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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, the empty shop syndrome is real and has to...

Yep, the empty shop syndrome is real and has to be addressed in some fashion if sanity is to be maintained, too many acquired skills to let go to waste......
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Today, 08:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 881
Posted By Sam Buchanan
So what does Continental say about this?

So what does Continental say about this?
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-17-2022, 10:18 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 86,832
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My SureFly is configured for fixed timing so it...

My SureFly is configured for fixed timing so it is 25* regardless of the rpm. I see 10-15 rpm higher with the SureFly than the mag when doing a 1700 rpm runup, probably due to my mag having a bunch...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-16-2022, 03:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,722
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is a tough one......

This is a tough one......
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 09:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,126
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That's a keeper! :D

That's a keeper! :D
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 05-08-2022, 07:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,455
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This thread has progressed far beyond just a...

This thread has progressed far beyond just a notice of an accident. The thread is being closed as we are veering into speculation mode. Condolences to all who suffered a tragic loss.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-05-2022, 11:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,543
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This was discussed at length in a recent thread....

This was discussed at length in a recent thread. No programming is lost if power is interrupted.
Forum: Reviews 05-05-2022, 10:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,422
Posted By Sam Buchanan
As another datapoint I placed an online order...

As another datapoint I placed an online order with Petroleum Service Company for a case of XC20W-50 on May 2 and it arrived today, May 5. It was ~$30 less than Aircraft Spruce when shipping was...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-04-2022, 09:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,543
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This discussion is prompting me to put some sort...

This discussion is prompting me to put some sort of boot over the power terminal on the SureFly.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-03-2022, 09:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 349
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?...

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=205534&highlight=Compass
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2022, 04:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,204
Posted By Sam Buchanan
We have another local aircraft that is a Bearhawk...

We have another local aircraft that is a Bearhawk Patrol but the database shows it as a Sonex Waiex motorglider. I know for a fact that it has proper registration, looks like the FAA database has...
Forum: Safety 04-27-2022, 03:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 248
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I'm not trying sound snarky, and you may get an...

I'm not trying sound snarky, and you may get an answer here, but doesn't AOPA have a forum? :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2022, 11:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,595
Posted By Sam Buchanan
So.................

So.................
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2022, 10:42 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,630
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This thread has drifted far from the original...

This thread has drifted far from the original poster's question and devolved into snarky discourse.

Thread closed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2022, 06:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,489
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You mean there are still pilots shooting ILS...

You mean there are still pilots shooting ILS approaches?? :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2022, 07:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,489
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Good results for me as well. Here are my...

Good results for me as well. Here are my installation notes from back in the previous century...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2022, 07:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,798
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Mel, Are the RV-3, RV-4 and RV-6 eligible for...

Mel,

Are the RV-3, RV-4 and RV-6 eligible for the 'NX' numbering (and elimination of the experimental decal) due to the age of the designs?
Forum: APRS Tracking 04-05-2022, 05:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 718
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I was an APRS early adopter and really enjoyed...

I was an APRS early adopter and really enjoyed using it. It was reliable in my area of the country and provided much higher resolution tracking than what was then available in Flightaware. My wife...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-02-2022, 08:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,977
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here are some photos of the above referenced...

Here are some photos of the above referenced repair in my thread (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=194892&highlight=bird+strike+club). However, my bird strike didn't have as many...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-30-2022, 01:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,195
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No need to drain the tank or plug the vent. But...

No need to drain the tank or plug the vent. But you need to stand beside the leading edge of the wing while you quickly remove the old valve and insert the new valve or a 1/8" pipe plug. If you lie...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-29-2022, 07:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,382
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Google 14684 alternator, this is internally...

Google 14684 alternator, this is internally regulated, originally appeared on Suzuki and other small vehicles. Presently available on Amazon but I don't know if it will fit your current...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-23-2022, 02:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,208
Posted By Sam Buchanan
We decide to build an RV and we learn skills we...

We decide to build an RV and we learn skills we didn't have before. Riveting, removing rivets, reading engineering drawings, wiring, installing an engine, fiberglass work, installing a canopy without...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-22-2022, 05:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,402
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There probably isn't much engineering rational...

There probably isn't much engineering rational for the extra bolt, but our thinking back in the '90's was along the lines of redundancy. As unlikely as it would be, if the pushrod bolt fell out the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-22-2022, 02:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,402
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This question got bounced around in the late...

