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Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-18-2021, 06:02 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 365
Posted By RV7ator
Getting Through the Fence in Juneau PAJN

Anyone know of tie downs/parking/hangaring at Juneau besides Aero Services?

Another trip coming up, and I'd really like to find some way through the fence besides Aero Services. Parked next to tour...
Forum: RV-15 07-31-2021, 09:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,942
Posted By RV7ator
Old People and Those Who Don't Exercise

I'm pretty flexible for an old fart, but I still got on Kruger's case for needing the agility of a contortionist for getting your leg around the tall Vashon stick. Van's will get the performance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2021, 09:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,566
Posted By RV7ator
What Manual?

Terrific, Jeff!

My lady friend wants to start PP training using my 172. What learning materials did your wife use?

Anyone else with opinions on what's in vogue? DVD and/or online courses are...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-29-2020, 06:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 20,078
Posted By RV7ator
Kayaking

Consider popping over to Roche Harbor for kayaking with San Juan Outfitters. Five hour tour is nice. Minimal people contact. WA09 is private, PPR is not really enforced, but apt mgr Dan Root...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-09-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,751
Posted By RV7ator
What's Causing This Weird Vibration?

Since my OP last April, http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=170636 I've additional info. Ideas, anyone?

The weirdness: a vibration suddenly kicks in at an IAS between 90 and 110...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-22-2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,164
Posted By RV7ator
You'd better figure out why your wife doesn't...

You'd better figure out why your wife doesn't like the TD. There's more at issue I'm sure. A principal reason I build 7s is there's no jungle-gym, trip-and-fall, gear support structure intruding into...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2019, 07:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,336
Posted By RV7ator
Best Tugs

Anyone using a Best Tugs (I'm looking at A2) for moving their taildragger RV?

I'm after an electric tug for my -7. Seen other offerings, but always left with concerns over maneuverability,...
Forum: Safety 11-08-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,745
Posted By RV7ator
Clamp a plastic owl on the cowl. Ought ta be just...

Clamp a plastic owl on the cowl. Ought ta be just as effective there as on the VS.

John Siebold
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-08-2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,543
Posted By RV7ator
Try presqueezing a 3 to fill the hole you made...

Try presqueezing a 3 to fill the hole you made before final set in position. You'll learn this technique later if not now (Murphy is an optimist). If it looks like too little grip, jump to a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-01-2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,543
Posted By RV7ator
Matt, I have two, count 'em, two RV-7/9 rudders,...

Matt, I have two, count 'em, two RV-7/9 rudders, one has flown. If you're somewhere near Boise, let's talk. I prefer the original 8 rudder on the 7s so these are left overs from kits I've bought 2nd...
Forum: Primers 10-29-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,228
Posted By RV7ator
P60G2 Source

Anyone have a source for SW P60G2 wash primer other than Sky Geek? Also, I'll be at Van's later this week, so a source within a courtesy car trip of Aurora will work.

The Boise, ID, SW auto paint...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2019, 06:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 747
Posted By RV7ator
7A and 7 Fuse Kit Differences

Gang,

By tomorrow, I need a quick education on the principle component differences between the as-crated 7A and 7 Fuselage kits. Reason being I'm thinking of acquiring a 7A fuse kit and building it...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 09-03-2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,324
Posted By RV7ator
Big Creek, U60, chow at the new lodge. Camp on...

Big Creek, U60, chow at the new lodge. Camp on the field, but it's just over the pass from Johnson with all its amenities.

Smiley is a mile long at 7,200 feet and recent reports on the restaurant...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-01-2019, 07:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,039
Posted By RV7ator
Check your PMs. John Siebold

Check your PMs.

John Siebold
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,202
Posted By RV7ator
Autopilots use ship's power for operation. The...

Autopilots use ship's power for operation. The GPS just sends commands to the autopilot.

I've a 795 driving a Pro Pilot for 7 years. The PP also can listen to the 650 or G3X internal.

John Siebold
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 941
Posted By RV7ator
Empty Nester

Doug,

We've watched you raise and shower love on your wonderful family through the vicissitudes of aviation (where we all know how to make a small fortune). Congratulations. The kids are launched...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-20-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,276
Posted By RV7ator
Clamp!

