Wed Feb 25, 2015.
First Flight With New Firewall Forward Package ...Randy in Sedona
Well I took her up today for three flights
totaling a little under 2 hrs flight time. To recap, this is
a first flight with this new IO-375 engine but the airframe
has about 400 hrs of Subaru time on it, RV7A. So firewall
forward is all new in addition to a major rewiring job, new
panel etc. Running dual Pmags and EICommander. For initial
flights I modified one of the extra timing curves for a max
advance of 26 degrees, pretty much making them into good
In flight I was seeing 28 degrees advance for some reason
but this did not seem to cause any problems at all.
On first attempt to start I flooded it bad and learned that
the old PC680 is not up to the task of turning the engine
over with the spark plugs in.
I put in my back up battery and it seems to be in better
shape, at least I got it started. I will have to get a fresh
battery coming. Both of the batteries I had laying around
have seen lots of duty on the Sube installs.
I did an offset departure as planned, climbing right up into
the down wind to make it much easier to get back to the
runway if needed, wasn't needed.
The only squaks were an Inop. Angle of attack indicator that
was cured once I found that the soldered connection at the
switch had broken off from a little too much abuse and re
positioning. (I love my AOA and don't like being without it)
it is the Advance Avionics Sport model. I am happy to hear
Betty saying" angle angle push push" as I take off and land.
The other one was a too low idle speed. Gave the throttle
stop a half turn in between flights, problem solved.
I am very happy with how well everything is working. I
instrumented to measure differential pressure between the
top of the engine and behind the engine. I use aquarium
stones on the ends of cheap tubing and a 0" -15" water
column Magnehelic pressure gauge. High side centered at the
engine lift thingy, the low side behind the engine in what I
assume is a fairly dead air zone.
At around 160 knots, 4,500', OAT around 50F I always see
more then 10" differential. If I open my EZ cool cowl flaps
it goes up above 13". Very happy with those results. I put
extra effort into sealing up the leaks. I would love to hear
what others have measured!
It has been my experience that radiators, intercoolers, and
oil coolers work well at around 6 or 7 inches differential,
so seeing over 10" and low CHTs during break in has me
CHTs are not an issue at all. Cyl 1 293, 2 301, 3 316, 4
310, all in F.
They pretty much kept that spread and did not very much as
long as I kept the mixture full rich. The air dams are still
at full height. Maybe I need to add some aluminum tape also
to even things out. Glad I did not cut them down ahead of
time like I was tempted to do.
The engine was sucking up over 16 GPH at 25 square. Just
following the break in instructions that came with the
engine, which basically amounts to fly it like you stole it!
As I accelerate out on the runway and go to full rich I can
hear the engine note go down a notch and I suspect I will
see even better performance once I can start leaning it a
bit. I am taking off from 4500'. The instructions from
Aerosport and other reading says to leave it full rich as
long as the engine is running clean. It is not missing or
anything but I know I am way rich of best power mixture.
My oil cooler, the legendary 8432R, is really working great.
It is on the firewall with a modified RV10 mount and 4" scat
feeding it, also have cable operated 4" valve. I could close
the valve and watch the oil temps climb up to 220F or so,
then just crack the valve open and pretty much put the oil
temp anywhere I want it. I kept it close to 200F so far.
On the last flight of the day I began to notice some
vibration that I suspected was the pilots side muffler
making contact with the cowl. Clint at Vetterman already
made a change to my Trombone system, but I obviously need a
little more clearance. For now, I ground away the honeycomb
where the contact marks were and laid some reinforcement
glass layers there, giving it a bit more clearance.
Hopefully that will allow more flying and getting the engine
broken in, but I may have to send the header back to Clint
for another modification. Have to check to see if the engine
is settling in the mounts any but it appears that the
spinner is nicely fitting to the cowl like I set it up.
Overall I am a happy camper and certainly look forward to
more flights tomorrow, maybe even get past my 5 hour phase 1
period after a truly major alteration..
Thanks again for all the ideas of things to look for on
first flights. I probably should have checked my idle speed
more carefully on the ground before first flight but it did
not create any problems.
this look right? ......Ryan Wuerz -14
While working on step 2 on page 09-08 I
question how the tip rib assembly fits together the with
bottom skin, front/rear spar assembly. More specifically how
the E-904 flange, counter balance skin and E-00902-1 spar
sandwich. The only way that I can get the parts to fit
together easily is with the E-904 flange between the spar
flange and the counter balance skin (which leaves a small
gap). Am I over-thinking this one or is this how its
supposed to go together?
