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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 07:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 957
Posted By Snowflake
The situation isn't any better in Canada. Our...

The situation isn't any better in Canada. Our regs refer to letters being in a "Roman Font" which an inspector told me means letters have to be in "Times Roman" like you'd see on your computer...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-18-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 613
Posted By Snowflake
A minimum of ADS-B out doesn't mean he needs...

A minimum of ADS-B out doesn't mean he needs ADS-B *in* at all.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-17-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,899
Posted By Snowflake
Maybe consider that the fact that it's out of...

Maybe consider that the fact that it's out of their control means they can't give you the straight answer you want.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-17-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 613
Posted By Snowflake
First thought is: Why? If the concern is cost,...

First thought is: Why?

If the concern is cost, and the plan is to upgrade later, why not install some steam gauges instead or as well? They're available used dirt cheap these days, and won't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2021, 07:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,784
Posted By Snowflake
Only if the video was filmed on April 1st......

Only if the video was filmed on April 1st... :)

I'll hold out for a tapered-wing RV-6. That's probably why they've been holding back on RV-6 parts for the last few years, they want to have a lot of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 07:48 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,097
Posted By Snowflake
I used to commute and travel on motorcycles,...

I used to commute and travel on motorcycles, first a 1984 Honda Nighthawk and then a 1996 VFR. Not long after getting the RV I switched jobs to something closer to home and started cycling to work...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 04-12-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 938
Posted By Snowflake
A GPS would tell you where you are on the planet,...

A GPS would tell you where you are on the planet, and with that and a suitable lookup table for magnetic declinations an attached compass could point to true north.
Forum: RV-14 04-10-2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,522
Posted By Snowflake
A comment on this as it hasn't been mentioned...

A comment on this as it hasn't been mentioned yet. Mounting a fire extinguisher on the *front* side of any structure is fine if you only expect to use it because of an unexpected fire on the ground...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-10-2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,682
Posted By Snowflake
I think I understand the intent, but these two...

I think I understand the intent, but these two requirements do seem a little contradictory. Have to be able to find it blind, but it must be labelled so you can see it. :P
Forum: ADS-B 04-08-2021, 07:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,392
Posted By Snowflake
On the StratuX (not StratuS) boxes, you can enter...

On the StratuX (not StratuS) boxes, you can enter your hex code in the settings so it can filter that as an ownship. The data never gets to Foreflight, FltPlanGo, etc. as it's filtered right in the...
Forum: ADS-B 04-05-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,392
Posted By Snowflake
They probably ask you to confirm because there...

They probably ask you to confirm because there are a lot more people flying formation in RV's than in Cessnas...
Forum: RV-14 04-05-2021, 07:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,927
Posted By Snowflake
After you've installed a Lycoming in your RV,...

After you've installed a Lycoming in your RV, Van's doesn't "support" it either. Lycoming does. With a worldwide network of service centers and available parts.

How many people worldwide can look...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-04-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 804
Posted By Snowflake
As someone flying a 30 year old RV, I would...

As someone flying a 30 year old RV, I would advise against anything that reams the hinges out at all. They will get loose over time on their own, just through the repeated action of removing and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,004
Posted By Snowflake
Here in Canada the primary reasons for putting a...

Here in Canada the primary reasons for putting a private airplane into a corporation are for privacy and tax avoidance. We have no "use tax" on airplanes, but there are sales taxes on new and used...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,138
Posted By Snowflake
Correct on the first part... Lottery winnings are...

Correct on the first part... Lottery winnings are not taxable income in Canada (although I think you do have to declare them, they just get zeroed off at the end).

The "typical workaround" has...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-25-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,475
Posted By Snowflake
Keep in mind that weather-sealed connectors like...

Keep in mind that weather-sealed connectors like Deutsch are also good at keeping moisture *in*. In an engine compartment that heats up and cools down, condensation is a thing.
Forum: Canada 03-23-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,020
Posted By Snowflake
Low time investment, higher cost: Buy a kit of...

