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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,446
Posted By rcsilvmac
RV6A installation Six Pack

I installed a Six Pack in my RV-6A wing. The builder had built a simple cover plate and bracket between two ribs. Here are before and after pics of my upgrade to the FlyLEDs 6 pack. This was a huge...
Forum: California 04-02-2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 993
Posted By rcsilvmac
Some NorCal suggestions - my regular haunts

KAUN - Auburn - Wings - great food. I absolutely love the Chicken Fried Steak. Order after 11 am and you can get fries instead of potatoes.

KOVE - Oroville - Deli at Golf Course - about 1/3 up the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-31-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,249
Posted By rcsilvmac
Gorgeous

Sounds like a long term grin machine! Enjoy!
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 03-29-2021, 05:12 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,048
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks for sharing!

I really appreciate you shedding your ego and sharing this with the community. Congrats on safely getting on the ground!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 02:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,576
Posted By rcsilvmac
New PMAG

Test flew my newly installed PMAG. Replaced a 700+ hour Bendix mag with the PMAG. Ran into a few installation hiccups caused by my inexperience, but got great assistance from Tom @ TSFLIGHTLINES to...
Forum: Reviews 02-19-2021, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 913
Posted By rcsilvmac
Second Kudos for Flightlines!

I had a minor hose need, and Tom was incredibly creative to help craft a solution for me. He is a fantastic supporter of this community and has now gained another lifetime customer!
Forum: Propellers 02-08-2021, 08:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 818
Posted By rcsilvmac
Yes, I put the wrong static number in. I...

Yes, I put the wrong static number in. I apologize for confusion and have corrected the original post. We actually saw 2275 RPM static.
Forum: Propellers 02-08-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 818
Posted By rcsilvmac
My understanding was the Lycoming O-320 could...

My understanding was the Lycoming O-320 could deliver additional performance at RPMs higher than the 2600 I was seeing on my old prop - hence by being able to drive higher RPMs (to 2700) I can...
Forum: Propellers 02-08-2021, 02:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 818
Posted By rcsilvmac
Props: From Wood to Catto - initial impressions

I fly an RV-6A with O-320-E2A. I have flown about 150 hours on this plane with a Sterba 68x78 wood prop. I had been contemplating upgrading this prop and had been closely watching threads on this...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-04-2021, 11:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,147
Posted By rcsilvmac
Nah, the RV-15 is a tailwheel!

Nah, the RV-15 is a tailwheel!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-25-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 598
Posted By rcsilvmac
"On my 1990 RV-6 plans there are complete...

"On my 1990 RV-6 plans there are complete instructions for installing the E brake system."

Art, I am no expert in reading RV plans (but I am getting better) - this was what I could find - and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-24-2021, 09:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 598
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks

Thanks - sounds like I need to pull the carpet. I looked on the firewall under the cowling and there were no obvious nut plates. Once I get it apart I will take some pics for future reference.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-24-2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 598
Posted By rcsilvmac
Parking Brake Rebuild

I have a Cleveland Parking Brake on my RV-6A. It is leaking at the top cylinder so I purchased some o-rings in an attempt to rebuild it. My question is how is it attached to the bulkhead?

I looked...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,372
Posted By rcsilvmac
Tahoe Flight

Did a quick flight to Lake Tahoe to show a friend around the KTVL airport. The restaurant on the airport was closed so we walked a few miles into town and had a outdoor, take-out only breakfast. It...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-05-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,354
Posted By rcsilvmac
Practice time

Got out to practice a few rolls in the crisp sky -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5HnQLuQv70
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-04-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,209
Posted By rcsilvmac
Too good...

I am now "confused, unsettled and very, very scared." Thanks for the laugh Josh!
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-02-2021, 06:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,989
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks, in progress

I appreciate all the pointers. I have ordered the parts to rebuild the passenger cylinders as well as the “spring mod” to increase pressure on all 4 cylinders. Hopefully will get all that done next...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-30-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,989
Posted By rcsilvmac
Google search much better...

after searching the RV-6 forum on this site I couldn't find any description of the brake system. I then went to google, searched "RV-6 brake system) and found this thread:...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-30-2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,989
Posted By rcsilvmac
Journey continues

I rebuilt the cylinders on the left side and re-assembled everything. Of course I got a few things wrong the first couple times I re-assembled... now I am back to my original issue. The co-pilot...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-23-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,989
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks - going to rebuild

I am going to follow Dave's suggestions and tackle a rebuild. Dave, thanks for the pictures!

