April 28, 2017. Issue
Made room for airplane therapy and spent an hour removing wheel pants and
the top cowling so I could bleed the RV-6 brakes - the left one is a
little spongy lately and it acts like there's an air bubble in
there. While all this was off, I stripped the tailwheel area
down to clean/re-grease (the key wasn't grabbing in the lock
position like it usually does). The rest of the time lately my
world has been orbiting around email and accounting. My
1-employee (me) small business was randomly selected (Yayyy!!!) by
the Texas Workforce Commission* for an audit, so gathering up that
info amongst other normal life processes has me loosing ground in
the Battle for Timely Email Comms. Apologies to those
reaching out that probably feel I've blown you off (it's me, not
you). The inbox is many pages long, but I'll get through it
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe, low email count, RV-filled weekend!
*it says 'we're
here to help' in their
banner logo <rolling eyes>
Left Coast Trip ...blahphish RV-10
Our adventure machine got us safely through 25 hours of flying
and 4,000nm on an amazing trip out west.
RV-10 Paint Update #2 ...Auburntsts
So with the white base on, the stripes and N-number shadowing has
been applied. After that's all dried, the color for the cabin, top
cowl, and wing/emp flashes will get sprayed.
Rib Deburring made easy....DIY ...Erik Lanning
Take 1 inch scotchbrite wheel and cut into pie pieces. Then
thread pie piece onto threaded Dremel adapter. Finally, shape
scotchbrite pie piece into a cone. Then debur away......1000x
RV-14 bottom cowl misalignment with air filter frame cover...Rocky005
Our RV-14A bottom cowl has a misalignment with air filter frame
cover and the bottom cowl air intake scoop is too low, this is
causing issues with fitting the rubber seals. I have linked a photo
of our issue and the other side not in the photo is the same (ie its
symmetrical and not twisted). Our cowls have been fitted as
per the plans and the gap around the spinner is perfect. It
looks like a few other builds has this issue from photo's on their
blogs but I have not seen a description of how they remade this area
with a mix of cotton flox with epoxy resin. Anyone also have this
issue and please share a few photo's of your repair?
Plenum Thread Activity ....chock full 'o pics
April 27, 2017. Issue
It Flies! ...az_gila
Today was the big day, with a nice calm morning after a few windy
3D Small Brackets ...Weasel
I am finding that the small unique items that we fabricate are so
much easier with 3D printer.
Here I was fretting over a mount for a small Deutsch electrical
Easy enough to make with all fiberglass but would have required
quite a bit of time to get the dimensions exact enough so that the
connector could "latch" into the hole and remain secure.
~15 minuets on Solidworks and then walk off. ~15 min later stop back
in the office and pick it up off the build plate.
New Basic Med and your Insurance policy ...Jenny at Gallagher
Aviation (VAF Advertiser)
We have spoken to all the carrier’s and they are all on board
with this new rule as long as pilots are meeting all the guidelines
set into place by the FAA. There may be some circumstances where a
carrier may still require an annual medical but those will be on a
case by case basis. Also in the event of a claim the insurance
companies will ask for the physicians statement and the online
training certificate as required by the new rule.
If you have any questions contact us or your current broker.
Don't forget to re-torque ...vid of prop falling off in flight
(Rans S-10....close enough)
Show of 4...vid
Panel Comes to Life! ...mikeyj350
So I was really hoping to wait until the panel is "done" to post
it here, but last night I got to a point I'm pretty happy with so I
figured why the heck not?
of special note...
Antenna fell off ...Norcalrv7
This weekends flying camping trip started with intermittent mode
c, that progressed to transponder failure, then finally no
transponder or adsb in. After returning home, it looks like the
bottom half of my cl-105 transponder antenna fatigued at the factory
glue joint, and fell off! Made for some easy troubleshooting at
April 26, 2017. Issue
Our Friend Kay Gets a New Call Sign
Kay flies his RV-8A out of my home field - we eat lunch together
on a fairly regular basis. A few weeks ago he broke his leg,
and it wasn't healing as strongly or quickly as his doctor had
hoped. Plan B was 'Tibial Fracture repair with Titanium
Intramedullary Rod', and that surgery occurred Monday with good
results. Look it up on YouGoogle, it's pretty yucky.
Might be home already as I type this.
Post-op in his room, a few of us visited to give him the
appropriate amount of ribbing that any good friend would expect,
making sure to include how nice the flying was that morning.
We'll get the same from him when our turns come.
And he got a call
sign. It had to be....of course:
'K-Rod' for red carpet events and when fine dining.
up fast, Rod. We miss your daily beating up the local pattern
in that 8A.
Painting Underway! ...Todd Stovall RV-10 pics
Flying the Skyview- the ILS-lite ...Dave Gamble video
Skyview 15 has added some nifty new features, but one in
particular intrigued me. I call it ILS-lite.
With this version, you can select a particular runway to land on at
your destination. If you do so, you can then configure the Skyview
to provide vertical glideslope guidance to the autopilot. Note that
this IS NOT a true ILS approach - it does not use and land-based
navigation equipment. It is also NOT an approved method of making a
real live instrument approach.
But it IS quite interesting.
East River Exclusion Go Fly It ...Vlad RV-9A
10 years ago a man from Ohio introduced me to NYC flying. My RV
was still couple years before completion and I didn't have pilot
license yet. He was visiting with his RV9A and gave me a ride. Being
a CFI he explained me in details how to navigate the Big Apple
airspace. That was an enormous amount of motivation. Thank YOU you
know who you are. I remember that flight.
Flight Testing N437T ...Chattin35 in Phase 1
Flight test #5 completed successfully.
Flight time: 1:32 min / 1.5 hrs. 18.6 gallons burned.
Flaps up, full power, static takeoff.
Trial run with EFIS set to MPH instead of KTS. I learned I prefer
Climbed out at 100 mph for cooling - not needed, though.
Took off with the fuel on lt tank. Once stable and everything
running well, I switched to the right and burned until I saw the
first indication of drop. Immediately switched back to the left and
burned off that tank for the rest of the flight. Gassed up after I
landed and noted 6.1 gallons to full in the right tank. when on the
ground and note how much added. This will give the fuel amount above
the sensor. Burn off the left for the rest of the flight.
The picture they wanted ...scard during the usual gang's
RV-9 Back ...B. Hassel in Santa Fe, NM.
I ordered my emp kit for the 9 (there were no A's then) in Feb of
2002 and proceeded with the build. Life got in the way, we
had a couple of other kit/plans starts along the way including
getting pretty far through an RV-12. In the end I just couldn't pull
the trigger on the next $50k - 60k on the 12 for the final pieces;
engine & avionics. I think I can get this built for less.
Now I still have that emp kit in the office, well protected after a
few moves and I'm thinking about getting the 9 wing kit.
How long is the wing spar?
Also, I built the 12 wing flat on a 4'x12' work bench and it came
out great. Is the wing stand still being used for building the 9
wing? I build an EAA wing stand to hold the wings after they were
built but that's different; I'll build another after the 9 wings are
Sun 'n Fun 2017 Trip Write-up ...Mike B. RV-7
April 25, 2017. Issue
I took Flash
out for a
up to WIGZU for the ILS 16L practice approach at nearby KAFW Monday
a.m. before my morning stab at climbing Mt. Email. As I pushed
the plane out, the sunlight hit just right for the idiot camera
hobbiest in me to raise an eyebrow.
That I pushed the buttons in the right order, and the plane did what
I thought I told it to do, was just icing on the cake. Win
(click for full size)
Eagle’s Nest Program continued to affect Students after graduation
I would like to inform you how the Wisconsin Eagle’s Nest
Aviation program has continued to affect the lives of our students
beyond our direct reach. Billy Bablitz (’15) was one of the first
students to get involved in our program. Billy is currently working
on his Commercial pilot license at Lewis University. He will
complete his certification by the end of this semester. Billy plans
to continue his education while obtaining his Certified Flight
Instructor rating. I have a standing offer to Billy to come back and
be a full-time flight instructor for our program. Nicole Jackson and
Olivia Rasmussen (’16) both just received a $2,000 aeronautical
scholarship. This scholarship was awarded based on the work and
skills learned in the Wisconsin Eagle’s Nest Aviation program. In
addition, Nicole just participated this weekend with her Milwaukee
School of Engineering (MSOE) team in an American Institute of
Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) rocket launch. This competition
includes all the major colleges and universities in the Midwest
region. Nicole used her aeronautical knowledge gained from our
program to push her team to first place. She and her team will now
compete at the national level.
The Eagle’s Nest program has helped students accomplish something
wonderful and also ensure that the excitement, challenge, and fun of
personal aviation carries on to the next generation.
3D Printer GPS Antenna Glare Solution ...for when you're parked
in the hot sun
Avionics Tech Needed
...Jay Pratt of 'RV Central' (Ft. Worth, TX)
a job wiring panels? My buddy Jay is looking for some help in
his shop. Must enjoy talking about airplanes, guns and
sailboats. And Jeeps.
Brass to Alum Galvanic Corrosion? ...Steve Melton
A brass tube (C260) section fits nicely into this fuel drain
fairing and protects the alum drain boss from the set screw turning
and provides a secure fit but is it a source of galvanic corrosion?
Overvoltage Protection with EarthX battery?
here if you're lazy as me)
April 24, 2017. Issue
I'm beginning work
on compiling the annual 'RV Social Calendar' for OSH and will put it
in the daily rotation here on the front page starting a few weeks
before the show (we're still 91 days out). Planned events are
starting to show up in the forums (the BIG event...the 'RV
Social' Monday, as well as a beer tasting and RV-10 dinner on
Sunday). I'll continue to look for things popping up over the
next three months. I'll add the banquet when I know that,
Van's forum talks, and the model-specific gatherings that always
I really enjoy the organic manner in which most of these gatherings come
about, and that they orbit around current, future and past RV
builders and owners hanging out shooting the RV breeze. I've
had the thought occur to me more than once that these social
gatherings get more outsiders interested in the RV hobby, and
motivate more current builders, than just about anything.
Hope you had a good weekend.
Major Older RV-6 Repairs Complete ...BruceMe
Another grand bird back ready to be flown soon.
Not exactly a from-scratch, but I just finished all upgrades and
repairs and I'm ready for the first conditional inspection on this
plane in 3 years. It's been quite a journey. In many ways more
technically and emotionally challenging than thee full RV-4 build,
but I feel really good right now that it's done and just wanted to
tell VAF. Thank you all!
N183RC first flight ...Rick 'rjcthree'
With Dave Ross at the controls, N183RC took flight for the first
(and second) time this morning from KPLR (Lorain County). Once the
first flight bug was worked out (more later), Dave spent about a
half hour over the airport confirming performance and handling,
returning back with a perfect landing.
Post flight inspection revealed a single issue where a bit of
baffling was contacting the ring gear (H2, different geometry around
the snout), to be adjusted before next flight.
Pictures, video and a long list of thank you's to follow, but for
right now, thank you Dave for you skill and time, and my lovely wife
Irene for indulging my little airplane addiction.
N183RC: RV-9A, Tip-up, O-320-H2AD, fixed Sensenich, half Classic
Aero/homegrown interior. Painted in SW Genesis M and some accent
vinyl. D-180 w AP, SL-30, GTX 327, G496. Empty weight 1113 lbs @
77.69" with full fairings.
Putting an RV Grin on a Former RV Builder's Face ...N941WR
My neighbor Nick had his father visiting this week. Walt is in
his mid-80's now and is a retired airline pilot. Nick followed in
his father's footsteps and is an active airline pilot.
Walt had built an RV-4, -8, Hatz, and a Zinair 750, which he
currently flies. He is also helping a friend build an RV-7.
Just before lunch I texted Nick and asked if his father wanted to go
for a ride. The obvious answer was a resounding YES!
Walt is not very tall, maybe 5'-5" and after sitting down in the -9,
he realized that he couldn't see over the nose and asked about that.
He had flown his -4, 8, and a 6 before but he said he had never had
a problem seeing over the nose. No big deal, he didn't want to do
the takeoff or landing.
We took off and after we climbed about 400 feet he took over the
controls. After some gentle turns, a couple of 1G stalls, and some
other maneuvers, he declared that the RV-9 flies like an RV. He also
was surprised that in level flight, the nose dropped away and
visibility was better than he had feared with the tail down.
RV-7 Status Report ...Simon Hitchen
The final piece to be painted.... getting ever closer to the move
to the airport.
RVs and Serving ...terrykohler
A U.S. Navy P8 recently completed a training mission, and before
heading home, made a stop at The Marine airbase at Cherry Point,
N.C. During the stop-over, one of its crewmembers, PO2 Erich Kohler,
officially began his third tour in the Navy with a swearing-in
ceremony conducted onboard the Poseidon.
Erich is the son of my
brother Mike (RV6 – N8491K), is currently based in
Jacksonville, Florida, and serves as flight crewmember for VP8.
Erich started his service in the Navy as an electrical/instrument
repairman, followed by a crew position on a P3 Orion, before
eventually transitioning to the new P8 Poseidon. He’s also currently
heading for the finish line at Embry Riddle University (as is his
younger brother, Alec, who’s now in the midst of an instrument
rating to go with a degree). I’m very proud of these young men.
Erich honored our family by asking his cousin to handle the recent
Delivering the oath to Erich was Lt. Commander Dr. Leah
(Kohler) Spring. Leah is our eldest daughter, a build assistant on
N323TP, and is currently serving as Staff Dermatologist at Naval
Hospital, Camp Lejeune. When she completed flight and aeromedical
training in ’07, N323TP took me to Pensacola where I was privileged
to pin the gold wings on her. Afterwards, Leah served as Flight
Surgeon for Navy VP45 out of JAX before assignment to the Marine
KC130J group based at Futenma. It was in Okinawa where she met and
married Major Tyler Spring USMC, then an aircraft commander with the
Mighty Sumos. For a guy with mostly heavy metal time, he’s a pretty
good stick with 3TP.
Eleven years before all of this and a recent medical school
graduate, Leah received her own service oath from Captain Roger
Bentlage, USN (Ret.). Roger is a very close friend; he built and
flies an impeccable RV-7 as well as a Pitts S2 out of
Marquette, Michigan. Roger spent 3,000+ hours putting together
N531MR from quick build wings and fuselage. The extended build time
was the result of an engineering background combined with Germanic
lineage. Everything is on CAD and there’s more documentation than an
A380. Nuff said.
Finally, I should mention that my youngest build assistant,
daughter Lauren, is slated to return stateside this summer following
a three year stay in Germany. Lauren and family will be moving to
Rhode Island, where husband, Army Major (select) Josh Fender, will
attend the Naval War College (Josh has already received a little
flight training in N323TP and can expect more). Lauren is a former
mental health counselor for the DOD and an adjunct Psychology
Professor and, while the only fruit salad on her blouse was likely
put there by one of her young daughters, she’s very much ‘Army’.
Besides family, the thread that ties much of this together is an
incredible little airplane “we” built in our garage over 13 years
ago. Today, it resides at KPTK, next to an RV-7A, N442DP
(Dave Pohl) and an RV-6, N16TG (Ted Gauthier). For the coming
year, the primary mission for N323TP will be to provide Peggy and me
with timely, regular transport to Camp Lejeune and Newport, with an
occasional trip back to the family camp on the shore of Lake
Life is good.
Dropped Pmag Retaining Bracket into Accessory Case ...erich
Bad day. As i was reinstalling one of my pmags I dropped the
aluminum retaining bracket and it disappeared through the mag hole I
nto the accessory case. My heart sunk as I realized what I had just
done. Reached my fingers as far in as I can to retrieve it but I
can't feel it and I don't see it with a lighted mirror. Thinking it
has likely dropped down into the oil sump and I will have to remove
that to get it out. Does that sound like the right course of action?
Thanks for any words of wisdom you may have.
RV-10TDI Pictures ...Flandy10
Test Flying (flights 2 and 3) ...Chattin35
On the second flight, I planned to stay up for a couple hours and
run the engine as hard as I could to help it break in. Well, the #2
cylinder was indicating about 100'F colder than the others. At 290'F
it was below Lycoming's recommendations for continuous ops so I
decided to land and see what was up.
I pulled the plugs and probes on the #2 and #4 cylinders to make
sure they were connected properly and the plugs were firing as
expected. I also peaked inside both cylinders with a borescope.
