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May 29, 2017.   Memorial Day.

General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

i.The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.

ii.It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

iii.Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.

By order of


Adjutant General



May 26, 2017.   Issue No. 4,318.

Thursday I made an early morning gas run up to KGLE for gas ($3.45).  Went over the top of KDTO to maybe see some of the damage from the other day (all cleaned up and nothing to see).  On the way back shot the 16L ILS practice approach at KAFW - complete with a right 360* for spacing for a King Air and (3) T-38s.  Lotsa bumpy and getting warm.  After landing I sat in the lawn chair and checked in with some emails and made some calls.  The chair calm never lasts as long as you would like it too - online work is always calling ;^).  For a little bit, though, the office view was perfect.  Something about that blue sky from the shade that really re-calibrates my mental gyros well.

Note: The factory will be closed on Memorial Day (next Monday).  Plan accordingly if you're ordering parts, etc.

It's forecast to be windy most of the weekend here in DFW.  Hope it's nicer where you live.  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  


Eagle's Nest Projects - Clear Springs HS Completes Their 4th RV-12 ...Ernie B.

N916EN s/n:120960 A/W Cert: 5/18/2017.  Flying off Phase-1 hours - GLO Custom next week - See ya at OSH!
Pictured below are the PLTW Aerospace Engineering 2nd and 3rd period build students.

Aside:  Scott Malcomb, Director of Eagle's Nest Projects at Circle Christian School in Florida, several years ago developed a strong working relationship between Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Eagle's Nest Projects and that relationship continues today to pay dividends to Eagle's Nest build-students. Two seniors from Eagle's Nest-Clear Springs HS, Nikki and Blake, were accepted to Embry-Riddle's Florida campus and were told separately by the admissions office that their participation in an Eagle's Nest build project was a consideration in their acceptance. Congratulations Nikki and Blake... you make us proud!


VAF Courtesy Cars & Food List Updated

...added the following, and simplified the layout.  It doesn't have to be more complicated than a simple text list IMHO.  Much easier for me to edit quickly.

USA/NV/Mesquite/67L. ‘Terrace’ at Wolf Creek Club, (702) 345-6701. Golf course fare. 5-minute walk from transient parking, or they will send an EZ-Go cart to pick you up from airport. (have a few bucks ready for the fella driving.)
USA/UT/St George/KSGU. Cracker Barrel, 1736 S Convention Center Dr (5-minute drive) Free courtesy car, sign out keys at the desk.
USA/AZ/Sedona/KSEZ. Mesa Grill. 1185 Airport Rd (5 minute Walk). Great view of approach area and USS Sedona.
USA South Carolina, Barnwell, SC. KBNL. Courtesy car as well as snacks and drinks. Local restaurant is Anthony’s, about 4 minutes away. Very friendly, and cheap fuel, as well as unleaded 93 octane mogas.
USA Maine - Auburn Lewiston Airport - KLEW - Backwoods BBQ. Located right in the terminal building and open 207-753-1746 backwoodsbbqandgrill.com
USA Maine - Augusta - KAUG - Sweet Chili Thai. Great Thai food located right in the terminal building. 207-621-8575 sweetchilime.com
USA Maine - Belfast - KBST - Off the hook Shuckin Shack. Great fresh seafood. About 1/4 mile walk down the access road to the airport on the left. Picnic tables outside. Open 7 days a week. 207-338-3852 offthehooktakeout.com
USA Maine - Limington - 63B - Runway Restaurant. Located right across the street off the 29 end of the airport. 207-637-2210 runwayrestaurant.com
USA Maine - Oxford - 81B - Oxford Grill & Bar. Located at Oxford Casino a few miles from the airport but they will pick you up at the airport if you call ahead. 207539-6700 oxfordcasino.com/dining
USA Maine - Sanford - KSFM - Cockpit Cafe. Classic fly-in restaurant located right in the FBO building. Great breakfast and lunch. 207324-7332
USA New Hampshire - Hampton - 7B3 - Airfield Cafe. Classic little airport and restaurant located right at the airport. Great breakfast and lunch. 603-964-1654 theairfieldcafe.com
USA New Hampshire - Franconia - 1B5 - Franconia Inn. Grass strip in northern New Hampshire right across the street from the Franconia Inn. Serves breakfast till 9:30 and dinner in the evening. 603-823-5542 franconiainn.com/dining
USA New Hampshire - Laconia - KLCI - Kitchen Cravings. Beautiful restaurant located in a former bank building across the runway from the FBO. You can walk or they FBO usually has a courtesy car and if not they'll give you a ride over and pick you up. Serve breakfast and lunch 7 days a week. 603-528-0001 kitchencravingsnh.com
USA New Hampshire - Nashua - KASH - Midfield Cafe. Located right at the airport. Serve breakfast and lunch. 603-594-0930
USA New Hampshire - Jaffery - KAFN - Kimball Farm Restaurant. Located a few hundred yards from the 34 end of the runway. Seasonal serving fantastic seafood and homemade ice cream. 603-532-5765 kimballfarm.com/jaffrey
USA Massachusetts - Stow (Minuteman Field) - Nancy's Airfield Cafe. Serve some of the best food you'll ever get at a small airport. Right in the FBO building. 978-897-3934 nancysairfieldcafe.com
USA Massachusetts - Lawrence - KLWM - China Blossom Restaurant. Terrific Chinese food with great buffet located right at the end of the access road to the airport. 978-682-2242 chinablossom.com
USA Massachusetts - Lawrence - KLWM - Dominic's Diner. Serve breakfast breakfast and lunch right in the main terminal building. 978-682-8822
USA Massachusetts - Martha's Vineyard - KMVY - Plane View Restaurant. Located right at the airport. 508-693-1886
USA Massachusetts - Chatham - KCQX - Hanger B. Located right at the airport serving breakfast and lunch. 508-593-3655 hangerbcapecod.com
USA Rhode Island - Block Island - KBID - Bethany's Diner. Right in the FBO building. Wonderful place to eat with indoor and outdoor seating. 401-466-3100


Mothership Stats



May 25, 2017.   Issue No. 4,317.

Safe Margin of Tread Wear ...Blain

Been spending most of my time shooting landings. Have tire wear to show for it.

Not sure how far to run these out before they become subseptible to puncture. Flying off good pavement but there is always the chance of sharp rocks, etc.

Do I wait until cord is showing? Haven't done that since high school.


What Happens If You Don't Change Your Engine Oil? ...nigelspeedy

My engine is fitted with a filter so by rights I could change the oil at 50 hours but given that it is the single most expensive part of the plane changing it at 25 hours seems like a reasonable idea. Since new I have sent a sample away for analysis. Well all good intentions but SnF came up when I had 20 hours on the oil and I was in a rush getting ready so I pressed on to 50 hours before the next change. Turns out engine oil gets dirty as you can see in the attached plot. Pretty normal but the second to last sample is the one with 50 hours on it then back to normal with a 25 hour change at the end. So I guess the good news is that even small changes are picked up. What I am not sure of is the major source for each of the different metals detected. Seriously where does Lycoming use Silver in an IO-360?
So for my continuing education and recreation where does the majority of the metals come from.

While the graph for an individual engine will show variations from its normal state are there any published absolute limits for these engines?


