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Forum: RV-14 09-23-2022, 12:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,244
Posted By Rick_A
The new high performance Cadillac CT-V Blackwing...

The new high performance Cadillac CT-V Blackwing comes with a manual transmission. An automatic is available but the manual is the preferred option.

If I could find one, I would buy one. It is a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-08-2022, 02:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,025
Posted By Rick_A
Enlarging plexiglass holes

I have found that unibits are the best tool to enlarge holes in plexiglass. Also, it doesnít hurt (and is probably a benefit) to make the holes a bit over sized to account for thermal expansion &...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-07-2022, 07:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 819
Posted By Rick_A
Iíd like to see a G3Xi. For me that would be a...

Iíd like to see a G3Xi. For me that would be a G3X with a faster processor and maybe a slightly brighter, higher rez screen
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2022, 12:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 596
Posted By Rick_A
Which cowl are you asking about?

Correct me if Iím wrong but arenít most O320ís/O360ís vertical induction? (i.e. an updraft carb) They all use Vanís snorkel cowl which is designed for an updraft carb.

Or are you talking about...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-28-2022, 02:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,756
Posted By Rick_A
I use TOGA during my after engine start check list

I use the TOGA to bring up the ďscoreboardĒ on the G3X touch. If you use the autopilot, monitoring the scoreboard is a must. It provides critical information about what the AP is doing. It is the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-20-2022, 02:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 485
Posted By Rick_A
I like to export from ForeFlight

If you have ever received an IFR route with some odd ball waypoints (like DME distance on a VOR radial) it is very difficult to enter them directly in a GTN.

However, if you received the route via...
Forum: Tools 07-29-2022, 08:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,544
Posted By Rick_A
Good maintenance tools

ATS has good maintenance tools. Compression testers, Mag timings buzz box, brake bleeder (alternative to DIY version), etc.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2022, 12:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,156
Posted By Rick_A
I once had a cute little adjustable wrench on my...

I once had a cute little adjustable wrench on my key chain, it was about 2 inches long. TSA made me remove it and toss it out before they would let me through security :mad: They said it was a tool...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-10-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 492
Posted By Rick_A
You donít need it.

When I built my 7A in 2009 my brand new O-360 came with primer lines installed. I removed them before I installed the engine and never regretted it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2022, 08:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,041
Posted By Rick_A
Would use more hinge if I was building today

I did Skybolt 1/4 turn fasteners on the firewall upper & lower cowl - except the bottom where I used screws. I used hinges to join the upper & lower cowl halves.

If I were building today, I would...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-07-2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,077
Posted By Rick_A
Do you safety your oil filter?

The thread about re-useable oil filters got me thinking about the practice of using safety wire on the oil filter and if it is really necessary.

I use to do it all the time but I rarely do it any...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-07-2022, 08:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,202
Posted By Rick_A
Maybe too rigid?

The problem I see with most of these rudder gust locks are that they are too rigid. It really helps to have a bit of give too absorb the loads.

I used a steel U-shape hinge pin at first. The first...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-06-2022, 03:05 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,302
Posted By Rick_A
S15 installation/removal question

For those of you using the S15 version of the filter, I know you have to use the special tool that comes with the filter.

How does the installation and removal compare with a standard...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-30-2022, 11:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,045
Posted By Rick_A
Altimeter-Encoder-Transponder

If you look at the FAQ section of Waltís website (expaircraft.com) he answers all these questions for VFR & IFR.

In short, if your Altimeter is also your Encoder you need to get the altimeter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2022, 09:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,115
Posted By Rick_A
Actually last week

Taking a break from the RV this weekend but got a lot of flying in last week.
Flew from Jacksonville FL to Dallas (52F) on Monday morning. Installed my new GTN 750 Xi in the afternoon.
I did a test...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2022, 05:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,687
Posted By Rick_A
You guys got me thinkingÖ

I will be heading to Harbor Springs, MI (MGN) when I leave OSH. I was thinking I would cross the lake going direct to Mason County (LSM), then north to MGN.

