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Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-27-2022, 07:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,411
Posted By Laird
Good Byes

Doug and Suzi,

Sorry to hear about MoonDog. Having to make that final decision is horrible.

I just had to put my 12.5 year old Aussie down last week. He was my airport dog as well.

I'm sure...
Forum: RV-14 11-22-2022, 08:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 994
Posted By Laird
Welcome

Welcome to the club. You're on the right track.

Regarding the EXP, I ordered one in May (I think...or just before the raised their price) and I was expecting 18 months. Turns it it got delivered...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-22-2022, 12:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 329
Posted By Laird
Race car sanctioning bodies usually require belt...

Race car sanctioning bodies usually require belt replacement every 5 years.

Webbing does degrade with time but 5 years is probably overly conservative and the risk of accidents is greater in a race...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-06-2022, 02:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,754
Posted By Laird
I use black.......it covers red very well. 😂

I use black.......it covers red very well. 😂
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2022, 05:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 607
Posted By Laird
I got my RV8 finish kit yesterday from XPO. It...

I got my RV8 finish kit yesterday from XPO. It was $750 from Vans to SoCal.

I also picked it up from their terminal to avoid an additional cost of bringing it to my house.

I inventoried it today...
Forum: Safety 10-25-2022, 11:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,027
Posted By Laird
Can this be done on a fuselage that's past the...

Can this be done on a fuselage that's past the quickbuild stage?

Is it a replacement of the alum skin, or addeded over the top of the existing skin?

Laird
Forum: Fiberglass 10-19-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 725
Posted By Laird
I agree, but that'll never happen. Gelcoat hides...

I agree, but that'll never happen. Gelcoat hides crappy workmanship, like voids in the layup.

L
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2022, 04:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 745
Posted By Laird
RV-8 Finish Kit Delivery

Sorry for the thread drift, but Zach started it :)

I ordered my RV-8 finish kit July 8, 2021. It's on the delivery truck and headed this way as I type :)

So you should hopefully see a crating...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-13-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,607
Posted By Laird
Leave it be....

An alternative view.....Since you have "limited fabrication experience", I'd just go fly you new airplane and see how much it REALLY bothers you in 200 hours.

I'm sure you'll find lots of other...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 10-10-2022, 02:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,949
Posted By Laird
Is that 12v socket hot all the time? I'd think...

Is that 12v socket hot all the time? I'd think about a plug/cover for it to prevent a dead short.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-05-2022, 04:43 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,967
Posted By Laird
Manifold Pressure

Carl,

What air inlet system are you running to get 22.3" at 9000'? Ram air of some sort, or the cowl inlet intake with a snorkle? I'm curious.

I know Dan has a pretty well documented filtered ram...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-26-2022, 03:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,026
Posted By Laird
I'll take "what's behind door #4", Bob!

I'll take "what's behind door #4", Bob!
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-22-2022, 07:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 710
Posted By Laird
I've had both the Cleaveland and Grove...

I've had both the Cleaveland and Grove wheels/calipers on my RV6. They are interchangeable.

Personally I like the Grove's quality better than the Cleavelands. I haven't tried the Berringer...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-22-2022, 04:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,348
Posted By Laird
I was JUST at my paint shop today and I paid $80...

I was JUST at my paint shop today and I paid $80 for the Evercoat Glazing Putty (ultra smooth), that I like to use after the epoxy/micro for the rough smoothing.

Almost triple what I paid about a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2022, 06:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,239
Posted By Laird
I'm guessing that you're really asking is which...

I'm guessing that you're really asking is which hand do you prefer to use on the control stick in a side by side.

This was my solution for sitting left seat, but flying with the right hand on the...
Forum: California 07-26-2022, 11:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,443
Posted By Laird
Whiteman

I'd fix it on the ramp until someone said you can't.

If it not fixed yet and you can get it to Whiteman KWHP I have everything you need. I'll pm my number.

Laird
Forum: Painting your RV 07-15-2022, 02:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,568
Posted By Laird
Cory's airplane is the most perfectly finished...

Cory's airplane is the most perfectly finished I've ever seen. Just flawless.
Forum: California 07-15-2022, 12:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,112
Posted By Laird
Hi Trent, I'm sure you'll get lots of...

Hi Trent,

I'm sure you'll get lots of suggestions.

Spruce does have a bit of a store front, but not really all that impressive. You can call and order any parts you want and then pick them up at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2022, 07:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,575
Posted By Laird
Got it backwards....

I am at my fighting weight.....I need to lose 30-40 lbs to get to get to the point where I can RUN AWAY from a fight ;)

L
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2022, 12:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,947
Posted By Laird
Better?

I don't know about that....I ordered an RV8 finish kit a year ago next week and it said 6 month lead time on their website. I just got notified that it may kit some time October, so I'm not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2022, 01:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,033
Posted By Laird
Schroth Harness

I had Schroth belts in my race car (SCCA S2) and loved them.

