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Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-03-2022, 10:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 973
Posted By alcladrv
The G5 in my -7A works just fine and as expected...

The G5 in my -7A works just fine and as expected as an ADI without pitot and static lines connected. I also get nav data from either my panel mount GPS or ILS/VOR signal, whichever is selected on my...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-12-2022, 08:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,998
Posted By alcladrv
That's how I designed the panel in my -7A and...

That's how I designed the panel in my -7A and have found it works very well in practice. I found my G3X system would brown out during the start and rebooted only after the alternator came online, if...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-03-2022, 10:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,038
Posted By alcladrv
I had a hangar for a while where the door opening...

I had a hangar for a while where the door opening height was too low for the vertical stab on my RV-7A. I took a 24 long 2x6 and beveled each end to a 45 degree angle to make a bit of a ramp at...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-24-2022, 04:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,631
Posted By alcladrv
That's basically what I have in my -7A. Because...

That's basically what I have in my -7A. Because of the diode, the Aux Battery doesn't see the full charge from the alternator. It sees about .7 volts less than the voltage supplied to the main...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-06-2022, 11:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,236
Posted By alcladrv
My diode looks like this: 21888 I may try a...

My diode looks like this:

21888

I may try a small charger connected to the Aux Battery like Walt uses. Thank you all for your input.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-03-2022, 08:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,236
Posted By alcladrv
It's a possibility, except that it's 8 times more...

It's a possibility, except that it's 8 times more costly than the Duracell SLA. Can I directly charge the Aux Battery without going through the diode without any issues? That's the question.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-03-2022, 11:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,236
Posted By alcladrv
G3X Aux Battery

When I start up my -7A, the first switch on is the Aux Battery which powers the G3X on the Power2 pins through a diode. Even with the direct voltage reading of the Aux Battery at 12.6 volts, the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-06-2022, 05:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,091
Posted By alcladrv
On my RV-7A, I got 501 landings out of the OEM...

On my RV-7A, I got 501 landings out of the OEM Airhawk tires. I then tried Monster retreads, which were slightly larger diameter than the Airhawks, and only got 338 landings. Now using FSII with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2021, 08:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,565
Posted By alcladrv
I use Garmin BaseCamp to map my flights. It's a...

I use Garmin BaseCamp to map my flights. It's a free download from garmin.com. You can import any .gpx tracks into the program from flying, driving, biking, or hiking trips.

The exported tracklogs...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2021, 11:51 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 458
Posted By alcladrv
Starter life?

I just replaced my Skytech 149-12SLX starter while trying to return from a trip. It failed by simply spinning and not engaging the prop ring. I summoned a mechanic who said a pin was likely sheared...
Forum: Tools 10-07-2021, 09:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 883
Posted By alcladrv
That's a heckuva an idea. Have you got a photo...

That's a heckuva an idea. Have you got a photo you could post?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-26-2021, 10:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 807
Posted By alcladrv
I bought a replacement GDU-375 unit from Garmin...

I bought a replacement GDU-375 unit from Garmin for $600 in December 2020 because my unit, which was installed in 2011, failed to power on. The replacement unit looked to be essentially new and came...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2021, 09:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,013
Posted By alcladrv
Flew into Triple Tree on 9/24

Flew a 1 hour flight into Triple Tree on Friday, 9/24, for their fly-in. The runway seemed a little soft on landing as I slowed down quicker than usual on their grass in my -7A. On takeoff later in...
Forum: ADS-B 08-31-2021, 05:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,301
Posted By alcladrv
As long as I'm VMC and have pretty good assurance...

As long as I'm VMC and have pretty good assurance that the red blob of depicted weather is not moving straight at me, I aim at it or just to the rear of it figuring that it's already moved from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 568
Posted By alcladrv
ADS-B Flight ID Mismatch

Last week, I received a "courtesy call" from a fellow at FAA HQ about several occurrences of a "Flight ID Mismatch" over the past 4 months, which happened to be since I installed a GPS 175 to feed...
Forum: Engine Monitors 08-18-2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,710
Posted By alcladrv
I installed a Kavlico Oil pressure sensor to...

