MN Wing News Archives - page 4


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



Pete Howell's RV-9A had been collecting WAY TOO much dust this spring. He and his wife Andi cured that problem with their Big South Adventure. Check it out on the Trip Log page....



Your friendly webmaster's RV-7 has been in the paint shop at Wipaire for a week. Here's a couple shots of the progress:


All the controls have been removed and the windshield has been masked


Brandon has the fun job of priming, sanding, priming, sanding, etc, etc, etc.


Here's the "before" shot.....


And here's the dream. Stay tuned for more...


Van Draheim has a RV-9 tail for sale. Pix on the
FOR SALE page.


The March issue of the RVator's Log is now ready for download. Go HERE for the link.....



Well it's about time that your web master (Doug Weiler) FINALLY got the RV-7 in the air. The weather was a little iffy in the morning of the 24th but the snow stopped and ceilings lifted enough to get airborne. Tom Berge flew chase with his RV-7A and Peter Fruehling did the video work along with #1 son Craig. There was a 15-20 kt wind blowing so you'll see in the video an amazingly short takeoff run. There is lots of power with an Aerosport IO-375 (195 hp) and a Hartzell prop. This was my retirement project and I did work on it every day about 5 hours or so, but it still took 4 1/2 years and jjust over 2500 hours.

This was taken at EAU a couple days later:


Tom Berge flew chase:


Peter Fruehling photo:


Classic Aero's new Sportsman 2 side panels:



And of course the obligatory video:


Good news from Mark Erickson!!!

I am very happy to report the first flight of RV-9A, number 91317 N622BE. Minnesota Wing tech guru, mentor,
and all around good guy, Tom Berge did the honors and reported that it flew great with no heavy wing and all temps in the green!


N622BE is a slow build RV-9A equipped with an AeroSport O360, dual Lightspeed ignition, Dynon D100, D120, dual axis auto pilot,
Garmin SL-40, GTX-327.

She will be at KANE during phase 1 and then based at KMIC. This day has been a long time in the making
and it was great to see her in the air!

Special thanks to Tom Berge for all that you do, Bernie Weiss for allowing me the use of part of your hanger,
Alex Peterson and Pete Howel, two great hanger mates!


Steve Flaat has an Avery Tool Kit for sale. Check the details HERE...




Our resident RV transition training instructor Tom Berge recently became a
Van's Aircraft certified flight instructor. His RV-7A syllabus was also recently approved by the FAA under their new amateur built aircraft training rules. Tom also provides pre-buy and pre-"DAR" airworthiness inspections , initial test flights and will come to your location. See his website for details.



Dick Russ has developed a unique and simple control lock for all the RVs except the RV-8.


The price is right… it’s very light and can be ordered from
Aircraft Spruce. Looks like you might need one of these!!!!!

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Side-by-side RVs (except the -8)

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For the RV-12


The December RVator’s Log is now ready for
download HERE….

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World famous rescuer of all boxers, Pete Howell was at it again last weekend. Certainly Pete must be a triple ace by now!!
Read about his latest adventure!

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A RV-7A tail kit and also a Christen inverted oil system have been posted on the
For Sale page. Check them out HERE.


Our 22nd Annual RV Picnic was another great success!! The weather was just about perfect as usual. In all of these years we have never been rained on and even the cloudy days have been a rarity. Kim and Roy Furhmann plus the neighbors on the airpark really came together and hosted a wonderful day. Officially we had 159 folks sign in and we tallied 24 RVs in attendance plus 12 “others”.

Sky Harbor (near Webster, MN) is one of those very special places and has to be one of the most beautiful air parks on earth. All the homes are neat as a pin and most have hangars attached harboring a wide variety of cool flying machines. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this a GREAT day!!!


Avionics magnate Stein Bruch brought his RV-9 “Clown Plane” which has been known to cause seizures if gazed upon without eye protection!


The September issue of the RVator’s log is ready for your download.
Here’s the link.....


Tom and “Bear” head for NAS Oshkosh

For those of you who haven’t spent any time around Naval Aviation, NAS stands for “Naval Air Station”. Those special people who help organize, plan and direct the themes for the world’s premier aviation event, recognized the significance of the Centennial of Naval Aviation, this year, 2011. And so, many references to this year’s gathering at Oshkosh referred to NAS Oshkosh, as though it was one of the Navy’s airbases, due to all the arriving naval aircraft, and the history generated by their appearances.

