April 30, 2020. Issue #5,073.
First honest to goodness
fuel run in waaaay too long in my RV Wednesday morning before the
winds got too gusty. And me being
planned a flight going over nine private strips so
I'd always have a landing strip on the nose. There
were a LOT of items taken off and put back on the plane
and I like options. ;^) Shockingly good resolution in
full size screen grab below.
Experimented with the Carson Number setting that RV-6 driver Matt was
talking to me about (links below), and hand flew (green line below)
to $3.40 gas. Working the list of things to
address and enjoying life in the sky again. Feels
nice to fly.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
Fuel Efficiency of Small Aircraft
Cheap Speed: Finding the Carson Number
Slow Burn: Quick Calculations for Fuel Conservation
My custom wood sides for throttle quadrant ...dwranda
Had to share my personal touch to the throttle
quadrant I will be installing. It is Bolivian
Rosewood which is quite heavy. I drilled out the
backs to save some weight and am pretty happy with
the result. Should look pretty sweet with my brown
sheepskin seats and leather side walls. I even made
a wood handle for the throttle lever to match.
Garmin Introduces the Aera 760 Portable Aviation GPS
Garmin is pleased to
introduce the aera 760, a premium aviation portable that is
purpose-built for the pilot and the cockpit. The aera 760
boasts a 7-inch bright, sunlight readable touchscreen
display complete with comprehensive chart options in a
compact and dedicated portable GPS. Additional features of
the aera 760 include the option to load instrument approach
procedures, arrivals and departures, approach chart overlay
on the map, Garmin Connext wireless connectivity, as well as
the option to integrate it with select Garmin avionics.
Malformed nose skin dimple ...Jskyking
Was moving to fast this
afternoon and the skin flexed as I set the dimple. Stupid
mistake, setting dimples from the bottom didn't help, but
the scratches should buff out caused by the die.
Anyhow, the hole is malformed and the dimple didn't fully
form in the top left corner. When I dropped a rivet in the
dimple, it's flush With the skin but there's a tiny space
that the rivet head doesn't cover.
An Oops rivet would probably take care of the elongated hole
but the rivet head wouldn't take up the small space on the
I need to figure out a way to clean up the hole and reform
To add insult to injury- it's a top skin.
I've talked to a friend who suggested the oops, but that was
before I dropped a rivet in the dimple. Hopefully, there's a
solution without having to replace the nose skin.
Air on Ground fail
I've read through several
of the posts on this subject but didn't see anything that
fixed the issue. Lots of great suggestions but thought I
would reach out again to those that have gotten past this.
Everything on the ADS-B Performance report is fine except
"Air on Ground", 3.76%
Trig TT-22 with Trig head mounted on panel (S/W updated)
GRT Safe Fly GPS
GRT Sport SX (does not control the transponder)
There aren't many option to change on the Trig that deal
with GPS stall speed and too low of a stall speed other than
the SQUAT switch question.
There are 4 choices
LOW WHEN AIRBORNE
LOW WHEN GROUND
AUTO ON GPS DATA
I have it set on NOT CONNECTED as I don't have a squat
switch or airspeed switch.
If I switch it to AUTO ON GPS DATA is there a fixed speed
the FAA uses to determine when to interpret ground operation
I have tried some of the tips and tricks such as hold a
steady 3 degree glide slope and come to a complete stop on
the runway. Then taxi slowly back to the hangar.
Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
First Flights Reported on
Leaving the oil filler cap "Open" to vent moisture
? (For a bit)
So I can't find any
thoughts on an open oil filler cap to let engine moisture
escape from a hot engine ??
So after a nice one hour plus flight today , after a fresh
oil change, on a 300 hour well maintained engine (oil temp
running at 185F). I pulled the aircraft is back in hanger ..
I pulled the dip stick and again saw the milky white oily
mixture on the filler cap / filler neck (clearly water in
the oil) and watch the vapors pour out..
I'm sure it was a mixture of mostly water and maybe some
hydrocarbons.. I then watched as the water continued to
condense on a good sized and cold (35F) chunk of aluminum I
held over the open oil filler neck. I mean a 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon
over a 10-15 minute period. (yes engine breather tube clear)
With the oil filler cap left on.. There is no way that 1/2
teaspoon of water is ever going to get out of the engine ..
A 2' long 3/8ID crankcase vent tube.. that's open ONLY BELOW
the engine.. sure is not going to let the moisture escape..
It really made it clear why these aircraft engines rust for
the inside out.. A sealed up engine has no chance for a
reasonable life unless its flown A LOT.
So can it be as simple as leaving the oil filler cap off for
a few hours... to a day.. Letting the moisture "Vent out of
the TOP of the engine... ? Enhancing the moisture
dissipation by leaving the engine heater on for a few hours
( Cylinder & oil pan heaters) Yes.. There is no way you
would want to leave an engine heater on with a "Sealed-Up"
engine.. The moisture just able to circulate inside the
crank case. Rust.. Rust ..Rust...
So there is a nice $49 monitor module (amazon) that will
record temp/humidly every minute for up to 20 days and then
be downloadable to a smart phone or Excel .. With a slight
mod.. and remote wiring of the sensor, so I can have the
sensor in the crankcase after a flight.. I'm going to get
some real data on this idea ..
Anyone else looked into the simple moisture venting concept?
Nice flight.. Let cool over night ..
Next day.. Measure internal engine humidity for several days
Nice flight.. Leave oil cap off.. With engine heat for 6
Hours.. Heat off.. Cap off..
Next day(1) .. Replace oil cap.
Next day(2) ..Measure internal engine humidity for several
Give me a 2 weeks and I will have some real data
April 29, 2020. Issue #5,072.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
First Flight: N87PR ...bhester post for Doug Rohrer
Today I flew over to
Bowling Green, KY to do the first flight of N87PR. My buddy
Doug Rohrer built this RV9A and wanted me to do the first
flight for him, because it's been a while since he has
flown. I went over a few weeks ago and did the inspection
before the DAR inspection. The DAR signed it off Friday and
the weather wasn't very good over the weekend but today was
perfect. Only thing that didn't work was the airspeed, that
wasn't a problem for me, but would have been for Doug and
that's why he wanted me to do it, I landed it perfectly by
feel. Congratulation Doug, she fly's fine.
more / pics
Milestone: 1st Engine Run! ...Juliano Selvatici
On Saturday was the day to
do the 1st Engine Run. Lots of good vibes about the plane.
Everything went well. I was just a little nervous, but is
part of the process, right?
Unexplained extremely high #4 CHT event ...scottmillhouse
First stock RV-7A with new
Lycoming IO-360, Hartzell CS prop, 60 hours time since new.
For first few hours I had high CHT across the board.
Eventually traced to one of the new mags timing drifting
over first few hours. Stopped at about 10 hours and has not
drifted at least at last check about 10 hours ago.
Yesterday a typical flight only difference at landing with
power pulled the engine appeared to be miss firing. Slight
noise but could feel the exhaust misfiring pulses under my
feet. Upon taxi from Savvy analysis of Dynon data showed
1000-1400rpm with #4 climbed over 2 minutes from 325-480. No
evidence of any blockage. Initially assumed a malfunctioning
CHT. Upon startup and taxi temperature was about 400 for #4,
run up normal, back taxi about 20 knots did not cool but
stayed about 400. Did another runup and #4 immediately
climbed in 15 seconds to over 500 before I shut down.
Audible misfire noise at shutdown and high temperature
smell. For all events EGT stayed in line with other
cylinders with no other parameters out of line. Shutdown
runway for a few minutes to cool. Challenging IO hot start
but then taxi to FBO temperatures stayed in safe zone. Let
cool a half hour with another challenging hot start but they
otherwise normal to circle and climb high just in case
before heading home. Being late I just hangared it.
I plan to pull cowl and check timing, compression, remove
and clean all fuel filters and flush fuel injection. Any
ideas from the brain bank on what happened and what to look
Lycoming engines - limited time opportunity for quick delivery
almost never happens, and wanted to make sure everyone had a
chance to be aware...
Lycoming has opened up limited capacity to build some
fast-delivery experimental engines for delivery in the
June/July timeframe. This opportunity is for standard
experimental engines only - Thunderbolt engines are not
available on this special schedule. Please reach out to
Chris at Lycoming - his contact info available
at the link - to see if the engine you need can be
scheduled. Note that the specific engine you need and parts
availability etc. will determine whether you can grab one of
their fast-delivery slots. Once you have arranged things
with Chris, you can place your engine or engine+prop order
with Van's and get things moving. Availability of slots is
limited, so don't delay.
Status Report ...David Paule -3B
Canopy Flange Formed
The canopy got re-taped for the second flange attempt and
after buying more materials, I succeeded in laying up the
canopy flange. This time I used 3" fiberglass tape and 4"
peel ply tape. It turned out that the epoxy remains was just
enough to do this task and I didn't need to open the second
can of the Rhino (or Jeffco) epoxy after all. Yet.
Here's the flange with the external peel ply pulled off.
There's a bottom layer of peel ply that'll come off when I
remove the flange from the fairing and canopy.
Some work is remaining,
such as trimming the edges and probably some other things
that I don't know about yet.
Quality Time Off The
The RV-6 is back in the
air! A few laps around the pattern Tuesday to watch
the temps - all good. A couple of items to figure out,
but it's good to be in the air at RV speed again.
Really missed it. On with the tweaking and fiddling...
ADS-B OUT worked right out
of the box (below). Yesssssssss!!!! (strikes Napolian
My RV-7A gets BIG performance upgrade ...jhiggins
My RV-7A just got a BIG
performance update, and so I thought I would pass along some
of my experience with that. I've owned 3 RVs in the last 14
years, but I've never built anything. I don't really
consider myself a builder, but more of a tinkerer. A year
ago or so I decided I wanted a kick-*** RV that I can keep
for a long time. I really prefer side by side, so that
eliminated owning a Rocket. I wasn't really seeing anything
for sale for quite a while that fit my needs, so I decided
to buy something knowing I was going to do an engine/prop
switch. I found a really nicely built RV-7A with an o-320
and metal fixed prop. I decided on the Thunderbolt IO-390
with a Hartzell Composite constant speed prop. Looks really
nice under the cowl with the red engine paint and chrome
rocker covers, and chrome battery box. My original plan was
to hire out this work, but that wasn't really working out
very well. I had some spare time and decided to just do the
work myself. It ended up being approx. 250 hrs work in all.
I replaced EVERYTHING firewall forward, including a new cowl
(horizontal induction), and even the engine mount.
A few of the options I chose are: Earth-x battery, to save
10 lbs off the firewall. One regular mag and one Surefly.
Vetterman exhaust, Avstar fuel injection, Plane Power
alternator. The Avstar was chosen mainly to have a
straightforward install of the snorkel. And it was, just
bolted up nicely with no modification. I used the RV-10 oil
cooler and firewall mount (with 4" scat tube), and I ended
up using the RV-14 baffle kit. The baffle kit was really
nicely put together, however I had to trim about an inch of
height off the top of the metal baffles to fit the RV-7A
The plane ended up going from 1078 empty to 1116 empty for a
38 lb gain. Weight and balance is good as I didn't end up
coming even close to the max nose weight recommended by Vans
(in all weight conditions) and I also can load it up with a
fat co -pilot and 100 lbs baggage and not exceed the rear
CG. I plan on putting my smoke tank back in the back in the
future anyway (20 lbs) and this will help a little with the
I have flown off the 5 hrs phase 1 and everything is great!
All temps are cool, especially the cylinder temps.
Performance is outstanding. Acceleration on the runway feels
more like a sports car than an airplane. True airspeed seen
so far is 179 kts, 75% power. I hope maybe to gain a knot or
two as the engine gets more broken in and I wax her up real
good . The best I can calculate I am getting at least the
advertised climb of Vans 200 h.p. website numbers.
Thanks to some buddies that helped: Brad Striplin, Mike
Quinn, and Tom Rood. I don't think I would have attempted
without some knowledgeable help around.
Elevators not even ...Tbarsic RV-10
I purchased a finished
empennage and I am still checking to make sure things were
One questions, I have the elevators bolted together through
the elevator horn hole where the push rod is bolted to. I
checked and noticed the elevators are not perfectly even. Is
this common, should it be corrected, is there a limit?
The horizontal stab is bolted to a bench.
April 28, 2020. Issue #5,071.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
PnP Mission - Flight to Freedom ...Danny Landry RV-7
Getting antsy with
the stay at home order, I decided to fly another
Pilots n Paws mission.
Trip Report ...Rich Macrafic 7A
Just getting around
to compiling statistics of Cindy's and my flight to
the Daytona 500 race in Florida in February in our
homebuilt. What an awesome experience and an awesome
- Distance - 2258, or 2598 statute (road) miles
- Hours (round trip) - 16.9 flying, 18.2 engine
- Fuel - 135.7 gallons
- Actual Instrument Time - 13 hours
- Approaches - 5 (2 ILS and 3 RNAV GPS), and one
(first ever STAR for us; caught us by surprise!)
- Oil used -1qt.
- Avg speed - 133 nm/hr (153 mph). Note: All of the
the engine dialed back to lean-of-peak (fuel savings
important than speed).
- Top speed - 226 nm/hr (yes, we are a member of the
knot club, with the help of 40+ knots of tailwind!).
equivalent to 260 mph car speed (statute).
- Average fuel consumption - 16.6 nm/gal total
warmup, taxi, runup, flying) = 19.1 mpg.
Kudos to the folks at the following FBOs for making
this a very special and gratifying trip:
- Airgate Aviation in New Smyrna Beach
- Aircraft Specialists Jet Center at Gwinnett County
- Hoosier Aviation in Terre Haute, IN
Also Kudos to the following people for their
significant contributions to the success of this
- Our A&P, for his significant help in finishing
this homebuilt aircraft (especially the engine work)
and his continued conditional inspections on an
annual basis. His work gave us the confidence in the
aircraft to attempt such a trip.
- My wife, sometimes pilot, sometimes navigator,
always a 2nd source of expertise (trust, but
verify), for her crew resource management. She
caught a couple of things when I was flying (We
really don't need to count them, do we?). We spent a
LOT of time together in a VERY SMALL space! I could
not do that with just anybody!
Vlad's RV Weekend
Somewhere in Outlaw
Country 7,000'+. Got road current <grin>.
New to me RV-9 home 2600 miles! ...Ed Lee
Left Yakima Friday
morning with my new to me RV-9A. I had 20 minutes in
it before leaving. Great airplane. WX over the
Rockies not good enough to fly direct so I went down
the west side of the Cascades through Salt Lake,
then finally Moriarty, NM just east of Albuquerque.
Crashed for the night and off across the high desert
and stopped finally at SC76, home grass field in
Lancaster, SC. Had at times 236 mph over the ground
south of Memphis getting the push from the low to
the north. I flew most of the trip at 12,500 ft, but
had to go to 13,500 to get over some build ups
flying over the top of the Altanta Class B. I have
never had such a great xcountry airplane as this,
IO-320, 160 hp, Still climbs at 500 fpm at 13000'.
Amazing. I averaged just under 8 gph at 190mph true
airspeed at 12,500. I have helped build at RV-7,
helped build a Sonex-Onex and did build a
Sonex-Sonex/Covair which has flown to OSH from here
three times. It is tight and very altitude limited
but it is fun.
The RV-9A is simply astounding, I hate I didn't
build it, but I am 76 now and question building vs
flying for what years I have left.
Phase One Panel Love Almost Complete
Updated G3X screens
in Flash from Gen 1's to G3X Touch, updated
the audio panel to a GMA245 (BT to phone yay!) and
the GTX330 transponder has been sent in and upgraded
to a GTX330ES (ADS-B OUT). Years in the
making! ;^) AeroLED strobes installed after a
couple years sitting on the shelf (all my fault).
Ran the engine Monday and got a look at the oil
pressure/temps, does the radio work, does the audio
panel work, etc. Need to address a couple of
config error CAS messages that came up, but getting
close to flight. Really taking my time with
this, as a LOT of wires were
removed/moved/re-installed. Looking forward to
peeling off that plastic from the screens and
returning to RV skies.
Click to enlarge to 3,840 x 2,588
Prop governor checked on the bench at prop shop.
P-mags removed, bearings inspected, re-installed and
timed. New tires. New bearings in
tailwheel. Lots of other love. Almost
ready for summer.
Two/Beyond: ADS-B IN, an autopilot
control panel and swapping out the 2nd radio for a
remote unit that talks to the touch screens - 2nd
radio will become the primary radio down the road.
Lookout For: The nerd in me wants the
right landing light to blink 'D' in Morse
code (-..) then the left to blink 'R' (.-.).
Come on technology - you gave us a
high end toilet with 38 buttons. This
should be easy <g>.
My RV Weekend ...Brian Pham RV-4
Don't you just hate
it when you're flying along, minding your own
business and out of nowhere, an upside-down mountain
falls out of the clouds behind you?? <grin>
Sky Designs Airfoil Leg Kits Available....VAF
For those of you
interested in a set of Aluminum Airfoil Gear Legs
for your RV-8, Sky Designs now has kits in-stock -
that means (nearly) instant gratification.
Stay Calm and Build On.
ADSB/Transponder antenna ...Anthony 6A
My ADSB and
Transponder both use the little TED antenna below.
For some reason I like breaking these things when
I'm under the plane. I'm up to two now. Is there a
flexible version of this thing??
200KT GS Club ...Danny Landry RV-7
April 27, 2020. Issue #5,070.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
N8PH first flight ...Carl Froehlich
A year behind schedule
(2019 had many challenges) but N8PH jumped off the runway on
April 7th. She flew strong and straight. Wheel pants to go
on after a few more hours to make sure I'm happy with the
gear. Paint to happen in the fall as I have a lot of flying
to catch up on this summer.
A month of rigging and extra eyes paid off. She flies hands
off, wings level and ball in the center.
The only two issues are the
horrible weather conditions keeping me on the ground, and my
amazingly rusty landing ability.
Keep building and fly your own rocket ship. It is well worth
anyone else experienced this? ...Jim Harris RV-7A
Finishing up my annual
condition inspection and the A&P and I were checking
connections and nuts on FWF. Everything was tight and secure
except when we got to the fuel injector throttle body. Only
one of the four nuts securing it to the engine was tight.
Two were so loose you could spin them with your fingers and
one was totally gone. The engine still ran smoothly.
Replaced all star lock washers, replaced the missing nut and
tightened all to torque. We then added four nylon end nuts
on top of the existing nuts and secured them - there was
just enough room on the studs.
My A&P said this was the first time he's ever seen nuts
loosened like this - especially if no one's worked on the
item. He distinctly remembers checking the throttle body
last year and every thing appeared secure then.
Our question: My engine is the Superior XP IO-360 B1AA2, has
anyone else found they've had to tighten these nuts due to
them becoming loose? This could have really ruined my day
later this year if not discovered!
RV-8 Made it Into a Winger Video <g>
1min 30sec in......
Flight Hours - Now a Few Questions ...azflyer21 -14A
I'm flying in the Phoenix
area and have about 16 hours on my 14A, here's a few
What should my Oil Temps be reading? (Aeroshell Mineral 100)
-Normally 212-215 OAT 60-68
-Today 238 OAT 75
Full Flap Landings require what seems to be a large amount
of nose-up trim, is this normal?
I am planning first oil change at 25 hours, is this about
DIY Center Consoles
Thanks to CV-19, I haven't worked since the 24th of
March. I could get use to this! Trying to use my
time wisely so I recently completed the 8th annual
condition inspection on the RV. It was due this
month anyway. Once I finished, I thought I would
pick up on the original posters nice looking center
console. I did change mine up a bit. I have an arm
rest in the forward area between the seats which I
love. Little spot below for pencils and paper. I
wanted to use the more aft space between the seats
and the space moving up. I have the manual aileron
trim just aft of the armrest so can't
cover/interfere with that area. I still have to put
some kind of stain/varnish/paint covering. It's
secured through the bottom with a single screw
through to a nutplate on the bottom side of the
tunnel cover. I also have to come up with a simple
latch at the top. Test flew with in tonight. Can't
even tell it's there. Here's the finished project. I
like it. (I meant to weigh it before I left the
airport. I'll be surprised if it weighs over a
Just finished my center console. 1/4 birch plywood
from aviation aisle at Home Depot. Includes arm for
iPad mount and custom cutouts for
Notepad and pen
Fuel test cup
Screwdriver (fuel cap opener)
Also has a large (3-1/4" W x 8" L x 5" D) opening
for whatever else I might need.
Here's a couple of pictures. I'm pretty happy with
how it turned out. Downside of using plywood is a
few cosmetic chips, but most of those won't be
visible once this is installed.
was not shot down! ...bhester
Friday after work, it was
just too nice not to go flying. I was just out flying around
when I noticed on my screen that my buddy David Adams was up
also not far from me and near his house. I flew toward him
and we spotted each other, we were pretty much over his
house so we decided to do a fly by and his wife was in the
yard. She ran into the house and got her camera because she
knew we would most likely be coming back around. Even though
this was not planned and she didn't have anytime to setup
her camera, she got a few good pictures. David sent me a
quick shot of a picture of me from her computer screen. It
looked pretty good and I asked him if he could send me the
actual picture so I could use it as my desktop picture. He
said no problem and when he sent it, of course this is what
he sent me, funny guy!
happy with these rivets... ...Eztroller
Page 25-04, step 4 says to
rivet the bearing bracket assembly to the rib using AN4264-8
rivets. I used a rivet squeezer to complete this task, and
as you can see, it did not turn out well. Some of the rivets
swelled between the rib and bearing assembly so the material
is not lying flush/smooth. Also, the shop ends of the rivets
appeared to have deformed the rib enough that it is visible
with the naked eye.
