Thu Aug 28, 2014
VanCave view from the treadmill: Four RVs...(above)
Rob 'Smokey' Ray was in town for a day, and
decided to do an oil change while here. I thought it
was sorta neat having four RVs in one shot in one hangar.
From left to right: Rob Reece's RV-8 under
construction, Rob Ray's 'RV-X', John Goodloe's RV-8 (back
corner) and my RV-6. John and Rob in the background
Later that afternoon.....Rob landed back in
Florida and sent....
Got the iPad Mini Ram Mount Installed
Ordered the mount a few weeks back from
Sporty's and just now getting around to drilling the two
holes to mount it. I powered up the panel (no GPS lock
yet on the 430W), but you can get an idea of how it will
look. Garmin Pilot running on the iPad Mini with the
GLO antennae. ILS or LOC RWY 16 approach plate for
KAFW pulled up, complete with 'you are here' blue dot.
Annotate chart feature used to highlight the minimums line I
would use. Note stopwatch at top of screen iPad -
useful for holding practice. I'll flight test it on
the next trip to see Mom.
Next on the list is to tie the iPad Mini and GLO antennae
into ship's power.
for 1,900 pixel wide version)
And the hits keep coming ...scrollF4
...OK, you know those steel plates we bolt
to the side of the fuselage? They're flat, stick straight
out, and we bolt the other end to the wing/fuel tank? Dude,
I guess I need a helmet.
15% OFF Entire Oregon Aero Amazon Inventory ...until Aug
(from OA) "From now until August 31st
Oregon Aero is offering 15% OFF our Entire Amazon.com
Inventory. Just use Promo Code PEHRU9IH
at checkout to redeem your savings."
GRT and Android App ...Dvalcik
I downloaded the Android app from the GRT
site and installed it on an old Android phone. Added the
needed bluetooth to the GRT and paired them. It was very
The photo below is with the android app running on a Galaxy
S4 via Bluetooth to the EFIS.
Wed Aug 27, 2014
Aircraft Camping at Alvord Deser, OR ...Scott Stewart post.
I flew out to the Alvord Desert finally!
Seven aircraft, including four RVs met up on the desert.
This is definitely a place to share with friends!
Welcome Sig600 with award winning RV8 ...Vlad
Attention Flash Mob Squadron and PA
Uniformed Gang! We got new member here in the Northeast and
he needs proper introduction. Welcome Sig600 and his RV-8, a
potential award winner at Sky Manor 2014.
Flight to Andover and back. Don't tell his wife why he came
home wet <g>
Waterfalls, Cascades, Flumes, Gorges ...turbo
just south of hartford is this wonderful
falls. it looked like only 4 foot or so. it was only visible
for a short time while circling it. more to come...
Tommy and Gang Travel Update
Sometimes you're the windshield ...Brad Benson
...and sometimes you're the bug. Today
I was the bug.
Mark Cooper's RV-10 ..Oregon Aero shots
"This RV-10 is owned by Mark Cooper. His
seats are Oregon Aero and he dropped by to get matching
carpet. While it was in the hangar I snapped a few shots."
The RV-10 Forum
Week Left in the PCU5000 Group Buy
...flat rate of $1,200 (MSRP $1,550)
Tue Aug 26, 2014
"Last night I gave a friends father a surprise ride for his
60th birthday on a perfect evening in Ohio." --
John Furey RV-7
Ramp Party ...Rosie
Here's how my ramp looked last Saturday...
GREAT to have RV FRIENDS!
Garmin Pilot app with bluetooth Garmin
...some screengrabs on the iPad Mini from
this weekend's trip down to see Mom. VFR direct to the
FAF, then coupled to the a/p for the final few miles.
All this just to prove to myself the GLO/Pilot setup works
out-the-window view. Some clouds in central TX, but clear
in both DFW and Houston.
Reminder from the factory...
Mon Aug 25, 2014
The RV-6 took me down to Houston
Saturday to visit Mom. Visit #7. She had two small
strokes last week and is sadly back in the hospital - and can't
talk very well. Any prayers you can send my wonderful,
loving mother's way would be greatly appreciated by both me and
What's in your hangar? ...Mark Henderson (Napa, CA)
At 3:30 this morning, Napa, where I live and
have my RV-12, was hit with a magnitude
6.0 earthquake. In my 60
+ years in California it was by far the hardest quake I have
ever encountered. In my neighborhood, Nothing is left on any
shelf. Bookcases ,dressers , and even refridgerators are
flat on the floor. We are ok, sadly the same can't be said
for the china, and several antiques.
As I was picking up, I suddenly realized that there were
several large, heavy cabinets in the hanger. They were
within falling distance of my 12. The drive to the airport
was the longest ever. I kept thinking what a 200 lb storage
cabinet could do to an airplane. By hapenstance, the shock
was not very severe at the airport, and nothing was damaged.
