How is everybody doing?...Vlad It's been a while I posted here. How is everybody here on VAF doing?
Heard a lot of things happened within last months. Somebody got
retired and somebody newly hired
Long story short I lost my old job 67 days ago and just got hired again.
Feels good to be back in the workforce. Not easy these days to
get a job. Especially for those who had the same job for many
years. Thanks VAFers for good wishes and support. Personal
thanks to Doug who emailed me next day and offered help. Thanks
to my multiple "cousins" for good references and suggestions I
do appreciate it. Thanks Glen and Mark you guys were ready to
shelter my RV if things wouldn't go as planned.
Everything is stabilizing now but flying will be scaled down
considerably. Sequestration of burnable budget is the primary
reason. Pay is less and work is more. There will be no monster
trips this year and paint job is postponed again.
The plane is based in NJ at Princeton airport. My hangar mate is building
a 12 and I would love to be involved in his project. Anyway,
anybody in the vicinity who has nothing to do, stop by Hangar #3
at 39N every Saturday and say hi
Willamette Aviation (north end Aurora State Airport - KUAO)
conducts monthly Second Saturday Seminars in their education
The March 9th event will address
experimental amateur-built (E-AB) aircraft safety. This seminar
should be of interest to anyone building, buying or flying an
E-AB aircraft or considering doing so. The program begins at
11:00 a.m. and ends at 1:00
p.m. Lunch can be ordered through Willamette Aviation. Attendees
will earn FAA WINGS credit. Seminar Panel Members:
- Jim Hultgrien: PDX FSDO, FAASTeam Program Manager, NW
- Gil Hutchison: Long time EZ flyer/racer (and high school buddy
of Burt Rutan)
- Scott McDaniels: Head of Van´s Aircraft Prototype Shop
- Mike Seager: Long time RV CFI conducting transition training
- Dick VanGrunsven: Designer and founder of Van's Aircraft
The NTSB determines the probable cause of this RV-7A
accident to be: "The pilot's improper fuel management, which resulted
in a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation, and the
subsequent nose-over during the forced landing."
WTB- RV6(A) Left Fuel Tank (AOG - Birdstrike)
In need of LEFT Fuel tank for RV6.
Quickbuild **might** work. If you got one you might part
with give me a holler. Otherwise is proseal time. :-(
Need to get back in the air ASAP (Air Show season approacheths).
Evan cannot get to me for TWO MONTHS!
Large flying creature took on "Papa Juliette" and lost but "PJ" suffered
major damage to fuel tank.
"CB" ... Team AeroDynamix
jclarkmail (over there at) gmail.com
803 238 2113
the 20,000th rivet !
"Bekah and I finished riveting the last skin on Saturday. What a great
feeling to have the riveting behind us! :-)
Now on to the weigh in, running fuel through the system, doing some FAA
paperwork and a few other odds and ends, then seeing if the noisy thing on the
front works !
Heading down to Mike Seagar in Mid March for Transition Training" (more)
Probable Cause: RV-6(adopted 11/7/12)
"The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s)
of this accident to be: The pilot's inadvertent use of the
wheel brakes during touchdown and his failure to maintain
directional control. Contributing to the accident was the flight
instructor's delayed remedial action."
(accident #: ERA12LA456)
Probable Cause: RV-6(adopted 8/15/12)
"The pilot contacted his friend and told him to be at the beach and watch
for the airplane. The friend reported that he saw the airplane
make about three passes up and down the beach. On the third
pass, the airplane made a steep left turn, which the friend
believed resulted in a stall. The pilot reported that, as he
arrived at the peninsula, he proceeded across the shoreline,
crossed the beach, and dropped to an altitude of about 100 feet
above ground level. He made a right turn, and then, after
passing the bridge, he made a tight left turn and “felt a
bump/drop, as if my left wing lost lift.” He leveled off,
slightly nose high, and headed in an east to southeast
direction. The pilot could not recall any further details of the
accident. The airplane impacted just offshore in about 5 feet of
water, and the forward fuselage sustained substantial damage.
