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Tue Oct 21, 2014  1145Z


All back together....annual done.  Databases updated.
Planning my IFR XC now.  John's -8 in the background.

 

Ode to our RV friends ...Bob Collins post

Oh, you don't have an RV pal who'll come over to your hangar on a Sunday morning when he could be out flying, look at that electrical wiring problem you've had for a week, and then crawl inside your Mercury 7-like space (even though he's over 6 feet tall) and fix your problem for you?

I do.

It's Brad Benson, (aka: "Chief Pilot" on VAF)

Who's your best RV pal and why?

Go.

 

From the factory...

 

Status Update ...Sam -8

 

Fuel system Schematics review ...asking for input

 

Proposed IFR XC...the rating journey continues.

259nm, Victor airways, radials, (2) RNAV, (1) VOR/DME and (1) ILS.  1+43 at 155kts, so probably just at two hours total.  Thoughts?  Possible catfish lunch in Gainesville and/or Air Tractor tour in Olney.  Garmin Pilot screengrabs below - click to enlarge.  Developing... 

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Relevant approach plates:
RNAV RWY 17 KGLE
RNAV RWY 17 KONY
VOR/DME RWY 18 KXBP
ILS or LOC RWY 16L KAFW

 

 

Mon Oct 20, 2014  1159Z

Some people just make your day better ...Paul Tuttle

We got this picture of my friend Jordan by my plane today. He's been coming to Stanley Airport since he was a baby. Both his Dad and Grandpa own and fly a plane here. He's had his share of challenges and is one of the most courageous people I know. He has a knack for making your day better whenever he's around. Thought I'd share the photo.


 

My Fight With A Heavy Wing ...Tom RV-12


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Status Update: TK's -8 ...Vlad post


 

Stuck at P08 (Coolidge AZ) Help trouble shoot alternator ...Scott Schmidt






 

VansAirForce.net Charity Hat Sighting w/Jay Leno ...D. Allan Stern

"Meeting Jay at KHTS FBO."


(about the hat)
 

 

 

Fri Oct 17, 2014  1154Z

Dam, Canyons and Balloons ...Bill Pendergrass 7A

Looks like this is the season for posting pictures of trips out to the canyons so this is our record plus some storyline.  continue

 

Recovery Update ...Ed Wishchmeyer

 

Fall Status Update II ...riseric RV-8 (many pics)

 

Dynon Factory Video and some flying shots

 

Eagle's Nest Projects - Circle Christian School...R.E. Butcher
"Abbey Carlson - 7th ranked girls junior golfer in the US, and she's building an airplane!"


 

 

Thu Oct 16, 2014  1202Z

Peepin', Gopher (and Badger) Style ...Pete Howell
October reminds us of why we choose to live in the upper midwest, warm days, cool nights, and an absolute explosion of color. We are pretty close to peak color, so Andi and I used date night to do some aerial leaf peepin' and grab dinner at the diner at KEAU. The golden hour yielded some nice light for imagery..........

I'll let the pics tell the story somewhere over Minnesconsin:

 

Custom Snorkel Pics ...Paul K
I created a new picasa page of all the photos I took building the custom snorkel. Made lots of mistakes and would do it differently if I did it over again but here they are:


 

Aussie RV-6 Status ...Mat Wreford
Here's a few pics of the progress so far, tail is done ,one wing finished and the other getting close

 

How to reach the top of the hangar ...wondering how the RV community does it.

 

Mom's Desk
  My siblings and I are spending weekends going through Mom's house.  I thought I would share a picture of the spot she spent most of her days at for the past 15 years.  To my online friend who I've never met in person, Jeremy Constant, there is your beautiful RV-7A on the wall next to Mom's computer desk.  Her vision was getting pretty bad at the end of last year, but she left her 2013 Van's calendar on the wall nonetheless.
  Jeremy, years ago you were kind enough to send me this picture.  She talked about it on more than one occasion.  I think it was a nice cosmic roll of the tumblers that yours was the RV she looked at the last nine months of her life.  She picked well.
  My RV pic was on the fridge, just so you know ;^). 

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Wed Oct 15, 2014  1154Z
Condition inspection #12 nearing completion - reassembly almost done.  I seem to take longer doing this each year, replacing a lot of screws with new and enjoying the work flow of a job that isn't rushed (cheaper than flying also!).  I bought this little double box ratcheting wrench a year ago at Lowe's with a phillips insert that is VERY useful for those six screws in the cowl inlets.  Here's a link to a set online that includes this, although the set I found had some sockets and was only $5 more.  You can see it on top of the taco cart below (click to enlarge).  I use this thing more and more - gives me better tactile feel when doing something like tightening spinner screws.


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The Trip Home: Update ...Bob Collins

 

2 Week Flight Out West - Green River ...flybill7

 

Jeff Richichi's Panel PIREP
"...it won’t be too much longer and I’ll be installing my avionics in the plane.  I’ve attached a pic of the CAD model I did of the panel.  I did this to find any interferences in the installation.  There were a ton I found.  Hopefully I found them all on the computer so I won’t have to find them out in metal!!"

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Coupla more pics from Jeff...click to enlarge

 

First Flight: John Sannizzaro
"It took 10 years but N357JS kit number 70312 is finally a completed aircraft!"

 

Installation of new AF Perf fuel pump ...Craig Taylor
After nearly 1800 hours of operation of our RV8, the original Airflow Performance boost pump has become increasingly noisy. It has finally gotten loud enough to cause concern, so rather than waiting for failure I decided to change the pump. The new pump is the Air Flow Performance #2090255, sold by Van's as "EF Airflow Fuel Pump-1." The new pump has vastly simplified the installation, as the bypass is internal to the assembly, eliminating the return line to a "T" at the fuel selector valve. The installation eliminated seven fittings and about 18" of fuel line. A very nice assembly! The photos show how neat it is:

 

Flying the GRT HXr IFR Videos Are Up ...KatieB
"A huge THANK YOU to Widget for all his hard work on this! I finally got the slides converted to something usable for YouTube.  This is an hour and 40 minutes of pure knowledge from a guy who uses the HXr alot for IFR. It's split up into 5 parts on our YouTube channel. Here's the link to the playlist. Take notes!

 

S-LSA -12 and -14A at Copperstate ...

 

Paul's Snorkel
[ed. cool snorkel pics to complement Scroll's excellent build piece. dr]
Scroll, I feel your pain!  I used an IO360 with ECI cold air induction and the fit wasn't even close! I,m talking off by more than 1 inch on the inside and 3 inches on the outside plus it made contact with the starter flange and the alternator. I started out doing what you did to make it fit but was so totally turned off by the results that I tossed it in the junk and built one from scratch. Not that hard to do and ended up looking better than I dreamed it could! Give it some thought and feel free to call me with questions. It can be done


 

Jesse Bentley Video
Here's the vid clip for anyone that wants to see. I know I've lived vicariously through stuff like this for the past 6 years.  I assume, like the pile of VHS tapes of my first child and not nearly as many of my second, I'll stop capturing video of every flight soon, but I'm not nearly there yet! Still very new to me

 

From the factory...time critical!

 

 

Tue Oct 14, 2014  1153Z

First Flight RV-7 N87EM ...Merrill Evans

 

First Flight, N247RV ...Roger Kellogg

 

A Day of Local Fun ...Vlad

 

Peter Fruehling and daughter...

 

West Coast Ravens - Watsonville 2014

 

Jesse Bentley pic...

 

The Terrifying Tale of FrankenSnorkel !

 

Rudder Bottom Rubs Tailspring....update

 

Hat Sighting: On Carnival legend arriving Sydney Australia, 09/22/14
...D Allan Stern

related: About the charity cap
 

Welcome Saint Aviation, Inc  (central Florida)
We are a full-service shop specializing in RV maintenance, inspections, completions, panel upgrades, prop balancing, injector tuning and prebuy inspections. Please contact us if you have any needs to see how we can help.
Jesse Saint.  Saint Aviation, Inc.  jesse@saintaviation.com
C: 352-427-0285 F: 815-377-3694
[ed. Ad lives on the front page. dr]
 

Surplus Avionics (Garmin, PSE, TruTrak) ...Stein

 

 

 

Mon Oct 13, 2014  1200Z

First Flight of RV8 VH-JSX

 

A great flight pre-surgery ...Ed Wischmeyer

 

Quick Look Report (Camping) ...Paul


Mark Albery's Pics

 

World War Italian ACE, two birthdays and an Airport Open Day
...Luke in Italy

 

Bob Avery's BD Present to Jay Pratt  ...bit holder
"It has little pads on the bottom so the bench can be blown clean."

 

News Story...

 

Taken out at theVanCave this weekend.
When all the screws are gone, I'm done putting
my RV-6 back together (after its annual).


 

From Dynon...

Tail Spring Mounted Vid ...Marc Hudson -7

 

Gentle Reminder...

related: Advertising info at www.DeltaRomeo.com

 

 

Fri Oct 10, 2014  1204Z
 
Happy Birthday to my son Tate!  The world's best son (IMHO) turns 14 today.
 

Brad Bensen 6A...

 

First flight of kit 120573 Rego 19-8510

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Baffle cracks - odd location

 

LOE'14 photos

 

New GRT software- Enroute HITS, ADS-B TFRs, and more!

 

Rain Date Activated...

 

Petit Jean Registration Status...

 

Aircraft Build Log for Android ...Stan Smith

After an empty search for a 'build log' app I decided to take the homebuilder approach and create something. It has basic log functionality like time/date tracking, photos w/captions, notes, helpers and the ability to flag items requiring additional attention... all from your phone or tablet. Data backup and print support are in the works.

Hopefully others in the VAF community may find it useful.

It's free on Google play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.designerx.aircraftbuildlog

Feedback and questions are always welcome!
stan 'at' designerx 'dot' com


 

 

 

Thu Oct 9, 2014  1146Z


Gary Rosier photo (click to enlarge).
(Mike Kelly) Here is a nice photo of Whiskey flight returning
from a breakfast flight this morning to the Spruce Creek Fly-In.
I. Mike Kelly 2. Bob Kurrle 3. Bill Merkin 4. Medford Bragg 5. Gene Ledda.
 

First Flight C-FTLL RV-9A

 

Vid: Page, AZ to San Diego, CA

 

LOE'14 Note

 

Garmin G3X Touch V2.70 Software ...ready for download

 

Get the Vans CD plans !

 

Tall Man Panel Mod

 

LOE'14 PIREP

 

Nose job...

 

G3X two panel system Vs. three panel

 

OT: An An-124-100 flew over my house Tuesday.
6:32pm.  Looking outside my upstairs bedroom window
I saw this.  Crummy iphone pic, but Wow!.    


related: a better pic from the web
 

Welcome www.VALavionics.com ...made in the USA
(ad on the front page)

 

 

Wed Oct 8, 2014  1122Z
  I enjoyed posting the note about Rob needing a car for his wife in yesterday's edition (reposted below).  It made me revisit the idea that this site (to me) is more about people than airplanes.  The normal journey through life with a Van's RV thrown in the mix.  Anyway, I wanted to encourage others to occasionally throw the non-RV request my way for the front page.  If your request will help a person in need, even better.  You never know...it might be the top story the next day. 

VAF Off Topic 'Getting Through Life' Request
WTB: Cool car for cool wife who gave her previous car to a friend in need.
Desires: Less than 5 yrs old, less than 30K miles
Contact:  smokyray 'at' rocketmail 'dot' com
 

Petit Jean Update

 

Seen in regards to the AOPA Debonair giveaway ...made me laugh. dr

 

Another "riveting bottom skins" suggestion

 

RV-8/8A F-805F-1 Floor Spacer Question

 

Air vents higher on the panel?

 

TIP- Sika bonding for less $$

 

Welcome www.avionics-installations.com
(ad on the front page)

 

OT:  An article my wife was interviewed for

 

 

 

Tue Oct 7, 2014  1202Z
Note from Rob Ray to me yesterday - hoping somebody might be able to help.

