April 29, 2016.
Issue No. 4,106.
It's the end of the month again so it's time for me to, as unobtrusively
as I can, gently remind regular readers that honor system donations are
a huge part of what keeps the lights on here.
updated 4/27/16 19:12:21 CDT.
The year is 1/3rd
over, and clicking on the chart at right will show you where our family
small business stands with donations. (691)
unique 2016 donors to date totaling about
$13K after taxes.
If you're of the belief that I'm giving 'ol Mark Zuckerberg a run for his
money with all this, let me just put that rumor to bed. Kidding
aside since this is my full time job, PLEASE support this website if you
use it regularly - all we've ever asked. All we ever will.
Life is complicated enough, and I like to keep it low key here.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe
and RV-filled weekend.
Grass Strip Stop in Pictures ...Vlad 9A (1E8 in Degrasse, NY)
RV-10 First Flight ...Rick Lark
Finally, after 6+ years and 5000 man hours, RV10 #40956 (C-GDMH)
flew it's first flight today.
Many people to thank for all the help and guidance. Bill Peyton, Ray
Doerr, Ivan Kristensen, Art Penner just to name a few. Many other
non fliers also to be thanked. And last but certainly not the least,
my spouse Sandra.
Flew about 45 minutes with only one squawk (RPM's were higher than
2700 on take off) out of CYHS (Hanover, Ont).
Looking forward to many more flights.
Rick #40956 Southampton, Ont
PIREP in Pictures ...AX-O
Folks have been asking how it is going lately.
I took my wife (and the plane) on the first trip outside our area.
My wife absolutely loves the plane and told me she is attached to it
already. She is really happy with the additional room that the
rocket canopy/fastback offers.
A few people got to see Dilemma for the first time at the formation
clinic. All the comments/feedback were positive. I learned that I
don't like the pitot tube location because it complicates tie down.
My other plane had the aluminum pitot line and had more clearance.
Calendar Wallpaper for May
Joe and Sterling depart 52F in the -14A demonstrator.
24 hours straight with two strippers ...DaleB RV-12
Since we've had a very entertaining thread about Hookers
(harnesses), I thought I'd post my experience with a couple of
strippers too. So I have an airplane with lots of paint that
will need to be removed before it can be re-painted. When I say
"lots", I am not kidding. There appears to have been no real surface
preparation or priming done, just some paint sprayed on rather
thickly. It seems to be an automotive base/clear of some sort. The
builder apparently had someone do it who is perhaps not the best
painter in the country.
Since I'd like to minimize the mess and toxicity, I decided to
try a couple of non methylene chloride strippers. I've had excellent
success with Citristrip on many surfaces with stain, varnish, spray
paint, etc. And Spruce sells some stuff called PTS-202 that claims
to remove epoxy and urethane paint effortlessly. I even found a
Youtube video of it being used to strip a Caravan or something.
Pretty impressive, that one was.
So I brought the spinner home and brushed one side heavily with
Citristrip and one with PTS-202. A couple of hours later there was
no indication of any change in the condition of the paint. Since
it's pretty heavy paint, I gave it another heavy brush coat of each.
That was around 11 PM last night.
SuperTracks!! ...installed. Anthony Greco RV-6
How Vlad Does That APRS Art Stuff ...Vlad RV-9A
1. Study your airspace. Stay out of arrivals/departures you have
more room to the east to play then I have here. Be ready to talk to
ATC at any point of your flight.
Step 2. Take a tablet/phablet/smartphone with any nav app and draw a
circle or any geometric figure on it. If unable to draw choose
anything on the map i.e. VOR circle, lat/long square etc. Choose an
Step 3. Have an APRS tracker or any kind of tracker with on/off
Step 4. Switch the tracker on over entry point.
Step 5. Switch off when done. Enjoy your track on Google Maps.
I am using Foreflight and having a stylus it's relatively easy to
dot a figure looking at 2D silhouette. I also can print on
transparency and dot it over iPad Pro. Takes a bit of time but you
have some fun hand flying precisely. It's very easy to botch a sky
drawing especially complex ones. Couple seconds missed on 140 degree
turn and your line is crooked. I completed about 20% of what I drew
because of traffic, weather, birds, winds, late/early turns, iPad
puked etc <g>.
....$3.99 well spent (I think)
I finally broke down and went from the free app to the 'upgrade'.
I like to sit in a chair in the front yard around sundown and hang
out with the dog, watching the jets go over. We live halfway
between the LEGRE and YOHAN intersections on the ILS/LOC RWY 18R at
KDFW. Now I know what jet it is, where it has been and when it
will fly over my house. I really like watching the Airbus
380's fly over, and we get two a day here in DFW. A few times
a week it flies 2000' over my house dirty with the power up. I
can now schedule the dog's bathroom breaks with this...
Screen grab below filtering everything out except Airbus 388
traffic. I pointed the camera at a contrail yesterday over
N.TX (the little binoculars in the upper right corner of the app)
and it turned out to be an Airbus 380 at 40,000' on its way to
Houston. I'm starting to get the hang of identifying jets by
their engine noise sitting in a lazy boy watching TV in the
evenings. 'That's a two engine Airbus'....then I look down at
the iPad to see if I was right. Cheap fun.
I miss that old DC-3 cargo plane that used to fly over at 10pm each
night...those radials sounded wonderful.
(click to enlarge)
Our house on the 18R inbound course KDFW.
Our spare upstairs bedroom My office looks out at
Are you inadvertently voiding your insurance policy?
...Shanna at Gallagher Aviation (VAF advertiser)
"Did you know most Pleasure and Business policies do not cover
instruction in your Vans Aircraft if the person receiving
instruction is not a "Named Pilot"? This is typically true even if
the CFI is a Named Pilot. Always be sure to double check with your
broker prior to allowing your friends and loved ones to get
instruction in your aircraft."
"During a BFR the CFI does not necessarily have to be a “named
pilot” as long as you are current and remain PIC. The only time I
can think of offhand where there would be a gray area is if; Let say
you became incapacitated for some reason and the CFI had to become
PIC during the flight (and he did not meet your “Open Pilot
Warranty.”). But this would be a rare and unlikely instance.
In most cases getting a BFR in your aircraft without the CFI being
named is perfectly fine."
Proof of RV Enjoyment ...Vlad -9A
[ed. How long do you think it will be
before 'VAF' stands for 'Vlad's Air Force'? Let's just call it
that as an a.k.a. <g>. Vlad, thank you again for all the
motivation you provide!!! dr]