January 16, 2016. Issue
This weekend North Texas
was misty, overcast and very Pacific Northwest like in the winter (screen
grab from the N. 52F WebCam Sunday morning). So I spent the
weekend continuing to trying to catch up with accounting and email.
Fat chance ;^). I'll get there eventually!
It slipped my mind to remind you in the Friday edition that Saturday
night my Internet provider would be doing updates on some hardware and
there could be some time between Saturday night and Sunday morning where
you would not be able to access the site. My apologies if you
tried to get on around 10 PM Saturday night and couldn't.
Hope you have a nice week, and that you got the day off.
ZU-IIS First RV14A to fly in Africa ...Jan Hanekom
Somehow I became involved doing the inspections on this project.
My friend Larry Beamish did the maiden flight and I have done some
of the other test flights. Below is the RV in front of my
Article. "On Wings of Waste: RV-9A fuelled partially by
plastic waste completes trailblazing flight"
British-born pilot and environmentalist Jeremy Rowsell has made
history this week by flying a light aircraft across Australia using
a conventional fuel blended with fuel derived from plastic waste.
First Engine Run ...j-red text and video
This post is almost a duplicate of the one in my builders log
forum, but I thought I'd post it here given the many who responded
to the engine build video who might be curious but who might not
lurk there often.
Alternative to Alton Bay Found ...Vlad
Year 2017. A very unique opportunity has opened on Raquette Lake
in Upstate NY it won't last long. For several years I was observing
the ice condition there and I wasn't able to land. Ski planes and
bush wheelers go there on regular basis. There was a lot of snow in
the beginning but then a couple of warm days came and the snow
melted. Then the deep freeze made it solid. Couple phone calls and
couple emails answered and I am airborne.
Found oil on the floor, grounded ...Steve Melton
I had been weeping some oil at the front end and had contacted
Superior with pictures but it was inconclusive until today. I walked
into the hangar and found oil on the floor and more on the cowl. I
Missing Rivets ...DonFromTX
Looking back from the baggage bulkhead into the tailcone for a
final check before covering up that hole - look what I spotted. I
dread getting my old body folded up and back in there to do a couple
of rivets. How did I ever miss them? (the photo is sideways, that is
the center bottom of the tailcone.)
January 13, 2016. Issue
Wishing you and yours a
happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Magic of Flight ...Jeremy video
I took my nephew for his first flight about a year ago. My
brother put together this video. Enjoy!
Mo's Ottawa River Fly-In Cancelled (for this year) ...Mark
This just arrived in my in-box. I'm very disappointed to hear
this news as Mo's has traditionally been a fantastic opportunity for
brave aviation souls to gather and share terrific camaraderie, not
to mention some darned good chili, around the warmth of the fire. It
is my sincere hope this is merely a one-time cancellation - my best
wishes go out to Mo for a speedy return to full health.
Mo's 28th Fly-in cancelled
By Patrick Gilligan, COPA
Maurice Prud'Homme has been organizing his ice fly-in on the Ottawa
River since 1989, at that time my daughter was 5 years old and I was
rebuilding turbine engines at Rolls Royce Canada.
Mo has never missed a beat every year doing his annual runs for
sponsors, picking up banners, inviting celebrities to attend,
printing and distributing his posters, scheduling volunteers and
snow plowing, also cooking and serving enormous batches of his
famous Chilli to hundreds of fly-in pilots (Maurice was master Chef
at the Parliamentary dining room). Unfortunately his famous fly-in
is cancelled this year because he will be undergoing heart
surgery and will be required to rest for a month or so.
Our thoughts are wishing Maurice "Mo" a speedy recovery, COPA
My new Wingman here in SC! ...Jim Lechleiter
Meet my new wingman here in Charleston:
From me trying to fly up alongside my friends with slow Mooney’s,
Bonanza’s, Swift’s and other quote “fast” aircraft down here in
Chuck Town, I’ve finally found a single engine that can keep up with
me in formation flight other than my good RV buddies; it is a bit
noisy though unless I’m in the Lead!
Also, Slot really sucks big time too, plus I have to un-soot my tail
after every flight as well which is starting to become a pain
besides my noticeable hearing loss.
Enjoy and Blue Skies to all my flying buddies in 2017!
787 Design Engineering
Boeing South Carolina
T-Hangar NW Regional 52F For Rent ...Sid Mayeux
Please PM me or email SidMayeux -at- JEEMAIL-dot-com.
January 12, 2016. Issue
RV-10 Panel Design ...Justin in OKC
I started my panel design on a plan piece of paper with a pencil.
After awhile I moved to MS Paint where I would cut and paste things
together in a Frankenstein manner trying to get something that made
sense. Yesterday I decided to step it up to Visio and include it in
my Electrical plans book.
This allowed me to show a bit more detail and move things around
without trying to cut and paste a JPEG. I'm at a point now I thought
I would share it out and solicit any feedback. Visio allows me to
show quite a bit of detail that I wasn't able to do in paint. Should
note this isn't to scale per se.
Mag timing - alignment ...Drippy
So I went to time my right mag and can't get it to the proper
spot. As I try to rotate the mag to the left CCW as part of the
timing process the mag hits the attachment foot. I chamfered the
foot but still need to go a bit further.
Various iPhone Mount Ideas
January 11, 2016. Issue
From the factory... FB page
Static Electricity - Pro Tip
Do not vacuum up micro/epoxy dust with your plastic bodied
shopvac while standing on a vinyl floor wearing tennis shoes.
Particularly during a period of low humidity.
Unless you need a jolt or three to correct your Atrial Fibrillation,
bring Frankenstein's monster to life, or something like that...
Periodic Status Report ...David Paul RV-3B
A Few Cars/Restaurants Added
to the Courtesy Cars & Food List
Status Report ...ZazooRV-9A
We fabricated an engine stand for the O-320 we're about to start
overhauling. And the Fuse is in the paint booth for some preliminary
January 10, 2016. Issue
San Angelo...and Houston Unexpectedly ...tcard Pilots 'n Paws
The last pilot for the day asked that we get started as early as
possible, and since I don't fly at night, it was a 15 minute before
sunrise departure. I picked up husky Mesquite in San Angelo (KSJT)
at 8:30, and headed for Taylor (T74). As I arrived in Taylor, I
thought something was amiss. I hadn't heard the other pilot on
common traffic, nor did I see her sitting on the ramp. Sure enough,
when I got to my phone there was a message that she couldn't get her
I fueled up, and headed for the terminal building where it was out
of the wind and at least above freezing. I touched base with the
coordinator and pilot of the 3rd leg. He and I agreed to each go a
bit further, basically splitting the second leg.
I offered to return my co-pilot to his car, but he was in for the
entire adventure, so off we went. I had a huge head start since I
had already finished my original leg and the other pilot was coming
in from New Orleans, so my co-pilot and I took our time and did some
meandering on our way in to Houston.
All cozy in the back of the 9A. He wasn't so sure he wanted to
APRS tracks... (Jan 8th entries)
Spanky and Tims Double Missing Man ...Smokey Ray
Today in Texas was Spanky and Tims memorial at 1st UMC near
Plano. After a very emotional and inspiring celebration of life, 4
T-6"s performed a double MM. Burial at USAFA Thursday.
Garmin G3X Touch v5.1 Update
IFR Current ...me
1/9 I went out to Bridgeport (KXBP) for gas ($3.39), and while
there I shot the VOR approach five times. Three times when I
arrived (tan lines), then landed to fill the plane's tanks and empty
mine, then two more times after take off before departing to Decatur
(KLUD) for their VOR approach on the way back to 52F. That was
one impressive run on sentence...
Bump city and tired. Winds in N. Texas Monday were 180*
gusting to 25 (runway heading) so it actually ended up being sort of
a nice, easy landing. The winds at 2,000' were 42kts from
200*...the flight path indicator was nearly off the screen on the
inbound course (fun math).
I owe Gary P. a steak dinner, and maybe a bottle of whiskey also.
Lotta bumps. Logged 1.6hrs.....that's a lot for me.
(click for tracks)
January 9, 2016. Issue
The garage door
opener gear finally gave up on my side this past weekend - worn
enough to start skipping. At least it wasn't the morning when it
was 13*F....waited until Sunday when it was little warmer.
Replaced the gear on the wife's side about six months ago. I'm
glad I ordered (2) when I got her replacement. The shipping was
more than the gear - might as well order two.
Hoping to fly some practice VOR/ILS approaches this week in VFR for
currency. The Jepp DB is expired in the 430W (Yoda voice) "and
the thrift force is strong with this one right now it is, so /A you will
do." There are (7) VOR and/or ILS approaches in the local area,
cheaper gas than my home field (Sherman 55¢/gal cheaper and
Bridgeport 36¢). A mission: Gas and approaches!
Springfield & Mothers Brewing Companies ...crabandy trip report
I finally convinced the wife to take another day trip in the
airplane, she's tolerated several flights in the RV but hasn't ever
been exactly comfortable with it. I'm hoping more flight time and
other destination incentives will build her tolerance enough to
A tad warmer today than it's been, 18*F-blue skies and mostly smooth
skies for our late morning departure. My wife is definitely not
tolerant of cold, ski bibs and a Columbia parka help....
Do we have another build in us at 59 ...people around 59 chime
Greetings everyone, it's been years since I posted but now I have
the bug again. Building my –6 20 years ago kicked my butt, I
remember the long nights for years, tennis elbow, aches and pains in
my shoulders etc. in the end it was all worth it and I loved that
airplane. Now at 59 I'm feeling very well but not sure I have
what it takes to spend another three or four years in the workshop
or whether or not my elbows and wrists can take it. My days of
getting a second wind at 10 PM and staying in the shop till two in
the morning are over…
Are there many other builders my page with
the same concerns?
It Begins (again) ...Bob Collins
2001 RV-7A start ........ 2017 RV-12 start
Winter Soldiers ...Vlad installment
Sport Island Pub is couple yards away from airplane parking.
Year 10 Performance Numbers ...Pete Howell
In the process of finishing the 10 yr annual on 9er-Pop-Hotel and
had a nice cold day to do some performance runs. The old girl still
scoots pretty well!
Same config since day one: ECI O-320, carb, Pmags, Hartzell. I am
running 92 Mogas, LOP. 1750hrs. She has some scuffs and scratches
now, but I am still thrilled!
Ep. 7 of the Australian Adventure ...haydnc
All pics of the panel upgrade ...Tony T
Descriptions on nearly all of them...
Another hard to reach rivet (rudder) ...Reflex -14
I must have done something wrong or missed an instruction. Last
night I dry fitted (haven't riveted the skins together yet) my
rudder skins. I wanted to see how everything fit before I put
adhesive on the trailing edge.
I be smokin :^) ...Brantel
I received most of one of Marvin's kits (Smoke System Helper) for
Christmas and promptly ordered the rest of the parts that Santa did
not bring me. Marvin was a joy to work with and sent my remaining
parts right away.
on RV-6 'Bigfoot' ...Jan Sport Aviation (Pg 72)
January 6, 2016. Issue
Wishing you and yours a
happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Milestone: Flipped the Canoe! ...Z-EDD (Harare, Zimbabwe)
Well, today was the biggest and most satisfying day in the
project since unpacking the kit. I started riveting the "canoe"
together around 8 weeks ago. In that time I have managed only 4
sessions, but 2 of those were marathons. It has been frustrating at
times, but in the end it is well worth waiting for a highly
competent riveting partner. Most of these rivets were shot by my
buddy Kev whilst here on layover from his airline job. Kev worked on
the hangar floor for a few years before becoming a pilot, so he
knows his stuff. If we had to drill out one of his rivets it was
probably my fault. My father in law Alistair helped with the final
session and today we finally "flipped the canoe". What a moment!
One Less On My Bucket List ...DonFromTX RV-12
Well for those that have grown used to me in the 6 years on this
board, a milestone was passed today with the official change of my
pile of parts into an AIRCRAFT! Only thing left in the bucket is
"Test Pilot", coming soon! It better come soon, I turn 80 years old
HS ON ...Gil Brice RV-7 McKinney, TX
Last night I got my horizontal stabilizer drilled and attached to
the fuselage. This is definitely one of those measure twice / cut
once operations. My HS tips are within 1/16" measured to the same
spot of the firewall. That took a lot of time and interrupting my
spouse from catching up on Top Chef.
A Few Restaurants Added
to the Courtesy Cars & Food List
Bishop, CA. Miller, MO. Hastings, NE. Urbana,
OH. Honesdale, PA. etc...
EFIS Reliability Survey - Tell me your gripes ...KatieB
Hey Y'all... As part of an application to grad school, I'm
looking for an overall opinion from 100 RV owners about the
reliability of their EFIS systems.
If you own or fly an RV regularly that has an EFIS system installed
as a Primary Flight Display, I'd really appreciate your input. I'll
publish the results in a week or so. Actually, if you own any
Experimental aircraft with an EFIS, that will do just fine. It
doesn't have to be an RV. You can tell me the type in the comments
box at the end of the survey.
January 5, 2016. Issue
Back in the Saddle
for my history
RV APRS tracking
It's been over a month since I took the RV-6 up (condition
inspection, Christmas, ELT that failed the shake test, etc).
Tue I finally got her all buttoned back up, so Wed 0800 I headed out
to 52F for a 31*F flight to see how things looked (29*F in the air).
Colder Wx rolling in later Wed, and we don't do cold very well here
in Dallas, so I opted to go out and fly before it went to the low
20's. Drove around the area in heading mode watching the
engine gauges and traffic screen. The oil didn't get as hot as
I would have liked in flight, the mains need a little air (hard to
push in the hangar - it was warmer when we put on the new tubes),
and I tightened the nut on the tailwheel fork too much. Little
nits that I can address.
Felt swell to RVate again in the
phenomenally nimble RV-6. I felt a little rusty, but
checklists and a minute or two shook that off. Rolling onto
final in that cold, thick, smooth air, on donut and trimmed with the
field to myself...a little smile formed. Good to be back...
New builder ...Bob Collins
He obviously ran out of fuel because the President's speech ran
Do you remember back in June of 2016 when one of the Thunderbirds
crashed after an overflight at the Air Force Academy graduation
ceremony? Speculation on the Internet was that he ran out of fuel
because POTUS was running late and the T-birds were kept in a hold.
Here are some Google links if you don't believe me.
Well it turns out he didn't run out of fuel. It was a
hardware failure. In actuality, they had to offload 900 pounds
of fuel from the aircraft before they could put it on the trailer.
Another data point in my belief that speculation is almost always
Here is a link to the 41 page United States Air Force Aircraft
Accident Investigation Board report. It'll take you all
morning to read, and I promise you'll learn stuff.
Yours in safety,
And here is a link to over 600 probable cause documents
published by the NTSB over the last 30 years in regards to RV
aircraft. Talk all you want about these reports...PLEASE!
There is a
dedicated section in the forums for it.
RV-10 #41741 Colorado ...tims88
On January 1st I started work on the empennage kit for my RV-10!
After nearly a year and a half of research, planning, preparing, and
dreaming it's an incredible feeling for my wife and I to finally be
able to say that "we are building an airplane" instead of "we are
going to build an airplane".
A huge thanks to Mike (ppilotmike) who showed us how to build our
first practice kit, and Justin (J Twilbeck) and Myles (met through
EAA chapter 43) who took us for rides in their RV-10's.
Amazing Ubiquitous Diaphragm Fuel Pump ...15min vid.
Have you ever wondered how an aircraft fuel pump works? This
short video by Aero Accessories, the manufacturers of Tempest brand
diaphragm fuel pumps, breaks it down in easy to understand terms.
January/February Issue Now Online ...36 pages.
January 4, 2016. Issue
20 Years Ago This Week ...work started on RV-6 N617AR <g>
Page (1) of my builder log -
click to enlarge. The 'small empennage box' was full of
wood - tail feather jigs. I have a video somewhere of me
opening the box, thinking there would be little aluminum pieces.
I was green enough to log it as .25hr instead of .2 or .3. And
I changed the column headings to 'time in' and 'time out' starting
on the 2nd entry.
Upon reflection, I think this sums up the hobby
nicely. It's rarely going to be what you think, and you might
have to change the plan often.
And, it will be worth it...
Flying Year 2016 Finished With 752 hours ...Vlad
2016 was a great year of flying. Probably the best I've ever had
since I started flying my RV9A five years ago. 752 hobbs hours
logged in 2016 with total over 3K on engine/airframe. Many
interesting places visited.
2016 In Review ...Jay Pratt
Logged 211.2. Hours in all planes. Mine and customers. Home
base is Hicks Airfield, T67. Fort Worth, Texas
Super Cub 'Shooter' to Big Bend Area of Texas, 19.2 hours of pure
eye candy! Flying canyons, camping, and visiting local folks.
C180J 'Paul Revere' to Florida and Key West. Fun, fun, fun!
Exp Super Cub to Oshkosh. 64.8 hours. We landed Every North Dakota
Public Use airport all 79. ND has a passport book and a stamp for
each airport. We landed most before heading to Oshkosh. After OSH we
flew back to get the 7 we missed on the first try. ND gives prizes
for different levels of accomplishment in their pass port book. Fill
the book! Land every airstrip, and you get a Cap, a Flight Bag, and
a Leather Flight Jacket. I told Carol, this will be the most
expensive Leather Jacket ever. We have to go back up to get it! The
rewards are given out March, 5th.. burrrr
C180J to Port Aransas, Texas for a stay at Amelia's Landing. Always,
a fun time!
RV8 'Borrowed Horse' took us to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a river
rafting adventure, then to Colorado to visit friends. It did lots of
Lunch runs. And short trips to Oklahoma, to visit friends.
We attended the Texas STOL competition. In Llano, TX.
Can't believe we only went to Port Aransas, once in 2016? Usually
get a few trips down there.. perfect trip for an RV for us.
We were at Reklaw Fly-In. Always fun!
My shop saw 2 new RV8s fly in 2016. Hope to see more than 2 in the
All in all a successful year.
The C180J got a new engine. I dropped the deposit check off in
person on the way to Florida. The salesman was surprised! My
log book ticked over the 5000 hour mark. A personal milestone. Now
it has 5123.8.
Did not fly to Idaho, first time to miss since DR and I went so long
ago, 12 years? Plan to go back this year.
Let's here about your adventures from 2016. Wishing all of you a
healthy, happy 2017! Hope for tailwinds and clear skies.
Turbo Subaru RV8 Flies in Australia ...Geoff Braddock's RV-8
New Year's Weekend ...j-red
Having done pretty much everything that could be done in the shed
behind the house, it was time to call the tow truck. This is the
same driver who came to haul N601DR almost exactly two years ago. I
don't know whether he was surprised to see me still alive or not,
but his wild-eyed expressions that seemed to say "You're kidding,
right?" were gone this time. Great guy to deal with. Came at a
moments notice and only charged $150 for the trip which, considering
the time and effort required to rig up some type of support system
on a typical pull-behind trailer, was well worth it.
December Construction Time Lapse Video ...gfb
January 3, 2016. Issue
Courtesy Cars &
Cupp's Drive Inn (Waco, TX). Serving since 1929.
Added a food column. I've been thinking about doing this
for quite some time. Combining courtesy cars with the heavy
patina, character-filled eatery in a smaller town might motivate
someone to fly to a nearby city for the first time. I started
with Texas because that's where I grew up, live and fly. As
others email me with their favorite dive near a runway I'll add/edit
the entries. Explore the page a bit, and I hope you click on
the links for Cupp's Drive In in Waco, TX
in the upper right.
One of those touchstone places that to me always represents 'home'.
C-FDTQ has a Cofa ...Champ
Had final inspection a month ago and got the C of A from
Transport Canada in the mail today - Wooohooo!
Two things that were done to plans needed changing - vertically
mounted fuel filter changed to horizontal (to eliminate a potential
vapour lock in the 180deg loop above it) and flap bottom rod end
bearings from Vans "unibody" to Aurora with bolt & safety washer.
Paint is DIY SW Acryglo. Scheme is sons design. We have a
professional test pilot lined up for the first flight, and my & sons
training. Test pilot owns & flys a RV-3. Working on the POH
and flight test cards. Weather permitting hope to have air under the
tires and the RV grin before to long
2016 Trip Report - Schmidts - N104XP
Cheers! I hope it was a great year for you and your family. We
will miss those we lost, are thankful for the new additions and look
forward to more adventures and memories in the near future.
Dad's Snap-On Ratchet
Last week Jake Lewis sent me this date code graphic after I
mentioned my late Dad's 40+ year old Snap-On ratchet. The
symbol appears between 'On' and 'Off' on the ratchet head.
Jake, thanks to you I've identified it as produced in 1968.
Turns out it's closer to 50. I was three when it was made, and
used it again Monday to tighten those front six screws on the cowl
that are hard to get at.
Of special note is my Dad's signature
with an engraver.
(click to enlarge)
December 30-January 2, 2016. Issue
One of the great pleasures of my life
is the occasional note of encouragement attached to a donation or a 'Thank
you for doing the site' from a well wisher who stops by the hangar
while in town. I have a pile of notes next to my desk where I keep
them all - saved for over 15 years. If you're having a bad day,
let me tell you this; one minute spent thumbing through that pile can
lift anyone's spirits <g>. Those notes are 1) appreciated and 2)
held on to.
I was watching a YouTube video around 2am Thursday morning (my brain
won't shut off at times) and came across one on
why most zippers have "YKK' stamped on them. YKK makes 90% of
the zippers in the world - their largest factory in Georgia makes 7
million each day. It mentioned the success of the company was due
to their practicing what they call the 'Cycle of Goodness'. Worded
another way, "No one prospers unless they render benefit to others."
And that got me to thinking again why I'm glad this site has no 'members
only' area, and doesn't restrict content from readers if they haven't
sent in a donation. I feel VAF 'renders benefit to others'
as the YKK founder stated, and that if I keep on doing it I'll prosper
(or at least be able to eek out a living). It benefits the
mothership (I think) and builders and pilots alike. Everyone wins,
and if enough like it I should be able to stay in business.
Thank you for putting up with my 'pledge drive' this last month - I tried
to not make it very intrusive. If you donated, thank you for
helping me and my family continue to run this American small business.
If you didn't, I hope you enjoy the site also, and that you pick up some
nugget of information that makes the hobby more enjoyable and safe.
Our outlook is positive and I don't have any reason to believe that the
hobby and this site won't continue their 'Cycle of Goodness'. It
is an honor to call the many people I've met online here friend.
An absolute honor.
God Bless you all and wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
Doug, Susie, Audrey, Tate Reeves (and Moondog)
Your grateful hosts.
Condition Inspection Hiccup: N617AR
Work continues reassembling the RV-6 after its yearly inspection.
I had hoped to get it all back together and flown this week, but
there is a hiccup. The Ameri-King Part No 450001 ELT has given
up the ghost - failed the 'G' switch test. Since there are ADs
pointing at Ameri-King (link)
along with the FAA Cease and Desist (link),
I'm looking for a new ELT obviously. Two steps forward, one
step back ;^).
If anyone has a cheaper idea/solution, I'd love to
hear from you. If nobody chimes in over the next day or
so, I'll go ahead and order an ACK E-04 online for $439.
Using my late father's tools to put in those hard-to-install
screws in the floorboard over on the far side.
Three extensions and a socket for a bit driver.
All tools here 40+ years old <g>.
Mothership (and me) Closed Next Monday
"We will be closed on Monday January 2, 2017 for New Year's
holiday. Phone, Fax, e-mail and Web Orders placed after 12PM
noon (Pacific Time) on Friday, December 30th 2016 will be processed
on Tuesday January 3rd, 2017"
I'm taking Monday off also.
I hope to sleep all day (and watch TV).
Milestone: Gear ON ...pazmanyflyer
What’s a builder to do while waiting for an A&P to answer his
call for assistance in building his engine? Install the landing gear
Charity Cap Sighting ...ILikePike in Paris
About the cap
Welcome RV6grin (David Nicholas from Callahan, FL)
"..Hello fellow RVer's, I have been lurking long enough so it is
time to jump in...am posting a pic of my pic of my first RV
purchased this year."
Bulging Oil Doors ...Herman in Germany
After reading about bulging oil doors I decided to make mine out
of .063 aluminum sheet. I massaged it to fit in the curvature of the
cowling. The flange on the cowl are made with several layers of
glass. One single Hartwell latch in the center. The glass flange got
an aluminum insert where the Hartwell latch locks to avoid vibrating
it through (picture is still without the insert). It might be on the
heavy side but is very robust.
Progress pics of my cowl "speed" work ...rzbill
As with many of us on VAF, I am indebted to those that have gone
before. Especially to the folks that are flying the speedier birds.
These are pics of my work in trying to catch up.
Most recently, I installed a ring gear seal. Yet to fly it (waiting
on weather) but it is all fitted and sanded into shape (sticky
sandpaper on the ring gear for 2 minutes at 1000 rpm).
December 29, 2016. Issue
One of those flights ...Steve Melton 9A
"There was nothing significant about this flight. avg 50 kt
tailwind, 600 miles, 21 gallons. the controller asks how the ride, I
answered, smooth with chocolate cake. it was cool outside with a
breeze at our destination and after shutdown my daughter said "let's
sit here to warm", so we did."
[ed. St. Louis...where the VAF servers
First Flights: Jay Pratt Reporting
"We got two new ones in the air in 2016. 01/02/2016. Jeff
Reins RV8 N37HR. And Bob Vosburgh N990BV."
Vosburgh) On November 23, 2016 N990BV flew .3 hours for the first
time. Nice and square, trimmed hands off with no issues. After six
years of off-and-on work I upped the effort this past year and am
very happy with the airplane.
The Superior XP IO-360 burned only a quarter quart of oil in the
5-hour break in, the Whirlwind 200RV functions smoothly. The panel
is the nicest I've ever flown with G3X touch, GTN 625, GRT Mini for
backup, AP as well as Grove Gear, EarthX battery, Aero LED lights
and seats by DJ Lauritsen. Empty weight came in at 1066 lbs.
This panel blows away what we had in the F-111, AT-38 or F-16...
although those were a bit more functional in a combat situation! I
have more study and work to do to understand all the functionality.
My thanks to Jay Pratt, RV Central, Mike Gleason of Stein Aircraft
and my friends Woody Hopler, Charlie Precourt, Don Shearer, Larry
Kline and Don Johnson for their counsel.
With 10 hours on the airplane I'm starting a 20-card flight test
program and look forward to a thorough shake down and POH. I still
have some work to do on the fiberglas before she goes in for paint
Heat Box Cable ...cdeerinck
Hoping someone can help me out here. I contacted the mothership,
but didn't get any joy, and they suggested I search VAF, which I
did, but again no answer.
Here is the situation: QB RV-8, with In-flight adjustable pedals,
with a planned IO-360 layout. The heat valve vent hole in the
firewall came pre-cut from Vans, and I am following the plans per
Little trouble with the hand squeezer ...RV7ForMe
I have been setting some rivets and the flush head rivets with
the gun seem to turn out ok but the universal head with the squeezer
suck! -4 and -5 seem to bend over. I understand this happens when I
don't hold the squeezer straight. but I cant really figure them out.
they pass the rivet checker in terms of with and height but they
don't look very pretty.
How do I know when I need to drill out or not? Depending on the
angle of the pictures some look terrible or just a little bend.
Leap Second this NYE
Saw a notice on PPrune today about an upcoming "leap second" that
will be introduced at 23:59:59Z this New Years Eve, and did a little
looking into it.
While GPS reception should be unaffected during the event, the US
is recommending that you have GPS receivers powered on for at
least 30 minutes from 19/07/16 to 31/12/16 to ensure the almanac
has been updated to account for the leap second. Apparently the GPS
receivers are smart enough to account for it, but it needs to be
told it is coming.
At least we now have an excuse to go flying! But honey, I
have to fly, Homeland Security said so!
Ground Shot ...Md11av8r
Winter Flying the 8 is Good ...David-aviator
Flew twice recently and have the cabin heat situation nailed down
The final task was to seal the cabin air at the NACA inlet. Even
with the eye ball thingies closed they leak cold air. Thought about
a plug of sorts at the inlet but could not figure a way to keep it
in place, so just taped the inlet closed with duct tape. Will remove
when it warms up. Cabin now stays toasty warm.
Also noticed pulling airplane from hangar was difficult, I was
either getting weak or something else was amiss.
Something was amiss - tire pressure.
Cold air really causes air molecules to contract. Even with stop
leak tubes, pressure was down to 20 psi both tires.
Inflated to 45, my long time favorite pressure, and all was much
better. Airplane came out of hangar easy.
Landing is getting routine, fly it down to 1 inch AGL, relax back
pressure a tiny bit and its there. Have not had an embarrassing
bounce in a long time, knock on wood. <g>
December 28, 2016. Issue
Holiday flight ...Dvalcik video
Holiday flight before the snow storm in Maine today. I got out
for an hour with temps 19 degrees overcast waiting for the snow. 4
layers; long sleeve, sweatshirt, flight suite, and jacket, (Toasty,
but i dressed too much, half heater). Lakes are frozen and
thickening up and should get some snow tonight.
"Your best or most awesome picture of your RV sitting on the ground"
...Dwight Frye entry
Shot shortly after coming home from the paint shop. The
picture was taken from the deck in front of the Wings of Carolina
Flying Club at KTTA.
Milestone: Shop DONE ...scard
Well, it had to happen eventually. This build is Done! A
few weeks ago, Tanya proclaimed "I just want this thing to be done!
How will we ever know when it is finally finished?" Hmm, I can fix
that. Here is a picture of her Christmas gift that she got Christmas
"Your best or most awesome picture of your RV sitting on the ground"
December 27, 2016. Issue
Hope you had a very
Merry Christmas and enjoyed time with family and friends! Our
Audrey got a monster bout of the flu four days ago, and she has bad
asthma, so of course our plans adjusted accordingly and we rolled with
the punches this year. Christmas dinner? Spaghetti and a Mr.
Pibb <g>. She's doing much better now. Did you know you can
buy a new nebulizer to replace your 15 yr old one at Walgreens at
midnight on Christmas Eve? I didn't know either.
Thank you to those wonderful souls who decided on respiratory therapy as
a career. You are very much appreciated. dr
First Flight: Scott Flandermeyer RV-10!
Thursday! That has been my answer for the last two years to
anyone who has asked the question "When is it going to fly?"
Well, Thursday Dec. 22nd, it took to the skies above Falcon Field in
Peachtree City, GA. Airborne in typical RV fashion, it quickly
climbed out behind the power of the CD-230. This engine is very
smooth running in flight.
Video Of My Last Flight with My Friend Darryl Hulsey ...Kelly
[ed. Thank you for
sharing this with us, Kelly. Darryl seemed to be a really
great person. dr]
First engine start ...Ray Eaker via Tom Swearengen
Just wanted to give a shout out to Ray Eaker of the Ridgeland
(3J1) builders group (Raymo on VAF) for the first engine start on
his RV7A. Converted IO-360, 180HP, AirFlow, 1 PMag (right now but
plumbed for the second one), Vetterman Trombone exhaust, Catto prop.
Ray's 7A was a previously started kit that he acquired a couple of
years ago. Very minor issues getting ready for engine start, but
overall its great. Lot of long hours recently to get ready.
Proud of you my friend!
My Dad - Julio Esquenazi ...Jerry Esquenazi
Hello. It is with great sadness that I am reporting the sudden
and unexpected passing of my father Julio Esquenazi. He was 80 years
old. He died peacefully in his sleep.
A little about him and then you'll see why this is posted here. He
emigrated from Cuba to New York as a 20 year old in 1957, met my mom
(also from Cuba), joined the Army to attain his citizenship, and
went to trade school at night to learn the textile industry, and
worked in the garment district in Manhattan. Various factories,
various moves, lived the American Dream owning his own home, and
sent two kids to college.
It Begins: Todd Rader RV-14A
I bought myself an early Christmas present today. The sale of my
PA-32-300 closed this morning and the money was wired into my
account. I wasted no time in contacting Van's and ordered my RV-14A
QB kit today. Now I'm anxiously waiting for my shipping date and kit
to arrive so I can start working towards getting back into the air.
Pics of Keith Brown's Remote Boxes ...complete with test cut in
For those interested in mounting remote boxes between the panel
and subpanel, here are some additional pics of my installation.
Dawn Patrol ...Ron Townson
Shot "through the fence", thanks to Linda at Demel Aviation in
December 23-26, 2016. Issue
The mothership will be closed Monday for Christmas. Same
here (I may push something out if I get a chance). Tuesday for
sure. Wishing everyone a happy, safe, RV-filled Merry Christmas.
The Yearly Inspection Wrapping Up...N617AR
Randy gave it the long stare and compression check, then gave me
the OK yesterday to start putting panels back on and floorboards in.
No surprises and everything looked good. It usually takes me a
few days to put the plane back together - I don't feel particularly
interested in rushing.
What comes off each year...
One habit that I fell into a few
years ago is to throw all of the removed screws into the same cup,
then sort them later, looking for stripped ones to replace.
It's interesting that every year I find one or two that are
completely unique. Find the two bolts that hold the wheel pant
bracket onto the nut - two different lengths. How? Five
to ten a little stripped and replaced. New bit on the
screwdriver. The zen of maintenance...less stressful than last
minute Christmas shopping, which was terrifying BTW.
Two completely non-important
pictures here which might only serve to put a spotlight on some anal
retentive issues that could use addressing. I know I'm flawed.
I'm trying to embrace it. ;^)
Vlad Tours the Mack Truck Museum
Some museums are hard to get into in December. Even if their
website says open it could be closed. I visited almost all
aviation museums at airports nearby. This time I was targeting Mack
Truck historical museum which is conveniently located near KXLL
Queen City airport in PA. It's only 15 RV minutes straight flight
but I managed to stretch it to 1.2 hours.
The Tool that Almost Made Me Cry ...Ben
I was getting ready for an airworthiness inspection this past
weekend. As I was removing the inspection plates, one screw on the
last plate stripped and would not budge. I spent 30 minutes
attempting to remove the screw only to strip it beyond hope. I
mentioned my problem to the mechanic in the hangar next to mine and
he gave me the tool in the picture. Set either electric screwdriver
or drill to spin slow speed and counter clockwise. Load the tool
with the drill bit side out. Stick the tool into the wallowed out
screw head and drill for two or three seconds. Flip the tool in the
drill with the spiraled side out. Keep motor in counter clockwise
position and this sucker grabs the screw and spins it out
effortlessly! The inspection plate screw removal took two minutes
tops! Here I am at the end of my project and I found a tool I can't
live without! Tears welled up and (violin music please) it was an
This one came from Ace hardware and was less than $10. I just
purchased one on Amazon for $5. Worth every penny. Just wish I would
have known about it since the tail kit.
Opening at the mothership...
December 22, 2016
Van's Aircraft has a new position for an engineer. We are looking
for an applicant with a passionate interest in the kit aircraft
industry. This position requires a broad mechanical/engineering
background and the ability to work on multiple projects
This position will require creative problem solving and innovative
thinking. Qualified applicant will possess an aeronautical or
mechanical engineering degree. Applicant must work well in a group,
individually and as a team leader. Project management skills are
desirable. Applicant must possess excellent technical writing and
communication skills. It is preferable that the applicant is
currently building or has completed construction of an aircraft
(experience with RV aircraft is desirable). Proficiency with CAD
software is required; ideally SolidWorks and AutoCAD. While not
required, a pilot's license, experience with structures and FEA will
Van’s Aircraft is a small company. As such, the successful applicant
will be expected to be very flexible in their role and participate,
at times, in all aspects of the design process including design,
drafting, technical writing, hands on fabrication/assembly, testing,
troubleshooting and any other duties necessary to get the job done.
Sometimes more of one than the other...
Compensation commensurate with experience level.
Interested candidates can e-mail resume with "Engineering Candidate"
in the subject line to: email@example.com. No phone calls
December 22, 2016. Issue
N705BC is Now an Airplane! ...Ben
Today Mel Asberry and wife Ann came out and inspected my RV-7A
and issued an airworthiness certificate. For those of you who will
need an airworthiness inspection, I'd highly recommend Mel. He dove
in and checked the entire airplane out very thoroughly. Much like
knowing you have a good engine, having a good set of eyes inspect
your airplane that are familiar with the design and what to look for
is just as important and worth the money. Prior to the inspection, I
had several others stop by and look for issues that I should
address. I thought I had all issues covered and Mel found five lock
nuts that I had failed to tighten! He also found a couple of minor
issues in the engine compartment. Overall, I'm very pleased with his
work and feel that I've got an airplane that is ready to fly!
