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Forum: Electrical Systems 03-09-2021, 04:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,822
Posted By ssokol
Found It

TL;DR - bad ground causes much weirdness

This past weekend I pulled the panel - a relatively painless process in this airplane, and also a good way to limit help isolate the potential causes of the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-03-2021, 03:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,822
Posted By ssokol
Still Grounded

Between work and the weather snap here in Texas I haven't had a chance to fight with this for a while. Here's where things stand:

I have replaced all of the potential bad actors in this farce: the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-27-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,822
Posted By ssokol
From the logs...

I pulled the EMS logs for yesterday's flight. It appears that about four minutes after startup (about a minute before takeoff) the voltage climbed above the 14.1 v set point on the alternator.

At...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-26-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,822
Posted By ssokol
The plot thickens...

So I took the relay out of the path and routed the connection from the main bus to the avionics bus through the rocker switch - rated for 20 amps. Powered on the master bus, then the avionics bus and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-25-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,822
Posted By ssokol
Avionics Bus Dropping Offline?

I tried to go for a brief flight this evening and found that gremlins have apparently invaded my electrical system. I last flew about a week ago - a brief 30 minute flight around the area. Everything...
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-25-2021, 10:05 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,422
Posted By ssokol
Fuel Cells?

Apparently we're at about 260 Watt-hours / kilogram (Wh/kg) for current lithium ion technology. Next-generation batteries may take that up to 400 Wh/kg. Things still in the lab (lithium-sulphur,...
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-24-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,422
Posted By ssokol
EV-6A: A Thought Experiment

This morning I read yet another article in the aviation trades talking about the failure to find a drop-in replacement for 100LL. And once again, my mind went immediately to the impractical but...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-11-2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,010
Posted By ssokol
You could definitely use it as a door or canopy...

You could definitely use it as a door or canopy alarm. You would just need a normally closed micro-switch that wires to the buzzer in parallel with the relay. If either condition was true (master on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2020, 09:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,683
Posted By ssokol
Fold-Up

Slightly off topic (since you asked about bi-fold vs. hydraulic lift) but...

I went with an accordion-style door from FoldTite for my new hangar. The price was about half of what I would have paid...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-11-2020, 09:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,010
Posted By ssokol
Master Switch Alarm

This past weekend I just about did in my PC680 battery by leaving the master switch on. I turned it on to pull some data from my EFIS and some how missed it when I shut things back down. Fortunately...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2020, 11:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,651
Posted By ssokol
Moved from Bay Area to Austin

Not exactly the kind RV fun the OP had in mind, but it works. I started out at Reid Hillview where I've been based for the past two years. Flew down the Central Valley to Palm Springs. Quick stop for...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-08-2020, 10:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,028
Posted By ssokol
Not necessarily a new issue...

I've had this RV for about three years now and it's always had something of a spread between the forward and aft jugs. The Dynon which I was using until last year showed something of a spread, but to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-07-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,028
Posted By ssokol
Significant EGT, CHT Difference Between C1/C2 and C3/C4

In the process of testing out my engine monitor (the one I'm building) I ran a detailed log of a flight which captured some interesting facts. Turns out that there's a significant difference in both...
Forum: GPS 04-03-2020, 12:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 634
Posted By ssokol
FlightBox (Stratux) Does NMEA Out

The FlightBox ADS-B receiver that I've been selling for the past few years does NMEA out with variable baud rate. FlightBox is a fork of Stratux and has a few other features (read-only file system...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,839
Posted By ssokol
Mixed messages from the County

I'm at KRHV in San Jose, California, part of Santa Clara County. On one hand the County has ordered us to stay home except for essential activities. Failure to do so could theoretically result in a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-08-2020, 06:29 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 22,391
Posted By ssokol
Cable failure

I had an FT-60 fail last year on my way back from OSH. The failure was intermittent at first, but after a few weeks became permanent. When I swapped it out I found that the cable had been damaged at...
Forum: ADS-B 03-02-2020, 06:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,987
Posted By ssokol
Another app in the background?

In some cases other aviation apps that also support ADS-B can "hog" the UDP port used for GDL-90 (the data format that the Stratux uses to talk to ForeFlight). If you have something like Aerovie,...
Forum: Texas (South) 02-08-2020, 07:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,106
Posted By ssokol
Wow - Even the Bay Area has more hangar space...

available than Austin! My wife and I spent the morning calling all the airports in a 1 hour radius of where we're hoping to live and they're all booked for the next four to seven years. When we moved...
Forum: Texas (South) 01-29-2020, 11:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,106
Posted By ssokol
Possible Move To Austin - Hangar Availability?

There's a chance I'll be moving to Austin in late spring / early summer. Anyone know if there are hangars to be had at any of the local airports?
Forum: California 12-12-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 908
Posted By ssokol
Thanks

Mike and Josh: Thanks very much for offering to interrupt your vacations to do this. Not sure if the schedule will work as I'm going to Baja for Christmas. I leave on 12/19 and return on 12/26....
Forum: California 12-11-2019, 02:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 908
Posted By ssokol
Need a BFR in NorCal

Well oops.