If my hangerhad taken the same hit as my house, or even
worse, downtown Napa, My plane would be trashed. There is no
excuse for me to have things that could fall on the plane
unsecured. Oh yeah, it won't happen to me.
For those of us along the west coast in particular, what is
in your hanger that you don't want to see embedded in your
Ultimate homebuilt project ...a really cute birth announcement.
last year's Oshkosh, my wife and I decided it was time to
start working on a homebuilt. We had seen lots of different
models and options and decided we would shoot for a single
place but if things got away from us a two place would work
out just fine as well. My wife comes from a homebuilding
family where her brother has already completed 3 projects so
she had a good idea what we were getting into.
VIRB Elite Wing Mount ...N411TW
I tried three different OTC wing mounts and
didn't like any of them. In the end I simply drilled and
countersunk two holes into one of the bases that comes with
the VIRB and mounted it out on the wing tip. It works great
and has been through quite a few adventures without any sign
hope everyone can put me at ease. I am working on the left
rudder skin, dimpled using a DRDT. When I flipped it over, I
noticed that the holes had somewhat of a white halo. Should
I be worried or press on?
Check my numbers ...prkay
I took a snapshot of my EFIS today during a
flight, leaned-out in cruise condition. I was at around 4500
ft. Could you guys have a look at my numbers, particularly
temps, and see if they all look reasonable? It's an RV-9A,
Carb O-320 (160hp) with a FP (catto) prop.
(note: my fuel flow is reported in LPH and 30.5LPH is
I wonder whether to be concerned about the temps on Cyl #2 -
coldest CHT but hottest EGT (EGT spread over 100 degrees).
Charity Hat Sighting ...Tom and Pam Schad
and I were visiting Canada last week, our friends took us to
the Canadian Warbird Heritage Museum near Toronto. Tom
Schad Gainesville RV-8 N558TX RV-6 N986TX
Fri Aug 22, 2014
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and
"Only about 30 hours on it but it flies great!"
is now a free bird! ...T. Albert
This morning test pilot Jeff Nielsen took my RV-8a QB up to
compete the FAA required Phase 1 testing. While I completed much of the test
flying in terms of hours flown and test items completed, Jeff flew the
really demanding parts of the required testing. He completed the aerobatic
maneuvers (loops and rolls), spin entries and maximum speed (230 MPH True
Air Speed) testing this morning.
All went well.
N880AT total time 40.8 hours on the tach. Build time to date approximately
I am now free to fly about the country - with a passenger! <g>
Here I am returning from my Alaskan journey
enjoying good weather and different scenery. The plan of the
day was to fly over some highly industrialized country in
the Dakotas and by several well known monuments in Wyoming.
In the plan was also included a brief visit with my good
buddy Glen Sterling who lives a very interesting life in
Hulett, WY. I planned to end my long flying day somewhere in
ND with a prearranged pilot lounge
The science of parking outside
I could use some advice here. Now I am
parked literally minutes from the place I live 6 minutes to
be exact. There is no hangar space at that airport. There is
fair amount of traffic of different kind and there are birds
and there are some funny insects too.
From the factory: It's Calendar Time Again!
Thu Aug 21, 2014
Midland, TX arrival. Rob Ray iPhone photo.
Joe Zuffoletto's Panel
Update from Tommy and gang ...various RVs used in the
Baffle crack repair
Q: Who passed the IFR Knowledge Test
...lunch ended up at the Hard Eight
BBQ w/some of the usual suspects. Left to right Gary
Platner (RV-8), Sid Mayeux (7A), John Goodloe (8), Randy
Richmond (6) , Rob 'Smokey' Ray (X), Jerry Lawlor (8) and
Pecan Plantation Fly-In Sept 20th (N. TX)...Doug Crumrine
From NationAir Insurance...
Wed Aug 20, 2014
Puppy Needs a Ride ...catmandu update
How I Am Studying for the IFR Written
question/answer/explanation/annotated figure in my study doc).
N898TT Panel Shot ...akarmy
Most everything is done panel wise and
lighted up now. Just a few side panel covers to install
GRT Mini Software Release ...KatieB
"We've just released a new software update
for the Mini display unit (X and B). Enroute
Highway-In-The-Sky has been added to the Mini-X! ..."
Tue Aug 19, 2014
A day in Oregon- 6 airports, 4 meals, homecoming, 3 T shirts, 2
I played Hookie from work Saturday with a
little encouragement from fellow EAArs.
09:00. Aurora: Add 16 gals 100LL, hanger neighbor "8 ball"
says "don't take my parking spot!"
