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Forum: Safety 04-16-2022, 02:35 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,745
Posted By f14av8r
If you call the tower and ask for takeoff...

If you call the tower and ask for takeoff clearance, or any version of that, the only correct responses are either a clearance for takeoff or direction to hold short. Roger would never be appropriate...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-20-2021, 01:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,331
Posted By f14av8r
Bill, try getting the breather hose further into...

Bill, try getting the breather hose further into the wind stream and cut it at a 45 degree angle with the open side facing aft.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 09-06-2021, 05:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,219
Posted By f14av8r
Jan gave me my RV transition and tailwheel...

Jan gave me my RV transition and tailwheel endorsement back in 2013. I got 59 landings in 2 days in the middle of summer in Florida. I could not believe he was up for that! Super nice guy and a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 770
Posted By f14av8r
Aerobatic Harnesses

I want to inform my RV friends about things I learned and reinforced today. I'm flying a Pitts S-2 now but my previous airplane was an RV-8 and I did many of the same aerobatic maneuvers in that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2021, 04:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,334
Posted By f14av8r
I think had you highlighted "surface areas" in...

I think had you highlighted "surface areas" in red things would be more clear. I'm comfortable that the FAA legal interpretation supports flying aerobatics UNDER the shelf (not in the Class B...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2021, 01:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,334
Posted By f14av8r
Perfect! Iím happy to have this favorable...

Perfect! Iím happy to have this favorable interpretation in hand. Thanks!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,334
Posted By f14av8r
Aerobatic Areas

My question / issue regards aerobatic flight BELOW the shelf of Class B airspace. I live on the outskirts of Tampa. My field is under the Class B shelf. My preferred aerobatic area, about 5 miles...
Forum: RV-4 08-22-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,668
Posted By f14av8r
My plan for the RV-4 was to get rid of the canopy...

My plan for the RV-4 was to get rid of the canopy for any off field landing. It will definitely depart the airplane if you open it in flight. Hopefully the roll bar (V) and tail would provide enough...
Forum: Propellers 08-04-2021, 04:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,073
Posted By f14av8r
If it is a "major change" you have to do the...

If it is a "major change" you have to do the paperwork drill with the FAA. You can find plenty of info about what constitutes a major change on the internet. But, bottom line, if it substantially...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-10-2021, 03:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,578
Posted By f14av8r
if there is air in the brake lines, they won't...

if there is air in the brake lines, they won't seem as effective because when you push on the pedals the compressible air "dampens" the input. Bleed your brake lines. Hydraulic fluid is not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 24,088
Posted By f14av8r
If it makes anybody feel better, I just got a...

If it makes anybody feel better, I just got a quote for a Pitts S-1T (single seater, factory built) - $3200 yr. 61, ATP, 25K plus total, 550 TW in RVs. And, I'd have t spend $4000 to get the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 24,088
Posted By f14av8r
Ha! Not many of us have a million dollars sitting...

Ha! Not many of us have a million dollars sitting around for liability self-insurance!
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-07-2021, 12:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,053
Posted By f14av8r
I added a backseat throttle and rudder pedals to...

I added a backseat throttle and rudder pedals to my completed RV-8. The throttle is the more difficult install but not unreasonably difficult. The Vans rudder pedal kit is pretty easy.

I can think...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-02-2021, 07:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,573
Posted By f14av8r
Tracy, did you mean you replaced your Barry...

Tracy, did you mean you replaced your Barry mounts with new Barry Mounts? Or did you replace your Lord mounts with Barry mounts?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-02-2021, 04:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,573
Posted By f14av8r
Mainly price but also a belief that they are just...

Mainly price but also a belief that they are just as good as the Lord mounts. I'm also not happy that the Lord mounts deteriorated the way they did. I realize the caution against fluids getting on...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-01-2021, 02:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,573
Posted By f14av8r
Replacing Lord engine mount with Barry

I need to replace my lower engine mounts due to deterioration from oil exposure. I'm considering replacing the lower mounts with Barry mounts and leaving the upper Lord mounts in place. I'm also...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-01-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,404
Posted By f14av8r
I've been researching this carefully the last few...

I've been researching this carefully the last few days as I have to replace some oil damaged mounts on my install. The J-3804-20 isn't the "part" number, it's the kit number. The Lord kit consist of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2021, 03:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,575
Posted By f14av8r
Come on down! Tampa, Florida!

Come on down! Tampa, Florida!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2021, 03:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,251
Posted By f14av8r
Taildragger tug

I'm looking for a powered tug for my RV-8. I usually just push my airplane in and out of the hangar but, recently, fuel has become available on my little strip. I don't like having to start after...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-20-2020, 04:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,479
Posted By f14av8r
Inverted oil system canister vents onto the...

Inverted oil system canister vents onto the exhaust pipe.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-17-2020, 11:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,479
Posted By f14av8r
RV-8 Vetterman Crossover Exhaust

I bought my RV-8 about 18 months ago and have struggled a little with the Vetterman crossover exhaust system. I had a crack at the number 2 cylinder attaching flange and, a few months later, a crack...
Forum: Engine Monitors 10-31-2020, 05:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,414
Posted By f14av8r
Were your pressure readings weird all the time,...

