Aug 31, 2012. 1143z
I won't get to share a group picture like the one below next year on
the first day of school, as Audrey will be at college. Since the
site advertisers and those who donate yearly quite literally help feed,
shelter and clothe these two kiddos, I'd thought I'd share these with
you so you can keep an eye on your investment. ;^) We have this
little tradition in our family of taking a picture of them walking away
each first day. So, here is the 2012 pair....Audrey
driving as a senior and Tate in sixth grade. Tidbit...Tate is
carrying and using the trumpet my parents bought me in 1977.
Polishing compound is an amazing thing.
Weather looks good for some flying this weekend here in N. Texas.
I'm hoping to get out a bit for some quality upside down time off the
surface, if possible. If not, there's always F1 on the DVR. I'm juiced for the return of
racing after the summer break - at Spa!
Turn #2 (Eau Rouge) is my favorite F1 turn, especially later in the race
when the cars have burned most of their gas and are much lighter.
Hope the rains stay away and they floor it.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! (contact)
I am beaming with pride – my baby took to the air today. After 11
months I am now entering phase 1 and starting a new adventure. I
have to thank Jetguy for his help. He had first honors punching the
first hole in the sky with N25DV.
After flying we had to tweak a few things, she had a heavy left
wing. After checking the flapperons we needed to put a few turns in
the heim joints the left flapperon. Also adjusted the idle down just
a little, and re-pitched the 3 blade Sensenich.
Weather was perfect - wind calm and 80 deg
A few photos before we ran out of daylight.
Back when Van´s was based in the small town of North Plains, we’d often
see a local guy making his way past our shop to the post office or the
market. He was easy to spot - he was the one with the white and red cane.
Yeah, he was blind... but that obviously didn’t keep him from doing what
One day, he tapped his way to the door, and inquired about job
"I hear the saws running," he said, "and I know my way around a woodshop..."
The guy we had building our shipping crates wasn’t happy with his job and
the feeling was mutual. So General Manager Bill Benedict decided to take a
chance and hire Jim Daggett. It wasn't a fun job - the woodshop was
unheated and dark, and the tools were pretty basic. Jim pulled on his
jacket and went to work. After all, as he said, "dark don't bother me."
If you’ve received an RV kit in a handsomely built crate, you’ve benefited
from Jim's craftsmanship. His work has safely delivered airplane kits to
more than fifty countries.
Yesterday, after seventeen years and 28,000 shipping crates, Jim retired as
Crating Supervisor. His work ethic and sly sense of humor will be very much
missed around here. We hope his retirement will give him back as much as
he’s given us.
After two great weeks on Orcas Island, last Sunday we flew out of
East Sound to Hillsboro where we rented a car and drove out to the
Oregon coast to spend a week. We had some clouds but good vfr
This was our first year to fly the RV to Oshkosh. The AOPA Live
film team found us walking around one day and wanted to talk to my
son, Hunter, about young people that want to be pilots. Hunter
really enjoyed being followed around by the TV crew and had a great
time at Oshkosh. The young pilots section starts at 16:10 in the
video. We hit 501 hours on the RV-7A on the way home.
On the Bench at SteinAir
1)RV-10 with dual AFS600 screens,
full Garmin stack and TruTrak Gemini for backup.
RV9 with Dual Dynon Skyviews and VP400 from Vertical Power.
3) Two RV10 panels equipped
identically but painted differently, both headed to the Czech Republic. Dual
G3X’s and a 696 with a nice Garmin Stack.
Proud to report that as of 12:45 CDT today I am the possessor of
a genuine airworthiness certificate for N385TE. No pictures, no
flourish of trumpets, no drum roll ... just a very BIG day after 6
years of building. I have another 1.8 hrs of transition training to
complete and then we'll see if her "wings 'n things" all play nicely
(I have a million thank you's to express, but I'll wait til first
flight to do that.)
RV-9A Tip-up; QB, IO-320;
Done! ; she's airworthy!
After flying naked for two years (airplane not me...most of the time) I
finally got it painted. Ray's Aviation at Santa Paula Airport. Did a great
job. Crystal Silver and Surf Blue. Both Mini Cooper colors.
I'm installing a "pre-owned" engine in my RV-9A. The engine was recently
on a certified aircraft. There is already fitting in the pressure port, but
I don't know if it is a restrictor fitting? It does appear to be steel. I'm
really afraid to remove this fitting for fear of damaging it and/or the port
trying to get it out.
One option would be to assume that it is a restrictor fitting and just try
and use the fitting as is.
I've enclosed a couple of pictures. The directions say to install the
fitting "45 degrees outboard and 45 degrees down." The fitting is installed
45 degrees outboard but is about 30 degrees up. I assume that this will
interfere with the engine mount, but I'm not sure. Will the 30 degrees up be
What are the chances that this is a restrictor fitting? Is there anyway to
If I either have to or decide to remove it, how is the best way to go about
that? I've read that heating the area up with a blow torch will usually
soften the sealant enough to be able to remove it. Are we talking a micro
torch or a regular sized blow torch? The edges of the fitting have been
rounded a little so I can't get a solid hold on it with a wrench. Any
suggestions about how to remove this fitting?
Aug 29, 2012. 0732z
I have it on good authority that my friend Alex De Dominicis of
RVTraining.com is turning 50 today.That 'good
authority' may or may not be his wife calling me yesterday to see if I
could put the event up here this morning <grin>. HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY ALEX! And, thanks again for
the transition training and tailwheel endorsement a decade ago. (contact)
After nine and a half years of building my Vans RV-9A, it flew
for the first time this past Sunday, August 26, 2012. It was a
perfect evening for the flight and all went well. The most surreal
feeling I have ever had. Thanks James Clark for the training and
managing the process. Thanks Ken Harrill for all the advice and the
Technical Advisor visits. Thanks Tom Roberts for all support in
recent years. Thanks to everyone that helped and encouraged me over
the years - 9.5 years! I began the building process when I started
cleaning out my old single car garage on January 4, 2003, to convert
it to a workshop. My preview plans arrived on February 13, 2003 and
my empennage kit on March 5, 2003. Thanks to my lovely wife for all
her patients and support. Can't wait to take her up when the 40
hours of phase one are completed. My four pillars of support have
been: my wife and the girls, EAA Chapter 242, our local RV builders,
and the VansAirforce.net community. Thanks to you all!!
On Thursday, 8/23/12 at 1830 hours my RV6A, kit # 22369 slow
build, non pre-punched, took to the air for the first time. The
plane performed as advertised and flew very well. After 4 and a half
years of building pretty much every spare minute I could muster it
was a thrill to get it into the air for the first time.
Recently, our cleco manufacturer approached us with a great one-time
deal. The plating company that normally plates the cleco bodies for
color coding had made a mistake and not properly prepared the cleco
bodies for the plating process - the result was a "splotchy" plating
job. This is a cosmetic issue only, there is absolutely nothing
wrong with the mechanical operation of the clecos, but they cannot
be sold as first quality because of the appearance.