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We had been planning this mission to NAS Oshkosh for almost a year. An old Marine buddy of mine was flying in from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, another Navy friend was driving in from St. Paul, and some more friends from EAA 66, Ft. Myers were coming in too. We all wanted to participate in helping the Navy celebrate its 100 birthday.


When I was a cadet in Pre Flight back in 1964, naval history was my weakest subject. I can remember like it was yesterday, telling my instructor after a poor test score, “Why do I need to remember all these dates and take my time studying something that happened over 50 years ago. I want to fly airplanes, not teach history.” Well, that went over like a cold cat shot! Now almost another 50 years later, and I do realize the significance of the efforts many have made, to create a great nation. History seems to become more special as we age and become part of that history.

We had planned to depart Irlbeck International (24WI), with the dawn patrol at 0600. Wednesday morning, July 27th placed us right in the middle of a frontal passage, rain, lightning and thunder to make sure we stayed grounded. The 27th was designated as “Navy Day”, and we wanted to help support the activities and to get going. Watching DUATS and NEXRAD gave us a pretty good picture as to what the weather was doing. My buddy from St. Paul was giving us a driving report also, which was “it’s raining like hell”. Well, it was around 1130 before we blasted off, the system seemed to be falling apart. On the way down, my altitude varied due to cloud layers between 5,500 down to 500 feet. My bread crumbs looked like a drunken sailor, but as we hit Ripon, the “Air Boss” broke up the weather, and we cruised in over Fisk with a 2 90 degree rolls “rock your wings”, and the “deck” was in sight. This was around my 29th arrival to OSH, but held a special meaning to me, and many Navy veterans.


Now I’m going to shoot some history your way, and I can guarantee you, it’s more accurate than my answers to some history questions that I got wrong 46 years. My old Navy history teacher would probably have had a heart attack, and feel sorry for adding 5 demerits for poor effort, to my almost perfect record, if he saw my effort here.

On November 10
th, 1910, Curtis’ demonstration pilot, Eugene Ely flew the Hudson Flyer from a temporarily erected flight deck on the fo’c’sle of the USS Birmingham while at anchor in the Chesapeake Bay. Then just a little over 2 months later, January 18th, 1911 the day a Curtis-Ely Pusher landed on the deck of the USS Pennsylvania in San Francisco Bay, ushering in the naval aviation era and the Centennial of Naval Aviation. Being able to look at the replica of the Curtis-Ely Pusher, you realize that they were not worried about longitudinal stability, or the coefficients of lift, but they were just trying to make something that flew and wouldn’t kill them on their next flight. I truly wish I could have been there helping them, it was an eventful time of experimental aircraft development. A few other notable events that aided naval aviation was the advent of the angle deck in 1952 on the USS Antietam (CVA-36), needed for the jet era. The first nuclear powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) which supported the Vietnam War, and I was there.

This year’s event, displayed the largest collection of naval aircraft spanning all eras. Some of the more unique aircraft were the only flying SB2C Helldiver, a Navy dive bomber. Others a PV-2 Harpoon, O1Y/L-5B USMC Observation aircraft, Temco Pinto jet trainer, TBM Navy torpedo bomber, SNJ Navy trainer, F8F Bearcat in Blue Angels paint scheme, Grumman J2F Duck Navy amphibian, F4U Corsairs, an FM2 Wildcat and an F7F Tigercat. The Vietnam War era was represented by Douglas R4D, Douglas AD Skyraider, Douglas A-4 Skyhawk, and the North American T-2 Buckeye. I was fortunate enough to have flown in the R4D, the AD and the T-2 during my short 6 years in the Navy. Over 25 current naval aircraft were present at various times many repainted in colors from previous eras.


Wednesday night was spent at the Theater in the Woods listening to two old Naval Aviators, Capts. Gene Cernan and Jim Lovell reminisce about flying, competing for spots on space shots, landing on the moon, and friendly bashing anyone that wasn’t a Naval Aviator. It was almost like to brothers competing for the best story of the day, very entertaining.

Thursday evening the Navy League sponsored a gathering for all Navy Veterans, with a large food bar, with a free drink. So some of the food I brought along for that night, was hauled back home later. One of my students when I was a flight instructor at NAS Miramar, was there, and renewed stories flew fast that evening. It is truly interesting what each of us remember, and some of what we don’t. History is not black and white.

