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Forum: RV-8/8A 10-11-2021, 09:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By Steve
I recently added electric trim to my -9A. I...

I recently added electric trim to my -9A. I changed the 1 3/8 dimension to 1 1/4 to better align the pitch rod with the trim tab horn. That change also centered the rod in the slot opening in the...
Forum: Tools 10-08-2021, 08:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 775
Posted By Steve
I also used Stein's lower priced crimper tool. I...

I also used Stein's lower priced crimper tool. I never used the extra cost high density die when I built my G3X panel. Dynon and the others may be different.
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-03-2021, 09:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,652
Posted By Steve
MY ASI is set to mph so it's 90, 80, 70 for...

MY ASI is set to mph so it's 90, 80, 70 for downwind, base, and final. Those numbers convert to 78, 70, 61 kts. Keep in mind flap operating speed on the 9 is 90 mph or 78 kts.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-29-2021, 07:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 479
Posted By Steve
PM sent on the FT-60.

PM sent on the FT-60.
Forum: RV-10 09-27-2021, 08:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 424
Posted By Steve
I purchased the new fitting at my local hydraulic...

I purchased the new fitting at my local hydraulic hose shop. The only issue is you can't remove the metal keepers and nylon nuts from the plastic brake lines without possibly damaging those plastic...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,903
Posted By Steve
This is from a text I received the other...

This is from a text I received the other day:
Picture the Eagle on the lunar surface. The caption reads, "There are two kinds of countries; those who use the metric system and those who have landed...
Forum: Tools 09-24-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 839
Posted By Steve
I bought a piece of flat steel bar from Home...

I bought a piece of flat steel bar from Home Depot. It is 1/4" thick x 2" wide x 36" long. I had to remove some surface rust, using sandpaper and a block, before it was ready for back rivet duty.
I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,903
Posted By Steve
We also flew home from Carson City NV to Ogden UT...

We also flew home from Carson City NV to Ogden UT on Monday. Beautiful day with light and variable winds at 9500. The flight took 2.8 hrs.
Compare that to the flight over on Saturday to Carson with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2021, 08:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 973
Posted By Steve
I used this route when I flew from Vero Beach FL...

I used this route when I flew from Vero Beach FL to Ogden UT.
Day 1 - KVRB to KDUA, Durant Regional where we spent the night in the hotel casino just north of the airport. I made 2 other fuel stops...
Forum: RV-4 09-22-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 989
Posted By Steve
I used PreKote on my -9A last year. It is...

I used PreKote on my -9A last year. It is available from Spruce in quarts and gallons. Most of the major airframe builders switched to this stuff years...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,027
Posted By Steve
We'll be arriving Saturday and departing on...

We'll be arriving Saturday and departing on Monday. Two years ago we parked our rental car in the church lot down the block from the main gate. IIRC it was $15 per day. Cash only.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-14-2021, 08:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,018
Posted By Steve
An assortment of screws used on tail fairings,...

An assortment of screws used on tail fairings, wheel pants, inspection covers, aft bulkhead, seat pans, etc.
Cotter pins and safety wire.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-28-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,730
Posted By Steve
I have the same list with the addition of a...

I have the same list with the addition of a throatless shear.
Forum: Reviews 08-19-2021, 08:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,264
Posted By Steve
Follow up question

How much did your CG move after the prop swap? The GA prop is about 20 pounds lighter than the fixed pitch Sensenich, correct?
Forum: Reviews 08-18-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,264
Posted By Steve
Cole, Are the forward and aft spinner bulkheads...

Cole,
Are the forward and aft spinner bulkheads included with the prop and spinner or are they purchased from Van's? Can my existing spinner and bulkhead(s) be used with this prop?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-09-2021, 08:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,991
Posted By Steve
I had a new tire delaminate on the inside. The...

I had a new tire delaminate on the inside. The rubber edge wore a groove in the tube which eventually caused the tube to fail. This was over a 2 month period.
I contacted Aircraft Spruce customer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2021, 07:51 AM
Replies: 218
Views: 17,583
Posted By Steve
I received mine yesterday. It took 1 week. Salt...

