9.1.15 0008 UTC
Indiana to Maine in a RV-12 ...Randy Pflanzer trip report
My son and I just completed our last long cross country
trip of the season. I wanted to go to Maine so I could check
off another dozen or so states from my list of visits. We'd
been watching the weather for several weeks and the weather
in New England just refused to break. Finally on Thursday of
last week, it looked like we might be able to make it out
and back within the weather window.
The Mini Mississippi ...Pete Howell trip report
Tip- Flap Down Limit Switch ...Paul Merems
I installed a down flap down limit switch on my RV-7A and
have been flying it for almost 5 years now without any
issues with the limit switch setup.
Vlad's at it again...
Calendar Wallpaper for
I put in the GRT Mini as a backup for the G3X, totally
different system, has a good battery backup. It uses it's
own GPS, small antenna that I plan to mount under the
cowling. Uses the same pitot and static tubes off a T of the
Garmin. Has it's own magnetometer, which I mounted on a
shelf towards the back with the Garmin and it's own OAT,
which is mounted on the other wing in the same spot as the
Garmin OAT by the inboard access panel. Everything not
totally connected yet, but no smoke!
Sanding and flying in the rain ...Steve Melton
Sanding dust streamlines, light rain, 120 kts, 3K
altitude. shows the air bending downwards at a significant
height above the wing along the fuselage.
From the factory...
8.31.15 0001 UTC
Donations list updated
over the weekend....and thank you to those who donate!!!
There have been 1,039 donations so far this year totaling
~$23,000 after taxes. With 21,110 forum accounts, let's call
it 4.9% of the registered readers - 2% if you include 'lurkers'.
We're 65% done with 2015, so THANK YOU!!! to those who help our
family keep the lights on here, and God bless those VAF advertisers!
Please consider giving them your business!!! We'd have folded
long ago without them!!!
We try to run a tight ship, and
we think that is rare in today's online world.
Thanks again for helping,
Pilgrimages to Kitty Hawk ...PilotBrent video
[ed. Wonderful video!!!! dr]
RV White Pages Updated and Current ...39
Courtesy the lovely and talented Susie Reeves.
VAF Courtesy Car List Updated and
Works on anything you got that runs a browser and sees
N964JB 1st Pilots N Paws Mission ...Jason Tremble
Just another RV-8 cruising' along...David-aviator
40 hours flown off! ...CopterJohn
It took nearly a year to get 40 hours flown off my RV6A,
thanks to a weird disease called Sarcoidosis striking me in
April of this year. My building partner, Mindy class got the
first flight at 40.6 hours. She was a big part of the 5 year
construction process. Thanks to WC Aircraft of Boone for
technical support through the build, Rob Hickman for solving
my AFS install issues, and Aeroflow Performance for
troubleshooting some fuel injection squawks. She trues out
at 173 kts and sounds great with the WW74RV prop.
More Console Pics ...NovaBandit
1,000 RV-12 Emp Kits Shipped ....factory
Land of Enchantment Pics (KAEG) ...MANY pics by Bob Hassel
"...As soon as I walked in the gate, I saw a line of 4 RV
looking aircraft that were setting apart from everyone else.
It turns out it was 'Chile Flight' the NM RV performance
team. There was an RV-3, RV-4, RV-8 and a Harmon II Rocket."
8.28.15 0001 UTC
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Finally posting that it's flying
New Engine Break-in- flakes in oil filter
I was diagnosed with Stage IV Grade 2 Follicular Non-Hodgkins
Lymphoma last May. I have been undergoing chemo and am
responding well. After my 3rd treatment, a follow-up PET
scan shows no cancer. I just had my 4th treatment and have 2
more to go.
I am expecting to start my special issuance medical process
around the first of November. If anyone here has gone
through this process before, especially with Non-Hodgkins
Lymphoma, would you mind telling me the process?
I fly helicopters for a living and usually get a 1st class
Joey Wheeler - Justin, TX (16X)
RV7 in progress
Probable Cause Database
A list of 530+
RV accident documents that you can discuss online here to
your hearts content with my wholehearted,
PLEASE discuss these probable cause documents so we can use
the best-as-we-know-them facts to learn! It's been a
few months since I updated the database, and I'm planning on
doing that in the next couple of weeks.
