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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2022, 04:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,007
Posted By Steve Crewdog
3 most common things said at SkyWest when a crew...

3 most common things said at SkyWest when a crew meets:
-What's your name?
-Do you want the first leg?
-When's your class date? (at a major airline)


Go ahead and contact Skywest right now, tell...
Forum: Job Board 07-30-2022, 06:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,560
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Apologies, Mods, but I hate to see people going...

Apologies, Mods, but I hate to see people going "If only..." when there is an incredible hiring boom going on at all levels.



Apply and see. United hired a 59 year old pilot from SWA who wanted to...
Forum: Midwest 07-25-2022, 06:17 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 30,858
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Don't tell my Chief Pilot. I swear there was a...

Don't tell my Chief Pilot. I swear there was a cloud on our route that required us to deviate just a little west of course and happened to take us near OSH.




Yep, but it's Ok, Sun n' Fun is more...
Forum: Midwest 07-24-2022, 01:50 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 30,858
Posted By Steve Crewdog
"787 overhead the lake, request long rollout,...

"787 overhead the lake, request long rollout, please."

Closest I'll get this year, sigh...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-22-2022, 07:33 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 309
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Smoke stayed in

Very basic power up after rewiring about 1/3 of the electrical system for clarity, my anal retentiveness, to make it field repairable, and to learn what I did not by contracting it out. The gent that...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-20-2022, 11:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 993
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Thank you sir, I also rib-stitched the wings,...

Thank you sir, I also rib-stitched the wings, instead of riveting as called for in the plans.

Almost ready for initial power-up, just waiting on a battery. Later on I will do final trimming and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-19-2022, 04:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 293
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Got it. Thank you, sir. Nothing on it will be...

Got it. Thank you, sir. Nothing on it will be running at max load at the same time, but just readded all the devices grounded, most of them are low amperage LED warning lights and total is only 9amp,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-19-2022, 02:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 293
Posted By Steve Crewdog
What size for a ground wire from a terminal strip?

Got a bunch of ground wires from various avionics pieces running to a terminal strip, all individually under 7 amp draw, then to a larger ground stud between the engine -> battery negative. (SeaRey...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2022, 01:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 976
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Or with a pair of 12" knitting needles. Long...

Or with a pair of 12" knitting needles.

Long time ago a TSA agent was hassling me, I made the mistake of mentioning something about there was a crash axe in the cockpit. Carpet dance in front of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2022, 03:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 976
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Traveling with pre-purchase inspection tools?

Friend of mine is coming out on Alaska Airlines from Orlando-Seattle to do a pre-purchase inspection on a SeaRey, he'll be carrying a torque wrench, compression tester, and jumper wire for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2022, 12:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 873
Posted By Steve Crewdog
I feel your pain. All I had to do was install...

I feel your pain. All I had to do was install nutplates for the avionics tray mounting bolts. Went bad, called it a night, came back the next day and the tray had gotten a good night's sleep and was...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-10-2022, 12:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 993
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Oooo... I like the Mouser stuff. Much gras!

Oooo... I like the Mouser stuff. Much gras!
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-10-2022, 11:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 993
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Thanks Steve, ironically there's not enough room...

Thanks Steve, ironically there's not enough room for that without the outside bundle rubbing on the inside of the hull.

Craig: Sounds good, I'm assuming you don't mean Plumbers teflon tape. Won't...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-10-2022, 12:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 993
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Securing crossing wire bundles?

FAA Job Aid Aircraft EWIS Best Practices says that crossing wire bundles should be secured to prevent chafing, AC 43.13-1B doesn't really address it. I've got 2 bundles that cross at 90deg, any...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-28-2022, 03:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,718
Posted By Steve Crewdog
A-f-men. I know that Better is the enemy of Best,...

A-f-men. I know that Better is the enemy of Best, but the more I work on the wiring the more I learn, and the more I learn the more often I see another way I can do something. It used to be 3/4 of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-27-2022, 11:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,078
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Aircraft vs non-aircraft parts: when is it ok?

