your ad here.
August 25, 2016. Issue No. 4,189.
Day 4. Almost 8 hours airborne love every minute! ...Vlad's
Well rested I left Toad River Lodge and
airport. Weather forecast looked stellar for all day up to the North
Pole. I decided to track Alcan till intersection at Robert Campbell
highway then take it to Klondike.
About the RV 12 being built by the National Test Pilot School
"The build program was initiated as a way to
give NTPS Graduate Assistants the opportunity to conduct a first
flight and envelope expansion test program, develop an aircraft
flight manual, learn about aircraft construction, and how to manage
a long project (we are hoping to be finished in two years). The
RV-12 kit was appealing to us due to its small construction space
required, detailed construction plans, the simplicity of the hand
tools, and the E-LSA registration once the build is complete. The
RV-12 is owned by NTPS and the aircraft will be used to either
support the school's courses and R&D programs and/or used for staff
during off hours."
Panel Upgrade...John Owen via Jesse
From this (pic 1) to this (pic 2) in 7 days.
Now just waiting for the G5.
23 July: Troy, IL ('America the Beautiful' New Installment)
When I entered the little shack at Shafer
Field, I was met by the musty pall of ages and ages past, and the
cramped height of the ceiling made me feel like a man who, after
growing up and living a long happy life, returned to one of his
grammar school classrooms and discovered that reality had shrunk the
coliseums of his imagination into tiny tombs of dying memory.
Instantly, I found myself squeezed into the America of the 1970's:
24 July: St. Louis, MO (where the VAF servers live) ...Scott
After my nightly flightline prayer walk, led
through the amber and the blue beaming glow of the lighted tarmac, I
floated somewhat dreamily through the front door of the little
shack. Ed Shafer had earlier given me permission to use the shower,
which I did. It hadn't been used in a long time. Hundreds of dead
insects and a layer of dust became a muddy vortex that swirled a
tiny history of conversation and camaraderie down the drain before I
The shower was baptismal for me. I could feel the layers of salt and
the slime of two days' worth of sweat joining the party of dead bugs
below me, and I felt like a new man drying off.
I slept soundly on the couch of the shack that night with Old Glory
hanging behind me. I awoke at first light, packed up my bedding,
brewed a pot of coffee in the back room, got caffeinated, then
headed out. The crackling gravel driveway led me away from the
comfortable embrace of the airport, and I drove through the morning
toward St. Louis.
It was Sunday morning, and the roads were wide open. Everyone was
still in bed, it seemed. There was a Port-a-Potty sitting there
alone by the side of the road, so I pulled off and used it. I beheld
the approach of downtown St. Louis as I went back to the Hyundai and
started up again. I breezed toward town over the Martin Luther
Microsoft Security Software (free)
There is a lot of scary software out there
that does bad things to your computer. Somewhat RV-related, I guess,
in that you use a computer to read this site. I thought I
a website to your attention if you use Microsoft products and
would like to scan those products for viruses and malware. It's not
real-time continuous scanning, but it is free and it does contain
the latest virus scanning definitions.
I use the 'Malicious Software Removal Tool' and 'Safety Scanner'
options on at least one computer that runs older software that I
don't want to upgrade (Essentials and Defender no longer works on
the old, old stuff).
METAR/TAF Wx Abbreviations Decoded
You know when you're looking at a METAR/TAF
report and you get to the part there at the end and you don't
understand any of the letters or numbers? I found a pretty neat
summary sheet online. Direct link
and I added a link to it on the weather page in the upper left
RPRT - Report
RPRTD - Reported
RPRTG - Reporting
RPRTS - Reports
RPT - Repeat
RPTG - Repeating
RPTS - Repeats
RQR - Require
RQRD - Required
RQRG - Requiring
RQRS - Requires
August 24, 2016. Issue No. 4,188.
The last week or so of editions
have been so incredibly motivating, I must admit wondering how many
people have finally ticked over into that 50+ percentile of finally
deciding to start building their RV. Scott, Vlad, Brian, Bevan...today's
edition is just another wonderful example. You guys are part of the
current round of amazing people carrying the torch, promoting the
world's most amazing hobby through your words and digital photographs.
Scott, I forwarded the URL of your "America the Beautiful" travel story
to my sister in Houston so she could forward it to her church
congregation. I suspect many others are doing the same. I think
you might have a future giving speeches at churches <g>.
Thanks again to everyone who contributes with their online stories and
construction and flying milestones. I consider myself extremely
fortunate to call so many of you fine people 'friend'. It is very
These amazing planes ...Bevan
I volunteered to do a very long distance
service call last Saturday. The drive would have been 5.5 hours each
way plus fuel stops and road construction delays. Over the course of
the trip we only "saw" one other vehicle going the other way.
Something seemed quite strange as it was such a beautiful summery
day. The scenery was spectacular, the day was warm and the sun,
bright. Where was everybody? We also never saw any traffic lights,
stop signs, cops or construction zones either so we never bothered
to slow down let alone stop during the entire commute. Very strange.
It's just amazing to go full out 300kmh (legally) for an hour
straight, 14,000 feet high above the earth in a contraption built in
an old barn over time. Air Traffic Controllers were very courteous
and profession to us as they accepted our requests and presence in
their airspace like we belonged on their radar screens. In contrast,
there had been several obstacles and road blocks along the way while
persuing this dream of achieving home-made personal air travel. Any
one of which could have derailed the dream and one did for a couple
years. If you're building, stay focused on the task, never give up.
Rest if you must but not for too long. One day it will be done and
worth all the effort. Keep pounding those "rivets". Bevan
23 July: Litchfield, Troy, IL ...Scott Chastain
A red gyrocopter was doing touch-and-goes
before I cranked over that morning. It departed the area just as I
back-taxied down runway 18 and to the departure end of runway 27.
After takeoff, I climbed up to 6,500' MSL until I met a scud layer
at that altitude, then climbed up to 8,500'. The air was heavy with
heat and moisture at the lower altitudes. It was another high-flying
Work trip to KHXD ...Brantel
Work trip to Hilton Head to attend a class
all week. Decided to use the RV to get here! 1:38 flight time vs 6hr
drive! No brainer! Line guy was awesome and delivered the
rental plane side. Impressed the wife who gets to lounge by the pool
and the beach all week while I sit in class! Don't want to
even think about how much fuel cost here! Love getting to use
the plane for trips!
Day 3. Flight of Two Separated ...Vlad
Troy Branch knows his territories. He gave
us tons of suggestions on local sightseeing. A corridor to the north
was about to open when we followed Troy to the fuel pumps.
Interesting Engine Photo ...upperdeck
I had this unique photo of my engine sent to
me today and thought I'd share. I travel to San Antonio and
Titan right after Labor Day to observe the build and return home
with some extra cargo!
August 23, 2016. Issue No. 4,187.
Fuel to fly to breakfast - $35.
Breakfast - $30. Fuel for quick flight - $6. Taking my
daughter & mom flying - Priceless!
Train Derailment RV-6 Photo Run
If you are local you might've seen this
on the news.
On Sunday evening around 6 PM a train pulling coal derailed at a
bridge about a mile east of our airport. Five cars fell in the
creek, bridge destroyed, no injuries, no hazardous material. Monday
morning I checked the FAA website to see if there was a TFR, looked
at my flight radar app on my phone to make sure there were no ADS-B
returns orbiting the area, climbed in the RV with the traffic screen
front and center and went over there for one lap to get some
I could hear the Channel 4 news helicopter
approaching the area on the radio and I made sure they saw me and I
saw them. I was at 1800 feet, 500 feet above them. Orbited one time
and took a few pictures, then got out of the way. You can see the
pictures I took
HERE. More choppers showed up later in the morning.
I was 1200' above the site, so they aren't
too sharp. I didn't want to get any lower.
Highway 377 was closed for a few hours, but
it should be open now. It's amazing that there can be such a mess
and I can take care of it so quickly. Glad nobody was hurt.
Logged 12 minutes <g>.
Day 2 ...Vlad
If you have an airworthy airplane, completed
your BFR and never been to Montana, take a couple days off and go!
One of the prettiest and friendliest places to fly. Flying in
Montana never gets old you can even legally land on an adjacent road
if you find a strip like Russian Flat is too rough.
N436KH (reserved) first cross-country
N436KH first cross-country KWHP - 9I3
Distance: 2252 Miles
Average speed: 65 MPH
Fuel burn: 5 GPH
N436KH (reserved) just completed her maiden cross country, from
Whiteman Field (KWHP) to West Liberty Airport (9I3).
Speed was a little less than I had hoped for but fuel burn was about
what I expected… For the Penkse truck we traveled in.
I am the proud new owner of Van’s Aircraft RV-6 s/n 21390.
At 53 years old, it finally became time, but not quite as I
About 25 years ago, my then-wife and I worked on her RV-6; I was
there from the uncrating to hanging the engine before we parted
ways. I always planned to build my own, but life got in the way: an
Air Force career, living on a sailboat, a busy medical practice, you
name it. I was just always too busy or couldn’t figure out how to
make the logistics work.
From Lucas at Trutrak...
Status Report in Pictures ...crabandy
I finished filling/smoothing the new
fiberglass and added a flange to the inside of the lower cowling.
August 22, 2016. Issue No. 4,186.
begins her last semester at SMU today (she finishes her undergraduate
work a half year early thanks in part to AP classes and summer work).
Then it's off somewhere to get her PhD in chemistry, we think. Tate
begins his sophomore year in high school this morning also. Shifting his
sleep cycle back a little each day over the last week to get ready has
been pretty funny. Teenagers are basically a form of hibernation.
The transition begins back to the school, with fits and starts as
always. I do love these kids...
There is plenty of motivational RV content today to keep you from
working for at least an hour. Thank the wonderful people who
compiled these amazing RV travel stories. Rock stars all of them!
How lucky we are to have them in our online midst.
I hope you had a nice weekend and your Monday goes well.
Saturday morning work session at the Van Cave. Rob Reece RV-8.
Journey Of A Lifetime (long) ...Vlad
It took me two years to get ready. Enormous
amount of planning and training went into it. I wanted to do
something different on this trip. I wanted to use my airplane not as
a means of my body delivery from point A to point B but rather as a
sightseeing platform. I wanted to stretch the route legs as far as I
could. To places off beaten paths, where very few homebuilt
aircrafts ever been if any. I wanted to prove to those who are
still making decisions to build your own aircraft or not and for
those hesitant to leave the home state. Build and go! If I can do it
That's how my 20 days odyssey looked like when I planned it:
The New Guy at Van's ...Tony Kirk
As a result of the recent R&D Prototype Shop
vacancy at Van's Aircraft I have the extreme pleasure to announce
that I have been selected for the position.
I'd like to thank Rian Johnson, Scott Risan, Scott McDaniels and Ed
Chesney for having the faith in my abilities to bring me into the
Van's Aircraft family.
I also want to say THANK YOU to Mr. Richard VanGrunsven for making
the whole RV community possible! Without him none of this would even
The thrill and excitement I'm feeling are an order of magnitude
beyond the feelings I had after I flew the first flight of my RV-6A
11 years ago!
I think the "RV Grin" on my face is permanent!
Flight with the ambassador of Venice ...Bob Corriveau
I consider VAF somewhat of an E/AB Swiss
Army Knife of blog sights. It is a great place to find help on
whatever RV model you are building, a great place to find great
building tips, ideas for mods, unending eternal debates of primers
or nose dragger/tail dragger debates.....and the list goes on and on
But one of the greatest things of this site is the folks you get to
meet as the result of communicating on the forum. I am so often
amazed at the great folks you meet in aviation as a whole(yes and
the sour grapes are there too!). But I think that you meet people on
the VAF forum that DR has provided that up the level of being top
class of the aviation community.....one of those people that I have
been privileged to acquaint and befriend is Gary Palinkas...The
Ambassador of Venice (FL).
Ottawa - Boston getaway ...Lycosaurus
Shirley and I both took a Friday off and
headed out for a Boston weekend. The weather forecast for Ottawa was
not looking great for Sunday, so we had already anticipated a
Saturday evening return home.
We left Friday morning on an 25 minute IFR flight plan from Carp
CYRP at 8:30 with intent of clearing customs in Massena KMSS. Once
arrived we were 'greeted' by three customs officers for which one
seemed to be in training. A thorough radiation survey was performed,
and my paperwork checked. First time ever that I was asked for an
airworthiness certificate, and a medical. All clear, and we continue
on to Boston for another maybe 90 minutes and arrive at Hanscom
airport KBED. We chose Signature over the other FBOs since pricing
for fuel, overnight, ramp fee etc was somewhat a wash with the
competition on the field. Expensive fuel, plus a "flowage" charge.
Nice spot for a Boston arrival though.
Did W&B ...rjcthree (Rick)
I did weight and balance today, the good
news is there is no logical way to get outside of the CG range
without doing something almost impossible. The bad news is N183RC is
a little chunky, about 40lbs over target. I came in 1113 empty with
all pants and fairings, empty fuel. There was a single headset in
It's a RV-9A, tip up, O320, Sensenich fixed, Sensenich aluminum
spinner, D180, Dynon AP, GTX327' SL30, 496, electric trim, mid level
interior. Painted in and out.
1113 with everything, 1103 with no fairings or pants.
Is that about right?
Cajon Pass fire, French Valley Landing ...Doug 9A video
Should have instructed wife
So I have been wiring the intercom and radio
stuff for a while and I am finally done, so I needed a test, found
the hand held paired up a frequency and went back into the house and
said here, listen to this and check if you can here me, go back into
garage, get in plane and transmit (4 Romeo Tango radio check ) and
then I hear over my head set: (this is sexy beast come in! ) Geez!
climb out of the plane as fast as I can, run back into the house and
start yelling HEY HEY! stop! this is a live aircraft frequency! I ca
romba, I should have explained a little more detail what I needed,
but hey, at least the radio works!
America the Beautiful (July 22) ...Scott
After the long morning nap on the floor of
the upstairs snooze room at Classic Jet Center, my clothes were dry
and I felt refreshed enough to make good on my transient nature; the
Dove was ready, and so was I, to blast out of the Lost Nation area
and into the great unknown. Once again, I said my farewells to my
friends at Classic Jet Center, then packed up, preflighted, cranked
over, and back-taxied to the end of runway 23.
The weather conditions were marginal at best. After takeoff, I had
to scud-run for about 50 miles, first to the WEXER intersection,
then on to RITZS. After that, I was pretty much able to point the
nose up and rise above the curling remnants of the night before.
A straight 185-mile leg, taking me just 10 miles south of Fort
Wayne, planted me in the middle of a large swath of soybean, corn,
and hay fields. Wabash, Indiana (IWH), would be a welcome respite
from the night before. It felt good to be out in the country again:
Day 1 ...Dr. Mark Ciaglia (Houston) RV-10
"4 hr, 31 min of actual building on the
first day in the shop. I can't believe I have something that looks
like part of a plane."
Thought I would add to my thread from a
couple years ago, thought is was funny, this is two weeks old, so I
guess I am now branded for life. Getting close to finishing this
thing, don't know what else can bite me, maybe a sheered finger when
the wings go on?
August 19, 2016. Issue No. 4,185.
Susie, Audrey, Tate and I would like
to wish you and yours a happy, safe and RV–filled weekend!
The new baby comes home ...woodmanrog
Well, the day finally arrived! After waiting
out numerous stormy days and personal agendas, we were able to fly
RV14A, N199MJ, home to HWO. With Myra at the controls, all went well
as our friends Jim and Eddy took the following presentation
recording our flight.
Fresh Out of GLO ...took the pics yesterday for Grady between
RV-14 N214SW is ready to go! Beautiful
America the Beautiful
[ed. If you haven't
checked out this thread in the last few days, Scott has been adding
new material and has many of us hooked. It hasn't taken very long
for more than 12,000 views to queue up, and if you give it a look
you will understand why. To me this story represents everything that
you might daydream about while you're building your airplane.
Getting in and just going, not exactly knowing where you are going
to sleep or eat or even end up. Big giant question mark full
As Bob Collins said in
one of his replies, this may very well be one of the best threads
Trip Video- Osh16 (part 1) ...Ed
With the amount of stuff that we do at
Oshkosh, we’re going to break this into two posts. This one is going
to focus on actually getting to Oshkosh, and some of the events of
the first few days.
The Thursday before the show, I got the plane all pretty and our
friend Sean Strasburg (along with his dad Nyle and nephew Gio) flew
in from Salt Lake City. Then Friday morning, Sean and I flew over to
Menomonie to meet up with other fellow RV10 builders Tim Olson (and
his family) and Lenny Iszak
Check those tails
I have been doing lots of prebuy inspections
over the course of the last year, and one issue keeps coming up a
whole lot more than I care to see. In about 30% of the RV's I
inspect the tail is improperly mounted, some to such a degree that
they are unsafe. The tail is the area of the airplane where most
everyone learns the skills they will need throughout the rest of the
build. It is also the area where I see the most problems.
A True Cross Country
This is a write-up of my first true
cross-country (Pacific to Atlantic and back) trip in my RV-10. This
included a visit to Oshkosh.