Friday, April 28
th will probably go down in my logs as one very special day. It started with breakfast for all veterans. This was held at the PHP Center tent, and will be an annual event, sponsored by the Ron and Diane Fagen Family. You have to register on line, so they know how many are coming for food, but it is a great breakfast and free. Paul Poberezny who will shortly turn 90, welcomed us at 0730, and introduced a very special Marine as our guest speaker. Marine Sergeant Jonathan Blank had lost both his legs in Afghanistan a year early. He talked for around a half an hour about his service life, and how he lost both legs. It was a very emotional experience, a 22 year old, relating his story. The attitude and his devotion to his country, even after losing limbs, was very inspirational. Most of us had a tear or two running down our cheeks, and no one thought much of it. Early afternoon they had the Navy Veterans, active duty and anyone related to the Navy, march from the Warbirds area, down the flight line to the Shell Center, with a few admirals, and Navy personnel, Rod Hightower give all of us a little recognition and thanks for the service of all veterans.

I had to head home Friday evening after the show, so missed Gary Sinse and the Lt. Dan Band, highly thought of for his dedication to veterans.

There were many other special sights, the B-29 Superfortress “Fifi”, the arrival of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner debut, an unbelievably quiet aircraft, Burt Rutan day, Bob Hoover day, 25 yrs. ago the Voyager circling the Earth nonstop. NAS Oshkosh had proven to be the place to be for me this year, and another year to be thankful that we can fly for fun in this great place, called the United States of America.

Keep the greasy side up,
Tom and “Bear”


A special ride....

In January of this year I met my Birth Mother Su for the first time in Detroit, Michigan, the town where I was born. It was an amazing time for both of us so we decided to get together again this summer in Minnesota so Su could meet my adoptive parents and see the area where I grew up. Somehow I was able to convince her that the best way to see the area where I grew up was from the air so up we went! The RV grins in the pictures tell the rest of the story. 

It was a pretty special experience to take my Birth Mother flying on her first visit and even more special for that flight to be in a plane that I built…with a little help from my friends of course. Even this late in life, it’s nice to make your parents proud. 

On our way home from the airport Su was briefing me on all the airports near her home in Michigan and asking how far the plane can fly. I guess a Delta Airlines trip is out of the question for our next visit. Do you think we look alike?

- Peter Fruehling



Earlier this year, long time MN Winger Don Willam sold his RV-4 to a gentlemen in Australia (many RVs seem to be going Down Under lately). The new owner is Ron Tizzard and he recently sent us these photos:


I bought Don’s RV4 last year, Tom IrIbeck helped with the sale.   I just flew it around Australia raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS).     I have flown over 100hrs in the aircraft in the 6 months its been flying.  The spitfire is an 85% scale model (Ayres Rock in the background)


The fellow in this photo with the Qantas 747 in the background is famous around-the-world RV pilot Jon Johannson. 


The trip made the front page of the local paper.


FINALLY... after six months in the paint shop, Peter Fruehling’s RV-7 is now back at Anoka with its AWESOME new paint job. Your friendly editor checked it out yesterday and it is a super job.... just ready and waiting to kill some Minnesota bugs!!! Check out the video:

Untitled from Peter Fruehling on Vimeo.


Jerry Golden’s “antique” RV-6 took to the skies today with test pilot Doug Weiler in the left seat. Generally everything went well although the wood prop is pitched too high preventing the engine from turning up sufficient rpm. But it was fast! All systems were fine and the airplane was just about perfectly in trim except for the need of some right rudder.



Jerry is practically one of the founding fathers of the group having started his RV-6 in the EARLY 90’s!! Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!

See more photos HERE......



While the rest of us RV “builders” stayed home to slave away on our airplanes (and shoot off a couple firecrackers), veteran RV traveler Pete Howell and his wife Andi were out having a great time in their RV-9A with a quick two-day jaunt to Mackinaw Island. Pete just passed the 800 hour mark (I assume he is saving for a new engine as he’ll hit TBO probably about the time I get my -7 flying!)

Here is Pete’s story. This is what RV flying is all about!!!


The June 2011 issue of The RVator’s Log is now available for download HERE.....



