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April 21, 2017.   Issue No. 4,356.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  
 

N437T is now an airplane!!! Whoohoo!!! ...Chattin35

This turned out to be a much larger, frustrating, rewarding, and educational experience than I ever anticipated. I put a ton of my blood (literally), sweat, and many curse words into this project. Yesterday culminated two+ years of effort with the first flight. The collection of parts and hardware that became N437T earlier this month left the ground and officially became an airplane!

The -7 flew great! Van's designed a absolutely phenomenal aircraft. And, the IO-360-M1B / Hartzell BA CS prop is a sweet sweet combo. The plane has tons of power and felt perfectly balanced in all axis.

Although I spent quite a bit of time planning contingencies. Ie: what I was going to do in X situation at X altitude, everything pretty much went out the window when I pushed up the throttle. It doesn't look like it from the video, but my hair was on fire.

However, the flight was pretty much uneventful. Engine ran smooth and cool. The max CHT I saw was just over 400'.

Man, it feels good.

Like many awesome things in life, there were many people involved in making this happen... So, I just wanted to give a quick shout out to everyone here and say thanks for sharing your hard earned wisdom. This wouldn't have happened without the direct and indirect help from this community.  pictures and videos

 

Proof of Years of RV Enjoyment ...Turbo

"the slider piece finally broke after 18 years and many hours of use. and by blind luck i found a new piece in my rv drawer. have no idea where it came from easy fix for a non builder. i like these kind of issues."

 

Spherical Magnets ...Greg

Q: I just received an order of some gear leg fairings from Van's. Included was a sub-kit Bag 1002 with 20 spherical magnets and nylon washers. While they are really fun to play with, I can't find any reference to how/where they are used. They aren't on the included drawing and I've searched VAF and the construction manual to no avail. My only thought is to hold the fairings to the gear legs while mounting/aligning them. What am I missing?

A: Try Page 5-18 of the latest rev. level of Section 5

 

RV-10TDI Update ...Flandy10

Flight testing has been proceeding VERY SLOWLY- currently at 10.6 hours.

Why? similar reasons it took almost 9yrs to build. LIFE-work/ weather/moving to a new house and now I can blame the USPS.

This engine that I have is a preproduction engine that doesn't "conform" to any type certificate. It is a "C" model with a few changes- Type Certificate is on FAA Website if your interested. As such, CMI is watching it closely (wouldn't you?) via engine data analysis and oil samples. USPS misplaced two separate Blackstone oil samples from 8 to 16 days before delivering them and each report was needed prior to resuming flight testing- that was the entire month of FEB gone.

March was lost due to work (airline pilots having lots of time off is a MYTH-wanna see my schedule) and resealing BOTH fuel tanks. What? RV-10 builders--The fuel tank stiffeners forward of the spar shouldn't be used as a place to step- if you knew that already, good for you. I had the same three rivets on both tanks start leaking and if you saw my proseal work you too would wonder how that happened.

So, here is what I can tell you about it so far.

It is an air-cooled 304 cubic inch turbocharged diesel cycle engine (no-#2Diesel is not currently an approved fuel like the CD-135 in the Twinstar). 230HP from SL to about 10000 and then drops off to 170HP at 20K. Max TO fuel flow is about 12.5GPH. Working on a more accurate FF measurement system as current aviation version is unable to read it at idle(+/- 9GPH) and significantly off (1-2GPH) at cruise pwr. If you understand the old school Bosch system, you'll understand why. The only real world burn numbers I have right now are one hour at 154 KIAS at 4K below ATL Class B. That flight only took 8 gallons from the JetA truck to top off. I'd been limited to "gliding distance of a runway" for the first few hours so that flight was at max cruise to continue break-in and check CHT and oil temps. Both of which I am happy to report are in a comfortable range for current conditions.

Hot or Cold (engine or OAT), it starts very quickly. The only preflight check is to exercise the prop and wait for the oil to meet min. flight temp.-150F-which doesn't take very long in GA.

Looking forward to roaming my Phase 1 box.

 

Polish Picture ...Antoine.S

"Here it is after the cleaning with the method i've tried, i think it look's quite like brand new polishing action was donne.  cleaning was a bit harder than usual with it, but worth the price i think    (even if as you know polishing work will always look better in picture than in real)

last real hand polishing (axial) was 3 mouth ago,

bad isolation in this hangar so:

-during winter the plane is covered with painting plastic trapaulin with a liner made of tree antifrozing white flee lining (like paper/coton tissue) used normaly to avoid trees to froze, used here to avoid scratches from the plastic trapaulin and moisture to sit between plastic and aluminum.
everthing cut to size the airplane, a cover easy to made for a ridiculous price, tools need : tape, cisors, good thickness painting trapaulin, tree antifozing liner and voila! oh and a big surface to size and cut it on the floor.
(not a long therm cover mine is 2years old and the liner is cracked near every protruding angles of the plane (wing tips corner etc), ugly when on, but do the job to protect it from moisture

-after the colds night when spring is coming i switch to an old TAP parachute (domed) with the top fixed on the roof and the rest all over the aircraft like a tent to cover it from dust"

 

The Cards ...charity cap sighting.

Via RV, St. Kitts at Brimstone Hill Fortress.  17°20'48.1"N 62°50'10.9"W
brimstonehillfortress.org

related: About the cap

 

RST ENGINEERING APPOINTED EXPERIMENTAL APPAREO ADSB DEALER

RST Engineering has earned the right to provide Appareo ADSB In and Out to the experimental aircraft community at a highly discounted price. We recognize that many RV owners are also an EAA member and the discounted price is ONLY available to EAA (and AOPA) members. Appareo has made it clear that nobody can advertise a price below their minimum advertised price, but we can quote individual members (via email) our discounted price. Please visit rstengineering and link to the Appareo ADSB site and we will email you the password to our EAA/AOPA page so that you can see our special member pricing. Thanks, Jim Weir

 

 

April 19, 2017.   Issue No. 4,354.
 
Audrey's Honors Convocation was Monday night.  Here's a short clip of her walking across the stage.  As is usually the case, I felt like the least intelligent person in the room, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the moment with Susie, and smiling until it hurt.  Dinner over pasta afterwards was meaningful and laughter-filled.
  She absolutely pulled her weight, holding up her end of the academic bargain.  Having said that, she was given steering vectors by thousands of wonderful people, seen and unseen.  Those things that are giving us a boost sometimes, we forget how special they are and how fortunate we are to have them.  It's surprisingly easy to lose site and forget how helpful those 'tailwinds' can be.  I was watching a video Tuesday morning before climbing out of bed on research being done at Cornell entitled 'Headwinds/tailwinds asymmetry: Availability bias in assessments of barriers and blessings'.  It suggests you take time to recognize those tailwinds in your life for what they are.
  So thank you, you tailwinds, for helping our family grow and live the human condition in its varied splendor.  Those tailwinds don't get enough credit, and last night's ceremony was another reminder of just how strong and appreciated they really are.

 

Lassen and Shasta ...joe rianbolt

My latest day trip takes us up to 14,000' and down to (nearly) sea level. Along the way we get close up views of the snow capped peaks of Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta. The flight time on this trip was only 3.5 hours.


 

Snorkel Gap Regret ...Mike Hillger

The biggest regret I have with my 7 is not making the gap larger between the baffle ramps and the edge of the cowl! I cant remember what the planes call for but it isn't enough! A simple piece of the rubber or silicone material cover this gap so another .25-.5 inch would have been no issue. It makes removing the bottom of the cowl a real pain when the ramp and the edge of the cowl is too close.

 

Loose 912 uls carburetor

After landing on rollout the engine started running very rough. It turned out that the left carburetor screw had backed out of the intake manifold exposing the intake to atmosphere on the left side cylinders. It appears no combustion was occuring since the egt probe showed only 170 degrees. checked the threads, not stripped, re-torqued to 18 foot-lbs & 1 drop of lock-tite. Restarted & seemed to run fine. Best guess is that the engine ran for 5 min on the right side only. Do you think that there is any severe engine damage ? Plan on flying in the pattern later today or tomorrow. Thanks for your expert advice.

 

PWM Conversion Update and Solution ...cdeerinck

Still Stuck

The final result

 

Crimping Nicopress Sleeves

I mentioned on the Taxi Testing thread that a Nicopress sleeve on my rudder cable let go on me during taxi testing. After searching the forum, I didn't find any information on properly crimping those sleeves, so I thought maybe folks could learn something from my foolish mistake. That which doesn't kill us makes us stronger

Here is the 3/32" copper sleeve that failed on me:  ...

 

 

April 18, 2017.   Issue No. 4,353.
  Please excuse the early push of the Tuesday edition (here is why).  I'll try to get a picture ;^). 
 

Dawn at Triple Tree ...Rob Traynham

Thought you might like to see this. I made this photo this morning at dawn at Triple Tree Aerodrome (SC00). What a beautiful place and yes, hydroguy's Aurora is in good hands and adds another beautiful element to the photo. We camped overnight (I volunteer there and had a group of kids yesterday) and my son and grandson obviously enjoyed the early morning flight.


 

Got my N Number ...Bob Collins RV-12

There was a thread here not long ago about how difficult it was going to be to get the N Number I wanted because of some punk who'd set up a system to shake people down to pay for the number he'd swoop in and steal.

I didn't have the problem when I reserved the number for the under-construction RV-12.

Of course,there weren't that many N numbers available that met my needs, those corresponding to dates, for example , and initials . You'll recall N614EF was named after my parents' wedding day and their initials.

But I got an appropriate one, anyway.

N612EF

612 being the primary area code for MN. 12 also being the model I'm building. And the reference to parents remains.

Hopefully by the time I build the third plane, N613EF becomes available and I'll be able to get a heck of a picture at Oshkosh.

 

Picture Status Report ...crabandy

I installed the rear baffling piece and RTV'd the Oil Cooler Boot to the baffling. The extra bracing around the oil cooler junction left the ol' center case to baffling angle brace unneeded so I removed it. Ultra Black RTV seems to stick to the urethane rubber pretty well and it's a little more flexible than the ureathane specific glue smooth on sells. I also had to re-route the spark plug wires.



 

Recent Loss of GPS Signal ...TomVal

Just a few reflections on reliance on GPS navigation: Last week I helped my friend, Jim, fly his newly painted Baron from Eloy, AZ (south of PHX) back to Charleston, SC. Heading eastbound out of El Paso on our IFR filed GPS route, we lost GPS signal (not unusual in that area due to military activities). Reported the loss of signal and was cleared direct to Salt Flats VOR. Our routing after that was about a 300 nm GPS direct leg to Waco, TX. I told Jim that we should most likely get the signal back about 100 miles east of Salt Flats and we did. It was nice to have the VOR capability (while it lasts).

On day two of our travel, for most of the route, both i-pads went to no-data from Waco to Charleston. Jim is with AT&T and I’m with Verizon.

Of course having center available for course guidance is comforting, assuming you are on frequency and high enough to communicate with them. Having a GPS signal is anything but reliable. With all the GPS only panels going into planes…keep those dead reckoning skills current!

 

 

April 17, 2017.   Issue No. 4,352.

First Flight Videos ...Jeff Kudlo

RV, ‘Seven Victor Quebec’, dispatched for the skies after a ten year build on Tuesday April 13, 2017. Test flown by EAA advisor and mentor David Ross resulted in an amazing day. The RV-7 performed as expected powered by an Aero Sport Power IO-375 and pulled by the Whirlwind RV200 propeller. She weighed in at 1105# without paint and is equipped with some sporty Garmin gear. Thanks to my Lord for the ability and blessing me with the stamina to persevere, my wife who gave up her garage for many years and for the many that encouraged me throughout the journey.

Let’s go flying....(two videos)

 

Airworthy! ...Gil Alexander

 

Airworthy!! (well, on paper anyway) ...Paul Straub

 

Homeward Bound ...Brad Benson picture

On the way home from Tracy MN last night at sunset, level at 9000'. Bases were at about 700' with 2 miles visibility but tops were only about 5000 and clear above.

I kept thinking about Steve51B describing altitudes in this range as "Indian Country", since that's where oil burners come down and find Apaches, Cherokees, Seminoles, Aztecs, Comanches, and lots of other Piper products named after native Americans. Last night, though, I think was the only one around under FL290 until I got close to the Minneapolis class B airspace.

I love the way the plexi distorted the sunset - it looks somewhat ethereal to me in this view. The fuzzy haze layer just on top of the clouds probably has something to with this this, too. Whatever the cause, I like the effect.

 

Messing With the Kids

...(she's not really sick).

 

Motivation - YE Rally and RV-8

EAA Chapter 301 conducts a monthly Young Eagle Rally and flies an average of 50 Denver-area kids per rally. Lots of RVs and other experimental and production aircraft are flown during this event.

I just received a video that was made by one of the groups of kids that participates each year. The footage is from a recent rally conducted in February at KFTG. Fred Hollendorfer's RV-8 is one of the "stars." Thought it would be a good motivator as we head into the weekend.

 

Daryl's AERO '17 PIREP (FB)


 

DID YOU KNOW high speed taxi testing can potentially void your insurance policy? ...Galagher Aviation (VAF advertiser)

Many times Vans owners call to increase their coverage from “Builders” (not in motion coverage) to “Ground and Taxi.” The Ground and Taxi only covers the hull of your aircraft until you reach the active runway thereby excluding hull coverage for high speed taxi test. The main reason for this is that even though you may not intend to get airborne it can happen fairly easily and unexpectedly. If you are unprepared it can be very a dangerous situation; you may not have much gas in the tank, you may not be entirely ready to solo your freshly built aircraft, and whole host of other reasons. Typically people do not opt for this coverage because by the time they are ready for this coverage they are only a few short weeks away from flying. It’s of little financial value to switch to Ground and Taxi unless it’s going to be longer than a month before you’re ready to fly.

 

Mothership's New Panel ...RV-10 Demonstrator

 

How to Find Source of Fuel Smell ...Jim Stricker

I just did the Fuel Tank Attach Modification Service Bulletin 13-12-19. I accomplished the modification by carefully removing the tank lid to gain better access to the lower front edges of the tank. All went well and tank was resealed with ProSeal. Tank was filled with 20 gallons 93E10 to calibrate the fuel gauge. The airplane sat for a full week with completely full fuel tank and no fuel odor was noticed when canopy was raised. I even left the fuel shut off valve in the open position to static test the fuel lines up to and including the gascolator. Very good.

Now I have flown the plane three times for roughly an hour each flight and have 5 gallons remaining in the tank. On the first flight I noticed fuel smell occasionally on climb out and occasionally in cruise flight with a fair amount of turbulence. Second flight was a little less fuel smell and the third flight was still less but smell was occasionally still there. I suspect the leak to be very small, and of course, difficult to find.

I see no evidence of a leak at the tank. It might be carb float bowl overflow but I don’t see evidence of residue in the drip pans. I have searched VAF and found a thread for RV-12 Fuel Tank Leak that’s not much help.

My question is… has anyone used a dye solution specifically made for detecting fuel leaks? I found a UV dye additive for auto fuel that fluoresces under black light. Anybody try anything like this?

 

ON SPEED AOA Video ...VAC

Over the past year, we have been experimenting with an aural AoA system. I thought an RV-focused training video that illustrates how ON SPEED can be applied during different phases of flight might be of interest to some of the folks in our community:  ...

 

Special Request from VAF Reader

Buddy of mine Jim Pappas is selling a vintage poster.  Here's the info, and contact Jim if you need more.  VINTAGE CIRCUIT DE SAINT CLOUD ORIGINAL FRENCH RACING POSTER by GEO HAM.  $3000 and my email jimpappas13@gmail.com

[ed. In striving to keep the signal-to-noise ratio in the forums as RV-specific as possible, I am happy to post a non-RV personal request like the one above up here on the front page when emailed to me.  v/r, ]

 

 

April 14, 2017.   Issue No. 4,351.
 
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled Easter weekend. 
 

Eagle's Nest Projects - Visit to the Texas Capital and Serving the Community

It’s been a busy week for Eagle’s Nest students at McKinney Aviation Academy (TX).

In addition to regular studies and completing the final touches on their RV-12 build project before flying it to Oshkosh, the Eagle's Nest students at McKinney Aviation Academy attended the Texas Capital by invitation from Red Bird Flight Simulators and Texas State Representative John P. Cyrier. Representative Cyrier is a long-time supporter of general aviation and is the Chairman of the General Aviation Caucus. Rep. Cyrier holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and is planning to draft legislation that will enhance Texas’ high school aerospace and STEM curriculum.  ...

 

Houston area monthly lunch (April)

Here we are again, it's the third Saturday. This time we'll be back to Weiser for some Carl's BBQ, at 11:30 or thereabouts.

We can all celebrate me finally having worked on my plane again!.

 

Seen at Phil's

Phil is working on a high-wing Super Cub type at our home field and has one of the skins peeled back in a unique way to provide access to the internals.  Used a long, thin board and some wood screws to make a place for some tie down rings that straps could hook on to.

Two large pictures below (click to enlarge):

 

 

Story Continues ...mbauer purchased RV-6 flight back to Alaska

Yes, part of flight to Minden was when Electronic Mag quit-worked fine for engine runup test before taking off.

Contacted the FAA about doing an overflight with the temporary registration. They issued a piece of paper that will allow me to do the flight without the registration.

Quick and easy-just need to contact the FAA registration department and request: Declaration of International Operations.

After faxing the form (1-page) waited 1.5 hours and they faxed back the Temporary Certificate of Registration.

After the number that was assigned it states "This facsimile must be carried in the Aircraft as a Temporary Certificate of Registration for N999SN". It goes on to list the serial number and the aircraft builder on record-stating it is good for exactly 1-month.

Due to weather, decided to park the RV in Idaho and go down on Memorial Weekend to fly it back to Alaska.

 

Seen in Monkeytown...things getting thin.

Randy is helping install an updated glass cockpit in an RV-4.  What struck me was: 1) how much information is soon to be in front of this pilot and 2) just how little depth these instruments now take up.

Two large pictures below (click to enlarge):

 

 

 

April 13, 2017.   Issue No. 4,350.

Serrated holes after dimpling ...Casey M

I have a question regarding dimpling. I am seeing a very odd looking serrated rim on the pointed side of the dimpled hole after dimpling and I don't know if this is something that I have caused or is just a result of normal dimpling.

Here was my process:
For match drilling the 3/32 holes I used a #40 new drill bit from pan american and deburred both sides with a dog leg speed deburr tool.

For dimpling the holes, I am using Cleveland's 426-3 spring back dies with a DRDT2 dimpler. I did follow the directions with the DRDT to make sure the ram was adjusted correctly.  ...

 

How I Ended Up Here (into RVs) ...Mark Ciaglia installment

I guess I might be kinda out of the normal pool of pilots on here. I am a hand surgeon and have the disposable income to purchase the kits without a formal budget.

BUT....it took a long time to get to this point.

As a kid I worked hard to be able to fly. I bused tables at a Mexican restaurant and built RC planes for the guys at the flying field for a fee. I also had a small business fixing crashed RC planes and reselling them. I sold my Carl Goldberg Sukoi with a Saito 120 so I was able to solo. I had my pilots license at 17 after 52.5 hours. But then college, medical school, residency, fellowship happened. I didn't fly for 15 years. It killed me but that was the sacrifice to get where I am today.

My time/unlike money is my rate limiting step...cause I don't have a lot of it. Busy practice, wife, 5yr daugther and 22 month old son. But the joy of seeing my family come together and dimple, deburr or just hang out in the garage and play with clecos is priceless. I also try every day to do a little bit of work. I didn't get to be in the position I am overnight...and building a plane to fly my family around in won't happen quickly either.


fmi: https://marksfamilyrv10.wordpress.com/

 

Possible Smoking Rivets ...Dean Pichon

Q: I just noticed a few "smoking rivets" on the underside of the horizontal stabilizer of my -4. The aircraft is about 16 years old and has about 800 hrs TT. The rivets shown in the attached photo fasten the skin to the flange of the aft spar. One is loose. The others seem secure. Here are my questions:

What is the urgency to repair these?
•Before further flight?
•At my convenience (within the next month or 2)?
•At annual (November)?

Should I drill them out and replace with new, or re-squeeze?

Should I install a new rivet between each smoking rivet?

A: A lot of good advice in this thread and seemingly a not uncommon problem on the early kits. The problem seems to stem from overly deep countersinks in .032 skin, so any repair will need to take this into account. Simply replacing the rivets will probably just result in them smoking again down the road. If its only a few then I would lean toward new rivets in between.

A: First, I'd make sure they are all smoking. Oftentimes, rivet dimples can collect oil and exhaust and look like they are smoking, but really are nice and tight. If one is verifiably loose, then by all means replace it - but some of them may just be dirty. I never casually replace rivets, because you always end up with oversized holes (at least a little bit).

 

Wago Distribution Panel ...cdeerinck

I just got these in, and wanted to share. They are cheap, small, reconfigurable, and very useful. Prior to this, I was using a Fast-on distribution panel, and it was twice the size, and a complete mess. These look and function like a dream, and allow much better access and organization.

They hold wire from 12 to 26awg, and will carry 35 amps each. You can mix and match however you want. They securely hold a stripped wire, and you can remove a wire without cutting it. You can also do a circuit test without removing the wire.

 

G3X Touch v5.30 ...is online

 

Brake line at wheel / rubbing- How to retain?

I just purchased my first RV. Right side brake pedals had just been installed. Noticed brakes dragging when flying from right which led to diagnosing. I noticed loose backing plates/(Pant retaining bracket?) on both sides which led me to remove wheel pants. Found a bent backing plate, & the disk rubbing it, also, lines just sitting there & one rubbing the disk. Is there some reason there isn't any kind of line retention to the backing plate to prevent rubbing or drooping as in my case? I'd like to secure the lines, at least loosley? How have others with flexible lines secured this?
(The dragging/applied brakes was caused by the pedals binding slightly & not releasing all master cyl pressure). How "hosed" am I with the condition of the backing plate, line, pads, etc? Also, all three bolts/nuts were loose that hold on the pant bracket. Suggestions?
600 hours on airframe.



 

SDS EFI Presentation in Mojave ...this Saturday

Friends Ralph Inkster and Bill Beaton just took off from Springbank, bound for the Mojave Experimental fly-in on Saturday. We're hoping they'll have decent VFR weather on the trip down. Ceiling was about 1000 AGL as they left here.

Ralph is flying an RV8 and Bill is flying his supercharged Rocket.

Assuming they can reach Mojave, they plan to do a presentation on SDS EFI and CPI for consideration in the Experimenter of the Year Award.

Dave Anders is also hoping to be there, again, weather permitting.

It would be a good opportunity for anyone interested to see the installation on Bill's Rocket and Dave's RV4 plus touch and see some of the hardware.

 

 

April 12, 2017.   Issue No. 4,349.
 
Attention bird lovers!  I took this picture an hour after landing Monday as several hundred American White Pelicans passed about 1,000' AGL over my home field (1200' OVC).  They were not transmitting.
  Anywho, heads up.  They are on the move.  Nine foot wingspan.  30 lbs.  Big sky theory may not work with this.
  related: Migration route map 

Click for 3,264 X 2,448 pixel image

 

From Skies Magazine ...article

 

How the screen works ...g3xpert

All of the G3X Touch displays (including the new GDU 470) use an infrared touchscreen technology with a matrix of light beams traversing the surface of the display. One of the reasons for choosing this technology over others is to support the use of gloves.

Your gloves should work fine.

 

RV-9A N363SB ...JSBergen

After six years of effort....

 

Airplane Tools Re-tasked

Used my 10-yr old 'Tailmate' to help rotate the Jeep tires this past weekend.  The LT255/75R17 BSW Off-Road tires are too heavy to pick up by myself without straining back muscles.  The Tailmate made it a pleasure - took only a little wiggling to get the lug holes aligned. 

You can also hang a 5-gallon Home Depot bucket off it in the fully raise position to catch the oil without crawling if you have access to a lift.

Why didn't I figure this out years ago?!?!  Stupid brain...

(click for full size)

 

Mothership Stats

 

 

April 11, 2017.   Issue No. 4,348.

The Road to My First Aerobatic Contest- a New Guy's Perspective

I just got back from my first aerobatic contest, the Hammerhead Roundup in Borrego Springs, California. My purpose for writing this post is to describe what a contest is like from the perspective of a new guy. Until recently I knew nothing about the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) or how to get involved in competition aerobatics. Are you like me? If so, I hope this post is helpful.  ...

Glass & Spins

I just completed a phenomenal spin course. It was great!!

However, during the ground work, I was shown a video from the back-seat of an RV-8 with a glass display ...which CLEARLY lagged big-time behind the recovery. The aircraft was back level, blue sky up and the display still showed it to be upside down!

I'm curious for those of you that have glass and spin your aircraft ..is this a "normal" situation .. I haven't tried my GRT AHARS yet ... for such a lag for the display to catch up. I told the instructor I'd research with the experts.

Thanks...

Grass Strip #200 ...Vlad

Airstrip #200! Uncharted, very difficult to find. I was lucky to have the best navigator of all times my good buddy Jeff. After having a light breakfast at Sky Bryce we crossed into West Virginia searching.

Runaway overvoltage Need help! ...climberrn

Sorry for the long post.

Was flying XC talking to Oakland Center today and noticed the voltage going up and down from 12.5-15 volts. I believe my Dynon only reads to 15 volts but not sure. I turned the field wire switch off, no changes. Pulled the 5A circuit breaker for the field and no changes. Was taking a bit of time to process what to do, and after about 30 seconds I see the voltage spike to 15+, hear a "pop" and EVERYTHING goes dark, and I smell electrical smoke for a second. Loose radios, both EFIS's, audio panel, etc. Turned the master off, although nothing had power anyway and used Foreflight on my iPhone to find the nearest airport within reason.

Plane has an "Air Tec" automotive style alternator, less than 300 hours. Full Dynon setup with PS Engineering audio panel, and a couple of GTR-200's. Have PMags and an EarthX battery.

1. The CB's on the PMags popped. Landed with engine power but the engine quit pulling off the runway below a certain RPM. They worked as they should in the air. On the ground with the Pmag CB reset, as soon as I turn the master on, both CB's pop. Talked to Brad at EMag, and will need to send in. He offered to overnight some. Thanks Brad!!  ...

202kts ...jwyatt

A brisk wind aloft pushed us to 202kt GS on the way to dinner this weekend over Wisconsin. This is rich cruise; typical 75% LOP config after this photo gave 187kt GS, about 32 SMPG.

Gaining Confidence ...Mark Dickens

As a long time flyer (almost 36 years) of certified airplanes, I find myself still amazed that this experimental plane I built (99% by myself) in my garage actually flies like a real airplane and apparently is tough as nails, based on my extensive testing of bounced landings. I've also found that for me, Phase 1 Testing is a legal artifice, a formality to check off, because I don't think I'll really get finished with testing until somewhere around 100 hours.

For me, testing has so far fallen into two categories: 1-learning to trust the airplane and proving that it won't fold up like a cheap card table...I'm 99% there, and 2-learning to trust myself as a new tail wheel pilot (~40 hours so far). I'm about 30% there.  ...

Possible Lightning Strike?

On the flight home from Sun 'n Fun, I discovered several issues with my plane and I am trying to determine if I need to dig deeper for potential other issues yet to be discovered.