Everything looked normal. So, I put all back together and took it up
again. And, guess what... it was working fine. #2 is now my hottest
cylinder by about 10'F. All were within 20-30'F of each other.
Test Flight #4 ...Chattin35
5.1 hours on the tach after
shutdown. The plan was to fly it hard until it reached 5
hours, then land and do the first oil change. Flight
data at mid-flight:
Transition Training in Virginia ...trib intoduction
I just wanted to let the group know that I am available for
transition training in my RV-6A in Virginia at Chesapeake airport (KCPK).
A little about myself- I finished building my 6A in a short 13 years
and began flying it in 2009. I have a bit over 500 hours in it now.
I retired in January of 2016 after 33 years as a nuclear engineer.
After receiving my transition training in 2009, I thought it might
be something I would be interested in doing during retirement, so
before I retired I obtained a LODA from the FSDO to allow me to
perform transition training in my airplane. As soon as I retired, I
went to American Flyers in Pompano and completed their CFI/CFII
academy and obtained my rating (I highly recommend them if you are
interested). I’ve now been instructing for about a year and decided
I’ve gotten my feet wet and it was time to start up the transition
training. I’ve also been fortunate enough to get a position flying
right seat in a group of three corporate jets (Hawker and
Challenger), which is a blast.
Finally! PPL checkride complete! ...Scott 'punkin'
I drug it out too long, two airplanes, lots of solo time and
messing around, finally got in a 172 long enough to get comfortable-ish
and did my checkride today.
I had zero solo time in a 172...it was all Pa-20 and RV-6...but I
learned enough about steering a nose wheel and going slow to get a
Now, time to go give my girls a ride in the RV!
Jackpoints Available (RV-8 now and others coming soon)
Don is about to be an advertiser (I'm working up the ad).
In the mean time, here is his product and contact info:
fmi: info: email@example.com
April 21, 2017. Issue
Wishing you and yours a
happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
N437T is now an airplane!!! Whoohoo!!! ...Chattin35
This turned out to be a much larger, frustrating, rewarding, and
educational experience than I ever anticipated. I put a ton of my
blood (literally), sweat, and many curse words into this project.
Yesterday culminated two+ years of effort with the first flight. The
collection of parts and hardware that became N437T earlier this
month left the ground and officially became an airplane!
The -7 flew great! Van's designed a absolutely phenomenal
aircraft. And, the IO-360-M1B / Hartzell BA CS prop is a sweet sweet
combo. The plane has tons of power and felt perfectly balanced in
Although I spent quite a bit of time planning contingencies. Ie:
what I was going to do in X situation at X altitude, everything
pretty much went out the window when I pushed up the throttle. It
doesn't look like it from the video, but my hair was on fire.
However, the flight was pretty much uneventful. Engine ran smooth
and cool. The max CHT I saw was just over 400'.
Man, it feels good.
Like many awesome things in life, there were many people involved in
making this happen... So, I just wanted to give a quick shout out to
everyone here and say thanks for sharing your hard earned wisdom.
This wouldn't have happened without the direct and indirect help
from this community.
pictures and videos
Proof of Years of RV Enjoyment ...Turbo
"the slider piece finally broke after 18 years and many hours of
use. and by blind luck i found a new piece in my rv drawer. have no
idea where it came from
easy fix for a non builder. i like these kind of issues."
Spherical Magnets ...Greg
Q: I just received an order of some gear leg fairings from
Van's. Included was a sub-kit Bag 1002 with 20 spherical magnets and
nylon washers. While they are really fun to play with, I can't find
any reference to how/where they are used. They aren't on the
included drawing and I've searched VAF and the construction manual
to no avail. My only thought is to hold the fairings to the gear
legs while mounting/aligning them. What am I missing?
Try Page 5-18 of the latest rev. level of
RV-10TDI Update ...Flandy10
Flight testing has been proceeding VERY SLOWLY- currently at 10.6
Why? similar reasons it took almost 9yrs to build. LIFE-work/
weather/moving to a new house and now I can blame the USPS.
This engine that I have is a preproduction engine that doesn't
"conform" to any type certificate. It is a "C" model with a few
changes- Type Certificate is on FAA Website if your interested. As
such, CMI is watching it closely (wouldn't you?) via engine data
analysis and oil samples. USPS misplaced two separate Blackstone oil
samples from 8 to 16 days before delivering them and each report was
needed prior to resuming flight testing- that was the entire month
of FEB gone.
March was lost due to work (airline pilots having lots of time off
is a MYTH-wanna see my schedule) and resealing BOTH fuel tanks.
RV-10 builders--The fuel tank stiffeners forward of the spar
shouldn't be used as a place to step- if you knew that already, good
for you. I had the same three rivets on both tanks start leaking and
if you saw my proseal work you too would wonder how that happened.
So, here is what I can tell you about it so far.
It is an air-cooled 304 cubic inch turbocharged diesel cycle
engine (no-#2Diesel is not currently an approved fuel like the
CD-135 in the Twinstar). 230HP from SL to about 10000 and then drops
off to 170HP at 20K. Max TO fuel flow is about 12.5GPH. Working on a
more accurate FF measurement system as current aviation version is
unable to read it at idle(+/- 9GPH) and significantly off (1-2GPH)
at cruise pwr. If you understand the old school Bosch system, you'll
understand why. The only real world burn numbers I have right now
are one hour at 154 KIAS at 4K below ATL Class B. That flight only
took 8 gallons from the JetA truck to top off. I'd been limited to
"gliding distance of a runway" for the first few hours so that
flight was at max cruise to continue break-in and check CHT and oil
temps. Both of which I am happy to report are in a comfortable range
for current conditions.
Hot or Cold (engine or OAT), it starts very quickly. The only
preflight check is to exercise the prop and wait for the oil to meet
min. flight temp.-150F-which doesn't take very long in GA.
Looking forward to roaming my Phase 1 box.
Polish Picture ...Antoine.S
"Here it is after the cleaning with the method i've tried, i
think it look's quite like brand new polishing action was donne.
cleaning was a bit harder than usual with it, but worth the price i
(even if as you know polishing work will always look better in
picture than in real)
last real hand polishing (axial) was 3 mouth ago,
bad isolation in this hangar so:
-during winter the plane is covered with painting plastic trapaulin
with a liner made of tree antifrozing white flee lining (like paper/coton
tissue) used normaly to avoid trees to froze, used here to avoid
scratches from the plastic trapaulin and moisture to sit between
plastic and aluminum.
everthing cut to size the airplane, a cover easy to made for a
ridiculous price, tools need : tape, cisors, good thickness painting
trapaulin, tree antifozing liner and voila! oh and a big surface to
size and cut it on the floor.
(not a long therm cover mine is 2years old and the liner is cracked
near every protruding angles of the plane (wing tips corner etc),
ugly when on, but do the job to protect it from moisture
-after the colds night when spring is coming i switch to an old TAP
parachute (domed) with the top fixed on the roof and the rest all
over the aircraft like a tent to cover it from dust"
The Cards ...charity cap sighting.
Via RV, St. Kitts at Brimstone Hill Fortress. 17°20'48.1"N
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April 19, 2017. Issue
Audrey's Honors Convocation was Monday night.
Here's a short clip of
her walking across the stage. As is usually the case, I felt
like the least intelligent person in the room, but that didn't stop
me from enjoying the moment with Susie, and smiling until it hurt.
Dinner over pasta afterwards was meaningful and laughter-filled.
She absolutely pulled her weight, holding up her end of the academic
bargain. Having said that, she was given steering vectors by
thousands of wonderful people, seen and unseen. Those things
that are giving us a boost sometimes, we forget how special they are
and how fortunate we are to have them. It's surprisingly easy
to lose site and forget how helpful those 'tailwinds' can be.
watching a video Tuesday morning before climbing out of bed on
research being done at Cornell entitled 'Headwinds/tailwinds
asymmetry: Availability bias in assessments of barriers and
blessings'. It suggests you take time to recognize those
tailwinds in your life for what they are.
So thank you, you tailwinds, for helping our family grow and live the
human condition in its varied splendor. Those tailwinds don't
get enough credit, and last night's ceremony was another reminder of
just how strong and appreciated they really are.
Lassen and Shasta ...joe rianbolt
My latest day trip takes us up to 14,000' and down to (nearly)
sea level. Along the way we get close up views of the snow capped
peaks of Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta. The flight time on this trip was
only 3.5 hours.
Snorkel Gap Regret ...Mike Hillger
The biggest regret I have with my 7 is not making the gap larger
between the baffle ramps and the edge of the cowl! I cant remember
what the planes call for but it isn't enough! A simple piece of the
rubber or silicone material cover this gap so another .25-.5 inch
would have been no issue. It makes removing the bottom of the cowl a
real pain when the ramp and the edge of the cowl is too close.
Loose 912 uls carburetor
After landing on rollout the engine started running very rough.
It turned out that the left carburetor screw had backed out of the
intake manifold exposing the intake to atmosphere on the left side
cylinders. It appears no combustion was occuring since the egt probe
showed only 170 degrees. checked the threads, not stripped, re-torqued
to 18 foot-lbs & 1 drop of lock-tite. Restarted & seemed to run
fine. Best guess is that the engine ran for 5 min on the right side
only. Do you think that there is any severe engine damage ? Plan on
flying in the pattern later today or tomorrow. Thanks for your
PWM Conversion Update and Solution ...cdeerinck
The final result
Crimping Nicopress Sleeves
I mentioned on the Taxi Testing thread that a Nicopress sleeve on
my rudder cable let go on me during taxi testing. After searching
the forum, I didn't find any information on properly crimping those
sleeves, so I thought maybe folks could learn something from my
foolish mistake. That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger
Here is the 3/32" copper sleeve that failed on me:
April 18, 2017. Issue
Please excuse the early
push of the Tuesday edition (here
is why). I'll try to get a picture ;^).
Dawn at Triple Tree ...Rob Traynham
Thought you might like to see this. I made this photo this morning at
dawn at Triple Tree Aerodrome (SC00). What a beautiful place and yes,
hydroguy's Aurora is in good hands and adds another beautiful element to
the photo. We camped overnight (I volunteer there and had a group of kids
yesterday) and my son and grandson obviously enjoyed the early morning
Got my N Number ...Bob Collins RV-12
There was a thread here not long ago about how difficult it was
going to be to get the N Number I wanted because of some punk who'd
set up a system to shake people down to pay for the number he'd
swoop in and steal.
I didn't have the problem when I reserved the number for the
Of course,there weren't that many N numbers available that met my
needs, those corresponding to dates, for example , and initials .
You'll recall N614EF was named after my parents' wedding day and
But I got an appropriate one, anyway.
612 being the primary area code for MN. 12 also being the model I'm
building. And the reference to parents remains.
Hopefully by the time I build the third plane, N613EF becomes
available and I'll be able to get a heck of a picture at Oshkosh.
Picture Status Report ...crabandy
I installed the rear baffling piece and RTV'd the Oil Cooler Boot
to the baffling. The extra bracing around the oil cooler junction
left the ol' center case to baffling angle brace unneeded so I
removed it. Ultra Black RTV seems to stick to the urethane rubber
pretty well and it's a little more flexible than the ureathane
specific glue smooth on sells. I also had to re-route the spark plug
Recent Loss of GPS Signal ...TomVal
Just a few reflections on reliance on GPS navigation: Last week I
helped my friend, Jim, fly his newly painted Baron from Eloy, AZ
(south of PHX) back to Charleston, SC. Heading eastbound out of El
Paso on our IFR filed GPS route, we lost GPS signal (not unusual in
that area due to military activities). Reported the loss of signal
and was cleared direct to Salt Flats VOR. Our routing after that was
about a 300 nm GPS direct leg to Waco, TX. I told Jim that we should
most likely get the signal back about 100 miles east of Salt Flats
and we did. It was nice to have the VOR capability (while it lasts).
On day two of our travel, for most of the route, both i-pads went to
no-data from Waco to Charleston. Jim is with AT&T and I’m with
Of course having center available for course guidance is comforting,
assuming you are on frequency and high enough to communicate with
them. Having a GPS signal is anything but reliable. With all the GPS
only panels going into planes…keep those dead reckoning skills
April 17, 2017. Issue
First Flight Videos ...Jeff Kudlo
RV, ‘Seven Victor Quebec’, dispatched for the skies after a ten
year build on Tuesday April 13, 2017. Test flown by EAA advisor and
mentor David Ross resulted in an amazing day. The RV-7 performed as
expected powered by an Aero Sport Power IO-375 and pulled by the
Whirlwind RV200 propeller. She weighed in at 1105# without paint and
is equipped with some sporty Garmin gear. Thanks to my Lord for the
ability and blessing me with the stamina to persevere, my wife who
gave up her garage for many years and for the many that encouraged
me throughout the journey.
Let’s go flying....(two videos)
Airworthy! ...Gil Alexander
Airworthy!! (well, on paper anyway) ...Paul Straub
Homeward Bound ...Brad Benson picture
On the way home from Tracy MN last night at sunset, level at
9000'. Bases were at about 700' with 2 miles visibility but tops
were only about 5000 and clear above.
I kept thinking about Steve51B describing altitudes in this range as
"Indian Country", since that's where oil burners come down and find
Apaches, Cherokees, Seminoles, Aztecs, Comanches, and lots of other
Piper products named after native Americans. Last night, though, I
think was the only one around under FL290 until I got close to the
Minneapolis class B airspace.
I love the way the plexi distorted the sunset - it looks somewhat
ethereal to me in this view. The fuzzy haze layer just on top of the
clouds probably has something to with this this, too. Whatever the
cause, I like the effect.
Messing With the Kids
...(she's not really sick).
Motivation - YE Rally and RV-8
EAA Chapter 301 conducts a monthly Young Eagle Rally and flies an
average of 50 Denver-area kids per rally. Lots of RVs and other
experimental and production aircraft are flown during this event.
I just received a video that was made by one of the groups of kids
that participates each year. The footage is from a recent rally
conducted in February at KFTG. Fred Hollendorfer's RV-8 is one of
the "stars." Thought it would be a good motivator as we head into
Daryl's AERO '17 PIREP (FB)
DID YOU KNOW high speed taxi testing can potentially void your
insurance policy? ...Galagher Aviation (VAF advertiser)
Many times Vans owners call to increase their coverage from
“Builders” (not in motion coverage) to “Ground and Taxi.” The Ground
and Taxi only covers the hull of your aircraft until you reach the
active runway thereby excluding hull coverage for high speed taxi
test. The main reason for this is that even though you may not
intend to get airborne it can happen fairly easily and unexpectedly.
If you are unprepared it can be very a dangerous situation; you may
not have much gas in the tank, you may not be entirely ready to solo
your freshly built aircraft, and whole host of other reasons.
Typically people do not opt for this coverage because by the time
they are ready for this coverage they are only a few short weeks
away from flying. It’s of little financial value to switch to Ground
and Taxi unless it’s going to be longer than a month before you’re
ready to fly.
Mothership's New Panel ...RV-10 Demonstrator
How to Find Source of Fuel Smell ...Jim Stricker
I just did the Fuel Tank Attach Modification Service Bulletin
13-12-19. I accomplished the modification by carefully removing the
tank lid to gain better access to the lower front edges of the tank.
All went well and tank was resealed with ProSeal. Tank was filled
with 20 gallons 93E10 to calibrate the fuel gauge. The airplane sat
for a full week with completely full fuel tank and no fuel odor was
noticed when canopy was raised. I even left the fuel shut off valve
in the open position to static test the fuel lines up to and
including the gascolator. Very good.
Now I have flown the plane three times for roughly an hour each
flight and have 5 gallons remaining in the tank. On the first flight
I noticed fuel smell occasionally on climb out and occasionally in
cruise flight with a fair amount of turbulence. Second flight was a
little less fuel smell and the third flight was still less but smell
was occasionally still there. I suspect the leak to be very small,
and of course, difficult to find.
I see no evidence of a leak at the tank. It might be carb float bowl
overflow but I don’t see evidence of residue in the drip pans. I
have searched VAF and found a thread for RV-12 Fuel Tank Leak that’s
not much help.
My question is… has anyone used a dye solution specifically made for
detecting fuel leaks? I found a UV dye additive for auto fuel that
fluoresces under black light. Anybody try anything like this?
