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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 01:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,423
Posted By Laird
Random Celebrity Sighting

I was at Santa Paula topping up the tanks in my RV6. There was a Bonanza in front of me and I helped the gentleman push it out some so he didn't blast me when he started up.

Now, I'm a bit of a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2021, 07:39 PM
Replies: 49
Sticky: Daily RV Pic
Views: 6,053
Posted By Laird
Pittstown Point Lighthouse - Bahamas

Things you see from the air...
16752
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2021, 04:52 PM
Replies: 49
Sticky: Daily RV Pic
Views: 6,053
Posted By Laird
RV-6 Over Bakersfield. 16473

RV-6 Over Bakersfield.
16473
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-21-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,196
Posted By Laird
It was 20 some years ago, so that information has...

It was 20 some years ago, so that information has been overwritten, and I've misplaced my flight test data years ago, but I do remember that it was something like 10mph, maybe more, maybe less.

I do...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-21-2021, 04:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,196
Posted By Laird
Mo Speed

I can confirm a speed increase, as well as ROC, take off and landing roll, reduced fuel burn, and a tremendous grin factor. And if you're interested in formation flying, it SO much easier with a CS...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,019
Posted By Laird
Posted Unofficial Results Heat 1D

https://reports.airrace.org/2021/2021.Sport.Heat1D.Results.html

It shows Skylor in second by .002 seconds.

Good race Skylor!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 11:01 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 339
Posted By Laird
Reno Live Stream

I posted results of the firsts heat in the other Reno thread, but also thought I should post a new thread for with the live stream link.

Live stream at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7StGGbNZLbg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,019
Posted By Laird
Live Stream

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7StGGbNZLbg

Good race between Skylor and the Glasair III

RV's representin'!

Unofficial results
First Sport Heat 1D:
1 Race 76 Rovey RV8
2 Race 6 Child Glasair III
Forum: Propellers 09-14-2021, 04:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 760
Posted By Laird
LA Prop shops

Good prop shops are hard to come by.

Never heard anything good about Santa Monica. Good thing you walked away.

Johnson in Shafter used to have good service, but have seems to have slipped...
Forum: California 09-14-2021, 04:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 410
Posted By Laird
KWHP Whiteman

Whiteman in Pacoima has T's available. LARGE contingent of RV's there (including mine). Not San Gabriel, but not far away.

If you're in the area looking, stop by HH28

Laird
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2021, 10:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 526
Posted By Laird
Rudder Pedal Kit

I've got a "still in the package" RV8 pedal kit that I'd like to sell. PM me if interested.
Thanks
Laird
Forum: California 08-13-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 941
Posted By Laird
Ground Transportation

Uber or Lyft is probably the best way to get to and from the airport these days.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-04-2021, 08:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,578
Posted By Laird
Salvage Engines-Are They Worth It?

So at some point down the distant road, I'm going to need an engine.

With Lycoming raising the prices of their new engines thru the roof, it looks like I'll need to do something different than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2021, 08:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,031
Posted By Laird
I like a bow line on one side and a truckers...

I like a bow line on one side and a truckers hitch on the other. YouTube is your friend (if you can get over all the tracking and other **** they do)
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-08-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,679
Posted By Laird
Not that I know of

If I remember correctly, it was a one time group buy back in 1999 or so from the old Matronics forum. I haven't seen or heard of any since until the previous post.

Sorry
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-08-2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,679
Posted By Laird
Ti-Downs

I still have my set and they're AWESOME!

Someone will have to pry them out of my cold dead hands to get a hold of mine.....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2021, 04:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,186
Posted By Laird
I have those older wing tips and my lens aren't...

I have those older wing tips and my lens aren't in the best shape, so I would be interested if the price reasonable.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2021, 01:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 658
Posted By Laird
Tanker 75 Thanks for your opinion on flying with...

Tanker 75
Thanks for your opinion on flying with my family (and even without even knowing my brotherís abilities) but I was really looking for opinions on wheelchairs.

If you have an opinion on that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2021, 11:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 658
Posted By Laird
Zinger

I saw that and it looks very interesting. It's on the top of my list right now.

Keep'em coming!

Thanks,
Laird
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2021, 11:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 658
Posted By Laird
Question Compact Electric Foldable Wheelchair

Hi all,

My brother is starting to have some mobility issues and will need an electric wheelchair soon. He does have use of both hands, but the left side is getting quite weak.

The house he lives...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2021, 10:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,060
Posted By Laird
Quick question for Van's

Just curious,

So if someone ordered a kit at the beginning of the year and was given a 5 month crating date, and now the website says it's a 8 month lead.....

Does that mean that the kit ordered...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-18-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,587
Posted By Laird
Rebuild your old airplane!

