Another RV-8 Flies ...Vic Syracuse
In January of this year I picked up a
partially-completed RV-8 from a local builder, Paul Ledoux. Paul
decided to build an RV-12 instead, and that is coming along very
nicely. I always wanted an 8, and didn't think anyone was going to
let me fly theirs.
Well, I finally finished it and made 3 test flights today.
Thanks! another 8 flying ...NLPete
I’ve been a lurker here for a long time and thought
I’d step out to say thank you
First Flight of the Eagle ...John Harrell 7A
After four years and seven months of building, my
RV-7A S/N 73678 (aka the Eagle) took to the air. It was just me, my
wife, and Dave Stevenson at the hangar this morning as we checked
the airplane out for the last time before the first flight. I wanted
this event to be low key. Spectators would just make me nervous and
add pressure that could cloud my judgment. The airplane was ready as
far as I could tell, and the conditions were right so I decided it
was the day to fly. I started the engine with 18 gallons of fuel on
board; more than enough for this flight. After a smooth taxi to the
east end of the runway at KAJO I did a standard run-up and mag
check. All systems go! I checked for traffic and called out my
intention to take-off on runway 25 for the first flight. The next
guy in sequence to take-off radio'd back "good luck".
Monkey Island Grand Lake Ok ...crabandy trip write-up
Impromptu RV trip because the Wx was simply too nice
not to go flying, we just needed a place to go to. Ray was nice
enough to haul 2 of my girls in his 10 and the Pie went with me to
give "Monkey Island" a try.
My 50th ...David Paule
Yes, it's been 50 years today since I soloed.
I was 17 years old. I worked at an FBO washing and waxing planes in
exchange for flying lessons. The minimum wage then was $1.25 an hour
and that went directly towards the flying. The Cessna 150, the
original fastback version, cost $12 an hour wet. The instructor cost
$6. Fuel was expensive at 42 cents a gallon, but the airport was
Santa Monica and the City was the fuel vendor. I didn't get any
flying support from my folks. They talked about whether they'd sign
off on me soloing and were slightly dismayed when I explained that
they didn't need to.
At that time I didn't have a driver's license. I had to walk or bike
to the field. Since I wasn't earning any actual cash and didn't have
a bike, I walked. It wasn't exactly around the corner.
When I wasn't working or flying, I'd roam around the field, getting
to know many of the regulars. I got to fly a lot of cool airplanes
and eventually checked out in taildraggers with a Cessna 120. No
flaps and it sure was noisy - no ANR back then.
It was a pretty day today, so I went flying. I went solo. It seemed
Beautiful Steamboat ...vid post by Christopher Murphy
The Renegades are at the Wild West Air Fest this
weekend. This is our favorite event and this video hints at the
My new Ride (RV-6A) ...Manny Oro
Just bought this beauty. 0-320 8.5 gph. Did 185 mph
with 1600+ fpm the other day in sunny (HOT) Florida! Panel can use
an upgrade but that is coming.
Texans invade Nevada! Come and welcome them ...this Wednesday
Three RV/VAF couples (Tom and Bonnie Walker, Claudia
and Martin Sutter, and Ron and Kelly Walker) plan to arrive at
Dayton Valley Airpark mid-day on Wednesday (9/3). Paul and I will be
hosting a BYOB gathering at our hangar starting at 6:30 pm that
evening. We'd love to have some other VAF folks show up. Please note
if you fly in that the runway is unlit and the moon will not be any
help at this time, so you probably should head home before it gets
In addition, we plan a fly-out on Thursday (9/4) morning for
breakfast at Bridgeport. Meeting on the ramp at O57 at 8:30 am then
walking across the bridge into town to the Hays Street Cafe (about a
5 miinute walk from the ramp). Join us!
Status Report ...Bill Greenley
Milestone: So Long Phase I ...Bruce Hill 9A
Panel Upgrade ...Jesse
This is a recent upgrade to N345RD from dual AFS
3500's to a 3500 and a 5600 Touch. It's almost done. It's going to
be great flying behind the 5600.
Status Update: Many Pics ...Andy Karmy
N66GB Nearly Ready to Fly Again ...dacronwal post
Sun Aug 31, 2014
Some good news
those wonderful folks and advertisers who choose to support this
site financially, I thought I would give you a bit of good news
regarding what some of that money has helped accomplish.
Yesterday we got a text from our daughter Audrey, a sophomore at SMU
majoring in Biochemistry, saying she starts training for a lab job
this coming Wednesday. The Lippert Research Group (web
link) is working with chemiluminescence in the body. She
will start out helping to analyze chemicals found in saliva to look
for trends between stress and depression. Some of the other
research involves using widely available smart phone technology, for
example an iPhone's camera, to test for lung cancer.
I thought you might enjoy this wonderful news. Susie and I are
so very proud of Audrey and the adult she is becoming.
Fri Aug 29, 2014
The RV-Specific Gatherings Coming Up
Badlands (Sep 5-7).