Fri May 30, 2014 1145Z
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
Sunset Cruise...Pete Howell
What can you do with 2.8 gallons on a syrupy
smooth night? Follow some rivers...more
Challenge yourself at next annual ...Rick Aronow
Sharing a hanger with Walt has made a HUGE
difference in quality of maintenance I perform in my
airplane. He has always preached that the only way to
inspect stuff (i.e. anything that is a threaded fastener) is
to Put a Wrench On It. So normally, I put on wrench on
This year, I decided to look for fasteners that may not have
been included in "everything" in prior years. So starting
with the empennage and working forward, I put a wrench on
EVERY nut & bolt. I was surprised at the number of fasteners
that I was able to snug up just a bit. Sometimes it was just
1 flat or maybe a 1/4 turn - in a few cases, it was quite a
Challenge yourself on your next inspection / annual to find
some fasteners that you haven't put a wrench on in a while
(or ever). I'd say if you can't find a few that need to be
snugged up, you're not looking hard enough!
A couple of examples that I found in my 7A
(1) There are 4 bolts in each of the steel gussets located
at the very forward most lower corners in the foot well
(right at the firewall). They all needed at least 1 or more
full turns to get tight.
(2) Three of four bolts on the wheel pant bracket on the
Right Main wheel needed to be tightened.
(3) I was able to turn one "castellation" on 3 of the 6
engine mount bolts.
There were many others I could list but I think you get my
wallpaper calendar. Scott Elhardt
Status Report ...paul330
Got the aircraft back from the paint shop
about a week ago and have it about 2/3rds re-built. Picked
up the graphics yesterday and my paint guys fitted one of
the side flashes today - 20 feet long!
Paint is Matterhorn White. My aircraft is now
officially "Groovy". <g>.
Paint update ...Bob Collins
Upholstery Version 1.2 ...BigD
Thu May 29, 2014 1145Z
N168LW flies ...Shawn Li
Happy Birthday Jim Thill! ...Vlad
Been Having Some Fun Flying With My GoPros
My RV-4 project is now officially an
aircraft, it took to the air for the first time approx. 2
weeeks ago, and currently its got a whole 3 hours total
flight time! So far the phase 1 flight testing has gone
extermely well, no real show stoppers to speak of.
Fitting canopy frame to the plexi-bubble
Most STUPID mistake of all- closed canopy with no one inside!
And problem solved!
Garmin Panel Upgrade 2.0
Wed May 28, 2014 1153Z
Selfie - a view from the tail cam ...selhardt
N116KR flew! ...pilotdds
RV-10 116KR flew this weekend. It is
the straightest flying of the 4 airplanes I have test flown.
Thanks to my Wife Laura for her incredible patience and
sacrifice while I completed this slow build kit.
Thanks to Joe for all the help and advice and the crew at
Top Gun. Stein and Christer built the panel and have
been very helpful as I work out a few bugs in the G-900.
Pics to follow when the panel is fully calibrated.
Bragging on my Son
(email sent to Susie) "Good morning
Ms. Reeves. Wanted to let you know that Tate will be
receiving the boy 7th grade "Art" award for the end of the
year!!! It was a no brainer for me - he's an amazing kid and
artist." -- R. Males (his teacher)
took home 'Art Student of the Year 7th Grade' yesterday, and
we couldn't be more proud of him. He also is pretty
good on a powered hangar floor scrubber and is respectable
in the RV. We're very proud of our wonderful son, who
we love very much!
At right is a recent picture he drew...one
of his baby pictures.
RV-14 Fuselage Photos ...from the mothership
"We should have an update on RV-14 Fuselage
Kit availability shortly...stand-by! "
The Quest for Paint - Part 1 ...Randy Pflanzer RV-12
Another home-made smoke system ...Craig Taylor
Down 107 lbs and ran my first 5K race this weekend
Truck on Runway Yesterday....52F
Why it's a good idea to 'look long' when
you're on final - you never know when some newbie delivery
driver is going to think your runway is a road. Drove
down a side taxiway, turned on the active, drove north a few
hundred feet and turned off at Charlie. The pic is of
him on the runway.
So much for 'Aircraft Only Beyond This
Point' painted on the ground in bright yellow.
click to enlarge
RV-4 Top Skins Finished ...Gregg Brightwell
First time aerobatic competitors
Congratulations to Patric Coggin, flying his
RV-4 in Primary for the first time at the recent Lamar, CO
aerobatic contest. If the weather permits, I should be
participating at the IAC contest in Rome, GA this weekend.
For those that have competed before, would like to hear how
you and your RV were welcomed. If you don't want to post on
vansaf, e-mail or PM me. For me it started as something on
my bucket list, and now I'm hooked as long as I still have
I'm looking for a partnership in a RV6/7
(nose or tail dragger) doesn't particularly matter. I live
in Olathe and would love to find someone looking for a
responsible pilot and partner to share an airplane with. I
am a former Air Force pilot with a commercial, single and
multi engine rating as well as my instrument rating. Let me
know if you or someone you know is looking for a partner.
