NEWSLETTER #54 - JUNE 5. 2006
I have waited until this late date to get this in the mail in order to
include a write-up on the "First Annual West Coast Fly-In". Shirley DaMotta was kind enough to provide this to me and it
West Coast Varga
by Shirley DaMotta
The first annual West Coast Varga Fly-in was held
at Santa Maria Airport (KSMX), California,
the weekend of May 19-21, 2006. The event was hosted by VG-21 Squadron members
Dave Casey, Brian Chersky and Bob DuSair. Nine
airplanes were flown to the event, and three owners were present without their
airplanes, representing Morrisey, Shinn and Vargas
built from the years l 958 to 1989. Noteworthy airplanes were: Dave Casey’s Morrisey, the first Morrisey
delivered to a customer in June, 1958, Lee and Pat Berry's Varga,
the first Varga built, Mike McNally's 2180, and Max Bishop and Doug Brown's Aerospec
Howard Hall arrived early in the week, traveling all the way from London to attend the
event! Shirt DaMotta drove in from Phoenix, Arizona,
on Thursday. On Friday, a flight of two, consisting of Dave Casey and Howard
Hall in Dave's Morrisey and Bob DuSair
and Shirl DaMotta in Bob's Varga, launched in formation to seek and destroy ... uh ...
rather, to meet and escort Lee Beery and Phil Ayers on their way to the event
from northern California.
Lee's Varga was spotted over the beach, and the
flight of three returned to Santa
Maria in formation for the overhead pattern and
pitch-out. Friday night, as members gathered in the lounge at the Radisson to
socialize and discuss plans for the weekend, we learned that John Wade is an
entertainer as he took the stage and sang a great rendition of "On a Clear
Day (You Can See Forever)".
Others began arriving on Saturday morning. Bob Dusair,
Dave Casey, Lee Beery and Brian Chersky parked their airplanes on the taxiway
in front of Bob's hangar. John and Barbara Wade taxied in with their Varga, followed by Joe Atkinson and his brother Obbie in Joe's Varga, and Mike
McNally and Jon Proehl in their Vargas. Max Bishop and Doug Rrown were
found having lunch at the Radisson restaurant and taxied their tailwheel over to complete
The afternoon consisted of a delicious BBQ, a birthday cake for Phil, and a
lively exchange of both personal and airplane histories and shared
operating/maintenance questions, solutions, tips, and suggestions addressing
issues most of us have had or are currently dealing with. Everyone scrutinized
each other's airplanes, engines and panels while discussing and comparing equipment, features, and experiences. It
was noted by many that the airplanes were "all the same, yet all a little
different," no two completely
alike, and even factory features seem to vary slightly from airplane to
Next we were treated to a visit to Brian Chersky's
hangar museum. Brian has a vast collection of World War II memorabilia, all
meticulously sorted, labeled, maintained ant beautifully displayed, and two
airplanes - a 3/4-scale P-51 and a one-of-a-kind L- 19.
Festivities on Saturday evening began with cocktails at the Radisson. To
our surprise, John and Nickie Gurley joined us,
saying they were there all day but thought the event had been canceled because
of impending bad weather! The Radisson served a lovely dinner, and Max Bishop and Lee Beery were given framed
Weight-and-Balance sheets in -appreciation for their generosity over the years,
giving countless hours of time, expertise and assistance and answering endless
questions from many new and potential Morrisey/Shinn/Varga
Everyone kept one eye on the weather all weekend, and Joe/Obbie, Max/Doug and Mike McNally were gone before anyone
was stirring Sunday morning, as the forecasts looked like there might not be
another opportunity out until Tuesday. Jon Proehl
left later that morning. Lee and Phil were invited to attend the Cessna weather
meeting, and opted to stay put when tornado warnings were issued, as did the
Wades. Howard and Bob took a brief flight in the area, with Howard doing some
touch-n-goes from the backseat. Bob and Shirl also
had a brief sightseeing flight over Neverland ranch
and back. The event wrapped with Bob DuSair and the
remaining members and guests preparing a taco dinner at his home.
