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Aug 18, 2022  Issue #5,631.
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Storage Idea

I needed a place to store/hide some balloons for my daughter's 10th birthday and the plane happens to be next to the compressor so...


Take 2! ...Pete Howell

Now that I is more smart, I gots more datas. Tapped the static system. Flew big squares, used Ottopilot. Used the Manometer function that averages readings over time to get a better result. Used Test Pilot Sheet to verify speeds flown. Despite what Andi says, i can be trained.

This is what I had time to get tonight. Let me know if this looks correct.

(Upper cowl press - aircraft static press) / calculated freestream dynamic press = Cp

Over 0.8 is good. I fall short........more work to do. Thanks Dan, Bill and others.


Survival Kit Additions

I just updated my personal SERE kit. Altoids tin, slight larger than the old Sucrets tin. Inside: Leatherman Micra (scissors, knife, tweezers, screwdrivers, etc) mini-Bic wrapped with 50' 10lb Spiderwire fishing line (very tiny, very strong, can be used to fish or sew or anything in between). high quality liquid filled button compass, 3' 1" Gorilla tape on a bic pen body cut down to 1", 2 needles treaded with Spiderwire, pint Ziploc bag for water treatment, 8 Aquatabs, 20' of small diameter braded line about 100' test, 2 soda straws about 2" long with the end melted containing Neosporin and Betadine, 2g Celox (stops massive bleading) and a mini LED light.

Not much in the way of food or shelter. In a survival situation you should have what you have on and maybe a crashed airplane. You can do without food for a month, without water for maybe three days.

I have a much larger survival kit in the RV-4 that is in a backpack. I might go into that later


Was in the Army dental corps in the past. I have carried Dental floss with me into the wild any and all the time.
It is very light, strong, and useful. I once used it to tie a deer to a pole to drag out of a canyon and a mile back to the truck.
Good stuff. Yes paracord is strong and I have it cause I have done rock climbing. But, I can carry a lot more dental floss for the same weight. And you can even floss your teeth with it.
To bad my .357 magnum weights so much, But, that is a must carry. Bears give me shudders. I like to eat not be eaten.
Another great idea. Art


Border Collies and RV-7A ...Scott Arnold

Border Collies see the reflection on the ceiling from shinny aluminum. Always fun trying to build with the OCD dogs.


F-01405B double-flush

The plans call to rivet the two halves of the F-01405B bulk head bar together using double flush rivet. I installed the first rivet using the length called out in the plans and the rivet is too long. It is not flush on the shop head side.

It looks like the next shorter rivet will not have a very big shop head.

What did you do? Is a slightly proud rivet head ok on one side?


Need hardware advise

I need to replace these bolts on my RV-10. I think they are AN-3 but not sure the length. Should I use stainless?


Optional Service Bulletin Kit for RV-12 Main Gear Channel Update ...Mothership

We've released Service Bulletin SB-00040, which can optionally be installed on legacy/original model RV-12 aircraft. The SB-00040 kit includes the parts and instructions needed to proactively add additional reinforcement to the landing gear beam and was developed based on field experience where flight school aircraft subject to repeated hard landings had rivet failure and/or fatigue issues as described in the bulletin.

We have produced a handful of kits that can be used to make the changes described in this service bulletin. Note that this is not a mandatory service bulletin. Van's recommends compliance for operating environments where repeated heavy and unusual landing loads might occur, such as in flight training or on unusually rough landing surfaces.

Note: This service bulletin applies only to the original model RV-12 and is not applicable to the RV-12iS, which utilizes a different design/structure.


New SB Published on Mothership

...all models ...a page for what we know to date.


OSH'22 Photo Albums Thread

...put 'um here please if you feel so inclined.



VAF Calendar

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08-20-2022: Northern Ohio RV Fly In
09-15-2022: Arkansas - The Petit Jean RV Gathering on the Mountain
09-16-2022: Arkansas - The Petit Jean RV Gathering on the Mountain
09-17-2022: Arkansas - The Petit Jean RV Gathering on the Mountain
09-18-2022: Arkansas - The Petit Jean RV Gathering on the Mountain


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----->>>>> Could be Dealing with a Scammer <<<<<-----
...when using the classifieds.



Off Topic


G-V or Phenom 300

My name is Doug Reeves and I have 2,600+ hours TT, including a PIC type rating in the G-V (550/450), Embraer Phenom 300 and an SIC endorsement in the Challenger 605.  I live in Dallas, TX and work part time in seat support at CAE in their three Phenom Level D simulators. 

I'm interested in contract SIC work.
Contact / Pilot resume:

Ratings and experience:

All checkrides, private through ATP, passed on the first attempt.

Typed in:

Gulfstream G-V
PIC typed in 550 w/diffs to 450.
Typed: Feb 2022

Embraer Phenom 300
PIC typed.
Last recurrent: May 2022

G450/550 and Phenom 300
Level D Simulators
CAE Right Seat Program
(850+  hrs w/motion on
during  315+  sims)

Challenger 605
SIC Endorsement

Cessna Grand Caravan EX
(few dozen trips)

And some others...



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