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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? 
         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.


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.

Doug Rohrer



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


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!


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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