Tue Jul 22, 2014 1202Z
Mom Visit #3
Some morning fog popped up for a bit making for a
nice sunrise photo.
This RV-6 is a godsend. Trip #3 in the
RV down to visit with Mom as she battles her medical issues
turned a 10hr roundtrip car nightmare into a 3hr, 99% on
autopilot, chair in the sky to eat my morning oatmeal in.
1hr 22min down and 1hr 25min back in the air and 1.5hrs in
two cars in two cities - slipping into the new weekly
routine. Once again the folks at Henriksen Jet Center
at KTME batted 1000, handing me the keys to the Cadillac
crew car with the great a/c. Appreciated in 'it's not
a dry heat' Houston.
Coupled up on the
RNAV 18 LPV approach (VFR
Turned off the A/P over the numbers. What a magic carpet.
We visited for a few hours, went over the
Nationwide race stats on my iPad there in her room, talked
some about music and worked the rehab plan a bit. The
flowers that Sydney, Gary, Clayton, Randy and Tony sent
earlier were on the dresser front and center. Mom got
a little emotional talking about you guys. She really
appreciated the gesture (as do I).
The greatest hobby on earth pays unanticipated dividends yet
again. I am grateful for the airplane that takes me to
see Mom so painlessly, but just as grateful for the network
of friends that showed up along the way. I am Blessed.
A selfie only a mother could love. Reading
glasses over prescription sunglasses and an
rig stuck up my nose. Took the photo for Mom, but I look
so goofy I felt compelled to share.
First flight for N229Zulu ...Jesse Bentley RV-8 (Jeff Point
HB-YRV Gets Airborne
Garmin® GTN™ Adds Capability with Connext™ Cockpit Connectivity,
WireAware™ and More
OLATHE, Kan. /July 22, 2014/Business Wire —
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:
GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, announced
today additional enhancements and new features for the GTN
touchscreen avionics. New capabilities include Connext
cockpit connectivity, which supports wireless flight plan
transfer between the
OSH14 RV-10 Builders Cookout: Sunday 7/27
And a group buy begins ...(more
Mon Jul 21, 2014
Alaska- First Encounter...Vlad
I started planning a trip to Alaska two
years ago. First time the life was in the way, second time -
a job transition. NOW or NEVER I said to myself. Took a
vacation plus some unpaid time, loaded my plane with all
kinds of gear a pilot could imagine (except a thing I really
needed) and launched.
Titan R409 & EFii Fuel and Ignition Tests, Success
week at Titan Engines. Bart, Sue, and I are rounding third
with Oshkosh preparations. I have so much to share but Ill
focus this thread on status of R409 testing and experience
with EFii system on R409. Over the past few weeks we have
been focusing our efforts on fine tuning peak performance on
R409 with AX50 cylinders. The new chamber is much more
efficient than traditional cylinders so we wanted to get the
most out them. One problem we where running into was lack of
fuel at the top end. We tried our own ECi fuel system as
well as brand B fuel injection. With these we were able to
reach 229hp at 2800rpm and about 434lbs of torque at 2400,
impressive but not quite what we expected. I had recently
sold a X370 engine to a guy that wanted the new EFii system.
So we agreed to install it for him with the assistance of
Robert Paisley from Protech and run it on the dyno to break
in engine. To our surprise the system was easy to install
and even easier to fine tune the customers engine. After
this experience I decided to order up a Dual EFii system for
my RV8 and test it on the R409. Good decision, the power
came up to 234hp and the torque jumped to 454lbs at 2400
rpm... Bart has been for the past two days and I can't wait
to put this back on the RV8 this weekend, note the time of
Fortuitous Failure… Paul Dye
I hate it when things break on the
airplanes, but we all REALLY hate it when things break on a
trip! Today was a good reminder that if you are planning on
your big annual trek to Oshkosh, it might be a good idea to
do a little local flying and some systems and airplane
checks to make sure everything is ready to go.
I am headed out on a flying trip tomorrow to visit some
companies and fly some airplanes – the trip will end up with
Airventure so I’ll be on the road for two weeks. The
Valkyrie is the plane of choice for this trip for a number
of reasons, and since I had a bunch of things to get done
today to get ready to be gone, Louise volunteered to run it
over to Carson City to fill it up with fuel so I can leave
for points east before sunrise tomorrow. When the phone rang
about twenty minutes after she left, I figured we had
Status: Windscreen Band ...Blain
Fri Jul 18, 2014
Have a nice RV weekend.
RV-4 and Hurricane Ridge ...Steve Rush video
If there can be said to be some small
benefit to all the excessively warm weather we have had in
the Northwest lately, it is that the resulting air mass is
very smooth and calm.
I went out to Pt. Angeles and Hurricane ridge and got some
decent video. I was even stalked by a naked (unpainted)
747-8. It was flying in the same area only a couple thousand
feet above me. It was kind of cool until I realized that it
was going to pass right over me and that put me in a
position I definitely did not want to be in.
RV White Pages Updated
Note: A couple
of people didn't include a phone number and one didn't
include what he was building.
If you submitted your information and
don't see it in the list, please resubmit and I'm sorry for
Mission Accomplished ...Vlad
It took two weeks and almost 97 hours on the
Hobbs. Airplane and pilot were pushed to their limits.
Airplane performed flawlessly without a single hiccup I
couldn't say the same about the driver
Special thanks to:
Rockwood9 you brought me good luck brother. You pushed me
out of the nest a day earlier and it was the right choice.
And I finished the major portion of the trip where I started
- at Lansing, MI...
Humptybump, Glen thank you for the valuable intel on the go.
Thank you for your virtual Trip Headquarters, advice and
suggestions. It wouldn't be that smooth without your help.
Thank you Bryan Douglass of Missoula, JackM and Jim of
Prosser WA. I owe you big time.
Thank you Bruce and Crystal Stamper for turning me around
and entertaining for two days. Who knows where I would end
if I pressed back to Yakutat in that bad even for Alaskans
Greg and Julia Arehart - picturesque place and nice guest
house in British Columbia. My hat is off to you. You brought
oil for my plane from CONUS I am very glad I have such
August and Bonnie Lehmann if you are reading this I'll never
forget your flying ranch at Dawson Creek, BC. Please accept
The Sterlings, Glen and Connie of Hulett, WY. I know it was
a trap and Glen mastered it very well. Enjoyed time by the
Devils Tower with both of you. Will be back in two years.
It may take a while to digest what happened during those
couple weeks but I promise you all a slide show with
subtitles. It will be vetted of course but not much. Stay
Summer Trip Update ...Tommy and gang
The RV Hotel List Updated
Garmin Mode S Transponder Software Upgrades at Oshkosh
Those of you
visiting the G3X tent at Oshkosh know that it is common to
see people carrying their portable GPS units into the tent
for free software upgrades.
We decided to take this a step further this year and offer
free software upgrades for Garmin Mode S transponders used
in Experimental aircraft.
Just bring your GTX23ES, GTX330, or GTX330ES transponder in
to us at the G3X tent at Oshkosh (just North of Hangar D)
and we will install the freshly certified V7.04 software
into your transponder while you wait. It only takes about 2
minutes to accomplish this update.
Sorry, but we are not equipped to perform sign-offs for
certified aircraft, so please only these transponders
installed in experimental aircraft.
We will take drop-ins, but we would appreciate getting an
idea of how many plan to bring their transponders to us so
we can plan for the correct number of programming stations.
Just send us an email at G3Xpert@garmin.com and provide your
N number (if you have one), type of aircraft, and roughly
which day you might stop by and we will add you to the
Even if you don't have a transponder to upgrade, be sure to
drop by the G3X tent to say hello and/or attend a seminar.
We have a new larger tent this year that even includes two
air conditioned seminar rooms.
Hope to see you at Oshkosh!
Seen in the
Donations List for 2014
THANK YOU for
helping keep this small family business online.
Thu Jul 17, 2014
Army Apache RV-4 Flight
Beautiful morning to fly in south Louisiana
today. While holding for approaching traffic it went
something like this: Jennings flight of 2 Army Apaches
approaching from 5 miles west at 1000' for Lafayette. Army
flight... flight of 2 RV-4's have you in sight will depart
on 8 for Lafayette and maintain south of you. RV
flight...care to join us? We're headed for Lafayette too.
Sure!! As we're on the roll you look up and two Apache's are
directly above at 1000'. What an awesome site while rotating
and assending into a flight of 4. We flew together for what
seemed like an hour...but only 20 minutes. Good fun...once
in a lifetime.
...tracking the rock star!
Charity Hat Sighting ...Trevor Conroy
My 7 month old son that has been the
delightful cause of delays for our -7 project. Can’t wait to
take him flying in it someday!
Baffle seals age slowly, and the effects of
temperature and wear change CHT’s a little bit over a long
time. Season after season passes, we go from winter to
summer over and over again, and the overall rise in
temperatures goes un-noticed until one day you realize that
you’re compensating with increased climb speeds on every
flight. Suddenly, you realize that the seals have been doing
their duty for close to a decade and it is time for a re-do!
Such was the case with the Valkyrie, my 1800+ hour RV-8….so
last weekend I decided it was time for new seals. As most
builders remember, cutting and trimming baffle seals takes
time and a lot of effort – not something we remember fondly.
But I’ve got good news – replacing existing seals can be
quick and easy! Here are a couple of notes from my project –
which really only took about five hours.
Garmin Pilot Press Release
Wed Jul 16, 2014
is Flying! ...Janekom in South Africa
After about a year and a half I have another
RV in the air. This time ZU-JVR, an RV10. Mostly standard
with two Dynon Skyview panels. Oxygen, Central locking, My
own plenum and my own intersection fairings. It also has
Aero Sport Panels. Ihave also designed a new Trim speed
OSH 2014 - RV-8/8A Meeting ...Kevin Horton
Oshkosh is fast approaching, so it's once
again time to sort out when the RV-8/8A builders and flyers
will meet. Given that there are many people who are there
for the first few days, then leave, and another group who
come for the last weekend, I propose two meetings - one
early in the week, and one on the final weekend.
Looking at the list of known events, and attempting to avoid
other events likely to be of interest to RVers, I propose
the following times. I'm open to other suggestions if anyone
has a better idea:
•Monday, 10:15, Theatre in the Woods, at the end closest to
the flight line, and
•Saturday, 10:15, Theatre in the Woods, at the end closest
to the flight line.
I should make the Monday event, but will likely have left
before the Saturday one. I’m looking forward to meeting old
friends, and making a few new ones.
...Tommy and gang
Disconnect question .Dgamble
This is the AP disconnect that came with a partially
completed kit. It is a D-180 to Skyview conversion. We're not sure why there
are silver pins on the black and white F78 and F79 wires; it looks like we
can just lop them off and attach Molex pins - any reason why we shouldn't?
Hat Sighting....Mike/Paula's beach house on Crooked
Island. Jay Pratt sent me this pic. "You can see the lighthouse in
DIY Seat Covers Update ...Dave
Tue Jul 15, 2014
Mom Trip #2
found out Sunday morning that Mom fell and fractured her left femur
at the base of the ball. Surgery would be the '3-screw method'
illustrated in pic at right. The Wx looked good for a quick
down and back trip from Dallas to Houston, and the family RV-6 once
again shined in the role we never intended it to be used for.
For a second time, Henriksen Jet Center (web)
treated me like a king, storing the RV in the shade, handing me a
cold water and the keys to the crew car with the coldest a/c.
One of the line guys asked me how Mom was doing. He remembered
me from the week before.
I walked out the door at my house at 0534 and into her hospital room
at 0833. That included a stop for car gas and a drive through
breakfast (eaten en route).
They wheeled her into 'pre-surgery' around 1000, so I only got to
spend about 2.5hrs with her, but it was put to good use reading her
NASCAR articles from my iPad on the race Sunday. It's what she
wanted, and that's what her baby boy did.
afternoon forecast called for storms at both ends, so getting home
sooner rather than later was my goal. Mom understood and felt
the same. She's five minutes from my sister's house (and two
kids), so she has a lot of family around - I'll go back down Friday
or Saturday when it's VFR.
At 8,500' it was 65*F, so I elected to swing around the western edge
of DFW's class B so I could stay high on the return flight (right).
Wearing a flight suit and gloves calls for cool air. Ended up
spending only around ten minutes 'in the oven'. 98*F on the
ground when I landed.
What I'm particularly
glad to have access to during these flights:
- An autopilot and saved flight plans. And big EFIS screens.
Click, click, click and eat breakfast.
"The Banana". The selected altitude intercept arc (QUITE
useful for planning an arrival under a shelf of class B - bump the
rate 100' up and down and watch the arc simultaneously move up and
down on the EFIS)
- Aerox oxygen system. I wasn't exhausted after the round
trip, just a little tired.
- Onboard Wx
- The friendly and compassionate people at Henriksen Jet Center at
I was home by 1330 and the forecast storms bubbled up a couple hours
later (right). Mom was back in her room around 1500 (surgery
didn't end up starting until about 1345).
I'm so glad I decided to build this RV. If you're on the
fence, and you think you have listed all the reasons to own a fast
plane, make sure you include my current situation. These
flights are far more important to me than any trip to Idaho or OSH
could ever be....but you already knew that.
Congrats to Cooper!
Last weekend was Arlington Washington Fly-in, our NW
warm-up to Osh.
Mark Cooper AKA CharieWaffles won Grand Champion Kit Built with his
I didn't make it this year, had to look up the results. There are a
few other RV's taking home plaques...Congratulations!
Hey Mark! How about some pictures? Or are you waiting for the
I flew my RV-6 all the way around the USA ...Arlen
It was FUN, exciting, a way to really get away.
DATES: June 28 - July 10, 2014
PLANE: RV-6, N4AS, Lycoming 0-360, Hartzell C/S prop, GRT EFIS /
autopilot / SV / HITS / with ADS-B in, etc.
PILOT: me....2200 total hours, Commercial/Instrument, ASEL, ASES.
FLIGHT: to the four corners of the continental USA from my home
field on the east coast of central Florida; flight time 47.5 hours;
22 flight legs.
FUEL: 416.48 gallons, $2400.40 (average $5.76/gal, and average 8.77
DISTANCE: ~ 7,240 nm.
