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August 18, 2017.   Issue No. 4,376.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!

Eagle's Nest Projects - Central HS (WI) 4th Private Pilot - Josh Engberg

"First Solo 2/21/2017 (left)... SEL Private Pilot 8/16/2017 (right)"


Day Four...Scott Chastain RV-8

My alarm was set for 5:00 AM. Gary told me that most of the backcountry pilots arrived at first light and used the smooth, cool air during the morning hours to get most of their flying accomplished. I quickly dressed, deflated the mattress, packed up, and started loading up the Dove. By 5:30, McCall Aviation had come to life and was prepping their fleet of C-206’s for their morning flights toward Boise.

Day Four (cont.)...Scott Chastain RV-8

There was a small group of people in the front office of the Legacy Flight Museum when I walked in from the tarmac. I could hear them talking. It sounded as if they were about to conclude a tour of their own.

Day Four (cont.)...Scott Chastain RV-8

Back in the pilot’s lounge, I continued to catch up on all the journaling I had failed to ink in over the last few days, and during that time, I got to know a little about Lewis, the owner of the FBO, Copter Doctor Plus.

Day Four (cont.)...Scott Chastain RV-8

In the temple’s shadows, I beheld the boundless glory of the storm over fields of wheat that swayed like a sea of life toward the showers beyond.


6A Noseover Video ...S. England (EGLS) 8/15

[Very glad to read the pilot walked away uninjured (he discusses it here). dr]


Day 15 of Construction ...Tyler Chance video taken from drone.

...my home field's new runway project.



August 17, 2017.   Issue No. 4,375.

8/16.  Getting the moisture
out (it rained recently). 
My home field's new
runway project.

New Guy Says Hey

Glasair Super II to RV-8. Nuts?

Here's one for you. Glasair has officially announced "retirement" of their Glasair models (they are essentially morphing into a certificated manufacturer of the Sportsman, which may end up as a primary trainer in China). So I am actually considering pulling my FWF installation off of a Glasair Super II RG and starting a quick build RV8 project.

I'm in the DFW area, finishing up a new "yuge" shop, and will decide in a few months at most. Already have the RV8 Preview plans in hand, and an IO360 B1E and Hartzell CS prop, alternator, governor, starter etc, with an airplane sitting on it's gear with the engine mounted.

There won't be any more fiberglass parts available from Glasair, but many other items can be purchased directly from vendors. That said, I don't want to spend my remaining flying years fighting a never-ending battle and worrying about an orphaned airplane.

Have sat in the RV8 and as you all know, at 6'3' it is an easy fit. I've never flown any RV and have no taildragger time.

Is it worth the trip out to PDX and over to Vans to get a demo and tour of the factory? Any reason to wait? Sounds like the RV8 design and kit is "frozen", and not much development in the works for the tandem line.

RV14 is a consideration because of the instruction/build upgrades, but I'm an old fighter pilot and am leaning heavily towards a tandem.

Go ahead, tell me that I am crazy to switch horses this late in the game.


FS: iFly 720

My flying buddy Kay is selling his iFly 720.  $300.  All the details and bigger pics at  the link.


Day Three  ...Scott Chastain RV-8

I woke up after a restful sleep and saw all the airplanes dangling above me on the ceiling. It was Sunday, and the night before, Marici had told me that she and Robin were departing early that day to attend a fly-in event up at McMinnville (MMV) where they were going to give rides in their glider. I got up and walked outside on the balcony and looked toward the runway. It looked like a perfect day for flying.

Day Three (cont.) ...Scott Chastain RV-8

It was already after 5 PM by the time I wiped down the Dove and went over to check out the FBO. Again, there was no after-hours access to the pilot’s lounge or rest rooms, but the young lady working behind the counter at McCall Aviation told me about a great pizza place across the street that I should check out. I made a mental note of it, then walked out to explore the airport.

Day Three (cont.) ...Scott Chastain RV-8

That Sunday evening in McCall, I could feel the anticipation of the coming 4th of July celebrations vibrating all around me. I took the best mountain bike I could find in the shed, and I rode into a town that welcomed me with open arms. The J’s all saw me riding by their fireworks stand and gave me a few cheers of encouragement.


New engine after 15 years, change mounts?

Q: I have purchased a new Lycoming engine from Van's to replace the original rebuilt O-320-D2A in my RV-9A. The engine was installed close to 15 years ago by the original builder I would assume. Should I also plan on replacing the engine mounts? They look OK externally as far as I can tell.

A: Hoses too...

A: We're going through a similar update, albeit only 9 years. New mounts, hoses, exhaust gaskets, etc. - pretty much anywhere "new meets old".

A: So, my Lord mounts are 19 yrs old and I'm not noticing any abnormal airframe vibrations (possibly due to a dynamically balanced prop and maybe the P-mags help at low rpm). No goo dripping out of any elastomers.

Should I replace on condition, or only if I have the engine off for another reason? Did my hoses about 8 years ago - all SS over teflon, from SacSkyRanch, so they're probably okay.

It's sad how much this plane sits now that I'm building again, and have a young family of 4 that prefers to travel together vs. Mom and Bill running away for the weekend. I think I'm at 8 hours year-to-date.


From Superior Air Parts...free engine book download


FIRE HD8 Tablet ...Pete Howell

So one of my Nexus 7 tablets died after 4+ years of heavy daily use and on a whim I picked up a $49.99 Fire HD8 on sale - now $80(will go on sale again). Read further only if you are comfortable with a bit of "hacking"..... and are not an Apple-only guy.

I have been using the HD8 in the plane for 2 weeks and for the price, I am thrilled.

Some thoughts:
  • This thing is not an Ipad pro, at 1/10 the cost it should not be
  • The screen is not super bright, but on a ram mount it is visible by tilting every now and then and is visible
  • 8" screen size is great in the cockpit
  • The quad core processor is quick enough for G Pilot and lots of other things
  • No internal GPS - I an hooked up to GDL39, so I don't care
  • Wont run Foreflight, sorry...
  • It has Amazon ads on it(there are ways to turn them off...)
  • The battery life is very good
  • Great wifi reception, but no LTE
  • Cheap expandable memory with a Micro SD card
  • It has a plastic case that feels kinda cheap
  • Camera is bad(I dont care)
  • It is great for media consumption outside the cockpit(dolby sound!)
  • It also appears to be nearly indestructible
  • No heat issues in the time I have used it
  • It requires a few steps to enable the Google play store and instructions can be found easily on the web
I'm sure I missed a few things, but as a backup this is ideal - cheap and pretty capable. No crying if it breaks or gets stolen - we give it to the young cousins to play with without a second thought.

Just thought VAFinistas might want a cheap option from a cheap guy.....



August 16, 2017.   Issue No. 4,374.

C-FUIP First Flight ...Terry Mortimore

Hi gang, I'm pleased to say that after what has to be one of the longest builds on record (started in 1994) my RV-6A took to the air on July 29th.

I have since accumulated 33 trouble free hours and the restrictions have been removed and I have my unrestricted C of A.

See my 15 minutes of fame at the link below.


Day Two ...Scott Chastain's 'American Transience'

By the time I made it back to the airport, it was plenty dark. The winds just kept picking up the darker it got. It became so windy that I realized putting up a tent would be next to impossible, so I began searching the airport for a room or a hangar or shelter of some kind to sleep for the night. I found nothing.

I climbed into the cockpit of the Dove, closed the canopy, and crammed a pillow under my neck. It was already after midnight. I had never tried sleeping in the cockpit before, so I figured it was worth a try. In any case, it was better than getting wind-torn and chilled by the weather beyond the plexiglass.


Touring My Home Town ...Troy Branch RV-10

After a week or so of no flying I figured we better go explore the area. Our home airport of Bathurst was being worked on and was closed; this is why we kept the plane in Charlo. It is about an hour to get there so it made it tough to just go fly, but well worth it for a hanger. I wanted to give the plane a good cleaning and fill it up, it always amazes me how much crumbs kids can make!


Heading Back Home ...Troy Branch RV-10

The vacation was coming to an end and we had one last item to attend. The band from high school had a plan to get together and play at the local bar. Many friends from high school had planned to be there. It was great to see so many old friends and listen to some good rock tunes. It was not going to be a late night as we had some miles to make the next day.


Timmins to Calgary ...Troy Branch RV-10

We were now 1300 NM from home and it looked like we had good weather all the way. There was a severe cold from coming into Calgary and we planned to race it. Winds in the 40kt range were forecasted. Our routing was going to be North of Nipigon Lake. We had a big low to the south of us creating all kinds of bad weather and a high moving in from the north. A perfect opportunity for tail winds west bound.


Race Party ...Reno

As usual, time flies when you're having fun. I've been having so much fun lately that I have almost forgot to get the R3 Race Party sign up going. So....... here she goes. As usual , Greg Arehart and I throw a little party at my hangar on Saturday night , after the last race jet lands. This year it happens on Sat, 16 Sep. The rules are to be invited to our hamburger/hot dog BBQ are; you must be flying a RV, building, a RV, or know someone who is flying or building a RV. I think I will expand that rigorous list of attendance requirements to include those who are really, really, thinking hard about buying a RV or building a RV. And as usual, I don't remember how to post a Google Earth picture of the location of my hangar, hopefully the good guy who has done it every year will do it again. Thanks in advance. If you haven't heard, there is scheduled to be 133 race aircraft this year, a bunch of highly modified RVs and 18 Unlimiteds. Should be a full week of high test fuel fumes in the air. For a head count, please reply to this post with who and the total number of people with you. I think the RV line is going to be across from my hangar row, the same as last year.

Dan from Reno


DJM Manufacturing 4-inch tail wheel review ...AX-O



August 15, 2017.   Issue No. 4,373.

OSH'17 Trip Write-Up ...Bruce Hill 9A


First flight - reflections ...Joe Wilber RV-10

When I started this project in 11/2010 (almost 7 years ago):
.... I had only 80 hours of flight time. I now have 3100 hours of building time (and a whopping 150 hours of flight time)
.... I had only 4 kids. I now have 6.
.... I weighed 215 pounds. I now weigh 208 pounds (Everything can't be dramatic)
.... I was in my 30's. I'm now 45.
.... I needed only one pair of glasses. I now use 3 different pairs and never seem to have the ones I need.
.... I had zero airplanes. I now have a nice RV-10 which I know flies straight and true.  ...


Day One Continued ...Scott Chastain RV-8

That evening on Orcas Island, there was very little traffic on the road toward Eastsound. The rush of the wind through cypress and pine and hardwood was the most traffic that passed me by, and the quaint but elegantly built Victorian style homes along the road offered me the sense of comfort I needed after flying the first leg of the 40-day journey and finding myself already a fair piece from my own home.  ...


Day One Continued Continued ...Scott Chastain RV-8

Evening fell with a cold south wind heaving over the shoreline and gusting through the streets of Eastsound as I walked through town and peered through windows and alleyways and shop windows. I walked at a quick pace to keep up with the coming nightfall.


RV-14A N225HK Video Update ...Kilroy

I'm back from a wonderful weekend at the Boonville airport day and fly in, camping, meteor shower watching, wine drinking, hangar talking, cold shower taking, wine drinking, aviation calibrating festival.

Quick video of my approach to D83:


On the RV front there were a few there. A 6, two 7As and a 12. Anywho I also have a few videos of the continued work on the elevator. I've finally made the special bucking bar for the elevator rear spar and tonight I finally got back to riveting. Anywho here are the next 4 chunks. I'll be posting tomorrow as well.



Back To dimples again!!!

Was not happy with my dimples with DRDT-2 and (dies from popular store 426-3 )
1) fit of rivet in dimple is not complete
2) dimple not crisp not well defined
3) nesting
Many people suggested C-frame makes it much better tried that no difference in results (for me).

1) Dies are not defective purchased 6 sets in total during 2 years period.
2) Reason for this post is to understand if
I have no knowledge in the subject ( most likely)
developer of this dies didn't spend enough time to tune them
because they try 1 size fit all solution

Please review and comment.  ...


Changing Plans ...Pete Howell 9A

VAF Nation,

Andi and I need some help. Our plans to visit Glacier NP over Labor Day are quickly going up in smoke(literally). We had planed to fly in and camp at Ryan Airfield, but the RAF has very responsibly closed the airport due to fires and conditions in the area. We could fly in to GPI, but it is peak season, we would be without a place to camp, and it appears visibility for flying is not so good.

Here is the request - looking for a place near a nice park with great hiking that we could camp with the plane, rent a car, and enjoy 3-5 days in the fresh air. We are based in Minneapolis, but long trips are part of the fun, so distance is not much of a concern.

We are flying the -9A so grass is fine as long as it is not super cub only grass.

Any ideas? Many Thanks!



August 14, 2017.   Issue No. 4,372.

RV Wedding ...John von Linsowe

My son Justin and his new wife Shelley were married at the Flying V Ranch (my home) with our RV's as a backdrop. This is Justin's newly purchased RV-4.


American Transience ...Scott Chastain next adventure

When the wettest winter on record in northern California came to a close, and when the verdure of spring began to erupt into the blinding yellows of wild mustard across the land, I began to pray more earnestly about where the Lord would send me when summer arrived. It soon became clear that He wanted me to go deeper and further through America than the year before, and I was thankful for the blessing of being single and having the freedom to use my finances and time away from the classroom to serve him. In my prayers, it was also clear that nothing short of a full 40-day, 40-night mission would suffice such a purpose. An entirely different route this year would be taken through America. Part of that route would follow the signs of the times as announced by the stars, the sun, and the moon, following the centerline of an approaching solar eclipse---a centerline that began in Oregon and ended in South Carolina---an eclipse across America that had not happened since the end of The Great War in 1918, ninety-nine years prior.  continue

Next installment: Prep Work

Next installment: Day One


New RV-12is builder Illinois side of St louis ...Jshepherd

Wanted to check in with the Air force. I have been a lurker for about a year and finally pulled the trigger on an rv-12 tail kit. A dream of mine for most of my life has started to come true. I became a pilot at 18 years old starting with gliders then into powered flight getting my PPL, then Instrument and Commercial with dreams of flying for the airlines. Then life and reality got in the way. I am 43 now and have flown on and off for the last 25 years. I am finally at a point where aircraft ownership is a possibility, and the vans line of aircraft has appealed to me since I can remember. I chose the 12 based on the mission I was wanting to do and also the time, money and skill I have to build.  ...


Only missed one preflight item ...bobmarket

Sometimes it's the little things that finally catch up to you. I have a routine for strapping into the aircraft that includes sliding the "keepers" down on my shoulder harness. I missed that item today and it bit me. Last 30 seconds of video,,,,,


Electrical System Design and Build ...leok

I have thought long and hard on whether to post what I consider ‘a journey’ of learning about the electrical system in my build, and whether the VAF community would find value in my efforts. By the very nature of the task, a description will be rather long. I have seen several posts about the individual “nuts and bolts”, but never anything stepwise on the process of design, so I think this might add value.   continue



August 11, 2017.   Issue No. 4,371.
  Work continues on our home field's new runway (links below).  No flying, but watching the earth moving equipment do its stuff makes the time go by a little more enjoyably.  This lack of time off the surface also has me thinking about music more - currently Racer X's jawdropping Superheroes album from 2000 that has this 50+ yr old former cube worm's airPods turned to 11.  Has there ever been a better cover of BOC's Godzilla?
  I hope they get the runway done before I destroy my hearing.  Who could have known that without flying on a regular basis I turn back into a teenager?  I wonder if my hair will grow back. ;^)
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.


A Little Fun During Inventory ...bkervaski RV-14A


Status Update: RV-7A  ...jcarne pics/text

Well deburring the ribs was only a small victory. I match drilled all of the spars and after deburring the holes it was time to prime everything.

It sure is awesome to see it look like a wing for once though!


South Florida Sport Aviation Seat Install ...JasonM RV-10

I recently installed a set of leather seats from South Florida Sport Aviation and wanted to share my thoughts and results with everyone.

First off, I am in no way affiliated with SFSA other than a customer. I ordered my seats from their website and followed up with an email to Eliane to make sure the embroidered logo wouldn't be applied to my seats. Elaine and the staff there were great to make sure my request was followed. I did have to wait a few weeks longer than normal due to this being a custom order, which I was ok with. When I received the seats I was floored at the quality. The install process was very straight forward, even for someone with no upholstery skills. Let's face it, if you can build a plane, you can install these seats. Here are a few (big) pictures of the seats before I covered my front frames and just after I finished the install. The last few pictures show them in the plane after removing the wrinkles with a steamer.

I hope this brief write up helps others when looking for interiors. And thank you to everyone at SFSA for making this happen.


FS- Vans RV-7 Project (including delivery)


Practice Kits Complete! Lots of pics ...jMINTj in Madrid, Spain

Title says it all. I finished the practice kits a couple of weeks ago, 3 in all, including Cleaveland's cell phone practice which was included with tool kit! My -7A fuse arrived a couple weeks ago and I've started on that, but haven't riveted yet due to primer debate and availability issues since I'm in Europe. Tell me what you think! You can see some squashed rivets on the cell phone holder, pic #3. I electd not to drill them out. Learned the lesson to always check the regulator pressure there. Don't worry, I got my first taste of drilling out rivets during the practice skin  I'm excited to be done and working on my actual build. I'll start my build log thread here soon!


9GT's 'Transport to the Airport' PIREP ...9GT

(things that work) I have transported three planes: Cozy MKIV, RV-10, and RV-9A. The Cozy MKIV and 9A I transported on trailers. The trailers required modifications to fit everything, accommodate the wide landing gear, and ramps,,,hence a lot of additional work . Cozy was a 20 mile trip. RV-9A was a 650 mile trip. By far the easiest trip was the RV-10. I hired a local towing company that had a very large rollback flatbed. This particular rig had no rail on the sides of the rollback bed, it was perfectly flat. The rigs with the rail on the sides would not accommodate the RV-10 wheel base. I made prior arrangements with the company for Sunday service so there was no rush. The driver extended the rollback bed all the way out and tilted down, attached a heavy strap to the nose gear and winched it up as I steered it with a Bogert bar. I assisted in strapping it down to my specs and 20 minutes later it was at the airport. Cost was under $150 and stress free! For the RV-9A, I built a wing crate that fit under the fuselage. The RV-10 used two trips, one for the fuselage and one for the wing crate.


Painting for Idiots ...Scott Black article

continue / thread



August 10, 2017.   Issue No. 4,370.

Airbox Cone of Death near accident ...jamlip

Perhaps the title is a bit melodramatic, but I thought this was worth sharing in the interests of safety...

A month ago I bought an older (1988) RV4. It has so far been a total joy to fly, including a 24.1-hour trip to Oshkosh and back.

Today I had planned a flight from LA to Seattle. Run-up checks were fine. About five seconding into the takeoff roll, tail up, just ready to lift, the engine started to misfire horrendously. I decided it was best not to continue into the air.

The airport is I fly from is surrounded by city in every direction. Had this had happened during the climb-out, I may not be typing this now.

I taxied back to my hangar, but the aircraft was running terribly with a gigantic misfire / loss of power at higher RPM.

I suspected a stuck float. However, on removing the air box to peek up inside the carb, discovered that a cone-shaped part inside had come unglued from the base. As high RPM, it was obviously being sucked up into the carb venturi, blocking the flow of air and causing severe loss of power.

I had opened-up the air box to replace the filter a few days ago. I was aware that the cone was in there, but it didn't cross my mind that it was only glued in place. Obviously the glue had failed. It could have killed me.

I have removed the cone from the box until I can work out why the builder put it in there. The engine appears to run fine without it.

Just wanted to post this in case anyone else has a similar setup in their aircraft - in short, pull the cone out, or make sure there are some good screws holding it in place.

Nice to see my wife and young boy tonight. Booked for Seattle on an airliner tomorrow morning.


RV-8 Mark in Maryland #83652

...welcome Mark Beard of Baltimore.


My name is Mark and I am just getting started with my RV-8 project. I have ordered my empennage kit and will be attending a Fundamentals of Building course this Saturday. Next week, I will be starting on my empennage at Synergy Air in Eugene. I plan to build the tail under adult supervision and then send it home.

This being my first project, I felt attending the empennage class would help provide a good base for building the rest of the plane.

I will post more when I return from Eugene.



The Scoreboard...from the mothership



August 9, 2017.   Issue No. 4,369.

RV-8 loop, roll, 4 (little) points hesitation roll ...Luke in Italy

Clear sky, warming up for a local Airshow.  Seat-chute is perfectly hidden under my belts


Is it possible?

So yes, this is my first post and I promise it's not a troll post.... I'm interested in building an RV-14A.... I've built a 65 Mustang that was a magazine cover car as well as a few bikes so I am certainly mechanically inclined.... There is, however, a rub....

I have one arm... I'm a retired CPT from the Army, former AH-64A pilot (Go Guns!) who lost an arm in the 'Stan... I'm currently an ER Doc so motivation isn't a problem. I built the fastback during my intern year as a doc... I'm currently bored with no projects and looking to get back into aviation (already have commercial, RW, Inst and SEL and medical waiver for prosthetic [FAA loved that one....])

My concern is I'd like to do the QUICKBUILD but I worry about being able to rivet with one arm and a prosthetic. I have a hook with a reasonable amount of grip but no articulation. How much pressure does the buck bar require? Thoughts? Anyone in the Tampa Bay area who will let me come screw up some scrap metal?

Thanks in advance!!


Oshkosh 2017 - The full trip report ...Mike B.


Before I need to drill out rivets ...M. Ciaglia RV-10

I am getting ready to rivet the midfuse lower skin. I have been diligent in making sure I dimpled the F-1015 and F-1018 webs as they are not clearly defined in the plans, but looking ahead you realize there needs to be AN426AD-3 there later on. Also a huge shout out to Justin and Ed for mentioning that on their build logs.


What about the attachment of the F-1018, F-1021 and the F-1034 bulkhead? There are two "keeper rivets" that need to go in. Yet in page 26-5 step 6 it clearly states to. ...dimple all EXCEPT the aft row of holes in the F-1018 which would be the ones for the keeper rivets. I have scoured the plans and can not find how these holes are dealt with.

Any help would be appreciated


From Concept to Reality

After a lot of ideas and modifications and colours (red then silver then yellow then finally blue...) we finally agreed on the scheme below. I stuck with it and am happy that it worked out ok. Weigh in is tomorrow...


Strange electrical issue - Need Help - GRT - VPX

I am having an issue where when I try to start my plane and while idling and not moving, I get an overspeed condition on my flaps. I have talked to Chad about this and he thinks I have an issue with my GRT Sport on the airspeed readings side of the house. I have gone into the VPX Configurator and set my flap ranges to 0 as well as set the Overspeed setting to 300 MPH which I will never hit. Because the flaps are wired into the VPX box I haven't tried to set the flaps to disabled. I can clear the fault through the Configurator but it keeps coming back on occasion. The only way to clear the fault is through the Configurator and I can only do that on the ground with the computer I have the software installed on. I have not seen anything in the GRT Sport setup to make me think its being caused/triggered there. I bought the VPX Sport to use the overspeed functionality as well as monitor my electrical system but this problem is causing me to regret that decision. I would like to have this solved before the first flight on the plane and not have to worry about a no flap landing. I do not have the Ray Allen flap position indicator on my plane.


My neighbors think we're insane


So my 11 year old bought a 3d printer


90 Degree Bends and Fuel Cavitation

Have any of you experienced cavitation (aka vaporization) due to 90 degree fittings on the supply side of your pump?


Tyler Chance's Drone Footage of 52F Runway Project

[ed. Tyler and his Dad run MyRod.com for the classic car crowd (go watch their amazing videos!), are property owners at our field, and we thank them for this wonderful drone footage!!!  Tyler indicated he would film a clip each week of construction.  dr]

Day 1 of new runway construction - https://youtu.be/VtF6pUUh-lw

Day 7 of new runway construction - https://youtu.be/1v2bvE26Rfo



August 8, 2017.   Issue No. 4,368.

Is there a doctor on this plane? ...congrats to the proud parents!!!

So, there we were. My 7month pregnant wife and I in our RV-8 flying back to Wichita Falls from Salt Lake City where we attended my Vice Wing Commanders retirement. We were over Cortez, NM enrout to KSAF for a fuel stop when my wife taps me on the shoulder and says, "is there any place to land?" I respond with the expected, "why," at which she tells me she thinks her water just broke. Holy schnekies! I look down at Cortez, which didn't look promising. Went to NRST to find the closest towered field. Four Courners Regional off the nose for 50nm/ 12mins. I ask her if she's good till there and get the affirmative. Call up Denver ARTCC, declare the emergency, pass the data, and request they contact Four Corners to get an ambulance.

We land, eye watering landing by the way, taxi up to the tower where the ambulance is waiting. They put her on the bed and say "lets go, this is imminent." As we are driving over, the med said he could feel the head. We get to the hospital and 20 minutes later my first child is born. 2 months early but incredibly healthy and breathing on his own.

With his age, they wanted to get him to a level 3 NICU at a children's hospital and asked if Fort Worth worked for us. It did, being only 1.75 hrs from our home.

So right now, he's got a swank room in Ft Worth while mom and dad are stuck in Farmington, NM waiting to get discharged tomorrow so we can finish the flight and meet up with my boy.

Sorry for the choppy story, but I thought you guys might enjoy a story of my flight with "2 souls onboard" almost turned into 3.

Oh, mom and baby are both doing great!


Status: Wings ON, and a Guard Dog ;^) ...Simon Hitchen RV-7


RV-14 Construction Videos ...kolroy

Elevator work continues. Moching up the structure then breaking down for deburring, priming and dimpling.

My wings should be here by the end of the month. I'm having a hard time deciding if I should do one wing at a time or both at once.

Here are the vids: Enjoy.


Grass Strips Entry ...Vlad

A fellow RV pilot and builder Greg Arehart sent me there. He cautioned the runway might be rough. It wasn't. Telegraph Creek is famous because of Russian-American telegraph line planned to connect San-Francisco with Moscow, Russia. The wire laying started 1865 then the project was abandoned.


Autopilot rolling side to side

G3X system, GTN 750 with 305 autopilot control head. Roll, pitch and yaw servos.
On a flight yesterday I noticed a tendency for the AP (GPS nav mode, internal GPS) to slowly roll side to side about 2 degrees left and 2 degrees right bank all the time. No heading changes. This is something new. I am still in phase 1. I should have tried in HDG mode as well as external GPS, but that did not cross my mind at the time. I know for sure this was not present on earlier flights on either internal or external GPS. It started about 30 min into the flight. On a coupled ILS approach it was dead steady the day before.
I also noted on a flight the day before in HDG mode that when I turned HDG bug more than 30 degrees, the turn would overshoot the new heading, then turn back and get to correct heading.
Dual ADAHRS, one to PFD and the second to MFD. I believe the ADAHRS are well mounted and passed vibration test first time round. No indication of mismatch.
These are my AP settings:
Roll: Max torque 100%, Roll servo gain 0.8.
I assume the pitch and yaw settings are not relevant, but I have it available should anyone ask.
Looking for help and advice.


Pushrods, Rockers and Dry Tappet Clearance ...Brantel

So during my investigation into why may engine suddenly starting occasionally popping thru the exhaust, I discovered that the engine builder that put my engine together had improperly installed the rocker arms in the wrong places as determined by Lycoming SI 1454A. (Fairly certain that this had nothing to do with my original problem, just kinda lucky to find this error now)

He had some with the rockers switched and one with two of the same rocker arm on both valves.

With that situation I now must start over with setting the dry tappet clearance since I will be moving the rockers to the proper location.  continue



August 7, 2017.   Issue No. 4,367.
  I'd like to offer up a huge thank you to Mr. David Howe.  The macadamia brittle arrived and is currently being devoured by the fam.  Thank you!!!

4th Trip Across Canada ...Troy Branch RV-10 Trip Write-up

We hadn't flown the Ten to our home town in NB for 5 years. We always end up going some where else. We figured it was time we head back for a summer visit with our family. The new part about this trip is my wife has started working on her Pilot license. We thought the safest thing for all the trips we do in the ten was for her to know how to fly. Two pilots are always better than one. She bought a 1975 Cessna 150 that she takes her training in. She also gets time on the 10 and the Carbon Cub. Learning right out of the gate that all planes fly differently is important. So many just learn on one plane and then they realize there is so much more to learn. The plan was for her to fly left seat across the entire country.


West Coast Ravens at the Calgary airshow  ...photo album


First airplane date and $100 hamburger with my wife ...j-red

So excited to finally get to share the excitement of flying with my wife.

We don't have any family in town to watch the kids, and were pretty new to the area when I built the Zenith, so she was always the one to sit on the ground babysitting whichever kid wasn't going up for a ride. I'd sneak away some mornings with one of the older kids and we'd go find breakfast somewhere, but she'd always be left out. She got exactly two rides in that plane over the course of the year or so that I had it. A neighbor at the airpark volunteered to keep an eye on the kids in her back yard while we went up for a couple minutes each time.  ...


I am IFR rated! ...Richard Fazio (RV-6)

I wanted to post a plug for GATTS, General Aviation Training in Manhattan Kansas. I've been training for over two years for my IFR rating. It felt like I would never finish. I had to take the written again because I went over two years. The written course instructor recommended GATTS and I decided to do it. They have an IFR finish up course. $3500.00 includes a room, car and a hanger for your plane. You pay $1000.00 down and don't pay the rest till you pass. I trained in my own RV-6. I flew out there from NY, 9.9 hours and trained for 4 days of intense training with Mike, my instructor. The first day was 4.5 hours and 14 approaches. The remaining 3 days were all about 4 hours and 10 or 12 approaches. Day 5, I passed the check ride. I flew home IFR. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to get their IFR rating.


