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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-18-2022, 03:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 648
Posted By Roy Thoma
Recent Thread

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=205171

Regards,
Forum: California 04-13-2022, 07:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By Roy Thoma
+1 for Porterville

We stop at the dinner at the Porterville airport most trips in the area either in the RV-7A or the RV-Heavy (also riveted aluminum). Like most resturants, its a good idea to call and verify...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-13-2022, 07:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,388
Posted By Roy Thoma
HF motorcycle wheel balancer, CLEARANCE item

I've had good sucess with the HF motorcycle wheel balancer with my plane wheel/tires. It's currently a CLEARANCE item, so it may not be available for...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 04-13-2022, 06:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,320
Posted By Roy Thoma
Interesting related article today from avweb,...

Interesting related article today from avweb, link below:

Over the years, I made several Bonanza trips from home base in New Jersey to EAA AirVenture. Without an IFR-certified GPS, I would flight...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 02-11-2022, 10:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,374
Posted By Roy Thoma
More details about BBQ and Ajo

I had a PM asking about BBQ at Yuma. See post #5 of https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?p=1245875 They were still (or again?) doing Friday BBQ as of a few weeks ago. Suggest calling...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 02-11-2022, 09:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,374
Posted By Roy Thoma
Sedona, hike some or all of the airport loop...

Sedona, hike some or all of the airport loop trail, eat at airport restaurant (nicer than typical $100 hamburger), rent a car by the hour

Payson, good $100 restaurant on the field

Ajo (P01), walk...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-29-2022, 10:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,091
Posted By Roy Thoma
manometer

I’ve been balancing carbs with a manometer since the mid ‘70’s starting wth a Kawasaki Z-1. Worked great on my 912ULS. Search for “ carb stick manometer”. NO question about having matching gauges...
Forum: Reviews 10-05-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,602
Posted By Roy Thoma
Or if lookinCQ for CQ headset use...

Or if lookinCQ for CQ headset use https://cqheadset.com/

The cqhadset website currently has a link to a recent Kitplanes article. Also note that there is a Bluetooth version available...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2021, 02:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,107
Posted By Roy Thoma
Brake disk wear update

It's been almost 5 years and 800 (hobbs) hours since I installed thicker brake rotors. I measured the thicker rotors at 0.294" when new. Current measurement for the right rotor is 0.284" and 0.281"...
Forum: Oregon 09-19-2021, 09:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,703
Posted By Roy Thoma
Side Door Cafe at S45

The Side Door Cafe at Gleneden Beach is a short walk from Siletz Bay airport. S45.

GREAT food, good service. Reservations recommended.
https://www.sidedoorcafe.com/

We always enjoy breakfast or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,218
Posted By Roy Thoma
The music sound clarity is WOW!

Capt Sandy and I have flown with CQ1 headsets for almost 3 years and almost 600 hours. We LOVE our CQ1's. We recently upgraded to Bluetooth. The BT sound is WOW! I can hear details in music with BT...
Forum: RV-4 09-10-2021, 10:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,676
Posted By Roy Thoma
CMW E-Lift

Another option is the Card Machine Works E-Lift. See https://elift.cardmachineworks.com/

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2021, 09:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,527
Posted By Roy Thoma
Very happy CQ1 users

I was happy with Lightspeed Zulu for many years UNTIL they changed their repair policy. I found multiple generations of Lightspeed headsets to work well and although not always up to the rigors of my...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-03-2021, 12:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,665
Posted By Roy Thoma
NOT a scam.2

I have known Don Wentz for about 25 years, not as long as Randal. Don was TC for each of the planes I built. He was also a coworker when I was last employed. Randal mentioned that Don developed the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2021, 09:54 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 26,398
Posted By Roy Thoma
LODAs received from PDX FSDO

I sent an email request for my “owner” LODA late Thursday evening and received my LODA from the Portland FSDO today. I know one other request that was sent Friday for owner and CFII that was also...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-21-2021, 09:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 916
Posted By Roy Thoma
Consider thicker rotors

I think a 2008 -7A is likely to have Parker brakes. Consider replacing the rotors with new thicker rotors. See https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=144513

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,524
Posted By Roy Thoma
Yes you can move the PMAG from the right side of...