We are offering these 1/8" Spring Clecos at a one-time special deal
of $22.00 per bag of 100 pieces. We
normally sell these for .45 each, and most of our competitors sell
them in the .47 - .55 each range (and some even higher than that).
With this deal, you get brand new clecos at over half off of our
normal list price.
This is a limited deal - we have 15,000 clecos available at this
special price and when they are gone, they are gone forever
If you need, or think you will need, 1/8" Spring Clecos, this is a
perfect opportunity to stock up and save.
Again, these are brand new AMERICAN MADE clecos and
there is absolutely nothing whatsoever wrong with their operation -
they just got short-changed in the color coding plating process.
To make this deal even more attractive, we will offer FREE
standard shipping to ANY address in the USA if you buy two or more
bags of 100. And, if you order any additional items with the
two bags of 100, we will ship those items for FREE as well.
Our online system will not automatically give you free shipping
unless your total order is over $95, but REST ASSURED that we
will plug in free shipping for you when we finalize and process your
order for shipment. If you order at least two bags of 100 pieces,
and your address is in the USA, you will receive FREE
My buddy recently delivered an RV to its new owner. The
plane was bought sight unseen with no pre-buy inspection.
This was subsequently found (below). If you don't see
the issue, look just above the rudder pedal and you'll find
a rubber drain plug stuck in a hole in the firewall - chain
and all. Maybe this is an emergency cabin alt air source?
Grab the chain with your toes and pull the plug!?
Confession time. Ignorance bit me in the butt (pretty
typical), but nothing was bruised but my ego.
When the RV-1 was on the Barnstorming Tour of the Midwest, I
landed at Toledo, OH, to meet Bob Mills and The One. Upon
landing and rollout, I discovered that my tailwheel didn't
lock. I had to use differential braking while taxiing to the
As I contemplated borrowing someone's hangar and tools to
service the tailwheel, I jostled it a bit and the wheel
locked OK. We took off, landed back home without incident
and I reminded myself to service the tailwheel ASAP.
I had no issues for the next 10 hours or so. Tailwheel was
locking perfectly, so I figured I'd just wait until
condition inspection time and do it then. That is the moment
when a little voice should start saying, "Stupid ... stupid
... stupid ..."
Last week, I took Smokey up for a local flight just for fun.
Came back to land and, as the tailwheel came down, started
an immediate departure of the runway to the right. I
immediately knew that the tailwheel wasn't locking, so I
pushed on the left brake to straighten out, but to no avail.
I was no longer a pilot but a passenger.
I missed the runway lights, careened into the grass and came
to a stop. The tailwheel locking pin was stuck again, but of
more concern was that I had no brakes.
As I taxied to the hangar, I realized that I had brakes, but
not much. Far more pedal resistance on the right than on the
I pulled the tailwheel and disassembled, cleaned, deburred
and regreased it. Works like a charm now. However, checking
the brakes was another story.
When I checked the brake pads last year, I still had
significant pad thickness left, so decided that I'd change
them this year. I pulled the left wheel pant and found that
I still had decent brake pads. Hmmm... so, I pulled the
baggage compartment floor to see how the brake fluid levels
were (I have the kind with the master cylinders and
reservoirs mounted to the brake pedals). I pulled the plugs
and found NO brake fluid!
I was quite surprised, as I hadn't noticed any brake fluid
puddles on the hangar floor, none in the cockpit and no
leaks when I did condition inspections the last two years. I
just assumed that, being in a "closed system" like that,
there's no place for the fluid to go and that the level
really didn't need to be checked. Wrong.
I still can't explain where three years' worth of brake
fluid went, but I topped off the right one in the reservoir
because I still had firm pressure, and drained the left
system and refilled it from the bottom. I now have solid
So, if you're assuming that your brake fluid reservoir is
full because it was when you filled it and you haven't seen
any leaks anywhere, you might want to check the fluid level
to be sure. It's a good item to have on your annual
condition inspection list.
Totally Off Topic
Aug 27, 2012. 1148z Good morning! Saturday out at the airport was the usual
mix of suspects, pancakes, flying and lying. Talk of aviation,
cars, guns, motorcycles and all the other He-Man stuff. Tate and I
were enjoying his last weekend of summer before sixth grade begins, and
the weather couldn't have been nicer. You might even call it cool
above 1,000 AGL. Really nice for the first time in a long while.
The rest of the day was spent reflecting on
the life of Mr. Neil Armstrong.
Rest in Peace, Sir.You inspired this kid...and still do. Sunday morning I woke up earlier than everyone, due in part to what
must be a snow pea-sized bladder. I made all quiet like and slunk
out the door for the airport. The RV needed gas, and Sherman (KSWI)
had it for $4.57/gal. Our local pumps are $5.25. Best I
could later figure was it cost me a little over $8 to go fly .8hr.
I saved $20 by going to Sherman, but spent about $28 doing it.
Drug a wing through some drizzle to wash off the grime and pulled back
in the driveway at 0857. Everyone still asleep.Last
day of summer and all. As I type this the house sounds like a train station. It's the
first day of school and the kids are running around in various states of
chaos. I realized last night around 9pm that it was the final 'last night
before school starts' that our daughter will probably spend in our home.
Next year she'll be at college on that day. Crap.
Starting to understand why some folks have five dogs. (contact)
1) Convective. Stayed close and watched animation
2) Getting home before the 'real' rain started. 6.5gal/hr and 19.4mpg
over the ground (24kt headwind) iPhone takes a surprisingly good
Visited the MotherShip this Tuesday and Wednesday. Flew the plane, caught
the grin, placed the order. Was just notified a couple hours ago that the
first kit will arrive Monday.
I'm mentally ready, but that's about all. I suppose I could've thought up a
thousand excuses for waiting just a little longer, but that line from Pink
Floyd's "The Wall" keeps haunting me. You know the one..."if y' don' eat yer
meat, y' canna have any pudding."
Special thanks and howdy to Ken and Daryl at Van's... good troops.
RV-12 120682 Emp & Wing Kits
Curious today as to how others have funded their project.
I make good money, glad I went to college and it's paying off. As with
everybody you never make enough for all the toys you want as quick as you
Fairly new to aviation hobby, but been building and working on cars for
years. I've made a fair amount of cash on the side doing side work,
fabrication, design, manufacturing of items for cars in the past. Probably
be doing similar to build my RV.
I need some advice. I completed an RV7 last year and my 11 year
old has helped with the project since he was 2 years old. He
started, at 2 years old, just keeping me company in the shop and 9
years later he was helping attach the wings. He has all the
simulator games and loves all things that fly. He has been up with
me 6 times now and has gotten queasy every time. A few times he has
thrown up. We both feel terrible about this situation. Has anyone
else had this happen to them? And what did you end up doing about
it? He is the best co-pilot i have ever had. Any advice would be
The Valkyrie has always had a very nice, even distribution of
Cylinder Head Temps, right out of the box – the baffle kit back then
didn’t have air dams as part of the stock setup, and the
recommendation was to go without them, and add them if required. I
never needed to, so I never did. But ever since I changed all four
cylinders a few months ago, the #1 CHT has run about forty or fifty
degrees cooler than the others. Don’t’ ask me why – same baffles,
same sealing system – just Lycoming jugs versus ECI’s.
