your ad here.
February 9, 2016.
Issue No. 4,048.
Seen at the airport...
....a good idea for getting air and lights off the ground.
Deployment help needed
Q: Hello VAF!
I'm getting home from an all expense paid four month vacation to the
Middle East on Saturday. I was excited to get back into my RV-8 to
go fly home until I found out that the plane wasn't used while I was
away. Long story short, the plane hasn't been flown in at least two
months and the weather has been very cold! Fortunately, it was in a
hanger the whole time.
Bottom line, what do I need to do to make sure the engine is safe to
fly? When I left, there was only about 15 hours on a fresh oil
Thank you for your time!
A: Change the oil and go fly after a very thorough
pre-flight and ground run.
A: Don't spend one minute fretting over it not flying
for 2 months.
A: Since the oil was relatively new, and if you parked
it hot (oil had been up to 180 or so) then the acids would be
quite low and being parked a non issue.
A: Thorough preflight, let the engine come up to temp
and go fly it.
A: ...it is better for the engine to set than to ground
A: Heck, I've left an RV-8 sitting untouched for longer
than that and I see it every day!
A: ...don't sweat the couple months of it sitting.
Video- Flying down the coast --Australia (Perth)
From the mothership...
Status Report: Autopilot Servo Pic ...David Paule
What Have I Done Wrong? ...K Edmunds -14
Q: I have made it the step 8-12 on the empanage and am starting
to cleco the HS spar together. My experience has been if it doesnt
go totgether i did something wrong. It has happened a couple of
times. So right now I am battling with the HS Stringer Web Assembly
aligning properly with the spar.
These parts obviously don't line up the way they should.
A: Back up to page 08-09. Note that the flanges on the
stringers go the opposite direction (aft) than the flanges on
the web (fwd).
Ski slope ...Vlad
February 8, 2016.
Issue No. 4,047.
Congrats to the Denver Broncos and their fans!
Great game! No flying this weekend, but Tate and I went out to the
airport so he could practice parallel parking in my soon-to-be-his
truck. Those are Smokey Ray's old kitchen chairs <g>.
Life w/an RV sometimes means using the taxiway for other things. ;^)
Hope you had a nice weekend and your Monday goes well.
First flight N16GN ...Greg Niehues RV-9A
After 5 delays for various
reasons, the weather was decent and the requisite family members and
friends were present, and N16GN finally slipped the surly bonds! I
bent the first metal in January of 2008, and I've got 1895 hours in
the build so far, with the wheel pants and gear fairings still to
Year 2015 recap ...Shawn Li video
I had great fun in my RV7 in year 2015, flew about 130 hrs in it
(I know that is not an impressive number, but the fun factor is high
including the first trip to Oshikosh in my own plane. Here is a
short version of recap. There are a lot of rides that I don't have
picture or video of, I will do a better job to capture the fun in
Colorado Winter Flight ...Joe Zuffoletto RV-8
Cedar Mills Update ...Chris Pratt
Hurray -- my favorite restaurant and landing spot is reopened.
Looks as good as new.
Painting Update Pics ....Steve Melton
Milestone ...Charlie Derk RV-10
Elevator Finally Finished! This has been the most time
consuming piece so far... probably the most frustrating too!
Dick Bangsund RV-12 Status
February 5, 2016.
Issue No. 4,046.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
"I was tinkering with the GoPro on a
day in western Maryland recently and came
up with this . . .Happy 2016!" -- Dave Hirschman
When did you first see / hear of an RV?
- Bill R. - It was in 1988, my wife and I were taking a tower
tour at SNA along with another young couple. They had just
started building an RV-4 and we're rightfully very excited and
told us all about it. I sure wish I had taken him up on his
offer to look at his project.
- Claude Pitre - I first heard of RV's when I saw it modelled
in Microsoft Flight, 4 years ago. Beautiful RV-6A in that short
lived flight simulator.
3 years later (Feb 2015) I saw (flew in/flew) my first RV, it
just so happened to be the exact plane that the Microsoft Flight
version was modelled after, same paint scheme, same registration
number. This was at the Axsys Air builder course in Washington.
- Vern Darley - Seeing Van and the RV-3 at the Oshkosh was it
for me plus reading about it in various periodicals. At that
time, tube and fabric planes were still the rage
- Terry Ruprecht - Saw my first RV on my first trip to OSH in
2003. I was blown away by the quality and finish of them. Like
most of The Masses, I previously assumed "homebuilt" aircraft
were built with bubble gum, bailing wire, and old lawnmower
parts. Til that moment at OSH, I never dreamed an amateur-built
aircraft could be so gorgeous. I was so struck, I created a
simple chronological to-do list when I got home ...a) ground
school at the local community college, b) FAA medical, c) flight
training, d) order the first RV sub-kit - once I had my ticket
in hand. Praise the Lord, it all worked out. Been flying my
aluminum sweetheart now for 3 1/2 yrs
- Joe Zuffoletto - I first learned about RV's when I bought my
Mooney Acclaim in September, 2011. I had never heard of or seen
a Vans aircraft before that. The Mooney seller also owned an
RV-8 and he took me for a ride in it. I instantly fell in love
with the 8 and spent the next year and a half trying to find one
that was built right. The effort paid off in May, 2013 when I
found my gorgeous 8 on the other side of the country.
The Mooney seller warned me that if I bought an 8 I'd fly it
more than the Acclaim. He was right!
- Vlad - I started researching kit aircrafts around 2005.
Spent my first Oshkosh looking and calculating. I am glad I
chose Vans. Couldn't imagine how I would build and enjoy flying
- John Goodloe - I saw my first RV at Oshkosh 1980, when I saw
the RV-4 prototype. I thought it was the coolest home built
ever. I still have a copy of 'Kit Planes' magazine from 1980's
where the RV-4 was on the cover. I ordered RV-4 plans (s/n 424?)
and a tail kit in 1982. As they say life got in the way and I
never got to build my RV-4.
Jump ahead 25 years or so and I was finally ready to build, by
then the RV-8 was aviable and it better suited my typical
mission. So after and extended build time with a SLOW build kit,
I finally have my RV. My RV-8 has been flying for just over six
years. I could not ask for a more wonderful airplane!
- Dan Langhout - Around 2005-2006 I was searching for
information on home-made paint booths online. Google search came
up with portions of Sam Buchanan's web site about his RV-6
build. Had never hear of RV's before (the flying kind) and had
never really thought seriously about EAB planes before that.
- Sam Buchanan - I was at a grass strip in 1992 looking at a
Fisher Super Koala because I was about to start building mine. A
little low-wing plane started buzzing the area at a very high
rate of speed and I was told "that is (can't remember the
name...) in his RV-3".
A couple of years later I saw 2-3 RVs at Sun-N-Fun. But it was
in 1997 when I saw my friend Mark's RV-4 going together that the
RV really got my attention. It was obvious the RV was a "real
airplane" as opposed to some scary odd-ball homebuilt. Then
hangar-mate Robin started his RV-8 and I had to join the party
in October 1997 with my RV-6 project.
It has been quite a ride!
RV8 Gas run video ...Ed Soderblom video
Thought I would post this video to take you along on a flight to
go get some fuel at BLI from a private strip called Meadowmist. The
gopro is strapped to my hat in the attempt to put you in the drivers
seat while I run my mouth a bit.
Eagle’s Nest Projects – A busy week at the McKinney Aviation Academy
...Phil Campbell words/pics
The students at McKinney Aviation Academy are having a very busy
week with their Eagle’s Nest Project RV-12!
The McKinney Aviation Academy is comprised of students from all
three McKinney, Texas High Schools – McKinney North High School,
McKinney High School and McKinney Boyd High School
In addition to supplementing the student’s STEM curriculum, Eagle’s
Nest Projects goal is to enhance the students’ pride in their school
and to encourage community involvement.
We all know, general aviation is shrinking. With barbed wire topped
fences, cameras, access controlled gates and no trespassing signs,
for a youngster, getting to the airport can be daunting. Where do
Well at Eagle’s Nest Projects we take the airplane to the kids!
February 4, 2016.
Issue No. 4,045.
Ethan Beswick 9A ...welcome
Being that I am relatively new to VAF and have recently started a
RV-9 project, I thought it might be appropriate that I begin a
thread to document my build progress. I purchased a partially
completed emp. kit towards the end of last year, and I have since
completed work on the H.S., V.S. and I am now in the final stages of
completing the rudder and right elevator. I have found a wealth of
information here, and I am extremely grateful for this site (Thanks
Doug!). Progress will be relatively slow as I plan to complete the
emp. kit, then take a bit of a building hiatus while I attend grad
Some pictures of the beginning stages:
That's all for now, but I look forward to the journey and posting
updates as I go...
Step repair/reinforcement service offered. WD-657-R & L ...Russ
As you know or may not know I build these
steps for Van’s, we have built these from the beginning. I am in no
way interested in pointing the finger of blame at anyone for the
steps that have cracked or broken, not Van’s not myself and not you
guys. This service is offered to try and give a solution for those
that have a problem or anticipate a problem with their step/steps,
After looking at the steps on Van’s airplanes and
repairing/reinforcing a couple of steps a couple of different ways I
have decided to offer the same or very similar reinforcement to what
Van’s has employed on their airplanes.
The price will be $30 per step, $60 for a set. The step can be new
or it can be used and cracked, even broken off so long as you have
The plan is you send in your step/steps (with paint removed) in a
box with a check for payment and a paid return shipping label.
Don’t send it in yet, I need to order the gussets from the laser
cutter first, they are ready to go but I need an idea of the number
to order before we get going. Send me an e-mail
letting me know what you want, right, left or both steps, when we
are ready in a couple of weeks I’ll tell you to start sending them
in, in the order you e-mailed me.
Want your RV-6/6A in Kitplanes?
Status Report: Cowl Mods ...crabandy
I've been gone for a couple days, just so happened I was in a
window seat just forward of the engine. When takeoff power was
applied fog/vapor was forming around the inboard edge of the inlet
until approximately 60 knts. I'm guessing the engine was sucking air
from behind the lip until airspeed was delivering the correct amount
of air, at that point it was spilling over the sides. Unfortunately
I didn't get my phone out fast enough to take a pic of the
...a bunch of Ed Hicks photos of the RV-14A
Review my panel ideas ...two renderings
February 3, 2016.
Issue No. 4,044.
First rivets!! Guess I'm a builder now ...David Randall of
After a lot of practice on scrap pieces I dove in yesterday and
squeezed my first real rivets. My wife is gonna get sick of me
running around going "look what I made". The kit I bought had the
wings started and am at the point in the instructions where the
tanks are to be done. No way do I want those to be the first major
thing I do on the kit so I'll probably rivet the leading edges
first. These aileron brackets looked simple enough so here ya go.
Team Aerodynamix Light installation ...Anthony Greco pictures
I have received so much information on this site that I wanted to
give back by showing how I cut leading edge lighting into my plane.
When I bought my 6A it had a small dent in the outer portion of the
right leading edge in the second bay. Hangar rash for sure from
something bumping it. The plane had no nav lighting at all- so my
mission was to add nav/strobes and landing/taxi lights.
The Adirondacks ...Vlad pictures
Passed by the Adirondacks the other day.
More on Rob Hickman's 'EFIS Still'
While technically this is not RV related I will try and make a
connection. My micro-brewery is located in our hangar along with my
RV-10 and yes it is using an AF-5600 EFIS to control it. We live on
Dietz Airpark (OR40) just east of Van's and just over a year ago two
of my neighbors Rion and Mary (both RV-4 owners) started brewing
beer. After watching Rion and Mary brew a few batches of IPA in
their shiny new conical fermenter I decided that this looked like
way too much fun. You need to understand that Oregon is the center
of the micro-brewery world and we take our IPA very seriously. After
our Bonanza flying and IPA snob neighbor proclaimed “there has never
been a Homebrew beer that is worth drinking”, my competitive nature
might have taken over. One of my overachieving close friends has a
saying “You don’t want your equipment to be the limiting factor”, so
with all this in mind I set out to brew beer.
[ed. I'm guessing the OP closed this
thread - I know I didn't. I liked it! It had an RV EFIS
in it! Rob, that is way awesome! ;^) dr]
20 years in our RV-4 ...Gary McDaniel video
Red Thunder ...Timothy Wilde pics
Me and my little RV holding our own with CJ’s and Yak’s as part
of the Red Thunder (RPA Formation) team at the Vinton County Airshow.
Our RV's can do everything a CJ/Yak can do (sometimes much better)
for ~1/5 the hourly operating cost...thank you VAN! <g>
February 2, 2016.
Issue No. 4,043.
Hangar/Flying Pics ...Brian
Takeoff configuration effect on takeoff distance ...Nigel Speedy
The other half of my learning how to land my 8 was learning how
the takeoff configuration and technique affected the takeoff
distance. I did an experiment to find out by doing a series of
takeoffs using flap 0, 10, 20 & 40 degrees. For the ground roll I
also used a tail up attitude (approximately 0 deg pitch attitude),
tail low (approximately 5 deg nose up pitch attitude) and tail down
(tailwheel lightly held on the ground to hold the 3 point attitude
of 11 deg nose up). So a matrix of 12 takeoffs overall, which I
measured with a DGPS on runway 24 at California City, L71, in nil
wind at 1540 - 1600 lbs. For each takeoff I adjusted pitch attitude
after liftoff to achieve 1.2 Vs for the particular flap
configuration at 50' AGL. This resulted in 72 KIAS for 0 deg flap to
as low as 60 KIAS for 40 deg flap. Each takeoff started with mixture
rich, prop full fine with the aircraft held stationary on the brakes
until throttle was fully forward. There was only one attempt at each
configuration so there is no statistical relevance. I've made no
attempt to correct for runway slope, aircraft weight, wind, air
density or power so these results are only representative of my
aircraft on the test day, which is a polite way of saying they are
incorrect everywhere else so don't use them for operational
planning. I was really only after the relative changes not absolute
The results are shown in the graphs below:
Branson Picture Story ...Weasel
[ed. There were 2 words in the entire story...and it still
told a great story! dr]
I'm back in the building game! ...JR in Shreveport
Well, I had previously posted my emp and wings for sale so that I
could finance my CFI/CFII ticket. Well, I couldn't wait till they
sold, so I went ahead and got my CFI/CFII prior to selling them.
I had a deal fall through on my kit, and I'm glad of it! I have
decided to keep my emp/wings, and just buy the fuse in a year or two
when I get my CFI/CFII training paid off. It all worked out just how
I wanted. I was having some pretty serious sellers remorse while I
thought the deal was going to go through!
Bet you never imagined this ...Brantel
Now we can truly say that these modern EFIS systems can do it
Alton Bay Recon ...Vlad
Second recon mission on Alton Bay. Not promising. Runway clearly
marked with yellow cones but not groomed. Got on the radio with Paul
the airport manager (you can see him by the runway) and he said it's
only 8" he wants ice thickness at least a foot to open the airport.
From A.E.R.O. (VAF advertiser)
Stewarts Systems Fish Eyes ...Troy Branch
I know there is a lot of smart people on here and I need some
help. I have painted my last airplane with SS and had no trouble. I
love the paint. It worked perfectly. Now I am using it again and for
some reason my Yellow gets a random fish eye. If I look really close
the paint almost falls in places like the beginning of a fish eye.
Like something is going wrong as it cures. They start to form around
5 minutes after shooting. I have been trying to solve this with the
Stewarts factory for 2 months now.
Overspeeds, and how much is too much
On my 9A I've got an IO360 and Whirlwind RV200 prop with their
Jihostroj governor. Over the last couple days doing taxi testing
prior to first flight I've been doing some progressive higher power
runs, including sudden full-throttles, mostly to see if I could make
the engine stumble or miss or do anything else that would concern me
if it happened in the air. For this purpose I was being
intentionally "ham-handed" with the throttle and throwing it around
rather quickly, much more so than would normally be done in a
non-emergency scenario. As I said, I was trying to make the engine
do something bad.
February 1, 2016.
Issue No. 4,042.
Wallpaper Calendar for February
...courtesy Vlad Karpayev
In (8) different monitor sizes.
Another RV-14 In The Air
"In case people haven't noticed, the
hobbs meter value for flying RV-14's his clicked up one tick to
"3". I guess Mitch is too humble to toot his own horn so i
will blow into it for him. Congrats on a successful first
flight yesterday Mitch. More info on
Van's Facebook Page."
as a function of Vs
Hamburger for 15 minutes ...David Paule
One of the shop tools I use is a timer. Now I know that we all
have our own kinds of timers. This one's mine, a gift from a friend.
Here're the bottom skins clecoed in place. I've trimmed the holes
for the inspection plates. The skins are in place so that I can
locate the holes in the plates at the spar flange, which I somehow
didn't do earlier. Now it's the left wing's turn.
Fixed a Broken Map Link on
The Wx Page
GAMI Spread is now ZERO!!! ...carrollcw
For those who have not seen my other thread about uneven airflow,
I figured I repost a rundown of what has happened to get my GAMI to
I have a new Titan IOX370 running dual EFII ignition and injection
with vertical induction. With the stock setup, I had a GAMI spread
of 1.3! In trying to determine how to reduce the GAMI spread, I
realized (with the help of my neighbor Rusty Crawford) the root
cause of the high spread was uneven airflow between the 1/3
cylinders compared to the 2/4 cylinders. This was determined because
when ROP, 1/3 had the hottest CHT's, but when LOP they were the
coolest (and I verified it was not due to injector imbalance).
status pics ...Carl RV-4 in Sweden
Selfie ...Aero Octaveus
Surprise during taxi testing ...Greg Niehues
I'm only days away from first flight (waiting on current strong
west winds to drop for my north/south runway) so I'm doing some taxi
testing. Life is good - so much so that a good friend of mine wanted
to ride with me and kick the rudders a bit for grins himself. In
doing so we discovered an issue - the right hand copilot brake pedal
was sticking and would not return. After he kicked the pedals around
a bit, the right brake was dragging and quickly got hot. This is not
something I would have caught until who knows when...
This is why we test - because we don't know the things we don't
Great Sacandaga Lake, NY Ice Patrol ...Vlad pics
Carson's speed for RV's ...KRviator
I got bored today and got to thinking what is the best speed to
fly in my -9 for the least amount of fuel used, which is commonly
known as Carson's speed. Fortunately, I fly (or at least, will
very soon fly) an RV-9A, for which CAFE performance data is
readily available, via their APR flight testing.
Painting Update ...Steve Melton
"...right wing, I rotated the plane instead of the booth. it just
RV-14A #140-260 - England
Johannes Woolard and his Sevenoaks, UK blog.
Cabin Creek ...hydroguy2
I didn't land on a lake, but the runway at Cabin Creek (97MT) was
slicker than I expected. Good thing for big rudders, as there was
zero braking available. I could barely stand up when I got out of
Quirkies ...newt and jarhead
January 29, 2016.
Issue No. 4,042.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
Progress ...Warbo 7A in Canberra, Australia
Been a while since I posted here but I have been making progress
albeit very slowly. I got to the step in the plans instructions that
said, "Congratulations! You've finished the first major sub-assembly
on your new airplane." Figured I should post a pic
DIY Painting Status Report ...Steve Melton
"...left wing, two coats on bottom, three coats on the top. I
picked up a little dirt on the top. for some reason the wing was
hard to paint for me. not sure if it is the orientation of the wing
and crawling on the floor or that I am tired. I am beginning to see
the end of the painting, right wing still to go and a couple stripes
on the rudder. outside air temp = -4C. baking wing at 65F."
First post, hello everyone! ...Mike in Santa Rosa, CA
This is my first post.
I just got word that my deal finally went through, and I'm the new
owner of a 2013 RV-12, with all the bells and whistles.
Only 140 hours on it. PPI is being done now, as soon as I get the
AOK from the PPI, along with answers to a couple questions I had
(how much AVgas or lead has been run-but with only 140 hours total
on the engine/plane I expect a good report), I'll be sending the
remainder of my money and then they are delivering the plane to me!
I have a hangar lined up, we still need to iron out a few things
like who's going to carry the insurance (owner is personally
financing a small amount for 1 year), but in a week or 2, or 3,
depending mainly on weather (it's been raining solid here for a
month in NorCal), as soon as we get a good enough break in the
weather they'll be delivering my new (to me) RV-12 to my home
Milestone! ...Chris Chattin of Boise, ID
We have an engine!
Status Report ...crabandy -7 (and DanH input)
I think the foam strip guided epoxy/flox/filler lip may do the
trick, the lip radius is looking better and I think I can fair it
into the cowl a couple inches back. I think using the foam as a
guide will help to make a more consistent shape around the lip.
Milestone ...AdamB RV-10 in NH
Today I took delivery of my RV-10 emp kit. Looking forward
to getting through the inventory and getting started. And the fun
Gas Run w/Some Button Pushing
.4 hrs VFR flight plan to KSWI for gas ($2.95). Played
around w/Garmin Pilot and built a VFR plan that would have me
steering from runway to runway - always something flat on the nose.
Texas has a lot of runways. Just drove it around with the
heading bug. Used the app to file, activate and close (pretty
easy actually - first time using
.5 hrs IFR flight plan back to KAFW (then VFR to 52F at missed).
No clouds, but good button practice and time in the system.
4.1 RV hours this month. Not much, but productive!
VFR up. (click to enlarge)
IFR back. No tower. 1630Z void time.
KSWI DNI165014 BYP SASIE4 KAFW
Getting steered around to the localizer by approach.
Minimums bug set. Tower in standby. (click to enlarge)
RV-10 + Cloud = thrilled toddler ...IFR work with Rob Kochman
fmi: (including some IFR trips)
List Updated ...January reminder
took a pay cut last year. So this
year, in an effort to hopefully raise more awareness, I'm going to remind
folks about the yearly donation aspect of this website at the end of
each month. Readership in 2015 was up over 10%, but donations were
down 7%. My hunch is that many people don't realize just how few
readers donate. I'll post this reminder, and update
the chart with totals going back nine years, on the last Friday of each
Thank you if you help keep this site going!
January 28, 2016.
Issue No. 4,041.
N4932L Painted ...Dwight Frye
I don't post much but thought I'd share the fantastic work done
by Boss Aircraft Refinishers (aircraftpainting.com) in Salisbury,
NC. I'm a slow builder and got her flying in 2013, then finally got
around to finishing the wheel pants and gear leg fairings so I could
get it painted. The painting took roughly 3 months. BUT, the long
time to complete was all my fault as you'll see from the pictures
My wife Theresa and I dropped it off on October 24, 2015 and picked
it back up yesterday on January 26, 2016. We disassembled everything
the day we dropped it off, but it took two days to put it all back
together again at the end.
Slick Magneto experts - Please help w/question ...Bruce Swayze
I recently pulled the right magneto off my engine, to put it up
for sale. It's a Slick 4370. I see what I thought was an impulse
gear assembly on the front of it. But one gentleman here saw my post
in the classifieds and told me the impulse mag is always the left
one, not the 4370 on the right side. I'm obviously new at this. I
don't know these things. I'm hoping someone can give me more
information. What do I have here? What is this thing? Any part
number or model number?
My main purpose is to try and get some idea of what it's worth, so I
can offer it at a fair price to a potential buyer. But I'm also
wondering if this is useful for our RV's, or better for some other
aircraft. ??? Any information or help would be greatly appreciated.
Here are some pictures:
it appears you have a standard 4730 with some kind of an
adapter. The gear is usually installed directly onto the shaft
You need to keep that, it is part of the engine. The
engines without that adapter suffer from the dreaded "magneto
drive cushions fall into the engine during magneto R&R" issue.
That's not an impulse coupled magneto. Depending on the hours on
it,,,it is pretty much core value only. Maybe $100,,,,$150 at
most. You will get the most out of it on eBay
They were installed on engines with vibration issues mostly
caused by different propellers. They are very expensive new but
I have not sold any used so I don't think it would carry much
extra value. You may check to see if that was why they installed
that adapter assy!
Before and After Pics ...Xkuzme1
I have owned this RV-4 for nearly a year now. When I bought it,
it was all white. I loved the all white, but I needed some way to
spruce it up a bit. Id love to see what you all think. I used 3M
vinyl to do it
Quirky ...mark in Sydney, Australia
The coal train between Leigh Creek and Port Augusta derailed near
Parachilna in 2011.
500' AGL flyby at a safe distance: The train has broken into several
I only did one pass. A TV news chopper was inbound, we really didn't
need to be in each others' way.
Updates ...crabandy pics
DanH sent this to me in a separate email, it illustrated the
point nicely for myself. I need to lower the AOA of the inlet lip.
Panel Feedback Requested ...Chattin35
January 27, 2016.
Issue No. 4,040.
Ray Sage ...Larry Pardue post
Mannie Sage Bemis photo
I just saw this photo for the first time today when a friend
posted it on FB. This is Ray Sage who lived in Las Cruces, NM until
his death in 2014 at the age of 93. He practiced law until his
retirement at the age of 88.
Ray flew P-51s in Europe and as a civilian was a long time flight
instructor. Ray's daughter's post on FB has the following quote.
"Daddy, a former P-51 pilot, WW2 vet, and independent flight
instructor, said the RV-6 flew more like the P-51 than any other
plane he ever flew. It was the last time he would ever man a
I knew that I enjoyed that day very much but never thought about the
fact that that was the last flight this great man made from this
RV-6 N441LP Flying
After 4+ years and 2000 hours I am declaring the TARDIS complete!
[ed. Tally of our lunch table PIC models.
We didn't count Tony's.
He started with "J-2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7...". Not enough paper.
Australian Adventure ...Episode 1 is online (haydnc)
1. I am a bit of an electric dunce so bear with me. Is there
anyway to test the wiring of the landing, position and strobe lights
before buttoning everything up.
2. I have a few mis-drilled holes and would like to fill them.
Reading the forums it is clear that bondo is to be avoided so does
anyone have a any suggestions. I have a West marine store very close
by, but any suggestions would be appreciated
A: Are they rivet sized holes? If so, pop a rivet in
them. If there is a way to dimple it and put a flush river in
the hole that is best, then maybe a bit of filler to conceal it
A: I did one of these on the empennage and called the
factory. They said to fill with JB Weld and build on! Good luck
with the repair.
A: I tested mine with a couple alligator clips and the
spare 12v battery from my cordless drill. Everything worked just
14 Years and Counting ...proof of fun
I had the cowl off the RV-6 to tighten the alternator belt, and
while putting stuff back on took a pic of where the landing gear
pokes out of the fuse. Signs of roughly a decade and a half of
RV enjoyment. Light scratches and smudges - I like the patina.
