July 21, 2017. Issue No.
For those travelling to OSH over the weekend, travel
safe and have a wonderful time! I
started the annual thread where folks interested can insert
links to picture albums, post PIREPs from the show, etc.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
First Flight N14ZP 7/19/17 ...Greg Novotny
There was nothing left to do, but fire it up and go flying. She
flew extremely well, no adverse characteristics. Really the most
eventful part of the 0.6 hour first flight was the coyote in the
touchdown zone and the tower reported, oil access door FOD (from
previous departing aircraft) midfield! Build time was 2 years 3
months and 25 days from the time we opened the first kit. It is
extremely gratifying. video
Trip Report: Flying over TX, CO, WY, ID, OR, CA, NV back to TX over
4 day weekend ...Flying Again!
Well after a bit of a delay here is my trip report flying from
DFW area to Eugene Oregon and back to pick up my daughter from the
University of Oregon.
The plan was to fly to Eugene in a day and spend a day to help her
finish packing and move her things into storage. Then we would fly
back in 2 days with a stop to see my cousin in AZ. My daughter told
me she had 2-3 bags she wanted to take back but knew from experience
this would grow, glad the -10 holds a lot!
Kilroy's RV-14 Video Updates ...kiljoy
Another quick video update: This morning I had 7 videos left in
the horizontal stabilizer build to post. I've recorded commentary
over all of them and am posting them in 2 batches. Three more today
and 4 more on Friday.
RV-12iS What's New Page ...mothership
...updated with RV-12iS info
RV-8 Gathering Last Minute Reminder ...Steve Ashby
I am blasting off for OSH tomorrow morning. This is your last
minute reminder that we are holding our RV-8(A) Airventure get
together at Theater in the Woods on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. I
will bring doughnuts.
I will also bring name tags.
It has always been a tight gathering, so lets each be prepared to
give a little 2 minute run down about what has been going on in our
flying/building. Nothing formal, but a way to better connect with
As Pope Paul used to say, it's not about the airplanes, its about
the people. I really cherish seeing you guys every year. Let's make
this one count!
Vlad's VFR to Russia and Back Entries ...begin here (7/20
Break In - When Is It Done? ...Gary Sobek's take (3,300 RV-6
Definitely fly with the wheel pants and gear fairings on.
20-years ago, on my 1st flight in SoCAL, I never flew without the
gear fairings on but did make the first flight with wheel pants off.
Temperatures were high and improvements were made with less drag. I
was doing test flying the hottest month of the year.
I am with Paul Dye that they all need to be installed for all of
Phase I flying. A local RV-9A was having cooling issues in Phase I.
I like Paul, recommended to get the wheel pants on. Temperatures
came down with their installation and proper attention to
temperatures could now be addressed.
Thank you GRT Avionics!
A friend's Sport SX gave up the ghost last Friday right before
formation practice at our home field. He called Jon at GRT and
asked about how long it might take to get it fixed if he shipped it
that day (pressing work commitments on the near horizon).
Well, the unit arrived the next Wednesday. And they even threw
in two pics...
Let that sink in. It's a week before OSH,
you're plane is down, and they saved the day.
Customer support is alive and well. Thank you Jon and crew!!!
Getting some bench love...
Status Report ...Russtbucket RV-8
Thanks xblueh2o and jcarne for advice on the plans, I'll get some
ordered! DaAV8R, I'd like to know if you have an opinion on
the access hole I've got in the tail of this -8. The picture is down
below. I've had a chance to do a more thorough evaluation of
what I've got myself into, and I definitely have some work ahead of
me. First up in my list of headaches: IO-540 Engine.
This engine was overhauled by Chuck Ney in December 2011.
July 20, 2017. Issue No.
RV-12iS Gear Tear Off Test
...video from the mothership
In this test we show how the new RV-12iS will survive an impact
to the main wheels against an immovable object, such as a berm with
full fuel and gross weight. The test conclusively showed that the
fuel tank would be unaffected.
OSH RV Specific Activity Calendar...lemme know if I'm
Atlin to Muddy Lake ...Vlad's 7/18 entries
After healthy breakfast Greg, Julia and I left Atlin. They locked
the cabin and took a camping trip to Dawson City. I headed toward
Muddy Lake airstrip. I learned about it from a helicopter pilot they
were hauling heavy equipment for miners there couple years ago and
he boasted a superb runway.
Road to Stweart BC ...Vlad's 7/19 entries
New (July 2017) Garmin ADS-B and SXM Receivers ...g3xpert
We are pleased to announce the
GDL 52/51 series of portable receivers that are capable of
receiving Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) traffic
and weather, as well as SiriusXM Aviation weather and audio (with
subscription) for display and control on select portables and mobile
The flagship GDL 52 combines all of these functions into a single
device, while the GDL 51 specifically provides SiriusXM Aviation
weather and audio entertainment. Both variants also provide GPS
position data and back-up attitude data to compatible portable
Wireless and hardwired compatibility is provided for G3X™ Touch, the
aera® 660 and aera 795/796 aviation portables, as well as wireless
connectivity with the Garmin Pilot app, giving customers access to a
full-featured suite of weather products, ADS-B traffic and more
using a single device.
Speed increase from wheel pants and gear leg fairings
So, I just finished installing my wheel pants and fairings.
Thought I would share the results (spoiler: she fast).
Garmin G3X Touch Academy - OSH 2017! ...g3xpert
Our aviation training team will be hosting daily sessions in our
seminar tent 1 Monday - Saturday at Oshkosh. If you are interested
in learning more about the topics in the schedule below, please come
on by and visit us! No registration required.
We're also offering a more general presentation of all our
experimental solutions at 2:00 PM Monday - Saturday.
We've got a lot of exciting things to talk about. Hope to see you
Cracked lower cowl attach bracket ...russe RV-10
Anyone seen a problem like this before? I found the problem
during maintenance for an unrelated issue. I guess I got lucky.
The movie you've all been waiting for ...Rick A
Well, maybe some of you have been waiting for it.
I just uploaded my newest G3X - GTN video to YouTube. This video ran
a bit long so I split it into 2 parts. The link is to Part 1 and
will have Part 2 uploaded by this time tomorrow.
The new video shows how to fly a heading to intercept a VOR radial.
While on route to intercept the radial, I load a user defined Hold
at the VOR that is to be flown prior to doing a VOR approach. While
enroute to the VOR, I show the G3X engine pages.
I end Part 1 before I get to the VOR. I'll start Part 2 just before
arriving at the VOR then enter the hold to do a course reversal to
fly a VOR approach.
I'll update this thread when I get part 2 uploaded.
July 19, 2017. Issue No.
ready for her closeup.
The latest Eagle's Nest Projects RV-12 is out of the paint booth
at GLO. My friend Ernie Butcher and his cohort Bruce Bohannon
came to pick it up Tuesday at 52F and I was asked to take a pic or
two (gladly!). Ernie's about as nice a guy as you'll ever
The three gents in the first pic are Grady (GLO), Clint
Broadie (donated the SW paint), and R.E. 'Ernie' Butcher.
go to full size
Leaving 52F in Slo-Mo
New Garmin ADS-B Products ...Garmin via Stein
The GDL-82 is a neato inline box that you simply plug into your
existing transponder installation and uses your existing antenna
(but you will need to install the GPS antenna):
guess 10 years is about the lifespan
...of a tailwheel on my RV-6 <grin>. I *think* this is one
of the prototypes that Dayton Murdock made a decade or so ago.
All I remember is getting an email from Dayton asking if I'd be
willing to put a tailwheel on my plane that he was thinking about
manufacturing, and could I abuse it to see what it could take.
Bell fork and JD tail link make up the rest of the team.
mission accomplished! The plane sure made an interesting sound
on the rollout! For a nanosecond I thought I had a blown main,
or one of the wheel pants was shaking like a bad shopping cart
wheel, but the plane tracked straight and loss of control was never
Ross brought over a spare old wheel he had in his
hangar, so I'm back online until I figure out my next move. No
worries and never boring.
Maintenance happens! ;^)
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July 18, 2017. Issue No.
Early morning formation practice slash
gas run to KXBP in
N.Texas Monday. Usual 52F suspects...click
First Flight ...Bob Welsh RV-8
After six years of building, I received my airworthy certificate
from the FAA (Dayton, OH office) for N118W about a month ago. I
postponed flying until I could take some transitional training from
Jan Bussell in Okeechobee, FL in late June. The plane took off like
a rocket and flew straight and great!
Kitplanes Flies the Improved RV-12iS! ...Paul Dye article
VAF Forums thread
How to cope with the heat. (hint- leave) ...jcaplins
The weekend was threatening to be pretty hot in CA's central
valley. Thursday it was decided the best thing to do was to just up
and leave for the coast where the highs were only supposed to hit 75
rather than 105 at home.
The drive would take 5 hours, but as you all know, the RV can do
better than that. The plan is to depart after work on Friday between
5 and 6pm.
Vlad's VFR to Russia and Back Trip ...Vlad the Amazing's 7/17
I spent one day in Nome. I can tell you the life of a visitor
gets expensive there. Striking similarity with QOL on the other side
of Bering Strait.
20 Years ...smokyray
My Four turns Twenty this week, the tail is actually 28!
Near Upper Loon Creek ID, July, 1997. Time flies, literally...
29 Years ...springer
Smokey yours is hardly broken in. Mine turns 29 next month. The
scary part is that I was 39 in the photo and now 68!
Garmin Mode S Transponder Software Upgrades at OSH'17 ...g3xpert
We will once again provide free software upgrades for Garmin
Mode S transponders used in Experimental aircraft at Oshkosh.
Just bring your GTX 23ES, GTX 33ES, GTX 330, or GTX 330ES
transponder in to us at the Garmin tent at Oshkosh and we will
install V8.02 software into your transponder while you wait. It only
takes about 2 minutes to accomplish this update. This software
hasn't changed in a couple of years, so make sure you need an update
before bringing it over.
We will also be updating software for GTX 35R/45R, GTX 335, and
GTX 345/345R transponders to V2.10 to newer.
We are located across from the EAA Welcome Center and the Ford tent.
If you look at the Airventure ground map, this is grid K13. From
homebuilt camping, just follow Knapp street South to Celebration Way
(the main entry street) and turn left
Sorry, but we are not equipped to perform sign-offs for certified
aircraft, so please only bring us transponders that are installed in
Hope to see you at Oshkosh!
Trig Avionics Press Release
Trig's new TY96A and TY97A radios are now available to order.
Status Report in Videos ...kiljoy RV-14
Had myself a nice week of vacation followed by a week of
pneumonia. It's just what I've always wanted.
In real time I'm in the middle of the elevators. I've moched up all
of the pieces and am now in the middle of cleaning and deburring all
of the parts. I appreciate how Van's has the elevator chapter setup
where you fabricate all of the parts that you need, moch up the
structure of the part and THEN you break it back down and do all of
the cleaning, deburring, etc in one fail swoop.
I've put a deposit down on the wings. I'm not planning on
building any of the tailcone/fuselage until I'm ready to do the
entire fuselage at once. I don't have the space to store a large,
cross-sectioned object like that so I'm holding off.
So I'm very backed up with media but here are a nice large set of
videos on the horizontal stabilizer that I've been meaning to
release. I have 6-7 more after this that I'm going to try to get out
in a couple of days.
JD Air Parts at Oshkosh ...VAF Advertiser
Hello RVers. If you are interested in any of the JD Air Parts
inventory I will be able to bring them to Oshkosh. I will be there
this Saturday through the end of the Airventure.
Please go to the website www.jdair.com and send a note to the
Contact link. Let us know what you'd like brought to Oshkosh. If
possible, please do this before Wednesday as I will be leaving on a
Commercial flight on Wednesday afternoon. We will still be able to
get you products after that day but it will be much easier if I can
hand carry it.
This will need to be a cash situation. I will not have provisions to
take cards while there. We will offer a 5% discount on all products
being ordered for Oshkosh.
Jason and I appreciate the support. I look forward to meeting all of
My direct contact is 480-204-0662.
Also, I fly the tour helicopters over at Pioneer. If you want to get
a great view of the grounds come on over for a ride. Ask for me and
they'll try to set you up with me if I'm in that flight rotation.
TRANSPORTER is having a sale! From now until July 21th, you can
purchase a TAILWHEEL TRANSPORTER ll for only $349.99! Call us at
602.430.5365 and mention Van's Airforce for AN ADDITIONAL $10
Milestone: 50 Years of Superior Air Parts
July 17, 2017. Issue No.
Spent a lot of the
weekend at the keyboard doing behind-the-scenes admin work (mostly
accounting). The donations page is now updated and
current as of Saturday night. I should also have the RV White
Pages updated and current in a day or so - lotta updates.
I try not to bring up the honor
system donation business model this site uses too often as I
don't enjoy commercials myself, but since we're now over halfway
done with 2017 I'd like to just take a second to thank those folks
who help keep the lights on here. And to remind folks as
quickly and unobtrusively as I can that there is a 'Support VAF'
link over there on the left. Please consider reading it
before the end of the year if you're 'a regular'.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you if you help support this
site! Susie, Tate and I will continue trying our hardest to
bring you a quality product worthy of your hard-earned money.
Sorry for the commercial, hope you enjoy today's edition and that your
Monday goes swell.
Passed my checkride in an RV! ...j-red
After 140 hours as a sport pilot, and six months trying to
arrange schedules to fit in the transition/ night / hood time
required to take the PPL checkride, it is finally done! I'd have
been smiling in the photo, except it was 100 degrees outside, and he
hadn't yet told me whether or not I'd passed! (Maybe the photo was
for the wall of shame... who could know???
Can't wait to share the rv experience with family and friends now.
First Flight Video ...Jason 'jseavolt' Seavolt RV-8
A truly heartfelt thank you to everyone on VAF for all of the
information and shared knowledge. I don't think that I would have
embarked on such an enormous project without this community and
I had first flight in April, but have been focused on test flying
and all that goes along with frequent inspections/adjustments to the
new airplane. I've got about 80 hrs on her now, started learning
aerobatics, formation flying, and completed an IPC. All I can say to
all of the current builders is to keep plugging away at it. The
experience and plane has been even better than I had hoped it would
Here is my first attempt at making a video:
Never talk down an issue ...Scott Martin RV-10
I've had a few issues in the last few weeks. A main bus
voltage reading low/zero and an oil pressure reading dropping out.
The local avionics shop cleaned some pins and all was normal.
So. On my way back from a weekend flight out of town, I started
hearing a persistent whine in my headset. Out of curiosity I flipped
over to the engine monitoring page and both bus voltages were out of
range high. Off scale.
Then I started smelling something hot, very hot.
I turned off the master and pulled all the breakers. Landed
nearest which was about 7 long minutes. I don't know what I
have to fix, but it's sitting in kind strangers hangar until it's
Lesson learned. Never fly with a mystery reading.
Stormy's Fly-In Pics ...Vlad
Stormy thank you! It was a nice flyin. I had three reasons not to
go based in the core no fly TFR, lifr in the morning and a crushed
toe but I couldn't just help myself. Plus I promised to attend still
being in Russia. You have a heck of a location there at Hopalong
Bill! Was nice meeting everyone sorry I was late. Got permission to
land on a private island I was calling the owner for three years.
More Pics of Stormy's Fly-In ...Mugsy
Thanks so much for hosting your event. The food and friends where
great ! Your new home is outstanding. Sorry I didn't get a chance to
try the pool, maybe next time. We want to see a lot of progress on
that RV-10 !
Below is a link to some more shots from yesterday. Vlad told me that
one of his Russian aviation friends has built a pair of AGM-65
rubber poultry launchers from my design. I would love to see some
photos of these on their RV. You can see one here on Jim Ts RV-8
yesterday. He announced his arrival by bombing the runway with a
USAF standard issue flexible poultry ordinance device.
Thanks for kind words ...Vlad's 7/14 post
New Tire, New Shimmy ...Norcalrv7
A few days ago I replaced the nose tire and tube on my RV-7A due
to a worn tube. Nose wheel has been modified by anti splat with
sealed bearings, and
previously had been balanced. On takeoff roll with the new tire and
tube I noticed a slight bumping during and after the ground roll.
"dang" I thought to myself, new tire isn't balanced as perfectly as
the old one. No big deal I thought, until I landed. Normal landing,
but when I let the nose gear touch I felt a split second of shimmy,
which then stopped. I went around the pattern again to confirm, and
same thing happened. I've never had any shimmy at all in my
airplane, guess its time to pull the tire back off and balance it.
Milestone: Hung the Engine ...pazmanyflyer in Arizona
103 F high humidity and monsoon weather. Why not hang an engine!
First time I've ever hung one and I did it solo in just over an
July 14, 2017. Issue No.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Back into Yesterday ...Vlad the Amazing's 7/13 RV-9A installment
An hour over the water flew faster then I thought. Over
Provideniya I turned northeast and was headed toward BATNI
intersection. Stellar weather beautiful views.
heading for Austria ...trip video (RV-7A Zurich)
After a year since the first flight of my "little dream machine"
... it was time to spread the wings and go further ... still owe a
buddy who cut the first flight video, a countertrade for his
wunderful work, I flew hin to his family for a long weekend. This is
out of Switzerland to the east, accross Austria to the south-east
corner, crossing the alps (mountain-ridge) to Fuerstenfeld LOGF with
a stopover in Zell am See LOWZ
RV-14 Carpet (Classic Aero) ...Luke D
We've been working on carpet for the RV-14(14A). Here are some
preview pictures of the final version. We are not quite ready to
take orders on the whole thing, but I'll put a link at the bottom
for ordering the front and baggage carpet.
Hat Sighting ...Greg Baron
Antarctica Peninsula January 2017.
related: About the
Lycoming Thunderbolt Engines ...new advertiser
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power plants for Experimental aircraft. With Thunderbolt Engines,
customers get a genuine Lycoming engine that is factory built,
factory tested and factory supported - with your choice of fuel
systems, ignition systems, performance enhancements and finishing
Lycoming now offers an online “Thunderbolt Engine Builder”
interactive tool, which is available at
www.lycoming.com/engine-builder. People can customize a
Thunderbolt engine and email the configuration to Lycoming and
themselves for discussion and to get pricing.
At EAA AirVenture Lycoming (Booth 277-282) will be hosting
a Thunderbolt Engines Information Session on Tuesday, July 25 from
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. at their Training Tent. This will include a
presentation and overview on Thunderbolt engine options, and will
provide attendees with an opportunity to get their Thunderbolt
For more information on Lycoming’s Thunderbolt product line, please
contact Jeff Schans, Thunderbolt Sales Manager, at jschans 'at'
lycoming 'dot' com or 570-220-7840.
SUPERIOR AIR PARTS, AEROSHELL, CAMGUARD AND RAM AIRCRAFT ANNOUNCE
THE 2017 OSHKOSH FORUM SERIES SCHEDULE
In addition to learning how to get more performance, reliability
and life out of their piston aircraft engine, everyone who attends
the series of free, 45-minute educational forums will also receive a
free copy of Engine Management 101 by Bill Ross.
Coppell, TX (July 05, 2017) — Representatives of Superior Air Parts,
Inc., announced today that the company is partnering with AeroShell,
CamGuard and RAM Aircraft to host a series of 18 educational forums
during Oshkosh AirVenture 2017.
“We had a lot of great response from our forums at Oshkosh 2016 and
this past Sun ‘n Fun. Every pilot wants to know how they can operate
their engine more efficiently,” stated Scott Hayes, VP of Sales and
Marketing, Superior Air Parts, Inc. “That is exactly why we created
the forum series. Each forum session will give pilots and owners
proven procedures and insights that will help them reduce the cost
of flying while extending their engine’s operational life and
lowering maintenance costs.”
Superior’s Vice President of Product Support, Bill Ross, who has
been an FAA A&P/IA for 32-years, will host the 2017 Forum Series.
“These sessions are not about theory or opinions,” Ross said. “What
we are going to deliver is proven information that the other
presenters and I have gained over our various careers. These are
practices and tips pilots can use every time they fly.”
The free, 45-minute Forum sessions will be held daily at the
Superior Air Parts tent (#257), which is just north of the Bendix/King
Hangar B. Forum times are 9:00, 11:00 and 12:30, Monday through
In addition to all the other valuable information, forum attendees
will receive a free copy of Bill Ross’ new 144-page book, “Engine
Superior Air Parts and Industry Partners 2017 Oshkosh Forum Series
• Understanding Piston Engine Oils. Presented by Shell Aviation
• Maximizing Engine Longevity. Presented by RAM Aircraft
• Owner Inspections: Things to look for under the cowl. Presented by
• Aircraft Engine Leaning and Flight Management. Presented by
Superior Air Parts
• Compression Testing Aircraft Engines and Maximizing Cylinder Life.
Presented by Superior Air Parts
• How Owners Can Make Flying More Affordable. Presented by Superior
• Superior Air Parts XP-Engine Options for Kit Builders. Presented
by Superior Air Parts
• Lubricant Management – The key to engine longevity & reliability.
Presented by CamGuard
July 13, 2017. Issue No.
My Wife's Cool RV Art ...Jetj01
Thought I'd share my wife Danna's cool picture she took of our
RV-4. The things an iPhone can do in the hands of a beautiful and
Titan Engines at OSH ...Titan (advertiser)
This post is a notification for those of you who are seeking
information on engine options for your RV projects. Since ECi was
acquired by Continental Motors, the integration of the Titan line of
standard and "stroked" engines has been moving forward. The
manufacturing machinery is in place in Mobile, Alabama and in the
German division. The supply chain is well established too. Our lead
times are longer that we would like but we're working it that.
In years past, Titan Engines had an outdoor space at Oshkosh with a
trailer on it and engine displays out front. This year the
integration with Continental Motors is complete and we will be in
the big Continental Motors tent just outside of Hangar C. Titan
Engines will not be listed in the Air Venture program, just
Continental Motors. We're one big happy family now; The Booth #'s
We will have a discount special and will be celebrating "Titan
Tuesday" on July 25th. Please come by and see us, we would love to
welcome you to your booth and talk engines !
Met classmate haven't seen since '85 ...Vlad the Amazing's story
"....Nearby a local ChukotAvia turboprop almost finished boarding
his passengers. I see a crewmember walking from the Antonov
turboprop toward my airplane. The guards are telling him not to
proceed the man is still walking doesn't pay attention. 5 minutes to
my start time. The man yells - Slaffka! Karpaeff! Sure I am and who
are you? (all talk in Russian) I am Maslow! Sergey really?!
