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Forum: RV-7/7A 05-05-2021, 11:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,819
Posted By Laird
Does racing at Reno count? ;)

Does racing at Reno count? ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 02:31 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,415
Posted By Laird
Welcome?

Sorry to welcome you to the club. I took a hawk thru windshield many years ago. My write up at:

https://vansairforce.net/articles/howtoruinyourwindshield.htm

Jim Baker in Goodland KS took an almost...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-29-2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,863
Posted By Laird
Dan, That's freaking brilliant, I must have...

Dan,
That's freaking brilliant, I must have repaired and repainted my wheelpants 4 times in the past 1900 hours (including landing on a dirt road at Sulphur Creek Ranch in Idaho).
I guess your using...
Forum: Safety 04-12-2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,821
Posted By Laird
In the”old” days we poured our own lead. At...

In the”old” days we poured our own lead. At least I did in 1995.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 845
Posted By Laird
Off topic, but that is probably my favorite movie...

Off topic, but that is probably my favorite movie of all time.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-18-2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,203
Posted By Laird
That's almost EXACTLY the same patch I did on my...

That's almost EXACTLY the same patch I did on my .016 rudder skins in about 6 places after the stop drill holes continued to crack. I bonded my patches on, and used the the small pop rivets to...
Forum: Autopilots 02-24-2021, 01:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 733
Posted By Laird
Leave it in the tip....

For some history, when low cost AP's started showing up on the market (TruTrak for one), there were no "already available" mounts for them. On RV's that were already finished, it was easier to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-29-2021, 03:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 874
Posted By Laird
Question RV-8 Instrument Panel Area CAD Layout???

Hi all,

Does anybody out there have a SolidWorks (or other CAD file) layout of the instrument panel and the F-866B-1 bulkhead just forward of that?

I did some searching but didn't come up with...
Forum: Midwest 01-13-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 976
Posted By Laird
I canít disagree with you about that! And that...

I canít disagree with you about that! And that was my favorite song from them.
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 01-13-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,811
Posted By Laird
Nice job Paul. Keep up the good work.

Nice job Paul. Keep up the good work.
Forum: Midwest 01-13-2021, 05:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 976
Posted By Laird
Hazy Shade of Winter

Actually, apologizes should go to Simon & Garfunkel (released 1966). Bangles were in grade school :)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-05-2021, 04:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,257
Posted By Laird
Not an overhaul

I had a similar thing when my O360 started making metal at 900hrs (on a Bahamas trip no less). Turned out to be the thrust bearing.
Lycon did a teardown/IRAN plus a couple of other things like...
Forum: California 01-04-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 903
Posted By Laird
Places to Fly/Eat - L45 Bakersfield Muni

Hi all,

Just a pirep during these covid times. I was out flying around this weekend and stopped by L45 for some cheap fuel ($3.68 on 1/2/21).

Found out the cafe on the field is open for indoor...
Forum: Safety 12-15-2020, 05:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,923
Posted By Laird
Breaking the canopy

Hi,

I have a slider RV-6. I've always left the RH stick removable (despite of the of the SB regarding it) and have a pointed steel slug welded in the bottom of it.

I think I can do a fair bit of...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-11-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 194,442
Posted By Laird
Hi Dan, It was built back in the dark ages...

Hi Dan,

It was built back in the dark ages before digital photos(1998 or so). Not sure where the prints are at this point.

Basically I build a plug from foam to get the shape I wanted, glassed it...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-11-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 194,442
Posted By Laird
Crazy like this? Styled after a Glasair III...

Crazy like this? Styled after a Glasair III panel. Composites are fun!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,322
Posted By Laird
No one's got an opinion? :confused: If you...

No one's got an opinion? :confused:

If you don't want to say publicly, you can always PM me.

Any pirep would be appreciated.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,322
Posted By Laird
Question Quickbuild Quality

Hi all,

I'm trying to help a friend who is interested in building an RV and he asked a question that I didn't have an answer for.

I built my RV-6 back in the dark ages before things were...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-19-2020, 07:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,395
Posted By Laird
+1, or alternately using a disk sander. Fast and...

+1, or alternately using a disk sander. Fast and easy way to get them the right length as well.
Forum: Painting your RV 10-16-2020, 03:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,968
Posted By Laird
Try a different brand

I noticed the same thing. Iíve always shot with PPG. Between the price and the inability to get Concept in CA Iíve just recently switched to Tamco. It seems to shoot just like Concept but 1/2 the...
Forum: Canada 09-15-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 747
Posted By Laird
Just curious, but do you think it matters if the...

Just curious, but do you think it matters if the alum pop rivets melts first or the aircraft skin? I think pretty much at that point the only thing left will be the stainless plate with only the...
Forum: RV-14 08-16-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,100
Posted By Laird
Here's the way I built my RV-6 20 odd years ago. ...

