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July 26, 2016.   Issue No. 4,166.

RV Social Monday Underway.  Pic and pano courtesy S. Balmos.


RV Stuff at OSH Today

  • RV-8/8A Gathering
    Schedule: Tuesday, July 26th at 10:00 AM
    Location: Theatre in the Woods, at the east end (facing the flight line)
  • 34-ship RV formation overflights (four passes, 11am takeoff)
  • Van's Aircraft Banquet (you got a ticket, right?)

RV-4 Panel ...olyolson

Ok so it's not a Fancy glass panel like Fitz has but I couldn't justify the bucks required for a full glass cockpit for the type of flying I normally do. This is what you can do if you buy smart, look for used equipment (mostly here on the forum) and don't mind some round gauges. The carbon fiber look is from using 3M Carbon Fiber tape- easy to use, allows for screw ups and redos (Axel's idea). Just peel off a bit, heat up with a heat gun and reapply-easy. Ok granted the Garmin GTR 200 and the Aera 660 are new but everything else is used including the ex-military stick & throttle.

Had to send the used Narco 122 VOR/ILS for repair but it was a relatively cheap fix. The "used" Trio EZ Pilot also had to be sent to the Trio company for repair/update but if you are willing to deal with some minor issues you can get a reasonably affordable IFR panel.


Made it ...Jetguy

Landed OSH Sunday evening about 445pmct. Very hot throughout out journey. But had a great tail wind. Planes flew well, great fun. Picture is at Fayetteville AR. We were able to fly from North Texas to OSH without using any 100LL. Thats Bob Kibby next to his RV12. Because of tail winds we only Stopped 3 time. Last Stop was 37nm south of OSH so we will not need to buy Fuel at the show where they only have 100LL.


Status ...crabandy

I'm just wrapping up the annual and it's time for some engine runs and see how the new boots/cowling work together. It fired right up and ran like it should. The first run was just in the idle/fast idle range for about a minute. After shutdown I had some smoke exiting the inlets and behind the spinner and once I opened it the oil door. It didn't smell like a fuel/oil/electrical smoke but I still got the cowl off in a hurry. I found a light dusting of pink foam dust on the components of the lower cowl, I think that along with dust/mouse milk on exhaust joints/LPS overspray was causing the light smoke.   Pie helping me with the first engine start, as you can see she's feeling like her old self with plenty of spunk.  ...


From AX-O Monday...


Ground Shot ...Arlie Conner RV-4


RV-7 Status ...pazmanyflyer



July 25, 2016.   Issue No. 4,165.
  Gary Sobek texted me Sunday afternoon, "35 or 36 RV flight safe on ground @ OSH".  Then we exchanged humidity levels and heat indexes - him 64%/99*F and me 37%/109*F.  He texted everyone was soaked through at OSH but having fun.  Looking forward to the pics as they appear online.  The HBC beer tasting is apparently going on as I type this.  Maybe some pics will turn up Monday post hangovers.
  Hope my friends attending OSH have a wonderfully fun and safe time.


Tom & Bonnie Summer 2016


Arrived safe at Osh thread ...chime in if you feel like it.


The RV Social Monday After the Airshow


RV 14A, one more flying!!! ...Rich's N2261

And then there were "8"! Pink slip yesterday and 1st flight today. First time builder. Big GRIN. What a great plane this is. Thank you Vans. Flew great. 5000' for 1.5 hours. 75% power OAT 70' F. CHT,s 330 to 370. EGT's 1200 to 1250, fuel flow 16 gph. Oil temp 210'. All good. 24 in. mp. 2500 rpm. TAS 150. Keep pounding those rivets. Your turn will come soon


Bug and Bee may now fly ...woodmanrog

On Friday, July 22nd, The Bug and Bee was signed off to be able to spread her wings. We should have our first flight Tuesday, July 25th. Whoopy!!!


Living the Dream, Landing at OSH in our RV-8 ...Charlie

What a remarkable journey this has been. We departed Auburn California on Wednesday, July 20th. Made it to Osh from Austin Minnesota on Friday before noon. What we encountered along our route was amazing, sometimes a little frightening.

The turbulence at 13.5 over Utah and Wyoming was jolting to say the least.

We made it to Torrington WY and stayed the night. I wonder what happen to the four gentleman in a 182 we met while fueling in Wendover NV. They too were headed to Torrington but I didn't see them on the ramp. I hope they make it to Osh safely.  continue


Mothership Crew On Their Way to OSH ...FB pics


Ground Shot ...McPilot


Audrey is home from nuclear chemistry summer school in San Jose.

She got back to Dallas on Saturday and is now back in the lab at SMU Monday for a few weeks until classes start (Senior).  She got the shirt...

And yes, I enjoy talking to my daughter about fission, fusion, gun assembly and implosion trigger techniques and refinement amounts of U-235 and Pu-239.  Call me a hopeless romantic...  And proud.



July 22, 2016.   Issue No. 4,164.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! 

OSH Bound....Sid Mayeux 7A


RV-6 30th Year Anniversary T-Shirt

...Limited Edition Commemorative Garment from the Mothership!


Window Trim Jig ...Cbull RV-10

I've taken so many ideas from this forum but really haven't given back. So here goes:

I think this only relates to RV-10's, why I'm posting here. I don't really know what builders do for the junction where the windows meet the fiberglass on the inside. Here is my solution, sorry if its been done before.

For this example I used 1/4" deep #8507K14 rubber edge trim from McMaster Carr. I basically made a little jig to cut one side off of the edge trim. To cut the trim I generously applied WD-40 to the trim as I pull it through the cutter. 20' of window trim in 2 minutes, perfectly cut.

I used the 3M instant adhesive in the pic below and installed about 3" at a time. The super glue is very expensive, $30 for that little bottle, but wow does it hold. I haven't even put a dent in it with almost all my trim installed.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are roughly 7000 words:  ...


Shop Status Report ...scard

"...I'm looking forward to having it 68 degrees when it is 105 outside."


"You made the shirt, Terry!!!" ...Ian post re: the EAA 30 yr shirt

I love the shirt!! That is my plane in the back. I bought the plane from Terry Jackson, and his wife designed the paint scheme. While there may be other -6's out there painted like mine, until I see them:

You made the shirt, Terry!!!!!!


Visit Garmin Team X at OSH! ...& daily seminar sched.


Cabin Top Fit Question / Photos ...Justin

Need some assistance on what to sand down more in order to get a batter cabin top fit. Here's where I'm at right now. Over all it seems to fit well except for.....Both sides have about the same 1/8th inch area visible on the flange but near the aft end it disappears.  Is this normal or what area should I sand to have this drop down more? I first thought it was the flange back area hitting the longeron but there's a gap right there. Thanks!


Superior Air Parts Forum Sched

...emailed to me by TexMex lunch friend Scott Hayes (VP there)




July 21, 2016.   Issue No. 4,163.

Colorado! ...Pete Howell Trip Report

Andi and I turned 50 and the RV turned 10 this year. We decided to get out and celebrate! The mission was pretty simple, see an unique National Park, do some mountain flying, and get in a bit of hiking....

We wanted to hit the mountains early so we flew halfway on thursday night and camped in the pilot lounge at McCook, NE on a hot rainy night. Shirley at the FBO was the best, gave us the car, and told us the best places to eat. We even caught the local Legion game!  ...


RV-14 Status ...Mark in NJ

Hello All, I thought I would post a few pictures of my baby. It's still in utero but coming along. Wings on order, due to arrive in August.  ...


