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June 23, 2016.  00:06 UTC.  Issue No. 4,144.

Sunday fun ...video from NZ.


Classic Aero Designs Customer Pictures

(longtime forum advertiser Luke)
I thought I would start a thread with some of the recent pictures customers have sent us of their completed airplanes. We have been putting these on our company Facebook page for quite a while, and they have been very popular. This way VAF readers who don't do Facebook can see them too.

We put many hours of effort into each order that goes out our door, so it's also very nice for us to see the finished product in the completed airplane. We hope you like them.

PS: We sent each of these customers a gift certificate from Aircraft Spruce as a thank you for taking the time to get back to us with some nice quality pictures. If you have pictures of our products in your plane, we'd really appreciate pictures from you too. Thanks!


Mannan Thomanson ...Rest in Peace

Born: October 03, 1940
Died: June 16, 2016

MANNAN THOMASON, age 75, of Alto, Georgia, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Mr. Thomason was born on October 3, 1940 in Habersham County, Georgia. He was a member of Good News Baptist Church, and a life member of Grant Reeves VFW Post 7720. Mr. Thomason was a retired veteran with the United States Air Force having served for 20 years. He was also a member of The Pilot Association with The Habersham County Airport. He is preceded in death by his parents, Marion Jones and Lomie Wilbanks Thomason; and brother, Milton Thomason.

Survivors include his loving wife of 11 years, Becky Hess Thomason, of Alto; daughters, Jennifer Thomason, of Austin, TX; Rebecca Thomason Kovacs, of Austin, TX; sons, Kevin Thomason, of Oakland, CA; Scott Thomason, of Omaha, NE; sister, Trudy Thomason Wade, of Alto; 5 grandchildren, and special nephew, Matt Wade, of Alto.

Memorial Services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 16, 2016 at The Habersham County Veterans Wall of Honor, 660 US Highway 441 Business, Cornelia, Georgia 30531, with Rev. Austin Kelley officiating. Full military honors to be provided by United States Air Force Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to The Habersham County Wall of Honor for Veterans, P.O. Box 298, Demorest, Georgia 30535.

Arrangements are in care of Whitfield Funeral Home & Crematory, South Chapel, 1370 Industrial Boulevard, Baldwin, Georgia. 706-778-7123

Those wishing to express online condolences to the family may do so by visiting our website at www.whitfieldfuneralhomes.com.


Flight over Laguna Beach, Hemet

Here's the first video I made after having the plane painted. Video quality varies a lot with the camera mounted on top of the V-stab; very shaky with lots of gyrations during takeoff as result of prop wash, but not too bad when throttled back.

Kinda smoky, a result of the Santa Barbara fire.

Landing at Hemet was a little crossed up, but done at walking speed (nearly!) thanks to a decent headwind component.


Whelen Tail Strobe (many pics) ...TimO RV-14A

Over the past couple years as LED NAV and Strobe packages became more popular, I've heard one thing about some of the systems. People complain about having noise generated by the LED's or Drivers, and it affects their avionics or audio. I've always done what I can to eliminate noise possibilities.
In both of my planes I have a single-point ground, and run nearly everything that requires a ground, to it. I do sometimes utilize airframe grounding but more often than not, I run a ground wire. Considering the rumblings I've heard about LED kits, I ran a ground for my NAV and Strobe wires.  continue



June 22, 2016.  Issue No. 4,143.

Pylon Racing School (PRS) 2016 ...AX-O

I will write something up about PRS soon. Just wanted to say that I was not the only RV person there. There were a group of us. Some renewed their certification and some of us earned the qualification for the 1st time.

Video of my plane being pulled out to the ramp. No, I did not add the music. There was an ice cream truck running around.  continue


Why Karl's RV-8 is Painted Like a Corsair

Thanks Jim. One of the cool things is that my old Navy squadron (VFA-151) used to fly Corsairs in the late 1940's. Hence the registration number N151TK and the 51 nose number. They were originally established as VF-23 and flew off the USS Midway, CV-41. Ironic that that's the last ship our squadron flew off of before she got decommissioned post Desert Storm.
Karl Richcreek
N151TK "La Otra Chica"


Women's Air Race Classic Update


Catching Up: Recent RV-14A First Flight ...TimO

Just catching up...

Regarding Scott's cowl mod inquiry.... I agree it's too early to worry much about it, but I do have a good general feel for how this airplane is working out and I do think if the oil cooler could more easily evacuate to the outside airstream it would be an improvement that will likely be needed by some people later. Yes, my temps will come down with time, but I also don't live in the hottest region of the country. I probably will actually need to install a throttle valve in front of my oil cooler, like I did in my -10, just to maintain enough oil temperature in the winter. But what really annoys me is when I have to step climb to keep temps down. On my return trip from the cayman islands a couple months ago, with 1180 hours on the RV-10, flying in turbulent clouds talking to foreign controllers who aren't easy to talk to, I found myself asking to stop my IFR climb to 10,000' to let my oil temps relax a bit. I don't want to deal with that in this plane too, and I'm still open to chopping the cowl a little in the -10 to fix it there as well. I just want to know the quickest, easiest, guaranteed way to get the job done without any more modification than necessary. A week or two ago I saw a mod that an aussie flyer says is common there. You slit the cowl in a square pattern on 3 sides, with the aft side not being slit. Then pull the cowl flap created upwards into the cowl about an inch or so. Then glass in the sides between the cowl and the flap. This creates a little slot..they called it a mailbox slot, that although facing forward, apparently exhausts really well. It doesn't disturb the paint too much, and is easy to do. If I can find a dozen people who say that mod works well, I'll probably dig in and do it on both planes. At this point it's a gut feeling that even after break-in the oil temp is still going to be an issue on hot days or extended climbs. It's not urgent, and I don't plan to even spend the time on it until I get the hours flown off...certainly not before OSH. But if I find that by August it's still acting the same, I'm going to figure something out. The cowl cooling is definitely much better than expected...I've very very happy with my CHT's.  continue



Tuesday morning I had the distinct pleasure of giving an 18-year-old kid in our neighborhood his first ride in a small airplane. Spencer's plan is to be a professional pilot.  He just graduated from the same high school Tate is in, and will be starting OSU in the fall.

We did a preflight, climbed in and launched into the sticky, hazy, already 90*F morning North Texas air. Climbed to 2500 feet and I gave him the controls.  Let him fly, figuring things out as we went along for the next 18 min. He did wonderfully and picked up things quick.  He flew .3hr of the .4hr flight.

Takeoff (me), straight and level (him), some very small turns, following the heading and holding altitude and then back down safely.  No vomit, drips or errors. Win-win.

I think I enjoyed it as much as he did. What a privilege to be able to be a part of such a momentous occasion in a potential aviator's future.

photo courtesy Sid Mayeux


The Rock ...Vlad

Off the coast of Newfoundland there is a French enclave. Two islands Saint Pierre and Miquelon both have nice airports. Both claim to be stunning tourist destinations. So a scarce intel was pieced together, a crew member found, couple calls made and up went against the time on a cool May day northwest bound.

The flight was uneventful. We had a breakfast in Massachusetts then refueled at Wiscasset Maine. From there we were on course to Prince Edwards Island but encountered some clouds loaded with hard water and diverted to Stanley, NS. There we topped off with $2 a liter avgas and continued our journey.  continue



June 21, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,142.

Last Flight...Brian Eisner

Yesterday I took my Dad who is 84 years old to a Fly-in at the Fredericton(CYFC) Airport to celebrate the Fredericton Flying Club's 50th Anniversary. He informed me before we left Stanley(CCW4) Airfield that this would be his last flight in the RV. He had a knee replacement many years ago but the pain is too much for him to sit in the back of the RV. I just want to say that I'm very fortunate to have been able to have my father fly with me all of these years. Here is a picture of Dad and me taken at the Fredericton(CYFC) Airport before leaving to fly back to Stanley(CCW4).

Thanks Dad for all the great memories.


First flight video ...Dominik in Switzerland

[ed. Yeah, I thought that screen grab would get your attention :-). v/r,dr]


RV Grins on Father's Day

Flying with your son is one thing, but these photos show two generations of 1st flights flying with me. One is of my Grandson Tripp in my RV-7 late last year and the second is of his father (my oldest son, Aaron). Both photos taken by my beautiful wife Melonee more than thirty-two years apart.


Jim Lechleiter


12 hours of detailing on Dad's RV 7 for Fathers Day!!! ...ScottSundstrom

2 Days of washing, clay bar, compound buff, polish, and Wax


Woman's Air Race Classic Starts Today! ...Doug Dunston post

"The Air Race Classic starts tomorrow!  Here's the live map of teams - look for team 24, Vans Air Force 1 in their RV-7.  Wishing all the pilots safe flights & a great adventure!"


Milestone: AX-O Gets His Reno Card!!!


First Flight Pics ...TimO RV-14A


Canada RV News ...Martin Rousseau

I have done a radio interview this morning at the regional radio about the completion of my RV-7A and first flight. A web article was done from the interview. In resume, I said that Experimental aircraft are even, if not more safe than certified aircraft, and build an aircraft are not a way to save money....

I'm pretty proud to have build my own aircraft, and VAF greatly help me all along the process. Thanks for all who have help me in the last 6 years !

I have now 38h on my RV and I really like it ! So fun to fly, it's amazing!

P.S.: The interview and article was in french, sorry for my English friend


Product Announcement...FDS


Quirky from the air ...Vlad


Welcome AeroLab

The main goal is to have a filter gascolator easily accessible and serviceable from outside the aircraft, without loosing/tightening the AN fitting of the fuel system.



June 20, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,141.

Painted! ...Karl Richcreek pics


RV14 First Flight ...TimO

Hey all, had a great first flight today in N14YT. The plane flew perfectly, and I was happy to find that all the temps were great. My CHT's were in the low 300's and oil temps were in the mid-180's to mid-190's when doing full power climbs. It climbs like a rocket and OAT is around 90F today here. It wasn't as stable as the RV-10 but that's not a negative....it seems to have a bit better roll rate and should be not quite an RV-7 but fun for Aerobatics. We'll have to find that out after a few more hours. Otherwise, it's very nice to be near the end of being in the shop and be able to spend more time in the sky. I still have to finish the wheel and leg fairings to earn my higher top speeds, but that's about it...I'll post a pic or two later. Time to get back in the cockpit for some more air time to get rid of these flyoff hours.
Tim Olson


Canopy Frame Repair

In January I bought a wonderful fastback RV-4 from a guy in Kansas City. I'm very happy with it - in about four months I've put about 100 hours on it! It was finished in '08 and is built nicely.  continue



I have been a long time lurker just reading and trying to learn. I have been flying for three years now. I'm SEL & SES rated. I have got a little over 90 hours in a 172N and 6.5 hours in a PA12 seaplane. I still rent but really would like to own someday.

I keep trying to define my mission and keep coming back to a side by side Vans. One can learn a ton on these forums but at some point you need more. I have seen 6's and 7's @ Sun & Fun and a few other places tied down and have never had the chance to do more than just look. Well my opportunity came this week thanks to BABALU. I came across one of his posts and saw he was really close to me. I contacted him about meeting up sometime so I could ask questions and look at his RV9A up close. He did just that and on very short notice (like one day) as I ended up in his neighborhood first of the week. He was very accommodating meeting me after he got off work , letting me look and sit in his airplane and answering my questions. This has cleared up some things for me and I know now that I fit comfortably . I'm not a standard FAA pilot! So I'd like to give a huge THANK YOU to BABALU (Andy) for helping me out and letting me bug him.

I guess the next step is to actually fly in one... So if any of you side by side drivers find yourself in northeastern NC and feel like helping me out let me know. I'm really interested in a 7 but would like fly in any side by side as well for comparison.



RV-4 New Panel ...TnMike

Just finished upgrading my RV4 panel and thought I'd share the new look ...
Still need to make labels,lines,etc.....I used the new Guardian Avionics mount for hte iPad mini with GRT miniX on the left and miniB on the right ... kept the Trio as a separate item (just in case) and the GRT EIS as well.  continue

(New vs Old)


Linch, his F-16 and RV-4

So I was watching this show on the Smithsonian channel called 'Air Warriors'. It was on the F-16. I kept seeing them interview this guy and referring to him as "Linch". I'm thinking to myself "I've seen this guy before, and I think he was standing in front of an RV-4".

So I hit pause on my TV, took a picture of it with my iPhone, then send it to Rob 'Smokey' Ray with something along the line of "do I know this guy from your F-16 days"?  Rob called me back in a few hours and said yes that was his friend and that he used to have an RV-4. And I said something to the effect of they were talking about how they would put the F-16 in a dive and get it above the speed of sound and use the shock wave to disrupt enemy troops on the ground when they couldn't get a visual on the enemy troops surrounding the British special forces they were trying to help. I asked Rob if he was familiar with what Linch was talking about on TV.

"I'm very familiar with the mission he is discussing. I was flying with him."  When I stopped laughing he filled me in on some of the details. Pretty cool stuff, and a great RV tie in.

Here is the schedule for the show 'Air Warriors' if you want to try to give it a glance.  http://www.smithsonianchannel.com/tv-schedule

PS: I know the battery in my remote needs changing…

Upcoming airings:



June 17, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,140.
  I would like to start today by wishing our wonderful daughter Audrey a very happy 21st birthday. N617AR, the registration of our RV-6 stands for 'June 17, Audrey Reeves'.  I don't think I can adequately put into words just how proud we are of the young lady she has turned into. Typical of the budding scientist she now is, she's spending her 21st birthday in National Nuclear Chemistry Summer School on the west coast (sponsored by the American Chemical Society and the Department of Energy).  I have her syllabus, and see she will be spending the 17th learning about 'Nuclear Mass and Stability' and 'Radioactive Decay Kinetics - Radioisotope Dating'. After that she listens to two guest lecturers discussing "Separations in Actinide Science…." and "Plutonium and Beyond: Understanding Bonding in Actinides".
  In contrast, I think on my 21st birthday I drank a pitcher of beer, played air guitar to Def Leppard, and threw up in the bushes afterwards.  She may be thinking this through a little bit more than her old man did.  Happy birthday, Sweetie!
  Hoping everyone has a happy, safe and RV filled weekend.


Jonathan Stranberg RV-3
I really love the old school stuff.


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From the "Do you collect grass strips?" Thread. Jim Stricker entry…

My home base - 1OA2 Mole (pvt) Grafton, OH.


From Scott Card…

I don't think I was ever lacking eyeballs to critique my work. Heck, the airplane arrived at the airport and a line formed!

"The line starts here boys."


And also from the Scott Card comedy files :-)

So, I'm flipping back through some old build pictures...

It seems that it took me a few tries to get the coax stripping tool setup just perfect.  How many tries did it take you to get something just the way you wanted it?


Welcome Guardian Avionics...iPad/iPhone flush panel mounts

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Press Release


30th anniversary shirts and shirt/hat combo now available



June 16, 2016.  00:15 UTC.   Issue No. 4,139.

Juneau ice field tour photos ...Greg Arehart


New RV7 Build - Finally

Took the EAA class and built my shop about 2 years ago. Spent the interim time finding a plane and flying the heck out of it. Now that's out of the way:

Logged my first, 1.5 hours last night unpacking, inventorying, going through paperwork and plans, and trying to figure out where to store stuff. Thought I would feel overwhelmed with all those parts, but I got more excited the more I organized everything. I'll need to take a break in a few days as I want to knock out another practice kit quickly, but I've just been lying in bed thinking about it the past couple nights, and concentrating on work sure isn't happening.

What primer should I use and what parts should I prime? Just kidding! Time to forge ahead.

1961 C172B
Tail kit in progress


Shiny new paint! ...Doug Kott 9A

No more pink cowl comments! I'm really happy with the results. Two-part epoxy primer, three coats of Valspar polyurethane (Mazda NU Vintage Red, Nissan KL2 Silver Metallic, not sure about the black) and Acry-Glo clear coat. Took about six weeks at Century Aircraft Painting at Chino.

This afternoon, I took the first flight in the newly painted machine (other than the quick hop from Chino to Cable). A very serene sunset flight, 1.2 hours on the Hobbs...neat to see those orange-ish hues from the setting sun reflecting off the silver wings.  continue


Finally!!! ...mciaglia RV-10 begins.

I think I have been on here for 3 years now. I have read almost everyone's build thread from Tim Olsen, Ed Kranz, Mouser, Jason Ellis, Ivan, Bob, Charlie "Mark" and countless others. I have discussed the time, financial and other issues with undertaking this build and my wife and my life is finally in a good place to do it! I have already got my workshop ready (4 EAA tables, compressor with 3 air stations, drill press, band saw, TV and fridge!). Planning on purchasing the empennage at Oshkosh and a tool se and am taking the sheet metal class.
Are the tool deals worth it at OSH or should I get them now? Planning on Isham kit.
Thanks for all the knowledge this site has provided.
Hope you guys follow along




www.tailwheeltransporter.com  Sale Ends June 16th....

$30 off TTII.


So you think you got 'em all ...Bill Pendergrass entry

As a reminder to myself, I did a couple of things during the build.

Maybe this is same as most everyone else. It helped me.

1) I used torque seal to mark fasteners and fluid connectors that were 100% "finished". (Note: I agree with Walt about not relying on that paint as an indicator at annual. Many fasteners had "settled in" and needed a few flats to regain torque values at annual)

2) On the incomplete connections that could more likely kill me, I put flags of various sorts such as red tags wired on or a big flag of blue painters tape.

There were many structural fasteners that could go together permanently early in construction. They were easy of course. However, that final year of construction saw a huge amount of off-on/in-out/cut to fit/paint to match activity and I had to be very fastidious about fastener/connector marking.

Added to that, as has been said above, have an inspection party with the local EAA or allow any visitors with a modicum of aviation knowledge to look over your plane frequently as you get towards the end.
Bill Pendergrass
RV-7A: Flying since April 15, 2012


Got my tools this week ...nacoblio

I took delivery of our first set of tools this week. Went with a few companies including Cleveland, browns, the yard, ebay and the manufacturer of the DRDT2 (also honorable mention to harbor freight for some small odds and ends and a new tool chest. All in I am around 1700. Thats with the drdt2 and a pneumatic squeezer along with most of the stuff they include in the pre-packaged kits. I also splurged and bought a grab box from browns. Its basically a mystery box. I have included a picture of the contents below. The box was 25$ i cant even identify all the tools in the box but I have found a few that I think I can start using on this build. If anyone knows what some of tools are and how much they cost I would appreciate it. Thanks.


RVs Filling in for the Blue Angels

(Jon Thocker)  Thanks for the pitch Steve! Yes, we were somewhat surprised with the call, but had been in contact with them over the last couple of years trying to get hired for this show. It seems we were to be hired next year, and they were very happy that we were available this weekend for this years show.
This is a "bucket list" show for us as was/is OSH and Sun n Fun.
We do enjoy showing what the RV8 can do in the air show environment and have convinced ourselves we have the "Perfect" plane!!


From the calendar...



June 15, 2016.  00:09 UTC.   Issue No. 4,138.
  A picture from the archives... RV-8 'Beautiful Doll' builder/owner Danny King and RV-8A owner Scott Doores discussing the intricacies of something or another. Probably about beer or taxes would be my guess...


Medical Update Status ...Brian Chesteen

"To close the loop on this, I have my fresh medical certificate in my hand. Even better is that they graciously extended it more than a year as so I did not have to immediately start the process all over again!"


Classic Aero Designs RV-14 seats now available ...Luke at Classic Aero design

"Just in case any RV-14 builders haven't heard, our RV-14 Aviator seats are available for sale. The first wave is working it's way through the shop now. RV-14 Sportsman seats are planned as well.

Our Aviator seats don't use the stock Vans backrest frame, so they look like the picture below when installed, they have an adjustable lumbar support, 3 types of visco elastic foam, and include a large pocket on the back side.

If you don't like the colors in the picture we can make them any way you want. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions, or would like a free set of samples. 1-866-219-1087"


10 year VAF veteran

I realized today that my join-date for vaf forums was june 2006. ive been a part of the family for 10 years . i've now been flying my RV for longer than i spent building it (in terms of years, not flying hours!) which i suppose is another milestone.
Flying since July 2010!
Ottawa, Canada


Bad AvGas Problem ...Jerry Folkerts

I'm based at H19, a small municipal airport in Northeast Missouri. The City has an above ground fuel tank, and recently installed an expensive credit card reader and pump. They don't sell much fuel and it sits in the tank for up to a year. For the last year, the City has failed the State Fuel Vapor Pressure test. Evidently, they are really close, but it always comes in a decimal or two off. They have had the supplier drain the tank, put new fuel in etc., but shortly after it always fails the test.

The tank has an unusual arrangement in that the pickup tube for the pump is 18 inches above the bottom of the tank, so the bottom rarely gets drained. We first noticed the problem when Aaron Christensen was visiting with his RV-7 and noticed some off-color fuel. Shortly after, it began failing the test.

I'm not a chemical engineer, and neither are any of the city employees. Since they tend to just sit on the problem and worry about what it will cost, they are doing nothing. I would appreciate any help someone might be able to lend us. Do we have a supplier issue? Feel free to contact me off line and lets discuss.


First Flight: The 'Other' Plane

RV-9/RV-10 builder/pilot Troy Branch of Calgary Alberta Canada did the first flight on his other airplane yesterday.  This is absolutely RV related because my friend Randy Lervold is the president of Cub Crafters :-)  Congratulations Troy!


From www.ToddsCanopies.com

"Tragically, Todd passed away suddenly on June 12, 2016 following a plane crash. His funeral will be held on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at the Collegedale Church, located at 4829 College Drive E, Collegedale, TN, 37315. This will be live streamed online and the link will be available closer to the time."

[ed. Both Susie and I would like to extend our sincerest condolences to friends and family of the Silvers. This is such a tragedy I can't even wrap my head around it. I probably won't ever be able to. v/r, dr]



June 14, 2016.  00:32 UTC.   Issue No. 4,137.

Kiddo Update ...crabandy

We just got the news, we should be heading home with PIE tonight!!! Lots of work/recovery to do but we are going home!!


Quirky ...turbo


Loose Fuel Tank Air Vent ...Saville

Just this weekend I positively determined that the B nut on the left fuel tank air vent - on the inside of the tank - was so loose I could tighten it with my fingers.

Don't know if it's been that way or got that way or, if it got that way how it got that way.

But it happens.

Now I have to tighten it and figure out how many turns (or facets) past finger tight I need to go. I have to get it right because I DO NOT want to go through the thrills of removing an access plate again if I can avoid it.


Final Painting ...Blain

I can honestly say I've had enough paint, fiberglass and sandpaper for a while. Lower cowl is the last item. Even came out well. Not a curtain to be found!


Aileron bellcrank rib (RV-4)

I'm wondering how other builders have dealt with this problem. Two of the rivets that attach the 3/4 angle are located right on the flanged ring around the second lightening hole. This is as per the plans but this leaves a gap between the angle and the rib web. Unfortunately I didn't notice this until I had started riveting.

I'd like to flatten this area to the angle with a pair of flat sets and my squeezer by I don't think it will lay tightly to the angle. I'd rather not have to drill out the rivets to disassemble it. Any suggestions?





June 13, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,136.
  It's been a pretty horrible weekend for news, so I'm going to publish this quick and start focusing on the Tuesday edition.  Prayers to all those affected in Florida.

First Flight, Unique addition to the RV Family!!! ...Bruce Eicher post

It is with great pleasure that I get the rights to tell you Klaus-Peter Morhard of Southern Germany has successfully completed his first flight of his LOM engine powered RV-7!!!

I first met Klaus and his family two summers ago when we accepted his request (on VAF) to host his son Matthis for a school year here in Wilsonville Oregon. So we have been following the -7 project, anticipating the long awaited first flight. The decision to install a non-Lycoming power plant as always brings difficulty and added design and fabrication. Klaus-Peter’s strive for perfection might have also added a bit of time. Even the need to change prop choices after a failed test run added almost a year. But Klaus kept at it over many years and built a beautiful airplane!

And Friday here is what I heard from Klaus in Germany:  continue


Update on the Kiddo ...crabandy

Doctors think she's on the mend, she's starting to look and act like a little girl again. We're hoping the progress keeps up and we'll get to go home Monday.

Thanks to everyone for the shared experiences and show of support, helps to keep this daddy "coordinated."


So, you think ya got em all?...bret

I was in the shop today and decided to set fuel pressure at the regulator and test the fuel system for the first time, made up transfer lines and a ground wire for the 5 gallon gas can, (wings off) and discovered port plumbing was reversed at the duplex valve, so I crawl under to switch the lines and discover one of the fuel line was loose! After years of hearing of this and told myself over and over to check every B nut during the build, and I did over and over, I still had a loose fuel line! I guess I am human and will make mistakes, still cant believe this........could have been real bad.




Flying an RV is...

When I talk with student pilots or GA pilots who have never flown an RV I always try to describe what it is like to fly one. I have a hard time expressing what it is really like. I've said that "C or P" brands are like a Yugo or VW Bug and an RV is a Porsche. I have never driven a Porsche or a Yugo (many of the younger generation don't even know what a Yugo is/was) but I did own a Bug or two.

So I am throwing this question out the RV community. Please finish the sentence.

Flying an RV is?


The definition of sport aviation

C and P are like Chevy sedans...an RV is like a Miata with wings

I like the VW vs Porche comparison. Both have horizontally opposed, air cooled 4 cylinder engines, just like Cherokees and RVs. Compare the performance and handling of the two and it is appropriate.  I owned a Cherokee 140 until my first ride in a RV-8 and subsequent ride in an F1 Rocket. I also owned a 1973 Super Beetle and stepped up to a 1973 Mustang shortly after

Station Wagon/Truck v.s. Sports Car.
Same idea.....

It's a little different for us 10 drivers...  An old 182 is like driving a 1983 Chevy Caprice Wagon.  The RV10 is like driving a 2016 Audi Q7

I just tell people double your rate of climb and add 50 knots to your cruise speed.  Granted, ive never flown an RV, but im building one (g)


Milestone: This past Friday

Tate Reeves got his learner permit for driving.  2.5 hours waiting at the DMV.  On the way home I pulled over, took the picture below, then I had him drive me home on side streets.

Fair warning. 



June 10, 2016.  00:30 UTC.   Issue No. 4,136.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

Eagle's Nest Projects - Graduation Snapshots 2016 ...Ernie post

High School Graduation – a milestone and the close of an important chapter in a young person’s life. With hormones, emotions, reasoning, and self-discipline engaged in constant battle, diploma in hand these young adults are eager to charge forward and make their mark on the world.

Photos are still coming in but I thought you might enjoy a sneak preview of tomorrow’s business and community leaders. Yes, they’re all Eagle’s Nest Projects build-students!  more


Brantel Medical Update ...Brantel

After being forced to return my medical certificate (fully expected and not unreasonable) and receiving the "You have been denied" letter from the FAA in late March which was a response to me informing them of receiving a new stent in my heart in December, I obtained confirmation that I have a new medical certificate on its way to me this week!

Important tips for those that come behind me:
  • Don't wait on them to tell you what to do. If I had, I would still be waiting because to date they have never responded to my request for re-authorization of my special issuance medical. Do your homework as most disease protocols are listed on their website with the exact requirements needed for each class of medical and what they will require. Get that stuff done and send it to them proactively.
  • Be as precise and complete as possible. You will have to force your doctors to comply. Dot every i and cross every t. Check, double and triple check your documents to ensure that you have exactly what they want per the protocols listed online. When I submit documents directly, I always organize them, put a sticker on every page with my name and PI#, include a table of contents and a cover letter.
  • If your special issuance is canceled and or denied, don't forget that you must formally request in writing for it to be reauthorized. They don't tell you this up front and you can waste months on this fact alone.
  • Call them every week to get an update. Sometimes this can cut days out of the process because the desk clerk can let you know what that letter in the mail says. Waiting on the USPS can add weeks to the process. Call your regional office as they are sometimes not as busy and I think they are actually FAA employees. Seems to me the contact number for OKC goes to a contractor hired to answer the phone. (not sure on that one).
  • Get help from someone that can call the FAA on your behalf. My understanding is that this is either your AME or someone you hire that is in that business. If your AME is not stellar, good luck and you better find someone else! The hired route can be very expensive for the services they actually provide since you are the one that has to do all the work anyway. Someone that has privileges to call on your behalf may or may not be able to speed up the process but at least they can get past the front desk and let you know where you really stand and what is really going on.
  • Always send your documents via certified mail and get a return receipt. Call and check to ensure they acknowledge receipt of the documents.

That is all I can think of right now. I am sure there is more but starting with those tips will help out a bunch. Obviously each persons situation is different and your results may vary. Finding an AME with lots of experience with the SI medical process would be key. Unfortunately none exist fairly local to me. Next time I will be traveling to the closest one that has a great reputation in this area.

Now all I have to do is get current again....My BFR is due so that is good timing. Condition inspection is in progress.

Looks like I will make it to Osh afterall!


Little Screwdriver ...Weasel

While I am working in the shop my 4 year old daughter bothered me with....Hey daddy, what do yall use this tiny screwdriver for?

I quickly start. That's NOT a screwdr....... uh wait. I guess I never looked at it quite like that.

Man these little ones and there imaginations <g>.


Rope trick gone bad ...scard

The other day I performed some minor exhaust valve maintenance using the standard rope trick. I used 3/8" rope, which I'll never do again. Somehow I must have hit the lottery because the rope tied itself into the most perfectly tight slip knot inside the cylinder. I was on the verge of pulling the cylinder because there was just no way this knot/rope was coming out.

