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Forum: ADS-B 01-10-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,229
Posted By ChiefPilot
Picture and a tale regarding ADS-B

Couldn't decide if the general area or pictures area was better, but decided in the general area due to the ADS-B aspect...

Anyway, a month or two ago on a return from a trip west, ATC put us in a...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-15-2020, 08:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,152
Posted By ChiefPilot
I did something similar during phase one testing...

I did something similar during phase one testing (running a tank dry) to verify unusable fuel. I found the same thing - took 19 gallons to get it to the filler neck (RV-6/6A tanks hold 19 gallons...
Forum: Safety 11-12-2020, 10:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,644
Posted By ChiefPilot
The ice is usually (but certainly not *always*)...

The ice is usually (but certainly not *always*) located right at the top of a cloud layer, and there is often a slight but noticeable drop in OAT when descending into the layer as well. Good call...
Forum: Safety 11-12-2020, 08:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,644
Posted By ChiefPilot
There's a lot more options available in turbine...

There's a lot more options available in turbine powered aircraft, for sure - some obvious and some not so much. My ice story in turbine aircraft was a duct failure, with the QRH requiring that...
Forum: Safety 11-10-2020, 09:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,644
Posted By ChiefPilot
As I mentioned above, "trace" and "light" have...

As I mentioned above, "trace" and "light" have very specific definitions in the AIM 7-1-21. If that was accumulated in the span of just a few minutes, it very likely would meet a definition of...
Forum: Safety 11-10-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,644
Posted By ChiefPilot
Phraseology is important. The AIM has specific...

Phraseology is important. The AIM has specific descriptions of what "trace", "light", "moderate", mean with respect to icing and it has nothing to do with how much ice has accumulated. Rather, it...
Forum: Safety 11-09-2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,295
Posted By ChiefPilot
What others have said - repair the leak before...

What others have said - repair the leak before further flight.

In the airplane I fly for work, we also have the option of flying if the leak isn't "bad enough" and MX writes up an MEL for it. ...
Forum: Safety 11-07-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,644
Posted By ChiefPilot
My name is Brad, and I've flown my -6A into...

My name is Brad, and I've flown my -6A into (unknown) icing conditions.

https://live.staticflickr.com/4250/34330309763_a54807080c_c.jpg
Light icing accumulation on the wing (from a different trip...
Forum: Safety 11-01-2020, 09:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,000
Posted By ChiefPilot
And I've seen Barons, Citations, and a Lear...

And I've seen Barons, Citations, and a Lear *under* the MSP Class B that never showed up on either of the ADS-B displays in the cockpit. As Jerry pointed out above, look outside.

If ADS-B claims...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-31-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 25,579
Posted By ChiefPilot
Recently crossed 1200hrs hobbs time on the bird. ...

Recently crossed 1200hrs hobbs time on the bird. Still every bit as fun as it has ever been!

Taken earlier today in Siren, WI...
Forum: COMM 10-27-2020, 09:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 923
Posted By ChiefPilot
Whatís mickey mouse about that? In any event, a...

Whatís mickey mouse about that? In any event, a tone generator can be done quite simply with a 555 IC and a few other bits. I suspect thatís what the linked solution is, actually. Put that in a...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-22-2020, 11:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,622
Posted By ChiefPilot
Ever notice that the people that start the...

Ever notice that the people that start the "taildraggers are better" schtick are often the same ones that like to claim "size doesn't matter"? :-)
Forum: Safety 09-21-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,012
Posted By ChiefPilot
Maybe depends on the model. The RVator had an...

Maybe depends on the model. The RVator had an article that touched on this and the cycle limit was assuming the profile of a military trainer. Based on that, Iím not sure Iíd agree with your...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-21-2020, 07:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,622
Posted By ChiefPilot
The next Top Gun movie looks awesome!

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50366945073_52b628b3e3_b.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,943
Posted By ChiefPilot
Off the prop isnít uncommon at all. Off the wing...

Off the prop isnít uncommon at all. Off the wing is much more infrequent.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-17-2020, 09:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,118
Posted By ChiefPilot
Heya Pete - I hesitate to call it a full blown...

Heya Pete -

I hesitate to call it a full blown separator - it's more of a breather - but it lets me run 8qts without putting anything on the belly and best of all I put it together in an afternoon...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2020, 08:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,943
Posted By ChiefPilot
No, in fact the ribbons are pretty stout and the...

No, in fact the ribbons are pretty stout and the idea is that if I need to step out, I'd grab the ribbons to pull the pins, unlatch the canopy and slide it back an inch or so then push it up. The...
Forum: Safety 08-17-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,971
Posted By ChiefPilot
I've heard ATC trying to alert an aircraft that...

I've heard ATC trying to alert an aircraft that was about to penetrate a TFR multiple times on guard while working (airline; we always have it up on comm 2 during cruise). They *really* try - like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,781
Posted By ChiefPilot
This is great - thank you Steve for sharing your...