Shirt DaMotta made the 11-hour drive back to Phoenix on Monday. Lee
Beery and Phil Ayers launched in formation with John and Barb Wade toward
early in the week. On Tuesday, a two-ship formation of Dave Casey's Morrisey with Howard Hall in the back and Brian Chersky’s Varga flew to Oceano for lunch and a flight in a vintage Stearman. Howard made it back to the U.K. on Friday.
The VG-21 Squadron and guests thank Dave Casey, Brian Chersky and Bob DuSair for their hospitality and generosity, and for all
the time and effort that went into making arrangements with the airport, hotel,
and restaurants, and for shopping, cooking, and helping to make the stay of
out-of-town guests a comfortable
one. With the first successful event now behind us, we are already discussing
ideas and plans for next year, including another potential location and
possible agenda items. Comments and
suggestions are welcome.
See you next year!
Greg Judy has been working on reproducing decals of the Kachina
logo for our Vargas. He hopes to have them available by mid-June. They will be
full color and match the original in size. Other sizes will also be available
upon request. He doesn't have a price yet as the more he gets printed, the
better the price. He would like to know how many people are interested in the
decals, but no one would be obligated. He is also working on laser engraving
the logo on his wheel covers and hopes to offer that service to others as well.
All Kachina items will be on his web site when they
become available. www.VinvlGraphicsbyGreg.com. If
you are interested in obtaining a decal(s), please email Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Are these a Varga plague??) Dr. Tom Williams in Columbus, Ohio,
says that one of the most talked about problems among Varga
owners is intermittent episodes of severe shimmying upon roll out. Servicing
his shimmy dampener would help for awhile. He has always noticed that the nose
gear seemed loose when the wheel was grasped and shaken, even before the shimmy
dampener would engage. He discussed this with a number of mechanics who didn't
seem to be concerned. He finally found a mechanic who not only agreed but
insisted the answer was to disassemble the entire nose gear and take a look. He
found loose and worn shims which he replaced with better fitting hardware,
tightened nuts, and even replaced the wheel bearings. He had a machine shop completely tear down and rebuilt the shimmy
dampener. This was a big job and cost $740 but the results were astounding. The
nose gear now felt solid with no play in it and he no longer worries about the
airplane shaking apart upon landing. Dr. Williams hopes this helps others.
Now it's our turn to help Max! He asked that we include the following in
Have any Varga owners installed one of the new
light weight starters and, if so, how does it work?
He wanted to do it at the factory and never did, but he's wondering if
anyone had ever replaced their heavy old canvas baggage compartment
bag with a light weight nylon one?
He was going to try a vertical card compass
in his project plane. Has anyone tried one in a Varga?
Has anyone tried a 62" pitch prop on their 2150 or a 61" pitch
prop on their 2180?
The subject of the LoPresti cowl came up at Santa Maria. If a cowl
STC and its installation was available, would any Varga
owner be willing to pay as much as $5,000 for an extra (advertised) 10 mph?
Landing Gear Available
Max can accumulate enough parts and materials to assemble 10 main landing
gear. The will have to sell for somewhere between $500 - $1000 each to recover
his costs. Before he gets started, are they work tht
much to anybody? He can do 4 nose gears as well but getting the mandrel bent
fork tube may make them a little pricier.
If you're interested, please e-mail or call Max at max.bishop@boeingcom or email@example.com. Phone
Vargas For Sale
Mike Zimniski Varga for
sale. It's a 1979 2150, 780 TTSN, factory military blued pant, Narco com 120
& nav 121, TXP AT, owned since 1992, hangared, 9~paint, 9+ interior, GPS 195 & handheld/com. Many Vargas spares. $50,000. 304842-4892.
Frank Gulick has his Shinn for sale. It's a 1961
2150, 2591 TTSN, 167 SMOH, bright yellow military paint,KX155 and TX, hangared at Santa Rosa,CA.