Here's the way I built my RV-6 20 odd years ago. I'd do it the same if I were to do it over again. But I've also flown other RV's with the throttle in the middle and it becomes second nature very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,219
Posted By Laird
Nice instrument panel Brad!😉

Nice instrument panel Brad!😉
Forum: California 08-12-2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,536
Posted By Laird
Check out L45 Bakersfield Muni

There is a hangar full of RV's at L45, right next to the Rocket Cafe. Used to be a real hot bed, but not much activity that I've seen there lately though.

I "think" there is an FOB/flight school at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,384
Posted By Laird
+1 for not leaning in the pattern. I don't...

+1 for not leaning in the pattern. I don't normally start leaning until over 3K' after a cruise climb has been started (usually past the Newhall Pass).

Laird
RV6 0-360/CS 1800hrs
KWHP
HH24 (I'm...
Forum: RV-14 07-24-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 39,172
Posted By Laird
Pictures Please!

Pictures, or it didn't happen! ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2020, 02:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 792
Posted By Laird
If you can afford it....

Quickbuild! You'll save many, many hours and be flying in about 1/3 to1/2 less time.

Downside is that there's a $11K difference from the factory between the two for the RV-8, and a fairly long lead...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,536
Posted By Laird
Repair it

I had a similar dent caused by a birdstrike (first of several). Mine was about the side of a softball. Your's looks very repairable.

Pull the tank, make an access hole in the aft bulkhead and work...
Forum: California 11-20-2019, 06:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,088
Posted By Laird
Hi David, Check your PM's

Hi David, Check your PM's
Forum: West (and Southwest) 10-17-2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,978
Posted By Laird
Plane Crazy at Mojave This Saturday

From a Friend:

Subject: Legendary Plane Crazy Saturday at KMHV on 10/19

Thought it might interest you all to know about a particularly good Plane Crazy Saturday coming up at Mojave Airport in two...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-22-2019, 05:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,147
Posted By Laird
a little help?

Hi Jay,

I'm in Simi and can walk you thru the glass work if you want to learn, or possible help you out if necessary.

Laird
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-20-2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,479
Posted By Laird
Steve, First, thanks for all the support on...

Steve,

First, thanks for all the support on the site. Second, a stupid question. Why the GMA 245? I'm guessing you have some other radio behind the panel?
If you put in a GTR 200, you'd have...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-13-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,722
Posted By Laird
Call Sign

Jailbird? Gee, how'd you get that call sign? ;)
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-24-2019, 04:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,781
Posted By Laird
Thanks, but I'm going to go with a forward facing...

Thanks, but I'm going to go with a forward facing sump.

I'll give Don a call when the time comes.

Thanks to all.

Laird
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-24-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,781
Posted By Laird
Thanks for the warning but I already assumed that...

Thanks for the warning but I already assumed that there would be cowl mods to do and possibly a new exhaust.

I guess it's coming down to whether to pick an Airflow Performance injector or Bendix. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-09-2019, 05:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,754
Posted By Laird
Polish Out the Haze

The answer is in the post right above yours. The lens they sell looks just like what I got in the kit.

I have the same tips as you (mine are from 1997) and I had good success polishing out the haze...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-05-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,781
Posted By Laird
Economical Injection switch from Carb

I?ve been thinking of converting my O-360 A1A to some kind of forward facing injection setup.
Cost is primary driver, not so much performance or acro.
Obviously I?ll need a new sump, high pressure...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-02-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,375
Posted By Laird
Jailbird

Brought back a lot of fun memories for me as well. Hope all is well.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-01-2019, 04:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,375
Posted By Laird
Caymans Direct

I wouldn't be surprised if it was. Here's Paul's report from 2005:

http://www.paulrosales.com/Cayman_Islands_2005/

Interesting and fun trip.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 15,926
Posted By Laird
Lot's of metal

I had a similar situation. 850 hr since new O-360. Annual and filter check before taking off across the country to the Bahamas and then changed the oil/filter just after. Found a similar amount of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,897
Posted By Laird
Been There, Done That...

Here's a link to the story I wrote up about it. I did have damage to the upper fuselage skin, but not to the extend that this incident did. I left the dent in the rear bulkhead. Broken plexi also...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,097
Posted By Laird
Welcome to the Club

Sorry to hear you joined, but welcome. Like they say, it could have been worse.

Here's my story about how I joined the club:
http://www.vansairforce.net/articles/howtoruinyourwindshield.htm

Looks...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-01-2017, 10:15 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 121,493
Posted By Laird
The builder did it....

Hi Gene,

I was the "manufacturer" of the glass panel. I didn't supply the blanks. Like Brad said, those were to be cut out from the stock .063 panel supplied in the kit, so the builder cut out...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-23-2015, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,707
Posted By Laird
David, Very nice. MUCH better than the first...

David,

Very nice. MUCH better than the first time I saw them! The PVC was a great idea.