Garmin® Team X introduces the GTX 45R and GTX 35R ADS-B transponders for experimental aircraft 

related: (thread)


This is a GREAT RV family ...Jeff Vaughan

My family and I have been vacationing in Mid-coast Maine for the last 25 years. We always drive to our rental house with numerous bikes, Kayaks, and kids. I love Maine but I have always thought that my vacation could always be better if I got some air time and had the opportunity to check out the local area from above. To haul all the stuff I would need a DC-3 or maybe a Cessna Caravan.

About two years ago David Valcik moved his home and RV12 from Eastern Pa where I am located to the Belfast Me area. I contacted David before we left for Me in hopes I could get a ride in his very nice RV12. "Of course" was his quick reply. This year I decided we rented for two weeks so it gave us many days to get a flight in.  ...


TruTrak working on multiple STCs for Cessna 172

(from Andrew (RV-4 owner))  
Springdale, AR July 16, 2015- TruTrak Flight Systems is pleased to announce that they are working on STCs for the Eco and Vizion Autopilots. TruTrak has acquired a Cessna 172, completed the initial installation of a full Vizion system, and the roll axis installation for the Eco.  The Eco pitch axis installation will be completed following EAA AirVenture.

The aircraft will be on display in TruTrak’s outdoor booth #174 at EAA AirVenture. Both the Vizion and Eco autopilots will be installed in the aircraft so that patrons may see and learn about each system. The complete product line will be on display at the indoor booth in building C 3030.

“We are very excited about both of these new projects.” said CEO Andrew Barker “Our dream has long been to offer the same safety enhancing autopilots to the certified market that we have been offering the experimental market for the last fifteen years.”

Founded in 1999, TruTrak is a leader and innovator in the experimental and light sport aircraft autopilot market. TruTrak has designed and manufactured many cutting edge autopilots including the autopilots in the Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer and most recently Solar Impulse.


SteinAir's OSH Employee Uniform

The site made the sleeve, baby!!!!  Standard catchphrase at the bottom <g>.  Stein emailed me this pic today.  dr


Status ...Martin Leroux RV-8

A month later, I still don't believe I have reached this stage in the project....

Sometime June 16 just before Dinner time, there was an aluminum canoe in my shop

What I really couldn't believe is that Yves and I achieved that in about an afternoon, not more that 5 hours for joining fuselage front, mid and tailcone.  ...


Panel Status ...sbalmost

Just in time for Oshkosh, the panel comes alive. Still have to finish the power wires for the ignition system indicators and label backlighting. But everything else came right up. Only have to debug why the VPX doesn't want to communicate with the MFD properly.  ...



July 20, 2016.   Issue No. 4,162.

A new -8 is born ...Herman in Germany

I recently completed my RV-8. Doing ground testing now. here are some pics:


IFR RV-4 Schematic ...FitzRX7

Just finished wiring my RV-4 panel up, Garmin G3X everything. GPS-only IFR, redundant on almost all fronts, I think I have all my bases covered except dual engines.

Wanted to see what the masses thought about how we ended up designing it. I had a lot of help from some very smart people, many many thanks are in order. Especially Paige Hoffart and Jim Beyer, lots of their brain-bytes when into making this reality.

Some neat things on this are:
-$30 backup battery system instead of >$300 backup battery system.  ...


4th of July weekend in Door County ...NovaBandit Trip Write-up


RV Photo-Bomb

Doug Rozendaal's Rocket flying chase with 'Doc'.


Garmin OSH Announcements:

New Garmin Navigation Database & Database Bundle Options

We are excited to announce the availability of the new Garmin Navigation Database and some new database bundle options. The Garmin Navigation Database brings improved database coverage to your G3X or G3X Touch system and lowers the cost of annual database subscriptions for compatible Garmin panel mount GPS units such as GNS 430W/530W and GTN series. Initial coverage is limited to North America.  ...

New Garmin® navigation databases bring trusted, cost-effective solutions to the cockpit

Garmin® announces new enhancements to the G500/G600 glass flight displays

Garmin Pilot™ app adds support to display Jeppesen terminal charts   pic ----->

Garmin® introduces new and exciting ways to interact with GTN™ 650/750

Garmin® revolutionizes database management with wireless Database Concierge


CPI Install RV-10 ...Australia

My aircraft has just turned 2 years old and we have flown just over 300hrs.  While there are a few other threads about CPI install, I thought I would share my experience as it goes together.  ...



July 19, 2016.   Issue No. 4,161.

Anchors Aweigh! ...Dick Van Grunsven

OK, here’s the promised story to accompany the teaser photos of a couple days ago. Yes, I was fortunate enough to spend a day (& night) aboard the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier. The Carl Vinson is one of ten Nimitz class carriers, the largest carriers in the Navy inventory. I won’t bore you with vital statistics, as these are available in the referenced links. Suffice it to say that it is impressively large, sometimes noisy, ever impressive, etc.

The source of my good fortune was that of being in favor with EAA headquarters. Apparently the Navy occasionally offers a block of such “Embarkations” available to EAA, as well as many other organizations. I had been aware that the Navy made such tours available to parents (grandparents?) of service members, and other special persons. Several people I had spoken with over the years had had this experience, and all simply raved about it. Thus, I was overwhelmed when offered this unexpected opportunity. I was a bit concerned about being cleared because of my age and past medical issues, but apparently I answered all of their screening questions adequately.

"The Experience” consisted of being flown from San Diego’s North Bay Naval Air Station on board a C-2 “Greyhound” COD (Carrier Onboard Delivery) aircraft. Regional airliners are luxurious compared to this shore-to-ship shuttle, but none of us were complaining. There are only two side windows in the entire cabin/cargo section - no interior paneling, interior lights, etc. Boarding is via cargo loading ramps at the rear of the fuselage. The seats face rearward, and we were all wearing floatation vests and hard hats with ear muffs for sound suppression. Arrival onboard the carrier was not announced, and because we had apparently been flying around in low level turbulence for a while, had no way of knowing when we were on landing approach. Just a solid “thunk” of the wheels on the deck, and then being pushed back (forward) into our rearward facing seats. In about 2 second we came to a stop, the cable was detached, and we taxied off to the parking area. Thus began about 24 hours of a rather intense introduction to the tip of the arrow of the Navy’s strike force.

Much of our time on board was spent touring various parts of the carrier and listening to talks on the vital and interrelated functions. I will not try to cover them all, but rather will just make a few random comments. One memorable briefing was given by a Rear Admiral who was in charge of the Carrier Strike Group. He looked younger than his presumed early fifties, and was an excellent speaker. While he was outlining Navy Carrier capabilities, world politics, etc., aircraft were making arrested landings and catapult launches from the deck above. These sounds and vibrations punctuated his talk and lent tangible drama to the presentation.

Carriers in the Nimitz Class are often referred to as 4 ½ acres of sovereign U.S. territory which can be relocated anywhere in the waters that cover about 70% of our planet. As such, it makes them a unique and vital component of our nation’s military arm. Particularly in the military actions in which we have become involved in recent years, carriers are indispensable because of their flexibility.

The meals served were very good. Dinner in the Officers mess, breakfast in the NCO’s mess, and lunch in the officer mess again. We sat with servicemen and were encouraged to ask question about their service experience and careers. All very interesting.

Our Navy “tour guides” were surprised to learn that all in our group were pilots. Apparently most of their “Distinguished Visitors” are not pilots. I guess that this just affirms the fact that we are a very small minority.