This is great - thank you Steve for sharing your knowledge and expertise!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2020, 04:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,943
Posted By ChiefPilot
The stuff in the picture is definitely smoke.

The stuff in the picture is definitely smoke.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,943
Posted By ChiefPilot
Mike wasn't going around the "egg" with anyone,...

Mike wasn't going around the "egg" with anyone, though :-)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,943
Posted By ChiefPilot
The blank was designed by a genius, so it wasn't...

The blank was designed by a genius, so it wasn't hard to end up with something nice :-)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2020, 02:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,943
Posted By ChiefPilot
Yep, exactly - they are the old school "Hoerner"...

Yep, exactly - they are the old school "Hoerner" style wingtips. The lights are all contained in the cutout under the lens so there isn't anything on outside/bottom of the wing tip either.

Drop...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2020, 09:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,943
Posted By ChiefPilot
Yes, I was pulling some Gs. Why do you ask?

I've seen this occasionally before but this was the first time it happened while a camera was pointed at it. The conditions have to be just right, but it's pretty neat when it happens. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,517
Posted By ChiefPilot
Nope, did not do additional testing beyond what I...

Nope, did not do additional testing beyond what I did initially as that testing confirmed that the diffuser objectively improved the situation. Tests included the climb as mentioned above, time to...
Forum: Safety 06-07-2020, 10:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,846
Posted By ChiefPilot
FOQA for homebuilts! Count me out...

FOQA for homebuilts! Count me out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2020, 02:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,517
Posted By ChiefPilot
Oil Cooler Diffuser

A while back, scsmith shared the concept of a diffuser on the oil cooler to smooth the airflow and thus make the cooler more efficient (thread here...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2020, 07:35 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 38,787
Posted By ChiefPilot
Threads like this in general, and daft comments...

Threads like this in general, and daft comments like this in particular, are examples of why I don’t find much value in the general discussion area here.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2020, 10:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 847
Posted By ChiefPilot
How about this serial logger from...

How about this serial logger from amazon?

https://www.amazon.com/SerialLogger-DB-9-2GB-Silver-SerialGhost/dp/B0089MQCA8
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-19-2020, 06:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,237
Posted By ChiefPilot
Absolutely correct. During my phase one, one of...

Absolutely correct.

During my phase one, one of the things I investigated was stick force per G, and it does get significantly lower as the CG moves aft. Note that this was at quite a bit less...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,442
Posted By ChiefPilot
Interesting. Compared to the short wing RVs, I...

Interesting. Compared to the short wing RVs, I find the -9 to be overly sluggish in roll compared to the pitch axis :cool:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2019, 08:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,442
Posted By ChiefPilot
Actually, the opposite is true. It's not so much...

Actually, the opposite is true.

It's not so much "loading it up" but rather L/D at higher angles of attack. And, all else being equal, higher aspect ratio wings will have *less* drag (specifically,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2019, 12:51 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,473
Posted By ChiefPilot
Another factor is space - there just isn?t a lot...

Another factor is space - there just isn?t a lot of extra room inside the cowl and those who have done turbos on RV have also had to do major work on the cowl.

Search on here for the turbo Rv-6;...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2019, 02:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,906
Posted By ChiefPilot
I made a simple one out of aluminum tubing and...

I made a simple one out of aluminum tubing and some aluminum bar stock. It is mounted such that it simply drains back into the breather port on the back of the engine but is otherwise derived from...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-19-2019, 11:55 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 12,773
Posted By ChiefPilot
Manuvering speed (Va) is nothing but a stall...

Manuvering speed (Va) is nothing but a stall speed. It's just a stall speed at a load factor other than 1.0 - in this case, it's the stall speed for the design load factor of 4.4 at max gross of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 06:50 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,451
Posted By ChiefPilot
My error. I meant to state the opposite actually...

My error. I meant to state the opposite actually of what I wrote - the "not" that I omitted originally is important :-)


I think we're on the same page. "Over engineering" is used in a vague way...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 05:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 964
Posted By ChiefPilot
While all true, Van's is pretty careful to say...

While all true, Van's is pretty careful to say "operational stress limit" of those categories and not "is considered" one of those categories. It's subtle, but it's also important.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 05:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 964
Posted By ChiefPilot
Since my RV isn't covered under part 23, I don't...

Since my RV isn't covered under part 23, I don't think any of them apply to my -6A. I do consider maneuvers and maximum load factors based on gross weight, however, as well maneuvering speed /...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,451
Posted By ChiefPilot
Sure they do - Van's specs. Don't assume that...

Sure they do - Van's specs. Don't assume that because it's not published in the federal register that it's not a design specification.



I agree, which is why I take issue with blanket...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 04:34 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,451
Posted By ChiefPilot
I take it you've reviewed the design...

I take it you've reviewed the design specifications for both then in order to make this comparison? And what's the max load factor for a DA40 again?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 03:04 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,451
Posted By ChiefPilot
I don't know that they are as over-engineered as...

