Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Gotta Love Fly- Camping!

                    Recent Fly-In and Camping trip to Blue Mountain Airpark. We had a blast!

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Tailwheel Upgraded and Powdercoated

The tailwheel section has finally been completed. We had a local shop cover the parts with a black powder coat and I ditched the draggy springs for the new RV Rocket Steering Link.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

We flew the 8 to Key West, FL!

After stopping in Naples for some cheap fuel, we headed on down the coast and launched off toward Marathon, Fl.

Once we hit Marathon, we turned SW and tracked the Overseas Hwy to Key West.  Here is a pic of the famous Seven Mile Bridge along that route.
After landing, Lori is in disbelieve that we are here. She can't believe that we just flew 750sm in an airplane that was built in our basement! We turned a 15hr car drive into a 4 hr flight. :)
I must admit, I'm still amazed at how Awesome this aircraft really is.  It truly is a "Total Performance" aircraft. 

The Kids Love the 8!

Ava (9)

Ford (6)
* The ACS Booster seat works great!  I bought the largest one they made. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

My wife's first ride in our Van's RV8!

Lori finally got her first first ride this past weekend. Yes, she was extremely nervous, but after a good preflight brief, I assured her all would be well. I kept the plane straight and level and very smooth, as her happiness is key to the aircraft's future. After flying for :30 mins her anxiety began to drop and she started to enjoy the ride.  Upon landing she was very impressed with the speed and time in which it took us to get to Nashville.  What would have normally taken over 4 hrs in a car only took us 1hr. in the plane:)   (With a power setting of 23"/2300 we made KVPC-KJWN in exactly 1hr./163NM w/a dog leg around the BNA class C airspace)

The first overnight away from the home nest...

Here, our 8 is all put to bed in Nashville,Tn.  A lot of rained moved through the following day, but thanks to my Vans/Cleveland Canopy Cover and Bruce's Custom Cowl Plugs, everything fared extremely well! :)

The Wheel Pants

The wheel pants and fairings re-installed. Sweet!
I will paint them and the aircraft in the near future..
A shot of the pants after spraying the final layer of high build primer.
My good buddy Jeff is applying a coat of epoxy primer as the first layer.
Here are the pieces after many hours of fitting,trimming, and sanding with 80 grit.

The process:
1) Trim and Fit
2) Sand with 80 grit
3) Apply a layer of epoxy resin, with acetone mixed in, to help fill pinholes.
4) Sand again with 80 grit
5) Apply Epoxy primer, then first layer of high build primer
6)Sand with 180 grit
7) Apply final layer of high build primer
8) In the future... Sand again, prime, seal, and paint. Ugh!

Booster Seat!

 I found this portable booster seat at ACS.  They come in a variety of sizes and colors... It should be perfect for the kids!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

The 8's First Time on Grass!

Mountain Airpark! 

We had a great time today at Mountain Airpark in Cleveland,Ga. In addition to the 8 getting some grass time, I got a Bucker biplane ride from my friend Gordon Clement.  Thanks Gordon!

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Phase 1 Testing in Progress

I have a 40 hr fly off, so thanks for being patience.  Initial test are going well, the aircraft is amazing!  

Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Taxi Test Complete!

 A short taxi, down the runway, was completed to verify and test a few unknowns....
1) Broke in the new brake pads.
2) Checked that the aircraft would track straight.
3) Checked all Flight Instruments,Comm,EIS,and GPS.*Verified that the airspeed would come alive and indicate on the EFIS.
4) Relieve some tension...lol
 Glam shot.  The Go Pro Cam is now mounted for the first flight...
 I will reinstall the wheel pants after a few hrs.

The Plenum was reinstalled and sealed up. (I will have it painted in the near future...)

Saturday, April 07, 2012

The FAA Airworthiness Inspection!

Vic Syracuse, Vans Air Force Super Moderator and D.A.R. Extraordinaire, did my FAA Airworthiness inspection. Would you believe it, I Passed! Vic, complimented my craftsmanship and congratulated me on a job well done. As he combed over the aircraft, the only squawk he could find was a loose jam nut on one of the elevator rod end bearings. He made a joke that I must have been testing him, but I quickly thanked him for finding it.  Afterward, we finished the paperwork and I received the Big Ticket! 
Thanks Vic!   Now, Time to prepare for the first flight....

Friday, March 23, 2012

Registration and Data Plate Install

                                  My inspection is scheduled for the end of the month, wish me luck!
                                                         Time for the finishing details...
                                                      Special Thanks to Jeff Johnson!
                                Jeff has been an invaluable resource in the final stages of my project.
                                     I prosealed and blind riveted the data plate to the rear fuselage.
                                              The engravings match all of my FAA Docs.

Tail Wheel Upgrade!

Here is the new prototype tailwheel that Jeff Johnson fabricated and loaned to me. It looks awesome and what a difference in height clearance! Let me know if your interested in this mod and I'll get Jeff to work up a price.

                                                             Old and New Comparision.
                                                                            Vans tailwheel.