Yes you can move the PMAG from the right side of the engine to the left. I’m doing this NOW. (Actually adding a 2nd PMAG on the left side.) You will need shorter studs and a different drive gear to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-24-2021, 07:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,111
Posted By Roy Thoma
Trimming the ducts

Be sure to read DanH's post#14 in the link pilotkms provided.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-17-2021, 03:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,865
Posted By Roy Thoma
I also did not think any RV-7s had 0.016 skins....

I also did not think any RV-7s had 0.016 skins.

Here is a picture of a patch on Ken Krueger’s -4. Un-rivet where the forward edge of the skins meet. Stop drill crack. Cover crack with patch that is...
Forum: GPS 02-18-2021, 01:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,164
Posted By Roy Thoma
My upgrade from 430W to IFD440 took less than an...

My upgrade from 430W to IFD440 took less than an hour. Probably less than 30 minutes. This was done the day before I flew from KHIO to 2018 Airventure. A couple of small differences between the 430W...
Forum: Autopilots 01-25-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,707
Posted By Roy Thoma
AFS4500 coupled ILS

I started flying N174RT with an AFS4500 (before getting the first customer AFS5600). The AFS4500 would convert the ILS signals from my SL30 or my GNS430W to ARINC signals that the AFS branded TruTrak...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-10-2021, 01:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,200
Posted By Roy Thoma
Card Machine Works E-Lift

https://elift.cardmachineworks.com/
(Same info as Bill posted)

I’m VERY HAPPY with mine.

Regards,
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-01-2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,281
Posted By Roy Thoma
We enjoyed Hoppin John for lunch and shared some...

We enjoyed Hoppin John for lunch and shared some with several of our neighbors in the RV Resort.

Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year,
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-30-2020, 04:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,713
Posted By Roy Thoma
I'm confused

Paul (Dye),

I was trying to point out that there are different direction from different suppliers and it seemed following the specific directions from the supplier was best. I always guessed the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-30-2020, 11:41 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,713
Posted By Roy Thoma
Read the manual's

Note that Klaus/Lightspeed specifies installing the adapter in the engine then the sparkplug in the adapter. This means the copper gasket between the adapter and the engine does not need to be...
Forum: COMM 11-28-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,454
Posted By Roy Thoma
+1 for the CQ1 headset. Try a set for $425 before...

+1 for the CQ1 headset. Try a set for $425 before shelling out $800 or more for a noise cancelling headset. They come with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Headsets are a matter of personal choice. In...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-23-2020, 05:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,735
Posted By Roy Thoma
Ramp location

Look at posts from DanH regarding ramp location.

https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1282385&postcount=11

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2020, 02:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,392
Posted By Roy Thoma
CMW E-Lift

IF you plan to be able to change a tube or repair a flat away from home consider getting a Card Machine Works E-Lift. https://elift.cardmachineworks.com/

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2020, 10:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,059
Posted By Roy Thoma
Question Anything else needed for nose wheel swap from Matco to Beringer?

VAF brain trust: I currently have the stock (from 10 years ago) Matco nose wheel and the Matco axle installed on my RV-7A. I have ordered a Beringer nose wheel. Will I need anything in addition to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-28-2020, 04:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 17,434
Posted By Roy Thoma
Flat insurance

I was a lucky buyer of an E-Lift from the first run. I’ve been concerned about how I/we would change a flat at a remote location. I’ve installed the E-Lift on N174RT a hope/think/except that the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2020, 11:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,255
Posted By Roy Thoma
Tim Olson has LOTS of info about O2 systems at...

Tim Olson has LOTS of info about O2 systems at https://www.myrv10.com/tips/accessories/oxygen/index.html
He has info about making a transfiller with parts list near the end of the post.

