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RV Aircraft News Stories
Metal Magic: Dimpling and Countersinking
In our Metal Magic series presented by Aircraft Spruce and Specialty, we've already touched on driving universal-head rivets but before you can start driving countersunk rivets, you need to know how to dimple or countersink aluminum. Series host Paul Dye offers the best ways to get a good dimple every time—and not punch a hole in your finger!
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RV Aircraft News Stories
Lighthouse Kitchen across from KRCR, Rochester, IN
"Homestyle cooking offering breakfast and lunch. The restaurant is called Lighthouse Kitchen and is located across from the airport and right on the lake. Airplanes can taxi all the way past the fire station on the grass and park directly across the street from the restaurant. Perfect for the $100 hamburger or some fresh fish!" - Submitted by James Reitz
RV Aircraft News Stories
G3X Touch First Look + Foreflight Integration
This is a continuation of my Vans RV 10 Airplane build, in this video I show some of the features of the Garmin G3X Touch and its integration with Foreflight.
A Leaf on the Wind
RV Aircraft News Stories
Elevation 89, Ocala, FL
"A place friends and family could gather for good food, drinks and conversation in a unique environment featuring soaring views of planes taking off and landing along with the added bonus of beautiful sunsets." - Submitted by Mike
RV Aircraft News Stories
Having Fun with Proseal! RV-10 Fuel Tanks
The tedious task of putting proseal inside fuel tanks.
Chase:Every:Second
RV Aircraft News Stories
AirCentre, LLC, Bethany, OK
"AirCentre is your one stop shop for all your pilot supplies, gift ideas and aircraft parts needs. Conveniently located on Wiley Post Airport, Hangar 15. We hope to see you soon! " - Submitted by MICHELE HENRICKSEN
RV Aircraft News Stories
Parachute System Options for RV10 Build by Vlad
In this video I would like to share with you a bit of my research about suitable for VANs RV-10 parachute systems. I found three different suppliers for these and made some review for each.
Tech Fun Style
RV Aircraft News Stories
Triple Tree Fly In 2022. SC00 in Woodruff, SC.
This event is held annually at a wonderful facility operated by a non-profit that only holds a handful of events each year. The runway is a 7000’+ X 200’+ grass strip that is manicured to look like a mile and a half long fairway. Fantastic infrastructure, great people and some neat aircraft were in attendance.
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RV Aircraft News Stories
Pilot Destination Update: Gate 12 Bar & Grille, College Station, TX
"A bit of an to the original post about Gate 12 Bar Grille. This restaurant is located directly off the tarmac at Easterwood Field KCLL, not 4 miles away from the airfield as the system shows. Easy taxi up to the gate, the tower will direct you there. A little interesting history about the propeller hanging above the bar. That propeller used to be in the Texas AM University wind tunnel facility which is located just across the street. The propeller was acquired from the military and is one of the original propellers from the Enola Gay, B-29 that ped the Little Boy atomic bomb on Hiroshima at the end of WWII. While in-use in the wind-tunnel facility, one of the models came loose and knicked the leading edges of the prop, which is why it was taken out of service and now hangs in the ceiling of the bar. The menu at the bar is one of the absolute best I have seen at any fly-in restaurant, complete with a full cocktail menu. The atmosphere beats all but the best airport restaurants in the country, with a real dining room feel, not that church social hall vibe you get at many of the small places. My son a PPL Aggie who is studying in-town takes his girlfriend to this location often to eat and have a few drinks and watch the activity on the ramp." - Submitted by Spencer Hamons
RV Aircraft News Stories
Destination: Low and Slow Smokehouse, Smithfield, NC
"Locally owned barbecue restaurant featuring locally sourced meats. Our award winning pitmasters are determined to bring you the best barbecue the area has to offer. Sit on our runway view terrace and enjoy the action!" - Submitted by Kelsey Walters

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