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Fri Nov 28, 2014.  1201Z
  O.T. (but applied to my long term sanity): Might there be any 1979-1984 audiophiles out there with a Pioneer RT-909 or RT-707 reel to reel in a closet lonely and unused?  Working or not.  I have a stereo from 1980 that I'm hoping to finish out as a Christmas present to myself.  I'm in the market if you have one.  I'd be grateful to hear from you.
  Hope you had great meal yesterday and enjoyed quality time with family and friends.  Wishing you a good weekend.


For RV Shoppers Idle at Work

- Trutrak Black Friday Sale!

- Black Friday Special. Whelen LED Lights

- WhirlWind Propellers - GA Ground Adjustable VAF Special

- Black Friday deals - post your finds

Phase I Complete ...Dbro172 9A

Finally got the ultimate squawk code…… ...turbo


Eagle's Nest Projects - Bunk Room Magazine


Rivet in a bad spot


Status Report ...The Swede


More the the Turtles Airlift

It has been a rough year for sea turtles, and general aviation is stepping up to help save hundreds of these endangered animals of various species, flying rescued turtles by the dozens from Massachusetts to facilities across the southeast and beyond....continue

November 'Experimenter' Online


1,000 Posts Remembered.. Thanks VAF! ...Mike Rettig motivates!

So, I just realized that this marks my 1,000th post on VAF. Being that it's right before the holiday and all my ducks are squarely in a row at work, I figured I'd reflect on what has come to pass in the time since I first entered the VAF family, as a lurker, almost 4 years ago...continue

Seen at KSWI (Sherman) here north of the DFW area....Randy Richmond photo

...enjoying slightly cheaper gas.

$3.80 in Sherman, TX (KSWI)
Garmin Pilot iPad screengrab (click to enlarge.

Photo at the pump two days ago confirmed...



Wed Nov 26, 2014.  1154Z

A day of notable firsts

Our 14yr old son Tate started and taxied an airplane for the first time yesterday (with me in the right seat).  A buddy's RV-7 needed to be repositioned back to his hangar spot on the other side of the airport after some work.  I volunteered and the Tater was with me.  "Go ahead and climb in the left seat.  You're probably tall enough now to reach the pedals."  What a hoot.  All thumbs at first, but got better each second.  It was a pleasure to experience from the next seat that learning curve being flattened.  Back in 2002, I remember Jay Pratt throwing me the keys to his RV-6 and saying something along the lines of, "Go figure out how to taxi.  Don't come back for 30 minutes!"  Tater had it figured two decades sooner than his old man.  Good times.

After we got back to the hangar he said, "Can I drive the truck?"  Ummmm, you know what?  Yes.  We found a deserted, non-public path and toodled along at 15 mph.  My advice beforehand?  "That right pedal doesn't make it go right."

Be it known that Mr. Tate Reeves started/taxied an aircraft AND drove a vehicle for the first time on the same day.  Just turned out that way - none of it was planned.  I'm guessing not too many kids can make the same claim.  The most important thing to take away from all this, of course, is that he taxied the aircraft first.  And it was an RV.

Happy Thanksgiving to all.  See you Friday.


She Got RV Excited

...a video from our friend Luke in northern Italy.


RV-12...Rocket ...Brent Connelly

Nothing like a near 40 kt tailwind to make a routine flight home a little more exciting. Was showing 160 kt ground speed at times on Saturday in western PA. With only 10 gal left in tank, Skyview showed 373 nm range! (if only) Now the trip the other way earlier in the day was not worth bragging about...


Thanksgiving With the Kranzes

...you have to have seen 'Apollo 13' to get this parody.  I need to remember to spotlight this yearly.  dr


Christmas cheer comes to the hangar



Tue Nov 25, 2014.  1202Z

Snoqualmie Pass to Desert Aire


Rudder pedal sanity check


Status Update ...longranger


Big news at the IAV/RV Working Group




Panel Upgrade Status ...drmax before and after


From ACS....



Mon Nov 24, 2014.  1157Z

South Coast beaches of Australia ...Eddie Seve pics (RV-7)


Endangered Sea Turtles Need Pilots, Planes

There is an immediate need to fly sea turtles that have stranded themselves on the east coast. They need to be flown to rescue facilities in the southeast. The endangered turtles are experiencing a "state of emergency" due to recent cold temperatures and strong onshore winds in the northeast. More than 150 endangered sea turtles were stranded on Cape Cod alone, and many are suffering from hypothermia.  continue

(3) G3X Touch Screens at Night ...VAF advertiser shots


Teen Flight III Nearing Completion


Draft v2.1 Posted Transition Training Syllabus ...Vac


From TruTrak...

fmi: http://trutrakap.com/

FltPlan.com's New Passenger Briefing Look



Fri Nov 21, 2014.  1159Z

IFR XC: Complete

Well, check that one off.  My brain is pretty melted from yesterday.  RNAV (GPS) RWY 17 at KBVO, VOR/DME-A at KSWI and ILS or LOC RWY 16L at KAFW.  620 statute miles. 3hrs 55min engine run time.  Some the best chicken fried steak I've ever had.  That and I got to eat lunch with Gary Platner's 92.9 year old mom.  What a great lady...went up the stairs at the restaurant faster than me!

Flying my CFII to lunch with his mother, and paying for the meal, wasn't the worst of plans.

My first IFR lesson was 6,383 days ago on 5/30/1997 (17.48 years).  Two kids, three jobs and sticking to the budget kept it to a now and then luxury.  I apparently have the 'pacing myself thing' down. :^)

One item left on the list......the checkride. 

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Screengrab of GoogleEarth screen with groundtrack
grabbed off the Garmin D2 wristwatch.


Winter Soldiers ...Vlad post

I fly my RV9A all year around. Winter flying has its limitations it's challenging but very interesting. Engine likes thick, cold and tasty winter air. Dress warm, preheat and go flying!  continue


RV-4 Status Report ...Jim Soutar

Progress, trying to get something done each night even if it is small. I hope to finish drilling the LH horizontal stab skin tonight.


Garmin G3X v9.00  ADS-B Settings

G3X V9.00 is now available and contains some changes in support of improving TIS-B performance.

The GDL 39/39R is a dual frequency (978 Mhz, 1090 Mhz) ADS-B receiver that receives ADS-B traffic air-to-air whether the traffic has a UAT and is transmitting on 978 Mhz, or has a mode S 1090ES transponder transmitting on 1090 Mhz. The GDL 39/39R also receives free FIS-B weather on 978 Mhz from ADS-B ground stations.

Additionally, the GDL 39/39R receives notification from ground stations of nearby Mode C aircraft using the TIS-B datalink.  continue



Thu Nov 20, 2014.  1153Z

Seen at the Van Cave yesterday.  Rob got the top skin drilled on his
fastback RV-8 this past weekend.  John's -8 in the background.


RV-10 Overhead Console Pics ...9GT


RV-4 tribute video


Van's Calendars Have Arrived


Overhead Break & Other Landing Procedures Question

Link to (250) page Navy training doc in the thread.


Pitot Cover Ideas: RV-12


From the mothership FB page... ...a good read.


Smooth liability coverage now available for some Van’s Aircraft



Wed Nov 19, 2014.  1152Z

Finally got to fly an RV ...great time lapse video from Nick Akimoff

I had a chance to fly an RV4 this past weekend, I'm still smiling. I have been set on building an RV7, but after flying the 4 I may have to reconsider. What an absolute pleasure these planes are to fly.


DIY Locking Tailwheel ...Michael Robinson

While fully functional, I've never been a fan of steerable tailwheels with the external chains, springs, etc. So in the spirit of "why not?", I decided to try a locking tailwheel for the Rocket. And of course, I didn't like what was commercially available, so I decided to whip up a prototype and see how it worked. Admittedly, the design goals, even if fully realized, are hardly a clear cut advantage over the Vans or similar designs. The design goals in no particular order are as follows:  continue


Fatigue Cracks In The Making

If you were thinking your RV didn't move much during its travels through turbulence and landings, take a peek at this video from the inside of a container ship in rough seas. My point being that wings get flexed on a nearly continuous basis, however minutely, and landing gear, and motor mounts, and propellors, and rudder skins, and the throttle bracket, and seat belt attach points, etc.

Enjoy the snot out of it, but inspect on a regular basis.

