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Forum: California Today, 02:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 194
Posted By rcsilvmac
DPE

I live in Sacramento and got my PPL ~2yrs ago in my RV6-A. I have used Lee Apaka for multiple jobs and he is very knowledgeable on RVs and a great guy to work with.

For my checkride I was able to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-25-2022, 12:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,206
Posted By rcsilvmac
Little bumpy

I am assisting on an RV-12 with 912ULS. This weekend I flew it in some moderate mid-day turbulence and I can say it is affected much more than my RV-6A. The RV-12 I was flying has a Dynon Flightdek...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2022, 06:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,026
Posted By rcsilvmac
Not a Vans build

To close this thread - i did get a reply from Vans that the plane was not a Vans build, but was just registered as "Vans Aircraft" manufacturer.

Thanks for pointers everyone!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2022, 08:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,026
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks

The plane is an ELSA. I now have some paperwork and it looks like the builder ordered kits on different days. He was based out of Friday Harbor, WA. I don't want to mention names, but if you know who...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2022, 04:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,026
Posted By rcsilvmac
Tracing the builder

I am helping a friend prepare an RV-12 for sale. The owner has passed away so I have very limited history on the plane. The builder is listed as "Vans Aircraft" on the registration. Does that mean...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2022, 01:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 858
Posted By rcsilvmac
In Reach Mini

I carry mine in my front pocket every time I fly. It is a critical safety item for me.

During a recent long distance flight my spouse and family were able to track my progress through the web...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2022, 08:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,188
Posted By rcsilvmac
Lake Tahoe West Side

Took a quick detour to fly West and do a tour of Lake Tahoe after some recent snowfall. I love my RV!
Forum: RV-4 02-04-2022, 12:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,138
Posted By rcsilvmac
Vertigo

Love your approach here. Not directly related to the airplane, but maybe useful thought. When I started my journey on buying an RV I was focused on RV-4. At the time RV-4s were about $10-15K less...
Forum: Safety 02-01-2022, 01:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,497
Posted By rcsilvmac
As a pilot/owner of both an RV and a Gyro - I...

As a pilot/owner of both an RV and a Gyro - I agree that the "assumption" by the gyro pilot to turn around on an active runway and proceed to initiate a takeoff in the other direction should have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2022, 09:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,298
Posted By rcsilvmac
Truckee

I had a few hours open Sunday morning ahead of the Chiefs playoff game (sigh) and wanted to exercise the RV. I ended up flying to Truckee to check out the snow, enjoy the scenery over Lake Tahoe. I...
Forum: California 01-26-2022, 04:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 701
Posted By rcsilvmac
Richard Conte

I used Richard Conte a few years ago in my RV-6A for PPL. I had to wait 4 months back then. Here is the contact number I had - (530) 903-8543. Good luck!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2022, 10:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,485
Posted By rcsilvmac
RV Weekend

The weekend started off nerve racking as I coaxed my wife into the plane with me (a rare event). Turns out it there was some pretty significant wind inversions we had to fly through in our short...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-21-2022, 11:04 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,589
Posted By rcsilvmac
LOL!!! We need a "like" button on this...

LOL!!! We need a "like" button on this forum.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-18-2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,061
Posted By rcsilvmac
Great shot!

That is one beautiful peak! Don't you just want to go sledding down that face? :)
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-07-2021, 11:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,746
Posted By rcsilvmac
Dual training highly recommended

One of the most exciting days in my life was the day I got spin training in my RV6-A. I had about 30 hours in type, 120 hours overall, when I did that training. I learned so much about what to expect...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2021, 10:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,644
Posted By rcsilvmac
NorCal Scenery

Enjoyed a few flights up and down the Sierra Foothills west of Lake Tahoe. Took advantage of beautiful weather in California this weekend.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,835
Posted By rcsilvmac
Napa Bike Tour

I flew my RV6-A with a friend from Placerville KPVF (east of Sacramento) to Napa KAPC for a day of sightseeing and some exercise. As we planned the trip we discovered the "Vine Trail," which runs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2021, 06:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,361
Posted By rcsilvmac
WOW!

