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Forum: Propellers 03-23-2020, 11:33 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 23,407
Posted By MikeS
Paul's old entries?

It was some time ago but the last time I checked into this forum I found Paul's old entries . . . but now either I'm typing a name wrong or Paul's entries have been moved into some less accessible...
Forum: GPS 05-16-2019, 08:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 699
Posted By MikeS
Thanks guys. I'd been at the link below (the 660...

Thanks guys. I'd been at the link below (the 660 descriptive pages) and at the bottom, under the title "Compatible Products", the GDL-39 wasn't included.

Clearly I misunderstood something. ...
Forum: GPS 05-16-2019, 12:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 699
Posted By MikeS
GDL-39

Granted, I haven't been paying close attention lately but in looking at Garmin's website I'm seeing only three ADS-B In sources for the Garmin 660. I can't imagine they've made the GDL-39 (3D &...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-04-2018, 03:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,538
Posted By MikeS
Prince props are beautiful and Lonnie is a great...

Prince props are beautiful and Lonnie is a great guy, but hanging all that mass out where drag is greatest is maybe cool looking but very un-aerodynamic. Just read Paul Lipps. He's all over VAF as...
Forum: ADS-B 05-02-2018, 03:01 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 25,667
Posted By MikeS
I've got something of an oddball question re the...

I've got something of an oddball question re the 660. I plan to install the
echoUAT+SkyFYX-EXT Bundle which gives me in/out at a reasonable price. I've had experience with their GPS equipment and...
Forum: GPS 06-19-2016, 03:20 AM
Replies: 646
Views: 337,788
Posted By MikeS
Very nice comprehensive answers to my questions. ...

Very nice comprehensive answers to my questions. I've been playing with and wasting money on some navigators (various combinations of erratic and undependable software combined with inadequate - not...
Forum: GPS 06-17-2016, 05:55 PM
Replies: 646
Views: 337,788
Posted By MikeS
Database question

I know the various database options and prices - that's easy enough to find. What I'm wondering is just what comes with the bare-bones unit out of the box, exactly, regarding basemap terrain,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-07-2016, 02:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,898
Posted By MikeS
Again, from your plug colors and other...

Again, from your plug colors and other description of engine operation, I wouldn't change anything at this point. The "problem" is an excessive drop on the electronic ignition. It is there I would...
Forum: Propellers 04-06-2016, 06:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,711
Posted By MikeS
That lead tape I mentioned . . . goes without...

That lead tape I mentioned . . . goes without saying but just to say it anyway, clean the surface of your backplate really well (alcohol/acetone/Goof Off/MEK/Etc. where you'll be...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-06-2016, 06:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,898
Posted By MikeS
Sounds like things are fine from your...

Sounds like things are fine from your description. Perhaps the Electroair system needs some adjustment to their advance or some other tweak (not familiar with Electroair) . . . instead of calling...
Forum: Propellers 04-06-2016, 03:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,711
Posted By MikeS
Next time you use the Dynavibe or any other...

Next time you use the Dynavibe or any other balancer, do it early in the morning when there's no wind. Unless there is no choice in the matter, I always do balancing when there's no wind unless...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2016, 02:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,654
Posted By MikeS
That Sporty's 200 that a couple people have...

That Sporty's 200 that a couple people have mentioned was one good radio. I drug it all over Africa for several years and never had a problem. Transmitted and received just fine with the rubber...
Forum: GPS 04-06-2016, 02:23 PM
Replies: 646
Views: 337,788
Posted By MikeS
I'm almost dumbfounded to see that Garmin has...

I'm almost dumbfounded to see that Garmin has released this sunlight readable, very capable portable (which is just the right size for my small cockpit) at such a reasonable price - considering what...
Forum: GPS 03-02-2016, 02:31 PM
Replies: 646
Views: 337,788
Posted By MikeS
If the approach chart database expires and not...

If the approach chart database expires and not re-newed, do the charts already on the unit disappear after a certain amount of time?

If so, do other charts disappear if not re-newed?

Thanks,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2016, 06:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,292
Posted By MikeS
Great report. With a 24 cu. ft. "E" bottle and a...

Great report. With a 24 cu. ft. "E" bottle and a pulse dose regulator I normally can go to the East Coast and back and still have some left in the bottle, using it constantly. But not the last...
Forum: RV-10 02-16-2016, 05:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,918
Posted By MikeS
Root canals are a waste of money. Removing the...