Aug 24, 2012. 1151z What? You don't have a 1-man hot air balloon that fits
in your RV-7A? Noah Forden turns the OMG fun meter to eleven
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! (contact)
After the first flight of my RV-7A last October, I started to get
a little empty nest syndrome in my workshop. No parts lying around
that needed to be worked on, so I decided I needed a new project.
Nothing that would take years, mind you. I have been building and
flying hot air balloons for 25 years, and thought it would be cool
to build an ultralight hot air balloon which would fit in my RV-7A.
● DarylTMakes the Front Page Two Days In A
Row .... First Flight Daryl Tolliver RV-7A
Hey everyone, if you missed 2012 Vans Homecoming click on the
link below. Scott gives some interesting numbers on kit's started
and finished along with other good information and of course see and
hear from Van.
is a light-weight, all-electric, air conditioning system developed
for the expanding LSA market.
The system includes a maintenance-free, hermetically-sealed,
brushless dc motor/compressor, a light-weight condenser assembly and
a compact evaporator unit. The AC runs from either a 70 amp
alternator specially designed to integrate well with the 912 Rotax
engine or from a 28 VDC ground power source. When ground
pre-cooling, the system provides a 20°F cabin temperature drop in
just 10 minutes. The system weighs only 20 pounds installed."
Aug 23, 2012. 1133z Yesterday morning it was forecast to be mist, 4 mile viz and
in the high 60's, and that made my Spidey sense go off. We just
got a good rain and I was thinking the deer might be active around
breakfast time. Anywho, I pushed out the site yesterday at 0629
local and slipped out the back Jack for a little local morning recon - never got more than five miles from the runway
or over 1000' agl.
Spotted 32 deer in 37 minutes - a new record for me. And 20+ wild
hogs and 6 turkeys. Seemed like every animal in the county was out
moving in the open. Back home on the keyboard by 0845.
And if you're into deer hunting, no, I won't tell you where they are (I
want 'em alive). My reasons are like the
comedian Ron White's (NSFW
and blue language). A good start to the day...and I probably won't see a deer for a month
Ser. No. 120100, N12VZ, flew this morning at KGAI in the DC SFRA. No
Blackhawk or F-15 for escort, slightly heavy right wing, prop pitch about
perfect---otherwise uneventful. Thanks to RDAWG and Jetguy!!! What a great
airplane. Keep popping those rivets, guys and girls. It's worth it.
It is hard to believe that my 12 is almost ready to fly after 11 months.
For those 12 owners that don’t know, I went a little different route and
build my 12 as an EAB. I used the Rotax and avionics off of my LSA and sold
the Hornet without Avionics and 912. The Rotax had about 100 hours on it (4
Monday night was a big milestone she fired up without even a full turn of
the prop. (video link below) The 912 was removed off of my Sporthornet back
in Oct and she has been sitting for 10 months to come back to life.
Tuesday night after work was consumed with on the last min checks for the
DAR’s visit. I also installed a custom longer Pitot tube. This was due to
the mods I made for the external alternator and Sensenich prop extender.
Mark B another RV12 builder on the field came by and assisted. Extra set of
hands was great since hoses were in place.
Aug 22, 2012. 1130z It was a little like Oregon here in N. Texas yesterday - rain/drizzle and
highs in the mid 70's. Really quite nice if you only have to deal
with it for a day or two ;^). Today we're back to all-sunshine VFR
with climbing temps. (contact)
Some of you maybe wondering what we could possibly be doing to
keep busy on this island. Well we have been very busy. We have
explored Moran State Park and taken several hikes that included the
Twin Lakes hike, Cascade Lake hike, Obstruction Pass hike and
Cascade Falls hike. We have a couple left to do.
Aug 20, 2012. 1129z I'm no Deadhead, and my idea of hell on earth is a
smoke-filled club full of weekend hippies, but thanks to the interweb I
'74 live recording of 'Sugaree'
playing in my ears as I scanned for deer, turkeys and wild hogs
yesterday morning. A very pleasant 21 minute, 71°F post-rain
flight around the local. Three deer, 30+ turkeys, one falcon, no
wild hogs.A friend I've known almost my whole life was in
his backyard as I went by. A dip of the wing and a wave back
prompted me to stop by their house on the way home to catch up on
families, dogs and aging bodies.Saying 'hi' by airplane
might be the best way there is.Easily better than email or
phone. Later at the house I FaceTwitteroogled a version of the same
by Chris Robinson from back in '03; clean ES-335 through
Orange/Vox amps, Leslie cabinet for the organ and no autotuned vocals.
What a great cover!Enjoyed how the two bass players
chose to play most of their parts an octave apart.Anywho,
it added to the flight. Maybe it was just the cooler temps, but it
got the day off to to a nice start. Hummed that dang song
the rest of the day. 'Just one thing I ask of you, just
one thing for me
Please forget you know my name, my
darling sugaree' Spent the afternoon listening to our daughter bounce off
ideas for college admission essays while I helped the wifey turn the
house from a pig sty into something slightly less than a pig sty.
It's the last week of summer and we're getting in a few more days of
laziness. If the camera crew from 'Hoarders' shows up I'll
let you know. Flying before housework.
Hope you also got some time off the surface this weekend, and that your
Monday goes swell. (contact)
The “Epic Journey” began with me as a six year old kid. My
grandfather, who farmed the area around the Auburn airport in
southeast Nebraska, introduced me to Fred “Bud” Farrington. Bud
managed the small grass-strip municipal airport. He flew charter
flights, worked on airplanes, gave lessons and was also a spray
pilot. He did it all. He was also an Ace P-51 fighter pilot who
served our country in WW II and flew with the RAF. During the
summers, I was his “assistant manager” of the Auburn airport. Bud
would always call when he had a spare seat and I would go with him.
He would always say, “Whenever you can reach the rudder pedals, I
will teach you how to fly.” That never happened. When I got to that
age, I needed to stay home to work on our own farm and ranch in
In The Shop ● Engine Hung ...Matthew
Lorenz of Lakeland, FL
Aug 17, 2012. 1135z Homecoming is this weekend! Looking forward to seeing
pictures of RVs with vegetation in the background that is still green
Wishing you and yours and happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! (contact)
The Travel Adventures of 'Acroflyrgirl' ...next five
RV-8 Empennage has been ordered!! Hi all my name is Michael Foss!
