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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2013, 08:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,563
Posted By tacaruth
Go Slow

Bob,

Go slow when towing with this type of tow bar. The only thing that keeps the tow bar attached is the "spring" pressure of the unit. Pulling too hard can pull it loose. This can be tough on...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-26-2012, 02:02 PM
Replies: 423
Views: 112,038
Posted By tacaruth
Inspection Checklist

Brian,

Please include me on your email list for the checklist.

tacaruth at dybb dot com

Thanks, Tom
Forum: Formation Flying 10-07-2012, 07:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,532
Posted By tacaruth
RV formation over Chiefs-Ravens Football game 2012

Was watching my team, formerly know as the Chiefs, and saw a flyover during the pre-game. The planes look like RV's. Was this the same group that did this last year? They looked great!

Tom RV-7A
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2012, 09:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,313
Posted By tacaruth
I thought it was interesting that one of the...

I thought it was interesting that one of the display buildings had a large open area. In past years, there were no open spaces in the buildings. This might be a sign of the tough economy limiting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2012, 06:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,624
Posted By tacaruth
Beaver Island?

Anyone thought of going to Beaver Island? From what I've heard, its not as tourist filled as Mackinac.

Tom RV-7A Flying
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-03-2012, 05:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,213
Posted By tacaruth
Thanks

Thanks for the update.

Tom RV-7A Flying
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-03-2012, 02:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,213
Posted By tacaruth
Interference?

For those flying with Ztron Nav/Strobe lights, are you experiencing any radio interference problems? There is a post on their own forum that lists this as a problem. Any experience worth sharing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2012, 07:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,512
Posted By tacaruth
Alton, thanks for the idea. I will try...

Alton, thanks for the idea. I will try that.

Another question about Whelen. Does anyone have a current phone number for them? All the numbers on their website have been disconnected or don't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2012, 05:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,512
Posted By tacaruth
Whelen Diagram

Does anyone have an internal wiring diagram for the Whelen HDACF power supply? Mine has failed for the second time in six years. With a diagram, I might be able to fix it myself rather than send it...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-17-2011, 09:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 13,233
Posted By tacaruth
What remote comes with it? Is the R/F remote an...

What remote comes with it? Is the R/F remote an optional part? I looked at their website and did not see it mentioned.

Thanks,
Tom RV-7A N175TJ Flying
Forum: Photography 03-25-2011, 12:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 19,401
Posted By tacaruth
Intercom Recorder

Hi All,

I am looking at installing one of the Drift HD170's on a wing mount and using the remote control to turn it on/off. I would also like to add an intercom/radio recorder so that I can have...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-21-2011, 08:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,421
Posted By tacaruth
Here's a thought

Its really pretty simple. After takeoff, climb up to about 8,000 ft. That is where the engine will only put out about 75% power. To get the maximum speed, simply put the nose down. Its amazing...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-16-2011, 06:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,558
Posted By tacaruth
Spark Plug Cleaning

Does anyone have any experience with cleaning spark plugs? There is a company in Van Nuys California that some local pilots send their plugs to. They charge 3-4$ to inspect and clean a plug. My...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-08-2010, 07:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,382
Posted By tacaruth
Great Pics!

Sent you a PM.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-28-2010, 08:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,551
Posted By tacaruth
This may be the answer. I always have the PFD...

This may be the answer. I always have the PFD display on the left side with either the moving map or the HSI on the left. Next time I try, I will try switching to full PFD before arming the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-27-2010, 09:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,551
Posted By tacaruth
GRT Missed Approach

In the GRT manuals, they talk about a "MISSED" softkey. I have a Sport SX, 430W, Digiflight IIVSGV combo and have been looking for this softkey. I have done several LPV approaches in VFR conditions...
Forum: GPS 11-25-2010, 10:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,235
Posted By tacaruth
I talked with Garmin this week about this. They...

