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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 10:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 992
Posted By Snowflake
Fingers crossed they don't destroy the airframe...

Fingers crossed they don't destroy the airframe trying to flip it back over.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 425
Posted By Snowflake
Wow, nice! And I like the paint scheme, too......

Wow, nice! And I like the paint scheme, too... Haven't seen that done before, it's always nice to see something new.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-27-2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 894
Posted By Snowflake
Ah! Thanks for that. I knew there had to be...

Ah! Thanks for that. I knew there had to be something.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,773
Posted By Snowflake
Came in here to post this method. And i'll go...

Came in here to post this method. And i'll go one further: If your scales are a little thin, you can let air out of the nosewheel to get it down lower.

(and as an aside, for Tailwheel aircraft the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 10:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 944
Posted By Snowflake
I use a spreadsheet that I developed years ago. ...

I use a spreadsheet that I developed years ago. Calculates totals and currencies on types as well. PM me an email address and i'll send you a copy.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-26-2021, 10:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 790
Posted By Snowflake
The engine technology isn't going to progress...

The engine technology isn't going to progress anywhere near as fast as the avionics are. Engine first, Avionics about a picosecond before you want to hit the starter for the first time if you want...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,369
Posted By Snowflake
It's well established that sharing incidental...

It's well established that sharing incidental flight costs is perfectly legal for a private pilot and in an amateur-built aircraft as well.

You can't total up your hangar costs, insurance costs,...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-25-2021, 11:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 894
Posted By Snowflake
Does this offer any additional functionality over...

Does this offer any additional functionality over and above the 7" Skyview SE?
https://dynonavionics.com/skyview-se.php
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 02-23-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,279
Posted By Snowflake
Again, is asked and not answered:

Again, is asked and not answered:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 551
Posted By Snowflake
If you can google the authors and find contact...

If you can google the authors and find contact info, you can email or call them directly and ask for a copy. Most of the time you'll get a PDF back to your mailbox. The Authors get none of the...
Forum: Interiors 02-13-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,976
Posted By Snowflake
Jay, it may just be the perspective in the photos...

Jay, it may just be the perspective in the photos that's tricking my eyes, but that Tosten grip looks like it's *really* high off the seat. Did you cut down the stick tube at all or did you just...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-11-2021, 08:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,528
Posted By Snowflake
I can only think of one RV built near me that...

I can only think of one RV built near me that flew before painting. Most of the others were painted before they came to the airport, a few were painted in a shop on the airport.

I always cringe...
Forum: Canada 02-10-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 452
Posted By Snowflake
A lot of that will be due to COVID, just getting...

A lot of that will be due to COVID, just getting registration transferred on an airplane that's already here could take 3-6months right now... Transport is working on a less-than-skeleton crew it...
Forum: Canada 02-09-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 452
Posted By Snowflake
There's a lot more for sale in the US, and...

There's a lot more for sale in the US, and importing isn't that difficult.

And welcome to VAF!
Forum: Painting your RV 02-06-2021, 10:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,316
Posted By Snowflake
It's not chromosomal. I don't like it either...

It's not chromosomal. I don't like it either from an aesthetic perspective. But I wouldn't criticise someone who made a choice and moved on. I cheated and bought my RV. ;)
Forum: Reviews 02-05-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 537
Posted By Snowflake
Ditto. Much more tactfully put than my first...

Ditto. Much more tactfully put than my first thought at a response.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 08:49 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,106
Posted By Snowflake
I'd hazard a guess that the money you'd spend on...

I'd hazard a guess that the money you'd spend on lawyers getting to the point of having a hangar that you can build in, would be better spent on buying a flying RV... Even including crating and...
Forum: Canada 02-04-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,063
Posted By Snowflake
I offset the time by the fact that Customs rarely...

I offset the time by the fact that Customs rarely bothers collecting the taxes when you go see them. Usually it's a quick glance to make sure the paperwork is in order, confirm that it's not a...
Forum: RV-3 02-03-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 848
Posted By Snowflake
About using it for formation... The radio should...

About using it for formation... The radio should be closer to your throttle hand, as that's the one you'll want to use most to change it. Otherwise, you'll be forever switching hands to switch radio...
Forum: Canada 02-02-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By Snowflake
Next year, get a quote from Marsh...

Next year, get a quote from Marsh (www.marshwings.com). They were $600 cheaper than Magnes for me, with the same coverages as far as I could find in both policies. Full hull-in-motion, $3M...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-01-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,140
Posted By Snowflake
Ah! Yes, Paul's post reminded me. I used mine...

Ah! Yes, Paul's post reminded me. I used mine in the RV-6 with a direct connection (HDMI Cable) to the Stratux. When I decided that wasn't a practical solution, I put it in my car for a while...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-31-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,140
Posted By Snowflake
@Christian, I have a Hudly classic as well that...

@Christian, I have a Hudly classic as well that i've used in my RV-6, I drove it using my Stratux for AHRS data. It worked just fine for me, but i've decided not to continue with it as it is too...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-29-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,449
Posted By Snowflake
This sounds a lot like the conversations I hear...

