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Twin Cities RV Builders Summer Hangar Party

 

Sunday, July 14, 2019, 1 pm

 

Bernie Weiss' hangar, Anoka Airport, (KANE)

 

Join us for our annual summer hangar party as guests of Bernie Weiss and Pete Howell.  The process is the same as years past.  Members are encouraged to bring along a guest and fly-ins are especially invited.  Feel free to come by around noon and we’ll start official eating at one.  We have a couple special guests planned that will speak around 2 pm so please plan to stick around.  This will be a very special event so consider it a mandatory meeting!!!  

 

Bring along a camp chair for your dining comfort.  We’ll be asking for a headcount, as we get closer to the date so be on the look out for an email that will have all the details.

 

For fly-ins:

 

You can park at the north end of the hangar line (ask for taxi instructions to “Fox Hollow” at the west end of the airport (taxi lane “India”)) or on the grass on India Lane opposite the hangars.  

 

For drivers:

 

From Rte 65:  Turn east on 93rdLane NE.  Turn left at airport entrance (gate code 12185).  Turn right at T intersection then immediate left on India Lane. 

 

From I35W and Rte 10:  Go west on Rte 10 and exit on 93rdLane.  Turn right and take second airport entrance to the right and follow directions above.

 

Please park on grass or hard surface clear of hangar doors!!!!!! Questions:  Call Doug at 651-398-1184 

6-15-2019

 

The June 2019 issue of The RVator's Log is now ready for download HERE........

6-4-2019

 

Every time I make a trip to Hibbing to visit Midwest Aircraft Refinishing, I usually find some reason to marvel at their artistry with a spray gun.  Monday of this week, I flew the RV-7 north to meet up with Frank Huber who was taking his RV-7A back for some minor touchup work.  His RV is painted in Bud Anderson's "Old Crow" paint scheme and is flawless, as I would have expected by any paintwork coming out of Hibbing.

 

The big news is their completion of a major addition to their facility.  Their new hangar is more than doubles the size of their other buildings.  One half is a sterile dust free space where they can do their final polishing and vinyl graphic work.  The other side is a state of the art paint booth big enough for a King Air.  Brightly lit with LEDs, the north wall is one big filtered air inlet and the south wall is the exit.  All the air is filtered and captured so no bad chemicals escape into the pristine Minnesota north woods nearby.

 

Most of their work is Cirrus restorations and repair, but their reputation is spreading among the RV community.  If you want the best, book early, as they are usually scheduled 8 to 12 months out!

 

 

- Doug

 

For more details on how Midwest Aircraft Refinishing came to be, here's an article in Business North magazine from last fall.

 

Frank Huber's RV-7 in front of Midwest's new paint hangar

 

This is the detail side of the new hangar.  Final finish work is done here before delivery.

 

The paint "booth"...  filtered air comes in through the entire wall

 

George Virnig explains the "exhaust" side of the hangar to Frank

 

Their bread and butter is Cirrus repairs.  This one in the process of recovering from a chute recovery with major composite repairs.  

 

This is a recent Cirrus restoration (it's a 2004 model). The carbon fiber effect is painted not vinyl graphics.  It's a secret how they do it, but they do it!!!!

 

4-13-2019

 

Our resident tech counselor Tom Berge recently returned from Austria where he reassembed Joerg Pfeiffer's RV-9A.  Joerg's RV had been based at the Lino Lakes, MN airpark for a number of years.  He splits his time between the U.S. and his home in Austria managing his company JP Powersports Engineering.  This fall Joerg decided he wanted to move the airplane back home to Austria.  In late November, he and Tom took the airplane apart, crated it up in a standard shipping container for the trip to Europe.  After it arrived, Joerg contracted with Tom to come put it all back to together.  So in March, Tom and his wife Karen spent two weeks in this most beaitiful part of the world splitting time between RV "work" and sightseeing.

 

Here's a short clip of the engine start on March 17th.  Keep in mind the battery has been sitting in the airplane since the end of November and traveled on trucks and ships for all of this time with no attention whatsoever.   The Odyssey PC680 is a pretty robust battery and will hold a charge a LONG time without human intervention!

 

 

 

Here's a couple shots of around the local area in Nuziders, Austria (about an hour's drive east of Zurich.)

 

Driving to St. Moritz

This is certainly not Minnesota!

Pretty impressive place to fly your RV!!!

 

 

3-19-2019

The March 2019 issue of The RVator's Log is now ready for download HERE........

 

11-28-2018

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

 

9-17-2018

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!!!!!

 

9-05-2018

 

 

 

 

 

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

8-12-2018

 

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

 

6-26-2018

 

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

 

Tom Irlbeck tribute page

 

6-05-2018

 

 

 

 

 

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

4-10-2018

 

 

 

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....

3-01-2018

 

 

 

 

 

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

11-30-2017

11-29-2017

11-30-2017

 

 

 

 

 

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

11-14-2017

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.........

 

9-13-2017

 

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....

 

9-13-2017

 

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.

 

8-31-2017

 

 

 

 

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

07-09-2017

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!!!!

06-11-2017

 

 

 

 

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

06-06-2017

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!!

 

12-18-2016

 

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!!!!

 

9-10-2016

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......

9-1-2016

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.

09-16-2014

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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