WEATHER: 6.0 hours in IMC, 41.5 in VMC; 19 of the 22 flight legs
involved a headwind! Three instrument approaches, one instrument
My daughter joined me from corner # 2 (Seattle) down to San
I feel very blessed....what a great time!
Here are the 13 days condensed to 5 minutes....with some Santana:
First Passenger & The RV Grin! ...David C.
Status ...Mark P.
releases NEW LED Landing light and test data
40% more power than
Flying the GRT HXr IFR
There a LOT of folks
now flying the GRT HXr. I will be doing a presentation
on Flying the HXr IFR at the Homebuilders Hangar on Wednesday
July 30th at 2:30 p.m until 3:45 p.m.
There is no right or wrong here, just one view point.
I fly over 300 hours a year on the GRT equipment, most of it cross
country to shows so I get to play around with it a LOT.
If you are using any of the GRT EFIS systems I think you will find
this useful. Come listen and we can share ideas and innovations to
make the HXr more user friendly for us all. Hopefully we can all
Hope to see you there
Mon Jul 14, 2014
Monday's edition pushed out early. Mom fell Sunday
morning and fractured her hip - in the hospital down the street from my
sister's house in Katy, TX probably going to
get pins. I'm flying the world's most amazing airplane down to
Houston to visit her a.m. Monday. Prayers appreciated, and thanks
to the mods that mind the store while I hang out with Mom.
Flight ...Michael Wynn
#92013 - Done! ...Derek
Passenger ...Robert Cutter
the Fender Guitar Factory-Corona, CA ...Kelly Johnson
Netherlands- Texel Fly-Inn Cinema ...Gagarin737
RVs (and hat sighting) on DFW TV
Looked up from the chair Saturday afternoon and saw RVs!
Young Eagles event.
Here's a link to the story/video.. The whole family got a giggle
out of seeing the cap on TV. Thanks guys!
Jul 11, 2014
Wishing you a safe, happy and RV-filled weekend.
Van's at Arlington ...from their FB page.
Difficulty Bleeding Brakes Up
Q: I'm rebleeding my brakes from the bottom
up. On the left side, for some reason, no matter how much
pressure is applied, it just "barely pushs the fluid up to
the reservoir. It ultimately made it to the top, but then
the brakes were still spongy (despite no visible bubbles).
Anyone else run into this where the brakes won't bleed up?
The right side worked pretty well, but the left really
wouldn't. The valve was definitely fully open.
As of now, I don't see any notable bubbles, yet both sides
feel spongy yet I cant seems to bleed one side
A: Reach down in the floor of the cockpit
and pull back on the break pedals by hand so they are fully
retracted. The slightest depression on these pedals will
A: My first pump was a small modified yard
sprayer. The problem was that the end of the air pump was in
thre brake fluid and when I would pressurize the tank it
would pump air into the fluid.
The fix was to get a bigger (taller) tank that moved the end
of the pump up, out of the fluid
A: You might consider doing a little
research about adding springs to the master cylinders and
maybe long pivot bolts-----all been discussed here many
A: Yep, probably have partially covered the
return hole in the master cylinder. If pulling back does not
fix it then you should check, otherwise the line would fill
A: Yep, if the cylinder isn't fully open you
will find it hard to push. I used a turkey baster syringe
and clear plastic tubing. since everything is clear you can
see any air bubbles before they get into the brake system.
No spillage at all
Bird Strike Visualizations ...mill2978
Beware of the Hun in the Sun ...David-aviator status
Tosten Mfg's New
Grip Will be at OSH
Sunriver Morning ...Spindrift vid
Thu Jul 10,
OT: Might anyone know if Piper/Navy NE-1 BuNo
26346 ever spent any time in Texas during its service life?
This aircraft (#225).
My J3C-65 needs a wing painted this winter, and adding a couple
numbers and circles/stars turns it into a tribute to a warbird
that shared my air. #225 has the lightning stripe, like
mine. It's proving pretty hard to find out the history of
NE-1 aircraft during WWII, much less numbers that can be
verified with a picture.
Back to RVs, a nice person accidentally sent me a $3000 donation
yesterday instead of $30.00 via PayPal. Emails exchanged,
refunds issued, and a giggle regarding what I'm guessing was a
missing period. There for a minute though my heart just
about stopped! Bet his almost did, too. ;^)
Sweet Vida ...Pete Howell
Busted out of work early today to help the
boxer group bring in Vida, a great little pup with nasty
broken leg. Nice day to fly down to Waukegan to pick
her up. Great help from ATC along the way.
First flight and a question ...bajapilot
Had the first flight of N218VC yesterday
followed by a 1 hour flight today. What a great little
airplane. Coming from flying rag & tube taildraggers for the
last 10 years it took a little getting used to the light
A few minor problems have been ironed out with idle speed,
prop pitch and stall warning adjustments.
Sebring Breakfast during Summer ...GLPalinkas
We had about 12 RV's in attendance at
Wednesdays RV breakfast as most of the crowd is up North.
A few recent fun flights ...tc1234c
It is a tradition for Spruce Creek Gaggle
Flights to do a fly over at Geneva Florida July 4th parade.
This year we had 21 airplanes in 5 flights and did five
passes over the town to start their celebration. I mounted a
GoPro camera under my right wing tiedown point and recorded
Philippine QB artwork
I have these drawings on all faces of the
wood spar stubs on my QB 8 fuselage. Wondered if
anybody else also received theirs similarly decorated?.
Trip to McCall ...Tommy and gang.
On Monday morning, we flew over to McCall to
restock our food shelves. We spent the day exploring the
town and flew back to JC about 6 pm.
Woo Hoo! ...60av8tor
Wed Jul 9,
I was lucky enough yesterday to hang out with Andrew and Lucas from
TruTrak for an hour or so at lunch. BBQ at the Hard Eight
in Roanoke. Very easy guys to hang out with.
Tim Terry's RV-7 Just out of Paint Shop
...sent by Jay Pratt
Removing rust and damaging an ego...Bob Collins 7A
I got a special issuance from the FAA last
week (it only took five days after my exam down at the Mayo
Clinic) and I'm back in the air.
I've never been the most confident pilot in the world; I owe
that, I think, to the fact I blew my checkride many years
ago and it often feels like I've spent all the years since
proving that was a fluke. Maybe it was; maybe it wasn't. It
is what it is.
Northern Excursion 2014 ...bsacks05
It almost seems routine at this point. My 18
y/o son and I set off June 30 for our (almost) annual summer
flying trip. We have been doing this for 6 or seven years
9-ship practice flight...schristo
Our World Traveler
Vlad just reported in from Ketchikan and has
one more "not so little" hop before the late setting sun.
He's officially in Alaska!
POTUS TFR Texas....today / tomorrow
(check yourself to be sure)
Add'l Pilot Program for Phase I Flight Test ...Gary Baker
The FAA has just opened the comment period
for allowing a qualified second pilot in the cockpit during
Phase I test flights. After more than a year of hard work,
the final draft of the Additional Pilot Program, informally
known as “2nd Pilot,” is available for public comment. The
program will be administered via an AC, with the working
title AC 90-APP “Additional Pilot Program for Phase I Flight
Test.” You can find it on this page:
link to the document:
There is some background info in the beginning of the AC as
to why the second pilot (Qualified Pilot) must meet certain
flight experience requirements to be in the aircraft during
the first eight hours of flight time. Yes, this proposed AC
will allow the Qualified Pilot to be onboard the aircraft
for the first flight. After the first eight hours and
specific flight tests have been completed, the strict
requirements are lessened and the second pilot can be
another private pilot (Observer Pilot).
As one of many people involved in helping to create this
program, I can assure you that there was very intensive
discussion so that there was value added to each flight, not
just another body.
The comment period is open until July 29, and I am sure that
the FAA will be holding some forums through too the week at
From M.Giron (RV guy / FAA guy)
Well folks, I take my first week of vacation in years, and
they publish the draft of the AC I worked on while I'm away.
Typical government operation, right? Read only a few
comments from the folks here on VAF about the document. I'll
try to provide responses to those who take the time to post
to the best of my ability.
I'll be presenting this program at OSH this year on Monday
11:30-12:45 in Forum 10. Charlie Precourt will be up
there with me. If you haven't met Charlie or heard what he
has to say, hearing him alone is worth attending.
This will be a great opportunity for anyone looking to begin
or is in the midst of Phase I, and also for those who want
to be that 'additional' pilot.
The format of ACs is not very flexible, and so it's not
always as simple to write it to read like a book or manual
as one would wish. However, if you use the worksheets in the
back (Appendix1) for structure and reference the body of the
AC to help answer any of the questions you have it becomes a
bit easier to understand.
Titan Engines R Series Testing Update
Status Update ...Tom Powers
Tue Jul 8,
'Saber Flight' in the St. Louis area.
Courtesy Jeff Scaly.
Trip #1 to See Mom in Houston
The fuel tank drip is fixed (thanks again
Randy), so I flew the RV-6 down to Houston (Katy) on Sunday
to visit with Mom. She had her first radiation
treatment last Thursday, and another yesterday. We
visited for 4.5hrs while my sister went out for groceries
and ran errands. 1hr 19min down and 1hr 22min back up.
52F -> FUZ -> STURN -> KTME. Autopilot ON about 500'
after takeoff and OFF on a three mile final. 62*F at
MANY thanks to the friendly folks at Henriksen Jet Center at
Houston Executive for a) letting me park in the shade for
over five hours and b) letting me keep one of the five
courtesy cars for the same. $4.99 from the truck in
the shade. I'm coming back for more, hopefully every
week for the next year or so (fingers crossed and praying).
I've never been so grateful to have this amazing airplane.
Not once during construction did I think it would be used
for this, but now I know these are the trips I'll be most
thankful for having taken. Thank you Van. Mom
thanks you, also.
Henriksen Jet Center's Massive Shade at KTME.
Garmin VIRB pic on the way back (8,500')
(those TFRs weren't there during the trip
- popped up today).
Visual fuel check paid off ...Bryan Douglass
An interesting thing happened this morning
that validated my original training - imagine that. I
ordered some fuel while preflighting and a new line guy came
to fuel me up. I had about 18 gallons on board. I told him
to fill them to within an inch or two from the top. He did
his thing and left. Should have taken on about 42 gallons. I
normally glance at the fuel gauge on the truck but did not
One Step Closer .KHeidorn
POTUS TFRs ...7/9 and 7/10
Sunset Flight ...Ettore Bellini (Verona, Italy)
What to do with the leftovers? ...BigD
Mon Jul 7,
Why I built an RV, reason 1
Tip- Bubble-wrapped fuselage
Well...she's back in the air
VH-OBY First Flight Success ...three vids
Update on this fine 4th ...Brantel
Welcome Graco Supply...new VAF
Their ad appears in the forums and the front page.
June Update II ...riseric
Question About Flight Following in LA Basin
I may be flying down to the LA area from
Northern California on Monday. I've only flown down there 2
or 3 times in a GA airplane.
I recall on one occasion, after taking off from Fullerton, I
contacted ATC and asked for flight following to KRHV, my
home airport over 3 hours away (via Aeronca). I remember the
controller telling me that he couldn't give me FF for that
entire route and asked if there was another destination I
wanted. I was puzzled so we played a bit of a guessing game.
He asked if there was a point north of the LA basin that I'd
like to go to. I guessed the Gorman VOR which was along my
intended route of flight. Bingo! He cleared me to Gorman and
once I got there, I was dropped.
Hartzell tests on Titan Engines
RVers’ Grand Turk Treasure Hunt
"....Initiates of the RV bottle brigade now
is the time to go forth, intrepid in the face of the
unknown, ready to follow the path of the pioneers and
complete the cipher which will lead ye to that which has
been hidden. (Pay close attention to the wording in this
document; yer quest is hidden, not buried. No tools will be
required nor trespassing on private property allowed.) By
becoming a member of the RV bottle brigade and participating
in this quest, yer automatically sworn to secrecy regarding
all information concerning that which is hidden..."
So Many Clecos ...N546RV
The worst part of RV ownership ...washing/waxing the belly
July 4th at Johnson Creek ...Tommy and gang
Fri Jul 4,
Engine Fire ...Sheldon
Friday, after a nice hour flight around my home field (St.
John's KSJN), the day became a real bummer. Long story
short. After refueling, it was a typical HOT START
situation. Being impatient and in a hurry to put my plane
back in the hanger, I kept cranking & over primed with the
throttle. Engine flooded, backfired and caught on fire!
Lucky Gary was there that day & with an extinguisher, he put
out the fire in time before I might have lost my entire
1. Being Impatient NEVER WORKS...!!
2. Wait for engine to cool down before trying a re-start...
3. If flooded, See #2
Canopy not locked for takeoff
It was hot and I was
being baked in the cockpit. I cracked the canopy (slider)
open about 1 inch to help the hot air get out while taxiing
to the end of the runway. On the takeoff roll at about 50
mph I looked up and saw I had not completely closed or
locked the canopy so I aborted the takeoff. Just wondering
what the consequences would have been it I had been in the
air. I know someone must have done this and what was your
Climbing Through 10,000 ...Paul Dye
Thanks to Rosie for
alerting me to the funny number up in my post counter window
- 9,999....I stopped paying attention to it some time ago.
But it would be a shame not to recognize the amazing
benefits I have received in my life from participating in
Doug's little social experiment here on VAF. I joined the
forum when Doug created the site back in 2005(ish), and have
enjoyed both the social and the technical aspects of the
community ever since. I owe a lot of my success in my
"second career" in aviation journalism to the presence of
this site as a place to practice.
VAF has always tried to be a bit of civility in an internet
world where people forget that they are speaking in public,
and often say the darnedest things.....you wonder sometimes
if the entire population of the 'net was raised by wolves.
The goal has always been to create a place where people
could come and ask questions without being slammed as
ignorant beginners - and overall, folks do pretty well. When
we chase someone away because they are made to feel foolish,
it is the community that has failed - not the questioner.