This sounds a lot like the conversations I hear around the coffee shop when all the cyclists get together and compare which components they've just swapped out to save 100g on their bikes... As they...
Forum: Canada 01-29-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By Snowflake
Might want to clarify the time zone you're in, a...

Might want to clarify the time zone you're in, a 1930h start in Ontario means a 1630h start in BC... Like most of COPA's zoom meetings, i'd have to take time off work to attend. When this was...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-27-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,644
Posted By Snowflake
Okay, that's fair. Then why have them on the...

Okay, that's fair. Then why have them on the panel at all? Radios and transponders can be remote-mounted and controlled directly through the G3X. Unless you're concerned about backup, when the...
Forum: Tools 01-27-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,529
Posted By Snowflake
I have a small stack of these, that I use to...

I have a small stack of these, that I use to organize small quantities of screws, rivets, etc. for my flying RV-6. While building I can see that larger quantities would be better, but for general...
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-26-2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,404
Posted By Snowflake
At RV-speeds we have a lot of cooling air handy. ...

At RV-speeds we have a lot of cooling air handy. Well designed, a cooling plenum could even offset the cooling drag... Like on the P-51.
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-26-2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,404
Posted By Snowflake
Long duration of continuous power, yes, but not...

Long duration of continuous power, yes, but not maximum. Who cruises at full throttle? If you do, there's at least one other way to be more efficient in the air... :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-26-2021, 08:53 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 29,219
Posted By Snowflake
That link didn't bring them up, but after some...

That link didn't bring them up, but after some digging I was able to find one that would:
https://www.amazon.com/Rubber-Releasable-Heavy-Duty-Reusable-Assorted/dp/B07PW9X957

For some reason even...
Forum: Safety 01-23-2021, 11:45 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,738
Posted By Snowflake
Hey, good catch. I am familiar with the...

Hey, good catch. I am familiar with the technology but haven't used them before so i've never held a set. I thought the person was asking about the "large" wedges that made up the locking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2021, 11:37 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 495,014
Posted By Snowflake
Slick! Does the tab at the top right both slide...

Slick! Does the tab at the top right both slide to unlock the 660 from it's cradle, *and* push down to power on/off the unit?
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-23-2021, 11:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 791
Posted By Snowflake
If it can be retrofitted to an existing airplane...

If it can be retrofitted to an existing airplane with the float-type sensors without major surgery, i'd be interested.
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-23-2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 651
Posted By Snowflake
Oh? He's been receptive to feedback elsewhere in...

Oh? He's been receptive to feedback elsewhere in the model. And the plans say to mount the handle horizontal.
Forum: Safety 01-23-2021, 10:23 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,738
Posted By Snowflake
The wedges on the washer don't contact the mating...

The wedges on the washer don't contact the mating surface on the engine or prop. The washers are used in pairs, with the wedges facing each other. That leaves the flat sides exposed on the outside,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-22-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,327
Posted By Snowflake
Congratulations on the new (to you) RV-3B. I've...

Congratulations on the new (to you) RV-3B. I've seen the plane many times since the builder finished it.

The builder was an MD-RA inspector if I recall, so would have had a lot of exposure to many...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-22-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 651
Posted By Snowflake
Did this come from the 3D model that the guy in...

Did this come from the 3D model that the guy in europe somewhere was selling? I sent him a note to let him know the canopy release handle was 90 degrees off... :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2021, 08:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,906
Posted By Snowflake
A minor nit, but STL files aren't "open source". ...

A minor nit, but STL files aren't "open source". Open Source means you give the source files and allow others to see how they were constructed as well as modify them for their own use. STL files...
Forum: Safety 01-21-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 13,972
Posted By Snowflake
80/87 was always red around here. Purple was...

80/87 was always red around here. Purple was marked gas, used in farm implements or boats.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-19-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,283
Posted By Snowflake
Nonsense. An RV-8 is intended to be used more...

Nonsense. An RV-8 is intended to be used more than once.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 522
Posted By Snowflake
This was my guess as well. Does the knob pull...

This was my guess as well. Does the knob pull out perhaps? Not much, maybe only 1/8" or so, but it may be spring loaded or have a detent that lets it come out to a position where turning it moves...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-17-2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,222
Posted By Snowflake
You could make the whole plane disappear by...

You could make the whole plane disappear by painting it with one of the "ultrablack" paints available on the market now. It won't be cheap...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-17-2021, 10:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,449
Posted By Snowflake
And your CG will move aft, which is already a...

And your CG will move aft, which is already a problem in the -6.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-16-2021, 09:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,635
Posted By Snowflake
The answer is probably that the plane was built...

The answer is probably that the plane was built with two traditional mags first, and when the eMag was installed the person installing it didn't understand electricity either and put a separate...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-16-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,222
Posted By Snowflake
To what end? The only benefit would be looks. ...