WTB: Cool car for cool wife who gave her previous car to a friend in need.
Desires: Less than 5 yrs old, less than 30K miles
Contact:  smokyray 'at' rocketmail 'dot' com

 

First Flight RV6A N763RV ...CopterJohn

 

The $131 Hamburger...Jeff Bloomquist 7A

 

What I Did Last Wednesday...

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In flight photo

 

A great layout tool


 

First LOE

 

DIY Home Drip System

 

 

Mon Oct 6, 2014  1143Z
LOE'14 PIREP

(Russ Daves)  "Great turnout. 50 Airplanes flew in, mostly RV's.  I understood that one of the supervisors told the controllers, "There are a bunch of pilots coming that are not real familiar with Class C airspace and I don't want any told to call the tower when they land". And it didn't happen!!! Probably because everybody was perfect!!!

We had 104 pilots, passengers, and drive ins come to LOE 2014 and the banquet / big screen TV air-condition room that EAA Chapter 471 built just for LOE - it was almost at capacity for the banquet. Betty Rose's BBQ was so good and tender you did not need a knife and people were invited to go back for more. It has to be one of the all time great LOE catered meals we've ever had, at least sine 2001 when I started attending.

I cannot thank enough the multitude of EAA Chapter 471 members who went all out to make this event such a great weekend event.

Stu McGrudy and his crew also entertained us with some great formation flying. Please come again next year as you were a big hit.

Tha ONLY complaints I heard all weekend was "Where in the heck is all the RV'ers from the DFW area?" Hey guys, you were way under-represented. Maybe next year we will offer a door prize to the airport that has the greatest number fly in!!!!

Thanks also go out to all the raffle prize donors who made a bunch of people happy with what they took home."

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?p=922262

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?p=922275

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?p=921945

RV-7 Builder Wins AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair.
Bob Collins co-conspirator.

related: the video

Philly to San Francisco

KVBT Bentonville, Ar

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=118249

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=118237

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?p=921730

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?p=922442

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?p=921650

Tracking your investment...Tate's 8th grade grades as of 10/3.
A's and B's.  Got 'em over the weekend.
Outstanding!!!!!

 

 

Fri Oct 3, 2014  1137Z

LOE'14 This Fri-Sat-Sun

Fri-Sat-Sun Forecast for LOE'14

More at: http://www.loeflyin.org/index.html

LOE'14 Saturday Breakfast

Pilots N Paws Flights Through Abilene During LOE

Panel ...FasGlas

Just finished my panel (For now anyway).. MGL iEFIS G3 touch screens, ADS-B, Android computer, Bluetooth audio, Electronic Monoxide sensor, EI Commander, Garmin 430W, SL-30, 340, 327, Vertical Power VPX-Pro, more

Corrosion

RV-10 Status Report ...rvdave

Copperstate RV10 Nest 2014 ...woxofswa

I am in the early throws for planning the eighth (and last) RV-10 Nest at Copperstate (AZ) 2014. Hopefully the ninth and last will be next year.

My land based RV will be there for the duration and serve as a crashpad for nesters with lots of shade, seating, cold drinks, etc. Tent campers are welcome to use my facilities as needed.  more

 

 

Thu  Oct 2, 2014  1141Z

Oregon International Airshow video


 

A new Advanced RV-8 Quick Panel just before powder coating


 

Fall Leaves in Quebec...Kevin Horton


 

Flat Top colors ...flyinmonque


 

Wing Panel Wrinkle ...seattleworm


 

Weather Change of Plans ...crabandy


 

KC Flight "Over" Royals game


 

Status Update ...RV7AJeremy



 

Lucy Has Wings ...wirejock


 

RV-14A Status Report ...AlinNS


 

Stop dribbling smoke... add a solenoid valve ;)  ...schristo


 

 

 

Wed Oct 1, 2014  0144Z

Wallpaper Calendar for October ...courtesy the talented Ed Hicks.


 

15hr report ...Andy Karmy RV-8

[ed. About as motivating a post as you could ever want to read!  dr]

I know I really enjoyed reading the early reports of phase I when a number of the rest of you were going through it, so here's my short update.

9 days, 15.2hrs of flying... WOW it's been awhile since I've flown this much.

As of now I think the engine is mostly broke in, the temps have stabilized and are generally below 400 when not climbing under full power. My hottest Cyl is #2 and it's always the hottest in most any situation. Have to start looking at some cutting down of the fin blockers in front of 1&2 since the rear Cyls are the coolest. In 15 hours I have added 1 quart of oil thus far, so it's using a bit, but not too much. The dual P-mags have been flawless thus far and start and run easily. The Catto prop seems pitched right, but it's hard to tell completely since I don't yet have the wheel pants installed.  continue


 

A trip to the islands - video...Dgamble

The early fall weather has been great in Central Ohio. I took the opportunity to make one last trip up to the islands. I took a co-worker with me - it was her first time in a small plane. She says she enjoyed it. You be the judge. ...


 

Transiting an "R" ...Vlad


 

Status Report ...John Gross

Slowly but surely it's starting to look like something.



 

LOE'14 Begins Friday!



Register at: http://www.loeflyin.org/index.html

 

Press Release

EVERYONE should have a LOW OIL LEVEL SENSOR in their aircraft!  If you don’t, why not? Are you able to detect a low oil level while you are in flight? Many of us can’t without a low oil level sensor. We just received a new batch of our Low Oil Level Sensors. This has been a popular choice for RVs and other aircraft. It will fit right in most O-360 engines and lots of others too. We also have a shorter model we can offer now for shallower oil pans. If you want a custom sensor designed for your aircraft, let us know. See our Low Oil Level Sensor and more at www.aircraftextras.com

 

 

Tue Sep 30, 2014  1149Z

Seth Baker (RV-7 Builder) Recovery Fund (Post-Mishap Medical Expenses)

(from Bob Mills)

"Team VAF,

This is posted with the permission of DR. Posted in General for max exposure, but I can repost in the Charity section or wherever appropriate, after a little run time, if desired (thanks!).

This post is to announce an opportunity to assist an RV-7 builder and brother with medical expenses, following a mishap in an RV-6A that occurred while he was checking out a prospective buyer in Las Cruces, NM (previously discussed on VAF). Seth fractured his spine, and underwent surgery to fuse T12 and L1. He is recovering physically, but is without medical insurance, as he had just changed jobs to gain access to medical insurance for he and his daughter, but was not yet covered.

The Sport Class Air Racing Association (the class RV's race in at Reno) has gone all out in support of Seth, as many of our racers have asked how they could help. We have posted Seth's Story on our home page www.sportclass.com, and we have set up a PayPal account and placed a Donate button there to collect donations for Seth. 100% of the funds (less what PayPal charges) will go directly to Seth for medical expenses…guar-own-teed!

Seth is one of those great RV people, and a true gentleman. One of those guys that'll travel to help a friend get un-stuck (he's a heckuva mechanic) and one who'll give ya the shirt off his back. He was a tireless crew chief for Jason Rovey and his RV-8 last year, and helped many other racers out all week long. He completed PRS this year, and was to compete in his Rookie season this month. He'll be back, but has an uphill climb right now financially.

Seth would never ask for a thing, so our Sports Class Race Family has stepped up, and the SARL Family is right behind. I just wanted the VAF Family to know about our friend in need, and present the opportunity to pitch in for a buddy.

Thanks DR for the space and permission to post this. I appreciate it even more when realizing that this is a competing donation with your family's income…that is a very special gift, and I'll keep this request short term. Thank you!  [ed. You are most welcome!  dr]

Thanks to all for checking this out! Here is a picture of Seth, sporting his new body armor and glare shield head-butt mark, and a couple from happier times…which he'll get back to as soon as he can!"  (more)
 

Last Minute LOE'14 News



Register at: http://www.loeflyin.org/index.html

 

Wrap Complete: Multiple Photos ...Gash


Mark Allison: 200kt GS Photo

Kevin Horton says, "Yeah, I'll raise ya."


 

Lean Range Test Results ...Steve M.

I'd appreciate comments on a lean range test I did today. I have done it previously, but had not been able to do it WOT (as it should properly be done) until I had my prop repitched. It has been repitched and here are my results:

Test conditions:
WOT
8000' MSL
~9500' DA
-Made 4 runs, starting at full rich and taking about 6-8 minutes to slowly lean until all 4 cylinders peaked. Then went to full rich, allowed temps to stabilize, repeated the process 4 times.

Average EGT delta between full rich EGT and peak EGT:
Cylinder #1: 173.3F
Cylinder #2: 107.8F
Cylinder #3: 251.0F
Cylinder #4: 229.8F
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RV-12 Flying in the Northeast Today ...Brent Connelly


 

Tennessee Race Results ...Bruce


 

Boscobel, WI Fly-in today ...John Bender


 

Grand Canyon Adventure ...woxofswa


 

DIY "Remove Before Flight" flags - 4 for a dollar

 

 

Mon Sep 29, 2014  1153Z   
  We are approaching the milestone of being three quarters of the way through 2014. I wanted to take a quick moment today to thank the amazing advertisers who support this small business, as well as the kind readers who have sent in a donation during 2014.  I spent some time this weekend catching up with paperwork and the donation lists, and interspersed with a few of the donation checks were wonderfully kind cards from people wishing our family well after the passing of my dear mother. All contained words of encouragement, and were received with a much needed, grateful smile.  It means a lot.  Thank you.
 

RV White Pages Updated  

3,269 listings in 26 countries, and you can download it to your phone, tablet or phablet.


 

LOE'14 10-day forecast...



fmi: http://www.loeflyin.org/index.html

 

"My" first flight! ...Jesse Bentley


 

The Best Day of Her Life -- saved from Death Row


 

Rudder Pedal Redo ...Danny King

It's been fifteen years since I installed the rudder pedals in the Doll. Over the years they have become increasingly difficult to reposition forward and aft. I knew that I needed to remove them for some R&R, but in my mind I was dreading the required process! Like most maintenance, thinking about the task was much worse than actually doing the work. I was surprised that I had them removed, disassembled, and in the parts washer in about an hour! ...
 

Flight to Heber UT, through Provo Pass


 

By car 41 min by RV 1h 35 min


 

Panel Upgrade ...73 photos from GalinHdz


 

Distorted Tire From Leaking Avgas


 

My hometown paper featured RVs on the front page Friday.

Looks like the guys in Falcon Flight.  I got a screen grab. 


 

10 ship in England


 

Additional Pilot Program for Phase I Flight Test

An actual text exchange between Audrey and her Dad

The sophomore at SMU keeping you in the loop on your investment.  You'll figure out what I was saying <g>. 

Hint: Sierra Hotel.
(how to set up emoji)

 

 

Fri Sep 26, 2014  1153Z   (click the pic to go to the story)

Hanging Around the Airport Fence ...turbo

"Met some grandparents this summer with this little one in hand at Keene,NH. After talking for quite awhile we headed to the plane. Should of tried to get her out for a taxi ride. What fun!"

 

Status Report ...David Paul RV-3B

Quick update on the tanks.

I've got the left tank riveted but haven't yet dotted the rivet heads with tank sealant. Also the inboard rib is still out pending the vent line installation.

The right tank is assembled and glued and clecoed, all but the inboard rib, and is curing.

I borrowed a #8 nutplate tool to drill the nutplate attachment holes on the spar flanges but haven't actually drilled the #40 holes yet. The screw holes have been drilled but not countersunk.

Dave

 

Damon Amiotes Video Featuring the RV-12

 

Surface Pro 3 for Pilots

 

Panel Update ...Keith Williams

 

The Renegades flew at Wendover,UT this year ...Christopher Murphy

 

 

Thu Sep 25, 2014  1157Z   (click the pic to go to the story)

Conditional Inspection #12 Begins.

Floorboards out, cowling and wheelpants off, tail fairings stored.  Wing root fairings and baggage area back wall coming off tomorrow. 

 

Oregon to NY and back ...Joe

Recently returned from an RV-8A cross-country from western Oregon to upstate New York to attend a high school reunion. This is the "big picture" taken from the APRS track of my aircraft.  ...

