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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2021, 03:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 845
Posted By bill.hutchison
There are many things I dislike about SafeLog but...

There are many things I dislike about SafeLog but I keep re-upping my subscription each year because of one major feature:

You can set the number of rows displayed on the pages of the logbook view....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 11:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,369
Posted By bill.hutchison
It must've been quite an exercise to take...

It must've been quite an exercise to take everything you know about the physics of terrestrial flight and then translate them to martian atmospheric conditions.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-19-2021, 10:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,247
Posted By bill.hutchison
You linked a weather forecast page. :)

You linked a weather forecast page. :)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-19-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,247
Posted By bill.hutchison
Thanks - yeah, what you describe is what I was...

Thanks - yeah, what you describe is what I was thinking. I was also wondering if I could get both functions (power and test respectively) in one single switch if it was a multiple-position.

I'll...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-18-2021, 03:50 PM
Replies: 1,894
Views: 1,215,607
Posted By bill.hutchison
Is that an old Honda CBX in the back of the shop...

Is that an old Honda CBX in the back of the shop I see?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-18-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,247
Posted By bill.hutchison
Is this a regular on/off switch like a normal mag...

Is this a regular on/off switch like a normal mag would be? If I did the Pmag upgrade AFTER doing the panel, could I keep the same switches, or are you saying I need two MORE switches for Pmag?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-18-2021, 03:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,247
Posted By bill.hutchison
This is interesting - I didn't realize that was a...

This is interesting - I didn't realize that was a rule. My airplane does live in a locked hangar but I didn't know that was a requirement.

Funny, though. I'm pretty sure the keys from some 172s...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-18-2021, 12:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,247
Posted By bill.hutchison
I considered this. Decided that putting a lock on...

I considered this. Decided that putting a lock on the mixture knob was a simple solution. wow

Glad to hear I'm not out of my mind.

If I went from the slicks to the emags AFTER I did the panel,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-18-2021, 09:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,247
Posted By bill.hutchison
Changing to push-button start/e-mags w/ new panel?

I debated where to post this, since it touches avionics, new panels and ignition systems at the same time...

I'm in process of getting quotes for a new panel and turning my airplane from a nice...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-18-2021, 06:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,878
Posted By bill.hutchison
I suspect that since the original part of the...

I suspect that since the original part of the thread started back in 2016, the OP has come up with some solution since then.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-18-2021, 06:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,006
Posted By bill.hutchison
Reed, I think I know someone who wants this...

Reed, I think I know someone who wants this heater. Have sent them the information.
Forum: GPS 02-17-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 754
Posted By bill.hutchison
The Avidynes are truly excellent navigators. In...

The Avidynes are truly excellent navigators. In that price point, there's a lot of bang for the buck. I'd love to own one.

I do wish Avidyne was more competitive at the lower price points - Garmin...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-11-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,426
Posted By bill.hutchison
My 6A is also like this - have to flip the switch...

My 6A is also like this - have to flip the switch between mags whenever I check them on the GRT.

I've gotten used to it, I'm debating switching to straight push-button start and mag switches for...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-01-2021, 01:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 717
Posted By bill.hutchison
Saw a similar concept on an RV-8A recently and it...

Saw a similar concept on an RV-8A recently and it looked SLICK.
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-31-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 571
Posted By bill.hutchison
Things I wish I'd added for context. What you...

Things I wish I'd added for context.

What you describe is exactly how I fly, and I keep both a stopwatch and a clock in the airplane to manage the tank switching and expected burn.

The burn rates...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-30-2021, 03:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 571
Posted By bill.hutchison
Fuel Gauge Calibration: really level?

I've got a nifty (and accurate) EI fuel computer on the airplane and I like it, but I'd like to have a proper fuel gauge. EI makes a nice one of these as well and I've got one on the way.

Reading...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 03:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,265
Posted By bill.hutchison
I should have gone flying....

...but alas I've got the cowls off and the seats out for a couple of projects and I'm waiting for a fuel gauge to show up.

