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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-26-2022, 03:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 621
Posted By catmandu
PC680 on my -6a going strong after six years, all...

PC680 on my -6a going strong after six years, all parameters normal. I thought at one point it was going to be a short lived one when the blades would not turn smartly during start, but that turned...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2022, 05:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,341
Posted By catmandu
I completed the first project in my weight...

I completed the first project in my weight reduction / CG improvement / IFR upgrade remodel.

Out with the old:

https://i.imgur.com/P0o7Dmyl.jpg

In with the new:

https://i.imgur.com/6vfrSJZl.jpg
Forum: ADS-B 06-17-2022, 07:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 389
Posted By catmandu
I mounted one in the wingtip because I like...

I mounted one in the wingtip because I like having synchronized strobes. I fashioned a bracket that puts is about 3" from the outboard rib to which it is secured. I covered the lighted portion with...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-12-2022, 07:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 880
Posted By catmandu
I misremembered, they were for a six cylinder...

I misremembered, they were for a six cylinder Ford Taurus (2001-2007).

NAPA p/n 700108

https://i.imgur.com/Z91jNrHl.jpg
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-09-2022, 04:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 880
Posted By catmandu
A little bit of sleuthing with my friends at NAPA...

A little bit of sleuthing with my friends at NAPA came up with wires that worked for my installation. If I recall, it was a set for an eight cylinder which gave me many options to get the correct...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2022, 06:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 683
Posted By catmandu
Some people post, "what would you buy if you had...

Some people post, "what would you buy if you had $5M?"

Our host finds a way to go out and fly the ding dang airplane.

Classic.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-19-2022, 04:45 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,557
Posted By catmandu
Walt, is that just a double Adel Clamp on the...

Walt, is that just a double Adel Clamp on the engine mount for the electronics? I do like that if so.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-15-2022, 07:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,012
Posted By catmandu
Is there a reason to send power to both? Does...

Is there a reason to send power to both? Does not solely applying power to Pin 1 Avionics Master accomplish the same thing?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2022, 05:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 742
Posted By catmandu
US Certificate holders can obtain a temporary...

US Certificate holders can obtain a temporary Equivalency License so that they can operate a Canadian registered aircraft. This used to be done in person, but with Covid, I did the whole thing via...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2022, 03:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,353
Posted By catmandu
Not mine, and on Thursday, but borrowed an RV-10...

Not mine, and on Thursday, but borrowed an RV-10 to save 20 lives from death row in Boca Raton. Flew down from Maryland to Savannah and transferred them in Delaware for further transport to their...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-20-2022, 05:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,322
Posted By catmandu
I had the same problem on my purchased -6a...

I had the same problem on my purchased -6a (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=140515), and it also took me a while to figure it out, since the plane flew just fine.

Bellcranks of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2022, 10:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 799
Posted By catmandu
Paradigm change. If you all you have is digits...

Paradigm change. If you all you have is digits to interpret, you learn to interpret them. I glance at the numbers, then send my eyes back outside the airplane and allow my brain to think about the...
Forum: Formation Flying 04-15-2022, 09:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 662
Posted By catmandu
I never heard of any, I always had to fly a bit...

I never heard of any, I always had to fly a bit west. Well worth it, by the way.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2022, 11:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,003
Posted By catmandu
Being a buyer not a builder, just want to confirm...

Being a buyer not a builder, just want to confirm the serial number of a bought airplane is the same thing?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-31-2022, 05:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,184
Posted By catmandu
I emptied the tank of fuel, used 20 psi of...

I emptied the tank of fuel, used 20 psi of positive pressure via a blow gun for an hour to clear fumes (outside), checked the tank with a match to see if all was good (kidding), then applied vacuum...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-31-2022, 05:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,210
Posted By catmandu
It is an old friend, isn't it? I got into the...

It is an old friend, isn't it?

I got into the catalogs and found alternate MS numbers and old part numbers for them and got lucky with NOS when I searched eBay. Especially when you add the word...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2022, 04:41 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 11,814
Posted By catmandu
We inherited the one on the -6a, N28RV. The...

We inherited the one on the -6a, N28RV. The original paperwork shows the builder's own handwriting on the registration application, with a note that says, "It would be nice if I could get a number...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2022, 06:18 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 191,494
Posted By catmandu
It is the dream house my son wanted at age six.

It is the dream house my son wanted at age six.
Forum: COMM 03-08-2022, 10:30 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,791
Posted By catmandu
I’ve been using said single radio unicorn with a...

I’ve been using said single radio unicorn with a handheld backup the last six years. I used the ILS once for real, and only because it helped the crosswind component vs. the available GPS approach....
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-24-2022, 06:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,857
Posted By catmandu
I have a 7.2ah one for my EBuss, which weighs 4.3...

I have a 7.2ah one for my EBuss, which weighs 4.3 lbs. I load test for 30 minutes once a year in actual use, driving everything I expect to use in IFR conditions for 30 minutes. I then replace it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2022, 06:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,478
Posted By catmandu
New tax rules. Gotta use the proceeds of the...

