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Advertise on VAF.

6/29/2022.  Issue #5,601.
Excuse the early push - side hustle to help w/the fam budget.
   Contract pilot resume  

From the 'Tools Organizing' Thread ...LukeD entry


Chris Hrabe Polishing PIREP

I've gotten a few inquiries on the methods / materials that I used to polish my RV-9A that's currently posted for sale here.

First off, I didn't start out as an expert, nor do I think of myself as one now that I've polished one aircraft. However, I did contact the experts at NuVite, and following their advice and a fair amount of practice I think I've mostly figured it out, and I'm seeing good results. Your milage may vary.


Stick to the Plans

An article in Kitplanes on Tony Kirk's RV-7 painted like Randall Henderson's 1994 Portland RVators' fly-in T-shirt (Scappoose, OR - Home Wing).  [ed. Not to be confused with the logo up top <g> v/r,dr]

Wonderful article and a beautiful RV!


Aircraft vs non-aircraft parts: when is it ok?

We all joke about getting supplies from the National Aircraft Parts Association (NAPA auto parts store), but while working on my avionics lately I've been using a mix of Adel clamps from Home Depot and ACS (you never have the right part at 9am on Saturday morning with the rest of the weekend scheduled and free for working on the plane, and I am planning on going back over and replacing the HD clamps with ones from ACS later.).

I'd never use a non-aircraft rated part in a critical area such as the engine compartment, but as I fought to secure an ACS Adel clamp in a difficult location I thought about the 1" HD clamp sitting on the bench that had far less resistance and would be far easier to use.

So what do you think? When, or would it ever be, ok to use an a non-aircraft vs aircraft rated part in an aircraft?


Panel Upgrade ...Bud K -4

I recently updated my 2002 panel. Replaced my Rocky Mountain Instruments EMS/Altimeter and Microair Transceiver/Transponder with Dynon Skyview HDX and Garmin 175 GPS. And, since I was at it, I added a smoke tank.


Engine Preservation. Cheap, hopefully effective apporach

My Titan Engine is supposed to be preserved. It's been out of the desiccated bag a a few months now as I flounder with baffles, firewall component layout, cowling, etc. Can't over-fill the engine with oil until after I install the governor (on order) so working in circles as always.

Already had desiccant plugs installed in the cylinders. Got nervous and attempted to desiccate the engine ullage space. Utilized three sizes of vinyl tube (7/8" ID down to 1/2" ID) from the STC/PMA aisle of Ace hardware nested together/sealed down to a 1/2" nylon barb connection. There's less than $20 in this including the lb of reusable desiccant (from ACS).

Cheap = Big yes
Effective = Should be. We'll see. The worst thing that can happen is if the desiccant never indicates.

Before someone points out the lack of an air pump, etc. gonna say that equilibrium is a wonderful thing.

The desiccant dries very easily in the oven. Already done it a few times for the plugs. Here's a pic of the cheapa$$ dryer laying on the mount. Will secure it with a velcro strap. I'll update on perceived effectiveness if anyone wishes. Powerplants aren't getting any cheaper.


Sneak peak! ...jcarne

Okay, I couldn't pass up posting this picture of my plane smiling while getting some vinyl.


Vans Aircraft Business Video Update - Apr 29


VAF Calendar

Events in the calendar w/in 60 days of happening.

07-25-2022: RV Social at OSH'22
08-20-2022: Northern Ohio RV Fly In


----->>>>> How to Minimize the Chance You <<<<<-----
----->>>>> 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  300+  sims)

Challenger 605
SIC Endorsement

Cessna Grand Caravan EX
(few dozen trips)

And some others...



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