The Transportation Safety Board of Canada recently published a VERY interesting accident report on an in-flight breakup of an RV-7A. Their analysis is very complete and should be required reading for every RV pilot. We have mentioned this in the past. Bottom ling: KNOW YOUR LIMITATIONS!!

The link is on the the FLIGHT SAFETY page.


Flying our RV’s safely should be our ONE and ONLY objective once all the aluminum shavings have settled and the tools have been put in storage. Two recent items of note that we would like to share. First Dick VanGrunsven has posted a very timely article about flight safety on the company’s Facebook page. We have archived for you HERE. Take a few minutes and ponder these thoughts from an expert.

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Also the FAA has just published Advisory Circular 90-109 addressing flight training and safety in amateur built aircraft. The AC is comprehensive but PLEASE consider the subject matter when it comes time to prepare for your first flight (and also if you decided to buy an RV outright). The Twin Cities RV Builder’s Group has been blessed with an admirable safety record and we all certainly want to maintain this standard. Archived for you in the Flight Safety Section.

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The March issue of the RVator’s Log is available for download on the “RVator’s Log” NEWSLETTER link.......

While most of us are freezing our behinds off enduring the winter that will not end, RV-6A driver Alex Peterson left us for the warmer climes of Florida.

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Here is his report:


Congrats to Vince Bastiani on the successful first flight of his RV-7 today out of Fleming Field in S. St. Paul. Test pilot was your’s truly with Tom Berge flying chase in his YELLOW RV-7A. Here’s some photos and the first landing video courtesy of Peter Fruehling:


Rollout at South St. Paul


Vince (r) and intrepid test pilot looking marginally professional


Taxiing out


Vince and Tom RV-7A chase plane


It flies !!!! Was there any doubt?


Jeffrey Edington is a coating specialist for Valspar Paint Corporation in Minneapolis. Recently he sent this note:

Here is a photo of a Polish MIG we painted at the Air National Guard Museum last year. I'm sorry I do not remember the owner's name who donated the plane to the Guard. The fellow was from Rochester MN and after bringing the plane to America lost his medical to fly it. The guys at the museum sanded and prepped for over a year prior to painting. I donated the paint and helped with painting. When it was done I was able to sit in the MIG as you see here in the photo. Pretty cool project.

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A few years ago I gave a talk at one of your Lake Elmo airport meetings about paint and floor coatings. One of my customers painted Pete Howell's plane. I then went to different division of Valspar for a few years but now I am back at our St Paul location near Holman Field. We sell the same system Van's uses at the factory at a special price to your members. If your members are looking for advice, local source for paint or a painter for their plane I can help.
612/747/8468 cell phone 651/222/5721 fax,


Minnesota Winger and RV-7A builder Bob Collins is a writer for Minnesota Public Radio and author of the “News-Cut” blog on the MPR website. Minneapolis Star Tribune reporter and columnist James Lileks wrote this piece about Bob in the Sunday, January 30th issue:

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Bob Collins: Deceptive first impression is not a problem
By JAMES LILEKS, Star Tribune

Last update: January 29, 2011 - 9:33 PM

Bob Collins' Twitter alter-ego is the grumpy old man from the movie "Up," a dolorous face scrunched in perpetual disapproval. If it fits the tone of some of his curmudgeon-tinted tweets, it's nothing like the cheerful fellow himself. He's also a sober newsman on MPR's "NewsCut" blog, where he writes about events all over Gopherland.

Ask him about Minnesota and you hear the enthusiasm of the transplant who likes it here -- a lot -- even though it hasn't quite lived up to his first impression. But really, nothing could.

"I came out in March of 1992 from Massachusetts, and it was still pretty snowy. They put me up in the St. Paul Hotel. I got up in the morning, looked outside and there was a fire truck full of guys in red costumes coming down the street, kinda wobbling. The truck took a left, clipped a Volvo, then they backed up and took off. I thought this is my kind of town.

"When I came out for the second interview, it was Final Four weekend, which was being held here in St. Paul. The skyways were full of people with red Indiana sweatshirts, there were people everywhere you looked -- and I thought this downtown St. Paul is a happening place! What a well-kept secret."

Once he learned that the streets were not always thronged with Vulcans and out-of-towners, was he resigned to constant disappointment? No.

