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Forum: Safety 04-16-2021, 11:18 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,105
Posted By JDeanda
A&P Commitment

My father was not thrilled with my choice to be a general aviation A&P after he found out what they're paid, but Mom and Dad still sent me thru school. It was always a financial struggle as a GA...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-16-2021, 10:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 378
Posted By JDeanda
One More Thing

Have to admit, I've never worked on any RV nosegears, but did a lot of work on single engine Grummans with a similar nosegear. Along with breakout force on the steering bearing (very important) and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,038
Posted By JDeanda
Or a Golf Cart!

There are lots of golf carts here at the home drome. Easy to add a hitch, and an extra hitch on the front is sometimes useful, too. Also useful for moving just people around the airport.
Forum: Safety 04-13-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,105
Posted By JDeanda
Jeff, I'm sorry your A&P and IA let you down. ...

Jeff, I'm sorry your A&P and IA let you down. I'm also sorry when home builders don't perform well. I am a long time A&P, I've been fooling around with little airplanes for decades, both as a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-11-2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,196
Posted By JDeanda
Cannon Plugs?

Should we be using old/timey Amphenol/Cannon plugs? They’re just a bit pricey but they’re available in thousands of configurations and sizes.
Forum: California 04-02-2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,059
Posted By JDeanda
Kern Valley

L05, Kern Valley on Lake Isabella. My favorite fly-out burger, and our dog likes, too. Dog friendly, rustic dining outdoors, nice camping area on the far side of the runway. Really excellent...
Forum: ADS-B 03-21-2021, 10:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,536
Posted By JDeanda
FlightAware

I've seen ADS-B tracks on FlightAware that show "Private" instead of the tail number, so it seems that it tracks anonymous ADS-B signals, but nobody knows who they are. It may be that if the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-21-2021, 10:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 627
Posted By JDeanda
Timing

Besides the marks on the flywheel and most starters?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,752
Posted By JDeanda
Well, Bose

Wife and I both fly with Bose A20. The hinge at the top drove my poor wife nuts until we added a bit of foam and chamois under the hinge. Bose repairs start off pricey and go up from there. We...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2021, 11:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,242
Posted By JDeanda
Shopping Cart Wheels

Lots of vintage taildraggers had free swiveling tailwheels or fixed tail skids... and no brakes. And they rarely landed on hard surface runways. And they generally were able to land into the wind. ...
Forum: RV-4 03-17-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 668
Posted By JDeanda
Magneto Part Numbering

That 8 at the front end is likely an S, for single magneto. S4LN would stand for Single, 4 cylinder, Left hand rotation, and the N is for Bendix (no idea how Bendix got the N for their identifier. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-06-2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By JDeanda
Master Cylinder Diameter?

I replaced the Cleveland master cylinders in our RV-6 with Matco cylinders because the whole cylinders cost less than the parts to repair the Clevelands. The Matcos were a little bigger diameter so...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-05-2021, 11:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 769
Posted By JDeanda
We Don't Have a GMU-11. Yet.

1. Minor point...When ATC gives you a heading, they want you to steer that heading, not a ground track. And actually, there's usually so little difference between heading and track, it shouldn't...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-25-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,063
Posted By JDeanda
Catto

Love our Catto propeller. Great customer support, too.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-23-2021, 09:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 770
Posted By JDeanda
Our Tint

I applied purple auto parts store tint (well, they didn’t have gray or green...) to the back window of our tilt-up RV-6 to shade the dog. I put the film on the inside, in two pieces, on either side...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-15-2021, 10:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 739
Posted By JDeanda
Our RV-6

In getting ready for a weigh-in, I used the electric pump to run both tanks dry on our RV-6. Tail was up, in level flight attitude. Ran the pump until fuel stopped coming out of the fuel line, took...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-15-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,878
Posted By JDeanda
Ah,Here It Is

https://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgad.nsf/0/b39e0b81acb0f30786257ecf005d80c7/$FILE/2015-19-07.pdf

If the link doesn’t work, Google AD 2015-19-07.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-15-2021, 09:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,878
Posted By JDeanda
Support?

Wasn’t there a Service Letter or AD note about supporting the stainless steel injector nozzle lines? If’n I remember rightly, something about needing two Adel clamps per line or something like that.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-11-2021, 10:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 646
Posted By JDeanda
Not Great

Installed one on our RV-6. (O-320). The original was a Vans muff that provided next to no heat. I packed it with steel wool, tried an inlet restrictor but it only heated for a couple of minutes and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-09-2021, 11:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 894
Posted By JDeanda
Just My 2 Cents

If’n it was up to me (it’s not) every airplane with an electrical system would have an ammeter, loadmeter, voltmeter and an idiot light. And pilots would be trained to look at them now and then, and...
Forum: Reviews 02-07-2021, 10:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 499
Posted By JDeanda
Shoutout to uAvionix

Installed a uAvionix SkyBeacon and SkySensor on our RV-6 almost two years ago. They worked great right out of the box. Then the firmware update arrived for the SkyBeacon. Got a little help...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-05-2021, 01:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 734
Posted By JDeanda
Our Tanks

We had Weep No More completely reseal both tanks on our RV-6. Building two boxes wasn’t too bad. The shipping bill was real expensive, but the tanks are perfect. I was reluctant to toss the boxes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 01:39 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 15,484
Posted By JDeanda
Oh, I Know

So that $5000 tug is the TSO’d version?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-31-2021, 07:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 582
Posted By JDeanda
Smell It?