Since the write-up is quite long, I split it into four parts. Here
Steep turns with my Cousin from Spain ...Manny Oro
Cousin Carlos Jose visited from Spain last
week. I took him on a "spin" around the block. Boy was he happy!
RV 12 Bull Session
Pictures of last Saturday at Bremerton
National airport. This is the fifth year that local RV 12s have
rendezvous at PWT for a bull session. The weather was CAVU so we had
a good turnout, seven planes in all, with another checking in with a
bad ignition module on run-up and had to abort. There was an RV12
defector who came anyway doing penance in his new RV8, plus some
observers who where still building or just interested. Wives like to
attend as well, and everyone had a good time gabbing and looking at
the airplanes. It was very hot on the tarmac so the group headed
rather quickly for the relative comfort of the airport diner for the
good food and camaraderie.
Status Report ...ctennis
August 18, 2016. Issue No. 4,184.
Calgary to Vancouver Island ...Troy Branch trip report
When Vlad was out I had mentioned that I had
not done many write ups lately as I had been doing the Videos. He
insisted I should get back at it. Well you can thank Vlad for this
RV-14 Motivational Footage ...mothership
A few test [video] shots, shot with
our new camera turret. Thanks to Scott for the great formation
flying! Be sure to watch it in HD!
Moving Day! (slightly late) ...sbalmos
This past Saturday, as predicted, was Moving
Day! Off to the airport with the bird. I had numerous offers and
suggestions from fellow EAA chapter members on various trailers. But
none of them were wide enough for the main gear legs, and I wasn't
exactly keen on the idea of rigging 2x10s outriggers for the wheels
to rest on. Didn't seem stable enough, or enough shock absorption.
So I ended up calling a near-the-airport car towing company. Their
normal flatbed was wide enough, it obviously had shock absorption
and general "heft", and was insured. Sure, it cost, but it was peace
Ware RV-14 RV-14 First Flight
New Prop Data ...AX-O
I have had some time to fly the new prop.
Comparison of the props below. Additional feedback from my wife is
that the prop looks too small
everyone is a critic. Next prop is under development right now.
Craig is trying a completely new blade design. The blade will be
modeled similarly to a 787 wing tip. He is also going back to a 70
inch diameter. The one thing I have not done is compared the props
at the same MAP. I did not have the time to collect the data prior
to the OSH trip.
August 17, 2016. Issue No. 4,183.
Open house tonight up at the high school for
Tate. Starting his sophomore year next Monday. Very proud of the big
guy! Audrey starts her final semester at SMU next Monday also, so the
whole family is spooling up (like summer has been some sort of vacation
- yeah right :-)). Summer is actually the most stressful time of the
year for us historically. Looking forward to getting back into the fall
routine with maybe the occasional flight when the temperatures allow.
Today's edition is almost completely devoted to an article written by
Richard VanGrunsven regarding his recent trip to Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Forwarded to me by the gang at the mothership.
Rob Reece RV-8 'sorta' on the gear at theVanCave.
thoughts from AirVenture 2016
...by Richard VanGrunsven
Fly in, Fly out.
I had the privilege of flying to and from
Oshkosh in our “old” RV-10 along with our Lead Engineer Rian Johnson
and passenger/office lady Anne Bobbitt. With good weather, this was
a non-event; mostly. Our first leg eastbound was from Aurora, OR to
Bozeman, MT, about 600 sm using just over half of our fuel. The next
leg was planned to stop at Aberdeen, SD, another 600 miles or so.
About 100 miles out we contacted the kids flying the two TeenFlight
RV-12s who were en-route from Aberdeen to Owatonna, MN. (just south
of Minneapolis) . So, we re-set the GPS to that destination, as we
were enjoying moderate tail winds and figured that a couple of
hundred more miles would be OK. It resulted in a 880 mile leg, which
left us with “only” 17.6 gals. of fuel on arrival. With this
unplanned overnight stop, we had to scramble to find accommodations
and transportation. It all worked out OK.
The next morning we found that the remaining short
(240 mile) leg into Oshkosh would be delayed because of en-route and
destination weather. While we were waiting, we were treated to an
airshow of sorts. The annual “Somewhere to Oshkosh” air race was to
use Owatonna as a turn point, but because of the weather ahead, all
racers had to stop there to wait-it-out. So, we watched as 80+
airplanes, from Cubs to Turbine Lancairs sped across the timing
line, landed, and parked. We left before they resumed the race, so
we didn’t get to see their departure, which must have been
interesting. As usual, many RVs were racing in several classes. One
of interest was Norman Hendersin’s RV-12 which won the Light Sport
class at 157.36 mph (stat.). That’s pretty amazing, even allowing
for a tailwind! Maybe Norman can write something for us to explain
how he accomplished all this.
THE PERFECT STORM
It was “Arrival day”, Sunday, Airventure
2016 minus 1. Pilots from everywhere were converging on Oshkosh, but
had had their arrival delayed by IMC at their destination. When
ceilings finally lifted to just above minimums, the floodgates
opened and planes pounced on Ripon in great numbers. It was not
ideal! Everyone wanted in, but there were too many of us, flying too
close together with our tails practically in the clouds. The arrival
pattern was opened and closed repeatedly to try to moderate the
incoming flow. Planes were sent into a holding pattern around Rush
Lake. On our third attempt we managed to find a barely open enough
gap in the line and were able to “arrive” but not without witnessing
several irregularities. Our wing mates Adam Burch, with shipping
lead Jessica Volbrecht, in the RV-14A, tried a few times to get in,
then opted to divert to a satellite airport and relax for a couple
of hours until the traffic settled down a bit. It’s somewhat like
freeway congestion in that it takes a long time to clear out even
after the causal factors have been removed. The FISK arrival
procedure is about the best possible means of handling a high volume
of incoming traffic, but does have its limitations under
circumstances such as theses. The only partial solution I can think
of is for all pilots to prepare well, fly professionally, and if
necessary, divert to alternate airports to wait it out. A tall
order, I admit. We all suffer from destinationitis!
The established arrival procedure is a good one
and works well up to a point. I don’t have a Silver Bullet solution
to offer, other than to encourage all participating pilots to be as
proficient, courteous, and professional as possible.
Number of RVs in attendance! Just plain,
Wow! I understand that the final count was 629. I know that when I
finally got over to register our RV-10 the count was 578. That is a
staggering number when you consider that I never saw more than a
dozen or so of any other type homebuilts parked together. Many times
during the week I could look out from our booth and see numerous RVs
taxiing to and from the “West 40” parking area. It got me thinking:
If all of the RVs took off at one minute intervals, it would take
over10 hours to get them all in the air. If they were all headed
west towards Van’s home in Oregon and were flying at 180 mph (no
winds or fuel stops) the first would have landed there before the
last departed Oshkosh. The remainder would be spaced at 3 mile
intervals over 6 large states. I hope that this puts into
perspective the significance of the attendance numbers.
Congratulations to all!
Since I didn’t get the opportunity while
on site, I’d now like to offer my thanks to all of the pilots who
participated in the RV formation fly-overs. I did see most of these,
and they were super impressive. Again, no pilots of other homebuilts
have ever approached this level of exhibition skill. Though I know
it isn’t, you make it look so easy. Your formations are so perfect.
There just aren’t adequate superlatives to describe these. You make
us proud! I know that there are countless hours of practice plus the
cross country flying, staging, etc. that are necessary to make these
few minutes of fly-over time possible. Our hats are off to all of
I hope that you all enjoyed stopping by
the Van’s booth and talking to the Van’s folks manning it. Gus
Funnell, Jessica Volbrecht, Sterling Langrel, Adam Burch, Rian
Johnson, Anne Bobbitt, Ed Chesney, Georganna Seager, Mike Seager,
Mitch Locke, and Daryl Sahnow. I’m justly proud of these folks along
with all other Van’s employees.
I wasn’t able to look at display RVs and
talk with their builders. There are many demands on my time other
than RV activities. As a member of the EAA Board, I had mandatory
meetings and social events that collectively took up about a full
day. Related to the BOD position, I’m on the Safety Committee which
met on Sunday (before) and also participated in the TCC (Type Club
Coalition) meeting. Then there was the Founders Innovation Prize
competition, plus a speaking engagement at the Homebuilers Banquet,
and the annual AKIA meeting I also moderated a panel discussion on
Teen Built Aircraft projects, as well as helping set up the Teen
Aircraft display area which hosted 12 airplanes (nearly all RV-12s)
That’s a thumbnail description of my “Oshkosh”. I
wish that I had more time (and energy) to visit with and learn from
all of you.
Not complaining, just explaining.
FOUNDERS INNOVATION PRIZE (FIP) and Van’s
Both were scheduled for the same time on
Tuesday evening, so I had to eat-and-run, skipping our after-banquet
The Founders Innovation Prize; $25,000 for the
best idea to solve the problem of Loss of Control (LOC) accidents. I
had the honor/challenge of being one of five judges selected to
determine the winners. There had been around 140 entries, from which
we (judges) had beforehand narrowed the field to the five finalists
who made their 10 minute presentation on stage at the Theater in The
Woods. They all made interesting and well delivered presentations,
after which we deliberated and announced the winner.
Backing up a bit, I didn’t expect any earth
shaking results of this competition; no Silver Bullet solutions.
And, that’s the way that it evolved. Most of the final 5 entries
included good and innovative features, but none (yet) really ready
for prime time. Most were proposed instruments or systems to aid the
pilot in recognizing the onset of LOC, though one was a proposed
Virtual Reality approach to improve training. Of the remaining 135
entries, many were simplistic and had little real potential. Others
included very good ideas, but offered only partial solution and were
not evolved or tested enough to be considered serious contenders.
What we judges did note was that if one were to take a “cafeteria”
approach and pick, choose, and combine ideas from various proposals,
a very good system could result. That’s what it is all about. It
will be most interesting to see what shows up next year.
One downside of improved warning systems and
stability or control systems augmentation is that of possibly
inducing pilot complacency. It’s unlikely that we will soon see
systems that completely negate the need for pilot skill and
proficiency. Mantra: “The higher the level of pilot skill and
awareness, the less is the change of losing it”.
Because of other interest and priorities,
I don’t usually attend the Homebuilders Banquet. I did so this year
because I had been invited (because of the RV-6 30th Anniversary) to
give a talk. I had the pleasant opportunity to talk with a number of
builders, and I hope that some enjoyed by semi-prepared talk.
SPORT AVIATION: Competition Aerobatic article.
Most of you have probably seen the
Competition Aerobatics article in the August issue of Sport
Aviation. I wrote this at the request of James Clark and Ron Schreck
(Oreo cookies & Milk aerobatic video). I think that this updates
Van’s position regarding flying RVs in IAC Aerobatic competitions.
This is yet another activity in which to enjoy the versatility of
the aerobatic RV models.
Though by no means the first time, Bob
Hoover was a guest at Oshkosh again this year. Justly so, he was the
subject of many interviews, etc. I had the good fortune to see him
at the President’s BarBQ on Friday evening. He arrived in a wheel
chair, which didn’t surprise me as I knew that at age 95 he had
become frail. In addition to the usual perils of that many years,
Bob’s body had endured numerous occupation injuries. All things
considered, we’re fortunate that he is still with us.
I am normally hesitant to approach notables such
as Bob because I don’t consider myself a natural conversationalist
and try to avoid small talk, whether giving or receiving. Besides,
many other guests were keeping him busy in conversation. However,
Mitch Locke, who was with me at this event, very much wanted to meet
Bob. So, when Bob had a free moment we approached him and bent down
to aid his impaired hearing . After Mitch’s introduction and
comments had run their course, and as there were no others waiting
in line, it was my turn. I introduced myself, my connection to Van’s
Aircraft, and the fact that I had flown in several airshows with him
many years before. Then, remembering that Ken Scott’s father had
worked with Bob many, many years ago at North American Aviation, I
thought that this reminisce might be better than other small talk
banter. As soon as I mentioned the name “Neil Scott”, Bob’s eyes
brightened and his face became animated. “Neil Scott was the best
flight test engineer I ever worked with” he offered with great
enthusiasm. Then he related a story about a time many years after
both of them had left North American. It seems that someone had
given him a surplus F-86 to fly and it had become inoperable because
of a problem no one knew how fix. He remembered Neil and was able to
contact him, resulting in a solution to the problem. I had
previously heard a prideful recounting of this event from Ken, so
already knew the ending. I mention it here for two reasons. One,
that I was able to find a subject that Bob obviously enjoyed talking
about. Second, it confirmed that Bob is genuinely modest and openly
willing to offer praise and credit to others. Whether or not this is
the last time I will get to see Bob, I will always remember his
sharp mind and his willingness to speak with mere mortals. A great
pilot and a great person!
Headwinds, forest fires, Big air/big sky
Westbound from Oshkosh usual means
headwinds, and this year was no exception. That said, even with an
8:35 AM Oshkosh departure, we were able to land at 6:30 PM at home
in Aurora. It still amazes me that we are able to do this with
planes we build ourselves.
Over western Montana our course took us near a new
forest fire. New, because its smoke plume was only 40-50 miles long,
but none the less impressive. Though there had not yet been a TFR
assigned, we remained far enough away that we would not interfere
with any possible aerial fire suppression efforts. Yet, we were
close enough to appreciate the grandeur of it all.
The state of Montana bills itself as “Big Sky
Country”. It is big, just look at a map, or fly over it pushing into
a headwind. The stretch from Billings, MT to Mobridge, SD is about
400 miles of relatively flat, sparsely populated boredom. The air
there is almost always turbulent. In the soaring community we have a
term called “Big Air” to describe large masses of air moving
vertically at high velocities. (thermals and down drafts). Sometimes
the air is rising for several miles, and then descending for similar
stretches. When in the windward lee of large mountains, this is
understandable. But over relatively level ground, I still don’t
understand what causes air to behave thusly; to gather from miles
around into a large masses going up or down. I can understand nice
civilized Western Oregon thermals that are measured in hundreds of
yards, not miles. The result is, that when flying on autopilot (who
doesn’t?) your cruise altitude remains the same, but the airspeed
varies by as much as 30-40 mph as the airplane claws it way out of a
sink hole, or surfs along on a nice fat thermal. Also, thermals and
sink are not always configured as text book perfect cylinders of
air. There are often lines of lift or sink. Soaring pilots strive to
identify these and maneuver in and out to their advantage. The
autopilot is not as clever; it just flies a heading and suffers the
consequences. When flying through “blue” air over featureless
terrain, you just take what comes your way. However, at one point
over western Montana a few small cumulus clouds appeared, marking
the “green” air. I disabled the autopilot for a few minutes as I
attempted to deviate into what I thought would be good air. Bingo!
We started climbing nicely, and maintained this trend for a couple
minutes. At the time I had the plane trimmed for about a 300 fpm
climb. The accompanying photo shows about 120 IAS (about 150 true)
and nearly 2000 fpm climb. It didn’t take long to reach our target
12,500 ft. altitude desired to comfortably clear some 10,000 ft.
terrain. Still bumpy at twelve-five, but cooler and more tolerable.
The further west we went, the smoother it got.
Though not a perfectly clear day, Mt. Hood (OR) came into view at
about 100 miles distant, so we knew that we’d soon be able to
command a descent and speed over the lush green forests of the
western Cascade Mts. within minutes of “home”. Though I can’t
imagine ever not attending Oshkosh, It’s always great to return to
the sanity of home.
August 16, 2016. Issue No. 4,182.
consecutive days above 100°F, our neck of the woods down here in Dallas
Texas is finally getting some much-needed rain and lower temperatures.
The thought of a short flight after 8 AM in the morning is now a
Join the 20 nmpg club
There have been a number of excellent threads on VAF regarding
optimization of aerodynamic efficiency, and also some valuable
threads on measuring true airspeed and static system errors. I think
we need to start a thread for those of us interested in efficiency,
and accurate measurements of performance....the 20 nautical miles
per gallon club. Here is my entry.
Yesterday I flew my RV-10 home to Pennsylvania from a fantastic trip
to Leadville Colorado with my two sons (more on that in another
post). We climbed high for the return flight, and about four hours
into a five hour leg, and with lots of time to study the numbers on
the EFIS screens, noted that we were doing 155 knots on 7.5 gallons
per hour, which works out to better than 20 nautical miles per
America the Beautiful ...many more installments added (and over
6,400 views) in the last 24 hours (Scott Chastain's trip)
Tiedown Technique ...a discussion and some pics
From Continental Motors Group
TITAN ENGINE EXTENDS OSH DISCOUNT TO THE END OF AUGUST
San Antonio, Texas, August 11, 2016/ VansAirforce.net -- - Titan Engines
has extended the Airventure Oshkosh discount of all of the 320, 340,
360, 370 and 540 engines. The discount amount is $1,500.00 off of
the base engine price. The offer will expire on August 31 st , 2016.