Unbelievable... My classmate from military flight school we
graduated in 1985 and haven's seen each other since. He was one of
those champions ready to jump on Smokey's squadron mates if
200kt Club (level flight) ...Scott Martin RV-10
At OSH ...Jerry Fischer
Arrived at Home Built Camping yesterday afternoon about 1 PM
after a 15 1/2 hour drive from Winder. ( I'm gettin' too old for
this straight through stuff)
Got the bugs swept out of the building to start with
Looked at progress of Pavillion, (Pictures later).Sod down & looks
great. Roof dried in & tin to be installed on Friday. All y'all will
be impressed with sheer size
(40 x 80)
Had supper with my buds from Home Built HQ @ Friar Tucks. beer &
French Dip hit the spot.
Bedtime 2145 (9:30 PM)
Woke up @ 0645 to drizzling rain, so plan is to clean inside & hit
Menards for HBC supplies.
More tomorrow...stay tuned
How Many KC Flight pilots does it take to change a light bulb?
A: WHY is the owner / builder / pilot watching 3 other guys
change the light bulb in his airplane?
A: Because he's
supervising, of course!
A: The owner knows nothing about
electricity. It's better he just observes.
RV-8 Hangar Lifestyle ...stancaruthers
Thought I would share..... Sold my home and building
another, during this 5-6 month process the wife decides we need to
live in the hangar
Since I drive there everyday....why not...right ? saving gas.
So everyday around 8pm when it gets below my melting point I take to
the sky......living the dream.
My landing fear is diminishing quickly, unless the wind is howling I
press on regardless of direction. I'm running out of places to
fly for my daily 1 hour therapeutic drive.
Update from Audrey...our
daughter at graduate school.
Audrey and Susie have been FaceTiming each other in the evenings,
and that makes her being so far away a *little* less sad. We
found a stand that had a picture in it, and commandeered it for iPad
duty. Trivia: Tate painted the picture on the wall. The
table? $5 from a garage sale (I think).
This Thursday will
be 3 weeks...and it feels like a billion years. Make that ten
billion. Technology helps...
click to enlarge
July 12, 2017. Issue No.
Daily Mail News Article ...featuring Mark Albery RV-8
Construction Time Lapse Videos ...gfb RV-9A
Last 6 months of videos just uploaded to Youtube.
Welcome Rapidset Metal
Use the 'Price a Building Online' design and price tool online!
Their ad lives on the front page.
7/11 Installment ...Vlad in Russia
On June the 20th we drove to tundra. What a perfect day to hit
55! Somewhere on a hill only locals know we stopped, uncorked a
bottle of good cognac, left a drink for God of Tundra and asked Him
for good weather on my way home.
200kt GS Club ...j-red
Just barely made it. Winds weren't any faster up here at
10k than they were down at 8, but I couldn't know that without
170KTAS, 203 GS
Truly inspiring ...Dave Cobb on Vlad's Russia Adventure
I have to admit after an 8 year build I am loosing my motivation
But when i read an article like this it inspires one.
This is truly the most amazing journey and to a country I had
thought much more backward in development than the west. This
western myth is blasted away by great scenery, lovely buildings, and
people who treat you with respect and accommodating a foreign
language! Does it get any better?
I must visit Russia one day!
Thanks Vlad, one day i hope to meet you perhaps when.... if ever.. i
get this bird of mine in the air.
Intruders Forever ...Boomer506 RV-8 update
Yes the A-6 was a great airplane, although by the time I got to
it, we were mostly carrying precision guided weapons and not the 28
500b bombs from the early days. Laser guided bombs (GBU-12,16,10),
Mavericks (AGM-65), Harpoons (AGM-84s) and HARM (AGM-88). The
Intruder was retired during my time in the Navy and I was
transitioned to the EA-6B Prowler, so I have dedicated the right
side of the plane to my Electronic Attack brethren. "VAQ" in naval
aviation is the designation for a fixed wing, electronic attack
squadron. In my case VAQ-130 is my old Prowler squadron out of
Whidbey Island, Washington. We flew off the Enterprise on the east
coast. They fly the EA-18G Growler now. When our Super Hornets
call the ball they use the "Rhino" call sign.
July 11, 2017. Issue No.
IFR Rating ...Sid Mayeux RV-7A
KELLI GIRL and I passed the IFR checkride yesterday. Thanks, DPE
Joe Johnson, for a well-run and thorough checkride.
Once again, I owe HUGE thanks to:
- CFII Matthew Hood of Positive Rate LLC. Matt is the same CFII that
trained Walt Aronow of EXP Aircraft Services for his IFR ticket.
Matt absolutely excels at training RV drivers in their own
airplane's unique avionics configuration. Thanks Matt.
- Walt Aronow of EXP Aircraft Services for crafting a fantastic IFR
panel, blending the best of Dynon SkyView Classic with the awesome
Garmin GTN650 WAAS GPS and Nav. My examiner had huge complements for
the level of IFR capability the panel gave me. Speaking of the
- DPE Joe Johnson of Flying Ace Services LLC, Parker County
Weatherford KWEA. I believe Mr Johnson gave me a fair, thorough, and
instructive evaluation. He was rigorous but patient, and we even had
a laugh or two. You are a real pro, Joe, thanks.
- My wife Kelli, for cracking the whip. Thanks Love, you're the
Now, off for more learning...
First Aerobatic Competition - Galen Killam
I just got back from my first ever aerobatic contest in Bay City,
Michigan, the Michigan Aerobatic Open. It was a blast. First,
getting there and back was well..RV like. 180+ MPH ground speeds are
awesome. Second, everyone at the contest was great, absolutely
great. Lots of help and patience answering to many questions from
me. Next, I met my goal of no hard zeros and scoring 75% of the
points (3091 points). I ended up 7th out of 10 in the Sportsman
category including being OB a few times. I need to work on that for
sure but needed no breaks on any of the 3. My hammer could use some
tweaking and twice my cuban loops were different sizes. My RV-8 with
an O-360 performed great and I would suggest going to a contest by
anyone who can get to one.
Another one strikes out for the New World ...penguin post
RV-7 pilot Ron Mitcham has left Scotland en-route for the US and
eventually Oshkosh via the East Coast and Texas. Track Ron's
The plan is Greenland on Monday and on to Goose Bay if possible,
then to Maine on Tuesday. You won't mistake Ron's aeroplane if
you see it, its lemon yellow!
Sky Harbor Trip ...petehowell
Andi and I headed north in search of beaches and dinner Saturday
night. A quick convo with the Duluth airport manager informed me
that there were nice Bikes at Sky Harbor - we needed to check them
Vlad's VFR Trip to Russia Continues ...picks up 7/6 and 7/7
You guys have a great sense of humor. Thanks!
... Well, as I said, I didn't have permission to enter Russian
airspace VFR over BATNI intersecton. I asked Magadan Control why, I
have a confirmation of my flight plan passed through all Centers all
the way to my destination Anadyr. The Magadan Control patiently
explained to me that all international traffic enters Russian
Federation airspace via VALDA and I am no exclusion. They do have my
route and if I want to proceed further would I please go to VALDA
and give them a call from there. There will be no negotiations
because they have an order from Khabarovsk Center.
I turned southbound toward St Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea and
got me some thinking. Do I need all of this? One hour over the
freezing water then another hour plus, with distance to land as far
as 50 NM? Winds are shifting there. Satellite image shows some
clouds. Should I just turn around and stay home? I was trying to
catch just a slight sense of engine "auto roughness" for any excuse
but all was good. Lycoming kitten purred. So I made my decision to
go ahead with planned route. Over VALDA I reported my position, got
a discreet code and entered Russian airspace.
Vlad Continued ...7/7
The easternmost town of Russia is
Anadyr. It has a rather large airport with a modern
infrastructure. Working hours are 2100 to 0900 UTC. Controllers
speak excellent English and most of the service personnel could
clearly communicate with a foreigner.
7/8 Update ...Vlad VFR to Russia
7/9 Update ...Vlad the amazing
Another Morning Flight ...rvator51
Circling the Estrella mountain range south of Phoenix, AZ to
break-in engine and get Phase one testing completed before Oshkosh.
July 10, 2017. Issue No.
Early morning flight ...mchargmg words and pics
For some reason I woke up early today and could not get back to
sleep. So I decided to go flying. The hangar at my airport, KFLY, is
about 35 minutes from my house. So after a bit of coffee, off I
Got to the hangar just after 0600. Pull out the Sabrina Lee. She
looks good in the morning sun.
More RV-10TDI Performance Numbers ...Flandy10
G3x recorded 1:47 total time. I figured airborne 1:34 and total
burn per the truck meter---12 gallons. Back on level ground in
hangar, I sticked the tanks to verify fillup- needed another .5
gallon in one tank. So--12.5 total burn. Fuel burn at 12500 was
between 7.5 and 8.0 GPH
Flight profile--climb to 5500 till clear of Class B then continue to
12500. 30 min max cruise. Decided on way down to stop every thousand
to check speed numbers.
The following numbers were taken from the data file- let speed
stabilize and eyeballed an average- Not the fastest and not the
slowest--trying to be honest with the numbers.
Altitude ----IAS ---- TAS ---MAP
Why the big increase in MAP below 6500? The short version is ----The
turbo on this pre-production engine didn't come with a speed sensor
(and no way to retrofit one either). So to allow operations above
6000, CMI felt it was prudent to limit the MAP to the "B" model
power numbers to prevent overspeeding the turbine.
There is one more test planned---side by side flight with a standard
-10 to compare performance numbers.
RV-3B Status Report ...David Paule
In order to cleco the new left hand baggage rib flange, I removed
the tailcone belly skin for access. Here are the new bulkhead
flanges that I've got clecoed on.
First RV Experience RV-10 from TX to OR ...Steven (nevetsw18)
I had an excellent introduction to RV flying and utility thanks
to VAF member
"Flying again!". I saw TJ's post on a Wednesday at 8PM and was
wheels up with him for a 9 hour journey across our great
country by Friday at 7 AM.
Wow the -10 is a cross country machine! We left 52F and made our way
to Pueblo, CO. From there it was a long leg to American Falls,
Idaho. The final portion of the journey was direct to Eugene,
Oregon. The scenery was second to none courtesy of the the -10's
visibility and afforded us beautiful shots of the Sisters mountains
in Oregon. Pictures will be uploaded as soon ...
My thanks to Doug for the wonderful site that allowed me to meet TJ
[ed You are most welcome! v/r,dr].
Thanks go to TJ for the excellent flying and allowing me to spend 9+
hours picking his brain!
The flight was excellent motivation to finish my current project and
get to work on the -8 empennage that's in the hangar!
I look forward to many future RV related journeys.
RV-7 canopy shadow pic ...Cam McCarthy
'Thought you might like to post this pic on VAF. I took it this
afternoon on descent into Bankstown while flying with my friend
Richard Connell in his RV-7.
Instrument Panel Power Up ...Boomer506
I threw the avionics master switch on for the first time. It all
seemed to work as advertised, and no smoke or burning smells which I
think is a good sign. Plenty of functional testing to go.
July 7, 2017. Issue No.
Wishing you and
yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
RV-8s and Blue Angels ...Jon Thocker
This is our 5th season performing airshows as Redline with our
RV8s. Over the years we have interacted with many members of the Jet
Demonstration Teams (Blue Angels, Thunderbirds and Snowbirds). In
particular, we compare notes with the solo guys as we fine tune our
maneuvers. Redline is performing at several shows with the Blues
this year and they coordinated this photo while practicing for their
hometown show this weekend; The Red, White, and Blues Air Show in
Pensacola Beach Florida.
(click to enlarge)
The flight and formations were briefed Wednesday morning with
photographer Glenn Watson (MachPointOne
Photography), photo ship pilot Adam Baker (PlayFul Airshows),
Lead Solo Cdr. Frank Weisser, Opposing Solo, Lt. Tyler Davies and
Redline pilots, Ken Rieder and Jon Thocker. The rendezvous occurred
over Pensacola Beach after the Blues morning practice flight and we
had about 5 minutes to position for the photos before the Blues were
Bingo fuel and had to RTB.
(click to enlarge)
The smooth air over the water helped tremendously as Glenn
positioned each of us over the intercom to Adam who relayed to us.
"Jon, up 5", "Frank, forward 10", "Tyler, up 5", etc.
The funny thing is, Ken and I never really saw those guys! We each
took one quick peak and could just see the nose of the Hornets in
(click to enlarge)
My RV has certainly afforded me some amazing opportunities!
Thanks again Van!
[ed. Images used with permission. dr]
Open Question for the Engineers at Vans ...Greg Novotny getting
close with his RV-14A
Is this kinda...sort of....what you had in mind? ;^)
Performance Data: RV-10TDI ...Scott Flandermeyer
With the G3x fixed, its time to finish Phase 1.
Fuel Consumption testing flight #1: 5500ft at Max Cruise (90%-
207HP) approx. pwr
105kt cruise climb to 5500,
30min. at 76"MAP 2190rpm 151Kias/167Ktas
60"MAP descent at 155 Kias. 750fpm
Instruction to lineman- 1 inch from the top before flight and after.
Dipstick readings----- L tank ---- R tank (these are not gallons)
Before ------------------- 13.0 ---- 13.0
After --------------------- 9.5 ------ 10.5
After refuel -------------- 13.5 ---- 13.0
G3x recording length 58 minutes and 7.1 Gallons.
Fuel truck--7.0 gallons
Qualifier:Red Cube calibration still being adjusted. Due to fuel
injector pulses, red cube can't read ground fuel burn, so fuel
counter reset just before takeoff. But I forgot to check it just
after landing, so while it looks real accurate, its not. I just got
lucky. But the fuel truck meter is accurate
On the sunny side of the street ...sbalmos
Tank issues notwithstanding, the bird did clearly enjoy being let
out in the full sun for the first time. Yes, I have a new left
aileron built and waiting to be hung.
Sooo... This is bare naked aluminum, with some discrete vinyl
remaining on the canopy and other places of active work. Does this
mean she's sunbathing?
Vlad's Russian Adventure Continues
... Well, as I said, I didn't have permission to enter Russian
airspace VFR over BATNI intersecton. I asked Magadan Control why, I
have a confirmation of my flight plan passed through all Centers all
the way to my destination Anadyr. The Magadan Control patiently
explained to me that all international traffic enters Russian
Federation airspace via VALDA and I am no exclusion. They have my
route and if I want to proceed further would I please go to VALDA
and give them a call from there...
I turned southbound toward St Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea and
got me some thinking. Do I need all of this? One hour over the
freezing water then another hour plus, with distance to land as far
as 50 NM? Winds are shifting there. Satellite image shows some
clouds. Should I just turn around and stay home? I was trying to
sense just a slight sense of engine "auto roughness" but all was
good. So I made a decision to go ahead with planned route. Over
VALDA I reported my position, got a discreet code and entered
July 6, 2017. Issue No.
Puddle Jumping 2 - The Sequel ...Mark Albery update
I finally arrived back in Hayward CA yesterday afternoon after a
short lunch stop with Paul and Louise at Dayton Valley airpark.
It's been a great trip with several new friends made and many
We had 3 professional and several serious amateur photographers
along for the ride so their should be some great photos to share
(and maybe even a television programme...)
I'm sorting through my own photos and will post a selection once the
sorting and unpacking is finished.
Thanks for sharing the ride with me!
4th Annual Southeast Wis RV-12 Meeting
Fourth Annual Southeast Wisconsin RV-12 Meeting and Fly-In
Fort Atkinson Airport (61C)
Saturday, July 22rd
11:00 AM—2:00 PM
Things to Do and See
Meet other RV-12 Builders
Meet Student Builders
Talk about building trauma and successes
See Multiple completed RV-12’s
Eat good food
Make New Friends
Flipped the canoe!! ...dwranda
Well it's finally my turn to post my flipping of the canoe pics.
It looks awesome right side up!! Now to build a rolling stand for
Tank removal - remove pushrods / access hole burrs? ...Scott
Two steps forward, one step back. I now join the ranks of those
who have to re-seal the rear baffle. That was a nice constant drip
going yesterday, after filling with fuel for the first time.
Admittedly, the first time any liquid had been in the tanks since
the balloon, and a water, test four years ago when I built them.
So, now I get to remove both tanks off my wings, which are already
attached to the plane. Meh. For the bolts that you have to reach
over into the next bay over from the inspection plate blindly, it
feels like my aileron pushrod is either in the way, or greatly
hampers my ability to rotate a wrench. Should I just go ahead and
remove the pushrod for now?
Secondly, when I cut the rear baffle access holes, I'm probably
going to do one in each bay. When you go to deburr the drilled rivet
holes for mounting the access plates, I was going to try and vacuum
out as much as possible. But the first pressure test would be
another colored water test, which would then slosh out the rest of
the loose burrs when I drain the water. Then let the tank dry out
for a few days, and then do another test with maybe a gallon or two
of avgas, which would probably be discarded also. Does this sound
Maybe a third fuel test after they're remounted to the wings, in
case the re-bolting flexes something on the baffle? Not sure how to
really test that without filling the tanks full again, since the
rear baffle in a mounted position is basically "on its side".
RV-8 Pic ...Harvey in Australia
This 8 has been around for a while - about 7 years - and looks as
good as new.
Briefing Online ...July/August
Post-glass Upgrade Time-Waster ...humptybump
July 5, 2017. Issue No.
Back to the virtual
salt mine.... Hope you and yours had a nice 4th of July
holiday weekend. Some of the usuals around here got some RV
time off the planet a couple of times, so no complaints.
Starting you off with a nice pic posted by 'SuperCubDriver' in
Germany. 'RV-8, IO-375, P-Mags, 74RV Prop, flight
Hope your shortened work week goes nice.
Herman in Germany.
VFR to Russia (In Memory of Bob Axsom) ...Vlad has us in his
The idea of flying my RV to Russia floated in my head for years.
In 2016 I did an extended run polishing Alaska perimeter testing
myself if I could swing the challenge of crossing Bering Strait. For
couple years I was digging world travelers' blogs and read anything
I could find on the subject of flying VFR to Russia. There was a
group of Alaskans who did a run to the closest Russian airport and
back but their accounts didn't tell much of a positive. They
encountered border hurdles, absence of avgas, lack of services and
language barrier. So there wasn't much info online. I planned to
visit the first large settlement Anadyr on Chukotka Peninsula and
for the life of me I couldn't find anything useful.
KELLI GIRL gets IFR and ADS-B Out ...scrollF4
Kelli and I lost out on one too many trips due to the weather.
When I told Kelli I was cancelling an upcoming cross country because
the forecast was just too iffy, she pronounced a new set of
priorities for her airplane and her pilot (me): Get the IFR mod and
ticket. Here we go...
Particles in sump screen ...Michael Burbidge
During oil change today, I found two particles in the sump
screen. They are both black and non-magnetic. They look quite
different. Here's a picture. What next step would you suggest
to determine the source of these particles? I'm planning on
sending the oil filter out for analysis. And I always send the oil
out for analysis.
Race for Rhinos 2017 ...Janekom (South Africa)
This past weekend we have participated in the Race for Rhinos
2017. Now this event takes place in the middle of Botswana close to
or at Sowa Pans.
This year there were 71 entrants. No less than four all the way from
Alaska! This is a two day flat out race with the total race distance
of about 630 nautical miles. It is a race based on a handicap
system, which means that you get a handicap speed and have to try
and beat your handicap speed. No GPS or any other devices allowed
and all on board devices disabled. So it is hard navigating using
your map, stopwatch and a compass.
Van's Aircraft OSH Banquet Tickets Go On Sale ...from the
Event: 2017 Van’s OshKosh Banquet
Time: Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Location: Nature Center Pavilion*
$35 per person
Please order tickets in advance on our website, www.vansaircraft.com
or call Van’s M-F 503-678-6545 option 1 or 2.
Please pick up the tickets at Van’s booth at the show.
TICKETS WILL NOT BE MAILED.
FRESH GARDEN SALAD W/CHOICE OF TWO DRESSINGS
VEGETABLE – CHEF’S CHOICE
MEDITERRANEAN GARLIC CHICKEN
BACON-WRAPPED PORK TENDERLOIN W/RASPBERRY JUS
DINNER ROLLS W/BUTTER
COFFEE AND ICED TEA
July 3-4, 2017. Issue No.
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In Congress, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one
people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them
with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the
separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of
Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of
mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel
them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created
equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the
pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are
instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of
the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes
destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or
to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its
foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such
form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and
Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long
established should not be changed for light and transient causes;
and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more
disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right
themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But
when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the
same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute
Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such
Government, and to provide new Guards for their future
security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies;
and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their
former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of
Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all
having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny
over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary
for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and
pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his
Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly
neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large
districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right
of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them
and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual,
uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public
Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with
manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause
others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of
Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their
exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the
dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for
that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners;
refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and
raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his
Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of
their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of
Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the
Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior
to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign
to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his
Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any
Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring
Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and
enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and
fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and
altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves
invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his
Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and
destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries
to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already
begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in
the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high
Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners
of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has
endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the
merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an
undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress
in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered
only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by
every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We
have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature
to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded
them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We
have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have
conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these
usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and
correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and
of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity,
which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest
of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America,
in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of
the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and
by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish
and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to
be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all
Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection
between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be
totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they
have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances,
establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which
Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this
Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine
Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes
and our sacred Honor.
June 30, 2017. Issue No.
Dear VAF Community,
I’m off now to start life in the real world! All my hard work at SMU
paid off when I found out I’d been accepted to UC Berkeley, one of
tied for the highest-ranking chemistry graduate program in the
country. In exchange for working for the university as a TA, tuition
is waived and I’ll be paid an additional stipend (plus health
insurance!) over 5 years on my journey to earning my PhD. But what’s
most exciting is that I’ll be spending most of my time performing
cutting-edge research in some of the most famous chemistry labs in
the world. Did you know that 16 elements were discovered at Berkeley
more)? I’m a little excited to say the least!!
More specifically, I’ll be working in the field of
chemical biology, which
involves researching new ways to use chemistry to better understand
biological systems. This leads to more effective treatments of
diseases, as well as a better understanding of how our world works.
My work at Berkeley this summer will involve
probes in the detection of copper to determine its role in
living systems. I’m so grateful and excited for this opportunity and
can’t wait to get started!