Tanya said, "Don't pull that cylinder just yet. Not until I get a crack at it." She loves puzzles and this one was a doozy. So I took a deep breath and sat for a few minutes, all the while thinking "I could have this #2 cylinder off and back on in an hour and a half."

Was I really going to let her show me how this is done? I don't think so!

I drug out the borescope and computer for detailed evaluation. Yep that is one tight slip knot. With the borescope in the bottom plug hole, looking at the computer screen, a hemostat and flat head screw driver went in the top hole. To my amazement, in about 45 minutes, I was able to mostly untie the knot in the cylinder and extract the rope. Wow, that was close.

I think a smaller rope, maybe 1/4", would be more appropriate such that if it tied itself in a knot, it could still be pulled out. I'm sure some unsuspecting mechanic has already learned this lesson. Now I have too.



June 9, 2016.  00:15 UTC.   Issue No. 4,135.

Morning fuel run: KGLE.   dr photo

Mental Gyros Re-Calibrated

I call short flights in my RV-6 "mental gyro recalibration sessions". Yesterday things worked out in a way so I could get in a half-hour off the surface before it got too hot. Our son is currently taking drivers education classes in the morning, and Susie's schedule worked out where she could take him and pick him up. So I mentioned before going to bed last night that I may try to wake up early and sneak out the back Jack before the sun comes up. The temperature high was supposed to be in the mid-90s with the humidity in the 30% range, so the dog days of summer have arrived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Getting up and down before 8:30 AM in the morning is the preferred plan.

The bladder tank was full around 6 AM, so that's when my eyes popped open. I put on the same clothes that I was wearing before I went to bed so I wouldn't need to open any drawers or cabinets, snuck out past the bathroom without brushing my teeth or taking my multivitamin or taking my baby aspirin, and quietly put on my shoes without waking up Cujo Moondog.

It's been awhile, so I had forgotten how nice it is to drive out to the airport before the roads are congested with morning traffic. Couple this with the fact that it's summer and there are no hot school zones, and the possibility arises if you catch the lights just right you can drive for 15 min. without taking the car off cruise control. It's the simple things, right?

I arrived at the airport around 0630 and had the place to myself. Zero wind. Zero clouds horizon to horizon. Preflight the airplane and pushed it out into the still morning air. The mission was a fuel run up to Gainesville and to verify avionics functioning properly after a recent database update.

I usually set the elevator trim visually before I even climb in, and I found the sweet spot that results in stick forces that I find pleasing right when I reach rotation speed. For some reason I actually got it right this morning, and the plane got up on the mains and everything was all trimmed nice and happy, only needing the slightest back pressure to break ground. Right after leaving the surface if conditions are right you can ease up the back pressure just the smallest amount and let the speed build up so that the second time you pull back it just feels… Solid.

The sun is about my 10 o'clock just breaking the ground and I enter a long gentle sweeping graceful climbing turn to the left. Slowly lowering the propeller RPM, trimming on-the-fly and glancing at the engine gauges every second or two between scans for traffic. God, what a wonderful feeling! I forget sometimes how absolutely amazing this feels. The first 10 seconds of the flight and I knew that was the peak and that it was all downhill from there.

I had preset the radio so that number two was the AWOS at Gainesville and the standby on number one was Denton tower. As soon as I got established northbound I set the altitude bug for 2750 feet and checked in with Denton tower. That puts me over the top of their airspace but under the Dallas class B, making everyone happy. They were working a couple of targets in their pattern and pointed them out.  Good mornings were exchanged.

The winds were still 00@000 so I opted for a straight in approach at Gainesville making announcements on the radio with my distance. Just for grins I set up a VNAV approach flying through the magenta squares and noticed after a few minutes it was taking me to the center of the airport, which makes sense because I hadn't loaded an approach, or runway.  Just the airport. One more little piece of data squirreled away for some day when I might need it.

There was a car on the East side of the airport and was driving across the runway as I was on short final. I had my landing lights on and was making radio calls, and I think they were listening which is why they stopped. I had my hand on the throttle and was ready to go around if they came across the centerline. I think it was somebody who's working on the East side on one of the cropdusters.  They're based over on that side.

Gas was $3.25 a gallon and I filled it up to the top. Went inside to visit the powder room and texted my wife good morning (it was a couple of minutes after 7 AM and I knew that her alarm had just gone off). Topped off the tanks, walked around the airplane looking for stuff (found nothing), then climbed back in for southbound departure.

I took the long way home down the western side of Lake Lewisville so I could enjoy the view of the morning fishermen and their long multi-mile wakes on the glassy water. Running parallel to the western side of the lake was Interstate 35 and its morning clog. It wasn't lost on me how incredibly fortunate we are to get the views that we get - I would imagine not a soul in all those hundreds of cars had any idea of what beauty lay just a thousand feet above.

This arrival back to the airport takes me over my house, so I go as low as I legally can, and pumped the throttle just the tiniest bit over the top of our house to say good morning to the wife and son. They said later that they heard me. It's a nonevent for them, but it still impresses me and makes me smile, so I'm going to keep doing it.

After saying hello to the family I go out to Argyle to say good morning to one of my high school friends and then drop down to about 500 feet above the western shore of Lake Grapevine. It's been raining a lot lately and the rain has really swelled the lake. There is a beach on the west side that has a picnic table and a sign that says 'pick up your trash'. All you could see was the top of the sign.

Popping back up to 1000 feet AGL away from the lake across Highway 377 and establish myself on a 45 for the left downwind 17 at 52F Northwest Regional.  Make my radio call, slowly pull back on the throttle, twisting a little prop to slow the plane down and as the speed comes off feed in the first click of flaps. At low key everything is stabilized and I begin my descending 180° turn for runway 17. Halfway through this turn I dropped full flaps and begin my scan of the airport property looking out for lawn tractors, soccer moms, bicycles, deer, FedEx trucks, SAMs and all the other things that make landing at a smaller airport interesting.

Sometimes if the conditions are just right, like they were this morning, I can time the flare, or do I say I get lucky enough to time the flare, where you can feel the wheels spool up over the course of a full second. It worked out and right as the RPM came up on the wheels I reached over and raised the flaps. The plane stops feeling light on its feet and instantly feels like it's in glue. I like to land long at our runway right now because the first third of the runway essentially looks like the backside of the moon. The newly re-established Property Owners Association (link) is working on that 33-yr-old problem right now, so sometime soon I'll be able to report we're getting a new runway. But currently I land a little long and used this raise-the-flaps technique in good conditions so I can land on a smoother part and still make the turnoff to my hangar. It worked out just fine. The still air made it easy.

I shut the plane down in the hangar and pulled off the headset and just sat there with a shit eating grin on my face listening to the clicks and pops of the engine cooling down. The miracle occurred again and my mental gyros are freshly recalibrated.  Bring on the day!

It was hardly dramatic, and many people would say it wasn't even that interesting of a flight. Just a fuel run. Nothing fancy. But to me it was everything. These short flights in perfect weather conditions rejuvenate me at a base level. I honestly don't know what I would do differently if I won $100 million in the lottery. I'd still want to do this.  Well, as Steve Martin said he'd do, I'd probably buy an electric dog polisher and a fur-lined sink.  And some dumb stuff maybe...

Actually I think I already won the lottery. I have an amazing airplane, good friends and family, and get to occasionally enjoy the jaw dropping beauty of flight - seeing things few others get to see. We are a fortunate bunch, we RV flyers.  It's humbling.

It had been nine days since my last flight, and that flight was only 9 min. long. It really didn't count. The one this morning was over a half-hour and it made all the difference.  Forty minutes on the treadmill afterwards and I was feeling like a mere mortal again. Grunts and drips and sore muscles and e-mail notifications and all the other stuff that harshly brings you back to reality.  But there for a half hour it was golden.

I know what makes me feel better, and in 22 or 23 hours with the right forecast I can be there again.  Flying this RV-6 for 14 years and the visual and mechanical beauty of it all still takes my breath away at times.

For those still building, or thinking about building, you're in for a real treat. 

PS:  Voice to text software made this possible - I'm much too lazy to type all this.



June 8, 2016.  00:05 UTC.   Issue No. 4,134.
  I think a few years ago I read somewhere on the site (maybe in a 'what is your day job' type thread) that somebody around here worked for John Deere.  If that person is still around, I was hoping they could reach out (vansairforce 'at' gmail 'dot' com).  I have a mower question, because, you know, it finally stopped raining here in N.Texas.
  Yours in Hank Hill mode (I tell you what),


TeenFlight Puyallup congratulates student for first solo

TeenFlight Puyallup student, Bryan Newman, completed his first solo in our teen built RV-12. Bryan is graduating HS this year and is pursuing his goal of becoming a commercial pilot. He has participated in out TeenFlight program for three years and is currently serving as a student mentor to our new students. Congrats Bryan!


Welcome Rotec Aerosport ...ad lives on the front page

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Status Report ...David Randall 9A

Finished the left wing top skins today with the help of my son. He is an aerospace engineering student at Embry Riddle so this is his summer internship!


RV-10 Retrofit Door Locking Kit Updated Product Release Information ...Aircraft Specialty

"...We have been asked to provide pictures of both the Red and Silver locking systems. Our website has also been updated to reflect this. We will maintain our introductory pricing of $329.95 on the kit through Oshkosh in the hope that we can get as many of these kits out and installed on aircraft prior to the show as possible."  ...


FREE 6-Month International Aerobatic Club membership - Yes, FREE!  ...Ron Schreck

"I am forwarding to all VAF readers this email from Mike Heuer, President of IAC. Even if you have no interest in flying aerobatics this is an opportunity to receive the IAC magazine and read about the sport. Who knows, that may spark and interest in flying aerobatics or volunteering at IAC events in your area. (Sometimes I think volunteers have more fun that the competitors. Really!)

This is not one of those offers that automatically switches to a paid membership at the end of six months. If you do nothing the offer expires. Period. I think many of you will choose to join after getting a tasted of what IAC has to offer. Try it!"  more



June 7, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,133.  
  Today I've added a new section to the front page called "mothership news". It'll be down at the bottom, and as items pop up on the mothership website I will add them here so you'll have the last five or 10 items in front of you.

Milestone ...Jason Hess RV-7

Been some (far too much) time since I have had an update worth sharing but...  My tanks are fully sealed!


Naming a Pilot ...Jennifer @ Gallagher Av. Insurance

As Shanna Linton had previously posted in the article mentioned below, when letting another pilot fly your plane you may be unintentionally voiding your insurance policy. The previous post quickly went in a different direction, Ha ha ha! Although those were all good questions and topics, the main idea we were trying to convey is that you should always read your policy or check with your broker before allowing another pilot to fly your aircraft.

Here is some more information regarding naming a pilot to your policy:

When you have a 'named pilots only' policy, it is intended for just that. When you request to have a pilot added to your policy the underwriter may require a check out or a specified amount of dual hours to be completed with a CFI. If this check out or dual is completed in your insured aircraft, this pilot and the CFI must be named pilots on your policy prior to receiving this training. You must notify your broker to make this addition, and they will have the underwriter add these pilots to your insurance policy (there may be an additional fee, depending on the pilot). If the training is completed in another aircraft, then you must follow the guidelines of that policy.

If you proceed with training and do not name these pilots on your insurance policy, any potential loss may not be covered. We would hate for something unfortunate to happen and have no way to help you. 


Turbo Eddie Arrives! ...Vlad reporting


Using All Your Tools ...Randy Pflanzer RV-12

On Sunday, I returned from a 5-day father-son fishing and golfing vacation in Branson, MO with my #3 son, Ross. While the trip was not a particularly distant one, about 370 nm, what makes it worth noting is that this trip would not have been possible with any of my previous airplanes. Why? One word, avionics. The ability to get updated TAFs every 5 to 10 minutes and NEXRAD images make good weather decisions just that much easier. In the past, I would have never attempted a flight that day due to the enroute conditions and the hourly forecast in Branson. We decided to give it a try because of high ceilings, reasonable visibility, and the lack of convective activity. Once airborne, I relied on the TAFs along my route to determine if going further was wise. In the end, we navigated around some rain shafts but otherwise had a very uneventful flight.  continue


GPS Interference Testing

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KLBX - Angleton TX, Airport Closure with Flooding

Noon photo flight today, 6/6, LBX airport, 25 south of Houston Hobby airport, closed this morning by Airport Mgmt. Interesting talking to HOU approach, I gave them pireps and got a cell # to send them some of the pix. An inbound flight stated that they had coordinated a landing at the closed airport to evacuate planes. Approach said they couldn't authorize anything, but terminated their coverage (squawk 1200) and passed on my verbal report to them. Normally the Brazos River is miles away.


Beringer Wheels & Brakes for RV-14A Now Available ...czechsix

After flying and maintaining my RV-8A for almost a decade I have developed a great appreciation for anything that increases reliability and reduces time spent on maintenance tasks. To that end when I decided to build an RV-14A I started thinking about improvements that could be made during the construction process that will make my life easier once the airplane is flying. Wheels and brakes are one of the most time consuming repetitive maintenance headaches (second only to oil changes), and a flat tire away from home is a major inconvenience at best. So I spent some time researching Beringer’s wheel and brake products. Beringer has been around for over 30 years, getting their start in the motorcycle industry and began making aircraft wheels and brakes in 2002. They have developed a number of improvements and benefits compared to the traditional designs (Cleveland, Matco, and Grove) that Vans supplies with the stock kit. Here’s a list I compiled:  more


Do You Need to Move Your RV out of the Way of a Tropical Storm or Hurricane?

Tropical storm Colin doesn't seem to be big enough to do huge damage to the RV community (currently), but I thought I would use this opportunity to remind people that there is a hurricane relocation list available on this website. If you look over in the menu on the left side of the front page you can scroll down you find the words "hurricane inland bases".

Go there now: Hurricane Inland Relocation List.

Related: Tropical Storm Colin Info


Help Wanted at the Mothership



June 6, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,132.  
  Tate starts driver's education today.  You've been warned....

Round one done FL TO CT ...turbo


My Pie and I

[ed. crabandy's kiddo is fighting some stuff, so if you could, please send some good thoughts their way. ]


Matt's RV-9A is For Sale

[ed. We mourn the passing of his father, and wish Matt the best of luck in whatever the future presents.  His 'for sale' listing was presented so well I felt the need to put a little spotlight on it today.  Matt, very sorry for your loss, and please do visit from time to time.  ]


1000hrs ...Weasel's many great pics!

This milestone edition is mainly focused on "Friends of the -10" people who have rode in the airplane.


RV-7A Flight over the Grand Canyon ...Capt Sandy

Our latest post is a short write-up and a few pictures of our flight from Bryce Canyon over the Grand Canyon on our way to Arizona. Enjoy - and love to hear your comments.


N313GT Phase 1 Status Report ...Chris Johnson RV-9A

34 hours down now, and still grinning, even more so after blowing by a 172 yesterday like he was standing still. And I was climbing.

I have been working on my timing with respect to getting slowed down, and experimenting with different ways to fly the pattern. Also did a no-flap landing yesterday. Practicing more stalls which are non-eventful but I still need more work flying right above stall speed.

I have my main gear fairings and intersection fairings attached, and plan to do the nose gear leg fairing this week. Definitely a bit faster now.

I broke down and bought a used Lightspeed Zulu. Never going back.

I have also semi-permanently installed the Stratux box which is now hardwired to my GRT Sport. I love being able to pull up METARs, especially since our ASOS transmitter at ZPH has been down for weeks. I also bought an AP510 APRS transmitter that I finally got setup last night and will test next time I fly. Yes, I have a license (AE4KN).

I had slightly high CHT's on #3, which had been reduced by triple-checking all my baffle seals, as well as adding the gear fairings, however #3 was still just barely below 400* at 75% cruise (although it is quite hot out). A few days ago I finally bit the bullet and fabricated a channel into the rear of the #3 baffle that directs some air under the cylinder. Noticed immediate improvement now with #3 well under 390* even with higher OATs yesterday. I still think I can do better though because #1 is around 350-360*. I think adding to the air dam or at least some speed tape on #1 can help even out the temps. The only challenge is that #1 tends to get hotter faster on climb out, so I want to keep it cool enough in climb as well.

Other squawks: My old Dynon D10 backup EFIS has the leans, and indicates a slight left bank while straight and level. If it's a hardware issue my only option is to upgrade to a D10A I guess. But since I'm not flying IMC I'm not immediately concerned with a backup EFIS. Besides, the airspeed and altitude on it work fine.

Baffle cracks: Sure enough, the baffle is cracking along the outside left rear corner at the oil cooler mount. Tomorrow I am going to fabricate a doubler angle that will be well secured, with the goal of lasting until I order some new parts and make a beefier setup. Should've listened to those before me...

Everything else is going well, and I am experimenting with leaning technique, and will start a separate post with some of those questions.



Crater Lake Fly By ...kaweeka

Took this snapshot of Crater Lake last weekend flying from KLHM to KBND. What a beautiful view.


Fairing delamination ...mgregory176

So I was pretty happy with the results of the windscreen fairing until I started seeing the leading edge lifting as I sanded to the recommended thickness so I kept sanding it back hoping that the bond would be better further back.  No joy. The bond to the plexiglass seems to be very good. Is there any way to salvage this short of removal and redoing?


Help Wanted at the Mothership


June 11 in Stevensville Maryland if you didn't know...


DIY Seats/Upholstery Done ...Cbull RV-10



June 3, 2016.  00:05 UTC.   Issue No. 4,131.
  It rained virtually all day Thursday here in Dallas, Texas.  93% humidity and raining as I type this. The meringue that I tried to make for the chocolate meringue pie (made for my wife as an anniversary gift) never got as fluffy as I wanted it to - never reached 'stiff peak' as the chefs say. It turns out after some web searching that when you have high humidity you most likely won't have success making a good meringue. Now I know. So I used what I had, then threw a couple of Reese's peanut butter cups in the freezer, ground them up in the food processor and sprinkled on top.  Adapt and overcome.  Can't fly the RV-6 in storms, so might as well cover a pie with candy.
  Happy anniversary to my wonderful, beautiful, loving wife of 26 years, who for some strange reason stuck around 20 years ago when I mentioned I'd like to build an airplane in the garage.  She's braver than me.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 


The Best Thing You've Ever Heard in Your Heaset

"Papa, what’s that down there?

Papa, is that flashing light another airplane?

Papa, is that plane landing?

Papa, we’re going fast!!

Papa, are we going to fly through clouds?

Papa, etc., etc.?

I’ve flown with the family many times, flown with the kids, flown with the kids with their kids, etc. One thing that I had been waiting on was flying with Chris - my son, Eli - my oldest grandson (4 years old) and me … and it just being us guys.

Wednesday night was the night. I flew from KJCA to KCCO (Northwest of ATL to Southeast of ATL) and back to pick up my son so he could borrow my pickup. No reason for Eli not to join us so away we went. Me in the right seat, my son Chris flying us back and grandson Eli in the back entertaining me (until he fell asleep). Of course, I did leave a 2 yr old not happy that he wasn’t getting to come along with Papa but that is still to come."


Alaska 2016 Here We Go Again ...Vlad

Two RVs will start leasurely from Bozeman, Montana. Trekking northbound on early morning Aug 2nd (or 3rd or 4th...). We will take it easy this time 5-7 hours a day. We plan to keep on east side of the range to intercept Alcan. Question to Canadian friends - which side of Calgary airspace would you pass?  continue


Checked out in the P-51D ...brought to my attn by Jim Lechleiter

'traynhr' in the forums.  Rob owns an RV-8 with his son.  You'll want to read every word of this article.  Very entertaining!


Charity Hat Sightings ...XOverZero

I took advantage of an offer to join a long-time buddy at the 100th running of the Indy 500. It was a fantastic experience! Also added a couple extra days to visit the National Museum of the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, and the Wright Cycle Company/Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. Both of these are absolute musts for everyone and anyone involved in the aviation world, right up there with Oshkosh.


Status Report ...Martin Filiatrualt RV-8

A quick status update:
During this building hiatus I attended the Synergy Air Quickbuilding Class in Oregon... see my blogspot blog for details, as well as comments in the VAF reviews section.
Yesterday was a big step. After a phone call to Van's to sort out some details, I placed my order for my RV-8 quickbuild wings and fuselage. My hands were almost trembling as I hit "send" to place the order. I also got on the build list for a set of Grove airfoil landing gear legs... and I'm told I was just in time to get in on the next batch. So things are on the move again. While waiting for the kits to arrive, I'll be talking with engine, prop and avionics guys at AirVenture, attending the Sherwin-Williams training program in September (the April class was cancelled), visiting the Barrett shop in Tulsa, building wing stands, getting heat installed in the main shop and starting the fiberglass work on the empennage. As Oat Willie would say, "Onward, into the fog..."


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Ad lives on the front page.  Video of it being used HERE.



June 2, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,130.

You might be a builder ...Tim Freeney RV-10

I've been working on this project now for 2.5 years. I'd love to say I'm further along than I am, but there have been certain milestones along the way.

Each time a subassembly comes together...or trying a new process...

This weekend I got the pleasure of a new milestone. Drilling out a LARGE number of rivets to fix a mistake. Over 300 to be exact. Of course I've done the onesy twosey rivets along the way, but this was another mountain altogether.


Tuscon over Memorial day ...Georff McHarg

We took the 6a down to Tuscon over Memorial day to visit my niece and help her unpack from moving. the weather was really nice. We left KFLY early Saturday and went down via Grants, Show Low and into Tuscon. On the way back we came up north to Canyon de chelly.  continue


Know your avionics ...Don Stiver RV-8

I experienced an alarming avionics display incident today and it was not the result of a failure of either of my GRT displays (HXr and miniAP). However, it points out a potential safety hazard that I bring to your attention. I may find after this post that there is already a solution that I am unaware of.

I experienced a dual screen total blackout and could not get the screens back on line: note that I said nothing failed.

My aircraft is a Vans RV8 which has a bubble canopy. Today in Florida was cloudless sky and very bright. I’m going to try to describe the button pushes that got me into this predicament. I departed Venice, Florida this AM about 0945. While on runway heading and scanning for traffic I wanted to turn the heading bug about 90 degrees North to get me on a gps intercept path. I’ve done it so many times that my left hand just knows about 90 degrees I then pushed the right button to call up the AP heading mode. Looking down to fine tune the setting I was shocked to see both screen blacked out. I went thru all kinds of trouble shooting steps, cb’s, avionics master, frantic pushing of soft keys all to no avail.

First my HXr is on the Master Switch with a TCW Smart Battery so when I start the screen does not reboot. If I had cut the MS that would have helped. Second, the left knob on the GRT HXr has two functions: heading AND Dim. If you are in Screen mode the Dim feature is activated. Two short spins to the left and you are in Blackout mode; but not exactly, more on that later. If you don’t notice that you are in Blackout mode and push any softkey or button the menus change and there is no way in heck you can find your way back. Once back in my hanger with only skylight as a source of illumination the min Dim setting had enough light to see the screen BUT NOT enough light to discern any of the softkey menus which change every time you select a different mode and there is a zillion of them. Once you lose track you are toast.  continue


Big Day Today ...The Swede

Thanks again for the cheers

After weighing in at 445,4kg/982lb on 180,73cm/71,2inches time has come to start up the engine <g>


It Can’t Be Nashville Every Night ...Colin McG

I’d have to agree with the Tragically Hip who said “It Can’t Be Nashville Every Night” as, after just one night, I was completely exhausted. This all started many months before when Dave Matheson had suggested, to Matt Pearson, that it might be fun to fly Matt’s RV-7a (C-GIME) from Ottawa, Carp (CYRP) down to Nashville for a hockey game. When this was mentioned I, somewhat under the influence of alcohol, suggested that perhaps John Weir (who I blame for influencing me with the alcohol) and I should tag along, in John’s RV-7a (C-GWUL), and make it a formation (loose) exercise.

Plans were hatched and lines drawn on virtual maps but the November weather failed to cooperate and the trip looked like it would be consigned to the ‘potentially great trip’ bucket as winter was fast approaching.

However, the Nashville Predators were clearly not being as negative as we were and, just as the snow started to melt, they got through to the Stanley Cup playoffs. Perhaps there was still time to grow our playoff beards.

Nashville continued their winning run, beating Anaheim in the first round and the weather was improving all the time. For round 2 they faced the San Jose Sharks and, as the first two games would be in San Jose, we decided to target game 4 with a potential bad weather alternative as game 6. Of course there would be no guarantee they’d make it as far as game 6 so daily weather watching became our hobby in the days leading up to game 4. The game was scheduled for the Thursday and, as Matt Pearson wasn’t able to make it, Matt Mountain stepped up as the 2nd GIME pilot and Jedi master of all things EAPIS and flight planning.  continue


Dinner ...'cause 'Merica!

I know it's not RV related, but I haven't had a banana split for dinner in like 35 years. Tomorrow's the last day of school for Tate's freshman year in high school, it's also Susie and my wedding anniversary (26), and we had just seen an episode of 'How It's Made' where they did ice cream.

Life has been crazy busy as of late, so screw it for an hour. I'm eating ice cream for dinner.   'Cause 'MERICA!

I may be throwing up in another couple of hours, but it was pretty awesome. Susie, Tate and I all agreed that the banana split was probably better for me than the fried steak fingers and french fries they had :-).

60 min. on the treadmill/elliptical scheduled for tomorrow - probably won't be enough.

Sorta related....if you Google 'Merica and click on images....you get some comedic gems.  Like...



June 1, 2016.  00:06 UTC.   Issue No. 4,129.
  The other day I was out at the hangar and I noticed that Rob had come by to work on his RV-8 project over in the corner.  It looks like his avionics wiring harness arrived from SteinAir, as well as his custom cut panel blank.  Looks great Rob!
  A bit of trivia: The workbench you see in the picture here was cut from one of the lanes at the bowling alley Rob grew up playing at in San Angelo, Texas. When they were tearing down the bowling alley you could go over there and buy a little bit of the lumber if you wanted to.  Rob and his dad thought it would make a nice workbench, as well is a nice stroll down memory lane.  It could be the only 'bowling alley workbench' on Planet Earth being used to build an airplane <g>. 

(click to enlarge)


Another great Pilots N Paws Mission ...UnPossible

Hey - Over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, I was able to complete another PNP mission - this time with the assistance of my son, Josh.

I had planned to put the pup in the baggage area of my 7A, but the pup had other plans. However, once we fired up the engine and started heading home she settled down. She spent most of the flight with her head nestled in between my and my son's shoulders.

Here's a quick pic I took at 8500 feet above central Texas..... I'm not the dog whisperer, but that looks like a RV Grin to me!



Mystery Island ...Vlad

Anyone been there?


Delta Oscar Golf ...David

Our 2 year old lab loves to go flying - I lift her up and she crawls back where she belongs and waits till we get out to help her out of the back.

Short 2 min video.


Gas Cap

I've been meaning to post this for a long time. Each time I think about doing it, I consider how trivial it is, and that I may well be the only person on this earth that did not know this. So, here we go. While at the RV fly-in at Petit Jean last year, I was chatting with another RV-12 guy, and the subject got around to gas caps. I mentioned that often I had difficulty in removing the cap. I made a nice tool for lifting the tab, but the well fitting "O" ring made the cap removal a real struggle. We happened to be standing by my RV-12, and he politely demonstrated a simple procedure. All it takes is a little push down on the stem, and the cap can be easily removed. What a simple fix for an aggravating problem. After lifting the tab, that little push down on the strm relieves the tension that is against the "O" ring. This may not be much help to most of you, but if it just saves one guy from this struggle that I have been having for over a year, it was worth posting.

What a fantastic bird!!!..........Tom


Status Report ...The Swede RV-4

Got the reluctant spar bolts in after they spent the night in the freezer.  And more...

....Skyview lit up ok and brakes finally bled after some serious head scratching.


About Aging Rivets ...Bill Boyd

I have quite an assortment that came with the partially-completed kit, including some that were probably in the builder's shop from even older projects. Most that are part of my kit are still bagged from Van's, in 2010-2011. I've heard about age-hardening of rivets and don't want problems with cracked heads when it comes time to shoot these.

Any way to tell ahead of time what the likelihood of issues is? Is there a rejuvenation trick for ancient rivets, if I have any?


AX-O Update

Well…. The first conditional inspection is almost completed. I can’t believe she has been an airplane for a year now. I was only able to fly her for about 55 hours in the first year as there was a lot (I mean a lot) of what we call “fly-fix-fly” mods. The most significant were the numerous oil cooler and oil cooler configuration changes to include the engine plenum.

I have not found anything unexpected during the conditional inspection as I have kept a close eye on things. Taking things apart, cleaning, lubricating, etc. more than usual. The small things I added in the build process to simplify maintenance have really paid off. IT IS IMPERATIVE to think about how you will maintain the aircraft during the build process. If there is something you don’t want to open up, or crawl into or just plain do; figure out a way to overcome that issue during the build process.

I did take the time to make a few “upgrades”.
-Added a 5th harness strap for my wife.
-Painted a few interior parts.
-Reset the control stick to the right so it would be more ergonomically suited for my flying position.
-Made/installed an exit fairing at the bottom of the fuse covering the engine-mount cross-tube. This was a new concept for me. I let a friend (Brian, future RV builder) make the part and just provided guidance and requirements. It turned out very well, flight data to come at a later date. I also came up with a way to interface the new fairing with the DanH’s style cowl flap. Will post pics later.