 

Some Colorado fall color ...Stump

taken during a scouting trip looking for some fall color. solo run since the ladies didn't relish the idea of an 0700 takeoff. longs peak, outside ward, co and south of idaho springs.

 

Seen at the Van Cave Yesterday

Danny King helping Rob Reece perform SB 14-02-05.  Interesting trivia....Rob has a shockingly large number of disco albums on his iPad. 

related: www.theVanCave.com

From the factory...

 

 

Wed Sep 24, 2014  1158Z   (click the pic to go to the story)

Gave a ride today! ...bhester

I saw a young boy a few weeks ago and went to the fence to talk to him. His name is Charlie and he loves aviation. He was very excited to talk to me and asked me questions that only another pilot might ask. He asked about my plane, what type of equipment was in it and what kind of headsets I used. Last week he stopped by and ask more about it. I invited him to come sit in it. He told me what most of the things did in it. I told him that maybe another day I might be able to give him a ride. Well today I got to do that! I explained how everything worked and showed him how to fly it. I gave him the controls and he did a very good job flying it. He keep it level and did very nice turns. He had a great time and so did I!

 

While you were all snug in your bed ...N941WR

This past weekend I hooked up with Southeast Region Recreational Aviation Foundation.

Being an avid hiker, I always thought it would be great fun to use my airplane to extend my reach. However, that first airplane, a 1941 Taylorcraft, was a bit limited on the people and gear hauling department. The T-Craft was replaced by an RV-9 that was built in my basement with such adventures in mind. I chose the RV-9 for its low stall speed and tailwheel configuration so I could visit some out of the way grass strips. While not a “bush plane”, it should work on some of the rougher strips I dreamed of, or so I thought.

Unfortunately, other than flying to Oshkosh and Lakeland and pitching my tent in the homebuilt camping area, my flying camping experience was very limited. Part of the problem is that I live in the Carolinas and there just aren’t back country fields like what I read about out West.  ...


(Eric Davis photo)

 

From Garmin...

 

The last step is coming closer ...Dominik in Switzerland

A long project coming closer to its last step ... but it will contain most of the fun and change a childhood-dream into reality.

Have a look here. Turn the music on!

My buddy at work, spent some hours putting a trailer together, a big thank you to Jurgen!

Have fun! <g>

 

 

Tue Sep 23, 2014  1208Z   (click the pic to go to the story)

Video: the misty morning air in the RV-6 Magic Carpet

 

Pagosa Springs 150 Race Results

Race#.......... Name Aircraft Class Elapsed Time Speed MPH Speed KTS
Race 21 Alan Crawford Sport Lancair Legacy 0:34:14 276.45 240.39
Race 91 Bruce Hammer FX Blue Glasair I TD 0:36:02 262.64 228.38
Race 25 Steve Alderman RG Blue Lancair 360 0:37:17 253.83 220.73
Race 73 Steve Hammer FX Blue Glasair I TD 0:38:18 247.10 214.87
Race 36 Bob Hutter Sport Glasair III 0:39:05 242.14 210.56
Race 41 Chad Rundell FX Blue Glasair II FT 0:43:16 218.73 190.20
Race 411 Jeff Barnes RV Blue RV-6 0:43:58 215.25 187.17
Race Black 1 Bob McNeese FX Red Midget Mustang I 0:44:02 214.92 186.89
Race 6 Craig Taylor RV Blue RV-8 0:44:16 213.79 185.91
Race 38 Andy Beasley RV Red RV-3B 0:44:55 210.70 183.22
Race 26 Mike Thompson RV Blue RV-6 0:46:04 205.44 178.64
Race 11 Jim Lane FAC1RG-T A36TC Bonanza 0:47:27 199.45 173.43
Race 4 Tim Gallager RV Red RV-4 0:48:10 196.48 170.85
Race 111 Skip Thomas RV Red RV-4 0:48:29 195.20 169.74
Race 14 Ric Lee FAC 6 Diamond DA 20 0:59:28 159.14 138.39
Race 300 Doug Humble Sport Glasair III DNF

Results By Class

Class Finish Race#.......... Name Aircraft Elapsed Time Speed MPH Speed KTS
Sport 1st Race 21 Alan Crawford Lancair Legacy 0:34:14 276.45 240.39
Sport 2nd Race 36 Bob Hutter Glasair III 0:39:05 242.14 210.56
Sport DNF Race 300 Doug Humble Glasair III DNF

RG Blue 1st Race 25 Steve Alderman Lancair 360 0:37:17 253.83 220.73

FX Blue 1st Race 91 Bruce Hammer Glasair I TD 0:36:02 262.64 228.38
FX Blue 2nd Race 73 Steve Hammer Glasair I TD 0:38:18 247.10 214.87
FX Blue 3rd Race 41 Chad Rundell Glasair II FT 0:43:16 218.73 190.20

FX Red 1st Race Black 1 Bob McNeese Midget Mustang I 0:44:02 214.92 186.89

RV Blue 1st Race 411 Jeff Barnes RV-6 0:43:58 215.25 187.17
RV Blue 2nd Race 6 Craig Taylor RV-8 0:44:16 213.79 185.91
RV Blue 3rd Race 26 Mike Thompson RV-6 0:46:04 205.44 178.64

RV Red 1st Race 38 Andy Beasley RV-3B 0:44:55 210.70 183.22
RV Red 2nd Race 4 Tim Gallager RV-4 0:48:10 196.48 170.85
RV Red 3rd Race 111 Skip Thomas RV-4 0:48:29 195.20 169.74

FAC1RG-T 1st Race 11 Jim Lane A36TC Bonanza 0:47:27 199.45 173.43

FAC 6 1st Race 14 Ric Lee Diamond DA 20 0:59:28 159.14 138.39

 

Status Report: Guilhermepilot

 

Turbo out and about...

 

RV-4 and the Brown Side of the Mountains

 

Partial Panel Question- IFR checkride with multiple EFIS screens and tablet

Can I use this during the partial panel portion of the checkride if all my EFIS screens are tied into one power bus, and they all share one AHRS

A discussion...

 

 

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Fri Sep 19, 2014  1153Z   (click the pic to go to the story)


CrewRV8: A new formation team is born ...Luke in Italy


 

First flight 9/18/14 ...Mike Coady

It finally happened, my first flight in N771MK. It was absolutely fantastic! Almost five years of building intermixed with a normal and sometimes crazy life. I can't tell you in words how good it was. Keep building. You will get there too. And thank you to the Airforce here. I can't tell you how valuable you are all as well. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!
 

Caption Contest


 

Electrical Gremlins Showing their Ugly Faces ...Randy's 12

I have 100 hrs on my RV-12 and up to this point, they have been relatively bug free hours. In the past three weeks, I've started to see a couple of electrical gremlins surface. I find this very frustrating because there is nothing I dislike more than tracking down wiring problems.

My first problem is that the right EGT reading jumps all over the place and then quits altogether. I have messed with this one a little and I first suspected the connector clips in the engine compartment. I've adjusted them, reinserted them, etc but no joy so far. This problem comes and goes so it is hard to pin down.

Second problem is that Skyview is giving me "Standby Network Error" that comes and goes as well. This sprung up as I was returning home from The Badlands Fly In. According to the debug page, it says it is in the SV-EMS-220 harness pins 1/6. In looking at the Van's wiring diagram, it is saying that it is the oil pressure line yet the oil pressure is displaying fine.

Third problem is that my fuel flow meter is showing zero flow. I first noticed this on a test flight to check on the other two problems. Haven't dove into this one yet.

I dread tearing open the cabin and the boot cowl but have no choice at this point. Just as the Fall weather is getting good too.
 

Catching up with Tommy and Gang


 

Reminder from the factory...


 

Greetings! ...Victor Cotham

New to that VAF, but hoping to become real familiar in the near future!

Retiring from the Navy after being stationed at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma for the past 12 years. Will be moving up to Seattle, WA in about two weeks to start a new career with Boeing.

Once settled, I hope to begin the rewarding process of building an RV. I have quite a bit of experience in repair of large aircraft. Hopefully, some of it should translate to help out with the small. Also, my step-son is planning on attending a two year degree/A&P course in the area, sounding like the perfect assistant.

Hoping to get in touch with a few people that I might be able to meet soon and get a feel for a RV, as well as some good contacts to prevent me from messing it up too bad.
 

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SB Complied With ...RV-10 N331JH

Inspected my -10 last Friday and found no cracks. Got the part frm Vans Tuesday and went to the airport after work on Wed to verify the fit and paint it. Did some minor cleaning up with a dremmel tool and have a good fit.

Installed it after work last night in about an hour including putting the cowl on etc. Needed only one spacer to preload it so the elastomers have not compressed much. Shaft looks good too with no noticable wear.

Total of 500 hours with 99% on paved surfaces. Kit number 40142, built in 2005 (think it was the 13th RV-10 flying). I had replaced the nose gear bushings at around 350 hours but verified they were all ok while I had it apart.

As others have said, easy fairly quick job if you have no cracks. Hardest part was getting the collar off. <g>

 

 

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The little mod Danny King made on his RV-8 'Beautiful Doll' that allows his GIB to have a PFD/MFD.  Extended it is at the proper slant for viewing.  Stowed it rests nicely up against the back of the front seat.  Secured with Velcro.

 

New RV 12 flew today ...yakdriver
Had the honor of doing the first flight of my friend's RV12 N792RV today. Flew great just like an RV should. First time I have flown a 12 and I really like how light and responsive it is. Couple of small adjustments and try it again tomorrow. Don
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RV 7 N212MD Flying as of 12/22/2007
Backcountry/TCOW Super Cub flying 03/12/2011

 

There is hope!
When I arrived at our Chapter Fly-in Saturday there were a bunch of kids gathered around before I even got out of the airplane.

Their parents were there and were doing a good job at keeping the kids under control.

One young boy asked if he could look inside. I said "It'll be hard for you to see inside without sitting in the plane, you want to do that?" His eyes widened as he said "Yes Sir"!
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Strong storm causes damage around county
SAN DIEGO - A stubborn monsoonal heat wave kept the San Diego area roasting again Tuesday and added to the misery by generating lightning, heavy rain, hail and stiff winds that sent trees and power lines crashing down onto roads and buildings around San Diego County.  ...

 

Analyzing an EGT clue
I was reading a preliminary NTSB report on an incident in MN a week or so ago in which a Cirrus lost power, landed on a road and sustained substantial damage when trying to avoid a car (hitting a utility pole guy wire).

(By the way, does anyone think -- while driving down a highway -- "where would I go AFTER I land here?"?)

Anyway, the pilot reported that he noticed the EGT numbers were dropping and then the engine quit a minute or so later.

My question: What would this tell us about what might be going on under the cowling?

 

 

Wed Sep 17, 2014  1202Z   (click the pic to go to the story)

Remembering Tony: Sunday 9/21

(from Amy)  I am having a reception at my house Sunday 9/21 from 4 to 7. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please come raise a glass and celebrate Tony's life. Stay as little or as long as you'd like. Please share with others. Just have them email me or text me they are coming so I can have an accurate head count.  (Cross Keys Airport 17N nearest).

 

AOG --Stuck with a flat at KHKY (Hickory NC)

I am up at KHKY (Hickory NC) with a main wheel flat. Anyone have some advise on who locally could provide some much needed help? Tried the local FBO but no one is home. Standard 5x5 main tires.

George

 

Small World

 

Cylinder #1 spark plugs Rotax 912ULS

Since my first engine start I've noticed the plugs in Cylinder #1 are black (sooty) compared to the other 3. I was hoping it was just something that was happening because the first hour or so was mostly idle to 2500RPM. I had the 25 hour inspection done by a Rotax certified mechanic. He said he's never seen it before on only one cylinder. The Rotax response has been not to worry about it as all engine parameters are good and it runs fine.
It may not be connected but I also noticed the exhaust is very sooty. I had a 912 in my Pulsar and never had the issue.