Your support gave me one of the best gifts a kid could ask for: more
quality time with my dad growing up. From the bottom of my heart,
thank you all for your support of our family!!
[ed. Obviously, it's a very
emotional time for Susie, Tate and I. Audrey headed out
Thursday morning and it's bittersweet and painfully raw. You
want them to spread their wings, but you also don't want to let go.
It hurts. I'll pray for her every day, and hope a lot of Texas
got stuck in those cells at a molecular level. Thank goodness
for FaceTime and iPads/iPhones. An airline pilot friend
offered a buddy pass once in a while for mama to visit, so I'm sure
she'll take up that offer!
Thank you again for all the
support and love you've shown our family over the years. I do
believe Audrey will help make the world a better place, and I'm
confident that one of the reasons is that she has been shown so much
love and support her whole life from so many wonderful people here.
I'm guessing she'll do you proud.
Wishing you a happy, safe
and RV-filled weekend.
Doug, Susie and Tate.
VFR to Russia (In Memory of Bob Axsom) ...Vlad -9A trip write-up
The idea of flying my RV to Russia floated in my head for years.
In 2016 I did an extended run polishing Alaska perimeter testing
myself if I could swing the challenge of crossing Bering Strait. For
couple years I was digging world travelers' blogs and read anything
I could find on the subject of flying VFR to Russia. There was a
group of Alaskans who did a run to the closest Russian airport and
back but their accounts didn't tell much of a positive. They
encountered border hurdles, absence of avgas, lack of services and
language barrier. So there wasn't much info online. I planned to
visit the first large settlement Anadyr on Chukotka Peninsula and
for the life of me I couldn't find anything useful.
Any Progress is Progress ...Jason Hess RV-7
Excited to share that BOTH tanks are LEAK FREE and now mounted to
the wings. Next up are the right top skins and then the wings can
come out of the stands. Can't believe how life can go by so fast.
3rd Annual Lobster Fly-in Belfast Maine ...9/16 (mark those
Epilogue (broke stuff away from home) ...Tod Stoval RV-10
We're back in business thanks to Mark Olson. Not only did he
graciously ship me his backup screen and provided me with
instructions to assist me in exporting my config file, he's
extending me the loan of his DU through Oshkosh if I can't get mine
repaired in time. I can't thank him enough!!!!! Also I'd like to
thank all of those who responded to my call for help via text, email
and online offering tools, workspace, and advice--the RV family is
second to none!!!!
This is a beautiful sight...
Puddle Jumping 2 - The Sequel ...update
Qikiqtarjuaq to Pangnirtung (spectacular valley) to Iqaluit.
Thanks Gary, Clayton, Tommy and the rest of the gang.
Some of the usual suspects at my home field (52F) had a fish fry
Thursday. Gary's hangar, Clayton's catfish caught in the
Neosho River in Oklahoma, and Tommy's fry rig and chef skills.
25-30 people or so, and some great banana pudding courtesy Teresa
With our daughter heading out earlier in the day 1,400 miles away
for her PhD program for somewhere between five years and the rest of
her life, the food and fellowship helped a couple of pretty sad
parents get through a couple of hours. Thanks again.
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June 29, 2017. Issue No.
How 'Bout Them Cowboys...and
(click to enlarge)
Wednesday I flew (track)
up to KSWI for $3.25 fuel, and on the way went by 'The Star' for the
first time (iPhone
picture). The Dallas Cowboys new(ish) practice facility up
in Frisco. As I understand it there are some retail spots
(left side if pic), a hotel (foreground) as well as an outdoor
artificial field and natural grass field. Covered indoor field
just right of the hotel. There was a TV screen bigger than my
house that I could clearly watch from two miles away. Kinda
I was trying out Garmin Pilot's newest version (v8.8.0) showing your
track as an orange line on the map - attached with the corresponding
logbook entry. Partial pic below, click for 2048 x 2732 pixel
Came back direct, no 'Star' pass, for the overhead. I kinda
like this track feature - less work than downloading files from the
EFIS and converting. Back on the ground before it got to
hot...and got on the computer.
Status Report ...David Paul -3B
With the stiffeners glued and riveted to the tailcone belly skin,
I clecoed it to the bulkheads. In spite of my efforts, the bulkheads
pulled the skin inward a bit. Never as much as 1/4" but at about
1/8" in more than one place, these skin depressions were, I've got
to say it, depressing.
Can't have that.
There were only three options available that I could see.
Complete Instrument Panel & Avionics, New ...Stein
We have for sale a completely finished NEW instrument panel
including all avionics. Customer ordered the panel but then due to
some unexpected life issues is not able to complete the transaction,
so we're offering this as it at a greatly reduced price.
June 28, 2017. Issue No.
Another New RV-14 Takes to the Skies ...n982sx (Bob Meyers)
In another thread I posted that I got my airworthiness
certificate last Friday. Today was a perfect day for flight.
The weather couldn't have been better and I took N626KM out for its
first one. The flight was wonderful, no squawks. Two hours in
The RV-Grin strikes again.
N829MS First Flight ...Marvin McGraw RV-14.
Yesterday I took to the air for a first flight. It runs smooth
and stable. I now have 4.5 hours on it. I will add the gear fairings
in the next few weeks. My wife took takeoff and landing videos.
Surplus Avionics (Garmin, Dynon, PSE, Vertical Power), etc
...Stein using the Classified section LIKE A BOSS. Things
going fast. Edits quick and often.
RV-Lancair-Corby Starlet Day! ...snopercod
We had a crew of four at GMU today, including an RV-12, RV-4,
Lancair 235, and a beautiful Corby Starlet. While we were eating
lunch and telling stories, it came to light that all four of us had
either worked in a steel mill, had a parent who did, or had taken a
tour of a steel mill back in the day. What are the odds of that
Near Miss (Bird) ...Steve 9A
This past fall we had an experience with a Bald Eagle. We were
climbing out through 2500' out of Rosecrans Airport (KSTJ) on the
Missouri river. Just as I was going through 2500', without warning,
there was a very large Bald Eagle about my 11 o'clock and I was
climbing into it fast. There was no time at all to react as I passed
by the bird. It was very close. I estimated maybe 25-30 feet at the
most as I flew by him. There was no action I was able to take as
everything happened in milliseconds. All I can say was we were very
lucky. I just cannot imagine a 6' wingspan sized bird impacting the
windscreen. The positive to the event was for that second I was as
close as I have ever been to a beautiful bird like that. I just wish
it were in different circumstances so I could have enjoyed the
beauty of it.
from Don Hull)
I know a pilot who survived a goose through the windshield of a 150.
Frankly, I'm surprised we don't have more "near-misses" south of
Pryor Regional Airport, Decatur, Alabama as the Wheeler National
Wildlife Refuge sits about 5 miles south of the airport. Lots of
geese, pelicans, and other migratory birds can be seen at different
times over the Refuge.
My friend was a retired Air Force pilot who had rented a 150 to take
another retired Air Force friend for an aerial tour of the area. As
he told me, the sudden blast of air with blood and feathers was
almost heart-stopping. Then the tremendous drag on the airplane
required a nose-down pitch change to maintain control. Fortunately
he was headed straight for the airport when it happened, so he
didn't have to make any turns.
June 27, 2017. Issue No.
Gearing Up for Oshkosh
Danny King is putting in the newest version of his panel in his
RV-8 "Beautiful Doll". Here he is pictured working in
air-conditioned comfort during a hot Texas summer. So cold in the
cockpit he says he has to crack it open every now and then. It looks
like a bowl of spaghetti now, but during the show his airplane will
be parked in front of the Garmin booth and he will be talking it up
with anyone who stops by. Developing…
They grow up fast ...crabandy
I started building my RV shortly after getting married, still not
sure which is crazier .....
My oldest helping me make airplane sounds.
Garmin avionics videos. Third video is online ...RickA
The second half of the 52F to KLUD flight is available now.
Production quality is getting better and I think I have solved most
of the background noise issues. I have about 10 more minutes
of in-flight vidoe on a different flight to upload, then I have to
get back in the air to shoot some more footage.
I have a few ideas for the next videos but I open to suggestions for
1. VOR approach that starts with a Direct to VOR, then an "ATC"
defined Hold, then the approach.
2. Entry into a Leg of an approach - like you would get if you were
3. An ILS approach but I want to make sure I all the audio issues
resolved so I can do it in one take.
Vac's Transition Training Syllabus ...v1.4
This version has a couple of slides added based on other forum
discussion regarding deviating from designer recommended weight and
Gettin' close! ...bkervaski
June 26, 2017. Issue No.
Astronaut Candidate Jasmin Moghbeli ...enjoying AX-O's RV-4
(Axel) "I took this young lady flying in my RV on
Friday. I also flew with her at work for years. Recently she was
selected to be an astronaut candidate. This year had the largest
number of applicants at almost 19,000. She was selected as one of
Lawyers, Guns and Money ...Pete Howell Trip Write-up
With apologies to the late, great Warren Zevon....
"Well, I went home with the waitress
The way I always do
How was I to know
She was with the Russians, too (Hey Vlad!)"
New Garmin video posted - 2nd in the series ...RickA
Milestone: 7A Tail ...jcarne
Well after 6 months of work I am official done with my tail
except for a few odds and ends that will get addressed when I mount
to the fuselage. The empennage was filled with great learning
experiences and a handful of frustrating ones. I am that much closer
to having my dream come true! My wings are here and inventoried,
time to start on a new journey!
'MoJo' Got Her New Clothes ...woodmanrog
X-wind Take-off Technique in A Models ...lr172
I fly from an airport with an E-W strip. Most strong wind is
usually from the south and we have buildings and tall trees just
south of the field. It makes for challenging landings due to the
rotors, turbulence and variable gusting. It's not uncommon to see
all three wind socks pointing in different directions. However, we
never see really strong sustained cross wind at the runway level,
only 30' above it.
I have mastered landing and taking off in these conditions, but
don't get to do many x-wind landings or take-offs with more
traditional cross wind conditions. Today I did some T&G's at a
nearby airport with a 90* x-wind 15G20 (pretty sure most wind was
20). The landings were no issue, but I had an issue with the
I have been carefull to do all of my take-offs with the nose wheel a
few inches off the ground. I was taught to let the cross wind
aileron out as the take off progresses, however, I rarely need much
aileron in the situations that I fly and therefore don't get much
practice. Today, I kept skipping sideways during the take-off roll
and was subconsciously keeping the aileron full in too long to keep
from skipping. On my final take-off, the gusts were strong and I
must have had most of the aileron in to track down the center line.
As I lifted off, the wing went down quickly and scraped. The damage
is only the size of a quarter on the wingtip and an easy repair.
In thinking through what I did wrong, I realized the error of full
aileron at lift-off, but it raised the issue of how else do I keep
from skipping sideways. I had remembered reading that you need to
keep some down elevator to keep the wheels planted and use tire
friction to avoid sideways movement. I had become so afraid of going
easy on my nose wheel that it seemed unnatural.
I was wondering how others manage this type of situation in their A
OSH '17 RV Social is 30 Days Out ...DanH
Great video of Gold Hill Airpark, NC ...ronshcreck
Thanks to my neighbor, Brett Osborne who has produced a great
video of our airpark home (NC25). A community of thirty homes
surrounding a 3000-foot paved and lighted runway, just 40 miles NE
of Charlotte, NC. Enjoy!
June 23, 2017. Issue No.
Thursday morning I woke up and sat down at
the computer. And worked. Drove out to the airport and flew .2
hours. Worked some more using my phone and iPad. Exercised for 40
min. Worked some more on the computer. Took a shower. Took a
sip of my iced tea through the straw. There was a fly in that
straw. It had drowned on sweet tea. I thought it was a
lemon seed for a second or two.
I have, as of today, adjusted my "drinking sweet tea at the airport"
procedure to include the following line:
- Cover the straw, dumb@ss.
I'm still a little creeped out by the whole
ordeal :-). Ugh. Wishing you and yours a happy, safe,
straw-covered and RV-filled weekend.!
Sky, Scorch and Scroll taxiing in at
Random image from the PC. dr
Puddle jumping number two – the sequel… An update
Today has been quite an adventure. Our companions in the
Beech 18 got out their lightweight balloon to do the 4th ever
balloon flight in Iceland and the first by a female pilot.
We then loaded up and set off for Isafjordur. My co-pilot Rocky
was flying this leg and I sat behind. After backtracking the
runway we had a call to stop and exit because the wheel was on
We quickly got it extinguished, removed wheel fairings, got new
O rings and fluid to repair the brakes. Tyre was damaged, but
only on the surface and cords OK no bulges. We managed to get a
new tyre sent fron Reykjavik to our destination. Just arrived 30
minutes ago and will be replaced ASAP.
Wonderful scenic flight across northern Iceland, with a bit of
formation flying with the Saratoga and Beech 18 (Betty the
You should be able to see some pictures in the link below.
No "BOTH" Positions Allowed on RVs
Please, please, please don't do this. I was performing a
prebuy on an RV-8 today and for the second time I found a fuel
valve with a BOTH position. Huge NO-NO! A both position in a low
wing aircraft will fool you into thinking it works correctly,
especially when both tanks are either full or above the fuel
pickup. But let one of the tanks get below a fuel pickup and
even if you happen to have a full tank on the other side, it
will suck air. Probably at the worst time, like when turning
base to final. More accidents are caused by modifications to the
fuel systems than any other modification. It was a even very
nice Andair valve, too.
Music input noise trouble-shooting
Q: Hey - recently I am having some trouble with noise in the
music input for my audio panel. When I built the plane, I
installed a 1/8" headphone jack in the rear of the plane, wired
to the aux music input of the audio panel (PS engineering
PMA5000EX). This has worked well for 5+ years.
Now whenever I try and play music through the Aux input, the
music is very muted, with a bunch of "fuzz" that sounds like
waves. I have not changed anything in the plane. I've checked
the wiring at both ends, and everything looks fine. I've tried
two different music sources and several cables. At this point I
am about of ideas. Any suggestions or ideas on other things to
A: If the music input jack is grounded to the
airframe, often times this introduces a ground loop that creates
problems similar to what you're hearing. Try isolating the input
jack from the airframe and see if that helps. All-plastic jacks
are available, with solder connections on the rear for wiring,
that prevent the ground loop issue
A: Try shutting off
things one at a time while you are getting the
noise.......strobes, xpnder, position lights etc.
Other possibilty is ignition or alternator........both have
parts that wear over time and could start causing issues that
were not there when new.
A: This exact thing happened
to me recently. I use an IPhone 6 for the music source. I
discovered that it was the music jack on the phone that was
malfunctioning. I then put on earphones and only heard one side.
If you have an IPhone you can get a lightning adapter (plugs
into the main power charging port) that will allow you to plug
straight into your music jack from the phone. Now my music is
crystal clear again. I have a GTR 200 comm with music input via
the 1/8" music jack on the right side near my headphone jacks.
Solved: Problem solved....... and it wasn't anything I
expected. The culprit was a new phone. I googled "Samsung S8
static from headphone jack" and found several articles
mentioning solving a similar problem by enabling a UHC setting
in the audio quality menu. I flipped the switch, and the static
is gone. Glad it was an easy fix...I really was not looking
forward to tracing out wires, etc.
June 22, 2017. Issue No.
Five of the usual RV suspects at my home
field flew over to the
Beacon Café at nearby Hicks airport (T67) for breakfast at 08:15
Wednesday morning. We seemed to have reached that part of the year
where breakfast fly-outs are replacing lunch fly-outs due to the
heat. It was nice seeing Christie again (her and husband Gene ran
the restaurant on our home field several years back). Wonderful
folks who we don't see enough! Logged .3hrs.
It felt good to fly in the morning and it also felt good to be back on
the ground before the heat got unbearable.
Wishing you a nice Thursday!
Shell Lake Burger Night ...Pete Howell
Andi and I have a goal to fly to as many burger burns and
pancakes breakfasts as we can this summer. Been to quite a few
already - Shell Lake, WI was on the agenda tonight, short flight
on a beautiful evening.....continue
Milestone: -7 Empennage Finished! ...Frank Cordrey
I posted back in Jan. that I was going to start building (here).
I haven't posted since then and have been chipping away here and
there. Well I'm finished with the empennage (except fiberglass
It has been fun and frustrating all at the same time. I've
learned a lot in the last 5 months and 160.5 hours. Lots to
figure out all at the same time. I have messed up and had to
reorder parts. A couple emails to Vans with problems and they
would set me back on the right road. They have been great! I've
got REALLY good at drilling out rivets.....not sure that is
something to brag about but....
I found a tech counselor early on and he looked over my VS
before I closed it up and was told I was doing fine keep going.
I've tentatively scheduled another meeting with him to look over
my project. Just want to be sure I'm doing things right.
My wing kit was ordered in March and came in on June 8th. It has
been inventoried and I'll be working on it in the next couple
RV-10 N657FW ...begins
No pics yet, but tail kit has arrived and commencing on
building my tables, doing the inventory and getting the shop
ready to go...
Been waiting a long time for this...
RV-9 for Formation?
Q: After decades of dreaming, the stars are aligning
and I'll be able to start building sometime this fall! I've had
A LOT of false starts over the years, but fingers crossed that
this is the time! My wife says I've been responsible for enough
years that it's my turn to do something completely irrational,
like build a plane.
I've pretty well settled on the RV9A for a variety of reasons
that don't need to be rehashed here. I am curious though, while
I have no real desire to flip upside down, formation flying is
something I'd love to get into. It seems like most formation
guys are flying anything but RV9s. Does that just say something
about the guys who fly formation or the planes themselves? Would
I really be hampered from flying formation if I fly a 9?
I know of three FFI Formation Pilots that fly the RV-9A. (Scoot,
Cookie, and Gunner) It can and has been done.
Falcon Flight Formation Team has an RV-9A in its group
A: If there is a lack of RV-9's in formation it doesn't have
anything to do with the plane. I fly formation and even have a
fix pitched prop. No problems
A: Ha! Yeah. For a non-acro
show, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a -9. Ours has been
flying the Falcon Flight show for years. Heck, after a couple of
years in the same position, your wingman might just come to
appreciate that it is just a little less twitchy in roll. In
fact, it is scheduled to perform a show in a couple of weeks
A: Bandit Flight Team has two Yaks, an RV-14, several
RV-8's, an RV-6, several RV-7's, an RV-4, and an RV-9. No issues
with formation work
A: As already said, the RV9 is fine
for the standard FFI formation flying (non-acro). As for
possibly being more challenging than the other models, I don't
think so. All models with the O-320 engine and fixed prop will
be more challenging than the larger engine/constant speed
models. It's just a mater of technique, anticipation and
Finishing External Window ...bruceh's take
Get some "pipe tape" at your local big box home improvement
center store. It is a bit thicker (20 mils) than electrical tape
and you can sand right down on top of it with no problem to get
a nice edge. My painter (after painting the canopy frame)
used some black silicon sealant as a fillet along the edges of
the fiberglass where it meets the plexiglass. It is probably
around 1/16" wide at most, but it looks great and keeps the edge
of the paint from chipping.
June 21, 2017. Issue No.
RV-8 Panel Upgrade Complete ...WingnutWick
So a few months ago I decided that I was sick of my old nasty
cockpit an panel that was not complimentary to my otherwise
beautiful 8. I was also tired of having an unreliable engine
monitoring system with multiple broken plugs. I wanted to go
digital as well as change many of the things that were bugging
me with the original setup. I had ZERO experience with working
with electricity or avionics but knew that I could use this as a
learning experience while taking advantage of fantastic online
resources like this fine site to make sure I am doing it
correctly and safely. The other goal was to save significant
money not only through doing the work myself but also through
non-traditional avionics equipment: a hard mounted iPad behind
the dash with quick release connectors and 2 AHRS that pump
flight data to the iPad.
Formation Flat Blowouts (now that's impressive!;^)) ...newt
To explain Eddie's last comment:
He and Glenn BOTH had flat tyres on landing at home base, about
ten minutes apart from each other. We're now sufficiently
well trained that we can have formation tire blowouts.
Arizona Heat and RV-10 ...Dave Ford
Q: The Arizona heat is in the news recently and just
curious how that has been affecting RV10 performance? Some
commercial flights have been grounded.
RV-10 really has a lot of excess power and is not usually a
problem during high density operations from an iarcraft
performance standpoint. However, engine operating paramters can
be easily exceeded, such as CHT's and oil temps, especially
during the climb phase. Climbing at airspeeds high than usual,
and allowing for step climbs can help if needed. Really paying
attention to ground ops during the heat is important, like
making sure to perform runups facing into the wind and
minimizing taxi time.
A: I had a 7 with IO 360
and used to fly it to work. The hottest I every took off was 117
degrees. No problems. A word of caution, if you go to a
higher altitude check the DA and your aircraft performance
A: I can't speak to the RV10, but the overall
performance of the RV series means less effect with high density
altitudes. I flew Cessna for 40 years.... just like many others.
Very hot days were very evident on takeoff in a Cessna with full
fuel. Calculations and planning were imperative.
Now, as an RV owner... the added performance I experience on
cool days, pay off in the heat. Even if I am back to the anemic
500 FPM climb rate I was used to in Cessna operations.... I am
flying safely. I do see that I need to do some step climbs to
keep CHT peaks within limits. But this is easy to accomplish.
When packing the plane, we often carry more than needed. I am
sure the roomy RV10 can hold more than you might actually need
for the flight.
Calculating partial fuel loads has an enormous effect. Liguids
are HEAVY. Respect that fact in physics. In fact, we are heavy!
I won't get into that here... but we are mostly liquid and
fat... which translates to more lift needed.
On these hot days out west.... three things rule. 1. get up
EARLY and fly.
2. Check fuel needed and don't top off if not required. 3. Check
load in aircraft and adjust. THEN--- enjoy the best designed
flying machines on the planet....
A: I just flew
back from Southern Utah and Colorado yesterday where we had
daytime temps of 103F when we were there. As Vic said, the RV-10
has a lot of extra power in general. Certainly power and lift
won't be the issue in Phoenix in an RV-10. Oil temps and CHT's
may be. You'll have to be careful here.
