myself. Using Randy was faster, and I'm
jazzed it worked. Good times.
*I did not take a selfie...
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May 8, 2017. Issue
First Flight: RV-12 (and video) ...Paul Straub
Aerobatic Contest: Apple Valley, CA ...Gash PIREP
I'm at the Duel in the Desert aerobatic contest at the Apple
Valley, CA airport. I'm competing in the Sportsman category with my
RV-8. We were only able to fly once today before the winds went out
of limits. We should be able to get in one flight tomorrow morning
before it gets too windy again.
I'm the only RV competing here. A couple RV-4 pilots stopped in
yesterday during the practice day to check out all the activity. It
was nice to see other RV pilots here, if only to say howdy.
All Done ...Lyle
Well she's all finished. Took 9.5 years. I built and painted the
plane. First flight was on April22/2017 and she flew great, no
issues. I now have 10 hours on her flying off my 25 hours. As a side
note to Canadian builders, apply for your certificate of
registration early, it took 3 months from Transport Canada to get
this done, ridiculous.
Top Skin Blind Rivets (RV-8/8A) ...cdeerinck
Two questions here:
1) Does anyone know why the plans call for two different rivets as
indicated below by the purple arrows? This is for the RV-8 top skin
over the avionics and luggage areas. The row that attaches the skin
to the firewall calls for 3-5 rivets, but those two call for 3-4
rivets. The material is the same thickness throughout. I can't for
the life of me figure out why.
Erratic Ammeter Readings ...bardample
I need some help. I have a single Dynon Skyview in my RV7 with a
recently installed EarthX ETX680 Lithium FePo4battery, a Plane Power
60 A Alternator (internal Regulator) . My ammeter measures
Alternator output( Position B as per Dynon).
For 2 recent successive flights, my' amps low' warning flashed and
the ammeter was reading erratically minus 8-25A and occasionally
reading normal( i.e. pos 6-7A). Throughout these flights of several
hours bus voltage remained at 14.1- 14.2v. If I flicked the
Alternator off and then on again the ammeter reading would briefly
read 'normal' + 6-7 Amp for a few moments before returning to
erratic negative values. I assumed that the fault lay with the
ammeter connections or in the EMS monitor of the Skyview.
200kt GS Club ...Chris Johnson 9A
200kt GS Club ...brad walton
Shield Against Magnetic Fields ...pierre smith
We flew to the Bahamas in February and my D-100 was 40 degrees
off...usually spot on so I asked the other three passengers what
they had packed. Turns out that my buddy had packed his C-Pap
machine and it has a motor in it, apparently with fixed magnets in
it. After we landed and unpacked, the D-100 was spot on again.
On the return trip, we changed the location of the C-Pap and were
off 20 degrees. I wonder if wrapping it in aluminum foil would
shield the interference to my magnetometer. Any
Best Air to Air Shot ...SuperCubDriver pics
RV-3B Construction Status Report ...David Paule
Marked and trimmed the F-326 aft bottom fuselage skin so that I
can start fitting the larger tailcone bottom skin F-325.
Got My -9A Back! ...Dbro172
I'm happy to announce that my bird is coming back to the nest. An
opportunity came out of the blue and I couldn't pass it up. Her
keeper took exceptional care of it and cant wait to fly it home in
the next week or so. Might have to head to KOSH this year!
Induction Tube Boot Alternative ...Toobuilder
There has been plenty of discussion about induction tube boots
lately so I thought I'd share the direction I'm taking with
reinforced silicone hose and constant tension clamps.
Disclaimer- I have not flown this yet so I have no idea if this hose
will live up to its promise of long service life, but its cheap
enough to experiment with.
The hose is a 12" length procured from Summit which was easily cut
into 2" boots with a utility knife. The clamps are Roto Clip brand
ILS Practice w/the Yoga Instructor
Susie went up with me Saturday morning for a quick hop over to
KAFW and its practice 16L ILS. CAVU, no hood and Susie no
pilot, so can't log any numbers in the practice IFR columns.