It is being offered as an incentive for builders to save some money
and acquire the strongest and most innovative engine for their
Titan engines are built to the individual’s specifications with multiple
options for fuel delivery, ignition, piston compression ratio, and
cylinder type. Many of the parts have improvements engineered into
them that surpass the original design criteria for durability and
performance. The reciprocating mass is dynamically balanced for very
smooth operation. The engine is customer built in house by
professional builders, and run-in for a minimum of 3 hours. This
run-in accomplishes the majority of the engine break-in. Then the
engine is preserved for storage up to a year.
Builders who wish to take advantage of this offer may place their order
and then schedule completion of the engine up to 1 year after a
deposit is placed. Call 800 324 2359 to configure and get a
email your requirements to email@example.com.
I decided to start sealing behind the
spinner, pink foam cut out with a jig saw and epoxy/micro'ed onto
the cowl. Im making the front hole behind the spinner smaller and
adding a 90* flange with 1/2" clearance from the prop spacer. I'm
thinking I can make the seal with 1/2 foam weatherstripping from the
cowl flange to the prop spacer or some rubber baffle material from
the cowl flange to the ring gear support.
August 15, 2016. Issue No. 4,181.
America the Beautiful ...Scott Chastain trip write-up
[ed. You'll need quite a few minutes to
read all this! Thank you for posting Scott!!!! v/r,dr]
Shortly after returning home last February from my third overseas
mission trip through The Sending Place, this time in Ghana, Africa,
I began praying for guidance; specifically, I prayed for guidance
about where the Lord wanted to send me next.
I got the silent treatment for about a month.
Suddenly, I heard that He wanted to send me around America in my
RV-8, Descending Dove, and to do so while Americans still had
the freedom and opportunity to make the journey. Yes, I would be
flying solo, but He promised to be with me through all of it.
I immediately began planning the trip and, since I'm a school
teacher on a very tight budget, I finalized the route of flight
according to the general areas of the country to which I was being
led, along with the cheapest fuel I could find. The planned mission
looked like this:
Questions that arose were simple: What would I eat? Where would I
sleep? How would I get around once I was on the ground?
The answers were simple, too. For food, I packed over six #10 cans
of dehydrated food items along with about 20 lbs. of jerky, dried
fruits, nuts, and snack items. I packed a 3-man tent, an inflatable
twin mattress from Costco, an REI hammock, and much of the
backpacking gear I've used in the Sierra Nevada during my summer
Formation with Warbirds! ...Mark Burns
Halls, TN Airshow. Bulldog Flight Formation
Team. After the Friday afternoon practice we were giving airshow
I was leading a flight of 3 RV's. The TBM Avenger and Mustang took
off after us. I purposely stayed over the airport to watch them.
The Mustang joined up on the Avenger and they continued to fly
around over the airport. I was following them around at a safe
distance just enjoying the sight!
Finally, I got up the nerve...
I radioed the TBM Avenger and asked if my RV flight of three could
join up on his flight. He said "we're doing 180 knots!".
Then immediately his #2, the Mustang, said "I can fly slower". The
Avenger pilot then asked me what speed would work for us, I said
"160 kts will work". He said "OK, I'll slow to 160". I asked the
Avenger pilot to give us a left turn. I put my two wingman in right
echelon and we did a slick join up sliding right up behind the
Mustang, joining up on the Avengers right wing! It was awesome!
Our passengers had a blast! My passenger, Ian Cochran took the
photos shown here.
Landing at Fallbrook, CA (L18) ...Doug 9A
Here's the latest vid, shot with my new $65
Polaroid Cube camera. 1080p HD, at 30 fps. I'm pretty impressed with
the quality and the nice vivid colors...note when I turn from the
runway to the taxiway and the sun lights up the side. Better than I
expected for the $$$$$. Field of view is narrower than a GoPro, but
the image looks considerably sharper than a GoPro Session, and
pretty close to the more expensive models.
2016 - Tuesday's 34 ship Formation Flight ...George Ford
[ed. Note the multi-ship
formation upper right in the grab below. Great vid! v/r,dr]
August 12, 2016. Issue No. 4,180.
I think the heat index here in DFW was
109°F Thursday. Tomorrow the same, but later in the evening we're
supposed to start getting a little bit of a chance of rain. Maybe an
inch and a half before the end of Sunday. Highs on Sunday in the high
80s. A very welcome thing for this neck of the woods. Every house
has two a/c units and they are all turned to 11.
I got a note from Van's that Sterling Langrel and Adam Burch will
be attending the
Petit Jean fly-in Oct 14-16 in the RV-14 demonstrator. Possible
stopover at the Van Cave (my hangar) the day before or after the event
for the people not going to PJ wanting to see the RV-14 up close.
More later as I find out stuff and I'll keep you in the loop.
Susie, Audrey, Tate and I would like to wish you and yours a happy,
safe, air-conditioned and RV filled weekend!
RV-14 demonstrator will be attending Petit Jean fly-in.
photo courtesy Van's Aircraft, Inc.
Repose in the Everglades ...Scott Chastain story coming soon
On the Final Stretch! ...AAflyer
I'm running out of important things to
do...(other than shave). I must be getting close. I hope
to enlist my Chapter-mates to help me get the engine cranked in the
next few weeks, and will have them swarm over my project before the
DAR is scheduled. Hope to get my fly-off done before the cold
weather gets to NJ. Stoked!!!
Petit Jean Lodge Full ...Bill
UPDATE 8/11/2016 As of this morning .... it
appears that the Rockefeller Conference Center is completely booked!
There is no alternate lodging available as there are no other hotels
on the Mountain...really it's true! One of the issues is that a few
folks have booked several rooms under one name. PLEASE PLEASE be
sure you are coming if you do that. The RCC cannot keep a running
wait list so we just have to turn Lodgers away if the rooms are
booked. But remember, it's very easy camping so that's always an
option and this really is a "Fly, Camp, Lodge, & Hike" event :--)
We all understand WX cancellations but please don't just hold a
block of rooms until the last minute and please be sure you have
also completed the online registration for all attendees if you have
already reserved a room(s). THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT
Vladus Report ...Alaska continued.
seeing you all at Oshkosh again this year!! We just received a new
batch of Valve Extensions. The flexibility of these extensions
allows you to get easy access to your hard to get to tire valves.
For more details on this and more GREAT PRODUCTS, please visit our
web site, aircraftextras.com.
Video by George Ford of the OSH RV team
Airflow Website Update
After a year of hard work Kyle has pretty
much self-taught himself how to build a web site. He also installed
a web store that is now operational. This should make your on-line
shopping easier. There are still products being added, so if you
don’t see something you need, just give us a call. We think he
did a great job on this new site, so check it out at
www.airflowperformance.com . Give us your comments too. That
helps us with refining the site.
August 11, 2016. Issue No. 4,179.
at work for 9m 56s...Randal Warren vid
Welcome to Texas Claudio!
Finally, after months of preparation and
tons of documents, I arrived in the US on the beginning of August.
Now that some of the most important things are done, I'm starting
looking around for a good flight school.
I live in Cypress and I read good online reviews about "The Flight
School Inc." at Weiser Airpark that is just a couple of miles away
from my home. Any feedback on this school?
Any other suggestion?
Was Avellino - Italy...
Now Cypress, TX
Bird or bug strike? ...bat?
OSH'16 Vid ...Anthony
Welcome ...Don E (West Chester, PA)
Hi, guys -
I've been lurking for a few days, drinking from the firehose, so to
speak, learning as fast as I can. I've ordered my empennage and have
been assigned a number - apparently the 329th RV-14 kit sold! I'm
going to do the QB version. All new to me; really didn't ever expect
to be building an airplane, but now very excited to get started.
Thanks for all your posts; I've picked up a lot already. I have to
do a lot more reading to winnow down my list of questions before I
start making a pest of myself; but I'm here! What a great airplane
we're all building!
7A Rebirthing ...kentlik update
Slider Rail Woes [ed. That's a blues
song, right? In B minor I think...]
Laura's Paint Scheme ...Mike S.
Some of you might remember the name Steve
Barnard from back in the early days of the RV 6a. He had a business
called BAC--------Barnard Aircraft Co., and did prefab work on the
wing kit----Vans had them as an option for a while, just like the
Plogestien spars. Steve also developed the Holey Cowl, now sold by
Anyway, Steve is a buddy who lives just up the street from us. His
son Ethan just refinished/upgraded the signage at the entrance of
the airpark, Eagle Scout project.
Santa Visit....I mean Stein
The Kinds of Notes Vlad Gets
August 10, 2016. Issue No. 4,178.
1,000 hrs in my RV9 ...Bruce Sacks
Somewhere over Georgia while dodging rain
showers on my way home from Maryland, my RV9 surpassed 1000 hrs of
faithful service. My first flight after completing the construction
was July 1, 2006.
This wonderful machine has taken me as far
as Chicago and Oshkosh, Ottawa, the Bahamas, Key West, and many
places in between including ten straight years to SunNFun.
Next for N659DB is a condition inspection, oil change, magneto
overhaul, and modified wheel pants.
See you at Triple Tree in September!
The re-birth of N94CR ...j-red
Three years ago I began to fulfill a
lifelong goal: to build and fly my own airplane. When I was a kid,
my dad, though not a pilot, subscribed to kitplanes magazine. I must
have read each issue a hundred times. In 2013, the opportunity
presented itself to purchase a barely started Zenith 601XL kit which
I finished in a year and a half working almost every day between 5
The N601DR flew on May 15th, 2015, and by December she had almost
100 hours on the tach. It was a great plane, and we had some fun
adventures together, but I needed to be building again and started
looking for my next project last winter. This spring, I sold the
Zenith and a week later purchased N94CR. Here's a picture of her
back in the glory days!
She's a 1999 6A with about 500 hours on the
airframe and factory new 0-360 that went "Splat" on the nose while
taxiing on an unpaved strip. Here's what she looked like when I
Photo bomb the Breitling Jets ...BruceEicher
Katie and I got free admission to the Oregon
Airshow by flying in and offering up our bird for static display.
(Not to mention beating traffic, parking and a long walk into the
It was a fantastic show with Jerry "Jive" Kerby giving a
breathtaking performance in his RV-8A Wild Blue!
Oh, and there was the Breitling Jet Team, really not bad!
As the crowd thinned we pushed HulaGirl out to the flight line but
could not resist stopping for a photo. Then even one of the
Breitling Team pilots came over and complimented us with questions
about our plane!
What to expect before flight ...J.Cummins (Gallagher Aviation
Near the Finish Line With Your Van’s
What Happens Once Your Plane is Finished?
Important Preflight Insurance Tips for Van's Builders
Many Van’s builders are caught off guard by the often stringent
training requirements and cost of insurance for the first year of
flying coverage. A higher potential for loss drives insurance
companies’ strict requirements, but with knowledge and planning you
can meet their conditions. We’d like to offer some pre-completion
advice to those of you still in the build phase.
Van’s Aircraft are proven aircraft with eight insurance companies
vying for your business. However, out of those eight, only four
offer coverage during the fly-off period without coverage
restrictions. The fly-off period generally comprises the first 40
hours the aircraft will be flying after you complete it. The fly-off
hours required can occasionally be lower depending on the propeller
and engine — an RV-12, for example, only requires five hours.
Minimum pilot hours are an important factor in the process of
insuring a recently completed plane. Required hours vary depending
on which model you are building. It can be quite shocking to
complete your aircraft and be ready to fly, just to be told you do
not meet the insurance companies’ minimum pilot requirements. The
information below shows our suggested minimums for ratings and
hours. Note these suggested minimums will not necessarily exclude
you from getting quotes, but are just recommendations to acquire the
best price your first year.
RV10 Suggested minimum certificate/ratings: Private pilot
Suggested minimum total logged hours: 300
Additional suggestions: Have an IFR rating
RV12 Suggested minimum certificate/ratings: Student
Suggested minimum total logged hours: Varies
Additional suggestions: private license preferred
Other A models Suggested minimum certificate/ratings: Private pilot
Suggested minimum total logged hours: 100
Additional suggestions: N/a
Tailwheel models Suggested minimum certificate/ratings: Private
Suggested minimum total logged hours: 200(15 tailwheel)
Additional suggestions: 250 (25 tailwheel) preferred
Next, make sure you understand the different kinds of coverage
• Ground and Flight quotes provide hull and liability coverage while
the aircraft is flying,
taxiing and on the ground.
• Ground Not in Flight quotes provide hull coverage only while the
aircraft is taxiing (off
the active runway) and while on the ground. The liability portion of
the coverage applies
while flying, taxiing and on the ground.
• Ground Not in Motion quotes provide hull coverage only while the
aircraft is not in
motion (under its own power). The liability portion of the coverage
Another variable that inevitably comes up is “How much dual
instruction am I required to complete?” We suggest you contact us
for full flight insurance quotes well in advance of the time you’ll
need them — three to six months, as a rule of thumb — so you can
gauge the time and expense of training requirements. Once we work
with you to select an insurance carrier, you will know how much dual
instruction the insurance company requires. The quote may also list
solo requirements, which you must fulfill in your aircraft prior to
carrying passengers. Once you receive the quotes and select a
carrier, you can start planning transition training. As you probably
know, FAA regulations state that you cannot complete the training in
your newly built aircraft. The four insurance companies that insure
the fly-off period understand this and typically provide some leeway
on the model in which you train. All training, however, must be done
in a Van’s aircraft. If you plan on training in a model that you are
not building, it is advised that you verify instruction in the
planned model will be approved by the insurance company.
Understandably this is a lot of information to digest, especially
when completing the aircraft is your first priority. By planning
ahead, you can make the transition from workshop to cockpit smooth.
As Gallagher Aviation’s two dedicated Vans specialists, we invite
you to call with any questions or concerns you may have.
August 9, 2016. Issue No. 4,177.
Alaska Update ...Vlad
Matanuska Glacier. Smooth ride all the way
to the top.
Charging your phone or tablet while camping off-grid
Just got back from AirVenture and got a kick
out of watching the novice campers fight over a bank of outlets to
charge their phones and tablets. It was a power cord apocalypse!!!
I never once plugged into A/C. Here's how I camp off grid.
Oshkosh 2016 Trip Write-up ...bullojm1
Holy cow, I can't believe it's already that
time of year for Oshkosh! This year presented some unique challenges
from last year. My best friend was getting married the week prior to
Oshkosh (Thankfully it wasn't the same week...I might of skipped the
wedding). Normally a wedding isn't a big deal, nor a big time
commitment, but my friend decided to get married in Belize. So for
the 8 days prior to Oshkosh, I was in paradise with my best friends
and family. The way back from Belize offered no margin for airline
or weather error. The flight arrived at 10pm, I would be at my home
at 11pm, wash clothes, pack, sleep by 1am, and then up bright and
early for blast-off to Oshkosh! I rolled out of my driveway a little
multiple pics and pages
RV8 Secret ...stancuruthers
Don't say a word to anyone on BeechTalk
BUT......I'm seriously considering selling my V35B and purchasing an
RV 8. Would love to hear the do's n do not's as it relates to
what to look for. I think I want the IO-360 but some have told
me the 180 HP will almost keep up. I want to install G3X touch
with G5 also 750 and maybe Garmin's new autopilot or Tru Trak Vizion.
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Trivia re: that
Jim Koepnick OSH Pic
(from Adam at Van's) "This
great Jim Koepnick picture actually captured a few of the Van's
crew, to boot! I believe Mike and Georgeanna Seager are also
in that picture, but they're a little blurry. (Too active and
energetic to capture with mere photography) Feel free to
share, all credit to EAA, Jim Koepnick, and Michael Barbee for the
Status ...Bill Boyd
Including some oversize holes in the HS spar
to attach the VS forward spar, but that may not be a big deal
(fingers crossed, see temporary thread, waiting to hear from Van's ,
etc.) As we are all fond of saying, it's getting easier to tell what
this thing in the basement really is.
August 8, 2016. Issue No. 4,176.
Vlad Alaska '16 Installment
RV-12 Oshkosh Trip Report… and the unexpected… PilotBrent
Posting this in the RV-12 section as for me
its more about the plane than the trip. Well this year I decided to
fly to Oshkosh in my RV-12 loaded up with camping gear (tent, cot &
mattress, some food and basic cooking stuff etc..) and to camp for a
week, for the very first time under my plane in HBC. Have made the
flight once before in N913BC, when it was unpainted, but camping
along with acres of RVs around me was a goal I needed to cross off
the bucket list.
Major challenge was fitting (what clearly appeared to be way too
much) stuff inside the -12. Decided to disassemble the passenger
seat, put the cushions in the back, and use that area for the
heaviest items and bungee them in place; filled the baggage
compartment as best I could with everything else. I weighed every
bag and misc item in the days leading up to departure to stay well
within CG. In fact, I was clearly well below gross despite what it
looks like and the plane flew better than it does when I know I am
near gross (less runway, good climb…)
Status Report ...PilotjohnS
Just an update on where I have been.