Started thinking about making aircraft jacks.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-30-2021, 12:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 995
Posted By bill.hutchison
That panel is slick. Nice work. Where did you...

That panel is slick. Nice work.

Where did you get the source file to transmit to sendcutsend? I also have a 6A and have been considering doing something like what you have done.
Forum: GPS 01-28-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 718
Posted By bill.hutchison
I don't know if this helps, but I've never been...

I don't know if this helps, but I've never been able to get a G1000 to offer up a teardrop either. <shrug>
Forum: Tools 01-26-2021, 07:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 366
Posted By bill.hutchison
Fair points Bob. Besides toolboxes I want to make...

Fair points Bob. Besides toolboxes I want to make small repairs on my airplane, be able to install nutplates, fabricate and secure brackets, etc.
Forum: Tools 01-26-2021, 04:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 366
Posted By bill.hutchison
(Also, I did search. I didn't see a basic tool...

(Also, I did search. I didn't see a basic tool list, although I did see some good suggestions from Avery...I'm just not sure all of that is overkill for my needs....I don't know what I don't know.)...
Forum: Tools 01-26-2021, 04:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 366
Posted By bill.hutchison
Riveting 101: The Basic Tools

So I don't intend (as much as I would really like) to build an airplane any time soon. I don't think I really need the full $2K build kit that Cleaveland sells.

But I do want to learn some basic...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2021, 01:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,223
Posted By bill.hutchison
productive weekend!

1) Solved the EGT problem with a little help.

2) Got power connection rigged up for battery so I can plug in an external power supply to the airplane without draining the battery.

3) Got closer...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-25-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 995
Posted By bill.hutchison
I'm in a similar boat. You're about to go down a...

I'm in a similar boat. You're about to go down a fun but occasionally frustrating rabbit hole.

Talk to Stein - they're great.

Also talk to Aerotronics. And AFS.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-25-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 562
Posted By bill.hutchison
That's pretty cool. I also have a RAM ball that...

That's pretty cool. I also have a RAM ball that goes to an older go-pro and that base looks really similar....hmm...wonder if it would work....
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-25-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 562
Posted By bill.hutchison
I saw that one, and I like it, I'm just not quite...

I saw that one, and I like it, I'm just not quite sure how I'd mount it. I think they have another one that will mount to my dash...I'd just like to clamp it to the windscreen brace a little higher...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-25-2021, 04:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 562
Posted By bill.hutchison
Ok, if not a vertical card compass, maybe someone...

Ok, if not a vertical card compass, maybe someone can recommend one that clamps to the center bar in the windscreen?

My panel mounted compass doesn't work for me very well. It's too far to the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-24-2021, 04:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,789
Posted By bill.hutchison
SOLVED

GRT suggested that I re-terminate the spades of the quick connects on the EIS side. They looked pretty good to me but I did this anyway.

Whilst doing some other stuff under the panel, a guy helping...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-24-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 562
Posted By bill.hutchison
WTB - good vertical card compass

Would like to have a decent vertical card compass and wondered if anyone had an extra they'd like to part with.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-24-2021, 06:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 562
Posted By bill.hutchison
WTB - good vertical card compass, dual fuel gauge

Anyone got a used unit laying around?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2021, 07:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,492
Posted By bill.hutchison
They will take an ASTONISHING amount of abuse.

They will take an ASTONISHING amount of abuse.
Forum: Safety 01-20-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 13,927
Posted By bill.hutchison
I give discovery flights as part of my CFI gig. I...

I give discovery flights as part of my CFI gig. I haven't had a passenger lock up yet, but I've frequently considered what I would do if they did. You never know quite how a newbie is going to take...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-18-2021, 05:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,789
Posted By bill.hutchison
Yes. Did this today. Problem did not follow the...

Yes. Did this today. Problem did not follow the sensor, which tells me it is somewhere in the wiring between the sensor connection and the EIS.