What a dramatic improvement in the Van's online store experience!!! I will definitely be shopping on this site a lot more often. Congratulations to the team at Van's that made this happen!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2021, 04:21 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,256
Posted By rcsilvmac
Electric Unicycle - EUC

I started on a One Wheel, and after taking a header at 15MPH, I switched to an Electric Unicycle (EUC). My EUC weighs 27lbs and fits easily in the back of my RV-6. I bought a used Inmotion V8 for...
Forum: Safety 11-09-2021, 02:59 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,246
Posted By rcsilvmac
You are not the only one...

Not too long ago I was in a similar situation. I was chatting with a friend while doing my pre-takeoff checklist. I pulled up to the hold short line, did a cursory look at the runway (uncontrolled...
Forum: Safety 10-25-2021, 01:04 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,874
Posted By rcsilvmac
My opinion

I have seen a number of videos related to this incident, including the one published by the PIC. He made a large number of poor decisions, resulting in the accident you describe, then slinged mud...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2021, 07:10 PM
Replies: 73
Sticky: Daily RV Pic
Views: 23,786
Posted By rcsilvmac
New Sights!

My RV allows me to experience places in a whole new way! This is the Grand Canyon...
Forum: California 09-28-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,340
Posted By rcsilvmac
Richard Conte

Richard Conte did my check ride in my RV-6 for my PPL. I believe he will do IFR as well. He is based out of McClellan (KMCC).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2021, 09:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,980
Posted By rcsilvmac
Smoke out over LA

I was hoping to fly the California Central Valley south and meet my daughter in Long Beach. Flew 2 hours to Grapevine hills that are where the valley meets SoCal. As I came over the hills I ran into...
Forum: Safety 09-22-2021, 12:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,287
Posted By rcsilvmac
Multi Focal Contacts

My Optometrist recommended multi-focal contacts for me. They have worked out fantastic! I gave up a very slight amount of distance sharpness for the ability to read phone, instruments, computer, etc...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2021, 10:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,106
Posted By rcsilvmac
Bumpy ride

It was bumpy ride this weekend in NorCal, but I was so happy to be breathing fresh air, I didn't mind!
Forum: California 08-16-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,133
Posted By rcsilvmac
Preflight recommendation

Lee Apaka is A&P at Rio Vista - Team Light Aviation. Knows RVs really well. lee@teamlightaviation.com. 707-863-1121
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2021, 03:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,316
Posted By rcsilvmac
Smoky flight

Northern California was full of smoke this weekend. I was planning to get away to Tahoe area and had to divert as I was beginning to lose sight of the ground during my climb. Over the day the smoke...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,837
Posted By rcsilvmac
My VG experience - RV-6A

Last year, after about 20 hours in the plane, I installed the Stolspeed VG kit on my RV-6A. On the day of install, at ~5000' AGL, stall speeds reduced from 52 mph to 49 mph power off, and power on...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-09-2021, 10:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,892
Posted By rcsilvmac
FlyLED

I went to FlyLED 6 pack. Incredible difference. I am NOT a builder, and used a street sign for aluminum, but fabricated my own mounting plate. A little paint and it looks fantastic. The difference in...
Forum: Reviews 08-05-2021, 05:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,754
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks

Exactly the review I was waiting on...I saw the mention of the wide version, but there weren't any pictures of that specifically in an RV-6. Appreciate you posting, this will work perfectly for me as...
Forum: RV-4 08-03-2021, 08:26 PM
Replies: 352
Views: 451,665
Posted By rcsilvmac
Gorgeous!

Nick, kudos on a fantastic airplane. You took a great plane and made it Awesome!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-14-2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,225
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks

I appreciated reading your flight blog. You must be really good at shooting photos while flying by now! Appreciate you putting in the work and sharing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2021, 02:49 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 26,446
Posted By rcsilvmac
Here is the specific text of my email to...

