Thu Apr 16, 2015.
Punta Cana ...Rosie and friends
PIREP: Caribbean ...Cards
Half way through the first full day. We've
almost worked out a comm protocol. This bar / that pool.
Started the morning calling room numbers to coordinate
breakfast with the majority of the crew. We finished that
after a couple of hours of telling stories and eating. Then
off to a waterpark a short walk on the same resort. That was
crazy fun with water slides. Rosie, Dave and I had never
done the water slide thing. We only expected to be there for
30-40min, but were there for a couple of hours.
Back to Lunch with six of us then to the pool with swim up
bar where the rest of the afternoon was spent with Scoot,
Cookie, Taco, Bell, Shiner, Diddy, Rosie, Tuppergal, Nordo...
Rosie taught us some kinder garden songs in the pool. Dave
got some new pimp-daddy flip flops that he is supposed to
wear to dinner in an hour.
Tomorrow, some will be going scuba diving and further
exploring for our last full day here at Punta Cana before we
launch to the next adventure on Friday.
The water is warm, the breeze is cool, and the company
at "Die AERO 2015" Germany ...Bruce Eicher
This is my friend (and father of my exchange
student son Matthis) Klaus Peter. Klaus is one wing short
(not bolted on that is) of flying his own RV-7A. He will get
that gorgeous bird flying very soon. I know his sons are
excited to take flight with their father.
Here he has helped Van's set up and show the great product
to Europe. Leaning over is Daryl and of course Dick is next
Traffic Alert ...don't depend on it 100%.
Went on a short trip last week with a friend
in his Bonanza to show off his Garmin 750 and ADSB receiver,
comparing features to the Dynon Skyview in my RV. Leveled
off at 3000, watched him put autopilot on, then looked
directly ahead and saw an oncoming airplane. I said
"Traffic, straight ahead" and pointed. He said "Don't see 'em"
then maybe two seconds later "I don't" and I grabbed the
wheel, turned hard and pulled. As I turned the wheel, I
heard from the Garmin, "Traffic Alert, Same Altitude."
Within a five or six seconds a Cessna Caravan passed just
behind us, maybe a quarter mile, same altitude.
This was a worst case scenario, two fairly fast airplanes
approaching head on, closing at 300 knots or so. I did some
reading later and found that Dynon will give a Traffic
Advisory warning if a 1/4 mile conflict is projected to
occur in the next 30 seconds. Dynon also states there may be
a lag of 2-12 seconds due to radar (did they say lag) and
other technical issues. I suspect the Caravan did not have
ADSB out and we were getting his position from TIS. Uh, let
me think.... say 20 seconds plus a 1/4 mile would have put
the advisory about two miles apart. Don't know how that
compares to the Garmin but that is not much time and
certainly not the warning we received.
For several weeks I have been oohing and aahing about seeing
all that traffic on my display. Yes, it really is neat
technology. With all that it will do, there are limitations.
I've been flying 38 years and seen a few airplanes close up.
Made a couple of turns to add some distance. This is the
only time I have seen another plane when pointed directly at
each other. There is little time to react.
& Bonnie Lewis
"Beautiful day in the Bahamas.
adjustable back riveting bucking partner
Living in the mountains, often there is no
bucking partner around. Sweetie had to go out of town and
Lucy needed her bottom aft fuselage skin riveted. The brain
cells went to work so meet Homer Jr. Basically he is a
hydraulic jack on a furniture dolly holding a back rivet
bucking bar. The video should explain better.
From the Mother Ship
Wed Apr 15, 2015.
Meter - 4,000 hours!!!!!!!!! ...Rosie
Today was a big day for me in a couple of ways, but this was
a HIGHLIGHT that
occurred about an hour out from landing at Punta Cana (MDPC)
in the Dominican Republic..."
flight 74285 ...Guilhermepilot (Brazil)
flight ...Mike Henning RV-4
RV-4, SN#2750 (N654ML) took flight on Apr
12, 2015. It flew great and the engine/prop ran great as
well. It was off in a flash and I climbed out at 115kts, at
2500 fpm. Oil temp was a little low, so I will restrict some
air there, and oil pressure needs to be increased a little.
Stalls were clean with a nice warning and recovered right
away. After 30 minutes I made a perfect landing (super ez to
land it) on video.
I have about 5 years of building spread out over 25
years..... ouch, but well worth it.I have cowl off and going
through the engine checking everything again, as well as
control linkages and hope to fly again today.
Homestead (FL) to the Dominican Republic...Rosie
[ed. Rosie, I'm
continually floored at how well you promote these trips!
My uneducated guess is you have single-handedly convinced
hundreds of people to jump into the RV hobby! dr]
RV-A model near DFW for Transition Training ...Sid
For the DFW area Crowd, particularly near
52F Northwest Regional:
I request use of an RV-7A (preferred), or 6A, 9A, or 8A for
dual training to satisfy the insurance folks at NationAir.
They need me to accomplish 2 hours of dual instruction in an
A-model RV. I have an RV-experienced CFI lined up (Gary
Platner), and I just need the aircraft.
Can anyone help?
Caribbean Trip 2015
The grand adventure is yet again afoot.
Stuff happens out here in the world that you just couldn't
make up if you tried and creates some great memories. We're
spending just as much time recounting past adventures to the
newbies as actively creating new *very* impressionable ones
at every turn.
Tue Apr 14, 2015.
...Tommy Lewis (RV-10)
"...Took my watch off. On island time! No
Mothership FB Post
...Summer of Opportunities
"...This is a re-run of a posting many
months ago. However, it has an update, and photos that we
feel you will find interesting. Dick VanGrunsven."
Day 5- Clearwater to Venice ...Rosie
Fresh Off the Bench at www.SteinAir.com
click to enlarge
to think ahead
I have a question about an upcoming step.
I'm thinking about how these holes will be countersunk or
dimpled. In this first pic, do these holes get dimpled or
countersunk? And how about the holes on the bottom of the
a chair at "the Bucking Bar"! ...humptybump
53VG now has a pilot friendly soda bar!
Serving various sodas on tap as well as authentic malts.
Non-PICs can also enjoy a beer or home made carbonated
Sale: 2008 RV-7A
[ed. A WONDERFUL
example of how to present a For Sale listing in the VAF
Mon Apr 13, 2015.
Flight - N781TD ...Trevor Conroy RV-7
Today our RV-7 made its first FLIGHT in the
comfortable and experienced hands of Joe Blank who
graciously agreed to be our test pilot.
to Florida Keys ...Troy Branch RV-10
We got into Clearwater yesterday evening. We
had lunch with Brandi and Brian in Atlanta and really did
not know if we would get around the line. Tops were at
45000ft. We headed for the gap near Jacksonville and found a
way through. Stopped in Gainsville for a pee stop and fuel
to get out of there just before a cell went through. Nice
sunset ride into KPIE.
2100 NM in two days. These kids are great flyers!
Great day on the beach today. Down to the keys on Thursday.
Slider IFR Quick Panel ...Rob Hickman
2015 ...Tommy Lewis RV-10
Tom and Bonnie flew to the Bahamas on Sat
morning. We left TX on Wed because of weather concerns, and
we are retired so we can, and flew to Pompano a Beach to
spend a couple days.
So we flew into Marsh Harbor and have a house rented on
Elbow Cay in Hopetown for a week. Sutters and Moores are
with us. Here is the view off our deck.
Kitplanes "Best Of...." Photo Contest - Sunsets!
be back to building before the end of summer ...Gil Brice move
Fri Apr 10, 2015.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
...from the factory
FB page (more pics).
FB page and/or this VAF
Checking in w/Rosie
Day 1 (parts
It's been a long day and was up at 0400 PDT
and now getting online at 2100 PDT; It's been a long but
GREAT DAY of flying! Tuppergal got to sleep in as my
co-worker Herb Turner and I were up early then airborne by
about 0510 (still dark). I had packed the plane the night
before so here's our my luggage for the 3-week trip...
Lunch today with Rosie at Stephenville, TX (BBQ) ...KSEP
Rosie's Spot Tracker
N260KM "Kelli Girl" is now an AIRPLANE!
...more on Sid's recent DAR inspection.
Can I fix a mis-aligned HS mounting hole?
I've been procrastinating on asking this
question, because I'm afraid of the answer. I
discovered that 3 out of four attachment holes that I
hand-drilled for my horiz. stab. are PERFECT! One, however,
is less than perfect; i.e. not perpendicular. I
have 2 ideas to solve this problem and am asking for some
1) drill a larger hole that will encompass the crooked/mis-aligned
holes in the attachment bracket and HS spar.
2) leave the hole as is, and fabricate some bevelled washers
to act as shims so that the load is not concentrated on the
edge of the bolt head and opposite nut when torqued.
Aero Sport Power Introduces the New 200+HP, 382 'Wildcat'
Overreaction ...great comedy from Pete Howell
...if you've seen the 'Real Men of Genius'
Bud Light commercials, you're gonna love this.
Engine Start ...Dan Weyant 9A
Just a quick update.
Did first engine start yesterday. The engine ran great (Aerosport
Power XIO-320) after we pre-oiled it started on about three
I've got a couple minor issues, idle needs some adjustment,
Also, no fuel pressure, and no tach reading but overall I'm
quite pleased with the first run.
I again!!!!! First engine start ...Guilherme video
Probable Cause Issued:
bead of RTV silicone was found in the fuel line, and it is
likely that it blocked the inlet of the transducer and
starved the engine of fuel...."
RV Probable Cause List
Donations List Updated
Thank you to those individuals and
advertisers who support this small business with their hard
Your grateful hosts,
The Reeves family.
Thu Apr 9, 2015.
to hangar !!!!!!!!!!! ...Guilhermepilot
Flight TOM.DK RV-8 ...Thomas Damm (Denmark)
After 9 years, 3 months I got my MISTRESS II
in the air from EKBI for :32. GREAT! A little heavy on the
left wing, otherwise nothing serious!
For school, 3 of my kids had to build a
diorama of some room in our house. One of my boys did our
garage complete with our part-way build RV-10. He used
actual Van's supplied scrap aluminum.
They all did a good job. My wife wrote about it on her blog
for those interested: blog post link.
I thought the VAF crowd would appreciate the garage. I
for White/Green RV-8 that visits Moriarty
"My kneeboard is in your plane".
How/Why/What About Defining 'Phases of Flight'
I plan to install 470 rivets at the F-1016H
bracket location. It doesn't say anything about
countersinking or dimpling anything, but then the callout is
for a flush #3 rivet.
Is there a reason there needs to be flush rivets here?
rubs on cowl
Looking for something obvious that I'm
probably overlooking. I did my first trial fitting of the
prop hub last night and it's rubbing up against the cowls.
There's also about a 1/4" vertical mis-alignment. I hung my
engine first, then fit the cowl after letting it "settle"
for about a month. I searched through the forum last night
and saw that there's a little bit of room to trim the aft
end of the backing plate, but since I have two misalignments
I suspect that I've done something wrong.
Mode S Transponder Software Upgrades at Sun-N-Fun 2015
We started providing free software upgrades
for Garmin Mode S transponders used in Experimental aircraft
at Oshkosh 2014, and it was such a bit hit that we decided
to offer this again at Sun-N-Fun 2015.
Just brig your GTX23ES, GTX330, or GTX330ES transponder in
to us at the Garmin booth at SNF (Northeast Corner of North
Hangar building) and we will install V7.04 software into
your transponder while you wait. It only takes about 2
minutes to accomplish this update.
Sorry, but we are not equipped to perform sign-offs for
certified aircraft, so please only bring us transponders
that are installed in experimental aircraft.
Even if you don't have a transponder to upgrade, be sure to
drop by our booth to say hello and/or attend a seminar.
Hope to see you at Sun-N-Fun!
April Issue Online
...and you're gonna like page 4
Wed Apr 8, 2015.
Sid Mayeux 7A Is Officially An Airplane!!!...yesterday in Roanoke, TX.
Sid 'scrollF4' Mayeux and Mel Asberry.
Composite Bagage Door Project?...input from Kevin Walsh.
Don't give up so easily. I've nearly
finished building a whole plane from composites, and you're
throwing in the towel on a door?! The project you're
describing can be done in two work sessions, maybe 4 hours
total work. It would be much less if you were doing this on
a regular basis and had all of the materials at hand.
You just need some thickness to the part when it is done. 2
layers of carbon, especially if it is flat and doesn't have
curvature in a couple directions, will be pretty floppy. You
can add thickness in the form of hex core or foam core.
Do just as you said, making a new door from plastic, tape,
whatever you like. Cover it with packing tape as a mold
release, and spend some time getting it right so the tape is
smooth and doesn't overlap. Do a layup of fiberglass over
this area, and do yourself a favor and put some soda straws
into the back of it in an X pattern. Cover the straws with a
layer of glass too. Let this cure and then pop it off. Sand,
micro fill, and sand the face of that mold.
