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Sep 30, 2022  Issue #5,661. (previous day's news)
  Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.  To our friends in Florida cleaning up after the hurricane, our hearts are heavy.  If you lost your home and need a place to stay, reach out.  Maybe we can help.
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Cupla goofballs.


RV-12 stability compared?

How stable is an RV-12 in the bumps and wind?

I'm becoming more and more curious about the little RV-12, as I daydream about a retirement project. I guess my question applies to any similar LSA capable aircraft...... but since I've been looking at the RV-14 for a while, van's has my eye....

I'm wondering rough is the ride?
How well does it do in the bumps, crosswind landing, etc...? What kind of IFR platform does it make?

I know it's not all that fast, but trying to wrap my head around the it a calm evening local flyer, or would it be an ok cross country traveler?

I'm curious in a comparison of something I might know....such as a fly-off comparison between an RV-12 and say a Cessna 152 and Cessna 172.
It has an almost identical wing loading as a 152, so that would tell me that it's about the same....but I think there's probably a little more to it than just wing loading...speed, stability, etc...

I'm a rusty pilot and it's been a pretty long time since I've flown a 152, but I still remember the last time I did. I trained initially in 152's and 150's...but hadn't flown any in quite a while. I had been flying 172's mostly, and quite a bit in 172RG's around that time...working on instrument re-currency and just starting work towards a commercial rating. Took the school's 152 up for a joy ride on a windy day...and by comparison to the only slightly larger planes, I really felt like I took a beating. Was taken by surprise a bit in the bumps and crosswind on landing.
So that's my measuring scale.....


Primer on Fiberglass Fix?

Recently I sanded and primed my cowling with a 2K epoxy primer. Apparently I was over aggressive when sanding. The fiberglass cloth weave is showing on a fair amount of the cowl.

My paint shop told me "rough sand the fiberglass and apply a 2K primer and they will make it pretty". So, really the primer is acting as a sealer until it gets to the paint shop. Protection from oil and dirt....

My concern is, do I need to do something to preserve the integrity of the primer as a sealer or is it protected from contamination as is?


Vic from Base Leg Aviation shares two tips this week

...VAF advertiser

1) How to prevent an oil leak from a broken gasket after timing the mag
2) How to recognize when shock absorber donuts on an RV-10 or RV-14 nose gear need replacing

items discussed :
magneto hold down clamp
magneto timing
magneto gasket
nose gear donuts (shock absorbers
nose gear gaskets

(play video)


Veneer PIREP ...Steve Crewdog

Thought about that, but my panel has "wings" on each side, so the veneer was easier.

Plan was to prep yesterday and bag it today, picked up a trip on short notice and did it all in one day. Privately other builders told me they had had great success with contact cement, and that's what the veneer manufacturer recommends, but once you put it on contact cement, you can't move it, so I like going the epoxy route. Fortunately I have the equipment for vacuum bagging, and an excellent supply house nearby (, so if I run short of stuff it's just a quick run to the other side of the field.

Like before, I used West Systems 205/207, bagged it for 5 hours. Look fine this morning, just one small spot of epoxy bleed-through that will mostly be hidden by the Skyview. Carefully filled the nutplates with some vaseline and wiped the surface clean, hopefully it kept the epoxy out.

Now I let it sit for a week while I'm on this trip, then stain, a few coats of spar varnish, and....


Seen From the Air ...Vlad

Flew to Cody WY for my medical exam the other day. On the way saw a strange thing on top of a mountain. Credit to my copilot Bob for spotting it. Not much on the web what is it and how it's done. The cliffs are vertical only helicopter can get people there.


Small ding would you finish this up?

This little ding/hangar rash on the trailing edge of the right wingtip was there when I bought the plane. It's a chunk out of the gel coat about 2cm x 1cm. I finally got to the repair. I sanded it down, filled it with some epoxy and filler, and smoothed it out and then shot it a little with some color-matched rattle can and from TouchUp Direct, then wet sanded it down to 1500 grit. I have the remaining paint and associated rattle can clear coat...

What are my next steps to finish this off?


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VAF Calendar

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

09-30-2022: 2022 Pine Bluff Formation Clinic
10-01-2022: 2022 Pine Bluff Formation Clinic, Fish Fry French Lick, Indiana (KFRH) CANCELLED
10-02-2022: 2022 Pine Bluff Formation Clinic


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Off Topic


G450/G550 or Phenom 300

Contact / Pilot resume:

My name is Doug Reeves, and in addition to running this site I have 2,600+ hours TT, including PIC type ratings in both the G-V (550/450) and Embraer Phenom 300.  Additional time in Challenger 605, PC-12 and C208.  I live in Dallas, TX and work part time in seat support at CAE in their three Phenom Level D simulators. 

I am available for contract SIC work.

Ratings and experience:

  • All checkrides, private through ATP, passed on the first attempt.

Typed and Current in:

  • Gulfstream G-V
    (350/450/550/500/V). PIC typed in 550 w/diffs to 450.  Typed: Feb 2022

  • Embraer Phenom 300
    PIC typed.  Last recurrent: May 2022

Part Time:

  • CAE Level D Simulators: G450/550 and Phenom 300.  Right Seat Program  (~900  hrs on motion over  325+  sessions)

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