The airplane’s sudden wing drop is consistent with an
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s)
of this accident to be: The pilot’s low altitude maneuvering,
which resulted in an inadvertent stall and subsequent impact
with the water."
(accident #: CEN12CA294)
Mon Feb 25,
2013 Friday avgas was $4.35 at
KSWI (47nm away) and $5.05 on my field (raised to $5.25 Saturday). Seventy cent per
gallon spread....no brainer.
Since I needed at least 25 gallons, the savings gave me about an hour of
flying at low power for a tad over $10.15" of MP and
22mpg. Half hour there and half hour back, following creeks and
looking for deer. The lasttime I logged over 1 hour in the
RV was Dec 8th, and the last time I filled up was Jan 7th (my flights
are usually .2hr). The wifey and I are in full blown college save mode, you
have probably surmised by now.;^) Just for giggles I started the exercise app on my phone before
takeoff, the free app that logs how much I've jogged/run/walked/crawled/thrown
(runkeeper.com). While most
of the tracking info was n/a (burned 758 calories while flying?), the
track over the map wasn't half bad as a free 'where I flew' record.
Some screen captures below, along with a pic of the ag plane
boneyard over near
Sherman. I'd like to walk that someday if I could get permission.In boots. With a snake bite kit. Hope you got some time off the surface this weekend, also.
"I reached for the dripping valve......and discharged a fat blue
lightning bolt about an 1/8" long directly to the wet brass."
RV INTERIORS NEWS
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interiors. Presenty, we are offering interiors for models RV-6,
RV-7, and RV-9. If you would like to purchase interiors for
other models, please contact us. Choose your own materials and
we will make your seats, armrests, and stick boots. The seats
feature an inflatable lumbar support. An optional EZ-Step can be
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Rich Meske P.E
Fri Feb 22,
2013 I'd like to wish my Mom a very happy
birthday, and all of you a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
(Stu McCurdy) Falcon Flight recently conducted our "Rub The Rust Off"
rendezvous to get ready for the 2013 Airshow season. Briefed a little,
practiced a little and took a few pics. Here's one that was taken by our
staff photographer "Red Walker".
My trim system failed yesterday! ...Pierre RV-10 As I levelled off at 2500' yesterday, I needed some
down trim so I pushed the button...WHOA!!...it pitched UP!
The trim indicator bars worked but not the real trim, so I immediately
landed. On the ground, I looked over my shoulder at the trim
tabs and heard the trim motor running, both up and down, but no
motion of the two tabs, so I got out and walked back there.
Grabbing a trim tab, I moved it up and down, the other one accompanying
My dad has just ordered an RV-10QB kit and should be here in 10 days. He
does not have an account on here so i will be asking the questions and
documenting the build for him. I am looking forward to building with my dad and
getting the support from this community. For a little back ground he is a
retired mechanical engineer, and I am going to college for mechanical
engineering. I will go ahead and say thanks for all the input that will be
Lees Summit, Missouri
An Expensive Flight!
Just wanted to say thanks to Dave (mtnflyer) for the intro to RV's today.
What a phenomenal aircraft! Only downside, I fear, is that the
bank account is going to have a hurtin' put on it. Now, if I
could only hit the Powerball, it would make this sooooo much
Summerland Key, Florida
Lower baffle tie
I followed Vans directions in making this lower baffle tie. Does it look
Also do you know if the steel rods that are used in the hinges for the
cowl are the same stuff that is used for the baffle ties. I messed up my first
attempt and I have some of the rod left over from the cowl. I measured it with
my calipers and it is exactly the same thickness.