We had several opportunities to observe flight deck operations. Though the carrier is huge, by normal airport standards it is tiny. Thus, close viewing proximity to the action was assured. Because we were required to wear hard hats and protective goggles, photography was difficult. No flash photography was permitted, for obvious reasons. (I did get some decent photos and videos, but I’m sure that you can find better on YouTube.) We were planning to watch some night operations; by they were cancelled because of low clouds. Though the Navy is capable launching and recovering under very marginal conditions, this stage of qualification and currency training required better conditions for safety reasons. The following day we were able to view flight operations from a command bridge several levels above the flight deck, which provided us a fabulous vantage point.

One thing that struck me is the lack of personal space offered the typical seaman. We were shown their berthing rooms; bunk beds with about four levels, and adjacent lockers. (Many years ago as a junior officer in the USAF I had occasion to visit the Airmen’s barracks and noted the 4 per room accommodations which I noted as being small in contrast to my personal BOQ room. These carrier accommodations add new meaning to “compactness”.) When you realize that there are over 5000 souls on board, you can better appreciate the need to conserve space. While we didn’t have time so see what common space and recreational opportunities were afforded the crewmen, this lack of space caught me off guard. Now I better appreciate the meaning of “Military Service”, with emphasis on SERVICE.

Speaking of space; everything on the ship is compact. The walkways, aisles, or whatever the nautical term, are narrow and the doorways (portals?) are narrower and require stepping through because their bases are raised above floor level. The stairways are all ladders, not stair steps and elevators as on cruise ships. Obviously, the design features of the carrier are prioritized around its mission, not the convenience of its crew. The relative luxury I experience on a daily basis didn’t prepare me for this, though I should have known. Not complaining; just explaining.

If our arrival onboard with the arrested landing may have been a little anticlimactic, our departure was definitely memorable. The boarding procedure was the same, and while we couldn’t see anything as we taxied into position, we knew that our launch was imminent as the engines revved up, the whole airplane shook in its restraints, and the “flight attendant” raised and then lowered his hand. Remember, we are facing rearward in our seats, with belts and harnesses well tightened per instructions. Even so, when the “cat” was cut loose, we were forced back (forward?) into our restraints for what seemed a long time; actually about 2 seconds. That’s enough time to accelerate to about 105 mph (or is it knots? Whatever.) far better acceleration than even the hottest Tesla. Thus was the approximate and fitting end to a memorable day at sea. I’ve spent a quite a few days onboard luxury cruise ships, but I’d have traded them all for this experience, if that had been the price of admission.

As a veteran of military service and as a patriotic citizen, I have always been a proponent of a strong military, so this experience only reinforced my confidence in their ability to “get the job done”. Also, we must remember that the military’s job is to execute the commands of our elected officials who have to make difficult policy decisions in our increasingly complex world.

My apologies to our Navy hosts for my incomplete and/or incorrect representations or terminology. To an even greater degree than general aviation, the seagoing Navy has a vernacular which has evolved over hundreds of years, and is at times foreign to us landlubbers. To the Navy and EAA; my sincere gratitude for this opportunity.

- Dick Van Grunsven

Captions and Pics
0077 FA-18 On “Short Final”

0170 View from ‘Bridge” showing the two forward “Cats”.

0196 close up photo of the arresting cable, showing size and elevation.

0203 All 15 member of the EAA crew. Second from left side of photo is Jack Pelton, then Alan Klapmeier (Cirrus), Someone with dark glasses, Dick VanGrunsven, etc.

0066 The Admiral, following his briefing” talking with Jack Pelton and others.

Related: (42 page Aircraft Carrier Embark Brief) ...2.67MB PDF document


Status Report 9A West Virginia ...gsxphil


Evening Project: Put that old HVAC / Furnace squirrel fan to good use ...David Nelson

With summer heat solidly upon us, a bit of moving air can sure help. If you've an old squirrel fan from a HVAC / furnace lying around (or know of somebody who's getting their HVAC/furnace replaced), here's a fun little project to convert the blower into a handy and portable fan. Just to clarify, this is not the fan that sits outside in the condenser unit.

Depending on the blower design, you may have to build some kind of a support to keep the blower stationary. For the one pictured below, I built a cradle out of some scrap cedar pickets and 2x4's. The 2x4's were ripped down the middle and beveled to increase the friction between the cradle and the blower. The entire cradle assembly is glued and screwed. The blower wedges itself (there's about a 3/8" gap between the bottom of the blower and floor of the cradle) and it's surprisingly stable. With the cradle, I can rotate the fan from about 30* downward (great for when working under the RV) to straight up (great when hanging those new lights in the hangar).  ...


Panel Before and After ...FitzRX7

Haven't posted on VAF much, but with all the great info was able to complete a panel upgrade and complete electrical system overhaul on my '96 RV-4 (not built by me). Thanks for all the great info on here!


Ramona, Henderson, Salt Lake, and Long Beach in a weekend ...bruceh

This is the kind of utility these wonderful machines offer. I took my daughter from Ramona (San Diego area) up to Salt Lake City (by way of a Friday overnight stop near Las Vegas) to do some apartment hunting. She starts at the University of Utah graduate school in August. A full Saturday in Salt Lake City, then home via a quick stop in Corona for cheap fuel, then Long Beach, CA for lunch with family and to pick up her new car she bought from her cousin. Back home at 5pm sipping a beer.


Status Report ...N546RV

Finally finished shooting rivets on the bottom of the canoe and rolled it back upright again. I'm glad to not be spending any more time sitting under that thing sweating profusely all over my headlamp.


New panel for the RV-3 ...Al Girard

I wanted to add an auto pilot, in the process added an EIS and managed to squeeze in a mount for the IPAD mini. This plane is awesome and really enjoy it and the friends I've made as well. See you all at KOSH! Yes, the glare sheild is extra custom and works great!


Build Status Report ...kentlik



July 18, 2016.   Issue No. 4,160.

First Customer Built RV14 Lands at OSH ...TimO

Hey all, had a great day today with the RV-14. Took it to OSH for it's first real x/c flight, landed and got to taxi right into show center at Papa 2, and shut it down while I got my campsites. I guess that officially makes me the first customer to bring their 14 to OSH (), but it will not be the last time or year it makes it there. It was a beautiful day for flying, and I'm oh so happy to be D.O.N.E.


Scammers/Spammers...reminder they exist.

It's time again to remind folks about scammers in the world.  A couple of folks clicked on a link PM'd to them by a scammer recently and then entered their VAF password at the link given (don't ever do that!!!).  The scammer then logged in here as them and made contact with some other folks about WTB/FS listings.  No money changed hands that I can tell, but I had to lock down their accounts until I could straighten things out.

In a classified listing, there should be a phone number, or an N-number, a picture or an email address in the listing....something you can Google yourself.  Some write their phone number out in words instead of numbers, or in a mix of words and numbers (a good idea).  The person's profile should show info that isn't cryptic.  'PM me or click on this link for more info' should be a huge red flag!  Don't click on links sent to you in order to 'get more info'.  A higher level of alert should exist on your end when using the email or private message areas. 

For me, if a post doesn't have a phone number I pass.  "PM me" or "PM sent" is a deal breaker with me.  I personally never PM or email in regards to classifieds, but that's me.  I worked in I.T. security for a decade, so I'm suspicious by nature, and know some of the risks.  I choose to call them if they type in a way to reach them and get a feel for their knowledge of the item being offered over the phone.  Your risk level might be different.