When you drill to the mount, clamp that mother down. Clamp, clamp, clamp. Also bolt down each successive hole. The holes in the brackets will not be exactly centered on the mount holes. Th drill will...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-17-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,204
Posted By RV7ator
We're the same ilk, Condor. The five -7s I've...

We're the same ilk, Condor.

The five -7s I've built became progressively more glassy, Fiver full glass for seven years.

I carry an iPad with Foreflight for crossing Canada. It's the cheapest way...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-05-2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 41,196
Posted By RV7ator
Same problem here, C-JOY. My wife finds the 10...

Same problem here, C-JOY. My wife finds the 10 harder to enter/exit than our 7, but we could use more useful, want the speed of an RV and remain EAB. We make frequent cross continent trips and our...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,913
Posted By RV7ator
Devil's in the details

Prior posts hit prime items. Here's some detail from my experience having done it more than a few times.

The radiotelephone permit and FCC license are utterly worthless. Never been asked, and I've...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2019, 08:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,485
Posted By RV7ator
Here's where the SBS taildraggers shine,...

Here's where the SBS taildraggers shine, especially non FI. You can pack a LOT of heavy and/or dense stuff under your knees with some longer things spanning the floor ahead of the fuel control box....
Forum: RV-10 06-25-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,853
Posted By RV7ator
John and Lyn Siebold will attend. After building...

John and Lyn Siebold will attend. After building five -7s we're considering a -10 but no time to build. If you're thinking of selling your flying -10, we want to meet you.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-24-2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,590
Posted By RV7ator
Another slow cranker fixed. The Sky-Tec NL...

Another slow cranker fixed. The Sky-Tec NL starter was falling apart, so to speak, as others have pointed out. The two #10 screws holding the motor to the drive were loose, the miserable bent-over...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-11-2019, 07:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,563
Posted By RV7ator
This is getting interesting

I'm liking the responses. Thanks. As to the counterweights, tracking the suffix back through the Lyc pedigree, half-way back to the basic A1A there's mention of particular weights at particular...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-10-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,563
Posted By RV7ator
Appreciate the offer, Danny; I concur, the -7s...

Appreciate the offer, Danny; I concur, the -7s I've built were "all new". What I'm looking at would be a good deal if it weren't for what are to me the massive unknowns of adapting the Bendix mag,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-10-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,563
Posted By RV7ator
Wisdom of Using a Mooney Engine

I'm considering adopting a kit with a IO-360-A3B6D, which is an angle valve engine with the dual Bendix mag and counter-weighted crank. What has the brain trust to say about installing this in a -7?...
Forum: Canada 06-10-2019, 07:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 899
Posted By RV7ator
Any Graphical TFRs for Canada?

Are there any graphical TFR products that superimpose a Canadian TFR's boundary upon a chart? I'm particularly interested in AB, BC, and YK. I've found BC Wildfire that shows where every match is...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-03-2019, 07:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,628
Posted By RV7ator
Anywhere Else

The nostalgia of "16 Right" (the movie) departed VNY years ago, heck, decades. I soloed off 34R in 1969 when it was the busiest GA airport in the nation. Still had derelict WWII aircraft here and...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-27-2019, 09:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,665
Posted By RV7ator
I copied the following from another post of mine...

I copied the following from another post of mine 'cause it's appropriate on this thread, too.

Just returned after another foray to Juneau, and this particularly sticks in my mind:

You absolutely...
Forum: Canada 05-26-2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,344
Posted By RV7ator
Recent Experience

Just returned after another foray to Juneau, and this particularly sticks in my mind:

You absolutely must have cell coverage for border crossing operations. Make double-d***-sure your phone will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 21,506
Posted By RV7ator
Wrong, again. I hope you're being facetious....

Wrong, again. I hope you're being facetious. There's no requirement for "experimental" in any radio call except to the first approach/tower contact and continued for clarity only if they repeat...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2019, 05:04 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 21,506
Posted By RV7ator
Finally, a thread on using "experimental" has...

Finally, a thread on using "experimental" has some legs. Seems there are three divisons: The Legalist, The Prideful, and the Abstainers.

