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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Yesterday, 07:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 691
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you for the expanded information Don....

Thank you for the expanded information Don. Knowledge is power and when it comes to building an RV this will help someone make an informed decision.

Best,

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 06:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 664
Posted By chrispratt
I think it's also called a "B" Nut and can be...

I think it's also called a "B" Nut and can be found at Aircraft Spruce and other hardware sites.

Chris
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-06-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 574
Posted By chrispratt
Craig: Perhaps this can help. It's some examples...

Craig: Perhaps this can help. It's some examples of my RV-8 weight and balance to remind me of limits on my aircraft.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-04-2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,259
Posted By chrispratt
Does anyone know if any of the Todd's Canopies...

Does anyone know if any of the Todd's Canopies have cracked? Just wondering if there is a significant enough difference between Todd's and Van's that it might provide a clue for a more permanent...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 03-30-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 12,846
Posted By chrispratt
On my BFR review (technically it's just FR now)...

On my BFR review (technically it's just FR now) last week, my instructor talked me through something similar to what Dan is suggesting. I slowed the RV-8 down to pattern speed, started a left turn...
Forum: The RV Grin 03-25-2021, 08:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 775
Posted By chrispratt
Precious memory. No one can take that away.

Precious memory. No one can take that away.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 621
Posted By chrispratt
Joe: Welcome. I'm sure you'll enjoy your RV-12....

Joe:

Welcome. I'm sure you'll enjoy your RV-12. With COVID hanging over our heads this past year I wouldn't say that there are any "regular" get togethers. But I am sure that as restrictions...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2021, 11:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 621
Posted By chrispratt
VAF Cap Sighting

You never know when a VAF cap sighting will occur. Hereís me after my second COVID vaccine injection. Shot (literally) :rolleyes: at Methodist Medical Center, Dallas, TX. Moderna is the juice of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2021, 12:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 949
Posted By chrispratt
But then I'll need the JD fork also, right? There...

But then I'll need the JD fork also, right? There you go spending my money again. But hey, does it come in red? :D

Good to speak to you as well. Thanks for the quality products.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 949
Posted By chrispratt
I've been using the lightweight tailwheel for a...

I've been using the lightweight tailwheel for a number of years now. Dayton Murdoch (sp?) manufactures these (and originally sold them I believe). JD Air Parts sells them now.

When I first switched...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2021, 03:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 949
Posted By chrispratt
JD Air Parts - Anodized Tail Wheel

Received my lightweight ďredĒ anodized tailwheel from JD Air Parts. Matches my RV-8 paint scheme nicely. Installed today and took it for a test flight. Yes, the RV does appear to go faster...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-03-2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,442
Posted By chrispratt
Correct. I learned this the hard way. When I...

Correct. I learned this the hard way. When I built my -8 I had never seen a blueprint before. The first piece I made from supplied stock was the bracket that holds the throttle, mixture, prop cables...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-23-2021, 05:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 803
Posted By chrispratt
Hello Curt. Chris Pratt here. Do you remember me...

Hello Curt. Chris Pratt here. Do you remember me from the Atlantic Aviation days back in the mid to late 80s. Long time ago. I was AAC's VP Advertising. I built and still fly an RV-8. 15 years of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2021, 01:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,565
Posted By chrispratt
I replaced my original Whelen strobes with the...

I replaced my original Whelen strobes with the Whelen Orion series LED. Same footprint as the originals so there are no new holes to drill. Just remove old Powerpacks(s), splice the wires and you're...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2021, 10:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,456
Posted By chrispratt
Gotta Have It

Oh man!! Just as I was trying to save money. Gotta have it. Heading to the order page now.

I think it will...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-01-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,668
Posted By chrispratt
Happy New Year

Happy New Year, Jay. Get that -8 in the air. I just donated to the site as well, more than requested as usual. We think alike. Gotta keep Doug in business.

Chris
Forum: RV Threads: The Best Of The Best (copies) 12-14-2020, 05:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,947
Posted By chrispratt
Congratulations Mel and thank you for all you do...