Root canals are a waste of money. Removing the blood supply and nerve from a tooth root causes it to turn into a hunk of brittle bone-like material that will eventually fracture. Best to remove the...
Forum: RV-10 02-16-2016, 08:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,451
Posted By MikeS
I think the various models with the name Battery...

I think the various models with the name Battery Tender is okay from what I've seen and heard. Costco sells them, or has in the past. I've seen them widely sold and never heard anything bad.

For...
Forum: RV-10 02-15-2016, 09:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,451
Posted By MikeS
> "The Shumacher type charger I will use when I...

> "The Shumacher type charger I will use when I am in the plane, but I never leave it connected overnight. They also will somewhat smart charge, only putting out what they need to put out to maintain...
Forum: RV-10 02-14-2016, 04:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,451
Posted By MikeS
> "As previously stated, if you are connecting a...

> "As previously stated, if you are connecting a charger to your battery put a voltmeter on it and monitor what it is doing. Do not leave a charger on a battery unattended."

In a perfect world...
Forum: RV-10 02-14-2016, 02:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,451
Posted By MikeS
> "This is for a Schumacher float charger, but...

> "This is for a Schumacher float charger, but you get the idea:"


That Schumacher "float charger" is a POC that will ruin your battery in short order if you leave it on for any length of time. A...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2016, 01:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,292
Posted By MikeS
I've got a bottle system. Have reglator acting...

I've got a bottle system. Have reglator acting up. Wondering if anyone has tried an oxygen concentrator yet. Name of thread is Oxygen options.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2016, 12:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,292
Posted By MikeS
Has anyone bought one of these portable oxygen...

Has anyone bought one of these portable oxygen concentrators and used it yet?

My regulator has been acting up and I'm again looking at the option of buying one of these portable concentrators. The...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-08-2016, 11:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,045
Posted By MikeS
Came across this year-old thread and am reminded...

Came across this year-old thread and am reminded I ought to mention that Ellison Fluid Systems has been bought by an E-AB builder and entrepreneur based at Chino - Steve Glover, who I've known for...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-08-2016, 10:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 11,260
Posted By MikeS
Thank you Lucas. Didn't now about the bare bones...

Thank you Lucas. Didn't now about the bare bones Gemini but then I haven't been paying attention. What I AM paying attention to is my position on the waiting list for that ECO. Please stop...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-08-2016, 10:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,988
Posted By MikeS
> "There are older threads on this topic that...

> "There are older threads on this topic that indicate maintainer charging on these batteries is not necessary, and in fact is detrimental. If you fly once a month or so the battery will be fine."

I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-07-2016, 10:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,988
Posted By MikeS
I'm glad you posted that picture. I've got a...

I'm glad you posted that picture. I've got a charger that looks like that. Bought at Sears. It has a "battery maintainer" mode which I thought would be a useful feature until I checked to see what...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-07-2016, 10:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,988
Posted By MikeS
I'm glad you posted that picture. I've got a...

I'm glad you posted that picture. I've got a charger that looks like that. Bought at Sears. It has a "battery maintainer" mode which I thought would be a useful feature until I checked to see what...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-07-2016, 04:43 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 11,260
Posted By MikeS
Just my 2 cents. Since 2006 or so I've had the 3...

Just my 2 cents. Since 2006 or so I've had the 3 inch version of the TruTrak ADI with GPS ground track and it's been a wonderful, reliable instrument for flying with reference only to instruments. ...
Forum: Propellers 01-25-2016, 11:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,135
Posted By MikeS
"The Prince elliptical looks most like a Jack...

"The Prince elliptical looks most like a Jack Norris prop even though it is not a Norris design. Lonnie developed it on his own and its shape is not the same as what a Norris design would be for the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-28-2015, 01:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,045
Posted By MikeS
I was surprised to read that Ellison is "out of...

I was surprised to read that Ellison is "out of business". First I've heard of it. I looked to see if the website is still there and it is and when I called a nice lady answered the phone, so...
Forum: Propellers 10-24-2012, 04:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,135
Posted By MikeS
Unless Lonnie has done something to improve...

Unless Lonnie has done something to improve leading edge protection, you'll have to spend $276 + $51 shipping to get it refinished every time you fly in rain. That's what he charged me anyway,...
Forum: Propellers 05-19-2011, 12:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 13,358
Posted By MikeS
> the Prince P-tip was in the shop getting the...

> the Prince P-tip was in the shop getting the leading edge refinished.

Boy is that a common problem with his props. All it takes is a little rain . . . and I mean little.