Now it's time to get the pilot ready! If anyone knows of a good
transition trainer for a 7A, let me know.
Much thanks for the tips and advice that I've received from all of
the good folks in this forum!
Johnson Creek trip video ...NovaBandit RV-10
Back in August, we made our first trip to the mountains, and our
first trip to a backcountry strip... Johnson Creek!
I'm already itching to go back as soon as possible!
N314C Get's a Panel ...KeithB.
Today, I completed installation of my avionics in my airframe
(previously powered up on the bench in my wiring jig). It has what's
becoming a common look - all Garmin with dual G3X Touches, GTN 650
and a G5 (GTR 20 radio and GTX 23ES transponder are remote, forward
of the panel). The panel cutting, painting and labeling are by
Aerotronics, but the design and all wiring I did myself. I'm quite
proud of this accomplishment as I've never done anything like it
before. (For the curious, the canopy is done but in the house for
safekeeping, and the empty throttle cable hole is waiting for a
custom cable later this week).
Finally Got One! ...Skifreejason
My buddy and I are excited to have finally purchased an RV-6. We
looked for a -8 initially but after evaluating our mission and
understanding that I'd be flying with my kids (need to be beside me)
and he'd be doing long cross-country, we decided that the -6 fit us
Per requests, updating fastback document and picture links.
December 21, 2016. Issue
Honoring John Marsh ...9A builder awarded Wright Brothers Master
Sent to me by Gary Sobek.
Engine installed, panel complete ...Paul Straub RV-12 pictures
I don't have a blog, but I wanted to share. I so appreciate this
VAF community and all the wisdom and help I have received this past
year. Still a long way to go but it's getting exciting. I got a new
Rotax 912 for Christmas (OK, my wife let me buy a Rotax 912 for
Christmas). Hope you all have a wonderful holiday season and a very
Happy New Year! Paul.
The 30 Cent Longeron Bending Device (for parts F-1013-L/R and
Someone else may have come up with this before, but I didn't see
it anywhere in my web searches. I will drop this here for anyone
interested. (Sorry for the poor photos. My phone has a lousy
The first thing required in Section 29 (Fuselage Side Skins) is to
curve/bend four pieces of 3/4 x 3/4 x 1/8" thick aluminum angle to
make four side wall longerons -- parts F-1013-L, F-1013-R, F-1046-L,
and F-1046-R. The whole point of angle is that it does not bend
easily, so this is a hard, sweaty job. Vans instructions tells you
to secure the angle in a vice, pre-load the angle sideways, and bang
the angle with a rubber mallet. You repeat this every inch along the
angle and monitor your progress with a template piece of aluminum
F-1046. I tried this approach for pieces F-1046-L&R. It was hard
work, the results were not the best. Either the angle didn't bend at
all, or it bent too much. Then, you had to pull the bend back out of
the angle. After about 6 (YES, SIX) hours of beating angle, I
finally had two of my four curved longerons.
December 20, 2016. Issue
Mothership cap sighting.
Adam Burch photo...somewhere in Colorado.
RV-8QB Center Section Bolts
Service Bulletin: Applies to RV-8QB only. Before further
"Several reports from the field indicate that some RV-8
QuickBuild Kits have been completed and flown without certain center
section hardware being installed. There are specific steps called
out in the assembly instructions to install this hardware. See RV-8,
Dwg 64 and page 8-10 of the assembly manual. This hardware is NOT
installed during the QB assembly process at the factory."
What is this Bump on Tail of my RV-7?
Looks like a hard landing to me. The crease goes through the
inspection plate so it can't be a manufacturing error. It
could possibly have changed the incidence of the stabilizer
slightly to negative thus requiring a little foreward trim
in level flight.
Looks like there was some excessive tail wheel loads beyond
the design capabilities
I agree with the other posters that it looks like your tail
area took some kind of a hit. I notice that the leading edge
to the tailwheel fork at the bottom shows a lot a wear,
possibly may even have taken a blow of some kind--like
falling into a pothole or something.
If it were me, I would pull everything apart, remove your
tailwheel spring, remove the horizontal stab/vertical stab
and rudder because you are going to need access to assess
the damage and do the repair.
To me it looks like a classic case of side-loading the
tailwheel - it falls off the pavement and gets caught on an
edge, or the two bolts that hold the socket to teh spring
shear as the tail is being swung around and it falls off an
edge. Either way, the tailwheel itself comes to a sudden
stop while the fuselage is still trying to swing, and you
put a slight kink in the fuselage structure. I've seen it on
a couple airplane's, and both have had a sudden tailwheel
Look at the bottom of the rudder fairing. If there is not
indication of contact damage from the tail wheel, then the
scenario Paul described above is likely the cause.
N477RV (the RV-7 owned by Van's and used by Mike Seager for
transition training) has spent its entire life based on a
grass runway airport. It is just a few hrs shy of 4800 hrs
T.T. and has had nothing like this occur (not to mention all
of the plopped in landings it has endured during training).
The inertia of the induced by the tail swinging can induce
huge twisting loads on the tail spring mount if the tail
wheel comes to a stop suddenly.
I agree with Paul's theory that the tail wheel was abruptly
side loaded. Looking at that skin, I'd check further for
possible internal damage.
The things I would check is; bolt holes in F711 & F712
bulkheads are not stretched, WD409 tail spring weldment
wasn't cracked, F711 & F712 bulkhead rivet flanges were not
stretched out, lower J strip not buckled.
The ripple in the skin has taken a lot of rigidity away from
that section of the fuselage, stiffeners (more than one)
might restore most but not all to that area.
First off- I'd be phoning the mothership for their
suggested course of action
This Community Rocks
I mentioned my BFR was out yesterday (my logbook's
last BFR entry was dated Nov '14). I've been
thinking for two weeks while my plane is down for annual
that I couldn't fly as PIC. Enter an email from
"Doug - I seem to remember that you got
your instrument rating recently
[ed. Oct 13, 2015]. Today you mentioned
that you were going to get a BFR. According to 14 CFR
61.56 (d) (1) the instrument rating check ride
essentially counts as a Flight Review, so you are good
for 2 years from that date."
John, I had completely
forgotten about that. I know my check airman (John
McLaughlin) mentioned that...but I forgot. Thanks
for reminding me.
I'm legal to fly, and I owe John
Juergens lunch <g>.
December 19, 2016. Issue
The Last Flight ...Bob Collins RV-7A
"More than a month after agreeing to selling ye olde RV-7A --
N614EF -- I finally saw an opening to ferry it over to its new
owner, Chris Moseley of Grand Rapids, MI.
It wasn't particularly emotional because I've had a month to get
over it, and I was happy to be done with the frustration of trying
to find a period where the lake-effect snow of Michigan, and the
regular old sucky winter of Minnesota would ease enough ferry it."
[ed. If you only read a couple of things
today, make it these. Read what Bob wrote in his
VAF post, as it is geared more for the
pilot. But MAKE SURE to read every word in the original 'News
Cut' article - the one he
publishes for work. IMHO, it would be hard to find someone
more skilled at conveying a life lived with an RV in the mix.
It looks like an RV-12 is Bob's next goal, and I very much look
forward to those updates.
A Good Soul ...Bobby Knox post
This will be a touch of a rant, a touch of a confession and a bit
of praise for one good soul.
About three weeks ago, I advertised 6 tool boxes for sale here. I
stated I would deliver within 200 miles for gas and food. I received
several responses, including some within the specified distance, but
the first one was just about 20 miles further than 200 miles away.
Ranting, I absolutely cant stand it when forum etiquette order is
discarded in the name of a convenient, easy sale of a posted item.
So here I am with two people, one 75 miles away(second respondent)
and one 225 miles away(first respondent), both wanting all 6 tool
boxes. So the temptation is to do easy and 6 years ago I WOULD do
easy, but now as a Christian, I have help resisting and despite some
initial difficulty in scheduling delivery, commit to deliver them to
the first respondent, Jesse Saint. The days leading up to the
Saturday 4AM departure out of Hazlehurst, GA for Dunellion, FL were
brutal. Little sleep and too much to do. At midnight Friday, alone,
I loaded the tool boxes. Four hours later, I departed for the
delivery. Jesse and his son were on schedule and the delivery was
completed in time for me to return to Hazlehurst and then to work.
The end, right? WRONG! a couple of days later, I get a photo from
Jesse via text of over $700 of aviation specific tools I LEFT IN A
TOOL BOX DRAWER. As I sink like a WWII convoy ship into stupid, I
thank God for Jesse and his integrity, honesty and character. After
we talk and I offer to return to pick them up, he offers to ship
them back to me.
USPS delivered my tools today. Jesse picked up the shipping. THANK
YOU Jesse Saint!
But this is not the first time Jesse had done me a good turn. This
is A GOOD SOUL. He is trustworthy and deserves your business.
Spruce Creek Annual Toy Parade Fly-by ...Ted Chang RV-9A
49 airplanes participated in this year's fly-by before Toy
Parade. It includes 16 RVs, 4 rockets, a P-51 and two T-6s amount
The 14th Condition Inspection ...
the yearly inspection now, and finished getting the RV-6 ready
Saturday morning for A&P/IA Randy Richmond (card)
to give it a good looking over and test the compression. Lower
back spasms a couple weeks ago slowed the process, but good progress
is again being made. Oil change and oil filter, new tubes and
tires on, air filter, brake pads inspected and re-safety wired, all
panels off, interior out and floorboards up. Around lunch the
cold Wx arrived in the DFW area, and work slowed until the propane
heater was found, serviced and cranked up. 17*F Sunday morning
here - hats off again to the folks up north who live with this cold
more than I do. You're tougher than me!
Hoping to get back in the air next week for a few minutes, but with
Christmas stuff in full swing that may or may not happen. BFR
after that, and maybe work in a practice approach during said BFR.
Someone told me staying current would be harder than getting the IFR
rating. That person is wise.
Need to run a rag under those floorboards....14 year old airplanes
get grungy under there. I started the build when I was 31.
I'm 51 now. Two decades of RV satisfaction and counting.
Thanks again, Van.
Pics taken during the inspection ...nothing special. Grime
and patina - evidence of a hobby being enjoyed.
Aerobatic Clinic Planning ...Ron Schreck
Mark Fullerton, president of IAC Chapter 3 has graciously
volunteered to host an aerobatic clinic for RV pilots. While
preparations are slowly taking shape I can tell you that the
tentative date will be the weekend of 22-23 April, 2017. The venue
will be Rome, Georgia (KRMG).
Unlike formation clinics, this will be a rather small gathering due
to the intense one-on-one instruction that is anticipated. We can
accommodate a good size group for the ground school but the flying
portion will necessarily be limited to pilots who have a solid
experience with unusual attitude/spin recovery through either
military or civilian training. They will be required to follow up
the clinic with a commitment to compete in IAC competition during
the 2017 season.
If you have the determination to become a competitive aerobatic
pilot but lack the requisite basic training I urge you to contact an
instructor who can give you basic recovery training. Sources are
listed on the IAC web site:
Training at the clinic will be by experienced competition pilots who
will coach you from the ground. Ground school will include
preparation of your aircraft for competition, understanding Aresti
notation, what to expect at your first contest and the finer points
of flying competition figures in your RV.
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Couple of VAF Courtesy
...simple list. Easy peezy.
RV Hotel Updated
...free places to stay when flying your RV around. PDF
December 16, 2016. Issue
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. dr
Tommy taxiing out...
DuPont Variprime 615S ...Sam Bovington
I am on my second project and I have become a fan of using a
sponge brush to apply variprime 615S metal etch primer that is mixed
very thin. I find it quick and easy, inexpensive and effective. If I
have just a few parts that need primer, I don't have take time to
set up for spray, or mix a large amount. I can mix a thimbleful and
sponge brush it on. It dries very quickly, and when mixed thin, does
not leave brush marks.
After deburring and using scotch bright pad, I clean the parts with
a degreaser type detergent in a spray bottle, then dry with clean
rag as I mix up the variprime. You don't have to keep the parts
super clean because the metal etch properties will cut through small
amounts of contamination like finger prints.
I can be back to riveting together primed parts in 30 minutes or
less. It seems to save me a ton of time, and minimize wasted
material which makes it inexpensive. The 615S that I buy at the
local auto paint store says it has chromate in it, so I think it has
sacrificial anode properties to reduce dissimilar metal corrosion.
I don't scotch bright external skins prior to sponge brushing
primer, in case anyone wants to go to a polished aluminum surface
later. I also sponge brush prime skins before I do any dimple
countersinking. If you dimple before priming, the dimples will
squeeze out extra primer from the sponge and can cause a drip on the
I mix it about 2 parts accelerator to 1 part
primer. And will thin a bit more if it thickens in the pot during
application, or if I need to stretch it a bit to complete whatever I
am priming. For me it seems like the important thing is that it be
thin enough to flow out well after the sponge brush stroke, so you
don't get any brush marks. Yes, it is a 2 part epoxy, but I have
found that over thinning doesn't seem to interfere with curing or
Mothership Totals To Date....
Also from the mothership...
Updated the Weather Page
...new top right animated map. Link to previous map stopped
working, so I found something better.
December 15, 2016. Issue
RV-10 Panel Tour ...Ed Kranz
Dipstick access when using a plenum
When building my Rocket I made a plenum to assist with cooling.
To provide access to the dipstick I put a cone around it, and then
attached some scat to the plenum directly above the cone. When
installing the plenum the scat is compressed down around the cone -
this maintains the seal around the dipstick so the plenum does not
Now I want to install the CPI electronic ignition, and want to put
the coil packs inside the plenum. However one plug boot interferes
My question is: Regardless of the electronic ignition, is there a
better way to provide access to the dipstick when using a plenum?
How have others done this?
Here is the top of my engine with the plenum off - the CPI coilpack
is roughly in position:
Throttle linkage bracket
I have bought several mounts for throttle cable linkage (once you
bolt between carb/ fuel servo and engines sump) however none of this
fit/work as I am installing EFII system. Question, can
throttle cable be attached to the engine mount frame instead of the
bracket mounted to the engine? Or will mounting to the engine mount
adversely affect throttle responds or consistency of the throttle
setting etc. Picture below shows idea, made bracket will be
used at the clamps location.
James Cowl downdraft carb box install
I am trying to get my carb box installed on my James cowl. I am
stumped. My only other idea is to go to a muffler shop and have them
fabricate a bend to make it work or try glassing something up.
Glassing may be easier in the long run.
Here are a couple pictures showing the issue. The front of the air
filter is at the height where it needs to be to meet the front of
the cowl. If you have pictures or ideas, I would sure love to know
what you did to solve this. I know I am not the first person to have
the James cowl and this exhaust system. Thanks for the help.
Vans cowl thin area (photo)
The above photo shows the inside of my IO-360 RV-7 top cowl from
my finish kit. The bright pink areas around the edges have no
honeycomb between fiberglass layers. This is expected. Also, the
rectangle on the upper left is for the oil door. However, what is
the purpose of the thin (no honeycomb) rectangular area on the upper
right? Can anyone say?
December 14, 2016. Issue
RV14 Canopy Install ...Tom Martin pictures
The 14 canopy is a rather large item and needs to be handled
carefully. Holding the unit for trimming and fitting requires a
steady but flexible work surface. Typically I use chunks of
foam for this job they all seem to have gone missing. When I
unpacked the finish kit I filled four garbage bags with packing
paper and set them aside in anticipation of fitting the canopy. Here
they are with one wrap of duct tape to hold them loosely together.
Try our new website feature (Classic Aero)
It's not technically new, but we just updated a feature on our
website with current information. We also made it way easier to
update in the future, and added some new features, so that part is
new. It's what we call our "Build An Interior" page.
We need some more eyes to beat it up a little, and see if you notice
any bugs that we missed. I do this kind of thing in my spare time,
so it's always a bit of a rush job and there's a good chance I
The Re-birth of N94CR ...j-red
It really is nice to have (fingers crossed) all of the purchases
behind me. Aside from the odd clamp and paint to cover the "scars",
everything is in hand to finish this project. The firewall forward
has gone together relatively quickly since it's a matter of
re-assembling things that have largely been together before.
The ring gear was modified for the CPI ignition sensor magnets. They
included in the kit a machined drilling template, the drill bit,
tap, magnets and threaded plugs. I was initially nervous about the
right placement of these critical magnets, but the SDS kit made it
very easy. The mounting points for the hall sensor and coil packs
are very nicely made and easy to install.
The original FAB was crushed in the accident, so a new one was made
and fitted. Doing so allowed me to measure, order and install the
control cables for throttle, mixture and carb heat. On my previous
build, each of these was an agonizing experiment of how and where to
route them. Not so here. The original builder did a good job with
the brackets and such, and I can't say enough about the online help
I received by looking at pictures from others' builds.
A starter came with the engine, but an alternator did not, so a
Nippon Denso 55amp unit was obtained from the aviation isle of Auto
I relocated the oil cooler to the left rear baffle and did some
beefing up of the area in the process. The last time this flew was
2009, so at the very least, the hoses were 7-8 years old, and so all
new fuel and oil hoses were made from stainless braided line.
As of this morning, all of the FWF sensors (except EGT and CHT) are
wired and done. The EGT/CHT are next to run and hook into the EIS,
followed by exhaust hangers, then the final primer runs and most of
the engine work will be done. The cowling still has to be fit to the
air box and then there will be plenty of clamping/cleanup work to be
done, but I'm hoping to be able to take it to the airport in
(Andrew at TruTrak) It has been requested that we share the
development of one of our latest experimental creations. I am sure
that many know we are working with EAA on an STC for the Vizion
autopilot, but that is not what we are here to talk about today.
Today we announce the greatest modification ever to the Van’s RV-10.
We have designed, built, and thoroughly tested this new item. So
without further ado, I give you the RV-10 Keg Tap.
December 13, 2016. Issue
Another RV-10 Ready to Fly ...Scott Flandermeyer
After 8 years and 8 months of building, N104ST RV-10#40816 is
officially an airplane. DAR Vern Darley did my inspection on
Dec. 8th. It is powered by a Continental Motors CD-230 Diesel
Cycle engine. I am hoping the Wx and my work schedule will
permit a first flight soon. Information about the installation and
performance data (facts) will be posted as I can.
How Polished is your Paint? - Skin Fricktion Drag ...a
When I took my car into the Autobody shop to get the bumper
re-painted. I got on to the discussion of paint with the Shop
Foreman. He says that at a professional level, a painter can get the
paint too perfect when applying it to car to match the factory paint
job. He said that factory paint jobs have a very slight orange peel
to them and when painting a body panel to match, if the paint is
applied they same way, it can look very different even if the color
is matched near perfectly. Taking a very close look at a factory
paint job on a car, I would agree that the paint does have a very
slight orange peel to it. But compared to an restored show car where
the paint is like a mirror. Wow there is a difference, but you have
to look close!
With that said, the boundary layer over a wing can be as small as
1/100th of an inch, or 0.25mm thick. At this level one could assume
that this sort of difference between a very slight orange peel as
your would get on a factory car finish or home/shop painted finish,
can produce more Skin Friction Drag then if the paint was "Perfect
With the large amount of builders who have painted their own wings,
has anyone noticed an increase in cruise just by having their plane
repainted professionally with a "Perfect and Polished" paint job?
Or are the planes too slow for skin friction at this level to play a
Greg Hughes Status Report ...many pictures
Almost done with my own little prime war
Hey.... So for the better part of 6 weeks I have been pretty busy
fighting my own little prime war!
So this is just what the result of all that time and money is.
1: I tried Auto Dupi Color Rattpe can (grey) non etching - easy to
use, cheap, scratches easy, dont like the color
2: I tried waterborne Aviation primer (non toxic) with HVLP gun -
Looked good, expensive, did not stick well at all. Came of with duck
tape and scratched easier than rattle can. Was a real pain to get to
spray right. either to runny or to coarse. PITA INMO.
Panel Update Status ...and cost breakout (Tony T.)
I should include in this thread some discussion of cost. The
factory avionics kit is not inexpensive! I bought the SV Touch, ADSB
in and out and the knobs modules for $17,040. I reused the autopilot
servos already installed. I spent an additional $900 for all new
harnesses and misc small parts to complete the installation
according to the latest plans. The total was $17,940. To offset
this, I sold the old panel components for $6,226. That includes
returning the D180 and AP74 to Dynon for the rebate. The net
difference was $11,714.
December 12, 2016. Issue
First Flight RV-8 ...Jeff Green RV-8
First flight went well. Shouldn't take much to get it dialed in
perfect. Cool temperatures made for some great performance. Wow!
A New Panel Coming to Life ...Steve Eberhard
Jules Mominee and Phil Dawes' panel and plane are finally in the
same room, getting to know each other. The panel is being built up
using a prototype of a molded carbon fiber RV-7 panel being
developed by a VAF advertizer. Everything for a complete IFR Garmin
panel mounts between the panel and the first bulkhead. Installation
pictures will follow over the next couple of weeks.
Charity Cap Sighting ...Kyle Lee post
Pictured here is Capt. Alan Searle (RV-8 & RV-12 builder) flying
a C47 on his way over the "Hump Route".
In Aug 2016, Alan and crew piloted VH-XUX (1944 C47) from Australia
to China. The flight was conducted to honour those men who helped
bring victory and peace by flying supplies over the Himalayas to the
Chinese while Japan controlled their borders during WWII.
Follow link for full details on the flight including background,
aircraft details and overcoming two engine failures.
I'm proud as heck of this guy to call him my father-in-law, airshow
buddy, RV-12 build partner and go-to-guy for advice on just about
About the charity cap
My panel ...Hans Labruyere (Netherlands) RV-12
I wanted to share these pics with you. Screens aren't fixed yet,
and the wiring isn't tied up yet, but you get the picture, I hope.
We're building our '12 with MGL iEFIS 10" Lites, V6 radio, Trig 21
(to be hung in one of the holes, not remote), MGL extender, RDAC XF,
and dual MGL ECB. The other two holes are for a HSI and
altimeter (obliged, here). Took some thinking and drawing, and
some sweat, but since a few days I do have power on the mains
including he ECB's. After that nothing works as it should, but isn't
that the fun of building an experimental? Will keep y'all
posted how things get along. Apart from that I might have some
questions, because I am no electrician.
December 9, 2016. Issue
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Ready for its closeup ...Frank Dombroski RV-10
Shortly after completing my last -10, I had an offer I could not
refuse, so I sold it. I picked up a quick build kit someone else had
started and completed the project in 10 months. Build speed really
accelerates after a couple of the same projects. This one has the
full complement of Garmin G3X touch avionics. I used the same paint
scheme, as I never had the chance to get tired of it on the last
Done Lurking! ...Carl
I have a RV-12 kit that I got to the fuselage mostly finished
stage. I had been a sport pilot who went on to get my private
ticket. I own a S-LSA and had started building the RV-12 before I
bought the Gobosh. I went to the factory and did the demo flight in
the -14. Having lurked in the forum here for a bit, I finally
ordered my -14 kit. I can't wait to get started with the new build.
I race in the Airventure Cup race every year in my LSA. I am looking
forward to the increased speed of running the race in the -14!
My serial number is 140356 for those keeping track of how many are
RV Training Guide Powerpoint Briefings ...Vac
I'm developing powerpoint briefings for instructional or
reference use during transition training as a first step to
improving the resources available for folks either teaching in or
learning to fly RV's. The basic transition/instructor upgrade
syllabus contains four RV-specific briefings as well as basic risk
and error management briefings. The flying briefings include RV-type
Aerodynamics; Performance; Weight and Balance and Airworthiness
The first step is to develop the basic slides for each brief and
then, enhance them with appropriate hyperlinks, video, graphics,
etc. to improve them over time.
I've finished up Version 1.0 of the Aerodynamics Briefing:
FlyboyKelly Tow Bar Install
Here is the forward pulling towbar that I finished yesterday!.
Family Milestone: Tate Reeves Passes His Driving Test
Passed on first try. Susie heard the girl in front of him
in line say "Third time's a charm" (she had just passed on her third
try). Tate didn't hear the girl, and he's glad he didn't (was
about to start his checkride). Did I mention he has straight
A's. Very, VERY proud of this kid!
December 8, 2016. Issue
A quick status report on the back spasms I was having a couple of days
ago. Four people emailed with their experience at what helped, and a
book recommendation, etc. Thank you for that! Filed away in
the 'Personal Health' email folder.
I'm happy to report that the pain has subsided substantially. Most of the
day Wednesday I had no pain at all and even got in a little bit of work
on the RV. It's currently down for its yearly inspection, and today I
was feeling good enough to take off the cowling, spinner, wheel pants
and empennage fairing. I've contracted with my son to take out the
seats, floor panels and rear baggage compartment wall this weekend at
$10 per hour :-). He takes his driving checkride on Thursday and if he
passes he's cleared to go solo (after a call to State Farm). Obviously
he wants gas money :-).
By the time today's edition goes live, that Arctic front should have
arrived in the Dallas area. We are wrapping the outside pipes and I'm
running up to Home Depot this evening to get a new propane tank for the
heater out at the hangar. "Real" winter has apparently arrived…
Yesterday while I was out at the airport for a couple of hours
some of the usual suspects were doing a quick formation practice.
They made two passes down the centerline, and since I was out on the
ramp standing there anyway I thought I would pull out the iPhone and
shoot some video. No fancy editing, no intro or credits. Just the
two clips uploaded at 1080HD. The entire clip runs 44 seconds.
Sounds good with headphones...
Wiring Baja Design Squadron Pro
Q: I'm in the process of installing the Baja Designs Squadron Pro
LED lights into the Duckworks leading edge kit for my RV-10.
For those who have gone before me - a couple questions on wiring
1) Did you ground locally or back at the firewall? For those flying
- any evidence of noise for either method?
2) Did you use the included connector or cut/ splice the wires?
Thank you for your help!
BTW - the finish kit arrives tomorrow!! Time for more fiberglass
A: ...courtesy Ed Kranz
A: ...courtesy Bruce Hill
Forgotten mistake - opinions needed
I vaguely remember botching a rivet on the aileron a long time
ago. While re-installing them after doing the bottom skins, I saw it
and now need to fix it. Question is, what's the best way? It is the
last rivet on the inboard side closest to the trailing edge on the
Dynon D2 Pocket Panel $100 Holiday Mail-in Rebate Offer
December 7, 2016. Issue
I'm on the mending side of the curve for some lower back spasms that
have had me mostly sitting still and making Popeye faces for the past
two days. Ibuprofen, ice, heat, light stretching and that massage
thing that looks like E.T.'s head that we've owned for a quarter century
is helping. Getting pain free movement back, but not making any
fast moves too quick. I can sleep, which is good. It hurts
to do pretty much everything else, so email and work is suffering, of
course. Getting better by the hour...I'll get there. I miss
my younger body ;^)
75 Years Ago. Remember.
First Pilots N Paws Mission ...Dan Landry
I've been signed up for years, but never had the opportunity for a
mission until last weekend. My mission was to escort Dixie &
the Dixie Cups from Quincy, FL to Seminole, FL (225sm).
Dixie has one bad eye, heartworm & was living under a shed with
her 6 puppies. I delivered her to a rescue. Dixie is a good
mother, but an escape artist. I placed the puppies on the right seat
& Dixie in the kennel in the rear baggage area. I went into
the FBO before departure. When I returned, Dixie had escaped the RV.
I placed her back in & secured the kennel better.
Well, 20 minutes into the 75 minute flight, out comes Dixie.
She was a good girl & came out to check on her pups & then went back
to rest on the top of her kennel to enjoy the view.
I delivered them all to their final destination without issues.
It was very rewarding & I'm looking forward to the next mission
Finished painting all the parts. 3 months of work, big job. Now
off to the airport, hope to do first flight on January 17.
John Calkins Retires From Van's Aicraft, Inc.
The Incredible Shrinking/Expanding Canopy Skirt
I recently trimmed, glassed and made fit against the fuselage
skin (pretty nicely) my RV-8 canopy skirt. As is typically the case,
the "make it fit" effort was focused mostly along the sides toward
the rear of the canopy. I got a nice, clean and relatively tight
fit. That was in about the September/October time frame.
Then, a week or two ago I went to slide the canopy closed on the
fuse in a cold-ish hangar, in which the propane heater had been on
and running for about 25 minutes. When it closed, I saw there was
about a 1/8 to 3/16 gap along the sides, basically from the rear
seat-back area back a couple feet, in the area where the skirt
curves up toward the rear. The right was slightly prouder than the
left side. I opened and closed it a few times, thinking maybe it
just wasn't seating right. I cussed and stamped my feet and whatnot
for a bit. Then I just took a deep breath and started pushing on the
skirt sides, and determined that if the "crossbow" portion of the
canopy where the slider block attached had just a slightly smaller
radius, it would almost certainly fit just right.
Tip on Going Big (on images)...
I've been using a website called SmugMug.com lately for uploading
very large photographs. Specifically, I've been using it to
document drainage improvements (and the new runway installation
down the road) at my home airport. I wanted to take a moment and
share one aspect of this website that you may or may not be aware
use an example to describe: go click on
this picture, and when the image comes up move your mouse over
the picture and you'll see some choices pop up in the lower right
corner of your screen. Click on
then select 'Original' to see the image at its maximum resolution.
The picture used in this example was created using the 'Pano'
feature on the iPhone and the uploaded image comes in at a whopping
5654 x 1852 pixels. That's big enough to stretch across two
large monitors, easy. Would work nice for a fly-in.
Anywho, I just wanted to make sure you knew about that feature.
KazooRV-9A's Taco Cart
...the padding is a nice touch on the corners. Me thinks.
December 6, 2016. Issue
"It was 20 years ago today..."
On Dec 6, 1996 I went live with the "North Texas Wing of Van's
Air Force". The list of builder/pilot phone numbers on that
site grew, and morphed into what is now the 'RV
Years down the road, that chrysalis transformed into the site that
you're enjoying today. And that's enough Entomology references
Useless trivia that probably nobody cares about, but maybe it's a
nice opportunity to get
Sgt. Pepper stuck in your head for an hour or so.
Oct '16 to Present ...gfb 9A time lapse videos
You can see the build all the way through the miserable canopy
cut/glue, and just starting on avionics and electrical. Fuselage is
now mostly complete, finish kit mostly done. November videos will
include most of the installation of the G3X system, and December
should include engine mounting.
[ed. Vids #33-36 were uploaded
Dec 4 and 5. Newest vids at the bottom. v/r,dr]
RV White Pages Updated
3,402 listings in 26 countries. Courtesy Mr. Tate Reeves.
From Mothership FB ...link
Panel Status Report ...rgodsy
I was wiring and testing my avionics today, here is a picture.
I'm coming up on 3 years into my build and I cannot wait to fly my
RV-7A. Experimental aviation has revolutionized avionics in
News Video Story on 'Tango Flight' ...Georgetown, TX
Tango Flight FB page
Milestone: Paint Job Done
...Gerry and Della Clabots
Emailed from a reader....
December 5, 2016. Issue
The RV Grin - First Flight N194HW 12-2-2016 ...Jim Buechler 9A
Today at noon at Marion County Airport (X35) in Dunnellon
Florida, the Terrific RV9A N194HW took flight after a 12 year build
with me as the test pilot! I now have joined the ranks of the many
builders who have experienced this! Incredible aircraft doesn’t
begin to do this plane justice!
I have much to be thankful for, so please bear with me.
I have myself a new airplane! ...Jeff Green RV-8
What a strange feeling. After 2700hrs and almost 7 1/2 year I
have built an airworthy airplane. Thanks to everyone who helped and
provided valuable advice. VAF was invaluable please support this
marvelous source of information.
VAF Courtesy Car List Updated
New entries for:
4th Annual VAF ski trip ...John Morgan event coordinator
4 th annual RV ski trip to the Beaver Creek Colorado area is Jan 14
th to Jan 21 st. We have 2 of the 6 bedrooms still available at this
time. Please contact John Morgan @ 770-823-1713 for details. Rooms
will be given on a first come first serve basis and women are always
welcome to join in just no kids under 21.
Still looking for skiers to fill the last 2 rooms. Fantastic
accommodations, dirt cheap price, fair company if you wanna talk
airplanes a lot after skiing!
Broken Cowl Pin ...Bud K
I was pulling the cowl off to perform maintenance when the end of
piano hinge pin holding the upper cowl to the bottom broke off. I
have to twist hinge pin from the stowed position in order to pull it
out. It broke off just as the pin enters the hinge. Fortunately, the
end of the pin extends beyond the hinge at the firewall. I was able
to reach around and push it out enough to grab the broken end and
pull it out. Dodged a bullet. I wasn't sure how I would remove the
Anyone else have this type of problem?
How to get ready for that first flight…
So, lets suppose that you have hundreds of hours of accumulated time
in C-172 and PA28-180’s. Lets also suppose that due to building and
bad weather, your flying skills are rusty (but still FAA current).
What do you do for practicing proficiency in order to get ready for
the first flight in an RV-9a? I'm primarily interested in the first
10 hours while new engine break in, new aircraft glitches, etc are
(let me fill in the blanks for the first three answers)
What else do you guys do in a C-172 or PA28-180 to prepare? What
skills? What proficiency tests do you practice? When do you know
that you are ready?
get transition training…
get a buddy to let you fly their RV-9a?
read all of Van's articles, AC90-89, etc.
Panel Pic ...Joe
Yes, you can get 2 G3X 10" screens in an RV-8
December 2, 2016. Issue
Some pics from Thursday's 'usual suspects' occasional
formation practice. I'm down for annual, so it was camera duty.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. dr
(RV-7A) Brake Upgrade ...Roy Thoma
This applies to Parker brakes that were supplied in my RV-7A kit.
I think newer kits may have Matco wheels and brakes.
My brake disks were past the wear limits with about 1100 hours on my
RV-7A. I use the brakes to make turn-offs rather than coast on a
runway to a subsequent turnoff. I taxi a short distance for take off
and landing at my home airport, KHIO. My nose wheel break-out force
is high. Reading posts from DanH and other's I decided to install
thicker disk's to get higher kinetic energy rating (search VAF for
"kinetic energy rating" for more discussion).
My worn brake rotor weighed 1.313lbs and were just under 0.15"
A disk from a friend with about 100 hours on his similar plane
weighed 1.449lbs and measured 0.178" thick. I've read on VAF that
new stock rotors are 0.187". I did not find spec's for the weight of
new rotors, I'd guess new weight at 1.5lbs. The new Rapco rotors are
about 0.300" thick (I measured 0.294") and weigh just under 2lbs
Panel Upgrade Status
Working on final tasks. Adding wire ties in tunnels and
instrument deck, reinstalling controls that had to be taken out for
The wire bundle in the forward tunnel is somewhat fatter than
before. Still, things clean up nicely. That big adel clamp will be
replaced, I just used a big one to aid organizing the new harnesses.
Hard to reach rivets - rudder ...various pictures/techniques
Tore out the old, in w/the new
Here's what I have on order and should be delivered in 2 weeks
from AFS / Dynon. Quick Build was the only way I could ever
accomplish this as I have ZERO patience and have the need to fly
often! This is the newest 10" HDX touch screens with the full
autopilot, ADSB, autotrim, all the goodies! Panel comes powder
coated and labelled with all the cables going and plugging into the
AFS control Module for simplicity.
Trig announces new TN72 GPS Receiver - certified for ADS-B Out
December 1, 2016. Issue
Ed Hicks photo.
Need Suggestions- Drilling holes in a plate to match existing
I've run into a problem which I am willing to bet is a
well-solved problem on the VAF. So I need some suggestions.
I have a set of 6 plate nuts in two rows of three already installed
- 3 holes on each of two flanges (RV-8 battery support structure)..
I need to figure out a way to drill holes in a piece of 2024T3, 0.63
aluminum to precisely match those holes so I can screw this plate
down onto the plate nuts.