I am ordering new parts, but wanted to see if there was
something I am missing here. I am contemplating back
riveting next time and possibly using a shorter rivet, but
any help would be greatly appreciated.
Side note, I stopped by the factory yesterday and was able
to get the parts I ordered in a very short amount of time.
They are following all of the CDC guidelines and left my
items outside in a bag with my name on it. Great people
this community has working for us.
my elevator ...DylanRush
I just bought an RV-6a last weekend. I will keep it outside,
as the hangar costs are so high in my area (Seattle) that I
could just buy a new plane every ten years rather than store
it inside. Not to mention hangar wait lists are 2-4 years
This week I noticed after some rain, water is collecting in
the elevator. The side with the trim tab seems to drain but
the side without the tab does not.
I'm wondering if I can drill a drain hole, and if so where.
Also what kind of resin or epoxy can I use to fill out some
minor cracks in my fiberglass? And is it realistic for
someone with an electronics and engineering background to be
able to install some new avionics even though I haven't done
much work on cars or planes before?
Weekend ...airguy starts it this time
Qualified for the
"Iron-butt" award on Friday.
I had a bit of a cross-country that needed to happen, my
uncles 172 needed to be transported down to Jesse Saint's
place for a new Dynon panel install. Friday was the day for
good VFR all the way (or mostly good, as it turned out) so
we saddled up and pushed. He took off about 6:45 am from our
west Texas private strip and headed east, and I took off
about 8 am and caught up with him at his second fuel stop in
Hammond Louisiana. I had a great tailwind at 17,000 on the
way there. Notice fuel quantity and range to empty in this
shot. Gotta love it.
Flight Reviews and CV-19 ...Gary
With all the "social
distancing" being recommended, what are RV pilots doing that
need(ed) to get a "Flight Review" in April, May, and June of
When one moves to a new state after a flight review, what
are you doing to find an RV friendly CFI for your fight
review at the new location?
Rebirthing Update ...kentlik
...fuel selector cover.
RV7ForMe Status Update
On a more positive note
after I finished agonizing about the rudder I moved on to
the ailerons. Yeah! they are really easy to build and
came out super straight with not twist! Very happy with
April 24, 2020. Issue #5,069.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
Practice ...5min 49sec video. dr
Sid organized a
6-ship practice at
52F. I'm still reassembling the -6, so
stood on the side with the iPhone and a tripod.
No talking, just RVs in slo-mo taking off and
landing and a couple of passes. 40* crosswind
from the left burbling over the hangars had 'um
working it. Editing on iMovie on the phone -
quick and dirty.
RV-6 Rebuild Update ...jamlip
Well the RV-4 sold
today to the first viewer. I don't feel particularly
happy about it - I love that aircraft. It was my
gateway to aviation in the US and I have lots of
happy memories attached to it. It was also mega to
The buyer brought along Lars Pedersen, of this
parish, for the pre-buy. Lars also looked around my
6, having seen in in the past when it was in pieces
and had a cobweb for an electrical system. He seemed
to like how it was coming along. I enjoyed seeing
Lars' well-travelled RV-7, which is a lovely build
and has some nice kit on it.
Anyway, now I need to turbo-on with the 6. No point
owning an aircraft that doesn't function as a flying
The cowling is looking better. Like, stripped of
paint, but at least the gaps are half decent now,
and the front doesn't look like someone attacked it
with a shotgun. I'm finding it easier to get the
cowl on and off the aircraft, too - you just have to
learn each aircraft's little 'dance routine' as
David Howe put it whilst talking on the phone a few
days ago. David has been a great counsellor for many
parts of this job.
Spark Plugs ...Scott Hersha
I need a spark plug with a shorter height from the
cylinder to the top of the plug where the harness
attaches. My RV4 doesn't have a whole lot of room
(O-360-A1A). I just replaced all the baffle seals,
as well as installing a new ignition harness, and
there is very little clearance from the top of the
harness where it attaches to the plug, and the
cowling in the cheeked cowl. I've heard that Tempest
plugs are a little shorter, but have been unable to
get any external dimension details from either
Champion or Tempest. I am currently running Champion
REM40E's. They were new less than a year ago by the
previous owner, and in checking the internal
resistance, it ranges from 1300 to 2700 ohms. I've
heard that Tempest UREM37BY's are not as tall. I'm
not all that concerned about the slightly cooler
plug (higher CHT) of the -37BY's. I'm not unhappy
with the performance of the Champion -40E's, I'm
just looking for more headroom. I haven't been able
to find a reference for external spark plug
dimensions. If anyone knows the external height
dimension, from cylinder to spark plug harness
connect, please let me know.
If I have to buy new plugs, I'll probably pick
Selfie ...Bobby Steinmetz
My 12iS won't be
flying for some time, but this is me in my buddy's
RV-8 last August.
April 23, 2020. Issue #5,068.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
Selfie: Herman (SuperCubDriver)
Milestone: Commercial Rating (checkride in the RV-6A)
January out of KEHR. Stalls, emergency descents,
engine out landings, soft field, short field. It was
not easy but doable. The RV-6A wasn't the easiest to
do the Lazy Eights or the Chandelles to spec.
Definitely not a C172 in those areas. I had used the
same DPE for my IFR checkride so he was comfortable
doing the commercial in an RV. Thank you to Mr. Van
for giving us a very capable airplane. The Corona
Virus has put me in the holding pattern as far as my
next step... The multi-engine commercial add on.
With that said, does anyone have recommendations for
a flight school for the multi engine add on? Thanks
Another RV-6 Project ...UKFlyboy
I have recently
taken over an RV6 part-completed project. Imported
to the UK from the US, its an early kit from 1989,
and comes with a fixed pitch 180 HO Lycoming.
Now started on fixing some build issues and moving
on ASAP, the current Covid-19 lockdown is giving me
time to work on the project.
Here is a picture of the airframe as it was towed to
my hanger, you can see I've squeezed it in besides
my Aeronca Chief, you can see the tips of the wing
and tailplane in the pic, and the fluorescent lights
are mounted on old HS frames from the Chief, they
were too rusted to use but make great light holders.
The wings are built as is the rudder and tailplane
but there are issues with the build of of the
stabilisers, so some rebuild will be required.
My Coronavirus Escape Day in a RV-7 ...Boyd Birchler
morning I climbed into the left seat of Boyd's RV-7
as he waited quietly from the right seat. At that
point, I'd already challenged him to a flight to
circumnavigate our state, the state of Indiana, and
he'd accepted with only one request - that we fly
his RV-7. No problem. On the up-side, it's faster
than my Decathlon, more fuel efficient, and lands,
taxis and rides better on windy days. On the
down-side, it has a brand new Garmin G3X full glass
panel and the 'gauge-girl' in me is still trying to
deny it's time to join the 21st century. But I'm
ready to go and let's just say it wasn't going be
the same relaxing flight as would have been in my
own bird. Before climbing in, we'd already agreed to
share PIC time just like we did in 2018 when we flew
the perimeter of the U.S.
The RV Grin
...Matt Ziemann pics
"I know from a
photographer's perspective this isn't the best
photo---too fast shutter freezes the prop vs getting
a nice disk, exposure makes the whole plane look
dark...but that covers up the fact that this picture
captures the essence of the RV grin: a helluva fun
tailwheel plane, pitching up off a grass strip on a
beautiful day. My brother, rehacking his tailwheel
and acro currency after 4 years, had the RV grin.
And even though I wasn't flying, I had a pretty big
grin, too---especially hearing my 3 year old
daughter cheer him on with "Go Uncle Mike! Go Uncle
Second picture is
better from a photography perspective...but there's
just something about the clouds and blue sky in the
first one...and the dynamic nature of him pitching
April 22, 2020. Issue #5,067.
One odd stat during all this CV19 drama is that the VAF forums are busier
than I've ever seen them. When there would normally be 300
or so people in there in the morning around 0800, I'm now seeing
upwards of 900 at times. That hasn't kept a couple of
advertisers from needing to bow out for awhile (completely
understandable), but in the same breath a huge thank you to
those who visit the site and the advertiser sites. Weird
times, and our family is in financial 'lean of peak' mode just
like everyone else. Hang tough and we'll push through it
together as best we can. Faith in humanity.
You want proof of the power of the RV community and the human spirit in
trying times? Watch the video below and prepare to have
your heart warmed. What an amazing group of people.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
We lay our hearts
over Atlanta for first responders and essential workers
My RV Weekend ...crabandy
A quick trip to the
lake to take care of some springtime chores. Yes,
Pie is missing her front tooth....she was wiggling
another lose one as we were loading up. Despite the
look on Lil' Dude's face (more his fighting off a
nap look) he loves riding in back, he even calls it
ahead of time like "shotgun."
Life in the RV Lane
Re-assembly of the
RV-6 continues. Tuesday morning was to be a
quick wheel pants on session, but ended up spending
time, as is sometimes the case with aviation,
finding tools to deal with setbacks. A screw
twisted in half (new screw, clean, lubricated and a
nice bit on the hand screwdriver). Weird.
That doesn't happen very often.
Where's the drill
and bit? Drill out the nutplate and find the
squeezer, dies, cleco pliers, rivets and all the
other stuff you need to drill out an old nutplane
and install a new one. This plane has been
flying for nearly 18 years. The tools are in
drawers (I think).
It actually kinda
felt nice to work with other-than-screwdriver honest
to goodness airplane tools, if only for a bit.
Placed Timing Mark on back of prop. ...gasman
I wanted to find a
safe way to check the timing of my electronic
ignition without being so close to the prop, and
without the need for another person.
I made a bracket that would mount in the left inlet
and allow an adjustable pointer to be mounted 3"
from the back of the prop. I then set the timing
that I wanted using the marks on the flywheel and a
32 oz yogurt container mounted to the nose cone with
blue masking tape..... It had my cell phone mounted
to it with blue masking tape also. With my
Clinometer app, I had accuracy to within a 10th of a
I then transferred the timing mark to the back of
the prop and adjusted the pointer to alignment
viewed from the pilots seat. I set the timing light
in position close to the pointer secured to the top
of the motor.
Waited till sunset, jumped in and fired it up.....
perfect timing, with and without the vacuum line
connected. So how accurate is it..... at that
distance from the flywheel, 1/4 inch is one degree
Second Test Flight Some Bumps In The Road
My second test
flight was another success, Yes there were some
issues again with the ADAHRS, and my right wing
heavy got heavier. But I did got the trim indication
dialed in. It's Phase I there are going to be bumps
in the road.
AV8R local flights around Lake Laberge, Yukon ...Andy612
Went for a couple
rips up and down Lake Laberge in the RV-4 Friday and
Saturday evenings. Lake's still ice covered, but
spring's on it's way. Thought about landing on the
lake, the snow looked very shallow and ice looked
smooth. Maybe next time.
My canoe gets a panel. ...rv6ehguy
I have a lot of time on my hands and I am making
great progress on my RV6A project. My panel is
finished. After many years of indecision, equipment
changes, and improvements, I finally settled on
this-Version 11. I used a program called XPanel to
design it but that wasn't good enough for me. I
wanted to see it and touch it. So I used plexiglass
to mock up the panel. I did several changes on the
plexi (cheaper than aluminum). I added all the
equipment and when I was happy with what I was
seeing and touching, I committed it to aluminum. And
yes I actually did sit in the canoe to see how
everything looked and to make sure I could reach all
essentials. Ergonomics 101. The aluminum panel was
hand cut. No CAD programs for me mainly because I
don't know how to use them. I'm more of a hands on
guy. I still have quite a bit of wiring to do. I
just needed everything in place to make sure there
was no interference issues. A few minor ones showed
themselves but nothing I can't remedy. I'm very
happy with the results. Now the next step is to
gradually turn everything on individually and hope I
don't see smoke. A special thanks goes to Danny at
SteinAir who painted and laser engraved my panel.
Did I mention that I spent months on selecting my
colour. I've never looked at so many shades of grey.
John Van Lieshout
the 'Yep That Hurts' Thread
Opinion on my canopy fairing please ...Reilly
My first fiberglass effort and not unhappy with it
I would just like some opinions from the gurus on
the area and gaps around the hinge bolt holes. I
know its a less attractive part of the 12 but are
mine too large or is this how it should be? I did
take time to ensure that the bolt hole on the
template was directly over the bolt.
Appreciate the feedback
April 21, 2020. Issue #5,066.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
Back In The Air....hello 'Dilemma 3.0'
"DR, quick note. A
few days to the year, Dilemma flew again. In the
spirit of the learning part of EXPERIMENTAL I
decided to build my own engine and mount it on the
RV. With help from Dayton Murdock and a visit from
Paul Dye, the engine came along.
Plane did well.
Better than I expected. Temps are running below what
they were with the old 340 even during the break in.
The 360 is bigger and caused all kinds of problems
Will start posting
here and there of the process of getting Dilemma 3.0
My RV Weekend ...bhester
My buddy David
Adams and I flew our RVs to KBNA - Nashville, TN and
did a touch n go, just because they are slow right
now and seemed like something neat to do.
Injuries While Building ....DanH's entry
I was working in
front of a 6" wire wheel, on a stand mounted bench
grinder. One single wire flew up and stuck itself
squarely in the end of my nose, sticking straight
out like an arrow. I felt the impact, then stood
there for a moment, extremely cross-eyed, trying to
determine what the blurry thing might be.
Good case for eye protection.
Safety Glasses Aren't Perfect. I was using a
combo belt/disc sander on a bench. I think I was
cleaning up the end of a piece of angle that I had
cut on the band saw. I swear I saw that chip the
whole way, in slow motion. Off the sander, bouncing
off the table, up UNDER my safety glasses and into
my right eye.
Managed to drive myself to urgent care, where they
flushed out my eye. Said they could see some scaring
on my cornea, but have never had an issues with
vision before or since.
Stay safe builders!
Fuel line. dented flare ...fazlo
While removing the right-hand side fuel tank on my
RV4, I dented the flare of the fuel line. I cut and
redid the flare but it's now just a bit tight and
susceptible to chaffing near the grommet. The fuel
line goes in one piece from the tank to the Andair
fuel valve. Instead of redoing the whole line (which
is a complicated 3D exercise!), I am thinking of
cutting it behind the fuselage wall, add a
replacement tube, flare and use an AN815 union. Is
it acceptable or would you advise to redo the whole
Thank you very much
Weekend (last weekend) ...Northernliving
Had to do some
social distancing in the RV today, so took a rip up
to Mt Washington, a stop at Bethel for a top off of
100LL and then out to Portland ME and South down the
coast. Felt nice to get out and leave the world
behind for a short while.
Is this the right cover for removal of c/s governor?
Removed my governor
pad since I am using a fixed pitch prop. Is this the
correct cover for my situation? Thought I read
somewhere about the cover needing areas on the back
for oil to be routed. As you can see the cover I got
from Vans is just solid with no recesses on the
My RV Weekend.....airguy
Had some good IMC
here on Saturday, got 2.1 hours practice in actual
and shot 6 approaches, 4 of them down to true
April 20, 2020. Issue #5,065.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
Falcon RV Sq CV19
My boys in the Falcon RV
Squadron have taken to the skies to send messages of support
to all those brave medical professionals risking their lives
in the battle against this virus. We had been practicing for
the Atlanta Airshow so morphing into smoking hearts was an
We have over 50 flying RVs
at KFFC. Of that number, we have around 16 FFI air show
qualified formation pilots. Most of our airshow qualified
leads are ex-fighter pilots so we have good leadership. We
are trying to spread feelings of appreciation and hope, but
we are having a great time besides.
LaGuardia, JFK...all in an RV-8!
Newark, LaGuardia, and
Kennedy all in one flight...in an RV-8! The unfortunate
circumstances of air travel in the country at the moment
allowed for a unique opportunity. Is it possible I am the
first to land an experimental at any or all of these
Fitting the Cowl - How good is good enough? ...UnPossible
Well, I've waited a few
days, and the cowl fairy has not flown in to fit my cowl ...
guess it's time to get busy.
I've spent a couple of hours trimming the cowl around the
spinner area. It's getting closer, but it's not perfect.
Below are a couple of pics of my progress... It looks like
in order to get a good circle behind the spinner, I will
need to fill in a bit of the joggle on either side of the
I'm wondering how good is good enough here to drill the one
hole on each side where the cowl halves overlap, and move
forward to fitting it on the fuselage?
Shop/Plane Update: Matt Burch ...RV-7 and
CORONA avoidance - RV style ...Scott Hersha
The Cincy River Rats have
been tuning up our formation skills and blowing off the dust
so to speak, getting ready for this coming flying season,
which I'm confident will happen. Dave (KICKS) Schmitz
organized our group to stage out of Madison, IN, a very GA
friendly place with $3.80 gas. Two three ships with Kicks
leading 'Kicks' flight, and Bud (Joker) Newhouse leading RAT
flight. We joined the two flights for a pass over KIMS for a
photo op. We respected proper social distancing and still
had a great time. I hope everyone is able to enjoy our
freedoms while respecting mandated restrictions, which I
hope will, at least gradually, end soon.
Mis-Aligned J- Channel / right wing ...Jskyking
After getting the top wing
skins in place and the left wing j-channel fitting
perfectly, I moved to the right wing j-channel and
discovered the short and the long J-channel is about 1/16
too high. I can see thru the dimple jchannel and out the top
of the wing but it is too far out of alignment to fit a
I talked to Vans twice today, this morning they suggested to
lightly bend the j-channel or as a last resort, take a
dremel and remove a little of the material in the slot where
the j- channel sits on the rib.
Great Autosignature in
Aerox Press Release
April 17, 2020. Issue #5,064.
Wishing you and yours a safe, happy and RV-filled weekend.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
*unless you need to.
Aerobatic Fuel Tank ...NorthernRV4
Good day fellow RV'ers
This winter I've been building the starboard wing
and I'm at the point of putting the finishing
touches on the tank. Firstly, this tank is getting a
flop tube and the standard Van's resistive fuel
senders. I'm looking for some tips & advice
specifically on mounting the sender in the second
rib bay and the anti-hang up guide strap. Van's
plans are pretty simplistic and don't show at all
any dimensions for mounting the sender.
1. For the sender, do you mount it in a cover plate
similar to the end rib to allow for greater access
and ease the inserting of the sender/float arm? Or
is a simple hole for the sender sufficient?
2. At what vertical position would the sender be
mounted in the rear baffle? I would think roughly
the same position as mounting it in the end rib
would put it.
3. Do you bend the rod to the same dimensions as if
it was mounted in the rib? I'd rather not have the
tank all sealed up only to find the fuel gauge is
way off. I expect some inaccuracy but I'd like it to
be as close as possible.
and lastly, in regards to the strap. Did you just
fabricate a guide that looks like the diagram
provided in the plans? Any specifics here to
Thanks in advance, keep calm and build on!
Printed Mask Strap Update ...daniel_hagan
Steve, thank you SO much for the clips, they
arrived today. One of my girls was practically in
tears as she literally has contact wounds behind her
ears. The staff upstairs found out about them
literally 25 seconds later (thanks to same said
employee) so I distributed 15-20 up there as well.
This means more to us than you'll ever realize ...
RV-7 Status Update ...vernh59
Getting started on the center section with the
seat ribs. I spent some time trying to figure out
the access ribs and the clearance ribs. Finally. I
marked and cut the ribs as shown.
How Bad Did I Screw Up? ...Sieldan RV-8
Welp, been rocking along on the empennage. Been
going well. Little hiccup with the HS-00003 doubler
but got that figured out. Finished both horizontal
stab halves to the disassemble, debur, and dimple
stage. Realized last nigh while trying to sleep that
I didn't mark the skins for orientation! Everything
has been match drilled. I'm not sure where to go
from here. Any suggestions?
3D Printed Parts and Molds (Update) ...AX-O
Drawing and Finished product. The only difference
is that I decided to make the flange the same size
as the filter OD.
Guy Initial Contact ...Pat
New Builder looking for Tools / RV8 Kit
I'd like to introduce myself to the Vans community
Last year I built a hangar at CYCC (Cornwall) and
currently own a 1/3 share of a Cherokee. I have a
Vans toolbox kit that is itching to be completed,
and I'd like to get started on an RV8 this winter.
Like many, I'm on a budget so I'd like to acquire as
many used tools/kit components as I can before
purchasing new stuff in the fall. If you or someone
you know has something for sale that I might be
interested in, please let me know!
2020 Trip was a Success ...gfb
We made it back safe from Brazil in our RV-9A a
couple of weeks ago and I finally finished uploading
all the videos to youtube. It was a fantastic trip,
We'll be doing bahamas next year!
Fuel Lines ...efitzgerald
I am working on my firewall layout and started on
the fuel lines. I am using a SDS fuel injection
system with their case mounted fuel block. I had
originally planned on using flex hose in fire sleeve
from the firewall to the fuel block. I saw another
members post with a similar install and he had used
hard lines from the back of the engine near to the
fuel block and it looked like a great idea.
In my picture the lines are aluminum for the purpose
of mock-up only. I was going to have TS Flightlines
make the stainless lines. The lines would be flared
on each end with aluminum AN nuts. There would be a
bracket bolted on top of the fuel pump block off
plate to secure the end of the rigid line where the
flexible hose connects to it with steel AN fittings.
I planned 1 to 2 brackets bolted onto the engine to
support the lines.
Is it a mistake to do it this way?
Restorative Power of Flight
I went out to the
airport Wednesday morning with the best of RV
intentions. But having passed a few motionless
flags on the way, and seeing 00000KT on the phone
when I looked, that plan went out the window.