In the process, I discovered that the injector restrictor nozzles on the 340 were .028. Long story short, Don at Airflow Performance (the nicest, most supportive vendor I have ever talked to) is sending me .022 restrictor nozzles. That should also help with my idle issue. Fingers crossed. Will report out later.

Still to do:
-Arrive at the final rudder trim wedge size. Slowly cutting it down.
-Make aft wing root fairings.
-Reset the incidence angle on the horizontal stab.
-Motorize DanH’s style cowl flap. Brian is working on a concept to automatically open/close the cowl flap based on engine temps and also provide the capability to override the position.
-Install the right pitch/length prop. Waiting on the 4th version.

Keep pounding rivets, running wire and sanding fiberglass. See you at OSH.


Rainbow Formation ...Smiling Jack

Nice 82 degree day in Naples today with some scattered clouds to make a nice rainbow formation picture.



May 31, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,128.

Honey, can you pick me up in Albuquerque?...GLPalinkas trip write-up


Well it happened ...welcome Nick Coblio

Moved to the Tacoma area this month. After we got settled we decided to make the pilgrimage down to the RV plant and check things out. I had planned on maybe getting the practice kit and preview plans at best. After my wife and I got to go for a flight we ended up with a RV7 emp with electric trim and a practice tool box. For anyone who is on the fence about this and can get to their shop in Aurora Or I would good. The flight was amazing and with the 7 the first kit fits easily into a car.  ...


Wallpaper Calendar for June

N383RV in the flare at 52F.  D.Reeves photo.



I always dread asking, but a man's gotta eat.

It's the end of the month again so it's time for our family to, as unobtrusively as we can, gently remind regular readers that honor system yearly donations determine whether or not our family business here runs at a profit or a (loss)The year is a little over 40% done, and 3.75% of the 22,253 registered forum users (853) have donated so far in 2016.  This doesn't include the 30,000+ unregistered users who also view the site regularly.  More like 1% if you count those...

THANK YOU!!! if you help support this site financially with your hard earned money.  We're trying our hardest to provide the RV community with a motivational, informative, entertaining product that is worthy of your fiscal support.  We think it is unique in the online world.

We don't want a mansion or a yacht, but we do need the business in the black to continue doing it.  Please donate yearly if you use it, and thanks again to those who do.

Doug, Susie, Audrey and Tate Reeves
(your hosts)


Bahamas Weekender in the Abacos ...Dan Landry trip report

...via RV-7


Milestone: Jeff Green ...wings installed.


Using the RV-10 to fix the house a/c ...Weasel trip report

I found myself almost asleep Thursday night when my dear bride abruptly wakes me up with..Hey! The air conditioner is making a funny sound outside.  ...


Farmington NM, trout fishing, no luck ...Steve Melton RV-9A trip

"They have too much water and were releasing it from the dam and that made for poor fishing. delivered one to Wichita and picked up another in El Paso. flying into El Paso (Dona Anna airport, 5T6) in the late afternoon, I was blinded by the sun and dust. water temperature was 40F. cheap lightweight waders make you talk like a girl."  ...


Milestone ...Philip RV-8


Exhaust Valve Trauma ...Pete Howell


Status Report ...Mike Gregory -10


Closer Than Ever ...Carl in Sweden

Near completion now, waiting for calibrated scales/weighing.  Canopy is on.


Status Report ...David Paule -3B


Testing New Plenum integraty ...bret



Memorial Day, 2016. 


May 27, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,126.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend! 

dr photo.  52F.

Looking over Rudder ...LuisR

Ok, finally finished Ning the time to look over the rudder from the partial built kit I just picked up.

1. First, I'm just now noticing that the skin rivets may have been set with the blue vinyl then later removed. I say this because I see blue specs stuck underneath a dozen or so under the rivets.

2. There is a very small gap between the left spar cap and the rear spar.

3. Page 6-4 says to leave 3 horizontal places open. Well, they were riveted. These are part of the VS-1004 or bottom rib.

Is 1 and 2 above a "build on" situation or do I need to remedy them? What's the best way to drill out those 3 rivets in 3 above. I'll post pics later.


RV-8 gear tower wire holes ...laz

Q: I have searched the forum. I have called Van's support ( not a real definitive answer).
Soo I need some help.

I am running a lot of wires down the inside of my left gear tower. I need to exit them near the bottom in the same area that already has holes for fuel lines. ( there are two and both are used). The Right Gear tower has a huge hole (at least an inch). Form many reasons I cannot run all my wires on that side.

1. Can I drill an addition two 3/4 inch holes in that area?

2. Has anyone else done this?

3. What should the spacing be?

I can easily keep 3/4 " spacing between the edges of all holes if that info helps.

A: How about a 2" scat tube hole and some other holes.


Service Bulletin 16-05-26 ...RV-12 Data Plate


Chased by a B-29 in the RV-1 ...Paul Dye in Air & Space

"Lakeland Tower, RV-1, out of the flyby pattern for landing on Two Seven Left.”

“Roger RV-1, continue your crosswind and fly downwind as close as you can. Your traffic is a B-29 on a 45 entry to the downwind.”

“Roger the B-29, I have him in sight. Do you want me ahead of him or behind?”

“Definitely ahead!”   continue


Van's Aircraft, Inc. will be closed Monday May 30

Phone, Fax, e-mail and Web Orders placed after 12PM noon (Pacific Time) on Friday, May 27th will be processed on Tuesday May 31st


Two Guys Enjoying Retirement w/RV-12 ...Jim Strickler video



May 26, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,125.

First Flight RV-3 S/N 11452

Today saw the first flight of Steve Lenne's RV3 in Cobram Australia.  Around 6 years in the making, with an Aerosport IO-320, Whirlwind Prop, AFS3500 and Trutrak A/P recycled from my RV7 panel upgrade.  Reportedly no major issues other than a slightly heavy wing to be addressed.

Congrats Steve!


VAF Airport Courtesy Car List Updated

...one page, no fuss.
[ed. Hey, FBOs!  Want your car listed here?  It's free!  ]


Mothership Stats


2016 OSH NOTAM Now Online ...32 pages


SteinAir News ... fmi: www.SteinAir.com

1. Newly redesigned website.  Take a look...

2. Four recently completed panels:

3. 'Premade' Stepped circuit breaker panel inserts for the RV-8 that allows folks to put breakers down the side of the armrest.  Cool!



May 25, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,124.
  The RV community got word today Chris Johnson lost his battle with colon cancer on the 19th of May.  His last post was late July of last year.  Please keep Chris' friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

RV-4 - Sacramento, CA to Pittsburgh, PA ...Al Hibpshman Trip Report

It was my privilege to ferry Jeanette Hibpshman's and my RV-4 from just North of Sacramento, CA to the Pittsburgh, PA area. The trip took one long and one short day, a total of 12.9 hrs "Hobbs" time. The weather was amazingly VFR the whole way. I stopped approximately every two hours for fuel. Good to stretch the legs, empty the bladder and take in the sights.

I flew at 11,500' for the first two legs, then 9,500 the rest of the way. Using the disposable supplemental oxygen bottles to take a deep breath of 95% oxygen every 10 minutes worked to keep my pulse oximeter higher than 85.  continue


Another Oshkosh talk show ...Bob Collins

Hi there. I'm weighing a request from EAA Radio to do another mid-day talk show from Oshkosh, like I did in 2012. That was a blast and I had some fantastic guests (listed here), but, man, it was a lot of work. The prep time alone chewed up a lot of free time but I met so many fascinating people that it was more than worth it.

I try to do shows that emphasize grassroots aviators, that is: not bigshots but people who build and/or fly and who have their own interesting journeys in aviation.

So as I think about whether to do this this year, that leads to the question: Who would that be?

Many of the guests in 2012 came as a result of a request posted here (Alex Cuellar, the Unreins, Don Hull, etc.), so I'm hoping you'll step forward and pass along information on people in aviation you've met who you think would have a great story to tell for 15 minutes. Or maybe it's even you.

Please post here, or you can email me at bcollinsrv7a 'at' centurylink 'dot' net.


Status Report ...crabandy

I made another "plug" to simulate the reinforcement ring of the inlet duct out of the same HDPE I've used for the rest of the project. I made the radius 1/16" larger than the inlet ring to give me some wiggle room, after I sanded things smooth it was probably more like 1/32 larger. Since the cowl split line doesn't bisect the center of the circle I also squared the sides of the HDPE plug tangential to the half circle (not sure how else to word it) so the top cowl can slide over the top of the inlet duct reinforcement rings.


OSH AirVenture 2016 RV-10 Dinner/Social ...tradition continues.

Sticking with tradition, we will be hosting the annual Oshkosh RV-10 dinner/social on Sunday 7/24 this year. Location will be in Camp Scholler (in the area of 54th & Lindbergh) as in the past but we won't know the exact area until we get on site, about a week before. We will also acquire an additional site as in years past for a hangout area during the week.

Start time will be 5:30, feel free to show up early if you'd like to be put to work setting up! We've had best luck just taking care of the food rather than doing pot luck so we'll stick with that approach and have a container for a free will offering to help offset cost. If you'd rather bring something that's ok, it's just difficult for a lot of folks to do much if they flew in and/or are camping.

Not sure what the menu is yet but probably something different than the standard burgers and brats. This is intended to be RV-10 focused but as always, those still in the planning stages, vendors, etc. are also welcome.

More details when the date gets closer, as of now there isn't much more known. If you are planning to attend I'd appreciate a heads up (PM limit will be quickly exceeded, email or just reply to the post please) so we have some idea of head count.


RV-12 SB 16-05-23

...before further flight.



May 24, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,123.

N76CX First Flight! ...Jeff Caplins

After 14 years of building and thanks to the support of family, friends and the VAF community, N76CX took to the skies.
The takeoff roll was short. The climb and racetrack over the airport was smooth and predictable. The landing wasn’t too bad either (some sort of weird hybrid 3-point/wheel landing) with Mike Seager’s voice haunting my thoughts; “keep the stick back, keep the stick back. Feet up to the brakes….”

0.4 hours in the logbook, and I needed a nap.


RV-12 SB 16-05-23

...before further flight.


Quirkies ...Vlad


Milestone: Painted ...Dave Ambrose RV-8A

"I did all the dis-assembly (1 day) and reassembly (2 days) with the assistance of my wonderful wife. The paint is AkzoNobel Black Mist and Medium Silver. The green is called Sublime Pearl and is a Chrysler color."


Checking In ...Mark Bishop RV-10 (Tampa, FL)

"I acquired a previously started kit (full emp and 3/4 of one wing done) and now have it sitting in my garage awaiting inventory and organization."

related: The RV-10 Forum


John S. “Jack” Wallace ...Rest in Peace

John S. “Jack” Wallace, EAA 10381, was a long time member of Chapter 723. He was a retired captain for TWA, a Cosmic Wind builder, and an RV-3 flyer. Carl Wright recalls that his hangar was a place where many issues, aviation and otherwise, were debated, if not resolved.

Jack started flying in 1936, and was a tower operator, a flight instructor until December 1941, and then a flight instructor for the Army Air Corps. Later he became a production test pilot for Douglas Aircraft on SBD and A20 aircraft. He flew for over 33 years as a pilot for TWA, amassing over 25,000 hours in his career. He was in the initial group of captains who checked out on the L-1011 and he helped immeasurably in introducing it successfully to the traveling public. He was the Captain of the 1975 Flight Deck Crew of the Year.

The Cosmic Wind project brought him in contact with air racing folks like John Parker of American Air Racing in Torrance, California.

Here is a list of the aircraft Jack flew: Kinner Sportster, Porterfield, Taylor Cub, Rearwin Sportster, Taylorcraft, Aeronca, Luscombe, Stinson 105, Fleet, Rearwin Cloudster, Culver Dart, Culver Cadet, Monocoupe, J-5 Travelair, Fairchild 24 Warner, Stinson Voyager, Interstate Cadet, Ox-Travelair, Stinson SM7A J-69,Ryan PT-22, Stearman, Rearwin 8135-T, Vultee BT-15, Douglas C-47a, Boeing B17g, Dourlas SB-D, Cessna170, Couglas DC-3, Citabria, Cessna 195, Douglas A20, Douglas C54, Martin 404, Lockheed Constellation 049 749 749a 1049 1049g, Navion, Bonanza, Mooney Mite, Convair 880, Boeing 707, Lockheed L-1011 Tri Star, Great Lakes, Pitts, Rv-3.

Jack’s Cosmic Wind project was sold to a gentleman from the Midwest, and his RV-3 went to an EAAer from Burbank.


Status Report ...Blain

"I can almost smell the AvGas."



Media Release
23 May 2016

Three Kiwis are set to enter an elite club this week as they each pilot a hand-built single-engine aircraft all the way from New Zealand to Australia and back.

Sitting in an aircraft no larger than a car for nine hours might not be everyone’s idea of a bucket-list adventure, but for these three pilots, the 1265-mile (2300km) Tasman crossing is the flight of a lifetime.

Making the long journey over water and outside radio and radar coverage can be quite a dangerous undertaking, but thanks to the satellite technology of New Zealand company Spidertracks, friends, family, and emergency services will be able to watch their progress live and communicate with them the entire time.

One of the pilots, Wellingtonian Peter Merwood, knows firsthand how difficult a journey like this can be, having called off a similar trip in 2014 due to bad weather.

This time around, Peter joins Aucklander David Wilkinson and western Bay of Plenty native Bill Luther on what they’ve dubbed the “Great Aussie Flying Adventure.”

The trio, with over 90 years of flying experience between them, will leave from Kerikeri on Monday and fly the 482-mile (890km) leg direct to Norfolk Island before taking off again for Lord Howe Island — leaving only the remaining 300 miles (555km) to mainland Australia at Port Macquarie.

The idea of the Great Aussie Flying Adventure was born in late 2015 when David and Bill contacted Peter to get help planning a trans-Tasman crossing of their own. Peter agreed to assist on the condition that he could try again, too.

“I wasn’t able to cross the ditch last time, but I’ve flown extensively in Australia on private flying trips and love the Outback. While Dave and Bill have plenty of experience in NZ, they haven’t flown in Australia before, so I’m looking forward to explaining the differences to them and introducing them to some iconic Outback locations,” says Peter.

He adds that the long flight over water will be the most dangerous part, but having the Spidertracks device onboard means that if anything goes wrong, people will know exactly where they are and what was happening the whole time.

“We’re required to carry a device called an emergency locator transmitter (ELT), but they have a notorious failure rate when it comes to alerting people of an accident on land and simply do not work in water. With the Spider onboard, we know that emergency services will automatically be alerted right away if anything happens during the trip, and they’ll know exactly where to look,” says Peter.

For David Wilkinson, who is bringing his father along with him for the adventure, the flight is extra special.

“It’s been a dream of my father’s to cross the ditch for a long time, but his aircraft isn’t able to carry enough fuel, so it’s nice we get to do it together.”

He adds that while the flying hasn’t changed much from his father’s time, having a Spidertracks device onboard has changed the whole idea of long-distance flying, as it provides peace of mind for his wife and three young children who will be following the flight in real-time.

“I remember as a kid having to actually pick up the phone and call the control tower to find out where my dad was on his cross-country flights. Now my kids just have to look at an app on their phone or laptop to see where I am anywhere in the world. It’s amazingly simple.

“It’s also nice to know that if something does goes wrong, it doesn’t matter if you’re sitting in the bush, or floating in a raft somewhere in the ocean; if you had a Spider onboard, then someone will know where you are,” says David.

Bill Luther, the most experienced pilot of the group, says the “Vans” aircraft they are taking are perfectly suited for such a long flight, as they do not require any modifications.

“It’s going to be a great adventure. It’ll be a wonderful opportunity to test ourselves over open ocean and open desert, where everything looks the same. But that’s part of the fun.

“The Vans RV6, RV7, and RV8 that we’re taking across are perfect for this type of flight as they’re relatively quick. We’ll be cruising at around 150kts (277km/h), around a third as fast as a Boeing 737, but at least we’ll get a better view.”

The pilots took off from Kerikeri on Monday 23rd and can watch the Great Aussie Flying Adventure’s progress live on their public page HERE 

For more information, contact Todd O’Hara on +1 310 710 3654 or todd.ohara@spidertracks.co.nz



May 23, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,122.

Vlad's Grocery Run in Pictures

"Eggs, Milk, Mixture Lean, ..."


First Flight: RV-4 ...Spence Dance

Beautiful day for a first flight this morning. She leapt from the ground like a home-sick angel. EFII 360 engine ran perfect. The prop surged a little on the initial take off, but then after about 2 surges it smoothed out. I think the prop hub just needed to be filled with oil.

Indicates 160 knots with 25/25 at 5000 ft. Wheel pants are not installed yet so I will get some more speed when those are installed.

I flew for 51 minutes.

Number three cylinder stayed around 425 degrees and the other three were around 375, so I need to look at that.

Besides that, it was a non-event. Lots of anxiety for nothing.


First RV-12 lesson ...KALewis

Pretty sure he will be a stick and rudder pilot!


Milestone:  All Twos

The VAF Forums clicked past 22,222 registered forum accounts over the weekend.  Thank you from our family to all the wonderful people who make the VAF online community what it has become - really honored to call so many of you friends. 

We'll continue to try our hardest to provide you a good place to meet and promote the world's greatest hobby!  You keep goofing off at work <grin>.

Your grateful hosts,


Milestone: RV9A Painted ...Darin


Registration is OPEN: OK18 Fly-In (Oklahoma) ...Clayton

"We are quickly closing in on the Memorial Day weekend and its time to get serious about planning. I have updated the calendar event with some more details, including plans for meals, as well as a registration link.

Catfish will be on the menu.

If you are planning to join us at OK18 over the weekend, please complete the Survey/Registration form so that we can be better prepared for our guests.

All the Best,


Related: Clayton's Latest Fishing Report
[ed. As you may suspect...Clayton and I are friends. ;^)  dr]


Almost done w/panel ...KHeidorn RV-14 (4 images)


Eastern Canada Gathering of RV's - The Pics ...Martin Leroux

Today was the first Eastern Canada Gathering of RV's at St-George-de-Beauce, Quebec, Canada (CYSG). Since I was the originator of the forum thread that made this public on VAF, as a follow up, I am starting a new thread where people can share pictures of this event.

Originally, I understood that the Beauce Flying Club, organizer of this event, had only published it on French Canadian forums. Well, they didn't know the VAF social networking power, and told the crowd there they were surprised to see RVers flying in from Nova Scotia, Ontario or even the USA to attend this beautiful Saturday RV and Hot dog RV networking event in Quebec. I believed I heard 50-60 airplanes of all types, RV and others, showed up for the event. For a moment on that airfield, it felt like a "mini-Oshkosh"!  ...


A new story begins ...Martin Richer (Mirabel, Quebec)

Hi guys,
Well…it’s done. My RV-7 empennage has been ordered and was shipped today. A new adventure begins.  The only downside is the shipping cost with that exchange rate!!! I certainly hope that our loonie gets in better shape before I order my wings!

I’ve been in the aviation industry for the past 13 years so I already have a lot of tools to start with, that’s the upside.

And…I’m not yet a pilot…yeah I know it’s kind of crazy … I figured I’ll get my license sometime during the building process. Always wanted to fly and build!

I’m very proud to be part of the VAF “family”.
(sorry for my english…french canadian here) <g>



May 20, 2016.  00:04 UTC.   Issue No. 4,121.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 

Jacob Hollenbeck photo.

142LM First Flight ...Matt German RV-10

Well, after two and a half years of building and 8 months distractions, at 6:07pm central time at 3GV 142LM finally took to air. The flight was flawless with slight turbulence but no wind. All the parameters were in the green. Flew for 1.7 hours and looking forward for more to come.


Problem Solved (Help Needed in Bangor, Maine)

Hello all,

First off thank you for all the help and support.  The aircraft got fixed, the problem was the voltage regulator. The only indication after looking back at the flight was the amp gauge which BARELY showed a discharge.

So be aware of the amp gauge if it ain't showing 0 or + something is going on with the alternator.  I was sitting right seat so the angle of viewing during flight indicated +

When in doubt rely on training, AVIATE, NAVIGATE, COMMUNICATE.



2016 Oshkosh Social ...the Beer Fairy announcement

2016 Oshkosh RV Social
Monday July 25th
Starts When The Airshow Ends
Ends When The Kegs Run Dry (or about 10PM)
(more info)


Troy Branch Spar Update

Yesterday I cleaned the area with a scotch brite pad and took this shot. I need to do the dye test to put this to bed. It is too perfect of a curve to be a crack IMO. But it sure looks like a crack. It goes from hole edge to hole edge. I think a dumped rivet that was removed may have done this but generally the second rivet would not be able to be set perfect. This one is, maybe I just got lucky. It is to long ago for me to know what I did. A dye test will be the only confirmation I think. Not sure what the dye will look like if this is only a gouge. Not sure if it will show the same as if it was a crack.


30 Years of the RV-6/6A Design: Airventure 2016 Celebration!

...shirt/cap/patch preview courtesy EAA. 


New SB issued 6 May ...inspect before further flight

Van's Aircraft Service Bulletins


For Sale: Russ Daves RV-10

[ed. My friend Russ is selling his RV-10.  One of the nicest people I've had the good fortune to ever meet. v/r, ]



May 19, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,120.
  Our RV online friend David Domeier (7A/8) shared with us that he lost his wife to Glioblastoma yesterday.  Please keep David and his extended family in your prayers. dr

Between layers/showers on a .3hr flight Wednesday Dallas, TX.
Respectfully submitted for motivation (click to enlarge). 


Signed Off! ...Spence Dance RV-4

May 5, sign off. Now it is not just an expensive hangar decoration. Many thanks to Mel


VAF into Germany ...Bruce Eicher

Many may know Katie and I met a German RV family on VAF. Last year we hosted Matthis for the school year and then the rest of the family visited us in the summer. So now we are visiting them! The chance for the great fun and friendship should be credited to VAF!  I could write a book and fill a hard drive with pics, but I will keep it RV related.

Herman and Klaus -7s.  ...


N1488BW's Panel ...AAflyer

I slapped my avionics into my panel today to test connections/plugs, etc. I'm trying to keep it as simple as I can get away with. I added the ELT remote switch only this week, which was the first addition to my Dynon Skyview suite since I laid out my panel over 18 months ago. Hope to put power to it soon. Blue masking tape is evidence that I'm also waiting for a nice day to paint my windshield fairing and canopy bow. Some of you may appreciate my mod for this "tall boy".


Update on Clayton's Memorial Day Fly-In

Fish On...

...at least the trot line has bait on the hooks. Melissa and I got out this evening and set the trot line. Have had some rain in the area the past few days, and the river is starting to really run. Plans are, if successful with the fishing, we will have a catfish dinner over the Memorial Day Weekend. Working on other food arrangements (at least the main course) for Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

We will be getting a registration form out in the next few days, so that we can get an idea of how many guest we can expect.

Will update you on how the fishing goes.

In the meantime, let me know if you have questions.

All the Best,


PS: We caught 9 nice blues and a channel cat a couple of weeks ago on Mother's Day. I'm convinced more every year (coming on 30 now) that I married the right gal - a good Okie


Upcoming Garmin Experimental Avionics Seminar



May 18, 2016.  00:10 UTC.   Issue No. 4,119.

265WD First Flight! ...John Walker RV-10 (above)

Well, I (we) did it.... On Friday, (yes Friday the 13th , but it was Top Gun day so that overruled my superstitious tendencies) our RV-10 took flight for the first time, after 2.5 years of building, with me at the controls.... For the most part it was an uneventful flight. Had some high CHTs and the oil door popped open after about 10 minutes, but other than that,she flew beautifully. Leaped off the runway in what seemed like no time at all and before I knew it I was 2000 feet off the ground. Stayed in the pattern and only flew for about 15 minutes. She flew straight and true and very well balanced. (We fixed the oil door too, been a PIA since day one... Needed to be even stiffer and the latches needed more bite)

Since then I've flown another 6 hours including the 45 minute hop to take it to Cleveland Airport outside of Tulsa to drop it off for paint.
I can't say enough good things about working with Barrett Precision and EFII. The engine starts easy, runs so good and so smooth. Combine that with the 3 blade MT, it is the smoothest plane I've ever flown.

Also a big shout out to Stein and his crew that have helped with all the little questions that arise. And the G3X guys have been instrumental as well.
Took until now to post this because... Well, I'm happy to say, I was busy flying!

My mother in law got a couple shots, but they are from behind as they had driven down to the departure end of the runway to make sure everything was ok... She said the plane was too fast to keep up with!


Scary problem accidentally found! ...Jesse

I had a guy fly up to visit my shop on Saturday. I had talked to him once or twice about how difficult it has been to start his O-360. He was able to get it started on Saturday morning to come visit me (hoping I would be here, which I happened to be). Then he couldn't get it started again to get home, which very possibly saved his life, and very likely saved his plane.

The starting problem appears to be a bad Mag, or at least bad points. We popped in a Slick 4372 that we had on the shelf in place of his 4373 after talking to the Slick guru about he compatibility and how to time it for testing. We out the mag in and it started on the second blade. We ran the engine for about 15-20 seconds. After I shut down my assistants noticed that the firewall was covered with oil. Upon closer examination, this is what we found.  ...


Milestone - - - RV-12 ...John Bender

900 HOURS on Hobbs.  Running very well. Hope it encourages those building to stay with it.


Pics from N. California RV-12 Get Together ...Paul Straub


Status Report ...crabandy

I precut the straight weave 9.66 oz (7500 from spruce), I was only able to line up the fabric perpendicular as recommended earlier on the outside surface and keep the fabric 1 piece.  ...


Status Report ...Carl in Sweden

Mostly electric work done recently, nearly finished with the DYNON installation. Just got rudder back from painter.



May 17, 2016.  00:17 UTC.   Issue No. 4,118.

Roger Von Grote departs 52F a couple weeks ago in his RV-8.  Besides having good tastes in airplanes, Roger has some interesting flying experience.  He flew the Caribou with the bulldozer in the back in the 'B-29 Frozen in Time' Nova episode.  Also, he's related to the Red Baron.  Like I said...interesting <g>.  photo.

Canopy Crack ...Mark Dickens RV-8

Probably the oldest story in the book. Cracked the canopy while riveting it to the frame this afternoon, but stop drilled it immediately. I will get some weld-on, but was wondering what to plug the hole with. I know RTV isn't a good choice, but wonder what everyone else has used, I was thinking about using a little DAP Alex caulk since it dries clear.


Electrical System Planning - Inputs are welcome ...Yves (Basel, Switzerland)

I am currently planning my Electric Power distribution and wanted to know what you think about it.

Basic infos: I am building a RV-8 for VFR and Night VFR flying.
Equipment: G3X 10" Touch, GNC-255, GTX23ES, GMA245, Garmin A/P and Electric Trim. As I will install a light Catto Prop, the Battery
(PC680) will be mounted on the Firewall. On the engine I have planned a B&C starter and a Plane power alternator "with OV".

As the Panel is glass I really want to have a Ground Power Jack.

My current Problem is that I do not know if I need a Avionics Bus to save the
Avionics during engine start (Com, Audio Panel etc). During startup the G3X, GSU73 and the GEA24 will be kept alive with the GAD27.

Here is what I have so far. Am I missing something?


RV-10 800hrs Spar Crack ...Troy Branch RV-10

So this is what my spar crack looks like. The rivet just below the pushrod hole is the location. The spar has some scuff marks which looks like happened prior to the corrosion protection. I really should have buffed them out and then primed before riveting. The crack is almost turning in on itself. Not sure where I should be stop drilling this. I have the question into Vans to get their opinion.

(later)  Vans say to leave and monitor. It is not where they would expect the crack to be from the SB. I am going to see if I can get a better confirmation of what it is. My concern with drilling out that rivet would be breaking that part of the spar material right off. I will monitor monthly and see.

(Scott M)  "I viewed your photo with Gus and I am not convinced it is a crack.  A dye pen inspection would better show if it really is, but short of doing that we agreed that monitoring it was a good plan."

[ed. I'll let you know if Troy does a dye test.  v/r,dr]


4th Annual Cedar Meadows Fly-in VA/WV

...rescheduled to June 4.



May 16, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,117.

John von Linsowe converts tri gear to taildragger


Practicing stall recovery, the fabled base to final turn with engine failure

(Eddie Seve Sydney, Australia)  "I did my BFR last Friday, as part of the review, Pete my instructor asked if I had ever practiced a turning stall with in turn rudder to get it to come around faster.

Note in the video the stall warning sounds after we are pointing at the ground

This was a very sobering exercise, watch my attempt, I was taught to roll upright before pulling to the horizon, but the surprise catches me out even though I know it's going to happen. I then stall it again in my recovery by pulling a little too hard.

Also note, there is no spin, just straight down..."


Eagle's Nest Projects - Center Stage at Wings Over Paris Airshow ...R.E.Butcher

Saturday morning in Paris, Texas, the clouds cleared and blue skies prevailed for the Wings Over Paris air show. Thanks to the efforts of repo-man Kevin Lacey (also a mentor at the McKinney build) and the overwhelming support of the airshow management staff, Eagle's Nest Projects was featured center stage at the event. Build-students from McKinney Aviation Academy were on-hand throughout the day answering questions, doing media interviews, and generally enjoying "celebrity" status. McKinney is nearing the completion of their build but not yet flying and they chose to display a flying aircraft from Houston, the 3rd completion at Clear Springs High School. It was an outstanding day for all and the airshow was as good as it gets!


