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Forum: RV-15 07-18-2022, 11:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,242
Posted By svanarts
I built an RV-4 years ago and then got more into...

I built an RV-4 years ago and then got more into backcountry flying which made me lose interest in the RVs. The RV-15 has definitely rekindled my interest. Watching closely.

I'm guessing...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-21-2013, 05:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,840
Posted By svanarts
I'm an old RV guy from 10 years ago (that's old...

I'm an old RV guy from 10 years ago (that's old in Internet time). I have never regretted going LSA. I do miss my RV-4 but I love my current LSA compliant experimental. I am now flying on a lapsed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2011, 03:05 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 14,697
Posted By svanarts
Hi Chad, remember me? I got to the point you are...

Hi Chad, remember me?

I got to the point you are at now about 3 years ago. That's why I made the decisions I did. I couldn't justify the RV-4 any more. Now I have a Rans Coyote, burn auto fuel,...
Forum: GPS 03-24-2010, 04:57 PM
Replies: 404
Views: 239,510
Posted By svanarts
Has anyone found a clever way to turn the unit on...

Has anyone found a clever way to turn the unit on or off while it is mounted in an AirGizmos dock? Do I need to RTFM or something?
Forum: COMM 01-16-2009, 09:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,794
Posted By svanarts
You nailed it Alfio. I needed to strap pin B to...

You nailed it Alfio. I needed to strap pin B to +12V. Works like a charm. Thanks again!!
Forum: COMM 01-16-2009, 09:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,794
Posted By svanarts
I saw the pin that it called out for...

I saw the pin that it called out for backlighting. I didn't know you needed to hook it up to +12V too. That pin is in fact not connected to anything. I'll try that out and report back. Thanks...
Forum: COMM 01-16-2009, 08:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,794
Posted By svanarts
Icom A200 backlight not working

Just bought this off eBay and apparently I didn't ask all the right questions. This radio apparently works except for the backlighting on the display doesn't come on. Am I SOL? Any ideas for what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2008, 05:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 10,829
Posted By svanarts
I landed at an Air Force base once without prior...

I landed at an Air Force base once without prior permission. Well, the tower knew we were landing. We had an engine out and had no where else to go. Get permission if at all possible. Otherwise the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-16-2008, 11:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,055
Posted By svanarts
Not sure how long the Dynon's last but I know...

Not sure how long the Dynon's last but I know they last longer than that. Call Dynon up and tell them the same story about your mythical Dynon and see what they say. You may just end up buying a...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-27-2008, 10:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,966
Posted By svanarts
I grew up in Brunswick and spent many summer days...

I grew up in Brunswick and spent many summer days out on Jekyll and St. Simon's Island. Brings back a lot of memories. Thanks for the post.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2008, 03:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,115
Posted By svanarts
Looks like a geeky version of burning man. I...

Looks like a geeky version of burning man. I worked at Lockheed for years and DREAMED of being able to land at Moffet and walk out the gate to my building. Great photos.
Forum: RV-4 03-19-2008, 11:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,892
Posted By svanarts
It's fairly straight forward. But as alluded to...

It's fairly straight forward. But as alluded to already getting the bolts out will be challenging but not impossible. Just will take patience and a lot of hanging upside down on the cockpit rails...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2008, 04:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,141
Posted By svanarts
As I understand it, the issue is if you purchase...

As I understand it, the issue is if you purchase or complate a plane AND operate it in Florida within 6 months of said purchase or completion, you *may* be subject to the Florida luxury, sales,...
Forum: Web Site Development 03-18-2008, 04:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,700
Posted By svanarts
There are several paid services out there that...

There are several paid services out there that will allow you to send out mass emails. Just understand that one man's newsletter is another man's spam so finding a perfect solution will be...
Forum: RV-4 03-18-2008, 03:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,633
Posted By svanarts
On my RV-4 I made an mount for the gascolator out...

On my RV-4 I made an mount for the gascolator out of aluminum angle. I then drilled bolt holes in the other leg of the angle. I then attached this via adel clamps to the bottom cross tube on the...
Forum: Propellers 01-17-2008, 09:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,664
Posted By svanarts
The only danger is that you'll change your mind...

