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Thu Jul 24, 2014  1127Z

I'm Back

What'd I miss??? I'm sitting at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait waiting for my flight back to the US after a 6-month deployment to Afghanistan. After a few weeks of leave I'll be taking some additional time off to make a run at getting my 10 finished -- I was close before I stopped work back in December.

Anyway, looking forward to rejoining my extended family!
Todd Stovall (RV builder)

Call the Tower ...Tom Martin

On the weekend, as I cleared runway 26 I heard the dreaded, "when you are able please phone the tower" In my mind I replayed my pattern, speeds, taxi, etc but could not for the life of me figure out what I had done wrong.

I was on an IFR flight plan, dense haze, one to two mile vis, and was cleared to a visual for runway 26.

When I eventually cleared customs and got to a phone the controller asked me if I was aware that I had landed on runway 31 and not 26?! No I was not, and at that point I was more then a little embarrassed, flustered etc. He was really good about it as there was little traffic, no conflicts etc and he even acknowledged that every one makes a mistake once in a while; but to me this was a big one. I have been flying for 30 years and this is a first for me.

Unfortunately the flying for 30 years is part, or likely, most of the problem. My mind does not work as quick as it once did but I still fly like it does. I have Foreflight, with runway extensions visible, two other gps maps, etc etc and I wonder if all that stuff is making me complacent.

Clearly I was disorientated and I can come up with lots of excuses, or reasons why it happened but what I am hoping for from this group are some hints, tricks, etc that you use to confirm your position relative to the runways when you approach an unfamiliar airport.

"Twitchy" ailerons on my RV-7 ...dougweil

My RV-7 has now been flying for just over two years. The Hobbs meter has clicked past 300 essentially trouble free hours. My wife and I have flown it from Maine to California and it has proven to be everything we wanted in a fast and efficient cross-country machine.

But.. since its first flight it has had “twitchy” ailerons. So what does that mean? Well I truly think it could rival an Extra 300 in roll rate. It handled too nice. The lateral control seemed really fast… way fast. It was uncomfortable to fly in turbulence and if I hand flew it under IMC, I was “this close” to declaring an emergency. My old RV-4 never flew like this. It was smooth and responsive but not overly so. I’ve got almost 2000 hours in RVs; made 12 initial test flights in all models and never did I find one that handled quite like my -7. Frankly I flew it on autopilot 95% of the time so I wouldn’t have to hand fly this hyper-active RV with a bad case of ADHD.  ...

More info on the 7" G3X ...g3xpert post

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