10:00. Diets Airpark: Taxied past 10 or so chapter 105 RVs
and parked right on Host Rion's new hanger slab, left some
room for "8 Ball". Signed up, received first poker card,
T-Shirt number one, ate quiche and cinnamon buns with
Homecoming Pics ...CharlieWaffles
I thought I'd share a few photos from the
homecoming this past weekend. The flightline was quite full
by the time I arrived Saturday morning and it was great to
see so many RVs. Yes there were some non-RVs in attendance,
but hey, we can't blame them for envying our RVs can we? And
yes, my photos are a bit focused on my plane, but hey,
they're my photos! There were at least 5 RV-10s in force as
AFS had a great booth showing their new touchscreens, quick
panel wiring and providing updates and troubleshooting to a
slew of existing owners. Thanks AFS!
Obstacle ALERT ...seen during Chicago media ride
Interesting screen shot from my GRT HXr I
had a second to SNAP turning inbound toward the city of
Chicago on a media ride for the Chicago Air and Water Show
It looked a lot scarier on the screen than out the
windscreen. It was an amazing weekend.
Titan Aircraft Engines Hiring ...Kevin
"I need engine builders, painter, and dyno
operator, if you have built an RV and like working with your
hands we will train you. 38k-52k
Engineer - We need engineers that can run certification
programs and possibly run engineering dept. Salary tbd
Engine Sales - base plus commission must be willing to learn
how to build engines and back up marketing functions for at
least two months so you know what the heck you are talking
about. 40k base, 100% potential bonus
All positions are based in San Antonio..."
Garmin Open House, Seminars and BBQ ...upper
Sept 25th 4p-7p | Garmin AT Facility (map)
2345 Turner RD SE, Salem, Oregon (KSLE)
click to enlarge
Mon Aug 18, 2014
Ordered a card reader (link)
for my 430W updates this weekend, and an iPad mini mount for the
plane (from Sporty's). Those and the Garmin 'GLO' GPS
receiver w/bluetooth (link)
for the iPad. Some IFR studying, yardwork and
thunderstorms rounded out the weekend. No flight down to
visit Mom, as the weather was iffy. She got to watch the
NASCAR race Sunday, which always lifts her up.
I'm looking forward to some Homecoming pics popping up, hope the weather
yesterday was better where you are, and that your week gets off
to a nice start.
pics from my OSH trip ...DougJ trip report
Another RV6 First Flight ...russcoburn
After 2yrs of fairly regular building, my
RV6 Slider Kit#22874 got its maiden flight on August 12th
2014 at 4:30 p.m. at KOGD. I spent the prior week training
with Mike Seager for 15 hours in the RV7 for transition and
tail wheel endorsement giving me the confidence for the
I had one small squawk with my electric rim tab motor
setting backwards (up trim was down, down was up) that took
a minute or so to realize this and adjust for it and then no
other issues at all in the 30 min flight. (Easy setting on
Vp-50 unit to reverse direction of trim).
N846RJ is an RV-6 Slider with a Superior fuel injected
0-360, fixed pitch Catto 3-blade prop, GRT Sport EFIS with
AFS 2500 engine monitor and SL30 Nav/Com and Vertical Power
VP-50 unit for electrical management.
Now it is off to the rest of my Phase I flight testing and
enjoying the fruits of my labor.
Airworthiness Certificate ...Michael Burbidge
My airworthiness certificate was issued this
morning. What a feeling. This has been such a long,
fulfilling journey. I thought I was going to start crying
when the FAA inspector shook my hand.
Thanks for all those who have replied to the many questions
I've asked. And thanks to Doug for hosting this site.
Sorry no pictures. There was no one else around to take
From the factory...
The Great Bear Rescue ...factory FB story
Virb Video Try-out ...Paul
Oil Change ...crabandy
GI 260 Installed ...Brantel
RV9A - Slow Down, or Drop Altitude, Not both ...pmccoy
I had an interesting flight this week. Flew
one of my normal routes between Chino, CA and Big Bear Lake,
CA. On the way home I was direct to Chino on flight
following to go through the maze of Southern California
airspace. After take off from Big Bear, it's normally a 22
minute flight with a nice 300 to 400 ft per minute decent
the entire way. This particular flight seemed to have lots
of traffic call outs from ATC. I was on an altitude hold at
6,500, then another at 4,500.
Status Report ...Blain
RV-14 Seats by Oregon Aero available now!
Fri Aug 15, 2014
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Looking forward to pics from
Homecoming this weekend!
Sweet Home Alabama
"Thought I’d share this photo with you. It
was a beautiful sunset here in Alabama. It was even sweeter
because I finally retook possession of my RV-4 after 416
days. My brother had my plane while I was overseas, and I
flew it from St. Louis down to our new home in Montgomery,
Alabama…coincidentally the same place where I bought the
plane 9 years ago. Flying it again after that long felt
almost as good as the day I flew it OUT of Montgomery 9
-- Matt Ziemann
Flying my ocean, beach, and sunrise ....at 500 feet
This morning was one of those times when I
just needed to escape from the Earth for a few minutes. I
love the RV-6. Loafing along in smooth air as the sun
comes up, listening to CCR, looking at the calm waters...
