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Van's Air Force Website
Welcome. My name
is Doug Reeves and in 1996 I started what would become
(VAF). Its focus is on those building and flying
'RV' kit airplanes from
Aircraft. From 1996-2002 with help from RV
extraordinaire Jay Pratt,
was completed and flown on 9/17/2002. More on this
Working both from home and remotely,
I publish the 'Van's Air
Force News' Monday thru Friday and am the administrator
VAF Forums. This has been my primary job since 2007
(the two decades before that I worked in I.T.). With
over 30,000 registered VAF forum accounts and tens of
thousands of unregistered 'lurkers', if you are looking for
Van's Aircraft RV community, friendship, mentors and motivation,
you'll find many 'RVators' here capable of doing just that.
My RV-6. Photo Dan B.
available for contract pilot work.
I work part time
1-2 days per week
the Embraer Phenom 300 Level D full motion simulator as part
Supporting Crew Member
(right seat) program. I have participated in (260+)
client simulator sessions since March of 2020 (4/5ths right seat
1/5th left seat).
Douglas G. Reeves
vansairforce 'at' gmail 'dot' com
Bizjetjobs.com Profile HERE
Age 56. 171 lbs. BP 117/72. 47 bpm resting heart rate. Lifelong
PIC Type: Embraer Phenom 300
SIC Endorsement: Bombardier Challenger 605
All checkrides passed on
the first attempt.
AIRPLANE SINGLE & MULTIENGINE LAND;
ATP CTP class taken Dec 2020.
Written Passed Dec 2020. (90%)
ATP checkride scheduled for Feb '22
during Phenom recurrent.
Level D Sim*
Total Time + Level D Sim
Embraer Phenom 300
Level D Simulator
CAE Right Seat Program
Grand Caravan EX
(1,500 hours / 300 in formation)
Previous Contract Pilot Work
2021. Challenger 605 SIC.
2018 - 2020. One of five pilots flying a
Cessna C208 Grand Caravan EX for a private owner
back and forth to his ranch.
Logged 99.6 hours in it before it was sold and
replaced with a Pilatus PC-12NG. Logged 36
hours in the PC-12 before the chief pilot
retired (the new chief pilot brought his own
crew). Both aircraft operated off of a
2,350' grass runway in addition to paved
airports. I enjoyed these aircraft very
I Built My Own Plane and Earned Both My Instrument and
Commercial Ratings in It.
A Van's Aircraft RV-6 built from a kit. The current panel
shown below utilizes (3) Garmin G3X touch screens
and (2) WAAS Certified 430W GPS/Comms.
Ed Hicks photograph.
...and turning away from airplanes for a bit.
My lovely wife teaches yoga (about
her practice) and
co-founded a non-profit that provides free yoga for cancer
patients and survivors (Yoga
Enter 'Van's Aircraft'
in any search engine. You will, of course,
find the company site as the first return. Look just
below that though and you'll find this site. It is
usually on page (1)
in the search results of any search engine. If you have time go listen to around the 57min mark
of this podcast where Van's founder Richard VanGrunsven
is being interviewed. He has a couple of nice things
to say about this site, and I suspect if he didn't feel that
way he wouldn't have said it.
People researching Van's Aircraft and the RV line of kitplanes usually
find their way here. No secret formula, just an online
presence since December of 1996.
Wanna Advertise on
Would love to have you
onboard. I just ask two things:
product or service be aviation-related and....
You pay by the due date when invoiced. I've been
burned in the past - and the back and forth via email is a
lot of trouble for a 1-person company. Here's my logic on
this - if you hem and haw and make excuses that have me
emailing you multiple times to get the check you agreed to
send, how do I know you won't do that with the RV community
and your product?
interested? Great!!! OK, work up an ad
graphic using the graphic here as a reference.
Feel free to save the image to your computer so you'll
have the correct dimensions to start with. Email
me for an advertising rate card. If it still
sounds good, simply email me your graphic, tell me which
URL to have clicking on the ad take readers to and
include the mailing address where the invoice needs to
be mailed. Easy parcheezy. If you want to
update the ad from time to time, that would be just
Here and There:
From Van's Aircraft:
"...the largest online
gathering of builders in the world...."
"...this incident shows
exactly where the collective brain trust at VAF ...is so
"...by far the largest
and most active user group in Experimental aviation..."
(click to enlarge)
Magazine Blurb about VansAirForce.net
Brought to my attention by Larry Pardue. The word I'm
most proud made it into the article was 'politely'.
(Speaking of community, Van's....)
Magazine Blurb about VansAirForce.net
In an article by Stephen Pope on Van's Aircraft,
VansAirForce.net was mentioned favorably. One minor
correction...in the article it reads incorrectly that I was
the founder of 'Van's Air Force'. What I actually did
was create a WEBSITE called VansAirForce.net in 1997.
The term 'Van's Air Force' has been around for decades.
It was very satisfying to see this site referred to as "the
largest online community for devotees of all things Van's."
Many thanks to Mr. Pope and Flying.
Before emailing/voice mailing/private
messaging/texting me, please read...
Q: I sent you an email/voice mail/private message/text. Why
didn't you get back to me?
There are ~30,000 VAF forum
accounts and another 50,000 or so unregistered 'lurkers', so we can
probably agree I get a fair amount of email. Because of that,
and due to both the limitations of the human hand and available cash
flow, if your email doesn't reference one of the items below you might not get a reply.
- Contract Flying Job.
- VAF Advertiser.
- Forum Login Issue.
- Some long lost friend from my
Let me explain in
A: (longer): If your phone rang every five minutes around the clock, and
everyone left a message, how long could you hold out before turning
it off? The last thing I want is to have someone upset at me because
I haven't responded to a call / email / IM / PM / vMail / letter / note / smoke
signal. Having said that, the reality is I get more
emails than I can respond to. It's an uncomfortable feeling
that I never get used to, knowing that if I typed and talked day and
night I couldn't keep up.
Some examples I get on a regular basis:
'Sup Bru! Help me promote my Youtube channel on my
RV build? Let's Collab!!!'
'I'm trying to get in touch with Gern Blanston. Got his
'Why did you delete my post about selling my washing machine
'What engine/avionics/prop/tools should I buy?'
'Can you send me a larger version of a plane image you
posted 2yrs ago? It was red.'
my plane worth?'
'I'm thinking of buying so
and so's RV. Is the price is fair?'
'I'm writing a paper on
this or that, can I ask you some questions?'
'I have the same radio as you and it's
throwing an error.
'I'm starting a small business. Can I pick your
'Can you tell me how to do a web site / what
software do you use / what cameras?'
None of the questions above are at all unreasonable,
and I answered them for years for tens of thousands of people.
Then, over the course of a decade or so the site got a good head of
online steam, and the emails really started coming in. It is
not unusual for me to get 200-300
emails/vmails/PMs/texts/calls a day, and no matter how much
typing/talking I do, it keeps growing. Of course, that's the
way it works - you reply to a question and usually that person will
ask one or two more in a follow up (completely understandable).
But in the mean time more folks are asking things, so the pile
always grows, never shrinks. OK to deal with for a little
bit...not so much 365/24/7 for the rest of your life.
If you don't hear back from me, again, please accept my apologies
in advance. It's me, not you.
PS: Same goes for the cell
phone. If I don't recognize the caller ID as being from a
family member or close friend (or a couple of folks up at the Van's
factory), I don't usually pick up. If you're looking for a
contract pilot and and interested in me, please leave a message!
I'll return your call!!!