Mold release the face with either more packing tape, or
preferably spray PVA. Layup a sandwich of 2 layers of
carbon, one layer of
Lantor Soric that is cut ~1/2 - 1" smaller in each
direction so that you have a carbon-carbon bond on the edge,
then a final layer of carbon. Peel ply the back with Dacron,
and let it set up. If you're after a nicer part, vacuum bag
Lo-Vac it. When it is cured, pop it out, sand the face,
and prime and paint as usual.
You could also use the soda straw X instead of the Soric,
but it is tougher to get the carbon over the straws to lay
nicely. The Soric will make you have a finished door that is
~0.150" thick, and very stiff. DanH is correct, anywhere you
have a metal fastener you should add a patch of fiberglass
to electrically separate the carbon and the metal.
Watch out for those carbon slivers. They hurt!
VAF Courtesy Car List Grows
...added Wisconsin and Nebraska cars.
Dynon Press Release
New Lower D2 Pocket Panel Pricing
we're announcing new lower pricing on our popular D2 Pocket
Panel Portable EFIS. Now even more pilots will be able to
add a modern, affordable backup safety device to supplement
their often unreliable legacy certified instrumentation. The
new list price is only $1095 and takes effect Wed, April 8.
Customers may see even find lower street pricing from Dynon
dealers and at the upcoming shows.
New Remote Magnetometer for SkyView and SkyView 12.2
also excited to announce a new optional Remote Magnetometer
for SkyView. The Remote Magnetometer adds additional
installation flexibility for customers building SkyView into
their aircraft by letting them locate the magnetic sensors
remotely from the rest of the ADAHRS.
Meanwhile, the transponder update in SkyView 12.2 software
demonstrates Dynon’s leadership and commitment to helping
its customers properly equip for FAA 2020 ADS-B Out rule
The remote magnetometer and SkyView 12.2 are expected to
release at the end of April.
Garage Workshop for RV building - Ice Damming?
So I'm having a new house built, and I've
incorporated into the plans some customization to support
making my garage into an RV building workshop.
Contractor calls me today asking about this, we get to
talking, and he says something to the effect of:
"Well if you're going to heat your garage, you're going to
have to watch for ice damming in the garage roof and the
soffits just outside the door ..."
Basically, the warm air will escape from around the garage
door, which is of course not sealed like normal doors
usually are, and rise, and possibly (likely) freeze and
cause ice damming on the soffits or whatever happens to be
in its way ... (in cold Canadian winter, of course).
For those of you from cold climates and and with garage
workshops ... is this something you run into? How do you
solve it (easily/cheaply)?
Touch v3.60 Line of Chevrons Pointing to Best Glide Airport ...G3X
NTSB Safety Alerts
Tue Apr 7, 2015.
My RV-8 is officially an airplane ...Christer at SteinAir
After 5 1/2
years of construction, my RV-8 is now officially airworthy.
Many thanks to everyone that has endured my questions and
offered support, especially my co-workers at SteinAir.
Report ...Brian 'hydroguy2'
Update...getting close to 9,000!
537 RV Probable Causes
1/1/1990 - 3/31/2015.
Broken down by 'Phase of Flight'. The FAA docs showed
11 categories, so I threw them into a pie chart out of
curiosity. The number next to category name is the
number of accidents in that phase out of 537, followed by
the percentage. Obviously, if the probable cause hasn't been
published yet, it's not in here. Down the road I'll
refresh the data.
What I took away from this is even
'Standing' around an airplane can be dangerous.
click to enlarge
Probable Cause List
Auto Pilot Servo Installation
Need some help... do you think that this
setup will work.... I am having second thoughts re the end
Of...." Photo Contest...Kitplanes Magazine
...voting for aircraft wiring photos this
Speaking of Paul
Most days I think I have it pretty good.
No status meetings, shorts, tennis shoes and a ball cap on
most days over 50*F. An RV-6 to putt around in on nice
mornings every so often.
Then Paul sends
me this a day ago or so. OK, you win this
Mon Apr 6, 2015.
taking over Canada! ...RickWoodall
Airworthiness Inspection and First Engine Start ...TCONROY
I am so happy and proud to report that after
5 1/2 years of building, we had our Airworthiness Inspection
by Gary Brown last week. Gary is a local DAR in the Portland
area. He carefully looked over each of the aircraft's
systems and gave many little tips and tricks to operating
the -7 since he also built one. After a couple hours of
looking the airplane over, going through all of the
paperwork and explaining our Operating Limitations, Gary
presented my father and I with a crisp piece of pink paper
with my name and our N number on it. The RV Grin began...
The BIG cut!!!! ...David Boeshaar 9A
Well, we did it! On a beautiful warm SoCal
day, I conquered my fear, and made the big cut.
I watched the VAF forums for advice, waited for a warm day,
built a custom table, measured fifty times and finally did
Ramona, CA RV Fly-in this weekend - 4-11 ...Jim Potter 9A
Come join us at the Ramona Airport for the
2nd Annual RV Fly-In this weekend. We will have fantastic
Bar-B-Q and lots of great folks from the RV community.
Currently we have over 50 planes registered - See website
link and register if you are coming. Ramona is also in
the center of SoCal wine country so stay the weekend and
enjoy the local wineries..
Man for Mr. Bob McKay ...West Coast Ravens
Airspace Infiltrated ...Andy Olech RV-7
From Tina's Pilot Shop
Fri Apr 3, 2015.
Rob Ray photo
Rosie & Tuppergal’s Caribbean Trip 2015
"...This year, we are flying to the
Dominican Republic, Antigua and Dominica with some wonderful
friends. The main group will return home from Dominica but
we'll keep going to make it three weeks to visit some other
islands...maybe even stay a fourth week if we are having TOO
Lunch with Rosie - Hard 8 BBQ in Stephenville Friday on April
10th @ 11am
...consider yourself invited!
Formation with TBM Avenger ...Ted Chang video
This evening we had a chance to fly a three
ship with a TBM Avenger leading two RVs. The TBM pilot,
McStevie is also a RV6 owner. Craig C flew #2 in a RV6 and I
flew #3 in my RV9A. 160hp RVs are slightly under powered but
managed to stay in most of the time. GoPro camera mounted at
the left wing tiedown location.
We jumped on board too ...woodmanrog starts a -14
Well, it looks like Todd and Myra and I are
all in the same boat. We fell in love with the 14 at SnF
when it was introduced and were just waiting for a completed
plane to come up for sale. That hasn't happened yet, as we
all know, so we too bought a partially built kit (#64) to
finish out for our 4th RV to own. We found a kit that had
the wings, empennage and tailcone already constructed and
decided we wanted to go ahead and finish her out to our
specs. We will purchase the fuselage kit at SnF this year.
We figure that all of the rest of the components should be
ready to build within a year or so. In the meantime, we will
continue to fly N100NT until we are ready to bring the new
baby home. We are going to be assisted in the construction
by Nathan and Chris of Two Bums Aviation in Sebastion, FL.
They have helped put together over 20 RV's and are going to
be invaluable to us. Anyone interested in a really well made
RV6A, get in touch with me in about a year.LOL Check out the
plane in Van's 2011 calendar. We are the December playmate.
DIY Plane Building Gives Unique View of Aviation
Article featuring Dave and Kathy Cadugan.
8 Years Tomorrow
Thu Apr 2, 2015.
April Fools Day ...from the mother ship
"Van’s Aircraft places the final
touches on the RV-12T before 'Sun N Fun'. Pricing and order
forms not yet available although the new model is expected
to be much more expensive due to added structure in the
forward fuselage area made from unobtainium."
O-360 with dual EFII ignition with autowires/plugs,
rebuilt 2009, first engine start Sept 2014 and 96 hours
without any rough running etc last year. 10 hours since
condition inspection, during the condition inspection I sent
the Carb to Marvel Schebler and they enriched it slightly
and replaced the bowl. First 6 hours after the condition
everything ran as it should. I did get fuel at the airport
before the issue, but my tanks sumped clean in the
pre-flight and I had them double check their truck this
go to the airport ...Guilhermepilot
I decided to complete all at home and then
go to the airport put wings and test everything, it is time!
11 months so far going to airport next week.
Status Update ...Central HS STEM Aviation Club
for N241ES ...mchargmg
I just got N241ES home last Friday. She is a
beautiful example of the 6a. We are going to finish the
canopy skirt and the steps in the same gray as the spinner.
Sabrina and I are very excited and looking forward to some
wonderful RV trips.
Upcoming EAA Webinars
Wed Apr 1, 2015.
flight of N882RV ...Kato's 8
Introduction ...Todd Copeland of Pittsburgh
I wanted to introduce myself here to the
group. My name is Todd Copeland, I just bought wing kit #5
from the original buyer and I am looking very much forward
to building my RV-14. My dad and I build together, we have
completed and are flying a Glastar which now has more than
400 hours on it and we are nearly finished with a Glasair
III. I should be doing the first flight in the next two
months or so. We decided we wanted to build one more
airplane before we stop building and I wanted to go to an RV
for all the obvious reasons, especially the straight forward
buildable nature of the Vans kits. I am excited about the
RV-14 and its capabilities as well as the room inside. While
it won't have the all out performance the Glasair does, it
will be a great sport airplane when it's done.
From the factory FB page...
April Wallpaper Calendar Online ...Ed
Probable Cause Clearinghouse...
A project I'm working on to (hopefully) better
spotlight the importance of a safety mindset. The list currently
has (537) RV probable cause (PC)
entries you can discuss in the forums all you want. Use them
as a jump off point to initiate discussion. We start with the
best facts we can get, and work out from there. Hopefully we
learn. The list goes back
9,221 days to 1/1/1990.
For now there is a 'Probable Cause List' menu item
on the front page upper left. The in-the-near-future plan is
to create an additional 'Accident Review' section in the forums where Probable
Cause documents can be spotlighted and more easily discussed/dissected.
Stay tuned...and fly safe. Please.
Tue Mar 31, 2015.
First Airplane Ride! ...crabandy
I wasn't supposed to find out but the wife
spilt the beans and we are adding a boy to the family! I
have to say I'm pretty excited not to be the only guy in the
before the Flagler Beach Airshow ...tc1234c vid
Museum on the Prairie - Cool! ...RKellogg trip write-up
Wing Day ...Bayou Bert
Day Project for the Hangar...Randy Pflanzer
Status ...Chris Johnson
is Up! ...CSJohnson
Organizing Rivet Sets...RKellogg
Repair Plan ...RVG8tor
Transition Training Resource ...Mike Vaccaro
"...It has an EAB module worth a few minutes
of time--especially for folks that are purchasing already
flying EAB types."
Great Circle ...Pahan Ranasingha
Tracking Your Investment
Tate's grades have really been improving,
and I thought I would take a moment to brag a bit on him.
He's in 8th grade. Go Tater!!!
Mon Mar 30, 2015.
of Seagulls @ 9500 ...Toobuilder
New one for me... Typical trip across the
open desert to Phoenix, a route I've taken many times.
Severe clear weather, Fat dumb and happy cruising along on
autopilot and I glance down at the iPad to see what kind of
traffic is out there that I can't see with the eyeballs.
Just a glance, mind you - not minutes of heads down. When I
look up, I see what appears at first to be a cloud of black
smoke off in the distance. It quickly turns into a massive
swarm of bees... Nope, it's birds coming right at me, co
altitude, 12:00, and at 190 knots this distance is closing
rapidly. I rolled into 90 degrees of bank and pulled hard,
narrowly missing the whole mess. It turned out to be several
hundred seagulls flying in a tightly packed, 100 foot
diameter ball. The elapsed time between seeing the faint
"smoke" to pulling g's was about 2 seconds.
The engine for our -4 fastback is assembled
and ready to mount. The baffles will need a little TLC
before they go back on. We went with the 8.5:1 pistons and
the larger wrist pins to boost the power to 160hp. So now we
will have a completely restored 91' RV-4 with a zero time
field overhauled engine. Everything inside is new except for
the crank and rods.
McKay ...Mike S post
Sadly, I am reporting the passing of Bob
McKay today at his home in Cameron AirPark.
Bob was at home, and was in Hospice care.
Bob was still flying his RV 6 when I first moved here, but
had sold the plane a few years back.
He was a POW in WW2.
fairing - min drag ...Steve Melton
So a few weeks back I took the plunge and
bought a partially completed RV-10 empennage kit from a fine
member of VAF (thanks, UnPossible!)
This all was a bit ahead of my schedule (I didn't expect to
be starting for at least 8 more months), but the deal too
good to pass up, IMHO. So now, I have a partial kit, some
tools (also courtesy of VAF Classifieds) on the way, and a
big project (workshop construction) looking me in the face.
I'll be maintaining a build log at the following address, if
anyone wants to stop by and check it out:
thought I'd share a nice pic ...Capfo
After 1 Year the empennage of my RV-3 is
finished. Being a first builder it took probably a little
bit longer (1200 hr). I was curious wether the
fairings can be attached without seeing the pop rivets.
