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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-22-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,753
Posted By Buggsy2
Yes. Small aircraft statistically are risky...

Yes. Small aircraft statistically are risky forms of transportation regardless.

I flew an Aircoupe from Sacramento to Oshkosh (and back), and several times to the Seattle area and Arizona....
Forum: ADS-B 02-10-2015, 06:54 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 29,758
Posted By Buggsy2
Yeah, it's way too late for AOPA to expect these...

Yeah, it's way too late for AOPA to expect these changes to happen now.

Their position reminds me of so many advocacy groups. Their message is for the "base", to keep the faithful, faithful. But...
Forum: ADS-B 02-09-2015, 01:04 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 29,758
Posted By Buggsy2
And maybe Dynon's ADSB Out? I've queried on the...

And maybe Dynon's ADSB Out?

I've queried on the Dynon Forum.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2015, 10:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,132
Posted By Buggsy2
Link to the online...

Link to the online article:

http://sportaviation.epubxp.com/i/448916

I imagine you have to be a member and login to view it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2015, 01:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,147
Posted By Buggsy2
That's me. My expertise before was owning an...

That's me. My expertise before was owning an Aircoupe and doing owner-assisted annuals, which gave me the courage to attempt a build.

You're wise to question if the RVs are for you and if you could...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,611
Posted By Buggsy2
Yes but the original owner still built each one,...

Yes but the original owner still built each one, one at a time. A second owner wouldn't report their first-flight back to Vans. And given that not all original builders will report their first-flight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2015, 02:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,611
Posted By Buggsy2
If the FAA would allow completely pro-built kits,...

If the FAA would allow completely pro-built kits, like with the LS RV-12, these numbers would be substantially higher. Amazing to think nearly 9000 builders have carried their project all the way to...
Forum: ADS-B 01-13-2015, 09:00 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 23,056
Posted By Buggsy2
Not sure radar will be decommissioned in my...

Not sure radar will be decommissioned in my lifetime. More importantly radar is not particularly accurate. ADSB will allow closer spacing of aircraft, very important to the airlines.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2015, 10:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,995
Posted By Buggsy2
I'd finish the project. You'll get a lot more for...

I'd finish the project. You'll get a lot more for a finished, flying aircraft. Something is going to give with respect to the 3rd Class Medical and there's a good chance you will be able to fly your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2015, 07:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,710
Posted By Buggsy2
I installed a Duckworth leading edge light in a...

I installed a Duckworth leading edge light in a QB wing. I measured a dozen times before I cut and it went well. At that time the LEDs were weak, maybe they are sufficient now and you can install in...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-01-2015, 08:44 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 65,583
Posted By Buggsy2
I and a buddy went through the same decision on...

I and a buddy went through the same decision on our two aircraft, both still under build so I can't give you operational anecdotes.

I decided to go all EIs. Better fuel efficiency and operation, two...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2014, 09:20 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,689
Posted By Buggsy2
Color me skeptical; 6-8 knot increase in cruise...

Color me skeptical; 6-8 knot increase in cruise or top speed just from this?

Not dissing Catto or his engineers (I have a 3-blade resting on the dining room table :rolleyes:) but from long...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-26-2014, 10:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,135
Posted By Buggsy2
Yeah...make me jealous at year's end :mad: I've...

Yeah...make me jealous at year's end :mad:

I've never flown to Catalina but it's on my todo list. If I didn't want to get a life jacket I could fly high enough to glide either way at midpoint, right?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2014, 10:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,880
Posted By Buggsy2
Very nice. I've seen this depiction of winds...

Very nice. I've seen this depiction of winds before, but this site has additional overlays, selection of altitude, and forecasts.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-11-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,661
Posted By Buggsy2
I took Wally's Empennage class at the start of my...

I took Wally's Empennage class at the start of my build...best thing I did. On a Saturday you get the basics of Al metal working. Then Monday through Friday in 40 to 45 hours, you build your entire...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-04-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,827
Posted By Buggsy2
KDWA (Yolo Airport). Sure, I couldn't get in 100%...

KDWA (Yolo Airport). Sure, I couldn't get in 100% of the time...but it would provide more options than I have now as VFR only.
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-03-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,827
Posted By Buggsy2
All-- Thanks for your very helpful replies....