Regards,
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 08-21-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,033
Posted By Roy Thoma
Discussion on AVWeb

https://www.avweb.com/flight-safety/instrument-flight/safety-pilot-rules/?MailingID=426

Regards,
Forum: Southeast 08-12-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,716
Posted By Roy Thoma
Picture of Vetterman’s repair

Vetterman’s welded a pair of half circular reinforcements when repairing my exhaust flange.
Forum: Southeast 08-11-2020, 06:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,716
Posted By Roy Thoma
Check with Craig at Vetterman

Gary,

The first time my exhaust broke at the flange a local (SKILLED) car guy welded it. Looked beautiful. When I found the same flange had then cracked again I sent it to Craig at Vetterman...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-02-2020, 11:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 22,479
Posted By Roy Thoma
How we know Scott and Tanya, other info

Scott (Scoot) and Tanya (Cookie) were a delight to have aboard. We could have asked them to do all the boat operations and we would have been in good hands. We really appreciated them flying from TX...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2020, 10:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,873
Posted By Roy Thoma
(continued) 3000nm relocation trip from Ajo, AZ to Hillsboro, OR

Sandy arrived at Goodyear within 5 minutes of when James and I parked the plane.
30 minutes of so later James headed north to Chico CA where he would spend the night with his mom. Sandy and I did...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2020, 09:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,873
Posted By Roy Thoma
3000nm relocation trip from Ajo, AZ to Hillsboro, OR

I wanted to take N174RT (RV-7A) from Ajo AZ (P01) to Hillsboro, OR (KHIO) and get back to Ajo so Sandy (Capt Sandy on VAF) and I can start our reposition from being snowbirds in Ajo and return to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,642
Posted By Roy Thoma
KDWH T31 KORK KBDQ KXNX KTHA KDKX

We flew just under a thousand NM for the "weekend".

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-B73Xp8q/0/ac2806f0/L/i-B73Xp8q-L.jpg

We left Houston KDWH Thursday (3/5) mid day and flew to Aero Country...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2020, 04:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,986
Posted By Roy Thoma
AJO, Yuma, Gila Bend, Ajo, Wink, Sasser, Hooks

The previous weekend we had a flat at a remote airport (Grapevine, AZ88). After Rosie rescued us I decided to replace both tires and tubes with new. Parts arrived from ACS about 1pm Thursday and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2020, 03:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,405
Posted By Roy Thoma
P01 KPAY KCHD 88AZ P01

We have trouble knowing when the weekend is. Most day's seem like Saturday. Last week we planned to fly to Payson (KPAN) and camp Wed night, meet Sierra for lunch in Chandler Thursday, then fly to...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-22-2020, 04:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,519
Posted By Roy Thoma
Update?

Mike,

Any update on when/if the jack will be available? Estimated cost?

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2020, 04:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,406
Posted By Roy Thoma
Valentine's day and Saturday

Valentines day we flew to Payson AZ for lunch. We both had second breakfast for our mid-day meal. Somehow an orchard pie came home with us. :)

From Payson we stopped at Grapevine (88AZ) to check out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2020, 04:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,406
Posted By Roy Thoma
We started the weekend early

Sandy and I decided to start Valentines Day early. We flew to Sedona to on Feb 13, had lunch at the Mesa Grill at the airport, then hiked the full "airport loop trail"....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2020, 03:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,725
Posted By Roy Thoma
Sierra visited us in Ajp for the first time....

Sierra visited us in Ajp for the first time. Friday, when asked if she would like to fly over the mine to see it she said SURE! First time Sandy or I can remember her going for a flight "for fun"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,919
Posted By Roy Thoma
Colin and others who feel left out. It's likely...

Colin and others who feel left out. It's likely that Bill asked the attendees from last years RV Hill Country Gathering if they planned to attend BEFORE he publicly announced the event. I'm guessing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2020, 10:34 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 646
Posted By Roy Thoma
Looking for Assistance in AZ changing 2 pushrod shrouds

I want to change two of the pushrod shrouds on my engine. I THINK I know how to do this, and would be more comfortable changing them with supervision by someone who REALLY knows how to do the swap....
Forum: Interiors 01-30-2020, 06:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,039
Posted By Roy Thoma
I've corresponded with Sid offline, first to poke...

I've corresponded with Sid offline, first to poke at him for passing up the opportunity to sit in and fly in N174RT when he and Kelli were on Orcas Island last summer. He asked me if "the seats high...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,084
Posted By Roy Thoma
Lunch flight to KMZJ

We (FINALLY) finished installing a new prop cable on N174RT about noon on Sunday. Sandy and I were both ready for lunch so we flew to Marana (KMZJ) for a nice meal. Fuel stop at Ak-Chin (A39) on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2020, 05:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,689
Posted By Roy Thoma
Vlad, sorry we missedd you!