The RV isn't buttoned back up, but the Cub is, and
it has been a few weeks since it has been off the
The stock ponds
were mirrors and dew covered bright green fields
fighting for spring sunlight exploded in the morning
light out to the horizon. Almost fluorescent.
What you don't realize about 52F is that five
minutes to the NW in a Cub at 100' AGL over
farmland, you could pretty easily convince yourself
it was 1946. No houses, just creeks and
farmland. A little inattention and the ball is
out again - stick and rudder skills matter with this
one. The joys of simple, uncomplicated flight
with no radio - there's only one knob (baro) and one
switch (mag). You don't really need the baro.
The checklist is short.
After .6 of
restorative therapy, I taxied up to the hangar and
began planning the morning's original task of
putting back on access covers, fairings, cowlings
and wheel pants on the amazing RV-6. An RV is
the polar opposite of a Cub. It so beautifully
masters fast and high and acro and technology, and
rewards well practiced skill sets. I miss
going fast, and need to get that thing put back
together this week, but 00000KT demands Cub if you
have access to one, and plodding along at 40mph in
ground effect a foot or so above the growing wheat
touches the soul in a way that few things can.
If you've never done this you'll just have to trust
me. A Cub-shaped shadow on a field of blurred,
wet green in red-shifted morning light can set
things right in your head. Email and
accounting software are easier to face with recent
memories like these.
Fourteen deer and
three turkeys in the memo line.
Same plane in 2017. dr pic.
But even the new
plan didn't go as expected. I sat on the couch
jotting down a few thoughts for this piece here,
with the clicking and ticking of the 65 h.p. engine
cooling down in front of me, and my train of thought
kept getting distracted by all the RV activity.
It turns out RVators like 00000KT too. There's
Allen in his -14 taking off. Now Danny in his
-8, and Ross in his -6. And Matt (-6), and
John (-8), and Kay (-8A), and Randy (-8) and James
(-4) and Rod (-8). They too saw the windsock,
and changed their plans to take advantage of the
CAVU with their own RV version of social distancing.
I'd guess they didn't see the turkeys.
What a Blessing it
is to get to enjoy these. High and fast in the
amazing RV, and low and slow in a worn, tattered,
dusty, dripping J-3 that reminds me of both simpler
times and why I'm also attracted to this different
type of flying. These two aircraft, and their
wildly different flight envelopes, realign my mental
gyros like nothing else. Blessed and
Grateful are the words that keep coming to the
I'll get the RV in
the air here in a few days, but I'm glad the plan
changed on the fly. Formation practice is
calling me and that is all RV. But lazily
exploring a creek for fish and beavers from a
hundred feet will be up front here again before too
long. Anyone standing outside around N. TX
Wednesday would understand. Aviators get all
goofy-eyed when the METARs are all zeros.
It's our catnip.
We are beautifully
April 16, 2020. Issue #5,063.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
...Steve (last name not listed) RV-8
3D Printed Mask Straps Update ...Steve Melton
I have printed well
over a thousand of these straps. Unit #4 came
on-line over the weekend. it was a used unit that
needed TLC: new stepper motors, new belts, new bed
liner, new Y-axis bushings, new software,
realignment, calibration, nozzle, etc. She is
purring like a kitten. if you have multiple printers
it is beneficial to have identical units.
3D Printed RV Parts and Molds: Update ...AX-O
The project has
been moving forward. After talking with a few folks,
Tim Feeney wanted to give it a go. He is on VAF (TFeeney)
and an RV-10 builder. We decided to go with aluminum
as the material. There were many questions that I
did not expect which required answers before moving
forward. Probably pretty basic questions for folks
in the machining business but not for me. Goes back
to the learning part of EXPERIMENTAL.
Transition Training Update ...Vac
We've been busy
with the AOA project, and version 3.3 of the
training resources is still current. Turns out when
I published this, I used the wrong "save as" option
when I converted it to pdf format, and the
hyperlinks in the table of contents didn't work
Here are two options for downloading a corrected pdf
that has hyperlinks.
I regret I didn't catch the problem with the
hyperlinks sooner. Hopefully that hasn't caused too
much consternation. As always, if any one has any
difficultly downloading anything from either our
website or Google Drive, drop me an email or PM.
Area monthly lunch: an update
Hey folks, since the third weekend is upon us, I
want to at least pop in here and say hi. I know I
never posted anything last month - with businesses
on lockdown, it didn't seem feasible, but I did get
a couple inquiries.
Unfortunately, as we're all aware, businesses remain
shut down, which precludes meeting anywhere out and
about for lunch. There is the option of meeting
elsewhere, and I know I'd talked about hosting at my
hangar in April, but both Josie and I have been sick
in the past few weeks, and I don't think it's wise
Long story short, I'm not going to plan on a monthly
lunch for April either. With any luck, next month
we'll be on the other side of this thing and we can
get together again - and I intend to follow through
on hosting when that time comes.
Thanks for continued interest and attendance; we'll
get this thing going again soon.
April 15, 2020. Issue #5,062.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
My RV Weekend ...Jpm757
Took a quick trip
down the Hudson River VFR corridor. Usually loaded
with traffic, I didn't see one other aircraft. One
circle around the Statue of Liberty.
Reassembly of 'Flash'
things back together after (because of me and a
perfect storm of schedule chaos) the longest annual
in history. New upgraded avionics stuff to
show off soon (as it goes in) and slowly making
progress in a weird world. Baby steps.
All the screws were in a cup and covered in oil, so
I sprayed them with LPS-3 and got out the towels.
Let the sorting begin.
James was kidding
me about just going ahead and using new screws.
He obviously doesn't know my routine. There is
easily another decade in most of these screws.
Save those pennies,
Post Trip Report ...kaweeka RV-9A
My 3 month
sabbatical turned in to a brief 3 week flight from
Sacramento, Ca to Guadeloupe then back after Covid
19 showed up. It's amazing how fast everything
spiraled down the drain. We spent 4 days in Antigua
then flew 52 miles to Guadeloupe to find the entire
island shut down. At that point we figured we better
get back to the US before everything closes
All in all the experience was great. The plane flew
flawlessly. About 7,500 miles in all. After I
got back, the world changed (in just a few weeks).
I'm back seeing patients on a limited basis and
volunteering to work the in the ICU. It's been a few
years since I had to manage a vent but it's amazing
how fast that knowledge comes back.
There are a few things I noticed, however.
1) I need to change the front crankshaft seal.
Watched videos and read a lot. Seems pretty straight
forward. I ordered 2 seals just in case I muck up
one! Saw a tool I can make and spoke to one fellow
who uses bicycle tire plastic irons.
2) I was supposed to stop at AFP for some individual
tuning with Don but for obvious reasons, could not.
When this mess is over I would love to get with
someone closer to Northern California who knows the
system and would spend some time on this. The plane
runs great but I think we can get better and the
experience is invaluable.
Please, everyone, heed the social distancing. Be
safe. I see this up close and personal. I hate to
think anyone got sick who could have avoided it.
And the adventure
begins..... What a difference an hour
and a half can make ;^).
Status Update ...rmartingt
So the engine is
more or less built, minus a couple of accessories.
Slightly older picture. I've decided to start
fitting the baffles (at least to the engine, I know
I can't trim the cowl side yet and they need to be
off for cowl fitting) while access is easy, and
started on some of the accessory work while I get
the shop cleaned up. I'll probably go ahead and
paint/assemble them (again while access is easy) and
that way I can fit them quickly later. It's also
just nice to be working with sheetmetal again for a
Teach me how to CAMP out of the RV. ...roofus4
I am taking the
month of May off. I want to do a long trip in the
RV, but in this time of Covid19, I'm worried about
where to stay and whether any hotels or lodges would
even be open. Camping comes to mind.
I've never considered it before now. I would be
starting from scratch. I have absolutely nothing in
regards to camping. I need ideas for everything!
Tents, sleeping equipment, how to eat, how to pack
it in the RV, and even suggestions on things like
Then where to go? I live in TX. I'm thinking Idaho,
Washington, or Oregon.
I know I'm asking a lot of questions, but thanks for
RV Weekend ...goatflieg
Back to baffle work. Who knew that the air seal fabric would take so long
to fabricate? I didn't... but I'm learning. Not done yet... but progress is
The wife and I flew
from Pontiac, MI (KPTK) to Owasso, MI (KRNP) for
fuel ($4.18) best price around. There is a very
small diner on the field that is open for take out.
Two burgers and chips ordered by the wife while I
filled up the plane. We ate in the completely empty
terminal building as it was too cold outside, washed
up, sterilized with sanitizer and flew home.
Pontiac cleared us to land 6 miles out. During
normal times there might be as many as 6 planes
doing training in the pattern. I have had to remind
tower to clear me for landing while turning final.
A weird world we live in now.
April 14, 2020. Issue #5,061.
The first construction picture. My buddy David's RV-10
empcone kit is scheduled to arrive at his house on Tuesday the
14th. We were texting back and forth a little on Monday,
and I typed something to the effect of, "Make sure you take a
picture of the kit before you open it - you'll look back on that
and smile in a decade or so." And of course that got
me to thinking about my own family's RV-6 and when the tail kit
arrived in late December of 1996. Here is Audrey, who had
recently worked out the skill of walking, taking a stroll around
the tail kit of N617AR (her initials). She was probably
thinking about chemistry...
And that got me thinking about the builder log, which was sheets of paper
3-hole punched in a notebook. It worked swimmingly, never
needed updating and was 'backed up' with a camera. The top of page one is
below. I spent 15 minutes opening the little box holding a
camcorder, and it still makes me grin when I think of what was
inside - particle board for making the alignment jigs for
the HS, VS, rudder and elevators. The first box I opened
of my someday-flying aluminum airplane was full of wood. ;^)
I hope David takes that picture. I took mine 8,503 days ago, and it
still brings me joy.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
DFW Airport at Night
...from an RV-4
James Walsh photo a couple
RV-6 Rebuild Project (and some RV-4 thrown in there) ...jamlip
A while back, whilst trying
to decide what coms to put in this thing, I found a local ad
from a guy selling basic 2.25" mount radios for a few
hundred dollars a pop. His name was Frank, and he had a
stock of 25kHz-spaced stuff which he was getting from
Germany after Europe went to 8.33kHz spacing. I figured one
of these would suffice until I'd flown the aircraft enough
to decide whether I wanted to keep it or otherwise.
Frank sorted me out with a Becker unit, which I wired to a
Signtronics intercom which I had laying around. I couldn't
get sound to come out, so, suspecting the intercom was duff,
I changed the intercom to another Sigtronics box, but the
improvement was marginal. I wasted a lot of time trying to
get it to work, and didn't really learn much in the process.
I just ordered the
empennage kit. It's an RV-14A. Go ahead and mock me. Tail
draggers are infinitely cooler. I'm not cool.
Spending so much time at home means I'm spending way too
much time thinking about building an airplane. I also
realized that Van's is going to start charging sales tax on
shipments to NC starting in May. I needed to get the order
in to save some money and give me something to do at home
other than argue with the family. ;-)
Wish me luck.
A Virtual Tour of RV-10 N299PW ...jtoudeouze
N299PW First Flight 7/6/19
Build started 6/8/18 quick build first flight 7/6/19 built
only the the help of my wife. All glass IFR Dynon built with
the help of Rob Hickman and his crew, Interior is South
Florida Sports Aviation with the help of Eliane Lignelli.
Painted and installed interior in the last 45 days.
Tailwheel MX Video ...Blake Frazier
For those of us that aren't
familiar with tailwheel maintenance or have been putting off
maintenance for fear of disassembly, I put together a short
video discussing the inner workings of this mechanism.
I've got a longer video in the works dealing with
troubleshooting common issues that we see in this mechanism,
but it's not ready quite yet.
If you're having issues or need advice with a tailwheel
assembly, don't hesitate to get in touch with us... we're
here to help!
#71139 Status Update ...vernh59
After assembling and match
drilling the fuse tail section, I disassembled for deburring,
edge shaping, dimpling, etc. As I was getting the parts
ready for assembly, I started looking around the shop and
decided I had to do something before I began the next phase.
I replaced some old wall board, painted and generally
April 13, 2020. Issue #5,060.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
Yobo is Home ...olyolson post
Yesterday was truly the
best day of the year so far. Yobo is virus free and was
cleared by the Doc to leave the hospital. He is home safe
and is recuperating. He's starting to get back to his old
self already and trading jokes & barbs with KC Flight.
Welcome back buddy!
3D printer in your airplane shop to good use for medical personnel ...Mothership
A little off topic
possibly, but we can put our aviation design tools to good
use right now, so I think it's worth the post.
Some of us have 3D printers available to us - or even
sitting idle in our shops. If yours is sitting idle right
now, consider this a challenge to go grab this simple
printable project and make surgical mask straps for your
local hospital personnel. These 3D printed ear guards help
relieve some of the discomfort that wearing face masks all
day can cause.
This idea comes via Hudson Wiliams, a young man in Alabama
who's making them in his hometown for people working the
hospitals there - including his mom. He's recruited some
friends to print them as well. If he joins VAF (and he
should, since he just finished building a Van's sign kit and
will one day - I'm pretty confident - build an RV), then
hopefully he will chime in and maybe add a photo/thought or
We can pile onto his idea here, and help spread even more of
You should be able to print several of these at a time on a
typical home 3D printer! Drop them off for your local
Extended go pro mount ...Simon Hitchen
If you're looking for a
little quarantine project....
I Wanted a better perspective for inflight photos so I made
this mount to extend ahead of the wing by 2 feet. Makes a
I used 3/4" carbon fibre tubing with 3/4" aluminium square
stock (all provided by my hangar mate John). I fabricated
the brackets to fit into existing holes/nut plates for the
wing tip attach points.
I was worried about vibration but it turned out great.
First photo is of the mount without the camera on the end.
Second is a photo with the go pro mounted on top of the wing
(old position). The third photo is with the camera mounted
on the new carbon fibre extension rod. Much better photo.
My RV Weekend ...various
The weather in San Diego finally cleared today, so I woke up
early and took the RV up for a flight.
I really had nowhere to go, so I decided to fly along the
coast, down to Coronado, and then reverse course and head
back to Fallbrook to do a few landing before putting the
airplane back in the hangar.
video out the side window as I did the 180* turn..
Interesting flying right
now .. SoCal approach had one controller for the entire San
Diego area. I know that the facility has limited staffing
now due to less traffic, and also to help reduce the chances
of a controller getting COVID-19, and getting the entire
shift sick. So, they've reduced the shift size so as to have
a backup team if one shift gets sick.
This was likely to be my second to last flight before
converting the panel from this to this:
Milestone: First Start ...Joe in Longview, TX
Ran my IO-390 today for the
first time! Started on the 3rd blade. However it was not
1. Ran very, very rich. Had to lean the mixture a lot just
to get it to idle. Was able to richen the mixture as RPM's
increased but had to lean it again once I began reducing the
throttle. Does anyone have the procedure for adjusting the
2. Hartzel prop would not cycle. I think I ran the engine
long enough to fill the prop cylinders with oil, but I'm not
sure. When attempting to cycle the prop, nothing happens.
RPM was about 1600 at the time. Any suggestions?
3. No manifold pressure indication. However I believe this
is an instrument problem rather than an engine problem.
Dynon Skyview HDX system.
Tool Drool ...RV7ForMe
Free OCR that
you can Paste from the Clipboard
folks compiling study notes and checklists and such...
I know you can do some of
this with apps on a phone, but I've never found a solution
until now that was as painless. I found
over the weekend and bookmarked it with excitement.
I've been compiling study notes (something you might be
doing for your Instrument rating, etc.) and was looking for
a way to convert text from a picture into text
without having to buy OCR software. This site does
that....straight from the clipboard.
On a desktop or laptop MAC you can press
COMMAND-CONTROL-SHIFT-4 and highlight a part of a
picture with text in it, then go to that site and press
COMMAND-V to paste it in the window. After pasting in
the graphic, select 'TEXT' for output in the bottom dropdown
box and click on PROCESS WHOLE IMAGE. A little
formatting and you're done...
If you're using a Windows
10 machine you can press WINDOWS LOGO + SHIFT + S to
active the 'Snip' tool.
Here is a
sample picture below for you to practice on. It's a
picture, so you can't highlight and copy the text. Use
the instructions above and give it a try!
Charity Cap Sighting ...Rob Ray
"Easter CV stay at home VAF hat sighting! "What's in
My RV-14A doesn't like idling ...PandaCub
Odd problem with the IO-390
Thunderbolt in my RV-14A: whenever I pull the throttle
completely back, the engine seems like it's idling around
650 RPM but the tach goes haywire, reading anywhere from 30
to 1250. Engine has even stalled on me twice when I
completely closed the throttle during taxi back to hangar.
Engine runs fine otherwise. One Slick magneto and one Emag.
Issue can be seen in this short video:
Any thoughts appreciated.
Update ...David Paule 3B
Clipped In. After
some more trimming, 1/2" at a time, I ended up with a total
of 1 1/2" trimmed off at the front and back. The overall fit
is reasonable. Here's the canopy, free of its cradle and
unrestrained, resting on the fairing.
Amp Meter ...sglynn update
As a follow-up for
those in the future who may read this. My amp meter
starting jumping around going negative and positive.
After reading this thread I hoped to find a loose
I did. But the wire was only slightly loose. The nut
on the battery solenoid where the lead that turns on
(or closes) the solenoid switch had come slightly
loose. I could wiggle the ring terminal a little. I
took it off, added a little blue sealant and
tightened it back on. Everything works.
But it sure wasn't loose much. But I can see that
under vibration it could be letting 12V go on and
off the battery solenoid and I guess that would
cause a problem. The indication was the erratic amp
My personal lesson learned is, don't let weird stuff
Mothership Reports Recent First Flights
April 10, 2020. Issue #5,059.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to
go out to all those affected by the CV-19 global junk punch.
I consider myself fortunate that this hobby gives me a place to
focus my energy during this trying time, and I trust you feel
the same. I hope you all are finding that time in
the shop building your RV is both relaxing and productive.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled EASTER weekend.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
RV-7 D-ESOT First Flight ...Harold
Dear RV friends,
I would like to share my successful D-ESOT RV7/72535
first flight happiness in this amazing, entertaining
and helpful VAF. I enjoyed working on my RV every
minute and, like many of you, the building process
was accomplished by up and downs, sense of
achievement, and also moments to cry due to paint
issues. Thank you Doug for this information
platform, as a passive member I read regularly in
the forum and got specific information for my
project from it. I also got information about new
products and the corresponding addresses to spent a
lot of money
configuration is: ECI Titan OX-360 A4HIN (-FIS) with
Silver Hawk FI, Christen inv.oil, Andair loud fuel
pump , Andair gascolators, G3X touch single
screen/all you can connect, GNS430W, GTR225A,
The first flight was conducted in EDVE (Braunschweig)
by Georg from Hamburg, enjoy viewing
18% Experimental & LSA NPE ...RV6_flyer
Many of us have
updated our aircraft with ADS-B out. Was reading an
article and 18% of the Experimental and LSA have
As Experimentals, the Gov't gives up lots of leeway
to do things ourselves. It is great being allowed
all this freedom but there is a responsibility that
what we do must not only be SAFE but it must work
correctly. One does not just make a change (install
new equipment) and go about our merry way. We need
to TEST and make sure that it works the way it is
We as Experimental Aircraft Owner / Operators can
use the FREE FAA's Public ADS-B Performance Report
Request (PAPR) website to test our ADS-B out.
IF we are going to continue to be able to use non-TSO'ed
equipment in the future to meet Gov't mandated
requirements to use certain air space, we need to
make sure that we meet the performance requirements.
Failure to meet the performance requirements (and
safety) could bring more restrictions and Gov't
control over the hobby we all love so much.
Today's flight - chasing clouds 04/09/2020 ...Kevin
Maintain Those Tailwheels ...rv8ch
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Aircraft: Vans RV8
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various
entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal
Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did
not travel in support of this investigation to
prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane
reported that he made a normal landing approach to
the runway with a direct crosswind of 15 knots and
gusts reaching 23 knots. The pilot reported that he
was initially able to maintain directional control
with normal flight control inputs after the airplane
touched down on the main landing gear; however, when
the tailwheel touched down the tail began to
weathervane and the airplane veered to the right.
The pilot was unable to regain directional control
with an application of full left rudder and left
brake before the airplane departed the right side of
the runway and struck a precision approach path
indicator lights (PAPI) system. The left wing, left
horizontal stabilizer, and left elevator were
substantially damaged during the collision with the
PAPI system. A postaccident examination and
functional test of the steerable tailwheel revealed
that the spring-actuated key slide would stick in
the retracted position within the tailwheel fork,
which allowed the tailwheel to caster instead being
steerable within the normal limits intended for
takeoff and landing. Additional examination
revealed that the slot in the tailwheel fork that
held the spring-actuated key slide was slightly
deformed, and that the key had several raised edges
that caused the key to bind when fully retracted in
the slot. It is likely that the tailwheel was able
to caster during landing, which resulted in the
pilot's inability to maintain directional control
after the tailwheel had touched down during landing
Tool Box Drool ...rogawer
All cleaned up and
ready for the next kit...
Covid induced relocation
Monday (03/30/2020) I relocated the Dream Weaver
from Florida to Bishop Airport in Flint, Michigan.
Then, I took our mini motorhome out of the hangar
and drove back to Florida. Eight hours including two
fuel stops going up; three days sanitizing gas pump
handles driving South.
