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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 940
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Because of engine temps in my 6A I do full rich...

Because of engine temps in my 6A I do full rich takeoffs all the time including at Leadville (KLXV) and my home field at 8300msl with no issues. Our RVs have an abundance of power and don't require...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-15-2021, 01:13 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 122,195
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Here is my panel evolution. Original, 1st upgrade...

Here is my panel evolution. Original, 1st upgrade from last year and the newly finished panel.
Forum: Florida (Central) 04-05-2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 435
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Flying to Florida

I am going to visiting my daughter in the Bradenton area mid April (luckily the week after Sun-n-fun).

This will be my first time flying in Florida so it would be nice to get some local opinions on...
Forum: GPS 03-29-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 642
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Demo Mode

You know you can put the G3X Touch in demo mode by holding the Direct button while powering it on.

I have been using demo mode some while I am building my new panel and it is not in the plane.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-25-2021, 10:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,542
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I think if you have things like the GEA 24, GSU...

I think if you have things like the GEA 24, GSU 25, GAD 29/27 mounted behind the panel that your "out & back" distances will be much shorter than you think.

I don't have any can bus devices in the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-24-2021, 08:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 521
Posted By ColoradoSolar
In my system the SL30 protocol works but does not...

In my system the SL30 protocol works but does not allow flip/flop. When I try the GTR200 or GTR225 protocols the G3X can still read the frees from the Razor but I have no control from the G3X to the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-24-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 521
Posted By ColoradoSolar
MGL Razor/V16 & G3X Touch

Is anyone using the Razor and V16 with the G3X Touch? If so can you toggle the flip/flop by touching the active freq on the G3X?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-24-2021, 01:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,542
Posted By ColoradoSolar
My guess is that number is pretty conservative,...

My guess is that number is pretty conservative, don't have any first hand knowledge though.

I have not worked with can bus very much but in a past life I worked with a differential pair bus (like...
Forum: COMM 03-10-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,622
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I don't mind the interface but I agree it is not...

I don't mind the interface but I agree it is not super easy to use in turbulence (not that any touch screen is easy to use in turbulence). One thing I wish was an option is to have the knob default...
Forum: ADS-B 02-21-2021, 09:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 522
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I have an ESG in my plane and I am soon to be...

I have an ESG in my plane and I am soon to be hooking up a GDL50R. As I understand it from talking with Appareo the pass-through connector just allows the antenna to pass through when the transponder...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-06-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,507
Posted By ColoradoSolar
My O-360 like 6qts and will blow out anything...

My O-360 like 6qts and will blow out anything over that.
Forum: RV-14 01-14-2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 940
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Don't know if this will effect search but do you...

Don't know if this will effect search but do you have your display options to be from the beginning?

I hardly ever use the search in the forum I use Google. If you append "site:vansairforce.net" it...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-14-2021, 02:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 859
Posted By ColoradoSolar
The 3 wires are +, - (gnd) and a sense wire. The...

The 3 wires are +, - (gnd) and a sense wire. The signal that is being measured is very small and that is why they are shielded. Garmin likes to ground both ends of the shield unless it is an audio...
Forum: RV-14 01-12-2021, 02:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,087
Posted By ColoradoSolar
You can find a link to “The List” from the main...

You can find a link to “The List” from the main store page https://shop.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bin/shop.cgi
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2020, 09:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,274
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Nice little flight from C08 (home base) to KHLX...

Nice little flight from C08 (home base) to KHLX for a bit of cross country time. Decided to get vfr flight following for some practice. It was nice that it was smooth air and not smokey for the first...
Forum: ADS-B 10-29-2020, 10:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,457
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Maybe not the least expensive but I went with the...

Maybe not the least expensive but I went with the Appareo Stratus ESG and it works great. I liked that it was an all in one unit. Also it has a pass-through connector on the back that you can use...
Forum: Safety 10-17-2020, 10:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,531
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I am down in Westcliffe (south east of BV) and...

I am down in Westcliffe (south east of BV) and with the winds we have had the last few days no way I would be flying right now. Sunday is suppose to be a bit calmer but the winds aloft still look a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-14-2020, 08:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,304
Posted By ColoradoSolar
In my opinion a 1/4" won't make any difference....

In my opinion a 1/4" won't make any difference. The CAN bus is not that high speed.
Forum: Safety 10-13-2020, 05:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,677
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Thanks for all the replies and keep them...

Thanks for all the replies and keep them coming.

I don't fly around worrying about an engine failure but with how sturdy my 6A is built the engine is (to me) the most likely point of failure, if a...
Forum: Safety 10-12-2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,677
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Engine Failure Question

I was wondering the other day while I was bored at work, just how reliable are the Lycoming engines we fly with. So I was wondering who has actually had an engine failure in-flight or any other major...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-01-2020, 09:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,080
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Very nice. I use that camera angle a bunch to I...