But it's always fun to go flying with my wife, and it's always
helpful for me to practice the buttonology flow. It has
a short shelf life with this particular meat servo. As is my
M.O. ...I logged .3hrs.
click to enlarge
May 5, 2017. Issue
Met my lovely bride 33 years ago today - nickle
beer night at Graffiti's in Waco, TX. It was a Wednesday, and
there is a 'Big Lots' standing on that spot now (lon/lat).
I can't say I miss the music of the 80's all that much, but I do
occasionally miss my hair. Not as much as you might think ;^).
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
West Coast Formation Clinic ...Axel PIREP/Video
Despite a rough start to the clinic on Friday due to winds in
excess of 30 kts, we had a great turn out. Saturday and Sunday were
The clinic was a successful event. The new red scary folks got
valuable training and a few of the folks that have been working on
certifications earned their wing, lead or check pilot cards. I can't
really explain the feelings you get to experience during a clinic so
our friend George Ford is doing that for us via this video. I hope
you enjoy it. He did a great job once again.
Get out there, pound rivets, lay the fiberglass, run those wires.
Because after it is all said and done, you can fly the you know what
out of your plane.
Yoga Helps With RV Maintainence
Took out the pax seat and stick, and spread out the yoga mat my
threw out gave me. This allowed me room
to lay completely on my stomach for easier battery removal.
Wish I had discovered yoga 14 years ago ;^). My battery issue
seems to be resolved. Terminals read 0.00 volts across after
removal, which coincides with the protection circuitry activating in
the EarthX 680 (page 26 in the
manual). Following the instructions, and it is now
charging. I think the problem was I don't fly enough (or long
enough) to keep the battery charged. This is the first time
I've had to do this, however (the battery held a charge for two
years). I'll let you know if it's something else, but the
outlook is good.
Pic from above showing the mat...
Radio Problems - Epilogue ...terrykohler RV-9A
Finally got the plane over to the avionics shop (about 40 NM from
Pontiac). Long story short, I've been transmitting and receiving at
about 50% strength with my new GTN650. It wasn't the radio or the
connections. Turns out the installer had hooked my now-vacant market
beacon antenna to the COMM connector on the back plate. When I was
in Jacksonville, I only checked security of connections and didn't
follow the wires. Their mistake followed by my mistake. Didn't
really notice a problem earlier as my flying since install has been
pretty much local. ILS and GPS worked fine, and I initially thought
I was having intercom issues but was still communicating OK when
close in. Another lesson learned.
Added...to the 'RV
RV-7A Rebirthing Update ...kentlik
Have the lower longerons done now. Not too bad. Few pictures of
them and the bottom skin getting holes for the gear.
Time 7:30 pm
Altitude 1,800 feet
Distance 54 NM
May 4, 2017. Issue
Got the spongy left
brake fixed two days ago with a little brake fluid and five minutes
of Monkey's help. Cowl and pants back on now, swapping
out two screws that had less-than-new heads. Next issue is a
possible dead battery that cropped up Wednesday, or maybe it's the
master switch. Or solenoid. Flipped on the master and
avionics switches after lunch to look at something real quick, and
didn't get the 'ka-thunk' solenoid sound. Bringing the
multimeter to the airport tomorrow.
Never boring this hobby, and always the opportunity to learn. ;^)
Milestone: RV-8A Weighed ...bifft
Got my RV weighed today. 1002 pounds. Don't think its the
lightest 8A ever, but not bad. Realized I need to measure the gear
position in the level attitude (needed 3.5" blocks under the mains)
do don't have accurate CG position yet. This is with paint, but no
gear fairings or wheel pants. Helps make up for 261 lbs of me in it.
Now just need to calibrate the fuel guages and time to call the DAR.
