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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2020, 07:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,719
Posted By tcard
MOM!

I hadn't been up to see mom for a couple months, so it was time to remedy that situation. She has some favorite pizzas that she can't get at her local grocery store, so a quick trip up to HEB in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 11,101
Posted By tcard
Jessica, We are excited you came to check out...

Jessica, We are excited you came to check out Van's Air Force and see how our community might be able to help you succeed in your mission. We fly an RV-9A and are building an RV-8, so we are quite...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-31-2020, 06:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,860
Posted By tcard
It might be a little off topic, OK maybe A LOT...

It might be a little off topic, OK maybe A LOT off topic, but this is a result of a call from Roy needing a custom tool. You know, we work in tenths (of thousandths) around here, but due to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-30-2020, 06:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,860
Posted By tcard
Customer Install

Another one of our customers sent us a picture showing their install of a CMW E-Lift. It was time to replace tires before an upcoming trip, so they took advantage of a perfect opportunity to install...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-24-2020, 05:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,860
Posted By tcard
E-Lifts are back in stock! We've been busy at...

E-Lifts are back in stock!

We've been busy at Card Machine Works and have been delivering E-Lifts to those that previously expressed interest and a few who contacted us in the meantime because they...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-02-2020, 03:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,175
Posted By tcard
Debrief

Route
All 3402 nm of it. There was some VFR, some actual IFR, and some IFR for convenience and guarantee of terrain...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-01-2020, 02:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,175
Posted By tcard
Point the Nose Toward Home

Being exhausted is a tremendous sleep aid. My head hit the pillow a little after 10pm, and I’m not sure I moved until the alarm went off at 6. We are crossing desert and high terrain, a combination...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-01-2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,175
Posted By tcard
Carl, thanks for tracking down those details. ...

Carl, thanks for tracking down those details. For me, this is the fun way to learn history when it isn't all just from books.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-31-2020, 08:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,175
Posted By tcard
The temps were highs in the low 80s / upper 70s...

The temps were highs in the low 80s / upper 70s with lows in the 50s. The mornings warmed up quickly and it cooled down just as rapidly in the evenings. Being on big water, it wasn't very humid. ...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-31-2020, 05:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,175
Posted By tcard
Disembark Day

The sun rose on our final morning. It was departure day. The shore trips were completed and up came the anchor. Once again, the magenta line kept us clear of shore, and with almost no wind we...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-30-2020, 09:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,175
Posted By tcard
Stuart Island

The day started off with another gourmet breakfast of crab omelette and an oven-baked-heavenly concoction of granola and fruits. Hey Sandy, can I get that recipe?

Roy cooked up the rest of the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-30-2020, 10:28 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,175
Posted By tcard
Boat Day

Tuesday morning started off with a run back to shore for a quick walk through pine trees and across the isthmus. There were plenty of boats in the bay on the other side as well. ...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-28-2020, 07:39 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,175
Posted By tcard
Sucia Islands

Monday morning arrived, and it was time to fuel up on a full breakfast. Thanks Sandy! Then, off to the marina for a shower. You buy tokens and get 7-minutes of water per token. Scott and I both...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-28-2020, 10:41 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,175
Posted By tcard
We arrived Sunday afternoon to a packed airport...

We arrived Sunday afternoon to a packed airport at Orcas Island. Out of about 50 or so tie-downs on the pavement, there were only two left. There was also grass parking available, so no concern...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-27-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,175
Posted By tcard
Travel Day 2

We had to break the seal on the hotel door to get in. Oh my, COVID strikes again.

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After a low-key evening in Rawlins, we...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-27-2020, 06:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,175
Posted By tcard
Red Lodge

We arenít sure what the return plan is, but Red Lodge is now on the radar. We will certainly comply with the request to have fun!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-25-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 12,175
Posted By tcard
Sailing the San Juan Islands - Transport via the RV Magic Carpet

The time finally came for our summer adventure. Our planned trip to the Bahamas with our friends Roy and Sandy was canceled due to Covid. After Oshkosh also hit the skids for the year, we started...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2020, 06:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,502
Posted By tcard
CQ1 Headset

We've crossed 2,000 hours on our RV and know ear fatigue very well. We switched to in-ear headsets years ago. After flying the competition for more than a decade, we took our experimental roots to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-14-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,860
Posted By tcard
Successful Launch

Thank you so much to our VAF family for the incredible response. We sold out in just a few hours, and then the emails starting flowing in letting us know there is still plenty of interest. If you...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-13-2020, 08:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,860
Posted By tcard
Correct, it will work on the 8A but not the...

Correct, it will work on the 8A but not the 8.



We haven't had an opportunity to test fit the E-Lift with an original one piece wheel pant.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,939
Posted By tcard
Social Distancing Airshow

The airshow season has been pretty quiet this year. Falcon Flight performed in Laredo in February before the madness started, but the rest of the spring shows were canceled.

Normally each year...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,500
Posted By tcard
Andreas, the length of the sound tubes is part of...