OSH'17 PIREP ...Bluelabel words and pics


Milestone: 1,100 hrs ...John Bender RV-12


ONSPEED/AoA Video Forum from OSH'17 ...Vac

One area that I didn't touch on during the briefing was the concept of the pilot "beating the system." In an RV, it's possible for the pilot to "beat the flight control system--" literally move the mechanical flight controls so quickly the airplane does not have time to respond; and in the case of a caution/warning system like the F-4 aural AoA logic, it's possible for the G-onset rate to exceed the capability of the system to provide stall warning. Here are a couple of quick video demonstrations of accelerated stalls at G-onset rates greater than 2/second (system limit):


RV8 in your sights

Saw this picture on Facebook. Collings Foundation B-17 made it's first flight in 15 years on August 4. Had an RV8 chase plane in her sights.


Danger from helicopter wake turbulence ...video

A recommendation I heard was one minute separation for light aircraft behind a light helicopter, two minutes behind a medium, and three behind a large. I was landing (RV-9A) just after an Apache was taking off, and the controller was surprised when I asked for two minutes separation. As it turned out, I was able to land on the very end of the runway and turn off before the Apache's liftoff point (from a hover).

This information may have been posted here before, but if I didn't know it, I bet there are others who didn't know it, either.


Pride of Ownership

I checked in with one of the (3) webcams at my home field's www.Fly52F.org Friday around 7pm and saw two of the property owners mowing the grass beside their hangars.

With the new runway going in, the feeling of happiness and fun on the horizon is palpable right now.  You can sense it in nearly everyone there.



August 4, 2017.   Issue No. 4,366.
  Happiness is....waking up, pulling up a webcam on your phone showing your airport, and already seeing workers on the job replacing the runway.  0700 and the sun is still peeking out of the morning mist.  I think they are sched'd to work some of the weekend also, so feel free to check in on the cams and pic links below.  Exciting times!
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

7 a.m.

Links:  Pics & Vids   Webcams: Middle, South.

1 p.m. same day...

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Links:  Pics & Vids   Webcams: Middle, South.


Niagara Falls ...Ivan Kristensen RV-10

Yes I was going to mention that in my last post but forgot. Since the weather was clear and our route took us very close to Niagara Falls this gave us a good opportunity to view the scenic falls from the air.

I was cruising IFR at 8000' and talking to Buffalo approach, I asked if I could descend to 6k and do a 360 around the falls. Buffalo handed me off to Toronto Ctr. and let me know that they would have a clearance for me.  ...


Progress...a little, anyway! ...SabreFlyr RV-14

Much too long coming but, FINALLY, a completed part that I can claim credit for! (Previous builder completed the VS.) Gotta step up the pace! (11 weeks?! YIKES!!


And so begins...

...the 15th condition inspection of RV-6 N617AR.  Things to do while the runway is being replaced.  Tempus Fugit.

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RV-12 and actual IFR ...rvbuilder2002

I need to correct some mis-information I provided a few people at OSH.

The RV-12 is old enough now that I haven't been in the ASTM's for quite a while, and had forgotten some of the details. Rian Johnson has, because he is on the ASTM committee, so I got some clarification during a conversation we just had while talking about our plan to introduce a flight training version of the RV-12 that flight schools could use to provide inexpensive advanced training (IFR).

The short answer is that even though there is nothing in the FAR's or LSA operating limitations that prohibit it, an E-LSA or S-LSA RV-12 can't be used for flight in actual IFR conditions because of limitations written into the ASTM they are certified under.

The current applicable ASTM states the following.....

9.2 Kinds of Operation:
9.2.1 Flight operations are limited to VMC (visual meteorological conditions).
9.2.2 Flight operations in IMC (instrument meteorological
conditions) are prohibited.


A Couple 3D Printed Ideas (update) ...Steve Melton

a nice tight fit to the mirror. maybe slightly too tight. the round fit should be good since it is contoured to the curved roll bar. there is a strong spring back characteristic in the plastic. so far, I like it. material cost = 18 cents. ABS plastic, the same stuff Lego's are made of. will not scratch paint.


Aerosport Products presents AeroSeats for your RV-10 and RV-14

Aerosport Products would like to present the new AeroSeat option for the RV-line.  These new seat frames will fit as the primary seat frame option in RV-14's. They will also serve as a rear seating option for the RV-10.


Welcome Pete (Kiwi flyer)  

New to vaf. Has been a great resource for me in determining if the 10 is going to be a good plane for my mission. I'm sure if I build a 10 I will be using this forum a lot. I'm based in the north east of Alabama and are wanting to be able to see both a completed kit and one in the build process. Any owners who have some time to help me out let me know, I can fly and meet you any where in the south east. Thx Pete.


Rob Hatwell photo...


Milestone: Landed at Every Public Apt in Virginia ...daddyman

Granted this is a pure boast, yet when I noticed that I had only a few airports in VA that I had not yet landed at, I made it my mission.

Yes, there is a ambassador program with a passport and stamps to prove I was there, yet I only desired to log it.
I know there is a cool leather jacket upon completion from the Virginia Dept of Aviation, but I have my Dad's Navy jacket from WWII, and don't need another.

I saved Dulles (KIAD) for last, and really studied to ensure I'd get it right.
By doing my homework and noting that weekdays between 12:05 and 12:40 (local time) they are not busy, I filed, and was cleared to land.

The tower ATC folks were very accommodating and pleasant.
I was a little too buys to get any photos of IAD.

I'm now contemplating my next big mission.



August 3, 2017.   Issue No. 4,365.

RV-8(A) OSH'17 Group Gathering Photo ...Steve Ashby


Hudson River flight ...Ivan Kristensen

This past weekend I took my daughter, son-in-law and oldest grandson for flight to NYC. The reason for this flight was to fly the Special Flight Rule Area (SFRA) which is a low level VFR corridor over the Hudson River from the Alpine Tower to the north to the Verrszano-Narrows bridge to the south.  Many pics


World record RV taxi duration- 1.5 hours...Oshkosh ...Alex Peterson

Last Thursday, I flew the 6A from my home base in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis to Oshkosh. I left at about 7:30am, expecting about a 1.5 hour flight, including the Ripon/Fisk approach. All went well, and I followed a couple other aircraft up the tracks. The three planes ahead of me were sent to the 36 approach, but I was told to continue NW to join a close right downwind for 27. Winds were something like 030 at 8, so a slight tailwind. I landed (I hope no one has video of the final approach...), and was instructed to exit the runway to the right. I had my HBP sign in the windscreen, and was directed to proceed back east on the taxiway which parallels 27, just on the north side of 27. The intention is to get us back east far enough to take the taxiway south, join runway 23, then west on the taxiway to HBP. Except... there were about a million departures going on, as many who wished to leave Wednesday evening, but were delayed overnight due to weather, ended up leaving Thursday morning. I was in line with planes departing 27 as well. It took almost an hour to get back east far enough to get to the head of the line. The controller then proceeded to clear me for takeoff on 27. I keyed my mike and said "no sir, I landed and am trying to get to HBP!". "Alpha Pop, proceed down runway 27 and exit to the right."  continue


Lessons from a Narrow Runway ...Ed Wischmeyer

Most of us practice up to fly into Oshkosh, but if you’re tired from a week at the show, the flight home can be full of surprises, too.

As a CFI, I can quote chapter and verse about narrow runways, visual illusions, etc., but that knowledge didn’t come in to play the day after Oshkosh when eight days of on the go gave me the kind of fatigue that one night’s sleep won’t touch.

The runway at Marion, IA, is listed in the Airport / Facilities Directory as 150 feet wide, but it doesn’t say that only the middle 26 feet are paved. I’d flown in there years ago, so the runway width didn’t surprise me, but some of what I did when fatigued was a surprise.

On the first landing, as you might guess, the flare was late, i.e., mostly didn’t happen. Predictable. Then I gave a CFI buddy a ride to show him the avionics in my -9A. But on both the first and second landings, somehow I had gotten it into my head that narrow runway meant short, and I flew shallow approaches that weren’t called for and made it harder to touch down where I wanted. Disgusted, I went around the pattern once more and that third landing was passable. (On all takeoffs and landings, I had the centerline absolutely nailed, but I was concentrating so much on the lateral aspect that the longitudinal aspect did not get the attention it needed.)

My normal practice is to take off no flaps, but this made the narrow runway disappear on rotation. The solution was to take off with flaps 20, and that kept the runway in sight. In other planes, I had an after takeoff checklist to cover flap retraction, but the RV-9A checklist doesn’t have that. Yet. Ask me how much later in the flight I discovered the flaps down.

Be careful coming home, too, especially when you’re tired or at unfamiliar airports.


Another Air Venture in the Books ...Jerry Fischer

Some of my favorite moments: lunch with Apollo 13 astronauts, the new pavilion dedication on Friday, seeing all the old friends and making new ones.  A special gift from Paul Dye. (I'll post a picture later)

Jerry, Jim Lovell, Paul Dye  continue


RV8 Stretch - Now DownUnder ...foxhound57 Gold Coast, Australia

"...Perry’s eldest daughter Heather is a Degree Qualified Aerospace Mechanical Engineer (who was working with Boeing Australia at the time), and his youngest daughter Kristy is an AME. The Engineering Team at Innovative Wings "meshed" well with the Australian Concept team and an extremely innovative and exciting project developed ..."


!!@##%&-) ...Gandalf

I recommend this mod.



August 2, 2017.   Issue No. 4,364.

52F New Runway Construction Begins (my home field)

...videos and stills at THIS LINK - updated many times each day.  The 2nd pic below shows those few folks thinking that this runway wasn't needed....WHY it was needed.  Decades of sub-par maintenance visually shown.  Blade vehicle riding down the runway at less than walking speed sank into the ground over a foot.  The ground under 1" of asphalt was damp mud down at the Charlie turnoff area.

Proper engineering matters.  And that time has finally come...and it's going to be amazing when completed.  52F will soon be a RV destination to be proud of!  Thanks for following along with our exciting construction!

Also, don't forget webcams 1 and 2.

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Time to Wrap It Up ...Vlad the Amazing

From Revelstoke to Fairmont Hot Springs ...Vlad


The Director's Cut (Flight Director, that is...)

...Rick A video.  I just published a short (8 minute) video on the G3X Flight Director. In this video I fly by hand so you get a better view of the flight director indicator. I switch between Dual & Single cue while in flight

I also show a how to a avoid a potential user error when flying by hand while using the FD.


OSH'17 Observations ...vernon smith

I flew SW Airlines into Mid Way Tuesday and made the three-hour drive north to Fond Du Lac, arriving a little before noon. There is a shuttle bus service between the Fond du Lak airport and Oshkosh every hour so I caught it and rode north to Wittman Field, a 30-minute ride right to the entry gate. I don’t know if there is a best way to get to Oshkosh during this time period but I assume none of them that are remotely affordable are good. When you pack a scadillion people into a small space with limited road access the result is never good. The way I did it seemed to work as well as could be expected.  continue



August 1, 2017.   Issue No. 4,363.
  Work begins TODAY! on my home field's new runway.  You can follow the action in pictures (should always work) and webcams 1 and 2 (works depending on how the internet at the field is behaving).  I'll be updating the pictures daily.  The runway is slated to be torn up (the call it reclaimed) by EOB Tue or Wed.  We're all pretty stoked.  It's been a looonnnnngggg time coming.

Morning Commute....Alex DeDominicis photo

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I was featured in a Garmin video! ...NovaBandit

At Oshkosh this year, I had the opportunity to meet Red Bull Air Race pilot Pete McLeod and show him around my RV10!

They put out a "MTV Cribs" style video of the interview, and it turned out great!


OSH'17 PIREP ...lucaperazzolli in Italy

It's my fifth Oshkosh and was great too.  Meeting people that I read only on social or magazines it's incredibly cool.  Here some photos (more guys are missing)  It was a joy, hope to see you soon my friends.  many pics


OK I'm Proud ...Dennis Enns

But please don't hold that against me. I checked today and found C-FDTQ had received an Outstanding Workmanship Kitbuilt award at Oshkosh. It is under my son Thomas Enns's name for now since he was the PIC into Oshkosh and registered us. He helped on our build since he was a teen and it could not have been completed without him and help received from VAF.


What you can do building an RV-12 ...Bob Collins

I didn't get to Oshkosh this year so I spent the time building. The final wing took a week. A week!  continue


OSH'17 RV-12 Photos ...Dvalcik

Returned from Oshkosh after fighting head winds both ways, I thought hitting 25-30 winds going west I would get the tailwinds on my return. (NOT) we saw mostly 30 - 40 on the nose going back to Maine. It was Long flight hours, but still a great trip even with the delays due to weather.

Saw many old friends and made new ones, what a great time.
Short 5 min video of the trip out with the other 2 RV12, PilotBrent, Skunkworks, and I converged on Springfield, OH.

Scott Millhouse photo


HELP! Need Horizontal Stab RV-8 Dallas Area

...the Force comes through in less than two hours.

(6:34PM Kahuna)
Traveling away from home dealing with family issues. A Buzzard decided he like my HS better than I did. Argh. If there is a built HS available in the Dallas area with the SB applied. Please contact me immediately. Ill build you another one and make it worth your while. Thanks.

(8:16PM Kahuna SAME DAY)
Its a big world, and even bigger VAF team. SO I get this call. Guy says he has a stab. Great! Where is it? Its at the airport Im at. What? Geez. How can that be? So I have a stab. The only thing more convenient would have been to have the SB done and in my paint color!
Thanks team. Im off to rip the tail off.



July 31, 2017.   Issue No. 4,362.
  Work begins Tuesday early on my home field's new runway.  You can follow the action in pictures (should always work) and webcams 1 and 2 (works depending on how the internet at the field is behaving).  I'll be updating the pictures daily.  The runway is slated to be torn up (they call it reclaimed) by EOB on Tue.  We're all pretty stoked.  It's been a looonnnnngggg time coming.
  We're gonna have one heck of an RV fly-in at 52F in the not too distant future.  You heard it here first <g>.

Yes. You can squeeze two GDU 460'S in a RV-8


OSH'17 PIREP ...rightrudder

I had a great first-time experience flying to Osh. The -9A performed flawlessly at maybe 10-20 lb. over gross, with a rearward cg well within limits. Increased pitch sensitivity was not an issue at all, but I made the mistake (once!) of standing on the step at the same time as my co-pilot, resulting in a static tail strike. Just a little rash on the rudder cap, nothing a little touch-up paint won't fix!

From our base at Cable (CCB) in the Los Angeles Area, we cruised at 9500' and shot for a ground speed of 170 mph or so; 145 ktas at about 7.0-7.2 gph. We had enough tailwind to bump the ground speed to 185 mph or so at times.

We planned for 3.2-hour legs or so, stopping in Gallup, NM; Garden City, KS; and overnighting at Carroll, IA with friends of my co-pilot. From there, an easy 2.5 hours to Osh, with a stop at Baraboo/Wisconsin Dells for fuel so we wouldn't need to summon the fuel truck at AirVenture. Hospitality at these little Midwest airports is incredible; three times we were offered free hangar space and courtesy cars. Friendly folk, for sure!  ...


One Line, One Month ...Pilotjohns 9A

I was trying to get at least one page of instructions done per month.


Magic and Mirrors ...Tony T

Synthetic Vision has to be done by magic. Gotta be magic.

Still learning SV capabilities and have been exploring use of synthetic Vision, the flight path marker and highway-in-the-sky. These tools provide an intriuging look at perhaps a whole different way of flying on instruments. Could this be the future for instrument approaches?


Zelma the Wonderkind ...Vlad


OSH'17 PIREP ...scard

Good morning from Home after sleeping in my own bed for the first time in a week. We arrived Sat. afternoon with little excitement and left Friday morning. I think we've concluded that this is one day more than needed for us.

Being on "the island" (over the creek, across the bridge,...) was a new experience for us. Back at home, TC measured the distance to the beautiful new HBC pavilion at 1/4 mile each way. That means it is a 1/2 mile for the daily half bag of ice. I think she measured that to be twice as far as the furthest "normal" HBC parking from previous years. Many times, that precluded us from being a part of the intended community. Way fewer trips to HBC central just to see what's shaking or who is around to chat with. That effected Tanya's 'fun meter'. We found that those that had no interest in hanging out at the pavilion to chat with anyone that would walk by thought camping on the island was great. On the other hand, it was pretty weird to step out of the tent and be downtown at show center. That was neat.

The "receiving line" at HB HQ for doughnuts was just plain weird, and made sugar acquisition time take longer.  ...


Island #66 ...Vlad


2017 Lindy Award Winners Announced


Status Pics ...David Paule -3B


Status ...jcarne 7A

Well now that the fun of Oshkosh is over I guess it's time to get something done again. I have started the wonderful process of deburring the wing ribs. Without question this is the biggest pain the a$$ I have experienced during the build thus far. Maybe I'm too much of a perfectionist but who knows. I would say that the deburring process is taking me about 20 minutes per rib. At this posting I have about 11 hours into the ribs and I'm about half done with them.


14A Status ...mturnerb

Fuselage lower halves joined, riveting in progress.



July 28, 2017.   Issue No. 4,361.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

17,500' ...Because This RV is Amazing ...and it's really hot on the ground.

I 'sorta' needed gas in the RV-6, so with the temps in the 90's on the ground I thought I'd climb until I got to the cold stuff while heading for fuel at Gainesville, TX (KGLE).  I also had some O2 left in the Aerox 1D system and no passenger, so I could climb faster.

42 minutes after launching I leveled off at 17,500' with an OAT of 43*F.  Loitered around for fifteen or so minutes to enjoy the cold, then began a 20 minute gentle descent back down watching the TAS (pg3).  Landed with 8 gallons.

These RVs are amazing.  See the pictures.  And don't forget about the symbol that will give you full size images (the largest is 5,120 x 1,103 pixels).  Van's spec page says a 180hp RV-6 should go to 25K, so I'm giving it some serious thought.  I'll need a backup O2 solution, a pulse oximeter, a fresh cert on the Xpndr and an IFR clearance. 

Flying higher than anything in the United States in a plane built in the garage does appeal to my 'inner Vlad'.  Speaking of Vlad....see below.  What a promoter for the hobby!


British Columbia Interior ...Vlad the Amazing's adventure continues

[ed. Trust me....you're going to want to read this.  Vlad, you are my hero!  v/r,dr]


Organic Farm Tour ...Vlad the Amazing


RV-12iS Video ...David Rohrlick at OSH'17


Seen on their OSH'17 Campsite Thursday ...Scott Card photo


RV-14 Status Report ...Todd Rader

I received my RV-14A QB fuselage & wings on 23 Aug using P&M Express via Partain. I checked the big parts over upon delivery and found them to be damage free and a high quality build. Mike, the delivery driver was professional and a pleasure to meet along with his dog Bear who loves to steal gloves and play with them. It took Mike and I a little over an hour to unload the parts with no difficulty for the two of us. It was very evident to me that Mike loaded and secured everything meticulously.

Work and travel prevented me from completing the inventory until a few days later and every single part & piece of hardware was accounted for. As others have commented before, Van's does an amazing job packing items for shipment.

I ordered the QB parts on 23 Dec so it was exactly 7 months from the day I placed the order to when they arrived at my hangar. Of note, I got the email that it was in stock at Van's on 7 June. It took Van's a few days to QA the parts and release them for shipping. With the empennage and tailcone completed in late March, I'm now able to dive back into building again!


'17 OSH Special Pricing ...mothership


From the Mothership

"No technical support available from July 21 thru August 1.  We’ve gone all in for EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh this year, all of our technical support staff that is. There will be no technical support by email and no phone tech support times at the office during the show and for a couple days travel time before and after. Customer service staff will be here to process and ship parts and kit orders during our normal business hours."



July 27, 2017.   Issue No. 4,360.
The OSH'17 PIREP, URLs, etc thread continues to grow - thanks for helping populate it.  If you get a photo album online somewhere from the show, please consider emailing me the URL so I can spotlight it up here for you!   vansairforce 'at' gmail 'dot' com
  I hope all those at the show are having a wonderful time!

2017 Oshkosh RV12 Gathering ...Dvalcik

Today (Wed) 30+ RV12 builders got together at the Home Built Camping Pavilion.


'Kevin Horton' type question- RV-8's, Dash One Wings and Aerobatic Gross Weight

Regarding G-limits and aircraft gross weight; is the relationship between gross weight and G-limits linear?

I am a larger dude (6'3" / 220lbs) and am looking for an RV-8 for cross country flight, and leisurely Sunday aerobatic flights. I've come across a nice RV that fits my needs, but lacks the "dash one" wing, and therefore has an aerobatic gross weight of 1550lbs, and a utility gross weight of 1800lbs.

My actual aerobatic gross weight in a theoretical RV-8 would probably be;

Empty: 1050lbs
Fuel (20gal): 120lbs
Me + Chute: 235lbs (I'm guessing a parachute weighs 15lbs)
Pax+Chute: 220lbs (Another 15lb chute)

Total Weight: 1625lbs

Here's my question. If the airframe is rated to +6 G at 1550lbs (I'm not even going to worry about the negative g limit given the types of maneuvers I'm planning on) can I plot a line between 4.4G @ 1800lbs and 6G @ 1550lbs and interpolate what my maximum load limit would be at my actual gross weight?

Here's where the math starts and my 988/1000 college class rank starts to show....

I plot the line between (1800, 4.4) and (1550, 6) to be;

Y= -0.0064X + 15.92

Therefore; at my planned weight of 1625lbs, the G-limit would be 5.5G's, which is plenty for most maneuvers which can be safely completed at 3.5G's.

Does this logic hold up to how aeronautical structures are actually designed?

I'm attempting to justify looking at RV's that lack the -1 wing, but I don't want to compromise my requirements for dual aerobatics. The extra 50lbs on the dash one wing, plus getting rid of 5 gallons of fuel would put me at the legal weight limit per Vans.

Thanks! Hope everyone is having fun at OSH!


Milestone: 24,000 Registered VAF Forum Accounts

I don't know if it really means anything, but it's a nice round number that gives an opportunity to reflect, so I thought I would a) report it and b) thank all the folks that make it what it is.  Honored to call so many of you folks friend.


Shop with a few steps outside the main door?

Q: I'm building a new 450 sq. ft. detached workshop at the rear of my property, but due to ground elevation changes the shop will need to have a few steps up to the shop's French double doors.

My question is... Will I be able to get a completed RV-8 fuselage out of the those doors and down the 3 exterior steps? Presumably I'd need to build some sort of temporary ramp and pulley system to lower it down the steps...?

Is this a recipe for disaster? Or has it been done before?

Luckily, from the bottom of the steps it's a flat, straight driveway right through a 7 ft. high carport and then out to the street.

Thanks for any insight / advice.

A: I can't find the picture but I remember seeing someone in Europe posting pictures of moving his plane out of the 2nd story of his house (I think he had to remove a window to do it). So if he can cope with that, 3 steps should not be an issue

A: Down the steps should be no problem, but these french double doors would want to be wider than the wheel track on the -8, which looks to be 82" outside dimension. From reading other posts you will need an 84" opening, which I suspect is wider than your regular double doors. You could leave the gear off and take it out on a custom trolley, or only build in there until the gear on stage, I suspect both those options would stink compared to having a door wide enough to roll it out. Although, as the other lads have said, anything is possible

A: FWIW, it's a lot easier to do most of the 'systems' work on the fuselage if it's *not* on the gear. With the legs on, it takes a surprising amount of time & energy just to climb in & out every time you need a new part, or that tool you forgot to bring with you. I've had the engine hung on my -7 with it still on the fuselage dolly (you must plan the support points to do this), so I could do all the engine wiring/plumbing without needing a step ladder to get into the cockpit.

I wouldn't suggest trying to move it down a set of steps while on the dolly with the engine mounted, but if it's just the fuselage and no gear, moving it through a wide door & down some steps should be a non-event.

A: Rather than building a shop with French double doors, why not build it with a single man door and double-opening barn doors? These barn doors can be made very simply, or can be very fancy. Most importantly, they can be made to fit the gear width of your aircraft.

It would just seem a lot easier to be able to do as much of the fabrication work on the airplane as you can while it is in your home shop. I say this as a guy who is building in a hangar located 15 minute's drive from home. Man, I waste a lot of time driving to and from the airport. Some evenings I know I should go to the hangar but I just don't feel like making the drive. If it was the garage attached to the house or a workshop to which I could walk I know I would make it there more often. Heck, I'd likely slip out to the shop for a quick lunchtime work session, too!


Seen at OSH'17 ...John 'Jetguy'


RE: Engine Cooling on the New RV-12iS ...Scott McD.

"...the iS engine that Rotax currently sells does indeed require additional cooling capability when compared to the ULS ( the effort required to modify the original cowl exit area, and other details wouldn't have been done if it wasn't necessary).
Representatives of Rotax have confirmed this and have said that many manufacturers have had to make changes to deal with it.

The final design of the RV-12iS allows for a climb at Vy to 10000 ft on a 100 *F day with temps staying in the normal range."


Need some Advice ...Don Patrick RV-8

Q:  I have a superior engine IO-360 with the precision silver hawk ex fuel injection. I also have the EFII boost pump.

I was trouble shooting some alternator issues tonight and while running the engine, it quit without the boost pump running. This occured several times and I removed the engine driven fuel pump.

The fuel pump is a Tempest 103586-01, which has a short channel rocker arm on it and is used for the Hi psi Rayjay turbo application.

I removed the turbo from the engine when i bought it. The engine has been adjusted for idle and mixture and runs very smoothly.

When I removed the fuel pump this evening, I found that the arm for the pump was broken.

I have two options. Find an overhaul facility locally to replace the arm for the pump, or buy a replacement.

What I'm wondering is if I can replace the fuel pump with a different fuel pump such as a fuel pump like a LW15473 as long as the arm is the same, which it appears to be.

For those running IO360 M1B, what fuel pump are you running on it with the precision silverhawk injection and an efii boost pump.

A: (mahlon_r) as far as I know, the only difference in the ray jay diaphragm pump application and the regular one is that the ray jay one has a upper deck pressure vent built in to keep the pump at the same altitude pressure as the turbo system. The arm lengths for all Lycoming engine diaphragm fuel pumps are the same.



July 26, 2017.   Issue No. 4,359.
The OSH PIREP, URLs, etc thread continues to get some entries from those at OSH'17.  If you get a photo album online somewhere from the show, please consider emailing me the URL so I can spotlight it up here for you!   vansairforce 'at' gmail 'dot' com
  I hope all those at the show are having a wonderful time!

Come See Danny King's New RV-8 Panel

...parked at the Garmin tent with the canopy open, the avionics powered up, and Danny standing next to it to answer your questions.

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Tip: Look for the icon if you click on the images above.  You can make the pic almost actual size.  My home monitors...


Pics from the Van's Banquet...Tuesday evening courtesy Gary Sobek.


RV-10 Seen at OSH'17

...Rob Ray photos.


Rest in Peace Mr. Vernon Peckham ...post from his son Charles

Hello RV Family,

I just wanted to let everyone know that Vernon Peckham (My dad) passed away over the weekend. Most of you might know him from his many years as the Ultralight announcer, from Sun-N-Fun, Oshkosh and many other local/national fly-ins. He was also a big part in the Florida Flying Gators Airpark located in Central Florida, where I learned to fly as a kid. Please take the time to give him a moment of silence and thank of him on your flights as he is watching over all of us in the aviation/experimental community.


Trying to Fix the Problem of Low Oil Pressure

Q: I need your support concerning my engine which is IO360 M1A – Catto constant speed propeller.

I try to fix the problem of low oil pressure 45-55 PSI in flight.
One idea came from my friend and is related with the governor adapter. On the attached photo:

you can see the current status. A part of oil pressure can be reduced by 2 holes on right and left side of the gasket (holes are not fully covered by the current gasket).

The idea from my friend is to close these 2 holes by the full coverage gasket – to lose the oil flow across this part of the engine.

Is this good idea?
Any negative consequences for engine?

A: (Mahlon_R) Definitely your problem. The hole on the right is open to the lifter oil gallery. You are dumping that oil pressure to the hole below the gov. drive spline which is a drain back to the engine. So in essence you have a fixed oil pressure relief valve in addition to the real relief valve on the engine. That port normally feeds the prop governor.
The port on the left would normally take governor oil pressure to the prop and has no lubricating effect on the nose bearing.
So you should have both blocked off for a fixed pitch engine. as long as the rear plug in the nose bore of the crankshaft is pierced or missing. If by chance it is installed and not pierced you should leave the left port so that it will bleed the engine oil pressure from the nose bearing back through that port to the drain below the drive spline. If there is no bleed for the nose bearing oil pressure either through the missing rear nose bore plug or a hole in that plug if it is installed or back through that left gov. pad port you could blow the front crankshaft plug out of the engine and cause a massive oil leak.
Good Luck,



July 25, 2017.   Issue No. 4,358.
The OSH PIREP, URLs, etc thread continues - looking forward to PIREPs from the 'RV Social' as they come in tonight/tomorrow.  If you get a photo album online somewhere from the show, please feel free to email me the URL so I can spotlight it up here for you!   vansairforce 'at' gmail 'dot' com
  I hope all those at the show are having a wonderful time!

Courtesy Andy Crabtree...


The 'RV Social' Monday Afternoon/Evening ...Gary Sobek picture 7:45pm

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Milestone: Move to the Airport ...Simon Hitchen RV-7 (Port Perry, Canada)

The big day arrived and it was time to go to the airport. Drove really slowly and arrived in one piece. Now the fuselage is tucked up in its new home and the wings will join it for final assembly next week!


RV-10 Dinner Pics Needing Captions ...Greenley from OSH Monday.

RV-10 Dinner PIREPS

What a great bar BBQ. so nice to meet everyone and put a face to the plane/build the have followed for so many years
Dr. Mark Ciaglia

This was a super event! So many friendly faces of builders and families. Kind of what makes the rv-10 different from all of the other RV's---- lots of little kids around.
Well done!


AeroLEDs New Product ...Dean

AeroLEDs is introducing a new modular lighting system called the Aerosun MX at Oshkosh. Stop by our booth to see it. Here is a photo of the new Lancair Mako wingtip that uses the MX modules for landing/recognition lights:


HBC Beer Tasting PIREP ...Monday

Another successful HBC beer tasting! I think it's safe to say everyone had a great time and Jerry will invite us back next year!!