•TruTrak AP roll servo is no longer executing roll commands. It will engage, but just holds the stick in whatever position it is in. Pitch and Yaw still operate correctly. Continuity has been confirmed between the control head and servo.
•One or both of the TCW heater actuators was in the open position. A recycle of the control corrected this.
•GTN 650 was registering touches in the incorrect location. An in-flight reboot corrected the issue.
•Aveo tail strobe/position light failed. Bench testing confirmed.

Everything else seems to be working as designed.

The morning that we left, there was a pretty bad thunderstorm that came through. We had one lightning strike that was so close, we felt the ground shake. Is it possible that the proximity of the strike caused these issues? If so, would grounding the plane while parked outside help in the future?

IAC Scores are Up ...(2) RVs competing

Internal Antennae Pics ...VNS

Going to try both. The COM gets to the other side of the field but we will see. Expect some degradation being 45 off vertical.

Lyc Fuel Pump SB 621B ...TimO

This may be old news, but it was something that caught me so I figured I'd post it here for you RV-14 builders who may have purchased new Van's engines for their RV-14.

I bought mine in 2014 at OSH, and set delivery for just after the 1st of the year in 2015.

Just recently I was trying to obtain a good parts manual for our version of the IO-390. Mine's a YIO-390-EXP-10. (Unfortunately I don't think such a parts manual exists for us but we may have to use a different variant of the IO-390). While on the Lycoming site I ran across a fuel pump SB that I hadn't seen before. It is SB 621B, which supersedes a few others so it's been issued before similarily under other numbers. ...

 

 

April 10, 2017.   Issue No. 4,347.

gbitzer's Smoke Setup

Turbo's SnF PIREP

what a great week in lakeland. hot early, cool and cold at night if you didn't have a winter sleeping bag i heard. my oil is draining and the plane is filthy as expected. more of the same, less exhibitors, lots of gyros, nice gyros, one i must have. eclipse 10 from brazil, 120 mph and gorgeous. nice seeing everyone there. lots of fun. had some company yesterday for part of the trip. love this truck with a radial engine

Nitty Asks for Help w/Borescope Pic

PilotjohnS Status Report

After 10 months I have the tail feathers done and am working on wings. I am trying to spend 20 hours per week, but rarely can achieve that due to life, the universe, and everything else.

ILikePike's Internal Antennae Setup

More 3D

mbauer Purchased RV-6 Flight Back to Alaska ...continued

Upon arriving at KMEV, topped the tanks off and then looked for parking.

My son and I were moving the RV by pushing it, when a woman stopped and said to just tie it up at one of her Glider tie-downs. She runs the Soaring Nevada hangar-while talking with her she recommended her mechanic for some squawks I had. This was on Saturday the 1st of April.

Waiting until Monday the 3rd, contacted Jim Croizer with Minden Aircraft Repair. He said to bring the RV over for a look see.

On the flight from Parker, the fuel burn seemed high with a low cruise speed. Wasn't sure if it was because my son was now flying with me.  ...

Blain's Baffle Retention Setup

David Paule RV-3B Status Report Pictures

200KT RVDan

Gmohr SnF PIREP

We got home early this morning(1:30am) from Sun N Fun. We took our other RV, a 5th wheel this year. Yes the weather was hot(our A/C quit on Tuesday) and the breeze did little. The air shows performers were great. We were parked in Miss Betty's North Pasture 24hr generator area. I believe there were more campers this year than last year as this was the only area with spaces available when we arrived early Tuesday morning. Then vendors were about the same this year as last and we found what we were looking for at Flyboys, SkyOx and Aircraft Spruce. I walked by the HBC on Wednesday and it seemed sparce, but by Friday the number had picked up as the weather had passed. ...

Crabandy Status Report Pictures

 

 

April 7, 2017.   Issue No. 4,346.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  
 

Carl Bell / Rafael Lopez RV-14A ...optimized for C-Leg user.

Meet Mr. Carl Bell. He and his building partner Rafael Lopez recently completed their RV-14A in Aiken, SC. On 4/6/2017 it left the paint shop (GLO Custom at 52F), and I had the pleasure of going to lunch with him. After lunch Carl allowed me to take some pictures of their newly-painted 14A.

Carl’s userID in the VAF Forums is ‘C-J’ and he and Rafael’s build log can be found online at www.RV14A.com. The aircraft was constructed so that Carl can fly from the right seat (‘T’ hand brakes) and Rafael from the left seat (toe brakes).

Leg amputees take note:
If you are interested in building an RV-14A, you’ll enjoy these pictures, and hopefully you’ll get to meet Carl someday. Fascinating guy!



[ed. Remember the pictures are HUGE.  Look for the symbol and select 'Original' to view at full res.  v/r,dr]

 

From Cynthia at the Mothership

The word needs to go out again regarding second hand kit owners that need to register their planes with the FAA. Builders need to contact Van’s, NOT the FAA, when beginning the registration process. Van’s will issue the 8050-2 to the current owner once all documents (bill of sale, license agreement, waiver, and questionnaire) are on file, and all kit components have been purchased. For example, an 8050-2 will not be issued with just an empennage purchase. If there are any questions, they can email or telephone me.

Thank you!

Yours truly,
Cynthia A. Schrantz
Administrative Assistant
Van's Aircraft, Inc.
14401 Keil Road N.E.
Aurora, Oregon 97002
503-678-6545 ext. 322

 

Some More 3D Printed Mods ...'YvesCH' in Switzerland



 

Purchased Flying RV6 Flight Back to Alaska

Hello,

Purchased an RV-6 located in Jackson, CA.

Met Craig from Catto Propellers while there. He installed some tape-strips on the Catto prop on my RV. He said it was one of his first designs and that it would not be possible to install the nickel leading edges. Tape will protect prop if caught in the rain.

Flew 5-hours with a CFI to get my PIC Check-Ride completed for insurance requirements. Not sure about mentioning names, the CFI was extremely good, Dale C. was thorough and I enjoyed flying with him, his RV-4 was incredibly well built and the paint was flawless.

After admiring his RV-4 we climbed into my 6, no co-pilot brakes meant I flew from the right seat at first, once Dale was convinced I could fly (5.9 hours recent time after a 21-year layoff), we switched seats and I flew from the left until he signed me off.  continue

 

3D 'Pressure Recovery' Profile Fuel Drain Cover: Prototype ...Snowflake

 

Mitch Lock Fly-In ...June 10th

"Helen Woods runs the flight school which includes a few RV's at W29 and is friends with Mitch Lock. (She is also the person that puts on the famous Holly Run every year to Tangier Island.) In any case, she is sponsoring a going away party/fly-in for Mitch on June 10th. She enlisted my help to get the word out to the RV community and hoping you can post this on VAF as well. Now that his status has been officially announced we are hoping you can help with getting the notice out.

"Please join us at Chesapeake Sport Pilot (W29) Saturday, June 10th from 10-2 for a celebration and send off party for our friend Mitch Lock as he moves into a new roll at Van Aircraft. RSVP to info 'at' chesapeakesportpilot.com so we know how many burgers to toss on the grill."

Mitch knows about this and has confirmed the date to be there.

Thanks,
Mike Regen"

 

 

April 6, 2017.   Issue No. 4,345.

Courtesy Cars & Food List Updated and Current.

...new listings in Texas, Wisconsin, California and more.

 

For those not knowing yet...

...Mitch Lock has been named President of Van's Aircraft (POVA*) to replace the retiring Scott Risan.  Congrats to Mitch (it's nice to be able to talk about it finally).  A genuinely good guy.
*I call dibs on coining 'POVA' if nobody thought of it before me! ;^)

fmi: Paul Dye's write-up at Kitplanes


'POVA'

 

Note from Cynthia at the Mothership

"Would you mind putting a little blurb on your web site to the effect that I will be out of the office from April 11th until April 24th, and if anyone needs a transfer of ownership or FAA paperwork, to contact me either before or after that time frame, please?"

Cynthia A. Schrantz
Administrative Assistant
Van's Aircraft, Inc.
14401 Keil Road N.E.
Aurora, Oregon 97002
503-678-6545 ext. 322

 

Welcome 'steelbut' ...Colorado Springs

If all goes as planned, after many years and many airshows across the country my neighbor and I will start an RV-14. For work, we sell hangars but I have been working with Schweiss hangar doors, in there booth, teaching me about trade shows for the last 3 or 4 years. Each airshow I have to check out Van's booth and get a new hat because you can't wear the same one forever. They are very gracious about all my questions.

I have been trying to figure out how to buy a VAF hat in case I end up in some place that would need a sighting photo.

I am really grateful for the VAF site! I have surf'ed for a long time in the back ground as questions come up as I am researching an RV build.

BTW, I am in Colorado Springs and plan to fly out of Meadowlake KFLY

 

From the Mothership FB page...

 

Welcome 'Cth6'

Probably way too much info but may provide context around my questions. My wife and I have been working on defining our mission for some time now as it relates to flying; Weekend Cross Country Jaunts ( ~< 400 nm), Local breakfast runs and solo around the patch.

Have three options...

1. Continue to rent ~ $ but tied to the rental schedule / availability
2. Buy completed plane ~ $$$ No schedule to hold us back. top contenders RV-12 S-LSA or C172 (familiarity, I have most hours here.)
3. Build plane ~ $$ but takes time and space (RV-9A seems like it will fit the bill)

Why the RV-12 vs RV9A. RV-12 can be delivered as S-LSA. Right or wrong, I am shying away from a used Experimental due to the unknown around the quality of the builder. If I am going to make the leap to build, The RV-9A seems to be a better fit due to the useful load and cruising speed.

Now to the questions at hand.  continue

 

Wisconsin to Florida in a Student-Built RV-12

Due to airshow commitments in Georgia later this week I found myself driving to Sun ‘n Fun for the first time in over 30 years. The normal two-hour flight turned into a 6 -1/2 car drive down I-75. So there I was sitting at the pool at the Hampton Inn in Plant City when two guys come through the gate, one of whom was wearing a Van’s cap. What a surprise! It took all of two seconds to strike up a conversation and the excitement that exuded from these two was fascinating!  continue at Kitplanes

 

Milestone: N748PK is No Longer Reserved ...Kurt Haller

...but registered as of 31 Mar 2017, ONE DAY after the USPS Priority Mail package of paperwork was delivered. Don't have the registration hardcopy yet, but it's in the database at faa.gov.

Guess I hit an unexpected pocket of clear air efficiency.... 

Signature updated...best get with a Flight Advisor and DAR...still a few bits to bolt together in the meantime.

 

Special Request from VAF Reader

(dr) All regular readers here know Trish Russell.  Got this from her yesterday:

"Why I'm writing: 6 days before the brain flood (AVM rupture) I signed on as a commercial real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty. I am just starting to get back to it, or started, since I really didn't get a chance the first time.

One of our neighbors here at Gold Hill Air Park needs to sell his home. He gave me the listing (link at http://trishrussell.kw.com/). Paul needs to sell his house. He needs to move to an assisted living home near his family. And GHAP could use another RV member."

Best Regards,
Trish Russell
KW Commercial
Concord/Kannapolis
6001 Gateway Center Drive, Suite 105
Kannapolis, NC 28081
trishrussellkw@gmail.com
980-689-1822

[ed. In striving to keep the signal-to-noise ratio in the forums as RV-specific as possible, I am happy to post a non-RV personal request like the one above up here on the front page when emailed to me.  v/r, ]

 

Welcome Justin from Chattagooga, TN

Q: "...I'm very interested in an RV10. I'm in Chattanooga TN. I'm an air traffic controller. Would gladly trade a tower tour =)."

A: (Pierre) Justin, I'm near Augusta, Ga at 2J3. Come down here and you can fly mine, left seat!

A: (Gary) I am a little closer in SE Atlanta. I am in Conyers but keep the plane in Monticello.

 

 

April 5, 2017.   Issue No. 4,344.

750 mile day trip ...joe-rainbolt

 

Starting my RV10 ...welcome Brian Lester

Just wanted to introduce myself to the group as I expect I'll be posting dumb questions and looking for advice as I being my own project.

Been lurking for a bit and spent the last year cleaning up my garage and purchasing the needed tools. I'm headed to Sun N' Fun for the first time on Wed and hoping to run into a number of you.

Delivery of my Empennage kit is scheduled for the Monday after Sun N Fun, so I'm trying to learn as much as I can so I can just right in!

 

Want a reason to get out of bed and fly your RV? ...RV8Squaz

Well, I just returned from my second IAC contest, the Snowbird Classic in Dunnellon, FL hosted by IAC chapter 89 in Ocala. I can tell you I'm hooked! My experience at this contest was just as fantastic as it was at Sebring. It was another very well run event by some of the finest people I've ever met. I can't tell you how welcomed everyone made me feel. It was nice to see some familiar faces and meet some new ones. I also got to know a little better some of the people I met at the judges school I attended a few weeks ago.  continue

 

Trust but Verify ...terrykohler

Tried to fly on Saturday, after installing my replacement SD card in the GTN650. Turns out I had downloaded the Nav data, but not the base map or safe taxi database to the new card. Seems these reside on the card and are not downloaded into the resident memory of the 650. Need to get with Garmin to get updates to allow me to use my second/replacement card.

In the run-up area, while swapping cards and turning on/ shutting down my electrical system, I happened to switch my EI voltage gage over to Ammeter readout (most times, I leave it switched to read voltage). Suddenly, I’m seeing current draw drop as I’m adding appliances to the load. Back to the hangar, shut down, and run another check just off the battery. Now I’m showing draw decreasing as I start flipping switches to the “on” position. Blood pressure rising, I decided to head home.  continue

 

7A UL Power Pics Added ...taverroi

 

Rest in Peace: Mr. Ron Banks

Ron Banks of Nampa Idaho passed away last Thursday. His service is Tuesday at the Mission Aviation Fellowship at 3:00.  Ron was a real nice guy. He came over to my house a couple times to look at my build and to my hangar once I moved the fuselage there. He was working on his 7 while he was a missionary and working on the mission planes. I got the chance to see his work at his house and he was a good "mechanic". It looked well done.

Ron's wife is as nice as Ron was. Keep her, their children and grandkids in your prayers.

 

Super Tracks Mod ...VAF advertiser

 

Is it OK to shorten the Pitot Mast a little?

 

Panel Pic ...TJCF16

 

OSH NOTAM Issued ...know it, love it, live it.

 

 Protecting push pull cables from heat

 

Status Report Pics...Z-EDD

 

RV9 at Caspian Sea beach

 

iPad Checklist

 

 

April 4, 2017.   Issue No. 4,343.

April 4, 2017 is a very special day in my life. On this day I mark 10 years of doing this website as my full-time job. Three days after that it will become the longest running job I’ve held.  The first impression that comes to mind while sitting down to write this is just how incredibly fast it went by. It’s actually sort of scary to be quite honest.

 

In 1981 I started my working career at Sonic in Waco, TX as a car hop (later cook).  I knew nothing about nothing, and had .5hrs in my logbook (a birthday present from my parents that I believe cost them $30).  Years later as funds and time allowed I finished out my pilot’s license at age 35, while working at a law firm as the ‘computer guy’.   While there, as a student pilot, I saw my first RV and was hooked.

 

Now back to the work history.  All the jobs below, in order:

 
  1. Sonic (sophomore in high school).  $2/hr plus tips.

  2. Casa Del Rio (busboy / later waiter).  Junior in high school.  $2.20/hr plus tips.  Great memories working with friends I still keep in touch with to this day.

  3. Leland Collier Electric (apprentice electrician).  Senior in high school through the beginning of my junior year in college.  I worked here during my first two years of college at McLennan Community College (Waco) and the start of Baylor.  Music major with a minor in Marketing at MCC, then Entrepreneurship major Marketing minor at BU.  $3.05/hr.starting salary.  Met my future wife during this time.  She said she went to Baylor….so I said, “Me too!”....and immediately took out student loans and transferred to Baylor.  We’ve been married 27 years this June.  I learned a LOT at Collier Electric.  How to wire a house, talk trash and work through pain, cold, heat and wet (and rat poison).  One cute story:  Collier had a contract to wire several buildings at BU, one of which included a couple additional stories on a business building I was taking classes in.  One day at the beginning of a new class the professor asked out loud where the switch was to lower the projector screen.  “Behind that post to your left”, I said.   “How did you know that?”  “I installed it.”

  4. Baylor University Computation Center (work study program to qualify for student loans).  Delivered and set up computers (first generation Macs and Digital dumb terminals).  Ran and punched down cables.  Last half of third year of college.  

  5. Musician (final year of college - paid for ¾ of my tuition….and my food).  It never entered my brain to be a professional musician, as it turned out I didn’t particularly enjoy playing the same songs several times a week.  To this day I change stations when I hear any of about a hundred songs.  Our keyboard player however, was wired for it perfectly.  He was country singer Tim McGraw’s touring keyboardist for something like twenty years and saw the world from the stage.  I wonder what that guy is up to every now and then.  We’ve led very different lives.

  6. Micro City (Manager…..computer sales).  First job out of college.  Moved to Dallas from Waco.   $19,000/yr. starting salary.

  7. Computer Support Services, Inc. (CSSI).  Taught computer classes / consultant.  A little bit more money.  A lot more stress.

  8. Republic Health (IT employee). A little bit more money.  Worked there nine months, then they were bought and moved the HQ to another state.  I like Texas, thank you.

  9. Fanning, Harper & Martinson law firm (the I.T. guy).  A little bit more money.  This is where I worked when I started construction of our family’s RV-6.  Audrey was born while I worked here.  Coat and tie.  Every single piece of paper that came out of a printer was billed to a client.  Every piece.  I sometimes miss WordPerfect 5.0.

  10. Archon Group (Asset management co).  IT employee.  A little bit more money.  Worked here 10 years and two days.  Purchased by Goldman Sachs there at the end and got depressing.  Tate was born during this job.  I started VAF while employed here, working on it in the morning before leaving each day and again each evening - essentially having two jobs for the last four years of that decade of employment.  I don’t think I could physically (or mentally) do that again…. If you’ve seen the movie ‘Office Space’ you know what that job was like.  The building I was working in is actually IN that movie!

  11. VansAirForce.net (founder / janitor).  Some years a little more money, some years a little less.   But it has been worth it so far for many reasons, few of which are solely about money.   I have met people over the last decade I would have never met had I not taken a chance.  I’ve seen things I would have never seen.  And I am, above all else, profoundly grateful.  

 

I tried my best to not burn any bridges, and remain friends with people from many of these employers to this day.  Never been fired, knock on wood.  I took Cynthia Collier, of Leland Collier Electric, for a ride in the RV-6 a couple of Saturday’s ago.  I was flying a vacuum cleaner down to Waco to give to my sister Donna, and her and Cynthia are lifelong friends (college roommates).  The Colliers offered me a job as a teenager and I’ll always be grateful.  I still have every tool I used there.  On your first day they would drive you down to Dealers Electric and get you a tool pouch and the screwdrivers and pliers that you would need to do your job (stripping 'Romex and wiring in ‘fart fans’).  They took a couple of dollars out of each check until they were paid off.

 

So what is it like to run VAF for a decade?  Most of my notes preparing for this piece fell into ‘Pro’ and ‘Con’ columns, so here they are in no particular order.  The ‘Pros’ first:

 
  1. No ‘justify your existence’ meetings with each new boss.  No rotating management styles with the week’s newest buzzwords.

  2. More family time (no commute).  More time ‘in the moment’.

  3. Stay home to watch a sick kid?  No problemo and don’t have to ask for permission.

  4. I can see the sky more.  I discovered over the years I start feeling a little off if I couldn't see blue sky on a fairly regular basis.  Having spent decades in carpet covered cubes with no outside view, I really, REALLY appreciate being able to look up and see blue.  God Bless Texas.  I’ve learned it’s exceedingly important to my mental well being.

  5. Less is more.  In the last four jobs prior to VAF there always seemed to be an underlying competition to have the newest house, car, stereo, phone, golf club, TV, whatever.   Over the last decade our house got less cluttered, there is a minimalist look to it actually, and the urge to buy the latest whatever has been replaced with a form of contentment and happiness with what we already have.  Maybe it’s just age...

  6. It’s easier to work out.  I can do it in the middle of the day if the mood strikes.  Some retired airline pilots have loaned me their exercise equipment on the condition I never return it.

  7. Shorts and flip flops are acceptable attire.

  8. Meeting some of the best friends you’ll ever meet, and none of them ‘have an angle’ to climb the org chart ahead of you.  They just want to talk about airplanes.  Or dogs.  Or jeeps...

  9. Project flexibility.  If I think it would be a good idea to start a ‘Panel Pictures’ section, I can do it five minutes after the thought occurs.  No committee approval.  No review process.  No permission from three layers of management above me.  If it works it works, if not I can kill it with no harm or foul.  I didn’t anticipate this being as big a deal as it turned out to be and am, again….grateful.

  10. When your wife’s appendix nearly ruptures and she needs to go into the hospital for a week, you don’t have to worry about what meetings you’re missing (none).

  11. Technology freedom.  I’m not forced to use any tech I don’t want to.  This turned out to be a big plus.  I’m typing this on an IPad Pro - something I didn’t own two months ago.  Using a word processor app I download two hours ago.  Saving to a cloud solution of my choosing.  I’ll do the final assembly on the PC that I got seven years ago, not what the I.T. Department told me I had to use.  I can change all of this tomorrow if I find something that solves my problems better.  Or not.

  12. I can take a short nap after lunch.  I’m not joking when I say how much of a big deal this is.  It makes the evening work that much easier.

 

Now the ‘Cons’.  Running a small web based business, and betting your family's financial well being on it, isn’t without its downside.  Again, in no particular order:

 
  1. It seems like more stress.  When I get up at 0330 to use the restroom, I check to see that the servers are up.  Some hiccup that knocks things offline for a bit?  You’re stomach is in your throat, because some days there are 10,000 visitors, and that's a pretty good sized basketball arena checking in.  Light a candle in your living room then try to go to bed.  That gnawing feeling that you never really get used to…. Are things OK?  Exercise helps.

  2. No days off.  Christmas morning?   Check the servers.  Monitor things.  6,200 days in a row and counting if you include the time I was doing it in the mornings before and in the evenings after my shift at my last two jobs.  Last tech-free vacation was pre-2000.   ‘Time away from the internet’ isn’t really an option.  No cell coverage = I can’t go.  Sometimes that kinda sucks…but I've been trying to think of some ways to get around it.

  3. Health insurance as a small business owner.   $37/day whether I use it or not.  No comment...

  4. Some days with a web-facing business you can’t seem to catch a break.  Things you’ve neither said or done are attributed to you online.  Turn the other cheek is all you can do.  A wise friend told me once, “You can stand on a street corner handing out $100 bills...and someone will still call you an a$$h@le.”  ;^)

 

Would I do it all again?  Yeah.  Looking back, I should have done it two years sooner.

 

The cons aren't larger than the pros, so again the word that comes to mind is grateful.  Grateful that I found this wonderful hobby,  and so many wonderful people to share it with.

 

Here's to 10 more years, and thanks if you actually read all this...
 

 

 

April 3, 2017.   Issue No. 4,342.

Moving Day ...Piper J3 RV-12

 

She's legal! ...Chris 'Chattin35' Chattin in Boise, ID

Time for the real fun to start.

 

Selfie ...Av8rRob

 

Bay Area Hills ...rph142 photos

The hills have reached peak green here in the Bay Area. These shots were taken between Byron airport and the hills south of Livermore.

 

TeenFlight RV12 For Sale by Auction ...TimE

 

SkyView v15.1 from Dynon adds Yaw Damper, VP-X on HDX, and more

 

All of the bits together ...Gil Alexander

Somewhat of a breakthrough...

I knew all the "bits" fitted, but they had never been assembled at the same time.

It actually all went together and even looks like a plane. Will be ready for W&B as soon as I make some 4 1/4" platforms for the main wheels.

 

Selfi ...BlakeB and kiddo

 

Another ...BlakeB and kiddo

 

3D Printing ...Steve Melton

 

Garmin GTX 335 w/GPS and Antenna, $2,995

 

Special Request from VAF Reader

Chino's 'Planes of Fame' Airshow needs your signatures (not donations).  Apr 4 deadline - online petition.  A number of RV's fly in for the airshow and lots of RV activity in the Chino area.  fmi: THIS link.

[ed. In striving to keep the signal-to-noise ratio in the forums as RV-specific as possible, I am happy to post a non-RV personal request like the one above up here on the front page when emailed to me.  v/r, ]

 

RV-Lancair Brotherhood Day ...snopercod

Today my RV-12 buddy Owen and I met at Spartanburg, SC [KSPA] for lunch. He flew down from 3NR3 and I from AVL. The FBO loaned us a crew van and we drove about a mile to Fudrucker's for a $30 hamburger. It was fun. (Cue "Ebony and Ivory" with the words "Aluminum and Fiberglass")

 

 

March 31, 2017.   Issue No. 4,341.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  dr
 

Calendar Wallpaper April

I hope you don't mind that I went with a little different angle with this month's calendar.  Motivation for those still building, and what they'll see.  Spring is here and the green is popping back into view.  This image from my RV-6 just east of Justin, TX, 1000' agl looking away from the sun.  Morning scan for deer, turkeys, fish near the shore and feral hogs.

Small town America, in springtime, in our wonderful RVs...

 

It's Composite Time ...Bill Boyd

"...and despite having literally read every post of every thread in the -10 forum in the last two years to get prepared for my build, I find sometimes there are more questions than answers. Until you actually hold the parts in your hands, it's not always clear what the answers and advice mean, or what the questions/difficulties were to begin with.

I did all the composite work on my 6A two decades ago, and I'm sure I did it "wrong" compared to best practices, but somehow I powered through and made something that worked well enough for me. I want to do my best this time. I can't put it off any longer, having run out of non-composite tasks I can do on the build for now

Last night I pulled the cabin top out of the corner, brushed off the shop dust and cobwebs, and studied it in some detail, picking out scribe lines, cross-referencing the plans, looking at some VAF threads about how to scribe and cut and rout things to fit. Lots of heat but a disappointing amount of light and clarity -- seems like I'll have to jump in and figure most of this out as I go, hoping that having read the VAF archives will be like a med student taking gross anatomy: you won't possibly remember much of it, but you'll be a better builder for having been immersed in it at one time."  continue

 

Status Report ...goatflieg

This month's blogspot blog entry is finally complete. It's a long one... very long, actually. I guess I got a lot done on the wings. I get the feeling they're all going to be very long entries from now on, he said with a heavy sigh. But like the plane, I started this thing... I must see it through. Click on the blogspot link in my signature to see it. Here's a teaser photo...

 

Status Report: Skin in the Game ...David Paule RV-3B

According to other builder reports, the aft-most bottom fuselage skin is especially difficult. It's thick at .040 and arrives poorly bent. Mine was no exception. I spent some time attempting to unbend the bends that were in the wrong place, and rebend the skin with bends in the right places.

One thing that makes the aft portion, around F-311, easier, I've read, is making the slot for the tailspring mount to protrude. Remember that mine is a bit higher than standard? In my case, it looks as if it'll be completely covered by the skin -- so no relief there. No access slot required.

Unfortunately I didn't take photos of the as-received condition.

After working at it a couple days, here is the skin resting on the F-309 bulkhead, the most forward bulkhead this skin covers.