Jerry Wants to Build Your Tanks
Panel Pics ...NovaBandit
NASA Langley Research
Center Video from the Other Day
8.27.15 0001 UTC
A Case of the Monday's ...Bruce Eicher
Really not a bad day for a flight up to Arlington Monday.
Mt Rainier, notice the white smoke blanket East. Further
North over the range we could see a cloud resembling an
atomic bomb mushroom. I suspect it was the Okanogan or
The all important pre-buy inspection
I recently sold my RV-10 aircraft. As we all know an
important aspect of any aircraft ownership change is the
In my case the pre-buy inspection was done on behalf of the
buyer by Vic Syracuse of Base Leg Aviation. Vic, as most of
us know, is a multiple repeat offending builder of several
RVs and other experimental aircraft. He is also a DAR, AI,
CFII, and probably one of the Van’s families’ most respected
experts. He gave the keynote address at this year’s Van’s
Banquet at Air Venture.
Vic’s inspection of my aircraft was through, and efficiently
completed. The result of his work was instrumental in the
sale being completed smoothly.
I believe the buyer is confident he is getting a good
airplane and I am confident he is in good hands as he
becomes safely acclimated to his new airplane.
So, if you are an RV shopper or seller I would certainly
recommend Base Leg Aviation for the pre-buy inspection or
any of their other many services.
RV-12 60 hours
August is....canopy cutting time!
Brake Check? ...Bill R.
One of my neighbors who happens to be an IA lost his left
brake on his 310 during rollout and went off the runway. The
result was that he ripped the left wing off, just outboard
of the left engine, when he used a tree for a parking brake.
The plane had just come out of annual and he said the brakes
were fine and that he had put new linings in them.
My questions to this group are:
1. How can you inspect the caliper?
2. Should the calipers be rebuilt at a set interval?
(No one was hurt in his incident, only tree was harmed in
the making of this story.)
Pecan Plantation Fly In ...Pat Stewart
It's that time again. This years fly in will be on
Saturday September 19th. Lots of airplanes, food and fun.
All types of aircraft and always well represented by the RV
RV 8, RV8A, RV 10
v2.6 of VAC's Transition Training Syllabus Published ...Mike
"...Summary of Changes
1. Revised Vne discussion in RV-type Aerodynamics briefing
in Part 2. Replaced “Effective” Ceiling with “Maximum
Operating Altitude” throughout entire document. Additions to
briefing guide for clarity in several bullets. Briefing
mirrors expanded Vne discussion in Part 3…Bottom line here
is that Vne should be treated as a TAS unless analysis and
testing of a specific aircraft has been performed to
validate a different limit. Vno should only be exceeded with
deliberate caution under appropriate conditions.
2. Corrected headings in Table 2-1 “Example RV-4/6 210 MPH
TAS to CAS Look-up Table” in RV-type Aerodynamics Briefing
in Part 2.
3. Corrected Holding discussion in “All Weather Operations”
chapter of Part 3.
4. Revised Maximum Structural Cruising Speed section in
“Maneuvering Flight” chapter of Part 3.
5. Revised Never Exceed Speed section in “Maneuvering
Flight” chapter of Part 3.
6. Minor Corrections to Handling Briefing Guide in Appendix
From Rich Meske...
EXTENSIONS. 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,
Dual mag failure SIMULTANEOUSLY!
My son has helped build several RV's during his A@P
Last Tuesday, a Cirrus 22 dead sticked to my airport from
19,000' on a cross country. He tried switching tanks, fuel
pump on, to no avail. Fortunately, my stepson is a Cirrus
trained A@P. He came home from work and diagnosed it as DUAL
The plastic gears had stripped on both mags. The driving
gears in the accessory section operated smoothly.
He had two mags overnighted and installed them the next day.
The engine fired up on the second blade, ran fine and they
test flew it and the gent went home to Tampa.
The airplane has a 4 bladed composite MT prop and the
thinking is that there is not much vibration damping and
could be a causative factor.
The engine parameters were downloaded to a memory stick and
forwarded to Cirrus for examination to try and get to the
root of this, since they only had 200 hours on them and the
factory rebuilt IO-550.
8.26.15 0030 UTC
RV-12 Custom Trailer
Travel Update ...Tom Lewis and friends
On Sunday morning, we loaded up the RVs and flew out
through the smoke. This was the view at 9.5k of Mt Baker.