I remain firmly an Abstainer (post 5).

To the Prideful: How...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 21,506
Posted By RV7ator
Indeed. Drop the "experimental" nonsense....

Indeed. Drop the "experimental" nonsense. Useless. Type is useful. Don't bother quoting the FARs about that first contact with ATC. They don't care either.

John Siebold
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-18-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,806
Posted By RV7ator
Smile Keepin poking, gents. Addressing some prior...

Keepin poking, gents. Addressing some prior posts, it's not a tire/wheel thing, definitely. (Especially not a non-existent nose wheel :)) I removed all the gear fairings at one time and no joy. I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-15-2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,806
Posted By RV7ator
No, it's definitely not tires. It's engine...

No, it's definitely not tires. It's engine related.

John Siebold
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-15-2019, 01:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,806
Posted By RV7ator
Solve This Weird Vibration Problem

I like the brain trust to comment on a few ideas regarding the source of an unusual, strong, vibration that has annoyed me for 600 hours on a -7.

The set-up: RV-7, IO-375, Whirl Wind Aviation 74RV...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2019, 09:10 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,471
Posted By RV7ator
After many hundreds of airports all over the...

After many hundreds of airports all over the country, I can't point out an RV-UNfriendly airport, but there is an RV-Ignorant breed. You know them when the nice line guy approaches you with a set of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,542
Posted By RV7ator
Let's add a bit more conjecture to the fire. The...

Let's add a bit more conjecture to the fire.

The OSH gear-up was four (maybe three - I disremember) AirVentures ago this coming July. It was trailered home to Boise (an odyssey in itself) and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-21-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,879
Posted By RV7ator
I installed the Condor on our -7 and will never...

I installed the Condor on our -7 and will never go back. (I've used Van's, Bell forks, FlyBoy 6" wheels in various combinations over the years.) My fillings remain in place with its much smoother...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-05-2019, 09:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 848
Posted By RV7ator
This is an ancient problem carried forward from...

This is an ancient problem carried forward from manual flap days. Van's hasn't repositioned the flap actuator arm to align the arm with the now off center electric motor pushrod. They expect there's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2019, 08:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,730
Posted By RV7ator
Get It

You've spent years and thousands of manhours manufacturing an airplane, why would you not expend the additional trivial effort (one form, show up at the FSDO with ID) to receive the Repairman's? Do...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 12-16-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,562
Posted By RV7ator
Stowage

We can carry a figurative ton in our 7 by keeping dense heavy things out of the baggage area. I made brackets that are secured by the spare carry-through cover screws under your knees, either side of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-14-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,180
Posted By RV7ator
Fat 7

Sticking with the OP's 7 v 14, my take remains the same as when I've been around and in the 14 at OSH since it's introduction: I wouldn't choose the 14 over the 7. Back in '12, I asked the Van's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2018, 05:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,463
Posted By RV7ator
Thumbs up Gear's the Problem!

Switch to a tail dragger and be rid of that volume eating, trip-'n-fall, jungle gym main gear support structure. :D

I'd be wanting to reinforce the remaining leg with the rudder cable attachment....
Forum: ADS-B 09-29-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,697
Posted By RV7ator
Is It Garmin or FIS-B That's Sick?

TFR display on my 795 is so laggardly that in-flight decisions can't be done in a timely manner. Lately, two TFR's north and south of Heber, UT, were not displaying even after being airborne for an...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-14-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,282
Posted By RV7ator
The registration expired in April. The owner's...

The registration expired in April. The owner's not even keeping that up. Move on.

John Siebold
Forum: Canada 08-12-2018, 08:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,937
Posted By RV7ator
BC Fire TFRs

Contemplating a trip to Alaska early September, and I see that BC is burning down. Does NavCanada publish a regional fire TFR map on a single page so I can see where they are? So far, no joy with...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-04-2018, 06:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,289
Posted By RV7ator
Watsonville, CA

1994, Mike. I was there for some fly-in. Chevron supplier mixed A with 100 to some some immense degree. I didn't refuel with many gallons, but the blend was still way more than one cup A in 16 when...
Forum: Northwest 07-02-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 855
Posted By RV7ator
Need a Whitefish, MT, PIREP

Anyone with a recent runway condition PIREP for 58S?

