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August 26, 2016.   Issue No. 4,190.
a short flight this weekend is in the works, Wx and guest bath project permitting (tile is now up).  That and Formula 1 returns from the summer break to race at Spa-Francorchamps (home of 'Eau Rouge'...F1's most thrilling corner (video)).  DVR is set.
  An RV flight, a race recorded and a working guest shower.  Win, win, win!
  Susie, Audrey, Tate and I would like to wish you and yours a happy, safe and RV–filled weekend!


Day 5. Fairbanks: The Coldest City of America ...Vlad's Alaska

We woke up early. Nice view from the hotel window. Dawson City still sleeps.  continue


Van speaks out about RV aerobatics ...Ron Schreck heads up.

Spend a few minutes talking with Van and you come away with an appreciation for how much knowledge can be communicated using very few words! I approached Van several months ago and asked if he would write an article for publication in the EAA Sport Aviation magazine about RV aerobatics. It has been my mission to promote competitive aerobatics among the RV community and I realized that my efforts may be futile unless I had the support of Richard VanGrunsven himself. It was my impression that Van has always taken a conservative approach to aerobatics and I understand why. After all, he has a lifetime of his own effort and resources tied up in the world's most successful line of experimental amateur built aircraft. He didn't get this far by being reckless! We discussed the article over the course of several months and about five drafts and the result is published in the August issue of Sport Aviation. For anyone contemplating RV aerobatics this is a must-read. Van's conservative and measured approach to RV aerobatics puts safety right where it belongs: first. He is adamant about respecting the limitations of the aircraft and the pilot and provides a bit of incentive by describing the challenges and successes of his own aerobatic endeavors.  continue

~44 years ago...


24 July: St. Louis (cont.) ...Scott Chastain

With a tour ticket in hand, I walked several city blocks toward the Gateway Arch entrance. There were several acres fenced-off below the west side of the arch because of construction for the Gateway Arch Grounds Project. Turning south, the detour entrance led me right across the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Parishioners were vacating the basilica, a priest was helping a police officer direct traffic in the middle of the street, and several nuns were standing in the portico conversing with one another.  continue


Avionics Installation Class - Garmin G3X/G3X Touch ...Lee's Summit, Missouri

(Oct 24-26)  Wanted to get the word out on an upcoming avionics installation class which is a fantastic hands on three day course that covers everything from basic wiring techniques, to system architecture and software configuration


Buttonwillow ...rightrudder

It was fun to hunt down this race track, site of many happy open-track days in various cars over the years. Never thought I'd be cinched up in a Crow 5-point harness 1500 feet above the track! Ah, reminiscing....

Went to Bakersfield Muni (L45) for breakfast at the Harmon Rocket Cafe. Super-friendly waitresses, but hash browns slightly undercooked. Bacon cravings satiated for at least a week!

With fire TFRs all over the place, it was no surprise that the air was somewhat smoky. I'm getting used to using flight following; I only had to have them repeat back one frequency. Fun to fly over the Grapevine for the first time.  <g>.


"STAFF" ;^)

I've been pushing out some version of this website for the last 15 or so years - the last 9+ as my full-time job. I needed to order a couple new caps as the current batch are pretty worn/frazzled, and this time I spent the extra four dollars and had the word 'STAFF' put on the back of a couple of them for laughs ;^).  Presenting my new 'fancy going out to dinner' hat, oil and sweat free (for now).

Anyway, it struck me as funny, but I admit I have a somewhat warped sense of humor.


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VAF Calendar ...upcoming Events for the Next 60 Day(s)
08-27-2016: 1st Annual RV fly-in, Thunder Over Flagstaff AZ
09-03-2016: Mauston New Lisbon Fly-in.
09-10-2016: Garmin Experimental Avionics Seminar, DFW
09-17-2016: Belfast Maine Lobster 2nd Annual Fly-in
09-23-2016: 2016 Pine Bluff Formation Clinic
09-24-2016: 2016 Pine Bluff Formation Clinic, RV - SWIFT FLY-IN AND PIG ROAST
09-25-2016: 2016 Pine Bluff Formation Clinic
10-14-2016: AR Petit Jean RV Gathering
10-15-2016: AR Petit Jean RV Gathering
10-16-2016: AR Petit Jean RV Gathering
10-17-2016: AR Petit Jean RV Gathering

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Fly52F.org News..where theVanCave lives.
Update August 18, 2016
Runway Project: Peloton Engineering completed surveying the runway environment and produced the maps and plans necessary to proceed with fixing runway drainage. Dirt moving will begin as quickly as possible after a contractor has been selected. We are soliciting bids now. Runway construction is scheduled to begin March 1, 2017www.fly52f.org
Water: On Wednesday evening, August 17, 2016, the Texas Rural Water Association held a meeting at Tarrant County College to discuss the airport’s water situation. The water well located in the northeast corner of the airport and its associated water distribution system do not meet the requirements of a public water system. Bobby Hawk pointed out that this water well was not intended to supply water beyond the 18 lots in Aero Valley Estates. Current temporary manager, Mark Patterson, will likely not continue after his six-month term expires in October 2016. Several options were discussed. We will investigate the options and provide a more detailed report.  www.fly52f.org

The 'Hyde Restrictions' no longer exist.  New runway soon.  (more info)
Why I voted 'YES'  dr Updated

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