Status Report ...Brad Benson RV-6A
This is the current state of my instrument panel; it's changed
several times since I first built N164BL. Like Gene's panel, this
started out as a fiberglass panel blank from Laird Owens (thanks
Laird - it was super well thought out and manufactured!); I cut the
aluminum inserts on my mill and after doing a number of them feel
like I could do it almost blindfolded at this point :-)
The flight instrument section has a Skyview system along with a
MGL ASI/Altimeter and TrueTrak T&B standbys. Also present is a TAWS
annunciator, which is wired to the IFD540. The annunciators are
crazy expensive new, but 28v units can be found on eBay for as
little as $40. Cut a trace here, jumper a trace there, and now it's
a 14v unit :-)
The radio stack has a King audio panel, an Avidyne IFD540, and an
ICOM A200 secondary comm. The IFD540 is the most recent addition,
and has a couple of things not shown in the panel. I modified the
software and image of a Stratux box and built a custom enclosure for
it; this allows it to be tucked behind the panel and feed
weather/traffic data to the IFD540 and not be subject to image
corruption when the avionics master is turned off thanks to a
read-only filesystem. It also supports more of the GDL90 standard
and excludes some of the stratus-specific stuff that neither the
IFD540 or FF appear to use.
The engine stack has a Dynon EMS-D10, which I find I prefer to the
Skyview's EMS for a couple of reasons. The PS Engineering PM3000
intercom is there as well along with the ELT switches. I built a
Bluetooth 4.0 receiver and mounted it behind this panel as well;
wired to both the audio panel and intercom it provides the usual
music and phone capability. There are some other custom electronics
behind that panel that I'll write up separately as well.
The air vent eyeballs are from Stein and work awesome - no leaks and
very smooth operation. The cigarette lighter plug is connected to
the hot bus and can be used to charge a cell phone, or can be used
to provide ground power for running the avionics with an adapter
cable I made (try that with a USB jack!). Speaking of USB, not in
view but underneath the panel just to the right of the engine
controls are USB jacks and serial lines to both the IFD 540 and
Dynon system. This allows me to charge stuff in flight but not have
a USB jack take up panel space, while the serial ports facilitate
development projects or portable stuff to exchange data with the
panel mounted equipment.
There are no circuit breakers - all the switches are toggle switches
are from B&C. Circuit protection is fuses across three buses: main,
avionics, and hot/battery.
Not sure what's next for this panel, but the modular design makes
updates really easy and I love the aesthetics of it. I don't think
I'd change anything if I was going to do it over again.
Painting Update ...Boomer506 RV-8
Starting to paint in my temporary booth in my shop. What I came
up with is providing good ventilation and dust free. Plus some
reasonable lighting. My rudder and spinner have turned out pretty
well. Good learning before I paint the big stuff.
...(scheme modeled after) utility hack airplane for VA-165
off the Nimitz, Air Wing 9.
B-25 Day ...and an RV-12
(snopercod) Owen and I flew down to GMU for lunch again. We
both tried to get some others to come along, but some were sick and
some were busy. Oh well, we had a great lunch and got to park next
to a CAF B-25 from Wisconsin. Apparently some more warbirds will be
flying in on Friday and giving rides.
May/June '17 FAA Safety Briefing Now Online ...40 page magazine
May 3, 2017. Issue
Post-House Fire Checking In...our online friend Bill Boyd
The VAF sure keeps me in touch with a great community. The people
who have stepped forward to help materially and practically since
the house fire and starting the 10 build have touched me profoundly,
and I'm grateful. The knowledge base here is so much superior to
what I had available 20 years ago building an RV alone and without
mentors close by. I read up all I could and took the dreaded door
plunge. Kind of anticlimactic in a way, although the process is only
maybe 1/3 done.
This weekend I got my mower back from the shop after getting a blade
stuck on so tightly that neither my impact wrench nor my extended
socket wrench would budge the bolt. In the meantime, the abundant
rain and warm weather had tried to reclaim the runway into a
hayfield from whence it had come. I had to mow high and will need to
make a second, lower pass tomorrow (so Vlad doesn't complain about
the high grass if he happens to drop in).
Jax, a.k.a. "Li'l Boy," our 5 month old pit-lab mix who never
ventures more than fifty feet from home, decided that Sunday was a
beautiful spring day for chasing me on the zero-turn, so he roamed
further than ever before. I was afraid he might stray into the road,
but the runway end markers creeped him out and he bristled, barked,
and turned tail for home once he caught sight of them.
