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Forum: Midwest 07-30-2022, 07:24 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 31,052
Posted By Roy Thoma
Paying it forward

Andyrv, sorry I interrupted your briefing. Glad you could use the wristband and thanks for helping “pay it forward “ with the other one.

Regards,
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-30-2022, 07:13 PM
Replies: 240
Views: 265,638
Posted By Roy Thoma
OSH 22 hats

Mitch forgot his hat, DR wearing VAF hat, me wearing CMW hat. Also Dick (Van) smiling with a couple of lovely ladies: Kelsey wearing a Van’s hat, Dick with RV-X hat and Capt Sandy enjoying the shade...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 07-29-2022, 04:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 636
Posted By Roy Thoma
Byron has (had?) a complete RV-6A kit for sale...

Byron has (had?) a complete RV-6A kit for sale early this year. Located south of Phoenix, AZ. I posted pictures for him and a FS: ad, which I no longer have. Slider. He estimates the kit is 75-80%...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 07-29-2022, 04:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,144
Posted By Roy Thoma
Byron has (had?) a complete RV-6A kit for sale...

Byron has (had?) a complete RV-6A kit for sale early this year. Located south of Phoenix, AZ. I posted pictures for him and a FS: ad, which I no longer have. Slider. He estimates the kit is 75-80%...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2022, 05:59 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,452
Posted By Roy Thoma
I got home safe thread. OSH'22

Getting it started since Doug's place holder is still locked:

N174RT got Capt Sandy and I back to Hensley Airpark on Wednesday. We left KOSH about 11am morning without having to wait at 36 for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-29-2022, 05:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,203
Posted By Roy Thoma
WD-657-R & L gussets have been installed since 2016

From post #30 in https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=134249 Russ has been supplying WD-657-R & L with gussets welded in place since March of 2016.

The step Russ repaired for me,...
Forum: Midwest 07-22-2022, 07:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,974
Posted By Roy Thoma
Capt Sandy and I arrived in N174RT Friday...

Capt Sandy and I arrived in N174RT Friday afternoon. Parked about the middle of row 333.

Regards,
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-06-2022, 06:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,445
Posted By Roy Thoma
Poor nose wheel axel design

I agree that the nose wheel axel in RV's with the Matco wheel is poorly designed. Anti Splat bearings is one way to improve the design and minimize the rolling resistance.

I think the lease...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2022, 08:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,181
Posted By Roy Thoma
Pete - congratrulations. (You may remember 174RT...

Pete - congratrulations. (You may remember 174RT as a visitor in the hangar where you built your plane.)

Capt Sandy (Sunshine) and I flew to the chapter 1494 pancake breakfast at KMOR Sat morning....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2022, 07:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 812
Posted By Roy Thoma
Tach/Hobbs delta

Dave,

I THINK startup, taxi, waiting for clearance, etc., all near idle speed does not accumulate TACH time.

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2022, 06:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 812
Posted By Roy Thoma
2000 hours

N174RT crossed 2000 Hobbs hours on Sunday. 11 years and a handful of days after her first flight.

A few highlights from the 11 years:

GREAT FRIENDS that are like family that we have made through...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2022, 07:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,167
Posted By Roy Thoma
When does the weekend start? Friday I flew...

When does the weekend start?

Friday I flew another recent Hensley transplant to KTYS for his commercial flight to CA so he can fly his RV-9A to it's new home.

Saturday Capt Sandy and I joined a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-18-2022, 03:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 791
Posted By Roy Thoma
Recent Thread

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=205171

Regards,
Forum: California 04-13-2022, 07:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 997
Posted By Roy Thoma
+1 for Porterville

We stop at the dinner at the Porterville airport most trips in the area either in the RV-7A or the RV-Heavy (also riveted aluminum). Like most resturants, its a good idea to call and verify...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-13-2022, 07:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,666
Posted By Roy Thoma
HF motorcycle wheel balancer, CLEARANCE item

I've had good sucess with the HF motorcycle wheel balancer with my plane wheel/tires. It's currently a CLEARANCE item, so it may not be available for...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 04-13-2022, 06:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,618
Posted By Roy Thoma
Interesting related article today from avweb,...

