September 25, 2017. Issue No.
52F's new runway. *Should* open this week.
Hydromulch seed put down along sides 9/24. Striping next.
Ryan Malcomb - The Rest of the Story ...Ernie
Ryan Malcomb - 1st Solo Flight on his 16th birthday (8/30/17)
Continuing a family tradition, Ryan is the 4th member to complete a
1st Solo Flight on a 16th birthday!
Pictured below is Ryan on the ramp at Sanford Intl (KSFB) after his
1st solo flight. Sanford is a very busy controlled airport that
requires skillful communications skills. After demonstrating to his
instructor that he had "the right stuff" to do his 1st solo flight
at KSFB, his instructor signed him off and the rest is history. Way
to go, Ryan!
Ryan's mom, dad, and brother were on hand to witness the event
and to congratulate Ryan when he taxied back to the hangar. If
you've ever watched your child fly an airplane solo for their first
time, you understand the roller-coaster of emotions experienced;
highs filled with joy, happiness, and pride of their accomplishment
and lows filled with fear of what might no go as planned. In typical
Ryan style, he made us all proud and left everyone at the top of the
Carburetor Failure MA-4SPA ...1001001
Not in an RV but...
In the interest of safety I want to let you know I had a carburetor
failure on my Warrior the other day. It is a Marvel Schebler
MA-4SPA. Not sure, but this might be a standard model on RVs as
In this carb, the fuel bowl assembly is bolted to the venturi/throttle
assembly via four body-bound bolts that mount through holes in the
throttle assembly to sockets in the bowl assembly. The bolts are
secured with locking tabs and not safety wire.
Due probably to vibration and in spite of the locking tabs,
the bolts had loosened and then damaged the threads in the bowl
assembly. The carb bowl was separated from the throttle assembly by
about 1/32 to 1/16 inch and very wobbly. One bolt was almost
Status Report ...bk1bennett RV-14
On Friday night, 9/22/17, I finished the Rudder (Section 7). It
took me over 40 hours.I had to patch an area on the right skin
because I creased it during back riveting (ran off the end of the
plate as I merrily riveted away without thinking). I have a couple
of minor flaws, but I think it is airworthy. Hopefully, someday the
FAA will agree.
After two months of building, and I have two assemblies.
What I have learned so far:
Day Twenty-Five ...Scott Chastain RV-8
The Dimple Fairy?
R-903. The last four holes have been dimpled, but not by me. Any
suggestions.....? Brand new kit I picked up from Vans myself.
Don't get me wrong, I know these are difficult to do. But, I did not
think Vans was in the business of helping builders with dimpling.
A: Van's does some dimpling for us on occasion. I for one welcome
our new preemptively dimpling overlords.
A: I've noticed that
dimpling has been done when it's an odd sized dimple die that the
majority of builders won't have in their tool kits. In the end
I see this as a way of increasing the quality of the end product.
A: RV12's have quite a few pre dimpled bits and
pieces - like you say, difficult places or strange material like
A: Not a -14, but I was thinking the same thing looking
at a rudder piece. I was wracking my brain trying to remember if I
dimpled it or not, but realized that yeah, it was pre-dimpled. It
would have been a pain to dimple (trailing edge rudder rib), so I
welcomed it. Now if we could convince Van's to do more...
Engine Failure Photos (Update) ...strahler13
September 22, 2017. Issue No.
Tour the Entire Length of
52F's New Runway from a Drone
This latest video courtesy Tyler Chance of
www.MyRod.com. Some clean
up still needed, but striping next week and then it's OPEN!!!!
The dirt on the edges has been mostly sculpted and is about ready
for seeding. A 4+ year process finally coming to fruition.
We're excited....obviously. ;^)
Wishing you and yours
a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
What we started with back on 8/1.
Yeah, you could say it was worth it.
Its taking some time for sure but its ready and installed. So
busy with other parts of my life!! But we are getting there! Time
for the wiring..working on the harnesses now.
Nose Gear Lessons Learned ...BMW_X6M
Oversize AN175-20A bolt solution worked for me. My RV-9A
has 800 hours now, and made some noise from the front gear when
using the toe bar. I found I could rock it back and forth very
slightly with the weight off of it. I purchased the oversize bolt
and metal lock nut, and it went back in snugly, having to turn an
old nut on the bolt to seat it. After final torque with the new nut,
I have no more play in the gear. This is obviously a huge
relief and thank you for the creator of this thread. It proved to be
valuable information for this non builder.
Eagle's Nest Projects - Two 1st Solos / 1 day and 1000 miles apart
Day Twenty-Four ...Scott Chastain RV-8
Lycoming Carbureted O-290-D2 EGT out of Family
Something went amiss two days go on a 1 hr. cross country flight
at 7,500' and I'm searching for ideas. Perhaps someone here can
point me in the right direction. My normal routine when reaching
cruise is to pull out the mixture control maybe 1", let things
stabilize for a couple minutes as the speed builds up, then start
the leaning process with my JPI EDM-700. I usually lean to peak and
leave it there unless the engine is running rough. In that case, I
enrichen 50 degrees. My four bar EGT display usually isn't quite
level, so I adjust the throttle a tiny bit until all four EGTs are a
straight line on display. The throttle butterfly works magic to even
up my fuel distribution.
So on this flight, EGT 1 (red line) was way low (230F), and EGT 2
(green line) was also low (150F). No matter how I fiddled with the
mixture and the throttle, I couldn't get that nice straight line.
The engine wasn't running rough, but I could feel an unusual
vibration. My airspeed was normal, so I kept on to my destination.
(My runup had been completely normal with equal mag drop on both
Going to Morristown, TN on the 30th ...M McGraw RV-14
My brother and I hope to attend. I'm still working on wheel
pants. I may just leave them off and fly.<g>
Reminder from Cynthia at the Mothership
Dear Builders and RV Owners,
This is a gentle reminder for those of you who are about ready to
register projects with the FAA, and others who have purchased
projects from other builders.
For FAA paperwork, you need to have the License Agreement and Waiver
on file with Van’s. ( And, yes, the License Agreement needs to be
notarized). Also, you will need to fill out the questionnaire aka
Document Request Form, so I have the correct information for the
8050-2 Aircraft Bill of Sale. Please note that the
account/builder/serial number assigned by Van’s will be the only
number used to identify your project on the 8050-2.
For ownership transfers, I need a copy of the bill of sale as well
as the License Agreement and the Waiver signed and on file. This is
inclusive for projects and flying planes. For “orphan” kits, an
affidavit detailing the history of the kit to the best of your
knowledge with as many possible names and addresses relative to the
kits’ history will need to be written up and signed before a notary
public to create the best paper trail possible for the FAA. I will
need a copy of the affidavit for the file.
Without exception, all documents can be scanned and emailed, faxed,
or posted in the mail.
If you have any questions, please contact me Monday-Thursday from
8am-4pm PST at 503-678-6545x322 or cynthia "at" vansaircraft "dot"
September 21, 2017. Issue No.
52F Runway Update (video)
A short 19 second video showing the progress. Runway curing
now, grass seed down, paint next week some time. (hosted on my
$4/mo smugmug account) dr
One fun lap around the Reno pylons ...AX-O
A short and very minimally edited video around the Sport track.
Not at full speed and not the race line. Just fun! Thanks to
Matt for the video.
First Build Milestone! ...Bradley Cheshire (Flower
Hit my first major milestone today! I finished the toolbox
practice kit.... :-). Not really a huge deal but that really means I
have my shop and tools finally ready to build, which is huge!!!