Recorded during passage from Suez Canal to Singaporre.  The ship is over 1,100 feet long.  Enjoy: http://youtu.be/PmlTk_3NN_g


What's in YOUR squeezer-!


Damaged skin

I purchased a tail mostly done but am finishing trim tab, leading edges, etc. I noticed this small ding on the leading edge of the left elevator. It is to be rolled and riveted. what is the proper procedure to repair and prevent future cracks?


Tina's VAF Flash Sale ...three units left.  Mention this site.


From Garmin...


From www.AircraftExtras.com

PLEASE take a fresh look at out Tip-Up/Slider Canopy Modification for the RV-6, 7 & 9. This year marks our 14th year anniversary for this product. We now offer two canopy modifications, our original kit and another gentleman’s laser cut kit. Both kits have their own advantages. We let the builder choose which is best for their needs.

This year also marks our 14th year of doing business! We now offer many new products for the experimental aircraft market. Please check out ALL of our great products at www.aircraftextras.com.




Tue Nov 18, 2014.  1202Z

Vlad 2014 Strips In Review


2014 Donation Status

90% done....50% there.

Quick update: We're about 90% done with 2014, and donations (LINK) are currently at 50% the 2013 total.  I sort of remember it going like this last year, with around half the yearly donations coming in December during the year end pledge drive.  I do not enjoy one bit the whole asking-for-money thing, but I need to try my best to keep the lights on and family fed, while not driving the audience crazy in the process.  At right is a screen grab from a person's inbox I saw online (at right).  The caption under it was "I ordered fresh direct one time - thanks a lot."  God as my witness, I'll never do that.  You can have my RV if I do.

Pledge drive starts Dec 1, and I'll hassle you a tiny bit more in a few weeks, but until then THANK YOU to the readers and advertisers who have already chipped in during '14.

Kindest regards,
The Reeves Family


Downtown Chicago - sun rising ...Steve Melton

Once in awhile you get a decent photo, 11/15, Sat morning. 2200 ft and airliners passing over for Midway 22L. I received one good downwash thump.


Enthusiastic RVer interview with video


UK 24 ...Rob Hatwell sent me this link.  You're going to want to watch this full screen.


Status Update ...Guilhermepilot


Tip Tank/Winglet Mod RV-9A ...Experimental Category at work


First Titan Going To Hong Kong for RV8


From the mothership...



Mon Nov 17, 2014.  1159Z

2nd Grade

Going through things at Mom's house this past weekend with my brother and sister.  Below is my 2nd grade report card.  'P' = 'participates'.  'S' = 'satisfactory'.  'S--' means I was a little bit of a shat at times (sorry Mrs. Burnett).  Too busy to read the comments...or even finish this sentence...

Related: Any RV builders/pilots in Waco need a winter's worth of free firewood?  I've got a lot of live oaks to trim on their land.  A lot.

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Ice, Ice, Baby

Linga Longa Western Australia

DIY Jack Stands

From the mothership FB page....

Drill bits gone wild

I think my floats flunked

Vans front desk time occupier- Which RV chooser

DIY Tail Lifter


From the mothership...



Fri Nov 14, 2014.  1158Z

Eagle's Nest Projects - News2 Student of the Week


Nose Gear Bolt Failure. Argh! ...Kahuna reporting.

This past weekend one of our teammates, our only nose dragger left on the team, had a nose gear bolt failure resulting in a prop strike. I had seen this before on VAF, but had never seen one myself.   Fortunately he was not moving, or barely moving at the time, pulling out from a run-up, holding a brake to turn to square up on the taxiway. As soon as the plane started to rotate, the bolt failed, the gear leg rotated, and she nosed down and caught a few inches of the prop. We are very thankful for composite props, a little luck, and some heads up wingman that were around him at the time. A couple of weeks earlier, he had the tail down, nose gear up, greasing the nose wheel bearing, and had no play in the gear. Its also checked at condition. This hidden bolt, probably doesn't give much warning before failure. Had it failed in another phase of flight other than barely moving, it could have been much much worse for him and the plane. I think he has ~1500 hours or more on the plane. Probably worth considering a periodic change of this important bolt. Or stick it in your tool bag of reasons to own a tail dragger Thought I'd share a couple of pictures.


Garmin G3X RV-10 Autopilot Yaw Damper Option ...Garmin

We are pleased to announce that we are now shipping the RV-10 yaw damper option for RV-10 aircraft equipped with either G3X or G3X Touch systems.

The RV-10 yaw damper is a ground up, new design created specifically for the RV-10. The yaw damper servo bracket ties in nicely to the aft end of the pitch servo bracket for an extremely rigid, yet relatively light weight installation.  continue


Welcome WhirlWind Propellers ...  whirlwindpropellers.com

[ed. Their ad appears in the forums and front page.  They are starting their advertising with a one month special (below).  ]

VAF WhirlWind Special Thru 12/15.

WhirlWind Propellers has a special offer for Van’s Air Force readers on our complete RV propeller package. This offer is good through 12-15-14 only. The RV propeller package includes the GA200L 72” diameter ground adjustable propeller, 13” RV style spinner, 2.25” standard spacer for only $2,763 (Regular package price is $3453 - SAVE $690) *Must mention you saw this on Van’s Air Force site.

Propeller Description:
The GA200L-72 propeller was designed for the RV type aircraft. Special attention was given to the RV’s top-end speed and cruise performance. Design features include an optimized blade area, twist distribution and highly taped planform for minimum induced drag. Even the cowling and fuselage shape of the RV aircraft has been taken into account in the design of the GA200L-72’s blade shape, twist and airfoils.

Reasons to Choose the WhirlWind GA200L-72 Propeller:
- You only need to buy one propeller for multiple pitch setting options
- Performance flexibility: Pitch the propeller to your performance preference, such as top-end speed or super-efficient cruise
- Not all aircraft and engines are equal. Adjust the pitch to maximize your engine/airframe combination

With a conventional fixed-pitch propeller, you are stuck with what you have. Small airframe clean-up modifications and engine performance changes can necessitate a complete propeller change or re-pitch of your fixed-pitch propeller. With the GA200L-72 propeller you can immediately take advantage of airframe/engine performance improvements simply by making a small pitch adjustment without buying a new propeller or waiting to get re-pitched.

The GA200L-72 propeller is a well-tested and proven propeller system. The blades are designed using characteristics of our very successful constant speed propeller, the 200RV, but now in a lower cost ground adjustable option. The composite blades are extremely durable, and are equipped with an electro-formed Nickel leading edge for maximum protection from rain and other abrasion.

For more details check out THIS LINK on our website.

Technical Director, WhirlWind Propellers
"Leaders in Propeller Performance Technology"
jim 'at' whirlwindpropellers 'dot' com
1800-C Joe Crosson Drive
El Cajon, CA 92020

Roll Canoe Question ...Av8torTom

OK, my "canoe" is all match drilled and all the necessary fabrication of parts completed. I'm starting to rivet it all together now and I realize that it would be a heck of a lot easier to rivet if it was right side up. Would it be OK to roll it over now and rivet?  continue


Indirect Method of Riveting ...Iluke photo




Thu Nov 13, 2014.  1133Z
   You think some of your RV landings are bouncy?  Philae, the washing machine sized lander that weighs in at 0.04 oz. on the surface of comet 67P (the gravity is 1/100,000ths that of earth's), landed yesterday at 15:33Z, then again at 17:26Z, then finally 17:33Z.  The first bounce was believed to be over 1km high, and nearly two hours in duration.  When it came to a stop it was 2.5km away from the initial landing location.  Could be on its side (link).  Streaming web media briefing today 13:00 GMT / 14:00 CET (this link).  Collecting concrete data that will impact how the next mission is executed.  Exciting times!
   I'm never going to say one of my landings 'was pretty hairy' again.  Now, back to building and flying RVs....and good morning.


Beware of Old Air Compressors ...HIIFLY

A few days ago I was going to fill up the air in my tires on my RV-8 , so I plugged in my 30 yr. old trusted Sears 2 hp 30 gal horizontal aircompressor .While I was 1 ft. from the end of this compressor filling up my portable air bottle , without any warning , it BLEW !!!!!! .At only 100 PSI of pressure in the 30 gal. compressor tank air gage . I am uninjured by the grace of GOD, and my RV-8 was not damaged . But to say it SCARED the livin **** out om me is an under statment ! If you have an OLD COMPRESSOR BEWARE of What CAN HAPPEN !


