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Forum: RV-6/6A 08-14-2022, 04:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 739
Posted By sprucemoose
Those covers are available from Flightline...

Those covers are available from Flightline Interiors. Highly recommended.

https://www.flightlineinteriors.com/accessories
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-12-2022, 03:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 869
Posted By sprucemoose
Thanks Mike for this. I'll take one if it still...

Thanks Mike for this. I'll take one if it still available.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2022, 10:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,230
Posted By sprucemoose
They don't care at all... providing that you show...

They don't care at all... providing that you show up with acceptable IFR skills. My sim partner got 1500 towing banners in a Super Cub and he did just fine.

Getting hired at a regional will not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2022, 12:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,230
Posted By sprucemoose
Tim, I did exactly this a couple of years ago as...

Tim,

I did exactly this a couple of years ago as a sort of mid-life crisis so I can relate. If you want to work for a major airline the best route there is from a regional airline, and they are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2022, 07:30 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,170
Posted By sprucemoose
Mike’s question was not about EAA’s liability, it...

Mike’s question was not about EAA’s liability, it was about the individual(s) volunteer flagmen and their liability. That’s the part I find dangerous.

For the record EAA has zero to do with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2022, 06:19 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,170
Posted By sprucemoose
That’s a dangerous road to go down if you want...

That’s a dangerous road to go down if you want Oshkosh to continue to exist.

There were a large number of these new concrete covers installed all over the field this year and the parking crews were...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-03-2022, 06:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,372
Posted By sprucemoose
Got it. I misinterpreted it to mean that the same...

Got it. I misinterpreted it to mean that the same rudder fits all models.

Carry on.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-03-2022, 04:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,372
Posted By sprucemoose
I don’t think the 8 ever adopted the larger 9...

I don’t think the 8 ever adopted the larger 9 style rudder like the 7 did.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2022, 09:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,124
Posted By sprucemoose
That wasn’t me who reported this, might have been...

That wasn’t me who reported this, might have been Dennis or one of his minions at homebuilt registration where they keep track of such things. Registrations are not a great metric because of the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-24-2022, 06:00 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,294
Posted By sprucemoose
My rudder wouldn’t work on a 9, sorry.

My rudder wouldn’t work on a 9, sorry.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-24-2022, 12:29 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,294
Posted By sprucemoose
It won’t help this case but I have an unused 8/...

It won’t help this case but I have an unused 8/ late 6/ early 7 rudder on the shelf at home in Milwaukee if needed. This is the early smaller counterbalanced version with .020 skins. Built but needs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2022, 02:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 962
Posted By sprucemoose
Yes you can but you’d better be pretty self...

Yes you can but you’d better be pretty self sufficient since none of the support infrastructure (food, transport) is in place. But you can do it and some do but they are mostly other volunteers with...
Forum: Midwest 07-05-2022, 11:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,980
Posted By sprucemoose
I'm just honored to be associated with "nothing...

I'm just honored to be associated with "nothing really useful to say." Story checks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2022, 05:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,256
Posted By sprucemoose
I remember that one. Yes I was the ground guy...

I remember that one. Yes I was the ground guy but no the flaps thing didn't come from me. So let's put this one to bed for good- there is no official recommendation one way or the other w/r/t flaps...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2022, 07:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,256
Posted By sprucemoose
Good morning Gary, Your post about flying in to...

Good morning Gary,

Your post about flying in to Oshkosh is spot on. This topic comes up every year and this is as good a time as any to get the discussion going. Folks, Gary is a veteran of flying...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-10-2022, 05:49 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,146
Posted By sprucemoose
Jim, Good info. I agree with your dismissal of...

Jim,

Good info. I agree with your dismissal of those who criticize all light twins and cite old saws. They strikes me as very similar to the misconceptions that surround tailwheel aircraft. ...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-10-2022, 07:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,146
Posted By sprucemoose
Jim, That is much closer to what I envision for...