With a little bit of grinding they are nearly invisible. I
used the Stewart Systems EKO Poly Primer , ZC green, for the
HS ,VS and the rudder. For the Elevators I used the EKO Poxy
Primer. Both primers can be reduced with distilled water.
It´s nice to work without solvents. You simply clean the
spray-gun with warm water.
After some rearrangements in the shop I will start the SB
wings in April.
Flight N412HC RV-7 ...carrollcw
Hey all, I just wanted to let you know that
another RV-7 has taken to the air! Thanks to all of you for
your help and guidance along the way. It flew beautifully
with no major issues.
Check this video out
the short list ...KRviator
Fri Mar 27, 2015.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
Check ...Justin Ttwilbeck RV-10
I finally got to see the plane with its
wings on!....for a day. With help from Brian and Brandi we
trimmed the flaps and wing root fairings as needed in less
then a day! Brian was a great help and I'm not sure I could
have gotten the job done before sundown without him.
After a few days away, Aurora Australis
returns home with her new tiger stripe livery. It
looks better than I thought it would, especially in the sun!
Manifold Pressure Mystery ...Tango Mike
Manifold Pressure Mystery:
The airplane: RV-4 with VM-1000 and dual Electroair
ignitions (left gold Gen 1 unit with the MP sensor mounted
on the EIS beside the coil packs, and right purple Gen 2
unit with a rev 1 MP sensor mounted separately).
1) VM-1000 MP reads barometric pressure when the engine
2) After start, the MP advances to mid to high 20s with
about 900 rpm.
3) Left advance reads 17 degrees
4) Right advance reads 28 degrees
5) Neither advance reading changes when the manifold advance
is turned off.
6) During runup, the VM-1000 MP and the advance on each side
remain the same as when the rpm is below 1000.
1) It appears to me that the VM-1000 and both Electroair
EISs are operating normally.
2) It’s important to note that the Gen 1 units have a
different RPM advance curve than the Gen 2 units. I don’t
have my notes with me at the house this evening, but I think
the Gen 1 units are programmed to 18 degrees once RPM is
above 800, and the Gen 2 units are programmed to 25 degrees.
(I also think the Gen 1 units added a degree or two of
advance for every 100 RPM above 1000, but that’s not germane
to this problem.)
3) With MP advance turned on and working on both sides, the
advance readings at low taxi manifold pressures should be
high. They’re not, and they remain at the fixed advance
settings based on RPM, close to the programmed, fixed
advance of 18 degrees on the left and 25 on the right.
4) Turning off the manifold pressure advance causes no
change in advance readings.
5) If the VM-1000 were reading normally, I’d troubleshoot
the manifold pressure ignition advance system.
6) If the manifold pressure ignition advance system were
working properly, I’d investigate the VM-1000. (It’s
important to note that last year I followed forum member
Reggie’s procedures for cleaning the MPT and solved a
problem with erroneous MP readings. That and the fact that
the MP reads atmospheric pressure in static conditions
appears to eliminate the VM-1000 as a suspect in this
7) I’ve removed the hose from the fitting on the engine and
gently applied pressure and vacuum, both of which resulted
in about .2” increase and decrease, respectively.
Investigate the possibility that no MP is being supplied
through the fitting on the #3 cylinder to the VM-1000 MPT
and the two MP sensors?
Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks.
Welcome Kitplanes Magazine...and their monthly photo contest.
Thu Mar 26, 2015.
Adventures of RV-12 N25DV
Mark B was kind enough to fly the RV12 to
Maine on good day. Mark had a great day to fly, it was
cool, low winds, and great visibility. A few pics of Mark
arriving to KBST before tucking her in for the night in the
AOA Pitot Retrofit ...how Pat Hatch did it.
Panel Upgrade 2.5 ...Brian Chesteen
your day job' Thread Continues...
Tailwind Aviation Services Special
...A 2014 labor bill of $8,000USD is now
Wed Mar 25, 2015.
From the factory....
...orders now being taken for RV-14 QB Kits.
Full QB kits as well as 'Wings only' or 'Fuselage only'.
Finish Kit Status Update ...from the factory FB page
Why, yes, we have been working on the RV-14.... Why do
you ask? (And ask... And ask...)
Just to prove it, here´s some photos taken within the
on Clay's Starter Relay ...ClayR 9A
Update - I installed the new starter relay -
same problem.. So, now I have a new battery and new starter
relay and new starter solenoid. Today, I sent my starter
back to SkyTec. (It is the 149-12LSX model that they don't
make any more, so I'm guessing I'm going to end up with
Here's another piece of information that I discovered while
changing the starter solenoid... I had the diode installed
BETWEEN the S and I terminal and had a wire from the I
terminal going straight to ground.
I've been flying for 11 years now and that didn't seem to be
a problem, but as I look at the wiring diagrams, it
obviously isn't correct. I really don't know how this didn't
trip a fuse because it should be a short from the start
switch. There must be some resistance out to that I
I changed the diode to go from S to ground and I is
disconnected. Same symptom though.. still doesn't start.
EDIT: I also found this post
here which leads me
to believe that maybe the inside connection to the I
terminal shorted out long ago so maybe it was still more or
less working the same way since there was a path to ground
through the diode from the S terminal. Interesting that
someone else had their starter relay wired the same way as I
I'm at the stage of preparing the elevator
pitch trim harness. The instructions have you apply silicone
to one end of the harness. I have no experience with this
type of work and I'm wondering what type of silicone to
use......which makes me wonder if there is more than one
type of silicone. What have you other 14 builders been using
surely use some help - trying to figure out this engine problem
I have a Lycoming with about 50 hours on it
that is behaving very badly.
It is cyclical roughness, happening every few minutes. It
begins with roughness, followed by lower RPM's, higher EGT's
(all) and a feeling as if it is self leaning! Fuel flow goes
down by 2-4 GPH too (11+ down to 7 or 8 and EGT's rising to
Peak). A few seconds (20-30) and it cures itself. Then in a
few moments, it all begins again.
Isolating the mag does not improve or make it run worse or
better. Same for the one Lightspeed II/Hall effect I am
running. Feels like the engine is about to give up, then it
takes a breath and goes on normally for a few minutes. It
will run hard and even overspin the CATO prop (it's
underpitched right now), then runs very poorly... like I
need to find a place to land. Goes from 2750 down to 2450,
and then, slowly, back up again. Scary!
Because if "feels" like a fuel issue, I traced everything in
the (new) AFP 150 for loose fittings or fouled filters....
no joy. Cleaned everything and tightened fuel fittings and
no change in the way it runs. Takes a few minutes on the way
to altitude before it starts in, then never corrects. Same
issues regardless of altitude or RPM. Could the mag be
working intermittently? Hall Effect? If so, you would think
isolating them would make it quit altogether, but it doesn't
change anything except the EGT's go way up, and then I get
nervous and switch back to both.
Any thoughts you may have are much appreciated.
'Never Give Up' Category ...Ben Westfall RV-10 project
I'm SN: 40579 started in April 2006 and am
hoping to wrap it up in under 10 years.
Seems life takes up more time than building for me
sometimes. 2 kids, 2 house remodels, laid off in 2009 then
started a business working for myself with some partners. I
work from home and you know how the saying goes I get to
choose which 12 hours a day I work
I've been wiring the panel now for 6 months. I think I'm
finally ready to pull some wires
Somewhat kidding but it seems the planning takes so long
when you redo everything 3 times or more and waffle on every
decision / deviation.
Tue Mar 24, 2015.
No comment necessary....it's perfect.
Rick Krueger photo.
Pre-First Engine Start Update ...AX-O
Tested all my thermocouples and my pressure
sensors this weekend.
I am glad I did that. Turns out my fuel pressure gauge was
showing the wrong pressure, 40 psi static. I spent the
majority of Sunday trying to figure out what the deal was.
Turns out the pressure sensor I am using did not have a
specific diagram. It just said red = 12volts. Well the new
document on the website now states that it is not 12Volts
I will mess around with it next weekend to see if swapping
the power source fixes the problem.
I feel better now that I have compared the sensors to known
quantities and they had the correct reading (except fuel
Status Update ...Guilhermepilot
I managed to fit a 10 row in place...
Update ...Rosie post
Sharkbait has landed at the Equator, about
6.5 flight hours from Grenada
Friday: Homestead (FL) to the British Virgin Islands (fueled
in the Turks and BVI)
Saturday: BVI to Grenada (fueled)
Sunday: Sightseeing in Grenada
Monday: Grenada to Guyana (fuel) then into
RVs can take you anywhere you want to be
Status Report ...KRviator
"...Driving behind the towie, I got to enjoy
the looks of other motorists. Truly classic, with one Postie
nearly doing a backflip trying to make sure his eyes weren't
Report ...rightrudder 9A
Before cinching down the top forward skin, I
had to drill holes in the diagonal brace for the roll hoop,
so I decided to mount the roll hoop as well. It was a little
too wide to get the 7/32" clearance on both sides, so I
MacGuyver'd a press out of my workbench, a scissors jack and
some spare lumber. I tried bending it first with my full
body weight (200 lb.) and while it deflected noticeably, its
springback dimension hadn't changed by a mm.
Got the little clamp widgets done. They're made of a very
burly alloy...it took twice the pressure and twice the time
on the bandsaw to make the angle cuts, but the strength is
Wore out two Unibits making the attach plates for the lower
cowl, but it's final mounted with all the Skybolt fasteners
set a half-turn deeper than flush. May have to adjust after
paint, and settling from vibration. I really didn't need the
floater receptacles, but I didn't have enough of the
standard ones. Clearances of exhaust, alternator, etc. are
all good. Though it's no substitute for removing the lower
cowling, I was very pleased with how much of the induction
system, fuel fittings and linkages you can inspect with only
the upper cowling removed.
I was going to start riveting the top skin, but I thought it
better to mull things over for another day to make sure I
haven't missed anything. But to make the inevitable "panel
dive" a little more comfortable, I ordered carpeting a
couple of days ago. No accidental back surgery via floor
stiffeners for me!
Mon Mar 23, 2015.
Hat Sighting: RV-0.5
Well, I'm not anywhere near as far along as
Guilherme, but last night a friend from
EAA 80 came over and helped me get the bottom skin
riveted on the aft section, cleaco on the center section and
the forward skins... Lots more work to do but it's looking
more like "airplane parts" now!
Axsom Memorial Air Race April 11th
Toolboxes and HS students ...bsacks05
Received my airworthiness certificate from
Paint scheme is used with permission from Randy
have the wrong nutplates?
Near-miss (or hit) with RV in the Denver area
Yesterday I flew my son and two of his
college classmates from Denver Centennial to Greeley in my
Mooney. On the return flight home I had quite a scare when
an RV suddenly appeared in my windscreen, seemingly out of
nowhere. We both had to take evasive action to avoid a
collision; I'm guessing we were less than 500 feet apart,
going opposite directions.
I was under VFR flight following with Denver Approach at the
time, as is my custom. I notified the controller and he said
he had no targets in my vicinity. My Mooney is equipped with
Honeywell TCAS that paints bogeys on the G1000 moving map,
and the RV didn't show up there, either. The way my TCAS
works, if your transponder is on and you're close enough to
me, it will see you.
fun! This is How We Roll - the RV-6 ...Arlen vid
flew backward ...the Vladster
repair stiffeners showing through skin-
Doogie asks is there...
....an iPhone email app that will
allow me to TAKE a
picture while replying
to an email (without having to go to the camera app)?
The native email client allows you to insert an existing
picture into a reply, but it won't let you take a
picture from within the reply (that I can find
documented). Looking for something similar to what you
can already do from within the native text app (screen grab
Why do I ask?
Especially when I'm away from the house and
the sender doesn't use a smartphone. I send a lot of
handwritten 'note pics' using the native text app, but the
native iPhone email app doesn't allow this. Speech to
text dictation isn't 100% accurate. Often for me
handwriting is faster.
sent like this, I suppose, is like a GPS in a Cub....a mix
of old and new. And I dig old fountain pens for some
strange reason - I have a cup with four or five here on my
desk that I rotate using. I'd love to own a used, huge
MB 146 or 149 pen someday, but that's about priority 10,000.
I'd rather spend the $$$ on avgas! ;^)
Thanks if you can help w/the email app.
Fri Mar 20, 2015.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
Time RV-10 Project?
This is kind of a tongue-in-cheek corollary
thread to Lucas' highest time RV-10 thread.
I'm at 8 years 7 months on my project -- builder number
I placed my tailcone order back in Sep of 2006. Lot's of
reasons why it's taken this long and I'll admit at this
point I'm sick and tired of building, but the prize is near
So any RV-10 builders out there in VAF land got me beat? <g>
caps on the prowl in California ...Nick Camacho
"...My donation went to Wounded Warrior
project, Paul's and my wife's donations both went to St.
related: About the caps
Sharkbait flying to South America (again) ...Rosie post
For those of you who need to
'goof-off-for-a-short-time-at-work-on-Friday', my very good
friend Andrew "Sharkbait" Brandt is flying back to South
America via the 'Caribbean Islands' route. His trip starts
early Friday morning (20 March).
