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Forum: Electrical Systems 07-24-2012, 10:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,641
Posted By dhall_polo
like breakers

I have used my breakers in-flight to reset a specific piece of avionics a time or two.

On the ground, I use the breakers more frequently. If I'm testing or updating a device in the panel, it is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2012, 10:12 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 13,638
Posted By dhall_polo
hot springs, sd (vetterman's fly-in) oshkosh,...

hot springs, sd (vetterman's fly-in)
oshkosh, wi (mecca)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-30-2012, 10:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,311
Posted By dhall_polo
fuel pickup issue?

loose fitting on the fuel pickup line inside the tank? perhaps sucking air at certain fuel levels and angles of pitch/bank?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2012, 11:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,914
Posted By dhall_polo
That's about what I was required to do. I was...

That's about what I was required to do. I was low tail wheel, with over 500 total hours then, SEL/MEL inst rating. Seemed excessive, but I needed it.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-04-2012, 09:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 16,673
Posted By dhall_polo
These places are very common for RV's. My RV...

These places are very common for RV's. My RV represents at least one case where all these are known good. Other options will work and ymmv.

Comm: two Comant bent whips on the belly, below seat...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-18-2012, 09:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,103
Posted By dhall_polo
just buy some eye bolts and install a few...

just buy some eye bolts and install a few platenuts here and there for them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2012, 11:19 PM
Replies: 497
Views: 277,438
Posted By dhall_polo
Kittinger

I will never forget one of my first Sun-n-Fun events. At that event, there was an older gentleman serving as a volunteer, helping folks get on/off one of the biplane rides. Most folks probably did...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2012, 12:20 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,004
Posted By dhall_polo
Wow. I'd have to be sleep deprived for days to...

Wow. I'd have to be sleep deprived for days to pull that off. I wish I could sleep sitting up in a hard, narrow seat with no leg room and a few degrees of recline. I'll be thinking of your rv8...
Forum: Southeast 04-12-2012, 10:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,720
Posted By dhall_polo
Does the LZU crew plan to make it to the falcon...

Does the LZU crew plan to make it to the falcon fly-in, may 5?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2012, 06:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 22,425
Posted By dhall_polo
tinker toys

Wow, It's like tinker toys back there with all those fittings. :o



I'd defend that the location near the top of the baggage bulkhead is the best overall location in the RV7, though clearly other...
Forum: Safety 03-26-2012, 10:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,864
Posted By dhall_polo
Inspect your brake reservoir

In current annual, my brake reservoir was found to be 'dangling' from the firewall. My A&P thinks it was just poor quality welding on the part that failed over time. Sorry no pics yet.

We're...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-19-2012, 01:32 AM
Replies: 832
Views: 641,625
Posted By dhall_polo
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6059/6849824488_0392...

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6059/6849824488_0392425fbb_m.jpg

Ya know, it's not every day you see a pinkish/purplish dog on the tail of an airplane. A+ for originality on that one! Go...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-10-2012, 04:55 PM
Replies: 590
Views: 849,576
Posted By dhall_polo
x2

WDE Little Doc. Great paint scheme, and much better choice than Tennessee orange!

Don
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-01-2012, 02:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,565
Posted By dhall_polo
x2

As Brantel says, get the AF-Pilot instead of the sorcerer, and you'll have a helluva panel. My panel is dual AFS (5500/3500) with garmin navcomm and ps-engineering audio in the middle. Some days...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-25-2012, 12:15 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 50,319
Posted By dhall_polo
So the best counterpoint scenario is this? ...

So the best counterpoint scenario is this?
"Ummm, Approach, Since it's total IMC and my dest airport is below approach mins, please cancel IFR. My best bet is to go VFR/IMC into Bob's...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-19-2012, 10:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,924
Posted By dhall_polo
RV-7's in FSX

I wish I had FSX, but alas I'm a mac guy. Baytower makes an rv7 add-on for FSX. This has been posted before, but there looks to be a growing number of skins...

