Yearly Honor System Donation
 

 

 
"...It is the only site I can visit on a daily basis that is guaranteed not to be filled with hateful, divisive, venom.  Due to your leadership VAF overflows with helpful, supportive comments and advice..." 
--- John H.

Click HERE to Donate

Where we stand right now as of:  3/8/19.
List of who has donated in 2019.
 

 "I'm not an RV owner (in fact I don't own an airplane. Yet...), but I rarely miss my daily visit to your site. In an Internet overflowing with obnoxious, sneaky ads and hidden links, VAF is a breath of fresh air. Clear skies!"
-Peter H.

I'm sorry for the commercial.

First, scroll to the bottom and see if you are exempt.  If you are, THANK YOU for what you did (or do), and enjoy the site for life with my heartfelt thanks.

OK, like a lot of families, Casa Reeves sticks to a budget.  No fur-lined sinks or electric dog polishers.  In the flying department I flew the RV-6  (37.3) hours in 2016.  Obviously I'd like to fly more, but I can't justify the avgas expense in this phase of my life (the college years for the kids).  Let me assure you we're not making millions doing this site - trying to keep a small business afloat is insanely expensive and time intensive. 

I'm trying my hardest to keep it afloat while providing a good product for the Van's RV community.

That's where you, the regular reader, comes in...

In the entire history of the site, I've never asked for more than $25/yr if you're a regular reader.  I'll never ask for any more than that.  Ever.

 The Pitch:

Son's Status
-Awesome son.
-Senior at Marcus HS.
- Burgers & Brats employee.

Daughter's College Updates
SMU:  Chemistry BS 2017.
Currently in PhD program at UC Berkeley.
(
link)

Published papers she has been included in.

June '17 - one of her papers was published (below).

Imaging Acetaldehyde Formation During Ethanol Metabolism in Living Cells using a Hydrazinyl Naphthalimide Fluorescent Probe
 
Abstract
The metabolism of ethanol to acetaldehyde has been visualized in living lung epithelial cells using a hydrazinyl naphthalimide fluorescent probe. Utilizing a condensation reaction between carbonyls and a hydrazine moeity, we demonstrate that the fluorescent probe (Aldehydefluor-1) AF1 reacts with a range of reactive carbonyl species including formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, glyoxylic acid, and methyl glyoxal. With AF1, it is possible to directly visualize endogenous carbonyl metabolites. Here, we have applied it towards the visualization of acetaldehyde generated from alcohol dehydrogenase mediated ethanol metabolism, validating it as a useful tool to study the roles of alcohol in respiratory disease and other pathological mechanisms.

At SMU she worked in the Lippert Research Group lab between classes, and is third from left in the pic HERE at this faculty link.  Their research here.

June 30, 2017...from Audrey

Dear VAF Community,

Iím off now to start life in the real world! All my hard work at SMU paid off when I found out Iíd been accepted to UC Berkeley, one of three schools tied for the highest-ranking chemistry graduate program in the country. In exchange for working for the university as a TA, tuition is waived and Iíll be paid an additional stipend (plus health insurance!) over 5 years on my journey to earning my PhD. But whatís most exciting is that Iíll be spending most of my time performing cutting-edge research in some of the most famous chemistry labs in the world. Did you know that 16 elements were discovered at Berkeley (and more)? Iím a little excited to say the least!!

More specifically, Iíll be working in the field of chemical biology, which involves researching new ways to use chemistry to better understand biological systems. This leads to more effective treatments of diseases, as well as a better understanding of how our world works. My work at Berkeley this summer will involve fluorescent probes in the detection of copper to determine its role in living systems. Iím so grateful and excited for this opportunity and canít wait to get started!

Your support gave me one of the best gifts a kid could ask for: more quality time with my dad growing up. From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for your support of our family!!

Audrey Reeves


Exempt from Donating:
picture courtesy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jointcolors.jpg

  • any United States citizen who has EVER been in no-shit, bullets coming at you combat.  You know who you are, and I will never be able to thank you enough for protecting my way of life.  Please enjoy the site free for the rest of your life.
  • anyone currently serving in the United States Armed Forces
  • police officers (past or present)
  • current Kindergarten thru grade 12 teachers.
  • firefighters (salaried or volunteer - past or present)
  • anyone employed by Van's Aircraft
  • anyone acting as a moderator in the forums
  • My Mother-in-law.
  • anybody currently unemployed
  • the (2) renters at 'theVanCave'

Lifetime Donators:
(worked out a barter deal for something I was hunting for over the years...)  - Clements, Jon  - Dalton, David   - Karpayev, Vlad   - Redmond, Robert  -   - Schoen, William   - Settle, Curtis (Bill)  - Thorne, Mark   - Webster, Tom

 

You ever notice how when you visit this site you never have to sit through a 30 second commercial, or dodge pop-up windows selling cars or email newsletter signups?  Or take a survey.  None of the small ads on the site start talking to you.  Nothing bounces around on your screen, forcing you find some stupid little 'X' in the corner that may or may not make it go away (and possibly launch another pop-up).  Nothing slides your screen down halfway so an animation of the new and amazing Honda Whatever can drive from screen left to right. 

