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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2021, 09:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,406
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No.......that line of thinking has to be settled...

No.......that line of thinking has to be settled prior to making the decision to self-insure the hull. Once made, it doesn’t come back to impact decisions while flying.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,406
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Excellent post and you covered most of my...

Excellent post and you covered most of my rationale for the path I chose.

I've been flying my RV-6 for 21 years so the savings in premiums (which have been invested in good performing funds) would...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2021, 11:42 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,406
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Not insuring the hull (liability-only coverage)...

Not insuring the hull (liability-only coverage) is a strategy that has seen common usage for a very long time. For a pilot who has the resources to cover the cost of the hull this is a viable...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-31-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 256
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My Stratux (RV-6, you didn't state which RV you...

My Stratux (RV-6, you didn't state which RV you have) is mounted to the baggage compartment side wall. I have a transponder antenna on the belly near the tail which feeds both receivers via a coax...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-30-2021, 10:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The gussets are only applicable to the RV-6...

The gussets are only applicable to the RV-6 taildragger. I don’t recall seeing where the 6A has any problems with gear cracks.
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-30-2021, 03:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 597
Posted By Sam Buchanan
May need to be more aggressive than a heat gun....

May need to be more aggressive than a heat gun. Break out a torch and get the gear socket hot.

Best wishes!
Forum: Autopilots 03-30-2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 279
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Give the Trio guys a call, they are very...

Give the Trio guys a call, they are very responsive with tech support.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 02:47 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,497
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Now that was clever. :D

Now that was clever. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2021, 01:53 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,497
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Just make sure the corn popper has a good coat of...

Just make sure the corn popper has a good coat of primer!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2021, 01:25 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,497
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I love popcorn. :D

I love popcorn. :D
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-26-2021, 09:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,114
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I guess RVers who aren't running at least 45 in...

I guess RVers who aren't running at least 45 in their tires just aren't living in the real world..... ;)

Yep, the RV-8 is fortunate not to have shimmy issues due to the slab gear...I won't disagree...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-25-2021, 03:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,114
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Walt, you have strongly stated your opinion about...

Walt, you have strongly stated your opinion about tire pressure in several threads over the years.

Please be advised that not everyone agrees with your opinion. :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-25-2021, 11:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,114
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yeah, but did you prime your wheels? I knew this...

Yeah, but did you prime your wheels?

I knew this thread would prompt all sorts of blanket statements and dire predictions, these tire pressure threads are very predictable. But maybe the original...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-25-2021, 07:15 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,114
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This will be a process of finding the optimum...

This will be a process of finding the optimum pressure for your particular RV-7. You will see RVers using pressure as high as 45 and as low as high-20's. Much of this depends on whether or not your...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-24-2021, 05:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, that was my oversight. I was using the...

Yep, that was my oversight. I was using the search box at the top of the website instead of the one in the store.

I'll do better next time.
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-24-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By Sam Buchanan
To close the loop on this thread... I tried...

To close the loop on this thread...

I tried several combinations of the part numbers including how they are shown on "The List" and nothing ever showed up on Vans web search. So you can't create a...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-22-2021, 08:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Thank you! However, I can't find a path on the...

Thank you!

However, I can't find a path on the Vans website where I can create a cart with these items in it. I use their search engine in the store and these parts aren't found.

When I tried...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-22-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Was; Part numbers needed---RV-6 engine mount gussets. Now; How do I Order?

Vans hasn't replied to my request for these numbers so am wondering if anyone knows the part numbers I need so I can order these repair gussets. These are the gussets that are used to reinforce the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-18-2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,151
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/pages/el/alternator...

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/pages/el/alternators_bc/sd20_alternator.php

https://d29y7fsthxbb26.cloudfront.net/cache/218-200-/catalog/graphics/7/07-06771-2015.jpg
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-17-2021, 01:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,019
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Two leg tests don't have much validity. If there...

Two leg tests don't have much validity. If there is a cross wind you will lose ground speed in both directions.

Use a GPS TAS calculator such as this one (there are others,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-17-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,113
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Totally different scenario, the elevator had a...

Totally different scenario, the elevator had a cracked trailing edge.

The small (<1/2") cracks under discussion in this thread are at the end of stiffeners adjacent to the spar. The well-documented...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-15-2021, 12:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 576
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Entire engine painted with Rustoleum, everything...

