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 Mission  Statement

  • Honor. 

  • Integrity.

  • Be nice.

  • Family first.

  • It's people, not 'likes', technology or features.

  • Spend less than you make.

  • Respect and civility.

  • Foster a sense of community.

  • Lead by example.


Doug's Resume
primary role in world:
husband / father

professional experience:
this and that

passions
things with motors, 
wings and guitar strings
 

Hello.

I'm Doug Reeves.  As you might suspect, there is a buzzword for what I'm doing here: SolopreneurVansAirForce.net (started back in 1996 and branded as 'VAF' online) puts the spotlight on Van's RV kitplanes and the people who build and enjoy them.  It's a laid back, civil, non-corporate place to virtually hang out with other people who, like yourself, like the idea of leaving the Earth's surface occasionally in a Van's Aircraft RV. 

This site’s scope, and the thoughts I try to reference while bringing VansAirForce.net to you, are below.

Does this site bring you joy, even if only a little? Does it make you smile occasionally? Does it help you, even just a tiny bit, wade through the hate and anger of today’s chaotic, acidic world? Does it provide a small oasis of encouragement in the internet ocean? Does it make your life better, even if only a little? Does it motivate you to finish your Van’s RV kitplane? Does it help you network with others like yourself?

If you think this type of web site should stay online, please send in your honor system $25 each year.  VAF is how I put food on the table for my family.  Those who donate yearly, along with the advertisers, LITERALLY put food in our mouths and a roof over our heads.  Easily an eight hour a day job, it's spread out over the whole 24hr day in little thirty minute bites.  An unconventional career, but the perks are meaningful:

  • Shoes optional. 

  • The airplane, and the occasional drive out to the airport, are business expenses.

  • No status reports.

Some background on the site:
Starting back in '97 with the RV White Pages and some 3rd party message board software, the site found its online footing.  Later, as the weaknesses in the message board app became apparent, I created several Yahoo groups - one for each model to give the community a little more flexibility.  A couple of years later when the I.T. department (of my then day job) blocked access to all Yahoo stuff (like most companies were doing at the time), I couldn't approve messages fast enough for people's needs and still keep the spam out.  Shortly thereafter I researched, purchased and installed the current forum software (and deleted the Yahoo groups I had created).  The newest incarnation of the site's forums hopefully make the hobby, in some small way, more personal. 

VAF became my full time job in 2007.

The rules for posting in the VAF Forums can be cliff-noted with 99% accuracy with a simple "Don't be a D-bag", but you should take a moment to familiarize yourself with them.  These rules are required due to the high eyeball traffic seen here...high volume forum sites need structure due to the wide demographic makeup of its participants.  As a contrast, read the comments section of any news site (any story) to see what happens when there are no enforceable posting rules. 

"You can stand out on a street corner handing out $100 bills and someone will still call you an @sshole."
                              
 -- friend of Jim Pappas

There has been a very conscious effort on my part to make everything on the site visible to everyone, without requiring any kind of registration or login.  While you do need to login to the forums to actually POST a message, any unregistered 'lurker' can see it all.  Unlike almost every other aviation website.  I do it this way specifically to put a no-hassle spin on the experience and to quasi-reinforce to viewers that we represent something that is more community than clique.


Randy Richmond photo.

For me this hobby in its purest form is one person, one plane and an empty airport.  But there are those occasions when your passenger makes you realize what you were put on this Earth for (I wrote this after a flight with my son):

It is my hope that if you come to the site regularly, and consider yourself a regular viewer, you will adhere to the honor system that I've requested and will send in your yearly $25 donation some time during the year.  I have enough usernames and passwords to keep track of, and have enough people trying to pressure me into buying things.  I don't want to be that guy.

I currently live north of Dallasw, TXw with my jewelry making / yoga instructing wife, two children (below) and chihuahua 'Moon Dog'. Above all else I care about my wife, children, extended family and friends.  Besides all things RV, I also really like Formula 1 racing, playing acoustic/electric guitar/bass, college football and target shooting.

Thank you for stopping by and reading this.

Kindest and best,

Doug Reeves (and family)

 



Our daughter and son are pretty good sticks in a 1946 J3 Cub.
I hope you can excuse me bragging...

 

 

Doug Reeves
Doug Reeves.
Janitor: Delta Romeo, LLC.
(Andrena Wishnie photograph.)