John from Pueblo West
Hi RV friends,
Quick introduction here. My name is John and after many tube
and fabric plane's, I have decided to try something new. I
am in the final stretch of selling my incredible acro sport
II, which was a very tough decision, but I did it. I have
always had a love for the rv's and look forward to a new
On my radar is an rv4. I look forward to all the great
information and people here. Until next time keep all your
landings intentional!!! John
Flights :What Went Wrong Thread Continues ...Tony Phillips
has its advantages...blueflyer
The sleet that has hit our area has closed
everything down. We just cant handle the white stuff down
here. But, it did give me some time to work on my flaps.
Here are a couple of pics. When I finish these, Im gonna be
on a break while I save up for that fuselage.
fuel line solution needed ...Jerald in Battle Ground, WA
I'm in the process of getting back to my
RV-6A project after 10 years or so of having it mothballed.
There are a few items on the plane that I look at now and
would like to improve how I originally installed them. For
example, the fuel line connection from the firewall to the
filter was originally configured as an aluminum tube.
report- Stewart Systems EkoPoxy ...N546RV
Background: I'm currently in the final
stages of major wing work; basically all I have left are the
ailerons and flaps. Up to this point, I've been using rattle
can primer; I started with Dupli-Color on the empennage and
later switched to Napa 7220 with the wings.
With the fuselage kit on order, I got to thinking about some
long-term decisions, most notably what I wanted to do for
the interior of the plane. I also figured that at some point
I should get comfortable using a spray gun, since it seems
like a skill that may be needed once I get around to doing
fiberglass work. Finally, I'd been intermittently reading
about the products offered by Stewart Systems, and I was
intrigued by the not-so-toxic stuff.
Tue Feb 24, 2015.
Tail POV ...Brent Owens vid.
went wrong with your 1st flight?
A: B-Nuts on the fuel lines.
A: ...radio squelch
A: Verify the plug on top of the
gascolator is tightened
A: I only set oil pressure to alarm on
a first flight
A: Check your idle speed
wraps up the feeling nicely...
stiff brakes - First time bleeding
I just bled my Matco brake system from the
bottom up with the commonly used HF oiler and some tubing.
Worked very well and was easy to do. Pumped until fluid was
coming out of the reservoir and then repeated on the other
I thought I had a problem because it seemed my brake pedals
were not moving much at all. I called Matco and talked to
tech support. He thought maybe my reservoir wasn't vented so
I removed the inverted check valve I had installed. Same
issue...very stiff brake pedals. I also double checked to
make sure the calipers were not compressed...they were not.
I could spin the tire. Lastly, I verified the shafts were
completely extended on each master cylinder.
Following Matco's suggestion I found someone to sit in the
plane and depress the brake pedals. Sure enough the calipers
compressed as they should. The crazy thing is, the toe of
the brake pedals don't move more than 1/4" for the brakes to
fully apply...is this right??? Seems like a couple inches of
travel would be nominal. Anyone else had this issue on a
brand new set of master cylinders and calipers? Maybe things
loosen up over time or after following the brake "brake-in"
and science of chasing oil leaks ...Bob Collins
Chile ...new videos
Status ...Don Patrick
Tatoosh ...ArlingtonRV vid
Mon Feb 23, 2015.
Panel Shot ...FlyinTiger
Remote Mounted Avionics ...bobmarkert
Recent Probable Causes Published
Hardware Storage Ideas
Nosewheel Yaw In Flight ...vid
Fri Feb 20, 2015.
Three new advertisers coming onboard today to help
keep air under the VAF virtual wing. Please consider
giving them your business (announcements below). Wishing
you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
Remote Avionics ...Pat Hatch
On the RV-8 that I'm helping build we had to
find a place for the GTX23ES remote transponder and the ACK
oven CHT temps
Had to hold at Tucson RWY 11L for too long
the other day. Lots of F16's learning to land at high AoA...
Just as I was cleared to go, I scanned the
engine temps and CHT's had spiked at 430. I rolled a bit
down the runway, then aborted and headed for the taxi way.
Stayed with the nose into the wind and it cooled quickly.
Lessons learned: On a stiff crosswind day,
do not hold perpendicular to airflow.
Watch the gauges, not the scenic fighter
jets. Always have a plan for where an aborted takeoff can be
made, considering runway length. (Tucson not an issue) Be
ready to learn a quick lesson on any flight, any day.