F1 Rocket 40th hour flight video ...Mark Olson

Haven't flown my Rocket for 3 weeks, mostly weather related but also have the seats out for re-upholstery. Well, today was clear and cool (32* F) so I put some cushions on the floor to sit on, used my parachute for the seat back and went flying. My son lent me his Go Pro so I attached that to the tailwheel spring to see how it worked.

N.B. In Canada we get released from the regulators at 25 hours so this 40th hour flight does not have the same significance it would in the US.


In the pipeline at TruTrak

"This video shows a simulated automatic cabin depressurization recovery system. There are three components to this system. Central to the system is an iLevil AHRS. The AHRS also serves as a communications hub for the other two components. Another part of the system is an iPhone 6, which is running the Xavion app. The final component is a TruTrak Vizion autopilot.

For the test the altitude threshold has been lowered to a safe altitude (8000 ft cabin alt).  Notice the pilot is "asleep" and never touches the aircraft or any of the avionics.

The autopilot has been set to continue a 500 fpm climb until Xavion senses the cabin altitude at an unsafe level, at which time the system takes over control and sets an automatic descent to a safe altitude. Worth noting, but not shown is that the system will avoid oceans and mountains" 
Watch the clip


7" G3X Touch ...Stein



Wed Nov 12, 2014.  1150Z
 We turned on the heater last night for the first time this season in North Texas.  Looking at the temps up in the northern USA right now, I'm going to be the last to complain!  Stein, Bob and the rest of the MN RV gang....you guys hang in there.
  Speaking of cold, Philae attempts a landing on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko today (more on this).  The images should be amazing.  Back in 1986 while I was a computation center work study slug (delivering computers on campus) at Baylor, one of the guys who oversaw the operation was doing some of the math for scientists working to design the surface penetrator-lander of the later-cancelled CRAF mission.  It was to be the first scientific instruments placed on a comet nucleus.  Listening to Bill talk about it was a real treat.  Today we finally land on a comet, nearly three decades later than I'd initially hoped.  Fingers crossed!!!  Touchdown scheduled for 1602Z today.  Go Philae!!! 

related: Streaming webcast of the landing

Meet Casper ...Vlad


Flying with ADS-B, A Wife's Tale ...Paul M.

I have been flying my RV-7A for the past 4 years and my wife has accompanied me on a half dozen cross country flights. She is a fearful flier and is a bit stressed (doesn’t show it) when we fly and has about 50 hours in the plane. Going to new places is what helps her overcome her fears.

I have had a few close calls with airplanes over the past few years. Didn’t have to make any evasive maneuvers but would have liked to have known they were coming close well in advance. Some of these encounters occurred under radar or tower coverage.

About 6 months ago I decided to upgrade my Dynon D180 system to SkyView/Mode S ES Transponder/ADS-B Receiver so that I could have ADS-B traffic/Weather and an improved moving map. I did this so that I could see the traffic in advance.

This past weekend my wife and I went on our first long cross country from Tucson, AZ to Corona, CA. To fly safe in the western deserts and mountains I always try to fly with a road beneath me if I can. This means flying between airports and on airways most of the time. We were using flight following and handed off to a half dozen centers. I expected (as in the past) that the centers would be calling out traffic to keep us out of harm’s way. Well this was not the case. About 50% of the time they never called out the traffic.

When I decided to upgrade the system I explained to my wife why and what the ADS-B system provided. This cross country flight was her first exposure to our investment. She became an expert at looking at the SkyView screen and seeing the ADS-B traffic depicted and understanding the distance from and if it was above and below our airplane. She then would be looking in the right direction and was better at spotting the traffic them me. I actually believe it made her feel safer and kept her mind active and made her part of the flight crew rather than a passenger. There were a few times where the center never called traffic and we had to descend or change course to keep a safe distance from a head on aircraft.

The whole point of building my RV was to enjoy flying, travel to new places and have great adventures with my wife. Adding a Mode S/ES transponder and an ADS-B receiver is expensive, but for me and my wife it was money well spent.


What would you do with this?


Cloudy wingtip lens ...alcladrv

Q: After nearly 10 years the wingtips on my RV7 have started to get cloudy on the outside. What do you use to keep the lens clear?

A: I have used the Mothers powerball for headlights with my electric drill - works great! The diameter is small enough to fit inside the lends. I just pull the lens off and polish using the powerball. I think I paid $24 at Wal Mart for it

A: I've used the 3M brand with good success on my car, about $15-20. Just leave the lens on the plane and tape around it for protection. Since planes aren't subject to thrown gravel like cars are, your lenses shouldn't be pitted.

FWIW, I've also seen youtube videos recommending toothpaste with apparently good results

A: When I was at true value in page Arizona purchasing lemon pledge for my canopy the clerk said that people buy off bug spray to get rid of the yellow in their lenses on the cars and said that it works extremely well better than any of those headlight polishing kit and that she would never buy headlight polishing kit again.





Veterans Day, 2014.  1135Z


A quick run for some NC BBQ ...kjowen

Last Sunday, while having to fly off some time solo for the insurance company in the new -10, I needed to come up with somewhere to go. After a quick stop in western NC, then over the hills to N. Wilkesboro, and then a BBQ pick up in Lexington and a photo op with my bro and spouse. (Maybe one day they will even get off the ground). After packing the cooler, turned towards home to make dinner with the crew. Really loving the room and the ride in the -10. <g>


Hangar surprise ...Bret

While the 7A is under construction, we have 172 to keep current with at KMEV Minden. This last weekend I was taking my daughter for a ride on the bike and we stopped by the hanger to put the heater on the cawl, (getting cold here) and noticed folks talking in the hanger on the back side of mine, we rode around the other side and what cha know? Three gents chit chatting around a 7A! All this time and never knew who my neighbor was. We had a nice visit and got to look around his plane and talked about his project. What a friendly community these Vans folks are!

Garmin G3X Touch Dual Screen...Wow! ...Jim Ellis


Probable Cause Published 10/27/14 ...RV-12 Landing Accident


Welcome Byron Evans


Flying with the Feature-Rich GTR 200 COM


Update ...Dvalcik


Fire extinguisher maintenance ...1st reply from an ex-firefighter.


Nov 13th Auction: RV-9 tail, RV-6 wing & tail, pies (Hillsboro, OR)



Mon Nov 10, 2014  1153Z

I had the distinct pleasure of giving one of my wife's yoga students a 1.1hr ride around the area on Friday in our RV-6.  Kathy is both a fighter and inspiration.  She had never flown an airplane before our flight, but checked that one off the list with gusto.  Of the 1.1hrs logged, she flew 1.0. 

related: www.yogabridge.org

RV's are more infectious than a disease ;-) ...Christoph in Hamburg

I'm flying around with my RV8 for almost 11 month now and enjoy it every time . No matter what I do, flying alone around the block doing some aerobatics, dogfighting with the neighbors Pitts S1 or showing some friends the world from the top; it is always fun with the RV8. This year I met two guys from an airfield close to mine, they were building a RV9A. (Sunit and Vinod)

I flew over and I helped them couple of times.  This summer they asked me if I could do some hours of flight training with the father Vinod and check him out on their RV9A.  I said of course and we put the 9A in my hangar for 2 Weeks so we had it easier to start of if the time and weather permits... continue

Tighten Your Tie-Wraps!


DIY Project Move- Lessons Learned ...Clay Cook

Yesterday a friend and I drove 10 hours to pick up an RV-8 project. It took 4 hours to pack things up and another 10 hours to make the drive home. I thought I was all done with all-nighters after college, but I guess not!

Some lessons learned:

1. Don't even think about doing it yourself. There's enough stress already, don't try to do the driving and packing and lifting and strapping down solo. Another set of eyes watching can make all the difference!
2. You will never have too much padding and protection; bring more. Strip the blankets from all the beds in your house, sleeping bag pads, carpet remnants, carpet pads. Those pool/beach "noodles" are great padding and dirt cheap. You also will never have too many ratchet straps. Nothing good ever happens without Duct tape.  continue

Shop Size Doesn't Matter...


