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Forum: Florida (South) 04-16-2021, 07:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 417
Posted By Steve
Same thing when I flew to KEYW. I also stayed...

Same thing when I flew to KEYW.
I also stayed west of MIA airspace then flew over all the keys all the way down. Coming home, I took a left at Marathon and cut across the water to the mainland.
Forum: Propellers 04-11-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 579
Posted By Steve
I own a 9A / 160. I went with the fixed pitch...

I own a 9A / 160. I went with the fixed pitch Sensenich when I finished the plane in '08 because I got a very good deal on it, (new-in-box-never-installed). I've been happy with it over the last 925...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-08-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 573
Posted By Steve
I've always used hand towels. Catch them on sale...

I've always used hand towels. Catch them on sale for about a $1 at WalMart. They come in a wide variety of colors. Buy the 100% cotton ones for later use on the windshield.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,053
Posted By Steve
My airport also requires hangar owners to carry...

My airport also requires hangar owners to carry insurance. I went through Falcon Insurance, who also brokers my -9A. My policy cost $549 this year for $1M liability and full replacement cost. My...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-18-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,705
Posted By Steve
Not that my insurance company was staffed by...

Not that my insurance company was staffed by moonlighting Van's engineers, but they were perfectly fine with me building 5 hours time-in-type using a -6A before they insured my -9A. Their thinking...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-11-2021, 07:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,611
Posted By Steve
I installed one of the 8"x11" units in my -9A...

I installed one of the 8"x11" units in my -9A last year. I put it in the bay next to my left knee.
I took about 1/8" off the top of the aft frame leg to locate the mesh net pocket as far aft as...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-11-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,611
Posted By Steve
I installed one of these last year. I put it in...

I installed one of these last year. I put it in the bay next to my left knee.
I took about 1/8" off the top of the aft frame leg to locate the mesh net pocket as far aft as possible. Use double sided...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 442
Posted By Steve
I mounted my GMU11 aft of the baggage bulkhead...

I mounted my GMU11 aft of the baggage bulkhead using Van's bracket. It calibrated just fine. If nothing else, that location resulted in shorter wire runs.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-01-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,026
Posted By Steve
Install the rudder stops then adjust then adjust...

Install the rudder stops then adjust then adjust the rod ends.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 02-28-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,360
Posted By Steve
I lived in FL from '10 thru '18. I flew my RV to...

I lived in FL from '10 thru '18. I flew my RV to SnF 3 times and drove over another 4 times. I never camped and always returned home the same day. I did hang out in the HBC welcome tent most of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,192
Posted By Steve
Oshkosh wouldn't be the same without this event....

Oshkosh wouldn't be the same without this event. We'll be there.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-12-2021, 09:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,108
Posted By Steve
https://photos.app.goo.gl/7eSZxshdKP5Q2eMLA 3...

https://photos.app.goo.gl/7eSZxshdKP5Q2eMLA

3 pics: the finished install without the lens, the dimensioned paint shadow of the prototype adapter plate, and left over parts including the cardboard...
Forum: COMM 02-11-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 927
Posted By Steve
Don't most smartphones have an FM radio these...

Don't most smartphones have an FM radio these days? My cheapo 3 year old Moto G6 has one. The headphone/audio cable acts as the antenna.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,038
Posted By Steve
Enjoy the next chapter. It took me all of a day...

Enjoy the next chapter. It took me all of a day to adjust to retirement, although I do miss the social interaction at work.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-04-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,108
Posted By Steve
I haven't detected any EFI noise in the radio....

I haven't detected any EFI noise in the radio. The big difference is the weight with the old DW weighing 2 oz and the new LED coming in at 16 oz.
Before the LED, I replaced the 55w HID bulb with a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-03-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,108
Posted By Steve
I just replaced my Duckworks HID light with one...

I just replaced my Duckworks HID light with one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088NP81YV?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_asin_image

Not quite a drop-in replacement. I had to build a simple adapter...
Forum: Flight Testing 02-03-2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,998
Posted By Steve
I flew mine and I would politely decline to fly...