You cannot get a drill up from the platenut side. Here's a picture
of the holes on the flanges:
Blast Tubes ...Ernst Freitag data point
Blast tubes on mag, fuel pump and PP alternator. Not easily
visible but my blast tube to the mag is directly connected to the
housing. Cool air blowing right where it needs to be. Been
flying in some very heavy rain and I don't see an issue.
I have no credible evidence of the effect of these blast tubes
except a sense that pumping cool air into a cavity will cool the
affected accessories. What I do have is a very cool running
engine and engine compartment with measured temperatures at the
firewall averaging 140F on cooler days and 160F on the hottest days.
The tube connects to the stub on the left.
Well, this evening I went out to the plane to put some fuel in
for tomorrow's flight. I removed the fuel pump fuse (as I normally
do) and turned on the master switch..........no power! I checked the
Master Bus fuse and that is good. I cycled the switch a couple of
times but to no avail.
I haven't taken anything apart yet. I wanted to get some ideas from
you guys at what you think it might be.
I last flew on Saturday 11/25 and everything was fine. My battery is
the original and is 5yrs 5mos old. I have been thinking of
replacing, but I expected to get some warning of the battery going
bad. Do they normally just die this sudden?
I found the problem on my second visit to the airplane. I have added
a 12 volt port in the back of the airplane for use by my ADS-B
It's controlled by a simple on/off switch located by the standard 12
volt outlet in the plane. Last flight my passenger was last to get
out and he must have hit the switch to the "on" position therefore
draining my battery.
My battery was discharged down to 11.8 volts. I now have it on a
charger and hopefully in the early morning it will turn over the
RV7 Horizontal Stabilizer Assembly Video Part#1 ...Andrew Atalla
in Whistler, BC.
Mothership First Flight Stats
November 30, 2016. Issue
Thinking of wrapping your exhaust pipes?
I received this handwritten letter in the PO Box the other day.
Weld failure. Fire.
(click to enlarge)
Exiting Spins on Heading & Pitch in an RV
Q: This is a question for you competition aerobatics guys.
Exiting spins is one thing, and exiting spins properly in
competition is another. In competition, you must (a) exit on the
proper heading, and (b) draw a straight vertical down line (before
recovering from the dive). The 2017 IAC Sportsman Sequence is
calling for a 1 and 1/4 turn spin.
What exact sequence of controls are you using to accomplish both
objectives in an RV? In particular, how far in advance of your exit
heading are you applying opposite rudder, and when and how are you
applying forward stick?
Currently I'm playing a guessing game in my -4 as to how much in
advance of the desired exit heading to apply opposite rudder and
it's not always working out. Obviously, it takes longer to stop a 2
or 3 rotation spin than a one rotation spin, and I get the
impression RVs may not be as quick to respond to anti-spin inputs as
pure competition aircraft, possibly due to smaller rudder size. I'm
playing with using abrupt forward stick to lessen the rudder
guessing game and force the aircraft to stop on the desired exit
heading ... ?
Also, my -4 is still rather upright when it stops spinning, so to
get a vertical down line I have to push hard into negative G. I
spoke to an aerobatic competitor (non-RV guy) who said some
competitors let the stick forward somewhat during the spin so they
don't have to push so hard when the spin stops to get their vertical
down line. Thoughts?
A: Never spun an RV but in the popular aerobatic airplanes
from the Pitts to the Sukhoi and many others: intentionally
accelerate the spin almost immediately with forward stick, a bit of
power, and a lot of inspin aileron. Almost on the desired
recovery point aggressive opposite rudder and more forward stick.
After about 100 of these you should be able to blend the down line
smoothly with the recovery. the pitch attitude on recovery
will be much closer to vertical. Regarding outspin aileron,
that is counterproductive and flattens the spin so the transition
from recovery to vertical downline is a much greater pitch change.
This usually looks really bad to the judges. For a left rudder
upright spin, right stick is outspin aileron, left stick is inspin
aileron. Inverted spin stick position is opposite. Upright
spin: inspin aileron will usually pitch the nose down slightly and
will always enhance the recovery.
Caution: this requires a LOT of practice. If you are uncertain of
what the airplane is doing close the throttle and put the stick in
neutral, full rudder opposite the rotation. This takes a lot of
practice. The rate of rotation will increase dramatically depending
on the amount of forward stick. I learned this from a
student after struggling with competition spin recovery for many
years. Student could not land a Pitts but sure did nice competition
A: Jim well described the elevator/aileron technique which
can clean up competition spins. The high performance monoplanes
especially require this type of technique to get spins to look
decent. Also useful in the Pitts, depending on a number of factors.
I did not get far enough along with aerobatics as an RV pilot to
provide info on how this works in RVs. Something to try as you gain
Regarding the sequence of inputs and timing, I did a bunch of spins
in my old RV-3 and an RV-6 w/ 7 fin, and never needed more than 1/4
turn to stop a spin in either direction, up to 3 turns. Those RVs I
mentioned recovered a spin pretty much the same as my Pitts and most
other aerobatic planes I've flown - full opposite rudder followed a
fraction of a second later by a forward stick movement. I've never
flown anything remotely aerobatic that required more than 1/4 turn
to recover a competition style spin.
You'll need to figure out the amount of forward stick that works
best for you, but slightly forward of neutral is pretty standard.
Don't overdo the forward stick input. If you really overdo it, you
can crossover which can be bad news for pilots who haven't received
adequate training. Don't apply rudder and sit there waiting for any
perceptible change in rotation rate before moving the stick forward.
That will delay recovery. Move the stick very quickly behind the
I never tried this in the RV, but most acro planes also recover more
quickly and crisply if you apply full power simultaneously with the
opposite rudder input. But first learn to stop the spin on heading
with a precise vertical pitch/yaw attitude, then worry about power.
In any case, be sure to get in the habit of applying full power ASAP
as the spin stops to avoid wasting altitude. I know the RV is clean,
but this still applies.
Regarding the hard push after a 1-turn spin, you can either blend
the push into the recovery, or push vertical immediately after
stopping the spin as long as you don't draw a perceptible line
before pushing over. Some airplanes require care with the blended
recovery to avoid the appearance of the airplane ceasing to
autorotate (spin) about all 3-axes, which causes the judges to
suspect the pilot is finishing on pure aileron. That will invite
deductions. Also be aware that if you overdo the elevator and
aileron technique for tightening/accelerating the spin, that the
yaw/pitch moments become diminished. Be sure it still looks like a
spin and not a spiral. Anyone familiar with the aileron roll rate of
RVs will know the difference between an accelerated spin and a
spiral, but some judges like to play dumb. They are looking for
auto-rotation about all 3-axes. This last point is more related to
snap rolls than spins, but worth noting IMO. Ground
critiquing/coaching is required.
And remember that the 1-1/4 turn spin produces a natural yaw error
that must be corrected simultaneously with the pitch error as the
spin stops. You will need to re-apply a little rudder pressure in
the direction you originally spun with. Just like the pitch
correction, be sure to make the yaw correction before you draw a
perceptible line upon stopping the spin or the judges will say
you're "dragging a wing" (not perfectly vertical in yaw). Learn
where your wingtip sits on the horizon when you're perfectly
vertical in yaw, and always look to the side and check your attitude
after each spin, as soon as it stops.
Practice is good, but practicing after getting some knowledgeable
ground critiquing/coaching is much better. Good luck.
Panel Upgrade Status Report ...Tony T.
Finally got to the hangar after the long weekend and switched
that pin, which was in position 8, to position 6. The LED's,
autopilot disconnect light, and eyeball light now illuminate
properly and the intensity is controlled by the dimmer pot.
This picture shows the D25 from the wire side and the two dimmer
wires are in positions 7 & 8 when you count from the left (or are
able to see the little numbers). Moved the wire in 8 over to 6 and
everything now works as it should.
Surprise Pitch Trim Excursion
Last Thursday, Thanksgiving, I was cruising at 6500 feet in my
RV-10 with the A/P on and everything dialed in. Headed west, VFR on
top with better air confirmed ahead.
I asked my 14 year old son, sitting in the copilot seat, to hand me
something from the pocket, which he does.
About 4 seconds later, the airplane pitches up so quickly that we
squish into our seats and enter a very high angle climb (>45 deg
We went from 160kt to 90kt (gained a lot of altitude...not sure how
much) by the time I pushed the nose over and turned off everything
that I thought could be related.
Then, I saw it.
He has the large iPad (the 12 inch) and it had been laying on the
pitch trim since he had reached into the pocket for me.
Eventually the A/P reached its torque limit and disengaged, sending
us into a sudden extreme pitch up.
I was holding the stick nose down against the trim while crushing
the trim button back to neutral.
All of this takes place in about 15 seconds.
No one barfed...that's the good part. Besides my 12 year old
daughter in the back seat thinking it was awesome.
November 29, 2016. Issue
Never has a picture of water running into a drain looked so nice…
52F property owner Steve Trotter took this photograph Monday
morning at 6:10 AM (my home field). For those not aware, this
is the first use of our newly installed drain, 100% brought to you
by the 52F
Property Owners Association. It keeps water from running
across the taxiway at the far south end of our airport. Often
times after a rain in the past you would have to taxi through 3 to 4
inches of running water to get to the runway. Brakes don't
Work starts on the west side this week. Our P.O.A. rocks.
(click to enlarge)
Cowl Fit ...RepmikeBrown
I fit my top and bottom cowl this weekend. The cowl wouldn't lay
on the firewall without pushing it down in the center. It was really
tough pushing down, marking, cutting filing, re-filing 1001 times to
get that just right fit. Afterwards I pulled the pins across the top
of the firewall and down the sides on the bottom cowl, removed the
cowls, filed the corners of the hinges. I cut a small door to access
the hinge pins on the top. It's impossible for me to install by
myself, I can get the hinges started together on the lower ends but
the top bulges up where I need to start the pins. Pushing down in
the center makes the ends pop out. I'm ready to run a 1/4" saw blade
down the middle and relieve some pressure and reglass. Has anyone
else done this or will the fit I have now relax itself and finally
conform over time? I've searched the archives but failed to find an
answer. Any help here on previous builders solutions would greatly
Cracked vent line on mechanical fuel pump? ...mbuehler
While chasing some oil leaks, I came across a copper line coming
out of the top of the mechanical fuel pump (O-320-E2A in an RV4). It
looks like the previous owner attempted a JBWeld fix that has since
failed (looks like removing it is some work). It just runs into
those blue fittings then out the bottom of the aircraft and vents
near the breather hose.
Can somebody tell me what that is? Same diameter copper tubing that
the old priming system used. He mentioned that had broken somewhere
and they had capped it rather than fix it.
TiP- Counterweights - "remove hatched area" ...mturnerb
I struggled to do this without making a huge mess. Tried hacksaw,
file, scoring with bandsaw, etc. etc. Finally got out an old
(very good) putty knife and a hammer. Worked like a charm. I
scored the edges of the removal area first, then went at it from the
NTSB Safety Alert - XM and ADS-B Weather
Fellow pilot Doug Ranz forwarded the following alert after a
morning discussion on the value and limitations of XM and ADS-B
weather. Everyone using this service should be aware of its
Actual Age of NEXRAD Data Can Differ Significantly From Age
Indicated on Display
Weather radar “mosaic” imagery created from Next Generation Radar (NEXRAD)
data is available to pilots in the cockpit via the flight
information service-broadcast (FIS-B) and private satellite weather
A mosaic image presents radar data from multiple radar ground sites
on a single image on the cockpit display. When a mosaic image is
updated, it may not contain new information from each ground site.
The age indicator associated with the mosaic image on the cockpit
display does not show the age of the actual weather conditions as
detected by the NEXRAD network. Instead, the age indicator displays
the age of the mosaic image created by the service provider. Weather
conditions depicted on the mosaic image will ALWAYS be older than
the age indicated on the display.
Due to latencies inherent in processes used to detect and deliver
the NEXRAD data from the ground site to the service provider, as
well as the time intervals used for the mosaic-creation process set
by the service provider, NEXRAD data can age significantly by the
time the mosaic image is created.
From the mothership FB page:
November 28, 2016. Issue
Cincy to Waukesha ...Steve Melton Trip Write-up
Thanksgiving Gratitude ...Myron Nelson
I have been involved in aviation at some level for over 40 years
both as an occupation and as an avocation. It took a recent
unfortunate AOG experience to cause me to realize something that
I've always known in the back of my mind but never really focused
directly upon. The blessing of the curse of this passion for
aviation isn't about the machines ... it's about people. The
machines are merely instruments of shared interest that bring about
the blessed associations with wonderful people and lifelong friends.
We all have much to be grateful for.
(later in the thread)
A couple of years ago my octogenarian mother came with me to the
airport to see our project taking shape. Over the span of an
hour-long visit we were interrupted multiple times by folks
spontaneously dropping in for a chat. All the invitation they needed
was seeing the door to the hangar open.
On the way home my sage mother said some of the truest words I've
ever heard about the aviation community. "You've got a lot of
good friends at the airport."
Status Report ...David Paule RV-3B
Mountain Wave ...Rdwrv4
Thought I would share this recent experience cuz it may save
someone's life. Of course I have heard of mountain waves ,saw the
pictures in the pilots manual, Since I live in the mid-west it was
not on the top of my list of flying concerns. OK Monday flying from
C77 to Winchester VA. A tail wind like none other so I climbed to
10500 and smiled 50 to 60 knots on average ,yahoo!!! off to
Grandma's house we go. Smooth flying! As I approached Winchester I
could see the city so I started a let down. crossed the last ridge
at 6500, at least 3000 ft above the ridge. Well, all **** broke
loose just as I crossed it. Bang bang 45° roll, right, left airspeed
fluctuations of 50 knts. I had the runway in sight but not sure I
would get there. It settled down a bit as I got further from the
ridge, but far from comfortable. I landed, even experiencing wind
shear on short final. I will never forget to consider the
possibility of mountain waves ever again nor should you. On self
debrief and do over possibilities I would have carried full altitude
to short final and come down like a helicopter in the 50 knot
headwind. Just something to consider.
Shirt Sighting ...Mike C.
I took this photo for another forum, then realized I decked
myself out in VAF gear by chance: Cancer therapy with my Dobson,
power walking around the base of
former sub communication towers, USNA boat basin in the
About the cap...
Multiple Picture Status Report ...Ed Fleming RV-7 Harare,
Beefed Up Steps ...TJCF16
They are pictures of the new beefed up steps from Vans...
RV-12 Major Milestone - - 1,000 hrs ...John Bender RV-12
Thanksgiving, 2016. Issue
I'm thankful for more things than I can list.
I'll have the laptop closed Thursday and Friday...planning on being too
full to move. ;^) Wishing you and yours a happy, safe
and RV-filled Thanksgiving, also.
Did the Deed ...Shane Barker
Well we finally ordered the first two kits (RV-14A-empennage and
wings) on November 8, 2016. I initially said I would wait and just
have the wings and empennage sent at the same time in January. That
thought lasted until my first contact saying they could send the
empennage right out. Well the empennage is here and so are the tools
from Cleveland Tool.
Inventory has began and continues, along with transforming a wood
shop into an airplane factory. Timeline is to have the air frame
done in time for retirement (1072 days-yes I have a count down
timer) and then buy the 390 and avionics.
Hello World ...Andy C. RV-9A
Hello and just beginning a thread on an RV-9A project that I am
working on in Kalamazoo Mi.
I found this plane not far from me, it was an unfinished kit that
another builder began in 2000, the build number is 90072. The
picture is the project as I found it, in a garage about 8 miles from
This is my first Van's build and I am excited with the project! I
currently fly a 1946 Cessna 120 that I restored over the last 3-1/2
Looking forward to posting updates as we go,
New area in the forums:
Per the request of a few individuals, this new area is located
down in the
November 23, 2016. Issue
Cedar Key (KCDK) ...John Mastro RV-8
Beautiful day in Florida today! Flew up to KCDK for lunch at "83
West" - very friendly place. Fyi - Keylime Cake was awesome!
RV-8 Winter Ops ...David Domeier
Flew yesterday with OAT 38F, really cold in cabin with full heat
on from double muff around 2 pipes, no fun at all.
I knew the problem, air leak at canopy skirt. Same thing a year ago,
so envolked same solution, spent $3.79 for weather stripping and
installed same on inside of canopy skirt.
Flew today and cabin was toasty warm.
Like last year, when summer returns will remove it fir max air flow
when temps hit 100F.
Great take off performance today, was flying before reaching first
mark on IFR runway. <g>
Here we go ...unitink72 RV-10 begins
I pulled the trigger. Am beyond excited and have been chipping away
at the vertical stab every night since I got inventory done.
Inventory took a couple hours and there were a few little pieces of
hardware missing, and the VS spar doubler plate that I think was
added in a service bulletin, which is naturally needed on like page
1 of the instructions.
My builder number is 41750, so I assume that means I have the 1750th
RV-10 kit right?
Wondering how much time people spend edge deburring each rib. Not
sure if I'm in overkill mode, but its taking me 45 minutes or so.
Mostly because I use little 1cm strips of 400 grit to "floss" the
flanges. Getting the innermost part of the flange is pretty
difficult too. The accessible parts I have a pretty good process
for, vixen file, debur tool, scotchbrite wheel.
I've been lurking on this site for a couple years now. Thanks
everybody for putting great info on here.
File Under Motivation:
Flight Data Systems Product Update
have two announcements:
1) Pathfinder ADS-B Receivers are now compatible with ForeFlight
2) We are having a sale on the Pathfinder Remote ADS-B Receiver for
$399 ($150) off!"
Flight Data Systems. 224 7th Street. Petaluma, CA 94952
November 22, 2016. Issue
For a few minutes at the top of yesterday's
edition I threw out a trotline requesting help with my heating unit in
the attic, and I was lucky enough to receive several e-mails from folks.
Thank you for all of the wonderful help and suggestions. Cary,
John, James, Jerald, Dennis, Dave, Ron and Glen....thank you!
Marc Whisman of Long Beach, CA emailed me also, and
included his phone number with a 'call me' offer. Marc owns and
flies a RV-10 on weekends, but Monday through Friday he works on
plumbing, heating and drains. Picture of his business card at
right and Mr.&Mrs.Whisman below.
Anyway, through the beauty of modern technology I was able to send him a
couple of pictures of the inside of my heater, and he gave me a few
troubleshooting suggestions to rule out 'the expensive stuff'.
Long story short, the house is warm again and I now have a better
understanding of what's involved when I move the thermostat lever up and
in my house. It's actually pretty fascinating, and brimming with
safety features. For those interested, the inducer motor, pressure
switch, igniter, gas valve, main burners and flame sensor all checked
out just fine. I was so excited about learning all this terminology I
took the cover off after it was fixed and made Tate watch me explain it.
I timed the seconds it takes all the different start-up events to
33) and nerded out watching them later work.
The background wallpaper on my home computer right now is the schematic
of my HVAC system. I kinda enjoyed this to be honest...
The RV community comes through again! The purpose of all this
rambling is to publicly thank Marc for helping this Luddite crawl out
from under four blankets. If you are anywhere near the Long Beach area
and your heater is INOP, please consider giving Marc your business.
He certainly helped me out!
PS: I blew off a LOT of emails in the last 48 hours fiddling
with this heater. Apologies in advance for not getting back
Well Finally....First Flight! ...Mark Dickens
After 17+ years, RV-8 N678MT finally took to the air on November
20, 2016. Two flights. No surprises, no leaks. Flies just like an
airplane should. Lots to learn and probably some tweaking to do, but
we've started! I have some video that I need to edit and I'll post
To paraphrase a recently unsuccessful candidate for President, it
does take a village to build an RV, and that village is here on VAF.
Thanks for Doug for hosting and maintaining VAF! And I surely would
not have finished this without the support of so many stalwart
members. Thank you very much for responding to my many stupid
More to come...
Joe Blank Celebration of Life: A Thank You ...Scott McDaniels
I want to send out a big thank you to those in the RV community
that attended the Celebration of Life service for Joe on Saturday.
I know it was a huge encouragement to Tricia, Jamie, and the rest of
It was a great day of reminiscing and story telling... it just
further reinforced how huge of an impact Joe had on so many people.
I would estimate that at the peak point there was ~250 people there,
which is likely no surprise to anyone that new him.
I know some of you traveled a long way to attend, and there was
likely hundreds more that would have liked too.
I know Joe would have been totally humbled and blown away.
Snow Storm In Minnesota so I left ...Robin Mckee
The day after the snow storm the runway was cleared so I flew to
APA in Colorado to see my son and grandson.. A very nice way to
escape the cold for a day or so.
Measuring Wing Incidence Positions ...tgmillso
I'm finally plugging my wings in today and will be drilling the
rear spar, but had some questions first about where to take the wing
incidence measurements. In the diagram on drawing 38, it mentions
that the forward end of your level should be even with the forward
surface of the main spar web, however it doesn't specify a position
for the rear. Just to confuse the matter, on the RV-8 assembly DVD
RV Builder Basics, it shows them measuring the forward end between
the two skins, and the aft end at the rivet line.
Does anyone know where specifically this aft measurement should be
taken for the RV-7?
November 21, 2016. Issue
Re-Birth of N94CR: Status Report ...j-red
Busy week! I built and hung my engine this week which really
opens up a whole new range of tasks that can be completed.
Pics from Joe Blank Celebration of Life
Matt Burch photo
Gary Sobek photos
(I added some pics AX-O and Gary Sobek sent me)
Got to love holidays ...mbishop
....and family members banging stuff into edges in the garage....
This is on the end of a horizontal stabilizer. I would love some
advice on getting this out.
RV-10 C-GNCX Panel Ops Check ...CDN (Cold Lake, AB)
C-GNCX (Gina's -n- Colin's Ten) has completed the 25 hour test
phase and everything is functioning as it should.
The panel is built using mostly Advanced Flight Systems/Dynon
products. It contains 2x af-5600 displays, remote com radio,
autopilot panel (was installed mainly for the auto trim functions it
offers) remote sv261 mode S transponder, and an iPad mini in a
guardian avionics dock running foreflight, audio panel is the new
remote unit from AFS/PS-Engineering, PDA360EX-R. The CPI ignition
box is mounted behind the iPad so it's accessible but not a
prominent feature. The electrical system is controlled by a VPX Pro
that made the wiring pretty simple since it incorporates many of the
features that would have required multiple separate modules (flap
controller, wig/wag, etc).
Video of my engine assembly ...j-red
My engine, an o-360A1A was born back in about 1993 and first run
in 1999. It flew about 500 hours until a noseover accident in 2009
resulting in a prop strike. I completely tore down the engine and
had the crank and cam sent out for inspection. The case was sent to
be professionally cleaned. The cylinders were "freshened up" by
Columbia aircraft services (they now look like new, but were not
technically overhauled because of the low time). New rings and
pistons were purchased for the rebuild.
Status Report ...AdamB RV-10
My elevators have been mostly done for awhile. It took me 3
attempts at getting the trim tabs to where I wanted them. Mostly had
trouble bending the tabs, when I finally decided to fabricate
riblets. So I finally finished my elevators 100%.
In the meantime, I've made significant progress on the tailcone.
It's all torn apart, and ready to prime and start final assembly
November 18, 2016. Issue
Susie, Audrey, Tate and I would like to wish you
and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
RV-7 I-NLCM Lucio Castrogiovanni ...Milano, Italy
Yesterday , the 16th November , here in Italy at Trento airport
LIDT in late morning on runway 36, the standard and GREAT kit serial
# 71804 took off becoming an amazing RV-7 , the I-NLCM.
The baby is equipped :
-Engine Lyco IO 360 A1A angle valve 200 hp overhauled
-Three bladed CATTO prop
-Dual P-Mag + ECI
-Dynon : SV1000 , Knob Control panel , full AP with control panel,
VHF Com (2) Radio, EMS , Transponder Mode "S", AOA Pitot, GPS
- Becker AR-6201 Com (1) @ 8.33
- Winter ALT and ASI
- ELT Artex
- Power Flarm
First of all, my biggest thanks to Cinzia , patient and caring wife
, pillar of encouragement ; and to Camy, brightly and essential shop
helper, our always smiling daughter.
My RV-14 Demo w/Mitch Lock ...Todd Rader
I was fortunate to be able to meet with Mitch Lock this morning
for a demo flight in the RV-14. The weather was a perfect 60 degree
day, CAVU with light winds out of the west and I was psyched to
experience the legendary performance of an RV for the 1st time.
Mitch and the RV-14 far exceeded any expectations I had formed from
reading about it, cruising this forum and talking with others. Vans
has chosen very wisely regarding their choice for East Coast Rep.
I'm a retired Naval Aviator, current corporate pilot and have flown
my fair share of high performance aircraft throughout my career. A
few things have prevented me from taking the plunge to build in the
past which included finding an aerobatic aircraft that would
comfortably fit my 6' 3" frame while still being a capable cross
country aircraft. I sat in the RV-14 at Oshkosh this year and talked
with Mitch about the airplane and he was VERY patient in answering
all my questions. Today, I got to fly it and the final key questions
I had were emphatically answered in the affirmative for me. The
RV-14 handles as well as any aircraft I have ever flown and it is
the aircraft I will be building!
G3X Touch Software Update - v5.00
On Tuesday we released a major software update for the G3X Touch
system. As usual, software updates are free to download from
our website. To get all the details and download the latest, follow
One major new feature is the addition of airspace altitude labels
on our dynamic moving map. This has been a big customer request
and we are excited to deliver. In the example below, you'll see the
altitude ceiling labeled on the Class D airspace as well as the
restricted airspace floor and ceiling.
385 landings ...David Domeier RV-8
...and still working at it.
It's getting easier but still manage to screw one up now and then.
The best condition is 10 knots of headwind, the worst is 5 knots of
tail wind. Cross winds are in between.
I cannot three point this airplane, it relaunches every time unless
the wing is unloaded with forward stick as it touches down. To get
it slowed to just above 51 knots (stall), the tail wheel will touch
first and it will do a pogo dance with mains.
A touch down on mains is above stall every time, the aircraft will
relaunch easily unless the wing is unloaded with a bit of forward
So, I wheel land it all the time. That's easy once you figure out
where the runway is.
Welcome Trig Avionics Limited
Air Force pilots know their airplanes are amongst the most capable
and fun ways to fly. For those still building with the dream of
flight or those looking to update their avionics, Trig Avionics, is
the perfect match for any Vans airframe.
Trig, offers innovative and
highly compact certified transponders and VHF radios, that save
space and look great in any panel. Pilots looking to get ADS-B Out
equipped and meet the 2020 mandate should install Trig’s TT22 – this
is a class 1, compact transponder, certified to FAA TSO C166b, the
latest FAA standard. The TT22’s small size and weight (0.8lbs)
allows other instrumentation or avionics to be accommodated,
providing a genuine benefit in any installation.
For ADS-B Out, a transponder needs to be matched
with a suitable compliant GPS. A recent price reduction to Trig’s
C145 WAAS GPS and antenna kit, called the TN70 now means a fully
compliant Trig system costs only $3,763 (list price / excluding
tax). The TN70 is very simple to install, requires no panel space
and provides a cost-effective way to add a 2020 certified WAAS GPS
receiver to complete your ADS-B installation.
numbers of Vans owners have also installed Trig’s popular TY91
radio. Like the TT22 the TY91 is highly compact, the use of a
control head and separate hardware unit provides more installation
options. A built in two place intercom and clear bright display is
complimented by a superior user interface for faster tuning.
Integration with Garmin hand held GPS navigators (SL40 protocol) is
also possible to display on-route frequencies. A dual control TY91
option is available, ideal for tandem Vans aircraft where radio
functionality is duplicated in each cockpit, it’s intuitive and
simple to use.
Trig has an extensive dealer
network in North America and dedicated technical support facilities
at Mid Continent Instruments and Avionics. All Trig products ship
with a two-year warranty that commences from the date of
installation, great for those who are building!
Trig products are ‘better by
design’ offering you the best mix of quality and value - backed by
the best support in the industry. To find you nearest Trig dealer go
Garmin Pilot v8.5 Released
Videos RE: New Features:
· Overview of
Weight and Balance
Overview of Garmin Pilot 8.5 within Europe
November 17, 2016. Issue
Milestone: Phi Beta Kappa's Newest Member (history)
Ms. Audrey G. Reeves. Pictured here yesterday evening after
signing 'the book' at SMU's Dallas Hall (first ΦΒΚ signature in it
It's looking like her focus will soon be a PhD program (Chemical
Biology with a specialty in imaging). Some of the research
she's helping with can be viewed
I call what she is working on 'making cancer cells glow in the dark
so you can find all of them during surgery'. She calls it 'A
Targeted, Near-IR Probe for use in Fluorescence-Guided Excision of
Cancerous Tumors'. Poe-Tate-Oh, Pah-Tah-Dah.
advertisers and folks who donate, keeping our small family business
going...you helped provide this opportunity for her. Audrey is
taking your support very seriously, and hopefully you approve of the
results. Susie and I are so very proud of her. How we
were Blessed with such a wonderful child is beyond me.
I went for
a short .3hr flight around the local area Wednesday morning - before
the cold Wx and possible storms arrive Friday. The visibility
was unusually good, and I could see downtown Dallas and Fort Worth
in sharp relief. A little north of downtown Dallas, 29.7 miles
away, the SMU campus was inter-mixed in a clump of shapes. My
thoughts turned to our daughter somewhere down there, the 'AR' in
N617AR, and her work focused on the betterment of the world. I
said a short prayer of heartfelt thanks out loud.
Very heartfelt thanks...
Sixteen and a half years ago...
...Hong Kong's first homebuilt completes 3-month round the world
Treat that Prop with Respect
Several years ago, a couple friends of mine
went to look at a Chief one of them was wanting to buy. The plane
was in a hangar full of planes with its doors locked. While waiting
for the owner to arrive, they looked in the plane windows, saw that
the mag switch was off, and decided to turn over the prop to check
to relative compression of the motor. They got the surprise of their
life when the motor cranked. They had to hold the plane for quite a
while till the owner arrived. They were very lucky that no one got
hurt or plane got damaged. The owner was not a happy camper when he
arrived. Stuff happens so don't play around with a prop.
Very slow build RV7A
Another story, from personal experience.
Several years ago I tying to isolate an intermittent performance
problem on my 8. After a flight with the engine very warm I
pulled the prop thru to feel the compression and it spun thru 5
or so blades. Got my attention.
No hot mag, just a HOT engine.
Eagle's Nest Projects - Declan Steinke 1st Solo (Central HS WI)
If it's a VFR day in Wisconsin, chances are you'll find one or
more of the Eagle's Nest Projects build-students at Westosha Central
High School in their student-built RV-12 receiving flight
instruction under the watchful eye of certified flight instructor,
John Putra. Mr. Putra volunteers is time and together with a
dedicated team of mentors and community support, Central High School
is quickly building their very own Air Force of high school private
pilots; some receiving their ticket before they even have a drivers
Eagle's Nest builder Declan Steinke is the latest addition to
Central's growing number of teen pilots, having successfully
completed his first solo flight today, Thurs 11/15/16. Please
welcome Declan to the VAF community of RV enthusiasts, builders, and
Aside: When Declan was asked if he had his Eagle's Nest T-shirt,
he said he remembered it half way to the airport and didn't have
time to go back. Quote from Jim Senft; "Oh well, what are you going
Declan is also the youngest independent Rotax Maintenance Technician
(iRMT). Not bad for only being a Junior in High School. The
whole Eagle’s Nest program is making a difference in many students’
Service Letter 16-11-04: Tip-Up Canopies
While rare, in-flight canopy and door openings have been reported
in all models of RVs. Field reports of aircraft flight
characteristics both during and after an in-flight opening vary
significantly. The most pronounced changes in flight characteristics
reported have been related to canopy openings on RVs with tip-up
(forward opening) type canopies, as used on the RV-6/7/9/12/and 14
models. In most cases these incidents have been minor, but some have
had serious consequences.
Field reports indicate that if the canopy does become unlatched
in flight, the aircraft will most likely pitch nose down abruptly.
The severity of the pitching moment can depend on speed, attitude
and weight and balance. While the noise and attitude change may be
very distracting, it is paramount that the pilot maintains control
of the aircraft at all times. If at a safe altitude, slowing the
airplane may allow the canopy to be closed and latched. Otherwise,
the aircraft should be landed as soon as possible to determine the
cause and ensure the canopy is secured prior to further flight.
RV-3B Update ...David Paule
The new seat angles are fabricated. They went relatively
smoothly. I had to work on the flanges to remove most of the
roughness from the shrinker/stretcher, which does leave a mark in
In both pictures, the top one is the new one and the bottom one is
what I'm replacing.
My Home Field ...update.
Construction continues on improving drainage at the south end.
Some pics from Tuesday.
fmi: fly52f.org (the P.O.A.)
VAF Members! I'm Nate O'Quinn, here with a new service I'd like to
offer, X-Schemes. X-Schemes is an Experimental focused paint scheme
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nose and tail art, or any other aircraft graphic.
got my start here on VAF actually. After learning about RVs, I
quickly imagined myself in a -7 or -8, and thought about how I would
like to paint a personal aircraft. I threw together a couple of
renders for community feedback. The feedback was very encouraging,
and then a few folks started to ask me to design schemes for their
I designed the paint scheme for Tom Powers' RV-8 Fastback painted by
I also designed the paint scheme for Hank Moody's RV-8:
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familiar with all RV models. I can also work with any mods your
aircraft has. Contact me here on VAF under the username "Notorious
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November 16, 2016. Issue
Please excuse the Wed. issue
being pushed out a little earlier than usual. Family thing
conflicting with the normal push time... dr
How exciting! A short 13min
flight Tue morning resulted in pics of six deer and one taxiway
being worked on. This is big news for the pilots using my home
field. The work being done now relates to fixing the drainage
issues that have been there for decades. Once that is complete
the new runway goes in. Obviously, if you're using 52F expect
to back taxi if landing long on 17. You can't get off at the
end. Good stuff!
fmi: fly52f.org (the P.O.A.)
Snorkel success ...Simon Hitchen
Having read about so much grief concerning the snorkel
installation I got stuck in. Im really pleased to say that the
snorkel fits beautifully. This is the VA 132-2 snorkel 7/8.
only cutting required was around the top to fit with the baffles. I
didn't get away Scott free, the mixture cable rod end bearing
touches the rear of the snorkel in full rich. Ah well.
So for anyone moving into this stage, I'm thinking Vans have
modified the design and it's not nearly as bad as I believed it
I've got a Titan IO-360, superior cold air induction sump, sky tech
SL starter and plane power 60 amp alternator. It all fits.
Close Call ...Mike Hillger
This thread hits home! I was leaving an uncontrolled airport
Saturday after a Young Eagle Event. I had just flown 5 Young Eagles
and was headed home. The field had been very busy that morning and I
noticed a Piper Colt that had a very weak radio transmission but I
heard him while I was in the air flying. He had been doing touch and
goes most of the morning. My Dynon com radio has the squelch set on
the default setting. I finished my run up and looked both ways on
runway 35 and didn't see anything. My friend had just taken off and
I listened to his radio transmission but didn't hear anyone else in
the pattern. I announce that In was taking 35 for a North departure
and started rolling toward the threshold. Just before turning onto
the runway, I looked back again and saw the Colt on short final! At
that very moment, my friend (Airguy) radioed me that the colt was on
short final. I acknowledged as I was doing a 180 to get farther away
from the threshold. The Colt was probably shouting at me but since
his weak radio was not breaking my squelch, and I was on the ground
so my radio was not in the best receiving position, I couldn't hear
him!........ Close call for sure and my friend could have saved my
life if I hadn't seen the Colt the second time and the Colt, for
some reason, wouldn't have gone around.......I have adjusted the
squelch now and will click the squelch over ride from now on taxiing
to the runway. Of coarse, I accept full responsibility for the near
miss as it is my responsibility to visually clear any approaching
From Bruce's ...10% off
Hot Prop Happened to Me ...Boyd Birchler
I had this happen to me! I had a Decathlon that would
occasionally have a valve stick on the first take off of the day. So
I thought I would check the engine by turning it over, while cold in
the hangar, to see If I could locate the abhorrent valve. My back
was up against the door I had verified the mag switches were off.