We all joke about getting supplies from the National Aircraft Parts Association (NAPA auto parts store), but while working on my avionics lately I've been using a mix of Adel clamps from Home Depot...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-25-2022, 03:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,585
Posted By Steve Crewdog
This is a practice crimp I made using the tool I...

This is a practice crimp I made using the tool I mention above. When i initially got the tool and did a couple practice ones I thought "Oh no, I've crushed the wire!" but a phone call to Steinair...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-24-2022, 01:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,585
Posted By Steve Crewdog
https://www.steinair.com/product/non-insulated-ter...

https://www.steinair.com/product/non-insulated-terminal-crimper/

My retired USN CPO avionics tech seadaddy gave them a solid thumbs up.

Maybe I'm drinking the Kool-Aid but Steinair is my first...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2022, 02:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,505
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Necessity: a good internet connection. We...

Necessity: a good internet connection. We switched cell phones to T-Mobile in April and I added their 5G Wi-Fi Gateway service for $50/month. Unlimited service, occasionally spotty in thunderstorms,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-21-2022, 02:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,117
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Stole and modified that idea. I bought a HFA...

Stole and modified that idea.

I bought a HFA cart, screwed 2 scrap cedar fence slats to the sides, drilled holes and ran a dowel through it. Wire supplied on a roll goes through it, loose wire goes...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-17-2022, 04:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 306
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Pre-initial powerup tests?

Almost done with the rewiring, trying to give the best odds of keeping the smoke in before the initial power-up. I'm using the Aircraft Components 2075B power buss, and I can do the initial powerup...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-15-2022, 10:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,074
Posted By Steve Crewdog
I am in serious awe. :respect:

I am in serious awe. :respect:
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-14-2022, 05:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,074
Posted By Steve Crewdog
I think we may have similar AMA #s, when I got...

I think we may have similar AMA #s, when I got back into the hobby I was surprised to be able to reclaim my original number, AMA #127***.
:cheers:



Buy the RealFlight sim, then go on the forum and...
Forum: California 06-13-2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,579
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Agreed, Johnny. I grew up in the Bay Area, flight...

Agreed, Johnny. I grew up in the Bay Area, flight instructed at STS & O69, and miss it sometimes but Puget Sound/KBVS ain't bad, either.


Guys, if you get a bit farther up the coast, fly over the...
Forum: California 06-12-2022, 09:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,579
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Gnoss is known for it's crosswinds, if you want...

Gnoss is known for it's crosswinds, if you want to avoid the Bay Area you might think about Petaluma, O69. Great entryway to the Wine Country, depending on what your other interests are. Don't know...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-12-2022, 07:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,501
Posted By Steve Crewdog
That was a fun 2 days. I think it was totally...

That was a fun 2 days. I think it was totally worth it.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-12-2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,718
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Ah. Excellent, I'm jealous. I'm geeking out about...

Ah. Excellent, I'm jealous. I'm geeking out about the baby orca being built in Colorado. Can't wait to hear someone say "Houston, Wheel stop." again.

(mods: apologies, I accept the upcoming slap on...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-11-2022, 11:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,718
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Yes sir, it's another option I am considering,...

Yes sir, it's another option I am considering, such as in this post: https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1570438&postcount=12

I tried making my own stud for a different spot, but I...
Forum: Job Board 06-10-2022, 08:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 932
Posted By Steve Crewdog
You could get hired at a regional in 3 seconds...

You could get hired at a regional in 3 seconds without an ATP, over the phone, probably with a signing bonus, and they'll pay for your ATP when you upgrade to Captain. Won't even have to buy a suit...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-10-2022, 07:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,501
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Turns out it rubs off, too. Working on a wire...

Turns out it rubs off, too. Working on a wire bundle I colored red 2 years ago, some of the red sharpie has rubbed off onto other wires. :mad: I had ordered some red 20 ga but was debating if I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-10-2022, 06:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,718
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Thanks Scott, I didn't know those existed....

Thanks Scott, I didn't know those existed. Interesting but I don't think they'd work.

Apologies, I should clarify:

-the thread drift asking about a AN3/10/32 nutplate is for a different area, not...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-10-2022, 05:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,718
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Thanks, Steve. Good idea with the .025 wire....