After the great big learning curve on airplane tools, I think it is
time to begin. The tools were not really more expensive than I
anticipated, but just mind numbing with all the options. I think
this is where a weekend course or the guidance of an experience
builder would come in handy; before buying having tried the tools on
a sample project, or helping another builder and learning the tools,
would probably have saved some grief. But I do want to thank my
friends who have stepped up and helped my out with tools they no
I started looking at the practice kit, and realized one of the first
tools I need, is not one I had anticipated buying right away; that
is a close quarters dimple die set. But the practice kit needs this
for the ribs. So that is on the way. These tools are not really
expensive in terms of dollars, but are in terms of time waiting to
NTPS RV-12 Project
Graduate Assistants at the National Test
Pilot School have successfully completed the assembly of the rudder,
vertical stabilizer, stabilator, and anti-servo tab on a Vans RV-12.
The tailcone assembly is currently underway! NTPS Graduate
Assistants are recent engineering graduates pursuing a Master of
Science (MS) in Flight Test Engineering (FTE) degree spread over a
three-year period while gaining real-life experience on flight test
programs at the same time. Stay tuned for the next major milestone.
Received my swing out cut out panel piece
from Upnorthaviation.com Excellent precision work, all the Dynon end
panels fit perfect even the rivet holes for the nut plates! Awaiting
production of the new HDX to fill the big hole. playing with the
Brother label maker, not happy with the tape look, may need to look
for something different. Got my replacement DIN 12 connector for the
Kannad ELT, take 2 soldering challenge tomorrow......here is my
ghetto wiring job, notice the EFII fuel comp box, no need for red
cube boxes, PLX O2 sensor and Fuel ratio gauge installed, Dual ECMs.....got
to tie up loose wires and labeling, sat in the plane 6 hrs today,
seats nice and cozy! If there are bad things you see here, (this is
my first panel) please critique, Thanks, Bret
Standing on her own three feet! ...sbalmos milestone
She's standing on her own three feet! A long
hot day with dad helping, a few requisite scattered choice words
thrown in, and she's grown legs.
Petit Jean '16 ...Oct 14-16
Status report from Bill Boyd ...RV-10
August 5, 2016. Issue No. 4,174.
Wishing you and yours a
happy, safe, air-conditioned and RV-filled weekend (108*F heat
Oshkosh—Now with an RV-10 and Offspring! ...Guy Prevost
The 2016 event was a different Oshkosh for
us. After attending regularly from 2007-2012, we missed three years
due to a drastic change in our reproduction rate. That rate has once
again reached zero (I hope) and this year we attended with the
fruits of Merideth’s labor. Ayrton just turned 3, and Amelia was
born on opening day of Oshkosh last year. On previous trips we’ve
been extremely airplane focused, both in showing our pride and joy
RV-8a and in seeing every other interesting plane and event on the
field. This year I kept the RV-10 that was built by another mostly
under wraps. It’s quite functional, but not the prettiest RV on the
field by any stretch. As for activities, it was all about catching
up with old friends and making sure the little ones were having fun.
If they’re not happy, no one in a 50’ radius is....
Osh' 2016 Trip video ...Paul Kendrick
I cobbled all of my photos and video clips
from this year's Oshkosh trip together into a video. Flight was from
San Luis Obispo CA , south over Sedona, Las Vegas NM, then up
through Wichita and into Osh. The trip home was the same route in
reverse. Hope you enjoy
[ed. One of the more motivational I've seen. v/r,dr]
Eagle's Nest Projects - EAA AirVenture "Teen Build-Fly Program" a
Teen-Built Aircraft Soaring To New Heights
Teen-built aircraft set all-time records this year at both SnF and
AirVenture; seven (7) aircraft were displayed at SnF by Eagle’s Nest
Projects and thirteen (13) aircraft represented by six organizations
were displayed at AirVenture. This was more than double the number
of teen-built aircraft displayed last year and a testament to the
growing popularity of teen build-fly programs. Eagle's Nest Projects
is extremely proud to be a small part of this growing movement!
[ed. advertiser milestone I can relate
"I thought I'd let all of you know, that as on Monday, August 8,
I'll be full time at TS Flightlines. This has been planned for quite
a while now, just the timetable got moved up 6 months. Not of my
doing, but of the company that I called home for 17+ years.
But, because of the great friends and clients of VAF, and others, we
put a plan together to be able to do this. We dont foresee any
issues, and its a seamless transition, from working 9 hours a day
for someone else, to adjusting that time to working for ourselves,
AND helping our clients. Now perhaps we can get alot of those
development projects done, AND finally get to work on our RV7.
Thanks again to all of you!
Tom and Suzanne
Tom Swearengen, TS Flightlines
Teflon Hose Assemblies for Experimentals"
Inman RV 12 Pilot VS. Overflight of 30 Aircraft at Oshkosh
Dawn Patrol to Sebring ...GLPalinkas
Met some new RV friend's from Merritt
Panel Status Report ...rolivi
Here's how it came out. I've got 10 hours
behind it so far and am very pleased. Need to get the yellow
tape out of there and do a proper marking job.
Home Depot Site Sighting: From AX-O
"Technology really is ridiculous sometimes.
Do I really need VAF on a refrigerator? What is next, a
Alaska Update ...Vlad
Barter Island, Alaska. A local bush pilot
said he saw only one kit plane landed here years ago. He recognized
Vans aircraft right away and asked if it was a 7.
August 4, 2016. Issue No. 4,173.
My New Toy ...John Canty
I recently purchased a flying RV-6 and had a
chance to fly it for the first time yesterday. It flew beautifully.
It is a basic set-up but has the big O-360 up front. The Performance
Propeller wood prop provides a very smooth, very fast ride. Excited
to say I am an RV owner......!
Now I need to figure out what to do with my RV-7 QB kit that has
been sitting in the garage..!
N542DP sitting in her new home:
RV-10 Status Report ...mbishop
My first countersink (7-31-16).
Shop Update ...scard
Yesterday we had the full crew working on
the shop and they finally finished. See the guy that is out of place
in the first picture. That is the framing contractor. He wanted to
get paid. Not so fast. I need a day to work up any punch list items.
Actually, I've been watching so close that there may not even be a
Next steps are:
- Tanya is talking to a painter (or at least attempting to) that
gave an attractive quote for paint labor. If that comes to fruition,
we'll have it painted. Otherwise, we're going to paint it ourselves.
We would prefer to have paint done before roof and rock.
- The overhead door is scheduled for install this Friday.
- The roofer is ready to go as soon as we say so.
- I don't know what the status of our rock guy is. I'd have to
consult the GC on that one. Hopefully we still have a rock guy.
- Hose bibs and other "non-plumbing". Hmm, does the plumber stub in
the hose bibs through the rock before or after rock? I'm guessing
- I have marked most of the receptacle and switch locations inside.
It is time for me to start setting boxes, punching holes, and
running wire. I set the load center last Saturday.
- When the overhead door goes up, I'll install the lock set on the
entry door. It is coded so no key is required. I've promised
unfettered access to all our friends. "Don't ask, don't bother me,
just go use the space and tools as if it was your own. If you leave
with a tool, there will be a sign-out sheet at the front door."
- We need to clean up all the construction debris.
- The rock guy will do "under pinning" to pretty up the sides of the
foundation. Then we can continue our back filling. I see more
tractor time in my future. (multiple
Panel Status Report ...Colin P.
I did my panel in the free CAD software from
emachineshop.com I like their setup since you can design the panel
and get an instant (in software) quote to have it fabricated. The
downside is that you have to design all the instrument cutouts
yourself, but that is actually pretty easy.
August 3, 2016. Issue No. 4,172.
at nearby KAFW. Done this dozens of times over the years. I
checked in with the tower with the current ATIS and was cleared in
number two behind a Falcon on what they said was a right base in
front of me. I did not have the Falcon in sight and I could hear on
the radio the Falcon did not have me. No worries, nice clear day and
I'll find it soon.
Coming straight at me, and I took required
I took the airplane up for a 22 minute hop before it got too hot -
first flight in the last 7 days. The usual spots with the
culmination being the 16L ILS practice approach starting two miles
north of the WIGZU intersection (
I was established on the ILS trimmed up and
stable at 95kts, with the autopilot now coupled on the way down.
Monitoring things. Inside WIGZU and descending.
When I caught sight of the Falcon it was at
my 2 o'clock coming directly at me, not on a right base inside of me
as I had been told. The gear was down and the flaps were down and it
was in what I would guess was a 30° right bank as it passed right to
left through the extended centerline at my altitude. I would
estimate we were less than a mile apart. When it crossed the
extended centerline the runway was 90* to its right.
I turned off the autopilot and put the
airplane in a spirited right turn to de-conflict to the West.
I'm guessing less than 5 seconds later I keyed the mic and told the
tower that I had abandoned the approach and was headed out to the
West to give the Falcon some room. The Falcon continued East of the
centerline for another mile or so and banked around hard again to
line up with the runway on about a half-mile final, I'm guessing.
I'm also guessing there were no passengers on this leg. I
found it on FlightAware....it flies a lot, and this was a reposition
run I'd imagine.
screwed up and I don't think it was me. Maybe the Falcon had too
much speed/altitude and was trying to scrub it off in a wide turn or
the controller misjudged the closure rate of the two aircraft. It
was clear and a million and it was only practice, so VFR see and
avoid. I later came back and checked in one more time for the
practice approach. At minimums I turned climbed out to the
East to go back to my home field and the controller cleared me for
the frequency change - she signed off with a "sorry about last
time". Like I said, I don't think it was me, but no harm no
foul. Learning experience.
What's the take away from this? I guess one
thing could be that even though you are cleared for the practice ILS
practice approach in VFR conditions, don't assume that there won't
be a business jet directly in front of you at your altitude pointed
at your head <g>. I know that if I had checked in with
approach first and got a squawk this would not have happened.
I like calling the tower though and asking for the WIGZU-in quicky -
it's fast and fun workload and weather permitting. I had been
monitoring tower for a few and they didn't seem too clobbered.
Anyway, it was good practice. I got to
practice bailing on an approach, taking care of my own hide first
before asking permission. Fly the airplane and all that other stuff
that gets drummed into your head. It works.
Another kernel of knowledge on the mental
OSH16- New record 932 home-builts on Monday ...WVM
"This white board is located in the small
home-builders parking shed."
List of 2016 AirVenture Homebuilt Award Winners
Design, Name, Award, Registration
TITAN MUSTANG T-51, JIM WINDERS, Replica Workmanship, N153JW
ACROSPORT II, ROBERT DAVIS, Best Aerobatic, N323BS
KITFOX S7 SUPER SPORT, JOHN BOBCIK, Kit Outstanding Workmanship,
LANCAIR LEGACY, LARRY EVERSMEYER, Kit Outstanding Workmanship, N72LE
LANCAIR IV-P, DENISE KNOTTS, Kit Outstanding Workmanship, N24XE
VAN'S RV-8, CHRIS IVES, Kit Outstanding Workmanship, N742MM
VAN'S RV-10, EDWARD KRANZ, Kit Outstanding Workmanship,
VAN'S RV-7, JEFF DIEWOLD, Kit Outstanding Workmanship, N747W
GLASAIR SPORTSMAN, TODD RICHMOND, Kit Outstanding Workmanship,
MARQUART MA-5 CHARGER, JOHN LAKE, Plans Outstanding Workmanship,
BREEZY RLU-1, WHITNEY COYLE, Plans Outstanding Workmanship, N386WC
VAN'S RV-7, KEN KORENEK, Kit Champion, N702KK
VAN'S RV-6, STEVEN HURLBUT, Kit Champion, CFHBZ
CARBON CUB, MICHAEL RATH, Kit Champion, N617MR
VAN'S RV-7, DAVID KICKBUSH, Kit Champion, N757DK
VAN'S RV-10, RODNEY JARRELL, Kit Champion, N104AZ
AIRCAM, MATT TISDALE, Kit Champion, N331TT
LANCAIR LEGACY, ADAM MOLNY, Kit Champion, N181AM
VAN'S RV-7, RICHARD L. DIXON, Kit Champion, N487RV
LANCAIR ES, SAM SILVERSTEIN, Kit Champion, N333WV
GLASTAR, HOWARD AND LINDA PLEVYAK, Kit Champion, N19HL
VAN'S RV-6, JOSEPH MAY, Kit Champion, N164BJ
PA14 EXP, GORDON GILCHRIST, Plans Champion, N18PG
SKYOTE, JOHN ROBERTS, Plans Champion, N88NX
MUSTANG II, CARLO CILLIERS, Plans Champion, N462MC
PIETENPOL AIRCAMPER, DANIEL HELSPER, Plans Champion, NX929DH
VAN'S RV-8, BOB MARKERT, Reserve Grand Champion Kit Built,
STARDUSTER II, ROBERT ENGKVIST, Reserve Grand Champion Plans Built,
ACROSPORT II, TONY BROTHERTON, Paul Poberezny Founders Award for
Best Classic Homebuilt, N42690
LANCAIR LEGACY RG, VALIN THORN, Stan Dzik Memorial Award for
Outstanding Design Contribution, N321TF
LANCAIR LEGACY RG, VALIN THORN, Grand Champion Kit Built, N321TF
F.8L FALCO, MIKE ROERIG, Grand Champion Plans Built, N453YR
Vlad's '16 Alaska ...Vlad
Thanks everyone it was a good and intense
beginning of the trip. My wingman caught on me in Montana we
followed to Troy's. We got nice service by BranchAir in High River
then lost each other in MVFR. My wingman Chip turned around and I
pressed all the way to Toads River, British Columbia. Thank you Greg
for excellent advice on Mile422!
Vlad's '16 Alaska ...Vlad
A lot of interesting places landed in
British Columbia and Yukon Territories.
Wind Gust Damage ...PaulR
My 9A inadvertently was left outside, tied
down, at KIOW the week of the 4th of July and suffered through a
storm front that contained 75 mph gusts and lots of rain. I know it
blew pretty hard because of the Citation that jumped its nose wheel
chocks and rolled across the tarmac. The good news is it didn’t get
wet inside. The bad news is, the gust locks all came off so I assume
the ailerons, elevators and I know the rudder were flapping in the
wind. I know the rudder was as there is now a dent about the size of
a pencil eraser in one side where it contacted the trim tab.
Knowing that gusts like that could have caused more damage than was
visible, I removed all the inspection covers and did a very thorough
inspection the next day. Finding nothing else amiss, I flew it
around the pattern a few laps and thought all was okay.
When I left the next day and got to cruise altitude I found, much to
my dismay, I had to hold a little right rudder to keep the ball
centered, which I have never had to do. Other than that, all was
So my question is, where do I start looking? Rudder looks fine and
even if it twisted, wouldn’t it still be in trail and something
else, i.e.: gear leg fairings, wheel fairing, etc., have to have
moved to cause it to need right rudder? I have visually checked the
GL fairings and wheel pants and they “appear” to be fine. If the
rudder was twisted, could it cause the need to add right rudder?
Oshkosh 2016 trip writeup ...Bruce Hill (9A)
[ed. And 365 photos.....]
Van's Aircraft, Inc. Sticker Sighting
"Photo Bomb! Luke Aiken's Heaven's Sent jump was complete with
a Van's Aircraft logo! I managed to install it on Skydive Kapowsin's
Caravan the week before at the Pacific NorthWest Skydiving jump meet
in Oregon. The long lived tradition of visiting jumpers adding
logo's and stickers to the interiors of jump aircraft to add to
their 'character' is long lived, of course with pilots approval
though. No W&B change or 337 necessary. It's kind of hard to read
though but you can definitely see it... ;-)
Great job Luke!"
(click to enlarge)
OSH16 Videos & Pictures from the taxiway P1 ...WVM
August 2, 2016. Issue No. 4,171.
Starting the ascent up
Mt. Inbox after a long weekend - it will take awhile. I'll get the
August wallpaper calendar up sometime today (July 33rd). ;^)
Scott McDaniel's OSH Presentation Notes (40 page PDF document)
Van's master RV maintainer Scott McDaniel's
notes from his OSH presentation make a handy guide to your own
condition inspection, keep 'em flying safely!
[ed. Link added at the
bottom of the 'Articles' section. v/r,dr]
Milestone: 49 States
Gary Sobek sent me a text yesterday saying
he finally completed the task of landing his RV-6 in 49 of the 50
states. 48 and 49 were Minnesota and North Dakota. On the second day
of Oshkosh he sent me the following pic during the high heat / high
humidity portion of the event. It seems appropriate in this context
Many congratulations to Gary. This is a very
small club to be in.
If the water hose you use in your hangar is
kinked and old and looking pretty shot, don't forget to turn off the
valve before you go out of town for the weekend. Luckily, Randy saw
the water running out of the hangar and came in and turned off the
faucet (he has a key). It basically rained on my airplane for
several hours and some of that water dripped in and got the carpet
wet. So the idiot (me) spent a good chunk of Monday morning mopping
up corners and running a fan inside the airplane.
100% my fault and totally avoidable. I
bought a new eight-foot section of garden hose on the way home from
the airport to replace the one I *should* have replaced years ago.
Not too long ago I was rereading the Richard
Feynman physics lectures from the late 60s. It basically described
physics in a manner that the everyday person could understand. A
portion of that involved evaporation on an atomic level. Link at:
Remembering reading that lecture is what
prompted me to put the fan in the airplane :-)
My friend Adam Burch designed this shirt
Note the RV frame in the background.
