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6/21/2021.  Issue #5,344. Need a Contract SIC?

My RV Weekend ...various


Rare opportunity at Propwash Airport (16X) in Justin, TX.

...just northeast of the DFW metroplex.

[ed. Bill and Laurie Goeken are friends and I'm trying to help them out a little - pretty much the prime spot on the airport.  If only I could talk my wife into it....;^)  v/r,dr]

15683 Cessna Rd. 71' x 82' hangar with 61' x 17' Higher Power door installed in 2019. Attached 24' x 82' garage with 24' x 23' loft. Hangar is plumbed for air compressor and has a 2-post/9,000# car lift. Paved ramp to the 3000' paved runway. 3/2.5/2, 2194 sq ft home (per tax records) built in 2009 with all brick/stone exterior.

Large island kitchen with granite countertops, propane cooktop and stainless appliances. Granite countertops in all baths. Energy features including 2x6 construction, standing seam metal roof w/radiant barrier, tankless water heater and new high efficiency windows installed in 2016 and 2019. New engineered vinyl plank flooring 2021; Bosch Split System Heat Pump in 2019. 1.14 acre property is located at the northeastern corner of the airport.

Priced at $1.1M. All offers should be submitted to by 6 pm CST on July 31, 2021. Please email with questions or call/text Laurie Goeken at 817-437-1640.

23 pictures HERE.

Googlemap: HERE



AURORA, OREGON - June 18, 2021 - Van's Aircraft today announced changes to its management and organizational structure designed to enable the company and its employees to advance and meet opportunities created by significant growth in customer demand.  continue


To the Bear ...Steve Melton

Cincy - Charlevoix - Empire - Cincy

Charlevoix reconnaissance for my wife and Sleeping Bear Dunes camping for me. I looked at the weather on Saturday and Tues-Thursday looked good. the overnight low was forecasted to be 11C at Empire. I was ready for some cool weather. I really didn't have my camping act together for this trip. I arrived at the hangar without my sleeping bag and had to go back home to get it. I know, I know, get a list!

I broke my fuel sump needle on my last trip so I swapped the one I had on my hangar door. When I sumped the tanks in Charlevoix I found some little black flakes, so I kept sumping, 4 times until I got it all. fighting a headwind on the way up, running low.


First flight

Our nearly 10 year build finally took to the skies today. It flew perfect. Smooth and FAST. The public acknowledgement of everyone who helped me along the way would be difficult, but I absolutely have to say thank you to my wife for all of the support and encouragement along the way. The build process has been amazing, but what I have come to appreciate more are the people that I have become friends with. Simply due to our shared obsession with these amazing machines. I'll offer this bit of encouragement to everyone building. My build was a constant battle between time, money, and ambition. But today when our plane took off it was absolutely clear that it was all worth it. Keep banging those rivets and blue skies ahead!
Mike Gregory RV-10


Baggage Lights

Just quick update, installed the baggage lights and tested them at night.

I thought this was the last of crawling in the back, then I looked on the shelf and realized I need to install the ELT antenna. 90% done, 90% to go. My method to my madness is to install what I can so that my shelves are less cluttered and I can find parts quicker.


My panel ...Brian Deckerr

I have 2 G3X touch (GDU 460 & GDU 465), GMA 245, GTN 650xi, GTR 200, GTX 345, GMC 307.

I made the instrument panel 1" lower (taller?) to accommodate my switch/buttonology & breakers.

I relocated the ribs to each side of the radio stack.

The GAD 27, GAD 29, GEA 24 are mounted on sub-panel behind the MFD. The GSU 25 is mounted on the back of the PFD.

-- Regrets --

Should have used GDL 51R for SXM instead of GDU 465 (XM weather data is not shareable between GDU 465 and 460)
Should have used GMC 507 instead of GMC 307 (easier to wire)


Myra and Claudette will land in 25 western states

My honey and her co-pilot plan to land in every state in the entire western half of the US over the next few weeks. They already completed the eastern portion before Covid.
To follow their adventures go to:


DIY Compound Taper Shim - Turning Fixture

Here is a pic of a fixture I made, for making compound taper shims to accommodate camber & toe in/out conditions at the same time.

Four set screws, at the corners, can be adjusted in two planes to resolve camber and "toe" issues at the same time.

There is a small "lug" left at the center after turning, but is easily removed - either by sawing off, then polishing flat; or, use a precision hole saw (Rotabroach) to remove the offending material.

YMMY - And probably will.


Not shown - axle mounting holes: Need to be oriented properly to yield correct "adjustment" prior to beginning turning on a lathe.


Been away for a while...RV7ForMe

It's a shame but I keep helping my buddy with his -14A instead of building my own plane. But I did the entire wiring and panel layout. Great fun Really. Makes me wish I was that far already. Love the systems and wiring part of the build.

This is the panel all lit up. I am sure I have learned a lot for mine... well I hope I haven't forgotten all about it by that time.


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Would You Build an "RV STOL Super Cub"?

If yes, let me know and I'll add your name in the folder.  I've created a 63-page sales pitch
[ed. 8/2020 update....I have
100+ names saying they will order it NOW and continue to get emails saying the same that I'm just filing away.  We've established demand <g>.]

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Off Topic



My name is Doug Reeves and I have 2,300+ hours TT, including a PIC type rating in the Embraer Phenom 300 (I am current).  I live in Dallas, TX and work part time in seat support at CAE in their three Phenom Level D simulators.  My ratings and background:

ATP CTP class taken Dec 2020.
ATP Written Passed Dec 2020. (90%)
All checkrides passed on the first attempt.

PIC Type Rating:
Embraer Phenom 300
(Current 2/21/21)
Embraer Phenom 300
Level D Simulator
Right Seat Program
( 478  hrs /  181  sims)
Pilatus PC-12NG
(35 hours)
Cessna Grand Caravan EX
(100 hours)
Van's Aircraft RV-6
(1,500 hours / 300 in formation)



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