$50,000. 707539- 3083. We have many photos of this A/C in our computer.
E-Mail Addresses - HELP
In yet another futile effort to keep my address file correct and
up-to-date, I find that there are four addresses that continue to be returned as
"undeliverable". If one of these is yours, please let me know ASAP! !
! Otherwise, I am going to delete them.
How To Fix It
Don Conley in Amarillo,
Texas (N8265J) submitted this
info for the newsletter. He's been doing an annual inspection and other odd stuff.
He suggests that anyone needing sending unit gaskets, go to Spruce and Spec. on
line as they are not in the catalog anymore, for $2.60 apiece. He also had
seepage from the left fuel tank. He kept looking and finally found that there
is a tank baffle riveted in; you can see the row of rivets from the inspection
plate approximately 2 feet in front of the drain toward the outer end of the
wing. These rivets evidently can loosen. They cleaned the rivet heads and used
Pro Seal to seal them. So far so good. He used Pstrip
for new canopy seal.
New member Mark Schlamer, an A&P, is going
through his "new" Varga system by system.
He really needs the following parts: Edo Aire PN
G199-105 Gasolator, 8 oz. hydraulic fluid reservoir;
and main and nose gear plastic bushings. If any of you can help him out, please
contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or
920-533-5375. It's always a good idea to let us know, too, if you can help.
At the Copper State Air Show in 1998 (Max Bishop
hosted a Varga gathering), Lee Went to the display
tent of Delmar Benjamin alter he landed following a spectacular performance in
his replica Gee Bee R2 to purchase a tee shirt. Delmar was sitting in the back
of his tent and when he saw me picking out my shirt, he asked me how the Varga spins. At the time, Lee had on his VG-21 polo shirt
which, I guess, he focused on. Lee told him it didn't spin very well. He came
over and talked for some time. He told Lee he was the test pilot for Montanair, Kalispell
MT, and that he had spun the Varga 25 times and had to use a spin recovering parachute
23 times. Lee told him our Varga was the first one
made by George Varga and was kept at the factory for
about a year to use in their certification program. Lee related to him a story he
had heard that our Varga had refused to recover from
a spin and when the test pilot opened the canopy to bail out, the spin stopped.
He autographed my shirt. It reads "I've spun the Varga!
(Spin chute recommended.)"
Shirley DaMotta has volunteered to edit the
newsletters in the future. Need I say how welcome
that help will be?! As we iron out the details, you will hear more about this
in the near (I hope) future.
John Wade provided the attached Maintenance Item and it's so appreciated!
Attached is a copy of the membership list. Maybe there's an owner near you.
If you want to contact us, call 707-279-0259- or email@example.com - or send mail to: 3450 Shoreline View Way, Kelseyville, CA 95451. Let us hear from you.
Have a great summer - Pat
V~21 SQUADRON MEMBERSHIP LISTING
1/18/06 - REVISION G
Joe Atkinson, 636 E. Deepdale Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85022 N9817J
Richard Axelrod, Box 471,
05851 (Caledonia Flying Club) N4644V
Ernest Baker, 2001 Rockport Ct. Fort Collins, CO 80528 N5080V
Nelson Baker, 344 E. Beech, Alliance, OH
Barnstorming Adventures, 6743 Montia
Ct., Carlsbad, CA 92009-3323 N3150W
Pat & Lee Beery, 3450 Shoreline View Way, Kelseyville CA 95451 N5062V
Brian & Helen Beulen, 5225 E
Elmwood Cr. Mesa AZ 85205 N5128V
Max Bishop, 2062
West Gila Ln., Chandler, AZ 85224 N6220X
Bill Bolster, Box 1041, Joshua Tree, CA 92252 N4642V
Tom Burwinkle, 150 Shady Oaks Ln, Kingston,
Jeff Bynum, 8411 Market AveN, North Canton,OH 44721
Darren Carriker, 4028 Landisburg,
Tr. 1, Keller, TX 76248 N431MB
Dave Casey, Box 2309, Avila Beach, CA 93424 N5102V
Brian Chersky, 201 S Camden
Dr. Beverly Hills,
CA 90212 N5064V
Bill & Janet Clark, Box
1872, East Sound, WA 9X245 N56002
Donald Conley, 1220 So. Georgia,
Shirley DaMotta, 1218 E.
