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February 20, 2017.   Issue No. 4,312.

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.  continue


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 personable.

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 also.

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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