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Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-04-2021, 06:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,320
Posted By catmandu
I love your optimism: First RV indeed!

I love your optimism: First RV indeed!
Forum: The RV Grin 03-25-2021, 07:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 769
Posted By catmandu
Vice versa'd for me: Mom was in a wheelchair by...

Vice versa'd for me: Mom was in a wheelchair by the time I bought my RV, but I got to fly my Dad in the RV, another Naval Aviator, once. Upside down in an airplane for the first time in a long time...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-23-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 315
Posted By catmandu
Oh, H E double toothpicks. For $8 shipping why...

Oh, H E double toothpicks. For $8 shipping why not add to hangar clutter. PM sending.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-07-2021, 06:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,615
Posted By catmandu
Decided to go cheap for my 5.00 x 5's, just...

Decided to go cheap for my 5.00 x 5's, just because, you know, experimental! Six months, no air added. Takes a little effort to get an air chuck on them, but pretty happy thus...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,186
Posted By catmandu
I think they just send it to everyone up for...

I think they just send it to everyone up for renewal, I got one as well but don't expect much to come of it. OTOH, my hangar neighbor got one, and in fact he did have to deal with a noticeable rate...
Forum: GPS 02-22-2021, 11:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 394
Posted By catmandu
There’s actually a DIY out there...

There’s actually a DIY out there (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=89709) for us experimenters.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-18-2021, 06:11 PM
Replies: 1,913
Views: 1,240,935
Posted By catmandu
With the lighting in those photos, and the...

With the lighting in those photos, and the reflective wing, all I could think was Bow-chickee-bow! :rolleyes:
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-13-2021, 07:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 520
Posted By catmandu
Schottky diodes are your friend. I used them to...

Schottky diodes are your friend. I used them to provide many power paths to my essential items without me having to do a thing. The Avionics Switch is to isolate things during a start. If I get...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-06-2021, 06:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,621
Posted By catmandu
I had to see if this was chromosonal. My wife...

I had to see if this was chromosonal.

My wife says, "Eh, it's okay, I guess."
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-27-2021, 08:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 445
Posted By catmandu
Just did this, upgraded the pitot to include AOA...

Just did this, upgraded the pitot to include AOA to a wing that was already removed for other work. We just left enough slack in the line near the wing root to make installation of a union easier...
Forum: RV-10 01-21-2021, 04:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,755
Posted By catmandu
Buy a four seater while you build a -10. When...

Buy a four seater while you build a -10. When finished, assess your need for four seats again, based on 2-5 years of history. Then keep the 10 you built, or trade down to a 14.

Boy, it sure is fun...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2020, 10:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 985
Posted By catmandu
Welcome! Seems you probably have some aviation...

Welcome! Seems you probably have some aviation talent, and can develop the necessary skills with a bit of dedication and instruction.



You will not get a lot of argument from this group on that...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-09-2020, 07:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,576
Posted By catmandu
While it's good to worry about the engine, think...

While it's good to worry about the engine, think about the occupants as well. How's your heat? Search for threads on heat muff improvements, aileron and flap pushrod seals, etc. Do you have an...
Forum: Polishing your RV 12-05-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,384
Posted By catmandu
Pay good money to polish aluminum. xF/A-18drvr...

Pay good money to polish aluminum.

xF/A-18drvr sends. :)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-30-2020, 06:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,047
Posted By catmandu
My aging eyes need as many nits as possible for...

My aging eyes need as many nits as possible for bright sun with a bubble canopy. I settled on a 2018 11" iPad Pro, about the same footprint as the older iPad Air it replaced. Works well on a Ram...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,263
Posted By catmandu
Add another to the list, had a great time at Pine...

Add another to the list, had a great time at Pine Bluff for two days, even if I had to bug out early so as not to get weathered in, sorry to miss the all up.

A Phenom 300 showed up Friday, with...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-24-2020, 05:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,580
Posted By catmandu
Respectfully, you were approaching an uncharted...