2015 Alabama Dixie Formation Fly-In
For those in vicinity of the Southeast US
you may be tracking the FFI Formation Clinic in North
Carolina in June. If you are unable to attend or want to
polish your skills in advance of the June clinic you can
attend the Dixie Formation Fly-In in Montgomery, AL the
weekend of 10-12 April.
Thu Mar 19, 2015.
PH-URZ Being Put To Bed ...Jumbo in Muenster, Germany
Pancakes ...this weekend. Near Georgia.
If anyone in the Southeast is looking for
somewhere to fly this weekend:
Our EAA chapter is having a free pancake breakfast Saturday
3/21/2015 for the first 100 pilots to fly in. There is a
discount on fuel as well.
We will have at least one RV-10, a Zenith 750 STOL, an
Italian design called a Storm, and a Kitfox . We are
expecting some Gyro guys and a Pietenpol type if weather
We are at KDBN near central Georgia.
Hope some of you can make it.
the VAF calendar
Highest Time RV-10?
(Lucas at Trutrak) "...Trutrak's RV-10
has just crested 1700 hours. Anyone else close?."
RV-6A home ...rolivi in Fort Worth.
Engine Start: don'ts ...AX-O
As I prepare for my first engine start, I have been reading
the archives via the search function. I have not come across
a post that specifically addresses the precautions you
should take. There is info throughout post but not a central
location. Maybe I did not use the search function correctly.
I would like to know how to prepare myself and how to
address the first engine start on the test plan.
Some of the mitigations I was planning on using are:
-break engine in on dyno
-fill oil cooler and oil pressure line with oil.
-purge fuel lines/oil lines.
-A qualified person manning a fire extinguisher.
-Tying my tailwheel to my truck.
-Having a camera pointing at my engine display for post data
-Not a lot of fuel in the fuel tanks.
-engine plenum on for cooling.
-Don’t run engine for a prolong time.
-Don’t go above XXX temp on CHT
-Don’t go above XXX RPM
What else should I be thinking about? Thanks for any
guidance of help you can provide.
I remember when I cracked open the wing kit
and thought to myself "Man, that's a lot of parts." That
seems pretty funny in retrospect.
But hey, I got all my fuselage parts organized and put away
Wed Mar 18, 2015.
I had the pleasure of giving the husband of
one of my wife's friends his first ride in a 'small airplane'
yesterday - Mr. Kenny Foster pictured below post-flight.
About two minutes after taking off I gave him the aircraft, and
after sixty seconds or so of adjusting to it, he did just fine
at holding heading and altitude. We flew for 48 minutes,
including waypoints at his house, work, and as it turned out
later, over the exact spot at Lake Lewisville where some feral
hogs were recorded swimming (link).
A good morning flight before the forecast rains came. 81*F
Download the 2015-2016
...113 pages. 2.7MB PDF document.
Garmin Media Advisory: GTN eLearning Essential Course
Report ...rightrudder 9A
Tue Mar 17, 2015.
120 build hours on Youtube ...diamond
My goal is to make a time lapse video of my
entire RV 9 build. Here's a link to the past 120 hours. Any
comments on aspects of the build or video production greatly
[ed. Pic every 60
seconds. Great stuff! dr]
Panel Status ...CATPart
I figured I would post a new pic of my panel
featuring my nexus 7 mounting location. I'm using a ram
mount. I did not want to drill any holes so I made a C
shaped clamp from wood that fits close around the side
frame. The clamp is actually attached with double sticky
tape on 3 sides. The Ram ball is then mounted to the clamp.
The Nexus is just double sticky taped to the other ram ball.
It worked really well.
gopro wing mount ...Steve Melton 9A
Nothing special but I added some soothing
music to wipe out the thrashing machine noise.
gets lame old guy back in sky… ...RKellogg
Recent warm weather in northern Illinois has
opened up our grass strip. Having been snowed in for six
weeks, I have been feeling the urge to get some distance
from my shadow. Unfortunately, the apron and taxiways will
be soft and soggy for a couple of weeks. And lately my lower
back has been complaining about pushing the RV back into the
hanger. There have been times that the plane stayed in the
hanger because I didn’t want to wrestle with pushing it back
in after flying. Enter my new second-best-friend, Ronda
the Honda. A custom tow bar allows Ronda to push / pull
/ steer Wild Blue from hanger to runway, and back, avoiding
prop nicks from powering through soft gravel-mush, and
eliminating trips to the chiropractor’s office.
visits the Space Shuttle Landing Facility ...Ted Chang vid
This afternoon I took two of my neighbors to
the Space Shuttle Landing Facility for a low approach (2nd
airplane was on the wing and not shown). The weather was
perfect and the tail cam video came out very nice. I only
flew enroute and the RV8A owner, Dane S. did the take off,
low approach and landing. So, I can not claim credit of the
We were initially cleared to 500'. After passing a semi on
the runway, we were cleared to 100'.
your day job! ...Yazaman entry
Mon Mar 16, 2015.
Congratulations to our daughter's SMU Mustangs
winning the American Athletic Conference - accomplished with
flare by beating last year's national champion (article).
Going to the NCAA tourney for the first time in two decades.
I do enjoy the March Madness!
Installed a New Mag Today! ...Pete Howell
Cream Social Pics and Video ...Robin Marks
Cream Social Pics ...Mark Albery
music montage - N611RV - Acro and X-countries
Upgrade Status Report ...Vic Syracuse
Tools – the Hard Way ...Paul Dye
Complete! ...Eric Rushing
Back @ Winter 2015 Looking Forward to Spring 2015
Fri Mar 13, 2015.
I flew yesterday for the first time since
2/18, and man did it feel good! After a few minutes the
rust started to fall away, and Flash and I ended up
having a nice 30 minute walk around the local area. Felt
great to get off the surface - been too long.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
Status Report: 99% Done ...Mr. Joe Rainbolt
Scheduled Maintenance 3/14 10pm CT - 3/15 6am CT
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to servers on the network, in order to keep your data safe
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during this window.
Hello Canada!......VAF Courtesy Car List expands to
(added Scobey, Montana also) The
VAFCCL is free to list in and view, and you can view it on
any device running any operating system.
Garmin Avionics Seminar March 25th ...Spruce Creek
(click to enlarge)
fmi: scpoa.com/airport and
Fuel Line Flare ...crabandy
During preflight this morning I caught a
faint fuel smell when I opened the canopy, I re-adjusted the
seat backs and thought I could still smell a bit of gas.
There is a bit of a gap around the fuel selector cover and
with a flashlight I thought I could see a bit of moisture.
After I removed all the covers and started pumping fuel
through the lines I found fuel seeping out the outlet
connection of the fuel valve going forward to the fuel
filter and fact pump. After removing the fuel line there was
no visible crack, after a little bit of prodding I found it.
the mothership FB page...
Thu Mar 12, 2015.
RV-8 First Flight ...Tom Powers
Took off yesterday for first flight. The
flight was 30 minutes long, climbed up over Paine Field. I
kept the power up due to the new engine breaking in. Doesn't
have the kick on take off like the rocket but I do like the
lower fuel burn. I downloaded the data log from the Skyveiw
and all the numbers looked good. This is a pretty handy
tool. I got the 30 min flight video clipped down
to about 8 min. Not very exciting but maybe that's a good
Dad's Tools ...continued
was built in '93 or '94, and was purchased at the now
bankrupt Montgomery Ward in Waco, TX. I'm continuing
the intake of some of my late parent's possessions, and at
age 49 this will be my first riding mower. Gave it a
good pressure wash yesterday - today sometime I'm off to
Tractor Supply for some replacement fuel tubing, oil and an
in-line fuel filter (after putting tires on the daughter's
car). Some scratches on the mower's hood will most
likely polish out. The lights still work. It
needs a new seat, but I'll cross that bridge down the road.
Our yard might be a tad small for a 42" deck, but my Dad
hand-etched his driver's license number on the frame under
the seat, so by God I'm gonna mow with it for as long as I
can. I'll do the tight stuff with my push mower.
My transformation into Hank Hill is coming
along nicely (documentary).
Our family's RV-6 has been flying since
2002, and like this mower, I feel compelled to take care of
it indefinitely. I need to see how long I can keep it
running. Something about high quality, older equipment
still being useful really finds its way into my thinking
these days. The
thread Mike S started a couple weeks back on 'Dad's
Tools' should make you smile if you haven't seen it already.
I'm looking forward to mowing season,
believe it or not. Good flying weather too...
(click to enlarge)
You don't know how bad I've wanted to make a
post in this thread over the past couple months, Here It
Is!! (Kinda low light for decent pics, too much fun flying
to put it up before dark!)
2 screen G3X (370's) with the GSU25 AHARS,
Mid-continent SAM, GMC305 autopilot, GTR200, GTN400W and a
GTX23ES. I still have some more tweaking to do, but
everything seems to be functioning correctly. I vectored
myself for an LPV approach, autopilot went from heading to
capturing the lateral course while the vertical leveled off
from a 500 fpm descent to 3000 where it then captured the
glide slope down......pretty freaking sweet!
My upper cowl half is attached to the
firewall using piano hinge and two removable wire pins.
There is a 3 1/2" section of the cowl that is not secured to
the firewall to make space to insert the piano hinge pins.
In flight, that 3 1/2" space gets puckered up pretty
high—maybe by 3/4" or a little more.
Is this normal?
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Wed Mar 11, 2015.
firsts for me today!!! ...Chris Smith
Most importantly, I flew my first Pilots n
Paws flight. I flew from Palatka, FL, to Columbia, SC, to
collect a six year old Boxer that needed to get from the
rescue there that had pulled him from a kill shelter, to the
rescue in Jacksonville that was going to find him a forever
604 sm, 4 hours flight, and one very satisfying day!
Second, today was the first time I ever used
Flight Following. I was a bit nervous about the
communications as I don't speak to controlling bodies much.
And the multiple freq changes caught me off guard a bit. But
it worked great, the controllers were FANTASTIC (I think
they could tell I was a bit nervous
), and I felt a lot better looking at the unique code on the
xponder and the freq on the comm and knowing that there was
someone there immediately if I needed help.
So, kudos to Pilots n Paws for creating an opportunity for
me to contribute, and kudos to those of you that are
involved in ATC for the help you give all pilots.
on Mr. and Mrs. Mike Jimenez ...Paul Dye post
"We had lunch with Mike, the builder and
pilot, today and chatted with his wife afterwards - both in
good spirits, and Mike did a great job of flying to keep
them alive. He was in a spot over the mountains with very
few options except to get to the flat desert near the
airfield, and when he knew he couldn't make the runway, he
flew the airplane as far into the forced landing as he
could. Lots of sagebrush and soft sand contributed to the
flip - it was probably unavoidabe given a nosedragger and
The cockpit is full of dirt, but the rollbar saved them. The
fire department got them out by lifting one wing far enough
to get them out the broken canopy. Like most A-model flips I
have seen pictures of, the cabin was very intact and did a
great job of protecting the occupants."
Status Report ...Gregg Brightwell
Proof Your Daughter Loves You
...she knits you a VAF hat on day one of her
spring break <g>.
Garmin® Brings Safety Enhancing Electronic Stability and Protection To G3X™ And
G3X Touch Systems That Utilize Garmin Autopilot
Tue Mar 10, 2015.
Flight of N367EB
On Saturday 7 March 2015, N367EB, my slow
build RV-8 s/n 83085 took to the air for the first time. It
was nearly five years to the day since I started building it
in the living room and garage. It has an Aerosport IO-320D2A
with a AFP FM-100 fuel injection system, a Catto 2 blade
prop and a complete Dynon Skyview system (10" Skyview, 2
axis A-P, transponder, ICS and Radio). I primed my interior
with a rattle can and used Sika Flex for the canopy. The
aircraft is set up for Day / Night VFR. Unpainted, it
weighed in at 1028 lbs. First flight went well with a few
minor issues; slightly heavy LH wing, minor oil leak. Stall
was at 48 KIAS and max was at 163 KIAS without wheel pants
at 6500 feet. Overall the aircraft is exactly what I
intended it to be, light, efficient, cost effective and
excellent performance. Overall build cost was just over
$45K. I am currently based out of M38 (Hazel Green, AL). I
intend to leave it "natural metal finish", with fiberglass
pieces painted and put US insignia on it from Fly Boy
Accessory's. I have found the VAF forum to be an excellent
source of technical information while building my project.
Any time I had a problem or question (Freakin Canopy!!!!), I
always found enough data or examples of how others have
solved various issues to be able to solve my own problems.