After reading this thread, Iím thinking...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-18-2022, 06:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,494
Posted By Rick_A
If it were my plane Iíd remove the prop and...

If it were my plane Iíd remove the prop and replace the alternator belt. If you have a CS prop, there is probably a lot of gunk in the crankshaft. It wouldnít hurt to clean that out.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2022, 01:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,680
Posted By Rick_A
Hex push rod

If you don’t want to work with 4130 tubing, you can buy the VA-256 flap push rod from Vans. They are made from aluminum hex rod and comes already threaded.

I tossed out the push rods I made from...
Forum: Safety 06-08-2022, 03:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,662
Posted By Rick_A
I’m sure you will get many different opinions...

I’m sure you will get many different opinions here. One question is “how old are you”.
As a point of reference, I was always very nearsighted and wore glasses and contacts all my life. I had...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-08-2022, 05:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 766
Posted By Rick_A
FYI. The courtesy car is only for use within the...

FYI. The courtesy car is only for use within the Georgetown city limits. Georgetown Jet Center (Cutter Aviation) can help with arranging a rental car.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-25-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,807
Posted By Rick_A
For what itís worth, I damaged the trailing edge...

For what itís worth, I damaged the trailing edge of the left elevator on my 7A. I considered re-skinning it but I ended up re-building from all new parts. The only parts I re-used were the steel...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-24-2022, 12:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,450
Posted By Rick_A
GX-11 also works

This doesn't address the OP's question but for anyone considering a GigaVac the GX-11 also works fine.

The MX-11's were back ordered when I went to buy one so I got the GX-11 instead. I've been...
Forum: Propellers 05-24-2022, 04:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,328
Posted By Rick_A
True air speed

Actually, it’s an IO 370 with high compression pistons. For what ever reason, this is about as fast as my plane has ever been. I have not done any testing to see if there is an air speed error....
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-20-2022, 06:11 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,237
Posted By Rick_A
Walt, did you get the new mount plate with the...

Walt, did you get the new mount plate with the raised centering boss?
Forum: COMM 05-18-2022, 10:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 706
Posted By Rick_A
Oregon Aero

I was on the Oregon Aero website a couple of days ago and noticed they have A20 ear seals.

I used Oregon Aero seals on a different headset many years ago and thought they were very high quality but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 02:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,890
Posted By Rick_A
New prop

Actually, the trip started last Monday. My wife and I flew from Jacksonville FL to Northwest Regional (52F) to visit my brother and his wife and to work on my plane.

We pulled the Hartzell off and...
Forum: Propellers 05-16-2022, 07:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,328
Posted By Rick_A
Copied Walt

As I tend to do, I copied Walt’s lastest upgrade. I flew out to 52F last week and installed the exact same prop on my plane (with Walt’s help of course).

I did a couple of local test flights then...
Forum: Propellers 05-01-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,328
Posted By Rick_A
Thumbs up Performance testing

Good info on the performance tests and balancing. I can hardly wait to get the new prop on my plane:):)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2022, 01:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,373
Posted By Rick_A
I like Kannad but ...

I have a Kannad 406-AF compact ELT (which is no longer in production). I just replaced the battery - I was able to find one for $280.

You should verify which battery the Integra needs. Mine used...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 04-12-2022, 10:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,710
Posted By Rick_A
Since you are at TKI you might want to contact...

Since you are at TKI you might want to contact Walt at EXPaircraft services. He is a VAF advertiser located at 52F.

He specializes is RVís and avionics.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2022, 04:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 839
Posted By Rick_A
If you torque the nuts and the ailerons donít...

If you torque the nuts and the ailerons donít move freely, something is wrong with the alignment of the rod end bearing-center bearing, or the washers and bushings in the center.

