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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2017, 10:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,794
Posted By jarhead
Wow... you need some Power Service white...

Wow... you need some Power Service white (https://www.amazon.com/Power-Service-1080-06-Supplement-Anti-Freezer/dp/B001JT5MGI)! Was recommended by many TDI web forum members from Canada (eh?), and I...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-23-2016, 11:59 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 37,888
Posted By jarhead
A year late... Late summer in '97, myself and a...

A year late...


Late summer in '97, myself and a couple other Marines spent 2 days pulling parts off this aircraft to return to the supply system, after our squadron flew it to the Museum. Kinda...
Forum: Tools 12-23-2016, 11:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,355
Posted By jarhead
Running a tap all the way through a nutplate...

Running a tap all the way through a nutplate destroys the thread deformation that provides the locking ability of the nutplate.

Having said that... if you really can't stand how tight a new...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-16-2016, 12:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,551
Posted By jarhead
If all you're doing is cleaning out...

If all you're doing is cleaning out already-threaded holes, and not doing it often, you can make your own thread chasers by cutting one or two slots in the threads of a bolt or screw of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2016, 04:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,954
Posted By jarhead
At the last 2 helicopter MROs I worked for, we...

At the last 2 helicopter MROs I worked for, we used Penetrox A (https://www.amazon.com/Burndy-P8A-Oxide-Inhibiting-Compounds-Container/dp/B008KLX2RY) and a bead of proseal around the antenna base,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2016, 05:16 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 27,386
Posted By jarhead
Based on the old vinyl graphics I've seen and...

Based on the old vinyl graphics I've seen and removed from helicopters over the years, cracking of the vinyl comes after fading colors. I would imagine that's a result of the plasticizers in the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-13-2016, 09:39 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 20,994
Posted By jarhead
Completely anecdotal, but in the course of...

Completely anecdotal, but in the course of working at two different helicopter MRO facilities, none of the old heads would touch a can of Flamemaster sealant if it was provided with a kit, even for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2016, 06:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,786
Posted By jarhead
I've seen some "interesting" things in fuel tanks...

I've seen some "interesting" things in fuel tanks & fuel cells after 20+ years in the helicopter maintenance world. Wood fibers/particles, in that quantity, is NOT one of them.

With that degree of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2016, 10:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,640
Posted By jarhead
There's a lot of contaminates in used engine oil...

There's a lot of contaminates in used engine oil that the filter does not catch; it's not just particulate contamination to be concerned with.

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I think I remember the hot...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-31-2016, 07:39 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 163,499
Posted By jarhead
Seeing things like this is what keeps my RV...

Seeing things like this is what keeps my RV dream's life support "plugged in".

Thanks, Vlad!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2016, 01:42 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 33,418
Posted By jarhead
In a former life I was a crewmember on USMC...

In a former life I was a crewmember on USMC helicopters. Part of our recurring water survival training was instruction and use of the HEEDS (and later, the HABD), which was similar to the SpareAir. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2016, 12:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,563
Posted By jarhead
1. Green Loctite will very likely stain your...

1. Green Loctite will very likely stain your white paint.

2. Green Loctite is not going to fix your problem for very long at all. The "smoke" is a combination of oil and very fine aluminum...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2016, 01:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,835
Posted By jarhead
Leonardo (the helicopter mfr. formerly known as...

Leonardo (the helicopter mfr. formerly known as Agusta), Airbus (the helicopter mfr. formerly known as Eurocopter), Bell, MD Helicopters, and Sikorsky all show the 90* method in their Standard...
Forum: Tools 06-15-2016, 07:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,008
Posted By jarhead
Moving roughly left-to-right, I see a General...

Moving roughly left-to-right, I see a General Tools scratch awl, what looks like an Irwin mini tubing cutter (the little blue block below the awl, a few hole cutters below and left of that, a...
Forum: RV-14 06-07-2016, 05:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 32,552
Posted By jarhead
Those are some beautiful components that Beringer...

Those are some beautiful components that Beringer produces!



