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March 21, 2018.   Issue #4,526.

Short Field Practice ...vid.

...and (11) more minutes to get the logbook entry to .2hrs.

Tuesday a.m. was one of those cold, windy mornings in N. Texas that allows for a very short landing roll on 35 at my home field.  Since I have manual flaps I like to occasionally (when the conditions are right) dump the flaps right as the wheels touch to shorten the roll.  The landing roll measured on GoogleMaps later was 698'.  It'll do shorter with less gas and smoother air.

My 'fun rolls' are a cross between barrel and axial.  Maybe 1/3rd barrel - just enough to keep all the junk on the floor.  The G-meter showed 2.5 in the loop.

The wind was gusting 21kts about 20* left of the centerline.  The burbles off the hangars make the 35 landing 'dynamic', and the slightly-rising runway there at the end calls for a non-standard flare.  You can see the bumps down low.   Game face on and always something to screw up (which I usually do).

I hooked up the Garmin VIRB that's on loan and played with the edit software a bit.  Maybe an excuse to goof off at work for 2min 40sec if you have the bandwidth and monitor acreage.

Hard to believe how much fun you can have in 12 minutes with an RV.


SB 18-03-06 ...mothership

RV-12 (Powered with Rotax 912ULS) ALSO SEE Revisions and Changes.  Replace the throttle return springs


Rest in Peace: Mr. Robbie Attaway

(George P)
Sadly Robbie Attaway passed away in early Feb. While not active in the RV community the last few years he was in the past very active in the PHX area. He designed and built several nice modifications to RVs. I own his second RV built and its a great aircraft. He was always willing to help anyone with a RV.


9A Status Report ...Av8torTom

The day finally arrived for me to get down to Superior Air Parts and build my O-320. Pretty impressive facility. I'm also VERY impressed with the improvements Superior as made to their engine cases and cylinders.

Started around 9am this morning and by 5pm we had all 4 cylinders in place.

Here are a couple of pictures:


Rv-10 TDI 1st Condition Complete

Well, it took about 2.5 months, but its back in the air- sort of.

The condition inspection went very well. RV guru Vic Syracuse gave the airframe a thorough inspection. He left the engine to me.

Punch list items--
1. Aileron SB inspection- completed- no cracks.
2. One brake master cylinder fitting weeping- resealed all 8.
3. Two small cracks in the inlet ramp baffles- stop drilled.

Modification list--
1. Upgraded rudder stop installed-recommended by Vic.
2. Reduced my aux battery system by half- saved about 8 lbs.
3. Installed an access door in aft bulkhead- Now just 10 screws instead of 35 to check the battery and aft equipment bay.


Another RV-4

RV-4 sr.# 1904 got her airworthiness certificate today, 30 yrs. and 26 days after the order was placed for the tail kit! Talk about a slow build....

Thanks to all who helped me so much to complete this project, especially Bill E. and Jim W. Most of all to Mr. Don Harris who was the original builder before he passed away.

Now for some decent weather!!

RV-4 #1904


Very Special RV-6 For Sale ...our friend Joe Blank's RV-6

Being Offered for sale By Tricia Blank.
Van's Aircraft RV-6
Built from a Quick Build (QB) Kit
Sliding Canopy

Location: Molalla Oregon
Asking Price: $95,000

(Scott McDaniels)
"This airplane was built, maintained, and flown by Joe Blank.  Up until losing a courageous battle with cancer in Nov. 2016, Joe was a Factory Demo Pilot / Technical Support guy at Van's Aircraft.  The airplane is well know by many within the RV community because of Joe's employment at Van's, his participation as an FFI Flight Lead team member in the West Coast Ravens, and his participation in many other formation events including numerous world record formation flights.

I have been the caretaker, pilot, and maintainer of this airplane since Joe's passing, and will be the contact person for inquiries for additional info., etc.
Please contact me via PM or e-mail and I will get back to you ASAP.  [ed. If you don't have a VAF forum account you can email me and I'll get your contact info to Scott.  v/r,dr].

The attached list of configuration and equipment has been made to the best of my ability; having not personally built or owned the airplane. It is the full responsibility of any interested party to confirm any specific details of interest.

Scott McDaniels" 

more info on this plane

video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VImNBuJW3sQ

more videos

[ed. I miss my friend very much, and I hope somebody
takes very good care of his plane.


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

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


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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