On my recent trip my daughter landed at Leadville, CO. Pattern
altitude is 10,727' MSL, with field elevation 9,933'. It was a
warm day, so DA's were a couple thousand more at least. The
RV-10 departed just fine with tons of runway remaining, and it
was very neat to see the altimeter hit 10,000' within seconds of
taking off. No issue with performance in the RV-10. We are very
lucky as RV pilots that we can almost ignore performance charts.
It's actually almost sad that it can make us poorer and more
complacent pilots in that we have less to worry about and
For flying around Phoenix this week, I'd recommend basically not
bothering doing it unless you have somewhere to go where it
isn't as hot. It just won't be comfortable. If you do have to
fly, do it in the a.m. You'll want to manage the flight by CHT
and oil temp, adding forward speed in the climb. We climbed out
at 125KTS to keep temps in check when we flew in the west the
past few days. Altitude is your friend, so get there and stay
there. LOP operation also is a great benefit to cooling. Just
don't get yourself in a position around terrain where you are
forced to climb quickly. That may cause you to mis-manage your
Also, I'd have to say that after being in the 103F dry heat, I'd
say it's still easier to tolerate than the 85-90F humid heat
where we are. I got home and this week we're looking at 70's all
week long. I wouldn't mind mixing some of our air with that down
there so that being on the lake would be warmer.
Burnt Cowl...Dusyone -10
I had a customers RV-10 in the workshop last month for some
upgrades and repairs. (new windscreen and Planaround door
This particular RV-10 is 10 years old and has flown approx 1100
The lower cowl exhibited external heat damage and on closer
inspection the heat shielding was no longer doing its job and
not covering enough of the cowl.
The heat shielding had been allowed to get stained over time and
was no longer able to reflect any heat.
COMM Mic Feedback Whine? ...RidiGreyling
(traced to TWO Zulu 1 headsets)
June 20, 2017. Issue No.
VAF Charity Cap Sighting: Millennials Edition.
My daughter Audrey and her boyfriend Daniel.
Both on their phones - not talking to me.
the charity cap)
Advanced Formation Flying at Temora ...newt (Sydney, Australia)
Eddie (RV-7), Mal (RV-6A), Glenn (RV-7) and myself (RV-6) did
a formation flying course in Sydney last November. It's a flight
activity endorsement on a pilot license in Australia, all very
formal and well organized, modulo the usual regulatory
We've been out on weekends practicing, and wanted to get one of
our instructors back to hone our skills, set us some new
challenges, and generally step things up a notch.
So we brought Jeremy Miller from Mildura and Michael Jorgensen
from Brisbane across to Temora in central NSW, and spent three
days on it last weekend.
New -14 Builder (possibly) ...Dave12
Hey fellers, I am thinking about moving up two notches to a
14. Yes, I am fixin to squeeze the trigger on a 14 (RV not mini,
but I like those too). I have been pondering this for several
years and have decided to make the decision at Kosh next month.
I am wondering which prop, which engine, who has the deals,
y'all know what I mean? I am fairly firm on Advance 5600's and
Avidyne. Any and all advice is appreciated.
Proud Dad of a Navy Corpsman
FMF "Devil Doc" 2nd Marines
N588DF RV12 #336 Sold
N73DF RV12 #244 Flying
was in Japan for a couple of weeks last December, and in several
vehicles there I saw these neat air vents that are like an
eyeball, with a dial in the center that opens and closes a set
of radial vanes to control air flow. I wasn't sure where
to find them until I rented a Chevy Sonic during a trip last
month. Very similar to what I saw in Japan. I think the vehicles
in Japan where I saw them were a Mazda and a BMW.
Now, they are rather large in diameter, and possibly too deep
for an overhead console, but I am still considering them for the
foward and rear fresh air vents. Bonus: They're pretty
inexpensive, and probably available at an auto wrecking yard. I
may pick one up just to see where I could make it fit.
Edited: Now that I look at these pictures, I see these are
different than the ones I saw in Japan in that they have a
folding butterfly behind the vanes to regulate airflow rather
than the radial "petals" that rotate on their individual axes
like I saw over there. I will now have to find those. I bet the
"petal" ones aren't as deep, since the split butterfly has to
have at least a depth equal to one radius of the opening...
DID YOU KNOW liability coverage on a builders risk policy can give
you peace of mind? ...Leah (advertiser)
Builders policies protect your project from the unthinkable
but have you thought about protecting yourself? By adding
liability coverage to your builder’s risk policy, you will not
only have coverage for the aircraft itself, but you will also
have peace of mind. For example, if you are trailering your
aircraft and it comes loose from the trailer, the project could
become the least of your worries. What if part (or all) of the
aircraft falls off the trailer and hits a car head on? How much
damage could an aircraft in the middle of the interstate do?
Liability coverage would help you in this situation. Liability
insurance for builders risk policies is important for other
reasons too, such as your aircraft causing a fire or someone
being injured while helping to build or move the project. If you
have your project covered, think about getting yourself covered
Paint Crinkling ...rvdave
From time to time I run across this problem in painting and
can't figure out what is causing this sporadic crinkling of the
paint. Seems to be in the surface or primer or some
contamination but have been cleaning it all the same. Looks like
Getting the FRZ PIN, Washington DC- just DO IT ...Lycosaurus
In order to fly in to the Washinton DC Flight Restricted Zone
(FRZ) you need to have a unique PIN code that positively
identifies you to the Potomac TRACON when you file a special
flight plan (for both IN or OUT, as well as VFR or IFR).
In the last year or so, obtaining a PIN code has become somewhat
easier, in that you do not need to be physically present in
Washington, or have to circumnavigate the different government
agencies and airports. You can be interviewed remotely, as well
as more flexible locations for taking your fingerprints.
Being a Canadian living in Ottawa, my process required some
travel for the fingerprinting part, however, other this, you
should be able to follow the same procedures.
Progress! 10 steps forward, 2 steps back...bkervaski RV-14
We finished the vertical stab, rudder, horizontal stab, and
elevators+trim tab .. started on the tail cone this weekend ..
but dropped the bucking bar during a rivet and trashed the
bottom skin .. ugh .. this hobby needs a therapy hotline!
[ed. I think you've reached it <grin>.
June 19, 2017. Issue No.
First flight for C-FIJT ...ackselle
So in February of 2014 I started building RV-7A s/n 74310.
With a lot of help from Bill Funk, Rob Hickman, Mark Elste and
all of you on this forum, C-FIJT took to the air fir the first
time on June 16, 2017 at Steinbach airport (CJB3) with Bill Funk
at the controls.
Here's a link to the first flight/ first landing video.
Special thanks to my wife Bev....without her support, I wouldn't
have started. Now we plan to use our little plane together to
fly between Winnipeg, MB, Mesa, AZ and Sarasota, FL...and other
places just because.
Van's #9700 Flies ...pilotkms -7A
Yesterday 6/16 was first flite of my Vanessa. According to
Van's site they claim 9,699 flyers. So I have identified mine as
# 9,700. And the 1,581st RV7/A. Rocket Man Fred Laforge and RV9A
Doug Kott were there for guidance. Short 30 minute flite. The RV
grin was acquired, and still there today. Getting her set up and
dialed in will be FUN. If u have a Dynon VPX panel, make sure u
calibrate your flaps. Hope to be headed to OSH next month. Keep
banging them rivets!
GMU for Father's Day
Three of us flew from the Asheville area to Greenville
Downtown [GMU] for lunch today. Darwin took off right behind me
from AVL and we demonstrated that his RV-4 is faster on climbout
than a Lancair with it's gear down. Yup, like a dumb azz I
forgot to raise my gear for a few minutes (how embarrassing for
me). ATC actually had to de-conflict us so the RV-4 didn't chew
my tail off!
My Helper for Tonight. She's Getting the Aviation Bug Early!
[ed. A really cute thread begins....
Avionics Going In ...Ron Gawer -12
It's been a while in the making, but I finally got my
avionics mounted in my panel.
1800 Hr Borescope Pics ...Pete Howell
On the way home from the dad's day fly-in @ KTOB Andi and I
took Niner-pop-hotel over 1800 hrs. So I dropped the oil,
checked the filter, checked compression, and scoped the valves.
Filter was clean, compressions were above 77/80 on all
cylinders, and the valves looked pretty good - plugs were clean,
too. #4 cylinder clearly got into the Spotted Cow........
O-320/Carb/EI/Mogas/Lots of LOP.
Tire observation ...PilotBrent -12
Just replaced my original tires at 355 hours. Might still
look new for Vlad, but after a couple of rotations, it was time.
Both are Aero Classic 5.00-5s from Van's.
The used tire, is actually a little bigger than the new one when
its placed side by side. Clearly the used one has less rubber,
but I guess being under pressure for three years or so, weaken's
them and they permanently stretch out some? Anyhow, might not be
news, but something I hadn't seen before.
Fuel Tanks - Part Duex, Is it a comedy or tragedy? ...PilotjohnS
Tank assembly begins!
The bottom stiffeners were installed per the plans. I mixed up 1
gram of Proseal per linear inch, and this was just about right,
taking into account losses from leaving stuff on the mixing
plate, smeared on the ceiling, etc. Did I mention this stuff
The next day, I mixed up another batch of Proseal per the
instructions, and using the baggy technique, applied it to the
ribs. I then cleco'd the ribs to the bottom skin using a cleco
in every hole.
Special Request from a VAF Reader
[ed. In striving to keep the
signal-to-noise ratio in the
forums as RV-specific as possible, I am happy to post a non-RV personal
request like the one here occasionally on the front page when emailed to me.
17.2 Acres for sale ...Jim Pappas firstname.lastname@example.org
17.2 ACRES OF SMOKY MOUNTAIN HILLSIDE WITH
GORGEOUS VIEWS AND YOU CAN WALK TO IT FROM JACKSON COUNTY AIRPORT.
Build your dream home or subdivide this land. Endless possibilities.
Currently 1 parcel , 17.2 acres zoned AG. County has said it can be
subdivided up to 6 homesites. Located in the Southern Appalachian Mountains
of North Carolina between the Blue Ridge Parkway and The Great Smoky
Mountain National Park. Close to precious historic downtown of Sylva ,
Dillsboro , Waynesville and less than 50 miles from Ashville, NC. Near
WCU, Jackson County Airport, and all the action and fun, yet serene privacy
and a bold creek on 17.2 acres with a Jackson County TAX VALUE almost $200K.
Asking price only $121,000 or OBO. Owner is a licensed real estate
broker in IL and SC.
Little Savannah Rd. Sylva, NC 28779 (GoogleMap link)
June 16, 2017. Issue No.
My A&P buddy Randy 'Monkey' Richmond
is "looking for an uncut (newish) RV-8 fuel injection
(no scoop) engine cowling. Maybe you went with a James
cowl instead and you still have the vans cowl laying around?"
Can anyone help Randy out?
Gonna be hot here in Texas this weekend. Hope a little cooler where
you are. Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
Propwash (16X). Click to enlarge
Route 66 Trip Advice ...Allen Rice -9A
Planning a Route 66 trip this Fall, Chicago Midway to Santa
Monica in my 9A. Any suggestions on mandatory 'can't miss' stops and
preferred mountain routes? We are going to take our time and do a
lot of sightseeing/pictures along the way. Thanks.
Cabin Top- Carbon Fiber Overhead to paint transition ...ERushing
The Aerosport overhead console is finally mounted on the cabin
top and I'm starting to work on the cabin top cosmetics and overhead
to cabin top transition.
For those who have kept the carbon fiber look, how have you made the
transition from carbon fiber overhead to paint on the cabin top
above and around the door opening? I'm struggling with how to make
the transition along the shadow line of the overhead console look
good and not have a ridge of paint or overhead clear coat.
Any advise would be appreciated.
In the photo below, the shadow line will be the bottom edge of the
green fine line tape. I'll sand the clear coat between the green
tape and the raw carbon fiber/ flox blend line. I'm planning to put
a single piece of thin fiberglass tape over the transition and then
micro to near the shadow line. Sand smooth, fill, paint. But that
transition from the actual shadow line to the paint has me
perplexed. I'm planning to use a single stage PPG product for paint
so no clear coat on the paint.
...ad lives on the Previous Day's News
June 15, 2017. Issue No.
My friend Rob working on baffles and intakes...
Stars and Bars Going On ...Boomer506
The letters and numbers are vinyl applications from the local
FastSigns shop, but the stars and bars were masked by hand. It
wasn't as difficult as I thought in might be.
Puddle Jumping 2 - The Sequel ...Mark Albery
Some of you here may recall my RV-8 flight from L.A. to the UK in
2013 when my time working on the Tesla Model S finished and I
returned home to the UK in my RV-8.
Soon after that happened I got a call to join another automotive
start-up in the Bay area which has now grown to be Lucid Motors;
going well but still a couple of years from production.
There was no time to arrange getting the RV-8 back, so I made
arrangements to get friends to take care of it and keep it in good
airworthy condition. That went through a few cycles of partners
coming and going and came to a head recently when my current
partnership was about to end due to him getting a job offer, also in
Decision time. Do I try to find another partner, sell the RV,
pickle it and store it away or bring it back to the US. You've
probably already guessed the answer!
I sold the RV-4 that I bought on my return to the US in 2013 (thanks
DR for helping with that, there'll be a token of appreciation in my
New Guy Chimes In ...'rplittle' Bob (Seattle)
Hi all. I figured I'd introduce myself and share a trip report
since this forum has helped me recently. My name is Bob Little, and
I'm a new owner of an RV-6A as of two weeks ago!
I heard of VAF over a decade ago while going to college and dreaming
of owning an RV some day. I remember Paul and some other folks
coming out in their RV's to my college in San Luis Obispo probably
around 2004 to give rides to those of us in an aircraft construction
class. Since that time, I haven't been on here much until recently
when I was finally able to start shopping for an RV. When it was
looking more and more like I would actually be buying an RV, I paid
my dues (thank you, Doug!) and started using the forums to learn.
Man there's a lot of information on here!
I found an RV-6A in Locust Grove, GA that had been finished up by
Kent Gorton in 2014. After many phone conversations and quite a few
prayers later, I purchased a one-way ticket from Seattle to Atlanta
and headed off. Reading the positive reviews about Kent on this
forum gave me added comfort as I headed to Atlanta.
After about a day and a half of inspecting and flying the airplane,
I completed the purchase and headed back towards the west coast!
After two days and just over 20 hours of flying, I made it back home
to North Bend, OR (KOTH). A few days later, I was able to fly the
airplane up to work in Seattle for the first time. What is usually
about a 7 hour drive for me is now about 2 hours from engine start
to engine shut down!
I'm looking forward to getting to know folks on VAF more, and hope
to get to see some VAF folks in the Seattle and Southern Oregon
Dog copilot ...Norcalrv7
Rebel, my girlfriends bulldog is my hangar and flying buddy while
she is at her real job. (and) His favorite toy, which is about
the only thing on this planet he can't chew up.
June 14, 2017. Issue No.
10 Minute Therapy Session Before Work...(click to
June 2017 - Capital to Capital (Washington DC) ...Lycosaurus
Ottawa to Washington DC
I have wanted to visit Washington D.C. for the longest time. My
first visit was many years ago (I was 18 then, can you believe it)
with my high school friend Jack. We managed a trip to the
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and I remember how I was in awe of
the space ship displays. (multiple
parts - continue)
Mitch Lock Says Thanks
To everyone who attended the fly in on Saturday,
With all of our hearts, my family and I wish to thank you so very
much for taking your time to come and share this day with us. Old
memories were relived and new ones were made. It truly was one of
the best days of my life.
A special thanks go out to the folks who talked with my wife and
daughter about our move. She was unbelievably touched by your
concern and compassion over such a tremendous change in life. The
support you have shown her is priceless.
I cannot even begin to thank Helen Woods, owner of Chesapeake Sport
Pilot. Her dedication to Van's Aircraft is unparalleled and her
friendship is a valued treasure.
To Steve Koziol of EAA Chapter 1384 and Mike Regan, thank you guys
for taking your time and efforts to organize this event. It would
not have been such a great day without your touch.
So it's off to Oregon with a new adventure in aviation and a new
chapter of life. I thank God everyday that my life's book still has
many pages yet to be read.
Bless you all!
President Van's Aircraft
In the French Alps ...trackdom
Old newbie ...Rick from Tyner, NC (retired Army Officer)
I've owned an empennage and wing kit for "years". Life got
in the way. Last builder log entry was 9/11/01- I had finally found
time to get started. Well the next 12 years were a little busy,
multiple deployments. Now retired, relocated want to try again. BUT,
do I need to get fresh rivets? Will my sheet metal parts still be ok
to use? Do I throw it all in the trash and start with a new kit.
Bought and viewed the updated Orndorf build videos but have lots of
5 RV-10's fly to Quebec City ...Ivan Kristensen
Many months ago while at a BBQ in Ohio I floated the idea to a
few of my flying buddies of an RV-10 weekend flying trip. After a
few "adult" beverages at the Combs' Pig Roast in Canal Winchester
the idea of a June trip to Quebec City was born.
On Thursday June 8th. 5 couples and 5 RV-10's assembled at the
Waterloo regional Airport (CYKF) in SW'ern Ontario Canada to prepare
for the 438nm trip to Quebec City (CYQB).
Status Report ...crabandy
Several tanks of fuel later, #4 cylinder dropped 15* and is now
right in line with #3 in climb and all cylinders in cruise. Oil temp
is close to the same, the lower duct was consistently showing .25
inch H2O less pressure than the lower cowling at cruise speeds. No
speed difference was found, structurally everything as installed.
One difference noted, oil temp increases with a power reduction and
increased airspeed in descents. I need to measure the upper face of
the oil cooler and see how it compares to upper plenum pressure.
I modified the lower duct from mostly constant area to an expanding
duct, I sliced off a portion of the duct leaving the attatchment and
cowling/engine mount interference points.
Where to start after long hiatus? ...Orlando, FL
I've got an RV-7 project that I've been away from for several
years and I'm ready to get started on it again, but I've been out
for so long I don't know where to get started again. All sheet metal
is complete, canopy complete, basic interior complete, fiberglass
work complete except for finish prep.
I'm basically at the point where I'm ready to work on the instrument
panel and the firewall forward. Basic wiring and a couple of
instruments are installed in the panel but nothing else.
This may seem silly, but I'm not sure where to start back again in
order to get the momentum going to 'completion'...
June 13, 2017. Issue No.
Corriveau was in town yesterday for work. When I pulled up to the
hangar in the morning he was parked in front waiting on me (he might
already be back home as I type this). It's always good to
see my friend from the NE with the 'funny accent'. Turns out he was
driving Jim 'izzybear''s
car. Interesting how RV folks touch base before trips and find a way to
work some RV stuff in there.
Bob, great seeing you and wish you could have stayed
longer...and tell Izzy not to be such a stranger!
This spider is in for one heck of a surprise...
RV-7 Status Report ...Carlos in AZ
First light for project. My son Alonzo (12 yrs old) helped me
re-position the fuse yesterday.
Mothership's New 'East Coast Guy'
(from the mothership FB page)
"Van's is excited to announce that Vic Syracuse has agreed to take
over duties as Van's East Coast representative from Mitch Lock.
Vic lives at Mallards Landing in Georgia with his wife Carol, and is
lucky enough to have his son and his family right across the runway
from him! He learned to fly while stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB,
soloing in 1977. Since then he has amassed over 8500 hours in 70
different kinds of aircraft, with almost 4000 of that in RV's. He
has built 11 different aircraft, starting with his first RV-4
in 1981, followed by an RV-6, RV-7A, RV-8, 2 RV-10's, 3
Kitfoxes, a Prescott Pusher, and a Just SuperStol. Vic is a DAR for
7 Southeastern States, and holds a Commercial License with
multiengine and seaplane ratings, a CFII, and an A&P certificate.
Vic is also the author of the monthly "Checkpoints" column in
Kitplanes magazine, and a member of the EAA Homebuilt Council. Vic
also flies as part of a Stearman Formation team, performing in
airshows across the Southeast.
He is also the owner-operator of Base Leg Aviation,
Vic will look after the care and feeding of our RV-12 S-LSA
and RV-14A East Coast demo airplanes. These will be operated
out of Henry County airport (KHMP) just west of Hampton, GA, about
16nm South of Atlanta.
Vic can be reached at 404-307-5133 or
vicsyracuse (at) gmail.com
Welcome aboard, Vic."
Oil leaking from Sniffle Valve ...Aussieflyer
My aircraft has now flown 110 hrs and I have changed my oil from
Mineral oil to Shell 100W 5 hours ago. ( Vans supplied IO-390 )
I am now getting oil dripping on the floor from the Sniffle Valve.
This is approximately the same amount I was getting when I tried to
change from Mineral oil to 100W at 50 hrs, I was advised then to put
the mineral oil back in and run for another 50 hrs. Oil
consumption while running on Mineral oil is approx 2 qts every 25
hrs and no dripping at all from Sniffle Valve.
Why does this happen when I change the oil ? Can anyone advise
what action I can take ?
RV and EAA help beyond
My wife Judie had to go to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Mn. I
reached out on the forum for help and we got it in spades. First
Ronn said he might have hangar space then Rich and Cindy said they
did have space for sure. Rich made all the promises and then went
fishing and Cindy met us, put us in the hangar and took care of us
all week. A tour of Rochester, took us out to dinner and delivered
us back to the airport to leave. Joe picked me up at the hotel so I
could get my airplane cleaned up for departure and stayed with me
because transient pilots can't be left alone on the Rochester
airport. Dick listened to my stories and offered margaritas. All of
this because we own a RV. Judie's results from the clinic were very
good and I want to thank all of these folks for making a stressful
situation much easier. Rich, Cindy wants a new ceiling fan and I
told her you would get it for her. Hope to see all of you at
Oshkosh. Thanks and Thanks!
Pics from the 5th Annual Mid-Atlantic / Mitch Lock Fly-In
RV-14A Status Report ...kiljoy
So I've picked my side for priming. I'm going with a straight
rattle can as you can see in the pics before you:
Here's the Competition... ...ronshcreck
In the 1970s and 1990s the Pitts reigned supreme in IAC and World
aerobatic competition. And then came the monoplanes! Now the
dominant aircraft in the Advanced and Unlimited categories are known
as Panzl, Staudacher, Lasar, Extra, MX and others. Most of the
"legacy" aircraft that once dominated the upper reaches are still
being flown but the majority are now in the Sportsman and
Intermediate classes along with the RVs.