This may have been mentioned in other Beringer threads before, but keep an eye on the hardware that secures the brake disc keys to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2016, 12:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,824
Posted By jarhead
I can't see the pic. I'd recommend finding a...

I can't see the pic.

I'd recommend finding a local upholstery shop, and work with them to stitch up exactly what you're looking for. They'll have the heavy-duty sewing machine necessary to sew...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-26-2016, 09:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,961
Posted By jarhead
Ahhh, my favorite three-holer. I've got a little...

Ahhh, my favorite three-holer. I've got a little over 2000hrs in those jets as a boom operator. Wishing very much that my time in them wasn't drawing to a close...





I know the guy you're...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2016, 11:09 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 186,889
Posted By jarhead
Kinda surprised no one has posted the...

Kinda surprised no one has posted the airplane-shaped pool at the Flying W Airport (N14), in Lumberton, NJ.

Not my photo - I used to fly over it semi-often in the KC-10 when we were doing certain...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2016, 09:24 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 16,880
Posted By jarhead
Congrats! That has got to be the most...

Congrats! That has got to be the most wicked-sounding RV on the planet!
I love how on start-up, a few of the construction workers in the background stopped what they were doing - you know you've...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2015, 09:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,287
Posted By jarhead
When I was still actively flying in the AF...

When I was still actively flying in the AF Reserve (KC-10 boom operator), I was required to carry a flashlight for night flights. I have an older Inova X3...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-01-2015, 07:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 20,212
Posted By jarhead
Wow... awesome scheme that came out...

Wow... awesome scheme that came out beautifully.



As a fellow crewdog, I LOVE the "Aircraft Commander's Commander" title under your wife's name! If my RV dream ever comes true, I might just have to...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-03-2015, 06:22 PM
Replies: 636
Views: 420,740
Posted By jarhead
Think of this anti-rotation plate as a very thin...

Think of this anti-rotation plate as a very thin box-end wrench, that is permanently secured to the access cover.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-16-2015, 09:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,521
Posted By jarhead
This is the standard (and expected) method to...

This is the standard (and expected) method to bend cotter pins in my workplace. Also an acceptable alternate method per the Bell Helicopter Standard Practices Manual (BHT-ALL-SPM).

In the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-26-2014, 10:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 10,083
Posted By jarhead
This is what we use at work, for the...

This is what we use at work, for the post-maintenance, pre-customer pickup wash of helicopters. Works like a champ.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,859
Posted By jarhead
Correct. It's not too bad on a 2-blade rotor...

Correct. It's not too bad on a 2-blade rotor system like the -58, but 4+ blades can start to really do a number on the GPS signal quality. Mount the antenna too close to the hub center, and the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,859
Posted By jarhead
Interesting... My employer did a 650 install on...

Interesting...

My employer did a 650 install on an OH-58A for a LE agency several weeks back; they have returned twice for repeated loss of GPS signal in flight. Checks out 100% on the ramp, and in...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-15-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 24,461
Posted By jarhead
You might be surprised at the ductwork in...

You might be surprised at the ductwork in certified helicopters (not just light singles, either) that looks pretty much like your pics above... at 0.0 TSN... from the OEM.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-30-2014, 10:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,900
Posted By jarhead
Ah yes, the Warren Grove range! Spent a lot of...

Ah yes, the Warren Grove range! Spent a lot of time flying over it, and shooting 50cal machine guns at the targets (which weren't anywhere as nice as they are now), when I was in the Marines.



I...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 09-08-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 28,909
Posted By jarhead
Doug, So sorry for your loss. The Reeves family...

Doug,

So sorry for your loss. The Reeves family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 16,250
Posted By jarhead
No input on HF scopes, but a coworker has this...

No input on HF scopes, but a coworker has this one (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Whistler-9mm-Inspection-Camera-with-Bonus-10-Walmart-Gift-Card/30948993) from Walmart. I found a cracked rib in an AW109...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,676
Posted By jarhead
1192 comments received as of 2217EDT; only 729...

1192 comments received as of 2217EDT; only 729 posted.

I commented, FWIW.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2014, 08:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,965
Posted By jarhead
I've never seen any reference to nutplate...