This has been...
Forum: Steam Gauges 03-21-2022, 04:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,049
Posted By Rick_A
Excellent for steam gauges

I used them when I had steam gauges and they worked as advertised.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-18-2022, 09:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,173
Posted By Rick_A
I like it

I like this idea better than the way I did.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-17-2022, 02:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,173
Posted By Rick_A
Tip: EZ removal of firewall mount battery

Iíve always struggled with getting my PC680 battery out of the firewall mounted battery box. There is no place to get a hold of the battery and I just barely have enough room to lift the battery...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-17-2022, 05:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,858
Posted By Rick_A
Yep, Iíll never forget that cleco you found in...

Yep, Iíll never forget that cleco you found in the HS of my 12 :o
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-12-2022, 07:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,902
Posted By Rick_A
New ones are cheap

At $0.55 each ($4.40 for 8), I keep a supply of new ones in stock. They are even cheaper if you buy a box of hundred- split a box with a couple of friends.:)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-06-2022, 02:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,385
Posted By Rick_A
Yeh, probably relates more to number of landings...

Yeh, probably relates more to number of landings and taxi distance. When I was flying out of 52F, the taxi distance was very short. Iím currently based at KCRG in Jacksonville. My taxi distance is...
Forum: Interiors 03-04-2022, 01:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,548
Posted By Rick_A
Replace 12+ year old Oregon Aero seats?

Iím thinking about getting new seats. The seats I have now are Oregon Aero foam with cloth covers by Flight Line Interiors. Iíd like to get something a bit more ďcushyĒ. Iím pretty thin and donít...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,029
Posted By Rick_A
If you use an electronic log book, how do you...

If you use an electronic log book, how do you handle entries that require a signature- like your annual CI and entries that need to be done for your Transponder test (and IFR certification if...
Forum: RV-14 02-18-2022, 09:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,553
Posted By Rick_A
Lycoming EIS vs Surefly

I was trying to figure out the difference between the Lyc EIS and the Surefly. They looked exactly the same to me. The last post clued me in.

Sure enough, the EIS install manual clearly states...
Forum: Safety 02-17-2022, 09:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,012
Posted By Rick_A
Aerox and Mountain High

I surprised the neither of these two systems has not been mentioned. I have and Aerox system for my 7A. I only use it occasionally. The tank is mounted using two metal clamps in the baggage...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-29-2022, 05:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,445
Posted By Rick_A
I think the difference is Garmin charts vs Jepp....

I think the difference is Garmin charts vs Jepp. I have G3X touch and it takes about 20 minutes also. I only do the Southeast and Texas most of the time.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-28-2022, 01:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,445
Posted By Rick_A
For the GTN, put the SD card with the new...

For the GTN, put the SD card with the new database in the card slot BEFORE you power up the GTN. When you do power it up, it will ask you if you want to update the database(s).

My GTN came with a...
Forum: Safety 01-28-2022, 01:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,511
Posted By Rick_A
I did the FAA FAAST seminar about 5 years ago. ...

I did the FAA FAAST seminar about 5 years ago. Very well done and useful. It was a half day class. They use the O2 extraction method in the portable chamber.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 01-22-2022, 12:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,587
Posted By Rick_A
Why SS, when steel is specified?

Why do you want to use stainless steel? Itís common to use steel fitting FWF, but stainless is not normally required.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-01-2022, 02:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,146
Posted By Rick_A
Actually, torque seal does NOT tell you if...

Actually, torque seal does NOT tell you if something as loosened between inspections. It tells you that you torqued it at some point in the past. Just because the seal is still intact, does not mean...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2021, 04:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,486
Posted By Rick_A
Iím with Walt

I follow the same schedule that Walt uses (not surprising since heís my brother).

I always remove the cowl and do a complete FWF check when I change the oil. So for me, changing the oil is my...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-22-2021, 03:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,513
Posted By Rick_A
Consider an IO 370

I replaced my 180hp O360 with a Titan IO-370. It's officially rated at 195 hp but un-official number is something in the 200-210 range. It weighs the same or a bit less than an IO-360 (I have the...
Forum: Tools 10-19-2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,599
Posted By Rick_A
The ATS is the one I was talking about. What I...

