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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-29-2021, 04:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 523
Posted By don.olandese
Let me know

If nothing works out. I am a cfi with about 850 hrs in my -9 who might be able to help in a pinch. Don Olandese, N261RM
Forum: Reviews 01-02-2020, 04:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,602
Posted By don.olandese
will only use the backplate for the appropriate...

radio. didn't even consider sliding an A200 into the SL40 tray, though now that you wiser heads have brought up the possibility i might consider it someday. the A200 though will be replacing a 70's...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-02-2020, 08:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,264
Posted By don.olandese
very nice.

have had some of those feelings before. thanks.
Forum: Reviews 01-01-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,602
Posted By don.olandese
why thank you

checking with the seller to see if it's still there...thanks!
Forum: Reviews 12-30-2019, 05:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,602
Posted By don.olandese
gamin SL40: repair or replace?

interested in hearing opinions on whether it's better to repair an SL40 at garmin's cost of $800 plus shipping costs or just spring for a new radio?
Forum: Safety 08-21-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 16,021
Posted By don.olandese
any news or rumors about any other countries likely to recognize BASICMED?

i'd like to do some flying in Panama next year but don't know status there, for instance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2018, 12:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,534
Posted By don.olandese
fella just SE of San Antonio did...

..me a great job on an RV9 at a decent price a couple of years ago. he is still in business and i hear his prices aren't bad now either. pm me and i will get you the info cause i am out of the...
Forum: Painting your RV 11-14-2017, 02:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,521
Posted By don.olandese
guy just SE of san antonio...

at a little airstrip on the chart, about 3 miles west of Heritage Airpark. painted my -9 a few years ago; he used to paint mooneys and did a great job at a fair price. tell him Don O. sent you,...
Forum: California 10-16-2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,515
Posted By don.olandese
I am surprised...

...that nobody suggested using Oceanside Airport instead of the big places. (Maybe it's closed now? I haven't even looked lately.) We did that from SF Bay Area several years ago, pretty much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2017, 08:26 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,079
Posted By don.olandese
why yes, but...

i took the test long before i had the exam and completed checklist. guess that's why! will figure out whether and how to get compliant in the eyes of father FAA as soon as i am back in the states. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2017, 08:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,079
Posted By don.olandese
incorrect info

I completed BASICMED a couple of months ago, overseas, with a family practice doctor in a military facility, and placed the completed and signed checklist in my log book at my current and...
Forum: Reviews 07-20-2017, 03:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,994
Posted By don.olandese
Larry Brown rebuilt my J3 A65 but...

...it's too early to say whether it was a good job or not. there was an issue or two with quality of work, and so far i still await the paperwork, but i will report on final results as time goes on....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2017, 04:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,360
Posted By don.olandese
thanks for posting this.

i am surprised and happy to see it!
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-16-2017, 04:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,667
Posted By don.olandese
Recommended Stop.

at OKC, fuel at Sundance (HSD) is generally the cheapest around, and service/facilities are great.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-09-2016, 06:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,425
Posted By don.olandese
have a straight 9 at...

...0TX6, east of SA, near Sequin, if you want to sit in it. 405-488-5488 if so. don o.
Forum: Painting your RV 06-27-2016, 08:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,263
Posted By don.olandese
it wouldn't hurt if you mentioned the name, off-

...handedly. i don't live in canada but i would want to know the name of this place if he were in the USA.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2016, 12:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,572
Posted By don.olandese
that whistle on the -9

...has been with me since first flight, and i love it. at reduced throttle settings and slight descents at relatively high speeds it sounds great. folks on the ground usually love it too.
Forum: Painting your RV 04-27-2016, 04:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,880
Posted By don.olandese
knows a place SE of san antonio

small, not very well known except locally, great experience and quality, lower cost than most. call me at 405-488-5488 and i will get you the details. don o.
Forum: Autopilots 02-18-2016, 11:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,944
Posted By don.olandese
love it

as in the earlier post, the only possible complaint i have is that a lot of times, esp in turbulence, i try to push the button and wind up moving the toggle instead or in addition. dunno what to do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2016, 08:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,300
Posted By don.olandese
Army shipped an ultralight from Panama for me...

it was disassembled into major components, of course, but I can't remember why it was allowed. and a friend shipped her canoe, but she called it a Planter.
Forum: International 12-30-2015, 07:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,667
Posted By don.olandese
we also have a couple of places in panama...

we are only there a few weeks a year until wife retires, so we could help with cheap places to stay most of the time. i also would like to take our -9 down there and back someday, but it might be...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-24-2015, 11:31 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,877
Posted By don.olandese
we called Plane Power and...

described the symptoms of our failure (gradually diminishing charge rate, occasional kicking off of the field breaker, working okay after a reset for a while, then a repeat). the expert told us its...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,159
Posted By don.olandese
i have a little red trim on mine...

otherwise it's white. but i am in texas. near san antonio.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-01-2015, 08:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,221
Posted By don.olandese
you might check...