Low time investment, higher cost: Buy a kit of tools from one of the US suppliers. You will get a good set of tools that will do the job, and you can start building.

Higher time investment, lower...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-22-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 981
Posted By Snowflake
FreeCad will work in low-powered systems, it's...

FreeCad will work in low-powered systems, it's lower overhead to start with (https://www.freecadweb.org/). It definitely has the drawing capability, but it is designed primarily to be a 3D modeller...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 521,903
Posted By Snowflake
On the outside, sure... But on the inside?

On the outside, sure... But on the inside?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-21-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 981
Posted By Snowflake
As someone pointed out above, Solidworks is free...

As someone pointed out above, Solidworks is free with your EAA subscription. The files you make will all be branded as coming from the "Educational version" though.

FreeCAD is a completely free,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 521,903
Posted By Snowflake
Apart from the extra material to make it,...

Apart from the extra material to make it, why?

Couldn't the inside part just be made taller, to give the thickness required for an insert at the thin end? The other side would be extra thick, but...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-19-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,475
Posted By Snowflake
And yet... You don't hear of a lot of failures of...

And yet... You don't hear of a lot of failures of those. Despite being on an engine.

The green Phoenix connectors (screw down type) are essentially crimp terminals, with the crimp being provided by...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-17-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,802
Posted By Snowflake
It's not that the -9 is more slippery, it's that...

It's not that the -9 is more slippery, it's that the wing on the -9 is that much more efficient. It needs to be slowed down farther before descent starts happening.
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-16-2021, 07:52 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,124
Posted By Snowflake
I was told once that power tells you how fast...

I was told once that power tells you how fast you'll hit the wall. Torque tells you how far you'll move it.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-15-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,532
Posted By Snowflake
Unfortunately not. You're still looking at...

Unfortunately not.

You're still looking at increasing the load and bending moment at the wing root to the aerobatic region... The spar carry-through needs to carry that additional load and it wasn't...
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-11-2021, 07:46 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,425
Posted By Snowflake
Consider cars with Iternal Combustion vs....

Consider cars with Iternal Combustion vs. Electric drive. If you're looking to win a race, do you want a 200HP ICE? Or do you want a 200HP Electric? The peak HP is the same, but the torque curve...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-09-2021, 07:52 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,696
Posted By Snowflake
The dash on the -6 and -7 isn't anywhere near...

The dash on the -6 and -7 isn't anywhere near deep enough for it. The piece with the hud screen on it will barely fit between the glareshield and the front canopy. Which means everything else...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-04-2021, 07:41 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 14,041
Posted By Snowflake
Airbox and cowl, no. But your throttle/mixture...

Airbox and cowl, no. But your throttle/mixture cables will change as the actuation geometry is different. Also, as mentioned, you'll need a cable or servo (and possibly some mechanical linkage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 521,903
Posted By Snowflake
Don't sell yourself short... You rolled a pretty...

Don't sell yourself short... You rolled a pretty nice piece of bling out of the way to take the photo...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-04-2021, 07:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 816
Posted By Snowflake
I saw an all- (or mostly-) black RV at the NWEAA...

I saw an all- (or mostly-) black RV at the NWEAA fly-in in Arlington, WA a number of years back. After sitting in the hot sun all day, the top surface of the wings looked like an upholstered chair. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-03-2021, 07:58 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,696
Posted By Snowflake
Have you tried putting it on your glareshield? ...

Have you tried putting it on your glareshield? It takes up rather a lot of space, and overhangs the edge. Unless you're referring to the Hudly Lite, which only offers Speed and RPM... Not sure if...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-03-2021, 07:51 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 30,171
Posted By Snowflake
Here are some shots of the 3" instrument (in a...

Here are some shots of the 3" instrument (in a prototype case) showing some of the different screens that we've been working on. It's been fun working on this project with Vern, I look forward to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,480
Posted By Snowflake
Fingers crossed they don't destroy the airframe...