9A First Flight Video (38min) ...Tanner Evans video
Tue Feb 19,
Valley (part 1)...Kelly Johnson So, I have this airplane that I built in my garage. I hear these are
pretty good for flying fast and far. I really haven't flown mine all that far
yet so I was looking for some time and an excuse. Well, this holiday weekend
came up (Presidents Day) so I had the time. Now I needed an excuse. Well, I've
never been to the lowest airport in North America. I've never been to the driest
place in North America. And I've never been to the place that has had the
highest official recorded temperature in the world (sorry El Azizia, Libya). I
could kill all three birds with one flight. So yesterday, 2/17/13, I killed said
(Another Eagle leaves the nest)
Ross Porter (RPorter on here) just called me to let me know he had
soloed. I'm sorry I wasn't there, but couldn't be more proud. Ross was the
Student Project Manager on the very first ENP, and in from day one. That is
three from the Eagle's Nest One build (the first was about a year ago and not in
EN-1, the second Jan 4 on the pilot's 16th birthday, we believe a FIRST for a
builder.) We will have at least four more from that build, maybe a couple more.
That will be over half of those involved with the build. With over 100 kids
introduced to aircraft building, we expect many more after that.
The RV-12 is a great trainer. It does everything you ask of it, and has
no bad habits. Eagle's Nest is well into phase two (flight training) and
fulfilling my belief that kids ARE still interested in aviation, and can be
brought in to fill our thinning ranks. Many thanks to our mentors and other
volunteers, especially Ron Huddleston, volunteer CFI. I want to thank those here
who have helped make this possible, and remind the rest that we do have a place
Let Ross know how you feel about this!
Factory Closed Today ...President's Day Phone, Fax, e-mail and Web Orders placed after 12PM
noon (Pacific Time) on Friday, February 15th will be processed
on Tuesday February 19th.
Finding your comfort zone
Picture the scenario:
100 miles over open ocean in a single engine homebuilt shortly after
Green and yellow bands of rain shortly after departure.
Endure this condition for an hour or more, IFR, while climbing and taking
clearances over the radio.
Three trusting passengers whose lives you're responsible for!
One of My Favorite Types of Flights
I got in a short 15min flight yesterday morning after pushing out the
site, and was lucky enough to spot (11) deer. I watch the tree lines on
nearly every flight looking for turkeys, wild pigs, coyotes and deer - put a
total in the logbook entry. Plodding along the creeks around our local
area between towns at 500' agl, 16"MP, 6.5gph...wishing I had a corn dispenser
under the plane to give 'em a snack.
Simple, affordable pleasures....$21 in avgas on this flight, best I can
(8) in one shot...some under the trees. There were three
more under the trees that I found later while going over the pics:
Lake Havasu Formation Clinic
A Formation clinic was held at Lake Havasu AZ over last weekend.
This clinic was a first for Arizona. We had a safe and
enjoyable clinic despite the cold front that passed through on
Friday. This clinic included 30 RV's and three Thorp T-18’s .
Photo's by Pat Dulaney- below is the "London Bridge". (more)
thing since pre punched skins
I finally broke down and built a rotisserie for my fuselage. Made a big
difference on installing parts on the inside of the fuse. Also made painting the
inside a lot easier. I recommend it for anyone.
Tue Feb 12,
2013 I flew for the first time in (18)
days yesterday. A little 12 minute hop around the local area a day
after a storm system pushed through. Great viz and cool temps.
Felt nice to get off the surface. dr
"...the only two color control surface was the
rudder, as mentioned this made painting easier. I tried to stay away
from straight lines on the wings; the wings are square and straight
lines add to it. The only other advice I have would be to make sure
any accent stripes are wide enough to see them. You see a lot of
stripes so thin that they are only visible on close inspection."
-9A Weight & Balance ...Peter McCoy Ok, things are really starting to move along. This
photo has my plane up on scales. Yep, I am a fat boy! The scales
came in at 1,140 lbs. That creates a Center of Gravity (CG) of
77.51. For a Vans RV9A, that CG number works out just fine. At
my current weight I can carry myself, fuel fuel and just under
200 more pounds in the 9A. Yes, 'I' am on a diet. That will be
the best way to carry more load. Shed some pounds off the belly,
and fly with additional weight in the plane. I am now walking
10,000 steps a day and watching what I eat. Five pounds down so
RV-10 Panel...the bar gets set higher! Here's my completed and installed panel in my RV-10. Specifications
below. All work was performed by myself.