Also available on art prints, metal signs, greeting cards, etc. (link).
Permission from all the required parties regarding public domain
artwork, etc and I hope he sells a million of 'em. Adam is a
really good guy. dr
Impressive RV taxi chain at Oshkosh 2016 ...video
August 1, 2016. Issue No. 4,170.
Susie and I cashed in our AAdvantage miles and used the two roundtrips to
attend a nephew's wedding in Seattle's Volunteer Park over the weekend -
quick up and back and dog tired. First time in Seattle, and our
first long trip as a couple in 10+ years we think (we don't travel
much). Many congratulations and warmest regards to the new couple,
Daniel and Kathie Jurek (web).
Daniel, your Dad would be so very proud of the man you have become.
Susie and I enjoyed meeting your new wife very much, and thank you for
the invitation. We were honored to attend. The pic below is
a few minutes before the ceremony. Daniel's sister Kate played the
violin. A very sweet wedding that we will not soon forget.
The edition is thin today, as we're just now in the door from DFW
airport, but I have more for Tuesday after going through the pile.
Inbox is topped off, so apologies if it takes awhile. Hope you had
a wonderful weekend and have a nice Monday.
Charity Cap Sighting ...Andrew and Florence
"Obligatory Brown Arch photo at OSH '16 in our new VAF hats! Made
our contributions to Oxfam America. :-)"
First Osh ...Jordan Grant
Like some others, the 30th Anniversary of the RV-6 was the excuse
I needed to finally fly to Oshkosh. N198G first flew in 2006 and 10
Oshkosh's were missed since then. Every year there was something -
either I was deployed to some sandbox, or we were having babies, or
other conflicts prevented Holly and I from going. This year, I
decided that I would make it happen, if only for one day. Holly and
the kids had another commitment, but I was going to try!
Arrived home safe from Osh thread
Oshkosh 2016 Homebuilt Awards
At Oshkosh each year, Lindy Awards (named
after aviation hero Charles Lindbergh) are presented to acknowledge
excellence in workmanship in all aircraft categories, but we are
always especially interested in the Homebuilt category. I’m sure
several RVs won awards, and more will be posted soon, but we just
learned it was a very successful Oshkosh 2016 for a couple of
airplanes on “Renegade Row”. Chris Ives won a Kit Outstanding
Workmanship Plaque for his beautiful WWII Navy painted RV-8. And Bob
Markert won Reserve Grand Champion Kit Built - Silver Lindy for his
amazing RV-8, Shadowfax! Both are very deserving of their awards.
Great job, Chris and Bob, the Renegades are proud of both of you!!
Ground Shot ...Mike Millger RV-7
July 29, 2016. Issue No. 4,169.
Looking forward to some of the OSH'16 photo albums coming online over the
next week or so as things settle back to 'normal'. Those are
always pretty good. Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and
Pic from Av8torTom's Son ...OSH museum
Where it started...
Osh'16 ...catmandu write-up
World's Greatest Aviation Celebration®. Airventure.
Better Than Sex (No).
For years, as so many have, I said, “I should go to Oshkosh.” I read
the tales of joy, the tales of woe, the tales of arrival and
departure terror, friends met, friends lost.
This year, prodded by the 30th Anniversary of the RV-6, was my year,
finally, but almost whimsically. We came home from the “big family
summer vacation” last Friday, and then I was able to recover from
all things that pile up during vacation, and flew my purchased RV-6A
to KOSH and stayed in Home Built Camping for three nights.
The arrival Sunday around lunch time, thanks to a low overcast, was
a non event: I did not see a soul between the Chicago lakefront and
the downwind to runway 27. The departure today, ahead of the rain,
well, that was fun!
Arrived home safe from Osh thread
...chime in if you feel like it.
Courtesy Gary Sobek's iPhone Thursday
Alaska 2016 Second Coming! ...Vlad
Two years have passed quickly since my first encounter with The
Last Frontier in 2014. Time for another trip counteracting Caribbean
Rosie. I decided to shift the visit to August. The weather of July
2014 was not favorable and I was not able to reach some destinations
I originally planned. The difference between the last trip and this
one is absolute flexibility. There will be no rigid schedule no
deadlines and no established routes. The only planned stop is the
base of CanAlaska Squadron in Vernon, BC. I want to pick some brains
of fine Canadian folks who just returned from their epic trip.
We are two Vans RV aircrafts and two solo pilots. Aircraft #1 is
newer, faster, with bells and whistles piloted by a good friend of
mine Chip Diggins. He will also be a recovery ship in case my old
bird hiccups. He will start moving from Boston area one day later
then me. He will catch on me somewhere in Montana and we cross
Canadian border as a flight of two. Chip is well trained and was
asking me more then a year to join a trip of a lifetime. You are in
Oshkosh 2016 - 34 Aircraft in
formation cockpit footage! 360 Camera
OSH News for VAF Advertisers and friends:
Dynon Intercom Dimensions ...Dave Bernard
Just a heads-up before you cut your panel! The
actual dimensions of the Dynon Intercom that I received were
different than listed on the Dynon support documents and the
actual template that came with the unit.......
.........After a couple hours of swearing and brainstorming,
I made a fix with a spacer and backing plate for the nut
plates, it all came out looking fine after all.
July 28, 2016. Issue No. 4,168.
(566) RVs on field at peak is the count as fw'd to me, breaking the
record of (480) in 2012. How cool is that?
RV Fly-over Tuesday.
(click to enlarge)
(Gary Sobek saw it somewhere and
fwd'd to me).
Osh pics ...John
RV Folks at OSH Photo ...Rich Klarich
(click to enlarge)
You know that bit about pilots being tight with money?
"The Homebuilders line for a FREE donut. They say the
cheapest thing about flying is the pilot. This line helps
prove it." ----- Gary Sobek (& photo).
From the mothership FB page...
July 27, 2016. Issue No. 4,167.
Courtesy John (RV-12 N1212K)
N199MJ Up, Up, and Away ...woodmanrog
N199MJ took to the skies today at 8:38 am EDT. The engine
purred like a kitten -- all temps in the green. Highest
engine temp at 75% power 381 degrees with outside air temp
of 95 degrees. Myra and I flew almost 4 hours today. Kudos
to Nathan Rigaud of Two Bums Aircraft, Inc. in Sebastian, FL
for all of his assistance and expertise in getting us to
this incredible day. We are the 9th RV14 flying. Pictures
Wed OSH Stuff:
OSHKOSH GROUP PHOTO - WEDNESDAY 8-30AM
"Wednesday morning, 8:30am at the Special RV Parking display,
just WEST of the Homebuilder's Registration building. Please
wear any RV related shirt you have."
Team Redline RV Flight Team night Air Show
RV Social PIREP ...DanH
Well, another Social is in the history books. The weather
was perfect, the beer was cold, and everybody smiled…a lot.
Nothing flies without money...no bucks, no Buck Rogers.
Many thanks to Gallagher Insurance, Barrett Precision
Engines, Continental Motors, Delta Pop, EXP Aircraft
Services, JD Air, Kitplanes Magazine, Perry Hill Automobile
Company, SteinAir, TruTrak, and TS Flightlines.
And now, a few more photos.
RV-3B Status Report ...David Paule
I ordered another dozen #40 drill bits and half a dozen
#30 bits a few days ago. When I bought this kit I ordered a
bunch of these from an otherwise reliable vendor and those
bits were not so good. A competitor sent me some samples and
I've been buying bits from them since.
Made the F-315 outboard seat ribs. These have that 1 1/4"
strip of .025 in the saddle. The plans and one of the
builder's logs show that it should be under the rib flange.
Most of the other builders seem to rivet it to the top of
the flange. Don't know if it'll be a gotcha later, but I
riveted them to the top, too.
These seat ribs fit reasonably well except for the rear
flange, which I cut off and replaced by an angle.
July 26, 2016. Issue No. 4,166.
RV Social Monday Underway. Pic and pano courtesy S. Balmos.
RV Stuff at OSH Today
Schedule: Tuesday, July 26th at 10:00 AM
Location: Theatre in the Woods, at the east end (facing the
- 34-ship RV formation overflights (four passes, 11am
- Van's Aircraft Banquet (you got a ticket, right?)
RV-4 Panel ...olyolson
Ok so it's not a Fancy glass panel like Fitz has but
I couldn't justify the bucks required for a full glass
cockpit for the type of flying I normally do. This is
what you can do if you buy smart, look for used
equipment (mostly here on the forum) and don't mind some
round gauges. The carbon fiber look is from using 3M
Carbon Fiber tape- easy to use, allows for screw ups and
redos (Axel's idea). Just peel off a bit, heat up with a
heat gun and reapply-easy. Ok granted the Garmin GTR 200
and the Aera 660 are new but everything else is used
including the ex-military stick & throttle.
Had to send the used Narco 122 VOR/ILS for repair but it
was a relatively cheap fix. The "used" Trio EZ Pilot
also had to be sent to the Trio company for
repair/update but if you are willing to deal with some
minor issues you can get a reasonably affordable IFR
Made it ...Jetguy
Landed OSH Sunday evening about 445pmct. Very hot
throughout out journey. But had a great tail wind.
Planes flew well, great fun.
Picture is at Fayetteville AR. We were able to fly from
North Texas to OSH without using any 100LL. Thats Bob
Kibby next to his RV12. Because of tail winds we only
Stopped 3 time. Last Stop was 37nm south of OSH so we
will not need to buy Fuel at the show where they only
I'm just wrapping up the annual and it's time for
some engine runs and see how the new boots/cowling work
together. It fired right up and ran like it should. The
first run was just in the idle/fast idle range for about
a minute. After shutdown I had some smoke exiting the
inlets and behind the spinner and once I opened it the
oil door. It didn't smell like a fuel/oil/electrical
smoke but I still got the cowl off in a hurry. I found a
light dusting of pink foam dust on the components of the
lower cowl, I think that along with dust/mouse milk on
exhaust joints/LPS overspray was causing the light
smoke. Pie helping me with the first engine
start, as you can see she's feeling like her old self
with plenty of spunk.
From AX-O Monday...
Ground Shot ...Arlie Conner RV-4
RV-7 Status ...pazmanyflyer
July 25, 2016. Issue No. 4,165.
texted me Sunday afternoon, "35 or 36 RV flight safe on
ground @ OSH". Then we exchanged humidity levels
and heat indexes - him 64%/99*F and me 37%/109*F. He
texted everyone was soaked through at OSH but having fun.
Looking forward to the pics as they appear online.
The HBC beer
tasting is apparently going on as I type this.
Maybe some pics will turn up Monday post hangovers.
Hope my friends attending OSH have a wonderfully
fun and safe time.
Tom & Bonnie Summer 2016
Arrived safe at Osh thread ...chime in if you feel like it.
The RV Social Monday After the Airshow
RV 14A, one more flying!!! ...Rich's N2261
And then there were "8"! Pink slip yesterday and 1st
flight today. First time builder. Big GRIN. What a great
plane this is. Thank you Vans. Flew great. 5000' for 1.5
hours. 75% power OAT 70' F. CHT,s 330 to 370. EGT's 1200
to 1250, fuel flow 16 gph. Oil temp 210'. All good. 24
in. mp. 2500 rpm. TAS 150. Keep pounding those rivets.
Your turn will come soon
Bug and Bee may now fly ...woodmanrog
On Friday, July 22nd, The Bug and Bee was signed off
to be able to spread her wings. We should have our first
flight Tuesday, July 25th. Whoopy!!!
Living the Dream, Landing at OSH in our RV-8 ...Charlie
What a remarkable journey this has been. We departed
Auburn California on Wednesday, July 20th. Made it to
Osh from Austin Minnesota on Friday before noon. What we
encountered along our route was amazing, sometimes a
The turbulence at 13.5 over Utah and Wyoming was jolting
to say the least.
We made it to Torrington WY and stayed the night. I
wonder what happen to the four gentleman in a 182 we met
while fueling in Wendover NV. They too were headed to
Torrington but I didn't see them on the ramp. I hope
they make it to Osh safely.
Mothership Crew On Their Way to OSH ...FB pics
Ground Shot ...McPilot
Audrey is home from nuclear chemistry summer school in San Jose.
She got back to Dallas on Saturday and is now back in
the lab at SMU Monday for a few weeks until classes
start (Senior). She got the shirt...
And yes, I
enjoy talking to my daughter about fission, fusion, gun
assembly and implosion trigger techniques and refinement
amounts of U-235 and Pu-239. Call me a hopeless
romantic... And proud.
July 22, 2016. Issue No. 4,164.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
OSH Bound....Sid Mayeux 7A
RV-6 30th Year Anniversary T-Shirt
...Limited Edition Commemorative Garment from
Window Trim Jig ...Cbull RV-10
I've taken so many ideas from this forum but really haven't given
back. So here goes:
I think this only relates to RV-10's, why I'm posting here. I don't
really know what builders do for the junction where the windows meet
the fiberglass on the inside. Here is my solution, sorry if its been
For this example I used 1/4" deep #8507K14 rubber edge trim from
McMaster Carr. I basically made a little jig to cut one side off of
the edge trim. To cut the trim I generously applied WD-40 to the
trim as I pull it through the cutter. 20' of window trim in 2
minutes, perfectly cut.
I used the 3M instant adhesive in the pic below and installed about
3" at a time. The super glue is very expensive, $30 for that little
bottle, but wow does it hold. I haven't even put a dent in it with
almost all my trim installed.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are roughly 7000 words:
Shop Status Report ...scard
"...I'm looking forward to having it 68 degrees when it is 105
"You made the shirt, Terry!!!" ...Ian post re: the EAA 30 yr
I love the shirt!! That is my plane in the back. I bought the
plane from Terry Jackson, and his wife designed the paint scheme.
While there may be other -6's out there painted like mine, until I
You made the shirt, Terry!!!!!!
Visit Garmin Team X at OSH! ...& daily seminar sched.
Cabin Top Fit Question / Photos ...Justin
Need some assistance on what to sand down more in order to get a
batter cabin top fit. Here's where I'm at right now. Over all it
seems to fit well except for.....Both sides have about the same
1/8th inch area visible on the flange but near the aft end it
disappears. Is this normal or what area should I sand to have
this drop down more? I first thought it was the flange back area
hitting the longeron but there's a gap right there. Thanks!
Superior Air Parts Forum Sched
...emailed to me by TexMex lunch friend Scott Hayes (VP there)
July 21, 2016. Issue No. 4,163.
Colorado! ...Pete Howell Trip Report
Andi and I turned 50 and the RV turned 10 this year. We decided
to get out and celebrate! The mission was pretty simple, see an
unique National Park, do some mountain flying, and get in a bit of
We wanted to hit the mountains early so we flew halfway on thursday
night and camped in the pilot lounge at McCook, NE on a hot rainy
night. Shirley at the FBO was the best, gave us the car, and told us
the best places to eat. We even caught the local Legion game!
RV-14 Status ...Mark in NJ
Hello All, I thought I would post a few pictures of my baby. It's
still in utero but coming along. Wings on order, due to arrive in
Garmin® Team X introduces the GTX 45R and GTX 35R ADS-B transponders
for experimental aircraft
This is a GREAT RV family ...Jeff Vaughan
My family and I have been vacationing in Mid-coast Maine for the
last 25 years. We always drive to our rental house with numerous
bikes, Kayaks, and kids. I love Maine but I have always thought that
my vacation could always be better if I got some air time and had
the opportunity to check out the local area from above. To haul all
the stuff I would need a DC-3 or maybe a Cessna Caravan.
About two years ago David Valcik moved his home and RV12 from
Eastern Pa where I am located to the Belfast Me area. I contacted
David before we left for Me in hopes I could get a ride in his very
nice RV12. "Of course" was his quick reply. This year I decided we
rented for two weeks so it gave us many days to get a flight in.
TruTrak working on multiple STCs for Cessna 172
(from Andrew (RV-4 owner))
Springdale, AR July 16, 2015- TruTrak Flight Systems is pleased to
announce that they are working on STCs for the Eco and Vizion
Autopilots. TruTrak has acquired a Cessna 172, completed the initial
installation of a full Vizion system, and the roll axis installation
for the Eco. The Eco pitch axis installation will be completed
following EAA AirVenture.
The aircraft will be on display in TruTrak’s
outdoor booth #174 at EAA AirVenture. Both the Vizion and Eco
autopilots will be installed in the aircraft so that patrons may see
and learn about each system. The complete product line will be on
display at the indoor booth in building C 3030.
“We are very excited about both of these new
projects.” said CEO Andrew Barker “Our dream has long been to offer
the same safety enhancing autopilots to the certified market that we
have been offering the experimental market for the last fifteen
Founded in 1999, TruTrak is a leader and
innovator in the experimental and light sport aircraft autopilot
market. TruTrak has designed and manufactured many cutting edge
autopilots including the autopilots in the Virgin Atlantic Global
Flyer and most recently Solar Impulse.
