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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-14-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,220
Posted By Laird
Does it come with a black sharpie? ;) L

Does it come with a black sharpie? ;)

L
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2021, 04:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,636
Posted By Laird
I have those older wing tips and my lens aren't...

I have those older wing tips and my lens aren't in the best shape, so I would be interested if the price reasonable.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2021, 01:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 304
Posted By Laird
Tanker 75 Thanks for your opinion on flying with...

Tanker 75
Thanks for your opinion on flying with my family (and even without even knowing my brotherís abilities) but I was really looking for opinions on wheelchairs.

If you have an opinion on that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2021, 11:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 304
Posted By Laird
Zinger

I saw that and it looks very interesting. It's on the top of my list right now.

Keep'em coming!

Thanks,
Laird
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2021, 11:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 304
Posted By Laird
Question Compact Electric Foldable Wheelchair

Hi all,

My brother is starting to have some mobility issues and will need an electric wheelchair soon. He does have use of both hands, but the left side is getting quite weak.

The house he lives...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2021, 10:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,401
Posted By Laird
Quick question for Van's

Just curious,

So if someone ordered a kit at the beginning of the year and was given a 5 month crating date, and now the website says it's a 8 month lead.....

Does that mean that the kit ordered...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-18-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,552
Posted By Laird
Rebuild your old airplane!

I don't know about you, but it sure seems like getting the airplane that YOU built back for free and bringing it back to life sure seems like the path I would take.

Since you're not doing anything...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-05-2021, 11:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,325
Posted By Laird
Does racing at Reno count? ;)

Does racing at Reno count? ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 02:31 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 10,171
Posted By Laird
Welcome?

Sorry to welcome you to the club. I took a hawk thru windshield many years ago. My write up at:

https://vansairforce.net/articles/howtoruinyourwindshield.htm

Jim Baker in Goodland KS took an almost...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-29-2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,916
Posted By Laird
Dan, That's freaking brilliant, I must have...

Dan,
That's freaking brilliant, I must have repaired and repainted my wheelpants 4 times in the past 1900 hours (including landing on a dirt road at Sulphur Creek Ranch in Idaho).
I guess your using...
Forum: Safety 04-12-2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,571
Posted By Laird
In the”old” days we poured our own lead. At...

In the”old” days we poured our own lead. At least I did in 1995.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 892
Posted By Laird
Off topic, but that is probably my favorite movie...

Off topic, but that is probably my favorite movie of all time.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-18-2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,281
Posted By Laird
That's almost EXACTLY the same patch I did on my...

That's almost EXACTLY the same patch I did on my .016 rudder skins in about 6 places after the stop drill holes continued to crack. I bonded my patches on, and used the the small pop rivets to...
Forum: Autopilots 02-24-2021, 01:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 832
Posted By Laird
Leave it in the tip....

For some history, when low cost AP's started showing up on the market (TruTrak for one), there were no "already available" mounts for them. On RV's that were already finished, it was easier to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-29-2021, 03:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 986
Posted By Laird
Question RV-8 Instrument Panel Area CAD Layout???

Hi all,

Does anybody out there have a SolidWorks (or other CAD file) layout of the instrument panel and the F-866B-1 bulkhead just forward of that?

I did some searching but didn't come up with...
Forum: Midwest 01-13-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,154
Posted By Laird
I canít disagree with you about that! And that...

I canít disagree with you about that! And that was my favorite song from them.
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 01-13-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,801
Posted By Laird
Nice job Paul. Keep up the good work.

Nice job Paul. Keep up the good work.
Forum: Midwest 01-13-2021, 05:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,154
Posted By Laird
Hazy Shade of Winter

Actually, apologizes should go to Simon & Garfunkel (released 1966). Bangles were in grade school :)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-05-2021, 04:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,353
Posted By Laird
Not an overhaul

I had a similar thing when my O360 started making metal at 900hrs (on a Bahamas trip no less). Turned out to be the thrust bearing.
Lycon did a teardown/IRAN plus a couple of other things like...
Forum: California 01-04-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,025
Posted By Laird
Places to Fly/Eat - L45 Bakersfield Muni

Hi all,

Just a pirep during these covid times. I was out flying around this weekend and stopped by L45 for some cheap fuel ($3.68 on 1/2/21).

Found out the cafe on the field is open for indoor...
Forum: Safety 12-15-2020, 05:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,384
Posted By Laird
Breaking the canopy

Hi,

I have a slider RV-6. I've always left the RH stick removable (despite of the of the SB regarding it) and have a pointed steel slug welded in the bottom of it.

I think I can do a fair bit of...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-11-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 198,601
Posted By Laird
Hi Dan, It was built back in the dark ages...

Hi Dan,

It was built back in the dark ages before digital photos(1998 or so). Not sure where the prints are at this point.