I don't know about you, but it sure seems like getting the airplane that YOU built back for free and bringing it back to life sure seems like the path I would take.

Since you're not doing anything...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-05-2021, 11:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,929
Posted By Laird
Does racing at Reno count? ;)

Does racing at Reno count? ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 02:31 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 16,532
Posted By Laird
Welcome?

Sorry to welcome you to the club. I took a hawk thru windshield many years ago. My write up at:

https://vansairforce.net/articles/howtoruinyourwindshield.htm

Jim Baker in Goodland KS took an almost...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-29-2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,225
Posted By Laird
Dan, That's freaking brilliant, I must have...

Dan,
That's freaking brilliant, I must have repaired and repainted my wheelpants 4 times in the past 1900 hours (including landing on a dirt road at Sulphur Creek Ranch in Idaho).
I guess your using...
Forum: Safety 04-12-2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,337
Posted By Laird
In the”old” days we poured our own lead. At...

In the”old” days we poured our own lead. At least I did in 1995.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,082
Posted By Laird
Off topic, but that is probably my favorite movie...

Off topic, but that is probably my favorite movie of all time.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-18-2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,494
Posted By Laird
That's almost EXACTLY the same patch I did on my...

That's almost EXACTLY the same patch I did on my .016 rudder skins in about 6 places after the stop drill holes continued to crack. I bonded my patches on, and used the the small pop rivets to...
Forum: Autopilots 02-24-2021, 01:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,099
Posted By Laird
Leave it in the tip....

For some history, when low cost AP's started showing up on the market (TruTrak for one), there were no "already available" mounts for them. On RV's that were already finished, it was easier to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-29-2021, 03:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,186
Posted By Laird
Question RV-8 Instrument Panel Area CAD Layout???

Hi all,

Does anybody out there have a SolidWorks (or other CAD file) layout of the instrument panel and the F-866B-1 bulkhead just forward of that?

I did some searching but didn't come up with...
Forum: Midwest 01-13-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,338
Posted By Laird
I canít disagree with you about that! And that...

I canít disagree with you about that! And that was my favorite song from them.
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 01-13-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 12,562
Posted By Laird
Nice job Paul. Keep up the good work.

Nice job Paul. Keep up the good work.
Forum: Midwest 01-13-2021, 05:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,338
Posted By Laird
Hazy Shade of Winter

Actually, apologizes should go to Simon & Garfunkel (released 1966). Bangles were in grade school :)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-05-2021, 04:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,517
Posted By Laird
Not an overhaul

I had a similar thing when my O360 started making metal at 900hrs (on a Bahamas trip no less). Turned out to be the thrust bearing.
Lycon did a teardown/IRAN plus a couple of other things like...
Forum: California 01-04-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,216
Posted By Laird
Places to Fly/Eat - L45 Bakersfield Muni

Hi all,

Just a pirep during these covid times. I was out flying around this weekend and stopped by L45 for some cheap fuel ($3.68 on 1/2/21).

Found out the cafe on the field is open for indoor...
Forum: Safety 12-15-2020, 05:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,056
Posted By Laird
Breaking the canopy

Hi,

I have a slider RV-6. I've always left the RH stick removable (despite of the of the SB regarding it) and have a pointed steel slug welded in the bottom of it.

I think I can do a fair bit of...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-11-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 210,955
Posted By Laird
Hi Dan, It was built back in the dark ages...

Hi Dan,

It was built back in the dark ages before digital photos(1998 or so). Not sure where the prints are at this point.

Basically I build a plug from foam to get the shape I wanted, glassed it...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-11-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 210,955
Posted By Laird
Crazy like this? Styled after a Glasair III...

Crazy like this? Styled after a Glasair III panel. Composites are fun!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,627
Posted By Laird
No one's got an opinion? :confused: If you...

No one's got an opinion? :confused:

If you don't want to say publicly, you can always PM me.

Any pirep would be appreciated.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,627
Posted By Laird
Question Quickbuild Quality

Hi all,

I'm trying to help a friend who is interested in building an RV and he asked a question that I didn't have an answer for.

I built my RV-6 back in the dark ages before things were...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-19-2020, 07:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,040
Posted By Laird
+1, or alternately using a disk sander. Fast and...

+1, or alternately using a disk sander. Fast and easy way to get them the right length as well.
Forum: Painting your RV 10-16-2020, 03:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,967
Posted By Laird
Try a different brand

I noticed the same thing. Iíve always shot with PPG. Between the price and the inability to get Concept in CA Iíve just recently switched to Tamco. It seems to shoot just like Concept but 1/2 the...
Forum: Canada 09-15-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 899
Posted By Laird
Just curious, but do you think it matters if the...