ON SPEED AOA Video ...VAC
Over the past year, we have been experimenting with an aural AoA
system. I thought an RV-focused training video that illustrates how
ON SPEED can be applied during different phases of flight might be
of interest to some of the folks in our community:
Special Request from VAF Reader
Buddy of mine Jim Pappas is selling a vintage poster. Here's the
info, and contact Jim if you need more. VINTAGE CIRCUIT DE SAINT CLOUD
ORIGINAL FRENCH RACING POSTER by GEO HAM. $3000 and my email
[ed. In striving to keep the
signal-to-noise ratio in the
forums as RV-specific as possible, I am happy to post a non-RV personal
request like the one above up here on the front page when emailed to me.
April 14, 2017. Issue
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled Easter
Eagle's Nest Projects - Visit to the Texas Capital and Serving the
It’s been a busy week for Eagle’s Nest students at McKinney
Aviation Academy (TX).
In addition to regular studies and completing the final touches on
their RV-12 build project before flying it to Oshkosh, the
Eagle's Nest students at McKinney Aviation Academy attended the
Texas Capital by invitation from Red Bird Flight Simulators and
Texas State Representative John P. Cyrier. Representative Cyrier is
a long-time supporter of general aviation and is the Chairman of the
General Aviation Caucus. Rep. Cyrier holds a degree in Mechanical
Engineering Technology and is planning to draft legislation that
will enhance Texas’ high school aerospace and STEM curriculum.
Houston area monthly lunch (April)
Here we are again, it's the third Saturday. This time we'll be
back to Weiser for some Carl's BBQ, at 11:30 or thereabouts.
We can all celebrate me finally having worked on my plane again!.
Seen at Phil's
Phil is working on a high-wing Super Cub type at our home field
and has one of the skins peeled back in a unique way to provide
access to the internals. Used a long, thin board and some wood
screws to make a place for some tie down rings that straps could
hook on to.
Two large pictures below (click to enlarge):
Story Continues ...mbauer purchased RV-6 flight back to Alaska
Yes, part of flight to Minden was when Electronic Mag quit-worked
fine for engine runup test before taking off.
Contacted the FAA about doing an overflight with the temporary
registration. They issued a piece of paper that will allow me to do
the flight without the registration.
Quick and easy-just need to contact the FAA registration department
and request: Declaration of International Operations.
After faxing the form (1-page) waited 1.5 hours and they faxed back
the Temporary Certificate of Registration.
After the number that was assigned it states "This facsimile must be
carried in the Aircraft as a Temporary Certificate of Registration
for N999SN". It goes on to list the serial number and the aircraft
builder on record-stating it is good for exactly 1-month.
Due to weather, decided to park the RV in Idaho and go down on
Memorial Weekend to fly it back to Alaska.
Seen in Monkeytown...things getting thin.
Randy is helping install an updated glass cockpit in an RV-4.
What struck me was: 1) how much information is soon to be in front
of this pilot and 2) just how little depth these instruments now
Two large pictures below (click to enlarge):
April 13, 2017. Issue
Serrated holes after dimpling ...Casey M
I have a question regarding dimpling. I am seeing a very odd
looking serrated rim on the pointed side of the dimpled hole after
dimpling and I don't know if this is something that I have caused or
is just a result of normal dimpling.
Here was my process:
For match drilling the 3/32 holes I used a #40 new drill bit from
pan american and deburred both sides with a dog leg speed deburr
For dimpling the holes, I am using Cleveland's 426-3 spring back
dies with a DRDT2 dimpler. I did follow the directions with the DRDT
to make sure the ram was adjusted correctly.
How I Ended Up Here (into RVs) ...Mark Ciaglia installment
I guess I might be kinda out of the normal pool of pilots on
here. I am a hand surgeon and have the disposable income to
purchase the kits without a formal budget.
BUT....it took a long time to get to this point.
As a kid I worked hard to be able to fly. I bused tables at a
Mexican restaurant and built RC planes for the guys at the flying
field for a fee. I also had a small business fixing crashed RC
planes and reselling them. I sold my Carl Goldberg Sukoi with a
Saito 120 so I was able to solo. I had my pilots license at 17 after
52.5 hours. But then college, medical school, residency, fellowship
happened. I didn't fly for 15 years. It killed me but that was the
sacrifice to get where I am today.
My time/unlike money is my rate limiting step...cause I don't have a
lot of it. Busy practice, wife, 5yr daugther and 22 month old son.
But the joy of seeing my family come together and dimple, deburr or
just hang out in the garage and play with clecos is priceless. I
also try every day to do a little bit of work. I didn't get to be in
the position I am overnight...and building a plane to fly my family
around in won't happen quickly either.
Possible Smoking Rivets ...Dean Pichon
Q: I just noticed a few "smoking rivets" on the underside
of the horizontal stabilizer of my -4. The aircraft is about 16
years old and has about 800 hrs TT. The rivets shown in the attached
photo fasten the skin to the flange of the aft spar. One is loose.
The others seem secure. Here are my questions:
What is the urgency to repair these?
•Before further flight?
•At my convenience (within the next month or 2)?
•At annual (November)?
Should I drill them out and replace with new, or re-squeeze?
Should I install a new rivet between each smoking rivet?
A: A lot of good advice in this thread and seemingly a not
uncommon problem on the early kits. The problem seems to stem from
overly deep countersinks in .032 skin, so any repair will need to
take this into account. Simply replacing the rivets will probably
just result in them smoking again down the road. If its only a few
then I would lean toward new rivets in between.
I'd make sure they are all smoking. Oftentimes, rivet dimples can
collect oil and exhaust and look like they are smoking, but really
are nice and tight. If one is verifiably loose, then by all means
replace it - but some of them may just be dirty. I never casually
replace rivets, because you always end up with oversized holes (at
least a little bit).
Wago Distribution Panel ...cdeerinck
I just got these in, and wanted to share. They are cheap, small,
reconfigurable, and very useful. Prior to this, I was using a
Fast-on distribution panel, and it was twice the size, and a
complete mess. These look and function like a dream, and allow much
better access and organization.
They hold wire from 12 to 26awg, and will carry 35 amps each. You
can mix and match however you want. They securely hold a stripped
wire, and you can remove a wire without cutting it. You can also do
a circuit test without removing the wire.
G3X Touch v5.30 ...is online
Brake line at wheel / rubbing- How to retain?
I just purchased my first RV. Right side brake pedals had just
been installed. Noticed brakes dragging when flying from right which
led to diagnosing. I noticed loose backing plates/(Pant retaining
bracket?) on both sides which led me to remove wheel pants. Found a
bent backing plate, & the disk rubbing it, also, lines just sitting
there & one rubbing the disk. Is there some reason there isn't any
kind of line retention to the backing plate to prevent rubbing or
drooping as in my case? I'd like to secure the lines, at least
loosley? How have others with flexible lines secured this?
(The dragging/applied brakes was caused by the pedals binding
slightly & not releasing all master cyl pressure). How "hosed" am I
with the condition of the backing plate, line, pads, etc? Also, all
three bolts/nuts were loose that hold on the pant bracket.
600 hours on airframe.
SDS EFI Presentation in Mojave ...this Saturday
Friends Ralph Inkster and Bill Beaton just took off from
Springbank, bound for the Mojave Experimental fly-in on Saturday.
We're hoping they'll have decent VFR weather on the trip down.
Ceiling was about 1000 AGL as they left here.
Ralph is flying an RV8 and Bill is flying his supercharged Rocket.
Assuming they can reach Mojave, they plan to do a presentation on
SDS EFI and CPI for consideration in the Experimenter of the Year
Dave Anders is also hoping to be there, again, weather permitting.
It would be a good opportunity for anyone interested to see the
installation on Bill's Rocket and Dave's RV4 plus touch and see some
of the hardware.
April 12, 2017. Issue
Attention bird lovers!
I took this picture an hour after landing Monday as several hundred
American White Pelicans passed about 1,000' AGL over my home field
(1200' OVC). They were not transmitting.
Anywho, heads up. They are on the move. Nine foot wingspan.
30 lbs. Big sky theory may not work with this.
Migration route map
Click for 3,264 X 2,448 pixel image
Skies Magazine ...article
How the screen works ...g3xpert
All of the G3X Touch displays (including the new GDU 470) use an
infrared touchscreen technology with a matrix of light beams
traversing the surface of the display. One of the reasons for
choosing this technology over others is to support the use of
Your gloves should work fine.
RV-9A N363SB ...JSBergen
After six years of effort....
Airplane Tools Re-tasked
Used my 10-yr old 'Tailmate' to help rotate the Jeep tires this
past weekend. The LT255/75R17 BSW Off-Road tires are too heavy
to pick up by myself without straining back muscles. The
Tailmate made it a pleasure - took only a little wiggling to get the
lug holes aligned.
You can also hang a 5-gallon Home Depot bucket off it in the
fully raise position to catch the oil without crawling if you have
access to a lift.
Why didn't I figure this out years ago?!?! Stupid brain...
for full size)
April 11, 2017. Issue
The Road to My First Aerobatic Contest- a New Guy's Perspective
I just got back from my first aerobatic contest, the Hammerhead
Roundup in Borrego Springs, California. My purpose for writing this
post is to describe what a contest is like from the perspective of a
new guy. Until recently I knew nothing about the International
Aerobatic Club (IAC) or how to get involved in competition
aerobatics. Are you like me? If so, I hope this post is helpful.
Glass & Spins
I just completed a phenomenal spin course. It was great!!
However, during the ground work, I was shown a video from the
back-seat of an RV-8 with a glass display ...which CLEARLY lagged
big-time behind the recovery. The aircraft was back level, blue sky
up and the display still showed it to be upside down!
I'm curious for those of you that have glass and spin your aircraft
..is this a "normal" situation .. I haven't tried my GRT AHARS yet
... for such a lag for the display to catch up. I told the
instructor I'd research with the experts.
Grass Strip #200 ...Vlad
Airstrip #200! Uncharted, very difficult to find. I was lucky to
have the best navigator of all times my good buddy Jeff. After
having a light breakfast at Sky Bryce we crossed into West Virginia
Runaway overvoltage Need help! ...climberrn
Sorry for the long post.
Was flying XC talking to Oakland Center today and noticed the
voltage going up and down from 12.5-15 volts. I believe my Dynon
only reads to 15 volts but not sure. I turned the field wire switch
off, no changes. Pulled the 5A circuit breaker for the field and no
changes. Was taking a bit of time to process what to do, and after
about 30 seconds I see the voltage spike to 15+, hear a "pop" and
EVERYTHING goes dark, and I smell electrical smoke for a second.
Loose radios, both EFIS's, audio panel, etc. Turned the master off,
although nothing had power anyway and used Foreflight on my iPhone
to find the nearest airport within reason.
Plane has an "Air Tec" automotive style alternator, less than 300
hours. Full Dynon setup with PS Engineering audio panel, and a
couple of GTR-200's. Have PMags and an EarthX battery.
1. The CB's on the PMags popped. Landed with engine power but the
engine quit pulling off the runway below a certain RPM. They worked
as they should in the air. On the ground with the Pmag CB reset, as
soon as I turn the master on, both CB's pop. Talked to Brad at EMag,
and will need to send in. He offered to overnight some. Thanks
A brisk wind aloft pushed us to 202kt GS on the way to dinner
this weekend over Wisconsin. This is rich cruise; typical 75% LOP
config after this photo gave 187kt GS, about 32 SMPG.
Gaining Confidence ...Mark Dickens
As a long time flyer (almost 36 years) of certified airplanes, I
find myself still amazed that this experimental plane I built (99%
by myself) in my garage actually flies like a real airplane and
apparently is tough as nails, based on my extensive testing of
bounced landings. I've also found that for me, Phase 1 Testing is a
legal artifice, a formality to check off, because I don't think I'll
really get finished with testing until somewhere around 100 hours.
For me, testing has so far fallen into two categories: 1-learning to
trust the airplane and proving that it won't fold up like a cheap
card table...I'm 99% there, and 2-learning to trust myself as a new
tail wheel pilot (~40 hours so far). I'm about 30% there.
Possible Lightning Strike?
On the flight home from Sun 'n Fun, I discovered several issues
with my plane and I am trying to determine if I need to dig deeper
for potential other issues yet to be discovered.
•TruTrak AP roll
servo is no longer executing roll commands. It will engage, but just
holds the stick in whatever position it is in. Pitch and Yaw still
operate correctly. Continuity has been confirmed between the control
head and servo.
•One or both of the TCW heater actuators was in the open position. A
recycle of the control corrected this.
•GTN 650 was registering touches in the incorrect location. An
in-flight reboot corrected the issue.
•Aveo tail strobe/position light failed. Bench testing confirmed.
Everything else seems to be working as designed.
The morning that we left, there was a pretty bad thunderstorm that
came through. We had one lightning strike that was so close, we felt
the ground shake. Is it possible that the proximity of the strike
caused these issues? If so, would grounding the plane while parked
outside help in the future?
IAC Scores are Up ...(2) RVs competing
Internal Antennae Pics ...VNS
Going to try both. The COM gets to the other side of the field
but we will see. Expect some degradation being 45 off vertical.
Lyc Fuel Pump SB 621B ...TimO
This may be old news, but it was something that caught me so I
figured I'd post it here for you RV-14 builders who may have
purchased new Van's engines for their RV-14.
I bought mine in 2014 at OSH, and set delivery for just after the
1st of the year in 2015.
Just recently I was trying to obtain a good parts manual for our
version of the IO-390. Mine's a YIO-390-EXP-10. (Unfortunately I
don't think such a parts manual exists for us but we may have to use
a different variant of the IO-390). While on the Lycoming site I ran
across a fuel pump SB that I hadn't seen before. It is SB 621B,
which supersedes a few others so it's been issued before similarily
under other numbers.
April 10, 2017. Issue
gbitzer's Smoke Setup
Turbo's SnF PIREP
what a great week in lakeland. hot early, cool and cold at night
if you didn't have a winter sleeping bag i heard.
my oil is draining and the plane is filthy as expected. more of the
same, less exhibitors, lots of gyros, nice gyros, one i must have.
eclipse 10 from brazil, 120 mph and gorgeous. nice seeing everyone
there. lots of fun. had some company yesterday for part of the trip.
love this truck with a radial engine
Nitty Asks for Help w/Borescope Pic
PilotjohnS Status Report
After 10 months I have the tail feathers done and am working on
wings. I am trying to spend 20 hours per week, but rarely can
achieve that due to life, the universe, and everything else.
ILikePike's Internal Antennae Setup
mbauer Purchased RV-6 Flight Back to Alaska ...continued
Upon arriving at KMEV, topped the tanks off and then looked for
My son and I were moving the RV by pushing it, when a woman stopped
and said to just tie it up at one of her Glider tie-downs. She runs
the Soaring Nevada hangar-while talking with her she recommended her
mechanic for some squawks I had. This was on Saturday the 1st of
Waiting until Monday the 3rd, contacted Jim Croizer with Minden
Aircraft Repair. He said to bring the RV over for a look see.
On the flight from Parker, the fuel burn seemed high with a low
cruise speed. Wasn't sure if it was because my son was now flying
Blain's Baffle Retention Setup
David Paule RV-3B Status Report Pictures
Gmohr SnF PIREP
We got home early this morning(1:30am) from Sun N Fun. We took
our other RV, a 5th wheel this year. Yes the weather was hot(our A/C
quit on Tuesday) and the breeze did little. The air shows performers
were great. We were parked in Miss Betty's North Pasture 24hr
generator area. I believe there were more campers this year than
last year as this was the only area with spaces available when we
arrived early Tuesday morning. Then vendors were about the same this
year as last and we found what we were looking for at Flyboys, SkyOx
and Aircraft Spruce. I walked by the HBC on Wednesday and it seemed
sparce, but by Friday the number had picked up as the weather had
Crabandy Status Report Pictures
April 7, 2017. Issue
Wishing you and
yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Carl Bell /
Rafael Lopez RV-14A ...optimized for C-Leg user.
Meet Mr. Carl Bell. He and his building partner Rafael Lopez
recently completed their RV-14A in Aiken, SC. On 4/6/2017 it left
the paint shop (GLO Custom at 52F), and I had the pleasure of going
to lunch with him. After lunch Carl allowed me to
pictures of their newly-painted 14A.