I've never seen any reference to nutplate replacement after x cycles, in 20 years of both .civ and .mil helicopter maintenance, on multiple models from every "major" helicopter OEM (except the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 66,099
Posted By jarhead
Congratulations on fighting the good fight... and...

Congratulations on fighting the good fight... and WINNING!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-13-2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,199
Posted By jarhead
THIS. I use valve grinding compound...

THIS.

I use valve grinding compound (http://www.amazon.com/Permatex-80037-Valve-Grinding-Compound/dp/B000HBM80M) on stubborn Phillips screws at least once a week. Use it straight from the tube; no...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-10-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 33,075
Posted By jarhead
Thanks so much for what you're doing. 3 May 13...

Thanks so much for what you're doing. 3 May 13 was a sad day for all of us tanker folks, not just the -135 community.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-04-2013, 09:28 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 245,083
Posted By jarhead
Used to use MEK to thin PS890 B1/2 and B2 enough...

Used to use MEK to thin PS890 B1/2 and B2 enough to paint it on with an artist's brush. After changing divisions within the company (one where there was no MEK), I used acetone to do the same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2013, 06:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,620
Posted By jarhead
We do it that way at work all the time. The Feds...

We do it that way at work all the time. The Feds don't care, as long as we stick to the manufacturer's shelf life limitations.
Personally, I take pride in estimating how much proseal I'll need for a...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-03-2013, 05:57 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 32,637
Posted By jarhead
I literally felt myself sinking when I saw the...

I literally felt myself sinking when I saw the headline, while skimming the "Old News" on the VAF homepage.

Rest In Peace, sir.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-26-2012, 10:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,102
Posted By jarhead
Nice work!

Nice work!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2012, 09:16 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 45,861
Posted By jarhead
I was quickly scanning over the VAF home page...

I was quickly scanning over the VAF home page this afternoon, when my 3 year-old daughter came flying into the room on yet another whirlwind mission of fun 'n games. Tsamsiyu's photo came on-screen...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-23-2012, 09:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,988
Posted By jarhead
- Zip ties - Spiral wrap (1/4" and 1/2") -...

- Zip ties
- Spiral wrap (1/4" and 1/2")
- ACF-50
- Mouse Milk, Kroil, or some other flavor of penetrating oil
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-06-2012, 09:36 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 19,455
Posted By jarhead
Permatex 77124...

Permatex 77124 (http://www.amazon.com/Permatex-77124-Nickel-Anti-Seize-brush-top/dp/B0002UENJ2) is what we use at work.

I just used it last week, on over 400 fasteners for a medical floor...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2012, 08:27 PM
Replies: 497
Views: 277,093
Posted By jarhead
Once again, I feel like the underachiever in this...

Once again, I feel like the underachiever in this group....

For 11 years, I fixed and flew on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-17-2011, 11:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,660
Posted By jarhead
There's three MS21919-series ideas within your...

There's three MS21919-series ideas within your photo...
I'm one of those people here on VAF that says the bare ziptie on your engine mount needs to go, too.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2011, 10:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,143
Posted By jarhead
Same formula, just different colorants. At my...

Same formula, just different colorants.

At my .civ job, the mechanics use one color, and the QA inspectors use another color. If you don't see two different-colored TQ stripes on a critical item,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2011, 09:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,113
Posted By jarhead
I am proud to admit that Doug (and Tate!) brought...

I am proud to admit that Doug (and Tate!) brought a tear to this grown man's eye.

The last few years have not been kind to my RV dreams, but some day... some day I hope to have this exchange with my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2010, 09:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,866
Posted By jarhead
An Adel clamp.

An Adel clamp.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-08-2010, 10:11 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 36,898
Posted By jarhead
You don't have to buy it - I'm not selling...

You don't have to buy it - I'm not selling anything. ;)
I don't make a habit of taking pictures of damaged parts on a customer's aircraft. You never know when someone in management is going to get...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-07-2010, 11:18 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 36,898
Posted By jarhead
If you're using zipties FWF, at least use quality...