Check my Data Tag ...Deuelly

Just made a sample tag this morning. Before I do the final rendition is there anything I need or don't need? Is there something you would add I don't have?

Thanks, Brandon


New Guy Chimes In ...Bryan (Frisco, TX)

Been watching from the sidelines for a few years now. Just jumped in and bought the RV-7 tail this week. A leap of faith since I've never even been in one and have no tail wheel time.

Any particulars I should begin with? Or probably more important, things I shouldn't do?

Anybody building in North Texas?



Thank you Wind Gods (200kt GS Club) ...Jetj01


Best master switch saver?...BruceMe

I'm handy with electronics and I'm sick of killing my battery because I forget to turn off the master... I know, this is a "millenial problem" like FADEC and glass panels. But it's getting old and a $5 circuit can fix it.

•Must not accidentally turn off on final after a long flight (simple timer)
•Must have very-very low current when off (<1pA)
•Be cheap and reliable
•Avoid failing-off... ie if it dies, stay on


Use a micro-controller connected to a sensitive vibration detector that resets a one-hour timer. After one hour of near-total-non-movement or 2 seconds of holding the power-switch; then collapse the power supply and de-energy the master solenoid. An LED would indicate "On" when solid, blink when in some state of turning-off.

It would be installed in place of the master switch on an aircraft and could be built using a single LED momentary switch.

•ATTINY85 (8-pin micro controller)
•sensative vibraswitch
•LED Power Switch
•3.3 volt regulator
•P-Channel MOSFET
•NPN transistor
•5 - Resistors
•2 - Capacitors

I'll post an updates as I'm building and when it's done.


Announcement: Introducing the VIRB 360



May 24, 2017.   Issue No. 4,316.

Amateur Built, Amateur Maintained ;^) ...crabandy

Almost made it to 50 hours this time for oil change/air filter/general look-see under the cowl service. It's more fun for everyone when they are challenged and involved, this supervisor was busy!


Bodie and Lone Pine ...Joe Rainbolt RV-7A


What's in a Name (Proud of those Kids!) ...Bob Kelly

Tonight the kids building an RV-12 at Columbus North HS (Indiana) picked a name for their plane. It will be known as "Jeanne," named for a Columbus graduate, Jeanne Lewellen Norbeck. She took flying lessons while in her senior year of HS.

Jeanne, born in 1912, went from Columbus to graduate with honors from Washington State. In 1941, while working as a swimming instructor in Honolulu, she watched as Pearl Harbor was bombed. This inspired her to join the WASP.

She was working as a test pilot when a red lined (previously grounded for control problems) BT-13 she was evaluating came apart on final. She was killed. She is the only civilian woman we know of that was given a military escort and funeral. She has been honored many times, but one more certainly won't hurt. I know her nephew, who was 13 when she was killed (1944.) I expect he will be thrilled.

We often lament our younger generation, and how little they seem to relate to our history and heritage. It isn't always true. AviationNation attempts to work some history into our build projects, and it must work. I was proud to see these kids discuss the naming of the plane, and agree on "Jeanne." There is a lot on the web about her, and googling the name brings up some interesting reading. It would be worth a few minutes of your time.


RV-12 Status: Done ...waterboy2110


Come Celebrate!

Students from Georgetown High School and East View High School have built a fully functional airplane as part of Georgetown ISD's Aerospace Engineering course. Please join us for the unveiling of the student-built Vans RV-12 and ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 25, 2017. We encourage you to come experience the student-built airplane for yourself.  more info


A Shout Out to Stein ...Paul Bonorden RV-6A

Just started installing the one that I received from Stein. Very pleased.


Pretty Close to Home

We had some Wx in the area Tuesday morning around 0300.  Denton airport, a few miles north had several flight school aircraft turned upside down.  More pics HERE.


RV-10 Door Lock is broken..can you help?

The key was put in the barrel on the left hand main door and the barrel then broke away with the key in it. It was my passenger, not me, so am not sure how much force was applied.

Just trying to source the aftermarket part - any help would be appreciated. We have spoken to VANS and they suggested a post here.

Thankfully the handle still works, it is just the locking mechanism!



May 23, 2017.   Issue No. 4,315.

RV-7A Facilitates Boat Repair in San Juan Islands ...Capt. Sandy

There are plane repairs in exotic places, and boat repairs in exotic places. This weekend our RV-7A rescued our boat. Roy and I flew from KHIO to KORS to get our boat ready for the sailing season. We had a GREAT flight up. The weather was clear and the islands lovely. And of course, the boat needed work, because, well, it is a boat. The Jib needed repair and no sail repair places to be found in the islands. Roy came to the rescue and schlepped our 135 Jib to a sail loft in Bellingham. Much Thanks to Tony at KORS for the use of the crew car, and the kind folks in Bellingham also.


Now I Know Why I Built an RV...David Perl (Watford, UK)

I finished my 7A 18 months ago. Ive enjoyed 100 hours of fun flying around the UK, gradually making longer trips with the local flying club i joined.

This weekend was a highlight. I flew across the English channel intro France with a Cirrus and 3 other pilots. We spent 2 days landing at 8 airfields around Paris. We stayed over saturday night and enjoyed some wonderful French cuisine.

The weather was perfect, the company fun and the plane behaved immaculately.

Definitely a highspot to file in my memory banks and made the 5 years of building all the more worthwhile. The more I fly the RV the more i enjoy it. And when i landed back at my home field, a yellow Swiss registered RV7 landed. The weekend was rounded off with a pleasant chat with the builder, his second RV7 and true to form, his build was immaculate, just like a Swiss Watch.


RV-9A Status Report ...Andy C. (Kalamazoo, MI)

Moving onward to the fuel tank assembly! Was looking forward to the wet riveting that I've read so many nice builder reports about.

All in all not that tough though. The worst part so far, is my stupid Harbor Freight digital scale, it turns off automatically in about 10 seconds.... I guess they figure that you can weigh a letter in that amount of time. So have to work around that little nuisance.

So yea, it's messy and you have to clean tools up constantly, and the sealant is sticky, but this isn't the hardest job I've done so far on this project.

Note that if your glove tears and you get the fuel tank sealant on your thumb, and it turns sort of black locally, it does wear off no problem (in about a week).


RV-7A Rebirthing ...kentlik

Rudder pedals and framework installed...



May 22, 2017.   Issue No. 4,314.

There could be no other top story ;^).
Audrey Reeves.  Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.
May 20, 2017.  PhD program to come.
More info when I have it...

11 years ago...

17 years ago...

20 years ago...


RV-14 Build Log N829MS

It's more of an overview.... ;^)


Mitch Lock Day RV Fly-In @ W29, 6/10/17

As everyone knows by now Mitch Lock, previously the East Coast Vans Rep, is now the president of Vans Aircraft. In celebration of this there is an RV fly-in scheduled on June 10th from 10-2 at W29, Bay Bridge Airport.

Helen Wood who owns Chesapeake Sport Pilot is hosting the event and will be providing lunch for everyone.

W29 Bay Bridge Airport is located on the shore line of the Chesapeake Bay on Kent Island right next to the legendary Bay Bridge, outside of the DC SFRA.  We hope to have RV's in every crevice of the airport so please come out and congratulate Mitch in person.