 

RV10's at Sun n Fun ...Chris Wilson's first post

Hello all. First post here. After starting and stopping several times over the past 25 years, I'll be doing my private checkride in the next month. My plan is to start on a 10 within the next year. I'll be at Sun n Fun Friday thru Sunday. I have a million questions. I've only flown in old 172s. I would love to sit in or even ride in an RV10. Happy to pay for some fuel. Looking forward to meeting fellow RV enthusiasts and learning a lot.
[ed. Welcome Chris!  v/r,dr]

 

3D DIY Speed Mods: ABS Avgas Testing ...Steve Melton

"...after 3 days soaking. note the color change. strength test by hand, I didn't notice anything. seemed to be original in shape and was not affected at the surface. go figure. I like it. ABS plastic. returned to the avgas for another four days."


 

Tim's RV-14 Interior ...and a shout out to Abby

 

 

March 30, 2017.   Issue No. 4,340.
  Please excuse the early push of the Thursday edition.  Airport board meeting Wed. evening my home field and I'm taking the minutes...  
 

Need Building Motivation? ...AX-O

My friend George Ford and i went flying last weekend. We recorded a few scenes around my local area. You may recognize his name. He is the guy behind those great large formation videos.

He made a short video of our flight and posted it today. I did not know he was doing that.

So if you need building motivation, watch the video then get out there and build!!!

 

Special Request from VAF Reader

"I am interested in keeping some dollars in the RV community if possible so figured I would give it a shot seeing if the were any RV/Maltese breeders. I really do have the parts I could add as trade goods too. My wife (head riveter) and I are the proud owners of a RV-8 based at Merrill Field in Anchorage Alaska, built with a lot of advice from this forum. We have also been the proud owners of several Maltese dogs in the past. We recently had to put down our last dog and are seeking another Maltese puppy. The side benefit to a small dog like this is that they can fit on my wife's lap in the back seat of the RV8. We are seeking a female and are not in a tremendous hurry to get on. Location not to much of an issue but I do have a bunch or relatives in and around Dallas Texas..."
__________________
Burke Wick  (Berchmans in the forums)
Flying RV 8
Anchorage, Alaska

[ed. In striving to keep the signal-to-noise ratio in the forums as RV-specific as possible, I am happy to post a non-RV personal request like the one above up here on the front page.  v/r, ]

 

Hidden Oil Door and Magnetic Latch ...Karl Bambas

Just upload this 6 minute youtube construction video.


 

Fluting HS Ribs question

Folks hoping for some guidance here. I've read section 5.13 of the construction manual a few times and also read a bunch of posts on fluting and watched some of the referenced youtube videos.

I just can't seem to visualize what needs to be achieved from fluting. If you look at the below pic, when I lay the HS rib web flat on the bench it sits significantly raised up on both sides. To me this looks like it's due to the center of the web being bent a bit which I could reverse by bending at mid web in the opposite direction.

Or is the goal just to get each section of flange fluted so the web underlying just that particular flange lays flat, and not necessarily the whole rib web laying flat all at once.

Really confused here so thanks so much for any help!

 

 

March 29, 2017.   Issue No. 4,339.  Updated 1100Z
  Hail storm update:  I woke up to an email from Nigel Goad.  Owns an RV-9A and hangars it at my airport across from Walt - he's a roofing guy by day.  Call him and before lunch he's on my house with a tape measure (that's him on the roof waving).  Lovin' this RV community!  I stopped counting all the roofing trucks that drove down our street yesterday.  Must have had ten flyers on our door before sundown. 
  I'll go with the RV guy, thank you very much.  Nigel's card below if you live in the DFW area and want it on file.  Things slowly returning to normal, and thanks Nigel for reaching out!
v/r,


 

Garmin TeamX introduces new G3X Touch display for experimental aircraft

(click to enlarge)

· The new portrait G3X Touch display features a robust, infrared touchscreen for use as a PFD or MFD when paired with multiple G3X Touch displays or as a single, standalone screen comprising of a PFD and MFD

· Aircraft owners can easily upgrade a G3X system to G3X Touch using the existing sensors and pin-compatible connectors

· For aircraft where space constraints are of concern, the portrait 7-inch display offers more flexibility and configuration options in panel design for EAB/LSA

· Up to four G3X Touch displays of varying sizes can be incorporated into a single aircraft panel

· A single G3X Touch display starts at $2,995

· Additionally, the new, cost-effective GMU 11 magnetometer for EAB/LSA is smaller, lighter and easier to install and can supply magnetic heading to more than one G3X Touch display or G5 electronic flight instrument simultaneously

fmi: Garmin Newsroom

 

Garmin adds visual approach guidance to GTN 650/750 touchscreen navigators

· Visual approach guidance is now available within the GTN 650/750, which provides advisory vertical guidance in visual flight conditions based on a published glide path angle or three-degree glideslope

· Aircraft with a GTN 650/750 navigator can now display and control the GTX 8000 TCAS II/ACAS II system and GTX 3000 transponder

· Traffic information is overlaid on the moving map and traffic pages and incorporates patented TargetTrend and CLEAR CAS

· Aircraft with a GTN, GTX 345 and Flight Stream 510 can now receive attitude information provided by the GTX via Flight Stream

· Pilots operating into airports throughout the world not served by WAAS/SBAS can now receive advisory vertical guidance (LNAV+V) while flying LNAV approaches with the GTN

· These new features are expected to be available in May from Garmin Authorized Dealers

fmi: Garmin Newsroom

 

Garmin brings home theater sound quality to the cockpit with the GMA™ 345/342

The GMA 345 features Bluetooth audio connectivity and a front-mounted USB charging port, while the GMA 342 contains a dedicated 3.5mm audio jack that allows pilots to connect a mobile device directly to the audio panel
• Suitable as a slide-in replacement for the popular GMA 340 audio panel, as well as a wide-range of select third-party audio panels, the GMA 345/342 offer aircraft owners an easy, cost-effective upgrade path
• Home theater-like sound effects add to the rich audio characteristics provided by the GMA 345/342, which include pilot-selectable bass boost levels and equalizer effects
• Advanced auto squelch automatically adapts to the noise level within the cockpit to allow for natural conversation through headsets
• A built-in digital clearance recorder can record up to 60 seconds of selected radio transmissions
• The GMA 345/342 also incorporate 3D Audio, which spatially separates sound to reflect how people process sound and conversation
• Beginning today through December 31, 2017, Garmin is introducing the GMA 345/342 free trial money-back guarantee program for slide-in replaceable products like the GMA 340; contact a Garmin authorized dealer for additional information
• The GMA 345/342 are expected to be available in late April starting at $1,895 and $1,595 respectively

fmi: Garmin Newsroom

 

Another Conehead spotted ...Lorne Montgomery comedy

"So,  one of those wacky creatures entered our hangar. Rumor has it they show up when you're doing gear work or prepping for paint.  This one looks scary, but is actually harmless.
Lorne"

 

RV-10 Panel Porn ...Eladio Gomez

 

Glamour Shot ...Lars

My RV-7 next to my ground transportation unit, the colors of which I decided to use when it was painted.

 

Garmin Aera 795/796 V5.20 Software 

Some of the significant new features:

TargetTrend traffic information showing a track vector where traffic will be in a specified time in the future relative to your aircraft was already available on the dedicated traffic page, but not on the main map. With this update, it is now available on the main map.

A much requested feature is the display of airspace segment altitude upper and lower limits similar to what is provided on VFR sectionals. This is now displayed full time on the map page (at appropriate zoom ranges) without having to first touch an airspace segment.

 

Outstanding Ground Shot ...Dan Morris

 

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

After locating and drilling some holes in the bulkheads for the pitot-static lines and the ADAHRS cable, I decided that a cable clip would be a good idea under the baggage floor. Here's the clip all by itself.  more

 

Glamour Shot ...Eladio Gomez

Sunny Days in South Florida!

 

 

March 28, 2017.   Issue No. 4,338.
  So you know how insurance adjusters say that if you live in North Texas, Oklahoma or Kansas you'll need a new roof on average every 8.5 years due to hail?  Our neighborhood drew the short straw Sunday night.  Please excuse the short edition today.  I've been on the phone with insurance adjusters planning the new roof ($2,300 deductible) and repairs to our son's truck ($500 deductible - he was at work).  And cleaning our yard up of debris.  I'll be a little out of the loop for a bit...
  Our neighborhood was targeted by baseball-sized frozen dumb bombs for nearly fifteen minutes.  Thousands of them (pic below of three I picked up).  Cracked windows.  Holes in the gutters.  Yard lights smashed.  Snapped tree limbs.
  With the wife's recent surgery ($10K deductable), 2017 is kinda pegging the suck meter so far. 
  At least it wasn't a tornado, so there's that.
 


In our kitchen.  9:15pm Sunday.


Behind this guy Monday after lunch.


The car in this story is one mile from my house.

 

 

March 27, 2017.   Issue No. 4,337.
  Wx and calendar schedules allowed me to deliver the Craigslist Kirby vacuum cleaner I found for my sister awhile back to her this past Saturday morning in Waco, TX.  The pics and words pick up at this link about 2/3rds of the way down.
  Got to give my sister (below) a ride in the RV (as well as her college roommate).  Lots of smiles and laughs.  Saturday was really nice in Texas.  Hope your weekend was nice, also.


Cynthia Collier photo.

 

RV-4 Aerobatic Checkout...vid from Sweden

 

New Panel Install...BHunt

 

RV7A UL POWER PROJECT...update

 

Ground Shot ...MercFE

 

3D Printed Drain Fairing Update ...Steve Melton

I attempted to make the fairing removable if needed for access or to clean out mud.... I used the same idea as the JD fairing because it's good, a set screw at the fwd edge.


 

 

March 24, 2017.   Issue No. 4,336.
  Formula 1 racing starts back up this weekend, so I'm jazzed and the DVR is set (virtual circuit guide for Australia).  The changes in the '17 season are summarized HERE.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
 

Eagle's Nest Projects - Space Center Houston ...Ernie

Eagle's Nest Projects was the greeting exhibit at CCISD's 4th Annual Science Extravaganza held at Space Center Houston.  Couldn't resist the opportunity to stray a little off course to get this photo of N911EN, Clear Springs High School's 3rd RV-12 build.  more


 

Cooling and fuel vapor lock helped by cowl flap ...Flflyer

My RV7 is not the Oshkosh show winning baffle installation, but it is in decent shape. Still, I've had cooling problems in the hot weather, such as reaching 400F CHT before I'm ready to level out during climb. I've checked fuel flow, tried various baffle and cowl tweaks that I've read about here, and finally a nice guy told me to check out AntiSplat while I was chatting at Sun n Fun.

I ended up ordering one cowl flap, figuring that I could get another if I needed it. It was easier than I thought to cut the hole with the template. I used one of those vibrating cutters with the half-moon fine tooth attachment. I was a little worried about crushing the cowl with air hammered rivets, but used soft, flush rivets and it was pretty easy with a mushroom head on the rivet gun. continue

 

Do you want to buy an airplane built by Vancouver Island teens?

 

New Checklists Added

 

RV-10 Garmin panel coming together ...Greenley

A few weeks ago I got a couple of large boxes from Stein. These boxes contained two G3X Touch screens, auto pilot controller, G5, audio panel, GTR20 radio, etc. Stein also cut out some insert panels for my aerosport panel.

I have been working on mounting the electronics and gotten a good start on wiring. Here is the current status, with enough hooked up to apply some power:

 

Rudder Issues ...BruceMe

I'm replacing the vertical and rudder and it's not fitting.

My plane... Mid-90's slow-build RV-6. I think it's a very old serial number.

Several problems..

I had a heck of a time finding a vertical that even looked like it fit right. There are at least 4 "flavors". I finally found and stuck with the smaller counter-balanced vertical/rudder. I think is one of the last QB RV-6 vertical/rudders built.

So I put it per the plans with the normal front spar tab and plate and bolted the rear spar to the last bulkhead.

First problem...  continue

 

New Dual Band ADS-B Receiver from Dynon and AFS

 

7A Rebirthing Progress ...kentlik

 

 

March 23, 2017.   Issue No. 4,335.

So it begins.. RV-9A started

Gents,

My tools have arrived courtesy of Brown and Cleveland, thanks to both for fast and professional service.  I have two practice kits from Vans and I am doing the wing kit with my EAA group to get insight on setting up dimplers/rivets etc..

I hope to start the VS this week....

Looking forward to working with you guys/gals on this build..
__________________
Neal Trombley
SW Florida
Rv9a Empennage ordered 2/6/17

 

Bottom wing skin to fuselage overlap mismatch ...sbalmos

Don't ask me how this happened. I have no idea. When I first fit the wings and drilled the screw holes into the left side fuselage bottom skin "flap", everything aligned. It even aligned while I was final-fitting the wings with the good bolts. At some point, somehow, the wing skin looks like it's angled outboard, getting worse starting at the the 4th screw hole forward from the aft spar, as you head forward to the main spar.

I'm trying to decide whether to leave it alone without screws. Or should I try and have someone push down on the wing tip to see if that would bring it back to alignment?

 

RV-9 N941WR Condition Inspection Checklist Added

...to POH/Checklists section.

 

Status Report Words/Pics ...crabandy

With the lower duct and cooler clamped in place I found it easiest to cut the individual piece of foam to fit and them glue them together with epoxy/micro.  continue

 

Polishing Before/After

Have been busy with school work and exams. I gave polishing a go because the longer my parts are sitting the in the shop the more I like the idea of polished aluminum. I did scratch the parts quite a bit with the SB while I was deburring. I wasn't sure if it would come out but it does after quite a bit of elbow grease.


 

Joke....

 

 

March 22, 2017.   Issue No. 4,334.

Forced Landing PIREP ...Bill Anton

I'm the guy that this thread is about. I've never made an engine out landing in 42 years of flying. However, some days it's better to be lucky than good. Flying from Western Kansas that morning to Tucson for our son's Air Force retirement ceremony (F16 pilot). Refueled in Truth or Consequences and headed west over some very rugged mountain country. We were northwest of Lordsburg NM when I contacted Albuquerque Center (see Craig Brenden's post) for flight following so he could hand me of to Tucson International's approach control. Probably 5-10 minutes later the oil temp started increasing and at the same time oil pressure started decreasing. I talked to Center and advised him of my situation letting him know I was going to get it down as soon as possible. I was looking for a airport close to get to (Wilcox was about 30 miles in front of me) when the oil ran out. Something let loose in the engine, which was obvious with the extreme vibration, and I immediately shut off the ignition and pulled the throttle. I pulled the nose up to decrease my airspeed to get the prop to stop windmilling. Never thought I would be thankful to have an engine stop. At that point we're a glider (I do have a glider rating) and I'm looking for a place to put it down. I10 was directly under us and not a good place to go. Just south looked like some vineyards with farm roads. Some had power lines which but as I got closer saw one road (I say road but this was merely a farm road between two field that the farmer had graded) maybe 1/2 mile long with no power lines approximately into the wind. I flew a pattern over the road and lined up with it on a final approach (no go around in a glider). As I touched down I noticed a 4 wheeler in the road maybe a quarter mile in front of me facing the opposite direction obviously unaware an airplane was approaching at 70 kts. I steered over to another adjacent parallel road to get it slowed down and stopped.

I'm writing this long winded story to let you know a couple of things. First, this incident didn't happen because this was and amateur built aircraft. It took me 8 years to build, 1st flight was July 1, 2006. The RV8 has over 700 hours on it. The engine is a Lycoming IO360 that was a rebuilt 0 time engine when I installed during the build. Second, it reinforces some of the cross country principles we all learn. 1) Altitude is you friend, esp in rough country. 2) Always be looking for a suitable landing place, esp in rough country. 3)Keep up you flying skills (study & practice engine out landings) 4) It doesn't hurt to get some glider training (besides it great fun). Thanks to the Cochise County sheriff and SAR people who showed up and assisted us.

Next project is to pull off the wings, load everything on a trailer and get it home to assess the solution to getting back in the air.

 

The 48 State Traveling Salesman ...joe rainbolt

I'm looking for input on a proposed 48 state "road" trip.

 

3D Printed Fuel Drain Fairing ...Steve Melton

From concept to holding in the hand in about two hours and I had to watch a youtube video for training. I am still amazed by this technology.

I see Solidworks can complete CFD airflow analysis. I'll post a couple slides of that. Not that this simple fairing needs any analysis but just to share. Maybe someone can chime in on that.

My youngest daughter, 9th grade, runs circles around in solid modeling and is beginning to talk about stress analysis. Now we have something to discuss!


 

Creased edge while using edge rolling tool....mfleming

So I've creased the edge of my RV-7 aileron skin using the Cleveland edge rolling tool.

In an effort to prevent the tool from rolling off the edge, I obviously was putting too much force on the tool and it rode up up onto the skin putting a crease in its path.

Any suggestions if this is fixable?

 

200kt GS...flyboy1963

(50kt tailwind)  "so my RV-9a, 150 hp, finally joins the 200 kt club!!!"

 

RV-10 Center Brace too short-

I'm working on my RV10 cabin top and am fitting in the center brace. On page 43-8 the instructions say to insert the cabin center brace into the fwd top skin and "slide the brace as far forward as it will go".

When I do that, the four holes on the top part of the brace no longer reach far enough for me to drill them into the cabin top! See here for proof:

There's room for me to slide the center brace back, BUT there's not much meat on the center brace to drill into behind the panel.

What should I do? Should I try to split the difference? Or should I try to fill in that area of the cabin top with structural filler before drilling through?

Would love some thoughts on how to proceed

 

 

March 21, 2017.   Issue No. 4,333.

All (66) Public Virginia Airports Visited ...Vlad's Milestone

Now I can brag I visited all public airports in Virginia. Recently flew to Roanoke......So all public airports in Commonwealth of Virginia are visited. Some of them were just a quick hop for the stamp but the majority I explored. At least dozen I visited multiple times.

 

Dirty Side Up ...kentlik re-birthing status

I finally got some help to flip this bad girl over! What an accomplishment! Not difficult to flip, tough to get a couple extra hands to make it easier. All is well and I can make some good headway this week.
I just realized I have had this project right at a year! Working on it in that year maybe only 4 months available. Of that time maybe have done 300-350 hours! I need to step it up!

 

SuperBloom 2017 in the Anza-Borrego Desert

...Bruce Hill 9A Trip Write-up and photos

 

Turbo Sug RV-7 in Norway ...rv6ejguy post

Bjorn Anders Horne flies this EZ30 turbo powered RV7 in Norway. He reports 570 trouble free hours on the setup as of March 2017.

 

WFAA Features McKinney Eagle's Nest HS Students ...Earnie

Richard Rensing and Erica Swenson are McKinney ISD high school seniors, Eagle's Nest Projects build-students, and are the only two students in McKinney ISD to earn a Private Pilot license before graduation. With a burning passion for flying and their RV-12 build project still under construction, these outstanding students went the extra mile in pursuit of their chosen career and partnered with Monarch Aviation for their flight training. Please share a warm VAF welcome to Richard and Erica.

 

Ground Shot ...starkw1

My RV-7, started in 2001, is finally painted and after the recent light snow here in the Twin Cities I took the opportunity to shoot a few pics.

The transformation from unpainted Al and primer grey is pretty amazing.

Paint design by Scheme Designers, Inc.
Paint shop, Midwest Aircraft Refinishing, Hibbing, MN

It was a pleasure working with both groups


Warren Starkebaum
Plymouth MN

 

SportAir workshop reinforced what I was afraid of

So before I'd allow myself to begin building an RV I knew I needed to take a primer on sheet metal. I attended the SportAir sheet metal class in Oakland this past weekend. I was very, VERY lucky that a spot opened up just a few weeks before the class... and that I live 5 minutes away from it.

I went into this so excited that I tried not to think about it for weeks. I was afraid that I'd either be a natural at more delicate metal work or worse be horrible at it.

The entire weekend was a blast and I cant recommend the classes enough. My only complaint is that they don't stay in one place for a week so that you can take all of the classes.  continue

 

 

March 20, 2017.   Issue No. 4,332.

Airworthiness Certificate in hand! ...Jeff Kudlo

After 10 years, the rocket ship is built. After a thorough inspection by an EAA technical counselor (Thanks DR), and an additional inspection by the MIDO out of Cleveland, the airworthiness certificate was issued. What’s next? On to Vernonia, Oregon for transition training.

 

RV-8 forced landing, Wilcox, AZ ...all OK.

Plane Forced Landing Update...Willcox.  Two people were in the aircraft at the time of this incident.  Pilot and wife passenger are ok, no injuries. Engine failed and was able to land on a dirt road next to a pecan orchard.  The pilot called Albuquerque Center FAA Air Traffic Control Center and told them of the engine failure. They kept talking to him until he was close to the ground then lost radar and radio contact. He landed on Last Outpost Road.  Thank you SAR and all involved in responding to this call! 
P.S. Albuquerque (common spelling) corrected in this post thanks to SAR Coordinator David Noland.

 

Fun With SVT Expert AP Mode ...Tony T

I'd like to tell you about some RV-12 fun with VNAV. Although I am instrument rated, I’m not current and would certainly not try this for real. It’s just for fun. As a matter of fact, fun is the reason I built my RV-12. I had no plans to ever fly it in IMC, or to the NW Territories or even to Oshkosh. I like my comforts, and am a bit too old for that all day in the cockpit, or busy IFR stuff, I’ll be eligible for the UFO’s two years from now.  continue

 

Milestone: A&P ...Paul Dye

When I was a kid, infatuated with anything that flew (still am that kid) and reading every book I could get related to aviation, I came to the conclusion that to be a complete aviator, you needed to be able to fly, design, and work on airplanes. I don’t know why I figured it out that way – just did. So I became a pilot in High School, and went to college to learn to design airplanes. Checked off two of the three. I started working on airplanes when I was thirteen, and have been doing it ever since – but always on either experimental aircraft or under the supervision of a licensed mechanic (when working on certified aircraft). I never had the time to go to a two-year trade school to do the formal training for the A&P, and when I lived in Houston, the local FAA office made it pretty difficult to take the test based on just experience.  continue

 

RV-7A UL POWER PROJECT - 200HP 520iS FWF UPFIT WITH PICS

 

Dave 'BigD' RV-10 POH and Checklists Added

 

 

March 17, 2017.   Issue No. 4,331.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
 

Back in the Air ...Alex Peterson

I completed the panel about a month ago. It took a bit over 300 hours, but at least half of that, perhaps 2/3's, was redesigning and redoing the electrical system. More details here if you are so inclined, in the December 2016 and March 2017 editions.

I'm very happy with how it turned out, and I've found no big deal in transitioning to the efis display from the old gauges. I retained the A/S indicator as a backup, but I only look at from time to time for comparison.

I've got a few more labels to modify and/or generate, but here's the final product:

The goals of the project were met, namely, replacing some gyros and A/P parts that needed repair, ADSB in/out capability, coolness of big screen, etc.. I also had a major goal of making things easy to maintain, specifically minimizing the need to climb under the panel. A few more thoughts are in the newsletter linked above.

 

BNP Paribas Tourney ...rph142 trip report

I haven't posted a trip report here in a while so I figured it was time after my recent day trip to the BNP Paribas tennis tournament. My plan was to fly from KCCR to KUDD, watch a few hours of pro tennis, then fly back before sunset.

 

David Clinthorne's 300+ page RV-4 POH ...13MB MS Doc

...added to the POH section for your reference.

 

Another Empenage Fairing Question ...snoopyflys

Working on fitting the empennage fairing and while it fits pretty well, I have a pucker near the leading edge on the left side.  Even after building now for these past 8 years, I'm still a little intimidated working with fiberglass. Not sure what would be the best solution other than hacking the fairing up and re-glassing to get the fairing to lay flat on the HS skin. So anyone out there have any words (pictures) of wisdom on how I can best solve this minor issue?

 

Courtesy Cars & Food List Updated

 

Status Report: So Close ...Chattin35

Down to the single digits of rivets left to pound... Can you tell I'm getting excited?

 

Status Report Pics ...David Paule

...lotsa pics.

 

 

March 16, 2017.   Issue No. 4,330.

Episode 9 ...haydnc

"...We find a pretty little coastal town built on the banks of Lake Albert, with an airstrip really close to the the town centre. It was a place we’d never heard of before, but really glad we stopped, it was a gem of a town - Meningie in South Australia."  continue

 

Mike Toews RV-4 POH ...94 page PDF

"...My POH has been re-written to coincide with the new equipment in my airplane and a copy is attached.  Thought you might like to post it on your website and let people know they’re welcome to copy / follow its formatting (the actual content doesn’t apply to any airplane but mine – obviously)."

[ed. You really have to see this document to believe it.  VERY detailed!  v/r,dr]

related: POH section

 

Power Loss RV-12 Rotax 912ULS ...n233va

Today 3/14/2017 a friend flew a RV12 to Williams Arizona, KCMR. Airport elevation 6691 ft. outside temperature was low 70’s. Flight in was normal. When he went to leave, just after becoming airborne the engine stumbled and lost significant power. An aborted landing was successful. An A&P from Prescott, AZ was contacted. The A&P had built this RV12 as well as a second one he flies. The A&P flew the second RV12 to Williams. He checked the carburetor bowls for debris on the first RV12 as well as doing a full run-up. All seemed normal and no debris was found. A second attempt to take off was made by the first RV12. Again the engine stumbled and failed to produce full power. The decision was to leave the first RV12 in Williams and fly the second one back to Prescott, planning on returning in the morning. The second RV12 did a run-up, which was normal, and started the take off roll. The second RV12 experienced a similar engine stumble and extreme roughness. The second RV12 could not develop take off power. Both aircraft are Rotax powered with 912ULS engines. Both are identical in the fuel system and carburation. Both also experienced fluctuating fuel pressure during the attempted takeoffs.

Both aircraft were burning 91-octane auto fuel with ethanol, purchased locally in Prescott Arizona at two different locations. It appears that both aircraft experienced vapor lock while applying full power for take off. The weather has been much warmer in Northern Arizona than usual for this time of year. We believe the fuel, which is in all probability, a winter blend, has too high a vapor pressure, thus causing the vapor lock.

For those of you RV12 drivers using auto fuel at high elevation airports in warm temperatures BEWARE. Both RV12’s will be flown out of Williams tomorrow morning when the temperatures are expected to be in the high 30’s to low 40’s.

Until or when we can determine that the refineries are producing summer blend auto gasoline, we will be changing to 100ll. And may continue with 100ll during the summer months to avoid the possibility of vapor lock at high elevation airports, regardless of the auto fuel blend.

 

Panel Porn ...kaweeka RV-9A

Finally finished!

 

RV-10 Question ...Bill Boyd

Unable to insert the control sticks any further than this into the weldments. The powder coat is way back from this line. Plans say to insert "as far as it will go" before match-drilling.

Far enough?

 

From the Mothership FB page...

 

DIY Snorkle ...crabandy

I used regular autobody filler to finish shaping over the foam, I can spread it and be sanding in less than 30 minutes. Probably took 7-8 layers, filled only the low areas first then slowly skimmed the entire surface.  more pictures

 

Charity Cap Sighting ...Anthony

 

 

March 15, 2017.   Issue No. 4,329.