I talked with Garmin this week about this. They said that no, the 430W will not do any holds except what is part of an approach proceedure. They did say that they get requests all the time for this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2010, 07:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,211
Posted By tacaruth
Fly-Cutter

Hi Kay,

I used a fly-cutter for my panel. It works pretty well as long as you have a backing board to keep the pilot drill centered when the hole is finishing. Its noisy and takes a while but you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2010, 06:05 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 26,082
Posted By tacaruth
Red face Gas the rat

Try this only if you have a detached garage. Back your car/truck into the garage, leave it running and shut the door. Only problem is that it might go into some hidden space and stink up the place...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2010, 06:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,328
Posted By tacaruth
Try REI

REI has alot of backpacking stuff that is light and compact.

Tom
RV-7A N175TJ Flying
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-15-2010, 08:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,002
Posted By tacaruth
Great Thought!

Great Point. The backup, emergency battery only goes to the SX so there might be a voltage sag that the ARINC module does not like. I will look at installing a power switch for the ARINC module. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-15-2010, 07:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,002
Posted By tacaruth
GRT Sport ARINC

I have a problem with my GRT Sport SX, ARINC module, and Garmin 430W. They all communicate great until I start my engine. I have tried it with mag only and electronic ignition only with no success....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2010, 09:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,381
Posted By tacaruth
Arrival/Departure Proceedures

Hi Greg,

For those of us who have never attended, is there a Notam that covers flying into and out of the airport during this weekend? I would assume the airport is closed during the actual...
Forum: GPS 07-30-2010, 02:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 16,767
Posted By tacaruth
Volume discount

I asked the same question. The only "discount" available was a free card programmer with an annual subscription. This normally costs $49 I think. An option that I have seen people do is pair up to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2010, 01:56 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,272
Posted By tacaruth
Way to go!

Congrats on a great and safe flight!

Tom RV-7A N175TJ Flying
Forum: ADS-B 07-22-2010, 07:32 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 32,371
Posted By tacaruth
False Security?

Will traffic display of ADS-B IN equipment display only other ADS-B OUT aircraft or will it add in other aircraft from radar sites? If it does not display non-equipped aircraft, what's the point? ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-18-2010, 07:08 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,410
Posted By tacaruth
I use lemon Pledge to get the bugs off the...

I use lemon Pledge to get the bugs off the leading edges, wheel pants, fairings, and prop. After many times of doing this, the bugs seem to come off more readily. No matter what you use, the trick...
Forum: GPS 07-02-2010, 08:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,134
Posted By tacaruth
To "W" or not?

I am getting ready to purchase a Garmin 430 for IFR flying. My question is whether it would be better to buy a 430 for around $5k or a 430W for around $8k. Both units have ILS capability. Is the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-28-2010, 05:43 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 23,744
Posted By tacaruth
That suspected cause does not explain this. I...

That suspected cause does not explain this.



I cannot imagine that if the trim caused the pitch-up, full down elevator could not overcome it. Something still does not add up. As Brian posted...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2010, 08:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,254
Posted By tacaruth
Their website lists both hotels so I believe it...

Their website lists both hotels so I believe it still has the aviation theme.

Tom
RV-7A N175TJ Flying
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-24-2010, 02:22 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 23,744
Posted By tacaruth
Sorry to hear about the problem. I cannot...

Sorry to hear about the problem. I cannot imagine the disappointment.

"An aircraft mechanic helped me get the plane back into the hangar"

Are you supposed to move the aircraft or leave it where it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2010, 01:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,254
Posted By tacaruth
Iowa City

Gus,

An option might be Iowa City, (KIOW). Its about 200nm from there to Oshkosh. At the airport there is a really neat aviation theme hotel. Its called Alexis Park Inn & Suites. Its website is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2010, 08:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,745
Posted By tacaruth
I use the Claw system. Costs about $100 and...

I use the Claw system. Costs about $100 and comes with ropes, bag, and even a small hammer. There are several suppliers that come up when you google claw aircraft tiedown.

Tom
RV-7A N175TJ Flying
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-15-2010, 10:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,220
Posted By tacaruth
My page 10-3 shows the setup for a "slave unit". ...

