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Aug 21, 2019.  Issue #4,895
  We drop off our son Tate at college (SMU) on Thursday, so today is our last day having a child live at home.  We become empty nesters starting Thursday afternoon, and I'm all over the place emotionally.  Life goes on I guess.  Mostly I just want it to be over.  Thank God he's only 40 minutes away - he knows he can call us for a lunch or dinner any time, just like his older sister did.  If that call comes an hour before the next day's VAF edition is scheduled to be pushed out, you'll understand VAF will just have to wait.
  This went way too fast, and it really sucks.  I'm excited for our son, but it feels like I've lost an arm.  And he knows how much we love him.  If I keep typing I'm gonna cry, so I'll stop...  


Grass Strip Discovery  ...Vlad RV-9A

Geneseo NY D52
Discovered this gem yesterday. 4,500' of manicured to Triple Tree standards grass.


PIREP Phase 1: John Keen RV-7 (Australia)

...She's powered by an 0-360 A1AD, has fixed pitch Sensenich prop, basic classic steam gauge panel (I love vintage aircraft!) with a GTR200 comm and GTX330ES transponder. A couple of minor mods in the form of a centre console with the engine controls plus fuel selector and gauges; and I've omitted the fibreglass lip that usually goes over the windscreen to overlap the edge of the canopy. Instead there's a bulb seal to keep the drafts out.

Nigel reports that she flies straight and true, temps & pressures where they should be. Baffles are stock Van's with all the gaps carefully sealed and the washer trick employed on #3 - CHTs maxed at 400 in the climb settling to 350 in cruise, and that's on overhauled cylinders and pistons, so very pleased with that result. Possibly a bit under-propped with the standard pitch so may look at a cruise prop at some stage once I have more data.


Part VII: Works of Fire  ...Scott Chastain's 'Resurrection America'


DID YOU KNOW having a builder policy doesn't guarantee full flight coverage later on?

...VAF advertiser (Gallagher)

You've spent the past several years building your aircraft and now you're finally done. Congratulations!! Now, don't let a surprise insurance requirement get in the path of you flying. One thing to keep in mind as you are building your RV or any other type of experimental aircraft, is that there are a limited number of companies that will quote an aircraft during the flyoff period. Of those companies, they all want you to have some time under your belt. Policies are rated off of the pilots total time and hours in the specific make and model. Having a low time pilot on a brand new aircraft is going to make for a difficult quoting process. We're not saying it can't be done, but it does limit our options. If you can't get some time in the same model you are building, getting time in a similar model may help. Keep in mind, insurance companies do not see tailwheel time and tricycle gear time the same. This means if you have a tricycle gear Vans model, build up some hours in another tricycle gear model. The same goes for tailwheel models. We hear people tell us a lot that tailwheel aircraft are more difficult to manage so their hours should count towards their tricycle gear time; however, the insurance companies don't see it the same way. If you're not sure what to do, your broker can always get a quote for flying coverage so you have an idea of what the insurance companies are going to require for transition training. Always remember that is just an estimate because insurance changes all the time and quotes are only valid for about 60 to 90 days.
Leah Ringeisen, Shanna Linton, Katie Escalante & Kim Schuler


Garmin RV Demonstrator's Updated Panel

...requested by Michael Burbidge

Here is a link to a photo of the RV-7A panel with a GMC 507, GPS 175, and GMA 245 in the center stack.



Interference between prop governor oil line and PlanePower AL12 alternator

...'BillL' PIREP answering a post

I found the same issue.
I bent the line a little closer to the case (block of wood and a hammer YMMV) and the result was a small gap (1mm) between the alternator-line-case. 40 hrs with regular inspections indicate that it is working. Thankfully, the parts don't move that much.

The 15358 belt is a good idea too.
Edit 8-15-18 - I looked at mine again. Note (below) the adjustment slot has the bolt near the end. I used the standard belt, as the adjustment range might not accommodate much extra length.

Let us know how yours works out.


G3X Academy: CAN Bus Fundamentals Webinar - Friday, August 23rd

Greetings VAF!

The Aviation Training Team at Garmin has developed a series of modules dedicated to better understanding the installation fundamentals of the G3X Touch system in our aircraft. These have been popular presentations at EAA Airventure and we'd like to extend the training opportunity to those interested in learning more about the system architecture.

The CAN Bus data network (what it is and how it works), also known as the 'backbone' of the system, is one of the most frequent support questions we receive. We would like to invite those interested to the below webinar this Friday, August 23rd:

G3X Academy: CAN Bus Fundamentals Webinar
Date: Friday, August 23rd
Time: 3:00 PM CST
Registration Link: HERE

The webinar will be recorded and a link sent to those unable to attend the live presentation (registration still required).

