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May 24, 2017.   Issue No. 4,316.

Amateur Built, Amateur Maintained ;^) ...crabandy

Almost made it to 50 hours this time for oil change/air filter/general look-see under the cowl service. It's more fun for everyone when they are challenged and involved, this supervisor was busy!


Bodie and Lone Pine ...Joe Rainbolt RV-7A


What's in a Name (Proud of those Kids!) ...Bob Kelly

Tonight the kids building an RV-12 at Columbus North HS (Indiana) picked a name for their plane. It will be known as "Jeanne," named for a Columbus graduate, Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck. She took flying lessons while in her senior year of HS.

Jeanne, born in 1912, went from Columbus to graduate with honors from Washington State. In 1941, while working as a swimming instructor in Honolulu, she watched as Pearl Harbor was bombed. This inspired her to join the WASP.

She was working as a test pilot when a red lined (previously grounded for control problems) BT-13 she was evaluating came apart on final. She was killed. She is the only civilian woman we know of that was given a military escort and funeral. She has been honored many times, but one more certainly won't hurt. I know her nephew, who was 13 when she was killed (1944.) I expect he will be thrilled.

We often lament our younger generation, and how little they seem to relate to our history and heritage. It isn't always true. AviationNation attempts to work some history into our build projects, and it must work. I was proud to see these kids discuss the naming of the plane, and agree on "Jeanne." There is a lot on the web about her, and googling the name brings up some interesting reading. It would be worth a few minutes of your time.


RV-12 Status: Done ...waterboy2110


Come Celebrate!

Students from Georgetown High School and East View High School have built a fully functional airplane as part of Georgetown ISD's Aerospace Engineering course. Please join us for the unveiling of the student-built Vans RV-12 and ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 25, 2017. We encourage you to come experience the student-built airplane for yourself.  more info


A Shout Out to Stein ...Paul Bonorden RV-6A

Just started installing the one that I received from Stein. Very pleased.


Pretty Close to Home

We had some Wx in the area Tuesday morning around 0300.  Denton airport, a few miles north had several flight school aircraft turned upside down.  More pics HERE.


RV-10 Door Lock is broken..can you help?

The key was put in the barrel on the left hand main door and the barrel then broke away with the key in it. It was my passenger, not me, so am not sure how much force was applied.

Just trying to source the aftermarket part - any help would be appreciated. We have spoken to VANS and they suggested a post here.

Thankfully the handle still works, it is just the locking mechanism!


Support Position Open at the Mothership

Van's Aircraft is looking for a Customer Support person at our factory in Aurora, Oregon.

We need a front office person with RV building experience and strong customer relationship and management skills. Also required are good verbal and written communication skills, computer experience (MS Office, Syspro) and a patient, problem-solver personality. The ideal candidate will have built, finished and flown an RV, though builders of less desirable airplanes will be considered. Duties for an experienced RV pilot may also include sales demonstration flights, and representing Van's at airshows.

Compensation includes $50-60k salary, health benefits, 401K and participation in Van's ESOP.

If you want to work for the best kit aircraft manufacturer in the world, email your resume with a cover letter to explain why you’re the person for the job.

Email resume to: gusf (at) vansaircraft.com


New Panel Pics Added ... in the RV Panels (in High Res) folder


Airport Improvements ...my home field.

At Fly52F.org.


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

...when using the classifieds.

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06-03-2017: Bakersfield, CA Annual Fly-in EAA Chapt. 71
06-10-2017: Mitch Lock/Fifth Annual Mid-Atlantic Gathering of RVs Day Fly-In (W29) Chesapeak
06-17-2017: Boone Iowa (KBNW) RV Day, Calhoun, GA (CZL) fly-in
06-30-2017: EFLEVA Days 2017
07-01-2017: EFLEVA Days 2017
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