Jim,

That is much closer to what I envision for an RV twin. I looked at this at Oshkosh last year and even talked to you briefly, along with about a zillion others, I’m sure.

I’d love to know more...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-09-2022, 04:06 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,146
Posted By sprucemoose
The practical side of me agrees with you. The...

The practical side of me agrees with you. The dreamer on the other hand…

If Van never put a little time into dreaming and R&D then the RV fleet would consist of a few dozen RV-3s and very few of us...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-09-2022, 04:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,146
Posted By sprucemoose
I can imagine all sorts of scenarios that would...

I can imagine all sorts of scenarios that would keep me up at night if I were Van’s. There is a difference between complexity added by the builder by larding it up, and complexity in the basic design...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-08-2022, 07:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,146
Posted By sprucemoose
Only too big and complex if we make it so. 2...

Only too big and complex if we make it so.

2 seats
Moderate engines- O-320
Fixed gear. Retracts are a waste under 200 kts. Also improves Vmc.

Need boots or 4 seats? Go buy a Baron or 310.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-08-2022, 01:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,146
Posted By sprucemoose
I’m with Brian. Yes to a twin, but make it...

I’m with Brian. Yes to a twin, but make it conventional like the Derringer. No Bommerang type. A 14 with two O-320s would be about the sweet spot.

Biggest problem I see is that the natural tendency...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,552
Posted By sprucemoose
I wonder how the issues around 5G will impact the...

I wonder how the issues around 5G will impact the move towards GPS based approaches? The doomsday scenario (and the one the FAA is getting ready for) is no more CAT II/III approaches. Current LPV...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-13-2021, 05:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,073
Posted By sprucemoose
Last year I replaced my old circa 2003 Hooker...

Last year I replaced my old circa 2003 Hooker belts with new Crows. The old ones had friction slide adjusters just like the shoulder harnesses, and it was a simple mater to move them over to the new...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2021, 07:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,143
Posted By sprucemoose
Scott, If you leave the plane in HBC all week...

Scott,

If you leave the plane in HBC all week then they will charge you for the camping rate each night, even if you aren't camped there. I would definitely move it to HBP where there is no charge....
Forum: Aircraft Camping 06-26-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,810
Posted By sprucemoose
That bottle is usually half empty by Friday as...

That bottle is usually half empty by Friday as well...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 06-25-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,810
Posted By sprucemoose
Ralph, Your observations are spot on. We have 20...

Ralph,

Your observations are spot on. We have 20 years of data to back this up- Tuesday air show is the peak of attendance in HBC/ HBP. After that departures out pace arrivals and it’s a slow...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 07:09 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 24,705
Posted By sprucemoose
That is a nasty dent but I don't think it would...

That is a nasty dent but I don't think it would require replacement of the LE skin (which would be a big job on a -6 as you say.) A friend had a similar dent in the same spot recently (severe hangar...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2021, 07:31 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 41,588
Posted By sprucemoose
I doubt it. The bush plane "Super Cub" market is...

I doubt it. The bush plane "Super Cub" market is pretty crowded already with a lot of companies with more experience in this area. The twin market is pretty sparse- is the twin Velocity still...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 07:53 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 41,588
Posted By sprucemoose
Why not? Makes more sense than a “Van’s Super...

Why not? Makes more sense than a “Van’s Super Cub” design. A Van’s designed Wing Derringer type would likely sell better than you’d think.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2021, 06:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,262
Posted By sprucemoose
You beat me to it, but this was going to be my...

You beat me to it, but this was going to be my advice as well. The length of antibody based immunity is still somewhat up in the air (mostly due to lack of long term data) but it seems to be getting...
Forum: RV-4 12-31-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,672
Posted By sprucemoose
Thanks all, just what I was looking for.