This question got bounced around in the late '90's. I, and I'm sure some other builders, added the second bolt securing the two elevator horns together. So far after 22 years....no issues. :)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-19-2022, 10:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,502
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The landing light thing keeps popping up….always...

The landing light thing keeps popping up….always unsure if it’s a serious suggestion. But it would be a huge no, no, cutting a hole in the leading edge somewhere other than at the tip would involve...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-15-2022, 05:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,616
Posted By Sam Buchanan
May be time for me to make the switch to a NAPA...

May be time for me to make the switch to a NAPA or K&N filter.....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-12-2022, 07:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 538
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Nearly impossible to answer your question without...

Nearly impossible to answer your question without knowing how the bracket is designed. Much more important is making sure proper thickness, edge clearance, grain direction, bending technique, stress...
Forum: Tools 03-10-2022, 10:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,502
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Excellent! But....you need a couple more bench...

Excellent! But....you need a couple more bench grinders.....and good to see your retirement isn't being squandered.... :D
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-08-2022, 01:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,255
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Given the power feed for my SureFly is less than...

Given the power feed for my SureFly is less than 24" long and is carefully insulated and secured, what trivial or easily remedied failure would occur? If the power fuse (link) blows.....the SureFly...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-08-2022, 06:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,903
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I don't know if the landing light comment was...

I don't know if the landing light comment was serious or not.....but don't do it. There are structural reasons why landing lights are located near the tip of the wing.

As a bird strike victim...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-07-2022, 03:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,255
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The config for the SureFly is set with DIP...

The config for the SureFly is set with DIP switches, not user-defined software. The switches are set to determine either fixed or variable timing and the base timing. Once the switches are set, the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-07-2022, 07:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,903
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is the thread about the leading edge damage...

Here is the thread about the leading edge damage and repair of the duck strike on my RV-6.

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=194892&highlight=bird
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-06-2022, 12:21 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,255
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've been flying the SureFly for a couple of...

I've been flying the SureFly for a couple of years. The keep-alive circuit has never caused any issues on my plane, the $40 PC680 wannabe battery has always started it even after a 3-4 week break...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-05-2022, 05:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,506
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Semantics

A kill switch was that thing on a motorcycle that stops the engine. The lights, etc, would still work on my old bikes even when I hit the kill switch to coast into the driveway too late at...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 03-03-2022, 12:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,565
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Tragic, very sorry for the families. Question:...

Tragic, very sorry for the families.

Question: Do south Florida pilots in light aircraft typically fly over the Everglades and open water on the way to Key West or stay close to the highway?
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-03-2022, 06:27 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,506
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I just installed a battery switch in the boat I'm...

I just installed a battery switch in the boat I'm finishing and am a bit confused about your comment about switches being designed for the + cable. The switches I've used are just two terminals, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2022, 03:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 596
Posted By Sam Buchanan
3/8" steel brake line from your local auto parts...

3/8" steel brake line from your local auto parts emporium works great for exhaust hanger tubing. I carry a spare piece of it in the flight kit.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-17-2022, 07:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,730
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It doesn’t matter…..looks like you are...

It doesn’t matter…..looks like you are comfortable with your proficiency.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-17-2022, 02:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,730
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My RV-6 with the small rudder is pretty much out...

My RV-6 with the small rudder is pretty much out of rudder at 15 kts direct crosswind. I landed once at our airport with 19G26 crosswind rotoring over the college campus, trees and hangars and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2022, 08:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,010
Posted By Sam Buchanan
How much did that move the CG??

How much did that move the CG??
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-16-2022, 11:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,730
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That popcorn may be a bit stale......these guys...

That popcorn may be a bit stale......these guys are responding to a 12-year-old thread..... :D
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-12-2022, 06:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,078
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The shortened steps are about the same height...

The shortened steps are about the same height from the ground as they would be on a -A model. If the steps on my RV-6 hit the ground the prop will have already been trashed.....
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-12-2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,078
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My RV-6 has steps that I shortened 3". This puts...

My RV-6 has steps that I shortened 3". This puts the step about half-way between the trailing edge and ground which works well and looks correct.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-09-2022, 12:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 672
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I like the antennae from Delta Pop, have one on...