Flyboy Accessories is now in full production
of a license-built Doug Bell tailwheel fork. This design is
a drop-in, retrofit replacement for the stock Van’s
tailwheel fork. The Bell fork maximizes obstacle clearance
and improves ground handling.
in upgrading your Van's tailwheel fork? The Screaming Eagle
fork is available now. The Bell fork is in production, but
has a short waiting list. Sign up here (http://www.flyboyaccessories.com/product-p/1120.htm).
We expect the waiting time for Bell forks to be very brief,
just a few weeks until the next big batch is ready.
We also have a number of other new tailwheel designs, as
well as our original Screaming Eagle tailwheel fork, which
is functionally identical to the Bell fork but with slightly
For smaller aircraft, such as the Sonex, and/or speed freak,
weight-reduction junkies, we have our Screaming Eaglet fork,
a smaller and lighter version of our Screaming Eagle fork
that is designed to pair with a four-inch tailwheel tire
such as the four-inch lightweight tailwheel Tire from DJM
a pneumatic tire is your thing, you can retrofit your Van's,
Bell, or Screaming Eagle fork with a Matco 6" pneumatic hub,
or go with our brand new, slightly larger Condor fork, which
will accommodate up to a 7.5" diameter pneumatic tire. The
larger 7.5" tire gives a great ride and isn't as prone to
flats (leakage) as the small 6" pneumatic tire. The 7.5"
tire is also available through Matco at this time.
We are currently Beta-testing the 7.5" pneumatic tire Condor
fork to make sure it is ready for the big time. If you are
interested in testing for us, contact us at our website and
let us know.
The Screaming Eaglet (not shown) forks are currently made to
For more on these tailwheel items and our other great Van's
RV products, visit our website at www.flyboyaccessories.com
Vince and Blake Frazier
Antenna Failure ...KTOA
Earlier this week I flew into Hailey, ID (KSUN)
late one night. It's essentially tucked into a valley with
high mountainous terrain on three sides surrounding it.
While on the visual approach 10 miles out, all three of my
GPSs lost their signal. This includes the 530W, 430W, and
the 696 which is mounted on the panel with velcro.
Surprised...yes. Fortunately we were VFR and landed without
Front page advertiser!
Aircraft Wiring Guide
Previous Day's News
Previous Day's News advertiser.
Thu Feb 19, 2015.
Yesterday I took the RV-6 up for a short flight.
Twenty four deer spotted. Came in on initial and broke to
downwind after .3hr. While there, a traffic target appeared on
the EFIS right on top of me. This has happed before when I do a
quick 180* turn, and I expected it go away in a second or two.
It didn’t, so I extended my downwind.
Northeast of the field about a mile I
dipped the wing to pick up my shadow, verifying I was the only
one there, so I turned base. The traffic re-appeared on the
screen right in front of me. ‘00’ on the traffic altitude
difference really gets your attention. I see nothing outside,
and the hair on my neck starts to rise. I can see my shadow as
a single shape, but the EFIS screens are seriously pissed off
and yelling at me.
A quick glance at my 10 o’clock showed blue
sky, so I firewall it that direction without climbing or
descending until I was 500’ or so away from my go-around
decision point. Re-establish on downwind. Nothing on the
runway….nothing in the pattern but me. I come around and land.
EFIS never stopped showing traffic.
Best I can figure is someone was working on
their transponder on the north end of the field, or a plane had
I hadn’t gone around in a while anyway.
Good practice. Safety first.
Aerobatics Magazine Article ...Patric Coggin (the author)
three or four holes for the rivets that attach the E-912 tip should be dimpled
In the section about the right elevator:
"Dimple skins and stiffeners. The aft three or four holes
for the rivets that attach the E-912 tip should be dimpled
now as well. Once the elevator is joined at the trailing
edge, these holes will be nearly impossible to dimple the
skins because the elevator is so narrow at that location."
Do they mean the holes on the most outer row (that will
attach the fiberglass tip) in between the E-902 spar in the
direction of the counterweight or the other direction where
the E-903 rib gets very narrow?
And I don't find anything about it in the section on the
left elevator. I suppose this need to be done there as well?
From the Factory...
Worked on countersinking all the required
spots on all the HS and VS spots earlier this week. After a
lot of studying and practicing the process, I was able to
get the micro stop set up to be the right depth and went to
All of the countersinks came out great... Except one. I
can't tell you what I did, nor can I tell from looking at it
as the impression of the cage didn't move. But, it appears
that I got the countersink to walk somehow, leaving a
perfectly oval hole in an HS-902 spar.
