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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 01:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 991
Posted By Dugaru
Yup.

A well-built, well-used, steam gauge -6/6A is perhaps THE great value in all of general aviation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2021, 02:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 323
Posted By Dugaru
New tip lights for an RV-9

So the guy who built my plane was apparently ahead of the curve in 2007 and used LEDs for the red/green nav lights, along with a Whelen strobe. I'd like to update this setup to get rid of the old...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,937
Posted By Dugaru
LLCs and liability

Happy to - and I hope I didn't come off as snarky (I suspect I could learn quite a lot from you about real estate....)

First, the mandatory disclaimer:

THE FOLLOWING DISCUSSION IS HYPOTHETICAL...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 01:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,937
Posted By Dugaru
Don't take legal advice that you find on the internet

jrock836 and I apparently went to different law schools. :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-31-2021, 05:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,115
Posted By Dugaru
ACK E-04 activation

So my ACK E-04 went off for no apparent reason. I heard the beeping start while I was buttoning up the plane after a flight. There had been no jarring of the aircraft or the ELT unit.

I discovered...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,103
Posted By Dugaru
Surrender, prescriptivists! The battle is lost!!

Sadly, it is actually correct to refer to one of the little balls as a "ball bearing."

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ball%20bearing

Meanwhile, some of you guys are NOT going to like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,103
Posted By Dugaru
Smile This ship has REALLY sailed

Even the prescriptivists have to surrender, it seems to me:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nut%20plate

Interestingly, you can still shout at people for calling it a "nutplate" instead...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 01:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 546
Posted By Dugaru
Sales agreement

I've seen worse forms. However:

I'm not the OP's lawyer, and the OP isn't my client, but I can tell you that in my opinion, if I was selling my own airplane, I would want the abilty to bail on the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-18-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,076
Posted By Dugaru
+1

I was really glad I did the supertracks mod. It doesn't seem like it will make a totally huge difference, but when it is installed the difference can only be described as.... totally huge. Much, much...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-18-2021, 12:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,517
Posted By Dugaru
Speed in a -9

I had both these experiences when transitioning! I'm wondering if the latter is because with the bubble canopy, there aren't as many reference points for subconsciously watching the world whip by....
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-17-2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,517
Posted By Dugaru
Same here

This is basically what I do - though maybe a bit slower with a bit more flaps. I'm probably over the fence between 60 and 65 knots. I also have a CS prop.

Of the airplanes I have flown, many have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2021, 02:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 366
Posted By Dugaru
LOL

I literally just received two, bought for the same purpose, yesterday. :)
Forum: Autopilots 03-15-2021, 04:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,405
Posted By Dugaru
porpoising

Good question! I'll download the instructions and give it a whirl, in that order. Many thanks for the info.
Forum: Autopilots 03-15-2021, 12:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,405
Posted By Dugaru
I think I'm on the right track

I've got the Garmin autopilot running off of a G5 and a GMC 307, so presumably it's the same procedure. I just don't have the manual for the G3X.

Many thanks!
Forum: Autopilots 03-15-2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,405
Posted By Dugaru
That explains it...

I don't have a G3X! :)
Forum: Autopilots 03-15-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,405
Posted By Dugaru
Adjusting

Do you have a link? I've got a slight porpoising problem (but only at high altitudes, 10K or so) that I need to troubleshoot. I also overshoot turns a bit.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-09-2021, 02:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 821
Posted By Dugaru
Too late!

I did not know that! I sold the old Horizon WS with ARINC still attached.:)

Many thanks to everyone for the advice. Seems like I need to do a bit of homework to figure how best to wire things...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,966
Posted By Dugaru
Ox tank

I have this system and have been extremely happy with it. I got the AL-180 bottle and that much O2 lasts a shockingly long time with the pulse demand thing going. Probably sufficient for most users....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2021, 09:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 908
Posted By Dugaru
RV in VA

I'd be happy to give you a ride post-vaccination (shouldn't be long). I've got a -9A at W96. Looks like you're looking at a 7; I'd at least be able to give you a fuselage test-fit. :)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-05-2021, 09:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 821
Posted By Dugaru
Buying more gadgets is always the answer

Thanks to you both for the incredibly helpful responses. Really appreciate it.

How did anyone do this stuff before the internet.

Additional question for Canadian_JOY:



Ah, this is extremely...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-05-2021, 08:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 821
Posted By Dugaru
Garmin meets GRT, questions result

Okay, so for reasons that are unimportant, and at the risk of mixing matter and anti-matter: I've ended up with a combination GRT and Garmin panel. Relevant to my questions, I've got:

Garmin...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 12:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,459
Posted By Dugaru
A caveat

I get what you're saying, and your list of examples is definitely useful -- but that statement probably covers too much ground.