I got ready to turn the prop and thought: if I have a bad P lead/hot
mag this would be a very bad place to be, with the prop arch only a
few inches from my legs with my back touching the hangar door behind
me, should the engine start I'd be in real trouble.
I went to the other hanger and found a set of good chocks and
chocked the plane. I then got in front of the plane and pulled the
blade through.. it started on the the first slow pull!!! Just like
the one in the video, it only ran a few seconds. I had already
shimmied out side ways before it quit.
If I had not chocked it? How long would it have been before I got
Nearly 30 years later I still have great respect for props.
Panel Upgrade Status Report ...Tony T
So far, it has been an intense, but satisfying, project. There is
a certain amount of trauma to your psych when you tear out a
perfectly good panel and start a complicated replacement. But the
work keeps you busy and there is no remorse once you see tangible
progress. I found no real surprises. A lot of homework is involved
reviewing the original plans, the SV update plans (sec 42D) and the
new wiring harness plans section 31B plus the plans that come with
the Avionics kit, section 42C, section 42G for the GTR 200 radio,
section 42M for the control modules, section 44A for the autopilot
servo wiring, and section 58 AP knobs. I spend one day at home
getting getting my head around my notes and the plans between work
days at the hangar.
I have been at it for 4 weeks, 3 days a week at the hangar and have
about 72 hangar hours logged and don't know how many hours at home
reviewing and planning.
I still need to get back into the tail cone and install the ADAHRS
box. Been avoiding that task
Anyway, I am looking forward to turning on the Master very soon now
and then it will be learning the new panel and putting the flight
control hardware back together in the center tunnel.
I can hardly wait to get her going again and fly behind this
November 15, 2016. Issue
2016 Reno Air Races, a different perspective ...skylor
At this year's Reno National Championship Air Races, I enjoyed
the honor of participating in the Sport Class's first ever Slalom
Match Racing exhibition. I finally got around to making a short
video from some of my GoPro footage.
This is my first attempt at a
YouTube video, so please excuse my use of a GoPro template and
Treat every prop as live! ...Ian Warburton
Video of close call...
We've all probably been told early on in
our training to treat every prop as live. Here's why. I don't think
I have ever heard of an actual case of this happening, just been
told it's possible. The video is scary. Some great lessons here.
FlyLEDs Review ...Paul Gray video
I've built and placed the flyleds into my RV 7A with great
results. Here is a short video of my flyleds building adventure and
flight. My concern of radio noise was wasted worry.... I'm happy to
report there is no radio noise whatsoever. Highly recommend this
Walked out to the plane, and found a dent
Well, walked out to my 8 on the ramp at Kickapoo today and saw a
small dent on the top of my flap. No idea what happened..... is this
repairable? I didn't build the plane, so I haven't done sheet metal
work, and I hope it's not a "you're gonna have to just use filler."
I'm based at Ogden and there's a "aircraft restoration and paint
shop" here but haven't talked to them. Open to some pointers.
First Engine Start ...ILikePike
First engine start! Idle mixture is too rich and I have a cowl
rub on the snorkel. I only thought I was done with fiberglass. I
plan to reshape the snorkel to make a little more clearance. It's
had to measure but I think I have about 1/4" to 1/2" now. I should
be able to get another 1/4" to 1/2".
Anybody know where a can rent some scales in NE Georgia?
Check the runway, then check it again! ...nbachert
Yesterday I was returning from my weekend trip when I almost had
a head on collision at my home airport. I received the ASOS and it
said winds were calm so I was planning on landing rwy 18. I
cancelled my IFR flight with approach when I had the field in sight
which was about 8 miles out. They told me to squawk VFR and that no
traffic was in the area because I mentioned having trouble seeing
because I was flying into the setting sun. I radioed for traffic and
advisorys over the airports CTAF and got nothing. I proceeded to
make a 5 mile, 3 mile, and short final call with no response to any
of them. As I was crossing the threshold I saw a plane about 30-50ft
higher flying at me and they continued overtop of me. I keyed the
mic and said are you kidding me. I wasn't scared and didn't need to
make any crazy aircraft control inputs because he was high enough
and I was too low. I landed uneventfully and as I was taxing in he
made a call he was turning downwind. I refrained from much
conversation but I said I'm glad he is making radio calls now. He
swore he was making calls and had a passenger to prove it. After
landing I went and talked to the airport fuel operator who sits in a
shack that monitors the CTAF. He said that he had left for coffee
but he heard my short final call and my are you kidding me comment.
I said thanks, and proceeded out to the fella to explain the
importance of using the radio. I told him that the monitor heard me
and either his radio wasn't on the correct freq or it wasn't on. Him
and his passenger were a little shaken but didn't want to except any
responsibility. So I then said I will make sure in the future to do
an extensive runway check for aircraft and enter midfield downwind
which will allow for better visibility with the setting sun. I asked
that he double check his radios and left. While he wouldn't
acknowledge any problems I hope he eventually understands how close
this was and puts his ego aside. My point is that I'm happy to be
alive and there are ways to make sure I keep myself out of this
scenario again even if someone isn't talking on the radio. I know
its not a requirement so like I said above keep a look out for that
guy that might inadvertently do some airshow displays with you! I
know I learned a valuable lesson I just hope the kid flying the
other plane puts it in his tool bag as well! Be safe out there!
Breakdown ...Accident Case Study
On February 29, 2012, a Cirrus SR22 plunged to the ground just
seconds before what would have been a normal landing at Melbourne,
Florida. In this case study, we reconnect the links of the accident
chain, and search for lessons in the tragedy.
IAC Sequences for 2017 Approved
Still alive and well! ...Brantel
Some people have asked why I have not been as active on here for
the past few weeks.
Using the RV Training Guide ...VAC
Shop Update Pics ...scard
November 14, 2016. Issue
West Coast Ravens at Nellis this past weekend.
In memory of Joe. (pics via text from AX-O)
Sightseeing via RV in Utah & Colorado ...flybill7
About a month ago, I flew the RV-7 on a ten-day cross-country
to/from Baltimore to western Colorado and eastern/southern Utah. I
did most of my flying in the morning when the sun lit everything up
and the air was smooth. I was fortunate to have outstanding weather
the entire trip and was able to take some great pictures of awesome
scenery in such places as the Black Canyon NM, Arches NP,
Canyonlands NP, Lake Powell, Capital Reef, Dinosaur NM, Bryce Canyon
NP, Zion NP, and many other incredible places that aren't national
parks. In my opinion, it's the best flying from a scenery point of
view in the U.S. (although I have not flown Alaska). I put together
a web log of my trip so you can see some of the great pictures.
Freedom Flight ...hydroguy2
I don't fly enough lately for various reasons. But still make a
lap around the valley to warm up the oil and free my mind. With this
week having the Election and Veterans day, I felt the urge for a
freedom flight to put everything in proper perspective. Below is a
spliced together video from Townsend, then along the mountains
looking over the area I hunt elk. Drop down to the glassy lake and
up the river before turning it back to the barn. My friend Gerry had
flown down for coffee with the hangar bums...so I joined them.
Beautiful fall day....Life is good.
Fuel return bulkhead fitting
I am installing a duplex fuel valve in my 14. The return line is
secured in the supplied brackets, parallel to the feed line and
exits straight into the wing root. What works out the best in the
wing root when connecting to the fuel tank, a straight or elbow
bulkhead fitting. Anybody been there-done that?
A: (M McGraw)
I used a straight fitting then crossed from the fuselage to the
wing with SS braided fuel hose. I originally had a short aluminum
line that went straight across. That line is not straight and is
only about 2.5 to 3 inches long. That makes a stress free sealed
connection very difficult. I changed over to crossed flexible lines
for two reasons (1) it relieved the stress on the fittings and (2)
it allowed the top of the duplex valve to be the fuel filter
connection making maintenance easier. This also reduced the number
of AN 90 degree fittings on the suction side of the pump. Steve at
Aircraft Specialty has the dimensions as he made the lines.
P.S.- Be very careful to purchase the Andair valve that has the same
mounting top as the supplied valve. I wound up having to create a
nutplate ring to go under my valve.
First engine start of C-FUIP ...terry.mortimor video
Hi gang, check out the first engine start of C-FUIP. Lycoming
IO-320 equipped with duel EFII ignition and injection.
The Re-birth of N94CR ...j-red update
receiving the sds ignition kit, i finally had all of the pieces for
my panel. The kit came with a template which was aligned then
cleco'd in place while i rough cut the hole, then used a pattern bit
in the router to clean it up. The result was a perfectly shaped
opening for the cpi module. Everything was then uninstalled, the
panel removed, deburred, cleaned and painted, then labeled and
reinstalled. I still need the passenger warning, but otherwise it's
complete and the instruments are in for the final time. All of the
engine system wires have been run through the firewall, and there is
just a little bit of cleanup and clamping to do behind the panel.
The only significant systems that still need work are the final
sections of pitot/static tubing and the manifold pressure
connections (tying together the cpi & grt behind the firewall and
the engine in front of it.).
Any Ideas why this Broke Off
Interesting Takeoff This Morning ...todehnal
It was a cool morning as we left on our 90 nm flight heading to a
breakfast fly-in, located in central Tenn. My pre-flight began with
an hour of preheat. The start was quick, as was the warm up, and the
flight down was beautiful, and uneventful. After a 1 1/2 hour of
breakfast and hangar flying, we were ready to head home. I was
surprised at how cool the engine was. It started fine, but I held
things up a bit, getting the oil temp up to 120. As soon as it got
there, I departed. At full throttle, and at about 50 feet above the
runway, the little girl started hollering at me "Engine Speed"
Engine Speed" She got my attention! Sure enough, I'm at 5250 rpm,
and it is RED, and flashing at me!! Scared the (^@p out of me! I
finally figured it out, and it didn't last long. My guess is that
the oil was up to temp, but the water wasn't. As soon as I took off,
my oil temp must have dropped enough to set off the alarms. I was
too busy flying the airplane to notice how far the oil temp dropped,
but the alarms only lasted for 10 or 15 seconds. Wheeew! Anyone else
November 11, 2016. Issue
It's about the people you meet, and
living a full life with the curve balls thrown your way. I had the
distinct pleasure of giving my wife's friend Jean Di Carlo-Wagner a ride
in the RV Thursday morning - her first RV ride. Intended it to be
15 minutes and it
40. You can read about Jean and how she's kicking cancer's ass
at this link (more
at Google search
HERE). She is in town to go to a yoga thing with Susie this
weekend in Canton, and is staying at our house for a day or two in
advance. She's from California and has some pretty different
political beliefs from most of the folks in Texas, but she went and ate
BBQ at the Hard Eight with a few of the airport locals ('in the belly of
the beast' as she worded it <g>) and instantly became friends with all.
Everyone is looking forward to her next visit - you can't help but like
this lady. Hugs were given.
Jean and her husband have an AirBnB place in San Diego. Link
HERE. If you're going there and need a place to stay, I'll
personally vouch for her.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Our planes inspire others ...Bob Collins
This week a card was waiting for me at my desk when I got into
work on Monday. It's unusual because, though I've been here almost
25 years, I think I've gotten a card once or twice. I'm not
everyone's cup of tea, you might have heard.
So when I opened it, I was pretty surprised. The newsroom had
heard -- somehow --that
N614EF had to go on sale.
I didn't really realize that the story of how she came to be and
the journeys she's taken over the last 335 hours had inspired some
of the non fliers around me. I only rarely wrote of the trips on my
day job blog.
But they did. I suspect people all around us are inspired by the
planes we've built and fly, and we don't quite realize it.
These are magical things, these planes...
...Traffic. Transponder. Weather.
Lynx now available direct for Van's RV owners/builders.
2017 EAA Sweepstakes...
November 10, 2016. Issue
RV-8 Around the World Status Report ...pgroell
South Pole. Today Michel Gordillo flew over the south pole
in his RV-8. The flight originated at the italian Mario
Zucchelli Station (south of Tasmania) and landed at the argentinian
Mariambo station (south of Argentina). The 4600 km (2500 NM)
was completed in 21 hours.
Wednesday I took up the RV-6 for 22min 51sec (APRS
track) - first flight in a week. Looked for some deer,
turkeys, hogs and hawks and saw nothing. Did see 'Mema on the
porch' and gave her slowish pass and a wave. The wind was from
the N at 7kts so Rwy 35. Slopes down on the south end and can
be interesting. Approached from the east and tried my best to
fly a near-circular, compensating for wind, stabilized descending
turn with the AOA centered. Flap dump somewhere in the mix.
If things felt good in the flare (they did) and all three wheels
touched at the same time with no hopping I planned to raise the
flaps with a palm slap (manual flaps) and see if I could make the
Charlie turn off with no braking. 943 feet from displaced
threshold to the turn according to GoogleEarth. Mostly full
tanks. No baggage.
Supporting data below. Ground track
top image, the red arrow in the second image shows where the tracker
was turned off (just after turning off the runway), and the third
shows the ruler measurement in G.E.. A rewarding flight, with
goals, challenges and room for improvement. Sometimes you get
close. Very enjoyable to me, but I'm guessing a few might find
it boring. Different strokes and all that....
Best Pic of your RV on the Ground
November 9, 2016. Issue
For the readers who voted, thank
you for participating in the election process.
A Celebration of Joe Blank's Life
...is currently being planned for the 19th of Nov at (KUAO)
Aurora, OR. I'll share more when I have it, but
this is the info I have now. If you're flying in commercial I
wanted you to have the date as quick as I could get it to you.
More to come...
Exhaust- how close is too close-
We planned to use an existing crossover-exhaust that was
previously fitted on another RV-4. It suits us well, because both
crossover pipes are in front of the oil sump and keeps us the space
behind the oil sump free of exhaust pipes. The todays Vetterman
crossover exghaust has one pipe in front and one behind the oil
As you can see in the pictures below the exhaust pipes have low
clearance in some places.
- Pic 1: approx. 0.12 Inch between each other and between a pipe and
the oil sump
- Pic 2: approx. 0.16 Inch between the pipe and the oil fitting
(used for inverted oil system)
For those having experience with similar installations: is this
too close? Especially the clearance between the pipe and the
fitting? There is no space to place a heat shield in between.
RV-14 Panel Status ...Bob Meyers
I went with an iPad instead of a second Garmin screen. It
interacts well with either Garmin Pilot or Foreflight. For attitude/airdata
backup I went with the G5.
In the picture, the PFD, Navigator and iPad are all sharing flight
plan info. The PFD won't pass attitude info yet, because it doesn't
know where it is and the magnetometer is not calibrated.
The 625 navigator has a built in demo mode and when in use all three
devices talk with each other with simulated data sent from the 625.
I have simulated several flights.
From the mothership FB page...
DanH's Thoughts on Selling Your Aircraft
...did I mention he sells cars and trucks for a living?
"Admitting to a methodology for sales is a bit like admitting to
witchcraft. Not everyone views it as a behavioral science. However,
there are fundamentals.
(1) The purpose of advertising is to generate a contact. An ad will
not sell the product. It can only generate a call or (these days) an
(2) When answering a call or email, the objective is to set a time
to show the product. Although you may arrive at some provisional
agreement, a sale is rarely consummated until after the product has
(3) The only purpose of showing the product is to ask for a
commitment. The most common failure in sales is self-inflicted; the
seller doesn't ask.
So how to put fundamentals into practice?
Re (1) Comfort = Familiar. The more they know, the more likely they
are to move toward a contact. So imagine everything you would ask if
you were a purchaser, and when possible, put all those things in the
Re (2) A good ad sets up a successful contact; your goal is a
commitment to come look. People are generally poor at asking
questions, digesting the answers, and making an immediate decision.
You want to be in the position of confirming details they have
already had time to consider, rather than answering new questions.
It allows you to spend the phone time asking your question,
which is something like "Want to look at it this weekend, or next
Re (3) When they arrive, take the time to really show them the
airplane. Not tell, show. Help them feel it, smell it, and
experience it. They won't buy until they are comfortable, and that
means familiar. When they are familiar, ask them to buy it. It's not
a big deal. Just ask in whatever way you find comfortable.
Even apologetic is fine; "Well, I guess I should ask if you would
like to buy it" works as well as anything. It's really just an
icebreaker, a way to put the Big Question on the table. Believe me,
they are often as hesitant to do so as you might be. Somebody just
has to go first."
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November 8, 2016. Issue
Flying with my Boy! ...crabandy
As the father of 3 older girls who have all spent their fair
share of time around airplanes with dad, my lil' dude takes the
cake. Part of it is the "engine sounds" he makes after we make the
familiar turn to the airport, not sure if it's a lycoming or the V8
in his Cozy Coupe
N33EY First Flight ...Robert Young RV-3
RV-3B N33EY flew for the first time on Nov 03. WOW! What an
experience. Reminded me of my first flight in the F-16
IAC Sebring Aerobatic PIREP ...RV8Squaz
I just returned from my very first aerobatic contest, the
Sebring Fall 2016 Aerobatic Championship in Florida and had a blast!
If you’ve ever thought about competing, DO IT! If you haven’t
thought about doing it, but maybe getting a little bored flying
around in circles within 20 miles of your home airport, DO IT! Or,
if your just looking for another avenue to express your inner self
in flight, DO IT! I can truly tell you, that you it will find it
challenging, rewarding and FUN!!! And you know what… Anyone can do
it in just about any kind of aerobatic airplane.
For Sale ...Bob Collins 7A
There I was, just sliding along ...DanH
No matter how long you've been flying, there's always another
lesson just around the corner.
My buddy has a short grass strip at his house, across the flat part
of an old cotton patch. It's about 800 feet from terrace row to
terrace row, said rows forming the "threshold" at both ends. There's
about 100 feet of good grass beyond a gentle terrace at one end, and
then it's out between the tall trees and off into a ravine full of
more trees. The other end has two gentle terraces about 30 feet
apart, followed by a mowed grass bowl probably 200 feet across.
Pink Slip ...Mark Dickens
After 17 years (7 years actually building), my pile of aluminum
parts was finally declared an airplane! Vic Syracuse did the honors,
and I was truly honored to have him there to give me a great
inspection, great advice and he was fantastic company while he was
Now to get down to Houston and let Bruce Bohannon get ME ready for
the first flight....
Dawn Patrol, southern Saskatchewan ...gerrychuck
November 7, 2016. Issue
It was cloudy and overcast
all weekend here in N. Texas, just like my mood.
I needed the weekend to
gather my thoughts on what to write. It’s not perfect, but what
really ever is? I don't pretend to know how to string words
together with any degree of skill, and with an election hours away
it’s easy to get sidetracked into thinking that it should get most
of your focus. And it just shouldn’t. Just when you think you have
a few of life’s things figured out, it has a way of reminding you
what is really important - friends.
My friend Joe Blank passed
away a few days ago. He worked at Van’s from 2006-2016, and during
that time he sort of ended up being the guy I would call if I needed
to get in touch with the ‘mothership’. I have no idea how it ended
up that way, maybe it was just luck. Often, he was the one who
would call me to get some piece of information headed my way for a
Technical support can be a
challenge and mentally exhausting. A couple of times I asked
if he was being clobbered on the phone more than usual, and if so
I’d put my phone on speaker and do other things at the desk for a
minute or two. I have this image in my head of him nodding like
he’s listening to a customer talk out some building problem, but
really he was just giving his voice and brain a rest for two
minutes. Maybe checking his email. Two guys who know what it’s
like to be in a lot of communication loops, and the value of a
couple minutes of silence. I usually signed off with something
sophomoric like, “Thump Daryl on the ear for me and say 'Hey'”, and
used his name when talking with Daryl.
I don’t go to OSH much
these days, as Susie and I are in the ‘max Q’ portion of our
financial lives. But I’ll tell you this – and it is the honest
truth. What I miss most about OSH is having a beer at the end
of the day with Joe, Daryl, Gus and the rest of the Van’s gang who
would walk over to Kelly’s for a nightcap. I’m grateful they let
this flatlander nobody poseur spend a little time in their world.
One year at OSH I needed a
place to sleep, and Joe offered up a spare bed in the dorm room he
was using. We had most likely walked over to Kelly’s for a Spotted
Cow after dinner (the usual routine), and that can make me snore. I
woke up to Joe’s dirty, rolled up sock smashing into my face at
about 60 mph from across the room, with him shouting ‘Stop
snoring!’. Head shot….right in the kisser. Smelled like feet.
I’m sure I only saw one
tiny side of Joe’s world. We talked RV stuff, so there are whole
chapters I know nothing about. I think he had a private side and
chose to guard it, which is understandable. And something rare in
today’s ‘look at me’ world.
A few times
Joe and others would stop in Dallas on the way to Sun ‘n Fun,
storing an RV or two in hangars around our airport and borrowing a
truck if needed to get to a hotel. In the pictures linked
HERE and below you can see my then 13-yr old son Tate
driving Joe over to the RV-14A that is about to be fueled by
Sterling. My home field. It was the first time Tate ever drove a
golf cart in his life, and Joe was his passenger. The picture of
Joe giving me a thumbs up after take off is, to the best to my
knowledge, the last time I saw him in person. We talked dozens of
times after that, but never face to face. I sure enjoyed those
visits. I wish I’d travelled up to Portland more often, but the
usual stupid, lame excuses about being too busy or not wanting to
spend the money stopped me. I'll always regret that.
Tate Reeves and Joe...
We had a rabbit give birth
to four babies in some tall grass in our yard a few years back, I
think after one of those RV visits on the way to SnF. It might have
been seven years back, both kids were home. The rabbit's names
were: Thumper, Smuckers, Joe and Daryl. When I told Tate about
Joe’s passing, he reminded me of the rabbits. I’d forgotten.
Audrey remembered it also.
I think as a show of
friendship, he wore a VansAirForce.net cap at times during fly-ins
and photo shoots. He wore it while working OSH as an employee of
Van’s Aircraft. He wore it in shoots that appeared in magazines
(he’d email me to ‘check out the hat’). We never really talked
about it in great detail, but I guess he wanted our family’s small
business to succeed, and this was his way of helping. Helping out a
friend – that just sounds like the Joe I was lucky enough to know.
I don’t think he realized just how much him wearing that hat
occasionally meant to me and my family. Seeing him wearing it in
some of the pictures I’ve been seeing of him online just makes me
that much more sad my friend is gone. I wish I knew what else to
say. We’re hurting, and it sucks.
Joe made a difference in
thousands of people’s lives, whether he knew it or not. Even though
we only got to hang out a few times in person, just talking over the
phone and emailing over the past decade put me squarely in the ‘Fan
of Joe’ camp. A shadow has crossed my heart, and I miss my friend
and hurt for his family.
Joe loved to fly and his
excitement was infectious. It was hard to NOT get excited about RV
airplanes with Joe as your guide. I guess you don’t realize the
impact someone can have on you until they are taken away. They come
along at the exact perfect time to make a lasting impression.
Joe made an impact on my life, and I’m a better person for it. I
know others feel the same. Trisha and Jamie, you’re not far
from my thoughts. Thank you for sharing him with us. It’s
said often, and sometimes feels cliché, but it’s true. This hobby
is not about the building or even the flying….it’s the people you
meet along the journey that's really important. Joe was the
real deal, the kind of friend you consider yourself lucky to know.
He called me ‘Duggles’,
and I smiled every time he said or wrote it.
I hope to go to Heaven
someday, and be reunited with family and friends I care so dearly
about. Until we meet again Joe, if you see someone I know up
there, give 'em a thump on the ear for me and say 'hey'. I'll
try my best down here to be a good friend to those around me.
You set the bar high.
Rest in Peace, my friend.
Thanks for being there for me, and everyone else.
of Joe I found:
If you have a memory of Joe you would like to share,
there is thread at this link.
November 4, 2016. Issue
Van and Vic penned an article that
makes up most of the Friday edition. Good stuff. Wishing you
and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
courtesy Van's Aircraft, Inc.
(click to enlarge)
It upset me to read Lauran Paine’s
column in the Oct. Sport Aviation, titled Aviation Courtesy.
The topic was errant RV pilot’s aggressive and reckless flying that
upset and endangered other GA pilots. (The Nov. SA issue included
an article by Dave Metheny titled “The Buzz Monster”, which
had a similar theme, though directed to pilots in general.)
Obviously, I am disturbed anytime
that the term “Those RV pilots” is used with a negative connotation.
I hold in high regard the thousands of you RV pilots, because of the
way you build, fly, and enjoy your RVs. The precise and professional
ceremonial formation you fly, the tens of thousands of Young Eagle
flights you have offered, your breakfast and lunch fly-out, and your
mass flights to the Bahama Isles and beyond, all provide a positive
image for RV pilots. This is my image of RV pilots, and I’d like to
think that this describes 99+% of you. But, it takes only a few
rotten apples to damage that image for all of us. I’d like to
believe that the instances mentioned in Lauran’s article were
isolated exceptions. Unfortunately, I too have occasionally heard
the “Those RV Pilots” term used disparagingly, and have also
witnessed errant RV flying behavior. I hope that you share the
regret and concern that I feel about this.
As described, the flying antics of
the RV pilot were well beyond being discourteous, they were
dangerous and definitely in violation of FARs.
Even if you view the behavior of the
RV pilot as just “good, clean fun”, the act of beating up a J-3 Cub
with an RV is hardly a badge of honor. It’s more like a high school
bully picking on a 6 year old.
One recourse not mentioned by the
offended J-3 pilot was that of FAA action. The described flying was
definitely in violation of FARs, and FARs are the LAW: we are a
civilized country. While the offending pilot may be arrogant and
unapologetic, (unopen to reason) he is nonetheless open to FAA
action. If the J-3 pilot felt endangered, he is fully within his
rights to seek a remedy through FAA action. Most pilots don’t like
to be snitches, but on the other hand they don’t need to be helpless
lies a pilot called "Ace"
Who did loops with such ease and
One day, to his woe, he entered too
Unable to recover, he was shocked to
that the ground was now in the wrong
We all know that our RVs are very
special airplanes. They are capable of doing all of the great things
for you that I mentioned above. But, you also know that “those
damned RVs” have ample performance to become a real nuisance and
even hazardous in the wrong hands. This was the motivation for the
regrettable topic of Lauran’s article. There may not be much that
any of you can individually do to bring an end to the abusive flying
habits of some of our misdirected fellow pilots. However, it’s
worth a bit of thought and discussion.
In addition to being upset by the
justified theme of the article, the topic of reckless flying has
occupied a lot of my time over the past year. Last spring I was
contacted by Vic Syracuse because of his experiences with and
concern about reckless flying antics that all too often lead to
fatal accidents. He had drafted an article which he shared with me
for the purpose of getting my opinion and support. I liked his
article, but decided to take it one step further by re-writing it as
a two-author feature with a supportive give-and-take format. The
article evolved into one of advocacy rather than just a lamentation
over regrettable pilot behavior. I later shared this draft with the
EAA Safety Committee and with the EAA Board of Directors. They were
supportive and the article was recommended for the pages of Sport
Aviation. Though I presented it to Sport Aviation many months ago,
it hasn’t been scheduled for print yet. Motivated by Lauran’s and
Dave’s articles, I am taking this opportunity to share it with you,
because it is appropriate.
As you read the concluding pages of
our article, you will see that we want to carry this topic beyond
just pleading with readers to fly right. Though both Lauran’s and
Dave’s articles have commendable themes, they are mostly “pleading
to the choir”. The offending pilots are unlikely to take heed, even
if they are literate. The position of Vic and I is that we can all
contribute through helping to change the culture of this outdated
flight behavior pattern, through peer influence. A tall order, we
admit, but not beyond the limits of feasibility if enough pilots are
tired of being branded because of the antics of some of our red-neck
compatriots. Please read it carefully, see what you think,
and let’s discuss it further.
Per the concluding position of the
article, a broad culture shift in GA would be needed to
significantly affect this problem. Our optimistic thought process
was that broad coverage of this topic would be needed in all GA
magazines and media sites. While to be effective a broad approach
must be pursued, there is no reason that our RV community can’t take
the lead. Since some of our numbers are among the targeted
offenders, maybe we need to demonstrate that “all RV pilots are
NOT like that”! Thus, I feel it important that we take seriously
the errant behavior of some of our fellow RV pilots. While there may
not be much that we can directly do, my article mentions some
possible long-term processes; some approaches that we can
collectively take. I think that you’ll agree that the overwhelming
majority of us don’t deserve the “danged RV pilots” label.
…Vic Syracuse & Dick VanGrunsven
I’ve always been fascinated by the early flying machines at the dawn
of aviation. Lucky for us there were really bold pilots that were
willing to take chances and tread while others stood by and watched.
However, if you follow some of the early pilots’ careers it becomes
very clear that longevity was not always in the cards. The old adage
of “there are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old bold pilots”
rings true. The pilots back then were truly pioneers, with rickety
machines and unreliable power plants. A certain amount of bravado
and devil-may-care attitude was probably required, and if it wasn’t
for them aviation progress may have been much slower.
As aviation continued, methodical
approaches to new designs and flight testing came to be, albeit not
without some dramatic loss of lives.
It’s always been so disappointing to
me to see some pilots continue to do dumb and stupid things, giving
the rest of us a bad reputation. I haven’t figured out if aviation
creates the daredevil/showboat mentality in the pilot, of if it is
just Darwinian behavior. I do know some of them should not be
allowed in an airplane, at least one with passengers. To date, two
airplanes I built have crashed performing low-level aerobatics,
killing 4 people. It’s so unnecessary, and I am not certain how we
should proactively deal with it. I have tried multiple times to
intercede, and have not been successful. We currently have another
potential one unfolding in our neighborhood, and I fear the outcome
will be the same.
Let me share with you a few examples
of careless behavior that had very tragic consequences. Way back in
1981, when I finished my RV-4, the Christen Eagles were the hottest
thing going. The kits were fantastic, the paint jobs were to die
for, and we all watched Tom Poberezny and the Eagles Aerobatic Team
perform at Oshkosh. As luck would have it, back at my home airport
in Elyria, Ohio a father and son team had just recently finished one
and wanted to share a hangar with me. The son was older than I was,
and the father had been a very successful finish carpenter, the
skills of which transferred very nicely to some parts of the Eagle’s
construction. Theirs was just as beautiful as any other that I had
seen, and I couldn’t wait to get a ride in it.
I learned that the son was a
recently minted Private Pilot with 69 hours TT, and they could not
get insurance for him until he had 100 hours. No problem, I could
wait for my ride. Then it happened. One beautiful day I helped get
the airplane out of the hangar so he could go flying and I watched
him immediately roll on takeoff and climb out inverted! Right then I
knew I would never get my ride. There’s no doubt I would love to sit
in the cockpit and view that takeoff, as long as someone qualified
like Tom Poberezny was at the controls. It must be a real rush. Come
to think of it, it would probably be an even greater rush with a low
time pilot at the controls, hoping the outcome would be the same! I
still remember coming home and telling Carol I was never going to
get my ride in the Eagle.
After watching the same performance,
including loops on takeoff, I worked up the courage to speak with
the father. Boy; that was a mistake. I was basically ostracized,
they moved out of my hangar, and the next time I saw the dad was at
the funeral for his son, caused by performing a loop on takeoff.
What a surprise! I remember hearing about it on the news one morning
on the way to work. Even though I saw it coming I was quite shocked.
It was the first personal friend in aviation that was killed in an
air crash. Unfortunately, there would be more.
What was even more shocking was
what happened next. At the funeral, before I could say anything, the
father said that there was something wrong with that airplane and
that he was going to rebuild it to figure it out. Huh??? BTW, I
forgot to mention that about a year earlier dad had run the very
same aircraft out of fuel and landed it in Lake Erie, requiring a
Coast Guard tow to shore? I was dumbfounded, but kept my mouth shut.
Not unexpectedly, he did rebuild it and proceeded to kill himself
and a passenger about a year later doing low-level aerobatics. I
still can’t fathom the unwillingness of some pilots to take a look
at themselves instead of the airplane.
I eventually sold my RV-4, thinking
I could build a Prescott pusher to solve the 4-seat family I now
had. The Prescott didn’t prove to be the airplane I wanted, so I
sold it and continued to build other aircraft.
20 years after selling my RV-4, I
received a phone call that it had crashed killing 2 people. I was
mortified, until I learned that they were headed home from an air
show and were seen doing low level rolls and loops at 250’ right up
until the crash! You’ve got to be kidding me! The owner was 70 years
old. I guess the desire to showboat sometimes never goes away.
The third accident involved another
aircraft I built, a Kitfox Speedster. Some of you may remember that
the Speedster was an aerobatic version of the Kitfox, and many of us
saw Jimmy Franklin put on quite a show at OSHKOSH with the
fluorescent green factory demonstrator. Jimmy’s show was so low that
more than once we thought he crashed in between the taxiway and
runway 18/36, but it was just an optical illusion doe to the dip in
the terrain. While I thoroughly tested mine during Phase I,
including taking it to 5.5 g’s, it was all flown way up high. After
flying it for 10 years, I sold it to build an RV-6, after having
soloed my youngest son in it. The speedster was a great fun machine.
On the day I sold it, we watched as the new owner and his flight
instructor took off and then came around in a high-banked, high
speed pass with the engine screaming like I had never heard it
before. I remarked that I hoped we wouldn’t hear about this one too.
That was February. On Christmas Eve
the same year I received a phone call from a radio station in
Colorado asking if I knew that an airplane I had built had crashed
killing 2 people? I was at a loss for words, but expressed my
condolences to the families and hung up. Within a few minutes we
learned that hunter had observed the aircraft flying low and doing
vertical pull-ups, before descending straight down and recovering.
“The airplane had gone away and returned a short time later,
executing the same maneuver over a frozen lake. This time the
outcome was not successful, and the Kitfox nosedived straight into
the frozen lake, killing both the pilot and the passenger. We came
to learn that on the first flight he had his younger brother on
board, and had returned to the airport to pick up his friend. His
brother sure was extremely lucky, but not so his friend. His friend
was much heavier, and we weight difference could have been a
contributing factor to the accident. The light weight and low
horsepower of the Kitfox requires careful energy management during
vertical maneuvering, a characteristic unfamiliar to an untrained
I felt really terrible about this
accident because I had come to know the father during the sales
process. He was buying it for his 26 year old son to fly, and he
planned to learn to fly in it as well. I did call him on Christmas
Day to express my condolences. Between conversations with his dad
and the NTSB inspector I came to learn that the son had some history
That’s a very sad trail of
tragedies. I’m sure that most pilots have witnessed similar
instances during their flying careers. While my own witness has not
been as close and as sad as yours, I am aware of dozens of similar
accidents in RV’s over the years. It saddens me nearly to tears
every time another such accident occurs. They are so senseless and
unnecessary. Such a waste of life in airplanes that, when flown
within limits, are very safe and enjoyable.
In addition to the specific
accidents I mentioned, it seems that a high percentage of Show
Boating accidents involve homebuilt and warbird planes. I suppose
that the high performance attributes of these planes appeal to
aggressive pilots, and bring out the worst in them. Run-a-way egos?
Pilot’s egos- Yes, that seems to be
a common thread. I think that there is a cultural connection also.
I think that this problem, at least partially, is a byproduct of
our macho male culture and our aviation history. Culturally, we seem
to have some affection for mavericks! The cowboy that could tame and
ride the wildest horse was admired, regardless his other faults. In
school, pranksters got more adulation than academic achievers. Since
the earliest days of aviation, the pilots who took (perhaps
necessary, then) risks were admired. Wartime fighter pilots returned
from the front, “beat up the aerodrome”, and did victory rolls.
That’s what “real pilots” did, and the on-lookers usually applauded,
whether or not their superiors did. Historically, airshow performers
may also have been unwitting role models for other’s questionable
flight behavior. Monkey see; monkey do!
I see what you mean. When you think
about it, we do seem to have an undertone of anti-authority in much
of our society. “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Dukes of Hazzard” are
example of loveable though mischievous hero figures. At least in a
large sub-culture, this is a prevailing mindset.