Michigan and northern Indiana were totally socked
in. The photo is from 9,500 ft. Ceilings were 4000;
scattered 1300 ft. Outside air temp flitted between
27 and 32F. When ATC cleared me lower for the
approach I dove at 2,000+ fpm to pass through the
layer as quickly as reasonable. Even so the plane
picked up some light rime ice on the leading edges
and windscreen. Fortunately it quickly melted below
the deck. The approach and landing were uneventful.
The relocation was done because the plane is ten
months into its last twelve month condition
inspection; all of my tools and hangar are in
Michigan, while Dolly and I expect we will be stuck
in Florida till late July.
Karl Bambas RV-7
Fiberglass around counterweight ...Glen P
I'm new at this
fiberglass business. I closed up the HS and VS tips
with foam, flox and micro balloons. I applied some
flox and then some micro balloons to the
counterweight to see how well it would adhere. I
adhered well. Now I'm wondering whether I could add
some more micro to give it more of a finished look
(after riveting on the tip). Any problems with this
Dynon D6 For Sale ($800)
(posting this for
my friend Larry - dr)
"For sale. Dynon D6 with remote compass. Removed for
panel upgrade and has worked perfectly since
installing about 300 hours. Only $800. Larry
Vetterman email vetxaust 'at' gwtc 'dot' net."
April 9, 2020. Issue #5,058.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
Canopy & Windshield Done ...Larry Larson
Finally. Canopy, skirt,
windshield and trim all done. Pretty pleased with the
Big shout out goes to Dan Horton for the awesome threads on
fiberglass and cutting & buffing. Also to my mentor, Dave
for teaching me fiberglass.
I tried to document the processes to my blog for others.
Initial Contact ...Barry Wallace
I am new to the site and
forums and enjoying the heck out of all the good
I am looking to buy a RV-6A with a iO-360 and FP prop and
noticed it's Empty Weight is 1,168.40 pounds and of course,
Gross Weight at the factory listed 1650 pounds. This leaves
only 481 pounds Useful Load. At 38 gallons fuel capacity
that leaves about 253 pounds for the wife and me. With these
numbers I would need to get a new wife or drop fuel.
What is a typical Empty Weight for an RV-6A?
Is the stated Empty Weight of 1168.4 a concern?
Under report & retro ...clarkefarm
Apart from lock downs &
social distancing it has been the wettest start to a year in
over a century in our area of Victoria (near Melbourne).
Interesting change after the fires in December.
I have been persevering
with an NSI based set up in an RV-9A but using a modern and
high end Motec M130 for engine management and a much more
up-to-date Subaru EJ25.
Short video of a Sunday
(your time) circuit.
"For those that know him,
Kent "Yobo" Yohe is awake, out of the ICU, and nearly out of
the hospital. He's working through reportedly 1000 text
messages! Thanks for all the prayers!
RV-10 First Flight
...Charlie Derk cockpit video
data ...Felix1973 RV-12
thank you so far for all your thoughts about the root cause
for this engine malfunction. We have not been able to
resolve the problem, yet.
So far, this is what we have done:
* we cleaned the carburetor and did find heavy floats and
* we analyzed the engine data and determined that the right
carburetor must be faulty and replaced it with a new one.
The issue persists. Any thoughts?
Charity Flights ...plehrke
Has anyone heard of
any charity flights that GA is doing, or
organizations are requesting, relative to moving
supplies around in their state for COVID-19?
Moving the Needle a Bit ...
The annual is almost done
and the new G3X touch screens are powered up and mostly
configured. With all the CV-19 and the CAE sim
training, and the son home 'remotely colleging', and the
hunt for TP, the RV has kinda been on the back burner as of
late. I miss flying it, and am grateful the needle is
moving toward the 'back to flying status' end of the gauge.
New tires and tailwheel
bearings, updated firmware in the 430W (so it will talk to
the updated 330 (now a 330ES) for ADS-B OUT), but other than
that no major annual finds from the Monk man and James.
I downloaded and updated
charts Wednesday. Boy are these screens faster than
the first gen screens I had. Going to be nice.
Need to learn some new stuff.
click to enlarge
April 8, 2020. Issue #5,057.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
Homework Motivation ...crabandy
Lil' Dude was
having a tough day at home pre-school this morning,
I bribed him with a trip to go flying if he finished
his last worksheet. I needed to use the table-saw
stashed at the hangar anyway and it's been a couple
weeks since I stirred the oil so it sounded like a
1500ish OVC made it
a good opportunity to log a couple of approaches, we
filed picked up our clearance and launched. Not half
bad for being out of the cockpit for a couple weeks,
I've got my 120 nailed and just slightly off the
horizontal/vertical. The flight director was still
stuck on Alt, I was hand flying and never swapped it
Metering Line Disconnected: Engine Failure on Short Final to a Military Base
U.S. Air Force Plant 42 (KPMD) in Palmdale,
California. A small DoD facility in the Mojave
Desert that was the home to such famed projects as
the Space Shuttle Orbiter, the F-117A, and right
now, my Vans RV-8. I was in no mood to appreciate
the rich aviation history of the location as I
pondered how I found myself on the wide expanse of
Plant 42's ramp in my little homebuilt.
The flight had originated at Inyokern Airport (IYK)
in California, just North of Edwards Air Force Base,
and West of Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake
where I was stationed as an Operational Evaluation (OpEval)
F/A-18 pilot. I grew up in General Aviation, having
taken my first flying lesson at age 11, but had
stepped away when I joined the military, and the
RV-8 was my return to the joys of GA flying. I
purchased the airplane from the builder a few years
previous and had flown it to Oshkosh twice,
accumulating about 300 hours in the aircraft. I was
beginning to feel fairly confident in the machine,
as well as the owner-assisted maintenance program
that I was learning under the tutelage of a local
Leading up to the flight there had been some fairly
extensive maintenance. I recently had the aircraft
re-wired with a full Garmin glass cockpit setup and
engine monitor, and had all the hoses firewall
forward replaced with Teflon-steel braid hoses for
longer service life. I'd flown the airplane for 50
hours since the work had been completed, so I
changed the oil, and took advantage of the downtime
to rework the engine baffle seals for better
cooling. The higher fidelity of the Garmin engine
monitor had revealed some inadequacies in my cooling
setup in the high desert heat with CHT's reaching
400F+ during takeoff, so I took on the project of
improving the airflow under the cowl. I also rebuilt
the tailwheel assembly. After a quick leak check, a
successful post-maintenance check flight put the
airplane back in service.
The next day I came out to fly, and found that the
battery was dead. The battery was new, only 6 months
old, but I checked and cleaned all the connections,
ordered a new battery and installed it on the
afternoon of the incident flight.
7A Rebirthing Update ...kentlik
SPECIALTY/TS FLIGHTLINES COMPANY AND PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENTS
There have been
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We wanted to address this as well as provide a
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on, the status of our companies, and what our plans
are moving forward. The link
HERE is a PDF detailing a lot of this
We greatly appreciate ALL of you and the rest of the
experimental aircraft community and truly look
forward to a very exciting future.
We are JUST GETTING STARTED. The energy that you all
provide us with is incredible and we look forward to
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With sincere gratitude and thanks,
System Review ...WingsOnWheels
Q: I am currently
running one Mag and one EDIS-Based Electronic
Ignition. In the future I am going to replace the
mag with a second EI, but I first need to ensure
that the electrons keeps flowing in the event of an
A: (DanH) Do this
instead, isolated feeds and grounds. One diode, not
three, and replace the useless breaker with a
fusible link for aux battery charge. Well, "useless"
may not be fair, as you could pull it to preflight
check the aux battery output. The EDIS feeds
really only need 5 amp protection, as the EDIS
system only needs a bit over an amp.
Been flying this
for a while now. Strip off the voltage monitor, push
to test aux battery voltage, and ignition map select
wiring, and it's pretty much what you see above.
Both batteries are behind the baggage compartment in
the RV-8, so there is no battery bus or main bus in
the ignition system.
All I Need In One Place ...ronshchreck
April 7, 2020. Issue #5,056.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
RV-7 Advanced Panel Video ...Rob Hickman (Advanced Flight
Since we all did not get a
chance to go to Sun-n-Fun this year we decided to post a new
video showing how a RV-7 VFR panel can be upgraded to IFR.
Stay safe during these difficult times and we look forward
to seeing you at the next airshow.
RV-12 Throttle Safety Wire
Just want to get an opinion on the safety wire shown in the
Rotax Installation manual on the throttle cable sleeve.
Van's section 50 Engine Controls does not indicate this
step. Good idea?
That's an interesting question. The Rotax IM does show the
cable safety wired however it is a different type of cable.
With that type of cable the cable sheath can pull out of the
Van's installation has you
discard the Rotax adjusting screw hardware and they furnish
a cable with threaded end on the sheath. So it is a
different installation then that of the Rotax manual.
However, as shown in this photo the choke cables are the
type that should be safety wired to prevent the sheath from
pulling out. I know this because I had the adjustment screw
on my starboard carb choke cable loosen and allow the choke
cable sheath to pull out resulting in the choke being
halfway activated, rough running and plug fouling.
There is still the question
of whether the throttle cable in the Van's installation
should should be safety wired somehow.
KC Flight had more
happy news this morning. Yobo asked the nurse for
his release papers to sign cause he wants to go
home. I think he is finally out of the woods and
anyone that wants to shave off a scraggly Yobobeard
will have that opportunity soon. All his labs
results and oxygen levels are good so it won't be
Thanks to all the RV community for your thoughts and
prayers, they are working. 2020 is getting better
My RV Weekend ...Pmoran
Out for some air work and
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...Ideas that give Bang for the Buck! ...PaulvS
Found this handy rivet
holder in the aviation aisle of the $2 variety store.
The low height and rubber base keeps it stable and easy to
My RV Weekend ...goatflieg
Got all the horizontal cowl
fasteners completed, including the nose nut plates and
screws. It's not really a milestone... still have the
firewall fasteners to do and a LOT of fitting and finishing
work on top and bottom cowls... but it sure feels (and
looks) like a milestone. Nice to make significant progress
again before returning to the fiberglass finishing grind;
more millstone than milestone.
The Tool Chest Droolfest Thread Ramps Up
April 6, 2020. Issue #5,055.
The great news on Yobo (below) couldn't make for a better top story.
Very, very grateful to get this news. Updated the RV White
Pages and RV Hotel doc over the weekend.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
(olyolson) Pleased to
report to the RV community that Yobo talked to his wife last
night for the first time since coming off the ventilator.
That is a really good sign and we are hopeful that his
recovery will progress quickly from here.
Overjoyed with this morning news, better than the first cup
of coffee to wake you up!
Confessions of a Shop Flirt ...goatflieg
Early yesterday morning I
had riveted the horizontal rows of Skybolt fasteners to the
upper edge of the bottom cowl, using Pro Seal as a
stabilizing adhesive between the aluminum and fiberglass.
Later in the day, I went out to the shop and of course it
still reeked of the Pro Seal. Yesterday was a beautiful
spring day in Michigan; it wasn't too cold, the sun was
shining and the air was calm. So I thought it would be nice
to open the shop's garage door and air the room out. When I
did, the afternoon sun streamed in, lighting up the interior
and changing the perspective of the shop in a wonderful way.
That garage door faces our street; many of our neighbors
will walk by with their kids or dogs on such a beautiful
afternoon. I wondered whether they would notice that my
briefly exposed shop contained an airplane. I stepped
outside and looked back in, to see what they could see.
RV Pilots Honor Fallen Navy Veteran ...mturnerb
I'm sure the pilots in this formation are known on the
forum. When I spotted this story it made me proud of my
country and my community. Even though I'm a former Air Force
guy, around these parts we love our Navy community.
Dumbest Mistake in an Airplane ...Bruce
Attempting to start a discussion and ward off boredom:
tell us something dumb "a guy you know" did in an airplane.
Not to judge, just to discuss. I'll start: I know a guy who
in a rush to get in the air rushed through his preflight and
neglected to remove his cowl plugs. The cord connecting the
two plugs runs past the propeller (as it should) so as soon
as the engine fired up it tore the plugs out and chewed them
up and threw foam all over the ramp area. No real damage
done, a fair amount of embarrassment though.
Tail Art ...zmatt
Falcon Flight Formation Clinic Update 4/4/2020 ...Check6
As we all know we are
living in unprecedented times. With the extension of social
distancing and limitations of Bell County where the Temple
airport is located we have decided to move the clinic to the
last weekend of May. The new formation clinic dates will be
Friday May 29 - Sunday May 31, 2020. There will be NO back
up weekend as we will not have access to facilities and it
will have become too hot by June here in central Texas. ALL
hotel reservations have been cancelled EXCEPT those staying
at the Holiday Inn. Those at the Holiday Inn or any other
hotel you made reservations with will need to be cancelled
by YOU! Again, ALL reservations at the Residence Inn our
primary hotel have been cancelled by Scroll. That said we
know a lot of people have been directly impacted by CV-19
both physically and financially. So please take some time to
reflect on your situation and whether or not signing up for
this clinic is truly viable for you.
KFFC Formation Team Practice
(rswalden) We took
the opportunity to fly before the Georgia Corvid-19 lockdown
began. 14 RV's in all. Perfect evening to fly...
An aviation/photography enthusiast who happened to drive by
took some nice photos (used with permission)
Status Report ...ZazooRV-9A
Work has continued on the
9A. We completed the fitment of the upper and lower rear
fairings and removed the empennage until paintwork will
start (we'll be painting the plane in my shop, but the tail,
wings and fuse will have to be painted separately).
Then began the installation of some cables. Throttle,
Mixture, Carb Heat, and Cabin Heat put into place initially.
We've updated to the revised 9A nose gear and engine mount,
no problems so far with routings etc, although if you were
extra smart, you might do the firewall penetrations and some
other things before mounting the engine. But it's not fatal.
If you built these every day, you'd be a lot smarter. The
second plane would be perfect.
Then on to wiring,,,, I don't hate wiring but I've found it
to be the least documented aspect of the assembly, very slow
progress, lots of head scratching.
My RV Weekend
(Fearless) Moral support
for another RV-er. Flew down to Bowling Green Kentucky
to lend support to Doug Rohrer for his ready to be inspected
RV-9A. Bobby Hester flew in as well to check over Doug's
plane prior to scheduling a DAR inspection. Doug was
gracious to take me flying in his prior 9A while I was
building mine and while my daughter was attending Western
Chi-town fly by
Got an early start to the weekend on Thursday, given
conditions were too perfect not to fly. Took a lunchtime
vertical distancing break and headed North along the
lakefront. Chicago approach was quiet as a mouse and there
may have been two arrivals to ORD fly overhead the whole
time. Getting close to doing my first oil change...looks
like I will be going solo on that given the current
constraints. Have enjoyed around 25 hours in this ride since
picking her up in mid-February...still grinning. Thank you
A contractor friend of mine had around 500 N95 masks to
spare, and a nurse friend works in a unit that could use
them.. so off to the mountains I flew, about 85 miles east
of me, to get the masks.
Great flight to and from (with a little cloud dodging), and
on the way home, I was curious to see how the iPhone did
propped up on the top of the panel, recording the landing.
Not great, but not awful.
Just a little social distancing over the puget sound.
The clouds finally broke in Western Michigan. Beautiful
evening for a flight in the 10.
52) The sky was clear and nearly cloudless here
along the Gulf Coast. I didn't think I would get a a picture
that was too good but I was wrong. I love a beautiful
MiG Patrol. Stirred up the oil, looked up to see down,
practiced a couple wheel landings, and RTB with a crisp
overhead pattern for a 0.7!
We've been distancing at our Maryland house (where
the RV still is), trying to do things to get it
listed for sale. Our daughter Judy lost her job as a
server, and her flight instructor has a compromised
wife, so he's not interacting with people for a
couple months. So Judy came to Maryland to once
again get into the RV with Dad to continue on her
PPL path. She asked for a flight without a dedicated
plan just to wash away the Cherokee flows and feels.
My father's retirement community has (thoughtfully)
gone into lock down: anyone who goes out the front
gate must stay behind the door of their apartment
for two weeks to protect the others. He is less than
enamored with the 'room service' from the community
eatery. So, we made up some of M'lady's best meals
and froze them in individual meal containers.
Two birds with one stone, Judy and I flew east to
west through the DC SFRA, grabbed the courtesy car
from KJYO, and dropped the meals off at the front
gate for Dad today!
Progress ...BobbyLucas RV-12
Spending quite a bit of
time in the shop with the current situation.
Was great to be able to open the garage door while working
on it the other day. Looking forward to more days like that!
Hoping to be able to sit it in soon
So...I'm ready to jump in. But where to start? ...new guy checks
Is there a guide somewhere
on what you need to get started building an RV-10? I've seen
the tool kits from Cleveland and PlaneTools, but I'm not
sure which kit is "better" and what I should
upgrade/customize in the kits and what I should purchase in
addition to the kits. Being that my location is on
quarantine right now, and looks like it may continue to be
through the end of May, I'll have to order most additional
tools (Finer grit sandpaper, etc...) online, so I'm hoping
to find a solid starter list of things I'm definitely going
to need so I can get ahead. I'm ready to start placing
orders on Monday!
Off and Running ...MIKE_JG -8
"...first picture to share,
rudder under construction"
Confusion/questions on Fiberfrax installation...Reflex
Thought I'd start a new thread instead of hijacking an
After reading several threads/posts on adding a safety
margin to the firewall, I've decided that this is one of the
very few modifications I'd like to make on my RV-14.
However, I'm still a bit confused. I'm planning on using
Fiberfrax and Dan H's method on the firewall. Dan has been
kind enough to give very detailed drawings of his method.
However, I'm slow enough that I'm not quite understanding
when or how to mount things to the firewall.
If we put the Fiberfrax and covering on first, it appears
that items on the firewall would have a very "soft" mount.
If we put items on the firewall before the Fiberfrax is
installed, then we could/will have hot spots in the event of
a fire. In a perfect world, I'd like to install install the
Fiberfrax first and then mount everything to the firewall,
I'm just afraid that they won't stay put. I've cheated and
put Dan's pictures and a couple other examples below.
In what order do I install the items on the firewall, before
or after Fiberfrax?
April 3, 2020. Issue #5,054.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
First Flight - RV14A ...Allan Stern (Steve T. post)
We are posting this
on behalf of Allan Stern. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
"I made my first
flight this morning. Plane flew just like an RV. A
few minor little problems like an aileron might
slightly be out of adjustment giving a slightly
heavy left wing, or pull to left. Temps were green
oil temp 195 for a new engine. Very docile and no
Kit #140507 QB
19 months total time from first kit till DAR
15 month actual build time minus QB wait time of 3
months and 1 month vacation"
Going in a circle ...PaulvS RV-6A
I went around in a
circle today, April 1st carried over!
I've been checking over the fuselage frame and
noticed the smallest F-612 bulkhead at the tail end
was installed with the flanges facing forward. But
there is a one-line statement in the construction
manual that says to orient flanges backward for the
-6A (versus the -6 which has two parts riveted
together, one facing forward, one facing back).
I decided to make another bulkhead, similar to the
6, so as to have flanges facing backward as well as
Made the part, went
to drill the parts together, checked the rivet
spacing on the plans and noticed a revision to have
the flange face forward on the -6A!
So a morning's work for nothing (other than some
Addition made to all RV tail/empennage kits ...Mothership
We recently made a
small addition to every RV tail/empennage kit we
ship. We're now including our OP-51 "Sheet Metal
Basics" kit, a small and practical learning exercise
that folks can use to practice/develop their skills
before jumping into building the actual tail kit. It
certainly doesn't replace our more advanced practice
kits like the
lightbox sign or
practice airfoil. In other words, this one ain't
meant to be purdy -- It's practical! Think of it as
an extra opportunity to try things before you jump
in, if desired. It's especially good to use for
practice in *fixing* mistakes -- something we all
need to feel confident in. Worried about drilling
out and replacing rivets for the first time? Use
this little kit to practice and don't worry about
messing it up while you're learning. We've used the
"Sheet Metal Basics" kit with STEM educational
programs for many years to help kids learn the basic
Included is an
instruction sheet, aluminum sheet pieces and angle,
plus the necessary hardware -- the same sort of
hardware that is commonly used in building our
Don't need it? Cool! Use it to teach a kid from your
neighborhood how to use the tools and build skills.
And be sure to post or send us a photo of you
teaching them! Spread the opportunity and help
construct the next generation of builders!
You don't have to
order a tail kit to get it, by the way. I mean, we
certainly would like it if you did. But, if you
already have your tail kit it's also available to
order online at our web store for the princely sum
of $10 plus shipping. You can search for "BAG SHEET
METAL BASIC" to find it.
And since history tells us that someone will comment
or ask: No, we didn't increase the tail kit prices
because of this.
everything behind an RV-8 panel ...Cannon
have a G3X Touch panel that I've finally mounted in
When Stein built the panel (which is beautiful), the
harness lengths (12-18") imply mounting most of the
boxes immediately behind the panel, I suppose either
attached to the next bulkhead or on mounts I'd
fabricate between the bulkhead and crossbrace. The
GTX45R and GTR20 are the biggest boxes by far and
the two I most worry about. The others don't concern
me too much.
I need to mount a GTX45R, GTR20, GAD 29, GEA 24,
grounding FOT and the avionics relay. None of them
have harnesses long enough to mount very far away.
I could build an extension harness for either the
GTX45 or GTR20, but both would require sourcing
several connectors and pinning ~18 wires/shields.
What have others done?
Flash's Annual Continues
...with the help of
A&P Randy Richmond and RV-4 owner James Walsh.