Just curious, but do you think it matters if the alum pop rivets melts first or the aircraft skin? I think pretty much at that point the only thing left will be the stainless plate with only the...
Forum: RV-14 08-16-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,202
Posted By Laird
Here's the way I built my RV-6 20 odd years ago. ...

Here's the way I built my RV-6 20 odd years ago. I'd do it the same if I were to do it over again. But I've also flown other RV's with the throttle in the middle and it becomes second nature very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,388
Posted By Laird
Nice instrument panel Brad!😉

Nice instrument panel Brad!😉
Forum: California 08-12-2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,966
Posted By Laird
Check out L45 Bakersfield Muni

There is a hangar full of RV's at L45, right next to the Rocket Cafe. Used to be a real hot bed, but not much activity that I've seen there lately though.

I "think" there is an FOB/flight school at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,891
Posted By Laird
+1 for not leaning in the pattern. I don't...

+1 for not leaning in the pattern. I don't normally start leaning until over 3K' after a cruise climb has been started (usually past the Newhall Pass).

Laird
RV6 0-360/CS 1800hrs
KWHP
HH24 (I'm...
Forum: RV-14 07-24-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 46,938
Posted By Laird
Pictures Please!

Pictures, or it didn't happen! ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2020, 02:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 927
Posted By Laird
If you can afford it....

Quickbuild! You'll save many, many hours and be flying in about 1/3 to1/2 less time.

Downside is that there's a $11K difference from the factory between the two for the RV-8, and a fairly long lead...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,748
Posted By Laird
Repair it

I had a similar dent caused by a birdstrike (first of several). Mine was about the side of a softball. Your's looks very repairable.

Pull the tank, make an access hole in the aft bulkhead and work...
Forum: California 11-20-2019, 06:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,259
Posted By Laird
Hi David, Check your PM's

Hi David, Check your PM's
Forum: West (and Southwest) 10-17-2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,106
Posted By Laird
Plane Crazy at Mojave This Saturday

From a Friend:

Subject: Legendary Plane Crazy Saturday at KMHV on 10/19

Thought it might interest you all to know about a particularly good Plane Crazy Saturday coming up at Mojave Airport in two...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-22-2019, 05:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,594
Posted By Laird
a little help?

Hi Jay,

I'm in Simi and can walk you thru the glass work if you want to learn, or possible help you out if necessary.

Laird
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-20-2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,737
Posted By Laird
Steve, First, thanks for all the support on...

Steve,

First, thanks for all the support on the site. Second, a stupid question. Why the GMA 245? I'm guessing you have some other radio behind the panel?
If you put in a GTR 200, you'd have...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-13-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,846
Posted By Laird
Call Sign

Jailbird? Gee, how'd you get that call sign? ;)
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-24-2019, 04:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,883
Posted By Laird
Thanks, but I'm going to go with a forward facing...

Thanks, but I'm going to go with a forward facing sump.

I'll give Don a call when the time comes.

Thanks to all.

Laird
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-24-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,883
Posted By Laird
Thanks for the warning but I already assumed that...

Thanks for the warning but I already assumed that there would be cowl mods to do and possibly a new exhaust.

I guess it's coming down to whether to pick an Airflow Performance injector or Bendix. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-09-2019, 05:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,439
Posted By Laird
Polish Out the Haze

The answer is in the post right above yours. The lens they sell looks just like what I got in the kit.

I have the same tips as you (mine are from 1997) and I had good success polishing out the haze...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-05-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,883
Posted By Laird
Economical Injection switch from Carb

I?ve been thinking of converting my O-360 A1A to some kind of forward facing injection setup.
Cost is primary driver, not so much performance or acro.
Obviously I?ll need a new sump, high pressure...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-02-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 15,379
Posted By Laird
Jailbird

Brought back a lot of fun memories for me as well. Hope all is well.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-01-2019, 04:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 15,379
Posted By Laird
Caymans Direct

I wouldn't be surprised if it was. Here's Paul's report from 2005:

http://www.paulrosales.com/Cayman_Islands_2005/

Interesting and fun trip.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 17,052
Posted By Laird
Lot's of metal

I had a similar situation. 850 hr since new O-360. Annual and filter check before taking off across the country to the Bahamas and then changed the oil/filter just after. Found a similar amount of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,242
Posted By Laird
Been There, Done That...

Here's a link to the story I wrote up about it. I did have damage to the upper fuselage skin, but not to the extend that this incident did. I left the dent in the rear bulkhead. Broken plexi also...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,254
Posted By Laird
Welcome to the Club

Sorry to hear you joined, but welcome. Like they say, it could have been worse.

Here's my story about how I joined the club:
http://www.vansairforce.net/articles/howtoruinyourwindshield.htm

Looks...
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