SteinAir's OSH Employee Uniform
The site made the sleeve, baby!!!! Standard catchphrase at
the bottom <g>. Stein emailed me this pic today. dr
Status ...Martin Leroux RV-8
A month later, I still don't believe I have reached this stage in
Sometime June 16 just before Dinner time, there was an aluminum
canoe in my shop
What I really couldn't believe is that Yves and I achieved that in
about an afternoon, not more that 5 hours for joining fuselage
front, mid and tailcone.
Panel Status ...sbalmost
Just in time for Oshkosh, the panel comes alive. Still have to
finish the power wires for the ignition system indicators and label
backlighting. But everything else came right up. Only have to debug
why the VPX doesn't want to communicate with the MFD properly.
July 20, 2016. Issue No. 4,162.
A new -8 is born ...Herman in Germany
I recently completed my RV-8. Doing ground testing now. here are
IFR RV-4 Schematic ...FitzRX7
Just finished wiring my RV-4 panel up, Garmin G3X everything.
GPS-only IFR, redundant on almost all fronts, I think I have all my
bases covered except dual engines.
Wanted to see what the masses thought about how we ended up
designing it. I had a lot of help from some very smart people, many
many thanks are in order. Especially Paige Hoffart and Jim Beyer,
lots of their brain-bytes when into making this reality.
Some neat things on this are:
-$30 backup battery system instead of >$300 backup battery system.
4th of July weekend in Door County ...NovaBandit Trip Write-up
Doug Rozendaal's Rocket flying chase with 'Doc'.
Garmin OSH Announcements:
New Garmin Navigation Database & Database Bundle Options
We are excited to announce the availability of the new Garmin
Navigation Database and some new database bundle options. The
Garmin Navigation Database brings improved database coverage to
your G3X or G3X Touch system and lowers the cost of annual
database subscriptions for compatible Garmin panel mount GPS
units such as GNS 430W/530W and GTN series. Initial coverage is
limited to North America.
New Garmin® navigation databases bring trusted, cost-effective
solutions to the cockpit
announces new enhancements to the G500/G600 glass flight displays
Garmin Pilot™ app adds support to display Jeppesen terminal charts
Garmin® introduces new and exciting ways to interact with GTN™
Garmin® revolutionizes database management with wireless Database
CPI Install RV-10 ...Australia
My aircraft has just turned 2 years old and we have flown just
over 300hrs. While there are a few other threads about CPI
install, I thought I would share my experience as it goes together.
July 19, 2016. Issue No. 4,161.
Anchors Aweigh! ...Dick Van Grunsven
here’s the promised story to accompany the teaser photos of a couple
days ago. Yes, I was fortunate enough to spend a day (& night)
aboard the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier. The Carl Vinson is one
of ten Nimitz class carriers, the largest carriers in the Navy
inventory. I won’t bore you with vital statistics, as these are
available in the referenced links. Suffice it to say that it is
impressively large, sometimes noisy, ever impressive, etc.
The source of my good fortune was that of being in favor with EAA
headquarters. Apparently the Navy occasionally offers a block of
such “Embarkations” available to EAA, as well as many other
organizations. I had been aware that the Navy made such tours
available to parents (grandparents?) of service members, and other
special persons. Several people I had spoken with over the years had
had this experience, and all simply raved about it. Thus, I was
overwhelmed when offered this unexpected opportunity. I was a bit
concerned about being cleared because of my age and past medical
issues, but apparently I answered all of their screening questions
"The Experience” consisted of being flown from San Diego’s North Bay
Naval Air Station on board a C-2 “Greyhound” COD (Carrier Onboard
Delivery) aircraft. Regional airliners are luxurious compared to
this shore-to-ship shuttle, but none of us were complaining. There
are only two side windows in the entire cabin/cargo section - no
interior paneling, interior lights, etc. Boarding is via cargo
loading ramps at the rear of the fuselage. The seats face rearward,
and we were all wearing floatation vests and hard hats with ear
muffs for sound suppression. Arrival onboard the carrier was not
announced, and because we had apparently been flying around in low
level turbulence for a while, had no way of knowing when we were on
landing approach. Just a solid “thunk” of the wheels on the deck,
and then being pushed back (forward) into our rearward facing seats.
In about 2 second we came to a stop, the cable was detached, and we
taxied off to the parking area. Thus began about 24 hours of a
rather intense introduction to the tip of the arrow of the Navy’s
Much of our time on board was spent touring various parts of the
carrier and listening to talks on the vital and interrelated
functions. I will not try to cover them all, but rather will just
make a few random comments. One memorable briefing was given by a
Rear Admiral who was in charge of the Carrier Strike Group. He
looked younger than his presumed early fifties, and was an excellent
speaker. While he was outlining Navy Carrier capabilities, world
politics, etc., aircraft were making arrested landings and catapult
launches from the deck above. These sounds and vibrations punctuated
his talk and lent tangible drama to the presentation.
Carriers in the Nimitz Class are often referred to as 4 ½ acres of
sovereign U.S. territory which can be relocated anywhere in the
waters that cover about 70% of our planet. As such, it makes them a
unique and vital component of our nation’s military arm.
Particularly in the military actions in which we have become
involved in recent years, carriers are indispensable because of
The meals served were very good. Dinner in the Officers mess,
breakfast in the NCO’s mess, and lunch in the officer mess again. We
sat with servicemen and were encouraged to ask question about their
service experience and careers. All very interesting.
Our Navy “tour guides” were surprised to learn that all in our group
were pilots. Apparently most of their “Distinguished Visitors” are
not pilots. I guess that this just affirms the fact that we are a
very small minority.
We had several opportunities to observe flight deck operations.
Though the carrier is huge, by normal airport standards it is tiny.
Thus, close viewing proximity to the action was assured. Because we
were required to wear hard hats and protective goggles, photography
was difficult. No flash photography was permitted, for obvious
reasons. (I did get some decent photos and videos, but I’m sure that
you can find better on YouTube.) We were planning to watch some
night operations; by they were cancelled because of low clouds.
Though the Navy is capable launching and recovering under very
marginal conditions, this stage of qualification and currency
training required better conditions for safety reasons. The
following day we were able to view flight operations from a command
bridge several levels above the flight deck, which provided us a
fabulous vantage point.
One thing that struck me is the lack of personal space offered the
typical seaman. We were shown their berthing rooms; bunk beds with
about four levels, and adjacent lockers. (Many years ago as a junior
officer in the USAF I had occasion to visit the Airmen’s barracks
and noted the 4 per room accommodations which I noted as being small
in contrast to my personal BOQ room. These carrier accommodations
add new meaning to “compactness”.) When you realize that there are
over 5000 souls on board, you can better appreciate the need to
conserve space. While we didn’t have time so see what common space
and recreational opportunities were afforded the crewmen, this lack
of space caught me off guard. Now I better appreciate the meaning of
“Military Service”, with emphasis on SERVICE.
Speaking of space; everything on the ship is compact. The walkways,
aisles, or whatever the nautical term, are narrow and the doorways
(portals?) are narrower and require stepping through because their
bases are raised above floor level. The stairways are all ladders,
not stair steps and elevators as on cruise ships. Obviously, the
design features of the carrier are prioritized around its mission,
not the convenience of its crew. The relative luxury I experience on
a daily basis didn’t prepare me for this, though I should have
known. Not complaining; just explaining.
If our arrival onboard with the arrested landing may have been a
little anticlimactic, our departure was definitely memorable. The
boarding procedure was the same, and while we couldn’t see anything
as we taxied into position, we knew that our launch was imminent as
the engines revved up, the whole airplane shook in its restraints,
and the “flight attendant” raised and then lowered his hand.
Remember, we are facing rearward in our seats, with belts and
harnesses well tightened per instructions. Even so, when the “cat”
was cut loose, we were forced back (forward?) into our restraints
for what seemed a long time; actually about 2 seconds. That’s enough
time to accelerate to about 105 mph (or is it knots? Whatever.) far
better acceleration than even the hottest Tesla. Thus was the
approximate and fitting end to a memorable day at sea. I’ve spent a
quite a few days onboard luxury cruise ships, but I’d have traded
them all for this experience, if that had been the price of
As a veteran of military service and as a patriotic citizen, I have
always been a proponent of a strong military, so this experience
only reinforced my confidence in their ability to “get the job
done”. Also, we must remember that the military’s job is to execute
the commands of our elected officials who have to make difficult
policy decisions in our increasingly complex world.
My apologies to our Navy hosts for my incomplete and/or incorrect
representations or terminology. To an even greater degree than
general aviation, the seagoing Navy has a vernacular which has
evolved over hundreds of years, and is at times foreign to us
landlubbers. To the Navy and EAA; my sincere gratitude for this
- Dick Van Grunsven
Captions and Pics
0077 FA-18 On “Short Final”
0170 View from ‘Bridge” showing the two forward “Cats”.
0196 close up photo of the arresting cable, showing size and
0203 All 15 member of the EAA crew. Second from left side of photo
is Jack Pelton, then Alan Klapmeier (Cirrus), Someone with dark
glasses, Dick VanGrunsven, etc.
0066 The Admiral, following his briefing” talking with Jack Pelton
page Aircraft Carrier Embark Brief) ...2.67MB PDF document
Status Report 9A West Virginia ...gsxphil
Evening Project: Put that old HVAC / Furnace squirrel fan to good
use ...David Nelson
With summer heat solidly upon us, a bit of moving air can sure
help. If you've an old squirrel fan from a HVAC / furnace lying
around (or know of somebody who's getting their HVAC/furnace
replaced), here's a fun little project to convert the blower into a
handy and portable fan. Just to clarify, this is not the fan that
sits outside in the condenser unit.
Depending on the blower design, you may have to build some kind of a
support to keep the blower stationary. For the one pictured below, I
built a cradle out of some scrap cedar pickets and 2x4's. The 2x4's
were ripped down the middle and beveled to increase the friction
between the cradle and the blower. The entire cradle assembly is
glued and screwed. The blower wedges itself (there's about a 3/8"
gap between the bottom of the blower and floor of the cradle) and
it's surprisingly stable. With the cradle, I can rotate the fan from
about 30* downward (great for when working under the RV) to straight
up (great when hanging those new lights in the hangar).
Panel Before and After ...FitzRX7
Haven't posted on VAF much, but with all the great info was able
to complete a panel upgrade and complete electrical system overhaul
on my '96 RV-4 (not built by me). Thanks for all the great info on
Ramona, Henderson, Salt Lake, and Long Beach in a weekend ...bruceh
This is the kind of utility these wonderful machines offer. I
took my daughter from Ramona (San Diego area) up to Salt Lake City
(by way of a Friday overnight stop near Las Vegas) to do some
apartment hunting. She starts at the University of Utah graduate
school in August. A full Saturday in Salt Lake City, then home via a
quick stop in Corona for cheap fuel, then Long Beach, CA for lunch
with family and to pick up her new car she bought from her cousin.
Back home at 5pm sipping a beer.
Status Report ...N546RV
Finally finished shooting rivets on the bottom of the canoe and
rolled it back upright again. I'm glad to not be spending any more
time sitting under that thing sweating profusely all over my
New panel for the RV-3 ...Al Girard
I wanted to add an auto pilot, in the process added an EIS and
managed to squeeze in a mount for the IPAD mini. This plane is
awesome and really enjoy it and the friends I've made as well. See
you all at KOSH! Yes, the glare sheild is extra custom and works
Build Status Report ...kentlik
July 18, 2016. Issue No. 4,160.
First Customer Built RV14 Lands at OSH ...TimO
Hey all, had a great day today with the RV-14. Took it to OSH for
it's first real x/c flight, landed and got to taxi right into show
center at Papa 2, and shut it down while I got my campsites. I guess
that officially makes me the first customer to bring their 14 to OSH
but it will not be the last time or year it makes it there. It was a
beautiful day for flying, and I'm oh so happy to be D.O.N.E.
Scammers/Spammers...reminder they exist.
It's time again to remind folks about scammers in the world.
A couple of folks clicked on a link PM'd to them by a scammer
recently and then entered their VAF password at the link given
(don't ever do that!!!).
The scammer then logged in here as them and made contact with some
other folks about WTB/FS listings. No money changed hands that
I can tell, but I had to lock down their accounts until I could
straighten things out.
In a classified listing, there should be a phone number,
or an N-number, a picture or an email address
in the listing....something you can Google yourself. Some
write their phone number out in words instead of numbers, or in a
mix of words and numbers (a good idea). The person's profile
should show info that isn't cryptic. 'PM me or click on
this link for more info' should be a
huge red flag! Don't click on links sent to
you in order to 'get more info'. A higher level of alert
should exist on your end when using the email or private message
For me, if a post doesn't have a phone number I pass.
"PM me" or "PM sent" is a deal breaker with me. I personally
never PM or email in regards to classifieds, but that's me. I
worked in I.T. security for a decade, so I'm suspicious by nature,
and know some of the risks. I choose to call them if they type
in a way to reach them and get a feel for their knowledge of the
item being offered over the phone. Your risk level might be
This is really, really important. Don't
EVER enter your VAF password
anywhere but here! If you do, you most likely just gave your
password to a scammer...
You can put someone's email address
listed in a classified in Google to see if it pops up on some spam
lists. Trust your gut. If it's a new account listing a
$5000 GPS as a first post....hesitate. Any low-count poster
with an item to sell should get more scrutiny from you.
Familiarize yourself more about Internet fraud, phishing, vishing
and online security and safety at:
https://www.usa.gov/online-safety (See how if you hover
your mouse over the link you can see the SAME address at the bottom
corner of your browser? Make sure that's always the case!)
I'm asking the mods to raise their squelch setting. If a mod
or I don't get a warm fuzzy or your classified is cryptic in nature,
it's gone, and your account locked until I can research. I'd
like to thank again the under-appreciated moderators on this site
who help me guard against this type thing when I'm away from the
keyboard. They delete suspicious posts that I miss when I'm
sleeping and stuff. We are lucky to have them around.
Registration Tip: If you're currently a lurker and
thinking about registering a forums account, the more detail you
provide in your profile (stuff I can verify with search engines),
the better chance you stand of me approving the registration.
If you leave fields blank and/or the info is cryptic, and the email
address is a long combination of random, expect to be declined.
I'm not asking for bank routing numbers, just something I can use to
verify you're a current/potential RV-builder/owner. Scammers
are sniffing around the periphery, and I need to shore up the walls
a bit. If you're not cool w/that, that's OK - you can already
read stuff as a lurker.
Sometimes the crazies get in, and I'm
sorry for that. We're trying as hard as we can, but there is
evil in the world (as you know).
New Sticky Threads in the Classified Section:
Status Report ...crabandy
Everything seems to fit pretty well and is ready for an
engine run, I just have to put the inside of the airplane
back together after the annual. I can't wait to wheel this
thing out and clean the hangar out from the past 6 months of
Garmin Mode S Transponder Software Upgrades at Oshkosh 2016
"We will once again provide free software upgrades for
Garmin Mode S transponders used in Experimental aircraft at
Just bring your GTX 23ES, GTX 330, or GTX 330ES transponder
in to us at the Garmin tent at Oshkosh and we will install
V8.02 software into your transponder while you wait. It only
takes about 2 minutes to accomplish this update.
After being located at the entrance to Hangar D for many
years, last year we moved to a new location across from the
EAA Welcome Center and the Ford tent. If you look at the
Airventure ground map, this is grid K13. From homebuilt
camping, just follow Knapp street South to Celebration Way
(the main entry street) and turn left
Sorry, but we are not equipped to perform sign-offs for
certified aircraft, so please only bring us transponders
that are installed in experimental aircraft.
Hope to see you at Oshkosh!"
Almost Done ...KHeidorn RV-14
July 15, 2016. 00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,159.
Site Scheduled Maintenance 7/16/16 11pm CT - 7/17/16 6am CT.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend!
First Flight ...Joe Rainbolt
RV-6 Dressing up for the big dance / Smoke Oil Mod ...gbitzer
My RV-6 just had it’s 15th birthday and I was honored when Ken
Scott chose it as Miss February for the Van’s 2016 calendar.
Rosie’s post about the 30th Anniversary of the RV-6 event at OSH
struck a nerve and I knew it was time to tuck my 6 back in the
hangar for a few OSH improvements. I fly a fair amount of IFR and
rain is like sand paper at 200 mph. A new coat of paint was in
order. This also provided me a chance to make a few improvements.
Although I liked my original paint scheme I wanted to spice it up a
bit. Some type of checker board was the answer. Steve Melton’s posts
on his paint project encouraged me to take on the painting project
myself. Although I had repainted the wheel pants and cowling over
the years this was my first attempt to paint the entire plane
unassisted. Using a PPG base coat / clear coat system made the
process longer but much easier in my mind. It also made more
complicated designs possible with my skill level. Unfortunately I
could not fit the entire plane in the booth.
Rocky Mountain Renegades Airshow Team 2016 video ...bobmarkert
During this years off-season the Rocky Mountain Renegades have
burned copious quantities of 100LL and are now in possession of FAA
SAC and Formation SAC cards (Statement of Aerobatic Competency). We
have upgraded our show to add more solo aerobatics and formation
aerobatics. We also changed our name from the Rocky Mountain
Renegades Formation Team to the Rocky Mountain Renegades Airshow
Team. Here is a link to our 2016 promo video and our updated
website..... I hope you enjoy it.