Here is the specific text of my email to 9-AVS-AFG-LODA@faa.gov:

"I would like LODA to receive instruction (BFR, etc) in my experimental RV-6A. Here is my info:"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 26,446
Posted By rcsilvmac
Sent email

I also used the email address noted above for my request and provided the requested information. In my case I specifically called out BFR and transition training.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2021, 12:56 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 26,446
Posted By rcsilvmac
My LODA Wording

I only requested LODA for transition training and BFR. I am NOT an instructor, so this was for my personal training only.

I don't think there is any rule preventing me from sharing some of the text...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 26,446
Posted By rcsilvmac
Got my LODA for BFR already!

Just got an email from my FSDO with my LODA authorizing me to use my RV for flight instruction within my operating limitations. Fantastic response from Sacramento FSDO! Kudos to them...
Forum: California 07-01-2021, 03:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,715
Posted By rcsilvmac
Shelter Cove

If the coast is clear of marine fog, check out Shelter Cove (0Q5). You can take a short hike off the North end of the airport and explore the black sand beach and scramble up some impressive rocks to...
Forum: Reviews 07-01-2021, 03:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,315
Posted By rcsilvmac
Another Thumbs Up

I will pile on and state that my experience with Tom has always been fantastic, and the products are superb. Fast communications, detailed explanations to my sometimes na´ve questions, and products...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,006
Posted By rcsilvmac
Vote for Sporty's

I used Sporty's PPL class when I transitioned from Sport Pilot to Private Pilot. Great videos, works on a number of platforms, saves progress and great practice exams. I found the practice questions...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2021, 10:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,489
Posted By rcsilvmac
Santa Catalina - KAVX

My bucket list included flying to Catalina Island, and I checked that one off this weekend. A friend was buying a car in Lancaster, CA and needed a ride. I dropped him off Saturday AM and flew over...
Forum: California 06-14-2021, 10:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 915
Posted By rcsilvmac
One more

Dan Masys, EAA tech counselor, RV10 owner, built multiple RVs, great guy. He also assisted me on my pre-buy for my RV6. He is based out of KLHM - few hour flight to Fresno.

dmasys2@gmail.com
Forum: California 06-14-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 915
Posted By rcsilvmac
Couple suggestions

Lee Apaka, Team Light Aviation. Based out of Rio Vista Ca. A lot of RV experience. lee@teamlightaviation.com

Lee Ulrich. Did the condition inspection on my RV-6. Very thorough and also great...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,229
Posted By rcsilvmac
CVH Fun

Flew down to Hollister California and met some friends for lunch. Great restaurant right off the airport. We were fortunate to watch a P-51 Mustang and L39 take off. Another fun day in the RV!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2021, 10:39 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 19,136
Posted By rcsilvmac
Respect the mission

I am relatively low time in fixed wing (~200hrs) with more than half in my RV-6A. I was fortunate to get training in a variety of aircraft, with very little high wing Cessna time. Like many here, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2021, 08:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,389
Posted By rcsilvmac
P-51

I got to make cockpit noises while sitting in a P-51 Mustang. Also enjoyed the cockpit of a T6. Made me appreciate the controls of my RV-6A. Also had the pleasure (?) of practicing a nasty cross-wind...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-21-2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,177
Posted By rcsilvmac
One Wheel and Electric Unicyle in RV-6

On a recent cross country I flew with a friend in my RV-6 tip up with both a One Wheel XR and an Inmotion V8 electric unicycle in the back. The back area was full with those two machines (~28lbs ea)...
Forum: Safety 04-16-2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 12,276
Posted By rcsilvmac
Bruce, I wish I had hangar near you - I could...

Bruce, I wish I had hangar near you - I could keep you busy on my RV-6A! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,145
Posted By rcsilvmac
Mike - I use an Electric Unicycle (EUC) and my...