All--

Thanks for your very helpful replies. You've convinced me that an iPad is not a proper IFR backup. The good news for me is mechanical round gages are not required; I could use an independent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2014, 06:01 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 15,661
Posted By Buggsy2
Gee. Too often I see deviations from Vans plans...

Gee. Too often I see deviations from Vans plans and instructions here that I just wonder about. Rarely, especially in the firewall-aft part of the build, have I seen a deviation or alteration that is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,413
Posted By Buggsy2
I'll let others try to help Don recover his...

I'll let others try to help Don recover his file...however for everybody using Kitlog or any program with a valuable data file, here's what I do.

I install Dropbox (or Google Drive or any "cloud"...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-02-2014, 10:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,827
Posted By Buggsy2
Future-proofing for IFR

I plan on a day/night VFR aircraft with all Dynon display: no round gages, no vacuum pump. Backup will be an iPad running WingX or similar, perhaps connected to a portable AHRS connected to static...
Forum: California 11-30-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,255
Posted By Buggsy2
There's a fairly active RV Club, SacRVators, that...

There's a fairly active RV Club, SacRVators, that covers the Sacramento Valley, Sierra foothills, to Fairfield and Stockton. I'm organizing their annual Christmas dinner :rolleyes: I'll send a PM...
Forum: APRS Tracking 11-30-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 26,599
Posted By Buggsy2
This. Build It, and somebody will use it. Further...

This. Build It, and somebody will use it. Further automation (not necessarily with your EFIS) could be turbulence (from a smartphone/tablet, using its internal motion sensors). Combined with the...
Forum: California 11-29-2014, 09:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,255
Posted By Buggsy2
If you're willing to locate to Yolo Airport, in...

If you're willing to locate to Yolo Airport, in Yolo County between Woodland and Davis (KDWU), they seem to have a bit more hangar turnover than other airports. Send a PM and I'll inquire with the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-29-2014, 09:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 11,282
Posted By Buggsy2
Since this thread has drifted to starting...

Since this thread has drifted to starting procedures and safety, I'll add my gripe: pilots that yell "Clear!" then turn the prop a fraction of a second later. Geez, wait a few seconds for people to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-27-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 49,277
Posted By Buggsy2
I'm curious what there is to a couple of...

I'm curious what there is to a couple of contactors to "outperform". I'm a fan of VP, having got their last VP-200, but really wish their efforts would continue in that direction (flight automation...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2014, 11:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,408
Posted By Buggsy2
This. I've been reading this thread with interest...

This. I've been reading this thread with interest because I have to push my little Aircoupe up a ramp, over tracks for the sliding T-hangar doors, and finally into the hangar. I find it difficult...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2014, 10:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,708
Posted By Buggsy2
Let me drift the thread a bit: Do any of these...

Let me drift the thread a bit:

Do any of these iPad flight planners offer geo-referenced taxi diagrams? That is, it shows your real-time location on an airport diagram with taxiways.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2014, 01:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,888
Posted By Buggsy2
There is no way a new FAA-accepted fuel will...

There is no way a new FAA-accepted fuel will cause problems to a big chunk of aircraft engines.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-25-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,529
Posted By Buggsy2
When I am tempted to use some "bargain"...

When I am tempted to use some "bargain" component, I think:

What is the price savings divided by the approximate total cost of the build?

So let's say the cost savings of this wire over proper wire...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,526
Posted By Buggsy2
Been there. Still there, in a way. Tubing stopped...

Been there. Still there, in a way. Tubing stopped me for weeks, and after buying and ruining tons of it I'm still not really happy with how it looks.

Anyway, you might need a lot more than a flight....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2014, 04:45 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,888
Posted By Buggsy2
Gee...this should be in the Never-Ending Debate...

Gee...this should be in the Never-Ending Debate section of VAF.

I chose fuel injection because:


I wanted to move from 1930s tech to 1940s tech.
No carb icing problems.
The possibility of doing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2014, 03:12 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 25,625
Posted By Buggsy2
Oh, very good reason. Someday when my RV is no...