So I have been plugging away on my elevators since last
winter and I was dimpling the RH elevator skin rivet holes
having fit and drilled the skin to the frame. Well I goofed
and clipped the opposing skin with the hammer while using
the c-frame. Hindsight being what it is, I suppose I should
have waited to get the 3" yoke and squeezed them but... As
things sometimes do, they go from bad to worse trying to fix
the first mistake. I tried flattening the slight crease out
with a few small hits of the flat set against the backplate.
All that ended up doing was adding some slight deformations
and marring the surface. Oh did I mention this is on the
top? Darn Murphy's law! After steaming about it most of the
night, I had another look at it this morning and I think
it's only a matter of a little filler then primer but I
wanted to get a second opinion (or 10) on it. The slight
crease is right at the end of the stiffener where it
(almost) meets the spar. It seems to be a point of higher
stress but I don't know if it might be a problem down the
road. Replacing the skin basically means rebuilding the
entire RH elevator from scratch because it's match drilled
already to the frame. Thoughts?
An Unforeseen Journey ...Bill Boyd
That's been my life the past few years. The tightest
twists in the road might lie behind me for now, but the loss
of our home to fire this May was a bit of a lurching turn.
It's been emotionally hard to live all summer near the
gaping hole in the hilltop where our house stood the last 18
years, and irksome to reach for tools that are no longer
there to do the myriad odd jobs on the farm, including
airplane maintenance. Lots of possessions will have to be
replaced, slowly, methodically, waiting on the claims to
settle and the checks to come in.
Today, all that begins to change visibly. The precast
basement was erected this morning, and it's so gratifying to
see the place where our next RV will be built rising up from
the clay. Beauty for ashes. Joy for mourning. Check it out!
5 Years and 500 Hours ...Tony Phillips RV-9
Thunderstorm Microburst Video...better than the drawing in
EarthX, Inc. has 3 new aircraft specific models (ETX680,
ETX900, ETX1200). Features include:
- a fully REDUNDANT integrated battery management system
- over discharge protection
- over charge protection
- cell balancing built in
- short circuit protection
- excessive cranking protection
- LED battery fault light indicator that can be programmed
into your EFIS system or a simple LED light on your control
addition, EarthX has 13 OEM manufactures,( as of 8-25-15 and
rising) that have approved, endorsed and are using the ETX
series in their factory built planes, helicopters or kit
planes. The EarthX brand meets the requirements of use with
a Rotax engine set forth in the May 29th Mandatory Service
Bulletin and is the only lithium battery that meets these
requirements. All three batteries meet or exceed the
specifications of the lead acid battery they are replacing
and remove 10+ pounds instantly off your aircraft! Lighter
weight = better performance.
Giving away an RV-7A Kit ...Nanji Chandra
It's been years since I made any meaningful progress on my
RV-7A. While I've done a day here or there of build work,
I'm at a stage in life where I doubt I will have enough free
time to focus on the build. So I've decided to give my kit
Here is where things stand:
I have purchased the tail and wing kits.
The tail kit is done except for the fiberglass work.
The left wing is done.
Both tanks are done professionally - by Evan's Aviation in
I've made progress on the right wing but there is a lot more
I haven't ordered/purchased the fuselage or other kits yet.
I have a heated Dynon pitot kit.
Here is what I want to do
I want to give the parts away to someone that can complete
the airplane. Give me a one page write-up on why you want my
kit and how you will use it to get the next generation
interested in Aviation specifically and STEM (Science,
Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) topics in general. If
I like what I get, we have a quick phone conversation and
the kit is yours.
Needless to say, there are no warranties on any of the parts
and while most of it is crated, it would be your sole
responsibility if selected to figure out how to get it to
your shop from the Tampa Bay area. Once it's yours, it's
yours so expect the usual legalese around me not being
responsible as to how you put the rest of the airplane
together, whether all the workmanship meets AC 43.13
Hoping to hear some good responses!
8.25.15 0001 UTC
Whiskey Flight PIREP
This is a photo of Whiskey flight on Saturday morning.
The mission was the 3.99 breakfast at Umatilla Florida. Mike
Kelly 1,Scott Roth 2, Paul Van Sickle and Bob Kurrle 3, Gene
Ledda 4, photo by Gary Rosier.