Just a guess, without being there....polyester and epoxy smell different when they're sanded. Polyester has a kind of sharp chemical-ly odor, epoxy, much less smell. Polyester usually (usually!)...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 01-24-2021, 11:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,186
Posted By JDeanda
Our Dog Cajun

Cajun likes flying in our RV-6 on the platform I made for him. He doesn’t seem to mind the Mutt Muffs. Of course he wears a harness and there’s a short lead attached to the aft bulkhead. When we...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-23-2021, 04:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 478
Posted By JDeanda
Or a Hydraulic Press

Knocking the pins out with a hammer and drift is fine as long as the hub is supported properly. Local auto engine shops often have hydraulic presses they might let you use or they might do the job...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-18-2021, 06:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,605
Posted By JDeanda
Opening Up

You might find plenty on this subject with a search. Short version, sliders mostly seem to want to just slide shut, tip-ups cause severe pitch down control problems. My wife had the canopy come...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2021, 07:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 648
Posted By JDeanda
Just a Thot

Your favorite avionics tech might know how to tweak that altimeter. Sometimes they do that during static checks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,692
Posted By JDeanda
A Nifty Thingie

This might be an answer: https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/wiregrip.php?clickkey=47753
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-29-2020, 10:55 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,693
Posted By JDeanda
Instruments for the Motor

So, Zack, you did have working (readable?) engine gauges in the airplane when you flew, right? We're required to have oil pressure, tach and some kind of temperature indicating instrument... oil...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-29-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,951
Posted By JDeanda
Intake Leak?

Dan, did you do the usual first things in checking out a lean engine? I tangled with a newly installed O-290 some time ago that ran like that. Pilot gripe was high mag drops, and rough on either mag...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2020, 05:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,642
Posted By JDeanda
Shimmy?

Hard to diagnose without seeing or feeling it, and I’ve never raised a screwdriver at a nosegear equipped RV, but Cessna and Grumman nosegears can shimmy and make a godawful racket when they do. A...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-19-2020, 10:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,828
Posted By JDeanda
Hard on the Mag??

Huh? I've been to two county fairs and a goat race and I've never heard such a thing. We run a LightSpeed Plasma III ignition and a Slick mag on our RV-6 and neither has ever missed a single spark.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-19-2020, 05:50 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 64,317
Posted By JDeanda
Our Altercator

Plane Power installed 600 hours and 8 years ago. RV-6, Lyc. O-320-D1A, fixed pitch Catto, blast tube from the front right baffle. Still working great!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2020, 08:54 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,353
Posted By JDeanda
AOA

Thanks, Mike!
Forum: Safety 12-17-2020, 10:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,689
Posted By JDeanda
Centerpunches and Swiss Army Knives

The spring-loaded automatic center punch works fine on glass or safety glass. We didn't test that on the plastic canopy but I'm pretty sure the results would be similar to using one of those...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2020, 10:30 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,353
Posted By JDeanda
Aero Engineers.... Does This Sound Right?

This might be a naive question from an armchair aerodynamicist, but... Plenty of discussion about figuring Vx and Vy speeds. Are we really looking for speeds that approximate the angle of attack for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2020, 10:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,074
Posted By JDeanda
Just My Experience

I reweigh our RV-6 or just calculate a Wt. & Bal. update every time we change something significant. The updated report goes into the aircraft file. Then I make up a Wt. & Bal. info sheet for the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-17-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,113
Posted By JDeanda
The Expert

I'm pretty sure the sealant is OK. Paul Beck at Leak No More is the guru on these tanks and the sealers used. I'd check with him.
Forum: Safety 12-16-2020, 04:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,689
Posted By JDeanda
Yessir, That One

werxcv01: yes, that tool. Hangups with it are that it’s too light for something at the end of your arm and the point goes dull almost immediately. The Antisplat canopy snapper actually looks...
Forum: Safety 12-16-2020, 11:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,689
Posted By JDeanda
Breaking the Canopy

A group of us here in SoCal did some experiments with an RV-9A carcass, rolling the fuselage upside down with my CFI wife and an RV-7A owner friend strapped inside. Short version, we learned: Best...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-16-2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,193
Posted By JDeanda
I Love Our Manual Trim

There sure seems to be a lot of discussion around electric trim systems. Yeah, manual trim can fail, too. It could have a push-pull bit come adrift, and it can get stuck. But it cannot run away.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-10-2020, 10:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 800
Posted By JDeanda
Fry's

Last time I needed these things I just walked into the local Fry's Electronics and bought them over the counter. Hmm, Fry's might be just a local Southern California thing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2020, 11:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,572
Posted By JDeanda
Big People

I worked for a now long-gone FBO that did pilot training in American Aviation AA-1Bs. (Tr-2s, early 2 seat Grummans.) We had this one instructor, nice guy, who weighed about 300 lb. We...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-02-2020, 04:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,987
Posted By JDeanda
And...

