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"...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:  5/18/19.
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.
-Starts college (SMU) in Aug'19.
- Intern at SMU Chem. Lab

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

 

 

680 people have kindly donated in 2019 as of 3/18.
Around $17,500 after taxes...


They are...(sorted by first name)

AARON BARNES

Aaron Schomberg

Adam Cutting

Aitor Lazo

Alan Lancello

Alan Metzler

Alan Searle

Alan Tempin

alexander stark

Allan Brownlow

Allan Stern

Allen Maris

Allen Sydow

Alpine Racing, Inc.

Alvin Fox

Alvin Grasse

Amir Bayani

Andrew Haile

Andrew Muir

Andrew Wegrzyn

Anthony Trettin

Anton Beidl

Anton Haas

Ariston Johnson

Arthur Woods

Barry Bernstein

Barry DiSimone

ben cawte

benjamin clay

Bennie Frazier

Berchmans Wick

Bill Marvel

Bill Vinson

Bill Woods

Billy Callanan

billy canup

Blu Sky Detailing inc

Bob Bisbee

Bob Japundza

Bob Mozina

Boyd Birchler

Brad Fennell

Bradley DeRubba

Brenden Johnson

Bret Parker

Brian Adams

Brian D Smith

Brian Jorgensen

brian pham

BRIAN ROBINSON

Brian Stamper

Brian Sutherland

Brian Szuter

Brock Street

Bruce E Byrkett

Bruce Hatch

Bruce Pauley

Bruce Stoddart

Bruno Dionne

Bud Shaw & Rebecca Rotert

C. Walter Jazun

C.W. JAZUN

Cameron Smith

Card Machine Works

Carl Niedermeyer

Carl Wood

Carlos Rodriguez

CARLTON GREEN

Cecil Banks

CECIL JONES

Chad Boot

Charles Crawford, Jr.