Forward Fuselage Wire Runs ...bruceh
I ran wires down both sides of the center tunnel. There is no crossing
over of wires in the tunnel or at the spar. If a wire needed to be on the left
side, it goes down the left and likewise for the right. Some wires go in front
of the spar and use the outboard pass throughs, others use the pass throughs in
the center tunnel
Kit - Check! ...Rob K. I'm happy to announce we completed the tail kit yesterday after 180
hrs, spread over 18.7 weeks. (I was away from home for four of those weeks, but
I have been able to maintain a 10 hr/week construction schedule despite my
travel requirements.) There's a few items on my punch list including the tips,
and I may rework the trim tab, but otherwise it's complete!
On to the wings!!
Hello ...David Oakes -7
Just want to say hello.
I am new to the site, my RV7A is complete and airworthy
according to the FAA. But it has not flown because the
weather and my Florida experience did not cooperate.
I will be back in Central Indiana in March and maybe the weather will be
good to do the first flight.
It is N1243A and slider, 2 Dynon SV; SL30; VP-X Sport; IO-360, CS prop.
This has been my first total build, but have done rebuilds
(C-170) and tail of RV-10. Thanks to all who helped me along the
way, glad to be done.
Ongoing Maintenance Update: Bill R. RV-9
With just 103 hours on the new engine (O-360) I found the baffle cracked
vertically just aft of the #4 cylinder, where it supports the
oil cooler. This surprised me because I thought the plenum would
have offered enough support, but apparently not.
Rather than try doing the same thing I had done with the O-290 I elected
to nestle a piece of heavy duty aluminum angle in the corner. I
rounded the edge of the AA and riveted it to some new baffle
pieces from Van’s. In addition, I widened the spacing for the
oil cooler holes so it would better fit the Stewart-Warner
cooler I installed.
With well over 100 hours on this fix, there isn’t any sign of cracking.
Grounded (after 42 years)! What Would You Miss?...Terry
Kohler 9A This past week, in preparation for foot surgery, I
had to take a complete physical, including stress test. Physical
- good. Blood work - good. Stress test - good. No, wait, you
need to come in.
Next thing I know, I'm scheduled for a same day cath. Semi-coherent on
the table, I hear the cardiologist say "Give me a stent, size
Shamefully, the first thing crossing my mind wasn't my wife, my family,
or my business - it was the airplane. How long will I be down?
What do I need to do (not for me, but for the FAA)?
I quickly learned that I'm grounded for a minimum of 6 months (automatic
with just about any cardio issue). At that point, more testing
and lots of paperwork to the FAA will determine my future.
In the meantime, I'm moving to add fellow RVers and best friends Ted
Gauthier and Dave Pohl, as well as my brother Mike, as named
insured for N323TP - they've all got time with her already, and
I'm good in the right seat.
What will I miss?
Long cross country flights with my wife to visit our daughters and their
families in Texas and California, as well as trips to the family
camp on the shores of Lake Superior. Perhaps just as much, I
know I'll miss the occasional descent into the crud for a
precision approach - there's something really satisfying about
breaking out a few hundred feet above the ground with the
approach lights leading you in. I'm also going to miss the
occasional/frequent 15-20 minute solo "therapy" flights that
Doug Reeves always talks about.
As far as rehab, I'm highly motivated. Not even thinking about an end to
many years in the air. In the meantime, What Would You Miss?
Online room planner.
Kinda unrelated, but might be used to make room for RV parts in your
house.I'm playing around w/it to see how I can
make my home office a little less crowded.
If I could make my home office look like this, I'd be a happy guy!