Thanks, Steve. Good idea with the .025 wire.

Right there with you, Terry. Slapping it together was easy, but a few years ago an old, retired USN avionics tech stopped by my hangar one day and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-10-2022, 05:49 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 346
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Wiring tip: NiteIze gear ties

Bought a few of these as an experiment, now I've got a bunch of them. Saves me a lot of waste from zipties and the risk of nicking a wire cutting them off. 3"-64", various colors, I put a red one on...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-10-2022, 05:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,718
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Thanks, Terry. I'm thinking about using an Adel...

Thanks, Terry. I'm thinking about using an Adel to hold avionics wiring on the back of the instrument panel with very little access, odds are I'll never need to remove the wiring from the clamp but...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-10-2022, 03:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,718
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Adel clamp with Tinnerman nuts?

Think it's possible? Want to put one in a place where it would be difficult to reach the nut, so I'm thinking.....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2022, 02:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,112
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Cockpit distractions can also lead to a forgotten...

Cockpit distractions can also lead to a forgotten switchover to Local and landing without checking in. Ask me how I know. (Thanks to the kinder, gentler FAA and our Pro Stans for letting us off the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-06-2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,501
Posted By Steve Crewdog
I borrowed one from a friend who never used his,...

I borrowed one from a friend who never used his, didn't like it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2022, 05:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 628
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Desert Rat? ...

Desert Rat? http://www.warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=46382 That's one heck of an unusual apprenticeship! How's she coming?
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-05-2022, 03:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,501
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Yep. Maybe I should spilt them? In the...

Yep. Maybe I should spilt them?

In the meantime, it's raining like crazy at my hangar, and I just fired up the Traeger. Yams are smoking now. Menu will be selections from the Ron Swanson Food...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-05-2022, 02:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,501
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Ah, ok. I figure SteinAir would not sell...

Ah, ok.

I figure SteinAir would not sell something that was not good enough for flight.


[thread drift]
Stein also sells SPST Honeywell switches @ $22 each....
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-05-2022, 01:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,501
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Do you mean the SPST switches with screw on...

Do you mean the SPST switches with screw on terminals? https://www.steinair.com/product/toggle-switch-spst-onoff-6-screw-terminals/ I prefer screw on terminals over the Fast-on (Never-off) blade...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-05-2022, 12:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,501
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Color coding wires: when to stop?

I'm redoing some wiring and where it's possible I'm taking the opportunity to change from white to colored wire (red/black, blue for audio, yellow for signal, etc). Some things are simple, I'm adding...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-04-2022, 05:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,074
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Not inexpensive, but officially licensed by...

Not inexpensive, but officially licensed by Vans:

https://www.horizonhobby.com/search?q=rv-7&search-button=&lang=default

The officially licensed E-flite® RV-7 1.1m is the Smartest, most convenient,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-02-2022, 03:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 331
Posted By Steve Crewdog
That's what was confusing me, it seems like brass...

That's what was confusing me, it seems like brass screws but silver tabs, didn't make sense.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-02-2022, 03:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 331
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Screw for ACS keyed ignition switch?

Is it a standard #6, or....?? Zinc, brass, SS, doesn't matter?


Thanks
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2022, 02:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,086
Posted By Steve Crewdog
+1 Stein Air, I could get some stuff cheaper thru...

+1 Stein Air, I could get some stuff cheaper thru ACS, but the crew at Stein has been incredibly patient with me as I made some changes to my wiring harness, and I love to support small businesses...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-01-2022, 01:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,066
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Yup, another notch in my education. That's...

Yup, another notch in my education.



That's what bit me, I got complacent about keeping it charged over the winter.



Wonder how long the battery would have lasted if I had kept it charged up...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-01-2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,066
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Here's the procedure. Too complicated for me,...

Here's the procedure. Too complicated for me, they also suggest taking it to your local dealer (in my case, AutoZone), and seeing if they can recover it. Will try that this morning. Worst thing they...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-31-2022, 09:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,066
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Thanks Dave, I'll do that. Having cut my teeth on...