On to the airfoil kit!!! Hopefully I will have a flying aircraft
before it's time to replace the runway at 52F.
[ed. That gives you about 30 years ;^P. dr]
Heading towards Austin to pick up my DRDT next week so I am looking
forward to playing with that... I look forward to the next
several years of being an active forum participant and RV builder.
the TAF Board
I recently found this page and have grown somewhat fond of it.
Click on the 'INFO'
button top right for the 'how to read the data' instructions.
Click on an identifier (bottom red arrow below) to drill down into
the data more (you can change the URL to any TAF-reporting airport
that isn't listed here). For example:
https://www.aviationweather.gov/taf/board?ids=KAFW is a little
closer to my house, so I saved that bookmark on my smartphone.
Link added to the Wx page...
Status Report ...David Paul RV-3B
I've been doing a bunch of small boring things like trimming,
countersinking, priming and deburring. I finished making the access
hatch covers and doublers but haven't riveted any of that together
Both tailcone belly skins are ready to glue on.
Hat Sighting ...The Cards
Tanya and I took the week off of work and were transported across
the country to Yakima, Washington for a week of experimental
aircraft construction. We're two days in and I'm just having a ball
working all of the big-boy toys along side some real experts...
the charity cap
Day Twenty-Three ...Scott Chastain RV-8
September 20, 2017. Issue No.
I'd like to once
again thank Jay Pratt of
for letting me go play with his RV-8 for a bit Tuesday morning while
our runway is closed (and my RV trapped). Jaybird, you're a
Grooming the edges on the new runway at 52F.
The W&B thing(part 2)- IS RV-Fun inversely proportional to
A recent thread I posted on the importance of accurate W&B docs
generated a lively discussion and lots of valuable shared experience
from veteran RV builders and pilots, so I thought it might be
worthwhile to expand the discussion in a few other directions. If
this one gets a similar response, the next will be about the
temptation to nudge the GW limit upward a bit during the
registration process. Stay tuned.
This thread makes reference to the "selfie-quote" In my VAF
signature, which seems to have ruffled a few feathers already. Is
"RV-Fun is inversely proportional to RV-Weight" a valid statement?
Should it be of concern to all RV builders? It may be a bit cryptic,
but I think it IS valid for any given RV configuration of engine,
prop, and instrumentation.
I'm not an aerodynamicist, and my hard knowledge here is dwarfed by
my ignorance, but I do have a limited qualification to bring up the
subject based on my experiences as rookie CAFE Foundation
test-pilot/author or flight-engineer/volunteer for most of the CAFE
APR series published in Sport Aviation during the 1990's, which
included four RV models. During these APR's, we measured stick force
gradients, explored stall recovery behavior, and flew a structured
handling qualities protocol in multiple loading configurations for
each aircraft tested, and the overall experience was a real eye
Actually, I'm betting that you RV-vets will have more interesting
things to say than me here, so I'll make just TWO points and cut
1-Absolute Weight- The rewards for lower empty weight are improved
performance at any given load and a higher useful load, both more
fun in my book. Fortunately, one strength of all Van's aircraft is
that they are intrinsically light in weight if built according to
the plans, but the designs are also quite sensitive to excess weight
for reasons too complex(and too over my head)to fully address here.
Ending up with a finished aircraft that is within Van's guidelines
requires incredible discipline every step of the way. Weight goes on
a little at a time, and the temptation to add more features and
equipment because each will "only add a few ounces" is a slippery
slope. Those of you just starting to build are in a position to
adopt a very strict attitude about weight and maintain it through
the whole process. Is it really worthwhile to prime all those inner
surfaces on an airplane that will be babied in a hangar? The tired
old saw has some truth: "If you are thinking about adding something
to your airplane, toss it in the air. If it does NOT fall to the
ground, then it is OK to install it."
2- Polar Mass- Of course, everything you put on that airplane is
subject to gravity, but there can be very compelling reasons to do
so. Not everything has the same impact, though. Comfy seats are SO
nice to have, and actually not a bad place to splurge a little
because they are practically inside the CG range. A CS prop will be
a must-have item on the RV-7A I am looking to buy, and the
impressive speed range of most RV's simply cries out for CS, but
there is a real price beyond dollars to be paid. Unfortunately, the
gold-standard Hartzell is heavy and as far forward of CG as you can
get. Flying with a forward CG requires extra down-force from the
tail, which requires additional up force from the wing, etc.,etc., a
drag-inducing positive feedback loop that, carried to the extreme,
can compromise control authority in flair, reduce cruise performance
efficiency, and make the aircraft sluggish and unpleasant to fly.
The lightest weight solution to these problems is a bit of lead as
far back in the tail as you can get. Now you have a better balanced
airplane for control authority and efficiency, but one that handles
a little bit less like a mid-engine sports car and a little bit more
like a dumbbell. The prop and ballast have slightly increased
resistance to control in the pitch and yaw axis. A heavy paint job
would do the same, but with a price in category one too. A very
strong argument can be made for saving even 8-10 pounds at the nose
with a composite prop if, like me, you must have CS.
Or maybe you are ready to give up the CS advantages for a nice,
light FP prop and maybe even a lighter engine. Great, you have just
solved the polar mass problem and will have an incredibly nimble
airplane that is a delight to fly. Now you must REALLY pay attention
to the CG, limit luggage, hang everything you can toward the front,
and really fuss over making the paint job light, or even go without,
or you may find yourself needing to add one of those 20 pound crush
plates behind that lightweight prop. (Or hey- maybe I SHOULD
consider a whirlwind? Sheesh!) Every choice has a consequence.
Full Castoring Tail Wheel-All The Time
In March 2017 purchased a flying RV-6. Unlike the builders who
learn and understand what the systems do, I have to ask questions
Hopefully someone can help with an on-going problem:
My Tail Wheel is not working properly. It is not working when
applying rudder inputs, in other words it is full castoring only.
Can someone give me a clue why from the photos?
Where to buy the parts needed as well?
Milestone: 3rd Class ...Tom Swearengen
Significant event today in the life of TS Flightlines.
Finally heard back from the FAA about my 3rd class. YESSSSSSS!
I want to thank all of you that offered words of encouragement the
past 6 months. I means alot.
Guess there are no more excuses for not working on my 7.
Day Twenty-Two ...Scott Chastain RV-8
The next morning in Culpeper, I met Carter out in the CAF hangar
where he and another guy were making repairs to a bifold door.
Longest flight legs?
I originally built my RV9A with the intention of taking that
"some-day" trip around the world with it, which means some rather
long flight legs over water. With that in mind I installed outboard
wing tanks that give me 67 total gallons, and with a 66 gallon
Turtle Pac in the right seat that puts every reasonable oceanic
route within reach. As I've been building time on the airplane I
like to take longer and longer legs to learn what is needed to keep
the airplane happy for those long flights as well as keeping the
pilot happy. Yesterday was my longest flight leg to date, coming
back home to west Texas from Carson City NV after the Reno Air
Races. I logged 1005 nautical miles in 6.5 hours (engine start to
engine stop) at 17,500' all the way, burning just 40.3 gallons total
with a bit of a tail wind. I'm finding that I'm perfectly
comfortable sitting in the cockpit that long and could easily do
more, and I'll continue working my way up to the 14 hours that would
be needed for California to Hawaii. I'm flying the Classic Aero
Sportsman seats and love them.
