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February 20, 2018.   Issue #4,505.
Tuesday morning at 0800 the winds were 50 kts at 3000 feet, and two hours later it was 50 kts at 6000 feet.  Overcast, warming and humid enough to turn the hangar floor into a slip and slide.  Obviously it was a maintenance day. :-)
  Please excuse the early push on the Tue edition - board mgt tonight at 52F.


John Goodloe RV-8 Rotating.

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Weekend with the Grandson ...MarkW

Found out last week that my son will be moving further away. This makes seeing the grandson more difficult. I have in the past been able to fly from Orlando to Charleston SC on a Friday afternoon, pick up the grandson and return him Sunday evening. A move to Virginia will make this a little more difficult.
So I decided to take advantage of the good weather and RV speeds and pick him up this weekend for another visit before the move. 


Due North to Minneapolis ...Pete Howell

Andi and I have been helping to care for her mom down in Ames over the last few months and Little Kate is a sophomore at Iowa State - so the RV kinda knows the way all by herself.....

The heartland terrain is not exactly exciting, but add a bit of sunset and some settings on the camera phone, and it looks almost sexy!

From the flight home Saturday - complete with JJ Abrams lens flare!


RV-12iS forward lower fuse mating problem ...B.Collins

I wonder if there are supposed to be two more slots on the forward end of the mid fuselage skin.

Here's why.

When you make the lower forward fuselage, there are two large -- for want of a better word -- ribs that rivet to the bottom skin and the firewall; these also hold a engine mount bracket/gusset.

You don't rivet the most aft hole on each, though, because those are common to the mid-fuselage skin too. ...


Damage to foot box? RV4 ...337 Driver

This is some damage from a previous accident 25+ years ago that is left on an RV4 I'm looking at. The owner claims this area is non structural and it passes air worthiness. What say you RV experts? The wings were replaced at the time of the accident so I have to question why this was not repaired even IF its non structural and deemed air worthy.



Nose wheel pant bracket

Q: A couple of the brackets that secure the nose wheel pant are broken on my -7A and Im trying to figure out the correct part numbers to order. Vans is closed today, but searching here I found a reference to V-1013C-L and -R. However, I need both front back brackets and I dont think they are identical, so I have missed something. Can anyone help me out?

A: Old style.  I believe your looking for; U-813D Left & Right.  U-813C Left & Right


Build Status Report ...Andrew Z RV-7


Some Interior Shots ...Luke

...spotlighting James Jula RV-7A


SB 18-02-02:  (RV-12) Potential cracking in the horizontal stabilator front spar

SB 18-02-03:  (RV-12) Anti-Servo Tab cracks


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