Anyway - to the point. I have been a little quiet this week
because we lost my father a few days ago. He was 89 years
old, lived a full life, was a member of the Greatest
Generation (USS Aaron Ward, DM34, almost sunk at
Okinawa...). He wanted to be a Naval Aviator in the war, but
couldn't pass the color test - and he encouraged me in my
own aviation career, one he couldn't have. Dad taught me
(among many other things) that you need to learn to
communicate with - and understand - other people if you are
going to be successful ... at anything! He was a mathematics
educator all of his adult life - and generations of
Minnesota students benefitted from his work in problem
solving curriculums used throughout the state. He even left
us a math problem to be placed in his funeral bulletin.
In addition to making sure I learned my math, he always
emphasized the importance of reading and the importance of
reading a lot in developing good writing skills - and I am
tempted to believe that he was right....
Dad flew with me a number of times in my life, but by the
time my RV came along, he was no longer limber enough to
climb over a cockpit rail - so didn't get the chance to fly
in the airplanes I built. But he was with us in spirit.
Dad - this 10,000th post is for you!
Registration in 7 days ...Larry New
I highly recommend
using the EAA's Registration and Certification kit. I know I
wouldn't have gotten everything right without it. I followed
it exactly and just saw my registration listed on the FAA
Registry 7 business days after I mailed it! I did make one
call to EAA to ask about the amount of the check. It's $5 if
you've already reserved an n-number. The cost with shipping
for EAA members was about $17 and it includes a data plate
Garmin GTR 200 V2.60 Software ...g3xpert
Hello GTR 200 Users,
everyone knows, the front mounted micro SD card on the GTR
200 allows users to install free software upgrades each time
we make them available.
Today we released GTR 200 V2.60 to our website which
unleashes more of the power of the GTR 200 digital signal
processor and adds some great new audio capabilities if you
use your GTR 200 as your stereo intercom.
V2.60 adds a Music Bass Boost feature with Off, Medium, and
High settings and Music Equalizer Presets with Off, Pop,
Classical, and Rock settings. We know you will be very
pleased with the results.
Why RV12's have wing-tip handholds
Tuesday, following G-RMPS’s
annual condition inspection and air test the previous week,
the weather throughout Scotland looked exceptional. Time to
get back in the saddle. At the airport I reckoned a flight
to the top left corner of Scotland, then west over the sea
to the top of the Hebrides islands, then southward along the
island chain, following by eastbound leg over the sea, and a
cross-country back to base (Perth) would do the trick.
Five hours at a leisurely 100 knots. I planned to land on
Sollas Beach, in North Uist around the half-way mark, to
chuck another 20 litres (5 gallons) of fuel in to get us
My first real RV trip ...crabandy
Stall Practice Gone Wrong?
Nearing the end of my
Phase 1 testing of my RV-9A, I recently began flight tests
at increased weight and varying CG locations within the
envelope. The plane was loaded with full fuel, one 50-lb
sandbag in a duffel strapped down in the passenger seat, and
one 50-lb sandbag in a duffel strapped in the baggage
compartment. The weight and CG were calculated to be well
under max gross and nowhere near aft limits.
I climbed to 5k (4k AGL), and determined the aircraft to
have positive stability in all axes as normal. I then
performed two power off stalls (one clean, one full flaps),
both of which went exactly like all previous power off
stalls: mild buffet followed quickly by a slight nose drop,
release back pressure and the plane resumes flying. I set up
to do one more clean power off stall in order to capture a
data point for my Skyview AOA indicator.
This time, however, as airspeed decreased and I increased
back pressure on the stick, and with eyes fixed firmly on
the centered ball, instead of the usual buffet I was
instantly and abruptly rotated nose down, wings level, to
what I found out later from recorded EFIS data was a
64-degree nose-down pitch. My cell phone, which was sitting
on the seat next to me along with the sandbag, hit the
canopy. It seemed like forever before the airplane had built
enough speed to recover, but thankfully it did so without
any ill effects. Analyzing the data, it turns out that I
lost about 600 feet altitude in recovering from this stall.
The whole event lasted about 7 seconds.
Some Russian showed up in Lansing!
This crazy Russian dude plopped into Lansing
an hour ago looking for food and a place to stay. When he
got out of the plane, he had a fur hat and a life jacket on.
Im not sure what that means, but he sure had a bunch of
stuff in his baggage area.
MEK - a cautionary tale!
I recently spent the
day at the aircraft restoration facility run by a friend of
mine, cleaning parts and then spraying them with primer. At
the end of the session, Matt kindly presented me with the
now half full can of MEK. Parts all carefully loaded into
the car, can of MEK, top secure, in the trunk, and I set off
for the 200 mile drive home.
After about 45 minutes I began to feel pretty sleepy and
over the next 15 minutes or so found it more and more
difficult to stay awake. After a couple of near misses -
basically falling asleep and waking up as the car changed
lanes - remember that British motorways have a 70mph speed
limit so they are not places to doze off - I just had to
stop for some coffee.
Interesting ''First Flight',
A friend today did his
first flight on his RV-9 and shortly after take-off ( 300
feet) the engine started running very rough to the point
that he tought about landing it in a nearby field ..
He is an experience airline pilot so he didn't panic, kept
on flying the aircraft and troubleshoot as best as he could
at the moment.
Their ad appears on the
front page. 129 page catalog of pretty much
Thu Jul 3,
I'm Back, Baby! ...Bob Collins
And to conclude this endless thread, I got
this email from Dr. Schall today:
hope this finds you doing well. I have reviewed and approved
your Special Issuance for your Medical Certificate. You
should receive it in the next 5-10 days. If you need to fly
sooner, I can email you a Fax-Wire letter that you can fly
on for 60 days until your Certificate shows up. Let me know
if you need one. All the best.
David G. Schall, MD MPH FACPM FACS
FAA Great Lakes Regional Flight Surgeon
Joined two big parts today
New RV-10 Low Profile Handle Design
Tommy and Gang ...Idaho
Names on my canopy skirt
Playing around w/my new GoPro mount ...Michael
Two old Friends meet
Pimped Out Hangars
Justin Twilbeck's RV-10 project
Tank Leak Repair Status Pic ...N617AR
Tiltable cradle constructed. Pic sent
from A&P mechanic/friend Randy Richmond.
Happy Birthday Toast to Dean Fellows! ....89 years young.
From friends at Johnson Creek.
Van's Aircraft will be closed...
...Friday July 4th (Independence Day).
Phone, Fax, e-mail and Web Orders placed after 12PM noon
(Pacific Time) on Thursday, July 3rd will be processed on
Monday July 7th
Upcoming EAA Webinars Schedule
Wed Jul 2, 2014
No edition today. Transported Mom down to Houston yesterday and never got close to a computer.
We’re in the complex process of trying to get a slot at
Anderson in Katy, TX for Mom’s radiation treatment. My
sister is working on this full time down there now, but I had
the thought that there might be an RV builder
doctor/oncologist/nurse/etc down in the Houston area that might
be able to help her get through this maze a little quicker. If
that is you, I’d love to give you my sister’s contact info.
Tue Jul 1,
Thank you again for the many kind words regarding my mom's
health issues in emails, PMs and forum replies.
It means more than you know.
Calendar for July ...Ed Hicks photo
Tunnel vision ...MikeS
For some time now I have experienced the
dreaded "shopping cart shimmy" upon landing.
This has been quite intermittent, maybe once in every 10 or
Most of us have heard or read about the problem, and I would
guess that a few of the nosedragger folks may have
When this first happened to me, I checked the nose wheel
breakout and found it to be a bit light so I snugged up the
nut one flat. Seemed to take care of the problem.
Bucking Bar protection- any one else do this?
Maybe this is a common thing to do, but I
got the bright idea to use strips of cardboard cut from
cereal boxes to protect the flap and aileron spars from
damage during bucking of rivets. Maybe I am just a hack
riveter. As shown in the pictures. I taped in the cardboard
for the edge line up with the side I was riveting. No damage
to spar, but the cardboard was a bit damaged. After getting
done with one side, I re-taped it to the other side. The
second side is more important, since I won't be able to see
it after I am done. well at least no easily.
Be careful when drilling top wing skin inboard nutplate holes
I am waiting for word from Vans Support, but
I think finally I made the mistake that is going to require
some expensive re-ordering... Red arrow on the attached
picture is the hole I drilled #19 by accident.
Veteran builders already know this, but building when you
are tired and it is late at night is just begging for
Witness the mistake I made Friday night.
Sterling over at Vans even went further and suggested that I
just install the nutplate with a single rivet instead since
as you mentioned the only purpose here is to hold this in
place while the screw goes in and there are MANY other
nutplates drilled correctly holding on the fairing. Phewww....
Back to paying more attention. Hopefully it helps someone
avoid the same mistake
Delta Pop com antenna PIREP
I had previously posted about the problems I
was having with a foil antenna mounted to the windshield of
my -6. I added noise supression filters to the mags as the
problem presented itself after having the mags overhauled. I
finally decided that something had to be up with the foil
antenna and indeed after close inspection I discovered that
the foil had developed a crack which severed the antenna 1/3
of the way up. After searching the forums, I contacted Don
Pansier by e-mail and asked him to call me. He called back
within half an hour and we spent the next 30 min discussing
my problem and I ended up ordering his bent whip antenna. He
suggested mounting it ahead of the spar in the corner so
that I get to it and could use the antenna with my handheld
if needed. I had the antenna in two days and after
installation I am thrilled with the results. I can highly
recommend Delta Pop's antennas and they will be my first
choice of antennas in the future.
RV-4 Builder Dave Ross to Receive EAA Tony Bingelis Award
Need help and thoughts, cylinder issues
My partner posted about a EGT issue we were
having where the number 3 EGT jumped up substantially over
the other cylinders. Everyone seemed to think it was a
clogged injector. We have been looking at the problem and
need a bit more advice. It now appears sadly the issue may
be a cracked cylinder or cylinders.
To fill in a little more history on the aircraft the very
first indication that there might be a issue was slightly
elevated EGTs on 2 and 3 at takeoff power.
Oshkosh- new procedure in Homebuilt Camping
Now that we've ticked over into July, it's time to start
thinking about Oshkosh in earnest. Actually, to be accurate,
we never really stop thinking about it, but the pace
quickens as it gets closer.
Over the years, your faithful parking volunteers have heard
some variation of the following questions roughly ninety
A satisfying moment
Mon Jun 30,
My mom's diagnosis, if you haven't already heard, was bad.
Lung cancer that has spread to the brain (pushing on the brain
caused the motor skills loss and falling). Radiation and
chemo start Wednesday at MD Anderson in Houston. Prognosis
a year, maybe a year and a half. Tuesday I drive from
Dallas to Waco to get Mom, then take her halfway to Houston,
where my sister will meet me and take over. Wednesday's
edition might be thin, just FYI. Mom's going to relocate
to Katy, TX (Houston) to be near my sister and continue to get
treatment, and I'll fly down there regularly once I get the fuel
tank leaks fixed (a much higher priority now). The RV will
get down there in 1hr 20min at 150kts, as opposed to my sister
driving 3.5 hours up from Houston. When I convinced myself
to built this plane back in 1996, I never envisioned it being
used this way. I think I'll end up being most grateful for
having it for this very purpose. I am blessed to have this
I have to keep busy or I'll go crazy, so please keep my Mom in your
prayers, and understand that I need to keep doing this front
page regularly for my own sanity. Thank you so much for
the kind words via email and forums.
Finally, I'm sorry to start your morning with such sad news.
RV-3 Wing Desk
...and yes, I would love to have one of these to produce VAF
Hat Sighting ...Turbo, of course.
Bob Collins Update
snip......So, to keep the narrative
updated, there's hope.....snip
David Nellis Panel
First Annual KC Flight Formation Clinic
Will Fly for Food ...Smitty vid.
WD-1230 Nose Fork Cracks
Tommy and Gang in Joseph ...many pics
Thu Jun 26,
Elko BC Day trip ...TroyBranch
This past weekend we skipped out of town for
the day as a cold front hit with rain and 30plus knot winds
out of the north. The forcast looked great at our
destination of Elko BC and we crossed our fingers the
forecast was right for our return that afternoon. The plane
was packed with food and blankets and off we went.
Summer 2014 trip ...tommylewis
Tom & Bonnie left Texas last Thursday and
flew our RV10 to Cheyenne to visit our son for the weekend.
On Friday we took a nice 4 mile hike down north of Ft
WOT Climb to 10,000' ...David Domeier
This morning the plan was -
Check CHT in an extended climb.
Check OT same situation.
Measure time to climb.
Carefully approach 200 KTAS on the way down.
With the OAT 78 - max CHT in the climb was 377 using EIS
4000 to measure it.
This engine cools well because it is NOT an IO360 angle
valve 200+HP unit. It is a simple standard compression IO360
OT hit 175. I may have to cover the cooler a bit.
Time to climb was 8:23. Not too shabby and also not so good,
but decent for this engine/Catto prop combination and no
wheel pants. For sure any CS prop will beat it.
I used the GRT Sport EFIS TAS indicator to ease up to 200
knots on decent. The maneuver is always a bit tension filled
but the airplane was solid the whole way and the speed
advance was very gradual. I did not try any turns or abrupt
stick action at that speed, just wanted to see if it was
stable. It is. Note: Like most guys doing this stuff, I am
no trained test pilot.
Van comments in his Landing the RV article some time back,
what makes a difference is practice, practice, practice. He
is absolutely right. With just 4.9 hours in the RV-8, i need
lots more practice. I can get it on but I don't like the
landings even if they don't bounce. I am flairing too high
and need to go out and drive it closer to the grass or
Zack Air was
at the 2nd Annual Mid Atlantic Gathering of RV's ...
...at the Carroll County Airport in
Westminster, Maryland. A great turnout of nice people and RV
aircraft! Many thanks to Jack Savage and EAA chapter 1384
for putting on this annual event. Special thanks to our
AF-5000 EFIS Screen Shots ...from AFS
Wed Jun 25,
Family milestone: Audrey made Honor Roll
with Distinction for the Spring of '14 at SMU (link).
That means top 10%. Go Ace!