Interesting related article today from avweb, link below:

Over the years, I made several Bonanza trips from home base in New Jersey to EAA AirVenture. Without an IFR-certified GPS, I would flight...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 02-11-2022, 10:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,676
Posted By Roy Thoma
More details about BBQ and Ajo

I had a PM asking about BBQ at Yuma. See post #5 of https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?p=1245875 They were still (or again?) doing Friday BBQ as of a few weeks ago. Suggest calling...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 02-11-2022, 09:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,676
Posted By Roy Thoma
Sedona, hike some or all of the airport loop...

Sedona, hike some or all of the airport loop trail, eat at airport restaurant (nicer than typical $100 hamburger), rent a car by the hour

Payson, good $100 restaurant on the field

Ajo (P01), walk...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-29-2022, 10:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,176
Posted By Roy Thoma
manometer

I’ve been balancing carbs with a manometer since the mid ‘70’s starting wth a Kawasaki Z-1. Worked great on my 912ULS. Search for “ carb stick manometer”. NO question about having matching gauges...
Forum: Reviews 10-05-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,700
Posted By Roy Thoma
Or if lookinCQ for CQ headset use...

Or if lookinCQ for CQ headset use https://cqheadset.com/

The cqhadset website currently has a link to a recent Kitplanes article. Also note that there is a Bluetooth version available...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2021, 02:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,312
Posted By Roy Thoma
Brake disk wear update

It's been almost 5 years and 800 (hobbs) hours since I installed thicker brake rotors. I measured the thicker rotors at 0.294" when new. Current measurement for the right rotor is 0.284" and 0.281"...
Forum: Oregon 09-19-2021, 09:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,005
Posted By Roy Thoma
Side Door Cafe at S45

The Side Door Cafe at Gleneden Beach is a short walk from Siletz Bay airport. S45.

GREAT food, good service. Reservations recommended.
https://www.sidedoorcafe.com/

We always enjoy breakfast or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,808
Posted By Roy Thoma
The music sound clarity is WOW!

Capt Sandy and I have flown with CQ1 headsets for almost 3 years and almost 600 hours. We LOVE our CQ1's. We recently upgraded to Bluetooth. The BT sound is WOW! I can hear details in music with BT...
Forum: RV-4 09-10-2021, 10:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,809
Posted By Roy Thoma
CMW E-Lift

Another option is the Card Machine Works E-Lift. See https://elift.cardmachineworks.com/

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2021, 09:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,179
Posted By Roy Thoma
Very happy CQ1 users

I was happy with Lightspeed Zulu for many years UNTIL they changed their repair policy. I found multiple generations of Lightspeed headsets to work well and although not always up to the rigors of my...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-03-2021, 12:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,826
Posted By Roy Thoma
NOT a scam.2

I have known Don Wentz for about 25 years, not as long as Randal. Don was TC for each of the planes I built. He was also a coworker when I was last employed. Randal mentioned that Don developed the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2021, 09:54 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 28,594
Posted By Roy Thoma
LODAs received from PDX FSDO

I sent an email request for my “owner” LODA late Thursday evening and received my LODA from the Portland FSDO today. I know one other request that was sent Friday for owner and CFII that was also...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-21-2021, 09:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,015
Posted By Roy Thoma
Consider thicker rotors

I think a 2008 -7A is likely to have Parker brakes. Consider replacing the rotors with new thicker rotors. See https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=144513

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,813
Posted By Roy Thoma
Yes you can move the PMAG from the right side of...

Yes you can move the PMAG from the right side of the engine to the left. I’m doing this NOW. (Actually adding a 2nd PMAG on the left side.) You will need shorter studs and a different drive gear to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-24-2021, 07:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,258
Posted By Roy Thoma
Trimming the ducts

Be sure to read DanH's post#14 in the link pilotkms provided.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-17-2021, 03:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,963
Posted By Roy Thoma
I also did not think any RV-7s had 0.016 skins....

I also did not think any RV-7s had 0.016 skins.

Here is a picture of a patch on Ken Krueger’s -4. Un-rivet where the forward edge of the skins meet. Stop drill crack. Cover crack with patch that is...
Forum: GPS 02-18-2021, 01:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,827
Posted By Roy Thoma
My upgrade from 430W to IFD440 took less than an...