SUPERIOR AIR PARTS ANNOUNCES THE PUBLICATION OF PISTON AIRCRAFT
EXPERT BILL ROSS’ NEW BOOK “ENGINE MANAGEMENT 101”
Based on over 32 years of experience as a pilot and FAA A&P/IA,
Bill Ross’ new book,
Engine Management 101 gives pilot/owners proven tips and insights
into how to get more performance, reliability and value out of their
piston aircraft engine.
Coppell, TX, (June 09, 2017) — Scott Hayes, Vice President of Sales
and Marketing for Superior Air Parts, Inc., announced today that the
company has published “Engine Management 101” written by the its
V.P. of Product Support, Bill Ross.
“This year Superior Air Parts is celebrating 50 years of producing
FAA-approved PMA parts that help make flying more affordable,” Hayes
said. “What better way to highlight our commitment than to capture
all of Bill’s knowledge and experience in ways to extend the life of
a airplane engine and put them in a book that’s both educational and
fun to read?”
With over 32 years of experience as an FAA A&P/IA technician and
thousands of hours as a pilot and aircraft owner, Bill Ross has
quite an interesting story to tell.
“I’ve spent my entire career around piston aircraft engines, either
as a charter pilot, A&P/IA or working for an aircraft engine
manufacturer,” Ross said. “I’ve see just about everything an owner
can throw at their aircraft engine and have learned the right ways
to operate and maintain an engine to avoid all the major problems.
That’s the insight I’ve put in this book."
Ross explained that Engine Management 101’s 144 pages divided into
11 chapters packed with valuable information on subjects ranging
from Choosing the right mechanic, to Improving engine operations, to
Cylinder compression testing, to How PMA parts help owners save
money, and much more.
“There’s a lot of great information in the book. But, when you
distill it all down, my message is simple: ‘The purpose of scheduled
maintenance is to prevent unscheduled maintenance,’” he said. “While
it may go against the grain of some so-called engine experts, that’s
what I truly believe.”
“That’s why getting this book into the hands of other pilot/owners
is a dream come true for me,” Ross said. “If it helps just a few
owners get their engines safely to TBO, then it has done its job.”
Engine Management 101 will debut at this year’s Oshkosh AirVenture
as part of Superior Air Part’s 50th anniversary and ongoing forum
series. Everyone who attends a Superior Forum will receive a free
copy of the 144 page book.
“From our Millennium Cylinders to our FAA-PMA replacement parts, to
our XP-Engines, Superior is all about providing exceptional products
at true value prices,” Hayes said. “Our forums are an opportunity
for Bill to share his valuable insights during AirVenture and Engine
Management 101 is a way for owner/pilots to continue to learn long
The free, 45-minute forum sessions will be held at the Superior Air
Parts tent (#257), located just north of the Bendix/King Hangar B.
Forum times are 9:00, 11:00 and 12:30, Monday through Friday.
For more information and complete forum schedule, visit: www.
About Superior Air Parts, Inc.
Superior Air Parts, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of the
Superior Aviation Group. Founded in 1967, Superior Air Parts is the
leading manufacturer of FAA approved aftermarket replacement parts
for Lycoming and Continental aircraft engines. In addition, the
company manufactures the FAA certified Vantage Engine and the
XP-Series Engine family for experimental and sport aircraft
builders. For more information, visit: www.superiorairparts.com
Media Relations Representative
Superior Air Parts, Inc.
June 12, 2017. Issue No.
A couple of us
flew RVs from 52F out to Mineral Wells (KMWL) to try Natty Flat
BBQ (401 SW 1st St, Mineral Wells, TX 76067).
About as nice an experience as you could ask for! Called
Unicom 10 miles out and they had the crew car keys on the counter
and the sign in sheet turned around facing us with a pen ready when
we walked in. Brenda handed us a map and fueled the planes
from the truck while we ate. The food was OUTSTANDING.
You kinda figure it's going to be good when you have this exchange
at the FBO, "You going to Natty Flats?" Yes. "Here's a
$10 bill...would you please get me some ribs?" I'd be happy
Took some pictures with the iPhone - of note is the menu and the
map on the wall at the FBO showing all the staging fields that were
used during the Vietnam War. Mineral Wells is where 95% of
helicopter pilots got their initial training. The staging
areas around Mineral Wells matched exactly the bases they would fly
to/from in Vietnam. Google it.
Great food. Smooth air above 3,500. A new food stop is in the
Hope you had a great RV weekend, also.
PIREP from the Mid-Atlantic/Mitch Lock Gathering
Sunburn, burgers, dogs and somewhere North of 75 RVs were in
attendance to wish Mitch and his family a HARDY SENDOFF to the great
northwest (otherwise known as the birthplace of RV Country!! An
accurate count of arriving RV's was lost after 75 due to the
continuous onslaught of arrivals and rumor that our parking crew ran
out of fingers and toes to help keep track!
It is no surprise that the attendance records were shattered from
our previous Mid-Atlantic Gathering which reflects the admiration,
love and appreciation we all have for this man who has been our
friend and now heads off to command Vans Aircraft. Mitch was
presented a wooden plaque by Helen Woods "owner of Chesapeake Sport
Pilot" that depicted the Maryland flag and a crab as a reminder of
his Maryland heritage. Mitch also was honored with our EAA Chapter
1384 polo shirt. Mitch thanked the 120 plus pilots and guests in
attendance and was touched by the heart felt tribute.
RV7 on Beach ...seattleworm pics
Landed on and took off from WA beach. RV can do it!
RV-Lancair Brotherhood Day ...continues <g>
Owen and I met at Rutherfordton Co. [KFQD] for lunch at
57 Alpha Cafe. It's a quaint little place with about ten chairs
inside, and some rocking chairs and picnic tables outside. Closed
Mondays. (There was another beautiful blue RV-6 there, but the
couple left before I could snap a photo.)
N26ED relocated from ksua to khfd ...turbo
...thursday looked like decent wx to fly ifr from florida to
connecticut. i filed 9,000', had some diversions around some lines
of wx in florida.
Making a Bit of Metal
...update. I finally got an afternoon free to pull a cylinder--the
#2. The second cam lobe looked pristine. But here's what the forward-most
lobe looks like:
My 4th IAC Aerobatic Contest! ...RV8Squaz
I just returned from my 4th IAC aerobatic contest, the Bear Creek
Bash, held in Rome, Georgia this past weekend! As in previous
contests, it was a ton of fun and tremendously rewarding! Once again
it was great to see those familiar faces again and meet some new
ones. However, this contest was a little different experience for me
in so many ways. First, it was hosted by my home chapter, IAC 3.
This was my first contest outside of Florida and it was only 60nm
from my home. I also played a very minor role as Assistant Contest
Director. Assistant CD just means help the CD wherever I could. I
got to monitor the Unicom, welcome the arrivals, and get them
parked. I also ensured the waiver was signed and organized the
June 9, 2017. Issue No.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Fifth Annual Mid-Atlantic Gathering of RV's - And Mitch Lock Day
- June 10th
"Please join us at Chesapeake Sport Pilot (W29) Saturday, June
10th from 10-2 for a celebration and send off party for our friend
Mitch Lock as he moves into a new roll at Van Aircraft."
Heads up for W29, Bay Bridge Airport, they have a some noise
abatement procedures that everyone is asked to follow. Most
important to know is that the left pattern for Rnwy 29 is a 2nm
offset from the runway (2nm X-Wind and 2nm Base legs). Use the water
tower South of the runway for guidance.
Runway 29 Departures / Arrivals
•Climb to 700 feet and 1 mile before turning X-Wind.
• Extend X-Wind to 2 miles before turning downwind, reference water
tank for turns.
• Avoid over flight of Bay City neighborhood (depicted as yellow
area south of airport).
Runway 11 Departures
•Turn left 10 degrees when able and follow Route 50 on climb-out.
• Departing aircraft climb to 1,000 feet before turning.
Radar Altimeter Functionality for < $200 ...Brantel
Disclaimer: This project is for fun only. No we don't really need
this on our airplanes. No I don't plan to use it to shoot
approaches. Use at your own risk. Yes it is a total waste of time
and money. Yes I am a GEEK!
Saw a quick mention in this thread about LIDAR and went
Found that Garmin sells a small and very lightweight eye safe
infrared laser distant measurement sensor for $149.99.
So I just had to try one and see how it works. This is an OTS
solution that could be done slightly cheaper if you wanted to
assemble your own boards.
Simple hookup to an Arduino Uno ($24.95) with 4 wires and I was up
and running. I used the I2C interface so I could have access to the
many setup parameters inside the unit.
Bored with building or flying around the pattern?
Life can be far more exciting, just try trailering your plane. If
you do enough stuff wrong, life can definitely get more exciting!!
Maybe even more than you really wanted.
Special Request from m VAF Reader
Hello. You may recognize me from many of my post in the forums. I wanted to
let the VAF community know that I have started a new side job ferrying
airplanes and here is why. At the age of 41 I decided it was finally
time to do what I have always wanted to do, become a professional pilot.
Thanks to the current high demand in the airlines (also a very supportive
wife) and beyond, now was the time to make a move.
This winter I completed my instrument training and check ride in my RV7.
Last month I finished my commercial training and check ride in an Arrow. I
am currently training for my CFI and then CFII (which will be done in the
As a way to make a little money, but mostly as a time builder, I have
started ferrying airplanes on the side. To date, I have flown many different
types of airplanes and wanted to offer my services to the VAF community
should you be in need of having an aircraft repositioned.
Please visit my site
[ed. In striving to keep the
signal-to-noise ratio in the
forums as RV-specific as possible, I am happy to post a mostly non-RV personal
request like the one above up here on the front page when emailed to me.
Nice RV-4 Panel...Jesse
This panel just flew for the first time yesterday. Not room for
much more in this one.
Neat trick in tight spaces
Does anyone know of a trick to use to tighten or loosen nuts in a
confined space like this? I don't seem to be able to even get
a crows foot on it. How are you guys doing this?
June 8, 2017. Issue No.
RV-7A N23VC Out of
the Paint Shop ...photo shoot
Robert Ellis' RV-7A is fresh out of GLO Custom at my home field,
and I was lucky enough to see it out on the ramp yesterday before it
was picked up. I asked Grady if I could shoot a
What a gorgeous airplane! The pics don't do it justice.
1st flight ...Alain Van Severen (France)
On Sunday 4 June I flew my RV-7 after a 7 years build.
RV-Lancair Brotherhood Day ...another outing
As I was closing the canopy to do some boring touch and goes at
AVL, my RV buddy walked up and asked if I wanted to to the Western
Part of NC. Heyal yeah! So we both launched off and flew down the
Blue Ridge Parkway at 8,500'. Our first stop was Macon County [1A5].
I had never been there before.
Randy's Improved Taco Cart
Randy 'Monkey' Richmond's day job is aircraft mechanic (Richmond
Aircraft Service), so this stuff gets used for hours each day.
He recently added a backboard to his 'taco cart', something
continually tweeked. This latest addition seems pretty
appealing. He let me takes some pics.
Click on each image to
Custom flashlight holder...
The back is for rulers and stuff...
Aluminum channel modded to hold socket extensions...
Aluminum channel modded to hold screwdrivers
Wood tilted enough to see the top of the socket.
June 7, 2017. Issue No.
I took a picture of
my friend Rob 'Mashy' Reece before he went for a short RV-7
flight Tuesday around 0745. I went up for a couple of minutes
myself before plopping down at the computer, nabbing a digital image
of (5) turkeys in a recently cut field - long lens. Sorry for
the shoddy quality....I was focusing on other things <g>. Hope
you had a nice Tuesday.
N. Fox Island part 2 ...Paul K
Circled the island once then set up for the landing. Beautiful view,
difficult to stay on task and not look around at the beaches and
N Fox Island part 3 ...Paul K
We heard reports of snakes, lots of snakes, but none to be seen!
The walk to the beach only takes about a minute and is an easy
downhill trail. There is a marker at the bottom to help find the
trail back up but in reality, the beach ends at the trail head, only
clear to the East. Rocky and swampy to the West.
"The River" ... filming with an RV ...Richard Welch (U.K.)
Here's my latest film, Made with a combination of boats, drones ,,,, and
Hope you like it
Paint Data Point...Chris Pratt RV-8
For those thinking about what brand of paint to use on their RV,
I’ll give you a data point to consider.
The pictures below show my exterior paint after today’s flight
through rain. Paint is 12 years old:
- water still beads
- never been waxed
- always hangared except for 10 Oshkosh visits and a few other
Paint is Sherwin Williams AcryGlo. Yes, I have the usual hangar rash
and paint does get thinner with age, but overall still looks good
and garners compliments. I’ve been pleased with it. Hopes this
Engineers- Check my math
i've been plugging away at my RV-14 and I've run into a snag.
After installing the main landing gear and performing the
toe-in/toe-out measurements it appears that my left landing gear has
a twist in it resulting in 2.8 degrees of toe-in. I decided to
machine myself a shim to take the twist out (I have the equipment,
so why not!). I installed the shim and it went on no problem. It got
me thinking about the preload I might be putting on the bolts with
the 2.8 degrees of deflection. I reached out to Van's. I spoke with
Gus who in turn spoke to engineering. His response was engineering
felt it should be fine, but he thought it was best to replace the
gear. There shipping me out a new gear leg today. As a side hobby
i've been trying to learn more about mechanical engineering. So I
decided to try and run some calculations of my own to see how how
much pre-load, particularly in shear I am putting on the bolts with
the shim. I used an online beam stress calculator to run my
calculations. Am I in the ballpark?
June 6, 2017. Issue No.
First flight of N696VA...waterboy2110
Flew the first flight today. I can't express how well this plane
flies. I decided to rent the SLSA from Scanlon and flew with Will.
He's a great CFI and for all you NorCal folks I would recommend him.
We did some slow flight, stalls and after three landings it was time
to fly the C152 home to KCCR and bring out the RV-12. Will
said he's taught a lot of people in the 12 and he felt I was ready
good to go. I told him I'd write a check for that statement.
N245JM no longer project only, now a flying machine! ...Johan
N245JM took to the air Thursday May 25. It surpassed all my
expectations, performed very well, temps stayed within limits and
was easy to fly and land. The whole experience was awesome. It is a
beast!!! It has now flown close to 10 hours, not a single issue,
still running high power to break engine in.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank VAF and all its
members. It will be impossible to say how many ideas (MANY) were
implemented during the build, the endless stream of advice and
knowledge expressed on this website that has proven to be of great
value as well as the encouragement to keep going.
I would like to thank SteinAir who built my panel. Everything in
that panel worked as it should. Everything that did not work was
through my ignorance and stupidity. I am especially grateful that
after about 2 years after receiving my panel they still take my
calls and e-mails, answer my questions and give good advice and
guidance patiently. Thank you Doyle!!
Thank you to my family for their support!! I was blessed to have
some of my family present. (Wife, daughter and grand daughter)
Thanks to all on this website. I am a blessed and happy man!
Stephenville for an RV Lunch ...pics
(5) RVs made the short flight from the DFW area for lunch at the
Hard Eight BBQ in Stephenville Monday. It's been a long time -
I stopped in Mineral Wells (KMWL) on the way for fuel
($3.50). Forecast VCTS after lunch had us threading around
some of the Florida-like afternoon pop ups, but no big deal.
Chris and Sid both had planes with Wx onboard and they were sharing
headings and suggested routes. Worked out fine, and the
rain-cooled air was a nice treat. We're really greening up
Great seeing friends I don't get to see enough.
See the pics...
Ground Track Link
Chris Pratt's Write-up
North Fox Island, MI ...Paul K trip report
During a visit for a family funeral, my son and his wife came
home from Vandenberg AFB and as an added bonus, stayed with us for a
couple extra days. His wife left early for Denver to pick up the
kids from grand parents but David, had a couple of extra days so we
spent them together as much as we could including some flying!
Zero oil pressure ...RV-12
After changing all of the hoses per the 5-year recommendation, I
started the engine to check for any leaks and the alarm went off,
showing zero oil pressure. I did not have any issues with the
sending unit up to that time. I have read previous blogs,
going back for some years and not sure what the consensus is for the
best sending unit replacement. I have logged 260 hours and have the
Dynon 180 efis. I intend to move the sending unit to the
firewall as has been recommended by many.
Danielle Olson - 16yr Old Solo Milestone ...Tim's daughter
Status Report ...kentlik 7A
Here is how the bend point came out. I need to add some more bend
to the flange that goes under but other than that I think I am good.
Not perfect, but acceptable.
Bandit Flight Team Flyover
Attached is Bandit Flight Team's National Anthem flyover of the
All Star a race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
-- Josh Staples
June 5, 2017. Issue No.
If you're in the N.
Texas area and would like to meet in Stephenville (KSEP) for
BBQ at the Hard Eight Monday the 5th, rumor has it a few RVs
from the DFW area will be headed that way. The usual plan is
for those in attendance to begin walking from
towards the food at exactly 1130. Wx may scrub all
plans. Those enroute will monitor 122.75 MHz. Consider
yourself both briefed and invited!
VAF Poster 'TeamFAS'
with his "two 3s"
(an email from his father)
VAF member Lt. Keith Stock (my son) with his RV-3 parked by an E-3 (AWACS).
His day job in the the Air Force is as an E-3 copilot. This piture
was taken May 20, 2017 at Tinker Air Force base in Oklahoma City at
the annual open house.
Long term Tie-down Tips ...Auburntsts
Well it looks like a year from now we'll be moving to Ft Myers,
FL. The bad news is there's a 3-year wait list for hangars at Page (FMY).
So no matter what, my RV-10 will have to live outside for a
prolonged period of time (I'm still not sure how to break this news
So for those who tie their planes down on the ramp, are there any
products that I should be looking into (especially with OSH
coming up) to help my 10 survive the FL climate until a hangar opens
I have a good gust lock (Anti-Splat Aero), cowl plugs, and a Bruce's
Custom Cover (but it's a travel cover):
Note: this is an old pic, she has since been painted.
Pics from the Bakersfield Annual Fly-In ...Bruce Hill 9A
Flew in, ate and had a nice time. The tri-tip was
RV14A - N225HK ...new guy checks in
(Andrew Kilroy...San Fran)
So finally after years have gotten the universe aligned up just
right and have
started my RV14 build. The stars aligned, I found a hangar and
friends to help and my wife approved.
I couldn't be happier and I only wish I didn't sleep so that I could
spend all night working to get her in the air sooner.
I've got a few pics of the empennage arrival and the very first
clecos. Most of the time I'll just be uploading time compressed raw
video log of the build along with some voiced over commentary. Its
mostly so that when I build my next plane I'll have myself from the
past there to help me not make the same mistakes twice. I'll be
posting these on here as well.
Continued thanks to the Vans Air Force community at large. I
couldn't do this without help from such a helpful group of good
Purchased Flying RV6 Flight Back to Alaska ...mbauer
PAPG to PAYA (Petersburg to Yakutat, Alaska)
After topping off with fuel at the Petersburg Temsco Helicopter FBO,
pushed the RV to the West end of the apron to do a little laptop
WX still looked good. Since there were a few clouds developing an
overcast layer up high, decided to verify Yakutat was still good.
One of the great briefing tools we have here in Alaska is the FAA
Webcam website: http://avcams.faa.gov/
If you visit the above page, you can see that even BC Canada has a
few. Great to see the weather conditions.
Paint Shot ...Steve Melton
...view from the trailing quarter as requested. windy day. rudder
has centering springs
Aerobatic Contest Results: Coalinga Western Showdown June 2-3, 2017
I just returned from the Western Showdown aerobatic contest in
Coalinga, California. There was a great turnout with some very full
categories. We had 16 pilots in Sportsman (15 competing and 1 for
the patch). The weather was perfect and we all had a blast! I had
the only RV there...hoping for more soon! I'm getting many comments
from people who would really like to see more RVs flying in
contests. There's lots of untapped opportunity here for competition,
fun, and good old pilot camaraderie.
RV-10 N657FW ...new guy checks in
(Michael Meyer....Titusville, FL)
No pics yet, but tail kit has arrived and commencing on building my
tables, doing the inventory and getting the shop ready to go...
Been waiting a long time for this...
Close Out on Voltage Regulator Move ...Keith Williams RV-12
Mike and Joe, the VR move is finished. Two comments in closing:
1. You were right in your first stab at why fuses were blowing. When
I got the wires all the way back out I found that the scraped part I
had noticed was, indeed, all the way through to a short.
Lesson - follow the Vans instructions about protecting the wires by
putting some sort of shield in when pulling wires through that tight
spot. (Or make another hole.)
2. I installed the JD type regulator purchased on line ($23, free
shipping). The hook-up was easy with your info in previous posts. It
seems to be working better than the Ducati - 14.2 volts instead of
13.8 and seems to do it at a lower engine speed than I remember with
Again....what a great resource this forum is. Thanks for your help.
Interesting antiques ...Matt
While browsing through an architectural salvage store in
Portland, I found this pair of gems...
3D Printed RV-8 Mirror Housing ...Steve Melton
June 2, 2017. Issue No.
I'd like to give a big shout out to our son Tate
for making a 90 on his Algebra II Pre-AP final (last day as a
sophomore was Thursday). The Tater put in some long hours
prepping for this and should be recognized for the big deal it is.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
K-Rod Returns to the Air!!!
Got the following text Wednesday from local RV guy and friend Kay
Frizzell. Due to a broken leg and subsequent surgery, he
hadn't flown PIC in his RV in 121 days.
Fast forward to Thursday morning (below). We're very happy for
our good friend and wish him thousands of RV flights in the future.
In addition to the pic above, please enjoy the 37 sec video below
using my iPhone's slo-mo feature. In 720pHD.
That 200hp FI engine sounds neat in slo-mo.
Kay is back!
The Shrinking Exit ...DanH
I happened to be looking up some old data from past tests, and
just out of curiosity, ran the numbers for coefficient of pressure
as defined in NASA CR3405, to wit:
(plenum static pressure less freestream static) / freestream dynamic
The three measurements made in level flight were done at partial
power, in each case just enough to maintain the desired 120, 140,
and 160 IAS. The resulting true airspeed (NTPS method) is shown
here. A Cp in the high 0.8 range is very good.
The curiosity point was the effect of propeller outflow at full
power and 100 IAS, given a constant speed BA Hartzell, with low
Vi/Vo inlets moved outboard as far as possible, and in close
proximity to the blade. Cp turned out to be 1.17 when calculated
using 100 knots for the dynamic pressure. The difference between Cp
in the 0.8's and 1.17 is almost entirely due to high velocity air
from the prop, meaning prop outflow is a very large part of cooling
power in a steep climb.
