7/31 0121 UTC
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
How do YOU shop at Costco? ...Norcalrv7
Here in Crescent City, CA we have no Costco. Luckily, one is
located 60 miles away in Eureka, CA. Good enough reason for an RV
mission with the girlfriend!
Travel Update ...tommylewis
On the Thursday after the 4th, we took off out of Johnson Creek,
made fuel stop at a West Yellowstone, and then landed at Rapid City,
SD. After landing, refueling, and moving to a hangar, we discovered
oil dripping out of the bottom of the cowling. The next morning we
had it in a shop to remove the cowling and determined that the rough
engine start we had in West Yellowstone 6 hours previously was
likely a stuck exhaust valve on #4 cylinder. The push rod had bent
and damaged the lifter body. Since to replace a lifter body requires
splitting the case, the engine was removed and sent off to an engine
shop. So after 40 years of flying around the country and never
having a mechanical maintenance issue stop us, we were stopped.
Fortunately, we were meeting friends for a week and had time to sort
out our options.
Incident at OSH
...[ed. THANK YOU to Rob for the debrief!!!
Glad to hear you're OK. dr]
7/30 0026 UTC
A quick moment today to remind those who post in the
that it is not a place to hash out a country's politics or how their
alphabet GA organizations are run. It's not a 'rally the troops'
location for contacting senators, etc. You can familiarize
yourself with the posting rules
are a multitude of sites and organizations specifically targeting those
type things (for the USA audience you can find AOPA's
here and EAA's
You know I'm a lover not a fighter, but abuse of this rule will get your
account locked down in a manner similar to that big foot at the
beginning of the old Monty Python shows (video).
I don't like doing it, but I will.
Now back to promoting the Van's Aircraft product line, and the fine folks
who build and fly them. Thank you.
RV Pilots - Welcome to Oshkosh
Eleven days in OSH with a lot of volunteer work adds up to 110%
FUN! I wanted to photograph as many RV pilots as possible, but
dispatching Welcome Wagons and driving all over resulted in missing
hundreds. Still, I got 82 pilots, one with a Rocket. Our phones went
down on Tues/Wed - sorry for not being able to answer calls.
The photo below is of Pete McCoy and his RV9A.
Panel Pic ...f14av8r 'Randy'
This the result of a complete rewiring of the airplane. The owner
/ builder used the Dynon Skyview system and the VP-X Sport system. I
installed the D2 Pocket Panel as a backup attitude source. I also
added the Skyview Knob Panel above the display. Those dedicated
knobs are very useful. I'd seriously consider the autopilot panel
too, especially if doing and significant IFR work - which I'm not.
GMA 240 Died ...Doug Weiler
I see this is an "old" thread but I just went through a similar
situation with my GMA 240. It is 4 years old with 395 trouble free
hours. For no apparent reason today it quit (been using Bose X
headsets all this time). I did have my iPhone audio output plugged
into an external music jack (all of this wired by SteinAir). Since
my box is out of warranty, Chris at Stein suggested looking at this
thread. I removed the cover and yes, the internal fuse was blown.
You can see I wired in an in-line 1 amp fuse as in previous posts
and it seems to work fine. I had the 240 protected by a 5 amp
external fuse. I may switch this to a 1 amp. Regardless if this
blows again, I may have other issues somewhere.
Pictures of RV-10 N104AZ 'Liberty'
Vertical Power VP-50, VP-100, VP-200 owners, please read
News from Astronics Ballard Technology regarding VP-50, VP-100,
and VP-200 systems only-
Product obsolescence usually brings angst with both customers and
their supplier. We at Astronics Ballard Technology had an unusual
situation with the acquisition of the Vertical Power products. As
many of you may know, we acquired only the VP-X Sport and the VP-X
Pro products, plus bins and boxes of all kinds of parts. As a
service to the community, we continued to provide repair support for
already obsolete products such as the VP-50/VP-100/VP-200 whenever
possible. However, we are now out of most the useable parts and many
are no longer attainable. Therefore, we are discontinuing factory
service support for these already obsoleted units. If you have one
of these units and would like to upgrade to a VP-Pro, please contact
Chad Jensen to discuss options.
Rest assured, we enjoy being part of the community and will continue
to offer the highly successful VP-X Pro and Sport through our dealer
network. Also, keep following us. I think you will be pleased with
the Primary Power System (PPS) which will be released shortly after
operational qualifications are complete.
Please contact Chad for further assistance.
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Gary Sobek's Sunday OSH Photos