The ATS is the one I was talking about. What I meant was ATS 2-piece ( not ATS-2). The ATS is 2 separate pieces- the clamping block and the flairing yoke.
Forum: RV-15 10-17-2021, 01:53 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 68,152
Posted By Rick_A
I checked the Maule website and the stated speeds...

I checked the Maule website and the stated speeds should be in MPH, not knots. So 136 mph cruise & 157 mph top speed. (At least for the new 180 hp models)

BTW. I quite like Maules. I thought about...
Forum: Tools 10-17-2021, 01:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,599
Posted By Rick_A
Less expensive option

If you donít want to pay for the professional grade tool that Walt uses, there are other very good options that Spruce carries.

Many people use the Rolo flair tool, which I used for quite a bit of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 05:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 554
Posted By Rick_A
I made an aluminum strip for the forward edge of...

I made an aluminum strip for the forward edge of my slider canopy. Same concept as what you want to do.

I made a pattern using poster board. It was a long curved strip. It was interesting that...
Forum: GPS 10-06-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,986
Posted By Rick_A
IFR certified?

Have you done an IFR certification on plane? An IFR certification check will identify any discrepancies between actual altitude and indicated altitude.

It would be worthwhile to do an IFR cert by a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-29-2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,206
Posted By Rick_A
Steve, I did not know that trick to switch back...

Steve, I did not know that trick to switch back to External flight plan.

Thanks
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-24-2021, 01:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,717
Posted By Rick_A
Get the Ideal strippers. You wonít regret it.

Get the Ideal strippers. You wonít regret it.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-19-2021, 01:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,077
Posted By Rick_A
Chris, I had never needed the Internal GPS until...

Chris, I had never needed the Internal GPS until last week when I tested the Smart glide feature. Smart glide switched to Internal NAV when it was activated.

I actually have separate antennas for...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-19-2021, 11:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,077
Posted By Rick_A
Internal receiver uses external antenna

The G3X has built in GPS receiver but not a built in antenna. The receiver uses an External antenna.

Itís not like an iPad that a built in receiver and antenna.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-14-2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,206
Posted By Rick_A
Test flight today

Today was my first chance to do a test flight. I engaged it at about 9500 ft and let Smart Glide control the plane down to about 5000. I had to break out of the glide due to heavy clouds but I...
Forum: RV-14 09-07-2021, 12:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,424
Posted By Rick_A
D-sub with no shell

If you use a d-sub connector, you donít have to use the back shell. I just zip tie the 2 d-subs together using the screw holes. I use silicone tape on the wires to add a little support.

Itís been...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-28-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,260
Posted By Rick_A
Apples and Oranges

I have a GTN 750 in the center stack of my 7A. I find that the large screen of the 750 make it much easier to operate - itís not just the moving map.

The large moving map on the 750 is a secondary...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-28-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,228
Posted By Rick_A
Double flare not needed

This has been discussed many times before. A properly done single flare works fine and will last the life of your plane.

A double flare is when the flare is folded back over itself to make a double...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-23-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,647
Posted By Rick_A
Check out the one posted FS today

If you want a top of the line Power Supply check out the Red Box RBPS50 that my brother listed today in the classifieds.

I used this power supply many times when we shared a hangar and it's sweet. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-14-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 16,704
Posted By Rick_A
Start switch button

As best I recall the start switch came from Stein, just the standard push button that he sells.
This is the same switch that I used in my original panel - so itís 11+ years old and still works great.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-03-2021, 04:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 708
Posted By Rick_A
Definitely yes on Fuel Flow

I have Fuel Flow in one of the data fields along the top row of the PFD. I use it all the time and find it very helpful for leaning.

I’m pretty sure you could also have Fuel Pressure in data...
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