Adding a bit of perspective to this
discussion, I’ve got to admit that in my much younger years I was
prone to a bit of showboating myself. There weren’t many planes
around at the time that could perform like my homebuilts, and I was
often asked to “show us what that plane can do”. Yes, I sometimes
complied with their wishes. However, through self-examination I soon
came to some conclusions. I was admittedly indulging my ego, my
desire for attention, and my willingness to please. But I was also
taking some very real risks, both flight risks and the risk of
possible FAA action, and primarily for the benefit of the
spectators. I soon realized that I didn’t owe them that! Had there
been an accident, these same on-lookers would no doubt have been the
first to wag their heads and lament that “I was afraid that this
would happen. He was always showing off”.
Though I have long passed that
phase, I have continued to witness the same type of encouragement
from spectators. More often than not, bystanders like what they see
(reckless flying), and don’t see it as wrong or damaging to
aviation. I’m still amazed by the cluelessness of so many in
aviation. They contribute to the problem by being ego enablers, from
their safe vantage point of sideline anonymity.
Good point. If the pilot was flying
strictly for his own amusement and pleasure, he could do so out in
the hinterlands, unseen by anyone and endangering only himself.
Obviously he chooses a more visible venue. So what are the possible
remedies? I’ve tried some, to no effect. These pilot’s egos don’t
respond well to reason. Maybe this is why we don’t see much
attention paid to this otherwise obvious accident category. It’s a
tough nut to crack. Why even try! Much emphasis is currently (and
rightly so) being placed on minimizing LOC (loss of control)
accidents. Show Off accidents can also be classified as loss of
control. But rather than the usual Low Speed Stall/Spin loss of
control, these accidents result from judgment related altitude and
attitude loss of control. Challenging though it is, there must be
some way to make inroads into this problem area.
I think that it will require a
culture shift. This may be a convenient politically correct term,
but it’s a starting point.
I think that we can identify much of
what motivates Show Boat pilots, but I agree with your experience
that there is probably little that can be accomplished when dealing
directly with them.
I do feel that it is more likely
that the rest of us, those on the airport sidelines, can bring about
change. Some degree of spectator education and culture shift is
possible. We just need to realize that though we are not the actors
(aggressors), there are consequences of how we collectively react,
and that we can have a positive impact. How? We just need to quit
encouraging and enabling errant pilots. For example; if after a
pilot shows off and lands, no one offers any acknowledgment at all.
Zip, Zed, Zero! It’s bound to have an ego deflating effect, perhaps
just causing said pilot to denounce observers as unappreciative
jerks. This might only cause him to take his show elsewhere.
However, if he met the same non-reception everywhere, it might
eventually sink in. This is where I feel that a culture shift could
One day a couple of years ago I was
visiting our nearby gliderport and witness the arrival of a new club
member flying his RV-6. Said arrival consisted of a max. speed
worm-burner buzz job with a very abrupt, high G, rolling pitch out.
I was appalled and comment to one of the instructors that this guy
should be counseled. The instructor agreed, but seems powerless to
do anything, stating that this guy did this all of the time. I
witnessed his similar antics, from a distance, on a couple later
occasions. Then a few months later I learned that this pilot had
been discharged from the club and banned from the gliderport because
of his abusive flying of both gliders and his power plane. This is
one example of a positive airport safety culture in action. It can
The next step would be that of
expressing disapproval. Let the pilot know, either individually or
collectively, that his flying is endangering not only himself but
others, and that at the very least is giving aviation a bad image.
Let him know that his antics adversely affect all of us in aviation,
and that we will do everything we can to stop it. I know, this is an
application of “reason”, which may not fall on fertile soil.
However, I am still optimistic enough to feel that properly applied
peer influence can be a positive factor.
A third approach could be a
last-resort step following the disapproval/peer influence effort.
That is, the threat of FAA violation enforcement. Many, if not most,
forms of low level show-boat flying involve FAA airspace violations.
If the Show Off will not respond to any form or reasoning, he needs
to be put on notice that, for the good of all, he may soon find
himself explaining his actions to the FAA. I know, no one wants to
snitch on a fellow pilot, but it may in some instances be the only
I agree that fear of FAA action
might be get a little traction. However, the FAA has just recently
implemented a more lenient enforcement policy that might weaken that
On the contrary, the new FAA policy
specifically addresses inadvertent violations and oversights, where
a soft approach and re-education can be effectively applied. They
still maintain a firm stance against intentional and repeated
OK, but these are rather idealistic
goals, and would require universal application. However, they are
worth a try.
(Van and Vic)
We are just two concerned pilots
relating our experiences and opinions. If we are to reduce Show Off
accidents, universal cooperation and action will be needed. We want
to start a serious dialogue and engage as many as possible with
their supportive viewpoints and suggestions. What has been your
experience? Have you witnessed instances similar to those we have
described? Have you participated in any forms or corrective action?
Do you agree that bystanders and onlookers have contributed to the
problem? Are you a “reformed sinner” who can offer insights we are
not aware of. We need your input, whether or not you agree. We need
to build upon all positive means that can be brought to bear.
Agree or disagree; let’s talk. We
need to get hundreds of you involved who are willing to open this
topic at EAA meetings and other aviation venues. We truly need to
reach enough pilots to bring about a culture shift. We cannot expect
to identify problem pilots and their supportive environments from
offices in Oshkosh or Washington D.C. We need eyes and voices in
the field, far from the haunts of officialdom, where some may still
be applying their own interpretation of regulations and acceptable
With your input, we plan follow-up
articles with greater details of the nature and dangers of reckless
Show Boat flying.
Sidebar: (direct copy from a
late-February 2016 forum post on VansAirForce.net. We do
not know the details of this story, so are not offering it here for
judgement. We are including this simply because it appears to offer
a differing viewpoint than that shared by Vic and I. It includes
elements of spectator approval and encouragement of Show Boating)
He made a widow cry…..Bill R. Post.
I live on a small airpark maybe 20
homes and a smooth 2500’ grass strip down the middle.
A friend with an F1 Rocket called me
Saturday morning and as it turned out, he was in the neighborhood
topping off his tanks on the way home.
I was out helping a neighbor clean
up his hangar when we heard the sound of a high speed airplane
approaching. As we stepped outside, we could see the F1 circling
high overhead. The F1 completed the last circle, and dove for the
end of the runway, in compliance with our HOA operating procedures,
he performed a low “clearing “ pass, pulled up, dropped his flaps
and promptly landed.
We stood outside, by the F1, talking
airplanes and catching up.
Eventually, it was time to go and he
asked which way was best for his departure. After pointing to the
other end of the runway, he climbed in, fired up, and taxied down
At midfield, he turned around and
departed in spectacular F1 Rocket fashion. Meaning, he rolled about
200 feet and then went almost vertical. After doing some mild acro,
he again made a departing pass down the runway, zoomed up and
disappeared behind the trees.
As I looked down the runway, I
noticed one of the longtime residents standing by the edge of the
runway, It was BettyJane. BJ’s husband had died a year earlier and
he was an amazing guy; A26 Marine pilot in WWII, NASCAR in the 50’s,
and Pitts pilot (his neighbor in FL was Curtis Pitts)
As I approached BJ, I realized she
was crying. She looked at me and said, “This is how Cotton used to
fly! Make sure he comes back and does that again! Oh, and I want a
What a great lady!
One other thing, after he left, my
neighbors started blowing up my phone with text messages. The best
message was simply, “WOW!”
Please provide feedback to Van and
Vic by emailing
this thread in the VAF Forums.
www.vansairforce.net/articles/aviation_courtesy.pdf points to a
PDF version of this article.
Do You Have The Necessary Skills
....for when a zerk fitting on your prop hub
gets some debris in it and slings grease over your canopy
post-greasing. No forward vision. Have you practiced (on a
wide runway) what skills are needed to slip in a way on final to see
using the side of your canopy, then landing your RV by just looking
out the side?
Someday you might need to do it for real,
when you can't take a peek.
11/2/16 photo courtesy Rick
November 3, 2016. Issue
Why You Want To Attend Petit Jean 2017
...because if the Wx is good TruTrak will
fly in their RV-10 with a special mod for when the day's flying is
done. More on this later (pics and such)...
Andrew Barker photo.
2003 RV-6 For Sale (Upcoming Medical Expenses) ...$65K OBO.
...Mr. Neal Howard (Wichita Falls, TX).
Mr. Howard has over 2,100 posts on this site going back (9)
years....he is a VERY known quantity (if that's important to ya).
Fly-In Breakfast this Saturday! ...Morristown, TN
RV-7 Lynn Dixon #74286
After a few years of lurking, and reading I
finally started on my RV-7!
I have wanted to build a kit plane for a long time, even so far back
as nearly 20 years ago before I could even buy adult beverages or
cast a vote. I was saving up to buy a Challenger II. But then
college and life happened and chipped away at my Kit plane savings.
Fast forward to now and I finally have a place to build comfortably,
some disposable income and a supportive wife, who oddly enough
doesn't think I am crazy for wanting to build my own plane. Heck,
she may even fly in it with me
I bought my toolkit from a fellow on the forums, and its a complete
Isham kit with a few additions. They were essentially brand new
tools and a good price! That was my first official step and first
major purchase towards the airplane.
Shortly later, I was browsing the forums and posted a WTB in the
classifieds looking or a tail kit. To my surprise, another builder
was selling a RV-7 tail kit, that had never been started, which was
exactly what I was wanting! A few emails and a paypal later, the
tail kit was on its way to me.....where it sat in my basement for
nearly two years. I spent some time working on practice kits, taking
the EAA RV-7 course, and getting my shop organized. I am starting
the build in the basement of my house, since the backside of the
basement opens up to ground level (house is one a hill). Its
unfinished, but insulated and I setup an HVAC duct to help knock the
chill out in the winter and heat out in the summer. Its very comfy
down there, with plenty of natural light as well as some shop lights
So, lets get started with some log entries! I have spent about 3
days so far, and I'll put a few posts in here to represent those
builds. I'll also try to use this as a way to collaborate with all
the other VAF builders out there and build off their collective
Oil cooler baffle support crack ...Luca
Welcome Martin Product Design
...their ad lives in the Previous Day's News
section. They sent me a production prototype to fiddle with,
and I now have a long thin air hose that had always tangled in the
past on it. I use it often and it makes me smile when I use
it. 'No more tangles' as the shampoo kid said....
Check out the vids on their site.
Briefing ...Nov/Dec issue (40 pages)
November 2, 2016. Issue
Eagle's Nest Projects - Granbury High School (TX) - Meet the
ENP-17 is officially under construction at
Granbury High School (TX). Please take a moment to welcome these
outstanding student-builders to VAF, the exciting world of aviation,
and to the elite community of homebuilt aircraft builders.
Granbury's Eagle's Nest Project is partnered with their PLTW
Aerospace Engineering curriculum and aircraft construction will be
done in a brand new purpose-built classroom/shop facility. All
airframe kits are ordered and most of the familiar "$$" crates have
Kevin Ross and Pat Stewart of Pecan Plantation have graciously
agreed to serve as lead to the mentor team which appears to be most
of the builders at Pecan. The students have completed the mentor
guided introductory classes; shop and tool safety practices, correct
use of tools, how to read plans, parts nomenclature, and completion
of a multi-skill practice project. Construction on "real" airplane
parts begins Tuesday!
2017 Calendars Now Available!!! ...mothership
Update on PJ ...Bill S.
I just wanted to thank everyone who has
contributed both from those that attended and many from those that
did not. Your gracious help has just about got us back in the "only
lost a little" category which is pretty much where we are every
year! Counting checks still in the mail, we should cover a majority
of our fixed expenses. Way more than we thought we would on Friday
Depending on the mail, there is a remote possibility that we might
end up with a nickel to put toward next year. (never happened
before but it could
I have dropped a line to about half of the contributors and intend
to email everyone who sent a check so that they know it was received
and appreciated. In particular, thanks to Cookie(Tanya Card), Dan
Horton, Vic Syracuse, and others on the VAF who initiated,
committed, and bumped this thread. It would not have happened
without your support. I guess if you can build an airplane....well,
you can make almost anything happen
On behalf of EAA 165 and the whole Petit Jean Team ... a big thanks
and a promise to keep it all going. The gathering of RV friends, on
the Mountain and off, is what Petit Jean is all about... no worries
.... 2017 is most definitely ON!
Shop Construction Pics and Words ...scard
Cylinder #2 Stud/Nut Oil Leak
I have a Lycoming YIO-360-M1B with 125 hours
on it and have been keeping an eye on this leak or more like a seep
on the #2 cylinder, lower, forward 1/2" stud.
It appears to me the nut is riding on the cylinder wall radius
slightly not allowing it to sit down 100%. The nut has an integral
washer flat with a sharp edge. Probably not good having a sharp edge
ride the radius of a casting.
Not sure what to do with this:
Leave it and let it seep?
Goop it up with something?
Thin washer and radius the edge (only 2 thread protrude nominally
Round off the edge of the nut?
Kansas trip ...Steve Melton
November 1, 2016. Issue
Salutes Mr. Bob Hoover
(It's tea, BTW.)
After you've watched Dan's video (above),
watch this one if you
don't get what it's about.
We are making great progress with our first
year RV-12 Build!...Georgetown, TX
The kids and the mentors are doing great,
really high quality work. We have completed the rudder, the vertical
stabilizer, and are working on the stabilator.
We have received and inventoried the Empenage
and Fuselage kits, and should have the Wing kit before Thanksgiving
The class is setup so that the kids are rotating between the PLTW
Aerospace Academics, building the airplane, and interning with local
businesses at the KGTU airport. Truly an incredible experience for
We have had success raising money to pay for the first three kits,
but we need to pull the funds together to pay for the finish kit,
firewall forward, and avionics kits.
Along those lines, please take a moment and
check out the GoFundMe
site that we setup.
There is a good write-up with links to the really cool AOPA article
on our program and a link to our Facebook page with tons of pictures
(one of the students grandparents is a professional photographer!).
If you would like to make a donation on the
GoFundMe site it would be greatly appreciated. Even a few dollars,
but even if you don't, please take a few minutes to read about the
incredible work these kids are doing.
If anyone would like to make a donation and needs it to be tax
deductible we can do that as well, please PM me and I'll get you
details for that.
Thanks for taking a look!
Sid (you know him as ScrollF4 in the forums) Paints his Prop
Well actually Brandon over at GLO painted it
for him, but here is the result. After the paint dried Sid took it
down to Walt's and got the prop balanced. Looks great!
Downdraft Table ...leok
This is the downdraft table I built. It has
worked well for me. It is a 2x4 frame wrapped with a blue
tarp. The top is plastic mesh fencing. The ends have 20 inch box
fans with furnace fans duct taped over them. It has the advantage of
being easy to take down and store when not in use.
Status Update ...PilotjohnS
These last few weeks have seen great
The horizontal stabilizer is complete less the rear spar; waiting
for the rear spar to be primed before installation. The vertical
stabilizer is ready to be primed, then riveted.
I had a tech counselor visit and reviewed my work to date; all is
well. We went for a quick flight in his RV9; it flies really well
and seems to yearn to be in the sky.
Calendar Wallpaper Online...Adam Burch photo
October 31, 2016. Issue
John Wilhite visits the Van Cave Friday.
Thanks to Mr. Steve Ingraham ...Tony
I posted a few days ago trying to decide
between a RV-7/7A or RV-14/14A and received a lot of great feedback.
One who responded to the post noticed that we lived close and
graciously offered me a ride in his RV-9A. This was to be my first
in any RV. I had a great time and learned many things. Steve has a
beautiful aircraft and I am very grateful for the experience.
Many thanks to Steve and Mary Ingraham.
First video ...'trackdom' in France
Here is my first hero4 video over south
alpes in France.
1700 hours ... Pete Howell
Just completed the 1700 hr oil
change with compression check and borescope pics of the exhaust
valves. - Thanks to Alex P for letting me try out his new scope!
Oil filter media and screen were examined and were clean
Compression check with cold cylinders:
DIY Spark Plug Tray
A couple of recent RV-12 pictures from Jim
Mothership Comedy ....courtesy Adam I think
October 28, 2016. Issue
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Eagle's Nest Projects: Wings Over Houston '16 ...Ernie
PLTW Aerospace Engineering Students,
Mentors, and Teachers from Clear Springs High School in League City,
TX displayed three completed Eagle's Nest Projects at Wings Over
Houston. Clear skies and cool temps set the stage for record
attendance and an opportunity for hundreds of families to experience
first hand the outstanding accomplishment of local high school
Most adults just couldn't believe that high school students built
these beautiful aircraft. After a few minutes however in
conversation with one of the student-builders, disbelief generally
turned into absolute amazement.
Ugh!! Back Riveting mistake!! ...Jeff
I just KNOW that I am the only one to do
this, but just in case I'm wrong, here's what I did. I am in the
process of backriveting the stiffeners onto the aileron skin.
Everything was going well when I started riveting this rivet and
discovered that the back plate had shifted and I had nothing for the
rivet head to rest on for the flush finish. Wound up with a slight
but unsightly divit in the surface of the skin.
I've already redimpled the hole but the entire thing still has this
divit.. Wondering what magic procedure will help flatten this area
around a new rivet... perhaps setting it back in the backing plate
and then slightly hammering either with slow rivet gun or manual
hammer, over a small socket that would surround the dimple, but
drive down on the skin. Also has to the stiffener to help in the
process.. I was hoping to send a few pics, but I can't seem to be
able to do that, which is also very frustrating!!
Making the EFIS Look More 'Boeing Like'
The 'goal' was to have the MFD show me the
things that might hit me, and the basic nav points...and not much
else. De-clutter a bit by playing around some in Setup and Map
Display settings. Zooming in beyond the 3nm level shows all
the private and unpaved strips for an emergency (I could also hit
the 'NRST' button of course). Force it to stay in 'night mode'
to turn the background dark. Turn off topography. Moved
the engine stats strip along the top over to the PFD. You get
Still fiddling with it, and until they add a 'Boeing mode' for the
nav screen I think I can make due just fine with this. Less is
more (for me and nav).
The role model: Boeing nav screen...
Photographer anon. (I owe him lunch though).
My RV-6 PDF and MFD on a fuel run.click
RNAV 17 active and approaching glide slope capture.
RV Over French Enclave ...Vlad pics
DIY Field Notes ...a.k.a. How I queue
up content for the site
I have a very non-standard career, as you
already know. The workflow requires being around a computer of some
sort pretty much 24/7. And since I'm always looking for content for
the next day's edition, I'm forever searching for the perfect way to
remember tiny bits of information for later. You can probably
It could be a reminder to promote something
that's coming up this weekend (and maybe I remembered that while I
was eating lunch at Wendy's). It could be the thread number of a
particularly interesting topic in the forums I saw using my phone,
somebody I met at the fuel pump at a nearby airport inspires a few
paragraphs of copy, etc.
Grocery lists. After a flight I put 5-10 words and the time
flown (#deer, approaches flown, etc)...I'll put it in the logbook
when I get home. Multiple input
sources....one struggling brain that wasn't trained as a writer (but
tried capturing this information into a pocket digital recorder,
into 3-4 apps on my phone over the years, on little pieces of paper
in my back pocket and a dozen other methods all in the name of
efficiency. I keep coming back to something similar to the 'Field
Notes' pocket-sized notebook. But those are too thick for my
Of course, being a pilot, the idea of
spending $10 for three little paper books....well, you know how
that's gonna go. I love the DIY internet sites, and they
didn't let me down.
A piece of cardboard folded that was on the
back of something we got in the mail, five sheets of printer paper
folded over, cut and stapled down the spine and I am in business.
Trimmed to the exact size for the side pocket in my shorts with
gardening sheers. If I have $.10 invested in this thing I'd be
surprised. And I can build another one in about 60 seconds when I
fill this one up over the course of about 2-3 weeks. Keeping
the page count small keeps it thin enough to not get on your
If you go to the actual Field Notes
site, you'll see each
"model" has a back story associated with it, I guess to connect to
the hipster crowd maybe? I remember Cabbage Patch kids, and
that's what that reminded me of. ;^)
I'm a pilot, and an RV builder, and that
means I'm thrifty by default.....so of course I'm perfectly fine
with a notepad I made out of junk mail ;^).
Seriously, these things are nice to have in
your pocket. It's faster to get the information down with a short
series of words and symbols than it is to type it in some 'improved
app', IMHO. The cardboard is industrial this time around and
should hold out over its short life. Also, if I drop it in the
toilet it won't stop working and cost $500 to replace. A good
mechanical pencil, or a cheap fountain pen with a medium nib that
slops out a ton of cheap ink, and
Baby, you got
a stew going! I hope you clicked on that link and
I wrote this 'article' as a matter of fact
using little one word topics that I assembled over a couple days in
the corner of one of the pages.
So here's the latest 'VAF Field Notes' pad,
complete with doodling on the cover. Its life will be brief,
Yours in thrift...
October 27, 2016. Issue
Odd request. Might
someone have a 1970-1980 DFW sectional showing 52F labeled as 'Aero
Valley'? A picture from your cell emailed to me would suffice just
fine. I have a sectional from 1967 (below), but the airport wasn't
there yet. Tanx,
[ed. Update a couple hours
later....thank you Troy Stegemoeller for sending me the exact pic I
2 1/2 Year Old son's first flight in my RV-7 ...Trevor Conroy
Yesterday evening I took my 2 1/2 year old
son, Charlie, up in my RV-7 for the first time! As a father and
professional pilot, there was nothing more rewarding than seeing the
smile on his face! He has ridden with my wife and I in his car seat
in the back of a C-182 on a few previous occasions but this was a
completely different experience for both of us. My father and I
spent 5 long years building the -7 and to now fly my son in an
airplane I built is sure a special experience. <g>
Over the course of the last several months, I've brought Charlie out
to the hangar with me to tinker on the airplane so he could get
familiar with it and identify it as ours. Then I started putting him
in the right seat and securing the harness and turning on the panel
so he could see it light up. Being only 2 1/2, I didn't want him to
be able to play with the control stick so had to add an electrical
connector where the right stick break is so that it could be
completely removed. I also made some cushions to raise him up and
forward in the seat. Last week I strapped him in and we taxi'd
around the airport a little bit so I could gauge how well he would
do. He loved it and said he wanted to go fly! I made him wait a
couple more days just to be sure. Last night I strapped him in and
skyward we went! I had planned to take-off and fly the pattern to an
immediate landing but once we were on downwind I asked him if he
wanted to keep going and he said YES so we ventured out a couple
miles before heading back. On the drive home all he could talk about
was flying in "dadda's airplane". Truly a special day for both of
Now I won't feel as bad leaving my wife and two kids at home when I
want to go flying on the weekends. My wife will be thrilled for me
to take Charlie to burn some 100LL with me <g>.
Texas Fastback 2.0 ...Arlie Conner
124TT has made it safely to its new home in
Germany. I hope the new owners enjoy the heck out of it. We decided
to build another fastback, this time starting with a somewhat blank
canvas with a partially completed kit. We thought we looked it over
pretty good but I guess not good enough. I'm not going to mention
any names or where I got it, but we have already run into a major
screw up that requires major surgery. It requires removing and
replacing the top and lower longerons and the firewall weldments
that they attach to. Hopefully after this is done we can actually go
forward with this build instead of going backwards. I would like to
know how others have solved this problem of getting the correct edge
distance and fit?
New to the 8 forum ...Arlie Conner again!
We have been flying our "new to us" RV-8 for
a little over a month now and it is everything we wanted in a plane.
Aerobatic, great cross country machine, and best of all, I can
finally carry a passenger that weighs more than 180lbs. Don't get me
wrong, our RV-4 was all of the above plus a blast to fly, but just
quite didn't fit our needs as far as the back seater goes. I'm
250lbs and ride comfortably in the back.
EUREKA!! Probable Hot #3 Cylinder Reason Found ...Galin
I have been fighting an intermittent hot #3
cylinder on my Lycoming O360 for years and nothing seemed to work.
When the problem arose I had to run the engine quite rich to bring
the #3 CHT to just under 400F but at the same time the the other
cylinders were at least 50 degrees cooler. Worst still on many
flight the CHT's were fine and all 4 cylinders were very close to
each other. I tried changing the CHT probe with no luck and my
baffling was perfect, or so I thought. Pardon the pun, but this was
After reading a completely un unrelated thread here on inexpensive
borescopes, I bought a Vividia VA-400 Borescope. Out of curiosity I
used the borescope and looked into the firewall with the cowl on. I
found that, when installed, the top cowl was folding part of the
baffling down and almost completely blocking air only to, you
guessed it, the #3 cylinder head.
SERFI '16 RV Champs
Tom Goddard RV-8
Chris Sells RV-8
Randy Pflanzer RV-12
Scott Millhouse RV-12
October 26, 2016. Issue
More pics from the 3rd Annual Primitive Camping Fly-in ...joe
It was nice to meet you all. I'm sorry I
missed a few because I had to leave so early, perhaps next year.
It was a scenic trip over the mountains from Grass Valley that
passes Lake Tahoe to my left:
I was a bit apprehensive because this was my
first flight out of my phase 1 box. The Saturday weather was perfect
in the morning, winds calm in the California central valley and
forecasted to be increasing at bit in the afternoon. Worried about
the increasing winds I was hoping for an early departure as a flight
of 2. Wingman (Lars) was running late, everything else was a ‘go,’
so I opted to head out 1st.
Rest in Peace Mr. Bob Hoover
High Sierra Fly In 2016 ...Bluelabel
A 'commercial' from the mothership ;^) ...Adam Burch
"Van's Aircraft recently visited the Petit
Jean, Arkansas fly-in, and we were reminded again of what a
fantastic community the 9,500 strong RV builders have formed all
over the world!"
52F Update ...where I'm based.
Majority in ALL sectors
"Every property owner under either the AVDCO or Hyde restrictions is
now governed under a single document: the
Deed Restrictions. The POA’s elected board of directors
are now the airport’s sole governing authority. As far
as our immediate objectives are concerned, Tim will have dirt moving
on the east side of the runway within the next couple of weeks.
We will begin the rest of the work ASAP. The property owners
NW Regional Aero Valley Airport have 'knocked
down the Berlin Wall'. Test holes to determine if work can
begin on the drainage improvement project were dug this past
weekend. Looked good. The new runway is coming.
More to follow...
As of 10/23/2016...
10/25/2016 photos by doug reeves.
Panel Update Pics/Report ...Tony T
October 25, 2016. Issue
3rd Annual Primitive Camping PIREPs Coming In ...Scott and Lars
Petit Jean Shortfall - In Case You Want to Chip In ...Tanya Card
The gathering on the mountain was fantastic
but had one giant snag this year, about 36 hours of not a soul being
able to land at Petit Jean due to low ceilings and poor visibility.
Fortunately, everyone stayed safe, whether it be at alternate
airports or by staying home. Nicely done everyone!
all the shenanigans put the EAA group hosting the event in the hole
by about a couple grand. Actually, I'm amazed the loss wasn't a
whole lot larger considering a little more than half of the planned
attendees arrived. That was due to generous folks paying the
full-weekend registration fee even if they only made it in Saturday
afternoon, others adding random amounts to their registration fee,
people buying more raffle tickets than they would have otherwise,
and other creative ways to help contribute to the kitty. To these
folks, THANK YOU MUCH!
Many others have expressed interest in trying to help offset the
deficit. If you want to chip in, anything you might care to part
with would be appreciated by EAA 165, the volunteers who work their
tails off, and those that have gotten to enjoy the event or will in
the future. Bill has already said this isn't going to stop Petit
Jean 2017, but I think we should give them all the reasons to not
pause a single moment in continuing to put in the exceptional effort
that they do every year even while knowing Mother Nature may choose
to not cooperate and throw them deep into the red.
For those so inclined, checks should be made payable to EAA 165 and
43 Masters Place Drive
Maumelle, AR. 72113
Thanks for being a part of this fantastic group of aviators and
Last year Ms. Patti was laying in a hospital bed, still partially
paralyzed after a stroke. I went home to get a shower and some
clothes, and found an email from Bill, announcing the date for PJ
2015. Ms. P wasn't yet speaking well enough to answer the phone, so
I sent her a text..."Just got the date for PJ, you want to go?". She
propped her phone in her lap and one-fingered with her left hand,
"**** yes", and it was what she worked towards the rest of the year.
Last week was our sixth time at PJ...and I doubt I could drag Patti
to Oshkosh with a Learjet. Yeah Tanya, we're in.
Dinner for 200+ at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute isn't free,
nor are the transport vans, the big tent, the catered BBQ, or
anything else. To make it work, it's my understanding that the
Arkansas gang has to guarantee around $16,000, with the knowledge
that a shortfall has to come from their own pockets.
Hey, let's be real. The PJ guys don't need our money. They
are uniformly bright, successful people, and getting stuck with the
tab won't break them. On the other hand, I'd be seriously ashamed to
stick 'em with it after they've hosted me and mine so graciously all
these years...and if you're a PJ regular, I suspect you feel the
So, here's the deal. Let's think high, and kick in $100 each. Forty
or fifty hard-core PJ fans can fix last week's weather disaster,
and start a little nest egg for next year so our friends don't
have to worry. It's just doing something nice in return for all
they've done for us.
How about it? Will you match me?
3D printed washer wrench ...dwranda
I bought my wife a 3d printer for mothers
day to have fun with making things for her craft hobby. Yesterday I
gave her a useful project idea(not that her crafty things aren't
I had her design and print a washer wrench. I tried it out and it
works pretty well. I'll just have her change it a little when I need
different sizes. Technology is amazing!
Vac's Transition Training Syllabus PIREP ...bruceinuse
Just completed a dual check-out in
my newly acquired RV-4 with Vac over the weekend using this syllabus
as our reference. I would thoroughly recommend this document, which
Vac must have spent years perfecting, as the gold standard for those
aspiring to fly an RV, as well as an invaluable reference source for
experienced RV drivers.
(Airbus test pilot, formerly airline pilot and F-16 test pilot, and
now an RV-4 owner/pilot with that Vans RV grin from ear to ear)
October 24, 2016. Issue
Adam Burch iPhone photo in the RV-14 demonstrator
returning from Petit Jean. Columbia River Gorge.
(click to enlarge)
Pecan Plantation Fly-in Pics ...opens new window.
Susie and I flew down to 0TX1 Saturday to
catch up with folks we don't visit enough - couldn't have asked for
better weather (track).
Had a couple of hot dogs, caught up with RV friends and flew back
home to go to the grocery store. Everyone there at Pecan is
very nice, and they put on a very enjoyable gathering.
Sorry for the small number of pics....the
camera battery was on fumes and I didn't plan well enough ;^).
One RV had interesting cowl access doors, and I did get (3) pics of
that. The builder mentioned the top flap minimized hot start
issues with fuel injection. Said the engine would cool off
HDX Builder Notification Letter ...mothership
"Van's is working on integrating this new
panel into the RV-12, but this will not be available as an ASTM
approved avionics kit for some months. The panel cut out needs to
change for a different size and mounting holes (or a blanking plate
will need to be installed). In addition, we need to design and test
the new screen layout and software configuration files specific to
the RV-12.This will take a couple of months after we receive a beta
test HDX screen, which should be in late October 2016. So we
anticipate HDX screens being available for the RV-12 early in 2017."
Sedona ...rightrudder video
1st Attempt at Vinyl Wrapping ...RGLives
Engineer Wanted ...mothership
"Van's Aircraft has a new position for an
engineer. We are looking for an applicant with a passionate interest
in the kit aircraft industry. This position requires a broad
mechanical/engineering background and the ability to work on
multiple projects simultaneously."
Panel Upgrade Update / Pics ...Tony T
October 21, 2016. Issue
Wishing you and yours a
happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Deer and a zoom lens...via RV-6. dr
Ep6. Touring Adelaide & Homemade Flying World Records ...haydnc
We head out into Adelaide and find the South
Australian Aircraft Museum. Inside we found this famous RV-4, that
belonged to Jon Johanson. The aircraft has made multiple trips
around the world and to the south pole.
Dealing with the anxiety of the flight test phase
I am 6 hours into my flight test phase and
am definitely struggling with the anxiety of everything that could
For background - I have been flying for 25 years, have a little over
500 hours in Cessnas and have an instrument rating (though not
So far nothing really scary has happened with possible exception of
finding a small engine compartment fuel leak AFTER a recent flight
Yesterday I flew for about an hour - at 5000 feet agl, right over
top of my airport. Yet even with the altitude and proximity to home,
my anxiety level continued to grow the longer I was up.
I did distract myself by doing the CAS tests but as soon as they
were done I did a "how am I doing check?". I decided that my anxiety
level was reaching my limit.
I wanted to stay up longer to get the 40 hours down, and the weather
was beautiful, but I had just reached my stress limit. So, i reduced
power and managed a decent landing.
I don't think I ever really considered how the flight test phase
would affect me. I was so busy building and besides, not many people
talk about this subject.
I presume the more I fly the easier this will get, but that doesn't
really help me right now.
I was wondering if anyone had any tips for dealing with the anxiety
of flight testing?
Coldfoot Alaska ...Vlad
Early August 2016. Temperatures in high
thirties winds from the North 15 knots peak gusts 21.
1st attempt at video ...Gene Mohr
Today I took the GoPro Hero 3 Black that I
have had, well since it came out. 1st time editing and
creating this little vid. Just a 1.5 hr flight to pick up a couple
of the SCAA Ambassador Passport program stamps. Let me know what you
Balmy 100F in California on early August
morning. I am still frozen from Alaska and need to warm up.
David Paule -3B Update
October 20, 2016. Issue
Hump Day Hop: $8.50
data called it 18 minutes (included taxiing), but my stopwatch
showed 14 min 32 sec from runway ON to runway OFF. Wednesday I
got in a short flight over to see our friend who waves from the
porch, then the final segment of the KAFW ILS 16L practice approach
- WIGZU to missed. Watching the screen after T/O I saw a few
diamonds on final for KAFW, so I went and waved to our friend on the
porch first, while monitoring tower/ATIS. After waving a good
morning, I called up KAFW and asked for the practice approach.
Granted. VFR and CAVU....no visor and safety pilot...just
practicing buttons and knobs and trims.
On GS, the tower amended my landing clearance, raising the missed
approach altitude from 200' AGL to 500' AGL. Curveball that
Barely got the engine hot, but 1) time was spent off the surface, 2)
oil was moved about and 3) skills were worked on for about what I'd
estimate was $8.50 in avgas. Kay was on the run up ramp in his
8A when I was turning base to final, so I knew the landing would be
graded and no mercy given if I pooched it. "8 out of 10"
was his call over the radio <grin>. He needs his eyes checked
- that hop was barely a hop.
Back on the computer climbing Mt. Email and other grown up tasks
three minutes out of the plane - the day had peaked. Thank you
again Van's Aircraft, for the best therapy there is.
Greetings! ...Jeff Goostree of Rogers, AR
Joining the RV world and dropping a note to
say hello. My wife and I were able to attend the Petit Jean
gathering this past weekend for our 1st RV fly in and had a great
experience for the short time we were there. We are from NW Arkansas
and I'm in the market for an RV-8, welcome any and all suggestions.
Again hello, thanks for the warm welcome this past weekend and glad
to be aboard.
RV-8 Status Report Pics ...Martin Filiatrault
There have been a few more updates on my
Blogspot RV-8 Blog; click on the blogspot link by my signature to
check it out. Topics include attending the Sherwin-Williams
Aerospace Coatings Training Program and further progress on the shop
heater and paint booth. I'll have to share this highlight: Today I
took my tail feathers for a walk. For the very first time, the
empennage has left the nest. I'm making room for the big crates,
which should arrive in a couple months.
3rd Annual Primitive Camping Fly-in at Alpine County - Oct 22-23 ...Paul
Although I am sitting in central Florida
right now, I just checked the weather for home this weekend, and it
is looking marvelous for a fall fly-out! Lo's of 44 (perfect
sleeping temps) and a high on Saturday of 71.....doesn't get much
better for hiking than that! (OK, those are for our home
base....Alpine County is about 1500' higher, so subtract a little -
still well above freezing at night - perfect for a campfire.)
If you didn't have this on your list, but you're looking for a nice
destination this weekend, come and join us - no reservations, no
fees, no nothin'....except good company and a hopefully clear sky
for the night.
RV-12 Upgrade Pics / Status ...Tony T
Courtesy Car List Updated
October 19, 2016. Issue
Sid Mayeux and Rob Reece discussing
Rob's RV-8 build at the Van Cave.