...to see if the rubber strips that seal the gap between your wings and the fuselage are tight. i had some strange sounds coming from under the airplane when mine got loose, especially in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,205
Posted By don.olandese
We plan to make it and have registered...

from Sequin, Texas, as we did last year, in N261RM. we were the only RV9 on the field for most of the fly-in, tho one other did visit briefly on Saturday. Will hope to see a chum from Alabama in...
Forum: Texas (South) 07-07-2015, 12:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,114
Posted By don.olandese
KBAZ has a rep...

due mostly to the airport management, of not being very friendly to the little guys. tower folks are fine, but local airport management ran the only FBO out a few years ago and their rep still...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-31-2015, 09:21 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,002
Posted By don.olandese
Effect of Wing/Fuselage Rubber Seals on Stall

I have an RV9. Recently the rubber seal at the wing root came loose; i removed it and flew on for several hours while awaiting delivery of the replacement part and warmer weather. In my experience,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-13-2014, 04:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,570
Posted By don.olandese
call me and we can discuss it.

I m a damsite closer in Seguin, Texas. 405-488-5488. I have a 9 taildragger and over 400 hours in it. have flown the -9A and a -7, and the -9A is a pussycat.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2014, 08:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,959
Posted By don.olandese
thanks!

if we decide to relocate, I will get in touch. muchas gracias for the info and the offer.
Forum: Texas (South) 11-11-2014, 07:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,260
Posted By don.olandese
if you are interested in...

possible trips to breakfast, lunch, etc., or day trips to the coast or locations elsewhere in Texas sometime, or coffee at Elm Creek Airpark, 0TX6, near Seguin, send me a note and we'll link up to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2014, 09:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,959
Posted By don.olandese
thanks! and another coupla questions.

couldn't find any other options but thought I might be overlooking something. is yours full? is there a waiting list? got room/willingness to share with an RV-9 (taildragger) if we get there? how...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,959
Posted By don.olandese
Hangar in Yuma, AZ area?

possibility exists wife may relocate to Yuma, AZ area for work. I see only the international airport as a possibility for basing my RV9. anyone aware of anyplace else in the area? such as airport...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-30-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,089
Posted By don.olandese
congratulations!

and that goes double if it really is a NINE kit and not a NINE-A. you will be unique or nearly so at a lot of our gatherings if it's a nine taildragger. of over 90 RVs at petit jean, for instance,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 13,460
Posted By don.olandese
wow, PJ was spectacular.

got back to south texas after spending the weekend at Petit Jean. had been to the park before but flying in and spending the weekend with a great group of people made it a completely different...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-14-2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,419
Posted By don.olandese
nice B&B in Mexico, Mo.

haven't made it yet myself but plan to. looks like wife will be spoiled, and that's important. also an airplane plant nearby. check it out.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-25-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,100
Posted By don.olandese
By the way, the VFR corridor is scenic and a piece of cake.

the ATC folks along the route are great, no issues with little airplanes and you might get to see F22s and F35s in and out of Eglin, possibly UNDER you, if your timing is right.

Also, if you should...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-25-2014, 08:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,100
Posted By don.olandese
Cross City Florida was a great fuel stop.

had a minor mechanical prob there enroute to Sun and Fun that could have been a big delay, but the FBO there and the helpful folks at the duster outfit had us gassed and at Ace Hardware for a...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-16-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,369
Posted By don.olandese
Cottonwood, AZ, to see Sedona area from the air...

was a great stop. Also, Cortez, AZ was a good location for touring the four corners area by car and RV(9), if you can work those in.
Forum: Texas (South) 06-04-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,274
Posted By don.olandese
i understand it is private...

have flown in there a couple of times with the permission of a friend who owns property there. both runways have plenty of useable concrete, no prob there: virtually no facilities otherwise unless...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-08-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,470
Posted By don.olandese
didn't find the training that useful for preparing me...

specifically for the -9. trained in a -7 w/CS prop, prolly that's why. it's helpful that both were taildraggers, obviously, but the landing characteristics for the different wings as well as...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-23-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 9,054
Posted By don.olandese
wife and i will be volunteering on saturday...

to park airplanes, greet visitors, whatever. anything for another hat. may fly in or if wx doesn't break soon enough will drive. also might go up on Friday pm to watch arrivals of all the good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2014, 12:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,329
Posted By don.olandese
used one originally but it's on the shelf now...

am using the Van's now. the improved product is way smoother and higher quality in general; I used and loved it for about 200 hours, but then the rubber separated from the metal hub. that made for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2014, 10:41 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 9,967
Posted By don.olandese
planning to leave san antonio area on Monday...

and given the preliminary forecast, arrive Monday or perhaps Tuesday and stay until whenever we are done and the weather lets us go home.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-26-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,476
Posted By don.olandese
most entertaining writeup, and with a sideline...

...safety reminder. the spring migrations are underway and the flyways are all cluttered up with non-transponder-equipped feathered traffic. everybody keep your eyes peeled out front esp now and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 34,458
Posted By don.olandese
ideally you should shut off the master switch....