My page 10-3 shows the setup for a "slave unit". I did not look at this because I was installing a single Sport, not the Master-Slave setup. My Bad!

Tom
RV-7A N175TJ Flying
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-15-2010, 07:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,220
Posted By tacaruth
It Works!

Thanks for the help. Setting both the input and output for serial 3 made the internal unit work. It would have been nice if this was documented somewhere in the setup or installaton instructions. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-15-2010, 03:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,220
Posted By tacaruth
GRT Internal GPS

Hi All,

I have a new GRT Sport SX EFIS that I am trying to connect. It has the internal GPS. Which serial port does the internal GPS use? What baud rate? Both input and output or input...
Forum: Safety 05-10-2010, 06:23 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 28,242
Posted By tacaruth
Just Brainstorming

Since we're all thinking of ideas, how about this. Is the screw really the root problem? I am thinking that the shear pin is the problem. What is someone was to replace it with a bolt and then...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-08-2010, 10:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,385
Posted By tacaruth
Paul, Is this what you are using for the USB...

Paul,

Is this what you are using for the USB "outlet"?

http://www.cablestogo.com/product.asp?sku=28063&cat_id=1512

These are some red LED's. They cost more than the $2.99 you mentioned. Is there...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-06-2010, 01:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,181
Posted By tacaruth
Dan, I am currently installing the Sport EFIS as...

Dan,

I am currently installing the Sport EFIS as a retrofit in a flying plane. As far as I understand, both the main battery bus and the backup battery bus can be connected at the same time. The...
Forum: Safety 05-03-2010, 02:18 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 28,242
Posted By tacaruth
I have been reading this and the previous threads...

I have been reading this and the previous threads about this issue with interest as I too have one of these autopilots. If the threat with a permanently attached arm is a run-away servo, wouldn't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2010, 08:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,162
Posted By tacaruth
Wingtip Screws

The wingtips on my 7A are attached with stainless steel #4 screws. I just removed one of the wingtips to add an EFIS magnetometer. About 25% of the screw heads were stripped during removal (some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2010, 05:13 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,480
Posted By tacaruth
My empennage kit was delivered on 9/11/2001. ...

My empennage kit was delivered on 9/11/2001. Makes it easy to remember.

Good Luck!
Tom RV-7A N175TJ Flying
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-19-2010, 06:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 19,621
Posted By tacaruth
Exxon Elite

Hi All,

When I bought my Mattituck TMX-O360, they recommended Exxon Elite. I have used it since with good results. I don't know if it is better than anything else or just more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2010, 08:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,086
Posted By tacaruth
IFR Equipment

Hi All,

I have seen several threads where people talk about the IFR equipment installed in their panels. I have a VFR panel now and would like to upgrade it for IFR capabilities. The panels I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-01-2010, 07:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,365
Posted By tacaruth
Does this rule apply to LSA's if flown by a...

Does this rule apply to LSA's if flown by a person with a private pilot certificate and a current medical?

Tom
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-17-2010, 04:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,418
Posted By tacaruth
Thanks, Cleve. Why would you worry about...

Thanks, Cleve. Why would you worry about changing to a newer unit if the your current screen has the functions you need and like? Upgrading for upgrading's sake can be an expensive trap to fall...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-16-2010, 10:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,418
Posted By tacaruth
Cleve, is this with the Horizon or...

Cleve, is this with the Horizon or Sport?

Thanks,
Tom RV-7A N175TJ Flying
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-02-2010, 10:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,012
Posted By tacaruth
Simple Solution

Here's the simplest and best suggestion...

Put the plane back in the hanger!:D

I, too, live in Iowa and would not think of going flying when its this cold.

Good Luck,
Tom RV-7A N175TJ Flying (when...
Forum: GPS 01-01-2010, 06:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 999
Posted By tacaruth
Weather Coverage

Hi All,

I am in the beginning stages of planning a VFR flight to Alaska via the Alcan Highway this summer. After reading that this can and will be a weather dependent trip, I am looking into...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-17-2009, 07:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,010
Posted By tacaruth
Jamie, I have the same question as you as I also...