There is a probable prop outflow contribution in the level flight
values too, but not nearly so much, as the power settings were quite
low, and the difference between prop outflow and aircraft TAS gets
smaller as velocity goes up. It might be interesting to get some
pressure numbers with the prop stopped, for comparison.
Note, these measurements were taken several exit iterations in the
past....a small fixed exit ending at the plane of the firewall, the
smallest in the very first post.
Corsica Forever ...Remyswing (Servon, France)
Aluminium Lady has for the first time crosses Mediterranean sea
to visit Corsica. Engine has never run so smooth over the water!
"Ile de Beauté" really earns its nickname !
ALERT! - Fuel hose obstruction! ...BSwayze
So... I'm working on my firewall forward tasks, and I'm at the
point where it's finally time to install the fuel hoses to the
engine. So the first one is the short foot-long hose that goes from
the firewall fuel outlet to the engine-driven fuel pump. So I grab
the hose that's been sitting on my shelf for several years now. I
bought it new from Vans, and it's still shiny, clean, and brand new.
Just before threading it on to the fittings for a trial fit, almost
as a casual afterthought, I lifted it up and stretched it out
straight to look through it. I could barely see a bit of light
coming through it. Hmmmm... seems to me there should be more light
coming through. Maybe I don't have it straight enough. So I try it
again. Same thing. I wasn't sure if this was really unusual or not,
having never done it before. I shrugged and reached in again behind
the engine to install it. It had to be okay, it's still brand new.
Then, I thought, maybe it wouldn't hurt to run a long pin or
something down through it, just to make sure.
(the purchased flying RV-6 flight back to Alaska
Arrived at KBOI using Alaska Air & Horizon. Arrival was at 10:05 AM.
Picked up my rental car and drove over to visit/help my brother who
recently had back surgery. Spent some time helping him do some
shopping and chores around his home.
Then I drove back to the Western Aircraft ramp to get it ready for
the next leg of my flight back to Alaska.
As I pulled up to the gate Rockwood was waiting. Rockwood offered to
help look at a couple of maintenance issues. He brought some tools
and spent the afternoon helping me with doing minor maintenance.
Outstanding person and talked as we worked-he did most of the work.
He put off some flight training to help! Wonderful person!
When we found out that the spark-plug wrench wouldn't fit the
plugs-took a short drive to an auto parts store to get a couple of
tools we needed. After bore scoping a couple of the cylinders, time
to put everything back together.
Rocky did most of that by his-self while I crawled around on my back
with some de-greaser to clean the underside of the RV. Had some oil
built up the whole length from a leaky oil fill tube.
My cowling is held on by piano hinges, Rocky was able to get the
pins back in without much help from me. The final safety clip took
most of the time to install.
After getting everything back together it was time to return my
rental car, Rock followed as I returned the car and then gave a ride
back to the Western ramp.
It was near 4pm local time, it was time to depart Boise. I thanked
Rock for his help, and he left. My battery, a 6-year old Odyssey PC
680, was showing yellow charge after sitting for 6-weeeks.
June 1, 2017. Issue No.
June Wallpaper Calendar
This month is Sid Mayeux (RV-7A) imaged from the near-top of the
beat up scissor lift at the Van Cave. Due to the F.O.V. issues
involved, I had some space left over on the side. I chose to
make that a black strip for anyone with computer icons over on the
left (Windows PC). Of special note, Sid took his IFR written
test Wednesday 11:00 at my home field and passed.
You can see the rest of the pictures from the shoot
Flight Tracking / ADS-B vs APRS ...Scott
I'm hoping to do my ADSB validation flight this weekend. Messing
with the install got my wife asking me what exactly it does...I
really don't know the answer.
BUT, she also has been asking about me getting a SPOT device like I
got for my dad several years ago; I was looking at APRS tracking as
All of that said, can't she track me pretty reliably through the
ADS-B websites like ADS-B Exchange or others?
Do any of you have a favorite website, or any of them work any
better than others? Is there a reason other than geek factor for me
to get a license and do APRS if I have ADSB?
If I were to put my plane down somewhere, would ADSB give a
reasonable enough last signal for search and rescue purposes?
Thanks to you all who know more than me!
Prefabricated Fuel Lines ...Aircraft Specialty (VAF advertiser)
How much interest would there be in prefab rigid fuel
lines for the RV-12? There is no set time frame on this, and
there would be some hurdles to overcome. It may be possible to offer
rigid fuel lines that drop right into place. Some would be pre
flared, and some would need one flare put on after installation.
Any thoughts from current RV-12 builders? Or any thoughts from those
who already built lines and would have liked to have this option
If we did something like this, it would be similar to the lines we
prefab for the rv-14. They would be bent with a CNC tubing bender
and come ready to install.
Thanks in advance for the input.
RV8 Elevator Trim Servo Question (curious)
We have an RV-8 here that we did the elevator spar service
bulletin on to reinforce around one of the hinges where a crack
Unfortunately we cannot figure how the servo is attached when
re-assembling the elevator. The guy that removed the elevator is not
here. So on with the questions:
The servo appears to be a Ray Allen 8A servo (gold colored part
marking label is covered). This servo has a threaded rod sticking
out of the thick end where a Heim joint attached through the spar
itself. Here are some photos:
RV-7A Rebirthing Status Report ...kentlik
Starting work on the left side skin. Time to do that curly bend
on belly tab deal.
EGT Spike ...Jesse
I have a fuel injected engine that runs a little rough at
full power and the EGT on cylinder 4 spikes. The data log
shows 1560 on that EGT with no significant change in CHT, up
or down. When I pull power back, things seem to smooth out, and the
data log shows that EGT coming down to roughly inline with the
I have looked at the nozzle and it doesn't appear to have any
obstructions in it. I have done a flow test on the injector line,
and it flows like the others. I have tested the plugs and they fire
fine and wires are good.
Any other things to check before flying again for more data?
May 31, 2017. Issue No.
Another RV-8 is complete! ...Steve Riffe (Gunter, TX)
Just completed airworthiness inspection! 7 years and 2631+ hours.
Phase I--here I come! Mel Asberry (DAR) and me...
RV-7 Status Report ...pazmanyflyer
So while out in the sticks in the land RV my engine builder sends
me these teaser pics for the RV7 project. Fantastic weekend closing
RV-10 Status Report ...Bill Boyd
I got the doors glued up last week and I'm ready to attempt the
installation of the factory locking hardware and Sean's
excellently-made PlaneAround center latch kit.
Help Me Choose A Paint Scheme ...tfriendshuh
Formation Pilots' Knowledge Guide ...v2.0 (77pg PDF)
While trying to find my copy of the T-34 Formation Manual (never
found it), I was directed to the URL above by Stan Price on our
field. I hadn't known the F.A.S.T. folks had updated their
online manual so well, and that it was available for free
download. I got my F.A.S.T. card years ago through the
Swift group Stan is associated with.
Chock full of illustrations,
which works well for my brain. Nice to keep on the iPad.
If you didn't know about this PDF, you do now....
How to save PDF files to iBooks (iphone/iPad)
RV-14A Empennage Kit Arrives in Damaged Crate ...the factory
knows about it and is working the problem.
[ed. from a later reply.]
Frustrating .. same thing happened to my empennage kit,
looked like they drove the forklift through it .. quick inventory
of damaged parts and call to Vans and the replacement parts showed
up a few days later. Vans was great at getting it resolved quickly
and with minimal hassle.
May 30, 2017. Issue No.
Cleared for Takeoff ...waterboy2110
Received the airworthiness certificate yesterday. It's been a
long haul. Time to get serious about flight testing. Thanks to
everyone on the site for all the great info.
Another Airworthy RV-7A ...Keith Sremaniak
10 years, 2 months and 25 days after first kit arrival, i
obtained my Airworthiness Certificate today.
What a journey -
totally awesome. I cant imagine what i would have wasted all that
time on had i not built my own airplane. One that outperforms most
commercial aircraft. New friends, new places to visit, great vendors
providing quality products and great service. This forum provided
countless number of ideas and motivation to keep pounding those
rivets. So for all you just starting, keep at it. The feeling when
your DAR says OK and hands u that Cert is amazingly satisfying.
Second only im sure to the feeling that awaits me when I complete my
first flight. Thank you all!!!
The RV GRIN awaits !!
377KG RV7A out of Evoke Aviation paint shop ...Bugsy
Cant say enough good things about Jonathan at Planeschemer and
his new paint shop Evoke Aviation in Gadsden Alabama. We flew the
plane down from Milwaukee and boy was it worth it. Fiberglass work
is perfection and design/paint job a work of art. Email Jonathan at
planeschemer 'at' gmail.com to take you from design to finished
product. See you at Oshkosh.
Just pulled the trigger on tail kit ...Chris Salter RV-14
Hello all, I am new to the forum and fairly new to RV's. I have
seen RV's for years and was impressed with their looks. Then this
past September I started assisting a friend of mine with his RV9A.
He was already very far along with his build as he had all the main
kits already built but not put together.
Long story short, I assisted when I could and we got everything
together, inspected and flying in February.
The RV bug bit me and now I have pulled the trigger on a -14 tail
kit. I am looking forward to it, as I missed most all of the
construction part with the 9A.
In Your Face! Lighting Mount ...Steve Melton 3D printing
First, we now have available a Flushmount Bracket for the Garmin
G5 EFIS/HSI. It’s designed so you can mount it vertically or
horizontally (above a radio stack or beside a screen) and not have
to do any metal fabrication. Price is $59 and currently shipping.
Second, a nice RV-10 panel pic w/the new Dynon Skyview HDX
screens in it.
Anybody lose a propeller over Gainesville, TX?
(Brock Street reply) "I sent the link to the prop's owner.
The crankshaft broke while doing aerobatics. He safely flew the
plane back to the runway and is working on repairing the engine.
Thanks for posting, and I'm sure he'll contact you soon!"
Why haven't I been using this thing for the past 15 years?
My late Dad's tool set contains a small socket spring extension.
The diameter of the end is small enough to fit into the cordless,
and the right socket will work with a phillips head bit. VERY
useful for working in/out those inner screws at the cowl inlet.
Dad is smiling <g>.
May 29, 2017. Memorial
HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868
i.The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of
strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades
who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and
whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet
church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is
prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange
such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances
We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell
us, for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and
strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound
together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress
the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than
cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their
breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier
lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their
deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard
their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth
and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is
but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no
wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant
paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond
mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time
testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have
forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.
If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in
the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and
warmth of life remain to us.
Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred
remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the
choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear
old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence
renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among
us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and
sailor's widow and orphan.
ii.It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this
observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year,
while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his
departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its
friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of
the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
iii.Department commanders will use efforts to make this order
By order of
JOHN A. LOGAN,
WM. T. COLLINS, A.A.G.
May 26, 2017. Issue
Thursday I made an
morning gas run up to KGLE for gas ($3.45). Went over the
top of KDTO to maybe see some of
from the other day (all cleaned up and nothing to see). On the
way back shot the
16L ILS practice approach at KAFW - complete with a right 360*
for spacing for a King Air and (3) T-38s. Lotsa bumpy and
getting warm. After landing I sat in the lawn chair and
checked in with some emails and made some calls. The chair
calm never lasts as long as you would like it too - online work is
always calling ;^). For a little bit, though, the office view
was perfect. Something about that blue sky from the shade that
really re-calibrates my mental gyros well.
Note: The factory will be closed
Memorial Day (next Monday). Plan accordingly if you're
ordering parts, etc.
It's forecast to be windy most of the weekend here in DFW.
Hope it's nicer where you live. Wishing you and yours a happy,
safe and RV-filled weekend.
Eagle's Nest Projects - Clear Springs HS Completes Their 4th RV-12
N916EN s/n:120960 A/W Cert: 5/18/2017. Flying off Phase-1
hours - GLO Custom next week - See ya at OSH!
Pictured below are the PLTW Aerospace Engineering 2nd and 3rd period
Aside: Scott Malcomb, Director of Eagle's Nest Projects at
Circle Christian School in Florida, several years ago developed a
strong working relationship between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University and Eagle's Nest Projects and that relationship continues
today to pay dividends to Eagle's Nest build-students. Two seniors
from Eagle's Nest-Clear Springs HS, Nikki and Blake, were accepted
to Embry-Riddle's Florida campus and were told separately by the
admissions office that their participation in an Eagle's Nest build
project was a consideration in their acceptance. Congratulations
Nikki and Blake... you make us proud!
VAF Courtesy Cars & Food List Updated
...added the following, and simplified the layout. It
doesn't have to be more complicated than a simple text list IMHO.
Much easier for me to edit quickly.
USA/NV/Mesquite/67L. ‘Terrace’ at Wolf Creek
Club, (702) 345-6701. Golf course fare. 5-minute walk from transient
parking, or they will send an EZ-Go cart to pick you up from
airport. (have a few bucks ready for the fella driving.)
USA/UT/St George/KSGU. Cracker Barrel, 1736 S Convention Center Dr
(5-minute drive) Free courtesy car, sign out keys at the desk.
USA/AZ/Sedona/KSEZ. Mesa Grill. 1185 Airport Rd (5 minute Walk).
Great view of approach area and USS Sedona.
USA South Carolina, Barnwell, SC. KBNL. Courtesy car as well as
snacks and drinks. Local restaurant is Anthony’s, about 4 minutes
away. Very friendly, and cheap fuel, as well as unleaded 93 octane
USA Maine - Auburn Lewiston Airport - KLEW - Backwoods BBQ. Located
right in the terminal building and open 207-753-1746
USA Maine - Augusta - KAUG - Sweet Chili Thai. Great Thai food
located right in the terminal building. 207-621-8575
USA Maine - Belfast - KBST - Off the hook Shuckin Shack. Great fresh
seafood. About 1/4 mile walk down the access road to the airport on
the left. Picnic tables outside. Open 7 days a week. 207-338-3852
USA Maine - Limington - 63B - Runway Restaurant. Located right
across the street off the 29 end of the airport. 207-637-2210
USA Maine - Oxford - 81B - Oxford Grill & Bar. Located at Oxford
Casino a few miles from the airport but they will pick you up at the
airport if you call ahead. 207539-6700 oxfordcasino.com/dining
USA Maine - Sanford - KSFM - Cockpit Cafe. Classic fly-in restaurant
located right in the FBO building. Great breakfast and lunch.
USA New Hampshire - Hampton - 7B3 - Airfield Cafe. Classic little
airport and restaurant located right at the airport. Great breakfast
and lunch. 603-964-1654 theairfieldcafe.com
USA New Hampshire - Franconia - 1B5 - Franconia Inn. Grass strip in
northern New Hampshire right across the street from the Franconia
Inn. Serves breakfast till 9:30 and dinner in the evening.
USA New Hampshire - Laconia - KLCI - Kitchen Cravings. Beautiful
restaurant located in a former bank building across the runway from
the FBO. You can walk or they FBO usually has a courtesy car and if
not they'll give you a ride over and pick you up. Serve breakfast
and lunch 7 days a week. 603-528-0001 kitchencravingsnh.com
USA New Hampshire - Nashua - KASH - Midfield Cafe. Located right at
the airport. Serve breakfast and lunch. 603-594-0930
USA New Hampshire - Jaffery - KAFN - Kimball Farm Restaurant.
Located a few hundred yards from the 34 end of the runway. Seasonal
serving fantastic seafood and homemade ice cream. 603-532-5765
USA Massachusetts - Stow (Minuteman Field) - Nancy's Airfield Cafe.
Serve some of the best food you'll ever get at a small airport.
Right in the FBO building. 978-897-3934 nancysairfieldcafe.com
USA Massachusetts - Lawrence - KLWM - China Blossom Restaurant.
Terrific Chinese food with great buffet located right at the end of
the access road to the airport. 978-682-2242 chinablossom.com
USA Massachusetts - Lawrence - KLWM - Dominic's Diner. Serve
breakfast breakfast and lunch right in the main terminal building.
USA Massachusetts - Martha's Vineyard - KMVY - Plane View
Restaurant. Located right at the airport. 508-693-1886
USA Massachusetts - Chatham - KCQX - Hanger B. Located right at the
airport serving breakfast and lunch. 508-593-3655 hangerbcapecod.com
USA Rhode Island - Block Island - KBID - Bethany's Diner. Right in
the FBO building. Wonderful place to eat with indoor and outdoor
May 25, 2017. Issue
Safe Margin of Tread Wear ...Blain
Been spending most of my time shooting landings. Have tire wear
to show for it.
Not sure how far to run these out before they become subseptible to
puncture. Flying off good pavement but there is always the chance of
sharp rocks, etc.
Do I wait until cord is showing?
Haven't done that since high school.
What Happens If You Don't Change Your Engine Oil? ...nigelspeedy
My engine is fitted with a filter so by rights I could change the
oil at 50 hours but given that it is the single most expensive part
of the plane changing it at 25 hours seems like a reasonable idea.
Since new I have sent a sample away for analysis. Well all good
intentions but SnF came up when I had 20 hours on the oil and I was
in a rush getting ready so I pressed on to 50 hours before the next
change. Turns out engine oil gets dirty as you can see in the
attached plot. Pretty normal but the second to last sample is the
one with 50 hours on it then back to normal with a 25 hour change at
the end. So I guess the good news is that even small changes are
picked up. What I am not sure of is the major source for each of the
different metals detected. Seriously where does Lycoming use Silver
in an IO-360?
So for my continuing education and recreation where does the
majority of the metals come from.
While the graph for an individual engine will show variations from
its normal state are there any published absolute limits for these
Check my Data Tag ...Deuelly
Just made a sample tag this morning. Before I do the final
rendition is there anything I need or don't need? Is there something
you would add I don't have?
New Guy Chimes In ...Bryan (Frisco, TX)
Been watching from the sidelines for a few years now. Just jumped
in and bought the RV-7 tail this week. A leap of faith since I've
never even been in one and have no tail wheel time.
Any particulars I should begin with? Or probably more important,
things I shouldn't do?
Anybody building in North Texas?
Thank you Wind Gods (200kt GS Club) ...Jetj01
Best master switch saver?...BruceMe
I'm handy with electronics and I'm sick of killing my battery
because I forget to turn off the master... I know, this is a "millenial
problem" like FADEC and glass panels. But it's getting old and a $5
circuit can fix it.
•Must not accidentally turn off on final after a long flight (simple
•Must have very-very low current when off (<1pA)
•Be cheap and reliable
•Avoid failing-off... ie if it dies, stay on
Use a micro-controller connected to a sensitive vibration detector
that resets a one-hour timer. After one hour of
near-total-non-movement or 2 seconds of holding the power-switch;
then collapse the power supply and de-energy the master solenoid. An
LED would indicate "On" when solid, blink when in some state of
It would be installed in place of the master switch on an aircraft
and could be built using a single LED momentary switch.
•ATTINY85 (8-pin micro controller)
•LED Power Switch
•3.3 volt regulator
•5 - Resistors
•2 - Capacitors
I'll post an updates as I'm building and when it's done.
Announcement: Introducing the VIRB 360
May 24, 2017. Issue
Amateur Built, Amateur Maintained ;^) ...crabandy
Almost made it to 50 hours this time for oil change/air
filter/general look-see under the cowl service. It's more fun for
everyone when they are challenged and involved, this supervisor was
Bodie and Lone Pine ...Joe Rainbolt RV-7A
What's in a Name (Proud of those Kids!) ...Bob Kelly
Tonight the kids building an RV-12 at Columbus North HS (Indiana)
picked a name for their plane. It will be known as "Jeanne,"
named for a Columbus graduate, Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck. She took
flying lessons while in her senior year of HS.
Jeanne, born in 1912, went from Columbus to graduate with honors
from Washington State. In 1941, while working as a swimming
instructor in Honolulu, she watched as Pearl Harbor was bombed. This
inspired her to join the WASP.
She was working as a test pilot when a red lined (previously
grounded for control problems) BT-13 she was evaluating came apart
on final. She was killed. She is the only civilian woman we know of
that was given a military escort and funeral. She has been honored
many times, but one more certainly won't hurt. I know her nephew,
who was 13 when she was killed (1944.) I expect he will be thrilled.
We often lament our younger generation, and how little they seem to
relate to our history and heritage. It isn't always true.
AviationNation attempts to work some history into our build
projects, and it must work. I was proud to see these kids discuss
the naming of the plane, and agree on "Jeanne." There is a lot on
the web about her, and googling the name brings up some interesting
reading. It would be worth a few minutes of your time.
RV-12 Status: Done ...waterboy2110
Students from Georgetown High School and East View
High School have built a fully functional airplane as part of
Georgetown ISD's Aerospace Engineering course. Please join us for
the unveiling of the student-built Vans RV-12 and
ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 25, 2017. We encourage you to
come experience the student-built airplane for yourself.
A Shout Out to Stein ...Paul Bonorden RV-6A
Just started installing the one that I received from Stein. Very
We had some Wx in the area Tuesday morning around 0300.
Denton airport, a few miles north had several flight school aircraft
turned upside down. More pics
RV-10 Door Lock is broken..can you help?
The key was put in the barrel on the left hand main door and the
barrel then broke away with the key in it. It was my passenger, not
me, so am not sure how much force was applied.
Just trying to source the aftermarket part - any help would be
appreciated. We have spoken to VANS and they suggested a post here.
Thankfully the handle still works, it is just the locking mechanism!
May 23, 2017. Issue
RV-7A Facilitates Boat Repair in San Juan Islands ...Capt. Sandy
There are plane repairs in exotic places, and boat repairs in
exotic places. This weekend our RV-7A rescued our boat. Roy and I
flew from KHIO to KORS to get our boat ready for the sailing season.
We had a GREAT flight up. The weather was clear and the islands
lovely. And of course, the boat needed work, because, well, it is a
boat. The Jib needed repair and no sail repair places to be found in
the islands. Roy came to the rescue and schlepped our 135 Jib to a
sail loft in Bellingham. Much Thanks to Tony at KORS for the use of
the crew car, and the kind folks in Bellingham also.
Now I Know Why I Built an RV...David Perl (Watford, UK)
I finished my 7A 18 months ago. Ive enjoyed 100 hours of fun
flying around the UK, gradually making longer trips with the local
flying club i joined.