Former USAF Pilot
Long Time Lurker
Dreaming of RV-6/7
I am looking for a partnership in a 6A, 7A,
8A, or 9A in the Detroit area. KPTK, KVLL, KDET.
Shoe Goo to the rescue
Hat Sighting ...turbo rubs it in <g>
Tue May 27, 2014 1156Z
Laura and Mike's Southwest Odyssey 2014 ...Mike S
Memorial Day Weekend Flights ...tc1234c
Dem Dunes ...Pete Howell
Phase I Signed Off ...aturner
74285 7A project ...Guilherme Plassmann (Brazil)
Never too Old ...welcome Karl Bambas
Last Saturday, 5/17 was
the day I decided I was not too old to start building an
E-AB aircraft. I started on my aviation career in 1954. Now
at age eighty own a Temco-Globe Swift, and have commercial
SEL, SES, MEL, and Glider certificates collected in 3,000+
hours during the intervening years. I have allowed my CFII
rating to lapse. It was a hurdle to overcome the idea that I
might be too old to start building a full scale airplane.
Video of my RV Vinyl Wrap ...pmccoy
Milestone ...Gerry Julian
This morning I stood in
front of my hangar and watched my RV start up, taxi away and
take off without me. This is a first since I bought it in
2011 and was not easy for me! In the left seat was my son,
who is a military instructor pilot in the Harvard II (T6)
and has 100 hours in the T38. In the right seat, checking
him out, was my friend Brett (Laser) Glaeser, who has 100 RV
hours, 4 years in the Snowbirds, 6 years as a jet instructor
on the BAE Hawk, 7 years as a Hornet pilot, and now flies
right seat in a 737. In other words, they are both immensely
superior to me in terms of pilot skills and experience, but
it was still ridiculously hard to watch that plane take off
and disappear without me!
1,500 hr of fun ...tc1234c
I-MKLK Panel Status ...Italy
"Daubers" & Starlets Today ...TomVal
RV-10 John Block ...it begins
BIG Step Backward ...longranger
Grand Canyon overflight ...Steve Melton
Baffle mounting screw broken
Memorial Day, 2014
No edition today out of respect for
those who gave everything.
"We should guard their graves with
sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste
of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is
but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders.
Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent
visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or
neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or the
coming generations, that we have forgotten as a people the
cost of a free and undivided Republic. If other eyes grow
dull, and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the
solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light
and warmth of life remains to us."
---General John Logan, General Order No. 11, May 5, 1868
The "Memorial" in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many
of us who are beneficiaries of those who have sacrificed
their lives for our freedom and liberty. Often we do not
observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively
remember those Americans including our ancestors, family
members, loved ones neighbors and friends who have paid the
price for the blessings of liberty. You can change this by
doing the following:
- By visiting cemeteries and
placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen
- By flying the U.S. Flag at
half-staff until noon. Memorial Day is a day of
- By attending religious services
of your choice.
- By visiting memorials.
- By participating in a "National
Moment of Remembrance" at 3:00 PM local time, to pause
and think upon the meaning of the day and for taps to be
played where possible.
- By renewing a
pledge to aid the widows, and orphans of our fallen
dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
Fri May 23. 1153z
Hoping to get off
the surface in the RV for a bit this weekend, weather and oil
changes permitting. Wishing you and yours a happy, safe
and RV-filled weekend.
Sedona Fire Update ...azrv6 PIREP
Sporty's Picks RV-12
mothership FB page)
In what is surely the best argument ever for buying paper
charts, Ballard’s online purchase won the top prize in this
year’s Sporty’s Pilot Shop sweepstakes, a Van's RV-12!
Sporty’s President Michael Wolf delivered the good news to
Ballard by phone May 17 at
the company’s tenth annual fly-in at its headquarters at
Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio.
“It turns out the winning order was for a printed A/FD,”
Wolf said. “The winner’s son is a pilot and has a
subscription to printed charts.”
The receipt for the transaction was selected at random by an
accounting firm as the winner. The Ballards will travel to
Sporty’s to take delivery of their new airplane. And
Sporty’s has already taken delivery of another RV-12 for its
2015 giveaway. (This one is a lovely shade of "Sporty's
RV-3B Status Shots ...Dwiedwald
Tony T's RV12 Rudder Gust Lock
From the mothership...
Wed May 21. 1140z
The plane sees daylight for the first time.
So much sanding on the cabin top I had to move the plane out
of the shop and do some cleaning. Dust was piled everywhere!
She's kind of going through this ugly duckling phase right
now, but I'm still proud! Won't be long now and I can
order the last kit from Van's...Firewall Forward!
N798HJ First Flight This Morning!!! ...John Trollinger RV-10
Snuck out to the
airport and took her around the pattern 3 times. I am in the
DC SFRA so my options on the first flight were limited as I
did not want to do a low pass over a mountain range on my
No one was there to witness it, but kind of wanted it that
way incase things did not go well. So I really have no proof
of the flight other than my RV grin :-)
39.75 hours left to go!
