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July Wallpaper

Advertise on VAF.

Jul 23, 2019.  Issue #4,874.
  I was eating TexMex with Ross and Chris Monday and we were going around the table on the things keeping us from OSH'19.  Usual reasons anyone could relate to:  budgetary, calendar conflicts with family commitments, and in Chris' case hail damage on his wife's car requiring $$$.  We made up a term for people like us, who would normally go but for various reasons couldn't escape the gravitational influence of their local area:
  I hope all you non-oshdodgers at the show are having a great time!  Looking forward to the PIREPs and pictures down the road.  

The RV Social (Monday 5pm)

Tanya Card photo.(enlarge)
One more pic from the social

OSH Stuff


CREWRV8 2019 Video ...lucaperazzolli

Hi !

First of all let me say that it's very hard not to be in Oshkosh this year, I'm seeing all you guys having fun but VAF threads and other social stuff give me the opportunity to live the days...with the feet dry

My buddy and wingman Franz is riding around Wittman Field and he'll be very happy to meet as much friends as possible, you'll find him at all the VAF events.

I put together a mix of our recent videos with different camera positions and I (we) hope you'll enjoy it.

If you are at the show say HI to all the family in my name !


Cleanup of 83282 hydraulic fluid?

Q: This stuff seems impervious to petroleum based solvents - what to use to clean from firewall and floors?

A: Non-chlorinated brake cleaner. Used to use Trichlorethelyne as a solvent for hydraulic analysis testing. But, that stuff is muy mal!

Non-chlorinated brake cleaner is about the closest off the shelf product that is the least harmful to humans, pets and aircraft. Just be careful with it on your paint job, it can dull the paint.


Panel Porn ...kentlik

A big thank you to Bruce Swayze for supplying me with an 819 AN-6D sleeve!  I was stuck and gave him a call and he had one! Looked to be from his test parts, all perfect and in a safe place. I will have to get him a replacement when Van's opens in a half hour.

His plane is almost done and it looks fantastic!


HBC Sunday Beer Tasting PIREP ...scard

It happened, and was epic as usual! There were more than enough of us to have a quorum. I didn’t notice that anything was amiss . Yeah, there are a lot of us here

Beer has been consumed from about 4 full tubs and last I looked it had not all been drunk.

Raise your hand if you tarnished perfectly good ice with coors light! The local DOT has some roadway repair materials for you to roll in. . Good times


Mistake top wing skins nutplates holes 16-2 ...YankeeBravo -10

I managed to drill #19 the wrong hole (center one) for the only special nutplate at the wing root just behind the stiffener... What could be the best fix ? I thought of using a standard nutplate but the rivet holes do not match exactly up...

Thanks in advance !


RV-8 and the WAAAM ...Steve Rush vid

Saturday 7/20/19 was one of the first cloudless days we have had in weeks. It was nice to have the clouds gone, but we paid the price via higher temperatures (though nothing like what the eastern 2/3 of the country are enduring).

We decided to head down to Hood River Oregon to visit the Western Antique Airplane and Automobile Museum (WAAAM). It is a large collection of old cars, airplanes, motorcycles and other stuff. There are dozens of airplanes and just as many cars. Most all of the airplanes are flyable and they do fly them from time to time. Many of the items on display do not actually belong to the museum and are just on loan for display.  ...


Garmin Aviation Job Fair at Oshkosh 2019 ...g3xpert


We are always looking for talented people to join Garmin and the Aviation division is particularly interested in those with a passion for aviation.

What better place to look for those people than EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2019!

We will be attending the Aviation Job Fair on Wednesday, July 24th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m at the EAA Forums Pavilion #8 building.

Below is a list of positions for which we are seeking applicants.

We look forward to seeing you there.


-Embedded Software Engineers
-Web Developer
-Mobile Developer
-Mechanical Engineers
-Design/Electrical Engineers
-Electrical Engineering Technicians
-EMC Engineers/Technicians
-Systems/Systems Test Engineers
-Program Managers
-Certification Engineers
-Avionics Installation Technicians
-Aviation Sales
-Aviation Marketing
-Aviation Product Support
-Aviation Technical Writers
-Contracts Managers
-Flight Test Engineer


Mothership and VAF RV-Specific OSH'19 Happenings

Van's Aircraft Banquet
EAA Nature Center Pavillion
Tuesday evening at 6:00pm
Tickets required - inquire at desk

What's New at Van's Aircraft
Wednesday at 10:00am
Forum Stage 5

Homebuilts in Review: RV-4 and RV-5
Thursday at 10:00 am
Homebuilts in Review Stage (Homebuilders' HQ)
Come listen as Dick VanGrunsven discusses these aircraft, which will be on display at the review session

Which RV is Right for me?
Thursday at 2:30pm
Forum Stage 5

3,151 Nautical Miles in an RV-12iS
Friday at 11:30am
Forum Stage 4
William Burnett will talk about his cross-country trip in his new RV-12iS SLSA

FlightChops Meet and Greet
Van's Aircraft Booth
Saturday 11:30am - 12:30pm


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

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


Want a Free VansAirForce.net Sticker for your Vehicle?

The cool kids are doing it.  Mail a SASE to the address below. 

Delta Romeo, LLC
PO Box 270321
Flower Mound, TX 75027-0321


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)

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, RV7 Flight Around the Rimm AirVenture Forum
07-27-2019: OSH'19
07-28-2019: OSH'19
08-10-2019: EAA 471 Breakfast~Abilene TX
09-11-2019: National Champion Air Races, Reno-Stead Airport, Reno, NV
09-12-2019: National Champion Air Races, Reno-Stead Airport, Reno, NV
09-13-2019: National Champion Air Races, Reno-Stead Airport, Reno, NV
09-14-2019: National Champion Air Races, Reno-Stead Airport, Reno, NV, KBST Lobster 🦞 fly-in Belfast Maine
09-15-2019: National Champion Air Races, Reno-Stead Airport, Reno, NV


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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