This weekend was a highlight. I flew across the English channel
intro France with a Cirrus and 3 other pilots. We spent 2 days
landing at 8 airfields around Paris. We stayed over saturday night
and enjoyed some wonderful French cuisine.
The weather was perfect, the company fun and the plane behaved
Definitely a highspot to file in my memory banks and made the 5
years of building all the more worthwhile. The more I fly the RV the
more i enjoy it. And when i landed back at my home field, a yellow
Swiss registered RV7 landed. The weekend was rounded off with a
pleasant chat with the builder, his second RV7 and true to form, his
build was immaculate, just like a Swiss Watch.
RV-9A Status Report ...Andy C. (Kalamazoo, MI)
Moving onward to the fuel tank assembly! Was looking forward to
the wet riveting that I've read so many nice builder reports about.
All in all not that tough though. The worst part so far, is my
stupid Harbor Freight digital scale, it turns off automatically in
about 10 seconds.... I guess they figure that you can weigh a letter
in that amount of time. So have to work around that little nuisance.
So yea, it's messy and you have to clean tools up constantly, and
the sealant is sticky, but this isn't the hardest job I've done so
far on this project.
Note that if your glove tears and you get the fuel tank sealant on
your thumb, and it turns sort of black locally, it does wear off no
problem (in about a week).
RV-7A Rebirthing ...kentlik
Rudder pedals and framework installed...
May 22, 2017. Issue
There could be no other top story ;^).
Audrey Reeves. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
May 20, 2017. PhD program to come.
More info when I have it...
11 years ago...
17 years ago...
20 years ago...
RV-14 Build Log N829MS
It's more of an overview.... ;^)
Mitch Lock Day RV Fly-In @ W29, 6/10/17
As everyone knows by now Mitch Lock, previously the East Coast
Vans Rep, is now the president of Vans Aircraft. In celebration of
this there is an RV fly-in scheduled on June 10th from 10-2 at W29,
Bay Bridge Airport.
Helen Wood who owns Chesapeake Sport Pilot is hosting the event and
will be providing lunch for everyone.
W29 Bay Bridge Airport is located on the shore line of the
Chesapeake Bay on Kent Island right next to the legendary Bay
Bridge, outside of the DC SFRA. We hope to have RV's in every
crevice of the airport so please come out and congratulate Mitch in
RV Formation Flight at Corsicana Airshow ...vids
Status Report ...Jereme Carne RV-7A
Well after taking a few days off of building due to being sick I
am finally back in the game! I got the left elevator parts primed
and started working on "the first" trim tab. Bending the trailing
edge was nice as it came out almost perfect! I did however mess up
bending the ears and have to reorder a trim tab skin (bend buckled
in a bit so I can't just cut it off) but oh well, looks like I will
join the multi try trim tab club.
I will however abandon this joke of a process and go the riblet
method now. I suspected this would be the case but I wanted to try
the Van's way first if only to learn more.
Status Report ...David Paule -3B
May 19, 2017. Issue
This weekend is special for our family - Audrey walks across the
stage at SMU. Chemistry degree....CHECK. If I understand
her correctly, we're not going to the BIG event where hundreds and
hundreds of people walk across the stage for hours, but instead a
smaller one for the chemistry types. Maybe Monday I'll have a
picture of the graduate to share. Susie's 92yr old mother will
be attending, as well as my sister from Houston. Audrey
pictured at right working with SMU's nuclear magnetic resonance
spectroscopy hardware (NMR).
Here's a 47pg PDF entitled "An Introduction to NMR Spectroscopy
off the SMU website. She understands it. I don't.
My usual 'but I can land a plane' argument is seeming more
and more insignificant these days. ;^). As it should be.
Next item on her list....PhD. She's motivated - the exact opposite
of me at that age. Rest assured you'll be kept in the loop
regarding her research projects <g>. To say we're proud
parents is an understatement.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Out of the Paint Shop ...Lorne Montgomery (GLO Custom)
Intro ...Dave Mills of Warrenton, VA
Finally getting started on my build journey. I bought my
tail kit many years ago. Just after it arrived I started a new job,
moved many states, bought a house, got married had a child. Things
always got in the way. Recently divorced and settled in
to my new life. I have a young son that's been flying with me since
age 3. I also have a wonderful woman in my life now that is very
supportive. Actually make that EXTREMELY supportive of my aviation
In the next months I hope to have tools, work area, etc all in
place. I will definitely be a part time builder 15-18 hours
per week. I added up TV time and various time wasted activities. If
I discontinue such I'll have plenty of time and I'll have something
to show for it.
The goal is pay as you go so I hope to have the big ticket items
saved up for by the time they are due. At my projected build rate
that should give me many years before I reach that point. This is my
pre and post retirement airplane. I want it paid for before I
I have decided my mission to mostly be me enjoying the airplane.
Maybe a GIB on occasion and my future spouse riding out for Saturday
breakfast. I have decided to continue with my original choice of an
Always looking for pointers. It will be a slow build and part timer
Must haves list. These are not negotiable
1) Alodine and epoxy prime airframe ( I live on the east coast and
will retire on the beach in FL eventually)
2) Trim...electric!!! #laziness
3) Fuel injection
I'm 70/30 constant speed vs a fix pitch. VFR instrument panel but
design modularity for ease of upgrade to IFR should I change my
mind. My take on spending an additional 10k to infinity $$$ on IFR
is that I'll be saving money and NOT flying. Rather have a VFR
machine and $10k gas money instead.
I want to get the alodine and prime process down to an efficient
level. I understand it will slow the build but it's important to me.
Just looking for tips on how to incorporate this process into my
build effective and efficiently.
I've been a long time lurker on here. Many thanks to all of you past
and future. Created a user name and paid my dues. I also
reserved my N number. Small steps but it's progress.
I'm predicting a conservative 2024 completion date. Wish me luck...
Cracks in Engine Mount Powdercoat ...prkaye
Doing my annual recently I noticed these cracks in the Engine
Mount finish... I assume these cracks are only in the Powder Coat,
but I thought I'd post them here for opinions... should I be worried
about these, or do anything specific about them?
RV-7A UL Power Update ...taverroi
Firewall Forward is 95% Complete.
Weve been waiting on a 3 Screen G3X System. They wont be available
for a few more weeks its seems. Initail panel work should begin in
the next 2 weeks Id say.
Cowling work is being adjusted to give a scosh more clearance from
componants. We want it to be right the first time so taking the time
to make that happen.
Its coming along. Steadily working.
Attached is a pic of what the final product has been planned to
kinda look like. Its just rendering from my X-Panel Software. The
round instrument by the throttle is the Electric prop controller..I
just put something there the same size for now. Remember this is a
FADEC Controlled Engine so no mixture.
Any Suggestion based on what you see here for the panel would be
received and accepted well!
May 18, 2017. Issue
My ISP had some issues on a piece of hardware between my box (and
others) and the web around 2:30pm DFW time Wednesday. Affected
more sites than just me. Down for ~1hr. It wasn't
ransomware ;^). Sorry if you tried to get on and couldn't.
Unrelated and in the motivation column, Audrey texted Susie and me
today that she is going to be published in a scientific journal.
How cool is that!!! I'll post a URL when I have something, and
I don't expect to understand much of it ;^). But still...neat.
Almost Ready to go to the Airport ...Simon Hitchen RV-7 (Port
Videos in my RV-8 ...Planenut
I am about to retire from the Canadian Owners and Pilots
Association and I planned a RV8 trip across Canada. I've been taking
good POV videos: I mounted camera externally but footage is static
and gets boring, I tried handheld inside the cockpit better but
canopy glare. I want to take sensational videos footage, especially
over the Rockies.
I think this installation will provide all I need for extraordinary
Alternate fuel pickup ...gyoung RV-6
I'm starting to work on these tanks for the partially completed
kit I picked up 15 years ago. It appears the original builder had a
different idea for the fuel pickup and reversed the original pickup
fitting, possibly for a return. I've already modified the left tank
for a flop tube so I'm only concerned with the right. I do need a
return in the right for my AFP purge valve so I'm tempted to leave
it as is. I don't see any inherent problems with this pickup but I
might move the return lower and switch to a -4 fitting to match the
return hose. Any comments?
For the sharp-eyed among you, that IS
the left sender plate in the right tank. Discovered after the photo.
May 17, 2017. Issue
RV-10 Build Begins ...SeanM
Found Broken Start Ring Cogs ..David Domeier
Am doing condition inspection and have had to replace the start
ring on fly wheel due to 4 broken gear cogs.
The issue is kick back from electronic ignition on start. In talking
with Robert Paisley, this is happening because I do not have back up
12 volts for the system. Voltage drops during start and EI looses
its brain and fires way off schedule.
I stopped using EI for start some time ago when this happened
repeatedly. It does not happen starting with left impulse coupled
mag. I have mag hooked up to top plugs so it starts very easily.
When engine is running smoothly, turn on EI. No big deal.
It is not a starter issue, am using Sky-Tec NL unit, it spins engine
very nicely and its gear cogs are like new.
200kts in Level Flight ...tfriendshuh
RV fly in, May 20 2017, east Canada ...Gilles Lessard
We are hosting our second annual fly-in for RVs. Last year we
have participants from Quebec, Nova Scotia and Maine, USA.
It will be held on Saturday may 20 at Saint-Georges Airport in
Quebec. (CYSG) (reset on Sunday 21 in case of bad temperature)
Every type of aircraft will be welcome
Lunch on site
We hope to see a lot of RVs !!
If you'd like more details soon give me an email: gilesard 'at'
Introduction of New-Style Carb Floats ...David Heal
(RV-12 folks) FYI -- ROTAX has issued an SI describing
their new-style replacement carb floats.
Free 6 Month Membership in the IAC ...Ron Schreck
proud to announce that the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) is now
an advertiser on Van's Air Force. IAC is continuing it's popular
"Join for Free" campaign. With a
free 6-month membership you will get access to the digital
archive of Sport Aerobatics magazine and access to the entire
IAC.org web site where you can find aerobatic instruction in
your area and a wealth of information on getting started in one of
the most challenging and fun sports in all of aviation. You
may recognize the RV featured in the IAC banner ad. That's Jerry
Esquenazi"s beautiful RV-8, also pictured below. Jerry is new to IAC
competition aerobatics and has managed to bring home a second place
trophy in the Sportsman category at his second competition at
Dunnellon, Florida this Spring.
Not sure if IAC competition is for
you? Only about 10% of IAC members participate in competitive
aerobatics! Many are there to volunteer at IAC events as judges,
starters, registrars, tech inspectors, etc. They just want to be a
part of the events and enjoy the social aspects of IAC
participation. There are IAC events that reward your passion
for aerobatics in non-competitive ways that also improve your
piloting skills such as the
IAC Achievement Awards program. There is something for everyone
Still not sure if aerobatic competition is for you? Join me at the
IAC Pavilion at AirVenture 2017. I will be giving a forum
presentation on Friday, July 28th at 10:00AM on
"What to Expect at Your First IAC Contest". Following the forum
I'll be available to field any questions.
Your first step is to take advantage of the
6-month free membership in IAC. I hope you will join us.
KFFC RV Spring Fly-In near Atlanta ...May 20th
What is this "clamp" on the prop governor?
In checking out the engine compartment, I saw this silver colored
clamp on the end of the prop governor:
You are looking down on the governor.
What is it's function? Nothing seems to be attached to it.
Also, it's on there very solidly but there doesn't seem to be a lock
washer and the head of the screw has a hole in it...probably for
safety wiring. But there is no flange or place to run a safety wire
except around the screw/nut assembly.
What is this part? What is it's function? And how would one go about
safety wiring it?
May 16, 2017. Issue
RV Grin ...Rob Traynham
My three year old granddaughter went for her first RV7 ride with
her dad today. Photo says it all!
Formation Flight Practice Never Ends ...lucaperazzolli (Italy)
Slow northern Italy spring gave us some pre-season activity
RVs are totally fun machine as I said after my first flight in 2010
they give an "Irresistible Euphoria"
New Guy Checking In ...JoopSJ (Netherlands)
The kit is ordered and the adventure is going to begin.
VAF was of great importance to me while preparing myself for
deciding to jump-in as well as deciding what to build. I want
to thank the host DR for providing this forum as well the members
providing all the valuable information.
It's going to be an RV-7/Slider. The adventure will start in
September as my son and myself will join the empennage building
class at Synergy.
I am an airline pilot planning to retire in the near future. Flying
an RV feels like going back to the source of my career when I
started sport flying, more than 40 years ago. Building it myself
feels like connecting the last dot to complete the circle.
Best regards, Joop
Can Somebody w/a Flying RV Give Eric a Builder Motivation RV Flight?
....Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Credit for this idea goes to
Bob Collins in
this reply. [ed. Eric later ordered new parts and is
continuing, BTW. v/r,dr]
New Guy Checking In ...Jeff (Oregon)
Hey y'all, I've finally been making a little progress on this
RV-3 project. I've never done the chat-room thing before, but I
figured it's time to get a little community now that I'm spending
time on the ‘ol -3. Just making a test on this section here. I am
looking for some info on type-II wings; I'll post details on the -3
Mother's Day Delivery
(crabandy) The RV sure makes traveling easy, kinda ironic after
all that work. A Mothers Day special delivery to Grandma....
New Advertiser Helping Support This Site
Aerobatic Club (IAC)
They do this stuff...and you can too.
May 15, 2017. Issue
me for a short .2hr flight Saturday morning here in the DFW area
around 0730 when the winds were 00000kt and the OAT 59*F. CAVU.
I asked her just before we took the runway what she wanted to look
at. "Cows." I can pull this mission off! 'Airspeed
alive, positive rate, cows on your left...' Short flight, but
very high quality.
We don't get many mornings like this past Saturday. I hope you had
nice Wx also, and got to spend some time off the surface in your RV
(or in the shop working toward that goal). Sunday was spent at
Mass, continuing the climb up Mt. Email, working in the home office
on admin tasks......and doing anything Susie said (Mother's Day).
RV's to the Caribbean, From the Right Seat ...Capt Sandy
Hello RV'ers. Roy and I joined the trip to the Antilles. Here is
a write-up from the right-seat perspective, and some photos to
share. We had a GREAT time. More info to come, on our time in the
Hoping to see your project and find out what I'm in for
I am just hoping to swing by and admire your project and talk
I am hoping to build an rv-14 (not 100% sure). I am military serving
in Japan and am currently in Altus Oklahoma for some
flight training. one of these weekends before I go back home I was
hoping to be able to talk face to face with some builders.
Cowl fitting issues ...madmaveric
I'm in the process of fitting the cowling but have come across an
issue, I've searched on here but I can only see issues with spinner
clearance and nothing around the back of the cowling.
I cut both cowls to the scribe lines and fitted the bottom cowling
with the two holes wither side as per plans and then added the lower
hinge. All seemed to be going good and I was happy with the fit.
Update on Making Metal ...Martin Pred
Since last year I installed the magnetic drain plug and ran
through a couple oil changes. At first I thought I was within the
Lycoming limit of 20-40 hairlike ferrous particles of 1/16" or
smaller. Now I'm starting to think I'm exceeding that limit. Here's
what it looked like yesterday:
Pretty in Purple ...bruceh
I added a whole new folder of picture galleries documenting the
Painting saga. Here's the beauty shot with a bit of Instagram
Rivet Corner Bracket Deals on Top ...kentlik
So, final drilled a lot of holes...just scanning the fuse to
figure out what I have skipped over as I have to jump around a bit.
I thought I posted this yesterday but don't see it so maybe I messed
So there I was applying some colour to various bits and pieces at
last. I had this painting thing nailed, the prep was done and the
paint was going on nicely, no runs, no orange peel, nice coverage
without being too heavy. Life was good... and then this happened!!
This is the inboard rear corner of one of my elevators. I was in the
process of suspending it from a hook in the roof of the spray booth
when the support wire slipped from my hand and it hit the floor!!
Needless to say I was less than happy and all I wanted to do at that
moment was start flinging tools around the workshop. After I stopped
calling myself all the idiot names I could think of I actually
decided to clean up and call it a day.
So now I am asking the collective wisdom here for any suggestions/guidence
to fix this. I'm thinking I should be able to carefully manipulate
this back into shape fairly easily but if anyone knows of any
potential 'gotchas' I am all ears.
Another RV-8 Panel Leaves the Shop ...Walt
May 12, 2017. Issue
Wishing you and
yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. And Happy Mothers
Day to all the moms out there.
GRT Upgraded Panel ...Dvalcik
I pulled the trigger and upgraded my GRT panel in my RV12. I had
been holding out for the 8.4 HRx touch.
Another 10 Gets Its Interior
This RV-10 got a full interior upgrade. Looks like it was done by
a custom interior shop. Nope! It was installed by Philip, Kristine
and Steve from Tucson Arizona. They purchased a full interior kit
from South Florida Sport Aviation and installed it themselves. Great
job guys! Beautiful Airplane!
Squawk code TFR intercept ...Turbo
did my BFR yesterday in the r-44 and today in the rv6. didn't
know there was an intercept code for TFR busting but my helo
instructor brought it up and i had never heard of such a thing but
we found with google, not finding it in the AIM. there it was, very
lucky numbers in vegas but not very lucky in a TFR incursion case,so
now you can rock your wings, listen on 121.5, follow the jet the way
he is flying and squawk 7777. hope you never need this one. busted
Time to throw in the towel ...epaslick RV-12
I don't appear to have what it takes to build an RV-12, so I'm
thinking it's coming time to bring this unpleasant disaster to a
[ed. You'll be happy to read later
in the thread Eric has a change of heart. And I remember
having those same feelings, Eric!!! Just means you're normal
Tate's Collision Repair Project
Some of you might know our son Tate is taking a collision repair
class at his high school (he's in 10th grade). Please excuse
me bragging a bit, showing off his hood painting project. It's
got some cartoon logo on it that the kids would understand.
The kid can paint!
May 11, 2017. Issue
You might have seen
Alex's air-conditioned RV-14A that went up for sale here on the
front page yesterday. I told him I thought it would sell in 24
hours - the first 14A going up for sale (we think). I was
wrong....he had a deposit in his hand in 18. How cool is that?
Very happy for my friend, the buyer, and I'll let you know if
RV Hotel Birthday Party
It's my wife's birthday today and Rob Handberg's tomorrow, so we
are having a birthday party while they stay at the RV Hotel on their
way from California to the Bahamas!
Another -10 gets its wings ...Jason McKay
Sorry no pictures to post but the inspection went very well and
I'm looking forward to phase 1 which I was informed is only 25 hours
due to the engine and prop combo I purchased from Vans. Bonus!
I'd like to thank everyone on this site. The amount of knowledge and
willingness to help was/is a huge help. By no way am I done but at
least when the weather is nice I no longer have to watch others
sneak away for the day.
All the best!
Article on RVs in news-press.com
New Member in Denver ...welcome Seth Andrews
Hello there! New member in Denver buying a RV10 project in the
next week. Any Denver RV 10 owners here?
Pic from Day Before First Flight ...Chattin35
Status Report: 7A ...jcarne
Just finished the right elevator today after spend 2.5 hrs
rolling the edges yesterday. Rolling the edges on the elevator I
thought were waaaay more difficult than the rudder.
New Panel w/AHRS ...WingnutWick
just finished ripping out my all my old heavy steam gauges and
re-designed and built the panel with a modular system. Using a hard
mounted/powered iPad with quick release fasteners for ease of
removal when desired. Powered by iLevil AHRS (with air data inputs)
and a stratus backup AHRS. New Dynon D-10 EMS with all new plugs and
custom push button start. USB chargers and music inputs installed as
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May 10, 2017. Issue
RVs in Switzerland ...newt
Couple of months ago, I
posted on VAF to say I was visiting Zürich on a work trip: Are
there any RV people in Switzerland?
Near immediate contact from lots of people - far more than I
imagined, given my impression of EASA territory was that it was
near-prohibitively expensive and bureaucratic for E/AB aviation. But
no, it's positively thriving.
Marcel (mzund on VAF) is building an RV-4 near Geneva. As
luck would have it, he was visiting Sydney, and I caught up with him
at Wedderburn. He had pics on his phone showing spectacular mountain
scenery, and landing a cub on skis on glaciers near Mont Blanc.
I locked in a visit to his field.
Airworthiness Cert Issued! ...Phil
It's been a while since I've posted but wanted to share another
certificate being issued. Vic Syracuse made the trip to Texas for me
yesterday and performed the inspection. Many thanks to him for
coming out of the area and spending an entire day to perform my
inspection. He's built two RV-10's, inspected many more, and I
really wanted his experience with the airframe in going over it one
I had the paper work ready about a week early, we had reviewed it
together before his trip, and everything was in order. No surprises
and a relatively straightforward process. I've never certified a
plane before, so this was my first rodeo and it really wasn't that
bad if you've got a good inspector to guide you through the process.
I can't thank him enough for going out of his way to get here.
RV-7A Rebirthing Update ...kentlik
I managed a few photos of the firewall prep and installation. I
had my firewall finished but needed to remove the main brackets from
each corner as I am using the original firewalls brackets, they were
in excellent shape.
Status Report ...RV7ForMe pics
So I am done with most of the riveting but I had left out a few
hard to reach rivets on the rudder & elevators. I asked Vans about
using pop rivets as the plans do say I can use the CS4-4. There is a
problem with that.
Planet Earth's First 'For Sale' RV-14A...I think.
...my buddy Alex De Dominicis (my RV-6 transition trainer back in
the day - got my tailwheel endorsement with him also). Selling
due to job change that conflicts with his ability to do RV training
for a few years. Out of phase 1.
43 hours TT. Ready to paint.
(5/10 Update: Sale pending after
being online for 18hrs. Deposit in Alex's hand and he'll let
me know if something changes. v/r,dr)
Link to larger pictures
(2) Airflow Systems Oil
The Game is Afoot Again ...with kiddo #2
Tate and the fam are beginning the 'ol college hunt. We had
a college fair at the high school the other day and we went (Tate is
in 10th grade). SMU wasn't there (Audrey's college), but as
always I'm pushing schools w/in 1 tank of RV avgas. ;^) The
brochures we grabbed below...
Love those kids.