Welcome Chris Simpson

Progress Pictures ...Bill Boyd

She's starting to get a "soul" as the control systems slowly go in. You can tell the pile of parts is going to be quite airworthy one day.  Reaching that point in the build where you start to feel the "thousand cuts" of Aircraft Spruce orders - can't find my AN23-10 clevis bolts for the rudder cable links and not sure I want (to or have spares) to substitute an AN3 bolt here, so off goes the latest order for two dollars in parts with three dollars shipping (not that any of that pricing is unreasonable, it's just that I probably own and simply misplaced those buggers somewhere when I opened and separated all those paper bags last year). I remember going through this 20 years ago. I'm going to start being better about batching these orders while I build on in other areas and come back to it when the parts arrive. Won't be long before I will have glass cloth, epoxy and other related goodies to bundle the nut and bolt orders with :

IFR Training in your RV ...Ralph Capen

Like a number of others, I am working on getting my IFR rating in my RV. In my case it is a 6A with IO360B1F6/MT 3 Blade CS prop, 430W, SL70, SL30, and S-Tec-30. Round guages on the pilot side except for the HSI replacement GRT-Mini-AP.

A bunch of hood time has made me better all around from a procedures perspective.

Hardest part for me is maintaining airspeed and altitude simultaneously. What are you been-there-done-that types using for your approach airspeed and how do you maintain it?

MAP, RPM, and mixture are things that I am trying to standardize on and my instructor is pushing me to checklist these items. We're currently using full rich, 2500RPM, and about 16"MAP as part of the stabilized approach technique.

Suggestions and best practices appreciated!

3D printed glare shield - crushable ...Steve Melton

...sized for Dynon D100 - velcro attach. weight = 0.07 lb

Milestone: Panel IN ...stevenbgross

Panel is in airplane - month 13 of slow build 9A.

All Garmin, full IFR panel with permanent IPAD dock in front of co-pilot.

Wings complete.
Empenage complete.
Fuselage complete.
Gear/fairings/wheel pants complete

I was holding off the front top deck to enable the avionics installation. Now that the avionics are in, and everything is working, I am going to put the front deck on, finish the windscreen and canopy, and then on to the engine.

This thing is starting to get very exciting!

Based on current progress, I plan to have the 9A out of the garage, at the hangar for final assembly in the fall. I am in the DC Metro Area. Hangars are expensive and hard to get. I have been on waiting lists for 3 years. The hanger is 40 minutes away, so I am kind of dreading the time when the project leaves the nest.

02-03/2017 Update ...j-red

(multiple pics)  I've officially got the RV grin! After the test flight several weeks ago, I, through the aid of a forum member, located a local qualified CFI to give me transition training and start the turn to final on my PPL.

Those who suggested that the transition to the RV would be relatively simple and that the 6A was an easy flier were totally right. I have about 100 hours in a low wing, stick and rudder LSA, and so this plane just "fits" (albeit with out-of-this-world climb performance, perfectly balanced controls, and gobs of speed!)

I've got a Sport Pilot license and lack about 5 hours of instruction before taking the PPL practical. The instructor was thorough and systematic in what he needed to see from me, yet sympathetic with the need for the engine to break-in. His goal was to check me out as quickly as practical so that I could spend the next few weeks running at the power levels needed to seat the rings, yet the whole time he tried to be aware of the need to keep the power up. To that end, we tried to put the low power maneuvers at the end of the time in the air. The engine now has about 5 hours on it: I have yet to see any sign of oil useage and temps are very reasonable, so my fingers are crossed that our training didn't harm anything.  continue

Taxi Vibration Solved ...istrumit

I have posted a few times about this....vibration during taxi in a low speed range.

No amount of air pressure adjustments, etc, has made any difference.

So, today, it was time to tackle this problem once and for all, along with different problem I which I had a brake lock on landing.

I changed the brake liners today (not too hard to do) and, as a last step, I jacked up the pilot side main gear to rotate it and make sure the bearings sounded good.

Low and behold...that tire was out of round like crazy...very badly out of round.

So, two new tires are on the way (I am sure the other one is a mess too) and I expect this will solve the vibration problem.

I suppose this is what happens when you purchase and airplane that sat in one place for nearly two years...I expected to have to put about $5000 into it to get it right...so far I am about $3000 into that number. I am happy with that!

 

 

March 14, 2017.   Issue No. 4,328.
  Seeds down (at my home field).  The drainage improvement project (pics) is getting green.  Rolling out more green mats in the next days.  100% the doings of the P.O.A. at 52F.  Love seeing that progress... 

 

RV-14 Canopy Fairing (and more)  ...Tom Martin pictures

I have done a number of canopy farings in the past and had intended to proceed as normal. In the spirit of learning new techniques I followed Van's videos and plan directions for laying up the canopy glass faring.  multiple pics


 

De-lamination Repair Suggestions Please ...jeffkersey

I did not build this airplane. On the right side of the my RV7A. The skirt around the windshield is start to delaminate. Not sure if a passenger caught it with a foot and got it started or what? Will super glue bond this. Hoping to not have to do a bunch of gooping, sanding, and painting to get it to stop...
Thanks for your thoughts...

 

ELT Activation - After Stepping Up On Wing

While pre-flighting yesterday I hear a beeping coming from the cockpit. All switches are off. A quick glance at the ELT indicator light shows nothing, and besides, the ELT sound is a whoop-whoop, right?

So I'm thinking it may be my high/low voltage buzzer, but the alarm light is not blinking. So I continue to pre-flight while trying to figure out what the beeping is.

Then my phone rings - its' the Air Force asking about my ELT going off!

I look back in the cockpit and notice the ELT light flashing.

I have a new ACK-E04 406 elt bought and installed last August.

When the annunciator lights up, there is a delay between flashing which may be why I missed it the first time. Also, I was doing this in bright sunshine so maybe that contributed to me missing it the first time.

Also, I was expecting to hear the same "whoop-whoop" that you hear over the radio. I was just wrong about that.

Anyway, I'm trying to figure out what to do next? The only thing I could have done to trigger it was climb up on the wing - and I'm a slow moving old guy who weighs about 150 pounds so this should not have triggered it.

Any suggestions as to why this triggered and what should be my next steps in resolving this?

 

Panel Porn ...frghtdg

 

First - Fly the Airplane... ...Greg Niehues

Had an interesting moment yesterday, I lost my airspeed indication on rotation off the runway. With 2600' of runway and wires on the end, it was a "keep going" situation.

This is when knowing the airplane really pays dividends. I know full power solo with full tanks will give me 2000'/min climb, so I just held about 1000'/min and knew I would be good. I leveled off and set 2500 rpm and 17" MAP which will always give me 100 knots, and came back around to a long final. Pulled all the power and dumped 20 degrees of flaps and stuffed the nose down to the same angle I use every time, and it worked this time just like every other, from my flare and float I'm guessing I was maybe 10 knots fast over the threshold. Turned out to be a non-event.

I chased the problem down to a broken TEE fitting where my pitot line splits behind the panel to feed my backup EFIS with airspeed data. This particular fitting came from the aviation department at Lowes Hardware, and after 135 flight hours it decided it had served its sentence and gave up.

Anyway - the upshot of all this - practice some slow flight occasionally without airspeed info, or just turn off the EFIS entirely and play with it. Learn how it feels and sounds, you never know when that experience and time spent will pay dividends.

 

Governor Ball Joint Connector ...gyoung

I'm getting ready to attach my prop cable to the governor. This is a redux of a circa 2001 install which used a ball joint connector. The ball stud stayed on the governor arm but the cable side has been lost. That was the standard method back then but Van's doesn't seem to sell them now. ACS does but before I order a replacement, is there a reason I don't hear any discussion about this method and only about rod ends?

 

Vlad might be planning an 'around the world'

...guessing that got your attention <g>.

 

 

March 13, 2017.   Issue No. 4,327.

New Powerplant Milestone ...Norcalrv7

Nearly a year after starting this Subaru-Lycoming conversion, my RV-7a took to the sunny skies over Eureka, CA. The engine ran silky smooth without any hiccups. CHT's stayed in the mid 300's, and I ran the engine at 25" and 2500 RPM at about 11:1 AFR for break in. After the flight I cut the filter open, and found nothing abnormal. Success! Now to fine tune all my fuel and timing values in SDS.  more

Late Winter Trip to Meet Some Aviation Friends ...Luke in Italy (video)

16 yr Old Daughter Riveting ...pilot 28906

I had some riveting to finish on the fuse that required two people. My 16 year old daughter used the rivet gun for 4 hours this morning. She was a trooper and is quite good with the gun. Not sure if the photo will work but my wife snapped it. I am in the tail cone!

RV-8 Grin ...Champ

Son Tom checked out and down after first RV solo. Me to - soon.

Alton Bay Vid ...Vlad

Weight Reduction Mods ...Brantel

Just because the 3rd class medical is sort of a thing of the past for some of us, that is no reason not to be responsible and take care of ourselves so we can continue to enjoy our RV's for many years to come.

Mid February I got back on the bandwagon in an effort to continue to improve my health. Running every other day with at least 4 miles of extra walking on the off days. Hitting the gym for strength training every other non run day for at least an hour.

I decided to do an experiment to show myself how bad I was destroying what I had worked so hard to accomplish over the past month. Here is the result of that:

Turbo's Round Gauge Entry

Play in Wing Tip Hinge Install ...skyking902001

I realize this is an old thread, but may help someone in the future. I also had a loose fit on the right wing tip and already had both halves of the hinge riveted in. I tried some .091 oversize pins--helped some, but didn't cure the problem. The issue with the hinges is there is some horizontal play between the eyelets on the two halves—about .032” gap when one end of an eyelet is butted against the opposite side eyelet. My solution was to add another piece of hinge butted opposite from the existing hinge. I drilled out 3 rivets holding the hinge, then I cut off 3 eyelets with the dremel. I used some scrap hinge which I flipped upside down—I wanted to keep the old hinge piece (less eyelets) in place. The part flipped needs a .060” spacer to keep the eyelets in line. I installed some dummy hinge with a pin to keep everything lined up, then I used side clamps to secure the new hinge piece as well as a small screwdriver blade jammed between the eyelets to hold the piece in place. I match drilled using the wing tip and existing hinge as a guide. After it was all clecoed together, I checked and sure enough, no play in the hinge! I squeezed in some -6 rivets and called it good.

Multiple Panel Pics ...Jpm757

RV W&B Academic Briefing ...Vac first draft

Instrument Access Panel ...Niho_Ni's take

 

 

March 10, 2017.   Issue No. 4,326.
  Audrey is at Irvine, CA being wined/dined re: their PhD Chemistry program Fri/Sat (they paid for the flight and hotel stay).  She flew out Thu a.m., so of course I looked up her flight on FlightAware.  Dads must supervise...  Filed route is the first grab below (HIMDU.DSNEE1).  After looking at the planned arrival, I felt obligated to inform her before she boarded via text that she was taking the 'yellow brick road'.  If you click on the second grab you'll see 'GITRR DUUNN' on the MARUE.DDSNEE route, also.  IFR humor...
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 



 

IFR Rating at 65? ...Chris Smith asks

I am a PPL and have about 1,000 hours, all VFR in non-glass cockpits. I started flying in 1967 and stopped in 1982. I started again in 2004 when I decided to build a Sonex. I flew that for 150 hours and then bought an RV-4. I flew that for a couple hundred hours and sold it and bought an RV-6. I flew that for a couple hundred hours then sold it.

I'm 65 now, and being retired I have time on my hands. I thought about going back to school (I live about 10 miles from UCF, where I graduated in 1973 when it was still FTU!!), but then I thought maybe I should go for an instrument rating.

So, a few questions for y'all:

1) Am I too old to take on such an undertaking?
2) How much can I do on my own, and how much do I need ground school for?
3) I've seen concentrated courses offered, for high sums. Are they worth the money, and do they teach you how to fly IFR, or just how to pass the written and flight exam?
4) Any other things I should be thinking of or considering?

 

Bending Roll Bar Inwards ...tgmillso

I discovered today that the WD-641 roll bar for my RV-7 slider was 3/8" too wide, thus I consulted the instructions:  "It can be adjusted quite easily by hooking one end behind something and pulling (to make it wider) or by putting one end on the floor and leaning against it (to make it narrower). Go slowly. It is easy to do too much."  So I leaned it against the floor and put every ounce of my pathetic 150lbs against it, and absolutely nothing happened. I then went and got a truck ratchet strap, wrapped that around the posts as low down as I could get it, and cranked as hard as I could whilst still leaning on it, yet nothing happened (ok, it bent now, but not enough to get even a fraction of plastic deformation). It is apparent that when building an aeroplane, one must calibrate their definition of "easily".  continue

 

Home Ground Station - ADS-B on PC? ...Michael Robinson

My flight department at work has a giant flat screen TV behind the front desk that we display SkyVector upon. I thought it would be great to also provide ADS-B traffic on that display that emulates our tablets in the cockpit.

So then I figured we would just get a subscription to ForeFlight and add a simple ground based ADS-B receiver on a pole outside the building....

But then I made the leap that perhaps we should just buy a Stratus 2 (or equivalent) for the flight department and then just plug it into the PC for the times we are not using it to fly (dual use).

So - is there a plug and play architecture that allows ForeFlight (or equivalent) sectional chart based flight planning software on a PC and also allows input from an ADS-B receiver?

Does anyone have a PC based "ground station" at home using some of their airborne equipment?

Thanks for the anticipated input.

 

Round Gauge Entry ...plehrke

Simple and traditional.  Panel for the first 10 years of flying up to a few weeks ago. In process of removing all vacuum instruments but will be retaining the round instrument look.

 

New Guy Chimes In ...Jim A. in Denver.

Hey Guy's - Been lurking around for a while... Love the forums and decided to join.

I fly a Bonanza and an RV-7a (currently being repaired because of a nose gear failure and prop-strike ).

Love the commentary on this site!

Jim

 

Status Report ...(5) kentlik in OR pics

Straddling the CTR section to pound the rivets.

 

 

March 9, 2017.   Issue No. 4,325.

Seen at Monk's

...2014 Penny used as the button for opening the RV-8 oil door.


Pic 1 / Pic 2 / Pic 3

 

Enjoy the Video...Welcome John Licht

Van's RV-6/6A Formation practice in preparation for anniversary celebration at Oshkosh.  Taken at Whiteside County Airport, Bittorf Field, Rock Falls, Illinois
July 23rd, 2016.

 

The 'Round Dials' Thread Starts ....tdhanson's idea

I'm proposing this thread to have a place where one can view various old-style round gauges such as airspeed, altimeters, turn/bank, engine gauges, and misc. for those designing a panel using traditional gauges. It's easy to see the latest EFIS panel screens and there's templates and pictures for that already by major vendors.

Sometimes a builder wants to build or replace a hole in their panel with a 2 1/4 or 3 1/8 or other size hole.

Sometimes the look makes a difference. These could be true analog guages, or even electronic or mini efis or led but fit in round holes.

I'm proposing simple pictures and a link or mention of brand/model/size/particulars if needed.


John Goodloe's entry

 

RV-10 Panel Status Report ...Patrick Kelley

So, sometime back I fried my VP200 units just in time to find that Ballard had stopped supporting the system. Thankfully, that was before I had completed my installation, so I sent it back to Aerotronics for rework. While the VP-X system is not as nice (I was really looking forward to the mode switching and being able to operate my system from outside the aircraft using the key fob), it still does the basic job though the lack of circuits meant I needed two VP-Xs and also displays to operate them since the G900X does not support Vertical Power. The solution? Replace my Dynon backup EFIS with two GRT Sport system, one slaved to the other and each supporting one of the VP-X units.



 

DIY Interior ...what Jim did

How about just gluing (spray contact cement) low nap carpet to the sidewalls....


 

Baffle Clearance to Cowl Update Pics ...TimO RV-14

I took some pics today. Slightly larger ones on my website. The pics aren't great but at least you can see the locations of where the concern is. The pics here are *really* pretty poor, resized to 800 wide. The lighting was bad, too.  more

 

 

March 8, 2017.   Issue No. 4,324.
  A sad day around our parts.  At the time of publication, a fisherman is still missing 1-mile from our airport (story).  His 2-yr old turned up in the woods 0930, and they found the boat, but the 38-yr old father hasn't been located.  I saw the news Tue morning as I was headed out the door, and was planning on going up for a bit, so I planned to avoid the area.  When I got to 52F, I could see there weren't any choppers in the search area so I turned that way and loitered over the creek for a few minutes 1,000' agl looking up and down the banks.  I was hoping one of the SAR folks on the ground would see my APRS tracker and HAM ID moving around on a laptop map and put 2 and 2 together (that I wasn't a rubbernecker).  I had KAFW tower in standby and was going to chime in and IDENT if I spotted something - the only plan I could come up with at the time.  Monitored 121.5 on the second radio.  You could see boats looking up and down the creek as well as fire trucks off in the distance.
  After a few minutes a SAR person on the ground came up on 122.9 and told me they were searching up to 400' with a drone.  I asked if they wanted me to leave, but they said they could use the eyeballs if I could stay high.  Absolutely.  I orbited the area for 45 minutes until a chopper for channel 4 chimed in that he was five out inbound.  I figured since there weren't any other aircraft searching, the RV maybe could be helpful until others showed up.  More than one chopper was over the area for the next several hours.  Pretty helpless feeling...
  Please keep the family and friends of those involved in your thoughts and prayers. 

 

IAC Regional Series Winners

Congratulations to the IAC 2016 Regional Series Winners!!! (list)

The aircraft types aren't listed, so I'm just going to highlight the ones I know:

Ron Shreck RV-8 1st place Sportsman Northeast region
Patric Coggin RV-4 2nd place Sportsman South Central region
Bill McLean RV-4 2nd place Sportsman Southeast region
Ron Hill Pitts 3rd place Sportsman Southeast region
(yeah, Ron Hill flies a Pitts, but he has been known to fly an RV-6 on occasion, so we'll give hime some credit! Plus he's active here on VAF)

Way to go guys!!! I'm sure there were other RVs that placed, so please shout out.

Just so y'all know. To be eligible for a regional place, you have to have competed in at least 3 contests in the region. The national championship can count for one of the regional contests. That's a lot of practicing and flying to and fro.

 

Wanna Run the RV-3 Online World?

...Randy Lervold might be looking for someone to hand it off to.  I enjoy talking with Randy, even if he doesn't own an RV anymore.  Good guy.


 

RV Metal Signs ...Stephen

Here's a finished RV-10 sign that's for sale. $65 + Shipping is what I am going to sell them for. The design possibilities are endless and if someone wants a custom order, we can do that! You can reach me @ 713-259-5125 and email is stmetalworx@gmail.com for orders.

 

AcroBox 2.0 Available ...Brad Benson RV-6A

Interested in aerobatics and looking for places which might be potential locations to practice your IAC routine?

I wrote this app last year to simplify the process of finding potential practice boxes and it worked pretty well. This year, I've updated it with support for more devices (iPad Pro, etc.) and additional sharing features. For example, if you have a box that you like, you can instantly share it with someone else via AirDrop - no WiFi setup, no email, no texts - just share it and it opens in AcroBox on their phone or iPad.

As before, it still allows you to examine a location against both VFR and IFR charts to ensure separation from airways, special use airspace, etc. and it now also has street maps available in case it's helpful to provide an approximate address for someone judging from the ground.

A couple of quick screen shots showing the box used at Newton, KS last year for the Aces High contest put on by IAC Chapter 119. The aerial view shows the box, the boundaries, and the judges area, while the IFR low chart shows conflicting airways (requiring a waiver, which they had).

As always, the app is completely free (no ads, no unlock fees, etc.) - aviation is expensive enough as it is.

 

 

March 7, 2017.   Issue No. 4,323.

RV-10 Construction Milestone ...Mark Ciaglia

What a rewarding experience. I have enjoyed every cleco, dimple and river. I just passed the 200 hr mark.

 

What Just Happened?...Scott RV-10

I have been having a wheel vibration during a low speed taxi at a certain speed (RV-10). Not bad, but irritating. The recommendation has been to lower my tire pressure.

Last weekend I noticed my fairing on the pilot side had some play in it. Maybe 1/2 an inch. So I took it off, managed to tighten up the mounting plate (crows foot wrench, wo having to take the tire off). I also broke the bolt holding the extender to wheel, so I had to extract that and replace.

Anyway, long story short, it got it all back together and it was solid, so what to do ? Go flying of course.

It was a very cross windy day, so when I landed I did not get aligned and I landed pretty badly actually , in terms of alignment. I was crabbed to the right, so the left main was leading the right main.

As soon as I touched down, the whole plane started shuddering like an earthquake. I seriously considered I might break off a main.

I stomped the breaks and come to a full stop on the run way, shuddering the who time.

Then, I tried to taxi. But no luck. It was going to be a left turn, not matter how hard I stomped the right brake.

The fire truck came out to help me. I shut down and took a look. No flats, no fairing rubbing...nothing obviously wrong.

So I started up again, tried taxiing. Got the shudder for a second and could only turn left. Then it stopped and everything was normal again.

I have no idea what just happened. It seems like a stuck brake on the left side or something jammed between the brake pad and the rotor ?

Any ideas ? I am going to go take it all apart tomorrow, but I don't even know what to look for.

 

Another Student-built RV-12 Start-up

Chapter Number 4 begins today in Omaha. AviationNation, Inc enters its third state (Nebraska, now with Indiana and Texas) with the delivery of their RV-12 tail kit. Jim Beyer, recently retired Air Force pilot and now United pilot, will be the Chief Mentor. Look for more start-ups in the next couple of weeks.

We are thrilled to be able to offer more and more students this great opportunity. If you have aspirations of starting something big, working with students might just be for you. Let me know what you would like to do. See our page here for more info, or PM me. [ed. Bob, in case you don't know, the FB link you mentioned is set to non-public - people (like me) who don't use FB can't see it.  Maybe you could have it set to public?  v/r,dr]

 

Status Shot ...Chattin35 -7

She wants out...

 

Tip Up Canopy Stops ...wjb DIY

Here are some photos of mine, made from L-angle. Fore-aft length is 1.5 inches, the slanted vertical piece is sized so that the hole for the positioner lines up with the existing tooling hole in the bulkhead (which I enlarged slightly). The positioner is a mushroom head screw originally intended for furniture assembly, available at any HW store. If I was to do it over, I'd install a nut plate on the back of the bracket and use a AN-3 bolt with a polished head. Once you're in position, you only need to a few 32nd's of adjustment range.


 

Rusty Pilot Confessions ...Don

I felt the need to share my recent experiences of trying to get back current after 24 years of not flying.
This came about since I had just received an AW for my RV 12 and needed to fly it of course. My gut feelings were telling me that you don't "forget" how to fly, so just crank her up and go be a test pilot! Another little voice inside said, hey look at all the old guys that built a plane then had bad experiences trying to fly it. I am lucky, there are several RV12 owners, CFI people, that have a LODA, letter of deviation authority, so they can instruct in their experimental. One was only 500 miles or so away (Jetguy) and I had received good reports from some friends who had used him, so I scheduled myself.
I am so glad I did that. Maybe you don't actually forget how to fly, but I can attest that you can sure get REALLY RUSTY! I could not believe how bad I had become, and had I decided to just go fly it, it would have ended badly for sure.. After 6 hours of dual in an RV12, I had to interrupt for weather and scheduling, and I am STILL not ready to fly this little simple plane by myself. With some more hours, hopefully I will get back my skills as a pilot. If you THINK you are ready, don't chance it, go get some dual and see if you really are.

 

 

March 6, 2017.   Issue No. 4,322.

Thanks for the ride! ...wpar777

Jim Thill was kind enough to let me come up to his great hangar at Cedar Meadows in WV and get my first ride in an RV-8. I am currently building one and can only hope that it turns out as nice as his.  Hoping to be able to fly my own in for his 2018 BBQ!

 

One Week Out ...AX-O ice cream social

One week out.  ....Just worked out the gas price. It will be $4.09 per gal.  On a different note. If you sent me an email about attending, thank you. This year for some reason the emails have been minimal. I have about 20 people called in thus far. If you are coming out, please let up know so we can buy enough supplies. Thank you.

 

How did you do that? (tight space rivet) ...Reflex


 

Your Experience, Exhaust Fumes in Cockpit Momentarily ...ron sterba

I have flown in (3) RV9A s and have noticed a smell of exhaust gas momentary at different speeds. Doesn't last but a few seconds. I am thinking that like a semi pulling a long trailer in foggier conditions where you see the trailing air disturbance behind the the rear of the trailer's aft door that the same maybe happening where as the exhaust comes in at the rear of the fuselage by the elevator horns at rear of fuselage. I have the DOT carbon monoxide card mounted on the instrument panel but never see it change color. Your experience or thoughts. Was wondering if any pilots with the exhaust pipe ends that were made pointing downward makes a difference.

 

3d Printed Accessories ...dtw_rv6

Here are a few of my 3d printed accessories - all in polycarbonate and printed on my home brewed Prusa i3 style printer. 3d modelling is in solid works, and I use both Cura and Slic3r to output the machine codes:



 

Rough Engine - Pool of Brake Fluid ...ELEDSALL

My latest attempt to run mogas in my Superior O-360 was not good. I had good luck running it until the temps warmed up and then problems. I suspected that my rough idle was due to mogas so I drained one tank and replaced the gas with 100LL. No problems in the flight around the patch. After landing, I switched to the mogas tank to see if it was indeed the problem. Sure enough, before I could return to the hangar my engine was barely running; coughing and loopy idling. Super I thought; no engine problem just mogas.

After I limped back to the hangar, I felt my right brake go soft. After shutting down, I noticed an ever larger pool of brake fluid forming around the right tire. I rolled the bird back in the hangar and within a few minutes, I had a pool around the left tire. I thought that the vibration might be enough to brake the al tubing that runs down the gear leg. I ordered braided lines and installed them this a.m. As I went to reverse pump/bleed the brakes, fluid immediately started running out of the brake caliper. I had not found any breaks in the al tubing so I was already questioning my analysis.... now I am baffled. Ideas please.

 

Cockpit Noise Solution ...flightlogic

Just a quick note to relate how we solved a high noise cockpit. This is in OV-10 Bronco's. Lightspeed mic and headset. We found installing not one... but sometimes two or three of the little leather covers from David Clark fixed the issue. Cheap and easy. And yes, they still need the hole in the back AND the front for the passive noise cancel to work. (CAL Fire working planes).

 

 

March 3, 2017.   Issue No. 4,321.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  dr

A Gift for My Sister ...using the RV-6.

Yes, I used my RV-6 Thursday to pick up a used vacuum cleaner I found on Craigslist.  And yes, I'm thinking about starting a 'What is the weirdest thing you've used your RV for' thread.

You have to know my sister to know how much she'll like this...

 

3D Landing Light Bezel ...Weasel

Just an idea if you run into this.  When mounting a landing light in the wingtip, there is a gap around the light that needs to be filled to finish the installation cosmetically.  Here is what we came up with.  Thanks again to EAA and DS for providing Solidworks to us for drawing the part in 3 dimension.



 

Updated Construction Pics ...kentlik 7A

 

Oil Cooler Air Inlet Work ...crabandy photos

 

Status Update ...Martin Leroux RV-8

Per my last post from yesterday evening, please see here below the final product. With a new Throttle Quadrant Mounting Plate raising the Throttle Quadrant by 3/8 inch, it is now flush with the cover. Looking nice

 

RV-10 for Sale ...Mike Starkey

"With the impending retirement of my wife, and our relocation to Nevada, it is time to turn over the keys to some lucky person who is in need of a couple more seats than we will require in the future.  ...we need the extra cash to build a house and hangar over in Dayton.  We will not even have a space for a plane until then."