RV Formation Flight at Corsicana Airshow ...vids


Status Report ...Jereme Carne RV-7A

Well after taking a few days off of building due to being sick I am finally back in the game! I got the left elevator parts primed and started working on "the first" trim tab. Bending the trailing edge was nice as it came out almost perfect! I did however mess up bending the ears and have to reorder a trim tab skin (bend buckled in a bit so I can't just cut it off) but oh well, looks like I will join the multi try trim tab club. I will however abandon this joke of a process and go the riblet method now. I suspected this would be the case but I wanted to try the Van's way first if only to learn more.


Status Report ...David Paule -3B



May 19, 2017.   Issue No. 4,313.
  This weekend is special for our family - Audrey walks across the stage at SMU.  Chemistry degree....CHECK.  If I understand her correctly, we're not going to the BIG event where hundreds and hundreds of people walk across the stage for hours, but instead a smaller one for the chemistry types.  Maybe Monday I'll have a picture of the graduate to share.  Susie's 92yr old mother will be attending, as well as my sister from Houston.  Audrey pictured at right working with SMU's nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy hardware (NMR).  Here's a 47pg PDF entitled "An Introduction to NMR Spectroscopy off the SMU website.  She understands it.  I don't.  My usual 'but I can land a plane' argument is seeming more and more insignificant these days. ;^).  As it should be.
  Next item on her list....PhD.  She's motivated - the exact opposite of me at that age.  Rest assured you'll be kept in the loop regarding her research projects <g>.  To say we're proud parents is an understatement.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.


Out of the Paint Shop ...Lorne Montgomery (GLO Custom)


Intro ...Dave Mills of Warrenton, VA

Finally getting started on my build journey.  I bought my tail kit many years ago. Just after it arrived I started a new job, moved many states, bought a house, got married had a child. Things always got in the way.   Recently divorced and settled in to my new life. I have a young son that's been flying with me since age 3. I also have a wonderful woman in my life now that is very supportive. Actually make that EXTREMELY supportive of my aviation endeavors.

In the next months I hope to have tools, work area, etc all in place.  I will definitely be a part time builder 15-18 hours per week. I added up TV time and various time wasted activities. If I discontinue such I'll have plenty of time and I'll have something to show for it.

The goal is pay as you go so I hope to have the big ticket items saved up for by the time they are due. At my projected build rate that should give me many years before I reach that point. This is my pre and post retirement airplane. I want it paid for before I retire.

I have decided my mission to mostly be me enjoying the airplane. Maybe a GIB on occasion and my future spouse riding out for Saturday breakfast. I have decided to continue with my original choice of an RV-8.

Always looking for pointers. It will be a slow build and part timer hours too.

Must haves list. These are not negotiable
1) Alodine and epoxy prime airframe ( I live on the east coast and will retire on the beach in FL eventually)
2) Trim...electric!!! #laziness
3) Fuel injection

I'm 70/30 constant speed vs a fix pitch. VFR instrument panel but design modularity for ease of upgrade to IFR should I change my mind. My take on spending an additional 10k to infinity $$$ on IFR is that I'll be saving money and NOT flying. Rather have a VFR machine and $10k gas money instead.

I want to get the alodine and prime process down to an efficient level. I understand it will slow the build but it's important to me. Just looking for tips on how to incorporate this process into my build effective and efficiently.

I've been a long time lurker on here. Many thanks to all of you past and future.  Created a user name and paid my dues. I also reserved my N number.  Small steps but it's progress.

I'm predicting a conservative 2024 completion date. Wish me luck...


Cracks in Engine Mount Powdercoat ...prkaye

Doing my annual recently I noticed these cracks in the Engine Mount finish... I assume these cracks are only in the Powder Coat, but I thought I'd post them here for opinions... should I be worried about these, or do anything specific about them?


RV-7A UL Power Update ...taverroi

Firewall Forward is 95% Complete.

Weve been waiting on a 3 Screen G3X System. They wont be available for a few more weeks its seems. Initail panel work should begin in the next 2 weeks Id say.

Cowling work is being adjusted to give a scosh more clearance from componants. We want it to be right the first time so taking the time to make that happen.

Its coming along. Steadily working.

Attached is a pic of what the final product has been planned to kinda look like. Its just rendering from my X-Panel Software. The round instrument by the throttle is the Electric prop controller..I just put something there the same size for now. Remember this is a FADEC Controlled Engine so no mixture.

Any Suggestion based on what you see here for the panel would be received and accepted well!



May 18, 2017.   Issue No. 4,312.
   My ISP had some issues on a piece of hardware between my box (and others) and the web around 2:30pm DFW time Wednesday.  Affected more sites than just me.  Down for ~1hr.  It wasn't ransomware ;^).  Sorry if you tried to get on and couldn't.  Technology happens...
   Unrelated and in the motivation column, Audrey texted Susie and me today that she is going to be published in a scientific journal.  How cool is that!!!  I'll post a URL when I have something, and I don't expect to understand much of it ;^).  But still...neat.


Almost Ready to go to the Airport ...Simon Hitchen RV-7 (Port Perry, Canada)


Videos in my RV-8 ...Planenut

I am about to retire from the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association and I planned a RV8 trip across Canada. I've been taking good POV videos: I mounted camera externally but footage is static and gets boring, I tried handheld inside the cockpit better but canopy glare. I want to take sensational videos footage, especially over the Rockies.

I think this installation will provide all I need for extraordinary videos


Alternate fuel pickup ...gyoung RV-6

I'm starting to work on these tanks for the partially completed kit I picked up 15 years ago. It appears the original builder had a different idea for the fuel pickup and reversed the original pickup fitting, possibly for a return. I've already modified the left tank for a flop tube so I'm only concerned with the right. I do need a return in the right for my AFP purge valve so I'm tempted to leave it as is. I don't see any inherent problems with this pickup but I might move the return lower and switch to a -4 fitting to match the return hose. Any comments?

For the sharp-eyed among you, that IS the left sender plate in the right tank. Discovered after the photo.


Mothership Stats



May 17, 2017.   Issue No. 4,311.

RV-10 Build Begins ...SeanM


Found Broken Start Ring Cogs  ..David Domeier

Am doing condition inspection and have had to replace the start ring on fly wheel due to 4 broken gear cogs.

The issue is kick back from electronic ignition on start. In talking with Robert Paisley, this is happening because I do not have back up 12 volts for the system. Voltage drops during start and EI looses its brain and fires way off schedule.

I stopped using EI for start some time ago when this happened repeatedly. It does not happen starting with left impulse coupled mag. I have mag hooked up to top plugs so it starts very easily. When engine is running smoothly, turn on EI. No big deal.

It is not a starter issue, am using Sky-Tec NL unit, it spins engine very nicely and its gear cogs are like new.


200kts in Level Flight ...tfriendshuh


RV fly in, May 20 2017, east Canada  ...Gilles Lessard

We are hosting our second annual fly-in for RVs. Last year we have participants from Quebec, Nova Scotia and Maine, USA.
It will be held on Saturday may 20 at Saint-Georges Airport in Quebec. (CYSG) (reset on Sunday 21 in case of bad temperature)
Every type of aircraft will be welcome
Lunch on site
We hope to see a lot of RVs !!