This forum is one of the key reasons I own an RV. Thanks for the support!
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-22-2020, 07:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,989
Posted By rcsilvmac
Brake Master Cylinder newbie question

I am not very mechanically inclined, but my RV-6A is insisting I learn. I recently had the right brake lose pressure. Of course I need to bleed the brakes...so I spent the better part of a day...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2020, 11:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,841
Posted By rcsilvmac
Opinions vs your income source

Vic, thanks for jumping in on this. You brought a great perspective to the discussion. This is one of the reasons I follow this site closely.

Of course all are welcome to their opinions. I agree...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2020, 06:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,572
Posted By rcsilvmac
Rudderless plane

This weekend my RV-6A lost it's tail for an upgrade. Stiffening the horizontal stabilizer.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2020, 09:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 650
Posted By rcsilvmac
I used John's 360 Coating. It definitely made a...

I used John's 360 Coating. It definitely made a nice glossy finish and the bugs come off much quicker. I wouldn't say it looks any better than a nice wax job, but it should last a lot longer. One...
Forum: Safety 09-12-2020, 08:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,723
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks for sharing. The most important thing I...

Thanks for sharing. The most important thing I took away was your willingness to learn from your mistakes. As Viper said in Top Gun, "keep sending him up."
Forum: Safety 09-12-2020, 07:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,022
Posted By rcsilvmac
RV-6A Warning

I bought an RV-6A about 11 months ago. I had a local expert accompany me for a pre-buy. We did not do a detailed inspection - removing tail and wing fairings for instance. The plane looked gorgeous,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2020, 06:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,288
Posted By rcsilvmac
Low Carbs

It is all about reducing weight, so while I love a good Boddingtons, Mic Ultra is only 96 cards...important when you are being a small VW derivative engine! :)
Forum: Aircraft Camping 08-21-2020, 09:37 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 24,858
Posted By rcsilvmac
Fantastic story

Great write up! I really enjoy these - thanks for taking the time to write these up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,773
Posted By rcsilvmac
Mono Lake (O24) from NorCal

Flew "Starlord" from O61 (Cameron Park, CA) to O24 (Lee Vining) to escape the heat of the valley and enjoy the incredible views of the granite mountains around Yosemite Valley and Tioga Pass. It was...
Forum: California 08-14-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,383
Posted By rcsilvmac
I suggest talking the EAA group there at PVF....

I suggest talking the EAA group there at PVF. They have a strong chapter. For O61, Cameron Park, there is a very long waiting list to get a hangar. Last I checked they did have tie downs available...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-11-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 52,491
Posted By rcsilvmac
Your RV-4...

I visited with your ex the other weekend at LHM. Was cruising the airport on a friend's skateboard and there it was! Looked good sitting there and the new owner is a very nice gentleman. Seems like...
Forum: Steam Gauges 07-31-2020, 09:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,399
Posted By rcsilvmac
I purchased my first Van's plane about 8 months...

I purchased my first Van's plane about 8 months ago,. RV-6A. It was all steam gauges. I made 3 changes that have made the plane so much more functional and me a safer pilot.

1 - Installed an Aera...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-30-2020, 04:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,495
Posted By rcsilvmac
FlyLED SixPack on RV-6A

I recently installed the FlyLED Six Pack into my RV-6A. Replaced 2 halogens. MUCH brighter. Hand cut an aluminum sign to make the backplate. Not the most pretty solution but it works.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2020, 10:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,317
Posted By rcsilvmac
Fly LEDs and Com issue

This week/weekend I installed a FlyLED Six Pack into my RV-6A. I will do a complete write up once I can dedicate some time to it. The difference is incredible!

I have also been fighting a com...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-15-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,096
Posted By rcsilvmac
I installed the Stolspeed VG kit on my RV-6A....

I installed the Stolspeed VG kit on my RV-6A. Reduced stall speeds from 52 mph to 49 mph power off, and power on went down to 47 mph. I feel the plane is safer to fly. I haven't noticed any reduction...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2020, 10:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,825
Posted By rcsilvmac
MMV, BDN, LMT

This weekend flew a friend north from Sacramento to McMinnville / Bend Oregon and over Crater Lake. Visited the Spruce Goose at the Evergreen Aviation Museum. They had a great collection with a wide...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-07-2020, 10:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,667
Posted By rcsilvmac
I have an AV-30 in my RV-6A. The AOA is on the...

