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July 24, 2017.   Issue No. 4,357.
Good morning!  The OSH PIREP, URLs, etc thread is starting to get some traction - rub it in to the folks who didn't attend <g>.  If you get a photo album online somewhere from the show, please feel free to email me the URL so I can spotlight it up here for you!
  vansairforce 'at' gmail 'dot' com
  Also, any simply amazing pic that you get with your smartphone - you know, the 'all RV folks need to see this' type of pic......email that sucker to me.  I'll splash it up here with many thanks.
  I hope all those at the show have a wonderful time!

It begins in style!

The HBC Beer Tasting (thread) Sunday afternoon at OSH'17.
(full size image #1 / full size image #2)
Pics courtesy Sid 'scrollf4' Mayeux.


OSH RV Specific Activity Calendar...lemme know if I'm missing something.


GRT Avionics Aircraft Mounted Heads-Up Display

Just a quick post to point out that GRT Avionics now has an aircraft mounted Heads-Up Display. It is based on the Hudly aftermarket automotive HUD, available for only $300.

It will be on display at Airventure. I absolutely love it. For me, it is much more practical than the android glasses. I simply do not want to fly without it.

You can read about it here: www.grtavionics.com/hud2.html

Apparently something we did took our website down, but it is back up now. Some portions of it might be loading unit 3:30 pm EDT.

Thanks, and fly safely to Oshkosh. I will see you there.

Greg Toman
GRT Avionics/Grand Rapids Technologies


Aera 660 V3.00 Software with SXM Weather/Music Support ...Garmin

Those of you with an Aera 660 connected to your WiFi probably already know that V3.00 came out yesterday.

Most importantly, V3.00 provides support for the new GDL 51/51R/52/52R ADS-B and SXM receivers announced this week. These units provide the much requested SXM weather/music solution for the Aera 660.

Additionally, it addresses one of the common requests for the Aera 660 to provide the same data fields (up to 8) on the charts page already provided on the map page. Here is a screenshot showing this new capability.


RV-7A Rebirthing: Status Report ...kentlik

Got some riveting done finally! Had to pay my son to get him off the computer to do it. He is reasonably priced!


NTSB Aviation Accident Final Report ...9 page PDF


From the Mothership

"No technical support available from July 21 thru August 1.  We’ve gone all in for EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh this year, all of our technical support staff that is. There will be no technical support by email and no phone tech support times at the office during the show and for a couple days travel time before and after. Customer service staff will be here to process and ship parts and kit orders during our normal business hours."


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!


News at my Home Field

7/21/2017.  Phil Witt moving the grass at 52F (on the POA's new (used) tractor).  New runway construction begins 8/1.  FMI: Fly52F.org


Support Position Open at the Mothership

Van's Aircraft is looking for a Customer Support person at our factory in Aurora, Oregon.

We need a front office person with RV building experience and strong customer relationship and management skills. Also required are good verbal and written communication skills, computer experience (MS Office, Syspro) and a patient, problem-solver personality. The ideal candidate will have built, finished and flown an RV, though builders of less desirable airplanes will be considered. Duties for an experienced RV pilot may also include sales demonstration flights, and representing Van's at airshows.

Compensation includes $50-60k salary, health benefits, 401K and participation in Van's ESOP.

If you want to work for the best kit aircraft manufacturer in the world, email your resume with a cover letter to explain why you’re the person for the job.

Email resume to: gusf (at) vansaircraft.com


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

...when using the classifieds.

Model-specific subforums

photo courtesy Van's Aircraft, Inc.






photo courtesy Fred Bauer, Jr.

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

08-05-2017: Washington DC Fly out - meet at KCGS College Park
08-18-2017: International EAS Summer Fly-In Switzerland
08-19-2017: International EAS Summer Fly-In Switzerland
08-20-2017: International EAS Summer Fly-In Switzerland
08-26-2017: Land of Enchantment EAA fly in

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