I flew mine and I would politely decline to fly any other plane I didn't build.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2021, 07:18 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 10,140
Posted By Steve
My public airport requires an airworthy aircraft...

My public airport requires an airworthy aircraft be inside the hangar. Kit or project aircraft must have a completion timeline which the builder must periodically update and be actively...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,257
Posted By Steve
My group had a car twice in past years: 2003 - We...

My group had a car twice in past years:
2003 - We were camped in the North 40 (pre-RV days). Our friends airlined to Chicago, rented a car, then parked in what is now H Lot, on the north side of HBC,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-10-2021, 10:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,824
Posted By Steve
I had to do the following to get my GTX-327 to...

I had to do the following to get my GTX-327 to communicate with my G3X:
1. Update the 327 firmware. $40 at the avionics shop.
2. Go to the 327 configuration page. Change the RS232 INPUT and OUTPUT to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-10-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 924
Posted By Steve
Android device: Touch the 3 bars in the top left...

Android device:
Touch the 3 bars in the top left corner.
Settings
Aircraft
Touch aircraft to edit data
Touch CHECKLIST
Touch IMPORT FROM AIRCRAFT
Find your plane on the acft mfg list
Edit as req'd.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-09-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,269
Posted By Steve
The ECI of old had PMA, part manufacturing...

The ECI of old had PMA, part manufacturing authority, meaning their engine parts could be found on factory airplanes, i.e. Pipers and Cessnas. ECI engine part numbers were the same as Lycoming part...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-22-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,583
Posted By Steve
off topic

This thread reminded me of a time waay back when I tied a 30 foot long string to my neighbors cat's collar then put the cat into the air duct feeding back into the neighbors apartment from my place....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-19-2020, 07:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 833
Posted By Steve
Tropic Aero, also in Indintown, did the 500 hour...

Tropic Aero, also in Indintown, did the 500 hour service on my Slick mags. I delivered the mags to him. About a 20 minute drive west from Stuart.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-17-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,972
Posted By Steve
I enjoyed reading that trip report. Yes, it's a...

I enjoyed reading that trip report. Yes, it's a long taxi to the fuel pumps no matter which runway you use at Delta, UT.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 506
Posted By Steve
I cover the upper 4" of my oil cooler with...

I cover the upper 4" of my oil cooler with aluminum tape in the winter. With the OAT at 20 degrees, I'll see 175 degrees oil temp.
I plug the two cabin air vents with 3/4" thick foam. A 2"x2" square...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 12-15-2020, 08:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,218
Posted By Steve
I had a few reasons why I flew to Blanding...

I had a few reasons why I flew to Blanding instead of the other dirt strips:

1. Blanding has fuel and it was discounted for the event. It was a 2 hour flight each way and I didn't want to arrive...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 12-12-2020, 08:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,218
Posted By Steve
Backcountry Santa

On Thursday, 12/10, 42 airplanes departed from Salt Lake Int'l, KSLC, or their nearby home airport to deliver food, toys, clothing, and other necessities to the Navajo Nations in southeast...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-11-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 530
Posted By Steve
I was once told that vtachgen came from an 80's...

I was once told that vtachgen came from an 80's vintage Ford LTD. It was part of the cruise control system.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-10-2020, 05:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,957
Posted By Steve
How to setup and use the wt & bal function in the...

How to setup and use the wt & bal function in the G3X.
Forum: RV-10 12-07-2020, 08:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,287
Posted By Steve
+1 on the Simple Green (aviation) for cleaning...

+1 on the Simple Green (aviation) for cleaning the belly.
+1 on the alcohol to remove fuel stains.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-26-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,869
Posted By Steve
I use a Craftsman fly cutter in my drill press. I...

I use a Craftsman fly cutter in my drill press. I hold the fuel tank in the assembly fixture used when I built the tanks. Clamp everything firmly. Verify the tool is square to the workpiece. Drill a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-07-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,925
Posted By Steve
The fact that there's a g3xpert monitoring this...