Look at this stable of virtual rv's,...
Forum: Safety 02-13-2012, 08:07 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 37,468
Posted By dhall_polo
Miracle? Exception? Aviation was started by...

Miracle? Exception? Aviation was started by home builders. Now it is considered a miracle that our government allows the individual to create? I don't know if it upsets me more that you think...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 01-21-2012, 07:10 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 33,697
Posted By dhall_polo
remove entire panel?

I remember wishing I'd never have to pull a tank, go into the back of the fuse, or crawl upside down under the panel. I've done all of them since first flight. You may as well plan for and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2012, 08:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,749
Posted By dhall_polo
the pop rivet

You know that pop rivet static port must be certified.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-20-2012, 07:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,762
Posted By dhall_polo
Hey Smilin' Jack. Have you been up close and...

Hey Smilin' Jack.

Have you been up close and personal in any -7s yet? As you're in my neck of the woods, happy to show you my tip-up, injected, c/s, 180, vertical, "no-foam" elevator rv7. ;):)
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-15-2012, 09:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,860
Posted By dhall_polo
Like others said - build on. The canopy fit...

Like others said - build on.

The canopy fit really does change here and there as you take it on and off, doing various steps. Until you get it done, with struts and rubber seals, it will drive...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-06-2012, 11:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,969
Posted By dhall_polo
This experiment is completely bogus. The scrap...

This experiment is completely bogus. The scrap is under no stress from being held in place. The canopy, OTOH, has been strapped and eventually cleco'd all over the place during the drilling...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 01-06-2012, 07:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,847
Posted By dhall_polo
just do it.

The only difference in a taildragger or tri-gear is how you *walk* up to the plane, either with the swagger or toting that list-o-excuses.

If it helps, I built the -7 with no prior td time. I had...
Forum: Flight Testing 12-21-2011, 04:40 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 53,611
Posted By dhall_polo
great thread

Paul,

As always, you are a maestro with the pen.
Stories like this ought to be part of a phase 1 recommended reading list.

Thanks for sharing.

Don
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2011, 05:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,295
Posted By dhall_polo
tools

I ordered most of my tools for the empennage from cleaveland. I love the quality of sioux drills and "main squeeze" squeezer.

Here's some snaps I took of tools from my shop in the early build...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-06-2011, 09:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,959
Posted By dhall_polo
I think that's a less than stellar suggestion...

I think that's a less than stellar suggestion from AeroElectric. I know I can remove pins from a dsub way faster than I could cut that many heat shrinks off. And I can do it without slicing my...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-05-2011, 09:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,959
Posted By dhall_polo
wiring diagram.

For an example just to help you wrap your head around the task, here's the wiring diagram I made for the junction where the control columns are connected to the rest of my system. The diagram...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-05-2011, 12:11 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 30,233
Posted By dhall_polo
That will be one heck of a panel. I'm a bit...

That will be one heck of a panel. I'm a bit confused - sounds like you're getting all that you listed, which leads to a few questions.



All the above are covered by your AFS...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2011, 11:43 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 84,617
Posted By dhall_polo
You might be an experimental builder if - there...

You might be an experimental builder if

- there is now aircraft hardware, wiring, and fabricated aluminum widgets also appearing on your car, lawnmower, furniture,....

- a piece of rudder skin...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-29-2011, 11:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,976
Posted By dhall_polo
For clearance, double check how the spring sits...

For clearance, double check how the spring sits with weight on the tail. (You could put the tailwheel on a scale and add weight until the scale reads 70#.)
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-28-2011, 09:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,597
Posted By dhall_polo
installed pic

I spent 2000 hours building an airplane, so by definition, I'm not a reliable source to ask if it was worth it to install a few leds. :o I've avoided IFR flight thus far, so my gretz leds are...
Forum: GPS 11-26-2011, 09:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,437
Posted By dhall_polo
I have: 430W antenna on the glare shield above 2...