My upgrade from 430W to IFD440 took less than an hour. Probably less than 30 minutes. This was done the day before I flew from KHIO to 2018 Airventure. A couple of small differences between the 430W...
Forum: Autopilots 01-25-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,909
Posted By Roy Thoma
AFS4500 coupled ILS

I started flying N174RT with an AFS4500 (before getting the first customer AFS5600). The AFS4500 would convert the ILS signals from my SL30 or my GNS430W to ARINC signals that the AFS branded TruTrak...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-10-2021, 01:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,258
Posted By Roy Thoma
Card Machine Works E-Lift

https://elift.cardmachineworks.com/
(Same info as Bill posted)

I’m VERY HAPPY with mine.

Regards,
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-01-2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,343
Posted By Roy Thoma
We enjoyed Hoppin John for lunch and shared some...

We enjoyed Hoppin John for lunch and shared some with several of our neighbors in the RV Resort.

Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year,
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-30-2020, 04:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,336
Posted By Roy Thoma
I'm confused

Paul (Dye),

I was trying to point out that there are different direction from different suppliers and it seemed following the specific directions from the supplier was best. I always guessed the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-30-2020, 11:41 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,336
Posted By Roy Thoma
Read the manual's

Note that Klaus/Lightspeed specifies installing the adapter in the engine then the sparkplug in the adapter. This means the copper gasket between the adapter and the engine does not need to be...
Forum: COMM 11-28-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,573
Posted By Roy Thoma
+1 for the CQ1 headset. Try a set for $425 before...

+1 for the CQ1 headset. Try a set for $425 before shelling out $800 or more for a noise cancelling headset. They come with a 30-day money back guarantee.

Headsets are a matter of personal choice. In...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-23-2020, 05:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,915
Posted By Roy Thoma
Ramp location

Look at posts from DanH regarding ramp location.

https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1282385&postcount=11

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2020, 02:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,897
Posted By Roy Thoma
CMW E-Lift

IF you plan to be able to change a tube or repair a flat away from home consider getting a Card Machine Works E-Lift. https://elift.cardmachineworks.com/

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2020, 10:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,131
Posted By Roy Thoma
Question Anything else needed for nose wheel swap from Matco to Beringer?

VAF brain trust: I currently have the stock (from 10 years ago) Matco nose wheel and the Matco axle installed on my RV-7A. I have ordered a Beringer nose wheel. Will I need anything in addition to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-28-2020, 04:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 18,868
Posted By Roy Thoma
Flat insurance

I was a lucky buyer of an E-Lift from the first run. I’ve been concerned about how I/we would change a flat at a remote location. I’ve installed the E-Lift on N174RT a hope/think/except that the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2020, 11:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,351
Posted By Roy Thoma
Tim Olson has LOTS of info about O2 systems at...

Tim Olson has LOTS of info about O2 systems at https://www.myrv10.com/tips/accessories/oxygen/index.html
He has info about making a transfiller with parts list near the end of the post.

Regards,
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 08-21-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,268
Posted By Roy Thoma
Discussion on AVWeb

https://www.avweb.com/flight-safety/instrument-flight/safety-pilot-rules/?MailingID=426

Regards,
Forum: Southeast 08-12-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,881
Posted By Roy Thoma
Picture of Vetterman’s repair

Vetterman’s welded a pair of half circular reinforcements when repairing my exhaust flange.
Forum: Southeast 08-11-2020, 06:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,881
Posted By Roy Thoma
Check with Craig at Vetterman

Gary,

The first time my exhaust broke at the flange a local (SKILLED) car guy welded it. Looked beautiful. When I found the same flange had then cracked again I sent it to Craig at Vetterman...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-02-2020, 11:26 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 23,366
Posted By Roy Thoma
How we know Scott and Tanya, other info

Scott (Scoot) and Tanya (Cookie) were a delight to have aboard. We could have asked them to do all the boat operations and we would have been in good hands. We really appreciated them flying from TX...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2020, 10:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,081
Posted By Roy Thoma
(continued) 3000nm relocation trip from Ajo, AZ to Hillsboro, OR

Sandy arrived at Goodyear within 5 minutes of when James and I parked the plane.
30 minutes of so later James headed north to Chico CA where he would spend the night with his mom. Sandy and I did...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2020, 09:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,081
Posted By Roy Thoma
3000nm relocation trip from Ajo, AZ to Hillsboro, OR

I wanted to take N174RT (RV-7A) from Ajo AZ (P01) to Hillsboro, OR (KHIO) and get back to Ajo so Sandy (Capt Sandy on VAF) and I can start our reposition from being snowbirds in Ajo and return to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,972
Posted By Roy Thoma
KDWH T31 KORK KBDQ KXNX KTHA KDKX

We flew just under a thousand NM for the "weekend".

