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 Twin Cities RV Builders Spring Meeting


Saturday, April 7, 2018, 10:00 am

St. Paul Holman Field Terminal Building


Northwest Airlines retired captain John Hanson began dabbling in airplanes when he was just a small lad of two.  His entire life has been intertwined with all facets of aviation from flight instructing and charter flying to a 40 year career at NWA.  John retired from the coveted #1 slot on the pilot sceniority list.


On October 9, 2002 during a flight from Detroit to Tokoyo, Captain Hanson’s Boeing 747-400, with 386 passengers on board, experienced an uncommanded rudder hardover which rendered the jumbo jet nearly uncontrollable.  For two hours he and his crew fought “The Whale” through a combination of full opposite rudder and aileron and asymmetrical thrust.  The successful emergency landing at Anchorage garnered the crew of NWA flight 85 the Air Line Pilot’s Association’s Superior Airmanship Award.  The Discovery Channel Canada later did a documentary on this incident which appeared in the TV series “Air Emergency”. 

John has owned 21 different airplanes over the years and has written a book titled “Aerial Toys, Adventures with Flying Machines.”  


Welcome John as our guest speaker for our April meeting.  Not only will he relate the events of NWA flight 85, but he’ll also talk about his life in aviation and have copies of his book for sale. 


Holman’s Table, the new restaurant at STP will be catering our gathering with coffee, juice, water, and breakfast goodies.


NOTE:  Space will be limited so we will need a headcount for planning purposes.  Please sent an email HERE and simply enter the number in your party planning to attend.  



From US 52 in St. Paul, exit at Plato Blvd.  Follow signs to Holman’s Table on Bayfield St. at the “old” terminal.  Parking is opposite the building.  Enter the main entrance and turn right down to the conference room at the end of the hall.  If you are flying in, parking is available directly in front of the terminal building.


Questions?  Call Doug at 651-398-1184 or dcw@mnwing.org









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 Olson of Glencoe, 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


Congratulations to Jeff Schwalen on the successfuil first flight of his RV-10 on September 28, 2016.  Doug Weiler was the test pilot and the flight was out of Fleming Field with landing at AirLake.  There is nothing like the excitment of seeing those thousands of hours of work take wing for the first time!!!


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.


Pete and Andi Howell just wrapped up another great RV adventure!  This time it was a visit to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Leadville, Colorado.  Check out the great photos on the Trip Log page


RV-10 builder Ed Krantz and his wife Colleen have put together a great website that blogs on all things related to their newly minted RV-10.  You'll find a great building log tracking Ed's construction of the -10 and now that he is flying, you'll also find some great narratives (and videos) of their flying adventures.  Here's why we spend hours and hours (and years and years) building these great aircraft.  Enjoy.......


Our June BBQ is now history.  Thanks to Bernie Weiss and Pete Howell for hosting us!!


Here's a link to some photos of the day.......



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


Thanks to all that attended our meeting on March 12.  We had a great turnout (of course the weather was spectacular!)  We lost count as to how many RVs (and others) flew in but the north end taxiways at Lake Elmo were filled up!  Thanks to Tim Olson and his daughter Danielle for a great presentation on their RV travels and also to Pete Howell for translating the options for ADS-B.



Our December meeting was well attended and it was great to see old friends again and some new RV enthusiasts as well!  Tech counselor Tom Berge was center stage with an informative talk on electrical system design.  New treasurer Peter Fruehling was introduced and gave us a briefing on our new PayPal dues payment system.

Here’s a link to Tom’s PowerPoint slides which will give you a brief outline of the topics he covered.  

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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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