I was planning on doing my BFR last summer while I was back in Kansas City on my way to Oshkosh, but the timing didn't work out.

Then I was planning on doing it this fall with an...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-28-2019, 02:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,383
Posted By ssokol
Da!

Actually, there is a Russian text-to-speech voice. It doesn't sound much like Walter Koenig's phony accent, but it is kind of hilarious to hear it try to pronounce some words.

"Aveeyownix maester...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-28-2019, 11:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,383
Posted By ssokol
Unfortunately, not at this point. I'm a one-man...

Unfortunately, not at this point. I'm a one-man band, and trying to support two platforms is more than I can take on.

If somebody else wants to develop a similar app, I'm happy to share the details...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-27-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,383
Posted By ssokol
Chekov Checklist App

I've had several beta users of FlightView ask about integrated checklists, so I've been working on adding checklists. Just displaying a checklist is pretty cool, but I thought it might be more useful...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2019, 08:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,340
Posted By ssokol
Trip to Ashland, Oregon and more testing of FlightView

Amy and I took N101PR from San Jose (KRHV) up to Ashland, Oregon (S03) for a brief weekend get-away. The trip gave me a chance to test out some updates and fixes to FlightView....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-13-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,183
Posted By ssokol
A Slightly Different Approach...

If you're looking at a strictly VFR configuration, we're in the process of rolling out a new product that significantly cuts the cost of going glass. Our new FlightView system includes the flight and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-18-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,020
Posted By ssokol
Testing several Amazon finds, one for new Pro iPads

I'm the guy building the iPad panel, so this topic is pretty familiar. I'm currently testing a couple of Amazon buys to see if they work out. For iPads with Lightning ports (everything but the Pro...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
10.5" Pro (2017) | 12.9" Pro (2017) | 11" Pro...

10.5" Pro (2017) | 12.9" Pro (2017) | 11" Pro (2018)

I don't have an Air, so I don't know about the screen coating. I've used 3rd party glare reducers. They help, but aren't generally a "need" as...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2019, 09:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
Here you go, now with the FlightBars...

Here you go, now with the FlightBars installed.

https://www.openflightsolutions.com/files/DemoPanel1024.jpg

I'll try to get some shots of the mount points / FlightDock in the next few days.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-14-2019, 03:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
It won't work for any "passive" sender / sensor...

It won't work for any "passive" sender / sensor like resistive fuel, oil temp, thermocouples (EGT / CHT). It might work for some active (powered) sensors but I would not guarantee it. I used a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-14-2019, 09:27 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
Demo Panel for Oshkosh

The metal parts for the FlightDock mount arrived on Friday and several were quickly mounted up for Oshkosh. Three might be overkill, but it sure looks...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-12-2019, 08:10 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
Yes, though I suspect users would probably want...

Yes, though I suspect users would probably want several additional display options for an MFD:

- Map / EMS 50/50
- Classic traffic display
- Additional weather products (already on the drawing...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-12-2019, 07:49 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
The challenge with using an existing EFB like...

The challenge with using an existing EFB like WingX, ForeFlight, or FlyQ is that they're built to be EFB - flight planning and situational awareness tools - and don't have all the things you want in...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-11-2019, 07:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
I haven't put it up yet because I don't have...

I haven't put it up yet because I don't have "real" product photos yet. I don't have those yet because we just finalized the mount for it recently and I don't yet have any of the pretty...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-11-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
TruTrak Integration

Right now, we have basic NMEA integration, which means the Vizion or Gemini uses our GPS info to drive the "Track" mode (i.e. following a set ground track) and the "NAV" mode (following...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2019, 11:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,442
Posted By ssokol
Not the same everywhere (I think)

For whatever it's worth, I had a panic moment when I found that my new-to-me RV-6A was delivered without its special airworthiness cert.

I called the KC FISDO, talked with an ASI, and had a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-10-2019, 09:39 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
It does indeed use the wireless technology you...

It does indeed use the wireless technology you mention. (We are not members of the consortium - cartel? - that makes that technology, so apparently we are not allowed to mention its name.)

I would...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-10-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
Feel free to ask any general / technical...

Feel free to ask any general / technical questions here - that helps everyone. For questions about ordering, pricing, etc. it's probably best to email me.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-10-2019, 10:55 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
On the list as a to-do item. We will probably go...

On the list as a to-do item. We will probably go with a calculated (rather than measured with an additional pitot line) solution.



No. I contribute to the Stratux project (both by buying stuff from...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-10-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
I'm interested too. I've taken it to a few pretty...

I'm interested too. I've taken it to a few pretty hot places here in California and the only significant challenge has been cooling the iPads if you leave them in the airplane on the ramp. I flew...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-10-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
At this point, we (the FlightBox guy) isn't...

At this point, we (the FlightBox guy) isn't planning on building an Android app. Unfortunately, Apple owns 75%+ of the aviation market thanks mostly to ForeFlight, so that's where I focused my...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-10-2019, 08:51 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
Hrm... That might require moving from industrial...