Basically I build a plug from foam to get the shape I wanted, glassed it...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-11-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 198,601
Posted By Laird
Crazy like this? Styled after a Glasair III...

Crazy like this? Styled after a Glasair III panel. Composites are fun!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,444
Posted By Laird
No one's got an opinion? :confused: If you...

No one's got an opinion? :confused:

If you don't want to say publicly, you can always PM me.

Any pirep would be appreciated.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,444
Posted By Laird
Question Quickbuild Quality

Hi all,

I'm trying to help a friend who is interested in building an RV and he asked a question that I didn't have an answer for.

I built my RV-6 back in the dark ages before things were...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-19-2020, 07:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,601
Posted By Laird
+1, or alternately using a disk sander. Fast and...

+1, or alternately using a disk sander. Fast and easy way to get them the right length as well.
Forum: Painting your RV 10-16-2020, 03:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,294
Posted By Laird
Try a different brand

I noticed the same thing. Iíve always shot with PPG. Between the price and the inability to get Concept in CA Iíve just recently switched to Tamco. It seems to shoot just like Concept but 1/2 the...
Forum: Canada 09-15-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 798
Posted By Laird
Just curious, but do you think it matters if the...

Just curious, but do you think it matters if the alum pop rivets melts first or the aircraft skin? I think pretty much at that point the only thing left will be the stainless plate with only the...
Forum: RV-14 08-16-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,630
Posted By Laird
Here's the way I built my RV-6 20 odd years ago. ...

Here's the way I built my RV-6 20 odd years ago. I'd do it the same if I were to do it over again. But I've also flown other RV's with the throttle in the middle and it becomes second nature very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,583
Posted By Laird
Nice instrument panel Brad!😉

Nice instrument panel Brad!😉
Forum: California 08-12-2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,664
Posted By Laird
Check out L45 Bakersfield Muni

There is a hangar full of RV's at L45, right next to the Rocket Cafe. Used to be a real hot bed, but not much activity that I've seen there lately though.

I "think" there is an FOB/flight school at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,539
Posted By Laird
+1 for not leaning in the pattern. I don't...

+1 for not leaning in the pattern. I don't normally start leaning until over 3K' after a cruise climb has been started (usually past the Newhall Pass).

Laird
RV6 0-360/CS 1800hrs
KWHP
HH24 (I'm...
Forum: RV-14 07-24-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 41,872
Posted By Laird
Pictures Please!

Pictures, or it didn't happen! ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2020, 02:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 835
Posted By Laird
If you can afford it....

Quickbuild! You'll save many, many hours and be flying in about 1/3 to1/2 less time.

Downside is that there's a $11K difference from the factory between the two for the RV-8, and a fairly long lead...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,606
Posted By Laird
Repair it

I had a similar dent caused by a birdstrike (first of several). Mine was about the side of a softball. Your's looks very repairable.

Pull the tank, make an access hole in the aft bulkhead and work...
Forum: California 11-20-2019, 06:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,134
Posted By Laird
Hi David, Check your PM's

Hi David, Check your PM's
Forum: West (and Southwest) 10-17-2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,019
Posted By Laird
Plane Crazy at Mojave This Saturday

From a Friend:

Subject: Legendary Plane Crazy Saturday at KMHV on 10/19

Thought it might interest you all to know about a particularly good Plane Crazy Saturday coming up at Mojave Airport in two...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-22-2019, 05:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,291
Posted By Laird
a little help?

Hi Jay,

I'm in Simi and can walk you thru the glass work if you want to learn, or possible help you out if necessary.

Laird
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-20-2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,547
Posted By Laird
Steve, First, thanks for all the support on...

Steve,

First, thanks for all the support on the site. Second, a stupid question. Why the GMA 245? I'm guessing you have some other radio behind the panel?
If you put in a GTR 200, you'd have...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-13-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,762
Posted By Laird
Call Sign

Jailbird? Gee, how'd you get that call sign? ;)
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-24-2019, 04:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,808
Posted By Laird
Thanks, but I'm going to go with a forward facing...

Thanks, but I'm going to go with a forward facing sump.

I'll give Don a call when the time comes.

Thanks to all.

Laird
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-24-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,808
Posted By Laird
Thanks for the warning but I already assumed that...

Thanks for the warning but I already assumed that there would be cowl mods to do and possibly a new exhaust.

I guess it's coming down to whether to pick an Airflow Performance injector or Bendix. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-09-2019, 05:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,983
Posted By Laird
Polish Out the Haze

The answer is in the post right above yours. The lens they sell looks just like what I got in the kit.