I received mine yesterday. It took 1 week. Salt Lake FSDO. The op limits state it's good for 48 months.
Forum: RV-14 07-11-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,629
Posted By Steve
I calibrated my -9A equipped with a G3X Touch...

I calibrated my -9A equipped with a G3X Touch system using the "add one gallon at a time" method. The calibration value for both tanks remained the same starting at the 15 gallon level up to the 18...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-06-2021, 07:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,237
Posted By Steve
Subscribed. Has the plane with the FAB problems...

Subscribed.
Has the plane with the FAB problems ever had a condition inspection? Or was it a setup?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 998
Posted By Steve
I have camped at West Yellowstone airport a few...

I have camped at West Yellowstone airport a few times. Very nice. There's a rack of mountain bikes to ride the 1 mile into town. Call ahead to the FBO to inquire about the camp showers availability....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 819
Posted By Steve
Every airplane, including experimentals, pays $28...

Every airplane, including experimentals, pays $28 per night to camp. I think there is a 2 tent limit for each airplane.
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-02-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,099
Posted By Steve
My hangar partner has a RV6 tip-up. He mounted...

My hangar partner has a RV6 tip-up. He mounted his GDL-82 under the RH seat on a bracket mounted between 2 floor ribs. He mounted the antenna on a plate under the plexiglass above the baggage...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-02-2021, 08:25 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,708
Posted By Steve
One of the things I've learned after many OSH...

One of the things I've learned after many OSH trips is that early Saturday departures can be concerning/difficult because:
- You need to get a refund for unused camping days. After all, 30 bucks is...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-29-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,914
Posted By Steve
Coming up from Vero Beach, I packed a sandwich...

Coming up from Vero Beach, I packed a sandwich which I ate at my second fuel stop in western Kentucky. I stopped in DeKalb IL for my last fuel stop before OSH. DeKalb always had hot dogs on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2021, 08:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,291
Posted By Steve
I'm ADSB equipped and my flight path on Flight...

I'm ADSB equipped and my flight path on Flight Aware from UT to OSH is 3 short line segments. There are not many ground stations out here in the west. Practically anonymous.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2021, 07:31 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 14,214
Posted By Steve
I just renewed and was pleasantly surprised at...

I just renewed and was pleasantly surprised at the new lower rate considering I received an email last month telling me to expect a higher premium for the upcoming year.
Anyway, I'm 68 with 2200...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-06-2021, 07:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,404
Posted By Steve
My experience was that the lead turns into a grey...

My experience was that the lead turns into a grey goop after filling the spark plug electrode cavity with Hoppes #9 and letting it work overnight. You can clean the spark plug but I don't want it in...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-05-2021, 08:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,917
Posted By Steve
+1 on Stark and Stein I bought my original...

+1 on Stark and Stein
I bought my original avionics from Stark back in '08 and I bought my G3X package from them last year.
I also have an account with Stein.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-04-2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,976
Posted By Steve
I replaced one of my steps with a new one (the...

I replaced one of my steps with a new one (the crack propagated around to the outer face) and repaired the other with the gusset purchased from Vans.

I recommend going the weld repair route...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,133
Posted By Steve
DeKalb, IL, KDKB, was my usual last stop before...

DeKalb, IL, KDKB, was my usual last stop before KOSH coming up from FL. But we overnighted one year due to WX. I can't remember the hotel name, (Red Roof Inn?), but it was next door to a Culvers. The...
Forum: Primers 05-13-2021, 07:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,004
Posted By Steve
Alumiprep, acid, and alodine are hazardous to you...

Alumiprep, acid, and alodine are hazardous to you and the environment. The Prekote data sheet lists just about every airframe builder worldwide using their product as the first step in the paint...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2021, 07:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,385
Posted By Steve
The usual 5-10 from UT will be there.

The usual 5-10 from UT will be there.
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-04-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,051
Posted By Steve
There was a turbine engine as well as a recip...