The location of the errant hole is right in the middle of
the spar, in what will be the lower edge.
Wed Feb 18, 2015.
Status Report ...Tim Huneycutt
"UPS finally found the train car which had
my fuselage on it! This is me pushing it in the garage with
the wings temporarily parked outside in the nice weather.
Just finished installing the left aileron tonight. Man this
Avionics and ForeFlight bring wireless mobile device connectivity to SkyView
"Recently, mobile flight planning and
in-cockpit tablet connectivity have been two of the
most-requested SkyView features. Today, we’re excited to
announce that SkyView can now connect to ForeFlight Mobile
via Wi-Fi. This connectivity makes flight planning and
preparation easier and more efficient for those of you who
fly with ForeFlight, and also allows your ForeFlight device
to benefit from SkyView’s GPS position and attitude
"Picked up the RV this past weekend from
Jonathan McCormick (Plane Schemer) in Gadsden Alabama. I
could not be happier from the work that Jonathan did and his
attention to detail is unlike anything I've ever
experienced. Thanks also to Mo and the team at International
Jets for turning Jonathan's plans into reality!"
"Last week I took delivery of our Advanced
Flight Systems AF-5600T EFIS displays and installed them in
the panel. I cannot believe how crisp and clear the terrain
and mapping is on these displays! The touch screen features
work great, making it really easy to setup the EFIS, Engine,
and Mapping screens the way I want. Configuring all the
inputs and outputs was also pretty straightforward and took
no time at all."
just received another batch of our Low Oil Level Sensors.
This has been a popular choice for RVs and other aircraft.
It will fit right in most O-360 engines and lots of others
too. We also have a shorter model we can offer now for
shallower oil pans. If you want a custom sensor designed for
your aircraft, let us know. See our Low Oil Level Sensor and
Tue Feb 17, 2015.
First Flight ...Aaron Sims RV-10
Finally arrived. After 15 years of building
the RV6A N3FP with an IO3060M1B and plenty of toys in the
panel, the big day arrived. Everything worked and the event
rated a big smile. As usual, many friends, suppliers and
advisors helped including much advice from the forum.
Couldn't have done without all of you.
flight ...Bob Collins(AA) RV-7A
Today was a great day. My first flight after
3 years of build my RV-7A. Uneventful flight flew as
advertised. Did one clean stall and aircraft stalled at
50kts indicated at 4500ft which is well below van's
advertised clean stall sped. I suspect my IAS is 7kts too
slow. I have Dynon sky view and was wondering if there is a
airspeed calibration procedure.
Ferry Flights...Gotta Love 'Em ...RKellogg
Returns Home ...dacronwall
6 months of work, a new engine mount/gear legs, cowl
modification, transponder, prop overhaul, various electrical
and instrument problems/fixes, and completely re-done wheel
pants....N66GB is flying regularly and 2 weeks ago I flew
down to Bakersfield to the Rocket Shop Café and had lunch
with the builder, Gary. She was built in a hangar right
there on the field in 1984/85 and it was really fun bringing
her back and seeing all the RV history chronicled in the
photos hanging in the café. It was a pleasure to meet John
Harmon, he remembers the plane well.
Next up is a possible prop upgrade and when the funds become
available I will get the paint patched up. But she is
looking good, and flying fast!
Mooselookmeguntic. Season 4. ...Vlad and friends
visit got caught on Fox Sport News ...tc1234c
One of our flight members was hospitalized.
We wanted to cheer him and his family up by paying them a
visit at the hospital. Our flight lead contacted ATC and got
a clearance to do a fly-by. The hospital is close to the
Speedway. The news crew covering the Sprint Unlimited
Practice saw us and broadcast it on live TV. You don't see
13 different airplanes in a formation everyday, especial not
on a Friday, the 13th (the 13 airplanes were just that many
showed up and not planned). The rest of the video is what we
do every Friday evening before sunset.
News broadcast begins at 1:40. Click the picture to start
the Factory FB Page...
Engine Run, All Good. ...Pittsartist
cotter pin found in oilscreen?
Aloft Modeling Tool ...Joe Blank found this
[ed. Link added to VAF
Donation list updated and current.
Thank you from Susie, Audrey, Tate and
Mon Feb 16,
Hi! I'm taking Presidents' Day 'off' to hopefully catch
up on some paperwork and accounting - and answer some emails. The factory
is also closed today. See you tomorrow, and hope you got to
Fri Feb 13, 2015.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Australia South Coast ...Finley Atherton trip write up.