Carl’s userID in the VAF Forums is ‘C-J’
and he and Rafael’s build log can be found online at
www.RV14A.com. The aircraft was
constructed so that Carl can fly from the right seat (‘T’ hand
brakes) and Rafael from the left seat (toe brakes).
Leg amputees take note:
If you are interested in building an RV-14A, you’ll enjoy these
pictures, and hopefully you’ll get to meet Carl someday. Fascinating
[ed. Remember the pictures are HUGE.
Look for the
symbol and select 'Original' to view at full res. v/r,dr]
From Cynthia at the Mothership
The word needs to go out again regarding second hand kit
owners that need to register
their planes with the FAA. Builders need to contact Van’s,
NOT the FAA, when beginning the registration process. Van’s will
issue the 8050-2 to the current owner once all documents (bill of
sale, license agreement, waiver, and questionnaire) are on file, and
all kit components have been purchased. For example, an 8050-2 will
not be issued with just an empennage purchase. If there are any
questions, they can email or telephone me.
Cynthia A. Schrantz
Van's Aircraft, Inc.
14401 Keil Road N.E.
Aurora, Oregon 97002
503-678-6545 ext. 322
Some More 3D Printed Mods ...'YvesCH' in Switzerland
Purchased Flying RV6 Flight Back to Alaska
Purchased an RV-6 located in Jackson, CA.
Met Craig from Catto Propellers while there. He installed some
tape-strips on the Catto prop on my RV. He said it was one of his
first designs and that it would not be possible to install the
nickel leading edges. Tape will protect prop if caught in the rain.
Flew 5-hours with a CFI to get my PIC Check-Ride completed for
insurance requirements. Not sure about mentioning names, the CFI was
extremely good, Dale C. was thorough and I enjoyed flying with him,
his RV-4 was incredibly well built and the paint was flawless.
After admiring his RV-4 we climbed into my 6, no co-pilot brakes
meant I flew from the right seat at first, once Dale was convinced I
could fly (5.9 hours recent time after a 21-year layoff), we
switched seats and I flew from the left until he signed me off.
3D 'Pressure Recovery' Profile Fuel Drain Cover: Prototype
Mitch Lock Fly-In ...June 10th
"Helen Woods runs the flight school which includes a
few RV's at W29 and is friends with Mitch Lock. (She is also the
person that puts on the famous Holly Run every year to Tangier
Island.) In any case, she is sponsoring a going away party/fly-in
for Mitch on June 10th. She enlisted my help to get the word out to
the RV community and hoping you can post this on VAF as well. Now
that his status has been officially announced we are hoping you can
help with getting the notice out.
"Please join us at Chesapeake Sport Pilot (W29) Saturday, June 10th
from 10-2 for a celebration and send off party for our friend Mitch
Lock as he moves into a new roll at Van Aircraft. RSVP to
info 'at' chesapeakesportpilot.com
so we know how many burgers to toss on the grill."
Mitch knows about this and has confirmed the date to be there.
April 6, 2017. Issue
Courtesy Cars & Food List Updated and Current.
...new listings in Texas, Wisconsin, California and more.
For those not knowing yet...
...Mitch Lock has been named President of Van's Aircraft (POVA*)
to replace the retiring Scott Risan. Congrats to Mitch (it's
nice to be able to talk about it finally). A genuinely good
*I call dibs on coining 'POVA' if nobody thought of
it before me! ;^)
Paul Dye's write-up at Kitplanes
Note from Cynthia at the Mothership
"Would you mind putting a little blurb on your web site to the
effect that I will be out of the office from April 11th until
April 24th, and if anyone needs a transfer of ownership
or FAA paperwork, to contact me either before or after that
time frame, please?"
Cynthia A. Schrantz
Van's Aircraft, Inc.
14401 Keil Road N.E.
Aurora, Oregon 97002
503-678-6545 ext. 322
Welcome 'steelbut' ...Colorado Springs
If all goes as planned, after many years and many airshows across
the country my neighbor and I will start an RV-14. For work, we sell
hangars but I have been working with Schweiss hangar doors, in there
booth, teaching me about trade shows for the last 3 or 4 years. Each
airshow I have to check out Van's booth and get a new hat because
you can't wear the same one forever. They are very gracious about
all my questions.
I have been trying to figure out how to buy a VAF hat in case I end
up in some place that would need a sighting photo.
I am really grateful for the VAF site! I have surf'ed for a long
time in the back ground as questions come up as I am researching an
BTW, I am in Colorado Springs and plan to fly out of Meadowlake KFLY
From the Mothership FB page...
Probably way too much info but may provide context around my
questions. My wife and I have been working on defining our mission
for some time now as it relates to flying; Weekend Cross Country
Jaunts ( ~< 400 nm), Local breakfast runs and solo around the patch.
Have three options...
1. Continue to rent ~ $ but tied to the rental schedule /
2. Buy completed plane ~ $$$ No schedule to hold us back. top
contenders RV-12 S-LSA or C172 (familiarity, I have most hours
3. Build plane ~ $$ but takes time and space (RV-9A seems like it
will fit the bill)
Why the RV-12 vs RV9A. RV-12 can be delivered as S-LSA. Right or
wrong, I am shying away from a used Experimental due to the unknown
around the quality of the builder. If I am going to make the leap to
build, The RV-9A seems to be a better fit due to the useful load and
Now to the questions at hand.
Wisconsin to Florida in a Student-Built RV-12
Due to airshow commitments in Georgia later this week I found
myself driving to Sun ‘n Fun for the first time in over 30 years.
The normal two-hour flight turned into a 6 -1/2 car drive down I-75.
So there I was sitting at the pool at the Hampton Inn in Plant City
when two guys come through the gate, one of whom was wearing a Van’s
cap. What a surprise! It took all of two seconds to strike up a
conversation and the excitement that exuded from these two was
continue at Kitplanes
Milestone: N748PK is No Longer Reserved ...Kurt Haller
...but registered as of 31 Mar 2017, ONE DAY after
the USPS Priority Mail package of paperwork was delivered. Don't
have the registration hardcopy yet, but it's in the database at
Guess I hit an unexpected pocket of clear air efficiency....
Signature updated...best get with a Flight Advisor and DAR...still a
few bits to bolt together in the meantime.
Special Request from VAF Reader
(dr) All regular readers here know
Trish Russell. Got this from her yesterday:
writing: 6 days before the brain flood (AVM rupture) I signed on as a
commercial real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty. I am just starting
to get back to it, or started, since I really didn't get a chance the first
One of our neighbors here at Gold Hill Air Park needs to sell his
home. He gave me the listing (link at
http://trishrussell.kw.com/). Paul needs to sell his house. He needs to
move to an assisted living home near his family. And GHAP could use another
6001 Gateway Center Drive, Suite 105
Kannapolis, NC 28081
[ed. In striving to keep the
signal-to-noise ratio in the
forums as RV-specific as possible, I am happy to post a non-RV personal
request like the one above up here on the front page when emailed to me.
Welcome Justin from Chattagooga, TN
Q: "...I'm very interested in an RV10. I'm in Chattanooga TN. I'm
an air traffic controller. Would gladly trade a tower tour =)."
(Pierre) Justin, I'm near Augusta, Ga at 2J3. Come down here and you
can fly mine, left seat!
A: (Gary) I am a little closer in SE
Atlanta. I am in Conyers but keep the plane in Monticello.
April 5, 2017. Issue
750 mile day trip ...joe-rainbolt
Starting my RV10 ...welcome Brian Lester
Just wanted to introduce myself to the group as I expect I'll be
posting dumb questions and looking for advice as I being my own
Been lurking for a bit and spent the last year cleaning up my garage
and purchasing the needed tools. I'm headed to Sun N' Fun for the
first time on Wed and hoping to run into a number of you.
Delivery of my Empennage kit is scheduled for the Monday after Sun N
Fun, so I'm trying to learn as much as I can so I can just right in!
Want a reason to get out of bed and fly your RV? ...RV8Squaz
Well, I just returned from my second IAC contest, the Snowbird
Classic in Dunnellon, FL hosted by IAC chapter 89 in Ocala. I can
tell you I'm hooked! My experience at this contest was just as
fantastic as it was at Sebring. It was another very well run event
by some of the finest people I've ever met. I can't tell you how
welcomed everyone made me feel. It was nice to see some familiar
faces and meet some new ones. I also got to know a little better
some of the people I met at the judges school I attended a few weeks
Trust but Verify ...terrykohler
Tried to fly on Saturday, after installing my replacement SD card
in the GTN650. Turns out I had downloaded the Nav data, but not the
base map or safe taxi database to the new card. Seems these reside
on the card and are not downloaded into the resident memory of the
650. Need to get with Garmin to get updates to allow me to use my
In the run-up area, while swapping cards and turning on/ shutting
down my electrical system, I happened to switch my EI voltage gage
over to Ammeter readout (most times, I leave it switched to read
voltage). Suddenly, I’m seeing current draw drop as I’m adding
appliances to the load. Back to the hangar, shut down, and run
another check just off the battery. Now I’m showing draw decreasing
as I start flipping switches to the “on” position. Blood pressure
rising, I decided to head home.
7A UL Power Pics Added ...taverroi
Rest in Peace: Mr. Ron Banks
Ron Banks of Nampa Idaho passed away last Thursday. His service
is Tuesday at the Mission Aviation Fellowship at 3:00. Ron was
a real nice guy. He came over to my house a couple times to look at
my build and to my hangar once I moved the fuselage there. He was
working on his 7 while he was a missionary and working on the
mission planes. I got the chance to see his work at his house and he
was a good "mechanic". It looked well done.
Ron's wife is as nice as Ron was. Keep her, their children and
grandkids in your prayers.
Super Tracks Mod ...VAF advertiser
Is it OK to shorten the Pitot Mast a little?
Panel Pic ...TJCF16
OSH NOTAM Issued ...know it, love it, live it.
push pull cables from heat
Status Report Pics...Z-EDD
RV9 at Caspian Sea beach
April 4, 2017. Issue
April 4, 2017 is a very special day in my life. On this day I mark
10 years of doing this website as my full-time job. Three days after
that it will become the longest running job I’ve held. The first
impression that comes to mind while sitting down to write this is
just how incredibly fast it went by. It’s actually sort of scary to
be quite honest.
In 1981 I started my working career at Sonic in Waco, TX as a car
hop (later cook). I knew nothing about nothing, and had .5hrs in my
logbook (a birthday present from my parents that I believe cost them
$30). Years later as funds and time allowed I finished out my
pilot’s license at age 35, while working at a law firm as the
‘computer guy’. While there, as a student pilot, I saw my first RV
and was hooked.
Now back to the work history. All the jobs below, in order:
Sonic (sophomore in high school).
$2/hr plus tips.
Casa Del Rio (busboy / later
waiter). Junior in high school. $2.20/hr plus tips. Great
memories working with friends I still keep in touch with to this
Leland Collier Electric
(apprentice electrician). Senior in high school through the
beginning of my junior year in college. I worked here during my
first two years of college at McLennan Community College (Waco)
and the start of Baylor. Music major with a minor in Marketing
at MCC, then Entrepreneurship major Marketing minor at BU.
$3.05/hr.starting salary. Met my future wife during this time.
She said she went to Baylor….so I said, “Me too!”....and
immediately took out student loans and transferred to Baylor.
We’ve been married 27 years this June. I learned a LOT at
Collier Electric. How to wire a house, talk trash and work
through pain, cold, heat and wet (and rat poison). One cute
story: Collier had a contract to wire several buildings at BU,
one of which included a couple additional stories on a business
building I was taking classes in. One day at the beginning of a
new class the professor asked out loud where the switch was to
lower the projector screen. “Behind that post to your left”, I
did you know that?”
“I installed it.”
Baylor University Computation
Center (work study program to qualify for student loans).
Delivered and set up computers (first generation Macs and
Digital dumb terminals). Ran and punched down cables. Last
half of third year of college.
Musician (final year of college -
paid for ¾ of my tuition….and my food). It never entered my
brain to be a professional musician, as it turned out I didn’t
particularly enjoy playing the same songs several times a week.
To this day I change stations when I hear any of about a
hundred songs. Our keyboard player however, was wired for it
perfectly. He was country singer Tim McGraw’s touring
keyboardist for something like twenty years and saw the world
from the stage. I wonder what that guy is up to every now and
then. We’ve led very different lives.
Micro City (Manager…..computer
sales). First job out of college. Moved to Dallas from Waco.
$19,000/yr. starting salary.
Computer Support Services, Inc. (CSSI).
Taught computer classes / consultant. A little bit more money.
A lot more stress.
Republic Health (IT employee). A
little bit more money. Worked there nine months, then they were
bought and moved the HQ to another state. I like Texas, thank
Fanning, Harper & Martinson law
firm (the I.T. guy). A little bit more money. This is where I
worked when I started construction of our family’s RV-6. Audrey
was born while I worked here. Coat and tie. Every single piece
of paper that came out of a printer was billed to a client.
Every piece. I sometimes miss WordPerfect 5.0.
Archon Group (Asset management
co). IT employee. A little bit more money. Worked here 10
years and two days. Purchased by Goldman Sachs there at the end
and got depressing. Tate was born during this job. I started
VAF while employed here, working on it in the morning before
leaving each day and again each evening - essentially having two
jobs for the last four years of that decade of employment. I
don’t think I could physically (or mentally) do that again…. If
you’ve seen the movie ‘Office Space’ you know what that job was
like. The building I was working in is actually IN that movie!
VansAirForce.net (founder /
janitor). Some years a little more money, some years a little
less. But it has been worth it so far for many reasons, few of
which are solely about money. I have met people over the last
decade I would have never met had I not taken a chance. I’ve
seen things I would have never seen. And I am, above all else,
I tried my best to not burn any bridges, and remain friends with
people from many of these employers to this day. Never been fired,
knock on wood. I took Cynthia Collier, of Leland Collier Electric,
for a ride in the RV-6 a couple of Saturday’s ago. I was flying a
vacuum cleaner down to Waco to give to my sister Donna, and her and
Cynthia are lifelong friends (college roommates). The Colliers
offered me a job as a teenager and I’ll always be grateful. I still
have every tool I used there. On your first day they would drive
you down to Dealers Electric and get you a tool pouch and the
screwdrivers and pliers that you would need to do your job
(stripping 'Romex and wiring in ‘fart fans’). They took a couple of
dollars out of each check until they were paid off.
So what is it like to run VAF for a decade? Most of my notes
preparing for this piece fell into ‘Pro’ and ‘Con’ columns, so here
they are in no particular order. The ‘Pros’ first:
No ‘justify your existence’
meetings with each new boss. No rotating management styles with
the week’s newest buzzwords.
More family time (no commute).
More time ‘in the moment’.
Stay home to watch a sick kid? No
problemo and don’t have to ask for permission.
I can see the sky more. I
discovered over the years I start feeling a little off if I
couldn't see blue sky on a fairly regular basis. Having spent
decades in carpet covered cubes with no outside view, I really,
REALLY appreciate being able to look up and see blue. God Bless
Texas. I’ve learned it’s exceedingly important to my mental
Less is more. In the last four
jobs prior to VAF there always seemed to be an underlying
competition to have the newest house, car, stereo, phone, golf
club, TV, whatever. Over the last decade our house got less
cluttered, there is a minimalist look to it actually, and the
urge to buy the latest whatever has been replaced with a form of
contentment and happiness with what we already have. Maybe it’s
It’s easier to work out. I can do
it in the middle of the day if the mood strikes. Some retired
airline pilots have loaned me their exercise equipment on the
condition I never return it.
Shorts and flip flops are
Meeting some of the best friends
you’ll ever meet, and none of them ‘have an angle’ to climb the
org chart ahead of you. They just want to talk about airplanes.
Or dogs. Or jeeps...
Project flexibility. If I think
it would be a good idea to start a ‘Panel Pictures’ section, I
can do it five minutes after the thought occurs. No committee
approval. No review process. No permission from three layers
of management above me. If it works it works, if not I can kill
it with no harm or foul. I didn’t anticipate this being as big
a deal as it turned out to be and am, again….grateful.
When your wife’s appendix nearly
ruptures and she needs to go into the hospital for a week, you
don’t have to worry about what meetings you’re missing (none).