Curious to hear what other folks have done for very long legs in the
Belfast Lobster PIREP ...PilotBrent
Despite the weather, another extremely well organized and great
event Governor. Only regret I have is not being able to arrive
sooner and stay longer. Bruce and I debriefed our chapter last night
about the trip and how well you've fined turned the planning year
after year. Its the flyin that completes the summer flying season
Status Report ...jcarne
Well starting the new school year has definitely slowed down my
progress these past few weeks but I will not yield! I have also been
kind of behind on my posts because I am at a point working on the
wings where it doesn't look like much changes as you log the hours.
However, I have started the fuel tanks and am trying to get them
done before it gets any colder here. Here are some pics.
Tie down holes came out really nice, just have to fabricate some
kind of nylon spacer and make the holes ever so slightly larger.
September 19, 2017. Issue No.
An RV-10 Milestone! ...Ivan Kristensen
Yesterday during an IPC (Instrument proficiency check) I topped the
1000hr. total flight time in my RV-10. This airplane has proven to
be a great traveling machine with trips from coast to coast. From
Moosonee in northern Ontario to Grenada in the Caribbean and many
many places in between.
I began building this airplane in April of 2008 with the first
flight on June 28th. 2010. The picture was taken at the
Marathon airport in the Florida Keys about a year ago. Oh yes,
did I mention that I passed my IFR flight test...
Three in-flight failures
1. An alternator failure at 10,000ft. over lake Erie, returning from
Florida, in semi IMC was a significant event in that is caused a
spike in voltage causing the VP-200 to shut everything down. In
other words ALL instruments and both EFIS screens went dark, a
pilots worst nightmare. With some difficulties hand flying using the
standby and internally battery powered Dynon D-100 on the far right
of the panel the problem was resolved by re-booting the VP-200, no
instruments were damaged so the sec. alternator was brought on line
and landed 1/2 hr later at our home base.
2. Again, returning home from the US we were at 14000Ft to top some
cloud and icing in very cold temperatures. a further climb was
needed to stay out of icing. The A/P was set to command a climb but
instead of the airspeed going to 120kts it started to climb. This
situation was soon recognized as a blocked/frozen Pitot even though
the Pitot heat had be an all the time. Some of you will remember
that the Dynon Pitot head had an issue with passing water past the
mast into the line allowing it to freeze. Dynon has since replaced
all affected units free of charge
3. A complete Magneto failure was experienced returning from Oshkosh
in 2014. This was a total non event in that I didn't even know it
until a couple of days later when I went to do the pre-takeoff
run-up. During the Mag check when I switched off the EI the engine
almost quit. Oil had gotten past the seal and saturated the Mag.
(One magneto and one Lightspeed EI)
Some notable upgrades along the way
1. With my alternator failure it was obvious that my electrical
system was inadequate. An 6amp IBBS system from TCW for backup pwr.
to both EFIS' and AHRS' was obtained and installed. Bob Neuman from
TCW was a great resource with answers to design and installation
2. A Garmin G-5 EFIS with GPS and internal backup battery was
installed on the left side on the instrument panel where it can
easily be seen.
3. The Garmin GNS430W was replaced with an Avidyne IFD440 which is a
"plug and play" upgrade. This was a significant change and
definitely one for the better. The IFD440 is a modern, easy to use
large bright touch screen interface with many new features incl
4. Recently I also upgraded one of my Grand Rapids Technologies (GRT)
EFIS screens from the 8.4" HX to the 8'4" HXr touch. GRT are doing a
great job in bringing the latest technology to market and the HXr
touch is no exception. This unit brings with it many new features, a
Belfast Lobster Flyin - Debrief ...Dvalcik
Mother Nature wasn't too kind this year, but we still had a good
time for those who could make it to Belfast Maine. Due the the
weather we had 18 RVrs call or email cancelling their trip early.
Fortunately the ones in Florida and the east coast reported they
were safe and no damage. Many even local didn't make it due to local
IF conditions on Friday.
We had 7 RV show up early and we took advantage of the good weather
site seeing around Maine. Robert and his wife had his RV ready for
lift off from North Carolina, but weather wasn't good so they
switched to the auto and drove up. (Robert we hope you can get your
8 up here next year.). John did get in from Baton Rouge, Peter from
Toronto, and Bill from NJ came in Friday afternoon in time for the
New RV 12 Builder in Arizona ...Casey White
I have an RV12 empennage kit scheduled for delivery on tuesday. I
cant wait to get started!
The sleeper awakens! (My engine, that is) ...Scott Balmos
This past Saturday afternoon, after 5 years and 9 months of
building, I successfully managed to awaken my plane's engine from
its 13-year slumber. She kicked and protested, wanting to go back to
sleep twice. But the third time around, I got the gas-to-noise
generator to stay up and going.
FIRST ENGINE START WAS A SUCCESS!!!!
For reference, it is a Lycoming IO-320-E2A, running the full EFII
injection/ignition system, spinning a Catto 3-blade wind generator.
The engine was overhauled by its previous owner between 2004 and
2006, and then put into storage. Needless to say, I was
subconsciously a nervous wreck, deep down not knowing what to
expect. I readily admit that once I had run up to 1800 RPM, saw the
temps and oil readings were fine, I took a few seconds to just sit
back and enjoy the wind and noise.
A thank you to my Dad for the videography, RV-14 builder Bill
Schweinberg for a few checks on attempts 1 & 2, and then a major
major thank you to RV builder extraordinaire Jon Thocker of Redline
for doing the run-up walk-arounds once the engine cooperated on
attempt 3. Jon just happened to be doing his usual biking around the
airport Saturday afternoon when he stopped by while I was prepping
for attempt 3.
Afterwards, more than anything, there was a huge sense of relief.
Here on out, it's bug-fixing and finishing work. But now I know I
have, in the most important mechanical sense, a working plane.
Status Report ...kentlik 7A
Elk Strike on Runway ...pilot and pax OK
Reno Results...the RVs
Mid-air Reno w/RV (all OK) ...Ironflight
VAF Cap Sighting ...Reno
Gary Platner (RV-8) with Gold Unlimited 'Strega' pilot Jay
Day 21 ...Scott Chastain RV-8
When I woke up that morning in Blairsville, GA, the second half
of the 40-day mission began with me folding up my towels and putting
my dirty clothes away and getting dressed. It was Thursday, July 20.
It was a little foggy outside and the air was warm and felt a little
like melted butter when I stepped out with my bags. The canopy
immediately fogged up after I pulled off the canopy cover, and as I
was folding it up, my feline friend came over to say good morning.
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flap settings. This is a GREAT feature for you IFR guys like me. I
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Karl Kruger Panel Pic
Karl emailed me a copy of his panel for my 'hi
rez panel pic project'
September 18, 2017. Issue No.
Sunday was the 15yr anniversary of our family RV-6's first flight.
Thanks again, Van!
First Flight ...Rob Rickards (Melbourne Australia)
As you all know everybody always asks when will it fly? My answer
always was...16 Sept 2016. Ok why so specific? My 60th birthday of
Well one year later on my 61st birthday the stars aligned. After a
frustrating delay of two weeks due work , weather and a bad head
cold my RV7 took to the air. The first takeoff was so quick
"Kamina" flew dead straight , everything worked and an hour of
circles over the field flashed by, with a small skip on landing. Had
a good look around and Took her up for another 20 mins. More today.
Thanks to Doug and all on VAF for the incredible resources.
Engine is an Aerosport IO 360.
6 year build.