From the Mothership FB page...



May 13, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,116.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  v/r,

Enjoying the greening fields of Texas for a bit last week.  dr photo.


Flaps Work! (video ...Larry Larson RV-7A

"Only builders understand why this is cool."


Friendly Neighbor ...Vlad

Here I am crawling to the airport after work for an evening fix... You gotta be kidding me how do they know so fast? I didn't tell anybody ...<g>  ...


Paint flaking off cylinder barrel. Normal? Common?

Q: My 300-hr Aerosport Power 0-320 has a fair amount of black paint flaking off all four of the barrels, particularly on the flange that connects to the case. Is this common, normal, OK?

A: Well, I see it a lot......does that make it normal?

A:  Steve after my tach flipped first thousand hours about two years ago I worried about this. Factory baked Lycoming only three years in service?

A: My Warrior has a low-time O-320 rebuilt by Penn Yan. Same as Vlad's pic above. I was told by an A&P that it is very common and not to worry. Don't know if this is true but he said years ago a paint formulation change was made and flaking became common thereafter

A: When we used to judge aircraft at the SWRFI, we quickly learned that paint was only worth a very small percent of a score. Translation= paint don't make them fly and better, just keeps them lasting a little longer. The last engine I built for myself, I spent a good amount of time prepping and painting with very good high temp engine paint. You guessed it, it flakes off too.
I know this dose not settle your concern but, this is why we work on them every week end, or so it seems


Bird strike photo

Seen at my home field after lunch Wednesday.  Plane is from out of state, I think.  Cell phone pic...



May 12, 2016.  00:04 UTC.   Issue No. 4,115.

Trying to Better my IFR Self ...a.k.a. 'Cubeworms Unite!' 

...learning the flow a bit bitter without spending much money.  Some screen grabs and short explanations below describing how I pick a random flight a couple hundred miles out and follow along on the radio so I can practice for when I need to interact with ATC in the crowded Class B environment (DFW) I live and operate around.

(click to enlarge)

Key players:
1. IFR approach chart for 18R at KDFW (my local area).  Or whatever chart is called for...
2. Notepad document open showing route of flight I'm tracking (grabbed off FlightAware shows the STAR)
3. iPad running $3.99 app 'flightradar24' (let's me display just the airplane symbol and the call sign)
4. STAR called for in the route ('UKW4' in the example here).  Or DP...
5. Handheld tied into a Centerfire VHF Special Purpose antenna on roof.  Plan 'B' is to use www.LiveATC.net if it's away from my local area.

Also of note a weather map of N.Texas radar lower left.  The other monitor on the right is for working while I do this <g>.

OK, so we had this Tuesday evening in the DFW area.  Mammatus clouds followed by TSRA.  This from my driveway before the rain...

(click to enlarge)

I pulled up flightradar24 on the iPad and started watching the traffic inbound for DFW pile up in holds.........waiting for the storms to pass...

(click to enlarge)

Tap on one to see the location of the hold.  Turned on altitude so I could see who was where, and how clobbered and tall each stack was.

(click to enlarge)

I pick an ARTCC freq and pick an airliner a ways out to follow along with - see if I can find it.  If so go look it up on FlightAware.com to get its filed route.  Copy paste that in a notepad doc and go look up the STAR they are planning to use.  Study it.

Image here courtesy this link.

Write their call sign on a post it note and put on the monitor.  Try to pretend I'm in that aircraft and I'm running the radios.  Try to get mentally ahead of the aircraft.  The game for me is to stay with it as it's switched over to approach, then tower, and finally ground while following along with the correct STAR, approach plate and airport diagram.  Sometimes they change approaches.  Sometimes runways.  Often frequencies.  Real world dynamics, and simulated practice that doesn't cost anything...  Thank you ARPANET and your lovely interweb.

Over an hour in a hold...

(click to enlarge)

I *think* this inexpensive nerdvision exercise helps me keep my ATC chops a little sharper while I'm not flying often (like now during the college years).  At least it seems to help me for when I'm talking to approach during practice IFR work.  I kinda know what to expect.

The flexible beauty of this tech is that you can find stormy Wx pretty much anywhere in the country and follow along as the dynamic stuff throws wrenches into everyone's perfect plans. 

Maybe the route of a trip you're planning on doing someday in your RV.

ATPs reading this might be rolling their eyes, but I was 50 when I got my IFR ticket, and my brain needs to be worked out more than when it was 18 to remember stuff. ;^)

It's gotta be more productive than watching 'Housewives of Alaska House Flippers'.....again.



May 11, 2016.  00:03 UTC.   Issue No. 4,114.

Follow the Sun. An RV adventure in England ...Richard Welch (England)


First Flight...Bill Vinson RV-7

RV-7 N321BV made its maiden flight today. The flying characteristics were flawless. The Dynon Skyview system worked perfectly I have a new engine so need to do the run-in over the first few hours and used the autopilot which allowed me to closely monitor all engine readings as I made racetracks on the sky over the airport. The only problem noted was some roughness from the E/I. The mag side ran smooth as silk.

On return I removed the cowling a found a few fittings I needed to snug up before the next flight. I also contacted Electro Air and they provided suggestions on how to correct for the E/I roughness.

Another RV takes to the air!!

This site have been a huge help over the course of my build. Thanks to everyone!


Tip- Match drilling for Aviation Products tailwheel ...DanH

My tailwheel spring came drilled with two holes for the stock Van's tailwheel. Some folks just drill a new hole through the tailwheel socket and spring to mount an Aviation Products tailwheel, but I prefered to match drill for the existing holes.

This is a clamp-on drill guide block. Clamp the block to the spring and drill it using the hole in the spring as a guide. Then position the tailwheel, flip the drill around, and drill the tailwheel socket using the block as a guide.


Well Shoot. A setback and a very bad night ...Eric Rushing RV-10

Just need to commiserate a bit...

I had a very bad night tonight. Just finishing up a few things on the left outboard wing skin before starting to rivet it in. (The right wing is done.)

I was dimpling the #8 screw holes in the skin for the Gretz pitot mast and a big chunk of the skin cracked and just broke away. The hole was deburred but not perfectly round. I could not get it any more round with the #19 drill so I just proceeded.  ...


Jesse Saint Saved My Day!

Yesterday I flew from my home base KBKV (Brooksville, FL) up to X35 (Dunellon) in my RV8A to get some of their cheap fuel. Just as I was turning to stop in front of the self serve pump, the seal in my right brake piston went out and it was a miracle I didn't end up hitting the fuel pump or barricades. After I finally got it stopped in the grass and saw what the problem was, I knew I was going to need some help. I had never met Jesse, but had read many of his posts here helping people with avionics questions, and remembered he was based at this airport. I went looking for him thinking he might be of some help, and he was more than I could have hoped for. He and one of his assistants dropped what they were doing and helped me get the plane to his hanger, and then proceeded to fix my blown out seal. I had been wanting to get up there and meet Jesse and talk avionics, but that wasn't my goal that day. I did, however, get to see a recently finished panel upgrade he did in an RV7A that made me want to drool. Jesse got me fixed up and on my way in about an hour. I can't believe how lucky I was not only to have avoided hitting something with my plane, but having the great fortune to have broken down a few hundred yards from Jesse's shop. When I need a panel upgrade or some other service Jesse provides in the future, you can be sure he's the first person I will contact!

Mike Belle


Status Report ...crabandy photos


Selfies ...Bruce Eicher

First trip yesterday to the coast with our new rescue, Jade. Hana is laying on Katie's lap disgusted she has to share her space.  The "Sock Muffs" have slipped in the photo, but she wears them just fine.


Hangar Request for 3 Nights ....Houston area May 16th(ish)

[ed. Needed for an RV friend.  v/r, dr]



May 10, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,113.

Pug Traffic Watch ...Rob Hickman RV-10


Valdez Fly In Pics ...Berchmans in Alaska

The annual Valdez Fly In was May 6th through the 8th this year. My wife and I flew our RV8 in for the big day, May 7th. It was a beautiful clear day for a flight through the Chugach Mountains and over Prince William Sound. Here are just a few photos.


Panel Design Feedback

It's time to cut the panel! Any comments on this layout before it becomes a lot more difficult to change?


What to do after the RV-8 is finished ...Danny King

"I restored a 1939 Maytag washing machine engine for fun and the love of old engines. After I got it running, my “motor-head” friends loved the 75 year old engine simply for what it was, but most others just didn’t get it. The most common question I got was: "What does it do?” "Well it runs," was my answer.

I gave it some thought, and remembered that I had a 1960’s vintage White Mountain hand cranked ice cream maker in the attic. It had been up there for over 30 years. I dug around until I uncovered the rusting antique churn and went to work restoring it. I ordered a small wagon, but UPS delivered them damaged four out of four! I decided that the odds of getting one delivered un-broken was nil, so I combined the last two damaged wagons to make one good one, and returned all the broken parts.

I purchased an Amish made sliding engine mount for the Maytag to act as a clutch, and a pillow bearing pulley assembly to reduce the engine’s RPM. I machined a length of 3/4 steel shaft to replace the hand crank handle on the churn so I could install a 12” pulley in its place. Finally, I had all the components necessary to build a Maytag powered ice cream machine. Below is the almost finished project. Anyone up for some home made ice cream?"

Possibly the best RV photo I've ever taken (Danny's RV-8).
I have no idea how it turned out so good.  dr


RV-12 Kit for sale ...Santa Fe, New Mexico.

[ed. I thought this was a really well laid out combination of inserting pictures and listing exactly what you're getting.  And I'm sorry you need to sell your kit, Bob.  The way you've laid things out, I think it will sell quickly.  v/r,]



May 9, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,112.

Snowy Owl release in James Bay – PnP Canada ...Lycosaurus RV-9A


RV-8 Bob "Beagle" Brents ...welcome

First builder thread post from a long time lurker. The wing kit just arrived so I suppose I'm committed. 

Back in '78, as a bald-faced boy I drew an airplane and vowed that one day I would grow up to be an aerospace engineer and design and build this:

Many years passed and I did become and aerospace engineer (Boeing) but life got in the way of "the airplane thing". One day (no longer at Boeing) I heard that a colleague was building an airplane. I asked him which one and he said "A Van's RV-8". So I did a quick internet search and thought that an RV-8 would scratch that itch from 1978.


Chino Air Show 2016 Photos ...XOverZero


Photos of Pacific NW  ...bob1392

Here are some pics taken today in the Pacific NW, NW of Seattle with pics of Puget Sound, the Hood Canal, Mt. Rainier (SE of Seattle in the Cascade Mtns), the Straights of Juan de Fuca (separates the US from Canada), the Olympic Mtns, and Port Angeles airport.


From the Sun to Uranus, my RV is Google Maps Famous! ...Brad Benson


Watch Your "Step" ...Jim Stricker's wife wins all arguments for awhile.


That River ...Pete Howell

The Big River is open for commerce again(it has been for a while) So I went out on my favorite local sunset flight to snap a few pics.


Selfies ...Dvalcik



May 6, 2016.  00:07 UTC.   Issue No. 4,111.

A&P Getting Help From CFII

Airline mechanic Eldo 'Nova' Elders gets some RV-6A familiarization instruction from CFII Gary Platner Thursday morning at 52F.  Eldo bought the plane used and is fixing it up.  Let that sink in a bit....   Professional aircraft mechanic, who already has his pilot's license, recognizes that there could be something that he doesn't know about flying this plane.  Realizing that it can be life and death, he avails himself of someone with the proper skill set to educate him.

A professional mindset demonstrated.  Nova, you're my dang hero, and a fine role model.

Wishing everyone a happy, SAFE and RV-filled weekend.

(click to enlarge)  dr photo.


Lessons from a long X-C ...Ed Wischmeyer

After six days, I finally finished the three day trip from Savannah, GA, to Prescott, AZ. (Total logged time was 14.5 hours) Some observations and "thoughts":
* If my retirement plans are to spend four winter months in Savannah and the other eight in Arizona, I might not want to make this long X-C twice a year, in May and January. In other words, leave the plane in Arizona for four months. Maybe if I were younger and more energetic... and the plane should get used to it, eventually.
* Ideally, you should have all your last minute chores attended to days before you leave so that you're really ready for the trip (ha!);
* The RV-9A really needs a constant speed prop to be a good high density altitude airplane. Once it gets going, it's fine, but a fixed pitch prop is like getting a car moving in fourth gear. And I got real tired of constantly adjusting power in the west Texas up and downdrafts -- and they weren't even up to full strength;
* The sunscreen was indispensable, even in mild temperatures;
* Had a full set of sectionals for the trip (many of them old) but never touched them;
* I've got about ten inches between the G3X screens. That's too much for reading fine detail on the far screen;
* The full screen display is preferred for reading charts (always north up) when you're flying east or west.
* The autopilot made this trip so much easier than hand flying, especially with all the bumps, gusts, and wind changes. With a wind readout, you realize that the flight planning as taught is based on averages, but it's not what you see in the air;
* I hate bumps;
* Oxygen takes the edge off bumps, even as low as 6,500 feet;
* Instrument currency would have been nice, as long as the flight was above at least 1,000 foot ceilings;
* For VFR X-C, you really don't care about ceiling. You care about the lowest clouds, be they few or scattered;
* Cheap gas is nice, but the total package is gas, food, hotel, and ride to the hotel;
* Had some good meals, some not so good meals, but the most appreciated food was a half grapefruit one morning;
* I really like an occasional inflight sip or nibble. Preferred are bottled water, bottled soda (so you can close it again), and good chocolate chip cookies, and something salty;
* There's a balancing act between good hydration and bladder discomfort;
* If you carry liquids, like cleaning supplies or oil, good idea to have them in two containers. My bug cleaning bottle leaked big time;
* Frequent changes of destination are par for the course;
* Failures on this trip were the Dynon D2 and a stuck PTT, right after the last landing;
* With the weather delays and such, my average groundspeed was about a third of the speed of the Solar Impulse.


Dog Selfie ...Rob 6A


Separation During Riveting ...agoessling

I was riveting some of the HS ribs to the spar this evening and ran into some separation issues. The rib flange sat flush with the rivet in place before riveting. It also sat flush after giving it a few taps to swell the shank. However when I went to fully form the shop head, the rib flange pulled away from the spar ~0.006". These were some of my better rivets in terms of the quality of the shop and manufactured head, but twice I had the same separation problem. I read that too low pressure can be a cause of this so I increased the pressure on the mini-regulator until it was just on the edge of controllable for me (Here the rivet was being set in less than or equal to one second). This seemed like it might have slightly improved the separation distance, but not enough. I would have liked to put the manufactured head on the rib flange but that would require an offset set so I put it on the spar.  ...


Top 10 - Stadium Flyovers (note #1)



May 5, 2016.  00:07 UTC.   Issue No. 4,110.

Yesterday was 'Star Wars Day' apparently...
Adam Burch took a stab at it...


83rd Birthday RV Grin! ...TJ

My Mom turned 83 and needed to get up to Muskogee, Ok to my sisters where they would take her for the weekend to Branson, MO.

Original plan was for my sister to drive 4.5 hours down to pick her up and drive back due to the weather. Well as luck would have it the weather cleared for the day and I flew her up! She was thrilled to fly, especially since we were at KMKO in an hour 6 minutes, beat 4.5 hours driving!

She was thrilled with the flight and was able to get in the front seat despite having 2 knee replacement surgeries last year!

RVs are great time machines and I hope I will still be flying when I turn 83! <g>.  ...


EGT Dropping Issue

I have a Superior IO 360 with mags on both sides in my RV with 325 hours on it. I have have had several incidents of my number 2 cylinder EGT dropping very low and the engine running rough as if only running on three cylinders. It only lasts for a few seconds, so its hard to note other changes. My response has been to come back on power and richen mixture. But its usually over by then.

My oil pressure has always run high, I use 100 LL only, change oil every 25 hours and oil filter every 50 hours. I usually run ROP ,but occasionally LOP if at low power settings. My only real sin is I warm up the engine at low RPM's, usually about 700 because it runs smooth and vibration free at that RPM. I have recently read a Lycoming article about idleing the engine at 1100 to 1200 RPM's so as to run the the engine hot enough to activate the the lead scavageing chemical in the fuel. I have changed my warm up accordingly.

I am in the mdst of checking the number two exhaust valve and reaming if necessary. My spring compressor and ream are ordered and should be here tomorrow.

More to follow.


Partial "glass" Panel ... what to do with the blackness ...Glen

I'm preparing for an IPC. My RV-8 has a pretty good glad panel but being and RV-8 it doesn't have huge reserves for redundant displays. It does have backups for the key systems and I've practiced using them in VMC.  ...

Note iPad covering 'broken' EFIS....


Garmin 2016 panel photo contest!

I wanted to share this link for those interested in entering our 2016 panel photo contest.

Panel photo submission link

You can enter from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Include a brief description of what Garmin products you’ve installed and the aircraft type, and don’t forget your contact information, too.

If your submission is selected for posting to our Flickr account, in addition to being proudly displayed on our experimental webpage, you’ll be entered into a monthly drawing for a year subscription to Garmin Pilot. That’s a $150 value!

Thanks in advance for sharing your work with us.




May 4, 2016.  00:04 UTC.   Issue No. 4,109.

RVator Takes (2) 96 yr old B-29 Crew Members Up In 'FIFI'

You may know Bill 'Lurch' Goeken.  He flies an RV-8 fastback out of Propwash (16X) west of DFW (him below).  He also flies some of the CAF stuff, notably 'FIFI'.  Tuesday morning he was leading a 4-ship proficiency RV formation flight out of 52F, and I stopped by to visit for a bit before the briefing started.

He said he had the honor of flying two gentleman this past Thursday in the B-29, and that I could find it by Googling.  One of the gentleman, a former B-29 flight engineer, had left the last B-29 he was in via parachute after being shot down over Japan in 1945.  POW.

You can read the article HERE.  Mr. Hanley's POW story HERE.

Lurch holding steady off my wing some time back.


Status Report ...rmartingt

Work has progressed slowly since the last update. I've painted and assembled the bulkheads and started clecoing the tailcone together.

Why the delay, you ask?

Well, I got a new build partner.....

His name is Joshua, he's two months old, and he was a complete surprise. My wife and I have been trying to adopt for a few years, and on the afternoon of March 4th we got a phone call. We took Joshua home the next day.

Things are finally settling down enough that I can get back to working on the airplane, so hopefully somewhat more regular updates will resume.


Signed Off!!! ...Jeff Caplins RV-7


DFW-American Chemistry Society Award Winners: SMU

Dad brag time...

2016 Outstanding Student Award Recipient at SMU...Ms. Audrey Reeves (the one with the pink hair).  I don't really know how to feel about the hair yet - I understand it's 'a thing' these days with the kids.  She assured me she would dye it back to something non-neon when she was interviewing for PhD programs.  I have some pictures of me from 1987 you'll never see with a 'Duran Duran doo'....so I guess I should just shut up.

I do know how proud of her I am.  Very.

Many of you helped her get to this point by supporting this site.  Thank you again for helping make this beautiful young woman's dreams come true (and mine).

2016 SMU Chemistry Students of the Year.

First flight in the RV-6....2006.

Fuselage construction....2000.

Empennage kit arrives...1996


Caption this Photo ...Pete Howell


Mothership Totals



May 3, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,108.

RV grin sighted ...Indy

My brother hadn't flown my RV-4 in almost 2 years. He rehacked his currency during a visit this weekend, and a closer look at a photo I took revealed the RV grin--absent for 21 months. When he saw the picture he said he didn't realize he was grinning so much. Well, that's what happens when you fly an RV...


Quadrant and Controls Complete ...TimO RV-14

As I've mentioned before, one of the things that I simply would not do without in my RV-14 is a quadrant type throttle. For the RV-10, Van's had the foresight to create both a quadrant and push-pull type controls, but to date they haven't released any quadrant info for the RV-14. With a little luck involved, the RV-10 quadrant worked out real well for me. Now that I've got my seats, I was able to test out the quadrant position and there is actually better knee clearance using the quadrant in the RV-14 than there is in the 10. It is very well positioned and has plenty of clearance from stick movement as well. I'm not sure why it is taking so long for them to get this designed in, as I'm sure it would be a very very popular option. At OSH last year we were talking quadrants and we polled a good sized group of people around our campsite. Every one of them but one was using the quadrant throttle. It's something that you really want for formation flying, and I think many people would prefer it once you try it. I started out with push-pulls in Cessnas, but as I moved into beeches and pipers, they all had quadrants and I preferred them greatly.  ...


May 12th:  The Annual Ch105 Meeting at Van's Aircraft

...from the mothership FB


New school project, Columbus, IN

Tuesday we got the go-ahead for a project at Columbus North HS, Columbus, IN. We have been negotiating on this since October. I was first contacted by Cummins (the diesel engine mfgr) that they would like to see something like this in Columbus, their headquarters. We are working in conjunction with a local college, industry, the local airport (BAK,) and the local school system. The build will begin in the high school and finish on the airport, at least as it is planned now. We begin this August.  ...


May/June FAA Safety Briefing ...40 pages.


Too Cool Not To Include Here Today ...video

...new hoverboard record:  1.4 miles (confirmed by Guinness World Records)



May 2, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,107.

San Diego Trip ...Mike Dale RV-7

Update to the Project ...George Fahmy

Yesterday was a huge step for my RV-7 journey! I took delivery of both my QB fuse and wings! I have a write up on my blog, www.n890gf.com, but i thought id share here as well. I haven't had time to go through all the pieces and parts, but i think the first thing i need to do is make a Wing Stand. If anyone has any tips or can point me in the right direction, that would be awesome.

I have felt a little bored since completing my empennage and now i can feel the excitement all over again, except on a much larger scale! I know its not the same as building the slow build, but with my schedule and current life obligations, I don't think there is anyway I would have been able to get a slow build -7 complete in a reasonable amount of time. The QB option is worth every extra penny spent.

And with Vans AirForce support I have had nearly every question answered for me, I am very appreciative of this community!

Trish 'SchoolMom' Russell is Back in the Air! ...ronshchreck

I accompanied Trish on her first flight in her RV-6A since her stroke. With a little help on the rudders Trish completed two landings and got a standing ovation from the whole neighborhood at Gold Hill Airpark.
Way to go Trish!

Test Update ...Bayou Bert

DIY Wrap vs Paint ...Bevan (wrap)

Having one of those BAD days ...Tom A.

Hangar Finished and More ...The Swede

Hangar floor rubber rolled in Swedish april weather...

Drilling the Spar --- Eek! ...StuBob

Just double-checking before I do something stupid. I'm on the first step of SB RV8 wings. The manual says to rivet the tank skin platenuts to the spar after countersinking. But the holes in the spar aren't up to size. I assume I'm supposed to drill them to #40 and debur the bottoms of the holes? (The tops will be countersunk.  ...

Reference - Oil routing ...zkvii

Over the past week I've learnt a lot more about the flow of oil through our -360 engine. I thought a few photos and words might be useful for the next person trying to understand.  ...

David Paul Update

I'm slowly working on getting the fuselage jig ready. Like the jig outlined on SK-39, the Fry jig intends for the firewall to be mounted 3/4 inch from the support members. David Howe advised me that this doesn't leave enough room to easily get in for riveting, and to increase it to something like 4 inches.  more



April 29, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,106.
   It's the end of the month again so it's time for me to, as unobtrusively as I can, gently remind regular readers that honor system donations are a huge part of what keeps the lights on here.  Donation totals updated 4/27/16 19:12:21 CDT.  The year is 1/3rd over, and clicking on the chart at right will show you where our family small business stands with donations.  (691) unique 2016 donors to date totaling about $13K after taxes.
  If you're of the belief that I'm giving 'ol Mark Zuckerberg a run for his money with all this, let me just put that rumor to bed.  Kidding aside since this is my full time job, PLEASE support this website if you use it regularly - all we've ever asked.  All we ever will.  Life is complicated enough, and I like to keep it low key here.
   Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 

Grass Strip Stop in Pictures ...Vlad 9A (1E8 in Degrasse, NY)


RV-10 First Flight ...Rick Lark

Finally, after 6+ years and 5000 man hours, RV10 #40956 (C-GDMH) flew it's first flight today.
Many people to thank for all the help and guidance. Bill Peyton, Ray Doerr, Ivan Kristensen, Art Penner just to name a few. Many other non fliers also to be thanked. And last but certainly not the least, my spouse Sandra.

Flew about 45 minutes with only one squawk (RPM's were higher than 2700 on take off) out of CYHS (Hanover, Ont).

Looking forward to many more flights.

Rick  #40956  Southampton, Ont


PIREP in Pictures ...AX-O

Folks have been asking how it is going lately.

I took my wife (and the plane) on the first trip outside our area. My wife absolutely loves the plane and told me she is attached to it already. She is really happy with the additional room that the rocket canopy/fastback offers.

A few people got to see Dilemma for the first time at the formation clinic. All the comments/feedback were positive. I learned that I don't like the pitot tube location because it complicates tie down. My other plane had the aluminum pitot line and had more clearance.  continue


Calendar Wallpaper for May Online

Joe and Sterling depart 52F in the -14A demonstrator.


24 hours straight with two strippers ...DaleB RV-12

Since we've had a very entertaining thread about Hookers (harnesses), I thought I'd post my experience with a couple of strippers too.  So I have an airplane with lots of paint that will need to be removed before it can be re-painted. When I say "lots", I am not kidding. There appears to have been no real surface preparation or priming done, just some paint sprayed on rather thickly. It seems to be an automotive base/clear of some sort. The builder apparently had someone do it who is perhaps not the best painter in the country.

Since I'd like to minimize the mess and toxicity, I decided to try a couple of non methylene chloride strippers. I've had excellent success with Citristrip on many surfaces with stain, varnish, spray paint, etc. And Spruce sells some stuff called PTS-202 that claims to remove epoxy and urethane paint effortlessly. I even found a Youtube video of it being used to strip a Caravan or something. Pretty impressive, that one was.

So I brought the spinner home and brushed one side heavily with Citristrip and one with PTS-202. A couple of hours later there was no indication of any change in the condition of the paint. Since it's pretty heavy paint, I gave it another heavy brush coat of each. That was around 11 PM last night.  continue


SuperTracks!! ...installed.  Anthony Greco RV-6


How Vlad Does That APRS Art Stuff ...Vlad RV-9A

Step 1. Study your airspace. Stay out of arrivals/departures you have more room to the east to play then I have here. Be ready to talk to ATC at any point of your flight.
Step 2. Take a tablet/phablet/smartphone with any nav app and draw a circle or any geometric figure on it. If unable to draw choose anything on the map i.e. VOR circle, lat/long square etc. Choose an entry point.
Step 3. Have an APRS tracker or any kind of tracker with on/off switch.
Step 4. Switch the tracker on over entry point.
Step 5. Switch off when done. Enjoy your track on Google Maps.

I am using Foreflight and having a stylus it's relatively easy to dot a figure looking at 2D silhouette. I also can print on transparency and dot it over iPad Pro. Takes a bit of time but you have some fun hand flying precisely. It's very easy to botch a sky drawing especially complex ones. Couple seconds missed on 140 degree turn and your line is crooked. I completed about 20% of what I drew because of traffic, weather, birds, winds, late/early turns, iPad puked etc <g>.


flightradar24 app ....$3.99 well spent (I think)

I finally broke down and went from the free app to the 'upgrade'.  I like to sit in a chair in the front yard around sundown and hang out with the dog, watching the jets go over.  We live halfway between the LEGRE and YOHAN intersections on the ILS/LOC RWY 18R at KDFW.  Now I know what jet it is, where it has been and when it will fly over my house.  I really like watching the Airbus 380's fly over, and we get two a day here in DFW.  A few times a week it flies 2000' over my house dirty with the power up.  I can now schedule the dog's bathroom breaks with this...

Screen grab below filtering everything out except Airbus 388 traffic.  I pointed the camera at a contrail yesterday over N.TX (the little binoculars in the upper right corner of the app) and it turned out to be an Airbus 380 at 40,000' on its way to Houston.  I'm starting to get the hang of identifying jets by their engine noise sitting in a lazy boy watching TV in the evenings.  'That's a two engine Airbus'....then I look down at the iPad to see if I was right.  Cheap fun.

I miss that old DC-3 cargo plane that used to fly over at 10pm each night...those radials sounded wonderful.

(click to enlarge)

Our house on the 18R inbound course KDFW. 
Our spare upstairs bedroom My office looks out at this...dr


Are you inadvertently voiding your insurance policy?

...Shanna at Gallagher Aviation (VAF advertiser)

"Did you know most Pleasure and Business policies do not cover instruction in your Vans Aircraft if the person receiving instruction is not a "Named Pilot"? This is typically true even if the CFI is a Named Pilot. Always be sure to double check with your broker prior to allowing your friends and loved ones to get instruction in your aircraft."

(later reply)
"During a BFR the CFI does not necessarily have to be a “named pilot” as long as you are current and remain PIC. The only time I can think of offhand where there would be a gray area is if; Let say you became incapacitated for some reason and the CFI had to become PIC during the flight (and he did not meet your “Open Pilot Warranty.”). But this would be a rare and unlikely instance.

In most cases getting a BFR in your aircraft without the CFI being named is perfectly fine."


Proof of RV Enjoyment ...Vlad -9A

[ed. How long do you think it will be before 'VAF' stands for 'Vlad's Air Force'?  Let's just call it that as an a.k.a. <g>.  Vlad, thank you again for all the motivation you provide!!!  dr]



April 28, 2016.  00:09 UTC.   Issue No. 4,105. 