I like the antennae from Delta Pop, have one on the RV-6:

http://www.deltapopaviation.com/VHF_Com_Antennas.html

http://www.deltapopaviation.com/VHF_Com_Antennas_files/DSC01755_1.jpg
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-08-2022, 02:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,346
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Many, many post in the archives on this topic. :)

Many, many post in the archives on this topic. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2022, 03:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,966
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I doubt a -7A will ever feel as slippery as a...

I doubt a -7A will ever feel as slippery as a good -4.... :)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-22-2022, 02:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 998
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Well.....why not disconnect the clock and see if...

Well.....why not disconnect the clock and see if that fixes the problem?

Try the easy stuff first. ;)
Forum: Safety 01-21-2022, 06:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,190
Posted By Sam Buchanan
N54CT Prelim Report

Location: Hurricane, UT Accident Number: WPR22LA046
Date & Time: November 22, 2021, 11:40 Local Registration: N54CT
Aircraft: Vans RV10 Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-18-2022, 11:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,222
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've used a handheld as the sole radio in three...

I've used a handheld as the sole radio in three of my planes and they perform quite nicely when connected to an external antenna. In my case all three aircraft had belly-mounted 1/4-wave whips.

You...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2022, 07:21 AM
Replies: 27
Ice
Views: 3,471
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I say this with all due respect...but if you feel...

I say this with all due respect...but if you feel the need to ask this question you don't have the training to even begin to contemplate flying where ice is a remote possibility. Park the plane and...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-15-2022, 06:41 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,777
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You have a very contemporary paint scheme! Seeing...

You have a very contemporary paint scheme! Seeing a lot of new "aviation" gray muscle cars and Corvettes. Nice look. :)
Forum: Painting your RV 01-11-2022, 11:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,777
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I agree the pastel colors and "swoopies" will...

I agree the pastel colors and "swoopies" will look dated at some point, if not already. My RV-6's color scheme still gets compliments 22 years after I painted it, and the scheme is inspired by what...
Forum: Safety 01-10-2022, 08:37 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 587
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Prelim; RV-4, N456MC

Location: Walsenburg, CO Accident Number: CEN22FA064
Date & Time: December 8, 2021, 10:13 Local Registration: N456MC
Aircraft: Vans RV-4 Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2022, 07:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,242
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Select your state then look for gas stations with...

Select your state then look for gas stations with uncontaminated fuel:

pure-gas.org
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2022, 07:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,242
Posted By Sam Buchanan
pure-gas.org

pure-gas.org
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-27-2021, 09:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,903
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My big red oil pressure warning light is high on...

My big red oil pressure warning light is high on the panel so I'm more likely to see it. I tied an audio transducer into that circuit so it will scream at me if the master is left on. When the canopy...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-23-2021, 09:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,847
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Wow! Perhaps the coolest Christmas RV-12 video...

Wow! Perhaps the coolest Christmas RV-12 video ever.

Merry Christmas!

[thread moved to General Discussion for greater exposure]
Forum: COMM 12-22-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 650
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Probably Delta...

Probably Delta Pop:

http://www.deltapopaviation.com/Home.html

I have their com antenna, very please with it.
Forum: Autopilots 12-18-2021, 04:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 983
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The Navaid servo (using it with the Trio...

The Navaid servo (using it with the Trio ProPilot) has been in the mid-wing inspection port at the aileron bellcrank for 22 years. I installed it while the wing was under construction but it could be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2021, 03:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,719
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You'll have a shot at it if the builder logs...

You'll have a shot at it if the builder logs still exist, gotta prove it is amateur-built. One of my planes is now without engine and instruments but I'm leaving it registered so a new owner won't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2021, 08:14 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 16,679
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The original poster deleted the post......no need...

The original poster deleted the post......no need to stir that pot.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-02-2021, 06:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,573
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Prelim Report

Location: Harrison, MI Accident Number: CEN22FA029
Date & Time: November 5, 2021, 09:37 Local Registration: N16TG
Aircraft: Vans RV Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,346
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Same here. I have a box of Harbor Fright meters I...

Same here. I have a box of Harbor Fright meters I accumulated when they gave them away with a coupon. I'm usually just measuring coarse voltages and continuity and they are fine for that....and...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-30-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,435
Posted By Sam Buchanan
SureFly doesn't sell a proprietary harness. Their...

SureFly doesn't sell a proprietary harness. Their devices use either the same harness designed for the Slick mags with aviation plugs or a "magneto" harness that has been converted for use with auto...
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