That's by design.

You don't have to log in to see all of VAF...you can already see everything!  Let me repeat that:  You can see everything on the site right now, whether you've donated or not.  You get to decide if you think I've provided you a quality product worthy of a yearly donation.

VansAirForce.net has been this way since it came online in the mid 90's, and it always will, if the regular readers send in their honor system yearly donation.

All those annoying advertising tactics help keep the sites they are on in business.  I made a conscience decision to do it the other way around.  You show up and instantly start reading the latest Van's RV news, with no hassle whatsoever.  The experience isn't interrupted.  It's that way by design, but it does require 60 seconds of your time once a year to stay that way.  Use this site for 12 months.  If you think I've earned it, send in $25.  Treat it like a magazine subscription.

My full time job, and this product I offer here, exists to motivate, entertain and occasionally help you during the purchase, construction, ongoing maintenance and safe flying of your Van's RV kit plane.  Hopefully for decades.  If I'm doing my job well you come back on a regular basis.   If you're a regular visitor, pick a day (birthday?) and ask yourself whether the last 12 months here were worth $2.08 a month.  If the answer to that is yes, send in $25.  I will use that money to keep the site going, and to provide food, shelter and clothing for my wife and two kids.

Just trying to make a living here, like you do with your job.  Thank you to those who help keep it afloat.
 

PLEASE do not start threads in the forums along the lines of 'People should donate!'  Donate if you think VAF is a good product, don't if you don't.  God Bless You either way.  I would kindly ask moderators to delete these threads if I'm offline for a bit and don't see them.  Thank you.  dr

  • VAF is our family's stab at American Small Business.  It provides 99% of our family's total income.  As far as I know, I'm planet Earth's only full-time Van's RV online community provider, and we bet the farm on it.
  • Ads on the site do not pull in what some online think.  I WISH they did....I wouldn't need to beg for money here on this page.  They basically keep a roof over our head and pay SOME of the bills.  Not all.
  • During the 18 years this site has been online in various forms, best I can calculate is I've spent more than we spent on our house bringing it to you. 

    The cost of running a 'small' business is not small.  The risk is enormous.
     

     

How You Can Donate

1) Credit Card
This is the method I currently prefer people use.  It's the easiest on me from an accounting standpoint.  You wouldn't believe how much 'behind the scenes' work there is.  If you can donate $25/yr with a credit card, THANK YOU!!!

Note: You do not have to have a PayPal account to donate with a credit card (if sending from the USA - International donations will need one).  After clicking on the 'Donate' button above, look for the link denoted by the red arrow in the screen grab below. 

2) Cash.  
Instantly ready to go back into our local economy at the businesses that offer our family cash discounts.  You'd be surprised (
source). 

     mailing address:
     Delta Romeo, LLC.
     P.O. Box 270321
     Flower Mound, TX 75027-0321

3) Check
made out to 'Delta Romeo, LLC'

    
mailing address:
     Delta Romeo, LLC.
     P.O. Box 270321
     Flower Mound, TX 75027-0321


A special request:
Sending me a check or credit card donation with "use half of this for this year and the other half for next year" in the memo line doesn't work for the CPA. I am required by law to report income that comes in during the year it arrives.

 

*Why does VAF use an honor system business model?

The simplest explanation I can offer is because it's less work for both you and me.

Three more reasons...

First, as a United States citizen who is VERY appreciative of those who defend(ed) my freedoms, the 'exempt from donating' category at right is of primary importance to me.  Who would setup and maintain the list of thousands of free combat veteran accounts?  How do you verify their credentials? This all implies employees, and an office, and status meetings, and peer reviews, and a thousand other things that a) gets us off topic and b) killed large parts of my soul in a previous corporate life.  I'd have to charge much more to cover the increased overhead, just so I could net the same amount.  It becomes an episode of ĎThe Officeí every day. Thank you, but no. I do it this way for my own simplistic, sanity-preserving reasons.

Second, it releases me from the ĎI paid my money so this is the direction I demand you go with the siteí back and forth.

Third, this honor system business model allows those who are lurking, still on the fence regarding getting into the hobby, to virtually enjoy the show.  For years if thatís what it takes.  This hobby is supposed to be FUN, something sorely lacking in today's hate filled world.

Thank you,

Doug Reeves (and family)
  

 

VAF comes to you courtesy a former cube worm's spare bedroom Doug Reeves and family.
Of note: My late parent's 1980 Pioneer stereo and my 80's vinyl collection.