The only danger is that you'll change your mind before the prop is done. If you already have your mind made up go for it. I've got a Catto prop and I've been to his shop twice. He's a great guy,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2008, 12:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,319
Posted By svanarts
Ugh, my stomache turned just reading that. :eek:

Ugh, my stomache turned just reading that. :eek:
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-03-2008, 05:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,601
Posted By svanarts
That sounds exactly like the same failure mode of...

That sounds exactly like the same failure mode of the earlier motors. I retrofitted for manual flaps for this very reason.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2008, 04:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,843
Posted By svanarts
Go get your BFR in whatever the FBO has. That...

Go get your BFR in whatever the FBO has. That will make it easier to knock the rust off. Then stay current. Fly fly fly while you build. Doesn't really matter what. When you are about 6 mos from...
Forum: RV-4 12-26-2007, 06:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,161
Posted By svanarts
I can't wait to find out either. Mine dumps out...

I can't wait to find out either. Mine dumps out right at the firewall and keeps my right foot toasty warm. The rest of my body and my passenger just shiver. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2007, 06:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,096
Posted By svanarts
Sounds like you're a pretty darn good pilot to...

Sounds like you're a pretty darn good pilot to me. Humble too. You're good people.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2007, 11:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,238
Posted By svanarts
My gascolator is hanging from the center of the...

My gascolator is hanging from the center of the bottom most engine mount tube. I made a mount out of alum angle and then used adel clamps to attach it to the tube. Just the drain valve hangs down...
Forum: RV-4 08-18-2007, 10:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,261
Posted By svanarts
Last time I checked with them, the Koger sunshade...

Last time I checked with them, the Koger sunshade folks were thinking of an RV-4 sun shade. I bet an RV-8 shade could be easily modified. Especially if you know of someone with minor sewing skills.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2007, 09:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,119
Posted By svanarts
Bring 'em home safe.

Bring 'em home safe.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-10-2007, 10:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,609
Posted By svanarts
Cool! Post some pictures if you try it out.

Cool! Post some pictures if you try it out.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-09-2007, 11:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,609
Posted By svanarts
And in my case possibly mandatory. I'm...

And in my case possibly mandatory. I'm vertically challenged. :)

That's a long way off for me but something I'll have to start playing around with. I don't really care about the double images...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2007, 10:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,331
Posted By svanarts
I like the O320 just from looking at the...

I like the O320 just from looking at the estimated ranges on Van's website. 835 SM for the O320 and 775 for the O360. May not seem like much until you are trying to make that alternate airport...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-08-2007, 10:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,609
Posted By svanarts
Very cool! Did you ever consider embedding the...

Very cool! Did you ever consider embedding the lights into the glarshield so that you wouldn't have that obstruction? You're inspiring me to try it.
Forum: RV-4 08-08-2007, 10:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,712
Posted By svanarts
If you've ever looked at an RV-8, they have them...

If you've ever looked at an RV-8, they have them on either side of the pilot's seat. Great place for the rear passenger to put their feet at a more comfortable angle. In an RV-4 it has the added...
Forum: RV-4 08-07-2007, 10:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,712
Posted By svanarts
The CG limitations of the RV-4 is one of the...

The CG limitations of the RV-4 is one of the reasons I'm building an RV-7. Though I've heard you can have the same problems on the 7 depending on how you build it.

I've limited my back seaters...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-07-2007, 09:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,609
Posted By svanarts
I've always wondered if you took the lower end...

I've always wondered if you took the lower end AOA indicator from AFS and mounted it inside the top of the glarshield facing up. Kind of aim the LEDs up into the plexiglass. Would they be bright...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2007, 11:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,204
Posted By svanarts
Absolutely. Always pay attention. Especially...

Absolutely. Always pay attention. Especially when taxiing or landing an "A" model on grass. ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2007, 07:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,204
Posted By svanarts
And are they not the easiest landing tailwheel...