This is really, really important.  Don't EVER enter your VAF password anywhere but here!  If you do, you most likely just gave your password to a scammer...

You can put someone's email address listed in a classified in Google to see if it pops up on some spam lists.  Trust your gut.  If it's a new account listing a $5000 GPS as a first post....hesitate.  Any low-count poster with an item to sell should get more scrutiny from you.

Familiarize yourself more about Internet fraud, phishing, vishing and online security and safety at: https://www.usa.gov/online-safety  (See how if you hover your mouse over the link you can see the SAME address at the bottom corner of your browser?  Make sure that's always the case!)

I'm asking the mods to raise their squelch setting.  If a mod or I don't get a warm fuzzy or your classified is cryptic in nature, it's gone, and your account locked until I can research.  I'd like to thank again the under-appreciated moderators on this site who help me guard against this type thing when I'm away from the keyboard.  They delete suspicious posts that I miss when I'm sleeping and stuff.  We are lucky to have them around.

Registration Tip:  If you're currently a lurker and thinking about registering a forums account, the more detail you provide in your profile (stuff I can verify with search engines), the better chance you stand of me approving the registration.  If you leave fields blank and/or the info is cryptic, and the email address is a long combination of random, expect to be declined.  I'm not asking for bank routing numbers, just something I can use to verify you're a current/potential RV-builder/owner.  Scammers are sniffing around the periphery, and I need to shore up the walls a bit.  If you're not cool w/that, that's OK - you can already read stuff as a lurker.

Sometimes the crazies get in, and I'm sorry for that.  We're trying as hard as we can, but there is evil in the world (as you know).

New Sticky Threads in the Classified Section:

Status Report ...crabandy

Everything seems to fit pretty well and is ready for an engine run, I just have to put the inside of the airplane back together after the annual. I can't wait to wheel this thing out and clean the hangar out from the past 6 months of work.


Garmin Mode S Transponder Software Upgrades at Oshkosh 2016

"We will once again provide free software upgrades for Garmin Mode S transponders used in Experimental aircraft at Oshkosh.

Just bring your GTX 23ES, GTX 330, or GTX 330ES transponder in to us at the Garmin tent at Oshkosh and we will install V8.02 software into your transponder while you wait. It only takes about 2 minutes to accomplish this update.

After being located at the entrance to Hangar D for many years, last year we moved to a new location across from the EAA Welcome Center and the Ford tent. If you look at the Airventure ground map, this is grid K13. From homebuilt camping, just follow Knapp street South to Celebration Way (the main entry street) and turn left

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.

Hope to see you at Oshkosh!"


Almost Done ...KHeidorn RV-14



July 15, 2016.  00:01 UTC.  Issue No. 4,159.
Site Scheduled Maintenance 7/16/16 11pm CT - 7/17/16 6am CTWishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! 

First Flight ...Joe Rainbolt


RV-6 Dressing up for the big dance / Smoke Oil Mod ...gbitzer

My RV-6 just had it’s 15th birthday and I was honored when Ken Scott chose it as Miss February for the Van’s 2016 calendar.  Rosie’s post about the 30th Anniversary of the RV-6 event at OSH struck a nerve and I knew it was time to tuck my 6 back in the hangar for a few OSH improvements. I fly a fair amount of IFR and rain is like sand paper at 200 mph. A new coat of paint was in order. This also provided me a chance to make a few improvements. Although I liked my original paint scheme I wanted to spice it up a bit. Some type of checker board was the answer. Steve Melton’s posts on his paint project encouraged me to take on the painting project myself. Although I had repainted the wheel pants and cowling over the years this was my first attempt to paint the entire plane unassisted. Using a PPG base coat / clear coat system made the process longer but much easier in my mind. It also made more complicated designs possible with my skill level. Unfortunately I could not fit the entire plane in the booth.  ...


Rocky Mountain Renegades Airshow Team 2016 video ...bobmarkert

During this years off-season the Rocky Mountain Renegades have burned copious quantities of 100LL and are now in possession of FAA SAC and Formation SAC cards (Statement of Aerobatic Competency). We have upgraded our show to add more solo aerobatics and formation aerobatics. We also changed our name from the Rocky Mountain Renegades Formation Team to the Rocky Mountain Renegades Airshow Team. Here is a link to our 2016 promo video and our updated website..... I hope you enjoy it.


Long Windy story ...Caveman

Dan Horton posted a great RV travel experience that he had recently and he mentioned landing in the wind in Oklahoma. I didn't want to induce thread drift so I'm starting a new thread on fighting the wind and invite you to share your experience.

I've attended two general aviation fly-in events at Vance Air force Base in Enid, Ok. At one of them one of the officers made a statement that Vance has the reputation for putting out the best crosswind pilot's in the USAF due to the strong crosswinds in the area. I didn't think too much about it then because the wind is a fact of life out here on the great plains and frankly we natives don't even mention it unless the wind is blowing 30 mph or more (or more likely if it is down to 5mph or less). After all they didn't surround our small town with all those wind generators for no reason.

I work at an airport West of Enid and transient pilots and their passengers often comment on how windy it is and we usually come back with "this ain't nothing". I could tell some stories about trying to pop helium balloons with the prop during some local fly-in events but I'll save those for another time.

Recently, I have to admit that Oklahoma has been dethroned as the wind capital of the contiguous U.S. Here's my story. This took place a few months back. I sent this story via e-mail to my OKie RV buddies when one of them mentioned he had installed a parking brake during his condition inspection.
A couple of them suggested I repost it here on VAF. I was reluctant because, well...  more


Guardian Avionics Introduces New Line of USB Power Solutions for GA



July 14, 2016.  00:01 UTC.  Issue No. 4,158.

Quick Western Tour Trip Write-up ...DanH in Mike Starkey's driveway


My RV6 story ...sjhurlbut

As we all know, it is a special time for RV6 (and other RV) owners and fliers with the 30th Anniversary on the horizon - Oshkosh 2016.

My interest in the RV6 began in 1999 while reading an issue of Kitplanes magazine. At the time, I was posted for work in Comox, BC. In the Kitplanes magazine I came upon a Van’s Aircraft advertisement for "homebuilt" airplanes. I was stunned to see how with one's own hands a plane could be crafted and enjoyed. This set in progress a series of events which lead me to become a proud owner of a homebuilt RV6.

As I'm sure many other homebuilt owners can appreciate, it is the journey of the build which infuses pride in the outcome and for me it started in 1999. I had saved enough money to purchase the RV6 tail kit but clearly had not thought up a plan on where to start the construction. In typical plane-builder obsessed fashion I set out to put this kit together in my dorm room. Progress was being made and with only a few complaints of fellow occupants regarding the skin dimpling process and paint fumes. I was as happy as a pig in you- know-what. Then Van’s introduced the RV7 and the ease of that build enticed me to purchase it. I needed to sell the RV6 in order to proceed with the RV7A. This RV7A kit made a trip in a moving truck in boxes labeled "hobby equipment" a full 4800 kilometres to meet me at my new posting in Kingston, Ontario. I set a goal to complete the RV7A before December 17th, 2003 so that I could honor the 100th year Anniversary of the Wright Brothers. I met my goal and completed a twenty minute flight in C-FZQX with a giant RV grin. I was hooked. I was hooked on building RVs. I bought myself another kit - 71629 and sold the first RV7A. Desperate to be airborne again I completed the kit in 2 years. To honour my dear sister Tammy who passed away at age 31 from complications following a heart and dual lung transplant in her battle against Cystic Fibrosis, this one was given the registration C-FSIS.  ...