Etiquette ...Larry Pardue

As I was preparing to put my airplane back in the hangar after a flight I was approached by an out-of-town RV owner. Good, I rarely see any fellow pilots at my airport, much less an RV owner. After chatting a while, 50 feet from the airplane, I made the mistake of walking over to it and opening the canopy for avionics comparison purposes.

It started sort of gentle. I can overlook a greasy arm resting on the canopy. That can be cleaned. Then the body resting on the fuselage, actually moving the airplane. Then I notice the metal bracelet on the wrist that is resting on the plexiglass. Wow! I don't understand the need to lean. The fellow appears competent to stand upright.

I decided I just needed to put the airplane away so started opening the hangar doors. He jumps in to "help". I repeatedly said that I "have it", knowing the any help with these particular doors means a lot of time and aggravation trying to get the doors back on the tracks. Shouldn't one admonition be enough?

Then I start pulling the airplane back in the hangar. Once again, he jumps in to "help" by pushing on the spinner. Aaaagh! Once again it took four requests to get him to stop helping by abusing my airplane.

I know, I'm pretty grumpy this morning, but I just don't get it. Is it some kind of dominance display? What is wrong with just looking or if one feels the need to touch something or "help", asking before doing it. I would have thought a fellow RV owner would have thought this out a little better.


RV-3B Status Report ...David Paule

Since I'd removed the bottom flanges on the F-306 and F-308 bulkheads and replaced them, I decided to glue them to the belly skin. Here the glue is setting up out of sight and I've got some .063 x 1" aluminum strip as the exoskeleton. The blue film works okay as a release, but I wax the exoskeleton for additional assurance - combined with the film, these came off easily. I kept the skin clecoed to the frame until I was certain that the glue had cured. Here is what it looks like from the outside.  multiple pics


GA Camping Full...OSH Monday noon (HBC open)

From Jeff Point
General aviation has been closed since last night but Homebuilt Camping and parking are open and will remain so for the duration.  Our Sunday night numbers were down from last year, and anecdotal evidence suggests that this ATIS snafu had something to do with it.


From Bruce's Custom Covers



July 24, 2017.   Issue No. 4,357.
Good morning!  The OSH PIREP, URLs, etc thread is starting to get some traction - rub it in to the folks who didn't attend <g>.  If you get a photo album online somewhere from the show, please feel free to email me the URL so I can spotlight it up here for you!
  vansairforce 'at' gmail 'dot' com
  Also, any simply amazing pic that you get with your smartphone - you know, the 'all RV folks need to see this' type of pic......email that sucker to me.  I'll splash it up here with many thanks.
  I hope all those at the show have a wonderful time!

It begins in style!

The HBC Beer Tasting (thread) Sunday afternoon at OSH'17.
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Pics courtesy Sid 'scrollf4' Mayeux.


OSH RV Specific Activity Calendar...lemme know if I'm missing something.


GRT Avionics Aircraft Mounted Heads-Up Display

Just a quick post to point out that GRT Avionics now has an aircraft mounted Heads-Up Display. It is based on the Hudly aftermarket automotive HUD, available for only $300.

It will be on display at Airventure. I absolutely love it. For me, it is much more practical than the android glasses. I simply do not want to fly without it.

You can read about it here: www.grtavionics.com/hud2.html

Apparently something we did took our website down, but it is back up now. Some portions of it might be loading unit 3:30 pm EDT.

Thanks, and fly safely to Oshkosh. I will see you there.

Greg Toman
GRT Avionics/Grand Rapids Technologies


Aera 660 V3.00 Software with SXM Weather/Music Support ...Garmin

Those of you with an Aera 660 connected to your WiFi probably already know that V3.00 came out yesterday.

Most importantly, V3.00 provides support for the new GDL 51/51R/52/52R ADS-B and SXM receivers announced this week. These units provide the much requested SXM weather/music solution for the Aera 660.

Additionally, it addresses one of the common requests for the Aera 660 to provide the same data fields (up to 8) on the charts page already provided on the map page. Here is a screenshot showing this new capability.


RV-7A Rebirthing: Status Report ...kentlik

Got some riveting done finally! Had to pay my son to get him off the computer to do it. He is reasonably priced!


NTSB Aviation Accident Final Report ...9 page PDF



July 21, 2017.   Issue No. 4,356.
For those travelling to OSH over the weekend, travel safe and have a wonderful time!  I started the annual thread where folks interested can insert links to picture albums, post PIREPs from the show, etc.  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

First Flight N14ZP 7/19/17 ...Greg Novotny

There was nothing left to do, but fire it up and go flying. She flew extremely well, no adverse characteristics. Really the most eventful part of the 0.6 hour first flight was the coyote in the touchdown zone and the tower reported, oil access door FOD (from previous departing aircraft) midfield! Build time was 2 years 3 months and 25 days from the time we opened the first kit. It is extremely gratifying.  video


Trip Report: Flying over TX, CO, WY, ID, OR, CA, NV back to TX over 4 day weekend ...Flying Again!

Well after a bit of a delay here is my trip report flying from DFW area to Eugene Oregon and back to pick up my daughter from the University of Oregon.

The plan was to fly to Eugene in a day and spend a day to help her finish packing and move her things into storage. Then we would fly back in 2 days with a stop to see my cousin in AZ. My daughter told me she had 2-3 bags she wanted to take back but knew from experience this would grow, glad the -10 holds a lot!  continue


Kilroy's RV-14 Video Updates ...kiljoy

Another quick video update: This morning I had 7 videos left in the horizontal stabilizer build to post. I've recorded commentary over all of them and am posting them in 2 batches. Three more today and 4 more on Friday.



RV-12iS What's New Page ...mothership

...updated with RV-12iS info


RV-8 Gathering Last Minute Reminder ...Steve Ashby

I am blasting off for OSH tomorrow morning. This is your last minute reminder that we are holding our RV-8(A) Airventure get together at Theater in the Woods on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. I will bring doughnuts.

I will also bring name tags.

It has always been a tight gathering, so lets each be prepared to give a little 2 minute run down about what has been going on in our flying/building. Nothing formal, but a way to better connect with each other.

As Pope Paul used to say, it's not about the airplanes, its about the people. I really cherish seeing you guys every year. Let's make this one count!


Vlad's VFR to Russia and Back Entries ...begin here (7/20 entries).


Break In - When Is It Done? ...Gary Sobek's take (3,300 RV-6 hours)

Definitely fly with the wheel pants and gear fairings on. 20-years ago, on my 1st flight in SoCAL, I never flew without the gear fairings on but did make the first flight with wheel pants off. Temperatures were high and improvements were made with less drag. I was doing test flying the hottest month of the year.

I am with Paul Dye that they all need to be installed for all of Phase I flying. A local RV-9A was having cooling issues in Phase I. I like Paul, recommended to get the wheel pants on. Temperatures came down with their installation and proper attention to temperatures could now be addressed.  ...


Thank you GRT Avionics!

A friend's Sport SX gave up the ghost last Friday right before formation practice at our home field.  He called Jon at GRT and asked about how long it might take to get it fixed if he shipped it that day (pressing work commitments on the near horizon).  Well, the unit arrived the next Wednesday.  And they even threw in two pics...

Let that sink in.  It's a week before OSH, you're plane is down, and they saved the day.

www.grtavionics.com.  Customer support is alive and well.  Thank you Jon and crew!!!

Getting some bench love...

All better...


Status Report ...Russtbucket RV-8

Thanks xblueh2o and jcarne for advice on the plans, I'll get some ordered!  DaAV8R, I'd like to know if you have an opinion on the access hole I've got in the tail of this -8. The picture is down below.  I've had a chance to do a more thorough evaluation of what I've got myself into, and I definitely have some work ahead of me.  First up in my list of headaches: IO-540 Engine.  This engine was overhauled by Chuck Ney in December 2011.  continue



July 20, 2017.   Issue No. 4,355.

RV-12iS Gear Tear Off Test ...video from the mothership

In this test we show how the new RV-12iS will survive an impact to the main wheels against an immovable object, such as a berm with full fuel and gross weight. The test conclusively showed that the fuel tank would be unaffected.


OSH RV Specific Activity Calendar...lemme know if I'm missing something.


Atlin to Muddy Lake ...Vlad's 7/18 entries

After healthy breakfast Greg, Julia and I left Atlin. They locked the cabin and took a camping trip to Dawson City. I headed toward Muddy Lake airstrip. I learned about it from a helicopter pilot they were hauling heavy equipment for miners there couple years ago and he boasted a superb runway.


Road to Stweart BC ...Vlad's 7/19 entries


New (July 2017) Garmin ADS-B and SXM Receivers ...g3xpert

We are pleased to announce the GDL 52/51 series of portable receivers that are capable of receiving Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) traffic and weather, as well as SiriusXM Aviation weather and audio (with subscription) for display and control on select portables and mobile devices.

The flagship GDL 52 combines all of these functions into a single device, while the GDL 51 specifically provides SiriusXM Aviation weather and audio entertainment. Both variants also provide GPS position data and back-up attitude data to compatible portable devices.

Wireless and hardwired compatibility is provided for G3X™ Touch, the aera® 660 and aera 795/796 aviation portables, as well as wireless connectivity with the Garmin Pilot app, giving customers access to a full-featured suite of weather products, ADS-B traffic and more using a single device.  continue


Speed increase from wheel pants and gear leg fairings ...Chattin35

So, I just finished installing my wheel pants and fairings. Thought I would share the results (spoiler: she fast).  more details


Garmin G3X Touch Academy - OSH 2017! ...g3xpert

Our aviation training team will be hosting daily sessions in our seminar tent 1 Monday - Saturday at Oshkosh. If you are interested in learning more about the topics in the schedule below, please come on by and visit us! No registration required.

We're also offering a more general presentation of all our experimental solutions at 2:00 PM Monday - Saturday.

We've got a lot of exciting things to talk about. Hope to see you there!


Cracked lower cowl attach bracket ...russe RV-10

Anyone seen a problem like this before?  I found the problem during maintenance for an unrelated issue. I guess I got lucky.


The movie you've all been waiting for ...Rick A

Well, maybe some of you have been waiting for it.  I just uploaded my newest G3X - GTN video to YouTube. This video ran a bit long so I split it into 2 parts. The link is to Part 1 and will have Part 2 uploaded by this time tomorrow.

The new video shows how to fly a heading to intercept a VOR radial. While on route to intercept the radial, I load a user defined Hold at the VOR that is to be flown prior to doing a VOR approach. While enroute to the VOR, I show the G3X engine pages.

I end Part 1 before I get to the VOR. I'll start Part 2 just before arriving at the VOR then enter the hold to do a course reversal to fly a VOR approach.

I'll update this thread when I get part 2 uploaded.



July 19, 2017.   Issue No. 4,354.

N916EN ...is ready for her closeup.

The latest Eagle's Nest Projects RV-12 is out of the paint booth at GLO.  My friend Ernie Butcher and his cohort Bruce Bohannon came to pick it up Tuesday at 52F and I was asked to take a pic or two (gladly!).  Ernie's about as nice a guy as you'll ever meet.

The three gents in the first pic are Grady (GLO), Clint Broadie (donated the SW paint), and R.E. 'Ernie' Butcher.  go to full size pics

Leaving 52F in Slo-Mo (video)


New Garmin ADS-B Products ...Garmin via Stein

The GDL-82 is a neato inline box that you simply plug into your existing transponder installation and uses your existing antenna (but you will need to install the GPS antenna):  continue



I guess 10 years is about the lifespan

...of a tailwheel on my RV-6 <grin>.  I *think* this is one of the prototypes that Dayton Murdock made a decade or so ago.  All I remember is getting an email from Dayton asking if I'd be willing to put a tailwheel on my plane that he was thinking about manufacturing, and could I abuse it to see what it could take.  Bell fork and JD tail link make up the rest of the team.

Dayton, mission accomplished!  The plane sure made an interesting sound on the rollout!  For a nanosecond I thought I had a blown main, or one of the wheel pants was shaking like a bad shopping cart wheel, but the plane tracked straight and loss of control was never an issue.

Ross brought over a spare old wheel he had in his hangar, so I'm back online until I figure out my next move.  No worries and never boring. 

Maintenance happens! ;^)

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July 18, 2017.   Issue No. 4,353.

Early morning formation practice slash gas run to KXBP in
N.Texas Monday.  Usual 52F suspects...
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First Flight ...Bob Welsh RV-8

After six years of building, I received my airworthy certificate from the FAA (Dayton, OH office) for N118W about a month ago. I postponed flying until I could take some transitional training from Jan Bussell in Okeechobee, FL in late June. The plane took off like a rocket and flew straight and great!  continue


Kitplanes Flies the Improved RV-12iS! ...Paul Dye article at Kitplanes

related: VAF Forums thread


How to cope with the heat. (hint- leave) ...jcaplins

The weekend was threatening to be pretty hot in CA's central valley. Thursday it was decided the best thing to do was to just up and leave for the coast where the highs were only supposed to hit 75 rather than 105 at home.

The drive would take 5 hours, but as you all know, the RV can do better than that. The plan is to depart after work on Friday between 5 and 6pm.  ...


Vlad's VFR to Russia and Back Trip ...Vlad the Amazing's 7/17 entry

I spent one day in Nome. I can tell you the life of a visitor gets expensive there. Striking similarity with QOL on the other side of Bering Strait.


20 Years ...smokyray

My Four turns Twenty this week, the tail is actually 28!   Near Upper Loon Creek ID, July, 1997.  Time flies, literally...


29 Years ...springer

Smokey yours is hardly broken in. Mine turns 29 next month. The scary part is that I was 39 in the photo and now 68!


Garmin Mode S Transponder Software Upgrades at OSH'17 ...g3xpert

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 33ES, 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. This software hasn't changed in a couple of years, so make sure you need an update before bringing it over.

We will also be updating software for GTX 35R/45R, GTX 335, and GTX 345/345R transponders to V2.10 to newer.

We are located 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!


Trig Avionics Press Release

Trig's new TY96A and TY97A radios are now available to order.


Status Report in Videos ...kiljoy RV-14

Had myself a nice week of vacation followed by a week of pneumonia. It's just what I've always wanted.

In real time I'm in the middle of the elevators. I've moched up all of the pieces and am now in the middle of cleaning and deburring all of the parts. I appreciate how Van's has the elevator chapter setup where you fabricate all of the parts that you need, moch up the structure of the part and THEN you break it back down and do all of the cleaning, deburring, etc in one fail swoop.

I've put a deposit down on the wings. I'm not planning on building any of the tailcone/fuselage until I'm ready to do the entire fuselage at once. I don't have the space to store a large, cross-sectioned object like that so I'm holding off.

So I'm very backed up with media but here are a nice large set of videos on the horizontal stabilizer that I've been meaning to release. I have 6-7 more after this that I'm going to try to get out in a couple of days.



JD Air Parts at Oshkosh ...VAF Advertiser

Hello RVers. If you are interested in any of the JD Air Parts inventory I will be able to bring them to Oshkosh. I will be there this Saturday through the end of the Airventure.

Please go to the website www.jdair.com and send a note to the Contact link. Let us know what you'd like brought to Oshkosh. If possible, please do this before Wednesday as I will be leaving on a Commercial flight on Wednesday afternoon. We will still be able to get you products after that day but it will be much easier if I can hand carry it.

This will need to be a cash situation. I will not have provisions to take cards while there. We will offer a 5% discount on all products being ordered for Oshkosh.

Jason and I appreciate the support. I look forward to meeting all of you!!!

My direct contact is 480-204-0662.

Also, I fly the tour helicopters over at Pioneer. If you want to get a great view of the grounds come on over for a ride. Ask for me and they'll try to set you up with me if I'm in that flight rotation.


Advertiser Sale

"TAILWHEEL TRANSPORTER is having a sale!  From now until July 21th, you can purchase a TAILWHEEL TRANSPORTER ll for only $349.99!  Call us at 602.430.5365 and mention Van's Airforce for AN ADDITIONAL $10 OFF!!"


Milestone: 50 Years of Superior Air Parts



July 17, 2017.   Issue No. 4,352.
  Spent a lot of the weekend at the keyboard doing behind-the-scenes admin work (mostly accounting).  The donations page is now updated and the list current as of Saturday night.  I should also have the RV White Pages updated and current in a day or so - lotta updates.
  I try not to bring up the honor system donation business model this site uses too often as I don't enjoy commercials myself, but since we're now over halfway done with 2017 I'd like to just take a second to thank those folks who help keep the lights on here.  And to remind folks as quickly and unobtrusively as I can that there is a 'Support VAF' link over there on the left.   Please consider reading it before the end of the year if you're 'a regular'.
  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you if you help support this site!  Susie, Tate and I will continue trying our hardest to bring you a quality product worthy of your hard-earned money.
  Sorry for the commercial, hope you enjoy today's edition and that your Monday goes swell. 


Passed my checkride in an RV! ...j-red

After 140 hours as a sport pilot, and six months trying to arrange schedules to fit in the transition/ night / hood time required to take the PPL checkride, it is finally done! I'd have been smiling in the photo, except it was 100 degrees outside, and he hadn't yet told me whether or not I'd passed! (Maybe the photo was for the wall of shame... who could know???   Can't wait to share the rv experience with family and friends now.


First Flight Video ...Jason 'jseavolt' Seavolt RV-8

A truly heartfelt thank you to everyone on VAF for all of the information and shared knowledge. I don't think that I would have embarked on such an enormous project without this community and resources.

I had first flight in April, but have been focused on test flying and all that goes along with frequent inspections/adjustments to the new airplane. I've got about 80 hrs on her now, started learning aerobatics, formation flying, and completed an IPC. All I can say to all of the current builders is to keep plugging away at it. The experience and plane has been even better than I had hoped it would be!

Here is my first attempt at making a video:


Never talk down an issue ...Scott Martin RV-10

I've had a few issues in the last few weeks.  A main bus voltage reading low/zero and an oil pressure reading dropping out.  The local avionics shop cleaned some pins and all was normal.

So. On my way back from a weekend flight out of town, I started hearing a persistent whine in my headset. Out of curiosity I flipped over to the engine monitoring page and both bus voltages were out of range high. Off scale.

Then I started smelling something hot, very hot.

I turned off the master and pulled all the breakers.  Landed nearest which was about 7 long minutes.  I don't know what I have to fix, but it's sitting in kind strangers hangar until it's fixed.

Lesson learned. Never fly with a mystery reading.


Stormy's Fly-In Pics ...Vlad

Stormy thank you! It was a nice flyin. I had three reasons not to go based in the core no fly TFR, lifr in the morning and a crushed toe but I couldn't just help myself. Plus I promised to attend still being in Russia. You have a heck of a location there at Hopalong Bill! Was nice meeting everyone sorry I was late. Got permission to land on a private island I was calling the owner for three years.  more pics


More Pics of Stormy's Fly-In ...Mugsy

Thanks so much for hosting your event. The food and friends where great ! Your new home is outstanding. Sorry I didn't get a chance to try the pool, maybe next time. We want to see a lot of progress on that RV-10 !

Below is a link to some more shots from yesterday. Vlad told me that one of his Russian aviation friends has built a pair of AGM-65 rubber poultry launchers from my design. I would love to see some photos of these on their RV. You can see one here on Jim Ts RV-8 yesterday. He announced his arrival by bombing the runway with a USAF standard issue flexible poultry ordinance device.


Thanks for kind words ...Vlad's 7/14 post


New Tire, New Shimmy ...Norcalrv7

A few days ago I replaced the nose tire and tube on my RV-7A due to a worn tube. Nose wheel has been modified by anti splat with sealed bearings, and
previously had been balanced. On takeoff roll with the new tire and tube I noticed a slight bumping during and after the ground roll. "dang" I thought to myself, new tire isn't balanced as perfectly as the old one. No big deal I thought, until I landed. Normal landing, but when I let the nose gear touch I felt a split second of shimmy, which then stopped. I went around the pattern again to confirm, and same thing happened. I've never had any shimmy at all in my airplane, guess its time to pull the tire back off and balance it.


Milestone: Hung the Engine ...pazmanyflyer in Arizona

103 F high humidity and monsoon weather. Why not hang an engine! First time I've ever hung one and I did it solo in just over an hour.



July 14, 2017.   Issue No. 4,351.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

Back into Yesterday ...Vlad the Amazing's 7/13 RV-9A installment

An hour over the water flew faster then I thought. Over Provideniya I turned northeast and was headed toward BATNI intersection. Stellar weather beautiful views.  continue


'Swisseagle' heading for Austria ...trip video (RV-7A Zurich)

After a year since the first flight of my "little dream machine" ... it was time to spread the wings and go further ... still owe a buddy who cut the first flight video, a countertrade for his wunderful work, I flew hin to his family for a long weekend. This is out of Switzerland to the east, accross Austria to the south-east corner, crossing the alps (mountain-ridge) to Fuerstenfeld LOGF with a stopover in Zell am See LOWZ


RV-14 Carpet (Classic Aero) ...Luke D

We've been working on carpet for the RV-14(14A). Here are some preview pictures of the final version. We are not quite ready to take orders on the whole thing, but I'll put a link at the bottom for ordering the front and baggage carpet.  many pics


Hat Sighting ...Greg Baron

Antarctica Peninsula January 2017.
related: About the charity cap


Welcome Lycoming Thunderbolt Engines ...new advertiser

Thunderbolt Engines are Lycoming's brand of high performance, built-to-order power plants for Experimental aircraft. With Thunderbolt Engines, customers get a genuine Lycoming engine that is factory built, factory tested and factory supported - with your choice of fuel systems, ignition systems, performance enhancements and finishing options.

Lycoming now offers an online “Thunderbolt Engine Builder” interactive tool, which is available at www.lycoming.com/engine-builder. People can customize a Thunderbolt engine and email the configuration to Lycoming and themselves for discussion and to get pricing.

At EAA AirVenture Lycoming (Booth 277-282) will be hosting a Thunderbolt Engines Information Session on Tuesday, July 25 from 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. at their Training Tent. This will include a presentation and overview on Thunderbolt engine options, and will provide attendees with an opportunity to get their Thunderbolt questions answered.

For more information on Lycoming’s Thunderbolt product line, please contact Jeff Schans, Thunderbolt Sales Manager, at jschans 'at' lycoming 'dot' com or 570-220-7840.



In addition to learning how to get more performance, reliability and life out of their piston aircraft engine, everyone who attends the series of free, 45-minute educational forums will also receive a free copy of Engine Management 101 by Bill Ross.

Coppell, TX (July 05, 2017) — Representatives of Superior Air Parts, Inc., announced today that the company is partnering with AeroShell, CamGuard and RAM Aircraft to host a series of 18 educational forums during Oshkosh AirVenture 2017.

“We had a lot of great response from our forums at Oshkosh 2016 and this past Sun ‘n Fun. Every pilot wants to know how they can operate their engine more efficiently,” stated Scott Hayes, VP of Sales and Marketing, Superior Air Parts, Inc. “That is exactly why we created the forum series. Each forum session will give pilots and owners proven procedures and insights that will help them reduce the cost of flying while extending their engine’s operational life and lowering maintenance costs.”

Superior’s Vice President of Product Support, Bill Ross, who has been an FAA A&P/IA for 32-years, will host the 2017 Forum Series.

“These sessions are not about theory or opinions,” Ross said. “What we are going to deliver is proven information that the other presenters and I have gained over our various careers. These are practices and tips pilots can use every time they fly.”

The free, 45-minute Forum sessions will be held daily at the Superior Air Parts tent (#257), which is just north of the Bendix/King Hangar B. Forum times are 9:00, 11:00 and 12:30, Monday through Saturday.

In addition to all the other valuable information, forum attendees will receive a free copy of Bill Ross’ new 144-page book, “Engine Management 101.”

Superior Air Parts and Industry Partners 2017 Oshkosh Forum Series subjects include:

• Understanding Piston Engine Oils. Presented by Shell Aviation Lubricants

• Maximizing Engine Longevity. Presented by RAM Aircraft

• Owner Inspections: Things to look for under the cowl. Presented by RAM Aircraft

• Aircraft Engine Leaning and Flight Management. Presented by Superior Air Parts

• Compression Testing Aircraft Engines and Maximizing Cylinder Life. Presented by Superior Air Parts

• How Owners Can Make Flying More Affordable. Presented by Superior Air Parts

• Superior Air Parts XP-Engine Options for Kit Builders. Presented by Superior Air Parts

• Lubricant Management – The key to engine longevity & reliability. Presented by CamGuard



July 13, 2017.   Issue No. 4,350.

My Wife's Cool RV Art ...Jetj01

Thought I'd share my wife Danna's cool picture she took of our RV-4. The things an iPhone can do in the hands of a beautiful and creative mind.


Titan Engines at OSH ...Titan (advertiser)

This post is a notification for those of you who are seeking information on engine options for your RV projects. Since ECi was acquired by Continental Motors, the integration of the Titan line of standard and "stroked" engines has been moving forward. The manufacturing machinery is in place in Mobile, Alabama and in the German division. The supply chain is well established too. Our lead times are longer that we would like but we're working it that.

In years past, Titan Engines had an outdoor space at Oshkosh with a trailer on it and engine displays out front. This year the integration with Continental Motors is complete and we will be in the big Continental Motors tent just outside of Hangar C. Titan Engines will not be listed in the Air Venture program, just Continental Motors. We're one big happy family now; The Booth #'s are 229-234.

We will have a discount special and will be celebrating "Titan Tuesday" on July 25th. Please come by and see us, we would love to welcome you to your booth and talk engines !


Met classmate haven't seen since '85 ...Vlad the Amazing's story continues

"....Nearby a local ChukotAvia turboprop almost finished boarding his passengers. I see a crewmember walking from the Antonov turboprop toward my airplane. The guards are telling him not to proceed the man is still walking doesn't pay attention. 5 minutes to my start time. The man yells - Slaffka! Karpaeff! Sure I am and who are you? (all talk in Russian) I am Maslow! Sergey really?! Unbelievable... My classmate from military flight school we graduated in 1985 and haven's seen each other since. He was one of those champions ready to jump on Smokey's squadron mates if allowed..."


200kt Club (level flight) ...Scott Martin RV-10


At OSH ...Jerry Fischer

Arrived at Home Built Camping yesterday afternoon about 1 PM after a 15 1/2 hour drive from Winder. ( I'm gettin' too old for this straight through stuff)
Got the bugs swept out of the building to start with
Looked at progress of Pavillion, (Pictures later).Sod down & looks great. Roof dried in & tin to be installed on Friday. All y'all will be impressed with sheer size
(40 x 80)
Had supper with my buds from Home Built HQ @ Friar Tucks. beer & French Dip hit the spot.
Hot Shower
Bedtime 2145 (9:30 PM)
Woke up @ 0645 to drizzling rain, so plan is to clean inside & hit Menards for HBC supplies.
More tomorrow...stay tuned


How Many KC Flight pilots does it take to change a light bulb? ...olyolson

A: WHY is the owner / builder / pilot watching 3 other guys change the light bulb in his airplane?

A: Because he's supervising, of course!

A: The owner knows nothing about electricity. It's better he just observes.


RV-8 Hangar Lifestyle ...stancaruthers

Thought I would share.....  Sold my home and building another, during this 5-6 month process the wife decides we need to live in the hangar   Since I drive there everyday....why not...right ? saving gas.

So everyday around 8pm when it gets below my melting point I take to the sky......living the dream.  My landing fear is diminishing quickly, unless the wind is howling I press on regardless of direction.  I'm running out of places to fly for my daily 1 hour therapeutic drive.


Update from Audrey...our daughter at graduate school. 

Audrey and Susie have been FaceTiming each other in the evenings, and that makes her being so far away a *little* less sad.  We found a stand that had a picture in it, and commandeered it for iPad duty.  Trivia: Tate painted the picture on the wall.  The table?  $5 from a garage sale (I think).

This Thursday will be 3 weeks...and it feels like a billion years.  Make that ten billion.  Technology helps...

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July 12, 2017.   Issue No. 4,349.

Daily Mail News Article ...featuring Mark Albery RV-8


Construction Time Lapse Videos ...gfb RV-9A

Last 6 months of videos just uploaded to Youtube.


Welcome Rapidset Metal Buildings

Use the 'Price a Building Online' design and price tool online!  Their ad lives on the front page.



7/11 Installment ...Vlad in Russia

On June the 20th we drove to tundra. What a perfect day to hit 55! Somewhere on a hill only locals know we stopped, uncorked a bottle of good cognac, left a drink for God of Tundra and asked Him for good weather on my way home. 


200kt GS Club ...j-red

Just barely made it.  Winds weren't any faster up here at 10k than they were down at 8, but I couldn't know that without trying
170KTAS, 203 GS


Truly inspiring ...Dave Cobb on Vlad's Russia Adventure

I have to admit after an 8 year build I am loosing my motivation at times.

But when i read an article like this it inspires one.

This is truly the most amazing journey and to a country I had thought much more backward in development than the west. This western myth is blasted away by great scenery, lovely buildings, and people who treat you with respect and accommodating a foreign language! Does it get any better?

I must visit Russia one day!

Thanks Vlad, one day i hope to meet you perhaps when.... if ever.. i get this bird of mine in the air.


Intruders Forever ...Boomer506 RV-8 update

Yes the A-6 was a great airplane, although by the time I got to it, we were mostly carrying precision guided weapons and not the 28 500b bombs from the early days. Laser guided bombs (GBU-12,16,10), Mavericks (AGM-65), Harpoons (AGM-84s) and HARM (AGM-88). The Intruder was retired during my time in the Navy and I was transitioned to the EA-6B Prowler, so I have dedicated the right side of the plane to my Electronic Attack brethren. "VAQ" in naval aviation is the designation for a fixed wing, electronic attack squadron. In my case VAQ-130 is my old Prowler squadron out of Whidbey Island, Washington. We flew off the Enterprise on the east coast. They fly the EA-18G Growler now.  When our Super Hornets call the ball they use the "Rhino" call sign. ...



July 11, 2017.   Issue No. 4,348.

