April 2014 - Our website has a new look. Some pages are still under construction but please browse!!
Our resident mogas expert Pete Howell passes this along to the club:
A quick note to the members that use mogas. This is the time of year to worry about vapor pressure of the gas and vapor lock. We still have some of the winter gas in the pumps that is more prone to vapor lock and temps are warming up outside. Easy solution is to mix mogas 50-50 with avgas to lower the vapor pressure. If anyone has questions, I'd be happy to chat and show them my vapor pressure tester.
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Brad Benson has added an article about his newly finished RV-6A to the "Completed RVs" section. Be sure to check out his cool video!!!!
Our resident Tech Counselor/CFI/Pre-buy guru Tom Berge is getting antsy...
The flying season is slowly approaching and I’ve had some inquiries about the possibilities of another group fly-out this summer similar to our wonderful trip to Yellowstone last June. So here are some ideas on places to go that may be of interest. If any of these trips are of interest, please let me know and I will put together a plan.
Idea #1. Fly into Martinsburg, WV and take the train into Washington, DC to see the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum along with other sights. Leaving Martinsburg, we could fly the short distance up to Gettysburg, PA and visit the Gettysburg Battlefield. The best plan would be to take the train into and back out of DC each day we would plan on being there. The train ride is about 2 hours each way, early departure, late return. Gettysburg would be a day trip only as there is very little lodging nearby. I would guess perhaps 3-4 days plus a travel day on each end of the trip. Non-stop from Minneapolis at RV9 speeds would be about 5.5 hours. Martinsburg is outside of the SFRA surrounding Washington, DC so dealing with that mess won’t be required, though being so close, everyone would have to complete a short training program about flying in that area. I’ve done the training and it’s really pretty simple.
Idea #2. Fly into the Dayton, OH area to see the Air force museum at Wright Patterson Air force Base then continue onto Ft. Knox, KY to see the Patton Museum. Minneapolis to the Dayton area is about 3.5 hours at RV9 speeds and another 1.2 hours to the Ft. Knox area. I would guess 2-3 days plus a day on each end for travel.
Idea #3. Fly to Bowling Green, KY to visit the Corvette Museum and take a tour of the Corvette Manufacturing Plant. A short drive south is the Mammoth Caves national park. The flight there is about 4 hours at RV9 speeds. I would guess 2-3 days plus a day on each end for travel.
My thoughts are for a similar time frame as last year meaning late June. It would be nice not to mix it up with the July 4th crowd. If you are interested, please drop me a note at email@example.com. If all of the trips are of interest, rate them in order of preference and we’ll see who garners the most votes. And of course, I’m always a sucker for Yellowstone.
Bernie Weiss just got his RV-9 back from the paint shop (Midwest Aircraft Refinishing in Hibbing, MN). What do you think? Looks pretty cool to me!!!!
Back in the "old" days of the Twin Cities RV Builder's Group (circa 1989), the choice of which RV to build pretty much boiled down to a RV-4 or a RV-6. Most of us were enthralled by the sporty -4 so the tandem 2-seater was the project of choice 25 years ago. I don't recall exactly when Noah joined the club but it must have been around 1990 and he decided to build a -4. He started the project in his shop near New Ulm, MN but progress was slow. Although his building schedule was sporadic, Noah was a fixture at our meetings. He had an inquisitive mind and always was asking questions and ready to discuss the latest aviation topics.
Over the years, we got to be good friends. He had been a private pilot since shortly after WWII and was always quick to show me pictures of his PT-26 that he owned in the 1950's. He was an accomplished attorney and served many years as a District Court Judge but he had definite passion for aviation. We often discussed the latest airline news and was always curious about my career as an airline pilot. Noah was not into email and for years he would write me these exquisitely typed, formal letters, often with a newspaper clipping, commenting on some aviation news item of the day. I certainly received at least one or two a month. Plus we had many great phone comnversations, always talking flying.
He told me of his friendship with Klaus Scherer who was a retired Lufthansa pilot living in Munich. I believe the story was that Klaus and Noah met at the University of Minnesota after WWII as Klaus was studying in the U.S. They exchanged lots of letters over the years and, through Noah's introduction, my wife and I met Klaus during a trip to Munich in 2003. A very interesting gentlemen who had been a Luftwaffe fighter pilot and had some interesting stories of the war!
Although his flying activities was waning in his later years, Noah wanted to see his RV-4 fly. So sometime around 2006, he and RV master builder Paul Irlbeck dusted off the languishing project and finished it up. Here are some photos taken during our 2007 RV Fly-In where Noah finally got to ride in his RV.
Noah and master craftsman Paul Irlbeck (I'll always remember this RV grin!!)
Noah and test pilot Tom Irlbeck
Noah flew west on January 15, 2014 at age 89. Fair skies Noah.....
We had a great Membership Appreciation Lunch on January 11, 2014 courtesy of Key Air. LifeLink III base manager Mike Reid was our guest speaker. Here are some photos of the day (photos by Peter Fruehling)
The December issue of the RVator's Log is ready for download HERE.....
Pete Howell and I just received a welcome email from Arni Sigurbergsson, our one and only MN Wing member in Iceland. Here is Arni's note and a couple of the great photos he sent:
Hi Pete and Doug,
Here are some nice pictures of the three planes that I built; RV-4 (TF-RVA 2007), RV-6 (TF-ART 2002) and RV-9A (TF-RVC 2012). The pictures were taken during the Akureyri Fly-in Aerobatic Competition which was held on June 22nd 2013. The pictures were taken by Hordur, a photographer at the show which was held by the Icelandic Aircraft Museum in Akureyri. Hope you enjoy the pictures and please copy to Elden too if you can.
The September issue of The Rvator's Log is now ready for download. Go the the Newsletter Page
Eric Schraff is a young man who contacted me several weeks ago to ask if he might be able to learn more about RV aircraft. He offered to help out any of our members and in turn, perhaps develop some building skills in hope of assembling his own RV someday. MN Winger Warren Starkebaum answered the call and now Eric is keeping Warren's nose to the grindstone racking up some serious work on Warren's RV-7. Eric, welcome to the work of RV construction and keep that fire lit under Warren!!!!
Bernie Weiss soloed his RV-9 today and joined the ranks of us testosterone soaked, hairy chested RV taildragger pilots!! Another RV grin!!
We have added a new page to the website. It is listed in the sidebar to the left as MAINTENANCE ISSUES. The purpose would be to list maintenance problems, tips, service difficulties, or anything similar as it might pertain to the operational aspect of RV ownership. We have a couple contributions so far but need more!! If you have anything to add, drop me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good news to report! Tom Berge made the first test flight of Bernie Weiss' new RV-9 this past Sunday out of ANE. Bernie's -9 is powered by a new 160 hp Lycoming courtesy of Bolduc Aviation. A Hartzell C/S prop provides the motive force up front. Here's some photos of the day:
The official laying on of hands before the first flight by the local RV bums: Doug Weiler, Bernie Weiss, Pete Howell, Peter Fruehling, and Tom Berge
Ah... the utter coolness of a professional test pilot
Tom taxis out. Engine is fuel injected (Silverhawk) with a P-Mag system
Mission accomplished! All went well except for the obligatory heavy wing.
Bernie and wife Debbie (yes, it was cold!!)
How about a glamour shot of the panel: Garmin G3X EFIS, touchscreen Garmin 650 and other thingies we don't understand.