Baton Rouge to Kellogg, Idaho ...jpowell13
Great Trip. The Idaho panhandle is a really
nice destination. The people are terrific.
Eagle's Nest Projects... +1
Roger was the PLTW (Project Lead the Way)
Aerospace instructor at Clear Springs High School during the
build of two Eagle’s Nest Projects, EN-03 & EN-06. He
retired this year from his teaching position and has
accepted a Director position with Eagle’s Nest Projects,
bringing with him a passion for the program and a lifetime
of education and curriculum development experience. In two
weeks, Clear Springs will begin building their 3rd RV-12 and
Roger will be on-board every step of the way – inspiring and
empowering students, schools, and communities to
achievements they never dreamed possible. If you hear
"experimental niner zero three echo november" on your radio,
say hello to Roger. If the call sounds like it's coming from
a 'kid', it probably is and would be one of the Clear
Springs build-students taking a lesson... say hello to them
2/3rds Done: Honor System Donation Numbers Updated
A little over 1000 people so
far - approximately $20K after taxes. Thank
you!!!! to those who support this small business with
their hard earned dollars.
Thu Aug 14, 2014
First Flight- Canadian RV-6 C-FSPB
""...I recall walking the grass at Oshkosh
in 1979 as a much younger man, and seeing Van's arrival in
the first RV-4..."
Support on the "Home Front" ...Rob Erdos
I'm basically just bragging here, but I
needed to give a shout-out for my wife, Debbie. Our RV-6 did
its first flight last week, and I have a lot of people to
thank, but I know who's on the top of the list...
Lt. Colonel John Brick...Rest in Peace
I wanted to Post a note about John. A number
of us attended his service yesterday at Tahoma National
Cemetery as we said our good byes. John was a natural
teacher as he helped all of us build better airplanes, and
fly safely. John taught me both RV construction when I was
starting my 9A, then later taught me formation flying so I
could do it safely. So many good memories that we can share.
Summer flying in the northeast ...Turbo vid
Relentless Gets EFii upgrade
Comm/VIRB Test Went Well
.8hrs under the hood yesterday with 7A
builder Sid Mayeux in the right seat (thank you Sid!!!).
Tested the VIRB headset cable. Sid was kind enough to
the camera about chest level pointing roughly in the
direction of his PFD during the KAFW ILS 34R approach.
Uploaded at 1080 dpi - you can read the numbers if played
full screen at 1080. I'm going to mount the camera
better now and use to debrief myself. Tracking radials
via GPS and VLOC, RNAV 18 into Decatur, then ILS 34R into
Alliance. 17kt crosswind at 2,000'. Schlotzky's
Wed Aug 13, 2014
Flash's front office.
Click to enlarge.
Stretching the ~49yr old Brain
I was going to keep this under wraps and
just let you know when I got it, but I've been thinking
lately I should instead share some of the experience in
word/video. The spreadsheet says I'm now 90% done with
the time required for the IFR rating. Well, 90% if you
count the 30 minutes I'm logging under the hood this morning
with Sidney Mayeux in my right seat as a safety pilot.
88.8% if you don't count it. I need 2.6 hrs more with
the CFII and 1.9 with a safety pilot. Sid's a good
safety pilot, his day job is in the B777 sim. He's
building a 7A also. The CFIIs on the field are top
shelf. I might drag one on a trip to see Mom for my
IFR cross country.
I wasn't planning on finishing the rating to tell you the
truth, but two months ago I didn't know my Mom's health
would turn south, and to be honest all this studying keeps
my mind occupied. I was 70% done two months ago.
My logic now is to go ahead and knock this thing out,
because I'm flying down to Houston weekly to see Mom (412
n.m. round trip). Often Houston has a 1,000' agl OVC
layer in the morning - 100' thick. Or a layer of
broken coming in off the gulf - ceilings nice a high, but
there nonetheless. Most of my databases are even
current, if you can believe that. It shocks me too.
The ultimate goal of all this, and my idea of winning the
cosmic lottery, is a few dozen more trips down to Houston to
visit with Mom.
Some positive news...Mom was released from the skilled
nursing facility yesterday after hip surgery 21 days ago and
is back in my sister's house in Katy, TX. Medical
helper there with her during the day while sis works.
She has really appreciated the kind words from so many of
Some more VIRBage (vids) ...Greg W.
More on the 'Additional Pilot in Phase 1' ...MeGiron
There was a lot of effort put into making
sure there is no 'gray' area as you describe. Here's how:
Each "additional pilot" who decides to assist in Phase I is
1. document via the provided worksheets
2. attest via signature
3. attach that worksheet into the test aircraft's airframe
logbook PRIOR to flight.