Redlands Beer Run (KREI) ...$100 beer run

Ok, so I gave up eating meat. That means no more $100 hamburgers. It's just not the same flying in for a veggie patty. (B.T.W. - I lost 40 pounds eating a plant based diet)

So what's a person to do.... Turns out the Hangar 24 Brewery is just across the street from the Redlands airport in Southern California. I have purchased two 'growlers', which are refillable beer containers. I have a cooler, fly over to Redlands, get my growlers refilled (Sealed Container), and fly home. Once the plane is put to bed and there is no more flying for the day... it's time to enjoy a nice beer.

Made that trip today. Flew out over the desert and did a few stalls and steep 360 turns. Landed in Big Bear and checked up on my cabin. Took off and basically glided right down to Redlands. Well I was over getting my growlers filled, Alan from AntiSplat Aero must have strolled past my plane, as he left a card behind.

Now that was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Oh, now it's Sunday night, and that Pale Ale is mighty fine...

RV-4 Landing Chicago-Midway ...Whitman vid


The Middle ...Brad Benson

The second year of flying my RV-6A is drawing to a close, and as I look back, I'm amazed at how much I've learned along the way. It's an amazing aircraft, one that has taught me more about flying than anything else I've flown. While it does straight-and-level as good as any brand-C or brand-P aircraft, it excels at formation, aerobatics, and mock aerial combat. My favorite part was capturing the "pilot's halo" while descending through an undercast while on an IFR plan. Seeing the halo around the airplane was fitting, I thought.  continue


One word...





Fri Nov 7, 2014  1202Z

Eagle's Nest Projects - Wings over Houston


Build Day One ...KJBSouth

Two days short of six months from deciding to build the -7. Months devoted to arranging two shops (Michigan and Florida), buying and building tools, and practicing with Van's airfoil kit. A lot of practice was needed to produce decent set rivets. Found 30psi on AD3 rivets worked best for me.

Today blue plastic was stripped from HS parts. The fit of reinforcing bars to the HS rear spar is perfect - no edge rounding required.


Update on the Two Dead Cylinders on Left Side  ...Dave

Well, winner winner, chicken dinner!

It was a primer pump issue. Had a failure in the primer pump solenoid that was allowing max fuel to be pumped into the L side cylinders, thereby "drowning" them out/over rich. Totally makes sense now.

Sure appreciate everybody's input, definitely helped me sort through things. Start simple and work from there..... learned a lot!

Thanx again!

New from TostenMFG.com ...grip builder


Advanced Flight Quick Panels ...Rob Hickman

"...An hour later Jeffrey, (our chief SolidWorks panel engineer) and I were headed to Eugene in the RV-10 with a new RV-8 panel and all the modules..."  continue


Rivet factory head failure - can anyone tell me how this happens?

While I was riveting ribs to rear spar on my RV8 wings and 5 AN470AD4-8 factory heads failed in the same way.

I was hand bucking these with a double offset cup and a tungsten bucking bar. I was using ~45PSI and the shop head was well formed. I had an assistant who was holding the rivet gun perpendicular to the work so I could focus on squeezing the trigger and forming the shop head. When we lifted the rivet gun the factory head just fell out of the cup. leaving the rest of the rivet in place.

Any ideas how this happens? Was this technique or could I have other rivets that are ready to fail in a similar way? I inspected (including some light prying on the rest with no failures) and don't see any indication of problems.


RV-9A Experience in SW Florida

I need some help. I live on Marco Island. I am 70. I have PP, INST, COMM, MULTI! but have not flown in 15 years. Have built FFR Cobra and Glen-L wooden boat in retirement, but now I have been bitten by the flying bug again hard out of the blue and want to build a plane. I ordered all of the info packs from Sonex, Zenith and Vans. I studied them intensely as well as lots of internet study and phone calls to builders. I attended Sonex build school three weeks ago. Flew the plane. Wonderful, professional people, but plane will not meet my mission requirements. Then concentrated on Zodiac CH-650, frankly, because the very desirable Vans products seemed too expensive and perhaps too difficult for me to build. The 650 seemed to be a great compromise for me, but further intense research brought me back to the Vans RV-9A. I am simply going to bite the bullet and build the correct aircraft for my well considered mission.

THE ISSUE: I really need to see and touch a real RV-9A before pulling the trigger. I need to talk to that builder one to one about his same dream and fulfillment. (The builders that I have talked to AND the Vans factory all tell me this.) if I can mooch a demo flight, wow!, all the better....and I can trade you for a drive of my Cobra around town if you like. Can anyone who has built a flying RV-9A in SW Florida (or anywhere within a day's drive) help me out? I would be extremely appreciative, I assure you. THANKS!


RV-4 wings, RV-6 fuse, helicopter engine.  Simple panel.  In the air for $30K.  Rob Ray's ride.

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Rob's Pax Yesterday:
Riley selfie during the flight...



Thu Nov 6, 2014  1149Z

So you say you don't ever want an A&P to look at your plane, huh? 

Check out the three photos my A&P, and good friend, Randy 'Monkey' Richmond sent me yesterday.  Taken in an RV-3 that was brought to his shop for a fatigue crack in the lower weldment at the firewall (and condition inspection).  Randy's first time to inspect it.  It was purchased used and has been flying for 3-4 years.  Hundreds of hours.  Beautiful airplane.

See it yet?

The right side push/pull tube was NOT riveted to the end cone that connects to the control stick.  Primary flight controls, folks!  Holding the right aileron and having a helper move the stick to the right resulted in the end cone falling out.  The left push/pull tube had the proper rivets.

But wait, there's more!  Apply more right aileron, then go back left with the control stick, and it hangs!  Locked up at just under full right aileron input!

Gorgeous airplane, but it's a miracle someone wasn't killed.  How many eyeballs looked at this that weren't in an A&P's skull over these last few years?

This isn't the Colleyville Women's Book Club meeting for snacks and spirited discussion.  Give it the respect it deserves.  Please.

Here's Randy's card if your thinking is remotely in line with mine and you can't find an A&P on your field.  He's done the last (12) condition inspections on my RV-6.  I take it apart and inspect it the best I can.  Then I hand it over to Randy.  I have the repairman's cert, having built it.  I choose to let my A&P have the final word, though, and it's his signature in the logbook.  I sleep better at night...and so does my wife.

Monk, you're a Rock Star.  Saved a life today and everything...


Deer and laser in one night ...Don Patrick


Today RV-12 120691 flew its first flight. ...John Mc

Registered as an E-LSA N112J, it took off from KIWA the early morning of Nov 5, 2014 only to encounter unforecast winds of 03015G25 (rwy 12) upon return that resulted in a go around and diversion to nearby KCHD where we sat out out the winds, waited for a ride home and encountered several EAA types who gave it the twice over!

It has a left banking tendency at max throttle, but flys perfectly hands off during base and final in calm conditions. I have a slightly worrisome high (yet green) right EGT that needs a little investigating.

The video link below is the second flight taken by former RV-8 builder Charlie Wambolt at KCHD as I was beating sunset to make the 5 mile flight home to the hangar.


Thanks to Vans for making an airplane that I can build and fly.



Wed Nov 5, 2014  1149Z

Wave hello to the nice man on the 110th floor! ...AAflyer

"And just across the harbor from the 'Freedom Tower', a Russian is flying free over the Statue of Liberty…"


Roger Chastain: 2nd Place at Casa Grande ...Jane Chastain

(from Roger)



Tue Nov 4, 2014  1142Z

Congrats to WillyEyeball

Congratulations to Bill who took 1st place in the Sportsman category today at IAC 19's Blue Ridge Hammerfest in Morganton, NC (MRN) flying his RV-4.  more


iPad Air 2 Sunny Day Flight ...Mike C.

"...Introduction of the iPad Air 2 came with reports of 50% better sunlight readability due to changes in the screen. This sounded promising enough, so I bought one, and finally had the chance to take it up this morning on our flight to Peoria. Side by side with my Mini, I would say a 50% improvement is a reasonable statement. But an even better comparison was when I held it up next to the GRT Sport. The sun was over my shoulder, shining directly on both displays."


Nov/Dec '14 Online ...36 pages

bottom photo H. Dean Chamberlain

Counter/Non-counter weighted engines?

(Bill's reply)  This is somewhat of a semantics issue so I will try to give more info for your understanding.

Engines have multiple vibration orders (meaning combined sets of frequency and amplitude) that are not all simply the same frequency as the crank RPM. For instance, since a 4 stroke fires every other rotation, there is a 1/2 order vibration (1/2 RPM) and it is followed by basic balance of the crank or prop that would be 1st order (same as RPM).