RV10 Daytrip to Wisconsin Dells ...NovaBandit

I'm trying something new (for us at least!) and I put together a "Flight Log" video of our trip. We're still figuring out what works well in these videos, format, things that should be longer/shorter... and we'd love some feedback about what you all think!  ...


Thoughts on teamwork in the shop (or how to equip your partner for success) ...N546RV

So I'm currently in the midst of doing all the riveting of my fuselage canoe. I managed to shoot a large proportion of the rivets by myself, which kind of reflects how I've worked on most of the project - I do stuff solo whenever possible.

Fortunately for me, my lovely partner also flies and is interested in the build, so she's a very willing helper. Among other work, we shot all of the top wing skin rivets together - me shooting, her bucking. It was tedious at times (pretty much the running story of wing building), but we got through it pretty painlessly.

When it came time to flip the canoe over and get back to team riveting, I decided to switch roles - rather than asking her to crawl under the canoe and perform all the contortions, I let her stand outside and run the rivet gun. We made steady but slow progress, but she had a hard time controlling the rivet gun, and so numerous rivets got overdriven and had to be replaced. I was frustrated because I felt like she wasn't concentrating on doing the job right, and she was frustrated because, well, she wanted to help and it wasn't going well, and of course she could sense my frustration.

We crutched along like this for several short sessions, and I thought seriously about just asking someone else to come help, but when I sat down and thought about it, I was asking a lot of her. She hadn't done a lot of work with the gun and wasn't going to have that sort of innate feel of "that's about right," and here I was dropping her in deep water, leaving her to shoot while I grunted instructions through sheet aluminum. Throwing my hands up and kicking her out of the garage was hardly helpful.  ...


Thank you Liam at www.martinproductdesign.com

Liam sent me an early prototype of their 'Freereel' to play with....it came in the mail last night.  The air hose that I've grown to love hate is finally tamed I think <g>.  I think I'm going to like this thing - it has already found a spot on the Rubbermaid 'taco cart' that I roll around the hangar while working on / cleaning / fiddling with plane and/or cars.

It helps calm my inner neat freak.  Thanks again Liam!  And yes, I did notice the RV and RV personalized license plate in the video <g>. 

How to use video:



July 13, 2016.  00:01 UTC.  Issue No. 4,157.

'Mothership' Cap Sighting...the new sticky

More info to follow re: these pics (I'm told)


Weekend in Napa, CA ...bruceh

I've been going to Napa to do wine tasting for over 30 years. This time we finally made it up there by RV!  It was an easy 3 hour flight straight up from San Diego.  continue


Passenger choking while eating – Heimlich Maneuver in an RV ...RyanS

Nothing gets your attention like seeing your child struggle to breathe. My son (7 years old) and I were on a 2 hour 10 minute cross county recently in our RV-9A. About an hour into the flight, while cruising with the autopilot on at about 8000’ AGL, he told me he was hungry. I remembered a protein bar I had packed. I pulled it out and instructed him to break off “pea-sized” pieces and eat them. What could go wrong?

A couple minutes later, I looked over and saw a distressed face looking slightly downward towards his knees. I asked, “Are you OK?” He looked at me, very frightened and wiggled his head. “Can you breathe?!” He shook his head side-to-side.

I immediately unhooked his seatbelt and pulled him onto my lap. I gave a quick thrust to his abdomen and then heard him speak. It was the most relieving words ever, “Dad, I don’t have my seatbelt on!”

We were both very thankful this event turned out the way it did.

Reflecting back, I’m constantly monitoring my position on ForeFlight, so I knew the nearest airport. But, here are a few other thoughts I took away from that flight:

1. NO EATING IN THE AIRPLANE. EVER. Not even a bite. If we’re hungry, we’ll land.
2. Know the quickest safe way to get your airplane on the ground, without compounding the problem.
3. Keep on a radio frequency that can best help you in an emergency. If it’s an option, consider keeping 121.5 dialed in on your #2 radio.

Blue skies!


Lobster Fly-in T-Shirts ...Dvalcik

"2nd annual Lobster fly-in (Sept 17). ....."


Status Report Pics ...crabandy


RV10 Project - Scotland...jamcgee1978

After ordering my kit in March, and turning what was a 2 car garage into my workshop Im finally picking the kit up tomorrow. Long journey from VANS HQ via New York then shipped to the UK and hopefully in the workshop come Thursday!!!! Too say im excited and raring to crack on is an understatement...more to follow soon.  ...


RV-8/8A Builder/Flyer/Wannabe Meeting Proposal ...Kevin Horton

Our annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh is not far away, so its time to sort out the usual RV-8/8A builder/flyer/wannabe meeting. Looking at the forum schedules, and trying to avoid presentations with significant interest to typical RV builders, Tuesday at 10:00 looks promising. I propose our traditional meeting place at the east end of the Theatre in the Woods - i.e. the end towards the flight line.

I decided to avoid Monday, as many folks would be running around talking to vendors, trolling through the Sea of RVs, or whatever else their number one OSH priority is. Many people start leaving after Tuesday, so Wednesday or later is less desirable. That leaves Tuesday.  ...



July 12, 2016.  00:01 UTC.  Issue No. 4,157.
  POTUS TFR Dallas today (info).  Heads up.  From July 12, 2016 at 1630 UTC (July 12, 2016 at 1130 CDT). To July 12, 2016 at 2145 UTC (July 12, 2016 at 1645 CDT)  


"On June 29th, 2016, the FAA National Kit Evaluation Team officially approved the construction of the RV-14 and RV-14A kit airplanes as compliant to the experimental aircraft kit "51% Rule."

Here at Van's Aircraft, 49% goes a long way.

We laid out every component of the RV-14, from Quickbuild to slow build, from taildragger to tri-gear, from spinner to tail light, with an philosophy that says 'anybody can do this', and invited the FAA to come take a look."  continue


Phase 1 Complete ...Greg Niehues

"I'm out of Phase I now, and I'm not calling it "done" yet until it's painted, but my project has turned out to be every bit as satisfying as I had hoped, and then some! 8 years and 1,985 actual shop hours to current status, with maybe another 10-15 hours or so for touch-ups and tweaks, so we'll call it an even 2,000 hours.

All those hours spent in the freezing cold while driving rivets, all those hours in the 100 degree heats dripping sweat while driving rivets, I kept telling myself it would be worth it someday - and I was right! It's SOOOOO worth it, keep going guys!

I routinely cruise in the mid-upper teens on any trip over 100 miles now, because it's so easy to get there. I climb at 1000/min at full power even at max gross in hot west Texas ground temps, and yesterday I was still showing 700/min leveling off at 16,500. Solo with light fuel load the Vy climbout deck angle is astonishing! I can flight plan 150ktas on 6.5-7.0 gallons per hour at that altitude and hit my numbers every time. This magic carpet ride is awesome!"


-14 Status Report ...control

Left tank almost done...


N.TX Hangar For Rent (52F) ...Sid Mayeux

I'm possibly moving to another hangar, and need to find a renter to take my place in my current T. It's a great T (largest on the airport), excellent landlord and awesome hangar neighbors.

Why moving? This hangar and its taxiway are really best suited for taildraggers. My 7A kicks up pebbles on the taxiway, wearing away at my prop. The uphill lip at the mouth of the hangar really is better suited for a tail-dragging winch.

I really love this hangar, but it's just not the right solution for KELLI GIRL.

