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Forum: RV-8/8A Today, 07:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,457
Posted By Low Pass
Did you mean, there's never been a situation...

Did you mean, there's never been a situation where someone who was equipped with a parachute has decided to exit a failed RV and deployed their chute? That, I believe, would be correct. There have...
Forum: Safety 05-10-2021, 09:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,195
Posted By Low Pass
There are no stupid questions, just stupid...

There are no stupid questions, just stupid answers.

Dealing with discussions on the Internet is interesting. What took me some time to adjust to was group think, cliquishness/conversation...
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-03-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,631
Posted By Low Pass
Thumbs up I would in a heartbeat! If anything, just to...

I would in a heartbeat! If anything, just to watch the indignant reactions.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,297
Posted By Low Pass
I used to push my -8 using a similar/longer yoke...

I used to push my -8 using a similar/longer yoke attached to the tie down points. Worked well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,947
Posted By Low Pass
Byrd's Adventure Center - Arkansas

Spent a few days fishing, hiking and enjoying the flying life in NW Arkansas. 2.25 hrs from Houston.

If you are interested in a quiet fly-in destination in the Ozarks of NW Arkansas, check out Zen...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,345
Posted By Low Pass
I've probably ordered 4 times in the last two...

I've probably ordered 4 times in the last two months. The recent freeze definetely caused problems. Otherwise, I appreciate - and have had very good luck - selecting which facility I get materials...
Forum: GPS 02-11-2021, 09:26 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,601
Posted By Low Pass
Same - 4-5 years, 4-500 hrs, non metallic paint,...

Same - 4-5 years, 4-500 hrs, non metallic paint, non WAAS. One antenna. No issues.
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-11-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,896
Posted By Low Pass
~2200 hrs, approaching 21 years. No issues there.

~2200 hrs, approaching 21 years. No issues there.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2021, 01:32 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 10,589
Posted By Low Pass
This^^^!! And sell it when you get your...

This^^^!! And sell it when you get your airworthiness certificate. I bet a lawyer would cost almost $6,000 and that's not guaranteed to work.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-15-2021, 12:57 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,752
Posted By Low Pass
12, 14 years ago, I ran some reformulated...

12, 14 years ago, I ran some reformulated (ethanol) auto gas in my plane. Some time after that, I sprang several tank leaks. No chemist, but I believe that nasty blended gasoline garbage was the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,467
Posted By Low Pass
I'd recommend Uber. Supports locals (in theory)....

I'd recommend Uber. Supports locals (in theory). Gotta be cheaper unless you're making 2, 3 trips a day. Super easy to meet them at the west side of home built camping, by the cellular antennas.
Forum: Painting your RV 01-13-2021, 10:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,572
Posted By Low Pass
Anyone have actual and direct experience with the...

Anyone have actual and direct experience with the more premium wraps as to whether or not they'd cover underlying colors? How opaque are they? I have a well-bonded but "thin" paint job that I'd...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-07-2021, 02:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,151
Posted By Low Pass
Are you restricted from flying though rain? ...

Are you restricted from flying though rain? That's your answer. But that's not to say that hard temp cycles don't have a price. I just think it is often overblown.

As for cruise descent, there...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,569
Posted By Low Pass
SkySmith in Iowa. Insurance with Global. ...

SkySmith in Iowa. Insurance with Global. They've treated me well for 20 years.
Forum: Autopilots 12-17-2020, 09:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,044
Posted By Low Pass
That would be a nice combination. And the AP is...

That would be a nice combination. And the AP is tunable to a degree. Mine (D100, AP74) works fair in turbulence. But it's a lot better than hand flying everywhere!

Backup attitude is your...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-09-2020, 08:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,477
Posted By Low Pass
Assuming you're talking hose fittings - in my...

Assuming you're talking hose fittings - in my years, I've never really seen a badly corroded carbon steel hose fitting under the cowling. Stainless steels have a higher incidence of galling, and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-07-2020, 01:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,139
Posted By Low Pass
Snob...

