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June Wallpaper

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Jun 24, 2019.  Issue #4,853.  

Pete Stock Fam Update

My son, VAF member TeamFAS, no longer flies two 3s. Here his is with his RV-3 and a B-2 he now flies as an Air Force pilot. Two awesome airplanes!  Photo is from the Wings Over Whiteman airshow, June 16, 2019.


Trip Update ...SuperCubDriver

   Yesterday I made the short hop from Sault Ste Marie CYAM to Sault Ste Marie Sanderson KANJ to clear US customs. From there I headed towards Bismarck KBIS, passed some rainshowers and arrived in good weather there. I was parked right in front of the FBO and so left for the hotel. In the evening I checked the weather and noticed that CB's are forecasted in the vicinity and severe storms more to the south. It didn't feel right and at 10:30 pm I headed back to the airport to get a hangar for the Skyrunner.
   Next morning I planned for Wendover KENV instead of Helena due weather. However I flew into some rain and drizzle with decreasing visibility and had to start maneuvering. I passed an airfield and should have landed to sit out the worst but didn't. Finally I made it through but lost time and range and decided for a fuel stop at Custer KCUT not before having a look at the Mt. Rushmore Monument. The last flight was very bumpy but with perfect visibility.

(and at Johnson Creek)


Carpe diem...Seize The Day

My friend John Howroyd and I made a journey to NW British Columbia to visit the Islands of Haida Gwaii and Stewart BC. He did a great write up for our local flying club so I will share it here with his permission.

Credit to John Howroyd - Pics and Write Up


Build on! - 300hrs

Just a quick thank you to all of you who have helped in this journey. Yesterday while flying back from OKC (did the FAA ditch training!) I rolled over 300 flight hours on N689RV.

I remember while I was getting close to finishing my build, I was wondering if maybe I was "a builder, not a flyer". I hadn't been in an airplane in months and had not particularly enjoyed it those last few times, but I was very much enjoying building. I was a bit worried I might finish, not like flying it, and sell it. Let's just say thats not quite how things worked out:

- First flight 8/1/18
- Just hit 300 hours on 6/20/19 (~11 months)
- Replaced my first set of main tires and brake pads last night (388 landings.)

Fun trips this past year:
- "What are we doing today?" "Oh, let's loop Lake Michigan!"
- Sun-n-Fun 2019 (KMSN-KLAL)
- Airflow Performance FI Seminar (KMSN-KSPA)
- FAA Dunk Training (KMSN-KOKC)
- Numerous trips to KCFE, 1:15hr flight vs 5hr drive!

Coming up:
- OSH19! (Come see my plane at the Continental booth!)
- Bahamas 2020! (and possibly continuing to Brasil?)
- Sun-n-Fun 2020
- Paint?
- What else?

Build on folks, it only gets better!


Van (we think) Doing Acro in the Prototype in '79 ...bruceh pics


Milestone ...goatflieg

Another minor milestone: the top forward skin is riveted on... at least as much as can be done now. Baggage door hinge and firewall rows have to wait until cowling is done. My thanks to Gary Konrad for his assistance bucking rivets. I literally couldn't have done it without you.


Brake upgrade writeup ...bruceh

I just finished up my 5th annual condition inspection and my extra project this year was to do a brake upgrade.

Write up and photos are on my blog.

Basic story is for about $300 you can install thicker brake discs on your OEM Matco calipers and wheels and get much better braking capacity. I've seen other threads on VAF that discuss this type of an upgrade, but it involved making spacers and trimming down the wheel nuts to make it fit. I found a nice way to make it work without all of that.


Front tire shimmy

To the "Brain Trust"
Our first flight is this week after 13+ years. During a taxi test we had a violent nose wheel shake that may have abort our take off if and when that happens. After checking the side drag which is at 35# we realized that the tire had a huge flat spot in the tire. It was at least 1/4" maybe more. The plane has been on these tire for over 3 years which I'm sure is the problem, and have not been balanced.
1.Run the tire anyway and hope the flat spot goes away with a few landings.
2. Replace the tire. If replacing the tire, what tires are recommended?




Another Season of Getting Ready...sahrens

It does take a little less time on subsequent polishing, it must be a madness


VAFcast #5 ...Matt's RV-6 at 52F

32min 19sec podcast chock-full of RV vitamins and minerals.


Mothership Job Openings


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

...when using the classifieds.


Model-specific subforums

photo courtesy Van's Aircraft, Inc.






photo courtesy Fred Bauer, Jr.

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

06-23-2019: Lions Club Pancake Breakfast @ KMMV
07-12-2019: Wallowa County Fly-In 2019
07-13-2019: EAA 471 Breakfast~Abilene TX, Wallowa County Fly-In 2019
07-17-2019: OSH'19
07-18-2019: OSH'19
07-19-2019: OSH'19
07-20-2019: OSH'19
07-21-2019: OSH'19, OSH'19 4th Annual HBC Beer Tasting (5pm), OSH'19 RV-10 Dinner & Social (5:30pm)
07-22-2019: OSH'19, OSH'19 RV Social (after airshow)
07-23-2019: OSH'19
07-24-2019: OSH'19
07-25-2019: OSH'19
07-26-2019: OSH'19
07-27-2019: OSH'19
07-28-2019: OSH'19
08-10-2019: EAA 471 Breakfast~Abilene TX

Would You Build an RV Super Cub?

...if it was offered in the mothership product line?  If you will, I'll add your name/comments to my sales pitch.  You never know....    
people ready to order.

(Four of the latest emails I've received....)
I figured I'd go ahead and throw my name in the hat for those folks interested in a big tire RV. I'll be paying off my -4 in a few years and then I'll be buying a Kitfox kit for a STOL plane, assuming there isn't an RV model available at that point!  Thanks for pushing for this! It would be pretty awesome if it happened!

If I'm not already on the list of those that will definitely buy, add me to it.  I love my -4 and all it's capabilities. Will never sell it. For a few years now, I've been wanting another plane to do exactly as your letter describes....low, slow, off field Texas river bank stuff. My plan has been to go with an old Kitfox that needs some love and to make it my own. Still is the plan, and it will happen in the next few years. Oh how I would love if the mothership offered a new kit to do this. I'd be one of the first on the list for my tail kit.
Johnnie Painter
RV-4 N92BP

I've been flying my RV 7 since 2006 & have put in over 1100 hours.  I'd be one of the first in line, if Vans offered a bush type plane. I changed my A model to a tail dragger a few years ago, just so I could get in to some back country strips. Obviously, the 7, still has its limitations.  I too have been watching the Rans S-21 the last couple of years. Now that I'm retired, I'm getting close to pulling the trigger.  Come on Vans, you can do this.
Danny 'RoadRunner" Landry
Morphed RV7(formally 7A), N20DL, PnP Pilot

I am interested in a backcountry aircraft. Right now I am actively looking at experimental 'super cub' type aircraft. The front runner in my mind is the Bearhawk Patrol. I really like it but i find the kit expensive for what you get and I really like the Vans concept. My ideal aircraft has metal wings, 180 hp with a constant speed, large doors, ability to fly slow and land short.  Van's would design a plane that would be easy to build and have the desirable qualities that all Van's aircraft have. So yes, I would be in... unless i start my bearhawk before one is designed and the kit created.
David Tracy

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Can't afford 20" rims? No problem!

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