30th Year Anniversary Celebration of the RV-6/6A Design Update
MANY CONGRATS to ART WOODS of Albuquerque who is #200 to sign up
for our HUGE Celebration of the RV-6/6A design at AirVenture
Gerry Julian was #100!
If you are planning on flying into Oshkosh this year and have not
yet signed up, please take a moment to register your RV...ANY RV
MODEL at www.eaa.org/RV6
I'm hoping to set a record for RVs in attendance so I plan to see
you ALL at AirVenture 2016! Rosie
PS: Keep poundin' them rivets because it's ALL WORTH IT!!!!.
Quirkies ...John RV-8 entries
Someone earlier asked about the "LUECKE" I've flown over it
hundreds of times but this picture is from Google. The airport in
the lower center of the picture is 84R, just to give you some scale
of the size of the letters in LUECKE. Another quirky thing is
the Oklahoma sand trap / Texas putting green. It is located on
about a 2nm final to runway 31R at the DFW International airport.
Again the picture is from Google as I'm usually occupied with other
duties when I fly over it.
RV-12 ADS-B Update ...from the mothership
January 26, 2016.
Issue No. 4,039.
Snowbound Update ...Vlad
Engine quit on stall practice
Today, I performed some acro, and a stall. After reducing to idle
speed and have my speed drained at about 53 kt engine quit, a few
seconds later a restared with no issues, so on ground idle is about
700RPM pump on and off does not affect idle. Very weird.
Guilherme Plassmann (Brazil)
I had a similar issue and eventually traced it down to a section
of aluminum fuel line that went between my gascolator and the
fuel flow meter. Once I insulated the fuel line, the problem
Lightweight props also play a role. Mine idles at 480-500 but I
have electronic ignition and associated timing changes, engine
runs fine during stalls but quits during hammerheads
I had a plane years ago that would freeze over incredibly fast
without carb heat under the right conditions after idling down
in a glide
DIY Paint Update ...Steve Melton pics
Low Fuel Pressure Update ...Kyle Boatright RV-6
I was down for a weekend due to the plague or some other malady,
but got to take another pass at the problem last weekend when a
buddy and I checked all electrical connections, tightened all fuel
connections, and eyeballed the entire fuel system. We also scratched
our heads a bit. I performed a run-up and no problems were noted. On
that note, I went flying and saw no problems during a 15 minute
This weekend, I repeated the test flight. Upon arriving at altitude,
and after turning off the electric fuel pump, the fuel pressure (as
measured by the GRT EIS4000) dropped again. It fell to a negative
value of between -0.3 and -0.7 PSI. The engine continued to run fine
in that condition for the duration of the flight - about 30 minutes.
I suspect I have an intermittent measurement problem. Funny enough,
if you look at GRT's online troubleshooting guide, it mentions that
their VDO senders often fail and become erratic at 200-500 hours,
particularly on carbureted engines. On the other hand, the
troubleshooting guide did mention that the erratic pressure tends to
happen on the high side, rather than the low indicated pressure I
So, I guess I'll order a new sender from GRT and see if that
resolves the problem Unless one of you has a better idea. If you do,
I'd appreciate hearing it..
FINALLY! She's Painted!!! ...Terry Ruprecht 9A pics
Quirky Entry ...Vlad
Quirky Entry ...n5lp
January 25, 2016.
Issue No. 4,038.
Inflight Pic ...Jim Stricker
Flying home after buying RV-12 SN120058 from original builder
with 50TT. You can't see the smile...<g>
cost of poor gust lock ...rstisser
We are in Venice for the winter with the RV6A tied down instead
of at home in the hanger. Some rough weather came thru last weekend
and now I have work to do. The wire that I use as a rudder lock came
out and allowed the rudder to swing and hit the edge of the
elevator. It made about a 2 inch gash in the middle of the rudder
and made the trailing edge a little crooked. Now hoping to be able
to patch the hole well enough to get back to Illinois. A new rudder
is a must, but hard to do here. Better gust locks are also in the
VAF Ski trip ...LAMPSguy pics
2016, 3rd annual ski trip.
RV-8 Winter Flight Along the Colorado Front Range ...colojo pics
Today we have perfect weather in Denver before rain and snow move
in tomorrow, so I took advantage of the opportunity to fly my RV-8
down to Colorado Springs and back.
Another RV-10 is conceived ...rjhecker
Starting Jan 1st, the adventure of building a 10 began. I have been
doing ALOT of reading like most of the new builders do and just want
to put it out to the world that if your into reading and watching
new guys pound rivets and have all sorts of questions please
subscribe to the blog and follow along. And as always, advise is
greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance -Robert
I'm finally in the club! ...jeffkersey pics
I have been admiring these airplanes and looking for one to
purchase for over a year now. Tuesday, I finally purchased a flying
RV7A and flew it from North Carolina back home to Tennessee.
Exciting stuff. After 12 years of flying, this is my first airplane
purchase. I have been lurking on this site and am blown away by the
community of talented and generous people flying Van's aircraft and
sharing knowledge and ideas. Thanks to all who contribute here. I am
sure I all be spending lots more time here in the years to come. All
the best to everyone in 2016.
Long time lurker finally a new owner ...merlin3
Hello everyone, been a lurker on the forums for a while now and
have been reading everything I can. Finally started looking for an
rv4 pretty seriously a few montha ago. Well as of a week and a half
ago i am a proud new owner of a rv4. Its the first plane I've ever
owned and pretty excited to put a lot of hours on it this summer.
Heres a couple pics.
RV-8 Mid-Fuselage panels ...cdeerinck
Maybe I'm losing my mind, maybe not. Maybe some of you can help
me decide. Certainly, I might be losing some of my memory.
Picture #1, showing my rear throttle quadrant. The plate pointed to
by the yellow arrows: Is this a Vans part, or did I custom build it?
I can't find it on the plans, but I can't remember making it! It
looks factory, so did I just do a good job?
From the mothership
January 22, 2016.
Issue No. 4,037.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
It's about the journeys--why we traded RVs ...Guy Prevost
I had a unique experience yesterday. I watched my RV-8a, better
known in the family as Jane Plane, take off without me in the front
seat. She’s headed east to her new home in a heated hangar next to a
private paved runway. This marks the first time in her entire
existence she’s flown without me as PIC. 2500 wonderful hours of
building, 550 glorious hours of flight time. And now she’s someone
else’s airplane. I’m a little sad to see her go, but not as sad as
you might think. These machines are about the memories they make and
the journeys they enable. We're on a pretty amazing journey right
Don ...Dean Eiland RV-9
guess I haven’t thought about giving rides much. I don’t give many
rides. However I did give my father-in-law a ride last week.
My 78 year old father-in-law, Don, lives in Ohio and I live in
Texas. He drives down and visits us in Texas about once a year. I
really hadn’t thought about it much but he was involved in my
building an RV since the beginning. In 2009, when I decided to buy a
kit, he drove with me 3,333 miles from Dallas to 500 miles north of
Toronto and back in four days to pick up an RV-9 kit. (Insanity and
obsessions come in all forms. Don’t judge.) I couldn’t have bought
that kit without him.
Since he visits once a year, or so, he has seen my plane in various
stage of the build process. He was visiting last week and I
mentioned taking a flight. He jumped on the chance to fly in my
plane, "like a chicken on a June bug". We went up for about 1.5
hours last week and just puttered around the north Texas, Southern
Oklahoma area. Nice day and nice flight. Didn’t give it much
He left last Sunday and a few days later he called my wife from
Florida and asked if I’d text a picture I took of him and my plane
to a friend of his.
I really didn’t think much about the flight until your article.
Thanks again Dave. I think the flight meant a lot to Don and again I
hadn’t really given it much thought. I needed to.
The Perfect Workshop ...Bob's take
I just finished building a workshop for my project. I had just
enough room that I could make the building just large enough to put
the wings on sans tips, and do the control rigging/checkout and the
fuel connections. I have time, but eventually I'm going to need to
find a new home for some things if I actually want to do that
I'm not sure how building codes work over there or what construction
methods are popular, but here are a few things I did/wish I did:
First, I would have subbed out a little more of the work. Just
prepping for the foundation pour took me three months, and framing
took three or four more, because I was doing all of the work myself
up to that point, with no helpers. The project would have gone
faster and made for much less irritation with the wife had I just
subbed most of it out. As it was, had I not paid someone to do the
roof, siding, and drywall, I'd still be working on it. I learned a
whole lot about construction and building codes, though, and I would
still do the wiring myself.
From the 'Quirky' Things Seen From the Air Thread ...things to
show your passengers.
Heart shaped house (Texas panhandle)
Texas Shaped Pool (from the 'Quirky' thread) ...
Aerodynamics and streamlining computations
Q: So, if I have a cylinder of length L and diameter D sticking
out into an airstream at, say 210 Knots, what is the most effective
way to streamline it?
A streamlined bubble (half teardrop) is convenient, but it also has
a lot of skin drag. What is the break-even point? At what size does
the blister have the same drag as the cylinder?
A streamlined mast (airfoil cross section) of length L (think pitot
mast) also has a drag coefficient. Same question as above.
We all hate the little things that stick out.... Fuel drains, vents
and so on. Is it better to leave them alone or to fabricate
streamlined fairings for them? I know what the gut feeling is, but
is it supported by science?
RV-4 Status ...Carl in Sweden
Making progress, just have to connect some wires then paint and
get the seats done and I guess some paperwork:-).
Creeping Along ...Bill Boyd
Half the workshop floor was epoxied yesterday with the Rustoleum
product from Lowes. Results were okay (we didn't grind the concrete
first) but the odor in the house was awful the entire day. I really
anticipated more airspace isolation between shop space and living
space upstairs with the mini-split HVAC and the fully finished walls
and ceiling. Instead it was like the painters had applied the epoxy
in the living room - the volatiles in that stuff are just like spray
paint - xylene, toluene, with a hint of coffee, leather and spice.
Which reminds me, I suspect the shop is not going to double well as
a cigar lounge as far a the upstairs occupants are concerned.
Here's the 10 on the half that just got painted. It's in the way,
but they are working around it best they can.
RV-10 Horz Stab
Q: Do I need to tear it open?
MIL SPEC actually allows for using a flush rivet set on the
manufactured head of AN470 rivets and a cupped set to be used on the
shop head side. There are specific requirements that are detailed in
It is not possible just from photos to tell whether a lot of these
rivets meet the requirements but they might. Read through the
document and then do some measuring. Pay particular attention to the
3.3.3 Driving procedure Section. Maybe you would only need to
replace a few
I Might Still Be Building if I Hadn't Met Jay
was thinking yesterday about how our RV-6 got to the first flight
finish line. I built at the house for 5.5 years (66 months)
while working two jobs, raising a family and all the other stuff you
do while you still have energy in your mid 30's. Mind you this
was an 'old school' kit where you drilled every hole in the fuse and
hammered the spar webs together with a baby sledge / C-tool on the
garage floor (it chewed out a little spot in the slab). 5.5
years at my house to get it to the point that required a completely
different skill set. I came to the conclusion that in my
situation it would take another three years to finish, so I took it
over to Jay Pratt's
for help with the engine, avionics, fiberglass and rigging. It
was ready to fly in 5 1/2 months. I'd drive over there after
work a few times a week and work with Jay until 10pm. Would I
do it again? Absolutely. Most of my memories from there
involve laughter, and I learned a lot. I consider Jay a good,
GOOD friend now.
Here's one example regarding how it's set up. He doesn't
change drill bits. Instead, he has a drill for each bit, and
multiple air lines, because that makes things go faster. The
whole shop is optimized for speed. It works.
Months and percentages...
Red arrow points to my RV-6 at Jay's in 2002.
January 21, 2016.
Issue No. 4,036.
"Windrunner" and RV-7 "Windrider" in form ...pics
New spars in progress ...Steve Smith
If you peek once in a while on the HP-24 project page, you have
seen us laying up composite skins for new tapered wings for
my RV-8 and Bob Mills Rocket-6.
8th Annual Ice Cream Social, Inyokern, CA
All, just a quick post so you can put the event on your caledar
if you are the planing type. I will post more particulars later.
Date is March 12th. Hope to see you there.
This year will be a lttle different (we learn every year). I will
have a few folks taking care of the ice cream and house keeping
required so my wife and i can spend more time with people visiting.
My family will also be traveling from all over the country to come
see all the RVs.
We had a tremendous turn out last year. I hope it is as good this
Crabandy Status Report in Pics
David Paule RV-3B Status Report
Back when I was laying out the bottom skins, I'd forgotten that
Van's had included pre-punched inspection hatches for the bottom of
the wing. Oops.
I went ahead and made my own, and of course the holes in the backing
ring were incompatible with the pre-punched ones. Mine were slightly
different sizes, too. Imagine that - Maybe 20 pre-punched parts in
the entire airframe and I didn't use four of them.....
I left the cut-outs in the bottom skins until the deburring/dimpling
stage. The cut-outs are now complete and I had to match the holes in
the hatches to the holes in the spar. Yeah, I'd gone ahead and made
holes in the spar for the hatch without including the hatches,
another sequence error.
This next part I figured out before riveting the skins on. What I
did was cleco the skins on the wing, cleco the hatch back-up rings
in place, and screw the hatches on. Of course then the wing was
covered up and I couldn't back-drill through the spar. A bit of tape
held the hatches in place and the leading edge, attached, gave me a
solid fore-aft reference, and with the skins removed, I could easily
back-drill through the spar to the hatches.
Here they are drilled and clecoed.
Tailwind Tuesday - Monday also ...Rick A
Since Doug did his front page showing the great tailwinds on
Tuesday, I had to mention my flight on Monday.
I flew the RV-12 I built to it's new owner in Florida on Monday.
During the first leg, I flew at 7500 and had 10 - 20 kt tailwind.
On the second leg & third legs, I went up to 9500 and had a 40+ kt
tailwind. I was making 160 - 165 kts over the ground! Not bad for a
115 Kt airplane. (I was showing 110 indicated & 122 true airspeed).
Quirky Things Seen From The Air in Your RV
Enormous TFR Over The East Coast ...Dynon
To close the book on this:
The FAA has investigated and found they did improperly uplink a
"SPECIAL NOTICE" NOTAM as a TFR. Dynon's system received a TFR over
ADS-B with no way to tell it was anything but. On top of this, there
was an error in the transmitted data with one of the points of the
outline being over near Africa instead of in Florida. This caused
different mapping systems to draw it differently (including not
drawing it at all).
The error was only in ADS-B uplinks. Any device that got it's data
any off the internet would not have seen this or if you called
Flight Service they would not have had it as a TFR either.
One element that made this situation more obvious on SkyView than
other systems is that our default settings shade the inside of TFR's
red to make it clear you are inside a TFR. SkyView does have a TFR
opacity adjustment in the map settings. If you prefer to only see
outlines of TFRs and not have the interior shaded, you can adjust
this to zero at any time. The outlines of the TFR will remain in
We're sorry that this caused confusion among our customers, but in
reviewing what happened here, there is no way for Dynon to protect
against showing a TFR like this when ADS-B tells us it's there.
--Ian @ Dynon
P.S. Thanks to everyone that helped us and the FAA identify and get
to the root cause of this issue. With your datalogs, we were able to
give the FAA the exact data they had sent over ADS-B and quickly
demonstrate that the issue was in the raw ADS-B data.
DIY Painting Update ...Steve Melton
Rich Meske) Take advantage of the Winter and plan to add one of our
interior packages to your aircraft. We are offering interiors for
models RV-6, RV-7, and RV-9. Other aircraft are possible as well.
Choose your own materials and we will make your seats, armrests, and
stick boots. The seats feature an inflatable lumbar support. An
optional EZ-Step can be incorporated in the seat. It is a convenient
place for a person to put their foot upon entering the aircraft. See
this feature along with our newest products at
January 20, 2016.
Issue No. 4,035.
The value of the RV Community ...Dgamble RV-12
I have given a lot of people rides in both my RV-6 and now in my
RV-12, and I always enjoy it as least as much as they do. Having
been blessed with owning a Van's RV for what, nine or ten years now,
it's easy to forget what wonderful little airplanes they are. Just
as humans can get used to just about anything, there is a similar
risk of getting so used to things that they start to be taken for
granted - flying with people that have never been in a small plane
before, or pilots that have never experienced the physical freedom
of a nimble little sport plane, tends to remind the owner of what a
special privilege it is to have one of these things.
I have to be honest, though: I don't remember everyone I've given a
ride to, but they sure remember me! There's one guy at the airport
that has had to remind me twice now that he took a ride with me. And
now I realize that I've forgotten his name. Again.
On the other hand, there are some that are very memorable. There was
a 50-something guy that had never flown in an airplane of any type,
despite a life-long interest. And, or course, many of the very
pretty young women are easily recalled.
And then there was Phil.
Phil called me one day last May to introduce himself as a fellow
RV-12 builder in search of a ride. Naturally I told him that I'd be
happy to give him one, and all he had to do was let me know when he
wanted to come to the airport. There was a pause.... then he
somewhat reluctantly told me that doing so would be a three hour
round trip. "No problem," I told him, "I'll fly out to Zanesville
and you can meet me there." That's less than a half hour trip in the
12, so it was no big deal at all.
The ride was memorable mostly because of how ebullient he was. I've
seen that in younger people, and sometimes in 50-somethings as
mentioned above, but seldom in the late-60s to 70-something group.
That's not to say that they don't enjoy or appreciate it, because
they do, but this guy was almost giddy. When we landed, we went
though the obligatory "can I give you same gas money" dance, wherein
they offer a couple of times and I respectfully decline.
Besides the fact that accepting money flies right in the face of FAA
regulations, I really don't think it's necessary. I enjoy the
flying, and the hourly costs of flying an RV-12 are so low that my
out-of-pocket cost is nearly insignificant. And besides, I'm really
just re-paying the debts incurred from when it was I that was asking
for/receiving rides in RVs.
It's really just part and parcel with the mores of the RV Community.
What I have failed to consider is that what I consider to be a small
favor may very well be of a far higher worth to the recipient of my
Obviously Phil had been one of those. When I got back to home base
and picked up my phone to close my domestic flight plan (the text I
send home to tell my spouse that I had cheated fate once again), I
had a text from Phil telling me to make sure to look over to the
passenger side - he had left something in the plane.
I did so, and found two wadded up $50 bills.
I had to do something with them, so one of them now rides in the map
box, just waiting for the next time I find myself out somewhere and
short of cash. The other rides in the glove box of my car, awaiting
the same type of situation.
Late last November I received a message from Phil's wife telling me
that he had passed away.
She told me that she thought I would want to know how much that ride
had meant to Phil.
I took a day to absorb that, then remembered that I had taken a
couple of pictures of him during the flight, which I try to do with
everyone that rides with me. I was able to dig those out of my
picture repository and send the better of the two to her, for which
she was very grateful.
Then I had a thought.
I never know how to approach these things, so I cautiously composed
another message to her that went something like "I apologize if this
is inappropriate, but if you need help selling the kit, please let
me know and I'll be happy to assist."
She took me up on the offer this weekend, so I drove out to the very
nice heated garage where he had been building the plane to assess
the situation. As it turns out, it's in extremely good condition,
very well organized, and should be very easy to sell. In fact, I may
have already sold it.
I also suggested that she would have no trouble selling the
specialty tools as well. As I was winnowing them out from the more
day-to-day tools, I came across one that I need myself, so I told
her I would be making an offer on it.
When I had all of the airplane parts separated out from lawnmower
parts and the like, I asked her how much she wanted for the tool,
based on the price I found on Aircraft Spruce.
She paused, clearly thinking it through, then finally said, "Well, I
guess I need to know what your fee is going to be first."
I have to confess to being momentarily stunned by the question; I
can't imagine anyone in the RV community would even consider
charging a fee for what I had done for her.
I told her that there would be no fee - in fact, it was a nice
opportunity to use the knowledge that I spent three years building,
only to never need again. Happy to do it!
She thought for a few minutes, then said "How about $100 for the
Perfect! I had half of it right there in the car, and the other half
sitting in the map box of the plane!!
Oh, and she also asked if I had known he was ill at the time we went
flying together. I had not, but as it was cancer, he probably did.
He very likely knew that our shared flight would be the only flight
he would ever have in an RV-12 - I'm tearing up just writing this.
Now I better understand the worth people may be putting on those
rides that I consider to be just another chance to fly my airplane.
It can be quite high.
Grove City, OH
RV4 with Garmin Panel ...Walt
Paint Update ...Steve
to the RV Hotel List
Maryland - Glen Burnie/Baltimore/Annapolis - Mike Messer -
I have two spare rooms when my kids are not in town (48 weeks of the
year) and can comfortably accommodate up to four (full size bed and
bunk bed). Centrally located (20 min drive) to KMTN (Martin State),
KANP (Lee Annapolis), and KFME (Tipton) and 5 miles from BWI.
Depending on the day/time, I can pick you up. Pool (June-August) and
gym facilities in the complex. No smoking and sorry no pets.
Texas Tailwind Tuesday
Gary Platner (RV-8) sent me this pic. 20"MP, 2380rpm and
2,700'. Pretty dang good for less than 7gph.
The winds at 3,000' at the time of this photo.
Gary was flying northeast in the yellow part <g>.
Where has your cap
...and what charity did you give to? The one below went to
The 'Acts of Charity' section of the forums
January 19, 2016.
Issue No. 4,034.
RV-8R second test flight prelim data ...radial RV-8
We had a successful and event free test flight number two
today!!! Prelim numbers show a cruise speed of 155mph at 23" of mp
and 3000 engine rpm. This is 15 mph faster than my initial design
goal. This is also only 15 mph slower then my fathers 200hp RV-8.
These speeds would not have been possible without the use of the GT
electric prop. After shutdown I laser checked the cylinder head
temps. None of them were over 200f. The baffling is doing its job
quite well! Time to de cowl and do a visual inspection and filter
check. Video is posted below.
Painting ...Steve Melton update and many pics
"...pulled the n-numbers at four hours after paint. paint is very
soft and not tape free. called in the reinforcements to pull paint
mask. they had fun. the numbers came off well. Amanda dug into the
"5" somewhat with the razor on the right hand side and she told me
so, I said it was OK, no worries. she did better on the remainder.
the memories of the help are worth it. I had some runs on the cowl.
this is how to turn a nice white cowl to blue runs. one day I may
understand how to paint but with the help at the end of the day it
was a good day. outside air temp -12C when we pulled the n-number
Update on N914VA...east coast RV-14A demonstrator
(Mitch Lock) "It's gonna be a little while before I can
give demos. Being certificated under Experimental R&D which is the
precursor to Market Survey/Crew Training like all of Van's factory
airplanes, I have a 50 hour phase one flight test, plus a paint
appointment next month. Should be up and working by mid March."
The RV Hotel
Update ...21 pages of places to stay for free
We are about 10 miles from the airport (CYSQ) and have a guest cabin
that will sleep 2-3. Not far off the Alcan route. Plenty of parking
at the airport. Can pick you up at the airport. We’re typically in
residence from late May through mid-September. Lots of great stuff
to do here. Best contact is email (arehart 'at' unr 'dot' edu) as we
don’t have a phone there.
Greg & Julia Arehart
We have a hangar at RTS, home of the Reno Air Races. Sometimes can
squeeze in another RV, or it is empty parts of the summer when we
are traveling. We have a spare bedroom with double bed and can
sometimes lend a vehicle if needed. Best contact is email (arehart
'at' unr 'dot' edu).
Greg & Julia Arehart
Update on 'Morning Sickness'
Well, it looks like Mike was right all along
I took the lower cowl off and found the mixture arm was about 1/4"
or so off its stop. I then found I could move it that bit extra
using the cockpit control. There were witness marks on the cowl - on
the angle of the air intake section. A quick "re-profiling" with the
Dremel and all now works as it should.
I have another couple of jobs to do before rolling her out and
running the engine but I think the problem is solved. Thanks guys!
(later)......Just to close the thread - started up today and back to
its normal, sweet self. I just wish all snags were so easy to fix.
Well, easy when you have thousands of experts on VAF!
Thanks again, guys.
For Those Making Their Own Seats...
v3.0 of Vac's Training Syllabus is Online
Version 3.0 Summary of Changes
-Corrected FAR Flight Review reference
-Changed assumed weight for parachutes for the purpose of computing
weight and balance to actual weight
-Scrubbed all Knot/MPH references throughout all Parts and adopted
the following convention: “Van’s Aircraft provides RV-type airspeed
performance data and limitations using MPH. In accordance with
current practice, this guide presents airspeed in knots and MPH
(generally presented in a KTS/MPH format). If a speed is a factory
specified limitation, it is converted from MPH to knots and rounded
to the closest appropriate knot. In some cases when converting from
MPH to knots, a small interpolation is made to produce an easy to
reference “round” number ending in zero or five if it does not
exceed an airspeed limitation. Due to variation between individual
aircraft, calibrated airspeed is utilized in lieu of indicated
airspeed. Indicated airspeed for a specific RV-type can only be
determined through flight test.”
-Revised figures and some discussion in RV-type aerodynamics
-Edited bounced landing ROT of page 434. Added ROT regarding
retracting flaps abruptly (manual flaps) on conventional gear types
during wheel landing.
-Edited LANDING section in PART 2. Added additional power-control
discussion and established “no later than” point for stabilized
final approach criteria.
-Added RV-3B weight and balance limits to Table 1-1. Limits obtained
from Van’s tech support, including note regarding wing fuel weight
inclusion in maximum allowable aerobatic gross weight.
-Added knots to Tables 2-1 and 2-2: VNE TAS quick reference data.
-Added RV-3B data to Table 2-4. Revised notes.
-Added RV-3B data to Table 2-5. Re-ordered notes.
-Added RV-3B data to Table 2-6. Added suggested asymmetric G limits
(asymmetric G limits are not specified for RV-types by Van’s).
Revised and re-ordered notes.
-Added RV-3B data to Table 3-2. Only VFE provided for RV-3 is 100
MPH/95 KTS. Note: No factory guidance available stating VFE for
half-flaps or less is 10 MPH higher as is available for other
-Added RV-3B data to Table 3-7. Revised and re-ordered notes.
-Revised note 1 in table 2-3/3-8.
-Revised and added to Appendix D: RV Handling Rules of Thumb
January 18, 2016.