And are they not the easiest landing tailwheel airplane there is? :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2007, 10:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,910
Posted By svanarts
Their reasoning makes no sense. If we follow...

Their reasoning makes no sense. If we follow this line of reasoning then we should all pull over when a Greyhound bus goes by. After all, there are upwards of 60 people on that bus, why should they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2007, 03:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,683
Posted By svanarts
The cup holders really did it for me. Nice...

The cup holders really did it for me. Nice touch.

The other manufacturers were VERY pleased to see Cessna come out with a LSA. Cirrus said they had already committed to one but when the 162 came...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2007, 03:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,392
Posted By svanarts
I brought my laptop along but I left it at our...

I brought my laptop along but I left it at our rental house. Was great for reading up on all the blogs from others who were at OSH. Got some great tips on things to see that way. Skype also made...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2007, 03:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,412
Posted By svanarts
Those beams look dead on like the ones in my old...

Those beams look dead on like the ones in my old church. :)
Forum: Safety 07-30-2007, 12:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,900
Posted By svanarts
I've flown in to OSH twice. Both times I found...

I've flown in to OSH twice. Both times I found the hardest part to be the worrying before I actually entered the pattern over Ripon. I really thought the controllers were top notch and found the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-14-2007, 10:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,497
Posted By svanarts
Dynon will sell you knobs now. It's an add-on...

Dynon will sell you knobs now. It's an add-on module.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-14-2007, 09:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,546
Posted By svanarts
Didn't know that about the mains. I'm building a...

Didn't know that about the mains. I'm building a straight 7 so that should mitigate things a little.

Original poster: I really like my O320 / 2-blade Catto prop. I don't think you'll be...
Forum: RV-4 07-13-2007, 11:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,522
Posted By svanarts
I flew the Van's fork the first 150 hours and...

I flew the Van's fork the first 150 hours and never had an issue with it. The RV-4 is still the sweetest landing taildragger there is in my opinion. I have the Bell fork now and it is much better...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2007, 11:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,900
Posted By svanarts
Already lots of good advice here. One more...

Already lots of good advice here.

One more thing. Bengay for your wrists, elbows, and shoulders after you take all those spar bolts off. There are a bunch of them.

I've done it. Twice. Never...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-13-2007, 11:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,546
Posted By svanarts
Any concern from RV-7 builders about weight and...

Any concern from RV-7 builders about weight and balance issues with a Catto prop? My RV-4 is a little tail heavy with the light Catto on the front. I hear that the RV-7 tends to be a little tail...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-07-2007, 11:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,086
Posted By svanarts
I shelled out 10 bucks for the program. It is...

I shelled out 10 bucks for the program. It is pretty easy to use once you figure it out. The help file tells you where the bitmaps are for the color schemes. Then you just edit them with MS Paint...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2007, 09:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,090
Posted By svanarts
Matt, maybe YOU are the voice in my head that...

Matt, maybe YOU are the voice in my head that talks about building that low and slow airplane to compliment the RV-7 I'm building.

I am a repeat offender, I built and RV-4 and still haven't painted...
Forum: RV-4 07-05-2007, 09:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,066
Posted By svanarts
I set a weight limit in my back seat at 180 lbs. ...

I set a weight limit in my back seat at 180 lbs. My CG calculations say I could carry a heavier passenger. It just doesn't feel comfortable though. I picked 180 lbs because that's how much my...
Forum: GPS 06-29-2007, 10:57 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,014
Posted By svanarts
Garmin GPS with iPhone like interface -- no more...

Garmin GPS with iPhone like interface -- no more buttons.

Nah, that would be heck in turbulence.

I'm thinking it will be 3d terrain.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-27-2007, 09:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,129
Posted By svanarts
Get yourself a Motion LS800 and you could put any...

Get yourself a Motion LS800 and you could put any of several moving map applications. The Flight Cheetah does look interesting though. I'd like to know what folks think too.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-23-2007, 10:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,149
Posted By svanarts
Great review Steve, thanks. I am considering...