John Siebold
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-26-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,773
Posted By RV7ator
Can You Explain Garmin's Weaselwording?

Canada isn't part of North America, according to Garmin. Garmin's web site is no help, and neither is the 30+ minute hold for any phone call to Garmin for any reason.

Shopping for a 795/6 annual...
Forum: California 06-19-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 897
Posted By RV7ator
KSMO Brief

What's available for a way through the fence and gas at Santa Monica, other than Atlantic? Last I visited the PR of SMO, piston GA was on the south side, and at least one operation let me use their...
Forum: California 04-11-2018, 07:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,187
Posted By RV7ator
Van Nuys, Burbank, Whiteman, or Santa Monica....

Van Nuys, Burbank, Whiteman, or Santa Monica. Check AvWeb or AOPA FBO listings and then phone them for particular information. The Valley (VNY, WHP, BUR) will clear stratus earlier (if it's an issue...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,669
Posted By RV7ator
Our 7 crossed the US spinnerless - the cone that...

Our 7 crossed the US spinnerless - the cone that is - and for a time thereafter with no noticeable changes in speeds or temps. Removing the backplate, however, did affect cooling air distribution...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-24-2018, 03:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 19,239
Posted By RV7ator
We're headed north, Fred, but likely mid-May as...

We're headed north, Fred, but likely mid-May as I'm basically cheap (except avgas, beer, and chocolate) and car rental and lodging prices shoot straight up after that. I absolutely will not spend...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2018, 08:30 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 14,909
Posted By RV7ator
See you at OSH! By then you'll likely have flown...

See you at OSH!

By then you'll likely have flown somebody's 9, and hopefully you can arrange a ride or two for your wife. Just be sure the pilot isn't a yahoo who will scare her with the greater...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-18-2018, 07:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,357
Posted By RV7ator
I doubt it, other than ageing airframes. The 6...

I doubt it, other than ageing airframes. The 6 and 7 are functional and cost equals. No surprise then that the fabrication technology, range, and almost-don't-notice slightly larger cabin of the 7...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,404
Posted By RV7ator
Lie

The FAA wants a copy of the entire trust document, not just the certification that satisfies most institutions. No way in HE-double-L was I going to divulge our personal trust to bureaucrats. The...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-15-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,524
Posted By RV7ator
2700 is perfectly fine. FP set-ups often cruise...

2700 is perfectly fine. FP set-ups often cruise high rpm.

4-bangers have natural intensified resonance bands between 2600 and 2700 and 2100-2300. Hartzell recommended avoiding continuous operation...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-12-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,689
Posted By RV7ator
It's a tone generator that doesn't ramp up....

It's a tone generator that doesn't ramp up. Suddenly it's ON! BLATT! enough to scare the pucky out of any passenger just as you flare. Throw it away and pay attention to your AS/AOA.

John Siebold
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,709
Posted By RV7ator
Van's brake pedal is one of the few points of...

Van's brake pedal is one of the few points of really bad design. Drill your pedal assemblies apart and rerivet the angles to the aft side (the side your feet press) to set the pedal surface 7/8"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2018, 08:36 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 10,578
Posted By RV7ator
Approaching home after a tank-draining cross...

Approaching home after a tank-draining cross country, I had the sudden inspiration to inspect the fishing crowd on a local reservoir. Lacking any semblance of planning, I was too close abeam to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,416
Posted By RV7ator
Insurance and Beer

This excerpt is from today's AvWeb flash, at the end of an article about breakdown assistance:

"We asked Global Aerospace if there are hidden charges tacked on to a policy, but it said that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2018, 08:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,619
Posted By RV7ator
The biggest problem flying in Canada is US CBP....

The biggest problem flying in Canada is US CBP. (BTW, order your decal months before you intend traveling, and make sure your passport is and will remain valid throughout your trip.) Besides the...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-26-2017, 08:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 14,184
Posted By RV7ator
Scott, How much were you allowed to use the...

Scott,

How much were you allowed to use the autopilot during the ride?

Couple of CFIIs I use as safety pilots on proficiency flights expect me to demonstrate competency with the autopilot besides...
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