IFR Rating ...Sid Mayeux RV-7A

KELLI GIRL and I passed the IFR checkride yesterday. Thanks, DPE Joe Johnson, for a well-run and thorough checkride.

IFR ticket....done!

Once again, I owe HUGE thanks to:
- CFII Matthew Hood of Positive Rate LLC. Matt is the same CFII that trained Walt Aronow of EXP Aircraft Services for his IFR ticket. Matt absolutely excels at training RV drivers in their own airplane's unique avionics configuration. Thanks Matt.
- Walt Aronow of EXP Aircraft Services for crafting a fantastic IFR panel, blending the best of Dynon SkyView Classic with the awesome Garmin GTN650 WAAS GPS and Nav. My examiner had huge complements for the level of IFR capability the panel gave me. Speaking of the examiner....
- DPE Joe Johnson of Flying Ace Services LLC, Parker County Weatherford KWEA. I believe Mr Johnson gave me a fair, thorough, and instructive evaluation. He was rigorous but patient, and we even had a laugh or two. You are a real pro, Joe, thanks.
- My wife Kelli, for cracking the whip. Thanks Love, you're the best.

Now, off for more learning...


First Aerobatic Competition - Galen Killam

I just got back from my first ever aerobatic contest in Bay City, Michigan, the Michigan Aerobatic Open. It was a blast. First, getting there and back was well..RV like. 180+ MPH ground speeds are awesome. Second, everyone at the contest was great, absolutely great. Lots of help and patience answering to many questions from me. Next, I met my goal of no hard zeros and scoring 75% of the points (3091 points). I ended up 7th out of 10 in the Sportsman category including being OB a few times. I need to work on that for sure but needed no breaks on any of the 3. My hammer could use some tweaking and twice my cuban loops were different sizes. My RV-8 with an O-360 performed great and I would suggest going to a contest by anyone who can get to one.  video


Another one strikes out for the New World ...penguin post

RV-7 pilot Ron Mitcham has left Scotland en-route for the US and eventually Oshkosh via the East Coast and Texas. Track Ron's progress here.  The plan is Greenland on Monday and on to Goose Bay if possible, then to Maine on Tuesday.  You won't mistake Ron's aeroplane if you see it, its lemon yellow!


Sky Harbor Trip ...petehowell

Andi and I headed north in search of beaches and dinner Saturday night. A quick convo with the Duluth airport manager informed me that there were nice Bikes at Sky Harbor - we needed to check them out!  continue


Vlad's VFR Trip to Russia Continues ...picks up 7/6 and 7/7

You guys have a great sense of humor. Thanks!

... Well, as I said, I didn't have permission to enter Russian airspace VFR over BATNI intersecton. I asked Magadan Control why, I have a confirmation of my flight plan passed through all Centers all the way to my destination Anadyr. The Magadan Control patiently explained to me that all international traffic enters Russian Federation airspace via VALDA and I am no exclusion. They do have my route and if I want to proceed further would I please go to VALDA and give them a call from there. There will be no negotiations because they have an order from Khabarovsk Center.

I turned southbound toward St Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea and got me some thinking. Do I need all of this? One hour over the freezing water then another hour plus, with distance to land as far as 50 NM? Winds are shifting there. Satellite image shows some clouds. Should I just turn around and stay home? I was trying to catch just a slight sense of engine "auto roughness" for any excuse but all was good. Lycoming kitten purred. So I made my decision to go ahead with planned route. Over VALDA I reported my position, got a discreet code and entered Russian airspace.  continue

Vlad Continued ...7/7

The easternmost town of Russia is Anadyr. It has a rather large airport with a modern infrastructure. Working hours are 2100 to 0900 UTC. Controllers speak excellent English and most of the service personnel could clearly communicate with a foreigner.   ...

7/8 Update ...Vlad VFR to Russia

7/9 Update ...Vlad the amazing


Another Morning Flight ...rvator51

Circling the Estrella mountain range south of Phoenix, AZ to break-in engine and get Phase one testing completed before Oshkosh.



July 10, 2017.   Issue No. 4,347.

Early morning flight ...mchargmg words and pics

For some reason I woke up early today and could not get back to sleep. So I decided to go flying. The hangar at my airport, KFLY, is about 35 minutes from my house. So after a bit of coffee, off I went.

Got to the hangar just after 0600. Pull out the Sabrina Lee. She looks good in the morning sun.  ...


More RV-10TDI Performance Numbers ...Flandy10

G3x recorded 1:47 total time. I figured airborne 1:34 and total burn per the truck meter---12 gallons. Back on level ground in hangar, I sticked the tanks to verify fillup- needed another .5 gallon in one tank. So--12.5 total burn. Fuel burn at 12500 was between 7.5 and 8.0 GPH

Flight profile--climb to 5500 till clear of Class B then continue to 12500. 30 min max cruise. Decided on way down to stop every thousand to check speed numbers.

The following numbers were taken from the data file- let speed stabilize and eyeballed an average- Not the fastest and not the slowest--trying to be honest with the numbers.

Altitude ----IAS ---- TAS ---MAP

Why the big increase in MAP below 6500? The short version is ----The turbo on this pre-production engine didn't come with a speed sensor (and no way to retrofit one either). So to allow operations above 6000, CMI felt it was prudent to limit the MAP to the "B" model power numbers to prevent overspeeding the turbine.

There is one more test planned---side by side flight with a standard -10 to compare performance numbers.


RV-3B Status Report ...David Paule

In order to cleco the new left hand baggage rib flange, I removed the tailcone belly skin for access. Here are the new bulkhead flanges that I've got clecoed on.  ...


First RV Experience RV-10 from TX to OR ...Steven (nevetsw18)

I had an excellent introduction to RV flying and utility thanks to VAF member
"Flying again!". I saw TJ's post on a Wednesday at 8PM and was wheels up with him for a 9 hour journey across our great country by Friday at 7 AM.

Wow the -10 is a cross country machine! We left 52F and made our way to Pueblo, CO. From there it was a long leg to American Falls, Idaho. The final portion of the journey was direct to Eugene, Oregon. The scenery was second to none courtesy of the the -10's visibility and afforded us beautiful shots of the Sisters mountains in Oregon. Pictures will be uploaded as soon ...

My thanks to Doug for the wonderful site that allowed me to meet TJ [ed You are most welcome! v/r,dr]. Thanks go to TJ for the excellent flying and allowing me to spend 9+ hours picking his brain!

The flight was excellent motivation to finish my current project and get to work on the -8 empennage that's in the hangar!

I look forward to many future RV related journeys.


RV-7 canopy shadow pic ...Cam McCarthy

'Thought you might like to post this pic on VAF. I took it this afternoon on descent into Bankstown while flying with my friend Richard Connell in his RV-7.


Milestone: Instrument Panel Power Up ...Boomer506

I threw the avionics master switch on for the first time. It all seemed to work as advertised, and no smoke or burning smells which I think is a good sign. Plenty of functional testing to go.



July 7, 2017.   Issue No. 4,346.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  

RV-8s and Blue Angels ...Jon Thocker

This is our 5th season performing airshows as Redline with our RV8s. Over the years we have interacted with many members of the Jet Demonstration Teams (Blue Angels, Thunderbirds and Snowbirds). In particular, we compare notes with the solo guys as we fine tune our maneuvers. Redline is performing at several shows with the Blues this year and they coordinated this photo while practicing for their hometown show this weekend; The Red, White, and Blues Air Show in Pensacola Beach Florida.

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The flight and formations were briefed Wednesday morning with photographer Glenn Watson (MachPointOne Photography), photo ship pilot Adam Baker (PlayFul Airshows), Lead Solo Cdr. Frank Weisser, Opposing Solo, Lt. Tyler Davies and Redline pilots, Ken Rieder and Jon Thocker. The rendezvous occurred over Pensacola Beach after the Blues morning practice flight and we had about 5 minutes to position for the photos before the Blues were Bingo fuel and had to RTB.

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The smooth air over the water helped tremendously as Glenn positioned each of us over the intercom to Adam who relayed to us. "Jon, up 5", "Frank, forward 10", "Tyler, up 5", etc.

The funny thing is, Ken and I never really saw those guys! We each took one quick peak and could just see the nose of the Hornets in our periphery.

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My RV has certainly afforded me some amazing opportunities! Thanks again Van!

fmi: www.machpointoneaviation.com
[ed. Images used with permission. dr]


Open Question for the Engineers at Vans ...Greg Novotny getting close with his RV-14A

Is this kinda...sort of....what you had in mind? ;^)


Performance Data: RV-10TDI ...Scott Flandermeyer

With the G3x fixed, its time to finish Phase 1.

Fuel Consumption testing flight #1: 5500ft at Max Cruise (90%- 207HP) approx. pwr

105kt cruise climb to 5500,
30min. at 76"MAP 2190rpm 151Kias/167Ktas
60"MAP descent at 155 Kias. 750fpm

Instruction to lineman- 1 inch from the top before flight and after.

Dipstick readings----- L tank ---- R tank (these are not gallons)
Before ------------------- 13.0 ---- 13.0
After --------------------- 9.5 ------ 10.5
After refuel -------------- 13.5 ---- 13.0

G3x recording length 58 minutes and 7.1 Gallons.
Fuel truck--7.0 gallons

Qualifier:Red Cube calibration still being adjusted. Due to fuel injector pulses, red cube can't read ground fuel burn, so fuel counter reset just before takeoff. But I forgot to check it just after landing, so while it looks real accurate, its not. I just got lucky. But the fuel truck meter is accurate


On the sunny side of the street ...sbalmos

Tank issues notwithstanding, the bird did clearly enjoy being let out in the full sun for the first time. Yes, I have a new left aileron built and waiting to be hung.

Sooo... This is bare naked aluminum, with some discrete vinyl remaining on the canopy and other places of active work. Does this mean she's sunbathing?


Vlad's Russian Adventure Continues

... Well, as I said, I didn't have permission to enter Russian airspace VFR over BATNI intersecton. I asked Magadan Control why, I have a confirmation of my flight plan passed through all Centers all the way to my destination Anadyr. The Magadan Control patiently explained to me that all international traffic enters Russian Federation airspace via VALDA and I am no exclusion. They have my route and if I want to proceed further would I please go to VALDA and give them a call from there...

I turned southbound toward St Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea and got me some thinking. Do I need all of this? One hour over the freezing water then another hour plus, with distance to land as far as 50 NM? Winds are shifting there. Satellite image shows some clouds. Should I just turn around and stay home? I was trying to sense just a slight sense of engine "auto roughness" but all was good. So I made a decision to go ahead with planned route. Over VALDA I reported my position, got a discreet code and entered Russian airspace.



July 6, 2017.   Issue No. 4,345.

Dissimilar friends...


Puddle Jumping 2 - The Sequel ...Mark Albery update

I finally arrived back in Hayward CA yesterday afternoon after a short lunch stop with Paul and Louise at Dayton Valley airpark.

It's been a great trip with several new friends made and many unforgettable experiences.

We had 3 professional and several serious amateur photographers along for the ride so their should be some great photos to share (and maybe even a television programme...)

I'm sorting through my own photos and will post a selection once the sorting and unpacking is finished.

Thanks for sharing the ride with me!


4th Annual Southeast Wis RV-12 Meeting

Fourth Annual Southeast Wisconsin RV-12 Meeting and Fly-In

Join Us
Fort Atkinson Airport (61C)
Saturday, July 22rd
11:00 AM—2:00 PM

Things to Do and See

Meet other RV-12 Builders
Meet Student Builders
Talk about building trauma and successes
See Multiple completed RV-12’s
Eat good food
Share stories
Make New Friends


Flipped the canoe!! ...dwranda

Well it's finally my turn to post my flipping of the canoe pics. It looks awesome right side up!! Now to build a rolling stand for it.


Tank removal - remove pushrods / access hole burrs? ...Scott Balmos

Two steps forward, one step back. I now join the ranks of those who have to re-seal the rear baffle. That was a nice constant drip going yesterday, after filling with fuel for the first time. Admittedly, the first time any liquid had been in the tanks since the balloon, and a water, test four years ago when I built them.

So, now I get to remove both tanks off my wings, which are already attached to the plane. Meh. For the bolts that you have to reach over into the next bay over from the inspection plate blindly, it feels like my aileron pushrod is either in the way, or greatly hampers my ability to rotate a wrench. Should I just go ahead and remove the pushrod for now?

Secondly, when I cut the rear baffle access holes, I'm probably going to do one in each bay. When you go to deburr the drilled rivet holes for mounting the access plates, I was going to try and vacuum out as much as possible. But the first pressure test would be another colored water test, which would then slosh out the rest of the loose burrs when I drain the water. Then let the tank dry out for a few days, and then do another test with maybe a gallon or two of avgas, which would probably be discarded also. Does this sound appropriate?

Maybe a third fuel test after they're remounted to the wings, in case the re-bolting flexes something on the baffle? Not sure how to really test that without filling the tanks full again, since the rear baffle in a mounted position is basically "on its side".


RV-8 Pic ...Harvey in Australia

This 8 has been around for a while - about 7 years - and looks as good as new.


FAA Safety Briefing Online ...July/August


Post-glass Upgrade Time-Waster ...humptybump



July 5, 2017.   Issue No. 4,344.
  Back to the virtual salt mine....  Hope you and yours had a nice 4th of July holiday weekend.  Some of the usuals around here got some RV time off the planet a couple of times, so no complaints.   Starting you off with a nice pic posted by 'SuperCubDriver' in Germany.  'RV-8, IO-375, P-Mags, 74RV Prop, flight testing.'
Hope your shortened work week goes nice.

Herman in Germany.

VFR to Russia (In Memory of Bob Axsom) ...Vlad has us in his storytelling grips!

The idea of flying my RV to Russia floated in my head for years. In 2016 I did an extended run polishing Alaska perimeter testing myself if I could swing the challenge of crossing Bering Strait. For couple years I was digging world travelers' blogs and read anything I could find on the subject of flying VFR to Russia. There was a group of Alaskans who did a run to the closest Russian airport and back but their accounts didn't tell much of a positive. They encountered border hurdles, absence of avgas, lack of services and language barrier. So there wasn't much info online. I planned to visit the first large settlement Anadyr on Chukotka Peninsula and for the life of me I couldn't find anything useful.  ...


KELLI GIRL gets IFR and ADS-B Out ...scrollF4

Kelli and I lost out on one too many trips due to the weather. When I told Kelli I was cancelling an upcoming cross country because the forecast was just too iffy, she pronounced a new set of priorities for her airplane and her pilot (me): Get the IFR mod and ticket. Here we go...


Particles in sump screen ...Michael Burbidge

During oil change today, I found two particles in the sump screen. They are both black and non-magnetic. They look quite different. Here's a picture.  What next step would you suggest to determine the source of these particles?  I'm planning on sending the oil filter out for analysis. And I always send the oil out for analysis.


Race for Rhinos 2017 ...Janekom (South Africa)

This past weekend we have participated in the Race for Rhinos 2017. Now this event takes place in the middle of Botswana close to or at Sowa Pans.

This year there were 71 entrants. No less than four all the way from Alaska! This is a two day flat out race with the total race distance of about 630 nautical miles. It is a race based on a handicap system, which means that you get a handicap speed and have to try and beat your handicap speed. No GPS or any other devices allowed and all on board devices disabled. So it is hard navigating using your map, stopwatch and a compass. ...


Van's Aircraft OSH Banquet Tickets Go On Sale ...from the mothership.

Event: 2017 Van’s OshKosh Banquet
Time: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Location: Nature Center Pavilion*
$35 per person
Please order tickets in advance on our website, www.vansaircraft.com or call Van’s M-F 503-678-6545 option 1 or 2.
Please pick up the tickets at Van’s booth at the show.




July 3-4, 2017.   Issue No. 4,343.

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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.


June 30, 2017.   Issue No. 4,342.

Dear VAF Community,

I’m off now to start life in the real world! All my hard work at SMU paid off when I found out I’d been accepted to UC Berkeley, one of three schools tied for the highest-ranking chemistry graduate program in the country. In exchange for working for the university as a TA, tuition is waived and I’ll be paid an additional stipend (plus health insurance!) over 5 years on my journey to earning my PhD. But what’s most exciting is that I’ll be spending most of my time performing cutting-edge research in some of the most famous chemistry labs in the world. Did you know that 16 elements were discovered at Berkeley (and more)? I’m a little excited to say the least!!

More specifically, I’ll be working in the field of chemical biology, which involves researching new ways to use chemistry to better understand biological systems. This leads to more effective treatments of diseases, as well as a better understanding of how our world works. My work at Berkeley this summer will involve fluorescent probes in the detection of copper to determine its role in living systems. I’m so grateful and excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to get started!

Your support gave me one of the best gifts a kid could ask for: more quality time with my dad growing up. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for your support of our family!!

Audrey Reeves



[ed. Obviously, it's a very emotional time for Susie, Tate and I.  Audrey headed out Thursday morning and it's bittersweet and painfully raw.  You want them to spread their wings, but you also don't want to let go.  It hurts.  I'll pray for her every day, and hope a lot of Texas got stuck in those cells at a molecular level.  Thank goodness for FaceTime and iPads/iPhones.  An airline pilot friend offered a buddy pass once in a while for mama to visit, so I'm sure she'll take up that offer!

Thank you again for all the support and love you've shown our family over the years.  I do believe Audrey will help make the world a better place, and I'm confident that one of the reasons is that she has been shown so much love and support her whole life from so many wonderful people here.  I'm guessing she'll do you proud.

Wishing you a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

Doug, Susie and Tate.
Your hosts.]


VFR to Russia (In Memory of Bob Axsom) ...Vlad -9A trip write-up begins

The idea of flying my RV to Russia floated in my head for years. In 2016 I did an extended run polishing Alaska perimeter testing myself if I could swing the challenge of crossing Bering Strait. For couple years I was digging world travelers' blogs and read anything I could find on the subject of flying VFR to Russia. There was a group of Alaskans who did a run to the closest Russian airport and back but their accounts didn't tell much of a positive. They encountered border hurdles, absence of avgas, lack of services and language barrier. So there wasn't much info online. I planned to visit the first large settlement Anadyr on Chukotka Peninsula and for the life of me I couldn't find anything useful.  ...


Any Progress is Progress ...Jason Hess RV-7

Excited to share that BOTH tanks are LEAK FREE and now mounted to the wings. Next up are the right top skins and then the wings can come out of the stands. Can't believe how life can go by so fast.


3rd Annual Lobster Fly-in Belfast Maine ...9/16 (mark those calendars)


Epilogue (broke stuff away from home) ...Tod Stoval RV-10

We're back in business thanks to Mark Olson. Not only did he graciously ship me his backup screen and provided me with instructions to assist me in exporting my config file, he's extending me the loan of his DU through Oshkosh if I can't get mine repaired in time. I can't thank him enough!!!!! Also I'd like to thank all of those who responded to my call for help via text, email and online offering tools, workspace, and advice--the RV family is second to none!!!!

This is a beautiful sight...


Puddle Jumping 2 - The Sequel ...update

Qikiqtarjuaq to Pangnirtung (spectacular valley) to Iqaluit.


Thanks Gary, Clayton, Tommy and the rest of the gang.

Some of the usual suspects at my home field (52F) had a fish fry Thursday.  Gary's hangar, Clayton's catfish caught in the Neosho River in Oklahoma, and Tommy's fry rig and chef skills.  25-30 people or so, and some great banana pudding courtesy Teresa Hood. 

With our daughter heading out earlier in the day 1,400 miles away for her PhD program for somewhere between five years and the rest of her life, the food and fellowship helped a couple of pretty sad parents get through a couple of hours.  Thanks again.

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June 29, 2017.   Issue No. 4,341.

How 'Bout Them Cowboys...and some avgas.

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Wednesday I flew (track) up to KSWI for $3.25 fuel, and on the way went by 'The Star' for the first time (iPhone picture).  The Dallas Cowboys new(ish) practice facility up in Frisco.  As I understand it there are some retail spots (left side if pic), a hotel (foreground) as well as an outdoor artificial field and natural grass field.  Covered indoor field just right of the hotel.  There was a TV screen bigger than my house that I could clearly watch from two miles away.  Kinda impressive.

I was trying out Garmin Pilot's newest version (v8.8.0) showing your track as an orange line on the map - attached with the corresponding logbook entry.  Partial pic below, click for 2048 x 2732 pixel SmugMug image. 

Came back direct, no 'Star' pass, for the overhead.  I kinda like this track feature - less work than downloading files from the EFIS and converting.  Back on the ground before it got to hot...and got on the computer.


Status Report ...David Paul -3B

With the stiffeners glued and riveted to the tailcone belly skin, I clecoed it to the bulkheads. In spite of my efforts, the bulkheads pulled the skin inward a bit. Never as much as 1/4" but at about 1/8" in more than one place, these skin depressions were, I've got to say it, depressing.

Can't have that.

There were only three options available that I could see.  continue


Complete Instrument Panel & Avionics, New ...Stein

We have for sale a completely finished NEW instrument panel including all avionics. Customer ordered the panel but then due to some unexpected life issues is not able to complete the transaction, so we're offering this as it at a greatly reduced price.



June 28, 2017.   Issue No. 4,340.

Another New RV-14 Takes to the Skies ...n982sx (Bob Meyers)

In another thread I posted that I got my airworthiness certificate last Friday.  Today was a perfect day for flight. The weather couldn't have been better and I took N626KM out for its first one.  The flight was wonderful, no squawks. Two hours in the air.

The RV-Grin strikes again.


N829MS First Flight ...Marvin McGraw RV-14.

Yesterday I took to the air for a first flight. It runs smooth and stable. I now have 4.5 hours on it. I will add the gear fairings in the next few weeks. My wife took takeoff and landing videos.


Surplus Avionics (Garmin, Dynon, PSE, Vertical Power), etc

...Stein using the Classified section LIKE A BOSS.  Things going fast.  Edits quick and often.


RV-Lancair-Corby Starlet Day! ...snopercod

We had a crew of four at GMU today, including an RV-12, RV-4, Lancair 235, and a beautiful Corby Starlet. While we were eating lunch and telling stories, it came to light that all four of us had either worked in a steel mill, had a parent who did, or had taken a tour of a steel mill back in the day. What are the odds of that these days?


Near Miss (Bird) ...Steve 9A

This past fall we had an experience with a Bald Eagle. We were climbing out through 2500' out of Rosecrans Airport (KSTJ) on the Missouri river. Just as I was going through 2500', without warning, there was a very large Bald Eagle about my 11 o'clock and I was climbing into it fast. There was no time at all to react as I passed by the bird. It was very close. I estimated maybe 25-30 feet at the most as I flew by him. There was no action I was able to take as everything happened in milliseconds. All I can say was we were very lucky. I just cannot imagine a 6' wingspan sized bird impacting the windscreen. The positive to the event was for that second I was as close as I have ever been to a beautiful bird like that. I just wish it were in different circumstances so I could have enjoyed the beauty of it.

(and from Don Hull)
I know a pilot who survived a goose through the windshield of a 150. Frankly, I'm surprised we don't have more "near-misses" south of Pryor Regional Airport, Decatur, Alabama as the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge sits about 5 miles south of the airport. Lots of geese, pelicans, and other migratory birds can be seen at different times over the Refuge.

My friend was a retired Air Force pilot who had rented a 150 to take another retired Air Force friend for an aerial tour of the area. As he told me, the sudden blast of air with blood and feathers was almost heart-stopping. Then the tremendous drag on the airplane required a nose-down pitch change to maintain control. Fortunately he was headed straight for the airport when it happened, so he didn't have to make any turns.



June 27, 2017.   Issue No. 4,339.

Gearing Up for Oshkosh

Danny King is putting in the newest version of his panel in his RV-8 "Beautiful Doll".  Here he is pictured working in air-conditioned comfort during a hot Texas summer. So cold in the cockpit he says he has to crack it open every now and then. It looks like a bowl of spaghetti now, but during the show his airplane will be parked in front of the Garmin booth and he will be talking it up with anyone who stops by. Developing…

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They grow up fast ...crabandy

I started building my RV shortly after getting married, still not sure which is crazier .....
My oldest helping me make airplane sounds.  continue


Garmin avionics videos. Third video is online ...RickA

The second half of the 52F to KLUD flight is available now. Production quality is getting better and I think I have solved most of the background noise issues.  I have about 10 more minutes of in-flight vidoe on a different flight to upload, then I have to get back in the air to shoot some more footage.

I have a few ideas for the next videos but I open to suggestions for future episodes.

My ideas:
1. VOR approach that starts with a Direct to VOR, then an "ATC" defined Hold, then the approach.

2. Entry into a Leg of an approach - like you would get if you were being vectored.

3. An ILS approach but I want to make sure I all the audio issues resolved so I can do it in one take.


Vac's Transition Training Syllabus ...v1.4

This version has a couple of slides added based on other forum discussion regarding deviating from designer recommended weight and balance limits.


Gettin' close! ...bkervaski



June 26, 2017.   Issue No. 4,338.

Astronaut Candidate Jasmin Moghbeli ...enjoying AX-O's RV-4

(Axel) "I took this young lady flying in my RV on Friday.  I also flew with her at work for years. Recently she was selected to be an astronaut candidate. This year had the largest number of applicants at almost 19,000.  She was selected as one of the 12."

fmi: Jasmin's BIO


Lawyers, Guns and Money ...Pete Howell Trip Write-up

With apologies to the late, great Warren Zevon....

"Well, I went home with the waitress
The way I always do
How was I to know
She was with the Russians, too (Hey Vlad!)" 


New Garmin video posted - 2nd in the series ...RickA


Milestone: 7A Tail ...jcarne

Well after 6 months of work I am official done with my tail except for a few odds and ends that will get addressed when I mount to the fuselage. The empennage was filled with great learning experiences and a handful of frustrating ones. I am that much closer to having my dream come true! My wings are here and inventoried, time to start on a new journey!


'MoJo' Got Her New Clothes ...woodmanrog


X-wind Take-off Technique in A Models ...lr172

I fly from an airport with an E-W strip. Most strong wind is usually from the south and we have buildings and tall trees just south of the field. It makes for challenging landings due to the rotors, turbulence and variable gusting. It's not uncommon to see all three wind socks pointing in different directions. However, we never see really strong sustained cross wind at the runway level, only 30' above it.

I have mastered landing and taking off in these conditions, but don't get to do many x-wind landings or take-offs with more traditional cross wind conditions. Today I did some T&G's at a nearby airport with a 90* x-wind 15G20 (pretty sure most wind was 20). The landings were no issue, but I had an issue with the take-offs.

I have been carefull to do all of my take-offs with the nose wheel a few inches off the ground. I was taught to let the cross wind aileron out as the take off progresses, however, I rarely need much aileron in the situations that I fly and therefore don't get much practice. Today, I kept skipping sideways during the take-off roll and was subconsciously keeping the aileron full in too long to keep from skipping. On my final take-off, the gusts were strong and I must have had most of the aileron in to track down the center line. As I lifted off, the wing went down quickly and scraped. The damage is only the size of a quarter on the wingtip and an easy repair.

In thinking through what I did wrong, I realized the error of full aileron at lift-off, but it raised the issue of how else do I keep from skipping sideways. I had remembered reading that you need to keep some down elevator to keep the wheels planted and use tire friction to avoid sideways movement. I had become so afraid of going easy on my nose wheel that it seemed unnatural.

I was wondering how others manage this type of situation in their A model RVs.


OSH '17 RV Social is 30 Days Out ...DanH


Great video of Gold Hill Airpark, NC ...ronshcreck

Thanks to my neighbor, Brett Osborne who has produced a great video of our airpark home (NC25). A community of thirty homes surrounding a 3000-foot paved and lighted runway, just 40 miles NE of Charlotte, NC. Enjoy!



June 23, 2017.   Issue No. 4,337.
Thursday morning I woke up and sat down at the computer. And worked. Drove out to the airport and flew .2 hours. Worked some more using my phone and iPad. Exercised for 40 min.  Worked some more on the computer. Took a shower. Took a sip of my iced tea through the straw.  There was a fly in that straw.  It had drowned on sweet tea.  I thought it was a lemon seed for a second or two.
  I have, as of today, adjusted my "drinking sweet tea at the airport" procedure to include the following line:

  •   Cover the straw, dumb@ss.

  I'm still a little creeped out by the whole ordeal :-).  Ugh.  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe, straw-covered and RV-filled weekend.!

Sky, Scorch and Scroll taxiing in at Hicks.
Random image from the PC.  dr


Puddle jumping number two – the sequel… An update

Today has been quite an adventure. Our companions in the Beech 18 got out their lightweight balloon to do the 4th ever balloon flight in Iceland and the first by a female pilot.

We then loaded up and set off for Isafjordur. My co-pilot Rocky was flying this leg and I sat behind. After backtracking the runway we had a call to stop and exit because the wheel was on fire!

We quickly got it extinguished, removed wheel fairings, got new O rings and fluid to repair the brakes. Tyre was damaged, but only on the surface and cords OK no bulges. We managed to get a new tyre sent fron Reykjavik to our destination. Just arrived 30 minutes ago and will be replaced ASAP.

Wonderful scenic flight across northern Iceland, with a bit of formation flying with the Saratoga and Beech 18 (Betty the Beech).
You should be able to see some pictures in the link below.


No "BOTH" Positions Allowed on RVs ...Vic

Please, please, please don't do this. I was performing a prebuy on an RV-8 today and for the second time I found a fuel valve with a BOTH position. Huge NO-NO! A both position in a low wing aircraft will fool you into thinking it works correctly, especially when both tanks are either full or above the fuel pickup. But let one of the tanks get below a fuel pickup and even if you happen to have a full tank on the other side, it will suck air. Probably at the worst time, like when turning base to final. More accidents are caused by modifications to the fuel systems than any other modification. It was a even very nice Andair valve, too.


Music input noise trouble-shooting ...UnPossible

Q: Hey - recently I am having some trouble with noise in the music input for my audio panel. When I built the plane, I installed a 1/8" headphone jack in the rear of the plane, wired to the aux music input of the audio panel (PS engineering PMA5000EX). This has worked well for 5+ years.