  

*I used 30,000 as my 'lurker' number to be conservative.  The actual number is more like 35K-40K. 
**A few auto-send $2.08 each month via their bank or credit card - each donation like this is recorded separately, so the number of donations shows more than the number of people who donated.  For example, in 2015 there were 2,397 donations made by 2,126 people.
Donation in previous years: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 (Cash/Check - Credit Card), 2013 (cash/check - CC), 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

 

 

468 people have kindly donated in 2019 as of 3/9.

They are...


AARON BARNES
Aaron Schomberg
Adam Cutting
Alan Lancello
Alan Searle
Alan Tempin
alexander stark
Allan Stern
Allen Maris
Alpine Racing, Inc.
Alvin Grasse
Amir Bayani
Andrew Muir
Ariston Johnson
Arthur Woods
Barry Bernstein
benjamin clay
Bennie Frazier
Berchmans Wick
Bill Marvel
Bill Vinson
Bill Woods
Billy Callanan
billy canup
Blu Sky Detailing inc
Bob Mozina
Boyd Birchler
Brad Fennell
Bret Parker
Brian Adams
Brian Jorgensen
brian pham
BRIAN ROBINSON
Brian Sutherland
Brock Street
Bruce E Byrkett
Bud Shaw & Rebecca Rotert
C.W. JAZUN
Cameron Smith
Card Machine Works
Carl Niedermeyer
Carl Wood
Carlos Rodriguez
Cecil Banks
CECIL JONES
Chad Boot
Charles Crawford, Jr.
Charles Derk
Charles Fretwell
Charles Hazekamp
Charles Keeney, Jr
Charles Menger
Charles Rosenzweig
Charlie Kearns
Chris Obaugh
Christoph Schnyder
Christopher Cannon
Christopher Pratt
claudio ricci
COBBTREE Retail
Cody Herndon
Col. Sidney Mayeux
Colin Noseworthy
Corey Enderle
craig DUTTON
Craig Westwood
Dale Boorsma
Dale Emmons
Dale Willey
Daley McLeod
Damien Currier
Dan Reed
Daniel Ainge
Daniel Begeman
Daniel Connell
Daniel Herron
Daniel Langhout
Darren Chaffer
Daryl Tolliver
Dave Schuler
David Anders
David Bellairs
David Carter
David Cicciari
David Clinthorne
David Cole
David Ellis
David Goldfarb
David Hershgold
David Jackson
David Kewley
David Kuhtenia
David Macdonald
David Maib
David McKinnon
David Meyers
David Nelson
David Pattee
David Paule
David Perkins
David Poe
David Sprinkle
David Valcik
David Vincent
DAVID WELSH
DCH Enterprises
Dejan Vucinic
Dennis Enns
Dennis Grundy
Dennis Hodge
Don Short
Donald Meehan
Donaven Chase
Douglas Conciatu
Douglas Garrou
DOUGLAS PETERSON
Douglas Rohrer
Douglas Smith
Duane B Hopper
Duane Clawson
durward smith
Dwight Mattmuller
E D Fern
Ed Darcy
Edward Cech
Edward Eliot
Edward Flisher
Edwin OíQuinn
Eric Fitzgerald
ERIC GETTEL
Eric Paslick
Erin Schneider
Eulice W Curington Jr
Finn Lassen
FliteWallet LLC
Florence Garbini
Flyleds
FRANCESCO DANTE
Francis Cordrey
Frank Huber
Frank Lonza
Franklin Brown
Fred Heinecke
Frederic Stucklen
Fredrik Diehl
Gail Yobe
Garret Hade
Garry Shepherd
Gary A Sobek
Gary Baker
Gary Keyser
Gary Peterson
Gary Zilik
Geoff Pout
Geoffrey Bowering
George Dowell
George Nuse
Gerald Stofer
Gerald W Roeder
Gillett Welles
Gordon van de Bilt
Grant Cassady
Greg Green
Greg Hale
Greg Niehues
Gregg Waligroski
Gregory Healy
Gregory Tilford
Gunther Zion
H V Hatwell
Hans Strahle
Harald Sotomayor
Harlan Henke
Henry King
Herman Ross
Hilbert Dahl
Hugh Aodh O'Brien
ian coates
IGS KW Inc.
J Kenneth Morris
Jack Hunt
Jacques De Jonghe
James Baker
James Blake
James Feighny
james fernandez
james green
James Holbrook
James Hurd
James Meadows
James Melton
james morrison
James Patchett
James Ripka
James Roberts
James Thomas
James Vanderhaar
James White
James Woolard
James Zimmerman
Jan Hanekom
Jared Wellman
Jay Pratt
Jeff Trawick
Jeffrey Caplins
Jeffrey Parker
Jeffrey Rich
Jeffrey Rupp
Jerald King
Jeramie Eitel
Jerre Hill
Jerrold Deanda
Jerry Ludwig
Jerry Oney
jim moshonsky
Jim Novak
Jimmy Price
Joe Plihal