New Guy ...Mikeandmaz in England
Ordered the Empennage kit today. I've been reading posts on here
for a few years now, visited the factory and had a test flight in
the 14, and today took the plunge. Never built anything bigger than
an air fix model so looking forward to a steep learning curve.....
Garden Valley Eclipse Fly-Out ...BruceEicher
28 planes full of 60 friends enjoying the long epic weekend!
New Guy ...Damien Graham Watertown, NY
Hello. I received the empennage kit for the RV-12iS yesterday,
kit number 1072. This is going to be interesting.
Final Report Issued ...RV-6A tip up Australia
In October 2014 an Australian registered RV6A crashed
catastrophically into a laneway in a densely populated suburb of a
major city. The aircraft hit two houses and several cars and the
pilot died on impact.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigated the accident
comprehensively and subsequently issued a final report. It suggested
that the most likely cause of the crash was the tip-up canopy coming
open during flight. For those with a tip-up canopy RV this report
will be compelling reading.
Plagued by Engine Stumbling ...Azjulian
I have posted about this before and I thought that I was past the
issues, but they seem to have started again. At full throttle I
occasionally get an engine stumble, this happened again today twice
just after take off and led me to abort the flight.
I have done the following
- taken both carbs completely apart, cleaned with air and carb
- checked all my fuel lines, at each connection I have run a volume
of fuel over time test and I have run several gallons through the
- checked my fuel bowls for any contamination several times
- re-synchronized my carbs both mechanically and pneumatically.
The problem had all but disappeared until I experienced it at
alititude (9500') on a trip to Payson recently. I confirmed my
engine was on the float exchange service bulletin and I swapped all
my floats out (one side was 7.7g). But after the float exchange
problem seemed to get worse...
As you can see in the image below, when the issue happens its
preceeded by the left EGT going 100F hotter than the right (this
always happens when you look at the logs).
I also should point out that my static WOT RPM and my climb RPM are
pretty much the same, and in climb I seem to lose 50 or so RPM as I
climb out, that to me is wrong, but I cant seem to trace any cause
and my CHTs and EGTs are cool...
At this stage the only thing I can think of doing is trying to swap
out carbs, that it is some strange carb related issue... Can anyone
help ? Please
I have to say this has totally sapped my enjoyment of an otherwise
Day 20 ...Scott Chastain RV-8
I woke up early in the morning in Claremore, OK, just as it was
getting light in the pilot’s lounge. I packed up the plane, started
up, and taxied out---thankful that I was able to get a restful night
of sleep. I took off on Runway 17 and banked to the southeast,
climbing to 11,500. There, I crossed the Mississippi River for the
seventh time on that mission.
From Rian at the Mothership
September 15, 2017. Issue No.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Formation Flight - AirShow Display Practice ...lucaperazzolli
As formation flight team we started training in 2014, in a couple
of weeks we'll have our first official presence in a local Air Show.
This is the 'homebuilt' video that shows last practice flight.
ps: we are flying in full accordance with the tower with our ATZ
free of other traffic.
Farewell Cassini, and we thank you...
(off topic but an interest of mine) The Cassini spacecraft
will burn up in Saturn's upper atmosphere early Friday morning at
4:55 a.m. PDT, sending back scientific data until the last of its
maneuvering fuel is used up.
1-hr long briefing
(around the 10 min mark it gets fascinating)
JPL Cassini link
On Sept 7 I was at 4,00ft IFR talking to Eglin approach on my way
to Milton, FL (2R4) when my SkyView display started giving me a
"Traffic Warning". The ADS-B indicated I had traffic 3 miles out,
approaching me, head on at my same altitude. When the alert showed
the traffic at 1 mile, still approaching me head on and still at my
altitude I firmly pulled the nose up and turned to the right. A few
seconds later I saw a twin engine airplane, about 100ft below me,
right where the ADS-B was showing pass by.
When I got over the "scare" I told the controller what had just
happened. The controller sheepishly told me it was a Seneca
maneuvering in that area. Needless to say I let the controller know
I was a little upset about what happened. When I got on the ground I
filled out a NASA form just so my little grain of salt is entered
into the system.
I don't know if I would I have seen the traffic without the ADS-B
"point out" but being able to know where to look for traffic is a
significant safety enhancement. In this case I didn't actually see
it until it was extremely close. I am so glad I have this in my
Short Trip Around Belfast ...Dvalcik
Today 5 ships to Knox County Airport to visit the Owls Head
Transportation Museum. Vintage vehicles (aircraft, cars & more) are
on display inside & around a cavernous hangar.
Breakaway Park Fly-in 9/23 (Austin, TX area)...tcard
Come join us for our annual fly-in picnic on Saturday, September
23rd at Sasser Breakaway Airpark (40XS) in Cedar Park, TX.
Status Update ...Bill Boyd RV-10
Late summer progress. Got the overhead console out of
LeoK's mold and fitted in, more or less.
September 14, 2017. Issue No.
Wednesday was a red letter day at 52F. The asphalt is being laid
down!!! Lots of pictures and videos at
link, so please enjoy.
Rob Reece (RV-8 Finishing)....and cap sighting.
Many trucks full of 200*F asphalt in background.
The first asphalt goes down. 0800.
Testing compaction and density.
video clip of the action.
See all the
Blast from the past- Paint or polish?...Smokey Ray
I recently found this photo I thought I had lost many moons ago, my
RV4 over Johnson Creek ID circa 97'.
I couldn't afford paint or amenities so I opted for Met-All polish,
"rag bag" from Home Depot with a drill attachment buffer and corn
starch. A couple of rattle cans of Kry-Lon for trim, hardware store
N numbers from the mail box section and voila', a $16K Sport Plane.
I enjoyed the polished look and weight/cost savings with only two
1. On bright sunny days the reflection off the wing shined perfectly
into the cockpit with associated temperature increase.
2. Living in FL required monthly polishing touch ups to avoid
I finally decided to paint while at a rural KS fuel stop coming home
The elderly airport manager took one look at my RV4 and said:
"Paint or polish, make a decision!"
You know when they teach you to not get too slow because you
might enter a spin?
Meet the luckiest pilot on Earth. That tree was in the only
place it could be to save his life. Minor scratches and
released from the hospital the same day.
We qualified 28 pilots today ...AX-O at Reno
We qualified 28 pilots today in the Sport class. There were
5 planes that had some sort of issue before the sat 1200 dead line.
I was the last stand by to make it. This years speeds will
show lower because the way the speed is calculated changed.
Come by and say hi. We are outside by the T-6s.
Ken Linde photo of AX-O (2016)
Day Nineteen- Part I ...Scott Chastain RV-8
September 13, 2017. Issue No.
From The Mother Ship: The first RV-14A to fly in Europe
Plane is based near Stuttgart, Germany. Builder is Stefan
"The story started at the AERO exhibition in 2016... where I sold my
the real story started at Vans in Oregon in 2005 when I visited Vans
Aircraft. The adventure began when I met DARYL (Mr. VERY EASY
and Mr. NO PROBLEM).
I bought a RV7A because Daryl was so enthused and spoke so much
about this model that I didn’t dare not to sign the order. Please
don’t ask me how many problems I had to face, or the mental battle I
had with myself after signing the order.
As a result of this signature, I spent more than 3 hard years of my
life building an aircraft. Thankfully Daryl was always at my side
from across the water with plenty of support and advice. (Sometimes
he solved the problem).
the AERO 2016 exhibition last year, a genuine earl came to the stand
and asked Daryl if he could buy my aircraft.
