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March 22, 2019.  Issue #4,786  
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! 

2/15/2005.  Scorch and me patrolling during a TX sunrise.  dr


RV Stuck: Nose wheel in Lethbridge, AB ...if you can help.

Second to last leg on my US trip ended poorly. Lethbridge got the best of me and after 4 bad bounced landings, and I mean bad, finally got it on the ground. Apart from my nerves- which are going to take a while- all Ive damaged is the nose wheel fairing, which is a total loss and a flat tire.

Anyone in the area with a tire, might just be the tube. Moral support would help too.
Claude Pitre
RV-9A #91081


Just Starting out- looking for NH or MA RV builders

Hello all, first post. I have been lurking for many years and am finally getting to a point in my life where I may have the time and money to finally start flying. I have taken a couple of first flights over the last 20 years and also fly whenever a friend or friend of a friend invites me.

In any case, I am looking for "local" (MA or NH) RV builders so as to take a look at the work, ask some questions and maybe help if they want it.

Many thanks,


Mothership News


O-320 E2D Drama ...Sam I Am

I purchased my first plane, a 2003 Vans RV-9A, July 2018. I commute from Texas to Kansas weekly for work so have accumulated almost 200 hours since purchase. The plane had 525 TT when I bought it. The Lycoming was a rebuilt that was in storage for some time before the RV builder purchased it in 1999. Previous log books were not available but Lycoming estimated that it had been in use for 2,000 h when he purchased it. The engine was disassembled and reassembled by A&P with new gaskets and seals at time of the builders purchase and pistons, valves, seats, cam, lifters, etc all appeared new based on log book entry. Had a prebuy conducted and no issues were noted at purchase.

Almost immediately fuel burn went to 11 to 12 g/h and the engine would not run smoothly. Two mechanics later there were multiple fuel leaks found. Replaced the Van's fuel selector valve with Andair. Fixing the leaks brought the fuel use back to 7,5 to 8 g/h but the engine was not very smooth. Found the intake connector hose clamps were loose and tightened them up. Through trial and error determined that when the electric fuel pump was turned on, the engine would turn off! Only use electric fuel pump when priming. The primer was checked and not leaking fuel to the cylinders when not activated.

High CHTS climbing out has been a common issue (425F) until fall weather brought cooler ambient temps. The plane is equiped with and EIS 2000 with probes in the 1 and 4 cylinders. Baffling is in good shape and checked again last night with flash light for leaks. Started to notice that the mixture would be set at flight elevation then would get LOP after some time. The engine tried to quit several times at take off then did quit at 11,500 over the panhandle one day. I then replaced the carb with a rebuilt Marvel-Schebler MA-4SPA and a new lycoming mechanical fuel pump. Wow! The engine ran much smoother and fuel burn at 7 g/h. Thought I had it fixed....

Now that the weather is warming up, the CHT are skyrocketing. Yesterday I left TOP (880 msl, 60 degrees F). I taxied to the runway with the engine leaned, conducted my runup to 1,800 rpm after enrichening the mixture. The left mag was rough so ran the engine up and leaned to burn off the plugs. Next mag check spot on. As I lined up to take off, the CHT #4 was already 425 F and #1 was 415F. I took off with one eye on the sky and one on the EIS. I climbed very slowly, full rich, as the temps went to 485. When I reached 3,500 msl, the cylinders started to cool to less than 400 F as I continued to climb to 10,500 (32 degrees F). The temps settled in at 375 and 355 for the remainder of the flight. When I landed in Amarillo, the temps immediately went to 285 for roll to the hangar. This has been the condition for the last 3 flights. The previous flights did not entail having to burn off the plugs before take off.

I'm about to conduct an intake leak test but thinking that my scenerio doesn't quite fit a leak. I've read that the Lycoming SB 258 can be an issue so will pull the carb and check the intake through the sump for dead space. Any other ideas would be much appreciated.

While I have the podium, I would like to thank everyone for their time and knowledge on this forum. I'm a newly minted pilot with a new plane and would have walked away by now had it not been for this forum and peoples honest input. THANK YOU!!!!


El Paso from FL 38

...Mr. X

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RV Law of

A stab at comedy. Ill get the ball rolling with:

"RV Law of Clean Leading Edge Slash Dirty Belly"
If you just clean the leading edge of your wings after a flight, the longer a visitor stares at them the probability of them believing the belly is also clean approaches one.

Got one to offer up?


Bragging on the Kiddo

You already know our daughter Audrey is out on the west coast pursuing her PhD in ChemBio.  She sent me this pic the other day of some lady she met out there.

The lady on the right?  Our awesome daughter Audrey (the 'AR' in N617AR).

The lady on the left?  Winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Dr. Frances Arnold.

Audrey texted me 'Whatcha working on?' when she sent me the pic.  I didn't have the heart to tell her I was working on a bit about farts... ;^)


VAFcast #2 Online ...the podcast.

Rob 'Mashy' Reece RV-8

Pics mentioned in the podcast


Mothership Job Openings


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

...when using the classifieds.


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

03-22-2019: Petit Jean Spring in Fredericksburg Texas
03-23-2019: Petit Jean Spring in Fredericksburg Texas
03-24-2019: Petit Jean Spring in Fredericksburg Texas
03-28-2019: Houston, Texas - Aerobatic Contest
03-29-2019: Houston, Texas - Aerobatic Contest
03-30-2019: Houston, Texas - Aerobatic Contest
03-31-2019: Houston, Texas - Aerobatic Contest
04-05-2019: Falcon Flight Formation Clinic (KGYI)
04-06-2019: Falcon Flight Formation Clinic (KGYI)
04-07-2019: Falcon Flight Formation Clinic (KGYI)
04-13-2019: EAA 471 Breakfast~Abilene TX, Ramona ( KRNM) RV flyin BBQ, 7th Annual Mojave Experimental Fly-In
05-11-2019: EAA 471 Breakfast~Abilene TX

Van's Bush Plane?
Would you add an RV to your
stable that could utilize bush wheels, floats and snow skis? ...in other words an RV 'SuperCub'
Please and thank you.  I would like S/N 1 and I'm standing by with my credit card right now!  Let me know if you would like to build one, also.  I'll add your comments to my sales pitch for the mothership.  Enough people with 'I'm ready to order right now' next to their name might raise the eyebrows of those who would decide down the road. 

people so far interested in building it now.


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