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Old 02-24-2023, 01:41 PM
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Default What did you do with your RV this weekend? (2/24/2023 thru 2/26/2023))

...getting this thread started Friday afternoon.
Doug Reeves (your host)
  • Full time: since 2007 (started it in 1996).
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Old 02-25-2023, 11:12 PM
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Default Engine hung

After more than 19 years since I started the empennage, spending most of that time demotivated and frustrated with this project while raising 6 kids and working full time, my mojo has returned. So I thought this was a significant milestone worth posting.
I tried to follow the google picture posting instruction but it would seem without success but there is a link.
Who knows, perhaps it might fly in the not too distant future.
Ken Stanton
RV8 QB started 2003

Bits of everything
Just took delivery of the engine YO 320 160hp
Dues paid x2 2023

We inhabit a mystery. We should not pretend to know too much.
-Eugene Peterson
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Old 02-26-2023, 04:26 AM
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Default Shimmy Investigation

Trying to track down why after over 1200 landings I all of a sudden had a severe shimmy on my left main gear and brake fluid streaming out from the cowl and lower fuselage skin break at firewall. Never had a main gear shimmy before. No fluid on forward or aft side of firewall. I am reviewing lots of old shimmy threads.
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Old 02-26-2023, 08:34 AM
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I plugged in my preheater at 1700 Friday and unplugged it at 0900 Saturday. Oil went from 40 to 74 degrees.

The plan WAS to do an IFR flight to Waco, but mother nature didn't allow it.

At the time of expected return the ceilings had risen to 400' [There are no instrument approaches to our bit of asphault.
RV-6A (Purchased)
2023 Dues Paid
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Old 02-26-2023, 09:05 AM
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Default Building

Continuing the build theme of this thread……
Working cowl louvers…..
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John S

WARNING! Information presented in this post is my opinion. All users of info have sole responsibility for determining accuracy or suitability for their use.

Dues paid 2023, worth every penny

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To Go: wing mounting, wing tips, move to airport

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Old 02-26-2023, 10:03 AM
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A recent ROTC grad (and future Van's builder?) named Cole posted on this forum a few weeks ago inquiring about any Van's aircraft flying in the Denver area. Well, on Saturday we finally met up and took my RV-14A for a nice evening run 'round the Rockies.

He ships off to Pensacola next week for OCS and hopes to fly whatever the Marine Corps puts in front of him.

Please join me in wishing Cole all the best!
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Old 02-26-2023, 12:03 PM
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That's going to be one of those "free" flights that ends up costing Cole a fortune one day.


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Old 02-26-2023, 05:57 PM
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Annual Inspection. Found a broken exhaust hangar. Swapped my oil sump in search of a HP or two.
RV6A in phase 2 as of April 2016
Donation made Dec 2022
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Old 02-26-2023, 06:20 PM
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Enjoyed the short break between storms and toured the Southern California winter wonderland!
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Old 02-26-2023, 07:48 PM
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Default Annual inspection 14a

Finished my first annual inspection- I canít believe how fast that first year went. Ended up having 65 hours on Tach. For those still building keep at. These planes are so fun to fly. And thanks to Randy Richmond and Danny in his shop for the annual - I learned a ton this week. And will continue to learn Iím sure.
Tim Foster
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