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July Wallpaper

Advertise on VAF.


July 18, 2018.   Issue #4,612.
  The Sahara Dust is back in DFW (search it).  Turning crosswind Tue a.m. into a rising Sun around 0800 had me (and other locals) commenting on the radio, and wondering in the back of our minds if flying was such a good idea.  Reminded me of those sunset on Mars pictures.  Reminded Sid of his time in Saudi Arabia.  Weird stuff for Big D. 


Ready for Her Close Up ...Krea Ellis RV-7A

We are beyond thrilled with the execution of the design our son (a twenty something) and Jonathan came up with for the RV-7A. To be honest, I wasn't sure I would like the design, but it wasn't as far out in left field as I thought. The more I was around it putting it back together, the more I loved it.

The attention to detail and the little touches that Jonathan and his team added are incredible.

I know it's not for everyone and that's a good thing!


Trailing Edge Bend Update ...Trent Stewart RV-14 (Australia)

Thanks for everyone’s help. I think that worked pretty well.  After final drilling one cleco at a time to #40 the holes on the bottom look nice and round. There is maybe 1/64th of pillowing in a couple of places on the left skin but this should be held down by the tape. Phew.


Gallagher is Coming to OSH ...VAF advertiser

Before we get into the who's where segment of this post, we wanted to start by thanking everyone for their support. The three of us would not be as successful as we are if it weren’t for you. We wanted to let you all know how much we appreciate each and every one of you. Vans are our top priority. We consider ourselves specialists in this field because we insure around 2000 RVs and this is the majority of what we handle day after day. To some, an insurance company is just an insurance company, but to us, we truly care about our clients and want to make sure you are properly covered in the event of a claim. From having our own claims advisor that works for you, to creating amazing relationships with our underwriters, Gallagher takes every step possible to make sure we are doing are the very best for you. We’re always willing to go the extra mile to try to find a solution to your specific needs.

Now that we're less than a week away form the excitement of Oshkosh, we wanted to let everyone know where to find us. If you’re looking for the girls, you should be able to find Jenny and Katie at the RV Social on Monday night, Shanna and Katie at the Vans Banquet Tuesday, and all of them at Gallagher’s client appreciation event on Wednesday. Other than that they will be roaming the crowds, meeting new people, chatting with familiar faces and learning as much as they can about the one thing we all share a passion for…Vans. If you need help finding them, you can always call Jenny at 636-357-7232 and they'd be happy to find a way to meet with you.

If you need anything regarding your insurance during the week of Oshkosh, feel free to call the main line at 877-475-5860 as I will be staying in St. Louis (in an air conditioned office ) to help.

Have fun, stay cool and happy flying! It looks like you have some beautiful weather to look forward to.
Leah Ringeisen, Shanna Linton, & Katie Escalante


New Vid w/Van's Scotty M.

...on TeenFlight Portland FB page


VAF Forum Guy 'VAC' In the EAA News

...Mike Vaccaro (RV-4) (forums profile).  Go get 'um, Vac!!!


Quirky Things Seen From the Air ...Vlad entry

Somewhere in Saskatchewan CA.


Don't fix it if it ain't broken, well... (daddyman RV-4)

My lights were working just fine.

This breaks one of my big airplane rules- DO NOT FIX IF IT ISN'T BROKEN.

In this case, I couldn't help myself because;
I was hesitant to use my lights near the landing pattern, or in other conditions that could have increased visibility and safety because the previous owner said the electrical system "couldn't keep up with the load". Still not sure if that was the case. Since all things electrical are mysterious to me as Merlyn the Magician, I accepted his words.

So, I took the old lights (landing and taxi) out and replaced them with LED lights.
I had previously changed the landing light bulb for a "higher intensity" one, but couldn't tell the difference when landing at night.

Fast forward to this upgrade.
The following are pictures are from my son and student pilot (read Guy in back) -Buddy.

This is our side by side comparison:


Another Two Pics of Inspection Windows ...Brian Eisner sent these




Mothership Announcements


Osh Van's Banquet Tickets ...now online.

Limit 350 attendees.


10,000th RV at Oshkosh ...mothership

"This year we celebrate the 10,000th RV completed and flown. Van’s Aircraft will have this RV-7 built by David Porter on display at the homebuilt area close to Boeing Plaza. There will be room for ten RVs to join David’s RV-7. We would like to have one of each model from the Van’s lineup on display for most of, if not all week. If you would like to have your RV on display contact Sterling at Van’s at Sterling (sterling ‘at’ vansaircraft ‘dot’ com)"


From Cynthia at the Mothership

Just an FYI for our RV community: I will be out of the office from July 19th through July 27th, so if FAA 8050-2 Aircraft Bill of Sales are needed, or an ownership transfer needs to happen, those things will need to be done before or after those dates.

Best regards,

Cynthia A. Schrantz
Administrative Assistant
Van's Aircraft, Inc.
14401 Keil Road N.E.
Aurora, Oregon 97002
503-678-6545 ext. 322


Mothership Employment Opportunities


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

...when using the classifieds.

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photo courtesy Fred Bauer, Jr.

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

07-23-2018: OSH'18
07-24-2018: OSH'18
07-25-2018: OSH'18
07-26-2018: OSH'18
07-27-2018: OSH'18
07-28-2018: OSH'18
07-29-2018: OSH'18
08-11-2018: EAA Chapter 14 Fly-in San Diego
08-25-2018: Thunder Over Flagstaff

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