We were probably home. Not enough detail to see if our van was with the Airstream in your photo. Please let us know when you will be returning or if you would like to meet somewhere between our...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2020, 05:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,701
Posted By Roy Thoma
Arizona Exploring

Friday (1/3/2020), Sandy & I flew from P01 to E60, Eloy AZ for breakfast at the Bent Prop Saloon and Cookery. It was in the 30?s before we took off, so it was nice to be able to wear my knit hat with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2020, 10:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 986
Posted By Roy Thoma
http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.p...

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=134249&highlight=Step

That?s my repaired step in the first post.

Regards,
Forum: West (and Southwest) 12-26-2019, 09:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,889
Posted By Roy Thoma
Capt Sandy and I plan to join the fun (and will...

Capt Sandy and I plan to join the fun (and will be flying from Ajo).

Thanks,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2019, 05:12 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 847
Posted By Roy Thoma
RV Family & Friends

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-6bdG2N2/0/6fafe690/M/i-6bdG2N2-M.jpg

RV?s are wonderful airplanes. Total performance, etc. MAYBE more wonderful than the airplane is the RV family and friendships...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,161
Posted By Roy Thoma
I'm VERY HAPPY with my IFD440 upgrade

I sold my 430W and bought an Avidyne IFD440 about 15 months ago and I'm thrilled with the upgrade. Foreflight and an IFD440 can share information including flight plans. However, I find entering...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-09-2019, 11:39 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 255,186
Posted By Roy Thoma
San Juan Islands

Doug posted this photo that Kelli took of me, Sid and Capt Sandy sailing on SV Tranquility on a recent home page:

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-fpGRdkp/0/a8c02a3c/M/i-fpGRdkp-M.jpg

And we met...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-09-2019, 10:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,668
Posted By Roy Thoma
Sedona?

Tanya,

If we were flying from Deming to Vegas area we would stop at Sedona. Good food and MUCH more scenic. I think you and Scott would really enjoy the airport loop around the top of the peak where...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-01-2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,709
Posted By Roy Thoma
More pictures PLEASE

Kevin,

Please post pictures and share more details of your air intake, filter and airbox. Send me pictures if you don't want to bother with posting them, or send them to DanH and I bet he would post...
Forum: GPS 06-30-2019, 11:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,601
Posted By Roy Thoma
echoUAT input to IFD440

I don't know if or how the echoUAT can be used as the ADS-B data source for the IFD440. I view ADS-B traffic and weather on my Advanced 5600T and Foreflight on iPhone or iPad. The IFD440 screen seems...
Forum: GPS 06-24-2019, 04:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,601
Posted By Roy Thoma
I replaced my 430W with an IFD440 and it works...

I replaced my 430W with an IFD440 and it works with the echoUAT. echoUAT still talks to the iPad and iPhone running ForeFlight.

Regards,
Forum: Reviews 05-17-2019, 10:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,320
Posted By Roy Thoma
Thumbs up Tosten Grips

I have Tosten CS-8 grips in N174RT. I'm happy with the ergonomics and functionality of the grips. Sometime last year my electric aileron trim stopped responding to commands from my left stick grip to...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-09-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,901
Posted By Roy Thoma
Jeep Rentals and P01

Sandy and I spent about a week in Sedona a couple of years ago with my brother and his wife. It was cheaper to rent a Jeep from https://barlows.us/barlow-adventures-sedona/ for 24 hours than it was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,689
Posted By Roy Thoma
R-2305 and P01, Eric Marcus Muni just north of Ajo, Az (rambling)

N174RT has been based at P01 for part of the winter. P01 has a nice paved runway, large ramp area, some hangars and not much else. No fuel. No services. I don't think there is a pay phone. The...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-08-2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,901
Posted By Roy Thoma
Elote, great Mexican resturant in Sedona

One of our favorite restaurants (anywhere, not just Sedona) is Elote. Great food, attentive staff, nice atmosphere.

Elote is open for dinner at 5pm Tues thru Sat. We flew to Sedona on Tuesday rather...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-03-2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,070
Posted By Roy Thoma
My quickbuild fuselage had these stiffenes...

My quickbuild fuselage had these stiffenes installed wrong. Van?s either gave me replacement covers notched to match my fuselage or they gave me covers that without notches and I cut them. Classic...
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