The troubleshooting manuals don't really address this...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-18-2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 594
Posted By bill.hutchison
Thanks, all. The plug has been the source for...

Thanks, all.

The plug has been the source for one of my leaks so I torqued it up a bit today and re-safety wired it.

Three times. Because I'm learning.

Anyway - appreciate the info. Feel like...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-18-2021, 01:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 594
Posted By bill.hutchison
oil screen plug gasket

All,

I am corn-fused.

I am searching for a part number that is equivalent to AELSTD111 - this is the crush gasket for the oil screen plug in the sump on my ECI Titan O-360-A4B1.

A "generic"...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-17-2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,789
Posted By bill.hutchison
Half a victory!

A couple of people have asked me about this so I thought I'd post an update....

I turned on the EIS and put a heat gun on it, got it nice and toasty, and verified that the temperature wasn't moving...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-14-2021, 04:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,835
Posted By bill.hutchison
I've got a dumb question now. A Garmin GPS175 -...

I've got a dumb question now.

A Garmin GPS175 - does it have the standard procedure database that something like a GTN650 or GTN750 has?

If I wanted to use the GPS175 for DME purposes on an ILS,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-11-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,828
Posted By bill.hutchison
They seem to have a bunch of different...

They seem to have a bunch of different sets/styles. Any recommendations?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-11-2021, 10:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,828
Posted By bill.hutchison
This concept of specialized Phillips screws and...

This concept of specialized Phillips screws and bits was new to me but I have learned that there are AN-type fasteners and I've got an inquiry into Van's about getting a few pocketfuls of...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-31-2020, 09:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,789
Posted By bill.hutchison
I have looked at the probes, and one of them does...

I have looked at the probes, and one of them does sort of look as if it had pulled partially apart but I don't know if it's the potential bad one or not. It's where I'm going to start, though.

The...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-30-2020, 03:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,912
Posted By bill.hutchison
That's very cool. What sort of navigator are...

That's very cool.

What sort of navigator are you going to put in there? And are you wiring all up yourself or having it done?
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-22-2020, 03:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,025
Posted By bill.hutchison
The PoH should have this information. Like the...

The PoH should have this information.

Like the others said, get some transition training from an RV-knowledgeable instructor. It was a minimum requirement for my insurance company, but, in any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2020, 07:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 693
Posted By bill.hutchison
It's trivial, but I did my first oil change...

It's trivial, but I did my first oil change yesterday with a little guidance from my local mech who showed me a few things about my engine along the way and gave me some good advice about things to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,968
Posted By bill.hutchison
For shooting approaches, this is true, however,...

For shooting approaches, this is true, however, for en-route navigation, the DB does not have to be current as long as the PIC verifies that the waypoints in use have not changed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2020, 10:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 693
Posted By bill.hutchison
RV Mech: NoVA/MD?

I'm standing on the edge of doing the first of several maintenance and upgrade tasks on my RV, myself, and, I've sought some assistance here and there to keep me on the straight and narrow and from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2020, 06:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,947
Posted By bill.hutchison
I'll do that. Thanks!

I'll do that. Thanks!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2020, 07:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,947
Posted By bill.hutchison
Opened up my cowl for the first time since I...

Opened up my cowl for the first time since I bought the airplane to try and look for the source of what I think is a very small oil leak. I haven't dropped the lower cowl yet to trace further but...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-06-2020, 11:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 645
Posted By bill.hutchison
Ugh. Y'know, I assumed they were aluminum since...

Ugh. Y'know, I assumed they were aluminum since they felt light and didn't adhere to the magnetic tool tray thing I have.

Silly me.
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-06-2020, 11:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 645
Posted By bill.hutchison
more newbie RV-6A owner questions - fasteners

standard disclaimer - I did use the search function, but in the case of one of these questions I wasn't even sure what search terms to use...

There are some aluminum screws that I need either spares...
Forum: Safety 12-05-2020, 08:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,732
Posted By bill.hutchison
I, too, prefer night flying and wish the private...

