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11/26/2021.  Issue #5,452.
  I'm so thankful for this community.  I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving with family and friends, and wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
   Need a Contract SIC?

First Flight C-GEMQ

Saturday early morning, November 20th 2021
RV-8 C-GEMQ took to the skies for the first time !!!

Flew beautifully for 40 minutes.
1/4 to 1/2 ball on the right to correct and maybe a little heavy right wing, to confirm with further tests.

25MP/2500RPM at 3000 ft/-5C resulted in 162KTAS, no wheel pants, no wing to fuselage fairings.

Despite a complete engine run check, the engine burped/pulsed +/- 100 RPM a few seconds after take-off.
Too lean mixture (my fault), once corrected the engine ran very smoothly.
CHT's in the 350's except #3 of course at 380ish. Considering modifying the rear baffle or adding washers.

Tested the flight behavior with flaps, test stalled twice before landing, all ok.

The landing was uneventful.
What a machine !!!

The RV grin is for real !


Accommodating differences in subpanel surface angle

Hi all,

I'm working up the layout for the various LRU's behind the panel. The subpanel on the 14 has about a 1.8" strip at the bottom edge that is bent toward the vertical when compared to the 7 deg layback of the rest of the subpanel. This makes it a little awkward to mount LRU's to this region.

Does anyone have a really elegant suggestion for dealing with this? I'd prefer to avoid something sketchy like stacking washers to fill the gap

Pics of my mockup for entertainment value:


Slick Mag P-lead Question

I wired my P-lead to the left Slick mag today (P-Mag on the right side)

I'm using a SPST upside down toggle switch on the panel for the mag. I'm using a 18AWG shielded wire from the switch to the mag. On the switch end the center conductor goes to one side of the switch and the shield has a pigtail to the other side of the switch. On the mag side, the center conductor goes to the main post and the shield goes to the ground screw next to it. The mag side is depicted in the first photo (not my photo but the wiring is the same).

I tested the switch function before connecting to the mag and confirmed switch down is a closed circuit and up is open.

My question and confusion is that the main post of the mag shows continuity to in effect the switch appears to do nothing...the mag is grounded all the time

What am I missing?


Mothership Closed Friday...just FYI


Torn rivet hole in VS skin from dimpler

Was cruising along and the skin popped off of the male dimple die in the middle of the down stroke leaving this oval hole.

A 3 rivet head covers the hole but I was worried about getting a good rivet squeeze or a crack eventually propagating from this spot.

I've ordered a new skin but is there an acceptable way to fix this sort of thing in the future?


Keep VAF in Business...if you think that's a good idea.

The fan helps keep the laptop cool.

Yeah, it's that time.  I need to eat.

As you can probably guess, 2021 is not the most fun time to be hanging it all out there on the line as a 1-person small business. As much as I dislike doing this yearly pledge drive, I have to do it in order to stay afloat.

So, once more into the breech...if VAF and its forums are one of your online watering holes of habit, it's time for me to beg you to send in $25 if you haven't already done so this year. 2021 is coming to a close, and while I try not to pester much about the whole honor system donate thing, this site is no kidding how I do food, shelter and clothing (and college).*  And this year so far has pretty much blown financial chunks.  Interestingly, traffic nearly tripled during the lockdown, but it didn't turn into triple the donations.

If you have already sent in a 2021 donation, THANK YOU!  If not, how to send in money can be found HERE.

There are 31,500 registered forum accounts and tens of thousands of unregistered lurkers.  As of 11/21/21 1,105 people have donated in 2021 - a little over $27K before taxes.  Thank you to those helping keep the lights on.

I'm not kidding when I say these donations really, REALLY matter.  I won't give up and I'll keep trying my hardest to bring you a quality product that acts as a momentary distraction from the chaos that has become our current world.

If you're not already doing it, please help me keep this thing online.

Kindest regards,
Doug Reeves (your host)

*I do some occasional part-time seat support in a simulator that pays $10/hr (no medical benefits) - I've earned $5,727.36 so far in 2021 doing this (worded another way about 23 days of our son's college expenses).  I earned a Phenom type rating in February by doing a hundred sessions, but have yet to find any contract work (I continue to try - some nibbles but the cork is still floating).


JUST RELEASED: New and Improved Van's Aircraft Online Store ...mothership


2022 Van's Calendars - You can order now! ...Mothership

It's time! Our 2022 50th Anniversary wall calendars are available to pre-order now, and we expect to take delivery in a couple of weeks and then ship 'em. We ordered 5,000 calendars this year, which is 1,000 more than last year. We'll probably still run out!

The 2022 calendar celebrates the 50th anniversary of Van's Aircraft. Watch for other cool 50th-anniversary commemorative items next year, as well!

Just like we did over the past few years, we're going to stuff random calendars with Golden Tickets that can be redeemed for all sorts of cool Van's Aircraft items!

If you order in multiples, you save even more. We're keeping the cost low, so get 'em for all your friends and any of those pilots who have yet to discover RVs!


Mothership Jobs Open listing (CNC Programmer)


VAF Calendar

11-20-2021: Houston area RV lunch


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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

( 643.5  hrs w/motion on
during  259  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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