Didn't know they made an aviation harness, although I think one version of their race harness could be made to work well in a -4 or -8....
Forum: Painting your RV 06-02-2022, 05:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,075
Posted By Laird
I used to love K36. Used it as a medium build...

I used to love K36. Used it as a medium build primer on everything. Cured fast, easy to sand and didn't shrink much over time.

Of course, California decided it was too good of a product and...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-24-2022, 04:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,458
Posted By Laird
Not to sound snarky, but it looks like you have...

Not to sound snarky, but it looks like you have all the info you need to make a decision. Only you know your motivation to build and/or your mission.

It'll be fun either way.

Laird
Forum: California 05-24-2022, 04:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 868
Posted By Laird
RV6

I'm at KWHP in near Burbank. You're welcome to come by. I around most weekends.

Laird
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2022, 06:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,578
Posted By Laird
You're fooling yourself if you think you're ever...

You're fooling yourself if you think you're ever really "done"..... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 04:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,057
Posted By Laird
The Jerk

"The new phone book's here, the new phone book's here... I'm SOMEBODY now!"

From "The Jerk" I presume. Funny movie.

You just couldn't make that these days...how sad.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-11-2022, 06:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,582
Posted By Laird
Yep, that's the UK site.

Yep, that's the UK site.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-11-2022, 05:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,582
Posted By Laird
Lot's of places US domestic for most of their...

Lot's of places US domestic for most of their other tools, but I can only find the countersinks from the UK...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-04-2022, 06:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,204
Posted By Laird
Looks nice. How far is the handle offset? Looks...

Looks nice. How far is the handle offset? Looks to be about 3".
Forum: Safety 05-04-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,270
Posted By Laird
Gallagher

Call Gallagher Ins at 877.475.5860 I have a builders policy with them.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 05-04-2022, 11:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 754
Posted By Laird
Happy to help

I'm sure somebody will respond soon and get you what you need.

If not, PM me and I'll fly over to CMA and give you and your wife a ride in my RV-6, OR you could come over to KWHP (near Burbank)...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-19-2022, 02:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,853
Posted By Laird
If I'm heading that direction from SoCal, I...

If I'm heading that direction from SoCal, I usually have breakfast at Payson, AZ (good restaurant) and then stop at St. Johns, AZ (KSJN) for cheap fuel (no food or anything else) before heading into...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2022, 02:09 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 10,069
Posted By Laird
Got the Call

Just a reference point....I ordered the day before the March increase (plain Jane IO-390-EXP), and I just got a call from Chris asking when I actually needed the engine.

I pushed it out knowing I...
Forum: California 03-25-2022, 01:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,105
Posted By Laird
No need for anybody to confirm on this thread. ...

No need for anybody to confirm on this thread. If you're in the neighborhood, great, if not, there will always be a next time.

I'm thinking of starting a SoCal thread at least once a month thru the...
Forum: California 03-24-2022, 03:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,105
Posted By Laird
Saturday - L45 Bakersfield Muni Brunch

Just throwing it out there.

This coming Saturday (3/26) looks like a nice day to fly, so I'm heading to L45 for brunch (my first flight since shoulder surgery in January).

Anybody who wants to fly...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-22-2022, 06:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 537
Posted By Laird
Pool table felt.

Pool table felt.
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-20-2022, 06:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 971
Posted By Laird
Try: www.aerocanopy.com I was talking with them...

Try:
www.aerocanopy.com
I was talking with them last week about a dark tint canopy.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2022, 11:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,986
Posted By Laird
Where's a like button when you really need...

Where's a like button when you really need one?
Subtle, Dan, very subtle. Bravo.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-10-2022, 04:22 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,760
Posted By Laird
Beautiful work Ryan. Really well done compared to...

Beautiful work Ryan. Really well done compared to my hand written chicken scratching.

What program did you use to create it?

Thanks, Laird
Forum: RV-10 01-31-2022, 06:08 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 20,554
Posted By Laird
RV-8 Empanage Delivery Date?

I have a friend who ordered an RV-8 Emp kit in early July and still hasn't seen or heard anything. Same for me as I ordered an RV-8 finish kit about a week later.
Just looked at the website lead...
Forum: California 01-23-2022, 11:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,624
Posted By Laird
I'm out

Strong winds and low level winds shear in the LA area. I fly for fun. No need to get knocked about just for breakfast. Next time.
Forum: California 01-19-2022, 08:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,624
Posted By Laird
Well if Paul's showing up....j/k I'm going in...

Well if Paul's showing up....j/k

I'm going in for a shoulder tune up (rotator cuff) next Wednesday so I'll be out of the cockpit for awhile and this might be a good excuse to put a couple of hours...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2022, 12:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 685
Posted By Laird
Rico That sounds like a bandaid for some other...

