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Discussion in 'Home Builders and Sport Pilots' started by Geico266, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. Geico266

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    I spent 2.5 days (so far) at Hicks Field, TX working on the first Vans aircraft to fly, the RV-1. An organization called "Friends of RV-1" is making this old bird airworthy again, it has been sitting for 20 years in a barn. When done it will fly it to SnF and several other flyins in 2012 before heading for it's final to OSH and the EAA museum.

    It is powered by a 125 hp, O-290g. Fabric covered. Its a modified Stitts Playboy.

    http://rv-1.org/

    Donation deeply appreciated.

    Thanks for looking. :D
     
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    If you or anyone you know the lives in the area would like to help work on the plane we need skilled RV / A&P types to help her the plane done by SnF. Tools and materials provided. You can stay in a local hotel or bring your camper.

    If you know RV's and have some time on your hands, this is a great opportunity to be involved in experimental aviation history.

    Airframe and motor are done. Little stuff, and lots of it. This is not going to be a show winner, we just need it to fly safe.
     
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    Thought about cutting it up for scrap metal? :)
     
  4. Geico266

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    :rofl:

    Ah.... that would be a no. ;)

    It is headed to the EAA museum at Oshkosh. The first of 7500 flying RV's.

    Just think of all those overhead breaks!
     
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    I am headed off to KSTS tomorrow to look at some RV's including maintenace, inspection, and perhaps even a flight. The EAA people seem cool.

    Kimberly

    PS - I have no "skills" but I will offer to help them work on their planes.
     
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    Sad to spend all of that time rebuilding it and then have it retired in a museum. You guys should keep it in service and touring the country for a few years.
     
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    Yep, I just got an email from one of the guys. He also said the battery was weak, and it is a wooden composite prop so kicks backs are not uncommon. They make me nervou, things break!
     
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    What ignition system does it have?

    an Impulse coupling will fire the mag at TDC.
     
  11. Geico266

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    Dual impulse couplers, dual Slicks I think.

    Anyone know the timing on a 0-290G :confused:
     
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    How'd you get dual ignition on it?

     
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    some of the 0-290s have 0-235 cylinders. but unless it has the 0-235 accessory case it will not have the second mag drive pad.

    this may not be the generator engine any more.
     
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    I don't think so. unless the impulse is not working, or very much out of time.

    normal timing is 25 degrees up. just like the 0-235.

    Lycoming overhaul manual says check the data tag but you may not have the right sump installed so it may be 20 or 25 degrees.
     
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    Very good question. I am not there to look, I am now relying on the guys working on it. It should not be kicking back that often with a low battery. When I find out more info I'll post. I'm pretty sure it has 8 plugs. Maybe it has a dual Bendix?

    In any event they are looking into it and will come up with an answer.

    Thanks for the input.
     
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    The RV-1 tour has received quite a lot of media attention, we’ve had coverage by:

    Flying Magazine blog (http://www.flyingmag.com/blogs/fly-w...lebrating-rv-1 )

    Kitplane’s March issue (http://kitplanes2.com/blog/2012/02/rv-1-flies-again-2/ ). Paul also flew a photo session for another future article (July?)

    AvWeb a few days ago (http://www.avweb.com/news/snf/SunNFu..._206393-1.html )

    Wired (http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/03...e-flies-again/ )

    AOPA this month (http://www.aopa.org/aopalive/?watch=...k2MhIjVNj7FGDB and http://www.aopa.org/members/files/pi...il/f_rv-1.html)

    Canadian OPA newsletter will have an article written by Kevin Horton soon. There’s probably more, but this is my current list.
     
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    Watched it at Sun-N-Fun.
     
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    Here is the planned itinerary for the Barnstorming Tour. The plan is to fly in the mornings to avoid convective weather activity. Fuel stops will be mid-morning, and arrival time in each overnight city should be noon to 1400 local time. I’ll update those times each day as necessary.

    May 28 Leg 1: Windsor, ON to Toledo Exec (KTDZ), Clear Customs, Turnover RV-1 Tom Martin – Bob Mills Leg 2: KTDZ to Mishawaka Pilot’s Club (3C1 – near Elkhart, IN…Chicago Area) Reception at 3C1, hosted by Don McNamara

    May 29 Leg 1: 3C1 to Marshall County, IL (C75), Fuel Stop, Fuel Host Bill Lane Leg 2: C75 to Lees Summit, MO (KLXT, Kansas City Area) Reception at KLXT, hosted by Mike Dooley

    May 30 Leg 1: KLXT to Hill City/Norton, KS area (fuel stop, location TBA) Leg 2: Hill City/Norton KS area to Rocky Mountain Regional (KBJC, Broomfield/Denver Area) Reception at KBJC, hosted by Jim Gray

    May 31 Leg 1: KBJC to Rawlins/Casper, WY area (fuel stop, location TBA) Leg 2: Rawlins/Casper, WY area to Ogden, UT (KOGD, Salt Lake City Area) Reception at KOGD, hosted by Bob Ashmore

    June 1 Leg 1: KOGD to Elko, NV (KEKO) (fuel stop) Leg 2: KEKO to Reno-Stead, NV (KRTS) Reception at KRTS, hosted by Greg Arehart and Dan Ross Turnover RV-1 Bob Mills – Tim Cone

    June 2 Leg 1: KRTS to Marysville, CA (KMYV) Turnover RV-1 Tim Cone - Mike Starkey In Place for Golden West Fly In and Turnover to Joe Blank and Van’s Aircraft

    Look for more details from each reception coordinator here, and on the RV-1 Official Tour site: http://rv-1.org/p/317

    I hope to meet many of you out on the road, and look forward to sharing the RV-1 with lots of the gang throughout the Barnstorming Tour!
     
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    To watch Van himself climb back into the first plane he built, and watch him fly it was pretty special.
     
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    That would have been such a waste huh? :rofl:
     
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    Wish I could afford to see you in June (tools say Marysville is 70nm from my home airport of O69). Problem is, there are two fly-ins (I will only go to one) that I'm saving up for. Plus, my Dad's birthday is in June, and I was going to give him a flight for his birthday. Are you landing at noon and staying the night there? It is several hours drive from my place but it could be a fun thing to do on a Saturday.
     
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    I'm not part of the flight crew, but IMHO it is not everyday you get to see the first RV ever to fly.
     
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    Oh, you mean you / other POA members won't be there? Nevermind, then.
     
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    I see that it's coming to KVUJ's North Carolina RV Formation Clinic. I'll be there to see the RV-1. :D
     
  27. RogerT

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    Gee .. I don't suppose they'd make a side trip to Floriduh?
     
  28. Geico266

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    They were just at SnF! But you were too busy working on your tan. :rofl:
     
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    I think this CA event / landing for June was presented at my EAA chapter meeting. Again, I won't be able to attend (too close to Gaston's / possible POA member visiting Bay Area as well)
     
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    Looks cool, I saw they are coming in for the day at PTW for an eaa event. If I remember its may 6th, but i'll check.