Long time pilot, very very new builder! Got a chance to meet the
Pratt brothers in OshKosh and that solidified my decision. Now I
need to find a support group in the Aurora, IL area as I just got
word I'm being transferred in October. I have been poking around the
forum for a little while and have started building up the tool
database. Just a big THANK YOU for all the advice you have given
indirectly through this forum!
Aug 16, 2012. 1127z No grasshoppers or sweat for once. Yesterday it rained
here, so several of the locals ended up at the airport in the early
morning just to see what things looked like damp. Mid 70's and
overcast - hasn't been this way in a VERY long time (I know you folks in
Oregon are probably rolling your eyes at someone excited about rain).
There were two small remnants of the storms off to the NW a few miles,
with light rain that you could see through. Since I could very
well be the laziest person on the planet, I took the opportunity to push
the RV-6 out and go for a short flight in order to wash some of the
dust, grime and bugs off. It was a refreshing change to be flying
in the RV and not be covered in sweat. Honest-to-goodness rain
flowing up and over the canopy. After playing in the wet for a
couple of minutes, I dialed in the airport and turned on the autopilot,
using the VNAV and heading hold features to dump me at the right
altitude on a two-mile initial.
Turning off the runway it was nice to see, or more accurately not see,
hundreds of grasshoppers jumping out of the way. This time of year
they're pretty bad.
I left the house at 7:30 AM and was back home on the keyboard by 9:50 AM.
Sixteen minutes off the surface... $10.78 in avgas is my best guess.
The cost of a lazy man's airplane rinse. (contact)
I am proud to announce that my RV8 is now flying since 07/27/12 and
is out of the French equivalent of phase one from Monday.
I took me 2 1/2 years from reception of the empennage to first
flight but 2 years of building as I did not anticipate how fast the
empennage was going to be built.
I receive the empennage for my 18's birthday (majority in France).
For the story I was thinking of an RV8 for a long time but my
parents were saying that I should finish my studies before thinking
of building an airplane. As my birthday was getting closer and as my
parent didn't find an unforgivable present, they asked my plane
instructor what could that present be? and without hesitating a
second he told them "an RV8".
Having never seriously discussed of that with my parents, I let
you imagine how happy and surprise I felt when I discover the
empennage kit in the living room.
As a aeronautical engineering student, the most difficult thing
during this 2 years experience was to conciliate the studies and the
work I had to do on the plane if I wanted to finish it.
I did the first flight on a calm evening and get no surprise with
the plane expect that it performs much better than other airplanes I
used to fly. The plane had no heavy wing and no left or right
With the plenum, on first flight I noticed that the CHT temps were
pretty high (410°F) but get the same temp on all the cylinders and
oil temp was in the 205°F range.
Now after 20 hrs of flight time, the CHT are now on the 350°F range
and oil temp in the 185°F with 77°F OAT. The plenum seems to
be very efficient as in cruise I have 0-2°F difference between the
The plane is a joy to fly and gave me the RV grin each time I jump
I took off this morning from Tucson, forgot to take any BTO
(before takeoff) pix.
New updated Van's Aircraft website coming this weekend!
...(from the company Facebook page) "Over this upcoming
weekend (August 18-19), you may notice that Van’s website has
disappeared. Not to worry – it will only be gone for an hour or two…
Or three… Just for a little while, anyway.
When it comes back there will be a whole new look.
Our old website was originally “composed” in the 90s. It’s
served us well – like the company itself, there wasn’t a lot of
flash and hype… just a lot of good factual information that
customers and potential customers could use to base decisions upon.
The new website continues that tradition, but updated
information, improved navigation and better internal linking will
make gathering information and placing orders easier than ever.
Plus, the pictures are flashier!
The following website browsers have been tested while developing
the new website and work well.
Windows Internet Explorer version 8.0.600
Safari version 5.1.2
Google Chrome version 21.0.1180
Firefox version 10.0.2
Monitor screen resolutions settings tested to view the new site
with good results are:
The majority of our users currently view the website using the
Windows Internet Explorer. On Version 8 and higher of the Windows
Internet Explorer there is a Compatibility View Settings tab.
DO NOT use any Compatibility View settings on the
"The past few months have been busy and interesting for me and my
family (which includes the Van’s A/C family). The feature in Sport
Aviation, the RV-1 tour, the RV-14 introduction, and the Oshkosh
activities have kept us all busy.
You’ve probably all seen the June SA with my mug shot splashed on
the cover. You may have missed the photo credits listing my daughter
Cheryl as the photographer. Because of this, we have access to a lot
of the photos that were not used, most of which are also very good.
here is the original photo used for the cover. The
objective was to get one of our airplanes in the background. This
was mostly cropped out for the final presentation, as well as
“photo-shopped” to eliminate shadows and warts. The “Hollywood
For your entertainment, and to further show Cheryl’s talent, we’ve
attached a couple other photos which we thought were good candidates
for the cover.”
From Lurker to Builder. I've been doing a lot of reading here and
wanted to finally introduce myself and my building partner as we
start construction on our RV-10, builder number 41373. Got the shop
set up and attached the picture mostly to learn how to do it. We're
ready to rivet together the VS and at the point of dimpling the
rivet skins; trying to decide if we're going to add rudder trim.
Anyway, I'm in (very) south Georgia so hello and thanks already for
the tips so far. Partner is Rick Gilbride, owner of an RV-6.
I had to travel to Amarillo (KAMA) on Monday for a three day
business trip. When I arrived at the airport this morning what to my
wondering eyes should appear?
● Aircraft Kit Industry Assoc. Press Release
“In accepting our invitation to participate on an
Advisory Board, these men bring a level of credibility, knowledge
and experience that not only contributes instant recognition to AKIA,
but which will be invaluable in addressing the issues currently
confronting all of us in the EAB movement,” said
President of AKIA. “We’re pleased to have them with us and believe
they add significant power to the voice of AKIA.”
Totally Off Topic
Aug 15, 2012. 1149z
Hump day! We finally got some rain yesterday and this morning here in N.TX.
It's been over 100°F here for the past two weeks and the yards can be described, as I heard Matt Burch say one day, as 'walking on a plate
full of Doritos'. The downside of the rain (log at right) is it arrived in
typical Texas summer fashion - house shaking thunder, cloud to ground
and cloud to cloud lightning every second for over an hour....and hail.
The whole family, including the dog, was wide awake at 0200 having the
'what do we take with us if lightning strikes the house' conversation.
Summer in Texas <g>.
Going to the airport this morning to check on things (and enjoy the
cooler morning temps). (contact)
This is Nash August Wright. His adoption was finalized today. My
daughter has been working through this process for 16 months and it
became official this morning. After we all had breakfast Nash and I
decided it was time for his first airplane ride. I think he liked
He's ready to go again!
Following the NTSB’s chilling recommendation for pilots not to put all
their faith in the accuracy or timeliness
of satellite-delivered weather, I’ve really started to rethink my flying in
a way that is as profound as any change I’ve gone through since I started
flying IFR seriously, that is to say, in order to get somewhere as opposed
to practicing toward that end.