Mike - I use an Electric Unicycle (EUC) and my friend uses a One Wheel XR. Both of these can travel up to 18-20Mph, 15-20 miles. They each weigh 30 lbs which makes W&B a challenge in the RV-6 baggage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,145
Posted By rcsilvmac
West and East Grand Canyon

I apologize, I landed on West side and South side. For West side I landed at 1G4 - Grand Canyon West. Fantastic place to land - was able to walk right to a bus station and get a quick ride to a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,145
Posted By rcsilvmac
Grand Canyon - Norcal to GCN

Took my RV-6A from Sacramento area to Grand Canyon National Park. Nine+ hours of flying over 2 days. Camped overnight in state land right out of town. We were able to do rim tours of both West and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,321
Posted By rcsilvmac
RV6A installation Six Pack

I installed a Six Pack in my RV-6A wing. The builder had built a simple cover plate and bracket between two ribs. Here are before and after pics of my upgrade to the FlyLEDs 6 pack. This was a huge...
Forum: California 04-02-2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,702
Posted By rcsilvmac
Some NorCal suggestions - my regular haunts

KAUN - Auburn - Wings - great food. I absolutely love the Chicken Fried Steak. Order after 11 am and you can get fries instead of potatoes.

KOVE - Oroville - Deli at Golf Course - about 1/3 up the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-31-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,557
Posted By rcsilvmac
Gorgeous

Sounds like a long term grin machine! Enjoy!
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 03-29-2021, 05:12 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,162
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks for sharing!

I really appreciate you shedding your ego and sharing this with the community. Congrats on safely getting on the ground!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 02:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,102
Posted By rcsilvmac
New PMAG

Test flew my newly installed PMAG. Replaced a 700+ hour Bendix mag with the PMAG. Ran into a few installation hiccups caused by my inexperience, but got great assistance from Tom @ TSFLIGHTLINES to...
Forum: Reviews 02-19-2021, 11:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,208
Posted By rcsilvmac
Second Kudos for Flightlines!

I had a minor hose need, and Tom was incredibly creative to help craft a solution for me. He is a fantastic supporter of this community and has now gained another lifetime customer!
Forum: Propellers 02-08-2021, 08:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,662
Posted By rcsilvmac
Yes, I put the wrong static number in. I...

Yes, I put the wrong static number in. I apologize for confusion and have corrected the original post. We actually saw 2275 RPM static.
Forum: Propellers 02-08-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,662
Posted By rcsilvmac
My understanding was the Lycoming O-320 could...

My understanding was the Lycoming O-320 could deliver additional performance at RPMs higher than the 2600 I was seeing on my old prop - hence by being able to drive higher RPMs (to 2700) I can...
Forum: Propellers 02-08-2021, 02:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,662
Posted By rcsilvmac
Props: From Wood to Catto - initial impressions

I fly an RV-6A with O-320-E2A. I have flown about 150 hours on this plane with a Sterba 68x78 wood prop. I had been contemplating upgrading this prop and had been closely watching threads on this...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-04-2021, 11:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,541
Posted By rcsilvmac
Nah, the RV-15 is a tailwheel!

Nah, the RV-15 is a tailwheel!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-25-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 959
Posted By rcsilvmac
"On my 1990 RV-6 plans there are complete...

"On my 1990 RV-6 plans there are complete instructions for installing the E brake system."

Art, I am no expert in reading RV plans (but I am getting better) - this was what I could find - and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-24-2021, 09:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 959
Posted By rcsilvmac
Thanks

Thanks - sounds like I need to pull the carpet. I looked on the firewall under the cowling and there were no obvious nut plates. Once I get it apart I will take some pics for future reference.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-24-2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 959
Posted By rcsilvmac
Parking Brake Rebuild

I have a Cleveland Parking Brake on my RV-6A. It is leaking at the top cylinder so I purchased some o-rings in an attempt to rebuild it. My question is how is it attached to the bulkhead?

I looked...
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