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August 26, 2016. Issue No. 4,190.
Hopefully a short
flight this weekend is in the works, Wx and guest bath project
is now up). That and Formula 1 returns from the summer break
to race at Spa-Francorchamps (home of 'Eau
Rouge'...F1's most thrilling corner (video)). DVR is set.
An RV flight, a race recorded and a working guest shower. Win, win,
Susie, Audrey, Tate and I would like to wish you and yours a happy, safe
and RV–filled weekend!
Day 5. Fairbanks: The Coldest City of America ...Vlad's Alaska
We woke up early. Nice view
from the hotel window. Dawson City still sleeps.
Van speaks out about RV aerobatics ...Ron Schreck heads up.
Spend a few minutes talking
with Van and you come away with an appreciation for how much
knowledge can be communicated using very few words! I approached Van
several months ago and asked if he would write an article for
publication in the EAA Sport Aviation magazine about RV aerobatics.
It has been my mission to promote competitive aerobatics among the
RV community and I realized that my efforts may be futile unless I
had the support of Richard VanGrunsven himself. It was my impression
that Van has always taken a conservative approach to aerobatics and
I understand why. After all, he has a lifetime of his own effort and
resources tied up in the world's most successful line of
experimental amateur built aircraft. He didn't get this far by being
reckless! We discussed the article over the course of several months
and about five drafts and the result is published in the August
issue of Sport Aviation. For anyone contemplating RV aerobatics this
is a must-read. Van's conservative and measured approach to RV
aerobatics puts safety right where it belongs: first. He is adamant
about respecting the limitations of the aircraft and the pilot and
provides a bit of incentive by describing the challenges and
successes of his own aerobatic endeavors.
~44 years ago...
24 July: St. Louis (cont.) ...Scott Chastain
With a tour ticket in hand, I
walked several city blocks toward the Gateway Arch entrance. There
were several acres fenced-off below the west side of the arch
because of construction for the Gateway Arch Grounds Project.
Turning south, the detour entrance led me right across the steps of
the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Parishioners were vacating the
basilica, a priest was helping a police officer direct traffic in
the middle of the street, and several nuns were standing in the
portico conversing with one another.
Avionics Installation Class - Garmin G3X/G3X Touch ...Lee's
(Oct 24-26) Wanted to get
the word out on an upcoming avionics installation class which is a
fantastic hands on three day course that covers everything from
basic wiring techniques, to system architecture and software
It was fun to hunt down this
race track, site of many happy open-track days in various cars over
the years. Never thought I'd be cinched up in a Crow 5-point harness
1500 feet above the track! Ah, reminiscing....
Went to Bakersfield Muni (L45) for breakfast at the Harmon Rocket
Cafe. Super-friendly waitresses, but hash browns slightly
undercooked. Bacon cravings satiated for at least a week!
With fire TFRs all over the place, it was no surprise that the air
was somewhat smoky. I'm getting used to using flight following; I
only had to have them repeat back one frequency. Fun to fly over the
Grapevine for the first time. <g>.
I've been pushing out some version of this
website for the last 15 or so years - the last 9+ as my full-time
job. I needed to
order a couple new caps
as the current batch are pretty worn/frazzled, and this time I spent
the extra four dollars and had the word 'STAFF' put on the back of a
couple of them for laughs ;^). Presenting my new 'fancy
going out to dinner' hat, oil and sweat free (for now).
Anyway, it struck me as funny, but I admit I
have a somewhat warped sense of humor.
Sticky Threads in the Classified Section You Should Familiarize
VAF Calendar ...upcoming Events
for the Next 60 Day(s)
08-27-2016: 1st Annual RV fly-in, Thunder Over Flagstaff AZ
09-03-2016: Mauston New Lisbon Fly-in.
09-10-2016: Garmin Experimental Avionics Seminar, DFW
09-17-2016: Belfast Maine Lobster 2nd Annual Fly-in
09-23-2016: 2016 Pine Bluff Formation Clinic
09-24-2016: 2016 Pine Bluff Formation Clinic, RV - SWIFT FLY-IN AND
09-25-2016: 2016 Pine Bluff Formation Clinic
10-14-2016: AR Petit Jean RV Gathering
10-15-2016: AR Petit Jean RV Gathering
10-16-2016: AR Petit Jean RV Gathering
10-17-2016: AR Petit Jean RV Gathering
August 18, 2016
•Runway Project: Peloton Engineering completed
surveying the runway environment and produced the maps and plans
necessary to proceed with fixing runway drainage. Dirt moving will
begin as quickly as possible after a contractor has been selected.
We are soliciting bids now. Runway construction is scheduled to
begin March 1, 2017.
•Water: On Wednesday evening, August 17, 2016, the
Texas Rural Water Association held a meeting at Tarrant County
College to discuss the airport’s water situation. The water well
located in the northeast corner of the airport and its associated
water distribution system do not meet the requirements of a public
water system. Bobby Hawk pointed out that this water well was not
intended to supply water beyond the 18 lots in Aero Valley Estates.
Current temporary manager, Mark Patterson, will likely not continue
after his six-month term expires in October 2016. Several options
were discussed. We will investigate the options and provide a more
• The 'Hyde Restrictions' no longer exist. New runway soon.
Why I voted 'YES'
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