I like to think that from my home base in Austin, Texas, I fly in one of
the most meteorologically challenging areas of the country, and there’s a
lot to be said for that argument, though those pilots who live with ice and
crud for a good part of the year are sure to disagree.
Where I live going flying in the summertime is tantamount to going flying
with thunderstorms. There are occasional days when there are no CBs
forecast, and on a few of those days the forecast is actually correct, and
you get to enjoy hot, clear and often smooth skies, at least above 6,000
feet or so. It’s different than the great Southwest — look at a map; Texas
isn’t in the Southwest; we’re Midwesterners with a twang. Over the real
desert, which you begin to hit in West Texas, the power of the heat and the
terrain, the wind and the general cantankerousness of the region create
mechanical turbulence higher than light airplanes typically fly. On the
worst days, and there are plenty of them, even the airliners and bizjets
aren’t immune to the moderate chop, or worse, created by the brown on brown
rock garden of the great American deserts.
Might be of interest to you. ECI IO-360 been sitting for awhile waiting
for the plane to be done, finally at the hanger and starting to be
First start very successful and accomplished the objectives. Temp's and
pressures all fine, learned that E-Mag's put out 2 pulses/rev (got that
Ongoing Maintenance Issues ●
New Panel...Pete Pengilly
After 12 years Casper has a new panel. The old one was rather hacked
about and would not stand being hacked again to install an EFIS, so starting
from scratch was in order. That allowed me to remove the Exp Bus 2
electrical system that was becoming unreliable and to replace it with
regular fuses and a 2 bus distribution system, as suggested by Bob Nuckolls.
From Luke at Classic Aero Designs
"We're out of the office 8/15 and
8/16. Back on Friday."
This works great for me, as described in my earlier post to this
thread. The HBC sign works great for shading the iPad when the sun
angle isn't good. The Koger sunshade also helps. I use the iPad in
my RV all the time, and it works just fine for me. I also have a
glare shield coating on the iPad, which helps.
I wanted to share with you and the
VAF iFlightPlanner's announcement of the
iFlightPlanner Widget, a simple set of HTML code we designed to
allow the addition of iFlightPlanner's airport and aviation weather
information to any website. It's perfect for personal blogs, flying
clubs or association chapters. The press release is hitting the
wire tomorrow (August 13).
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me
Totally Off Topic
Aug 13, 2012. 1143z Morning! Saturday morning around 0645 I snuck out to the
airport for some time off the surface. As I was pushing the -6 out
Clayton, from across the runway, yelled 'Good Morning! Got an
empty seat?' Sure. Clayton flies a C182, but recently bought
an -8 project on the field. He's ridden in an RV, but not a
side-by-side model. Pointed out a couple features on the EFIS that
he needed to know (altitude/airspeed/etc) then gave him the controls.
I looked for deer....kind of a habit I have developed. Clayton's a
really nice guy and is going to enjoy that -8.
Swept up my corner of the hangar when done, then went home for a little
time in the garage fiddling with the RV-6 replacement rudder project.
Half that time was spent organizing the front of the garage, and the
other half peeling blue plastic and marveling over how much my vision
has changed in the 15 years since building the first rudder. Hope you had a nice weekend and that Monday goes swell. (contact)
Well, after 8 years of thinking about and/or working on this
project every day, it made it's first flight this morning. Morning
temperature in northcentral Pa. was 60 degrees with calm winds. With
the help of my son (now 19) that assisted in every step of
construction, we gave it a final check before I climbed in and made
the first flight. CHT showed 400 F in climb but settled down to 375
for the remaining 30 minutes. Oil temp hung at 170F. Indicated
airspeed @2400 rpm was 145 knots.
No squawks to report. Thank you to Jan Bussell for preparing me for
this flight. Oh yea, the landing was a real greaser!
Well I officially have a flying airplane. N59TP took to the air
today for the first time. What an incredible experience. The plane
flew well hands off and has no issues except for being about a "half
ball" out of trim. Many thanks to many people but especially to my
wife who has unselfishly supported me for the six and one-half year
build. Also thanks to Paul Rose who was my build partner and who
finished his 9A about three weeks ago. What a great flying airplane.
Almost like soloing all over again. I'm still high. Tim Pethel
Sorry no video this time. But this morning I finally took her up.
Amazing..what a great feeling it was. I flew for about an hr...made
3 t/o and landings. At cruise 25sq'd I was showing about 162 kts TAS
(slow?)..engine temps looked good. Only issue I am having is the MGL
V6 radio. It sounds and acts great on the ground, but as soon as I
add power all I hear is static...otherwise I would have stayed up
Last month my family and I relocated from Mountain View, CA to
Poulsbo, WA with my RV moving from KRHV (San Jose, CA) to KPWT
(Bremerton, WA). So with the moving activities getting settled down,
or at least us getting tired of unloading boxes and cleaning up
clutter, I was able to get my wife Kellie to make a lunch trip with
me in our RV. And what a spectacular day and incredible scenery for
the flight! Pretty cool day for about 30 minute flight each way.
For those still building, it was worth all 12+ years of building
(and moving the project for military PCS moves)! Posted for
motivation, and to let my former CA flying friends know it doesn't
always rain in the PNW
16,000...should pass this milestone of registered VAF Forum
Totally Off Topic
Aug 10, 2012. 1148z It can sometimes be difficult to decide on a 'splash image'
for the top of the site each day. Some days I don't know what it's
going to be until 60 seconds before pushing it out. Well, today's
image was a no-brainer. Thanks Luke! Great looking kid (even
worked in a SteinAir T-shirt). ;^)
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! (contact)
We drove up and reassembled the plane yesterday after it had been
at the paint shop for the past 4 weeks and we were very happy with
the results. We really liked
this scheme from a -12 in England and decided to go with it
after going through a few designs. (thanks Jerry)
Just a few more things to add and it will be complete. It is a very
fun plane to fly with great visibility, quick responsiveness and so
simple. Great job Van's Aircraft, thanks again.
A dream come true...
Working in concert, Friends of the RV-1, EAA, and the RV community
have successfully created a new page in homebuilt aviation history -
and done so in a most spectacular manner. The historic RV-1 is now
preserved in the EAA museum for future generations, hundreds of
dedicated volunteers and supporters were directly engaged in
"restoring" the aircraft to airworthy condition, a special team of
pilots and escorts barnstormed the RV-1 across the USA and into
Canada, and the RV-1's creator, Richard VanGrunsven, has been
properly recognized for his significant contributions to the
homebuilt movement. A sincere and heartfelt thank you goes out to
everyone. Our shared dream is now a reality!
Job well done!
Is this typical, I fit the vertical stab two years
ago and did not have the top skin on the plane. Today I put it on to
discover that is just touches the top skin. I will be cutting some
of this away. Is there a minimum space I should leave. I am thinking
1/8", what say you out there is VAF land. I rechecked the rigging
and the VS is in fact vertical and plumb.