First Flight ...David Hill RV-12

After 33 months, I was able to take 1st flight of s/n #0760. I had a perfect day in central Ohio, winds 5 knots, CAVU without a cloud in the sky! Even better than the day was the way the plane flew. Not even a heavy wing!

Thanks for everyone's advice, support and inspiration.


Now that I'm in the Club ...Scott Martin RV-10

Hello all- now that I am officially in the club with N430WP (RV-10), I can't help but ask the first rookie questions.

N430WP is 260 HP, 9.5:1 cylinders with plenum. One Mag. One Lightspeed. Otherwise, a standard build.  continue


One tank down, one to go!! ...dwranda

Pressure tested my first tank and it passed on the first try. Took me a couple tries to get the balloon to not leak though. Buttoned up the other tank today and will try that one in a few days. I'm seeing the light at the end of the pro seal tunnel!!!!


Eastern Canada Gathering of RV's May 22

I just read on the Monthly news letter from Bush Pilot Association of Quebec (APBQ.com) there will be a gathering of Van's Aircraft RV at St-Georges-de-Beauce (CYSG) this coming May 22. See link here (Sorry, in French only)

I was wondering if Eastern Canada RVer monitoring this frequency have any details about this Fly in ? Since I am building my RV-8 at this time, I'd like to join in and get to know other RVers in my area

I would assume all the Northeastern US RVer are also welcome, as this is somewhat close to the Border

Thanks for sharing info if you have any.


Glide Ratio Weirdness ...SMO

I have never satisfactorily determined the "Best Glide" speed for my F1 EVO Rocket. I have now done a few flights trying to pinpoint this, and while I think I need to change my process a bit in order to get more accurate, I have discovered a weird anomaly and I wonder if others have seen something similar. The following graph shows the data points I have determined in 3 different flights on different days. The thing I think is weird is that every flight shows that at 105 knots the glide ratio is worse than the preceding or subsequent speed.

Anybody have an explanation for such a result?

The method I have been using: Determine the number of seconds it takes to glide from 3500' to 3000' at a constant IAS (+-1 knot). I get this from the data log of my G3X. I then convert the speed to "feet/minute forward" (knots * 101.269) and descent to "feet/minute vertical" (60/(seconds * 2) * 1000). Dividing feet/minute forward by feet/minute vertical provides the glide ratio. The speed with the best glide ratio is the best glide speed.

The problem I have with this method is that I need a more granular measure of time, or I need to increase the glide distance to 1500 or 2000 feet. However I don't believe making these changes will impact the seemingly repeatable event that shows 105 knots having a poor glide ratio.

I also understand that flying on different days with different weights, temperatures and air densities will also give differing results, so I am not unduly concerned that each days flight has some differences.


IFR Legalities

I need some input on the placement of my future GTN 625. In the picture I have it placed in the far right panel as it will really only be feeding the G3X panel for coupled approaches. I don't plan on installing it right away but have provisioned for it behind the panel. Rumor has it that it must be located a certain distance from the pilot to be considered IFR legal. Has anyone heard of this?


Mothership FB Story



April 27, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,104. 

APRS Art ...Vlad RV-9A


Effect of Ignition Timing on TAS/EGT/CHT when WOT & LOP ...nigelspeedy

I am trying to set the record for the most TLA in a thread title.

I have dual PMags and an EI Commander. Today I did a cheap and cheerful test to look at the effect of ignition timing in the cruise. All testing was done at 10,000' PA, 5 deg C OAT, WOT, Prop 2500 RPM and leaned to 25F LOP. After this the only thing I changed was the maximum allowed advance.  continue


Fun...ny flight with girlfriend ...Paul 5r4 vid


Aircraft Specialty FWF Hoses ...TimO RV-14 pics

Wrapping up my Firewall Forward, one of the things I needed to get done was install all of the hoses. I had used Aircraft Specialty for all the brake and fuel hoses inside the fuselage, so I wanted the same known quality on the FWF. Additionally, I really like the idea of having firesleeve on EVERY hose, not just some of them. Steve at Aircraft Specialty feels the same way, so it was a good match to have him make my hoses.  continue


Instrument panel critique ...Leo RV-10

The photo shows the IP layout so far. Since I haven't purchased the instruments or cut holes, I thought this might be a good time to post and let others tell me what they think. I recognize everyone has their own favorite layout, so in the spirit of learning, I appreciate all feed back. It is intended to be IFR capable.

By way of explanation, I have chosen to go with Garmin G3X and all Garmin supporting cast. Instead of a GTN650 or 750 I plan on a remote mounted GPS20A (ADSB WAAS certified position source) feed to ADSB out, both MFDs with seperate GNC255a nav/com and GTR200 com radios. The cost is about $4K less total and I don't need another screen. I also wanted to leave space in the lower center stack to mount an ipad (removable and exchangeable as technology changes).


Chase those blues away ...Wayne Kerr RV-4


N313GT Phase 1 Update ...Chris Johnson RV-9A

I have enjoyed and found other threads on Phase 1 experiences useful, and thought I would add my own. Right now I am at slightly over 10 hours, and have mainly been running high power settings to break in my new ECI cylinders. Have not yet experimented with higher altitudes or a great deal of slow flight.

-I have a small oil leak from somewhere on the front portion of the engine. The oil lands on the lower cowl right above and forward of the air intake. I slightly snugged up on case bolt there, but have not been able to stop or track down the source yet. Maybe 4-5 drops per flight.

-As noted in another thread, my electric Facet boost pump had stopped pumping, although fuel flowed through it fine. Removing from airplane and shaking it seemed to fix it. I think a spec of dirt got in it, and have ordered an inline filter to install before it and the Flo-Scan.

-Right side CHT's were slightly high. I have since moved the upper inlet ramp forward a few inches and re-glassed. This brought #1 way down. #3 is still slightly hotter, and hovers around 406* at 75% power at 70* OAT. I have done a lot of work baffle sealing, so will probably not stress over it too much until the cylinders have had time to break in. I know some people have had to re-jet, but this carb has been flying fine for 760 hours, and all my other temps are okay (well under 400). I am pretty sure further break-in will help even more, as well gear leg fairings and wheel pants.

-My oil temp is on the low side, and I have taped over the upper portion of the oil cooler inlet, which has helped.

-Oil consumption is reasonable considering break in, I think. I have added 1 qt in 10 hours.  continue


RV-6 in Friendswood, TX ...titanhank



April 26, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,103. 
  Tommy Williams flies his RV-8 out of the same field as me.  He also flies the occasional P-51 and F-86 at airshows.  He flew at the show here in the DFW area this past weekend, and needed to reposition the P-51 back to his home field in south Texas, flying his RV-8 back.  (Randy) "You wanna go drive Tommy to Alliance airport and eat lunch nearby after he leaves?"  Yes.
  Tommy was kind enough to give us three a private tour of the a/c, pointing out some of the unusual features - even let me climb in for a couple minutes.  I asked where the switch was to engage the supercharger's high-blower setting, and about some of the technique adjustments flying this vs. his RV-8.  Hopefully these were a little different than the hundreds of questions I'm sure he got at the airshow.  Click on the pics for larger versions.  Nice cutaway drawing of the two-stage supercharger HERE.
  Standing 20' to the side as he started was an unexpected and much appreciated lunchtime treat.  Rocking the wings on his 'see ya later' pass after take off was icing.
  Building an RV led to me getting to sit in a P-51 for the first time.  Thank you Tommy!!! 


Master Left ON - Question about Charging

Ok, I flew out of town to visit family. When I returned to the plane 2 days later, battery completely dead. So, I decided to prop start the plane. Wasn't even sure if I could because my plane uses slick start system and I have never tried to prop start it. Anyway, it fired right up. However, never made any electricity. I then put a battery charger on it for a while and it started and alternator made electricity. My thought was that since the battery was completely dead, the p-lead never had any power to it to turn the alternator on. The pilot that was there with me said that shouldn't matter. That is the only thing that makes sense to me. Any thoughts??


CS Propeller Agony ...Bert 9A

My RV9A "Pearl" now has 13.9 flight hours in Phase I.  From the very first lift off, the prop has surged and was still doing it yesterday when we flew.  continue

related: Propeller Oil Control Leak Test Procedure


Mothership Totals...


So what is it?

Taken a week or so ago west of Denton, TX.



April 25, 2016.  00:09 UTC.   Issue No. 4,102. 

Ottawa - Toronto - Good day for goofing off ...Lycosaurus RV-9A

Start of the week and things are getting slow at work for both Shirley and I. How about a mini holiday? A day off work on Tuesday it is...  continue


Dawn Patrol ...Doug Kott RV-9A

Had a great flight this morning. Made the 1-hour drive to the airport in 45 minutes (the benefit of a 6 a.m. start to beat the bulk of commuters), scarfed down McDonald's finest Sausage McMuffin combo and was airborne over the Inland Empire by about 7:45. This was my third flight after finishing Phase 1, and I picked a great day...velvet smooth air, high cirrus clouds and only a hint of L.A. haze.

It's always fun the first time you fly over (or at least near) your house! I never knew that Laguna Hills High School had two big baseball diamonds, but there they are.  continue


A visit to Boyceville ...Bob Collins RV-7A

I think more than anything else, the best part about flying is picking out a rural airport on the sectional map, and then flying there just to see who's there. So this evening I flew to Boyceville, WI., (3T3) about 45 air miles from South St. Paul. It was a beautiful evening for a flight, and I picked up Mpls Approach on the way to help navigate around parachutists in Baldwin.  continue


FS- IFR RV-6A Glass 2014

[ed. If John's RV is anything like the IFR checkride he gave me (story), the airplane will be detail oriented, by the book, thorough and worth every penny! ]

Video tour of aircraft

IFR checkride day!  John's RV-6A in background...


Motivation ...Stoney RV-14

For those of you looking for a little push, a little motivation, N214SW has 10 hours on her. Today an RV-6 pilot with thousands of hours went up with me and he is an experienced aerobatics pilot. We did a full loop and a couple of rolls, then brought him back to the airport to get his plane and do some aerial photography. It is really slow without the wheel pants and we decided no more aero until those get put on, which should be within the week, hopefully. Here is a pic from today.


RV-10 pink slip ...stamper

I finally got it! Now I have to leave to Alaska for 6 months before I get to fly it.



April 22, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,101.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  dr

$2.98 for Visual Egress Aids

...at Lowes / Home Depot where the mailbox stuff is.  Peel off and stick - trim with razor blade.  Sid Mayeux brought this stuff to my attention.  I have about 20" of the 24" left <g>.

Upper canopy latch (tip up)

Side canopy latch:
I'm going to adhere some behind the red ball tomorrow.


April 21 Update RV-12 ADS-B (Mothership)


RV-10 Panel Status ...stamper


Safety:  Beware of Static Electricity Generated by Flowing Liquids  

...article courtesy shimadzu.com


A Milestone and a Right of Passage ...Ebeswick 9A



April 21, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,100.

Oregon Coast, Dogs and Wild Cats ....BruceEicher


Milestone: Rudder Finished ...AdamB RV-10

Tonight I finished up my rudder.   I've already made some progress on the HS, but now 100% of my effort will be onto that.

related: The RV-10 Forum


Dave Leonard RV-10 POH ...nice template for you RV-10 folks

related: The RV-10 Forum


Free Burritos and Discounted Fuel!  ....Bridgeport,TX Apt Re-opens

"This Saturday April 23rd Bridgeport is hosting our brand new 5000' runway Open House from 8am till 10am.  Please stop in for a free burrito n coffee and discounted fuel.  Any question feel free to call or text 9402557795."


Tip Up Canopy Woes ...Sean Blair RV-7

It was another night of trimming plexi in the garage. I'm still having great difficulty with the plexi making contact to the aluminum just aft of the ears. I must put a fair amount of pressure (guessing 10 + lbs.) on the plexi in this area to make contact. The left is worse than the right, but both are too resistant. Under advice of Van's and in reading other posts from builders struggling with this dilemma, I have trimmed the front curve more and more for a possible resolution. The plexi is now slightly aft of the forward mark on the aluminum skin, and the aft of the plexi is within 1/16" of the center-line of the rollbar. I can't take anymore material off and maintain the overall fore and aft prescribed dimensions. I still have the issue of outward tension in that area of the plexi. I will use Sika to bond and this seems to have stopped all progress. Very frustrated and not sure what to do next. Take a chance and heat that area while it's clamped with the side skirts? Put extra Sika thickness in the area with slight clamping pressure, then try to fair it in with fiberglass later? Start again from scratch? Ughhhh!!!! Anyone have an idea for resolution? Thanks!



April 20, 2016.  00:01 UTC.   Issue No. 4,099.

Sun n Fun 2016 RV style ...DCalland trip write-up


Passed IPC ...Bob Marshall

After about 200 hours flying my RV-6A VFR, I decided that I was ready to get back into instrument flying. I checked my logbook--my last instrument approach (a GCA in the clouds into Marble Mountain MAF, RVN) was on Aug 2, 1970 four days before I was shot down flying an H46D. So, its been a long time.

My two Skyview touch screens with the Garmin GTN 650 and autopilot made the flying part doable. It did take my old brain about 15 hours of CFII time and lots of on-line training to get it up to speed. Flying approaches with the RV and autopilot are a snap--very, very amazing rock solid glide paths and glide slopes.

I think back on all the work, all the years and all the rivets! The current instrument ticket is major frosting on the cake.


Engine Case Half Pitting? ...Steven Hild

Q: Anyone seen anything like this before? Right side O-360 engine case half pitting where the cylinder base interfaces with the flange on the engine case.

A: That looks more like casting porosity to me. Has that surface been machined beyond factory original?  Typically, this is considered as part of the material strengths for a cast part so it should not add any concern about material fatigue strength. A more specific answer would be in order from an expert that will be standing behind their work

A: That's not wear or fretting and machine marks are still present, so those imperfections were there last time it was machined, I think your fine.  I'd guess those were inclusions or gas bubbles in the casting

A: +3 on hydrogen gas porosity generated during casting. I would talk to the vendor about it.

A: (engineering at ECI/Continental) “Porosity in casting. Cosmetic, should not affect torque or hold down.”


Van's Calendar Time!!!!

Dear RVators,

We need calendar pics!

Send your images to webmaster@vansaircraft.com (attn AdamB) and we'll do our very best to get them into the calendar this year!

Even images not selected for a monthly showcase may appear in smaller form, so start sending in your amazing pictures! Even if we don't use them this year, there's always the chance your photographic brilliance may appear in subsequent years!

Thanks in advance!



Luca in Italy ...POH doc added

related: Converting PDF to MS Word


Garmin Pilot Enhanced For Europe


FOR SALE: 1948 INDIAN CHIEF ...favor for my RV buddy.

(Rob 'Smokey' Ray)  "This is my Dad"s 1948 Indian Chief motorcycle he restored over a 20 year period. It's all original, used original Indian parts and runs great. He's selling as he's 85 and can't ride bikes any more.  Asking $21.5 or a potential trade?"  smokyray 'at' rocketmail 'dot' com



April 19, 2016.  00:06 UTC.   Issue No. 4,098.
  A short hop between rain bands Monday shows the damp Wx TX is getting right now - thought I was in Oregon there for a little bit <g>.  Certainly don't need to water the yard for a week or so.  Click to enlarge... 


First Flight N77PB ...Paul Winkels RV-7

After 10 years of building, my RV-7 flew for the first time on Saturday, April 16th!  more/videos


RV/Rocket Gathering and More ...Mike B. Pics


First Cross Country Trip! ...Bevan 7A

Well I just have to tell the world that I am so excited to have completed my first cross country trip in an airplane I built myself in a renovated cow barn! It was a challenging flight as it was almost entirely in busy ATC controlled airspace including about 10 frequency changes for the 23 minute flight, over water for 1/2 the flight, and through international airspace.  more


Closing the chapter on SnF 2016 ...R. E. 'Ernie' Butcher

Many of the student-builders, mentors, and members of our community support team asked that I share their appreciation for your kind words and support. "From all of us...Thank You!"

Before closing the chapter on SnF 2016, I would like to personally recognize some of the individuals and groups that went that extra mile in support of our program. Deserving the highest praise of course are the the build-students who built the aircraft, kept them spotless during the show, maintained the grounds, were always available for meet and greet with visitors, handled 'on-air' time at SnF radio, and were superstars in a one hour Eagle's Nest presentation at the museum. And in no particular order, MillionAir-Sanford for providing overnight hangar space for six aircraft and full use of their fabulous FBO facility; SnF volunteers and in particular the marshaling crew and HB parking - they knew we were coming, coordinated our arrival, and parked all aircraft together in a visible area; Austin Malcomb, a student-builder on Eagle's Nest One, private pilot, and student at Purdue - he flew Eagle's Nest One from Indiana to Florida, missed the show because he had to be back at school on Monday, then returned on Saturday to fly EN-1 back to Indiana with his dad; Scott Malcomb, JetBlue instructor and Aviation Director/Mentor on two builds at Circle Christian School - Scott is one of those individuals that just makes things happen. It would take ten pages to list what he (and his beautiful wife Sara) did to make this an outstanding show for us; and last but certainly not least, the team of pilots and co-pilots that brought 7-aircraft into SnF and returned them back to their nests without incident!

Chapter closed- preparing for Oshkosh


Mothership FB News...



April 18, 2016.  0001 UTC.   Issue No. 4,097.

Inaugural flight ...Stoney Ware RV-14


Venice - Italy Pics ...Luca


GMA 245/245R Demo Videos Now Online ...g3xpert


N265WD is an Airplane!! ...John Walker RV-10


Possible Prop Failure Mode

Sensenich says this is what they think happened. There's a "plug" at the hub end of our hollow blades. They think it came loose and was thrown outboard inside the hollow blade causing it to "bulge". So one blade was not only about a half-inch thicker just inboard of the tip, but it was also statically and dynamically unbalanced. They are sending new blades! I'll pull the cowl and check engine mounts, etc, VERY carefully.


DIY RV-10 Upholstery Pics ...Cbull


OK18 Memorial Day Fly-In Discussion ...Clayton starts it

Looks like this might be the right part of the forum to post discussions about the 2016 OK18 Fly In. Still have a few weeks to go but I thought I would start a thread to judge interest and to also answer any questions that our RV friends might have.

The dates, and some basic information, can be found on the VAF calendar.

OK18 is a 2200' grass strip located in North East Oklahoma on Lake Hudson. The place is located on a peninsula, with a little more than half a mile of shore line. Lots of places to tie down and camp.

The strip is oriented 17/35, with preferred landings to the North and take offs down hill and to the South.

Since weather is such a major factor in a weekend fly in like this, we will not be firming up plans until we get a lot closer to the actual event. In the mean time, I am happy to answer questions or otherwise provide information about the place and what we have in mind for the weekend.

Please let me know, by reply to this post, if you think you are interested in joining us or if you have any questions that I might be able to answer.


SNF Outstanding Homebuilt Award 2016 ...Bob Lund


Rosie's Update on 30 Years of RV-6/6A at OSH  ...Rosie

"...I've been working with Charlie Becker at EAA and with his help, have come up with some GREAT RV events that I'm sure you will enjoy. There will be RV 30 year apparel (hat/shirt) available for purchase, and you may even see an RV-6 on the "I flew my homebuilt to Oshkosh" Patch I still need to confirm the days with Charlie but here we go for the week:

MONDAY: BBQ somewhere on the grounds
WEDNESDAY: Corn-Cobb Roast in Homebuilt Camping Area
THURSDAY: Homebuilder's Banquet

In addition, there will be TWO (2), yes... count 'em, TWO 30-ship RV formation flyovers during the week along with an 8-ship RV Formation Performance during the Airshow by the West Coast Raven's Formation Team!!! The days for the RV Formation performances are still TBD.

If you have not already, please sign up HERE on the EAA website if you are planning on flying ANY RV into the show!!!

At last count, we had over 240 sign-ups of which 140+ were RV-6/6A!!!!

I'll update this information as it becomes available to me."  more


Squatters! They are fowl and in the cowl



April  15, 2016.  0008 UTC.   Issue No. 4,096.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

A thank you to my wife ...AX-O

How do you say thank you to someone that has supported your childhood dream to build an aircraft? To someone so special that gave up so much for 10 years just so I could go pound rivets, grow fiberglass parts, complain when things would not go my way, not once ask how much that box that UPS delivered cost and so on??? To someone that said "stay out of my kitchen, that is my garage". I don't touch your tools, you don't touch mine. I will keep you feed and hydrated, just go build".  continue


Galveston Picture Story ...Weasel RV-10


Run to Fun ...Vlad pictures


Mr. Darryl Usher:  Rest in Peace

(Van)  "Many of you who are building or have built RVs may have heard of Usher Enterprises, a company that manufactures several components that are standard parts in Van’s kits. The man behind this company was Darryl Usher, its founder, who departed this earth on Feb. 12, 2016 at the age of 80. I had known Darryl for over 50 years, having first met him through the Portland OR EAA Chapter 105 immediately after my return to Oregon following completion of my USAF active duty tour in late 1964. Darryl had begun construction of a Bushby Midget Mustang. Though it was his first attempt at homebuilding, he was making steady progress even though he was including several modifications. These included retractable landing gear, removable leading edge wing fuel tanks, and a raised profile sliding bubble canopy. At the time, this was perhaps the only all metal homebuilt under construction in the area, so he had little opportunity to network, and it was being scratch built as there were no kits available at that time."  continue


Eagle's Nest Projects - SnF 2016 ...Ernie


30 Years of the RV-6/6A Design: Airventure 2016 Celebration! ...Rosie

Hi All, it’s true…I’m your leader for AirVenture's 2016 30th Anniversary Celebration of Van designing the RV-6/6A***... way back in 1986….I was introduced to the RV-6A at Sun ‘n Fun 1995 and started building in the summer, same year. Five (5) years later and about ~3000 hours of labor, on July 4, 2000, Tuppergal and I started flying our Custom-Built RV. Here we are 15 years and 4000+ hours later

And we now have 1000’s of friends we’d of never known (and now vacation with year after year) had it not been for the RV…....Condor, Jimmyb, Vicky, Seismo, Red, Kahuna, Scotty, Deb, Jailbird, Redtail, AC, Turbo, Moody Blue, Bun, Keys, Scoot, Cookie, Taco, Belle, BeeGee, Nordo, Shifty, Goose, Cougar, Schoolmom, Sharpie, Dula, KB, Tailwind, Sharkbait, Nasty, Sunblock, Wingnut, Fast Eddy, Nordo, Hog, Speedy, Krash, Shiner, Indy, Falcon, Jarhead, Shadey, Lucky, Ironflight, Moose, Don, Daryl and many, MANY more!!! We consider you all our RV family of friends!!!!!

I was contacted by Ken Scott (Van’s Aircraft) and Charlie Becker (EAA) early this year asking if I might be interested in ‘running-this-to-ground’…..uuuhhhhh….YEAH!!!!!!! But you can't say anything until after AirVenture 2015....Now here we are…only one (1) year to go!!!!!!!!!! Soooooooooooooooooooooooo…..if you know me personally, save me the trouble of TELLING you that you are flying your RV-6/6A to AirVenture 2016. If you don’t know me, please consider flying your RV-6/6A to AirVenture 2016. If you are building an RV-6/6A, it’s time to finish up!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Let’s plan on setting the record for the most RV-6/6As ever in attendance! Heck, let’s make it a record for ALL RVs!!!!! There will be some special to-be-named ‘goodies’ given to you for flying your RV-6/6A to AirVenture 2016 in addition to some EAA to-be-named sponsored events honoring Van and the 30th Anniversary of designing the most-built-and-flying model RV!

If you have any ideas of how we can honor Van, Charlie Becker and I would love to hear them!!!!! I’d appreciate all the support I can get to make 2016 the BEST AIRVENTURE EVER for RVers!!!!!!!!! So the planning begins…….

Keep poundin’ them rivets because IT'S ALL WORTH IT!!!!! Paul “Rosie” Rosales

***The -6A is being included in this -6 celebration per Ken & Van :-)


Day Trip to Clayton's in RV-8A and RV-8

Four pics some friends from my home field sent me Thursday.  This is what retired guys do <g>.  Extra points for Gary's 'Van's Naval Air Force' shirt - he had that made locally (ex-Navy pilot).  Clayton is having a Memorial Day Fly-in here (more info).  OK18 in northeast OK.

They asked me to go today....and in hindsight I should have <g>. 

Maybe let's fish!

So much for fish...


Milestone: PPL ...Garet Hess RV-7A

"I can't believe you started building your plane before even getting a pilot's license. No half way for you!" Said a friend to my when I explained my hobby. I had to take a moment...You know, I didn't really think twice about starting my build with no pilot's license. In one sense I can imagine that to one it may seem crazy, but is it? I think for me it all represented an adventure. Everyone's build is a story, and everyone's story is different. There was no question for me which came first. I wanted a project, I wanted to build something very cool. I wanted something challenging. And I think I got exactly what I was searching for. But...I knew that it was only time before I need to get on the license...

Well on holidays, I took my first official flying lesson . This guy is hooked!!! (Although....Was there any doubt??)



April  14, 2016.  0010 UTC.   Issue No. 4,095.
  Fixed the garage door opener by replacing its worn helical gear.  $5.99.  Why does fixing something like this give me so much pleasure?  It must be related to the 'cheap pilot' stereotype that I embrace wholeheartedly. ;^)

My new hangar floor paint -) ...Manny Oro


Status Report & Pics ...crabandy

Whew, real life got in the way the past couple weeks and it took an hour to find my bookmark. My last couple build sessions have been filled streaming Merle Haggard, good stuff! Plenum filled and sanded, just awaiting the pinhole process.

I used the router to make some plywood disk to hold the front of the intake boot plug concentric with the inlets, the jigsaw cut some angle chunks of foam.


Get in shape flying! ...Wayne

We all know that we can get some good cardiovascular exercise while flying (when we scare ourselves) but i have discovered that we can get good solid documentable exercise while flying.

I had the pleasure of flying my RV10 - 31 hours round trip to SNF. On the way back over the southern states we were getting bounced vigorously around by 40+ knot crosswinds. That evening in the hotel room i just happened to look at my iPhone Health app. It showed that we had walked/ran 4.5 kms and climbed 10 floors !
So there you go, dont go for a boring treadmill session - go flying!



I stopped by another hangar this morning and got into a lengthy discussion about all the airplane/hangar fires we have seen and heard about.

I wanted to start this thread so newbies in particular won't repeat these dangerous situations:

  • My friends told of plane after plane they had known of or witnessed where a fire destroyed or damaged someone's dreams.
  • They told of a twin which had a visible fuel leak on a turbo charged (hot) engine that the pilot insisted on flying.
  • A 700k plane burned up when the dehumidifier in the T hangar caught fire.  continue


SNF Best Auto Engine Homebuilt 2016

Congratulation to Sam and Rose Hodges from Dawson Springs, KY.  SNF Best Auto Engine Homebuilt 2016.  First time attending SnF.  It is a 05' Mazda 13b Renesis Rotary Engine - Very good looking FWF install.


Can't seem to run LOP after a long climbout ...Mike B.

Q: I've noticed an issue recently where I cannot seem to run LOP smoothly after a long climbout. Going down to SNF I was flying relatively low - 4500' to avoid the headwinds. My CHT's on climbout only got up to about 300 degrees. I had no issues with the engine running smoothly LOP, burning 7.8-8.2 GPH, and leaned out to roughly 20-40 degrees LOP.

Coming back I climbed up to 9,500'. On climbout the CHT's reached 370 degrees. When I tried to lean, the engine would surge and stumble any any mixture setting leaner than peak. I pulled back the throttle to cool the engine down. Once the CHT's went down to the low 300's, I could easily lean the engine LOP.

This is not the first time this has occurred, and it always is correlated to highest CHT's. I am running a Superior IO-360 with a vertical sump, Precision Fuel Injection with the Sam James short cowl and plenum. Oil temps are always around 180 degrees. OAT doesn't seem to matter. It happens with the OAT across the board (except when it is too cold for the CHT's to get above 300).

My thought it is has to be related to the fuel system getting hot - either the fuel divider, fuel pump or the lines going from the divider to the injectors. Before I invest in some thermocouplers to take temperature readings on my fuel system, I thought I'd see if anyone else has had this issue and can offer some advice.

Thanks and I appreciate any assistance!

A: I discovered a similar issue early in Phase I on my 9A, I wrapped a second layer of firesleeve around the fuel lines from the firewall penetration all the way to the servo, and from the servo to the baffle penetration going upward toward the spider. This seemed to solve the issue, and now I'm testing 91 premium auto fuel alongside 100LL with this setup


Loose RV7a Elevator Counterweight


Hangar For Rent North Dallas (My Home Field 52F)...

"Shared hangar space for rent at Northwest Regional Airport (52F).  $425 per month includes 50’ x 60’ hangar with power and plenty of outlets, LED lighting, bathroom, sink, air compressor, work benches, and refrigerator.  Insulated and protected with radiant barrier.  Contact Mitch at (817) 226-5938 for more details."


If your campground is a long walk from the runway

A friend told me about this monowalker thingy...



April  13, 2016.  0017 UTC.   Issue No. 4,094.