Long Windy story ...Caveman
Dan Horton posted a great RV travel experience that he had
recently and he mentioned landing in the wind in Oklahoma. I didn't
want to induce thread drift so I'm starting a new thread on fighting
the wind and invite you to share your experience.
I've attended two general aviation fly-in events at Vance Air force
Base in Enid, Ok. At one of them one of the officers made a
statement that Vance has the reputation for putting out the best
crosswind pilot's in the USAF due to the strong crosswinds in the
area. I didn't think too much about it then because the wind is a
fact of life out here on the great plains and frankly we natives
don't even mention it unless the wind is blowing 30 mph or more (or
more likely if it is down to 5mph or less). After all they didn't
surround our small town with all those wind generators for no
I work at an airport West of Enid and transient pilots and their
passengers often comment on how windy it is and we usually come back
with "this ain't nothing". I could tell some stories about trying to
pop helium balloons with the prop during some local fly-in events
but I'll save those for another time.
Recently, I have to admit that Oklahoma has been dethroned as the
wind capital of the contiguous U.S. Here's my story. This took place
a few months back. I sent this story via e-mail to my OKie RV
buddies when one of them mentioned he had installed a parking brake
during his condition inspection.
A couple of them suggested I repost it here on VAF. I was reluctant
Guardian Avionics Introduces New Line of USB Power Solutions for GA
July 14, 2016. 00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,158.
Quick Western Tour Trip Write-up ...DanH in Mike Starkey's
My RV6 story ...sjhurlbut
As we all know, it is a special time for RV6 (and other RV)
owners and fliers with the 30th Anniversary on the horizon - Oshkosh
My interest in the RV6 began in 1999 while reading an issue of
Kitplanes magazine. At the time, I was posted for work in Comox, BC.
In the Kitplanes magazine I came upon a Van’s Aircraft advertisement
for "homebuilt" airplanes. I was stunned to see how with one's own
hands a plane could be crafted and enjoyed. This set in progress a
series of events which lead me to become a proud owner of a
As I'm sure many other homebuilt owners can appreciate, it is the
journey of the build which infuses pride in the outcome and for me
it started in 1999. I had saved enough money to purchase the RV6
tail kit but clearly had not thought up a plan on where to start the
construction. In typical plane-builder obsessed fashion I set out to
put this kit together in my dorm room. Progress was being made and
with only a few complaints of fellow occupants regarding the skin
dimpling process and paint fumes. I was as happy as a pig in you-
know-what. Then Van’s introduced the RV7 and the ease of that build
enticed me to purchase it. I needed to sell the RV6 in order to
proceed with the RV7A. This RV7A kit made a trip in a moving truck
in boxes labeled "hobby equipment" a full 4800 kilometres to meet me
at my new posting in Kingston, Ontario. I set a goal to complete the
RV7A before December 17th, 2003 so that I could honor the 100th year
Anniversary of the Wright Brothers. I met my goal and completed a
twenty minute flight in C-FZQX with a giant RV grin. I was hooked. I
was hooked on building RVs. I bought myself another kit - 71629 and
sold the first RV7A. Desperate to be airborne again I completed the
kit in 2 years. To honour my dear sister Tammy who passed away at
age 31 from complications following a heart and dual lung transplant
in her battle against Cystic Fibrosis, this one was given the
RV10 Daytrip to Wisconsin Dells ...NovaBandit
I'm trying something new (for us at least!) and I put together a
"Flight Log" video of our trip. We're still figuring out what works
well in these videos, format, things that should be
longer/shorter... and we'd love some feedback about what you all
Thoughts on teamwork in the shop (or how to equip your partner for
So I'm currently in the midst of doing all the riveting of my
fuselage canoe. I managed to shoot a large proportion of the rivets
by myself, which kind of reflects how I've worked on most of the
project - I do stuff solo whenever possible.
Fortunately for me, my lovely partner also flies and is interested
in the build, so she's a very willing helper. Among other work, we
shot all of the top wing skin rivets together - me shooting, her
bucking. It was tedious at times (pretty much the running story of
wing building), but we got through it pretty painlessly.
When it came time to flip the canoe over and get back to team
riveting, I decided to switch roles - rather than asking her to
crawl under the canoe and perform all the contortions, I let her
stand outside and run the rivet gun. We made steady but slow
progress, but she had a hard time controlling the rivet gun, and so
numerous rivets got overdriven and had to be replaced. I was
frustrated because I felt like she wasn't concentrating on doing the
job right, and she was frustrated because, well, she wanted to help
and it wasn't going well, and of course she could sense my
We crutched along like this for several short sessions, and I
thought seriously about just asking someone else to come help, but
when I sat down and thought about it, I was asking a lot of her. She
hadn't done a lot of work with the gun and wasn't going to have that
sort of innate feel of "that's about right," and here I was dropping
her in deep water, leaving her to shoot while I grunted instructions
through sheet aluminum. Throwing my hands up and kicking her out of
the garage was hardly helpful.
Thank you Liam at
Liam sent me an early prototype of their 'Freereel' to play
with....it came in the mail last night. The air hose that I've
love hate is finally tamed I think <g>.
I think I'm going to like this thing - it has already found a spot
on the Rubbermaid 'taco cart' that I roll around the hangar while
working on / cleaning / fiddling with plane and/or cars.
It helps calm my inner neat freak. Thanks again Liam!
And yes, I did notice the RV and RV personalized license plate in
the video <g>.
How to use video:
July 13, 2016. 00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,157.
'Mothership' Cap Sighting...the new sticky
More info to follow re: these pics (I'm told)
Weekend in Napa, CA
I've been going to Napa to do wine tasting for over 30 years.
This time we finally made it up there by RV! It was an easy 3
hour flight straight up from San Diego.
Passenger choking while eating – Heimlich Maneuver in an RV ...RyanS
Nothing gets your attention like seeing your child struggle to
breathe. My son (7 years old) and I were on a 2 hour 10 minute cross
county recently in our RV-9A. About an hour into the flight, while
cruising with the autopilot on at about 8000’ AGL, he told me he was
hungry. I remembered a protein bar I had packed. I pulled it out and
instructed him to break off “pea-sized” pieces and eat them. What
could go wrong?
A couple minutes later, I looked over and saw a distressed face
looking slightly downward towards his knees. I asked, “Are you OK?”
He looked at me, very frightened and wiggled his head. “Can you
breathe?!” He shook his head side-to-side.
I immediately unhooked his seatbelt and pulled him onto my lap. I
gave a quick thrust to his abdomen and then heard him speak. It was
the most relieving words ever, “Dad, I don’t have my seatbelt on!”
We were both very thankful this event turned out the way it did.
Reflecting back, I’m constantly monitoring my position on ForeFlight,
so I knew the nearest airport. But, here are a few other thoughts I
took away from that flight:
1. NO EATING IN THE AIRPLANE. EVER. Not even a bite. If we’re
hungry, we’ll land.
2. Know the quickest safe way to get your airplane on the ground,
without compounding the problem.
3. Keep on a radio frequency that can best help you in an emergency.
If it’s an option, consider keeping 121.5 dialed in on your #2
Lobster Fly-in T-Shirts ...Dvalcik
"2nd annual Lobster fly-in (Sept 17). ....."
Status Report Pics ...crabandy
RV10 Project - Scotland...jamcgee1978
After ordering my kit in March, and turning what was a 2 car
garage into my workshop Im finally picking the kit up tomorrow. Long
journey from VANS HQ via New York then shipped to the UK and
hopefully in the workshop come Thursday!!!! Too say im excited and
raring to crack on is an understatement...more to follow soon.
RV-8/8A Builder/Flyer/Wannabe Meeting Proposal ...Kevin Horton
Our annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh is not far away, so its time to
sort out the usual RV-8/8A builder/flyer/wannabe meeting. Looking at
the forum schedules, and trying to avoid presentations with
significant interest to typical RV builders, Tuesday at 10:00 looks
promising. I propose our traditional meeting place at the east end
of the Theatre in the Woods - i.e. the end towards the flight line.
I decided to avoid Monday, as many folks would be running around
talking to vendors, trolling through the Sea of RVs, or whatever
else their number one OSH priority is. Many people start leaving
after Tuesday, so Wednesday or later is less desirable. That leaves
July 12, 2016. 00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,157.
POTUS TFR Dallas today (info).
Heads up. From July 12, 2016 at 1630 UTC (July 12, 2016 at 1130
CDT). To July 12, 2016 at 2145 UTC (July 12, 2016 at 1645 CDT)
RV-14 51% FAA NKET EVAL
"On June 29th, 2016, the FAA National Kit Evaluation Team
officially approved the construction of the RV-14 and RV-14A kit
airplanes as compliant to the experimental aircraft kit "51% Rule."
Here at Van's Aircraft, 49% goes a long way.
We laid out every component of the RV-14, from Quickbuild to slow
build, from taildragger to tri-gear, from spinner to tail light,
with an philosophy that says 'anybody can do this', and invited the
FAA to come take a look."
Phase 1 Complete ...Greg Niehues
"I'm out of Phase I now, and I'm not calling it "done" yet until
it's painted, but my project has turned out to be every bit as
satisfying as I had hoped, and then some! 8 years and 1,985 actual
shop hours to current status, with maybe another 10-15 hours or so
for touch-ups and tweaks, so we'll call it an even 2,000 hours.
All those hours spent in the freezing cold while driving rivets, all
those hours in the 100 degree heats dripping sweat while driving
rivets, I kept telling myself it would be worth it someday - and I
was right! It's SOOOOO worth it, keep going guys!
I routinely cruise in the mid-upper teens on any trip over 100 miles
now, because it's so easy to get there. I climb at 1000/min at full
power even at max gross in hot west Texas ground temps, and
yesterday I was still showing 700/min leveling off at 16,500. Solo
with light fuel load the Vy climbout deck angle is astonishing! I
can flight plan 150ktas on 6.5-7.0 gallons per hour at that altitude
and hit my numbers every time. This magic carpet ride is awesome!"
-14 Status Report ...control
Left tank almost done...
N.TX Hangar For Rent (52F) ...Sid Mayeux
I'm possibly moving to another hangar, and need to find a renter
to take my place in my current T. It's a great T (largest on the
airport), excellent landlord and awesome hangar neighbors.
Why moving? This hangar and its taxiway are really best suited for
taildraggers. My 7A kicks up pebbles on the taxiway, wearing away at
my prop. The uphill lip at the mouth of the hangar really is better
suited for a tail-dragging winch.
I really love this hangar, but it's just not the right solution for
I've been paying $375/mo plus about $35 monthly electric bill, but
you'll have to work out details with the owner. 110 and 220 AC
installed, and has a restroom at the end of the row.
Please PM me if you're interested.
Big Tire RV-4 ...gmrv4
CASA Final Engineering Report of Jabiru Engines ...TomVal
RV-14 Status Report ...Marvin McGraw
This is my status. Wings went on last week. Should be flying in a
few months, hopefully!
From the mothership...
My Interior Paint ...TimO -14A
Eagle's Nest Projects - Kenosha News / Nicole
Jackson, RV-12 Builder-Student Pilot
July 11, 2016. 00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,156.
(Gary Platner) "Leaving Bartlesville, OK with my 95 year
old mom to take her to spend a week with her two sisters in
Congratulations to Ken Scott! (thread) ...enjoying
(from the mothership
FB page) Thursday (7/7/16) was a significant day at Van's as
long-time (27 years) employee Ken Scott headed into retirement!
Grillmeister Rob fired up the new company BBQ, and the assembled
company celebrated Ken's new adventure over lunch.
Ken is well-known to many RV builders, having edited the RVator
newsletter, presented numerous RV seminars, taught RV building
classes, flown thousands of demo flights, and answered numberless
questions in the course of his storied career at Van's.
Ken has built an RV-6, an RV-12, the KK-1 one-off design and is now
building a Bearhawk with two neighbors at his airpark home, situated
only a couple of minutes from KUAO as the RV-6 flies. So we
anticipate seeing him around to buy parts. You will also continue to
see his articles in the aviation press, sharing his knowledge with
the broader aviation audience.
Everyone at Van's wishes Ken and his wife Cami (the Violinist) all
the best for their future, and says thanks for all the contributions
Ken made to the RV community!
More RV spotted in Russia ...Vlad
Two more RV-10 are in advanced finishing stages at Cetus facility
nr Moscow, Russia. No more information available at the moment only
satellite images <g>.
David Paule Status Report ...3B
With the longerons trimmed down and smoothed and deburred, it was
time to bend them. I was looking forward to this, because David Howe
had loaned me a tool he'd made for the job.
Bill McLean cleans up at aerobatic competition
(Ron Schreck) Against a field of twelve competitors, Bill
McLean easily took home first place in the Sportsman category at the
Bear Creek Bash IAC competition in Rome, Georgia this past weekend.
The field included several Extras and Pitts flown by some of the
best aerobatic pilots in the region and Bill easily topped them all
in his RV-4 with an overall score of over 84%. Well done, Bill.
-12 Canopy Additional Hold Mod ...Scott Millhouse
Grass Pics and More ...Vlad
July 8, 2016. 00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,155.
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
1st Journey in Bella--Telluride and Bluegrass! ...Guy Prevost
After a couple of weeks of test flying after the big system and
panel rework [ed. Discussed below in
today's edition. dr] it was time for the first
family trip in Bella—the new family RV-10.
RV-14 Common Fuselage Wiring Harness ...thread
Van's has released the WH-00125 Common Fuselage Wiring Harness
for the RV-14.
The drawings for this harness are also available on the Van's
Aircraft Downloads Website in DWG form. These may be used as an
electrical systems overview for the standard wiring harnesses
installed in the RV-14 wing and tailcone.
The harness itself provides a bridge between the wing and fuselage
wiring harnesses, and is designed to provide a good starting point
towards interfacing with AFS, Dynon or Garmin EFIS systems, with
enough wire to reach behind the RV-14 sub-panel.
Please see the updated RV-14 Avionics Letter for more information
From the mothership ...press release
Taking the extreme quickbuild route ...Guy Prevost
As detailed in
this post, our growing family led to us wanting an RV-10. We
couldn’t justify both the 8 and a 10, so a trade was made. That
said, I’m a builder at heart, I’m very picky about systems, and I
still wanted to get my hands dirty. We flew N649BG, now named
“Bella” for about 3 months while we discovered what we did and
didn’t like. We then set about an intense 3 month period to make it
In general, the airframe was in great shape. The panel, although
seemingly well-equipped was really basic vfr with the addition of a
GNS530W. There were no backups, no heated pitot, and the system was
only marginally integrated. The grounding system was old-school—In
fact basic ground fixes increased ATIS reception from 13nm to 50nm
during the first week of flying. The second com radio was 28V with
an adapter, the transponder got altitude data from an out-of-spec
ameri-king encoder even though it was sitting right next to an EFIS.
Traffic data from the GTX-330 went to nothing, etc. I should point
out, that I determined pretty much all of this in my extensive
pre-buy. This airplane was just what I wanted—my own RV-10 (meaning
systems done by me) in about 10% of the time of building from
scratch. The one item I didn’t catch was that the plane had very
leaky tanks. More on that later.
RV-7 Update ...slngsht
Progress on horizontal stabilizer. And a couple of questions -
hopefully not redo problems... Current state of things as of
Hallelujah! My canopy fits! ...Cliff
A belated thanks to all who responded to my previous posts on an
After several months of frustration in working with the plexi - that
turns out was faulty, Vans graciously supplied a replacement.
After the initial trimming, it fit better than the first one ever
did! I had it bonded in place with Sika 295 UV within the week.
The back window is also in - a relatively simple installation with 2
A question - has anyone used the 295 UV as the plexi to 702 fairing?
- how was it to sand?
- have there been any issues with paint cracking, etc.?
- is there anything else I should be aware of?
N40 OSH Camping Update ...Jeff Point
July 7, 2016. 00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,154.
Great Moments in Formation Flying ...Rob Erdos
I did a brief formation ferry flight recently with a friend who
owns a Cessna Cardinal. He departed first and then I rejoined and
slid into echelon. I've never seen anything funnier than
the look on his face when he glanced over at our RV-6:
I'd have worn the pug mask myself, but the eye holes are a bit
small for formation. Many thanks to my wife, Debbie, for being a
Flying into OSH- Required Reading ...Jeff Point
the big show just a few weeks away, many of you are no doubt already
making plans to attend. For many, it will be your first trip. I
encourage everyone who feels up to the task to do it- you can’t beat
the feeling of accomplishment that comes from successfully arriving
at the world’s busiest airport in an airplane you built yourself.
That said, I have compiled a list of required reading materials.
Anyone flying in for the first or twentieth time should take the
time to read all of them. You’ll no doubt learn something, and it
will make the experience better for you, and for everyone else at
the same time.