The whole vibration formula has multiple order terms starting with the primary order vibrations (above) and then the secondary order etc etc and the influence gets smaller and smaller as the terms go off to the right side of the equation as they describe smaller and smaller physical influences.

All aircraft engines are counterweighted for the first few modes (sorry I don't remember how many). The term "counterweighted" as generally applied to Lycomings is in reference to a specific crankshaft design that includes extra weights that actually move in relation to the crank. They are in a kind of pendulum arrangement on the crank webs that allows slight movement of the weight. The movement is needed to address higher order (further to the right in the equation) and more complex vibration modes. A quick google search says 6th and 8th order.

My understanding of history is that the "counterweighted" crank was introduced with the angle valve Lycomings and it was signified by a "6" in the engine suffix. With the advent of so many EXP Lycoming clones, both angle and parallel valve, I don't think one can tell what is counterweighted and what is not without knowing the engine details from the builder.

Since I am shooting from memory, I welcome any corrections or clarifications to the above from other members here.

(Scott adds)  To add to Bill's (excellent) description, a possibly more direct / simple explanation.

An engine is not built with a counter weighted crankshaft to make it better, it is generally done to make it work.

The vibration modes induced into a crankshaft are a function of the crankshafts size, stiffness, the compression ratio of the engine, stroke of the pistons, ignition timing, what propeller is installed.... and on and on....

Most of these influences are fixed by design. But some of them we as builders can influence, such as installing a previously untested propeller, or an ignition system that is able to advance the ignition timing beyond what is typical with magnetos. When that is done, it is possible to take any engine (counter weighted or not) outside of the safe zone of propeller/crankshaft vibration interaction.

Browsing Through The Published Probable Causes

Save this bookmark: http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/index.aspx.  Go to the link and fill out the form like below:

You'll get a result set something like what is below.  Click on the 'Probable Cause' links.



Mon Nov 3, 2014  1255Z

River Ride- Susquehanna ...RVDan


Russian First Flight ...Vlad reports


Status: 2nd Engine Start ...Tom Powers


Notification 14-10-24 ...factory site

Clarification of O-320/360 Exhaust System installation.
Before further flight


VIRB Vid ...Greg W.


Pants ON ...Michael Burbidge


IFR Training Fun

Friday .5 off the surface to practice buttonology and systems management on the RNAV 35 at KLUD in CAVU.  Stiff north wind and others with the same idea.  Graph line upper right shows the VNAV track to missed, also overlaid on the plate profile below that.  I enjoy fiddling with the data on the computer afterwards (makes the flight seem longer).  Saturday band stuff with the son and college ball on the WOPR*.  Sunday NASCAR race three miles from our field, so stayed away (and watched the recorded F1 race on TV).  Cool temps finally.  Hope your weekend nice also. 

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*Our family calls the DVR the 'WOPR'.  If you've seen the movie War Games you'll get it.  And for fans of the movie 'War Games', you should go to this link to read about how they built the 'W.O.P.R.'  The part about adjusting the crystal with a lead pencil floored me.



Fri Oct 31, 2014  1148Z

Well...Done...Sorta ...John Mc -12

"Well I'm legal. Thanks to everyone on this board for your advice and comments - couldn't have done it without you. Special shout-outs to locals Rich S and Denny M for flight time and tech support, and to Dave (yes that Schmetterling's Aviation blog guy) - lunch and/or beers on me if we ever meet some day - you saved me from myself a few times!

Also Barb B at Van's deserves a lot of credit for helping keep this thing on track over 2 years!

First flight tent Nov 4. Then test phase, wheel pants/paint/throttle redo...does it ever end?  LOL."

November Wallpaper Calendar ...Ed Hicks photo


From the factory FB page....


Aerobatics Training with a Former SR-71 Blackbird and F-4 Phantom Fighter Pilot ...chutes and all.


Interpreting the Skew-T ...how thick are the clouds and where are they (and more)

Bryan Douglas told me about this during a recent visit.  I've been digging into this chart for a few days, and the more I look, the more I like it.  The wind barb/direction/depth on the right hand side reminds me of something Edward Tufte (web) would approve of.

Nutshell:  blue line is dewpoint curve, red line air temp.  Read altitude off right scale.  Where they touch or get close is where the clouds are, and how thick.

Here's a link to KAFW Skew-T, my nearest 'big' airport that reports.  Note in the link that the last four characters make up the airport identifier.

In one image you get:

  • Air temps at all flyable altitudes
  • Cloud elevations (i.e., "cloudbase")
  • Wind speed
  • Wind direction
  • If it will be cloudy or sunny
  • Types of clouds in the sky (i.e., stratus, cumulus, cirrus, cumulonimbus, or none)
  • Top of lift
  • Thermal strength

I added a link in the middle of the weather page for the form where you can enter the nearest big airport to you.  And here's a Google search for 'interpreting Skew-T' links. 

Yoga Bridge ....free yoga for cancer survivors

A local TV station did a piece on what my wife and a friend started a few years back.  That's Susie teaching the class in the pic below.  They interview her at the 1min 57sec mark. 

My wifey teaching the class.

I've been lucky enough to give a few of these wonderful gals rides in the plane.  'What does your husband do?' questions before and after class kind of thing.  What a privilege it is for me to be able to put a smile on a face that could use one.  I'm Blessed. 

fmi: www.YogaBridge.org



Thu Oct 30, 2014  1142Z

Mike Kelly photo of Bob Kurrle (-7) and Gene Ledda (-7A) around Spruce Creek.

Unexpected Awesome
  I went out to the airport yesterday with the plan of loading in the RNAV 17 at nearby Decatur and practicing button flow and systems monitoring in CAVU for about fifteen minutes.  Hey, that’s Ross’ plane over at the restaurant.  Must be cleaning the hangar out.  Monk’s taking off – good for him!  Geez, Danny’s truck too.  They all came out of the woodwork today I’m guessing.  I preflighted, climbed in and launched.  Activate approach.  Saw Monk roll out – short flight I guess.  Kick @ss day to fly.
  From a handheld on the ground I hear a faint, “Krash, you up?”  Pushed in the squelch button to hear better and turned my belly antennae up towards the airport, now three miles behind me.  “Yep.”  “Come back and fly formation with us.”  “OK.  On ground four minutes.”   New plan.  One minute late to the briefing.  Five ship with the locals I know well.  Forty minutes logged.  Join ups, root, turns in parade and echelon, pitch outs / rejoins, lead changes, all the juice.  Detailed brief and debrief.  Always learning.  Trying to improve.  Never perfect.
  The unexpected, initially unplanned awesome.  Shaking the rust off the skill set.  Made the day that much better.  Lovin' that RV...and the community.


My RV 8A has a heavy wing (Yes another one, But with Pictures!)


Q: Carrier only, no voice suddenly

A: (Stein) At the moment with what we know based on your report, Walt is likely spot on here (that being if it works with the avionics switch off). Most intercoms are made to fail over directly to the radio when power is removed...therefore if you shut it off, your jacks effectively are wired directly to the radio - which typically explains why they will work when the intercom is off, but not when it's on.

If it were a jack wiring it would either work all the time or not work all the time...that's the nice thing about that.

You definitely need to figure out whether it IS or is NOT working without power and with power before worrying about any other troubleshooting. Once that step has been completed, then you can look at headsets, jack wiring, etc.

New Glass Install Layout Advice

Please take a look at the attached layout and see if you guys have any advice for me. I am going from the steam gauge to the GRT Mini EFIS and replacing a few items. Any suggestions would be helpful.


Left side throttle?


ASA Vacuum System Concerns

"...We strongly advised everyone to inspect the tube into the exhaust at every oil change to be certain it is open and free of any serious clogging..." more

Rivets are deforming bulkheads!


October Online



Wed Oct 29, 2014  1142Z

(Brian Eisner) "My stepdaughter went flying yesterday in my friend Paul Tuttle's RV-8. She went up with another friend of mine who has 20000 flying hours under his belt.

As you can see she had a blast indicated by that famous RV grin."


SARL league standings


From Brandi


Update on the move ...Dvalcik


What does the inside of your oil separator look like?