Flew really well. RPM readings seemed off (was showing 2850
at one point) when I set power for 2600 RPM I was only doing
110 kts which seemed slow for the 10 on an IO 540. Trim tabs
also move backwards from normal, easy fix in the G3X menus
Calgary & West Coast USA ...Ignition trip write-up
snip...Thanks to Troy
Branch for the flight around Calgary, Paul & Louise Dye for
the wealth of information and showing me around your home,
and Ken Scott for the tour of the Vans Factory...snip
Joe Gepner Sets the Shop Bar High!
Fresh out of paint ...Charlie Waffles RV-10
Tom Powers Status Update ...stab SB
I decided to do the
Horizontal Stabilizer Service Bulletin. I was going to just
do the inspection but unfortunately had to pull the tail off
anyways so I figured it would be a good idea to just get it
done now. I just about have the engine baffles done with the
snorkel and air cleaner installed. Also mounted the Oil
Cooler and hoses.
Just out of the shop at
Up North Aviation
This center panel is
for an RV 8A that is being built by Dick J. This is Dicks
7th RV project. He also built a Glasair back in 1987.
Tue May 20. 1159z
RV8 "Moody Rosie", B-KOO, Hong Kong ...Hank Cheng
Here's my project. Just
a brief background/history: It is an educational and
non-profit project where high school student get to hands on
building an RV8 with pilot and engineer mentors. Upon
completion, this will be the first experimental aircraft
registered under Hong Kong (B-KOO reserved).
So far we had more than 200 students went through the
program. We are at the final stage where the aircraft is
getting too big for the classroom, we moved to the
maintenance hanger at the international airport where it
will reside until completion.
Any suggestions and comments are welcomed, thanks for
First Flight for "WindRider" ...Rick Carr
On April 26 Kit No.
73504 became "WindRider", the airplane. Three years of
building came to a wonderful conclusion.
Successful Hanging Party ...Steve Ashby
I know that it only
takes two people and about an hour to hang an engine.
However, the significance of that event far outstretches the
task performed. I have enjoyed every step of the journey
constructing my 8A, better known as "Sweet Baby" (named
after my wonderful wife, Elaine). There are certain
milestones that should be recognized and celebrated. Giving
Sweet Baby (the airplane, not the wife) her engine
(coincidentally, I also named the engine: Constance, which
is, of course, aspirational) is one of them.
Flying with Mary ...Brent Owens
My youngest daughter
has really taken to flying. Here she is at the controls of
my RV-8. She obviously enjoyed it.
High CHT's resolved and what worked ...Paul Gray
History. I've been
flying the RV 7A for two years. On climb out the number two
CHT would always hit 400 before I reached 1000 feet! I had
learned to live with it doing a kind of step climb thing....
level off/thottle back/ cool/then climb some more or enter a
shallow cruise climb. I had tried the usual suggestions
tight baffles etc. without success. Here's what worked and
worked GREAT with several pics.
is now an airplane ...jtrollin RV-10
FSDO checker her out
this morning and gave her the pink slip!! Not to get her all
back together and take that first flight. Thanks for
all the support over the past 5 years.
Mon May 19. 1154z
The White 'crete of Dover ... AFB ...humptybump
write-up. Vlad also.
FLYING Magazine Flies the RV-12 with G3X Touch
...male model in the
right seat: Joe Blank. ;-)
flight HD video ...Vinod and Sunit
Netherlands: Texel Fly-Inn Cinema
Panel progress ...comfortcat
Homebuilts are now exempt from Kansas
Sec. 5. K.S.A. 79-220
is hereby amended to read as follows: 79-220. The following
described property, to the extent herein specified, is
hereby exempt from all property or ad valorem taxes levied
under the laws of the state of Kansas: Any antique aircraft
and amateur-built aircraft used exclusively for
recreational or display purposes or any combination thereof.
The term ‘‘amateur-built aircraft’’ means an aircraft,
manned or unmanned, the major portion of which has been
fabricated and assembled by a person or persons who
undertook the construction project solely for their own
education or recreation. The provisions of this section
shall apply to all taxable years commencing after December
Mid-May Progress Report
Fri May 16. 1145z
Wishing you and yours a
happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
Kay on climb-out in his RV-8A
Passing the torch ...Bob Collins
My son, Patrick --
several of you may remember him from the Oshkosh RV BBQ in
'05 (I think) -- graduates a nurse this weekend.
He called me today to announce for his graduation gift, he'd
like a Learn to Fly Ground School Course.
Somehow I'll figure out, I guess, how he can build hours in
my airplane. But I gotta be honest despite the illogical
thought process. The idea of him flying scares the heck out
It's dangerous up there, I hear.
Wing progress ...Manny Oro RV-14
Checkered Rudder Continued ...Burke Wick
I admit I took the easy
way out. All the Checkers are 3" Vinyl on polished Aluminum.
I had extras made so if one gets scuffed up simply peal it
off and apply a new one. Used them on rudder, flaps and
EAA Chapter Meeting ...at the mothership.
On Thursday, May 8,
Van´s hosted an EAA meeting in our shop. Members of several
chapters showed up to eat the pizza, swill the cola and take
a look around Van´s.