New tax rules. Gotta use the proceeds of the home equity loan for either the purchase or home improvement of your primary or secondary home, or in some instances to fund a business, if you want to...
Forum: GPS 02-22-2022, 04:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By catmandu
How critical are the other items? Can one of...

How critical are the other items? Can one of them be scaled down to 9600 without loss of life or limb?

Just because my car can activate the speed limiter, does not mean I always drive it there. :o
Forum: Autopilots 02-18-2022, 02:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,431
Posted By catmandu
I had a II VGVS that I replaced with a then...

I had a II VGVS that I replaced with a then Vizion (I forget what BK calls that box now) and TT included a patch cord that made it plug and play to existing wiring.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2022, 06:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,285
Posted By catmandu
Reminds me of the time my Mom voiced concern in...

Reminds me of the time my Mom voiced concern in the presence of the OB/GYN about our plan to take our one-day old son from our home in Fallon to our home at the lake (7.5k')

"Ma'am, they do some...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-16-2022, 06:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 13,138
Posted By catmandu
Exactly. You just gotta "do some of that pilot...

Exactly. You just gotta "do some of that pilot sht," Maverick.

For today's last landing, at a field with sketchy AWOS, I took FOREVER to get from my rounded base to final. Once on final, the nose...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-16-2022, 06:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,940
Posted By catmandu
Why do we want a bent stick?

Why do we want a bent stick?
Forum: ADS-B 02-11-2022, 04:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,825
Posted By catmandu
Another reason my Nav Lights switch stays on...

Another reason my Nav Lights switch stays on always (the primary being an indication of battery master left on).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2022, 02:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,094
Posted By catmandu
Worked on finalizing the details of the...

Worked on finalizing the details of the five-figure order I placed with Stein this week.

:) then :eek: and now :confused: but eventually :D
Forum: ADS-B 01-30-2022, 06:59 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 11,766
Posted By catmandu
Molex connector for the wingtip. From...

Molex connector for the wingtip. From experience, IF you need to remove the wings, that is the time to add connectors to any wires that pass through (except maybe for a -12).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2022, 06:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,000
Posted By catmandu
As Mel said, six months was normal. I wanted to...

As Mel said, six months was normal. I wanted to fly my new to me airplane. And I did. Today! Can't land it worth a frick, but there is always tomorrow.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2022, 04:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,000
Posted By catmandu
My change of ownership registration via an...

My change of ownership registration via an expediter service in Oklahoma City happened overnight. THAT was money well spent.
Forum: RV-10 12-27-2021, 09:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,846
Posted By catmandu
Deflect. I can't remember what you did for your...

Deflect. I can't remember what you did for your interior, but have her reach out to a professional to develop a seat that she likes for flying.

I had good luck for a one time project with a public...
Forum: Reviews 12-02-2021, 05:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 985
Posted By catmandu
I second Jason's experience. Multiple products...

I second Jason's experience. Multiple products over many years, most recently the main bearing mod to our -8. Good communication, quick turnaround, and James was very helpful in promptly correcting...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,608
Posted By catmandu
HF freebies in tool bags that travel or get...

HF freebies in tool bags that travel or get forgotten. Craftsman (just because all my other hand tools are Craftsman) in more permanent locations: one at the hangar, one in the garage, etc. I buy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2021, 09:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,906
Posted By catmandu
Worked on re-Americanizing the -8. Prior owner...

Worked on re-Americanizing the -8. Prior owner spent $3k removing N-numbers and adding Canadian Registration. I don't have that money right now to reverse the process. So I found the closest 3M...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-25-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 961
Posted By catmandu
I concentrated on getting my fuel flow...

I concentrated on getting my fuel flow calibration very accurate, and trust it very much. The float senders were also calibrated, but I only really pay attention how they behave near empty, since I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-23-2021, 02:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 940
Posted By catmandu
Not sure what gouge you need, just gotta start...

Not sure what gouge you need, just gotta start pushing buttons on the ground and get used to it. But, I fly a plane with a similar configuration, I use the Horizon for Engine Instruments, and the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2021, 12:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,062
Posted By catmandu
2nd class $125 last month.

2nd class $125 last month.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-20-2021, 05:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,045
Posted By catmandu
If it is a quality build and visually appealing,...

If it is a quality build and visually appealing, given the specifications you gave, I'd say $110k is fair to you both. You would get a nice gain thanks to this market, your friend would get a deal...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-17-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,468
Posted By catmandu
A life well lived, and well loved. Prayers of...

A life well lived, and well loved. Prayers of support to you all.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,995
Posted By catmandu
I have a fuse under the panel. So I simply...

I have a fuse under the panel.

So I simply pull up to the hangar, leaned for ground ops, 900 RPM.

ACS Switch to P-Mag only, then shut down ALT, BATT, and E BATT.

Engine runs (slightly...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-10-2021, 07:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 14,493
Posted By catmandu
Which sucks so bad. I have done so many friendly...

Which sucks so bad. I have done so many friendly transactions on VAF, "I'll send it now, pay me later." Etc.

<SIGH>

We had our happy little island here, and then the scammers got driven down...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-08-2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,547
Posted By catmandu
Is that bare aluminum (looks like it, and I see...