Tue Oct 28, 2014  1152Z


Vertical cowl split - A models ...RKellogg


Helping the bucking bar


Garmin Press Release: GDL 84 ADS-B Datalink


Status Report: rockwoodrv9a


Petit Jean pics ...Mark Burns



Mon Oct 27, 2014  1151Z

RV6 N66AU ...Bad Sheila


Flying Over AT&T Park Prior to Game 5 of 2014 World Series ...Kelly Johnson


Crankshaft Seal Blowout In Flight and Emergency Landing ...Gash


Petit Jean Pics


Force Landing Write-up ...good read


OZARK air race results


2VA3 Merlin Aerodrome ...Vlad


Copperstate Pics ...Bruce Hill


Press Release from Flight Data Systems



A simple text file of some of the recent threads deleted.  Might be updated periodically for awhile just for my own curiosity.  Link added to the rules page. 



Fri Oct 24, 2014  1156Z

dr photo

Engine riddle for you..... Two dead cyl on left side?

I have a Lycoming O-320 on my RV 4 that has decided to run on only two cylinders. I would have thought that virtually impossible to happen. Especially both being cold/dead on the (same) left side. It’s a carbureted/aspirated, mid-time engine. Shut off with mags a couple weeks ago to check ground. Exhaust is two pipes w/crossover. No recent maint done/changes before last flight. Fuel sumped.

Flew it in just fine, never skipped a beat, left it outside in average weather for a few days, went to start it up one morning and shook like **** after normal easy start. Knew I was in uncharted territory by the sound it was making. Tried running it up to 1000-1200 RPM thinking a fowled plug, leaned it, cycled mags with 30-40 drop each side. Shut it down after 1-2 min thinking WTF? She never gives me any trouble.  continue

Sunrise over the Bay ...Scott

"Sunrise over Easton MD. RedStar Formation Clinic."


Renegades over the Rockies

Take six RVs and then add a Giles 202 (to teach us tolerance and diversity) and you have the Rocky Mountain Renegade Formation Flight Team. We just completed our third airshow season and will now take a few weeks off before starting work on a new and better show for next year. Here is our 2014 video...... Enjoy


Rugs n Roos ...act of charity


Oil leak finally found but what can I do?


Petit Jean Schedule...this weekend.

Fri schedule     Sat schedule



Thu Oct 23, 2014  1204Z

Status Report: Greg Hughes -8A ...Hillsboro, OR

Have been spending quite a bit of time getting things ready to do some real work. Honestly, there was more time involved in the "get ready" part of the process than I realized there would be.

I'm a member of EAA 105 here in Hillsboro, OR. Aurora and Van's Aircraft are right around the corner in the valley here. The chapter has a couple of hangars that it improved and set up specifically to allow people to build/work on airplanes, and I decided a few weeks ago to split the rent (and space) in one of them. They hangar is heated and insulated (nice in the Oregon rainy winter, which it seems has just started), well-lit, has electrical outlets everywhere, and a big air compressor plumbed into the building. The chapter even has a decent tool chest with many of the tools needed for this kind of project. Quite a bit nicer for building than the basic T-hangar where my Cherokee lives. It's also conveniently located a less than a quarter mile from my front door. I don't have a garage at my house, but this will work.


SteinAir trip ...GREAT crabandy trip write-up

[ed. Note credit card in shaking hand <g>]


Update on Our Friend Seth ...Bob Mills

Here's an update. Spoke to Seth late last week, and he is doing well and on the mend. He has done some physical therapy, and has begun working at the job he was hired for just before the mishap. He has also been up flying in his RV too. Good progress, though he's still dealing with pain. He's pleased with strength and mobility improvements. We laughed a bit when he he told me he had a lot of trouble early on, just trying to pour a glass of wine out of a big jug that was given to him as a get well present...and I said, ya know, tequila bottles are smaller and lighter! He's improved quite a bit since then!

I also told him about the Sport Class donation collection effort, and told him SARL and VAF members had really been rallying to his support. In addition to the large checks sent to Seth by both SCARA and SARL, the site was able to raise over $6,500 for Seth's medical expenses...pretty awesome, eh!! Turns out he had kind of unplugged a bit as he started the new job, so it was quite a surprise to him. He was pretty much speechless!  continue


RV-12 S-LSA Tour to Copperstate...continued - Joe Blank


Safety at non towered airport

I want to share this event that occurred today while I was taking off from KMWL.
I rent a hanger at this airport Mineral Wells Tx. And I am very familiar with the Area. Well today my wife and I loaded up the Rv to head to Monroe KMLU. It was like all the other departures we have done in the past, the WX called for calm winds. So I taxied out and decided to depart on runway 13 . I announced my intentions on the frequency and held short for departure, I looked both directions and listened for any other traffic. All was clear and proceeded to depart on runway 13. Now let me explain the runway environment. Runway 13 runs uphill and at the top it goes down about 500' now I'm full power and just as my rv lifts off I see another plane and my Dynon tell me traffic !!!! Another plane was running down the runway heading toward me. I pulled up turned to the right and seen this Grumman fly past me. The other plane made a comment on the radio that he made his radio call that he was departing. I did not hear any radio transmissions and I advised him that I also made the appropriate radio calls . He said he did not hear anything but what sounded like someone broke squelch . About that time the FBO operator made a radio call stating that he hear both of our transmissions. The only thing I can think of is that he was on the other side of the hill and we could not hear each other.. The good thing about this event is that we had a good outcome from a bad situation.
I will from this time forward from any airport were you cannot see the other end will take every percaution before departing. Anyway I hope everyone that reads this and finds themselves is this situation will be very carfull.

Dan Peeler


Mike Hoover Mod

I had trouble making Vans little clip under the oil cooler brace fit so I came up with this...time will tell:


More Pics of Joe Zuffoletto's -8



Wed Oct 22, 2014  1155Z

Finally... a -REAL- RV Grin! ...Joe Zuffoletto RV-8

Some of you may recall that this newbie tailwheel pilot had a heck of a time landing my new (to me) RV-8 when I bought it last summer. Scared myself so bad in three attempts that I was afraid to fly it and almost sold it.  more


First Flight ...Keith Rhea RV-7

After 26 months of building, my RV7 slow build flew October 16th at the hands of David Austin. We only had to hand finess one aileron.  I would like to thank Doyle Reed and The Air Capital Aviators for their support.  Rv7 slider equipped with O-320-D2a, Catto 2 blade prop, Enigma EFIS with autopilot, Trig Transponder, V-10 Radio, 14 hours flying in 5 days and about 75 landings, i guess i am gonna get them down yet. Ps thanks to Upnorth aviation for the great panel job, Abby at Flightline interiors for some very nice seats and the VAF Forum for all the information. Based at 55K.


Shakedown flight post-annual

Flew .7 yesterday, first flight in my RV in a month (ouch).  Out to Bridgeport for the LOC RWY 18 practice approach (screen grab below), called regional approach after going missed so I could run the ILS RWY 16L at Alliance on my way back, then back to 52F to get on the computer.  Trying to keep in practice with all the buttonology and flow.  I let the A/P fly the procedure turn at Bridgeport, which is why it's so pretty in that grab (blue line) - wobbly line after the PT is all meat servo.  Felt good to get Flash off the surface again.  That plane is absolutely amazing in what it can do...even with me flying it. 

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40.0 it's a wrap ...akarmy

...and many more pics.


Back to the Stone Ages - Almost

Sunday, on a VFR flight to Las Cruces, I lost the GPS signal to my Trutrak ADI about 80 miles east of El Paso. Then lost the GPS signal to the 796 about 10 miles east, which also took out the ADS-B traffic. Suddenly I was faced with navigating through the interesting mix of Class C airspace, restricted areas, mountains and rain showers armed only with a finger on the (electronic) sectional and landmarks on the ground. I pulled out the iPad for the larger SkyViewPro sectional and was surprised that the iPad still had a good GPS signal. A close call - I almost had to do it the old-fashioned way.

In retrospect, I'm surprised at how comfortable I've become with the little airplane symbol on the magenta line. It took a few minutes to mentally switch over to old-fashioned pilotage and I was relieved to see the iPad working.

[ed. Question:]  Don't know what caused the GPS signal loss. The 796 reacquired about 10 miles out from Las Cruces. I think I'll practice my pilotage more in the future.

[ed. Answer:]  GPS Interference Testing


Hand Propping Rotax 912-UL: Accident Report



Tue Oct 21, 2014  1145Z

All back together....annual done.  Databases updated.
Planning my IFR XC now.  John's -8 in the background.