Garmin Press Release
Thu May 15. 1201z
I'd like to brag on my
daughter again if you'll permit me. The results are in for
her freshman year at SMU.......3.896 GPA. More proof she got her
Flight Test Meeting 2014 ...Luke in Italy
Mike Stewart Shout Out ...Clarkie
Wanted to share with
you guys what I think is the best customer service I've
received thus far owning an RV.
I ordered a Whelen LED wingtip/tail package from Mike about
a month ago. Scheduling issues prevented install until
today. I had some clearance issues in the wing tip lens so I
called Mike for some guidance. Explaining my situation to
him over the phone, he said he never had a complaint about
clearance. Before I could finish explaining my issue, Mike
asked where I was located (I'm in NC) and said he'd fly over
to my airport to suggest a fix. Within two hours Mike was in
my hangar providing the needed solution. This to me is way
"above and beyond."
Go to Mike for all your lighting needs. The customer service
is second to none and these things are super bright!
My cowl has never looked so good ...Turbo
GRT is now hiring!
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Duties will include:
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Phone and email tech support
Experience working on electronics and a willingness to
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Experience building, maintaining, and using aviation-grade
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Starting salary commensurate with experience and
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More Checkerboard Rudders
G3X Exchange Update ...Stein
...here is a good set
of "rough" number for you.
A single screen G3X Touch system with all the goodies
(including probes/sensors, servos, antennas, etc.. ends up
being right around $9.5K.
A dual screen 370/375 package with all the same goodies
(probes/sensors, servos, etc..) ends up being about
Using some of these "NOS" type screens that we've been
working with folks on likely would save you somewhere
between $400-$800 on a system depending on various details.
The prices on the GDU370/375's have ranged from a low of
around $1200 up to about $1800 depending on age, condition,
whether they are new in the box, warranty, etc..
Super 8 Ground Shots ...BlackhawkSP
Wed May 14. 1150z
RV-8 C-FHRY First Flight ...Dave Hrycauk
I'm happy to report I
had my first flight on my newly purchased RV-8, 1 hour and
counting as C-FHRY
Very happy with the airplane, handles like a little fighter
This is my redemption for selling my RV-8 project 10yrs ago
(empennage/wings completed/fuse nib)
I'm definitely glad I had 9hrs with Mike Seagar in his -7 as
this definitely prepared me for my first solo. Landings were
as expected and I performed a nice tail low wheel landing,
the 45lbs of ballast in the rear baggage definitely helped
as my CG was 80.7. The stick forces were nice and no lack of
One thing I found was after letting the tail come down
slowly and once I pinned the tail down she got a little
squirrelly... I'm pretty sure I was over controlling as the
tail link on the tail wheel makes control pretty sensitive.
Thx for all the great info on this forum, I've been quietly
absorbing as much info as I could searching just about every
Tracking Susquehanna River ...The Vladster
MEMORIAL DAY RACE--TEXAS ...May 31
Terrell, TX (KTRL)
Race # Name Aircraft Class
Race 24 Bob James Lancair 320 RG Red
Race 91 Bruce Hammer Glasair I TD FX Blue
Race 27 Jim Wilson RV-8 RV Gold
Race 390 Jerry Hajek RV-8 RV Gold
Race 26 Mike Thompson RV-6 RV Blue
Race 118 Ken Krebaum RV-8 RV Blue
Race 411 Jeff Barnes RV-6 RV Blue
Race 193 Bob Bennett S35 Bonanza FAC1RG
Race 55 Team Ely Grumman AA5A FAC5FX
Modifying the Sam James plenum ...Håkan Langebro
Tue May 13. 1152z
Paul Van Sickle in RV-7, Bud
Harter yellow RV-8, Mike Kelly red RV-8.
Saturday morning breakfast fly out Spruce Creek. Photo by Gary
photo Plane RV-7A Gene Ledda
I needed that! ...AX-O
Tip- protect paint during maintenance using SOCKS
Every time I work on my
RV-8, I need to get the rear seat belts out of the way. It's
really convenient to just flip them out of the way. But, I
don't want them to bang against the paint.
I don't know why I never thought of it before but old
athletic socks make a great solution!
Mud Daubers & $18000
About 5 days ago, there
were a lot of threads on Mud Daubers. I read them all.
Yesterday, a fellow RV 8ter and I were talking about these
critters while at the airport. He related the story of an RV
er going out to start his engine, and it cost him $18000.
Seems the little varmints had crawled up the entire length
of his exhaust pipe all the way into the cylinder, and then
built their nest.
The nest of course is sand, dirt, thus the reason for all
One of the guys, 5 days ago, talked about "pipe cleaners"
Turns out Walmart has it in all different colors. I thought
bright orange was great. So I know my airplane is going to
look funny, but I've now got two nerf balls stuffed up my
exhaust pipes, bright orange pipe cleaner threaded thru them
with the two ends sticking in the fuel tank vents, and also
bright orange pipe cleaner in the two static ports. (The
pitot tube and ram air intake were already covered----found
a bird and his nest in the ram air a few years back)
Y'all can laugh, but it makes me feel better <g>.