San Juan Islands & Victoria
...OUTSTANDING trip write-up by Bryan
Upgrade Almost Complete ...Brantel
Got my new GDU465 G3X Touch screen and CNC'd
adapter plate and the plug for the PFD2 side from Stein on
The CNC'd parts look and worked perfectly to convert the
original 3 screen setup. All I had to do was take a dremel
and cut the small piece out of the middle that was between
the two portrait screens. The plug for the PFD2 fit like a
glove and it was made with 2 pieces so that it comes out
flush with the face of the panel.
All that is left to do is for me to paint the adapter/plug
and tie in the bare wire cable for the 796.
More Ed Hicks Pics from the Expo
[ed. Ed, can I
please have something from this session for the July
wallpaper calendar? Your choice which. dr]
...our friend Dayton Murdock
RVs at Johnson Creek
Microburst Event Video: US Air Force Academy Airfield 4/23/2014
Of note are the fair-weather looking skies
in more than half the field of view, skies some pilots might
interpret as not being a threat for flight.
Understandably, there is some strong language...and listen
for "Departure end wind 120 at 31 gust 55".
Advisory Circular 00-24C (Thunderstorms) 13pages
"...Gust fronts often move
far ahead (up to
15 miles) of associated precipitation..."
Medical Waivers - Lesson Learned ...Terry
Things I've Learned Along the Way:
1. The FAA will provide you with a guidance letter detailing
requirements - Give them EXACTLY what they want.
2. Provide your personal physician with the FAA guidance
letter - highlighting key points may be helpful.
3. If your personal physician insists on doing it his way in
terms of paperwork or format, see rule #1
4. If discussion with your personal physician doesn't result
in EXACTLY what you need, GET A NEW PHYSICIAN.
5. One of the key elements required is likely a LETTER to
the AME from your personal physician summarizing all tests
and attesting to your fitness. Clinical notes and
stand-alone lab reports won't likely cut it.
6. Put together a "packet" for the AME with all FAA
requested documentation. A cover with a table of contents
7. Make sure YOU have copies of everything.
8. For heart issues that require a Bruce Stress Test, make
certain you go a minimum of 9 minutes. The tech
administering the test may ask you if you want to stop once
you've reached target rate - if it's less than 9 minutes,
the FAA may not accept the results.
My first waiver (for stent placement) resulted in waiting
about 4 months beyond the required down time. This was all
the result of a non-cooperative cardiologist. Unfortunately,
the FAA started the clock when I first submitted my
application - this resulted in the medical being good for
only about 8 months.
Solution this year was a new Cardiologist (early June).
Examination, all testing completed and summary letter in
hand as of this Monday. AME visit yesterday. New
medical/waiver good for another 12 months. Trip to family
camp on the shore of Lake Superior this weekend- a perfect
Tue Jun 24,
I was messing around with MS Excel and
Archive.org yesterday afternoon, and came to the conclusion that
I've published in excess of 3,500 M-F daily editions of
this site since April of 2000. I don't know if that means
I'm dedicated to this American small business, in it for the
long haul, or if I need to get my head examined. Let's go
with dedicated, and thanks again to those
advertisers who keep it in the virtual air.
And Ed, on the pic below that you took at the Expo, just outstanding!
From the Expo
Andy Karmy Status
Once I was on a roll, I
had my friend Curt (RV-4 guy) come over Sunday evening and
we closed out the front top skin. 3 hours later we were
done! Not the most fun riveting on the project, but hey it
had to be done. Access is quite limited in most locations
along the longarons.
What Is This On My Governor?
I have a McCauley DC
290 governor that has some sort of adjustment on top of it
as seen below with the jam nut. I can not find a manual for
it on-line and when I contacted McCauley and asked about a
manual, there response was to take it to one of the
authorized service centers if there were any problems with
it. Anyone have any idea what this adjustment is for? The
engine is an IO-540 V4A5 that came out of a late model
Turnkey RV-10 For Sale (Medford, OR)
RV-10 for Sale SN
N104BK. Located Medford Oregon $200,000, Total time on
airframe and engine >75 Hours last flown June 5, 2014. IO540
with cold air induction, tuned exhaust, Show plane engine
cowl and glass panel. Last Annual Jan/2014. Avionics include
Dual Grand Rapids Horizon HX Monitors, Dual AHRS, Dual
Magnetometers, GarminSL30, Garmin GNC 300XL, TruTrak
Autopilot, Garmin 327 transponder, Grand Rapids EIS
4000/6000. Willing to deliver. Robert (Bob) Kaufmann, (541)
973-7083, email bob.kaufmann 'at' gmail 'dot' com
Unhappy Result on First Engine Start
I’ll get right to the
sad punch line: I had a kickback and broke six teeth on the
flywheel ring gear on my engine last weekend during the
first start attempt.
Here are the details.
Mon Jun 23, 2014
My two 7's together for the first time, and phase 1 complete! And first
island here we come
Flying to South St. Paul
The value of a preflight
Gust lock bent
An evening 2 ship formation flight- RV-7 and RV-4, wifey as lead
Rudder horn wear bushing
You know your passenger has a bit of nerves when he sneaks a prayer
behind your back!
Another RV-8 Born today
primed! and the Cessna rule
RV-4 and the Other Side of the Mountain(s)
Fri Jun 20, 2014 1148Z
Last week RV builder Tim
Terry stopped by the Van Cave. He recently dropped his RV off at
Grady's for paint. Turns out Tim owns and runs
TNT Electric, Inc up in
Gainesville. How about that! I need a 220v single phase plug
right about here. Two 90* bends, an offset and two junction boxes
would do it. Can you give me a quote?
Yesterday two folks from TNT came by and knocked it out of the park in
not very long at all. Tim, thank you. You meet the nicest
people in this hobby. Some can even knock out items on your punch
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Mind of an Aircraft Builder...it's sometimes hard to turn
Dennis Miller show makes me laugh - he interviews a lot of comics,
and that sure is more appealing to me than the news. It comes
on 570 AM from noon to 3pm here. I'd catch five or ten minutes
in the car every now and then, but the 30 minutes per hour of news
and commercials were a kick in the man vegetables. The DVR in
the living room has changed my commercials tolerance level to zero
point zero. I could use a DVR for my radio, only free.
And the less computer this and that the better.
OK, the DMiller podcast on the smartphone, maybe. Nope, they
want $50/yr for that, and we know that's not gonna happen. I
haven't paid for a haircut in twenty years. Think like a
thrifty airplane builder.
Above is my 32yr old
Machine', model ICF-C30W. Purchased at Service Merchandise
in Waco's Richland Fashion Mall in 1982. I woke up to this in
high school, and every morning in college. It sat on the work
bench for five years playing classic rock during the construction of
the RV-6. The BOSS sticker came with a guitar effects pedal.
In front of it is the digital recorder I bought fifteen years ago as
a cube worm. It's recording the show old school. A
little fiddling around with the recorder revealed you can make it
come on/off at a future time/date, and you can set the fast forward
button to jump in 1, 2 or 5 minutes leaps with each tap of the
button. You can set the radio to come on, also. Very DVR-like.
I set them both to spark up at 11:59am, and it worked like a champ.
I later listened to the parts I was interested in during the 24
minute drive home from the airport (the car has an 'Aux In' line).
Cost? Maybe five cents in electricity. Commercials?
Zero, but you'd occasionally hear an airplane go by, which was kinda
The Dream Machine lives on, even though it's described as 'retro'
and 'vintage' and 'a collector piece' in ebay listings (proof).
The RV-6 and this clock radio are old friends. It's nice to
know they still hang out.
Engine Turning Discussion/Examples
Rear seat Headrest ...Aerosport
Aerosport Products is now offering Rear seat
Headrest for the stock Vans rear seats. These headrest are
adjustable and removable in a matter of seconds. These
can be retrofit to most completed stock van seats. We
will also be offering complete rear seat foam sets.
Creative offload ...fuse kit
RV-12 Expo PIREPs
"32 of us finished the Rainbow Aviation ELSA
Repairman Inspection course yesterday. The 1 day Rotax
course by is today. The Expo officially starts tomorrow.
However, there is a new RV-12 SLSA sitting right out side of
the conference room right now"
"Today was the 1 day Rotax course building on the Rotax info
we got in the 2 day Repairman/Inspector course we took on
Tues. and Wed. Great info! Makes me want to take the 15 day
course that Rainbow offers."
"I was in the Skyview class this afternoon. Learned all the
basic functions and some of the more advanced features,
excellent practice. I now feel like I'll be able to operate
the Skyview enough to learn all the features when I do
install it. My wife and I have been enjoying our visit here
at Sunriver and are looking forward to attending all the
classes/discussions to come."
Thu Jun 19, 2014
Welcome Back ...andrewtac
I was a member a few
years back, poked around a bit with intentions of starting
an RV8. I came back a few months ago poking around a bit
again, made a couple posts. Found a wing and tail kit in the
classifieds, it sold; found another wing and tail kit with
tools and jumped on it. After working out the details I
picked it up Sunday. The tail work is complete (minus the
glass) and spar construction on the wing was begun. I've got
no experience building planes, but have a buddy who worked
at a build shop (and did about 95% of an RV-9). I've got
some shop setup to do and a bit of research (practice kit
and maybe some classes) before I get started. Thanks Nate
for the patience with the purchase.
Updated Formation Guidelines v2.6 ...Stu
A sample page...
Off the Bench at Up
RV-8 panel rework for a
2003 RV-8. Adding GNS430W a TruTrak Vizion and a Stratus/iPad
Mini for IFR cross country. Bruce G. a retired Hawker
800 and Falcon guy from Alabama
Status ...Michael Boggs RV-8
18 JUNE 2014
Schedule has been hectic but I'm making time. About 25 hours
into the tail kit the vertical stab has just a few rivets
left to go on the skin. Just plugging along one rivet at a
Hat Sighting ...RVDan
Angel Fire, NM Vietnam
Tank Leak Update
(8) fuel repair kits
arrived yesterday. Left tank off, right tank down to
one screw that is being stubborn, is stripped, and might
require dynamite. That last sentence describes
aircraft maintenance in one sentence <g>.
Wed Jun 18, 2014
What does this picture represent?...Brad Benson
IMC in the Rocket ...Tom Martin
On Saturday I had a chance to to get a bit
of actual IMC time in conditions that I am comfortable with.
The IFR ticket has been a bit frustrating at times as my
personal minimums are quite a bit higher then the legal
minimums and this limits my actual IMC time. I file IFR on
quite a few nice VFR days just to keep in the system. Over
the last two years I have flown almost 100 hours of IFR but
only a handful of actual IMC hours. This is a typical IMC
flight, for me, clear skies below, a solid layer, and clear
skies above. I thought that I would post a video of this
"typical" flight. A lot of the IFR world revolves around the
conversation with flight control and this video gets the
highlights of the radio talk of a 20 minute flight condensed
in under 3 minutes.
I am NOT a pro, I am a nervous IFR guy but I am really
enjoying the challenge of the experience. I learn something
new each and every flight. If you are going to do this try
not to wait until your mid fifties like I did; it just has
to be easier with a younger sharper mind!
Status ...Mevans 6/6A
From Oregon to Florida for only 291.00 by
Old Dominion, very pleased with their service. How do they
scrunch up that fuselage into that little box? anyway, off
to the workshop for inventory.
Hat Sighting ...D Allan Stern
Here I am in Russia at Catharine the Great’s
Need Help With This ...Clarkie
OK. The RV-6 has been running like a champ.
Last week my partner and I performed the GAMI Lean Test to
see if any of our injectors needed to be re-sized. John Paul
from GAMI called back after he analyzed our data and said,
"Don't touch a thing. You are exactly where you want to be."
Great news or at least it was until yesterday.
Tue Jun 17, 2014
Happy Birthday Audrey!!!!!
N37DD has Flown ! ...David Domeier
Decided today was the day to do it.
With Frank Baldwin and Gale Derosers acting as flight
advisers, I took off at about 9 am. Climbed to 3000'
over the airpark, checked flight controls (very sensitive
but stable) did a clean stall (51knots) and full flaps (47
knots). Conferred with Frank on an approach speed and
settled on 60 knots over the fence.
Day with the Snowbirds...prkaye
Boomerang and two RVs ...mrblob
Entire Swiss RV-10 fleet in one picture ...Michael
Another Redline Video ...jthocker
Why you get an instrument ticket ...Jon
Video- "Force Field" ...AX-O
AFS RV-10 will be at the Sunriver RV12 Expo this week
Page Gets a Ride!!!! ...Weasel
Don't over-tighten drain plugs ...DanH
Another Father's dad gift-) ...MS19087
Be-a-Pilot Day Smithsonian ...Joel Medeiros
Unusual Attitudes: It Wasn't My Time...By Martha Lunken
Mon Jun 16, 2014
I changed the thermostat in the wife's car Friday, the
front brake pads in the daughter's car Saturday, and can now
hopefully get back to the REAL punch list....item #1 being the
leaking RV-6 fuel tanks. I have the left tank off and the
right tank half off. Progress, but the cars keep needing
On a personal note, Susie and Tate were in California some of last week
visiting and catching up with some of her old friends (two AA
AAdvantage tickets we had saved up for using credit card
purchases over the past few years). While they were there
the spouse of one of Susie's close friends died unexpectedly, so
Susie needed to cut the trip short by five days. AA really
shined, putting her and Tate on a flight back home yesterday for
$2.50, not the $900 we were fully expecting on such short
notice. I wanted to thank American Airlines for that - it
is very much appreciated.
Hope you had a nice weekend.
Russ Daves RV-10
Open House/Hangar Warming Pics ...Paul
Fun Down South ...petehowell
One year after the accident ...Chuck Hagerty
How NOT to mount a GoPro camera (on a -9) ...scard
...To our amazement, this configuration
increased the clean stall speed (no flaps) by 12 knots!...