Wed Feb 6,
(click to enlarge)
"Here at Spruce Creek the RV8’s keep good company
as in this photo with a P-51 Mustang! John Fleurent on the
Mustang’s right wing and Mike Kelly is on my right wing. It
was a kick and a beautiful night."
Hat Sighting: Dr. D. Allan Stern
...Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania, Africa)
No-conduit wiring? Maybe.
After fabricating conduit brackets for future wiring under the baggage
floor and seats, it occurred to me that brackets might work by themselves
without the use of conduit
The brackets take a ¾” ID plastic grommet which pops securely into the
hole. Sturdy but extremely light. So I’m thinking--I could eliminate the conduit
by using 5 brackets per side instead of 3 to support the wiring, as long as the
brackets were aligned for an easy feed.
Is there a downside to eliminating the conduit?
My Paint Scheme Idea
Just wonder what others thought. Red and white will be paint and the tail
and stripes will be a combination of paint and vinyl. The artsy
stuff on the bottom i could do without or put something on later
but it would be vinyl.
Do the lines add to or take away from the natural line of the -4 with the
All the tips are supposed to be white...
I wanted to do something a little different than I've seen on another
rv-4 fastback or rocket.
HS chord line trail...LASERS!!!!! I'm trying to decide whether or not to drill my elevator control
horns before trimming the HS skin and freeing up the elevator at the
counterweight arms. Is there a better way to check it than this? It can't be
SD8 alternator adapter question
I got my SD8 alternator and tried to mount it up on the vacant vacuum
pump pad on my IO360 tonight, and ran into a problem. The adaptor currently on
the vacuum pump pad is (as close as I can measure it) 1 3/8" deep, and the SD8
will not seat fully on it, it appears that the adaptor need to be about 1 1/2"
deep. Does this adaptor come in various thicknesses? I have been unable to find
what I'm looking for online, and I have confirmed that the gear is indeed fully
seated (the adaptor block itself would stand proud if it wasn't) and the adaptor
block is firm against the engine block. Here is a pic showing how it fits up,
the gap is right at 1/8".
Princess Diana and the Queen
...Rosie and Tuppergal trip write-up. We started 2013 with ~3550 hours on the hobbs meter,
and since our first flight, our plane has been our 'magic
carpet' that has taken back and forth across the country (and to
other countries) more times than we can count. With the price of
fuel always on the rise, we have found ourselves foregoing the
shorter trips so that we can take longer trips. However, there
are always exceptions...
With Los Angeles right over the hill within an hours drive from home,
we've spent our entire life driving to visit
some of SoCAL's famous destination spots including Disneyland,
Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm and the Queen Mary.
Massaging the last Knots out of the "School Bus"
I have always wanted to tape all the joints and fairings up on this
airplane and see what speeds it will make in a semi-race configuration.
Yesterday afternoon I found time to completely wax the airplane man what
a job. Reminded me of polishing a 38' smooth side aluminum dump trailer when I
I then taped up all of the seams and intersections to provide a smoother
air flow across the joints and to prevent air from entering or exiting.
Fri Feb 1,
It's prize time! This time around I went with the minimum
of effort, while hopefully giving the winners the most options.
As most of you already know, every so often I pick a winner from
the list of those who have donated (link top line of site).
This time around I picked twelve random folks from the 2012 list
in one swoop - all the 2012 names on one piece of paper with our
son throwing a dart twelve times from ten feet away.
Picture at right before darts-a-flyin. One person for each
month of 2012.
Each winner receives a $50 gift certificate
from the Van's Aircraft, Inc.
Accessories Catalog. Winners listed below.
You'll need to contact the factory and prove you're you before
placing the order (driver's license photo, RV build number,
Thank you for helping keep this small family business going with your
yearly $25 donation, and wishing you and yours a happy, safe and
FAB intake alignment (space OK?)
First of all, I am building a RV6 and the cowl is the older style where
you need to attach the intake scoop yourself. My engine is a
o-320 E2d and the carb is a Ma4 spa.