 

 

March 2, 2017.   Issue No. 4,320.
  A little milestone....Susie went flying with me Wednesday.  Surgery healing doing OK.  In and out of the plane easy peazy.  Up to KGLE and back for gas (her first flight in the RV since 10/22/16).  Route flown here courtesy AirPRS.com - note the 193kts data point on the way back (gonzo tailwind down the centerline).  That's 221.9 mph GS.  She obviously doesn't fly much...so little in fact I put a little 'S' in the margin in my logbook on flights she goes with to remind me when (an 'A' for Audrey and 'T' for Tate). 
  Clear and a million today in N.TX.

 

(17) Ship Formation Including (4) RVs ...tc1234c

This month's calendar photo showed three RVs in a formation flight. It was from a formation flight of 17 mixed airplanes. The flight was to give an honored guest a ride in a formation. British Air Marshall Sir and Lady Ian MacFadyen are friends of a few residents in the Spruce Creek. When Sir Ian requested to fly with us we were happy to do it. 17 airplanes showed up, so we briefed and walked on the ground before flying. Sir Ian flew with #17 Goofy and Lady Sally flew with #16 Stu. Here is a video of the event.


 

March/April FAA Safety Briefing ...40 pages

 

RV-12 Nose Fork Data Point ...AllThumbs

On Feb-13 my wife flew me down to KWVI so we could look at an RV-9A for sale. The RV-12 we flew had been carefully inspected and there was no visual indication on the nose fork of any stress or cracking. The plane is in of a club of 5 people, 2 of whom were the builders. I did the wiring on it so we know this plane very well. She joined the group to have a nice cheap way to keep current and has really enjoyed it. RV-12s are magic.

Before we get a pile of replies: Yes we all knew about the SB. The plan was to replace with the new fork model at the next condition inspection.

She made a perfect landing, gently set the nose down, and taxied off uneventfully. But when we got to parking we had to make a fairly sharp turn that probably turned the nose wheel to the stop bolts. This was apparently the last straw for the nose fork and one side sheared at the weld. Fortunately, there was no prop strike and we didn't even realize it had failed until we shut down and got out.

Thanks to the fantastic builder community at KWVI for coming to our aid! Sayid and Bill quickly gathered tools, helped us get the nose wheel pant off, and assessed the problem - it was pretty obvious since the wheel was at a 30 degree angle and the fork was clearly broken at the weld.

Sayid knew of an RV-12 builder who was nearing completion and called Bob. Bob drove 20 miles to the airport to open his hanger, removed his already installed nose fork, and loaned it to us. Sayid and Bill helped us (actually we just helped them) to install and tension it and we were back on our way home just a few hours behind schedule. We removed, cleaned and UPS'ed the fork back to Bob the next day.

This is the first time we've experienced this wonderful side of the builder community in time of need and though I've been flying an RV-6 since 2007 I was just amazed and grateful to these folks. Thank you guys!

 

Budget DIY Foggles ...greghughespdx

 

 

March 1, 2017.   Issue No. 4,319.

March Calendar Wallpaper ...courtesy Ed Hicks.

"17-ship mix of all sorts of types, but Ted Chang in his 9A leading a -9 and a -12 caught my eye."

 

Status Report ...KazooRV-9A

Last weekend was a good one for RV building. Snowed all day here in Kalamazoo and after having about a week of 50-60 degree weather, it looked like the middle of winter again. So turned up the oil burner in the shop and set to some building, with help from a couple of guys who were surely escaping honey-do's back home.

The goal was to do something that would provide some measure of visual progress. So the fuselage was targeted and we managed to:

Install the landing gear mounts
Installed the flap drive
Temporarily installed the fuel selector valve
Installed the Aux fuel pump
Moved the brake reservoir to the right for dual setup
Bent/formed the vent lines
Began to form the fuel lines

I'm beginning to realize that the hard part is keeping parts on the plane. Seems like everything has to come back off 3 times before they stay on for good!.  multiple pictures

 

Status Report ...Chattin35 RV-7

Initial engine start yesterday. Fired right up and ran well. No leaks! Only squawk was an inop EGT & CHT probe on the #3 cylinder (I probably swapped red wires on the EIS4000 harness -- should be an easy fix).

Getting closer to becoming an airplane


 

Mis-aligned camlock hole fix? ...rockwoodrv9

I have a James cowl I am doing the final fitting on and somehow I have 3-4 holes I drilled that are off by about 1/8" or so to make the fit along the top firewall correct.

I don't think just filling the hole with epoxy and glass fibers would hold up to the shaking of the cowl. Putting another layer of glass on the inside will make it too thick to fit properly.

My thought is to try and grind out on the inside so I can fill the hole and put a glass patch to spread out the repair area.

The other option is to remove the camlock receiver plates, replace them moved to make it fit better. I don't think I could re-use the plates because they would only be moved a small distance and the holes would not work out for distance. 


 

Pedal RV Just Completed ...Mark for his son


 

DIY Foggles

 

 

February 28, 2017.   Issue No. 4,318.

First Flight ...Blain RV-8

Cold calm morning at PVF. Handed Doug the keys. Time to see what it does. He orbited the field several times within glide distance. Returned and reported straight and true. Does not have a heavy wing. No rigging to adjust. ICom gave us some fits with all of the possible program parameters. Small oil leak at a rocker cover.

Terrible video even after editing. Oh, well, better then none at all.

3 years and 9 months of steady work. Our landscaping reflects my lack of interest in anything other then the RV.

Wow, I built an airplane...........

 

Baffle Clearance to Cowl ...TimO (RV-14)

I don't remember who tipped me off to this, and I couldn't find it on a forum search, so I started a thread about it for everyone else.

Someone told me that they had worn thru or almost thru their cowl because the aluminum engine baffling was rubbing on the cowl top. I just put it on my checklist for the next time I had the cowl off. This week I did, and sure enough on both the left and right sides, I have spots on the cowl top that are wearing in pretty harshly. If I had to guess I'd say I'm worn in maybe .030 or so.

The locations are, if I measure from the front outer corners of the cowl by the air inlet, about 9 or 9.5" in from the front corners of the cowl. The groves run maybe 1.5-2" long and then skip about 4" further back and then there is another spot that hits. With the baffle seals installed, it's tough to get a file on without wrecking the baffle seal, but I did manage to file it down in those areas slightly.

I put some gorilla tape over the spots and flew it for a couple quick flights, and yesterday I pulled the top cowl to check it again and it's still hitting a little. It's pretty good now in most locations with just one really heavy hitting area. I would suggest maybe when you do your baffles, you look at those areas and maybe about 8.5" to 15" back from the front corners of the cowl, I'd lower the baffle sides about 1/8". That should help eliminate the issue. You could go even further lower perhaps.

 

RV-14 Wings Done ...control in Sweden

 

John Mastro Plane Fun (RV-8)

Great weekend in Naples with the EAA Ford Tri-Motor.  Went for a ride with Cody (Chief Pilot). Eric gave up the front seat so I could get a better view!  Thanks Cody and thanks Eric! And congrats to Eric who received his final check in the old bird.


 

3D Printed RV-12 Step End Caps ...madmaveric (U.K.)

While waiting for the finish kit I brought a 3D printer and got a bit carried away at first printing epic world dominating monsters (albeit a couple of inches tall and made out of orange plastic ) but then looked at doing something for the aircraft that wasn't structural or hard for a first time CAD design.
I made a 57mm panel drilling guide, then a rivet pusher (to help push those rivets in the tighter holes) and finally a step plug (just the fronts, I have left the backs open to allow any moisture to get out).
3D part.

 

Build Update...jwoolard and wife

We now have the fuselage ready to add side skins - but it looks like we're going to be moving house soon, so will probably be a bit of a pause.

 

7A 'Unbending' Status Report ...kentlik 'rebirthing'

This afternoon I finished riveting the center section. I had pretty good luck for the most part. The difficult rivets were...difficult. Having the correct tools helped immeasurably.
Now to flip it and get the skin on.

 

 

February 27, 2017.   Issue No. 4,317.

N705BC Airborne Today! ...Ben

After two months worth of weather delays, etc. my RV-7A N705BC took flight today. I received transition training from Dave Austin out of Denton, Texas who did a phenomenal job showing me the ropes. I highly recommend Dave as he is a calm voice in the face of information overload and unusual attitudes. Seriously, he has been one of the most patient and effective instructors that I have had.

The plane flew beautifully, no squawks other than it will probably need a small trim tab on the rudder due to the fact that "yours truly" nailed the vertical stab straight down the fuselage centerline rather than offsetting the leading edge 1/4" left of center. I read the instructions after the fact. Really not too big of deal but with 200hp on takeoff, a lot of right rudder is needed.

I started the project in 2004 with a really slow build. Building was so much fun and flying is just icing on the cake! I learned a lot and plan on building a 777 for my next project now that I know so much!

Much thanks to God who gave me much grace to do this (my nose art will say "by the grace of God"). Much thanks to my family and friends in which everyone pitched in with a helping hand at one time or another. Much love to my wife who loved me enough to let me spend many days and nights at the hangar. Many handshakes for those on VAF that provided tips, advice, and answers to my endless list of questions. I'm not sure that I would be finished yet if VAF members had not have been there to give such great advice to get me thru the head scratching moments. Lastly thanks to the many vendors on this site that provided great products, great support, and great customer service. The home building world is truly full of great people!

 

RV Aerobatic Clinic scheduled. Sign up here!

Several months ago I posted a poll to gauge interest in an aerobatic clinic just for RV pilots. Enough of you showed an interest so it is going to happen! The clinic will be held at Russel Regional Airport, Rome, GA (KRMG) on 22-23 April. Chapter 3 of the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) will be hosting the event and ground school presentations will be made by myself and IAC Advanced World competitor, Mark Fullerton. Aerobatic flight instruction will be provided by top IAC competitors and judges.

This clinic is intended for RV pilots who have previously completed basic spin/departure training in either a civilian or military environment and have some degree of aerobatic experience. Flight instruction at the clinic will be from ground observers. You will not have an instructor in your airplane with you as we will NOT be providing basic aerobatic training. We WILL be providing instruction and critiquing from the ground by highly experienced IAC competitors and judges with the objective of preparing you for your first IAC competition.  continue

 

IFR rating, a birthday present to myself ...Walt

The IFR rating was one of those "bucket list" items for me, and finally after having my private for over 40 years and approaching 2000 hrs, I finally was able to get it done!

This last year all the stars finally aligned to make it happen. The Garmin G3X panel upgrade a couple of years ago and the GTN650 install last year set this all in motion. This year finding a great flight instructor that I really connected with, who had both the type of experience that I was looking for (I didn't want to be training the CFI on glass) and a personality I could deal with (I'm a liberal minded New Yorker that says F&S a lot) was key. Someone easily offended by my NY trash talk and sarcastic sense of humor wasn't going work for me, or them.

I will say this, my flying is now on a whole new level. My understanding and command of the systems and how to make this avionics panel do what it was designed for has ramped up 10 notches.  continue

 

SIDs/STARs Visually Depicted

FltPlan Go app (free).  A couple of screengrabs off my iPad today.  Enter an airport in the route, then click on 'Procedures' from the 'Edit' tab (pg 41 in the manual).  Tapping on one of the routes lets you add it to the route.  The split screen option lets you look at the plate and map...or overlay it over the map.

The interface isn't as user friendly as others, but it's hard to beat FREE.

click to enlarge

 

 

$10 Microbrew Valve-o-scope ...Pete Howell

Is it awesome, no. Does it do the job, yes. Is it the price of a micro-brew, yes. The $10 valve-o-scope. It works for me - YMMV. Well worth the 10bux.

Here is my setup: Cheapo $9.12 borescope(waterproof!!) The scope is taped to a length of 14ga copper wire to get the required hook.

An old laptop running Linux Mint 18 with the "Cheese" webcam program displays the video and can snap pics. Linux Mint is a cool, free OS. A phone or tablet would work, too.  continue


 

GAIRS Report for ADS-B Rebate ...Joshua Wyatt 9A

"...the FAA report was all green on the first try, and all parameters had 0.0% fail. Hurrah! This is a GTX355/GPS.
Tip learned during the 91.413 transponder check: on the standalone 335 (and I presume 345) models, you may need to enter "ground test" mode to complete the test. Power off and hold the "cursor" key while powering back on; keep holding until the main screen appears. Power off to return to normal operation mode. I didn't find this tidbit in the pilot's guide or install manual, but I've filed it away since it'll be needed every 2 years."

 

Questions from Non-RV Owners ...Scott Martin RV-10

So, I was loading up my 10 last Monday for a 1.5 hour flight back to Nashville.

I had my wife, my 15 year old son (who is taller than I am), my 12 year old daughter (who is the same size as my wife), myself, our 50 pound dog, our luggage, a K-cup coffee maker (luggage), and 40 gallons of fuel.

A friend of mine at the airport saw this and asked me who was staying behind. He was serious.

I said, "no body - we're all headed back".

He couldn't believe it.

I was still 120 pounds under the weight limit and well withing CG. Could have still been within limits with full fuel.

And I easily made 170 knots at 7500 feet all the way home.

RVs rock.

 

Panel Upgrade Shot ...Dreamin9

Recent upgrade installed by Jesse Saint, designed by Jesse and myself. A simple design that took a lot of back and forth to get just right

Twin Dynon Touch
Garmin G5 on the left
Top center are the Knob, Autopilot, Comm controllers. Then Garmin 625, Garmin SL40, Garmin 240 audio panel

 

 

February 24, 2017.   Issue No. 4,316.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
 

Eagle's Nest Projects - Josh Enberg 1st Solo (Central HS WI)

Introducing Josh Engberg – Central High School’s most recent “1st solo” pilot.
Please welcome Josh to the VAF community, and if you have any words of wisdom or encouragement for Josh, please share that too. We’re all proud of you Josh… keep up the great work!

Remarks from Josh:
“I felt nervous as I began my first solo flight, but it quickly turned into one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences of my life. Being the only passenger in the plane made it handle very differently; it felt very light and maneuverable. I feel blessed that God put Mr. Senft, Mr. Putra and the Eagle's Nest Project in my life because I want to pursue an aviation career. All the mentors and donors are so dedicated to the students. I know only a handful of students get this opportunity; it's amazing that I'm one of them!”  continue

 

Aerosport RV-10 Panel Install Videos ...Geoff Combs (VAF advertiser)


 

Alaska trip - video ...hawkeyestof

Some (hopefully) motivation and a cure for your mid/late winter building blues - 8 or so minute amatuer video/photos of my RV-8A trip to Alaska. Texas to Whitehorse, Fairbanks, Nome, Denali,with some float plane and bush plane flying. Enjoy - keep pounding/pulling them rivets.

 

New website with new options...bind insurance coverage online

(Leah Ringeisen @ Gallagher)
Exciting news, YOU now have an option to bind coverage automatically online! By completing an application and PAYING WITH A CREDIT CARD , you may be able to bind coverage in about 5 minutes. This is great for those impulse weekend purchases or if you just want a quick quote. Please visit our website for more information and click on the “Buy coverage online today” option. Here is the link to our new and improved website https://www.ajg.com/s/light-aircraft-insurance/ Of course, if you would like for us to shop your new purchase with all of our companies, we will be happy to do so. Just click on the “Get a quote from our team” option.

 

What Is Flutter? ...RV8JD Presentation

Although Flutter has been discussed in previous threads, I don't believe it has ever been defined or explained well. To remedy that, I extracted some slides from a presentation I previously put together. It first explains basic concepts such as vibration, frequency, modes, damping, etc., so the concept of flutter can be understood. Since flutter is only one of several aeroelastic phenomena, others such as buffet, static divergence, and control reversal are also discussed.  continue

 

Synthetic Vision Failure Incident - Safety Report ...rjtjrt (Australia)

This is a report from Australian Safety Bureau, relating to synthetic vision misleading indication on take-off.

Whilst this is due to misleading input from rad alt causing the synthetic vision to malfunction, it is still of note that Synthetic Vision is fallible, and highly experienced pilots had enormous difficulty ignoring the false display even when they realized it was misleading, as well as the usefulness of a standby instrument that did not have synthetic vision.


 

Cowl Interference ...BluSkyRidr

This is my current issue I am working through. I bought the titan engine new from the manufacturer. Before I bought the motor I placed a call to Vetterman for one of his exhaust systems, He mentioned that I need to only use the Superior cold air sump with his exhaust. I let the salesman at titan know that tidbit. Unfortunately, with the cowling on I do not have enough room for the throttle servo to mount the induction snorkel, let alone have the approriate clearance with the cowl. It has a little less than 1/4". (See attached photo)

The sump is a superior cold air sump and the throttle servo is a Silverhawk.
I have no experience with either. Unfortunately Titan doesn't make their injection system anymore, that would have been the best option as it was 2 inches shorter. I think I bought the engine right as they stopped making their injection system. The motor was purchased before continental motors bought them.

My question for this forum is which option is best or are there other options that won't cost me power and/or screw up the cowl lines?

A) I go to a 7 degree Titan sump. This means that I can't use the Vetterman exhaust. I will probably have to use the titan exhaust. Will I loose power? The motor dyno'd out at 204hp. The more power the better in my opinion. This means no cowl modification. Depending on what Titan does this could add on a significant cost to the airplane.

B) Modify the cowl with a pimple/blister to accommodate the longer throttle servo and try and fill it as best as possible. The blister will be around 3/4" out on the cowl and would screw up a **** good build and airplane in my opinion.

 

+1 for Cat Whiskers on Top of VS ...ScottSchmidt

I have Bob Archer and it does not have the range of a cat whisker. If I were building again, I would put the cat whisker on top of the VS. Strasnuts on this forum has that on his RV-10 and it looks great and is completely out of the way from people (at Oshkosh) breaking off your antenna.

Just cut two slots in the top of the VS and it fits perfect up there.

 

 

February 23, 2017.   Issue No. 4,315.

Hello Old Friend....

Susie got her abdominal staples out Wednesday morning and has been cleared by the doc to drive.  One bandage left...changed daily with ease.  The Wx was nice in N.TX (in the 80's) with light winds after lunch, so I went out for .2 of alumitherapy in the skies over Monkeytown.  It had been twelve days.  Forecast windy Thursday here, so this was the opportunity.

It really, REALLY felt good to get back in the sky.


 

Apalachicola/St. George Island ...Crabandy trip report

My wife mentioned something about wanting just one day on the beach without the kiddos, I couldn't think of a better way to spend a day with my wife. I made all the arrangements so my somewhat reluctant wife couldn't say no. She's still adjusting to riding in the RV and this will be her longest ride by far.

Since the RV has been flying the only thing on my Christmas/Birthday wish list has been Avgas, it's been several years and I almost forgot about the stash this bank held for our trips together. I pulled out all $320, divided by $3.75/gallon = 85.33 gallons of avgas for a little over 10 hours of flying at my 8 GPH average.  continue

 

I'm a New Instrument Pilot ...Larry RV-6A

Last fall, I set out to gain my Instrument rating. I did all of the training in my RV-6A and today passed my check-ride. I thought it was a great experience to learn these skills in my RV, as they taught me from the very beginning how diligent you must be on flying the airplane and that any distraction can allow you to wander. I think back to my first lesson and how far behind the airplane I was. I suppose it could be discouraging for some, but when it finally comes together, it is a great sense of accomplishment. I have to say that the advanced EFIS technology really makes some of this easy enough that I sometimes feel like I am cheating. My partial panel was covering the HXr and flying off the Mini-X With that said, I appreciate that I am ill equipped to fly a 6 pack airplane and would get rededial training if I ever chose to fly one.

To those that are considering going for their rating in their RV, I would encourage you to do so. The upside here is that I feel comfortable and confident in the airplane that I will be flying.

Thanks to those here that helped me by being a safety pilot!

 

Lawsuit Dismissed ...mothership


click to enlarge

Related:
NTSB Identification: WPR14FA218

[ed. Thank you for respecting the forum rules regarding getting into the ins and outs of tort reform and lawyers.  Nearly half a million choices online for that.  Congrats to the factory for getting this dismissed.  v/r,dr]

 

 

February 22, 2017.   Issue No. 4,314.

2/20/2017- The second first flight of N94CR ...j-red

I watched from the ground as a remarkable professional took to the air in 94CR yesterday afternoon. I can't imagine I could have been more excited even I were in the cockpit myself. Almost as soon as the ground roll commenced, she leaped into the air. Both of us who were watching from the sidelines could hardly believe that it happened so quickly. "Was that even two hundred feet"? asked my friend. For the next half hour, we watched and listened to the yellow speck in the sky as the test pilot flew it through a series of maneuvers. It was only then that it occurred to me: This project was begun almost exactly nine months ago- it's like our family has just had a new baby! (My wife does not read this blog, or else she'd smack me right about now and explain how nine months of hanging out in the shed doesn't even come close to the pain and suffering of childbirth... and she's right, of course, but in the moment the comparison seemed appropriate!).  continue

 

Fire Extinguisher Position? ...in the RV-12

 

New Guy Introduction ...Randy Pulis RV-10

After a number of months lurking and wishing and more recently having met two local fabulous members who are building an RV7 and have just built an RV10, I've decided to commit myself to an RV 10. The empennage is "in the mail"!. I wanted to introduce myself to this group. My name is Randy and I am from St. Albert, Alberta, Canada. As a first time builder, I'm very sure that I'll relying of the vast knowledge that the members of this forum collectively share. I look forward to building and to following others builds along! It is nice to belong to such a wonderful community!

All the best!
Randy Pulis
St,Albert, Alberta, Canada

 

ADS Rebate Program – Piece of Cake ...Chris Pratt RV-8

For those who have been thinking about installing ADS-B in time to apply for the FAA rebate, I encourage you to do so. It was much easier than I thought it would be. Keep in mind the Rebate Program ends on or about September 18, 2017 or sooner if all 20,000 rebates are taken. I have seen no information of the program status at this point. So now may be a good time to start depending on the availability of your installer.

Before I relate my experience, let me tell you what equipment I chose and why.

My primary interest in ADS-B, aside from the mandated requirement to install by 2020, was to obtain the benefit of airborne traffic alerts and weather. I operate out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the skies can be quite busy especially with VFR aircraft skirting the Class B space. Rather than install the unit myself, I asked Walt Aronow at 52F to do the install and recommend the equipment.

Since traffic and weather was important to me, and I have steam gauges other than my portable Garmin 496, we agreed the Garmin GTX345 would the best unit for my needs. I took advantage of the fact that the GTX345 can be equipped with built-in encoder and GPS, so all my altitude reporting needs would be met as well as a reliable GPS signal for positioning and traffic. This also required an upgrade of the Garmin 496 to a new Garmin Aera 660 that is designed to take weather and traffic information directly from the GTX345. Unfortunately the 496, which I love, cannot be fed the traffic or weather info.

So out came my old Bendix/King KT76A, Ameri-King AK-350 blind encoder, and Garmin 496. (I’ll be offering them for sale on Doug’s site soon.) 
continue

 

RV-6 tank fit saga ...BruceMe

I'm having fits fitting my RV-6 tank. The original was all dented in from a flip-over accident, so I'm rebuilding.

For background on me... I built a 'slow-build' (non-pre-punched anything) RV-4 from 2003-2008 so I thought this wouldn't be that hard. Boy was I wrong.

I [ahem] "winged" the first new tank build referencing the plans for left/righ layout, parts and measurements but really just eye-balled from the broken tank. It all went together as smoothly as pro-seal (bleck)... Fit, drilled, dimpled, cleaned gooped and I was happy enough. The trouble came when I went to fit it to the wing. I was also repairing the outboard leading edge skin and had it off when I fit the tank... <<<< BIG MISTAKE HERE

A rebuilt this tank using the special oversized W-601 skin. They have long flanges (by design) which are there to be trimmed to match the outboard skins. Except... I didn't have them on and I didn't realize that until _AFTER_ I put the outboard skin on at which time the 1/2" gap on the leading edge looked so amateur-built-hour.

For the second attempt; I was fed up making tanks. I gave it to a very RV experienced friend who I have subsequently learned has only worked on and built pre-punched airframes. Yeah... <<< SMALLER MISTAKE HERE

A slow-build airframe is a one of a kind. Think 1960's vintage English car looks beautiful but you can't swap parts.

My kind friend made the cardinal sin of thinking the plans as gospel and the instructions are there to answer any residual quandaries.

I had to let out a good laughed when he said... "The instructions don't say anything about trimming the flang?!" To this I chuckled and replied, "The slow-build instructions are filled with sage advice like 'Attach F-401', That's it... nothing else." If you get this, you built one.

Where modern pre-punched RV kits are like hiking the Appalachian trail with a guide dog, the old builds are more like doing the same with a ratty old miners map from 1904.

So I'm on my third attempt. My first build was closest; we'll do it that way again and now that the outboard skin is on, I will trim the aft tank flang to match the bracket to the fuselage and the tank to the outboard skin. Third time's a charm

Keep the hammer down!

-Bruce

 

 

February 21, 2017.   Issue No. 4,313.
  A little milestone Monday for our family.  Susie and I went out for lunch (her first trip outside the house since getting out of the hospital last Thursday evening).  She wanted chopped BBQ....and got it.  Continuing to heal, and things are getting easier to do each day.  A whole new level of respect for the caregivers of the world...
  Audrey hung out with Sue for a couple of hours Sunday morning so I could drive out to the airport and check in.  Said 'Hi' to the RV-6 and promised to come fly it in the next week if possible.  Downside?  Haven't flown in too long.  Upside?  The house is cleaner than its been in a long time <g>. 

 

On the way to South Bend... Pete Howell photo

My son Ryan and I got up early on a crazy warm and clear Sunday in February to go have lunch with Mom in South Bend. We had a great trip. Mom was thrilled, and we had some great vistas along the way...... 800 miles in the air, an easy day in the RV.

Somewhere over Western Sconnie after sunrise, some mist in the valleys......


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First Flight For RV-8 C-FDTQ

The weather finally improved enough to go for first flights combined with engine break in this weekend. All in all got in 6.6 hr with air under the tires. We have a friend who is also a test pilot in the certified world do the honours. He is also an RV-3 owner and has experience in the 6 & 8A and a lot of other stuff. His reputation is that if there is the slightest snag he will find it. I'm glad to say his list was short and mostly minor. It flew straight, stalled clean & straight, handled like an 8 should, and ran very smooth.

Son started his check out. Mine will start after I shift the ground adjustable rudder pedals aft to make up for my lack of height.

Here is the first flight video. Sorry the wind noise messes with the beautiful sound from the IO-375 four pipe.  video

 

The New Guy ...Darrell

Started building a kit plane about 8 years ago- a Zenith 601 and then they started having wing problems. Got rid of it and now just ordered and received the empennage kit for the RV 9A and I'm having a blast! What a neat kit with great quality. I live in Southern Oregon and would appreciate any help from anyone especially from someone living near Medford, ORE. that can give advice. I have no idea who might be the DAR for this area. Which brings up the subject, do most builders go thru a DAR or FAA for their build? I also wonder how many people use a pneumatic squeeze?
Thank you,
Darrell
RV 9A
Medford, Oregon

 

I Learned About Flying From That: My Longest Trip to Vegas (Flying Mag)

Two pilots face icing conditions on a night flight across the desert.
By Paul Teirstein. Barry Ross illustration

 

Any Regrets?

Hey guys.  I'm torn.  I'm torn between building, buying, what to build, what to buy, etc.

Did you ever regret getting a vans kit, realizing later that you needed more space

A little about me
Self Employed
family of three girls and one man, me

My business takes me to surrounding states
love to travel by airplane, hate driving

Im not sure what i should be looking at as far as a kit planes
Want the RV-10, because i would like to think my girls would travel with me, but i don't know if that would the the reality.