Jamie,

I have the same question as you as I also would like to upgrade my panel. If, as you say, , then wouldn't a GNS-420w be just as good? You would only be giving up the ground based portion of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2009, 06:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,691
Posted By tacaruth
What about a Radial Rocket or a Titan P51...

What about a Radial Rocket or a Titan P51 replica? I don't have any tailwheel time and thought these might be the challenge I need.

Tom RV-7A N175TJ Flying
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2009, 09:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,180
Posted By tacaruth
Jack, Thats an excellent use of the lumber (and...

Jack,

Thats an excellent use of the lumber (and a cute pup). I have one watch-out for you, however. I have several goldens and there isn't a single one of them that wouldn't eat a wooden dog...
Forum: Reviews 06-24-2009, 07:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,694
Posted By tacaruth
Paul, Where on Van's site does it list these...

Paul,

Where on Van's site does it list these conversion kits? I have some original Duckworks leading edge lights but have not changed to HID's because of the cost. $250 for a pair of HID...
Forum: GPS 06-11-2009, 06:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,075
Posted By tacaruth
Available Frequencies

Hi All,

Here is a feature I am looking for in a portable GPS. Since the GPS knows where you are and your altitude (if necessary), it would be nice if the GPS could easily tell you your current...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2009, 08:33 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 12,298
Posted By tacaruth
It might be just me, but I would report this to...

It might be just me, but I would report this to the authorities. If it happens once, it can happen to someone else. There would be at least one point recorded for beginning a history. Maybe there...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-24-2009, 04:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,649
Posted By tacaruth
Way to go, Pete! Tom RV-7A N175TJ Flying

Way to go, Pete!

Tom
RV-7A N175TJ Flying
Forum: Flight Testing 05-22-2009, 04:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,778
Posted By tacaruth
Paul, Those numbers are very interesting. Along...

Paul,

Those numbers are very interesting. Along the same thought process, how much drag would be associated with a comm antenna? I have two Comant CI-122's on the belly of my 7A. Would it be...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-10-2009, 01:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,010
Posted By tacaruth
Really Suction

Wouldn't you have to suck on the sensor? I believe that manifold pressure is less than ambient pressure.

Just my $.02

Tom
RV-7A Flying
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2009, 06:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,549
Posted By tacaruth
A Question

I have a question about the drain holes in the FAB. Are these holes for water that collects when the plane is parked on the ground? The reason I ask is that when the engine is running, isn't there...
Forum: Texas (North) 03-29-2009, 09:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,134
Posted By tacaruth
Lake Texoma / Cedar Mills

Hi All,

Anybody out there have any experience at either lake Texoma (F31) or Cedar Mills (3T0). I'm lookin' for a place to camp or stay in a close motel/inn for a long weekend. Is there anything...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2009, 08:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,780
Posted By tacaruth
I looked at the following website to get some...

I looked at the following website to get some info on the McMurdo FastFind.

http://www.equipped.org/blog/?p=105

It shows some pictures of the unit. Is this a "use once" device? Can it be...
Forum: Safety 03-06-2009, 01:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,356
Posted By tacaruth
Overhead Break?

Does (1) above mean overhead breaks with a passenger require parachutes?

Does (2) above mean agressive take-offs with a passenger require parachutes?

Makes you wonder.

Tom
RV-7A, N175TJ, Flying
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-01-2009, 05:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,997
Posted By tacaruth
I would use a two circuit switch and feed it with...

I would use a two circuit switch and feed it with two fuses, one for each light. That way, if a fuse blew, it would only take out one light. I believe the switch is called a DPST.

Good Luck,
Tom,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2009, 08:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,577
Posted By tacaruth
Vans Oil Cooler Vent

Anyone have any experience with Vans Oil Cooler Vent? I'm looking for a way to raise the oil temps during cold winter flying. While this should allow for warmer oil temps in winter flying, will it...
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