If you'd like more details soon give me an email: gilesard 'at' globetrotter.qc.ca


Introduction of New-Style Carb Floats ...David Heal

(RV-12 folks)  FYI -- ROTAX has issued an SI describing their new-style replacement carb floats.


Free 6 Month Membership in the IAC ...Ron Schreck

I'm proud to announce that the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) is now an advertiser on Van's Air Force. IAC is continuing it's popular "Join for Free" campaign. With a free 6-month membership you will get access to the digital archive of Sport Aerobatics magazine and access to the entire IAC.org web site where you can find aerobatic instruction in your area and a wealth of information on getting started in one of the most challenging and fun sports in all of aviation.  You may recognize the RV featured in the IAC banner ad. That's Jerry Esquenazi"s beautiful RV-8, also pictured below. Jerry is new to IAC competition aerobatics and has managed to bring home a second place trophy in the Sportsman category at his second competition at Dunnellon, Florida this Spring.

Not sure if IAC competition is for you? Only about 10% of IAC members participate in competitive aerobatics! Many are there to volunteer at IAC events as judges, starters, registrars, tech inspectors, etc. They just want to be a part of the events and enjoy the social aspects of IAC participation. There are IAC events that reward your passion for aerobatics in non-competitive ways that also improve your piloting skills such as the IAC Achievement Awards program. There is something for everyone in IAC!

Still not sure if aerobatic competition is for you? Join me at the IAC Pavilion at AirVenture 2017. I will be giving a forum presentation on Friday, July 28th at 10:00AM on "What to Expect at Your First IAC Contest". Following the forum I'll be available to field any questions.

Your first step is to take advantage of the 6-month free membership in IAC. I hope you will join us.


KFFC RV Spring Fly-In near Atlanta ...May 20th


What is this "clamp" on the prop governor?

In checking out the engine compartment, I saw this silver colored clamp on the end of the prop governor:

You are looking down on the governor.

What is it's function? Nothing seems to be attached to it.

Also, it's on there very solidly but there doesn't seem to be a lock washer and the head of the screw has a hole in it...probably for safety wiring. But there is no flange or place to run a safety wire except around the screw/nut assembly.

What is this part? What is it's function? And how would one go about safety wiring it?



May 16, 2017.   Issue No. 4,310.

RV Grin ...Rob Traynham

My three year old granddaughter went for her first RV7 ride with her dad today. Photo says it all!


Formation Flight Practice Never Ends ...lucaperazzolli (Italy)

Slow northern Italy spring gave us some pre-season activity (video coming).

RVs are totally fun machine as I said after my first flight in 2010 they give an "Irresistible Euphoria"


New Guy Checking In ...JoopSJ (Netherlands)

Hello all,

The kit is ordered and the adventure is going to begin.
VAF was of great importance to me while preparing myself for deciding to jump-in as well as deciding what to build. I want to thank the host DR for providing this forum as well the members providing all the valuable information.

It's going to be an RV-7/Slider.  The adventure will start in September as my son and myself will join the empennage building class at Synergy.

I am an airline pilot planning to retire in the near future. Flying an RV feels like going back to the source of my career when I started sport flying, more than 40 years ago. Building it myself feels like connecting the last dot to complete the circle.

Best regards, Joop


Can Somebody w/a Flying RV Give Eric a Builder Motivation RV Flight?

....Siloam Springs, Arkansas.  Credit for this idea goes to Bob Collins in this reply.  [ed. Eric later ordered new parts and is continuing, BTW.  v/r,dr]


New Guy Checking In ...Jeff (Oregon)

Hey y'all, I've finally been making a little progress on this RV-3 project. I've never done the chat-room thing before, but I figured it's time to get a little community now that I'm spending time on the ‘ol -3. Just making a test on this section here. I am looking for some info on type-II wings; I'll post details on the -3 section.


Mother's Day Delivery

(crabandy) The RV sure makes traveling easy, kinda ironic after all that work. A Mothers Day special delivery to Grandma....


New Advertiser Helping Support This Site

International Aerobatic Club (IAC)

Their ad...

They do this stuff...and you can too.



May 15, 2017.   Issue No. 4,309.
  Susie joined me for a short .2hr flight Saturday morning here in the DFW area around 0730 when the winds were 00000kt and the OAT 59*F.  CAVU.  I asked her just before we took the runway what she wanted to look at.  "Cows."  I can pull this mission off!  'Airspeed alive, positive rate, cows on your left...'  Short flight, but very high quality.
  We don't get many mornings like this past Saturday.  I hope you had nice Wx also, and got to spend some time off the surface in your RV (or in the shop working toward that goal).  Sunday was spent at Mass, continuing the climb up Mt. Email, working in the home office on admin tasks......and doing anything Susie said (Mother's Day).

RV's to the Caribbean, From the Right Seat ...Capt Sandy

Hello RV'ers. Roy and I joined the trip to the Antilles. Here is a write-up from the right-seat perspective, and some photos to share. We had a GREAT time. More info to come, on our time in the islands.

Hoping to see your project and find out what I'm in for

I am just hoping to swing by and admire your project and talk shop.

I am hoping to build an rv-14 (not 100% sure). I am military serving in Japan and am currently in Altus Oklahoma for some flight training. one of these weekends before I go back home I was hoping to be able to talk face to face with some builders.

Cowl fitting issues ...madmaveric

I'm in the process of fitting the cowling but have come across an issue, I've searched on here but I can only see issues with spinner clearance and nothing around the back of the cowling.

I cut both cowls to the scribe lines and fitted the bottom cowling with the two holes wither side as per plans and then added the lower hinge. All seemed to be going good and I was happy with the fit.  ...

Update on Making Metal ...Martin Pred

Since last year I installed the magnetic drain plug and ran through a couple oil changes. At first I thought I was within the Lycoming limit of 20-40 hairlike ferrous particles of 1/16" or smaller. Now I'm starting to think I'm exceeding that limit. Here's what it looked like yesterday:

Pretty in Purple ...bruceh

I added a whole new folder of picture galleries documenting the Painting saga.  Here's the beauty shot with a bit of Instagram filtering.

Rivet Corner Bracket Deals on Top ...kentlik

So, final drilled a lot of holes...just scanning the fuse to figure out what I have skipped over as I have to jump around a bit.
I thought I posted this yesterday but don't see it so maybe I messed it up. ...

Repair ...whittfic

So there I was applying some colour to various bits and pieces at last. I had this painting thing nailed, the prep was done and the paint was going on nicely, no runs, no orange peel, nice coverage without being too heavy. Life was good... and then this happened!!  This is the inboard rear corner of one of my elevators. I was in the process of suspending it from a hook in the roof of the spray booth when the support wire slipped from my hand and it hit the floor!! Needless to say I was less than happy and all I wanted to do at that moment was start flinging tools around the workshop. After I stopped calling myself all the idiot names I could think of I actually decided to clean up and call it a day.

So now I am asking the collective wisdom here for any suggestions/guidence to fix this. I'm thinking I should be able to carefully manipulate this back into shape fairly easily but if anyone knows of any potential 'gotchas' I am all ears.

Another RV-8 Panel Leaves the Shop ...Walt



May 12, 2017.   Issue No. 4,308.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  And Happy Mothers Day to all the moms out there. 