The fact that there's a g3xpert monitoring this site and NO DYxpert, ADVxpert, GRTxpert nor MGLxpert says something.
Forum: ADS-B 10-30-2020, 07:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,088
Posted By Steve
I had a GTX-327 in the panel so the GDL-82 was...

I had a GTX-327 in the panel so the GDL-82 was the way to go. Note - this provides ADS-B OUT only. I already had IN, via a Garmin GDL-39 talking to a tablet via bluetooth.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-30-2020, 07:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,806
Posted By Steve
I installed a Garmin G3X touch system in my day...

I installed a Garmin G3X touch system in my day vfr 9A earlier this year.
- I used my existing GTX327 transponder. The wiring diagram is in the G3X Installation Manual. I had the GTX firmware...
Forum: ADS-B 10-25-2020, 08:38 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 33,016
Posted By Steve
I bought a pack of stainless flat washers and...

I bought a pack of stainless flat washers and lock nuts from Ho Depot / Lowes. Good to go.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2020, 08:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,437
Posted By Steve
We had 14 8 foot 2 tube flourescent light...

We had 14 8 foot 2 tube flourescent light fixtures installed when our hangar was built in 2008. Fast forward to last year. The lights and/or ballasts are starting to wear out. Note - those light...
Forum: Florida (South) 10-17-2020, 08:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,764
Posted By Steve
Have your friend take a taxi to Lauderdale Exec,...

Have your friend take a taxi to Lauderdale Exec, KFXE, while you browse around Banyan Pilot Shop.
It's Class D but you'll need to contact Clearance before you contact Ground for departure taxi. It's...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-15-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,226
Posted By Steve
cart before the horse

The first 3 items on my G3X RV-9A checklist are:
1. Backup Battery - ON
2. Master - ON
3. Wait for G3X to initialize
Then I can check-off those first 3 items after scrolling to the checklist page. I...
Forum: Steam Gauges 10-14-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,739
Posted By Steve
I have a Vans airspeed indicator (mph/knots) and...

I have a Vans airspeed indicator (mph/knots) and a voltmeter, both recently pulled from my -9A.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2020, 09:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,436
Posted By Steve
Maintenance Tools For the spark plugs: -spark...

Maintenance Tools
For the spark plugs:
-spark plug socket 1/2" drive (deep)
-wire type feeler gage
-gap setting tool
-dental picks
-abrasive cleaner
Magneto tools
-buzz box timing...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-02-2020, 08:16 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 13,642
Posted By Steve
The instructions that came with my cube actually...

The instructions that came with my cube actually gave the Mil Spec part numbers for straight, 45, and 90 degree fittings.
My instructions also allowed up to a 2" drop per foot on the fuel line from...
Forum: COMM 09-14-2020, 08:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,406
Posted By Steve
I went to my local window tinting shop and...

I went to my local window tinting shop and grabbed a piece of .015-ish scrap from the dumpster. It was the darkest stuff they had and was actually used to make removeable window shades. Picture a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-14-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,122
Posted By Steve
I like having the CHT/EGT graph displayed on the...

I like having the CHT/EGT graph displayed on the PFD EIS strip. I'll stick with v8.71 for now.
+1 for allowing the user to configure the EIS strip in a future firmware upgrade.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,934
Posted By Steve
My local uniform supply store, where nurses buy...

My local uniform supply store, where nurses buy scrubs, etc, stocks all 3 components: the bag, the hose, and the catheter. Note you'll have a choice of sizes - small, medium or large (children, men,...
Forum: Safety 08-18-2020, 09:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,088
Posted By Steve
F-16 flares

This is what it looks like when you're intercepted by an F-16 and you ignore the "follow and land now" command.
1404
Forum: Interiors 08-04-2020, 07:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,642
Posted By Steve
I've used the material available at automotive...

I've used the material available at automotive upholstery shops. Its a black cardboard product approx .06 thick.
I've also used plastic "cardboard". It looks like corrugated cardboard and is commonly...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-16-2020, 08:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,398
Posted By Steve
I took my -9A there back in '09. No probs. We're...