This also holds true for the owner. In the early phases of
flight test, the Qualified Pilot's completed scorecard is on
the worksheet, attached and signed in the airframe logbook
prior to flight attesting and showing that they meet the
The hook here is 14 CFR § 91.9, which says in pertinant part
that no person may operate a civil aircraft without
complying with the operating limitations specified or as
otherwise prescribed by the certificating authority of the
country of registry. (those being your operating limitations
issued with your airworthiness certificate)
The argument for or against the program has been hashed out
in fine detail for over a year and a half with many, many
organizations, individuals and aviation professionals
providing input, and ultimately encouraged by the end
result. The program is NOT for everybody, and thus, why it
is optional. However, I urge you all to keep in mind that
the RV community is large and widespread. Training is
available, though not as widespread as many would like. For
the remainder of the amateur-built fleet, this is not the
case. I believe we can all agree that Phase I flight test is
serious business, and not to be taken lightly. With the
majority of the accidents during all phases of flight being
loss of control related, the pilots are not doing as well as
they could. Lack of experience in aircraft with similar
performance and handling is often to blame. This program
provides the ability to construct a flight test plan with a
trusted qualified individual to establish experience in the
aircraft. Ideally it would begin with transition training in
another aircraft prior to flight test. The key is to
understand that these aircraft are not always being flown by
professional test pilots, nor are they being flown by high
time, high experience individuals. Those who meet the last
statement will never see the need for this program. Keep in
mind, even if the aircraft was flown by a hired pro test
pilot for all of phase I, when the owner sits in the
aircraft for the first time, they are still confronted with
mitigating loss of control. The program requires that the
maneuvers done on a typical private pilot checkride are
those that must be conducted by the owner during phase I
using the program. The idea being achieving a two-pronged
outcome: good airplane, good pilot. The overarching idea is
this: you should never have to solo any aircraft until you
are confident and prepared to do so. The original phase I
limitation never provided a means to achieve this.
Lastly, I really do appreciate every response. I want to
make sure that we've considered all sides of the debate. To
date, I can say that we have. I also hope, though brief, the
responses help provide understanding.
Copalis State Airport (beach runway) ...Spindrift vid
And from Joe...
Tue Aug 12, 2014 1147Z
Almost Finished ...Steve
This is a pic of mine, just finished
painting, (never do that again
Catto prop, Stroker 340. I painted similar to my fathers "B"
model Mustang in WW2. Green on top, gray bottom. I haven't
completely finished it because I can't find the original
photo of dad's ship.
Cessna passes slower RV at Osh! ...mcattell
[ed. Proving anything can happen!
And some talk about the VIRB camera rig. dr]
Mob Squadron Weekend ...Vlad
[ed. When I see a trip write-up post by
Vlad, I stop what I'm doing and dig in. Vlad, THANK
YOU for all you do to promote the hobby!!! dr]
Tommy and Gang ...keepin' on keepin' on.
On Sunday we loaded up the RV10 and flew
west to Orcas Island. With all the fires in Washington we
had some TFRs and smoke to deal with.
A Puppy Needs A Ride (I should say several rides)
"....A family in Haymarket, Virginia have
voiced an interest in adopting Dakota which made me think
about Pilots N Paws. I am willing to fly Dakota on the first
2-3 hour leg of her journey which will get her as far as the
SkyView 11 Software Released ...dynonsupport
My first Air Race ...N411TW
Smokey's Charity Hats
Here are my 2 favorite charities...MAF and
VAF! After numerous deployments and washings, it was
time. Out with the old, in with the new, hats that is...
Need an Airport Scooter?
...posting this for my buddy DanH (who
helped me find a truck a few years back).
Dan wrote the funny text below.
VALVE EXTENSIONS...Rich Meske
just received a new batch of Valve Extensions. The
flexibility of these extensions allows you to get easy
access to your "hard to get to" tire valves. For more
details on this and more GREAT PRODUCTS, please visit our
Mon Aug 11, 2014 1155Z
It takes a village to build a plane ...chrishalfman First
different kind of Oshkosh ...ColoRv
Elevators Painted ...KHeidorn
and Gang Still on the Go
Rebirth ...Sid Lambert
Bday so far! ...crabandy
Design Feedback ...YellowJacket RV9
House Wall Down
Sealing Pics in the IMS Thread ...Fred.Stucklen
Lithium Battery Explosion
VAF Charity Hat ...welcome (and thank you!) Steve Satava
Fri Aug 8, 2014 1157Z
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
OSH'14 Recap: Factory FB Page Write-up ...Ken
When the RV-7A, with Rian Johnson and
Sterling Langrell aboard, touched down at Aurora Monday
afternoon all our airplanes and people were safely home, and
we called AirVenture 2014 complete.
As AirVentures go, this was an easy one. We’ve had great
weather for the show two years in a row now – we’ve no idea
how long our luck will hold, but we’re grateful for what
IMC experience: RV-7 vs RV-9
Many chiming in...many opinions. dr
"IMC in an RV-9A with a Dynon Skyview and
auto pilot is very stable. Add in a TSO'ed GPS / VOR (Garmin
430W) and ADSB and you would well equipped for IMC flight"
"RV7 is quite easy to hand fly to minimums
following the needles."