Now whenever I try and play music through the Aux input, the music is very muted, with a bunch of "fuzz" that sounds like waves. I have not changed anything in the plane. I've checked the wiring at both ends, and everything looks fine. I've tried two different music sources and several cables. At this point I am about of ideas. Any suggestions or ideas on other things to try?

A: If the music input jack is grounded to the airframe, often times this introduces a ground loop that creates problems similar to what you're hearing. Try isolating the input jack from the airframe and see if that helps. All-plastic jacks are available, with solder connections on the rear for wiring, that prevent the ground loop issue

A: Try shutting off things one at a time while you are getting the noise.......strobes, xpnder, position lights etc.

Other possibilty is ignition or alternator........both have parts that wear over time and could start causing issues that were not there when new.

A: This exact thing happened to me recently. I use an IPhone 6 for the music source. I discovered that it was the music jack on the phone that was malfunctioning. I then put on earphones and only heard one side. If you have an IPhone you can get a lightning adapter (plugs into the main power charging port) that will allow you to plug straight into your music jack from the phone. Now my music is crystal clear again. I have a GTR 200 comm with music input via the 1/8" music jack on the right side near my headphone jacks.

Solved: Problem solved....... and it wasn't anything I expected. The culprit was a new phone. I googled "Samsung S8 static from headphone jack" and found several articles mentioning solving a similar problem by enabling a UHC setting in the audio quality menu. I flipped the switch, and the static is gone. Glad it was an easy fix...I really was not looking forward to tracing out wires, etc.



June 22, 2017.   Issue No. 4,336.
Five of the usual RV suspects at my home field flew over to the Beacon Café at nearby Hicks airport (T67) for breakfast at 08:15 Wednesday morning. We seemed to have reached that part of the year where breakfast fly-outs are replacing lunch fly-outs due to the heat. It was nice seeing Christie again (her and husband Gene ran the restaurant on our home field several years back). Wonderful folks who we don't see enough!  Logged .3hrs.
  It felt good to fly in the morning and it also felt good to be back on the ground before the heat got unbearable.
  Wishing you a nice Thursday!


Shell Lake Burger Night ...Pete Howell

Andi and I have a goal to fly to as many burger burns and pancakes breakfasts as we can this summer. Been to quite a few already - Shell Lake, WI was on the agenda tonight, short flight on a beautiful evening.....continue


Milestone: -7 Empennage Finished! ...Frank Cordrey

I posted back in Jan. that I was going to start building (here).  I haven't posted since then and have been chipping away here and there. Well I'm finished with the empennage (except fiberglass tips)

It has been fun and frustrating all at the same time. I've learned a lot in the last 5 months and 160.5 hours. Lots to figure out all at the same time. I have messed up and had to reorder parts. A couple emails to Vans with problems and they would set me back on the right road. They have been great! I've got REALLY good at drilling out rivets.....not sure that is something to brag about but....

I found a tech counselor early on and he looked over my VS before I closed it up and was told I was doing fine keep going. I've tentatively scheduled another meeting with him to look over my project. Just want to be sure I'm doing things right.

My wing kit was ordered in March and came in on June 8th. It has been inventoried and I'll be working on it in the next couple months.


RV-10 N657FW ...begins

No pics yet, but tail kit has arrived and commencing on building my tables, doing the inventory and getting the shop ready to go...

Been waiting a long time for this...


RV-9 for Formation?

Q: After decades of dreaming, the stars are aligning and I'll be able to start building sometime this fall! I've had A LOT of false starts over the years, but fingers crossed that this is the time! My wife says I've been responsible for enough years that it's my turn to do something completely irrational, like build a plane.

I've pretty well settled on the RV9A for a variety of reasons that don't need to be rehashed here. I am curious though, while I have no real desire to flip upside down, formation flying is something I'd love to get into. It seems like most formation guys are flying anything but RV9s. Does that just say something about the guys who fly formation or the planes themselves? Would I really be hampered from flying formation if I fly a 9?

A: I know of three FFI Formation Pilots that fly the RV-9A. (Scoot, Cookie, and Gunner) It can and has been done. Falcon Flight Formation Team has an RV-9A in its group

A: If there is a lack of RV-9's in formation it doesn't have anything to do with the plane. I fly formation and even have a fix pitched prop. No problems

A: Ha! Yeah. For a non-acro show, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a -9. Ours has been flying the Falcon Flight show for years. Heck, after a couple of years in the same position, your wingman might just come to appreciate that it is just a little less twitchy in roll. In fact, it is scheduled to perform a show in a couple of weeks

A: Bandit Flight Team has two Yaks, an RV-14, several RV-8's, an RV-6, several RV-7's, an RV-4, and an RV-9. No issues with formation work

A: As already said, the RV9 is fine for the standard FFI formation flying (non-acro). As for possibly being more challenging than the other models, I don't think so. All models with the O-320 engine and fixed prop will be more challenging than the larger engine/constant speed models. It's just a mater of technique, anticipation and practice


Finishing External Window ...bruceh's take

Get some "pipe tape" at your local big box home improvement center store. It is a bit thicker (20 mils) than electrical tape and you can sand right down on top of it with no problem to get a nice edge.  My painter (after painting the canopy frame) used some black silicon sealant as a fillet along the edges of the fiberglass where it meets the plexiglass. It is probably around 1/16" wide at most, but it looks great and keeps the edge of the paint from chipping.



June 21, 2017.   Issue No. 4,335.

RV-8 Panel Upgrade Complete ...WingnutWick

So a few months ago I decided that I was sick of my old nasty cockpit an panel that was not complimentary to my otherwise beautiful 8. I was also tired of having an unreliable engine monitoring system with multiple broken plugs. I wanted to go digital as well as change many of the things that were bugging me with the original setup. I had ZERO experience with working with electricity or avionics but knew that I could use this as a learning experience while taking advantage of fantastic online resources like this fine site to make sure I am doing it correctly and safely. The other goal was to save significant money not only through doing the work myself but also through non-traditional avionics equipment: a hard mounted iPad behind the dash with quick release connectors and 2 AHRS that pump flight data to the iPad.  continue




Formation Flat Blowouts (now that's impressive!;^)) ...newt

To explain Eddie's last comment:

He and Glenn BOTH had flat tyres on landing at home base, about ten minutes apart from each other.  We're now sufficiently well trained that we can have formation tire blowouts.


Arizona Heat and RV-10 ...Dave Ford

Q: The Arizona heat is in the news recently and just curious how that has been affecting RV10 performance? Some commercial flights have been grounded.

A:  The RV-10 really has a lot of excess power and is not usually a problem during high density operations from an iarcraft performance standpoint. However, engine operating paramters can be easily exceeded, such as CHT's and oil temps, especially during the climb phase. Climbing at airspeeds high than usual, and allowing for step climbs can help if needed. Really paying attention to ground ops during the heat is important, like making sure to perform runups facing into the wind and minimizing taxi time.

A:  I had a 7 with IO 360 and used to fly it to work. The hottest I every took off was 117 degrees. No problems.  A word of caution, if you go to a higher altitude check the DA and your aircraft performance

A:  I can't speak to the RV10, but the overall performance of the RV series means less effect with high density altitudes. I flew Cessna for 40 years.... just like many others. Very hot days were very evident on takeoff in a Cessna with full fuel. Calculations and planning were imperative.
Now, as an RV owner... the added performance I experience on cool days, pay off in the heat. Even if I am back to the anemic 500 FPM climb rate I was used to in Cessna operations.... I am flying safely. I do see that I need to do some step climbs to keep CHT peaks within limits. But this is easy to accomplish.
When packing the plane, we often carry more than needed. I am sure the roomy RV10 can hold more than you might actually need for the flight.
Calculating partial fuel loads has an enormous effect. Liguids are HEAVY. Respect that fact in physics. In fact, we are heavy! I won't get into that here... but we are mostly liquid and fat... which translates to more lift needed.
On these hot days out west.... three things rule. 1. get up EARLY and fly.
2. Check fuel needed and don't top off if not required. 3. Check load in aircraft and adjust. THEN--- enjoy the best designed flying machines on the planet....

A:  I just flew back from Southern Utah and Colorado yesterday where we had daytime temps of 103F when we were there. As Vic said, the RV-10 has a lot of extra power in general. Certainly power and lift won't be the issue in Phoenix in an RV-10. Oil temps and CHT's may be. You'll have to be careful here.

On my recent trip my daughter landed at Leadville, CO. Pattern altitude is 10,727' MSL, with field elevation 9,933'. It was a warm day, so DA's were a couple thousand more at least. The RV-10 departed just fine with tons of runway remaining, and it was very neat to see the altimeter hit 10,000' within seconds of taking off. No issue with performance in the RV-10. We are very lucky as RV pilots that we can almost ignore performance charts. It's actually almost sad that it can make us poorer and more complacent pilots in that we have less to worry about and calculate.

For flying around Phoenix this week, I'd recommend basically not bothering doing it unless you have somewhere to go where it isn't as hot. It just won't be comfortable. If you do have to fly, do it in the a.m. You'll want to manage the flight by CHT and oil temp, adding forward speed in the climb. We climbed out at 125KTS to keep temps in check when we flew in the west the past few days. Altitude is your friend, so get there and stay there. LOP operation also is a great benefit to cooling. Just don't get yourself in a position around terrain where you are forced to climb quickly. That may cause you to mis-manage your engine.

Also, I'd have to say that after being in the 103F dry heat, I'd say it's still easier to tolerate than the 85-90F humid heat where we are. I got home and this week we're looking at 70's all week long. I wouldn't mind mixing some of our air with that down there so that being on the lake would be warmer.


Burnt Cowl...Dusyone -10

I had a customers RV-10 in the workshop last month for some upgrades and repairs. (new windscreen and Planaround door upgrade )
This particular RV-10 is 10 years old and has flown approx 1100 hrs.

The lower cowl exhibited external heat damage and on closer inspection the heat shielding was no longer doing its job and not covering enough of the cowl.
The heat shielding had been allowed to get stained over time and was no longer able to reflect any heat.


COMM Mic Feedback Whine? ...RidiGreyling

(traced to TWO Zulu 1 headsets)



June 20, 2017.   Issue No. 4,334.

VAF Charity Cap Sighting: Millennials Edition.
My daughter Audrey and her boyfriend Daniel.
Both on their phones - not talking to me.
(about the charity cap)

Advanced Formation Flying at Temora ...newt (Sydney, Australia)

Eddie (RV-7), Mal (RV-6A), Glenn (RV-7) and myself (RV-6) did a formation flying course in Sydney last November. It's a flight activity endorsement on a pilot license in Australia, all very formal and well organized, modulo the usual regulatory bureaucracy.

We've been out on weekends practicing, and wanted to get one of our instructors back to hone our skills, set us some new challenges, and generally step things up a notch.

So we brought Jeremy Miller from Mildura and Michael Jorgensen from Brisbane across to Temora in central NSW, and spent three days on it last weekend.  continue


New -14 Builder (possibly) ...Dave12

Hey fellers, I am thinking about moving up two notches to a 14. Yes, I am fixin to squeeze the trigger on a 14 (RV not mini, but I like those too). I have been pondering this for several years and have decided to make the decision at Kosh next month. I am wondering which prop, which engine, who has the deals, y'all know what I mean? I am fairly firm on Advance 5600's and Avidyne. Any and all advice is appreciated.

Proud Dad of a Navy Corpsman
FMF "Devil Doc" 2nd Marines
N588DF RV12 #336 Sold
N73DF RV12 #244 Flying


Vents ...1001001

I was in Japan for a couple of weeks last December, and in several vehicles there I saw these neat air vents that are like an eyeball, with a dial in the center that opens and closes a set of radial vanes to control air flow.  I wasn't sure where to find them until I rented a Chevy Sonic during a trip last month. Very similar to what I saw in Japan. I think the vehicles in Japan where I saw them were a Mazda and a BMW.

Now, they are rather large in diameter, and possibly too deep for an overhead console, but I am still considering them for the foward and rear fresh air vents. Bonus: They're pretty inexpensive, and probably available at an auto wrecking yard. I may pick one up just to see where I could make it fit.

Edited: Now that I look at these pictures, I see these are different than the ones I saw in Japan in that they have a folding butterfly behind the vanes to regulate airflow rather than the radial "petals" that rotate on their individual axes like I saw over there. I will now have to find those. I bet the "petal" ones aren't as deep, since the split butterfly has to have at least a depth equal to one radius of the opening...


DID YOU KNOW liability coverage on a builders risk policy can give you peace of mind? ...Leah (advertiser)

Builders policies protect your project from the unthinkable but have you thought about protecting yourself? By adding liability coverage to your builder’s risk policy, you will not only have coverage for the aircraft itself, but you will also have peace of mind. For example, if you are trailering your aircraft and it comes loose from the trailer, the project could become the least of your worries. What if part (or all) of the aircraft falls off the trailer and hits a car head on? How much damage could an aircraft in the middle of the interstate do? Liability coverage would help you in this situation. Liability insurance for builders risk policies is important for other reasons too, such as your aircraft causing a fire or someone being injured while helping to build or move the project. If you have your project covered, think about getting yourself covered as well.


Paint Crinkling ...rvdave

From time to time I run across this problem in painting and can't figure out what is causing this sporadic crinkling of the paint. Seems to be in the surface or primer or some contamination but have been cleaning it all the same. Looks like this:


Getting the FRZ PIN, Washington DC- just DO IT ...Lycosaurus

In order to fly in to the Washinton DC Flight Restricted Zone (FRZ) you need to have a unique PIN code that positively identifies you to the Potomac TRACON when you file a special flight plan (for both IN or OUT, as well as VFR or IFR).

In the last year or so, obtaining a PIN code has become somewhat easier, in that you do not need to be physically present in Washington, or have to circumnavigate the different government agencies and airports. You can be interviewed remotely, as well as more flexible locations for taking your fingerprints.

Being a Canadian living in Ottawa, my process required some travel for the fingerprinting part, however, other this, you should be able to follow the same procedures.

Here goes:


Progress! 10 steps forward, 2 steps back...bkervaski RV-14

We finished the vertical stab, rudder, horizontal stab, and elevators+trim tab .. started on the tail cone this weekend .. but dropped the bucking bar during a rivet and trashed the bottom skin .. ugh .. this hobby needs a therapy hotline!  [ed. I think you've reached it <grin>.  dr]



June 19, 2017.   Issue No. 4,333.

First flight for C-FIJT ...ackselle

So in February of 2014 I started building RV-7A s/n 74310. With a lot of help from Bill Funk, Rob Hickman, Mark Elste and all of you on this forum, C-FIJT took to the air fir the first time on June 16, 2017 at Steinbach airport (CJB3) with Bill Funk at the controls.

Here's a link to the first flight/ first landing video.

Special thanks to my wife Bev....without her support, I wouldn't have started. Now we plan to use our little plane together to fly between Winnipeg, MB, Mesa, AZ and Sarasota, FL...and other places just because.


Van's #9700 Flies ...pilotkms -7A

Yesterday 6/16 was first flite of my Vanessa. According to Van's site they claim 9,699 flyers. So I have identified mine as # 9,700. And the 1,581st RV7/A. Rocket Man Fred Laforge and RV9A Doug Kott were there for guidance. Short 30 minute flite. The RV grin was acquired, and still there today. Getting her set up and dialed in will be FUN. If u have a Dynon VPX panel, make sure u calibrate your flaps. Hope to be headed to OSH next month. Keep banging them rivets!


GMU for Father's Day

Three of us flew from the Asheville area to Greenville Downtown [GMU] for lunch today. Darwin took off right behind me from AVL and we demonstrated that his RV-4 is faster on climbout than a Lancair with it's gear down. Yup, like a dumb azz I forgot to raise my gear for a few minutes (how embarrassing for me). ATC actually had to de-conflict us so the RV-4 didn't chew my tail off!  continue


My Helper for Tonight.  She's Getting the Aviation Bug Early! ...CubedRoot

[ed. A really cute thread begins....   dr]


Avionics Going In ...Ron Gawer -12

It's been a while in the making, but I finally got my avionics mounted in my panel.


1800 Hr Borescope Pics ...Pete Howell

On the way home from the dad's day fly-in @ KTOB Andi and I took Niner-pop-hotel over 1800 hrs. So I dropped the oil, checked the filter, checked compression, and scoped the valves.

Filter was clean, compressions were above 77/80 on all cylinders, and the valves looked pretty good - plugs were clean, too. #4 cylinder clearly got into the Spotted Cow........

O-320/Carb/EI/Mogas/Lots of LOP.  more pics


Tire observation ...PilotBrent -12

Just replaced my original tires at 355 hours. Might still look new for Vlad, but after a couple of rotations, it was time. Both are Aero Classic 5.00-5s from Van's.

The used tire, is actually a little bigger than the new one when its placed side by side. Clearly the used one has less rubber, but I guess being under pressure for three years or so, weaken's them and they permanently stretch out some? Anyhow, might not be news, but something I hadn't seen before.


Fuel Tanks - Part Duex, Is it a comedy or tragedy? ...PilotjohnS

Tank assembly begins!
The bottom stiffeners were installed per the plans. I mixed up 1 gram of Proseal per linear inch, and this was just about right, taking into account losses from leaving stuff on the mixing plate, smeared on the ceiling, etc. Did I mention this stuff gets everywhere?

The next day, I mixed up another batch of Proseal per the instructions, and using the baggy technique, applied it to the ribs. I then cleco'd the ribs to the bottom skin using a cleco in every hole.  ...


Special Request from a VAF Reader
[ed. In striving to keep the signal-to-noise ratio in the forums as RV-specific as possible, I am happy to post a non-RV personal request like the one here occasionally on the front page when emailed to me.  v/r, ]

17.2 Acres for sale ...Jim Pappas   jimpappas13@gmail.com
17.2 ACRES OF SMOKY MOUNTAIN HILLSIDE WITH GORGEOUS VIEWS AND YOU CAN WALK TO IT FROM JACKSON COUNTY AIRPORT.  Build your dream home or subdivide this land. Endless possibilities.  Currently 1 parcel , 17.2 acres zoned AG. County has said it can be subdivided up to 6 homesites. Located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina between the Blue Ridge Parkway and The Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Close to precious historic downtown of Sylva , Dillsboro , Waynesville and less than 50 miles from Ashville, NC.  Near WCU, Jackson County Airport, and all the action and fun, yet serene privacy and a bold creek on 17.2 acres with a Jackson County TAX VALUE almost $200K. Asking price only $121,000 or OBO.  Owner is a licensed real estate broker in IL and SC.

1799 Little Savannah Rd. Sylva, NC 28779 (GoogleMap link)



June 16, 2017.   Issue No. 4,332.
  My A&P buddy Randy 'Monkey' Richmond is "looking for an uncut (newish) RV-8 fuel injection (no scoop) engine cowling.  Maybe you went with a James cowl instead and you still have the vans cowl laying around?"   Can anyone help Randy out?
  Gonna be hot here in Texas this weekend.  Hope a little cooler where you are.  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

Propwash (16X).  Click to enlarge


Route 66 Trip Advice ...Allen Rice -9A

Planning a Route 66 trip this Fall, Chicago Midway to Santa Monica in my 9A. Any suggestions on mandatory 'can't miss' stops and preferred mountain routes? We are going to take our time and do a lot of sightseeing/pictures along the way. Thanks.


Cabin Top- Carbon Fiber Overhead to paint transition ...ERushing RV-10

The Aerosport overhead console is finally mounted on the cabin top and I'm starting to work on the cabin top cosmetics and overhead to cabin top transition.

For those who have kept the carbon fiber look, how have you made the transition from carbon fiber overhead to paint on the cabin top above and around the door opening? I'm struggling with how to make the transition along the shadow line of the overhead console look good and not have a ridge of paint or overhead clear coat.

Any advise would be appreciated.

In the photo below, the shadow line will be the bottom edge of the green fine line tape. I'll sand the clear coat between the green tape and the raw carbon fiber/ flox blend line. I'm planning to put a single piece of thin fiberglass tape over the transition and then micro to near the shadow line. Sand smooth, fill, paint. But that transition from the actual shadow line to the paint has me perplexed. I'm planning to use a single stage PPG product for paint so no clear coat on the paint.


Mothership Stats


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June 15, 2017.   Issue No. 4,331.

My friend Rob working on baffles and intakes...


Stars and Bars Going On ...Boomer506

The letters and numbers are vinyl applications from the local FastSigns shop, but the stars and bars were masked by hand. It wasn't as difficult as I thought in might be.


Puddle Jumping 2 - The Sequel ...Mark Albery

The Prologue

Some of you here may recall my RV-8 flight from L.A. to the UK in 2013 when my time working on the Tesla Model S finished and I returned home to the UK in my RV-8.

Soon after that happened I got a call to join another automotive start-up in the Bay area which has now grown to be Lucid Motors; going well but still a couple of years from production.

There was no time to arrange getting the RV-8 back, so I made arrangements to get friends to take care of it and keep it in good airworthy condition. That went through a few cycles of partners coming and going and came to a head recently when my current partnership was about to end due to him getting a job offer, also in the US.

Decision time. Do I try to find another partner, sell the RV, pickle it and store it away or bring it back to the US. You've probably already guessed the answer!

I sold the RV-4 that I bought on my return to the US in 2013 (thanks DR for helping with that, there'll be a token of appreciation in my next donation).  continue


New Guy Chimes In ...'rplittle' Bob (Seattle)

Hi all. I figured I'd introduce myself and share a trip report since this forum has helped me recently. My name is Bob Little, and I'm a new owner of an RV-6A as of two weeks ago!

I heard of VAF over a decade ago while going to college and dreaming of owning an RV some day. I remember Paul and some other folks coming out in their RV's to my college in San Luis Obispo probably around 2004 to give rides to those of us in an aircraft construction class. Since that time, I haven't been on here much until recently when I was finally able to start shopping for an RV. When it was looking more and more like I would actually be buying an RV, I paid my dues (thank you, Doug!) and started using the forums to learn. Man there's a lot of information on here!

I found an RV-6A in Locust Grove, GA that had been finished up by Kent Gorton in 2014. After many phone conversations and quite a few prayers later, I purchased a one-way ticket from Seattle to Atlanta and headed off. Reading the positive reviews about Kent on this forum gave me added comfort as I headed to Atlanta.

After about a day and a half of inspecting and flying the airplane, I completed the purchase and headed back towards the west coast! After two days and just over 20 hours of flying, I made it back home to North Bend, OR (KOTH). A few days later, I was able to fly the airplane up to work in Seattle for the first time. What is usually about a 7 hour drive for me is now about 2 hours from engine start to engine shut down!

I'm looking forward to getting to know folks on VAF more, and hope to get to see some VAF folks in the Seattle and Southern Oregon Coast area!  More pics


Dog copilot ...Norcalrv7

Rebel, my girlfriends bulldog is my hangar and flying buddy while she is at her real job.  (and) His favorite toy, which is about the only thing on this planet he can't chew up.



June 14, 2017.   Issue No. 4,330.

10 Minute Therapy Session Before Work...(click to enlarge)


June 2017 - Capital to Capital (Washington DC) ...Lycosaurus

Ottawa to Washington DC

I have wanted to visit Washington D.C. for the longest time. My first visit was many years ago (I was 18 then, can you believe it) with my high school friend Jack. We managed a trip to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and I remember how I was in awe of the space ship displays.  (multiple parts - continue)


Mitch Lock Says Thanks

To everyone who attended the fly in on Saturday,

With all of our hearts, my family and I wish to thank you so very much for taking your time to come and share this day with us. Old memories were relived and new ones were made. It truly was one of the best days of my life.

A special thanks go out to the folks who talked with my wife and daughter about our move. She was unbelievably touched by your concern and compassion over such a tremendous change in life. The support you have shown her is priceless.

I cannot even begin to thank Helen Woods, owner of Chesapeake Sport Pilot. Her dedication to Van's Aircraft is unparalleled and her friendship is a valued treasure.

To Steve Koziol of EAA Chapter 1384 and Mike Regan, thank you guys for taking your time and efforts to organize this event. It would not have been such a great day without your touch.

So it's off to Oregon with a new adventure in aviation and a new chapter of life. I thank God everyday that my life's book still has many pages yet to be read.

Bless you all!

Mitchell Lock
President Van's Aircraft


In the French Alps ...trackdom


Old newbie ...Rick from Tyner, NC (retired Army Officer)

I've owned an empennage and wing kit for "years".  Life got in the way. Last builder log entry was 9/11/01- I had finally found time to get started. Well the next 12 years were a little busy, multiple deployments. Now retired, relocated want to try again. BUT, do I need to get fresh rivets? Will my sheet metal parts still be ok to use? Do I throw it all in the trash and start with a new kit. Bought and viewed the updated Orndorf build videos but have lots of questions. Thanks.


5 RV-10's fly to Quebec City ...Ivan Kristensen

Many months ago while at a BBQ in Ohio I floated the idea to a few of my flying buddies of an RV-10 weekend flying trip. After a few "adult" beverages at the Combs' Pig Roast in Canal Winchester the idea of a June trip to Quebec City was born.

On Thursday June 8th. 5 couples and 5 RV-10's assembled at the Waterloo regional Airport (CYKF) in SW'ern Ontario Canada to prepare for the 438nm trip to Quebec City (CYQB).  ...


Status Report ...crabandy

Several tanks of fuel later, #4 cylinder dropped 15* and is now right in line with #3 in climb and all cylinders in cruise. Oil temp is close to the same, the lower duct was consistently showing .25 inch H2O less pressure than the lower cowling at cruise speeds. No speed difference was found, structurally everything as installed.

One difference noted, oil temp increases with a power reduction and increased airspeed in descents. I need to measure the upper face of the oil cooler and see how it compares to upper plenum pressure.

I modified the lower duct from mostly constant area to an expanding duct, I sliced off a portion of the duct leaving the attatchment and cowling/engine mount interference points.


Where to start after long hiatus? ...Orlando, FL

I've got an RV-7 project that I've been away from for several years and I'm ready to get started on it again, but I've been out for so long I don't know where to get started again. All sheet metal is complete, canopy complete, basic interior complete, fiberglass work complete except for finish prep.

I'm basically at the point where I'm ready to work on the instrument panel and the firewall forward. Basic wiring and a couple of instruments are installed in the panel but nothing else.

This may seem silly, but I'm not sure where to start back again in order to get the momentum going to 'completion'...



June 13, 2017.   Issue No. 4,329.
  Bob 'Skykingbob' Corriveau was in town yesterday for work. When I pulled up to the hangar in the morning he was parked in front waiting on me (he might already be back home as I type this). It's always good to see my friend from the NE with the 'funny accent'. Turns out he was driving Jim 'izzybear''s car.  Interesting how RV folks touch base before trips and find a way to work some RV stuff in there.
  Bob, great seeing you and wish you could have stayed longer...and tell Izzy not to be such a stranger! 

This spider is in for one heck of a surprise...

RV-7 Status Report ...Carlos in AZ

First light for project. My son Alonzo (12 yrs old) helped me re-position the fuse yesterday.


Mothership's New 'East Coast Guy'

(from the mothership FB page)
"Van's is excited to announce that Vic Syracuse has agreed to take over duties as Van's East Coast representative from Mitch Lock.

Vic lives at Mallards Landing in Georgia with his wife Carol, and is lucky enough to have his son and his family right across the runway from him! He learned to fly while stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB, soloing in 1977. Since then he has amassed over 8500 hours in 70 different kinds of aircraft, with almost 4000 of that in RV's. He has built 11 different aircraft, starting with his first RV-4 in 1981, followed by an RV-6, RV-7A, RV-8, 2 RV-10's, 3 Kitfoxes, a Prescott Pusher, and a Just SuperStol. Vic is a DAR for 7 Southeastern States, and holds a Commercial License with multiengine and seaplane ratings, a CFII, and an A&P certificate.

Vic is also the author of the monthly "Checkpoints" column in Kitplanes magazine, and a member of the EAA Homebuilt Council. Vic also flies as part of a Stearman Formation team, performing in airshows across the Southeast.
He is also the owner-operator of Base Leg Aviation, baselegaviation.com

Vic will look after the care and feeding of our RV-12 S-LSA and RV-14A East Coast demo airplanes. These will be operated out of Henry County airport (KHMP) just west of Hampton, GA, about 16nm South of Atlanta.

Vic can be reached at 404-307-5133 or vicsyracuse (at) gmail.com

Welcome aboard, Vic."


Oil leaking from Sniffle Valve ...Aussieflyer

My aircraft has now flown 110 hrs and I have changed my oil from Mineral oil to Shell 100W 5 hours ago. ( Vans supplied IO-390 )

I am now getting oil dripping on the floor from the Sniffle Valve.  This is approximately the same amount I was getting when I tried to change from Mineral oil to 100W at 50 hrs, I was advised then to put the mineral oil back in and run for another 50 hrs.  Oil consumption while running on Mineral oil is approx 2 qts every 25 hrs and no dripping at all from Sniffle Valve.

Why does this happen when I change the oil ?  Can anyone advise what action I can take ?


RV and EAA help beyond

My wife Judie had to go to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mn. I reached out on the forum for help and we got it in spades. First Ronn said he might have hangar space then Rich and Cindy said they did have space for sure. Rich made all the promises and then went fishing and Cindy met us, put us in the hangar and took care of us all week. A tour of Rochester, took us out to dinner and delivered us back to the airport to leave. Joe picked me up at the hotel so I could get my airplane cleaned up for departure and stayed with me because transient pilots can't be left alone on the Rochester airport. Dick listened to my stories and offered margaritas. All of this because we own a RV. Judie's results from the clinic were very good and I want to thank all of these folks for making a stressful situation much easier. Rich, Cindy wants a new ceiling fan and I told her you would get it for her. Hope to see all of you at Oshkosh. Thanks and Thanks!