Carbs are balanced
Only run 93 auto fuel (normally 5% ethanol)
Cleaned and re-gapped the plugs
Compression was perfect (25 hour check)
The other plugs are a nice light brown

The plugs are not oily at all, the soot (maybe carbon) wipes off.

Has anyone else seen this issue, if so any suggestions on what else to check.

Thanks
Gary

 

Well, I pulled the cylinder - here are some pics

 

VFR Through Tampa Class B

We have a bunch of time off for the Christmas holiday and we're thinking of taking the Rocket out for a little spin down to Key West. Since I'm coming from California, I'm planning on running the coast along the panhandle, then jumping across the Gulf, going feet dry somewhere north of Tampa. I'd LIKE to run the entire west coast down to Key West, but Tampa is really in the way. I have no problem with Bravo airspace in general, but I know some is more "VFR friendly" than others. PHX for example only rarely lets me pass through. If Tampa is sketchy, I'd rather just plan to go around from the get go.

Any practical guidance/experience would be appreciated.

Thanks!

 

 

Tue Sep 16, 2014  1159Z   (click the pic to go to the story)

More Montana

 

Status Report

Just posting a quick update. Things are fairly quiet at the moment with work winding down. I've been ready for inspection for the last week, waiting on paperwork to clear the FAA and have the DAR come out.

Did a second engine run. Wow this is going to be fun. Starts easily, leaps forward on the taxi way, tracks straight with very positive control. Full power run-up shows 2250rpm as expected. I think it's ready to go!

Fingers crossed that we can get everything lined up this week and be in the air!
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Andy Karmy

 

Photos of Mark’s very nice RV-9 over PA heading to breakfast

 

More Center Section Bulkhead questions...

 

Probable Cause Published: Adopted 8/14/2014

 

OP requests you critiquie

 

 

Pics of area beneath wing gap fairing

 

Sept/Oct Issue Online...  36 pages.

 

Chris M's UpNorthAviation Panel

 

 

Mon Sep 15, 2014  1205Z   
  Sitting at a table for fourteen on Saturday. Family and friends for lunch at the Longhorn Steakhouse, four of them RV owners/builders, immediately after my mother’s funeral service. Laughing, and it felt good. Near the end of the meal, my sister leaned over and quietly said, ‘Mom is picking up this meal.’  Sis has power of attorney. She told me after most everyone had left, that fourteen years ago after my Dad’s service most of these same people came over to the house, staying for hours around the kitchen table. I had forgotten. In Sis’s words, “Mom laughed so hard she almost wet her pants." They gave her hope, and much needed laughter on the worst of days.
  The power of friendship showed itself again this weekend in the form of the many friends that came to pay their respects.  Many from out of town, some I haven't seen in decades.  Thank you.
  It wasn't lost on me just how much friends can make an impact.  Or how grateful our family is to know such people.

 

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Rest in Peace: Virginia Reeves
(my biggest fan)

Words fail me how thankful our family is for the many emails, voicemails, texts, private messages and replies in Sid's post regarding the passing of my dear mother, Virginia.  The funeral is scheduled for Saturday the 13th at Oakcrest Funeral Home (web) in Waco, TX.  Visitation 10:30.  Service 11:00.  Closed casket and no graveside service - exactly what she wanted.  Obituary.

She got so much joy out of reading this website, out of vicariously experiencing the excitement, satisfaction and community these airplanes brought other people.  She was my biggest supporter, role model and friend.  If this site brings you joy in any way, if it makes the world happier even a little, it is because Virginia Reeves walked this earth and that I was lucky enough to be given life by her.  You are looking through the prism her parentage provided.  We should all be so lucky.

Let me tell you one quick story.  On Mother's Day last year, a few weeks after getting lens replacement surgery in one eye, and finally being able to see more than about three feet, she may have asked to go for a ride in a sports car after finishing the corny dog and onion rings she requested for lunch.  I'll neither confirm nor deny that this actually happened, but her youngest son possibly found a long, straight road in the farmland countryside outside Waco, fed 300hp to spinning tires until the smell of melting rubber filled the car, letting off the gas at 104mph.  She might have asked to do it a second time, only faster.  A good son honors his mother's wishes (allegedly).

Between the tears I occasionally smile, because I keep having this vision of her floating above the hood of Dale Earnhardt Jr's car each weekend, yelling for him to go faster.  I hope he listens - her advice always served me well.

Mom, you did it right.  Thank you for everything.  I love you.

I'll be in and out for awhile.  God Bless you all.


 

 

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Words fail me how thankful our family is for the many emails, voicemails, texts, private messages and replies in Sid's post regarding the passing of my dear mother, Virginia.  The funeral is scheduled for Saturday the 13th at Oakcrest Funeral Home (web) in Waco, TX.  Visitation 10:30.  Service 11:00.  Closed casket and no graveside service - exactly what she wanted.  Obituary.

She got so much joy out of reading this website, out of vicariously experiencing the excitement, satisfaction and community these airplanes brought other people.  She was my biggest supporter, role model and friend.  If this site brings you joy in any way, if it makes the world happier even a little, it is because Virginia Reeves walked this earth and that I was lucky enough to be given life by her.  You are looking through the prism her parentage provided.  We should all be so lucky.

Let me tell you one quick story.  On Mother's Day last year, a few weeks after getting lens replacement surgery in one eye, and finally being able to see more than about three feet, she may have asked to go for a ride in a sports car after finishing the corny dog and onion rings she requested for lunch.  I'll neither confirm nor deny that this actually happened, but her youngest son possibly found a long, straight road in the farmland countryside outside Waco, fed 300hp to spinning tires until the smell of melting rubber filled the car, letting off the gas at 104mph.  She might have asked to do it a second time, only faster.  A good son honors his mother's wishes (allegedly).

Between the tears I occasionally smile, because I keep having this vision of her floating above the hood of Dale Earnhardt Jr's car each weekend, yelling for him to go faster.  I hope he listens - her advice always served me well.

Mom, you did it right.  Thank you for everything.  I love you.

I'll be in and out for awhile.  God Bless you all.

 

 

Thu Sep 4, 2014  1148Z

Mom trip #8

Went down to Houston and back yesterday to see Mom for a few hours - the airplane has justified its existence many times over these past two months.  It's hard to believe all this cancer/tumor/stroke ugliness reared its awful head only nine weeks ago.  She is in a hospice facility now near where my older sister works in Cypress (NW Houston).  I don't have the words to express the love I have for my sister.

Our family would truly appreciate any prayers you can offer up on Virginia Reeves' behalf.   She has always been this site's, and my, #1 fan...and we're hurting.

 

First Passenger Video ...Bruce Hill

Van's RV Technical Workshop ...Luca in Italy

As Italian DAR, I put together six new friends (builders and Chapter members) to explain the base skills for the metal building (absolutely Van's RV kit oriented). A free course, beverage included!  ...


 

HELP!...I need a title ...Chuck Hagerty

“You know it’s a bad landing when you’re upside down” is the title I used on this forum last November, and the thread was read over 13,500 times. Now I need some help. After the nose-over and the ensuing injuries, I had a lot of time on my hands, so I wrote a book about the whole experience. We are in the final stages of editing, and I hope to have it published before Christmas. My challenge at this stage is to come up with an appropriate title.

The book is divided into thirds: the first third tells about building, flying, and the crash; the second third tells about hospitals, surgeries, and recovery; and the last third tells about the lessons learned through all of this.

I’ve thought about using “You know it’s a bad landing when you’re upside down” and I’ve also thought of “Bad Landing – Broken Neck – Borrowed Insights.” I have several others, but I didn’t want to put them all out here. We have so many sharp people on the site and quite a few wordsmiths…someone recently proposed a title for the future book that Vlad needs to write, and I thought it was well done.

So if you come up with a good idea, please pass it on. You will have my undying gratitude, and the privilege of seeing your creative efforts on the front of a book. Thanks for thinking about this, and I don’t want to tie up the site, so if you want to respond off-line, that would be great.

Thanks also for your thoughts, prayers, and well wishes.  ...

 

Tommy and Gang ...trip update

On Sunday morning, we loaded up 3 RVs and took off about 9:30 am. The weather was clear at Port Angeles but the Seattle area had a number of IFR and marginal vfr reporting points. So the plan was to climb on top to see if it was doable. This was the view on takeoff of the Olympic Mountains.  ...


 

 

 

Wed Sep 3, 2014  1142Z

Airshow in Lovere, Iseo Lake, Brescia, Italy ...Team RV Italy

Just three pics from yesterday, during Memorial Stoppani Airshow in Lovere, Iseo Lake, Brescia, Italy, where we performed as QBR Team (Quei Bravi Ragazzi Team); Memorial Stoppani is an airshow dedicated to Mario Stoppani, a I world war ace pilot who was born in Lovere.
Mario Stoppani also performed a record flight in 1938 from Cadice, Spain to Caravelas, Brasil with an hydroplane (that's why the airshow also includes some hydroplanes who actually land on Iseo Lake). ...

 

100 hours in N824E (RV-10) ...Bill Thomasson

First 100 hours report. Here is what I like, would do different, and things I have found in my first 100 hrs.

Squawks and Problems:
1. Had leak at break peddle on low pressure fitting of left break (pressurized when co-pilot uses breaks) did not notice it until after had a co-pilot.
2. When fixing above, found left break fitting on break (90 deg) was only hand tight and had been leaking a lot. Had noticed softer breaking with that side, but had just suspected an air bubble.
3. Found the ignition wire pass-through of the baffle had only been hand tightened. Found at hour 40 after many inspections and 2 oil changes. I found it while trying to tighten the baffling up more and filling every small hole with RTV.
4. Needed to removed 2/3-3/4 of front air deflectors on the cyl 1,2 baffles to get them cooler. I would leave them off to start with as this seems common to most RV-10s
5. Open door sensor wire got pinched in an adel clamp, causing it to be grounded after the pilot door. (EFIS-PilotDoor-(unintentional ground)-CopilotDoor-Ground ) This caused the open door sensor on copilot to never indicate open.
6. First flight out of airport environment (4 flight) had a short that caused primary electrical buss to go down. EFIS stayed up on backup battery, but had no radios or transponder (or flaps). Had to land at a different field (non-towered). If I had had a handheld radio it would have been much easier to go back to my towered airport then have to cart tools out to the airport I did land at.

Things I would do different:
1. Not use carbon-fiber panel. Love the look of it, that is why I put it in, but I have already thought of re-doing my panel for some new EFIS's that did not exist 18 months ago. Any of the carbon fiber designs limit how much you can move things in the future without pulling the entire panel out. Still love it now, but will not do it on my next build.
2. Put rudder peddles in rearward (closer to pilot) position, not forward. I'm 6'1 and with my seat up as far as I can get it and not have my crotch interfering with the stick and my knees pressing buttons on the dash, the peddles are a little further than I would like. Unless you are taller than 6'2 I would not use the front peddle position.
3. iPad mount on co-pilot side instead of 3rd EFIS. I always flew my cessna with my ipad and never had any problems seeing it, so I mounted it on a swivel mount. Quickly found it was not visible enough there, and started using it on my lap again. Now adding a 3rd EFIS.
4. Tack sensor. I had only wired my Lightspeed tack to my G3X and did not install a tack sensor. Did not fully think about no tack sensing when doing a mag check. Still have that on my todo list to get to at some time.
5. Make sure EVERTHING is done before first flight. Still have 10 minor items (not of airworthyness concern) that I planed on getting done while in phase I... they are still not done. Hard to work on it instead of flying.
6. Archer comm antenna. Had my comm 2 on an archer antenna in the wingtip. At least my install is useless over 10 miles. luckly because of mixed reports I had installed a doubler for a second wip antenna already.