Sea Breeze Dr. Gilbert, AZ 85234-2638 N5114V
Tom Darrow, 5505 Hettinger Pl. Fallen,
NV 89406 OPEN
Trammell Davis, 4940 Langdale Way, Colorado
Springs, CO 80906 N8341J
John Downing, 4360 Bonaparte
Dr., Tucker, GA N8294J
James Doyle, 23355 Gold Springs
Dr., Columbia, CA 95310 OPEN
Bob DuSair, 130x 2549, Avila Beach, CA, 93424 N8288J
Jerry Eldrige, P. O. Box 1034, Big Fork, MT N56001
Mark Gally, 3120 Franklin St., Apt. 1, San
Francisco, CA 94123 OPEN
Larry Gruber, 12289 W 250N, Delphi, IN,
Frank Gulick, 409 Twin
Lakes Dr., Santa Rosa,
CA 95409 N5135V
John Gurley, 1400 Colorado St. C, Boulder City, NV 89005 N5149V
Carl Hamlin, 1073 N Arrowhead Rd. Camano Island,
WA 982X2 N5115V
George Hamm, 754 Aviator Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76179 N5072V
Stuart Hampton, 22105 W Solo Rvvy SE, Deming, NM
Tom Herr, 933 Beville Rd #103K, South Daytona, FL
Alex Hasapis, 4 Basin St., Plum Island, MA 01950 N8262J
Fred Hoese, 30130 Bulverde Ln,
Bulverde, TX 78163 N8VY
Robert Hunt, 215 Lowell
PA 16602 N8421J
Norman Isler, 3631 County
Line Rd., Brockport, NY 14420 OPEN
Raymond Johnson, 260 Lurelead Dr. Prescott,
Ken Joyce, 13619 Brannon Ct.,
CA 95959 N4639J
Greg Judy, 212 Freedom Lane, Arlington,
TX 76002 N8281J
Rolf Lehman, 194 Tamal Vista Dr. San Rafael, CA 94901 N4602J
Larry Lewis, P.O. Box
265, Palmer, AK 99645 N8387J
Robert Lucas, 4422 Devil's Hole
Rd., Pemberville, OH 43450
Michael McNally, 16487 N. 196th Pi., Scottsdale,
AZ 85255 N1901A
Bill Merkin, 1800 LindbergLn,
FL 32124 N65BM
Harry Mertz, 7938 BerkNhire Ln,
Castle Rock, CO 80108 N5112V
Danny & Janet Miller, Box 2026, Gulfport,
Joe Miller, Box 308, Pocono Pines, PA 18350 N5144V
Jerry Milowski, 456 Leanore Ct. Pewaukee, WI 53072 N8263J
Paul Moses, Jr., P. O. Box
190577, Mobile, AL
Mark Oliver, 247 Parkland Cr SE Calgary, AP
Dean Owen, 250 Valley View Rd.