IFR to Aurora ...boom3

[ed. This in the 'Congrats Kurt!!!' IFR rating thread.  br,dr]
Great Job Kurt!!  Sometimes I wonder if it's all worth it and then a day like Sunday comes along. Planned to fly to Aurora Airport (home of Van's) for some time in the FAA's hypoxia chamber. Stable air mass, overcast at 1200ft with tops between 4 and 5K and freezing level around 8K. VFR I wouldn't have gone, IFR no problem!!!  more pics


From Cynthia at Van's.

"...Just a heads up to the builders out in Van’s Land that I will be out of the office during the month of May, so if they need any paperwork done, ie bill of sales for the FAA, or changes of ownership, the requests will need to be made before April 30th."

Cynthia A. Schrantz
Administrative Assistant
Van's Aircraft, Inc.
14401 Keil Road N.E.
Aurora, Oregon 97002
503-678-6545 x 301


Are the buttons I'm pushing making the airplane do what I think it is?

As it turned out.....yes. 

Two practice approaches and a gas run Tuesday for proficiency purposes (long lunch).  RNAV (GPS) RWY 35 KLUD and RNAV (GPS) RWY 17 (Circling) KGLE to minimums.  On autopilot.  Gas at KGLE and RTB.  Logged .9hrs.  Quick lunch with (3) other RVators from the field (all flew their RVs earlier) and then back home to the computer.  Was talking with Kay about how, now that I'm not cramming for an IFR checkride, it seems the work flow is easier to stay on top of.  Bandwidth freed up, I guess.  Felt like I was three miles ahead of the plane the whole time.  Lately I've become fond of leaving the G3X MFD in 'Flightplan' mode, it displays nicely distance and time to EACH waypoint in the approach.  I'll get a picture next time...

Wx is kinda hit and miss in our area for the next five days or so, so I'm glad I got some productive time off the surface.  Mental gyros recalibrated...  dr

(click to enlarge)


Rudder lock that works for my RV9A ...MrNomad

It’s been two months since I built my rudder lock and it’s held up under the most extraordinary winds so I thought I would post it.   Here are some photos of the completed unit.

As you can see, I used the best “aviation grade” schedule 40 pvc pipe with a generous dose of flat black paint.
It’s actually a 2 piece design so I can disassemble it and stuff it in the back when I travel.

What makes it work is the down force exhibited by one bungee cord and the rearward force applied by a second bungee cord.   The downward force causes the unit to flex and extend placing pressure on the pedals.


Saturday Joy Ride ...Jeff Kersey

Loving being able to fly so much more cost effectively and the performance awesome. This elevator is going up!


Status ...The Swede

Wings are home. 


My journey into fuel tank assembly ...Jeff Warren


A Rodeo Drive week ...togaflyer RV-10

So I spent a week at Sun and Fun. In that week was the engine I bought, the Garmin avionics Im ordering, the prop, well, we all know what Im talking about. Serious money out. I thought, am I crazy to spend this kind of money on an experimental airplane. During the show I stopped and looked at the Cirrus G3. 315 HP twin turbo, 3600 lbs max gross ramp weight. Very nice. It had a 1000 pound useful load, humm, the RV-10 has more useful. The salesman was telling me he was doing 172 kts at 16 thousand feet, only burning 17 gph, and at 83 percent. Hummm the -10 is in the 160s at 65 percent burning 11.5 or so. The Cirrus, according to the salesman, operating cost are around 185 dollars a hour. The -10, maybe half that. The Cirrus did have the ballistic parachute for that one in a million mayday moment, but that equipment requires service every ten years at 17 thousand dollars. Oh, and the price tag, 880 thousand dollars. And we are not talking Canadian dollars. The Cessna version was a little less at 780 thousand. So after years of blood, sweat, and agrivation, and maybe a total investment of around 150-180 thousand, you have a plane that closely meets the performance specs of those planes, which cost over four times that of a Vans RV10, and cost twice as much to operate. So I guess Im not crazy after all!



April  12, 2016.  0005 UTC.   Issue No. 4,093.

Sun 'n Fun 2016 Trip Write-up  ...Mike Bullock RV-7

"My buddy Peter and I have talked about going to Sun 'n Fun for the last few months. Originally our plan was to go down on Thursday and come back on Sunday. The weather didn't work out for that plan, so we needed to take off a day early. Oh darn...another day in FL! To make it down to SNF before the airshow started at 2:30pm, we needed to take off at Dark-o-thirty. On this particular day it was downright cold outside - my car registered 25 degrees on the drive to the airport. I made sure to get to the airport early to turn on the hangar heater before Peter showed up. I didn't want a moody passenger from he get-go of the day!"  continue

[ed. You couldn't ask for a more motivational trip write-up!  Mike, thank you!  Simply outstanding!  v/r,dr]


Just gotta brag a little ...Kurt W.

On Friday morning last week I passed the instrument checkride in my RV9A. Not usually one to toot my own horn but this was sort of a big one. Took a long time and a lot of work to get ready. Thanks to a great instructor/buddy, it turns out I was well prepared.

Anyway, get back to building, everyone. <g>


SNF Outstanding Homebuilt 2016 ...Bruce Sacks post

Congratulations to Tim Goddard for winning the outstanding homebuilt award at this year's Sun N Fun!

Tim taught me how to fly and convinced me that building a tail dragger RV was gonna be more fun than an A model RV. He has been building that "quick build" RV8 since he was my CFI in 2003. Its first flight was earlier this year. Running a flight training and maintenance shop probably took much of his time. He runs Aeroflight Training at the Perry, GA airport KPXE. I don't have any interior pics but there is some beautiful wood armrests and accents.


RV-8 Status Report Pictures ...Martin Leroux (Canada)

Last March was a very active month at Martin's Aircraft Factory....With at least 75% of all my fuselage parts now primed or painted, and the possibility of starting a new job soon, I launched myself into an assembly blitz. Over a period of about 10 days strait, I was installing rivets after rivets. I couldn't believe how fast I could put together this aircraft after working on it so much in the last few months.

Initially, I feared installing rivets on my RV. I didn't want to fail. I had prepared a number of practice parts with scrap aluminum while my parts where at the paint shop. It turned out, I didn't use any of those practice parts at all. The riveting skills I learned many years ago from aircraft manufacturing school came back very quickly. I was up and running with riveting !

Here are a few pics from last March....

The first and most important picture....The first rivet installed by myself on my RV-8 fuselage.  <g>.  ...


Safety Mindset:
X-31: Breaking the Chain: Lessons Learned ...38min video

[ed. Pitot tube icing in the desert?  Complacency after hundreds of flights?  It happens to the best of the best.  dr]

By any measure, the X-31 was a highly successful flight research program at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, now the Armstrong Flight Research Center. It regularly flew several flights a day, accumulating over 550 flights during the course of the program, with a superlative safety record. And yet, on Jan. 19, 1995, on the very last scheduled flight of the X-31 ship No. 1, disaster struck.

Each mishap has it's own set of circumstances and it's own sequence of events. But those who study mishaps find similar issues: communications, complacency, unwarranted assumptions, human frailties….just like a chain. You make a chain -- a chain of events -- when you have any of these accidents. Any link of the chain, if broken, would prevent an accident.

The X-31 flight test team was the "A" team -- the best people, from every discipline -- from every organization. But they lost an airplane. If it can happen to the best team, it can happen to any team.

Created: 2005 Run time: 38 minutes 45 seconds



April  11, 2016.  0001 UTC.   Issue No. 4,092.

SnF Pics ...turbo and copilot


Status Report ...Blain Stumpf

Completing baffles seems to be one of those hurdles that reinforce "I'm getting close".


About Some of the Chemicals We Use Building These Planes

...Dave Brunberg (chemical engineer building an RV-10)

"MEK, along with many of the other industrial chemicals we use in this hobby, is classified as a hazardous substance, both for health and flammability reasons. This includes solvents, paints and primers, etchants, lubricants, hydraulic fluids, fuels, etc. As a chemical engineer, I have spent my career working with these types of materials and can tell you that the health implications are no joke. Please read the SDS provided with any chemical you find yourself using, and follow the PPE recommendations.

Not everyone's body reacts the same way with acute noticable symptoms, so even if you do not experience them, you could be setting yourself up for serious chronic effects later in life if you don't take appropriate precautions.

If you haven't received an SDS with the chemical, please take the time to look it up on the internet.

Here is a representative Safety Data Sheet for MEK."


Sun 'n Fun show case fly-by by Spruce Creek Gaggle Flight ...two vids


Welcome PS-Engineering.com ...ad lives on the front page.

related: PSE announces lower cost for Exp Market PDA360EX Audio Panel


New Paint Job! ...Chuck Gant


Garmin Pilot v8.2 is out

...adds Flight Profile View on the iPhone


Skagit Valley Tulip Festival ...from the RV


Status ...bret

I had my son over for a BBQ and to help me rivet the steps on last night, only a year or two more to go!


Thought it might be a crack in the landing gear strut (Wasn't)


Roger and his new best friend ...SnF PIREP

Well, Myra and I drove home after an exciting week spent with the 99's and three incredible women from the WASP (Women's Air Service Pilots). These girls, all in their 90s, gave interviews, spoke in the Air museum and signed autographs from sunup till sundown for 5 days this year. Look them up on the internet for more incredible information. I made it a point to hook up with Mitch Locke every day when the opportunity arose as we met last year at Osh and found we had a lot in common with Van's Aircraft and our RV14 builds. I really want to extend my thanks to him and all of Van's staff for the great job they were doing. I think they will all need throat lozenges from talking non stop all day. SnF was a great success due to the incredible weather and great turnout.


Audrey Reeves PIREP

The 'AR' in N617AR.  Our daughter is involved in WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) at SMU.  That's her on the left Saturday morning - two papers due and a P-Chem test next week.  She came home for dinner, but went back after a couple hours to study.  While she was home we had the Masters on, and when amateur Bryson DeChambeau was playing I mentioned he was at SMU as recently as last year as a Physics major.  "Oh, we were in the same building then."  She didn't know SMU had a golf team.  She comes by it honest - I went to one football game while at Baylor...and left early.  I didn't really enjoy it until about three decades later.  There's hope <g>.

Attn Golfers:  About Bryson DeChambeau's swing
"...DeChambeau, a physics major at SMU, built his unique swing after reading the book The Golfing Machine, which offers some alternative swing insight.

To make it work, DeChambeau has the most anomalous set of irons in golf. They are all the same length -- roughly the same as a 7-iron -- with the same weight, shaft and lie angle. That allows DeChambeau to execute the same single-plane swing...." (article)



April  8, 2016.  0001 UTC.   Issue No. 4,091.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 

N313GT First Flight ...Chris Johnson 9A

Well some nasty weather rolled through early this AM, hopefully going easy on Lakeland, but by 8:30 the skies were clear and wind was calm, and I got to fly N313GT for the first time - it was pleasantly uneventful. She flew hands-off and as expected the only hard part was slowing her down.

Take-off roll was extremely short - I had a friend setup at the first taxiway to shoot pictures but was off well before I got there. Climbed out at 100 knots and was at 3000' before I knew it. I have 4 new ECI cylinders so I watched the CHT's - #3 topped out at about 406 for about 20 minutes and then I noticed a distinct drop. The others were in the 365-395 range. I kept power at about 70-75% for 35 minutes and then did a brief slow-flight test, with a full flap stall right at 40 knots. Came back into the pattern and flew final at 65 and then 60 knots. Just like Jan Bussell said it would, the plane landed itself and made me look good.

Thank you to everybody here for answering what started as dumb questions and hopefully at least became slightly less so over 3.5 years. I have learned immensely. Thanks to Jan for excellent transition training, and to Vic Syracuse for a thorough inspection and the confidence-inspiring kind words. And it doesn't hurt to have an amazingly supportive wife.

As they say, it's all worth it. And now, the grin....


KELLI GIRL joins the 200 Kt Club ...Sid Mayeux

I flew KELLI GIRL down south to Austin Exec to pick up Kelli and bring her home.  On the solo leg to Austin, I had a huge tailwind, rolling my ground speed over the 200 knot mark. BooYah!!  ...


'Quirkies' ...Vlad

That's all the State of New Jersey. All within 20-30 RV minutes. <g>


Welcome www.FlyLEDs.com

...DIY Strobe Kits.  Ad will live in 'Previous Day's News'.



April  7, 2016.  0004 UTC.   Issue No. 4,090.

Pink Slip ...Chris Johnson RV-9A

Okay it's not really finished - too poor for paint and too impatient for wheel pants just yet, but N313GT received it's pink slip today thanks to Vic Syracuse who was kind enough to stop by on his way to SNF. 3 1/2 year slow build, couldn't have done it without VAF.

Hoping for a first flight Thursday early AM at KZPH before the SNF crowd starts launching.


Monkey'n Around (90 second video) ...Bruce Eicher

A gold chain vender sent us a monkey and like the VAF hat, asked us to post where we would take it...dressing it in a gold chain was easy, finding the right headset for Miti the monkey, not as easy.


Problem Rivet

The problem rivet connects the E-901 skin, E-913 Counterweight Skin, E-902 Spar, and E-903 Rib together. After drilling out my first unsatisfactory rivet (which I now realize I should have left in place), the dimple on the inside E-903 rib was distorted. I then decided to drill a size up (#30) to insert an AN426AD-4 rivet in hopes of removing part of the damaged dimple. I then riveted the AN426AD-4 rivet in place, and the above picture is what I found.

There is a relatively sizable crack extending from the top of the dimple outward (can be seen in the mirror). My question is what should I do next? Unfortunately there isn't space to add another hole in this location. I'm afraid an order of replacement parts may be in my near future.

Thanks for your help.


Dynon's EFIS-D10A now STC APPROVED for Type Certificated Aircraft



April  6, 2016.  0002 UTC.   Issue No. 4,089.

Signed Off! ...Robert Van Duyn RV-14A

Just signed off what I believe to be the first customer built RV-14A at Hidden Valley Airport (5TX0).  Pictures below: First picture is left to right; Robert D Van Duyn (builder), Tony Baumgard (my FAA supervisor), and of course my distinguished self in the cockpit.

Airworthiness Certificate dated 05 APR 2016.  Robert did an exceptional job on the aircraft. He has previously built an RV-7A and an RV-10.



LtCol. Pete Krok passing

I am Stephen Krok, son of Peter. It is with great sorrow that I write to you today. My father passed away 4/1/2016 due to complications from cancer. He has touched so many people’s lives and has been a great role model and beacon for me and many others. Thank you for being a part of his life.

Built and flew RV-7 in retirement and setup the Subenews group to help fellow builders sort out issues. Just learned of this today from his son

Hand Salute to you Col. blue sky's and tailwinds,


Sun N Fun PIREPs ...VAF folks chime in

What a great night to show up. Unfettered access to the entire flight line by bicycle. Everybody's still setting up and you can go wherever and whenever you want. That won't be true starting tomorrow morning!

Looking like great weather too.  Sun N Fun


From CleavelandTool.com


After a lengthy time finding a new source for the metal spun flange for the firewall pass thru kits, we are happy to announce the kits are back in production and available for sale. These pass thru kits have all the necessary parts to make a safe, strong, and secure firewall penetration for your cables and wiring. The .050” thick stainless steel metal spun flange is far stronger than other flanges made from spot welded .020” thick stainless steel flat sheet.

PART # SA-05 RETAIL PRICE: $ 65.00 (Bob Avery / Avery Tools & Fabrication, LLC)


Milestone: Jay Pratt....5,000 Hours


First Starts - Crankcase condensation-a data point ...Bill Lane RV-7

FYI - There are dehydrator threads, and water collection in the oil separator threads and winter flying threads. All relate to water/moisture in the crankcase and corrosion issues.

As a datapoint, yesterday I helped (watched) a 10 friend with his first engine start. We checked for leaks then cowled and he did some taxi runs to break-in the brakes. All went well. With 2100 rpm mag checks and such - I guess it was 45 min of running. Very little at idle and it was preheated to 145F with a Reiff preheater system overnight. OAT was 40F with wind. Oil temp at end of testing was 165F

I have been looking at dehydrators and cobbled one together for experimentation. I thought it would be good to use on a first start because, it is cold, short run, rich and expected some blowby.

Post run, we hooked the dehydrator, powered with a little aquarium pump, the dry air into the breather pipe and moist air out the oil fill tube (540).

About an hour later, there was water collecting in the exit hose. The warm, moist air was condensing water in the hose! - He estimated 1.5 tablespoons!

We were both shocked to see that much water. The desiccant was not weighted or measured, but surely there was more water coming out via adsorption.

Now you know, definitively, how much water you could leave in the crankcase for a short engine run. Decisions about dehydrators, water returning to crankcase via oil separators and such are left to other treads, but everyone about to expose your expensive new engine to a joyful first start should take note of this situation.


Bruce's Aircraft Covers SnF Special

This month receive 10% off your Bruce's Custom Covers order in honor of The Sun 'n Fun Aviation Trade Show. Use discount code SNF2016 when you check out or click this link:https://www.aircraftcovers.com/coupon/snf2016.


Mothership SnF Engine Special


Jessica Koss Talking about the new G5



April  5, 2016.  0003 UTC.   Issue No. 4,088.

Nice day in the Anchorage Area ...video

New High School RV-12 build project! ...Bob Kelly

A little catching up is in order. I have been devoting most of my time to getting things organized, and it appears to be working! This is to announce a new AviationNation project at Grand Prairie Collegiate Institute, Texas, beginning this fall. GPCI is a charter school, only three years old, but really working to bring quality education to their students. It must be succeeding! They just competed in the Texas-wide SkillsUSA competition, and won several Gold Medals. Several teams and individuals are moving on to Nationals In Louisville.

About two weeks ago, the Principal and a teacher came and visited our project at Jennings County High School, North Vernon, Indiana (that is the school where I began the first Eagle's Nest Project) and watched the kids work. They decided our approach was what they were looking for, and we are partnering with them, starting this fall.  ...

Panel Status Update ...Karl Bambas

My goal for the winter in Florida was to do as much as possible on the panel for the Dream Weaver.
Our Build Log with thirty more photos is just a click away.

Poppies ...erich weaver (CA)

There has been an amazing bloom of poppies in the San Rafael Mountains north of the Santa Ynez airport in California that is attracting a lot of attention. Here are a few cell phone shots. Sorry they are not as sharp as I would have liked.

Mothership SnF Info...

Where's Wally... or at least F-643 and F-644 ...tgmillso (Australia) RV-7

So this may turn out to be one of those embarrassing questions, however I have been unable to locate F-643 and F-644 Forward Fuselage Channels as I work my way through the edge finishing and priming of the fuselage components. I've checked the inventory list and have been unable to find it, searching manually and using the search function in the version I converted to a readable text PDF file.
These two parts are located in the Parts Index at the front of the manual, but they are listed as "manufactured" indicating that they should already be bent and shaped to a certain extent rather than being created from scratch using sheet material.
Thus, I was wondering where these components are. Any ideas?

Clayton's OK18 Memorial Day Fly-In ...NE of Tulsa, OK

My good friend Clayton is having a Memorial Day Weekend fly-in.  RVs are most welcome. 

Night Transport ...Carl in Sweden

"...Fuselage is now in airport club workshop. Wings, empenage, rudders and fairings at painter."

VAF Courtesy Car List Updated

Simple list. Easy peazy...



April  4, 2016.  0022 UTC.   Issue No. 4,087.
  Today marks nine years of this site being my full time job.  As a reference, I started the 'North Texas Wing' of VAF on 12/6/1998....17.3 years ago.  It took 8.3 years to cut the corporate cord <g>.  Where does the time go?  Thanks for not rolling your eyes too often as I continue to learn the ropes of a life in small business.
  And good morning!  


Mt. St. Helens Pictures from the RV ...Carl N. RV-8


First to Fly N144VA

The past couple of days I have been getting some training in N144VA with Mike Seager in Oregon. I understand I am the first to fly it, outside of Van's personnel. It was quite a treat. It jumps off the runway with the IO-360. It's a really stable plane with very tame stall characteristics. A couple of times we did a go around and I think that plane will fly from a dead stop, it never floated back to the runway, full power and we were off and going. If anyone is considering going out there to fly with Mike, I highly recommend it. He won't beat you up too bad for mistakes, but sometimes I heard, "I have to say, that was really a bad landing". I went for the 5 hours since I have about 300 in a RV-7, but it has been 8 years and I should have gone for the 10 hours. I surely would have come away a much better pilot. Thanks Mike.


Dynon Introduces SkyView SE

related: blog


Introducing the Advanced AF-5700 12.1" Display

related: blog


Phase 1 Update ...rightrudder

Almost there! Another 3.1-hour flight this morning, with four landings at Apple Valley. Met a super nice guy there named Joe, who came over to pay me a compliment on my RV. As I was taxiing toward the restrooms, I saw his plane, a really pristine Cessna 180, as he was taking it out of the hangar. It is so nice to have people recognize the sweat and blood we put into our aircraft. Sometimes, now that I'm flying my RV, I'll look back at it when it's parked and think to myself, "Did I really build that?" Even though it's only been a few months, the days of riveting, sanding and deburring seem like they were years ago. A rip in the space/time continuum?  ...


SHOP ART ...Jeff Vaughan


Brake questions from my hangar

I am making a second attempt to rebuild the Matco master cylinders on my RV-7. They were slowly dripping from one cylinder when I bought the plane but all four cylinders were weaping. I had an A&P help me rebuild the cylinders once and a couple hours later they were the same. This time it was a different cylinder that was dripping but all were weaping again. Everyone found this odd.  ...


Taking a VAF member for a fly in Sydney Australia

A few weeks ago VAF member Randy Garrett posted that he was travelling to Sydney and was wondering if anyone would be willing to take him for a fly in an RV in Australia.  ...


Fix it or Build On?


Progress Report ...N311CJ RV-10



April  1, 2016.  0005 UTC.   Issue No. 4,086.
  I'm about a week into consuming much less sugar, and I'm feeling like a hammered turd.  Smart people say it gets better, but right now what I want is a Dr. Pepper the size of my house.  Why saying all this?  Because if you say 'Hi' to me and I take a swing at you it's most likely the sugar withdrawal.  Don't take it personally.  This gut will go away.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  


My Builder Buddy ...Blain


Full circle and a compliment (I think)

The other weekend a gave a married couple a ride in the -7A (no, not at the same time). With the pre-flight completed, I asked them my usual questions which includes 1) how do you feel about roller coasters 2) have you ever flown in a small airplane 3) is there anything in particular around the Austin area you'd like to see, 4) any questions or concerns, etc.

The husband responded that it had been many years since he'd been in a small plane and he went on to explain that he was a kid at the time. I asked if he remembered it being "Young Eagles" related but he couldn't specifically remember. Hmmm, full circle? I thought it was kinda cool nonetheless Anyway, he really dug the flight and tight turns about a point - he was like a kid in a candy store. Hopefully a future (RV) builder.

The wife had never been in a small plane so the usual "how do you feel about roller coaster" questions followed so that I could get a general idea on her reservations/fears/inhibitions/concerns before we departed terra firma. All was good in that department so off we went. As we're making our way around the local lakes, I find out she's a professional singer. Now, I'm thinking to myself, "Wow, I've got a famous singer with me. That's a new one. I wonder just how famous she is?" Come to find out, she sings in a local Austin band. I told her that she could have said her name was "Beyonce" and I would have bought it hook, line, and sinker. I would have then gone back to my buddies and said, "Dude! You wouldn't believe who I took for a ride the other day!". Glad we got that straightened out. Anyway, the rest of the flight was great and I headed back to home base. As we made our way back, I explained what I was going to do and how I was going to do it. Now on final, followed by runway made, followed by flare, followed by touchdown, she shouts out "Better than Southwest!". I know she meant well and a good laugh was had and that's what counted.

What compliments have you gotten that were well intended?


Quirkies Seen From the RV ...Vlad

A Siddha Yoga Center in Upstate NY.


Garmin Team X introduces G5 electronic flight instrument for experimental aircraft

All-glass back-up or primary flight instrument with optional autopilot capability.  [ed. I was emailed the 'journalist packet' about this 16 hours before the public release, so for a little more than a half day I had a slightly higher security clearance.  Felt like James Bond. ;^)   I like when fly-in season starts and the new products start to come online.  Exciting times!  dr]

fmi: garmin.com/newsroom.


Garmin Team X introduces new, full featured GMA 245/245R audio panels

Combines Bluetooth wireless music, phone, 3D Audio and more... 

fmi: garmin.com/newsroom.


Status Update ...The Swede

Paint, seats and hangar...  Visited painter today, only some small anomalies to be corrected on fuse before transport to hangar. I think it turned out quite well regarding paint scheme and colours.


A Note From Your Host...

Donations updated as of 3/31/16 12:05:50 CDT: March reminder.
The year is 25% over.  My gut feel is that last year I didn't do a very good job of conveying how unbelievably crucial the yearly honor system donations are at keeping this 1-family small business afloat.  So this year I'm reminding readers on the last Friday of each month.  Updated chart below.  (596) unique donors to date
(some people auto-paid a smaller amt monthly, so their data is reflected multiple times in the chart).

Thank you to those who support this site!

Donations by year compared to registered forum users


New RV8 with Garmin Touch ...Walt's work


Advertiser Milestone:



March 31, 2016.  0001 UTC.   Issue No. 4,085.
  A couple SnF product announcements will be 'released from embargo' Thursday morning early.  I'll update the page here again around 7am Dallas time(ish).  There is a webinar at 10am related to this announcement (join).  I like when fly-in season spools up...all the cool new stuff starts getting promoted.
  BTW, milestone.....ticked over the 22,000 mark on registered forum users today.  RVation seems to be alive and well online!
  Look for the update here in around 12 hours...   


Found During Condition Inspection

Pics/text courtesy Randy 'Monkey' Richmond of Richmond Aircraft Service

"Found on an RV that was 5 years old with 300 hours - on its 3rd owner.  Right aileron push-pull tube not riveted. Had someone hold the aileron while I put about 5lbs force on the stick.  Pulled right out.  Pushed stick hard right and locked up due to fitting jamming in yoke."


Solution Now Available for SkyView 14.0 Technical Service Bulletin

We are excited to report that SkyView v14.1 is now available for download. It contains the fix for the issue that was the cause of the Technical Service Bulletin earlier this month. It also has a few other small fixes and feature improvements that we found since then.  ...


Frightening ...Weasel

Found this during an inspection. No names!

This is the same wing bay


From Rich Meske...

Please take a fresh look at out Tip-Up/Slider Canopy Modification for the RV-6, 7 & 9. This year marks our 15th year offering this product. We now offer two canopy modifications, our original kit and another gentleman’s laser cut kit. Both kits have their own advantages. We let the builder choose which is best for their needs.

This year also marks our 16th year of doing business! We now offer many new products for the experimental aircraft market. Please check out ALL of our great products at aircraftextras.com.


RV TEAM CHILE display on FIDAE 2016 ...video


New Lower Cost Database Options for Garmin aera 795/796

We recently announced our new aera 660 portable navigator, and with that we announced the availability of the new Garmin Navigation Database (for U.S. and Canada) and introduced a family of new lower priced database bundles.

We are pleased to announce that similar bundles are now available for aera 795/796 customers through the normal www.flygarmin.com channel. 


Bob Kuykendall's RV-15 Idea

Resurrecting this thread with an idea I posted elsewhere. Yes, it's RV-related.

I propose that the next RV kit should move into the market space being developed by the Icon A5 amphibian guys. Vans business model has always been to either offer something for which there is no equivalent production aircraft (most RVs) or for which a kitplane can undercut production aircraft by ~50% (RV-10). I think that an A5 competitor would fit perfectly with this model.

My proposal is that they start with the basic RV-12 design and go from there. Ditch the fuselage and replace it with a combination of aluminum panels and carbon fiber hull moldings that looks enough unlike the A5 to get them around the bizarre patent laws that protect boat hulls. Plug the RV-12 wings into the top, hang the RV-12 motor onto the back, plop the RV-12 stabilator onto the carbon fiber fin, add retractable gear and there you are. The big plastic parts and the retractable gear have bumped the price by about 35%, and it is not going to have that lovely supercar interior, but you've achieved 90% of the A5's performance and functionality for less than 50% the price.

Flame suit on!

Thanks, Bob K.



March 30, 2016.  0002 UTC.   Issue No. 4,084.

April Calendar Wallpaper Online

Sid Mayeux departing my home airfield in his RV-7A.  Burst mode, 200mm lens, f/7.1, 1/640s, auto-focus.  Shoot was pre-briefed and done with a text from Sid letting me know when he was two minutes from takeoff.  I shot this from the ramp in front of my hangar - easier to do than you might think.

If you're ever departing my home field to the south and would like me to get a pic, just get in touch.  How's free sound? 

dr photo


Rogers RV14A Build - 140204 ...Roger Kieffer II RV-14A

Hello Everyone,

Got the tools, kit, shop, and build log website setup and Im ready to get going on my Vans RV14A in SE Wisconsin.  This is my first build so please provide any guidance, advice, etc as I go through this process.



Introducing Supertracks ...Vince Frazier

Blake and I have come up with a totally new product to make life easier for pilots with RV-6, 6A, 7, 7A, 9, and 9A SLIDING canopies. Our new Supertracks allow you to easily roll your canopy back an additional 9" (or more) to make accessing your baggage compartment a snap. And there's nothing to disconnect, or futz with, just the normal fore and aft canopy motion that you're accustomed to already.  ...


Ongoing (Alternator) Maintenance ...PaigeHoffart

After 550 hours I just broke the middle wire in the connector housing. Of course it would have to happen in IMC. I ordered a new crimpable connector from these guys.


