Amateur Built, Amateur Maintained ;^) ...crabandy
Almost made it to 50 hours this time for oil change/air
filter/general look-see under the cowl service. It's more fun for
everyone when they are challenged and involved, this supervisor was
Bodie and Lone Pine ...Joe Rainbolt RV-7A
What's in a Name (Proud of those Kids!) ...Bob Kelly
Tonight the kids building an RV-12 at Columbus North HS (Indiana)
picked a name for their plane. It will be known as "Jeanne,"
named for a Columbus graduate, Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck. She took
flying lessons while in her senior year of HS.
Jeanne, born in 1912, went from Columbus to graduate with honors
from Washington State. In 1941, while working as a swimming
instructor in Honolulu, she watched as Pearl Harbor was bombed. This
inspired her to join the WASP.
She was working as a test pilot when a red lined (previously
grounded for control problems) BT-13 she was evaluating came apart
on final. She was killed. She is the only civilian woman we know of
that was given a military escort and funeral. She has been honored
many times, but one more certainly won't hurt. I know her nephew,
who was 13 when she was killed (1944.) I expect he will be thrilled.
We often lament our younger generation, and how little they seem to
relate to our history and heritage. It isn't always true.
AviationNation attempts to work some history into our build
projects, and it must work. I was proud to see these kids discuss
the naming of the plane, and agree on "Jeanne." There is a lot on
the web about her, and googling the name brings up some interesting
reading. It would be worth a few minutes of your time.
RV-12 Status: Done ...waterboy2110
Students from Georgetown High School and East View
High School have built a fully functional airplane as part of
Georgetown ISD's Aerospace Engineering course. Please join us for
the unveiling of the student-built Vans RV-12 and
ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 25, 2017. We encourage you to
come experience the student-built airplane for yourself.
A Shout Out to Stein ...Paul Bonorden RV-6A
Just started installing the one that I received from Stein. Very
We had some Wx in the area Tuesday morning around 0300.
Denton airport, a few miles north had several flight school aircraft
turned upside down. More pics
RV-10 Door Lock is broken..can you help?
The key was put in the barrel on the left hand main door and the
barrel then broke away with the key in it. It was my passenger, not
me, so am not sure how much force was applied.
Just trying to source the aftermarket part - any help would be
appreciated. We have spoken to VANS and they suggested a post here.
Thankfully the handle still works, it is just the locking mechanism!
Support Position Open at the Mothership
Aircraft is looking for a Customer Support person at our factory in
We need a front office person with RV building experience and
strong customer relationship and management skills. Also required
are good verbal and written communication skills, computer
experience (MS Office, Syspro) and a patient, problem-solver
personality. The ideal candidate will have built, finished and flown
an RV, though builders of less desirable airplanes will be
considered. Duties for an experienced RV pilot may also include
sales demonstration flights, and representing Van's at airshows.
Compensation includes $50-60k salary, health benefits, 401K and
participation in Van's ESOP.
If you want to work for the best kit aircraft manufacturer in the
world, email your resume with a cover letter to explain why you’re
the person for the job.
Email resume to: gusf (at) vansaircraft.com
New Panel Pics Added ...
RV Panels (in High Res) folder
...my home field.
How to Minimize the Chance
You Could be Dealing with a Scammer
...when using the classifieds.