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Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-11-2020, 05:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,138
Posted By snopercod
I find it hilarious that former NASA flight...

I find it hilarious that former NASA flight directors are paranoid about Internet links. The Shuttle uplinks and downlinks weren't encryped. FAF320.
Forum: Safety 11-10-2020, 05:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,641
Posted By snopercod
If you'll allow a Lancair guy to make a comment,...

If you'll allow a Lancair guy to make a comment, the factory came out with a Service Bulletin to open the gap to 1/4" between the elevator horns and the horizontal stabilizer. Apparently that's an...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-08-2020, 03:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,637
Posted By snopercod
I've been adding TCP to the gas for about a year...

I've been adding TCP to the gas for about a year now and it seems to help. At the last annual, I only had a few lead balls on one plug. I also switched to the UREM37BY plugs on the bottom.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-08-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,837
Posted By snopercod
No avionics relay for me. I used an MS35058-22...

No avionics relay for me. I used an MS35058-22 switch from Aircraft Spruce. It's rated at 25A resistive, 15A inductive, and 7A lamp load. I used an 18V MOV across the contacts, as I did for all...
Forum: COMM 11-06-2020, 05:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,209
Posted By snopercod
I recently dumped my A210 for a Garmin GTR200B....

I recently dumped my A210 for a Garmin GTR200B. The Bluetooth allows my iPad/Foreflight to talk to the radio so I get alerts in my headset. I had to buy wire strippers and a crimping tool from B&C to...
Forum: Safety 11-01-2020, 06:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,992
Posted By snopercod
I fly with Stratus/Foreflight/iPad and it alerts...

I fly with Stratus/Foreflight/iPad and it alerts me to traffic. Recently I installed a Garmin GTR200B so now I can hear the "Traffic" alerts in my headset rather then just see them on the iPad. I'm...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 11-01-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 192,273
Posted By snopercod
The Boulder UFO Landing Site! I was there 25...

The Boulder UFO Landing Site! I was there 25 years ago (in a vehicle). Right close to there is the Upper Calf Creek Falls, a really magical place, as it Lower Calf Creek Falls. Here are the lower...
Forum: ADS-B 11-01-2020, 06:12 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 27,015
Posted By snopercod
This may be the one you want:...

This may be the one you want: https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/avpages/tednotch.php?clickkey=7401549
Forum: RV-14 10-30-2020, 06:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,691
Posted By snopercod
Even though I did mine in fiberglass, attaching...

Even though I did mine in fiberglass, attaching the tail to the fuselage is very stressful. I HAS to be perfect. Congratulations!
Forum: Southeast 10-25-2020, 01:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 795
Posted By snopercod
My plane is hangared in Asheville. Each year I...

My plane is hangared in Asheville. Each year I pay $158 in County tax and $129 in City tax. The assessor has a book listing valuations of factory-made aircraft, but you'll have to negotiate with them...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 10-24-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,835
Posted By snopercod
That's the one I flew at 12,000' in reverse.It...

That's the one I flew at 12,000' in reverse.It was pretty boring. This was my leg from Denver to SLC:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/tmmmyg0lvbuxqpd/Crossing%20Rockies.mp4?dl=0

P.S. Here's the return...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-24-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,990
Posted By snopercod
I use 3/32" SS weld rod on all my hinge pins.

I use 3/32" SS weld rod on all my hinge pins.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-22-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,121
Posted By snopercod
Hmmmm? I have a 3A pullable circuit breaker in my...

Hmmmm? I have a 3A pullable circuit breaker in my field lead.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-21-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 9,270
Posted By snopercod
I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. My O-290-D2...

I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. My O-290-D2 high compression (built in 1991) has Cermichrome cylinders. Years later when I first flew, they broke in instantly as far as I could tell. After five...
Forum: COMM 10-21-2020, 09:52 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 13,556
Posted By snopercod
Thanks for 'splaining. I missed that. I'm just...

Thanks for 'splaining. I missed that. I'm just glad someone is actually reading this thread :rolleyes:
Forum: COMM 10-21-2020, 07:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 13,556
Posted By snopercod
I sense a lack of interest in what I learned...

I sense a lack of interest in what I learned during my GTR 200B install, but here's one other thing. On my test flight at 5,000', I was unable to get solid reception of an ATIS until within 20 NM of...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-21-2020, 07:20 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,402
Posted By snopercod
Here's what the test involves: 14 CFR Appendix F...

Here's what the test involves: 14 CFR Appendix F to Part 43 - ATC Transponder Tests and Inspections (https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/14/appendix-F_to_part_43)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-20-2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,402
Posted By snopercod
This was just for the transponder check, not the...

This was just for the transponder check, not the IFR certification of the pitot-static system. Last time I got one of those it was $250, IIRC.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-20-2020, 04:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,402
Posted By snopercod
Just do it

The certification takes about ten minutes plus another ten for paperwork. The shop charged me $100. Just do it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2020, 04:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,129
Posted By snopercod
So I'm paying for property losses on 9-11-2001...

