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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 08:20 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The propellor 'disk' is mostly air.........but...

The propellor 'disk' is mostly air.........but going to be a bad day for the bird either way. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2021, 12:10 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 12,219
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Applied 7/15, no confirmation received, but LODA...

Applied 7/15, no confirmation received, but LODA arrived in my inbox today.

The LODA was signed by a rep of the Fargo FSDO even though I live in the deep South.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2021, 03:09 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,695
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is what Mr. Google showed...

This is what Mr. Google showed me:

https://www.ajg.com/us/industries/aerospace-and-aviation-insurance-and-consulting/light-aircraft-insurance/
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-02-2021, 07:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,269
Posted By Sam Buchanan
To state the obvious.....but the fuel tanks are...

To state the obvious.....but the fuel tanks are venting properly, right?
Forum: Tools 06-23-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,727
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I agree the HF pliers are only semi-useable as a...

I agree the HF pliers are only semi-useable as a last resort. However, I've found the economy pliers from Aircraft Spruce to be significantly better if you don't want to pop for the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 06-22-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,454
Posted By Sam Buchanan
N284RM accident

In case this accident hasn't already been posted here is preliminary info:

http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2021/05/fatal-accident-occurred-may-24-2021-in.html

Heartbroken for the family involved.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-10-2021, 06:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,343
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Wow....that is a catastrophic failure. However,...

Wow....that is a catastrophic failure. However, it is not at the same location as the small compression fatigue cracks we sometimes see in RV-6 mounts and have been addressed with gussets in later...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-10-2021, 11:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,343
Posted By Sam Buchanan
photos please

Sorry to hear about your -6 being grounded but glad you were able to return to the hangar under power.

I can't help with the mount but would love to see some photos of your cracked mount. Am...
Forum: Safety 06-02-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,647
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I decided the repair on my RV-6 was acceptable to...

I decided the repair on my RV-6 was acceptable to put the plane back into service due to the relatively small area of damage compared to the total leading edge skin area. Seeing a couple of examples...
Forum: Safety 06-01-2021, 09:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,647
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Not me

No, I am not selling my RV-6. :)

http://https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=194892&highlight=Bird+strike...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,137
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Be prepared for folks to think you are flying a...

Be prepared for folks to think you are flying a Cirrus...... :D

Congrats!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2021, 07:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,219
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Not mine, but my friend's RV-6A, O-360. Kinda...

Not mine, but my friend's RV-6A, O-360. Kinda awkward, not recommended for anyone that doesn't have a couple hundred hours of J-3 time. Make sure the keyed ignition switch is on "L", not "Both".

Not...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2021, 07:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,047
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've used a local sign shop to cut all the vinyl...

I've used a local sign shop to cut all the vinyl on my projects for the past 20+ years.
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-10-2021, 09:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 470
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A call to the Trio guys will give you a good...

A call to the Trio guys will give you a good recommendation for the settings.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2021, 09:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 810
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Fuel is not being dumped overboard. The fuel pump...

Fuel is not being dumped overboard. The fuel pump vent is only used if the pump diaphragm developes a leak.

You are seeing a higher flow reading because of fuel pulsing in the Floscan when the Facet...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2021, 10:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,925
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No, just leave it as is. When we formed a local...

No, just leave it as is. When we formed a local RV builders group 20+ years ago a local (non-RV) EAA chapter felt threatened by it and did all they could to shut us down.

We stayed out of the EAA...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-05-2021, 12:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,053
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Also available from Aircraft...

Also available from Aircraft Spruce.

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/safaircav110.php?clickkey=12830

O-rings listed on same page.
Forum: Southeast 05-05-2021, 12:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 831
Posted By Sam Buchanan
First Saturday of every month, gets started about...

First Saturday of every month, gets started about 7:30, turns into a swarm by 8:00, and tapers off around 9:00-ish.

Do some checking in case regular schedule hasn't resumed, but Moontown (3M5) is a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No cracks in the skin, only in the very thin...