"I love winter, and this is the best place to get it. I like St. Paul, the different architecture, the buzz of Minneapolis, and I like being able to drive and be in the country in 10 minutes. There are so many different places in this state, the geographic differences between Duluth and Pipestone, Redwood Falls, for example. One of the first things people find themselves doing when they move from the east, they find things that remind them of back home -- they go to Duluth to remind them of the ocean. I did that, and I kick myself for that because it took a while to see what Minnesota is, not turn it into pieces of other places."

Of course, we're a fine place for outdoor hobbies -- and Bob has a rather conclusive definition of "outdoors":

"I'm building a plane. Home-built airplanes, Minnesota is really one of the hotbeds for home-built airplanes.

"I started the plane in '01. I delivered newspapers while I was working at MPR to make enough money to buy the kit. It's still not done. I might be done this year. I originally started building it because I thought my two kids would go to college back east, I could fly to visit them -- but now they're died-in-the-wool Minnesotans living in the suburbs!"

What would you change?

"I wouldn't change a thing about winter. I would have a bus that leaves Woodbury after 8 o'clock in the morning to take me to work, if that's not too much. But really, it's a great place, and I can't think of anything I'd change. Except fix a few more potholes."



RV-9 builder Ken Klima has been added to the Completed RVs page. Check out his NICE RV-9 HERE.


In the September issue of the
RVator’s Log, I wrote a story about Moraine Airpark, the small airport and FBO in Ohio where I instructed in the early 1970s. Sadly, the “patriarch” of our old flight school Harold Johnson passed away on January 12th at age 85. I decided to attend the funeral in Dayton, Ohio and few DAL down on Thursday, January 20 for the service to be held on Friday.

It was a bittersweet two days. At the viewing and the funeral I met some of my old students from nearly 40 years ago and reminisced with a couple of my previous co-pilots when I flew corporate back in the “good old days”. It was nice to visit with old friends I had not seen in a long, long time.

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But all the talk was of Harold who truly was one of the last of his breed. He and his wife Thelma ran Moraine Airpark for nearly 40 years. I worked for him and his partner Bobby Wagner for only 6 of those years but what a great time it was! Harold was an institution in Ohio aviation circles and was renowned for the hundreds of airshows he flew in his one-of-a-kind Waco UMF-3. His act harkened back to the barnstorming days... low, slow, noisy, and RIGHT in front of you! I can’t begin to tell you all the wild and crazy stories of bi-plane flying, banner towing, float-plane flying, ham-handed students, and the colorful cast of characters that called Moraine Airpark their second home and Harold Johnson their mentor.

As I mentioned in the article, Harold also served for 17 years as the “Flying Mayor” of Moraine, Ohio and took great pride in managing a city of 6800 residents. He also was past present of the National Aviation Hall of Fame. He was a true gentlemen and one of the greatest!

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Harold flying his red F-3 at age 81 in formation with Mike Brown in the yellow UPF over Dayton, OH.



Our January meeting at Key Air was a great success!! First of all our sincere thanks to Mike Lawrence and his crew at Key Air. We really appreciate their hospitality!


Peter Fruehling and Tom Berge gave a very interesting presentation on Peter’s new RV-7. A LOT of thought (and time... and money) when into planning and incorporating all the cool big and little features of N200PF.


Key Air was kind enough to allow Peter to bring his airplane into their corporate hangar for everyone to check out.

Check out the Photo Gallery for an up close and personal tour of his RV-7 just oozing electrons!! (PS... paint is coming soon!)


Seems like we have been locked in the winter doldrums for a LONG time. But a little cold and the usual hectic Christmas haven’t hindered Pete Howell. Check out his latest flight HERE.....

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MERRY CHRISTMAS... from Doug, Jim and the board of directors of the Minnesota Wing!!!!!


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The December issues of the RVator’s Log is now ready for DOWNLOAD......


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MN Winger Walt Ray is the subject of a recent article in the Isanti-Chisago newspaper. Read it here....



Long time MN Wing member Mike Hilger has been added to our staff of Tech Counselors. Mike’s primary job is a simulator technician for Delta Airlines and also a part-time avionics tech for SteinAir.
He is based at Fleming Field in South St. Paul, MN


Saturday was a great day. Your’s truly had the pleasure of making the first flight of Peter Fruehling’s new RV-7. I had been following this project for a long time. Peter and I received our QB fuselages on the same day so we have been comparing notes for quite a while. But Peter had lots of expert assistance in Tom Berge so you know that his project zipped along.