Issue No. 4,033.
to air pic ...Guilherme Plassmann (Brazil)
9A Status Report ...Tom Argentieri pics
Finally had some time after the Holidays to Sikaflex in the aft
window on my tip-up canopy. Lots of clamps, but the mess was
Status Report ...Gil Alexander 6A
Actual progress. Wings on with the real, final bolts.
Trigger Happy ...Charlie Derk RV-10
I got a little trigger happy with my drill and step bit. What was
supposed to be a 5/8" hole is now a little less than 3/4". This is
on my RV10 elevator.
What is the best way to "fix" something like this? New spar? New
(larger) bushing? Silicone? VHB?
Paint Update ...Steve Melton pics
"...cowling paint line. I do not think where the line is matters,
I was only going for symmetry.
I pulled a tape line for the bottom blue across the lower cowl for
each side half way and met close to the middle. I picked the one I
liked best and made a template and duplicated the other side. mark
the template with a pencil and cut the line. the trick is to find
the cowl center with the template. the trial and error method worked
for me on the 5th measurement. very little wasted tape with this
method. this 1/4 inch tape in the picture is the negative. I latter
swept a 1/2 inch blue tape around the entire cowl as one piece to
match the 1/4 inch one. the wider tape gave a smoother line and was
still able to contour..."
Welcome Heartland Machine & Mfg.
the Previous Day's News section) "Heartland Machine
& Mfg is offering their John's Rotisserie Kit to the VAF community
along with other unique products related to building EXP aircraft.
This rotisserie kit provides builders with the key components needed
to quickly build their own rotisserie using two pieces of common
lumber and hardware. See pictures and a video at
January 15, 2016.
Issue No. 4,032.
Wishing you and yours a happy,
safe and RV-filled weekend.
N914VA Ready to Fly! ...RumbaChad
Van's east coast RV-14A demonstrator received her airworthiness
certificate Wednesday evening from DAR David Schober.
Congratulations to Mitch for all his hard work (and patience)!
The RV-14/14A Forum
Intermittent Fuel Pressure Problem
I own a RV7A with an IO-360, fixed pitch prop. with a Dynon
SkyView that I bought from the builder and have been having an
annoying fuel pressure issue since I bought it. At WOT during
takeoff and in a climb with the electric fuel pump on, fuel pressure
seems fine (30-35psi) If I shut electric fuel pump off I sometimes
get a drop in my fuel pressure and an audio "low fuel pressure"
warning from the SkyView. Drops to about 12-14psi. This doesn't
happen all the time. When this first happened, I thought it was the
mechanical pump, so I replaced it with a new one and checked my
filters. That didn’t solve the problem. Engine always runs strong
and I haven't had any issues. A week ago, after preheating the
engine with a red dragon heater, starting and waiting for oil temps
to rise above 100 (OAT was 25F) I performed a run up and I was
getting a high fuel pressure warning. I believe it was around 40-45+
PSI. without electric fuel pump on. I waited a while to observe
engine performance. All seemed well. I decided to take off and stay
in the pattern. After engine warmed to operating temps all seemed
fine, fuel pressure came back to normal and I had an uneventful 2
My questions to you all, is: Since I already replaced the mechanical
fuel pump, what should I check next? Does temperature effect
anything? Why was I getting high fuel pressure in cold weather and
low in regular temps? Is it possible my fuel lines are effected by
different temperatures? Is it possible it is just a bad sensor?
Also, when I turn on my electric fuel pump, according to the SkyView
fuel flow goes up a bit. Is this common?
Eagle's Nest Projects - Central High School (WI) Banquet honoring
One Lonely Neglected RV at Leadville Colorado ...turbo :^)
Took a drive thru the airport yesterday while being out here
enjoying the cool wx. The airport guy said it flew twice last
summer. What a shame. The airport is looking great though.
I'm finally satisfied with the new shape of the cowling, I think.
I bought a gallon of auto body filler to do the final shaping mostly
because I could spread it and be sanding in 25 minutes, it was also
cheaper but I missed the workability of the west systems. I did add
some West Systems and flox immediately aft of the inlet rings. All
the foam, filler etc is getting removed after the glass is on and
My reference lines have mostly been sanded out, but they helped me
keep things uniform as far as I can tell.
January 14, 2016.
Issue No. 4,031.
I was offered a ride in Sid
Mayeux's RV-7A 'Kellie Girl' today at the cave and was happy to go.
Beautiful plane that flew exactly as advertised. Sid's request was
for me to show him my usual spots for seeing deer. "I have the
aircraft." During the flight Monk joined up for a bit, and I got
this pic while Sid flew. The Wx is pretty good around here
right now, and the skies are busy with RVs. Good times...
I have an IO-540 fitted to my -10 and have been having some minor
issues first flight of the day.
Everything was fine until I was away from home for about 6 weeks so
decided to install desiccator plugs. The problem started after I
refitted the normal plugs although I have difficulty believing it
has anything to do with that - just coincidence.
On the first flight, the engine starts fine but then starts to
stumble. I don't believe it is an ignition fault as it dies and then
recovers if I give it a bit of throttle. It's almost like a vapor
lock but can't be. Putting the electric pump on makes no difference.
There is no evidence of any water in the system. I also do not
believe it is the traditional "Morning Sickness" of a sticky valve -
the engine is only 25 hours old and it is definitely like a weak cut
rather than a misfire. By the time I have done the engine run-up all
is well. Second flight of the day, no problem.
The first time it happened, I put it down to the engine having sat
there fore 6 weeks but it occurred again the next day, although not
as bad. I haven't flown since as I am away and the engine is again
inhibited. I am hoping to fly again in the next few days, so any
- doesn't feel like an ignition problem
- doesn't feel like a sticky valve
- can't be the EDP as the electric pump ON makes no difference
- can't be vapor lock as the engine is cold
That leaves water. The drains are clear but I suppose it could be
collecting somewhere else. The aircraft is kept in an unheated
hangar so could it be condensation in the fuel? This is the first
winter the aircraft has been finished and flying.
More than irritating as the engine had been running absolutely
sweetly! Any thoughts appreciated.
One less naked plane ...David Nelson
After flying naked (the plane, not me) for just over four years,
she's finally got paint!
Rest in Peace Mr. Tommy Holland (RV-6A)
[ed. Mr. Holland passed away a few days ago, and David Jones
sent me the following article
that was written three or so years ago. Reading this article
will be time well spent.
Status Report ...Aero Octaveus
Well. Finally reached a mile stone for the project. Wings are
mounted on the wing stand and ready to rock.
New from Dynon- SkyView 14.0 Released & SV-GPS-2020 Shipping
We're excited to share two pieces of news. First, we are now
shipping our 2020-compliant ADS-B Out position source - the
SV-GPS-2020 GPS Receiver. We've also just released SkyView System
Software version 14. In addition to support for the SV-GPS-2020,
SkyView v14 includes over 30 new capabilities and improvements.
Dynon Avionics. (more)
Houston Area Builders/Flyers Monthly Lunch
Looks like the last time we did this was back in November at
Carl's, so let's make it Hooks this time around. Let's get some B-52
burgers at the Aviator's Grill this Saturday at 11:30.
I need to talk to you guys and get motivated again, I've been back
from vacation for a couple weeks now and still haven't gotten back
to work yet...
Updated- AcroBox for iOS
January 13, 2016.
Issue No. 4,030.
Might any VAF readers
Jeep Wranglers for a living? In the next few months I need to
turn over the Ford Ranger to my now-old-enough-to-drive son.
I'm looking for a base model no frills that can be cleaned with a
leaf blower. Manual window cranks will be just fine. I don't
enjoy car shopping and would rather deal with a RV builder/owner who is
in the biz than, you know,
vansairforce 'at' gmail 'dot' com if you might be able to
help...and thank you.
Radial powered RV-8R flies!!!! ...video
"I am happy to announce that the RV-8R has flown for the first
time! She was test flown by my father, Mike Kelly at 8:00 am EST.
test conditions 45 F, clear skies, calm winds. Chase plane was a 160
She flew straight and true, and did two circuits over the airport to
a landing. Engine and oil temps remained low. The propeller from GT
performed flawlessly and cycled to maintain 3300 engine rpm. Top
speed achieved was 130 knots. At one point the chase plane said he
was at full throttle and couldn't catch up. These are all very
preliminary numbers and will be verified with more test flying. But
for now I can say that 10 years of painstaking effort have come to
Time to un cowl and inspect. A huge thanks to everyone who made
N789KD's First Passenger
Today My lovely wife/building buddy was the first passenger after
Phase I was completed. As she was my "Kathy the Riveter" when I
couldn't reach both sides, that made her the K in the K&D Aircraft
factory in my backyard.
Nice cool morning with little wind, that made for a smooth
demonstration of our 9A. For someone that isn't into flying she had
a great time enjoying every minute. Jesse Saint was the cameraman,
thanks again for all his help.
Now we'll be doing some traveling
I guess I'll have to revise my profile.
A riddle for you mountaineers ...Vlad (3 pics)
How long will it take to recognize this mountain?
Looking for some input....knowing full well the broad topic at
I am looking at purchasing a 15 year old RV-6. It has a factory new
Lycoming O-360 A4M with 540 TTSN. The drawback here is that the
aircraft has been hangar for 10 years, without a single flight hour
on it (owner grounded for medical).
My natural concern is corrosion. Is there a good way to check for
this without cracking open the case? At this point, I was thinking
of valuing the aircraft with the engine core and getting it
PIREP for the Property Owners at my Airport
Update on David's Wife ...David Domeier
"...At present we are into week 2 of radiation/chemo treatment.
Marge is taking it very well but is tired and growing weaker, she
can walk be it slowly and steps are a problem, can't tell if it is
the tumor or side effects of treatment. They won't take another MRI
for several months to see what's going on. We have a weekly
appointment with Doctor on Wednesdays of this six week session to
We (Marge's oldest son) and I have looked at other prototype
treatments. As our surgeon said after surgery, there are many, he
has tried many, all are experimental. We've decided to stay the
course here for now.
The Duke research is encouraging, 2 persons have had remission but
11 others of the initial 20 have died. The is much to learn about
the polio virus treatment. The trauma of moving Marge to Duke and
live in an apartment would be very stressful for her. At present she
is very comfortable in her home just 12 minutes from treatment. She
is age 74 and also suffers dementia.
Again thanks to all for sharing your prayers and thoughts. It is
people who make life worth living. Airplanes are fun but in the end
it is people who really matter."
January 12, 2016.
Issue No. 4,029.
Polyphosphazenes and BBQ
Meet Patricia. She is a chemistry major at SMU and works in
the lab across the hall from our daughter Audrey. Audrey
invited her out to the airport last weekend to get a ride in 'Flash'.
It was pretty much a brochure-perfect orientation ride.
Cold, smooth air. Good viz. Some deer to look at, and a
bit of formation on Randy's wing. Followed by lunch at the
Hard 8 BBQ. For about 30 minutes there, I think I was actually
what the kids would call 'cool'. Well, maybe 10
Patricia tried to explain over lunch what her lab time is spent
working on (this
stuff). Trying to modify polymers so that, in one
application for example, there is a lower rate of rejection in the
body when implants are used during post-mastectomy reconstructive
Randy Richmond photo.
First Flight VH-MQB ...Michael Brooks 9A (Melbourne, Australia)
I'm pleased to report that VH-MQB (serial number 91939) now does
what it's supposed to do. Father and child are doing well, as
is the test pilot Tony Manning, who did a magnificent job. Thanks to
this great forum and its contributors. Without it I would have been
lost. Apart from a few niggles it was a relatively painless
experience and flies "hands off" straight and level.
RV-8 Status Report ...Martin Leroux
Ever since I received my fuselage kit, I resisted the temptation
to play with parts and build the airplane on cleco just for fun,
then dream and making some airplane noise...Please admit will all do
Now that I work on my fuselage in a rented shop shared with my
father and my uncle, they come almost daily witness the progress on
my aircraft. Last November, they kept asking questions about
aircraft parts, such as "What's this ? Where does it go ? I don't
understand, show me and explain..." Therefore, because of "family
peer pressure", over a period of about two week-end days, I built
the fwd fuse and the mid fuse on clecos. And when they came back,
now they could understand how my RV-8 is built.....And then they
started bringing friends to show the airplane in the garage
When they came back a few days later, they were disappointed to see
the aircraft disassembled..."Hey dude, I have to disassemble it to
make it for real later" I told them
Anyhow, this week-end of work spend building the fuselage
temporarily turned out to be a great exercise. I got to know my
parts and where they fit better. Definitely not a waste of time as I
expected. And then I got fewer questions all the time...
DIY Painting Update ...Steve Melton
Jeff Update ...via Vlad
"Just got a progress report via SpyNet
January 11, 2016.
Issue No. 4,028.
I had the honor of attending Red Marron's funeral on
Saturday. The infamous B.C. Squadron was represented well!
There was some sadness, but rest assured there were many, many laughs.
What a life well lived! Red, I'll see you on the other side
someday. You set the bar pretty high...
The Passing of a GREAT!!!!!
(Jesse starts the talking) "Now I realize some people
reading this know what I truly believe is the source and cause of
happiness. That hasn't changed. The title would more appropriately
read "Happiness in aviation is...", but that isn't as catchy.
Happiness in aviation is walking out to the car after work and
saying, "I think I'll take the -6A up for a spin." 25 minutes later
I'm again walking out to the car with the biggest RV Grin. 0.3 hrs
on the Hobbs, 1.8 gallons of $3.12 100LL, 2 aileron rolls and a
majestic setting sun. Does aviation get any better than that?!
What is your "happiness in aviation is..." moment like?"
Pink Slip!! ...Greg Niehues
Still a few weeks away from first flight due to some lingering
squawks and a few family commitments, but N16GN is official!! Thanks
I thought I would fit but the gap between the poles is 3" shorter
then my wingspan. Any ideas where I am?
From the Mothership
January 8, 2016.
Issue No. 4,027.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
Sigh of relief ...Ray in WV
Received the pink slip today from Charlie Monola, FISDO
Charleston, WV. He made the FAA look good with his great attitude,
professionalism and here to help attitude. Now the fun begins. It's
time to put to use the skills I learned from John "Jetguy" Asbury
during the transition training last month.
Retired! ...Gerry Julian 6A
As of Thursday, Dec. 31, I am officially retired after a 35 year
career as a physical therapist/clinic owner. Of course, this means
more time at the hangar (finally get that GRT EFIS I've had lying
around for a year installed), and more time in the air. There...this
post is officially RV related! Time to start putting some real hours
on Second Wind <g>
Rolled the Canoe ...Larry Larson 7A
Matt Dralle Update ...FB/Tim Brandt/Bob Leffler
Matt & Katie Update: Matt was moved today to the rehab hospital
in Walnut Creek where he will be for the next several weeks. He
starts work tomorrow.
Once we know Matt's schedule I will try to have a way to schedule
people to go see him at the rehab hospital. I would like to have at
least one visitor per day so that Matt has encouragement and
friendly faces as Katie will not be there during the week after this
A few Maintenance items. Parts 1 and 2 ...John RV-12
Just replaced those cute little plastic inserts in the carb
throttle arm where the springs attach. See parts 74 and 73 in the
788 hours on each one.
TeenFlight Puyallup celebrates 1st Flight
TeenFlight Puyallup celebrated the first flight of it's first
student built RV-12 on December 10th, piloted by Marv Scott.
This is the first of three RV-12s currently under construction and
we are expecting the next first flight by end of this school year.
Status Update ...crabandy pics
It's Alive!!! ...RV7Guy
Finally, my panel is lit up. I'm using the Vertical Power Primary
Power System that provides power to the VP-X. There were a couple of
wiring issues that Chad Jensen helped me work through. After that
was done, we got the VP-X configured. Then, hit the switch and
powered everything. All smoke stayed in the boxes. At this point,
there are only 2 minor issues that I'm sure I will trace back to me
The equipment is as follows. 2 AFS 5500T (touch screen) EFIS's,
Garmin 750, Garmin SL40, TruTrak Gemini 880, Garmin 330 remote
mounted, CO Guardian 455, XM weather and radio, NavWorx ADS-B.
Thursday Morning No Flying
LIFR around here Thursday, so instead some talking, doing DB
upgrades, solving the world's problems and lunch at Wendy's.
Afternoon looked good, though.
January 7, 2016.
Issue No. 4,026.
could be the most boring video ever uploaded to the internet, but it
means something to me. My first PIC in the by God clouds in
OMG IMC flying IFR. LOL. 2,400' OVC and mist around
N.Texas on the 6th, so I went up to KGLE (VFR) for $2.99 fuel, then
got a pop up clearance back into KAFW on the way back. ILS
16L. At DH in VMC I cancelled and went back to my home field
3n.m. to the east.
It's only 1min 49sec, but it documents previously unseen white
stuff around the canopy as I joined the localizer. Kind of
a non-event looking back. I reached down to turn a knob and
when I looked back up everything was white. Eyes went straight
to the PFD as trained. Pretty neat feeling.
My IFR Checkride
9A Status ...Ken Boyd
My RV9A flew for the first time on November 14, 2015. As of
January 6, 2016 I have 25 hours of my 40 hours of test time flown
off. I am very happy with the finished product.
All log books backed up! ...turbo and others
"...it only took ten minutes and a camera. this was my new years
resolution to my aircraft. filed away in a safe deposit box, time
well spent. the plan is to update the sd card at the beginning of
each year. there are many good reasons to do this."
Met the newest RV on the block! ...Vlad re: Charlie
I flew to Columbia County airport 1B1 the other day. Look who is
here. Charlie Luke and his brand spanking new RV! She is a beauty
with dual GRT screens my old girl liked her.
Seat Belt cable magnetism with ADAHRS...need a fix ...Chad Hesterman
I'm wondering if anyone knows if there is a process to reduce the
magnetism of the seat belt cables? I am having a bit of interference
with my Dynon D6 and a much less extent, my Skyview. I have mounted
the ADAHRS and D6 compass on a cross bar aft of the baggage
compartment. The seat belt cables pass about 5 inches from them. I
am getting some heading swing if I move the cables around. I am in
the build stage of my 7A still, so I am looking for an easy solution
if there is one. I have wrapped the cables in two layers of plastic
shield, but no help.
Thanks for any ideas.
GoPro Mount for Top of VS ...rightrudder
And a Little Pull Ring
Upgraded Panel ...Walt
Another one I finished recently, nice clean simple VFR panel with
room for upgrading to IFR later if desired.
WANTED: Beta Testers for New Construction Log App
(Ryan Asleson) "I'm nearing completion on a software application
that experimental aircraft builders can use to log and record the
construction process of the aircraft. The application allows the
builder to create entries detailing specific work completed,
including photographs. There are other features included to help the
builder track the construction progress that I won't detail here,
but are intended to help the builder visualize and document the
I'm looking for builders who are actively in the construction
process to serve as beta testers for the application. The ideal beta
•Is actively constructing an experimental aircraft
•Uses a desktop internet browser such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or
•Actively uses an iOS (iPhone or iPad) or Android mobile device
•Is willing to provide feedback such as bug reports, comments on
features, or general recommendations
In return for their assistance, beta testers receive free lifetime
use of the product.
If you are interested in becoming a beta tester, please call
612-246-4550 and leave a message
that includes your email address and the type of mobile device
(Android or iOS) you have."
January 6, 2016.
Issue No. 4,025.
I spent the day nursing
a sick kiddo. The Tater's doing better, and I got a chunk of
Move to the Airport in Pictures ...John Walker RV-10
Finally catching up on an update. We got a lot done in the
week before Christmas. Did the Matco Wheel and brake upgrade
(finally) as well as the front axel upgrade. They had been on my
list since the beginning but were in the "can happen anytime"
pile... Along with some new Desser tires (oshkosh Special) and The
plane Around Fairing spacers...
David Paule RV-3B Status Update
With the flaps and ailerons done, I wrapped them in bubblepack
and put them in the shop rafters. I think I should have adjusted the
aileron pushrods before I did that, and I might pull the ailerons
down and do just that. In the photo, we're looking almost straight
up. The tan stuff is the sprayed-in foam and you can see one of the
four electric radiant heaters, too.
Garmin Connect and D2
I've been loaned a D2 watch to
abuse for a bit,
and I thought I would ping out a thought or two. Some screen
grabs from the Connect app that you use with the watch below - three
grabs from a walk on Monday afternoon, and some from a flight some
time back. It is similar to an iWatch re: its activity
tracking features, but the flying aspect is actually kinda
convenient. For tracking a flight, if you're just wanting how
far, how high, how long and a ground track, it's pretty painless,
actually. You just select 'Fly'...and then look at your phone
after your flight. It 'syncs' using lasers and ball bearings,
Of note in the flying grabs you can see the green elevation graph
showing the ILS into KAFW and then the RNAV 17 into Decatur.
In the pace graph of the walking grab you can see where I stopped to
cross a couple of streets (waiting for cars) and where I stopped to
talk to one of Tate's friends I passed there at the end.
Click to enlarge pics....
The 'high level' screen...
...tapping on the map gives...
...and tapping on the little square with a line graph in it
Bet you can tell when the autopilot was on <g>.
High level same as above...
...tapping on the little piece of paper with the bent corner
....and the graph is like above.
Mystery Boats ...Vlad
Matt Dralle Update ...via FB via Tim Brandt via Bob Leffler
Matt & Katie update: Today Matt got to start eating semi-solid
foods. He also is waiting for a room on the 4th floor so he is
moving out of ICU. The boss and I went to see him at lunch and he
looked really good. Really strong grip and doing well. There is a
lot of work ahead for Matt but I know he can do it.
Matt will be soon moving to a Rehab Hospital sometime this week in
Walnut Creek for several weeks.
Thank you for your continued prayers as Matt progresses.
1st GoPro video from my RV-4 ...Dean Pichon
Status: Dave Grimmer RV-8
Entered the canoe stage with the help of my son, who is becoming
a good riveter.
New hole in my left finger
(JohnP MI) So, after telling myself over and over and over that
it wouldn't happen to me, I managed to drill a neat 3/32" hole in my
left middle finger.
How it happened... I was drilling the last hole in the right
elevator outboard rib trailing tip of my RV-4. The space was too
narrow to fit my standard wood drilling block, so I whipped out a
new one from some 1/4" plywood I had laying around. I was down to
the final two holes and was thinking ahead to the next step -
deburring. In went the block of wood, the drill was centered, and I
pulled the trigger. The next thing I knew, I could feel the drill
bit twisting into my finger. Ouch. I was bleeding sawdust, aluminum,
What I learned... 110deg split-tip HSS drills cut through plywood
like warm butter AND the drill stop exists for a reason. From now on
I will be much more diligent about setting the drill stop depth
January 5, 2016.
Issue No. 4,024.
Visiting family and friends ...N941WR
"Sometimes we simply forget what great traveling machines our
RV’s are. More importantly, we forget what great friendship machines
Three years ago, while attending the Triple Tree Fly-in my son, who
was four at the time, and I walked back to the plane to get a toy
out of the back and two gentlemen were giving it a pretty good
inspection. As we walked up, I introduced myself and asked if they
had any questions.
It turned out the son, Paul, had built an RV-6 and his father had
just started on a -9 and was trying to decide where to put the
little wheel. Neither had flown in a -9 or -9A so I offered both of
them a ride, which they gratefully accepted. After the post flight
debrief we each went our separate ways.
Later that day, while talking to another friend (I think it was
Pierre), I noticed my son was running around with two little girls,
the younger one being his age. After finishing with Pierre, I
introduced myself to the girl’s mother and grandmother. While
chatting with Mom and Grandmother, and watching the kids runaround,
expending more energy than I expend in half a day, the two gentlemen
I had previously given rides to approached and started chatting. As
it turns out, the two ladies were their wives and the girls where
Crabandy RV-7 Status Report
Best build session I've had all year.....last couple of months included!
Mr. Baby is down for a solid nap while the oldest 2 are actually interested
in learning how to apply math with tape measures, ratios (mixing epoxy) and
power tools while the 2 year old plays in the bucket of soapy water......
Here's the blank slate so to say, its been the front of my plane for 2
flying years and attacking it with 60 grit and sloppy epoxy has been the
biggest hang-up of this project.
Ollie Washburn...Rest in Peace
(from Miles) "Ollie Washburn, an RV-6A driver and the host
for the Love's Landing Fly-ins (and my Dad's next-door neighbor when
Dad was still there) passed away last week (Tuesday, I think) after
a short illness. I haven't seen an obituary, but Ollie himself
posted on Facebook on Christmas Eve that he had been in the hospital
since Monday that week and was not feeling well. Then last Tuesday
condolences on his loss started showing up.
Ollie and Loreen hosted my Dad's Celebration of Life in 2008 and for
that I and my family will always be grateful."
Jan/Feb '16 FAA Safety
Briefing is Online ...TOC below
Bagels and Cream Cheese ...Joe Wilbur RV-10
You know you've been at it a little too much when you feel compelled to
sand your bagel after meticulously filling all the nooks and crannies with
Thankfully after a couple weeks of daily work on the cabin top, I can say
it's finally done, painted, and almost fully installed. It isn't perfect,
but it's pretty good if I do say so myself.
January 4, 2016.
Issue No. 4,023.
Sunday morning before Mass I scooted out to the field for my
first flight of 2016. 34*F and calm on the surface. Thick
air that works so well for spotting deer at slower speeds - counted
sixteen in half an hour. I don't think any of them even looked up.
Must be used to me.
Back in the pattern, trimmed up with the AOA dialed in for final, I got
one of those 'this is the greatest hobbies in the world' type feelings
again. I had the airport to myself, there weren't any bumps or
crosswinds, and right as the wheels touched I dumped the flaps, stopping
in 932' if you believe the ruler feature on GoogleEarth. What a
confidence builder! These planes are absolutely amazing.
Back home by 0930 for food, God, work, workout and football. Hoping
you had a nice holiday. Lot of stuff in today's edition...lots of
RVating over the holidays!
First Flight Jeff Reins
"My Vans Aircraft RV8, N37HR, S/N 82310, was inspected on
December 31, 2015. First flight was January 2, 2015. Flight was
performed by Jay Pratt of RV Central, Saginaw, Texas. The plane is
powered by an OX-340S-A1A2N, propeller is Hartzell HC-C2YR-1BF
weight is 1043 lbs. Jay was excited about the acceleration on take
off. Thank you Vans for the experience!
From the test pilot Jay Pratt, "He used a ECI. O-340 Stroker
rated at 177hp.
I was the pilot. I am impressed with this engine in Jeff's RV8!!! He
has A Hartzell prop. The airplane weighed in at 1047."