Press Release: Garmin
GTN 725 and ATR 42/72
Mon May 12. 1206z
A Short Test of the Garmin
VIRB Elite Camera
They are letting me
play with one (and the D2) watch. Got it Friday,
tested Saturday morning without looking at the manual.
Windy. Note reading glasses over prescription Coke
bottle Wayfarers (need to get those changed out to Coke
bottle bifocals). Music in background was free
royalty-free song from danosongs.com. The plan is to
let the guys on the field play with the camera, and I'll
smash-cut the highlights into a short movie.
Quick Likes: HUGE record button you can use with
gloves. Stupid simple. Start/stop recording with
smartphone app or D2 watch.
VIRB Edit software is, like the camera, stupid simple to
operate. Viewfinder lets you position the camera just
right. Camera has a GPS built in, so you can overlay
customized info on your clip (look for the 'gauges' on my
plane's panel). Prop filter cuts down on prop looking
'weird'. I gotta get the 'head mount' and build
something to mount it out on the wing tip.
One dislike: No
transition options for clips - currently only
No title or credit options in VIRB Edit software (but I'm
fairly sure that is on the horizon). They might be
there, but I didn't find it (didn't read the manual).
Once that is figured out/in place, I'll have no need for
One sentence summary:
My GoPro just got relegated to the son's skateboard.
View test clip
(make sure to select
1080pHD and full screen)
N24EV flew today KFFZ ...Myron Nelson
RV-4 and the Olympic Range ...Steve Rush
A special visit---Two well-known RV-3Bs meet ...Louise Hose
Panel Status ...Alan Muhs RV-10
Ground Shot ...kjlpdx
May/June Issue Online
Fri May 9. 1146z
Wishing you and yours a
happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
First flight RV-7A 377KG ...Paul 'Bugsy' Gardetto
Well after 6 years, 3
military PCS moves and 2 deployments, 377KG took to the
skies with Vic Syracuse (DAR/multiple builder) at the helm.
Vic did an outstanding inspection that found stuff I never
would have thought, like the loose alternator wire at the
fuse on the panel. Once I fixed the too do list and buttoned
it up Vic took to the skys, sure glad that I had Vic do the
first flight, not so proud that I have to be first, Vic
provided a wealth of info on how my plane flys. In addition
to Vic, special thanks to Kent Stitt (RV7A), Loyyd Montegue
(RV8), Guy Prevost (RV8A), Sid 'Scroll' Mayeux (RV7A) for
their help and advice. And of course my wife Kathy who
understood my dream.
Best of all, I get to change my Vans AF signature block to
N96LV First Flight May 7, 2014 ...polishpilot
96LV took to the sky on
May 7 and was the culmination of 3 years work. All systems
appeared to be working with the exception of my SL30
transmit function failing in flight. I had my transition
training in a 9A early in the day and flew my plane in the
late afternoon. Great feeling and my nervous Sweetheart to
greet me on my return. Now to look into that radio problem.
Oshkosh RV Social 2014
highlight of the week (but you already knew that)
Wanted to get this
posted before I do another upgrade
Status ...Philippe Cordier (France)
I flew my RV9A for the
first time last friday may 02 in Vannes airport LFRV.
40 minutes of flight. No big issue, just the EFIS and
EMS to configure correctly. And a small leak at the
gascolator fitting, quickly fixed. Greats flights are
GRT is now hiring!
Skin Crack Found on Rudder ...CharlieWaffles RV-10
for the VAF brain trust….(not RV)
1942, Marine Glider Group 71 (MLG-71) and Marine Glider
Squadron 711 (VML-711) were relocated to Marine Corps Air
Station Eagle Mountain Lake (source),
currently owned by Kenneth Copeland Ministries. The
mission was to determine if amphibious gliders were a good
tactical idea for an island hopping campaign (they turned
out not to be).
"MLG-71 & VML-711 arrived in late 1942 with the base's
first complement of aircraft: (1) J2F Duck, (4)
Pratt-Read LNE gliders, (5) Piper NEs, (2)
Spartan NPs, (1) Timm N2T Tutor, and (2) Curtiss SNCs.
The station was commissioned in late 1942." --
The Question: Might anyone know, or
know how to find out, the bureau numbers and large side
numbers of the five NE-1 aircraft stationed at MCAS Eagle
Mountain Lake in 1942-1943? A photograph or
logbook entry would be even better (for positioning).
The block of bureau numbers for the Navy NE-1s was 26196
thru 26425 - thanks to Scorch for that bit of info (pg
because there is a stock J3C-65 sitting in my hangar,
hardware-identical to the (229) NE-1s delivered to the Navy,
and it's going to need to get repainted one of these days.
I thought it might be nice to (plan 'A') pay tribute to
something that worked five minutes from where I do most of
pic of (11) NE-1s and a Stearman that the Navy used
(photo not taken in TX).