RV-8 s/n83124 ...Dominique in France


RE: ACS and Credit Card Fraud ...Jim Irwin

"We noticed today's posting from Carl about the credit card fraud he recently experienced, and I want to respond regarding Aircraft Spruce's credit card security procedures. We follow industry standard procedures for credit card security and have been PCI certified for many years by our credit card processing center. This means that we have all of the available measures in place to prevent credit card fraud. All of our customers' credit card information is encrypted and only a select few managers have access to this information. Our IT manager checks credit card logs regularly to insure that there is no indication that any of our credit card records have been compromised.

Credit card security is a big concern these days and Aircraft Spruce deals with it on a daily basis, as do all suppliers, with persons trying to place orders with stolen credit cards. We screen all orders carefully and are able to identify and cancel these fraudulent orders. This is not an easy task, as credit card thieves and hackers are getting more sophisticated all the time in their efforts to defeat credit card security.

We encourage any customer any customer who feels that a breach of their credit card may be related to a transaction with Aircraft Spruce to contact us immediately with all the details they can provide so we can investigate immediately. We were unable to identify Carl on the VAF posting but I hope that he will email me directly with whatever information he can provide, including the details on who paid their property taxes using his credit card."

Jim Irwin
Aircraft Spruce



March 29, 2016.  0005 UTC.   Issue No. 4,083.

Missing Man Formation Marana, AZ ...Gash

I had the privilege of flying in a 6-ship missing man formation yesterday at the opening ceremony for the new Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Marana, Arizona. Flight members from the Arizona Scorpions were: Gary Goebel (on loan from the Blackjacks), Jim Graham, Mel Jordan, Karl Gashler, Cathy Page (with Carl Brownd riding shotgun) and Bill Grischo. Tito Sanchez was our ground coordinator. It's always an honor to fly with such an excellent group of aviators and friends. We all had a great time!

Here's a photo from the Arizona Daily Star. You can see Mel pulling up and away, and it's nice how the photographer got the flag in the frame too.


She Flies! ...Rob 'KRviator' 9A in Sydney, Australia

After 4 years, 9 months and 19 days building, Aurora Australis was awarded her registration, but I then had to wait several more weeks for a combination of good weather and kids-in-daycare to be able to perform the first flight.

Other than a few EMS alarms (high current, EGT and Fuel Flow) the flight went beautifully. These alarms will be reset to more appropriate values before the next flight. The high-current was due to me setting the redline at the 30-amp rating of the PP alternator, that I now understand will output slightly more than 30 amps at times. EGT was due to the #2 cylinder being much higher than the others, even during idle, so I'm going to swap the probe to #4 to see what happens, and FF was higher than expected for the O-340, and I didn't have enough margin in the setting there.  ...


Aileron bracket.. Whoops

Just when you think... That won't happen to me! I countersunk the wrong side of the bracket. It looks thick enough to handle a 'double countersink' so I did the other side as well and built on...

What do you think? Airworthy or rebuild?


Engine stumble

0320/E2G with 30 hrs SMOH. almost every flight it will momentarily stumble for a split second. It can best be described as a (bump). After that it runs fine the rest of the flight. It will only do it once. We changed both mags, wires, and plugs and it still does it. I cant figure out what could be causing this? The plane is going to Sun-N-fun which is 1000 miles one way. I would like to find out if this is a major issue or just an annoyance?


Side pocket

Anything inherently wrong with this idea? Fits my IPad in a Otter case?


C Frame Dimpler Table ...Bruce Windowm's take (foamboard and liquid nails)

You might consider what I did. It's a heckuva lot easier to move on/off your work table, and can be more easiler store in an overhead rafter area, if you have one of those.


3rd & 4th Inboard Wing Rib - Hole miss-match? ...Steve Murray

Started assembling the Wing rear spar to the back of the wing ribs (1/8") rivets. On the 3rd and 4th rib from the inboard side. I am seeing a mis-match between the pre-punched holes in the ribs and the rear spar.

Note the two holes that have not been deburred, these holes are matched drilled from the doubler "W-1007B Rear Spar Doubler" on the rear spar.



March 28, 2016.  0008 UTC.   Issue No. 4,082.
  I hope you had a nice Easter weekend and that you got to have a huge meal with family, bragging about your RV plane/project.  I was out at the airport Saturday morning, fiddling with this and that, and saw my neighbor Scott getting into his RV-8A.  "Where you headed, Scott?"  "Off to see Mom.  Easter."  Had a suit folded neatly in the passenger seat.
  These planes, and what they allow us to do, are amazing.


9DB---BOGIE AT 8 O'CLOCK!!!!!!!!! ...Dave B. 9A

Never mind---it is a friendly.

Actually, there were nine friendlies!!! You see, at KPRC we have a rather large contingent of pilots on our "Fly to Breakfast/Lunch" mailing list. This past Sunday we had a total of nine planes/14 people whose "mission" that day was to patrol the Chino Wash and then to rendezvous for breakfast and de-brief in Seligman, AZ at West Side LiLo's--wheels down at 0900. West Side LiLo's is one of those historical 1950's-1960's diners located right on old Rte 66 in northern AZ. However, if you go there beware---they serve "cowboy sized" meals!  ...


New to us RV8 ...Rob Traynham Simpsonville, SC

Well, my son and I jumped out and bought a beautiful RV8 in Canada. As of yesterday, we now have U.S. registered airplane AND a fresh Airworthiness Certificate. We recently trained with Kent Gorton at Mallard's landing and had a great experience. Just waiting on the rain to stop now so we can fly it!


Scenes from Newcastle ...haydnc


It's the one you don't see

I had an interesting experience with ADSB. The RV is ADSB out and I was using a Stratus II / iPad (Foreflight) for ADSB in. The traffic displays were very good and all looked well.

Later, I had the chance to compare that to an ATC radar plot - there was traffic that had not showed on the ADSB. The traffic was putting out mode C only but there was some problem with the altitude data so it was defaulting to "000" for altitude on the radar display; essentially, sea level. ATC was not talking to him.

I'm at 3700 - so it's outside the puck even though ground elevation was about 1000 MSL (that's the prevailing conjecture as to why it didn't display). So, the traffic really could have been at my altitude, but in this situation, it wasn't going to display for me.

As helpful as the traffic info is, I think there might still be something to be said for looking out the window since this high-priced video game is not picking everything up.


Bulldog Flight Formation Video


The Eagle (EMS) Flys ...Dane Patterson RV-8 w/FADEC

After a six month hiatus, to change over from an Aerosance FADEC to a Precision Airmotive EMS, my aircraft is once again flying. The Aerosance FADEC (now a Continental Motors product) was becoming a liability. Periodically it would skip a beat, for no apparent reason, or give strange readings, that could not be explained. After years of frustration I decided it was time to make a change.  ...


Grass Runway Season Open! ...Vlad pics


Tale of a sticky valve


Block Island PIREP ...Mike/John

Fun trip in the RV up and back to Block Island today! We managed to fit a Maryland/Mass beer exchange into the activities!

Albit - Next time! I plan to be up in New England a lot this year!


She's Got Legs! ...with a nod to ZZ Top


FS Airpark Home ...Lake City, FL


Andy Blanchard's New Panel ...Bold!!!!



March 25, 2016.  0005 UTC.   Issue No. 4,081.
  Was over at Jay Pratt's place visiting Thursday morning, and saw an RV-14 fuse (taildragger) on the gear with the tail on (no wings).  Was really impressed with how much larger it seemed than my RV-6 fuse/tail.  Looked like a RV-10 as a taildragger, actually.  I can see why there is a step-up option.  Impressive!
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled Easter weekend. 



Pilot Joe Blank 'communicating' with his reflection during an RV-12 SLSA delivery flight.  From the factory FB page


JB MDL ...Vlad

An email was channeled to me via secure network. It stated if I don't forward all my credentials within two days to a certain address I would never had a chance to touch down on a military concrete. And so I did in a big hurry not telling anyone. In a couple weeks I was clear to visit McGuire AFB with 36 other local bug smashers. The military conducted a Midair Collision Avoidance seminar and the brass approved a flyin.

Arriving aircrafts were split in 4 groups and each group received a time slot. I departed earlier and planned to intercept somebody by NYC.  ...


Video Related To Above ...Brent Connelly


Status Report ...rightrudder

Getting there.... 27.4 on the Hobbs now. Today's flight was the longest yet at 2.9 hrs.

I redid the right inlet ramp to reduce CHTs for Nos. 1 & 3, shortening it by about 1.5 in. I cut it where it mates to the intake with a Dremel cut-off wheel, sanded down the dry micro with a mini die-grinder sander, then used the remaining shelf to anchor the shortened ramp.

Aft end was secured with a thick bead of flox, then a couple layers of 9 oz. cloth. I sanded down the remnants of the original attachment flush with the die grinder.

The temp variance wasn't all that bad to begin with, but the change seemed to help...all cylinders are now with 10 degrees or so in cruise. But No. 1 still gets the hottest in climb, so I'll have to either remove its air dam altogether, or cut it down by half again.

I'm getting lots of practice with leaning, as I buzz the practice area in one direction, pull a U-eee, richen, climb 1000 ft, lean, buzz the other direction, descend 1000 ft, richen, and so forth.

Did a couple of landings at Apple Valley, and the aircraft is really starting to fit like a glove. After running 'er hard, it's kinda peaceful to throttle way back and just putt-putt around the pattern.

One last thought....it's the little things that make it more fun to work on our planes. A long, skinny funnel I bought from HF slips right down the dipstick tube and stays put. Best $3.99 I've spent lately. <g>  pictures


The cat's meow for touch up

When you buff the paint off a rivet...



March 24, 2016.  0002 UTC.   Issue No. 4,080.
  It was too windy to haul gravel Wednesday in DFW (badump).  Settled for the treadmill and computers...no RV anything.  Storms forecast overnight, so maybe Thursday on the back side it will be calm enough for some time off the surface. 

First formation video of my RV7 ...Shawn Li

Flew with a friend with a Glasair to Independence, OR last weekend. My wife was riding in the Glasair, and had a chance to shoot a video of our flying RV7 for the first time. It's also her first time to check out our RV7 in the air .

Thought to share the video with the group.


RV Snowbird Acro PIREP ...Bill M.

Thanks for the congratulations, but many have helped to develop the competitive edge. Two weeks before the Snowbird contest, Ron and others gathered in Vidalia, GA on a weekend for an aerobatic workshop with coaching from Eric Sandifer (Advanced 1st place in the Northeast 2015) and Tony Zorn (Advanced). This is where you refine the maneuvers and improve your scores. Eric also helped me design my free style and signed off on it as a judge. At a contest, it really doesn't matter what you fly. It just a big happy family whether it's a MX, Extra, Edge, Pitts, Decathlon, YAK, or our nimble little RVs. It is also very addictive too. Hope to see more RVs at other contests.


Status Reports ...Bill Boyd

The shop ambient noise level measures 30-33dB on my iPhone app when the people upstairs are not walking overhead - quiet as a library.  ...


Moving to Houston, TX ...from Italy

Hi all,
After long thinking with my family we decided to give a substantial change to our lives. We'll move to Houston from Italy this summer!

Unfortunately this means I have to sell my RV-7 project [ed. We'll see about that <g>. dr] (by the way, it has been on hold for the last couple of years due family/job/money difficulties) but I hope I can continue to be a member of the RV community (who knows.. maybe in the future I'll start over again!)

Any advice for a new Houston resident?.


Last Summer ...Karl Bambas

People keep asking Dolly and I if we've been hiding, that they haven't seen us for a while. Well we've been building.


Follow Up From Joe


Just to clarify from my E-mail answer yesterday...

That would probably work OK, but you’d have to use a reduced head screw (AN525 series would work) so as not to interfere with the roll bar when closed. Also ensure good Edge Distance on the roller weldment here as there is a significant 'lifting component' to the forces applied to the canopy during flight.

Option #2 is to TIG weld the holes closed on the parts and re-drill with the correct ED.

Option #3 is to replace the parts with new. Your choice."


Check one off the bucket list

Yesterday I was finally able to do something I've been wanting to do my whole life. Flew my -12 to visit my father for the first time, a 2 hour flight and my first ever overnight stay (with the plane) away from the home 'drome. My dad is 87 now and is still in good shape. He had a serious health issue at Thanksgiving and has made a good recovery. One of the reasons I built the -12 was to be able to fly with him and the speed of the assembly was a primary factor. I was able to complete my plane in about 700 hours, Van's was spot on. Dad was a Navy fighter pilot. He has over 2000 hours in F-8 Crusaders and did 3 combat tours in Viet Nam. One tour as executive officer of VF-211, one as commanding officer VF-211, and the last as CAG-5 on the USS Midway. Naturally I wanted to be a fighter pilot like him. However, when I was 12, during a routine vision screening at school, I found out I would need glasses. Knowing that the Navy does not accept pilot candidates with anything less than perfect vision my dreams were crushed. So now my -12 is my jet fighter and I have flown my father in it. The only other time I flew with Dad was a family trip from Jacksonville, Fla to Lower Alabama when I was 5. Dad also was a flight instructor at Pensacola in the late 50's. After we landed yesterday he scored the "check ride" as an "UP". So I guess that I have now passed primary flight training and will now move to jet transition training. I hope to enjoy many more flights with my father in the days to come. For all you guy's still building your fighter jets,,,,, keep pulling and pounding those rivets so that you can have a day like I did yesterday.


Mothership Stats


Ordered -8 QB Fuse!! ...Jeff Munzell (VA)

I am very excited.... This is one of those so far...slooooooow builds. Ordered tail kit late 1999, ordered slow build wings in late 2000. Between job and raising kids and trying to stay ahead of household maintenance 3 1/2 acres, it's taken me this long to get to this point.. I've been using "...8 wings still" for way too many years...but not for much longer!

Fuse should show up around the August/September timeframe.. very excited! WooooHoooo!!!


Factory Represented at AERO Friedrichschafen

...April 20-23, 2016 (Southern Germany)



March 23, 2016.  0001 UTC.   Issue No. 4,079. 
  Tater Salad was down for maintenance Tuesday with a migraine, so I was on go get him from school and chicken nugget duty.  That and making sure the house was rigged for quiet.  On the back side of it now and doing much better at publish time.
  No RV related activities today other than normal computer work, and that's just fine.  Family is priority 1-10...aviation 11.  It was gusting here nearly to 40mph today, anyway.  Too much for my tastes...  ;^) 

Status Report: Wings Away! ...David Paule RV-3B

Wirejock came down from his mountain to help me more the wings to the hangar. It went smoothly enough. After taping moving blankets to the wings beforehand, I put one thin piece of plywood in the pickup truck, then the right wing, blanket side down, then another thin (and therefore light) piece of plywood, and and finally the left wing. Tied them down and off we went, driving carefully.

Of course something had to cause some concern. In this case it was a pine tree in the backyard that had grown up into some power lines. While we were tying the wings in, a neighbor dropped by to tell us that the tree was sparking with the wire. After a brief visit from a fire truck and a call to the power company, we were on the road.

Unloading went smoothly enough. Larry took a photo of me holding a wing in the hangar.  ...


Re-drilling canopy roller?

I screwed up one of my canopy rollers when I mis-measured, resulting in insufficient edge distance.  Based on the fact that these parts are steel, and that, when closed, there won't be much force applied to this connection, I'm thinking of re-drilling in the fore-aft direction ( 90 degrees to this mis-drilled holes) a litter lower.
Insane? or OK?


Govenor Cable Help

I have a Hartzell govenor on my 200hp which is mounted so the actuator moves fwd and aft versus left/righ. I am having problems trying to find a cable bracket and proper function on the cable. Anyone out there that had this problem and has a fix? Your expertise would be greatly appreciated.


Silver Hawk fuel injection servo "gotcha"

My RV-7 has been a great machine over the last 4 years. 99.9% of the 450 hours thus logged have been pretty much trouble free. But here’s a short story of a “gotcha” that popped up recently. It was not a real big deal and probably not a major safety of flight item, but I’ll pass this along anyway.

I have an Aerosport IO-375 installed with a standard Precision Silver Hawk fuel injection system. On a recent run-up prior to takeoff, the vernier mixture control seemed to have a “sticky” spot as I pushed the mixture to full rich. I experimented a little and it seemed like the vernier control was hanging up about an inch out from full rich. So like a dummy, I took off anyway assuming that I might have to look into it later.  ...


Mixture Arm Interference with Starter

I have installed Van's mixture bellcrank and bracket for an IO-360A1B Horizontal Induction. When I connect to the mixture arm I am unable to get full throw due to interference with starter (see pic). This engine installed in another aircraft was configured with the arm in the down position where there would be no interference. Van's said I either need a shorter starter or modify the arm to avoid the contact. Even if I use the lower hole and cut off the top portion it does not look like I will still get full throw.


Engine Mount Beef-up ...David Paule RV-3B

KatieB sent me a photo of a cracked weld in an RV-3B engine mount at a lower corner where the landing gear socket is welded adjacent to a mount bolt. The crack was visible with dye penetrate.  ...



March 22, 2016.  0001 UTC.   Issue No. 4,078. 

RVs RULE Snowbird! ...f14av8

"...Bill McLean WON the Sportsman Category competition at the Snowbird Classic. He did that in a RV-4, competing against a field of purpose-built aerobats, including an EXTRA (really two EXTRAS as it was being flown by two pilots). So, Bill went out and showed what an RV, flown by a well trained and well prepared pilot can do. There's just nothing like an inverted spin in a RV-4 to impress the judges! Congratulations Bill."  continue


Another RV

On the day of my 60th birthday N321BV, RV-7 S/N 74171 received its Special Airworthiness Certificate!! The maiden flight will take place soon when schedules and weather are coordinated.

Here are the basics:

RV-7 Standard build
3 years 1 month elapsed construction time
2070 hours logged construction time
Superior IO-360-B1LD2 engine (horizontal induction)
Whirlwind 200RV prop
Christen inverted oil system
Dynon Skyview EFIS, EMS, COM & I/C, ADAHRS, XPDER, ADSB, 2 axis autopilot
1086 lbs. empty weight
Bill Vinson
RV-7 Standard Build


Welcome Bruce's Custom Covers

They cover pretty much anything you need covered.


Cremated Remains Dispenser


Polish burns ...Bob C.

It was opening day this weekend for the Spring Polishing Season. Fortunately, I've compound polished the plane enough in the last few years that -- unless there's a specific scratch -- I don't bother doing much compounding.

Lately, I've been using California Custom Purple (always with the de-oxydizer) and then using the Cyclo with Nuvite F7 and then Grade S with a fleece cloth.

Anyway, I had used some painters tape to protect the stripes when I encountered a piece that was hard to get off . I'd neglected it before starting with the cyclo but there I was in the middle of cyclo'ing and I was picking at this tape.

While I was doing that, I lost focus on my cyclo work and while picking at the tape with one finger, I was holding the cyclo in place with the other.

So, of course, the aluminum got warm and burned.

I was subsequently able to get the "burn" out but here's my question: What's burning? The aluminum or the polish on the aluminum?


Status ...trackdom

"Never give up."


Milestone: The Big Cut ...Raymo

Spent a couple hours staring at it, reading and re-reading the instructions and drawings. Seems to be a little extra plexi between where the slider forward end stops and the windshield begins, which makes it less critical to get the cut exactly right the first time. I used my Dremel on high speed with a diamond blade. The first cut was just to remove the excess from the sides, From there, take an 1 to 1.5 inches at a time so you can keep the rather small cutting disk perpendicular to the Plexiglas. Uses sponges or similar to support the glass while cutting so there is no stress on the cut line.  continue



From the RV-6.  Counted (14) on a short .3hr flight Monday, (12) in the two pics below.  Excuse the blurry one, but it shows a nice buck.  The 200mm lens is big enough that they usually don't even look up.


Cleaning the Oceans and Flying on Waste



March 21, 2016.  0005 UTC.   Issue No. 4,077. 

John Goodloe RV-8.  dr photo.

(32) Additions/Updates to the RV White Pages ...courtesy Mr. Tate Reeves

Renegade 5 RV4 at Alamosa (two vids)

Formation Swag

Near miss - Bird Strike

Using Paint Masks (lots of photos) ...Dan L.

Mice Damage

Crabandy Status Report

RV Acro

Fireblock failure...Don't do what I did

Classified Spotlight ...9A w/many pictures

Pazmanyflyer Status Report

DAR added to the list (Massachusetts)

Status Report ...longranger -7



March 18, 2016.  0028 UTC.   Issue No. 4,076. 
Pushed out the updated VAF Courtesy Car list yesterday, then rec'd (4) more updates today.  So, I added those (updates are usually pushed out the day I get an email).  It's crazy simple to maintain.  The RV White Pages should be updated over the weekend, courtesy young Mr. Reeves.  I pay him per record edited/added, so of course he is a fan of lots of people updating their info.  He suggested a few thousand people add a period to part of their listing.  I told him if that happened we'd probably need to rethink our payment model <g>.
  Formula 1 racing starts back up this weekend.  First race Australia - the long drought is over.  Go fast time is back and the DVR is cocked.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 

She Flys! ...Lorne

Yippee!, Yeehah!, Wow!, She Flys!

A couple of days after getting the pink slip, the latest RV-6 leapt into the sky. All I can say is keep on building.....the grin is worth it!


Not your typical fuel tank woe ...Ryan -12

After agonizing over to wet rivet or not, sealant dispensing methods, and everyone opinions, I completed my fuel tanks back in November and the initial leak test with soapy water and balloon passed with flying colors. About a week or so ago I ran across a thread from a builder who was having issues with producing acceptable tubing flares. It was then I learned that I used the wrong flare set (automotive) when making the vent lines in for the tanks. That's when I went down another path of endless thread scouring about potential vent blockages/leakages etc. I was worried that although leak free, I may leak fuel through the improper vent fitting once the vent fitting was submerged in fuel. My curiosity couldn't take it anymore, so I decided to do another leak test with Avgas. Long story short, no leaks from the inboard rib vent fitting when submerged in fuel. Which brings me to...   continue


RV-7A Dream Panel ...Walt/Rick Aronow

Our latest project from EXP Aircraft Services, the RV7 dream panel!

This is my brother's RV7A so it was a team effort, I let him do all the hard work (installing it in the airplane) while I did the easy stuff like basic system architecture, building custom interconnect harness, panel wiring etc..

I'd also like to give credit to the Stein Team (Christer especially) for a superb job helping getting it all to fit and then cutting the panel.  And thanks to Brandon at GloCustom Paint for the custom flat black epoxy finish.

Garmin: G3X 10" Touch, GTN750, GTR20 (com 2), GMA240 (audio panel), GTX23ES (remote mode S xpdr), GDL39R (ADS-B in), Full A/P w/GMC307 control panel, GI260 AOA indicator with heated pitot.
(Airspeed indicator is a place holder for future back-up.)

795 was left over from old panel, probably not going to be needed much now!


Eagle's Nest Projects - AOPA features Florida student-builder Abbey Carlson

...FIRST SOLO!!!  RV-12.


A leaf in the wind ...Jeff Kersey

Sometimes I feel a little like a leave in the wind in this little plane. It keeps it from getting boring. I enjoy the challenge. My wife, not so much... I still have not had her on a smooth flight in the new RV yet. She thinks it is always bumpy and it is because the pane is so light. I have to remind her we get bounced around in big jets too. I look forward to a fun trip with her that is like glass... Oh well. Gusting to 20kts, 90 degrees to the runway. My little plane handled it just fine. I love this thing! <g>


Condition Inspection Continued ...Vlad


Status Report Pictures ...Ed Flemin -7 Zimbabwe

Moving on to the flap braces, these were a bit trickier than I thought. The problem is the flange which rivets to the rear spar is straight, but the section which attaches where the rear spar is doubled should be higher. hopefully you can see what I mean from the pictures. When you first cleco it in place this puts quite a kink in the lower flange where it rivets to the bottom skin. This required quite a bit of adjusting to get things straight. I got it to a point where it was straight with the skin clecoed on, but I found out later I needed to get it straight without the skin to help. Thats because when you drill the hinge you can't use clecos. 


Sports in the Yard

...photographed from the RV-6 Thursday morning after the hail and thunderstorms passed.  Baseball, golf and basketball just outside the front door.  Not my neighborhood if you were wondering <g>.  Not buzzing the houses either (Canon EOS-1 D w/ EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens).

Texas, ladies and gentlemen. 



March 17, 2016.  0012 UTC.   Issue No. 4,075. 

Springtime in Texas.  dr

Baffling ...skylor

I've seen a lot of builders extend their inlet ramps out beyond the side baffles, but per my RV-8 FWF plans circa 2006, my interpretation was that the upper cowl ramps are inside of the baffles (for both the parallel valve and angle valve engines). I built mine with the fiberglass ramps completely inside of the baffles and the baffles seals lay against the cowl and not the ramps. My ramps are open on both ends. I have excellent engine cooling with this arrangement.


VAF Courtesy Car List Updated

A simple list on one page - all it needs to be.


Status Report (Many Pictures) ...craband

If I had it to do over again I probably would move each inlet about 3/8" inch inboard for more outside curve, but I'm moving on with the existing inlets. I carved out a spot to nestle in the forward section of the new hinge, it helped with the angle for inserting the hinge from the front. I followed the Van's instructions on drilling extra holes and aggressively sanding the hinge flange and epoxying it to the cowl, the old hinges were not letting go virtually welded to the cowl. I used the hinge pin and an extra piece of hinge to position the new hinge with the existing hinge. After the epoxy dried I riveted the new sections.


From MGL...



March 16, 2016.  0001 UTC.   Issue No. 4,074. 

Status Report ...Chattin35 in Boise


How Vlad Reads VAF <g>


Finally Some RV Time Off the Surface

Got in a .2hr RV flight Tuesday morning after a couple computer hours - first flight in (11) days.  Guessing $8 in avgas.  Checked the creek for deer (none) and a pass down a friend's grass runway to say good morning (they waved from the porch).  VOR check back at the field (131°/312° radial TTT over 52F) and the overhead break for 17 - the break occurs when the needle centers.  Felt good to get off the surface, if only for a bit.  Treadmill, some weights and lunch, then back on the keyboard mentally recalibrated (the watch seems to think flying didn't burn calories ;^)).  RVs are pretty awesome when you can occasionally work them into your schedule!   Spring is here in DFW....temp was 81°F.  Lots of pollen, though.


Classified Spotlight: 9A For Sale: $65K ...or trade


Quirkies From the Air



March 15, 2016.  0001Z.   Issue No. 4,073. 

Axel's Birthday Ice Cream Party PIREP

Well the 8th annual ice cream social is a wrap. Even though we had about 50% cancellation due to bad WX and winds we still ended up with 30 airplanes. Thank you to those of you that came. It made the event very special this time around. Special (I put on a tux) because my grandparents, parents and sister traveled to join us. They had a blast.

My wife busted her behind more than usual this time around. If you flew/drove in you know what I mean. Despite hiring someone to work the event, I was still not able to spend enough time with everyone. My apologies, that really bugs me. The games we introduced were a hit. Many folks ended up with “pie” to the face. Also the bean bag game was great even though I saw my sister take a bean bag to the head at one point.  continue


A New 6! ...Lorne Montgomery

After almost 5 years and a lots of great adventures, another RV6 gets a Special Airworthiness Certificate. My wife Aimee proudly holds it. This photo absolutely would not have happened if it weren't for her, Charlie, Scott, VAF, and DAR Phil Devlin.

First flight soon!


Formation w/a P-51 ...jdhmotor

I probably got to do something today that I thought would never happen and will only get to do once. That was to fly formation in my RV-8 with a P-51 Mustang. What fun. I have attached the link to the video. It was bumpy so had youtube try to smooth it out. Not sure if I like the way the screen jumps around but a better quality picture of the Mustang.  video


AircraftStickers.com News

(Mark P.)  "I have a bunch of new "Series" top view stickers available on the AircraftStickers.com website. I have fighter jets, airliners, and of more interest to your readers, the new "RV Series".  The series stickers are smaller less detailed and less expensive (only $4.99/ea) top view stickers perfect for tool boxes, air compressors, or car windows.  I've attached a pic of all the stickers, and a photo of the RV-4 on my car."



March 14, 2016.  0001Z.   Issue No. 4,072. 
IFR Wx, POTUS TFRs (Sat) and 90° crosswinds gusting 25kts (Sun) kept me from doing anything RV this weekend.  Plan B was fixing a broken toilet, working, watching basketball, mowing the yard and washing a car.  Wasn't as fun, though.
  Audrey flew out to San Diego Saturday to attend the American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition (undergrad program).  SMU's chemistry department picked five students to go, and Ace was one.  How awesome is that?!?  Very proud of this young lady!  Her first 'career trip' - the hard work is starting to pay dividends.
  Hope it was dry, TFR free and VFR in your town this weekend, and that you got to RVate!

Happy Birthday Drawing ...Rick's 15yr old daughter


Control Stick Pivot Bushing Mod ...Jim Stricker


Milestone: Avionics Arrive!  ...Rob Reece RV-8 via Stein


RV-8 Flight on a Perfect Colorado Day ...Joe Z.


From the Mothership


8th Annual Ice Cream Social Pictures ...Bruce Hill


DIY Seat Status ...KHeidorn


RV10 takeoff pics at Alfonsinas Mexico


Pics of Ron Schreck in His RV-8


Airborne! ...Manfred in Austria


Vlad's Condition Inspection (installment 2)

Installment 3


Posting for a Buddy at my Airport...ask for Steve if you call.