If you're using zipties FWF, at least use quality zipties. That bag of 100-for-$3 at HF, NT, or whatever bargain store is near your location, just isn't gonna cut it in this application. Use a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-06-2010, 11:00 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 36,898
Posted By jarhead
Quoting myself...

Quoting myself...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-06-2010, 10:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,577
Posted By jarhead
Home Depot has a pair of flush-cutting snips in a...

Home Depot has a pair of flush-cutting snips in a 2-piece kit with another pair of sorta-needle-nose pliers, for around $14....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2009, 10:20 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 10,467
Posted By jarhead
Rest In Peace, Marines... SSgt John "Duck"...

Rest In Peace, Marines...

SSgt John "Duck" Howard (http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/jrhoward.htm)
GySgt James "Jimmy" Paige (http://www.check-six.com/Crash_Sites/SeaKnight-USMC-1999.htm)
Cpl Kelly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2009, 10:45 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 17,890
Posted By jarhead
Just about every new-design aviation turbine...

Just about every new-design aviation turbine engine, whether it's turboshaft or turbofan, is FADEC-equipped. Even the majority of "growth" engines are FADEC'd in the upgrade process (example -...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2009, 12:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,970
Posted By jarhead
Keep it refrigerated as much as possible BEFORE...

Keep it refrigerated as much as possible BEFORE it's mixed to really get a long shelf-life...
Forum: Propellers 01-02-2009, 01:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 12,321
Posted By jarhead
A 10x magnifier and a bright light, round and...

A 10x magnifier and a bright light, round and half round files, 220grit paper, 400grit paper, emery paper, crocus cloth, clean it, alodine it, spot-prime & paint it. Remove as little material as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2008, 10:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 25,852
Posted By jarhead
Or modify an old hairdryer to disable the heating...

Or modify an old hairdryer to disable the heating elements, put a reducing cone on the output end, and run it on a low setting for a few minutes through the oil fill/dipstick tube to blow the worst...
Forum: Tools 12-26-2008, 10:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,658
Posted By jarhead
At my civilian job, my toolbox was right near the...

At my civilian job, my toolbox was right near the big hangar doors. I'd sometimes get surface rust over the weekends on things like safetywire pliers and diagonal cutters (basically the non-chromed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-25-2008, 11:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,659
Posted By jarhead
Disclaimer - I'm not a pilot yet. However... I...

Disclaimer - I'm not a pilot yet.

However...
I can say with 100% certainty that once I am "RV complete" and flying with my wife, a clean, well-stocked FBO restroom will get our return business. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2008, 01:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,516
Posted By jarhead
I use Sta-Bil in my outdoor stuff (mower,...

I use Sta-Bil in my outdoor stuff (mower, pressure washer, generator, snowblower). Everything starts easily after the off-season.

No experience with mogas/Sta-Bil in an aviation capacity...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-22-2008, 07:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,867
Posted By jarhead
When I was in the Marines, we occasionally used...

When I was in the Marines, we occasionally used an Epocast product called "syntactic foam" for repairs in bonded-aluminum-honeycomb panels. It was a 2-part mix that expanded to fill voids.

A brief...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2008, 11:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,615
Posted By jarhead
Man, I can't wait to add something worthwhile to...

Man, I can't wait to add something worthwhile to this thread!
One piece of the puzzle is due to arrive late in February... and the other piece is on the FedEx truck as of this afternoon...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2008, 02:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,293
Posted By jarhead
Good luck getting a FSDO rep to buy off on...

Good luck getting a FSDO rep to buy off on that...

I had 8+ years of heavily-documented USMC aircraft maintenance experience to show the FSDO... it didn't matter. All I got was the Airframe test...
Forum: Safety 12-06-2008, 02:11 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,380
Posted By jarhead
"How am I going to explain this if it doesn't end...

"How am I going to explain this if it doesn't end well?" has stopped me in my tracks more than a few times in my life.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-17-2008, 11:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,410
Posted By jarhead
Comments are in red for each pic. Looks good.

Comments are in red for each pic.
Looks good.
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