GRT Upgraded Panel ...Dvalcik

I pulled the trigger and upgraded my GRT panel in my RV12. I had been holding out for the 8.4 HRx touch.  many pics


Another 10 Gets Its Interior

This RV-10 got a full interior upgrade. Looks like it was done by a custom interior shop. Nope! It was installed by Philip, Kristine and Steve from Tucson Arizona. They purchased a full interior kit from South Florida Sport Aviation and installed it themselves. Great job guys! Beautiful Airplane!  many pics


Squawk code TFR intercept ...Turbo

did my BFR yesterday in the r-44 and today in the rv6. didn't know there was an intercept code for TFR busting but my helo instructor brought it up and i had never heard of such a thing but we found with google, not finding it in the AIM. there it was, very lucky numbers in vegas but not very lucky in a TFR incursion case,so now you can rock your wings, listen on 121.5, follow the jet the way he is flying and squawk 7777. hope you never need this one. busted


Time to throw in the towel ...epaslick RV-12

I don't appear to have what it takes to build an RV-12, so I'm thinking it's coming time to bring this unpleasant disaster to a close.

[ed. You'll be happy to read later in the thread Eric has a change of heart.  And I remember having those same feelings, Eric!!!  Just means you're normal <g>.  v/r,dr]


Mothership Stats


Tate's Collision Repair Project

Some of you might know our son Tate is taking a collision repair class at his high school (he's in 10th grade).  Please excuse me bragging a bit, showing off his hood painting project.  It's got some cartoon logo on it that the kids would understand.  The kid can paint! 



May 11, 2017.   Issue No. 4,307.
  You might have seen Alex's air-conditioned RV-14A that went up for sale here on the front page yesterday.  I told him I thought it would sell in 24 hours - the first 14A going up for sale (we think).  I was wrong....he had a deposit in his hand in 18.  How cool is that?  Very happy for my friend, the buyer, and I'll let you know if anything changes. 

RV Hotel Birthday Party

It's my wife's birthday today and Rob Handberg's tomorrow, so we are having a birthday party while they stay at the RV Hotel on their way from California to the Bahamas!


Another -10 gets its wings ...Jason McKay

Sorry no pictures to post but the inspection went very well and I'm looking forward to phase 1 which I was informed is only 25 hours due to the engine and prop combo I purchased from Vans. Bonus!

I'd like to thank everyone on this site. The amount of knowledge and willingness to help was/is a huge help. By no way am I done but at least when the weather is nice I no longer have to watch others sneak away for the day.

All the best!


Article on RVs in news-press.com


New Member in Denver ...welcome Seth Andrews

Hello there! New member in Denver buying a RV10 project in the next week. Any Denver RV 10 owners here?


Pic from Day Before First Flight ...Chattin35


Status Report: 7A ...jcarne

Just finished the right elevator today after spend 2.5 hrs rolling the edges yesterday. Rolling the edges on the elevator I thought were waaaay more difficult than the rudder.


New Panel w/AHRS ...WingnutWick

just finished ripping out my all my old heavy steam gauges and re-designed and built the panel with a modular system. Using a hard mounted/powered iPad with quick release fasteners for ease of removal when desired. Powered by iLevil AHRS (with air data inputs) and a stratus backup AHRS. New Dynon D-10 EMS with all new plugs and custom push button start. USB chargers and music inputs installed as well.  ...


DID YOU KNOW the difference between new and established insurance companies?

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



May 10, 2017.   Issue No. 4,369.

RVs in Switzerland ...newt

Couple of months ago, I posted on VAF to say I was visiting Zürich on a work trip: Are there any RV people in Switzerland?

Near immediate contact from lots of people - far more than I imagined, given my impression of EASA territory was that it was near-prohibitively expensive and bureaucratic for E/AB aviation. But no, it's positively thriving.

Marcel (mzund on VAF) is building an RV-4 near Geneva. As luck would have it, he was visiting Sydney, and I caught up with him at Wedderburn. He had pics on his phone showing spectacular mountain scenery, and landing a cub on skis on glaciers near Mont Blanc.  I locked in a visit to his field.  continue


Airworthiness Cert Issued! ...Phil

It's been a while since I've posted but wanted to share another certificate being issued. Vic Syracuse made the trip to Texas for me yesterday and performed the inspection. Many thanks to him for coming out of the area and spending an entire day to perform my inspection. He's built two RV-10's, inspected many more, and I really wanted his experience with the airframe in going over it one final time.

I had the paper work ready about a week early, we had reviewed it together before his trip, and everything was in order. No surprises and a relatively straightforward process. I've never certified a plane before, so this was my first rodeo and it really wasn't that bad if you've got a good inspector to guide you through the process. I can't thank him enough for going out of his way to get here.  continue


RV-7A Rebirthing Update ...kentlik

I managed a few photos of the firewall prep and installation. I had my firewall finished but needed to remove the main brackets from each corner as I am using the original firewalls brackets, they were in excellent shape.


Status Report ...RV7ForMe pics

So I am done with most of the riveting but I had left out a few hard to reach rivets on the rudder & elevators. I asked Vans about using pop rivets as the plans do say I can use the CS4-4. There is a problem with that.  ...


Planet Earth's First 'For Sale' RV-14A...I think.

...my buddy Alex De Dominicis (my RV-6 transition trainer back in the day - got my tailwheel endorsement with him also).  Selling due to job change that conflicts with his ability to do RV training for a few years.  Out of phase 1.   43 hours TT.  Ready to paint.  Air Conditioning.

(5/10 Update:  Sale pending after being online for 18hrs.  Deposit in Alex's hand and he'll let me know if something changes.  v/r,dr)

Link to larger pictures

(2) Airflow Systems Oil Coolers


The Game is Afoot Again ...with kiddo #2

Tate and the fam are beginning the 'ol college hunt.  We had a college fair at the high school the other day and we went (Tate is in 10th grade).  SMU wasn't there (Audrey's college), but as always I'm pushing schools w/in 1 tank of RV avgas. ;^)  The brochures we grabbed below...

Love those kids. 



May 9, 2017.   Issue No. 4,368.

Got the "PINK" slip ...Dorfie RV-10

Vic Syracuse flew into KLEX this weekend and did the final inspection on my RV10, serial No 40596. GOT THE PINK SLIP!!! Thanks Vic for taking the time and effort to fly to me.  Thanks to VAF site and its contributors for all the good advice and support through many years. I surely dug deep into it all and a lot of those ideas were incorporated into my project.  This is now the start of the next phase in the life of this RV10. May it be many safe, trouble free and pleasant flights!

Best wishes and thank you from a happy builder, soon flyer!!.


252kts GS ...Rusty Cr4awford

Rusty Crawford sent me this shot today from his 7A.

"On my way to Ohio this week for work, I experienced a nice tailwind. I was cruising at 11500 feet 172 knots true airspeed, 57% power, lean of peak, 7.7 gallons an hour fuel flow, 32.72 nautical miles per gallon. Works out to 80 knot tailwind. Of course, what comes around goes around though, terrible head winds, bad weather and icing coming home. But it's all good. The "Working Girl" is flying very nice with your SDS system."


Work With What You Have...the dummy doesn't muck it up for once.

