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Welcome to The RV Journal hosted by Sam Buchanan. Even though this site is primarily about the construction of my Vans RV-6 aircraft, there is a lot of info that will be interesting to anyone building or considering a Vans RV. This site is a great example of what happens when a small and seemingly innocent endeavor gets totally out of hand. In November of 1997, I began this web site chronicling my adventures and misdeeds associated with the construction of RV6 N399SB. It wasn't long before it became evident that the RV-6 web site was turning into nearly as big a project as the plane itself!
When this site was launched in 1997, it was on the leading edge of the builder website phenomenon that was to occur in following years. There now are hundreds of web sources available for current builders, but as long as folks continue to express their appreciation for this legacy site, it will remain available for all who find it useful.
Since N399SB was completed in 1999, Vans Aircraft has introduced several new models. The newer kits have reached a state of evolution that was unseen when the RV-6 kit reigned supreme. However, there are still many RV-6/-6A kits under construction, and the techniques detailed on this site are necessary for completion of any of the current RV kits. So hopefully this site will be entertaining and useful for current builders even though their kits most likely are documented by computer generated drawings and the components have rivet holes pre-punched. Regardless of which RV is being built, attention to detail and project discipline is still required if the builder is to finally enjoy a new aircraft.
I can assure you the journey is worth the effort!
Here is where the journey begins.....
Sam Buchanan's RV6
(Note: The email link at the bottom of some pages will open an email box addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. If this occurs, amend the address to email@example.com; the Traveller address is no longer active.)
The panel in N399SB has really changed since the plane was put into service 9/1/99!
The flight instrument section of the panel features the Dynon EFIS, and Trio Pro-Pilot autopilot, You can read about my positive experiences with the EZ-Pilot and the EZ-3 prior to the Pro Pilot upgrade.
The EZ-Pilot is a direct retro-fit for Navaid installations since it is compatible with the Navaid servo (also available with the Trio Gold Standard servo), and the compact size eases installation in cramped panels. The EZ-Pilot control head is the three-inch square gold-anodized box; it ships with either an adapter cable for the Navaid harness or with the Trio servo. The feature set of the EZ-Pilot is very impressive and it performed superbly. The EZ-3 LCD switch and encoder consist of the two small gold boxes at the top of the photo. These controls interface with a small processor mounted behind the panel and the Gold Standard servo mounted at the elevator bellcrank.
Compliance with the
Installing a Navaid Autopilot in a
Smooth is Good!
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We don't have real fancy legal mumbo jumbo about the ownership of material on this site. However, if you wish to use any of our stuff, like in a newsletter or something, please ask first! You will almost certainly receive permission. We just like to know where our editorial content is going.
"The RV Journal" Disclaimer
You enter this site at your own risk! I am in no way liable for the tremendous enjoyment and education you will receive by browsing this site. This web site has absolutely no official connection with Van's Aircraft other than financing Van's annual vacation and paying for development of the RV12 through an endless stream of checks, worn-out bankcards, and IOUs. Due to the aforementioned contributions to the gross domestic product of the wonderful state of Oregon, we, builders and contributors to this site, are totally broke. Consequently, if you don't like what is on this site, then SUE US! All you will get is a bunch of used-up clecos and a half-full box of Band-Aids.
To get in touch with Sam Buchanan, you can email.
Ok, so you rather have Official info about RV aircraft? Just be that way, but be forewarned that if you use the real RV link instead of checking out this site first, a dreaded virus will be downloaded to your computer causing it to play several hours of Barry Manilow music. To get information straight from the home of Van's Aircraft in the backwoods of Oregon (whatta they know?), hit the photo below. They have a neat info pack and video that will be sufficient to get your pulse rate up and your net-worth down.
A big thanks to RV8 builder Jeff Hawkins for his contribution to this site!
here to see the redneck version of this page)
This site last updated fairly recently