Thanks all, just what I was looking for.
Forum: RV-4 12-31-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,672
Posted By sprucemoose
Tank attach bracket slot

The shop at my flight school is in the process of reworking an old RV-4 for a customer who bought it. Looking the airplane over I noticed that the fuel tanks do not have the slot in the attach...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-30-2020, 06:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,806
Posted By sprucemoose
-8 tail kits have been “pre-punched” since at...

-8 tail kits have been “pre-punched” since at least the late 90s. Please note that “pre-punched” is not the same as “matched hole” which is the modern standard in which both the skins and underlying...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-24-2020, 08:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,619
Posted By sprucemoose
Nope and neither are the hour requirements.

Nope and neither are the hour requirements.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 29,464
Posted By sprucemoose
Jessica, Like many others here I've followed...

Jessica,

Like many others here I've followed your story and find you to be very inspirational. Welcome aboard VAF.

My turn to think out loud, and slightly out of the box. I'm thinking of the way...
Forum: RV-10 07-30-2020, 06:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,903
Posted By sprucemoose
No they don’t. Gosh I feel old.

No they don’t. Gosh I feel old.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,350
Posted By sprucemoose
Probably because squeezing the ailerons is the...

Probably because squeezing the ailerons is the last thing you want to do, after checking all the other causes like misaligned hinges, fairings, etc. The Vans instructions are pretty clear about...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2019, 07:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,090
Posted By sprucemoose
On the O-200 that stud does not go through to the...

On the O-200 that stud does not go through to the inside of the case. If the oil is truly coming out via the stud you likely have a serious crack. I’d suspect that it’s coming from under the cylinder...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-02-2019, 05:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,103
Posted By sprucemoose
DC-4 (Down Corning #4) is also good stuff to use...

DC-4 (Down Corning #4) is also good stuff to use on these, and is good stuff for oil filters as well. Fuel lube of similar is the wrong stuff to use. I used it for years until I got wise to DC-4.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-05-2019, 06:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,040
Posted By sprucemoose
I use the MGL plug gasket CHT sensors on an...

I use the MGL plug gasket CHT sensors on an O-200. Just over 100 hours with maybe half a dozen plug on/ off events. I've found them to be fairly robust so far. It is important to anneal them every...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2019, 04:33 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 14,774
Posted By sprucemoose
If there was ever an example of "over...

If there was ever an example of "over engineering" by Vans (defined here as a part stronger than it needs to be) it is the RV-6 spar carry through. They took the -3/ -4 style of spar attach and just...
Forum: Primers 09-03-2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 15,746
Posted By sprucemoose
You are correct that this discussion is about...

You are correct that this discussion is about Ecopoxy and the directions you posted are clear. I wonder if that is an oversight on their part or intentional, since I believe all of their 2-part...
Forum: Primers 09-03-2019, 06:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 15,746
Posted By sprucemoose
This is incorrect, they specifically state in...

This is incorrect, they specifically state in both the written instructions and in their videos to mix the paint and catalyst prior to thinning.

From the Ecopoly/ Ecocrylic instructions. Emphasis...
Forum: Primers 09-02-2019, 07:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 15,746
Posted By sprucemoose
I agree with most everything you wrote but this...

I agree with most everything you wrote but this stuck out at me. This is contrary to Stewarts directions and to my own experience. The exact mixing ratio will depend on the product, the gun, tip...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2019, 05:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,053
Posted By sprucemoose
As others have noted there are no special...

As others have noted there are no special procedures in effect on Thursday, just normal tower operations. However... things can get pretty busy on that day with arrivals, and the tower controllers...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 06-30-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,160
Posted By sprucemoose
Sorry to hear about your dad Dennis. I knew him...

Sorry to hear about your dad Dennis. I knew him as well, but that isn't any great accomplishment since I think every pilot in Wisconsin knew him. He gave me some good advice back when I was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 13,210
Posted By sprucemoose
It says nothing of the sort. The exact wording is...

