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May 30, 2023  Issue #5,829. (previous day's news).

What did you do with your RV this weekend?

(5/27-29/2023): Memorial Day Weekend)


2700 Hour Report ...petehowell

Gizmo the wonder dog and I jetted down to see Mom and zip thru the to-do list last night- Mom made Greek Chicken with Orzo and Feta, and it was as good as it sounds. Gizzy might actually smiling as she dreams of Snoopy battling the Red Baron - I'm glad we fared better than Snoopy today.


EAA Webinar with Paul Dye: Flying with AOA - June 6th


Tip: Priming Elevator Skins

Wires holding the bottom down and top open.


Inner Aileron Bracket does not fit to the rear spar ...-9

Hi everyone,

when I cleco my Aileron Brackets to the Rear Spar, the holes on the second angle are about 1/2 diameter off in vertical direction. The two angles are the L-suffix-ones, and we're talking about the left wing. Any idea what I'm doing wrong? Swapping the smaller angle with the R one doesn't help. Turning it around 180* doesn't help either.

It's the same picture when i try to cleco the right wing components to the right rear spar, without the doubler plate.


Fuel System Webinar

This coming Thursday, at 7 PM EDT, I will be doing an FAA webinar on fuel systems for amateur built aircraft. I think this is the link, and there is Wings credit for those of you who are interested.  Register





May 29, 2023  Issue #5,828. (previous day's news).

General Order No. 11

Washington, D.C., May 5th, 1868
Headquarters, Grand Army of The Republic

I. The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion." What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation's gratitude, the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.

II. It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

III. Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.

By order of


Adjutant General




Upcoming Events from the VAF Calendar

06-02-2023: Skypark Aviation Festival
06-03-2023: RVSocial Ramona airport June 3rd, Skypark Aviation Festival
06-17-2023: Boone Iowa RV Day
07-23-2023: RV-10 Oshkosh Dinner
07-24-2023: Oshkosh RV Social


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