To what end? The only benefit would be looks. The RV is already such an efficient airframe that the performance benefit of retracting the gear is offset by the increased weight of the retract...
Forum: COMM 01-16-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 378
Posted By Snowflake
Check that it hasn't vibrated around and...

Check that it hasn't vibrated around and dislodged something. Ribbon cable, fit in tray, etc.
Forum: Painting your RV 01-15-2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,222
Posted By Snowflake
It's a lot easier to take a picture and photoshop...

It's a lot easier to take a picture and photoshop the gear out afterwards. :)
Forum: ADS-B 01-13-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,719
Posted By Snowflake
Actually, it is. The system necessary to let you...

Actually, it is. The system necessary to let you click an opt-out selection doesn't exist, and would need to be developed. It's debatable whether the ADS-B hardware that everyone was convinced to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-12-2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,644
Posted By Snowflake
If you can't see the Dynon on the right side of...

If you can't see the Dynon on the right side of the cockpit, what makes you think the GPS/AP/audio/SL-30 will be any more accessible/readable from there?

Go with one large 10" screen in front of...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-12-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,191
Posted By Snowflake
Linux laptop, Windows laptop, Android phone......

Linux laptop, Windows laptop, Android phone... All blank. The only photo that comes up for me is the one of you in the first post. You can probably see all of them because they're your photos...
Forum: ADS-B 01-12-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,719
Posted By Snowflake
Because the complexity of a system necessary to...

Because the complexity of a system necessary to provide the equivalent level of tracking and monitoring that ADS-B does, and keep that information private to ATC, would drive the cost into the range...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 495,014
Posted By Snowflake
I use a USB SD card reader for loading the card...

I use a USB SD card reader for loading the card for my printer. I've used it that way for four years now. I have a Raspberry Pi sitting in my office that I plan to set up as a dedicated controller...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-11-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,838
Posted By Snowflake
Do you mean hex head (socket drive), or hex drive...

Do you mean hex head (socket drive), or hex drive (ie. allan key)?

FWIW, I tried using hex drive keys for my baggage panel, and almost had to drill one out. Due to the geometry of the pan head, the...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-11-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,191
Posted By Snowflake
...the photos are all dead in that post. :(

...the photos are all dead in that post. :(
Forum: Painting your RV 01-11-2021, 09:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,191
Posted By Snowflake
The link just takes you to a login page.

The link just takes you to a login page.
Forum: ADS-B 01-10-2021, 11:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,719
Posted By Snowflake
All the more reason you shouldn't be allowed to...

All the more reason you shouldn't be allowed to opt out of it. If you're not doing anything unlawful, nobody has the time to waste on tracking you anyway. If you are, the easier you can be found...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2021, 10:39 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 495,014
Posted By Snowflake
If you built an RV, you can build a Prusa...

If you built an RV, you can build a Prusa printer. That lowers the cost a lot, and building it is fun. The assembly instructions are extremely good.

I'd recommend going with something that other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2021, 10:46 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 495,014
Posted By Snowflake
Well, that would be telling, wouldn't it? :)

Well, that would be telling, wouldn't it? :)
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-06-2021, 12:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,594
Posted By Snowflake
I wouldn't trust the tiedown ring for loading in...

I wouldn't trust the tiedown ring for loading in that direction. It's designed for mostly vertical loads from a rope to the ground, not high horizontal loads from a run-up.

Yes, every static RPM...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-06-2021, 11:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,302
Posted By Snowflake
1996 RV-6 here with ~700 hours on it and it's...

1996 RV-6 here with ~700 hours on it and it's been exactly like that for the ~350 hours i've owned it. The manual trim cable has slop in it.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-06-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,334
Posted By Snowflake
Ditto. Here's the manufacturer's page with FAQ...

Ditto. Here's the manufacturer's page with FAQ (note the Air filter stuff comes first, Oil filters a little further down).

https://www.challengeraviation.com/faq.html
Forum: Canada 01-04-2021, 08:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,318
Posted By Snowflake
In the vicinity of an airport, ATC will receive...

In the vicinity of an airport, ATC will receive your transponder signal from a top-mounted antenna easily, except for specific angles at which the bulk of your airplane just happens to be exactly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2021, 05:12 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 495,014
Posted By Snowflake
Here's something you can add to your...

Here's something you can add to your repertoire... This won't work on all prints, but for some of the parts that are printed flat, where the flat portion may face a user, here's an idea for making...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-03-2021, 10:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,748
Posted By Snowflake
Given the similarity of the fuselage to the -7, I...

Given the similarity of the fuselage to the -7, I would guess that the wing and tail structure were not designed to take the flight loads of aerobatic flight to the aerobatic standard limits.

That...
Forum: Canada 01-02-2021, 10:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,318
Posted By Snowflake
They probably wouldn't want anyone sharing...

They probably wouldn't want anyone sharing specifics, like actual power output, signal strength received, etc. etc. But we as testers never got to see any of that data anyway.

The "big picture"...
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