Morehead, KY 40351 N14MF
Len Peters, 1003 Tahiti Ln, Alameda, CA 94502 N5127V
Jon Proehl, 45 Myrtlewood
NV 89511 N8263J
Claude Redmon, 7029 NC 8 HWY South, Germanton, NC 27019 N5063J
Walter & Jane Ruehle, 14000 E Progress Way, Aurora, CO 80015 N4603V
Rodney Scheel, 1808 Connell Dr., Fergus Falls,
Mark Schlamer, N1486 South Lake Rd., Campbellsport,
Max & Sharon Schuermann, 63880 E 297 Ln,
Grove, OK 74344 N4514V
George Shaw, 8924 Cherokee Trl, Tyler, TX 75703 N5081V
David Shirey, 5599 Saint Clair Hwy, East China, MI 48054
Jeff Sonheim, 498 Debonair Dr. Los Lunas, NM 87031 N8463J
Ron Stapleton, 1520 Covington
Dr, Brentwood, TN
Tom Stumpf, 8 Broadmoor Dr. Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 N5095V
Don Tate, 31797 Honey Locust
Rd. Jonesburg, MO
Andrew Thomas, P. O. Box
639, Alexander City, AL
Andy Veronis, 341 Hickory Nut Ct.,
Richard Vickers, 3302 Sawmill Rd. Newtown
Square, PA 19073
Susan Victor, 458 145^t^b Ave., New Boston,
Alex Vucetich, 3005 23rd
Ave. San Francisco,
CA 94132 N5078V
John Wade, P. O. Box
2757, Murphys, CA 95247 N8290J
Wayne Wallin, 2752 Autumn Leaves Dr., Daytona
Beach, FL 32128 N8283J
David Wells, 7532 N 31st Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85051 N5068V
Janis Wild, 103 Ridgewood Dr. San Rafael, CA 94901 N8298J
Thomas Williams, 1085 UrlinAve, Columbus, OH 43212 N5601G
Jim Woodring, 9985 Stirling Park Dr., Sacramento, CA 95827 OPEN
Glenn Woten, 912 Perrin Ave N. W. Winter Haven,
Buddy (Marvin) Wyatt, 4701 Lindero
Dr. Fort Mohave, AZ 86426 N5142V
Michael Zimniski, 156 Maple Lk,
Maintenance Item #27 –
Department of the Interior – by
This article is not for the Varga owner who has
grown accustomed to the sun beating down on his or her head while flying. These
words are intended for the cool-headed pilot, that is, for someone who owns a Varga that has a solid panel top on the canopy.
There IS a simple procedure to beautify and preserve the vinyls pleated panel that makes up the headliner of most Varga aircraft An ideal time to do this, of course, is if
you are having your interior upholstery and carpets replaced due to wear or to complement an exterior change of paint: color Even
if you merely want to freshen the look of your headliners you'll usually find
your old color easy to match.
The procedure for renewing your headliner is simple, but requires some
care. You must remove the headliner. (I imagine that you could mask off the
headliner in place, but I wouldn't recommend
it.) This must be done carefully because the backing of it is merely cardboard.
Slowly pry and scrape the headliner off; then remove all the old glue Mom the
aluminum roof to which it was glued. Firsts of course, you'll have to remove
certain fittings including the top vents and the outside air temperature gauge.
Prepare the vinyl surface per the instructions on the vinyl prep can. After the
correct period of time, spray on the COLOR COAT evenly following the
instructions. Using one of today's strong glues, replace the headliner and the
fittings. When this procedure was first used a headliner was easily transformed
from the old Varga bright orange to a rich gray. The
COLOR COAT covers extremely well.
SFM products are readily available. Hundreds of dealers are listed on the
website. They manufacture an amazing line of products. Information about the company is available online at www.sem.com. What you will need are usually two
basic products; one can of vinyl prep and one can of COLOR COAT. Both of these
products are aerosols. The vinyl prep cleans soil, wax and grease from vinyl
substrates while it softens and prepares the surface for adhesion of the
topcoat. The COLOR COAT goes on after the vinyl prep and is formulated to
match, restore or change color on most vinyl surfaces flexible and rigid
plastics carpet and velour. COLOR COAT is fade resistant, flexible and is a
permanent coating. You will be surprised at how soft and natural looking your
headliner will be after properly using these two products. COLOR COAT is currently
available in more than 50 colors, including 3 black, 3 clears, and a selection
of OEM automotive, bus and marine colors. For those of you who already have
leather interiors, there is also a leather cleaner/prep aerosol for use with
the COLOR COAT.