There was a turbine engine as well as a recip engine developed as part of the GAP program. I was an engineer at Williams International back in those days. We manufactured several components of the...
Forum: Visual Flight Rules 04-29-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 27,010
Posted By Steve
Head east from Bend to pick up I-84. Follow that...

Head east from Bend to pick up I-84. Follow that to Echo Junction UT, east of Ogden, to pick up I-80. Take 80 to Laramie WY than take the shortcut over US 287 to Boulder CO. You'll be up at 9500 or...
Forum: Florida (South) 04-16-2021, 07:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 752
Posted By Steve
Same thing when I flew to KEYW. I also stayed...

Same thing when I flew to KEYW.
I also stayed west of MIA airspace then flew over all the keys all the way down. Coming home, I took a left at Marathon and cut across the water to the mainland.
Forum: Propellers 04-11-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,441
Posted By Steve
I own a 9A / 160. I went with the fixed pitch...

I own a 9A / 160. I went with the fixed pitch Sensenich when I finished the plane in '08 because I got a very good deal on it, (new-in-box-never-installed). I've been happy with it over the last 925...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-08-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,702
Posted By Steve
I've always used hand towels. Catch them on sale...

I've always used hand towels. Catch them on sale for about a $1 at WalMart. They come in a wide variety of colors. Buy the 100% cotton ones for later use on the windshield.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,525
Posted By Steve
My airport also requires hangar owners to carry...

My airport also requires hangar owners to carry insurance. I went through Falcon Insurance, who also brokers my -9A. My policy cost $549 this year for $1M liability and full replacement cost. My...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-18-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,905
Posted By Steve
Not that my insurance company was staffed by...

Not that my insurance company was staffed by moonlighting Van's engineers, but they were perfectly fine with me building 5 hours time-in-type using a -6A before they insured my -9A. Their thinking...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-11-2021, 07:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,971
Posted By Steve
I installed one of the 8"x11" units in my -9A...

I installed one of the 8"x11" units in my -9A last year. I put it in the bay next to my left knee.
I took about 1/8" off the top of the aft frame leg to locate the mesh net pocket as far aft as...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-11-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,971
Posted By Steve
I installed one of these last year. I put it in...

I installed one of these last year. I put it in the bay next to my left knee.
I took about 1/8" off the top of the aft frame leg to locate the mesh net pocket as far aft as possible. Use double sided...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 656
Posted By Steve
I mounted my GMU11 aft of the baggage bulkhead...

I mounted my GMU11 aft of the baggage bulkhead using Van's bracket. It calibrated just fine. If nothing else, that location resulted in shorter wire runs.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-01-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,887
Posted By Steve
Install the rudder stops then adjust then adjust...

Install the rudder stops then adjust then adjust the rod ends.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 02-28-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,070
Posted By Steve
I lived in FL from '10 thru '18. I flew my RV to...

I lived in FL from '10 thru '18. I flew my RV to SnF 3 times and drove over another 4 times. I never camped and always returned home the same day. I did hang out in the HBC welcome tent most of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,957
Posted By Steve
Oshkosh wouldn't be the same without this event....

Oshkosh wouldn't be the same without this event. We'll be there.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-12-2021, 09:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,864
Posted By Steve
https://photos.app.goo.gl/7eSZxshdKP5Q2eMLA 3...

https://photos.app.goo.gl/7eSZxshdKP5Q2eMLA

3 pics: the finished install without the lens, the dimensioned paint shadow of the prototype adapter plate, and left over parts including the cardboard...
Forum: COMM 02-11-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,345
Posted By Steve
Don't most smartphones have an FM radio these...

Don't most smartphones have an FM radio these days? My cheapo 3 year old Moto G6 has one. The headphone/audio cable acts as the antenna.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,210
Posted By Steve
Enjoy the next chapter. It took me all of a day...

Enjoy the next chapter. It took me all of a day to adjust to retirement, although I do miss the social interaction at work.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-04-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,864
Posted By Steve
I haven't detected any EFI noise in the radio....