My RV10 has a pink slip! (And a bonus video) ...Ed Kranz
Sunday afternoon, the DAR stopped out for the final
airworthiness inspection. He only spent about 20 minutes
looking at the plane, but he was very happy with what he
saw. Operating limitations looked in order, logbook entry
was done, and airworthiness cert issued!
I'm still planning on having a tech counselor (or two) do a
very thorough inspection before it flies, but provided they
don't find any major issues, first flight should be in the
next week or so!
Since it was just the two of us, I didn't get that photo of
him handing me the pink slip, so I'll post a video I did the
day before of startup and taxi testing behind the G3X Touch
/ Aerosport panel! I'm really happy with how everything is
First GoPro Attempt
I finally got to try out the GoPro my wife got for my
birthday. Here is a time lapse flight from Monterey, CA to
Rosamond, CA, which is just outside of Edwards AFB (Thanks
again Rosie for the help finding a hangar) at 11,000ft. The
1.5hr flight is distilled down to about 3min w/ some tunes
by Beck added.
On a side note, I love how great the RV community is. I ran
into a VAF'er (is that even a word?) at the Monterey Jet
Center. When I was going in to pay my fuel bill I heard him
asking about the RV-8 parked on the ramp (mine), which lead
to a great conversation, a free shirt, and a tour of his
"other" plane (Challenger).
RV-14A Bellcrank Rib Dent ...Tilford
While riveting the left bellcrank rib to the aft fuselage
forward bottom skin, my bucking bar slipped and did some
damage to the rib. I'm planning on replacing the rib,
however, I thought I'd check here to see if there were any
other thoughts on how I might proceed on this one?
[ed. Not RV, but some
interesting aviation clips in there that might keep you from
working at the office. dr]
8.24.15 0054 UTC
My RV a-la Disney
My cousins decided to paint a picture of my RV.
Incredible how good this is. Love it!! To my hangar it goes.
First flight for 412DR ,kit #120797 occurred today at
15:00 Zulu from KGVL (Gainesville, GA). Flew for an hour and
completed flight test card #1. The right wing is a little
heavy and it needs a little right rudder but she's a joy to
fly! It's been almost exactly 6 months since I received the
A/C, work has been in the way (check my signature). Thanks
to John Albury's tutelage and training I was well prepared
and the actual flight was simple. Thanks also to my wife,
Susan. She was my ground crew today and throughout the
build. She didn't pull a single rivet, but she wrote every
check when the time came. No pictures,cause I don't know the
process but Jetguy has some and will post. The journey now
Airworthiness certificate 2/22/15
743.6# EW 81.14'' CG
Wheel fairings, AP, lighting kit, ADSB, full interior prime,
Approx. 650 build hours
This is Gonna Get Deep! ...Pete Howell
Andi and I found ourselves with a suddenly free Friday
afternoon, so we decided to head north to check something
off of our trip list, the Soudan Mine near Tower, Minnesota.
N64LR Took to the Sky Today
I did my first flight today. It was mostly uneventful. We
picked the perfect rudder trim size to start and got neutral
yaw at cruise. I also have a heavy left wing, but it became
neutral after we burned about 8 gallons of fuel from the
left tank. I also have some gremlins to chase in the engine,
as one or two cylinders were way out of of range (EGT/CHT)
from the others at different times. I am confident that I
will be able to chase it down eventually. It also seems that
my prop is over-pitched (I bought a Catto designed for a 9
with the same HP engine as mine) as we could only get about
2550 at 3000'
Until today, I had never flown an RV. It was so exciting to
feel exactly how responsive they really are and how
effortlessly they bank. A very exciting experience. I am
really looking forward to my training and completing my
Phase I Testing.
I wanted to say a big thank you to all of you that provided
guidance through my build and for being generous with your
experience. Searching in VAF always provides good insight.
Low-pass over NASA Space Shuttle Landing Facility ...Manny
Welcome Andrew Darrow ...new RV-10 builder
I'd say this journey really started back last Christmas,
when my good neighbor offered to take my wife and I up in an
RV-10 to see Christmas lights. We had a great time at night,
and he even let me take the stick a little while and keep it
level. We flew around our house and other known close areas
and had a great time.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago. My neighbor invites us
again to a quick dinner jaunt to a city not too close. At
the time, I didn't realize he intended us to fly there, but
the hour plus automotive distance quickly passed up up in
the sky in a mere fifteen minutes. We had a great adventure,
and the late afternoon flight was just a part of it. But
this was definitely the trigger to opening the little doors
within me that I've kept closed ever since I was younger.