I hear he has gone to...
Forum: Safety 05-19-2011, 12:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,549
Posted By MikeS
How much does vibration play a part in prop...

How much does vibration play a part in prop problems like this?

I made the investment three-four years ago of a Dyna-Vibe and it's been well worth it just for the smoothness. I do other people's...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-17-2011, 11:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,317
Posted By MikeS
Be aware of composite props and rain. I have a...

Be aware of composite props and rain. I have a refinished factory Prince for sale for this very reason. I know Craig sells leading edge tape but it you talk to Mr. Lipps you'll find that isn't an...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-17-2011, 02:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,317
Posted By MikeS
Since engines run most efficiently with the...

Since engines run most efficiently with the throttle full open, choose a pitch that will give you the RPM you want at full open throttle at 9000 ft. & above.

As to how you get to the "RPM you...
Forum: GPS 04-16-2011, 11:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,925
Posted By MikeS
It's shipping end of this month (4/11) they say. ...

It's shipping end of this month (4/11) they say.

They are touting the fact that it "doesn't need a PC" to do the updates. Does that mean you can't update with the PC I wonder? Updating the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2011, 01:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,051
Posted By MikeS
AWM Septic

As you probably know by now AWM introduced a 7" 1000 nit model at S&F. As with all their other new platforms it will probably take two years to get the bugs out, but maybe they'll surprise us this...
Forum: Propellers 03-27-2011, 05:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,707
Posted By MikeS
A person has to really work to hit the prop on a...

A person has to really work to hit the prop on a wheel landing. Maybe with a VERY hard drop or a deliberate dive into the runway as some newbies do when trying to force a bouncing plane on the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-23-2010, 10:56 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 56,128
Posted By MikeS
Those strips may work but seems like a lot of...

Those strips may work but seems like a lot of light.

I've installed two sets (four lights each) of blue LED's on just those instruments and switches I need to see when flying at night. I've got...
Forum: RV-4 09-20-2010, 05:36 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 24,609
Posted By MikeS
This is the second or third reference I've seen...

This is the second or third reference I've seen in the last year to ground-adjustable prop failures.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-20-2010, 05:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,583
Posted By MikeS
When I'm in cloud and the ADI says I have a nose...

When I'm in cloud and the ADI says I have a nose up attitude, I accept it as a nose up attitude and act just as I would when using vaccuum gyro instruments. I've not ever had to give the slightest...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-20-2010, 01:41 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,583
Posted By MikeS
I've been using the TruTrak ADI with track as my...

I've been using the TruTrak ADI with track as my primary attitude indicator for two+ years and lots of bad weather flying. I especially like its instantaneous response in both pitch and bank. ...
Forum: GPS 09-17-2010, 01:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 14,974
Posted By MikeS
I've heard the 696 is really the only portable...

I've heard the 696 is really the only portable that is sunlight readable. The others make their claims with varying degrees of truth. The Quadra is at the bottom I think when it comes to this...
Forum: GPS 09-16-2010, 06:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 14,974
Posted By MikeS
I just came across this thread and thought to...

I just came across this thread and thought to post a picture of an ATC turned up full blast in sun. There is debate in the AWM forums about whether the Quadra is as bright as the ATC. At best it is...
Forum: Propellers 08-24-2010, 11:53 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 18,247
Posted By MikeS
I've been using the Dynavibe for two+ years . . ....

I've been using the Dynavibe for two+ years . . . was one of the first buyers when it came out. It's excellent, to put it in two words.

Most of my balance jobs I've done for free in the last two...
Forum: Reviews 08-22-2010, 09:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 21,632
Posted By MikeS
Well that's a rumor that has no basis in fact. ...

Well that's a rumor that has no basis in fact. The Quadra is the same as the ATC or a little dimmer. There is some discussion among users about whether the Quadra is as bright as the ATC, or not. ...
Forum: Reviews 08-21-2010, 04:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 21,632
Posted By MikeS
At this point in time the 696 is the only truly...

At this point in time the 696 is the only truly sunlight readable GPS, to my knowledge. I have heard however that they will drop into a "dim mode" if they get overheated - which is apparently not...
Forum: Propellers 07-15-2010, 12:24 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 769
Posted By MikeS
SoCal prop balancing

I bought my Dynavibe two years ago and have done most of my balance jobs for free. I've gotten quite proficient and have decided to offer prop balancing at your site anywhere in SoCal for a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2010, 01:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,720
Posted By MikeS
Ever notice that one tire wears sooner than the...

Ever notice that one tire wears sooner than the other? My theory is that this is due to P factor.