Oh, very good reason. Someday when my RV is no longer a builder but a flyer, I'd like to consider that. May install something in the baggage compartment then. Always wondered why Vans didn't make the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 25,625
Posted By Buggsy2
Wow, 28 additional gallons...just curious, why so...

Wow, 28 additional gallons...just curious, why so much? I would think 5-8 gallons each tip, for a total of 10-16 additional gallons, would give a very good total range or endurance.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2014, 10:28 PM
Replies: 261
Views: 83,771
Posted By Buggsy2
I'd much rather have the legislation pass than...

I'd much rather have the legislation pass than take whatever meager bone the FAA would give us. I haven't emailed my congresscritters on this topic but that will change tomorrow.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,392
Posted By Buggsy2
One would think the cell companies would offer a...

One would think the cell companies would offer a very cheap service for uses like this that barely use their towers.
Forum: Safety 11-13-2014, 09:09 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 28,032
Posted By Buggsy2
You do the same as current IFR pilots who depart...

You do the same as current IFR pilots who depart in very low or zero-zero conditions, or the same as the IFR pilots whose dry vacuum pump or mechanical gyros fail them: you realize you're screwed....
Forum: Safety 11-12-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 28,032
Posted By Buggsy2
As usual I'll offer a contrary opinion. Well, not...

As usual I'll offer a contrary opinion. Well, not about VFR in IMC conditions. Legally it's stupid.

But technically?

I really wish the FAA and the alphabet organizations (looking at you AOPA and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-02-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,640
Posted By Buggsy2
I just answered this sort of question on an...

I just answered this sort of question on an Ercoupe forum, though that device was for a Garmin 195. However otherwise everything should work. I know you said you don't have room on the panel,...
Forum: Reviews 10-31-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,265
Posted By Buggsy2
Tostens...

Tostens (http://tostenmanufacturing.com/product-category/aircraft-grips/) has several models, which models are you guys using?
Forum: California 10-26-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,148
Posted By Buggsy2
Beautiful shot of the UC Berkeley campus and The...

Beautiful shot of the UC Berkeley campus and The Campanile (ok, Sather Tower)...lots of childhood memories as my mother was from Berkeley and we'd visit during the year. I didn't realize so many...
Forum: Reviews 10-26-2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,810
Posted By Buggsy2
Dittos with ACS. I've ordered 30-40 times from...

Dittos with ACS. I've ordered 30-40 times from them over the years, and only got one order wrong, a custom coax cable. Once confirmed with photos I emailed them, I got the correct one shipped the...
Forum: APRS Tracking 10-22-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 17,823
Posted By Buggsy2
Which is appropriate for an aircraft? I would...

Which is appropriate for an aircraft? I would think 10w is too much; lurking here over the years, I see the APRS ground-based people occasionally get PO'ed at aircraft over-using the system.
Forum: APRS Tracking 10-22-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 17,823
Posted By Buggsy2
Is the Byonics MT-RTG APRS tracker still the preferred unit?

Early on in my Quick-Build + Slow-Assembly of an RV-9A, I installed an antenna and ran coax for an APRS tracker.

Years later and I'm approaching instrument install (Dynon+VP-200). I haven't yet...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,166
Posted By Buggsy2
Don't the later iDevices also receive the Russian...

Don't the later iDevices also receive the Russian GLONASS signal? The European Space Agency is or will be launching their own nav sats, I just read where the Indians have plans for same, and I'm sure...
Forum: Tools 08-29-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,938
Posted By Buggsy2
Handy angle attachments

Another couple of tools that I didn't know for 5 years, and a building buddy told me about. Now I use them all the time:

Small right-angle drill attachment. I got a stupidly huge one early on, which...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2014, 08:45 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,134
Posted By Buggsy2
This. I've given many kids and adults rides and...

This.

I've given many kids and adults rides and only sort-of questioned one. I sold a ride for a charity auction so didn't see the winner until at the airport for his ride. He was a very old...
Forum: ADS-B 08-22-2014, 11:30 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 20,404
Posted By Buggsy2
<sigh>The point is that all-electric cars don't...