It's too much and at this point, it just won't happen the
voice inside my head had always. Why dream about it when it
just won't happen? Much easier to just close those thoughts
off and not think about them. But, our little jaunt had
opened those doors WIDE open.... Why, I COULD make this
happen. That could be ME!
They are sharing same hangar now ...Guilherme
The Sticking Valve Syndrome
I thought I would post this in the RV10 list since it
applies to the IO540 D4A5 typically installed in the RV10,
although feel free to move it.
About a week ago I noticed a slight miss/stumble during
climb out. This occurred twice, but not on every climb out.
It would only occur for a split second during the climb out,
but did not occur during the cruise portion of the flight.
Along with this symptom, during normal cruise I noticed a
slight vibration that felt similar to a prop just slightly
out of balance. You could see it in the glare shield. I
downloaded the EFIS data from both occurrences and examined
it looking for signs of something amiss. I knew the exact
time of the anomaly, but it did not show in the data either
because the sample rate was to coarse (1Hz) or it was not
enough of an event to show up in the EGT, CHT, FF, FP etc.
Today I have terrible news to report. Andy Hill, who has
built an RV-8 and RV-3 and posts under the username 'Andy
Hill' here, crashed while flying a Hawker Hunter jet in
England at an air show over the weekend. Official
reports are that seven people on the ground were killed.
Unofficial reports say that the total could go as high as
eleven. Andy is in the hospital in critical condition.
I ask that everyone who reads this site to please keep
all the people effected by this in their thoughts and
prayers. If I get any news on Andy I'll relay it.
8.21.15 0023 UTC
(click to enlarge)
My A-model lightspeeds have been 'sprinkling pepper' on
both mine and my paxs' heads for the last coupla years. Glue,
foam and stitching getting a little long in the tooth - around a
The control slides that contain the batteries are all sticky and
funkified. After each flight there are 15 seconds or so in
front of the mirror 'getting the specks off' the sides of your head
know). Never get 'em all. Headset salad photo above
taken yesterday on a bed of well broken-in Nomex flying gloves.
Dumped on the floor while cleaning the cockpit area. The
photog trainee in me saw a shot that told a story, maybe.
Lately, I've been cleaning more than flying, with the start of the new
college semester, etc. gnawing away at the reserves. Writing
that check seems to always put me in 'don't spend a penny mode' (DSAPM)
- I'm betting more than a few who have been there will nod in
agreement. The whole pile above is a hot mess, and for some
reason it really doesn't bother me one bit. Beautifully
flawed are the words that come to mind - a visual reminder of
past RV fun. I saw the Grand Canyon for the first (and only)
time in those. Learned formation flying. My Mom wore
There is probably a mouse-click solution for replacement pads, but I
haven't even looked to be honest. DSAPM. I think I can
get another decade out of 'em before turning them into bookends or
something for the
spare bedroom home office. Something to remind me of
friends met and adventures had. Good stuff...
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Rick Aronow RV-12 First Flight
Video in slo mo Thu:
https://youtu.be/HfeCKW4klxQ. Some idiot (me) was
standing in the right place at the right time. I'm
pretty sure Rick will chime in the forums sometime soon.
Congrats Rick!!!! dr
Got my pink slip today ...Larry Ruth 6A
Final sign off by the FSDO today. Woo Hoo. A surprisingly
simple process. I bet the guy looked at the plane for all of
6 minutes. It was all about the paperwork for them.
Hope to do the first flight on Saturday with a Test pilot
(using the new second pilot program). I have LIVED at the
airport the last week getting it together. Very exciting.
Rainbow in Alaska ...Berchmans
Service Bulletin Lycoming Fuel Injection Diaphragm Fuel Pump
Hat Sighting ...Gary Platner (Hubbard
on the cap)
Posted as Courtesy for an ex-Vet / ex-LEO
[ed. Put here
because non-RV trades aren't for the forums.
Looking to trade for RV-14/14A kit....