Thanks Dave, I'll do that. Having cut my teeth on LiPO rc airplane batteries, I treat any battery with respect and caution, and have the Odyssey charger.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-31-2022, 07:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,066
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Thanks Carl. Looks like I wore it out just...

Thanks Carl. Looks like I wore it out just sitting on the bench, despite charging it every couple months. Oh well.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-31-2022, 06:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,066
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Checking an Odyssey 680 battery?

Plugged in my battery to charge it and am getting a red flashing CHECK light, connections are all tight and correct. Shows 10.4v at the terminals and at the end of the charging cord. Thoughts?

TIA
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-28-2022, 02:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,832
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Funny thing, Ed, is I see so many people falling...

Funny thing, Ed, is I see so many people falling head over heels in love with glass cockpits, and [flame suit on] while I acknowledge they have their uses, I also think they can be a bigger...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-28-2022, 02:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,832
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Here's the diamond plate in the center of my...

Here's the diamond plate in the center of my SeaRey, did it 10something years ago and it still looks great. Admittedly, OspRey has been a hangar queen, but the temps in the hangar have ranged from...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-28-2022, 02:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 824
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Thanks for the advice, gang, it's so small I...

Thanks for the advice, gang, it's so small I think it's an unnecessary chase of trying to cover a mistake and just living with it.

ref: veneered panel, Yup, I started one of those threads,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-27-2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 824
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Extending a metal lip?

Not a big deal (except to me), but I trimmed the left side of my instrument panel 1/4" too far, I can easily adjust to make it look fine, but.... y'know. I was thinking I might be able to make a lip...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2022, 10:32 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,764
Posted By Steve Crewdog
When I was learning to fly hang gliders another...

When I was learning to fly hang gliders another student measured the days by puppy dogs. If it was smooth, it was a zero puppy dog day. The windier it got, the more it was like walking a gaggle of...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-18-2022, 10:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,497
Posted By Steve Crewdog
This must be a 912iS thing only, I just checked...

This must be a 912iS thing only, I just checked my 914, it has red valve covers but is just a regular engine. (that cost more than any car I've ever owned....)



Yup, looks like it: ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-16-2022, 11:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 593
Posted By Steve Crewdog
I went to the mothership and posted there, some...

I went to the mothership and posted there, some interesting answers. https://forum.flydynon.com/threads/transponder-tnc-adsb-radio-bnc-why.14327/
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-14-2022, 02:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 593
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Transponder: TNC. ADSB/Radio: BNC. Why?

Just curious, I've got a Dynon 261 transponder that uses a TNC connector, while the Dynon ADSB and Garmin GTR-200 radio uses BNC connectors. Is there a reason/convention they're that way, and the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2022, 10:30 AM
Replies: 471
Views: 151,891
Posted By Steve Crewdog
I'll show my age. Stand BY-Y-Y to Start...

I'll show my age.

Stand BY-Y-Y to Start Engines
Adm. Daniel Gallery

https://www.amazon.com/Stand-Start-Engines-Daniel-Gallery/dp/0446320110
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2022, 09:12 AM
Replies: 471
Views: 151,891
Posted By Steve Crewdog
I need to get this: The Friday Pilots Walk into...

I need to get this:

The Friday Pilots
Walk into Hacienda del Sol on a Friday noon and you will see a table of anywhere between 12 and 20 men. They are older, late 60s to mid-80s, balding, for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2022, 04:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,505
Posted By Steve Crewdog
One thing, tho. I know you want a working hangar,...

One thing, tho. I know you want a working hangar, but don't neglect the small luxuries. A lot of times I'll come home from a trip, tired, grumpy, and jetlagged, and I just won't want to be around...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2022, 12:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,505
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Whole hangar surge protector wired into the...

Whole hangar surge protector wired into the panel.

Industrial sized/deep sink. Don't get the one at Costco right now, the spigot tilts outward towards you and always sprays me when I wash my hands....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2022, 05:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,290
Posted By Steve Crewdog
Legwork and (holds nose) networking. Go to the...

Legwork and (holds nose) networking. Go to the EAA meetings, meet people, let them get to know you, go wander around the airport on your time off and keep your ears open. My hangar was not...
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