How I Met Gayle ...Roger Kellogg
Chasing the setting sun toward the west, the
prairie glides past beneath my silver wing. The heat of the autumn
day fades seamlessly to the chill of night. Farm buildings, small
rural villages, a pickup truck on a dusty road, a combine harvesting
corn in the lengthening autumn shadows, all are oblivious as I sail
overhead. They fade behind me without protest as more blossom into
Glancing down I see a silver twisting path of trains, stretching off
to the far horizon. The steel rails glow bright orange in the
reflected light of the setting sun. I follow them until a speeding
Amtrak creeps slowly into view. It is half-filled with passengers,
travelers, strangers, each anticipating a new day, a new place, and
a new view.
Slowing, turning, I descend toward the fields, paralleling the
silver rails. The lights in the coaches create halos around
passenger’s faces. A woman leans against a window, long brown hair,
gentle brown eyes; she reads a paperback novel to the rhythm of the
clicking rails. It’s a tale about a man who travels, always travels,
longing for a companion to share a view of the world that slides
beneath him. He looks down on those around him, not because he feels
superior in any way, but rather he just has a different point of
view. She understands why he travels. She travels, too. She dreams
of a different place, a fresh perspective, a new point of view.
She lowers the paperback to her lap, and thoughtfully glances out
the window, seeking a different perspective. Initially she sees her
own reflection in the window, and then shifts her focus to the shiny
metal plane, silhouetted against the glowing western sky. She
smiles. I pull alongside and return her smile. I reach out my hand
to touch hers, and she is in the seat beside me. Pulling back on the
stick we climb, up, away from the clutter of the surface, climbing
into the soft, cool, creamy dark of the night.
A full moon peeks above the horizon beyond my left shoulder,
climbing to take its place to watch over the night. We travel on,
watching time go by. Together. Us. We. Sharing a new point of view.
FWIW, haven't written much lately, but this was inspired by a
line from a recent epic post, note the plagiarized line, thanks,
RV-8 Inflight Photos...SuperCubDriver in Germany
Last Sunday I went up together with a Mooney to take some pics
during formation flying, I thought I share some here. I should work
on the background though, there were very nice photos in the past
from other RV´s. Enjoy
Cause List Updated
probable cause documents going back 38.3
Research. Discuss. Reflect.
PJ Words and Pics ...crabandy
The Petit Jean Fly-In really is a Gathering,
a mixture of like minded people from across the US (ahem...and
possibly the UK) with the same interests sharing stories and
experiences around food, airplanes, campfires and hiking trails.
Being my second trip to Petit Jean I recognized a lot of faces and
hope I was a little better with names, I also met a lot of new
RV'ers. It was my second oldest daughter Mya's first trip to PJ, our
second daddy daughter date in the airplane. She does get a little
bored flying but was really looking forward to the dinners,
especially the dessert table. She took a picture of every dessert on
the table and txt'd them to the Homefront, she settled on the
chocolate cake and wasn't disappointed!
Panel Upgrade ...Tony T begins
Started on a SV upgrade for my RV12
There are two ways to go on this, you can use the conversion
harnesses or better but more expensive and time consuming is to pull
all the old harnesses and install the latest. I am going the latter
Charity Cap Sighting
...courtesy Gary Sobek at the
Smithsonian Air&Space Museum [ed. Thank you Gary! dr]
About the cap...
October 18, 2016. Issue
In yesterday's edition I mentioned I had an 'old' computer
at the hangar that was giving me some grief. It was locked into
Microsoft Vista and I couldn't install a more modern browser past
Internet Explorer version 7. No modern browser site will let you
download their browser on a Vista-running box (I tried I.E., Chrome and
Firefox). Reader Alex Bell e-mailed me and suggested I save a copy
of the new Firefox install executable to a memory stick using an updated
computer, then run the install from the stick on the old computer.
It worked like a charm. Thank you very much Alex! You saved me from
having to go spend a couple hundred dollars buying a 'new and improved'
computer. I can access my cloud-based accounting software and some
hangar now - if I only run one thing at a time :-).
Thank you again Alex!
A leisurely flight with a friend ...Brad Benson
A friend and I joined up and went for a nice
leisurely flight this summer. It was a nice relaxing sortie that
lasted about 1.3hrs.
PJ Recap ...Bill Schlatterer
It's amazing to me when folks like something
so much they offer to pay for it ...even when they got none of it
Wow.... you just have to think about that a little bit! Thanks to
everyone for the offers and we'll let you know how it goes when the
dust settles but more important, here is a short story about the
weekend. This is the short one but know that there are lots of short
and long stories about the journey and new friends found in odd
Petit Jean Airport and Campground was in better shape than it has
ever been. Lots more grass parking on really solid (when dry)
ground. Great menus, fun stuff, the waterfalls were spectacular ...
and so on. But then Friday happened. Forecasts were for rain
Thursday night, blowing through and VFR mid morning. Not a big deal
....and they blew through all right but it left a lot of moisture in
the air. All around the mountain, we had pretty good marginal VFR if
there is such a thing with 1,000 -1,400 OVC viz 6+ but the trees on
the airport are at 1,1,00 MSL and that meant KPMJ was like 300 ovc
with vis obsured in the morning. It was supposed to lift after lunch
and occasionally hinted at it but nothing really changed for more
than minutes at a time.
My 'New' (to me) RV-4 ...mbuehler
Here's a few shots of my "new to me" 2004
RV4 SN#142. Made my first flight a few days ago, absolutely
N410CT first flight ...Claudio Tonnini RV-14
Claudio Tonnini's RV-14 had it's maiden
flight today. All went well. Claudio is located at Old Bridge,
Status Report ...rv6builder
Here's a hybrid- Couldn't do away with the
old round engine gauges!
From the mothership FB page...
"We've finally made the big time! Arrowhead
Stadium 49 ship RV flyover commemorated on a McDonalds cup. Photo
courtesy of Cathy White Page."
PJ PIREP ...MikeyDale
PJ 2016 was a great "weather" learning
experience for my lovely Co-pilot and I! We flew from our farm in
West Texas 300 miles to Sherman. The first half of that leg was MVFR
but lifting all the way. Stopped for some gas in Sherman, Tx and
checked the weather again for PJ and central and North Arkansas but
we already knew from looking at Mr Dynon on the first leg, it was
not lifting there like the forecast predicted. At 5:30, we declared
a "No Go". But, we spent the night with my son and his family who
live near Sherman. 3 little grandkids were sure surprised so that
made up for the disappointment. But, I was sure thinking about that
dinner spread at the lodge waiting for us!
As soon as we saw some breaks in the clouds in Sherman next morning
we headed to the airport but waited till 10:00am to take off because
clouds just wasn't lifting over those mountains between us an PJ
very fast! We still flip flopped from on top of clouds to beneath
the clouds most the way and diverted a little north to follow the
Arkansas River east for the last twenty miles before landing at PJ
amidst a swarm of RV's at about 11:30 am!....We have been flying
with our new ADSB weather for 18 months now and it takes the
Fall Colors ...Pete Howell
Just past peak here in the Twin
Cities.....It was a great day to fly!!
RV-8 Air-to-Air Photo Shoot ...colojo
Hired a professional aerial photographer to
take some air-to-air shots of me flying my RV-8 a couple weeks ago.
Here are some of the better shots that came back. These were taken
over downtown Denver, Boulder and the Front Range.
October 17, 2016. Issue
You know that surplus
2008 Dell PC running Vista I wiped back to factory defaults and took
out to the hangar so I'd have a *real* computer to work with there?
QuickBooks online, webmail, etc. Nothing too crazy - work the
to-do list a little easier than on the smart phone. Well, it only
works on about 1 out of 5 web pages running that OS with I.E. v7.
Can't upgrade I.E..
Can't upgrade to Win10. Won't install Chrome or Firefox.
Just too old...too slow. Vista has left the building....
I'm a 1965 model....what hope is there for me? Anyone need a boat
OK, on to the Monday edition of VAF News. Hope you enjoy it and
hope that you had a nice weekend.
Put-in-Bay ...Steve Melton
A hop to the island in Ohio? Yes, Ohio
has islands.... in Lake Erie!
Pennsylvania Flying Farmers ...Vlad
Less then an RV hour north of my base I've
discovered several uncharted airstrips. They all belong to farmers.
This past weekend there was a flyin on one of them and I was
invited. Beautiful day.
More RV wins at aerobatic contests
The results of the Mason-Dixon Aerobatic
contest in VA are posted, and our Ron Schreck won all three
sequences (gold medals), and the first place plaque. Oliver
Spatscheck in his RV8 and first contest placed 2nd in Primary. There
are only three more contests this year- Keene, NH, Sebring, FL, and
Marana, Arizona. Two RVs are preregistered for Sebring, but expect a
couple more will compete. Our aerobatic consultant/mentor/ and
RV advocate placed 1st in the Unlimited. Way to Go, Eric. This
has definitely been the year of the RVs in aerobatics. Next year
should be even better
Thank You AFS ...LARCO
"Today is Saturday so here I am messing with
the AFS EFIS and I goofed it up somehow and thinking that just maybe
there would be someone at the factory, I called, left a message and
within a short time Rob is on the phone. He took the time on the
weekend to help and with a great attitude. I really like this
Company and everyone that works there! Thanks Rob, I really
appreciated the help. Larry"
From Sid Mayeaux at the Alliance Airshow
(Fort Worth, TX)
Three Frontiers ...Vlad
Shop Update Pics ...scard
(Friday) As I have a little time waiting on
the weather at Petit Jean this evening, how about a shop update. We
have Power! Wow, what a difference to be able to put away the long
extension cord from the house. After paint and being able to
terminate all of the branch circuits I hooked up the service entry
from the pole. I'm happy to report that I released no blue smoke.
Thanks from Jesse
...for all the kind words on the new kiddo.
PSA for my RV Buddy Jim Pappas
"We have a new website for folks that
might be interested in the Charleston, SC area. The
company name is Kiawah Seabrook Properties. We provide
Residential Real Estate, Vacation Rentals and Property
Management Services on Kiawah, Seabrook, Wadmalaw and Johns Islands.
Depending on where you stay on them you are never more than 15 miles
from Downtown Charleston, SC.
The local airport here on Johns Island is called Charleston Executive and
is known as KJZI. We can pick anybody up at the airport it’s
5 minutes from our house.
Jim and Beata"
APRS iGate Now Online at the Van Cave (sorta)
For the benefit of the APRS crowd around my
neck of the woods. This
would not have gone as smoothly as it did without the help of Glen Salmon of
AirPRS.com fame. He was kind enough to configure a $35
for me. "Just plug it into your router and
power it up and it should work."
It did. Within 60 seconds of power-up the
icon appeared online. Go to www.aprs.fi
and search for KG5PRB-1 in the top search box if you want to see for
built found a 'case' for it by
using the to go container
from my breakfast Saturday morning - Berry Almond Swiss Oatmeal from Corner
Bakery with added walnuts and bananas. 10 seconds under the running water in
the bathroom sink followed by 15 seconds under the leaf blower and I had
something to work with :-).
I still have to run the long antennae cable up to
the roof of the hangar and install a proper antenna for it to work as
intended, but everything works
currently if the hangar door is open and I'm nearby. Thanks again to
Glen and the other self-professed nerds of the world that make the zeros and
October 14, 2016. Issue
Sometimes the weather just
visit to the Van Cave scrubbed due to Wx.
Adam and Sterling were on their way
to my hangar Thursday afternoon and weather got between them and me.
I got a call from Adam saying they landed in Joplin, Missouri and
the new plan was to spend the night in a hotel there.
They will push on to Petit Jean Friday. So, if you were hoping
to see the RV-14 demonstrator at my hangar Friday morning, I'm sorry
to say it won't be there.
You can see a screen grab of the weather here. The numbers are cloud
ceilings in hundreds of feet. The storms were moving West to
Adam texted me to tell everyone that he is a "meteorologist with a
keen sense of preservation - and Sterling was flying with a healthy
dose of caution and prudence". Comedy aside those are actually good
words to fly by.
It wasn't a complete loss. I washed the sheets in the guest rooms
and even cleaned the bathroom. I still get to enjoy that… :-)
It needed cleaning.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
Warning - Suction cup mounts may damage your canopy during prolonged
Please be careful with your canopy and video camera suction mounts.
Or any other suction mounts. Prolonged use without removing the
suction mount may warp your canopy.
My aircraft spent about a week outside in 80 degree temps during the
Reno races. Our crew was very diligent about only removing the
canopy cover (Bruce custom) during races and recovering the canopy
(Todd clear canopy) once I got out. The canopy was uncovered
probably less than 2 hours total the whole week.
My guess is that the heat over the week in combination with the fact
that we never removed the camera mounts allowed the canopy to become
somewhat malleable. The suction cup on the mount ended up sucking
the portion of the canopy where the mount was attached. I did not
notice it until I got home. I now have 2 suction cup size indentions
on my canopy.
Final Update: Petit Jean '16 ...Bill
Man, are we ever excited!
Our group slipped off early from work today to sort out last minute
issues like raffle prizes, food confirmations, clearing room
reservations, and updating email lists with the very last latest
registrations. At the airport, we immediately started the final
checking, organizing, and loading of all of the gear, golf carts,
food trucks, ice chests, and cold drinks. All that plus another
trailer load of stuff that it takes to handle 130 registered
airplanes on RV Mountain. We’ve mowed the grass, swept the ramp, and
all it lacks is 100+ RVs :--) ... That’s where you come in !
It’s going to be a great weekend and here are the last few things
you need to know:
Welcome South Florida Sport Aviation
are pleased to announce the latest installation we’ve had at
South Florida Sport Aviation. Charlie Nugent’s beautiful RV-10
came in with the bare bones for a
full interior upgrade package and
Air Conditioning. Some minor alterations were made on the panel
with two tone paint and repositioning of the throttle cables. The
remote auto pilot panel was installed on the
Throttle Console for optimized ergonomics but pictures
speak for themselves."
Well it's no longer mine but the new Owner
sent be pics of her in her new dress. I guess I can call it finished
now. She now lives at Spruce Creek:
October 13, 2016. Issue No. 4,224.
Saddleback in SoCal ...rightrudder 9A
I wanted to go to Sedona today, but far too
much turbulence and gusty conditions at the destination. So I did my
normal lunch run to French Valley, but this time via the coastal
side of Saddleback, two peaks at about 5500' that form a backdrop
for South Orange County. I wish the marine layer had come all the
way to the mountains...would have looked cooler.
Climb-out from French Valley was awesome. Cooler temps (mid 80s)
allowed for a really aggressive climb...1900 fpm with me and about a
half load of fuel aboard!
Fun! The performance of our planes makes it so easy to climb and pop
over Class C airspace. If I had gone the low route, it would have
been a lot bumpier.
Not on the video, but I went over March AFB on the way back and saw
a couple of B-52s on the ramp.
Final Update: Petit Jean '16 ...Bill
Man, are we ever excited!
Our group slipped off early from work today to sort out last minute
issues like raffle prizes, food confirmations, clearing room
reservations, and updating email lists with the very last latest
registrations. At the airport, we immediately started the final
checking, organizing, and loading of all of the gear, golf carts,
food trucks, ice chests, and cold drinks. All that plus another
trailer load of stuff that it takes to handle 130 registered
airplanes on RV Mountain. We’ve mowed the grass, swept the ramp, and
all it lacks is 100+ RVs :--) ... That’s where you come in !
It’s going to be a great weekend and here are the last few things
you need to know:
E-MAG Service Note:
(from Brad Dement) "We've learned that
a small percentage of units handled by our shop in the last couple
of years (during select periods) may have suffered a process defect
during assembly. In certain instances the four internal bolts that
secure the case (square section) to the nose (round section) were
installed without thread-lock. We estimate this may have occurred in
a dozen or so units - out of 359 handled in the review window. To
date, we have seen two instances of nose/case loosening, both in the
first 30 hours of operation. For more information go to "Case
We regret any inconvenience, but safety is
or primary concern. Please feel free to call or email if you have
817 444 5310
RV Team Chile Air Display ...Hernan
During these week end we make our first
season presentation in Ovalle, Chile.
Our presentation meets all the local regulations.
The Tracker She Is A Working
I've sort of busted the avgas budget for the
next week or so, so this is probably the last flight longer than
about 12 min. for a bit. Anyway, now that I have the
APRS tracker installed I thought I would go
out to nearby Decatur and fly and honest-to-goodness RNAV approach
to missed on autopilot and see how it tracked.
IAF at ZUMKI and then as published. Direct RTB at missed.
38min 18sec runway to runway.
I guess I'll just go ahead and declare the
tracker "works exactly as advertised". Can't ask for more than that!
From the mothership FB...
October 12, 2016. Issue No. 4,223.
Congratulations 1st place Sportsman
Congratulations to Patric Coggins for his
first place finish out 9 in the IAC sportsman category at the Rocky
Mountain Oyster Invitation in Lamar, CO in his RV-4. If he used the
same free style he used at the Nationals, it would have included
both an inverted and upright spin. There are only a couple more
contests left this year to show the RVs (with lots of practice) can
bring home the goodies.
Cheers, and thumbs up Patric,
Patric beat out three
Pitts, four Super Decathlons and a Skybolt. Bill McLean and
Patric at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships studying routine
and peeling an orange respectively.
It's time for Glass ...Philip 6A
When I started to build my RV-6A back in
1997 I decided that a good 6-pack of steam gauges were relatively
inexpensive, reliable, easy to install, and companies had been
around since the Wright Brothers. Glass was new, no clear
indications the companies would be around for service, and as a
aero/mechanical engineer, glass had way too much electrical stuff to
learn about (I shy away from electronics like other do fiberglass).
My flying is VFR with limited cross country so I have never needed
anything fancy. With the advent of the iPad, I added glass on my
knee with all the great charts and ADS-B weather and traffic. Now
after 8 years of building and 10 years of flying I have seen the
light of glass.
Below is a picture of my panel. I still like it and would not even
be thinking of changing except items have begun to fail and maybe
instead of repairing/replacing, it is finaly time to upgrade.
1 day of transition training ...Gene Mohr 6A
I can't stop grinning. 1.2hrs of transition
training. Stalls, steep turns, approaches and landings. Man this
airplane flies sooo nice. I actually found it easier to land than
the Cessna 172 I trained in for my PPL. Very stable at all
attitudes, stall was non eventful. Buffet and then then nose drops
and powers away. I am loving it
New Certificate Issued ...Jesse
Birth certificate, that is.
Madalyn Faith Saint was born this morning at 5:53.
Track ...adjusting to life w/an APRS tracker.
KDTO (Denton, TX) is 5 minutes North of my
home field by RV and avgas is always cheaper. I never buy fuel
at my home field - ALWAYS cheaper elsewhere. Usually a lot
cheaper. Airborne at 0822 and back 30 minutes later.
Logged 16 minutes. Smooth air and some practice interacting
with a tower swamped with training students from other countries.
Worked me in just fine. The tracker
flight of a half hour, but I was really only flying 13 minutes
or so, and 3 more taxiing. I even turned the tracker off at
DTO while refueling - it stitched the two flights together I guess.
Maybe it has a smallest time interval or some logic that guesses.
Still playing with things and learning what to expect.
Tate called from school with a migraine about the time I was
climbing in the car for home. Had him tucked in shortly after
and was on Mr. Mom detail. Better now. Spent the rest of
the day on the computer and phone working.
I got to fly, I got gas, I got to parent. Win win win.
DTO has good APRS coverage I'm guessing.
It found me at the pump after I filled up (lower right).
Tailwheel Fairing Re-do ...Lucaperazzolli
After a lot of sanding and bonding process I
decided that 3D Printer could be a better (and modern) idea. So I
jump into the learning process to 3D design with a cheap software (Devfus);
here first results, the general idea is to create a negative model
with a 3D Printer.
Stay tuned, I'll keep you updated.
Grove Gear Upper Brake Line Plumbing Pictures ...multiple
October 11, 2016. Issue No. 4,222.
Primer Test ...from the factory
(click to enlarge). photo by Van's Aircraft,
"Back in 2002, we put a test piece of
2024-T3 alclad aluminum outside under our back stairway to see what
level of corrosion protection we are actually getting with the use
of the P60-G2 type wash primer. We use P60-G2 on all our company
aircraft, and it is also applied to our Quick Build kit
The test location was covered overhead and shaded from direct sun,
but otherwise exposed to the typical outside air that we experience
year around (approximately 60 miles east of the Pacific Ocean
The test consisted of:
An area scuffed with Scotchbrite™, cleaned, then sprayed with primer
An area with primer sprayed directly on clean bare material
An area left untreated (right side),
A small portion of the sample was exposed (using lacquer thinner) in
2006 and again in 2010. On both occasions the material underneath
the primer was the same as the day the primer was sprayed, but the
exposed/unprimed area has developed visible signs of surface
We just recently exposed another area and found the same result.
Underneath the primer the material looks the same as when it was
originally coated. The coated areas that were previously exposed
have begun to develop surface corrosion.
Clearly an application of the P60-G2 does provide some level of
corrosion protection even without top coating (as recommended by
Sherwin Williams). We continue to feel it is an economical and
simple to apply option beyond just the bare alclad aluminum.
Not a precisely controlled scientific experiment, to be sure, but a
long duration one!"
Condition inspection find
I just completed the condition inspection on
my RV8 and thought I would pass on an interesting find. Everything
with the aircraft was found to be just fine during the inspection
except for the aft bolts that hold the mounting blocks for the flap
torque tube. The aft bolts on both sides of the aircraft were backed
out between 1/4 and 3/8th's of an inch!
Spaceport America Trip ...Guy Prevost
I’m at least as much of a rocket nut as an
airplane nut. For that reason, the opportunity to fly my RV into
Spaceport America and land at an airport with a rocket symbol was a
big deal for me.
Colorado Fall ...mchargmg words and pics
The weather was great this weekend in
Colorado, with almost no turbulence. A perfect day to visit Eagle
It is a fairly short flight from KFLY to KEGE, however there are
some mountains to deal with. We went the easy way; first to
Leadville, then over Tennessee pass, to Avon, and down the valley to
Eagle. For the reverse flight, we came back via Weston pass, see
1000 hours on plane 700 hours flying it ...Bubblehead
It was a great day for me in Texas Saturday.
Beautiful blue Texas skies were calling, and I flew about 4.5 hours
over West Texas and New Mexico. Stopped for gas at Lubbock Executive
Airport and met some nice people including a Texas Tech Mechanical
Engineering student working as a line boy. It was a great day for
many reasons but most of all I had no where to be and no time to be
there. I flew the direction I wanted, at the altitude I wanted
(consistent with FARs of course) and took extra time circling
After flying back to Fort Worth I caught my logbook up. Here are the
totals. Not bad for a guy who never flew for pay.
My RV-8 passed 1000 flying hours on Saturday. I am the 4th owner but
I now have 700 hours in the plane, 1600 total hours, 900 tail wheel
hours, and over 1200 cross country hours since starting training in
Galesburg, IL in 1985.
There were a couple of periods since 1985 when I could not fly due
to lack of funds or because there was just too much going on in my
life, but there has never been a day in my life where I did not love
airplanes and dream of flying.
Quite a day, which was beautifully capped off by a Cubs playoff win!
Close enough to perfect for me.
October 10, 2016. Issue No. 4,221.
Milestone: Happy Birthday Tate Reeves!!!!!
Jagger's RV Ride / Hello (APRS) World!
AIO APRS tracker (I
passed my ham test two weeks ago and received my call sign just a
few days back: KG5PRB). The tracker arrived in the mail on Saturday
preconfigured. I bought some batteries on the way to the airport
Sunday morning and turned it on before we took off. After the flight
I looked online and there was our flight right there... About as
painless as you could ask for. Very convenient for passenger
My former coworker and good friend Melanie
Emmel has a son named Mason. Mason's best friend is Jagger.
Jagger would like to be a pilot, and Melanie asked me if it would be
possible to give him a ride in our RV. Sunday morning I had the
pleasure of doing just that. It also gave me an opportunity to use
my 'just came in the mail'
My first APRS track...(click
for the track)
Now that I know it works I'll show the
person(s) waiting at the hangar the link on their smartphone - they
can follow along.
Jagger did wonderfully. Before takeoff we
discussed how I would hand control of the aircraft to him, and how
he would hand control back. We took off to the south and made a
climbing left turn to downwind. After that we made a sorta-show pass
down the runway for Melanie at about 500 feet AGL and then proceeded
out to the Northwest to hopefully see our friend who stands on the
porch and waves at us. She was there and there were smiles all
Then North, and Jagger concentrated on
holding an altitude and heading. He commented more than once
on how sensitive it was. I reminded him each time it would get
easier the longer we flew. I enjoyed seeing the gears mesh in
his technique - he got it after just a few moments. After he had
that down pretty good I asked for a turn to 090 maintaining 2500
feet. He did fine. Then a turn to 120 - then to 180. Finally, I
D> waypoint for the return back to our
home field and let him fly "through the boxes" on the EFIS. The last
10 min. of the flight he had really smoothed up and was really
starting to enjoy himself. Talked about Class B airspace on
the way and watched airliners above us. He liked that quite a
bit. Viz was nice and temps were a pleasant 60*F. Fall
in Texas - perfect for a small plane intro flight.
Had him follow along on the controls
(lightly) during the pattern arrival and landing. Smiles all around.
The picture of us sitting in the cockpit is right after we landed
and was taken by Rob Reece (there in the hangar working on his
RV-8). You can see that I have my right headset cup lifted up so I
can hear what Melanie is saying, and of course I look like a dork as
usual. A dork wearing Nomex, with a PLB on his shoulder strap,
and both wearing Nomex gloves. And a new APRS tracker.
Teaching safety front and center as lesson #1. By example.
Safety always. Safety always! Safety always!!!
You can also see that I painted the canopy strut brace bright yellow
in the last few days (issue #4217 f.m.i.).
Today gave me an opportunity to reflect once
again on just how much of an honor it is to help shape someone's
initial impression in regards to these wonderful planes. And,
how just a little planning followed with responsible execution can
pay off huge dividends on the future of a young adult. Jagger
left both exited about aviation, his future options, and you
couldn't help but notice the eagerness to learn and improve.
What an honor to witness that!
When I got home the kids were still asleep
<g>. Audrey is home for the weekend. Later I added my
APRS tracking link to the APRS page.
Hope you have a nice Monday,
Groovy becomes Zeus ...paul330 in South Africa
Not too often you get to "finish" your
aircraft twice! G-RVVY has been moved and re-registered as ZU-IIZ.
I'll say one thing - the weather in South Africa is a bit better
It's the field, it's the field!! ...MrNomad
Flying home from Coolidge AZ I got a low
current warning. Given that there was no smoke and the engine was
happy, I decided to fly to my destination which was 20 min away. I
switched EFIS & EMS & GPS to internal battery backup so there was
enough juice for flaps and radio.
On the ground, we looked for voltage on the green wire that goes
inside the ES 50-12159 connector. Nada!
Little "Oktoberfest" ...SuperCubDriver in Germany
Today I did a fun flight with my new -8 and
when I came back I saw "our" girls doing a photoshooting in front of
my SuperCub. I said "hey, now we do the same in front of the RV-8".
The girls - in fact lady pilots - organized a liitle Oktoberfest at
our club airfield today so they all wore traditional Bavarian dress.
Funny thing is I have never been to the real Oktoberfest in Munich
but enjoyed the small edition very much, especially being in the
middle of the crowd.
Selfie ...Tami and Mike
Somewhere between KCCB and KIZA.
RV-8 Flight Along the Foothills ...colojo pics
We've had gorgeous weather here in Denver
this weekend, so I fired up my RV-8 this morning for a leisurely 1.5
hour cruise alongside the foothills west of town. Got a few nice
pix, but my iPhone is focusing weirdly since the latest iOS update.
I'll need to look into that.
Australian Campaign Phase One. Planning ...Vlad
I had a visitor from Down Under the other
day. To him I relayed my dream plan and we had a great talk over the
beer. We didn't talk much details but rather about strategy. If I
bring my RV to the land of Oz in a shipping container how difficult
would it be for N-registered airplane to fly around the continent
VFR? I've read a lot of travel stories with beautiful pictures and I
am fascinated with Australia. If you hit a lottery and the winning
prize would be fuel for 100 hours and lodging for it how would you
burn it? Where would you go?
October 7, 2016. Issue No. 4,220.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe
and RV-filled weekend.
Selfie ...Martin Rousseau 7A
Inbound for Radisson (North of Québec) with
my lovely wife!
Wooden Prop Static Balancing Stands ...snopercod
In order to determine the source of some
excessive vibration in my wooden prop, I built myself a couple of
stands so I could re-check the static balance and tracking. This was
supposedly done when I had this Aymar-Demuth prop refurbished, but I
just wanted to check it myself. I built these stands in two halves
for easy storage, and to allow spreading them apart or pushing them
closer together as desired.
I made each stand out of 2x4s with both the base and height roughly
From Stein at SteinAir....
Vlad's Top 20 ...2016 update
Here is my updated list as of end 2016.
Finally I had a guest from Down Under bold enough to ride with me.
Hurricane Inland Bases List
....if you need to relocate your pink hide
(and your RV).
Petit Jean Update
UPDATE 10/3/2016 ... 12 days out and
everything is looking great on the Mountain. Airport campground and
trails should be in perfect condition.
We have had two cancellations this week from the Glamper side
.....that would be Campers at the RCC , so there may be two rooms
available. Not sure but you should call the RCC if you have been
waiting for this chance. Otherwise, the Presidents Lodge, the
Meadows, and the four houses are full.
Big switch in the menu for the Friday Night Bash at the Lodge.
Switched from our Northern Italian spread to a way overdone Tex-Mex
Fajita Bar backed up with some pretty amazing side dishes from the
gourmet Kitchen at the RCC.... and I'm not kidding about the gourmet
kitchen Someone also said something about a complementary Tequila
Shooter. I'm not sure what kind of weapon that is but I understand
it can give you a headache
On the subject of food (one of my favorites) ... you might not know
this but the RCC (Rockefeller Conference Center) does specialty
weekend gourmet cooking classes in the fall and it's a great weekend
fly in all by itself. Check out the website for the RCC for details.
It's all good on the Mountain! See you there
Garmin G3X v4.80 is out
...Oct 5 push.
related: Get alerts when
updates come out by signing up
Changes made from version 4.70 to 4.80:
Add AGL height data field
Add support for Bluetooth interface to Virb Ultra
Improve display of GDL 39 pressure altitude on datalink info page
Improve GEA 24 RPM signal processing
Improve support for pre-programmed supplemental map cards
Improve display of road labels on map
Improve GSU 73 software update process
General improvements to system operation
Includes update to GEA24 software version 2.80
Includes update to GSU 73 IGRF database version 1.03 (Base Year
Includes G5 software version 2.40
Includes GAD27 software version 2.20
Includes GAD29 software version 2.30
Includes GDL39 software version 4.70
Includes GI260 software version 2.70
Includes GMA245 audio software version 2.20
Includes GMA245 Bluetooth software version 2.00
Includes GMA245 software version 2.20
Includes GPS20A software version 2.20
Includes GSA28 software version 3.20
Includes GSU25 software version 3.60
Includes GSU73 software version 3.60
Includes GTR20/200 software version 2.80
October 6, 2016. Issue No. 4,219.
I got my FCC license call letters in
the inbox today. I'm KG5PRB. The ball is rolling on
getting an APRS
tracker configured and installing an iGate at my hangar.
Searching for some old ham gear now that will receive 144.390 to tie
into an old computer. Fun 'back burner' project.
I have to say (again) how good it makes me feel to see folks
offering up hangar/ramp/home space for people needing to get out of the
way of Hurricane Matthew. This is really a wonderful bunch of
people, and I'm honored to call so many of you friend.
October 08, 2016 Dedication KVVS
"Saturday, Oct 8, 2016, 10:30 AM EDT the
Connellsville airport (KVVS) terminal will be dedicated to WASP
Shutsy Reynolds. Many of the local RV'ers will be
HELP--#%-$ Baggage Door ...Steve Riffe RV-8
Ok guys, about to admit the baggage door has
This is the second door I've built and it is only marginally better
than the first. I've read every thread on the board regarding the
door and just can't find a magic potion. The fit is quite good
everywhere except in the tight curve, both the fore and aft edge
stick up about 1/32". I marked the areas in blue--I can push the aft
portion of the door down flush. The forward portion can be pushed
down almost flush. I'm thinking I need to shrink the skin in these
areas but not really sure. Is there anyone in the Dallas/Fort Worth
area where I could get some help fitting this door? Thanks in
3rd Annual Primitive Camping Fly-in at Alpine County - October
"I spoke with Paul and Louise at the Reno
Air Races RV BBQ and we settled on a date for the third annual
fly-in campout at Alpine County on October 22nd and 23rd. As
before, the plan is to meet there about 10am on Saturday and stay
until we get bored on Sunday. Those who've gone the past two years
have had a great time. I hope to see many of you there this year!"
From the mothership FB page...
SERVICE BULLETIN 13-12-19 Fuel Tank Attach Modification ...RV-12
In my original post I stated that I tried to use a single-edge
safety razor blade to slice thru the Pro-Seal on the tank lid. I
liked the idea of using the thin blade so as not to distort any
aluminum, so rather than slicing I now lightly tap the razor blade
with a hammer straight through the Pro-Seal joint. The razor blade
spans 1-1/2 rivets on the tank lid, which makes it easy to index the
razor to the next position. The blade is taped in until the back
safety edge meets the tank lid. A pliers is used to pull the razor
back out. No twisting or prying is required.
Considerations for the Mixer Mount ...David Paule RV-3B
October 5, 2016. Issue No. 4,218.
Acro Clinic? ...ronschreck
I was talking with Mark Fullerton while at
the Nationals. Mark is with IAC Chapter 3 and they host contests at
Rome, Georgia. He would like to hold a clinic for aerobatic
competition beginners sometime in the near future. It would probably
would be a weekend affair that would include a ground school and
lots of coaching from the "experts". I would like to solicit
suggestions/comments from those of you who have been following this
thread. What would you like to see or hear? When is the best time to
hold the event, etc? Once we sort out the details I'll start a new
thread and gauge the level of interest from RV pilots.
An overnight trip to Indianapolis from Florida ...Ted Chang
Two weeks ago we made an overnight trip to
Indianapolis to attend our daughter-in-law's baby shower (will be
our first grand daughter). Since we had other commitments at home we
decided to leave in the morning, attend the baby shower in the
afternoon, then return the next day. A quick 700 nm each way trip
made possible by our RV9A. Weather forecast was not good, a cold
front was on the west side of Appalachian Mountains crossing our
route, low clouds and rain in a wide area along our route. We filed
IFR for a quick fuel/rest stop at the mid-point east of Atlanta.
From the mothership FB page...
...a blast from the past (link).
Fly Often! ...jesse
I have an engine in my RV-6A that came off a
damaged RV-9A, sat for about two years before running in my plane,
then started flying at least once a week and often more. The first
sample in this report was from the oil that was in the sump while
the engine was sitting, so no corrosion from sitting I said in it.
It was, however, not flown very often before it was damaged. We out
new oil in and flew the first 20 hours or so. That oil had all the
corrosion/wear from running after sitting for 2 years. You can see
from the sample dates that it has been flown very regularly ever
since, and you can see the wear metals decreasing. This proves,
IMHO, that the absolute best thing for the engine is to fly. I am
using Phillips 20W-50 oil in all except the second to last sample,
where I think I used Aeroshell 15W-50. I have also used Camguard in
all except the first sample.
Low Pass at the Space Shuttle Landing Facility - Shuttle below my
RV9A ...Ted Chang 9A
A month ago when Gary Baker and his wife
Mary came to visit we went to VAC Warbird Museum for breakfast then
we did a formation low pass over the shuttle runway. The passenger
(Marco Pretoriani) in the lead Bonanza took the following photo. The
space shuttle is a mock-up that used to be at the visitor center.
ADSB worked just like it should ...Paul 5r4
We had an interesting experience yesterday
on a trip from the Birmingham area south to our home along the Gulf
Coast of Alabama. We were about halfway when the ifly 720 alerted me
to traffic 1 o'clock 12 miles +200 feet relative to us. We were
cruising at 4500 feet, the proper VFR altitude for our heading.