Daryl simply suggested, “ask Stefan NO PROBLEM”... and this in fact
was the trigger to the second story. Again I went to Oregon,
visited Vans or better still visited a very enthused Daryl and again
he spoke a lot how great a RV14A would be especially for me... same
story. And we all know how the first one ended. This time
after only 12 months of building I could put the painted parts
together (prop., engine and all other pieces mounted à la Daryl) and
I had my first flight on 29th of August in EDTY.
My special thanks go to: (please ignore the sequence of names)
Daryl Sahnow (a real friend – no joke)
Marcin Oberski (specialised in riveting)
Armin Kienzle (specialised in canopy adapting)
Klaus-Peter Morhard (specialised in all things)
Christoph Koal (specialised in handling)
Steffen Aufrecht (specialised in handling)
Werner Koch (my examiner)
Roger Hiller (painter)
Tihomir Katic (saddler)
Farmers of my little village
(many of them gave me a third hand)
Es grüßt aus dem schönen Altersberg
Very best regards from lovely Altersberg,
Q: Avionics Cooling Fan
What have you guys done about that? I am at that point so trying
to get ideas. I love to use the cyclone 21-3 but the price is pretty
steep for a fan!
Got ideas and pics to share?
A: (Stein from SteinAir) Many of the modern avionics and EFISes
have their own cooling fans in or on them, and in addition to that
perhaps the most important thing is to have some sort of vent holes
in the glareshield (or even a couple muffin fans). That should allow
that dead space between the main panel and sub panel to be
ventilated and kept at a good temperature, so everything should be
good (as Bob noted, those glareshield fans also work as defrosters
Just my 2 cents as usual!
Day Eighteen- Part II ...Scott Chastain RV-8
It was still morning when I heard the memory of a sheriff named,
Matt Dillon, to get out of Dodge. I blasted out over the bumpy air
and cruised to the northeast for about sixty miles before I made my
approach into the next town.
Time for Some Overdue Refurbishment ...Bill Boyd RV-6A
I'm looking at a disgusting mess, here. Almost sorry I didn't
snap pictures last evening to illustrate. None of this is new, but
it's in my face now, having reached a point where I can't keep
ignoring it simply because flying is more fun than fiberglass work
(who knew, right?
I pulled the cowl to begin replacement of my alternator and DC power
distribution wiring. It was ugly. The glass is wearing badly where
the nose gear strut meets the lower cowl. The lower cowl is
heat-discolored from gradual loss of the aluminum foil I glued
inside (not well-enough) 20 years ago. The engine seeps some oil,
now, which finds its way to the bottom and has saturated the
composite where I failed to seal it well enough, or at all, with
resin during construction (I could fill a book with things I know
now that I didn't know then. This is such an educational activity
) The gel coat, and with it, the paint has spider-webbed in a
thousand different stress concentrations all over the outer surface.
The shoulders of countersunk screw holes are wearing oversize and
The DuPont polyurethane paint formula I'll need when I'm finally
ready for basecoat/clearcoat repair was lost in a house fire, so
we'll have to color match by other, imperfect means.
I am confident after all my recent RV-10 canopy top experience that
I can fix these issues with epoxy, cloth and micro. But I'm not
confident I can get epoxy to adhere properly to oil-soaked
fiberglass. It's literally oozing through exterior pinholes that
have opened up in the toasted areas near the exhaust pipes.
What's the best way to try to clean this mess up for repair? I'm
sure it's going to involve elbow grease and a hazmat suit
John Mastro Checks In ...in IRMA's path (RV-8)
SmilingJack made it throught the storm without me!
I am not back yet, but my friend stopped by the hangar and did awalk
around. Floor a little wet from all the rain, but that was water
that made it 50 ft from the hangar door.
The office carpet was dry, no broken windows or doors. Lost a few
pieces of facia. But nothing else.
I can't post pictures, but as Vernon said in another post Naples got
Half a dozen hangar damaged.
I hope everyone is safe and ok and their airplanes too.
What a massive storm! Harvey, Irma....go away Jose!
Naples, FL VAF User Checks in ...vernon smith
Naples took a pretty good hit, Naples airport reported max gust
at 149. Fortunately, the eye wall started to fall apart shortly
there after. When it went 4 miles east of my place wind speeds were
estimated to be less than 130. It was quite a ride. 7 Kv Honda
portable generator running the refrig and a one room AC unit plus
plenty of lights and computer/hand held charging equipment. Comcast
will not be seen again for a week, this is coming to you by Verizon
Jet Pack. Kind of a Mother Nature imposed deluxe camping trip
Relocation from Hurricane Ins. Info ...Gallagher Aviation
With the payout usually only being $500 to $1,000, most insurance
companies will not take the relocation reimbursement into
consideration when writing the policy. The insurance companies would
still need to know about the event, but it would be more of an
activity rather than a claim.
The point of offering the relocation reimbursement is so the
insurance company does not have to pay for the full hull value of
the aircraft. You are taking care of your aircraft in a time of need
which helps both you and them so the insurance companies will not
punish you for that.
September 12, 2017. Issue No.
EAA Podcast With Richard VanGrunsven - The Green Dot! ...32min
On the most recent episode of EAA’s The Green Dot podcast, the
team was joined by legendary aircraft designer and EAA board member
Richard VanGrunsven to discuss the history of Van’s Aircraft, the
most popular RV models, and why flying an RV brings that signature
grin to a pilot’s face.
Centre Section Bulkhead #10 Countersink ...Richard Connell RV-10
I think I'm going mad. I've drilled all the WD-1021-PC
Landing gear mounts to the bulkhead with a #12 drill as instructed.
I need to machine countersink the 2 holes shown for a #10 screw.
My #10 countersink pilot clearly won't go in a #12 hole. What
am I missing? How do I countersink these holes. Is such thing
as a #12 pilot countersink?
RV-10 Tug ...Jason McKay
I converted a snowblower into a tug for my 10. Works really well
for one person and can covert it back in 30 minutes or so.
Day Eighteen- Part I ...Scott Chastain RV-8
Day Eighteen- Part I (cont.)
Day Eighteen- Part I (cont.)
Video Status Report ...kiljoy RV-14
So the last week has been interesting. I had taken the week off
in hopes of rest and recuperation. Instead it was frantic work and
trying to get my head wrapped around the responsibilities of being a
flying club maintenance officer.
Anyways, that's all still a mess but there is at least a light at
the end of that tunnel. I did manage to get some build time in
between work emergencies and plane maintenance work. The ailerons
are now doing just fine that I secured some proper drill bits. High
speed steel = ****. I mean they're fine for aluminum but stainless
steel just laughs at them. I almost had a L vs R mirroring part
issue but I managed to avoid that so no ordering of new parts for
Here are a few of the vids I put together. There's a few more but
those will have to come later. Enjoy:
September 11, 2017. Issue No.
It’s a somber
mood today, with so many lives being disrupted by Harvey and Irma,
and it being the anniversary of the terrorist attack of
9/11/01. I wish I had more feel good news
make the vibe a little lighter, but I don’t think it would be
I’m profoundly, unwaveringly grateful for my family and friends, and have
those who have been impacted by natural disaster and hate in my
thoughts and prayers.
One uplifting thing to report from over the weekend - Jay Pratt of
fame let me fly his RV-8 Borrowed Horse*
for an hour over the weekend. It’s been (5) weeks since I’ve been
off the planet's surface (runway closed for replacement), he told me
to 'come back when I got tired'. I’d
offer up my RV to him if the roles were switch. Much more
sensitive in roll and yaw than my -6 (to me), but you get used to it
quick. Jay, thank you! Great guy...great friend!