I have the same tips as you (mine are from 1997) and I had good success polishing out the haze...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-05-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,808
Posted By Laird
Economical Injection switch from Carb

I?ve been thinking of converting my O-360 A1A to some kind of forward facing injection setup.
Cost is primary driver, not so much performance or acro.
Obviously I?ll need a new sump, high pressure...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-02-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,924
Posted By Laird
Jailbird

Brought back a lot of fun memories for me as well. Hope all is well.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-01-2019, 04:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,924
Posted By Laird
Caymans Direct

I wouldn't be surprised if it was. Here's Paul's report from 2005:

http://www.paulrosales.com/Cayman_Islands_2005/

Interesting and fun trip.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 16,166
Posted By Laird
Lot's of metal

I had a similar situation. 850 hr since new O-360. Annual and filter check before taking off across the country to the Bahamas and then changed the oil/filter just after. Found a similar amount of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,989
Posted By Laird
Been There, Done That...

Here's a link to the story I wrote up about it. I did have damage to the upper fuselage skin, but not to the extend that this incident did. I left the dent in the rear bulkhead. Broken plexi also...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,148
Posted By Laird
Welcome to the Club

Sorry to hear you joined, but welcome. Like they say, it could have been worse.

Here's my story about how I joined the club:
http://www.vansairforce.net/articles/howtoruinyourwindshield.htm

Looks...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-01-2017, 10:15 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 124,150
Posted By Laird
The builder did it....

Hi Gene,

I was the "manufacturer" of the glass panel. I didn't supply the blanks. Like Brad said, those were to be cut out from the stock .063 panel supplied in the kit, so the builder cut out...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-23-2015, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,736
Posted By Laird
David, Very nice. MUCH better than the first...

David,

Very nice. MUCH better than the first time I saw them! The PVC was a great idea.

Congratulations on working thru your problem to get a very nice fit.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2015, 01:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,438
Posted By Laird
Hi Robbie, I used to make/sell the panels. What...

Hi Robbie,

I used to make/sell the panels.

What can I do for you.

Regards,

Laird
RV-6 SoCal
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2015, 02:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,638
Posted By Laird
Hi Jim, Great to hear you're back on...

Hi Jim,

Great to hear you're back on track!

Best wishes for continued success.

Laird
Forum: Virtual Hangar 05-05-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 9,691
Posted By Laird
Very Nice

Hi Paul,

Congratulations on a great looking RV.

I remember giving you a demo ride in SLO many years ago while you were still in school. I'm glad all the work paid off with a stunning...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-14-2013, 12:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,492
Posted By Laird
Congratulations Håkan. Glad my demo flight led...

Congratulations Håkan.

Glad my demo flight led you in to the wonderful world of RV's. I'm sure you'll have fun with your new toy.

Fly Safe,
Laird
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-23-2013, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,964
Posted By Laird
Left Hand Engine Controls

Here's a shot of my panel with the controls on the left. Granted, not the best shot. Great for formation work and doesn't take up a lot of leg room. Flap switch just next to the prop control. Can...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-05-2013, 02:17 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 157,737
Posted By Laird
Alpha Flight?

What, no JB or Seismo? :)

Wishing we were on your wing again for the trip.

You guys have fun and be safe.

L and C

From Rosie: Jim "Jimmyb" Baker thought it best that I get out on my 'own' now...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-22-2013, 07:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,485
Posted By Laird
Brian, I found the first gen panel from my RV at...

Brian,

I found the first gen panel from my RV at the hangar. I can trace the corner you need and get it to you.

Contact me again by email.

BTW, Thanks Rosie!
Forum: Formation Flying 11-30-2011, 10:21 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 16,182
Posted By Laird
That link didn't work for me. Try...

That link didn't work for me. Try this.

http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/mythbusters-combustion-chamber/
Forum: Formation Flying 11-30-2011, 09:31 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 16,182
Posted By Laird
WC Ravens

Nice job guys! Tim...what a ham! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2011, 10:43 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,296
Posted By Laird
Bird Strikes

Glad to hear you didn't have more damage.

I had a similar event. Story at:

http://www.vansairforce.net/articles/howtoruinyourwindshield.htm

Birds do make it thru the prop arc. There was no...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-05-2011, 12:23 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 129,460
Posted By Laird
Swimming with your RV

We tied down after we landed (turned out out it was in a bit of a depression). A HUGE storm came in and dumped a bunch of water/hail. The depression filled up with water. I think we all ended up...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-04-2011, 03:53 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 129,460
Posted By Laird
Pittstown Point

That must have overwhelmed them! Here's some pics from the 2001 Alpha Flt to Pittstown. Ask JimmyB or Zilik about the hailstorm!

2001 Alpha Flt ...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-23-2011, 02:06 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 129,460
Posted By Laird
You guys fly safe now.....hopefully that's all...

You guys fly safe now.....hopefully that's all the nasty weather you'll encounter for the next two weeks.

We're all watching for updates. Wishing I was there with you.

Laird
(2001 Alpha Flight)
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