Charles Derk

Charles Fretwell

Charles Hazekamp

Charles Keeney, Jr

Charles Menger

Charles Rice

Charles Rosenzweig

Charlie Kearns

Chris Kleen

Chris Mahoney

Chris Obaugh

Christoph Schnyder

Christopher Cannon

christopher ives

Christopher Pratt

Clarence Mitchell

claudio ricci

COBBTREE Retail

Cody Herndon

Col. Sidney Mayeux

Colin Noseworthy

Conrad Bolton

corey bewley

Corey Enderle

craig DUTTON

CRAIG GARELLA

Craig Hagen

Craig Westwood

Crank It Up Diesel

Dale Boorsma

Dale Emmons

Dale Willey

Daley McLeod

Damien Currier

Dan Cruz

Dan Reed

Daniel Ainge

Daniel Begeman

Daniel Connell

Daniel Herron

Daniel Langhout

Darin Anderson

Darren Chaffer

Darron Spencer

Daryl Tolliver

Dave Schuler

David Anders

David Bellairs

David Brown

David Brunberg

David Carter

David Cicciari

David Clinthorne

David Cole

David Domeier

David Ellis

David Goldfarb

David Halmos

David Harris

David Hershgold

David Ireland

David Jackson

David Kewley

David Kloss

David Kuhtenia

David Macdonald

David Maib

David McKinnon

David Meyers

David Nelson

David Nolte

David Pattee

David Paule

David Perkins

David Poe

David Sandefur

David Setser

David Sprinkle

David Valcik

David Vincent

DAVID WELSH

DCH Enterprises

Deborah L Hobbs

Dejan Vucinic

Dennis Enns

Dennis Grundy

Dennis Hodge

Dennis Young

Denver Gore

Derek Canavan

Don Crum

Don Flanigin

Don Martin

Don Short

Donald Bodnar

Donald Johnson

Donald Meehan

Donald Washington

Donaven Chase

Doug Mattson

Douglas Conciatu

Douglas Garrou

DOUGLAS PETERSON

Douglas Rohrer

Douglas Smith

Duane B Hopper

Duane Clawson

durward smith

Dwight Mattmuller

E D Fern

Earl Pate

Ed Darcy

Edward Cech

Edward Eliot

Edward Flisher

Edward Herold

Edwin OíQuinn

Eric Fitzgerald

ERIC GETTEL

Eric Paslick

Erin Schneider

Esa Lehto

Eulice W Curington Jr

Finn Lassen

Flint Brady

FliteWallet LLC

Florence Garbini

Flyleds

FRANCESCO DANTE

Francis Cordrey

Frank Huber

Frank Lonza

Franklin Brown

Fred Heinecke

Fred Mann

Frederic Stucklen

Fredrik Diehl

Gail Yobe

Garret Hade

Garry Shepherd

Gary A Sobek

Gary Baker

Gary Bridges

Gary Keyser

Gary Kohler

Gary Peterson

Gary Zilik

Geoff Pout

Geoffrey Bowering

George Dowell

George Nuse

George Psaros

Gerald Kalin

Gerald Stofer

Gerald W Roeder

Gillett Welles

Gordon Griffin

Gordon van de Bilt

Grant Cassady

Greg Green

Greg Hale

Greg Long

Greg Niehues

Gregg Waligroski

Gregory Healy

Gregory Lair

Gregory Marlow

Gregory Tilford

Gregory Walker

Guilherme Barros

Gunther Zion

H V Hatwell

hamish kebbell

Hans Strahle

Harald Sotomayor

Harlan Henke

Harold Hopler

Henry King

Herman Ross

Hilbert Dahl

Hugh Aodh O'Brien

Hugh Finnan

Hugo Terrosa

Iain Macleod

ian coates

IGS KW Inc.

Ira Phillips

J Kenneth Morris

J. David Daniel

Jack Hunt

Jacques De Jonghe

Jahnnie Brake

Jake Thiessen

James Baker

James Berry

James Blake

James Feighny

james fernandez

James Fisher

James Folsom

james green

James Holbrook

James Hurd

James McCarter

James Meadows

James Melton

james morrison

James Patchett

James Roberts

James Stanton

James Temple

James Thomas

James Vanderhaar

james webber

James White

James Woolard

James Zimmerman

Jan Hanekom

Jared Solomon

Jared Wellman

Jason Beaver

Jay Burris

Jay Pratt

Jeff Munzell

Jeff Trawick

jeff wright

Jeffery Walker

Jeffrey Caplins

Jeffrey Parker

Jeffrey Rich

Jeffrey Rupp

Jeffrey Sheets

Jerald King

Jeramie Eitel

Jerre Hill

Jerrold Deanda

Jerry Farrell

Jerry Ludwig

Jerry Oney

Jerry Pozniak

jim moshonsky

Jim Novak

Jimmy Price

Joe Plihal

Joel Belben

Joel Buseman

Joel Morrow

Johan Sverkersson

Johan Vercueil

jOHN Aiton

John Clark

John Cooper

John Cosse

John D Hazen

John D Horn, Jr

John D Welch

John Dobbins

John Fleurent

John Glennon

John Johnson

John Leon

John Paszek

john patton

John Powell

John Severyn

John Sharples

John Sylvester

John Tate

John Walsh

John Young

Johnny Tracy

Jonathan Alvord

Jonathan Mulder

Jonathan Schneider

JONATHAN WHITAKER

joseph casadonte

Joseph Granito

Joseph J Barnosky

Joseph P May

Joseph Pfaff

Joseph Wilbur

Joshua Bardell

Joshua Kovac

Judson Kelley

Kacey Dudenhoeffer

Karen Murray

Karl Aber

Karl Bambas

KB Wood Creations

Keith Benningfield

Keith Register

Keith Schlageter

Kelly Johnson

Ken Fletcher

Ken Heron

ken hitt

Kenneth Baas

Kenneth E Cashwell JR

Kenneth Friedkin

KENT MAZZIA

Kevin Cassin

Kevin Dixon

Kevin Johnson

Kevin Wees

Kirk Bliss

Klyn Cheney

Kriegler le Roux

Kristi Brown

Kurt Thiele

Kurt Wooten

Kyle Hultgren

LancairTalk.net

Larry DeCamp

larry Gollaher Jr

Larry Jones

Larry Loeding

Larry New

Larry Pettis

Larry Schneider

Larry Vandegrift

Lawrence Milligan

Lawrence Schultz

Lee Hanson

leo knowlden

Lloyd Astrup

Loman O'Byrne

LtCol Robert Lewis

Luis J Fuenmayor

Lynn Vaughan

M Wilemon

Malcolm Burton

Marc Whisman

Marcell Bink

Marilyn Stelzner

Mark Baty

Mark Beattie

Mark Bischoff

Mark Bishop

Mark Ciaglia

Mark Conway

Mark Easton

Mark Gaboriault

Mark Grim

Mark Hegy

Mark Johnson

Mark Lee

Mark Santoleri

Mark Schrimmer

Mark Steers

Mark Swinford

mark withrow

Marla Kramer

Marlin Olson

Martin Gomez

Martin Lindsey

Marvin Kononchuk

Marvin McG/raw

Matt McVicker

Matthew Hood

Matthew Laseter

Matthew Orr

Matthew Schumacher

Merl Raisbeck

michael Anderson

Michael Burr

Michael Clark

Michael Collins

Michael Coster

Michael Cycon Jr.