The Search feature is invaluable. Thank You all who have
contributed to this excellent forum, it is a treasure to the
RV builders around the world.
Louisville KY - Main tire and or tube needed.
I am AOG at Bowman Field (Louisville Exec
Aviation) with a flat main tire in my RV-6A. I need a backup
plan in case a tire and or tube is not available on the
field when they get in at 8:00 this morning. If you have a
tire or tube that would fit that I could buy from you in
case one is not available locally, would you please text me
at 205-903-2244? I need to leave this afternoon for Wichita
Apparently more than one plane had a flat here yesterday,
apparently due to metal left on the runway by the snow
Strikes Again! ...rimshot
weekend of RV first for me ...flysc
Saturday I flew N2EP (RV-6A) for the first
time with the new AFS touch screen system, simply awesome.
Sunday was a special day as I took my 16 year old son on his
first ever RV flight. We made the 188 mile hop from KLRO to
KCEU to surprise my daughter at Clemson and take her to
lunch. RV smiles were a plenty as my son enjoyed the flight
and my daughter was elated to see us. As a dad how could I
not be smiling getting to spend quality time with my 16 year
old son and sharing one of my passions with him and topping
that off by seeing my 20 year old daughter who still likes
her daddy time. LIFE IS GOOD!
help chasing electric gremlins
I could use some input from anyone regarding
a nagging issue that may have escalated to a big issue this
past weekend. I've got a purchased-flying RV-6A, 557 TT on
plane and new engine. Built in 2005, sold to second owner
2008, I picked it up in 2012 and I've put close to 200 of
those total hours on it. The second-owner upgraded to a
Tru-Trak but outside of that no electrical changes made. My
only change has been to put in new stick grips with a new
PTT switch which I did about 180 hours ago. The last IFR
certification of the systems was done last year, conditional
inspection is current as of Oct 2014.
Video- KPAE to Sun River ...Chad RV-7
Bekah and I flew down to Sunriver from Paine
Field Saturday in a convoy of RVs (and one Trinidad). A
truly bonus day in the Pacific North West and we got some
great cockpit video during the 2 hour flight. It is crazy
how lucky we really are to be able to build and fly these
machines. Maximize and change settings to HD.
Mon Mar 9, 2015.
Morning! No flying this weekend in DFW...wet and low OVC.
But, Tate and I did some brake work on a car, so at least we got our
hands dirty. Hope you had a good weekend also.
Rob Ray photo.
Oreos with an RV
Bay's Newest RV Visitor
under the big wing ...tc1234c
I never gave much credence to carb icing on
my Lycoming O-320 knowing that the carb is mounted on the
bottom of the oil pan. I always figured there would be
enough heat from the oil to keep everything nice and warm. I
have to admit I very seldom pull the carb heat control
(maybe a dozen times in 560 hours) so today was no
different. I also did not put much stock in the little heat
muff from Vans thinking it was marginal at best.
On my Continental C-85 in the Cessna 140A, I have actually
seen the outside of the carb completely encased in blue ice
on a humid 70 deg day. There was not a hint of icing inside
the carb though since the engine ran fine. However I always
use carb heat on that engine.
So the weather today was 1200' with 10 miles visibility and
the OAT was 43 deg. These conditions gave me my first real
life, certified run in with carb ice! I had been easing
forward on the throttle to maintain cruise RPM until I
figured out RPMs were dropping without a reduction in
throttle position. Another dead giveaway was the engine was
starting to run rough. I pulled on the carb heat and
instantly the RPMs started to rise by almost 200 revs and
the roughness disappeared. The little heat muff actually
works. I am in the "it can happen" camp now.
Maintenance alert! ...Ivan
Mount for GPS Antenna on Firewall ...Pat Hatch
Status Report ...KatieB
can't guess ...where I got these?
PNEUMATIC RIVET SQUEEZER SALE!! - PRE SUN-N-FUN SAVINGS!!
(Avery Tools) We've made a special
purchase of 50 brand new U.S. Made pneumatic rivet
squeezers. We have "C" squeezers in both single cylinder and
tandem cylinder models. We have alligator squeezers in
both single cylinder and tandem cylinder models.
All Squeezer Yokes are also on sale. These are all
brand new U.S. Made tools with a regular 1 year warranty.
We even have a few new "blemished" tools that have some
cosmetic blemishes on the body castings - save even more if
you don't mind having a tool with a few surface / cosmetic
imperfections on the outside. All internal parts are the
same quality as the other sale priced tools. Prices
are good till the supply runs out -- no rain-checks - when
they're gone they're gone at these prices!! Visit
and click on "Pneumatic Squeezer Sale" for more information.
From the factory...
From the factory FB page...
Fri Mar 6, 2015.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
the mothership FB page...
Proposal with RV helping ...RV as the photo ship
(Alex D) "My Friend Roberto Buonocore was
helping a friend of his propose to his girlfriend. Roberto
flying the RV was following the tow banner aircraft.
This took place in Mar del Plata, Argentina"
annual ice cream social, Inyokern CA (IYK)
...one week out (March 14)
Crabandy's Offset FAB Plate
I also had to make a new offset FAB plate, I
went with the .063 2024-T3. I made some large area washers
to help support the plate better, I had to shape them a tad
to fit. You can see the ring of my "shrinking" airfilter,
there wasn't room for a washer on the one bolt.
VAF Courtesy Car List Updated and Current
Thu Mar 5, 2015.
Biche Ice Runway ...Troy Branch RV-10 trip report
(IFR) Experience ...John
I left Baton Rouge on 3/20 for a trip to
Richmond, VA and Brunswick, GA to visit various friends and
relatives. Lots of heavy weather around Richmond and much
too cold for IFR in a 6A, but I was blessed with clear and
cold until I got ready to head home last Sunday. Obviously,
the whole south was IFR and There was no way I would try it
in those conditions, so, I waited until yesterday (3/3) to
Introduction to School build ...Michael Groah
coming alive ...bhester
I'm getting close to having it done! It's
still just a temporary plastic panel. If the weather would
clear up I could get it finished. I need to make sure
the compass is going to work in that location.
Another snow day.
Pic below outside my office window 0630 this
morning. Haven't flown the RV since 2/18. I'm
Wed Mar 4, 2015.
Troy Coker's RV
Flight: Eagles Nest #12
Report ...Sam Bovington
NationAir Merges with Arthur J. Gallagher and Co.
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service from people who truly care about you; serve as your
advocate to find the best insurance coverage for your
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With that in mind, we’re excited to announce that NationAir
has merged with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
While we’ll have the strength of one of the world’s largest
insurance brokerage and risk management firms behind us,
we’ll still be the same, friendly team you’ve always worked
with. I’ll still be leading this office as sales manager of
NationAir’s light aircraft branch.
When you call our office during business hours, you’ll still
enjoy a real person at the other end of the line, not a
machine. We’ll still work from our St. Louis office with the
industry’s best sales and service team, devoted exclusively
to light aircraft. Your policy will remain the same, and our
devotion to giving you the best possible service, while
getting to know you and your aircraft, will stay the same,
We’ve always prided ourselves on our outstanding
relationships with underwriters. By aligning ourselves with
Arthur J. Gallagher, we’ve strengthened those ties even
further. For you, that means an even greater level of
advocacy and influence in the aviation insurance
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world’s largest brokerages to insurance companies when we go
to bat for you.
Arthur J. Gallagher’s core values, with its dedication to
ethics and service, match our own. In fact, they have been
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We’re very excited about this new chapter in NationAir’s
growth and are glad to answer any questions you may have.
Feel free to contact your NationAir sales executive or me at
877-475-5860. We appreciate your business and your loyalty,
and look forward to providing you with the same commitment
to service and passion for general aviation.
dimples in J-stringer ...gfb
Was riveting the stringer behind the top
skins on my left wing when I noticed that some of the rivets
had small cracks in the dimples. I suspect I have a bit of
tension in the stringer because of slightly high rivet
Replace the stringer? Would involve drilling out 33 rivets
on the top skin...
I count 7 dimples with cracks total. I'm thinking oops
Update: Radial on an RV-8
Tue Mar 3, 2015.
were you today? ...BruceEicher
Here in the low elevations of the North West
we have to travel some to find snow and ice. I have been
enjoying all the great winter pictures from many of you. So
rather than do house work I talked Katie into taking a
flight. A client told us we should drive and hike Mt. Saint
Helens. Well if we had the time (and no airplane) we might
just do that. Here is a pic of the blown away north side of
What would you have done?
Yesterday, I had an F18 come into KIWA from
CA. He had filed, and was flying the ARLIN STAR. I vectored
him off the arrival and was going to give him direct IWA in
a few minutes (as is normal practice for jets arriving at
IWA). I had issued the pilot a descent and he was descending
to 11,000. A couple of minutes later I noticed the pilot
turned about 45 degrees back to the left and rejoined the
ARLIN STAR. I called him numerous times and called on 243
guard freq with no results. He was now NORDO. I informed PHX
approach and the pilot later established comm with PHX. My
supervisor asked me if I thought the pilot should call on
the telephone back to us. I thought the pilot did exactly
what was expected (even though it was confusing before I
realized he was NORDO) and all was well.
What would you have done? Believe me, not everyone does as
good a job as this pilot when faced with similar situations.
Michigan Ice Report ...Paul K.
Finally, the sun is out and the temps are
above 20! Good enough for the first flight in a month and a
look at the ice in Lake Michigan.
elevator skin crack ...NM Doug
Our 9A has about 400 hours on the airframe.
It's usually hangared, but it had been outside with some
snow while waiting for a 500 hour mag inspection/overhaul. I
don't know if I just had missed this before under a smudge
of dirt, or if the temperature changes caused it to advance.
My good friends Mark and Al took 25DV out
for a flight, since I'm in Maine and waiting for some good
weather to get her up her. The 12 has been nice and warm in
AL's hanger in PA since I let for Maine. Mark is going to
fly her up and visit for a while. This was a photo from
Mark's Facebook page. There were multiple text messages and
comment through the day regarding N25DV flying.
Mon Mar 2, 2015.
hop to Canada for lunch ...Vlad
It was a nice ride. OAT was all right.
People in TX seen worse. Preheat in several sessions. Ignite
the burner, remove a cover and warm yourself in the car.
During the warming make two calls to border patrol on both
sides of the fence. Clear to go
PASSED! I BEAT THE CANCER! 5 years out and it's official!
...our friend Jim Pappas!
To all of my VAF family, and various fellow
flyers lurking here, who have been on this journey with me I
just couldn't wait to post it here.
How do I thank folks like Doug and his family, the Avery's,
Mike Lauritsen, Rosie and Tuppergal and JimmyB and his
bride, and all my RV travel gang, and so so many more that I
can't possibly list you all.
You kept me going in the dark times and the good, and I can
never repay that in full.
I now have a new life, a fresh start with a wonderful lady,
who literally is my life, and has given up so much to care
for me, and to love me, and to follow me down here to
Paradise here in Kiawah Island, SC area.
paint shop - too pretty to fly ...russcoburn
Status ...Victor in Maple Valley, WA
Started talking about my build over the RV-9
area, but figured it would be better to give updates on the
build over here.
Just completed our first sub assembly, the vertical stab.
We've already prepped all of the internal parts for the HS
and the rudder, so diving into assembling them soon. Should
have them completed within the next week or so.
It's nice to have a actual stopping point for one evening...
Calendar Wallpaper Updated Over The Weekend...Ed
Fresh Out of Stein's Shop
"Very nice RV8 using Garmin G3X EFIS. Also
of note is that this panel is using Robert Paisley’s EFII
and Buss Manager system as well as Vertical Power. Makes for
a very nice and clean install into a standard non-modified
So this is TX.... Rob Ray
This week we started our first annual on our
RV10. We had inspected the wheels and brakes and decided to
replace the tires and brake pads and service wheel bearings
all in one shot after initial inspection. During the build
we had the RV10 up on the stands numerous times with these
wing jacks with no problems.....Well today we had a problem.
RV-7A owner ...John von Linsowe in Metamora, Michigan
Today I became the new 'caretaker' of RV-7A
N715AB. This fine example was skillfully built by Gary
Kremers and his talent and craftsmanship show through in
every detail. I am looking forward to hours and miles of
enjoyment with the help of this forum in operating and
maintaining the 7A.
...a really sweet
thread. You'll be glad you poked around in this
Status ...Gregg Brightwell
Ice/Snow Again on North Texas
We got another round Friday (Google Traffic
grab below from Friday - note all the accident symbols).
500 accidents in Dallas alone on Friday (they have 1 snow
plow I think). I don't know how you folks up north do
this for such a large chunk of the year. You're
stronger willed than me!
I started to drive out to the airport Friday
morning before it started, but turned around about halfway.
Good head work.
Unusual for DFW (below). Susie and I
stopped at the middle school football field on the way to
the grocery store to 1) get a picture and 2) explore the ABS
capabilities of the car in the empty parking lot.