I installed a Kavlico Oil pressure sensor to interface with my G3X system in April 2013 on my RV-7A. Since then, it has accumulated nearly 800 hrs. on it. In the past 3 years, I have had ongoing...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-18-2021, 04:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,616
Posted By alcladrv
I have an O-360 in my -7A and first used the...

I have an O-360 in my -7A and first used the Floscan 201 unit for 835 hrs. and never had a steady fuel flow indication on both EIS-4000 and then the G3X. It varied +/- .5 to 1.0 gph up and down. The...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-16-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,056
Posted By alcladrv
With the unit turned on, when I touch the L or R...

With the unit turned on, when I touch the L or R lead to the Black one, the respective light goes out and the buzz continues but slightly changes its tone.

Thank you for a helpful response lr172.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-15-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,056
Posted By alcladrv
I'm just trying to learn how to test the buzz box...

I'm just trying to learn how to test the buzz box when not connected to any magnetos. Thank you.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-15-2021, 11:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,056
Posted By alcladrv
Magneto Synchronizer working?

I have a TP-105 Magneto Synchronizer aka "Buzz Box". The last time I tried to time the left magneto on my -7A, it didn't seem to work. All 4 - AA batteries inside the case read at least 1.57 V...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-27-2021, 10:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,682
Posted By alcladrv
My latest G3X version was 12.0 prior to...

My latest G3X version was 12.0 prior to installing 12.2 a couple of weeks ago. I powered on everything to make sure all components had their software updated. After that, a ground check revealed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2021, 08:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 14,975
Posted By alcladrv
++1 The Acry-Glo paint on my -7A looks great...

++1

The Acry-Glo paint on my -7A looks great after 7 years so I'm pretty sure it'll make it to 16 still looking good.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-27-2021, 03:29 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,321
Posted By alcladrv
I'm just curious why you'd want the bicycles in...

I'm just curious why you'd want the bicycles in the pod when both Bromptons will fit in the RV7/9 baggage area. It seems that the luggage (suitcase and/or duffle bags) could be narrower/shallower...
Forum: GPS 05-17-2021, 06:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,399
Posted By alcladrv
I installed the GDL-82 with the GA35 antenna...

I installed the GDL-82 with the GA35 antenna first and the setup worked without any issues. Earlier this year, I installed a GPS175 and used the same GA35 antenna. The GPS175 has fed the GPS data...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-29-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 939
Posted By alcladrv
Fuel sensor flange gaskets

Like many others, my -7A developed a fuel odor upon opening the canopy. I traced it back to leaking flange gaskets on the fuel sensor, which I've attached a photo of. They look to be made of rubber...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-25-2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,099
Posted By alcladrv
The forged tie down on the tail of my -7A makes a...

The forged tie down on the tail of my -7A makes a pretty darn good tail skid. I crunched my bottom rudder fairing once when I'd just returned from a flight and my passenger and I moved aft of the cg...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-24-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,099
Posted By alcladrv
In the spirit of "Total Performance", since my...

In the spirit of "Total Performance", since my -7A spends over 99% of its time on the ground and tied down, it's tiedown rings are in place all of the time because I want them to be as secure as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,172
Posted By alcladrv
Sent you a PM.

Sent you a PM.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 06:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,826
Posted By alcladrv
I found it educational that a large corporation I...

I found it educational that a large corporation I was contracted to fly for would buy a new airplane and immediately sell it to a bank at closing. Then they would lease the plane back from the bank....
Forum: COMM 04-02-2021, 05:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 827
Posted By alcladrv
I made the switch from an SL40 to a GTR 200 in...

I made the switch from an SL40 to a GTR 200 in Feb. 2021. The five one hundredths of an inch difference in size didn't keep me from getting the GTR 200 into the old SL40 slot. That could partly be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2021, 10:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,815
Posted By alcladrv
On my RV-7A, I'm happy to see water dripping out...