I've been in
Phenom 300 SCM
school for the past two weeks, and these two
rock stars are helping me move the RV needle while
I'm out of the loop. It wouldn't have moved at
all without them! New tires, FINALLY
getting the AeroLED strobes installed (on the shelf
for years), ADS-B out and more down the road as the
world settles down and time permists. Prop gov
overhauled. It'll be in the air sooner rather
than later, and I'm thankful for my RV friends.
April 2, 2020. Issue #5,053.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
We can still have nice things.... Pete Howell
Corona curve smashing is not much fun for anyone, but I
can socially isolate and still find some beauty out there.
Sunsets over the Mississippi still get me every time.
Tonight was a keeper.
Just upriver of Hastings things looked pretty sweet.......
First Flight N112DR RV-12iS ...David Rohrlick
First Flight on
March 14th. Slightly heavy right wing, Trim
indication needs a re-cal, ADAHRS showing in a right
bank when straight and level.
I took my friend John Liberto up for a flight around
Three Fingers mountain recently and he surprised me with
this spectacular painting!
He even added Missy and Prop dog. John is a digital
artist in the gaming industry and is crazy talented.
RV-14: Vent bluck off FF-0084 and Vetterman Exhaust
Q: With the vetterman exhaust, is the vent block off
plate on the right side necessary? With one heat muff, I see
that it probably should be, but does the vetterman come with
2 heat muffs, each feeding it's own side?
A: Yes, two heat muffs. I added a second
flange on the back left baffle with a second scat tube so
each heat vent has its own source. This shows the
Pilot From P-51 Engine Out Video Flies Sweepstakes RV-10 ...video
British warbird pilot Mark Levy flies an RV-10 for the
very first time and gives his honest assessment of the AOPA
2020 Sweepstakes grand prize.
RV-8 Status Report ...Foghorn
Still moving the ball down the field. I'm ready to
have the Fastback canopy finished!!! Ready for
epoxy skim then primer. It's cold and rainy today
but tomorrow looks good.
RV-8 Build Status Report ...goatflieg
April 1, 2020. Issue #5,052.
A bit of personal milestone news to report during these strange days.....as of yesterday I am right seat qual'd in the
Embraer Phenom 300 (EMB-505) simulator at CAE as part of their Supporting Crew Member
program. It's been an interesting and challenging two
weeks of ground school and sim hops. 'Fire hose' comes to
mind, as they say. Great instructors!
Hoping to part time it a day or so a week there in the future. If you're a Phenom
pilot getting your initial or recurrent satisfied, I just might be
grabbing the QRH while you recite memory items for E1(2) FIRE,
CABIN ALTITUDE HI and V1 cuts ;^). Shoot me an email if
you're coming to DFW for training and maybe we can talk RVs
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
April Calendar Wallpaper
...John Walsh photo
RV-10 vs SR-22 Video ...Mothership Greg
It's been a couple of days
since it was published, so maybe you've already seen it -
but AOPA did a bit of a fun fly-off drag race between their
sweepstakes RV-10 and an SR-22 and posted a video. More
details of the comparison will be in the AOPA Pilot magazine
per Dave Hirschman from AOPA. Many people are asking the
same sorts of questions posted earlier in this thread, of
Dvalcik's RV Weekend
I work for a Hospital
system and we have been going for 3 weeks non stop, but I
did get a chance to get out and clear my head with a
formation flight with a few buddies on Sat. We did
practicing good Social Distancing on the ground and in the
Status Update - David Paule
Larry, that's a good idea,
and sort of what I'm planning, except on the inside, at
least at the cockpit. I'd intended that this be the exterior
and with some work I think it can be.
The fairing came off the fuselage easily enough, since I'd
used plastic sheet and duct tape for a mold release. The
first layer of the lay-up was peel ply, and that's firmly
glued on. It's a major pain to remove and comes off in
strips and pieces. The outside was easier and now it's all
off, but it took parts of three work sessions to do it.
The fairing isn't perfect at all, not even nearly so, but I
think it'll work. After I removed the mold and rough-trimmed
the edges so that I wouldn't get slashed by the fiberglass,
I put it on the fuselage. Good place to store it for now.
The far side, forward of the roll bar, looks discontinuous
because it's a trimmed edge that'll eventually be cut away
so that I can sit in it.
RV-3B Status Update
Garmin Panel Decisions Help...mfleming
I'm very near making a decision and ordering my
panel. I'm going all Garmin. Stein said if my budget
was tight, I should wire for the equipment that I
don't have money for now but might later. In my case
this might be the second G3X and the certified WAAS
navigator (probably the GPS175).
The above photo has the GDU460 G3X, GTX-45
Transponder, GPS-175, GTR-225 comm, GMC-507
autopilot controller and second GDU460 G3X. I'm
hoping for a second remote comm.
I'm aiming for light IFR functionality.
There are a few things I'm unsure about that I have
no way of resolving on my own before purchasing.
March 31, 2020. Issue #5,051.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
Mystery Airport with Trip Report (Hint: 3T9) ...larrynew
Here's where we went this
weekend. A day trip with some extreme social distancing and
hiking. Anyone know where?
My RV Weekend ...SPX
With the stay at home
orders expanding, I suspect that fewer of us did much with
our RV this weekend. But, certainly some flew theirs, and
others progressed on their build. So... what did you do?
Friday I flew my RV to get a few things from Aircraft
Spruce, and then to meet up with another VAF member to talk
about a panel upgrade. Then back into the hangar it went..
Today, I rode over to the airport and gave the RV a dry
wash. Looks so much better.
Head Rubbing on Wire Bundle Hold-Down Plate ...Piper J3's RV-12
My friend's RV-12 built by
Synergy as an E-LSA has a rod-end bolt head rubbing on the
wire bundle hold-down plate beneath it. We put Teflon tape
on top of the plate and it didn't solve the problem. The
wire hold-down plate is raised up because of so many wires -
main wire harness, ADS-B antenna Coax, Comm Coax, AOA
Anybody else seen this? Suggestions?
Milestone: First Engine Start and Is your Andair pump noisy? ...wjb
Does your Andair fuel pump
make a racket?
I was happily surprised by how quiet the pump was when I was
doing fuel flow tests last weekend with no back pressure ...
purred along with a nice low hum.
However, once things are tight and pressure comes up, it
makes a nasty racket. Almost like screeching sound ... it's
very obvious in my first engine start video; pump is turned
on on at 0:14.
DanH Helping amaris with some fiberglass suggestions
Remove any high spots on
the underside of the pre-made upper fairing, just as Bill
said. When well fitted, close any remaining edge gaps to
zero with a liquid shim. Roughen the underside of the
flanges with 80 grit. Tape the metal surfaces with a neat
strip of packing tape. Mix epoxy with cabosil to the
consistency of toothpaste. Apply a bead along the underside
of the fairing flanges, screw it to the airframe, and allow
it to cure. After cure, sand the edges to their final
contour, a nice half-round.
Look close at the edge where the fairing meets the
horizontal stabilizer. See the narrow band of cured shim
A similar dot of liquid
shim can be used to make a solid base under each screw
location, so tightening the screw doesn't deform the
Your new scratch-built lower fairing is a nice part...my
compliments. Bill E's proseal glue-on suggestion is a good
one. Mine is attached with three screws per side, tapped
into the longeron. Whatever works.
I know most upper fairings are attached with a whole lot of
screws through the VS and HS skins, but it's not really
necessary. Build a "hook" at the leading edge, and it locks
into place using just two screws in shear, one on each side.
At the rear, I use just two screws per side.
I like the screwless look.
Be aware that no long fairing will fit perfectly at all
temperatures; epoxy glass has a CTE about 2/3 that of
have to trim flap curl that tucks in to wing?? ...charozenz
(keep in mind I have a slow
build from the 90's...(This build is like good bourbon, it
get better with age....)
I have had real good success with setting the wing sweep,
and incidence, etc with my RV6A. My drop lines from the
forward part off the wing all it a laser light down the
line. Less than 1/8" of error in sweep.
I set the wing incidence. I had 0.00 degrees difference
between wings. But I had 0.40 degrees off of the longeron
line. I am happy with this. It was more important to me to
have excellent edge distance and get the wings in sync and
flush with the belly to live with a 0.4 degree offset with
the longerons. That was my judgement call.
The only issue that I struggle with is that the forward curl
of my flaps hit the rear spar support preventing as much
retraction as Id like. I trimmed that 5 inch section of
inboard of the curl is in front of section of the inboard
rear spar support that sticks out aft more than the rest of
the rear spar support. But I am reluctant to trim the whole
curl tip to gain this last 3.8th flap retraction. Hope that
makes sense. If you have built a -6 or -6A I suspect it
Yes, I would still have enough of the forward curl to get at
least 42 degrees of down flap even if I trimmed off about
3/8th of the forward part of the curl. I would probably feel
compelled to then rivet on a new 90 degree lip on the
forward edge of the cut curl.
Has anyone else had to do this? Did you rivet on a 90 at the
end 0r bend a new 90, or leave it straight?
Would you just leave it as is, and live with the 3/8 below
the fuse at the aft point of the flap?
P.s. a pic of the laser to check sweep.
March 30, 2020. Issue #5,050.
a contract pilot or right-seater?...DFW
Milestone: Trailer Time!!! ...laserman
After 18 winters.. She is
ready to go to the EAA hanger at KFZY (OK maybe one more
The RV Heroes Among Us ...Bob Collins
fishing out old articles I've written that are no longer
available on the Internet. This one, from March 2007, is as
pertinent to me today as it was then. I haven't had stick
time in an RV since I ferried N614EF off to its new owner in
late 2016. There are heroes who walk -- and fly -- among us.
Here's the story of one of them. Who are/were yours?
(Mar. 31, 2007) -- After I graduated from college, not being
able to get a job in radio news (it was a lot tougher back
then thanks to Woodward and Bernstein), I went to work for
my Dad in the insurance industry. I'm sure it was one of the
happiest days of his life because a few weeks ago, my son
got a fulltime job where I work, and it was sure one of
I would have enjoyed the insurance business a lot more
except for one thing: I really don't like asking people for
something -- especially money. It's just not something I
have ever been able to do. My career in the sales business
was a short one and in the subsequent age of venture
capitalists and movers and shakers, no doubt I also missed
any chance to become a wealthy man -- well, that and the
fact I had no marketable idea. During my radio career, I've
also never asked for a raise. That's 32 years and might
explain why I've moved so often.
Repair Help ...mfleming
Back on March 14th I put up
a post about dropping my wing in the shop
The aileron has been fixed and I kicked the can down the
road on the lower wing skins and end rib.
Talking to Van's tech support, they said re-skinning the
flap is doable but take a crack at fixing it first as I have
nothing to loose.
I thought I would canvas the best minds in the RV game to
see how you would approach this repair.
Get a dehumidifier for your cockpit! ...Pilot135pd
Get yourself a cheap
dehumidifier for your cockpit, where you have those
expensive radios, to keep them dry, to keep those seats
smelling fresh, and to keep the leather in top shape.
It's unbelievable the amount of moisture in there, and I
live in East Texas which isn't thought of being that humid,
but all you need is a day raining outside and look at all
the water my $23 dehumidifier removed !!!!
RV Build - Take Two ...tfoster100
After selling my last
project I had immediate sellers remorse. Basically before it
was out of the driveway.
So about a year later I begin again. This time with quite a
bit of head start thanks to a great builder in Colorado.
My RV-14A project has begun - or at least the waiting stage.
It's at the QB stage in wings and fuse and the emp is done.
Now I'm waiting for shipping- hopefully sometime in April.
I am passing the time organizing the shop and building a
bench and wing stand. This time opting for the shorter wing
stand that doesn't take up as much shop space.
My wife will remind me not to sell this time as I have
promised her some good cross country flights at some point.
Oregon pilot (Van's employee) wins Richard L. Collins Writing
Your Tool Chest ...bruceh
Show us your tool
chest! The more stickers the better. I'll start.
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Tail Wiring ...Pilotjohns
So I am trying real hard to
get the turtle deck on the tail. But first I decided I would
install the wiring to the tail and the ELT mount; basically
as much as I could before covering up the tail section. I
really dread the thought of having to crawl in the tail to
do systems installation.
So the pitch autopilot servo is in and wired, and the Canbus
to the tail mounted GMU11 magnetometer is installed. I also
installed a DTM connector in the tail for the electric
Lastly I installed the ELT mount kit from Vans. Of course
there was a slight mod so that the mounting hole pattern
would fit both of the most popular ELTs.
All that's left is the ELT wiring, and the doubler for the
ELT antenna, then I think I can install the tail's top skin,
or turtle deck.
Best Shop Fan
Paint Job Ever ...a 22 second video.
...A&P Extraordinaire Randy 'Monkey' Richmond at 52F
March 27, 2020. Issue #5,049.
Wishing you and yours a safe and happy weekend.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
Laserman's 'Pretty Complete' G3X System Layout ...laserman
Here is a pretty complete G3X system Layout.. (wired
and operational) Could be a basic start
for any RV.. I only had room for one GDU...
But its easy to wire in a second... For what it's
worth. Full wiring details as well.. (Hate to
waste the effort on just one RV)
First fiberglass attempt - lower empennage fairings
Since I just took the Sportair Workshop for RV
fiberglass, I thought I'd practice some before I get
to the canopy so I made some lower fairings. This is
my first attempt at making anyting on my own. (my
wife is starting to get plenty of ideas though!)
I need to trim it to have a nicer line in the lower
left corner, but it fits really well otherwise. No
idea how I attach it though. There's only room for 1
platenut on the left and so it would need a few on
the underside of the HS to hold it. Any other ideas?
Love to hear thoughts from some of the fiberglass
When is Good Enough Good Enough?
...revisiting a wonderfully
written piece of text by Mr. Bob Collins.
(Dec. 24, 2006) -- One of the things I enjoy about
building my RV is how the project has made me
particular about approaching various tasks in search
of perfection. One of the things about building my
RV that has frustrated me no end is how rarely I
few weeks ago I was wandering along the flight line
at the Minnesota Wing of Van's Air Force meeting,
looking at some truly fine examples of workmanship.
My friend Warren Starkebaum was with me.
I was telling Warren about my experience building
the "new" rudder on my 7 last winter (the one with
the AEX wedge trailing edge rather than the
single-piece bent skin trailing edge). "I worked
very carefully to get it perfectly straight and it
came out OK. "It didn't come out perfect, but it
came out OK," I said. But I wasn't finished telling
"And then I went to Oshkosh last summer and looked
at all of these beautiful RVs," I continued. "And I
looked at all of the trailing edges on the rudders
and they were dead-on straight. Man, did I feel like
the world's worst builder after that."
As we looked over Paul Hove's beautiful (and almost
ready to fly) RV-7A, I was waiting for Warren to
lecture me on stuff I already knew or should've
known. But Warren's not the type of guy to rub it
"You gotta stop looking at other people's planes so
closely," he said.
Garmin GPS175/GNC355/GNX375 Software Available For
We are happy to announce that we are making software
updates for the 2" series of certified IFR
navigators (GPS 175, GNC 355, and GNX 375) available
in our EAB Software Download Area. The software can
be downloaded directly from our website to an 8 GB
SD card and loaded into any unit installed in a
Anyone wanting to update the software for these
units will want to first download Service Bulletin
2048 and review the software update process. After
reviewing the service bulletin, download the
software loader image, and create a software loader
card for the update. There is only one software
download, which includes the files required to
update all 3 units listed above. The current
download link will update the Main System Software
Please feel free to send any questions or concerns
our way at G3Xpert@Garmin.com.
Firewall Vent Assembly ...Mudfly RV-14A
recently completed the assembly and installation of the two vent assemblies
in section 28 of the fuselage kit for my 14A project. However, while looking
through the revision updates on the Vans website, it appears the vent
assembly gets modified in section 48. The attached picture is from page
48-04. It shows two blind rivets that need to be drilled out, and the
installation of a cover plate (FF-00084) that is sealed with RTV.
I thought this may be a mod for the tail dragger only, but it is tough to
tell not having that set of plans yet.
It seems it would be much easier to make that modification now, since
everything is easily accessible, than to wait until later when the engine is
For those that have completed this section, can you help me with the "big
Level D Simulators and Smartwatches
Thursday's D2 PX heart graph below. I'm
halfway through sim week in the Phenom 300
(Supporting Crew Member program). So looking
at the graph below, give a guess as to when I was on
the OVC008 KJFK VOR 4L circling to 31R approach for
the first time? Really gets your attention!!!
With any luck I'll be 'sim right seat qualified' on
Sunday, ready to read your checklist and flip to the
correct QRH page when something explodes or goes
wonky. If you're getting your initial or
recurrent at CAE that is <g>.
I've learned more in the last 10 days than I have in
the last 10 years. The top of my head is
actually hot and has those squiggly heat lines
rising up... ;^)
March 26, 2020. Issue #5,048.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
Back to the Future ...PaulvS -6A Slow Build
I'm back on the
tools and building again now, after a 20 year break,
and picking up where I left off on the part-build
fuselage. Before moving house for the third time, I
took pictures of the fuselage skeleton to help with
putting it back together again at the new workshop.
The old workshop was 14 feet by 20 feet and I found
it a bit awkward to build efficiently in a small-ish
RVator is Moving on to Bigger Things! ...catmandu post
An RViator is
moving on to bigger things!
My friend Christine is the daughter of my friend Ed
(N40ES). I have been blessed to be able to provide
them with my CFI services, first in their family
Cardinal, and eventually in their family RV-10,
which perhaps I may have influenced them into
Along the way, I gave Christine her first RV ride in
my -6A, with some obligatory upside-down time. I
believe she liked that.
But Christine was a bit of a slacker. She was ONLY a
Private Pilot and a Volcanologist, travelling the
world to see molten lava while taking my texts as I
drove through the Sierras, with questions only an
Earth Scientist could answer.
She decided there
might be more to do in life, and found herself
looking to become a commissioned officer for NOAA.
Granted, driving a boat and not driving the science
was not exactly what she wanted, but there was
another plan: three years as a deck officer and she
could apply to be NOAA Aviator! So, she worked
through the process, and was accepted for 17 weeks
of Officer Training, done concurrently with the US
Coast Guard OCS in New London, CT.
Tonight was billet selection night in New London,
where the Officer Candidates learned their first
assignments. Ever the slacker, she apparently
convinced NOAA that three years was too long to
wait, she was selected to go straight to Pilot
I'll let her proud
Dad tell you of her future slacker plans.
blind rivet did you use here? ...Ender -14A
There is a really tough to access rivet. Many folks online have said they
either had a really nasty buck, or they blind riveted it.
I'm curious what blind rivet you used if you went that route. The grip is
pretty long, so I think I can only use a cherry (can't use a Mk-319). I want
to confirm if the NAS1097 cherry is the right one to use (considering its a
3/32 hold that is dimpled for a 426-3).
Multi Purpose Storage Box ...Bicyclops
I built a carbon fiber box to hide my fuel pump/filter, cover a PC680
battery, provide some tool storage and glove box, and mount my O2 bottle.
When I've got the bottle installed, I put my cannulae in there. If I don't
need the bottle for a flight, I save 12 pounds and leave it behind. When
baggage is heavily loaded, the bottle helps to keep the CG in limits.
Regarding Web Store Upgrades in the Works ...Greg@Mothership
functionality is already programmed and will be part
of the new store. Quite a bit of work left to do so
don't expect this to happen real soon (especially
with this COVID situation). But it'll happen!
You'll also be able to log in to your own account,
save payment and address info, and a more. I'll save
the "more" details for later. ;^)
Mysterious Oil Pressure...AlexPeterson
Today I planned a local flight. The engine was preheated, with its
temperatures at about 70-80F before startup. The startup was nominal, oil
pressure normal. The taxi to the departure runway is maybe 250 feet. I did
the runup, and on bringing the power back down to idle I noticed the oil
pressure was low. Ran the rpm back up, pressure 80+. Below is the data. Note
the oil temp and oil pressure are both graphed against the left hand
vertical axis. One can see the relative divergence of the pressure vs the
rpm as the oil warmed up. I've never seen anything like this in 18+ years of
flying it. The previous flight was 10 days ago.
Even though the oil only got to 120F, the idle pressure was way lower
than normal. In fact, it was lower than I've seen it even when oil temps are
above 200. Obviously, I didn't fly and instead taxied back to the hangar to
scratch my head. Seems it could be a leaky relief valve, but I'm not sure.
I'm going to go out again tomorrow and let it warm up longer, as well as to
verify the sender accuracy. (Confession...I've long been an advocate of
putting mechanical oil pressure gauges in as backups. I have one. The way
the pressure was tracking so well up and down with RPM it never occurred to
me that the indication might be false. So, I never looked at my mechanical
gauge, which is sort of out of the way in the upper left corner of the
panel. I will look at it tomorrow. )
March 25, 2020. Issue #5,047.
Pushed out Wednesday's edition early. Hang tough, Earth. Stay
positive, watch videos of cats and dogs getting along and dream
of flying RVs.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
RV-8 Tailwheel Steering Geometry
I recently found quite a
bit of wear in my Aviation Products tailwheel attach block
with 1500 hours on it. This is allowing the fork a fair
amount of fore and aft motion that I'd like to stop.
I called Karen and ordered
the parts. My airplane currently has a 20 degree attach
block installed (see photo attached) but this puts the top
of the steering shaft forward of the fork...which I gather
is less than ideal. I don't get any tailwheel shimmy, but I
can feel the wheel spinning around the instant I set the
tail down until I get some weight on it.