Snob appeal?

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snob%20appeal
Forum: RV-10 12-07-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,372
Posted By Low Pass
Non abrasive Gojo hand cleaner (Original...

Non abrasive Gojo hand cleaner (Original Formula). Best of all, it doesn't sting the eyes like the spray products.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 12-04-2020, 08:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,011
Posted By Low Pass
As they do in Childress, Texas. At least 15...

As they do in Childress, Texas. At least 15 years ago they did. Sign on the FBO said to call the sheriff department for a ride... When the deputy arrived, he asked me where I had come in from. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-04-2020, 08:11 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,470
Posted By Low Pass
Check the ignition. Been there, done that. ...

Check the ignition. Been there, done that. Symptoms appeared after engine was warm and had run a while. Also, one intake valve problem affects all 4 cylinders. Been there, done that too.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-04-2020, 07:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,938
Posted By Low Pass
Yes. Installed the anti spat air control device....

Yes. Installed the anti spat air control device. Worked exactly as advertised, and I didn't have to alter the oil system. This is a no brainer to me. Why make this so complicated, performing...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-02-2020, 02:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,563
Posted By Low Pass
I remember my uncle talking about throttle...

I remember my uncle talking about throttle limiting devices that could be broken when the need presented itself. Maybe a thin wire that could be broken with hard push?? Same principle for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,382
Posted By Low Pass
That looks like a very fine tug! I think I might...

That looks like a very fine tug! I think I might opt for an umbilical control. Too many old RC memories of the plane occasionally doing it's own thing!! :)
Forum: Aircraft Camping 11-24-2020, 07:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,291
Posted By Low Pass
Look at what Pam and Zen Boulden did at Byrd's...

Look at what Pam and Zen Boulden did at Byrd's Adventure Center in Arkansas. They have a multiple activity venue in the Ozarks. Their key to success, IMO, is the multiple activities you can do...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-10-2020, 03:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,907
Posted By Low Pass
I just finished an overhaul with the same root...

I just finished an overhaul with the same root cause. Rep at Divco said they see this occasionally. I'd never heard of it. I had the idler attachments upgraded to 5/16", crankcase overhauled. ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-09-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,530
Posted By Low Pass
I've operated a lot in soft conditions, and I've...

I've operated a lot in soft conditions, and I've never felt compelled to go pneumatic. When I'm taxiing on soft grass, I'll unload the tail wheel carefully with proper elevator deflection. (But be...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-09-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,005
Posted By Low Pass
This was a very bad piece of news to get this...

This was a very bad piece of news to get this weekend. I'm going to miss Jim. A total gentleman and all around very nice guy.
Forum: Safety 11-02-2020, 07:33 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,470
Posted By Low Pass
What "makes me angry" is all the foolish reliance...

What "makes me angry" is all the foolish reliance radios and gadgets for helping manage collision avoidance when in a **VFR** environment!! Even is installed and turned on, they don't work right...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-28-2020, 03:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,257
Posted By Low Pass
Above ~8,000', the -9 shines in comparison to the...

Above ~8,000', the -9 shines in comparison to the -4, 6, 7, 8. Landing, the difference is substantial. It'll likely be my next project after flying my -8 for the last 20 years.

What other...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-26-2020, 12:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,894
Posted By Low Pass
Buy two, maybe three extra pads when you order. ...

Buy two, maybe three extra pads when you order. Good chance you'll break one or two riveting them. Especially if you've never done it. And I wouldn't touch the o-rings unless you suspect a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-19-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,572
Posted By Low Pass
Doesn't really matter that the wings are...

Doesn't really matter that the wings are removable. Many people build all models of RVs at home. Other benefits, your family will be much more tolerant of you working at home. You can do a 5...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2020, 12:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,296
Posted By Low Pass
I vaguely remember similar notification when I...