Like to have a sportsman 2+2 because it s a high wing and utilizes a 4 banger

How many of you have bought with this mind set only to find out you were wrong. The mindset being passengers, you bought because you thought you would be taking more people

If i was going 2 person it would be a 14, but i really want the option of a 4 person plane. I love the RV-10, but how long will it be before vans may come out with a better 4 person plane? The 10 has been out now for quite some time.

Im just lost as to what to get. I joined the EAA and have looked for a very active chapter to join locally (metro Atlanta).

Would love to hear your thoughts on why you bought what you bought.

 

Fixing a random screw in elevator

I bought a used empennage kit and while inspecting an elevator I noticed a screw where there should be a rivet. It's held on with a lock-nut on the other side. When removed there's a big hole. Do I put the nut and screw back and call it good? Is there an acceptable fix for this?

 

New Rotax Oil Tank Weeping? ...Paul Straub

Hi all, I could use some advice....I received my new Rotax from Van's a couple months ago. In preparation for the first engine start, I have been adding all the fluids, etc. I noticed a random drop of fresh oil on the floor, directly under the oil tank. It appears to be coming from these strange indentations on the bottom of the tank. I have no idea what these marks are for?? The oil is not coming from the drain plug or washer. I guess I could fill them in with pro-seal, or should I just drain the tank and get it replaced under warranty? Thanks for any thoughts

 

 

February 20, 2017.   Issue No. 4,312.

Status Report ...David Paule

Moving along to the flap handle, another assembly that can be made now, I had the idea of using an RV-12 part, VA-110, for my RV-3B manual flap handle button. I called tech support to see if it would fit and was told that the size would be the same as for the -3 because they wouldn't change something like that. Hah! But the support guy was good enough to check it for me, and found that in fact the -12 part was too big and wouldn't fit. No surprise, really.  continue

 

Took the builder's class. Trip report, misc stuff.

I met my first builder, and saw his RV-14. His build is coming along very nicely and looks wonderful. My local EAA chapter meetings are Saturdays, but I'm spending every second of every weekend in the plane trying to finish my PPL, so I might not get there this month.

After getting a couple recommendations on here, I decided to take the class at Synergy Air in Eugene Oregon. It was being held on my birthday, so I found low priced airfare and went. I'd simply like to say that finding the lowest price airfare and using a certain airline made the idea of plane ownership much more attractive.

I hadn't ever been to Oregon before, and the drive from Portland down to Aurora was beautiful. The tour of Vans was a lot of fun, and after sitting in an RV-7 and RV-14 in their hangar, I'll be contacting their east coast guy for a test ride in a 14. I'm tall and I like how two people fit inside it better. If you haven't taken the tour at Vans, I highly recommend it. The staff were friendly and personable.

I spent the rest of Friday driving down to Eugene, paying my class bill and visiting the Oregon Air and Space Museum. The museum is a couple hundred feet from Synergy. If you're ever at the airport in Eugene Oregon, I recommend this museum. Entry was $7. They have some very interesting homebuilt aircraft in the museum. A 1/2 scale Vought Corsair, 1/2 scale Mitsubishi Zero, 1/2 scale Messerschmidt 109, a Bede BD, a Rutan Quickie, a few others that I can't recall. They have a collection of over 1000 1/64th scale models that a local guy built, from the Wright Flier to modern military planes, and a ton of aviation type memorabilia. The guy that I believe might be the owner walks around and talks to people a lot which was nice also.

Saturday was my class. For most people on here, this stuff is all old-hat to you, but for me the class was awesome. I had never done any of the things we learned, and loved every second. Figuring out the plans, deburring, riveting. After a fun day, we had a small part that looks like a rudder. The class was me, 1 other student and the instructor. Definitely another huge plus of Synergy. I didn't want to go home. Working in their hangar and seeing about a dozen planes in various stages of construction was inspiring.

Now its time for me to acquire tools, get the garage ready, order my kit, and get moving. If anybody has any tips, as the eager new guy I'd love to hear them.

 

Interior Spotlight ...Luke D.


 

3D Printed Seat Belt Holder

 

Teen RV-12 Build Program in San Antonio

We've started our RV-12 (s/n 121030) build at Hallmark University's facility at San Antonio Int'l Airport (SAT). We are building the empennage kit with a small group in a pilot class.

We are also seeking more mentors to help with this program. If you are interested, please contact me for details.

Visit our Facebook page here.

 

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February 17, 2017.   Issue No. 4,311.
Susie update:
 We're home as of 5pm Thursday (This & that).  Six days in the hospital.  Now the hard part starts...<g>.  Thanks again for all the kind notes of support.  It's nice to be home.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend. 
 

Found at Monkey's Shop

"Found on condition inspection.  Rudder was extremely sensitive in flight.  Had to keep constant pressure on pedals or plane would wildly oscillate in yaw.  Had a pounds of Home Depot expanding foam inside rudder (supposedly to prevent oil canning of .016" skin).  Rudder skin weight 5.5 lbs when removed."



 

Houston builder/flyers/dreamers/randoms sporadically-monthly-ish lunch

Sorry guys, I dropped the ball again last month on setting this up. Let's see if we can't get back in the groove again. Saturday is looking pretty nice, let's meet up at Weiser at 11:30 for some BBQ and tall tales.

See you there!
Philip

 

Status Report ...goatflieg

"...this photo says it all. I'm tempted to share this in the "Photo of your RV on the ground" thread... because it is indeed on the ground."

 

West Coast Formation Clinic, WCFC 2017 ...AX-O

I’m pleased to announce this year’s West Coast Formation Clinic, WCFC 2017.

Like every year we are expecting that we will receive more applicants than we can safely support. The management team will evaluate applications and contact participants as soon as possible after the application period closes. Applications will be accepted until March 1st. Please remember that the management team does this for fun and to help the RV-community be safer when performing formation flying. This is NOT our job; please give us time to figure out this complex event. There is a lot that goes into making this a safe event.

To apply and/or for additional details, visit the WCFC 2017 website shown below.

Date: Apr 28-30 of 2017
Location: Madera, CA (KMAE)
Website: http://www.rvformation.com/WCFC2017/

If you have any questions, please contact me or any of the POCs shown on our web site. Hope to see you there. Thank you,

Axel and the West Coast Formation Clinic Management Team

 

EFLEVA Days 2017! (Belgium)

I am proud to inform you that we scheduled EFLEVA Days for the first time. More information is available on this website: http://efleva-days.eu.  EFLEVA is the European Federation of Light, Experimental & Vintage Aircraft and respresents European aircraft builder and restorer organisations.  Feel free to send me a message if you want more information.

 

 

February 16, 2017.   Issue No. 4,310.
Susie update:
Pathology Report Finally In:  All good news.  Click the image to read.  Day 5 at the hospital.  0830 shower (first since last Saturday morning).  Got out of bed by herself for first time, also.  Real food at dinner.
  Thanks again for all the kind notes of encouragement - reading them all to her. 
 

Finally Got My RV! ...Superman1s

I retired from motorcycle racing last year. Received my PPL 12-27-16. Did all my training and check ride in a Citabria 7GCBC.
After months of research, today I purchased a very nice RV7. Now I need to learn the plane! Flown it a few times, everything happens so much faster than it does in the Citabria, it's going take a while to get use to! Haven't done a wheel landing yet, only 3pt. I helped the owner/builder do the annual which went very well. I'm very nervous, never owned an aircraft other than RC stuff, big leap! Can't wait to go to new places, meet new people & pilots.
A few specs:
IO-360 200 HP
CS prop
IFR
430W
GNC 300XL
ADS-B
RMI engine monitors
Trio AP coupled to 430
Inverted fuel/oil and bunch of stuff I'm forgetting!

 

Using nutplates to on elevator counterweights ..MturnerB

Based on a few threads where people had issues with loose counterweights (and suggestions to use floating nutplates to fashion a better way to tighten them), I decided to make a couple of retaining plates for my elevator counterweights. I used floating nutplates and some scrap aluminum. I like the way it turned out. Too late to do similar on the rudder, hoping the locktite will do the job there


 

Milestone - Wings: DONE!....George Fahmy

Its been a long time since I've posted on the forums, been doing a lot of work (not on my plane) and reading the forums a lot, can always find the answers I'm looking for here! But, I have finally reached the point where I can say the wings are done.

Full disclosure, theres still one skin remaining to be riveted, and the wingtips, however that will be done later on when i move the project to the hangar probably.

I'm hoping to work on the project more often, but work has been keeping me busy, I have made some progress though which is keeping me motivated. I have updated information on my website and pictures of course.

It feels good to have come this far, I know I am going to enjoy the fuselage work!

 

Ice Cream Social Update ...AX-O

This year we will have cupcakes again and to-go boxes in addition to the ice cream.

I am working on gas prices however, we will have to wait until the next load of fuel is bought before I can get a final price.

About 3 weeks out. get the RSVPs in. Thanks.

 


February 15, 2017.   Issue No. 4,309.
Susie update:
  Still in the hospital - day four.  Some nausea in the a.m. (a new thing), taking meds for that which made her sleepy.  Morphine pump removed noon.  Four walks around the nurse's station throughout the day, each one a little smoother.  Many potty breaks.
  Thanks again for all the kind notes of encouragement - reading them all to her. 

Multiple Status Report / Pics ...Andy in Kalamazoo

Some more work this past weekend. Riveted the ribs to the spars on the right wing, and put the top skins on for match drilling. Lots of holes I'm starting to realize! I find I will need more silver Cleco's....

Wife made some RV builder brownie's for the group of us, which powered us through the day. (there's a few of the local EAA Chapter members that I suspect like to escape Saturday honey-do's, to work on an RV).  continue

 

Don't Forget the Towel

Just a friendly reminder to drop-proof your plane while riveting. Tonight I was riveting the back deck on the tailcone after removing it to replace a piece of angle (long story). After shooting a few rivets, I thought to throw in an old towel - moments before this.  I did almost the exact same thing a couple years ago - without the towel - during the initial assembly. It is now where my VOR antenna will be mounted.

 

Happy birthday! First condition inspection ...rightrudder

It's been a great year with the RV-9A. I've put 112.9 on the Hobbs so far, and have flown from my home airport of Cable in Upland, CA to Arizona a couple of times (Chandler and Sedona) and a quick gambling trip to Jean, NV as well. Most of my flying is 30-45 minute breakfast hops to French Valley and Camarillo, and I've been to Hemet, Fallbrook, Fullerton, Hesperia, and Gillespie Field a couple of times. Did the SFRA route over LAX and loitered a bit over Malibu. Fun!  continue / many pictures

 

Trust in Our Airplanes ...pvalovich

This is a take-off on a previous thread that raised concerns about the trust we have in our airplanes. I have a different take:

I have trust in the theory that stuff will happen, things will fail, and non-standard procedures may have to followed. And I better be mentally prepared to deal with it - always.

I have carefully - and often - thought through the what if's. For example:

Engine Problems: The usual suspects - retard throttle, switch tanks, elec boost pump on, check mixture, check ignitions - one Lightspeed, one mag.

Forced Landing: Be constantly aware - pick the best landing option (I regularly fly over the Southern Sierra, so this has become second nature); try to determine wind; I stall at 50 KIAS dirty - regardless of descent speed, plan to touch down at 52. Assume 1 1/2 miles glide per 1000 ft. altitude loss at 90 kts; DO NOT STALL.

Electrical Failure: Electric Bob's Z13/8 architecture gives me an 8 amp backup by throwing two switches; also have batteries in my AFS 4500 and 496 - assume 30 minutes max.

AFS-4500 failure: Know approximate prop and mixture lever positions for various flight regimes; assume conservative 10 gph fuel flow and know fuel remaining in each tank (I stay on one tank until 20 gallons used); Backup Nav: Foreflight on an iPad, SL-30 Nav radio; TruTrak ADI II autopilot and Garmin 496 for probably good enough attitude info; assume oil pressure and CHTs will be good enough until on the ground.

Radio Failure: Backup ICOM in the panel, Sporty's handheld in the navbag.

Airspeed Indicator Failure: Turn on heated pitot tube; A/S displayed on both AFS 4500 and backup steam gage; AOA installed in the 4500; groundspeed readout on the 496; knew the general feel and sound of the plane at various airspeeds - especially near stall.

Have never in 820+hours and 542 flights had to revert to any of this, but just as I trust stuff to fail, I also trust my ability to respond.

 

 

February 14, 2017.   Issue No. 4,308.
Susie update:
  Mon 0930 first food since Friday p.m. (Jello).  Still looking more Borg-like than Susie with tubes connected to her legs, fingers, arm, nose, etc., but says she's feeling better (more info on Feb 13 note below).  Ate broth at lunch, which is a big deal if you haven't had any for nearly two days.  1615 walked around the nurses station for the first time (slowly).  It's been a long day, but a little progress.  The pain is now mostly recovery-oriented (incision) and not the abdominal pain from before.
  The staff at the hospital are consummate professionals and compassionate.  A couple of the nurses are on loan from Heaven.  Thank you for the many emails, PM, texts, calls, posts of support and especially prayers.  It is very much appreciated by our entire family.
 

From the mothership...

 

Welcome SeanM

Hi All,

Long time lurker that is finally pulling the trigger (aka wife has given approval lol)!

I have assembled most of the tools, slowly working on the practice kits, and getting the garage all ready. I've taken 3 EAA workshop classes and it's all starting to come back to me now.

This April I'll be ready to order an rv10 empennage!

I am in the Utah area and would love to ride in a 10 (or any RV for that matter!) if anyone happens to be flying near KPVU or U77. I would be happy to help /w cost!

I have enjoyed following this form and I'm excited to finally be starting my own journey of building and airplane.

Cheers,

Sean

 

She's finally at the airport for final assembly! ...jseavolt

 

Status Report / Pics...Rubber seals in wheel pants ...Crabandy


 

Debriefing your flight (overlaid on the chart)

(I wrote this a few hours before we went to the E.R. Saturday)
There really is nothing special about this flight last Friday - 20 min. to take off, shoot the practice DTO ILS and back to the home field. What did strike me later as maybe newsworthy was the technology behind creating the picture of the track overlaid on the chart.  If there is anyone working on their instrument rating, like I was a little over a year ago, you might find it helpful to be able overlay your flying lessons over the charts you're practicing on.

How I created it:

1. Study for three hours and get your ham radio license, then purchase an APRS tracker. More on this at the bottom of www.vansairforce.net/APRS.htm.  Go fly.  Use www.airprs.com or equivalent to pull up a picture showing where you flew. Get a screen grab of that (if you're using an iPad you can just press the power and home buttons simultaneously).

2. Get a screen grab of your flight planning software with the chart overlaying the map (I use Garmin Pilot).

3. If using an iPad you might consider using Photoshop Mix app to combine the images (it's free).  Use a voice to text dictation program such as Dragon or your iPad's Notepad app to dictate the story so you don't have to type it…like I did with these words here.  Minor fixes on the PC afterwards...


Click for entire image

Related:
http://www.airprs.com/#/tab/logbook/call/N617AR
Me in the pattern at 52F - every RV flight since Oct 9, 2016 (viewed at www.airprs.com)

 

February 13, 2017.  
 
No Monday edition.  Spent the weekend at the hospital (wife had hemorrhagic ovarian cyst that presented as acute appendicitis).  Surgery...the works.  Recovering and expected to stay a couple more days.  Tired.  Talk tomorrow maybe.  v/r,

 

 

February 9, 2017.   Issue No. 4,306.

RV-3 At Randy Richmond's Shop (card) ...Roanoke, TX

...in the shop for some love.

 

Major Milestone ...Sully from Euless, TX

After nearly 12 years (yes I am somewhat ashamed of that number!) Mr. Mel Asberry came over and made N627RS a real airplane.

 

Ran Great Until it Didn't - Cold EGT and CHT at low RPM ...Raymo

I recently finished my -7A and started flying, which has been enormous fun. Lycoming O-360-A4M out of a 2002 Piper Archer that was wind damaged and had 1100 hours since OH in Aug 2014 (flight school plane).

After the 3rd flight, the EGT and CHT would drop off on the #4 cylinder below about 1400 RPM. We went through the following to get to the root cause:

* Induction leak?
-- Replaced induction tube gasket at the #4 cylinder. Tightened all clamps and torqued all bolts. No help.
* Both plugs fouled?
-- Pulled plugs, cleaned, gapped, checked resistance. All good. No help.
* Mag problem?
-- Mag check at 1700 RPM seemed normal.
* Worn cam lobe?
* No issues with #3 cylinder, which shares the same intake lobe.
* Valve sticking?
-- Borescope showed no signs of issues with the valve movement or bore.
* Idle mixture too lean?
-- Richened idle mixture at AFP servo. Improved idle but not the issue.
* Compression issue?
-- Compression checked was 72/80 (1100 hrs on this cylinder)
* Not enough fuel getting to the cylinder?
-- Blew out the injector line. No help.
-- Checked flow to cylinder with fuel pump on. Bingo. No fuel at idle and a dribble at full throttle, full mixture.

Swapped out the fuel divider and all was well again. Mine will go back to AFP for IRAN.

 

One Way To Do It ...flyboy1963

[Bracket for remote magnetometer...]
2 lengths of J-profile scraps, and a wedge under the longeron to produce the appropriate 8 degree tilt to match the unit in the panel. ( yours may vary)  This is behind the rearmost bulkhead, accessible, kinda, thru the tail fairing/elevator/v. stab attach point.  forward is -----> right. Not my install, but must credit the builder!

 

Cracked canopy repair ...firemanken

My partner and I purchased a built RV6A 7 years ago and have enjoyed it with no problems in that time.
Now we have encountered our first big problem! When we were last at the hanger we found a CRACK in the canopy. We have a slider, the crack runs behind our heads in center of canopy. The crack runs approximately 8" on each side of the center metal strip.
Researching this as best we could, we understand this happens quite frequently in RV's.
We would like to have it repaired, (even if it leaves a scar)
My question , can we have it repaired locally (Ohio) or if that is not possible , where can we find step by step instructions on how we can repair it using the proper products.
Have been grounded for 2 weeks now. :-(

 

Please Check My Work on the Spar Box ...Bob Collins RV-12

Page 09-03. Step 2.

I've taken a magnifying glass to figure 1 and I think it's show the two interior inspar ribs lining up with most inboard holes. And I THINK it's showing the HS 1209 spar cap spacers attaching to the the next row ouboard of those holes?

The reason I ask is step 2, which says " Rivet the HS-1211 spar caps, HS 1212 Inspar Ribs, and HS-1209 Spar cap spacers together using rivets call out in Figure 1.

If what I described in the second paragraph is correct, the only two places where those three things are riveted TOGETHER is the two end inspar rib locations. Remove any remaining clecoes

So, these questions:

1. Should I rivet the two inboard spacers with the AN426 AD3-4 rivets on the top and bottom?

2. Do I rivet, with the AN426 AD3-4 rivets, the two inboard inboard ribs to to the HS-1211. Leaving open presumably the 1/8" rivet holes? (This last part I'm most sure is correct... leave those holes unriveted)

As you can probably tell, I'm very sensitive to the literal translation of the language used in these steps and don't want to do anything stupid.

 

 

February 8, 2017.   Issue No. 4,305.

It's Been Fun ...Brian (hydroguy2) and Kris

To build something with your own hands from a vision is special as any builder knows. We've flown to see the kids, Oshkosh a few times, Fly-ins and SARL races in Texas, Washington, Idaho, and all over Montana. Commuted in it while building our retirement home 1hr flight vs 4.5hr drive away. Never planned on ever selling it...until life hands you a new plan.

The last 10+years have been a lot of fun, education, thrills and stress, but mostly fun. That all came to an end on Friday when I took my last flight in Aurora. It was an emotional day 2 weeks ago, when I said "Sold" to the offer on the table.  continue

[ed. Brian, I know that I speak for everyone who reads this website when I say that we all have both you and your wife Kris in our thoughts and prayers. Please let us know if there's anything you need help with.

Kris, kick this thing's ass and take names. 
]

 

Welcome to the RV-9A Club ...Neal Trombley

Pulled the trigger this week.  I have joined my local met some great guys. Two 9s are being built on the field now ( located at page in fort Myers)

I never took a ride in one, is that a mistake?   Been flying a lot sat in drooled over plenty!   I'm attending Eaa workshop this upcoming weekend in Lakeland for sheet metal.

Anyway I hope it's everything I think it is.

Let the journey begin

 

Safety Alert for Operators ...FAA

Subject: Pilot and Flightcrew Awareness of Class B Airspace Boundaries

 

Extreme Turbulence - Owens Valley, CA, Today ...pvalovich

Extreme turbulence in the southern part of Owens Valley yesterday and today.

Had a Cessna 421 heading south to north yesterday afternoon between Mojave and Inyokern. Tried to go underneath clouds in attempt to find smoother air. Was rolled upside down out of control. Recovered and landed at IYK. Inner wings skins severely deformed. Haven't yet examined spar. One pilot who has some knowledge thinks plane may be totaled.

Today to the north of IYK large multi-layered lenticular clouds with more vertical development than I've ever seen. Surface winds still very strong.

Probably best to avoid the entire Sierra Crest.

 

The thrifty nature of pilots demonstrated once again...by me.

An overgeneralization, but it does have some merit.  Some people I know, myself included, find it physically painful to spend money on non-airplane things.  Like vacuum cleaners.

A few weeks back I mentioned how frustrated I was with my all-plastic, piece of junk Hoover 'bagless' vacuum cleaner with a non-replaceable HEPA filter. Turning a screw on this thing results in cracks in the case.  Using it requires a trip out to the driveway after each use for a complete blowing out from top to bottom with the air compressor (and hours of sneezing).  Failing to do this results in a product that won't pick up a grain of rice.

I've actually found myself scrolling through vintage Kirby listings in craigslist on my iPad in the evenings while watching the latest installment of "Ice Road Pawnshop Pregnant Teen Extreme Deadliest Tiny Car Rebuilders".  While mentioning the fact that I would like to find a Kirby from the 80's-90's that used disposable bags, airport rockstar and mechanic extraordinaire Randy 'Monkey' Richmond pointed to the upper level of his hangar and said, "I have two old Kirby's right there I was going to restore one day - one with an aftermarket bag kit. Let's rebuild it for you. I used to work at an old vacuum store rebuilding these things back in the day." 

Hangaring at Monkeytown has its advantages...

So for an hour or so over the last few days I've spent time dismantling and polishing large cast aluminum parts of a 42yr old 1975 Kirby Classic Omega 1-CB with an aftermarket disposable bag attachment. I'm currently $0.00 into this and expect to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of $25 making it look and work like new (a belt, a new rubber bumper and a sticker set). A six amp motor spinning an impeller that looks like it came out of a Formula One engine. Every single part on this thing is adjustable, and all of the really important stuff is made out of metal - parts of it stainless. Virtually every single piece on this thing can still be bought - Randy's childhood friend from Corpus still runs a discount vacuum store (link) and we're calling him for parts.

Here are some pictures that I'm taking during the restoration, and at right is a picture of what it will sorta look like when done.   If it comes out that good I'm putting it in the corner of the living room as a piece of art.

Special thanks to Randy  for access to his King Kong Gonzo polishing station.  Things to do when your plane isn't down for maintenance and the shop is empty.  This thing was possibly built in Andrews, TX (E11).  I've stopped there for avgas and didn't know.

If I can find a disposable bag unit Kirby from the 80's/90's that needs some love, I'll hand this 1975 unit when restored back to Randy (for his living room enjoyment).

Yours in thrift and quality tools,

v/r,


PS:  If you are bored at work and have the bandwidth and time, give the 40 page owner's manual from 1975 a look.  Items of note:

- the 'Handi-Butler'  - the 'Crystalator'  - the 'Shag King'
- the 'Swedish Massage Unit'   ......I'm not making this up.

PSS: I wish I had my Mom and Dad's old model 516.  Where did that thing end up?

 

 

February 7, 2017.   Issue No. 4,304.

Sometimes an RV Shop Dog Just Has to Fly ...tcard

Also known as "RV Pilot's Perspective of Living the Life".

Some days aren't so great for an RV to be on the taxiway, but it can be a perfect day for an RV-dog to be the center of attention. The middle of last year, Skylar dog found her way into our hearts and home. She was a passenger of mine on a Pilots N Paws flight, but she was destined to return home with us from the rescue. She is the very definition of an RV Dog.  continue

 

Tucking in the headsets and jacks ...Latintan

After flying with cords all over the stick and not having a good place to place the headsets when not in use, I came up with this idea with spare sheet metal I had at the hangar. The assembly is mounted to the back vertical center post behind the pilot and copilot. It is 3/4" off the face with standoffs in order to route the headset ends up and into the jacks. I think it's going to work GREAT on my RV6-A.  continue

 

Panel Status ...dtw_rv6

Laser cut panel with hard coat anodizing (durable and won't fade in sunlight).  Laser engraved labels.

 

Tool Porn

A pic of my late father's Snap-On set (swivel set up top not in the original kit).  Circa 1968. 

 

 

February 6, 2017.   Issue No. 4,303.

Jon Thocker ...of redlineairshows.com


Scott Hersha photo.

 

Plenum Tug-of-War ...JKBSouth

With the -7 build in Michigan while Dolly and I are in Florida, a project for the winter was to fabricate a fiberglass plenum lid, the oil fill door and some HDPE firewall and baffle wire pass through. I brought engine measurements (32"plus by 18"plus) and the top Vans cowl with us.

The oil door was fun, really. First try was two layers of 6 oz cloth cast onto the cowl over clear packing tape and Mother's Brazilian canauba auto wax. Two layers was too thin both in flexure and contour with the surrounding cowl surface. The second try at seven layers was stiff, but too thick. Like 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' the third try at four layers was just right but will need some anti-flex reinforcing.  ...

 

From the motherhip FB page...

"If anyone looks at the instrument panels in some of our old demonstrators they would never accuse us of spending a lot of effort trying to keep up with the Jones’s…………
But with our prototype/demonstrator RV-14A coming up on 5 years old and Dynon provided an opportunity to upgrade to HDX, we figured it was a great opportunity to stay a bit closer to the leading edge of technology for once.
We have had the opportunity to get acquainted with the HDX screen while doing the testing for that upgrade for the RV-12, and have already come to appreciate the improvements over Skyview that have been added, so we look forward to more chances to fly with it in our RV-14A."

 

David Paule RV-3B Status Report

I've been getting the smaller details completed. The gussets at the forward (middle of the image) ends of the baggage compartment ribs that are on the far right needed to be riveted to the seat baggage bulkhead. Here I've got the left one clecoed and am using a .063 plate to ensure that the right one is fair to the seat bulkhead while I drilled the flange.  ...

 

Vlad's Been Active...

Somewhere in NH

Hi there. Excuse me where am I? Is it NJ? Yes those two airplanes circling overhead are lost too. How is the fish? Do you have any beer?

Alton Bay

What a great day! My rough estimate was 40-50 airplanes landed there from 10 am till we left late afternoon. Why late? The Chief Rivetbanger was on the way from Maryland and we wanted to greet him.  ...