The last bit of the build seems like it should go faster but man
there is a lot of nit noid things as you go.
"Somewhere over Minnesota after a great week at KOSH. I am in
severe need of being re-domesticated."
Field of River Falls, WI
"I think it is an amazing airplane. I really did take 22 years to
build it, purchased the plans in 1987. Lots of things can happen in
that amount of time. I suppose I was lucky to finish. I did
everything, including the painting, except SteinAir wired the
intercom. It has an 0-320D1A with an Airflow Performance injection
system, inverted fuel and oil, Hartzel CS prop, a very simple
electric system with the 10"Dynon Skyview for instrumentation. Empty
weight (full oil and 3/4 gal fuel) is 1037lbs. I might configure it
a little differently if I could start over but so far the airplane
is working perfectly and exceeding my expectations. The pilot is
coming up well short but what a fun challenge to have."
I've been trying to get the GoPro working with it mounted on the
top of the rudder. I used the mount that comes with the camera and
the results were terrible. Very shaky, you couldn't watch it. I made
my own mount and finally got it looking pretty good. This is my
first video decent enough to post. See what you think.
"I didn't get many pics of the plane while at Oshkosh. It was my
first time flying there, and it was a really special, and busy
experience - The week went by so quickly as I was busy with friends
and all the airplane stuff. I have included an in flight picture
that is one of my favorites of the plane.
I didn't run into the judges, so I didn't get any feedback. I too
was surprised that an RV-12 made it. I did look at quite a few nice
RV-12's, and like the owners of them, I am proud of mine.
If mine had a strong point I think it would be the fit and finish,
particularly of the fiberglass pieces. Its a really good kit that
turns into a really good airplane."
"I have 1.5 hours left in Phase I. Bottom line: I built one heck
of a great airplane (which speaks more to the design more than the
Crosswind? She doesn't care.
High density altitude? She doesn't care.
Need to maneuver in a hurry? No problem.
Want to land like a pro? She can make you look great.
Want to impress the chicks on the airport ramp? Well, sorry, there's
only so much an airplane can do.
The plane returns to KSGS at noon on Saturday. Stop by for some
"You all may remember my daughter soloed on the 4th of July. She
got her private pilot ticket today on the 8th of August.
Congratulations to Pilot Lindsey Richardson the newest member of the
Let's see... it's a beautiful Saturday morning late
in July... tomorrow is my birthday. What should I do today? Hmmm...
what to do, what to do... Oh! I got it! I'll go get an engine for my
airplane. Yeah, that's it!
Totally Off Topic
Aug 8, 2012. 1121z Useless trivia: I was playing in the spreadsheet
yesterday and came up with the number 3,180. That's my best
guess of how many M-F daily editions of the front page here that I've
pushed out over the past 12.34 years (yesterday the VAF front page
passed the milestone of being online for 12.345 years).
Nice sequential figure, and a good day to make a family I've never met
smile (top story below). Wishing you a nice Wednesday. (contact)
Parents of Alex Cueller, check your mailbox...
....because there's a check for $1,500 headed your way. If
you don't know who Alex is,
now and then I order a batch of (288) VansAirForce.net baseball
caps. For the past few years the wonderful folks at
AveryTools.com have done the thankless job of accounting and
shipping them out. Neither they or I keep a penny from any cap
or shirt with VansAirForce.net on it....100% of the profit goes to a
charity of some kind. Worded another way, every
VansAirForce.net cap or shirt you've ever seen, or will ever see,
represents money that went to help someone who could use some help.
So anywho, in the past the money has gone to Make A Wish, and one
year we gave it to the tornado victims of Joplin, MO. When we
sell out of caps I start looking around for someone in need.
We're out of caps for the time being, and that means it's time to
make someone smile.
This time around I'm giving it to Alex's parents Michelle and
Alejandro, to be used for medical bills....or a big screen TV....or
three hundred trips to Taco Bell. Whatever they want to spend
it on is fine by me, and I don't ever need to know.
I'll re-order some more hats here in a few weeks, and will let
you know when we're ready to take orders again.
Mike Rettig or Paul Merems, or one of the guys that helped so
much getting Alex and his family to/from OSH, I'll let one of you
give Mr. and Mrs. Cueller the news, along with my family's best
To the folks that buy these caps/shirts, God Bless You.
Thank you for helping ¯VAF¯ project happiness out in the actual (and
I cleco'd the left elevator horn to root rib and
spar and, just to see how it would line up with the skin, cleco'd
the spar to the outside of the skin. There's quite a bit of
divergence from the expected alignment of the rib and skin. The rib
is (as per instructions) riveted to the spar but I suspect I might
have increased the radius of the riveted rib flange during the
"slight bending" to allow the riveting. Since the rib is now riveted
to the spar, how can I put the squeeze on that acute angle on the
rib flange? Or is there something else I'm totally missing? Thank
you for your replies.
A Stab at EAB Safety/Training Documents ....looking for
(from Mike Vaccaro) I participated in several discussions
at OSH regarding EAB transition training and flight test and one of
the challenges we face is having a sufficient number of qualified
instructors in the field to support the growing EAB fleet. One of
the keys to effective training is to have a syllabus and objective
grading criteria, so as a first step, I wrote a syllabus for
transition to two-seat RV types. I also put together an accompanying
"grade book" for documentation (which USAF aviators will find
This type of syllabus could be used to obtain a LODA, or could be
used by instructors in the field conducting training in an upgrading
pilot's airplane. I think it would be beneficial to generate some
discussion and solicit forum comments from instructors, pilots that
have undergone transition training and pilots that will upgrade in
the future. We can incorporate changes or make corrections as need
The sole purpose of this drill is to maintain our privilege to
continue to build and operate these great airplanes; and I'm
confident with a small amount of work like this we, as a group, can
offer some solutions that will benefit the EAB and general aviation
community as a whole.
I'll participate in discussion on the thread or can be reached by
PM or email at vacntess99 'at' yahoo 'dot' com.
Lt Col Mike Vaccaro, USAF (ret)
ATP, CFII Single/Multi
Hey - big milestone tonight..... the Hobbs meter on N964JB rolled
past 40 hours and I am out of Phase I. I was able to give my lovely
wife and kiddos each a brief introductory flight before we lost too
much light. Glad to say that after 4+ years of building, all three
loved thier flights and are anxious to go up again as soon as we
Below are a couple of pictures of Josh and Jillian just before their
For those still building, keep pounding those rivets, its worth it!
in by the advertisers of this site.
...being discussed on the
EAA site. The link above takes you over there.
No politics talk on VAF, and
this is 100% politics, so the discussion needs to be there.
I'll report the occasional milestone (like the creation of this
group) here on the front page (not in the forums) as a courtesy.
Aug 6, 2012. 1138z At 0622 Sunday it was already 82°F and climbing as I turned the key.