More RV Stuff for the "Mitch Lock Fly-in" June 10th...Steve
"I would like to update you on what will be going on with Helen
Woods, Mitch Lock Day. Our EAA Chapter 1384 (KMDW) Carroll County
Airport in Westminster, MD will be holding our 5th Annual
Mid-Atlantic Gathering of RV's in conjunction with Helen for
Mitch's send off this year. Yes, (W29) will be the location change
for us. Our two groups are teaming up to make this one great send
off for Mitch. We will be posting more info soon."
Alum Sleeve Fuel Drain Fairing...Steve Melton 3D DIY
"...thicker than the bronze sleeve but still workable. no threat
from galvanic corrosion"
About This Month's Calendar Wallpaper ...the photographer chimes
in (Ed Hicks).
If you've been following the progress of Brian's brilliant radial
RV-8, I figured it was worth pointing out its the May wallpaper here
on VAF. I had the privilege to visit Brian back in Feb to
shoot some pictures - I'll add some more in future, but for now...
Bent Elevator Spar ...jcarne
(reply from Van's Aircraft)
"I don’t see any reason that bending this back would compromise the
spar, no deformation in the bend radius or the web of the spar.
Flatten and build on."
May 2, 2017. Issue
Niagara Falls RV-6 Tour ...John Canty
It was a nice weekend for the most part up in the Northeast. Took
the opportunity to do some formation over the Falls. If you are ever
up in the area, check out the falls scenic tour.
A Great if Unspectacular Trip (continued) ...Ed Wischmeyer
Two days later, it was time to head back home but the winds were
still howling out of the south, 20+ knots from 3,000 feet on up. The
night before, the bus took us to the wedding at 3:30 and dropped us
off back at the hotel at midnight, so there was one tired aviator
the next morning. A big breakfast and going back to bed helped.
In addition to the winds aloft, surface winds at the destination
were forecast 20G30 at a forty degree angle to both runways, more
than I wanted to attempt, even with the tricycle gear on the -9A. If
I absolutely had to, I probably could have landed okay, but it was
not worth taking the risk. And there was a major front from the west
due in the next day -- typical spring weather in the southeast --
and some little stuff blowing up from the south ahead of it. Time to
be real careful.
It looked like I could make it from Charlottesville, VA to
Greensboro, NC, VFR under the clouds, that stop chosen because it
would be a good place to spend the night if I had to, and because I
always like my first stop to be about 90 minutes out for
"physiological reasons." It was light, occasional moderate
turbulence the whole way. Translation -- the ride was miserable.
Gary Platner Lovin' That Tailwind ...RV-8
Recent storms in DFW moved east, leaving us with a strong
westerly wind Sunday. Gary was flying from Midland, TX back to
DFW at 9,500' and had a 48kt tailwind. Goundspeed of 236 kts
spinning 2400 rpm and 21" of MP. iPhone pic below...
271.4 mph using 7.3 gph (37.12 mpg).
Current RV-6A Panel ...gmohr
Here is my current RV6A panel. I am trying to find out who
manufactured the panel blank and if possible purchase or make new
panel inserts in order to change to my GRT Sport SX EFIS. I will
keep the current radio stack, everything else will probably go.
So close - Bleeding Brakes ...Mike 9A
I was hoping to have already done my first flight but I can't
seem to get over the hurdle. My last issue seems to be air in the
lines of my brakes. I have tried various methods to try to push
fluid in to the reservoir from the calipers and have had some
success. What I am seeing now is air between the lines running from
the pilot master cylinders to the passenger side(the high point in
the loop of the lines). I have searched the forums for some advice
but getting a mixed opinion if this is really an issue or not. I put
an overflow can from the reservoir for the fluid to go in and I get
fluid there but still haven't been able to get the air out between
the master cylinders. My brakes feel solid but I want the air out to
feel total confidence in them. Before I purchase another bleeder
method just looking for some current feedback.
Painted ...Todd Stovall RV-10
First Trip! ...Jon RV-10
May 1, 2017. Issue
Student Plane Build Kicks Off ...Omaha
The tool box bench and shelves are assembled and the empennage
kit and tools inventoried. This coming week each student will build
their own practice tool box kit, then it's onto the real thing!