Due to the incredibly broad nature of some regulations (I'm looking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,587
Posted By Dugaru
Similar mission

Flying to Florida from our base at New Kent International Aerodrome W96 (basically Richmond VA) has become a fairly common thing for us to do in the -9A. Assuming you don't have more than two people...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,765
Posted By Dugaru
Yup.

Happens here in VA too. In fact, I think airport managers are required to identify, for state/local government, the aircraft based at their airports.

I offer no legal advice to anyone, least of all...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-25-2021, 07:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,694
Posted By Dugaru
Congrats!

Terrific airplanes. I dearly love my 9A, but Iím still convinced that a good used -6/A is THE price/performance winner in the used GA aircraft category, at least for a ton of people and missions....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,765
Posted By Dugaru
Sales and property taxes

In Virginia (and a lot of other places), you have sales/use tax on the one hand, and property tax on the other. They're different and unfortunately paying both doesn't count as double playing. :)

In...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2021, 07:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,365
Posted By Dugaru
RV-ing this weekend

Flew to Marco Island, FL (KMKY) after a fuel stop in Baxley, GA (KBHC).

Baxley is, without any doubt, the greatest place to stop for fuel in all of general aviation.

Marco Island:...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,476
Posted By Dugaru
Great idea

If youíve got time and money available and like flying, getting the instrument rating is a total no-brainer awesome idea in my opinion. The best safety upgrade isnít gadgetry, itís pilot training,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-26-2021, 02:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,727
Posted By Dugaru
Same here

What I thought was a nosewheel shimmy at about 25 knots on the ground turned out to be coming from the mains. Discovered this when I fast taxied to get off a long runway, and the nosewheel came up,...
Forum: Autopilots 01-25-2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,664
Posted By Dugaru
Agree on both

I flew for a number of years in my Warrior with an S-Tec 30 that required manual trim changes. It would alert you by flashing a light and sounding a tone. Definitely not a dealbreaker.

But it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,737
Posted By Dugaru
One other factor...

I spent yesterday morning shooting practice instrument approaches in my -9A on a relatively bouncy & gusty day.

I confess that I can see the attractiveness of the hippo in some circumstances....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2021, 12:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 666
Posted By Dugaru
Avionics

It can be an adventure getting to some of the avionics in a slider 9A. I swapped out my AHRS for a newer version and it was like spelunking. There's not a ton of room back there.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 22,434
Posted By Dugaru
Why fly IFR?

Easy answer, at least where I am. I end up flying in & around metro DC, Philly, Baltimore, NY, sometimes Boston, and traveling in the system in those areas is way, way, way less stressful than going...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 22,434
Posted By Dugaru
Those are good RV IFR minimums

I will in fact fly at night, but only in very reliable VMC.

I had an electrical failure at night on an instrument flight plan. It took out everything but my G5 (which kept running on the battery)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,101
Posted By Dugaru
Well...

...I did love "my" Sportsman (owned 1/3), and it would be great for this. But it's probably overkill, and the cost will be CONSIDERABLY greater. In the cost-effectiveness category, this job seems to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-14-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,554
Posted By Dugaru
Squadron Pros

I used those same brackets. Made the installation very easy.

I can confirm that the Squadron Pros are, indeed, built like tanks.

Did not know that about the horizontal/vertical!! If I had...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-13-2021, 12:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,554
Posted By Dugaru
Either would probably work

My taxi light is angled differently from my landing light, but I used the same kind of Squadron Pro light, the spot. It puts out plenty of light for taxi but also gives me a great distance...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-12-2021, 07:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,554
Posted By Dugaru
Squadron Pros

Very, very happy with my Squadron Pros. I used the "spot" model for both my landing and taxi lights and they work great.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 22,434
Posted By Dugaru
IFR in RVs

Indeed. And one of the under-appreciated advantages of experimental aircraft is that they can be equipped for full-function GPS IFR flight (relatively) cheaply. The required certified GPS navigator...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2020, 02:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,871
Posted By Dugaru
AFCS error

The autopilot issue might or might not have been the rain. I've gotten an "AFCS" annunciation, with an autopilot nap, at least three times, all in clear weather.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,871
Posted By Dugaru
My "approach"

I currently use 100 knots for ILS's and other approaches to long runways, and 90 knots for everything else. No flaps in either case, of course, given the -9's relatively low flap speeds.

I also...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2020, 03:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,871
Posted By Dugaru
9s in visible moisture

I've had exactly the same experience and agree with all Ed's observations.

My -9A appears to be fairly watertight except for a drip that scoots up the top of the canopy and into the baggage area...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 464
Posted By Dugaru
Good question!