Michael DeMarino

Michael Elstien

Michael Gilbert

Michael Guenthner

Michael Hauser

Michael Henry

Michael Keaveney

Michael Lazarowicz

Michael Lorden

Michael Merisko

Michael Norton

Michael Pratt

Michael R Mullenbach

Michael Smith

Michael Vaughan

Michael W Elliott

Mike Brown

Mike Chappell

Mike Dean

Mike Hage

Mike Holmes

Mike Macon

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MJ Heberling

MYRON OLESON

N. Timothy Lynch

Neal Pannell

Neil Clay

Neil Cormia

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nicholas mccleskey

Nicholas Shulstad

Norris Brown

Oleg Deshin

Otis Holt

OUTACONTROL R/C

Pascal GROELL

Patricia Bradley

Patricia M Owen

Patrick COTTEREAU

Patrick J Reynolds

Patrick LALOIT

Patrick Miller

Patrick Ryan

Patrick Wenzel

Patrick Whalen

Paul Duff

PAUL GARDETTO

Paul Kendrick

Paul Marskell

Paul Seipt

Paul Yarbrough

Perry Mills II

pete fata

Peter Campo

Peter Chmelir

Peter Damigos

PETER DITOMASO

Peter Dooley

Peter Grogan

Peter Hunt

Peter Kubalek

Peter Reid

Peter Wells

Philip Blinn

Philip Lehrke

Protek Performance Inc

R. Sean Phillips

Ralph Howey

Ralph Hunter

Ralph Ketter

Ralph Lowe

RANDALL HENDERSON

Randall L Noyes

Randy King

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 Johnston

Richard Kennedy

Richard Pedersen

Richard Pulman

Richard Solana

richard suffoletta

Rick French

Rick Pryor

Roark Summerford

Robert BowerJr

Robert Brents

Robert Butler

Robert Cartwright

Robert Costello

Robert Cowan

Robert Eggleston

Robert Gordon

Robert Grigsby

Robert Hicks

Robert Hunt

Robert Krieg

Robert Marshall

Robert Meagher

Robert Olivier

Robert Rathburn

Robert Sanborn

Robert Schroer

Robert Skinner

Robert Trout

Robert Walden

Robert Welsh

Robert Willaford

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Roger Hansen

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Roy Schalk

Rupert Clarke

RUSH MCKELVEY

Ryan Asleson

Ryan Doty

Ryan Drake

Ryan Handschug

ryan vinton

Sam Brzezinski

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Sarah Clark

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Scott Blum

Scott Brega

Scott Crockard

Scott Duncan

Scott Flandermeyer

Scott Gillen

Scott Hersha

Scott Millhouse

Scott Oloff

Scott Rossi

Scott Stewart

Sean Logghe

Shamit Bal

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Shannon Miller

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shawn jordan

Sheril Helton

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Stephen Moore

Stephen Perry

Stephen Smith

Stephen Soule

Stephen Watson

Steve Bartlett

Steve Hill

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Steve Lambrath

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Steven Hamer

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Steven Shumate

Steven Sokol

Susan Goebel

T. McCall

Taylor Bartholomew

Ted Chang

Ted Radclyffe

Terry Rhew

Theodore Lang

Thomas Blakey

Thomas Bruther

Thomas DelRe

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Thomas Mabis

Thomas Martin

Thomas Mills

Thomas Prevost

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Thomas Vu

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Tim Cook

Tim Coverstone

Tim Foster

Tim Huneycutt

Timothy Boese

Timothy G Rosser

Timothy L Kline

Timothy Metz

TIMOTHY THREW

Tobias Treichel

Todd Rowntree

Tom Dalrymple

Tom Henderson

Tom Storey

Tom Stuber

Tony Martin

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Tracy Nassar

Trent Stewart

Tyler Settle

Vern Head

walter romines

ward combs

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William Bencze

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William Byrum

William Fahey

WILLIAM FINNELL

William Griffith

William Haney

William Lehr

William Petras

William Schlatterer

William Slaughter

William Vlasak

Wilson Hoffman

Wyn Andrews

Xavier Lebegue

Yves Heller