I live near the East coast of Australia and
have flown the 9A to the
North coast the
West coast and now the South coast of Australia.
A friend and I decided to walk the 9 day,
somewhat challenging (for two 60 year olds) Tasmania South
Coast Track. Naturally our transport there would be the 9A.
From the factory...
dimples ...and solutions.
Scheduled Site Maintenance 2/14 10pm CT - 2/15 6am CT
Our regularly scheduled maintenance window
will be used to install critical patches to servers on the
network, in order to keep the data safe and improve the
reliability or your hosting services. Readers will
experience intermittent service accessibility during this
February Issue Onlline
VAF Courtesy Car Addition
Sonoma Jet Center in Sonoma, CA (2
Thu Feb 12, 2015.
Flight w/my Youngest Daughter ...jpharrell -7A picture
From the Factory FB Site
Mr. Stack Gets to Enjoy Flying an Old Friend
Bob Stack flies an RV-4 on my field.
His dad (in the front cockpit below) flew P-47s in WWII, and
is currently enjoying life at age 92. The last time he
was in a Stearman was a short 72 years ago. Gary
Platner (RV-8 co-owner and Stearman owner) gave him a
ride yesterday at our field - that's Gary standing on the
wing. Clayton (RV-8) is helping pull the prop
through before trying to start it. We all enjoyed
seeing Mr. Stack's smiles today, as well as from the the
back of his son's RV-4 weekly. BTW, his son painted
his -4 to look like his dad's WWII P-47.
(click to enlarge)
Squawk..... Never had that before! ...Rosie
Coming home from Lake Havasu on Sunday, I
called Los Angeles Center for flight following home to
Rosamond Skypark. I ALWAYS use flight following when
flying long distances.
I'm squawking 1200 as I call.
"LA Center, RV628PV, VFR Request".
"RV628PV, squawk 7701, ident and say request".
So I start turning knobs (as I've done for 36 years) and
start with the first knob...I spin it to 7...I grab the
second knob and start spinning it...to 3, 4...then I
SEE 7400, pause...I then grab the last knob, spin it
to 1, then go back to the second knob and spin it to
7.....that could have caused some momentary excitement at LA
NEVER CAN I RECALL having been given a 77XX code, let
Sitting on the ramp in the plane, I posed this question to
Victoria (knowing the answer already) and she didn't even
blink; She started on the last knob (since that knob is
closer to her), and using her left hand, she put in 1077
from right to left...good girl!
Has anyone else ever been given a 77XX code?
discount code for VAF - Switchbox Remote Control
"Use code on checkout: vaf
Last month we gave $50 discount coupons to all that entered
our free giveaway. A lot of the pilots asked to keep it
going and we are happy to extend the discount for the VAF
Wed Feb 11, 2015.
Recalibrating mental gyro yesterday in 'Flash'.
2015 ...Don Schwartz 9A
We took our second trip down to Treasure Cay
Bahamas, had a absolute wonderful time. We did add the 12
inch N numbers this year due to being questioned last year.
We enjoy the slow pace in the islands around Treasure Cay.
On the way home we stopped in Americus Georgia, went to the
civil war museum and the Andersonville POW museum,
Another trip over too soon back to the winter wonderland.
VAF Makes a Condition Inspection More "Fun" ...Bob Mills
[ed. Bob, I'm
floored with the quality of this post of yours. Thank
Two RV Pilots in the hangar, one muses to
the other, "15 minutes or less can save you up to 15% at
"Everybody knows that".
"Oh yeah, well did you know that reading VAF can make your
condition inspection take longer, cost more money, include
lots of mission creep...and be a LOT more fun and
So let's see if I can tell the story in 10 "pictures" or
It started out like most condition inspections do...pull
panels, take the airplane apart to the degree necessary to
fully inspect. Get your kids out to help a bit, and learn
about stuff like changing the oil, inspecting mechanical
stuff, and torquing plugs, injectors, etc.
Courtesy Car List Additions
St. Ignace, MI
Tue Feb 10, 2015.
Lamb ...15,000' over Saskatchewan
...with a good tailwind.
do with used fleece ...Bob polishes
Fiber Overlay on Panel Glareshield ...John Mc
Advanced-Avidyne IFR Bundle Special
GLO 200th RV Paint Job
Mon Feb 9, 2015.
fixed wing what airplane are you?" ...Vlad pictures
[ed. Vlad, the orientation of the pic you took here is just perfect!
