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February 21, 2020.  Issue #5,024.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
(Need a part-time contract pilot?...DFW area)

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The RV6A and I love Winter ...AlexPeterson

Well, maybe one of us does... Some ramblings:

Aside from being cold when pulling planes out, while risking life and limb on ice and dealing with snow, winter is a wonderful time to fly. I haven't cleaned bugs since about late October. One hasn't truly experienced their RV in maximum climb mode until you've flown with really cold temperatures. Today it wasn't too cold, with the surface temperature about 10F, light winds and clear sky. I should have done a screen capture (I was too busy grinning, even after 18+ years...), but the VSI was between 2500 and 3000fpm, at a pitch angle of about 15 degrees sustained. I hit pattern altitude (about 1900msl) just after leaving the airport boundary:  ...


Lisa Nimmo of AntiSplat ...Rest in Peace

"...I am so saddened to have to let everyone know that this last week I lost my wonderful wife, lover, soulmate, and mother of my children. Her kind and loving little heart just stopped beating as she passed away in my young daughters arms,  with no pain or suffering, and I am certain that was just where she wanted to be.

She was my flying buddy and attended many events, most airshows etc., and was able to acquire literally hundreds of friends and acquaintances associated with aviation.

Thank God we have a very large and wonderful family that is there for our children and myself at this sad and trying time in our lives. I'm not so sure we could do it without them and their support. Our world is greatly diminished with her passing, but she will always be with us until we see her again. The memorial services will be held this coming Monday, 10 AM, 2/24/20 at Bobbitt Funeral Home, 1299 east Highland Ave. San Bernardino 92404. She will be interned on a lovely, beautiful spot at Hillside Memorial Park in Redlands, California until I am chosen to go join her.

You all take care, and cherish every single moment you have with the people you love.

Best to all,



RV-14 Throttle Quad Prototype ...Aircraft Specialty

Here is what we are currently working on in our secret lab! Many thanks to Mike L for helping us out with the beta testing.


Fleeing the cold! Tropical RV Winter Getaway ...NovaBandit

As I'm typing this, it is 111 degrees F colder than where I was this time last week (92f vs -19f)! Why do I live here??

We loaded the kiddos and an unreasonable amount of baggage into the flying family truckster, and flew down to a FLORIDA BEACH HOUSE that we rented with some others from our RV10 family!

Here is the first (of two) trip recap videos!


Mission Creep ...airguy

I think I need help, I need to talk to some people or maybe start going to group meetings or something. I may have a problem.

So I took my airplane down for annual inspection, and SDS EM-5 installation. That in itself is a big upgrade and required cutting a new hole in the panel for the engine controller. But that hole was going where my current passenger warning is printed on the vinyl overlay on the panel. So I would need a new vinyl overlay to put it somewhere else. Since I have to pull the entire panel to lay up the vinyl on it, I might as well make some other changes at the same time - so I ended up completely recutting the panel to shift things around to make more real estate, and added the Dynon autopilot controller and knob panel while I was at it.

Then this evening I was just doing some deep-diving into the manuals for some of the hardware already in, and soon to be going in, to my plane... And I realized that I can move a couple contacts around to different locations on my Dynon EMS module, and free up a high impedance Class C input on pin 31 to accept a variable voltage signal, that would allow me to put a high pressure transducer on my oxygen bottle and magically teleport the bottle pressure onto my Dynon screens for monitoring - no more twisting around in the seat and squinting at the 1/4" gauge on the bottle while in flight and trying to guess how accurate it was. Now I can set an alert on the Dynon to tell me when the oxygen is running low, and I can see the actual pressure value. And then I went onto the Digikey website and bought the Honeywell transducer to do that. It'll be here on Monday.

This has to stop at some point. I mean, literally - I'm out of available inputs on the Dynon system now, and they don't make an expansion module for more. It has to stop. I have to finish this and get it back in the air.




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

03-21-2020: 12th ANNUAL SHAMROCK FLY IN

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....    
83 have contacted me saying they are interested in building one.

Starting on page 8 in my 'sales pitch for the RV SuperCub/Bush Plane' I talk about how I believe Van's would almost instantly own the largest slice of the bush plane market - the email I got over the weekend just reinforces that belief:  1/31/2020 - (Rans - maker of the S-21 Bush Plane) "With our tremendous back-log of orders we have decided not to attend S-n-F this year.  We recognize that there are a number of clients with kits on order, asking about the demo flight schedule at the show, which we regret not being able to accommodate.  However, we feel that keeping our crew busy with building kits and ready-to-fly planes will result in a better outcome for all."  


Off Topic

I flew my RV-8 to Fullerton, CA and back last September. It was a great trip in a great airplane! When I got there, I was met by my friend Slow Talking Roger. I'm there each year (usually by the airlines) for a meeting, and we traditionally have lunch at the airport cafe. That's when I noticed the exit, or not.
Terry Lutz


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.
(more info, flying experience)


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