Congratulations Mel and thank you for all you do to support experimental aviation. You inspected my RV-8 back in May 2005, signed her off and she still flies great.

Cheers.

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-08-2020, 08:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,441
Posted By chrispratt
I have more than 850 hours on my -8 tailwheel...

I have more than 850 hours on my -8 tailwheel assembly. I clean and grease the assembly about every 6 months (or 25-30 hours typically) using generic auto grease. Works fine. Don't use too much...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-04-2020, 02:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,340
Posted By chrispratt
Jay: The oil filter on my O-360-A1A is mounted...

Jay:

The oil filter on my O-360-A1A is mounted going straight back. Other than the mis-manufactured oil mount used by Lycoming (you may recall that incident from 15 years ago) the configuration...
Forum: Tools 12-02-2020, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,542
Posted By chrispratt
A nice to have but not necessary if you have the...

A nice to have but not necessary if you have the proper bolt to begin with. Van's kits supply the proper bolts, so you should be good to go without the tool. I built an RV-8 and never had to drill a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-01-2020, 02:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,597
Posted By chrispratt
VANíS SB-00031

As a data point and possible help for those who havenít checked yet, I inspected my RV-8 today and found the AN3 bolts in question are installed. This QB fuselage was received in 1999. My Serial...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-12-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,052
Posted By chrispratt
RAPCO has worked well for me for 15 years. Rivets...

RAPCO has worked well for me for 15 years. Rivets are included. I usually buy a pack of 8 pads which saves $$$ and I always have some on hand. Typically Iíll replace pads every two years, but Iím...
Forum: Flight Testing 10-09-2020, 03:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,912
Posted By chrispratt
Philip: I departed for Oshkosh in 2005 with 25...

Philip:

I departed for Oshkosh in 2005 with 25 hours on my RV-8 (I had a factory certified engine so my Phase I only required a 25 hour test period). By the time I had reached 25 hours of testing, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,110
Posted By chrispratt
That is him. I'll let him know. I flew that...

That is him. I'll let him know. I flew that airplane and you're right, it is nice. I'll pass along the compliment -- it only took him 11 years to complete ;). Lots of TLC.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2020, 06:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,110
Posted By chrispratt
Flyinghood: I saw you practicing landings, nice...

Flyinghood:

I saw you practicing landings, nice work with the one wheel touches. I have a few hours many years ago in a Luscombe and enjoyed it very much.

I did not install the rudder pedals for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2020, 05:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,110
Posted By chrispratt
RV-8 CHECK RIDE

They say life gets in the way of things we want to really do. So it was a bit of a surprise that it had been four years since my younger brother Mike had flown my RV-8. Time to get him back in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2020, 04:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,057
Posted By chrispratt
NEW RV-8 JOINS VANS FLEET

On Saturday September 26, 2020, Dallas EAA Chapter 168 recognized Tom White and his newly certificated RV-8 with the presentation of a First Flight plaque. The presentation was held at Tomís hangar...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-20-2020, 04:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,034
Posted By chrispratt
Yes, it will. I have the Doug Bell fork and used...

Yes, it will. I have the Doug Bell fork and used the Van's wheel on it for some time without issue.

I have switched to the Lightweight Tailwheel from Flyboy Accessories ($120). This is more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2020, 08:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,029
Posted By chrispratt
The crowds will be back soon. Why change it...

The crowds will be back soon. Why change it temporarily only to have to change it back again. Your RV can fly around the stadium in about 1 minute. Or above it. Most, if not all, Stadium TFRs only...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-04-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,746
Posted By chrispratt
I used the original tubes supplied by Van's with...

I used the original tubes supplied by Van's with the kit during my build. Even in my garage without the wings on I would have to air them up every few weeks. Before my first flight, I bought Michelin...
Forum: RV-4 08-29-2020, 12:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,803
Posted By chrispratt
Sully: 1. I have an RV-8. I did not install a...