A pic of the Navy XLRQ-1 Glider
Thu May 8. 1145z
First flight N516RC ...Robert Cutter
#72779, RV 7, TW, Slider, flew for the first time at about
8pm on Saturday, May 3, 2014. After 7-3/4 years of building
by my wife (aka Moonpie) and me (aka RVRC), Moonpie II took
air beneath her wings over KCUB. As dark was rapidly
approaching, I only flew for 0.2 hr. The Y0-360-A1A and
blended airfoil Hartzell prop had it leap into the air
almost before I was ready. WOW what a thrill! The landing
was fine, straight forward, no problems.
There are so many people to thank for assistance in building
this plane. First would have to be my wife. She has bucked
99% of the rivets and did 99.9% of the fiberglass work. This
has definitely been a joint project. Ken (Lurch) Harrill
(RV6) was my tech councilor and backed up by James
(Chatterbox) Clark (RV6, 6A, 8). James also flew chase on my
first flight. Ken was Mission Controller. Other RV people
involved were Tom and Don Roberts, Mike Hoover, Scott
McElroy, Eduardo Irizarry, Mac Burton, Steve Richardson,
Clark Schadle, Melinda Harrill, Bill and Carol Deane, Rick
Morris and DAR Vic Syracuse. Many thanks to every one of
you. Also thanks to some non-RVers, Jack, Ron and many
others from EAA Chapter 242.
Thanks to everyone at Advanced Flight System for a wonderful
product and support, Stein and crew at SteinAir. Are you
happy Stein? I’m broke!
Cleaveland Aircraft Tool, Avery Tools, Vertical Power,
Aircraft Spruce, Classic Aero Designs for a great interior
and of course Van’s Aircraft for a great airplane! I know
there is no way I could have built this without VAF and all
the people that have had input on the forums. You have put
information here that I have searched and re-searched in
finding solutions to our questions. Because of that, I have
only had to contact the factory a couple of times. Thanks,
Doug, for the site!
First Flight ...aturner RV-10
I can report
that another RV-10 has joined the ranks of flying birds.
N784JC took flight from Clarion, Pennsylvania, on May 6 and
performed even better than expected. It flew straight, hands
off, and the only squawk was a small seep of oil from the
Abby's First Flight ...Mike W.
I finally got my
enthusiastic six year old granddaughter up for a flight. We
have taxied around before, but mom and dad wanted to be
there for the first real flight. She loves talking on the
headsets. It was a bit bumpy (spring/summer afternoon is not
my favorite time for flying in FL, first flights
especially), but she had a great time on our short flight.
Takeoff Roll Got My Attention
I had a, hummm,
interesting situation yesterday. I flew to a local airport,
landed, was out of the plane for about 15 minutes doing my
thing. I get back in and fire up, taxi out to the runway,
all is good. Do a quick runup, roll out on the runway and
start the takeoff roll. My plane has always wanted to roll
left when I put in full power on the takeoff roll, so I have
gotten into the habit of compensating with right aileron, a
lot at first and slowly decreasing defection as speed builds
up. This is where things get a little hairy. I go to put in
right aileron, and the stick won't move. Mind you the power
is still in and I'm in the early stages of the takeoff roll.
I pull the power out and as I roll down the runway start
playing with the stick, elevator travel is fine, it just
won't move left or right. I taxi off the runway and keep
playing with it the entire way. The stick will move about
1/2 to 1 inch left and right, that's it. I shut down the
plane and the problem immediately goes away, the stick moves
freely. I have a dual axis dynon autopilot with the servo
out in the wing. I have checked the entire control system
and I can't see anything that would have caused this
situation. When I engage the autopilot test function on the
ground, the stick is still able to move 1/2 to 1 inch. Is it
possible that the servo caused this? I have had to replace a
shear screw on this servo in the past and had no idea that
it had sheared until I went to use it one day. I don't think
this has anything to do with the situation at hand, but ya
One things for sure, this will freak ya out!
More Grass ...crabandy
Another one to
add, MO9 Kingsley Missouri. My wife finally had a Wednesday
off, I was giddy when she suggested we fly somewhere for
lunch! It's a crop dusting strip with a "Hangar Kafe." Loved
the place, great food, great people and unbelievable prices.
Down Draft / Wind Shear on Final ...Gary Sobek
myself an experienced pilot with more than 3,000 flight
hours and over 1,600 Cross Country hours. I am a commercial
rated pilot, built my RV, and have flown it over 16-year. I
have over 2,700 RV hours.
Background: Airplane is RV-6, 160 HP, Constant Speed prop,
VSO = 41 KTS, VX = 65 KTS, VY = 80 KTS
Normal pattern speed is 65 KTS, decent rate down final = 700
After a 2.6 hour cross country flight; I experienced an
event that was a first for me after 32-years of flying.
ASOS reports Wind 200 @ 14 KTS with gusts to 23 KTS when 10
Crossed over the airport and entered left pattern for
landing on Runway 21. Update on the ASOS on the radio
reports winds 19 with gusts to 29 KTS.