Fathers Day Video Flight FL To CT ...turbo
Almost Done ...KHeidorn RV-14 Wing Tips
Dynon Autopilot and Knob Moduels ...mothership site
House-Warming gift! ...Paul
Watercolor for our friend ...gottawork
Hat Sighting ...Geico266
RV-9 Horizontal Stablizer Assembly (time lapse video)
KFFA Pic ...Clarkie
GoPro on the wingtip, down the river and beach on Father's Day
Status ...Gregg Brightwell RV-4
Fri Jun 13, 2014
I’ve seen the enemy…and it is us.
while at the hangar working on my leaky RV fuel tanks, and
starting the changing out of the water pump on the wife’s
car, a good round of thunderstorms rolled through. At right
is a screen grab of the weather at the time from my
smartphone (click to enlarge). I’m the blue dot. The ruler
tool in Google Earth later showed the distance from the blue
dot to the ‘D’ in ‘Denton’ to be right at eleven miles
statute, making the yellow/red portion of the activity at
least ten miles wide.
Lightning every five seconds. Lightning to the east of the
centerline two miles or so away. Lightning to the north.
Lightning to the west. Cloud to cloud lightning spanning
hundreds of degrees of sky. LOUD thunderclaps. Raining good.
The storm is not nearby….it’s in the room with us sitting at
The kind of weather that kills people in small planes.
And incredibly, right there in the middle of it, there were
(3) small airplanes in the pattern. Two of them doing,
shat-you-not, touch ‘n gos. A couple of Cessna 172s….and
(sigh) an RV-7. Taking off to the south, possibly seconds
from a 50mph outflow wind shear event.
Jaw on floor. Is it any wonder that the average person
on the street, and a chunk of the news media, thinks the
typical GA pilot is a risk-taking adrenaline junkie?
As you might suspect, not long after it was VFR and pleasant
– I took the Cub up for fifteen minutes after lunch. I’m
grateful I didn’t have to pass by a crash site surrounded by
If you think I’m being too much of a worry wart, let me take
you back to the LOE fly-in on 10/11/2008 when two RV
builders in a Maule took off near a cell, were slammed into
the ground and killed.
Link to probable cause. You could see the black
smoke from the ramp, a mile off the end of the runway.
I was there, and it was perfect VFR a few minutes later.
The PIC was 46yrs old and had 1,755 hours TT.
I wondered later if the people in the pattern at my field
yesterday gave any thought to just how close to death they
really were. I sure hope they're reading this.
Fly safe. Please.
The paint job- NOW my plane is done! ...Bob Collins
52,000 people at 5,430 feet ...bobmarkert
Use the Colorado Rocky
Mountains as the backdrop on Memorial Day,…. pick a city
with an elevation of 5,430’ ….. add 52,000 runners and you
have the annual Bolder Boulder 10K race in Boulder Colorado.
The Rocky Mountain Renegades Formation Flight Team was asked
to help in the closing ceremony. 10 Renegades and two guest
pilots (Thanks Ryno and Soup) brought the crowd to their
feet. It was exceedingly bumpy that day, as can be seen in
the smoke trails, but everyone did a great job. Below are
three links, the first is a video made by team lead Jim
Gray, the second is the official Bolder Boulder recap video
and the third is the Renegade website. ….Enjoy
Selfie ...Shawn Li
My RV-7 is approaching
10 hrs in phase I now, I got my first in flight selfy, a
family one will be nice, I will get that later.
Sporty's giving away another RV-12 ...Flying Mag article
Thu Jun 12, 2014
Time to start the engine ....awmuhs RV-10
Joe Zuffoletto's RV-8
New G3X Panel Up and Running ...Walt
My wife and sons first flight in the -8,
it's so rewarding to share your passion with your family!
Parking brake location
Alternate Air Door Interference
Drilled 1/2" holes in end of HS for
endoscope. Worked fairly well. Can touch up plugs next paint
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Wed Jun 11, 2014 1112Z
Doug Crumrine hat sighting....
[Sometimes the splash image is REALLY
easy to decide on <g>.]
Flyin' with Pete McCoy…RV perma-grin in place! ...Doug Kott
This past Saturday, Pete McCoy graciously
treated me to a flight in his beautiful RV-9A based out of
Chino. There was a bit of delay as he was flying down from
Big Bear, which was socked in until about noon. No worries;
I had my second breakfast at Flo's, a very pleasant way to
kill some time, and afterward watched a P-40 do some low,
thundering passes and steep turns. Gotta love Chino!
The Quest for Paint - Part 3 ...Randy P
OSH'14 Van's Banquet Tickets On Sale
10 pounds in a five pound sack ...Bill R.
Tank Leak Repair: Update #1
Panel design ...NTex looking for iput
Something looks weird here
Yep, it looks weird because there
are no clecos! the wings are about to come out of the wing
stand. I cant believe it. Am I really building an airplane?
What a good feeling. My wife helped me with riveting on all
the wing skins. she did great.
Tue Jun 10, 2014 1150Z
The Quest for Paint: Part 2 ...Randy Pflanzer
From the mothership FB page...
Best way to pull RV-9A onto sliding deck truck
Glen's 50th ...Bob's pics
Panel Status ...I-MKLK (Italy)
Purge valve return spring ...AX-O
Randy Shares About His Recent Off Airport Landing ...Subie
Greetings all. I am the
owner/pilot of the C-GYOO. I feel inclined to get the proper
information out there for the benefit of others. The engine
went into a very rich air/fuel ratio situation, after a
normal takeoff and climb out. The mixture ended up as being
beyond adjustment, causing a substantial reduction in power.
The engine was running at impact. With the rapid reduction
of power and altitude, and staring at the end of the runway
beyond an 8' fence, which I knew I wouldn't clear, I elected
to stall it into the swamp as low and slow as possible, from
probably between 50-100' as far as I can recall. This was
for personal survival and to minimize damage to my aircraft
by trying not to invert on impact. IIRC, I impacted at about
60-70 mph at around 60 degrees +/- and from what I was told,
bounced about 15' or so after impact. This I don't recall as
I was probably still head down from the G's. The results are
apparent. No inversion, cuts, broken bones or serious
injury. The RV9A has turned out to be a very safe design.
The cabin floor buckled enough to cover the fuel shut-off,
but remained relatively intact. The tip-up canopy did not
even crack, but had to be "horsed" a bit to get it open. I
walked by myself for about 400-500 feet carrying my
briefcase (that contained all of my aircraft related
documents), through this swamp of heavy brush trimmings,
short stumps and varying depths of water. All in all, a most
successful outcome. This is not the full account, but rather
enough to clarify the information out there. Fly safe. Randy
Randy, thank you for sharing this. I think I speak for
everyone reading this how grateful we are that you're OK.
Wing tip alignment
Pics- 12 in. vs 13 in. spinner on RV-4 ...AX-O
Fixing Tank Leaks - N617AR
Mon Jun 9, 2014 1112Z
Van Receives Godfrey L. Cabot Award
you fix this
Birds nest--cowl plugs not enough
D-Day Memorial Flight at Spruce Creek
New Paint Job - N417E
Sighting ...at a wedding!!!!
50th BD party at 53VG
Flaps stopped working. Time to degrease
WINGS ARE ON / TURTLE DECK SKIN IS OFF.
Fri Jun 6, 2014 1149Z
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe
and RV-filled weekend.
D-Day + 70 Years
If you could, please take some time this weekend to reflect on
Outer Banks North Carolina ...Wayne Gillispie
We flew to FFA- First
Flight early Sat AM(5/31/14), a day later than planned due
to IFR wx Friday. A nice smooth 2.5 hr flight at 9,500'. Be
careful when it is windy. We hit an area on a 1/2 mi final
for rwy 2 with a lot of sink. Winds were 12G18 nearly down
VS Page 6-2 is Complete! ...hucks
I think I can
officially claim to be an RV-10 builder now. Learning
interesting new things at every step, not happy with my
deburring skills yet and nervous about the first priming
batch. Still, lots of fun so far, and 'm glad the girls are
excited when I ask for help.
What an honor! ...Dave Gamble
While I have to confess
to not being super thrilled with the title the editors came
up with, I can't think of anything short of a Lindy that
means as much to me as having the honor of having my story
published in Sport Aviation. I have a lot to be thankful for
in my life, but having had the support of my family and
fellow builders for this project is very close to the top of
RV-12 Canopy Latch Safety Switch
My New IOX-370 ...Mark Dickens
Proud to present my new
engine, a Titan IOX-370 with 8.3:1 piston, AFP injector and
dual P-Mags. It made 191 hp on the dyno and will work
well with my Catto 3-blade prop. Can't wait to get it and
get started on FWF!
My step cracked ...RVG8tor
Thu Jun 5, 2014 1145Z
One of the Best First Flight Reports Ever Written For This Site...Gary
My apologies in advance
for the length of this post. I have served as an EAA Flight
Advisor since the beginning of the program in the mid-90’s
and wanted to remind everyone that the program is still
available to builders as you get close to your own first
flight. Hopefully I have included something that can be used
on someone else's first flight.
I received my aircraft sign-off for my RV-6 Thursday, May
29. A friend of mine drove in from out of state to see the
inspection and help me get ready for the first flight. I
thought that, with Scott's help and that of a few other
friends, it would not be too big a task to finish off the
last few items in preparation of the first flight. Well, no
one has ever accused me of being on time!
Scott and I worked all day Friday on stuff, putting panels
in and double-checking things, going thru my preflight punch
list. Earlier, I had forgotten to tighten up a bolt before
pop-riveting a seat floor pan in place, so Scott took on
that job of drilling out about forty rivets, tightening up
one bolt, and then reriveting the floor pan in again.
Needless to say, that was not a ten-minute job!
Another friend, Paul, flew in that evening to let me get
current in his RV-6 and we flew part of the profile I would
fly during the first flight, as well as flying a few
engine-out landings, with and without flaps. Over the years
I have flown many of the RV models, so I am familiar with
the flight characteristics of the -6. I have also been an
EAA Flight Advisor for the past twenty years. Well, now I
was going to put all of that advising into effect and
actually see how it works.
Ron Duren, Jr. RV-7 Out of GLO Custom Paint Shop
Ron picked it up
yesterday. Got to eat lunch with him - very nice guy
and a drop dead gorgeous RV! dr
Greatest wife ever ...SkyFlorida
I'm on a business trip
to Brazil and yet my build continues due to my tremendous
wife. She claimed the rudder as her own project. I wanted to
honor her by putting a pinup of her on the completed tail,
but she isn't down with that.
Whatever. Am I a lucky guy or what?
Playing hooky ...mchargmg
The weather has been
windy here in colorful Colorado the last few nights, so we
decided to get up early, play hooky, and go fly.
Wed Jun 4, 2014 1155Z
After 18 yrs, an Airworthiness Cert ...Gary Baker RV-6
Last Thursday evening, May 29, Matt Tomsheck,
of the CLE FAA MIDO office, came to my hangar and conducted
a public inspection of my RV-6. He was open to hosting a
quasi-EAA Chapter meeting and let other builders see how he
conducts an aircraft inspection. We had about twenty people
attend the inspection and everyone got something out of the
Rivet ...Tom Martin
"I clipped one of my pictures and blew it up
to show what happens when a rivet is installed."
Status ...Doug Kott 9A
Some more progress. Very exciting to hang
the finished rudder on the vertical stab! The trailing edge
turned out nice and straight, and I didn't have to drill out
a single rivet. I had a lot of apprehension about this step,
but I re-read instructions about 14 times and followed them
to the letter, and it worked perfectly.
Rolling the leading edges wasn't too difficult, but it was a
bear to bring the rolled surfaces together to cleco & rivet.
Took a lot of grip strength and yards of Gorilla tape.
Getting a -12 Through a Door ...Bob Hassel reply
Build what you can in the space. I have not
yet installed the emp (even the first time) and I'll be
starting the finish kit soon. What I can't or don't want to
do at in the garage will all come together later or at the
wing in kitchen
tailcone hanging from ceiling
fuse in garage
How to get ton of fun ...Vlad continued
Oops (and congrats)...Mark Olson
First flight of my F1 EVO Rocket occurred on
This is a cable clamp and I have 3 of them,
one each on the engine side of the throttle, mixture, and
prop control cables. When I looked at it yesterday for some
reason the thought went through my mind that the locking tab
had swung out of place. Looking closer it was obvious that
it was still as it should be, locking the cable in place.
However the next thought was: IT COULD COME UNDONE, WHY
ISN"T IT SAFETY WIRED??
I installed these, did my own final inspection on the
airplane, the guvmint inspector (MDRA) inspected the
airplane, the local mechanic on the field inspected the
airplane, and I inspected FWF again myself after the first
flight, and none of this picked up on the fact that these
control cable clamps were not safety wired!
I was really surprised. There is even a handy little hole
just above the tab for the safety wire. Just goes to show
you can't have too many inspections.
Flash Goes for a Jog
RV-6 flew more yesterday than it has flown in two
months....and I only flew one of the four legs. Half
the time I wasn't in the plane. First trip over to
T31. What a NICE runway - sooooo much better than our
field's hammered turd of a strip. A very striking
Later Ross used it to run a part down to
Granbury, same town where the British actor who played Chewy
in the original Star Wars movies now lives (I think).
Ross' plane is down for the S.B. repair and annual. He
asked if I wanted to go, but it was hot and bumpy, I'd
already flown a bit and, he has a -6 and knows the feel, and
has flown it before.
I'm guessing the plane was a little
confused, but it got over it.
Tue Jun 3, 2014 1152Z
How to get ton of fun out of nothing ...Vlad
How to get ton of fun out of nothing? Easy. You are
on VAF goofing off work you watch. You see a thread like this pops.
You catch it you mark your calendar you wait. (could take two months
or more). It's not cancelled you are good to go.
Phoenix to Seattle via the Grand Canyon ...704CH
Milestone: Rolled! ...Chris Johnson
What a good day. Have a family friend who is in high
school, very into engineering, and I introduced him to flying a few
years back. He has also been steadily helping with my build, and
today we rolled the fuselage. I have since moved it from the
sawhorse to a stand about 12" high, that supports it underneath the
spar carry-through, and is nicely padded, in addition to a tail
support. This seems to be as much support as most others have done;
is there any need to add a third support, say underneath the F705
bulkhead? I worry about unnecessary stress on the structure when
crawling around in the fuselage, but I'm probably way
underestimating the strength of this thing. Thanks!
SB Done ...fred gassit
I finished the SB a few days ago, I had no real
problems but I had easy access to the forward spar as it was out of
For the RV-8 be aware that the new rivet hole that is drilled
nearest the relief notches can leave you with very little edge
distance in the spar itself. I've edited the image below to show
what I'm talking about.