A guy from Russia comes to the USA. Builds a plane. And, while
using it, takes a picture of Lady Liberty facing the bay entrance
where multitudes entered the country. You made my day, Sir! dr]
flight after surgery ...Ed Wishchmeyer
Flew the Cessna today for the first time
since multi-level spinal fusion surgery nearly four months
ago. No noticeable degradation of skills, but significant
loss of G tolerance in one 2 G pull-up. I'm still not strong
enough to fly solo (endurance wise), and I've got lots of PT
ahead, but I'm no longer completely earthbound. As we were
parking the plane, visiting F-22s and F-16s were landing.
Not planning to get back into the RV-8 till I'm comfortable
in the Cessna.
PS. Five level spinal fusion surgery makes the short list of
most invasive surgeries with longest recovery times.
van Grunsven article in February 2015 EAA Sport Aviation
Online Schematic tool
annual ice cream social, Inyokern CA (IYK)
Touch upgrade for Mikey
blues. Might as well start on the annual ...Paul Tuttle
Egine built/mounted ...Robert M
Flange Crack ...ShortSnorter -14
Fri Feb 6, 2015.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
Flight Tom Albano RV-8 ...Vlad post
Report ...Mark P.
I just thought I would post an update. I'm
at an interesting spot on the project for me. The reason is
because when I would look at other's builder's logs and see
the same pics that I just posted, I would think to myself,
"Wow! I can't imagine being at that point on my RV!" It
seemed like an insurmountable task to get to this point. And
I'm really not THAT far along, it's just that I can now see
the fuselage taking shape.
As everyone else has already realized, the fuselage really
is the most fun part to build. My next 'goal' is to get the
fuse on the gear. That's where the real fun starts as I can
start adding systems!
Anyway, here's a most recent pic. A lot of you probably
barely remember the day your RV looked like this. Others,
you're probably thinking how awesome it would be to be at
this point! HAHA <g>
Avidyne IFR Quick Panel ...AFS's Rob Hickman
We are introducing a new RV-7/9 and RV-10
Advanced Quick Panel with the Avidyne IFD-540 GPS Navigator.
The panel includes: Two AF-5600T EFIS, D6 Backup EFIS, Dual
ADAHRS, GPS, AF-Com Radio, PS Engineering Remote Audio
Panel, Autopilot Control module, 406 ELT with GPS input, 2
Axis Auto Trim, Mode S ADSB Transponder, ADS-B Weather &
Traffic, Backup battery, Flap Positioning and lighting
I need a
Valium ...bobmarkert canopy skirt
"Cut it off" I heard him say.....
"Let’s just cut it off and build our own"
G3X Touch v3.00 Software Available ...user defined gauges
are very pleased to announce new G3X Touch software v3.00 is now
available. As usual, the software can be downloaded for free from
here. A complete list of changes is included on our
website and at the bottom of this posting. But here are some
additional details for the key new features of this release."
Well balanced injectors ...C-FAH Q
"Pic of what well balanced set of injectors
will do for you. was not up very high, but 146 true on 6gph
is sweet. All cylinders peaked within .1gph"
simple life ...Chad
It's been a while since I had flown the EAA
RV-6A. I've been spending most of my flying time and money
in the Cub (which is a simple life story of it's own) in the
last year or so, but I recently pulled out the RV-6A, and I
was reminded, again, just how good these airplanes really
TruTrak Planned Power Outage
"Trutrak will be closed starting at 10am on
Friday, February 6 for electrical service upgrade. We expect
to have our power back on sometime over the weekend so
business hours will resume normally at 8am on Monday,
February 9. Thank you very much for your patience!"
Trutrak Flight Systems, Inc.
Thu Feb 5, 2015.
RV License Plates ...Rob K
Today is the first step of my dream build
(an -8) journey. Ordering my emp kit today along with the
plans on disk and both practice kits. Now the excitement is
really growing to get started with my build. I still have a
lot to do in the shop to prep, hopefully it will get done
before delivery so I can get to it.
I want to say thanks to everyone here for keeping my dream
alive. It's been 5 yrs. since I began thinking I wanted to
build an RV-8. Now the time has come. My wife and kids are
just as excited, I believe. Could not ask for a better
family for support for my dream. Thank you Family!!
Broken Arrow, OK
PPL, Instrument Rating
RV-8 Preview Plans Received 12-10-2014
Been a busy week with work, but have finally jumped into
our build. Having the extra hands of a couple kids
definitely helps move it along.