Monday a.m. the winds were light, so I took the used-by-many-Cub up for a few minutes to re-center my flying chakras (or something like that).  Saw what looked like somebody burning trash off in the distance.  As I got a little closer it looked more like a grass fire.  When I arrived it turned out to be oil pumping equipment burning AND a grass fire....and I just might be the first person to know about it.  I could see flames around the pump.  Not many houses out here.

In the RV I would have called KAFW tower on 135.15, hit IDENT and asked them to relay to the proper folks.  But the Cub has 1) no radio and 2) no XPNDR.

So what are you going to do?


I trimmed the Cub for a slight climb so I could more easily keep the wings level with rudder only.  Hands are now free to use the smartphone.  250' agl and 48mph - the phone will work just fine.  I got about halfway through Googling 'Northlake Police Department' when I decided I wouldn't be able to hear them (I wear shooting muffs in the plane - no comm, so no phone bluetooth tie in).

Plan B.  I took a selfie* picture, then started GoogleMaps on my phone and held down my finger on the map to give me my lon/lat.  Got a screen capture (below).  Annotated the image with my finger and texted the note and pics to Monkey back at 52F (I'd seen him before I took off).  He'll figure it out.


About three minutes later I got the text below.  I'm guessing he's been waiting his whole life to use that phrase <g>.  I admit it made me laugh out loud.  Later he said the hardest part was getting the point across that he only had lat/lon, and that he was passing on a message from a pilot with no radio - he couldn't actually see it.  911 forwarded him to the Justin FD, and they figured it out fast.


Plan C was going to be land at a grass strip a few miles away and call myself.  Using Randy was faster, and I'm jazzed it worked.  Good times.

*I did not take a selfie...



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May 8, 2017.   Issue No. 4,367.

First Flight: RV-12 (and video) ...Paul Straub

Aerobatic Contest: Apple Valley, CA ...Gash PIREP

I'm at the Duel in the Desert aerobatic contest at the Apple Valley, CA airport. I'm competing in the Sportsman category with my RV-8. We were only able to fly once today before the winds went out of limits. We should be able to get in one flight tomorrow morning before it gets too windy again.

I'm the only RV competing here. A couple RV-4 pilots stopped in yesterday during the practice day to check out all the activity. It was nice to see other RV pilots here, if only to say howdy.  ...

All Done ...Lyle

Well she's all finished. Took 9.5 years. I built and painted the plane. First flight was on April22/2017 and she flew great, no issues. I now have 10 hours on her flying off my 25 hours. As a side note to Canadian builders, apply for your certificate of registration early, it took 3 months from Transport Canada to get this done, ridiculous.

Top Skin Blind Rivets (RV-8/8A) ...cdeerinck

Two questions here:

1) Does anyone know why the plans call for two different rivets as indicated below by the purple arrows? This is for the RV-8 top skin over the avionics and luggage areas. The row that attaches the skin to the firewall calls for 3-5 rivets, but those two call for 3-4 rivets. The material is the same thickness throughout. I can't for the life of me figure out why.  ...

Erratic Ammeter Readings ...bardample

I need some help. I have a single Dynon Skyview in my RV7 with a recently installed EarthX ETX680 Lithium FePo4battery, a Plane Power 60 A Alternator (internal Regulator) . My ammeter measures Alternator output( Position B as per Dynon).

For 2 recent successive flights, my' amps low' warning flashed and the ammeter was reading erratically minus 8-25A and occasionally reading normal( i.e. pos 6-7A). Throughout these flights of several hours bus voltage remained at 14.1- 14.2v. If I flicked the Alternator off and then on again the ammeter reading would briefly read 'normal' + 6-7 Amp for a few moments before returning to erratic negative values. I assumed that the fault lay with the ammeter connections or in the EMS monitor of the Skyview.  ...

200kt GS Club ...Chris Johnson 9A

200kt GS Club ...brad walton

Shield Against Magnetic Fields ...pierre smith

We flew to the Bahamas in February and my D-100 was 40 degrees off...usually spot on so I asked the other three passengers what they had packed.  Turns out that my buddy had packed his C-Pap machine and it has a motor in it, apparently with fixed magnets in it.  After we landed and unpacked, the D-100 was spot on again.

On the return trip, we changed the location of the C-Pap and were off 20 degrees.  I wonder if wrapping it in aluminum foil would shield the interference to my magnetometer.  Any ideas/suggestions.

Best Air to Air Shot ...SuperCubDriver pics

RV-3B Construction Status Report ...David Paule

Marked and trimmed the F-326 aft bottom fuselage skin so that I can start fitting the larger tailcone bottom skin F-325.  ...

Got My -9A Back! ...Dbro172

I'm happy to announce that my bird is coming back to the nest. An opportunity came out of the blue and I couldn't pass it up. Her keeper took exceptional care of it and cant wait to fly it home in the next week or so. Might have to head to KOSH this year!

Induction Tube Boot Alternative ...Toobuilder

There has been plenty of discussion about induction tube boots lately so I thought I'd share the direction I'm taking with reinforced silicone hose and constant tension clamps.

Disclaimer- I have not flown this yet so I have no idea if this hose will live up to its promise of long service life, but its cheap enough to experiment with.

The hose is a 12" length procured from Summit which was easily cut into 2" boots with a utility knife. The clamps are Roto Clip brand PN HC-34.

ILS Practice w/the Yoga Instructor

Susie went up with me Saturday morning for a quick hop over to KAFW and its practice 16L ILS.  CAVU, no hood and Susie no pilot, so can't log any numbers in the practice IFR columns.  But it's always fun to go flying with my wife, and it's always helpful for me to practice the buttonology flow.  It has a short shelf life with this particular meat servo.  As is my M.O. ...I logged .3hrs.

click to enlarge



May 5, 2017.   Issue No. 4,366.
  Met my lovely bride 33 years ago today - nickle beer night at Graffiti's in Waco, TX.  It was a Wednesday, and there is a 'Big Lots' standing on that spot now (lon/lat).  I can't say I miss the music of the 80's all that much, but I do occasionally miss my hair.  Not as much as you might think ;^).
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 

West Coast Formation Clinic ...Axel PIREP/Video

Despite a rough start to the clinic on Friday due to winds in excess of 30 kts, we had a great turn out. Saturday and Sunday were almost perfect.

The clinic was a successful event. The new red scary folks got valuable training and a few of the folks that have been working on certifications earned their wing, lead or check pilot cards. I can't really explain the feelings you get to experience during a clinic so our friend George Ford is doing that for us via this video. I hope you enjoy it. He did a great job once again.

Get out there, pound rivets, lay the fiberglass, run those wires. Because after it is all said and done, you can fly the you know what out of your plane.


Yoga Helps With RV Maintainence

Took out the pax seat and stick, and spread out the yoga mat my wife threw out gave me.  This allowed me room to lay completely on my stomach for easier battery removal.  Wish I had discovered yoga 14 years ago ;^).  My battery issue seems to be resolved.  Terminals read 0.00 volts across after removal, which coincides with the protection circuitry activating in the EarthX 680 (page 26 in the manual).  Following the instructions, and it is now charging.  I think the problem was I don't fly enough (or long enough) to keep the battery charged.  This is the first time I've had to do this, however (the battery held a charge for two years).  I'll let you know if it's something else, but the outlook is good.