I spoke to Vans about mine, they weren't particularly concerned but
nor were they giving any absolute assurances. I figure if it cracks
it will relieve straight into that rivet hole but I'd recommend that
you don't go crazy relieving those notches. Mine were exactly as per
the drawing and I still wound up with this.
RV-8 Chris S. Johnson ...it begins
(per Larry V.) The badlands flyin is scheduled
the first weekend after Labor Day which is Sept. 5-6-7. We have
not firmed up the activities yet, but the aerial tour of the Black
Hills will be part of the event. When we get all of the details
worked out, we will get them posted. Larry Vetterman
High School RV-12 builders Austin Malcomb and Jacob Lofgreen fly Eagle's
Nest One into AOPA Indy Fly-In.
Mon Jun 2, 2014 2130Z
Hardware Maintenance for vansaircraft.com is planned for Tuesday
morning June 3, 2014, between 00:00 hours and 4:00am MDT (UTC/GMT-6).
Mon Jun 2, 2014 1145Z
N102KT flies! ...David Halmos
Voltige video RV-8 ...Luke in Italy
The joy of building an Experimental Aircraft ...Sid
Hotel room RV Construction...Dedication! ...Gregg
Cross Country Observations ...Randy Pflanzer
For those who have been following along, you
know I am half way through my 4,400 nm journey and adventure
to get my -12 painted. I spent four days in the airplane
traveling from Indiana down through New Mexico to California
and then up to Oregon, where it is now in primer as I write
this. I have a couple observations regarding the cross
country performance of the -12 that might be of interest to
other owners. I invite others to share their experience as
Adventures in Moving to the Airport ...Dan Langhout
VIRB Elite Wing Mount First Flight ...N411TW
Memorial Day Race Results In ...Bruce
Race#.......... Name Aircraft Class
Elapsed Time Speed MPH Speed KTS
Race 91 Bruce Hammer Glasair I TD FX Blue 0:34:17 264.32
Race 24 Jim Wilson RV-8 RV Gold 0:40:52 221.74 192.69
Race 27 Jeff Barnes RV-6 RV Blue 0:41:15 219.68 190.89
Race 411 Ken Krebaum RV-8 RV Blue 0:42:02 215.58 187.34
Race 193 Bobby Bennett Beech Bonanza FAC1RG 0:42:38 212.55
Race 118 JT Racing RV-6 RV Blue 0:43:12 209.76 182.28
Race 77 Mike Thompson RV-6 RV Blue 0:44:35 203.25 176.62
Race 456 Ann Elise Bennett Cessna 182 FAC3FX 0:53:45 168.59
Race 191 Dan Tips Bonanza FAC1RG 0:54:31 166.22 144.44
Race 11 Mike Hardin Piper Apache Twin 3 0:54:51 165.21
Race 37 Rorie/Bloomquist Cessna 180 FAC3FX 0:55:54 162.11
Race 55 Team Ely AA-5A FAC5FX 0:57:11 158.47 137.70
Blain: The Big Bond Done
Fri May 30, 2014 1145Z
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
Sunset Cruise...Pete Howell
What can you do with 2.8 gallons on a syrupy
smooth night? Follow some rivers...more
Challenge yourself at next annual ...Rick Aronow
Sharing a hanger with Walt has made a HUGE
difference in quality of maintenance I perform in my
airplane. He has always preached that the only way to
inspect stuff (i.e. anything that is a threaded fastener) is
to Put a Wrench On It. So normally, I put on wrench on
This year, I decided to look for fasteners that may not have
been included in "everything" in prior years. So starting
with the empennage and working forward, I put a wrench on
EVERY nut & bolt. I was surprised at the number of fasteners
that I was able to snug up just a bit. Sometimes it was just
1 flat or maybe a 1/4 turn - in a few cases, it was quite a
Challenge yourself on your next inspection / annual to find
some fasteners that you haven't put a wrench on in a while
(or ever). I'd say if you can't find a few that need to be
snugged up, you're not looking hard enough!
A couple of examples that I found in my 7A
(1) There are 4 bolts in each of the steel gussets located
at the very forward most lower corners in the foot well
(right at the firewall). They all needed at least 1 or more
full turns to get tight.
(2) Three of four bolts on the wheel pant bracket on the
Right Main wheel needed to be tightened.
(3) I was able to turn one "castellation" on 3 of the 6
engine mount bolts.
There were many others I could list but I think you get my
wallpaper calendar. Scott Elhardt
Status Report ...paul330
Got the aircraft back from the paint shop
about a week ago and have it about 2/3rds re-built. Picked
up the graphics yesterday and my paint guys fitted one of
the side flashes today - 20 feet long!
Paint is Matterhorn White. My aircraft is now
officially "Groovy". <g>.
Paint update ...Bob Collins
Upholstery Version 1.2 ...BigD
Thu May 29, 2014 1145Z
N168LW flies ...Shawn Li
Happy Birthday Jim Thill! ...Vlad
Been Having Some Fun Flying With My GoPros
My RV-4 project is now officially an
aircraft, it took to the air for the first time approx. 2
weeeks ago, and currently its got a whole 3 hours total
flight time! So far the phase 1 flight testing has gone
extermely well, no real show stoppers to speak of.
Fitting canopy frame to the plexi-bubble
Most STUPID mistake of all- closed canopy with no one inside!
And problem solved!
Garmin Panel Upgrade 2.0
Wed May 28, 2014 1153Z
Selfie - a view from the tail cam ...selhardt
N116KR flew! ...pilotdds
RV-10 116KR flew this weekend. It is
the straightest flying of the 4 airplanes I have test flown.
Thanks to my Wife Laura for her incredible patience and
sacrifice while I completed this slow build kit.
Thanks to Joe for all the help and advice and the crew at
Top Gun. Stein and Christer built the panel and have
been very helpful as I work out a few bugs in the G-900.
Pics to follow when the panel is fully calibrated.
Bragging on my Son
(email sent to Susie) "Good morning
Ms. Reeves. Wanted to let you know that Tate will be
receiving the boy 7th grade "Art" award for the end of the
year!!! It was a no brainer for me - he's an amazing kid and
artist." -- R. Males (his teacher)
took home 'Art Student of the Year 7th Grade' yesterday, and
we couldn't be more proud of him. He also is pretty
good on a powered hangar floor scrubber and is respectable
in the RV. We're very proud of our wonderful son, who
we love very much!
At right is a recent picture he drew...one
of his baby pictures.
RV-14 Fuselage Photos ...from the mothership
"We should have an update on RV-14 Fuselage
Kit availability shortly...stand-by! "
The Quest for Paint - Part 1 ...Randy Pflanzer RV-12
Another home-made smoke system ...Craig Taylor
Down 107 lbs and ran my first 5K race this weekend
Truck on Runway Yesterday....52F
Why it's a good idea to 'look long' when
you're on final - you never know when some newbie delivery
driver is going to think your runway is a road. Drove
down a side taxiway, turned on the active, drove north a few
hundred feet and turned off at Charlie. The pic is of
him on the runway.
So much for 'Aircraft Only Beyond This
Point' painted on the ground in bright yellow.
click to enlarge
RV-4 Top Skins Finished ...Gregg Brightwell
First time aerobatic competitors
Congratulations to Patric Coggin, flying his
RV-4 in Primary for the first time at the recent Lamar, CO
aerobatic contest. If the weather permits, I should be
participating at the IAC contest in Rome, GA this weekend.
For those that have competed before, would like to hear how
you and your RV were welcomed. If you don't want to post on
vansaf, e-mail or PM me. For me it started as something on
my bucket list, and now I'm hooked as long as I still have
I'm looking for a partnership in a RV6/7
(nose or tail dragger) doesn't particularly matter. I live
in Olathe and would love to find someone looking for a
responsible pilot and partner to share an airplane with. I
am a former Air Force pilot with a commercial, single and
multi engine rating as well as my instrument rating. Let me
know if you or someone you know is looking for a partner.
Former USAF Pilot
Long Time Lurker
Dreaming of RV-6/7
I am looking for a partnership in a 6A, 7A,
8A, or 9A in the Detroit area. KPTK, KVLL, KDET.
Shoe Goo to the rescue
Hat Sighting ...turbo rubs it in <g>
Tue May 27, 2014 1156Z
Laura and Mike's Southwest Odyssey 2014 ...Mike S
Memorial Day Weekend Flights ...tc1234c
Dem Dunes ...Pete Howell
Phase I Signed Off ...aturner
74285 7A project ...Guilherme Plassmann (Brazil)
Never too Old ...welcome Karl Bambas
Last Saturday, 5/17 was
the day I decided I was not too old to start building an
E-AB aircraft. I started on my aviation career in 1954. Now
at age eighty own a Temco-Globe Swift, and have commercial
SEL, SES, MEL, and Glider certificates collected in 3,000+
hours during the intervening years. I have allowed my CFII
rating to lapse. It was a hurdle to overcome the idea that I
might be too old to start building a full scale airplane.
Video of my RV Vinyl Wrap ...pmccoy
Milestone ...Gerry Julian
This morning I stood in
front of my hangar and watched my RV start up, taxi away and
take off without me. This is a first since I bought it in
2011 and was not easy for me! In the left seat was my son,
who is a military instructor pilot in the Harvard II (T6)
and has 100 hours in the T38. In the right seat, checking
him out, was my friend Brett (Laser) Glaeser, who has 100 RV
hours, 4 years in the Snowbirds, 6 years as a jet instructor
on the BAE Hawk, 7 years as a Hornet pilot, and now flies
right seat in a 737. In other words, they are both immensely
superior to me in terms of pilot skills and experience, but
it was still ridiculously hard to watch that plane take off
and disappear without me!
1,500 hr of fun ...tc1234c
I-MKLK Panel Status ...Italy
"Daubers" & Starlets Today ...TomVal
RV-10 John Block ...it begins
BIG Step Backward ...longranger
Grand Canyon overflight ...Steve Melton
Baffle mounting screw broken
Memorial Day, 2014
No edition today out of respect for
those who gave everything.
"We should guard their graves with
sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste
of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is
but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders.
Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent
visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or
neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or the
coming generations, that we have forgotten as a people the
cost of a free and undivided Republic. If other eyes grow
dull, and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the
solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light
and warmth of life remains to us."
---General John Logan, General Order No. 11, May 5, 1868
The "Memorial" in Memorial Day has been ignored by too many
of us who are beneficiaries of those who have sacrificed
their lives for our freedom and liberty. Often we do not
observe the day as it should be, a day where we actively
remember those Americans including our ancestors, family
members, loved ones neighbors and friends who have paid the
price for the blessings of liberty. You can change this by
doing the following:
- By visiting cemeteries and
placing flags or flowers on the graves of our fallen
- By flying the U.S. Flag at
half-staff until noon. Memorial Day is a day of
- By attending religious services
of your choice.
- By visiting memorials.
- By participating in a "National
Moment of Remembrance" at 3:00 PM local time, to pause
and think upon the meaning of the day and for taps to be
played where possible.
- By renewing a
pledge to aid the widows, and orphans of our fallen
dead, and to aid the disabled veterans.
Fri May 23. 1153z
Hoping to get off
the surface in the RV for a bit this weekend, weather and oil
changes permitting. Wishing you and yours a happy, safe
and RV-filled weekend.
Sedona Fire Update ...azrv6 PIREP
Sporty's Picks RV-12
mothership FB page)
In what is surely the best argument ever for buying paper
charts, Ballard’s online purchase won the top prize in this
year’s Sporty’s Pilot Shop sweepstakes, a Van's RV-12!
Sporty’s President Michael Wolf delivered the good news to
Ballard by phone May 17 at
the company’s tenth annual fly-in at its headquarters at
Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio.
“It turns out the winning order was for a printed A/FD,”
Wolf said. “The winner’s son is a pilot and has a
subscription to printed charts.”
The receipt for the transaction was selected at random by an
accounting firm as the winner. The Ballards will travel to
Sporty’s to take delivery of their new airplane. And
Sporty’s has already taken delivery of another RV-12 for its
2015 giveaway. (This one is a lovely shade of "Sporty's
RV-3B Status Shots ...Dwiedwald
Tony T's RV12 Rudder Gust Lock
From the mothership...
Wed May 21. 1140z
The plane sees daylight for the first time.
So much sanding on the cabin top I had to move the plane out
of the shop and do some cleaning. Dust was piled everywhere!
She's kind of going through this ugly duckling phase right
now, but I'm still proud! Won't be long now and I can
order the last kit from Van's...Firewall Forward!
N798HJ First Flight This Morning!!! ...John Trollinger RV-10
Snuck out to the
airport and took her around the pattern 3 times. I am in the
DC SFRA so my options on the first flight were limited as I
did not want to do a low pass over a mountain range on my
No one was there to witness it, but kind of wanted it that
way incase things did not go well. So I really have no proof
of the flight other than my RV grin :-)
39.75 hours left to go!
Flew really well. RPM readings seemed off (was showing 2850
at one point) when I set power for 2600 RPM I was only doing
110 kts which seemed slow for the 10 on an IO 540. Trim tabs
also move backwards from normal, easy fix in the G3X menus
Calgary & West Coast USA ...Ignition trip write-up
snip...Thanks to Troy
Branch for the flight around Calgary, Paul & Louise Dye for
the wealth of information and showing me around your home,
and Ken Scott for the tour of the Vans Factory...snip
Joe Gepner Sets the Shop Bar High!
Fresh out of paint ...Charlie Waffles RV-10
Tom Powers Status Update ...stab SB
I decided to do the
Horizontal Stabilizer Service Bulletin. I was going to just
do the inspection but unfortunately had to pull the tail off
anyways so I figured it would be a good idea to just get it
done now. I just about have the engine baffles done with the
snorkel and air cleaner installed. Also mounted the Oil
Cooler and hoses.
Just out of the shop at
Up North Aviation
This center panel is
for an RV 8A that is being built by Dick J. This is Dicks
7th RV project. He also built a Glasair back in 1987.