Great review Steve, thanks. I am considering this route myself. I bought my RV-4's engine from Aerosport and hung on the plane and it works but I'm really not a gear head. I could use some engine...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-19-2007, 10:18 PM
Replies: 1,177
Views: 1,389,022
Posted By svanarts
I don't know whether to be more impressed with...

I don't know whether to be more impressed with the panel or the workshop it's sitting in! Looks like you have the plane parked in your living room. Sweet...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2007, 01:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,437
Posted By svanarts
I got 80%. I don't think the writer of that test...

I got 80%. I don't think the writer of that test flies tailwheel airplanes though. I don't care what the conditions are, when I touch the ground I want to be going as slow as is safe. That usually...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2007, 10:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,215
Posted By svanarts
On my two trips to OSH from California I've...

On my two trips to OSH from California I've crossed the Rockies by following a line that runs roughly between Malad City, ID and Riverton, WY. The terrain is fairly low through there. Or just fly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2007, 10:14 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 14,450
Posted By svanarts
My RV-4: Redneck Rocket (if you'd ever seen it...

My RV-4: Redneck Rocket (if you'd ever seen it you'd know why)
RV-7 under construction: Heaventh Seven
Forum: GPS 06-10-2007, 12:29 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,272
Posted By svanarts
Yep, for an RV-10 you should be very happy with...

Yep, for an RV-10 you should be very happy with the unit. There really wouldn't be that many negatives in a larger airplane. The price of the updates would be the only drawback I could think...
Forum: GPS 06-09-2007, 01:14 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,272
Posted By svanarts
I had an EKP IV for a short time. I found the...

I had an EKP IV for a short time. I found the interface took a little getting used to. Maybe I'm too Garmin-centric. The display was excellent. I flew with it strapped to my leg in my RV-4. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2007, 11:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,272
Posted By svanarts
Thumbs down I didn't like it

I used it a couple of years ago back when it was free. (It's subscription based now) What I didn't like about it at the time was that you had to download moving map data for each zoom level. It was...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-30-2007, 08:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,173
Posted By svanarts
Yes, I feel so sorry for those large airlines. I...

Yes, I feel so sorry for those large airlines. I think I'll write them a check right now.

We need some CGI guys out there to make an answer to this load of tripe. Something to the tune of the...
Forum: Safety 05-30-2007, 12:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 16,044
Posted By svanarts
Good info Scott and Rob. Gave me some good stuff...

Good info Scott and Rob. Gave me some good stuff to think about. May not hurt to go get some transition training again just before the first RV-7 flight.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2007, 11:04 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,279
Posted By svanarts
Maybe. As long as the chair doesn't recline. ...

Maybe. As long as the chair doesn't recline. Makes a fella' sleepy.
Forum: Safety 05-28-2007, 10:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 16,044
Posted By svanarts
80 KTS or 80 MPH? The RV-4 will float quite a...

80 KTS or 80 MPH? The RV-4 will float quite a bit at 80 KTS. Just about right at 80 MPH. Is the RV-7 approach speed that much different? I'd like to know what to expect when I fly my RV-7... some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2007, 11:02 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,279
Posted By svanarts
I am an RV pilot. I am short. I am fat. I am...

I am an RV pilot. I am short. I am fat. I am 42. I would not make a good fighter pilot.

I don't even like to go upside down.
Forum: Propellers 05-26-2007, 10:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,670
Posted By svanarts
You mean they let folks build airplanes in...

You mean they let folks build airplanes in Jacksonville these days? :D
Forum: Propellers 05-26-2007, 10:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,670
Posted By svanarts
Craig is a regular guy

Here's a tip for the Internet generation; If you want instant answers via email and/or operators standing by to take your call, then you probably don't want to buy from Craig Catto. I bought my prop...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-10-2007, 10:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,253
Posted By svanarts
UPDATE - CHT temp down by 25 deg

I did two things and both together helped.

#1 I glassed in the sides of my air inlet ramps. Don't leave them open. Thanks for that suggestion.

#2 I paid more attention to timing my mags correctly...
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