Very nice.

I use that camera angle a bunch to I can see what my landing actually looked and correlate it to what I felt in the cockpit. Still working on keeping my nose wheel up like you did.
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-29-2020, 09:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,288
Posted By ColoradoSolar
The problem with that article is that many of...

The problem with that article is that many of todays avionics don't have power switches.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-21-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,574
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Yes you need terminators on each end of the CAN...

Yes you need terminators on each end of the CAN bus even if it is only 2 LRUs.
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 09-11-2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 9,666
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Just as a counter point my local examiner said no...

Just as a counter point my local examiner said no dice with just a GPS, needed VHF nav capability. I have heard rumors of people in other areas being able to take the check ride without VHF nav.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2020, 08:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,578
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I just purchased a G5 aviator version and it came...

I just purchased a G5 aviator version and it came with a single and dual setup and they are just regular cannulas. Since the Inogen units deliver the oxygen in pulses I'm not sure the oxymizer...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 08-31-2020, 03:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,478
Posted By ColoradoSolar
As long as it is your airplane (at least not a...

As long as it is your airplane (at least not a rental) you can get training in it. Some CFIs get a LODA to be able to do transition training in their airplanes and can charge a rental fee.
Forum: Engine Monitors 08-28-2020, 03:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,420
Posted By ColoradoSolar
That looks great

That looks great
Forum: Autopilots 08-24-2020, 04:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,589
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I installed a Garmin autopilot as part of...

I installed a Garmin autopilot as part of installing a G5. Everything was straight forward. The roll servo was a bit of a pain due to the tight space, getting it aligned just right for full movement...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-24-2020, 07:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,196
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Sure looks like a short to me. That many amps and...

Sure looks like a short to me. That many amps and the voltage dropping into the 12v range has all the signs of a short.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-21-2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,234
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I made my own using a cheap RTD sensor (like in...

I made my own using a cheap RTD sensor (like in the thread linked above) and a custom housing I turned on my lathe. Mounted it under the horizontal stab and it works great.
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-18-2020, 10:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,919
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Thanks for all the replies. Lots of good things...

Thanks for all the replies. Lots of good things to think about.

I try to look down the runway but I am still probably actually looking to close.

I have a Sensenich FP (not sure what the pitch is...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-18-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,919
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Take-off Technique

First let me say I don't have many hours in my 6A so I am still trying to get the "feel" for the plane.

Now on to my question. I know you are suppose to get the nose wheel off the ground asap. I am...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-05-2020, 03:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,138
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Don't know about over voltage protection but...

Don't know about over voltage protection but 14.8v while the battery is charging is fine.
Forum: Safety 07-31-2020, 04:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,942
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I almost bought a 7A that had an Aspen in it.

I almost bought a 7A that had an Aspen in it.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-31-2020, 03:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,491
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Seems strange that the PTT would be the problem...

Seems strange that the PTT would be the problem as it is just a switch to connect a pin to ground, no real signal.
Forum: Safety 07-31-2020, 03:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,942
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Do you have a link to this A/D? The only one I...

Do you have a link to this A/D? The only one I can find is from the beginning of 2019.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2020, 09:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,260
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Good story, congrats.

Good story, congrats.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-25-2020, 05:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 22,356
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Appendix A of the G5 installation manual shows...

Appendix A of the G5 installation manual shows mounting and pinout info. Hooking to the G5 is super simple, the GAD 13 connects to the CANBUS. I mounted mine in the tail at the end of the CANBUS run.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-24-2020, 06:03 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 22,356
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I have both the GAD13 and the GMU11. I like...

I have both the GAD13 and the GMU11. I like having both and nothing else is needed to get them working (except for the temperature probe for the GAD13).
Forum: Fiberglass 06-23-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,496
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Here you go Tip: Cutting and Buffing Paint...

Here you go Tip: Cutting and Buffing Paint (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=60631)
Forum: Safety 06-18-2020, 04:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,245
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Forgot to say what engine I have. I have an O-360...

Forgot to say what engine I have. I have an O-360 FP.

Doesn't climb as well as I would like but I have never had my plane anywhere near sea level. I would expect it to climb much better down there.
Forum: Safety 06-18-2020, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,245
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I have limited experience at high airports but I...

I have limited experience at high airports but I am getting more since my 6A is based at 8300' and DA is usually well over 10,000.

When I was first flying up here I would lean just like the books...
Forum: Autopilots 06-16-2020, 01:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 952
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I did have an sd card installed and logging on....

I did have an sd card installed and logging on. Sending the log over right now.
Forum: Autopilots 06-14-2020, 08:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 952
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Garmin Autopilot Questions

I installed a G5, GMC 507 and 2 servos (among other bits and pieces) in my 6A and the everything seems to be working fine. But I have 2 questions that I noticed on a recent cross-country.

