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May 22, 2019.  Issue #4,830 
  You've read about the Wx in our part of the country.  Some of today's edition is focused on the power in those systems.  I started off Tuesday with 60 kt winds at 3,000 (screen grab) over Love Field, followed by a glance at Windy showing those winds over our city (screen grab).  I had plans of 'hovering' over our airport with a GS of 0, but by the time I got out there the winds aloft had died down.
  You know me....I flew between .2 and .3 just to get off the surface without too much expense.  Had to wait for a 3-mile diameter cell of rain to blow past our field before I could land...


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  Later in the day I got a text from Alex D. with a pic showing his RV in El Reno, OK.  They got some crazy weather late Monday night.  Glad his plane is OK, and I appreciated the pic with the cool mirror affect.  Tornadoes not far away...


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  Lots of energy in those systems.  Hope all our RV friends are safe out there. 

 

Mr. X Pic

"West TX Thunderstorm Line at FL400.  Needless to say, you give these a wide berth...well above us at 400."


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Arizona Scorpion Formation Clinic "ALL UP" 22-Ship Video ...Shawn Jordan

For the guys building--Keep at it, its all worth it!  For the guys flying--Get involved in formation flying!  This is a quick video from the 2019 Arizona Scorpion Lake Havasu formation Clinic All Up. 22-RV's smoking around Lake Havasu.

 

Priming Realization ...Tim Foster RV-10

Now I know why there are primer wars/debates. So glad to have that part done so I can get on with riveting and the build. I studied and planned and prepared and mostly delayed just getting this done.
Used BonAmi to prepare and a HVLP gun to spray based on a lot of recommendations and it seemed to go well.
Now to get familiar with the rivet squeezer and the next phase.

 

New First Flights ...reported on the mothership (and a charity cap sighting!)

 


Newest VAFcast ...Danny King RV-8
37
minute podcast chock-full of RV vitamins and minerals.  It might make that long commute a little less sucky.


related: More VAFcast episodes


 

Mothership Job Openings

 

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

...when using the classifieds.

 


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VAF Calendar ...upcoming Events for the Next 60 Day(s)

06-01-2019: EAA Chapt 71 Annual Fly-In, Bakersfield Muni - L45
06-08-2019: EAA 471 Breakfast~Abilene TX
06-15-2019: Boone Iowa (KBNW) RV Day
06-23-2019: Lions Club Pancake Breakfast @ KMMV
07-13-2019: EAA 471 Breakfast~Abilene TX
07-17-2019: AirVenture 2019, Oshkosh, WI


RV Super Cub ?!?

Climate--> Hot (open windows).  Cold (close 'em).
Surface--> Five choices:  Regular or bush wheels.  Amphib or regular floats that you build from a kit!  Snow skis in winter.

Would you build one if it was offered in the mothership product line?  If you will, I'll add your name/comments to my sales pitch.  You never know....    (72) people so far interested in building it now.


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