I vaguely remember similar notification when I bought my -8 kit in the 1997-98 timeframe.
Forum: Painting your RV 10-08-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,622
Posted By Low Pass
I know weight's a significant concern, but be...

I know weight's a significant concern, but be careful going light/thin. I went so light that I cannot really do any cut & buff on mine where it has imperfections. Sure wish I'd applied a little...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-08-2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 12,397
Posted By Low Pass
Be very careful! I personally do not like to do...

Be very careful! I personally do not like to do this with someone in the back. I'm sure Chuck Yeager would do just fine. Suggest you work up to it with ballast in the back.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-07-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 12,397
Posted By Low Pass
This! ^^^ It will get fun/scary neutral with a...

This! ^^^ It will get fun/scary neutral with a couple hundred pounds in the back.
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-05-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,262
Posted By Low Pass
As Ralph said, belly mounted antennas are good...

As Ralph said, belly mounted antennas are good for airborne transmissions, but not good at all for ground ops.

Consider the GPS antenna on the glare shield or under the cowl just ahead of the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-28-2020, 08:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,198
Posted By Low Pass
Be very careful buying engine(s) that have sat...

Be very careful buying engine(s) that have sat for several years anywhere. You might end up with a core that ends up being a crankcase and a few odd parts that actually pass inspection.

Bought an...
Forum: Safety 09-24-2020, 11:28 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,006
Posted By Low Pass
This is a great point! Departure from my home...

This is a great point! Departure from my home field leaves few options to the South. Angling the southerly climb out would be an excellent option for possible power loss on take off.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-18-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 717
Posted By Low Pass
Crankcase Coating

Looking at some substantial engine work in the near future and would like to know what's the best current path for crankcase exterior finish. Totally displeased with spray enamel I used 20 years...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-31-2020, 12:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,290
Posted By Low Pass
RV-8 "can" land on gravel, dirt, grass, asphalt,...

RV-8 "can" land on gravel, dirt, grass, asphalt, concrete. Just can't tolerate excessively soft surfaces, rocks/gravel larger than ~1", uneven surfaces. Paint dings and chips are the price you pay...
Forum: Interiors 08-28-2020, 01:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,793
Posted By Low Pass
~5 years, 5-600 hrs

Generally good results. Negative is the front seat back. The material is coming apart at a seam. Looks like the plastic coating over the fabric has separated in a 1/4" square area. I don't slide...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-19-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,260
Posted By Low Pass
Departed Fredericksburg (Texas, of course) Sunday...

Departed Fredericksburg (Texas, of course) Sunday after a little visit and saw 107 OAT and ~4,500' DA about the time I broke ground. Was wondering why it felt like a high altitude takeoff. I've got...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-18-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 727
Posted By Low Pass
Latest Garmin Pilot Update...

Garmin, Garmin, Garmin - what have you done to (Android) Garmin Pilot?! Most recent update and now I have at best, very unstable Bluetooth connectivity to my GDL50, and none with my Aera 660. It...
Forum: Safety 08-18-2020, 09:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,475
Posted By Low Pass
I'm quite sure that the average US Joe 6-pack...

I'm quite sure that the average US Joe 6-pack would say the rich airplane owner got what he deserved. Prob getting too political now, so I'll stop.

As for TFR avoidance, good luck. I've heard ATC...
Forum: Safety 08-17-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,475
Posted By Low Pass
Well, I stand corrected. As the memory comes...

Well, I stand corrected. As the memory comes alive, I recall an instance near the TFR where I heard the air force pilot threatening to fire upon the GA pilot, where I was called on guard by a very...
Forum: Safety 08-17-2020, 08:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,475
Posted By Low Pass
I fully believe it was a tongue in cheek...

I fully believe it was a tongue in cheek inter-service branch remark about Marines, or just simple chatting.

As for listening up on guard for these "silly" TFRs, two comments. If you need to be...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-10-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 896
Posted By Low Pass
Not adding much to your questions about silicone,...