Best Regards,

Brad + Katie


7A 'Rebirthing' Status Report  ...kentlik 7A

Starting on the right side. Partway there, forgot how long it takes to get it right. I set up a "block" of sorts out of tape to butt the skirts up to help keep them uniform.


Earl and Hal's RV-14

I ordered an RV-14 kit in Oshkosh, and I while nervously await the arrival, I began asking myself just how the heck I was going to build this thing, given my fairly limited experience building anything. I am a retired engineer, so bookwork wise, I get it, but putting it into practice, I doubted myself.

By a stroke of luck, I was introduced to a retired corporate jet director of maintenance who just purchased a home in my community. Well, Hal has always wanted to build an airplane, but couldn't outlay the money. Me? I can outlay the money but I am not sure I can build it. Haha. So we have formed a strategic partnership, in exchange for 25% equity in the kit, Hal will guide me through the build, using his 40+ years of airplane maintenance experience.

Our first kit should be shipping any day now, and we hope to have the airplane flying by Sept 1 2021. We each can devote at least 40 hours per week into this, so if we can stay on track and I don't louse up the project too badly, with a bit of luck in two years, I'll be posting our first flight info!

Stay tuned to follow along a hopeless builders adventure towards having something that flies within about two years! Oh, and wish us luck.


Should I Drill The Reference Engine Bracket Holes? ...PhatRV -8

Each of the engine mount brackets has a large #12 hole that corresponds to the hole on the stainless steel firewall. Should I drill these out while assemble the firewall or leave them alone until I install the engine mount. Van's manual doesn't mention anything about these holes in the instructions at this stage of the build.

Here is a picture of the hole


So who else has seen broken sniffle line bracket ...mturnerb -14

I did some FWF inspection today at 46 hours or so, cowling off. Found that the sniffle line bracket was broken, so I replaced it by fabricating a similar piece from stainless steel. I've seen a builders blog where the theory was the exhaust heat weakens the aluminum bracket.


RV-10 wings for sale

...past the QB stage.  Need some love.

So here's how I(we) came up with the price of $6,900.  123 votes were cast in the poll.  If the vote was in the range of 5000-6000 I used 5,500 as the value for the spreadsheet.  I put in the number 5,500 (51) times, then inserted 6,500 (12) times underneath, 7,500 (27) times, etc.  When I had all the data entered I averaged the numbers - $6,971.55.  I rounded down to $6,900.

Comes with a wing stand.  (25) pictures.

Is $6,900 a fair price?  Well, the mothership offers the standard, unbuilt kit for $11,450.  You can order a QB RV-10 wing for an additional $6,325.  There is a 10 week wait on RV-10 wing kits.  So, if you wanted this new we're talking somewhere in the area of $17K.  It's a fair price, even with a little bend in one of the ailerons, a 1" tear in one rib and some rusty hardware on the end that might need replacing. 

60% off new QB.

Email me at vansairforce 'at' gmail 'dot' com if you're interested.  I will forward those email in the order they were received to the friend who owns them.  He'll be in touch.  The wings are at 52F (DFW).  And thanks to all the folks who voted in on the poll.  It helped.



VAFcast #5 ...Matt's RV-6 at 52F

32min 19sec podcast chock-full of RV vitamins and minerals.


Mothership Job Openings


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

...when using the classifieds.


Model-specific subforums

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photo courtesy Fred Bauer, Jr.

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

09-11-2019: National Champion Air Races, Reno-Stead Airport, Reno, NV
09-12-2019: National Champion Air Races, Reno-Stead Airport, Reno, NV
09-13-2019: National Champion Air Races, Reno-Stead Airport, Reno, NV
09-14-2019: National Champion Air Races, Reno-Stead Airport, Reno, NV, KBST Lobster 🦞 fly-in Belfast Maine
09-15-2019: National Champion Air Races, Reno-Stead Airport, Reno, NV
09-21-2019: Fish Fry Fly-In 9/21/2019 KFRH
09-28-2019: Wendover Airfield Airshow - 2019
10-11-2019: Petit Jean 2019 ... The RV Gathering on the Mountain
10-12-2019: Petit Jean 2019 ... The RV Gathering on the Mountain
10-13-2019: Petit Jean 2019 ... The RV Gathering on the Mountain
10-14-2019: Petit Jean 2019 ... The RV Gathering on the Mountain
10-17-2019: High Sierra Fly-In, Reno, NV
10-18-2019: High Sierra Fly-In, Reno, NV


Would You Build a Hot Weather RV "Super Cub"?

Something RV that offered:

1) High wing shade for us sweltering in the hot climates,
2) Open windows and/or doors in flight (see above), and
3) A chance to get our RV STOL on!!! (click for video).

If you would, let me know and I'll add your name/comments to my sales pitch.  You never know....     (77) people ready to order.

A video I'm betting you'll enjoy...

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