Andreas, the length of the sound tubes is part of the overall system as they are tuned to the balanced armatures (speakers) we use. However, you can trim the tubes down some without significantly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,500
Posted By tcard
Andreas, Keep in mind that I am biased since we...

Andreas,

Keep in mind that I am biased since we are manufacturing the CQ1...but part of the reason the CQ1 exists is because I flew a Clarity Aloft for years and knew there were things that could be...
Forum: RV-14 06-14-2020, 06:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,411
Posted By tcard
Our eyeballs aren't so great. This is what...

Our eyeballs aren't so great. This is what you'll be greeted with as you enter our...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 06-14-2020, 05:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,578
Posted By tcard
Pilots N Paws - Doxy Scarlet

Doxy Scarlet was found as a stray in Houston and taken to the shelter. She was very thin and needed some intense TLC from Rescue the Animals rescue in Abilene. I offered to fly one leg, and duo Ken...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2020, 06:16 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,500
Posted By tcard
Paul, please check your PMs. We'd love to talk...

Paul, please check your PMs. We'd love to talk ear tips with you.




Chris, Scott often wears the headset with the frame over his hat band instead of over his ears. It avoids the conflict of...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-06-2020, 07:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,574
Posted By tcard
First, pack cash and patience. Once you leave...

First, pack cash and patience. Once you leave the US, a 'fast' fuel stop is about an hour, but it can easily stretch to two. You are on 'island time mon'.
Each stop requires customs and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2020, 06:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,676
Posted By tcard
Enjoy every minute of your transition training. ...

Enjoy every minute of your transition training. I learned so much during the process of getting comfortable in our 9A and became a better pilot for it.

We have a few extra Card Machine Works hats,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,370
Posted By tcard
Open Garage

I've given my share of rides at our airpark picnic, as well as for Young Eagles, Bronze Eagles, and Challenger Air, but I have to admit that I'm a shop flirt, too.



I grew up moving every few...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-24-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 199,526
Posted By tcard
Back at Brenham

The Brenham Diner had closed down for a while, but they are open and in full swing, including the wait on a Sunday for lunch. We joined our Vagbond friends, Sandy and Roy. We caught up with them on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2019, 08:04 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 12,339
Posted By tcard
Unlike Dallas, in Austin we are on wrong side of...

Unlike Dallas, in Austin we are on wrong side of the line of rain that does include some thunderstorms. We will be cooling our heels for a bit longer but expect to make it this afternoon, even if we...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2019, 08:14 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 12,339
Posted By tcard
Testing Mouse in the House

As happens before many an RV gathering, the appropriate rations are being baked for the trip. [Hey - I EARNED my callsign] Tail Number BINGO anyone?

The mouse in the house is testing the product...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,372
Posted By tcard
Charity Flight

There is a STAR program that arranges for US and European detectives to spend some time in each others' operations. While their weekdays are spent gaining knowledge that can be utilized to improve...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-17-2019, 07:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,672
Posted By tcard
The Dang Dam

A panoramic view from Calico Tanks Trail. (larger size...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-17-2019, 05:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,672
Posted By tcard
Another Round of Pictures

Scott promised more pictures last night, but I needed to get some headsets ready for shipping, so here is another round before work today. I will have some more time this evening.

The seating...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-15-2019, 07:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,672
Posted By tcard
Sunday finds us back home in Austin. We were...

Sunday finds us back home in Austin. We were thankful the stratux kept working as we ended up with a couple hundred miles of sketchy weather. The IFR ticket came in useful, although it was a...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-14-2019, 11:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,672
Posted By tcard
The Reason for Vegas 2019

Today was the event that prodded our birthday trek to Las Vegas. Happy decade-crossing birthday to Rosie!

The day started with an 8am brief for a flying tour. We cruised over the Grand Canyon,...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-13-2019, 11:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,672
Posted By tcard
Holy Calico Tanks Trail, Batman!

Friday morning’s plan was to execute on a desire formed during our first visit to Red Rock Canyon a decade ago. We ended up at the park on a whim with a group, enjoyed the scenic drive, and walked a...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-12-2019, 09:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,672
Posted By tcard
Reposition to Vegas

Thursday started with a run to a 24-hour Walmart store to pick up Stratux supplies. Investigation last night showed the micro USB connector to be less than stable. Just a little jiggling, and off...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-11-2019, 08:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,672
Posted By tcard
.7 Miles

The trip is off to a great start. Scott and I worked half a day, and we were airborne by 2. Our normal MO would have been to start bright and early tomorrow morning, but we thought we’d try a...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-09-2019, 08:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,672
Posted By tcard
Thanks for the suggestions. Payton and Sedona...

Thanks for the suggestions. Payton and Sedona sound interesting. Food on the field is very appealing, as is cooler temps.



PIE? Did someone say Pie?



Wow, you are braver than I am. That...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-08-2019, 05:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,672
Posted By tcard
It's My Party and I Can ...