Pic from above showing the mat...



Radio Problems - Epilogue ...terrykohler RV-9A

Finally got the plane over to the avionics shop (about 40 NM from Pontiac). Long story short, I've been transmitting and receiving at about 50% strength with my new GTN650. It wasn't the radio or the connections. Turns out the installer had hooked my now-vacant market beacon antenna to the COMM connector on the back plate. When I was in Jacksonville, I only checked security of connections and didn't follow the wires. Their mistake followed by my mistake. Didn't really notice a problem earlier as my flying since install has been pretty much local. ILS and GPS worked fine, and I initially thought I was having intercom issues but was still communicating OK when close in. Another lesson learned.


Panel Pic Added...to the 'RV Panels' area


RV-7A Rebirthing Update ...kentlik

Have the lower longerons done now. Not too bad. Few pictures of them and the bottom skin getting holes for the gear.


Quirky ...Vlad

Time 7:30 pm
Altitude 1,800 feet
Distance 54 NM



May 4, 2017.   Issue No. 4,365.
  Got the spongy left brake fixed two days ago with a little brake fluid and five minutes of Monkey's help.  Cowl and pants back on now, swapping out two screws that had less-than-new heads.  Next issue is a possible dead battery that cropped up Wednesday, or maybe it's the master switch.  Or solenoid.  Flipped on the master and avionics switches after lunch to look at something real quick, and didn't get the 'ka-thunk' solenoid sound.  Bringing the multimeter to the airport tomorrow.
  Never boring this hobby, and always the opportunity to learn.  ;^)


Milestone: RV-8A Weighed ...bifft

Got my RV weighed today. 1002 pounds. Don't think its the lightest 8A ever, but not bad. Realized I need to measure the gear position in the level attitude (needed 3.5" blocks under the mains) do don't have accurate CG position yet. This is with paint, but no gear fairings or wheel pants. Helps make up for 261 lbs of me in it. Now just need to calibrate the fuel guages and time to call the DAR.


Status Report ...Brad Benson RV-6A

This is the current state of my instrument panel; it's changed several times since I first built N164BL. Like Gene's panel, this started out as a fiberglass panel blank from Laird Owens (thanks Laird - it was super well thought out and manufactured!); I cut the aluminum inserts on my mill and after doing a number of them feel like I could do it almost blindfolded at this point :-)

The flight instrument section has a Skyview system along with a MGL ASI/Altimeter and TrueTrak T&B standbys. Also present is a TAWS annunciator, which is wired to the IFD540. The annunciators are crazy expensive new, but 28v units can be found on eBay for as little as $40. Cut a trace here, jumper a trace there, and now it's a 14v unit :-)

The radio stack has a King audio panel, an Avidyne IFD540, and an ICOM A200 secondary comm. The IFD540 is the most recent addition, and has a couple of things not shown in the panel. I modified the software and image of a Stratux box and built a custom enclosure for it; this allows it to be tucked behind the panel and feed weather/traffic data to the IFD540 and not be subject to image corruption when the avionics master is turned off thanks to a read-only filesystem. It also supports more of the GDL90 standard and excludes some of the stratus-specific stuff that neither the IFD540 or FF appear to use.

The engine stack has a Dynon EMS-D10, which I find I prefer to the Skyview's EMS for a couple of reasons. The PS Engineering PM3000 intercom is there as well along with the ELT switches. I built a Bluetooth 4.0 receiver and mounted it behind this panel as well; wired to both the audio panel and intercom it provides the usual music and phone capability. There are some other custom electronics behind that panel that I'll write up separately as well.

The air vent eyeballs are from Stein and work awesome - no leaks and very smooth operation. The cigarette lighter plug is connected to the hot bus and can be used to charge a cell phone, or can be used to provide ground power for running the avionics with an adapter cable I made (try that with a USB jack!). Speaking of USB, not in view but underneath the panel just to the right of the engine controls are USB jacks and serial lines to both the IFD 540 and Dynon system. This allows me to charge stuff in flight but not have a USB jack take up panel space, while the serial ports facilitate development projects or portable stuff to exchange data with the panel mounted equipment.

There are no circuit breakers - all the switches are toggle switches are from B&C. Circuit protection is fuses across three buses: main, avionics, and hot/battery.

Not sure what's next for this panel, but the modular design makes updates really easy and I love the aesthetics of it. I don't think I'd change anything if I was going to do it over again.


Painting Update ...Boomer506 RV-8

Starting to paint in my temporary booth in my shop. What I came up with is providing good ventilation and dust free. Plus some reasonable lighting. My rudder and spinner have turned out pretty well. Good learning before I paint the big stuff.

...(scheme modeled after) utility hack airplane for VA-165 off the Nimitz, Air Wing 9.  ...


B-25 Day ...and an RV-12

(snopercod)  Owen and I flew down to GMU for lunch again. We both tried to get some others to come along, but some were sick and some were busy. Oh well, we had a great lunch and got to park next to a CAF B-25 from Wisconsin. Apparently some more warbirds will be flying in on Friday and giving rides.


May/June '17 FAA Safety Briefing Now Online ...40 page magazine



May 3, 2017.   Issue No. 4,364.

Post-House Fire Checking In...our online friend Bill Boyd

The VAF sure keeps me in touch with a great community. The people who have stepped forward to help materially and practically since the house fire and starting the 10 build have touched me profoundly, and I'm grateful. The knowledge base here is so much superior to what I had available 20 years ago building an RV alone and without mentors close by. I read up all I could and took the dreaded door plunge. Kind of anticlimactic in a way, although the process is only maybe 1/3 done.

This weekend I got my mower back from the shop after getting a blade stuck on so tightly that neither my impact wrench nor my extended socket wrench would budge the bolt. In the meantime, the abundant rain and warm weather had tried to reclaim the runway into a hayfield from whence it had come. I had to mow high and will need to make a second, lower pass tomorrow (so Vlad doesn't complain about the high grass if he happens to drop in).

Jax, a.k.a. "Li'l Boy," our 5 month old pit-lab mix who never ventures more than fifty feet from home, decided that Sunday was a beautiful spring day for chasing me on the zero-turn, so he roamed further than ever before. I was afraid he might stray into the road, but the runway end markers creeped him out and he bristled, barked, and turned tail for home once he caught sight of them.

More RV Stuff for the "Mitch Lock Fly-in" June 10th...Steve Koziol

"I would like to update you on what will be going on with Helen Woods, Mitch Lock Day. Our EAA Chapter 1384 (KMDW) Carroll County Airport in Westminster, MD will be holding our 5th Annual Mid-Atlantic Gathering of RV's in conjunction with Helen for Mitch's send off this year. Yes, (W29) will be the location change for us. Our two groups are teaming up to make this one great send off for Mitch. We will be posting more info soon."

Alum Sleeve Fuel Drain Fairing...Steve Melton 3D DIY

"...thicker than the bronze sleeve but still workable. no threat from galvanic corrosion"

About This Month's Calendar Wallpaper ...the photographer chimes in (Ed Hicks).

If you've been following the progress of Brian's brilliant radial RV-8, I figured it was worth pointing out its the May wallpaper here on VAF.  I had the privilege to visit Brian back in Feb to shoot some pictures - I'll add some more in future, but for now...