<sigh>The point is that all-electric cars don't pay anything for highway maintenance, hence, governments are exploring other ways of having those cars pay their fair share.

But back to the OP?s...
Forum: ADS-B 08-22-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 20,404
Posted By Buggsy2
You brought up a GPS-tracking study in SF for...

You brought up a GPS-tracking study in SF for cars...now what that has to do with the price of tea in China I'm not sure, but I explained why governments are looking into alternate ways of paying for...
Forum: ADS-B 08-21-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 20,404
Posted By Buggsy2
Trying to reduce the paranoia here...as cars get...

Trying to reduce the paranoia here...as cars get much better gas mileage, and electric cars don't use any gas, and the Federal tax per gallon hasn't increased in 20 years, our highways are getting a...
Forum: ADS-B 08-21-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 20,404
Posted By Buggsy2
Not really, maybe something on his plane is...

Not really, maybe something on his plane is generating interference. I'd blame ADSB only if another pilot flying nearby at the same time reports the same problems.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-13-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,569
Posted By Buggsy2
Discussed here...

Discussed here http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=116204 with less than universal approval ;)

Automation and better assistance while flying (and everything else) is inevitable,...
Forum: Tools 08-13-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,567
Posted By Buggsy2
Cheap but good wobble extensions.

A friend clued me in to these wonderful extensions: http://www.harborfreight.com/14-in-38-in-12-in-drive-wobble-socket-extensions-9-pc-67971.html

$15 bucks right now for a total of 9 pieces and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2014, 09:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,361
Posted By Buggsy2
I missed the back story...why did you have to...

I missed the back story...why did you have to remove a wall?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2014, 08:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 11,677
Posted By Buggsy2
That is a Fine video.

That is a Fine video.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2014, 10:43 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 12,616
Posted By Buggsy2
On the other hand, the Asian flight crew...

On the other hand, the Asian flight crew apparently committed exactly that error with today's equipment.

But it's intellectually shallow to criticize new technology as a crutch for the lazy,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 12,616
Posted By Buggsy2
But the appropriate question is, how many...

But the appropriate question is, how many airplanes don't land gear up because of the gear horn blaring and reminding a momentarily inattentive pilot?

I haven't yet seen the Vimeo videos that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 12,616
Posted By Buggsy2
Maybe this should be in a separate thread, but...

Maybe this should be in a separate thread, but how much really is useless (or more useless than useful)? I respect your opinion so it's a serious question.

I haven't yet flown with the gizmo stuff...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-09-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,256
Posted By Buggsy2
Wow, what a great trip report and photos, though...

Wow, what a great trip report and photos, though yeah, too bad you have to leave your plane behind but at least it seems it will be in good hands. These reports are motivation to get back out to the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-07-2014, 12:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,729
Posted By Buggsy2
Ah, thanks, is this something Vans is offering...

Ah, thanks, is this something Vans is offering now? I'm gonna use Dynon's AOA pitot tube which should do the same thing.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-07-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,729
Posted By Buggsy2
Oh? What's this? I got an RV-9A kit in early...

Oh? What's this? I got an RV-9A kit in early 2009, I don't recall any stall warning added at any time. You mean a change to the wing design to better indicate an imminent stall?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 53,836
Posted By Buggsy2
True enough, and Congress only spells out very...

True enough, and Congress only spells out very clear instructions in laws when they want to reward their corporate masters with targeted tax breaks:). For everything else the implementing agency gets...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 53,836
Posted By Buggsy2
The flying aircraft can ONLY be kept where...

The flying aircraft can ONLY be kept where there's a runway...the project, lots of places other than an airport. The Federal subsidy (our Federal taxes) that almost all airports get are to be used to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 53,836
Posted By Buggsy2
"Non-aviation use" is any use that doesn't...

"Non-aviation use" is any use that doesn't require a runway. It doesn't matter what is being stored or worked on in an airport hangar, if it doesn't require a runway now or in the near future, it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2014, 10:52 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 53,836
Posted By Buggsy2
And thank god they do. That stranglehold...

And thank god they do. That stranglehold prevented the University of California (Davis) from paving over KEDU 10 years ago. It continues to protect, for instance, Reid-Hillview in San Jose and the...
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