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10/22/2021.  Issue #5,429.
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Explore Maryland by Air: Program Complete ...Vlad 9A

Program completed. The highest award was shipped to my Utah address. Thanks for fun Maryland!


-8 Rudder Pedal Mod ...SuperCubDriver PIREP

I riveted an aluminum angle (3/4 or 19mm) on the lower pedal. So the foot pressure is below the tilt axes and I can still rest my feet below the pedals on long flights - works perfect for me.


Smoky sunset during Phase 1

While flying off my probation last summer, the smoke from a distant fire turned the sky golden red. I played with some filters, and got this.


Under Wing NACA Duct ...Carlos151 PIREP

I did mine sitting flat on the bench with no rivets. 6 years flying and about 11 years since installing it, still going strong with zero issues. "Wrapped" the pro seal over the top of the flange. Probably didn't need to do that but... Also used SCAT ducting instead of the Vans supplied plastic ducting.


Performance update...bjdecker

Ok, I've had some time to fly with the modified cowl exit ramp and I am happy to report a pretty substantial decrease in CHT's, and modest increase in TAS/IAS.  --->


VS skin deformed -- how bad is it?

I don't really want to post this, but I've got to know how serious this is: I finished skinning my vertical stabilizer a couple of days ago, and following the directions clecoed everything, made sure the holes aligned and that the leading flanges on the ribs were properly radiused so as not to deform the skins. Aside from the tight fit of the skin on the skeleton everything went smoothly. Yesterday I was looking it over one more time and I noticed a small deformity around the leading starboard rivet on the VS-1205 rib. I looked inside and found that the flange had deflected slightly away from the skin so that it wasn't fully in contact with the skin. I think there had been enough play in the clecos that when I put that rivet in it wasn't obvious at the time. Anyway, there's a small ridge on the skin where the edge of the rib is pushing out, and the skin around the rivet is recessed slightly as the rivet is pulling it in towards the bent flange. I dread removing 126 or more rivets, but I'll do it if I need to. I've asked Van's for an engineering opinion, but I'd welcome your thoughts as well. Seems this has been a bad week for my build after starting out strong. I've attached a few images. It was hard to capture the surface deformity and the shadows make it look worse than it seems in real life.


SB 99-06-1 REV 2 on mothership today

Applies to 6/6A.  "We've reviewed this as well as other past reports, and Van's Aircraft will be revising SB 99-6-1, removing the option for compliance by inspection every 10 hours. The original service bulletin was issued more than 20 years ago. Any aircraft that has not yet been brought into compliance by replacing or modifying the pedals has likely experienced a significant number of years/hours in service. Therefore, the potential is now even greater for existing unmodified parts to be weakened as a result of use and environmental factors.

Our engineering team has therefore determined that the proper course of action is to revise the SB to require either replacement of the parts with the current version, or reinforcement of the existing pedals with the gusset kit that's been available free of charge from Van's since 1999. The details are in the service bulletin document, and we plan to publish the revised version on Thursday before the close of business.

While compliance with service bulletins is technically at the discretion of the owner/operator of the aircraft, Van's Aircraft strongly recommends complying with all service bulletins, including achieving compliance by implementing the changes outlined in this bulletin for operational safety reasons."


RV-12iS Status Report ...Riley Spoon

Today was Dynon day. Installed most of the components and am really pleased with the way it looks. Tomorrow I will tackle the ADAHRS. Then on to the rest of the engine installation.


RV-10 N810TJ - Tyson in Snohomish, WA

Greetings! I can't help by feel like my post may be a bit premature, but we are officially on the waiting list for our RV-10 empennage and wing kits!

I have some prior building experience from an RV-6A kit I was building in the 90s. Being in my teens at the time, looking down the barrel of the engine/prop/avionics costs was too much to bear and the kit was eventually sold.

Looking forward to getting back in the saddle and seeing this one through to completion!
Tyson Taylor
RV-10 N810TJ (Reserved)
Empennage & Wing Kits Ordered 10/2021


Video of the RV-15's Announcement

...will stay on the front page for now.  And there now a dedicated RV-15 section in the VAF Forums.  Go there.

5min 20sec clip


Mothership Jobs Open listing (CNC Programmer)


VAF Calendar

10-18-2021: High Sierra Fly-In - Dead Cow Lakebed/North of Reno, NV


----->>>>> How to Minimize the Chance You <<<<<-----
----->>>>> Could be Dealing with a Scammer <<<<<-----
...when using the classifieds.



Off Topic



My name is Doug Reeves and I have 2,400+ hours TT, including a PIC type rating in the Embraer Phenom 300 (I am current).  I live in Dallas, TX and work part time in seat support at CAE in their three Phenom Level D simulators.  My ratings and background:

ATP CTP class taken Dec 2020.
ATP Written Passed Dec 2020. (90%)
All checkrides passed on the first attempt.

PIC Type Rating:
Embraer Phenom 300
(Typed 2/21/21)
Embraer Phenom 300
Level D Simulator
Right Seat Program

( 631  hrs w/motion on
during  252  sims)
Pilatus PC-12NG
(35 hours)
Cessna Grand Caravan EX
(100 hours)
Van's Aircraft RV-6
(1,500 hours / 300 in formation)



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