..(as well as the fuel) as you unlatch the canopy on short final, BEFORE ground contact and flipping over. hope I can remember all that if i ever need to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-11-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,721
Posted By don.olandese
i've heard, and it sounds reasonable...

...that before you paint, you unscrew the screws about one to two turns, enough to expose the metal under them, and paint. that way you get the screws painted and the surface under them as well...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,381
Posted By don.olandese
You already heard about KLXT.

Lee's Summit has a complete hatful of RV experts. Hang out there a little while and tour the EAA hangar sone afternoon/when it opens and you'll be fully connected in a couple of hours.
Forum: Safety 11-16-2013, 10:30 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 22,479
Posted By don.olandese
i admit it, i am a wimp...

I flew a -9A a couple of years ago, and was amazed at how easy it seemed to land. this thread reminds me that a landing even in a nosewheel model can go wrong, and for that I thank you,...
Forum: Texas (South) 11-13-2013, 08:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,777
Posted By don.olandese
can do FRs and TW endorsements...

Flt Reviews VFR single engine only. TW endorsements in yours or in my Cub. I am near Seguin/New Braunfels if that is more convenient for you. I am retired so available most of the time. ...
Forum: Flight Testing 11-07-2013, 06:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,868
Posted By don.olandese
and, guys, i would emphasize a couple of points...

...practicing all this low speed stuff at altitude first and then very carefully, incrementally, in the pattern, before trying it when it HAS to be done. get LOTs of practice. get really...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2013, 08:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,227
Posted By don.olandese
about getting IN...

maybe I am stating the obvious, but at least for the -9 FP, tendency to float especially when you are light will be significant if you have ANY excess airspeed at all. that extra wingspan coupled...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-23-2013, 08:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 19,897
Posted By don.olandese
as soon as the wife retires...

we hope you are still going, because we will join you! would like to do the PR trip for sure, and if you return to panama we'd love to join you there too. if that happens, we can even offer our...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-19-2013, 12:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,261
Posted By don.olandese
thanks again!

some of this stuff I would probably never have thought of! research begins this evening, when the temp drops below 95! will broadcast whatever i find, for thread closure, tho it may take longer...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-18-2013, 08:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,261
Posted By don.olandese
thanks guys

have done most of that but will do it again more thoroughly. you have given me some ideas to focus on. these kind of minor and transitory things are the most frustrating to deal with, but then a...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-18-2013, 08:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,261
Posted By don.olandese
Faint odor of avgas in RV-9

for the second time in a couple of weeks, I experienced a faint but noticeable odor of avgas in the aircraft. in both instances, it lasted maybe 30 seconds, and wasn't real strong. nevertheless,...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-14-2013, 07:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,469
Posted By don.olandese
if you are on the east side...

and are interested in acquiring a lot on a private airstrip, to build a hangar and/home on, "I know a guy"....it's north of Seminole, about 40-45 miles from downtown.
Forum: Autopilots 08-12-2013, 11:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,473
Posted By don.olandese
Will think about sending it in for a coating...

esp if it happens again. likely I won't send it until the airplane is grounded for a while for something else, tho, as I really don't want to do without the Gemini in flight!
Forum: Autopilots 08-09-2013, 04:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,473
Posted By don.olandese
yes, it was a humid day...

we were over north texas where it was indeed humid that day, but the unit lives in south texas where it's ALWAYS humid!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-09-2013, 04:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,853
Posted By don.olandese
if budget doesn't preclude it...

that Gemini may be worth further consideration. true, the AI part isn't actually an AI: it's better. after half an hour of use you will probably like it better than the old AI, if you are like me.
Forum: Autopilots 08-08-2013, 08:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,473
Posted By don.olandese
just once, just lately...

after a year installed and about 125 hours, I noticed the AI portion roll into a 45 degree left bank and stay there for about two to three minutes, until I unpowered the unit and restarted it. all...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-06-2013, 09:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,779
Posted By don.olandese
build what you want...

...and you will learn to fly it well, whatever it is. the 9a lands effortlessly, the 9 easily for a taildragger. both require that you slow them down to land them. the 9 looks much cooler than the...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-18-2013, 08:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,227
Posted By don.olandese
Mustang Beach Airport, Texas (KRAS)

Port Aransas, about 1/4 mile from the beach. day trips recommended, bring your own tiedown ropes, and five bucks to stay overnight. Amelia's Landing aviation motif hotel if you decide to stay...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-16-2013, 08:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,045
Posted By don.olandese
yes, Sea Willow is...

...the airport. see an earlier post in the thread from someone who has experience with them. good luck, and let us know who you select and how you like the result: I might follow your footprints.
Forum: Painting your RV 07-16-2013, 04:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,045
Posted By don.olandese
there is (or at least was) a little outfit...

...at the airstrip just a mile or so from Heritage Airpark, about 20 miles SE of San Antonio. I do not know anything about the quality of their work, and haven't been there in a couple of years, but...
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