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Old 02-03-2016, 11:28 AM
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Default Step repair/reinforcement service offered. WD-657-R & L

First off, I have Doug’s permission to post this on VAF even though I’m not an advertiser. Thanks Doug!

As you know or may not know I build these steps for Van’s, we have built these from the beginning. I am in no way interested in pointing the finger of blame at anyone for the steps that have cracked or broken, not Van’s not myself and not you guys. This service is offered to try and give a solution for those that have a problem or anticipate a problem with their step/steps, that’s all.

After looking at the steps on Van’s airplanes and repairing/reinforcing a couple of steps a couple of different ways I have decided to offer the same or very similar reinforcement to what Van’s has employed on their airplanes.

The price will be $30 per step, $60 for a set. The step can be new or it can be used and cracked, even broken off so long as you have both pieces.

The plan is you send in your step/steps (with paint removed) in a box with a check for payment and a paid return shipping label.

Don’t send it in yet, I need to order the gussets from the laser cutter first, they are ready to go but I need an idea of the number to order before we get going. Send me an e-mail russmccutcheon@gmail.com letting me know what you want, right, left or both steps, when we are ready in a couple of weeks I’ll tell you to start sending them in, in the order you e-mailed me.



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Old 02-03-2016, 01:07 PM
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Russ, any plans for an upgrade for the RV12 steps?
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Old 02-03-2016, 02:15 PM
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Russ, any plans for an upgrade for the RV12 steps?
Hi deene, no plans for the 12. I don't build the 12 steps or any of the 12 parts and don't fly a 12 so I don't follow it to closely, if there is a need I wasn't aware of it.
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Old 02-03-2016, 04:34 PM
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Awesome! Thanks for "stepping" up to do this.
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Old 02-03-2016, 05:47 PM
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Awesome! Thanks for "stepping" up to do this.
I'll second that!

If you are building and still have the opportunity to do this, do it! Drilling out rivets and sand blasting off your paintjob is no fun later.

Thanks for offering this Russ!
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Old 02-03-2016, 05:55 PM
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If you don't have the ability to reinforce the steps yourself I would highly recommend you sent them in to Russ. That is a very reasonable price also IMHO.
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Old 02-03-2016, 08:40 PM
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Russ,

Could you show a picture that shows more of the step? I can't tell exactly which part you are reinforcing. Sorry I haven't been following this problem in detail so this may be obvious to others. I just got my fuse kit so its a perfect time for me to fix the problem.
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Old 02-03-2016, 08:48 PM
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Russ,

Could you show a picture that shows more of the step? I can't tell exactly which part you are reinforcing. Sorry I haven't been following this problem in detail so this may be obvious to others. I just got my fuse kit so its a perfect time for me to fix the problem.
Just send your step to Russ and look when you get it back. You will not be disappointed!

Thanks for this Russ! It is good to see a capable operation provide this solution!
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Old 02-03-2016, 09:44 PM
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Russ,

Since you are building these steps for Vans, will the new steps being created, have this fix as standard?

Finishing up empanage now, then ordering wings soon.

Thanks
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Old 02-04-2016, 08:09 AM
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Russ,
Do you think that this would be necessary for the RV14A as well?
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