That's her about to throw a snowball at me. You'll
have to trust me that there is a football practice field
behind her. School let out at noon. Wild packs
of kids running in/out of the house - wolfing down food and
disappearing as wet blurs. Some I'd never seen before,
and it was wonderful to watch. The dryer ran all day.
March/April Issue Online
Fri Feb 27, 2015.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
My Dad was a machinist at the Owen-Illinois
glass plant in Waco, TX nearly his entire working life.
When he passed away 15 years ago some of his tools became
mine. A few weeks ago I took some time to re-organize
some of the drawers in a small wooden toolbox, and thought
you might enjoy a picture. Tate (14yrs old) was with
me, and I got to explain how and why you use taps, dies,
reamers, micrometers, lathe cutting tools and more. I
got the same speech around his age.
And it begins anew... Here Tate is
tearing down a 1980 Honda Passport scooter using some of my
Dad's tools. He wants it to be red, and that sounds
like a great plan. Many sources for the service manual
allow him/me to tear it all down, measure what is and is not
within service limits, replace the worn stuff, and put it
all back. Over 60 million built...plenty of cheap
parts out there.
What I like about this last picture is the
mix of old and new, of history and potential. The
non-disposable mindset. A new kid working on an old
scooter swing arm and motor with his grandfather's tools
(who he never got to meet). Next to that a new
replacement rudder skin (mine has a couple of small cracks
after 12 years of flying - older style thinner skin).
And don't forget the can of WD-40!
I told Tate when it's done I'll hand him the
keys on two conditions: 1) he never sells it and 2) he never
sells the tools.
Status Report ...Andy Hill
We are excited to welcome a new advertiser to VansAirForce.net :
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airframes for over a decade. They have a great reputation
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platform, and look at growing your power plant options. Stay
tuned for a pending announcement (before 2015’s Sun N’ Fun).
They welcome you to drop by their booths at Sun N’ Fun, and
Oshkosh to hear about their exciting new engine, and say,
Aero Sport Power has been part of the
Progressive Air Group of Companies since its incept in 1997.
We are pleased to welcome Aero Sport Power to our forum and
look forward to the insight gained from building 1000’s of
Pancake Breakfast Saturday
Release from Garmin
AeroLED Selfie ...Sid (ScrollF4)
Clearance copy practice
RV White Pages Updated and Current
Courtesy the lovely and talented Susie
VAF Courtesy Car List Updated and Current
Donations List Updated 2/25.
Thanks for helping keep VAF moving through
the online air. Note:
Readers outside the USA *should* be now able to donate with
a credit card - if I didn't screw anything up!
Thu Feb 26, 2015.
Status Report ...Jon (60av8tor) gets his a fuse!
Aspiring RV-14A builder, looking to connect with Portland area
I'm planning on building an RV-14A. I've taken a test flight
in the RV-14A at the Van's factory and I purchased the sheet
metal kit and toolbox kit while I was there. I'm building
the standard EAA workbench but I've yet to bite the bullet
on the sheet metal tools.
I'm looking to connect with other builders in the Portland
area. Specifically, I'm hoping someone might be generous
enough to invite me to their shop and spend a weekend
morning building one of the practice kits. That way I can
make an informed decision on rivet guns, pneumatic
squeezers, etc., and check out a shop setup.
I'm based out of Twin Oaks (got my PPL there about four
years ago). If anyone is looking to partner on a fresh build
or already in progress RV-14A, I'd be interested in that as
well. I've attended several EAA 105 breakfasts and a handful
of meetings over the past couple years but haven't connected
with too many folks yet.
Build space is my main hurdle. I don't have a garage, but a
nearby neighbor/friend offered me his. (I don't know how
long he would remain my friend after using a rivet gun,
though). There is an industrial district nearby my home that
I'm sure I could find some shop space in. Or if I found a
partner with suitable build space, maybe we could use that.
I spoke with Bob at Twin Oaks and he will let you use a
hangar to build so long as its done in a year (he doesn't
want projects lingering in the hangars for 5-6 years). I
would like to build the wings and possibly parts of the
empennage close to home (even in my living room if needed),
then move to Twin Oaks to do the fuselage, assembly,
On the RV-14A, the empennage kit comes with the tail cone.
Can you build the horizontal stabilizer and rudder separate
from the tail cone, and store the tail cone to build later?
(I'm asking due to the above space options).
Can you do most of the wings with a pneumatic squeezer
instead of a loud rivet gun? (Again, just considering due to
power Take Offs.
Airliners do it....why not us?
[ed. I'm usually airborne before
the power lever gets all the way in anyway. dr]
Avionics Installation Course
(from Jessica @ Garmin) "I just wanted
to send along some information your readers/visitors of VAF
might find of interest. Jointly, the AEA and Garmin are
offering a new avionics installation course for experimental
aircraft. It will be held at the AEA headquarters in KC
(Lees Summit, MO more specifically) April 29-May 1, 2015.
Below is the URL to sign up, which also includes pricing."
cool use of the classifieds ...
Wed Feb 25, 2015.
First Flight With New Firewall Forward Package ...Randy in
Well I took her up today for three flights
totaling a little under 2 hrs flight time. To recap, this is
a first flight with this new IO-375 engine but the airframe
has about 400 hrs of Subaru time on it, RV7A. So firewall
forward is all new in addition to a major rewiring job, new
panel etc. Running dual Pmags and EICommander. For initial
flights I modified one of the extra timing curves for a max
advance of 26 degrees, pretty much making them into good
In flight I was seeing 28 degrees advance for some reason
but this did not seem to cause any problems at all.
On first attempt to start I flooded it bad and learned that
the old PC680 is not up to the task of turning the engine
over with the spark plugs in.
I put in my back up battery and it seems to be in better
shape, at least I got it started. I will have to get a fresh
battery coming. Both of the batteries I had laying around
have seen lots of duty on the Sube installs.
I did an offset departure as planned, climbing right up into
the down wind to make it much easier to get back to the
runway if needed, wasn't needed.
The only squaks were an Inop. Angle of attack indicator that
was cured once I found that the soldered connection at the
switch had broken off from a little too much abuse and re
positioning. (I love my AOA and don't like being without it)
it is the Advance Avionics Sport model. I am happy to hear
Betty saying" angle angle push push" as I take off and land.
The other one was a too low idle speed. Gave the throttle
stop a half turn in between flights, problem solved.
I am very happy with how well everything is working. I
instrumented to measure differential pressure between the
top of the engine and behind the engine. I use aquarium
stones on the ends of cheap tubing and a 0" -15" water
column Magnehelic pressure gauge. High side centered at the
engine lift thingy, the low side behind the engine in what I
assume is a fairly dead air zone.
At around 160 knots, 4,500', OAT around 50F I always see
more then 10" differential. If I open my EZ cool cowl flaps
it goes up above 13". Very happy with those results. I put
extra effort into sealing up the leaks. I would love to hear
what others have measured!
It has been my experience that radiators, intercoolers, and
oil coolers work well at around 6 or 7 inches differential,
so seeing over 10" and low CHTs during break in has me
CHTs are not an issue at all. Cyl 1 293, 2 301, 3 316, 4
310, all in F.
They pretty much kept that spread and did not very much as
long as I kept the mixture full rich. The air dams are still
at full height. Maybe I need to add some aluminum tape also
to even things out. Glad I did not cut them down ahead of
time like I was tempted to do.
The engine was sucking up over 16 GPH at 25 square. Just
following the break in instructions that came with the
engine, which basically amounts to fly it like you stole it!
As I accelerate out on the runway and go to full rich I can
hear the engine note go down a notch and I suspect I will
see even better performance once I can start leaning it a
bit. I am taking off from 4500'. The instructions from
Aerosport and other reading says to leave it full rich as
long as the engine is running clean. It is not missing or
anything but I know I am way rich of best power mixture.
My oil cooler, the legendary 8432R, is really working great.
It is on the firewall with a modified RV10 mount and 4" scat
feeding it, also have cable operated 4" valve. I could close
the valve and watch the oil temps climb up to 220F or so,
then just crack the valve open and pretty much put the oil
temp anywhere I want it. I kept it close to 200F so far.
On the last flight of the day I began to notice some
vibration that I suspected was the pilots side muffler
making contact with the cowl. Clint at Vetterman already
made a change to my Trombone system, but I obviously need a
little more clearance. For now, I ground away the honeycomb
where the contact marks were and laid some reinforcement
glass layers there, giving it a bit more clearance.
Hopefully that will allow more flying and getting the engine
broken in, but I may have to send the header back to Clint
for another modification. Have to check to see if the engine
is settling in the mounts any but it appears that the
spinner is nicely fitting to the cowl like I set it up.
Overall I am a happy camper and certainly look forward to
more flights tomorrow, maybe even get past my 5 hour phase 1
period after a truly major alteration..
Thanks again for all the ideas of things to look for on
first flights. I probably should have checked my idle speed
more carefully on the ground before first flight but it did
not create any problems.
this look right? ......Ryan Wuerz -14
While working on step 2 on page 09-08 I
question how the tip rib assembly fits together the with
bottom skin, front/rear spar assembly. More specifically how
the E-904 flange, counter balance skin and E-00902-1 spar
sandwich. The only way that I can get the parts to fit
together easily is with the E-904 flange between the spar
flange and the counter balance skin (which leaves a small
gap). Am I over-thinking this one or is this how its
supposed to go together?
John from Pueblo West
Hi RV friends,
Quick introduction here. My name is John and after many tube
and fabric plane's, I have decided to try something new. I
am in the final stretch of selling my incredible acro sport
II, which was a very tough decision, but I did it. I have
always had a love for the rv's and look forward to a new
On my radar is an rv4. I look forward to all the great
information and people here. Until next time keep all your
landings intentional!!! John
Flights :What Went Wrong Thread Continues ...Tony Phillips
has its advantages...blueflyer
The sleet that has hit our area has closed
everything down. We just cant handle the white stuff down
here. But, it did give me some time to work on my flaps.
Here are a couple of pics. When I finish these, Im gonna be
on a break while I save up for that fuselage.
fuel line solution needed ...Jerald in Battle Ground, WA
I'm in the process of getting back to my
RV-6A project after 10 years or so of having it mothballed.
There are a few items on the plane that I look at now and
would like to improve how I originally installed them. For
example, the fuel line connection from the firewall to the
filter was originally configured as an aluminum tube.
report- Stewart Systems EkoPoxy ...N546RV
Background: I'm currently in the final
stages of major wing work; basically all I have left are the
ailerons and flaps. Up to this point, I've been using rattle
can primer; I started with Dupli-Color on the empennage and
later switched to Napa 7220 with the wings.
With the fuselage kit on order, I got to thinking about some
long-term decisions, most notably what I wanted to do for
the interior of the plane. I also figured that at some point
I should get comfortable using a spray gun, since it seems
like a skill that may be needed once I get around to doing
fiberglass work. Finally, I'd been intermittently reading
about the products offered by Stewart Systems, and I was
intrigued by the not-so-toxic stuff.
Tue Feb 24, 2015.
Tail POV ...Brent Owens vid.
went wrong with your 1st flight?
A: B-Nuts on the fuel lines.
A: ...radio squelch
A: Verify the plug on top of the
gascolator is tightened
A: I only set oil pressure to alarm on
a first flight
A: Check your idle speed
wraps up the feeling nicely...
stiff brakes - First time bleeding
I just bled my Matco brake system from the
bottom up with the commonly used HF oiler and some tubing.
Worked very well and was easy to do. Pumped until fluid was
coming out of the reservoir and then repeated on the other
I thought I had a problem because it seemed my brake pedals
were not moving much at all. I called Matco and talked to
tech support. He thought maybe my reservoir wasn't vented so
I removed the inverted check valve I had installed. Same
issue...very stiff brake pedals. I also double checked to
make sure the calipers were not compressed...they were not.
I could spin the tire. Lastly, I verified the shafts were
completely extended on each master cylinder.
Following Matco's suggestion I found someone to sit in the
plane and depress the brake pedals. Sure enough the calipers
compressed as they should. The crazy thing is, the toe of
the brake pedals don't move more than 1/4" for the brakes to
fully apply...is this right??? Seems like a couple inches of
travel would be nominal. Anyone else had this issue on a
brand new set of master cylinders and calipers? Maybe things
loosen up over time or after following the brake "brake-in"
and science of chasing oil leaks ...Bob Collins
Chile ...new videos
Status ...Don Patrick
Tatoosh ...ArlingtonRV vid
Mon Feb 23, 2015.
Panel Shot ...FlyinTiger
Remote Mounted Avionics ...bobmarkert
Recent Probable Causes Published
Hardware Storage Ideas
Nosewheel Yaw In Flight ...vid
Fri Feb 20, 2015.
