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September 26, 2017.   Issue No. 4,402. 
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.  Thanks Sam!

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.

Back in 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 RV-7

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 RV7, enjoy.


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
RV7 N599DT


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

- Pictures and Video Clips (Updated Daily)
- Webcams:
North, Middle, South.
- Drone videos: Day 1 vid 1, 7, 15, 21, 28, 35, 44, 9/21 NEW
- Blueprints of New Runway
- Chris Pratt PIREP from the air

9/22.  Seeds!


Van's Calendar Pics ...it's time to submit your entries.

(from Adam)
Okay everyone, we need calendar pics for this year's Van's Aircraft Calendar! Please send your HIGH RESOLUTION pics to AdamB@vansaircraft.com.

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 advance!


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)

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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