API also offers a 10 degree unit, which would put the
steering closer to the correct geometry, but I understand
will make steering stiffer...I'm concerned about added wear
to the steering system if that is the case.
What angle API blocks are you guys running with your chain
Revisiting the Center Storage Area ...RV10Pilot
Not mine, but I was
thinking of creating something like it for my 10. It is from
the RV7/7A forum.
Rent your Portable Camper to
Rob 'Smokey' Ray for a bit?
I'm reaching out to the RV community to rent for an extended
period, buy or potentially trade for an under utilized or
unused 'RV' camper!
Not picky, Class C motorhome, Airstream, what have you?
Contact me via email:
Smokyray 'at 'rocketmail.com
Fuse Dollies ...some examples
South Florida Sport Aviation is Open ...VAF advertiser
Just a quick note from all of us at South Florida Sport
In this changing time, we are here for you. South Florida
Sport Aviation is open for business. We have moved some of
our staff home. We are here taking orders, shipping and
Joseph Campbell said 'Follow your bliss.' For most of us,
it's building & flying aircrafts.
Let's be proactive. Let's build. Let's fly.
We wish you all the best. Stay Safe.
Problem with the elevator trim travel ...Mark Browning RV-14
Just wondered if anyone could offer a solution as to why the
elevator push rod doesn't seem long enough ?
I hooked up the servo to the elevator trim tab. With the
trim set in the neural position and the servo on mid travel
the push rod is too short ?
i have to run run the servo motor almost fully out so the
clevis pin fits
RE: MCA's Aircraft Wiring Guide ...VAF advertiser
"The book is sold both electronically and in paperback.
The paper version is printed and distributed worldwide by a
third party, and books are digitally printed when ordered.
The book is also distributed through dealers like SteinAir,
EAA, Vans, Aircraft Spruce and others.
The electronic version is sold through Apple iBooks and
Amazon Kindle. This covers almost all of the electronic
readers and devices.
As you can imagine, each of these entities is independent of
the other. I would love nothing more than to offer a package
where you can view it electronically and get a paper copy
too. However, I have yet to figure out a way to get the
different distribution platforms to work together on this.
And balance this with the time needed for family and work.
I'm open to ideas!"
RV-7 980 hours, IO-390, VP-X (sold)
RV-8 (flying a friend's)
Thinking about low and slow backcountry build.
March 24, 2020. Issue #5,046.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
Confined in your country? Solution: fly around it...DeeCee
Admittedly, the country in
question is Switzerland, this little speck in the middle of
Europe... neighbored by Germany, France, Italy and Austria.
What's it shape like? Well, I remember too long time ago at
school, the question was asked and the answer obvious: a cow
patty! Unfortunately and in opposition to that patty,
Switzerland's contours are really jagged since the mountains
played the arbitrator.
PC680-powered RV-6 dragger/tug ...JordanGrant
Hello RVers. For years,
I've wanted to build an electric RV-6 tug to drag our
airplane up the gentle slope into the hangar. I've thought
that maybe a retired Odyssey PC680 battery could have enough
juice to do the job for an airplane the size of an RV-6, but
I wasn't sure. Well, I'm happy to report that it can be
done! See below for my version of the battery powered RV
Buddy James Walsh's newly
updated RV-4 is pretty full of Garmin gear these days after
a panel change, and his brother John took these pictures
yesterday. From James, "Was testing out Connext
integration with everything. It's amazing how this
thing communicates and shares info across so many devices."
Note G5, G3X Touch, GNX375,
Garmin Pilot on iPhone and Garmin D2 Delta PX watch.
James flies a Gulfstream in his day job.
My RV Weekend ...various
With the COVID-19 restrictions setting in, I am thinking
that maybe there was more building in the garage being done
than flying, but there's a lot of the country still
unrestricted, so .. let's hear it!
And, an argument could be made that flying your RV alone or
in formation with others is the best form of social
distancing, couldn't it?? Hard to transmit anything to
others when you're alone and aloft.
I digress .. I worked yesterday, San Diego to Tucson in the
work plane. I then drove home (445 miles, but it was
surprisingly painless, and a pretty quick six hours). This
morning, I wanted to go topoff the RV in case it sits for a
bit with tighter restrictions. So, flew to a neighboring
airport to get it topped off, and then put it back in the
We primered and dimpled the horizontal and vertical stabs.
Got the horizontal front and rear spars riveted together.
There's plenty of time for the build right now....I think
the girlfriend updated the website so please check it out.
Could always use some input.
My RV-8 flew again!
In mid January, I started condition inspection. First thing
I did was pull the magneto and send it off to Champion-Slick
for the SB1-15A treatment. They told me turn-around was 1--5
weeks just depending on how many come in during any period.
In the mean time, I replaced the O-rings in my brakes with
Viton, and replaced the Mil-5606 with the Mil 83282 fluid.
I replaced both my throttle and mixture cables with custom
And, of course, I did the rest of the condition inspection.
Last week, my magneto finally made it home from South
Carolina, and Saturday, 3/21, my airplane flew again for the
first time in over two months.
Beautiful spring day to fly.
Heck yes! I flew a recon mission on Saturday followed by a 7
hour hike on Sunday. I brought those monster antlers from
8,000 feet on foot. That was a challenge. Anyone has an idea
on the best mountain hiking boots?
Today my good Russian buddy Ivan made a first flight of his
RV9 dragon tail. Congrats man!
Flew "around the block" from Torrance Beach to Huntington
Beach and back. Overheard someone telling ATC "glad to find
some normalcy up here". Amen brother.
Repositioned my RV-7A from a tie down on the ramp at
Madisonville, TN (MNV) to a hangar at Crossville, TN (CSV).
It is a 1.75 hr drive from home but the plane is under roof
now. It's really hard to do any maintenance on a ramp. At
only 54 hrs on the hobbs, I'm still tweaking stuff.
RV-7A - N777JT Flying
Flew over some random airport....
I did a short flight yesterday.
This was the first flight since installing the pitch servo.
Had an interesting moment as I found out while accelerating
after leveling of, that the servo installation reversed the
trim command... Pretty proud of how quickly I recognised the
problem and started trimming in the opposite way
RV-14 kit #140138
My New Panel ...Latintan1
Gumption Found ...David Paule -3B Update
I laminated the canopy
fairing today, all by myself. Took all afternoon and went
fairly well considering everything. I must have gone through
half a dozen pairs of gloves.
Right now the epoxy is curing. I'll leave the laminate in
place for at least a couple days, don't want it to warp
after I remove it.
After I was done, I noticed that the cup with residual
epoxy, about 3/4" of it, was getting warm. I checked with my
IR thermometer and it was 118 F. A moment later it was 127,
so I carefully took it outside and left it on the patio,
away from anything. Shortly afterwards, it measured 337, but
the next measurement was less. Evidently I missed the peak.
At least it didn't ignite; I'd wondered if it would. The
fairing itself was roughly at shop temperature and now, an
hour later, does seem to be curing.
And here's what it looks like. The peel ply is still on, and
the various defect artifacts seem to be related strictly to
the peel ply.
Cylinder 1 EGT and CHT rise and fluctuate ...Dayz
I believe we have an issue with our #1. Today at runup our
CHT and EGT went up high, faster than the other 3, engine
ran not perfectly ( there was a miss if you listened
Everything seemed to stabilize after but stayed higher the
whole flight than usual.
Sensors were acting as if they were going bad, giving all
sorts of random data. But in this case, the miss, and the
fact that CHT and EGT were giving random numbers at runup is
puzzling me. I pulled the data and will post it if I can
figure out how.
I was thinking of pre ignition? But why, I was full rich at
idle. Maybe pieces of hot carbon stuck on a valve that would
Let me know. We need to find this issue.
March 23, 2020. Issue #5,045.
In our currently upside down world, here is some
uplifting news to hopefully make you smile as much as we did.
Audrey Reeves is engaged. :^)
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
Ground Shot ...Paul 5r4
Here's a picture of my RV
7A. I first flew it April 1st 2012. It's been to Petit Jean
several times, Atlanta, Birmingham, Sun and Fun repeat
offender. New Orleans, Graceland... I love flying this
plane. I hope to retire at the end of this year removing the
"Have to get back to work" restriction from my license. If I
end up stuck someplace because of weather and called in...
my bosses would say "Pretty sure Delta is still flying!" :-)
It's a solid day/night VFR x-country auto pilot equipped
Building and flying your own airplane... simply one of the
high lights of my life.
Last time round Matterhorn....DeeCee 57
Took the -6.9 for one last
spin around this majestic peak. Very emotional flight when
one's field is closing due to a virus... already missing
mountain jumping in the magnificent Alps
Status Report ...David Paule -3B
Lately it seems as if all I've been doing was cutting
fiberglass fabric for the canopy fairing. I'm using the same
lay-up that I used on the avionics shelf, 1 uni, 3 bid, 1
uni, with peel ply this time on both sides. At the front and
the back, the unit runs laterally, but on the sides, it
follows the contour of the fairing, very roughly parallel to
the canopy edge. Let's make that very, very roughly.
Just Want to Say Thanks
This is my first post and I just want to express my
appreciation for everyone that contributes their experience
and expertise to this site.
I'm a long-time lurker and would not have had the confidence
to make the leap into aircraft building were it not for the
existence of an online community. I can't count the times I
have used the advice found in these forums to get over a
hump - and I'm just on the empennage. At the moment I'm
feeling especially grateful for the trim tab threads. Last
night I completed the end tab bends using the flat bar
technique and had good results.
Thanks again, and please stay safe.
Lots of Extra Time Lately ...schristo
3D Printed Parts and Molds: Update ...aX-O
Been working on some other
projects but wanted to continue with this one yesterday.
I was trying to figure out how the air filter would seal on
the cone flange. The filter has a small ridge. Figured I
would mix some micro and make a perfect seal.
Airplane Art ...RV7A_Flyer
I recently took a class in
neon art, and made this design which I just hung in my
hangar. Being an engineer and not an artist, I'm pretty
proud of it! It doesn't show up well in photos, but the
propeller is a krypton-filled tube with a "beading"
transformer that makes it look like it's moving (and yes,
it's "rotating" the correct way! )
March 20, 2020. Issue #5,044.
Shout out to the mods who are helping me carry the load a little
as I push through Phenom 300 Initial (the plane uses a Garmin
G-1000 and I'm crushing the avionics labs....the G3X in the RV-6
pays dividends again). I'm less reachable for next few, as
you know. To the readers/posters who are raising their
civility game during this trying time, making my VAF world (and
the mods) less hectic, thank you too!!! We're gonna get
through it OK.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
Milestone: Passed my Commercial Checkride
Caught enough of a
break in the weather yesterday evening to squeeze in
a checkride with Catherine Cavagnaro. She runs Ace
Aerobatic School out of Sewanee, TN (KUOS) and was
just named the GA Award's 2020 National CFI of the
Year. I've heard other folks have had difficulty
finding a DPE who would give checkrides in
experimentals. If you're in that situation, I would
recommend reaching out to her.
Super excited about
it despite the current global economic landscape. I
graduated from college at the end of the 2000's at
the height of the "Great Recession", so I guess
timing has never been my strong suit.
That said, if anyone has a line on any low-time,
wet-ink opportunities near Middle Tennessee while I
contemplate my next move, I would certainly be
RV-12iS Service Bulletin 20-03-16 - Check terminal wire colors on AV-60000
Van's has published a service bulletin for all RV-12iS aircraft/kits,
along with an updated KAI Section 42MiS/U (Common Electrical).
Page 42, Figure 1 from that section has been updated to identify proper
screw terminals on the AV-60000 Power Module. In the original version of
this document, the Yellow and Blue terminal descriptions were illustrating
the wrong terminals. The wires going to the Yellow and Blue terminals will
need to be examined and, where required, swapped to match the updated plans
Note that each of these terminals are connected to 30-amp fuses. But, in
order to ensure the fuse labels on the panel indicate the correct function,
it is important to ensure the wires are connected as described in the
updated plans section. This can become very important in the event of
certain aircraft emergencies where the pilot needs to pull the correct fuse
to mitigate a risk. Because the original KAI drawings were in error,
builders/owners should anticipate the likely need to swap the wires on the
two affected terminals.
Just wanted to make
a gigantic tip of the VAF hat to the gang in
Peachtree City/Brooks area for some reprieve from
the viral sequester at my niece's place in Brooks
area for the past 2 weeks. Every VFR day you folks
are out formating and buzzing around the farm I'm
camped on...I LOVE IT!!! Thanks too for the
withdrawal symptoms...jonzin for my -7!!! Can't wait
to pull her out of deep freeze in MT in a few weeks.
Fly safe all!!!
Milestone: Panel is Built ...rvanstory
Just got this pic
from Aerotronics today of my completed panel ready
to be shipped! Can't wait to see it in the plane.
Can't say enough good about Andre Todd and others at
Aerotronics. They have been so good to work with so
far (and see no reason for that to change). Very
responsive and helpful as we designed, changed and
OUTSTANDING - Up North Aviation ...74-07
I am constantly
amazed at the customer oriented suppliers/vendors
that help us with our RV projects. Vans, Vetterman,
WhirlWind, Dynon, TS Flightlines, and many others
have been great to work with when we needed
something for one of the three RVs we've owned.
Recently, we decided our recently acquired, steam
gage, RV-8 needed to be brought into the electrical
age. Not a high dollar, IFR panel but rather just a
great VFR panel with some electronics replacing the
steam gages. After reading about Bill at Up North
Aviation, I gave him a call. Bill agreed to help us
design and eventually cut our panel. I had no idea
of the level of service and attention to detail he
was going to provide. He and I sent many, many,
ideas, drawings, and measurements back and forth.
After each discussion, within an hour, I would
receive a new, updated drawing. Twice he sent me
full-scale drawings that I mounted on foam board and
took to the airplane to be certain everything was
like I wanted it. This panel was a little more
challenging because I am panel mounting a Garmin 796
without the AirGizmo dock. The cutout had to be
perfect. He took the time to scan my unit and then
perfect the cutout on scrap.
Yesterday, Bill cut my new panel and immediately
sent me photos. It is perfect beyond any
expectation. Along with those photos, which I would
love to include but I am VAF photo challenged, Bill
sent a very reasonable invoice.
So, in short, if you are planning a panel upgrade
that will require a new panel, Bill at Up North
Aviation has my absolute strongest recommendation.
You will be amazed at the level of service and the
quality of the finished product.
Feedback for "Aircraft Wiring Guide" Book ...Marc
looking for feedback from those that have read the
Aircraft Wiring Guide (see link in the signature
below) and wanted to get any input about:
- new topics to include
- updates to existing topics
- useful comments in general to improve the book
Please comment below or send me a PM.
RV-7 980 hours, IO-390, VP-X (sold)
RV-8 (flying a friend's)
Thinking about low and slow backcountry build.
VAF Advertiser - Aircraft Wiring Guide
Book to help with experimental aircraft wiring.
March 19, 2020. Issue #5,043.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
More Denali Photos ...mbauer
Andy, those are
some fantastic photos!!
More photos from my Saturday Flight. My RV-6 does
not have a working heater, going to fix that on the
next condition inspection this month.
For this flight
Army surplus canvas mukluks with felt liners and
warm winter gear was the ticket, Oh, and the heated
seat covers I made a couple of winters ago. With the
sun providing warmth it was quite comfortable
despite the outside temp of -10c. Didn't wear gloves
until on the ground.
One of the photos I'm going to post has some ice
crystals forming on the canopy....Total of 479
Rebuild Update and More ...jamlip
stuff and a few other odds and sods arrive from
Spruce. Once the cowling is done, the aircraft will
be ready for a Condition Inspection.
I have sort of been ignoring the last detail up till
now - I need to start thinking about selling my
beloved RV-4. I have so many amazing memories
attached to it and I don't feel ready to let it go,
but I can't have (shouldn't have, don't need) two
I'm not going to advertise it properly just yet
because I have a few little things to fix up on it.
But if you're in the market for a decent 180hp RV-4
and have found this, perhaps this could be the
aircraft for you...
General overview: Built 1987, 1050 hours TTAF (has
incomplete logs from before my ownership), GRT Sport
EX glass, Catto three blade prop, KLX 135A GPS Com.
California aircraft since built, with neat
Bakersfield / Harmon history. Flies as an RV-4
should - beautifully. Willing to deliver anywhere in
CONUS at cost. $49k.
Writing this makes me want to cry...
NYC Hudson River Corridor - Covid-19 ...RV10Pilot
Great weather and
clear skies and no one is out flying. It was a
perfect day to take a flight through the hudson
river corridor with my son. There was so little
traffic we had to check the radio to make sure we
were on the correct frequency. One helicopter flew
over us and we heard 2 others make position reports.
Other than that the entire hudson river was our. It
doesn't get better than this.
Initial Contact ...Matt Bolick
Hey guys just
wanted to introduce myself. I'm just about to jump
off of this RV cliff. I ordered a squeezer and the
toolbox kit so no going back now! I'm a private
pilot flying an old C182 in Winston Salem with 2
kids and a lifelong dream of building my own
airplane. I've managed to get the kids addicted to
LEGOS which I see as the stepping stone to getting
their help building an airplane with me. I recently
started cleaning up the garage and tool shopping
which is probably the builder version of a pregnant
woman cleaning house and buying onesies.
I'm leaning towards an RV-14 since I already have
access to a competent family hauler and I love the
combination of cross-country comfort and light
aerobatics. I'd love to find anyone in the
reasonably close area that is either in the process
of building a -14 or has a finished one I could buy
dinner to take a look at.
I'd also love suggestions, opinions, advice,
warnings and other ramblings. Talk me out of this!
Lane A and B generator failure on 2nd flight ...jcboon
I did my
first flight on February 6th. Before that I
accumulated 1 hour on the engine in testing, working
the brakes and swinging the compass.
After a few weeks of poor weather I planned a second
flight three weeks ago. Immediately after starting
the engine, both lane lights started blinking. And
afterwards Skyviews error read-out showed "generator
I bought a dongle and borrowed a simulator. Today,
running the engine with the simulator the error was
confirmed. Rotax is looking into it, and I am
waiting for their input. But I thought in the mean
time I might ask if anybody on the forum has any
experience with this. Any suggestions in finding the
origin of the error are much appreciated.
passing this info on behalf of Tank, Slick and I.
With the numerous virus restrictions imposed and the
safety of our friends in mind, we will be
rescheduling the WCFC 2020 to a future date. Date is
TBD at this point to allow for the "New Normal".
Once restrictions are lifted and our health is at
much less of a risk, we will reschedule.
Please remember to cancel your hotel reservations.
Need help with alternator theory ...paulsteger
I have a 6a that I
bought used 3 yrs ago and recently found out if I
turn off the master switch with the engine running,
the main bus still has power and all electrical
stuff stays on. Not sure how long it's been like
this because my usual shutdown sequence of
electrical, mixture, master, mags doesn't detect
this. Here is what I know. It appears to be wired
like Van's sample wiring diagram, except it has no
separate voltage regulator, so regulator must be
integral to the alternator as car alternators have
been for many years. Looking at the schematic it
looks like when you shut off the master, the master
relay opens up which causes the + side of the
battery to disconnect from the master bus. Meanwhile
the alt side of the spit master switch disconnects
the alternator field from the bus. Without 12 volts
to supply the alternator field, the alternator
output should drop out, so it also no longer
supplies the bus, so bus should go to 0 volts. Mine
doesn't. My master relay does drop out as it should.
I can hear it clunk at a low idle. The alt side of
my master switch does open up and drop +12 to the
alt field. If I start the engine with the field wire
disconnected, then the master does shut off the bus,
but the battery is discharging with the engine
running. So it appears to me that once the field is
excited as in a normal start situation, the alt
keeps supplying output as long as the engine is
running, even if the field input loses its 12 volt
input.the alt does charge the battery and supply the
electrical needs as it should.
I removed the alternator to have it tested by a car
parts jobber. It has no identifying data plate. What
company made it? Car place couldn't test it because
he didn't have a field connector to fit it. It has 3
male spade lugs in a U shape inside a round cavity.
Is it from Vans? Lycoming? A paper barcode sticker
on it gave no google hits either. I'm grounded till
I get this fixed
March 18, 2020. Issue #5,042.
Reminder: The Thu edition might be a couple hours late. Don't
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
My RV Weekend ...Andy612
north west of
I've been a long-time lurker, but this is my first
attempt at posting a story. A rare (for March) huge
ridge of high pressure over the Yukon and South-east
Alaska gave me the opportunity to do some local site
seeing this weekend. And beautiful it was. Super
clear skies and almost no wind or turbulence. The
air was smooth as glass. Very quiet radios, hardly
New Vinyl Striping on RV-9 ...PH-SCP
After flying this
RV-9 for around 10 years I am getting a little bored
with the colours. The aircraft is basically all
white and the current stripes and tailnumbers are
applied in vinyl.
the Apocalypse in our RV-7A (Trip Postponed, Hunkering down) ...Capt Sandy
Hello VAF'ers, (A
departure from my usual fun-having posts)
Roy and I were out trekking in our RV-7A the last
few weeks. We left Arizona and visited Texas,
Arkansas, and Tennessee. Weather and visiting folks
had us in Tennessee for much of a week. Last
Thursday, March 12th, I started having a lot of
anxiety for obvious reasons. We decided that we
would both take a break from watching the news for a
day, and Friday the 13th seemed a bad day to make
big decisions, so we decided not to decide if we
would continue our trek or head home (home for now
being our Airstream in southern Arizona, about 2
hours south of Phoenix). By the end of day Friday,
we decided to decide anyway, and heading home seemed
prudent. Our intended trek was to go to N. Carolina,
Georgia, Florida and the Bahamas. Being on this side
of the fence seemed like a good idea, and being in
our own space even better. We had a very small
weather window to launch, as weather was closing in
from Texas to Tennessee.
