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February 20, 2017. Issue
Status Report ...David Paule
Moving along to the flap handle, another assembly that can be
made now, I had the idea of using an RV-12 part, VA-110, for my
RV-3B manual flap handle button. I called tech support to see if it
would fit and was told that the size would be the same as for the -3
because they wouldn't change something like that. Hah! But the
support guy was good enough to check it for me, and found that in
fact the -12 part was too big and wouldn't fit. No surprise, really.
Took the builder's class. Trip report, misc stuff.
I met my first builder, and saw his RV-14. His build is coming
along very nicely and looks wonderful. My local EAA chapter meetings
are Saturdays, but I'm spending every second of every weekend in the
plane trying to finish my PPL, so I might not get there this month.
After getting a couple recommendations on here, I decided to take
the class at Synergy Air in Eugene Oregon. It was being held on my
birthday, so I found low priced airfare and went. I'd simply like to
say that finding the lowest price airfare and using a certain
airline made the idea of plane ownership much more attractive.
I hadn't ever been to Oregon before, and the drive from Portland
down to Aurora was beautiful. The tour of Vans was a lot of fun, and
after sitting in an RV-7 and RV-14 in their hangar, I'll be
contacting their east coast guy for a test ride in a 14. I'm tall
and I like how two people fit inside it better. If you haven't taken
the tour at Vans, I highly recommend it. The staff were friendly and
I spent the rest of Friday driving down to Eugene, paying my class
bill and visiting the Oregon Air and Space Museum. The museum is a
couple hundred feet from Synergy. If you're ever at the airport in
Eugene Oregon, I recommend this museum. Entry was $7. They have some
very interesting homebuilt aircraft in the museum. A 1/2 scale
Vought Corsair, 1/2 scale Mitsubishi Zero, 1/2 scale Messerschmidt
109, a Bede BD, a Rutan Quickie, a few others that I can't recall.
They have a collection of over 1000 1/64th scale models that a local
guy built, from the Wright Flier to modern military planes, and a
ton of aviation type memorabilia. The guy that I believe might be
the owner walks around and talks to people a lot which was nice
Saturday was my class. For most people on here, this stuff is all
old-hat to you, but for me the class was awesome. I had never done
any of the things we learned, and loved every second. Figuring out
the plans, deburring, riveting. After a fun day, we had a small part
that looks like a rudder. The class was me, 1 other student and the
instructor. Definitely another huge plus of Synergy. I didn't want
to go home. Working in their hangar and seeing about a dozen planes
in various stages of construction was inspiring.
Now its time for me to acquire tools, get the garage ready, order my
kit, and get moving. If anybody has any tips, as the eager new guy
I'd love to hear them.
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Teen RV-12 Build Program in San Antonio
We've started our RV-12 (s/n 121030) build at Hallmark
University's facility at San Antonio Int'l Airport (SAT). We are
building the empennage kit with a small group in a pilot class.
We are also seeking more mentors to help with this program. If you
are interested, please contact me for details.
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