It says nothing of the sort. The exact wording is (emphasis added)

For aircraft unable to operate comfortably at 90 knots:

It says nothing about the pilot?s level of comfort, and this is a critical...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 13,210
Posted By sprucemoose
This goes back a few years but recent enough to...

This goes back a few years but recent enough to be relevant. It is also the accident which Rick Durden wrote about back in 2001 and which I post every year around this time.

NTSB:...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-24-2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,444
Posted By sprucemoose
It certainly could. Try gapping them and report...

It certainly could. Try gapping them and report back with the results.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-24-2019, 04:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,444
Posted By sprucemoose
The gap on the BR8ES is usually pretty tight out...

The gap on the BR8ES is usually pretty tight out of the box and needs to be opened up. Don't have the spec handy but I think it's .032 for Emag.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2019, 05:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,618
Posted By sprucemoose
If it is any consolation, you aren't the first...

If it is any consolation, you aren't the first builder to be bitten by this. I have a spare data plate for N1879B sitting on my shelf for the same reason.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-07-2019, 07:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,316
Posted By sprucemoose
An overhaul at TBO is not required even for type...

An overhaul at TBO is not required even for type certificated aircraft operated under part 91 (non-commercial.)

Edit- I looked up this article on Kitplanes website and Paul even points this out in...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-13-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,480
Posted By sprucemoose
Kalibr beat me to it but he is right- the the PM...

Kalibr beat me to it but he is right- the the PM regulator/ rectifier does not contain crowbar OV protection like the LR-3 does. It is cheaply and easily added via parts available from B&C, and...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-05-2018, 07:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,834
Posted By sprucemoose
Easily, depending on engine/ prop. I flight plan...

Easily, depending on engine/ prop. I flight plan a conservative 160ktas at 8.5 gph economy cruise.
Forum: Safety 11-18-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 28,907
Posted By sprucemoose
This has been a problem for years and needs to be...

This has been a problem for years and needs to be addressed as part of this overhaul. The point of contact with ATC is the North 40 GAC/ GAP folks in Flightline Ops, so it is not surprising that the...
Forum: Safety 11-18-2018, 10:45 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 28,907
Posted By sprucemoose
In this scenario, a good bunch of them will...

In this scenario, a good bunch of them will simply head south for a while, then turn around and get back right back in the line hoping to get through. I don't see how this is going to reduce...
Forum: Safety 11-17-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 28,907
Posted By sprucemoose
Vic, A big thanks to you and everyone else who...

Vic,

A big thanks to you and everyone else who worked on this. I'm sure a lot of work went into it. However, it has the look and feel of something designed by a committee. There are aspects of it...
Forum: Midwest 10-25-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,551
Posted By sprucemoose
No, the bottles won't stay full long enough to be...

No, the bottles won't stay full long enough to be of any use.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2018, 07:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,204
Posted By sprucemoose
Not old Sam. ?Classic.?

Not old Sam. ?Classic.?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2018, 04:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,204
Posted By sprucemoose
You could easily do that, as long as you don't...

You could easily do that, as long as you don't drill the attach holes that connect the HS/ VS spars to the fuselage. If you do drill them, it is doable but much more difficult.

Go ahead and build...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,204
Posted By sprucemoose
There was never a non-prepunched -8 tail kit. ...

There was never a non-prepunched -8 tail kit. The early -8 tails were the same as the later -6 tails (with the 020 rudder skins) and those were pre-punched.

It is important to note that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,742
Posted By sprucemoose
No. The scores are all kept secret and the...

No. The scores are all kept secret and the scoring sheets are destroyed after the show.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2018, 05:33 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,882
Posted By sprucemoose
Well, how would you propose we do that, if...

Well, how would you propose we do that, if different from the status quo?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2018, 06:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,321
Posted By sprucemoose
I wish I had taken more photos while at Oshkosh. ...

I wish I had taken more photos while at Oshkosh. I'm hoping someone else might have a photo they can post.
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