Fingers crossed they don't destroy the airframe trying to flip it back over.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2021, 05:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 707
Posted By Snowflake
Wow, nice! And I like the paint scheme, too......

Wow, nice! And I like the paint scheme, too... Haven't seen that done before, it's always nice to see something new.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,423
Posted By Snowflake
Came in here to post this method. And i'll go...

Came in here to post this method. And i'll go one further: If your scales are a little thin, you can let air out of the nosewheel to get it down lower.

(and as an aside, for Tailwheel aircraft the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,389
Posted By Snowflake
I use a spreadsheet that I developed years ago. ...

I use a spreadsheet that I developed years ago. Calculates totals and currencies on types as well. PM me an email address and i'll send you a copy.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-26-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,957
Posted By Snowflake
The engine technology isn't going to progress...

The engine technology isn't going to progress anywhere near as fast as the avionics are. Engine first, Avionics about a picosecond before you want to hit the starter for the first time if you want...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,542
Posted By Snowflake
It's well established that sharing incidental...

It's well established that sharing incidental flight costs is perfectly legal for a private pilot and in an amateur-built aircraft as well.

You can't total up your hangar costs, insurance costs,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2021, 08:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 664
Posted By Snowflake
If you can google the authors and find contact...

If you can google the authors and find contact info, you can email or call them directly and ask for a copy. Most of the time you'll get a PDF back to your mailbox. The Authors get none of the...
Forum: Interiors 02-13-2021, 08:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,776
Posted By Snowflake
Jay, it may just be the perspective in the photos...

Jay, it may just be the perspective in the photos that's tricking my eyes, but that Tosten grip looks like it's *really* high off the seat. Did you cut down the stick tube at all or did you just...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-11-2021, 07:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,994
Posted By Snowflake
I can only think of one RV built near me that...

I can only think of one RV built near me that flew before painting. Most of the others were painted before they came to the airport, a few were painted in a shop on the airport.

I always cringe...
Forum: Canada 02-10-2021, 07:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 838
Posted By Snowflake
A lot of that will be due to COVID, just getting...

A lot of that will be due to COVID, just getting registration transferred on an airplane that's already here could take 3-6months right now... Transport is working on a less-than-skeleton crew it...
Forum: Canada 02-09-2021, 07:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 838
Posted By Snowflake
There's a lot more for sale in the US, and...

There's a lot more for sale in the US, and importing isn't that difficult.

And welcome to VAF!
Forum: Painting your RV 02-06-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,639
Posted By Snowflake
It's not chromosomal. I don't like it either...

It's not chromosomal. I don't like it either from an aesthetic perspective. But I wouldn't criticise someone who made a choice and moved on. I cheated and bought my RV. ;)
Forum: Reviews 02-05-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 699
Posted By Snowflake
Ditto. Much more tactfully put than my first...

Ditto. Much more tactfully put than my first thought at a response.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 10,178
Posted By Snowflake
I'd hazard a guess that the money you'd spend on...

I'd hazard a guess that the money you'd spend on lawyers getting to the point of having a hangar that you can build in, would be better spent on buying a flying RV... Even including crating and...
Forum: Canada 02-04-2021, 07:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,892
Posted By Snowflake
I offset the time by the fact that Customs rarely...

I offset the time by the fact that Customs rarely bothers collecting the taxes when you go see them. Usually it's a quick glance to make sure the paperwork is in order, confirm that it's not a...
Forum: RV-3 02-03-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,190
Posted By Snowflake
About using it for formation... The radio should...

About using it for formation... The radio should be closer to your throttle hand, as that's the one you'll want to use most to change it. Otherwise, you'll be forever switching hands to switch radio...
Forum: Canada 02-02-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 862
Posted By Snowflake
Next year, get a quote from Marsh...

