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January 21, 2019.  Issue #4,742

What a perfect day looks like ...1flyingyogi

This was from a few weeks ago on a gorgeous Southern California day after the rains cleared away all the smog/ haze that's typically in the LA basin. We woke up to brilliant blue skies, scattered with fluffy white clouds. I wanted to go flying. My wife wanted to go hiking. I said, why not do both? So we did! But not before I went up first by myself to do one of my favorite things


Cyl #1 50F cold

Need ideas, #1 CHT has always been significantly colder. Facts:
1-New 0320x150HP with perfect compression (180 hr)
2-Swap #1 TC with any other cylinder and the cold reading follows #1TC.
3-Replace #1 TC with new Alcor, still cold when flying.
4-Test all 4 TC in boiling water it reads 212F.
5-Used one TC in boiling water applied to all 4 panel inputs. All read 212F.
6-Installed a little deflector on #1 like #2 has from Vans baffle plans, no joy.
My concern with blocking #1 more radically to get a response is “What if the above is somehow flawed. Don’t want to cook a cylinder.
I noticed a Dave Anders pic with #1 cyl wrapped nearly to the top af the fins. OK, but why isn’t everyones #1 grossly colder ?

Ideas appreciated...Larry
Larry DeCamp


Jcarne RV-7A Status Report

Time to get my rivet on!  I started with the inboard ribs.


Michael Henning Alton Bay Update

Alton Bay has 12” of ice. Runway has been plowed. Need a state inspection. Should be open after Sunday’s storm is cleared out.


Little Copilot (Germany....different chute requirements)

Here is a short video with my copilot - enjoy.


Look who's on the cover of Sport Aerobatics! ...ronshchreck

I'm going to toot Jerry Esquenazi's horn a bit. Getting your plane on the cover of Sport Aerobatics just means you have a beautiful airplane. Winning the Sportsman Regional Champion position in TWO IAC regions means you know how to fly the wings off that beautiful airplane.

Jerry took top honors in the Northeast region in 2018 with an overall average score of 82.92 percent! He also took top honors in the Southeast region with a mind-blowing overall score of 83.83 percent! By the way, second place honors in the Southeast region went to our own Randy King, flying his RV-8.

Jerry will be stepping up to the Intermediate category in 2019 just to give me a hard time. All you Sportsman competitors can take a breather.


dtw_rv6 Rebuilt Snorkel Flange

I just rebuilt the flange on my inlet snorkel after ten years of service. It was never flat when new - I slathered on some silicone and bolted it on.

So I cleaned up the flange and here is the result:

I call this a reverse layup:
Clean flat sheet of glass.
One layer of dry peel ply
Two wetted laters of bid
A thick layer of peanut butter like micro ballons
Wet the face of the old snorkel flange with epoxy , then press it into the goo and wait overnight to clean it all up.

This baby is flat!


Welcome Aboard RV-14 N508KB

I arrived home from flying the big nose-dragger at the day job to find this box full of our future tail-dragger. The contents have been moved to the warmth of our small shop and the inventory begins while the snow falls. I have no idea what I’m doing, but I sure am learning.


Long build 6A (England)

Well today saw another mile stone in the build of my RV6a.
The story started back in 1997 on a flight back to the UK from Florida. As a bit of in flight entertainment I had picked up a copy of Kit Planes for the journey. There were some stunning pictures of a bright yellow RV8 on the cover and in the article. This was the start of the itch and having convinced the better half about a year later I ordered a RV6 empanage kit . The build started but as usual kids work and a year out to build a bigger garage to put it in have all taken toll.
There has never been a dead line as there are already too many and this is a hobby, after years of leg pulling I could put it off no more .With very few jobs left to complete in the garage the RV6a saw the light of day for the journey to the airfield for final assembly and the 90% of jobs to do .
Life has changed recently so fewer dead lines and time to push the RV to the front .I now have a very firm dead line of a bit less than 12 months to complete.
Today saw the start of the smile but the GRIN is still to come .

PS Already had a hangar mate giving me stick for the training wheel at the front


kentlik 7A Rebirthing Update

I am diving into the duplex Andair valve today if I can skirt around my Julianne's to do list a little...haha


David Paule RV-3B Update

Russell sent me a photo showing how he’s attaching the forward top skin to the sides. He’s installed an angle, riveted to the top longeron, for the top skin to attach to. I understand this is how the Rocket does it. He could have done much the same thing by insetting a strip partly in between the skin and the top longeron. As I mentioned, I’m overlapping the sides per the plans, and am not using an attachment strip or angle. Here’s Russell’s method.


Mothership Job Openings

  • Aircraft Systems and Structures Assembler
  • Facility/Industrial Equipment Maintenance


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

...when using the classifieds.


Model-specific subforums

photo courtesy Van's Aircraft, Inc.






photo courtesy Fred Bauer, Jr.

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02-09-2019: EAA 471 Breakfast~Abilene TX

03-09-2019: EAA 471 Breakfast~Abilene TX

RV-Super Cub Bush Plane?
(PA-18 RV-18)
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. 

(62) people as of 1/3/19 listed in the doc interested in building it now.

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