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September 26, 2017. Issue No.
I would like to send out a huge thank you to 52F property owner
Sam Daniels for quickly troubleshooting the a/c problem on our '07
Honda Accord. I had it up on the lift and was looking for the
low pressure sensor a few days ago to jump it to test the
compressor. Sam strolled in today and found it in three
minutes. Compressor still didn't work. "Which relay
is the compressor?" "It's that one." Sam swapped it
with another relay that was identical and it came alive. $6
replacement relay from O'Reilys and we're back in cold air.
Introducing the 'VAF Drone'...investing in the future.
It's been about six years since I've spent a penny on
camera/video equipment for the site. I just bought my first
drone. A business expense for more creative RV photography - 12
megapixel stills and 4K/30fps video. I've been looking at
these for awhile, but couldn't justify the expense. The
technology is mature, and the feature set now is insanely
robust....it was time.
I'm still getting acquainted with it,
but it's getting easier. It is a DJI 'Mavic
Pro', and the
test footage above is using the 'Point
of Interest' intelligent flight mode. Basically, you mark
a spot and it will orbit it until you tell it to stop.
1989 I flew an
X-cell 60 r/c helicopter. No gyro stabilization - Mark 1
eyeball only. Stress. This drone thing isn't even in the
same solar system. It's crazy simple. Crazy.
Of note: This 327 MB video
file is hosted on my $4/mo SmugMug account.
Unlimited storage for four bucks.
10 days touring through Southern/Western Australia ...Eddie Seve
Lots of photos in this album but it will help you decide if
visiting and flying around Australia is for you, we used our trusty
Fish Fry Fly-in KFRH Sept. 30, 2017
I just wanted to remind everyone the Fish Fry Fly-in is this
Saturday at KFRH.
The weather is going to be gorgeous. Come see beautiful Southern
Indiana and eat some of the best fried fish with cole slaw, baked
beans, potato chips, and drink.
It will be start at 10:00 and end at 1:00. We ran out of fish last
year so we have bought more for this year.
Thanks and Hope to See Many of You There!!
Darren & Traci Kerns
How to minimize ground loops
I had a quick question about ground loops. I am going to be
wiring a PMA 8000 series audio panel to an old KX-170B Nav/Com. The
KX-170 used unshielded wiring and lacks pinouts for "audio low". I
wanted to know which would be the proper method to wire the com
output to a modern audio panel.
The first option would have the audio low outputs for nav and com
brought together to the current airframe ground at back of the
KX-170B. The shield terminations would be grounded at the audio
panel back shell with everything else.
The second option would have the low audio outputs for nav and com
brought back to ground with the shield terminations at the back of
the audio panel (all grounds shared at the back of the audio panel).
Seems like the second option would be the preferred method for
minimizing ground loops, but I wanted to check with the group. I
can't seem to find much in the way of printed guidance on these old
- new interconnects.
Day Twenty-Six ...Scott Chastain RV-8
When I woke up, it was plenty light outside, but there was a low,
thick overcast and it did not look like good flying weather.
24 years ...Tom Martin
The month marks a milestone for me. I was 24 years ago, this
month, that I purchased a RV4 kit, sept 1993. There was no VAF, very
little internet action; I was not even aware of the EAA. I had a
citabria at the time and wanted something faster. A friend suggested
a RV4 and I had the very good fortune of going for a ride in Rick
West's award winning 4. He and Gord Baxter, RV6, another excellent
RV builder provided my support network. I knew nothing, but I had
built many projects on the farm and was well equipped with a shop
and misc tools.
I stared at the project for two months and then got to work.
Seventeen months later it first flew. I thought that I would own
that plane forever but I was now addicted to speed and had heard
about the Harmon Rocket. I built two of those and then along came
the F1 Rocket. I completed 4 of the standard wing F1s and then built
a F1 with the EVO wing for myself. I love that plane and still fly
it. For five or six years I was quite active in the Sport Aircraft
Racing league and the plane did really well. Constant changes to the
cooling system, airframe cleanup and prop changes added over 30
knots to my top speed. The aircraft is remarkably efficient and my
wife and I typically do a few cross country flights. We have been to
the east and west coast, and most of the midwestern and eastern USA.
Along the way a RV7 and a RV10 were also completed in my shop.
I took a couple of years off and have just finished a RV14. The
final inspection was last week and I am waiting for the flight
permit. The "kits" have improved remarkably over the years but it
does not seem to have shortened the built time. When I started there
were no autopilots, basic simple panels and gps was just being
thought of. Every year the aircraft get more complex with more and
more systems. These systems add time and weight to the aircraft.
Although the equipment is truly amazing it does add to built time. I
am looking forward to flying the RV14, I have about 30 hours in the
10 and I loved the lift and I expect this plane to climb similar to
the 10. It should be a lot of fun solo with half fuel.
It is hard to believe that 24 years and 12 aircraft have passed and
I have met the most wonderful people in the aviation world. People
ask me if I am going to build another one and I just purchased a
high end cabinet saw as I would like to get back to my first love,
woodworking. I have this big pile of Ash in the barn and I am
thinking an all wood motorcycle or car would be a neat project. I
might even throw in some aluminum bits here and there!
52F Runway Replacement Status
and Video Clips (Updated Daily)
- Drone videos: Day 1 vid
Blueprints of New Runway
- Chris Pratt PIREP
from the air
Van's Calendar Pics ...it's time to submit your entries.
everyone, we need calendar pics for this year's Van's Aircraft
Calendar! Please send your HIGH RESOLUTION pics to
Please include pilot and photographer info as well so we can give
credit where credit is due!
If I don't get enough images I'm going to have to use these photos
of Daryl I found lying around...
Bribes, blackmail, can be sent to the same address. Thank you in
How to Minimize the Chance
You Could be Dealing with a Scammer
...when using the classifieds.
VAF Calendar ...upcoming Events
for the Next 60 Day(s)
09-30-2017: Fish Fry Fly-in KFRH Sept. 30, 2017 10-1, Fall Classic
Fly-In Lebanon, TN (M54)
10-07-2017: Ramona, CA Air Fair & Fly-In
10-20-2017: 2017 Pine Bluff Formation Clinic
10-21-2017: 2017 Pine Bluff Formation Clinic
10-22-2017: 2017 Pine Bluff Formation Clinic
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