I took my -9A there back in '09. No probs. We're flying up there again on 7/28 for 3-4 days.
Note - no line of sight between runway ends and make right traffic to 15 for landing.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 07-15-2020, 08:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,120
Posted By Steve
Here's one at Ogden, KOGD. You'll own the...

Here's one at Ogden, KOGD. You'll own the building but will lease the ground.
https://classifieds.ksl.com/listing/60470109
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 19,727
Posted By Steve
I've been with EAA/Falcon/Global for 12 years for...

I've been with EAA/Falcon/Global for 12 years for my -9A. Full coverage of $75k on the hull and $1m liability. I have over 2100 hrs and 860 in make/model. I wasn't prepared for a 20% increase in my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,509
Posted By Steve
If you decide to tackle the job yourself, Van's...

If you decide to tackle the job yourself, Van's sells a Fuel Tank Repair Kit (no pics) consisting of a 7"? round aluminum cover plate and 25 LP4-3 rivets for $8.10. I used a circle cutter in a drill...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-08-2020, 07:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,269
Posted By Steve
You can wear gloves during the winter and still...

You can wear gloves during the winter and still use the Garmin G3X Touch. I don't know about the others.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-04-2020, 06:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 713
Posted By Steve
I brought my GTX-327 to my local avionics shop...

I brought my GTX-327 to my local avionics shop for the upgrade from v2.09 to v2.13. They charged me $50 for a half hour labor. The 327 and my new G3X Touch happily communicate.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2020, 08:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,827
Posted By Steve
Per the factory, the baggage limit on the -9A is...

Per the factory, the baggage limit on the -9A is 100 lbs, W&B permitting.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-23-2020, 07:04 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,918
Posted By Steve
Another vote for Garmin Pilot running on an...

Another vote for Garmin Pilot running on an Android tablet from a longtime user. I like the ability to plan a flight at home then transfer the plan to my new G3X when I get to the hangar.
Admittedly,...
Forum: Northwest 05-11-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,575
Posted By Steve
Bring food to eat or cook because only one...

Bring food to eat or cook because only one restaurant was open in Yellow Pine last summer. Or you can fly out to the Smiley Creek lodge when it opens for the summer season on June 5. Or fly out to...
Forum: GPS 04-19-2020, 07:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,639
Posted By Steve
The large black plastic cover around the BNC...

The large black plastic cover around the BNC connector on the GA26C antenna is easily removed. Slide the cover up along the cable then, using sharp snips, carefully split the cover lengthwise.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2020, 07:37 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,630
Posted By Steve
Several years ago, I attended a forum at Oshkosh...

Several years ago, I attended a forum at Oshkosh on this topic. The bottom lines were:
1. Yes, your time spent building your plane counts toward your AME rating.
2. All that time spent must be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2020, 08:24 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,361
Posted By Steve
I have 25+ years of UG/NX on my resume but since...

I have 25+ years of UG/NX on my resume but since retirement last year it's free Solidworks for me.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2020, 08:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,653
Posted By Steve
9A panel project

I continued with the "G3X from steam gages" panel upgrade project. It's been 3 weeks and I can finally see the tunnel with the light on the other side.
Removed all old system hardware. All new...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-19-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,033
Posted By Steve
That would be Fort Wadsworth on the Staten Island...

That would be Fort Wadsworth on the Staten Island end of the bridge. John Paul Jones park and Fort Hamilton are at the Brooklyn end.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2020, 07:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,068
Posted By Steve
Yes, a generator would be disruptive to other...

Yes, a generator would be disruptive to other campers. Leave it home.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2020, 08:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,400
Posted By Steve
Wendover

Four of us flew over from KOGD to KENV for lunch at the Salt Flats Caf? on Friday.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/TDAJ9MVRAcJ4Su519
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-28-2020, 07:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,068
Posted By Steve
Dave, I've been using this product since our...

Dave,
I've been using this product since our Piper Pacer...
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