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Remote Avionics ...Pat Hatch
On the RV-8 that I'm helping build we had to
find a place for the GTX23ES remote transponder and the ACK
oven CHT temps
Had to hold at Tucson RWY 11L for too long
the other day. Lots of F16's learning to land at high AoA...
Just as I was cleared to go, I scanned the
engine temps and CHT's had spiked at 430. I rolled a bit
down the runway, then aborted and headed for the taxi way.
Stayed with the nose into the wind and it cooled quickly.
Lessons learned: On a stiff crosswind day,
do not hold perpendicular to airflow.
Watch the gauges, not the scenic fighter
jets. Always have a plan for where an aborted takeoff can be
made, considering runway length. (Tucson not an issue) Be
ready to learn a quick lesson on any flight, any day.
Flyboy Accessories is now in full production
of a license-built Doug Bell tailwheel fork. This design is
a drop-in, retrofit replacement for the stock Van’s
tailwheel fork. The Bell fork maximizes obstacle clearance
and improves ground handling.
in upgrading your Van's tailwheel fork? The Screaming Eagle
fork is available now. The Bell fork is in production, but
has a short waiting list. Sign up here (http://www.flyboyaccessories.com/product-p/1120.htm).
We expect the waiting time for Bell forks to be very brief,
just a few weeks until the next big batch is ready.
We also have a number of other new tailwheel designs, as
well as our original Screaming Eagle tailwheel fork, which
is functionally identical to the Bell fork but with slightly
For smaller aircraft, such as the Sonex, and/or speed freak,
weight-reduction junkies, we have our Screaming Eaglet fork,
a smaller and lighter version of our Screaming Eagle fork
that is designed to pair with a four-inch tailwheel tire
such as the four-inch lightweight tailwheel Tire from DJM
a pneumatic tire is your thing, you can retrofit your Van's,
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We are currently Beta-testing the 7.5" pneumatic tire Condor
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let us know.
The Screaming Eaglet (not shown) forks are currently made to
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Antenna Failure ...KTOA
Earlier this week I flew into Hailey, ID (KSUN)
late one night. It's essentially tucked into a valley with
high mountainous terrain on three sides surrounding it.
While on the visual approach 10 miles out, all three of my
GPSs lost their signal. This includes the 530W, 430W, and
the 696 which is mounted on the panel with velcro.
Surprised...yes. Fortunately we were VFR and landed without
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Thu Feb 19, 2015.
Yesterday I took the RV-6 up for a short flight.
Twenty four deer spotted. Came in on initial and broke to
downwind after .3hr. While there, a traffic target appeared on
the EFIS right on top of me. This has happed before when I do a
quick 180* turn, and I expected it go away in a second or two.
It didn’t, so I extended my downwind.
Northeast of the field about a mile I
dipped the wing to pick up my shadow, verifying I was the only
one there, so I turned base. The traffic re-appeared on the
screen right in front of me. ‘00’ on the traffic altitude
difference really gets your attention. I see nothing outside,
and the hair on my neck starts to rise. I can see my shadow as
a single shape, but the EFIS screens are seriously pissed off
and yelling at me.
A quick glance at my 10 o’clock showed blue
sky, so I firewall it that direction without climbing or
descending until I was 500’ or so away from my go-around
decision point. Re-establish on downwind. Nothing on the
runway….nothing in the pattern but me. I come around and land.
EFIS never stopped showing traffic.
Best I can figure is someone was working on
their transponder on the north end of the field, or a plane had
I hadn’t gone around in a while anyway.
Good practice. Safety first.
Aerobatics Magazine Article ...Patric Coggin (the author)
three or four holes for the rivets that attach the E-912 tip should be dimpled
In the section about the right elevator:
"Dimple skins and stiffeners. The aft three or four holes
for the rivets that attach the E-912 tip should be dimpled
now as well. Once the elevator is joined at the trailing
edge, these holes will be nearly impossible to dimple the
skins because the elevator is so narrow at that location."
Do they mean the holes on the most outer row (that will
attach the fiberglass tip) in between the E-902 spar in the
direction of the counterweight or the other direction where
the E-903 rib gets very narrow?
And I don't find anything about it in the section on the
left elevator. I suppose this need to be done there as well?
From the Factory...
Worked on countersinking all the required
spots on all the HS and VS spots earlier this week. After a
lot of studying and practicing the process, I was able to
get the micro stop set up to be the right depth and went to
All of the countersinks came out great... Except one. I
can't tell you what I did, nor can I tell from looking at it
as the impression of the cage didn't move. But, it appears
that I got the countersink to walk somehow, leaving a
perfectly oval hole in an HS-902 spar.
The location of the errant hole is right in the middle of
the spar, in what will be the lower edge.
Wed Feb 18, 2015.
Status Report ...Tim Huneycutt
"UPS finally found the train car which had
my fuselage on it! This is me pushing it in the garage with
the wings temporarily parked outside in the nice weather.
Just finished installing the left aileron tonight. Man this
Avionics and ForeFlight bring wireless mobile device connectivity to SkyView
"Recently, mobile flight planning and
in-cockpit tablet connectivity have been two of the
most-requested SkyView features. Today, we’re excited to
announce that SkyView can now connect to ForeFlight Mobile
via Wi-Fi. This connectivity makes flight planning and
preparation easier and more efficient for those of you who
fly with ForeFlight, and also allows your ForeFlight device
to benefit from SkyView’s GPS position and attitude
"Picked up the RV this past weekend from
Jonathan McCormick (Plane Schemer) in Gadsden Alabama. I
could not be happier from the work that Jonathan did and his
attention to detail is unlike anything I've ever
experienced. Thanks also to Mo and the team at International
Jets for turning Jonathan's plans into reality!"
"Last week I took delivery of our Advanced
Flight Systems AF-5600T EFIS displays and installed them in
the panel. I cannot believe how crisp and clear the terrain
and mapping is on these displays! The touch screen features
work great, making it really easy to setup the EFIS, Engine,
and Mapping screens the way I want. Configuring all the
inputs and outputs was also pretty straightforward and took
no time at all."
just received another batch of our Low Oil Level Sensors.
This has been a popular choice for RVs and other aircraft.
It will fit right in most O-360 engines and lots of others
too. We also have a shorter model we can offer now for
shallower oil pans. If you want a custom sensor designed for
your aircraft, let us know. See our Low Oil Level Sensor and
Tue Feb 17, 2015.
First Flight ...Aaron Sims RV-10
Finally arrived. After 15 years of building
the RV6A N3FP with an IO3060M1B and plenty of toys in the
panel, the big day arrived. Everything worked and the event
rated a big smile. As usual, many friends, suppliers and
advisors helped including much advice from the forum.
Couldn't have done without all of you.
flight ...Bob Collins(AA) RV-7A
Today was a great day. My first flight after
3 years of build my RV-7A. Uneventful flight flew as
advertised. Did one clean stall and aircraft stalled at
50kts indicated at 4500ft which is well below van's
advertised clean stall sped. I suspect my IAS is 7kts too
slow. I have Dynon sky view and was wondering if there is a
airspeed calibration procedure.
Ferry Flights...Gotta Love 'Em ...RKellogg
Returns Home ...dacronwall
6 months of work, a new engine mount/gear legs, cowl
modification, transponder, prop overhaul, various electrical
and instrument problems/fixes, and completely re-done wheel
pants....N66GB is flying regularly and 2 weeks ago I flew
down to Bakersfield to the Rocket Shop Café and had lunch
with the builder, Gary. She was built in a hangar right
there on the field in 1984/85 and it was really fun bringing
her back and seeing all the RV history chronicled in the
photos hanging in the café. It was a pleasure to meet John
Harmon, he remembers the plane well.
Next up is a possible prop upgrade and when the funds become
available I will get the paint patched up. But she is
looking good, and flying fast!
Mooselookmeguntic. Season 4. ...Vlad and friends
visit got caught on Fox Sport News ...tc1234c
One of our flight members was hospitalized.
We wanted to cheer him and his family up by paying them a
visit at the hospital. Our flight lead contacted ATC and got
a clearance to do a fly-by. The hospital is close to the
Speedway. The news crew covering the Sprint Unlimited
Practice saw us and broadcast it on live TV. You don't see
13 different airplanes in a formation everyday, especial not
on a Friday, the 13th (the 13 airplanes were just that many
showed up and not planned). The rest of the video is what we
do every Friday evening before sunset.
News broadcast begins at 1:40. Click the picture to start
the Factory FB Page...
Engine Run, All Good. ...Pittsartist
cotter pin found in oilscreen?
Aloft Modeling Tool ...Joe Blank found this
[ed. Link added to VAF
Donation list updated and current.
Thank you from Susie, Audrey, Tate and
Mon Feb 16,
Hi! I'm taking Presidents' Day 'off' to hopefully catch
up on some paperwork and accounting - and answer some emails. The factory
is also closed today. See you tomorrow, and hope you got to
Fri Feb 13, 2015.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Australia South Coast ...Finley Atherton trip write up.
I live near the East coast of Australia and
have flown the 9A to the
North coast the
West coast and now the South coast of Australia.
A friend and I decided to walk the 9 day,
somewhat challenging (for two 60 year olds) Tasmania South
Coast Track. Naturally our transport there would be the 9A.
From the factory...
dimples ...and solutions.
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VAF Courtesy Car Addition
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Thu Feb 12, 2015.
Flight w/my Youngest Daughter ...jpharrell -7A picture
From the Factory FB Site
Mr. Stack Gets to Enjoy Flying an Old Friend
Bob Stack flies an RV-4 on my field.
His dad (in the front cockpit below) flew P-47s in WWII, and
is currently enjoying life at age 92. The last time he
was in a Stearman was a short 72 years ago. Gary
Platner (RV-8 co-owner and Stearman owner) gave him a
ride yesterday at our field - that's Gary standing on the
wing. Clayton (RV-8) is helping pull the prop
through before trying to start it. We all enjoyed
seeing Mr. Stack's smiles today, as well as from the the
back of his son's RV-4 weekly. BTW, his son painted
his -4 to look like his dad's WWII P-47.
(click to enlarge)
Squawk..... Never had that before! ...Rosie
Coming home from Lake Havasu on Sunday, I
called Los Angeles Center for flight following home to
Rosamond Skypark. I ALWAYS use flight following when
flying long distances.
I'm squawking 1200 as I call.
"LA Center, RV628PV, VFR Request".
"RV628PV, squawk 7701, ident and say request".
So I start turning knobs (as I've done for 36 years) and
start with the first knob...I spin it to 7...I grab the
second knob and start spinning it...to 3, 4...then I
SEE 7400, pause...I then grab the last knob, spin it
to 1, then go back to the second knob and spin it to
7.....that could have caused some momentary excitement at LA
NEVER CAN I RECALL having been given a 77XX code, let
Sitting on the ramp in the plane, I posed this question to
Victoria (knowing the answer already) and she didn't even
blink; She started on the last knob (since that knob is
closer to her), and using her left hand, she put in 1077
from right to left...good girl!
Has anyone else ever been given a 77XX code?
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Wed Feb 11, 2015.
Recalibrating mental gyro yesterday in 'Flash'.
2015 ...Don Schwartz 9A
We took our second trip down to Treasure Cay
Bahamas, had a absolute wonderful time. We did add the 12
inch N numbers this year due to being questioned last year.
We enjoy the slow pace in the islands around Treasure Cay.
On the way home we stopped in Americus Georgia, went to the
civil war museum and the Andersonville POW museum,
Another trip over too soon back to the winter wonderland.
VAF Makes a Condition Inspection More "Fun" ...Bob Mills
[ed. Bob, I'm
floored with the quality of this post of yours. Thank
Two RV Pilots in the hangar, one muses to
the other, "15 minutes or less can save you up to 15% at
"Everybody knows that".
"Oh yeah, well did you know that reading VAF can make your
condition inspection take longer, cost more money, include
lots of mission creep...and be a LOT more fun and
So let's see if I can tell the story in 10 "pictures" or
It started out like most condition inspections do...pull
panels, take the airplane apart to the degree necessary to
fully inspect. Get your kids out to help a bit, and learn
about stuff like changing the oil, inspecting mechanical
stuff, and torquing plugs, injectors, etc.
Courtesy Car List Additions
St. Ignace, MI
Tue Feb 10, 2015.
Lamb ...15,000' over Saskatchewan
...with a good tailwind.
do with used fleece ...Bob polishes
Fiber Overlay on Panel Glareshield ...John Mc
Advanced-Avidyne IFR Bundle Special
GLO 200th RV Paint Job
Mon Feb 9, 2015.
fixed wing what airplane are you?" ...Vlad pictures
[ed. Vlad, the orientation of the pic you took here is just perfect!