My RV Weekend ...mbauer
400 Mile Flight to Mt Denali
Flew to Denali again for some photos. The peak was
covered in clouds, however the lower mountains were
in skin around rivets on rudder ...blackbeard10
inspection I found these two cracks in the rudder
skin on the right side. None visible on the left
side and the rest of the tail showed no cracks
either in the skins or structural members. My plan
so far is to use MEK or acetone to remove all primer
and paint around these two crack to better visualize
the extent of the cracks. If they are limited to
around .75 inch or 1 and are only over the ribs, I
will drill stop holes and widen the crack lines with
dental burr, apply fairing compound and repaint. 400
hours on my rv 4. Comments appreciated.
March 17, 2020. Issue #5,041.
Reminder: The Wed edition might be a couple hours late. Don't
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
N112DR First Flight ...rolick22 RV-12
The first flight of
N112DR on March 14, 2020.
The aircraft was slightly right wing heavy and the
AHRS was not keeping a level attitude, also I need
to adjust the AST trim indication. Anyone know if
the stall horn is supposed to stay on for 5 second
after recovering from a stall?
My RV Weekend ...catmandu
I was in Maryland this
week. My friend there has a new to him -10. First oil change
done at 50 hours gave an oil analysis that was, different.
Blackstone mentioned all their historical data for this
particular model of engine was based on 30 hours average oil
time, so the thought was let's target 30 hours for the next
couple of oil changes to have a better chance at comparing
something. The plane is headed to Vic's shop week after next
for a condition inspection, and needed some oil time to get
very near the magic 30 hour mark while in Georgia. I asked
if I could rack up some time doing a good deed, and was told
Jumped on Pilots 'N Paws and found a trip that fit the bill:
Kitties in NC needed to go to New England. Did some quick
coordination via text and launched out Saturday morning.
Picked up some lucky cats and headed north. One was a bit
noisy so I brought him out of the crate to get a view. Not
sure if it helped or not.
RV7/9 Subpanel Layout- Garmin
i am looking at my subpanel layout for my RV9 and want to
know what everyone thinks.
My equipment not on the panel is all Garmin:
G3X displays (GDU 430)
GNX 375 GPS/ xpnder
GNC 255 Com1 / nav
GMA 245 Audio panel
GMC 507 Autopilot controller
G5 backup attitude
Behind the panel:
GMA245R (GTR20) Remote Radio
GEA24 Engine interface
GAD 29 ARNIC interface
GAD 27 Airframe Interface (flaps, etc)
Here is my layout.
Please provide comments on the layout, especially the pieces
on the subpanel.
Floor Dimpling ...BobbyLucas RV-12
This will probably
seem obvious sooner than later, but the dimpling in
step 4 is meant to be flush on the top side as
Denting your Wing in the Shop ...Mothership Greg
Well, I have to
admit that I've done as bad or even worse. In fact,
I recently did. Two wings damaged at the same time,
with both wingtip-end leading edge skins and
outermost ribs bent when the cradle they were stored
in broke and came apart, dropping them onto the
concrete floor. Ugh. At any rate... No one is
immune, and know that you have some moral support
from those of us who suffer similarly. You're not
alone in the wing-dent-repair club!
Cracks in upper cowling
Hi, I have a
problem with the upper cowling of my wonderful RV4.
It had cracks on the right side, directly behind the
spinner/prop. Last winter I grinded everything out,
placed many, many new glass-fibre mats on/in it,
used a lot of filler, painted everything. it looked
really nice- but after 2 hours the cracks are there
again. Any recommendations for the next repair?
My RV Weekend...Vlad
Saturday was one of those
rare days. I wish we had a deice truck.
March 16, 2020. Issue #5,040.
Friday I attended orientation at
CAE for their Phenom 100/300
Supporting Crew Member (SCM)
program. Lanyard and ID issued. Ground school starts
Tuesday, so for the next two weeks and change VAF editions
might be pushed out later than their usual time, and my
brain may seem a little mushy (more than usual).
I don't know this to be fact, but a friend suggested that
with enough notice clients can request a specific right-seater for their sim
rides. If that is true, and you do request me for your DFW Phenom
recurrent sim sessions, we can most definitely talk RVs during breaks and
I suspect this new part time gig will impact how I approach operating our family's
RV-6. My hunch is it will be eye-opening, and could provide ideas for promoting a more safety-oriented mindset on VAF.
Hope you had a nice weekend and got to do something with your RV.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
Moxie and Kate!
I got an early start on the weekend Thursday afternoon.
Moxie and I did a river scouting mission. She is to the
point she thinks she is Puppy-in-Command...
Info from the Airshow Director ...Greg Gibson
New VAF friends - I've been
telling everyone I can what a great forum this is. Very
forthright and candid, with great input and dialog. I really
like being here and am just thrilled with the great ideas
I've read in such a short time. Please keep the PMs and
emails coming. I've already shared them with my team and we
are getting some traction.
I'm pleased and terrified to confirm what was recently
posted on our new dates. It's a big deal to move an event
like this, but we are going to go for it. I'd like to ask
you all to consider coming and bring your friends. This
virus has sent the world into madness, and has put our
little Fly-In in jeopardy. We've built a war chest since
2012 that was designed to help us get through an economic
downturn, bad weather, or sequestration. But we've never
planned to not have the event at all, or try to relocate it.
All of our programs are at risk, and even the Fly-In itself.
The DOD stand down is another hurdle, so now to boot we will
have no military assets. So guess what? I'm betting there is
a ton of room for homebuilts! I am redrawing the field and
redesigning the airshow as I write this. Hopefully everyone
we had in the show will be able to come and we can fulfill
our commitments. With no military we have about 30 minutes a
day back from the airshows. FAA, ATC, and all components
have confirmed they can support the new dates, and I am
resubmitting the waivers and rewriting the NOTAM.
By the way, I have gotten word that we will have a Pilot
NOTAM from the FAA that will allow non-ADS-B Out aircraft
to come to SnF unhindered. I will post it here on Monday
or Tuesday when I get it. They really want to help us.
We're on, but it will be interesting to see what turnout we
get. I'll be a little busy for a while, so please don't
think I have just tuned out on you if I don't post for a
while. If the virus has started to settle down and you feel
it is safe to do so, I hope you can all join us May 5-10. We
Thanks for the warm welcome!
We got some rain Fri/Sat/Sun in N.Texas...on the ramp
in The Shop-Damaged Wing ...mfleming
Today was supposed to be a
good day in the shop but it was horrible. After initial
fitting of my wings and completing a slew of chores, I was
ready to remove the wings.
Well target fixation shot me down in flames...
accept a bird strike?
So yesterday I'm trucking
along on final approach in the RV-9A, 350 ft AGL, 80 knots
(fast because I'm cleared for a long landing), when this
stupid turkey vulture decides not to abide by the right of
way rules. Having practiced vigorous low speed maneuvers in
advance, I achieved a 55* bank and 13* nose down, recovering
at about 200 ft AGL. Digital data after the fact showed that
I had plenty of margin in airspeed, AOA, and g load for a
more vigorous recovery to avoid hitting the ground, had that
been required. In any case, that bird avoidance commanded my
Contact ...Raymond and Laura
We ordered our RV-7
empennage kit on 03/05/2020. Super excited to get this
project rolling. Already have the complete Cleaveland
Aircraft tool set plus a lot of extra tooling ready to go.
Does Your Airplane Have a Fire Extinguisher?...s10sakota
Hey all, I don't post much
here since I've sold my RV-7, but I'd like to get the word
out about the importance of having a fire extinguisher in
If you don't think it's important, or didn't yet 'get around
to installing one', check out my new video...
I built my RV-7A in
approximately 2 years. This 8A build is a little long in the
tooth in comparison. I ordered my ill-fated XP-400 in March
2015. The engine was returned to Superior and the case was
sent to Barrett for a 390 conversion. 5 years since the
original XP-400 was ordered Rhonda at Barrett delivered this
beauty. Thank you Rhonda and team!
...somewhere over the
March 13, 2020. Issue #5,039.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
Hangar cleaning 52F 3/12. (full
(6) RVs in the shot...but one is hard to see.
Weekend ...Paul Bonorden
Flew 521NM non stop from VCT (Victoria, TX) to ELP
(El Paso, TX) to see my son and his family. He is a
Chinook pilot in the Army. This was my first long
trip in the RV-6A. The trip took 3.5 hours and
burned 25.6 gallons. I still had 12.4 gallons of
fuel left in the tank when I arrived. This aircraft
has got some legs. Very thrilled with its
performance and looking forward to longer flights.
El Paso approach had me following a commercial jet
for a #2 slot for landing and asked me to slow down
to 150 knots. Never had that happen to me when I
used to fly my Cessna.
Status Report ...MDeCraene13
I have parts that look like a wing now. I did
run into some challenges with my wing fixture,
mainly where the skins overhang the outboard most
rib. I was able to work around them though.
Mothership Response to COVID-19
912iS - Abrupt Drop in Oil Pressure ...R.E. 'Ernie' Butcher
Abrupt Drop in Oil Pressure - RV-12iS w/Rotax 912iS
Occurred during run-up phase on 1st flight attempt.
The chart above (SavvyAnalysis) reveals an abrupt
and significant drop in oil pressure at about the
6min mark. The agreed opinion of the knowledge-base
at Lockwood and Leading Edge was that the problem is
likely caused by trash entering the oil pressure
regulator. Their explanation; unlike the the oil
pump on the 912ULS which feeds the integral pressure
regulator 'filtered' oil, the new design pump on the
912iS Sport feeds the integral pressure regulator
Resolve: Removed oil regulator; found 3-small specks
of what appeared to be manufacturing filings and no
scoring on piston. Cleaned parts, reassembled,
Aside: Based on personal experience, I strongly
suggest that you verify the spark plug gaps on your
factory new engine. And if you haven't already,
download and become familiar with the Rotax MML and
MMH manuals available free at Rotax-Owner.com.
The information presented herein is for reference
only and is based on our experience.
Have a great day!
Updated Panel Draft ...David Carter RV-7A
Thanks to everyone who provided suggestions. I read
them all, and have incorporated many into this
draft. I have decided to go ahead & have the
engine control bracket cut to accommodate a prop
control for a later project to convert from
fixed-pitch to constant-speed.
Please let me know if you have any additional
feedback on this draft. I feel like this one is very
close to complete. It's going to be very scary
declaring this "final" & committing this to
production. Electrons are easy to change, atoms much
Carl Froehlich's Rig for Checking Static Leaks
Here is a simple rig to check for static leaks.
Harbor Freight parts and some assembly. I just used
this on the new RV-8 project to verify the system
tight - and sure enough found a fitting not well
seated. A few minutes later it was fixed and saved
me the pain of paying to get a failed pitot/static
Credit goes to Tom Doran (N716RV)
For pitot I use a $4 manometer to verify airspeed
accuracy and pitot line tight. This setup is
amazingly accurate. Use google to find the PDF file
for the airspeed grid.
March 12, 2020. Issue #5,038.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
"Goin' Down the Bayou" ...crabandy trip write-up
Last November I
pitched an idea to my wife, "How about a destination half
marathon trip to see your sister in Louisiana?" After a 5
second pause she said "I don't Hate the idea......"
The ladies decided to
do the 5K while the brother-in-law and I were going to try
the half. We started training plans and went to work sharing
accountability posts/texts several times weekly. I had done
a half about 10 years ago with a time of 2:00:34, I had my
sights set on under 2:00:00 and wasn't going to shave till I
shaved those extra seconds below 2 hours. We just needed to
find a city in Louisiana that had a half marathon on the
weekend I was off.
Much More and Many Pics
High School Students
Building An Airplane | TangoFlight (video)
My RV Weekend
Flew 521NM non stop from
VCT (Victoria, TX) to ELP (El Paso, TX) to see my son and
his family. He is a Chinook pilot in the Army. This was my
first long trip in the RV-6A. The trip took 3.5 hours and
burned 25.6 gallons. I still had 12.4 gallons of fuel left
in the tank when I arrived. This aircraft has got some legs.
Very thrilled with its performance and looking forward to
El Paso approach had me following a commercial jet for a #2
slot for landing and asked me to slow down to 150 knots.
Never had that happen to me when I used to fly my Cessna.
RV-6A Airworthiness Inspection 8/10/19
Mr. X ...Yucatan Peninsula
My RV Weekend ...Roy Thoma
KDWH T31 KORK KBDQ
KXNX KTHA KDKX. We flew just under a thousand NM for
the "weekend". We left Houston KDWH Thursday (3/5) mid
day and flew to Aero Country (T31). Overnight stop to pick
up gear and short visit with Taco and Cannon.
Friday another short hop to North Little Rock to have dinner
with Slats. Bill, Sandy and I went to Doe's and shared a 3lb
Annual Inspection Begins ...instabag pic
wing strobes that have been on my shelf for too long are
going on this time around (18yr old Whelens going to a farm
Garmin Pilot + FltPlan.com
I have been
using Garmin Pilot for nearly a year and despite having an
account with FltPlan.com, I have not been able to sync up my
accounts so I can file flight plans thru FltPlan.com.
I was wondering if there is a trick or something that I am
missing in the process. I have sent multiple e-mails to
FltPlan.com to give them authorization for filing.
Any help would be greatly appreciate it.
200kt GS Club ...Kurt
Finally joined the club
yesterday at 5000' in my 9A with a nice tailwind
Looks like an
electrical connector to me, but the description
makes no sense. ES-00313 "Round Tongue Stud #8 Screw
A search of the electronic plans turned up nothing.
connector. ...used on the autopilot servos, at least
on the Pre-iS ULS. The iS could have other uses for
it, I suppose.
March 11, 2020. Issue #5,037.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
Rod VonGrote RV-8 52F
RV8 Static Port Location? ...laserman
Can anyone supply a link to
their photo or description of installation of their static
port location on a RV8 ? I have an older set of plans (Circa
2002) that does not seem to have details on the (dual) ports
location.. I could bother Vans... But it looks like a
location rear of the wings - Mid fuselage seems reasonable
.. I have read the posts on offsetting the Tee fitting ..
Photo Below.. Many thanks.. AL
Amp reading ...Allan
I am not reading any amps
on my GX3 engine screen. I do have voltage. Could someone
provide me with how you wired up your shunt? I think it is
wired up correctly but I want to see how others wired it in.
I put the shunt in between the alternator wire and the wire
going into the avionics buss. With two wires screwed onto
the top of the shunt.
This is the wiring diagram for interfacing a shunt to the
There are fuses installed
in line with the sense wires.
It sounds like the purpose of this shunt is to measure
alternator output? What configuration setting are you using
for the shunt input?
Landing Gear Camber Angle...Piper J3 RV-12
I'm in the middle of my
Annual Condition Inspection and replaced tires and brakes.
With airplane raised up, it is a real eye-opener to see how
much camber angle is built into the landing gear. I measure
11 degrees camber...
IFR RV-4 Thoughts ...GHARBEN and Smokyray
Just started flying N12HR. An RV 4 with 800 hours.
Do most people 3 point od wheel land in crosswinds. Also is
it legal to file IFR in a properly equipped RV 4?
I started flying my early model short gear Four when we had
to shoo dinosaurs off the runway before taking off!
My dos centavos has always been to wheels land on pavement,
especially in a cross wind (better rudder authority,
visibility) and three point on grass, soft turf or dirt.
Better prop clearance, less chance of flip over, even
distribution of weight etc..
As far a filing IFR, remember what's written on the canopy
bow "Experimental" RVs can never be certified IFR since they
were never certified in the first place. You can comply with
the FIH requirements for operating in IMC which are:
A. Way to determine attitude
B. Way to determine altitude (within IFR tolerances)
C. Way to determine the final approach course of a non
D. Pitot static system and mode C certification by a
qualified shop with associated logbook entry.
You have chosen wisely...
PS: If you bump into Jentezen Franklin, tell him hi for me!
the flight levels somewhere over the USA 3/10.
Brake Flange - Hole Pattern
I am looking for the
dimensions of the standard hole pattern for the Cleveland
brake flange on an RV-4. I was not able to find it on the
Vans drawings, nor in a Cleveland documentation. Does
anybody know the exact dimensions or where to find it?
Ice Cream Social PIREP ...Mothership Greg
What a great
weekend! I was incredibly lucky to see some people I have
not been able to spend time with in a long time, which was
awesome. Plus, I got to meet a whole bunch of new faces and
talk about RVs, formation flying, maintenance, service
bulletins (go figure hah!), what sorts of things people wish
we'd do at Van's in the future, and lots of other great
stuff. Heck I even handed hats to RV folks at Santa Paula
airport on Friday and then saw them again over at Inyokern
for the party! What a great crowd.
The airplanes and people were terrific, and the party was
awesome. Seriously, Alisha put in a huge amount of work -
and she and Lori really pulled it off not just one day, but
And of course: Happy birthday, Axel. Your bday tradition has
really turned into a great RV get together!
March 10, 2020. Issue #5,036.
James Walsh's RV-4 is back in the air at 52F after a
panel upgrade. In addition to the obvious avionics
Flyleds combo leading edge landing/taxi lights on
final were the brightest I think I've ever seen at our
field. Down the road I may be looking at those.
James told me that there are (8) blink patterns you can
choose from. I wondered if you could program them
to blink your initials (didn't know). One light
does the first name...the other the last - you know, let
your friends know it's you and all <g>. -.. .-.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
Braided line inspections/failure ...Bill E.
We all trust those
SS braided lines and other flex hoses on our
aircraft will seldom fail, and and give them all the
standard inspections relevant to the yearly health
check or when we have access. I, as an RV builder,
A&P, and IA, got the wake-up scare this weekend that
sheds some different light on the "normal"
inspection. Here is the scenario.. I went to Fla to
pick up and fly a recently purchased RV-4 home for a
friend who is not yet checked out to fly it. The
aircraft was recently condition inspected, regularly
flown and didn't seemingly pose any threat to a 3
hour flight back to NC. After the more than normal
walk-around pre-flight, I mounted up to depart, with
the new owner and a friend standing to the side
observing. Boost pump on, 3-4 blades and I get
signal from them we have something coming out the
cowling. Turns out it was fuel..alot of it, right on
the exhaust. De-cowl and find the SS flex line from
the carb to the fuel pressure indicator is nearly
porous, and weeping out all over. It certainly is
undetectable without pressure. This could have been
a fireball ! I will add too my inspection criteria,
all fuel lines will be checked with pressure
applied, and periodic pre-flights will get the same
with me not in the cockpit. It would never be seen
by someone just going out to fly with no
bystander...lessons learned every day. We did get it
fixed, and the rest of the adventure home was
uneventful...check/replace those flex lines!!
Generally speaking, because in experimentals
anything goes ---within reason-- 'rubber' lined
assemblies use reusable, field attachable screw on
hose ends, verses the crimped collar style more
commonly in use for teflon assemblies. YES ---there
are teflon assemblies that use reusables--Aeroquip
Super Gem series fittings--and a few others out
there--Earls Performance, Russell, Goodridge, etc,
but most of what you'll see is crimped versions.
The resuable type fittings generally are blue and
red anodized aluminum for stainless braid rubber
type, and gold or blue collars with black steel and
blue aluminum nuts for cotton covered H8794 (Aeroquip
303) type hose. Aftermarket 'race car' hose and
fittings can be most any color you want. So suspect
'rubber' when you see them.
The types of reusables that are assembled on the
rubber hoses are NOT used on teflon. Various reasons
why, but generally the threaded stem and collars are
of a different ID and OD to be compatible with
teflon. Part of that ID difference is in the hose
itself. Take the same ID hose in teflon, Rubber
(like 701) and 303, and the difference in
construction is obvious. Thicker liner wall to
enable a good working pressure, tightly woven
stainless braid, and or a nylon and steel braid
reinforcement with a cotton cover overbraid. All of
that contributes to the working pressure of the
hose. Teflon doesn't expand like a rubber hose, so
the wall can be a lot thinner, and with the
stainless braid the overall OD can be smaller.
Similar or greater working pressures for the same
sized rubber hoses.
Word of caution. Because we all are dealing in
experimentals, what you see isn't necessarily what
you get. We've seen some rubber lined hoses with
crimped hose ends done by the local hydraulic shop.
At the same time, we've seen teflon assemblies that
were not using a conductive liner for fuel systems.
It all about knowing what is acceptable and what is
not. As a general rule, all teflon hoses should be
conductive especially those where fuel is used.
Brakes may be an exception because you aren't moving
brake fluid for consumption like fuel. Oils don't
pick up a static electrical charge, but its still
great practice to use a conductive hose. MOST
industrial hose shops don't stock the conductive
If there is any question, you can call us and we'll
help you identify the assemblies.
Some Pics from the Ice Cream Social ...Plummit
Fiberglass Practice ...David Paule -3B
layup of the avionics shelf reminded me the hard way
of several things I'd forgotten. As a result, it is
barely useable and I haven't decided whether to make
another or fix this one.
Some of the details are -
1. Leave enough extra peel ply that doesn't get
epoxied so that you have a handle by which to pull
2. Ditto with the perf ply, if you're vacuum bagging
My RV Weekend ...pazmanyflyer
Started the dirty
job of sealing the air gaps at the inter-baffles.
Looking to finish the FWF in the next few weeks.