Not adding much to your questions about silicone, but going with Viton will essentially be a one time upgrade. Unless you cut it reinstalling, it should last years if not decades.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,850
Posted By Low Pass
Another twist on speakers...

https://youtu.be/CKIye4RZ-5k

I've not built any like those shown in the video, but it sure is interesting and simple.
Forum: RV-10 07-29-2020, 01:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,880
Posted By Low Pass
And if having a BRS means a spouse buys off on...

And if having a BRS means a spouse buys off on the airplane idea. That's a very significant parameter.
Forum: RV-14 07-28-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,132
Posted By Low Pass
Was there last week too! (The -8 parked by the...

Was there last week too! (The -8 parked by the medevac helicopter.)

Comments are all good. Don't get horsey with your pattern. Widen it out. I use O2 coming over the mountains from the east. ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-22-2020, 12:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,306
Posted By Low Pass
Ditto, +1, etc.

Ditto, +1, etc.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-20-2020, 02:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,115
Posted By Low Pass
Check the gear leg fairing alignment.

Check the gear leg fairing alignment.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-01-2020, 11:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,489
Posted By Low Pass
I usually spin mine (to the left) with a little...

I usually spin mine (to the left) with a little power, nose high, full rudder and up elevator. Solo, mine won't enter a spin very cleanly. Just too stable. Opposite aileron after spin initiation...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-25-2020, 07:56 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,099
Posted By Low Pass
Respectfully, life consists of continuous risk...

Respectfully, life consists of continuous risk assessment. Insurance is a tool to help manage risk. Considering flying without insurance ties to the plane, the airport, the surrounding community,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-24-2020, 10:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,449
Posted By Low Pass
I'll take some pics when I get home. How...

I'll take some pics when I get home. How installed - I made a custom mount that holds the extinguisher as far forward as possible, suspended under the rail. Extinguisher is secured with a nylon...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-24-2020, 07:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,449
Posted By Low Pass
I fly my -8 99% of the time with my right hand. ...

I fly my -8 99% of the time with my right hand. I saw you using your right hand to retrieve the bottle. If you need that thing you're going to have smoke, flames (maybe on you), adrenaline at level...
Forum: Autopilots 06-22-2020, 12:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,512
Posted By Low Pass
Vertical too??

Vertical too??
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-05-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,281
Posted By Low Pass
You didn't enjoy the Saturday evening flight with...

You didn't enjoy the Saturday evening flight with the Lone Star guys?? ;) ;)
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-04-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,043
Posted By Low Pass
Sorry to chime in late here, but based on what...

Sorry to chime in late here, but based on what you wrote above, it sure sounds like you have an attachment issue. Be sure you've retorqued your attachment fasteners properly. I had to go back and...
Forum: Fiberglass 05-12-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 13,728
Posted By Low Pass
This reminded me of a trick I used 25, 30 years...

This reminded me of a trick I used 25, 30 years ago in my RC plane days. We'd make flowable filler with epoxy resin cut with acetone and filled with micro balloons. Now, this was with model planes,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2020, 01:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,064
Posted By Low Pass
This guy has several very detailed videos about...

This guy has several very detailed videos about colored smoke.

https://youtu.be/EWaEhLhgeso
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,141
Posted By Low Pass
180 RV-9

Bill,

I think the 180 hp -9 is an excellent choice for this type of mission when you live hours away from your destination. I'm at least 3 hours flying from anything approaching bush flying. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,151
Posted By Low Pass
Girlfriend?!

Setting a bad precedent... Just sayin.

;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2020, 12:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,773
Posted By Low Pass
Even though a nose dragger, it's a...

Even though a nose dragger, it's a 10.

http://www.pilotspost.co.za/articles/180531F.8LFALCON-BEAUTIFULLYSTREAMLINED,MARVELLOUSLYSLENDER/03.jpg

Regarding the Tri-Pacer, it's pretty awkward looking. ...
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