"I fly a lot of IFR in my RV-7A, many time
to mins. Yes, the autopilot allows you to do other things
more easily as you really need to be on the panel all the
"I did all my IFR training in my 9A in the
middle of an Australian summer! It was a steep learning
curve but hand flying even in very turbulent conditions was
doable. The main issue initially was holding a constant
Issue ...if you haven't seen it yet.
RV-10 Nose Gear problem ...Vic Syracuse
Well, my earlier post today requesting help
for parts turned out to be a very serious problem. Carol is
working on adding the pictures when she gets to her hotel
room, but here is the synopsis.
First, thanks for all who replied or called. I ended up
flying over to FFC and borrowing Scott Flandermeyer's
weldment, as he had not yet installed his nose gear. So I
was very excited to have what I thought was the part I
RV-6A Elevator Skin Crack Repair ...plehrke
A few weeks ago I discovered very small
cracks in the skin of the LH elevator around 4 of the rivet
Thu Aug 7, 2014 1131Z
The "Pie" and I wet sanding ...crabandy
The "Pie" (my youngest 11months) joined me
on the deck this morning to wet sand the main gear fairings.
While my older two are quite happy leaving dad to his
aircraft musings, the Pie is more than happy to join in. I
don't always get done everything I want to, but often
accomplish many things I never dreamed of! I'm trying to
take advantage of it while I can.
More Info on the Badlands Fly-in
A Little More on the Alaska Trip ...Vlad
There will be more as soon as I find some
free time by the desktop. It was a pretty journey darting
back to the East Coast. Some flashes from a three day trip
Press Release: Advanced Flight Systems
Advanced Flight Systems Announces new
internal Logbook software for the AF-5000 EFIS with support
for Logbook Pro from NC Software Inc.
AF-5000 EFIS Logbook Software
Status Report ...Guilherme Plassmann
Doug Rohrer Checks In ...[ed. And I know I speak for
everyone here when we wish you a speedy and complete recovery!
I am the owner and was the pilot of the
RV-9A that crashed on landing at 51WI north of KOSH last
Wednesday. I am not going into any details at this time, as
the NTSB and FAA folks have not contacted me yet for my
comments. In the interests of making all of us better and
safer pilots, I will be more forthcoming a little later.
I will say that I feel lucky that my brother and I did not
suffer a worse outcome. The plane did not flip and did not
burn, despite the loss of the left wing in the crash. The
EMS folks were there pronto, and we were taken to Theda
Clark Trauma Center in Neenah. This is a first class trauma
center and we were well taken care of. I was driven home to
Kentucky on Sunday and my brother returned to MO the next
day. I have crushed ankles and heels that will need
reconstruction after the swelling goes down. My brother has
two cracked vertebrae and needs to wear a brace while
standing. We are both in for a 12-16 week recovery cycle,
and I will be off my feet the whole time. I will be getting
care from Vanderbilt in Nashville who are experts in foot
trauma. The structural integrity of the RV
fuselage/seat/restraint system was a major reason I am still
I will be working from home and on the computer a lot. I
appreciate the concern from the VAF community about my
Clay, I took the liberty of copying your paint scheme when I
had my plane painted. I probably should have discussed it
with you first, but thought "what are the chances he will
ever see my plane?" Bad karma! Anyway, I am not aware of
anymore copies out there, so you are unique again.
Wed Aug 6, 2014 1135Z
N874MJ - What do those numbers mean?
...factory FB page (Maurice John Lehmann
My wife, Conni, and I recently purchased a
Van’s RV-12 S-LSA light sport aircraft. We flew our RV-12
from Aurora, Oregon back to its current home at Pearland
Regional airport (KLVJ) in the Houston, Texas area. We’re
really enjoying this airplane. Flying the RV-12 is great
fun! Before placing the order for our RV-12 I had a desire
to request a special N-number. The list of specialized FAA
N-numbers is available on line and can be quite daunting if
you don’t have an idea for what you want to convey. The
question was how could I make some seemingly random alpha
numeric sequence of characters have meaning?
How Mike Vaccaro's RV Training Syllabus Came To Be ...in
Short answer: The purpose of the project is
to collaboratively develop syllabi and training resources to
support RV-type specific transition, advanced handling,
recurrent and instructor training using the expertise and
experience available within the RV community that will be
available by web for the benefit of the community. The
project started with the publication of AC 90-109 “Airmen
Transition to Experimental or Unfamiliar Airplanes” and the
programs are designed to meet the intent of the AC. The
basic transition track is designed around the typical 5-hour
insurance requirement. The goal is to show what's in the
"art of the doable" to increase the quality of training
resources available to the RV community in an effort to
Status Report: RV-4 ...Chris Mitchell
Stranded By My 912ULS ...Peterk
I was recently stranded out of town for
three days because my RV12 engine would not develop enough
RPM to fly. Stranded is a good word to use when you find
yourself troubleshooting an engine issue with only the basic
tools you carry in the plane. The RV12 will be 5 years old
in November and has flown close to 600 hours.