Technology freedom. I’m not
forced to use any tech I don’t want to. This turned out to be a
big plus. I’m typing this on an IPad Pro - something I didn’t
own two months ago. Using a word processor app I download two
hours ago. Saving to a cloud solution of my choosing. I’ll do
the final assembly on the PC that I got seven years ago, not
what the I.T. Department told me I had to use. I can change all
of this tomorrow if I find something that solves my problems
better. Or not.
I can take a short nap after
lunch. I’m not joking when I say how much of a big deal this
is. It makes the evening work that much easier.
Now the ‘Cons’. Running a small web based business, and betting
your family's financial well being on it, isn’t without its
downside. Again, in no particular order:
It seems like more stress. When I
get up at 0330 to use the restroom, I check to see that the
servers are up. Some hiccup that knocks things offline for a
bit? You’re stomach is in your throat, because some days there
are 10,000 visitors, and that's a pretty good sized basketball
arena checking in. Light a candle in your living room then try
to go to bed. That gnawing feeling that you never really get
used to…. Are things OK? Exercise helps.
No days off. Christmas morning?
Check the servers. Monitor things. 6,200 days in a row and
counting if you include the time I was doing it in the mornings
before and in the evenings after my shift at my last two jobs.
Last tech-free vacation was pre-2000. ‘Time away from the
internet’ isn’t really an option. No cell coverage = I can’t
go. Sometimes that kinda sucks…but I've been trying to think of
some ways to get around it.
Health insurance as a small
business owner. $37/day whether I use it or not. No
Some days with a web-facing
business you can’t seem to catch a break. Things you’ve neither
said or done are attributed to you online. Turn the other cheek
is all you can do. A wise friend told me once, “You can stand
on a street corner handing out $100 bills...and someone will
still call you an a$$h@le.” ;^)
Would I do it all again? Yeah. Looking back, I should have done it
two years sooner.
The cons aren't larger than the pros, so again the word that comes
to mind is grateful. Grateful that I found this wonderful hobby,
and so many wonderful people to share it with.
Here's to 10 more years, and thanks if you actually read all this...
April 3, 2017. Issue
Moving Day ...Piper J3 RV-12
She's legal! ...Chris 'Chattin35' Chattin in Boise, ID
Time for the real fun to start.
Bay Area Hills ...rph142 photos
The hills have reached peak green here in the Bay Area. These
shots were taken between Byron airport and the hills south of
TeenFlight RV12 For Sale by Auction ...TimE
SkyView v15.1 from Dynon adds Yaw Damper, VP-X on HDX, and more
All of the bits together ...Gil Alexander
Somewhat of a breakthrough...
I knew all the "bits" fitted, but they had never been assembled at
the same time.
It actually all went together and even looks like a plane. Will be
ready for W&B as soon as I make some 4 1/4" platforms for the main
Selfi ...BlakeB and kiddo
Another ...BlakeB and kiddo
3D Printing ...Steve Melton
Garmin GTX 335 w/GPS and Antenna, $2,995
Special Request from VAF Reader
Chino's 'Planes of Fame' Airshow needs your signatures (not
donations). Apr 4 deadline - online petition. A
number of RV's fly in for the airshow and lots of RV activity in the Chino
[ed. In striving to keep the
signal-to-noise ratio in the
forums as RV-specific as possible, I am happy to post a non-RV personal
request like the one above up here on the front page when emailed to me.
RV-Lancair Brotherhood Day ...snopercod
Today my RV-12 buddy Owen and I met at Spartanburg, SC [KSPA] for
lunch. He flew down from 3NR3 and I from AVL. The FBO loaned us a
crew van and we drove about a mile to Fudrucker's for a $30
hamburger. It was fun. (Cue "Ebony and Ivory" with the words
"Aluminum and Fiberglass")
March 31, 2017. Issue
Wishing you and
yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. dr
Calendar Wallpaper April
I hope you don't mind that I went with a little different angle
with this month's calendar. Motivation for those still
building, and what they'll see. Spring is here and the green
is popping back into view. This image from my RV-6 just east
of Justin, TX, 1000' agl looking away from the sun. Morning
scan for deer, turkeys, fish near the shore and feral hogs.
town America, in springtime, in our wonderful RVs...
It's Composite Time ...Bill Boyd
"...and despite having literally read every post of every thread
in the -10 forum in the last two years to get prepared for my build,
I find sometimes there are more questions than answers. Until you
actually hold the parts in your hands, it's not always clear what
the answers and advice mean, or what the questions/difficulties were
to begin with.
I did all the composite work on my 6A two decades ago, and I'm sure
I did it "wrong" compared to best practices, but somehow I powered
through and made something that worked well enough for me. I want to
do my best this time. I can't put it off any longer, having run out
of non-composite tasks I can do on the build for now
Last night I pulled the cabin top out of the corner, brushed off the
shop dust and cobwebs, and studied it in some detail, picking out
scribe lines, cross-referencing the plans, looking at some VAF
threads about how to scribe and cut and rout things to fit. Lots of
heat but a disappointing amount of light and clarity -- seems like
I'll have to jump in and figure most of this out as I go, hoping
that having read the VAF archives will be like a med student taking
gross anatomy: you won't possibly remember much of it, but you'll be
a better builder for having been immersed in it at one time."
Status Report ...goatflieg
This month's blogspot blog entry is finally complete. It's a long
one... very long, actually. I guess I got a lot done on the wings. I
get the feeling they're all going to be very long entries from now
on, he said with a heavy sigh. But like the plane, I started this
thing... I must see it through. Click on the blogspot link in my
signature to see it. Here's a teaser photo...
Status Report: Skin in the Game ...David Paule RV-3B
According to other builder reports, the aft-most bottom fuselage
skin is especially difficult. It's thick at .040 and arrives poorly
bent. Mine was no exception. I spent some time attempting to unbend
the bends that were in the wrong place, and rebend the skin with
bends in the right places.
One thing that makes the aft portion, around F-311, easier, I've
read, is making the slot for the tailspring mount to protrude.
Remember that mine is a bit higher than standard? In my case, it
looks as if it'll be completely covered by the skin -- so no relief
there. No access slot required.
Unfortunately I didn't take photos of the as-received condition.
After working at it a couple days, here is the skin resting on the
F-309 bulkhead, the most forward bulkhead this skin covers.
RV10's at Sun n Fun ...Chris Wilson's first post
Hello all. First post here. After starting and stopping several
times over the past 25 years, I'll be doing my private checkride in
the next month. My plan is to start on a 10 within the next year.
I'll be at Sun n Fun Friday thru Sunday. I have a million questions.
I've only flown in old 172s. I would love to sit in or even ride in
an RV10. Happy to pay for some fuel. Looking forward to meeting
fellow RV enthusiasts and learning a lot.
[ed. Welcome Chris! v/r,dr]
3D DIY Speed Mods: ABS Avgas Testing ...Steve Melton
"...after 3 days soaking. note the color change. strength test by
hand, I didn't notice anything. seemed to be original in shape and
was not affected at the surface. go figure. I like it. ABS plastic.
returned to the avgas for another four days."
Tim's RV-14 Interior ...and a shout out to Abby
March 30, 2017. Issue
Please excuse the
early push of the Thursday edition. Airport board meeting Wed.
evening my home field and I'm taking the minutes...
Need Building Motivation? ...AX-O
My friend George Ford and i went flying last weekend. We recorded
a few scenes around my local area. You may recognize his name. He is
the guy behind those great large formation videos.
He made a short video of our flight and posted it today. I did not
know he was doing that.
So if you need building motivation, watch the video then get out
there and build!!!
Special Request from VAF Reader
am interested in keeping some dollars in the RV community if
possible so figured I would give it a shot seeing if the were any
RV/Maltese breeders. I really do have the parts I could add as trade
goods too. My wife (head riveter) and I are the proud owners of a
RV-8 based at Merrill Field in Anchorage Alaska, built with a lot of
advice from this forum. We have also been the proud owners of
several Maltese dogs in the past. We recently had to put down our
last dog and are seeking another Maltese puppy. The side
benefit to a small dog like this is that they can fit on my wife's
lap in the back seat of the RV8. We are seeking a female and are not
in a tremendous hurry to get on. Location not to much of an issue
but I do have a bunch or relatives in and around Dallas Texas..."
Burke Wick (Berchmans
in the forums)
Flying RV 8
striving to keep the
signal-to-noise ratio in
the forums as RV-specific as possible, I am happy to post a non-RV
personal request like the one above up here on the front page.
Hidden Oil Door and Magnetic Latch ...Karl Bambas
Just upload this 6 minute youtube construction video.
Fluting HS Ribs question
Folks hoping for some guidance here. I've read section 5.13 of
the construction manual a few times and also read a bunch of posts
on fluting and watched some of the referenced youtube videos.
I just can't seem to visualize what needs to be achieved from
fluting. If you look at the below pic, when I lay the HS rib web
flat on the bench it sits significantly raised up on both sides. To
me this looks like it's due to the center of the web being bent a
bit which I could reverse by bending at mid web in the opposite
Or is the goal just to get each section of flange fluted so the web
underlying just that particular flange lays flat, and not
necessarily the whole rib web laying flat all at once.
Really confused here so thanks so much for any help!
March 29, 2017. Issue
No. 4,339. Updated 1100Z
Hail storm update: I woke up to an email from Nigel Goad.
Owns an RV-9A and hangars it at my airport across from Walt - he's a
roofing guy by day. Call him and before lunch he's on my house
with a tape measure (that's him on the roof waving). Lovin'
this RV community! I stopped counting all the roofing trucks
that drove down our street yesterday. Must have had ten flyers
on our door before sundown.
I'll go with the RV guy, thank you very much. Nigel's card below if
you live in the DFW area and want it on file. Things slowly
returning to normal, and thanks Nigel for reaching out!
Garmin TeamX introduces new G3X Touch
display for experimental aircraft
(click to enlarge)
· The new portrait G3X Touch display features a robust, infrared
touchscreen for use as a PFD or MFD when paired with multiple G3X
Touch displays or as a single, standalone screen comprising of a PFD
· Aircraft owners can easily upgrade a G3X system to G3X Touch using
sensors and pin-compatible connectors
· For aircraft where space constraints are of concern, the portrait
7-inch display offers more flexibility and configuration options in
panel design for EAB/LSA
· Up to four G3X Touch displays of varying sizes can be incorporated
into a single aircraft panel
· A single G3X Touch display starts at $2,995
· Additionally, the new, cost-effective GMU 11 magnetometer for EAB/LSA
is smaller, lighter and easier to install and can supply magnetic
heading to more than one G3X Touch display or G5 electronic flight
Garmin adds visual approach guidance to GTN 650/750 touchscreen
· Visual approach guidance is now available within the GTN
650/750, which provides advisory vertical guidance in visual flight
conditions based on a published glide path angle or three-degree
· Aircraft with a GTN 650/750 navigator can now display and control
the GTX 8000 TCAS II/ACAS II system and GTX 3000 transponder
· Traffic information is overlaid on the moving map and traffic
pages and incorporates patented TargetTrend and CLEAR CAS
· Aircraft with a GTN, GTX 345 and Flight Stream 510 can now receive
attitude information provided by the GTX via Flight Stream
· Pilots operating into airports throughout the world not served by
WAAS/SBAS can now receive advisory vertical guidance (LNAV+V) while
flying LNAV approaches with the GTN
· These new features are expected to be available in May from Garmin
Garmin brings home theater sound quality to the cockpit with the
The GMA 345 features Bluetooth audio connectivity and a
front-mounted USB charging port, while the GMA 342 contains a
dedicated 3.5mm audio jack that allows pilots to connect a mobile
device directly to the audio panel
• Suitable as a slide-in replacement for the popular GMA 340 audio
panel, as well as a wide-range of select third-party audio panels,
the GMA 345/342 offer aircraft owners an easy, cost-effective
• Home theater-like sound effects add to the rich audio
characteristics provided by the GMA 345/342, which include
pilot-selectable bass boost levels and equalizer effects
• Advanced auto squelch automatically adapts to the noise level
within the cockpit to allow for natural conversation through
• A built-in digital clearance recorder can record up to 60 seconds
of selected radio transmissions
• The GMA 345/342 also incorporate 3D Audio, which spatially
separates sound to reflect how people process sound and conversation
• Beginning today through December 31, 2017, Garmin is introducing
the GMA 345/342 free trial money-back guarantee program for slide-in
replaceable products like the GMA 340; contact a Garmin authorized
dealer for additional information
• The GMA 345/342 are expected to be available in late April
starting at $1,895 and $1,595 respectively
Another Conehead spotted ...Lorne Montgomery comedy
"So, one of those wacky creatures entered our hangar. Rumor
has it they show up when you're doing gear work or prepping for
paint. This one looks scary, but is actually harmless.
RV-10 Panel Porn ...Eladio Gomez
Glamour Shot ...Lars
My RV-7 next to my ground transportation unit, the colors of
which I decided to use when it was painted.
Garmin Aera 795/796 V5.20 Software
Some of the significant new features:
TargetTrend traffic information showing a track vector where traffic
will be in a specified time in the future relative to your aircraft
was already available on the dedicated traffic page, but not on the
main map. With this update, it is now available on the main map.
A much requested feature is the display of airspace segment altitude
upper and lower limits similar to what is provided on VFR
sectionals. This is now displayed full time on the map page (at
appropriate zoom ranges) without having to first touch an airspace
Outstanding Ground Shot ...Dan Morris
Status Report Pics ...David Paule RV-3B
After locating and drilling some holes in the bulkheads for the
pitot-static lines and the ADAHRS cable, I decided that a cable clip
would be a good idea under the baggage floor. Here's the clip all by
Glamour Shot ...Eladio Gomez
Sunny Days in South Florida!
March 28, 2017. Issue
So you know how insurance adjusters say that if you live in North
Texas, Oklahoma or Kansas you'll need a new roof on average every 8.5
years due to hail? Our neighborhood drew the short straw Sunday
night. Please excuse the short edition today. I've been on
the phone with insurance adjusters planning the new roof ($2,300
deductible) and repairs to our son's truck ($500 deductible - he was at
work). And cleaning our yard up of debris. I'll be a little
out of the loop for a bit...
Our neighborhood was targeted by baseball-sized frozen dumb bombs for
nearly fifteen minutes. Thousands of them (pic below of three I
picked up). Cracked windows. Holes in the gutters.
Yard lights smashed. Snapped tree limbs.
With the wife's recent surgery ($10K deductable), 2017 is kinda pegging
the suck meter so far.
At least it wasn't a tornado, so there's that.
In our kitchen. 9:15pm Sunday.
Behind this guy Monday after lunch.
The car in
this story is one mile from my house.
March 27, 2017. Issue
Wx and calendar schedules allowed me to deliver the Craigslist
Kirby vacuum cleaner I found for my sister awhile back to her this past
Saturday morning in Waco, TX. The pics and words pick up at
about 2/3rds of the way down.
Got to give my sister (below) a ride in the RV (as well as her college
roommate). Lots of smiles and laughs. Saturday was really
nice in Texas. Hope your weekend was
Cynthia Collier photo.
RV-4 Aerobatic Checkout...vid from Sweden
New Panel Install...BHunt
RV7A UL POWER PROJECT...update
Ground Shot ...MercFE
3D Printed Drain Fairing Update ...Steve Melton
I attempted to make the fairing removable if needed for access or
to clean out mud.... I used the same idea as the JD fairing because
it's good, a set screw at the fwd edge.
March 24, 2017. Issue
Formula 1 racing starts back up this weekend, so I'm jazzed and
the DVR is set (virtual
circuit guide for Australia). The changes in the '17 season
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Eagle's Nest Projects - Space Center Houston ...Ernie
Eagle's Nest Projects was the greeting exhibit at CCISD's 4th
Annual Science Extravaganza held at Space Center Houston.
Couldn't resist the opportunity to stray a little off course to get
this photo of N911EN, Clear Springs High School's 3rd RV-12 build.
Cooling and fuel vapor lock helped by cowl flap ...Flflyer
My RV7 is not the Oshkosh show winning baffle installation, but
it is in decent shape. Still, I've had cooling problems in the hot
weather, such as reaching 400F CHT before I'm ready to level out
during climb. I've checked fuel flow, tried various baffle and cowl
tweaks that I've read about here, and finally a nice guy told me to
check out AntiSplat while I was chatting at Sun n Fun.