On my RV-7A, I'm happy to see water dripping out of the fuselage after sitting in rain. That means my drain holes just aft of each fuselage bulkhead are open and doing their job. Look under any...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-09-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 634
Posted By alcladrv
Vans dimmer wiring instructions

I'm reworking some of the wiring on my RV-7A. With 2 of the Vans dimmers, I need to confirm the ES DIMMER, LAMP 1.5A, wiring instructions. Could someone post the instructions or PM them to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-11-2021, 06:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,301
Posted By alcladrv
Thanks for all of your responses. I just got it...

Thanks for all of your responses.

I just got it an order from Aircraft Spruce. Are there any other sources of the 3/8" fuel tubing besides the usual aviation suppliers?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-10-2021, 03:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,301
Posted By alcladrv
Facet boost pump lifespan

An avgas odor was pretty noticeable the last couple of mornings as I slid the canopy back on my -7A with a carbureted O-360.. Today, I investigated so out came the front carpet and off came the...
Forum: GPS 02-09-2021, 05:57 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 13,528
Posted By alcladrv
It's good to hear you'll have clearance for the...

It's good to hear you'll have clearance for the antenna. I'd more concerned about water ingress while flying in rain. In my -7A slider, it seems no matter how much I've tried to seal off the rear...
Forum: GPS 02-08-2021, 07:32 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 13,528
Posted By alcladrv
I mounted the GA-35 antenna for my GDL82 as high...

I mounted the GA-35 antenna for my GDL82 as high as I could on the windshield brace of my RV-7A. It passed FAA ADS-B performance test on the first try and hasn't generated any errors since. I plan...
Forum: COMM 02-08-2021, 06:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,524
Posted By alcladrv
I have an AM/FM radio from my car installed in my...

I have an AM/FM radio from my car installed in my instrument panel. It's connected through the Aux In on my intercom. I get pretty good reception on FM, almost always during cruise when at 5 to 6000...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-07-2021, 09:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,149
Posted By alcladrv
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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-06-2021, 01:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,149
Posted By alcladrv
RV-7A jack points for small scissors jack

I've acquired a small aluminum scissors jack, which weighs 4 lbs., that I think originally came with some kind of Porsche. I'm planning to carry it in the plane on trips and I'd welcome any thoughts...
Forum: COMM 02-05-2021, 04:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 825
Posted By alcladrv
Thanks. After flying with a single SL30 and a...

Thanks. After flying with a single SL30 and a portable intercom for many years, I was planning to add the GTR200 as the primary radio, using its built-in intercom, and use the SL30 as a 2nd comm. ...
Forum: COMM 02-04-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 825
Posted By alcladrv
Co-pilot comm wiring

I'm trying to wire up my GTR200 to use its built in intercom, with its separate inputs for both pilot and co-pilot. In reference to the Dual Comm Audio Wiring attached drawing, it looks like the...
Forum: COMM 02-04-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 588
Posted By alcladrv
Add a stick-mounted PTT

In reference to the attached document, where would I tie in a stick-mounted PTT switch?

Thanks!

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 08:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,051
Posted By alcladrv
My -7A is going on 7 years with painted steps and...

My -7A is going on 7 years with painted steps and the paint doesn't show any noticeable wear. There are some scuffs on the vertical portion. I always wear soft sole shoes. The horizontal portion...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-21-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,316
Posted By alcladrv
Wire labeling

I'm going to try out using some printed heat shrink tube to label my wires. Which end is typically labeled or both ends?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2021, 06:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,760
Posted By alcladrv
David, Thank you for helping to keep this thread...

David,

Thank you for helping to keep this thread on track.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,760
Posted By alcladrv
Thanks for a helpful and informative response...

Thanks for a helpful and informative response without the opinions.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2021, 10:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,760
Posted By alcladrv
Having been to Airventure 25 or so times, I'm...

Having been to Airventure 25 or so times, I'm aware of the daily parking lots, but had heard that overnight parking in those lots is not allowed. Nothing beats having access to a vehicle to get away...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2021, 08:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,760
Posted By alcladrv
OSH planning

For those in the know: If I fly in and camp with my plane, where could I park a rental car during my stay at Airventure where I could access it somewhat conveniently (I know that's a relative term)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,861
Posted By alcladrv
I run 91UL in my -7A on occasion. When I had a...