Read about the 'borrowed horse' at the link below...you might enjoy
*Paul Revere rode a borrowed horse (source)
Finally Done ...JOEPILOT RV-12
After 5 plus years, RV-12, N731JN is finally licensed, inspected
Special thanks to DAR Jon Ross for flying into 3N6 to do the
inspection on August 31. And again to him and his friend Mike who
graciously let Jon give me a two hour checkout to make the insurance
Thanks again guys, the two of you are what make general aviation
such a great endeavor.
Flights for Lt Col Dick Cole's 102nd Birthday ...ChrisF16 RV-4
I was honored to participate in the flyovers for Lt Cole Dick
Cole's 102nd birthday bash this week. I was #4 in a flight led by a
1944 SNJ (T-6) and the other flight was led by the B-25 Yellow Rose
and included a P-39!
FMI on Doolittle Raider Dick Cole
New Wording for Passenger Warning ...Mel
Just a "heads-up", as of September 21st, 2017, new ruling on the
Except for single place aircraft, the following placard must be
displayed in the aircraft in full view of all occupants:
“PASSENGER WARNING—THIS AIRCRAFT DOES NOT COMPLY WITH FEDERAL SAFETY
REGULATIONS FOR STANDARD AIRCRAFT.”
Note that Experimental, Light-Sport, or Amateur-Built is no longer
required wording. This makes for a more "standardized" placard.
September 8, 2017. Issue No.
We're at the end of
week five of what is (hopefully) a seven week runway construction
project. I'm missing RV flight something awful. The
yearly annual is now done on the RV-6, and it waits to use its new
runway sometime soon. Going to be nice.
Hoping all the folks in the path of IRMA have their families out of
harm's way. Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and
complete...waiting on the runway
48 States in two weeks ...joe_rainbolt RV-7A
...I've been everywhere, man...
Get the details in 4 parts. The first two are available now and the
next two will be posted within the next week as I finish them.
Tank Repair Question ...Gil Alexander RV-6A
After 18 hrs I have the start of the "dreaded blue stains" from
the right tank upper baffle.
I have Vans repair kit and now have 5 large holes in the rear
baffle. I have started scraping away the somewhat marginal proseal
fillet along the rear baffle, fiddly work but quite doable.
My real question is "what tool do I use to add a new fillet?" Since
it's essentially in a blind location and mirrors are needed my usual
popsicle tool or SEM air powered dispenser won't work.
How have others got their goop into place?
I intend to remove as much of the existing skin/baffle proseal and
hen use adhesion promoter under the new proseal. Since it will be 85
F plus in the afternoon in the hangar the proseal should flow fairly
Some things I found out already that might help others -
1. 5 inch holes are easily cut with a m Milwaukee hole saw from the
local Ace store. The manager said it's probably the only one he's
sold of that size.
2. The part of my Pepto-Bismol cowling that was cut away for the oil
door makes a great proseal scraper.
The VAF Hurricane Inland Relocation List ...offer up some
space if you have it.
Tip: Once in the thread, scroll down to the bottom and look for
the field below. You can search this single thread for a city
name or state that would be a spot you might be wishing to go.
Find it fast.
Wheel/Skis Drawings for RV-8 ...Planenut
If you wish to install fixed penetration wheel/skis on your RV8
These wheel/skis were designed as a safety solution in case I need
to land urgently flying during winter, they are used on
semi-prepared snow and ice, I have flown out of 18 inch soft powder
but it was kind of its limits, not designed for real deep or slushy
conditions. I've been using them for 5 years and a good friend
recently did the drawings for me, I have photos and will be working
on the bill of materials.
I will not provide answers to questions or design a set of skis for
any other RV models.
Rudder Repair ...kstone
I have a bought -7A that rode out Harvey in Houston. Only issues
were water over the wheels and slight damage to the rudder due to
rudder lock breaking. Insurance says I need two bids for repair. Any
suggestions in the Houston area? Airplane is flyable (after
wheels/brakes repaired). Thanks in advance!
Day Seventeen ...Scott Chastain RV-8
I woke up to my alarm the next morning at 6:00, but I was so
groggy that I rolled over and snoozed for another thirty minutes
before I got up and went downstairs to get my laundry out of the
Because my Life Isn't Complex Enough ...kiljoy RV-14 videos
So I've polished off most of the elevators. The leading edges are
done. I learned from my rudder experience and these went down very
smoothly. I only accidentally put the lower skins on top of the
upper skins on only one section of one elevator. Thankfully that was
caught before riveting.
Anyways I've moved onto the wings. Inventory is done which is always
fun. I've started on the ailerons first. I'll be doing those and the
flaps first since they're small and I can hide them away. I'm
basically doing all of the smaller work first. I may even do the
tanks before the main wings? Not sure yet.
One thing I do know is that I bought crappy drill bits and trying to
drill holes through that stainless steel counterweight bar has
ruined about 3 drill bits so far.
On a side note my available building time I'm afraid is going to
possibly be going down. The maintenance officer on the board of my
flying club has retired. I was approached for the position and I've
been elected to do the job. Now on top of my plane I'm responsible
for maintaining a fleet of 4 aircraft and the 130 member's lives
that fly them. It's a crash course to be sure but I'm leaning a lot.
Just hired a great A&P to be the club's mechanic and I'm learning
everything I've ever wanted to know.
Anyways, here are some videos from working on the wing. Enjoy:
September 7, 2017. Issue No.
George Michaels (Corona, CA) RV-7A Gets Its Paint
Now the the terror of scratching begins...
Another new Rv-12 builder! ...Jeff chimes in (Charlotte, NC)
After probably 20 years of dreaming about it I sent my kit order
into Vans (empennage and wings to start).
I had planned on building an RV-9 as soon as my daughter was
finished with school (and I was finished paying for it Lol). But the
more I looked at the 12 the more I liked it and the better it fit my
mission. I was able to get an intro ride from Vic in Atlanta and I
I ordered the tool kit from Cleveland a few weeks ago and sent my
kit order in today. I ordered the wings at the same time thinking I
would have a long wait (Vans website says a 20 week wait) but
AnnMarie said it’s down to about 10 weeks currently. So I guess I’ll
have the wings in a box for a while.
I want to thank Doug [ed. You are very
welcome!!!] and this site for keeping me interested for
so long and Vic for the great 12 intro.
Any words of wisdom before I dive in?
Day Sixteen ...Scott Chastain RV-8
I got up at about 6:30 and prepared to depart Liberty. My
devotion that morning concluded with Paul’s final appeal to Caesar
for exoneration and for the freedom he ultimately would attain only
through death in Rome. I finished my reading and prayers, then
packed up the Dove for departure. It was time to fly over Houston.
Departing on Runway 17, I made a turnout to starboard and set up for
cruise at only 1,200 feet to stay well below the Houston Class
Bravo. The oil industry infrastructure prominently whitened the
landscape as I flew toward my first waypoint at Baytown.
Lose 2 Cylinders at Idle ...Jesse
I have a plane here with a Lycoming O-360 that has been down for
a panel upgrade. When we start the engine, Cylinders 1 & 4 drop out
at Idle. At power (pretty much anything over 1,000RPM) the EGT's and
CHT's come up, but at idle, they drop back out. It flew fine and
made good power. The engine has 2-300 hours.
We checked for stuck valves and they are fine, not stuck or even a
We can test new plugs, but the chance of having both plugs on two
different cylinders dropping out the same is very low.