Hrm... That might require moving from industrial grade electronics (good up to 85?C / 185?F) to aerospace / mil-spec electronics. That said, I know MGL's engine data module is frequently mounted on...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-10-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
That's what we're calling FlightBar - it adds two...

That's what we're calling FlightBar - it adds two knobs and six buttons to the system, giving the iPad a set of "hard" controls. Touch screens are great in smooth air, but almost unusable in the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-09-2019, 11:11 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,779
Posted By ssokol
iPad EFIS Update

So back at the beginning of the year I posted a tentative panel design (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=167394&page=1) and got quite a bit of useful feedback from the VAF...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-22-2019, 10:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,649
Posted By ssokol
Vinyl Is The Way To Go

I purchased my 6A a little over two years ago. Good build but terrible paint. I got a quote from a paint shop for roughly $15k. Called a local sign company that also did car wraps and ended up with a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2019, 02:27 PM
Replies: 497
Views: 253,171
Posted By ssokol
Best Job Ever

I design and build avionics for small airplanes.

https://www.openflightsolutions.com/files/IMG_2865.jpg
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-05-2019, 11:00 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
Peltier Cooler

I received my $33 thermoelectric fridge today and quickly disassembled it. Turns out there's really almost nothing to it. A 120v power supply that outputs 12v. A 12v input. A switch that reverses the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-03-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
For a one-off...

that's fine. If I decide to offer a cooler as an option for the EFIS, I don't want to end up with a huge pile of dead coolers. I'm in California - that would probably be some sort of capital...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-02-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
Peltier fridge to the rescue...

Yep. I guess that's the true last resort. They're apparently cheap. You can get a complete thermoelectric refrigerator for $33 from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2019, 10:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,933
Posted By ssokol
I'll let you know on Monday...

when this arrives:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71D9wbrVqFL._SL1500_.jpg

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07JGF641V

Claims to be only 13 pounds and 38" long when folded, so...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-01-2019, 08:25 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
Putting the experiment (or perhaps just the mental) in experimental

I do recognize that there are some risks to flying with iPads, and heat is by far the biggest. That's really the most experimental aspect of all this, and something I intend to figure out this coming...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-30-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
Power for iPads

I have four options depending on what's needed. My system can either be purely wireless (the iPads talk to the flight data network using Wifi only) or wired (the iPads use an adapter to connect to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-30-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
Carling switches

At this point the only switch that's likely to have a significant load is the avionics master. I could mitigate that by using a separate contactor, but that seems to be trading one problem for...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-29-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
Progress

Got the newly cut and coated blanks (I ordered an extra one for a table-top demo) on Friday. Here's a shot of one with the switches...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-08-2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 855
Posted By ssokol
Wanted: Metal Fabricator for iPad Mount

Not sure if this is the best place for this post, but...

As part of the process of designing my updated panel, I've come up with a novel (I think) iPad mount. It's smaller, lighter, simpler, and has...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-08-2019, 10:14 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
Radios

At this point I'm going to be using a Garmin SL-40 (the COM-only version of the SL-30) and a VAL Avionics COM 2KR (a remote-mount COM transceiver). I have code to remotely control both of these from...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-07-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
Demo / Fit Test

Here's a shot of a full system (less the engine monitor) I put together using the blank I cut for the booth at Oshkosh last year.

In the foreground you can see the ADC, GPS puck, and FlightBox. On...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-06-2019, 08:48 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
Test Rig / All the GPSs / Cooling

Test Rig / Too Many Screens?

I have an older panel blank that I used for a demo at OSH this past summer. It's the classic shorter panel (11" tall) so it wouldn't do for this project, but I'm going...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-03-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
EMS options, demo video.

PJC - thanks! With regard to the EMS... I'm taking two different approaches to that challenge.

I have an EMS system that I've been working on for the past couple of years. It's a work in progress,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-03-2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
Independent breaker panel?

One thing that drives me a bit nuts about the current configuration of the airplane is the fact that the breakers are screwed directly into the panel. If I want to remove the panel I have to unscrew...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-03-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
Cleaned up and with switches in order...

Here's a revision with the switches put in a better (I think) order. The flap switch is now well away from the rest of the switches, but easily in reach. I probably could be talked into replacing it...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-03-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
I have a fan mounted behind each of the iPads on...

I have a fan mounted behind each of the iPads on the prototype panel I built this past summer. The fans are thermally controlled and have so far done a good job of managing the heat issue. This...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-03-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
OP follow up...

Thanks for all the ideas. Please keep them coming!

In response to the comments and questions:

Center Stack / Radios:

Good points: I definitely see the advantages to moving the panel mount gear to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-02-2019, 10:42 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,215
Posted By ssokol
Breaker, breaker...

I don't know that I'll actually use all six of the auxiliary breakers, but the first 20 are legit. I think one of the extras will be used for an auxiliary plug in the baggage area. Another might be...
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