I run 91UL in my -7A on occasion. When I had a leaky fuel drain, the occasional drip of fuel would land on the gear leg fairing painted with Acry-Glo. Over a period of a few months the mogas...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-01-2021, 09:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 684
Posted By alcladrv
RV-7A Aero Classic 8-ply nose tire

I know each pilot gets different service life out of their tires, but what kind of service life (landings) are guys getting out of their Aero Classic 8-ply nose tire,(either with tube or tubeless)? ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-31-2020, 02:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,891
Posted By alcladrv
Walt, I thought I saw a post from you about...

Walt,

I thought I saw a post from you about installing the Beringer nose wheel, but I couldn't find while searching. The ACS site has 2 kits listed for the 11x4.00-5" wheel and the SRV02A says...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-31-2020, 11:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,891
Posted By alcladrv
I 'm hoping that anyone who is specifically using...

I 'm hoping that anyone who is specifically using the Beringer RV-7A nose wheel would respond. The other various nose wheel options have been discussed many times. Thanks.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-31-2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,891
Posted By alcladrv
Beringer RV-7A nose wheel reviews

I'm asking for reviews of the Beringer RV-7A nose wheel that you installed the past 3 or 4 years. Quality? Value? Performance? Would you install it again? What nose wheel did you replace?
Forum: RV-10 12-13-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,639
Posted By alcladrv
I tried some 1/8" thick silicone from ACS like...

I tried some 1/8" thick silicone from ACS like the OP mentioned and it was really stiff compared to the Vans material and it didn't seal as well so I took it out. Which silicone material did you use...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,875
Posted By alcladrv
I'm not sure what that means, maybe comparable to...

I'm not sure what that means, maybe comparable to somewhat pregnant. Anyway, I've used my SL-30 as the only radio during the past 15 years of flight in both VFR and IFR conditions (sometimes to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-28-2020, 05:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,125
Posted By alcladrv
Aircraft Spruce doesn't appear to have the...

Aircraft Spruce doesn't appear to have the AK-41H, but they have the AK-42H, which is the same one Vans carries. Is the 1/8" grip length too long for this application?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-21-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,401
Posted By alcladrv
It's hard to compare relative longevity of tires...

It's hard to compare relative longevity of tires between pilots. My flying is 90%+ cross-country and I purposely do not do any touch-and-go sessions. I keep track of landings, flight hours and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-21-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,529
Posted By alcladrv
That's some pretty unique wiring. I use both...

That's some pretty unique wiring. I use both power inputs for my G3X system, one from the Main battery and one from the Aux battery. Neither is directly connected to the landing lights, which are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2020, 09:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,178
Posted By alcladrv
Do you really pay $1800/yr. in taxes in Michigan...

Do you really pay $1800/yr. in taxes in Michigan on your RV-7? if so, Wow!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2020, 03:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,888
Posted By alcladrv
I've been using Ray Ban Aviators with G15...

I've been using Ray Ban Aviators with G15 gray/green lenses for decades and they work for me. They are not polarized and I can see both the iPad and my Garmin screens without any problems.
Forum: Safety 11-07-2020, 08:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,501
Posted By alcladrv
You answered you own question. In my experience,...

You answered you own question.

In my experience, if you fly IFR, you're going to end up in in some IMC. When I've been in IMC in my RV-7A, my best tool to indicate potential ice is the OAT reading...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-04-2020, 06:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,767
Posted By alcladrv
Anybody use something like this in the...

Anybody use something like this in the appropriate size? Maybe placed at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions. This picture is from Tractor Supply.
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Forum: Electrical Systems 11-04-2020, 05:43 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 22,121
Posted By alcladrv
Battery Mart is giving me some push back on my...

Battery Mart is giving me some push back on my short-lived PC680. What kind of vehicle did you tell them it was installed in so they would honor the warranty?

PM me if you would like. Thanks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,207
Posted By alcladrv
I use thin jam nuts screwed onto the tiedown...

I use thin jam nuts screwed onto the tiedown rings before the tiedown rings are threaded into the wing. Then I tighten the jam nuts to keep the tiedown rings aligned with the airflow. I forget...
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