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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-07-2021, 05:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 464
Posted By bill.hutchison
I followed this somewhat - I removed the sump...

I followed this somewhat - I removed the sump valve from the bottom of the gascolator and fitted a 1/8" pipe nipple to the bottom with some tubing going in to the gas can. Hooked up power to the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-07-2021, 05:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 733
Posted By bill.hutchison
I had a primary instructor who was very...

I had a primary instructor who was very circumspect about winds. He frequently pointed out that MAX DEMONSTRATED wasn't a limitation, and that I'd probably run out of guts before I ran out of rudder....
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-06-2021, 03:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 733
Posted By bill.hutchison
Yeah. Of all the airplanes I fly, the RV is the...

Yeah. Of all the airplanes I fly, the RV is the most confidence-inspiring in crosswinds and gusty conditions.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-05-2021, 05:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 738
Posted By bill.hutchison
Hmm. I'm not sure what the OB (original builder)...

Hmm. I'm not sure what the OB (original builder) did in that respect but it certainly sounds plausible.

If it can't really be repaired effectively unless new cloth is in there...are you/Larry...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-03-2021, 11:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 738
Posted By bill.hutchison
Paint Cracking in a few places

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 354
Posted By bill.hutchison
+1 Useful for spitballing the layout and getting...

+1

Useful for spitballing the layout and getting a general sense of things. Owner of the site is very responsive, so if something is missing he can usually cough it up pretty quick.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 09:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,547
Posted By bill.hutchison
Brakes!

With some tips and advice from some RV locals, and a couple of EAA videos, I successfully treated a mushy right pedal and bled the brake system correctly, also installing new pads. Things I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-17-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,392
Posted By bill.hutchison
One more for Aerotronics. They've been really...

One more for Aerotronics. They've been really patient and helpful and, honestly, even if someone undercut the prices I'd still work with them. Their willingness to help a newbie like me has been...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-17-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,517
Posted By bill.hutchison
Ugh. That is one of my biggest pet peeves.

Ugh. That is one of my biggest pet peeves.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2021, 06:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,765
Posted By bill.hutchison
This. I will say right now - as an ardent...

This.

I will say right now - as an ardent supporter of the OP being able to log this, and believing the regulations supported it - I was wrong. He cannot log the time as PIC.


I consulted with a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2021, 12:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,765
Posted By bill.hutchison
Thank you. The more I think about this, the more...

Thank you. The more I think about this, the more I am inclined to agree with you and revise some of my previous understanding. I am wondering about the procedure for asking for an LOI, because other...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,765
Posted By bill.hutchison
Because, as the FAA has repeatedly pointed out in...

Because, as the FAA has repeatedly pointed out in multiple letters of interpretation, that one does not have to be eligible to BE PIC (final authority for the operation of the aircraft) to be able to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2021, 08:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,765
Posted By bill.hutchison
Further update - I heard back from the DPE this...

Further update - I heard back from the DPE this morning, who is also with the local FAAST group and he concurs that the sport pilot in this scenario can log PIC.

Waiting to hear from the FSDO guy.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2021, 07:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,765
Posted By bill.hutchison
His certificate applies to category and class -...

His certificate applies to category and class - there is nothing that specifies LSA in the certificate issuance nor in 61.51. Logging PIC is pretty explicit that it's category and class, and LSAs...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-15-2021, 04:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,765
Posted By bill.hutchison
His sport pilot certificate applies to category...

His sport pilot certificate applies to category and class - in this case, ASEL.

Both letters of interpretation involve pilots logging PIC where they hold category and class but lack ability to ACT...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-15-2021, 04:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,765
Posted By bill.hutchison
Fun area of discussion. You don't have to BE PIC...

Fun area of discussion. You don't have to BE PIC to be able to LOG PIC. There's a couple of good FAA Letters of Interpretation on this - look up the Herman and the Speranza interpretations.

Short...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2021, 01:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,869
Posted By bill.hutchison
With the help of a couple local RV gurus (Carl...

With the help of a couple local RV gurus (Carl and Tom) we installed my first Pmag on my RV-6A.

Learned a ton, not just about mags but about a few other things I needed to do on my plane, too.
Forum: Steam Gauges 03-09-2021, 01:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 491
Posted By bill.hutchison
Bob - thanks for the advice. I'll take a look and...

Bob - thanks for the advice. I'll take a look and get back to you. Appreciate the guidance.

Do avionics shops have ways of simulating LOC/GS to test components?
Forum: Steam Gauges 03-08-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 491
Posted By bill.hutchison
Troubleshooting NAVCOM or CDI...

Folks - I'm hoping the good ship VAF might have some ideas.

I have an SL30 hooked up to a MidContinent CDI.

Whilst flying about this weekend I tuned in a couple of different ILSs at different...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-05-2021, 01:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,185
Posted By bill.hutchison
I believe this is what the shops like Aerotronics...

I believe this is what the shops like Aerotronics and probably Stein do.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-05-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,436
Posted By bill.hutchison
I can testify to this power supply. Rigged a nice...

I can testify to this power supply. Rigged a nice little connector to my battery that I can access under the panel and hook up to the power supply. Works very well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2021, 02:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,543
Posted By bill.hutchison
FINALLY finished installing and calibrating the...

FINALLY finished installing and calibrating the EI FL-2 fuel gauge - had a minor panic moment when it seemed like the float in the right wing was stuck/wasn't working and refused to calibrate, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2021, 02:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,317
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, 10:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,740
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, 09:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,026
Posted By bill.hutchison
You linked a weather forecast page. :)

You linked a weather forecast page. :)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-19-2021, 06:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,026
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, 02:50 PM
Replies: 1,909
Views: 1,237,185
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, 02:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,026
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, 02:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,026
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, 11:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,026
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, 08:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,026
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, 05:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,460
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: GPS 02-17-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 990
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, 06:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,702
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, 12:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 876
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, 11:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 831
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, 02:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 831
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, 02:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,885
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, 11:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,295
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, 10:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 962
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, 06:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 509
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, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 509
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, 03:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 509
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, 12:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,658
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, 08:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,295
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: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-24-2021, 03:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,058
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: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,737
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, 08:22 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 14,459
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, 04:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,058
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, 04:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 752
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, 12:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 752
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, 03:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,058
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, 03:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,381
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, 01:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,039
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, 09:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,039
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, 08:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,058
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, 02:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,152
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, 02:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,672
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, 06:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 771
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, 11:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,455
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, 09:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 771
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, 05:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,290
Posted By bill.hutchison
I'll do that. Thanks!

I'll do that. Thanks!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2020, 06:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,290
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, 10:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 795
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.
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