We have looked for intake leaks, and haven't completely ruled that
out, but everything looks great on those cylinders.
Leaning out at idle doesn't change anything, but the RPM does
Any other thoughts, things to try?
Sport Aviation...read article featuring Mr. Bob Vosburg on page
[ed. Side note: Bob completed his RV-8
at Jay Pratt's
RV Central (where I finished my RV-6).]
DID YOU KNOW about hurricane relocation reimbursement 2
...Gallagher (VAF advertiser)
First and foremost, we here at Gallagher Aviation hope that
everyone was able to stay safe during Hurricane Harvey. With
clean-up just beginning, another part of the nation is getting ready
to face the same situation, We decided to put this information back
out there if in the event you need to contact us or your insurance
Did you know that many aviation insurance policies will reimburse
you to move your aircraft out of the path of a named hurricane or
In light of Hurricane Harvey and the incoming Hurricane Irma, we
wanted to remind you to check with your insurance company about a
possible hurricane relocation reimbursement program. Each company is
different, but several offer a reimbursement program if you have
relocated your aircraft to be out of the way of an the oncoming
hurricane. These companies would rather pay the reimbursement
expenses (usually up to a set limit) rather than pay for a totaled
aircraft. If you’re wondering if your insurance company partakes in
a program like this, it will be listed in your policy. You can also
contact your insurance broker for more information.
If you were unable to move your aircraft and need to turn in a
claim, here are numbers for the companies we insure Vans Aircraft
• Global Aerospace - 913-451-9660 or 888-228-2281
• AIG - 866-463-0408 /
• AIM/Aerospace –
• Starr – 404-946-1400 /
firstname.lastname@example.org/if an emergency Jeffrey
• U.S. Specialty Insurance Company - 801-467-8731 /
• QBE – Western USA 208-891-3275 / Eastern USA 513-833-7076 /
Southern USA 470-277-0048
• SAU – 877-371-9774 /
• Old Republic – 770-590-4950 /
• USAIG - 866-789-1986 /
Gallagher is thinking of everyone affected in the path of Irma and
hoping everyone stays safe.
Gallagher Aviation & Irma ...Tom Valenzia
I just notified Jennifer Cummins at Gallagher that I will be unable to move
the -12 if Irma becomes a factor in the Charleston, SC area. I have the
aircraft disassembled for service bulletin maintenance and engine overhaul /
upgrade. I sent Gallagher current photos of the aircraft in its current
state of disassembly. I received a callback from Jennifer 30 minutes after
sending the email. She discussed my situation with the underwriters and they
agreed to waive my 5% hurricane loss deductible in the event of a total loss
of the aircraft.
What a great company! Hopefully this post will be of value for some of you
that are insured through Gallagher and unable to move your aircraft.
September 6, 2017. Issue No.
N16GN is No Longer Flying Naked! ...airguy
First Flight - Yahoo ...Mike RV-9A
Yesterday my plane took to the skys at Lebanon-Springfield
airport here in bluegrass country. At the controls was Bobby Hester
a fellow forum member as well as an RV-7A builder/pilot. Bobby flew
two 1/2 hour sessions feeling out the performance and
characteristics of the plane. Even though I've had transition
training within the last year my flying skills still aren't to the
level of being a qualified/capable test pilot. Bobby graciously
accepted that task for me. Feedback from Bobby is such that I have a
sweet flying plane.
Thank you Bobby. Glad I didn't have to make that call to your wife.
Also I would like to thank Terry Kohler who I flew with in his 9A
recently to improve my flying skills after a decade layoff. Terry's
wisdom and honesty made it easier for me to make the decision to
have someone more experienced take on that test pilot task.
A few more hours of dual and then I can do my first flight in my 9A.
Need to improve my crosswind skills seeing that's all we have here
Day Fifteen ...Scott Chastain RV-8
It was Friday, July 14, in St. John the Baptist Parish
when I got up that morning to make some coffee in the kitchenette.
As I was packing up, there came into the terminal building a man by
the name of Landry, the flightline employee and fueler for the
airport. He was wearing a white U.S. Air Force hat and he spoke in a
thick southern drawl when I introduced myself and told him that I
would be topping off shortly and taking off.
After I packed up and preflighted the Dove, I pushed her over to
the pumps. I was filling up when Landry and three other men in dark
blue uniforms came walking over. One of them said, “Good morning!”
and I did the same in reply. Landry introduced the men. They worked
for the Port of Louisiana Marine Division.
I thought I was in trouble for something. There were those grain
elevators loading up a ship on the Mississippi the night before, and
for a split second, I thought maybe the port authority was there to
investigate me. I thought maybe the guy on the golf cart reported
the New York license plates on the Sentra and maybe found my witness
of the levee operation suspicious.
Ritchie, the oldest in the group, introduced himself as a Commander
in the Marine Division, and he said that he had worked there for 17
years. Then Ritchie told me that he and his men had come out onto
the ramp to learn about the 40-day flying mission I was on, to learn
about the Dove, and to just walk around her for a few minutes to
admire the aircraft. Ritchie asked about where I came up with the
name, Descending Dove, and when I alluded to the anointing of
Jesus by the Holy Spirit following his baptism, everyone in the
group knew about that biblical scene and suddenly took a renewed
interest in the mission I was flying through America.
Day Fifteen (cont.)
Completed first solo ...RV-7A builder Garet Hess
A bit of a pat on the back moment for me... Well happy to
report that I have completed Ground School and wrote my PPL written
exam, so I finally have time to get back on the build. But
more importantly August 28, 2017 marks my first solo!!! It's
strange how quickly things fall into place for a student pilot. I
was feeling so out of place on landings not long ago, then all of a
sudden things click. Next thing you know your all alone in the plane
with so much elbow room and your knocking out circuits all by
yourself!! Sad that the first solo is over so soon....Looking
forward to all the future solos.
Sep/Oct FAA Safety Briefing
The September/October 2017 issue of FAA Safety Briefing explores
the critical role flight instructors play in keeping the National
Airspace System safe. Feature articles focus on flight instructor
requirements and best practices as well as the many tools and
educational resources that can help sharpen your teaching skills.
September 5, 2017. Issue No.
Over the long weekend I
RV White Pages,
Probable Cause List,
Courtesy Cars & Food list and
On Friday they mixed in the last bit of Portland cement base into
our new runway project (pic).
All mixed up, flattened, watered, leveled and cured hard as concrete
down to 12" (pic).
Asphalt scheduled for end of this week.
Hope you had a nice weekend.
Meeting VAF Friends in Northern Italy ...Lucaperazzolli
It's always a joy to receive a visit from a VAF friend.
It's the beautiful thing of RVs family. Here we are, in my
hangar with Ray and his loved Jenny (she's taking the picture).
We spent an afternoon together (RV talking) with pizza for dinner in
company with my wife Katia and my daughters. They are from
Australia and Ray is building an RV-7A, ready to install the engine.
Rest in Peace Logan Mason ...Bob Kelly post
Logan Mason passed away last evening. He was 19.
Most of you didn't know Logan, although some may have met him at
Oshkosh, 2014. Logan was an RV-12 builder, first with Eagle's Nest,
then with AviationNation. He had worked on three airplanes and was a
At Oshkosh, I was quite disappointed in Logan--he couldn't keep up
with the group. He was 14 and I was 70. Two weeks later he was
diagnosed with bone cancer. Logan laid out of school for one year
getting treatment. When we started AviationNation, he was back for
his senior year and back to building. He really wanted to build, and
to fly. He was a big plus to the build process. All the students
will miss him. So will I.