What Bob said... try not to clamp down on it any harder that necessary and twist kind of gently back and forth as it comes out. Taps are ‘way brittle. If it breaks off below the surface, (may it...
Forum: Alternative Engines 11-29-2020, 07:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,456
Posted By JDeanda
Air Facts Journal article

Here’s a link to an article in Air Facts Journal from last Saturday: ...
Forum: COMM 11-27-2020, 10:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 895
Posted By JDeanda
Borrow?

Do you know anybody with a Bose or Lightspeed or David Clark ANR headset? Maybe they'll let you borrow them for a test flight?
BTW, my wife and I have Bose headsets. I LOVE mine. My wife, not so...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2020, 12:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,125
Posted By JDeanda
Question for Pax

My Dad once asked my young cousin if he was scared during a flight in a 172. He said no. Dad said “Well, I am.” Cousin’s eyes got real big until Dad laughed and told him the flight was going fine.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-16-2020, 11:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,060
Posted By JDeanda
So Go Check It

Why don’t you just run a Weight & Balance computation and see if you’re within Vans specs? Just askin’.
Forum: Safety 11-08-2020, 10:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,714
Posted By JDeanda
How Much Ice?

We have an RV-6. It can handle 60 lbs. of ice, max, if it’s in the baggage compartment. Comparing how much ice any given RV can handle compared to a 172 is not much different from asking if a fire...
Forum: RV-14 11-08-2020, 03:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,083
Posted By JDeanda
AN Hoses

High and medium pressure aircraft rubber hoses usually have dates printed right on them. As they taught me in A&P school, rubber hoses should be replaced at 8 years, teflon hoses on condition. If...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-08-2020, 03:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,306
Posted By JDeanda
In Our RV-6

Had a little one on the flap motor cover at the occupants’ elbows for a few years. It kept getting kicked and stepped on during ingress and egress, especially by Young Eagles. The mounting strap...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-07-2020, 04:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,637
Posted By JDeanda
Thots

There are a few options but the choice depends in the substrate. I’d try GooGone first. You can get it at supermarkets and hardware stores. It’s pretty benign on most surfaces but will hit the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-04-2020, 10:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,317
Posted By JDeanda
SSCB Fun

I hate it when safety devices start fires. FAA guidance somewhere in AC43.13 recommends not using a circuit breaker as a switch, but if’n I recollect rightly, it did not address using switch style...
Forum: RV-14 10-23-2020, 09:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,887
Posted By JDeanda
Do Some Weight & Balance Gosintas

You need to recalculate your empty weight and empty weight center of gravity. It’s easy if you have reliable, current Wt. & Bal. numbers. If not, you’ll need to weigh the airplane. (Gosintas.......
Forum: RV-10 10-22-2020, 09:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,224
Posted By JDeanda
Or Tweak the Rudder Pedal Springs

I've been known to shorten a rudder pedal return spring if the ball is not too far out of shape.
Forum: Propellers 10-19-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,875
Posted By JDeanda
And A Question

Just curious. 20,000 hours and never flown a fixed pitch prop? I'll bet you have an interesting story. What types did you do your initial training in?
Forum: Propellers 10-19-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,875
Posted By JDeanda
Fixed Prop Op

We have a carbureted 160 hp RV-6 with a Catto. Our prop is the general use propeller, a compromise between climb and cruise performance, as suggested by Nicole Catto. We run our engine using pretty...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-18-2020, 07:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,320
Posted By JDeanda
Ah, That’a A Thot

If you do install one, I’d love to hear how it works!
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-18-2020, 10:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,320
Posted By JDeanda
Here’s One Idea

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/eppages/turboheat05-15249.php?clickkey=10701
We put one of these on our RV-6. Ordered it 9” long to fit on our 4 pipe Vetterman exhaust system. Provides far...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-17-2020, 09:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 9,449
Posted By JDeanda
Mag Check War Story

Decades ago, a friend told me about the time he was flying his Ryan PT-22. He was in the back seat, a non-pilot buddy in the front. Pilot decided to do an inflight mag check, and since he was a...
Forum: Safety 10-10-2020, 08:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,541
Posted By JDeanda
Not the Lifehammer!

I was part of the canopy breaker test referenced by Peter C above. The Lifehammer might work well on safety glass, but’s a miserable tool for breaking acrylic plastic. A hatchet is MUCH better. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2020, 10:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,843
Posted By JDeanda
Thots from a Young Eagle Pilot

I've flown something over 100 Young Eagles, of all sizes and shapes. Assuming an average rudder pedal setup, you can likely move the setback forward and use a couple of pillows to get close enough...
Forum: Safety 09-24-2020, 10:29 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,620
Posted By JDeanda
The Webinar is Great

This is becoming more important as development keeps going on around airports, limiting options for off-field forced landings. The webinar started with a look at the statistics, which are pretty...
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