I have an AV-30 in my RV-6A. The AOA is on the left side of the screen and it makes itself visible during pitch up or down moments. I have found it to be noticeable and great reminder that I am...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2020, 10:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,607
Posted By rcsilvmac
Rob and Sam - way cool! Your families are lucky...

Rob and Sam - way cool! Your families are lucky to have you!
Forum: Polishing your RV 06-29-2020, 06:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 11,483
Posted By rcsilvmac
You might want to try John's 360 Ceramic Coating....

You might want to try John's 360 Ceramic Coating. I have heard that this coating works well over polished aluminum. I don't have personal knowledge, but give him a call! I love the coating on my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2020, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 626
Posted By rcsilvmac
Mary Wick in KLHM (Lincoln) is CFI and flies an...

Mary Wick in KLHM (Lincoln) is CFI and flies an RV-6A. Not sure if she can cover RV8. Her email is spitfireLHM@gmail.com.
Forum: California 05-18-2020, 03:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,184
Posted By rcsilvmac
I normally fly in from the west and have a hard...

I normally fly in from the west and have a hard time picking up the weather until I am within 5 mi due to the hills but it might be better from the East. The winds should determine your runway (as I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2020, 10:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,855
Posted By rcsilvmac
Yosemite

Flew a nice trip from Sacramento area to Yosemite National Park. Half Dome and El Capitan looked splendid from the air. Landed at Pine Mountain Lake (E45) and Mariposa (MPI) for practice. Both were a...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-06-2020, 03:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 888
Posted By rcsilvmac
I purchased the VGs after reading a PIREP on the...

I purchased the VGs after reading a PIREP on the STOLSPEED site from another RV-6 owner. I wanted the extra margin of safety at critical AOA, and I feel they definitely soften the loss of lift. On...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-06-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 888
Posted By rcsilvmac
Managing Weather on trip to LA in RV-6A

I recently flew to LA and back (Sacramento area) in my RV-6A. It was a great learning experience and I took the time to document the trip so I could learn, and in case others might want to learn from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 626
Posted By rcsilvmac
RV Friendly DPE in Sacramento

I recently got my PPL with Richard Conte out of KMCC in Sacramento in my RV-6A. I had to wait 3 months.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-06-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,754
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks for sharing - looks like you got a great...

Thanks for sharing - looks like you got a great shot of Vitamin D! I plan to do similar flight next week. Hopefully I can have something to share as well.
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-27-2020, 03:41 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 52,491
Posted By rcsilvmac
During my short (so far) time with my RV-6A, I...

During my short (so far) time with my RV-6A, I really wish it had manual trim...or at least a system that allowed one click to half, one click/or two clicks to full, and one click up.

Hopefully i...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2020, 03:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,108
Posted By rcsilvmac
660 AV30

I recently replaced my altimeter and an old gauge to the Aera 660 and AV30. The Aera 660 is a fantstic moving map solution. It is a dependable partner for cross country VFR flying. I still have a...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-17-2020, 03:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,095
Posted By rcsilvmac
I also just purchased an RV-6A and found the POH...

I also just purchased an RV-6A and found the POH to be very concise - mainly a handwritten page and some checklists that are very similar to ones I have found online. My plane has an empty weight of...
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-08-2020, 04:03 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 52,491
Posted By rcsilvmac
Congratulations James! Can't wait to fly with you...

Congratulations James! Can't wait to fly with you in the near future in our RV6s!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-02-2020, 09:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,218
Posted By rcsilvmac
Great write up. We have been fortunate to live in...

Great write up. We have been fortunate to live in a country and time that has kept us from much conflict. Unfortunately it is the human, tribal, condition that keeps us from sustained peace. Let's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2019, 09:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,779
Posted By rcsilvmac
First Night Fligh

Spent Friday night doing 10 takeoff/landings in my RV-6A. My first night experience as PIC...it was quite a challenge and thrill. My instructor had to save me on the first landing as I wasn't flaring...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-09-2019, 08:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,262
Posted By rcsilvmac
Here are some shots from when I flew over in my...

Here are some shots from when I flew over in my Gyroplane a few months ago...beautiful place to fly around!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/xZxj7GcK1QbFAD3MA
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