Tue May 20. 1159z
RV8 "Moody Rosie", B-KOO, Hong Kong ...Hank Cheng
Here's my project. Just
a brief background/history: It is an educational and
non-profit project where high school student get to hands on
building an RV8 with pilot and engineer mentors. Upon
completion, this will be the first experimental aircraft
registered under Hong Kong (B-KOO reserved).
So far we had more than 200 students went through the
program. We are at the final stage where the aircraft is
getting too big for the classroom, we moved to the
maintenance hanger at the international airport where it
will reside until completion.
Any suggestions and comments are welcomed, thanks for
First Flight for "WindRider" ...Rick Carr
On April 26 Kit No.
73504 became "WindRider", the airplane. Three years of
building came to a wonderful conclusion.
Successful Hanging Party ...Steve Ashby
I know that it only
takes two people and about an hour to hang an engine.
However, the significance of that event far outstretches the
task performed. I have enjoyed every step of the journey
constructing my 8A, better known as "Sweet Baby" (named
after my wonderful wife, Elaine). There are certain
milestones that should be recognized and celebrated. Giving
Sweet Baby (the airplane, not the wife) her engine
(coincidentally, I also named the engine: Constance, which
is, of course, aspirational) is one of them.
Flying with Mary ...Brent Owens
My youngest daughter
has really taken to flying. Here she is at the controls of
my RV-8. She obviously enjoyed it.
High CHT's resolved and what worked ...Paul Gray
History. I've been
flying the RV 7A for two years. On climb out the number two
CHT would always hit 400 before I reached 1000 feet! I had
learned to live with it doing a kind of step climb thing....
level off/thottle back/ cool/then climb some more or enter a
shallow cruise climb. I had tried the usual suggestions
tight baffles etc. without success. Here's what worked and
worked GREAT with several pics.
is now an airplane ...jtrollin RV-10
FSDO checker her out
this morning and gave her the pink slip!! Not to get her all
back together and take that first flight. Thanks for
all the support over the past 5 years.
Mon May 19. 1154z
The White 'crete of Dover ... AFB ...humptybump
write-up. Vlad also.
FLYING Magazine Flies the RV-12 with G3X Touch
...male model in the
right seat: Joe Blank. ;-)
flight HD video ...Vinod and Sunit
Netherlands: Texel Fly-Inn Cinema
Panel progress ...comfortcat
Homebuilts are now exempt from Kansas
Sec. 5. K.S.A. 79-220
is hereby amended to read as follows: 79-220. The following
described property, to the extent herein specified, is
hereby exempt from all property or ad valorem taxes levied
under the laws of the state of Kansas: Any antique aircraft
and amateur-built aircraft used exclusively for
recreational or display purposes or any combination thereof.
The term ‘‘amateur-built aircraft’’ means an aircraft,
manned or unmanned, the major portion of which has been
fabricated and assembled by a person or persons who
undertook the construction project solely for their own
education or recreation. The provisions of this section
shall apply to all taxable years commencing after December
Mid-May Progress Report
Fri May 16. 1145z
Wishing you and yours a
happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
Kay on climb-out in his RV-8A
Passing the torch ...Bob Collins
My son, Patrick --
several of you may remember him from the Oshkosh RV BBQ in
'05 (I think) -- graduates a nurse this weekend.
He called me today to announce for his graduation gift, he'd
like a Learn to Fly Ground School Course.
Somehow I'll figure out, I guess, how he can build hours in
my airplane. But I gotta be honest despite the illogical
thought process. The idea of him flying scares the heck out
It's dangerous up there, I hear.
Wing progress ...Manny Oro RV-14
Checkered Rudder Continued ...Burke Wick
I admit I took the easy
way out. All the Checkers are 3" Vinyl on polished Aluminum.
I had extras made so if one gets scuffed up simply peal it
off and apply a new one. Used them on rudder, flaps and
EAA Chapter Meeting ...at the mothership.
On Thursday, May 8,
Van´s hosted an EAA meeting in our shop. Members of several
chapters showed up to eat the pizza, swill the cola and take
a look around Van´s.
Garmin Press Release
Thu May 15. 1201z
I'd like to brag on my
daughter again if you'll permit me. The results are in for
her freshman year at SMU.......3.896 GPA. More proof she got her
Flight Test Meeting 2014 ...Luke in Italy
Mike Stewart Shout Out ...Clarkie
Wanted to share with
you guys what I think is the best customer service I've
received thus far owning an RV.
I ordered a Whelen LED wingtip/tail package from Mike about
a month ago. Scheduling issues prevented install until
today. I had some clearance issues in the wing tip lens so I
called Mike for some guidance. Explaining my situation to
him over the phone, he said he never had a complaint about
clearance. Before I could finish explaining my issue, Mike
asked where I was located (I'm in NC) and said he'd fly over
to my airport to suggest a fix. Within two hours Mike was in
my hangar providing the needed solution. This to me is way
"above and beyond."
Go to Mike for all your lighting needs. The customer service
is second to none and these things are super bright!
My cowl has never looked so good ...Turbo
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More Checkerboard Rudders
G3X Exchange Update ...Stein
...here is a good set
of "rough" number for you.
A single screen G3X Touch system with all the goodies
(including probes/sensors, servos, antennas, etc.. ends up
being right around $9.5K.
A dual screen 370/375 package with all the same goodies
(probes/sensors, servos, etc..) ends up being about
Using some of these "NOS" type screens that we've been
working with folks on likely would save you somewhere
between $400-$800 on a system depending on various details.
The prices on the GDU370/375's have ranged from a low of
around $1200 up to about $1800 depending on age, condition,
whether they are new in the box, warranty, etc..
Super 8 Ground Shots ...BlackhawkSP
Wed May 14. 1150z
RV-8 C-FHRY First Flight ...Dave Hrycauk
I'm happy to report I
had my first flight on my newly purchased RV-8, 1 hour and
counting as C-FHRY
Very happy with the airplane, handles like a little fighter
This is my redemption for selling my RV-8 project 10yrs ago
(empennage/wings completed/fuse nib)
I'm definitely glad I had 9hrs with Mike Seagar in his -7 as
this definitely prepared me for my first solo. Landings were
as expected and I performed a nice tail low wheel landing,
the 45lbs of ballast in the rear baggage definitely helped
as my CG was 80.7. The stick forces were nice and no lack of
One thing I found was after letting the tail come down
slowly and once I pinned the tail down she got a little
squirrelly... I'm pretty sure I was over controlling as the
tail link on the tail wheel makes control pretty sensitive.
Thx for all the great info on this forum, I've been quietly
absorbing as much info as I could searching just about every
Tracking Susquehanna River ...The Vladster
MEMORIAL DAY RACE--TEXAS ...May 31
Terrell, TX (KTRL)
Race # Name Aircraft Class
Race 24 Bob James Lancair 320 RG Red
Race 91 Bruce Hammer Glasair I TD FX Blue
Race 27 Jim Wilson RV-8 RV Gold
Race 390 Jerry Hajek RV-8 RV Gold
Race 26 Mike Thompson RV-6 RV Blue
Race 118 Ken Krebaum RV-8 RV Blue
Race 411 Jeff Barnes RV-6 RV Blue
Race 193 Bob Bennett S35 Bonanza FAC1RG
Race 55 Team Ely Grumman AA5A FAC5FX
Modifying the Sam James plenum ...Håkan Langebro
Tue May 13. 1152z
Paul Van Sickle in RV-7, Bud
Harter yellow RV-8, Mike Kelly red RV-8.
Saturday morning breakfast fly out Spruce Creek. Photo by Gary
photo Plane RV-7A Gene Ledda
I needed that! ...AX-O
Tip- protect paint during maintenance using SOCKS
Every time I work on my
RV-8, I need to get the rear seat belts out of the way. It's
really convenient to just flip them out of the way. But, I
don't want them to bang against the paint.
I don't know why I never thought of it before but old
athletic socks make a great solution!
Mud Daubers & $18000
About 5 days ago, there
were a lot of threads on Mud Daubers. I read them all.
Yesterday, a fellow RV 8ter and I were talking about these
critters while at the airport. He related the story of an RV
er going out to start his engine, and it cost him $18000.
Seems the little varmints had crawled up the entire length
of his exhaust pipe all the way into the cylinder, and then
built their nest.
The nest of course is sand, dirt, thus the reason for all
One of the guys, 5 days ago, talked about "pipe cleaners"
Turns out Walmart has it in all different colors. I thought
bright orange was great. So I know my airplane is going to
look funny, but I've now got two nerf balls stuffed up my
exhaust pipes, bright orange pipe cleaner threaded thru them
with the two ends sticking in the fuel tank vents, and also
bright orange pipe cleaner in the two static ports. (The
pitot tube and ram air intake were already covered----found
a bird and his nest in the ram air a few years back)
Y'all can laugh, but it makes me feel better <g>.
Press Release: Garmin
GTN 725 and ATR 42/72
Mon May 12. 1206z
A Short Test of the Garmin
VIRB Elite Camera
They are letting me
play with one (and the D2) watch. Got it Friday,
tested Saturday morning without looking at the manual.
Windy. Note reading glasses over prescription Coke
bottle Wayfarers (need to get those changed out to Coke
bottle bifocals). Music in background was free
royalty-free song from danosongs.com. The plan is to
let the guys on the field play with the camera, and I'll
smash-cut the highlights into a short movie.
Quick Likes: HUGE record button you can use with
gloves. Stupid simple. Start/stop recording with
smartphone app or D2 watch.
VIRB Edit software is, like the camera, stupid simple to
operate. Viewfinder lets you position the camera just
right. Camera has a GPS built in, so you can overlay
customized info on your clip (look for the 'gauges' on my
plane's panel). Prop filter cuts down on prop looking
'weird'. I gotta get the 'head mount' and build
something to mount it out on the wing tip.
One dislike: No
transition options for clips - currently only
No title or credit options in VIRB Edit software (but I'm
fairly sure that is on the horizon). They might be
there, but I didn't find it (didn't read the manual).
Once that is figured out/in place, I'll have no need for
One sentence summary:
My GoPro just got relegated to the son's skateboard.
View test clip
(make sure to select
1080pHD and full screen)
N24EV flew today KFFZ ...Myron Nelson
RV-4 and the Olympic Range ...Steve Rush
A special visit---Two well-known RV-3Bs meet ...Louise Hose
Panel Status ...Alan Muhs RV-10
Ground Shot ...kjlpdx
May/June Issue Online
Fri May 9. 1146z
Wishing you and yours a
happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
First flight RV-7A 377KG ...Paul 'Bugsy' Gardetto
Well after 6 years, 3
military PCS moves and 2 deployments, 377KG took to the
skies with Vic Syracuse (DAR/multiple builder) at the helm.
Vic did an outstanding inspection that found stuff I never
would have thought, like the loose alternator wire at the
fuse on the panel. Once I fixed the too do list and buttoned
it up Vic took to the skys, sure glad that I had Vic do the
first flight, not so proud that I have to be first, Vic
provided a wealth of info on how my plane flys. In addition
to Vic, special thanks to Kent Stitt (RV7A), Loyyd Montegue
(RV8), Guy Prevost (RV8A), Sid 'Scroll' Mayeux (RV7A) for
their help and advice. And of course my wife Kathy who
understood my dream.
Best of all, I get to change my Vans AF signature block to
N96LV First Flight May 7, 2014 ...polishpilot
96LV took to the sky on
May 7 and was the culmination of 3 years work. All systems
appeared to be working with the exception of my SL30
transmit function failing in flight. I had my transition
training in a 9A early in the day and flew my plane in the
late afternoon. Great feeling and my nervous Sweetheart to
greet me on my return. Now to look into that radio problem.
Oshkosh RV Social 2014
highlight of the week (but you already knew that)
Wanted to get this
posted before I do another upgrade
Status ...Philippe Cordier (France)
I flew my RV9A for the
first time last friday may 02 in Vannes airport LFRV.
40 minutes of flight. No big issue, just the EFIS and
EMS to configure correctly. And a small leak at the
gascolator fitting, quickly fixed. Greats flights are
GRT is now hiring!
Skin Crack Found on Rudder ...CharlieWaffles RV-10
for the VAF brain trust….(not RV)
1942, Marine Glider Group 71 (MLG-71) and Marine Glider
Squadron 711 (VML-711) were relocated to Marine Corps Air
Station Eagle Mountain Lake (source),
currently owned by Kenneth Copeland Ministries. The
mission was to determine if amphibious gliders were a good
tactical idea for an island hopping campaign (they turned
out not to be).
"MLG-71 & VML-711 arrived in late 1942 with the base's
first complement of aircraft: (1) J2F Duck, (4)
Pratt-Read LNE gliders, (5) Piper NEs, (2)
Spartan NPs, (1) Timm N2T Tutor, and (2) Curtiss SNCs.
The station was commissioned in late 1942." --
The Question: Might anyone know, or
know how to find out, the bureau numbers and large side
numbers of the five NE-1 aircraft stationed at MCAS Eagle
Mountain Lake in 1942-1943? A photograph or
logbook entry would be even better (for positioning).
The block of bureau numbers for the Navy NE-1s was 26196
thru 26425 - thanks to Scorch for that bit of info (pg
because there is a stock J3C-65 sitting in my hangar,
hardware-identical to the (229) NE-1s delivered to the Navy,
and it's going to need to get repainted one of these days.
I thought it might be nice to (plan 'A') pay tribute to
something that worked five minutes from where I do most of
pic of (11) NE-1s and a Stearman that the Navy used
(photo not taken in TX).
A pic of the Navy XLRQ-1 Glider
Thu May 8. 1145z
First flight N516RC ...Robert Cutter
#72779, RV 7, TW, Slider, flew for the first time at about
8pm on Saturday, May 3, 2014. After 7-3/4 years of building
by my wife (aka Moonpie) and me (aka RVRC), Moonpie II took
air beneath her wings over KCUB. As dark was rapidly
approaching, I only flew for 0.2 hr. The Y0-360-A1A and
blended airfoil Hartzell prop had it leap into the air
almost before I was ready. WOW what a thrill! The landing
was fine, straight forward, no problems.