I, too, prefer night flying and wish the private pilot curriculum included higher requirements for it. I've heard some people make the argument that an instrument rating should be required for night...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2020, 08:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,480
Posted By bill.hutchison
I got about six different quotes from SkySmith...

I got about six different quotes from SkySmith out of IA.

Scott's a pretty nice guy, knows the airplanes pretty well, and can walk you through everything. He was really patient with me as I...
Forum: Safety 12-05-2020, 08:09 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 13,370
Posted By bill.hutchison
On the strength of this thread I ordered Ausman's...

On the strength of this thread I ordered Ausman's book and started reading it yesterday.

I've spent the last 25 years in telecom, and while I sold my soul to the dark side (sales engineering) I was...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-02-2020, 06:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,789
Posted By bill.hutchison
Yeah, this seems to be the consensus. As I am...

Yeah, this seems to be the consensus. As I am prepping for a couple of minor Mx projects right now, this will just get added to the list while I've got the cowl off the airplane.

I do have a spare...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-29-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,789
Posted By bill.hutchison
Do I have a bad EGT sensor?

Whilst futzing about the Shenandoah Valley today, I noticed that I had an EGT reading abnormally low compared to the others. I have a GRT EIS 4000. It's a simple design but I gotta admit I'm in love...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-24-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 4
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Views: 742
Posted By bill.hutchison
If I remember correctly, it's either Menu 2x, and...

If I remember correctly, it's either Menu 2x, and look for "screen brightness adjustment"

Or "Menu" key, scroll down and see the brightness adjustment.

Ah...

quick google...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2020, 04:03 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 9,054
Posted By bill.hutchison
You can build a lot of time in 6 months. That...

You can build a lot of time in 6 months. That $18K could buy you an ugly-but-airworthy 150 that you can fly the **** out of and still sell for what you paid. You could spend a little more, do an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2020, 03:54 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 9,054
Posted By bill.hutchison
How many RV-10s are out there as a first-time...

How many RV-10s are out there as a first-time airplane for a new private pilot?

Just curious. Is that a known number?
Forum: Safety 11-23-2020, 09:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,456
Posted By bill.hutchison
Ugh. I've been in and out of Rockwall a couple...

Ugh. I've been in and out of Rockwall a couple times - those powerlines are no joke there. Very sad.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,160
Posted By bill.hutchison
I broke 1000TT in mine. :) Then I finished my...

I broke 1000TT in mine. :)

Then I finished my second EAA 1000 workbench in the hangar. Starting to shape up into a proper man-cave....
Forum: Autopilots 11-20-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,150
Posted By bill.hutchison
Yeah, I'm thinking that as well, I just wanted to...

Yeah, I'm thinking that as well, I just wanted to see if I could retain mine to cut down some of the cost.

I suppose I can sell to offset, though.
Forum: Autopilots 11-20-2020, 03:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,150
Posted By bill.hutchison
I guess the real problem I'm trying to solve is...

I guess the real problem I'm trying to solve is to figure out if I go to an EFIS-based system with an IFR Navigator, can I keep my Trio EZ Pilot (and servos) or do I need to replace?

Like, I know a...
Forum: Autopilots 11-20-2020, 08:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,150
Posted By bill.hutchison
EFIS, A/P and GPS: who's driving?

I really have been searching on this...

In a scenario where one would have a Dynon EFIS (which doesn't seem to be compatible with a Trio EZ-Pilot) a Trio EZ-Pilot, and a certified IFR Navigator...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2020, 06:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,420
Posted By bill.hutchison
Don't overthink it. Pilotage is about being...

Don't overthink it.

Pilotage is about being "pretty damned close." This is VFR flying with incomplete-to-inaccurate weather forecasting. Once you've got a basic course sorted out and corrected for...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-13-2020, 02:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,375
Posted By bill.hutchison
Empty weight is 1116, but itís an o360 with a...

Empty weight is 1116, but itís an o360 with a Hartzell CS.
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