Thinking he was on his way up or down, we observed him for a minute.
With the target now only 6 miles out and the +200 ft relative
altitude not changing it was time to disengage the autopilot and
descend. I dropped 400 feet as the Aircraft passed overhead right
where the Navworx ADSB said it would be. Climbing back to 4500 feet
and with "George" again flying, we were on our merry way.
October 4, 2016. Issue No. 4,217.
$4 Tip Up Canopy Strut Brace
This might have been hashed out 15 years
ago, but I didn't learn about it until about a month ago. A
gentleman at our airport who prefers to remain anonymous (let's call
him Mr. X) saw a YouTube clip where they were doing something
similar to hold up the rear doors of old hatchback cars. He
made one for his RV, and I copied his design.
It involves about a dollar's worth of PVC
pipe and about three dollars worth of O-rings. I splurged and bought
a can of yellow spray paint, but have yet to actually do the
painting. I settled on yellow because it would be the same color as
the chocks under the wheels, and in my mind I thought along the
lines of "move the yellow things out of the way before flight".
In 'braced' position...
Okay, about the O-rings. I took one of my
old struts up to Lowes and went through the O-ring section (they
actually do have an O-ring section) and tried several of them until
I found what would fit snugly around the main body of the strut. It
is the #41 package.
Next I took the strut over to the PVC aisle
and found one with an inside diameter that would accommodate both
the main shaft with O-ring, and the molded plastic bottom.
As for installation, slide two or three
O-rings up on the main body of the strut, measure and cut the PVC
pipe to the length that you need, and install. Paint if desired.
The O-rings roll a little as you slide the PVC in the stowed
position, but not much. The PVC doesn't rattle in flight -
elegant and simple.
I have nearly 9 feet of PVC pipe left if you
want to come over to my hangar and get some for yourself. I think
the length of my braces measured out to be 6 3/8 inches if memory
serves. This is what worked on my RV-6. I have no idea
if it will work on different models.
Anywho, there may be some downside to doing
this, but it hasn't occurred to me yet what that might be. They stow
away wonderfully in flight, and in the hangar when I'm trying to get
a passenger in or out they perform swimmingly. One less thing
to worry about (canopy falling). In the hot summer months I
like to put the passenger in the airplane inside the shaded hangar,
then roll them out onto the ramp where I get in. With these strut
braces, in no wind situations, I can now leave the canopy up with
more confidence while rolling the passenger and airplane out onto
In 'stowed' position...
You'll notice in the top picture that there
is a small gap between the top of the PVC and the bottom of the main
strut body. That is not an accident. My logic in doing that is if
the strut is working properly it will never touch the PVC. Only
if/when the strut starts to get a little long in the tooth will it
ever touch the PVC. Strut touching PVC? Time to replace strut...
The thought did occur to me to not only
paint them yellow, but also wrap them with some sort of transparent
label with emergency checklist information. Avery label and MS Word.
Maybe on the passenger side it could have information relevant to
them. On the pilot side stuff relevant to the pilot (emergency
transponder codes, best engine out glide speeds, the 'Five T's' of
IFR flying, etc.)
Wrapping up, a special thanks to Mr. X for
You can see the rest of the pictures in their full resolution glory
at this link (opens new
Yours in slightly more canopy confidence,
Three Oceans ...Vlad
My RV officially has been to three ocean
beaches. How about yours?
Weekly Update ...j-red pics/words
I actually like the idea of the removeable
scoop and for a time hoped to replicate it, but there were some
filler and delamination issues going on in this particular
installation that made grinding out the old and glassing in the new
the best route.
Continuing on with cowl-related work, I cut the nose-gear slot in
the center of the cowl scoop, then put together the assembly that
stabilizes and covers the gap behind the nose gear leg.
October 3, 2016. Issue No. 4,216.
Really nice Wx
here in N. Texas this weekend (peak heat finally passed). Took my
son flying for the first time in over two years. Where in the
world does the time go?!? Wow have his flying skills improved!
I can only guess that since he's grown about a foot and a half since
that last flight, it's down to being able to finally reach the pedals
and properly see over the panel <g>. He *is* taller than me now
(sigh). Highlight of the weekend as you might expect. Got
the October wallpaper calendar
up on Saturday (the 1st).
Bumped into RV-8 builder Jim 'izzybear' Novak at Mass Sunday.
"RVs be with you." ;^) Finished out the weekend doing
accounting (thanks again to those who help keep it afloat).
Hope you had a nice weekend as well and that your week goes swell.
Family Portrait ...Scott Martin family RV-10
Mostly unedited video of my first race in Reno 2016 ...AX-O
This is a video of my first race. It is
mostly unedited so those of you that want to see the environment can
see it real time. That being said, it is approx. 13 minutes long. In
the video I point out the pylons and some of the things going
through my brain at the moment.
You will also see a nice race from my point of view. I was going at
it with#26 and #38.
Qwest for Cow ...Pete Howell 9A
I think it is illegal in Minnesota.......too
strong, too tasty, dare I say it.....too Udderly delicious!
On a beautiful fall evening, Andi declared her desire to go on a
Quest for Cow, so we loaded up the machine and headed east to the
Beer State, Wisconsin. Along the way, there were amber waves of
grain and long shadows - it was quite the golden hour...
Andi has a Cow, I get to fly. Quiet twilight trip home and a nice
night landing. Pretty good for a Thursday! (more
Issued Over the Weekend ...RV-12
Bill and Ron's bling...
For couple years I was puzzled how my brand
new glare shield got a burnt spot. I didn't solder anything in the
cockpit and my passengers usually don't smoke. Then I got another a
bigger one. Then one day I returned to my aircraft to see a touch of
smoke coming out of the cockpit. Now I know why. Ever heard of a
heliograph or sunshine recorder? Your RV bubble canopy can be one of
Getting Close! ...Jeff Green -8
September 30, 2016. Issue No. 4,215.
Wishing you and
yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! v/r,
Zimbabwe RV-7 Status Report ...Z-EDD
This was an awesome RV building day! As soon as we finished riveting the
centre section, I put the longerons in place, and arranged the sawhorses.
Then we lifted the centre section into place. the clecos are tough to get in
at first, but then it all starts to line up and comes together.
Pirep on Trutrak Gemini Autopilot ...Larryskydives
Thought I would do a pirep on purchase and installation of Trutrak Gemini
Autopilot. I have a RV6 purchased from the original builder. No autopilot
intalled, so starting from scratch. In a search for and AP, I looked at
various models and mfg. in reviewing online information, I liked the
installations of the servos in the RV6's by Trutrak. Not wanting to cut any
new holes, the I liked the idea of the Gemini control head to replace my
artificial horizon. This is not to say the Trutrak is any better or worse
than any other mfg, this is my experience with this unit only.
1 - While looking I had several conversations with Zack and Lucas at Trutrak.
They answered all of my questions and gave clear answers and the website had
very good information and downloads for manuals and installation drawings
and info. Afterwards found the operating manuals to be an older version, but
installation drawings were still current for the pitch and roll servos as
well as the auto trim module.
2 - Upon making the decision to purchase the Gemini unit, I found Aircraft
Spruce to have a discounted price. I spoke with Trutrak about meeting that
price. They would not meet the price but said that no matter where I bought
it from they would back it as if I purchased it directly from Trutrak. I
mentioned that I was looking at buying parts and pieces from SteinAir to
build my harnesses. Was told that SteinAir was a dealer. Called Steinair and
spoke with them and although they discounted the price, it was not as low as
Aircraft Spruce. To make up the difference, they said they would discount
the harnesses if I would buy the premade harnesses. That is what I did.
Purchased from SteinAir the Gemini and harnesses. I recieved the harnesses
in a weeks time. And it was three weeks to recieve the Gemini AP Package.
Time frame was acceptable and packaging was very good.
Three Years ...Tim Blake RV-10
I'm so grateful to have my RV and the ability to make memories like this,
I thought this made for a neat set of pictures. First picture is from
.... when we were on our way to TX State to visit my middle child. In the
2nd picture 2016, the only difference is the child in the rear left seat is
the one we were visiting in 2013 and she is now with us to go visit my
youngest (left rear seat 2013) that is now attending at TX State.
After seeing this I think it might be time for me to spring for a new hat.
Using Elevator Trim Indicator to Full Advantage ...Piper J3
Until recently I have been using the elevator trim indicator on the D-180
to set and verify only takeoff trim position. Once airborne I would make
trim adjustment for cruise and decent strictly by feel, which required many
small, step adjustments to reach hands-off pitch stability.
I have made mental note of where trim indicator needs to be to satisfy
cruise and power-off glide with full flaps deployed. Now when I change from
climb to cruise and from cruise to decent I can quickly attain stabilized
flight in pitch by setting the elevator trim by visual reference to the trim
indicator. By roughing-in the trim setting visually I can attain desired
pitch stability quickly with just a few small step adjustments and thus
So for what its worth (and maybe I’m just late to the party as usual) I
thought I’d pass along this revelation as I gracefully age in my love of
RV-14 Status Report ...Nova RV
Mated the fuselage halves and had a visit from my EAA tech counselor to
check things out. He said everything looked good and I was ok to start
covering things up with the baggage floor installation.
Our Trip part#12 ...bhester
Our Trip part#13 ...bhester
September 29, 2016. Issue No. 4,214.
Pics below of
Tommy 'GenTom' Williams and Randy Richmond in their RV-8s at my home
field Wednesday. The rest can be found in their full rez glory
HERE. If you have the
time, go to YouTube and search for 'Tommy Williams P-51' and 'Tommy
Williams F-86'. He flies other stuff, too.
The nice thing about having the wind from the north around here is that I
can get pics of RVs without having to walk too far (that's my open
hangar door under Tommy's wing).
Bowling Greens and Nashville trip ...SmilingJack
Made a quick trip to Bowling Greens and
Nashville. Landed in KBWG and used Co-Mar - NO Ramp Fee! NO
Overnight Fee! And the guys behind the desk couldn't have been more
Rented a Hertz car and first drove to Nashville (Fees to high to
land there, so we just drove the 50 miles).
Ready for its closeup ...John Walker RV-10
Well.... I can finally post in this
thread... I guess that's the goal right? So here she
is... Truth is, she's been done for a while. We flew to KOSH, but
the graphics weren't 100% complete. And we finally had a chance to
take some real pictures. She has affectionately become know as
"Miss Whiskey Delta"...
US Nationals ...sandifer
Bill McLean......on the podium!!!!
Dynon Announcement- Limited time
trade-in rebate offer
Status Report ...crabandy pics
A little more shaping tonight, using the 14
inch cutoff wheel to cut radius guide marks into the foam worked
pretty well for shaping the lower cowl exit. Pretty easy to eyeball
a center for the cut and then measure from the cut off wheel to the
cowling to keep things concentric. Kinda odd that I actually had a
14 inch concrete cutoff wheel laying around the shop from a totally
September 28, 2016. Issue No. 4,213.
A Quick Visit w/Ron and Bill at the US Nationals Championship
I haven't flown my RV-6 for one whole hour
in over a month. Because of that, and the majority of my flights
being .2 or .3, a tank of gas lasts me upwards of a month :-).
I finally needed gas, and it is $.65 per gallon cheaper at nearby
Sherman (KSWI). By coincidence the US Nationals Championship is
being held next door to where I was getting said avgas. Ron Schreck
has been kind enough to journal about his and Bill McLean's time
in a thread in the forums, and I thought it was
appropriate for me to stop in, since I was so close, and thank him
personally if possible.
I threw the semi-good camera in the
passenger seat and grabbed my new 'window cling' that I ordered from
Flightline Interiors about a week ago. Randy took off while
I was pre-flighting my airplane, so I knew I would probably talk to
him after I launched. It turns out that the air was incredibly,
incredibly smooth. Smoother than I can remember it being in quite a
long time. I put the plane on autopilot and was messing with my new
portable shade thingy when Randy called on the radio and asked if he
could join up. Absolutely! I took a few pictures of him - one of
them even turned out pretty decent. In the background of that
picture you can see a new car racing facility that has popped up on
some private land between my house and the airport. How would you
like that for a backyard?
Put the gas in the airplane at Sherman and
scooted back up into the sky to talk to the tower at KGYI, where the
event is being held. The friendly lady in the tower put me in a hold
2 miles east of the control tower, with three, maybe four other
airplanes doing the same in different spots. Everybody was waiting
on a IFR flight that had started its approach.
Once on the ground I parked and started
walking to where I thought I saw a couple of RV's as I was taxiing
in. It turns out both Ron and Bill were there next to their
airplanes fiddling with them. They were due to fly in two or three
hours, so I kept my visit fairly short, not wanting to interrupt too
much. Ron was kind enough to walk me through some of the stuff they
do and some of the preparation and training involved. Talking with
them, it's obvious they're both very passionate about getting more
RV folks involved. As I write this, Bill is currently in second
place sportsman class out of 17 participants. He is doing this with
an RV-4 with a wood prop and a 160 hp engine. Let that sink in for a
RVs can compete just fine.
At Ron's suggestion, after saying goodbye to
them, I walked down to where the judges were. Clumped in groups of
three, Ron explained that one would be a spotter who says out loud
what the next maneuver is, the judge is next to that person, and a
recorder is next to him or her. Taking down notes spoken by the main
judge. It seemed to me like there were four groups of these and I
guess they average their scores or something.
The trip back home, all 22 min. of it,
allowed me to play with the new window cling some more. I had the
plane on autopilot and everything was hunky-dory. I could slide my
top shade over to the side a little bit and put the window cling on
the bottom, leaving a little one to two inch gap where I could scan
for traffic. The picture doesn't do it justice. In regular normal
flight my head is only a few inches from the slit, so my field of
view is quite large. But finally there is little to no glare anymore
on the side of my face. Hallelujah. Why didn't I do this 10 years
You can see all the pictures I took in their
full resolution glory, with captions, by going to
I hope you enjoy both them and your
This year's British Air Racing Champion is...
From the mothership FB page...
Sunday's Reno Medallion Start
Cancer Awareness T-Shirt Blue and Pink Ribbons
...available from the mothership
September 27, 2016. Issue No. 4,212.
Jim Lechleiter at Triple Tree...
Our Trip part#5 ...bhester
While I was getting the car, Marsha took a
few pics of the planes that got there before we did.
Our Trip part#6
The next day Marsha and I spent exploring
Baa-Ha-Ba (Bar Harbor) and Acadia Park. It was an hour drive from
the hotel; everything is an hour drive, Belfast – Bangor - Bar
Harbor. I took the picture below on the way there.
Our Trip part#7
Here are a couple pic from the top of
Cadillac Mountain in Acadia Park and some pics from Bass Harbor.
Our Trip part#8
We were amazed at Young’s Lobster Pond, this
place is awesome! The place is a barn, where the lobster boats come
to and unload. There are holding bins lining both sides of the
ground floor. The lobsters are sorted by soft shell or hard shell.
The front part on one side is where you place your order and it is
prepared right there. We were told that this is one of the last few
places like this. Years ago there were a lot more.
Our Trip part#9
Today was the actual Fly-In day. We got
there about 9am and when we walked through the gate Vlad was moving
his plane in front of a Cloudhopper. A Cloudhopper is an
experimental single place hot air balloon. Vlad was going to use his
prop blast to inflate the balloon. They got it inflated and where
going to do a tethered flight but the winds where just a little too
much, so they deflated it and put it away.
Our Trip part#10
We made it to Eastport and refueled then we
flew down to Baa-Ha-Ba airport and around Acadia Park-Cadillac
Mountain. I wanted to fly around some of the lighthouses out on the
islands but Marsha didn’t want any part of flying out over all that
water. The picture below is what I wanted to tell her, but I didn't.
I usually do my best to keep her happy :-)
It is right there in front of her every time I tun it on...
20yo RV-6 belly skin extensive rivet repairs...BruceMe
I purchased a damaged RV-6 project, the
previous owner was getting on and losing his health to the point he
was no longer able to safely pilot. He had likely repeatedly hard
landed this aircraft and unfortunately the last landing was a
Needless to say, there's a long list of repairs and I've been
working on it for 6mo now. One thing I noticed early on in the
pre-buy was that all the belly skin rivets where smoking. This isn't
an accident issue, but a long-term ongoing maintenance and safety
OT, but important to share....video
Veteran walks in hangar to see P-38 being
restored. Discovers it was his plane...
Not so fast! ...ronschreck
I'd like to say that we all flew flawless
routines today but the truth is, we never turned a wheel due to
crummy weather. We do have a few pictures to share but you will have
to wait until tomorrow for some flying tales.
September 26, 2016. Issue No. 4,211.
Guess who has an amateur radio license,
Technician class, as
of 3:30 PM Sunday, September 25th? Yup!
If you're of the opinion that this is a hard test, please let me help
alleviate those fears. Just go to this page,
click on and print out the
Technician Study Guide
- 14 pages). Study it for two hours the morning of the test, arrive an
hour early and study for one more hour in your car. Glance at
this chart a couple of times. Drink a Dr. Pepper. Pay
the $15* to take the test and score a 91. Go to Jason's Deli
afterwards and get a salad because you feel guilty about that Dr.
Now begins the process of researching which APRS
tracker to purchase. I'll probably end up just asking Sam or Pete or one
of the other RV folks already doing it, and go with whatever they tell
me slash suggest. Open to idears...
The nice guy at the testing center said I should get something in the
mail in about 10 days. I'll let you know what my call sign is when I
Sport Class Start Reno ...Tim O'Brien photo via Bob Mills
Jay Pratt's 70th Birthday Pics
It sure is enjoyable to be able to visit
with friends. Some of these folks I don't see enough, and it's just
a lot of fun to get to catch up. Our entire family had the pleasure
of attending Jay Pratt's 70th birthday party. A few of the usual
suspects arrived in style from the air, and I was on the ground with
a long lens for the arrival. Our son Tate manned the other camera
and got some pictures of the birthday boy and the festivities.
Fun had by all and we all wish our friend
Jay many, many more happy birthdays like this!
RV's at U.S. National Aerobatic Championships (OFFA 70+) ...ronschreck
We have arrived! Bill "WillyEyeball"
McLean and I arrived at North Texas Regional Airport (KGYI) this
"afternoon. It's a "Bucket List" for both of us old geezers: a first
attempt at IAC competition at the national level! Bill has been
flying his RV-4 in competition for a few years longer that me and he
does things with that old -4 that you wouldn't believe. And he does
it with 160 horsepower and a fixed pitch prop! I have seen him wipe
up the tarmac with Extras and Pitts so I'm anxious to see what he
does here in Texas. Bill is an optometrist by trade and does
research projects for the US Army at Fort Rucker. (Thus the
WillyEyball handle.) He signed up with the Air Force early on and
was denied a pilot slot because of less-than-perfect vision.
Besides, they said that pilots are as comon as dirt. What they
needed was an optometrist.
We met up in Grenada, Mississippi on the way to Texas so we could spend a
few days together practicing our Sportsman routines before heading
to Texas. Bill lives in southern Alabama and I live in North
Carolina, so Grenada was a great place to meet and they have an
aerobatic box right on the field!
Tick, tick, tick -- fixed! ...Ed Wischmeyer
On the last flight in the RV-8, right after
takeoff, there was an unusual sound somewhat like the electric fuel
pump. I landed immediately, and then...
The pulse repetition rate seemed too slow to be engine related, but
first priority was getting the plane on the ground, not debugging
the problem at low altitude.
Next day, took the cowl off, and Mike, my IA, inspected the engine
carefully. Nothing. Loose rubber strips flapping? Nope, but close.
On the RV-8, there is an air intake under the right wing to provide
fresh air to the back seater. Mike found that the scat tubing had a
tear, and perhaps that was the culprit, with the tube flapping back
and forth. He managed to cut out the bad portion of the tube and
then reattach it, something I'm not sure I could do.
This morning, it was time for the test flight. Tower cleared me for
takeoff, maintain runway heading. Uh, no thanks... if the problem
wasn't fixed, I wanted to be able to turn downwind immediately.
Takeoff clearance declined. And on the takeoff, I was aware that
landing on the crossing runway would have been dicey, at best.
But the good news was that the noise had gone away. Once again,
reinforcing the safety adage that in a homebuilt, every flight is a
test flight. And that's not a bad attitude for spam cans as well.
-14 Panel Shots Added
September 23, 2016. Issue No. 4,210.
Kay Frizzel RV-8A (w/pax Austin Alvord) and
Gary Platner RV-8 (w/pax Tony Ryan) taxiing out for a breakfast/gas
flight Thursday morning at my home field. I don't think what was
for breakfast was really important <g>.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
RV-8 Skyrunner airborne ...Germany
Yesterday I made the maiden flight with my
new RV-8. It was a QB kit and kept me busy for the last one and a
The flight was uneventful and just everything worked as expected. No
need to correct the flight controls and all engine parameters are in
the middle of the green. Oil temp is on the low side and even CHT
was only 350 F with 75% power - I expected higher CHTs!
At higher airspeeds the rear of the canopy is lifting may be 1/4
inch or so and there was quite some air rushing in from behind.
After landing I found a minor oil leak on the center fitting of the
inverted oil valve. Retorqued the fitting and glued some soft rubber
seals inside the rear of the canopy skirts and today on flights 3
and 4 all was perfect. What a fun plane!
Pratt Turns 70 Years Young ...an invitation.
If you happen to be in the neighborhood of
Hicks Field (T67) Saturday at noon, your presence is
requested at Jay's hangar to celebrate his 70th birthday.
Scuttlebutt is there could be a formation flyover, barbecue,
birthday cake and more. The restaurant is open on the field as a
good plan B. See you there!
RV White Pages Updated
...courtesy the amazing Tate Reeves
GTN V6.21 Upgrade for EAB Customers
We are pleased to announce that GTN V6.21 is
now available as a software download to EAB customers with
Please note that the software images linked on this page which
format and auto-create SD cards are delivered to our dealer resource
center as a Windows computer self extracting .exe file and are only
usable on Windows computers. We apologize up front to Mac users.
Also note that as explained in the service bulletin, GTN V6.21
begins use of a new format of the Navigation database to support
additional data. The database SD card for the current cycle contains
both old and new formats, so you should just need to load the new
format (the GTN will recognize the correct file) after updating with
the V6.21 software. If you do not have a current copy of the
Navigation database (Jepp or Garmin), wait to perform this software
update since the new software cannot use the old format Navigation
database and will remove that database if currently installed.
Another RV-7 Started
Just wanted to introduce myself, my name is
Eric. I am in the final stages of getting my PPL, I have the hours
just need to take the tests. I was planning on waiting until I got
my PPL to start building but was in Oregon for business and visited
I have always enjoyed building things, I have a background in
machining and metal fabrication. I haven't worked with sheet metal
or driven rivets but with some experience it shouldn't be a problem.
I built the tool box and two of the control surface practice kits
with reasonable results. I started the horizontal stabilizer but I
would like to connect with local RV builders to gain some experience
and more confidence. I have a mill, lathe and welding equipment so I
might be able to offer something in the way of trade for some help /
Anyway just wanted to say hello and share a few pictures of the shop
and progress with the horizontal stabilizer.
Eric Fitzgerald (Dryden, MI)
Our "Lobster" Trip Part IV ...bhester
When I looked up I saw this huge Moose come
running across the runway, he was coming straight for us OH NO,
Marsha was screaming.
No not really, all I saw was that I had not latched the canopy. I
taxied to the end of the runway latched the canopy and took off from
that end of the runway. 10:27 - takeoff. The trip to Belfast was
pretty bumpy under the cloud layer so I climbed to 5500’ for a
smoother ride. Somewhere along the way we saw this windmill farm.
September 22, 2016. Issue No. 4,209.
Day 19. Final Day of the Big Trip ...Vlad's Alaska
It's over and I can't believe I did it. I
was still 5 flight hours from home but it was nothing compare to
what's flown. I walked from Atkinson Suites to Lumberton airport and
was airborne immediately. I planned to scout Cape Fear on early
morning with low tide but a lot of people were already enjoying the
beach. I was out of luck.
Ready for her closeup ...TCONROY
I am THRILLED to say our RV-7 is COMPLETE
(at least mostly complete
now that she has a paint job. The fine folks at ArtCraft paint in
Santa Maria, CA did a wonderful job turning our vision into reality!
First flight was in May 2015, which gave us a little over a year to
work the kinks out before painting.
RV-6 Formation Flying - Air Facts article ...Dave Gamble
Shop Update ...Scott Card
We're continuing to make progress. With all
of the drywall complete, I was on a mission this weekend to get the
interior painted. My current goal is to get the A/C going. It is hot
out there. Working backwards from that, we need electricity done.
For that we need to finish terminating all of our branch circuits.
Before that, we need paint. So, that is where we're at.
I spent a bunch of quality time with a paint sprayer on my lift. On
Saturday, before and after our airport fly-in, I sprayed a
high-build primer on the walls and ceiling. On Sunday I popped out
of bed at 6am and had the whole place painted before noon. What
color you ask? WHITE! No, really, the paint was just base with no
tint. The reason is for maximum light reflectivity.
VAF Airport Courtesy
Car List Updated
Did you Know?
There are rockets on the sectionals?
Space X facility SW of my hometown. Lots more stuff
September 21, 2016. Issue No. 4,208.
Gave Flash a bath (finally).
VS reflection off top wing.
Formation flight with Ken Krueger over Black Forest ...Germany
Today I was very lucky today to meet Ken
Krueger. He is visiting Klaus, another RV-7A builder here in Germany
who just recently finished his RV and is in the flight testing
phase. The weather was a little hazy today over the Black Forest but
we got airborne in both our planes and did some photo shooting and
formation flying. Too much fun and the flight was too short of
America the Beautiful ...Scott Chastain conclusion
The Lord took me to the edge of my grave,
and at the edge of my grave, I looked down. I looked down, and I was
In Heaven I had a sister, a sister I had never met. She died of
pneumonia at the age of only ten months. Exactly ten months later,
my mother gave birth to me. Wendy’s death became the doorway to my
Belfast Lobster Fly-in Part III
About 10 mins into the flight, and about
7,500’, we get a call from ATC and he said “Albany was asking if I
still had the courtesy car key”. OH NO! Yes, I did have the key and
was headed back. As I got close, I was looking at my fuel and
thought that I had better get some more. I was down to about 20-22
gallons and should have enough but better to have too much. The line
guy met me at the turn off and ran up to get the key. Self-serve
fuel was further down the taxiway. So we got 8 gallons of fuel and
we were off for the second time headed to Albany. Back up to 9,500’
and as we got a little further than the first time the clouds were
getting higher and not looking real good to the west. We climbed to
11,500’ and had to let ATC know that we were going to be doing a
little dodging around the clouds toward the east.
Another Belfast report- Must be something good there, eh?...catmandu
As I told the 'Governor' on Saturday, he
really needs to be called the 'Benevolent Dictator'! What a great
fly-in, Lord knows he has a lot of help from a lot a people, but
they all knew who runs the show.
We decided to come up Friday, and I decided someone really needed to
get serious about her RV PIC time, since, you know, she provides
most of the funds for it. I had her shed her shiny uniform, and 125K
pounds of aircraft, and threw her deep into the GA world. We skipped
the normal flight following to prove that one can actually fly the
Northeast corridor without talking to anyone.
One good. One bad.
I flew the RV for 13 min. Tuesday morning
early. It turned out to be a scorcher of a day with a high near 100.
At 7:30 AM however it was only 80 and PERFECTLY smooth. Look at that
nice round left hand climbing turn back over the airport post
takeoff and out to the Northwest for deer spotting. Four
turkeys and one deer, and non-budget-breaking aviating. Back for the
overhead break and a ground track that got more and more sloppy. The
air was so still that I was hoping to make a perfect circle.
Hoping is the operative word ;^).
GoogleEarth said the pattern was 3,000' wide
runway to downwind - nice and tight with the AOA good the whole way.
Stuff to keep working on…
The 'new' VanCave PC
Circa 2007. Rocking it Microsoft Vista
The kick@ss HP monitor is much newer, but
the Dell Inspiron 531 was my mother-in-law's for a few years before
she got a smart phone and discovered she was content just getting
the occasional text/picture from her grandkids on that. I purchased
the computer for her as an 83rd birthday present roughly a decade
She's been asking me if I wanted it back, so
I said yes. Reset to factory defaults with a low level format,
turned off every auto update everything and locked it down as
tightly as I could configuration-wise. Purchased a $22 USB Wi-Fi
adapter and I'm in business baby (I have one of those
MiFi pucs that I
carry in my backpack for the laptop/iPad/etc). My backup if
the house internet goes down.
Anywho, it's kind of nice to have an option
now right there on the workbench that doesn't require a magnifying
September 20, 2016. Issue No. 4,207.
How Eagle’s Nest Project Pilots spend a weekend
What a great way to spend a weekend home
from College. Two Eagle’s Nest Project pilots Nicole and Olivia
spent the weekend flying together on a beautiful Saturday afternoon
in Wisconsin. Hummm, was taking selfies part of flight training….. I
don’t think so!
Home ...Scott Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
Waking up each morning to the sadness of the
gray unknown for over a week had me searching desperately for the
beauty of America, for the beauty as I had known it during my
absence from home. Being home suddenly seemed to remove a part of
that beauty, making me feel at once lost and abandoned and very much
alone. In that mad search to become united to my country---united as
if by blood or by marriage, in such a way that we two should become
one flesh under the banner of freedom---where was I to begin? Where
was the dew-covered garden of newness and innocence for which my
soul leapt at the thought of being with my beautiful America
Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
cont.)...Scott Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
cont. cont.)...Scott Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
SteinAir Overstock / Garage Sale. Radios, Autopilots, EFISes and
Since we neglected to do a spring cleaning or summer garage sale,
our inventory of “Overstock, Trade-in, NOS, Refurb” and other units
has grown to the point we need to sell some of it and we figured
we’d list them here before it hits the auction sites! Below is a
list of what we’ve got for sale right now and any associated
information regarding warranties, etc.. As usual with our ‘Garage
Sales’, first person with the dollars get it. We’ll update the list
as items are sold or added. Price does not include shipping, and
prices are listed as cash/check prices (CC’s can be used but may
incur a small extra fee on these items). If you’d like more
information or photos of these items, please contact us off list via
email, phone, etc.. and of course you can stop by anytime to inspect
these items in person. As many of you know, we are picky about
taking items in on trade and only will deal with items in excellent
physical and cosmetic condition. No Junk here.
Here’s what we’ve got (Note this list may change):
Thanks for the RV Turnout ...Tanya Card
Had several RVers at the picnic this
weekend, both local and a couple with some airtime to get here. Hope
you had fun, and thanks for joining us. We raised a little over
$1,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
[ed. Tanya, I watched your RV fly
around the pattern via APRS on my iPad all afternoon. I'm
guessing you gave a LOT of rides!!! v/r,dr]
ADS-B --- when eyeballs are not enough ...John-G
One sunny clear afternoon a couple of days
after Memorial Day, while receiving RV-12 transition training, the
instructor and I were climbing out upwind of runway 29 at Petaluma,
CA (O69) and beginning a right turn to crosswind when we heard a
pilot say he was entering the downwind for 29 on the 45. We couldn’t
spot him after finishing the turn to crosswind, nor could we see him
after turning downwind … but the ABS-B box feeding the Garmin G3X
sure could. We called out to the pilot to find out what speed the
aircraft was flying in the pattern, fortunately it was 15 knots
faster than our speed … we could relax a little.
Both the instructor and myself were looking HARD to spot the
aircraft, but we just couldn’t locate it … and we both KNEW it was
less than a mile directly in front of us. The ADS-B showed we were
not gaining on it, but the aircraft was lost to our vision in ground
clutter and we simply could not spot it. Guess we were nearing
mid-field on downwind when the pilot called his turn to base and as
the aircraft’s left wing lifted for the turn, we both instantly
spotted it directly in front of us and a little lower.
We commented to the pilot that although we couldn’t spot him
visually until his turn to base, the ADS-B box sure knew where he
was … amazing technology. His reply was that he too had ADS-B and
was watching us as well.
This real-time experience with ADS-B just reaffirmed my decision to
install ADS-B in my RV-12 during the build is indeed, a good one.
There are times when keeping eyeballs outside the cockpit is just
not good enough to spot traffic … even when you know traffic is
right in front of you. Without a doubt, ADS-B is a safety
enhancement and a useful tool to improve situational awareness.
French Lick,IN Fly-in 9/24
I just wanted to remind everyone my wife and
I are putting on a Fly-in at KFRH this coming Saturday, September 24
We will have doughnuts, coffee, juice, milk, water at 8:00 and then
start frying fish around 10:30. We plan on having slaw, baked beans,
and chips with plenty of drinks. Nothing fancy but good times and
The weather is forecasted to be gorgeous so please stop in.
Hope to see many there.
Darren & Traci Kerns
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September 19, 2016. Issue No. 4,206.
So much news today! You're not going to get a thing
done at work for an hour or so. Milestone: Saturday was the 14
year anniversary of our family's RV-6 first flight. Spend Saturday
doing yard work (and watching APRS returns at various gatherings around
the country during college football on TV - kinda made you feel like you
sorta attended). Sunday was planning on giving a ride, but
storms at 0700 stopped that. Next time....
From Reno (via Adam Burch via Ernie Butcher)
1 August- Merced, CA (last installment)...Scott Chastain
My last night of the trip started with a
walk about a half mile down the road to a nearby Chevron station. I
had a hankering for ice cream again---a big hankering. On the
way out of the airport, I wondered why the rotating beacon had not
come on. I could see the lenses spinning on the orange and white
wrought iron tower, and I could hear the gimbal grinding away up
there as I walked by, but there was no beacon. Either the bulbs were
shot, they were not getting power, or they were not even installed.
Either way, it didn’t matter. I knew coming back that my final night
of prayer walking along the length of an American runway would be
absent of its customary green-white-green-white rhythm of welcome
for aviators that would probably never come anyway. I had an airport
all to myself again.
A little bit of "history" ...
First time to my knowledge that a University
President leads a flight for a game opening.
vid 1 /
Over Clemson's "Death Valley" no less. They beat us pretty badly but
at least a "Bulldog" was in the lead of (at least one) Tiger at the
opening of the game. We did come back to rule the halftime,
though. :-) There was a "press release" put out the day before
referencing "Alpha Bulldog to lead Tiger Flight". All of the
aircraft were RV's.
Without the pilots coming to help their friend, this could not have
happened. And without Widget's HOURS of background work and tutelage
on marks and timing, I would not have made it in at the right time!
SCSU President Leads Game Flyover
Deadstick Landings - Alvord Desert ...Joe Blank video
Could not have ask for a Better Time!...Lobster Fly-in PIREP
Additional Recap ...Dave
Our trip to the Belfast EAA 1434 Mid Coast Fly-In ...bhester
Our trip to Belfast, ME began Wednesday
morning. Of course there were hours of planning beforehand. I had
initially planned to fly to Niagra Falls, NY and then over to
Belfast but, the weather forecast up that way did not allow it. So
the night before I laid out our new flight plan.
...Tim Huneycutt RV-10
It's still in a lot of pieces, but I drove
my first rivets in quite a while this week. The new house and shop
is all done and I'm back on the build. I never thought I'd be so
excited about deburring!
All my pictures on the blog are huge, so won't post it here, but
check out the link in my signature for some pictures.
Day 17. Still Seeking Sunshine ...Vlad
September 16, 2016. Issue No. 4,205.
Added Bruce Hill (9A) to the APRS
page. Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
RV-8 and RV-10 photo flight around Seattle ...Bernardo photos
This post is long overdue, I have been
mega-busy preparing B-KOO for her round the world (RTW) journey, and
I am finally ready.
Since her first flight in Nov 2015, we spent 6 months trying to get
approval to flight test in Hong Kong but failed. We then dissembled
the aircraft and air freight it to Queensland, Australia, under a
new registration "VH-FSX". After 40 hours of flight test, I did a
trial flight to Adelaide and met up with Jon Johanson, the man who
inspired me to build my own RV and fly it around the world. The
aircraft yield an amazing 23 litres/hour at 45% at 135kts, thanks to
Catto. With this figure, I work out I can fly for 19 hours non-stop
with bladder tank installed.