Pics from the 5th Annual Mid-Atlantic / Mitch Lock Fly-In


RV-14A Status Report ...kiljoy

So I've picked my side for priming. I'm going with a straight rattle can as you can see in the pics before you:


Here's the Competition... ...ronshcreck

In the 1970s and 1990s the Pitts reigned supreme in IAC and World aerobatic competition. And then came the monoplanes! Now the dominant aircraft in the Advanced and Unlimited categories are known as Panzl, Staudacher, Lasar, Extra, MX and others. Most of the "legacy" aircraft that once dominated the upper reaches are still being flown but the majority are now in the Sportsman and Intermediate classes along with the RVs ...



Based on over 32 years of experience as a pilot and FAA A&P/IA, Bill Ross’ new book,
Engine Management 101 gives pilot/owners proven tips and insights into how to get more performance, reliability and value out of their piston aircraft engine.

Coppell, TX, (June 09, 2017) — Scott Hayes, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Superior Air Parts, Inc., announced today that the company has published “Engine Management 101” written by the its V.P. of Product Support, Bill Ross.

“This year Superior Air Parts is celebrating 50 years of producing FAA-approved PMA parts that help make flying more affordable,” Hayes said. “What better way to highlight our commitment than to capture all of Bill’s knowledge and experience in ways to extend the life of a airplane engine and put them in a book that’s both educational and fun to read?”

With over 32 years of experience as an FAA A&P/IA technician and thousands of hours as a pilot and aircraft owner, Bill Ross has quite an interesting story to tell.

“I’ve spent my entire career around piston aircraft engines, either as a charter pilot, A&P/IA or working for an aircraft engine manufacturer,” Ross said. “I’ve see just about everything an owner can throw at their aircraft engine and have learned the right ways to operate and maintain an engine to avoid all the major problems. That’s the insight I’ve put in this book."

Ross explained that Engine Management 101’s 144 pages divided into 11 chapters packed with valuable information on subjects ranging from Choosing the right mechanic, to Improving engine operations, to Cylinder compression testing, to How PMA parts help owners save money, and much more.

“There’s a lot of great information in the book. But, when you distill it all down, my message is simple: ‘The purpose of scheduled maintenance is to prevent unscheduled maintenance,’” he said. “While it may go against the grain of some so-called engine experts, that’s what I truly believe.”

“That’s why getting this book into the hands of other pilot/owners is a dream come true for me,” Ross said. “If it helps just a few owners get their engines safely to TBO, then it has done its job.”

Engine Management 101 will debut at this year’s Oshkosh AirVenture as part of Superior Air Part’s 50th anniversary and ongoing forum series. Everyone who attends a Superior Forum will receive a free copy of the 144 page book.

“From our Millennium Cylinders to our FAA-PMA replacement parts, to our XP-Engines, Superior is all about providing exceptional products at true value prices,” Hayes said. “Our forums are an opportunity for Bill to share his valuable insights during AirVenture and Engine Management 101 is a way for owner/pilots to continue to learn long after.”

The free, 45-minute forum sessions will be held at the Superior Air Parts tent (#257), located just north of the Bendix/King Hangar B. Forum times are 9:00, 11:00 and 12:30, Monday through Friday.

For more information and complete forum schedule, visit: www. http://superiorairparts.com/about-us/event/oshkoshforums2017/

About Superior Air Parts, Inc.

Superior Air Parts, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Superior Aviation Group. Founded in 1967, Superior Air Parts is the leading manufacturer of FAA approved aftermarket replacement parts for Lycoming and Continental aircraft engines. In addition, the company manufactures the FAA certified Vantage Engine and the XP-Series Engine family for experimental and sport aircraft builders. For more information, visit: www.superiorairparts.com

Dale Smith
Media Relations Representative
Superior Air Parts, Inc.



June 12, 2017.   Issue No. 4,328.
  A couple of us flew RVs from 52F out to Mineral Wells (KMWL) to try Natty Flat BBQ (401 SW 1st St, Mineral Wells, TX 76067).  About as nice an experience as you could ask for!  Called Unicom 10 miles out and they had the crew car keys on the counter and the sign in sheet turned around facing us with a pen ready when we walked in.  Brenda handed us a map and fueled the planes from the truck while we ate.  The food was OUTSTANDING.  You kinda figure it's going to be good when you have this exchange at the FBO, "You going to Natty Flats?"  Yes.  "Here's a $10 bill...would you please get me some ribs?"  I'd be happy to! ;^)
  Took some pictures with the iPhone - of note is the menu and the map on the wall at the FBO showing all the staging fields that were used during the Vietnam War.  Mineral Wells is where 95% of helicopter pilots got their initial training.  The staging areas around Mineral Wells matched exactly the bases they would fly to/from in Vietnam.  Google it.
  Great food.  Smooth air above 3,500.  A new food stop is in the rotation. 
  Hope you had a great RV weekend, also.   


PIREP from the Mid-Atlantic/Mitch Lock Gathering

Sunburn, burgers, dogs and somewhere North of 75 RVs were in attendance to wish Mitch and his family a HARDY SENDOFF to the great northwest (otherwise known as the birthplace of RV Country!! An accurate count of arriving RV's was lost after 75 due to the continuous onslaught of arrivals and rumor that our parking crew ran out of fingers and toes to help keep track!

Mitch Lock

It is no surprise that the attendance records were shattered from our previous Mid-Atlantic Gathering which reflects the admiration, love and appreciation we all have for this man who has been our friend and now heads off to command Vans Aircraft. Mitch was presented a wooden plaque by Helen Woods "owner of Chesapeake Sport Pilot" that depicted the Maryland flag and a crab as a reminder of his Maryland heritage. Mitch also was honored with our EAA Chapter 1384 polo shirt. Mitch thanked the 120 plus pilots and guests in attendance and was touched by the heart felt tribute.  ...


RV7 on Beach ...seattleworm pics

Landed on and took off from WA beach. RV can do it!  ...


RV-Lancair Brotherhood Day ...continues <g>

Owen and I met at Rutherfordton Co. [KFQD] for lunch at 57 Alpha Cafe. It's a quaint little place with about ten chairs inside, and some rocking chairs and picnic tables outside. Closed Mondays. (There was another beautiful blue RV-6 there, but the couple left before I could snap a photo.)


N26ED relocated from ksua to khfd ...turbo

...thursday looked like decent wx to fly ifr from florida to connecticut. i filed 9,000', had some diversions around some lines of wx in florida.  pics


Making a Bit of Metal

...update.  I finally got an afternoon free to pull a cylinder--the #2. The second cam lobe looked pristine. But here's what the forward-most lobe looks like:


My 4th IAC Aerobatic Contest! ...RV8Squaz

I just returned from my 4th IAC aerobatic contest, the Bear Creek Bash, held in Rome, Georgia this past weekend! As in previous contests, it was a ton of fun and tremendously rewarding! Once again it was great to see those familiar faces again and meet some new ones. However, this contest was a little different experience for me in so many ways. First, it was hosted by my home chapter, IAC 3. This was my first contest outside of Florida and it was only 60nm from my home. I also played a very minor role as Assistant Contest Director. Assistant CD just means help the CD wherever I could. I got to monitor the Unicom, welcome the arrivals, and get them parked. I also ensured the waiver was signed and organized the practice slots.  continue



June 9, 2017.   Issue No. 4,327.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 

Fifth Annual Mid-Atlantic Gathering of RV's - And Mitch Lock Day - June 10th

"Please join us at Chesapeake Sport Pilot (W29) Saturday, June 10th from 10-2 for a celebration and send off party for our friend Mitch Lock as he moves into a new roll at Van Aircraft."

Heads up for W29, Bay Bridge Airport, they have a some noise abatement procedures that everyone is asked to follow. Most important to know is that the left pattern for Rnwy 29 is a 2nm offset from the runway (2nm X-Wind and 2nm Base legs). Use the water tower South of the runway for guidance.

Runway 29 Departures / Arrivals
•Climb to 700 feet and 1 mile before turning X-Wind.
• Extend X-Wind to 2 miles before turning downwind, reference water tank for turns.
• Avoid over flight of Bay City neighborhood (depicted as yellow area south of airport).

Runway 11 Departures
•Turn left 10 degrees when able and follow Route 50 on climb-out.
• Departing aircraft climb to 1,000 feet before turning.


Radar Altimeter Functionality for < $200 ...Brantel

Disclaimer: This project is for fun only. No we don't really need this on our airplanes. No I don't plan to use it to shoot approaches. Use at your own risk. Yes it is a total waste of time and money. Yes I am a GEEK!

Saw a quick mention in this thread about LIDAR and went investigating.....

Found that Garmin sells a small and very lightweight eye safe infrared laser distant measurement sensor for $149.99.

So I just had to try one and see how it works. This is an OTS solution that could be done slightly cheaper if you wanted to assemble your own boards.

Simple hookup to an Arduino Uno ($24.95) with 4 wires and I was up and running. I used the I2C interface so I could have access to the many setup parameters inside the unit.  continue


Bored with building or flying around the pattern?

Life can be far more exciting, just try trailering your plane. If you do enough stuff wrong, life can definitely get more exciting!! Maybe even more than you really wanted.  ...


Special Request from m VAF Reader

VAF Community,

Hello. You may recognize me from many of my post in the forums. I wanted to let the VAF community know that I have started a new side job ferrying airplanes and here is why. At the age of 41 I decided it was finally time to do what I have always wanted to do, become a professional pilot. Thanks to the current high demand in the airlines (also a very supportive wife) and beyond, now was the time to make a move.

This winter I completed my instrument training and check ride in my RV7. Last month I finished my commercial training and check ride in an Arrow. I am currently training for my CFI and then CFII (which will be done in the RV).

As a way to make a little money, but mostly as a time builder, I have started ferrying airplanes on the side. To date, I have flown many different types of airplanes and wanted to offer my services to the VAF community should you be in need of having an aircraft repositioned.

Please visit my site alpharomeoaviation.com.


Ryan Allen

[ed. In striving to keep the signal-to-noise ratio in the forums as RV-specific as possible, I am happy to post a mostly non-RV personal request like the one above up here on the front page when emailed to me.  v/r, ]


Nice RV-4 Panel...Jesse

This panel just flew for the first time yesterday. Not room for much more in this one.


Neat trick in tight spaces

Does anyone know of a trick to use to tighten or loosen nuts in a confined space like this?  I don't seem to be able to even get a crows foot on it.  How are you guys doing this?



June 8, 2017.   Issue No. 4,326.

RV-7A N23VC Out of the Paint Shop ...photo shoot

Robert Ellis' RV-7A is fresh out of GLO Custom at my home field, and I was lucky enough to see it out on the ramp yesterday before it was picked up.  I asked Grady if I could shoot a few pictures

What a gorgeous airplane!  The pics don't do it justice. 


1st flight ...Alain Van Severen (France)

On Sunday 4 June I flew my RV-7 after a 7 years build.


RV-Lancair Brotherhood Day ...another outing

As I was closing the canopy to do some boring touch and goes at AVL, my RV buddy walked up and asked if I wanted to to the Western Part of NC. Heyal yeah! So we both launched off and flew down the Blue Ridge Parkway at 8,500'. Our first stop was Macon County [1A5]. I had never been there before.  ...


Randy's Improved Taco Cart

Randy 'Monkey' Richmond's day job is aircraft mechanic (Richmond Aircraft Service), so this stuff gets used for hours each day.  He recently added a backboard to his 'taco cart', something continually tweeked.  This latest addition seems pretty appealing.  He let me takes some pics.

Click on each image to enlarge...

Custom flashlight holder...

The back is for rulers and stuff...

Aluminum channel modded to hold socket extensions...

Aluminum channel modded to hold screwdrivers

Wood tilted enough to see the top of the socket.



June 7, 2017.   Issue No. 4,325.
  I took a picture of my friend Rob 'Mashy' Reece before he went for a short RV-7 flight Tuesday around 0745.  I went up for a couple of minutes myself before plopping down at the computer, nabbing a digital image of (5) turkeys in a recently cut field - long lens.  Sorry for the shoddy quality....I was focusing on other things <g>.  Hope you had a nice Tuesday.

Larger pics


N. Fox Island part 2 ...Paul K

Circled the island once then set up for the landing. Beautiful view, difficult to stay on task and not look around at the beaches and water. ...


N Fox Island part 3  ...Paul K

We heard reports of snakes, lots of snakes, but none to be seen!

The walk to the beach only takes about a minute and is an easy downhill trail. There is a marker at the bottom to help find the trail back up but in reality, the beach ends at the trail head, only clear to the East. Rocky and swampy to the West.  ...


"The River" ... filming with an RV ...Richard Welch (U.K.)

Here's my latest film, Made with a combination of boats, drones ,,,, and an RV-6

Hope you like it


Paint Data Point...Chris Pratt RV-8

For those thinking about what brand of paint to use on their RV, I’ll give you a data point to consider.

The pictures below show my exterior paint after today’s flight through rain. Paint is 12 years old:
- water still beads
- never been waxed
- always hangared except for 10 Oshkosh visits and a few other trips.

Paint is Sherwin Williams AcryGlo. Yes, I have the usual hangar rash and paint does get thinner with age, but overall still looks good and garners compliments. I’ve been pleased with it. Hopes this helps.


Engineers- Check my math

i've been plugging away at my RV-14 and I've run into a snag. After installing the main landing gear and performing the toe-in/toe-out measurements it appears that my left landing gear has a twist in it resulting in 2.8 degrees of toe-in. I decided to machine myself a shim to take the twist out (I have the equipment, so why not!). I installed the shim and it went on no problem. It got me thinking about the preload I might be putting on the bolts with the 2.8 degrees of deflection. I reached out to Van's. I spoke with Gus who in turn spoke to engineering. His response was engineering felt it should be fine, but he thought it was best to replace the gear. There shipping me out a new gear leg today. As a side hobby i've been trying to learn more about mechanical engineering. So I decided to try and run some calculations of my own to see how how much pre-load, particularly in shear I am putting on the bolts with the shim. I used an online beam stress calculator to run my calculations. Am I in the ballpark?  ...



June 6, 2017.   Issue No. 4,324.

First flight of N696VA...waterboy2110

Flew the first flight today. I can't express how well this plane flies. I decided to rent the SLSA from Scanlon and flew with Will. He's a great CFI and for all you NorCal folks I would recommend him. We did some slow flight, stalls and after three landings it was time to fly the C152 home to KCCR and bring out the RV-12.  Will said he's taught a lot of people in the 12 and he felt I was ready good to go. I told him I'd write a check for that statement. ...


N245JM no longer project only, now a flying machine! ...Johan

N245JM took to the air Thursday May 25. It surpassed all my expectations, performed very well, temps stayed within limits and was easy to fly and land. The whole experience was awesome. It is a beast!!! It has now flown close to 10 hours, not a single issue, still running high power to break engine in.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank VAF and all its members. It will be impossible to say how many ideas (MANY) were implemented during the build, the endless stream of advice and knowledge expressed on this website that has proven to be of great value as well as the encouragement to keep going.

I would like to thank SteinAir who built my panel. Everything in that panel worked as it should. Everything that did not work was through my ignorance and stupidity. I am especially grateful that after about 2 years after receiving my panel they still take my calls and e-mails, answer my questions and give good advice and guidance patiently. Thank you Doyle!!

Thank you to my family for their support!! I was blessed to have some of my family present. (Wife, daughter and grand daughter)

Thanks to all on this website. I am a blessed and happy man!


Stephenville for an RV Lunch  ...pics

(5) RVs made the short flight from the DFW area for lunch at the Hard Eight BBQ in Stephenville Monday.  It's been a long time - too long!

I stopped in Mineral Wells (KMWL) on the way for fuel ($3.50).  Forecast VCTS after lunch had us threading around some of the Florida-like afternoon pop ups, but no big deal.  Chris and Sid both had planes with Wx onboard and they were sharing headings and suggested routes.  Worked out fine, and the rain-cooled air was a nice treat.  We're really greening up around here.

Great seeing friends I don't get to see enough.  Great food.

See the pics...

Ground Track Link
courtesy AirPRS.com

Chris Pratt's Write-up


North Fox Island, MI ...Paul K trip report

During a visit for a family funeral, my son and his wife came home from Vandenberg AFB and as an added bonus, stayed with us for a couple extra days. His wife left early for Denver to pick up the kids from grand parents but David, had a couple of extra days so we spent them together as much as we could including some flying!  ...


Zero oil pressure ...RV-12

After changing all of the hoses per the 5-year recommendation, I started the engine to check for any leaks and the alarm went off, showing zero oil pressure. I did not have any issues with the sending unit up to that time.  I have read previous blogs, going back for some years and not sure what the consensus is for the best sending unit replacement. I have logged 260 hours and have the Dynon 180 efis.  I intend to move the sending unit to the firewall as has been recommended by many.


Danielle Olson - 16yr Old Solo Milestone ...Tim's daughter


Status Report ...kentlik 7A

Here is how the bend point came out. I need to add some more bend to the flange that goes under but other than that I think I am good. Not perfect, but acceptable.


Bandit Flight Team Flyover ...video

Attached is Bandit Flight Team's National Anthem flyover of the All Star a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

-- Josh Staples



June 5, 2017.   Issue No. 4,323.
  If you're in the N. Texas area and would like to meet in Stephenville (KSEP) for BBQ at the Hard Eight Monday the 5th, rumor has it a few RVs from the DFW area will be headed that way.  The usual plan is for those in attendance to begin walking from this spot towards the food at exactly 1130.  Wx may scrub all plans.  Those enroute will monitor 122.75 MHz.  Consider yourself both briefed and invited! 

VAF Poster 'TeamFAS' with his "two 3s"

(an email from his father)
VAF member Lt. Keith Stock (my son) with his RV-3 parked by an E-3 (AWACS). His day job in the the Air Force is as an E-3 copilot. This piture was taken May 20, 2017 at Tinker Air Force base in Oklahoma City at the annual open house.


Long term Tie-down Tips ...Auburntsts

Well it looks like a year from now we'll be moving to Ft Myers, FL. The bad news is there's a 3-year wait list for hangars at Page (FMY). So no matter what, my RV-10 will have to live outside for a prolonged period of time (I'm still not sure how to break this news to her )

So for those who tie their planes down on the ramp, are there any products that I should be looking into (especially with OSH coming up) to help my 10 survive the FL climate until a hangar opens up?

I have a good gust lock (Anti-Splat Aero), cowl plugs, and a Bruce's Custom Cover (but it's a travel cover):

Note: this is an old pic, she has since been painted.


Pics from the Bakersfield Annual Fly-In ...Bruce Hill 9A

Flew in, ate and had a nice time.  The tri-tip was delicious!


RV14A - N225HK ...new guy checks in

(Andrew Kilroy...San Fran)
Hi Everybody,

So finally after years have gotten the universe aligned up just right and have
started my RV14 build. The stars aligned, I found a hangar and friends to help and my wife approved.

I couldn't be happier and I only wish I didn't sleep so that I could spend all night working to get her in the air sooner.

I've got a few pics of the empennage arrival and the very first clecos. Most of the time I'll just be uploading time compressed raw video log of the build along with some voiced over commentary. Its mostly so that when I build my next plane I'll have myself from the past there to help me not make the same mistakes twice. I'll be posting these on here as well.

Continued thanks to the Vans Air Force community at large. I couldn't do this without help from such a helpful group of good people.


Purchased Flying RV6 Flight Back to Alaska ...mbauer

PAPG to PAYA (Petersburg to Yakutat, Alaska)
After topping off with fuel at the Petersburg Temsco Helicopter FBO, pushed the RV to the West end of the apron to do a little laptop flight planning.

WX still looked good. Since there were a few clouds developing an overcast layer up high, decided to verify Yakutat was still good.

One of the great briefing tools we have here in Alaska is the FAA Webcam website: http://avcams.faa.gov/

If you visit the above page, you can see that even BC Canada has a few. Great to see the weather conditions.  ...

Photos Added


Paint Shot ...Steve Melton

...view from the trailing quarter as requested. windy day. rudder has centering springs


Aerobatic Contest Results: Coalinga Western Showdown June 2-3, 2017 ...Gash

I just returned from the Western Showdown aerobatic contest in Coalinga, California. There was a great turnout with some very full categories. We had 16 pilots in Sportsman (15 competing and 1 for the patch). The weather was perfect and we all had a blast! I had the only RV there...hoping for more soon! I'm getting many comments from people who would really like to see more RVs flying in contests. There's lots of untapped opportunity here for competition, fun, and good old pilot camaraderie.


RV-10 N657FW ...new guy checks in

(Michael Meyer....Titusville, FL)
No pics yet, but tail kit has arrived and commencing on building my tables, doing the inventory and getting the shop ready to go...

Been waiting a long time for this...


Close Out on Voltage Regulator Move ...Keith Williams RV-12

Mike and Joe, the VR move is finished. Two comments in closing:

1. You were right in your first stab at why fuses were blowing. When I got the wires all the way back out I found that the scraped part I had noticed was, indeed, all the way through to a short.  Lesson - follow the Vans instructions about protecting the wires by putting some sort of shield in when pulling wires through that tight spot. (Or make another hole.)

2. I installed the JD type regulator purchased on line ($23, free shipping). The hook-up was easy with your info in previous posts. It seems to be working better than the Ducati - 14.2 volts instead of 13.8 and seems to do it at a lower engine speed than I remember with the Ducati.

Again....what a great resource this forum is. Thanks for your help.


Interesting antiques ...Matt

While browsing through an architectural salvage store in Portland, I found this pair of gems...


3D Printed RV-8 Mirror Housing ...Steve Melton



June 2, 2017.   Issue No. 4,322.
  I'd like to give a big shout out to our son Tate for making a 90 on his Algebra II Pre-AP final (last day as a sophomore was Thursday).  The Tater put in some long hours prepping for this and should be recognized for the big deal it is.  Outstanding Tater!!!
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 

K-Rod Returns to the Air!!!

Got the following text Wednesday from local RV guy and friend Kay Frizzell.  Due to a broken leg and subsequent surgery, he hadn't flown PIC in his RV in 121 days.

Fast forward to Thursday morning (below).  We're very happy for our good friend and wish him thousands of RV flights in the future.

In addition to the pic above, please enjoy the 37 sec video below using my iPhone's slo-mo feature.   In 720pHD.  That 200hp FI engine sounds neat in slo-mo.

Kay is back! 



The Shrinking Exit ...DanH

I happened to be looking up some old data from past tests, and just out of curiosity, ran the numbers for coefficient of pressure as defined in NASA CR3405, to wit:

(plenum static pressure less freestream static) / freestream dynamic pressure

The three measurements made in level flight were done at partial power, in each case just enough to maintain the desired 120, 140, and 160 IAS. The resulting true airspeed (NTPS method) is shown here. A Cp in the high 0.8 range is very good.

The curiosity point was the effect of propeller outflow at full power and 100 IAS, given a constant speed BA Hartzell, with low Vi/Vo inlets moved outboard as far as possible, and in close proximity to the blade. Cp turned out to be 1.17 when calculated using 100 knots for the dynamic pressure. The difference between Cp in the 0.8's and 1.17 is almost entirely due to high velocity air from the prop, meaning prop outflow is a very large part of cooling power in a steep climb.

There is a probable prop outflow contribution in the level flight values too, but not nearly so much, as the power settings were quite low, and the difference between prop outflow and aircraft TAS gets smaller as velocity goes up. It might be interesting to get some pressure numbers with the prop stopped, for comparison.

Note, these measurements were taken several exit iterations in the past....a small fixed exit ending at the plane of the firewall, the smallest in the very first post.


Corsica Forever ...Remyswing (Servon, France)

Aluminium Lady has for the first time crosses Mediterranean sea to visit Corsica. Engine has never run so smooth over the water! "Ile de Beauté" really earns its nickname !


ALERT! - Fuel hose obstruction! ...BSwayze

So... I'm working on my firewall forward tasks, and I'm at the point where it's finally time to install the fuel hoses to the engine. So the first one is the short foot-long hose that goes from the firewall fuel outlet to the engine-driven fuel pump. So I grab the hose that's been sitting on my shelf for several years now. I bought it new from Vans, and it's still shiny, clean, and brand new. Perfect.

Just before threading it on to the fittings for a trial fit, almost as a casual afterthought, I lifted it up and stretched it out straight to look through it. I could barely see a bit of light coming through it. Hmmmm... seems to me there should be more light coming through. Maybe I don't have it straight enough. So I try it again. Same thing. I wasn't sure if this was really unusual or not, having never done it before. I shrugged and reached in again behind the engine to install it. It had to be okay, it's still brand new. Then, I thought, maybe it wouldn't hurt to run a long pin or something down through it, just to make sure.  ...



(the purchased flying RV-6 flight back to Alaska continues)

Arrived at KBOI using Alaska Air & Horizon. Arrival was at 10:05 AM. Picked up my rental car and drove over to visit/help my brother who recently had back surgery. Spent some time helping him do some shopping and chores around his home.

Then I drove back to the Western Aircraft ramp to get it ready for the next leg of my flight back to Alaska.

As I pulled up to the gate Rockwood was waiting. Rockwood offered to help look at a couple of maintenance issues. He brought some tools and spent the afternoon helping me with doing minor maintenance.

Outstanding person and talked as we worked-he did most of the work. He put off some flight training to help! Wonderful person!

When we found out that the spark-plug wrench wouldn't fit the plugs-took a short drive to an auto parts store to get a couple of tools we needed. After bore scoping a couple of the cylinders, time to put everything back together.

Rocky did most of that by his-self while I crawled around on my back with some de-greaser to clean the underside of the RV. Had some oil built up the whole length from a leaky oil fill tube.

My cowling is held on by piano hinges, Rocky was able to get the pins back in without much help from me. The final safety clip took most of the time to install.

After getting everything back together it was time to return my rental car, Rock followed as I returned the car and then gave a ride back to the Western ramp.

It was near 4pm local time, it was time to depart Boise. I thanked Rock for his help, and he left. My battery, a 6-year old Odyssey PC 680, was showing yellow charge after sitting for 6-weeeks.   continue



June 1, 2017.   Issue No. 4,321.

June Wallpaper Calendar

This month is Sid Mayeux (RV-7A) imaged from the near-top of the beat up scissor lift at the Van Cave.  Due to the F.O.V. issues involved, I had some space left over on the side.  I chose to make that a black strip for anyone with computer icons over on the left (Windows PC).  Of special note, Sid took his IFR written test Wednesday 11:00 at my home field and passed.  Congratulations Sid!

You can see the rest of the pictures from the shoot HERE


Flight Tracking / ADS-B vs APRS ...Scott

I'm hoping to do my ADSB validation flight this weekend. Messing with the install got my wife asking me what exactly it does...I really don't know the answer.

BUT, she also has been asking about me getting a SPOT device like I got for my dad several years ago; I was looking at APRS tracking as well.

All of that said, can't she track me pretty reliably through the ADS-B websites like ADS-B Exchange or others?

Do any of you have a favorite website, or any of them work any better than others? Is there a reason other than geek factor for me to get a license and do APRS if I have ADSB?

If I were to put my plane down somewhere, would ADSB give a reasonable enough last signal for search and rescue purposes?

Thanks to you all who know more than me!


Prefabricated Fuel Lines ...Aircraft Specialty (VAF advertiser)

How much interest would there be in prefab rigid fuel lines for the RV-12? There is no set time frame on this, and there would be some hurdles to overcome. It may be possible to offer rigid fuel lines that drop right into place. Some would be pre flared, and some would need one flare put on after installation.

Any thoughts from current RV-12 builders? Or any thoughts from those who already built lines and would have liked to have this option available?

If we did something like this, it would be similar to the lines we prefab for the rv-14. They would be bent with a CNC tubing bender and come ready to install.

Thanks in advance for the input.


RV8 Elevator Trim Servo Question (curious)

We have an RV-8 here that we did the elevator spar service bulletin on to reinforce around one of the hinges where a crack developed.

Unfortunately we cannot figure how the servo is attached when re-assembling the elevator. The guy that removed the elevator is not here. So on with the questions:

The servo appears to be a Ray Allen 8A servo (gold colored part marking label is covered). This servo has a threaded rod sticking out of the thick end where a Heim joint attached through the spar itself. Here are some photos:  ...


RV-7A Rebirthing Status Report ...kentlik

Starting work on the left side skin. Time to do that curly bend on belly tab deal.


EGT Spike ...Jesse

I have a fuel injected engine that runs a little rough at full power and the EGT on cylinder 4 spikes. The data log shows 1560 on that EGT with no significant change in CHT, up or down. When I pull power back, things seem to smooth out, and the data log shows that EGT coming down to roughly inline with the others.

I have looked at the nozzle and it doesn't appear to have any obstructions in it. I have done a flow test on the injector line, and it flows like the others. I have tested the plugs and they fire fine and wires are good.

Any other things to check before flying again for more data?




May 31, 2017.   Issue No. 4,320.

Another RV-8 is complete! ...Steve Riffe (Gunter, TX)

Just completed airworthiness inspection! 7 years and 2631+ hours. Phase I--here I come!  Mel Asberry (DAR) and me...


RV-7 Status Report ...pazmanyflyer

So while out in the sticks in the land RV my engine builder sends me these teaser pics for the RV7 project. Fantastic weekend closing booster!  IO-360-M1B


RV-10 Status Report ...Bill Boyd

I got the doors glued up last week and I'm ready to attempt the installation of the factory locking hardware and Sean's excellently-made PlaneAround center latch kit.  ...


Help Me Choose A Paint Scheme ...tfriendshuh


The Formation Pilots' Knowledge Guide ...v2.0 (77pg PDF)

While trying to find my copy of the T-34 Formation Manual (never found it), I was directed to the URL above by Stan Price on our field.  I hadn't known the F.A.S.T. folks had updated their online manual so well, and that it was available for free download.  I got my F.A.S.T. card years ago through the Swift group Stan is associated with.

Chock full of illustrations, which works well for my brain.  Nice to keep on the iPad.  If you didn't know about this PDF, you do now....  

related: How to save PDF files to iBooks (iphone/iPad)


RV-14A Empennage Kit Arrives in Damaged Crate ...the factory knows about it and is working the problem.