Day Fourteen ...Scott Chastain RV-8
I woke up earlier than usual in Adel, then went back to sleep.
Eventually, I got up and packed my things. I did not want to say
goodbye to Adel. It was such a friendly place to stay that leaving,
although it was something I had to accept, almost felt like a very
unfriendly thing to do given how well I was treated there.
A pilot came early that morning and took the C-150 up for a flight.
I saw the Dove sitting alone on the tarmac as the morning sun
reflected through the glass patterns of the terminal building onto
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NE Acro Contest ...Oliver Spatscheck
Last weekend I finished my 3rd acro contest (2nd sportsman
contest) and I am still somewhat disappointed that there are no
other RVs around in the North/East. Only one I saw was Ron last year
at Mason Dixon which is really the southern part of the North/East.
Anybody out there?
Next contest I will go to is Keene Fall Classic
I haven't been there but that seems like the perfect contest for
somebody to get started. Only one day long, only primary and
So you don't have to worry about the 3 overnights. Taking vacation
on Friday etc... .
Anybody up for it? I am at N40 if you want to chat.
Reno '17 ...Ross Farnham
With Reno fast approaching, I'm looking forward to meeting many
VAF members and others there on Saturday and Sunday. I'll be hanging
around the Sport Class pits near Andy Findlay's orange Stihl Lancair
(Race 30) a lot. Look for the guy with the SDS T shirt and feel free
to tap me on the shoulder.
There will be some new entries in Sport Class which is good to see.
Should be a great time!
Petit Jean '17 Status Report ...Bill Schlatterer
to believe it but it's Petit Jean time again. The leaves will be
turning, the air will be brisk, and the trails will be perfect This
year the Gathering is on for Nov. 3, 4, & 5 and the Petit
Jean RV'ator group(s) are planning on making this years RV Gathering
one of the very best! Always big thanks to the Rockefeller
Conference Center and Arkansas State Parks & Tourism. Couldn't do it
without them. :--) Lots of news so don't expect short
Last years event started with 300 OVC and ended with maybe the most
successful and satisfying Gathering ever! When the OVC lifted on
Saturday, we had 71 airplanes arrive between 11:30 and 1:30. ATC
said we were the busiest airport in Arkansas .... for a day.
September 1, 2017. Issue No.
Several links dedicated to helping victims of Hurricane
Harvey can be found
RV-10 First Flight Report ...Fredrik in Stockholm, Sweden
I finally made the first flight on the 27:th of August. This is
the first 10 built in Sweden and it was also the first time I ever
flown in a RV-10. It handled beautifully with no surprises.
Building started in January 2014 and it took 3.5
years or 2225 hours to finish.
About SE-XTE: Engine - Lycoming 540 with electronic fuel
injection and ignition from flyefii.com
Propeller - Hartzell two bladed constant speed.
Instruments - Dual Garmin G3X, GTN 650, Garmin autopilot from
SteinAir who also did panel engraving.
Interior - All Aerosport Products except for home made overhead
Harvey Relief Flights ...smokyray
those of you interested in Operation Air Drop, here is the
If you plan on being a part of Operation Air Drop (link)
and file IFR into KCXO…the TFR should not be a problem. If you want
to enter VFR (via Flight following), you will need to call the FAA
and receive a squawk code (same code used for departure).
Call 512-782-5447 and tell them you will be delivering supplies
(baby formula, diapers, sleeping bags, toiletries) into KCXO and
need a squawk code to enter the TFR. They should provide the code.
Be sure and call before you depart. It is important to squawk the
code upon departing the TFR as well and then release your code once
clear of the TFR so others can get a code. ATC should accommodate
Thanks for caring...
Day Thirteen ...Scott Chastain RV-8
It was dark outside when I got up around 5:45 the next morning in
Immokalee. I stuffed the bag into its sack and brought my gear out
to the plane to pack up. I found a bright green tree frog enjoying
itself on the vertical stabilizer. Condensation covered the plane
and the air felt like something you could almost swim in. Before I
cranked over, I pushed the Dove over to the pumps to top off.
Day Thirteen (cont.)
Day Thirteen (cont.)
Day Thirteen (cont.)
ADS-B Rebate Flight Success (I think) ...Ed Wischmeyer
When I bought my RV-9A, it had a primitive UAT out transmitter,
the kind that, if I recall correctly, had a non-approved GPS
position source, the aircraft N# code (in hexadecimal) and
transponder code had to be set before each flight with a cell phone
app, and no barometric altimetry. I flew with that a while, but it
got 86ed when I did the big panel rework.
So along comes the rebate program, and the first step of the web
application was rejected because my plane was previously ADS-B
equipped. I wrote to adsbrebatehelp.gov and explained the situation.
They saw no evidence of any earlier flights with ADS-B so we’re good
Then that evening, they wanted make and model of the removed
equipment. No problem, as fortunately, I found a photo of the data
plate of the removed unit with the serial number written in magic
marker. That was satisfactory, we’re good to go.
I also asked what I needed to do on the acceptance flight, and they
referred me to a web page that said what airspace I needed to fly
in, and for at least 30 minutes, but nothing more specific. That web
page referenced AC 20-165B, which calls for an hour long flight, but
not as restrictive in the airspace. I called AOPA, and they said two
360s each direction, plus flying over a fixed point N/S and E/W. OK,
can do, we’re good to go.
board on Audrey's First Day Teaching
[ed. Off topic, but a LOT of donations
went into filling this kid's brain with this, so call it proof your
donations were spent well <g> v/r,dr]
As you might already know, our daughter Audrey is required to teach
as well as take classes at Berkeley while she gets her PhD in
Chemical Biology. She sent us a picture of the dry board of
day one. I understood only her name....
click to enlarge
Advice on Older RV Avionics Full Upgrade ...ansonfogel in Salt
Oh Wise Wizards of the VAF - I am a recent buyer of Tom Whelen's
1994 built RV4, a wonderful machine, well maintained, low hour,
impeccably built - in 1994. All steam, barely useful GPS, etc - and
showing signs of wear on the various electrical systems. So. I've
been obsessively researching (I am an engineer by training, so get
ready for a nerdy post):
I am fairly settled, and have quotes from Stein, for a single 10"
G3X based EFIS and mostly garmin parts including full ADSB in/out,
etc. My mission is VFR only, but I do fly often cross country for
work and personal travel. I fly in mountains a lot - based in Utah,
fly over CO Rockies at lot, etc. Space inside is a big limiting
factor in RV4's, and I'd love to delete the lower between legs stack
altogether. I fly by myself 75% of the time, with a passenger 25%. I
do light aerobatics but no competition - I mostly fly to and from
places in the west, XC. I cruise often at 12-14K feet, and my
airfields are mostly at least 4K feet ASL.
Plan to is install all electric, no more steam. Garmin G3x, w/XM
(like the better resolution and reliability over ADSB only), engine
monitor, GPS20 adsb complaint GPS, heated pitot/AOA replace, Garmin
pitch and roll servos using on board G3X controls (only, plane has
no autopilot or electric trim now), GTR20 remote com, integrate
existing King Com as Com2, Garmin GTR45 ADBS source/out/transcvr,
and G5 backup instrument with its own battery. Update/move analog
switching, alternator, battery - but keep those analog breakers and
switches, no solid state new control box for that (?) in a new
My debates are a few:
Panel Status Pics ...YvesCH in Basel, Switzerland
I am also installing a G3X in the back seat but I cut out some
space for the knees to slide in.