Some New First Flights
...reported on the
March 9, 2020. Issue #5,035.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
Almost Complete ...cderk RV-10
4 years and 3 months to the
date of when I first started, I was able to start my engine
(vid). As it
stands, my Airworthiness Inspection is scheduled for 3/21
(coincidentally my birthday). I think it would be pretty
cool to have the "birthday" of my new baby on the same day
Its been quite a ride getting this thing built, but I see
the light at the end of the tunnel.
There have been so many folks on here who have provided
guidance throughout the build - the RV community is truly
Best Mnemonic Sentence I'll
"I braked, stopped, shutoff, manually dumped and evacuated batteries."
(IDLE BRAKE STOP SHUTOFF MANUAL DUMP ATC EVACUATION
Sophomoric but easily
Spent most of the weekend
studying Phenom limitations and the (17) Memory Item
checklists that I'm required to know cold at the upcoming
part time sim gig. I believe I finally came up with a
study method that works for the way my brain best retains
1) a spreadsheet that
color codes duplicate steps (note mnemonics bottom of
spreadsheet in a few of the columns / number of steps at
2) iPad screen grabs of
the panel with the flow drawn on top with my Apple
It's starting to make
better sense now, and I would be wise to do something
similar to this for the RV-6 down the road.
Formal Introduction ...Newcastle, OK
I've skimmed the forum here
for right at ten years and figured it was time to introduce
myself as the factory now has some access to my checking
account. Building one of these airplanes has been a goal of
mine after learning how they performed compared to the
typical single engine airplane. I'll be building -14A number
754 in true "homebuilt" fashion in my garage at home. Beyond
the building, I look forward to the new friendships that
will go alongside this new venture.
Sweet Flight to Sedona ...Capt Sandy
Not too many gals have the
pleasure of being flown to romantic Sedona for Valentines
Day. How awesome that my Darling Hubby is also my own
personal Pilot! An ulterior motive here - one of our Top
Five favorite places to eat in the Entire Country is Elote
Cafe in Sedona. Not to be missed. If you go, get there about
4:30 pm, stand in line, get your name on the list and say
you'll be back in an hour. Go next door and have a beer or a
Margarita there - then come back and they'll put you at the
top of the list for a table. If you get there after 4:30,
you may wait up to two hours for a table. The video says the
Video of our trip:
WDYDWYRVTW ...SPX starts the convo
Since I am often the
starter of these threads, allow me to start this one on
Friday rather than Saturday or Sunday...
Because of some pending rain, I opted to fly today. I hope
to go to the Ice Cream Social in KIYK tomorrow, but it
sounds like the ceilings may be too low. We'll see.
Sooo... I decided to go to Corona, CA (KAJO) for lunch
today. It was a mediocre lunch, but a good excuse to fly
anyhow. From there, I decided to go get some gas at Flabob (KRIR).
Pretty quiet there, other than a Navion and a Pitts flying
around. (BTW -- Does anyone know if the restaurant at Flabob
is any good?) Fueled up, and headed back home.
Total was only about 1.2 hours of flying, but it was great
to get the RV out. Hoping to get it out again tomorrow for
KIYK, but seems unlikely based on the current forecast...
I hope that everyone has a great weekend of flying and
building. Looking forward to hearing some updates!
Weekend ...Vlad 9A
temperature to 180F before wx hit my mountain.
Aid PIREP ...Jim Stricker
I just bought new hearing
aids from Costco - Philips HearLink 9010 Behind-the-Ear. I
have been wearing hearing aids for 25 years. I have profound
hearing loss and these aids are superb. The hearing aids are
Bluetooth and have a Telecoil which is normally used with a
land-line telephone handset.
I had the audiologist give me a special program selectable
from my iPhone that we titled "airplane". This program
enables the Telecoil and also shuts off the microphone in
both hearing aids. Shutting off the microphone prevents
feedback when the aviation headset is placed over the ears.
Zero feedback of any kind. The Telecoils in the hearing aids
sense the electromagnetic field from the speakers in the
headset earcups and reproduce the sounds thru the hearing
aid receivers in your ears. The sound is very high quality
and word recognition is very good.
In addition to the Telecoil for normal comm and intercom
communication, I will also use the Bluetooth capability to
connect the LightSpeed Zulu3 to my mini iPad running
ForeFlight in order to hear alerts such as Traffic and
I have an extended cross-country planned for tomorrow to try
these features in the airplane. My situational awareness
should be greatly improved. Should be a big day...
Today I flew a 4 hour x-country with my new hearing aids and
Zulu3 headset using Telecoil program per above post. My
- Zero feedback of any kind
- ANR works fabulous
- Comm/Intercom volumes are both very good
- Word recognition and clarity are both excellent
- ATC is easy to understand
- Headset ear cup sealing not critical because no chance for
feedback with hearing aid microphone turned off
- My situational awareness is greatly improved.
Snorkel Intake Progress....goatflieg
March 6, 2020. Issue #5,034.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
Daryl Sahnow at
I have been an employee of Van's for over
and have been representing Van's at many airshows
for the past 20 years plus. Now is the time to
move on, sad time for me. It has been my
pleasure to be able to serve and help all of you in
your dreams of building your own airplane.
have met a countless number of people in the
process, and am in total awe of all of you. I
will admit I am not good at names, but do remember
all your faces which means you left a lasting
impression - mostly Good ;^)! During the
process, I have made many , many friends in many
countries and will remember all of you---you all
know who you are--- for also giving me the time to
get to know you. It has created lots of
lasting memories again, Thank You.
This moving on creates more time for me to enjoy
both (pic above), more fishing, trap shooting,
travel ----I will be OK! ;^)
My last day working for Van's will be
4-15-2020------If any of you wish to keep in contact
(Daryl.Sahnow 'at' gmail 'dot' com) you are always
welcome at my house, if you like a puppy!
Cheers, Blue Skies and Tail winds
Enjoying Spotted Cow at Kelly's after a long
day at OSH. 9:40pm. 7/27/2009. dr pic
Mnemonics Generator...to aid with memorizing checklists
While trying to figure out
a better way for memorizing memory items on the Phenom 300
(my upcoming sim extra paper route) I found
mnemonicgenerator.com. You can put in letters
(separated by spaces) and it will generate sentences.
With a scratch piece of paper, and hitting 'Generate'
multiple times to show more sets of words, you can create a
pretty easy to remember sentence with little effort.
Two examples I worked up below, and there are obviously RV
"Old Dorky Geeks
Consumed Objectionable Donuts Effortlessly."
"Saintly Angels Ignored
Bruises And Guarded Toddlers Aggressively."
...just slow and
sound....and a little doppler effect.
Pancakes: Waco, TX ...Phil
Time: 8AM - 10AM
Place: EAA Chapter 59's Hangar - McGregor Executive
Kick off March with us at EAA Chapter 59's Pancake
Fly-In Breakfast. The food will begin coming off the
griddle at 8AM and we will continue to serve through
There is aircraft parking available at our hangar
and anyone who brings in an airplane will receive a
ticket for a free breakfast.
If you are not familiar with the location of Chapter
59's hangar, you can easily locate it when you fly
over the field. The hangar is located on the SE side
of the airport, it has EAA 59 painted on top, and it
will be surrounded by numerous drive-in vehicles.
For those who are looking to add more aviation to
their day, we are going to be holding our monthly
safety meeting at 10AM based on EAA's IMC/VMC Club
We are looking forward to seeing you!
Nashville Tornado Damage ...PHOTO01
My brother and a
friend took the RV-6 up yesterday evening after the
winds subsided and took these photos. Both of us
went to school at Tennessee Tech, and for those
familiar with the region he stated that the storm
track stopped just prior to campus. As the images
below show the damage is widespread, and it is truly
a miracle that more people were not killed or
seriously injured. Unfortunately late last night I
received word that I lost a friend whom I graduated
TTU with, his wife, and their son when their home
was hit by the storm early Tuesday morning.
For any aviators in the middle Tennessee area I
would caution you to please monitor the airspace
closely for the next couple of days. Just this
afternoon the FAA has posted a TFR for the area just
west of Cookeville, and with the upcoming POTUS
visit on Friday the airspace will only get busier.
Yesterday the guys stayed high (~5k AGL) for their
flight, squawked the appropriate codes, and checked
in with ATC as necessary in order to remain safe and
predictable, but these specific airspace closures
are not a knee-jerk response. Instead, they are a
direct result of several specific incidents of
pilots flying very unsafely and creating a hazard to
aircraft actively engaged in relief efforts..
Curiosity's 1.8-Billion-Pixel Panorama of Mars
[Not RV but too
cool not to spotlight. If you have the monitor
real estate and you view it full size, it's
rover captured its highest-resolution panorama yet
of the Martian surface between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1,
2019. A version without the rover contains nearly
1.8 billion pixels; a version with the rover
contains nearly 650 million pixels. Both versions
are composed of more than 1,000 images that were
carefully assembled over the following months.
The rover's Mast Camera, or Mastcam, used its
telephoto lens to produce the panorama and relied on
its medium-angle lens to produce a lower-resolution
panorama that includes the rover's deck and robotic
Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego built and
operates Mastcam. A division of Caltech, NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory manages the Mars Science
Laboratory mission for the agency's Science Mission
Directorate in Washington and built the Curiosity
82 MB JPG
717 MB (29,164 x 8,592 pixel) TIFF
2.25 GB (88,797 x 22,958 pixel) TIFF
March 5, 2020. Issue #5,033.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
Pic from Mr. X
Heard on Freq in N.
Texas Coupla Days Back
"RV-6 had just
landed at KGLE and cleared runway. I call "RV-8
short-final 36, full stop, Gainesville."
Flight school dude says, "N*** departing runway
End up going around, and ask the guy, "Did you
not see traffic on short final?"
He replies, "Yeah I saw it, but I thought I had
About 5 seconds of silence goes by, and I hear a
voice come on freq and say:
"You thought wrong, bro."
Mo's Fly-in Pics ...Lycosaurus post
(clear skies in the morning), about -7C, however
there was a stiff cold wind. We were on our way out
when we met Terry arriving in his RV6A.
An avid photographer (Jean-Pierre Bonin) took many
photos, but better than mine.
sending you a pic of the family business 'card'
being used for what it was designed for. She
went to 'guitar night' with some of her co-workers a
few days back.
Brake Sticks When Hot ...Joe Wilber RV-10
About to do some
maintenance on my RV10 and have an issue I'd like to
Last year I over-heated my right brake and an O-ring
failed. Ever since replacing the O-rings my right
brake sticks pretty badly when hot. When cool I can
apply the brake and release and no problem. After a
flight, pushing back into the hangar is very
difficult. I remember taking note when I replaced
the O-rings last year that the center piston seemed
pretty tight. I'm guessing something got deformed a
little during my over-heat event and now when things
get hot and expand the piston doesn't want to go
back in. Once it all cools down everything is great
Anybody have some advice? Preferably something that
doesn't involve replacing the whole brake assembly.
These are matco brakes, by the way.
Steinair ...Bill Woods
Be careful when
ordering from Stein, they will definitely create
more work to an already busy aircraft building
schedule, but end result after 3 coats of
polyurethane is a piece of ultimate Man Cave art!!!
Fiberglass Repair/Love Advice ...Bruce Hill
I would fill the
holes completely, then lay up some glass on the
bottom cowl to make a new tab. It isn't hard or
itchy! Let me know if you want help and I can bring
my fiberglassing stuff and get it started.
I have some photos of my cowling and how I built up
some tabs for the outer sides of the cowl overlap,
and my hinge pin covers, which are flush mounted.
The overlap on the outer sides helps with keeping
the engine cool. It keeps the pressure differential
high between the baffled/unbaffled sides of the
New Guy: Initial Contact ...waswas39
I am currently based in DFW on reserve and often
find myself with some extra free time and nothing to
do while I'm here. Would love to find someone
working on a project and donate some free
(unskilled) labor to assist them. I would love to
learn more about the building process as I
eventually would like to start one of my own.
12th Annual Ice Cream Social ...AX-O
Less than a week
out. Register if going and learn the arrival.
RV-4 Panel Replacement Timeline ...Scott Hersha
I just replaced the
panel on my RV4. I bought a new blank from Vans
($55), and cut it out with my jig saw (20 minutes),
using my old panel as a template. It fit perfectly.
Then I marked my new equipment and cut those holes
out with my jig saw - maybe 2 hours with the saw and
a vixen file. These holes would also have to be made
if you made individual panels as you suggest. I
mounted nutplates for attaching the EFIS screens and
radio rack, and I was done - aside from painting it.
All in all, it doesn't take that long, and is easy
March 4, 2020. Issue #5,032.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
Mark Dickens RV Weekend
On Sunday I flew a
Pilots N Paws mission down to Shreveport Downtown
airport and back to home base. Picked up 8 puppies
and one larger young dog named Ruby. The puppies
rode back in the soft sided crate. All delivered
safe and sound to a local rescue.
Side comment is that the winds were strong and I hit
215 kts ground speed on the way home!
Night Ops ...KJBSouth
The alarm went off at 3:00 AM. Dolly heard it an woke me.
The plan was to regain nighttime currency, three takeoff and
landings to a full stop at night. We wanted to fly to St.
Petersburg (KSPG) the next day to see the Kratt brothers
show at the Mahaffee theater, a short walk from the airport.
The return would be at night.
Everything went just as it should. The tires and tanks were
full; all the nuts were on their bolts. I taxied from the
hangar pad and clicked the mike to turn on the taxi and
runway lights...clicked the mike to turn on the taxi and
runway lights...clicked the mike to turn on the taxi and
runway lights....clicked the mike to turn on the taxi and
runway lights. No lights. I tried both tower and ground
frequencies. I tried three, five and seven clicks. No
lights. Frustration and a nice photo.
Stupid me. I didn't try Unicom . Fixed that and became
current in the evening while the tower was still open. <g>.
My RV Weekend ...crabandy RV-7
managed to maintain Instrument currency (very seldom
proficiency) without the hood for a number of years,
pretty humbling to be back under the visor for some
approach work! I need to do this more often.
Issue Online (PDF)
Dissection of a failed AK-450 ...laserman
minds like to know...
So with a non operational AK-450 ELT .. and a cold
Not saying this was the only reason for unit
But its hard to make a good solder joint to spring
steel with RA/RMA flux
No need to "Flame" me on all the other manufacturing
issues the AK-450 might have had..
Just never could find any failure analysis of the
Lastly: The AK-450 main board solder joins all look
But its a good guess.. Who ever did this soldering..
Did lots of other units...
March 3, 2020. Issue #5,031.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
Don't Paint ...Piper_J3
I'm starting my Annual
Condition Inspection and needed to access the transponder
wiring for ADS-B. While I had the Avionics Bay Cover
removed, I decided to strip the paint and apply 3m 2080
Gloss White Vinyl. Easy job - just take your time. Looks
like white gelcoat on a high-end fiberglass boat.
I use Stainless Steel conical washers so flathead screws
won't twist the vinyl on tightening...
My RV Weekend ...Planecrazy232
Flew two more Young Eagles
with our group at EAA 66. First flights for both!
Panel Thoughts ...turbo
i would ditch the vacuum
stuff and recoup some $$. i love my G5 upgrade. very
bright, less expensive for experimental aircraft. see
all your options in flight if possible and understand things
change but you are just vfr. being vfr you don't need
an expensive unit to drive the AP, it will fly to a degree
in heading. good luck.
RV-7 #74017 Update ...rmartingt
Last week I started building my engine under the supervision
of an A&P friend from work. Got to the oil pump buildup and
realized I didn't have the oil pump drive shaft--it's not
shown in the IPC! Or more specifically, it's not called out
for an O-360-A1A, which is what my engine started life as.
(note to future builders: Figure 10, Item 4... should list
61174 as the part number per service instruction 1164B). So
while that's coming in today, I've been checking ring gaps
and prepping cylinders for installation.
Old Panel New Panel ...FlyingBanker
Flew my plane home from the
avionics shop on Friday afternoon with my brand new G3X
Touch-based IFR panel. Spent most of the day Saturday on the
ground, hooked to aux power, learning the new system from
top to bottom. The winds on Saturday were quite sporty so
didn't take her up. Took her flying on Sunday for a good bit
to apply what I learned on Saturday and check out any
bugs/quirks/squawks that need addressed.
RV-8 Windshield Fairing ...Champ
My windscreen fairing is
pop riveted to the fuselage. Its been a while but I think I
also sikaflexed it. The pop rivets are countersunk and
filled so they don't show at the surface. If I ever have to
remove it I'd have to locate and drill out the pop rivets
and pry it from the sikaflex.
Here are some pictures of the finished product.
March 2, 2020. Issue #5,030. 0001Z.
Spent the weekend doing web-based training on the
Phenom 300 and studying limitations and memory items.
Visited the RV for a bit Saturday morning just to say hi.
Setting goals for the next week. First mowing of the
season Sunday. 75*F. Allergies.
a part-time contract pilot?...DFW
First Flight ...kbalch
My RV-14A project,
having received its airworthiness certificate from
Vic last Saturday, became an airplane yesterday.
The first flight went very well. The plane handled
as expected: it was nimble, agile, and
well-controlled. All temps and pressures remained in
It was a typical
busy day at KISM, with lots of training and warbird
activity taking place during my flight. The tower
controllers were great - kidding me on the frequency
about having done something right since it flew
(this, about 300 feet up on climbout), checking on
my progress as I circled the field about 400 feet
above pattern altitude (below the overlying Class B
shelf), and congratulating me on rollout after
landing. Well-done, guys, and much appreciated!
Despite it being quite a bumpy day, the -14A was
relatively stable. Much more so than my -8 would
have been. Not sure if that's down to the different
wing, but it was a noticeable (and positive!)
difference. I even managed a good landing, so that
was a nice bonus.
Thanks to my wife, Jean, and my group of -14(A)
friends and fellow builders: Alex, Mark, Shane, Dan,
and Glenn. You guys have all been fantastic
throughout the process and I appreciate your being
here for me on multiple occasions. I'm looking
forward to reciprocating - in the RV!!
Flight ...ecurington RV-10
N104EW received its
airworthiness certificate on Jan 31 2020 and flew
first flight Feb 17 2020. Slow build kit
approximately 3000 hours build. All work completed
mostly by myself including wiring and paint. Wife
and sons did help with impossible do it yourself
First flight was mostly non event. I did get 5 mile
radius over the airport for the first 5 hours on my
John Walsh photo of
Alan Lancello's RV-14 at 52F.
Photo by: John
ishootyourproperty.com & johnwalshphoto.com
Believe it or not
VAF has an Instagram account (created 7 years ago
but rarely used). Before you get your social
media hopes up this new incarnation is only going to
contain pictures of my VAF baseball cap enjoying the
RV hobby in various states of dirt and fade and
RVation. No humans. No beaches at
sunset. No yoga poses in front waterfalls.
Just the VAF cap I'm currently wearing in various
states of decay...with RV hardware. Mostly RV
Some feedback from
a fake review farm I established in international
difficult to enter into this work because of how
the iconicity of the gesture makes resonant the
accessibility of the work."
-- James Walsh RV-4.
"I find this
work menacing yet playful because of the way the
mechanical mark-making of the narrative makes
apparent the remarkable handling of light."
-- Randy Richmond RV-6/8.
-- Gary Platner RV-8.
below.....the first VansAirForce.net cap ever made
(the 15-yr old prototype). Retired after the
washing machine finally broke off the bill.
Lives on my shelf...staring at me...kinda creepy
It was a good
My RV Weekend ...SPX
This morning, I
decided to take the RV out and grab some breakfast.
I ended up flying over to Cable (KCCB) and had a
very good breakfast (I'd recommend it, if you
haven't been). Cable was a very busy airport this
morning. After breakfast, I flew back and put the
airplane in the hangar. Rain is coming tonight
through Monday, so that's going to do it for my RV
Glare Shield Mount
for GMC 507 Update ...Tony Kirk's design.
Tony sent me some
slightly revised pics over the weekend and said he
was going to mail me the 3D printed rough draft to
me this week. Very exciting!
My RV Weekend ...Steve
Four of us flew
over from KOGD to KENV for lunch at the Salt Flats
Cafe on Friday
Status Report: 6A ...Paulvs
RV-6A Very Slow
Build, Western Australia
A younger version of me started this slow build
RV-6A just after Oshkosh '92. I completed the
empennage and wings in my spare time and got started
on the fuselage. Then other things in life took
priority and the RV project went on hold for 21
We've moved house a few times and the fuselage frame
had to come out of the jig for the most recent
shift. I'm now getting the workshop organised and
ready to start building again.
Back in '92 there were only three RV models to
choose from. And Van's was just talking about quick
build kits. The plans are hand drawn and the only
factory made holes were in the wing spar. The new
kits look way easier and it would probably be
quicker to assemble a new project than to finish
this old one, but I kinda like this orphan relic
from the 90's!
RV-6 Rebuild PIREP ...jamlip
Next thing on the
list - this one makes me feel really itchy...
I heard, somewhere down the line, that this aircraft
was built for the first owner by a Vans serial
offender. As such, the overally build quality is
Allegedly, the owner (clearly not a serial offender)
then finished the project himself (including wiring,
which is how I ended up buying the aircraft as as
There are lots of detail bits that let the aircraft
down, and these screw points at the front of the
cowl are one of the worst.
Looking for Panel Feedback ...David Carter
My RV Weekend ...Vlad
Attention shed hunters it's almost time.
My RV Weekend ...TShort
Went for a "leap
day" flight on 2/29, to exercise the -10 and top off
with cheap gas before work.
Flew over the airport where I first soloed and took
off for my checkride just 2 weeks short of 25 years
Milestone: Canopy Cut ...Foghorn