...fly if I want to! OK, well maybe it is really, "It's my birthday and I can..."

I started a new job a couple months ago [huge blessing], and there was supposed to be a week off between gigs for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2019, 06:02 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 661
Posted By tcard
Oshkosh 2019 Mass Arrival Times

I know Gary posted it in the middle of the NOTAM thread (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=1354343&postcount=69), but to make is easier to find I thought I'd include a link...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,753
Posted By tcard
Thanks much for the reminders. I didn't think to...

Thanks much for the reminders. I didn't think to do so at the time, but with your nudges the info has been passed along.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,753
Posted By tcard
Formation Training Clinic = New Pilot?

Falcon Flight, led by the efforts of Bobby Lucroy and Ron Walker, put on a formation training clinic at KGYI just north of Dallas. The initial date ended up being rained out, but the backup weekend...
Forum: Reviews 02-18-2019, 06:23 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 17,521
Posted By tcard
Steve, in-the-ear headsets are great for not...

Steve, in-the-ear headsets are great for not 'mussing' up hair. We are not intending to have a vendor booth, but we will be at Oshkosh and are always happy to talk or show off headsets.



The...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 02-18-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,212
Posted By tcard
I don't see Brenham (11R) on Doug's list. It...

I don't see Brenham (11R) on Doug's list. It reopened recently. Hours are Friday thru Monday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

Don't skip the milkshakes.
Forum: Reviews 02-18-2019, 08:33 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 17,521
Posted By tcard
Scott, thanks for the kind words. There is...

Scott, thanks for the kind words.



There is balance control on the board to allow for non-symmetrical volume output when in stereo mode. It just requires popping off the back of the control box...
Forum: Reviews 01-10-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 17,521
Posted By tcard
Bill, I sent you a PM.

Bill, I sent you a PM.
Forum: Reviews 01-09-2019, 08:15 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 17,521
Posted By tcard
Wow, thanks Guy for such kind and considered...

Wow, thanks Guy for such kind and considered comments about the CQ Headset, and then to back it up with an order for a second headset!

We have been a part of the community for over a decade and...
Forum: Texas (South) 01-02-2019, 07:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 855
Posted By tcard
9A

If a 9A will do the trick, I’d be happy to take you for a flight at Breakaway in Cedar Park (40XS).



Mark, are you the person I met during my last Pilots N Paws flight down to Live Oak? I sure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2019, 04:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,678
Posted By tcard
Happy New Year - And (Maybe) Hat Sighting

Happy New Year to all of our flying friends! The Year 2018 ended with a flight, so it seemed necessary for 2019 to start with a flight. There wasn't any of the requisite noise from our airpark...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-06-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,087
Posted By tcard
Trip Canceled to New Adventure

You may remember Crazy Marti from my trip write up for Lajitas and Big Bend (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=158461). Well, she struck again. Her family was getting together...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-16-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,041
Posted By tcard
Another Happy Camper

Add another very happy camper that the diner reopened. We were part of a 3-ship enjoying the burgers and milkshakes today. Yummy!
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 07-17-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,049
Posted By tcard
Nicely Done, Josh! Do you mind if I copy the...

Nicely Done, Josh! Do you mind if I copy the words and images from your link and add to the PnP site when I get home from Oshkosh?

Not only did you make a difference for the dog, you also made the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-08-2018, 08:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,768
Posted By tcard
Big Bend - Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa (2)

After a couple hours, we decided to make our way to Big Bend National Park. The drive was about 30-40 minutes and went by quickly as we watched the terrain out the windows. We kept looking for more...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-08-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,768
Posted By tcard
Big Bend - Lajitas Golf Resort & Spa

I have a friend, 'crazy Marti' according to Scott, that is an amateur photographer and bluebonnet fanatic. We've been talking for a few years about trying to fly down to the Big Bend area in Texas...
Forum: Texas (South) 11-15-2017, 02:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,483
Posted By tcard
Plenty of Good Options

We're based in Austin. You can't go wrong with any of the options listed, EDC/GTU/T74. It's mostly where you want to be. GTU and T74 will get you the best fuel prices, but EDC is the best option...
Forum: Reviews 11-07-2017, 02:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,582
Posted By tcard
Fun and Games Until ...

Yeah, well, just wait until you show up one year with a cookie bag that Stein deems is a little too small. :D

I guess I've forgiven...
Forum: Safety 08-24-2017, 12:15 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 88,430
Posted By tcard
Austin, TX - Harvey Escape

We'd be able to make room (you might have to help) in the Austin, TX area for one RV with a shorter wingspan (4/6/7/8). 3000x30' paved with obstacles on each end.

Tanya Card
512-five three...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-22-2017, 06:58 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 52,097
Posted By tcard
4/20 - Off to Grenada (3)

Fuel up, load 'em up, and head out. Charlie flight pulled up to the pumps just as Bravo...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-22-2017, 06:56 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 52,097
Posted By tcard
4/20 - Off to Grenada (2)

Time to turn around.
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