Respectfully, you were approaching an uncharted strip that is in the vicinity of multiple low level Military Training Routes. Both you and the fast movers were likely below Joshua's radar coverage. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2020, 08:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,022
Posted By catmandu
SO true. One of my last flights as a traffic...

SO true. One of my last flights as a traffic pilot, we legitimately flew straight over the top of the Football Team's stadium 30 minutes before a MNF game. PG county helo on frequency relayed that...
Forum: Safety 09-13-2020, 06:10 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,020
Posted By catmandu
Thanks for the above discussion. I, too, was in...

Thanks for the above discussion. I, too, was in the "how can someone botch" camp, but now I understand. Also, the Flying article timeline, even at five second intervals, opens the door to some...
Forum: RV-10 09-13-2020, 04:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,480
Posted By catmandu
If you get him in the aircraft, how are you going...

If you get him in the aircraft, how are you going to get him out with that big post-flight grin? :D
Forum: Safety 09-13-2020, 04:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,076
Posted By catmandu
Nose leg looks a lot straighter than nose overs I...

Nose leg looks a lot straighter than nose overs I remember seeing, wonder if it had a nose job installed?
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 09-09-2020, 06:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,224
Posted By catmandu
Go where it is most convenient for you. I have...

Go where it is most convenient for you. I have nothing bad to say about APP at KHEF or ProJet at KJYO after multiple visits to both, they are always friendly and reasonable and give me crew cars...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-08-2020, 04:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 883
Posted By catmandu
I switched the RV from Jepp to Garmin data and...

I switched the RV from Jepp to Garmin data and had no issues at all. I helped a friend do the reverse last month, also no issues. The boxes don't seem to care where the data comes from.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2020, 06:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,145
Posted By catmandu
All I could do is use the RV as a workhorse. We...

All I could do is use the RV as a workhorse. We are back East going full throttle to get out of our 17 year old big house after an unexpected contract to sell it. My son in College Park asked for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2020, 07:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,187
Posted By catmandu
So nice to have the kids on the forum these days,...

So nice to have the kids on the forum these days, what with their cool lingo and all so us old farts can keep up. :p

Phabulous!
Forum: Formation Flying 09-01-2020, 05:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,926
Posted By catmandu
I am in store for a 'September to Remember' as we...

I am in store for a 'September to Remember' as we got an unsolicited contract on our east coast home that needs to close by the end of the month, so I think I will be desperately in need of some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2020, 07:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,633
Posted By catmandu
Best to you and yours, Tom. It takes a lot to...

Best to you and yours, Tom. It takes a lot to say goodbye, as we are finding as we sell the home we raised our children in.

I hope the two of you find grand adventures as you move forward.
Forum: Aircraft Camping 08-26-2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 25,058
Posted By catmandu
I nominate my Christian brother Scott to be the...

I nominate my Christian brother Scott to be the official Poet Laureate of VAF, even if he only graces us once a year.

And I nominate Sammy to be . . . something! What a great dog! I miss my own...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2020, 05:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,029
Posted By catmandu
Yep, we've done a bit of shipping to Europe the...

Yep, we've done a bit of shipping to Europe the past few months, as we sell off stuff from the family early-to-mid-20th-century hoard of collectibles on eBay. Buyers are mostly understanding of the...
Forum: Interiors 08-26-2020, 05:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,566
Posted By catmandu
Frickin' Ultra Leather Mafia, I tell ya': trying...

Frickin' Ultra Leather Mafia, I tell ya': trying to make me spend excess AMU's when I have no business doing so.

Must . . . stop . . . reading . . . thread . . . :)
Forum: Aircraft Camping 08-20-2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 25,058
Posted By catmandu
EAA Ambassador at...

EAA Ambassador at Large:

http://www.quickmeme.com/img/6e/6e0d6aa55d044cde4b4b55a77dd9c18888aae6bee79fea300e934c29bf71ecce.jpg
Forum: Safety 08-17-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,063
Posted By catmandu
Not always. Sometimes my tangential passage of a...