Skin discoloration / corrosion ...YellowJacket RV9
Forgive my ignorance about types of corrosion, but now that my 9A
has some hours under her belt, I am starting to notice some areas on
the skin that I assume are corrosion of some sort. Any advice as to
best way to tackle these spots?
I plan to fly unpainted for a while, and while I'm not looking
for a show quality shine, I'd like a non-splotchy appearance. I
played around with some Diamond Shine today that was recommended by
a hangar neighbor, and also ordered some Purple Polish. The Diamond
Shine works very well on most of the skin but did little to remove
the blotches shown above. I assume I need a rougher compound like
one of the Nuvite products, but not sure what grade may be best.
I really didn't want to get sucked into polishing, and the few
minutes I spent doing it today weren't that fun, and yet, I wanted
to keep doing it for some reason...
Max Fuel Flow on Takeoff/Climb ...DanH reply
The excess fuel is not cooling anything. It is merely lowering
combustion temperature, and delaying peak pressure, much like
Lycoming data lists what they consider to be the minimum fuel
flow for rated power, which includes a detonation margin. Power
output is fairly flat in the region richer than optimum, so it is
possible to run richer without huge power loss. Setting up the fuel
control to be richer than the minimum required for rated power adds
additional detonation margin. Recall that best power mixture is
about 100F ROP, and we like to see the fuel control set up for 200
ROP at full rich, maybe 250. Some like it even richer, but that's
just an expensive way to make less power.
BSFC (pounds of fuel per HP per hour) is a fine guide to fuel flow,
IF you know power output with some accuracy. For example, my IO-390
manual says minimum fuel flow is 105 lbs at 210 HP, for a BSFC of
0.50. A 260 HP engine at 0.50 is 130 lbs per hour, or 130/6 = 21.66
GPH. The consensus 25.5 would be a BSFC of 0.588.
Here's a useful chart from the FAA dyno, an IO-540-K. Lots of
interesting things to observe, but in the context of this
discussion, note the BSFC and fuel flow at max power mixture; 245 HP
at 112 lbs per hour, for a BSFC of 0.46, or 18.6 GPH.
July 6, 2016. 00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,153.
Another Pilots n Paws success. Skylar! ...scard
(disclaimer: this happened a few months ago) It was a
mission that came together at the very last minute. Tanya was
planning on flying from Corsicana to Austin on a Tuesday afternoon,
when a mission request came in that morning for a transport from
Corsicana to San Antonio. With San Antonio just an additional 45
minutes by air, she offered to make the flight that afternoon if the
arrangements could be made on such short notice.
Sure enough, the coordinator Jerry was able to make magic and locate
animal lovers at each end to make it work, and 8 hours later a
5-month old redbone coonhound was in the back of Tanya's plane.
Neither the pup nor Tanya knew it yet, but this would not be their
last flight together in the red and white RV-9A.
We had lost our 15-year old beagle a couple months earlier, and our
house was awfully quiet without some hound-induced chaos. The little
pup was such a sweetie, rode great in the plane, and turned out to
not have a mean bone in her body. It helped that all she wanted to
do was cuddle. That and her magnificent eye-makeup was all it took.
Tanya returned home in a bit of a daze saying "Wow, that was a
really great dog. That could have been the one..." Those comments
went on for a couple of days. The next weekend we went back to San
Antonio. The pup, now Skylar, was back in the red and white RV-9A en
route to Austin and her newly adopted home.
Pylon Racing in Portugal - RV class results ...Pete
Air Race Championship race 1 in Lisbon last weekend, results
Sport Class overall (match race & circuit race) results:
1st Javier Del Cid - RV-8 190.50 mph (IO-360, 180 hp, fixed
2nd Bob Ellis - RV-8 190.40 mph (IO-360, 180 hp, fixed pitch
3rd Stephen Hipwell - RV-7 177.21 mph (O-360, fixed pitch
4th James Stringer - RV-6 176.97 mph (O-320, ground
5th Peter Pengilly - RV-6A 175.01 mph (O-320, fixed pitch
Lap distance 2.661 miles (nominal), race distance 20.705 miles
Sport race final video
Match race (slalom) video to follow
Trip Report, Maintenance Issue and First Flight! ...Bruce Eicher
Snuck out of the valley Saturday under some lower overcast thru
our not so secret passage. (Columbia Gorge)
Prop Choice 72" vs 74" data point ...TimO -14A
While working on the nose fairing I remembered that I hadn't
actually measured my as-installed prop clearance. When picking out
my prop, I talked to Hartzell and pondered what to do about choosing
the 72" vs 74". I figured that with the IO-390 making a little more
power than the IO-360, the better choice may be the longer prop.
Hartzell felt that way too, when I called them. They also said that
the longer length gives more repair you can do to the tips should
you need to shorten or file it for nicks. Van's tended to lean from
what I gathered from talking to them to the 72", primarily for added
clearance. The price is the same either way.
It was a tough choice but I went with the 74" after they gave me the
factory demo prop clearance and I found it was more than the
clearance I have on my 80" RV-10 prop.
I just wanted to give the data point for my IO-390+74"
C2YR-1BFP/F7497 prop, installed on the "A" model RV-14. As
installed, it is just over 11.5" of ground clearance...close to
I can't say that it's the perfect prop for everyone. Taildraggers
may want a different one, perhaps someone wants to comment on that.
But for the RV14A, it sure seems like the 74" has no real down side.
I just wanted to post that in case there were others who sweat the
details before signing the order form, like I did.
Tailcam video of the July 4th fly-by at Geneva, Florida
It is the tradition that the Spruce Creek Gaggle Flight conduct a
fly-by at the 4th of July Parade at the Village of Geneva, Florida.
Following is a video taken from a GoPro camera mounted at the tail
tiedown point of my RV9A.
The rest of the story ...Brantel
A couple weeks ago I started a thread related to the GA35 antenna
and what looked like the second failure of the same on my airplane.
Due to my history with a prior GA35 antenna failure and the fact
that mine had ran for 4 years under the cowl of my RV7, I
incorrectly assumed that the heat had finally killed my second
I have to tell you that this was a wrong assumption worth just north
Turns out after installing a third new GA35 antenna, new coax cable
and connectors, and even trying a forth WAAS enabled antenna of a
different brand/model, it was determined that there was absolutely
nothing wrong with the second antenna that I totally destroyed just
to see how it was made inside....
419 'Moose' Squadron reunion ...flyboy1963
Some cousins and friends in the RCAF are attending the 75th
anniversary re-union of the 419 Squadron, which operated Lancasters,
Halifax and Wellingtons in the big one. The squadrons first
commander was from Kamloops BC, & for the anniversary, they decided
to paint up some Hawk jet trainers ( now at the reformed 419 group
at Cold Lake AB) in the original colours and insignia. Sadly the
Mynarski Lanc is based at the CWH in Ontario, and it's a bit of a
stretch to bring it here.
Originally I though I'd just do some serious drinkin' in honour of
our boys, but the more we talked (always dangerous!) the family
pilots decided that it would be cool to do up the RV in homage to
the squadron. Permission was obtained, and a spot on the ramp may be
available should the current scummy weather permit a cross-country
to YKA. ( sorry guys, didn't have time to do the full camo!)
The Kid I Know ...Vlad
Year 2009. Florida. I am volunteering at S-n-F with sheet metal
workshop. My RV is half done. My good buddy Rich Denton is having a
party at his camper. He is 40. Very few pay attention to this kid.
July 5, 2016. 00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,152.
Good morning and I hope you had a nice 4th of July
weekend! I'm hoping a cartoon of me in a unicorn costume sporting
rainbow rocket assist might get the attention of those who read
regularly but have yet to donate in 2016. The year is now
50% over and the on-the-honor-system
donations are running about 38% of
the 2013 total. Or about 4% of
the registered forum accounts. Around $17,200 after taxes from
987 wonderful people. All the
numbers and names updated HERE
as of Jul 2, 2016 16:30CDT.
Please consider donating if you are a regular reader - it usually means the
difference between our family making or loosing money on this small
business at year's end (it's crazy expensive to run - I'll spend much more than
the donations coming in on servers and bandwidth).
Just pay if you use it...that's all I'm asking. Sometime during the
Don't make me get out the tutu. Nobody wants to see that - it can't
be unseen. ;^)
Thanks again to
those who help keep this small business afloat, and enjoy today's
Doug (and Susie and Audrey and Tate)
this site with a $25 yearly donation
First Flight ...The Swede
Recently got the paperwork from local EAA and Transport Agency as
well as the radio license after approved inspection of EAA/TA
First flight took place june 30th at local airport Visby, Gotland (ESSV)
and lasted 41 minutes. Initially had a somewhat hard time to
follow ATC maximum altitude instructions, this is a quick litte
airplane and things happens much faster than in a PA-22 or TB10
Engine worked satisfactory, maybe fuel pressure is a bit on the high
side. Have to check with a pressure gauge and compare with EFIS/EMS.
EFIS airspeed differed some from steam ASI at higher speeds, not
sure why yet?
The airplane is also a little heavy on the left wing, to be sorted
Overall very happy to have come to this phase of the project and I'm
really looking forward to investigate behaviour and characteristics
at flight trials.
Proud Moment for Our Family ...TomVal
Our son, Jeff, took command of the 93rd Air Ground Operations
Wing at Moody AFB on Tuesday. After five tours in the F-16 and
numerous assignments overseas, Jeff is now finally based closest to
our home (in Charleston) during his past 22 years of service. We are
planning to take advantage of this during the next two years of his
assignment and spend more time in Charleston.
As an aging parent, I have had limited time to share our love of
flight with our son. We have shared one weekend of flying when I
owned a Yak-52, Jeff had one flight in my RV8, and after four
years of ownership, Jeff has not flown in my RV12. As I see
my flying years beginning to fade away, I am looking forward to
making up for lost time with our son.
5.5 States in a weekend ...Pete Howell Pictures
My new 7A ...McPilot
Just took delivery today. Thanks to Tom Berge for pre purchase
help and Michael Karatsonyi for getting the plane through customs
and ferry pilot!
9th Condition Inspection ...Bill R.
This year's Condition inspection was a big one. It took two
months to complete and I'm still waiting for some parts to arrive
but the plane is airworthy and flying again.
A couple of things of note:
I have Dynon Capacitance fuel senders and LOVE them. They are very
accurate, regardless of how little fuel is in the tanks. For two
years I have been struggling with my right sender. It would work
fine and then the level would drop to zero, come back up again after
some time and then maybe start dropping again and then come up. It
was intermittent and random as to how long it would stay at zero or
at the correct level (It never over reported the fuel in the tank.).
I thought for sure it was a bad connection so over the past two
years I rewired the thing, twice! Each time, on local flights it
worked fine. So I thought I had it fixed. Then on longer flights it
would drop out again.
It finally dawned on me that the sending unit on the tank might be
bad so I ordered a replacement and installed it.
Panel Status ...Sam Bovington
I mounted instruments for the first time today. I have a mix of
old used instruments, and room for the Garmin G5 that I have on
order and a Garmin GDU 370 if I can find a good used one. The area
below the GDU 370 cutout will be filled by a used GTX 327 and a
simple GTX 200.
NORDO into class D ...C. Brenden
Had a radio failure the other day in a twin I've been receiving
some training in. We were VFR but I was under the hood flying an ILS
approach to a class D controlled airport. When approach switched us
over to tower freq we were unable to get the tower to respond to our
calls. We were still hearing them broadcast to other aircraft - but
they did not respond to us. My instructor advised to break off the
approach, remove the hood, and we would trouble shoot the situation.
We decided I would continue to fly the plane and he would try to get
the radios working. We tried different freqs (approach and tower),
different headsets and jacks, and even broadcast to see if any
planes would respond. We then squawked 7600 and orbited north of the
class d for a few minutes. We then entered the traffic pattern while
looking for a light from the tower. None. On base we did hear tower
issue us clearance to land. I did speak with the tower on the
telephone afterwards. No problems but I did fill out a NASA report
just in case.
RV-12 Canopy Incident...video and pics
[ed. VERY very windy in DFW on the 3rd,
and Georgetown is only about three hours south by car (trees are
moving pretty good in the vid). Glad nobody hurt! dr]
Test Engine Run.....at home ...bret video
My RV-4 Learns an F-4 Trick ...Vac
The McDonnell F-4 had a nifty, aural AOA system that allowed you
to hear the angle of attack when operating around L/Dmax and
slower…it had a “solid tone” that indicated when you were ON SPEED,
or flying optimum AOA, let you know when you were slow and really
got your attention when you were approaching a stall. ON SPEED was
especially helpful during approach and landing as well as
maneuvering flight; and the logic allowed the pilot to make fine
corrections between slightly slow, ON SPEED and slightly fast when
desired. The F-4 didn’t have the greatest handling characteristics,
and the system helped the pilot avoid “pulling on the pole” too hard
and making bad things happen. I’ve been privileged to have flown
lots of airplanes, including fighters and jumbo jets; and I’ve found
the F-4 aural AOA system to be the best I’ve used in any airplane.
Recently, I met a couple of smart engineers and fellow RV'ers that
have helped to build a prototype system that allows me to program
the F-4 AOA tone logic for use in my RV-4 to demonstrate the concept
to folks that might not be familiar with it. The “tone generator” is
actually a small computer that processes the basic serial output
message from my Dynon DY-10A, which includes AOA information from a
standard Dynon AOA pitot tube I recently retro-fitted to the
airplane. The tone is pumped into the intercom system and the volume
is pilot-adjustable (except for the slow tone and stall warning). In
the demonstration videos, the camera is receiving raw audio output
and it’s much louder than what I’m hearing in the headset; and, to
be clear, this is not the Dynon programmable AOA tone.
Vlad's June Grass Strip Pictures
July 4, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,151.
IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of
When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one
people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them
with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the
separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of
Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of
mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel
them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created
equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the
pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are
instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of
the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes
destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or
to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its
foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such
form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and
Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long
established should not be changed for light and transient causes;
and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more
disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right
themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But
when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the
same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute
Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such
Government, and to provide new Guards for their future
security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies;
and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their
former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of
Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all
having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny
over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and
necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and
pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till
his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has
utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large
districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the
right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable
to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual,
uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public
Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance
with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing
with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to
cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers,
incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large
for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed
to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States;
for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of
Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their
migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new
Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his
Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure
of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither
swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without
the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and
superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction
foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws;
giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any
Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring
Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and
enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example
and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws,
and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves
invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his
Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns,
and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign
Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and
tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy
scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally
unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high
Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the
executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall
themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has
endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the
merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an
undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for
Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been
answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus
marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the
ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren.
We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their
legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have
reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement
here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and
we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow
these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections
and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice
and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the
necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold
the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of
America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme
Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the
Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies,
solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of
Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are
Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all
political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is
and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent
States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract
Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things
which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of
this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine
Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes
and our sacred Honor.
The 56 signatures on the Declaration appear in the positions
Thomas Heyward, Jr.
Thomas Lynch, Jr.
Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Richard Henry Lee
Thomas Nelson, Jr.
Francis Lightfoot Lee
Robert Treat Paine
July 1, 2016.
00:01 UTC. Issue No. 4,150.
Yesterday 0730 local I flew the RV-6 direct 52F -> GLE over the top of
Denton's class D to Gainesville, TX on a fuel run ($3.35). Denton
sounded busy on the radio, so I checked in as a courtesy just to let 'em
know I was listening and able to move if they needed me to. Lotsa
targets in the early morning before the temps get unbearable.
On the way back, for button and workflow practice, I checked in with DTO
again (same guy) 5nm north of
2,500' on the inbound course and asked for the practice ILS 18 to missed
with a straight out exit to 52F. If he said 'no' I'd just climb
200' and go over the top again. He was still clobbered, but worked
me in fine (pic right). Back 52F shortly thereafter with mostly
full tanks and on the home computer working and taking care of a
has-stomach-bug wife by 0930. Logged .6hrs, reacquainted the brain
with some IFR buttonology and got some time off the surface for mental
health. Win win win.
Reminder: Mothership closed Monday ("Phone, Fax, e-mail and Web Orders
placed after 12PM noon (Pacific Time) on Friday, July 1st will be
processed on Tuesday July 5th"). I'm taking the day off as
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled
July Wallpaper Calendar...Adam Burch photo
1st Flight - RV-12 kit #1000 ...Tony_T
June 15th, N212EX made it's maiden flight at Lopez Island,
Washington. Builder Dick Bangsund was at the controls with his CFI
along in the right seat. Pilot comments "beautiful airplane, very
sensitive on the controls compared to my C182...love this
airplane...worth every minute I spent building it", Dick.
North Fox PIREP ...aturner
I flew up to North Fox Island with the boys last weekend and had
a great time. continue
Congrats are in Order for our RV Friend ...you know him as 'jclark'
in the forums.
New vinyl graphic sticker placards available
Charity Cap Sighting ...turbo
fmi: about the
Totally Unrelated...my daughter's summer nuclear chemistry
school schedule for today
...I have no idea where she got the brain she has.
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