Started Saturday and up to match drilling HS skins. Hope to
have the parts primed this weekend and assembled by the
Special thanks to Zuldarin for taking time out of finishing
up his project to answer all my questions!
Redline's Night Antics
Helicopter Takeoff / Cirrus ground impact
Advisory Circular on Aircraft Wake Turbulence
the probable cause report is issued I'll post it here and in the forums in
its entirety - until then it's speculation (#7
here). The video did get me to
revisit the AC link above and training doc below. If the final
report sites wake turbulence as the primary cause, this video will
be the best PSA you could ever use to educate people about it.
FAA training doc on wake turb.
Feb Sport Aviation Online
...some RV stuff pg 102.
Wed Feb 4, 2015.
Hours of wiring, about 35 connections closer
to being done......everything I've ever heard about working
underneath the panel is true!
life gets in the Way ...JoeB
I started my RV-10 build in 2011 with some
......misguided ideas of the actual amount of work building
an airplane is. The first few months I found myself working
almost 5-6 hours a day with many nights ending past
midnight. I tore through the -10 Tail kit in no time thought
I was going to knock out this airplane in 2-3 years
flat......kinda fully looking back at it.
In the mean time my day job is flying for the Good ol USAF.
Unfortunately where they usually want me to fly generally is
about an 18 hours away or more from where my project sits
idle in my garage. I have been gone 640-ish days since I
started my project, on various deployments and work related
trips. What I have found as the hardest things to is getting
started again when I get home. Trying to get caught up on
the normal grind, helping the wife with the projects and all
the other things that normal people do every day that pilled
up inevitably takes priority. As soon as I am caught up on
normal "life"I start working on the RV and before I know it
I am again overseas.
I completed the tail kit in about 7 months start to finish,
and I have been working on the wings now for about 2
years............ I am still enjoying the build but
can be overwhelming thinking how much is left and how little
progress I have made lately.
I have seriously contemplated the quick build Fuse, but eh
7K seems like a lot of money to pay someone to do what I am
sure I can accomplish, albeit a little faster.
Anyways I am sure there are plenty of you out there who have
similar Life gets in the way experiences.
The bottom line is I am addicted to building, and flying and
I just don't have the time for either right now. Have some
serious "RV envy" of everyone posting those amazing trip
pictures. Maybe the APP store has a good flight simulator I
can use at my desk...
Well that is enough of a rant for the day, hope yall didn't
waste too much time reading it.
No real point to this post just a Rant to fellow minded
people who understand the trials of this enormous project.
Status Report ...Larry New
I think I'm done with the panel except for a
pesky PWM switch that keeps breaking. All hand cut, painted,
labeled and wired myself. Moving the fuselage to the hanger
this week to meet the rest of the parts for final assembly.
the missing washer ...Dale B. -12
I just started working on the Rotax motor
installation. Page 46-03 Step 5, "Remove the retaining nut
from the bottom of the rubber insulator several inches aft
and below the mounting bolt location."
Well, not watching what I was doing, I started unscrewing
the nut with an open end wrench. When it came loose the nut
fell and I didn't see it fall. I found the nut wedged down
in a crevasse of the motor casing. I can't find a washer. I
can't say for sure that there was even a washer there. I
searched everywhere .... except behind the fly wheel. Lord
help me if it is hiding there. Does anyone know if I am
looking for something that was not even there?
I need a new EGT probe
Tue Feb 3, 2015.
passing of Bob Archer ...Stein
I received the very sad news that Bob Archer
has passed away this past weekend...I think we all owe him a
"thanks" for what he contributed to Sport Aviation over the
Below is a short biography that I understand Bob wrote when
he was feeling better. It's in 2 posts due to length.
My condolences to the family, it's been a pleasure dealing
with Bob over the decades. He was quite a character
and a veritable wealth of knowledge.
Bob has been a member of EAA Chapter
96 since 1990 and an EAA member since 1968. In that time he
has served on the chapter’s BOD and has been a resource to
anyone looking for information regarding aircraft antennas.
But let’s get back to a start point. Born in Milwaukee in
1931, Bob lived there until, at the age of 13, his parents
moved to California. He graduated from Redondo Beach Union
High school in 1949. The “Draft” was a pretty sure thing
back then, so these were rough times for young guys. The
Korean War started in 1950 and Bob tried to join the Air
Force. But the Air Force had quotas at the time so he had to
wait. In the mean time he got drafted, took the physical and
was told to wait. The rule was that after a 90-day period if
he was not called he could do as he pleased or wait to be
recalled. He was not called in the 90-day period after the
physical and then immediately enlisted in the Air Force.