There was plenty of documentation for this particular first flight. Not only did Peter have all of his cool photo equipment fired up, but videographer Forrest Fox was there to record the flight for an upcoming film on general aviation.

The flight went well. The right wing was a little heavy but everything else worked as it should. CHTs a little high of course but within limits. Lot’s of get up and go with Peter’s Aerosport I0-375 (slightly souped up by Bart LeLonde to 205 hp). It was fun time and gave me some inspiration to keep twisting wires on my RV-7 project.

Here are some photos from Peter’s collection....



The September RVator’s Log is ready for download. Go to the “RVator’s Log” link...

MN Winger Rick Luck send this link to recent Duluth newspaper article about the health and future of “other” Sky Harbor Airport.



From Pete Howell:

Hi Guys,

Well, the weather never really cooperated, but we had a nice drive-in crowd. Kate counted about 30 people that showed up to talk airplane and grab a bite. Forrest came over in the Pitts as well.

Peter spent a few hours showing off the G900X. I saw new some new stuff - it really is amazing.

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Next Saturday, August 21, Pete Howell’s daughter Kate is hosting an open house at their hangar at Anoka Airport. Sandwiches and a guaranteed good time are on the agenda. Stop by any time after 10 am with eating around 11 am or so.


We met there last June so directions are the same:

Driving directions:

If coming by car, take I-694 northwest to US 10. Go west and take the second airport entrance. At the "T" make a slight right and then a left on India Lane. We are the 5th hangar in on the left. Lost? Call Pete at 651-334-5479

Flying directions:

Fly-ins are welcome (tell ground you want to taxi to “Fox Hollow”). The hangar is on India Lane, third on the right as you proceed south. You may have to park on the north end of the hangar line at the intersection of taxiway F and India Lane. Just use caution.

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Peter Fruehling has edited Tom Irlbeck’s presentation at our last meeting at Lake Elmo. The videos are divided into five parts. For those of you who were not able to attend, don’t miss Tom’s fascinating talk on his good times in the Navy:







Got a note from Larry Vetterman announcing his annual Badland’s Fly-In. Here’s the latest:

Badlands RV Fly-In Update...Sept 10-12
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Vetterman Exhaust Inc. and HSR Fueling will host the 2nd annual RV fly in on Sept. 10-11-12. at the Hot Springs (HSR) Airport. The list of scheduled events are as follows: Fri evening Buffalo Burger burn at the airport, hosted by Vetterman Exhaust and HSR Fueling.  Saturday AM flying tour of the Black Hills area including Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Spearfish Canyon, Devils Tower, Bear Butte, and Wall Drug.  Saturday evening banquet at the Allen Ranch. Steak dinner with all the trimmings in a beautiful setting along with a Country Western band for dinner entertainment.  Plan on a fun filled weekend and bring your own tie downs. More information on motels etc will follow.


Peter Fruehling’s RV-7 is nearing completion. Here is a shot of his panel for everyone to lust over:

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Yes.. you can watch “Oprah” on the RHS screen if you get REALLY bored!!!!


Around the World in an RV-7??

Although Pete Howell may be our most prolific local cross country traveler, imagine going around the world in an RV-7? Recently, MN Winger Walt Ray hosted two German pilots who stopped in Cambridge, MN on their epic journey. Walt reports on his meeting with Detlef Heun and Liliana Tagliamonte:

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“Just some info on the RV-7 and the around the world flight. The build was started in Germany and after the major assemblies were completed they were loaded into a container and shipped to Florida in 2009. The RV-7 was completed there and the test phase flown off. Detlef only uses autogas as avgas is not available at many places in the Americas; The Superior IO-360 was supplied with dual Lightspeed electronic ignition systems and tuned for 92 octane fuel. It has proven to be very reliable once the bugs were worked out.

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They have put 300+ hrs on it from Florida around South America, the Caribbean and then halfway across the USA. They operate the engine lean of peak and see 6.5 gph with good reliability and carry 84gal of fuel in the wings. This gives them the range needed for the planned overwater legs.

They use the SPOT tracking system so their progress and position can be tracked, and keep family and friends informed by using Skype to communicate by voice and video.

To keep track of their progress, see their website


Your friendly web master has whipped up an article about the pitot static system installation in the Building Tips section.


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