Were your pressure readings weird all the time, or like my case, only when BOTH pumps were running?
Forum: Engine Monitors 10-31-2020, 03:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,414
Posted By f14av8r
Hi Ralph, Yes, that's the line. And, I have...

Hi Ralph,
Yes, that's the line. And, I have reviewed the EFIS setup and it is correct. I even tried other settings to see if that made a difference. Using other settings did not produce acceptable...
Forum: Engine Monitors 10-30-2020, 10:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,414
Posted By f14av8r
Hi guys, the sender line is coming directly off...

Hi guys, the sender line is coming directly off of the engine driven pump, straight to the manifold.
Forum: Engine Monitors 10-30-2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,414
Posted By f14av8r
Fuel Pressure unreliable

Hello All,
Looking for some help troubleshooting a fuel pressure issue. My RV-8 has an IO-360 being monitored by my EFIS, an Advanced Flight Systems 3400s with the AF-3400 Engine Monitor Package...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-25-2020, 02:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,175
Posted By f14av8r
Who's flying the airplane while you're using both...

Who's flying the airplane while you're using both hands to free the extinguisher? And, I think there is a pretty good chance you'd drop that sucker right into the back seat! The extinguisher should...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2020, 02:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,674
Posted By f14av8r
Do yourself and / or the next owner a favor and...

Do yourself and / or the next owner a favor and put an access panel there. Having just changed out a pitot tube (heater failure), I assure you that one is entirely necessary.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,399
Posted By f14av8r
Just quit worrying about it and buy some A20's....

Just quit worrying about it and buy some A20's. Absolutely the best headset out there.
Forum: Safety 06-13-2020, 03:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,935
Posted By f14av8r
Lose the canopy before you ditch. Deep water is...

Lose the canopy before you ditch. Deep water is better as most RVs will flip over on ditching. Landing on the beach is entirely dependent on the texture of the beach. Hard, level sand is a good...
Forum: RV-14 05-19-2020, 03:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,598
Posted By f14av8r
Style Points

If we are all honest with each other, we'll admit that the only real reason for building a tailwheel version of any Van's aircraft is looks, ego, and those all important style points!

How many...
Forum: Safety 04-20-2020, 12:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,052
Posted By f14av8r
All RVs will recover simply by releasing the...

All RVs will recover simply by releasing the stick. A faster recovery will be achieved by applying limited anti-spin controls - opposite rudder, slightly forward stick. The fastest recovery will be...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-15-2020, 04:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,821
Posted By f14av8r
I'm a big fan of racing hoses and fittings and...

I'm a big fan of racing hoses and fittings and have used Summit fittings and hoses on three Raven inverted installations. All are still working flawlessly. Just be sure to use the summit fittings...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-15-2020, 04:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,821
Posted By f14av8r
Fittings for Raven Install

See if this helps:

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-sGsMqck/0/ffcc1ced/L/i-sGsMqck-L.jpg
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-01-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,025
Posted By f14av8r
Fuel Tank Leaking Rivet replacement

Thank you Bob! I think this is exactly what I'm looking for. Ordering from Spruce. I'll let you know how it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-01-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,025
Posted By f14av8r
As I said in the original post, I've tried all...

As I said in the original post, I've tried all the external injection techniques offered on the website including green locktite. It helped but it did not solve the problem.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-31-2019, 03:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,025
Posted By f14av8r
Thanks Dave! But, I'll let it leak at the rate...

Thanks Dave! But, I'll let it leak at the rate it is leaking FOREVER before I pull the tank and open it up to fix that one problem.

I sure can't figure out what drawing I should be looking at if...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-31-2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,025
Posted By f14av8r
Leaking Fuel Tank Rivet

Okay, so I've tried all the tricks to get this rivet to quit leaking. No amount of pressurized cattle syringe injection of any type of sealant has worked. They slowed the leak quite a bit but have...
Forum: Safety 11-15-2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,590
Posted By f14av8r
What did your insurance company have to say? I...

What did your insurance company have to say? I suspect they may require some RV time.
Forum: RV-4 09-17-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,434
Posted By f14av8r
I had a Bogert tow bar for my -4 but quit using...

I had a Bogert tow bar for my -4 but quit using it. It always slipped off the tailwheel and, after a while, I found out it was much easier just to push the airplane around by the horizontal...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,820
Posted By f14av8r
Garmin Pilot vs Foreflight

Which do you use and why. I've tried them both over the last year and, at least for me, Foreflight is the clear winner. Frankly, I can't imagine why anybody would use any other product at this...
Forum: ADS-B 04-19-2019, 08:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,712
Posted By f14av8r
Use the 430W

I used the 430W as my GPS source when I installed my GTX-345. It wasn't hard but there was a lot of learning involved.

The advantage for me was that I made the other connections necessary to allow...
Forum: ADS-B 03-24-2019, 10:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,519
Posted By f14av8r
660 running Autopilot

While the 660 is certainly capable of running the autopilot, I didn't see the advantage. The Vizon autopilot works really well in coordination with the 430W and the AFS EFIS.
Forum: ADS-B 03-24-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,519
Posted By f14av8r
ADSB Upgrade - RV-8 - GTX-345

I'm providing links to my ADSB upgrade schematic along with my GTX-345 configuration table.