 

 

February 3, 2017.   Issue No. 4,302.
   Feb 2, '17 is a milestone day for our family. As of 4:45 PM central standard time, our 16yr old son Tate is gainfully employed at Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. First job interview he ever had in his life, and he got the dang job. :-)  "I have my own transportation, straight A's, no after-school commitments and can work any days you need me."   Hired.  Orientation this Saturday, buy a pair of restaurant friendly nonskid tennis shoes at Walmart and a new pair of blue jeans that will immediately smell like grease, even after washing.
  My first job was flipping hamburgers at Sonic in Waco, TX in 1980.  Drove my late father's Ford F-100 pickup truck there and back on a hardship permit, listening to Van Halen 2 in the 8-track player while daydreaming about airplanes.  It changed from track 1 to track 2 in the middle of 'Somebody Get Me A Doctor'.  The things we remember...
  Congrats to the Taterman!  Freddy's is now in our weekly rotation.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.

 

Cold Day, Low Light, Big Bridge ...Pete Howell

Snapped the nearly finished bridge over the St Croix at sunset tonight. The long shadows magnified the sweeping structure. Great day to skip out early and fly!

 

Thoughts on transitioning to an RV-9A (long) ...Dugaru

I thought it might be useful to summarize my recent experience transitioning to a new (to me) RV-9A -- if only because I really appreciated finding posts like that when I started looking to buy an RV. Perhaps those building RV-9As might find this interesting also.

Plus I have learned (and continue to learn) HUGE amounts of useful things here, so I thought I would try to contribute for once.

My flying background is probably not too different from that of a lot of RV transitioners. I have about 940 hours, and got the instrument rating in 2010. I trained in 150s, 152s, and 172s, flew a great 1974 172M for several years, then bought a 1979 Warrior that I flew for about 8 years. It was a terrific aircraft and we had many adventures together. I sold that when I got the opportunity to partner in a very well equipped Glasair Sportsman, which had been built by the previous owner in the “two weeks to taxi” program. I got about 35 hours in that, 18 of which came after we converted the airplane to tailwheel. I got the tailwheel endorsement, but would not consider myself an accomplished taildragger operator (yet). The Sportsman experience convinced me that experimentals are a great way to fly. Unfortunately my partner’s move to Texas, in the wake of an unexpected and awesome job offer, forced an amicable airplane divorce, in which he got custody of the Sportsman.

So I launched another airplane search. The more I looked around, the more it seemed like the RV was a good fit for me. After working with Vic Syracuse for a bit, which included him giving me some absolutely crucial advice about specific airplanes I was looking at (I’ll skip the gory details), he convinced me (I think correctly) that the RV-9 was the airplane I needed for my mission, which includes a lot of light IFR travel in the mid-Atlantic. My tailwheel training convinced me that for traveling purposes, it would be nice to reduce the threat to my dispatch rate posed by gusty crosswinds, so the RV-9A seemed like the call. I bought a well-built and well-maintained RV-9A that I found here. It’s 160hp, slider, carbureted, with a CS prop.

So, thoughts on the transition:  continue

 

My first 100 Hours with our RV-10, Full EFII ...John Walker

Now that I’ve got some real solid time(110 hrs) on the plane over the last 7 months, I thought I would do a write up on the EFII System, my experiences and how I set up my electrical system because of it.

With the combination of a Barrett engine, the Full EFII and a 3 blade MT prop, I will say, that our plane is smother that any single engine piston I’ve ever been in. My wife has flown in planes her whole life with her parents, and she is always amazed at just how smooth it is. It starts in just a couple blades like a car, and shuts down with zero flutter.

In flight, I’ve found the system to be very simple and extremely flexible. Because out engine is pushing 300hp, I have found that unless I’m at altitude where it’s quite cool, that at optimum power settings (13.1 Air/Fuel ratio) that I can get my CHT’s up over where I’d like. I have my yellow band set at 410-425, with 425 being redline. I like to keep them below 400 obviously. However, running rich or LOP reduces the temps quite a bit. I’ve been through all the steps and have dropped my temps a bit, my baffling is as perfect as you can get. Unfortunately I did not put in a cowl flap, I MAY do that during condition inspection…☹ After the engine was well broken in I started experimenting with LOP operation (Let’s not have that argument here, to each his own). I have not mapped the fuel delivery to do it automatically yet as I’m still trying to see all the situations that could occur and really learning the plane. Since I’m rarely in a hurry, I can use LOP an not mind a little loss in speed.  continue

 

Welcome Aveo Engineering ...ad lives on the front page.

USA Rep: Damien Esmond


 

OKC FSDO - I am a satisfied aviator

Two weeks ago I listened to an EAA webinar on ownership of non-builder owned experimental aircraft. A major portion (it seemed) of the webinar was devoted to the "operating limitations" document pointing out that it is part of the airworthiness document with an originally sign document required to be in the aircraft at all times. Well, it was news to me because when I bought the airplane from the builder almost two years ago that document was not in the aircraft (at least so I thought - I ultimately found it hidden in a pocket I had not noticed before).

Anyway I contacted my local FSDO office in OKC after the webinar and discussed the issue with them. Their resident experimental "expert" called me back two days later. He apologized for not immediately getting back but said he was extremely busy working several tasks and also had to work a fatal GA accident that I had heard about on TV. We discussed my lack of an "originally signed operating limitations document" and he agreed to meet me this week. He sent me two FAA forms to fill out for our meeting and offered to review my logs (but did not require that I bring them in) for correctness since I told him that I was relatively new to aircraft ownership and had a few questions about how to do a correct maintenance log entry.

The FSDO (Todd Evans) answered all my questions, issued me a new special airworthiness certificate, and new operating limits for my geographical area so that if I need to later open a new phase one for a modification I could. We had a real good discussion on aircraft maintenance , proper record keeping, and engine operations to ensure maximum life.

I have followed an earlier thread about the difficulty one builder has had getting a Repaireman's Certificate from his local FSDO. I've also heard horror stories that people have had when they've done business with their local FSDO office. Therefore, I entered this meeting with a lot of trebidation and apprehension. I shouldn't have been concerned.

My experience was absolutely positive! The OKC FSDO is a customer friendly, service oriented office and I especially want to say thanks and let others know that there are good FSDOs who are concerned about promoting safe sky's and good maintenance practices.
__________________
Jim H.
RV7A - N523RM

 

 

February 2, 2017.   Issue No. 4,301.

Disaster in the Shop last night ...Caummisar

....and the grandkids are too far away to help!!

 

Cool Airshow Scenery ...Christopher Murphy

had this video on my computer but had never uploaded it.  Interesting weather and terrain at one of our favorite venues. Rough edit and no music.

 

From the mothership...

 

My solution for a perfect glairshild ...rvtestpilot

 

Fly to Beautiful COLORADO! ...ppilotmike

A friend of a friend made this short video of what it's like to fly around the southern part of our beautiful state, in the wintertime. If Colorado isn't on your list of places to visit in your airplane, it should be. Enjoy!
[ed. Not RV but really pretty.  dr]

 

Update ...Jesse

As an update, I got with Van's engineering in a fix that they approve of (the longerons were over 50% gone on the horizontal face from extra holes. Now I have to decide which little guy gets to climb back into the tailcone to drill all of these extra holes.

This thread has sure made the rounds. I have had quite a few people come into the hangar asking to see the plane that "had the bad tail".

 

Cheap DIY Audio Adapter ...GalinHdz

I have a nice video camera which has an external audio input jack that I want to connect to the rear seat intercom jacks and record in flight conversation. But the camera audio system is 8ohms while the airplane audio panel is 600ohms. If you connect them together without some kind of impedance matching, recorded audio gets very distorted and might even damage the airplane audio panel. Being the cheapskate that I am I decided to put what little EE knowledge I still have to good use so I designed and built an inexpensive 8ohm to 600ohm audio adapter. My audio panel is mono while my camera is stereo so I went with a 1/4" mono plug and a 1/8" stereo plug. It is just a simple resistor voltage divider and I got all the parts at my local Radio Shack. If your audio panel is stereo, use a 1/4" stereo plug instead of a mono plug and use two resistor voltage dividers each one connected to each one of the stereo (L / R) channels.  ...

 

 

February 1, 2017.   Issue No. 4,300.

February Wallpaper Calendar

AX-O at Reno.   Ken Linde photo.

 

Formation Practice: 1/31/17 at 52F ...1min 37sec vid.

The usual suspects.  I drove into the airport when the gang was about back - was listening to them on the handheld while driving out.  I pulled over to the side of the taxiway about two minutes before they came overhead, got out the iPad and pressed record.  Five minutes in iMovie later the following clip was born.  I have no future in Hollywood as a cameraman....and that's a good thing. 

 

Pano of dirt in motion

The dirt on the west side drainage project at our home field is now relocated.  Once at the link, if you have the monitor and bandwidth, click on the little stacked squares in the bottom right for bigger versions.  The original is 10,785 x 3090 pixels. 

 

Ground Shot ...Gene Mohr

 

Milestone: Rob Reece RV-8 Engine Hung...at the Van Cave.

Courtesy Rob and some of the gang from Superior.  Rob is working up a nice website documenting the assembly and installation.  Below are two teasers from yesterday.  Clicking on the pic will take you to much larger versions. 

 

 

January 31, 2017.   Issue No. 4,299.
  Kind of a milestone today (Tuesday) at my home field.  The last pile of dirt from the drainage repair project should be finally relocated.  You can follow along on the webcam if you're bored at work.  No water running across the runway after storms - what a concept <g>!
  Some of the locals have a formation practice scheduled for around 0900 CST Tue, I think the briefing starts 0830.  If you have a big monitor and the bandwidth, you can follow the launch and recovery video on the 'Horizontal' link at Fly52F.org (shows the north, middle and south webcams side by side).  LiveATC.net broadcasts the comm.  I think the lineup includes two RV-8's, an RV-7A and an RV-6.  The forecast says RWY17 (left to right in the feed).  Everything subject to change and no guarantee the cams will work ;^).
  Rob Reece's RV-8 engine arrives Tuesday, so maybe I'll have a picture of that Wednesday.
  Last but not least: Tate has no cavities (dentist Monday afternoon).  Tater!

 

Inspired by Sheepdog's Bush-6

My picture isn't nearly as good, nor my plane nearly as pretty, but I was pretty excited to get my new Matco w60 wheels and brakes on, along with the Desser oversized 800-6 tires.

Great day project that actually went very smoothly. Need to bleed brakes tomorrow and verify function but my back and knees tired of squatting on the ground today.

 

RV component furniture ...EdH

Okay, so I found the lamp in the Finish Kit.

 

Video ...Vlad

A good friend of mine just got his unmanned pilot certificate. We flew to Upstate NY to exercise the privilege. That's what he cut. His first time composing a video.

 

First flight in my newly aquired RV-8 ...Rx7thHeaven

Last week I went for my first flight/lesson in my newly acquired -8. It was my first -8 flight as well as first tailwheel lesson. The RV journey started for me back in October when I went from considering an RV to "I have got to get one of these!" when I met and went for a ride with fellow VAF member Bill (fixnflyguy). He offered me a quick ride in his -4 and it was instant love! My extensive 3 month nationwide search was over when I found a flying -8 at Bill's home base which is about 45 min (by car) from my house. The plane was just what I was wanting and the fact that it was a local plane and the entire history was known was a huge plus. Anyways, on to the first impressions... All I can say is I was in for a surprise when I strapped into this thing! I essentially had zero tail wheel time (other than a 45 min aerobatics intro lesson in my instructors Decathlon) . The plane flies like a dream and I had to quickly "re-calibrate" my hand from the massive control inputs required in the Pipers I have been flying since getting my license. Large control inputs were massively amplified when close to the ground! Pulling into a stall or scrapping a wing tip seemed to be a real concern if anything more than fingertip pressure was used at low speeds a few feet off the ground! I also found myself getting into some mild "tank-slapper" oscillations pretty quickly if I moved my attention closer to the nose of the plane after landing! I definitely learned to keep my eyes as far downrange as possible until exiting the runway. Suddenly the 10hrs of dual required by my insurance seems like it may be the bare minimum I would be comfortable with and would be happy to go for more! Bill was absolutely fantastic throughout the whole process and was always happy to answer questions or take a look at the planes I was considering, And even helped with the rear rudder pedal install after purchase so I could begin my training. Overall I absolutely love the plane and cannot wait to get proficient in it and join in on some fun with some of the great people I have met since beginning this journey!

 

Tip up blues ...goldbar

I have been wrestling with this far too long, wish there were a tipup near by that I could just go look at from time to time, no such luck. Several questions, all related to getting the tip up canopy fit dialed in.  This is how the forward top skin F-771 and F-702 skin match, looks right I think.  continue

 

 

January 30, 2017.   Issue No. 4,298.
  Random thoughts.  A pretty weekend Wx-wise here in Texas - pretty sure there wasn't a cloud in the northern 2/3rds of the state on Sunday.  No flying, though.  Spent Saturday climbing Mt. Email and refining my Bissell carpet cleaning skills (stairs).  Sunday was spent doing battle with a vacuum cleaner with 'Self-cleaning HEPA Filter' molded into the case that, to me, is a fine example of false advertising.  In addition to being non-self-cleaning, it's not even removable.  Thank goodness for air compressors (without it you're this guy).  Makin' it work until it breaks, then on to something more industrial, and serviceable. ;^)
  Tate spent the weekend applying at local businesses around the area.  Freddie's hamburgers is looking promising he said, based on the interview.
  Friday my ELT chirped when I powered up the avionics, so I'm going to dig into that this week sometime hopefully.  Maybe go to Freddie's for a burger.
  Hope you had a nice weekend. 

 

Jake's New Hand Controls ...jeterjim

I would like to introduce my son Jake. In 2000 he was in a diving accident resulting in a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Jake pushes a manual wheelchair; however, he is considered a quadriplegic because he has limited hand function. He was 17 years old, had soloed, and was on his way to getting his private pilot's license just before his accident.  continue

 

Ongoing Maintainance ...Dayton Murdock RV-4

Hi all
Yesterday I took off Carson City heading for Sacramento to see my friends.
As I leveled off at 10,500 feet I did a instrument scan in the fuel pressure was reading .6 pounds and blinking red at me , after a few moments it was reading zero .The engine was running smooth for a little bit then things got rough I turned on the boost pump and headed back to Carson. What a shame the air was smooth the snowfall on the Sierras was absolutely beautiful I could've continued on my boost pump but I thought better of that plan. I just thought I would share the experience. My new pump will be here on Tuesday and all will be better again.
__________________
Dayton Murdock

 

Ground Portrait ...flyboykelly

 

The adventure begins! ...Ray Dosh (Marion, IN)

I inspected Lloyd Chaffin's QB -14 kit, serial 140212, yesterday and am now making arrangements for Tony Partain, who I spoke with earlier this week, to deliver the kit to me from the Lone Star State. Lloyd and his brother-in-law built the vertical stab (and did a very good job, from what I can see!) while getting out of the way of a fiberglassing expert working on the BIL's RV-7. Other than that, the kit is pretty much untouched. I love the way Lloyd has organized and labeled all of the small parts. I only wish that I could do the build in his BEAUTIFUL shop!

Lloyd, now you can place the G3X order for your -8A. Enjoy!

I can only hope and pray that the project goes as smooth as this deal has. Even worked out that a company flight got me to the Metroplex for a couple of days so Lloyd and I could seal the deal. Even worked out for one of our crews to skip the airlines for a trip home from Bombardier recurrent training on one of our Lear 45's.

 

9th annual ice cream social, Inyokern, CA: 11th March ...mark the calendars

 

Cowl to Plenum-redu-with pix

My 9A has the standard Vans Cowling and a plenum. There is a small air gap all the way around, between the two. How do others mate the two together so they can be detached easily? thanks Larry

 

Love of Hardware ...Al Girard

 

 

January 27, 2017.   Issue No. 4,297.
  I'll send you into the weekend with a picture of the currently broken (but usually working) pump at Gainesville, TX (KGLE).  They'll fuel you w/the truck at the pump price while it's down.  The cover was off for repairs and I thought the internals were so interesting it warranted a picture.  Click on the pic for a 2,448 x 3,264 pixel monster that shows the rust, patina and 'years of enjoyment' in their full beauty.  How many tens of thousands of aviators have used this pump?
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.


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Desert Southwest Trip ...crabandy


 

Get the Lead out ...vic syracuse

This week while performing a pre buy inspection on a gorgeous RV-9A I happened upon a big block of lead bolted to the tail area underneath the vertical fin! This RV-9A had a 180 HP Lycoming with a fixed pitch prop, of which I have seen and flown a few of. Nothing out of the ordinary stood out to me in this airplane that should indicate a need for ballast in the tail.

In looking at the W&B paperwork it became clear to me that they had added the weight to get the aircraft CG inside the envelope while it was on the scales. I'm sure most of you know this, but the only time the aircraft is required to be within the recommended CG envelope is while it is flying, not while it is empty.  ...

 

Eagle's Nest Projects - Student Achievement - Meeting the Challenge


 

Building a 7A v. 12 ...Bob Collins

People had opined that they wanted to hear my opinions (whaaat?) once I started the RV-12 and how it compares to the RV-7 project. I suspect very much my initial thoughts would mirror those of RV-6 owners v the 7 and 9 "crowd" when the prepunched kits came out.

Anyway, a few main thoughts.

1. I'm not building (at least not yet), I'm assembling. Because I'm building as an E-LSA, I have to do things exactly the way I'm told. These kits are incredible. There's (at least so far) nothing much to do but take the piece and match the piece to another piece that has been finely punched and pre-punched and pre-formed. The extent of "getting your hands dirty" is snipping off a part, kind of like when you had those plastic models and had to snip them off from all the other parts. Fortunately, no airplane glue needed.

2. I miss the ISO drawings.
The step-by-step instructions are completely dummy proof although once you build via the old method, it's REALLY hard to get used to the RV-12 instructions. It's like assembling something you just picked up from Ikea. I find myself longing to see how every part relates to every other part in the big scheme of things. But with the 12 plans, you just have to trust that eventually everything will fit together, so just shut up and do what the step tells you to do.  ...

 

New Years Baja Trip! ...kgood

 

Class Act:  All Parties

 

Scary situation found during condition inspection ...Jesse


 

 

January 26, 2017.   Issue No. 4,296.
  A .3hr flight around Lake Lewisville 0900 Wednesday morning - listed as 'Alumitherapy' in the calendar.  On the iPad before and after.  Dallas skyline off in the distance, 25.16 statute miles away if you trust the ruler on Googlemaps.  We're dipping back down into the 30's for the next few days, so a few of us wanted to enjoy one more flight without bundling up so much.
  Our daughter Audrey is somewhere in this picture wearing a lab coat and safety goggles (some of those little bumps on the horizon to the left of downtown are SMU).  That made me smile. 


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10" G3X Touch in an RV-3B ...KatieB RV-3B

So after years of poking around with pipe dreams, drawings, lists, budgets, and mission evaluations, I’ve begun installing the brains of my -3. It was a long and arduous road, but I’ve decided to go with Big G. Yeah, Garmin. “But you’re the GRT chick! What happened?” Well… it’s a long story.

The bones of my plane as it sat in the junk yard came with a Dynon D180. I sold that to a fellow VAF'er with another RV-3 and paid off my car loan. Sure, I could’ve kept it all as Tony had it, but I had way too many hours flying behind GRT Sport systems, which blew the D180 away in features. SO that was a no-brainer, even though it would add many months and a few grand to the budget requirements. (Every decision with this plane has added many months, so why not!)  ...

[ed. Outstanding thread, Katie!!!  Thank you for doing this.  v/r,dr]



 

PnP Mission Tally Badges ...Dan Landry

I thought it might be a good idea to promote PnP with attaching a mission tally badge to the airplane. It would promote discussion as well as identify pilots in the program and their commitment.  ...

 

Milestone: David Paule Thread

300 replies (most by David).  94,000 views.  David is documenting some of the construction of his RV-3B with occasional updates in this thread.

 

Accusump Failure: Immediate Total Oil Loss ...RV7DES

I have just had my plane lose all its oil just before shutdown when the accusump blew its top. Has anyone had this issue? I lost almost all the oil in a few seconds. If it happened during flight I would be going down.

So far Canton has said maybe I shouldn't fit a valve direct to the accusump, and maybe the vibrations caused the top to seperate. However I am not impressed by the thickness of the unit around the tread, and believe it was an issue waiting to happen, and would not be happy fitting one again until I know why. I'd like to share this with as many others that have these units fitted. Until this failure I loved the system, and have done lots of aeros.  ...

 

 

January 25, 2017.   Issue No. 4,295.
  I thought you might like this picture I took of the fuel truck up at Gainesville the other day (KGLE) - items of interest marked below.  Clicking on the image will bring up a 3264 x 2448 pixel version for your patina enjoyment.
  How many thousands of planes has this fueled?


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Checklists ...Blain

Primary training emphasizes checklists. Built this handy little book from the POH that was someone else's hard work.  Includes pre-flight, run up, normal maneuvers and emergencies. Laminated and bound thanks to the wife's craft supply.

 

Overhaul of O-320-D3G Begins ...KazooRV-9A

This past weekend we started into an exciting phase for the build, the overhaul of the O-320-D3G engine! The core engine had come along with the entire project purchase, and I've been patiently waiting to do the teardown to see what we have.

It was a rare January thaw up here in SW Michigan, the thermometer topped 60 degrees last Saturday and we even opened the shop doors for a bit to let some of the sunshine and outside environment in. You can get cabin fever up here this time of year and this was a day to ward that off. RV building it turns out, is a great cure for cabin fever.  ...


 

Spruce Creek Bonfire Flyby ...Ted Chang video

This year 49 airplanes participated the flyby. It was opened by a DC3 leading four RVs. The 2nd flight was a TBM Avenger leading two Bonanzas. A P51 Mustang closed the flyby. In all, 20 RVs and 2 Rockets participated.

 

Systems ...David Paul RV-3B

I've been thinking about where things are going to go, and this is my current iteration. All this is tentative, of course; in most cases I don't even have the stuff yet. Please remember that this is for an RV-3, and it has a smaller cockpit than the other RVs.

Here's the instrument panel equipment:

Clock
MGL V6 Com
Airspeed
EFIS
iPad
LH Pmag switch (I'm reviewing the various wiring approaches from VAF)
RH Pmag switch
LH Pmag power switch
RH Pmag power switch
Master/alternator switch
Autopilot engage/disengage button
USB port (or on side panel?)

The engine controls will be in the left side panel, and the right side panel will have some miscellaneous stuff. There won't be any switches on the stick:

Wingtip light switch
Landing light switch
Autopilot servo power switch (both servos on 1 switch)
Headset socket
Microphone socket
Starter button
Oxygen regulator
12 V outlet
Fuel pump switch
USB Port (or on panel?)
Push to talk button (throttle)  
continue

 

 

January 24, 2017.   Issue No. 4,294.

NOAA’s GOES-16 satellite sends first images of Earth

Higher-resolution details will lead to more accurate forecasts.

 

Finally starting ...welcome Frank Cordrey RV-7

I've have been looking and reading for some time now. I really got serious about RV's this past summer and went beyond just walking past looking. I was still trying to define my mission and was between the 7 and the 9.

I decided to do the EAA Sport Air sheet metal class that was held in Manassas Va. this past September just to see what it was all about. I really enjoyed it! I then found someone to give me a demo 9A flight in late fall. Very nice airplane but my desire to do light acro just rules it out. So fast forward through the holidays and other life distractions and I find myself in touch with another very generous forum member beginning of this month. We arrange to meet and he gives me a demo 7 flight on 1/15 ....that did it!
I've wanted to fly a 7 for at least 3 years now and that flight confirmed that is what I want.

I came home and talked it over with my WONDERFUL wife who thinks I am crazy but is supportive! So with out waiting any longer I placed my order!

I just got through inventorying the empennage tonight and organizing my rivet/small parts bin . I ordered tools before faxing in my order to Vans and still don't have all the tools in yet! Oh well....a lot of information to look over.

No tools to work with and lots to read over. More to come...And lots of questions I'm sure.

 

Status Report ...Gregg Brightwell RV-4

I got the fuselage far enough along, that we all got a chance to sit in it.

 

Rudder skin edge break mistake ...tims88

Despite practicing on some scrap metal I still made a mistake while putting the edge break on the rudder skins. I was using the vice grip edge forming tool and while I was pulling it along the edge the skin moved outside of the flange on the roller and I bent the skin way too far. And to make it even worse I did the same thing again a little farther along the edge. I did my best using my hand seamer to straighten the edge out and clean it up but there was only so much I could do.

Since the trailing edge is so important on control surfaces I'm wondering if this will be a bigger problem than a cosmetic issue and if anyone has any suggestions on how to smooth the skin out a little better.

Here is a picture from right after I made the first mistake.  ...

 

Things you would have done differently ...RV-10

Q: Working through all the fiberglass fun of the finish kit on my SB -10. For the past 3 years (just looked at my sig block; exactly 3 years today) I've followed some of the more thorough build logs (at least the ones I've found) - Tim O, Ed K, Bill T, Mike J, Justin T, B&B U. Now that the aforementioned have been flying for a good amount of time, I'm wondering what you all (and any other -10 builders) would do differently if you could go back?

I'm at the point - airframe still mostly opened up, before systems install - where most changes/adjustments wouldn't be too terribly difficult.

I appreciate the insight.

A: I wish I had installed access panels in the tunnel for the pump/filter.

A: And access panels for airing up the tires without having to remove the wheel pant.

A: I am glad I installed rudder trim.

A: Although I installed seat heaters, I very rarely use them, and the wiring is a pain------would not repeat if building another 10.

 

Glad that step is over ...mciaglia RV-10

Ever since purchasing the empanage kit and reading about the infamous trim tabs, I have been dreading the tip bends. Well, this weekend I tackled them and can't believe they came out. A lot of thanks to all the builders and forum posts about this in the past, your insight and experience paved the way for a successful weekend. One big pieec of advice I can impart is to make sure the wedge block does not move. Creating the wood wedges and then using the yardstick was a huge help.


 

 

January 23, 2017.   Issue No. 4,293.
  
I got in a short .6 on the 20th (gas run) and did a software upgrade on the screens.  Saturday was fixing stuff on the daughter's car and Sunday was spent driving the Bissell around the living room (winds gusting 34kts).  All in all, no complaints.  Got stuff done.  Hope your weekend was nice.
 

PIREP: Eagles Nest Granbury, TX ...Pat Stewert

 

Loose carb bottom ...jacksel

I have a MA-4-5 carb on my RV-6. I recently noticed the bolts connecting the 2 halves of the unit have become loose. The anti-rotation washers are still in place but somehow all the bolts are a little loose. It's possible to jiggle the whole bottom half of the carb. Do anyone sell a kit for repairing this sort of problem?

 

Definitely not RV related (but cool) ...Turbo flies the P-51

 

Safety Video
Accident Case Study: Time Lapse – misunderstanding in-cockpit weather displays can lead to tragedy

 

Status Report ...Raymo

Haven't yet flown due to weather here in GA/SC. Had a great experience with Lewis Blackwell (DAR) out of Charleston, SC for the inspection and paperwork.

Planning to paint after phase I, wheel pants and a few minor tweaks.

 

Double Rainbow Captured at 52F ...

(click for 3,844 pixel-wide version). 


Yes, there are now (3) webcams at www.Fly52F.org

And from 2010...Youtube viral video:
Full On Double Rainbow All the Way ...what does this mean?!? <grin>
(spit milk out on my keyboard again...)

 

Initial Draft: RV-type Performance Briefing ...VAC

 

 

January 20, 2017.   Issue No. 4,292.
 Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!


Good RV flying Wx returns to TX.  The rains have passed...
 