So I'm paying for property losses on 9-11-2001 and losses of satellites? Just wonderful. I never figured that liability insurance rates would end my flying career but I'm on the brink. I'd go without...
Forum: COMM 10-20-2020, 01:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 13,556
Posted By snopercod
I got the Foreflight audio alerts working today....

I got the Foreflight audio alerts working today. The fix was simple: Turn up the volume! :mad: First I contacted Foreflight and "Todd" told me a helpful trick. To send a "test" audio alert from...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-18-2020, 06:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,237
Posted By snopercod
Great idea!

Great idea!
Forum: RV-14 10-17-2020, 04:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,621
Posted By snopercod
The important thing is not to install the engine...

The important thing is not to install the engine several years before starting it up...unless you pickle it.
Forum: COMM 10-16-2020, 05:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 13,556
Posted By snopercod
Foreflight Alerts via Bluetooth?

I recently installed a Garmin GTR 200B and took my first flight today with it. I love it so far. Tower told me the audio quality was fine, and I could hear them clearly as well. I have the ICS and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-15-2020, 05:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,172
Posted By snopercod
Canadian Joy: +1 for that.

Canadian Joy: +1 for that.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-15-2020, 05:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,172
Posted By snopercod
This is a difficult question. I used to be an...

This is a difficult question. I used to be an electrical engineer so of course I knew everything there was to know about wiring :rolleyes: Wrong. Aircraft wiring is a whole different thing from house...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-15-2020, 04:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,917
Posted By snopercod
At the Jet Center at SAF, I was amazed at the...

At the Jet Center at SAF, I was amazed at the service my humble little Lancair received. After landing, they had a "Follow Me" truck escort me to parking. After I shut down and got out, the guy...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-15-2020, 02:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,730
Posted By snopercod
I just installed a GTR-200B but haven't flown...

I just installed a GTR-200B but haven't flown with it yet. One thing I noticed already is that, with the Intercom enabled, I don't hear my voice in my earphones when I speak in the mic. I think I...
Forum: Flight Testing 10-09-2020, 04:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,762
Posted By snopercod
With only 75 hrs. on the Hobbs, I flew my Lancair...

With only 75 hrs. on the Hobbs, I flew my Lancair from NC to Oregon, down the coast to LA, then back home to NC - 5000 sm in all. I have to admit that I was doing a lot of praying over the badlands...
Forum: COMM 10-08-2020, 05:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,413
Posted By snopercod
I'm in the process of changing out my Icom A210...

I'm in the process of changing out my Icom A210 for a Garmin GTR200B at the moment. The Icom has failed on me twice in the last six years and, since I only have one radio, I find that unacceptable....
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-07-2020, 05:19 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,529
Posted By snopercod
Thanks for the explanation, Aric. I may have to...

Thanks for the explanation, Aric. I may have to buy one of those since I never have had any luck with the red/white extractors. I'll tell the avionics tech at the FBO about them, too. Apparently...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-06-2020, 05:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,529
Posted By snopercod
How do those work, please? Is there a video?

How do those work, please? Is there a video?
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-05-2020, 02:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,041
Posted By snopercod
Words of wisdom from Garmin: "The GTR 200/200B...

Words of wisdom from Garmin:

"The GTR 200/200B COM antenna should be well removed from all projections, engines and propellers.
The ground plane surface directly below the antenna should be a flat...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-04-2020, 04:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,000
Posted By snopercod
This topic is of interest to me because I'm in...

This topic is of interest to me because I'm in the process of changing out my POS Icom A210 com radio (which has failed twice) for a Garmin GTR-200B. Not knowing any better, when I built the plane I...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-03-2020, 04:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,859
Posted By snopercod
Please wear a mask when working with fiberglass....

Please wear a mask when working with fiberglass. You don't want to be the guy who - 20 years later- is diagnosed with nodules in your lungs.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-30-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,624
Posted By snopercod
Excellent! The pilot did good and the instructor...

Excellent! The pilot did good and the instructor did good. Nice video!
Forum: COMM 09-30-2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 12,330
Posted By snopercod
I take my positive report back. Mine just died...

I take my positive report back. Mine just died today. All I get is a startup screen. Nuts!

Edit: I'm done with Icom. Two failures in six years is unacceptable. I just ordered a Garmin GTR-200B.
Forum: Tools 09-23-2020, 11:47 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,912
Posted By snopercod
Thanks! Those look like what I need.

Thanks! Those look like what I need.
Forum: Tools 09-23-2020, 06:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,912
Posted By snopercod
I'd like to try one. Can you recommend a quality...

I'd like to try one. Can you recommend a quality brand of JIS screwdriver?
Forum: Tools 09-21-2020, 04:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,912
Posted By snopercod
Klein #2 Phillips screwdrivers are the gold...

Klein #2 Phillips screwdrivers are the gold standard. I've also used "Southwire" screwdrivers from Lowe's and they actually last as long as the Kleins.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,350
Posted By snopercod
Nylon

I used Nylon hardware from McMaster-Carr to mount my magnetometer.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-18-2020, 05:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,916
Posted By snopercod
Your ASI will read correctly if your static port...