There are so many people to thank for assistance in building
this plane. First would have to be my wife. She has bucked
99% of the rivets and did 99.9% of the fiberglass work. This
has definitely been a joint project. Ken (Lurch) Harrill
(RV6) was my tech councilor and backed up by James
(Chatterbox) Clark (RV6, 6A, 8). James also flew chase on my
first flight. Ken was Mission Controller. Other RV people
involved were Tom and Don Roberts, Mike Hoover, Scott
McElroy, Eduardo Irizarry, Mac Burton, Steve Richardson,
Clark Schadle, Melinda Harrill, Bill and Carol Deane, Rick
Morris and DAR Vic Syracuse. Many thanks to every one of
you. Also thanks to some non-RVers, Jack, Ron and many
others from EAA Chapter 242.
Thanks to everyone at Advanced Flight System for a wonderful
product and support, Stein and crew at SteinAir. Are you
happy Stein? I’m broke!
Cleaveland Aircraft Tool, Avery Tools, Vertical Power,
Aircraft Spruce, Classic Aero Designs for a great interior
and of course Van’s Aircraft for a great airplane! I know
there is no way I could have built this without VAF and all
the people that have had input on the forums. You have put
information here that I have searched and re-searched in
finding solutions to our questions. Because of that, I have
only had to contact the factory a couple of times. Thanks,
Doug, for the site!
First Flight ...aturner RV-10
I can report
that another RV-10 has joined the ranks of flying birds.
N784JC took flight from Clarion, Pennsylvania, on May 6 and
performed even better than expected. It flew straight, hands
off, and the only squawk was a small seep of oil from the
Abby's First Flight ...Mike W.
I finally got my
enthusiastic six year old granddaughter up for a flight. We
have taxied around before, but mom and dad wanted to be
there for the first real flight. She loves talking on the
headsets. It was a bit bumpy (spring/summer afternoon is not
my favorite time for flying in FL, first flights
especially), but she had a great time on our short flight.
Takeoff Roll Got My Attention
I had a, hummm,
interesting situation yesterday. I flew to a local airport,
landed, was out of the plane for about 15 minutes doing my
thing. I get back in and fire up, taxi out to the runway,
all is good. Do a quick runup, roll out on the runway and
start the takeoff roll. My plane has always wanted to roll
left when I put in full power on the takeoff roll, so I have
gotten into the habit of compensating with right aileron, a
lot at first and slowly decreasing defection as speed builds
up. This is where things get a little hairy. I go to put in
right aileron, and the stick won't move. Mind you the power
is still in and I'm in the early stages of the takeoff roll.
I pull the power out and as I roll down the runway start
playing with the stick, elevator travel is fine, it just
won't move left or right. I taxi off the runway and keep
playing with it the entire way. The stick will move about
1/2 to 1 inch left and right, that's it. I shut down the
plane and the problem immediately goes away, the stick moves
freely. I have a dual axis dynon autopilot with the servo
out in the wing. I have checked the entire control system
and I can't see anything that would have caused this
situation. When I engage the autopilot test function on the
ground, the stick is still able to move 1/2 to 1 inch. Is it
possible that the servo caused this? I have had to replace a
shear screw on this servo in the past and had no idea that
it had sheared until I went to use it one day. I don't think
this has anything to do with the situation at hand, but ya
One things for sure, this will freak ya out!
More Grass ...crabandy
Another one to
add, MO9 Kingsley Missouri. My wife finally had a Wednesday
off, I was giddy when she suggested we fly somewhere for
lunch! It's a crop dusting strip with a "Hangar Kafe." Loved
the place, great food, great people and unbelievable prices.
Down Draft / Wind Shear on Final ...Gary Sobek
myself an experienced pilot with more than 3,000 flight
hours and over 1,600 Cross Country hours. I am a commercial
rated pilot, built my RV, and have flown it over 16-year. I
have over 2,700 RV hours.
Background: Airplane is RV-6, 160 HP, Constant Speed prop,
VSO = 41 KTS, VX = 65 KTS, VY = 80 KTS
Normal pattern speed is 65 KTS, decent rate down final = 700
After a 2.6 hour cross country flight; I experienced an
event that was a first for me after 32-years of flying.
ASOS reports Wind 200 @ 14 KTS with gusts to 23 KTS when 10
Crossed over the airport and entered left pattern for
landing on Runway 21. Update on the ASOS on the radio
reports winds 19 with gusts to 29 KTS.
From Mark at
Dynon Heated AOA / Pitot Service Bulletin ...dynonsupport
Dynon Avionics has
technical service bulletin that pertains to our Heated
AOA/Pitot Probe. If you own this product, please read the
service bulletin it in its entirety. In addition to the
technical details, there are some important topics covered
in the Frequently Asked Questions section after the bulletin
that will answer many of the questions you may have.
Note that we are not issuing a product recall at this time.
Heated AOA/Pitot Probes that are currently installed in
aircraft may continue to be used, subject to the Operating
Recommendations section in the service bulletin.
Thanks to those of you that have reported your experienced
(Jon Thocker, Stephen Christopher, I know I'm missing a few
others from here) - your reports have been valuable in
helping us hone in on the root cause here.
Wed May 7. 1151z
William Boyd and his Hopalong ...Vlad
Hello World ...Lucy Unrein
Dad Brian - RV-10) Thanks everyone. We're back home now
and survived our second night on the job albeit with little
Lucy Ariel Unrein was born 7 lbs 3 oz on May 4th. She was a
natural breech delivery and mom did great with no epidural!
I survived with no crushed hand or black eye so I met my
We're still hoping to make Oshkosh 2014 so we can show off
our best build project to date <g>.
Cylinder #3 scoring, normal wear or something else- Dental cam
Running a compression
check on an XIO-320 D1A (200 hours since rebuild) with .010
overbore steel cylinders shows that #3 compression is down
to 68/80 cold and 70/80 hot (last year it read 74/80 cold.)
During compression check air can be heard in the case by
opening the oil filler, I assume is blowing by the rings on
Armed with a newly acquired eBay dental camera marks can be
seen at the 12 o'clock portion of this cylinder (within the
nice hone/hatch marks.)
G3X - "Exchange" Update ...Stein
The pricing is finally done, the packages are ready. Here's
LRU package with OAT, ADAHRS, Magnetometer and Config
Add EIS (Engine Monitor) for $599.
We also have a decent amount of GDU370's new in the box (NOS
- as in new old stock never installed but perhaps shipped to
a customer) from customers that we will be selling for them,
no GDU375's at this time.
No.1 CHT and EGT lagging and low ...Derek
Ive recently run and
flown my engine (and aircraft) for the first time, the
engine was pickled for 2 years.It's a zero timed 0-360 A4M
converted to AFP's FI. What was noticable immediately was
No.1's CHT and EGT was the last of all the 4 cylinders to
rise, way behind the other three and significantly lower in
temperature. In the first picture Ive attached you can see
that on initial start-up No.1's CHT is 70 degrees lower than
all the rest, and you can see that this trend continues in
the next photo taken approximately 13 minutes later.
Status Update ...David King RV-10
Finished up the top
skin today & decided to put some additional pieces on just
because I could. I felt like a 6 year old on christmas
Tue May 6. 1200z
First Flight ...Sig600 RV-8
The backstory ...rvmills
Dave Ander's Method of Aligning Landing Gear Fairings
You know, looking over
list of things Dave Anders did to his RV-4 to get it up
to 260 mph, I probably spoke out of turn. Because the
fairing alignment item is but one little item on a whole
list of things he did to maximize speed.
I looked for a site that had photos or a diagram, but as I
recall what I read, he mixed some coloring crayon, (color
doesn't matter) with a thinner that was safe on his paint,
just enough to make the consistency enough to run (think of
honey's viscosity). He then placed three dots of gooey
crayon on the leading edge of each fairing. Then he'd go
fly, real fast, and land. By looking at how the gooey crayon
ran back to the trailing edge, he could get an idea of how
to adjust his fairings.
The goal was to get each gooey crayon dot to split into two
streams which each trailed back and met at the trailing
edge. It's not a perfect method, but a compromise design
method, (we used to talk about the "empirical method" on
SSME's). And since he was obviously concerned with top
speed, he did this at top speed. Cruising speed may give you
a different configuration.
I think he had to make three or flights to get both sides
adjusted. And I think he may have tried a similar method on
his wheel fairings, but I'm not sure.
All in all, it probably doesn't make too much difference for
us average pilots, but since I brought it up, I felt I owed
you an explanation as I remember it. I still think it's an
"elegant" method of aligning the fairings. <g>.
The 'Green Machine' heads to it's new home! ...mothership FB
Conni and Maury Lehmann
from Friendswood, TX (near Houston), are the proud new
owners of the the first Green RV-12 S-LSA produced by Van's
Aircraft. They stopped by last week to shake hands with the
new aircraft, receive transition training, and visit some of
the local scenic spots in the area. Last Thursday they
finally took to the skies, heading home to the Houston area.
Incidentally, Connie is a university professor and Maury
works on the Orion Space Vehicle Program in the Houston
NOW I finally opened
Runway 13/31 several weeks ago after re-seeding last fall.
The rains last week have kept me off until now, it's dry and
the grass is definitely growing! I now have grass stains all
over the wheelpants
From Our Friend
GRRRRRR. can I fix this or new skin?
Mon May 5. 1200z
ago today I asked my (now) wife Susie to dance at a little dance
club located at 31.521975, -97.179258 (there is a 'Linens and
Things' on the spot now). She said no. I asked her
friend. No. Asked Susie one more time. Yes.
Can I get a high five!
This June we'll have been married 24 years.
Major problem with my project schedule ...airguy
Fly High, Fly Fast ...Bill R.
Goodyear Blimp and two RV-8s
Brantel Update ...100 pounds and counting
Hat Sighting ...yes, that's a kilt.
First Trip / Tough Mudder ...crabandy
Easy, quick and cheap baggage tie down anchors
From Mitch Lock....(works
for Van's, but this is personal)
RV12 EAA Young Eagle Flight - 2 min video
6 vs 7 rivets, Roll Bar Attach Plate
A2A Shots ...mrblob
My New VansAirForce.net Cap and Ronald McDonald House
charity (huh?) I chose for this piece
of gear was the Ronald McDonald house box there at the
register at my local McDonald's. The cap is 'khaki'
with 'ivory' logo. $4 more for the N-number on the
For Tom Rousch:
RV 9A, Purchased, flying
Aeronca 11BC, restored, flying
Hot air balloons, 2, flying
2014 dues paid
The Post I'd like (you) to make to the Richmond Area Vans
Richmond area pilots....Hot Air Balloon Event in the
"I'll be participating in the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival
near Richmond next week (4/8,9,10,11/2014). If you are
interested in learning more about these really cool flying
machines, please come out and join us. The website is <midatlanticballoonfestival.com>.
There will be 20+ balloons participating, and if you'd like
to get 'up close and personal' sign up to crew for one of
us. Frankly, the event needs more aviation savvy crew
people. If you are interested, email <MABFballoon@gmail.com>,
or respond to me via the VAF site. Weekend event passes will
be provided to crew. Join us! Balloon grins are almost as
big as RV Grins."
Fri May 2. 1212z
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Lunch at 3T0
I thought it
had been maybe a year and a half since my last visit to 3T0.
Turns out the logbook said it's been 3.16 yrs (1,156 days).
OMG. 51.8nm....I actually logged cross country time in
the old logbook. I'm outta control <g>. I'd
forgotten how beautiful this strip is.
click to enlarge
Trip Report for P-82 visit ...MarkW
Yes I said
P-82 for those of you that don't know, they made a few Twin
Mustangs called P-82's. There are none flying at the moment
but there are a couple being restored for flight. We had a
group from KSFB Sanford FL. fly up to Douglas, GA. KDQH to
see one of these projects.
THE BABY HAS ARRIVED!!!!! ...Guilhermepilot (Brazil)
After 4 months
and 6100 miles my 7A is here all boxes!!!!!!
Status Update ...Jeff Rich RV-10
officially brought the elevator assembly to a close. Monday
was the start of the tail cone.
The wing kit (slow build) was delivered St. Patrick's day,
so it's ready to go as soon as we finish the tail cone.
Here are a couple of pics from today.
Randy Pflanzer RV-12 Status
flight phase is essentially complete. I just have a couple
rate-of-climb tests to complete since I've been limited by
ceilings the last few times.
All I've changed is to add a wedge to the rudder and fix a
cowl rub on the #2 cylinder exhaust spring. All the
performance numbers are slightly better than the book and
the stall numbers are right on.
Not sure I have the prop tweaked exactly right just yet. I
can't quite get it to 5500 RPM but its real close. Next step
is to get the prop balanced and then fly it 2000 nm to get
Mr. 10K ....Mike Starkey passes the 10,000 post milestone
the official welcome wagon here, and a very nice guy.
From the Factory FB page
flies the Epic.
Thu May 1. 1140z
A few N. Texas RV folks are flying up to Cedar Mills for lunch
B.C. Squadron rules in effect: 1100 begin walking from the
planes (if you're three minutes late you're walking solo).
Here's what I need y'all to autograph on Saturday (Port
About the shrimp boil
Divergent Oscillation - Educate me
I had a real test-pilot
After putting my wheel pants on, I took the plane up to see
what those extra knots would be like. I noticed a bit of
buffeting after takeoff, during climbout but it wasn't bad.
I couldn't really tell if it was buffeting or light
turbulence, and it went away after a bit. It repeated itself
on subsequent takeoffs.
Once I got up to 5k or so, I leveled off with the throttle
opened up and my RPMs around 2300. Trimmed up for level
flight and let go of the stick to see if it would fly hands
That's when it got interesting. Slight rocking motion,
building up slowly from almost nothing to what could have
been a real lunch-tosser. Before it got too crazy, I grabbed
the stick and it settled down. This behavior is 100%
The RV7 is supposedly a neutrally stable aircraft, and this
(before the wheel pants and gear leg fairings) proved out in
earlier flights. There are any number of things it could be,
but the obvious culprit is misaligned gear leg fairnings.
What about the ailerons being out of rig? If they're both
pointed slightly downward, would that counteract what little
roll stability the RV7 has?
What Do I Use - FAB question?
Bridges of Suffolk County ...Vlad
A spliced former - is this common in an RV-4?