[ed. from a later reply.]  Frustrating .. same thing happened to my empennage kit, looked like they drove the forklift through it .. quick inventory of damaged parts and call to Vans and the replacement parts showed up a few days later. Vans was great at getting it resolved quickly and with minimal hassle.



May 30, 2017.   Issue No. 4,319.

Cleared for Takeoff ...waterboy2110

Received the airworthiness certificate yesterday. It's been a long haul. Time to get serious about flight testing.  Thanks to everyone on the site for all the great info.


Another Airworthy RV-7A ...Keith Sremaniak

10 years, 2 months and 25 days after first kit arrival, i obtained my Airworthiness Certificate today.

What a journey - totally awesome. I cant imagine what i would have wasted all that time on had i not built my own airplane. One that outperforms most commercial aircraft. New friends, new places to visit, great vendors providing quality products and great service. This forum provided countless number of ideas and motivation to keep pounding those rivets. So for all you just starting, keep at it. The feeling when your DAR says OK and hands u that Cert is amazingly satisfying. Second only im sure to the feeling that awaits me when I complete my first flight. Thank you all!!!

The RV GRIN awaits !!


377KG RV7A out of Evoke Aviation paint shop ...Bugsy

Cant say enough good things about Jonathan at Planeschemer and his new paint shop Evoke Aviation in Gadsden Alabama. We flew the plane down from Milwaukee and boy was it worth it. Fiberglass work is perfection and design/paint job a work of art. Email Jonathan at planeschemer 'at' gmail.com to take you from design to finished product. See you at Oshkosh.


Just pulled the trigger on tail kit ...Chris Salter RV-14

Hello all, I am new to the forum and fairly new to RV's. I have seen RV's for years and was impressed with their looks. Then this past September I started assisting a friend of mine with his RV9A.

He was already very far along with his build as he had all the main kits already built but not put together.

Long story short, I assisted when I could and we got everything together, inspected and flying in February.

The RV bug bit me and now I have pulled the trigger on a -14 tail kit. I am looking forward to it, as I missed most all of the construction part with the 9A.


In Your Face! Lighting Mount ...Steve Melton 3D printing


From Stein...

First, we now have available a Flushmount Bracket for the Garmin G5 EFIS/HSI.  It’s designed so you can mount it vertically or horizontally (above a radio stack or beside a screen) and not have to do any metal fabrication.  Price is $59 and currently shipping.

Second, a nice RV-10 panel pic w/the new Dynon Skyview HDX screens in it.   www.SteinAir.com


Anybody lose a propeller over Gainesville, TX?

(Brock Street reply)  "I sent the link to the prop's owner. The crankshaft broke while doing aerobatics. He safely flew the plane back to the runway and is working on repairing the engine. Thanks for posting, and I'm sure he'll contact you soon!"


Why haven't I been using this thing for the past 15 years?

My late Dad's tool set contains a small socket spring extension.  The diameter of the end is small enough to fit into the cordless, and the right socket will work with a phillips head bit.  VERY useful for working in/out those inner screws at the cowl inlet.  Dad is smiling <g>.



May 29, 2017.   Memorial Day.

General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

i.The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.

ii.It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

iii.Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.

By order of


Adjutant General



May 26, 2017.   Issue No. 4,318.

Thursday I made an early morning gas run up to KGLE for gas ($3.45).  Went over the top of KDTO to maybe see some of the damage from the other day (all cleaned up and nothing to see).  On the way back shot the 16L ILS practice approach at KAFW - complete with a right 360* for spacing for a King Air and (3) T-38s.  Lotsa bumpy and getting warm.  After landing I sat in the lawn chair and checked in with some emails and made some calls.  The chair calm never lasts as long as you would like it too - online work is always calling ;^).  For a little bit, though, the office view was perfect.  Something about that blue sky from the shade that really re-calibrates my mental gyros well.

Note: The factory will be closed on Memorial Day (next Monday).  Plan accordingly if you're ordering parts, etc.

It's forecast to be windy most of the weekend here in DFW.  Hope it's nicer where you live.  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  


Eagle's Nest Projects - Clear Springs HS Completes Their 4th RV-12 ...Ernie B.

N916EN s/n:120960 A/W Cert: 5/18/2017.  Flying off Phase-1 hours - GLO Custom next week - See ya at OSH!
Pictured below are the PLTW Aerospace Engineering 2nd and 3rd period build students.

Aside:  Scott Malcomb, Director of Eagle's Nest Projects at Circle Christian School in Florida, several years ago developed a strong working relationship between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Eagle's Nest Projects and that relationship continues today to pay dividends to Eagle's Nest build-students. Two seniors from Eagle's Nest-Clear Springs HS, Nikki and Blake, were accepted to Embry-Riddle's Florida campus and were told separately by the admissions office that their participation in an Eagle's Nest build project was a consideration in their acceptance. Congratulations Nikki and Blake... you make us proud!


VAF Courtesy Cars & Food List Updated

...added the following, and simplified the layout.  It doesn't have to be more complicated than a simple text list IMHO.  Much easier for me to edit quickly.

USA/NV/Mesquite/67L. ‘Terrace’ at Wolf Creek Club, (702) 345-6701. Golf course fare. 5-minute walk from transient parking, or they will send an EZ-Go cart to pick you up from airport. (have a few bucks ready for the fella driving.)
USA/UT/St George/KSGU. Cracker Barrel, 1736 S Convention Center Dr (5-minute drive) Free courtesy car, sign out keys at the desk.
USA/AZ/Sedona/KSEZ. Mesa Grill. 1185 Airport Rd (5 minute Walk). Great view of approach area and USS Sedona.
USA South Carolina, Barnwell, SC. KBNL. Courtesy car as well as snacks and drinks. Local restaurant is Anthony’s, about 4 minutes away. Very friendly, and cheap fuel, as well as unleaded 93 octane mogas.
USA Maine - Auburn Lewiston Airport - KLEW - Backwoods BBQ. Located right in the terminal building and open 207-753-1746 backwoodsbbqandgrill.com
USA Maine - Augusta - KAUG - Sweet Chili Thai. Great Thai food located right in the terminal building. 207-621-8575 sweetchilime.com
USA Maine - Belfast - KBST - Off the hook Shuckin Shack. Great fresh seafood. About 1/4 mile walk down the access road to the airport on the left. Picnic tables outside. Open 7 days a week. 207-338-3852 offthehooktakeout.com
USA Maine - Limington - 63B - Runway Restaurant. Located right across the street off the 29 end of the airport. 207-637-2210 runwayrestaurant.com
USA Maine - Oxford - 81B - Oxford Grill & Bar. Located at Oxford Casino a few miles from the airport but they will pick you up at the airport if you call ahead. 207539-6700 oxfordcasino.com/dining
USA Maine - Sanford - KSFM - Cockpit Cafe. Classic fly-in restaurant located right in the FBO building. Great breakfast and lunch. 207324-7332
USA New Hampshire - Hampton - 7B3 - Airfield Cafe. Classic little airport and restaurant located right at the airport. Great breakfast and lunch. 603-964-1654 theairfieldcafe.com
USA New Hampshire - Franconia - 1B5 - Franconia Inn. Grass strip in northern New Hampshire right across the street from the Franconia Inn. Serves breakfast till 9:30 and dinner in the evening. 603-823-5542 franconiainn.com/dining
USA New Hampshire - Laconia - KLCI - Kitchen Cravings. Beautiful restaurant located in a former bank building across the runway from the FBO. You can walk or they FBO usually has a courtesy car and if not they'll give you a ride over and pick you up. Serve breakfast and lunch 7 days a week. 603-528-0001 kitchencravingsnh.com
USA New Hampshire - Nashua - KASH - Midfield Cafe. Located right at the airport. Serve breakfast and lunch. 603-594-0930
USA New Hampshire - Jaffery - KAFN - Kimball Farm Restaurant. Located a few hundred yards from the 34 end of the runway. Seasonal serving fantastic seafood and homemade ice cream. 603-532-5765 kimballfarm.com/jaffrey
USA Massachusetts - Stow (Minuteman Field) - Nancy's Airfield Cafe. Serve some of the best food you'll ever get at a small airport. Right in the FBO building. 978-897-3934 nancysairfieldcafe.com
USA Massachusetts - Lawrence - KLWM - China Blossom Restaurant. Terrific Chinese food with great buffet located right at the end of the access road to the airport. 978-682-2242 chinablossom.com
USA Massachusetts - Lawrence - KLWM - Dominic's Diner. Serve breakfast breakfast and lunch right in the main terminal building. 978-682-8822
USA Massachusetts - Martha's Vineyard - KMVY - Plane View Restaurant. Located right at the airport. 508-693-1886
USA Massachusetts - Chatham - KCQX - Hanger B. Located right at the airport serving breakfast and lunch. 508-593-3655 hangerbcapecod.com
USA Rhode Island - Block Island - KBID - Bethany's Diner. Right in the FBO building. Wonderful place to eat with indoor and outdoor seating. 401-466-3100


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May 25, 2017.   Issue No. 4,317.

Safe Margin of Tread Wear ...Blain

Been spending most of my time shooting landings. Have tire wear to show for it.

Not sure how far to run these out before they become subseptible to puncture. Flying off good pavement but there is always the chance of sharp rocks, etc.

Do I wait until cord is showing? Haven't done that since high school.


What Happens If You Don't Change Your Engine Oil? ...nigelspeedy

My engine is fitted with a filter so by rights I could change the oil at 50 hours but given that it is the single most expensive part of the plane changing it at 25 hours seems like a reasonable idea. Since new I have sent a sample away for analysis. Well all good intentions but SnF came up when I had 20 hours on the oil and I was in a rush getting ready so I pressed on to 50 hours before the next change. Turns out engine oil gets dirty as you can see in the attached plot. Pretty normal but the second to last sample is the one with 50 hours on it then back to normal with a 25 hour change at the end. So I guess the good news is that even small changes are picked up. What I am not sure of is the major source for each of the different metals detected. Seriously where does Lycoming use Silver in an IO-360?
So for my continuing education and recreation where does the majority of the metals come from.

While the graph for an individual engine will show variations from its normal state are there any published absolute limits for these engines?


Check my Data Tag ...Deuelly

Just made a sample tag this morning. Before I do the final rendition is there anything I need or don't need? Is there something you would add I don't have?

Thanks, Brandon


New Guy Chimes In ...Bryan (Frisco, TX)

Been watching from the sidelines for a few years now. Just jumped in and bought the RV-7 tail this week. A leap of faith since I've never even been in one and have no tail wheel time.

Any particulars I should begin with? Or probably more important, things I shouldn't do?

Anybody building in North Texas?



Thank you Wind Gods (200kt GS Club) ...Jetj01


Best master switch saver?...BruceMe

I'm handy with electronics and I'm sick of killing my battery because I forget to turn off the master... I know, this is a "millenial problem" like FADEC and glass panels. But it's getting old and a $5 circuit can fix it.

•Must not accidentally turn off on final after a long flight (simple timer)
•Must have very-very low current when off (<1pA)
•Be cheap and reliable
•Avoid failing-off... ie if it dies, stay on


Use a micro-controller connected to a sensitive vibration detector that resets a one-hour timer. After one hour of near-total-non-movement or 2 seconds of holding the power-switch; then collapse the power supply and de-energy the master solenoid. An LED would indicate "On" when solid, blink when in some state of turning-off.

It would be installed in place of the master switch on an aircraft and could be built using a single LED momentary switch.

•ATTINY85 (8-pin micro controller)
•sensative vibraswitch
•LED Power Switch
•3.3 volt regulator
•P-Channel MOSFET
•NPN transistor
•5 - Resistors
•2 - Capacitors

I'll post an updates as I'm building and when it's done.


Announcement: Introducing the VIRB 360



May 24, 2017.   Issue No. 4,316.

Amateur Built, Amateur Maintained ;^) ...crabandy

Almost made it to 50 hours this time for oil change/air filter/general look-see under the cowl service. It's more fun for everyone when they are challenged and involved, this supervisor was busy!


Bodie and Lone Pine ...Joe Rainbolt RV-7A


What's in a Name (Proud of those Kids!) ...Bob Kelly

Tonight the kids building an RV-12 at Columbus North HS (Indiana) picked a name for their plane. It will be known as "Jeanne," named for a Columbus graduate, Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck. She took flying lessons while in her senior year of HS.

Jeanne, born in 1912, went from Columbus to graduate with honors from Washington State. In 1941, while working as a swimming instructor in Honolulu, she watched as Pearl Harbor was bombed. This inspired her to join the WASP.

She was working as a test pilot when a red lined (previously grounded for control problems) BT-13 she was evaluating came apart on final. She was killed. She is the only civilian woman we know of that was given a military escort and funeral. She has been honored many times, but one more certainly won't hurt. I know her nephew, who was 13 when she was killed (1944.) I expect he will be thrilled.

We often lament our younger generation, and how little they seem to relate to our history and heritage. It isn't always true. AviationNation attempts to work some history into our build projects, and it must work. I was proud to see these kids discuss the naming of the plane, and agree on "Jeanne." There is a lot on the web about her, and googling the name brings up some interesting reading. It would be worth a few minutes of your time.


RV-12 Status: Done ...waterboy2110


Come Celebrate!

Students from Georgetown High School and East View High School have built a fully functional airplane as part of Georgetown ISD's Aerospace Engineering course. Please join us for the unveiling of the student-built Vans RV-12 and ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 25, 2017. We encourage you to come experience the student-built airplane for yourself.  more info


A Shout Out to Stein ...Paul Bonorden RV-6A

Just started installing the one that I received from Stein. Very pleased.


Pretty Close to Home

We had some Wx in the area Tuesday morning around 0300.  Denton airport, a few miles north had several flight school aircraft turned upside down.  More pics HERE.


RV-10 Door Lock is broken..can you help?

The key was put in the barrel on the left hand main door and the barrel then broke away with the key in it. It was my passenger, not me, so am not sure how much force was applied.

Just trying to source the aftermarket part - any help would be appreciated. We have spoken to VANS and they suggested a post here.

Thankfully the handle still works, it is just the locking mechanism!



May 23, 2017.   Issue No. 4,315.

RV-7A Facilitates Boat Repair in San Juan Islands ...Capt. Sandy

There are plane repairs in exotic places, and boat repairs in exotic places. This weekend our RV-7A rescued our boat. Roy and I flew from KHIO to KORS to get our boat ready for the sailing season. We had a GREAT flight up. The weather was clear and the islands lovely. And of course, the boat needed work, because, well, it is a boat. The Jib needed repair and no sail repair places to be found in the islands. Roy came to the rescue and schlepped our 135 Jib to a sail loft in Bellingham. Much Thanks to Tony at KORS for the use of the crew car, and the kind folks in Bellingham also.


Now I Know Why I Built an RV...David Perl (Watford, UK)

I finished my 7A 18 months ago. Ive enjoyed 100 hours of fun flying around the UK, gradually making longer trips with the local flying club i joined.

This weekend was a highlight. I flew across the English channel intro France with a Cirrus and 3 other pilots. We spent 2 days landing at 8 airfields around Paris. We stayed over saturday night and enjoyed some wonderful French cuisine.

The weather was perfect, the company fun and the plane behaved immaculately.

Definitely a highspot to file in my memory banks and made the 5 years of building all the more worthwhile. The more I fly the RV the more i enjoy it. And when i landed back at my home field, a yellow Swiss registered RV7 landed. The weekend was rounded off with a pleasant chat with the builder, his second RV7 and true to form, his build was immaculate, just like a Swiss Watch.


RV-9A Status Report ...Andy C. (Kalamazoo, MI)

Moving onward to the fuel tank assembly! Was looking forward to the wet riveting that I've read so many nice builder reports about.

All in all not that tough though. The worst part so far, is my stupid Harbor Freight digital scale, it turns off automatically in about 10 seconds.... I guess they figure that you can weigh a letter in that amount of time. So have to work around that little nuisance.

So yea, it's messy and you have to clean tools up constantly, and the sealant is sticky, but this isn't the hardest job I've done so far on this project.

Note that if your glove tears and you get the fuel tank sealant on your thumb, and it turns sort of black locally, it does wear off no problem (in about a week).


RV-7A Rebirthing ...kentlik

Rudder pedals and framework installed...



May 22, 2017.   Issue No. 4,314.

There could be no other top story ;^).
Audrey Reeves.  Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
May 20, 2017.  PhD program to come.
More info when I have it...

11 years ago...

17 years ago...

20 years ago...


RV-14 Build Log N829MS

It's more of an overview.... ;^)


Mitch Lock Day RV Fly-In @ W29, 6/10/17

As everyone knows by now Mitch Lock, previously the East Coast Vans Rep, is now the president of Vans Aircraft. In celebration of this there is an RV fly-in scheduled on June 10th from 10-2 at W29, Bay Bridge Airport.

Helen Wood who owns Chesapeake Sport Pilot is hosting the event and will be providing lunch for everyone.

W29 Bay Bridge Airport is located on the shore line of the Chesapeake Bay on Kent Island right next to the legendary Bay Bridge, outside of the DC SFRA.  We hope to have RV's in every crevice of the airport so please come out and congratulate Mitch in person.


RV Formation Flight at Corsicana Airshow ...vids


Status Report ...Jereme Carne RV-7A

Well after taking a few days off of building due to being sick I am finally back in the game! I got the left elevator parts primed and started working on "the first" trim tab. Bending the trailing edge was nice as it came out almost perfect! I did however mess up bending the ears and have to reorder a trim tab skin (bend buckled in a bit so I can't just cut it off) but oh well, looks like I will join the multi try trim tab club. I will however abandon this joke of a process and go the riblet method now. I suspected this would be the case but I wanted to try the Van's way first if only to learn more.


Status Report ...David Paule -3B



May 19, 2017.   Issue No. 4,313.
  This weekend is special for our family - Audrey walks across the stage at SMU.  Chemistry degree....CHECK.  If I understand her correctly, we're not going to the BIG event where hundreds and hundreds of people walk across the stage for hours, but instead a smaller one for the chemistry types.  Maybe Monday I'll have a picture of the graduate to share.  Susie's 92yr old mother will be attending, as well as my sister from Houston.  Audrey pictured at right working with SMU's nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy hardware (NMR).  Here's a 47pg PDF entitled "An Introduction to NMR Spectroscopy off the SMU website.  She understands it.  I don't.  My usual 'but I can land a plane' argument is seeming more and more insignificant these days. ;^).  As it should be.
  Next item on her list....PhD.  She's motivated - the exact opposite of me at that age.  Rest assured you'll be kept in the loop regarding her research projects <g>.  To say we're proud parents is an understatement.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.


Out of the Paint Shop ...Lorne Montgomery (GLO Custom)


Intro ...Dave Mills of Warrenton, VA

Finally getting started on my build journey.  I bought my tail kit many years ago. Just after it arrived I started a new job, moved many states, bought a house, got married had a child. Things always got in the way.   Recently divorced and settled in to my new life. I have a young son that's been flying with me since age 3. I also have a wonderful woman in my life now that is very supportive. Actually make that EXTREMELY supportive of my aviation endeavors.

In the next months I hope to have tools, work area, etc all in place.  I will definitely be a part time builder 15-18 hours per week. I added up TV time and various time wasted activities. If I discontinue such I'll have plenty of time and I'll have something to show for it.

The goal is pay as you go so I hope to have the big ticket items saved up for by the time they are due. At my projected build rate that should give me many years before I reach that point. This is my pre and post retirement airplane. I want it paid for before I retire.

I have decided my mission to mostly be me enjoying the airplane. Maybe a GIB on occasion and my future spouse riding out for Saturday breakfast. I have decided to continue with my original choice of an RV-8.

Always looking for pointers. It will be a slow build and part timer hours too.

Must haves list. These are not negotiable
1) Alodine and epoxy prime airframe ( I live on the east coast and will retire on the beach in FL eventually)
2) Trim...electric!!! #laziness
3) Fuel injection

I'm 70/30 constant speed vs a fix pitch. VFR instrument panel but design modularity for ease of upgrade to IFR should I change my mind. My take on spending an additional 10k to infinity $$$ on IFR is that I'll be saving money and NOT flying. Rather have a VFR machine and $10k gas money instead.

I want to get the alodine and prime process down to an efficient level. I understand it will slow the build but it's important to me. Just looking for tips on how to incorporate this process into my build effective and efficiently.

I've been a long time lurker on here. Many thanks to all of you past and future.  Created a user name and paid my dues. I also reserved my N number.  Small steps but it's progress.

I'm predicting a conservative 2024 completion date. Wish me luck...


Cracks in Engine Mount Powdercoat ...prkaye

Doing my annual recently I noticed these cracks in the Engine Mount finish... I assume these cracks are only in the Powder Coat, but I thought I'd post them here for opinions... should I be worried about these, or do anything specific about them?


RV-7A UL Power Update ...taverroi

Firewall Forward is 95% Complete.

Weve been waiting on a 3 Screen G3X System. They wont be available for a few more weeks its seems. Initail panel work should begin in the next 2 weeks Id say.

Cowling work is being adjusted to give a scosh more clearance from componants. We want it to be right the first time so taking the time to make that happen.

Its coming along. Steadily working.

Attached is a pic of what the final product has been planned to kinda look like. Its just rendering from my X-Panel Software. The round instrument by the throttle is the Electric prop controller..I just put something there the same size for now. Remember this is a FADEC Controlled Engine so no mixture.

Any Suggestion based on what you see here for the panel would be received and accepted well!



May 18, 2017.   Issue No. 4,312.
   My ISP had some issues on a piece of hardware between my box (and others) and the web around 2:30pm DFW time Wednesday.  Affected more sites than just me.  Down for ~1hr.  It wasn't ransomware ;^).  Sorry if you tried to get on and couldn't.  Technology happens...
   Unrelated and in the motivation column, Audrey texted Susie and me today that she is going to be published in a scientific journal.  How cool is that!!!  I'll post a URL when I have something, and I don't expect to understand much of it ;^).  But still...neat.


Almost Ready to go to the Airport ...Simon Hitchen RV-7 (Port Perry, Canada)


Videos in my RV-8 ...Planenut

I am about to retire from the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and I planned a RV8 trip across Canada. I've been taking good POV videos: I mounted camera externally but footage is static and gets boring, I tried handheld inside the cockpit better but canopy glare. I want to take sensational videos footage, especially over the Rockies.

I think this installation will provide all I need for extraordinary videos


Alternate fuel pickup ...gyoung RV-6

I'm starting to work on these tanks for the partially completed kit I picked up 15 years ago. It appears the original builder had a different idea for the fuel pickup and reversed the original pickup fitting, possibly for a return. I've already modified the left tank for a flop tube so I'm only concerned with the right. I do need a return in the right for my AFP purge valve so I'm tempted to leave it as is. I don't see any inherent problems with this pickup but I might move the return lower and switch to a -4 fitting to match the return hose. Any comments?

For the sharp-eyed among you, that IS the left sender plate in the right tank. Discovered after the photo.


Mothership Stats



May 17, 2017.   Issue No. 4,311.

RV-10 Build Begins ...SeanM


Found Broken Start Ring Cogs  ..David Domeier

Am doing condition inspection and have had to replace the start ring on fly wheel due to 4 broken gear cogs.

The issue is kick back from electronic ignition on start. In talking with Robert Paisley, this is happening because I do not have back up 12 volts for the system. Voltage drops during start and EI looses its brain and fires way off schedule.

I stopped using EI for start some time ago when this happened repeatedly. It does not happen starting with left impulse coupled mag. I have mag hooked up to top plugs so it starts very easily. When engine is running smoothly, turn on EI. No big deal.

It is not a starter issue, am using Sky-Tec NL unit, it spins engine very nicely and its gear cogs are like new.


200kts in Level Flight ...tfriendshuh


RV fly in, May 20 2017, east Canada  ...Gilles Lessard

We are hosting our second annual fly-in for RVs. Last year we have participants from Quebec, Nova Scotia and Maine, USA.
It will be held on Saturday may 20 at Saint-Georges Airport in Quebec. (CYSG) (reset on Sunday 21 in case of bad temperature)
Every type of aircraft will be welcome
Lunch on site
We hope to see a lot of RVs !!

If you'd like more details soon give me an email: gilesard 'at' globetrotter.qc.ca


Introduction of New-Style Carb Floats ...David Heal

(RV-12 folks)  FYI -- ROTAX has issued an SI describing their new-style replacement carb floats.


Free 6 Month Membership in the IAC ...Ron Schreck

I'm proud to announce that the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) is now an advertiser on Van's Air Force. IAC is continuing it's popular "Join for Free" campaign. With a free 6-month membership you will get access to the digital archive of Sport Aerobatics magazine and access to the entire IAC.org web site where you can find aerobatic instruction in your area and a wealth of information on getting started in one of the most challenging and fun sports in all of aviation.  You may recognize the RV featured in the IAC banner ad. That's Jerry Esquenazi"s beautiful RV-8, also pictured below. Jerry is new to IAC competition aerobatics and has managed to bring home a second place trophy in the Sportsman category at his second competition at Dunnellon, Florida this Spring.

Not sure if IAC competition is for you? Only about 10% of IAC members participate in competitive aerobatics! Many are there to volunteer at IAC events as judges, starters, registrars, tech inspectors, etc. They just want to be a part of the events and enjoy the social aspects of IAC participation. There are IAC events that reward your passion for aerobatics in non-competitive ways that also improve your piloting skills such as the IAC Achievement Awards program. There is something for everyone in IAC!

Still not sure if aerobatic competition is for you? Join me at the IAC Pavilion at AirVenture 2017. I will be giving a forum presentation on Friday, July 28th at 10:00AM on "What to Expect at Your First IAC Contest". Following the forum I'll be available to field any questions.

Your first step is to take advantage of the 6-month free membership in IAC. I hope you will join us.


KFFC RV Spring Fly-In near Atlanta ...May 20th


What is this "clamp" on the prop governor?

In checking out the engine compartment, I saw this silver colored clamp on the end of the prop governor:

You are looking down on the governor.

What is it's function? Nothing seems to be attached to it.

Also, it's on there very solidly but there doesn't seem to be a lock washer and the head of the screw has a hole in it...probably for safety wiring. But there is no flange or place to run a safety wire except around the screw/nut assembly.

What is this part? What is it's function? And how would one go about safety wiring it?



May 16, 2017.   Issue No. 4,310.

RV Grin ...Rob Traynham

My three year old granddaughter went for her first RV7 ride with her dad today. Photo says it all!


Formation Flight Practice Never Ends ...lucaperazzolli (Italy)

Slow northern Italy spring gave us some pre-season activity (video coming).

RVs are totally fun machine as I said after my first flight in 2010 they give an "Irresistible Euphoria"


New Guy Checking In ...JoopSJ (Netherlands)

Hello all,

The kit is ordered and the adventure is going to begin.
VAF was of great importance to me while preparing myself for deciding to jump-in as well as deciding what to build. I want to thank the host DR for providing this forum as well the members providing all the valuable information.

It's going to be an RV-7/Slider.  The adventure will start in September as my son and myself will join the empennage building class at Synergy.

I am an airline pilot planning to retire in the near future. Flying an RV feels like going back to the source of my career when I started sport flying, more than 40 years ago. Building it myself feels like connecting the last dot to complete the circle.

Best regards, Joop


Can Somebody w/a Flying RV Give Eric a Builder Motivation RV Flight?

....Siloam Springs, Arkansas.  Credit for this idea goes to Bob Collins in this reply.  [ed. Eric later ordered new parts and is continuing, BTW.  v/r,dr]


New Guy Checking In ...Jeff (Oregon)

Hey y'all, I've finally been making a little progress on this RV-3 project. I've never done the chat-room thing before, but I figured it's time to get a little community now that I'm spending time on the ‘ol -3. Just making a test on this section here. I am looking for some info on type-II wings; I'll post details on the -3 section.


Mother's Day Delivery

(crabandy) The RV sure makes traveling easy, kinda ironic after all that work. A Mothers Day special delivery to Grandma....


New Advertiser Helping Support This Site

International Aerobatic Club (IAC)

Their ad...

They do this stuff...and you can too.



May 15, 2017.   Issue No. 4,309.
  Susie joined me for a short .2hr flight Saturday morning here in the DFW area around 0730 when the winds were 00000kt and the OAT 59*F.  CAVU.  I asked her just before we took the runway what she wanted to look at.  "Cows."  I can pull this mission off!  'Airspeed alive, positive rate, cows on your left...'  Short flight, but very high quality.
  We don't get many mornings like this past Saturday.  I hope you had nice Wx also, and got to spend some time off the surface in your RV (or in the shop working toward that goal).  Sunday was spent at Mass, continuing the climb up Mt. Email, working in the home office on admin tasks......and doing anything Susie said (Mother's Day).

RV's to the Caribbean, From the Right Seat ...Capt Sandy

Hello RV'ers. Roy and I joined the trip to the Antilles. Here is a write-up from the right-seat perspective, and some photos to share. We had a GREAT time. More info to come, on our time in the islands.

Hoping to see your project and find out what I'm in for

I am just hoping to swing by and admire your project and talk shop.

I am hoping to build an rv-14 (not 100% sure). I am military serving in Japan and am currently in Altus Oklahoma for some flight training. one of these weekends before I go back home I was hoping to be able to talk face to face with some builders.

Cowl fitting issues ...madmaveric

I'm in the process of fitting the cowling but have come across an issue, I've searched on here but I can only see issues with spinner clearance and nothing around the back of the cowling.

I cut both cowls to the scribe lines and fitted the bottom cowling with the two holes wither side as per plans and then added the lower hinge. All seemed to be going good and I was happy with the fit.  ...

Update on Making Metal ...Martin Pred

Since last year I installed the magnetic drain plug and ran through a couple oil changes. At first I thought I was within the Lycoming limit of 20-40 hairlike ferrous particles of 1/16" or smaller. Now I'm starting to think I'm exceeding that limit. Here's what it looked like yesterday:

Pretty in Purple ...bruceh

I added a whole new folder of picture galleries documenting the Painting saga.  Here's the beauty shot with a bit of Instagram filtering.