Thanks to everyone who has been a part of making this happen,
especially the 'big kids' (aka mentors) in back who are teaching and
mentoring these fine young adults.
A Great if Unspectacular Trip ...Ed Wischmeyer
So the mission was to get from Savannah GA to Charlottesville VA
for my nephew's wedding. There was an airmet for moderate turbulence
and the surface winds forecast to be ugly gusty at the mid point --
after all, who wants to fill up on destination avgas at $6+?
So I decided to brave the weather and fly the -9A rather than drive
(8+ hours), and aimed the loaded car at the airport instead of
Virginia. Tower forgot to hand me off to departure control, and
departure didn't know that I was on a vector. Training in progress,
So after bumping along under the clouds for a bit, I went up to
5,500 and had cool, smooth air (forecast moderate turbulence did not
appear) and a smoking 20+ knot tailwind. Yeh, it wasn't 200 knot
club stuff but so what. Time came for descent to the gas stop, 90
minutes out and my back was sore and ready for a break. I asked for
an IFR descent through the clouds, and they wanted to know what
approach I wanted. I chose one real quick, knowing full well that
I'd cancel IFR as soon as I was 500' below the cloud bases. Worked
like a charm. And the surface winds were not nearly as bad as
Jereme Carne's Build Begins
Well I just noticed this section here so I figured I would start
a log so people could follow my build. The picture here puts a face
to the name. Also I am done with everything on the tail except for
Brake Issue Discovered ...Peter Costick RV-7A
This problem took a bit of finding. I only discovered it when I
added fluid to the brake system, the fluid worked its way through
the whole system but the right hand brakes would not work. I tracked
it back through part by part until only the elbow could be the
issue. I must admit I couldn't imagine how this was until I removed
it from the brake cylinder and discovered that a stray rivet had
somehow got into the fitting. A messy but successful bit of
Silver Bullet Steering Link - Finally Broke ...Chris Pratt RV-8
Well it finally happened. Only took eleven years but my Silver
Bullet tail wheel steering arm finally bit the dust. It happened as
I landed at our wonderfully smooth (sarcasm here) runway/and taxiway
at 52F. Sure hope this pile of rocks get paved soon.
Here’s a full view of what I am talking about for those unfamiliar
with the steering linkage on the RV-8.
Flat Tire, But No Leak ...Michael Burbidge RV-9A
A week ago I went to go flying and found that my nose wheel was
completely flat. I pumped it up to 45 lbs., waited an hour and
checked it. It was still at 43 lbs., so I figured it was a slow leak
and went flying.
I ordered a new inner tube. I went up to the hangar today to find
that the nose wheel was still above 40 lbs.
So now I'm puzzled. Why would my nose wheel be completely flat, but
apparently does not have a leak, because now it is holding air
Paint Tease Shots ...bruceh
Three years of fun flying and the (finally done) finish line is
getting near. I put off painting for various reasons - mainly
because I like flying too much, but it could wait no longer. I've
had the airplane in the paint shop for 5 weeks and finally got to
see some teaser shots from the painter. I hope to pick it up next
Happy Birthday N65XX ...Dan 9A in Reno
Today my pride and joy is 10 years old. It has accumulated 1642
hours to date and I plan on keeping up that pace. The aircraft
specifics are: RV-9A, fixed pitch Sensenich, IO-360 w/P-Mags, Dynon
Skyview Touch, auto pilot, ADS-B, and iFly 740. Now I know where all
my savings account went. Dan from Reno
Courtesy Cars &
Food List Updated
Missing Man, Tucson ...Feetwet
The Missing in America Project (MIAP) researches records of
homeless Americans whose cremated remains have not been claimed, and
if found to be eligible, arrange for them to be interred with honor.
On April 15th this year, 30 homeless veterans and one dependent were
interred at the Marana Veterans Memorial cemetery and many
individuals and groups turned out to honor them. The Arizona
Scorpions RV group flew a Missing Man formation to commence the
activities and an excellent video was made. It can be viewed by
those interested at the following
HBC's New Pavillion OSH