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-B73Xp8q/0/ac2806f0/L/i-B73Xp8q-L.jpg

We left Houston KDWH Thursday (3/5) mid day and flew to Aero Country...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2020, 04:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,248
Posted By Roy Thoma
AJO, Yuma, Gila Bend, Ajo, Wink, Sasser, Hooks

The previous weekend we had a flat at a remote airport (Grapevine, AZ88). After Rosie rescued us I decided to replace both tires and tubes with new. Parts arrived from ACS about 1pm Thursday and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2020, 03:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,645
Posted By Roy Thoma
P01 KPAY KCHD 88AZ P01

We have trouble knowing when the weekend is. Most day's seem like Saturday. Last week we planned to fly to Payson (KPAN) and camp Wed night, meet Sierra for lunch in Chandler Thursday, then fly to...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-22-2020, 04:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,969
Posted By Roy Thoma
Update?

Mike,

Any update on when/if the jack will be available? Estimated cost?

Regards,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2020, 04:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,728
Posted By Roy Thoma
Valentine's day and Saturday

Valentines day we flew to Payson AZ for lunch. We both had second breakfast for our mid-day meal. Somehow an orchard pie came home with us. :)

From Payson we stopped at Grapevine (88AZ) to check out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2020, 04:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,728
Posted By Roy Thoma
We started the weekend early

Sandy and I decided to start Valentines Day early. We flew to Sedona to on Feb 13, had lunch at the Mesa Grill at the airport, then hiked the full "airport loop trail"....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2020, 03:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,901
Posted By Roy Thoma
Sierra visited us in Ajp for the first time....

Sierra visited us in Ajp for the first time. Friday, when asked if she would like to fly over the mine to see it she said SURE! First time Sandy or I can remember her going for a flight "for fun"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,165
Posted By Roy Thoma
Colin and others who feel left out. It's likely...

Colin and others who feel left out. It's likely that Bill asked the attendees from last years RV Hill Country Gathering if they planned to attend BEFORE he publicly announced the event. I'm guessing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2020, 10:34 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 680
Posted By Roy Thoma
Looking for Assistance in AZ changing 2 pushrod shrouds

I want to change two of the pushrod shrouds on my engine. I THINK I know how to do this, and would be more comfortable changing them with supervision by someone who REALLY knows how to do the swap....
Forum: Interiors 01-30-2020, 06:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,092
Posted By Roy Thoma
I've corresponded with Sid offline, first to poke...

I've corresponded with Sid offline, first to poke at him for passing up the opportunity to sit in and fly in N174RT when he and Kelli were on Orcas Island last summer. He asked me if "the seats high...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,244
Posted By Roy Thoma
Lunch flight to KMZJ

We (FINALLY) finished installing a new prop cable on N174RT about noon on Sunday. Sandy and I were both ready for lunch so we flew to Marana (KMZJ) for a nice meal. Fuel stop at Ak-Chin (A39) on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2020, 05:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,827
Posted By Roy Thoma
Vlad, sorry we missedd you!

We were probably home. Not enough detail to see if our van was with the Airstream in your photo. Please let us know when you will be returning or if you would like to meet somewhere between our...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2020, 05:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 12,187
Posted By Roy Thoma
Arizona Exploring

Friday (1/3/2020), Sandy & I flew from P01 to E60, Eloy AZ for breakfast at the Bent Prop Saloon and Cookery. It was in the 30?s before we took off, so it was nice to be able to wear my knit hat with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2020, 10:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,020
Posted By Roy Thoma
http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.p...

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=134249&highlight=Step

That?s my repaired step in the first post.

Regards,
Forum: West (and Southwest) 12-26-2019, 09:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,943
Posted By Roy Thoma
Capt Sandy and I plan to join the fun (and will...

Capt Sandy and I plan to join the fun (and will be flying from Ajo).

Thanks,
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