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July 13, 2020.  Issue #5,127.
"You're fully modernized on the back-end."  That's what Bill (bkervaski) texted me during the VAF cut over to Linux from Windows Sunday morning.  The junior high student in me smiled at the joke potential.  Thanks to Bill, email notification should be working now, pages should pull up noticeably faster, we're http
s instead of http (huh?), things seem stable (a few links need to be fixed) and there is more exciting stuff to come.  Image hosting (attachments) testing underway.  Try it.
  'bkervaski' is the full on VAF tech Sensei.  [ed. Doug faces Alabama and bows a la Dwight Schrute with much thanks.]  You might need to adjust your bookmarks if you hard typed in http://www.vansairforce.net - you can just change it to just www.vansairforce.net
  Saturday we had a heat index here in DFW of 115*, so the RVating, whatever there was, was early and kept short.  About the same Sunday.  Yuck.
  Lastly, I have it on good authority that Sunday is the 20 year anniversary of both Jay Pratt's original RV-6 and Danny King's RV-8 'Beautiful Doll'.  Now that's a milestone!!!!  Jay and Danny are as good as they come, and I grateful to know them both.
  (Always looking for contract pilot side work)

Saturday DFW...


After an 18 Year Build ...laserman

...This Week.....FAA Inspection!!!


My RV Weekend ...catmandu gets us started

Gotta start it, 'cuz I did something! Finally dressed up my polished aluminum with a warbird scheme. All vinyl. Definitely a learning curve, which is why I started with the invasion stripes on the bottom of the wing, and then the small stuff on the tail.  --->


Van's Airplanes: Is there anything they can't do?  ...Dgamble

Just about a year ago, I was sitting at the departure end of runway 22 at Bolton Field (KTZR) in my RV-12 preparing to launch on yet another $25 hamburger run ($100 hamburgers are for Lycomings and Continentals) when I got to thinking. I have over 1,000 hours in my logbook, 355 of which are in the 12, I have an IFR rating that hasn't been current in over 15 years, and a growing sense that I might be becoming dangerously complacent.

I started to think that I ought to find another form of flying that would instill more professionalism and purpose in my flying. I had also recently made a new Facebook friend who just happened to be the Major in charge of a local Civil Air Patrol squadron. We will call him Maj. Joe. I had never paid much attention to CAP - my perception of it was that it was basically Boy Scouts that guided me to a parking spot at the Dayton Air Show, and were nowhere to be found after the show when 100,000 cars all tried to leave the parking lot together.

I ended up giving Joe a ride in my 12 and during that ride he disabused me of that perception. While there are obviously a whole lot of CAP cadets, it turns out that there are also what are known as Senior Squadrons. Those squadrons are all adults and airplanes. It also turned out that there was just such a squadron based right up the road at Don Scott (KOSU) airport, and he was the Squadron Commander. He painted a very intriguing picture of that part of CAP and invited me to sit in on a meeting or two. Just about a year ago, I joined.

A year later and I have yet to fly a CAP airplane. Covid and other factors have kept me out of the airplane (a gorgeous Cessna 182T, G-1000 equipped), but I have undergone a lot of training. There are three positions in a CAP mission: Flight Commander/Pilot, Observer, and Scanner. The pilot is not necessarily the Flight Commander, but usually is. The Observer is the right-seater and responsible for operating the radios and search equipment. The Observer does not have to be a pilot, but it helps. The Scanner is in the backseat and is the only crewmember tasked exclusively with looking out the window trying to find the target, whatever it might be.

Maj. Joe flies with me in the 12 quite often now. I have him trained up enough that I will let him fly from the left seat on one of the legs on our flights. We made such a trip yesterday. We were flying down to Jackson Co (I43) to pick up a Koger sunshade that I bought used from Phil Boyer. I flew left seat on the outbound leg, so Maj Joe was in the left seat as we climbed out on our return flight. As Observer, I dialed 121.5 into the Comm radio and set it to Monitor - a habit Maj Joe had instilled in me.

We were immediately hit with the squeal of an ELT. It was a very strong signal, and as the area around Jackson is very rural, my first thought was that the source must be located on I43. Without a Becker system (basically an ADF that points at ELTs) we didn't have a solid indication of where the beacon could be.

Having just finished Observer training a couple of weeks ago, I knew about a technique called "wing null." It's very intuitive - you roll the plane into a fairly steeply banked turn and listen for the ELT signal to be blocked from the comm antenna by the wing or fuselage. The comm antenna on the 12 is down on the bottom of the fuselage, so the moment the ELT signal was blocked I was able to look up through the canopy in the direction of the signal. Sure enough, there was I43. Having narrowed down the source sufficiently to assume the beacon was at least in the neighborhood, we called Flight Service and reported it.

This morning our squadron (OH-085) was tasked with confirming the location of the ELT. They did so, contacted the airport manager, and within half an hour the beacon was found and silenced.

The cool thing is not just that I will be awarded the privilege of wearing a "Find" ribbon on my uniform, the airplane that found the beacon is also qualified for the ribbon. I might have the unique distinction of owning the only RV-12 that can wear that ribbon (in the form of a decal, of course).

When I say "Mission Accomplished," I'm not talking about the find. I am referring to using my airplane and license for something much more rewarding than an airport hamburger.


My RV-10 Weekend ...ethand

First Family Flight

Took the family up for the first time in the -10. Each of my wife and two kids had flow a few times with me but not as a family to stretch the legs a little on the -10.

In-laws live in Prescott, AZ so off we went Saturday Am, departing KSEE about 8:00am arriving about 1.9 hours (6.5 hours drive). SPent the night and flew back this morning.

Great first family trip.


Question on Location of ADAHRS in Relation to Static Port ...PhatRV

I am relocating my ADAHRS to a place that is easier to maintain. However, the location of the ADAHRS is lower than the location of the static port. The embedded picture below shows the relative location of the ADAHRS and the static port. The static line is tee-off from a location near the top longeron to mitigate any moisture condensation and runs forward to the front panel. The static line is tee again downward toward the ADAHRS, and its location is slightly lower than static port in level flight. When the airplane is sitting tail down, both are located at about the same level.

Question: Is this location acceptable in term of mitigating moisture condensation with the distance between the static port and the ADAHRS is about 36inches? Are there other problems with this setup? Thanks.


Mothership and COVID-19 ...updates.

...no factory tours.  ...no demo flights. 


Mothership Job Opportunities


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


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VAF Calendar ...upcoming Events for the Next 60 Day(s)

Most things on hold temporarily.


Would You Build an RV "Super Cub"?

If you would, let me know and I'll add your name/comments to my sales pitch
You never know....    
86 have contacted me saying they are interested in building one.

With a nod to the late Chris Farley (Matt Foley sketch):

*catchphrase by someone you would know who
wants to remain anon. (wasn't me). 


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