I ended up ordering one cowl flap, figuring that I could get another
if I needed it. It was easier than I thought to cut the hole with
the template. I used one of those vibrating cutters with the
half-moon fine tooth attachment. I was a little worried about
crushing the cowl with air hammered rivets, but used soft, flush
rivets and it was pretty easy with a mushroom head on the rivet gun.
Do you want to buy an airplane built by Vancouver Island teens?
New Checklists Added
RV-10 Garmin panel coming together ...Greenley
A few weeks ago I got a couple of large boxes from Stein. These
boxes contained two G3X Touch screens, auto pilot controller, G5,
audio panel, GTR20 radio, etc. Stein also cut out some insert panels
for my aerosport panel.
I have been working on mounting the electronics and gotten a good
start on wiring. Here is the current status, with enough hooked up
to apply some power:
Rudder Issues ...BruceMe
I'm replacing the vertical and rudder and it's not fitting.
My plane... Mid-90's slow-build RV-6. I think it's a very old serial
I had a heck of a time finding a vertical that even looked like it
fit right. There are at least 4 "flavors". I finally found and stuck
with the smaller counter-balanced vertical/rudder. I think is one of
the last QB RV-6 vertical/rudders built.
So I put it per the plans with the normal front spar tab and plate
and bolted the rear spar to the last bulkhead.
New Dual Band ADS-B Receiver from Dynon and AFS
7A Rebirthing Progress ...kentlik
March 23, 2017. Issue
So it begins.. RV-9A started
My tools have arrived courtesy of Brown and Cleveland, thanks to
both for fast and professional service. I have two practice
kits from Vans and I am doing the wing kit with my EAA group to get
insight on setting up dimplers/rivets etc..
I hope to start the VS this week....
Looking forward to working with you guys/gals on this build..
Rv9a Empennage ordered 2/6/17
Bottom wing skin to fuselage overlap mismatch ...sbalmos
Don't ask me how this happened. I have no idea. When I first fit
the wings and drilled the screw holes into the left side fuselage
bottom skin "flap", everything aligned. It even aligned while I was
final-fitting the wings with the good bolts. At some point, somehow,
the wing skin looks like it's angled outboard, getting worse
starting at the the 4th screw hole forward from the aft spar, as you
head forward to the main spar.
I'm trying to decide whether to leave it alone without screws. Or
should I try and have someone push down on the wing tip to see if
that would bring it back to alignment?
RV-9 N941WR Condition Inspection Checklist Added
...to POH/Checklists section.
Status Report Words/Pics ...crabandy
With the lower duct and cooler clamped in place I found it
easiest to cut the individual piece of foam to fit and them glue
them together with epoxy/micro.
Have been busy with school work and exams. I gave polishing a go
because the longer my parts are sitting the in the shop the more I
like the idea of polished aluminum. I did scratch the parts quite a
bit with the SB while I was deburring. I wasn't sure if it would
come out but it does after quite a bit of elbow grease.
March 22, 2017. Issue
Forced Landing PIREP ...Bill Anton
the guy that this thread is about. I've never made an engine out
landing in 42 years of flying. However, some days it's better to be
lucky than good. Flying from Western Kansas that morning to Tucson
for our son's Air Force retirement ceremony (F16 pilot). Refueled in
Truth or Consequences and headed west over some very rugged mountain
country. We were northwest of Lordsburg NM when I contacted
Albuquerque Center (see Craig Brenden's post) for flight following
so he could hand me of to Tucson International's approach control.
Probably 5-10 minutes later the oil temp started increasing and at
the same time oil pressure started decreasing. I talked to Center
and advised him of my situation letting him know I was going to get
it down as soon as possible. I was looking for a airport close to
get to (Wilcox was about 30 miles in front of me) when the oil ran
out. Something let loose in the engine, which was obvious with the
extreme vibration, and I immediately shut off the ignition and
pulled the throttle. I pulled the nose up to decrease my airspeed to
get the prop to stop windmilling. Never thought I would be thankful
to have an engine stop. At that point we're a glider (I do have a
glider rating) and I'm looking for a place to put it down. I10 was
directly under us and not a good place to go. Just south looked like
some vineyards with farm roads. Some had power lines which but as I
got closer saw one road (I say road but this was merely a farm road
between two field that the farmer had graded) maybe 1/2 mile long
with no power lines approximately into the wind. I flew a pattern
over the road and lined up with it on a final approach (no go around
in a glider). As I touched down I noticed a 4 wheeler in the road
maybe a quarter mile in front of me facing the opposite direction
obviously unaware an airplane was approaching at 70 kts. I steered
over to another adjacent parallel road to get it slowed down and
I'm writing this long winded story to let you know a couple of
things. First, this incident didn't happen because this was and
amateur built aircraft. It took me 8 years to build, 1st flight was
July 1, 2006. The RV8 has over 700 hours on it. The engine is a
Lycoming IO360 that was a rebuilt 0 time engine when I installed
during the build. Second, it reinforces some of the cross country
principles we all learn. 1) Altitude is you friend, esp in rough
country. 2) Always be looking for a suitable landing place, esp in
rough country. 3)Keep up you flying skills (study & practice engine
out landings) 4) It doesn't hurt to get some glider training
(besides it great fun). Thanks to the Cochise County sheriff and SAR
people who showed up and assisted us.
Next project is to pull off the wings, load everything on a trailer
and get it home to assess the solution to getting back in the air.
The 48 State Traveling Salesman ...joe rainbolt
I'm looking for input on a proposed 48 state "road" trip.
3D Printed Fuel Drain Fairing ...Steve Melton
From concept to holding in the hand in about two hours and I had
to watch a youtube video for training. I am still amazed by this
I see Solidworks can complete CFD airflow analysis. I'll post a
couple slides of that. Not that this simple fairing needs any
analysis but just to share. Maybe someone can chime in on that.
My youngest daughter, 9th grade, runs circles around in solid
modeling and is beginning to talk about stress analysis. Now we have
something to discuss!
Creased edge while using edge rolling tool....mfleming
So I've creased the edge of my RV-7 aileron skin using the
Cleveland edge rolling tool.
In an effort to prevent the tool from rolling off the edge, I
obviously was putting too much force on the tool and it rode up up
onto the skin putting a crease in its path.
Any suggestions if this is fixable?
(50kt tailwind) "so my RV-9a, 150 hp, finally joins the 200
RV-10 Center Brace too short-
I'm working on my RV10 cabin top and am fitting in the center
brace. On page 43-8 the instructions say to insert the cabin center
brace into the fwd top skin and "slide the brace as far forward as
it will go".
When I do that, the four holes on the top part of the brace no
longer reach far enough for me to drill them into the cabin top! See
here for proof:
There's room for me to slide the center brace back, BUT there's not
much meat on the center brace to drill into behind the panel.
What should I do? Should I try to split the difference? Or should I
try to fill in that area of the cabin top with structural filler
before drilling through?
Would love some thoughts on how to proceed
March 21, 2017. Issue
All (66) Public Virginia Airports Visited ...Vlad's Milestone
Now I can brag I visited all public airports in Virginia.
Recently flew to Roanoke......So all public airports in Commonwealth
of Virginia are visited. Some of them were just a quick hop for the
stamp but the majority I explored. At least dozen I visited multiple
Dirty Side Up ...kentlik re-birthing status
I finally got some help to flip this bad girl over! What an
accomplishment! Not difficult to flip, tough to get a couple extra
hands to make it easier. All is well and I can make some good
headway this week.
I just realized I have had this project right at a year! Working on
it in that year maybe only 4 months available. Of that time maybe
have done 300-350 hours! I need to step it up!
SuperBloom 2017 in the Anza-Borrego Desert
...Bruce Hill 9A Trip Write-up and photos
Turbo Sug RV-7 in Norway ...rv6ejguy post
Bjorn Anders Horne flies this EZ30 turbo powered RV7 in Norway.
He reports 570 trouble free hours on the setup as of March 2017.
WFAA Features McKinney Eagle's Nest HS Students ...Earnie
Richard Rensing and Erica Swenson are McKinney ISD high school
seniors, Eagle's Nest Projects build-students, and are the only two
students in McKinney ISD to earn a Private Pilot license before
graduation. With a burning passion for flying and their RV-12
build project still under construction, these outstanding students
went the extra mile in pursuit of their chosen career and partnered
with Monarch Aviation for their flight training. Please share a warm
VAF welcome to Richard and Erica.
Ground Shot ...starkw1
My RV-7, started in 2001, is finally painted and after the recent
light snow here in the Twin Cities I took the opportunity to shoot a
The transformation from unpainted Al and primer grey is pretty
Paint design by Scheme Designers, Inc.
Paint shop, Midwest Aircraft Refinishing, Hibbing, MN
It was a pleasure working with both groups
SportAir workshop reinforced what I was afraid of
So before I'd allow myself to begin building an RV I knew I
needed to take a primer on sheet metal. I attended the SportAir
sheet metal class in Oakland this past weekend. I was very, VERY
lucky that a spot opened up just a few weeks before the class... and
that I live 5 minutes away from it.
I went into this so excited that I tried not to think about it for
weeks. I was afraid that I'd either be a natural at more delicate
metal work or worse be horrible at it.
The entire weekend was a blast and I cant recommend the classes
enough. My only complaint is that they don't stay in one place for a
week so that you can take all of the classes.
March 20, 2017. Issue
Airworthiness Certificate in hand! ...Jeff Kudlo
After 10 years,
the rocket ship is built. After a thorough inspection by an EAA
technical counselor (Thanks DR), and an additional inspection by the
MIDO out of Cleveland, the airworthiness certificate was issued.
What’s next? On to Vernonia, Oregon for transition training.
RV-8 forced landing, Wilcox, AZ ...all OK.
Plane Forced Landing Update...Willcox. Two people were in
the aircraft at the time of this incident. Pilot and wife
passenger are ok, no injuries. Engine failed and was able to land on
a dirt road next to a pecan orchard. The pilot called
Albuquerque Center FAA Air Traffic Control Center and told them of
the engine failure. They kept talking to him until he was close to
the ground then lost radar and radio contact. He landed on Last
Outpost Road. Thank you SAR and all involved in responding to
P.S. Albuquerque (common spelling) corrected in this post thanks to
SAR Coordinator David Noland.
Fun With SVT Expert AP Mode ...Tony T
I'd like to tell you about some RV-12 fun with VNAV. Although I
am instrument rated, I’m not current and would certainly not try
this for real. It’s just for fun. As a matter of fact, fun is the
reason I built my RV-12. I had no plans to ever fly it in IMC, or to
the NW Territories or even to Oshkosh. I like my comforts, and am a
bit too old for that all day in the cockpit, or busy IFR stuff, I’ll
be eligible for the
UFO’s two years from now.
Milestone: A&P ...Paul Dye
When I was a kid, infatuated with anything that flew (still am
that kid) and reading every book I could get related to aviation, I
came to the conclusion that to be a complete aviator, you needed to
be able to fly, design, and work on airplanes. I don’t know why I
figured it out that way – just did. So I became a pilot in High
School, and went to college to learn to design airplanes. Checked
off two of the three. I started working on airplanes when I was
thirteen, and have been doing it ever since – but always on either
experimental aircraft or under the supervision of a licensed
mechanic (when working on certified aircraft). I never had the time
to go to a two-year trade school to do the formal training for the
A&P, and when I lived in Houston, the local FAA office made it
pretty difficult to take the test based on just experience.
RV-7A UL POWER PROJECT - 200HP 520iS FWF UPFIT WITH PICS
Dave 'BigD' RV-10 POH and Checklists Added
March 17, 2017. Issue
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Back in the Air ...Alex Peterson
I completed the panel about a month ago. It took a bit over 300
hours, but at least half of that, perhaps 2/3's, was redesigning and
redoing the electrical system. More details
here if you are so inclined, in the December 2016 and March 2017
I'm very happy with how it turned out, and I've found no big deal in
transitioning to the efis display from the old gauges. I retained
the A/S indicator as a backup, but I only look at from time to time
I've got a few more labels to modify and/or generate, but here's the
The goals of the project were met, namely, replacing some gyros
and A/P parts that needed repair, ADSB in/out capability, coolness
of big screen, etc.. I also had a major goal of making things easy
to maintain, specifically minimizing the need to climb under the
panel. A few more thoughts are in the newsletter linked above.
BNP Paribas Tourney ...rph142 trip report
I haven't posted a trip report here in a while so I figured it
was time after my recent day trip to the BNP Paribas tennis
tournament. My plan was to fly from KCCR to KUDD, watch a few hours
of pro tennis, then fly back before sunset.
David Clinthorne's 300+ page RV-4 POH ...13MB MS Doc
...added to the POH section
for your reference.
Another Empenage Fairing Question ...snoopyflys
Working on fitting the empennage fairing and while it fits pretty
well, I have a pucker near the leading edge on the left side.
Even after building now for these past 8 years, I'm still a little
intimidated working with fiberglass. Not sure what would be the best
solution other than hacking the fairing up and re-glassing to get
the fairing to lay flat on the HS skin. So anyone out there have any
words (pictures) of wisdom on how I can best solve this minor issue?
Courtesy Cars & Food List
Status Report: So Close ...Chattin35
Down to the single digits of rivets left to pound... Can you tell
I'm getting excited?
Status Report Pics ...David
March 16, 2017. Issue
Episode 9 ...haydnc
"...We find a pretty little coastal town built on the banks of
Lake Albert, with an airstrip really close to the the town centre.
It was a place we’d never heard of before, but really glad we
stopped, it was a gem of a town - Meningie in South Australia."
Mike Toews RV-4 POH ...94 page PDF
"...My POH has been re-written to coincide
with the new equipment in my airplane and a copy is attached.
Thought you might like to post it on your website and let people
know they’re welcome to copy / follow its formatting (the actual
content doesn’t apply to any airplane but mine – obviously)."
[ed. You really have to see this document
to believe it. VERY detailed! v/r,dr]
related: POH section
Power Loss RV-12 Rotax 912ULS ...n233va
Today 3/14/2017 a friend flew a RV12 to Williams Arizona, KCMR.
Airport elevation 6691 ft. outside temperature was low 70’s. Flight
in was normal. When he went to leave, just after becoming airborne
the engine stumbled and lost significant power. An aborted landing
was successful. An A&P from Prescott, AZ was contacted. The A&P had
built this RV12 as well as a second one he flies. The A&P flew the
second RV12 to Williams. He checked the carburetor bowls for debris
on the first RV12 as well as doing a full run-up. All seemed normal
and no debris was found. A second attempt to take off was made by
the first RV12. Again the engine stumbled and failed to produce full
power. The decision was to leave the first RV12 in Williams and fly
the second one back to Prescott, planning on returning in the
morning. The second RV12 did a run-up, which was normal, and started
the take off roll. The second RV12 experienced a similar engine
stumble and extreme roughness. The second RV12 could not develop
take off power. Both aircraft are Rotax powered with 912ULS engines.
Both are identical in the fuel system and carburation. Both also
experienced fluctuating fuel pressure during the attempted takeoffs.
Both aircraft were burning 91-octane auto fuel with ethanol,
purchased locally in Prescott Arizona at two different locations. It
appears that both aircraft experienced vapor lock while applying
full power for take off. The weather has been much warmer in
Northern Arizona than usual for this time of year. We believe the
fuel, which is in all probability, a winter blend, has too high a
vapor pressure, thus causing the vapor lock.
For those of you RV12 drivers using auto fuel at high elevation
airports in warm temperatures BEWARE. Both RV12’s will be flown out
of Williams tomorrow morning when the temperatures are expected to
be in the high 30’s to low 40’s.
Until or when we can determine that the refineries are producing
summer blend auto gasoline, we will be changing to 100ll. And may
continue with 100ll during the summer months to avoid the
possibility of vapor lock at high elevation airports, regardless of
the auto fuel blend.
Panel Porn ...kaweeka RV-9A
RV-10 Question ...Bill Boyd
Unable to insert the control sticks any further than this into
the weldments. The powder coat is way back from this line. Plans say
to insert "as far as it will go" before match-drilling.