From Mark at
Dynon Heated AOA / Pitot Service Bulletin ...dynonsupport
Dynon Avionics has
technical service bulletin that pertains to our Heated
AOA/Pitot Probe. If you own this product, please read the
service bulletin it in its entirety. In addition to the
technical details, there are some important topics covered
in the Frequently Asked Questions section after the bulletin
that will answer many of the questions you may have.
Note that we are not issuing a product recall at this time.
Heated AOA/Pitot Probes that are currently installed in
aircraft may continue to be used, subject to the Operating
Recommendations section in the service bulletin.
Thanks to those of you that have reported your experienced
(Jon Thocker, Stephen Christopher, I know I'm missing a few
others from here) - your reports have been valuable in
helping us hone in on the root cause here.
Wed May 7. 1151z
William Boyd and his Hopalong ...Vlad
Hello World ...Lucy Unrein
Dad Brian - RV-10) Thanks everyone. We're back home now
and survived our second night on the job albeit with little
Lucy Ariel Unrein was born 7 lbs 3 oz on May 4th. She was a
natural breech delivery and mom did great with no epidural!
I survived with no crushed hand or black eye so I met my
We're still hoping to make Oshkosh 2014 so we can show off
our best build project to date <g>.
Cylinder #3 scoring, normal wear or something else- Dental cam
Running a compression
check on an XIO-320 D1A (200 hours since rebuild) with .010
overbore steel cylinders shows that #3 compression is down
to 68/80 cold and 70/80 hot (last year it read 74/80 cold.)
During compression check air can be heard in the case by
opening the oil filler, I assume is blowing by the rings on
Armed with a newly acquired eBay dental camera marks can be
seen at the 12 o'clock portion of this cylinder (within the
nice hone/hatch marks.)
G3X - "Exchange" Update ...Stein
The pricing is finally done, the packages are ready. Here's
LRU package with OAT, ADAHRS, Magnetometer and Config
Add EIS (Engine Monitor) for $599.
We also have a decent amount of GDU370's new in the box (NOS
- as in new old stock never installed but perhaps shipped to
a customer) from customers that we will be selling for them,
no GDU375's at this time.
No.1 CHT and EGT lagging and low ...Derek
Ive recently run and
flown my engine (and aircraft) for the first time, the
engine was pickled for 2 years.It's a zero timed 0-360 A4M
converted to AFP's FI. What was noticable immediately was
No.1's CHT and EGT was the last of all the 4 cylinders to
rise, way behind the other three and significantly lower in
temperature. In the first picture Ive attached you can see
that on initial start-up No.1's CHT is 70 degrees lower than
all the rest, and you can see that this trend continues in
the next photo taken approximately 13 minutes later.
Status Update ...David King RV-10
Finished up the top
skin today & decided to put some additional pieces on just
because I could. I felt like a 6 year old on christmas
Tue May 6. 1200z
First Flight ...Sig600 RV-8
The backstory ...rvmills
Dave Ander's Method of Aligning Landing Gear Fairings
You know, looking over
list of things Dave Anders did to his RV-4 to get it up
to 260 mph, I probably spoke out of turn. Because the
fairing alignment item is but one little item on a whole
list of things he did to maximize speed.
I looked for a site that had photos or a diagram, but as I
recall what I read, he mixed some coloring crayon, (color
doesn't matter) with a thinner that was safe on his paint,
just enough to make the consistency enough to run (think of
honey's viscosity). He then placed three dots of gooey
crayon on the leading edge of each fairing. Then he'd go
fly, real fast, and land. By looking at how the gooey crayon
ran back to the trailing edge, he could get an idea of how
to adjust his fairings.
The goal was to get each gooey crayon dot to split into two
streams which each trailed back and met at the trailing
edge. It's not a perfect method, but a compromise design
method, (we used to talk about the "empirical method" on
SSME's). And since he was obviously concerned with top
speed, he did this at top speed. Cruising speed may give you
a different configuration.
I think he had to make three or flights to get both sides
adjusted. And I think he may have tried a similar method on
his wheel fairings, but I'm not sure.
All in all, it probably doesn't make too much difference for
us average pilots, but since I brought it up, I felt I owed
you an explanation as I remember it. I still think it's an
"elegant" method of aligning the fairings. <g>.
The 'Green Machine' heads to it's new home! ...mothership FB
Conni and Maury Lehmann
from Friendswood, TX (near Houston), are the proud new
owners of the the first Green RV-12 S-LSA produced by Van's
Aircraft. They stopped by last week to shake hands with the
new aircraft, receive transition training, and visit some of
the local scenic spots in the area. Last Thursday they
finally took to the skies, heading home to the Houston area.
Incidentally, Connie is a university professor and Maury
works on the Orion Space Vehicle Program in the Houston
NOW I finally opened
Runway 13/31 several weeks ago after re-seeding last fall.
The rains last week have kept me off until now, it's dry and
the grass is definitely growing! I now have grass stains all
over the wheelpants
From Our Friend
GRRRRRR. can I fix this or new skin?