Happy New Years from Maine @ 3000 ft ...pics from David
Hope everyone had a good holiday, took it easy last night so got
up and headed to KBST for a 1st flight in 2016.
A little cold -9c with 12kt crosswinds gusting to 18, but still nice
Update on Matt Dralle
2 Years to First Flight ...David Otero
One week shy of the 2 year anniversary of the day I started my
RV-7, N505RV took to the air. Couldn't have happened without the
help and support of my wonderful wife and great friends. I'll post
RV-8 Blog ...welcome Chris Dupin
Mr. John Farnham...Rest in Peace (posted by his son Ross)
2015 Review ...Jay Pratt starts the ball rolling
"...186.2 hours logged in all airplanes.
Sun N Fun and Key West in RV8 Borrowed Horse
Flew the Skywagon 'Paul Revere' to Spearfish, SD, Winifred, Montana,
Kalaspell, Montana. Drove into Canada. Johnson Creek, Idaho, Salt
Lake City, Utah, visited Park City.
Oshkosh in The RV8 'Borrowed Horse' ... After OSH, we flew to visit
friends in Indiana, and Maine, drove into Canada, Prince Edward
Island, camping along the Main and Canada coast. Then Flew to
Watertown, NY and stayed a week with friends in a cabin on the St
Lawrence River. On our way home we stopped and visited more friends
in Missouri. Saw a bunch of springs and parks."
Status: Katie B's RV-3
Tail's on! Temporarily, of course. Still a lot of work to do with
control surface rigging, trim tab cable routing (grrr), and
New Years flight ...Brent Connelly RV-12 video
Teen RV-12 Build Project - Brighton, MI (45G) ...Jason Burton
Now that my first official post on the board was a plea for help
regarding fuselage instructions, my second post is a formal
introduction of myself and the RV-12 build project that my son
(Collin, 13) and I have become heavily involved with since August.
My name is Jason Burton and I am a Private Pilot and one of the lead
mentors for a teen RV-12 build project that is taking place at
Brighton Airport (45G), in Brighton, MI.
We have approximately 12 boys ages 13-17 who work on the project
twice per week with between 3 and 9 adult mentors. Admittedly, this
is my first time building and airplane, but I grew up in the Tool &
Die trade, and my career involves engineering and manufacturing of
tools for stamping, molds, medical, etc..., so I consider myself to
be mechanically inclined, and love working with my hands. Most of
our mentors, including myself, are members of EAA Chapter 384, which
is based at 45G, and are either experienced pilots, builders, or
both. In face, one of our main sponsors completed a beautiful RV-6A
several years ago, which he still owns.
cderk RV-10 Status Update
143WM is flying again! ...yankee-flyer RV-12
After waiting 6 weeks and 1 day for new prop blades from
Sensenich and then almost two weeks of miserable (300 and a half one
day) Ohio weather, she finally flew today-- two flights working on
prop pitch and just enjoying being off the ground again. Still a
little tweaking to do on the prop but she's close.
Thanks for all the help, information, and encouragement, too.
P.S. No fuel flow alarms with new Kavlico sensor installed while
there was nothing else to to.
Cascade Range - Mt Baker Area ...rockwoodrv9 trip writeup
DIY Painting ...Steve M. updates
Rocky Mountain New Year ...mchargmg
Sabrina and I took the Sabrina Lee to Buena Vista today. A
beautiful trip as always. Here is the view coming into town.
Famous Visitor ...Joe
The world's only flying RV-14A, spotted at my house!
James Clark IV First Eight Flights....and some polishing
January 1, 2016.
Issue No. 4,022.
Farewell 2015. Wishing you, your families and your
friends a happy, safe, healthy and RV-filled 2016. Thank you for
letting our family be a small part of it. The people I meet
through this site make me a better person, and for that I am forever
Vlad Wishes Us Well ...as only he can.
Matt Dralle Recovering
(Bob Leffler) Many know Matt due to his Matronics mailing
lists or his Mykitlog.com website and Kitlog build tracking
Regrettably, Matt had a stroke earlier in the week. I'm posting this
on VAF because to minimize any potential hate mail sent his
direction for lack of responsiveness in supporting these products.
Unfortunately it's going to be awhile before he will be able to
respond to any inquiries.
Matt needs our prayers as he recovers. The following was posted to
his FB page last night.
Matt Update: He is responding to comments being made by
squeezing Katie's hand and he was able to answer his age by
using his one hand. All early indicators are that he is doing
Katie sends her thanks for the prayers and that they are
Check those oil screens ...Vic
I come across many RV's who's operators forget to check the oil
screen on the engine. It should be checked at least once per year
during the annual or whenever the internal health of the engine is
in question. Here is a picture of one I removed from an RV10
yesterday that should drive the message home. IO-540 with 10:1
pistons and only 600 hours. I don't know when the screen was last
checked, but clearly there is lots of blowby. All of the chunks were
carbon, the screen was about 50% blocked, with one cylinder at 48/80
and 54/80 and all of the leakage going by the rings.
New Years Day Nor Cal Willows Lunch
There are a few of us planning to fly to Nancy's in Willows CA at
11:00 New Year Day. If we fill up Nancy's like last year it's a
short walk across the freeway to Black Bear Diner. Hope to see a lot
of you there. Happy New Year start it off right with a log book
Is this the correct accessory case for my engine?
I have a disassembled O-320-E2A that I want to overhaul. Someone
else had started it before me.
The accessory case had already been yellow tagged, cleaned and
painted but I am a suspicious type. It looks like this:
December 31, 2015.
Issue No. 4,021.
WAASUP!: Antennae Placement Matters
(quick/dirty bullet points because I've got a lot on my plate
The video is at:
- 1080pHD should display using FireFox. You might be
able to read the panel using that. My I.E. browser
displays it in 720pHD.
- Background music 'Sleepy Head' used w/permission of
the singer/co-writer (Jamie Woodson of the band 'Room Full of
Walters'). I worked with Jamie in cube land for a few
years. The first words of the song are 'Three coins in
a fountain...'. Jamie's falsetto main vocal with
normal range voice in background really works. Hook city.
- Broken layer 700' less than 200' thick a little north of our
field breaking up fast. Perfect for IFR baby steps with
- Launched 52F VFR and climbed to 2700.
- The straight segments of the flight with no audio were sped
- Contacted Approach and asked for the
RNAV 36 at nearby DTO.
- DTO was broken at 700 and reporting IFR. If you look
close, there are some clouds for a bit. I swear.
- Around 2min 30sec I active 'Vectors-To-Final' and get the
- Around 3min 40sec the WAAS logic decides it doesn't like
that my fuselage is between the antennae and the WAAS satellite
(described in detail bottom of list). Within a minute the
vertical guidance went away (I was VFR, as the clouds had broken
up faster than anticipated).
- LPV annunciation reappeared and disappeared. LNAV it
is...raised minimums per the chart.
- A big hole in the clouds let me stare at the runway the
entire way down. No clouds were hurt.
- The guy in the DTO tower sounded like he had a jawbreaker in
his mouth when I went missed.
- VFR back to 52F. Cool to see how much the stick really
gets stirred around in the flare.
- An email exchange with TOP. MEN. later produced the
HERE . Real time GPS satellite status map:
HERE . Decoder ring for the previous:
For your location, you were likely using WAAS satellite 138,
which happens to be straight south of you. In fact, if I plug in
the lat/lon of KDTO into this webpage:
...it shows that PRN 138 is at an azimuth of 198 degrees, and an
elevation of 50 degrees above the horizon."
- My WAAS antennae is the upper left one below. Starting
the GS segment of the approach pissed that antennae off.
- I wish I could play guitar as well as Jamie, and I miss
playing acoustics with him during lunch when we lived in the
movie 'Office Space'.
- Logged .5hr, .3 in the IFR system.
- Progress. Still hard to believe some of this stuff
actually makes sense to me now. I'm as shocked as you.
Mag timing most foul ...Bob Collins
I need someone to look over my shoulder and tell me what I'm
Just got the Slick 4371 mag (with impulse coupling) back from
inspection. Set the engine to 25 degrees BTC and, with timing pin
in, attached said mag, and reinstalled hold down nuts loosely.
Attached light in which open points are indicated by LED going out
and beeping starting.
Adjusted mag til I found the sweet spot and tightened (removed
timing pin before doing so). Then swung the prop around and the next
ti!me around on the #1 compression stroke, the points didn't open
until almost TDC.
I repeated this process several times with the same results. What am
I doing wrong?
I win the dumbest all time mistake ...Michael Burbidge
I was removing the long studs to install my p-mag. I used the
double not method which worked well, until I dropped one of the nuts
into the accessory case. Talk about taking the wind out of my sails.
Any suggestions for retrieving the nut? I suspect it is in the oil
Brian Chesteen Update
Folks that have followed me over the past 2 years know that I
have made some drastic changes in my life to do my part in improving
my chances at a long life to be here for my family and to enjoy
flying the RV.
Losing 135lbs and taking up recreational running and participating
in half marathons on each coast of the country and training up to 30
miles a week have been huge milestones in my life the past 2 years.
Some also know that I became the owner of 2 coronary stents at the
ripe old age of 38 back in 2008. Since then I have been tied to the
special issuance medical program in order to fly as PIC. It was
touch and go back then to realize that I was building a RV that at
the time I did not know if I would ever be able to fly as PIC of or
not. Lucky for me, I met the SI standards and flew the RV in 2010.
DIY Painting Update ...Steve Melton
And the flooding begins ...plehrke
Last weekend's 8-10" of rain across most of Missouri is starting
to take its toll on the general aviation airports. Smartt Field
(SET) already had water over its runways yesterday and many
airplanes flew over to Creve Coeur (1H0) but now Creve Coeur is
slowely starting to flood. Just a few inches yesterday on the north
east hangers but rising. Latest prediction is it will get to my
hanger on the north west corner.
I am in the middle of condition inspection so RV is total
disassembled. Thought it would be nice time to do a bit extra
inspection during the holidays. Then came the rain and who would
have thought of flooding at Christmas.
Prediction is I will have 1-3" of water in my hanger 3-5 days from
now. Time to hustle the final items on the inspection list and get
everything back together and off the floor.
I think it is going to be a long winter and spring fretting about
flooding until August.
December 30, 2015.
Issue No. 4,020.
Still Fiddling w/1080pHD
Uploaded a short 5min clip from Tue in varying lighting
conditions to both
https://youtu.be/41yAOX3wfjY. 18min flight monitoring
approach and KAFW tower. Youtube will show it in 1080pHD if
I'm view through Firefox, but not through I.E. Vimeo wants
$60/yr to show 1080p. So, click on the Youtube link using
Thinking of ways to build a custom mount for the camera that
would place it just above my right shoulder, closer to the panel.
I really want to be able to read the panel clearly, hear the audio
and capture the fun more accurately.
I'll make it work...still fiddling.
New pilot in Socal ...Brian Pham (Optometrist. Long Beach, CA)
Hi guys. I'm a new pilot (just passed my check-ride for light
sport 2 weeks ago!!). I'm interested in buying an RV6 and was
wondering if there's anyone here in Socal who would like to meet up/
hang out/ fly and let me pick their brains a little.
My plan is to get an RV6 and find someone who will train me in it
for me to get my private certificate. The trick is to find a CFI who
also has experience in an RV and willing to train me in it.
If there's anyone here who has any suggestions, that would be
I'm looking at an RV6 right now to buy and it seems like a great
deal, so I'll need to act on it soon. But I want to make sure I can
find someone who will train me in it before buying.
Thanks in advance for all your comments/ suggestions.
EarthX Battery Box Photos ...Darwin Barrie
Here's the battery box I made for the 36C, installed on the
firewall of my new 7. I used 1/2" angle and some scrap .032 sheet.
The box was powder coated. 6 ounces. TT to build about 4 hours
including a rough sketch.
I have quit flying [ed. Our friend
needs our prayers. dr]
...for a while. My wife has a Glioblastoma Grade 4 tumor in
her brain..this type of cancer is awful.
Surgery was on December 17. We start radiation/chemo process today.
It will run 5 days a week for 6 weeks, will resume flying when I
The RV-8...#83261 flying as of 6/16/2014
Uneven Airflow Update ...N412HC
So, the numbers are in. I replaced my ECI updraft sump with the
superior updraft sump. Unfortunately the numbers did not improve as
much as I hoped. Here are the numbers from my test flight climbing
EGT's - 1220,1080,1215,1070
CHT's - 386,372,365,359
EGT's - 1195,1260,1190,1280
CHT's - 352,397,334,384
GAMI - 1.2
So, the numbers are a little tighter and GAMI went down a little,
but not enough to justify the money I spent on the new sump. Oh
well. So, I need to look elsewhere to figure out the uneven airflow.
7A Pic ...Stan Bahrns
December 29, 2015.
Issue No. 4,019.
VansAirForce.net Shirt Wearer Walking the Walk
(click to enlarge - note Witt's shirt <g>)
(from Whit Nanna) "I wanted to share a photo from West
Africa where I've been deployed for the last couple months. We
volunteered at a nearby orphanage yesterday and got to spend some
time playing soccer with the kids. What a blast!
They have several children in need of sponsorship and I figured
there may be some in the RV community that would LOVE to help. It's
similar to a lot of other programs and for $35/mo, school, supplies,
food and medical care are covered. Also,
Sheltering Wings is tax deductible and accepts paypal donations
if anybody is looking for an additional year-end giving source and a
chance to make a huge difference.
Hope all is well in the States. There are definitely no winter
storms out here near the equator. Stay warm!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!"
fmi: About the
site logo / how to get it on stuff
How many fuses needed?
Seems like a simple question, but proving not to be.
How many fuses are needed in a full IFR dual screen system?
I'm on my 3rd panel on the -6A, and every re do added more fuses.
Now I'm planning the -10 electrical. I'm at the point I need to
start mounting the fuse block and don't want to get caught short on
Btw, I am set on fuses not VP or breakers.
Fuse block is being mounted to the wall where my left knee would be.
I am thinking I will go with the Cooper Bussmann
15712 or the
You can have up to 32 fuses on these. The 15401 adds relays to the
The advantage to the 15712 is it can have a low profile cover if
only using fuses.
The advantage to the 15401 is the addition of relays, but it has a
Both can use Cooper's circuit breakers in the blade type fuse
holder. This adds the advantage of going with a few breakers in the
same fuse block. But this drives a higher cover.
Would I need more than 32 fuses?
Relays might be nice for switching on the 2nd buss or to use micro
switches on the panel. They were not needed in my -6a's system, but
might be nice in the -10
New 9A builder
"Now that I have airplane parts in my garage I want to officially
introduce myself. I am David Randall from Western New York. I bought
Aaron Arvid's kit in Minneapolis. My wife and I flew out there and
packed up his finished tail and unfinished wing kit in early
December. Recently finished my wing stands. Now to learn how
to use all these tools I have never used before. Here are my sons
learning with me as we work on the practice airfoil kit. I got each
a Van's tool box kit for Christmas so we'll start those soon. In 2
weeks we take my older son to Daytona to his first semester at
Embry-Riddle University so I want to get him rivetting before then.
Couldn't hurt learning that since he is an aerospace engineering
student. I'm sure I'll have many questions so please be gentle
on this newbie!! I want to thank Vlad for my first RV ride
and Andy Turner for following up the week after that with a
ride in his beautiful RV-10. You guys are great RV ambassadors."
Broken Throttle Springs ...RV-12
I have experienced three broken throttle springs now in 80hrs of
flight. They are the new springs (Vans part SPRING-00002, McFarlane
part 6822) made by McFarlane for the vernier throttle. See service
The springs were installed by hand, so it could not be nicks caused
Ken at Van's support was not aware of any issues with the new
springs. I also have an inquiry in to McFarlane.
Anybody else out there having problems with the new springs
December 28, 2015.
Issue No. 4,018.
Hydroguy2 House/Hangar Update
[ed. That is drop dead gorgeous, Brian! Very happy
for you! dr]
First Engine Start ...rightrudder pics and video
of the Year ...from Bob Collins' day job
"...a tribute to everyone who moves forward."
many miles did you fly in 2015?..Rosie throws down
Los Angeles to England in an RV-8. By Mark Albery (Avweb)
Almost Done w/Fiberglass ...KHeidorn pics
212kt GS ...Joe w/a 40kt tailwind
Site Mascot Gets Into Some Chocolate
While in Waco on Christmas Day, Moondog found some Hershey Kisses under a
chair (possible placement by grandkids). So, we spent some time that
afternoon/evening at the vet getting an X-ray to see if he ate the foil
wrappers, too. Didn't.
- Gas money to/from Waco for Christmas with Mom-in-Law: $40
- Cleaning supplies to clean up dog barf: $5
- Finding a vet open on Christmas:
We're glad the little fart is going to be OK.
Moondog requested the modesty screen.
I may have exaggerated it for comedic effect.
Painting ...Steve Melton update
Family Christmas in the Hangar ...Mike Hillger
Normally, we push the plane out for our large family Christmas
party. The West Texas Blizzard forced us to let the RV7 be included
in the celebration.
RV-7 Status Report ...George Fahmy
Found Online: German
Guitar Maker w/RVs on the Fretboard
December 24-25, 2015.
Issue No. 4,017.
Goodbye 2015 ...Vlad starts it
It was a great year of flying my RV9A. I had 245 VFR Days and
flew 587 trouble free hours enjoying every minute of it (vs
262d/620h in 2014). Looking forward to better 2016!
Highlights of the year. Mo's Ice Flyin on Ottawa River Canada.
From the mothership
More DIY Painting Pics ...Steve Melton
"...fairing looks good, no immediate orange peel, urethane likes
to be room temp, cold paint goes on too thick and can cause orange
peel when hanging to cure. I'll post of picture of this tomorrow to
see the overnight effects."
North Pole RNAV (GPS) Rwy 18
minutes condensed to 6
Tuesday morning I flew over to KAFW and shot
the 16L ILS. Captured the flight from radios ON to clear of
the active - experimenting with the VIRB camera. This at
720pHD, so you can't really read the panel. You can probably
make out when I turn onto the localizer and put the chart up on the
MFD. A sunset flight should be next test of this equipment,
and at 1080pHD. 90% of the video is played 800% faster than
recorded...you shouldn't get too bored. I turned the autopilot
on for a bit while established on the GS, just for giggles.
The VIRB video editing software has some new overlays which were
neat to see (the 'gauges' on the right side). And I'm sorry
our runway is as bad looking as it is. Several of us are quite
embarrassed and are working the problem.
Anyway, something to do at work for six minutes if you're bored.
1080p HD upload test of a portion of this video:
(seems to work on my FireFox but not in IE...looking into
12/23/2015. 0001 UTC.
Issue No. 4,016.
DIY Painting ...Steve Melton
top cowl. I heated the paint and reducer to
70F before mixing by placing in a box in front of an electric
heater. I heated the hangar to 24C and the booth temp for the first
coat was 80F and finish painting booth temp was 70F. I used DT885
reducer to try to get a nice smooth finish. I painted the part
upside down. the warm paint was thinner, had better flow and was
overall easier to work with. added that to my checklist. towards the
aft I managed to loose the paint line and also got the gun to close
and saw the effects of paint "swoosh" in all directions from the air
pressure. I thought I had ruined it but slowly it began to heal
itself. other than this defect I'm happy with it.
also, the day before I forgot to clean my gun after K36. that took a
full hour to clean. another painful lesson.
the "swoosh" run is just behind the reflection of the wire. I will
get another picture of this tomorrow to see the effects of gravity
Surgery Update ...Ed Wischmeyer
Was surprised and disappointed when they
said they'd keep me overnight but boy was that a good call on their
part!! Was hurting immediately post op. And I'm getting IV
As advertised, this surgery was lots less invasive than the last one
- I was able to eat dinner the day of surgery. Letting the bone
graft heal won't be any faster, though.
Will go home today to a very clean house.
Thanks to all for prayers and support!
A personal tradition; I build a new towbar
for every new project. Thought you might like to see this one.
Mods ...Lance Logan
Here's a couple of pics ("I hope" says the
caveman) this is a little different than what I did on the RV8A. The
6 exhaust is angled much more sharply down, so no center piece. The
ramp that guides the air out of the cowl is likely as responsible as
the 'flow straightener', but I'm too lazy to take the cowl of just
to get a pic. Sorry about the dirty bottom... been doing a little
12/22/2015. 0021 UTC.
Issue No. 4,015.
Early Winter Fun ...Jesse Bentley
Breakfast at Lone Rock Saturday morning then
down to Ron Moring's place for a little airplane geek out session.
(He's well along on a Glasair Sportsman project) Ron grabbed these
pics as I departed in the snow. Amazing how a little snow in the
grass shortens your landing roll out!
Glass RV10 ...Troy Branch
Today I was given an early Xmas gift by one
of my Employees. I talk airplanes often at work and she is so nice
to always listen. Her hobby is making all kinds of things out of
glass. Everyone needs hobbies and melting glass is a pretty cool
hobby to say the least.
She surprised me today with what she thought was not the perfect
airplane and was concerned about what I would think. Well it is an
amazing feat to make such a thing out of glass and I was very happy
with what I saw. You have to hand cut all the parts and then lay
them on top of one another before placing them in the oven. You
never really know what the final result will be. I know many hours
was spent on this and I am very thankful for such a gift. It is
melted onto a colored glass and then placed in a frame. I had not
idea you could do this with glass.
I took her and her husband in the RV10 this summer, both very
nervous flyers on commercial jet aircraft....they can't wait to go
back up in the RV10. Much better experience for them.
The Branchair family is happy to hang this on the wall.
Status ...Gregg Brightwell
Flipped the Canoe! Big Milestone for me.
Well, the last week or so, I have been taking care of odds and ends,
while waiting for a rivet partner. Steve was able to come by today,
and we knocked out the right side of the forward fuse, and a few
fasteners on the firewall. Here is a pic after we were done
AcroBox- an app for aspiring aerobatic pilots
...free app from Brad Benson
What happen to this cotter pin?
(AX-O) I went flying again yesterday
and during my preflight I found this. It was not there before the
previous flight. no signs of hitting anything. Any ideas on what
could had caused this? I was thinking a rope but I have not been
around any ropes. BTW, that is a DJM 4 inch wheel. Love it.
Carlos' Static Line Run Pics
12/21/2015. 0107 UTC.
Issue No. 4,014.
Surgery and Full RV Proficiency ...Ed Wischmeyer
The good news is that I'm getting my third
(and hopefully last!) back surgery on Monday, but the challenge is
maintaining the high level of proficiency required to make RV flying
The brief history:
* Three years ago, laminectomy with bilateral foraminotomy. The
challenge after that surgery was regaining G tolerance. I don't
think that I ever got it back more than about 3 Gs, pretty low.
* A year ago was the mother of all surgeries, spinal fusion from L1
- L5, with full recovery taking a year. I started flying after six
months (with a CFI buddy, a really good call, even in my docile old
Cessna), and when the Cessna sold, bought an RV-9A and added a
second G3X touch screen. What with weather, flu, and other
interruptions, I'm barely up to comfortable proficiency with the G3X
and have not flown the RV-8 nearly enough. My last flight in the
RV-8 was within my acceptable limits but I was working too hard;
* Monday, I'll get extreme lateral interbody fusion L1 - L2 because,
as sometimes happens, the last surgery didn't heal completely. No
riding in cars for two weeks, no driving for six, but full recovery
after 12 weeks;
* I'm now 66 and have been physically fit my entire life.
Avionics Update ...from mothership
DIY Painting Update ...Steve Melton
The long gear leg fairings developed slight
orange peel when left hanging vertical. I painted these horizontal
and they were perfectly smooth. the paint gun did not cause orange
peel. it was simply the vertical orientation. the small fairing more
horizontal surfaces (where it fairs for the attachment holes) are
smooth. for this case, my conclusion is orange peel was simply
caused by the paint flowing downhill. there are probably other
causes for orange peel.
Cause List Updated
The (14) probable cause documents
(duplicated below) in the list
have been published since 9/6/15 (the last time I updated).
The publication date is the last column on the far right side.
Two had fatalities, and all but one were VFR.
San Marcos, TX
(fatalities / IMC)
Las Cruces, NM
Las Vegas, NV
Rockwell City, IA
PLEASE read, digest and discuss
Yours in promoting safety,
How tall is your Xmas Tree?
Vlad's is 309,000'...
PMAG Issue/Fix ...AX-O
Today i wanted to go flying. So i did the
preflight, had my test plan ready and pushed the plane out. During
the preflight i moved the exhaust pipes and the right pair felt a
little different. Humm, that is a little weird.
I started the plane and all appered to be working well. When i did
the mag checks i knew something was wrong immediately. After
troubleshooting i noticed that the number 3 cylinder egt was
dropping as soon as i killed the good mag. Pretty easy to see with
the engine monitor.
So i taxied back and started to remove the cowl. As soon as the cowl
was off, the problem was easily spotted, one of the PMAG wires (#3,
imagine that) came off the back of the PMAG. I put the wire back in
but the standard click when correctly set on the PMAG did not
happen. I found an unused new wire and gave it a try. Click!! So i
checked some of the other wires and 3 more were extremely easy to
remove. No click. I took some needle nose pliers and crimped the
metal portion of the wire. Now they all click and feel secure.
I am not sure what happen. The plane now has 15 hours on it. I know
that when i made the wires, they clicked nicely when installed. I
will keep an eye on them.
As i was checking around before putting the cowl back on, i found a
broken adel clamp. The one that held the right exhaust pair to the
engine mount. Well that makes sense.
Got everything back together and went flying. Had a great flight.
Has anyone had a similar issue with the wire coming off the back of
the PMAG? My guess is mine came off during last flight because the
previous mag check passed on the ground.
Never seen this before
Poking around in Garmin Pilot low level IFR
charts over the weekend, and came across squiggly lines.
Screen grab below. I have no idea what it means - my guess is
'don't use this line'. Thoughts?
(update from FAA friend)
"unusable route segment. usually some sort of restricted area or warning
area is nearby or overlaps the 4 mile width each side of center."
Mods and new cruise speed ...hlangebro
Finally, I broke 170ktas with my 160hp 7A!!
The changes since last time was: vhf and vor antenna fairings,
ailerons reflexed to match the flaps (-2deg), elevator trim rod
fairings, aileron fences!
170ktas at 75% and 160ktas at 65%!
This is a 2-3ktas increase since last change.