8.20.15 0003 UTC
National Aviation Day with my Cousin and my RV6A ...Latintan
First Flight - Bob Lund's RV-8 ...Pat Hatch post
Bob Lund, retired AA triple7 driver, did the honors this
morning early in Vero Beach, FL. Photo ship was Pat Hatch's
RV-6. Only squawk was an elevator trim calibration
adjustment, everything else was perfect. CHTs were in the
mid 300's, oil temp with an Aero Classic HE Mod #1001599 oil
cooler mounted behind cylinder #4 peaked out at 203° in the
climb to 6,500' and settled in the mid 190's after level
off. Bob was running the engine hard so we expect these
temps to come down, especially the oil temp. Plus, in case
you didn't know, it's warm in FL right now!
Season 5 Episode 8. Tonopah NV
...Vlad trip update
Weird issue ...Dan Weyant
So I went out flying tonight to shoot a couple practice
approaches for currency and get familiar with my net GTN650.
I had two COM issues that are a bit confusing.
1- com two (headless Garmin com) was very staticky, and hard
to understand. Tried it on a couple frequencies with the
2 - com one (the 650) would occasionally have the transmit
icon flash when I wasn't pushing the transmit button. Also,
on some frequencies (122.9 and 122.25) when I transmit on
com1 it receives on com 2 (different frequency).
It was 100 degrees on the ground when I took off so that
might have had something to do with it?
Antenna's are about 3 feet apart (under wing on left and
right side of fuselage).
I'm using the Garmin audio panel (everything in the plane is
The scratchyness with the COM2 is intermittent. When I tried
it on the ground about 30 minutes after I landed it was
clear. Had the wife talk to me on a handheld.
Just did a quick test this morning (no engine run) and
everything seems to work fine, including not seeing the
transmit/receive issue on different frequencies.
I'll try the tests again this evening with the engine
And I did double check that I'm running the latest (3.70)
software from Garmin.
Any other ideas between now and then would be appreciated.
Travel Update ...Tom Lewis
We had a great sunset last evening here on Orcas Island.
Status Report ...Sam Bovington RV-8
Before I start final assembly of my fuselage I cleaned up
my tailwheel fork, bracket and spring. Built a simple paint
hood and put on some primer (Dupont Variprime) and some
white topcoat (single stage polyurethane Imron left over
from my last project).
8.19.15 0001 UTC
Hey, that's not a boat!
Seen the other day on Lake Lewisville, TX. dr photo.
Classic Aero Website issue resolved
Hey everyone, we realized yesterday that part of our
website (products section) didn't work. Turns out our host
changed something that broke it. After waiting almost a day
for them to fix it, we just re-wrote a few lines of code to
make it work a different way. Anyway, those pages are now
Classic Aero Designs
866.219.1087 541.926.7757 541.926.1373 fax
Chicago Skyline ...Jerry Morris
I pulled this SNAP from my GRT HXr. I had just a moment
to hit the SNAP function as we were turning back in to the
box during the Chicago Air and Water show this past weekend.
It looks busy on the screen, but might impressive out the
And before anyone hollers that we were too close to
anything, my altimeter is set to zero on the ground, and we
were in a waiver inside a TFR for an airshow.
Interesting Runway - Wolf Ridge ...DanH
Saturday morning I was cruising up the NC-TN border north
of Asheville, when I looked down to see this:
Leak Check.....Monkey Style
Randy 'Monkey' Richmond sent me this pic of a creative
way to do a leak check on a high wing tank in his shop.
It's not a baby pool, but an inlet cover for a DC-9 engine.
All that air exerts around 200 lbs of force when you try to
submerge it, so Randy rigged up a brace that extended up to
his folded hangar door.
Don't press that 'down' button....
Kitplanes "Best Of..." Vote For the Best Camping Photo
Third Mid-Atlantic Gathering of RV's - September 19th
From Larry Vetterman (re: Badlands event)
N199MJ Status Report ....less than two months work.
8.18.15 0001 UTC
The rest of the story ...boom3
Sticking Exhaust Valve - Diagnosis and Fix! ...Mike Bullock
First Ride for Margie ...David Domeier
USS Cod and SS William G. Mather tours, Cleveland, OH ...Dgamble
Status Report ...riseric
Trip to Boulder, CO redux ...bruceh
From the factory....
8.17.15 0001 UTC
Looking forward to seeing some Homecoming pics over the next few days!