Armored seats! digidocs RV-10
A visit to Van's ...Bruce Hill
A Mockup of the LOE'14 Shirt ...sent to
me by Russ Daves
Tue Aug 5, 2014 1157Z
OSH and Yellowstone trip, 2014 ...Mike S
I flew to Oshkosh ...Bob Collins
Oshkosh Trip & Ripon Arrival Video ...and more (pmccoy)
Dick Van Grunsven is now VP of AKIA
Status: Tanks Done ...mill2978
I have two good tanks!
I installed the back baffle on my tanks a week ago and left
them on the spars to cure while I was at Air Venture. This
weekend I removed them from the spars, placed a balloon on
the fuel out port and used a hand pump to pressurize the
tanks. I then sprayed them down with soapy water and looked
for bubbles. I didn't see any leaks and the balloons stayed
Look at the guy hanging on the airport fence ...turbo
Status Report ...Mevans
2014 Badlands Fly In Sep 5-7
Just picked up our RV-7A ...Charles C
7:40PM Last Night ...Dallas time
422 people in the forums.....catching up
after OSH I suspect <g>. I got a screen grab, as that
is more people than usual. dr
1st Pilots N Paws mission ...Spindrift
Mon Aug 4, 2014 1150Z
Mom Trip #5.
Down and back Dallas to Houston to
see Mom this past Saturday. 2.8hrs total flight time -
2.75 on autopilot. Out the door 0515 and wheels up 0610.
65*F and smooth on the way down. Nice sunrise en route
(above). Read NASCAR articles to her off my iPad for
3.5hrs and then scooted back home after lunch. The
world's best airplane does its stuff again.
Sunday Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won at Pocono (her guy). She got to
watch the race, saying it was her best day in a month.
She needed it. In the evening I read race recap
articles to her over the phone. Mom had a great
weekend as you might suspect, and I hope you did too.
First Flight - RV-9A - #92103 ...many pics
Operation on one mag - effect on temps
I inadvertently did a 20min flight on only the right ignition today (I
have Elect ign on right, and a mag on the left). I
didn't notice until I landed. However, I did notice my
CHTS through the whole flight were significantly lower
(about 30 degrees cooler). Othert temps were about
typical. Is this to be expected running on only one
ignition, or could it signify a timing issue with my
left mag that makes the CHTs run so much hotter when I'm
on both ignitions?
LOE 2014 ...Russ Daves
GREAT NEWS RE: LOE 2014 KABI October 3-5, 2014
Gray Bridwell has agreed to co-chair LOE with me this year. In addition,
Gray has worked out arrangements for EAA 471 to host the
event. Wonderful facilities and lots of activities. Move
info coming soon. Mark your calanders now and plan on
Second night flight observations
16 and 15-ships RV Formations ...OSH
How not to return from Oshkosh ...confessions of an
My son and I were returning from Oshkosh today finishing up a day and a
half trip to the Seattle area in our recently finished
RV-9A. Everything was going fine. The engine was leaned
out, fuel burn was good, ground speed was good and
weather was clear, except on the west side of the
Cascades. There was convective activity with embedded
T-storms cooking off. I was watching the ADSB on the
Dynon as I approached the pass, and it showed a nice
clear path through the pass. Using flight following and
calling flight watch, the plan seemed to be working out.
We headed into the pass when lightning struck about 3
miles ahead directly down the center of the valley.
Eagle's Nest Projects - Oshkosh 2014 ...Earnie
We first acknowledge and offer our sincere thanks to Van and EAA's 'A'
Team, Jerry Graff, for their efforts in obtaining EAA
sponsorship of a designated area at the Homebuilders'
Hangar for Teen Build Programs. This is the second year
EAA has sponsored free space to teen build programs, and
if you missed it you missed an opportunity to visit with
many of the youth involved in build programs across the
Hat Sighting ...Yellowstone (Jason Hess)
2014 Oshkosh RVAward Winners
Status Report ...tweiss
2014 AVC RACE RESULTS...Bruce
Instead of OSH? ...Dennis M.
Tailwheel wear after 1,000 hours ...schristo
Moving on ...Bob Kelly
You have read of my pride in the accomplishments of young builders
engaged in RV-12 Eagle's Nest Projects now for almost
exactly four years. Many of you have commented, and a
good number have supported our efforts. I am eternally
grateful for the support and interest.
The Speech that Wasn't (Part 1) ...Dgamble
I had been contacted by the coordinator of one of the high school RV-12
build projects asking me if I would say a few words to
some of his students that would be at Oshkosh. Because
it was only eight students, I didn't feel like I needed
to prepare anything.