So far I have a 12.7% drag reduction since phase 1. Flat plat drag
has come done from 2.36sqft to 2.06sqft.
My cruise at 65% is almost the same as the cruise at 75% when I
3.8 Cumulative GPA So Far...update
Permit me a moment to brag on our daughter (the 'AR' in N617AR).
The daughter who earned her allowance for years by updating the RV
White Pages. Audrey got her Fall '15 grades from SMU over the weekend
(junior majoring in chemistry) - formula
sheet for her Physical Chem class
Posting this so you can 'keep track of your investment'. Go
12/18/2015. 0107 UTC.
Issue No. 4,013.
Pop-Up IFR Clearance Works
Baby steps with this new IFR rating, and
keeping the brain cells stretched out a little. Thursday 18
minute CAVU VFR fuel run up to KGLE. My home field is where it
says 'Active Log' in the pic....Gainesville upper left. After
gassing up ($3.40) I launched and contacted approach while circling
at 2,500' a couple miles west of Gainesville (waiting for a pause in
a very busy approach frequency). They gave me a squawk, a
climb to 3,000' and vectors to the localizer on the
16L ILS approach at KAFW (the red line below is the IFR portion
of the day - WIGZU is where the little bend is). Switch to
tower when told, joined the localizer, captured the glideslope and
hand flew down to minimums where I went missed and cancelled IFR for
the VFR return to 52F. Blue lines logged VFR.
Added about .2hr to the normal fuel run, but
gave me a tiny bit more experience "in the IFR system".
Eighteen minutes more experience to be exact. No clouds were
harmed...or even seen.
This might be my new fuel run routine.
Again, baby steps. Good brain food.
(click to enlarge)
Doug's IFR Checkride
Tom Swearengen Update ...from Tom
Welll since its the time of year to state
what we are grateful for, I have a few. I've previously mentioned
the Dr's, nurses and staff that saved my life. To Suzanne, who has
been by my side for 5 years, but even more the past 5 weeks. To the
RV community and Doug and Susie, all of you have been so
compassionate, it makes the healing process much easier. Lee Logan,
Dennis Argetsinger, Ray Eaker for constantly checking on me, and
offering lot of help. (no my 7 isnt finshed yet)
Santa does come around. Thought he was in Texas at Rick's place but
he found his way to SC, but in the form of a Realtor. Leased a house
in Ridgeland, pretty close to 3J1, and we will be moving mid
What that means to the RV community is that I'll have a much larger
area to develop and build the components and assemblies for you.
Suzanne will have the office space she wants (I think), and over all
a better deal for us. We arent foreseeing any delays for customers
(normally), although the past 5 weeks havent been normal to us
WE certainly want to thank all the RV community for their prayers,
cards, emails, phone calls and text messages from all over the
world. Its a very great feeling to have!
Merry Christmas to all----and keep building and flying.
Tom and Suzanne.
Status Report ...crabandy
I'm playing around with making my own round
inlets for the front of the cowl. Time to fire up my Wife's router
for the first time, It was her not so popular Christmas present
several years ago.......go ahead and laugh I really should've known
better.... I ordered a circle jig and several router
bits, the first cut was on the circle jig itself to make room for a
7/8 core box bit.
Vinal Wrap's effect on LEDs and Comms (a good news story) ...Sid
So I've been flying my newly-wrapped RV-7A
KELLI GIRL (thanks again Scott Farnsworth and AircraftWraps.com).
She flies as good as she now looks, but right up front I've
encountered a totally new issue involving my LED nav/beacon lights
and my VHF comms.
The lights: AeroLED Pulsar nav/strobes in the wings, and the SunTail
position/strobe in the tail.
The radio: PS Engineering PAR100EX. (BTW, my comms 2 is the Dynon
SkyView VHF, but this problem didn't impact that radio).
The problem: With the strobes and nav/position lights turned on, I
got terrible noise on the PAR100EX radio on all frequencies. To be
clear, it's not through the intercom function: It's through the
radio when that radio is selected. The PAR100EX radio transmitted
clearly, but the noise was excessive in receive mode. My friend
Blake Graham and I checked both VHF antennae to be sure they were
mounted properly (the AircraftWraps folks had to remove them for the
vinal wrap job). Yes, they were properly remounted and grounded to
the ground plane. We also swapped both antennae to see if the
problem migrated from Comm 1 to 2....no dice.
Special Sealant Gun Package Deal for VAF - Limited Quantity Available
recently purchased a LARGE lot of used/surplus tools from a major
aircraft manufacturing facility in Wichita, KS. Included in that lot
were a quantity of used Semco Pneumatic Sealant Guns. If you bought
these Sealant Guns 'new', they would cost you $150 - $200. We have
put together a combo/package deal with a used Sealant Gun and a kit
of brand new accessories. Everything you need to EASILY apply
aircraft sealant right where you want it. This is a one time deal
and is limited to our surplus Sealant Gun inventory on hand.
1 ea. USED Semco Pneumatic Sealant Gun w/ 2-1/2 oz Retainer
(Sealant Gun is used - it will have all of the nicks, scratches,
engravings, etc. that you would expect to see on a used Sealant Gun.
It has been thoroughly tested and is in EXCELLENT operational
condition and has plenty of useful life left.)
5 ea. 220323 NEW Semco 2-1/2oz Empty Sealant Cartridges
5 ea. 220544 NEW Semco 4" Sealant Nozzles
2 ea. 229394 NEW Semco Sealant Spreader/Squeegee
1 ea. BAT-SSK3PC NEW 3pc Sealant Spatula Kit w/ Pouch
If you bought all of these items separately, you would pay $81.25
(If you bought a new Sealant Gun with these accessories, you would
pay around $200!) Take advantage of this special VAF package deal
and pay only $60!
Garmin Pilot Introduces Lockheed Martin Flight Plan Filing ...v8.0
filing an Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) or Visual Flight Rules (VFR)
flight plan within Garmin Pilot, on iOS and Android devices, the app
conveniently files the flight plan directly with Lockheed Martin to
ensure precise delivery in the standard International Civil Aviation
Organization (ICAO) format. Flight plans may be filed without
credentials and are immediately available to air traffic control.
Pilots may also select an FAA domestic flight plan filing option
within the app, depending on preference and location. Pilots also
receive preferred routing, which presents a summary of similar
routes that have been cleared by ATC to other aircraft flying the
same departure/destination airport pair.
Additionally, Garmin Pilot for iOS devices has incorporated a
redesigned Trip Planning page, which includes a few additional
features that provide convenient access to pertinent flight plan
information. Within Trip Planning, pilots may view specific details
regarding their flight plan and display details pertaining to their
flight in a navigation log format. The addition of a weather brief
icon within the Trip Planning page allows pilots to conveniently
receive a legal weather briefing via Garmin Pilot, which displays
testual weather products including: SIGMETs, AIRMETs, METARs, TAFs,
PIREPs and more.
VAF Migration Update
Upgrading the server here in a month or so
(Plan 'A'). Three more processors, 30% faster disk drives, 4GB
RAM, some SQL tweaking, etc. I'll keep you in the loop.
*Should* equate to faster site.
Reeves Family Christmas Update
Drove down to Highland Park in tuxedos and
gowns to look at the competition. By tuxedos and gowns I mean
sweats and baseball caps. The top picture is a house of
interest down by where Jerry Jones lives. The second pic is my
daughter's apartment at SMU a few blocks away. I actually
kinda prefer hers... dr
32.832630, -96.796603 (ish).
Beverly street in Highland Park (Dallas).
12/17/2015. 0121 UTC.
Issue No. 4,012.
28,180' ...Nigel Speedy (Tehachapi, CA)
Today I set out to find out how high my 8
would go. I did some level accel's from 2 to 18k to determine the
climb performance and then came up with a climb schedule to do a
ceiling climb. Taking off out of Mojave at 1600 lbs I used 120 KIAS
to 10,000', 100 KIAS to 15,000', 90 KIAS to 20,000', 80 KIAS to
25,000', 75 KIAS to 27,000' then 70 KIAS which got me up to 28,000'.
Some observations. It's bloody cold up high. Aluminum is a great
conductor of heat. Pens and iPhones don't work very well when cold.
The RV-8 cabin heater is no match for -40C. The Dynon Skyview system
stops reporting OAT below -32C.
The flight was spoiled by being passed as traffic to a jet climbing
out of China Lake as "a very slow moving RV at 280". Granted 38
knots ground speed is a little on the slow side for an RV.
These planes really need a blower or turbo to increase the shabby
high alt performance.
(from a later reply by OP) "I work at
we have a good relationship with the controlling agency for the
Isabella MOA and they routinely allow us to operate aircraft VFR up
to 290 and above. So I just put myself on the flying schedule and
flew to work and used a work call sign. I actually asked for 300 in
a fit of optimism and they approved that once airborne. You could
just file IFR though. Be prepared for a long climb, it took me 40
minutes to get from 2700' to 28000'. I spent about 5 minutes up
there messing around with different mixture settings and airspeeds
but the novelty wore off pretty quick. One of those things you do
once to say you did, but I think 18000 is a more practical ceiling
(the engine actually makes enough power that the heater works & you
can use a cannula instead of a mask) unless there was a scorching
tailwind that you just couldn't pass up. I wore a pulse oximeter and
lowest I saw was 92% O2 Sat. Have fun exploring."
My first GoPro video ...kaweeka
My first attempt at video editing. A few
flights in my -9A from Sacramento to Tahoe compiled with music.
Suggestions welcome. I'm hoping Santa brings me a second one to
mount at the tail...
DIY Painting Update ...Steve Melton words and pics
Critique my panel, please
We are up the stage of panel layout. Most of
the equipment is purchased - just trying to fine tune the layout.
12/16/2015. 0027 UTC.
Issue No. 4,011.
Condition Inspection - Trick Learned ...Randy Pflanzer
I'm about 2/3rds of the way thru the
condition inspection and I discovered a little trick that, at least
I, didn't know about before. You know how difficult it is to get the
bowl off of the Andair gascolator on the -12? Well, pulling it off
has always been difficult for me........until my brain checked in. I
realized that I was pulling against a vacuum in the fuel system.
Once I pressed and held in the drain valve, the bowl slide right off
into my hand. DUH!! Thought I'd pass this along in case you hadn't
heard of this either.
Haven't found much of anything so far, just a loose stop nut. I'll
be moving on to the 200 hr Rotax maintenance items next.
Courtesy Car List Updated
New listings in:
Slightly Oblong hole in Wing Spar ...Garet Hess (Edmonton, AB)
Well.. I've managed to put myself in a bit
of a spot. While match drilling the W-726 spacers/W-731 Tie-down to
the Wing Spar for the AN3 bolt, one of the holes managed to get
slightly oblong in the Spar Web. At its widest point its 0.207"
across. The hole in the spacer is good as well as the Tie down bar.
Panel Upgrade ...Rob Hickman post
How can you improve an RV-8 that just won a
Bronze Lindy at Oshkosh this year?
Why you can upgrade the panel from VFR to IFR with a new Avidyne
IFD-440. We sent a new powder coated and labeled panel center
section, IFD-440 and PS Engineering PAC-15 remote audio panel to
Synergy Air in Eugene Oregon.
Since this plane was built with our plug and play Advanced Control
Module the panel "rewire" was as simple as plugging in the new GPS
Navigator and Audio panel harnesses into the ACM.
222kts ...Craig Taylor (Plano, TX)
On a recent trip from Pagosa Springs, CO to
McKinney TX we showed 222 KTS ground speed. Mixture was 40 degrees
LOP, 6.7 GPH, 2400 rpm and airspeed was 162 KTAS. The 566 NM trip
took 3 hours 33 seconds takeoff to touchdown. I'm just glad that we
Pop-Up Clearances ...Avweb article
Weather's gone to pot? No IFR flight plan on
file? Don't worry. ATC can usually work with you on the fly. But,
you must take care of yourself until they can take care of you.
85 Hours In ...InlineTwin RV-10
12/15/2015. 0120 UTC.
Issue No. 4,010.
RV10 First Flight ...David E.
First flight of N96KE was
Tuesday 12/8/2015. This is my brother, Keith's, plane that I helped
build. We used the Additional Pilot Program for the first flight. A
20,000 hour pilot with 1,000 in RV's went along with Keith. Airplane
flies great. Equipped with Dynon Skyview, IO-540 and Constant speed
Re-learning old lessons ...Matt Giordano RV-8
I've been flying since 1989 and I was a
flight instructor through the 90s and it's amazing to me how every
once in a while you relearn an old lesson. Today was a
beautiful day 70° in December so I thought I would bring out the
RV-8 for short flight. Doing the pre-flight I got distracted by a
man asking me questions about my airplane and of course I'm a talker
so I answered his questions and then moved on. Putting gas into the
airplane I got distracted again by a new pilot asking pilot asking
questions about the RV and complementing me on how well It looked.
Again I was distracted from the task at hand. I had reeled up the
fuel hoses and got my receipt then another plane pulled up behind me
to get gas at the pumps so I rushed I got in the airplane started
the engine and started to move forward and out of the corner of Me
eye I saw the orange ground cable that was still connected to my
exhaust pipe I promptly shut down the airplane an unstrapped myself
and got out and remove the ground cable. I don't think anything
would've happened it probably would've just put in the ground wire
off however there were other possibilities like I could've ripped
the ground strap and flew with the ground wire hanging behind me at
any rate something happen but it just reminded me to pay attention
and don't be distracted by others. So pay attention when distracted
[ed. The thread is turning into a 'confessional
booth' of sorts. A great read! dr]
Melton Paint Update
Hangar Concrete Floor Problem ...UnPossible
Hey - we are just a few weeks out from
moving into a new home at the airpark in Pecan Plantation. However,
we have run into a minor snag with the hangar that we are having
built. In the pic below, you can see that the concrete floor rises
as you move to the left... it looks like for whatever reason the
last 10 feet or so is 3/4" higher than the rest of the floor. The
rest of the floor to the right (which you can't see in the pic)
looks to be level, as the gap appears consistent.
We are working with the contractor to figure out a solution, but
they are coming up blank, so I figured I'd turn the the VAF experts.
Is there anyway to grind down the last 10' or so by the required
3/4" to get things back to level?
If not, what is the least bad approach to fix this? Jack hammer it
out down to 6" and repour?... entirely cut out that section and
Michael Schofield of Dynon Discusses Enormous TFR over East Coast
So a summary of what we know, and a few
A couple of weeks ago, the
first reports of the enormous TFR over the east coast showed up
on our forum. It took us some time to get a data log that contained
it (we're in WA; TFRs are broadcast for the area near the
transmitting ADS-B station), so we weren't initially sure what to
make of it. During that uncertainty, it's possible that our
technical support team jumped to the conclusion that there was a bug
in SkyView. It's definitely the sort of thing that smells a bit like
a software bug, but we don't think it's one inside of SkyView in
What we know so far, as of right now:
The "TFRs" that people are seeing on the
east coast are NOTAMs (actually, all TFRs are NOTAMs) that are
being identified as TFRs by the bits in the ADS-B data stream
that identify what type of information a particular record is.
Non-TFR NOTAMs are normally appropriately
ignored by SkyView's TFR drawing. However, since these NOTAMs
are being categorized as TFRs, they're displayed like other TFRs.
It looks like at least some other systems
devices that receive TFRs over the ADS-B radio broadcast (UAT/978)
are seeing the same thing.
It appears that programs and apps that get
receive TFRs via an internet connection are not seeing this
phenomenon, which is why some thought it to be a bug in SkyView.
The NOTAMs in question definitely aren't
TFRs; It's not clear why they're tagged as TFRs. They seem to
all have to do with outages the ADS-B system, which is we
suspect why they're being treated differently than other non-TFR
NOTAMs that are broadcast (just a hunch).
We're reaching out to other folks in the
industry and the the FAA to figure out if this is by design, a
categorization mistake, or something else.
Whether there are any adjustments to
SkyView's software that might be appropriate are dependent on
the above questions, and are still TBD.
In the meantime, you can reduce the visual
prominence of these TFRs by turning down the interior
opacity/shading of the TFRs in MAP MENU > MAP ITEMS > TFR
OPACITY. If you go down to 0%, you'll have red outline similar
to how other airspaces are depicted. You can also play with the
zoom level that the TFRs are shown at in the same menu to affect
when they're shown.
As for the other comments about various aspects of our company and
support: First, thank you for speaking up. We try hard to support a
fleet of thousands of aircraft that fly behind our products. I think
we delight our customers most of the time. On rare occasion, we get
it wrong or fall short of your expectations. I don't want to get
into a public back and forth about individual cases, but if there's
anything that we can do for any of you, please reach out to me in a
PM for a more personal conversation.
12/14/2015. 0120 UTC.
Issue No. 4,009.
Listen to the sounds your airplane makes....it may save your butt
While doing a panel upgrade and condition
inspection on an RV4, I was hearing a very slight scraping sound
when the stick was pushed full forward, obviously one of the
elevator torque tubes was hitting something in that position and for
a moment, I considered letting it pass, it's was one of those things
you say to yourself how often does one really use full down stick so
is it really a problem. After locating the area I found it to be
under the passenger floor pan which of course is riveted down and
the flap mechanism is bolted on top of it, so this was not going to
be a 5 minute job. But letting it go kept nagging at me so I decided
to just tear into it and find out where the interference was, have a
"quick" look at the tube to be sure it wasn't damaged and grind off
the offending material.
fini: Post-condition Inspection Flight
Condition inspection complete - finally got N617AR back together. New
installed this time around....MAN that thing is light (4 lbs)! A pair
Pulsars are next on
the project list, replacing my 20-yr old strobes. Gas at
Denton is currently 65 cents cheaper per gallon than my home field, so that
was a no
here). A .4hr
flight Friday with no drips, runs or errors, as Jay Pratt has been known to
Kneeboard to record any issues (none). It's time to do a VOR
check for the logbook and a couple of approaches under the hood for
currency this week. If I intercept the 131* radial of the TTT VOR at the
overhead break point at my home field, the VORs pass. Every
overhead break becomes a VOR check <g>.
What an amazing airplane! Felt wonderful to
get it back up in the air.
(click to enlarge)
on Top ...Brad Benson 6A (Maplewood, MN)
I've had the itch to do some acro for the
last several days - I usually am able to go at least once or twice a
week but the weather has been pretty sour for longer than that.
Thinking there must be a way around the issue, came up with a plan
and threw it up for comments in another thread and talked with
several people whom I trust & respect. Not hearing any downsides to
it, I set about the plan.
The first step was verifying that the weather would be acceptable
for what I wanted to do. That meant no ice in the clouds and
relatively low (<5000ft) tops. Today satisfied those conditions -
freezing level was about 8000' and tops were between 4000 and 5000
according to fresh PIREPS.
The second step was figuring out how to tell ATC what exactly I
wanted to do. This was pretty easy and they fully approved - I
simply filed a flight plan from KSGS to DOKTR, which is a fix near
the airspace I usually use for acro. This was important;
non-compliance with 91.303 wasn't something I wanted to get in
trouble for. I added a 30 minute delay at DOKTR ("DOKTR/D0+30" in
the routing) and added comments that I'd like VFR-on-top for some
maneuvering 5 miles west of the airway. Filed it and away we went.
Playing Around With
Free Checklist Editor Software
...from Garmin (link)
for display on my G3X. Screengrab of the software on my PC
below - subject to a thousand changes...many since I grabbed this
image. I might decide I prefer to keep the paper list down the
road, or not. I like how easy this is to change the list
around to 'adjust the flow'.
One wish for the software would be the ability to add color somehow to
certain areas, such as in the 'EMERGENCY' section. May be able
to do that and I just haven't found it yet.
Fun to play with!
(click to enlarge)
Garmin blog entry on this
Life in 2015
Monitoring family data plan use. You
would think the dad, running a family business, would use the most
data. No, that title goes to the 15yr old son - chart below
courtesy my AT&T app. And thank goodness for unlimited texts.
The 'group chats' those kids get into boggles the mind.
12/11/2015. 0115 UTC.
Issue No. 4,008.
Laziness, dead electric bike, AVGAS and food ...Darren in Canada
Captain Stu, my fellow aviation adventurer,
from my local field, wrote an article for the monthly newsletter
entitled, “Will fly for food”. He commented on most of the $100
hamburger joints in and around Southern Alberta. These are places
that most of you will have no knowledge of, but that’s not the point
of this little narrative.
At the end of his article he mentioned a few other smaller rural
Alberta towns that looked to be potentials. They are located a
little further away from Calgary, but definitely within RV distance.
This unusually warm December was all the goading I needed to plan a
mission. Thus “Will fly for food Part 2” was born.
Nevadan wants help to get the horse before the cart
I thought buying the hanger before the plane
was backwards, but I did this anyways. However when I looked up on
Van's website for an instructor they are only teaching people who
already have an RV which is almost worse.
I would love to meet someone who can introduce me to these wonderful
planes I have dreamed about most of my life.
Quick introduction to myself. I fly sailplanes out of Minden, NV (MEV).
I have no need for a plane or a mission it would fulfill. I just
always thought when I retired I would build an RV. However now I can
actually afford one it seems buying a flying one makes more sense.
The member listings show many people at Carson, Dayton, Reno, and
even one in Gardnerville (Minden) and one in Incline. If any of you
have your ears on and feel inclined to talk, post or send a PM.
I would love to read from anyone what questions to ask of sellers or
Buying a hanger, then the plane, then learning to fly it seemed
backwards at first, but maybe this is how it is done?
DallasNews.com Article: McKinney students take flight with
aviation program by building — and ultimately flying — their airplane
In a hangar classroom at McKinney National
Airport, students from McKinney’s three high schools are learning to
fly — as they assemble an airplane piece by piece.
Quinn Dauenhauer, a senior at McKinney North, signed up for an
introductory aviation course because he needed an elective. Now, in
his third year with the program, he wants to study aerospace
engineering at Texas A&M University.
LOW OIL LEVEL SENSOR
"Are you able to detect a low oil level while you are in flight? We
just received a new batch of our Low Oil Level Sensors. This has
been a popular choice for RVs and other aircraft. It will fit right
in most O-360 engines and lots of others too. We also have shorter
models we can offer now for shallower oil pans. If you want a custom
sensor designed for your aircraft, let us know. See our Low Oil
Level Sensor and more at www.aircraftextras.com."
2016 Calendars are HERE!!!
12/10/2015. 0114 UTC.
Issue No. 4,007.
Panel Upgrade Status ...Joe Blank
Just finishing up my panel upgrade (as well
as a thousand other things on the RV-6)
from the past year. The new panel, anchored by 2 Advanced Flight
Systems 5600's integrated with Dynon XPDR, Comm, ADS-B, ARINC;
TruTrak Vizion A/P; Garmin GTN650; PS Engineering Audio Panel. The
main harness was fabricated by Pacific Coast Avionics. These systems
are simply amazing in their capability and features. Rob, Jeffrey,
Ken, and all of the folks at Advanced flight Systems have been
wonderful to work with. (Including my lovely wife Tricia... Yes, I
am a lucky guy)
They've all been really great! A big thanks to all of the folks
involved in this effort!
While digging into the manuals last night as I sat in the airplane,
the Northwest was again getting hammered by another pacific cold
front. As I was sitting there, I could watch the ADS-B Nexrad data
update, check airport info around the area (KUAO 17023G35KT 4SM RA),
and see occasional bizjet and airline traffic targets going over
probably wishing they were on the ground. All from the comfort of
the stationary cockpit. Meanwhile, I could see what the weather was
doing in Miami which looked way more pleasing than the NW deluge
that we were about to suffer...
As I finish up the myriad of software settings, component checks,
user training and return to flight test cards, this system should be
light years ahead of what was in my panel for the first 10 years of
it's service. I'm sure it will take a few hours to master but the
additional capability is very impressive!
FP to CS Conversion Unintended Consequences
I recently converted from FP to CS and ran
in to a bit of a problem…. I am sharing this in case someone else
runs in to similar symptoms and in also to get community feedback.
Engine: O-360-A1A (one regular mag, one pmag, overhauled, currently
w/ ~460 hours)
Governor: Jihostroj (New)
Stainless steel prop governor oil line (New)
Prop: Whirlwind 74 RV (New)
First and second ground runs had expected engine behavior and oil
pressures. Logbooks updated, FSDO notified and first flight was
ready to go.
On first flight, the oil pressure was initially normal on initial
take off roll but after 160 seconds post take off start the oil
pressure alarm went off while engine still maintained power. (The
oil pressure alarm was set to go off at 25 psi.) I immediately
reduced power and returned to land but before I could land the oil
pressure got as low as 6 psi but then recovered to about 30. I’m
thinking I would have an aircraft covered in oil but there was not a
drip to be found. Therefore there could be an issue with the oil
pump, prop governor, oil pressure sender, bearing or something
November Construction Time Lapse Videos ...gfb
Status Report ...rightrudder -9A
Finally, ready to put the wings on for good!
Should happen this Friday, if my self-employed helper doesn't get
any last-minute jobs.
Fuel inlet tubes match up perfectly with the tank fittings with a
measurement of 2.50" from the fuselage side to the flare.There's a
bit of give in the line, so you could be off by 1/8" or so and it
would still be fine. Much peace of mind that they came out to the
Looking forward to the W&B, I've located a set of Longacre racing
scales from a friend who competes in autocross. I'm just guessing
from looking at other people's #s, but the mains ought to be about
365-375 lb. apiece, and the nose wheel at maybe 300-315 lb. So now
I'm putting ALL the stuff back into the plane for W&B, only to take
it ALL back out for the DAR inspection. Putting it ALL back in after
that will be pretty painless, because at that point it's time to
All the placarding is done, checklists are made and laminated, ELT
makes all the appropriate noises on 121.5, and POH is about 90
percent done (obviously a continual work in progress as I fly Phase
1 and determine what the numbers are for my plane). I still need to
finalize some settings on the EFIS, and set reasonable limits so the
display doesn't light up with warnings during the first flight.
I've also contacted Reuven at KSEE about transition training, which
is tentatively set for mid January. So first flight in March? That's
what I'm hoping.
Milestone ...cderk RV-10
Woo Hoo... making progress. 50+ hours in and
I've got a vertical stabilizer and rudder. Starting to look like
12/09/2015. 0109 UTC.
Issue No. 4,006.
