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Twin Cities RV Builder's Group December Meeting


Saturday, December 15, 2018, 10 am.

Doug Weiler and Paul Hove's hangar, Lake Elmo Airport,

41C, Mooney Lane


Join us for another one of our "round-table" discussions of all things RV.  Let's talk building, flying, training, avionics, ADS-B, or anything else on your mind.  Tom Berge and Doug Weiler will coordinate the morning.  This is a great chance to hash over the ins and outs of the RV building process and the world of RV flying!  Coffee and goodies as always.



Directions:  From I-94 go north on Manning Avenue (County Road 15) about 3 miles.  Turn right at the second entrance to Lake Elmo airport just before the railroad tracks.  Go east past Lake Elmo Aero and follow the road to the left.  Go just past the old Civil Air Patrol hangar on the right. Then turn right on Mooney Lane. We are the fourth hangar on the left (41C.)  Call Doug if lost:  651-398-1184.







RV-6A Rebuild Project for sale.  Located in Sioux Falls, $10,000.  See details on the For Sale page.......



The December issue of The RVator's Log is now read for download HERE........



14 RVs attended our Fall Fly-In Breakfast at Anoka last Saturday.  Thanks to all who flew in and those who drove as well.  EAA Chapter 237 did a great job in hosting us and we thank them for their efforts to make it a fun morning.


Here's some photos........


RVs on the ramp in front of the old University of Minnesota aeronautics building.


DAL captain Kevin Knutson and his RV-6.  A beatiful example of an "old-school" RV.

RV-7A builder Frank Huber (yellow vest) shows Peter Fruehling his newly finished machine.  It's heading to the paint shop in Hibbing next month.


Pat Halama (R) flew in from EAU in his RV-9A.  Pat's co-pilot was Reynolds Tomter, who at age 101 loves to fly with Pat!!!


Breakfast at Chapter 237's hangar.  


Chapter 237 cooks up their famous breakfasts every other month.  Yum!!!!!








The June issue of the RVAtor's Log is now ready for download HERE.......



Congratulations to Frank Huber for the first flight of his new RV-7A on Friday, August 10.  Test pilot duties were relegated to Tom Berge.  His hour-long flight showed no major discrepancies other than one higher than normal EGT reading (fouled injector?), #2 radio static, and a couple other minor issues.  Power is an Aerosport IO-360 powering a 3-bladed Cato prop.  

Frank with his wife Deb.  

Deb, Frank, and test pilot Tom Berge

Frank's panel:  Dynon Skyview, Garmin 650, iPad, Classic Aero interior




Our June summer hangar party (aka Anoka Extravaganza) is history.  Go HERE to check out the photos......


Tom Irlbeck tribute page








The June issue of the RVAtor's Log is now ready for download HERE.......





Our April meeting was a great success highlighted by a fascinating talk by retired Northwest Captain John Hanson.


Go HERE to view some photos of the morning....







The March 2018 issue of the RVator's Log is ready for download.  Click HERE









The December issue of the RVator's Log is ready for download.  Click HERE


RV-10/14 builder Tim Olson and his family took a trip this August to Oregon to view the eclipse.  What makes this really cool is that they took BOTH of their airplanes with his wife Andrea and daughter Colleen flying the RV-14 and Tim and daughter Danielle flying the RV-10.  You can read all about the trip HERE......



Before their trip, Tim (who is a CFI) gave his daughter Danielle some dual in short field operations in the -14.  Check out the video.........



RV-6 builder and Boeing engineer Bernardo Malfitano has made available a most intersting PDF document titled "Understanding Airplanes."  It is a mini-course in aeronaitical engineering.  View it on our Safety page.......



Our 2017 RV Fly-In and Picnic is in the books.  Attendance was down somewhat perhaps because of a rather windy day.  But regardless, it was another great time of eating and talking RV talk.  Here's a shot from Peter Fruehling of his daughter Teagan delighting in Nancy Burkholder's RV-6 roaring overhead.  Click on this link to see the Photo Gallery....




Congratulations to Wilbur Orson of New London, MN on the completion of his RV-12.  He has about 25 hours on it now and still working out a few minor glitches but he is looking forward to lots of new adventures in the skies of Minnesota.







The September issue of the RVator's Log is ready for download.  Click HERE


Check out some photos from our Lunch this past Saturday at Anoka.  Many thanks to Bernie Weiss, Pete Howell, and Alex Peterson for hosting us!!!!






The June issue of the RVator's Log is ready for download.  Click HERE


Congratuatons to Danielle Olson who soloed her dad's RV-14 on her 16th birthday!!  The Olson's were our guests for our winter meeting this year.  Is she the youngest student pilot to solo an RV??  Could be!!



Warren Starkebaum just got his RV-7 back from Midwest Aircraft Refinishing.  What do you think???  I'd say it's a beauty!!!!!






The April issue of the RVator's Log is ready for download.  Click HERE


One Last Flight


Local RV-7A builder and club member Bob Collins has written a bitter sweet piece on selling his airplane.  Bob is a professional wordsmith so this is quality work appearing on Minnesota Public Radio's NewsCut blog. Take a moment to enjoy.....


Also Bob writes on the delivery to the new owner in Michigan....



Tom Irlbeck reflects on his  57 years as a pilot, 71 1⁄2 years of flying....



Thought Id drop you a note, as I reflect back on my years in the air. Flying has been good to me.  I consider myself very fortunate, having been born into a flying family. My Dad was a B-17, B-29 pilot. When he was home on leave in the fall of 1945, we went out to John Bensons Airport, just north of White Bear Lake. Dont know all of the story how my Dad and John met, but know they were close friends, until both went west, a number of years ago. Anyway, I have a cherished photo sitting in Johns J-3 that he was renting, on my Moms lap, with my Dad in the front seat. That was my first ride at 2 1⁄2. I have my hand on the stick, my Mom said I want to shake the stick, and to this day I still enjoy shaking the stick, must be in the genes.


Last Sunday, old Bear, my trustworthy RV-8 turned over 2,000 hrs. I started building her in 1997, and June of 2000 she took me into the air on her first flight. On Sunday I was giving a Young Eagle Ride, a young lady of 15yrs, her 1st ride in a little aircraft. She had been in the air only once before, in an airliner, and was a little apprehensive. On such rides, I take it easy, you might say I hold back a lot, not my normal Navy Take Off. I mentioned that we would be turning over to the 2,000 hr mark to her, but Im sure she didnt realize the signifigance, but Bear did!!!!









The December issue of the RVAtor's Log is now ready for download HERE


Our own Tom Court has finished his weather app titled "Weekend Flyer."  It's a great tool to obtain up to a 3-day forecast of aviation weather to plan your "weekend flying."  It has been recently reviewed in Ipad Pilot News.  You can download it on the Apple App Store.  Here's the link on the Apple App Store.  Give it a free trial! 


Our 27th RV Fly-In and Picnic is now history.  Thanks to all the folks at Sky Harbor who make this possible especially Roy and Kim Fuhrmann.  Here's a link to some photos of the day......


Here is one of the best resources for general RV construction methods and technques.  And of course it's right from the horse's mouth: Van's Aircraft!  Permanently now available in our Building Tips section.


RV-4 pilot John Field recently took his niece Mono for a ride in his beautiful yellow -4.  She wrote him this REALLY COOL thank you note...  You'll love it!!! (make all that labor worth every minute!)



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Twin Cities RV Builders Group
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North Oaks, MN 55127

Phone: (651)398-1184 or (612)578-3333


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