Congratulations on working thru your problem to get a very nice fit.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2015, 01:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,423
Posted By Laird
Hi Robbie, I used to make/sell the panels. What...

Hi Robbie,

I used to make/sell the panels.

What can I do for you.

Regards,

Laird
RV-6 SoCal
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2015, 02:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,588
Posted By Laird
Hi Jim, Great to hear you're back on...

Hi Jim,

Great to hear you're back on track!

Best wishes for continued success.

Laird
Forum: Virtual Hangar 05-05-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 9,606
Posted By Laird
Very Nice

Hi Paul,

Congratulations on a great looking RV.

I remember giving you a demo ride in SLO many years ago while you were still in school. I'm glad all the work paid off with a stunning...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-14-2013, 12:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,475
Posted By Laird
Congratulations Håkan. Glad my demo flight led...

Congratulations Håkan.

Glad my demo flight led you in to the wonderful world of RV's. I'm sure you'll have fun with your new toy.

Fly Safe,
Laird
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-23-2013, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,917
Posted By Laird
Left Hand Engine Controls

Here's a shot of my panel with the controls on the left. Granted, not the best shot. Great for formation work and doesn't take up a lot of leg room. Flap switch just next to the prop control. Can...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-05-2013, 02:17 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 156,821
Posted By Laird
Alpha Flight?

What, no JB or Seismo? :)

Wishing we were on your wing again for the trip.

You guys have fun and be safe.

L and C

From Rosie: Jim "Jimmyb" Baker thought it best that I get out on my 'own' now...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-22-2013, 07:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,469
Posted By Laird
Brian, I found the first gen panel from my RV at...

Brian,

I found the first gen panel from my RV at the hangar. I can trace the corner you need and get it to you.

Contact me again by email.

BTW, Thanks Rosie!
Forum: Formation Flying 11-30-2011, 10:21 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 16,087
Posted By Laird
That link didn't work for me. Try...

That link didn't work for me. Try this.

http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/mythbusters-combustion-chamber/
Forum: Formation Flying 11-30-2011, 09:31 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 16,087
Posted By Laird
WC Ravens

Nice job guys! Tim...what a ham! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2011, 10:43 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,218
Posted By Laird
Bird Strikes

Glad to hear you didn't have more damage.

I had a similar event. Story at:

http://www.vansairforce.net/articles/howtoruinyourwindshield.htm

Birds do make it thru the prop arc. There was no...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-05-2011, 12:23 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 128,911
Posted By Laird
Swimming with your RV

We tied down after we landed (turned out out it was in a bit of a depression). A HUGE storm came in and dumped a bunch of water/hail. The depression filled up with water. I think we all ended up...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-04-2011, 03:53 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 128,911
Posted By Laird
Pittstown Point

That must have overwhelmed them! Here's some pics from the 2001 Alpha Flt to Pittstown. Ask JimmyB or Zilik about the hailstorm!

2001 Alpha Flt ...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-23-2011, 02:06 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 128,911
Posted By Laird
You guys fly safe now.....hopefully that's all...

You guys fly safe now.....hopefully that's all the nasty weather you'll encounter for the next two weeks.

We're all watching for updates. Wishing I was there with you.

Laird
(2001 Alpha Flight)
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-13-2010, 12:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,922
Posted By Laird
Gary, Nice write up and great pics. Sure was a...

Gary,

Nice write up and great pics. Sure was a nice day for flying even if it was a little bumpy....but then again after seeing the snow storms back East, I think I can live with a few...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-03-2010, 10:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,285
Posted By Laird
Scooter, Great story and glad the flight went...

Scooter,

Great story and glad the flight went well. Enjoy your new best friend!

L
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2008, 11:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,774
Posted By Laird
With any luck, the rest of the Chino Power...

With any luck, the rest of the Chino Power Squadron will paint their airplanes now ;)

Good job Tom.

Look forward to flying your wing again (but it'll probably take awhile to get used to the nose...
Forum: RV-3 11-29-2008, 11:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,458
Posted By Laird
Wink R U Kidding me?

But you don't even know how to land a tail wheel airplane!

R U going to build a RV3bA????

I could go on, but I won't......

Have fun with the new project!

Laird
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2008, 07:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,834
Posted By Laird
Hawaii Landings

Thanks Scott, but I haven't done all 50 yet. I probably have 30 or so (most of them with Rosie). Have missed many in the NE.

Rosie almost got it right. My friend from Japan (who built his RV in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2008, 03:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,880
Posted By Laird
Birdstrike in the Canopy

You mean like this story.....
http://www.vansairforce.net/articles/howtoruinyourwindshield.htm
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2008, 12:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,320
Posted By Laird
Wink Baggage door design

Tony,

I'll take credit. I put the design that I used on my RV-6 out on the Matronics list about 8 years ago. I used to sell the latches as well.

Glad it worked out for you. It's served me well...
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