Why is This RV Smiling? ...Paul Dye
Because she got her prop back and went
flying for the first time since late September! Whirlwind
replaced all three blades, machined the hub and put it all back
together beautifully. The box they shipped it in is a keeper - ready
for the next maintenance cycle, it would be a shame to lose it. I
ran it up on the ground after installation, checked for leaks, then
took it up over the field for about twenty minutes. Running great,
very smooth - but we'll still look for a Dynamic Balance somewhere
here in the Reno area. Walt has always done our balance work, but
he's a long ways away.
More Steve Melton Painting
...horizontal stab, bigger parts, booth temp
75F at first coat, second coat 70F. it didn't seem to flow as well.
perhaps for the bigger parts use a higher temp reducer like DT885
but overall I am pleased with it. usually it is better the second
day after flowing out. painted upside down. sprayed the floor with
The Tru Trak ECO Autopilot really flies! ...Paul Dye
I know that lots of folks saw Tru Trak’s
prototype demo of the low-cost ECO autopilot at Oshkosh a few months
ago, and many looked forward to seeing it in action. I got a chance
to fly it this weekend with Andrew in the Tru Trak RV-10, and I have
to tell you folks – this is revolutionary from both a cost and
performance perspective. For $1,000, you get a two-axis autopilot
that will hold heading, track a Nav source, and hold altitude – the
three things we all do with our autopilots about 95% of the time.
For a VFR pilot, it is hard to think of anything else that you
absolutely NEED. It has good control authority (I couldn’t tell much
difference between it and Sorcerer installed in the airplane as
well), and a unique feel – because it flies with trim tabs, rather
than manipulating the controls.
And then there is the Envelope Protection – another cool feature
that could very well make a huge contribution to GA safety.
I did a little write-up about it
HERE, and there will be a full review in Kitplanes in an
New RV7A Blog Describing First Flights ...James Clark IV
After seeing some of the other
professionally done blogs about flight testing: I'm trying my hand
at documenting my experiences flying my new RV7A in a wordpress
blog. So far its only flights #1 - #4, but it seems like a nice way
to keep track of all the new/changing/items and information in one
Follow along if you like, and please feel free to make suggestions
as I'm pretty new at this:
Museum Month ...Vlad entries
My New Bookmarker
Mark Pensenstadler runs
www.RansClan.com, and we
occasionally bounce ideas off each other. He also runs
and is an advertiser on VAF. I got the picture below in the
mail today. Made my day, and the 'modded' picture is my new
placeholder for books. Love it! I could grow the beard
like that, but I'd need a lot of coloring <g>. Even rebranded
Plotting my next move now... ;^)
(click to enlarge)
12/08/2015. 0036 UTC.
Issue No. 4,005.
IFR Sunset ...ChiefPilot
I went for a short IFR currency flight from
KSGS to KSTC and back today; KSTC was reporting 200' and 1/4 mile
viz so I knew I would be going missed but wanted the practice. Tops
were 2500 and I was cruising back at 4000' when the sun set. Scenes
like this are one reason why I love to fly.
So the story starts off Tuesday last week,
when I'd arranged for a local L4 Amateur-Built Inspector to do the
pre-flight final inspection on Aurora Australis. On Monday
morning, I loaded up the 4WD with tools, fuel, a couple of spare
parts and a jerrycan of fuel to fill with Avgas on the way. Problem
being, on the way home from the airport the after flying that
afternoon, I had tyre issues with the 4by so I took the KRviatrix's
car the following day.
The hangar key lives on the 4by's keyring.......
So....I drive an hour and a half to the airport, and as I'm walking
back from the fuel bowser, I see her fluorescent-yellow car (the
only man-made thing besides the Great Wall of China that can be seen
from space) in the car park, the penny drops as to what I've done,
and an expletive was uttered that was heard for miles around. No one
else could get into the hangar and as a result the inspection was
put off till today.
Next Plane Ready to Fly ...Sam also has a RV-6
news about Trish "SchoolMom" Russell...ronschreck post
Many of you know Trish Russell. She flew
with the West Coast Ravens and has attended a number of formation
clinics across the country. She retired from teaching last year and
moved from California to North Carolina with husband Mark. They are
building a beautiful home just two doors down the street from me at
Gold Hill Airpark.
On September 30th Trish Russell was rushed
to the hospital. She had an AVM in her brain that ruptured. An AVM (arteriovenous
malformation) is a tangle of abnormal blood vessels connecting
arteries and veins in the brain. It’s a congenital condition; she
always had it and never knew until it ruptured. Trish had brain
surgery on October first. They removed a portion of her skull to
relieve the pressure on her brain and because the rupture was
repaired quickly there is a high probability that Trish will make a
full recovery. I visited Trish on the day after her release from the
NICU. She couldn’t speak, couldn’t open her eyes and had lost all
movement on her left side. We conversed via a white board. I visited
her in the hospital three weeks later and was amazed at the
progress. Her eyes were open and she was talking and talking and
talking! Very slight movement on her left side gave her hope that
she would be walking before long and perhaps even returning the left
seat of her RV-6A. Through it all Trish’s husband, Mark and daughter
Angelie have been by her side night and day. Their support and
encouragement and Trish’s determination are all centered on one
goal: getting her back in the cockpit.
Flight Testing Continues ...AX-O
Finally... flight testing continues. I was
able to log approx. 4 hrs this weekend. I installed a new Catto
2-bladed test prop (more pitch). This one got me closer to where I
need to be but still not quite there yet.
Landing with a flat, and how to patch a tube with
velcro and superglue ...CATPart
I didn't land with a flat, as it happened in
the 30 seconds I waited for my takeoff clearance. Clearance granted,
I tried to taxi to the runway, but could not roll at all, just did a
360 around my right leg, regardless of how much left brake and
rudder. I was convinced my right brake was stuck. Tower let me shut
down and hop out for an inspection, wheel pant is on the ground,
tire as flat as can be.
My first thought, "there is no way they can tow this tail dragger
(RV-4)". Tow cart shows up, and yea, not going to happen. So I hitch
a ride back to the hangar (3/4 to 1 mile probably), load up the FBO
golf cart with my tools, borrow a jack and air tank from them, but
we can't find a tire patch anywhere. The fbo guy looks in the
toolbox and sees some tape, superglue, adhesive backed Velcro,
windex, we grab it all.
tried MOGAS, didn't go well
After getting the first 90 hours on my -9A,
I decided to tried the 91 Octane autogas that is sold at my home
airport. Being overly cautious, I completely drained the left tank
of 100LL and filled it with autogas. On the next flight, I took-off
on the right tank (100LL) and once leveled off and with everything
stabilized, I switched over to the left tank. About 30-45 seconds
later, I felt a noticeable loss of power and the engine began
surging from cruise power to lower power. I had the engine page up
on the PFD during the tank switch just in case and the fuel pressure
was dropping, accompanying the power surge. My IO-320's fuel
pressure usually runs at a steady 18 psi, but it was dropping to 8-9
psi for a second, then back up to normal, then down again (again
with a power loss).
spinner and intersection fairing. I was
cautious not to put too much paint on these for a fear of a run. I
thought about painting the spinner inverted on the way home. the
perimeter decreases because of the cone shape and if you have a run
it could become worse. it worked out for me and was easy to rotate
the spinner while painting. next time I would do it the same but use
a stronger rod thru the spinner holes because the .042 wire is not
strong enough and will bend at the holes. for the final and second
coat, the booth temp was 65F, I used DT870 reducer.
Got my first weight data yesterday, with
IO360 and Whirlwind C/S prop, full glass panel, dual alternators,
battery in the mid-tail, extended range tanks and complete Classic
Aero interior (seats, side panels, carpet, the works).
Empty weight is 1111 pounds at 77.92" from the datum, just about 10
pounds heavier than I anticipated before I started building. Blasted
Morning all. I just wanted to give an update
to everyone. First---thank you all so much for the prayers and very
kind words. Suzanne and I greatly appreciate it!. I started building
a few hoses last week, to try and get caught up. Getting my strength
back has been a bigger deal than the knee issues. Knee is fine,
other than therapy makes it sore. I'm still about a week behind
schedule, but in actuality probably a week ahead in getting it back
to 100%. On a bike at therapy now, so its accellerating.
I think Im now caught up on all the small orders. Several packages
to do this week for some VERY patient customers. The RV community
has been very patient with me during this time, and thats something
that we wont forget. Hopefully by the end of the month, things will
be back to normal.
From the mothership
Seen While Flying Monday Morning
The highlight of my .2hr flight.
Crummy iPhone pics somewhere near my home field. Zoomed in a
bit later in Photoshop. Don't ask me where exactly, I enjoy
watching this guy. ;^) Sometimes he doesn't even look up
from eating when I fly by.
12/07/2015. 0019 UTC.
Issue No. 4,004.
Trip - Venice, FL-Albuquerque-Phoenix-Venice ...GLPalinkas
(in four parts) First, as a former
aerial photographer, one would think I would have brought a better
camera than my iPhone. Alas, I did not…sorry
Well, It all started Oct 12 when family/life issues came up and I
needed to wing my way West again from Venice, FL to Albuquerque. My
lovely wife and I loaded up and I decided to RON in the Dallas area
as a 10 hour flying day wasn’t in her cards…(neither were the very
high winds forecast for central Texas) but we did get an early
Selecting an Engine for the RV-14/14A
(mothership FB posting)
Status Report ...Gregg Brightwell -4
After a lot of work the last week, the fuse
is ready to finish riveting, I just gotta bribe a buddy to come by.
(Kurt / Steve / Aaron - beer is in the fridge). I cut off the
jig uprights today after all the skins were clecoed on, and I put a
couple alignment pins on the inside to replace them. Now I can
access the firewall easier. After all these clecos are removed, I'll
flip the canoe.
ECI Factory Visit ...Kyle Boatright
One thing I've found is that a friendly
phone call will get you into a lot of interesting places. I've been
on tours at Boeing, Lockheed, General Dynamics, Raytheon (ooh, laser
guided bombs!), Legend Cub, GEC Avionics (a big HUD manufacturer
years ago), plus a few more aviation related businesses based on a
phone call or having a personal contact.
Since we planned to be in New Braunfels, TX for Thanksgiving this
year, I reached out to ECI/Titan which is nearby in San Antonio and
asked if I could tour the factory while I was in town. They
graciously accepted and we worked out that I'd drop by the factory
on the day before Thanksgiving. It was understood that the factory
would be in the process of winding down for the holidays when I
Where SMO Mounted his Camera
Put mine in the cowl. You don't have to use
a Virb, any camera with composite video output will work - ie a
cheap/light bullet cam.
in the thread: SuperCubDriver's setup)
Look at this oil filter ...Vlad
Several oil changes ago I noticed the paint
on the base of my Tempest oil filter was strangely deformed. Never
happened before and couple filters after there was no indication of
similar orange peel. I still have one oil filter from that batch
will put it in next month and watch...
I change lubricating oil every 50 hours on average and oil filter
every 100 hours or so. Can somebody give me a suggestion what caused
this paint warp? Rocketbob come back <g>.
From the mothership
Fuel Leak ...paul330 RV-10 (Wiltshire, UK)
After my last flight, there was blue
staining on both sides at the wing root and down the gear legs. Not
a huge amount, but obviously needs fixing. Had the root panels off -
no signs of leak. So seats out and tunnel panels off. Sure enough,
the leak seems to originate in the tunnel and flowed out across to
the wing root.
I should mention now that my fuel system is modified a little. UK
regs require a gascolator but with the wing fuel drains being at the
low point, it's a bit redundant. A mod has been approved to remove
the inline filter and put the gascolator in the tunnel to act as a
fuel filter only. Using the Andair version means easy cleaning by
screwing off the bowl. I also use the Andair fuel selector. All
piping is standard flared aluminium fittings.
Milestone: VS Finished ...N890GF
Honoring Pearl Harbor Day
12/04/2015. 0122 UTC.
Issue No. 4,003.
RV-14 Taildragger First Flight...the
video is out.
(from the mothership FB page)
"All of our cameras were out for the first flight of the RV-14
Taildragger on June 16, 2015. We've been working so hard on the kit
we haven't had any spare time to edit all the footage together, but
now we can share it with you! Mike Seager did a fantastic job as
test pilot, and extra kudos are due to the Proto Shop for getting
her ready (and painted!) in time to safely debut at Air Ventrure
Proud Dad ...Marshall
My daughter passed her PPL check ride
Now, to make it RV related. We'll have to get her checked out in the
The Radial RV is an airplane!!! ...flyboykellp
On to flight testing!
Eagle's Nest Projects - N904EN takes flight at Central High School (WI)
N904EN "Falcon One"
11-18-2015 - Airworthiness by Connie Martin, Milwaukee FSDO
11-25-2015 - 1st Flight - Jim Senft, Pilot
Central High School recently completed extensive renovations to
their CTE facilities including the addition of a large 'shop' area
which will comfortably accommodate their next Eagle's Nest Project -
scheduled to begin early February 2016. The support for Eagle's Nest
Projects from the School District, community, Central's principal,
Lisa Albrecht, Eagle's Nest project director, Jim Senft, and the
dedicated mentor team has been overwhelming and each deserves
special recognition and accolades. Congratulations to Central High
School Aviation Club for a "job well done"!
more (with video)
Going off reservation with changes,,,,,
"Current and future builders,
One of the most distracting and sometimes paralyzing things a
builder can do is go off reservation and make changes. Sad but true.
It usually starts by reading something here on VAF or seeing
something at Oshkosh and wanting to incorporate it into your build.
Every change I have done during the course of my build has cost me
time and sometimes money. At some point, you have to freeze the
design and finish the dog-gone thing, at least that's what I've been
telling myself. Guys like Horton and others come up with some of the
best stuff but those great ideas have added years to my build
(little exaggeration here if I may).
"I would agree that the “no mod” rule is an excellent guideline;
particularly with regard to flying as soon as possible. I would also
say that many RV builders have made excellent, safe (and safer)
modifications to their RVs, but, yes, usually at the expense of
building time. Like several others, I would agree that structural
modifications should not be pursued as a rule. Also, aerodynamic
modifications are extremely risky without professional analysis and
On the other hand, that does not mean that RVs cannot be improved by
careful, competent designers and builders who thoroughly analyze and
test everything they are doing. Van successfully modified the Stits
Playboy. Many of the people on this forum are capable of doing the
same. Also, as a result of experimental aviation, there is a strong,
mostly well-vetted, experimental aircraft service and modification
supply business. Many of these businesses advertise here on VAF and
are quite successful and well-appreciated."
Evening flight with RVators in Scandinavian ...video
12/03/2015. 0040 UTC.
Issue No. 4,002.
Slo Mo RV-8 Take Off
Gary Platner launched Wednesday morning out of my home airport,
and I was able to walk over to the taxiway and put my iPhone on the
'slo-mo' video thingy before he went by. Nothing really
groundbreaking, but I always like the 'thump thump thump' of the
prop in slo-mo. dr
Doing things that don't need to be done ...Steve Smith RV-8
I'm most of the way through my condition inspection. This is the
fifth one (flying six years). So I thought I would be extra
I pulled the wheels and cleaned and re-greased the wheel bearings.
This was a waste of time. The bearings look like new. Compared to
typical service exposure of auto hubs, our wheels are hardly ever
used, hardly ever exposed to unpleasant environments. Wish I had not
Completely anecdotal, but I remember hearing of a study that was
done by Greyhound Bus on whether it was better to periodically clean
and re-grease wheel bearings, or just leave them be. The ones that
were regularly cleaned and regreased had a higher failure rate.
Suspected damage to grease from residue of cleaning solvents.
I pulled out my conical K&N air filter (it is in a ram-air housing
similar to the Bower system but my own design, gets filtered air
from the cooling inlet)
It looks like new. It is still pink from the oil saturation. I
looked up on the K&N website for guidance on when we should be
cleaning and re-oiling them. Some graphic pictures show when it is
dirty enough to need cleaning. Mine was way cleaner than the 'clean'
picture. Like I said, looks like new. Again, compared to automotive,
very small environmental exposure. I even operate off of dry dirt
fields occasionally. Wish I had not bothered.
Critique my ELT mounting
Experimenting With Ignition Timing ...Michael Robinson
Much has been written on this forum concerning the pros and cons
of electronic ignition and more specifically, the level of advanced
timing they offer. Plenty of testimony that Lycomings "like" more
timing than offered by the fixed magneto, and plenty of testimony
that the factory knows best. There has also been dyno testing
between the two, but the results have been less than convincing for
either side. The current crop of electronic ignitions have fairly
limited to zero adjustability and the curve seems somewhat
mysterious. In my mind, what is needed is a completely adjustable
ignition which you can tweak on the fly. Being able to set power,
then move the timing around to see where the engine is happiest
should put the issue to bed, shouldn't it?
2016 Calendar Now On Sale
Smokey residue at cowling hinge ...kritsher -12
I could use some advice on this. This is a
picture of the right side of my RV-12 where the lower fiberglass
cowling (on the right) meets the aluminum fuselage structure (on the
left). The lower of the two hinge pins on the lower cowling runs
down the center of the photo.
More destruction, man I was so proud of
those ramps. I used foam/glass to continue the spinner curve of the
cowling onto inlet ramps so the black baffle material had a nice
smooth transition to push against. I didn't have the heart to throw
12/02/2015. 0104 UTC.
Issue No. 4,001.
2015 Grass Strips ...Vlad
"2015 was a good year. 36 new grass/other than paved
runways were added to the list which now stands at 127
Officially a repeat RV builder ...Chad Jensen
I just took possession of kit number 1184, a completely untouched
4 tail! I'm excited about this on as it represents a great
spot between today's pre punched kits and a plans built airplane.
Let the winter project fun begin!! Good to be back...
4,826 Days Since First Flight*...ongoing maintenance.
Got out the 'riveting things' and the left wheel pant now has
some replacement nutplates - replaced three that had twisted-off
screws in them. I've stopped using a cordless screwdriver to
put new screws in, BTW <g>. And my pnuematic squeezer isn't
working, so I used the manual squeezer. Always learning...
Always maintaining... Wax on / wax off.
*Microsoft Excel date functions are
your friend ;^)
(click to enlarge)
Aerosport Products New Aerovents
Aerosport Products would like to announce our new AERO VENTS.
These are precision machined from aluminum and anodized either black
or clear. The vents come with either the 2" scat tube nut or ring
nut. They require a 2.125" hole and have a 1.20" outlet. These
vents seal off when closed to 99%
Visible Signs of Fun
Worn paint around N617AR trim switch outside of my left knee (a
few years back). It's now on the stick. To this day when
I get to 'TRIM SET' in my pre-takeoff checklist, many times I reach
over my left elbow for a switch that isn't there. Why'd I move
it? On a cross country trip a decade ago my resting arm held
down the trim without me know...until the autopilot got frustrated
and disengaged itself. The resulting climb rate scared the
living piss out of me for a couple seconds until I figured out what
had happened <g>.
12/01/2015. 0041 UTC.
Issue No. 4,000.
December Calendar Wallpaper
...courtesy Mr. Ed. Hicks.
Turkey Day: a Trip PIREP ...Vlad
Don't drop that BUCKING bar!
Shimming the Frame
First Flight(s) ...BigD
New Old Tool
A new RV Pilot --)
WW-151-H - Unexpected Issues at Overhaul
Part 2 of my RV-7A Aerobatics Lesson
Freezing Fuel Vent?
I designed this simple small tank just for plugged fuel vents
whether it is plugged from bugs or ice or other foreign matter.
There is a one way check valve on the short hose that can take air
in but not out so that the cockpit will not fill up with fumes.
The Sloooowww Reassembly of
I might be the world's slowest at putting a plane back together
after its yearly inspection, but it presents opportunities to fiddle
with stuff (and that's cheap fun). It's cold here, and damp,
and the floor is an ice cube...and I'm taking my time. I got
exactly (1) wheel pant back on Monday - new screws and washers, pant
cleaned and waxed. In the process of wiping down some more
stuff in the engine bay I came across a spot where some scat tubing
rubbed the paint off part of the motor mount - exposing bare metal.
Addressing that next.
11/30/2015. 0057 UTC.
Issue No. 3,999.
The Vinyl Wrap Transformation of RV-7A N260KM to KELLI GIRL
...Sid Mayeux discusses his newly-dressed 7A in six parts.
Thanksgiving First Flight ...JamesClarkIV
I thought you all might like to see some pictures from my
airworthiness inspection and first flight:
Three things I'm very thankful for this year: My wife, my 8 month
old son, and my fresh airworthiness inspection (10/16/15) on N997RV:
RV-7 Journey Begins ...welcome George Fahmy
One week ago I began the journey of the RV-7. This being my first
post, I thought I'd share that I have been reading the RV-7 forums
for more than a year, and after transitioning into my new job, I
finally purchased my tail kit. I can say in the week I have been
building, its been awesome so far! Check out my builders log and if
there are any critiques about my work don't hesitate to let me know.
One thing I've enjoyed about these forums is the vast knowledge that
everyone has. I look forward to being a part of this community and
sharing my journey!
RV-8 Video ...Hamburg / EDHE
Out of the Paintshop Pics ...Tom Power
Jim Thill's RV-4 Fly-by Pic
Update ...Tom Swearengen
Good morning all. Its Saturday ( I think)---I'm in Virginia at
Suzanne's moms for thanksgiving. I just wanted to give a short
update for all of you.
Currently, I have no pain, just soreness in my lower calf, which is
another word that I'm improving. Walking without crutches, or any
other help aid, with no difficulty. Not fast, but steady. I'm about
a week behind schedule on therapy, but other wise doing well.
I'll probably start building some hoses when I get back on Monday.
So, should be back on schedule in about a week. I cant say enough
about the RV community. We we unundated with emails, and texts, some
of which I or Suzanne answered, alot of which I still need to
address. Point is that all of were thinking more of my health than
your projects, and that means more than you can imagine. Many of you
are voices on the phone, printing on an email, but over the past 2
weeks have formed into real people. Its amazing that at the point of
crisis, people bond together so best wishes actually become a force
to combat the issue. Inner strength, strength from beyond, whatever
you want to call it, it comes through alot of you.
When an email comes in from Australia, and the person is writing
only to say hello, and offer best wishes, gee, that touches you
right in the middle of the heart, and you can only smile that the
way this happened was because of the great RV Community we have. I
havent been to Australia, but sure would like to, and personally
thank that person for the email.
Long medical story short, a reaction to the antibotic, Rocephin,
given IV during pre-op. By the time I was wheeled into OR, the
anesthesia, and the Rocephin were well on its way, doing their jobs.
Last I remember was a tickle in my throat, which I tried to cough
out. What we now know, is the tickle was the beginning of the airway
clossure, and with the surgery almost completed, the airway
completely closed, and flow rates began to drop.
Repeated attempts to get an airway failed, so a Tracheotmy was
performed, all the while, my orthropededist was finishing his part
so they could transport me.
OK enough about the bad stuff. Good Stuff------I'm told heroic
efforts by several members of combined OR, ER EMS, ICU staffs have
gotten me to where I am today. Deeply indebted to all of those
people. In debted to the RV Community for its understanding, and
expression of Love and well wishes. You just cant make all of this
up. Hospital visitors included Lee Logan and Dennis Argentsinger, my
building buddies from 3J1, seeing what they could do to help. Even
though we've been friends for years, its still pretty moving to have
them come an check on me.
Best thing is I'm on the healing side now. Should be 100% shortly.
Pics ...Trapper's -8
Visiting Jeff ...Vlad
Jeff I got picture of Madison over downtown
Louisville. I will expand on the trip here as soon as I sort out all
the pictures. Thanks for everything!
DAR Listings Update
Added listing in Virginia.
Panel Status...John Walker -10
VAF Courtesy Car Updated
Painted Pics! ...RV7AJeremy
Paul Roy's License Plate
11/26/2015. 0033 UTC.
Issue No. 3,998.
Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving, and a safe,
RV-filled weekend. Like the mothership I'm taking Friday off, so
I'll see you Monday.
I'm very thankful for all my RV friends.
Soaking up the sunset...acroflyrgirl pics
Today, I had a pleasant shakedown flight. Tested my new interior
and associated heated seats. Also tested the new autopilot that
TruTrak so speedily sent me. Hopped to PRC to see a friend
then came home chasing the sun. The sky was splashed with beauty.
Courtesy Car List Updated
Status ...crabandy pics
I roughly measured my right inlet with the more restrictive upper
cowling ramp in 3 different places, front-middle-aft end of inlet.
Due to the shape and access, the cross sections are basically square
and I used pieces of paper to gauge the size and measured the
papers. Almost the same vertical dimensions with expansion sideways.
The top page is the side view and measurement of the inlet in
inches. The bottom page shows the inlet from the front-black,
middle-red, and rear-purple with rough total areas denoted in their
RV6 For Sale ...[ed. A very nice example of
how to list an RV. dr]
1991 RV6, 2700tt, 363 smoh on 0320 160hp, CHT, 4 cyl EGT. Narco
810 com, Navaid AP-1 autopilot w/altitude hold coupled w/GPS, Narco
transponder w/mode C, Lowrance Airmap 2000 color GPS, Dynon D-60
EFIS, 2 place intercom, fuel computer, electric flaps. Good paint
and interior. $44,500
Somewhere over Minnesota...
11/25/2015. 0112 UTC.
Issue No. 3,997.
It can be rewarding ...Larry Pardue
I have a friend in a nearby town who mentioned several months ago
that she wanted a favor. She wouldn't say what the favor was, so I
was apprehensive that this was a big one. Well I finally drug it out
First Flight ...Charlie Luke 7A
I thought it was about time I updated the status of my project.
The inspection was Friday the 13th, all went well, received my
airworthiness certificate. The inspection was done by an inspector
from the local MIDO and 2 from the local FSDO.
Van Celebrates His First 60 Years of Flight
You move the mouse and your field of view changes....
Passing of our friend Carlos Fernandez
It is with a very heavy heart that I send this email. Many of you
may remember Carlos from when he worked for GRT Avionics. He helped
many of us here on VAF set up our panels and was always there to
answer our questions.
I'm stuck already ...cderk
11/24/2015. 0104 UTC.
Issue No. 3,996.
Flight Pics ...acam37
RV-10 Build - N311CJ ...Charles
Hello to the VAF community. My empennage kit arrived September
30th and I've been enjoying nearly all of the work so far. When I
started I didn't appreciate all the satisfaction this type of work
would have or how I would maintain interest for the several years it
will take to complete. But now that I have started it does not feel
like a slog or something that I hesitate to go out to the shop to
continue working on. I am definitely looking forward to this process
of building an airplane, and in the end I will have a really nice
I am logging the build at:
54LH ...Tim Threw
My first post, so we will see if I do this correctly. My
"adopted" RV7A, 54LH picture is attached - RV grin included!