Mon May 5. 1200z
ago today I asked my (now) wife Susie to dance at a little dance
club located at 31.521975, -97.179258 (there is a 'Linens and
Things' on the spot now). She said no. I asked her
friend. No. Asked Susie one more time. Yes.
Can I get a high five!
This June we'll have been married 24 years.
Major problem with my project schedule ...airguy
Fly High, Fly Fast ...Bill R.
Goodyear Blimp and two RV-8s
Brantel Update ...100 pounds and counting
Hat Sighting ...yes, that's a kilt.
First Trip / Tough Mudder ...crabandy
Easy, quick and cheap baggage tie down anchors
From Mitch Lock....(works
for Van's, but this is personal)
RV12 EAA Young Eagle Flight - 2 min video
6 vs 7 rivets, Roll Bar Attach Plate
A2A Shots ...mrblob
My New VansAirForce.net Cap and Ronald McDonald House
charity (huh?) I chose for this piece
of gear was the Ronald McDonald house box there at the
register at my local McDonald's. The cap is 'khaki'
with 'ivory' logo. $4 more for the N-number on the
For Tom Rousch:
RV 9A, Purchased, flying
Aeronca 11BC, restored, flying
Hot air balloons, 2, flying
2014 dues paid
The Post I'd like (you) to make to the Richmond Area Vans
Richmond area pilots....Hot Air Balloon Event in the
"I'll be participating in the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival
near Richmond next week (4/8,9,10,11/2014). If you are
interested in learning more about these really cool flying
machines, please come out and join us. The website is <midatlanticballoonfestival.com>.
There will be 20+ balloons participating, and if you'd like
to get 'up close and personal' sign up to crew for one of
us. Frankly, the event needs more aviation savvy crew
people. If you are interested, email <MABFballoon@gmail.com>,
or respond to me via the VAF site. Weekend event passes will
be provided to crew. Join us! Balloon grins are almost as
big as RV Grins."
Fri May 2. 1212z
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Lunch at 3T0
I thought it
had been maybe a year and a half since my last visit to 3T0.
Turns out the logbook said it's been 3.16 yrs (1,156 days).
OMG. 51.8nm....I actually logged cross country time in
the old logbook. I'm outta control <g>. I'd
forgotten how beautiful this strip is.
click to enlarge
Trip Report for P-82 visit ...MarkW
Yes I said
P-82 for those of you that don't know, they made a few Twin
Mustangs called P-82's. There are none flying at the moment
but there are a couple being restored for flight. We had a
group from KSFB Sanford FL. fly up to Douglas, GA. KDQH to
see one of these projects.
THE BABY HAS ARRIVED!!!!! ...Guilhermepilot (Brazil)
After 4 months
and 6100 miles my 7A is here all boxes!!!!!!
Status Update ...Jeff Rich RV-10
officially brought the elevator assembly to a close. Monday
was the start of the tail cone.
The wing kit (slow build) was delivered St. Patrick's day,
so it's ready to go as soon as we finish the tail cone.
Here are a couple of pics from today.
Randy Pflanzer RV-12 Status
flight phase is essentially complete. I just have a couple
rate-of-climb tests to complete since I've been limited by
ceilings the last few times.
All I've changed is to add a wedge to the rudder and fix a
cowl rub on the #2 cylinder exhaust spring. All the
performance numbers are slightly better than the book and
the stall numbers are right on.
Not sure I have the prop tweaked exactly right just yet. I
can't quite get it to 5500 RPM but its real close. Next step
is to get the prop balanced and then fly it 2000 nm to get
Mr. 10K ....Mike Starkey passes the 10,000 post milestone
the official welcome wagon here, and a very nice guy.
From the Factory FB page
flies the Epic.
Thu May 1. 1140z
A few N. Texas RV folks are flying up to Cedar Mills for lunch
B.C. Squadron rules in effect: 1100 begin walking from the
planes (if you're three minutes late you're walking solo).
Here's what I need y'all to autograph on Saturday (Port
About the shrimp boil
Divergent Oscillation - Educate me
I had a real test-pilot
After putting my wheel pants on, I took the plane up to see
what those extra knots would be like. I noticed a bit of
buffeting after takeoff, during climbout but it wasn't bad.
I couldn't really tell if it was buffeting or light
turbulence, and it went away after a bit. It repeated itself
on subsequent takeoffs.
Once I got up to 5k or so, I leveled off with the throttle
opened up and my RPMs around 2300. Trimmed up for level
flight and let go of the stick to see if it would fly hands
That's when it got interesting. Slight rocking motion,
building up slowly from almost nothing to what could have
been a real lunch-tosser. Before it got too crazy, I grabbed
the stick and it settled down. This behavior is 100%
The RV7 is supposedly a neutrally stable aircraft, and this
(before the wheel pants and gear leg fairings) proved out in
earlier flights. There are any number of things it could be,
but the obvious culprit is misaligned gear leg fairnings.
What about the ailerons being out of rig? If they're both
pointed slightly downward, would that counteract what little
roll stability the RV7 has?
What Do I Use - FAB question?
Bridges of Suffolk County ...Vlad
A spliced former - is this common in an RV-4?