I have:
430W antenna on the glare shield above 2 EFIS and radio stack, no problems. Also 3 other gps/xm antennas on glare shield.
Standard monopole transponder (TED) with GTX330/430W, no problems. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-21-2011, 11:41 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 30,233
Posted By dhall_polo
Lightbulb my experience

Adding to the pile.

I have a 3 years flying with AF3500, GNS430W, SL40, GTX330, PS8000, and WXWorks/XM weather. For AP, I've flown with both trutrak dgvs and the afs trutrak (almost the same). ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-21-2011, 11:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,385
Posted By dhall_polo
or proseal

proseal on the screws
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-12-2011, 06:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,543
Posted By dhall_polo
I believe the idea of quickbuild kit is to take...

I believe the idea of quickbuild kit is to take the build right up to the point of meeting the spirit of the 51% requirement, so if you want to be safe with regards to the most strict...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2011, 10:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,556
Posted By dhall_polo
Thumbs up I have both Headset X and Zulu. I find both...

I have both Headset X and Zulu. I find both comfortable and of high quality and fidelity. The Zulu's fly off your head when doing G's - no good there. The Headset X's stay on with the G's but...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-08-2011, 03:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,324
Posted By dhall_polo
aviation consumer article.

Interesting timing. In the most recent issue of Aviation Consumer, there's a great article on battery chargers. I am a happy "BatteryTender+" customer, but AC didn't even review them because it...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-03-2011, 11:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,324
Posted By dhall_polo
battery tender rocks

I have a 2a and 5a battery tender. While building, I drained my PC680 down below 6v over and over while messing with the panel. Battery torture. The tender always brought it back to 100%. I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-03-2011, 10:56 PM
Replies: 2,010
Views: 1,472,338
Posted By dhall_polo
congrats

To all these non-US RV's. England, Australia, France, all just on this page. Incredible stuff.

Bet you wish you could buy avgas with help from the weakened US dollar. :p
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-31-2011, 01:39 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 54,927
Posted By dhall_polo
All true, but if you're new to rv's, don't read...

All true, but if you're new to rv's, don't read too much into the "more stable" part. The -7 is still a joy to fly cross country, with or without a/p.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2011, 10:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,625
Posted By dhall_polo
Build

If you are truly determined to build in the near future, then consider the following:
- You can save money getting IFR ticket in your own plane.
- Getting an IFR ticket knowing that you won't use it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2011, 04:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,639
Posted By dhall_polo
um, do it

You're getting vans numbers with your 320, and you'll get vans numbers with the 360. Everything else is just folks telling you how to spend your money. My opinion is that you should send your...
Forum: International 09-25-2011, 07:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,179
Posted By dhall_polo
Brisbane

Howdy Brisbane Crew.

7 driver here from the states would love to grab a beer and tour some project or local rv activity. I'll be in Brisbane on Tuesday and Thursday night this week.


Don
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-25-2011, 07:06 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,631
Posted By dhall_polo
Have you tried a two-wire temp probe yet?

Have you tried a two-wire temp probe yet?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2011, 12:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,241
Posted By dhall_polo
Thankfully, this is a very avoidable club. All...

Thankfully, this is a very avoidable club. All the great advice has already been given time and time again, but here's my two cents as a CC member:

- save canopy for summer - the hotter the better....
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-13-2011, 12:00 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 32,147
Posted By dhall_polo
data point...

I have IO360-180hp, constant speed prop.

Just to give you an idea of what a normal RV can do, I peeked at an old engine data log where I climbed up to 17500. During the climb, I maintained a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2011, 11:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,219
Posted By dhall_polo
left hand torture

Toward the end of my build, I took a sharpie and traced all the healed scars on my left hand where drill bits and other weapons had left their marks. The resulting art project on my left hand was a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2011, 07:29 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 19,795
Posted By dhall_polo
FWIW, I emailed one of the EAA contact emails...

