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April 23, 2019.  Issue #4,809 

VAFcast #4: Danny King RV-8 ...now online

Listen in your browser and/or get instructions to subscribe to the VAFcast HERE.

related: supporting pictures mentioned in the podcast


Nut rotation tell-tale paint

Q: Can anybody tell me what I should be searching for to find some of that coloured paint / wax that is applied to nuts and bolts to indicate any unwanted rotation after they've been torqued?



Cables through firewall

Hello all,

I am changing out my girlfriend's RV-6As throttle cables as the previous ones were unacceptable bowden type coming from a throttle quadrant and wrapping around the carb to have the correct movement. Very dubious.

I have removed the quadrant and putting in standard push-pull type controls from Vans. I have the old b bulkhead cable safe locks that were used on the other cables but they are too small, especially to fit around the threaded end that has to pass through the firewall.

What is the standard equipment to use for passing these through the firewall?

Thank you!


"RV Law of....." ...James Hartline entry

No matter how carefully you plan, once you have carefully wedged yourself in the cockpit floor to work on the panel from underneath, you will discover two forgotten items:
1. The exact tool you need for the job, and
2. Your cell phone you need to call for help


Ground Pic ...vlittle

A stylized version of 'Voltar' will appear in an animated program from a major studio in the near future....


Am I looking for a rare bird?

Hello everyone.
I am new to this forum (posted an intro in the general section a few weeks ago).

After some research and talking to a few of the real experts (Ron Schreck & Vic Syracuse), I think I might be a good candidate for an RV, specifically an RV-8A.

I am not in a position to build, so I'm looking for a flying aircraft built to a very high standard (want to feel comfortable about the structure when fixing whatever maneuver I've made a mess of ).

As I am hoping to do aerobatics as well as all the other things the RV does so well, I am looking for an RV-8 (ideally an 8A) with a fuel injected engine and hopefully also a CS prop. So IO-360 or AEIO-360 with CS in an RV-8A.


- Is this a rare combination?
- What is the best way of finding such a beastie? (I have posted in the classifieds, but those move quickly - no response yet).
- Realistically should I plan on a year or two to find my aircraft?

I would love to hear tips, suggestions and thoughts about finding the "perfect" (which I know doesn't exist) aircraft for me.
I have already decided to have Vic do the pre-buy - I know this is a critical step when I get to it.

Thanks to all who contribute their knowledge on these forums.


Ground pic ...Bill VonDane

...at home: CO15


Newest VAFcast ...Danny King RV-8
minute podcast chock-full of RV vitamins and minerals.  It might make that long commute a little less sucky.

related: More VAFcast episodes


Mothership Job Openings


How to Minimize the Chance You Could be Dealing with a Scammer

...when using the classifieds.


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VAF Calendar ...upcoming Events for the Next 60 Day(s)

04-26-2019: Falcon Flight Formation Clinic (KGYI)
04-27-2019: Falcon Flight Formation Clinic (KGYI)
04-28-2019: Falcon Flight Formation Clinic (KGYI)
05-11-2019: EAA 471 Breakfast~Abilene TX
05-15-2019: Wednesday Breakfast III
05-18-2019: EAA Chapter 846 Fly-In Pancake Breakfast
06-08-2019: EAA 471 Breakfast~Abilene TX
06-13-2019: Formula One Air Races - Ely, Nevada KELY
06-14-2019: Formula One Air Races - Ely, Nevada KELY
06-15-2019: Formula One Air Races - Ely, Nevada KELY, Boone Iowa (KBNW) RV Day

Van's Bush Plane?
Would you add an RV to your
stable that could utilize bush wheels, floats and snow skis? ...in other words an RV 'SuperCub'
Please and thank you.  I would like S/N 1 and I'm standing by with my credit card right now!  Let me know if you would like to build one, also.  I'll add your comments to my sales pitch for the mothership.  Enough people with 'I'm ready to order right now' next to their name might raise the eyebrows of those who would decide down the road. 
(70) people so far interested in building it now.


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