Not always. Sometimes my tangential passage of a TFR circle trips the "first call" buffer. Always fun to talk on guard with a purpose: "Thanks, USAF, I'm your bogie, I am well aware and will remain...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-16-2020, 04:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,539
Posted By catmandu
FTFY, lest you incur the wrath of the better...

FTFY, lest you incur the wrath of the better half. :D
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-06-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,517
Posted By catmandu
I just read all of your blog entries, quite a...

I just read all of your blog entries, quite a good trip even though you got cut short by the 'Rona. Thanks for making the effort with the photos and words!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-23-2020, 05:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,427
Posted By catmandu
The CFI was PIC and responsible for everything...

The CFI was PIC and responsible for everything that privilege affords.
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 07-17-2020, 04:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,424
Posted By catmandu
Yes, you must take the course, available on the...

Yes, you must take the course, available on the FAA website (https://www.faasafety.gov/gslac/ALC/CourseLanding.aspx?cID=405). You will then have all the answers you need. But in short, nothing to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2020, 04:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,862
Posted By catmandu
Part-time Shoreman, plane is still there until I...

Part-time Shoreman, plane is still there until I find a hangar at Minden.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2020, 06:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,862
Posted By catmandu
What did you do with your RV this weekend (07/11-07/12)?

Gotta start it, 'cuz I did something! Finally dressed up my polished aluminum with a warbird scheme. All vinyl. Definitely a learning curve, which is why I started with the invasion stripes on the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-10-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,351
Posted By catmandu
I bought an entire kit of 75a O-rings from Amazon...

I bought an entire kit of 75a O-rings from Amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NSLM2N6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) 5 years ago, good bargain at $60 or so shipped. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2020, 04:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,809
Posted By catmandu
I had "a friend" who never encountered that...

I had "a friend" who never encountered that particular nexus in Maryland, with a DE LLC. Other's mileage may vary.
Forum: RV-14 07-05-2020, 04:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,798
Posted By catmandu
I have been in a few airplanes. Stick, yoke,...

I have been in a few airplanes. Stick, yoke, left seat, right seat, only seat, whatever. As everyone else has stated:

Don't overthink it.

Build the plane you want.

Modify the plane you buy.

Fly...
Forum: Autopilots 07-05-2020, 05:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,469
Posted By catmandu
If my GRT box lets the smoke out, I move the...

If my GRT box lets the smoke out, I move the autopilot control switch from EFIS to GPS and I will still have lateral commands sent to the autopilot, particularly nice if I have to fly an approach...
Forum: RV-10 07-04-2020, 04:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,509
Posted By catmandu
Another search function win! I am going to set...

Another search function win! I am going to set proper breakout force on a -10 to fix a wandering ball. Lots easier than installing a rudder trim servo, but there are some nice options I will file...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2020, 07:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,429
Posted By catmandu
I have had very good luck with justplanetint.com...

I have had very good luck with justplanetint.com (https://justplanetint.com/collections/universal-plane-tint/products/large-universal-plane-tint) products in RV's of different configurations.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,809
Posted By catmandu
Single Member LLC is my choice for simplicity. I...

Single Member LLC is my choice for simplicity. I did mine in Delaware as my in-laws could act as resident agents. There is an outfit in Montana that will be an agent for $49 / year.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-26-2020, 07:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,301
Posted By catmandu
I like 140 KIAS, nose up for a potato, unload,...

I like 140 KIAS, nose up for a potato, unload, deflect aileron, use rudder to help nose through the roll depending on magnitude of aileron deflection. Unload after nose up is key, as Pete said.
Forum: Safety 06-25-2020, 08:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,343
Posted By catmandu
Same here, except my second word is TIPL where P...

Same here, except my second word is TIPL where P is "Passengers - briefed and ready" (Prop was full forward for runup) and L is "Lights". Works across a variety of aircraft, as long as one thinks...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2020, 08:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,408
Posted By catmandu
For me personally I don't care about damage as...