From the Mothership
DIY Snorkle ...crabandy
I used regular autobody filler to finish shaping over the foam, I
can spread it and be sanding in less than 30 minutes. Probably took
7-8 layers, filled only the low areas first then slowly skimmed the
Charity Cap Sighting ...Anthony
March 15, 2017. Issue
Welcome Chris Simpson
Progress Pictures ...Bill Boyd
She's starting to get a "soul" as the control systems slowly go
in. You can tell the pile of parts is going to be quite airworthy
one day. Reaching that point in the build where you start to
feel the "thousand cuts" of Aircraft Spruce orders - can't find my
AN23-10 clevis bolts for the rudder cable links and not sure I want
(to or have spares) to substitute an AN3 bolt here, so off goes the
latest order for two dollars in parts with three dollars shipping
(not that any of that pricing is unreasonable, it's just that I
probably own and simply misplaced those buggers somewhere when I
opened and separated all those paper bags last year). I remember
going through this 20 years ago. I'm going to start being better
about batching these orders while I build on in other areas and come
back to it when the parts arrive. Won't be long before I will have
glass cloth, epoxy and other related goodies to bundle the nut and
bolt orders with :
IFR Training in your RV ...Ralph Capen
Like a number of others, I am working on getting my IFR rating in
my RV. In my case it is a 6A with IO360B1F6/MT 3 Blade CS prop,
430W, SL70, SL30, and S-Tec-30. Round guages on the pilot side
except for the HSI replacement GRT-Mini-AP.
A bunch of hood time has made me better all around from a procedures
Hardest part for me is maintaining airspeed and altitude
simultaneously. What are you been-there-done-that types using for
your approach airspeed and how do you maintain it?
MAP, RPM, and mixture are things that I am trying to standardize on
and my instructor is pushing me to checklist these items. We're
currently using full rich, 2500RPM, and about 16"MAP as part of the
stabilized approach technique.
Suggestions and best practices appreciated!
3D printed glare shield - crushable ...Steve Melton
...sized for Dynon D100 - velcro attach. weight = 0.07 lb
Milestone: Panel IN ...stevenbgross
Panel is in airplane - month 13 of slow build 9A.
All Garmin, full IFR panel with permanent IPAD dock in front of
Gear/fairings/wheel pants complete
I was holding off the front top deck to enable the avionics
installation. Now that the avionics are in, and everything is
working, I am going to put the front deck on, finish the windscreen
and canopy, and then on to the engine.
This thing is starting to get very exciting!
Based on current progress, I plan to have the 9A out of the garage,
at the hangar for final assembly in the fall. I am in the DC Metro
Area. Hangars are expensive and hard to get. I have been on waiting
lists for 3 years. The hanger is 40 minutes away, so I am kind of
dreading the time when the project leaves the nest.
02-03/2017 Update ...j-red
(multiple pics) I've officially got
the RV grin! After the test flight several weeks ago, I, through the
aid of a forum member, located a local qualified CFI to give me
transition training and start the turn to final on my PPL.
Those who suggested that the transition to the RV would be
relatively simple and that the 6A was an easy flier were totally
right. I have about 100 hours in a low wing, stick and rudder LSA,
and so this plane just "fits" (albeit with out-of-this-world climb
performance, perfectly balanced controls, and gobs of speed!)
I've got a Sport Pilot license and lack about 5 hours of instruction
before taking the PPL practical. The instructor was thorough and
systematic in what he needed to see from me, yet sympathetic with
the need for the engine to break-in. His goal was to check me out as
quickly as practical so that I could spend the next few weeks
running at the power levels needed to seat the rings, yet the whole
time he tried to be aware of the need to keep the power up. To that
end, we tried to put the low power maneuvers at the end of the time
in the air. The engine now has about 5 hours on it: I have yet to
see any sign of oil useage and temps are very reasonable, so my
fingers are crossed that our training didn't harm anything.
Taxi Vibration Solved ...istrumit
I have posted a few times about this....vibration during taxi in
a low speed range.
No amount of air pressure adjustments, etc, has made any difference.
So, today, it was time to tackle this problem once and for all,
along with different problem I which I had a brake lock on landing.
I changed the brake liners today (not too hard to do) and, as a last
step, I jacked up the pilot side main gear to rotate it and make
sure the bearings sounded good.
Low and behold...that tire was out of round like crazy...very badly
out of round.
So, two new tires are on the way (I am sure the other one is a mess
too) and I expect this will solve the vibration problem.
I suppose this is what happens when you purchase and airplane that
sat in one place for nearly two years...I expected to have to put
about $5000 into it to get it right...so far I am about $3000 into
that number. I am happy with that!
March 14, 2017. Issue
Seeds down (at my home field). The drainage improvement project (pics)
is getting green. Rolling out more green mats in the next days.
100% the doings of the P.O.A. at
52F. Love seeing that progress...
RV-14 Canopy Fairing (and more) ...Tom Martin pictures
I have done a number of canopy farings in the past and had
intended to proceed as normal. In the spirit of learning new
techniques I followed Van's videos and plan directions for laying up
the canopy glass faring.
De-lamination Repair Suggestions Please ...jeffkersey
I did not build this airplane. On the right side of the my RV7A.
The skirt around the windshield is start to delaminate. Not sure if
a passenger caught it with a foot and got it started or what? Will
super glue bond this. Hoping to not have to do a bunch of gooping,
sanding, and painting to get it to stop...
Thanks for your thoughts...
ELT Activation - After Stepping Up On Wing
While pre-flighting yesterday I hear a beeping coming from the
cockpit. All switches are off. A quick glance at the ELT indicator
light shows nothing, and besides, the ELT sound is a whoop-whoop,
So I'm thinking it may be my high/low voltage buzzer, but the alarm
light is not blinking. So I continue to pre-flight while trying to
figure out what the beeping is.
Then my phone rings - its' the Air Force asking about my ELT going
I look back in the cockpit and notice the ELT light flashing.
I have a new ACK-E04 406 elt bought and installed last August.
When the annunciator lights up, there is a delay between flashing
which may be why I missed it the first time. Also, I was doing this
in bright sunshine so maybe that contributed to me missing it the
Also, I was expecting to hear the same "whoop-whoop" that you hear
over the radio. I was just wrong about that.
Anyway, I'm trying to figure out what to do next? The only thing I
could have done to trigger it was climb up on the wing - and I'm a
slow moving old guy who weighs about 150 pounds so this should not
have triggered it.
Any suggestions as to why this triggered and what should be my next
steps in resolving this?
Panel Porn ...frghtdg
First - Fly the Airplane... ...Greg Niehues
Had an interesting moment yesterday, I lost my airspeed
indication on rotation off the runway. With 2600' of runway and
wires on the end, it was a "keep going" situation.
This is when knowing the airplane really pays dividends. I know full
power solo with full tanks will give me 2000'/min climb, so I just
held about 1000'/min and knew I would be good. I leveled off and set
2500 rpm and 17" MAP which will always give me 100 knots, and came
back around to a long final. Pulled all the power and dumped 20
degrees of flaps and stuffed the nose down to the same angle I use
every time, and it worked this time just like every other, from my
flare and float I'm guessing I was maybe 10 knots fast over the
threshold. Turned out to be a non-event.
I chased the problem down to a broken TEE fitting where my pitot
line splits behind the panel to feed my backup EFIS with airspeed
data. This particular fitting came from the aviation department at
Lowes Hardware, and after 135 flight hours it decided it had served
its sentence and gave up.
Anyway - the upshot of all this - practice some slow flight
occasionally without airspeed info, or just turn off the EFIS
entirely and play with it. Learn how it feels and sounds, you never
know when that experience and time spent will pay dividends.
Governor Ball Joint Connector ...gyoung
I'm getting ready to attach my prop cable to the governor. This
is a redux of a circa 2001 install which used a ball joint
connector. The ball stud stayed on the governor arm but the cable
side has been lost. That was the standard method back then but Van's
doesn't seem to sell them now. ACS does but before I order a
replacement, is there a reason I don't hear any discussion about
this method and only about rod ends?
Vlad might be planning an 'around the world'
...guessing that got your attention <g>.
March 13, 2017. Issue
New Powerplant Milestone ...Norcalrv7
Nearly a year after starting this Subaru-Lycoming conversion, my
RV-7a took to the sunny skies over Eureka, CA. The engine ran silky
smooth without any hiccups. CHT's stayed in the mid 300's, and I ran
the engine at 25" and 2500 RPM at about 11:1 AFR for break in. After
the flight I cut the filter open, and found nothing abnormal.
Success! Now to fine tune all my fuel and timing values in SDS.
Late Winter Trip to Meet Some Aviation Friends ...Luke in Italy
16 yr Old Daughter Riveting ...pilot 28906
I had some riveting to finish on the fuse that required two
people. My 16 year old daughter used the rivet gun for 4 hours this
morning. She was a trooper and is quite good with the gun. Not sure
if the photo will work but my wife snapped it. I am in the tail
RV-8 Grin ...Champ
Son Tom checked out and down after first RV solo. Me to - soon.
Alton Bay Vid ...Vlad
Weight Reduction Mods ...Brantel
Just because the 3rd class medical is sort of a thing of the past
for some of us, that is no reason not to be responsible and take
care of ourselves so we can continue to enjoy our RV's for many
years to come.
Mid February I got back on the bandwagon in an effort to continue to
improve my health. Running every other day with at least 4 miles of
extra walking on the off days. Hitting the gym for strength training
every other non run day for at least an hour.
I decided to do an experiment to show myself how bad I was
destroying what I had worked so hard to accomplish over the past
month. Here is the result of that:
Turbo's Round Gauge Entry
Play in Wing Tip Hinge Install ...skyking902001
realize this is an old thread, but may help someone in the future. I
also had a loose fit on the right wing tip and already had both
halves of the hinge riveted in. I tried some .091 oversize
pins--helped some, but didn't cure the problem. The issue with the
hinges is there is some horizontal play between the eyelets on the
two halves—about .032” gap when one end of an eyelet is butted
against the opposite side eyelet. My solution was to add another
piece of hinge butted opposite from the existing hinge. I drilled
out 3 rivets holding the hinge, then I cut off 3 eyelets with the
dremel. I used some scrap hinge which I flipped upside down—I wanted
to keep the old hinge piece (less eyelets) in place. The part
flipped needs a .060” spacer to keep the eyelets in line. I
installed some dummy hinge with a pin to keep everything lined up,
then I used side clamps to secure the new hinge piece as well as a
small screwdriver blade jammed between the eyelets to hold the piece
in place. I match drilled using the wing tip and existing hinge as a
guide. After it was all clecoed together, I checked and sure enough,
no play in the hinge! I squeezed in some -6 rivets and called it
Multiple Panel Pics ...Jpm757
RV W&B Academic Briefing ...Vac first draft
Instrument Access Panel ...Niho_Ni's take
March 10, 2017. Issue
Audrey is at Irvine, CA being wined/dined re: their
PhD Chemistry program
Fri/Sat (they paid for the flight and hotel stay). She flew out
Thu a.m., so of course I looked up her flight on FlightAware. Dads
must supervise... Filed route is the first grab below
(HIMDU.DSNEE1). After looking at the planned arrival, I felt
obligated to inform her before she boarded via text that she was taking
the 'yellow brick road'. If you click on the second grab you'll
see 'GITRR DUUNN' on the MARUE.DDSNEE route, also. IFR humor...
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
IFR Rating at 65? ...Chris Smith asks
I am a PPL and have about 1,000 hours, all VFR in non-glass
cockpits. I started flying in 1967 and stopped in 1982. I started
again in 2004 when I decided to build a Sonex. I flew that for 150
hours and then bought an RV-4. I flew that for a couple hundred
hours and sold it and bought an RV-6. I flew that for a couple
hundred hours then sold it.
I'm 65 now, and being retired I have time on my hands. I thought
about going back to school (I live about 10 miles from UCF, where I
graduated in 1973 when it was still FTU!!), but then I thought maybe
I should go for an instrument rating.
So, a few questions for y'all:
1) Am I too old to take on such an undertaking?
2) How much can I do on my own, and how much do I need ground school
3) I've seen concentrated courses offered, for high sums. Are they
worth the money, and do they teach you how to fly IFR, or just how
to pass the written and flight exam?
4) Any other things I should be thinking of or considering?
Bending Roll Bar Inwards ...tgmillso
I discovered today that the WD-641 roll bar for my RV-7 slider
was 3/8" too wide, thus I consulted the instructions: "It
can be adjusted quite easily by hooking one end behind something and
pulling (to make it wider) or by putting one end on the floor and
leaning against it (to make it narrower). Go slowly. It is easy to
do too much." So I leaned it against the floor and put
every ounce of my pathetic 150lbs against it, and absolutely nothing
happened. I then went and got a truck ratchet strap, wrapped that
around the posts as low down as I could get it, and cranked as hard
as I could whilst still leaning on it, yet nothing happened (ok, it
bent now, but not enough to get even a fraction of plastic
deformation). It is apparent that when building an aeroplane, one
must calibrate their definition of "easily".
Home Ground Station - ADS-B on PC? ...Michael Robinson
My flight department at work has a giant flat screen TV behind
the front desk that we display SkyVector upon. I thought it would be
great to also provide ADS-B traffic on that display that emulates
our tablets in the cockpit.
then I figured we would just get a subscription to ForeFlight and
add a simple ground based ADS-B receiver on a pole outside the
But then I made the leap that perhaps we should just buy a Stratus 2
(or equivalent) for the flight department and then just plug it into
the PC for the times we are not using it to fly (dual use).
So - is there a plug and play architecture that allows ForeFlight
(or equivalent) sectional chart based flight planning software on a
PC and also allows input from an ADS-B receiver?
Does anyone have a PC based "ground station" at home using some of
their airborne equipment?
Thanks for the anticipated input.
Round Gauge Entry ...plehrke
Simple and traditional. Panel for the first 10 years of
flying up to a few weeks ago. In process of removing all vacuum
instruments but will be retaining the round instrument look.
New Guy Chimes In ...Jim A. in Denver.
Hey Guy's - Been lurking around for a while... Love the forums
and decided to join.
I fly a Bonanza and an RV-7a (currently being repaired because of a
nose gear failure and prop-strike
Love the commentary on this site!
Status Report ...(5) kentlik in OR pics
Straddling the CTR section to pound the rivets.
March 9, 2017. Issue
Seen at Monk's
...2014 Penny used as the button for opening the RV-8 oil door.
Enjoy the Video...Welcome John Licht
Van's RV-6/6A Formation practice in preparation for anniversary
celebration at Oshkosh. Taken at Whiteside County Airport,
Bittorf Field, Rock Falls, Illinois
July 23rd, 2016.
The 'Round Dials' Thread Starts ....tdhanson's idea
I'm proposing this thread to have a place where one can view
various old-style round gauges such as airspeed, altimeters,
turn/bank, engine gauges, and misc. for those designing a panel
using traditional gauges. It's easy to see the latest EFIS panel
screens and there's templates and pictures for that already by major
Sometimes a builder wants to build or replace a hole in their panel
with a 2 1/4 or 3 1/8 or other size hole.
Sometimes the look makes a difference. These could be true analog
guages, or even electronic or mini efis or led but fit in round
I'm proposing simple pictures and a link or mention of
brand/model/size/particulars if needed.
John Goodloe's entry
RV-10 Panel Status Report ...Patrick Kelley
So, sometime back I fried my VP200 units just in time to find
that Ballard had stopped supporting the system. Thankfully, that was
before I had completed my installation, so I sent it back to
Aerotronics for rework. While the VP-X system is not as nice (I was
really looking forward to the mode switching and being able to
operate my system from outside the aircraft using the key fob), it
still does the basic job though the lack of circuits meant I needed
two VP-Xs and also displays to operate them since the G900X does not
support Vertical Power. The solution? Replace my Dynon backup EFIS
with two GRT Sport system, one slaved to the other and each
supporting one of the VP-X units.
DIY Interior ...what Jim did
How about just gluing (spray contact cement) low nap carpet to
Baffle Clearance to Cowl Update Pics ...TimO RV-14
I took some pics today. Slightly larger ones on my website. The
pics aren't great but at least you can see the locations of where
the concern is. The pics here are *really* pretty poor, resized to
800 wide. The lighting was bad, too.
March 8, 2017. Issue
A sad day around our parts. At the time of publication, a
fisherman is still missing 1-mile from our airport (story).