Hope you had a good weekend.
What a great weekend! ...boom3
Bay of Fundy ...Jay 'Jaybird' Pratt
"...We returned home yesterday August 14, 2015 a month of
travel. We stayed with friends and camped. One night in a
We flew 3540 NM. Used 218 gallons of gas, costing
$968. And logged 24 hours flying. What a
machine! That old 'Borrowed Horse' <g>..."
Another First Real Passenger ...tailcreek_flyer
Loss of Power Experiences - Due to vapor lock?
Below is an explanation of the power losses we
experienced and our thought process in solving it. I’m
posting it here to accomplish the following objectives:
1. If the problem we’ve experienced is truly “vapor lock”,
then RV-12 owners and pilots need to be made aware of what
conditions might trigger vapor lock and to consider
operating the RV-12 as it was designed: Run the electric
fuel pump at all times.
2. Solicit thoughts on how confident we can be that the
problem we experienced is “vapor lock” and if not, what
might be the root cause of the loss of fuel pressure as the
apparent cause of power loss.
Lost power and fuel pressure on (4) occasions with
Travel Update ...Tom Lewis
LOE'15 Update ...Russ Daves
Panel Status Report ...Lucio
From the factory...
Cavanaugh Bay, ID video...Nickb145
Reno Air Race R³ Party
RV-12 800 hour milestone ...JBPILOT
8.14.15 0005 UTC
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. dr
Rear-facing Car Seat Update ...Rob Kochman RV-10
"...Now he's forward facing again and still loves it!..."
Van's Homecoming This Weekend
Will be held on August 14-16, 2015. It is hosted by
EAA Chapter 292 and Van's Aircraft at the Independence State
Scheduled Network Maintenance 11pm CT 8/15/15 - 8/16/15
My ISP will be performing network maintenance on
Saturday, August, 15th, 2015 beginning at 11pm CT; lasting
until Sunday, August, 16th, 2015 at 6am CT. This maintenance
is to upgrade ISP circuit connections to help improve
performance. Customers may see intermittent connection loss
during this window.
Travel Update ...Tom Lewis and friends
On Sunday morning, we continued NW to the San Juan
Islands. As we approached the Columbia River we found
conditions getting a little smokey.
SkyView Software Version 13.0.3 Now Available
"Flight plans that contain waypoints - particularly at
the beginning of the flight plan - with blank names can
cause SkyView to restart when that flight plan is drawn on
the map. This issue has not been observed with SkyView's own
internal flight planning. This issue is most likely to be
observed when using an ARINC navigator such as a GTN series.
Note that you can only experience this issue when the
external navigator's fight plan is being displayed on
Eagle's Nest Projects is coming to North Texas (KTKI)
McKinney HS students - Young Eagles Day at
Aero Country Airport (T31)
August - 2015
Eagle's Nest Projects has partnered with the McKinney
Aviation Academy (McKinney ISD) to bring an Eagle's Nest
Project to their airport-campus located at McKinney National
(Collin County) Airport (KTKI). McKinney ISD is committed to
providing the finest and most comprehensive high school
aviation program in the country; in the past 3-years
McKinney ISD has implemented a variety of aviation
curriculums at each of their high schools, purchased a
Redbird FD flight sim, and partnered with the City of
McKinney, McKinney National Airport, Monarch Air, and many
others to provide third and fourth year students
airport-based (KTKI) classroom and shop facilities.
While the McKinney Aviation Academy is receiving 110%
support from their School District, local businesses, the
City of McKinney, and surrounding communities, we need YOU,
the experienced RV builder, to make this Eagle's Nest
Project a 'home-run'. The typical shop/build class (air
conditioned) will be 4-hours long, two or three days per
week, and during school hours. If you fly to the airport you
can park right next to the classroom, and space permitting
(almost always) inside the Monarch Air hangar.
Please consider volunteering your time and talent to the
aviation inspired youth of North Texas... we need YOU! Short
notice I know, but you're invited to a 'advisory meeting'
being held this Monday 1:00-2:30 at the KTKI Monarch Air
facility. If you want to volunteer or just want to learn
more, please contact me by email or phone... or just show up
at the meeting.