If not that, then it's due to the prevailing crosswind at the home airport.

Or . . .?
Forum: Interiors 06-24-2010, 01:23 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 126,967
Posted By MikeS
> "but will the regulators work correctly at high...

> "but will the regulators work correctly at high altitudes?"

I got through to a technical person at Precision Medical where the Easy Pulse 5 you mention is made. The answer is "yes", it will work...
Forum: Interiors 06-23-2010, 10:24 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 126,967
Posted By MikeS
Ah ha . . . I knew something had to be fishy. ...

Ah ha . . . I knew something had to be fishy.

That's a very nice regulator . . . it (and there are some others too) does pneumatically what the EDS device does electronically (the one Deakin talks...
Forum: Interiors 06-23-2010, 08:30 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 126,967
Posted By MikeS
Looking further than eBay and Craigslist, direct...

Looking further than eBay and Craigslist, direct from a supplier of medical oxygen equipment, I'm finding prices of brand new oxygen bottles of 24 cubic feet and smaller (and larger) to cost around...
Forum: Interiors 06-23-2010, 02:57 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 126,967
Posted By MikeS
Thanks for the confirmation. ******** Looking...

Thanks for the confirmation.

********

Looking at the prices for turnkey kits sold by Aerox, Sky Ox & others, I sure don't know why someone would spend five or six hundred dollars when they can do...
Forum: Interiors 06-23-2010, 02:19 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 126,967
Posted By MikeS
Thanks to the wealth of information on the...

Thanks to the wealth of information on the subject that I've read (and re-read) on these forums, I've got all of my questions pretty much answered. Now it's down to deciding whether I want a long,...
Forum: Propellers 05-02-2010, 01:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,930
Posted By MikeS
As long as you don't run into any rain, your nice...

As long as you don't run into any rain, your nice looking Prince should stay that way. It would be safer however to hang it on the wall if you value its appearance over functionality.

I have my...
Forum: Propellers 12-15-2009, 08:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,930
Posted By MikeS
My Sterba turns faster than the Prince since it...

My Sterba turns faster than the Prince since it has less pitch. That means it is hitting the rain harder and still I never have noticed damage to the urethane leading edge protection that came with...
Forum: Propellers 12-14-2009, 11:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,930
Posted By MikeS
> "but until they start using a metal leading...

> "but until they start using a metal leading edge protector I would classify it as a VFR-only prop."

I'll second that. Very light rain trashed the outside leading edges of my Prince recently. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-29-2008, 01:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 15,135
Posted By MikeS
Harbor Freight has on sale just now a thing...

Harbor Freight has on sale just now a thing called an Underhoist Safety Stand. $49.99. It looks just like a wing jack to me. Item No. 92258

Mike
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-28-2008, 02:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,738
Posted By MikeS
>"I'm told by the folks at Trutrak that the pitot...

>"I'm told by the folks at Trutrak that the pitot input is only used to provide a low speed warning. It's not used for any of the attitude display functions."

Steve Zicree
RV4 finishing

They...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2008, 01:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,181
Posted By MikeS
I'll pipe in on my great satisfaction with the...

I'll pipe in on my great satisfaction with the TruTrak ADI. It says in the instructions, and even confirmed on the phone when installing it, that "pitot input is not necessary for proper function of...
Forum: Reviews 11-04-2008, 04:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,581
Posted By MikeS
It wasn't the "beta" release that bricked the...

It wasn't the "beta" release that bricked the ATC's. It was the "ready for prime time" version. Those that downloaded just the beta were okay - aside from the usual glitches.

Mine still works...
Forum: Reviews 11-04-2008, 12:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,581
Posted By MikeS
The hood/shade bought on eBay for $10 (including...

The hood/shade bought on eBay for $10 (including shipping), seller vistacalifornia has made the difference between being able to use the ATC and not use the ATC in my bright cockpit. It doesn't make...
Forum: Reviews 10-07-2008, 01:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,581
Posted By MikeS
Sounds like you invested in the AnywhereMap...

Sounds like you invested in the AnywhereMap lifetime update subscription Frank and you're gonna get your money's worth no matter what.

I agree with you that the ATC has got glitches and bugs which...
Forum: Reviews 09-27-2008, 05:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,581
Posted By MikeS
Yes, the ATC is usable (you & others have said)...

Yes, the ATC is usable (you & others have said) in a cabin environment such as a 172.

The film on the screen is a screen protector. AWM sells them under the name Screen Armor, $20 for 2. ...
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