Rivet Corner Bracket Deals on Top ...kentlik

So, final drilled a lot of holes...just scanning the fuse to figure out what I have skipped over as I have to jump around a bit.
I thought I posted this yesterday but don't see it so maybe I messed it up. ...

Repair ...whittfic

So there I was applying some colour to various bits and pieces at last. I had this painting thing nailed, the prep was done and the paint was going on nicely, no runs, no orange peel, nice coverage without being too heavy. Life was good... and then this happened!!  This is the inboard rear corner of one of my elevators. I was in the process of suspending it from a hook in the roof of the spray booth when the support wire slipped from my hand and it hit the floor!! Needless to say I was less than happy and all I wanted to do at that moment was start flinging tools around the workshop. After I stopped calling myself all the idiot names I could think of I actually decided to clean up and call it a day.

So now I am asking the collective wisdom here for any suggestions/guidence to fix this. I'm thinking I should be able to carefully manipulate this back into shape fairly easily but if anyone knows of any potential 'gotchas' I am all ears.

Another RV-8 Panel Leaves the Shop ...Walt



May 12, 2017.   Issue No. 4,308.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  And Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there. 

GRT Upgraded Panel ...Dvalcik

I pulled the trigger and upgraded my GRT panel in my RV12. I had been holding out for the 8.4 HRx touch.  many pics


Another 10 Gets Its Interior

This RV-10 got a full interior upgrade. Looks like it was done by a custom interior shop. Nope! It was installed by Philip, Kristine and Steve from Tucson Arizona. They purchased a full interior kit from South Florida Sport Aviation and installed it themselves. Great job guys! Beautiful Airplane!  many pics


Squawk code TFR intercept ...Turbo

did my BFR yesterday in the r-44 and today in the rv6. didn't know there was an intercept code for TFR busting but my helo instructor brought it up and i had never heard of such a thing but we found with google, not finding it in the AIM. there it was, very lucky numbers in vegas but not very lucky in a TFR incursion case,so now you can rock your wings, listen on 121.5, follow the jet the way he is flying and squawk 7777. hope you never need this one. busted


Time to throw in the towel ...epaslick RV-12

I don't appear to have what it takes to build an RV-12, so I'm thinking it's coming time to bring this unpleasant disaster to a close.

[ed. You'll be happy to read later in the thread Eric has a change of heart.  And I remember having those same feelings, Eric!!!  Just means you're normal <g>.  v/r,dr]


Mothership Stats


Tate's Collision Repair Project

Some of you might know our son Tate is taking a collision repair class at his high school (he's in 10th grade).  Please excuse me bragging a bit, showing off his hood painting project.  It's got some cartoon logo on it that the kids would understand.  The kid can paint! 



May 11, 2017.   Issue No. 4,307.
  You might have seen Alex's air-conditioned RV-14A that went up for sale here on the front page yesterday.  I told him I thought it would sell in 24 hours - the first 14A going up for sale (we think).  I was wrong....he had a deposit in his hand in 18.  How cool is that?  Very happy for my friend, the buyer, and I'll let you know if anything changes. 

RV Hotel Birthday Party

It's my wife's birthday today and Rob Handberg's tomorrow, so we are having a birthday party while they stay at the RV Hotel on their way from California to the Bahamas!


Another -10 gets its wings ...Jason McKay

Sorry no pictures to post but the inspection went very well and I'm looking forward to phase 1 which I was informed is only 25 hours due to the engine and prop combo I purchased from Vans. Bonus!

I'd like to thank everyone on this site. The amount of knowledge and willingness to help was/is a huge help. By no way am I done but at least when the weather is nice I no longer have to watch others sneak away for the day.

All the best!


Article on RVs in news-press.com


New Member in Denver ...welcome Seth Andrews

Hello there! New member in Denver buying a RV10 project in the next week. Any Denver RV 10 owners here?


Pic from Day Before First Flight ...Chattin35


Status Report: 7A ...jcarne

Just finished the right elevator today after spend 2.5 hrs rolling the edges yesterday. Rolling the edges on the elevator I thought were waaaay more difficult than the rudder.


New Panel w/AHRS ...WingnutWick

just finished ripping out my all my old heavy steam gauges and re-designed and built the panel with a modular system. Using a hard mounted/powered iPad with quick release fasteners for ease of removal when desired. Powered by iLevil AHRS (with air data inputs) and a stratus backup AHRS. New Dynon D-10 EMS with all new plugs and custom push button start. USB chargers and music inputs installed as well.  ...


DID YOU KNOW the difference between new and established insurance companies?

(VAF advertiser)  "Insurance companies can come and go over time, aviation insurance is no different. Occasionally, a brand new insurance company enters the market. As it often happens, they start by offering lower rates or better coverage to “buy their way into the market.” To be informed, there are some questions to be answered: Are they a start-up or is it an established insurer that has decided to enter the aviation market? Will they be offering a full line of policies or are they only interested in a niche market? What financial rating have they earned? At Gallagher, a company must have at least an “A” rating for us to offer their products. We require this to protect you. Experience has shown that lower rated companies seldom survive long term."  ...



May 10, 2017.   Issue No. 4,369.

RVs in Switzerland ...newt

Couple of months ago, I posted on VAF to say I was visiting Zürich on a work trip: Are there any RV people in Switzerland?

Near immediate contact from lots of people - far more than I imagined, given my impression of EASA territory was that it was near-prohibitively expensive and bureaucratic for E/AB aviation. But no, it's positively thriving.

Marcel (mzund on VAF) is building an RV-4 near Geneva. As luck would have it, he was visiting Sydney, and I caught up with him at Wedderburn. He had pics on his phone showing spectacular mountain scenery, and landing a cub on skis on glaciers near Mont Blanc.  I locked in a visit to his field.  continue


Airworthiness Cert Issued! ...Phil

It's been a while since I've posted but wanted to share another certificate being issued. Vic Syracuse made the trip to Texas for me yesterday and performed the inspection. Many thanks to him for coming out of the area and spending an entire day to perform my inspection. He's built two RV-10's, inspected many more, and I really wanted his experience with the airframe in going over it one final time.

I had the paper work ready about a week early, we had reviewed it together before his trip, and everything was in order. No surprises and a relatively straightforward process. I've never certified a plane before, so this was my first rodeo and it really wasn't that bad if you've got a good inspector to guide you through the process. I can't thank him enough for going out of his way to get here.  continue


RV-7A Rebirthing Update ...kentlik

I managed a few photos of the firewall prep and installation. I had my firewall finished but needed to remove the main brackets from each corner as I am using the original firewalls brackets, they were in excellent shape.


Status Report ...RV7ForMe pics

So I am done with most of the riveting but I had left out a few hard to reach rivets on the rudder & elevators. I asked Vans about using pop rivets as the plans do say I can use the CS4-4. There is a problem with that.  ...


Planet Earth's First 'For Sale' RV-14A...I think.

...my buddy Alex De Dominicis (my RV-6 transition trainer back in the day - got my tailwheel endorsement with him also).  Selling due to job change that conflicts with his ability to do RV training for a few years.  Out of phase 1.   43 hours TT.  Ready to paint.  Air Conditioning.

(5/10 Update:  Sale pending after being online for 18hrs.  Deposit in Alex's hand and he'll let me know if something changes.  v/r,dr)

Link to larger pictures

(2) Airflow Systems Oil Coolers


The Game is Afoot Again ...with kiddo #2

Tate and the fam are beginning the 'ol college hunt.  We had a college fair at the high school the other day and we went (Tate is in 10th grade).  SMU wasn't there (Audrey's college), but as always I'm pushing schools w/in 1 tank of RV avgas. ;^)  The brochures we grabbed below...

Love those kids. 



May 9, 2017.   Issue No. 4,368.

Got the "PINK" slip ...Dorfie RV-10

Vic Syracuse flew into KLEX this weekend and did the final inspection on my RV10, serial No 40596. GOT THE PINK SLIP!!! Thanks Vic for taking the time and effort to fly to me.  Thanks to VAF site and its contributors for all the good advice and support through many years. I surely dug deep into it all and a lot of those ideas were incorporated into my project.  This is now the start of the next phase in the life of this RV10. May it be many safe, trouble free and pleasant flights!

Best wishes and thank you from a happy builder, soon flyer!!.


252kts GS ...Rusty Cr4awford

Rusty Crawford sent me this shot today from his 7A.

"On my way to Ohio this week for work, I experienced a nice tailwind. I was cruising at 11500 feet 172 knots true airspeed, 57% power, lean of peak, 7.7 gallons an hour fuel flow, 32.72 nautical miles per gallon. Works out to 80 knot tailwind. Of course, what comes around goes around though, terrible head winds, bad weather and icing coming home. But it's all good. The "Working Girl" is flying very nice with your SDS system."


Work With What You Have...the dummy doesn't muck it up for once.

Monday a.m. the winds were light, so I took the used-by-many-Cub up for a few minutes to re-center my flying chakras (or something like that).  Saw what looked like somebody burning trash off in the distance.  As I got a little closer it looked more like a grass fire.  When I arrived it turned out to be oil pumping equipment burning AND a grass fire....and I just might be the first person to know about it.  I could see flames around the pump.  Not many houses out here.

In the RV I would have called KAFW tower on 135.15, hit IDENT and asked them to relay to the proper folks.  But the Cub has 1) no radio and 2) no XPNDR.

So what are you going to do?


I trimmed the Cub for a slight climb so I could more easily keep the wings level with rudder only.  Hands are now free to use the smartphone.  250' agl and 48mph - the phone will work just fine.  I got about halfway through Googling 'Northlake Police Department' when I decided I wouldn't be able to hear them (I wear shooting muffs in the plane - no comm, so no phone bluetooth tie in).

Plan B.  I took a selfie* picture, then started GoogleMaps on my phone and held down my finger on the map to give me my lon/lat.  Got a screen capture (below).  Annotated the image with my finger and texted the note and pics to Monkey back at 52F (I'd seen him before I took off).  He'll figure it out.


About three minutes later I got the text below.  I'm guessing he's been waiting his whole life to use that phrase <g>.  I admit it made me laugh out loud.  Later he said the hardest part was getting the point across that he only had lat/lon, and that he was passing on a message from a pilot with no radio - he couldn't actually see it.  911 forwarded him to the Justin FD, and they figured it out fast.


Plan C was going to be land at a grass strip a few miles away and call myself.  Using Randy was faster, and I'm jazzed it worked.  Good times.

*I did not take a selfie...



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May 8, 2017.   Issue No. 4,367.

First Flight: RV-12 (and video) ...Paul Straub

Aerobatic Contest: Apple Valley, CA ...Gash PIREP

I'm at the Duel in the Desert aerobatic contest at the Apple Valley, CA airport. I'm competing in the Sportsman category with my RV-8. We were only able to fly once today before the winds went out of limits. We should be able to get in one flight tomorrow morning before it gets too windy again.

I'm the only RV competing here. A couple RV-4 pilots stopped in yesterday during the practice day to check out all the activity. It was nice to see other RV pilots here, if only to say howdy.  ...

All Done ...Lyle

Well she's all finished. Took 9.5 years. I built and painted the plane. First flight was on April22/2017 and she flew great, no issues. I now have 10 hours on her flying off my 25 hours. As a side note to Canadian builders, apply for your certificate of registration early, it took 3 months from Transport Canada to get this done, ridiculous.

Top Skin Blind Rivets (RV-8/8A) ...cdeerinck

Two questions here:

1) Does anyone know why the plans call for two different rivets as indicated below by the purple arrows? This is for the RV-8 top skin over the avionics and luggage areas. The row that attaches the skin to the firewall calls for 3-5 rivets, but those two call for 3-4 rivets. The material is the same thickness throughout. I can't for the life of me figure out why.  ...

Erratic Ammeter Readings ...bardample

I need some help. I have a single Dynon Skyview in my RV7 with a recently installed EarthX ETX680 Lithium FePo4battery, a Plane Power 60 A Alternator (internal Regulator) . My ammeter measures Alternator output( Position B as per Dynon).

For 2 recent successive flights, my' amps low' warning flashed and the ammeter was reading erratically minus 8-25A and occasionally reading normal( i.e. pos 6-7A). Throughout these flights of several hours bus voltage remained at 14.1- 14.2v. If I flicked the Alternator off and then on again the ammeter reading would briefly read 'normal' + 6-7 Amp for a few moments before returning to erratic negative values. I assumed that the fault lay with the ammeter connections or in the EMS monitor of the Skyview.  ...

200kt GS Club ...Chris Johnson 9A

200kt GS Club ...brad walton

Shield Against Magnetic Fields ...pierre smith

We flew to the Bahamas in February and my D-100 was 40 degrees off...usually spot on so I asked the other three passengers what they had packed.  Turns out that my buddy had packed his C-Pap machine and it has a motor in it, apparently with fixed magnets in it.  After we landed and unpacked, the D-100 was spot on again.

On the return trip, we changed the location of the C-Pap and were off 20 degrees.  I wonder if wrapping it in aluminum foil would shield the interference to my magnetometer.  Any ideas/suggestions.

Best Air to Air Shot ...SuperCubDriver pics

RV-3B Construction Status Report ...David Paule

Marked and trimmed the F-326 aft bottom fuselage skin so that I can start fitting the larger tailcone bottom skin F-325.  ...

Got My -9A Back! ...Dbro172

I'm happy to announce that my bird is coming back to the nest. An opportunity came out of the blue and I couldn't pass it up. Her keeper took exceptional care of it and cant wait to fly it home in the next week or so. Might have to head to KOSH this year!

Induction Tube Boot Alternative ...Toobuilder

There has been plenty of discussion about induction tube boots lately so I thought I'd share the direction I'm taking with reinforced silicone hose and constant tension clamps.

Disclaimer- I have not flown this yet so I have no idea if this hose will live up to its promise of long service life, but its cheap enough to experiment with.

The hose is a 12" length procured from Summit which was easily cut into 2" boots with a utility knife. The clamps are Roto Clip brand PN HC-34.

ILS Practice w/the Yoga Instructor

Susie went up with me Saturday morning for a quick hop over to KAFW and its practice 16L ILS.  CAVU, no hood and Susie no pilot, so can't log any numbers in the practice IFR columns.  But it's always fun to go flying with my wife, and it's always helpful for me to practice the buttonology flow.  It has a short shelf life with this particular meat servo.  As is my M.O. ...I logged .3hrs.

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May 5, 2017.   Issue No. 4,366.
  Met my lovely bride 33 years ago today - nickle beer night at Graffiti's in Waco, TX.  It was a Wednesday, and there is a 'Big Lots' standing on that spot now (lon/lat).  I can't say I miss the music of the 80's all that much, but I do occasionally miss my hair.  Not as much as you might think ;^).
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 

West Coast Formation Clinic ...Axel PIREP/Video

Despite a rough start to the clinic on Friday due to winds in excess of 30 kts, we had a great turn out. Saturday and Sunday were almost perfect.

The clinic was a successful event. The new red scary folks got valuable training and a few of the folks that have been working on certifications earned their wing, lead or check pilot cards. I can't really explain the feelings you get to experience during a clinic so our friend George Ford is doing that for us via this video. I hope you enjoy it. He did a great job once again.

Get out there, pound rivets, lay the fiberglass, run those wires. Because after it is all said and done, you can fly the you know what out of your plane.


Yoga Helps With RV Maintainence

Took out the pax seat and stick, and spread out the yoga mat my wife threw out gave me.  This allowed me room to lay completely on my stomach for easier battery removal.  Wish I had discovered yoga 14 years ago ;^).  My battery issue seems to be resolved.  Terminals read 0.00 volts across after removal, which coincides with the protection circuitry activating in the EarthX 680 (page 26 in the manual).  Following the instructions, and it is now charging.  I think the problem was I don't fly enough (or long enough) to keep the battery charged.  This is the first time I've had to do this, however (the battery held a charge for two years).  I'll let you know if it's something else, but the outlook is good.

Pic from above showing the mat...



Radio Problems - Epilogue ...terrykohler RV-9A

Finally got the plane over to the avionics shop (about 40 NM from Pontiac). Long story short, I've been transmitting and receiving at about 50% strength with my new GTN650. It wasn't the radio or the connections. Turns out the installer had hooked my now-vacant market beacon antenna to the COMM connector on the back plate. When I was in Jacksonville, I only checked security of connections and didn't follow the wires. Their mistake followed by my mistake. Didn't really notice a problem earlier as my flying since install has been pretty much local. ILS and GPS worked fine, and I initially thought I was having intercom issues but was still communicating OK when close in. Another lesson learned.


Panel Pic Added...to the 'RV Panels' area


RV-7A Rebirthing Update ...kentlik

Have the lower longerons done now. Not too bad. Few pictures of them and the bottom skin getting holes for the gear.


Quirky ...Vlad

Time 7:30 pm
Altitude 1,800 feet
Distance 54 NM



May 4, 2017.   Issue No. 4,365.
  Got the spongy left brake fixed two days ago with a little brake fluid and five minutes of Monkey's help.  Cowl and pants back on now, swapping out two screws that had less-than-new heads.  Next issue is a possible dead battery that cropped up Wednesday, or maybe it's the master switch.  Or solenoid.  Flipped on the master and avionics switches after lunch to look at something real quick, and didn't get the 'ka-thunk' solenoid sound.  Bringing the multimeter to the airport tomorrow.
  Never boring this hobby, and always the opportunity to learn.  ;^)


Milestone: RV-8A Weighed ...bifft

Got my RV weighed today. 1002 pounds. Don't think its the lightest 8A ever, but not bad. Realized I need to measure the gear position in the level attitude (needed 3.5" blocks under the mains) do don't have accurate CG position yet. This is with paint, but no gear fairings or wheel pants. Helps make up for 261 lbs of me in it. Now just need to calibrate the fuel guages and time to call the DAR.


Status Report ...Brad Benson RV-6A

This is the current state of my instrument panel; it's changed several times since I first built N164BL. Like Gene's panel, this started out as a fiberglass panel blank from Laird Owens (thanks Laird - it was super well thought out and manufactured!); I cut the aluminum inserts on my mill and after doing a number of them feel like I could do it almost blindfolded at this point :-)

The flight instrument section has a Skyview system along with a MGL ASI/Altimeter and TrueTrak T&B standbys. Also present is a TAWS annunciator, which is wired to the IFD540. The annunciators are crazy expensive new, but 28v units can be found on eBay for as little as $40. Cut a trace here, jumper a trace there, and now it's a 14v unit :-)

The radio stack has a King audio panel, an Avidyne IFD540, and an ICOM A200 secondary comm. The IFD540 is the most recent addition, and has a couple of things not shown in the panel. I modified the software and image of a Stratux box and built a custom enclosure for it; this allows it to be tucked behind the panel and feed weather/traffic data to the IFD540 and not be subject to image corruption when the avionics master is turned off thanks to a read-only filesystem. It also supports more of the GDL90 standard and excludes some of the stratus-specific stuff that neither the IFD540 or FF appear to use.

The engine stack has a Dynon EMS-D10, which I find I prefer to the Skyview's EMS for a couple of reasons. The PS Engineering PM3000 intercom is there as well along with the ELT switches. I built a Bluetooth 4.0 receiver and mounted it behind this panel as well; wired to both the audio panel and intercom it provides the usual music and phone capability. There are some other custom electronics behind that panel that I'll write up separately as well.

The air vent eyeballs are from Stein and work awesome - no leaks and very smooth operation. The cigarette lighter plug is connected to the hot bus and can be used to charge a cell phone, or can be used to provide ground power for running the avionics with an adapter cable I made (try that with a USB jack!). Speaking of USB, not in view but underneath the panel just to the right of the engine controls are USB jacks and serial lines to both the IFD 540 and Dynon system. This allows me to charge stuff in flight but not have a USB jack take up panel space, while the serial ports facilitate development projects or portable stuff to exchange data with the panel mounted equipment.

There are no circuit breakers - all the switches are toggle switches are from B&C. Circuit protection is fuses across three buses: main, avionics, and hot/battery.

Not sure what's next for this panel, but the modular design makes updates really easy and I love the aesthetics of it. I don't think I'd change anything if I was going to do it over again.


Painting Update ...Boomer506 RV-8

Starting to paint in my temporary booth in my shop. What I came up with is providing good ventilation and dust free. Plus some reasonable lighting. My rudder and spinner have turned out pretty well. Good learning before I paint the big stuff.

...(scheme modeled after) utility hack airplane for VA-165 off the Nimitz, Air Wing 9.  ...


B-25 Day ...and an RV-12

(snopercod)  Owen and I flew down to GMU for lunch again. We both tried to get some others to come along, but some were sick and some were busy. Oh well, we had a great lunch and got to park next to a CAF B-25 from Wisconsin. Apparently some more warbirds will be flying in on Friday and giving rides.


May/June '17 FAA Safety Briefing Now Online ...40 page magazine



May 3, 2017.   Issue No. 4,364.

Post-House Fire Checking In...our online friend Bill Boyd

The VAF sure keeps me in touch with a great community. The people who have stepped forward to help materially and practically since the house fire and starting the 10 build have touched me profoundly, and I'm grateful. The knowledge base here is so much superior to what I had available 20 years ago building an RV alone and without mentors close by. I read up all I could and took the dreaded door plunge. Kind of anticlimactic in a way, although the process is only maybe 1/3 done.

This weekend I got my mower back from the shop after getting a blade stuck on so tightly that neither my impact wrench nor my extended socket wrench would budge the bolt. In the meantime, the abundant rain and warm weather had tried to reclaim the runway into a hayfield from whence it had come. I had to mow high and will need to make a second, lower pass tomorrow (so Vlad doesn't complain about the high grass if he happens to drop in).

Jax, a.k.a. "Li'l Boy," our 5 month old pit-lab mix who never ventures more than fifty feet from home, decided that Sunday was a beautiful spring day for chasing me on the zero-turn, so he roamed further than ever before. I was afraid he might stray into the road, but the runway end markers creeped him out and he bristled, barked, and turned tail for home once he caught sight of them.

More RV Stuff for the "Mitch Lock Fly-in" June 10th...Steve Koziol

"I would like to update you on what will be going on with Helen Woods, Mitch Lock Day. Our EAA Chapter 1384 (KMDW) Carroll County Airport in Westminster, MD will be holding our 5th Annual Mid-Atlantic Gathering of RV's in conjunction with Helen for Mitch's send off this year. Yes, (W29) will be the location change for us. Our two groups are teaming up to make this one great send off for Mitch. We will be posting more info soon."

Alum Sleeve Fuel Drain Fairing...Steve Melton 3D DIY

"...thicker than the bronze sleeve but still workable. no threat from galvanic corrosion"

About This Month's Calendar Wallpaper ...the photographer chimes in (Ed Hicks).

If you've been following the progress of Brian's brilliant radial RV-8, I figured it was worth pointing out its the May wallpaper here on VAF.  I had the privilege to visit Brian back in Feb to shoot some pictures - I'll add some more in future, but for now...

Bent Elevator Spar ...jcarne

(reply from Van's Aircraft)
"I don’t see any reason that bending this back would compromise the spar, no deformation in the bend radius or the web of the spar. Flatten and build on."



May 2, 2017.   Issue No. 4,363.

Niagara Falls RV-6 Tour ...John Canty

It was a nice weekend for the most part up in the Northeast. Took the opportunity to do some formation over the Falls. If you are ever up in the area, check out the falls scenic tour.  ...

A Great if Unspectacular Trip (continued) ...Ed Wischmeyer

Two days later, it was time to head back home but the winds were still howling out of the south, 20+ knots from 3,000 feet on up. The night before, the bus took us to the wedding at 3:30 and dropped us off back at the hotel at midnight, so there was one tired aviator the next morning. A big breakfast and going back to bed helped.

In addition to the winds aloft, surface winds at the destination were forecast 20G30 at a forty degree angle to both runways, more than I wanted to attempt, even with the tricycle gear on the -9A. If I absolutely had to, I probably could have landed okay, but it was not worth taking the risk. And there was a major front from the west due in the next day -- typical spring weather in the southeast -- and some little stuff blowing up from the south ahead of it. Time to be real careful.

It looked like I could make it from Charlottesville, VA to Greensboro, NC, VFR under the clouds, that stop chosen because it would be a good place to spend the night if I had to, and because I always like my first stop to be about 90 minutes out for "physiological reasons." It was light, occasional moderate turbulence the whole way. Translation -- the ride was miserable.  ...

Gary Platner Lovin' That Tailwind ...RV-8

Recent storms in DFW moved east, leaving us with a strong westerly wind Sunday.  Gary was flying from Midland, TX back to DFW at 9,500' and had a 48kt tailwind.  Goundspeed of 236 kts spinning 2400 rpm and 21" of MP.  iPhone pic below...

That's 271.4 mph using 7.3 gph (37.12 mpg).

Current RV-6A Panel ...gmohr

Here is my current RV6A panel. I am trying to find out who manufactured the panel blank and if possible purchase or make new panel inserts in order to change to my GRT Sport SX EFIS. I will keep the current radio stack, everything else will probably go.

So close - Bleeding Brakes ...Mike 9A

I was hoping to have already done my first flight but I can't seem to get over the hurdle. My last issue seems to be air in the lines of my brakes. I have tried various methods to try to push fluid in to the reservoir from the calipers and have had some success. What I am seeing now is air between the lines running from the pilot master cylinders to the passenger side(the high point in the loop of the lines). I have searched the forums for some advice but getting a mixed opinion if this is really an issue or not. I put an overflow can from the reservoir for the fluid to go in and I get fluid there but still haven't been able to get the air out between the master cylinders. My brakes feel solid but I want the air out to feel total confidence in them. Before I purchase another bleeder method just looking for some current feedback.

Painted ...Todd Stovall RV-10

Cleco Farms...various.

First Trip! ...Jon RV-10



May 1, 2017.   Issue No. 4,362.

Student Plane Build Kicks Off ...Omaha

The tool box bench and shelves are assembled and the empennage kit and tools inventoried. This coming week each student will build their own practice tool box kit, then it's onto the real thing! Thanks to everyone who has been a part of making this happen, especially the 'big kids' (aka mentors) in back who are teaching and mentoring these fine young adults.

A Great if Unspectacular Trip ...Ed Wischmeyer

So the mission was to get from Savannah GA to Charlottesville VA for my nephew's wedding. There was an airmet for moderate turbulence and the surface winds forecast to be ugly gusty at the mid point -- after all, who wants to fill up on destination avgas at $6+?

So I decided to brave the weather and fly the -9A rather than drive (8+ hours), and aimed the loaded car at the airport instead of Virginia. Tower forgot to hand me off to departure control, and departure didn't know that I was on a vector. Training in progress, no doubt.

So after bumping along under the clouds for a bit, I went up to 5,500 and had cool, smooth air (forecast moderate turbulence did not appear) and a smoking 20+ knot tailwind. Yeh, it wasn't 200 knot club stuff but so what. Time came for descent to the gas stop, 90 minutes out and my back was sore and ready for a break. I asked for an IFR descent through the clouds, and they wanted to know what approach I wanted. I chose one real quick, knowing full well that I'd cancel IFR as soon as I was 500' below the cloud bases. Worked like a charm. And the surface winds were not nearly as bad as forecast.  ...

Jereme Carne's Build Begins

Well I just noticed this section here so I figured I would start a log so people could follow my build. The picture here puts a face to the name. Also I am done with everything on the tail except for the elevators.

Brake Issue Discovered ...Peter Costick RV-7A

This problem took a bit of finding. I only discovered it when I added fluid to the brake system, the fluid worked its way through the whole system but the right hand brakes would not work. I tracked it back through part by part until only the elbow could be the issue. I must admit I couldn't imagine how this was until I removed it from the brake cylinder and discovered that a stray rivet had somehow got into the fitting. A messy but successful bit of snagging.

Silver Bullet Steering Link - Finally Broke ...Chris Pratt RV-8

Well it finally happened. Only took eleven years but my Silver Bullet tail wheel steering arm finally bit the dust. It happened as I landed at our wonderfully smooth (sarcasm here) runway/and taxiway at 52F. Sure hope this pile of rocks get paved soon.

Here’s a full view of what I am talking about for those unfamiliar with the steering linkage on the RV-8.  ...

Flat Tire, But No Leak ...Michael Burbidge RV-9A

A week ago I went to go flying and found that my nose wheel was completely flat. I pumped it up to 45 lbs., waited an hour and checked it. It was still at 43 lbs., so I figured it was a slow leak and went flying.

I ordered a new inner tube. I went up to the hangar today to find that the nose wheel was still above 40 lbs.

So now I'm puzzled. Why would my nose wheel be completely flat, but apparently does not have a leak, because now it is holding air again?

Quirky ...Vlad

Paint Tease Shots ...bruceh

Three years of fun flying and the (finally done) finish line is getting near. I put off painting for various reasons - mainly because I like flying too much, but it could wait no longer. I've had the airplane in the paint shop for 5 weeks and finally got to see some teaser shots from the painter. I hope to pick it up next week.

Happy Birthday N65XX ...Dan 9A in Reno

Today my pride and joy is 10 years old. It has accumulated 1642 hours to date and I plan on keeping up that pace. The aircraft specifics are: RV-9A, fixed pitch Sensenich, IO-360 w/P-Mags, Dynon Skyview Touch, auto pilot, ADS-B, and iFly 740. Now I know where all my savings account went. Dan from Reno

Courtesy Cars & Food List Updated

Missing Man, Tucson ...Feetwet

The Missing in America Project (MIAP) researches records of homeless Americans whose cremated remains have not been claimed, and if found to be eligible, arrange for them to be interred with honor.
See: http://www.miap.us/

On April 15th this year, 30 homeless veterans and one dependent were interred at the Marana Veterans Memorial cemetery and many individuals and groups turned out to honor them. The Arizona Scorpions RV group flew a Missing Man formation to commence the activities and an excellent video was made. It can be viewed by those interested at the following link.

HBC's New Pavillion OSH


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