Edit: Mr. Brent Crabe, RV-8 driver and current RV-14A
builder from Conroe, TX, donated his 'still in the crate'
RV-12 Empennage/Tail Kit to get the project started. Thank
Have a great day!
R. E. "Ernie" Butcher
Mothership Hobbs Meter
8.13.15 0012 UTC
First REAL passenger! ...Mike Hillger
My co-investor got her first ride this
morning! She loved it and even took the stick for a while!
Planning our first trip this weekend!
Alvord Desert Pictures ...apkp777
Just got back from Alvord Desert. Wow, what a spectacular
place. Certainly one of the best trips so far in my RV.
Changing a 7A to a 7 - the paperwork
Status Report ...Chattin35
Panel Upgrade ...multiple photos from Skid
Step Repair Update ...RVG8tor
From the mothership...
8.12.15 0004 UTC
Travel Update ...Tom Lewis
No flying through Arches for us. We did see a video for
sale of a guy flying through the arches before it was
On Sat, we loaded up our RV7a and flew north out of Moab. We
had a lot of clouds and some mountain obscurations so we
were staying close to valleys and IFR, following roads for
the first portion.
Tear in Dimple hole - what to do?
While dimpling the rear spar on the right elevator for my
RV10 with my pneumatic squeezer, I justtt missed one of the
holes and tore a little flap of material out of the side of
Options for a higher breakout force on tail wheel?
"......On Saturday when doing a cross wind landing with a
lot of gusts to 25 knots with an average of 45 to 60 degs
off the run way heading I could keep it straight until I
slowed down and let my tail down. As soon as the tail
touched the plane immediately weather vaned into the wind
and off the run way and into the Alf alpha on the side of
the runway. (no damage)
I know my cross wind component was around 20 knots or maybe
even more with the gusts. But the little wheel felt to me as
well as my girl friend riding shot gun in the back that it
had unlocked as soon as it started taking a load. I had full
rudder and then got some brake on it as well but there was
no changing its course. The skids marks are still there from
the braking and the tire locking and letting go on the
pavement, through the gravel and into the alp alpha....."
Status Report ...Dave Grimmer RV-8
Status Report ...Dave Leonard RV-10
Waiting for longer throttle cable and looking for a
trailer to make the big move. Wings need bottom skins and
tips, then we'll put it all together.
It's Calendar Time ...Ken Scott at Van's wants your
(from the factory FB page)
is over. Hundreds of RV builders have polished up their
airplanes and no doubt thousands of photos were taken.
And you know that as night follows day, Oshkosh is followed
Fifteen lucky RV builders/pilots will receive immortality,
lasting fame, lifetime bragging rights and even a few
It could be you… so let’s see those photos.
We need shots of all kinds of RVs, from RV-3 through RV-14.
Flying shots are preferable, but we will consider ground
shots if they “tell a story.”
Focus and clarity are essential. Really sharp focus. Shutter
speeds should be slow enough that props are at least blurred
in motion (full prop discs look best). Fully stopped props,
or curved props (often the result of frozen video frames)
don’t look right.
File size must be big enough to reproduce at calendar size –
two megs at least. Most digital cameras set to “best
resolution” will produce a useable image. We can always
reduce files if they are too big, but we can’t easily make
Aircraft should be fully framed, with enough space around
them to allow cropping to fit the page size and aspect ratio
of the calendar page. Photos with some part of the airplane
crowded against the edge of the frame are difficult to use.
A half wingspan all around is a rough guide. Conversely, the
airplane has to be close enough to avoid the “little
airplane way off in the big sky” syndrome. Vertically framed
photos are hard to come by and increase your chances of
being chosen for the coveted cover spot.
As large files may be difficult to e-mail, we will accept
reduced file “teasers” via email to. Please indicate the
maximum file size available.
We will need basic data: aircraft builder’s name, pilot’s
name, photographer’s name, place and approximate date the
photo was taken and any other interesting tidbit that might
contribute to the caption.
We need photos by September 21, 2015. Send them via email to
kens 'at' vansaircraft 'dot' com
We know there are some excellent photographers out there and
we’re looking forward to submissions!
Panel Powered Up! ...Blain
Encouraging to see the panel lit up. Now if I could just
get them to communicate with each other. Actually just the
AFS encoder and the GTX aren't on speaking terms.
8.11.15 0012 UTC
Fresh off Stein's Bench
(click to enlarge)