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
DID YOU KNOW the difference between new and established insurance
(VAF advertiser) "Insurance companies can come and go over
time, aviation insurance is no different. Occasionally, a brand new
insurance company enters the market. As it often happens, they start
by offering lower rates or better coverage to “buy their way into
the market.” To be informed, there are some questions to be
answered: Are they a start-up or is it an established insurer that
has decided to enter the aviation market? Will they be offering a
full line of policies or are they only interested in a niche market?
What financial rating have they earned? At Gallagher, a company must
have at least an “A” rating for us to offer their products. We
require this to protect you. Experience has shown that lower rated
companies seldom survive long term."
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
Courtesy Cars &
Food List Updated
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