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Advertise on VAF.

7/23/2022.  Issue #5,366.
Several of our locals launched for OSH'21 Thursday a.m. - you could feel the buzz in the air. 
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend (especially you folks travelling to OSH'21).
Need a Contract SIC?

Thursday afterrnoon inbound KOSH.


The Overhauled E-mags are Back On

...and the cowling, and the tire pressure is perfect and she's all bridled up.  A rare morning sim-free allowed reassembly.  Felt wonderful to work on the RV.

Proof it Runs....four second video.


OSH'21 Specials From Advertisers

[ed. I'll add to this as advertisers get me info.  v/r,dr]

  • AeroLEDs 10% off all LED products 7/26-8/9

  • Base Leg Aviation
    We are running a 20% off books special through EAA for Airventure.

  • CQ Headset OSH'21 special
    free US shipping on new complete headset orders now through 7/31. Just use coupon code KOSH21 at checkout.

    "...discounted or free shipping offer from now to the end of the show this year. This can be up to a $65 saving over regular shipping. Orders will be shipped after the show.Regards,
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10354 days so far

The calendar says that today is day 10,354 since the start, in year 29 of the build. But I daren't rush as that's a recipe for making mistakes!

We have had the wettest winter in decades, but finally got some decent weather for priming the fuselage side skins. I've riveted the rest of the fuselage sides now and the next step is to temporarily fit the wings while the fuselage is still upside down in the jig.

This is going to be a trike undercarriage and the gear sockets and main legs need to be aligned and drilled in situ with the wing spar. I'm hoping that the landing gear is going to be OK on the farm strip and may fit larger tires during construction, as well as the new style nose gear and new engine mount. A couple of RV-6s visited recently and the soft wet surface was really not ideal for the 5 inch main wheels and little tail wheel.


James Aircraft update

James Aircraft is up and running producing cowls, plenums, induction kits and wheel pants.

We have leaned a lot and of course supply chain has been a headache. We had to upgrade to epoxy resin because the vinylester resin was not available. This is the same epoxy formula we have used on Team Rocket parts for 19 years. And the Parabeam core material we use doesn't have the core print thru like the honeycomb core.

The RV-10 updraft and forward facing induction cowls are almost back in production. Also we have the RV-14 cowl almost finished. Both of these should be in production within a month after Oshkosh. And the the RV-4,6,7,8 and 9 cowlings have been going out the door to customers.

I will be at Oshkosh all week. We do not have a booth, but I will be roaming around. If you have questions or just want to chat we can meet up there. My cell phone number is 512-429-0230


A question about torque seal


I am currently working on the fus of a 10. I have put torque seal on the tails of the bolt and nut but recently I have seen pictures from kit planes and Vic S where the torque seal is on the head of the bolt. Am I putting it on the wrong side? Thanks in advance.



Crack in a flap rib

Hi All,

I was doing a condition inspection on my RV-7 and found that the second-most inboard rib has a crack in it (see photos). There was a corresponding crack in the skin that was previously repaired (I think somebody had stepped on the flap), but I guess they didn't notice the rib crack. Would you have any suggestions on repairing this? I can't really get to it without removing the flap cap, other than maybe to stop-drill it. Any suggestions on what to do? I asked Vans support, but if anyone has suggestions in the meantime, I'd appreciate them.



Heading back to hangar for Round #2

I'm trying to put my RV12 back together after much disassembly to install my ADSB-IN... I had to unbolt the Flaperon Mixer Bellcranks in order to run the coax under all the pushrods and bellcranks and drill some holes. I spent almost 4 hours earlier trying to line up everything including that dang washer on the bottom in order to slide the bolt in through 6 different holes... No joy... As anyone who has done this before knows, there are lots of restrictions that make working in that area VERY difficult. I finally decided I needed to just walk away from it for awhile before tools started flying..

I'm about to head back for round #2 right now. I just thought I would see how other people managed to get it done. I'm planning to use a very small spot of super glue to hold the washer in place and see if that will work. Anyone else have any other brilliant solutions? I will check for any posts once I get to the hangar. Hopefully someone has a better way. I already tried to stick the washer in place with Easy Turn, but that didn't work. Washer kept moving around as I lined up everything else... UGGG...


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Would You Build an "RV STOL Super Cub"?

If yes, let me know and I'll add your name in the folder.  I've created a 63-page sales pitch
[ed. 8/2020 update....I have
100+ names saying they will order it NOW and continue to get emails saying the same that I'm just filing away.  We've established demand <g>.]


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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
(Current 2/21/21)
Embraer Phenom 300
Level D Simulator
Right Seat Program

( 533  hrs w/motion on
during  209  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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