When he wrote back and said that the national director of these
programs would be there, and that there would be a lot
more kids than the original eight, I thought that I had
better write something down. Some of this will be
familiar - it's from the article I wrote a couple of
The Speech that Wasn't (Part 2)
Hat Sighting...Smokey Ray
Three of my RV/F16 brothers in arms at an "undisclosed location. "
"Mikey" is sporting a subdued "Combat" version VAF head
cover. The boys have been busy supporting our troops and
I am thankful for their service!
New Camera Mount
Notable Bridge Entry ...Vlad
The Britts had their own GIB ...humptybump
Oshkosh Mega Trip ...douglassmt
Luca Visit Jul 13 ...Brian Eisner
My parents decided last year to take my
sister, brother, myself and our spouses to Europe. We left
Canada on July 06 from Halifax to Toronto and then flew all
night and landed in Paris via Air France 747-400 at 8 am
Paris time. We then picked up our 9 pack VolksWagen Van and
headed off on our trip through Europe. My father was
stationed in France from 1957 to 1962 working on CF-100
fighter jets and at that time I was born on the base called
2 Fighter Wing Grostenquin in October 12th 1960.
One stop we made on our trip was to visit Luca in Trento
Italy to meet and see his beautiful RV-8. I talked to him on
Facebook and we decided to meet at the airport for noon time
in front of the 104 Starfighter jet at the Airport Museum.
We arrived there on time and I jumped out of the van while
it was still moving to shack hands with whom I thought was
Luca. After finding out it was not Luca and totally
embarassing myself he showed up in his vehicle. We had a
Canadian Flag attached to the front passenger's window so we
were easy to spot.
After shacking hands and introducing him to my family we
went in to one of the hangers to meet all of his flying
friends. I could not keep up with all the information that
was being thrown at me and looking at all the beautiful
aircraft that was there. The knowledge that they all had and
the passion for aviation was extremely evident during my
visit. We then proceeded to the hanger where Luca keeps his
RV-8 and we noticed that you could eat off of the hanger
floors. He showed my brother, father and myself some of the
little safety features he did with his RV-8 and we want to
implement them to our RV-4.
We were totally impressed with the building
of his RV-8 and all I can say it is one beautiful airplane.
At around 1 pm Luca took us down to the end of the runway to
the airport restaurant where we all sat and enjoyed a
beautiful meal and a little bit of wine. We didn't know this
at the time but Luca had this all planned for our visit and
he even went as far as having all the women sit at one end
of the table and the guys at the other end which I thought
was a brilliant idea, (the women don't get bored).
After great discussion we noticed that we had been there for
3 hours and still had to drive to Venice which was 2.5 hours
away. My father went up to pay for the meal but Luca said
that it was on him. We all went outside and had a photo
taken with everyone and we were on our way to Venice.
In closing I just want to say thanks again Luca for the
hospitality and meeting your family and your friends. The
Vans family just keeps getting larger and they're a special
group of people. Hope to see you again and we'll keep in
Fri Aug 1, 2014 1155Z
Watching the low level
charts, hoping the VFR Wx gods smile on the line connecting
Dallas and Houston this weekend so I can go see Mom for a bit,
but we'll see what we get. Wishing you and yours a happy,
safe and RV-filled weekend.
Wallpaper Calendar Online ...courtesy Mr. Ed Hicks (and Joe
flying the -14)
Putting the "adventure" in AirVenture ...Brent Owens
I had great time at Oshkosh! The RV Social
was a blast, the RV Banquet was great, I met a lot of
excellent people, and saw some cool machines!
I packed up to leave Wednesday mid-morning. All was fine
with the world until I pushed out of my spot at Homebuilt
Camping (HBC), hopped in my bird and went to start it. It
fired off and then died. Then I managed to run the battery
almost dead trying to get it to start. I've never had
starting issues, but I've been tinkering with my idle
mixture (Bendix FI) and think I have it too rich.
Long story short, we managed to get it started, but it
definitely added some unwanted "adventure" to AirVenture.
I wanted to thank the other RV'ers who helped me, of course
I can't anyone's name:
1) Push it in-and-out of the aisle several times for start
2) One RV-8 builder who helped me uncowl and inspect it, and
3) the EAA Volunteer who did yeoman's work helping jump
start it and get me out of there! He had to pull the cables
and reload my rear bag (battery in the back) after it
started (luckily I have an access door, so no removal of the
baggage liner was necessary).
I stopped in MKE to pick up a buddy who needed to drop a
rental car. The trip home to Ohio was uneventful on top at
12,500 getting in just before the weather.
Gotta love it! Can't wait til next year! (more
/ pic link)
More unsensored pics from the RV Social ...DanH
From the factory FB page...
Show us your engine
I am interested in seeing what color schemes
people have used on their engines besides the traditional
grey. So, show us what your engine looks like.