Is that bare aluminum (looks like it, and I see your profile pic)? Whole lot of brown there, not the tell-tale blue of a leak (if you're using 100LL). It seems to me someone played with it already,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-08-2021, 06:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,677
Posted By catmandu
I used a plain white zip tie just today. Stuck...

I used a plain white zip tie just today. Stuck it in until bottomed out, pinch the part sticking out of the mouth of the opening with two fingers to reference FULL, pull it out and read the level...
Forum: RV-10 11-06-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,716
Posted By catmandu
Just want to say 225 hours in the first year-ish...

Just want to say 225 hours in the first year-ish is the way one should fly these planes. You've found issues some would take ten years to find. Well done!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-04-2021, 05:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,440
Posted By catmandu
Butyl, not rubber, and free Prime...

Butyl, not rubber, and free Prime delivery:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NQ89SYS
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2021, 07:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,459
Posted By catmandu
Shoot, brother. I got scared in the plane I have...

Shoot, brother. I got scared in the plane I have had forever just yesterday. Scared is good, makes you look for what's wrong! Guess what? I found it, after only a few seconds! Lived to tell the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,848
Posted By catmandu
Like the certified world, your key is a proper...

Like the certified world, your key is a proper pre-buy from a suitable person. The difference is that pre-buy could be done by someone other than a mechanic, like a knowledgeable builder.

Do your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2021, 08:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,247
Posted By catmandu
Jim, It is more like a cranberries to apple...

Jim,

It is more like a cranberries to apple situation. The -6a policy has multiple named pilots on it, including a student (I am a sucker, I promote RV-ating as much as I can).

I am not exactly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2021, 04:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,247
Posted By catmandu
Dunno, just asked the kids, they said there was...

Dunno, just asked the kids, they said there was an app for that! :D

https://i.imgur.com/btAsUDrl.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,247
Posted By catmandu
Late 80's, flying P-51's were in the (future)...

Late 80's, flying P-51's were in the (future) attainable six figure range.

Super-8 has a 540 up front.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2021, 06:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,247
Posted By catmandu
Finally, the plane I wanted all along!

Back before we started college funds, M'lady and I thought, "Yeah, P-51! If things go as we plan, we just might have to do one of those down the road." Well, we probably should have invested in a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2021, 06:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,408
Posted By catmandu
I rebuilt the panel on our tip up in stages, so I...

I rebuilt the panel on our tip up in stages, so I never quite got around to removing the old one. In the end, I had three sub panels screwed to the original that house the new arrangement and cover...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2021, 06:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,372
Posted By catmandu
I understand the 'nose under the tent' fear from...

I understand the 'nose under the tent' fear from the GA side. But I have been on the other side of the current CFA. The number of manhours and tax dollars that get wasted at times because of a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-12-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,225
Posted By catmandu
"Hey Siri, airplane on deck, start the...

"Hey Siri, airplane on deck, start the engine!"

A boy can dream, can't he? :)
Forum: Safety 10-07-2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,096
Posted By catmandu
Enjoyable thread drift, thank you!

Enjoyable thread drift, thank you!
Forum: Safety 10-07-2021, 07:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,705
Posted By catmandu
First hockey players, now bush pilots! All my...

First hockey players, now bush pilots! All my heroes are getting soft.

Oh wait, fighter pilots started it all.

Disregard. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,258
Posted By catmandu
I use this one with good...

I use this one with good results:

https://www.harborfreight.com/motorcycle-wheel-balancing-stand-98488.html
Forum: Safety 09-22-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,658
Posted By catmandu
Start buying three packs of cheap reading...

Start buying three packs of cheap reading glasses. Leave them everywhere you might need them, and carry a set as well. I started with +0.05’s and moved up every few months to +2.00’s. Then the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,268
Posted By catmandu
I was well away from any influence from Ida, even...

I was well away from any influence from Ida, even had tailwinds from the west at 15 knots.



Hemingway’s is good, but we are more partial to The Narrows’ cakes!
Forum: Southeast 08-31-2021, 07:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,176
Posted By catmandu
I got permission to park at NC26 across the lake,...

I got permission to park at NC26 across the lake, and Enterprise in Mooresville was willing to pick me up there for a rental, probably would do the same for you.
Forum: Safety 08-31-2021, 07:13 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 24,474
Posted By catmandu
A sad but true statement. On a forum of ATP...

A sad but true statement.

On a forum of ATP types there is a thread about "Dangers of GA flying" and for sure a glaring theme is lack of preparedness or training for the unexpected amongst GA...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2021, 07:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,268
Posted By catmandu
Well, not my RV, but a friend's new to him...

Well, not my RV, but a friend's new to him (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=198279). My first almost Coast to Coast cross country in a little...
Forum: Safety 08-27-2021, 12:41 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 24,474
Posted By catmandu
Having had a tip-up latch come from secure in...

Having had a tip-up latch come from secure in flight, there are noticeable (but controllable) effects on pitch at higher speeds, not so much at low speed (we were able to secure the rear of the...
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