I haven't detected any EFI noise in the radio. The big difference is the weight with the old DW weighing 2 oz and the new LED coming in at 16 oz.
Before the LED, I replaced the 55w HID bulb with a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-03-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,864
Posted By Steve
I just replaced my Duckworks HID light with one...

I just replaced my Duckworks HID light with one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088NP81YV?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_asin_image

Not quite a drop-in replacement. I had to build a simple adapter...
Forum: Flight Testing 02-03-2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,243
Posted By Steve
I flew mine and I would politely decline to fly...

I flew mine and I would politely decline to fly any other plane I didn't build.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2021, 07:18 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 12,492
Posted By Steve
My public airport requires an airworthy aircraft...

My public airport requires an airworthy aircraft be inside the hangar. Kit or project aircraft must have a completion timeline which the builder must periodically update and be actively...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,205
Posted By Steve
My group had a car twice in past years: 2003 - We...

My group had a car twice in past years:
2003 - We were camped in the North 40 (pre-RV days). Our friends airlined to Chicago, rented a car, then parked in what is now H Lot, on the north side of HBC,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-10-2021, 10:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,150
Posted By Steve
I had to do the following to get my GTX-327 to...

I had to do the following to get my GTX-327 to communicate with my G3X:
1. Update the 327 firmware. $40 at the avionics shop.
2. Go to the 327 configuration page. Change the RS232 INPUT and OUTPUT to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-10-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,273
Posted By Steve
Android device: Touch the 3 bars in the top left...

Android device:
Touch the 3 bars in the top left corner.
Settings
Aircraft
Touch aircraft to edit data
Touch CHECKLIST
Touch IMPORT FROM AIRCRAFT
Find your plane on the acft mfg list
Edit as req'd.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-09-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,845
Posted By Steve
The ECI of old had PMA, part manufacturing...

The ECI of old had PMA, part manufacturing authority, meaning their engine parts could be found on factory airplanes, i.e. Pipers and Cessnas. ECI engine part numbers were the same as Lycoming part...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-22-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,444
Posted By Steve
off topic

This thread reminded me of a time waay back when I tied a 30 foot long string to my neighbors cat's collar then put the cat into the air duct feeding back into the neighbors apartment from my place....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-19-2020, 07:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,084
Posted By Steve
Tropic Aero, also in Indintown, did the 500 hour...

Tropic Aero, also in Indintown, did the 500 hour service on my Slick mags. I delivered the mags to him. About a 20 minute drive west from Stuart.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-17-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,499
Posted By Steve
I enjoyed reading that trip report. Yes, it's a...

I enjoyed reading that trip report. Yes, it's a long taxi to the fuel pumps no matter which runway you use at Delta, UT.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 781
Posted By Steve
I cover the upper 4" of my oil cooler with...

I cover the upper 4" of my oil cooler with aluminum tape in the winter. With the OAT at 20 degrees, I'll see 175 degrees oil temp.
I plug the two cabin air vents with 3/4" thick foam. A 2"x2" square...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 12-15-2020, 08:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,361
Posted By Steve
I had a few reasons why I flew to Blanding...

I had a few reasons why I flew to Blanding instead of the other dirt strips:

1. Blanding has fuel and it was discounted for the event. It was a 2 hour flight each way and I didn't want to arrive...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 12-12-2020, 08:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,361
Posted By Steve
Backcountry Santa

On Thursday, 12/10, 42 airplanes departed from Salt Lake Int'l, KSLC, or their nearby home airport to deliver food, toys, clothing, and other necessities to the Navajo Nations in southeast...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-11-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 776
Posted By Steve
I was once told that vtachgen came from an 80's...

I was once told that vtachgen came from an 80's vintage Ford LTD. It was part of the cruise control system.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-10-2020, 05:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,586
Posted By Steve
How to setup and use the wt & bal function in the...

How to setup and use the wt & bal function in the G3X.
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