Bent Elevator Spar ...jcarne

(reply from Van's Aircraft)
"I don’t see any reason that bending this back would compromise the spar, no deformation in the bend radius or the web of the spar. Flatten and build on."



May 2, 2017.   Issue No. 4,363.

Niagara Falls RV-6 Tour ...John Canty

It was a nice weekend for the most part up in the Northeast. Took the opportunity to do some formation over the Falls. If you are ever up in the area, check out the falls scenic tour.  ...

A Great if Unspectacular Trip (continued) ...Ed Wischmeyer

Two days later, it was time to head back home but the winds were still howling out of the south, 20+ knots from 3,000 feet on up. The night before, the bus took us to the wedding at 3:30 and dropped us off back at the hotel at midnight, so there was one tired aviator the next morning. A big breakfast and going back to bed helped.

In addition to the winds aloft, surface winds at the destination were forecast 20G30 at a forty degree angle to both runways, more than I wanted to attempt, even with the tricycle gear on the -9A. If I absolutely had to, I probably could have landed okay, but it was not worth taking the risk. And there was a major front from the west due in the next day -- typical spring weather in the southeast -- and some little stuff blowing up from the south ahead of it. Time to be real careful.

It looked like I could make it from Charlottesville, VA to Greensboro, NC, VFR under the clouds, that stop chosen because it would be a good place to spend the night if I had to, and because I always like my first stop to be about 90 minutes out for "physiological reasons." It was light, occasional moderate turbulence the whole way. Translation -- the ride was miserable.  ...

Gary Platner Lovin' That Tailwind ...RV-8

Recent storms in DFW moved east, leaving us with a strong westerly wind Sunday.  Gary was flying from Midland, TX back to DFW at 9,500' and had a 48kt tailwind.  Goundspeed of 236 kts spinning 2400 rpm and 21" of MP.  iPhone pic below...

That's 271.4 mph using 7.3 gph (37.12 mpg).

Current RV-6A Panel ...gmohr

Here is my current RV6A panel. I am trying to find out who manufactured the panel blank and if possible purchase or make new panel inserts in order to change to my GRT Sport SX EFIS. I will keep the current radio stack, everything else will probably go.

So close - Bleeding Brakes ...Mike 9A

I was hoping to have already done my first flight but I can't seem to get over the hurdle. My last issue seems to be air in the lines of my brakes. I have tried various methods to try to push fluid in to the reservoir from the calipers and have had some success. What I am seeing now is air between the lines running from the pilot master cylinders to the passenger side(the high point in the loop of the lines). I have searched the forums for some advice but getting a mixed opinion if this is really an issue or not. I put an overflow can from the reservoir for the fluid to go in and I get fluid there but still haven't been able to get the air out between the master cylinders. My brakes feel solid but I want the air out to feel total confidence in them. Before I purchase another bleeder method just looking for some current feedback.

Painted ...Todd Stovall RV-10

Cleco Farms...various.

First Trip! ...Jon RV-10



May 1, 2017.   Issue No. 4,362.

Student Plane Build Kicks Off ...Omaha

The tool box bench and shelves are assembled and the empennage kit and tools inventoried. This coming week each student will build their own practice tool box kit, then it's onto the real thing! Thanks to everyone who has been a part of making this happen, especially the 'big kids' (aka mentors) in back who are teaching and mentoring these fine young adults.

A Great if Unspectacular Trip ...Ed Wischmeyer

So the mission was to get from Savannah GA to Charlottesville VA for my nephew's wedding. There was an airmet for moderate turbulence and the surface winds forecast to be ugly gusty at the mid point -- after all, who wants to fill up on destination avgas at $6+?

So I decided to brave the weather and fly the -9A rather than drive (8+ hours), and aimed the loaded car at the airport instead of Virginia. Tower forgot to hand me off to departure control, and departure didn't know that I was on a vector. Training in progress, no doubt.

So after bumping along under the clouds for a bit, I went up to 5,500 and had cool, smooth air (forecast moderate turbulence did not appear) and a smoking 20+ knot tailwind. Yeh, it wasn't 200 knot club stuff but so what. Time came for descent to the gas stop, 90 minutes out and my back was sore and ready for a break. I asked for an IFR descent through the clouds, and they wanted to know what approach I wanted. I chose one real quick, knowing full well that I'd cancel IFR as soon as I was 500' below the cloud bases. Worked like a charm. And the surface winds were not nearly as bad as forecast.  ...

Jereme Carne's Build Begins

Well I just noticed this section here so I figured I would start a log so people could follow my build. The picture here puts a face to the name. Also I am done with everything on the tail except for the elevators.

Brake Issue Discovered ...Peter Costick RV-7A

This problem took a bit of finding. I only discovered it when I added fluid to the brake system, the fluid worked its way through the whole system but the right hand brakes would not work. I tracked it back through part by part until only the elbow could be the issue. I must admit I couldn't imagine how this was until I removed it from the brake cylinder and discovered that a stray rivet had somehow got into the fitting. A messy but successful bit of snagging.

Silver Bullet Steering Link - Finally Broke ...Chris Pratt RV-8

Well it finally happened. Only took eleven years but my Silver Bullet tail wheel steering arm finally bit the dust. It happened as I landed at our wonderfully smooth (sarcasm here) runway/and taxiway at 52F. Sure hope this pile of rocks get paved soon.

Here’s a full view of what I am talking about for those unfamiliar with the steering linkage on the RV-8.  ...

Flat Tire, But No Leak ...Michael Burbidge RV-9A

A week ago I went to go flying and found that my nose wheel was completely flat. I pumped it up to 45 lbs., waited an hour and checked it. It was still at 43 lbs., so I figured it was a slow leak and went flying.

I ordered a new inner tube. I went up to the hangar today to find that the nose wheel was still above 40 lbs.

So now I'm puzzled. Why would my nose wheel be completely flat, but apparently does not have a leak, because now it is holding air again?

Quirky ...Vlad

Paint Tease Shots ...bruceh

Three years of fun flying and the (finally done) finish line is getting near. I put off painting for various reasons - mainly because I like flying too much, but it could wait no longer. I've had the airplane in the paint shop for 5 weeks and finally got to see some teaser shots from the painter. I hope to pick it up next week.

Happy Birthday N65XX ...Dan 9A in Reno

Today my pride and joy is 10 years old. It has accumulated 1642 hours to date and I plan on keeping up that pace. The aircraft specifics are: RV-9A, fixed pitch Sensenich, IO-360 w/P-Mags, Dynon Skyview Touch, auto pilot, ADS-B, and iFly 740. Now I know where all my savings account went. Dan from Reno

Courtesy Cars & Food List Updated

Missing Man, Tucson ...Feetwet

The Missing in America Project (MIAP) researches records of homeless Americans whose cremated remains have not been claimed, and if found to be eligible, arrange for them to be interred with honor.
See: http://www.miap.us/

On April 15th this year, 30 homeless veterans and one dependent were interred at the Marana Veterans Memorial cemetery and many individuals and groups turned out to honor them. The Arizona Scorpions RV group flew a Missing Man formation to commence the activities and an excellent video was made. It can be viewed by those interested at the following link.

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