Next year, get a quote from Marsh (www.marshwings.com). They were $600 cheaper than Magnes for me, with the same coverages as far as I could find in both policies. Full hull-in-motion, $3M...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-01-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,696
Posted By Snowflake
Ah! Yes, Paul's post reminded me. I used mine...

Ah! Yes, Paul's post reminded me. I used mine in the RV-6 with a direct connection (HDMI Cable) to the Stratux. When I decided that wasn't a practical solution, I put it in my car for a while...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-31-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,696
Posted By Snowflake
@Christian, I have a Hudly classic as well that...

@Christian, I have a Hudly classic as well that i've used in my RV-6, I drove it using my Stratux for AHRS data. It worked just fine for me, but i've decided not to continue with it as it is too...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-29-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,933
Posted By Snowflake
This sounds a lot like the conversations I hear...

This sounds a lot like the conversations I hear around the coffee shop when all the cyclists get together and compare which components they've just swapped out to save 100g on their bikes... As they...
Forum: Canada 01-29-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 862
Posted By Snowflake
Might want to clarify the time zone you're in, a...

Might want to clarify the time zone you're in, a 1930h start in Ontario means a 1630h start in BC... Like most of COPA's zoom meetings, i'd have to take time off work to attend. When this was...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-27-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,233
Posted By Snowflake
Okay, that's fair. Then why have them on the...

Okay, that's fair. Then why have them on the panel at all? Radios and transponders can be remote-mounted and controlled directly through the G3X. Unless you're concerned about backup, when the...
Forum: Tools 01-27-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,934
Posted By Snowflake
I have a small stack of these, that I use to...

I have a small stack of these, that I use to organize small quantities of screws, rivets, etc. for my flying RV-6. While building I can see that larger quantities would be better, but for general...
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-26-2021, 08:05 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,460
Posted By Snowflake
At RV-speeds we have a lot of cooling air handy. ...

At RV-speeds we have a lot of cooling air handy. Well designed, a cooling plenum could even offset the cooling drag... Like on the P-51.
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-26-2021, 08:03 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,460
Posted By Snowflake
Long duration of continuous power, yes, but not...

Long duration of continuous power, yes, but not maximum. Who cruises at full throttle? If you do, there's at least one other way to be more efficient in the air... :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-26-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 30,582
Posted By Snowflake
That link didn't bring them up, but after some...

That link didn't bring them up, but after some digging I was able to find one that would:
https://www.amazon.com/Rubber-Releasable-Heavy-Duty-Reusable-Assorted/dp/B07PW9X957

For some reason even...
Forum: Safety 01-23-2021, 10:45 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,019
Posted By Snowflake
Hey, good catch. I am familiar with the...

Hey, good catch. I am familiar with the technology but haven't used them before so i've never held a set. I thought the person was asking about the "large" wedges that made up the locking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2021, 10:37 PM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 521,903
Posted By Snowflake
Slick! Does the tab at the top right both slide...

Slick! Does the tab at the top right both slide to unlock the 660 from it's cradle, *and* push down to power on/off the unit?
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-23-2021, 10:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,153
Posted By Snowflake
If it can be retrofitted to an existing airplane...

If it can be retrofitted to an existing airplane with the float-type sensors without major surgery, i'd be interested.
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-23-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 893
Posted By Snowflake
Oh? He's been receptive to feedback elsewhere in...

Oh? He's been receptive to feedback elsewhere in the model. And the plans say to mount the handle horizontal.
Forum: Safety 01-23-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 6,019
Posted By Snowflake
The wedges on the washer don't contact the mating...

The wedges on the washer don't contact the mating surface on the engine or prop. The washers are used in pairs, with the wedges facing each other. That leaves the flat sides exposed on the outside,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-22-2021, 07:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,652
Posted By Snowflake
Congratulations on the new (to you) RV-3B. I've...

Congratulations on the new (to you) RV-3B. I've seen the plane many times since the builder finished it.

The builder was an MD-RA inspector if I recall, so would have had a lot of exposure to many...
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