Notes on Performance etc: (In Georgia in the Summer)
1. I have had no problems with oil temperatures. Usually in the 170's. I do have a butterfly valve in the oil cooler air, and will usually close it just a little to raise the temp a little to make sure all water gets boiled out. This is in Georgia in the summer.
2. CHT's climb quickly to 400 if I keep takeoff power past pattern altitude. If I drop down to 24 squared and 110-120 knots then temps stay 380-390. I still get a nice rate of climb 700-800 fpm with this.
3. In cruise 40-50 deg LOP at 9000 ft WOT & 2350 rpm seeing 163 knots at 9.7 gph with CHTs in the 350-360. 50 deg rich of peak 12-13 gph at 168-170.
4. Climbed to 22,000 ft with O2 just after completing phase 1. Was still getting about 200 fpm, but was temp limited or would have been higher. Was only getting 139 knots on 6.8 gph
5. GPS box vs TAS seems to show an error in my TAS of between 0 and 1.5 knots depending on airspeed from 70 knots to 170 knots.
6. Running through all the datapoints in my test plan took 34 hr. (first 5 hr were just breaking in the engine). I did not record anything while flying, but used EFIS log to pull the data from. This worked well. Use the EFIS to Mark (G3X) the start of a test and it puts a flag in the data file.
7. Tested to 2800 lbs (my gross weight) and max rearward CG (after burning off 3 gal I was out of CG to the rear). Stall break and recovery were still mild and easy. (moved a sandbag forward before landing) Loading 650 lbs of sandbags might break you, but not the stall.
8. Tested to 210 knots TAS while wearing a parachute just in case. Only problem noticed at that speed is the rear side vents open themselves.

Things I love:
1. The plane.
2. The Aerosport overhead console & stien vents. Expensive vents, but they seal tight, lots of air provided, great place to run wires and antenna, and looks great.
3. Planearound center latch.
4. EFIS/AP. Wow is all I can say. I have the G3X, and I'm sure other modern ones I would also be happy with, I never had an AP in a plane before and with the combination EFIS/AP it is amazing how much easier IFR flight is.
5. VP-X. Maybe it is just the computer geek in me but installing it was really easy, directions great, and love how much it tells me and the ability to re-configure easily.
4. Building. I am already thinking about building again. Won't happen for a few years, but already thinking about it.

 

Tommy and Gang ...Olympic National Park (RV-10, 7A, and more)

We spent last week exploring Olympic National Park. This was the view while hiking Hurricane Ridge.  ...

From my friend Luca in Italy...

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Tue Sep 2, 2014  1152Z


Seen a few hangars down - doing an annual.... 

Another RV-8 Flies ...Vic Syracuse

In January of this year I picked up a partially-completed RV-8 from a local builder, Paul Ledoux. Paul decided to build an RV-12 instead, and that is coming along very nicely. I always wanted an 8, and didn't think anyone was going to let me fly theirs. Well, I finally finished it and made 3 test flights today.  ...

Thanks! another 8 flying ...NLPete

I’ve been a lurker here for a long time and thought I’d step out to say thank you ...

First Flight of the Eagle ...John Harrell 7A

After four years and seven months of building, my RV-7A S/N 73678 (aka the Eagle) took to the air. It was just me, my wife, and Dave Stevenson at the hangar this morning as we checked the airplane out for the last time before the first flight. I wanted this event to be low key. Spectators would just make me nervous and add pressure that could cloud my judgment. The airplane was ready as far as I could tell, and the conditions were right so I decided it was the day to fly. I started the engine with 18 gallons of fuel on board; more than enough for this flight. After a smooth taxi to the east end of the runway at KAJO I did a standard run-up and mag check. All systems go! I checked for traffic and called out my intention to take-off on runway 25 for the first flight. The next guy in sequence to take-off radio'd back "good luck".  ...

Monkey Island Grand Lake Ok ...crabandy trip write-up

Impromptu RV trip because the Wx was simply too nice not to go flying, we just needed a place to go to. Ray was nice enough to haul 2 of my girls in his 10 and the Pie went with me to give "Monkey Island" a try.  ...

My 50th ...David Paule

Yes, it's been 50 years today since I soloed.

I was 17 years old. I worked at an FBO washing and waxing planes in exchange for flying lessons. The minimum wage then was $1.25 an hour and that went directly towards the flying. The Cessna 150, the original fastback version, cost $12 an hour wet. The instructor cost $6. Fuel was expensive at 42 cents a gallon, but the airport was Santa Monica and the City was the fuel vendor. I didn't get any flying support from my folks. They talked about whether they'd sign off on me soloing and were slightly dismayed when I explained that they didn't need to.

At that time I didn't have a driver's license. I had to walk or bike to the field. Since I wasn't earning any actual cash and didn't have a bike, I walked. It wasn't exactly around the corner.

When I wasn't working or flying, I'd roam around the field, getting to know many of the regulars. I got to fly a lot of cool airplanes and eventually checked out in taildraggers with a Cessna 120. No flaps and it sure was noisy - no ANR back then.

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It was a pretty day today, so I went flying. I went solo. It seemed appropriate.

Dave

Beautiful Steamboat ...vid post by Christopher Murphy

The Renegades are at the Wild West Air Fest this weekend. This is our favorite event and this video hints at the reason.  ...

My new Ride (RV-6A) ...Manny Oro

Just bought this beauty. 0-320 8.5 gph. Did 185 mph with 1600+ fpm the other day in sunny (HOT) Florida! Panel can use an upgrade but that is coming.

Texans invade Nevada! Come and welcome them ...this Wednesday

Three RV/VAF couples (Tom and Bonnie Lewis, Claudia and Martin Sutter, and Ron and Kelly Walker) plan to arrive at Dayton Valley Airpark mid-day on Wednesday (9/3). Paul and I will be hosting a BYOB gathering at our hangar starting at 6:30 pm that evening. We'd love to have some other VAF folks show up. Please note if you fly in that the runway is unlit and the moon will not be any help at this time, so you probably should head home before it gets dark.

In addition, we plan a fly-out on Thursday (9/4) morning for breakfast at Bridgeport. Meeting on the ramp at O57 at 8:30 am then walking across the bridge into town to the Hays Street Cafe (about a 5 miinute walk from the ramp). Join us!

Status Report ...Bill Greenley

Milestone: So Long Phase I ...Bruce Hill 9A

Panel Upgrade ...Jesse

This is a recent upgrade to N345RD from dual AFS 3500's to a 3500 and a 5600 Touch. It's almost done. It's going to be great flying behind the 5600.

Status Update: Many Pics ...Andy Karmy

N66GB Nearly Ready to Fly Again ...dacronwal post

August Experimenter

 

 

Sun Aug 31, 2014  1536Z SPECIAL

Some good news
For those wonderful folks and advertisers who choose to support this site financially, I thought I would give you a bit of good news regarding what some of that money has helped accomplish.

Yesterday we got a text from our daughter Audrey, a sophomore at SMU majoring in Biochemistry, saying she starts training for a lab job this coming Wednesday.  The Lippert Research Group (web link) is working with chemiluminescence in the body.  She will start out helping to analyze chemicals found in saliva to look for trends between stress and depression.  Some of the other research involves using widely available smart phone technology, for example an iPhone's camera, to test for lung cancer.

I thought you might enjoy this wonderful news.  Susie and I are so very proud of Audrey and the adult she is becoming. 
 

 

Fri Aug 29, 2014  1758Z SPECIAL

 

 

Fri Aug 29, 2014  1159Z
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled Labor Day weekend.  No Monday edition - trying to visit Mom sometime over the long weekend Wx permitting (factory closed Monday also).

A More Interesting Flight to Jackson Hole ...RV10Rob


 

Great flight today ...Scott Schmidt RV-12

I took the RV-12 for a 1.5 hr flight north of Salt Lake, over Bear Lake and had a fun time. I wanted to share a few things about the flight.  ...


 

From the factory FB page....

For about half an hour this Thursday, the phones at Van's went unanswered....but we had a good reason: after more than eleven years of making sure that RV builders all over the world got the right hardware in the right bag in the right kit, Candy Dove decided it was time for something new. Van's President Scott Risan, along with the complete staff of Van's, gathered for a cake/applause/laughter send-off.

Candy and her husband have purchased piece of land on the North Umpqua River, about 120 miles south of Van's. It's a beautiful part of the world to wake up to every morning, and no doubt there'll be a shop where Candy can indulge her love of working on older American muscle cars.


 

Eagle's Nest Projects - Welcomes Central High School, Salem, WI


 

Problem Found: Rough Engine and Low EGT ...ao.frog


 

From Abby at Flightline...

SportAir Workshop Courses Return to Dallas Sept. 6-7

(from EAA SportAir) "You've thought about it, dreamed about it — and now you can get the skills and experience you need to build or restore your own aircraft with EAA’s SportAir Workshops in Dallas, Texas, on September 6-7. There are still a few spots left in Sheet Metal Basics and Electrical Systems, so register today! Proudly sponsored by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co."
 

Charity Hat Sighting ...Brian

 

 

Thu Aug 28, 2014  1142Z

VanCave view from the treadmill: Four RVs...(above)

Rob 'Smokey' Ray was in town for a day, and decided to do an oil change while here.  I thought it was sorta neat having four RVs in one shot in one hangar.  From left to right:  Rob Reece's RV-8 under construction, Rob Ray's 'RV-X', John Goodloe's RV-8 (back corner) and my RV-6.  John and Rob in the background shuffling about.

Later that afternoon.....Rob landed back in Florida and sent....


 

Got the iPad Mini Ram Mount Installed

Ordered the mount a few weeks back from Sporty's and just now getting around to drilling the two holes to mount it.  I powered up the panel (no GPS lock yet on the 430W), but you can get an idea of how it will look.  Garmin Pilot running on the iPad Mini with the GLO antennae.  ILS or LOC RWY 16 approach plate for KAFW pulled up, complete with 'you are here' blue dot.  Annotate chart feature used to highlight the minimums line I would use.  Note stopwatch at top of screen iPad - useful for holding practice.  I'll flight test it on the next trip to see Mom.

Next on the list is to tie the iPad Mini and GLO antennae into ship's power.

(click for 1,900 pixel wide version)

 

And the hits keep coming ...scrollF4

...OK, you know those steel plates we bolt to the side of the fuselage? They're flat, stick straight out, and we bolt the other end to the wing/fuel tank? Dude, they're sharp! .  I guess I need a helmet.


 

15% OFF Entire Oregon Aero Amazon Inventory ...until Aug 31st.

(from OA) "From now until August 31st Oregon Aero is offering 15% OFF our Entire Amazon.com Inventory. Just use Promo Code PEHRU9IH at checkout to redeem your savings."
 

GRT and Android App ...Dvalcik

I downloaded the Android app from the GRT site and installed it on an old Android phone. Added the needed bluetooth to the GRT and paired them. It was very easy

The photo below is with the android app running on a Galaxy S4 via Bluetooth to the EFIS.  ...

 

 

Wed Aug 27, 2014  1136Z

Aircraft Camping at Alvord Deser, OR ...Scott Stewart post.

I flew out to the Alvord Desert finally! Seven aircraft, including four RVs met up on the desert. This is definitely a place to share with friends!

Welcome Sig600 with award winning RV8 ...Vlad

Attention Flash Mob Squadron and PA Uniformed Gang! We got new member here in the Northeast and he needs proper introduction. Welcome Sig600 and his RV-8, a potential award winner at Sky Manor 2014.

Flight to Andover and back. Don't tell his wife why he came home wet <g>

Waterfalls, Cascades, Flumes, Gorges ...turbo

just south of hartford is this wonderful falls. it looked like only 4 foot or so. it was only visible for a short time while circling it. more to come...