1. I was...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-09-2020, 11:41 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 14,220
Posted By ColoradoSolar
When is a new standalone G5 version going to come...

When is a new standalone G5 version going to come out? The latest experimental version on your website is 6.30 but the G3X update says it includes version 6.72.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-06-2020, 09:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,280
Posted By ColoradoSolar
The 7A sits much taller than the 6A. I have a 6A...

The 7A sits much taller than the 6A. I have a 6A and my hangar mate has a 7A and even though the fuselage is the same between the 2 the 7A looks much bigger because of how high it sits. The 6A sits...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-05-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,425
Posted By ColoradoSolar
What do you gain by using the P4X01 connector?

What do you gain by using the P4X01 connector?
Forum: Engine Monitors 06-03-2020, 10:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,420
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Glad I could be of help. I will happy to provide...

Glad I could be of help. I will happy to provide any assistance I can in the future.
Forum: Engine Monitors 06-03-2020, 10:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,420
Posted By ColoradoSolar
If the AFS EFIS saw the data fine then it has to...

If the AFS EFIS saw the data fine then it has to be some issue with the connection to your computer. Bad USB/Serial adapter, bad wiring, misconfigured serial settings in the app.
Forum: Engine Monitors 06-03-2020, 04:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,420
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Do you have anything else connected to the serial...

Do you have anything else connected to the serial line?
Forum: Engine Monitors 06-03-2020, 03:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,420
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Yea, there is something wrong with that data....

Yea, there is something wrong with that data. There should not be that many FEs in there.
Forum: Engine Monitors 06-03-2020, 03:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,420
Posted By ColoradoSolar
One other thing. You are connecting the...

One other thing. You are connecting the green/black wire on pin 11 to your serial RX in and pin1 GND to your serial ground?
Forum: Engine Monitors 06-03-2020, 03:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,420
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I read somewhere that there were a couple of...

I read somewhere that there were a couple of different software versions on the EIS4000 that had a different header but the rest of the data you posted doesn't look correct.

For my Arduino clone...
Forum: Engine Monitors 06-03-2020, 02:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,420
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I have worked with the serial data recently. It...

I have worked with the serial data recently. It looks like you don't have your serial port configured correctly. Do you have it set for 8N1 at 9600 baud? Once you have your com post set right you...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2020, 09:40 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 16,160
Posted By ColoradoSolar
One thing I just noticed when reading about...

One thing I just noticed when reading about Daniel Bernath is that his flight in 2013 where he ran out of fuel originated in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. An odd coincidence :confused:
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-09-2020, 11:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 613
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I think you would need a GMC 507 since it...

I think you would need a GMC 507 since it connects via the canbus and the 305/307 units connect via serial and I?m not they are compatible with the G5
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-08-2020, 06:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 933
Posted By ColoradoSolar
How do I find an airport with a compass rose? I...

How do I find an airport with a compass rose? I have searched with no luck. I was not just going off the runway number but getting the magnetic heading from the AF/D.

I have run the interference...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-05-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 933
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Dan, Thanks for the push in the right direction....

Dan,

Thanks for the push in the right direction. My airport is so small that I couldn't find the magnetic heading listed anywhere. So I just calculated it from the coordinates of the ends of the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-04-2020, 03:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 933
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I aligned it to the bulkhead which looks like it...

I aligned it to the bulkhead which looks like it should be very close to the longitudinal axis.

I used the SS mounting hardware that came with the GMU 11.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-04-2020, 02:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 933
Posted By ColoradoSolar
GMU 11 Issue

I installed a G5 system in my RV-6A consisting of a G5, GAD13, GMU11, 2xGSA28 and a GMC507.

My G5 reads about 5 degrees to the right when tracking down the runway (either way). I have run the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2020, 12:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 468
Posted By ColoradoSolar
Contact Jeff Moore at KFLY 719-494-9110. He is a...

Contact Jeff Moore at KFLY 719-494-9110. He is a CFII, A&P/IA and has a LODA for his 7A. Did my transition training with him when getting my 6A (he also did the pre-buy). Not sure if he is flying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2020, 04:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,805
Posted By ColoradoSolar
FlightFlix also has a tie down mount...

FlightFlix also has a tie down mount https://flightflix.net/product/rock-steady-tie-down-ring-base/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,805
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I went with a FlightFlix Rock Steady Surface Base...

I went with a FlightFlix Rock Steady Surface Base https://flightflix.net/product/rock-steady-surface-base/

Seems to work well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 695
Posted By ColoradoSolar
I doubt that will work as each device would be...

I doubt that will work as each device would be expecting to be the only one controlling the sensor.
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