May 9, 2017. Issue
Got the "PINK" slip ...Dorfie RV-10
Vic Syracuse flew into KLEX this weekend and did the final
inspection on my RV10, serial No 40596. GOT THE PINK SLIP!!! Thanks
Vic for taking the time and effort to fly to me. Thanks to VAF
site and its contributors for all the good advice and support
through many years. I surely dug deep into it all and a lot of those
ideas were incorporated into my project. This is now the start
of the next phase in the life of this RV10. May it be many safe,
trouble free and pleasant flights!
Best wishes and thank you from a happy builder, soon flyer!!.
252kts GS ...Rusty Cr4awford
Rusty Crawford sent me this shot today from his 7A.
"On my way to Ohio this week for work, I experienced a nice
tailwind. I was cruising at 11500 feet 172 knots true airspeed, 57%
power, lean of peak, 7.7 gallons an hour fuel flow, 32.72 nautical
miles per gallon. Works out to 80 knot tailwind. Of course, what
comes around goes around though, terrible head winds, bad weather
and icing coming home. But it's all good. The "Working Girl" is
flying very nice with your SDS system."
Work With What You Have...the dummy doesn't muck it up for
Monday a.m. the winds were light, so I took the used-by-many-Cub
up for a few minutes to re-center my flying chakras (or something
like that). Saw what looked like somebody burning trash off in
the distance. As I got a little closer it looked more like a
grass fire. When I arrived it turned out to be oil pumping
equipment burning AND a grass fire....and I just might be the first
person to know about it. I could see flames around the pump.
Not many houses out here.
In the RV I would have called KAFW tower
on 135.15, hit IDENT and asked them to relay to the proper folks.
But the Cub has 1) no radio and 2) no XPNDR.
So what are you going
I trimmed the Cub for a slight climb so I could more
easily keep the wings level with rudder only. Hands are now
free to use the smartphone. 250' agl and 48mph - the phone
will work just fine. I got about halfway through Googling
'Northlake Police Department' when I decided I wouldn't be able
to hear them (I wear shooting muffs in the plane - no comm, so no
phone bluetooth tie in).
Plan B. I took a
selfie* picture, then started GoogleMaps on my
phone and held down my finger on the map to give me my lon/lat.
Got a screen capture (below). Annotated the image with my
finger and texted the note and pics to Monkey back at 52F (I'd seen
him before I took off). He'll figure it out.
About three minutes later I got the text below.
I'm guessing he's been waiting his whole life to use that phrase
<g>. I admit it made me laugh out loud. Later he said
the hardest part was getting the point across that he only had lat/lon,
and that he was passing on a message from a pilot with no radio - he
couldn't actually see it. 911 forwarded him to the Justin FD,
and they figured it out fast.
Plan C was going to be land at a grass strip a few
miles away and call myself. Using Randy was faster, and I'm
jazzed it worked. Good times.
*I did not take a selfie...
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May 8, 2017. Issue
First Flight: RV-12 (and video) ...Paul Straub
Aerobatic Contest: Apple Valley, CA ...Gash PIREP
I'm at the Duel in the Desert aerobatic contest at the Apple
Valley, CA airport. I'm competing in the Sportsman category with my
RV-8. We were only able to fly once today before the winds went out
of limits. We should be able to get in one flight tomorrow morning
before it gets too windy again.
I'm the only RV competing here. A couple RV-4 pilots stopped in
yesterday during the practice day to check out all the activity. It
was nice to see other RV pilots here, if only to say howdy.
All Done ...Lyle
Well she's all finished. Took 9.5 years. I built and painted the
plane. First flight was on April22/2017 and she flew great, no
issues. I now have 10 hours on her flying off my 25 hours. As a side
note to Canadian builders, apply for your certificate of
registration early, it took 3 months from Transport Canada to get
this done, ridiculous.
Top Skin Blind Rivets (RV-8/8A) ...cdeerinck
Two questions here:
1) Does anyone know why the plans call for two different rivets as
indicated below by the purple arrows? This is for the RV-8 top skin
over the avionics and luggage areas. The row that attaches the skin
to the firewall calls for 3-5 rivets, but those two call for 3-4
rivets. The material is the same thickness throughout. I can't for
the life of me figure out why.
Erratic Ammeter Readings ...bardample
I need some help. I have a single Dynon Skyview in my RV7 with a
recently installed EarthX ETX680 Lithium FePo4battery, a Plane Power
60 A Alternator (internal Regulator) . My ammeter measures
Alternator output( Position B as per Dynon).
For 2 recent successive flights, my' amps low' warning flashed and
the ammeter was reading erratically minus 8-25A and occasionally
reading normal( i.e. pos 6-7A). Throughout these flights of several
hours bus voltage remained at 14.1- 14.2v. If I flicked the
Alternator off and then on again the ammeter reading would briefly
read 'normal' + 6-7 Amp for a few moments before returning to
erratic negative values. I assumed that the fault lay with the
ammeter connections or in the EMS monitor of the Skyview.
200kt GS Club ...Chris Johnson 9A
200kt GS Club ...brad walton
Shield Against Magnetic Fields ...pierre smith
We flew to the Bahamas in February and my D-100 was 40 degrees
off...usually spot on so I asked the other three passengers what
they had packed. Turns out that my buddy had packed his C-Pap
machine and it has a motor in it, apparently with fixed magnets in
it. After we landed and unpacked, the D-100 was spot on again.
On the return trip, we changed the location of the C-Pap and were
off 20 degrees. I wonder if wrapping it in aluminum foil would
shield the interference to my magnetometer. Any
Best Air to Air Shot ...SuperCubDriver pics
RV-3B Construction Status Report ...David Paule
Marked and trimmed the F-326 aft bottom fuselage skin so that I
can start fitting the larger tailcone bottom skin F-325.
Got My -9A Back! ...Dbro172
I'm happy to announce that my bird is coming back to the nest. An
opportunity came out of the blue and I couldn't pass it up. Her
keeper took exceptional care of it and cant wait to fly it home in
the next week or so. Might have to head to KOSH this year!
Induction Tube Boot Alternative ...Toobuilder
There has been plenty of discussion about induction tube boots
lately so I thought I'd share the direction I'm taking with
reinforced silicone hose and constant tension clamps.
Disclaimer- I have not flown this yet so I have no idea if this hose
will live up to its promise of long service life, but its cheap
enough to experiment with.
The hose is a 12" length procured from Summit which was easily cut
into 2" boots with a utility knife. The clamps are Roto Clip brand
ILS Practice w/the Yoga Instructor
Susie went up with me Saturday morning for a quick hop over to
KAFW and its practice 16L ILS. CAVU, no hood and Susie no
pilot, so can't log any numbers in the practice IFR columns.
But it's always fun to go flying with my wife, and it's always
helpful for me to practice the buttonology flow. It has
a short shelf life with this particular meat servo. As is my
M.O. ...I logged .3hrs.
click to enlarge
May 5, 2017. Issue
Met my lovely bride 33 years ago today - nickle
beer night at Graffiti's in Waco, TX. It was a Wednesday, and
there is a 'Big Lots' standing on that spot now (lon/lat).
I can't say I miss the music of the 80's all that much, but I do
occasionally miss my hair. Not as much as you might think ;^).
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
West Coast Formation Clinic ...Axel PIREP/Video
Despite a rough start to the clinic on Friday due to winds in
excess of 30 kts, we had a great turn out. Saturday and Sunday were
The clinic was a successful event. The new red scary folks got
valuable training and a few of the folks that have been working on
certifications earned their wing, lead or check pilot cards. I can't
really explain the feelings you get to experience during a clinic so
our friend George Ford is doing that for us via this video. I hope
you enjoy it. He did a great job once again.
Get out there, pound rivets, lay the fiberglass, run those wires.
Because after it is all said and done, you can fly the you know what
out of your plane.
Yoga Helps With RV Maintainence
Took out the pax seat and stick, and spread out the yoga mat my
threw out gave me. This allowed me room
to lay completely on my stomach for easier battery removal.
Wish I had discovered yoga 14 years ago ;^). My battery issue
seems to be resolved. Terminals read 0.00 volts across after
removal, which coincides with the protection circuitry activating in
the EarthX 680 (page 26 in the
manual). Following the instructions, and it is now
charging. I think the problem was I don't fly enough (or long
enough) to keep the battery charged. This is the first time
I've had to do this, however (the battery held a charge for two
years). I'll let you know if it's something else, but the
outlook is good.
Pic from above showing the mat...
Radio Problems - Epilogue ...terrykohler RV-9A
Finally got the plane over to the avionics shop (about 40 NM from
Pontiac). Long story short, I've been transmitting and receiving at
about 50% strength with my new GTN650. It wasn't the radio or the
connections. Turns out the installer had hooked my now-vacant market
beacon antenna to the COMM connector on the back plate. When I was
in Jacksonville, I only checked security of connections and didn't
follow the wires. Their mistake followed by my mistake. Didn't
really notice a problem earlier as my flying since install has been
pretty much local. ILS and GPS worked fine, and I initially thought
I was having intercom issues but was still communicating OK when
close in. Another lesson learned.
Added...to the 'RV
RV-7A Rebirthing Update ...kentlik
Have the lower longerons done now. Not too bad. Few pictures of
them and the bottom skin getting holes for the gear.
Time 7:30 pm
Altitude 1,800 feet
Distance 54 NM
May 4, 2017. Issue
Got the spongy left
brake fixed two days ago with a little brake fluid and five minutes
of Monkey's help. Cowl and pants back on now, swapping
out two screws that had less-than-new heads. Next issue is a
possible dead battery that cropped up Wednesday, or maybe it's the
master switch. Or solenoid. Flipped on the master and
avionics switches after lunch to look at something real quick, and
didn't get the 'ka-thunk' solenoid sound. Bringing the
multimeter to the airport tomorrow.
Never boring this hobby, and always the opportunity to learn. ;^)
Milestone: RV-8A Weighed ...bifft
Got my RV weighed today. 1002 pounds. Don't think its the
lightest 8A ever, but not bad. Realized I need to measure the gear
position in the level attitude (needed 3.5" blocks under the mains)
do don't have accurate CG position yet. This is with paint, but no
gear fairings or wheel pants. Helps make up for 261 lbs of me in it.
Now just need to calibrate the fuel guages and time to call the DAR.
Status Report ...Brad Benson RV-6A
This is the current state of my instrument panel; it's changed
several times since I first built N164BL. Like Gene's panel, this
started out as a fiberglass panel blank from Laird Owens (thanks
Laird - it was super well thought out and manufactured!); I cut the
aluminum inserts on my mill and after doing a number of them feel
like I could do it almost blindfolded at this point :-)
The flight instrument section has a Skyview system along with a
MGL ASI/Altimeter and TrueTrak T&B standbys. Also present is a TAWS
annunciator, which is wired to the IFD540. The annunciators are
crazy expensive new, but 28v units can be found on eBay for as
little as $40. Cut a trace here, jumper a trace there, and now it's
a 14v unit :-)
The radio stack has a King audio panel, an Avidyne IFD540, and an
ICOM A200 secondary comm. The IFD540 is the most recent addition,
and has a couple of things not shown in the panel. I modified the
software and image of a Stratux box and built a custom enclosure for
it; this allows it to be tucked behind the panel and feed
weather/traffic data to the IFD540 and not be subject to image
corruption when the avionics master is turned off thanks to a
read-only filesystem. It also supports more of the GDL90 standard
and excludes some of the stratus-specific stuff that neither the
IFD540 or FF appear to use.
The engine stack has a Dynon EMS-D10, which I find I prefer to the
Skyview's EMS for a couple of reasons. The PS Engineering PM3000
intercom is there as well along with the ELT switches. I built a
Bluetooth 4.0 receiver and mounted it behind this panel as well;
wired to both the audio panel and intercom it provides the usual
music and phone capability. There are some other custom electronics
behind that panel that I'll write up separately as well.
The air vent eyeballs are from Stein and work awesome - no leaks and
very smooth operation. The cigarette lighter plug is connected to
the hot bus and can be used to charge a cell phone, or can be used
to provide ground power for running the avionics with an adapter
cable I made (try that with a USB jack!). Speaking of USB, not in
view but underneath the panel just to the right of the engine
controls are USB jacks and serial lines to both the IFD 540 and
Dynon system. This allows me to charge stuff in flight but not have
a USB jack take up panel space, while the serial ports facilitate
development projects or portable stuff to exchange data with the
panel mounted equipment.
There are no circuit breakers - all the switches are toggle switches
are from B&C. Circuit protection is fuses across three buses: main,
avionics, and hot/battery.
Not sure what's next for this panel, but the modular design makes
updates really easy and I love the aesthetics of it. I don't think
I'd change anything if I was going to do it over again.
Painting Update ...Boomer506 RV-8
Starting to paint in my temporary booth in my shop. What I came
up with is providing good ventilation and dust free. Plus some
reasonable lighting. My rudder and spinner have turned out pretty
well. Good learning before I paint the big stuff.
...(scheme modeled after) utility hack airplane for VA-165
off the Nimitz, Air Wing 9.
B-25 Day ...and an RV-12
(snopercod) Owen and I flew down to GMU for lunch again. We
both tried to get some others to come along, but some were sick and
some were busy. Oh well, we had a great lunch and got to park next
to a CAF B-25 from Wisconsin. Apparently some more warbirds will be
flying in on Friday and giving rides.
May/June '17 FAA Safety Briefing Now Online ...40 page magazine
May 3, 2017. Issue
Post-House Fire Checking In...our online friend Bill Boyd
The VAF sure keeps me in touch with a great community. The people
who have stepped forward to help materially and practically since
the house fire and starting the 10 build have touched me profoundly,
and I'm grateful. The knowledge base here is so much superior to
what I had available 20 years ago building an RV alone and without
mentors close by. I read up all I could and took the dreaded door
plunge. Kind of anticlimactic in a way, although the process is only
maybe 1/3 done.
This weekend I got my mower back from the shop after getting a blade
stuck on so tightly that neither my impact wrench nor my extended
socket wrench would budge the bolt. In the meantime, the abundant
rain and warm weather had tried to reclaim the runway into a
hayfield from whence it had come. I had to mow high and will need to
make a second, lower pass tomorrow (so Vlad doesn't complain about
the high grass if he happens to drop in).
Jax, a.k.a. "Li'l Boy," our 5 month old pit-lab mix who never
ventures more than fifty feet from home, decided that Sunday was a
beautiful spring day for chasing me on the zero-turn, so he roamed
further than ever before. I was afraid he might stray into the road,
but the runway end markers creeped him out and he bristled, barked,
and turned tail for home once he caught sight of them.
More RV Stuff for the "Mitch Lock Fly-in" June 10th...Steve
"I would like to update you on what will be going on with Helen
Woods, Mitch Lock Day. Our EAA Chapter 1384 (KMDW) Carroll County
Airport in Westminster, MD will be holding our 5th Annual
Mid-Atlantic Gathering of RV's in conjunction with Helen for
Mitch's send off this year. Yes, (W29) will be the location change
for us. Our two groups are teaming up to make this one great send
off for Mitch. We will be posting more info soon."
Alum Sleeve Fuel Drain Fairing...Steve Melton 3D DIY
"...thicker than the bronze sleeve but still workable. no threat
from galvanic corrosion"
About This Month's Calendar Wallpaper ...the photographer chimes
in (Ed Hicks).
If you've been following the progress of Brian's brilliant radial
RV-8, I figured it was worth pointing out its the May wallpaper here
on VAF. I had the privilege to visit Brian back in Feb to
shoot some pictures - I'll add some more in future, but for now...
Bent Elevator Spar ...jcarne
(reply from Van's Aircraft)
"I don’t see any reason that bending this back would compromise the
spar, no deformation in the bend radius or the web of the spar.
Flatten and build on."
May 2, 2017. Issue
Niagara Falls RV-6 Tour ...John Canty
It was a nice weekend for the most part up in the Northeast. Took
the opportunity to do some formation over the Falls. If you are ever
up in the area, check out the falls scenic tour.
A Great if Unspectacular Trip (continued) ...Ed Wischmeyer
Two days later, it was time to head back home but the winds were
still howling out of the south, 20+ knots from 3,000 feet on up. The
night before, the bus took us to the wedding at 3:30 and dropped us
off back at the hotel at midnight, so there was one tired aviator
the next morning. A big breakfast and going back to bed helped.
In addition to the winds aloft, surface winds at the destination
were forecast 20G30 at a forty degree angle to both runways, more
than I wanted to attempt, even with the tricycle gear on the -9A. If
I absolutely had to, I probably could have landed okay, but it was
not worth taking the risk. And there was a major front from the west
due in the next day -- typical spring weather in the southeast --
and some little stuff blowing up from the south ahead of it. Time to
be real careful.
It looked like I could make it from Charlottesville, VA to
Greensboro, NC, VFR under the clouds, that stop chosen because it
would be a good place to spend the night if I had to, and because I
always like my first stop to be about 90 minutes out for
"physiological reasons." It was light, occasional moderate
turbulence the whole way. Translation -- the ride was miserable.
Gary Platner Lovin' That Tailwind ...RV-8
Recent storms in DFW moved east, leaving us with a strong
westerly wind Sunday. Gary was flying from Midland, TX back to
DFW at 9,500' and had a 48kt tailwind. Goundspeed of 236 kts
spinning 2400 rpm and 21" of MP. iPhone pic below...
271.4 mph using 7.3 gph (37.12 mpg).
Current RV-6A Panel ...gmohr
Here is my current RV6A panel. I am trying to find out who
manufactured the panel blank and if possible purchase or make new
panel inserts in order to change to my GRT Sport SX EFIS. I will
keep the current radio stack, everything else will probably go.
So close - Bleeding Brakes ...Mike 9A
I was hoping to have already done my first flight but I can't
seem to get over the hurdle. My last issue seems to be air in the
lines of my brakes. I have tried various methods to try to push
fluid in to the reservoir from the calipers and have had some
success. What I am seeing now is air between the lines running from
the pilot master cylinders to the passenger side(the high point in
the loop of the lines). I have searched the forums for some advice
but getting a mixed opinion if this is really an issue or not. I put
an overflow can from the reservoir for the fluid to go in and I get
fluid there but still haven't been able to get the air out between
the master cylinders. My brakes feel solid but I want the air out to
feel total confidence in them. Before I purchase another bleeder
method just looking for some current feedback.
Painted ...Todd Stovall RV-10
First Trip! ...Jon RV-10
May 1, 2017. Issue
Student Plane Build Kicks Off ...Omaha
The tool box bench and shelves are assembled and the empennage
kit and tools inventoried. This coming week each student will build
their own practice tool box kit, then it's onto the real thing!
Thanks to everyone who has been a part of making this happen,
especially the 'big kids' (aka mentors) in back who are teaching and
mentoring these fine young adults.
A Great if Unspectacular Trip ...Ed Wischmeyer
So the mission was to get from Savannah GA to Charlottesville VA
for my nephew's wedding. There was an airmet for moderate turbulence
and the surface winds forecast to be ugly gusty at the mid point --
after all, who wants to fill up on destination avgas at $6+?
So I decided to brave the weather and fly the -9A rather than drive
(8+ hours), and aimed the loaded car at the airport instead of
Virginia. Tower forgot to hand me off to departure control, and
departure didn't know that I was on a vector. Training in progress,
So after bumping along under the clouds for a bit, I went up to
5,500 and had cool, smooth air (forecast moderate turbulence did not
appear) and a smoking 20+ knot tailwind. Yeh, it wasn't 200 knot
club stuff but so what. Time came for descent to the gas stop, 90
minutes out and my back was sore and ready for a break. I asked for
an IFR descent through the clouds, and they wanted to know what
approach I wanted. I chose one real quick, knowing full well that
I'd cancel IFR as soon as I was 500' below the cloud bases. Worked
like a charm. And the surface winds were not nearly as bad as
Jereme Carne's Build Begins
Well I just noticed this section here so I figured I would start
a log so people could follow my build. The picture here puts a face
to the name. Also I am done with everything on the tail except for
Brake Issue Discovered ...Peter Costick RV-7A
This problem took a bit of finding. I only discovered it when I
added fluid to the brake system, the fluid worked its way through
the whole system but the right hand brakes would not work. I tracked
it back through part by part until only the elbow could be the
issue. I must admit I couldn't imagine how this was until I removed
it from the brake cylinder and discovered that a stray rivet had
somehow got into the fitting. A messy but successful bit of
Silver Bullet Steering Link - Finally Broke ...Chris Pratt RV-8
Well it finally happened. Only took eleven years but my Silver
Bullet tail wheel steering arm finally bit the dust. It happened as
I landed at our wonderfully smooth (sarcasm here) runway/and taxiway
at 52F. Sure hope this pile of rocks get paved soon.
Here’s a full view of what I am talking about for those unfamiliar
with the steering linkage on the RV-8.
Flat Tire, But No Leak ...Michael Burbidge RV-9A
A week ago I went to go flying and found that my nose wheel was
completely flat. I pumped it up to 45 lbs., waited an hour and
checked it. It was still at 43 lbs., so I figured it was a slow leak
and went flying.
I ordered a new inner tube. I went up to the hangar today to find
that the nose wheel was still above 40 lbs.
So now I'm puzzled. Why would my nose wheel be completely flat, but
apparently does not have a leak, because now it is holding air
Paint Tease Shots ...bruceh
Three years of fun flying and the (finally done) finish line is
getting near. I put off painting for various reasons - mainly
because I like flying too much, but it could wait no longer. I've
had the airplane in the paint shop for 5 weeks and finally got to
see some teaser shots from the painter. I hope to pick it up next
Happy Birthday N65XX ...Dan 9A in Reno
Today my pride and joy is 10 years old. It has accumulated 1642
hours to date and I plan on keeping up that pace. The aircraft
specifics are: RV-9A, fixed pitch Sensenich, IO-360 w/P-Mags, Dynon
Skyview Touch, auto pilot, ADS-B, and iFly 740. Now I know where all
my savings account went. Dan from Reno
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Missing Man, Tucson ...Feetwet
The Missing in America Project (MIAP) researches records of
homeless Americans whose cremated remains have not been claimed, and
if found to be eligible, arrange for them to be interred with honor.
On April 15th this year, 30 homeless veterans and one dependent were
interred at the Marana Veterans Memorial cemetery and many
individuals and groups turned out to honor them. The Arizona
Scorpions RV group flew a Missing Man formation to commence the
activities and an excellent video was made. It can be viewed by
those interested at the following
HBC's New Pavillion OSH