RV Spotting While Goofing Off at Work

My home field now has (2) webcams, north and south.  The windsock is in the north camera's field of view.  If you want to watch the occasional RV takeoff and land while stuck in the office, and your company firewall allows it, the links are on the P.O.A. website at www.Fly52F.org.  There's always your smartphone.  I had one monitor set to north and the other south a little after 5pm Thursday afternoon.  Randy Richmond in the yellow RV-8 (iPhone pics of monitor below) warmed up a little after work.  After he took off I followed the dot well into the crosswind leg. 


https://video.nest.com/live/QMTu79jc7N


https://video.nest.com/live/lfW6dwnKT4

 

Finally!  First flight of 2017! ...colojo

Due to work, travel and weather I've been grounded since early November. Absolutely miserable and unacceptable. Fortunately, the stars aligned today... I didn't need to go to work and the weather in Colorado is absolutely perfect. So I launched in my 8 at about noon to do some snowy sightseeing around Denver.  many pics

 

Mothership Hobbs Meter

As of January 19, 2017 9,586 RV aircraft have been completed and flown!

 

 

January 19, 2017.   Issue No. 4,291.


Fiddling w/Apple pencil.  dr

 

RV-3 Class Photo ...Tcraft128

This is N12JV after a year long restoration. O290D2 and a smoke system! Tons of fun. Here it is on a 1900ft one way farm strip.

 

2016 Edition of Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA)

...download to your phone/tablet.

 

Is my front/middle baffle seal pointing the wrong way ...Dreamin9

From reviewing this thread it would appear my front/middle baffle seal is pointing the wrong way. It's edge is tucked under(behind) the wrap around portion of the top cowl. I thought maybe the pressure inside would be higher than the pressure behind the gear and keep the seal tight?

Or, does this seal need to be angled backwards for better seal? If so, does the seal where it curves backward need to be redone?

PS This RV-9A is new to me and runs hot.

Hope the picture compensates for my poor description.

 

Operation Donut ...Ben Meyer

Today was pretty much the worst day I've had in a while. Yesterday, on the other hand, was pretty much one of the best. So, let's talk about that one. I can't think of a better way to use our freedoms than to go get some donuts and BBQ

Mission, Leg 1: Donuts
Route: FFC-AHN-Zombie Donuts

Maggie (and Teddy) and I climbed aboard N6PU at about 9:30, headed to AHN.  ...


 

 

January 18, 2017.   Issue No. 4,290.

PnP mission Ottawa - Sept-Iles and back ...Lycosaurus

What to do on a cold -28C morning.... why not fly two RV7 and one RV9 to Sept-Iles QC from Ottawa ON, a 500 nm leg and bring back some dogs for PnPC.   We had 7 pups and two adults of which they thought one might be pregnant. Just beautiful dogs melting your heart away. Tried to sneak one in my coat, but got caught every time.

Left at 7 AM and returned back to Ottawa at around 7 PM. Twelve hour trip, with about 8 hours of air time, over 1000 nm round trip.  ...

 

PnP Mission - Pickup @ Marathon-FL Keys ...Dan Landry

I had an opportunity to do my 2nd PnP mission.  Pick up 3 chihuahuas in Marathon(KMTH) and deliver them to Airport Manatee(48X), just south of Tampa.  Temperatures in Marathon a balmy 80 degrees & a beautiful day for a mission to help out these 3 friends.  ...

 

Mothership News

 

The first flight ...daviid

Today I was showing some of my employees the airplane I am building in the warehouse. One of them felt it was quite small so we decided to sit inside the canopy to give it a feel. Right then my sister (who is my admin assistant) walked in the warehouse to ask me a question. She stopped in the door, turned around, turned back and grabbed her phone and snapped this.

 

Deerspotting & Alumitherapy

.3hrs off the surface Tue a.m. - first flight in five days.  47°F.  (8) deer spotted spread out over (3) locations - spotted (3) of them walking on a trail that they are often on.  20+ egrets and some ducks.  Got a wave from 'Mema on the porch' over by Propwash.  Estimated $10.70 in avgas burned.  Mental gyro recalibrated.  Back home on the computer working by 11am.

Track here - for 1,919 x 931 pixel version click below.



fmi: All about getting your APRS tracker (bottom of page at link)

 

Ep. 8: Kangaroo Island in 24 hours ...haydnc RV-7 (Australia)

 

rockwoodrv9 Snowbound ...Meridian, ID

This is what you find at KEUL when you go to get in your hangar. To be fair - the snow falls off the roof to form the piles. Then it re-freezes and I either wait for spring or get a backhoe to dig it away.  There is a NOTAM closing the runway because of snow and ice. I got an email from the airport manager today with his cell phone number that a pilot could call and get permission to take off or land.

Maybe Im a wuss, but I am having difficulty getting too excited to work on the plane when the inside of my hangar has ice on the floor!

 

Pilot v8.6 Out

 

 

January 17, 2017.   Issue No. 4,289.

CAVU Pacific NW ...Carl N. rubs it in <grin>

"...Anyway, the last week or so was pretty nice up here, a little chilly, but a nice break from our normal winter WX..."  ...

 

Weekend Flyer App Update

...now with winds aloft.  (VAF advertiser)

 

Let the Roomba Do It ...David Paule

I was working on one of the bulkheads and decided it was time for a good shop floor clean-up. I let the Roomba do the job.

What a difference!

And I vacuum regularly, too. This was additional.

(If you are making work benches, make 'em high enough for the little guy to pass underneath).

Dave


Stock photo off web...

 

Status Report ...KazooRV-9A

Completed a good portion of the interior painting this past weekend. Parts were primed, sealed and color coated, came out great. Had to use low temp reducer, but painter Greg does this every day.  Now we can continue more of the fuselage assy!  more pics

 

Builder Used Wrong Screw Size - Now What? ...Saville

Now that I've acquired some countersinking skills I can get to the REAL problem:

I'm replacing the battery tray in my -8 to accommodate an Odyssey 925 battery. The footprint of the Odyssey battery is not the same as the Gill that was there - it's narrower side to side. So I bought a new battery tray from Van's and riveted in new angle for the new footprint. So far so good.

The tray is fastened to two flanges aft of the baggage compartment 3 holes on each flange (numbered 1-6 in this picture):  ...

 

Conduit Routing ...Bill Boyd

"...under the rear seats and baggage floor has been "Starkey'd" and looks like it will serve the purpose well."

 

 

January 16, 2017.   Issue No. 4,288.
  This weekend North Texas was misty, overcast and very Pacific Northwest like in the winter (screen grab from the N. 52F WebCam Sunday morning).  So I spent the weekend continuing to trying to catch up with accounting and email.  Fat chance ;^).  I'll get there eventually!
  It slipped my mind to remind you in the Friday edition that Saturday night my Internet provider would be doing updates on some hardware and there could be some time between Saturday night and Sunday morning where you would not be able to access the site.  My apologies if you tried to get on around 10 PM Saturday night and couldn't.
  Hope you have a nice week, and that you got the day off.

 

ZU-IIS First RV14A to fly in Africa ...Jan Hanekom

Somehow I became involved doing the inspections on this project. My friend Larry Beamish did the maiden flight and I have done some of the other test flights. Below is the RV in front of my house/hangar.  ...

 

Article.  "On Wings of Waste: RV-9A fuelled partially by plastic waste completes trailblazing flight"  

British-born pilot and environmentalist Jeremy Rowsell has made history this week by flying a light aircraft across Australia using a conventional fuel blended with fuel derived from plastic waste. 

 

First Engine Run ...j-red text and video

This post is almost a duplicate of the one in my builders log forum, but I thought I'd post it here given the many who responded to the engine build video who might be curious but who might not lurk there often.  ...

 

Alternative to Alton Bay Found ...Vlad

Year 2017. A very unique opportunity has opened on Raquette Lake in Upstate NY it won't last long. For several years I was observing the ice condition there and I wasn't able to land. Ski planes and bush wheelers go there on regular basis. There was a lot of snow in the beginning but then a couple of warm days came and the snow melted. Then the deep freeze made it solid. Couple phone calls and couple emails answered and I am airborne.  ...

 

Found oil on the floor, grounded ...Steve Melton

I had been weeping some oil at the front end and had contacted Superior with pictures but it was inconclusive until today. I walked into the hangar and found oil on the floor and more on the cowl. I am grounded.  ...

 

Missing Rivets ...DonFromTX

Looking back from the baggage bulkhead into the tailcone for a final check before covering up that hole - look what I spotted. I dread getting my old body folded up and back in there to do a couple of rivets. How did I ever miss them? (the photo is sideways, that is the center bottom of the tailcone.)

 

 

January 13, 2017.   Issue No. 4,287.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  
 

Magic of Flight ...Jeremy video

I took my nephew for his first flight about a year ago. My brother put together this video. Enjoy!

 

Mo's Ottawa River Fly-In Cancelled (for this year) ...Mark Briggs

This just arrived in my in-box. I'm very disappointed to hear this news as Mo's has traditionally been a fantastic opportunity for brave aviation souls to gather and share terrific camaraderie, not to mention some darned good chili, around the warmth of the fire. It is my sincere hope this is merely a one-time cancellation - my best wishes go out to Mo for a speedy return to full health.

======================
Mo's 28th Fly-in cancelled

By Patrick Gilligan, COPA
Maurice Prud'Homme has been organizing his ice fly-in on the Ottawa River since 1989, at that time my daughter was 5 years old and I was rebuilding turbine engines at Rolls Royce Canada.

Mo has never missed a beat every year doing his annual runs for sponsors, picking up banners, inviting celebrities to attend, printing and distributing his posters, scheduling volunteers and snow plowing, also cooking and serving enormous batches of his famous Chilli to hundreds of fly-in pilots (Maurice was master Chef at the Parliamentary dining room). Unfortunately his famous fly-in is cancelled this year because he will be undergoing heart surgery and will be required to rest for a month or so.

Our thoughts are wishing Maurice "Mo" a speedy recovery, COPA National.

 

My new Wingman here in SC! ...Jim Lechleiter

Meet my new wingman here in Charleston:

From me trying to fly up alongside my friends with slow Mooney’s, Bonanza’s, Swift’s and other quote “fast” aircraft down here in Chuck Town, I’ve finally found a single engine that can keep up with me in formation flight other than my good RV buddies; it is a bit noisy though unless I’m in the Lead!

Also, Slot really sucks big time too, plus I have to un-soot my tail after every flight as well which is starting to become a pain besides my noticeable hearing loss.

Enjoy and Blue Skies to all my flying buddies in 2017!

Lech N702PL
Jim Lechleiter
787 Design Engineering
Boeing South Carolina

 

T-Hangar NW Regional 52F For Rent ...Sid Mayeux

Please PM me or email SidMayeux -at- JEEMAIL-dot-com.

 

January 12, 2017.   Issue No. 4,286.

RV-10 Panel Design ...Justin in OKC

I started my panel design on a plan piece of paper with a pencil. After awhile I moved to MS Paint where I would cut and paste things together in a Frankenstein manner trying to get something that made sense. Yesterday I decided to step it up to Visio and include it in my Electrical plans book.

This allowed me to show a bit more detail and move things around without trying to cut and paste a JPEG. I'm at a point now I thought I would share it out and solicit any feedback. Visio allows me to show quite a bit of detail that I wasn't able to do in paint. Should note this isn't to scale per se.  continue

 

Mag timing - alignment ...Drippy

So I went to time my right mag and can't get it to the proper spot. As I try to rotate the mag to the left CCW as part of the timing process the mag hits the attachment foot. I chamfered the foot but still need to go a bit further.  ...

 

Various iPhone Mount Ideas


 

 

January 11, 2017.   Issue No. 4,285.

From the factory... FB page

 

Static Electricity - Pro Tip

Do not vacuum up micro/epoxy dust with your plastic bodied shopvac while standing on a vinyl floor wearing tennis shoes. Particularly during a period of low humidity.

Unless you need a jolt or three to correct your Atrial Fibrillation, bring Frankenstein's monster to life, or something like that...

__________________
Kyle Boatright
Atlanta, GA

 

Periodic Status Report ...David Paul RV-3B

 

A Few Cars/Restaurants Added to the Courtesy Cars & Food List

 

Status Report ...ZazooRV-9A

We fabricated an engine stand for the O-320 we're about to start overhauling. And the Fuse is in the paint booth for some preliminary interior painting.


 

 

January 10, 2017.   Issue No. 4,284.

San Angelo...and Houston Unexpectedly  ...tcard Pilots 'n Paws mission

The last pilot for the day asked that we get started as early as possible, and since I don't fly at night, it was a 15 minute before sunrise departure. I picked up husky Mesquite in San Angelo (KSJT) at 8:30, and headed for Taylor (T74). As I arrived in Taylor, I thought something was amiss. I hadn't heard the other pilot on common traffic, nor did I see her sitting on the ramp. Sure enough, when I got to my phone there was a message that she couldn't get her plane started.

I fueled up, and headed for the terminal building where it was out of the wind and at least above freezing. I touched base with the coordinator and pilot of the 3rd leg. He and I agreed to each go a bit further, basically splitting the second leg.

I offered to return my co-pilot to his car, but he was in for the entire adventure, so off we went. I had a huge head start since I had already finished my original leg and the other pilot was coming in from New Orleans, so my co-pilot and I took our time and did some meandering on our way in to Houston.  ...

All cozy in the back of the 9A. He wasn't so sure he wanted to get out.

Related:
tcard's APRS tracks... (Jan 8th entries)

 

Spanky and Tims Double Missing Man ...Smokey Ray

Today in Texas was Spanky and Tims memorial at 1st UMC near Plano. After a very emotional and inspiring celebration of life, 4 T-6"s performed a double MM.  Burial at USAFA Thursday.

 

Garmin G3X Touch v5.1 Update


related: VAF thread

 

IFR Current ...me

1/9 I went out to Bridgeport (KXBP) for gas ($3.39), and while there I shot the VOR approach five times.  Three times when I arrived (tan lines), then landed to fill the plane's tanks and empty mine, then two more times after take off before departing to Decatur (KLUD) for their VOR approach on the way back to 52F.  That was one impressive run on sentence...

Bump city and tired.  Winds in N. Texas Monday were 180* gusting to 25 (runway heading) so it actually ended up being sort of a nice, easy landing.  The winds at 2,000' were 42kts from 200*...the flight path indicator was nearly off the screen on the inbound course (fun math).

I owe Gary P. a steak dinner, and maybe a bottle of whiskey also.  Lotta bumps.  Logged 1.6hrs.....that's a lot for me.


(click for tracks)

 

 

January 9, 2017.   Issue No. 4,283.
  The garage door opener gear finally gave up on my side this past weekend - worn enough to start skipping.  At least it wasn't the morning when it was 13*F....waited until Sunday when it was little warmer.  Replaced the gear on the wife's side about six months ago.  I'm glad I ordered (2) when I got her replacement.  The shipping was more than the gear - might as well order two.
  Hoping to fly some practice VOR/ILS approaches this week in VFR for currency.  The Jepp DB is expired in the 430W (Yoda voice) "and the thrift force is strong with this one right now it is, so /A you will do."  There are (7) VOR and/or ILS approaches in the local area, all with cheaper gas than my home field (Sherman 55¢/gal cheaper and Bridgeport 36¢).  A mission:  Gas and approaches!

 

Springfield & Mothers Brewing Companies ...crabandy trip report

I finally convinced the wife to take another day trip in the airplane, she's tolerated several flights in the RV but hasn't ever been exactly comfortable with it. I'm hoping more flight time and other destination incentives will build her tolerance enough to enjoy it.
A tad warmer today than it's been, 18*F-blue skies and mostly smooth skies for our late morning departure. My wife is definitely not tolerant of cold, ski bibs and a Columbia parka help....   more

 

Do we have another build in us at 59 ...people around 59 chime in!

Greetings everyone, it's been years since I posted but now I have the bug again. Building my –6 20 years ago kicked my butt, I remember the long nights for years, tennis elbow, aches and pains in my shoulders etc. in the end it was all worth it and I loved that airplane.  Now at 59 I'm feeling very well but not sure I have what it takes to spend another three or four years in the workshop or whether or not my elbows and wrists can take it.  My days of getting a second wind at 10 PM and staying in the shop till two in the morning are over…

Are there many other builders my page with the same concerns? ...

 

It Begins (again) ...Bob Collins


2001 RV-7A start ........ 2017 RV-12 start

 

Winter Soldiers ...Vlad installment

Sport Island Pub is couple yards away from airplane parking.

 

Year 10 Performance Numbers ...Pete Howell

In the process of finishing the 10 yr annual on 9er-Pop-Hotel and had a nice cold day to do some performance runs. The old girl still scoots pretty well!

Same config since day one: ECI O-320, carb, Pmags, Hartzell. I am running 92 Mogas, LOP. 1750hrs. She has some scuffs and scratches now, but I am still thrilled!

 

Ep. 7 of the Australian Adventure ...haydnc

 

All pics of the panel upgrade ...Tony T

Descriptions on nearly all of them...

 

Another hard to reach rivet (rudder) ...Reflex -14

I must have done something wrong or missed an instruction. Last night I dry fitted (haven't riveted the skins together yet) my rudder skins. I wanted to see how everything fit before I put adhesive on the trailing edge.

 

I be smokin :^) ...Brantel

I received most of one of Marvin's kits (Smoke System Helper) for Christmas and promptly ordered the rest of the parts that Santa did not bring me. Marvin was a joy to work with and sent my remaining parts right away.  more

 

Article on RV-6 'Bigfoot' ...Jan Sport Aviation (Pg 72)

 

 

January 6, 2017.   Issue No. 4,282.
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
 

Milestone: Flipped the Canoe! ...Z-EDD (Harare, Zimbabwe)

Well, today was the biggest and most satisfying day in the project since unpacking the kit. I started riveting the "canoe" together around 8 weeks ago. In that time I have managed only 4 sessions, but 2 of those were marathons. It has been frustrating at times, but in the end it is well worth waiting for a highly competent riveting partner. Most of these rivets were shot by my buddy Kev whilst here on layover from his airline job. Kev worked on the hangar floor for a few years before becoming a pilot, so he knows his stuff. If we had to drill out one of his rivets it was probably my fault. My father in law Alistair helped with the final session and today we finally "flipped the canoe". What a moment!  more pics

 

One Less On My Bucket List ...DonFromTX RV-12

Well for those that have grown used to me in the 6 years on this board, a milestone was passed today with the official change of my pile of parts into an AIRCRAFT! Only thing left in the bucket is "Test Pilot", coming soon! It better come soon, I turn 80 years old this year.

 

HS ON ...Gil Brice RV-7 McKinney, TX

Last night I got my horizontal stabilizer drilled and attached to the fuselage. This is definitely one of those measure twice / cut once operations. My HS tips are within 1/16" measured to the same spot of the firewall. That took a lot of time and interrupting my spouse from catching up on Top Chef.

 

A Few Restaurants Added to the Courtesy Cars & Food List

Bishop, CA.  Miller, MO.  Hastings, NE.  Urbana, OH.  Honesdale, PA.  etc...

 

EFIS Reliability Survey - Tell me your gripes ...KatieB

Hey Y'all... As part of an application to grad school, I'm looking for an overall opinion from 100 RV owners about the reliability of their EFIS systems.

If you own or fly an RV regularly that has an EFIS system installed as a Primary Flight Display, I'd really appreciate your input. I'll publish the results in a week or so. Actually, if you own any Experimental aircraft with an EFIS, that will do just fine. It doesn't have to be an RV. You can tell me the type in the comments box at the end of the survey.

 

 

January 5, 2017.   Issue No. 4,281.

Back in the Saddle


APRS track...click for my history
related: RV APRS tracking

It's been over a month since I took the RV-6 up (condition inspection, Christmas, ELT that failed the shake test, etc).  Tue I finally got her all buttoned back up, so Wed 0800 I headed out to 52F for a 31*F flight to see how things looked (29*F in the air).  Colder Wx rolling in later Wed, and we don't do cold very well here in Dallas, so I opted to go out and fly before it went to the low 20's.  Drove around the area in heading mode watching the engine gauges and traffic screen.  The oil didn't get as hot as I would have liked in flight, the mains need a little air (hard to push in the hangar - it was warmer when we put on the new tubes), and I tightened the nut on the tailwheel fork too much.  Little nits that I can address.

Felt swell to RVate again in the phenomenally nimble RV-6.  I felt a little rusty, but checklists and a minute or two shook that off.  Rolling onto final in that cold, thick, smooth air, on donut and trimmed with the field to myself...a little smile formed.  Good to be back...

 

New builder ...Bob Collins

 

He obviously ran out of fuel because the President's speech ran long, right?

Do you remember back in June of 2016 when one of the Thunderbirds crashed after an overflight at the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony? Speculation on the Internet was that he ran out of fuel because POTUS was running late and the T-birds were kept in a hold. Here are some Google links if you don't believe me.

Well it turns out he didn't run out of fuel.  It was a hardware failure.  In actuality, they had to offload 900 pounds of fuel from the aircraft before they could put it on the trailer.  Another data point in my belief that speculation is almost always counterproductive.  Here is a link to the 41 page United States Air Force Aircraft Accident Investigation Board report.  It'll take you all morning to read, and I promise you'll learn stuff.

Yours in safety,
dr


PS: And here is a link to over 600 probable cause documents published by the NTSB over the last 30 years in regards to RV aircraft.  Talk all you want about these reports...PLEASE!  There is a dedicated section in the forums for it.

 

RV-10 #41741 Colorado ...tims88

On January 1st I started work on the empennage kit for my RV-10! After nearly a year and a half of research, planning, preparing, and dreaming it's an incredible feeling for my wife and I to finally be able to say that "we are building an airplane" instead of "we are going to build an airplane".

A huge thanks to Mike (ppilotmike) who showed us how to build our first practice kit, and Justin (J Twilbeck) and Myles (met through EAA chapter 43) who took us for rides in their RV-10's.  ...

 

The Amazing Ubiquitous Diaphragm Fuel Pump ...15min vid.

Have you ever wondered how an aircraft fuel pump works? This short video by Aero Accessories, the manufacturers of Tempest brand diaphragm fuel pumps, breaks it down in easy to understand terms.

 

January/February Issue Now Online ...36 pages.

 

 

January 4, 2017.   Issue No. 4,280. 

20 Years Ago This Week ...work started on RV-6 N617AR <g>

Page (1) of my builder log - click to enlarge.  The 'small empennage box' was full of wood - tail feather jigs.  I have a video somewhere of me opening the box, thinking there would be little aluminum pieces.  I was green enough to log it as .25hr instead of .2 or .3.  And I changed the column headings to 'time in' and 'time out' starting on the 2nd entry.

Upon reflection, I think this sums up the hobby nicely.  It's rarely going to be what you think, and you might have to change the plan often.

And, it will be worth it...

 

Flying Year 2016 Finished With 752 hours ...Vlad

2016 was a great year of flying. Probably the best I've ever had since I started flying my RV9A five years ago. 752 hobbs hours logged in 2016 with total over 3K on engine/airframe. Many interesting places visited.  ...

 

2016 In Review ...Jay Pratt

Logged 211.2. Hours in all planes. Mine and customers.  Home base is Hicks Airfield, T67. Fort Worth, Texas

Flying Trips:

Super Cub 'Shooter' to Big Bend Area of Texas, 19.2 hours of pure eye candy! Flying canyons, camping, and visiting local folks.

C180J 'Paul Revere' to Florida and Key West. Fun, fun, fun!

Exp Super Cub to Oshkosh. 64.8 hours. We landed Every North Dakota Public Use airport all 79. ND has a passport book and a stamp for each airport. We landed most before heading to Oshkosh. After OSH we flew back to get the 7 we missed on the first try. ND gives prizes for different levels of accomplishment in their pass port book. Fill the book! Land every airstrip, and you get a Cap, a Flight Bag, and a Leather Flight Jacket. I told Carol, this will be the most expensive Leather Jacket ever. We have to go back up to get it! The rewards are given out March, 5th.. burrrr

C180J to Port Aransas, Texas for a stay at Amelia's Landing. Always, a fun time!

RV8 'Borrowed Horse' took us to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a river rafting adventure, then to Colorado to visit friends. It did lots of Lunch runs. And short trips to Oklahoma, to visit friends.

We attended the Texas STOL competition. In Llano, TX.

Can't believe we only went to Port Aransas, once in 2016? Usually get a few trips down there.. perfect trip for an RV for us.

We were at Reklaw Fly-In. Always fun!

My shop saw 2 new RV8s fly in 2016. Hope to see more than 2 in the coming year.

All in all a successful year.

The C180J got a new engine. I dropped the deposit check off in person on the way to Florida. The salesman was surprised!  My log book ticked over the 5000 hour mark. A personal milestone. Now it has 5123.8.

Did not fly to Idaho, first time to miss since DR and I went so long ago, 12 years? Plan to go back this year.

Let's here about your adventures from 2016. Wishing all of you a healthy, happy 2017!  Hope for tailwinds and clear skies.

 

Turbo Subaru RV8 Flies in Australia ...Geoff Braddock's RV-8

 

New Year's Weekend ...j-red

Having done pretty much everything that could be done in the shed behind the house, it was time to call the tow truck. This is the same driver who came to haul N601DR almost exactly two years ago. I don't know whether he was surprised to see me still alive or not, but his wild-eyed expressions that seemed to say "You're kidding, right?" were gone this time. Great guy to deal with. Came at a moments notice and only charged $150 for the trip which, considering the time and effort required to rig up some type of support system on a typical pull-behind trailer, was well worth it.  ...

 

December Construction Time Lapse Video ...gfb

 

 

January 3, 2017.   Issue No. 4,279. 

Courtesy Cars & Food


Cupp's Drive Inn (Waco, TX).  Serving since 1929.

Added a food column.  I've been thinking about doing this for quite some time.  Combining courtesy cars with the heavy patina, character-filled eatery in a smaller town might motivate someone to fly to a nearby city for the first time.  I started with Texas because that's where I grew up, live and fly.  As others email me with their favorite dive near a runway I'll add/edit the entries.  Explore the page a bit, and I hope you click on the links for Cupp's Drive In in Waco, TX in the upper right.  One of those touchstone places that to me always represents 'home'. 

 

C-FDTQ has a Cofa ...Champ

Had final inspection a month ago and got the C of A from Transport Canada in the mail today - Wooohooo!

Two things that were done to plans needed changing - vertically mounted fuel filter changed to horizontal (to eliminate a potential vapour lock in the 180deg loop above it) and flap bottom rod end bearings from Vans "unibody" to Aurora with bolt & safety washer.

Paint is DIY SW Acryglo. Scheme is sons design.  We have a professional test pilot lined up for the first flight, and my & sons training. Test pilot owns & flys a RV-3.  Working on the POH and flight test cards. Weather permitting hope to have air under the tires and the RV grin before to long

 

2016 Trip Report - Schmidts - N104XP

Cheers! I hope it was a great year for you and your family. We will miss those we lost, are thankful for the new additions and look forward to more adventures and memories in the near future.  continue

 

Dad's Snap-On Ratchet

Last week Jake Lewis sent me this date code graphic after I mentioned my late Dad's 40+ year old Snap-On ratchet.  The symbol appears between 'On' and 'Off' on the ratchet head.  Jake, thanks to you I've identified it as produced in 1968.  Turns out it's closer to 50.  I was three when it was made, and used it again Monday to tighten those front six screws on the cowl that are hard to get at.

Of special note is my Dad's signature with an engraver.



(click to enlarge)

 


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