In the Air Force, Bob was sent to technician school where he
studied ground-based search radars; then was trained on new
type radar and sent immediately to Korea. Bob got there, but
the radar systems did not. Instead, he was assigned to an
auto-tracking ground based radar north of the 38th parallel.
Here he tracked our inbound bombers and, on dark nights and
in bad weather, vectored them to their targets and told them
when to drop their bombs. Reassigned to the U.S. (in the
winter of 54-55), he was sent to Nevada where, with the
auto-tracking radar, they tracked incoming fighter-bombers
that were practicing toss bombing [“loft” bombing] on the
live A-bomb tests. He witnessed about a dozen tests.
Everglades City Seafood Festival ...Carlrai
Took my niece Sam with me and met Mark
My opinion and worth what you're paying for it: If you
fly down there, don't do it during the Seafood Festival.
Previous posts explained that and the proprietor of Triad
unintentionally talked us out of it when he told us about
DO go down there any other time and try the REAL grouper at
Triad Seafood and bring home a pound or two of Stone Crab
claws. Makes for a great day!
VLictures ...Vlad pictures
9 Month Status Report ...Guilhermepilot
Engine Mount hole misalignment question
I started to install my engine mount
today. The top two holes lined up well on the QB fuselage.
The two bottom corners are a little off but I can pull on
them and things should work out OK. The two center bottom
holes however, do not line up well at all. One of these
holes hole in the fuse is between 1/3 to 1/2 outside the
diameter of the bolt pass through on the engine mount.
Turn around a point ...Vlad pictures
Mon Feb 2, 2015.
RVs on the TV Whenever I Want It.
Random thoughts and ramblings. I read
reviews of the currently available streaming TV options,
and decided to finally buy a $99
Roku 3 last Thursday.
Here's a picture below of me using it to play YouTube videos
of RVs on the living room TV. You can search for them
using the phone or tablet, then tap the 'show on TV' button.
Yes, the blanket is purple and yes it has Disney princesses
on it. It's my daughter's. Her friend made it
for her years ago. You got a problem with that?
Besides watching YouTube clips on the TV,
which is shockingly addictive, the ability to watch
thousands of movies/shows/documentaries for free is
jaw-dropping. An added bonus is we now get NASA TV and
ESPN3. We've been watching movies and shows on NetFlix
for years using our phones ($8/mo) and can now watch it on
the big TV. Sweet.
Of course, I spent huge chunks of Saturday
(while it was raining here) watching music
dissected in minutia, like the
drum part of 'YYZ'
off Rush's Moving Pictures album with the drum levels
pushed way up in the mix. Jump to the 10min mark if
you want the live performance part. Then
how to play 100 guitar
riffs in 12 minutes. Oh, and
here's 100 bass riffs.
This is sooooo much more entertaining on the big TV.
I can envision not too far off in the future
cutting the cord on cable entirely and going with free
over-the-air local stuff and streaming internet TV.
it floors me how much historical aerospace content there is
on YouTube. For example, this 30 minute long
documentary on the X-15
watched it Sunday morning on the TV with the headphone jack
plugged into the Roku remote (I wake up a couple hours
before the rest of the family). So much more
satisfying than another soul crushing, I.Q. lowering episode
of East Coast Ice Pawn Swamp Outlaw Boo Boo Choppers.
Then on to about two hours of clips on
NASA's lifting body program (search
results). I'm loving this YouTube on the TV thing.
Tangent. As Super Bowl halftime shows
go ...I don't see anyone topping Prince's 2007 rendition of
Purple Rain, in the rain, with Florida A&M's marching
"Can I play this guitar!!!!!!" In my
humble opinion, THAT performance is how you entertain
~100 million people simultaneously. One person on
a stage, playing live...mistakes and all. So good that
you can throw the mic down to the stage and let the crowd
sing instead (2min 58sec mark). Showmanship.
Then the weekend was over....just like that.
Did I even get out of the chair?!?!
Congrats to the Patriots. Basketball
playoff finish with a hockey fight thrown in. Great
game. OK, on to the RV stuff now....
RV-7 First Flight ...Jeremy
weekend trip to Tasmania, lots of photos ...Eddie Seve (Sydney, Australia)
Airborne Pics w/Pants'n Fairings ..ao.frog
Report ...Carl in Sweden
Selfie ...John Kimmel
...ad in the Previous Day's News