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January 22, 2020.  Issue #5,003 (Need a part-time contract pilot?...DFW area)

Creative Tail Trim Tab  ...Carl Froehlich


My RV Weekend ...RV8Squaz

I had a productive weekend.

I departed Thursday morning for a 3-leg day. First was a stop in Marianna, FL (MAI) to visit Air Prop Specialists. I've been using this shop for 12+ years. My Hartzell has an old hub which has an AD that requires an Eddy current inspection every 100 hours or annual whichever comes first. In my case it works out to about every 9 months. It's really not as obtrusive as it sounds. It's about an hour flight, takes me 5 minutes to remove the spinner, 10 minutes for the technician to do the inspection, 5 minutes to install the spinner, and 10 minutes for the paper work. The cost... let's just say I can do a lot of inspections for the price of a new prop! I usually combine it with a BBQ lunch or a visit to the nearby Florida Caverns State Park. Not this time though; I had places to go and people to see.

The 2nd leg took me to 28J, Palatka Muni to see a couple of Extra's that were for sale and being re-assembled. It was great to see them with all of the panels removed so that I could inspect everything. They looked good!

The 3rd leg (my first VFR leg of the day) took me to PMP, Pompano Air Park in S. Florida to visit with my brother and his family for a few days. PMP is home of the Good Year blimp. My brother and I enjoyed some seriously good donuts.

Yesterday I came back in two legs. Had to depart IFR due to the Trump TFR in Palm Beach and the weather at my fuel stop at FIN, Flagler Co Airport just north of Daytona Beach. I don't normally stop for fuel going to or from S. Florida but Flagler's fuel was $3.99. I couldn't resist! I had hoped to see a couple of Extra's at Spruce Creek and St. Augustine, but I wasn't able to coordinate with the sellers. BTW, I never experienced any of the proposed GPS outages across the SE. I finally got past the front just north of Jacksonville and had a beautiful evening flight home for the last hour. The 30-40 knots on the nose gave me more time to enjoy the gorgeous sunset. ...


Q: Removing T-708 plate from gas tank

Got left gas tank off on my RV-6, undid the screws to T-708 plate, applied heat in the form of a heat gun, then tried a 250 watt heat lamp for 15 minutes, using a flat putty knife to try to get under it, and some gentle tugs of various screw drivers, still not really getting anywhere.

Any suggestions? Seem like somebody may have used piano wire?

A: (rvbuilder2002)
1" wide putty knife

Round the corners very slightly so they wont gouge the aluminum.

Sharpen the end slightly using a disk sander.

Tap it under the cover and then around the perimeter using a small hammer.


Some Circuit Help Please ...AndyRV7

I'm trying to figure out how to power my ADSB equipment but I feel completely electronics illiterate. Maybe you guys can help me.

I have installed a Uavionics Echo and a GRT Safefly gps to be in/out compliant. My intention has been to pull power from one of the circuit breakers on my avionics bus. Here are some pictures of my panel and behind the panel. These were the best I could do in tight spaces. ...


Adding holes in F-402B bulkheads ...RV-4

It is very, very tempting to mount switches, etc. in the F-402B bulkheads.

I see that Steve mounted two switches on each side, plus the ELT remote control there:

Any clue as to how many, how big and positions of holes one can safely make in those bulkheads?



My RV Weekend ...bruceh 9A

Busy Holiday weekend. Saturday did my first formation flight as a two ship with a safety pilot in my right seat. I did better than I had feared! Still have lots to learn and it will take a while to get all of the controls working via muscle memory.

Sunday my wife and I took off to Paso Robles for a wine tasting overnight trip for her birthday weekend. Had a great tailwind and we got up there in record time. Got to cross LAX Class Bravo via the Coliseum Route at 8500'. The airport (KPRB) cleared up to VFR as we got close and then we had breakfast at the diner on the field, which was excellent (Joe's one-niner diner). We got our rental car from ACI Jet and then we hit several wineries and did some other shopping/dining. Back to the airport diner the next morning for another great breakfast, then we took off to head home. Cloudy high overcast with a few low clouds below, and some brutal headwinds the whole way, so we stayed lower along the coast and crossed back over LAX via the Coastal Route at 5500'. I can't say enough good things about SoCal TRACON and how helpful they are, even when it is super busy. We probably spotted and dodged 30+ airplanes just on the way back.

Another 5.2 hours in the logbook.


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VAFcast #7 ...James Walsh RV-4


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01-15-2020: Wednesday Breakfast Fly In VI
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Would You Build an RV "Super Cub"?

If you would, let me know and I'll add your name/comments to my sales pitch.  You never know....    
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1/21/2020 NEW
"I'd love to build a RV-15 Super Cub and fly it here in the UK.  When do you want the deposit?"
-- Stephen Beard

"You can add me to the list of potential RV-cub purchasers. As you may know, I've modified my 9 to have bigger axles and tires, which helps, but I've been looking at backcountry planes for a while. The S21 looks pretty good (I sat in it about 3 years ago before it was flying) but I'm not sure it has the fit and finish that an RV has. Anyway, add me to the list and hope something happens before I have to make a decision for brand X."
Dr. Greg B. Arehart
Emeritus Professor of Geology and Geochemistry
University of Nevada, Reno

Off Topic


I'm interested.  Are you looking for a PC-12 or Caravan PIC or (due to insurance or company policy) a right-seater in your King Air / Citation / Phenom / HondaJet, etc?   I'm looking for part-time flying opportunities in the DFW area that might lead to a) the left seat and b) me supplementing my VAF income a little.  Willing to start on the farm team.
1,700+ hrs PIC.  I am PIC insurance-current in the Cessna Grand Caravan EX (recurrent training completed 5/8/19).   Flying resume and letters of recommendation upon request Age 54.  46 bpm resting heart rate.  169.5 lbs.  BP 117/72.  Lifelong non-smoker. EKG 10/22/19 (Apple watch)
Doug Reeves.
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