Tommy and Gang Travel Update

Sometimes you're the windshield ...Brad Benson

...and sometimes you're the bug.  Today I was the bug.  more

Mark Cooper's RV-10 ..Oregon Aero shots

"This RV-10 is owned by Mark Cooper. His seats are Oregon Aero and he dropped by to get matching carpet. While it was in the hangar I snapped a few shots."

related: The RV-10 Forum

Week Left in the PCU5000 Group Buy

...flat rate of $1,200 (MSRP $1,550)

 

 

Tue Aug 26, 2014  1140Z


"Last night I gave a friends father a surprise ride for his
60th birthday on a perfect evening in Ohio."  --  John Furey RV-7
 

Ramp Party ...Rosie

Here's how my ramp looked last Saturday... GREAT to have RV FRIENDS! Rosie

 

Garmin Pilot app with bluetooth Garmin GLO antennae

...some screengrabs on the iPad Mini from this weekend's trip down to see Mom.  VFR direct to the FAF, then coupled to the a/p for the final few miles.  All this just to prove to myself the GLO/Pilot setup works (it does).

The out-the-window view.  Some clouds in central TX, but clear in both DFW and Houston.


 

Reminder from the factory...

 

 

Mon Aug 25, 2014  1153Z
   The RV-6 took me down to Houston Saturday to visit Mom.  Visit #7.  She had two small strokes last week and is sadly back in the hospital - and can't talk very well.  Any prayers you can send my wonderful, loving mother's way would be greatly appreciated by both me and my family.
 

What's in your hangar? ...Mark Henderson (Napa, CA)

At 3:30 this morning, Napa, where I live and have my RV-12, was hit with a magnitude 6.0 earthquake. In my 60 + years in California it was by far the hardest quake I have ever encountered. In my neighborhood, Nothing is left on any shelf. Bookcases ,dressers , and even refridgerators are flat on the floor. We are ok, sadly the same can't be said for the china, and several antiques.

As I was picking up, I suddenly realized that there were several large, heavy cabinets in the hanger. They were within falling distance of my 12. The drive to the airport was the longest ever. I kept thinking what a 200 lb storage cabinet could do to an airplane. By hapenstance, the shock was not very severe at the airport, and nothing was damaged. If my hangerhad taken the same hit as my house, or even worse, downtown Napa, My plane would be trashed. There is no excuse for me to have things that could fall on the plane unsecured. Oh yeah, it won't happen to me.

For those of us along the west coast in particular, what is in your hanger that you don't want to see embedded in your plane?

Ultimate homebuilt project ...a really cute birth announcement.

After last year's Oshkosh, my wife and I decided it was time to start working on a homebuilt. We had seen lots of different models and options and decided we would shoot for a single place but if things got away from us a two place would work out just fine as well. My wife comes from a homebuilding family where her brother has already completed 3 projects so she had a good idea what we were getting into.  ...

VIRB Elite Wing Mount ...N411TW

I tried three different OTC wing mounts and didn't like any of them. In the end I simply drilled and countersunk two holes into one of the bases that comes with the VIRB and mounted it out on the wing tip. It works great and has been through quite a few adventures without any sign of fatigue.

Dimple Halo's

I hope everyone can put me at ease. I am working on the left rudder skin, dimpled using a DRDT. When I flipped it over, I noticed that the holes had somewhat of a white halo. Should I be worried or press on?

Check my numbers ...prkay

I took a snapshot of my EFIS today during a flight, leaned-out in cruise condition. I was at around 4500 ft. Could you guys have a look at my numbers, particularly temps, and see if they all look reasonable? It's an RV-9A, Carb O-320 (160hp) with a FP (catto) prop.
(note: my fuel flow is reported in LPH and 30.5LPH is 8.05GPH.)
I wonder whether to be concerned about the temps on Cyl #2 - coldest CHT but hottest EGT (EGT spread over 100 degrees).

Charity Hat Sighting ...Tom and Pam Schad

While Pam and I were visiting Canada last week, our friends took us to the Canadian Warbird Heritage Museum near Toronto.  Tom Schad  Gainesville RV-8 N558TX RV-6 N986TX

 

 

Fri Aug 22, 2014  1149Z
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
 


Panel ...MarkChristopher.
"
Only about 30 hours on it but it flies great!"
 

N880AT is now a free bird! ...T. Albert

This morning test pilot Jeff Nielsen took my RV-8a QB up to compete the FAA required Phase 1 testing. While I completed much of the test flying in terms of hours flown and test items completed, Jeff flew the really demanding parts of the required testing. He completed the aerobatic maneuvers (loops and rolls), spin entries and maximum speed (230 MPH True Air Speed) testing this morning.

All went well.

N880AT total time 40.8 hours on the tach. Build time to date approximately 2,300 hours.

I am now free to fly about the country - with a passenger! <g>

It's a Trap! ...Vladski

Here I am returning from my Alaskan journey enjoying good weather and different scenery. The plan of the day was to fly over some highly industrialized country in the Dakotas and by several well known monuments in Wyoming. In the plan was also included a brief visit with my good buddy Glen Sterling who lives a very interesting life in Hulett, WY. I planned to end my long flying day somewhere in ND with a prearranged pilot lounge ...

The science of parking outside

I could use some advice here. Now I am parked literally minutes from the place I live 6 minutes to be exact. There is no hangar space at that airport. There is fair amount of traffic of different kind and there are birds and there are some funny insects too. ...

From the factory: It's Calendar Time Again! ...Ken

 

 

Thu Aug 21, 2014  1145Z


Midland, TX arrival.  Rob Ray iPhone photo.
 

Joe Zuffoletto's Panel

Update from Tommy and gang ...various RVs used in the adventure.

Baffle crack repair

Q: Who passed the IFR Knowledge Test yesterday? 
A:
Me.
         screen grab...

 ...lunch ended up at the Hard Eight BBQ w/some of the usual suspects.  Left to right Gary Platner (RV-8), Sid Mayeux (7A), John Goodloe (8), Randy Richmond (6) , Rob 'Smokey' Ray (X), Jerry Lawlor (8) and Tony.

Pecan Plantation Fly-In Sept 20th (N. TX)...Doug Crumrine

From NationAir Insurance...

  

 

 

Wed Aug 20, 2014  1145Z

Puppy Needs a Ride ...catmandu update


 

How I Am Studying for the IFR Written

(A sample question/answer/explanation/annotated figure in my study doc).


 

N898TT Panel Shot ...akarmy

Most everything is done panel wise and lighted up now. Just a few side panel covers to install after inspection.


 

GRT Mini Software Release ...KatieB

"We've just released a new software update for the Mini display unit (X and B). Enroute Highway-In-The-Sky has been added to the Mini-X! ..."  ...


 

 

Tue Aug 19, 2014  1206Z

A day in Oregon- 6 airports, 4 meals, homecoming, 3 T shirts, 2 prizes

I played Hookie from work Saturday with a little encouragement from fellow EAArs.

09:00. Aurora: Add 16 gals 100LL, hanger neighbor "8 ball" says "don't take my parking spot!"

10:00. Diets Airpark: Taxied past 10 or so chapter 105 RVs and parked right on Host Rion's new hanger slab, left some room for "8 Ball". Signed up, received first poker card, T-Shirt number one, ate quiche and cinnamon buns with coffee. Wonderful!   ...

Homecoming Pics ...CharlieWaffles

I thought I'd share a few photos from the homecoming this past weekend. The flightline was quite full by the time I arrived Saturday morning and it was great to see so many RVs. Yes there were some non-RVs in attendance, but hey, we can't blame them for envying our RVs can we? And yes, my photos are a bit focused on my plane, but hey, they're my photos! There were at least 5 RV-10s in force as well.

AFS had a great booth showing their new touchscreens, quick panel wiring and providing updates and troubleshooting to a slew of existing owners. Thanks AFS!

Obstacle ALERT ...seen during Chicago media ride

Interesting screen shot from my GRT HXr I had a second to SNAP turning inbound toward the city of Chicago on a media ride for the Chicago Air and Water Show last weekend.

It looked a lot scarier on the screen than out the windscreen. It was an amazing weekend.  ...

Titan Aircraft Engines Hiring ...Kevin

"I need engine builders, painter, and dyno operator, if you have built an RV and like working with your hands we will train you. 38k-52k

Engineer - We need engineers that can run certification programs and possibly run engineering dept. Salary tbd

Engine Sales - base plus commission must be willing to learn how to build engines and back up marketing functions for at least two months so you know what the heck you are talking about. 40k base, 100% potential bonus

All positions are based in San Antonio..."
 

Garmin Open House, Seminars and BBQ ...upper NW.

Sept 25th 4p-7p  | Garmin AT Facility (map)
2345 Turner RD SE, Salem, Oregon (KSLE)


click to enlarge

 

 

Mon Aug 18, 2014  1206Z
 Ordered a card reader (link) for my 430W updates this weekend, and an iPad mini mount for the plane (from Sporty's).  Those and the Garmin 'GLO' GPS receiver w/bluetooth (link) for the iPad.  Some IFR studying, yardwork and thunderstorms rounded out the weekend.  No flight down to visit Mom, as the weather was iffy.  She got to watch the NASCAR race Sunday, which always lifts her up.
  I'm looking forward to some Homecoming pics popping up, hope the weather yesterday was better where you are, and that your week gets off to a nice start. 

A few pics from my OSH trip ...DougJ trip report

Another RV6 First Flight ...russcoburn

After 2yrs of fairly regular building, my RV6 Slider Kit#22874 got its maiden flight on August 12th 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at KOGD. I spent the prior week training with Mike Seager for 15 hours in the RV7 for transition and tail wheel endorsement giving me the confidence for the first flight.

I had one small squawk with my electric rim tab motor setting backwards (up trim was down, down was up) that took a minute or so to realize this and adjust for it and then no other issues at all in the 30 min flight. (Easy setting on Vp-50 unit to reverse direction of trim).

N846RJ is an RV-6 Slider with a Superior fuel injected 0-360, fixed pitch Catto 3-blade prop, GRT Sport EFIS with AFS 2500 engine monitor and SL30 Nav/Com and Vertical Power VP-50 unit for electrical management.

Now it is off to the rest of my Phase I flight testing and enjoying the fruits of my labor.

Airworthiness Certificate ...Michael Burbidge

My airworthiness certificate was issued this morning. What a feeling. This has been such a long, fulfilling journey. I thought I was going to start crying when the FAA inspector shook my hand.

Thanks for all those who have replied to the many questions I've asked. And thanks to Doug for hosting this site.

Sorry no pictures. There was no one else around to take them.

From the factory...

The Great Bear Rescue ...factory FB story

Virb Video Try-out ...Paul

Oil Change ...crabandy

GI 260 Installed ...Brantel

RV9A - Slow Down, or Drop Altitude, Not both ...pmccoy

I had an interesting flight this week. Flew one of my normal routes between Chino, CA and Big Bear Lake, CA. On the way home I was direct to Chino on flight following to go through the maze of Southern California airspace. After take off from Big Bear, it's normally a 22 minute flight with a nice 300 to 400 ft per minute decent the entire way. This particular flight seemed to have lots of traffic call outs from ATC. I was on an altitude hold at 6,500, then another at 4,500. ...

OSH vid ...slick

Status Report ...Blain

RV-14 Seats by Oregon Aero available now!

 

 

Fri Aug 15, 2014  1150Z
 
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  Looking forward to pics from Homecoming this weekend! 


Sweet Home Alabama

"Thought I’d share this photo with you.  It was a beautiful sunset here in Alabama.  It was even sweeter because I finally retook possession of my RV-4 after 416 days.  My brother had my plane while I was overseas, and I flew it from St. Louis down to our new home in Montgomery, Alabama…coincidentally the same place where I bought the plane 9 years ago.  Flying it again after that long felt almost as good as the day I flew it OUT of Montgomery 9 years ago." 
        -- Matt Ziemann

Vid: Flying my ocean, beach, and sunrise ....at 500 feet

This morning was one of those times when I just needed to escape from the Earth for a few minutes. I love the RV-6.  Loafing along in smooth air as the sun comes up, listening to CCR, looking at the calm waters...  -- Arlen

Pics: Baton Rouge to Kellogg, Idaho ...jpowell13

Great Trip. The Idaho panhandle is a really nice destination. The people are terrific.