A guy from Russia comes to the USA. Builds a plane. And, while
using it, takes a picture of Lady Liberty facing the bay entrance
where multitudes entered the country. You made my day, Sir! dr]
flight after surgery ...Ed Wishchmeyer
Flew the Cessna today for the first time
since multi-level spinal fusion surgery nearly four months
ago. No noticeable degradation of skills, but significant
loss of G tolerance in one 2 G pull-up. I'm still not strong
enough to fly solo (endurance wise), and I've got lots of PT
ahead, but I'm no longer completely earthbound. As we were
parking the plane, visiting F-22s and F-16s were landing.
Not planning to get back into the RV-8 till I'm comfortable
in the Cessna.
PS. Five level spinal fusion surgery makes the short list of
most invasive surgeries with longest recovery times.
van Grunsven article in February 2015 EAA Sport Aviation
Online Schematic tool
annual ice cream social, Inyokern CA (IYK)
Touch upgrade for Mikey
blues. Might as well start on the annual ...Paul Tuttle
Egine built/mounted ...Robert M
Flange Crack ...ShortSnorter -14
Fri Feb 6, 2015.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
Flight Tom Albano RV-8 ...Vlad post
Report ...Mark P.
I just thought I would post an update. I'm
at an interesting spot on the project for me. The reason is
because when I would look at other's builder's logs and see
the same pics that I just posted, I would think to myself,
"Wow! I can't imagine being at that point on my RV!" It
seemed like an insurmountable task to get to this point. And
I'm really not THAT far along, it's just that I can now see
the fuselage taking shape.
As everyone else has already realized, the fuselage really
is the most fun part to build. My next 'goal' is to get the
fuse on the gear. That's where the real fun starts as I can
start adding systems!
Anyway, here's a most recent pic. A lot of you probably
barely remember the day your RV looked like this. Others,
you're probably thinking how awesome it would be to be at
this point! HAHA <g>
Avidyne IFR Quick Panel ...AFS's Rob Hickman
We are introducing a new RV-7/9 and RV-10
Advanced Quick Panel with the Avidyne IFD-540 GPS Navigator.
The panel includes: Two AF-5600T EFIS, D6 Backup EFIS, Dual
ADAHRS, GPS, AF-Com Radio, PS Engineering Remote Audio
Panel, Autopilot Control module, 406 ELT with GPS input, 2
Axis Auto Trim, Mode S ADSB Transponder, ADS-B Weather &
Traffic, Backup battery, Flap Positioning and lighting
I need a
Valium ...bobmarkert canopy skirt
"Cut it off" I heard him say.....
"Let’s just cut it off and build our own"
G3X Touch v3.00 Software Available ...user defined gauges
are very pleased to announce new G3X Touch software v3.00 is now
available. As usual, the software can be downloaded for free from
here. A complete list of changes is included on our
website and at the bottom of this posting. But here are some
additional details for the key new features of this release."
Well balanced injectors ...C-FAH Q
"Pic of what well balanced set of injectors
will do for you. was not up very high, but 146 true on 6gph
is sweet. All cylinders peaked within .1gph"
simple life ...Chad
It's been a while since I had flown the EAA
RV-6A. I've been spending most of my flying time and money
in the Cub (which is a simple life story of it's own) in the
last year or so, but I recently pulled out the RV-6A, and I
was reminded, again, just how good these airplanes really
TruTrak Planned Power Outage
"Trutrak will be closed starting at 10am on
Friday, February 6 for electrical service upgrade. We expect
to have our power back on sometime over the weekend so
business hours will resume normally at 8am on Monday,
February 9. Thank you very much for your patience!"
Trutrak Flight Systems, Inc.
Thu Feb 5, 2015.
RV License Plates ...Rob K
Today is the first step of my dream build
(an -8) journey. Ordering my emp kit today along with the
plans on disk and both practice kits. Now the excitement is
really growing to get started with my build. I still have a
lot to do in the shop to prep, hopefully it will get done
before delivery so I can get to it.
I want to say thanks to everyone here for keeping my dream
alive. It's been 5 yrs. since I began thinking I wanted to
build an RV-8. Now the time has come. My wife and kids are
just as excited, I believe. Could not ask for a better
family for support for my dream. Thank you Family!!
Broken Arrow, OK
PPL, Instrument Rating
RV-8 Preview Plans Received 12-10-2014
Been a busy week with work, but have finally jumped into
our build. Having the extra hands of a couple kids
definitely helps move it along.
Started Saturday and up to match drilling HS skins. Hope to
have the parts primed this weekend and assembled by the
Special thanks to Zuldarin for taking time out of finishing
up his project to answer all my questions!
Redline's Night Antics
Helicopter Takeoff / Cirrus ground impact
Advisory Circular on Aircraft Wake Turbulence
the probable cause report is issued I'll post it here and in the forums in
its entirety - until then it's speculation (#7
here). The video did get me to
revisit the AC link above and training doc below. If the final
report sites wake turbulence as the primary cause, this video will
be the best PSA you could ever use to educate people about it.
FAA training doc on wake turb.
Feb Sport Aviation Online
...some RV stuff pg 102.
Wed Feb 4, 2015.
Hours of wiring, about 35 connections closer
to being done......everything I've ever heard about working
underneath the panel is true!
life gets in the Way ...JoeB
I started my RV-10 build in 2011 with some
......misguided ideas of the actual amount of work building
an airplane is. The first few months I found myself working
almost 5-6 hours a day with many nights ending past
midnight. I tore through the -10 Tail kit in no time thought
I was going to knock out this airplane in 2-3 years
flat......kinda fully looking back at it.
In the mean time my day job is flying for the Good ol USAF.
Unfortunately where they usually want me to fly generally is
about an 18 hours away or more from where my project sits
idle in my garage. I have been gone 640-ish days since I
started my project, on various deployments and work related
trips. What I have found as the hardest things to is getting
started again when I get home. Trying to get caught up on
the normal grind, helping the wife with the projects and all
the other things that normal people do every day that pilled
up inevitably takes priority. As soon as I am caught up on
normal "life"I start working on the RV and before I know it
I am again overseas.
I completed the tail kit in about 7 months start to finish,
and I have been working on the wings now for about 2
years............ I am still enjoying the build but
can be overwhelming thinking how much is left and how little
progress I have made lately.
I have seriously contemplated the quick build Fuse, but eh
7K seems like a lot of money to pay someone to do what I am
sure I can accomplish, albeit a little faster.
Anyways I am sure there are plenty of you out there who have
similar Life gets in the way experiences.
The bottom line is I am addicted to building, and flying and
I just don't have the time for either right now. Have some
serious "RV envy" of everyone posting those amazing trip
pictures. Maybe the APP store has a good flight simulator I
can use at my desk...
Well that is enough of a rant for the day, hope yall didn't
waste too much time reading it.
No real point to this post just a Rant to fellow minded
people who understand the trials of this enormous project.
Status Report ...Larry New
I think I'm done with the panel except for a
pesky PWM switch that keeps breaking. All hand cut, painted,
labeled and wired myself. Moving the fuselage to the hanger
this week to meet the rest of the parts for final assembly.
the missing washer ...Dale B. -12
I just started working on the Rotax motor
installation. Page 46-03 Step 5, "Remove the retaining nut
from the bottom of the rubber insulator several inches aft
and below the mounting bolt location."
Well, not watching what I was doing, I started unscrewing
the nut with an open end wrench. When it came loose the nut
fell and I didn't see it fall. I found the nut wedged down
in a crevasse of the motor casing. I can't find a washer. I
can't say for sure that there was even a washer there. I
searched everywhere .... except behind the fly wheel. Lord
help me if it is hiding there. Does anyone know if I am
looking for something that was not even there?
I need a new EGT probe
Tue Feb 3, 2015.
passing of Bob Archer ...Stein
I received the very sad news that Bob Archer
has passed away this past weekend...I think we all owe him a
"thanks" for what he contributed to Sport Aviation over the
Below is a short biography that I understand Bob wrote when
he was feeling better. It's in 2 posts due to length.
My condolences to the family, it's been a pleasure dealing
with Bob over the decades. He was quite a character
and a veritable wealth of knowledge.
Bob has been a member of EAA Chapter
96 since 1990 and an EAA member since 1968. In that time he
has served on the chapter’s BOD and has been a resource to
anyone looking for information regarding aircraft antennas.
But let’s get back to a start point. Born in Milwaukee in
1931, Bob lived there until, at the age of 13, his parents
moved to California. He graduated from Redondo Beach Union
High school in 1949. The “Draft” was a pretty sure thing
back then, so these were rough times for young guys. The
Korean War started in 1950 and Bob tried to join the Air
Force. But the Air Force had quotas at the time so he had to
wait. In the mean time he got drafted, took the physical and
was told to wait. The rule was that after a 90-day period if
he was not called he could do as he pleased or wait to be
recalled. He was not called in the 90-day period after the
physical and then immediately enlisted in the Air Force.
In the Air Force, Bob was sent to technician school where he
studied ground-based search radars; then was trained on new
type radar and sent immediately to Korea. Bob got there, but
the radar systems did not. Instead, he was assigned to an
auto-tracking ground based radar north of the 38th parallel.
Here he tracked our inbound bombers and, on dark nights and
in bad weather, vectored them to their targets and told them
when to drop their bombs. Reassigned to the U.S. (in the
winter of 54-55), he was sent to Nevada where, with the
auto-tracking radar, they tracked incoming fighter-bombers
that were practicing toss bombing [“loft” bombing] on the
live A-bomb tests. He witnessed about a dozen tests.
Everglades City Seafood Festival ...Carlrai
Took my niece Sam with me and met Mark
My opinion and worth what you're paying for it: If you
fly down there, don't do it during the Seafood Festival.
Previous posts explained that and the proprietor of Triad
unintentionally talked us out of it when he told us about
DO go down there any other time and try the REAL grouper at
Triad Seafood and bring home a pound or two of Stone Crab
claws. Makes for a great day!
VLictures ...Vlad pictures
9 Month Status Report ...Guilhermepilot
Engine Mount hole misalignment question
I started to install my engine mount
today. The top two holes lined up well on the QB fuselage.
The two bottom corners are a little off but I can pull on
them and things should work out OK. The two center bottom
holes however, do not line up well at all. One of these
holes hole in the fuse is between 1/3 to 1/2 outside the
diameter of the bolt pass through on the engine mount.
Turn around a point ...Vlad pictures
Mon Feb 2, 2015.
RVs on the TV Whenever I Want It.
Random thoughts and ramblings. I read
reviews of the currently available streaming TV options,
and decided to finally buy a $99
Roku 3 last Thursday.
Here's a picture below of me using it to play YouTube videos
of RVs on the living room TV. You can search for them
using the phone or tablet, then tap the 'show on TV' button.
Yes, the blanket is purple and yes it has Disney princesses
on it. It's my daughter's. Her friend made it
for her years ago. You got a problem with that?
Besides watching YouTube clips on the TV,
which is shockingly addictive, the ability to watch
thousands of movies/shows/documentaries for free is
jaw-dropping. An added bonus is we now get NASA TV and
ESPN3. We've been watching movies and shows on NetFlix
for years using our phones ($8/mo) and can now watch it on
the big TV. Sweet.
Of course, I spent huge chunks of Saturday
(while it was raining here) watching music
dissected in minutia, like the
drum part of 'YYZ'
off Rush's Moving Pictures album with the drum levels
pushed way up in the mix. Jump to the 10min mark if
you want the live performance part. Then
how to play 100 guitar
riffs in 12 minutes. Oh, and
here's 100 bass riffs.
This is sooooo much more entertaining on the big TV.
I can envision not too far off in the future
cutting the cord on cable entirely and going with free
over-the-air local stuff and streaming internet TV.
it floors me how much historical aerospace content there is
on YouTube. For example, this 30 minute long
documentary on the X-15
watched it Sunday morning on the TV with the headphone jack
plugged into the Roku remote (I wake up a couple hours
before the rest of the family). So much more
satisfying than another soul crushing, I.Q. lowering episode
of East Coast Ice Pawn Swamp Outlaw Boo Boo Choppers.
Then on to about two hours of clips on
NASA's lifting body program (search
results). I'm loving this YouTube on the TV thing.
Tangent. As Super Bowl halftime shows
go ...I don't see anyone topping Prince's 2007 rendition of
Purple Rain, in the rain, with Florida A&M's marching
"Can I play this guitar!!!!!!" In my
humble opinion, THAT performance is how you entertain
~100 million people simultaneously. One person on
a stage, playing live...mistakes and all. So good that
you can throw the mic down to the stage and let the crowd
sing instead (2min 58sec mark). Showmanship.
Then the weekend was over....just like that.
Did I even get out of the chair?!?!
Congrats to the Patriots. Basketball
playoff finish with a hockey fight thrown in. Great
game. OK, on to the RV stuff now....
RV-7 First Flight ...Jeremy
weekend trip to Tasmania, lots of photos ...Eddie Seve (Sydney, Australia)
Airborne Pics w/Pants'n Fairings ..ao.frog
Report ...Carl in Sweden
Selfie ...John Kimmel
...ad in the Previous Day's News