Entire engine painted with Rustoleum, everything holding up fine after five flying seasons except some flaking on the valve covers that get hit by stuff in the propwash. (my Fokker biplane...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-04-2021, 07:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 691
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Rubber fuel hose that has been slit and slipped...

Rubber fuel hose that has been slit and slipped over the strut rods will accomplish the same thing and won't scratch paint.
Forum: Painting your RV 03-04-2021, 11:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 802
Posted By Sam Buchanan
White probably has more pigment per weight than...

White probably has more pigment per weight than any other color.

The leading edges of the tanks on my 1999 RV-6 are black, never had a problem with vapor lock due to tank temp.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2021, 09:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,158
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I suppose you could use professionals to convert...

I suppose you could use professionals to convert the gear but the expense would far exceed what it would cost to buy a tri-gear RV in the first place. Converting the gear is not a trivial undertaking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2021, 08:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,158
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It is possible to change the gear config but for...

It is possible to change the gear config but for someone who doesn't "have the time, space or patience to try to build one myself" it is not a practical endeavor.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2021, 07:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,000
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is my tug and how I secure the "blue Cessna"...

Here is my tug and how I secure the "blue Cessna" towbar to it:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,000
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Retired lawnmower or 4-wheeler will pull your RV...

Retired lawnmower or 4-wheeler will pull your RV splendidly on the turf strip. Will also cost far less and faster than the dedicated tugs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2021, 06:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,325
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, the Cessna bar has been in service since...

Yep, the Cessna bar has been in service since 1999 for my RV-6. There are more robust bars but this one works fine for my paved, gently sloped ramp. I now use it to hook up my "tractor tug":
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-12-2021, 07:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 898
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://www.tsflightlines.com/

https://www.tsflightlines.com/
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-11-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,439
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The flare may be cracked, if so you won't be able...

The flare may be cracked, if so you won't be able to make it stop leaking until you replace that line.

In regard to your service question, my 1999 Facet pump is still working. I've wondered if it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-08-2021, 04:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,076
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Decided to try a pair of these lights. Got them...

Decided to try a pair of these lights. Got them installed in a couple of hours and they look fantastic, my old wig-wag flasher even drives them.

Unfortunately.....they create a huge amount of noise...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 03:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,034
Posted By Sam Buchanan
They also skipped punching most of the holes in...

They also skipped punching most of the holes in my RV-6 "kit"........Can I get a refund 22 years after the fact?? :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 15,393
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Looks like the makin's of a KitPlanes article to...

Looks like the makin's of a KitPlanes article to me........ ;)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-03-2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,013
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Until you verify the accuracy of your airspeed...

Until you verify the accuracy of your airspeed (converted to TAS), fuel flow, OAT (so we know DA), and tach we are just chopping with a dull hoe......

Congratulations on your new ride but until you...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-03-2021, 10:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,076
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Steve, do the LEDs create any EFI noise in your...

Steve, do the LEDs create any EFI noise in your radio? This looks like an interesting option for replacing the old-school (1999) DW lights.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-01-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 218
Views: 51,174
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have toggle mag switches and have never seen...

I have toggle mag switches and have never seen the "backfire or stumble" issue during run-up or inflight mag tests. Either the mag or SureFly is firing at all times. My SureFly is static timed at 0*...
Forum: RV-4 01-29-2021, 03:34 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,242
Posted By Sam Buchanan
What's an altimeter??

What's an altimeter??
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2021, 01:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,559
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://www.apexbattery.com/apex-battery-apx12220-...

https://www.apexbattery.com/apex-battery-apx12220-12-volt-22-ah-battery.html

https://www.apexbattery.com/media/catalog/product/cache/2/thumbnail/600x/17f82f742ffe127f42dca9de82fb58b1/a/p/apx12220_fro...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-25-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,314
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://www.steinair.com/ Economical? Depends on...

https://www.steinair.com/

Economical? Depends on one's perspective. Good value? Yes.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-19-2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,210
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is discussed every few months, here is a...

This is discussed every few months, here is a recent thread:

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=189809&highlight=pin
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,440
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, the two instances of carb ice I recall in...

Yep, the two instances of carb ice I recall in the 21 years of flying my O-320 carbed RV-6 occurred during long taxi to the runway. The runup was a little rough and a few moments of heat cleared it...
Forum: RV-14 01-18-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,117
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Wow.....the plans are so detailed they tell you...