For me personally I don't care about damage as long as it was repaired properly. But, I know it matters to others so I should take that into consideration when I might want to sell. A recent...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-20-2020, 07:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,414
Posted By catmandu
I bought my plane. It has 25 year old floats...

I bought my plane. It has 25 year old floats that I have calibrated via my GRT EIS to be most accurate at the bottom end of the scale, regardless of fuel type (tested both 100LL and 93 Octane E10...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-12-2020, 06:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,295
Posted By catmandu
I, too, had a limited budget for a paint job last...

I, too, had a limited budget for a paint job last year. I tempered my expectations accordingly. With some research, I came up with some parameters to discuss with potential shops, most of those...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2020, 08:44 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,778
Posted By catmandu
First solo: January 14, 1983, off MCAF Quantico...

First solo: January 14, 1983, off MCAF Quantico Runway 20, Cessna 152 from the flying club. I was a teenager, and I yelled at nothing in particular after takeoff. When I got home that evening, my...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-30-2020, 12:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,276
Posted By catmandu
Timely thread, good info, as the drain flange on...

Timely thread, good info, as the drain flange on my left tank is leaking. I hoped I had taken care of it by using the syringe method on the exterior, and recoating the shop heads on the interior,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,057
Posted By catmandu
Hurray Darwin! SC top ten moment for you!

Hurray Darwin! SC top ten moment for you!
Forum: Interiors 05-18-2020, 06:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,541
Posted By catmandu
So just by chance I found a solution to my...

So just by chance I found a solution to my problem. A local fellow is behind justplanetint.com (https://justplanetint.com/) and was looking to rent some space in our local big hangar to do permanent...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-16-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,399
Posted By catmandu
Leading edge lights truly are a hack job, that...

Leading edge lights truly are a hack job, that can go wrong quickly. When I tried to install mine, the handheld bandsaw I was using to start the cut got turned sideways. The ribs were no match for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-13-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,940
Posted By catmandu
Nice! Have you been sitting on the N6YH...

Nice! Have you been sitting on the N6YH reservation or did you luck into it by beating the scoundrels who poach short N numbers?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-27-2020, 12:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 994
Posted By catmandu
That is quite adequate, thank you. :)

That is quite adequate, thank you. :)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-26-2020, 03:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 994
Posted By catmandu
GRT Demo Recording every flight: lessons learned?

I have a Sport SX with EIS, and have recently learned the value of Demo and uploading flight data to Savvy to do some troubleshooting and analysis. It seems having data from a string of most recent...
Forum: COMM 04-22-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 583
Posted By catmandu
EVER so slight background hiss from the NAV audio...

EVER so slight background hiss from the NAV audio even when turned all the way down. But, there is more than enough noise in an RV cockpit to make this a non issue for me, but I am not an...
Forum: Southeast 04-15-2020, 04:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,280
Posted By catmandu
I agree with Tim. Flew the RV into CLT for a MNF...

I agree with Tim. Flew the RV into CLT for a MNF game, was well cared for by Wilson, and they found us a discounted hotel room which offset most of the big airport pricing on fuel.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2020, 03:07 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 10,825
Posted By catmandu
From your profile, it looks like you have a -7? ...

From your profile, it looks like you have a -7? If so, plenty of room for most comforts for a few days, especially if it is just you. Lots of good advice, mine is to get a tent sized one person...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-12-2020, 07:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 633
Posted By catmandu
Single seat, big . . . hangar! VERY nice video,...

Single seat, big . . . hangar!

VERY nice video, the beers met their end gloriously!
Forum: RV-4 04-08-2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,776
Posted By catmandu
Here are photos he texted me of the light he is...

Here are photos he texted me of the light he is talking about:

https://i.imgur.com/gtw0WkGl.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/3OJevbvl.jpg
Forum: RV-4 04-07-2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,776
Posted By catmandu
A picture is probably the only way to figure this...

A picture is probably the only way to figure this out. I sent you a private message.
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