No cracks in the skin, only in the very thin paint.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Thank you, neighbor! :D

Thank you, neighbor! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2021, 06:28 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A quote from your link: "Since cold shrinking is...

A quote from your link:

"Since cold shrinking is almost impossible on tempered aluminum....."

Nope, I'm done but thank you for trying to help. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2021, 05:24 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is an interesting technique. However, the...

That is an interesting technique. However, the link describes removing dents in brass and aluminum cans. The 2024 wing skin is tough stuff and once creased and stretched is very reluctant to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2021, 03:54 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Back in the Air

Massaged the skin some more by applying pressure with hand and digits and got it to the point I'm ok with returning the RV-6 to service. If I decide to take the repair to 10/10ths the remaining...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Bill, I am definitely not a tinsmith! Here is...

Bill, I am definitely not a tinsmith!

Here is what I've done thus far. A buck was built up from 3/4" laminations.

This was inserted into the leading edge along with some all-thread so the buck...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That has certainly been my experience in our...

That has certainly been my experience in our heavily waterfowl populated area. I've dodged many birds by flying around them, been close enough a few times to see them tuck and dive.

Never fly under...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Update; Repair Begun

After pulling the tank, I was able to significantly reduce the size of the dent by pushing out on the dent with just my fingers. I'm going to make a buck that fits in the leading edge to hopefully...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Dan, that is an intriguing idea, may have real...

Dan, that is an intriguing idea, may have real possibilities. It would be less obvious than a patch and far less involved than replacing the entire skin.

I'm a bit concerned about retaining wing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Good point, Kyle. I don't have any issues with a...

Good point, Kyle. I don't have any issues with a flush patch, that may be the route forward. The rib on the inboard side of the dent is deformed a little but could probably be addressed once the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I don't feel a bit older than 104.

I don't feel a bit older than 104.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 08:19 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Jeff, you have really dated yourself...... ...

Jeff, you have really dated yourself...... :D

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/emp-3.JPG
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 08:15 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Theoretically....maybe so. But the holes at the...

Theoretically....maybe so.

But the holes at the spar have to line up perfectly to hit the plate nuts in the spar. I don't know if I could prevent enough tolerances from stacking up to make this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 08:10 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I'll take some photos, Paul. :)

I'll take some photos, Paul. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 07:49 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Wink ;) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

;)

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Thank you Jeff and others for the encouragement....

Thank you Jeff and others for the encouragement. Replacing the skin is definitely the last resort, (I can't imagine what a hassle that would be) I can deal with less than perfect esthetics as long as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Paul, our airport is a mile or so from a wildlife...

Paul, our airport is a mile or so from a wildlife refuge and we have numerous waterfoul in our airspace. I suspect it was a small duck or something similar, that is a significant dent.

I'll try...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Mike, on the older RVs a tank is MUCH easier to...

Mike, on the older RVs a tank is MUCH easier to repair than a leading edge. No pre-punched skins.....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 06:24 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,654
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Joined the Bird Strike Club Today

After coexisting uneventfully with our feathered aviators for thirty years my luck ran out today. If this can't be pulled out enough for "body repair" this will be a long, involved repair. No telling...
Forum: RV-4 04-21-2021, 07:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,523
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Been using the PC680's and various clones since...

Been using the PC680's and various clones since 2003.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,727
Posted By Sam Buchanan
In case you missed it, here is a recent thread...

In case you missed it, here is a recent thread about insurance wherein there is a discussion about the pros and cons of self-insuring the hull (liability only) in order to drastically lower...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2021, 09:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,552
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: 32
Views: 5,552
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: 32
Views: 5,552
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: 427
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: 13
Views: 1,381
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: 1,171
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: 516
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: 7,714
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: 7,714
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: 7,714
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: 3,063
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: 3,063
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: 3,063
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: 3,063
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: 13
Views: 1,381
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: 13
Views: 1,381
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: 13
Views: 1,381
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: 13
Views: 1,381
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: 1,518
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: 1,435
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: 1,361
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: 745
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: 915
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: 1,068
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: 1,614
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...
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