Rico
That sounds like a bandaid for some other problem.
Knowing your configuration details would help but if it's a stock setup I would start by looking at the baffling and perhaps check the timing....
Forum: Safety 01-06-2022, 04:35 PM
Replies: 25
Sticky: RV Survival Kit
Views: 6,967
Posted By Laird
RV Survival Kit

What's in your survival kit? (Kinda like the credit card commercial...what's in your wallet?). The latest AVweb article about the guy who crashed in Europe got me thinking.

Mine is probably...
Forum: RV-4 12-21-2021, 04:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,546
Posted By Laird
Thanks for clearing up my mis-information Steve. ...

Thanks for clearing up my mis-information Steve. I stand corrected and more informed!

Laird
PS. Wingtips look Awesome. Hope you sell a ton.
Forum: RV-4 12-21-2021, 11:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,546
Posted By Laird
Reflexing flaps

If I've got my facts straight (not guaranteed) the NACA 23012 airfoil that the RV-3/4/6/7/8 uses has less of a pitching moment than the Roncz airfoil of the RV-9/10/14 so reflexing the flaps (or...
Forum: Autopilots 12-19-2021, 05:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,325
Posted By Laird
Hi Kyle Isn't that what the AP disconnect is...

Hi Kyle

Isn't that what the AP disconnect is for? Or is this some additional safety feature that beyond the scope of the G3X architecture as designed? Is it recommended in the manual? How real is...
Forum: Autopilots 12-19-2021, 04:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,325
Posted By Laird
Youre saying that the trim doesn't work if the AP...

Youre saying that the trim doesn't work if the AP isn't engaged? That doesn't seem right. I still must be missing something.
Forum: Autopilots 12-19-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,325
Posted By Laird
I'm just curious but why put the servos on a...

I'm just curious but why put the servos on a separate switch?
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-17-2021, 10:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,171
Posted By Laird
Nice

Congratulations. Nice feeling isn't it? You're going to love it.

Hope to see it around sometime soon.

Laird
RV6
KWHP
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-15-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,413
Posted By Laird
Thanks

Perfect. That's the diagram I was looking for. Guess I just didn't look far enough in the manual. I know, RTFM...

Thanks much.

Laird
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-15-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,413
Posted By Laird
Flap Sensor/G3X Intergration

In regards to a wiring schematic, how do the signals from the flap sensor feed to the G3X?

I'm just starting to think about my schematic development and this is a question I've had in the back of my...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-13-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,804
Posted By Laird
Oil Soak

One down side to lacing cord in the engine compartment is that it does soak up oil over time and tend to loosen. If it does, I usually end up replacing it with some new lacing cord while the cowling...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-02-2021, 05:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,331
Posted By Laird
I installed this speed controller 20 some odd...

I installed this speed controller 20 some odd years ago and it's still working great.
http://www.matronics.com/governor/
But you do have to find a balance between fast and slow flight speeds, as it's...
Forum: Primers 12-02-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 950
Posted By Laird
You'll get all kind of answers here, but the most...

You'll get all kind of answers here, but the most important part to remember is that you should/must prime all non-alclad parts, example would be the vertical spar reinforcement, any angle material,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-29-2021, 03:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,026
Posted By Laird
Pg 71 of the plans call out 0.25-28 x 8 bolt. ...

Pg 71 of the plans call out 0.25-28 x 8 bolt. 1/4-28, not 1/4-20.

Not hard to find 1/4-28 x 8, but double check the height of the battery you're using to find the correct length needed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2021, 05:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,380
Posted By Laird
New Web Store

It's about t.....no, wait, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!

Can't wait to try it out.

Now, about my finish kit....... j/k :D

Laird
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2021, 03:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,609
Posted By Laird
One Wheel

Be sure to search YouTube for "one wheel crashes". 😳😳😳
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 01:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 688
Posted By Laird
Hi Flight Signoff

This is the signoff I remember as a kid:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=980iFjPDDxU

Thank you veterans! Especially my 95 year young father who was a ball turret gunner in the pacific on PB4Y's...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-10-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,031
Posted By Laird
Bummer

I hadn't heard Tracy had passed. I'm sorry to hear that. Super nice guy. He was flying out of Santa Paula when I was building my RV in the late 90's.

I still have his fiberglass gear leg fairing...
Forum: RV-4 11-08-2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,246
Posted By Laird
RV4 Slider

I know there is one at KWHP (Whiteman) in Socal. Polished with red trim, and an 0360/catto prop. Nice airplane.
Don't know more than that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,307
Posted By Laird
Smile Mine too! :) By the way, this was taken while I...

Mine too! :)

By the way, this was taken while I was returning home from dropping off a friend at a different airport. He's a Major in the Airforce, and an active F35 Instructor Pilot. He just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2021, 11:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,307
Posted By Laird
Another Sunset Pic

In socal Sunday night. Like Dan said, picture didn't do it justice.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,045
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...
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