Joel Belben
Joel Buseman
Johan Sverkersson
Johan Vercueil
John Cosse
John D Horn, Jr
John D Welch
John Fleurent
John Glennon
John Paszek
John Severyn
John Sharples
John Sylvester
John Tate
John Walsh
John Young
Jonathan Mulder
JONATHAN WHITAKER
joseph casadonte
Joseph Granito
Joseph J Barnosky
Joseph Keenan
Joseph P May
Joseph Pfaff
Joseph Wilbur
Joshua Bardell
Joshua Kovac
Judson Kelley
Kacey Dudenhoeffer
Karl Bambas
Keith Benningfield
Keith Register
Keith Schlageter
Kelly Johnson
Ken Fletcher
Ken Heron
ken hitt
Kenneth Baas
Kenneth Friedkin
KENT MAZZIA
Kevin Cassin
Kevin Johnson
Kevin Wees
Kirk Bliss
Kriegler le Roux
Kurt Thiele
Kurt Wooten
Kyle Hultgren
Larry DeCamp
Larry Loeding
Larry New
Larry Pettis
Larry Vandegrift
Lawrence Milligan
Lawrence Schultz
Lee Hanson
Lloyd Astrup
Loman O'Byrne
LtCol Robert Lewis
Lynn Vaughan
M Wilemon
Malcolm Burton
Marcell Bink
Mark Beattie
Mark Bishop
Mark Ciaglia
Mark Easton
Mark Gaboriault
Mark Hegy
Mark Lee
Mark Santoleri
Mark Schrimmer
Mark Steers
mark withrow
Marla Kramer
Martin Gomez
Martin Lindsey
Marvin Kononchuk
Marvin McG/raw
Matt McVicker
Matthew Hood
Matthew Schumacher
michael Anderson
Michael Clark
Michael Collins
Michael Coster
Michael Elstien
Michael Guenthner
Michael Lazarowicz
Michael Merisko
Michael Pratt
Michael Vaughan
Mike Dean
Mike Hage
Mike Macon
Mitchell Garner
MJ Heberling
MYRON OLESON
Neal Pannell
Nicholas Ahlen
Nicholas Shulstad
Otis Holt
OUTACONTROL R/C
Pascal GROELL
Patricia M Owen
Patrick COTTEREAU
Patrick J Reynolds
Patrick Miller
Patrick Ryan
Patrick Wenzel
Patrick Whalen
Paul Kendrick
Paul Marskell
Paul Yarbrough
Perry Mills II
Peter Campo
Peter Chmelir
Peter Damigos
PETER DITOMASO
Peter Dooley
Peter Grogan
Peter Hunt
Peter Reid
Philip Blinn
Philip Lehrke
Protek Performance Inc
R. Sean Phillips
Ralph Howey
Ralph Ketter
Ralph Lowe
Randall L Noyes
Raun Precision Machine LLc
Ray Edmiston
Rich Macrafic
Rich Reno
Richard Aronow
Richard Austin
Richard Caummisar
Richard Dupee
Richard Ewing
Richard Fisher
Richard Flunker
Richard Fornefeld
Richard Pulman
richard suffoletta
Rick French
Rick Pryor
Robert Brents
Robert Butler
Robert Costello
Robert Cowan
Robert Eggleston
Robert Grigsby
Robert Krieg
Robert Marshall
Robert Meagher
Robert Olivier
Robert Rathburn
Robert Schroer
Robert Skinner
Robert Trout
Robert Walden
Robert Welsh
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Rodney Woodard
Roger Hansen
Roger Mapel
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Ronald Chisholm
Ronald Gawer
Ronald Simonton
Ronald Slosberg
Roy Rucker
RUSH MCKELVEY
Ryan Asleson
Ryan Doty
Ryan Drake
Sam Brzezinski
Scott Achelis
Scott Blum
Scott Crockard
Scott Duncan
Scott Flandermeyer
Scott Gillen
Scott Hersha
Scott Millhouse
Scott Oloff
Scott Rossi
Scott Stewart
Sean Logghe
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Shane McLaughlin
Shannon Miller
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Shawn Gray
shawn jordan
Sheril Helton
Stanley Siewert
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Stephen Smith
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Stephen Watson
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Steve Wolfe
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Steven Sokol
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Timothy Metz
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Torgny Brambert
Tracy Nassar
Vern Head
ward combs
Wayne Voss
Wayne Woldt
William Bencze
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William Byrum
William Griffith
William Petras
William Schlatterer
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Wyn Andrews
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Yves Heller