Something to fly in N.TX for $12K while you build your RV.



March 11, 2016.  0049Z.   Issue No. 4,071. 
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 

Russians in Canada (Русские в Канаде) ...Vlad RV-9A

My airplane is due for quarterly condition inspection. I am parked outside and any kind of heavy maintenance presents a challenge. It's still winter, it's windy and cold, there is no electricity and I can't leave cowl off for more then couple hours not even talking overnight. Hey, said Julian, the owner of two beautiful Canadian RVs, hop over the border I have a heated hangar by Montreal, all tools and an apartment built into the hangar. We can even balance your prop...

What could be better?! VAF camaraderie at work! At the end of the day I am heading north for the weekend.  continue


Eagle's Nest Projects - Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston was host to the 2016 CCISD middle school science fair attended by more than 3,000 students and parents. Eagle's Nest Projects was humbled and honored by CCISD's request to keystone the event with an aircraft built by Clear Springs High School PLTW Aerospace Engineering students (2nd of 3 completed). Eagle's Nest Projects - STEM education at the highest level; building student, school, and community pride!.


How to R&R old wood and glass gear leg fairimg

OK, so the brake line started leaking. And it's an older -6A with permanently installed fairing. (wood and fiberglass at the leading edge. Flox or micro balloons in trailing edge.)  Managed to get it off without damage to the leg, but splintered a good bit of wood. I cut the trailing edge AND through the wood to get it off.

What now? Brake line is easy to replace, but I doubt there is any reasonable way to put the old fairing back on.
Can I just replace one side with a new fairing from Vans? Or have to replace both?  Can the plane fly with one main fairing, or would it pull to the side too much?  Any helpful advice appreciated.


RV-7A rebirthing

So I started the long process of unbending my -7A...(background)  Going to be a long road, but worth the effort.

She went down in Nevada, moved to CA, now based in Portland OR.  Not much straight on her but she is resting comfortably... 

Started the removal process and it is not bad, at least the easy to reach rivets aren't.   Will keep you posted on what I uncover deeper into her innards



TAS/IAS Verification w/GPS Followup ...Greg Niehues

To close the loop on this - after fixing the line that had come off one of my static ports, my Dynon-calculated TAS agrees with the 3-leg GPS calculated TAS within 1.4 knots at cruise speed and better than that at slow flight, close enough for the girls I go out with...

I'm showing 143 knots TAS at 67% power and 7500' now, without wheel pants and gear fairings.

I'm also showing 140 knots TAS at 46% power and 17,500' burning 6gph - love this 9A wing!!


Spotlight on 'The Lists'

The site is chocked full of 'em.


Scheduled Site Maintenance 3/12/16 10pm CT - 3/13/16 6am CT

The regularly scheduled maintenance window will be used to install critical patches to servers on the network, in order to keep the data safe and improve the reliability of the hosted environment. Readers will experience intermittent service accessibility during this window.



March 10, 2016.  0018Z.   Issue No. 4,070. 

Ski's fit AND new snow ...Cathy Page

So, I got my ski's to fit in the 6 (without hard points and a hollowed out sidewinder under the wing).

With this new discovery and new snow at Big Bear, does anyone here have experience with getting transportation between L35 and the mountain?
Oh and speaking of mountain, I see there are actually 2 ski areas. Is one preferred over the other?

I'm going up Thurs early and if my legs survive the first day I'll be looking for lodging and ski Firday also.


Q: When can a ELT be tested after installation?

Off hand does anyone know where I can find in the FAA rules on when I can test a ELT ( Emergency Locate transmitter). Panel getting its final checks. Thanks.

A: I happen to be studying for my FAA written...

(a) Analog 121.5/243 MHz ELTs should only be tested during the first five minutes after any hour. If operational tests must be made outside of this period, they should be coordinated with the nearest FAA Control Tower or Flight Ser-vice Station. Tests should be no longer than three audible weeps. If the antenna is removable, a dummy load should be substituted during test procedures.

(b) (b) Digital 406 MHz ELTs should only be tested in accordance with the unit’s manufacturer’s instructions.

(c) (c) Airborne tests are not authorized.

I believe this to be accurate

A: For those Canadians reading this thread, the answer is simple. Testing may be done in the first 5 minutes of the UTC hour. This applies to both 121.5 and 406MHz units.

Note that most 406 units come with instructions that are very clear about not leaving the unit it test mode for an extended period. The way 406 signaling is designed, the ELT sends an 'invalid/test' signal if it broadcasts within the first 50 seconds following activation. After 50 seconds, you're broadcasting a valid distress signal that WILL cause the alarm bells to go off. Please be very careful about keeping 406 ELT tests short, in accordance with manufacturer's instructions


Dynon in New Zealand


Status Report Pictures ...Carl RV-4 in Sweden

Proceeding with spinner installation as I'm waiting for the painter. The WW prop hub gives this 1990:s RV4 kit (12" spinner) a challenge due to it's thickness. Had to modify the front plate quite a bit but I think it will be stable enough. Previous lathe spinner centering method worked out fine.  continue


Phase 1 PIREP ...Doug 9A

"...At this point, yes, I'm flying the whole pattern with full flaps and keeping the speed down. It just helps to reduce the workload, to get the aircraft stabilized at 70-75 KIAS maybe a mile or so out (and slowed down somewhat at 4-5 miles out). The key thing is to do some stalls at altitude on maybe your second flight to see what YOUR airspeed indicator reads. For me, a power-of stall with flaps extended was 39 KIAS at solo weight, which gave me full confidence to slow it down to 60 on final. Controls do get quite light at 60....and the difference in feel from, say, 80 to 60 is noticeably more pronounced in a -9A than in a Cessna 172 or Piper Cherokee, for instance. So do those stalls and lots of slow flight at altitude early on, and build that confidence.

Maybe later when I have more experience, I can approach the pattern with a little more speed and slow it down mid-pattern, but for now I'm very content to trudge along!

In a 172 or Cherokee, they're draggy enough that when you reduce power approaching the pattern, you're almost automatically in Vfe range, so a quick glance at the ASI and you can start feeding them in. in the -9 or -7, you've just got to be more deliberate, stay ahead of the plane, and go back and forth with power reduction and nose-up trim to bleed off the speed and maintain altitude. No biggie, just a little more planning involved.

One more observation that's old news to RV gurus but new to me: There's so very little adverse yaw with the ailerons that I hardly use the rudder at all when at altitude to keep the ball centered. P-factor on takeoff requires higher rudder control effort than my rental planes, but less throw because of the RV rudder's generous size. I've yet to deal with any significant crosswind, but in coming weeks I'll do some crosswind landings on purpose up in the high desert."


Inboard tank rib tooling holes ...Garet Hess 7A

Ok...Silly question here. I've been researching as much as I can but cannot find the answer. Do I need to worry about edge distance to the tooling holes when attaching the T-407 ring and the T-405 angle to the tank rib? Almost all of the build logs show the one rivet for the stiffener ring nutplate awfully close to that tooling hole. Don't know if I should rotate the ring slightly, but that affects the anti-hangup guide a bit.

Do I need to be concerned with the flop tube hole. My gut says I might be ok there.  continue



March 9, 2016.  0001Z.   Issue No. 4,069. 

'Deerspotting' in the RV-6.  Pic from a few weeks back.  dr


Tough Set of Rivets on Tail Cone Under J Stiffeners ...RV-10

Hello, I am riveting the tail cone skins to the bulkeads and came upon a few rivets that I cannot figure out how to set. These are several rivets that join the bulkhead to the skins but fall under a J-stiffener. How do you get to these? Blinf rivet?

In this picture, it is very hard to truly see the rivet is completely under the J-Stiffener. Others were close and I able to use the edge of my back rivet set.  On another note, I clekoed the skins from the inside and back riveted almost 100% of the rivets except the very back of the tail-cone. It came out very nice.

Any help or advice would be appreciated

related: From the RV-10 Forum

A: I have a bucking bar that has a little foot that sticks nicely under the J-Channel. Something like the top bar in this pic should work although my bucking bar is a lot shorter.  I backriveted most of it as well. Amazing how well the rivets set. I reaaaallly wish I would have figured the back-rivet method out before I assembled my rudder. That piece would have been done in a heartbeat with a better outcome and no ruined skin. (I ended up replacing one of the skins when I backriveted off the edge of the bar after reading countless warning about not doing exactly that!)


Milestone: The Big Cut! ...Dave Cobb RV-7

I used a Dremel Multi Max as my poor old compressor could not keep up with the air required.

I would caution anyone using this tool though to advance about four inches at a time and shallow then go back deeper then go back to cut through the plexi. This keep the plexi cooler and worked well.

Really cool to be this far!

My windscreen portion does not meet the tab of the side rail, in fact the lower edge of my canopy extends beyond the forward tab of the side rail about four inches where it curves up and around the front.

Does anyone see any problem with this?


FlightBox ADS-B - Update - New Web Store ...VAF advertiser

A quick update on FlightBox ADS-B, the $200/$250 quick-build kit for the Stratux system. The Kickstarter campaign ended about two weeks ago with 344 backers and $77k in funding. We've ordered and received some of the parts already. We should receive the money from Kickstarter this week, which will allow us to order the rest. We're expecting to be able to deliver all of the Kickstarter pre-orders in March.

I've had several people ask if we're still taking orders for FlightBox - YES! We opened a web store which you can get to here: http://store.openflightsolutions.com/

Orders placed today will go out in late March or very early April. We have enough of the long lead-time parts (the cases and GPS modules) that we should be able to get caught up by the end of March, after which we will have FlightBox units in stock. We're also offering just the case and fan for the DIYers.

Thanks to everyone from Vansairforce who ordered during the Kickstarter and helped make FlightBox a success. I really appreciate the vote of confidence and look forward to getting your receiver to you as soon as possible.


What stage of build is best to sell a partial built (-7) kit? ...Bob in Boise

A medical condition may prevent me from keeping my 3rd class medical. Therefore I could be moving to light sport.

My questions is (and I know you are lucky to recover funds spent); is it better to sell a partial built kit than finished plane?

Current build; -7, slider. Empennage, wing and fuselage are built. I was ready to order the finishing kit. Wings have been mated, all flying surfaces rigged, fuel lines and brakes completed.

Do I sell now, or complete the plane and sell then?

My original bucket list goal was always to build an airplane, so selling this and building a light sport still meets my goal.



Mothership Stats


Passenger liability coverage ...Leah Ringeisen

[ed. Leah works for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Mgmt. Srvs.  They advertise on the front page.  v/r,dr]

"We often get questions as to why an aircraft owner would need passenger liability coverage on their policy when they ONLY fly with a spouse. Some pilots would even like to exclude the passenger coverage all together. There are several reasons to avoid doing this, but the most important one is to protect your family.

Let’s say you are flying with your spouse and you are involved in an accident. If your spouse is seriously injured, the passenger liability coverage is available to help pay for the medical bills. You want to take your children up for a spin instead of your spouse? Great! Know that you have coverage in case something were to happen. What about a friend or another family member? Passenger liability coverage is the way to go. But remember, after the per passenger limit is exhausted, a pilot’s estate or personal assets may be at risk. Based on your level of flying experience, higher limits of liability coverage may be offered and we always recommend you take the highest liability limit available to you. Just a reminder that ANY coverage is dependent on meeting the terms and conditions of the policy! That is why we ask you to read your policy.

If you are interested in increasing your passenger liability limit, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to provide you with a quote. Remember, our goal is to assist you with obtaining insurance coverage that meets your needs and provide you with service second to none.

Feel free to call or email us if you have any questions. We are always happy to help!"



March 8, 2016.  0031Z.   Issue No. 4,068. 

(360° Video) Van's RV-6 Cockpit View Sunset at Half Moon Bay (KHAF)


Panel Shot ...Brian Robinson 6A

Pahan Ranasingha and his team at Avionics Installations, Inc., Spruce Creek, Florida did the installation. G3X Touch, GTN 625, GTX 23, GTR 200. More capable than anything I've ever flown. I am a very happy customer. The flight home to Colorado was a pleasure. Now I need to update the interior.


For Those Thinking Selling the RV Will Be Easy ...Bruce

"I sold my RV-4 and I think I'm coming down with something it is very serious...

Serial builders disease.

I told myself NO WAY NO NO NO WAY was I _EVER_ going to build another airplane ever again. But I really miss my RV-4 fastback and every other plane I look at isn't as good.

So I'm on the first step... admitting I have a problem. What do I do?

I sold it for my first to go to college. I'm thinking I may do a very long build of another RV-4. 70's style, from raw stock mostly. Air Parts, Inc is on my way home from work... stop in every few months and get another sheet of .032 or some angle stock."


New York New York ...Vlad pics


Tip - Brake Lines ...Tom Argentieri

I recently completed running the aluminum brake lines on my 9A. I sought a lot of advice from fellow builders here and this is what I came up with. I think it worked pretty well. I wish I had taken photos during the install, but I think you'll be able to follow.

First, measure the length of the run (right and left are different), then cut the tubing to length, plus a couple of inches. leave a shallow bend in the tube; DO NOT flare either end. Feel the tube thru the little bulkhead starting by the fuel valve.  continue


G3X Touch Videos

New G3X Touch video tutorials are available on our website here. They include some basics like how to tune the radio/transponder, using the autopilot, AOA system operation, and engine monitoring.

More coming soon! I'll update this thread when the new ones go live.




March 7, 2016.  0012Z.   Issue No. 4,067. 
  Windy enough here on Sunday to make it no fun, so the flying plans got changed (updated a database and wiped things down Saturday).  Spent most of Sunday doing accounting instead.  Even as dry as that task can be, sometimes the 'memo' line on a donation check can trigger a memory and bring a smile.  David J. wrote 'Texas A&M Fund for Tate' on his.  He hasn't expressed an interest yet, David, but I'll show him that <g>.  Aggie grads do love their school and are supremely confident in both it and themselves.   My data point: Billy T. Lifelong friend and Aggie.  During a nickel beer induced bar fight in the 80's I happened to be a witness to, Billy, while curled in a ball on the floor receiving kicks famously said, "YOU. CAN'T. HURT. ME."  Said between kicks.  Like I was saying...supremely confident!  The fight stopped because basically everyone involved was laughing too hard to continue.  Hadn't thought about that in a good long while, David.  Thanks for toggling that memory.  Gig 'em!  Billy has flown in our RV-6 a couple of times scouting out deer leases he was looking at.  Probably a good thing there are no more nickel beer specials.
  Spring Break this week for the kids, and Tate is in wants-to-earn-money mode, so the plan is for him to drive a paint brush out at the hangar for a chunk of the week.
  Hope you had a good weekend and that your Monday goes swell. 

David Calland 7A patrolling around Findlay, OH.


Cutest Little Co-Pilot ...Levi Self

My daughter having fun in the right seat. Gotta start them young! I have been trying different headsets and the Zulu 2 seems to work the best so far. I might need to find a kids headset though.

Even in her car seat she can just barely see over the siderail... more


GTN V6.11 Upgrade for EAB Customers ...Garmin

We take customer feedback very seriously and certainly understand and empathize with those of you that have asked us over the years if you could install your own GTN 6XX/7XX software upgrades instead of needing to work with a Garmin dealer who may be a great distance from your location.

We are pleased to announce that GTN V6.11, which includes features such as G3X Touch integrated radio tuning and user defined holding patterns, is now available as a software download to EAB customers with non-certified aircraft.  continue


Out of the paint shop ...Chris Sells


I never thought I would get here!

...Chris Lindauer RV-12 Status Report

Well, I finally reached a milestone. Empennage, wings, and fuselage are done. I started late in 2012 with the idea that maybe someday I would complete an RV-12. With the help of my dad, son, and cousin, we have progressed to this point (see below). It has been a fun process. Now I really have to unload some cash to get this thing finished.

related: RV-12 Forum Area


RVs to dominate aerobatic contest! ...Ron Schreck

Five RV pilots will compete at the 2016 Snowbird Classic Aerobatic Contest at Dunnellon, Florida (X35) Friday, March 18 to Sunday, March 20 2016. Two will compete in the Primary category and three of us in Sportsman. This is the largest turnout of RVs ever at a regular IAC aerobatic contest. Several years ago there was a contest in Texas that devised an aerobatic program just for RVs but we have since proven that RVs can compete and win at regular sanctioned IAC events.

Competition flights at Donnellon will be held on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is a rain day. Come out and root for your fellow RV pilots and learn how you can become a part of this challenging and fun sport.


9A Time Lapse Videos: Jan/Feb ...gfb



RV-8 Flight in Colorado ...colojo video



March 4, 2016.  0112Z.   Issue No. 4,066.
  I went out to the airport for a bit Thursday to maybe fly, but it was too windy for my tastes.  I grabbed a paint brush and worked on some parts of the hangar in need of some love.  Tate has Spring Break next week and I'm 'hiring' him to do some painting.  I wanted to make sure I had the supplies...then ended up starting.  No flying, but I did pat the RV on the cowl and said hello.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe, calm-winded RV weekend.


Charity Hat Sighting: Virgin Gorda, BVI ...Turbo (RV-6A)

related: About the charity cap/logo


Note to quick build wing...builders

To the builders out there that are utilizing quick build wings, let me offer you some advice. Prior to installing the access cover and sealing up the wing, take a second and check the vent line fitting inside the wing near the root rib. You can reach your hand in the access cover opening and put a wrench on the fitting and just check to make sure those quick build friends tightened it up.

It sure is easy to do prior to prosealing that cover on, and mounting the wing on your bird.

Don’t ask me why I post this. But I can tell you how to know if your vent line is loose inside the tank.

Just saying...


RV-14/14A Drop Test Video ...7min 13sec mothership video


Bits of Miami ...Vlad (RV-9A)

When it's below freezing in the Northeast you can hop into your RV and fly around Miami on a weekend. It's like New York but less busy and much warmer...   many, many pics


Cowl Status Pics ...crabandy (RV-7)

The ol' yard stick straight line sawing jig and flush trim saw did another decent job making the split.  continue


Seen on the floor at Monkey's hangar

Repainted RV-10 cowl and pants.  Lookin' nice...



March 3, 2016.  0001Z.   Issue No. 4,065.

Night Lights ...DCalland


Making a Little Bit of Metal ...Matt Martin

So over the past two years, the iron in my oil samples has been slowly creeping up. But the filter was always clean so I just kept an eye on it.   On my last oil change however, I was able to tease a little bit of ferrous particles out of the filter with a magnet.  The engine is a Lycoming O-360-A1D with Bendix mags, about 600 hours since factory re-man.  continue

Later reply
Turns out in my case, since Aluminum is not elevated and the particles in the filter are few in number and smaller that 1/16", Both Mike and Lycoming recommend putting the plane back in service and checking again at the next regular oil change. So that's what I'll do.


Wife funny face ...Guilhermepilot (Brazil)

This always happens when she was not given a left seat


Crabandy Status Report

I couldn't believe how stiff/strong the soric sandwiched between 2 layers of glass was, not sure how to quantify it.

My first full half day I've had to work on the airplane in over 3 months summed up in 1 photo. The existing cowl/honeycomb was cut/sanded at an angle, a fiberglass soric sandwich was placed in the newly shaped areas with an epoxy/flox butter evening out the seams and an extra layer of glass over the seams topped with peel ply.


David Paule RV-3B Status Update

The bottom wing skins have all the solid rivets installed that they'll be getting. David Dalton, a local RV-7A builder, came over and helped on the right inboard skin. Then I did the other three skins myself.

The procedure that worked best, working by myself, was to go from inboard to outboard, one rib bay at a time. I riveted the main spar holes to the next unriveted rib and then worked from the main spar towards the rear spar. Since the leading edge was up in the jig, that meant that I was standing, working downward. I couldn't do the final five rivets close to the aft spar because my arms weren't long enough and although I could reach them, they were too awkward to do reliably. So I left the rear spar rivets and the aft-most five rib holes to be filled with blind rivets.

After I'd completed these, I realized that I could have riveted the rear spar as I did the main spar, doing a couple rivets in each spar and then moving back to the other spar. And I probably could have gotten those five rivets the same way, by sitting on the floor and reaching into the wing. But I didn't think that through until the skins were riveted. Now there's not enough access for that.

Blind rivets it'll be.

While waiting for the blind rivets to arrive, I riveted the -4 rivets that go into the main spar web at the inboard stub end. These five rivets and the adjacent F-303H block are left to the builder. Big hint: do these BEFORE you assemble the spar to the wing frame and it'll be a bit easier. And it won't affect a thing. It'll just be easier.


(20) New Probable Cause Documents Issued Since Last Update

...shaded in green at the top of the 'Probable Cause List'. 

NOTE: Page is 7.6MB in size - WiFi recommended.

Please visit this page to see (593) probable causes issued in the last (25) years.  And remember, there is a whole section of the forums where I'm literally begging you to discuss these for the sake of education and safer flying. 

Spotlight on CEN14LA148:
The fatal accident probable cause below was issued 2/3/2016.  Accident occurred 2/22/2014.

(click to enlarge)



March 2, 2016.  0002Z.   Issue No. 4,064.

One of the Best 'For Sale' Listings I've Ever Seen ...Elkhart, IN

[ed. Of course it sold immediately....  Just posting the picture as an example of how a little presentation can go a long way.  Don, it made ME want to buy it....and I already have a tool set. ;^)  ]

related: How to use the VAF classifieds


Phase 1 update...N427DK (9A)

I'm almost a third of the way through!

Here's a recap of flights thus far:

1) First flight, 0.7 hours. Cruised around within gliding distance of the airport at 5300', higher than Ontario's airspace ceiling just in case I drifted over. Kept close tabs on CHTs and oil pressure. Slowed down at altitude to 65 KIAS to get a feel for handling in the pattern. Landing was longer than I would have liked!

2) Second flight, 2.4 hours. Everything looked good under the cowling, so buoyed by the success of the first flight, I headed to the practice area...which involves a climb to at least 5500' to follow the Cajon Pass up to SoCal's high desert. Odd to do a bit of mountain flying so early in the process, but once up there it's a big playground. I basically spent the flight at about 2400 rpm learning the visual landmarks on the perimeter of the practice area. Before heading back I did some stalls...Vs was 47 KIAS, and Vso was 39 KIAS.

3) Third flight, 2.8 hours. Calibrated the ASI at three different speeds (80, 100 and 120 KIAS) and used my GPS for heading direction and ground speed. At all speeds, the ASI was reading 2-3 percent lower than actual airspeed. Not too bad, and error in that direction keeps me further away from a stall. Did a couple landings at Apple Valley, and worked on getting the speed down and stabilized in the pattern.

4) Fourth flight, 2.6 hours. Just a joyride to break in the engine, running between 2500 and 2550 rpm. I did this fairly early in the morning to avoid bumpy air in the desert. Mild Santa Ana offshore winds, so coming down the pass got my attention...I went down to maneuvering speed to deal with the turbulence. I made the mistake of descending too early into more turbulent air. Extra altitude next time.

5) Fifth flight, 2.5 hours. More landing practice, engine break-in and some 45-degree banked turns. Ventured up to Barstow-Daggett, then over to Highway 395, the western boundary of my practice area. Practiced leaning technique.

6) Today's flight, 1.9 hours. I cut it short because of bumpy air...not so much in the pass but over the desert floor. This was the first flight with the wheel pants on, and it really gets up to 130 KIAS quick!! During a smoother part of the flight, I wicked it up to about 2750 rpm and saw a TAS of 164 knots (188 mph) and still accelerating (this assumes a 3-percent low ASI reading, consistent with the lower speed calibrations I did). I would've pushed it a little harder, but at this point there was a hint of turbulence so I erred on the side of caution and throttled down. To me, top speed is just a footnote/bragging point; I'm super content just having a 145 KTAS performance cruise.

For the next series of flights, I'll start ballasting the right seat in 80-lb. increments, up to 240 lb. (I've got some big friends!). Also, I need to make a "reset" page for my checklist, for when you land and taxi back for another take-off. Today, I forgot to reset the elevator trim and it felt a little spooky there for a few seconds at rotation.

Looking forward to having the simulated passenger weight and seeing how that affects sink rate on final, stall speeds, etc.


March/April 2016 FAA Safety Briefing

...36 pages of PDF safety.


First flight since (yet another spinal) surgery ...Ed Wischmeyer

Yesterday morning I went up in the RV-9A with an instructor buddy, first flight since spinal surgery 10 weeks ago. The flight went well but I don't think that I'm recovered enough to fly solo yet.

Because I'd not flown since the surgery, and not yet having completed the advertised 12 week recovery, I took things slow and used the checklist carefully. Things came back quickly, but they had to come back -- my skills and knowledge of the relatively complex G3X Touch / GTN650 instrument panel were not at my fingertips, as they mostly were before surgery.

Winds were out of the west at 7 knots, but at 3,000 feet, they were forecast out of the west at 29 knots, and surface winds were forecast to pick up substantially shortly after our landing. We took off on runway 19 with a not bad at all crosswind, and I had no trouble flying the plane nicely on the assigned heading and desired altitude. However, as I was fussing with the avionics, I was not paying attention to where we were, a minor loss of situational awareness.

With that strong wind coming from across all of Georgia, my allergies were probably acting up. My standard allergy symptoms are that I get slightly woozy and sometimes a little queasy, as if coming down with the flu. (That afternoon, the last symptom finally showed up, a runny nose). I couldn't tell whether the general malaise was allergies or a lingering surgical hangover.

At altitude, the air was smooth and I did a steep 360 degree turn (45 degrees of bank) and then a stall. No problems, although I felt slightly dizzy after the turn. Then it was back to Savannah, and I had the autopilot fly the LPV approach to Runway 28. I got anxious when it seemed the autopilot wasn't going to capture the glideslope but eventually it did. However, when we got into the chop at about 500 feet, the autopilot was rocking the control stick fore and aft and I took over manually. While I kept the plane on centerline, marveling at the avionics (too many distracting cues on the screen and I didn't remember how to get rid of them), but I did a lousy job of tracking the glideslope. We had a lot of wind, 17 knots at 500 feet, and that made it seem like the speed was okay, even though I was a little fast. At 100 feet, the wind was down to 10 knots, and the touchdown with flaps 20 was gentle, on the centerline, but long.

On the next landing, tower asked us to land on the crosswind runway. Knowing that the winds right above the ground were only 10 knots, I accepted but also asked for a long landing. That was approved, and I had a good workout with winds changing with altitude, crosswinds, gusts, speed control, a no-flap landing because of the crosswind and all that. The landing was just fine, although I didn't keep the plane exactly on the centerline after touchdown because of the crosswind.

The original plan had been to make three landings, but whether due to allergies, surgery, or stress, two was enough. I was tired. After lunch with a buddy on the way home, I took a nap, out like a light.

All told? Not bad, considering. However, my performance standards don't make allowances for surgeries and allergies... and three spinal surgeries in the last 3 1/2 years is a pretty good excuse. I think I should give up spinal surgeries for Lent. Maybe for good.



March 1, 2016.  0013Z.   Issue No. 4,063.

Another milestone ...Lucio in Milano, Italy

"...yess .... we have the back skin on .  was funny time with my daughter Camy, she's slim enough to accommodate in the aft fuselage cone, here some nice and happy moments."


WW2 aviator gets an RV ride ...Tommy Lewis RV-10

Last Friday, Bonnie and I had the pleasure of flying a WWII Naval Aviator and his daughter to lunch at Cedar Mills.  Bill Amundson, Lois Larson, Tom and Bonnie on the ramp at Cedar Mills.  Bill got his wings at Pensacola in 1943 and flew PBY, C47 and C54s in the South Pacific during the war. He is 92 and absolutely loved flying an RV. It was a real treat to share an RV flight with them. His daughter Lois also enjoyed her first flight in a small plane.


Start of an adventure ...Chris Hill RV-10

Well I did it! After years of scratching my head, collecting tools and convincing the wife, I sent in my order for the empennage kit today. I have chatted with some of you, met some of you and even flown with some of you but now I can officially say I am part of the 'brotherhood'. I will have many questions in the future and just want to say thank you in advance for the help; the help I have already received is what convinced me I could do this in the first place. Here we go!


DIY Painting ...many Steve Melton pics

"...finally ready for some glam. it took awhile to get everything back together, do a condition inspection and clean up some wires of things I have added over past couple of years. now I have music working too. the airplane has been down for four months. I think she is ready to go and is feeling proud because she came to life on the second blade. thanks to the guys at HAO for helping along the way and just stopping by to check on the progress. overall it was a very nice experience but it was labor intensive and I spent about $2.5K on materials alone. the stripes on the tail are not there yet (because I was tired of painting) and I may add some color to the wheel pants in the Summer. So for now I'm the guy with the plain tail.... and the paint on the rudder is light."


ZU-JRV ...Janekom in S.Africa

So on Friday 26 February 2016 I have put another RV7A in the air. It is a QB that someone no longer with us started (RIP) and I have finished it in 14 months.  many pics


New Garmin aera 660 Portable GPS


Attn: Any Apple Watch Design Team Member Reading VAF

Could you please pass on this idea of mine....a 'heading bug' type object (or any shape) on a few of the circular faces that you can drag around with your fingertip.  Double tap on it to return to 12 o'clock position. 

Prototype below I threw together in Photoshop...

I'm a fan of rotating bezels, using the TDC indicator several times a day to remind me of when things are occurring in the future (when the kid gets out of after school athletics, when the wifey gets home from teaching her class, when I need to change tanks, etc).  Acts as an addition timer also. 


Wallpaper Calendar for March


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