Ode to our RV friends ...Bob Collins post

Oh, you don't have an RV pal who'll come over to your hangar on a Sunday morning when he could be out flying, look at that electrical wiring problem you've had for a week, and then crawl inside your Mercury 7-like space (even though he's over 6 feet tall) and fix your problem for you?

I do.

It's Brad Benson, (aka: "Chief Pilot" on VAF)

Who's your best RV pal and why?



From the factory...


Status Update ...Sam -8


Fuel system Schematics review ...asking for input


Proposed IFR XC...the rating journey continues.

259nm, Victor airways, radials, (2) RNAV, (1) VOR/DME and (1) ILS.  1+43 at 155kts, so probably just at two hours total.  Thoughts?  Possible catfish lunch in Gainesville and/or Air Tractor tour in Olney.  Garmin Pilot screengrabs below - click to enlarge.  Developing... 

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Relevant approach plates:



Mon Oct 20, 2014  1159Z

Some people just make your day better ...Paul Tuttle

We got this picture of my friend Jordan by my plane today. He's been coming to Stanley Airport since he was a baby. Both his Dad and Grandpa own and fly a plane here. He's had his share of challenges and is one of the most courageous people I know. He has a knack for making your day better whenever he's around. Thought I'd share the photo.


My Fight With A Heavy Wing ...Tom RV-12



Status Update: TK's -8 ...Vlad post


Stuck at P08 (Coolidge AZ) Help trouble shoot alternator ...Scott Schmidt


VansAirForce.net Charity Hat Sighting w/Jay Leno ...D. Allan Stern

"Meeting Jay at KHTS FBO."

(about the hat)



Fri Oct 17, 2014  1154Z

Dam, Canyons and Balloons ...Bill Pendergrass 7A

Looks like this is the season for posting pictures of trips out to the canyons so this is our record plus some storyline.  continue


Recovery Update ...Ed Wishchmeyer


Fall Status Update II ...riseric RV-8 (many pics)


Dynon Factory Video and some flying shots


Eagle's Nest Projects - Circle Christian School...R.E. Butcher
"Abbey Carlson - 7th ranked girls junior golfer in the US, and she's building an airplane!"



Thu Oct 16, 2014  1202Z

Peepin', Gopher (and Badger) Style ...Pete Howell
October reminds us of why we choose to live in the upper midwest, warm days, cool nights, and an absolute explosion of color. We are pretty close to peak color, so Andi and I used date night to do some aerial leaf peepin' and grab dinner at the diner at KEAU. The golden hour yielded some nice light for imagery..........

I'll let the pics tell the story somewhere over Minnesconsin:


Custom Snorkel Pics ...Paul K
I created a new picasa page of all the photos I took building the custom snorkel. Made lots of mistakes and would do it differently if I did it over again but here they are:


Aussie RV-6 Status ...Mat Wreford
Here's a few pics of the progress so far, tail is done ,one wing finished and the other getting close


How to reach the top of the hangar ...wondering how the RV community does it.


Mom's Desk
  My siblings and I are spending weekends going through Mom's house.  I thought I would share a picture of the spot she spent most of her days at for the past 15 years.  To my online friend who I've never met in person, Jeremy Constant, there is your beautiful RV-7A on the wall next to Mom's computer desk.  Her vision was getting pretty bad at the end of last year, but she left her 2013 Van's calendar on the wall nonetheless.
  Jeremy, years ago you were kind enough to send me this picture.  She talked about it on more than one occasion.  I think it was a nice cosmic roll of the tumblers that yours was the RV she looked at the last nine months of her life.  She picked well.
  My RV pic was on the fridge, just so you know ;^). 

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Wed Oct 15, 2014  1154Z
Condition inspection #12 nearing completion - reassembly almost done.  I seem to take longer doing this each year, replacing a lot of screws with new and enjoying the work flow of a job that isn't rushed (cheaper than flying also!).  I bought this little double box ratcheting wrench a year ago at Lowe's with a phillips insert that is VERY useful for those six screws in the cowl inlets.  Here's a link to a set online that includes this, although the set I found had some sockets and was only $5 more.  You can see it on top of the taco cart below (click to enlarge).  I use this thing more and more - gives me better tactile feel when doing something like tightening spinner screws.

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The Trip Home: Update ...Bob Collins


2 Week Flight Out West - Green River ...flybill7


Jeff Richichi's Panel PIREP
"...it won’t be too much longer and I’ll be installing my avionics in the plane.  I’ve attached a pic of the CAD model I did of the panel.  I did this to find any interferences in the installation.  There were a ton I found.  Hopefully I found them all on the computer so I won’t have to find them out in metal!!"

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Coupla more pics from Jeff...click to enlarge


First Flight: John Sannizzaro
"It took 10 years but N357JS kit number 70312 is finally a completed aircraft!"


Installation of new AF Perf fuel pump ...Craig Taylor
After nearly 1800 hours of operation of our RV8, the original Airflow Performance boost pump has become increasingly noisy. It has finally gotten loud enough to cause concern, so rather than waiting for failure I decided to change the pump. The new pump is the Air Flow Performance #2090255, sold by Van's as "EF Airflow Fuel Pump-1." The new pump has vastly simplified the installation, as the bypass is internal to the assembly, eliminating the return line to a "T" at the fuel selector valve. The installation eliminated seven fittings and about 18" of fuel line. A very nice assembly! The photos show how neat it is:


Flying the GRT HXr IFR Videos Are Up ...KatieB
"A huge THANK YOU to Widget for all his hard work on this! I finally got the slides converted to something usable for YouTube.  This is an hour and 40 minutes of pure knowledge from a guy who uses the HXr alot for IFR. It's split up into 5 parts on our YouTube channel. Here's the link to the playlist. Take notes!


S-LSA -12 and -14A at Copperstate ...


Paul's Snorkel
[ed. cool snorkel pics to complement Scroll's excellent build piece. dr]
Scroll, I feel your pain!  I used an IO360 with ECI cold air induction and the fit wasn't even close! I,m talking off by more than 1 inch on the inside and 3 inches on the outside plus it made contact with the starter flange and the alternator. I started out doing what you did to make it fit but was so totally turned off by the results that I tossed it in the junk and built one from scratch. Not that hard to do and ended up looking better than I dreamed it could! Give it some thought and feel free to call me with questions. It can be done


Jesse Bentley Video
Here's the vid clip for anyone that wants to see. I know I've lived vicariously through stuff like this for the past 6 years.  I assume, like the pile of VHS tapes of my first child and not nearly as many of my second, I'll stop capturing video of every flight soon, but I'm not nearly there yet! Still very new to me


From the factory...time critical!



Tue Oct 14, 2014  1153Z

First Flight RV-7 N87EM ...Merrill Evans


First Flight, N247RV ...Roger Kellogg


A Day of Local Fun ...Vlad


Peter Fruehling and daughter...


West Coast Ravens - Watsonville 2014


Jesse Bentley pic...


The Terrifying Tale of FrankenSnorkel !


Rudder Bottom Rubs Tailspring....update


Hat Sighting: On Carnival legend arriving Sydney Australia, 09/22/14
...D Allan Stern

related: About the charity cap

Welcome Saint Aviation, Inc  (central Florida)
We are a full-service shop specializing in RV maintenance, inspections, completions, panel upgrades, prop balancing, injector tuning and prebuy inspections. Please contact us if you have any needs to see how we can help.
Jesse Saint.  Saint Aviation, Inc.  jesse@saintaviation.com
C: 352-427-0285 F: 815-377-3694
[ed. Ad lives on the front page. dr]

Surplus Avionics (Garmin, PSE, TruTrak) ...Stein




Mon Oct 13, 2014  1200Z

First Flight of RV8 VH-JSX


A great flight pre-surgery ...Ed Wischmeyer


Quick Look Report (Camping) ...Paul

Mark Albery's Pics


World War Italian ACE, two birthdays and an Airport Open Day
...Luke in Italy


Bob Avery's BD Present to Jay Pratt  ...bit holder
"It has little pads on the bottom so the bench can be blown clean."


News Story...


Taken out at theVanCave this weekend.
When all the screws are gone, I'm done putting
my RV-6 back together (after its annual).


From Dynon...