Left the house for the airport at 0555. The mission was a short, local .3hr
in the -6 to
shoot some GoPro test footage. Nice sunrise
was an unexpected plus. Back
home before 0800 so I could mow the grass without melting.
This was all just a test hop to
expose flaws in the mount, but note how both HSIs turn into
G-meters during the acro - entering and exiting the loop just shy of 3
Gs. Also note the habit of leaving the MFD on the traffic page
most of the time (isn't gonna show me the Cub, but it helps), and maybe
I'm the only person doing this. DFW's class B can get busy. The music isn't really my bag, baby, but
I'd just seen one of the Bourne movies and had a little techno still
stuck in me head. The entire flight topped out at 17 minutes, and
I might be able to use some of the non-shaking parts in a later,
actually-trying attempt. We'll see.
$15 in avgas and $6 in car gas roundtrip. $21 ain't too bad for a
few loops, rolls and a couple touch-n-gos. What an amazing
airplane. Beats mowing the yard, too. ;^)
Hope you had a nice weekend and your Monday goes nice. (contact)
in 1080p HD if you want to go full screen...
As I am nearing the end of Phase 1, and trying to complete a
comprehensive POH, I have a question for all of you military pilot
types out there....What is the PROPER way to transfer control of a
tandem airplane from one seat to another? What is the proper
phraseology/terminology to ensure both pilots don't sit there with
their arms folded thinking the other person is flying the airplane?
Although the scenerio is slim, I've read more than one accident
report that has dealt with this subject, and want to know what the
best course of action is. Thanks in advance....
Shake to take, pump to pass.
first, with intercom capability, clear statements
"You have the aircraft"
"I have the aircraft"
comm out, person flying lightly presses rudder pedals such as
left, right left (pump) to gently wag the airplane
nonflying person then lightly 'shakes' the stick to take
control, enough that the airplane moves in roll, that way the
flying pilot knows the nonflying now has the control.
comm in, i also shake the stick lightly even when verbalizing "I
have the aircraft"
if ever in doubt, continue to fly the plane
Interesting. When I learned to fly, we only did it as a two-way
If the person flying was initiating the transfer, he would say
"You have control." The person taking control would say "I have
If the person not flying was initiating the transfer, he would
say "I have control." The person giving control would say "You
I can't think of a situation where we needed more confirmation
than that, but that's probably because I just didn't run into
I fly a side by side but our technique is pretty standard into
the tandem apache community. 3 parts....verbal (positive three
way) visual (showing hands off the stick if relinquishing) and
tactile (shake her to take her, especially under NVGs). Positive
meaning you never use negatives, ie "I don't have the flight
controls", because if the radio cuts out on the don't, no one is
flying the plane. 3 way meaning "i have the flight controls, you
have the flight controls, I have the flight controls". Too
redundant? Maybe, but I've heard of several instances where no
one was flying the airplane. Additionally, the army is pretty
big on saying "flight controls" because if you say "you have the
airplane", but copilot thinks pilot is referring to traffic and
says "I have the airplane" and the pilot relinquishes control
unbeknownst to the copilot...no one is flying
From a crew resource standpoint, the most important thing is to
brief your chosen method prior to walking to the aircraft.
Realistically doesn't matter what you call it. If you brief it
as a positive 3 way change of controls using the phrase "You eat
the cornflakes", "Roger, I eat the cornflakes"... that should
work just fine. We always use the previous mentioned 3 way
change of controls, but I would argue that the only times I have
seen an improper change or release of controls is with a poor
brief or not using the agreed upon terminology
I'm going oversees for a few months and my RV will be flown very
little....if at all. What things should I consider doing before
leaving town? I'm in Tucson, AZ so low humidity. I could probably
have the battery charged / engine started once or twice at a
Any suggestions much appreciated.
May not be an option for you, but the very best thing would be
for someone to fly it once a week.
Otherwise, fog the engine during shutdown, place a sign on the
prop that says "Do Not Turn", and leave it.
Do not start the engine unless the airplane will be flown.
Running the engine on the ground is NOT good!
It just creates moisture within the engine. See Lycoming Service
A year ago this past June I noted that my Oil Pressure was low (
this problem was from the beginning ... low 50 in cruise ) , CHT's
were finally showing that the engine probably was totally broken in,
and the oil temp was climbing through what I considered the roof (
near 250 on a hot desert 100 plus degree day after a 1000 ft a
minute climb to 7000 ..... 240 plus in the pattern .....).
PASADENA, Calif. - About two hours after landing on Mars and beaming
back its first image, NASA's Curiosity rover transmitted a
higher-resolution image of its new Martian home, Gale Crater.
Mission Control at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,
Calif., received the image, taken by one of the vehicle's
lower-fidelity, black-and-white Hazard Avoidance Cameras - or
"Curiosity's landing site is beginning to come into focus," said
John Grotzinger, project manager of NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
mission, at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. "In
the image, we are looking to the northwest. What you see on the
horizon is the rim of Gale Crater. In the foreground, you can see a
gravel field. The question is, where does this gravel come from? It
is the first of what will be many scientific questions to come from
our new home on Mars."
While the image is twice as big in pixel size as the first images
beamed down from the rover, they are only half the size of
full-resolution Hazcam images. During future mission operations,
these images will be used by the mission's navigators and rover
drivers to help plan the vehicle's next drive. Other cameras aboard
Curiosity, with color capability and much higher resolution, are
expected to be sent back to Earth over the next several days.
Curiosity landed at 10:32 p.m. Aug. 5, PDT, (1:32 a.m. EDT, Aug. 6)
near the foot of a mountain three miles (about five kilometers) tall
inside Gale Crater, 96 miles (nearly 155 kilometers) 7in diameter.
During a nearly two-year prime mission, the rover will investigate
whether the region has ever offered conditions favorable for
microbial life, including the chemical ingredients for life.
The mission is managed by JPL for NASA's Science Mission Directorate
in Washington. The rover was designed, developed and assembled at
JPL, a division of Caltech.
Aug 3, 2012. 1204z
I recently acquired a GoPro HD Hero2 video camera and spent
thirty minutes on three separate mornings over the last ten days
gathering some test footage. I got the first stab online last night (link).
Man, I look like such a dork. I know it's not the RV-6, but you gotta give me a pass - the heat index yesterday here was 111°F.
The door and windows open in this thing, I'm in the shade, and putting
around in this for .3 in the heat is no sweat (literally).
Fly the RV-6 in these temps and you land more cooked than some steaks
I've eaten. <g> The next video will be in the RV now that I
kinda know how to work the device by feel and am getting more
comfortable with the editing software. Fun stuff and an
amazing little camera. RVs rule, of course, but I've really come
to appreciate the affordability and hot weather benefits of this type
flying. It's a great RV sidekick, giving our local RV group the
option to enjoy the landscape at a laid-back 39kts.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! (contact)
Finley Atherton Australian RV Trip Report Continued....all
links have pics
Let me start by saying that good ideas were generated by the folks at
Airventure. That in itself was my measure of success in all that was
planned. With new safety recommendations delivered by the NTSB to the FAA
directly involving the way amateur-built aircraft are certificated and
operated, the reality is policies surrounding those items are being reviewed
and scrutinized. With a week’s worth of meetings with groups from all over
aviation now in the rearview mirror, I can honestly say that all those
groups mentioned in conversation, forums or otherwise were included, and
they all have some stake in the end product.