FWIW, I emailed one of the EAA contact emails asking where to send suggestions. They got back to me right away encouraging me to forward any and all feedback.

I was going to boil this thread...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2011, 07:25 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 19,795
Posted By dhall_polo
The Bonanzas had actual formation flights of...

The Bonanzas had actual formation flights of about 6 aircraft per each. Some of the formations were quite good. At least one flight totally scattered. I'm sure they had a fun debrief. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2011, 01:24 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 19,795
Posted By dhall_polo
Ideas for improving EAA Airventure 2012

I love going to airventure. In fact, I enjoyed it this year as much as any other. Still, some of the post-Osh commentary got me thinking about a few things, and things can always be better, right?...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2011, 05:39 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 11,855
Posted By dhall_polo
EAA vs. AOPA Membership

While it would be terrible for EAA to become another AOPA, it is not terrible for AOPA to be AOPA! Once the building is done, we are aircraft owners and pilots.

I started flying just before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2011, 08:34 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 27,950
Posted By dhall_polo
Thanks to the Osh volunteer line crew!

After a great week at Osh, I loaded up the plane, pulled it out into the grass taxi lane, and the line guy on the moped ok'd me to start the engine. As I ran the boost pump, I thought "uh-oh" not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2011, 03:08 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 27,950
Posted By dhall_polo
Don & Abby's Excellent Adventure.

I flew up in my -7 with my 10 year old daughter Abby. She loves to come to Oshkosh with me, and this year she had it in her head to find a 'snow globe' as her collectors souvenir from the show. ...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-27-2011, 09:29 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 64,097
Posted By dhall_polo
APRS into Osh

Gotta love these RV's (with a little help from mother nature).

http://gallery.mac.com/dhall_polo/100427/intoosh/web.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2011, 08:31 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 18,515
Posted By dhall_polo
oil temp sender

I had oil temp issues. Ultimately in my case, it required replacing the vernatherm and switching to a new 2-wire oil temp probe, which is less sensitive to electrical interference in the system. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2011, 07:34 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 16,002
Posted By dhall_polo
This means no pie and ice cream at Sleepy...

This means no pie and ice cream at Sleepy Hollow?! Oh the horror!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-11-2011, 10:37 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 82,958
Posted By dhall_polo
rush hour

rush hour traffic over north carolina.

http://gallery.mac.com/dhall_polo/100427/DSCN6913/web.jpg
Forum: GPS 07-06-2011, 09:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 14,411
Posted By dhall_polo
no - doesn't work that way.

I think someone from foreflight monitors the list and may comment. Once charts are downloaded, they stay on the machine until replaced by newer charts.

I just verified this. My charts are old,...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-05-2011, 11:10 PM
Replies: 832
Views: 641,625
Posted By dhall_polo
You found it and delivered it. Postcard pic all...

You found it and delivered it. Postcard pic all the way.

Thanks

Don
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2011, 10:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,783
Posted By dhall_polo
some future builder stops

- RV tent of course.
- Steinair booth to tease yourself with avionics
- Talk to the folks at Cleaveland tools about getting your first tools.
- HBC to see all the RV's.
- Find the workshop for basic...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2011, 07:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,429
Posted By dhall_polo
Hey Paul, I did not install the accumulator. ...

Hey Paul,

I did not install the accumulator. The Half-Raven, without that, solves the problem of oil spilling out in brief zero/negative G. The accumulator, of course, allows for a little more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2011, 08:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,429
Posted By dhall_polo
Half-Raven

Search for the "Half-Raven" thread. Two-thumbs up.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-13-2011, 06:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,665
Posted By dhall_polo
Greenlee Punch Kit

I am not a Greenlee salesman! The greenlee kits are a bit expensive, but this is a very safe tool to make precise holes in firewall or other. Any hole bigger than your average unibit is greenlee...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-10-2011, 06:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,202
Posted By dhall_polo
see other threads

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=60151&highlight=tailwheel

There are a few other good tw replacements. I have the one from...
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