I've been paying $375/mo plus about $35 monthly electric bill, but you'll have to work out details with the owner. 110 and 220 AC installed, and has a restroom at the end of the row.

Please PM me if you're interested.


Big Tire RV-4 ...gmrv4


CASA Final Engineering Report of Jabiru Engines ...TomVal


RV-14 Status Report ...Marvin McGraw

This is my status. Wings went on last week. Should be flying in a few months, hopefully!


From the mothership...


My Interior Paint ...TimO  -14A


Eagle's Nest Projects - Kenosha News / Nicole Jackson, RV-12 Builder-Student Pilot



July 11, 2016.  00:01 UTC.  Issue No. 4,156.

(Gary Platner)  "Leaving Bartlesville, OK with my 95 year old mom to take her to spend a week with her two sisters in Lexington, OK."


Congratulations to Ken Scott! (thread) ...enjoying retirement!

(from the mothership FB page) Thursday (7/7/16) was a significant day at Van's as long-time (27 years) employee Ken Scott headed into retirement!

Grillmeister Rob fired up the new company BBQ, and the assembled company celebrated Ken's new adventure over lunch.

Ken is well-known to many RV builders, having edited the RVator newsletter, presented numerous RV seminars, taught RV building classes, flown thousands of demo flights, and answered numberless questions in the course of his storied career at Van's.

Ken has built an RV-6, an RV-12, the KK-1 one-off design and is now building a Bearhawk with two neighbors at his airpark home, situated only a couple of minutes from KUAO as the RV-6 flies. So we anticipate seeing him around to buy parts. You will also continue to see his articles in the aviation press, sharing his knowledge with the broader aviation audience.

Everyone at Van's wishes Ken and his wife Cami (the Violinist) all the best for their future, and says thanks for all the contributions Ken made to the RV community!


More RV spotted in Russia ...Vlad

Two more RV-10 are in advanced finishing stages at Cetus facility nr Moscow, Russia. No more information available at the moment only satellite images <g>.


David Paule Status Report ...3B

With the longerons trimmed down and smoothed and deburred, it was time to bend them. I was looking forward to this, because David Howe had loaned me a tool he'd made for the job.  continue


Bill McLean cleans up at aerobatic competition

(Ron Schreck)  Against a field of twelve competitors, Bill McLean easily took home first place in the Sportsman category at the Bear Creek Bash IAC competition in Rome, Georgia this past weekend. The field included several Extras and Pitts flown by some of the best aerobatic pilots in the region and Bill easily topped them all in his RV-4 with an overall score of over 84%. Well done, Bill. Congratulations!


-12 Canopy Additional Hold Mod ...Scott Millhouse


Grass Pics and More ...Vlad



July 8, 2016.  00:01 UTC.  Issue No. 4,155.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

1st Journey in Bella--Telluride and Bluegrass! ...Guy Prevost

After a couple of weeks of test flying after the big system and panel rework [ed. Discussed below in today's edition. dr]  it was time for the first family trip in Bella—the new family RV-10.  continue/more pics


RV-14 Common Fuselage Wiring Harness ...thread

Van's has released the WH-00125 Common Fuselage Wiring Harness for the RV-14.

The drawings for this harness are also available on the Van's Aircraft Downloads Website in DWG form. These may be used as an electrical systems overview for the standard wiring harnesses installed in the RV-14 wing and tailcone.

The harness itself provides a bridge between the wing and fuselage wiring harnesses, and is designed to provide a good starting point towards interfacing with AFS, Dynon or Garmin EFIS systems, with enough wire to reach behind the RV-14 sub-panel.

Please see the updated RV-14 Avionics Letter for more information


From the mothership ...press release



Taking the extreme quickbuild route ...Guy Prevost

As detailed in this post, our growing family led to us wanting an RV-10. We couldn’t justify both the 8 and a 10, so a trade was made. That said, I’m a builder at heart, I’m very picky about systems, and I still wanted to get my hands dirty. We flew N649BG, now named “Bella” for about 3 months while we discovered what we did and didn’t like. We then set about an intense 3 month period to make it ours.

In general, the airframe was in great shape. The panel, although seemingly well-equipped was really basic vfr with the addition of a GNS530W. There were no backups, no heated pitot, and the system was only marginally integrated. The grounding system was old-school—In fact basic ground fixes increased ATIS reception from 13nm to 50nm during the first week of flying. The second com radio was 28V with an adapter, the transponder got altitude data from an out-of-spec ameri-king encoder even though it was sitting right next to an EFIS. Traffic data from the GTX-330 went to nothing, etc. I should point out, that I determined pretty much all of this in my extensive pre-buy. This airplane was just what I wanted—my own RV-10 (meaning systems done by me) in about 10% of the time of building from scratch. The one item I didn’t catch was that the plane had very leaky tanks. More on that later.  continue/more pics


RV-7 Update ...slngsht

Progress on horizontal stabilizer. And a couple of questions - hopefully not redo problems...  Current state of things as of now.


Hallelujah! My canopy fits! ...Cliff

A belated thanks to all who responded to my previous posts on an ill-fitting canopy.

After several months of frustration in working with the plexi - that turns out was faulty, Vans graciously supplied a replacement.

After the initial trimming, it fit better than the first one ever did! I had it bonded in place with Sika 295 UV within the week.

The back window is also in - a relatively simple installation with 2 people.

A question - has anyone used the 295 UV as the plexi to 702 fairing?
- how was it to sand?
- have there been any issues with paint cracking, etc.?
- is there anything else I should be aware of?


N40 OSH Camping Update ...Jeff Point



July 7, 2016.  00:01 UTC.  Issue No. 4,154.

Great Moments in Formation Flying ...Rob Erdos

I did a brief formation ferry flight recently with a friend who owns a Cessna Cardinal. He departed first and then I rejoined and slid into echelon.   I've never seen anything funnier than the look on his face when he glanced over at our RV-6:

I'd have worn the pug mask myself, but the eye holes are a bit small for formation. Many thanks to my wife, Debbie, for being a good sport.


Flying into OSH- Required Reading ...Jeff Point

With the big show just a few weeks away, many of you are no doubt already making plans to attend. For many, it will be your first trip. I encourage everyone who feels up to the task to do it- you can’t beat the feeling of accomplishment that comes from successfully arriving at the world’s busiest airport in an airplane you built yourself.

That said, I have compiled a list of required reading materials. Anyone flying in for the first or twentieth time should take the time to read all of them. You’ll no doubt learn something, and it will make the experience better for you, and for everyone else at the same time.  continue


Skin discoloration / corrosion ...YellowJacket RV9

Forgive my ignorance about types of corrosion, but now that my 9A has some hours under her belt, I am starting to notice some areas on the skin that I assume are corrosion of some sort. Any advice as to best way to tackle these spots?

I plan to fly unpainted for a while, and while I'm not looking for a show quality shine, I'd like a non-splotchy appearance. I played around with some Diamond Shine today that was recommended by a hangar neighbor, and also ordered some Purple Polish. The Diamond Shine works very well on most of the skin but did little to remove the blotches shown above. I assume I need a rougher compound like one of the Nuvite products, but not sure what grade may be best.

I really didn't want to get sucked into polishing, and the few minutes I spent doing it today weren't that fun, and yet, I wanted to keep doing it for some reason...


Max Fuel Flow on Takeoff/Climb ...DanH reply

The excess fuel is not cooling anything. It is merely lowering combustion temperature, and delaying peak pressure, much like retarded timing.