I bought a GTX-345 and a Flightstream 210 at Oshkosh last year. I did the initial install in August of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2019, 05:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,279
Posted By f14av8r
Just Get One

If you buy stuff from ACS, this is an easy way to save. No, you don't get the discount on everything but you do get it on a lot of the things you'll buy. The EAA card doesn't have an annual fee. ...
Forum: ADS-B 02-14-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 64,435
Posted By f14av8r
Identity Transmission

Shielding your identity (aircraft or otherwise) from the general public is one thing. It is the ONLY reason for the anonymous modes in use or being proposed. You are fooling yourself if you think...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2019, 05:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,600
Posted By f14av8r
Beautiful

Beautiful airplane, amazing pilot, great guy! Congrats Jerry. See you on the circuit this year!
Randy
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,613
Posted By f14av8r
Snap Rolls

Hi Ron,
You're right, as usual. I think my problem with not getting a consistently repeatable snap roll is that my CG isn't far enough aft. I've been working on that. I need one of your lead shot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,613
Posted By f14av8r
Knowns

And then . . .

I looked at the Primary sequence on the IAC website and saw it starts, typically, with a 1 1/2 spin! So we put our newest competitors in the position of executing one of the most...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2018, 03:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,613
Posted By f14av8r
Like it, mostly

I like the new (expected) known sportsman sequence. I especially like that it eliminates a spin. Spins are so very different from airplane to airplane that they do not make a good completion...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-02-2018, 06:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,608
Posted By f14av8r
NIX the Steam

Get rid of the round dial gauges. Panel real estate is precious. Those steam gauges are a total waste of space. Why?
Forum: Florida (South) 11-20-2018, 03:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,825
Posted By f14av8r
Affordable! Ha!

Affordable and the words South East Florida do not coexist.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,252
Posted By f14av8r
Yes, they are pricy

Yes indeed they are pricy! The miniature, two ear, floating in 8/32 and 10/32 are $3.10. Not cheap but not $5.00 a piece. I guess it comes down to how much is your time worth?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,252
Posted By f14av8r
ClickBond Fasteners - KitPlanes Article

There is an excellent article in the December 2018 Issue of KitPlanes on ClickBond Fasteners. I like these a lot but they've always been a little tough to purchase, at least online. The article...
Forum: Reviews 10-09-2018, 07:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,799
Posted By f14av8r
To each his own

To each his own Mark. I'm flying aerobatics on practically every flight. The last thing I need is a tow-bar knocking around the baggage compartment. So, I move the plane around using the...
Forum: Reviews 10-09-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,799
Posted By f14av8r
No Tow Bar for me

I don't use a tow bar and never understood why anybody else does.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-07-2018, 05:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,709
Posted By f14av8r
Service, then Fly the **** out of it

I'd service the prop according to the manual and then fly the **** out of it. Check for any indication of grease slinging after every flight. Then you'll have our answer.

My new to me RV-8 had a...
Forum: Autopilots 09-30-2018, 08:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,084
Posted By f14av8r
Love the Autotrim

I'll leave the wiring to the experts. I did not install my autopilot or the AutoTrim module.

I have a TruTrak Vizion 385 with the AutoTrim module. It works very well. My previous airplane, an...
Forum: Reviews 09-28-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,799
Posted By f14av8r
Installed it - Love it.

I just installed my FlyBoy's Pneumatic Tailwheel and love it. Handles better taxing and on the takeoff and landing rolls. Looks awesome too. Swapping it out was a piece of cake. No more grease...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-20-2018, 08:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,217
Posted By f14av8r
Photos of RV-8 Access

Here are a couple of more photos to illustrate.

This is the panel after I opened everything up to do the GTX-345 install. I took care of some other items too so it was easiest just to open it all...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-20-2018, 06:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,217
Posted By f14av8r
All true Carl but my builder didn't make the...

All true Carl but my builder didn't make the panel all that easy to remove and, the older 3400 series AFS EFIS is a rear mount. The panel has to be removed to get them out. It's a pain when all I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-19-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,217
Posted By f14av8r
Thanks Andy, You answered one of my questions. I...

Thanks Andy,
You answered one of my questions. I didn't know if I should open up both the area above and below the rivet line but your photo makes that clear - just above.

I have checked the area...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-19-2018, 04:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,217
Posted By f14av8r
RV-8 Avionics Access Panel

My RV-8 does not have an avionics access panel in the forward baggage compartment like I've seen in other RV-8s. Not having access to the back of the panel is frustrating. Even the most minor...
Forum: RV-4 09-19-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,565
Posted By f14av8r
Oil Cooler

Hi Chris,
The Oil Cooler in the RV-4 is on the right side firewall. The left side location of the tank is ideal as it is very close to the breather outlet. With my RV-8 I had to put the tank on the...
Forum: RV-4 09-15-2018, 05:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,565
Posted By f14av8r
Standard Raven

Mine is the 4" Raven tank.
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