Wow.....the plans are so detailed they tell you how to clock fittings??

Whatever happened to building an airplane? :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-16-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,304
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is correct as long as you can give the buyer...

That is correct as long as you can give the buyer adequate builder docs to prove compliance with E-AB when you sell the project. However, the buyer won't qualify for the Repairman's Certificate in...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-13-2021, 02:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,304
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Very sorry to see that you lost your building...

Very sorry to see that you lost your building partner...that is tough.

Be sure you are well-versed in the regulatory limits and documentation needed when hiring help finishing the RV. It would be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,353
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep. Here is a similar thread from...

Yep. Here is a similar thread from 2018:

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=162959
Forum: RV-4 01-11-2021, 09:25 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,242
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There aren't any such attachments for my RV-6...

There aren't any such attachments for my RV-6 tanks which I think is the same design as the RV-4.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-08-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,027
Posted By Sam Buchanan
When I needed to replace the battery, starter and...

When I needed to replace the battery, starter and ground cables on my '48 Plymouth I used this vendor for custom-made cables:

https://www.batterycablesusa.com/battery-cables.html

The cable stock is...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-08-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,980
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I think you are correct in your...

I think you are correct in your assessment....replace all damaged screws so they can be secured properly.

Application of BoeLube or wax to the screws will make them thread into the plate nuts easier.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2021, 10:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,430
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Same here.

Same here.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2021, 06:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,430
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Everybody's premium is at least 1/3 less than...

Everybody's premium is at least 1/3 less than Avemco....... :D

Avemco is the carrier of very last resort in the RV community.

For the first ten years with my 1999 RV-6 best rate was with AIG,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2021, 02:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,430
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I knew somebody would reply singing the praises...

I knew somebody would reply singing the praises of AIG..... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2021, 01:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,430
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I'll be surprised if AIG is your best...

I'll be surprised if AIG is your best quote............she'll probably find something better with a different carrier.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2020, 07:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,355
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://pedalplanekits.com/models-kits/ Here is...

https://pedalplanekits.com/models-kits/

Here is my little RV-6:

6338
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2020, 09:06 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,229
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Hmmmm.....five days left to close the sale, I...

Hmmmm.....five days left to close the sale, I suspect this is going to be an interesting saga to watch....

Hope it doesn't result in heartburn for the seller.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2020, 03:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,196
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The Capt is in Australia, may be a brand only...

The Capt is in Australia, may be a brand only available there. Wonder if you install it upside down??? :D

There are many PC680 clones available in the states, just google PC680 to see a bunch of...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-22-2020, 05:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,742
Posted By Sam Buchanan
We have a special knack for doing that......try...

We have a special knack for doing that......try not to take it personally. :D

Congratulations on your new toy, you are going to really enjoy it!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-12-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 663
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Your friend needs a DAR who can answer all his...

Your friend needs a DAR who can answer all his questions and assist with preparing paperwork for the FAA. There have been major changes recently as the FAA has taken this process online.
Forum: APRS Tracking 12-12-2020, 01:44 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,164
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Your tracker may be configured to not send...

Your tracker may be configured to not send beacons if it isn't getting complete data from the GPS. You may have a GPS/configuration issue.
Forum: Safety 12-09-2020, 09:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,973
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://registry.faa.gov/AircraftInquiry/Search/NN...

https://registry.faa.gov/AircraftInquiry/Search/NNumberResult?nNumberTxt=N69HF
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-09-2020, 07:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,417
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I used to do that.......but my RV has gotten...

I used to do that.......but my RV has gotten heavier over the years..... ;)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-09-2020, 07:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,417
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Glad the tailwheel hoist works well for you. ...

Glad the tailwheel hoist works well for you. :)

I prop up the tailwheel stinger with a stand made with 2x4'x and a 4x4 after hoisting then move the hoist out of the way.
Forum: APRS Tracking 12-08-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,164
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Just for clarification...this thread is about...

Just for clarification...this thread is about APRS, not ADS-B. :)

APRS is a system based on the 2M Ham radio band and has no connection with anything FAA-related.
Forum: APRS Tracking 12-07-2020, 07:16 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,164
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Still flying APRS, but if my current tracker went...

Still flying APRS, but if my current tracker went belly-up I probably wouldn't replace it. My wife enjoys seeing where the RV-6 is located but my Flightaware account sends her an email every time I...
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