Thank you to:
- Vans and the builder, Larry Hackney for doing a great job!
- This site for helping me decide which model was best for me and
what to look out for - thank you D.R. and the members.
- Jan Bussell for initial training.
- Tom Berge for pre-buy, helping me get her home and the remainder
of my flight training.
I have looked at RV for decades - finally joined the club! Boy, am I
happy I did
Here it is after the 2nd test run of the engine. 1st run was
without prop, 2nd was with prop. Runs great, just have some minor
issues to iron out.
Dolly, milkshake, RV, and aerobatics
Broken piece on corner of tilt canopy
200 KTS Finally ...Nicholas Bachaert
I know many people have done this before me but I finally did it
so I thought I would post pics of it. I travel cross country to see
my son and on Friday the weather was giving me a little push. One is
straight and level and the other is with a 500 fpm descent. Happy
Thanksgiving everyone! Have a safe and RV filled holiday weekend!
Who uses airplane to commute to work?
So there's a possibility I may be spending 3-4 days per week in a
different work location, starting next year for the next 3-5 years.
Relocating family is not an option. Driving distance is 90 miles
each way and I figured I would drive up early Monday morning, spend
Monday and Tuesday night away from home and drive back Wednesday.
Thursdays may involve occasional daily commutes. It is a 90 minute
drive each way, regardless of traffic or time of day due to roads I
would have to use.
Home airport to local airport at work location is 50 NM. My home to
home airport is 15 mins, and it is 15 mins at the other end to work
location. This makes it possibly marginally quicker to fly.
There are so many variables purely on the $$$ side to consider that
its hard to know where to start when looking at economy: cost of
overnight accommodation, food and car fuel as driver, versus cost of
"parking" the plane and airplane fuel as an example. For those who
commute by plane, what factors should I be considering to see if
this is viable? Is my commute too short to make the airplane
worthwhile (purely from commute standpoint)?
The biggest plus I can see, assuming costs are close to a wash, is
that I could spend every night at home. The biggest negative is that
I am VFR only so flying commute would not be all-year round (but I
live in Northern CA so get good flying weather 9 months of the year
minimum). Please help me with other things to consider.
Panels Shipped in the Last 2 Weeks ...N402RH
11/23/2015. 0100 UTC.
Issue No. 3,995.
1,000th RV-9/9A Takes Flight ...mothership Hobbs meter
About the 1,000th (thread)
First Flight ...BruceP
N7756B took to the air this morning for its first flight! All
went well and the plane flies beautifully. Was well prepared after
doing transition training with Mike Seager a couple weeks ago. I may
have actually had a better landing than all of the 59 I did with
Mike! I was two weeks shy of 11 years to build but it was worth it.
Thanks to Doug Dodson of EAA Chapter 1000 for being my Technical
Counselor, Flight Advisor, and being there to fly chase in his
Glasair! Can't wait to get on to flight number two!
When a stuck valve is not a stuck valve ...Carl Froehlich
A few weeks ago we had an interesting engine issue on an RV-8A.
The specifics are provided for your information and engine file.
Here are the details:
• Engine is a standard compression IO-360, 180hp parallel valve with
AirFlow Performance fuel injection
• Total engine time since new is 800 hours (over 13 years)
• Running dual pMags for the last 450 hours (dual Lightspeeds before
that which were removed for repeated failures)
The engine started to show signs of a stuck exhaust valve:
• Rough idle on initial start up (classic indication) but the
problem did not clear when the engine was warm (at idle) – not a
classic stuck valve indication.
• #4 EGT way low – as if the cylinder were simply dead
• Exhaust pipe “popping” at idle
• The engine ran fine at cruise and full power.
The RV-12 and giving rides ...Dgamble
"I was looking for a word that would make a distinction between
those who are attracted to airplanes because they can be a fast,
efficient way to travel, and those that are attracted to airplanes
because, well, because that is simply who and what they are. The
former may look at a Cirrus SR-22 and appreciate it for its high
speed, sophisticated avionics, and its potentially life-saving
ballistic recovery parachute.
The latter? They see it completely differently. Yes, they too may
have consideration for the aforementioned utilitarian aspects - the
distinction that I am trying to make is by no mean mutually
exclusive, but the second set of folks would be just as attracted to
the graceful curves and elegant aesthetic balance of the Cirrus even
if it plodded along at 90 knots, guided by a magnetic compass and an
old Timex watch."
Thanks Everyone for Your Patience and Help… ...Jim Stricker
I’ve been pestering you guys for the past several weeks to get
information for the flying RV-12 I recently bought. Everyone has
been very kind to respond to my requests and I have been able to fix
little squawks and now thoroughly enjoying the new plane. I just
want to say what a joy it is to fly the RV-12.
A little history… I’m currently age 62 retired mechanical engineer.
My other aviation interests are here http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/member.php?u=237058
and here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GE7V7NPVzQ My father flew
B-17’s in WWII and taught me to fly when I was in high school a very
long time ago. We owned a J3-Cub together for 23 years. My total
flying history is 1200 hours - all in 65 hp vintage tail draggers.
Fast forward to today… My father passed 8 years ago and I still miss
him terribly. A month ago I traded “our” Cub plus a wad of cash for
a beautiful flying ELSA RV-12 with only 50 hours TT. I rationalized
the decision by saying I’m getting older and I had better do this
sooner than later.
My thoughts on my decision…. Wow, what a nice flying airplane! The
owner/builder of the RV-12 I purchased is a flight instructor so he
gave me a checkout which amounted to four takeoff’s and landings to
a full stop. I felt comfortable in the plane immediately. The plane,
as different as it is from the Cub, was never out ahead of me. I’ve
only flown one time in a Van’s aircraft and it was as a passenger in
a RV-8 with no stick in back seat. I’ve never flown in a RV-12 until
this deal came along. Nice airplane – solid, smooth, comfortable,
visibility extraordinaire, good climb and speed, economical,
extremely easy to fly. My next goal is to take the 16-hour LSA
Repairman Inspection Aircraft Course at EAA AirVenture this coming
year so I can do my own maintenance and Condition Inspections.
Glad you guys welcomed me into the RV-12 fraternity. I think it’s
going to be a long association…
Exhaust Hanger Broken
Status Report ...Av8torTom
Installed my canopy this weekend with Sikaflex. Quite happy with
11/20/2015. 0110 UTC.
Issue No. 3,994.
Yearly inspection continues on N617AR...on the
reassembly side of the curve. Let's see...I put anti-seize on the
new plugs and got them all in and torqued. Cleaned/oiled the air
filter and got that reinstalled. Drilled out (3) nutplates on the
wheel pants that had the screws broken off in them (used stainless on a
few by accident over the years)...enough are broken now to have a 'fix
Cleaned all of the screws that I'd taken out (below), and when they
are down to zero the plane is back together. Sometime next week.
I tend to drag my heels during reassembly - gives me more time to look
and drag a rag over things.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Mr. Alan Tolle ...Rest in Peace
(From Van on their
"Longtime friend and RV builder/pilot/promoter Alan Tolle died on
became a member of the RV clan around 1976 when he built his first
RV-3. At the time, Alan, his wife Diana, and their family lived in
Bakersfield, CA. John Harmon had already put Bakersfield on the RV
map by building an RV-3 in record time and letting others fly it.
John’s airplane infected Bakersfield with the RV virus and many
projects sprang up. When a college teacher confidently announced
that he was going to build an RV-3 “over the summer” my reaction
was: Yeah, I’ve heard that overoptimistic prophesy before. Well, he
(and Diana) did it -- in something like 75 days elapsed time! That,
of course, was my introduction to Alan Tolle. Obviously, his stock
rose considerably in my eyes.
I believe that he built another RV-3 soon after that, and built one
of the first RV-4s when that kit became available. He followed with
an early RV-6 and RV-6A when they became available in the mid-late
1980s. He flew a lot, showing up at most west coast fly-ins as well
as Oshkosh and Sun’N’Fun. When Van’s started having banquets at
these major events, Alan MC’d the after-dinner programs for many
years. It would be a gross understatement to say that Alan was a
great RV ambassador. For many years, he waved the flag for us and no
doubt brought many builders into our fold.
Alan’s ability to build quickly was due to his ability to organize
and stay on task. He was a consummate scrounger, and would shop at
the fly-ins for avionics and instruments he needed and be well
organized at the starting bell. Having everything on hand and
sticking to his plan set him apart from so many builders who let
distractions and “analysis paralysis” delay their projects. The
accompanying photo was scanned from the July 1991 issue of Sport
Aviation where a feature article by the late great Jack Cox covered
the RV-6A that Alan had recently finished. Build time---6 months!
That was from a standard kit (no QB available then) with no holes
punched or marked, etc. When you compare that to the progress most
of us are able to make on our “new and improved” kits, it is an even
more remarkable achievement. Of course, Alan did have an advantage;
his wonderful wife Diana provided invaluable hands-on help
At some point Alan felt that he had built enough RVs and built a
Questair Venture which enabled him to reach his fly-in destinations
quicker. Later, he acquired the remnants of the defunct Questair
company and provided parts and services to Venture builders for a
number of years. He also became interest in the rotary engine that
Everett Hatch and Steve Beckham had developed and built another RV-3
using one of their engines.
Eventually, Alan and Diana relocated to Independence Airpark, west
of Salem, OR and not far from Van’s. Their son David had moved to
Western Oregon, so they felt that it was time for a change of
scenery and an opportunity to be near their children and
I remember one time in the late ‘80s or early ‘90s, Alan told me
that the RVs would soon become the most popular and numerous of the
homebuilts. While I appreciated his optimism and confidence, I dared
not take his prophesy too seriously. These where the days when the
RVs were in the “also ran” category and the Vari-Ezes, Glasairs, and
Quickie IIs were the darlings of the show. Obviously, I’m glad that
Alan’s prophesy came to pass, and readily acknowledge that he help
make it happen.
I’m sure that many of you had met Alan at one time or another.
Because he was less active over the past 10-15 years, many newer
RVers may not be aware of his role in the RV picture. Alan Tolle
epitomized the support and contributions that “RV Family” members
have made to our community’s strength.
RIP Alan, and our condolences to his wife Diana and family."
VAF Thread on Mr. Tolle
Back in the Air ...Tommy Lewis
We got our RV7a back yesterday with a new wing skin to replace
the bird damaged right wing. Randy Richmond on Northwest Regional
airport did the repair and it came out great.
Check out these pictures.
Need Help w/Wood Prop ...Steve Lindberg 7A
My ten year old Aymer-DeMuth wood prop needs refinishing, I
believe. Two photos show my two areas of concern, both on the same
blade. The scratches go down to the wood, and there are cracks in
the finish letting moisture inside.
Any comments? Can anyone recommend a wood prop expert who could do
the work? The airplane is a 180 hp RV4 in a closed hangar. Thanks!
ELT Install kit available for the RV-14
From the mothership...
11/19/2015. 0013 UTC.
Issue No. 3,993.
A dr picture of Smokey Ray at the Van
Review of the art piece:
"The artist brings the viewer face to face with their own
preconceived hierarchy of cultural values and assumptions of
artistic worth. Each pixel imaginatively propels its viewer forward
into the seemingly infinite progression of possible reproductions
that the artist's practice engenders, whilst simultaneously pulling
them backwards in a quest for the 'original' source, or referent,
that underlines Reeves' oeuvre."
We Are Worthy! ...BigD
Received the certificate today; Vic Syracuse did the honors at
the fabled Monkworks facility. 3 years and 3 months, almost 2800
hours since starting...looking forward to the transition from
builder to flyer.
Redneck Avionics ...jpowell13
The problem: just one panel mounted radio, no audio panel and no
room in the panel for one, and my radio transmissions are hard read
in the 131 to 132 MHz range.
Resources: A backup radio in reserve, and a extra Bob Archer VOR
antenna in the left wingtip.
Solution: Hang the second radio under the panel, connect it to the
VOR antenna, and plug a handheld mike into the mike jack. If they
have trouble reading me on Com 1, pick up the handheld mike and
transmit over COM2.
Garmin’s new GAD 27 interface module pairs with G3X™ Touch to streamline
...and add more capability!
RV-7 First Flight for Steve from "Flight Chops"
Fresh off Stein's Workbench...
G3X Touch Software 4.0 is out
Changes made from version 3.90 to 4.00:
Add support for GAD 27 electrical control system
Add config mode option to remove knowledge of previously installed
MFD2 or PFD2 display
Add option to hide map field on split-screen flight plan page (GDU
Add ability to create a user waypoint from Nearest Waypoints page
Add ability to create a user waypoint from User tab of Select
Add ability to acknowledge CAS messages by touching the CAS message
Add option to display estimated time to VNAV (ETV) field in data bar
Add heading bug reference line to inset map, review pages, and
Improve Bluetooth communication and Connext interface
Improve CAS message display when there are a large number of
Improve selected altitude intercept arc
Change Flight Log page to appear on PFD1 display in a multi-display
General improvements to system operation
Includes update to GSU25 software version 3.40
Includes GAD27 software version 2.00
Includes GAD29 software version 2.20
Includes GDL39 software version 4.60
Includes GEA24 software version 2.60
Includes GI260 software version 2.70
Includes GPS20A software version 2.10
Includes GSA28 software version 3.00
Includes GSU73 software version 3.40
Includes GTR20/200 software version 2.70
v2.9 Transition Training Syllabus ...Vac
11/18/2015. 0038 UTC.
Issue No. 3,992.
Hong Kong RV-8 Local News Video (and more) ...Hank Cheng
[ed. And yes that is Hong
Kong International Airport. dr]
Status Report ...David Paule -3B
I'd previously gotten the flaps to the point
that except for the hinges, they were ready to be deburred, dimpled
and riveted together. With the ailerons on, it was time to locate
the hinge, the hinge brace and do some more drilling.
Update ...Tom Swearengen
ALL====I was relaeased from the hospital
Trying to rest---yeah right---.
I'm greatly moved by all the outpouring of love and prayers from you
guys. I say that in all sincerety. I'll do my best to live up to it!
I found out that medicine is like experimental aircraft. What you
dont know you dont know. As I'm told, I was given an antibiotic
along with the anesthesia. This was supposed to be a fairly quick
proceedure to fix 2 partially torn meniscus in my right knee, that I
had quite frankly got tired of dealing wth. So, 30 minutes, in and
out, go home, and in about 10 days be back to normal.
Apparently very early in the proceedure, my throat started closing,
O2 levels dropping, and scared the **** out of one of the best
orthropediic surgeons in the country, a long time friend, and a
Hudson Hornet fanatic.
I'm told that several Doctors and surgeons went to work on me, and
essentially gave me the airway to save my life. I was in an
outpatient surgurical center, very close to the hospital, so I'm
told that EMS trasported me to the ER, and the staff worked on me
for quite a while. Quite the commotion for a hose guy.
Long story short, in trying to get an airway, they broke a couple of
teeth (you gotta do what you gotta do), so I have that to deal with.
Trach hole is about the size of a -10 bulkhead fitting. Guess they
wanted to test Don Rivera's flow data. Seems its right on the money.
Looks like the big issue will be the trach hole, and taking care of
that. So, probably no cutting teflon hose, or any of that stuff for
a bit-----until I can come up with a way to get it all covered up.
In talking with the Drs, we still dont know what caused it, but have
narrowed it down to the antibiotic. I'd never heard of it, nor have
I ever had it in any other proceedures. They have run a series of
blood tests to see what else is strange about me, and we'll figure
all of this out.
I want to express my deep appreciation to all the VAF and
experimental community for the outpouring of support. Suzanne and I
have been blown away by the emails, phone calls, and VAF posts.
WE'll answer them all. I might take a little time, but its important
for me to let you all know what you mean to us.
I found out, after the fact, that life can change in a instant. You
NEVER think it can happen to you, but it happended to me, and for a
while was pretty serious. So----if you havent hugged your Dr or
nurse today, do it. Alot of people worked on me, and I'll probably
never know all that were involved. BUT----they are the ones that
gave me a second chance------to help you guys and finish my RV.
I'll keep you updated as I can.
Tom and Suzanne.
Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines
Teflon Hose Assemblies for Experimentals
More on the Panel ...BSwayze update
Well, with most of the panel now cut out, I
have finally been able to put a few more things in the panel, so
it's time for another update!
RV10 three blade prop & first time pics post ...Stamper
Video Update ...gfb 9A time lapse
Cowling Inlet Reshaping ...crabandy pics
I recently sent my prop back to Catto, I've
been watching it closely since hitting a rubber cone at OSH. I found
that the scratches in the prop from the cone haven't grown
lengthwise but one scratch started to open up slightly when I
twisted the blade with my hand.
While the plane is down why not turn a small project into a big
Rudder stiffeners not lining up ...thoma015 RV-7
Film - Time Flys 2015, An Aviators Yearbook ...Richard Welch
3rd Annual VAF ski trip Jan 16 -23 2016
Attention skiers, the 3rd annual VAF ski
trip to Colorado is Jan 16-23 2016.
Currently there are 2 bedrooms left at Casa Syvertson @ $75 a night
Rental cars and food for the house are split equally among the
group. The house is on a 9000 ft peak just west of Beaver Creek. We
typically ski Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckinridge, Copper, Keystone and
Snowmass. A room may be available on a nightly basis but not sure.
If you live in Colorado and just want to ski with us you are more
than welcome. Please respond ASAP as availability is first come,
11/17/2015. 0051 UTC.
Issue No. 3,991.
Neat air to air moment today ...gerrychuck
Tom from TS Flightlines Update
Spoke with Tom again this afternoon and the
news is that the doctors have still not released him to go home yet.
Up and around though and expecting to be released tomorrow. I
understand there were a couple more sign offs on his "annual"
required, resulting in the delay. Happily, he sounded pretty good on
He should be home tomorrow (Tuesday)
Status Report ...Gregg Brightwell RV-4
Well, haven't posted a status report in a
while, as Axel and Arlie (among others) have had far more
interesting, and important reports to share. Today was a big one for
me though. I got a buddy to come by and get in the tube to buck some
rivets. The canoe is riveted from the tail, to the back seat. All
the forward skins, and the belly skin, are drilled. I can't wait to
flip it! I want to get it out of this jig.
RV-10 - N688CD ...Charlie Derk's online project
Been lurking around here for a few months.
Took delivery of my empennage kit mid-October and began building
November 1. So far its been pretty exciting. I've learned a wealth
of information here on the forums. Can't imagine what it would be
like building without this resource - so thanks to all of you who
make it happen.
I set out thinking that my "log" was going to be done the old
fashioned way... pen and a notebook. And for FAA purposes, that's
what I'm doing (along with notes in the Vans instructions). But then
I remembered how helpful it was reading blogs and kit logs from all
of you - so I decided that I would keep a log online in the hopes of
giving back to the community who has helped me out.
Step Weldament Failure Warning ...Bob Kibby RV-12
The pilot side step (WD-1233-L) failed as I
started to man the aircraft. WD-1233-L fractured at the lower end of
the welds on both sides of the channel that mounts the step to the
fuselage. The step did not separate completely and ended up hanging
from the bottom of the airplane. I removed and inspected the right
side step. WD-1233-R appears to a small crack at the end of each of
the 2 welds where WD-1233-L failed.
Other than being surprised by the step disappearing under me there
wasn’t any problem. If the step had failed when I was exiting the
aircraft then I might have had a problem.
I’ve submitted a RV-12 Feedback Form (Safety Alert) to Van’s
Engineering this morning but I wanted to get the information out so
you can take necessary precautions when getting in and out of the
I am 6 “5” tall and weigh 215 lbs so the pilot’s side step does get
a work out. I am trying to confirm that there are cracks on the
passenger step since it doesn’t get the weight and cycles that the
pilot side does. I’ll update the passenger step information when I
get an expert opinion. The aircraft has logged 268 hrs over 380
RV White Pages Updated
...network with RVators in 26 countries.
Finder AR (Augmented Reality) ...free app for iPhone
Mike Warren gets credit for bringing this
app to my attention in
From a nerd standpoint it was fun to play
with for a bit.
Download the free iOS app to start with. From their site,
"Plane Finder works by picking up ADS-B plane feeds used by all
commercial planes to transmit their name, position, destination and
lots more." A couple of screen grabs from my phone below - you
move the camera around and the flights just appear on the screen.
Completely OVC when I did this...just aimed for the sound to get the
closest plane's ID. And BTW, the
full size program online is
pretty awesome when you spread it across two large monitors.
Lot of stuff up there...
Looking out my office window showed (6) airplanes at various distances.
In the driveway facing south. Yeah, I'm
pretty sure KDFW is that direction.
Courtesy Car List Updated
...go to lunch in an old Sherriff's car.
11/16/2015. 0044 UTC.
Issue No. 3,990.
Congratulations to Hong Kong's First RV-8
Ready for Flight ...Bevan (BC)
Just got the final C of A paperwork back
from the feds last week. The first passenger ride went to the
"Boss". She approved it too...100%.
Friday the 13th ...Smokey Ray trip write-up
"...Recently, a chance to inspect and
deliver a 9A from Coastal Oregon to a customer flying from my
hometown airport in FL was too tempting. Another RV trans-Con? OK,
twist my arm, I'll do it!..."
Effigy Mounds National Monument ...Pete Howell trip write-up
"...There are some hidden gems in the
National Park System that beg to be explored with our little
Starter Failure ...AX-O
Rolling shutter explained
LuLu's Fly-out Friday after Thanksgiving - Black Friday
Battery Box From Scrap ...bret
11/13/2015. 0049 UTC.
Issue No. 3,989.
Important TS Flightlines News ...Scott F. post
"Just received a call from Tom's wife, he is
in ICU after having a BAD reaction to a drug combination during knee
surgery. He almost joined another thread on this forum according to
Prayers for his speedy recovery are needed and if you're near him or
know him, his wife could probably use a RV morale boost.
Needless to say, parts delivery will be delayed."
Podcast Feature Richard VanGrunsven ...1h 40min
A very nice listen. BTW, you don't
need a smartphone to listen, or even have to know what a 'podcast'
is. You can click on the play button noted by the red arrow
below to just listen in your web browser.
I would like to thank Dick for mentioning
the site here around the 57-58 minute mark. That was a very
nice surprise, and much appreciated! dr
Trying to Find All the Planes That
...had thier pics taken at Petit Jean
A leaking water pump in the car is getting
priority these last couple days, so progress on the RV-6 condition
inspection is slowed. Bought new plugs and some air filter
oil, so at least made a tiny bit of progress.
New Eagles Nest Project? ...Dan Weyant
Just wanted to share some really exciting
I teach the PLTW Engineering program for Georgetown ISD, just north
I've been working with our administrators to try and get permission
to offer the PLTW Aerospace Engineering program in conjunction with
the Eagles Nest Project.
Last week I flew two of our central office folks from KGTU over to
Pearland to meet with Ernie and the folks running the program in
League City. The guys I took over where extremely impressed, and
really enjoyed getting to fly over in a "private" airplane (I
borrowed my former partners Cessna 177B).
Yesterday morning I received word that the district has tentatively
approved the program for the 2016-2017 school year!
As long as I can show enough interest in the program from the kids
we should be good to go with the program for next school year!
RV-4 Status ...Jim Soutar
11/12/2015. 0133 UTC.
Issue No. 3,988.
A ride for 'the little girl next door' ...Bob Collins
"Have I mentioned how much I love giving
rides to people?
Have I mentioned how much I like the expression passengers get when
I make a crosswind turn, and that beautiful RV canopy fills up for
the first time (for them) with a perfect view of America, America?"
RV-14 Finish Kit PIREP ...Jay Pratt
Received RV14 Finish Kit Yesterday
First impression is how big (and heavy) the landing gear and engine
mount are. The angle valve is heavier than a parallel valve.
I received all the parts including the canopy struts, springs, that
were backordered in the fuselage kit.
All the parts look quality +! So,,,,
it is back to work today. This 14 is going to be a super nice
airplane, looking forward to flying it.
Powder coat crack?
After changing my oil I was inspecting the
FWF with the cowl off and I noticed a crack on my lower engine
mount. Not sure if it's just a powder coat crack or the mount
itself. I'll probably need to buff off the powder coat to expose the
metal, if it's the metal I imagine the repair could be grinding out
the crack and fill with weld.
Anybody else have any thoughts?
AOPA Aviation Education Symposium report ...Bob Kelly
I just returned from a short trip down to
Lakeland where AOPA held its first annual AES. Since the RV-12 was a
topic of many discussions, I thought you might like to know what
went on. First, it exceeded their expectations by at least 5 times!
There were 150 attendees. We spent all day Monday hearing from some
of the best and brightest in aviation education. A highlight (at
least to me) was Barrington Irving (google him) who, although not an
RVer, has the spirit of aviation far beyond his years.
I represented AviationNation, our new program of building RV-12s in
schools. Interest was quite good, and I got many good ideas from the
people there. AN currently has only two projects being built, but at
least two more are scheduled to start next year, and a third
probably will begin in a local college. That will be a first, and a
big step forward for aviation. Expect to hear more about
''Perfect" Landings- The Search Continues in my RV-7A ...vid
Removing barriers to aerobatics- (IAC Competition on a Dime!) ...ronschreck
I hear it time after time: “I’d like to get
into aerobatic competition but it’s just too expensive”. And I get
it. If money was no barrier to competition we would be flying an
Extra, MX or some other exotic bad-*ss aerobatic monoplane. But we
fly RVs and the gas to get to and from a contest, hotels, parachute,
and entry fees and on and on… It all adds up. There is a way.
1. Find a buddy with an interest in aerobatic competition.
Join the International Aerobatic Club (IAC). Dues for new
members are half price right now!
3. Get with your
local IAC chapter and tell them you want to start learning about
competitive aerobatics. They will be VERY helpful.
4. Practice. You should have your buddy coach you from the ground.
If you try doing it without coaching you will only become very
proficient at doing it the wrong way!
5. Find a
contest near you and sign up.
6. You and your buddy fly to the contest in one airplane. Share
7. Stay in a hotel with your buddy. Share a room.
8. Share a parachute with your buddy or borrow one from another
competitor. If you are at a contest with me I will gladly share my
chute. If you contact the Contest Director before the contest he/she
will gladly arrange for a borrowed chute.
If you encounter any other barriers to competition that I haven’t
covered send me a PM with your phone number or email address and
I’ll do whatever I can to help you out. The season starts on March
17th in Donnellon, FL (X35). I’ll be there. Come join in the fun!