Eagle's Nest Projects... +1

Roger was the PLTW (Project Lead the Way) Aerospace instructor at Clear Springs High School during the build of two Eagle’s Nest Projects, EN-03 & EN-06. He retired this year from his teaching position and has accepted a Director position with Eagle’s Nest Projects, bringing with him a passion for the program and a lifetime of education and curriculum development experience. In two weeks, Clear Springs will begin building their 3rd RV-12 and Roger will be on-board every step of the way – inspiring and empowering students, schools, and communities to achievements they never dreamed possible. If you hear "experimental niner zero three echo november" on your radio, say hello to Roger. If the call sounds like it's coming from a 'kid', it probably is and would be one of the Clear Springs build-students taking a lesson... say hello to them too!

2014 2/3rds Done: Honor System Donation Numbers Updated

A little over 1000 people so far - approximately $20K after taxes.  Thank you!!!! to those who support this small business with their hard earned dollars. 

related:  How to donate.

 

 

Thu Aug 14, 2014  1147Z

First Flight- Canadian RV-6 C-FSPB

""...I recall walking the grass at Oshkosh in 1979 as a much younger man, and seeing Van's arrival in the first RV-4..."

Support on the "Home Front" ...Rob Erdos

I'm basically just bragging here, but I needed to give a shout-out for my wife, Debbie. Our RV-6 did its first flight last week, and I have a lot of people to thank, but I know who's on the top of the list...

Lt. Colonel John Brick...Rest in Peace

I wanted to Post a note about John. A number of us attended his service yesterday at Tahoma National Cemetery as we said our good byes. John was a natural teacher as he helped all of us build better airplanes, and fly safely. John taught me both RV construction when I was starting my 9A, then later taught me formation flying so I could do it safely. So many good memories that we can share. ...

Summer flying in the northeast ...Turbo vid

Relentless Gets EFii upgrade

Comm/VIRB Test Went Well

.8hrs under the hood yesterday with 7A builder Sid Mayeux in the right seat (thank you Sid!!!).  Tested the VIRB headset cable.  Sid was kind enough to hold the camera about chest level pointing roughly in the direction of his PFD during the KAFW ILS 34R approach.  Uploaded at 1080 dpi - you can read the numbers if played full screen at 1080.  I'm going to mount the camera better now and use to debrief myself.  Tracking radials via GPS and VLOC, RNAV 18 into Decatur, then ILS 34R into Alliance.  17kt crosswind at 2,000'.  Schlotzky's for lunch. 

Video at: http://youtu.be/mnrS8JfxhvY


 

 

Wed Aug 13, 2014  1053Z


Flash's front office.  VIRB pic.
Click to enlarge.

Stretching the ~49yr old Brain

I was going to keep this under wraps and just let you know when I got it, but I've been thinking lately I should instead share some of the experience in word/video.  The spreadsheet says I'm now 90% done with the time required for the IFR rating.  Well, 90% if you count the 30 minutes I'm logging under the hood this morning with Sidney Mayeux in my right seat as a safety pilot.  88.8% if you don't count it.  I need 2.6 hrs more with the CFII and 1.9 with a safety pilot.  Sid's a good safety pilot, his day job is in the B777 sim.  He's building a 7A also.  The CFIIs on the field are top shelf.  I might drag one on a trip to see Mom for my IFR cross country.

I wasn't planning on finishing the rating to tell you the truth, but two months ago I didn't know my Mom's health would turn south, and to be honest all this studying keeps my mind occupied.  I was 70% done two months ago.  My logic now is to go ahead and knock this thing out, because I'm flying down to Houston weekly to see Mom (412 n.m. round trip).  Often Houston has a 1,000' agl OVC layer in the morning - 100' thick.  Or a layer of broken coming in off the gulf - ceilings nice a high, but there nonetheless.  Most of my databases are even current, if you can believe that.  It shocks me too.

The ultimate goal of all this, and my idea of winning the cosmic lottery, is a few dozen more trips down to Houston to visit with Mom.

Some positive news...Mom was released from the skilled nursing facility yesterday after hip surgery 21 days ago and is back in my sister's house in Katy, TX.  Medical helper there with her during the day while sis works.  She has really appreciated the kind words from so many of you.

Some more VIRBage (vids) ...Greg W.

More on the 'Additional Pilot in Phase 1' ...MeGiron clarifies

There was a lot of effort put into making sure there is no 'gray' area as you describe. Here's how:

Each "additional pilot" who decides to assist in Phase I is REQUIRED to:

1. document via the provided worksheets
2. attest via signature
3. attach that worksheet into the test aircraft's airframe logbook PRIOR to flight.

This also holds true for the owner. In the early phases of flight test, the Qualified Pilot's completed scorecard is on the worksheet, attached and signed in the airframe logbook prior to flight attesting and showing that they meet the qualifications.

The hook here is 14 CFR § 91.9, which says in pertinant part that no person may operate a civil aircraft without complying with the operating limitations specified or as otherwise prescribed by the certificating authority of the country of registry. (those being your operating limitations issued with your airworthiness certificate)

The argument for or against the program has been hashed out in fine detail for over a year and a half with many, many organizations, individuals and aviation professionals providing input, and ultimately encouraged by the end result. The program is NOT for everybody, and thus, why it is optional. However, I urge you all to keep in mind that the RV community is large and widespread. Training is available, though not as widespread as many would like. For the remainder of the amateur-built fleet, this is not the case. I believe we can all agree that Phase I flight test is serious business, and not to be taken lightly. With the majority of the accidents during all phases of flight being loss of control related, the pilots are not doing as well as they could. Lack of experience in aircraft with similar performance and handling is often to blame. This program provides the ability to construct a flight test plan with a trusted qualified individual to establish experience in the aircraft. Ideally it would begin with transition training in another aircraft prior to flight test. The key is to understand that these aircraft are not always being flown by professional test pilots, nor are they being flown by high time, high experience individuals. Those who meet the last statement will never see the need for this program. Keep in mind, even if the aircraft was flown by a hired pro test pilot for all of phase I, when the owner sits in the aircraft for the first time, they are still confronted with mitigating loss of control. The program requires that the maneuvers done on a typical private pilot checkride are those that must be conducted by the owner during phase I using the program. The idea being achieving a two-pronged outcome: good airplane, good pilot. The overarching idea is this: you should never have to solo any aircraft until you are confident and prepared to do so. The original phase I limitation never provided a means to achieve this.

Lastly, I really do appreciate every response. I want to make sure that we've considered all sides of the debate. To date, I can say that we have. I also hope, though brief, the responses help provide understanding.

Copalis State Airport (beach runway) ...Spindrift vid

And from Joe...

 

 

Tue Aug 12, 2014  1147Z

Almost Finished ...Steve

This is a pic of mine, just finished painting, (never do that again ) Catto prop, Stroker 340. I painted similar to my fathers "B" model Mustang in WW2. Green on top, gray bottom. I haven't completely finished it because I can't find the original photo of dad's ship.

Cessna passes slower RV at Osh! ...mcattell

[ed. Proving anything can happen!  And some talk about the VIRB camera rig.  dr]

Flash Mob Squadron Weekend ...Vlad

[ed. When I see a trip write-up post by Vlad, I stop what I'm doing and dig in.  Vlad, THANK YOU for all you do to promote the hobby!!!  dr]

Tommy and Gang ...keepin' on keepin' on.

On Sunday we loaded up the RV10 and flew west to Orcas Island. With all the fires in Washington we had some TFRs and smoke to deal with.  ...

A Puppy Needs A Ride (I should say several rides) ...JakeLewis22

"....A family in Haymarket, Virginia have voiced an interest in adopting Dakota which made me think about Pilots N Paws. I am willing to fly Dakota on the first 2-3 hour leg of her journey which will get her as far as the Phoenix area...."

SkyView 11 Software Released ...dynonsupport


more info

My first Air Race ...N411TW

Smokey's Charity Hats

Here are my 2 favorite charities...MAF and VAF!  After numerous deployments and washings, it was time. Out with the old, in with the new, hats that is...

Need an Airport Scooter?

 ...posting this for my buddy DanH (who helped me find a truck a few years back).  Dan wrote the funny text below.


VALVE EXTENSIONS...Rich Meske

We just received a new batch of Valve Extensions. The flexibility of these extensions allows you to get easy access to your "hard to get to" tire valves. For more details on this and more GREAT PRODUCTS, please visit our web site, www.aircraftextras.com .
 

 

 

Mon Aug 11, 2014  1155Z

It takes a village to build a plane ...chrishalfman First Flight

A different kind of Oshkosh ...ColoRv

Cross Country ...rph142

Lunch at 10.5k' ...tcard

Elevators Painted ...KHeidorn

Tommy and Gang Still on the Go

RV-4 Rebirth ...Sid Lambert

Great Bday so far! ...crabandy

Panel Design Feedback ...YellowJacket RV9

Status Report ...akarmy

Panel Pic ...n38139

RV-8 House Wall Down

Tip Up Sealing Pics in the IMS Thread ...Fred.Stucklen

Lithium Battery Explosion

VAF Charity Hat ...welcome (and thank you!) Steve Satava

 

 

Fri Aug 8, 2014  1157Z
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

OSH'14 Recap: Factory FB Page Write-up ...Ken

When the RV-7A, with Rian Johnson and Sterling Langrell aboard, touched down at Aurora Monday afternoon all our airplanes and people were safely home, and we called AirVenture 2014 complete.

As AirVentures go, this was an easy one. We’ve had great weather for the show two years in a row now – we’ve no idea how long our luck will hold, but we’re grateful for what we’ve received.  continue

IMC experience: RV-7 vs RV-9

Many chiming in...many opinions. dr

"IMC in an RV-9A with a Dynon Skyview and auto pilot is very stable. Add in a TSO'ed GPS / VOR (Garmin 430W) and ADSB and you would well equipped for IMC flight"

"RV7 is quite easy to hand fly to minimums following the needles."

"I fly a lot of IFR in my RV-7A, many time to mins. Yes, the autopilot allows you to do other things more easily as you really need to be on the panel all the time"

"I did all my IFR training in my 9A in the middle of an Australian summer! It was a steep learning curve but hand flying even in very turbulent conditions was doable. The main issue initially was holding a constant altitude"

July/August Issue ...if you haven't seen it yet.

RV-10 Nose Gear problem ...Vic Syracuse

Well, my earlier post today requesting help for parts turned out to be a very serious problem. Carol is working on adding the pictures when she gets to her hotel room, but here is the synopsis.

First, thanks for all who replied or called. I ended up flying over to FFC and borrowing Scott Flandermeyer's weldment, as he had not yet installed his nose gear. So I was very excited to have what I thought was the part I needed.  continue

RV-6A Elevator Skin Crack Repair ...plehrke

A few weeks ago I discovered very small cracks in the skin of the LH elevator around 4 of the rivet heads.  ...

 

 

 

Thu Aug 7, 2014  1131Z

The "Pie" and I wet sanding ...crabandy

The "Pie" (my youngest 11months) joined me on the deck this morning to wet sand the main gear fairings. While my older two are quite happy leaving dad to his aircraft musings, the Pie is more than happy to join in. I don't always get done everything I want to, but often accomplish many things I never dreamed of! I'm trying to take advantage of it while I can.  ...

More Info on the Badlands Fly-in

A Little More on the Alaska Trip ...Vlad

There will be more as soon as I find some free time by the desktop. It was a pretty journey darting back to the East Coast. Some flashes from a three day trip ...

Press Release: Advanced Flight Systems

Advanced Flight Systems Announces new internal Logbook software for the AF-5000 EFIS with support for Logbook Pro from NC Software Inc.

thread: AF-5000 EFIS Logbook Software

Status Report ...Guilherme Plassmann

Doug Rohrer Checks In ...[ed. And I know I speak for everyone here when we wish you a speedy and complete recovery! dr]

I am the owner and was the pilot of the RV-9A that crashed on landing at 51WI north of KOSH last Wednesday. I am not going into any details at this time, as the NTSB and FAA folks have not contacted me yet for my comments. In the interests of making all of us better and safer pilots, I will be more forthcoming a little later.