Our Morning with Mitch Lock
I have been contemplating taking the dive into building my own
plane for about 25+ years now. That life long dream is about to
become reality. I have done a lot of researching in the past year or
so, and have narrowed my choice down to two. The RV-10 or the the
RV-14a. During that time I was able to reach out to Mitch Lock and
ask for a demo fight. My wife and I traveled to Manassas VA for an
EAA Sportair Workshop on September 10-11. I took the sheet metal
course. It was well worth the expense and effort, but that is for
31 July- Mountain Home, ID ...Scott Chastain
I had to sit down. I was a little overwhelmed by it all; and
plus, since I knew I was approaching the Omega portion of the
mission, a tiredness had caught up with me that I had not felt
before. I still was not ready to head home, and there in Mountain
Home---a home away from home so many years ago, and now a home
away from home once again---the sweet and certain comfort of
familiarity settled over me as I walked away from the Old Glories of
the brick building to the railroad park I remembered so well. I lay
down on the grass listening to the wind in the tall trees and the
nearly indistinguishable tide of traffic going by until I dozed off.
It wasn’t long before the bells of the railroad crossing guard rang
and announced the passage of a freight train only a few dozen feet
from where I was sleeping. The rumble of earth and the hailing
trumpets of the locomotive did not stir me from the cool comfort of
my bed of grass. I was genuinely tired. It was probably another hour
after the train had gone by that I decided to get up and start
exploring my past again.
Breakaway Airport Picnic, 9/17 Austin, TX
Belfast Maine Lobster 2nd Annual Fly-in
Status Pics ...Z-EDD (Harare, Zimbabwe)
September 15, 2016. Issue No. 4,204.
Heads up: The Friday edition might be pushed out a little
later than usual. I'll be vehicleing down/back to Waco solo
Thursday to attend the funeral of my
31 July- Mountain Home, ID ...Scott Chastain
I cooked dinner that night in Twin Bridges
from my camping reserves, boiling up some water and throwing in some
dehydrated chili-mac. It tasted good, and was I glad to have it.
Even with all the other meals I had eaten outside of my on-board
supply of food over the past five weeks, the dried reserves were
getting low, so I made the most of them while they lasted.
With the lights turned on in the pilot shack, there was a massive
infusion of flying insects swimming on the outside surfaces of glass
and screen. The moths and gnats were particularly numerous and
agitated. The rotating beacon shot laser-like across the tarmac into
an insatiable darkness. Its green-white-green-white brightness
bounced relentlessly off of the Dove and into the shack. The
reflection itself was enough to draw a legion of moths in that
direction, and they swirled around the plane like
green-white-green-white sparks from a fire. The intensity of the
strobe itself was almost enough to keep me awake that night as I
watched it from the long black sofa, but I managed to sleep quite
soundly after I dozed off. It would be the last rotating beacon
experience of the trip.
Strong Crosswind, not a great outcome...Steve Smith RV-8
Well, its confession time. After 400+ hrs in the RV-8, and over
500 hrs of total tailwheel time, I just groundlooped the RV-8.
Fortunately nothing damaged but my ego and confidence. But...
Usually when something doesn't turn out so well, I can play back in
my head and think through what I did, what I should have done
differently, etc. Learn from it.
In this case, I'm not sure I could have done anything differently.
Before the story, you probably need to know I have a rocket-style
steering link, which I really like. It has a nice amount of spring
give but is very responsive at low speeds.
In the pattern, the ATIS reported 16 kts at 260 degrees. Runway
heading 190 degrees, paved, 75 ft wide. I'll do the math for you,
that's 70 degrees off runway heading. The wind turned out to be a
bit stronger than 16 kts though.
On final, I transitioned from coordinated flight to a stabilized
slip. (I've always used a stabilized slip on final -- you just use
your feet to keep the airplane aligned with the runway, and the
stick to control the lateral drift. ) Over the numbers, wow it took
a LOT of slip, but speed good, right on centerline, aligned with
centerline. As I floated a bit, some of the slip naturally comes out
since the wind is not as strong right near the ground. Still a lot
of slip. One main wheel down, then the other. Still good alignment,
right on centerline. Here is one thing I **might** have done
differently: I did not make much effort to hold the tail up high. It
was taking a lot of rudder pressure (left rudder) to keep aligned,
and I just let the tail drop slowly as I slowed down. I felt the
tail wheel hit, still good alignment, still on centerline, rolling
out....still taking a lot of left rudder, but all good. Stick well
right of center and a bit aft of center. **another thing I might
have done differently: I could have had the stick full back to
really firmly plant the tail wheel. Not sure it would have
Rolling out nicely when IN AN INSTANT, I was sideways, because the
swiveling tail wheel had come unlocked and just swiveled. When I
processed that and made the intentional command to go full hard left
rudder and left brake, my foot was already there, way ahead of my
brain. All I could do was just hold that and wait, pretty much a
passenger at this point. The airplane slid in a gradual arc slowly
diverging more in heading and scrubbing speed until it left the
pavement, then it pretty much finished the groundloop. All the
corners of the airplane stayed level thank goodness. I had to get
out to turn the airplane more to get the tailwheel out of the soft
stuff and up onto the prepared gravel alongside the runway so I
could proceed to the apron with my tail between my legs. While I was
out, I assessed the actual wind. It was at least 18-20 kts (being an
old sailor I'm a pretty good judge of wind speed) at pretty close to
perpendicular to the runway-at least 70 degrees, maybe a bit more.
Thinking back through it, I am not sure if the tailwheel unlocked
because of more sideload than the latch pin could hold (might be
worn, will inspect tomorrow) or if it unlocked because I reached
full left rudder while steering on the roll out and the cam-action
unlocked it at full rudder. I do remember that I was steering pretty
smoothly, no weaving back and forth, and I was not being buffetted
by gusts. It all seemed pretty smooth to the instant the tailwheel
swiveled. Given that my foot was already full left rudder at the
instant I thought about it, I'm kinda thinking it got to full travel
from steering on roll-out.
If that's the case, it suggests that during roll-out, one must guard
against getting to full rudder travel, and instead feed in more left
brake with partial rudder.
One reason I am skeptical that it unlocked because of full rudder
command is that the spring in the steering link would have been
stretched to its stop and so even if the rudder did get to full
travel, the tail wheel would not have.
It is also possible, I suppose, that the tailwheel didn't actually
swivel, but rather broke traction and skidded because of
insufficient downforce. I really kind of doubt that. Although I
didn't have the stick hard back, it was certainly most of the way
back, which is kind of a reflex to me as soon as the tail wheel
touches. It might have been instructive to walk the runway and look
at the skid marks (if there were any). Presence or absence of skid
mark for the tailwheel would have answered this question
definitively. Unfortunately, its a tower controlled airport, with
big jets and stuff, so I can't imagine being allowed to go look at
the runway after I taxied to the apron.
So, at this point, I'm kind of feeling like I did the best I could
and not clear I could have done better. But ...
Had I held the tail off much longer with strong forward stick
pressure, I would have had perhaps better rudder control, but
perhaps not ENOUGH rudder control with the whole fin sticking up in
that wind. I might have ended up with the rudder on the stop and
still turning right. Now what?
With the tail wheel on the ground, it should be much more willing to
go straight. Had I sucked the stick back hard, maybe the added
downforce would have helped the tail wheel track the airplane
straight....unless the swivel unlocked.
I think the tail wheel swivel unlocked. I think at that instant, I
RVs at Reno
Temporary thread, just to follow all the RV's and Rockets racing
in the Sport class this week. Hopefully clan members currently at
Stead will post hot news for the working poor back home
From the website, unofficial qualifying speeds as of Tuesday
Kansas to DC ...crabandy
Work was going to send me Southwest but I would rather the RV
take me to DC for training. Up bright and early for a 5:30 am
wheels up to leave in front of the weather.
September 14, 2016. Issue No. 4,203.
SS William G. Mather Update
A few weeks ago Dave Gamble
wrote up a little piece where he toured the SS William G Mather.
The other day out at our airport, Eldo and his father Harold were
working on their RV-6A. Harold walked up and said, "I was
reading your website the other day and saw that story about the
Mather. I was an oiler on that ship 50 years ago."
Dave, I thought that would make you smile. In the picture below are
Harold Elders and his son Eldo in front of their RV-6A.
30 July: Twin Bridges, MT (cont.) ...Scott Chastain
Leaving the rodeo arena, I rode the perimeter of the fairgrounds
a couple of times, then went past the local school and gymnasium,
through downtown again, and meandered through the neighborhoods to
take in the sights, sounds, and smells of Twin Bridges:
30 July- Twin Bridges, MT (cont. cont).
17min 37sec ...practicing for canopy fogging over (on the outside)
Yesterday there was a
story about a gentleman with an RV-12 whose canopy fogged over
on the outside shortly after takeoff. Since that happened
just a few miles NE of me, I thought I would use a quick morning
flight to practice the ILS at the airport next door. Below is
the ground track showing my takeoff to the South with a climbing
left turn pointed towards Corral City. Put the plane on autopilot
and started spinning in the numbers and pulling up the chart for the
ILS 16L at nearby Alliance Airport. Took about 30 seconds. Got
the ATIS and flew in heading mode out to the ARGUE waypoint. Loaded
the approach and selected vectors to final. Called the tower asking
for the practice w/option. Granted.
Monitored things, and when I came upon the glide slope coupled the
autopilot to it. Just when I was about to the missed approach point
the tower asked if I could sidestep over to 16R. That explains
the little dogleg there at the end. Climbing left turn to the NE and
RTB. Could I land the RV using just the synthetic runway
representation (3rd pic below grabbed off web)? At KAFW, with
its 9,600' runway and having the tower call out the last couple of
feet? If I was nearly out of gas and had a fogged up canopy,
I'm thinking I could...
Total time 17 min. 37 seconds. 39.4 statute miles. .3
hrs in the logbook and a little more practice on workflow and
buttonology. What I took away from the practice most of all
was how easy it is to see where the autopilot was on and where it
was off (the 2nd picture) :-). I also overshot the localizer a
bit...I'll work on both.
AeroLEDs new product announcement
AeroLEDs has released a new product, the Polaris all LED position
light bulb replacement. The Polaris LED Nav Light Bulb is a direct
replacement for incandescent nav light bulbs in red and green
forward position lights. This product uses 1/4 of the current draw
of an incandescent bulb. Polaris complies with the FAR requirements
for color and intensity at all angles. FAA-PMA pending (estimate
approval in 2017). Available for both 12V and 24V electrical
Day 15. Turning North ...Vlad
It feels so good when you are well rested. The hotel transported
me to the airport the only FBO guys were already busy at 7 am. They
said I owe them nothing. I grabbed several bottles of water and was
airborne in no time. I was in the mood to finish tracking southern
border I was in the mood to land on three islands I was in the mood
to clock at least 8 hours in the air all today. There is a sliver of
airspace by Laughlin AFB where you don't have to talk to them while
in transit. I am staying on our side of Rio Grande enjoying the
views. Birds are still sleeping.
Day 15. Turning North. (cont)...Vlad
September 13, 2016. Issue No. 4,202.
Added (4) new
names to the APRS page.
30 July- Twin Bridges, MT ...Scott Chastain's 'America the
30 July- Twin Bridges, MT (continued)
Unexpected IFR ...Steve Garrett RV-12
I wanted to share my experience
which happened this morning about 400' AGL right after T/O.
This morning was beautiful and a good day to go flying in N.E.
Texas. The reported weather at Paris/Cox airport was Clear,
Visibility 10+, Temp and Dew Point were two degrees apart. Fog
crossed my mind, but I had plenty of gas in case something changed
and fog showed up at my home airport.
My airplane is hangered and I had the oil heater on during the night
to reduce the amount of time for engine warm up. Prior to T/O, the
aircraft was outside in the elements about 10/15 minutes before
takeoff. The engine run-up was normal and checklist was completed
without issue. Therefore I began the T/O roll.
I was turning cross-wind when I noticed the canopy to begin to fog
up. I always have a clean rag with me and I causally reached for it.
I also opened up the outside vent on the pilots side. Forward
visibility now was 100% gone! I still had some side visibility
though. I immediately finished trimming the aircraft for climb then
wiped my rag on the inside of the canopy and I expected the fogged
up window to clear up.....to my amazement, the fogging was on the
Now my altitude was about 600 AGL I headed in the general direction
for Paris/Cox airport (much bigger airport than my home field just
in case) and only about 2 miles away. I pasted 1000 AGL and the
fogging effect cleared up as quickly as it appeared. I continued on
my short flight plan and made several landings and T/Os in the local
area without any issues.
I've been flying a pretty long time but I've never had that happen
to me before. I guess it was the temp of my canopy and dew point
temp but not sure. Just wanted to share and let everyone know to be
prepared for the unexpected.
KatieB ...pourable foam for fiberglass fabrication
RV's Dominate IAC Apple Turnover Primary Class
The 2016 Apple Turnover is the second IAC
contest in held Ephrata WA each year. I flew my second ever
contest (in Primary again) in my RV-8 placing second.
Christopher Lester flew up from the Portland area in an RV-6 and
passed me in the final round, winning 1st place for the contest,
Congrats Chris! The 3rd competitor flew a Super Decathlon,
making a nice 3 way contest.
Both RV's flew without inverted systems, and Chris' RV-6 is equipped
with a carburetor, so anyone sitting on the fence, claiming your
RV-3,4,6,7,8 isn't equipped for IAC, well, you are denying yourself
one of the most intense and rewarding experiences! You also make
great new friends that are as passionate about aviation as you!
PS; I never exceeded 4 Gs on the recording G meter, so the Primary
routine is not hard on the airframe.
Breakaway Airport Picnic, 9/17 Austin, TX ...tcard
The annual Breakaway (40XS) picnic will be
Saturday September 17 from 11-2. We are located in Cedar Park, just
NW of Austin. Please come out and make some airplane noises.
"Tailwheel Transporter is having an End of Summer Sale. For a
limited time you can get a
TRANSPORTER ll for only $349.99. Call and mention Van's Air
Force and receive an additional
Milestone: First Engine Start ...bifft
Started the engine for the first time yesterday. Won't run smooth
over 1500 RPM, but still really feels like I'm getting close. Had to
brag to people who'd understand.
September 12, 2016. Issue No. 4,201.
Surprise B-day trip ...crabandy
It's fun to get to use the RV for other
purposes, like a birthday trip for my oldest daughter with a mystery
Due to the forecasted wx we needed to scoot out of town before
school was out, she was happy to oblige!
15 Year Anniversary of N66AP ...Alex Peterson RV-6A
Greetings all -
Yesterday, September 9th, 2016, was the 15th anniversary of the
first flight of N66AP! It continues to be a dream come true each
time I fly it. For obvious reasons, we were grounded for some time
two days after this first flight, so that connection will never be
lost on me.
The plane has been flying about exactly twice as many calendar years
as it took to build, and at 1540 hobbs hours, it has flown about
half as many hours as it took to build! For those still in the
building stage, I hope this puts some perspective on the potential
“enjoyment investment” you are making!
First PnP Mission in the books! ...DarylT
29 July- Buffalo, WY ...Scott Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
On Friday morning, July 29, after
disassembling the mountain bike and packing up the Dove, I
called Faith City Hall. A woman named Gloria answered. I asked her
to send somebody out to the airport to turn on the fuel pump. About
15 minutes later, a police car came driving up the dirt road. A
young officer got out and I introduced myself, thanking him for his
assistance. He said his name was Matt, the Chief of Police. He told
me he was fairly new to the job after having recently moved to Faith
from another town. He inserted a special key into the side of the
pump and turned it on. He told me that the city had sprayed the ramp
with tar the day before I arrived which explained the smell of it
29 July - Buffalo, WY (cont.)
Garmin Comes to 52F and Gives a
On Saturday morning at my home field, Brian Hupe of
Garmin was kind enough come down from Kansas to display several of
his company's products and meet with about 30 individuals, letting
them fiddle with all the knobs and ask all the questions you would
Walt Aronow of
expaircraft.com hosted the event, and provided the food. Somehow
Walt worked his voodoo on me and I ended up at the grill cooking
about three dozen hamburgers and hotdogs. I have no idea what
anybody said or did in the presentation :-).
Tate was kind
enough to document the event with pictures, cropping and editing
as needed later on the home computer (he did this all on his own).
When I say he did it on his own, I mean he did it for $20. Money
well spent on my end - he got to work on his 'photographer's eye'
and learned a few Photoshop skills in the process.
I got to meet a few new RV friends who are currently
building or about to start building. I had two gentlemen walk up to
me and say "slider or tip-up?" Made me smile...
Anyway, if you didn't get a chance to come you really
did miss out. I believe one gentleman came from as far as El Paso.
We'll do it again most likely next year after the new runway is put
And here is the link to Tate's pictures:
Weapons of war (battling with tires) ...Michael Burbidge
I'm working on my second condition
inspection. My tires needed flipping. I heard various methods for
breaking the beads. It seemed like it should be easy.
Teen Flight RV-12 Auction
Portland is a program of Airway Science for Kids, Inc., a non-profit
organization in the Portland, Oregon area that provides services and
opportunities to youth from the area. Airway Science for Kids, Inc.
exposes youth, especially those who are socially and economically
challenged, to activities that inspire their interest and growth
toward higher learning and careers in aerospace, science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through the process
building an actual, flying RV-12 aircraft under the supervision of
expert mentors and aviation professionals, participating youth are
exposed to hands-on STEM experiences and gain valuable skills that
truly impact their futures.
N114TF is the 4th RV-12 the program has built since its inception.
Each RV-12 built by the program is auctioned and sold to fund the
next aircraft project for a new cohort of youth. The TeenFlight 4
class members that built this airplane, and others before them, are
moving on to even greater things, including engineering studies in
college, professional flight training and other related next steps.
By purchasing this aircraft, you will support the ongoing legacy of
the TeenFlight program and the incredibly positive influence it has
in the lives of participants!
The RVs Using APRS
(it's pretty easy actually) and should be taking my amateur radio
license exam in the next 2-3 weeks. They give the test every few
days somewhere in the Dallas area. Then I'll start looking for
I spent a few minutes over the weekend
starting a section where I could spotlight those RV pilots that are
using an APRS tracker. If you fly an RV, and have an APRS tracker,
and would like it listed on this page, just shoot me a note.
I'm about halfway through my
Anyway, if you're interested in seeing where
some of the RV Rock Stars have been traveling, simply click on 'APRS
Tracking' in the menu at the upper left corner of the front
page. Use the radio buttons next to each flight to select
multiple flights and then click the 'map it' button (turn your
smartphone landscape if using that).
September 9, 2016. Issue No. 4,200.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and
Rob Reece RV-8 at the Van Cave.
(fitting cowl w/old engine case)
28 July- Faith, SD (cont.) ...Scott Chastain's 'America the
It was just after noon when I walked into
King’s Drive-In. I ordered the largest burger they had on the
menu with fries and a blueberry shake. I told my server, a large
girl with red hair and blue jeans, to hold off on the shake until
after I was through eating:
28 July- Faith, SD (cont.) ...Scott Chastain's 'America the
In a light sprinkle, I rode quickly back to
the airport. It had suddenly become quite chilly. When I arrived,
the worst of the weather was skirting a parallel track north of the
Welcome AirPRS.com ...new
...ad lives on the front page (FAQ/What's
New). "AirPRS is the web
application for viewing and sharing your flights. With AirPRS you can review
past flights, compare multiple flights, map long cross country trips
– all with a familiar logbook style and using VFR and IFR maps. Whether you
are a student, VFR or Instrument pilot, or CFII, we hope AirPRS helps you
share the enjoyment and learning!
[ed. AirPRS is made possible by the staff at
Lane Studio. Brádan Lane Studio is
headed up by RV-8 builder/pilot Glen Salmon - you know him as 'humptybump'
in the forums. Studying for the ham test now...dr.]
Glen's last ten flights...
Search for 'RV' in the 'Aircraft' link...you
get some returns.
Getting Started with APRS
Mothership at Reno
"Going to the Reno Air Races this year?
Van's Aircraft will have a booth in the Pit Area, come say hello and
check out the RV-14!"
Mothership at Petit Jean ...Adam Burch
"Just wanted to let everybody know that
Van's will be there (myself and Sterling) with the RV-14 this year!
Looking forward to meeting everyone!"
Day Thirteen. Warming Up! ...Vlad's Alaska
Day Thirteen. Airports Below ...Vlad Alaska
Day Thirteen. On A Prowl ...Vlad Alaska
Day Thirteen. By The Pool ...Vlad Alaska
September 8, 2016. Issue No. 4,199.
There’s this lady I’ve been seeing...
I don't know her name and she doesn't know
mine, but we exchange glances for about a half second, twice a
Our family’s RV-6 has been flying since
2002. Back then, in my late 30s, I seemed to have more disposable
income and flew more (two full time jobs). Did those ‘long trips’.
These days there's a kid in college and another one about to start
driving, and everything seems to be more expensive insurance wise,
and proper maintenance on a slightly-past-middle-age body costs more
now. So, that means sticking to the budget pretty tightly. That also
means my flights are of much shorter duration for the most part.
Usually 12 to 18 minutes and local. Looking at my logbook shows
basically several vertical columns of the number '2'. I try to fly
a couple of times a week, and that is enough now to keep the juices
flowing and the skill set, while not razor-sharp, at least sharper
than a butter knife.
So Tuesday, as planned, I logged 12 min. and
did a VOR check over our field when I returned (the TTT VOR 133*
radial centers right on our runway where the overhead break occurs –
break when the needle centers). So I’m off to meet my friend. I
pick a random direction/altitude and set up a practice emergency
landing on a grass runway west of my local area which has a house
positioned a few hundred feet near the north end – a private
residence with their own runway. Adding power at the go around point
lets her know that I'm in the area and am wishing to say hello.
Holding the runway centerline to the south I let the speed build
back up, and after crossing the south end I begin a climbing 90°
turn to the west followed by a 270° counterclockwise turn which, if
I adjust properly for wind, lines me back up on the centerline for a
south to north pass.
Landing lights on and holding an altitude
that would be perfectly suitable for scaring deer off a runway
before landing. 140 knots. There's a small grove of trees maybe 300
feet southwest of her house - passing those I start to look. I
dip the wing just a tad right and can, on most mornings, just for a
second, actually for less than a second, spot an elderly woman
waving to me from her porch. She's leaning out with one arm
extended up. About half the time I see the dog running around
in the yard before I get to a spot where I can see the porch. If I
see the dog, I know she'll be there.
"Good Morning!" I say out loud while
gently rocking the wings. I would like to assume she is saying the
same. I've never landed to introduce myself. I think that would
spoil it. I wonder if she sits at her table, eating breakfast
and watching TV, wondering if her 'pilot friend' will visit this
We're coming up on the two year anniversary
shortly of Mom's passing, and for the last couple of weeks I've been
helping my sister square away final details for selling mom's house.
Calling roofing contractors and other miscellaneous stuff
interspersed with working on this website. 2016 has had its low
spots, so this uplifting, life-affirming bi-weekly ritual that helps
me refine muscle memory, emergency procedures and more is not taken
for granted. I miss my mom dearly, but am grateful to have this new
friend. This friend that I only visit in 1-second intervals courtesy
the most satisfying aircraft on the planet.
I do know if it was my mom on that porch,
she would call later and ask, "Douglas, can it go any faster?"
She really dug the speedy metal.
RTB. NAVCOMM 1 tuned to the TTT 133*.
NAVCOMM 2 GPS direct 52F for the miles-out radio call. Dedicated
traffic screen on the EFIS for the overhead to 17. Smooth
pull, on speed and altitude at the perch, respectable half-circle to
short final with good AOA, (NESA) at wings level (a little
not enough straight away), touchdown past the crumbly north end of
our runway and flaps up for the Charlie turn. Never perfect.
Always room for improvement.
Back on Terra I see Kay readying his 8A,
giving Phil and Jackie’s dog a little pat before he climbs in. It
seems others have the same idea as me. These planes make you
I return home recharged, ready to continue
the ascent of Mt. E-mail and the never-ending
opportunities of managing an Internet-facing business.
I'm already looking forward to the next
First Flight Lessons - Nose Wheel pre load ...Aussieflyer RV-14A
28 July- Faith, SD (cont.) ...Scott Chastain
It was with joy on my heart and by the thrust of freedom that I was
received in the beauty of Faith that morning. I was tickled by her signs as
I entered town. They were quaintly genuine, a stark contrast to the dazzling
but beautiful digital billboards of New York City. Here, America painted her
face with an altogether different kind of beauty---the kind of beauty that
was born of desolation, of the grit and gristle of life on the high plains:
September 7, 2016. Issue No. 4,198.
Reminder: Free Garmin
Experimental Avionics Seminar my home field this Saturday (52F near DFW).
Brian Hupe is bring Garmin toys for you to play with. See you there!
Somewhere over Iowa ...petehowell
Coming home from visiting the baby and
friends in Ames...[ed. Beautiful Pete!
Thank you for sharing! dr]
40 Hours DONE! ...KRviator (Sydney, Aust.)
Today I finished flying off the Phase-I
testing and I thought I'd celebrate with a bit of coastal flying on
the way back to Cessnock. You know, some poor buggers have to pay
hard earned cash for this kind of thing!
Welcome Bob Miller
Been in aviation a while incl USN a while back and typ brand M, C,
P, and B spamcans for family and business travel. Now that the four
kids are moving towards - off - and beyond college I'm looking to
get more into the EAB and specifically RV world. (...dabbled in EZ
land and felt I'd need several lifetimes to finish). I started a
custom machine company - I enjoy making things and likely plan to
build - however - had an opportunity I could not refuse to share a
flying RV-6A. I have put about 70 hrs on it and really impressed.
The original builder has long moved on to other pursuits so I will
have some maintenance questions for you builders!!
VAF Courtesy Car List
28 July- Faith, SD ...Scott Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
After surviving the tempest in Knox, Indiana
a few days earlier, I figured sleeping through another thunderstorm
was going to be a non-event. The storm that night in Pierre seemed
fairly timid by comparison. The place where I was pitched seemed
timid, too. I wasn’t in the least concerned about my safety in the
company of other squatters whose transience, very much like my own,
had them likewise sleeping in tents on the banks of the Missouri
River. But nothing could have prepared me for the rude awakening I
received that night.
The depth of my sleep could only be measured by the violence with
which I was suddenly and mercilessly ripped from it. There may just
as well have been a fire hose blasting the side of my tent, because
that’s what it sounded like when the sprinklers came on. My pathetic
little world got torn apart by water the grass probably didn’t need
anyway, and it went on long enough for me to realize that any sleep
I did manage to get that night would be a gift truly to be clung to
RV-3B Status Update ...David Paule
Lately I've been working on my replacements
for the F-312 ribs. These run from the firewall center engine mount
bolts to the main spar bulkhead, a lot like on the RV-4. The RV-3B
plans calls for a rib that doesn't quite get to the spar bulkhead.
It's slanted and terminates on the belly skin just forward of the
wing spar splice fittings.
First I had to lay out the part and cut it to shape. You should be
able to see the layout. I have a borrowed air nibbler that leaves a
spiral kerf. In this case there was a narrow edge that was attached
so I had a rare two-stage squiggly.
Status Report ...Raymo
I spent the 3 day weekend prepping and
installing the windshield so I could then do the final fit of the
canopy. All went well with the Sikaflex installation.
Next weekend will be installation of the side skirts and fiberglass
to cover the gaps.
September 6, 2016. Issue No. 4,197.
Our daughter Audrey sat
last Saturday (Graduate Record Examinations) - start of graduate school
process. Scored 161 out of 170 (huh?).
So very proud of the work this young lady has put in and just how
focused she is. All while working (3) jobs....lab tech, T.A. and
nanny. Still getting used to the pink hair, but considering how
she is crushing school I've got no complaints whatsoever <g>. Go
27 July- Pierre, SD ...Scott Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
The Dove and I ascended from Odegaard
Field through a glorious breakup of bad weather and into the sunny
skies that led to the southwest. In just over an hour, it was clear
that I would not be able to proceed any further than the foot of the
Great Plains; the rising terrain ahead was socked in with an
impenetrable meringue left over from the passing cold front. Making
an aggressive descent and passing over mid-field at Pierre, South
Dakota (PIR), I yanked the Dove into the downwind for runway
31 and looked at the earth racing by. There were a few corporate
jets parked centrally on the field, and the tarmac was torn up and
barricaded right in front of the FBO. Then I noticed another area
near the approach end of 31 that was set aside for crop dusters and
aerial firefighters. After landing, I decided to taxi there and park
next to a quonset hut-style hangar:
27 July- Pierre, SD (cont.)...Scott Chastain's 'America the
27 July- Pierre, SD (cont. cont.)...Scott Chastain's 'America
"The hypnotic and heavenly tapping of light
rain on tent fabric lulled me into a much needed sleep. Then things
Heading to the Airport ...BruceMe
Cowl is done and fits. Fuel tank is
done. Engine is on and mostly installed. Canopy is fit.
Fuselage rivets are repaired. I'd like to wrap up a number of
small issue, then get it to the airport where it belongs next
VANS at Sywell (UK) ...WVM
VANS was at Sywell this weekend for the 70th
birthday of the Light Aircraft Association in UK. I wanted to share
a few pictures with you. Enjoy.
During the presentation (same presentation as on homebuilders diner
September/October 2016 FAA Safety Briefing ...40 pages (PDF)
Day 11. Tracking Pacific ...Vlad's Alaska
Day 11. Driving the Shore...Vlad's Alaska
Day 11. Back to USSR with Jae...Vlad's Alaska
Day 12. Город Сан Франциско!...Vlad's
First Engine Start ...Mark Dickens
If you're bored and want to watch yet
another first engine start video, click here:
No leaks and no fire...engine misses a little at first. Got some
work to do there. All temps looked good.
September 5, 2016. LABOR
DAY. Issue No. 4,196.
Saturday morning just before 0705 I was laying in bed reading the news on
my phone when I thought I could hear a large truck, like a cement
truck, outside slamming doors and making a lot of creaking noise.
Also I thought I heard our son opening and closing cabinets
downstairs. That's odd… What's he doing up? He'll sleep until
noon if you let him. Later in the day I found out it was the earthquake
up in Oklahoma, magnitude 5.6, centered 221 miles north of me.
Minimal damage I later read. RV-8 owner Gary Platner was
visiting his mother in nearby Bartlesville. I gave him a call later
in the day and asked if he felt it (uh, yeah). He said he rolled
back over and went back to sleep. Well, there you go...
I hope you have today off from work and that you do something fun and/or
relaxing with your family and friends!
9A Painted! ...Bruce Peters
Day 9. The Areharts...Vlad's Alaska
Day 10. Stratovolcano Aerial...Vlad's Alaska
Day 10. Via Terrace to Oweekeno Nation....Vlad's Alaska
Day 10. Back to CONUS...Vlad's Alaska
as the storm came on land ...Brian Thompson
27 July: Kindred, ND ...Scott Chastain
27 July: Kindred, ND (Cont.) ...Scott Chastain
RV-3B Flying! ...Larry DeCamp
66 Hours and lots of fun!
September 2, 2016. Issue No. 4,195.
of the site already know how uncomfortable it makes me asking for yearly
donations. But if I don't do just that every now and then, I can't
keep the VAF business afloat. Donations are the difference between profit and
loss each year. 2016 is now 2/3rds over and
have donated (out of 22,661 registered forum users and another 30,000+
unregistered regular 'lurkers').
Call it one out of every fifty
readers so far - roughly $20K after taxes.
If you don't think your honor
system donation matters, please let me assure you it most certainly
does!! The I.T. costs associated with maintaining a forum of this
size runs in the neighborhood of buying a 2-year old Honda Accord
yearly. All I've ever asked is that if you visit the site
regularly, please support it with a $25/yr donation. That's $2.08
a month for something you might visit multiple times a day.
If you've donated in the last nine years, your name is searchable in the
THANK YOU!!! to those individuals who help support this website
with their yearly honor system
I'm sorry for having this commercial up top today. I didn't enjoy
writing it probably like you didn't enjoy reading it. I'm the
breadwinner in our family and I gotta make it work.
The mothership is closed on Monday for Labor Day, but there will be a
Monday VAF edition.
Susie, Audrey, Tate and I would like to wish
you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
Support this site
VAF Hurricane Inland Relocation List ...don't forget it's there
for you to use!
26 July: Roseau, MN ...Scott C
"The approach of a Minnesota morning
pleasantly fell upon the room, and soon I would awaken to the sound
of my soul. I would awaken to the yearnings of my childhood, to the
echoes of an innocence that had been calling me across the American
continent for five wonderful weeks.
I would awaken to a crop duster takeoff. I would awaken to the
freedom of flight"
Update on the Lobster Fly-In
It looks like 10+ plus RVs are coming in
early for the Lobster get-together at Youngs lobster Sept 16th. Most
everyone is stay at my house or other Belfast RVrs homes. We still
have a few more places to put up anyone who wants to come early for
the dinner on Friday.
Day 9. Matanushka Charm and Punches of Tazlina...Vlad's Alaska
The Tour of the Glaciers started with
Matanushka. Beautiful place the ride was very smooth.
Day 9. Nabesna Grandeur and Gulkana Hospitality...Vlad's Alaska
Wondering How Popular RV's Are?
Here's a screen grab off a FAA
Eagle's Nest Projects - Welcomes Granbury High School (TX)
Pop Rivet Art
September 1, 2016. Issue No. 4,194.
Jason got his first ride in an RV Wednesday
at my home field. He's a pilot for Southwest Airlines and hopes to
start building an RV-8 sometime in the near future. He seems pretty
happy about the ride :-).
September Wallpaper Calendar
...courtesy Ed Hicks.
26 July- Roseau, MN ...Scott Chastain's 'America the Beautiful'
After making my appointment at the
Polaris factory for a 2:00 p.m. tour, I drove back to the
airport to change into a pair of shoes. On the way, I stopped at the
Roseau War Veterans Memorial that was located in a park along
the main highway. Surrounded by engraved stones memorializing the
lives of veterans of WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War,
the centerpiece read, “Honoring all who served, and dedicated to the
noble deeds of the men and women of Roseau County who served their
country, and especially to the everlasting memory of those who gave
their lives to preserve the freedoms of humanity.”
I was deeply reminded of my purpose by the efficacy of the message
and by the beauty of the memorial itself as it lay awash in the
mid-day sun of an American small town. It fully reinstilled the aim
of my mission as I ventured forth from the square and drove back
onto the wheat-bordered airport. There was a harvest coming soon:
Kevin's RV-7 ...status.
Day 8. Divergent ...Vlad's Alaska
Unalakleet morning started early. I
desperately needed a telephone. First person showed up at a Bering
outfit around 7:30 but they are opening at 8. It appeared to be a
long day. I bought couple gallons of gas to top off the gent at the
counter was trying to give me more change then I paid. They don't
have a knack for math in Unalakleet he was glad to get his seventy
bucks back. A call to Flight Service yielded what I expected. VFR
not recommended icing starts at 10,000 feet all the way down to my
next planned destination Cold Bay PACD. Another lesson learned when
FSS tells you something you don't want to hear you better listen.
Otherwise you will end up like myself 200 NM off course and nearly
300 NM short of your destination.
Day 9. Exiting Alaska...Vlad's Alaska
... it's time to move on. Palmer, AK is a
great stop for a weary traveler. Lodging and food in walking
distance from the airport. $5 for overnight parking well worth it.
ADS-B and smog?
My father-in-law and I flew up to Kentucky
to pick up a plane this morning. We were cruising about 5500 feet
past Nashville and he says, "Hey did you check weather?" I said,
"Well yeah, it's supposed to be clear til this afternoon when the
thunderstorms build up." Then he shows me this on the G3X Touch
radar screen and says, "What the heck!" Looked like light to
moderate rain covering the Nashville area... but the other picture
is the view out the window in that direction. The METARs we got in
the area all showed clear below 12,000 and good visibility.
There is an Air Quality Alert today, with a defined haze layer and a
fair amount of smog. Would smog show up as moderate rain on ADS-B?