Your ASI will read correctly if your static port is located correctly. You can verify your static port by making three passes over the runway at different speeds and at a fixed height (I chose 50'...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-17-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,599
Posted By snopercod
Not an RV guy but I surely do enjoy watching them...

Not an RV guy but I surely do enjoy watching them take off.
Forum: COMM 09-13-2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 12,330
Posted By snopercod
Yes, it's still working fine.

Yes, it's still working fine.
Forum: Safety 09-09-2020, 11:01 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,378
Posted By snopercod
Thanks for that. Yes, McMaster carries them in...

Thanks for that. Yes, McMaster carries them in coarse thread. I think I'll buy some of these Thin Ones (https://www.mcmaster.com/locknuts/steel-thin-flex-top-locknuts-for-heavy-vibration/) for my...
Forum: Flight Testing 08-30-2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,783
Posted By snopercod
When mounting a blade-type transponder antenna...

When mounting a blade-type transponder antenna underneath my Lancair, I first tried using tufts to determine the direction of the airflow. That was an abject failure because the propwash during...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2020, 10:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,631
Posted By snopercod
If it makes you feel any better, it took me 27...

If it makes you feel any better, it took me 27 years to finish my plane and fly it. In my defense, I took 10 years off during which I quit a job, moved to another state and, built a house.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-28-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,886
Posted By snopercod
Here's how I did it: My flywheel (probably off...

Here's how I did it:

My flywheel (probably off an O-320) has both #1 TDC and 25 deg stamped on the front of the flywheel. I didn't have to use the case part line at...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 08-26-2020, 06:20 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 24,812
Posted By snopercod
^^Amen, brother^^

^^Amen, brother^^
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-26-2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,420
Posted By snopercod
Asheville

Asheville has lots of camping in the area, as well as upscale resorts like the Grove Park Inn if that's your pleasure.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-26-2020, 06:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,754
Posted By snopercod
Oh, this is easy. It's going to take up all your...

Oh, this is easy. It's going to take up all your time until you get it done.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-25-2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,886
Posted By snopercod
I bought mine at Aircraft Spruce. What you do is...

I bought mine at Aircraft Spruce. What you do is - with the top bank of spark plugs removed, put your thumb over the #1 spark plug hole and rotate the prop to insure you're on the #1 compression...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-25-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,886
Posted By snopercod
Now I feel pretty stupid. I've been using that...

Now I feel pretty stupid. I've been using that piston stop for over six years now. Doh! :(
Forum: Flight Testing 08-25-2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,734
Posted By snopercod
Oh, you've gone and done it now. I was roundly...

Oh, you've gone and done it now. I was roundly beaten about the head and shoulders for offering that I usually "fly my Lancair on" rather than attempting a full stall landing. I made that decision...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-25-2020, 06:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,886
Posted By snopercod
Doesn't anybody use that aluminum piston stop...

Doesn't anybody use that aluminum piston stop that fits in the #1 spark plug hole to find Top Center?

https://d29y7fsthxbb26.cloudfront.net/cache/400-400-/catalog/graphics/12-18100.jpg
Forum: Fiberglass 08-24-2020, 06:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,251
Posted By snopercod
You done broke the code. I built a fiberglass...

You done broke the code. I built a fiberglass aircraft with a number of aluminum inserts and never had any luck bonding epoxy to aluminum - even after sanding, etching, and alodyning. I tried it all...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-22-2020, 02:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,675
Posted By snopercod
I strongly disagree. A few oil changes ago, I...

I strongly disagree. A few oil changes ago, I torqued a Tempest EZ-Spin filter per their instructions and, at the next oil change, it was frozen solid. The can wouldn't budge no matter what I tried....
Forum: RV-4 08-20-2020, 10:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,755
Posted By snopercod
Nylon brake lines are widely used in the...

Nylon brake lines are widely used in the experimental community. I chose not to run Nylon all the way to the brakes out of concern for heat. For the last 18", I transitioned to Russell motorcycle...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-16-2020, 06:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,971
Posted By snopercod
That's exactly right. It's counter-intuitive, but...

That's exactly right. It's counter-intuitive, but with preloaded tapered roller bearings with an integral grease seal, you need to tighten the axle nut really tight and then back off one or two...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2020, 05:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,528
Posted By snopercod
I can't explain the aerodynamics, but the...

I can't explain the aerodynamics, but the ailerons on the early Lancairs (like mine) went from thin trailing edges to 1/4" thick to reduce stick forces in roll. This was based upon flight testing....
Forum: Southeast 08-15-2020, 05:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,791
Posted By snopercod
There's a nice little cafe in the terminal, and a...

There's a nice little cafe in the terminal, and a bunch of warbirds on the ramp.
Forum: Aircraft Camping 08-13-2020, 04:50 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 24,812
Posted By snopercod
I shall lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from...

I shall lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my strength.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-12-2020, 06:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 53,829
Posted By snopercod
Condition Inspection Overkill?

Reviving this old thread, it has occurred to me that some of the things I am checking on my Lancair condition inspection have become overkill. This is my sixth condition inspection and a lot of the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-08-2020, 06:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,763
Posted By snopercod
Awesome. Thanks.

Awesome. Thanks.
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