I will say that I feel lucky that my brother and I did not suffer a worse outcome. The plane did not flip and did not burn, despite the loss of the left wing in the crash. The EMS folks were there pronto, and we were taken to Theda Clark Trauma Center in Neenah. This is a first class trauma center and we were well taken care of. I was driven home to Kentucky on Sunday and my brother returned to MO the next day. I have crushed ankles and heels that will need reconstruction after the swelling goes down. My brother has two cracked vertebrae and needs to wear a brace while standing. We are both in for a 12-16 week recovery cycle, and I will be off my feet the whole time. I will be getting care from Vanderbilt in Nashville who are experts in foot trauma. The structural integrity of the RV fuselage/seat/restraint system was a major reason I am still here.

I will be working from home and on the computer a lot. I appreciate the concern from the VAF community about my plight.

Clay, I took the liberty of copying your paint scheme when I had my plane painted. I probably should have discussed it with you first, but thought "what are the chances he will ever see my plane?" Bad karma! Anyway, I am not aware of anymore copies out there, so you are unique again.

Later.
__________________
Doug Rohrer
RV-9A

 

 

Wed Aug 6, 2014  1135Z

N874MJ - What do those numbers mean?

...factory FB page (Maurice John Lehmann III)

My wife, Conni, and I recently purchased a Van’s RV-12 S-LSA light sport aircraft.  We flew our RV-12 from Aurora, Oregon back to its current home at Pearland Regional airport (KLVJ) in the Houston, Texas area.  We’re really enjoying this airplane.  Flying the RV-12 is great fun!  Before placing the order for our RV-12 I had a desire to request a special N-number.  The list of specialized FAA N-numbers is available on line and can be quite daunting if you don’t have an idea for what you want to convey.  The question was how could I make some seemingly random alpha numeric sequence of characters have meaning?  continue

How Mike Vaccaro's RV Training Syllabus Came To Be ...in Mike's words

Short answer: The purpose of the project is to collaboratively develop syllabi and training resources to support RV-type specific transition, advanced handling, recurrent and instructor training using the expertise and experience available within the RV community that will be available by web for the benefit of the community. The project started with the publication of AC 90-109 “Airmen Transition to Experimental or Unfamiliar Airplanes” and the programs are designed to meet the intent of the AC. The basic transition track is designed around the typical 5-hour insurance requirement. The goal is to show what's in the "art of the doable" to increase the quality of training resources available to the RV community in an effort to reduce mishaps.  continue

Status Report: RV-4 ...Chris Mitchell

Stranded By My 912ULS ...Peterk

I was recently stranded out of town for three days because my RV12 engine would not develop enough RPM to fly. Stranded is a good word to use when you find yourself troubleshooting an engine issue with only the basic tools you carry in the plane. The RV12 will be 5 years old in November and has flown close to 600 hours.  continue

Armored seats! digidocs RV-10

A visit to Van's ...Bruce Hill

A Mockup of the LOE'14 Shirt ...sent to me by Russ Daves

fmi: http://www.loeflyin.org/index.html

register: here

 

 

Tue Aug 5, 2014  1157Z

OSH and Yellowstone trip, 2014 ...Mike S

I flew to Oshkosh ...Bob Collins

Oshkosh Trip & Ripon Arrival Video ...and more (pmccoy)

Dick Van Grunsven is now VP of AKIA

Status: Tanks Done ...mill2978

I have two good tanks!

I installed the back baffle on my tanks a week ago and left them on the spars to cure while I was at Air Venture. This weekend I removed them from the spars, placed a balloon on the fuel out port and used a hand pump to pressurize the tanks. I then sprayed them down with soapy water and looked for bubbles. I didn't see any leaks and the balloons stayed inflated overnight.

Look at the guy hanging on the airport fence ...turbo

Status Report ...Mevans

2014 Badlands Fly In Sep 5-7

Just picked up our RV-7A ...Charles C

7:40PM Last Night ...Dallas time

422 people in the forums.....catching up after OSH I suspect <g>.  I got a screen grab, as that is more people than usual. dr

1st Pilots N Paws mission ...Spindrift

 

 

Mon Aug 4, 2014  1150Z

Mom Trip #5.

  Down and back Dallas to Houston to see Mom this past Saturday.  2.8hrs total flight time - 2.75 on autopilot. Out the door 0515 and wheels up 0610.  65*F and smooth on the way down.  Nice sunrise en route (above).  Read NASCAR articles to her off my iPad for 3.5hrs and then scooted back home after lunch.  The world's best airplane does its stuff again.
  Sunday Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won at Pocono (her guy).  She got to watch the race, saying it was her best day in a month.  She needed it.  In the evening I read race recap articles to her over the phone.  Mom had a great weekend as you might suspect, and I hope you did too. 
 

First Flight - RV-9A - #92103 ...many pics


Operation on one mag - effect on temps
  I inadvertently did a 20min flight on only the right ignition today (I have Elect ign on right, and a mag on the left). I didn't notice until I landed. However, I did notice my CHTS through the whole flight were significantly lower (about 30 degrees cooler). Othert temps were about typical. Is this to be expected running on only one ignition, or could it signify a timing issue with my left mag that makes the CHTs run so much hotter when I'm on both ignitions?


LOE 2014 ...Russ Daves
  GREAT NEWS RE: LOE 2014 KABI October 3-5, 2014
  Gray Bridwell has agreed to co-chair LOE with me this year. In addition, Gray has worked out arrangements for EAA 471 to host the event. Wonderful facilities and lots of activities. Move info coming soon. Mark your calanders now and plan on attending


Second night flight observations


16 and 15-ships RV Formations ...OSH


How not to return from Oshkosh ...confessions of an RV rookie.
  My son and I were returning from Oshkosh today finishing up a day and a half trip to the Seattle area in our recently finished RV-9A. Everything was going fine. The engine was leaned out, fuel burn was good, ground speed was good and weather was clear, except on the west side of the Cascades. There was convective activity with embedded T-storms cooking off. I was watching the ADSB on the Dynon as I approached the pass, and it showed a nice clear path through the pass. Using flight following and calling flight watch, the plan seemed to be working out. We headed into the pass when lightning struck about 3 miles ahead directly down the center of the valley. ...


Eagle's Nest Projects - Oshkosh 2014 ...Earnie
  We first acknowledge and offer our sincere thanks to Van and EAA's 'A' Team, Jerry Graff, for their efforts in obtaining EAA sponsorship of a designated area at the Homebuilders' Hangar for Teen Build Programs. This is the second year EAA has sponsored free space to teen build programs, and if you missed it you missed an opportunity to visit with many of the youth involved in build programs across the country.  ...


Hat Sighting ...Yellowstone (Jason Hess)


2014 Oshkosh RVAward Winners


Status Report ...tweiss


2014 AVC RACE RESULTS...Bruce


Instead of OSH? ...Dennis M.


Tailwheel wear after 1,000 hours ...schristo


Moving on ...Bob Kelly
  You have read of my pride in the accomplishments of young builders engaged in RV-12 Eagle's Nest Projects now for almost exactly four years. Many of you have commented, and a good number have supported our efforts. I am eternally grateful for the support and interest.  ...


The Speech that Wasn't (Part 1) ...Dgamble
  I had been contacted by the coordinator of one of the high school RV-12 build projects asking me if I would say a few words to some of his students that would be at Oshkosh. Because it was only eight students, I didn't feel like I needed to prepare anything.
   When he wrote back and said that the national director of these programs would be there, and that there would be a lot more kids than the original eight, I thought that I had better write something down. Some of this will be familiar - it's from the article I wrote a couple of years ago.  ...

The Speech that Wasn't (Part 2)


Hat Sighting...Smokey Ray
  Three of my RV/F16 brothers in arms at an "undisclosed location. "  "Mikey" is sporting a subdued "Combat" version VAF head cover. The boys have been busy supporting our troops and I am thankful for their service!
V/R
Smokey

 


New Camera Mount


Notable Bridge Entry ...Vlad


The Britts had their own GIB ...humptybump


Oshkosh Mega Trip ...douglassmt

Luca Visit Jul 13 ...Brian Eisner

My parents decided last year to take my sister, brother, myself and our spouses to Europe. We left Canada on July 06 from Halifax to Toronto and then flew all night and landed in Paris via Air France 747-400 at 8 am Paris time. We then picked up our 9 pack VolksWagen Van and headed off on our trip through Europe. My father was stationed in France from 1957 to 1962 working on CF-100 fighter jets and at that time I was born on the base called 2 Fighter Wing Grostenquin in October 12th 1960.

One stop we made on our trip was to visit Luca in Trento Italy to meet and see his beautiful RV-8. I talked to him on Facebook and we decided to meet at the airport for noon time in front of the 104 Starfighter jet at the Airport Museum. We arrived there on time and I jumped out of the van while it was still moving to shack hands with whom I thought was Luca. After finding out it was not Luca and totally embarassing myself he showed up in his vehicle. We had a Canadian Flag attached to the front passenger's window so we were easy to spot.

After shacking hands and introducing him to my family we went in to one of the hangers to meet all of his flying friends. I could not keep up with all the information that was being thrown at me and looking at all the beautiful aircraft that was there. The knowledge that they all had and the passion for aviation was extremely evident during my visit. We then proceeded to the hanger where Luca keeps his RV-8 and we noticed that you could eat off of the hanger floors. He showed my brother, father and myself some of the little safety features he did with his RV-8 and we want to implement them to our RV-4.

We were totally impressed with the building of his RV-8 and all I can say it is one beautiful airplane. At around 1 pm Luca took us down to the end of the runway to the airport restaurant where we all sat and enjoyed a beautiful meal and a little bit of wine. We didn't know this at the time but Luca had this all planned for our visit and he even went as far as having all the women sit at one end of the table and the guys at the other end which I thought was a brilliant idea, (the women don't get bored).

After great discussion we noticed that we had been there for 3 hours and still had to drive to Venice which was 2.5 hours away. My father went up to pay for the meal but Luca said that it was on him. We all went outside and had a photo taken with everyone and we were on our way to Venice.

In closing I just want to say thanks again Luca for the hospitality and meeting your family and your friends. The Vans family just keeps getting larger and they're a special group of people. Hope to see you again and we'll keep in touch.

 

 

Fri Aug 1, 2014  1155Z
   Watching the low level prog charts, hoping the VFR Wx gods smile on the line connecting Dallas and Houston this weekend so I can go see Mom for a bit, but we'll see what we get.  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
 

Aug Wallpaper Calendar Online ...courtesy Mr. Ed Hicks (and Joe flying the -14)

Putting the "adventure" in AirVenture ...Brent Owens

I had great time at Oshkosh! The RV Social was a blast, the RV Banquet was great, I met a lot of excellent people, and saw some cool machines!

I packed up to leave Wednesday mid-morning. All was fine with the world until I pushed out of my spot at Homebuilt Camping (HBC), hopped in my bird and went to start it. It fired off and then died. Then I managed to run the battery almost dead trying to get it to start. I've never had starting issues, but I've been tinkering with my idle mixture (Bendix FI) and think I have it too rich.

Long story short, we managed to get it started, but it definitely added some unwanted "adventure" to AirVenture.

I wanted to thank the other RV'ers who helped me, of course I can't anyone's name:

1) Push it in-and-out of the aisle several times for start various attempts

2) One RV-8 builder who helped me uncowl and inspect it, and

3) the EAA Volunteer who did yeoman's work helping jump start it and get me out of there! He had to pull the cables and reload my rear bag (battery in the back) after it started (luckily I have an access door, so no removal of the baggage liner was necessary).

I stopped in MKE to pick up a buddy who needed to drop a rental car. The trip home to Ohio was uneventful on top at 12,500 getting in just before the weather.

Gotta love it! Can't wait til next year!  (more / pic link)

More unsensored pics from the RV Social ...DanH

From the factory FB page...

Show us your engine

I am interested in seeing what color schemes people have used on their engines besides the traditional grey. So, show us what your engine looks like.


 

 

 


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