Lycoming data lists what they consider to be the minimum fuel flow for rated power, which includes a detonation margin. Power output is fairly flat in the region richer than optimum, so it is possible to run richer without huge power loss. Setting up the fuel control to be richer than the minimum required for rated power adds additional detonation margin. Recall that best power mixture is about 100F ROP, and we like to see the fuel control set up for 200 ROP at full rich, maybe 250. Some like it even richer, but that's just an expensive way to make less power.

BSFC (pounds of fuel per HP per hour) is a fine guide to fuel flow, IF you know power output with some accuracy. For example, my IO-390 manual says minimum fuel flow is 105 lbs at 210 HP, for a BSFC of 0.50. A 260 HP engine at 0.50 is 130 lbs per hour, or 130/6 = 21.66 GPH. The consensus 25.5 would be a BSFC of 0.588.

Here's a useful chart from the FAA dyno, an IO-540-K. Lots of interesting things to observe, but in the context of this discussion, note the BSFC and fuel flow at max power mixture; 245 HP at 112 lbs per hour, for a BSFC of 0.46, or 18.6 GPH.



July 6, 2016.  00:01 UTC.  Issue No. 4,153.

Another Pilots n Paws success. Skylar! ...scard

(disclaimer: this happened a few months ago)  It was a mission that came together at the very last minute. Tanya was planning on flying from Corsicana to Austin on a Tuesday afternoon, when a mission request came in that morning for a transport from Corsicana to San Antonio. With San Antonio just an additional 45 minutes by air, she offered to make the flight that afternoon if the arrangements could be made on such short notice.

Sure enough, the coordinator Jerry was able to make magic and locate animal lovers at each end to make it work, and 8 hours later a 5-month old redbone coonhound was in the back of Tanya's plane. Neither the pup nor Tanya knew it yet, but this would not be their last flight together in the red and white RV-9A.

We had lost our 15-year old beagle a couple months earlier, and our house was awfully quiet without some hound-induced chaos. The little pup was such a sweetie, rode great in the plane, and turned out to not have a mean bone in her body. It helped that all she wanted to do was cuddle. That and her magnificent eye-makeup was all it took. Tanya returned home in a bit of a daze saying "Wow, that was a really great dog. That could have been the one..." Those comments went on for a couple of days. The next weekend we went back to San Antonio. The pup, now Skylar, was back in the red and white RV-9A en route to Austin and her newly adopted home.  continue


Pylon Racing in Portugal - RV class results ...Pete

Air Race Championship race 1 in Lisbon last weekend, results here

ARC front page

Sport Class overall (match race & circuit race) results:

1st Javier Del Cid - RV-8 190.50 mph (IO-360, 180 hp, fixed pitch Sensenich)
2nd Bob Ellis - RV-8 190.40 mph (IO-360, 180 hp, fixed pitch Catto)
3rd Stephen Hipwell - RV-7 177.21 mph (O-360, fixed pitch Sensenich)
4th James Stringer - RV-6 176.97 mph (O-320, ground adjustable Whirlwind)
5th Peter Pengilly - RV-6A 175.01 mph (O-320, fixed pitch Hercules)

Lap distance 2.661 miles (nominal), race distance 20.705 miles (nominal)

Sport race final video here

Match race (slalom) video to follow


Trip Report, Maintenance Issue and First Flight! ...Bruce Eicher

Snuck out of the valley Saturday under some lower overcast thru our not so secret passage. (Columbia Gorge)  continue


Prop Choice 72" vs 74" data point ...TimO -14A

While working on the nose fairing I remembered that I hadn't actually measured my as-installed prop clearance. When picking out my prop, I talked to Hartzell and pondered what to do about choosing the 72" vs 74". I figured that with the IO-390 making a little more power than the IO-360, the better choice may be the longer prop. Hartzell felt that way too, when I called them. They also said that the longer length gives more repair you can do to the tips should you need to shorten or file it for nicks. Van's tended to lean from what I gathered from talking to them to the 72", primarily for added clearance. The price is the same either way.

It was a tough choice but I went with the 74" after they gave me the factory demo prop clearance and I found it was more than the clearance I have on my 80" RV-10 prop.

I just wanted to give the data point for my IO-390+74" C2YR-1BFP/F7497 prop, installed on the "A" model RV-14. As installed, it is just over 11.5" of ground clearance...close to 11-5/8".

I can't say that it's the perfect prop for everyone. Taildraggers may want a different one, perhaps someone wants to comment on that. But for the RV14A, it sure seems like the 74" has no real down side.

I just wanted to post that in case there were others who sweat the details before signing the order form, like I did.


Tailcam video of the July 4th fly-by at Geneva, Florida ...tc1234c

It is the tradition that the Spruce Creek Gaggle Flight conduct a fly-by at the 4th of July Parade at the Village of Geneva, Florida. Following is a video taken from a GoPro camera mounted at the tail tiedown point of my RV9A.


The rest of the story ...Brantel

A couple weeks ago I started a thread related to the GA35 antenna and what looked like the second failure of the same on my airplane.

Due to my history with a prior GA35 antenna failure and the fact that mine had ran for 4 years under the cowl of my RV7, I incorrectly assumed that the heat had finally killed my second antenna.

I have to tell you that this was a wrong assumption worth just north of $300!

Turns out after installing a third new GA35 antenna, new coax cable and connectors, and even trying a forth WAAS enabled antenna of a different brand/model, it was determined that there was absolutely nothing wrong with the second antenna that I totally destroyed just to see how it was made inside....   continue


419 'Moose' Squadron reunion ...flyboy1963

Some cousins and friends in the RCAF are attending the 75th anniversary re-union of the 419 Squadron, which operated Lancasters, Halifax and Wellingtons in the big one. The squadrons first commander was from Kamloops BC, & for the anniversary, they decided to paint up some Hawk jet trainers ( now at the reformed 419 group at Cold Lake AB) in the original colours and insignia. Sadly the Mynarski Lanc is based at the CWH in Ontario, and it's a bit of a stretch to bring it here.
Originally I though I'd just do some serious drinkin' in honour of our boys, but the more we talked (always dangerous!) the family pilots decided that it would be cool to do up the RV in homage to the squadron. Permission was obtained, and a spot on the ramp may be available should the current scummy weather permit a cross-country to YKA. ( sorry guys, didn't have time to do the full camo!)


The Kid I Know ...Vlad

Year 2009. Florida. I am volunteering at S-n-F with sheet metal workshop. My RV is half done. My good buddy Rich Denton is having a party at his camper. He is 40. Very few pay attention to this kid.  continue



July 5, 2016.  00:01 UTC.  Issue No. 4,152.
  Good morning and I hope you had a nice 4th of July weekend!  I'm hoping a cartoon of me in a unicorn costume sporting rainbow rocket assist might get the attention of those who read regularly but have yet to donate in 2016.  The year is now 50% over and the on-the-honor-system donations are running about 38% of the 2013 total.  Or about 4% of the registered forum accounts.  Around $17,200 after taxes from 987 wonderful people.  All the numbers and names updated HERE as of Jul 2, 2016 16:30CDT. 
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First Flight ...The Swede

Recently got the paperwork from local EAA and Transport Agency as well as the radio license after approved inspection of EAA/TA Surveyor

First flight took place june 30th at local airport Visby, Gotland (ESSV) and lasted 41 minutes.  Initially had a somewhat hard time to follow ATC maximum altitude instructions, this is a quick litte airplane and things happens much faster than in a PA-22 or TB10

Engine worked satisfactory, maybe fuel pressure is a bit on the high side. Have to check with a pressure gauge and compare with EFIS/EMS.  EFIS airspeed differed some from steam ASI at higher speeds, not sure why yet?
The airplane is also a little heavy on the left wing, to be sorted later on...

