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Doug's Area ....The VAF News & my flying resume.

Pushed out every now and then.
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Main

READ ME FIRST ....POSTING RULES.

Before trying to register a forums account here, read the documents inside.
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Temporary

Posts deleted periodically. A place to test out stuff.
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General Discussion

The general purpose forum. First flights, vendor news, construction technique., wiring, painting, interiors, flying technique, etc. Note the 'Never Ending Debates' section further down with forums like 'Tools' and 'Primers' and such.
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The RV Grin

A place to post pictures of family, friends and acquaintances getting their first ride in an RV. Create a thread for each person if you like and help put a smile online!
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Chapter 11

A sub-forum dedicated to it. When the factory emerges on the other side it will most likely go away. Try to be hopeful and helpful, and follow the posting rules. The situation stinks, and our hearts go out to all affected, but it’s a hobby….not lung cancer. We’ll get through this.
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Classifieds

NOTE from dr: Since this website is how I literally pay for food, it would be nice to see a badge under your username showing you support this site financially if you're using the VAF Classifieds to sell/buy your things. You can get that badge in less than 60 seconds with a CC at this link: https://www.vansairforce.net/account/upgrades. Or, click on your avatar and select 'Account Upgrades'.
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Upcoming Events

Think of it as a RV calendar of sorts. Unlike the old calendar, you can add replies and updates if needed.
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Places To Fly... Things to See... Things to Eat

Please read the 'sticky' in the forum BEFORE posting in here.
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Safety

All things safety. Anything that promotes safety.
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Photo + Videos

A place to post the URLs of various RV related photo galleries.
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Virtual Hangar

Pictures and descriptions of finished RVs posted by their owners. Each RV has its own separate thread.
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My Project

A place to semi-document your RV project in pictures and words. One thread per project please.
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Ongoing Maintenance Issues

Questions about changing tires, oil, brakes, annual issues, etc addressed here...
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Building Tips + Techniques

A place to 'give' out tips and tricks to make the next person's RV building experience easier.
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Friends Who Have Passed On

A place to talk about those flying friends who have passed on.
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Group Buys + Discounts

Helping coordinate group purchases between mfgrs/dealers and RV builders. More on how this works in the sticky at the top of this folder.
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Job Board

For RVators looking for a job and for RVators looking to hire other RVators. Lets help each other out if we can.
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Reviews

Products and services. No vendor bashing will be tolerated.
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Acts of Charity (using your RV)

A place to coordinate and brag on using your RV to do charity work. Pilots 'n Paws, hauling blood and/or supplies, etc.
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3D Printed Parts

There is some pretty interesting stuff being printed for RVs. Post your projects and questions here.
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Model Specific

RV-15

Announced 7/26/21. Will be high wing and backcountry capable. Control stick. The rest to come....
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RV-14

Announced to the public 7/23/12.
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RV-12/RV-12iS

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RV-10

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RV-9/9A

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RV-8/8A

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RV-7/7A

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RV-6/6A

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RV-4

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RV-3

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RV-11

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Rocket

'close enough'
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RV-1

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RV Models of the Future

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RV Firewall Forward Section

Propellers

Constant Speed, Fixed Metal, Wood
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Traditional Aircraft Engines

Titan, Lycoming, Superior, etc.
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Alternative Engines

Subie, Chevy, Turbine, etc.
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Electronic Ignition Systems

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Fuel Injection Systems

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Avionics / Interiors / Fiberglass

GPS

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ADS-B

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COMM

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Autopilots

Single axis, dual axis, installations, questions. TruTrak, Trio, Navaid, etc.
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Glass Cockpit

EFIS, MFD, PDAs, etc. The cutting edge stuff.
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Steam Gauges

Traditional gauges. Installation, use, calibration, etc.
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Engine Monitors

uMonitor, Grand Rapids, JPI, etc.
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Electrical Systems

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APRS Tracking

Description, installation, and demonstration of APRS trackers in RV aircraft.
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Interiors

For questions/comments on all things interior (carpets, seats, armrests, etc).
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Fiberglass

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Regional Forums

Oregon

The largest concentration of RV's on the planet.
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Texas (North)

   Sub-Forums:  Shared Tools
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Texas (South)

Houston, San Antonio, Austin, etc....
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California

One of the larger concentrations of RVs.
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Florida (Central)

per request of Tony Johnson
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Florida (North)

per request of Danny Smith
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Florida (South)

per request of 'otrova'
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Mid-Atlantic

DC, DE, MD, VA, Estrn Panhandle of WV
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Midwest

CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NE, OK, SD, UT, WI, WY
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Northeast

CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WV
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Northwest

AK, ID, WA (Oregon has its own dedicated area)
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Southeast

AL, AR, GA, LA, NC, SC, TN (Florida has it's own dedicated forums)
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West (and Southwest)

AZ, CA, HI, NV, UT, NM
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Canada

All Provinces
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International

Everywhere Else!
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Activity Specific

Aircraft Camping

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Trip Write-ups

A place to put a summary of a recently taken trip in your RV. Used to motivate others to keep building and to generate travel ideas.
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The Never Ending Debate Section

Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy

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Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel

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Tools

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Primers

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Painting your RV

All about painting your RV. Prep / filling / which paints / hardners / application techniques, etc.
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Polishing your RV

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Education

Probable Cause Documents Discussed

After the FAA (or equivalent in other countries) publishes a probable cause document (PC), we encourage you to discuss it in order to learn.
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POH

Attach your POH to the model-specific thread. You can edit your thread later as you make changes to your document. The attach button looks like a paperclip.... Warning: These are provided for informational purposes only, not for use on any other aircraft. You must create your own, unique POH for your particular aircraft. USE THIS INFORMATION AT YOUR OWN RISK.
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Flight Testing

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Close Calls / Lessons Learned

A place to debrief your flying, judgment and planning mistakes in a way so that others may learn. (a.k.a. 'I Cheated Darwin', 'Oh Sh%t', etc.). Similar to the 'Never Again' and 'I Learned From That' sections in some flying magazines.
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Visual Flight Rules

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Instrument Flight Rules

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Formation Flying

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Web Site Development

Get questions answered regarding the web site you have online spotlighting your RV project.
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Builder Website Links

A place to post an entry (thread) pointing to your website. This area is really just a test to see if it will catch on.
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