RV3 ranked in top 30 airplanes of all time...Esquire article
Veterans Day. 0012 UTC.
Issue No. 3,987.
Thank you for serving.
RV7 Timelapse Flight ...Michael Jensen video
Finished ...Arlie Conner
Our project has finally made it to the
finish line. She is signed off and ready to fly. But no plane is
ever really "finished" is it? Our paint scheme is a warbird that is
shedding it's skin to reveal it's inner racer. I think it turned out
And the first flight announcement ...acam37
NYC Hudson River corridor & Sky Acres 44N ...Lycosaurus Trip
Status Update ...David Paule
The ailerons are hung, if you can call a
couple clecos at each hinge "hung." I haven't drilled the holes out
for bolts yet. They check out with a straight edge lining up the
tooling holes as well as fitting my shape jig.
The Avery's ...Mitch Lock
I have been building RVs for close to 30
years. The first two I built using a hand squeezer. When I started
my RV-7 late last century, I decided I could afford a pneumatic
squeezer with all the yokes and accoutrements. Avery was having one
of their sales at the time so I placed my order. It was the probably
the best tool purchase I ever made.
Anyway, a number of RVs later and it just didn’t have the pizazz it
once did. So I boxed up the main body, enclosed a blank check and
sent if off to Bob with instructions to repair it and fill out the
check as necessary.
First, how many vendors are you willing to send a signed blank
check? That says a great deal right there.
Second, the squeezer came back two weeks later all spiffed up and
anxious to get back at those rivets. My blank check came back as
I called Bob. He said he repaired it under warranty. Warranty?! The
thing was ten years old and had obviously been used on countless
rivets and dimples.
Our country’s economy rests on the back of great small businesses
like Avery Tools. We in the aviation community in general and the RV
world in particular are diminished by their so well deserved
God bless you Bob and Judy Avery.
Another reason why this community is so awesome ...people like
Status Update ...Martin Leroux
A Piece on
Garmin's RV-7A Test Bed/Demonstrator ...page (34)
in Avionics News Nov Issue.
here to download the PDF version of this publication)
RV-3B Emp/Wing/Fuse Kit FS (still in crates) ...$8000
Here's How You Secure It ...Mike Starkey
11/10/2015. 0001 UTC.
Issue No. 3,986.
My RV-7 was Parked on the Boeing Ramp!
"...my plane at Saturday’s Boeing Charleston
Family Day Open House. I was a very proud papa to have her there and
on display next to the 88-30 bldg, and even had Van's Aircraft
provided brochures which I handed out to people interested in taking
on a project like this someday! The kids were by far the most
excited and my back is paying the price for lifting far too many of
them in and out of the cockpit. I eventually had to close my canopy
for that very reason.
I told a lot of my teammates that I kind of felt like when I was
younger and it was "Show and Tell Day" at School."
787 Design Engineering
The Importance of a New Set of Eyes on Your Work ...vfrazier entry
It's sheer insanity to not have other
qualified RVers look over your shoulder when you have the chance. It
might save your life!
I recently was helping with the condition inspection on a 15 year
old RV-6A. It had been inspected previously by the owner and one
other mechanic. I was poking around and was astounded to find 3
bolts near the left main gear leg/spar carry through that had nuts
on them that were visibly loose (gaps). These should have been
easily seen previously.
It pays to have a fresh set of eyes look over your work, no matter
how experienced you are!
Stabilizer Tips - the problems & the plan ...ERushing
Since my QB Wings & Fuse won't be here for
at least another month, I've decided to finish the tail fiberglass.
Garmin VIRB Video Displayed in GDU 4XX Display ...g3xpert
Yes, if you connect the composite video
signal output from any model Virb camera to the video input on the
back of your GDU 4XX display, you will be able to see the camera
image on the display at all times whether you are recording or not.
Additionally, the wireless control built into the display will
control the Virb camera and allow you to start/stop recording and
thread one info
thread two info
Mystery Structures ...Vlad
The Avery's ...Jim Pappas chimes in
In the early summer of 2010, as many of you
know, I was diagnosed with cancer and had surgery in June that year.
Among the hundreds of you that sent me get well messages and
encouragement were the Avery's.
I told them in private chats, that I planned to make it to Oshkosh
even though I would only be about 6-7 weeks post op.
I told them I was tempted to push it, and go to show that you CAN
They knew the odds, and had dealt with it too, so they knew what I
was planning was not wise but they were supportive beyond belief.
They sent me a couple free VAF Tshirts so I could emblazon "I BEAT
CANCER SO WHATS A LITTLE RAIN" on them, as the forecast that year
did not look good.
They gave me FIRM instructions that I was to check in with them as
soon as I arrived at OSH, and they would have cold water in the
booth for me.
Well when I walked in first it was hugs all around, then I think
they realized as others would later that day just how bad I looked,
and immediately made me sit and drink and cool off. They were so
worried they kept asking shouldn't I go home? Not me, too stubborn.
They kept me there for about half an hour? When I got up to go visit
other friends booths they said I had to check in on my way out!
Then more hugs and words I'll never forget "It's great to see
someone beat it for once".
I didn't make it long at OSH, in total maybe 90 mins.....but I had
to stop by on my way out to once more say good bye, and head home
realizing what a huge mistake it was to push it that soon, but I was
so glad to see them and to show them that, yes, I had good news.
I still have the shirts, I'm still cancer free 5 1/2 years later,
and as it turns out that was the last time I got to go to OSH and
As they go into Retirement I want them to know that beyond the
planes, and tools, and Shows....
They had a huge impact in helping keep a very sick guy recover
before, and beyond that day, and I was only one of many I am sure
that they helped in some way, so it should not come as a surprise to
anyone what these folks did over the years for so many of us.
Thank you folks for always being there for me, and for us, if you
ever need the favor returned. Assuming there's a way I can do
anything close to what you did for me all you need is ask.
God Bless and many more wonderful years to you all.
NOTAM Search Page Goes Live
11/9/2015. 0001 UTC.
Issue No. 3,985.
College ball, some exercise, Mass, yard
work, NFL games...and the weekend is in the books. Hope you had a
nice one, and got off the surface for a bit.
Ollies BBQ Flyin @Loves Field Is In The Book For 2015!!!
Sebring Aerobatic Championships- Most RV entries ever!
Kathy and I just returned from Sebring; 3.1
hours and over 2 hours IMC. The Sebring IAC Chapter 23 put on yet
another outstanding event and four RV pilots competed. I recall that
there was a "one design"
contest in Giddings,Texas in 2008 but even after re-designing
the Primary sequence to eliminate the spin only three RV's showed. I
think we have proven that the RV is perfectly capable of flying the
Primary and Sportsman IAC sequences without modification (spins
included) and the four attending the Sebring event are proof of
that. Bill McLean and I flew the Sportsman category and first timers
Curt Sullivant and Mark Wesson flew in the Primary category. Curt
flies a very nice RV-6 and Mark flies a very aerobatic RV-9 (yes,
RV-9!). Both had a great time and promised to continue competing and
hopefully bring a few buddies along to share the fun. Bill McLean
took home a couple of third place medals for the first two flights
and the rest of us had a good time too
I make no excuses but I will mention that I found that some highly
qualified national IAC judges will not recognize a RV snap roll
unless they see a definite positive pitch change prior to the roll.
After getting a few "hard zeros" for my avalanche (loop with a snap
roll on top) I was told by the contest director Marcus Cade that
high performance monoplanes (Extras, MXs, etc) with full-span
ailerons can do an aileron roll as quickly as a snap roll so to
determine that a snap is not just an aileron roll the judges need to
see a positive pitch change just prior to the rotation. Of course
the RV with it's little ailerons can't possibly do an aileron roll
as quickly as it can snap but most judges don't know that so I need
to insure that the pitch up prior to my roll is more recognizable.
I'll work on that.
Courtesy Car List
I've streamlined the process. Updates
will show up MUCH quicker.
Ready for airworthiness inspection ...Rayh
Wow, I am so ready to get my plane in the
air before the snow starts flying. A week ago I called the FAA MIDO
office in PA that covers WV and asked for some assistance in having
someone from the FSDO office in Charleston, WV 80 miles away from
me. Still waiting on a call back if they are willing to help.
Normally the Charleston FSDO tells people they will not do them, so
we shall see.
I may have to go the DAR route but it appears there aren't any
closer than 3-4 hour drive time away.
My other option is to take the wings off and trailer it 30 miles
away to Ohio where the Columbus FSDO will come and do it.
If I have to go the DAR route does anyone have any recommendations
of one that is near the East side of Ohio or West side of WV?
Wheel Bearings Greased...annual
Randy 'Monkey' Richmond has a nice setup for
re-greasing wheel bearings. Surprisingly fun.
David Henderson, Rest in Peace
I received a very sad notice from our EAA
chapter690 president this morning on Dave Henderson's passing. I and
all his friends will miss Dave immeasurably.
He was the one I wanted to make the 1st flight in Miss Sandy, my
He was a good friend, I'll miss you Dave.
My First Big Mistake ...[ed. And welcome to
the club. We've all done it! dr]
Long time listener... first time caller....
Started my RV10 build a week ago, and I think I made my first
non-recoverable mistake. I had the vertical stabilizer cleco'd
together and everything was going fine. I removed the skin for
dimpling. While dimpling, the skin somehow moved as I was swinging
my hammer and i wound up making a new hole, right next to the one
that was supposed to be dimpled.
I'm thinking I need to call Van's tomorrow and order a new skin.
Anyone have any thoughts?
Canopy Opening / Prop Strike
Pasted in below is my copy of the incident
report submitted to my insurance company. Hopefully it will be of
some help if anyone has a similar problem. Yes, I am well aware of
what I could have/ should have done. I've been through those 2
seconds MANY times. I had the canopy pop open during my second or
third PAP flight 5 years ago but that was at cruise conditions and
2500 feet and was a non-event-- other than scaring me at least half
to death. I really believe if I'd had another 10 or 15 feet of
altitude this might have been the same.
Yes, I plan to install the canopy warning system-- can someone tell
me just how that works? It is really necessary to leave the canopy
up on the latch handle during long taxies in the summer, and I don't
want an alarm scaring my passengers. What I'd REALLY like is a
better latch system. preferably one that secures the canopy to the
Got my fire suit on
Wayne 120241/143WM 351.5 hours/5 years
30 October 2015
On this date I was conducting a local area VFR flight with the
intent of burning off fuel in preparation for the annual Condition
Inspection I planned to begin the next day. I shot touch and go
landings at Greene County Regional, my home airport, Dayton-Wright
Brothers airport, and Moraine Airpark (I73) before making a full
stop landing at I73. After talking with friends for a while, I began
departure from I73 intending to return to I19. Checklist and run-up
were normal. Takeoff was made with takeoff trim set and the
recommended 1 notch of flaps.
Almost immediately after lift-off the canopy popped open an
estimated 8-12 inches— it varied with airspeed. Wind blast knocked
my hat off, taking my headset and glasses with it. The aircraft
pitched down, there was a loud BANG, and rebounded into the air. I
regained control, reduced airspeed to 50-55 knots, and continued to
climb. I continued to an open area West of I73 and found that at 1
notch of and 55 knots or less I could pull the canopy back down to
get the latch bar under the rollover bar but could not latch it
because the sides had spread due to air loads and the canopy pins
would not go into their slots. Experimentation showed the airplane
was stable and controllable with no apparent problems at 55 KIAS.
Returning back East (I19 is East of I73) I saw a truck drive out to
the runway intersection where I’d hit, Circling I73 there was no
radio call so I assumed that there was no damage and returned to I19
(10-minute flight at 55 KIAS). Flew a normal pattern (at lower
speed) and landed at minimum speed, holding the nose off as long as
possible. When the nose dropped it became obvious there was no
nosewheel. The prop did not strike the ground and the engine
continued to run until shut down. I had no problem remaining on the
runway. Inspection showed the nosewheel was gone (recovered later at
I73), the fork had folded at the lower bend, and there was about
1/16 inch ground off one prop tip and just slightly more off the
other. There were no prop marks on the runway at I19 bet there were
at I73. Inspection of the nosewheel fork showed that the welds
broke, allowing it to separate from the fork
I have a Master’s in AeroSpace Engineering and spent 37 years as an
aircraft design specialist in the Conceptual Design Group ay
Wright-Patterson AFB. This is what I believe happened. It is
possible that the canopy latch was not completely engaged. It WAS
engaged enough to prevent air coming into the cabin (Cool day!) and
enough to keep the canopy from rattling during engine runup, mag
check, and takeoff run. When the canopy opened, the latch handle
sheared the heads off three rivets in the bottom of the roll bar and
damaged another. The airplane was trimmed for takeoff and had just
lifted off. In those conditions the stabilator is exerting a large
downward force to maintain pitch-up angle of attack with the
increased wing pitching moment with one notch of flaps. With the
canopy up 8-10 inches I believe the airflow over the tail was
sufficiently disturbed to reduce the effectiveness of the stabilator
and cause the aircraft to pitch down, resulting in nose-first impact
with the runway, followed my main gear hitting, then rebounding,at
which point I was able to counter the pitch-down force until I was
able to almost completely close the canopy.
Things to check (annual)
While replacing the broken bracket I lifted
the coils beneath the ignition modules and found the powder coating
worn completely through (located at the end of the red line).I
primed and painted this small area then used a washer at each end of
the coil attachment to shim vertically and prevent further abrasion.
Issue No. 3,984.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and
From a J3 to an RV-12 ...Jim Stricker
Not first flight for the RV-12 but first
flight for me flying an RV-12. Big RV smile...
Previous 1200 flight hours were exclusively in a Piper Cub. I
owned a ’46 Cub for 23 years and traded for 12058 with 50TT. Flew it
right out of the box with just an hour transition with the
From New Zealand
It has taken more than three years, but a
group of young Nelson men have finished the aeroplane they started
building as students.
The importance of a new set of eyes on your work ...AX-O
You have heard it before, you will hear it
again. I am familiar with the concept and have used it. In fact,
before my first flight, I had about 8 folks look at "Dilemma" before
the DAR inspection.
Last week I identified that I had a leak on the manifold side due to
the engine having troubles idling and the MP only going down to 13
inches vice approx. 10 inches during idle. The plan was to remove
and replace all my gaskets on my fuel servo and intake tubes because
everything else was fine. Not really a hard job but time consuming.
A buddy (nameless to protect the innocent) wanted to come down and
spend the day talking planes. So I told him “you can come down but
we are working”.
As we are going over the plan of attack we kneel down next to the
motor and he pulls one of my MP lines and it falls out on his hand.
As Homer Simpson would say, "Dohhhhh". How embarrassing!
This particular line had a number 2 aluminum hard line flared and
connected to an AN fitting on one side then a “plastic” type line
over the OD of the aluminum line going towards the MP gauge. The
aluminum line remained inside the AN B-nut but the flare was
completely separated. So from the outside looking at the
line/fitting it looked fine. We ran a rubber line directly from the
engine MP pick up to the MP gauge and the plane idled fine. I later
replaced all my lines with new rubber lines. His trip saved me a few
hours’ worth of work and head scratching.
The story does not end there. As my bud filled his aircraft with
fuel I was looking at the trailing edge of his flap where it meets
the fuselage (as we all do when we are trying to figure out how you
will work on your own aircraft). I noticed that his flap had a small
crack starting to form on the trailing edge most likely due to the
flexing caused by when the flaps are retracted and they meet with
the fuselage. I pointed it out to him and he was not aware of the
So, the moral of the story. Have someone look at your work
periodically and volunteer to do the same. When you identify
something make the owner/pilot aware of the issue in a tactful way
so no one’s pride gets hurt. And at the end feel good about the fact
that you helped your bud be safer, you mitigated an issue, and
potentially reduced EAB accidents in general.
Go check your MP lines and flap trailing edges.
The Yearly Inspection Continues....
Wheels off. Tread looks
good. Brake pads look good. Picking up new plugs tonight
(running NGK BR8ES car plugs....using two Pmags). Repacking
wheel bearings in morning.
Issue No. 3,983.
Let me take a moment today to tell you
that there is hope for this world. Our next generation has some
shining stars in the making. Yesterday I got a call from Citicard
saying someone tried to use our credit card number to make an online
$400 purchase in Washington state. They tried five times.
Then two more amounts at two more online sites, both denied. This
is not the person I'm talking about, BTW.
As a precautionary
action they locked down the card and said they would mail us a new one
FedEx priority. They did say, however, that since it was after 3 PM that
we wouldn't get the card the next day, but instead on Friday. I
explained to the lady that we only have the one credit card, asking if
there was any way to do that thing where they guarantee delivery the
next morning for a slightly higher fee. No. Twenty years as
a Citicard customer, and the first time we actually needed the card the
next day...no joy. And I know what you're thinking....one day
without a credit card could be the very definition of a first world
So anyway, back to the hope aspect. I got together some cash
bills so our family could operate on a cash basis Thursday (gas for the
truck and a few groceries most likely). When I went upstairs to
spare bedroom office, resting on my keyboard was
$170 in cash that our son had laid down. The note said, "You can use
mine if you need it. Pay me back when you can."
He is 15. Thank you God, once again, for letting this
wonderful young man be a part of my life.
New England Flight ...Gary Sobek
Took this yesterday heading East out of
Rhode Island. Photo taken in the vicinity of where Massachusetts,
Connecticut, and Rhode Island meet.
Status Report ...Don Patrick
Big day today....brought the fuselage to the
airport on Saturday and got the engine hung today. Sequence was top
right, top left, bottom right and bottom left.
Some frustrating moments, but with a little help and persuasion,
she's bolted on.
Now I have to figure out how to rotate the back of the prop governor
about 180 degrees.
N124TT restoration is officially finished.
The conditional inspection was signed off today. It's ready to fly.
Glamor shots to follow.
Nov/Dec Special from TruTrak
The Yearly Inspection Continues.....Dirty
Under The Floor
WHERE does all this muck under the
floorboards come from?!?! Where the pushrods enter the side of
the fuse I suspect. I need to boot that off better.
Every year I spend time with Simple Green and a rag on my hands and
knees wiping down in here. And look at all the gunk around the
hinge line for the seat backs. Flying since 2002 equal sign
dirt in ALL the crevices. Amazing how filthy these airplanes
No major surprises this time around so far.
Cleaning the plugs and repacking the wheel bearings tomorrow.
That's the plan at least. Heavy rains forecast which might
(click to enlarge)
Issue No. 3,982.
Bluff Formation Clinic Cancelled - or was it? ...chipf
I spent the first 6 months of 2015 earning a
commercial certificate. Being very goal oriented, I was looking for
the next flying challenge so I decided to see what formation was
about. I don't have any aspirations of team aerobatics, but flying
in nice diamond formation over the football game seems just my
speed. So I started studying and that led me to trolling for a
formation clinic to attend. The Pine Bluff clinic popped up and I
signed up and made the hotel reservations.
The Averys ...Mr. Collins starts the thank you thread.
I guess when Avery Tools wasn't at Oshkosh
this year, it signaled the end of an era and today's note that Bob
and his wife are retiring and ending the business is good news for
them. So, congratulations.
That said, it marks another iconic passage. Such is life and all but
the Avery family (the whole employee group) were a beacon of
helpfulness at a time when there weren't forums or the Internet to
get help and answers outside of a call to Van's.
They also set a standard for customer service that others who cater
to our sport/hobby are required to meet because that's what we're
use to and what we demand.
They were, above all, "one of us." That's important.
Thanks to the Avery "family" one and all for being there for us. We
wish you happy travels.
[ed. Mr. Avery, I'm right
there with everyone with my thanks. You spent thirty minutes
with me back in 1996 showing me how to drill, debur, dimple and how
to use a pneumatic squeezer. Private lesson!!! You and
Judy enjoy your retirement!!!
McKinney Eagle's Nest ...philcam
McKinney Eagle's Nest now has their online
blog set up. All blogging is done by the students. Follow their
Flight N243RB ...Larry DeCamp RV-3
"The -3 meets it reputation and
expectations. 762 LB empty climbs and flies like an Angel on ball
11/3/2015. 0051Z. Issue
Can I brag on my son a bit? He raised his science grade in
the second semester of freshman high school science from a 75 to an 83.
Fresh out of
GLOCustom.com (Grady and
Dad's Tools Never Stop Helping
Due to interests in skateboards, floor
routine, trampolines and soccer as a kid, I've worn my left knee
pretty much to minimums. As such, it is always harder to crawl
back in that baggage area of my RV-6 for the yearly inspection
(going on now). This year, the 13th inspection, I *finally*
had the good idea to plug some of my late Dad's socket extensions
together and see if I could loosen those screws with a little less
bending. Success. Many of the screws were removed
without even getting in the plane. Picked them up with one of
Screwdriver bit in a 1/4" socket held in
with tape. Of note are the Snap-On
TM77 ratchet adapter and
TMS70A spinner, purchased in the late 70's I'd suspect for next
to nothing. I know he would smile if he knew how some of his
tools are still on the job....being operated by half a copy of his
(click to enlarge)
Fiber Finishing ...Bob Kuykendall reply
We call that "aesthetic carbon." We don't do
much of it; we're mostly a structural carbon shop.
It is rather difficult to get a pinhole-free surface with epoxy
unless you are using advanced techniques and materials. Epoxy beads
up on a waxed surface, and it is hard to get all the beads to hold
hands even with the best of technique.
Two tricks we have used to get reasonable aesthetic carbon parts:
* Paint the mold with polyester resin, let cure, and then do an
epoxy layup on top of that. The polyester wets the waxed mold OK,
and the epoxy wets the polyester OK.
* Make an epoxy/carbon part, cure, and demold. Clean and acetone the
molded surface, varnish with polyester resin, and then spritz with
acetone to smooth out the varnish.
In my experience, the black carbon fiber surface will probably have
a limited aesthetic life when used where it will get direct
sunlight. Unless you're using a high-temp process like pre-preg, the
high temps and temperature cycling will cause the surface coat to go
either yellow or chalky pretty quickly.
Thanks, Bob K.
Status Report ...greghughespdx
Recently most of the work has been on
elevators and rudder and stabilizer hanging, fitting, etc. Just last
night the tail feathers went on the fuselage for good (I hope hah).
[ed. BTW, I think Greg is
doing a wonderful job of documenting his build using the forums.
Note how he created a
dedicated thread in the 'My
RV Build Project' section, and hosts
his pictures on Flickr. I think this would satisfy any
DAR, especially if you look at the 'printable
version' that could easily be saved as a PDF file on your
tablet/phone. Timestamps, dates...the whole smash. My
whole site is backed up weekly in a
dedicated, secure data
center, and I'm betting his pics are also. Lastly, he has
a link to 'his thread' in his autosignature. Great idea!
HOW TO USE THE 'MY RV BUILD PROJECT' SECTION]
Advanced Flight Quick Panels ...Rob Hickman
"October was a record breaking month for
Advanced Flight Systems. The Advanced Quick Panels are proving to be
extremely popular. In fact, we shipped 4 of them on Friday.
Looking to upgrade your old panel that has a GRT EIS or Dynon
We just released a new software update that will let your existing
EMS (D180, D10 EMS, D120 EMS, GRT EIS) provide engine data to a
AF-5000 EFIS. The new software makes upgrading to a new Advanced
EFIS with an integrated engine display even easier."
Fuel System PIREP ...David Paule RV-3B
I don't think I posted this photo before.
The photo was taken a year ago to show any prospective inspectors or
buyers that yes, indeed, I installed anti-rotation parts on the fuel
It shows the anti-rotation devices that I installed on the fuel
lines. Note that no safety wire is needed, and I didn't bother to
drill any holes for it. Yes, if I ever need to remove the fuel
pickup line I'll have to unrivet the brackets (nutplates could have
been used), but I decided that was unlikely.
Putting the bracket on the nut blocked two rotational degrees of
freedom at once: the nut can't unscrew, and the fuel pickup line
can't rotate in its hole in the access port.
The one on the left is a bit bulkier than I like but that's what it
took. Keen weight-conscious readers might observe that I could have
lightened these parts, and I agree. I should have.
From Bill Miksich...
Issue No. 3,980.
Bob & Judy Avery are Retiring.
Hangar Broke on Me ...Weasel
Mothership FB Page
Panel Status ...BruceMe
First start ...Rayh
Today was the day. Finally pushed the 12 out
and fired it up. Started fine. Two issues though. After about 5
minutes, CHT left and right went above above 200 degrees. I shut it
down before they got any higher. Also, right EGT on dynon not
registering any temps. I pulled the top cowl off and everything
appeared fine. I will dig further into troubleshooting tomorrow.
Another formation with my Buddy...RV8iator
Prop Strike/gearbox check- Questions ...Wayne RV-12
Had an incident yesterday where the prop
tips touched the runway. Did NOT break props, did NOT stop engine.
One tip has maybe 1/16" abraded off, the other 1/16 to 1/8". One a
standard category engine this would not be a problem but I've been
told that Rotax requires that the gearbox be torn down and inspected
and that this requires the engine be pulled and sent to an
1) is this in fact the case?
2) Is there a facility closer to Ohio than Lockwood>
Panel Status ...Dayton Murdock
Keep an Eye on Those Ring Terminals ...Michael Robinson
Took off this AM for a quick flight around
the neighborhood. Within a few minutes of takeoff I feel a sharp
pinch on my bare leg - like a bee sting. A search of the cockpit
does not reveal any critters, and my leg looks unscathed. I'm about
to write it off as nothing when I catch sight of a pinhead sized
metallic object drop out from behind the panel and land right on my
leg, with the same painful results as before. I quickly figure out
that it's molten solder, leaking out of my instrument panel. OK,
time to land and figure this one out. Ammeter shows nothing
abnormal, but a careful hand survey of my strobe light switch
reveals that the wire is loose and too hot to touch. All lights off
and uneventful landing ensued.
Inspection revealed that the screw securing the soldered and crimped
ring terminal to the output lug on the switch/breaker was slightly
loose, causing enough localized arcing to generate considerable
heat. Enough to melt solder. And yes, the breaker is functional.
So the takeaway for me is that you can have a very high localized
heat condition that won't show up on the ammeter, pop a breaker,
create any radio noise, or show up at all until stuff starts to
smoke. I was fortunate in a sense that the builder of my Rocket used
soldered connections that gave me an "early warning".
I have a new focus area on my future inspections - just thought I'd
share the experience.
Too cute video by Ron Schreck
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