Sully:

1. I have an RV-8. I did not install a gascolator. The sumps in the wings are the low points for fuel where the water will collect so, to your point, why add a gascolator. Fifteen years of...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-26-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 218,278
Posted By chrispratt
Hmmm. A dog named "Piper". Covering up a plane...

Hmmm. A dog named "Piper". Covering up a plane named "Cheetah". Wearing a Vans Air Force cap. Well, 1 out of 3 ain't bad. We'll let it pass ;)
Forum: Interiors 08-11-2020, 01:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,811
Posted By chrispratt
Check with Glo Custom on the airport (52F) to see...

Check with Glo Custom on the airport (52F) to see if they can help. Otherwise, everybody I know of (including me) painted the interior themselves. I seem to recall I used PPG Concept paint available...
Forum: Interiors 08-11-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,811
Posted By chrispratt
Mark: Check with Abby at Flightline Interiors...

Mark:

Check with Abby at Flightline Interiors
http://www.flightlineinteriors.com/storefront . She has carpeting and sidewalls in a variety of colors and materials that should cover most...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-03-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,005
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks Walt. Looks awesome. I've got to get...

Thanks Walt. Looks awesome. I've got to get there.

Chris
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-16-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,056
Posted By chrispratt
Congratulations Delta Kilo. My -8 wouldn't exist...

Congratulations Delta Kilo. My -8 wouldn't exist without you. I remember visiting you and Marthajane in the workshop pounding rivets on the slow build. Quite a journey.

Stay safe.

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-15-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,800
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks Tracy. I was going to increase the...

Thanks Tracy. I was going to increase the thickness of the aluminum when I realized it was already .064 and figured if that is going to crack then anything might. But I'll give that a try next time,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-15-2020, 07:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,800
Posted By chrispratt
That first picture is of a new "quick change...

That first picture is of a new "quick change access panel" for air filters :D. Still in the test phase.:rolleyes:

Seriously, I'm on my third FAB 360 air box but never because of that problem. Mine...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-09-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,021
Posted By chrispratt
Beautiful, Luke. That's what I aim for in my -8....

Beautiful, Luke. That's what I aim for in my -8.

Chris
Forum: Safety 06-23-2020, 06:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,258
Posted By chrispratt
Doug: Engine Start -- Propellor should be...

Doug:

Engine Start -- Propellor should be Propeller with an "e'".

Chris
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 06-21-2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 652
Views: 247,375
Posted By chrispratt
I?m holding out for a two-place jet. Chris

I?m holding out for a two-place jet.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2020, 07:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,782
Posted By chrispratt
Must be that jet powered RV that Van is working...

Must be that jet powered RV that Van is working on ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2020, 03:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,782
Posted By chrispratt
THE PRICE OF AVGAS

Didn?t think I?d ever see AvGas below $3.00 again. $2.60/gal at Bridgeport (KXBP) was a pleasant surprise this morning. It?s been, let?s say, a few years at least. Too bad it?s taken a virus to help...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-12-2020, 02:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,592
Posted By chrispratt
Check the two SBs on the horizontal stabilizer....

Check the two SBs on the horizontal stabilizer. Some people have found cracks and others like myself have not. If you haven't already found it, look on Van's website for a list of downloadable SBs by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2020, 03:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,084
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you Delta Kilo. I've got to keep her flying...

Thank you Delta Kilo. I've got to keep her flying and in good shape or you'll never let me forget it :D. Thanks for keeping the garbage men at bay!

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2020, 11:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,084
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you Scroll. I always enjoy our talks and...

Thank you Scroll. I always enjoy our talks and flying. Hope to see you in the air sometime soon.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,084
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you. I'm not at Hicks but close by at 52F....

Thank you. I'm not at Hicks but close by at 52F. I'll look for him next time I visit "down South".

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,084
Posted By chrispratt
"To infinity and beyond" as the saying goes. It...

