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August 12, 2020.  Issue #5,149.  (Need a contract pilot?  How 'bout me?)

ScottKosh 2020 ...ShookieRV7A

Welcome aboard for the the first, and hopefully ONLY, ScottKosh cross-country tour of our great nation. My family was having a reunion up near Port Huron, MI during the week of OSH - so I decided to take the scenic route. I left 10 days early and decided to get to KPHN via NV, WY, SD, MN, WI, OH, NC, NY, PA, OH again, WI, the UP of MI, OH once more, and finally Port Huron.

Day 1 - I flew up to A34 to meet up with Mike Starkey (VAF Mike S) and pick up a radio tray I bought from him. We chatted for a bit and shared some building stories. I then flew next door to Sliver Springs for fuel.


Blowing the dust off an old kit.

I'm resurrecting a 2007 -8 kit. 8-1651. Originally purchased by Kent Scherm in Ontario Canada. Kent, you still out there? I purchased it from him in 2014. I blew up the original HS trying to do the SB Mod, so I'm rejoining the kit with a fresh HS kit. Good to practice again. I'm a bit caught between the original Rev 1 plans from 2007, an HS kit purchased in 2014 and the modern world. I have the firestick with all the newest plans on the way.

Any other developments I need to get caught up on to bring this baby to life? Once the HS is completed (again) I'm moving on to wings at about the QB stage, though I need to finish the tanks with the rear baffle. After that is the Fuse kit Kent also got to about the QB stage.

Nice to be back.


ChrigelsRV8's Panel

Still building...I need to label some switches and knobs later on.


RV-6 Rebuild Progress Report ...jamlip

I have one nut to tighten on a bulkhead grommet and the aircraft is ready to fly. I just keep putting it off, and I'm not sure why. Kind of lost my mojo.

I miss my RV-4 a lot. There's a lot to be said for having a functioning aircraft that you know inside-out and that is ready to fly at any moment's notice.

Not here to talk about the house addition build, but its framed and the roof is shingled. Awaiting signoff so I can plumb and wire and glaze.

Does anyone have any info about installing the Vans leg fairings and pressure recovery wheel pants? I fitted the brackets when I CLA'd the brakes and wheel bearings. Have all the parts, just looking for some direction so I don't screw it up.


Milestone: FlyLEDs Finished ...wirejock


Trip from Nevada to Lake George NY ...Kupde

Just made a trip in my RV-10 from Carson City, NV to Lake George NY for my daughter's wedding. Great example of using the RV machine. Wanted to pass along a couple of great airports that were perfect for overnight stays. First, KSNY in Sidney,NE. Hanger space, oxygen, courtesy car and $30 discount at the Comfort Inn. George is the guy running the airport and goes out of his way to make your visit a great one. Second, KPPO in La Porte, In. Great service with hanger space and a place to stay for the night free of charge with shower, kitchen, tv, etc. also courtesy car. Diane is the airport manager and again goes out of her way to make sure you have everything you need. If you have a chance to stop through these airports please do as we need to keep these type of GA friendly places alive. Wedding was a great time and we managed to avoid the commercial airplane risk with COVID with the Rv machine!


VAF Advertiser Spotlighting Their Product

(Avionics Systems)  Another one of our ready to install RV-14 instrument panels, this one with the best of everything from Garmin: dual G3X Touch, GTN-750xi, GTR-200 com, GMA-245R audio panel, GTX-45R transponder with ADS-B, autopilot, G5, and TCW standby battery system. This airplane recently started flying and this owner is looking forward to a lot of flying behind his state of the art Garmin avionics.


Smokey Ray's RV-4 Forward Storage ....from back in the day

When I built my Four back in the late 80's. innovation still started with "I." Before the Eight was even a thought, the RV4 needed a forward baggage container.
I came up with mine on a long leg staring between my legs at the battery box. I relocated the battery to the firewall which helped my CG and hinged the forward edge of the box. Voila, lots of room for a tool box, canopy cover, small chocks, whatever...

Additionally I fitted the top of the cover with small fittings that when closed allowed for a bungee cord and attached my small backpack there on top.


SFSA New RV-10 Interior Video ...VAF advertiser

Our full interior kit will add elegance and value to your RV. In this special discounted bundle you get our full line of interior products for the RV-10 plus items we don't sell separately. All our interior leather products come in array of leather colors and thread options.


Leading Edge of Canopy Pics ...Janekom

Here is a sequence of pictures that might help you. It is of a canopy I had to replace after a bird strike. I really hope it will help you.


Donations Updated, and Thank You

Duggel's gotta eat and provide for that family, so....

2020 is coming up on 2/3rds done.  Tuesday I updated the totals on the donation page with the latest stats.  Nutshell: (909) people have donated this year for a little more than $20K after taxes.  God Bless these beautiful souls that help support this tiny digital island in the hurricane-infested ocean of uncertainty that 2020 has become.  I'll remind folks again towards the end of the year, but thank you to the folks who sent theirs in already.  It helps with cash flow.  There aren't many honor system business models left in this world, and I'm glad to be one of them.  I prefer this vibe over the alternatives.  And apologies for the commercial - I don't like them either.

Sorry for the interruption.

Donate Once a Year w/a Credit Card.  It takes 60 seconds.


VAF Data Move / Forums TPS Report

Over the last 30 days or so:

  • Migrated all data from ISP to a cloud based environment (AWS)
  • Switched OS from Windows Server to latest version of Linux
  • MySQL and PHP upgraded to latest versions.
  • Image hosting enabled (along with PDF attachments).
  • Stored PM limit increased by 100%
  • Queries now nearly instantaneous

In the next 30 days or so:

  • Forums upgrade from v3.6.8 to v5.6.2.  It's gonna be greeeeeeaaaaaat...

There are some fiddly bits that we know are not performing 100% (search, encoding fonts issue, etc) but those have to do with running older forum software with newer back end software. These will get addressed in the newer v5.X forum software.  It's wasting resources to work on fixing those when we're upgrading soon anyway.

Bill Kervaski (RV-14A) has been indispensable with these improvements. He has a full time job, and my calendar is really crowded next week with side work, so the move to the latest and greatest forum software might take a few weeks. It could take two months. It could take one month. Many moving parts and both life and work are fluid and crazy at the current time, so thanks for understanding.  I'm purchasing the most current forum software shortly to begin testing.

We're solid enough right now to hold us over while we install, configure and test a parallel copy of the new stuff in the background.  We'll get there I promise, and it'll be nice. Hang tough, enjoy both the faster environment and image hosting in the mean time and stay safe.  More to come...

Thanks again to Bill and his mad tech skills.



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.


Model-specific subforums

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photo courtesy Fred Bauer, Jr.

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....    
88 have contacted me saying they are interested in building one.


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