[ed. Mark flies an RV-6 and works for the FAA as an Aviation Safety
Karla and I got up before dawn Saturday 7/21 to go to Oshkosh. As usual
when planning a "first light" departure, the weather was not cooperating;
some of the thickest fog I’ve ever seen at Springfield, VT - KVSF. By 0730,
it had burned off enough for us to depart, so we headed for our first stop
at 5G0, Le Roy, NY – just east of Buffalo. We found out later that Dave
Bridgham was passing over Springfield on his way from Claremont to Oshkosh
in his float plane as we were taxiing.
A brief weather respite from a dreadful summer (and from the
Olympics). The portacabin about 30 yards behind the plane canopy is
the driving range at the Royal Dornoch course, one of the
championship links courses in Scotland. I reckoned this was close
enough to walk <g>.
Unless you’ve been awaiting the Mayan Apocalypse in an isolated
cave, you probably heard that we introduced a new airplane at
AirVenture this year. Since I’ve now flown the RV-14 on a long
cross-country and you – hee, hee – haven’t, I thought I’d share a
few thoughts about the airplane, the role it plays in the RV line,
and the trip across more than half the country.
Ed Kolano will have an article in Sport Aviation soon,
and you can read all about the phugoids and stick force gradients
there. Ed’s a professional and provides excellent objective
information about the airplanes he flies. I, on the other hand, am
your basic amateur English-major-with-an-airplane, so everything
here is purely subjective. Take it so.
I’d flown the RV-14 just twice on local familiarization flights
in Aurora, so when I found myself scheduled to fly it home from
Oshkosh, I was delighted. I’d have a chance to really get to know it
on a long cross-country. Better yet, I was flying with the guy who
led the RV-14 design team and had done much of the flight testing:
Ken Krueger. Nobody better to give me an education enroute.
On Sunday, Ken and I tossed our bags in the back, sorted out the
charts and settled in for the 1500 nautical mile journey. My first
impression was room with a capital R. I’d never been in the
airplane with anyone else. Ken and I are both a couple inches over
six feet tall and we average 200 lbs (that’s an average, not an
“each”…as anyone who has seen us knows, Ken’s a wraith. I’m not).
Sitting with another person in the RV-14 is sort of like sitting
down to dinner with a friend. Leg room, elbow room, head room… the
RV-14 has it all. The lowered longerons through the cockpit area
make the visibility down and to the side better than any other RV,
except for maybe the RV-12.
I returned home from Oshkosh and got back into the workweek
grind. After setting into my normal routine I finally got a chance
to post my thoughts and experiences with Alex and his father
First off I want to personally thank everyone who contributed to a
very successful “RV make a wish” for the Cuellar’s. I was just
another RV guy who cared enough to put in a little time and energy
to raise funds to help make a dream come true.
I arrived late Saturday night at the Christian School and was hoping
to hear that Alex and Alejandro had arrived safely. They did and I
found them in the common area putting a puzzle together. I have
never met them before and only spoke to Alejandro the day before to
arrange a few things and most importantly give them the money that
was collected. I sat down and started talking with Alejandro and
soon Alex joined in. Alex is a quite and reserved young man. When he
speaks he truly has something to say.
Got to go up for a couple solo flights last week with the -8
before I moved back down here to Daytona. Rough on a few things but
it was actually my first aerobatic flight in it and first aerobatic
flight in over a month. Everything was kept positive so it wasn't
the most precise. Enjoy!
I am happy to report that the VAF "Make a Wish" mission was a
complete success! Thanks to all of you, Alex Cuellar and his dad,
Alejandro, had what I think many would consider the "dream trip" to
Airventure this year. The following is my writeup of their trip, a
few of my favorite pics and the link to their picasa web album for
more pics. On behalf of Alex and his family, thank you all for your
generosity, encouragement and support for this young man.
Last year my wife and I flew our 9A across Australia from east to
west and back to attend a fly-in at Perth. This year we flew to the
remote Kimberley region in NW Australia.
Total distance was about 5,000 nm over about 2 weeks. If you want
you can see the exact track on
Spidertracks starting on 16/July 2012. We usually flew between
6,500 ft and 9,500 ft and had head winds more often than not.
Typically at around 8,500 ft amsl we had a TAS of 150 kts burning
about 24.5 to 25.5 litres/hr depending on how much the carb 0-320
was willing to be leaned before running rough on the day
With full fuel and 50 kg (110 lb) of baggage we were about 2 lb
below Vans max weight. Vans max baggage compartment weight is 100 lb
but I had about 10 lb below the seat back fwd of the flap actuator
tube so I figured this as extra pilot/copilot weight rather than
Here is a link of our trip we are presently on. Our flying club
is updating as I update them. It has been a great trip so far. Just
hope the weather will keep cooperating. The top right corner of the
site has the different updates
(from Bob Kelly) In an effort to concentrate our effort in
getting kids involved in building projects, TF and ENP have joined
forces. At a joint meeting Sunday evening before the start of
AirVenture, it was decided that Teen Flight would join with us,
under the Eagle's Nest banner and share our various skills and
We recognize the pioneering effort of Teen Flight, and the
contribution made by Van's Aircraft to get this amazing movement off
the ground. They were an inspiration and guide for the first Eagle's
Nest project. Both groups have added to our knowledge base and
capabilities. By joining forces, we hope to be able to reach an even
larger part of our youth population. This effort includes the
projects already beginning in New Zealand, and will be an
international effort. Friends of the RV-1, the umbrella
organization, now is able to devote more time to this effort. I feel
very blessed to have been a part of all this from the very
beginning. I thank all of you who supported us over the past two
years, and ask that you consider Eagle's Nest Projects as something
deserving you support. While our website is just getting underway,
you can follow us at eaglesnestprojects.org Sign up for our
newsletter by e-mailing me at vbob1 at hughes.net
(Scott M.) "I want to say a public thank you to Team RV for
performing at OSH this year, and add a big thanks for all of the
time and expense you guys invest in training for and planning your
Being able to see you guys live in person was truly one of the
highlights of my week. There is very little time for any of us
at Van's to actually enjoy the event, but I think it says a
lot that when the day was done, tent was closed up, and everyone
ready to pile into the cars we couldn't leave yet...
Everyone of us was standing there looking skyward, because Team RV
was a closing act of the show. You guys are a class act, and you
make it look so easy (we know it is not... that is why we can't help
Thanks again, and I know we will be seeing more of you guys at OSH
in the future (unless the people that make the airshow decisions
don't know a top notch act if it hits them in the face!)."