"To infinity and beyond" as the saying goes. It did test my patience more than once.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,084
Posted By chrispratt
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

May 30, 2020 marks 15 years since my first flight in RV-8 N898DK. I can?t believe it?s been that long. Fifteen years ago, the 30th of May was Memorial Day and so it has been an easy anniversary to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-13-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,943
Posted By chrispratt
Jay: Is it time for an intervention? Considering...

Jay: Is it time for an intervention?

Considering it's an RV-8, you're good to go. ;-)

Chris
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-16-2020, 01:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 956
Posted By chrispratt
Two thumbs up

Great post Doug. You inspired me to go out today to fly. First time in five weeks due to the pandemic. Airplanes don't sit well and I needed to get the oil moving and the seals lubricated.

So off I...
Forum: Interiors 04-12-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,909
Posted By chrispratt
I remember the Wings of Man theme. The first...

I remember the Wings of Man theme. The first video link above features an L1011 TriStar. That was the last aircraft my dad flew before retiring. He loved it. Thanks for the memory.

Chris
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-05-2020, 09:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,962
Posted By chrispratt
Vans Wing Walk

I used the Vans supplied wing walk. My painter applied it so I don't know what special prep he may have done if any. Like the previous poster, I have Sherwin Williams paint (it's Acry Glo). The wing...
Forum: RV-10 03-19-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,370
Posted By chrispratt
The "residual moisture" commentary seems to have...

The "residual moisture" commentary seems to have attained myth status, kinda of like the "never run MP higher than the RPM" myth which traces its origins back to the radial engine days.

How often do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2019, 11:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,813
Posted By chrispratt
I?ve been thinking about you Mel. Glad to hear...

I?ve been thinking about you Mel. Glad to hear you?re recovering. We all hope to see you soon.

Chris
Forum: Interiors 12-06-2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,909
Posted By chrispratt
Rich: I had a chance to be at the airport...

Rich:

I had a chance to be at the airport yesterday and took a few more photos that I hope will answer your questions.

The Flightline seat bottom is shaped as shown in the first photo....
Forum: Interiors 12-02-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,909
Posted By chrispratt
Rich: Sorry that I didn't take photos of the...

Rich:

Sorry that I didn't take photos of the front seat profile. I'll try to do that this weekend if you can wait that long. As I recall the lowest portion of the front seat is a wedge that is two...
Forum: Interiors 12-02-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,909
Posted By chrispratt
The cost of the seats (sheepskin, foam, vinyl...

The cost of the seats (sheepskin, foam, vinyl sidepieces and seatbacks, plus shipping was $1,700). The $250 upgrade you mention is for use of confor-foam for all layers and refers to any model RV....
Forum: Interiors 12-01-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,909
Posted By chrispratt
Brian: Flightline supplies the comfort foam. My...

Brian:

Flightline supplies the comfort foam. My old interior had no shaped form for lumbar or thigh support. This new interior does have that feature and it makes you feel more attached to the...
Forum: Interiors 12-01-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,909
Posted By chrispratt
RV-8 Interior Update

After 14 years it was about time to refresh the seat cushions in my RV-8. I?ve been extremely happy with the sheepskin covering of my original seats ? my Goldilocks seats as I call them -- they have...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-23-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,291
Posted By chrispratt
HighAltRV4: If you do find you need an antenna...

HighAltRV4:

If you do find you need an antenna there is a very inexpensive and low profile Garmin unit (GA27C) that I installed for my G5. Costs about $100.

Chris
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-22-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,291
Posted By chrispratt
Yes, I believe you?ll need one. My avionics guy...

Yes, I believe you?ll need one. My avionics guy recommended it.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,821
Posted By chrispratt
Earl: The next time you go to Oshkosh and talk...

Earl:

The next time you go to Oshkosh and talk to builders about their airplanes, watch their eyes. The eyes will immediately go to an area that is not "perfect", at least to them, but a casual...
Forum: Texas (North) 09-09-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,105
Posted By chrispratt
John: Amazing how a simple question has taught...

John:

Amazing how a simple question has taught me a few things I would never have known otherwise, such as: what Native Americans used to make their bows (seriously, I've wondered about this); the...
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