His 2-yr old turned up in the woods 0930, and they found the boat, but
the 38-yr old father hasn't been located. I saw the news Tue
morning as I was headed out the door, and was planning on going up for a
bit, so I planned to avoid the area. When I got to 52F, I could
see there weren't any choppers in the search area so I turned that way
and loitered over the creek for a few minutes 1,000' agl looking up and
down the banks. I was hoping one of the SAR folks on the ground
would see my APRS tracker and HAM ID moving around on a laptop map and
put 2 and 2 together (that I wasn't a rubbernecker). I had KAFW
tower in standby and was going to chime in and IDENT if I spotted
something - the only plan I could come up with at the time.
Monitored 121.5 on the second radio. You could see boats looking
up and down the creek as well as fire trucks off in the distance.
After a few minutes a SAR person on the ground came up on 122.9 and told
me they were searching up to 400' with a drone. I asked if they
wanted me to leave, but they said they could use the eyeballs if I could
stay high. Absolutely. I
orbited the area for 45 minutes until a chopper for channel 4 chimed
in that he was five out inbound. I figured since there weren't any
other aircraft searching, the RV maybe could be helpful until others
showed up. More than one chopper was over the area for the next
several hours. Pretty helpless feeling...
Please keep the family and friends of those involved in your thoughts and
IAC Regional Series Winners
Congratulations to the IAC 2016 Regional Series Winners!!!
The aircraft types aren't listed, so I'm just going to highlight the
ones I know:
Ron Shreck RV-8 1st place Sportsman Northeast region
Patric Coggin RV-4 2nd place Sportsman South Central region
Bill McLean RV-4 2nd place Sportsman Southeast region
Ron Hill Pitts 3rd place Sportsman Southeast region
(yeah, Ron Hill flies a Pitts, but he has been known to fly an
RV-6 on occasion, so we'll give hime some credit! Plus he's
active here on VAF)
Way to go guys!!! I'm sure there were other RVs that placed, so
please shout out.
Just so y'all know. To be eligible for a regional place, you have to
have competed in at least 3 contests in the region. The national
championship can count for one of the regional contests. That's a
lot of practicing and flying to and fro.
Wanna Run the RV-3 Online World?
...Randy Lervold might be looking for someone to hand it off to.
I enjoy talking with Randy, even if he doesn't own an RV anymore.
RV Metal Signs ...Stephen
Here's a finished RV-10 sign that's for sale. $65 + Shipping is
what I am going to sell them for. The design possibilities are
endless and if someone wants a custom order, we can do that! You can
reach me @ 713-259-5125 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org for
AcroBox 2.0 Available ...Brad Benson RV-6A
Interested in aerobatics and looking for places which might be
potential locations to practice your IAC routine?
I wrote this app last year to simplify the process of finding
potential practice boxes and it worked pretty well. This year, I've
updated it with support for more devices (iPad Pro, etc.) and
additional sharing features. For example, if you have a box that you
like, you can instantly share it with someone else via AirDrop - no
WiFi setup, no email, no texts - just share it and it opens in
AcroBox on their phone or iPad.
As before, it still allows you to examine a location against both
VFR and IFR charts to ensure separation from airways, special use
airspace, etc. and it now also has street maps available in case
it's helpful to provide an approximate address for someone judging
from the ground.
A couple of quick screen shots showing the box used at Newton, KS
last year for the Aces High contest put on by IAC Chapter 119. The
aerial view shows the box, the boundaries, and the judges area,
while the IFR low chart shows conflicting airways (requiring a
waiver, which they had).
As always, the app is completely free (no ads, no unlock fees, etc.)
- aviation is expensive enough as it is.
March 7, 2017. Issue
RV-10 Construction Milestone ...Mark Ciaglia
What a rewarding experience. I have enjoyed every cleco, dimple
and river. I just passed the 200 hr mark.
What Just Happened?...Scott RV-10
I have been having a wheel vibration during a low speed taxi at a
certain speed (RV-10). Not bad, but irritating. The recommendation
has been to lower my tire pressure.
Last weekend I noticed my fairing on the pilot side had some play in
it. Maybe 1/2 an inch. So I took it off, managed to tighten up the
mounting plate (crows foot wrench, wo having to take the tire off).
I also broke the bolt holding the extender to wheel, so I had to
extract that and replace.
Anyway, long story short, it got it all back together and it was
solid, so what to do ? Go flying of course.
It was a very cross windy day, so when I landed I did not get
aligned and I landed pretty badly actually , in terms of alignment.
I was crabbed to the right, so the left main was leading the right
As soon as I touched down, the whole plane started shuddering like
an earthquake. I seriously considered I might break off a main.
I stomped the breaks and come to a full stop on the run way,
shuddering the who time.
Then, I tried to taxi. But no luck. It was going to be a left turn,
not matter how hard I stomped the right brake.
The fire truck came out to help me. I shut down and took a look. No
flats, no fairing rubbing...nothing obviously wrong.
So I started up again, tried taxiing. Got the shudder for a second
and could only turn left. Then it stopped and everything was normal
I have no idea what just happened. It seems like a stuck brake on
the left side or something jammed between the brake pad and the
Any ideas ? I am going to go take it all apart tomorrow, but I don't
even know what to look for.
Another Student-built RV-12 Start-up
Chapter Number 4 begins today in Omaha. AviationNation, Inc
enters its third state (Nebraska, now with Indiana and Texas) with
the delivery of their RV-12 tail kit. Jim Beyer, recently retired
Air Force pilot and now United pilot, will be the Chief Mentor. Look
for more start-ups in the next couple of weeks.
We are thrilled to be able to offer more and more students this
great opportunity. If you have aspirations of starting something
big, working with students might just be for you. Let me know what
you would like to do. See our page
here for more info, or PM
me. [ed. Bob, in case you don't know, the
FB link you mentioned is set to non-public - people (like me) who
don't use FB can't see it. Maybe you could have it set to
Status Shot ...Chattin35 -7
She wants out...
Tip Up Canopy Stops ...wjb DIY
Here are some photos of mine, made from L-angle. Fore-aft length
is 1.5 inches, the slanted vertical piece is sized so that the hole
for the positioner lines up with the existing tooling hole in the
bulkhead (which I enlarged slightly). The positioner is a mushroom
head screw originally intended for furniture assembly, available at
any HW store. If I was to do it over, I'd install a nut plate on the
back of the bracket and use a AN-3 bolt with a polished head. Once
you're in position, you only need to a few 32nd's of adjustment
Rusty Pilot Confessions ...Don
I felt the need to share my recent experiences of trying to get
back current after 24 years of not flying.
This came about since I had just received an AW for my RV 12 and
needed to fly it of course. My gut feelings were telling me that you
don't "forget" how to fly, so just crank her up and go be a test
pilot! Another little voice inside said, hey look at all the old
guys that built a plane then had bad experiences trying to fly it. I
am lucky, there are several RV12 owners, CFI people, that have a
LODA, letter of deviation authority, so they can instruct in their
experimental. One was only 500 miles or so away (Jetguy) and I had
received good reports from some friends who had used him, so I
I am so glad I did that. Maybe you don't actually forget how to fly,
but I can attest that you can sure get REALLY RUSTY! I could not
believe how bad I had become, and had I decided to just go fly it,
it would have ended badly for sure.. After 6 hours of dual in an
RV12, I had to interrupt for weather and scheduling, and I am STILL
not ready to fly this little simple plane by myself. With some more
hours, hopefully I will get back my skills as a pilot. If you THINK
you are ready, don't chance it, go get some dual and see if you
March 6, 2017. Issue
Thanks for the ride! ...wpar777
Jim Thill was kind enough to let me come up to his great hangar
at Cedar Meadows in WV and get my first ride in an RV-8. I am
currently building one and can only hope that it turns out as nice
as his. Hoping to be able to fly my own in for his 2018 BBQ!
One Week Out ...AX-O ice cream social
One week out. ....Just worked out
the gas price. It will be $4.09 per gal. On a different note.
If you sent me an email about attending, thank you. This year for
some reason the emails have been minimal. I have about 20 people
called in thus far. If you are coming out, please let up know so we
can buy enough supplies. Thank you.
How did you do that? (tight space rivet) ...Reflex
Your Experience, Exhaust Fumes in Cockpit Momentarily ...ron
I have flown in (3) RV9A s and have noticed a smell of exhaust
gas momentary at different speeds. Doesn't last but a few seconds. I
am thinking that like a semi pulling a long trailer in foggier
conditions where you see the trailing air disturbance behind the the
rear of the trailer's aft door that the same maybe happening where
as the exhaust comes in at the rear of the fuselage by the elevator
horns at rear of fuselage. I have the DOT carbon monoxide card
mounted on the instrument panel but never see it change color. Your
experience or thoughts. Was wondering if any pilots with the exhaust
pipe ends that were made pointing downward makes a difference.
3d Printed Accessories ...dtw_rv6
Here are a few of my 3d printed accessories - all in
polycarbonate and printed on my home brewed Prusa i3 style printer.
3d modelling is in solid works, and I use both Cura and Slic3r to
output the machine codes:
Rough Engine - Pool of Brake Fluid ...ELEDSALL
My latest attempt to run mogas in my Superior O-360 was not good.
I had good luck running it until the temps warmed up and then
problems. I suspected that my rough idle was due to mogas so I
drained one tank and replaced the gas with 100LL. No problems in the
flight around the patch. After landing, I switched to the mogas tank
to see if it was indeed the problem. Sure enough, before I could
return to the hangar my engine was barely running; coughing and
loopy idling. Super I thought; no engine problem just mogas.
After I limped back to the hangar, I felt my right brake go soft.
After shutting down, I noticed an ever larger pool of brake fluid
forming around the right tire. I rolled the bird back in the hangar
and within a few minutes, I had a pool around the left tire. I
thought that the vibration might be enough to brake the al tubing
that runs down the gear leg. I ordered braided lines and installed
them this a.m. As I went to reverse pump/bleed the brakes, fluid
immediately started running out of the brake caliper. I had not
found any breaks in the al tubing so I was already questioning my
analysis.... now I am baffled. Ideas please.
Cockpit Noise Solution ...flightlogic
Just a quick note to relate how we solved a high noise cockpit.
This is in OV-10 Bronco's. Lightspeed mic and headset. We found
installing not one... but sometimes two or three of the little
leather covers from David Clark fixed the issue. Cheap and easy. And
yes, they still need the hole in the back AND the front for the
passive noise cancel to work. (CAL Fire working planes).
March 3, 2017. Issue
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
A Gift for My Sister ...using the RV-6.
Yes, I used my RV-6 Thursday to
pick up a used vacuum cleaner I found on Craigslist. And yes,
I'm thinking about starting a 'What is the weirdest thing you've
used your RV for' thread.
You have to know my sister to know how much she'll like this...
3D Landing Light Bezel ...Weasel
Just an idea if you run into this. When mounting a landing
light in the wingtip, there is a gap around the light that needs to
be filled to finish the installation cosmetically. Here is
what we came up with. Thanks again to EAA and DS for providing
Solidworks to us for drawing the part in 3 dimension.
Updated Construction Pics ...kentlik 7A
Oil Cooler Air Inlet Work ...crabandy photos
Status Update ...Martin Leroux RV-8
Per my last post from yesterday evening, please see here below
the final product. With a new Throttle Quadrant Mounting Plate
raising the Throttle Quadrant by 3/8 inch, it is now flush with the
cover. Looking nice
RV-10 for Sale ...Mike Starkey
"With the impending retirement of my wife, and our relocation to
Nevada, it is time to turn over the keys to some lucky person who is
in need of a couple more seats than we will require in the future.
...we need the extra cash to build a house and hangar over in
Dayton. We will not even have a space for a plane until then."
March 2, 2017. Issue
A little milestone....Susie went flying with me Wednesday. Surgery
healing doing OK. In and out of the plane easy peazy. Up to
KGLE and back for gas (her first flight in the RV since 10/22/16).
courtesy AirPRS.com - note the
193kts data point on the way back (gonzo tailwind down the centerline).
That's 221.9 mph GS. She obviously doesn't fly much...so little in
fact I put a little 'S' in the margin in my logbook on flights she goes
with to remind me when (an 'A' for Audrey and 'T' for Tate).
Clear and a million today in N.TX.
(17) Ship Formation Including (4) RVs ...tc1234c
photo showed three RVs in a formation flight. It was from a
formation flight of 17 mixed airplanes. The flight was to give an
honored guest a ride in a formation. British Air Marshall Sir and
Lady Ian MacFadyen are friends of a few residents in the Spruce
Creek. When Sir Ian requested to fly with us we were happy to do it.
17 airplanes showed up, so we briefed and walked on the ground
before flying. Sir Ian flew with #17 Goofy and Lady Sally flew with
#16 Stu. Here is a video of the event.
March/April FAA Safety Briefing ...40 pages
RV-12 Nose Fork Data Point ...AllThumbs
On Feb-13 my wife flew me down to KWVI so we could look at an
RV-9A for sale. The RV-12 we flew had been carefully inspected and
there was no visual indication on the nose fork of any stress or
cracking. The plane is in of a club of 5 people, 2 of whom were the
builders. I did the wiring on it so we know this plane very well.
She joined the group to have a nice cheap way to keep current and
has really enjoyed it. RV-12s are magic.
Before we get a pile of replies: Yes we all knew about the SB. The
plan was to replace with the new fork model at the next condition
She made a perfect landing, gently set the nose down, and taxied off
uneventfully. But when we got to parking we had to make a fairly
sharp turn that probably turned the nose wheel to the stop bolts.
This was apparently the last straw for the nose fork and one side
sheared at the weld. Fortunately, there was no prop strike and we
didn't even realize it had failed until we shut down and got out.
Thanks to the fantastic builder community at KWVI for coming
to our aid! Sayid and Bill quickly gathered tools, helped us get the
nose wheel pant off, and assessed the problem - it was pretty
obvious since the wheel was at a 30 degree angle and the fork was
clearly broken at the weld.
Sayid knew of an RV-12 builder who was nearing completion and called
Bob. Bob drove 20 miles to the airport to open his hanger, removed
his already installed nose fork, and loaned it to us. Sayid and Bill
helped us (actually we just helped them) to install and tension it
and we were back on our way home just a few hours behind schedule.
We removed, cleaned and UPS'ed the fork back to Bob the next day.
This is the first time we've experienced this wonderful side of the
builder community in time of need and though I've been flying an
RV-6 since 2007 I was just amazed and grateful to these folks. Thank
Budget DIY Foggles ...greghughespdx
March 1, 2017. Issue
March Calendar Wallpaper
...courtesy Ed Hicks.
"17-ship mix of all sorts of types, but Ted Chang in his 9A
leading a -9 and a -12 caught my eye."
Status Report ...KazooRV-9A
Last weekend was a good one for RV building. Snowed all day here
in Kalamazoo and after having about a week of 50-60 degree weather,
it looked like the middle of winter again. So turned up the oil
burner in the shop and set to some building, with help from a couple
of guys who were surely escaping honey-do's back home.
The goal was to do something that would provide some measure of
visual progress. So the fuselage was targeted and we managed to:
Install the landing gear mounts
Installed the flap drive
Temporarily installed the fuel selector valve
Installed the Aux fuel pump
Moved the brake reservoir to the right for dual setup
Bent/formed the vent lines
Began to form the fuel lines
I'm beginning to realize that the hard part is keeping parts
on the plane. Seems like everything has to come back off 3 times
before they stay on for good!.
Status Report ...Chattin35 RV-7
Initial engine start yesterday. Fired right up and ran well. No
leaks! Only squawk was an inop EGT & CHT probe on the #3 cylinder (I
probably swapped red wires on the EIS4000 harness -- should be an
Getting closer to becoming an airplane
Mis-aligned camlock hole fix? ...rockwoodrv9
I have a James cowl I am doing the final fitting on and somehow I
have 3-4 holes I drilled that are off by about 1/8" or so to make
the fit along the top firewall correct.
I don't think just filling the hole with epoxy and glass fibers
would hold up to the shaking of the cowl. Putting another layer of
glass on the inside will make it too thick to fit properly.
My thought is to try and grind out on the inside so I can fill the
hole and put a glass patch to spread out the repair area.
The other option is to remove the camlock receiver plates, replace
them moved to make it fit better. I don't think I could re-use the
plates because they would only be moved a small distance and the
holes would not work out for distance.
Pedal RV Just Completed ...Mark for his son