I've got the latest database installed, would be happy to check the next time I'm out there. Can you suggest a few examples to search for?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2020, 03:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 771
Posted By Dugaru
RV Mechanic

Hi Bill. I bought a used RV-9A a few years ago, and I'm based at W96 near Richmond. When my mechanical needs go beyond my mechanical abilities (which is sadly typical), and for annual condition...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2020, 08:00 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,162
Posted By Dugaru
+1

A few years ago, it took me a long time to find a good RV. Two deals died at the pre-buy inspection stage. One was something of a horror show.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2020, 06:49 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 14,855
Posted By Dugaru
Awesome!

That is truly glorious. Would love to see more photos if you get a chance. None of us is getting any younger, and I'd wager few of us have improving back conditions....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2020, 02:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,587
Posted By Dugaru
You've heard of one now! :)

Well, to be honest it was sort of a multiple radio failure, with neither of my panel radios actually to blame. My whole panel took a dump on me a while back, on a night IFR flight (in VMC, I'm happy...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-19-2020, 03:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,543
Posted By Dugaru
Same here

No more landing shimmy for me, either, after the change. I also run mine at 40 PSI.
Forum: Engine Monitors 11-19-2020, 11:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,268
Posted By Dugaru
Percent Power Calculation

I've got a GRT Horizon EX and EIS4000. I've input the data for the percentage power lookup table as suggested by GRT...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2020, 08:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,768
Posted By Dugaru
Congrats!

OMG you are going to love that thing.

Let me recommend Vic Syracuse's recent book on maintaining experimental aircraft. It hits the sweet spot when it comes to educating people (like me) who buy...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-13-2020, 08:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,807
Posted By Dugaru
Same here

Very happy with the service and pricing from Usher on my replacement flap motor. I discovered that while it's relatively easy to source the motor itself at even lower cost, Usher installs the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-13-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,603
Posted By Dugaru
+1 save weight and relationships

After a lot of work trying to warm up the -9A for my cold-sensitive Ace Copilot, I discovered that better clothing was really the key to solving the problem. She LOVED the heated down vest I got her....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2020, 10:06 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,387
Posted By Dugaru
temp probes in the wrong spot

The other day my EFIS said the OAT was 64F, and it couldn't have been over 35F out there. Probably lower. That's the biggest difference I've seen, but it's not atypical.

I think the effect is due...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2020, 08:03 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,387
Posted By Dugaru
Calcluating TAS

Should be fun.

I think I'll need to use the GPS method for calculating this, rather than just reading it off the EFIS. My builder put temperature probes in the NACA vents, and they appear to read...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-02-2020, 07:35 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,711
Posted By Dugaru
Same basic experience here

When my first Garmin autopilot servo died, I had to pay them for a new one, and then get a credit when I sent the failed one back. At least when the second one failed (same problem), they did not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2020, 07:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,934
Posted By Dugaru
Not only that...

In fact, a guy in my doc's practice who happened to be an AME (and who did a previous Class 3 for me) tried to talk my regular Doc out of doing my BasicMed, citing purported liability concerns....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,058
Posted By Dugaru
I see you're in Culpeper....

I'd be happy to give you a ride sometime in my -9A (I'm at W96 near Richmond).

The -9A is probably slightly better tuned to your mission, but I predict you'd be happy as a clam with a good -7A as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2020, 09:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,328
Posted By Dugaru
Same

Agree. Good to have ILS/VOR. But I haven't used a MB in years.

The SL30 is a good radio.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-20-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,915
Posted By Dugaru
All the time

I tip routinely, usually $5 but sometimes more. It doesn't add up to much by airplane standards, and frankly I enjoy seeing the stunned looks on people's faces. :)

It's also a great investment....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2020, 06:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,634
Posted By Dugaru
Well put

I think that's right. Mine just refuses to do anything weird. Very reminiscent of the Warrior/Cherokee and 172 lines that way. When it comes to airplanes, I think predictability is a terrific...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2020, 07:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,985
Posted By Dugaru
Ah. Right.

Okay, I get it now. I sometimes need to reduce throttle in downdrafts to avoid going too fast, but the RPM stays where it is supposed to.

I'm finding, when punching through summer cumulus, that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,985
Posted By Dugaru
Quick side question...

I've got a constant speed prop, but still find that I sometimes have to adjust the throttle in up and down drafts. Is there a technique missing from my toolbox?

Also, agree that the difference...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,634
Posted By Dugaru
9A vs. Cessnas and Pipers

You'll have zero problems. I think it's actually easier to land than my Warrior was (and a Warrior, as you know, is not hard to land!). The low speed handling is just superb.

My insurance required 1...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,634
Posted By Dugaru
You are going to LOVE flying it

Such great airplanes.
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