Tail Spring Mounted Vid ...Marc Hudson -7


Gentle Reminder...

related: Advertising info at www.DeltaRomeo.com



Fri Oct 10, 2014  1204Z
Happy Birthday to my son Tate!  The world's best son (IMHO) turns 14 today.

Brad Bensen 6A...


First flight of kit 120573 Rego 19-8510



Baffle cracks - odd location


LOE'14 photos


New GRT software- Enroute HITS, ADS-B TFRs, and more!


Rain Date Activated...


Petit Jean Registration Status...


Aircraft Build Log for Android ...Stan Smith

After an empty search for a 'build log' app I decided to take the homebuilder approach and create something. It has basic log functionality like time/date tracking, photos w/captions, notes, helpers and the ability to flag items requiring additional attention... all from your phone or tablet. Data backup and print support are in the works.

Hopefully others in the VAF community may find it useful.

It's free on Google play https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.designerx.aircraftbuildlog

Feedback and questions are always welcome!
stan 'at' designerx 'dot' com




Thu Oct 9, 2014  1146Z

Gary Rosier photo (click to enlarge).
(Mike Kelly) Here is a nice photo of Whiskey flight returning
from a breakfast flight this morning to the Spruce Creek Fly-In.
I. Mike Kelly 2. Bob Kurrle 3. Bill Merkin 4. Medford Bragg 5. Gene Ledda.

First Flight C-FTLL RV-9A


Vid: Page, AZ to San Diego, CA


LOE'14 Note


Garmin G3X Touch V2.70 Software ...ready for download


Get the Vans CD plans !


Tall Man Panel Mod




Nose job...


G3X two panel system Vs. three panel


OT: An An-124-100 flew over my house Tuesday.
6:32pm.  Looking outside my upstairs bedroom window
I saw this.  Crummy iphone pic, but Wow!.    

related: a better pic from the web

Welcome www.VALavionics.com ...made in the USA
(ad on the front page)



Wed Oct 8, 2014  1122Z
  I enjoyed posting the note about Rob needing a car for his wife in yesterday's edition (reposted below).  It made me revisit the idea that this site (to me) is more about people than airplanes.  The normal journey through life with a Van's RV thrown in the mix.  Anyway, I wanted to encourage others to occasionally throw the non-RV request my way for the front page.  If your request will help a person in need, even better.  You never know...it might be the top story the next day. 

VAF Off Topic 'Getting Through Life' Request
WTB: Cool car for cool wife who gave her previous car to a friend in need.
Desires: Less than 5 yrs old, less than 30K miles
Contact:  smokyray 'at' rocketmail 'dot' com

Petit Jean Update


Seen in regards to the AOPA Debonair giveaway ...made me laugh. dr


Another "riveting bottom skins" suggestion


RV-8/8A F-805F-1 Floor Spacer Question


Air vents higher on the panel?


TIP- Sika bonding for less $$


Welcome www.avionics-installations.com
(ad on the front page)


OT:  An article my wife was interviewed for




Tue Oct 7, 2014  1202Z
Note from Rob Ray to me yesterday - hoping somebody might be able to help.

WTB: Cool car for cool wife who gave her previous car to a friend in need.
Desires: Less than 5 yrs old, less than 30K miles
Contact:  smokyray 'at' rocketmail 'dot' com


First Flight RV6A N763RV ...CopterJohn


The $131 Hamburger...Jeff Bloomquist 7A


What I Did Last Wednesday...


In flight photo


A great layout tool


First LOE


DIY Home Drip System



Mon Oct 6, 2014  1143Z

(Russ Daves)  "Great turnout. 50 Airplanes flew in, mostly RV's.  I understood that one of the supervisors told the controllers, "There are a bunch of pilots coming that are not real familiar with Class C airspace and I don't want any told to call the tower when they land". And it didn't happen!!! Probably because everybody was perfect!!!

We had 104 pilots, passengers, and drive ins come to LOE 2014 and the banquet / big screen TV air-condition room that EAA Chapter 471 built just for LOE - it was almost at capacity for the banquet. Betty Rose's BBQ was so good and tender you did not need a knife and people were invited to go back for more. It has to be one of the all time great LOE catered meals we've ever had, at least sine 2001 when I started attending.

I cannot thank enough the multitude of EAA Chapter 471 members who went all out to make this event such a great weekend event.

Stu McGrudy and his crew also entertained us with some great formation flying. Please come again next year as you were a big hit.

Tha ONLY complaints I heard all weekend was "Where in the heck is all the RV'ers from the DFW area?" Hey guys, you were way under-represented. Maybe next year we will offer a door prize to the airport that has the greatest number fly in!!!!

Thanks also go out to all the raffle prize donors who made a bunch of people happy with what they took home."




RV-7 Builder Wins AOPA Sweepstakes Debonair.
Bob Collins co-conspirator.

related: the video

Philly to San Francisco

KVBT Bentonville, Ar






Tracking your investment...Tate's 8th grade grades as of 10/3.
A's and B's.  Got 'em over the weekend.



Fri Oct 3, 2014  1137Z

LOE'14 This Fri-Sat-Sun

Fri-Sat-Sun Forecast for LOE'14

More at: http://www.loeflyin.org/index.html

LOE'14 Saturday Breakfast

Pilots N Paws Flights Through Abilene During LOE

Panel ...FasGlas

Just finished my panel (For now anyway).. MGL iEFIS G3 touch screens, ADS-B, Android computer, Bluetooth audio, Electronic Monoxide sensor, EI Commander, Garmin 430W, SL-30, 340, 327, Vertical Power VPX-Pro, more


RV-10 Status Report ...rvdave

Copperstate RV10 Nest 2014 ...woxofswa

I am in the early throws for planning the eighth (and last) RV-10 Nest at Copperstate (AZ) 2014. Hopefully the ninth and last will be next year.

My land based RV will be there for the duration and serve as a crashpad for nesters with lots of shade, seating, cold drinks, etc. Tent campers are welcome to use my facilities as needed.  more



Thu  Oct 2, 2014  1141Z

Oregon International Airshow video


A new Advanced RV-8 Quick Panel just before powder coating


Fall Leaves in Quebec...Kevin Horton


Flat Top colors ...flyinmonque


Wing Panel Wrinkle ...seattleworm


Weather Change of Plans ...crabandy


KC Flight "Over" Royals game


Status Update ...RV7AJeremy


Lucy Has Wings ...wirejock


RV-14A Status Report ...AlinNS


Stop dribbling smoke... add a solenoid valve ;)  ...schristo




Wed Oct 1, 2014  0144Z

Wallpaper Calendar for October ...courtesy the talented Ed Hicks.


15hr report ...Andy Karmy RV-8

[ed. About as motivating a post as you could ever want to read!  dr]

I know I really enjoyed reading the early reports of phase I when a number of the rest of you were going through it, so here's my short update.

9 days, 15.2hrs of flying... WOW it's been awhile since I've flown this much.

As of now I think the engine is mostly broke in, the temps have stabilized and are generally below 400 when not climbing under full power. My hottest Cyl is #2 and it's always the hottest in most any situation. Have to start looking at some cutting down of the fin blockers in front of 1&2 since the rear Cyls are the coolest. In 15 hours I have added 1 quart of oil thus far, so it's using a bit, but not too much. The dual P-mags have been flawless thus far and start and run easily. The Catto prop seems pitched right, but it's hard to tell completely since I don't yet have the wheel pants installed.  continue


A trip to the islands - video...Dgamble

The early fall weather has been great in Central Ohio. I took the opportunity to make one last trip up to the islands. I took a co-worker with me - it was her first time in a small plane. She says she enjoyed it. You be the judge. ...


Transiting an "R" ...Vlad


Status Report ...John Gross

Slowly but surely it's starting to look like something.


LOE'14 Begins Friday!

Register at: http://www.loeflyin.org/index.html


Press Release

EVERYONE should have a LOW OIL LEVEL SENSOR in their aircraft!  If you don’t, why not? Are you able to detect a low oil level while you are in flight? Many of us can’t without a low oil level sensor. We just received a new batch of our Low Oil Level Sensors. This has been a popular choice for RVs and other aircraft. It will fit right in most O-360 engines and lots of others too. We also have a shorter model we can offer now for shallower oil pans. If you want a custom sensor designed for your aircraft, let us know. See our Low Oil Level Sensor and more at www.aircraftextras.com