Overall very happy to have come to this phase of the project and I'm really looking forward to investigate behaviour and characteristics at flight trials.  more/video


Proud Moment for Our Family ...TomVal

Our son, Jeff, took command of the 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing at Moody AFB on Tuesday. After five tours in the F-16 and numerous assignments overseas, Jeff is now finally based closest to our home (in Charleston) during his past 22 years of service. We are planning to take advantage of this during the next two years of his assignment and spend more time in Charleston.

As an aging parent, I have had limited time to share our love of flight with our son. We have shared one weekend of flying when I owned a Yak-52, Jeff had one flight in my RV8, and after four years of ownership, Jeff has not flown in my RV12. As I see my flying years beginning to fade away, I am looking forward to making up for lost time with our son.


5.5 States in a weekend ...Pete Howell Pictures


My new 7A ...McPilot

Just took delivery today. Thanks to Tom Berge for pre purchase help and Michael Karatsonyi for getting the plane through customs and ferry pilot!


9th Condition Inspection ...Bill R.

This year's Condition inspection was a big one. It took two months to complete and I'm still waiting for some parts to arrive but the plane is airworthy and flying again.

A couple of things of note:
I have Dynon Capacitance fuel senders and LOVE them. They are very accurate, regardless of how little fuel is in the tanks. For two years I have been struggling with my right sender. It would work fine and then the level would drop to zero, come back up again after some time and then maybe start dropping again and then come up. It was intermittent and random as to how long it would stay at zero or at the correct level (It never over reported the fuel in the tank.).

I thought for sure it was a bad connection so over the past two years I rewired the thing, twice! Each time, on local flights it worked fine. So I thought I had it fixed. Then on longer flights it would drop out again.

It finally dawned on me that the sending unit on the tank might be bad so I ordered a replacement and installed it.  continue


Panel Status ...Sam Bovington

I mounted instruments for the first time today. I have a mix of old used instruments, and room for the Garmin G5 that I have on order and a Garmin GDU 370 if I can find a good used one. The area below the GDU 370 cutout will be filled by a used GTX 327 and a simple GTX 200.


NORDO into class D ...C. Brenden

Had a radio failure the other day in a twin I've been receiving some training in. We were VFR but I was under the hood flying an ILS approach to a class D controlled airport. When approach switched us over to tower freq we were unable to get the tower to respond to our calls. We were still hearing them broadcast to other aircraft - but they did not respond to us. My instructor advised to break off the approach, remove the hood, and we would trouble shoot the situation. We decided I would continue to fly the plane and he would try to get the radios working. We tried different freqs (approach and tower), different headsets and jacks, and even broadcast to see if any planes would respond. We then squawked 7600 and orbited north of the class d for a few minutes. We then entered the traffic pattern while looking for a light from the tower. None. On base we did hear tower issue us clearance to land. I did speak with the tower on the telephone afterwards. No problems but I did fill out a NASA report just in case.


RV-12 Canopy Incident...video and pics

[ed. VERY very windy in DFW on the 3rd, and Georgetown is only about three hours south by car (trees are moving pretty good in the vid).  Glad nobody hurt!  dr]


July/August issue


Test Engine Run.....at home ...bret video


My RV-4 Learns an F-4 Trick ...Vac

The McDonnell F-4 had a nifty, aural AOA system that allowed you to hear the angle of attack when operating around L/Dmax and slower…it had a “solid tone” that indicated when you were ON SPEED, or flying optimum AOA, let you know when you were slow and really got your attention when you were approaching a stall. ON SPEED was especially helpful during approach and landing as well as maneuvering flight; and the logic allowed the pilot to make fine corrections between slightly slow, ON SPEED and slightly fast when desired. The F-4 didn’t have the greatest handling characteristics, and the system helped the pilot avoid “pulling on the pole” too hard and making bad things happen. I’ve been privileged to have flown lots of airplanes, including fighters and jumbo jets; and I’ve found the F-4 aural AOA system to be the best I’ve used in any airplane.

Recently, I met a couple of smart engineers and fellow RV'ers that have helped to build a prototype system that allows me to program the F-4 AOA tone logic for use in my RV-4 to demonstrate the concept to folks that might not be familiar with it. The “tone generator” is actually a small computer that processes the basic serial output message from my Dynon DY-10A, which includes AOA information from a standard Dynon AOA pitot tube I recently retro-fitted to the airplane. The tone is pumped into the intercom system and the volume is pilot-adjustable (except for the slow tone and stall warning). In the demonstration videos, the camera is receiving raw audio output and it’s much louder than what I’m hearing in the headset; and, to be clear, this is not the Dynon programmable AOA tone.  continue


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July 4, 2016.  00:01 UTC.  Issue No. 4,151.

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions indicated:

Column 1
   Button Gwinnett
   Lyman Hall
   George Walton

Column 2
North Carolina:
   William Hooper
   Joseph Hewes
   John Penn
South Carolina:
   Edward Rutledge
   Thomas Heyward, Jr.
   Thomas Lynch, Jr.
   Arthur Middleton

Column 3
John Hancock
Samuel Chase
William Paca
Thomas Stone
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
George Wythe
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Harrison
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Carter Braxton

Column 4
   Robert Morris
   Benjamin Rush
   Benjamin Franklin
   John Morton
   George Clymer
   James Smith
   George Taylor
   James Wilson
   George Ross
   Caesar Rodney
   George Read
   Thomas McKean

Column 5
New York:
   William Floyd
   Philip Livingston
   Francis Lewis
   Lewis Morris
New Jersey:
   Richard Stockton
   John Witherspoon
   Francis Hopkinson
   John Hart
   Abraham Clark

Column 6
New Hampshire:
   Josiah Bartlett
   William Whipple
   Samuel Adams
   John Adams
   Robert Treat Paine
   Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:
   Stephen Hopkins
   William Ellery
   Roger Sherman
   Samuel Huntington
   William Williams
   Oliver Wolcott
New Hampshire:
   Matthew Thornton



July 1, 2016.  00:01 UTC.  Issue No. 4,150.
  Yesterday 0730 local I flew the RV-6 direct 52F -> GLE over the top of Denton's class D to Gainesville, TX on a fuel run ($3.35).  Denton sounded busy on the radio, so I checked in as a courtesy just to let 'em know I was listening and able to move if they needed me to.  Lotsa targets in the early morning before the temps get unbearable.
  On the way back, for button and workflow practice, I checked in with DTO again (same guy) 5nm north of PINCK 2,500' on the inbound course and asked for the practice ILS 18 to missed with a straight out exit to 52F.  If he said 'no' I'd just climb 200' and go over the top again.  He was still clobbered, but worked me in fine (pic right).  Back 52F shortly thereafter with mostly full tanks and on the home computer working and taking care of a has-stomach-bug wife by 0930.  Logged .6hrs, reacquainted the brain with some IFR buttonology and got some time off the surface for mental health.  Win win win.
  Reminder: Mothership closed Monday ("Phone, Fax, e-mail and Web Orders placed after 12PM noon (Pacific Time) on Friday, July 1st will be processed on Tuesday July 5th").  I'm taking the day off as well.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  v/r,


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