I don't know that they are as over-engineered as some would think. There has been mention of the spar and motor mounts, for example, but comparing those on an RV to a C-172 is not really appropriate...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2019, 04:19 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 20,365
Posted By ChiefPilot
I don't think anyone is saying they are...

I don't think anyone is saying they are infallible, just that they are a solid backup to GPS nav. The FAA seems to agree, which is why the MON network exists.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 20,365
Posted By ChiefPilot
I understand. But that's fleet specific, of...

I understand. But that's fleet specific, of course. For example, there are hundreds and hundreds of regional jets don't have any form of INS and use GPS directly. For those aircraft, losing GPS...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 20,365
Posted By ChiefPilot
The GPS leap second issue a few months ago played...

The GPS leap second issue a few months ago played havoc with lots of airlines whose aircraft were equipped with certain versions of Collins FMS software. They were unable to use their GPS sensors as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 20,365
Posted By ChiefPilot
Huh. Well, I can tell you that almost all the...

Huh. Well, I can tell you that almost all the enroute legs as well as RNAV SIDs and STARs I've flown for a U.S. airline over the last year have used GPS navigation.

Not sure where you get your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2019, 05:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,736
Posted By ChiefPilot
I arrived Thursday morning, hitting FISK right at...

I arrived Thursday morning, hitting FISK right at 7:00am. Super easy arrival with no holding. But I also had the information out for Fon Du Lac as that was my planned alternate if something...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2019, 07:26 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,338
Posted By ChiefPilot
Anecdotal evidence? That same thing would...

Anecdotal evidence? That same thing would suggest that most pilots don't know how to fly to Oshkosh at 90kts, don't know how to properly choose which type of canopy to opt for, and use the wrong...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2019, 09:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,043
Posted By ChiefPilot
How many? If even one is too many, then what do...

How many? If even one is too many, then what do you propose to do about the VFR-into-IMC and low-level maneuvering accidents that injure or kill more people each year?

I agree that the nose gear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,043
Posted By ChiefPilot
And you base this on ... what exactly? The...

And you base this on ... what exactly? The available data surrounding this incident doesn't support it, so it must be your own opinion?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-28-2019, 05:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,410
Posted By ChiefPilot
Why would it be? You can configure it to show...

Why would it be? You can configure it to show GPS accuracy, but beyond that you shouldn't be using it for primary navigation anyway.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-28-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 13,208
Posted By ChiefPilot
It's possible - likely even - that the moisture...

It's possible - likely even - that the moisture was well above your altitude. A number of times I've been IMC in rain in the flight levels, for example, while airports underneath are reporting...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-06-2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,066
Posted By ChiefPilot
Don't forget the auto throttles...kind of hard to...

Don't forget the auto throttles...kind of hard to do hands-off VNAV without them.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-06-2019, 07:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,066
Posted By ChiefPilot
When was the last time you got a "descend via"...

When was the last time you got a "descend via" (or "climb via") clearance in your RV? Most such SIDS/STARS have speed restrictions that the RV simply cannot make; a number of them simply state...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2019, 10:58 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 16,510
Posted By ChiefPilot
...and if you did that in a CRJ200, you'd float...

...and if you did that in a CRJ200, you'd float waaaay past the touchdown zone while thinking that you were supposed to wipe the power off at the 50' callout ;)
Forum: GPS 06-26-2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,350
Posted By ChiefPilot
I've been using a stratux box for my IFD540 for a...

I've been using a stratux box for my IFD540 for a couple of years now; it works pretty well providing weather, traffic, etc. along with WiFi for an iPad. Connected via serial, it lives in a custom...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-25-2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,312
Posted By ChiefPilot
My throttle control was like this when new as...

My throttle control was like this when new as well, however, by the time I had 20-30 hours on it flying with the friction set all the time and moving the throttle anyway, it really "broke in" and now...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2019, 06:37 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 11,342
Posted By ChiefPilot
I'm just pointing out what the NOTAM says, and...

I'm just pointing out what the NOTAM says, and it's pretty clear. Whether you choose to disregard it and do your own thing is, of course, up to you.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 11,342
Posted By ChiefPilot
The NOTAM is pretty clear on what to do in such a...

The NOTAM is pretty clear on what to do in such a situation:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 11,342
Posted By ChiefPilot
This discussion resurfaces every year it seems,...

This discussion resurfaces every year it seems, with one side that can’t comfortably fly their RV at 90 knots and proficient RVators on the other.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 04:09 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 19,919
Posted By ChiefPilot
Wink "It might be more expensive, but at least it...

"It might be more expensive, but at least it weighs more"
Forum: RV-4 06-07-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,932
Posted By ChiefPilot
I can attest that Hans built a beautiful machine....

I can attest that Hans built a beautiful machine. More than that, though, after flying on his wing a bit I think he's a true "aviator" and not just a mere pilot or controls...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2019, 04:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,457
Posted By ChiefPilot
Same thing happens if you mistakenly call that...

Same thing happens if you mistakenly call that one taxiway "delta" instead of "dixie".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2019, 02:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,500
Posted By ChiefPilot
Be aware that just because no leaks were found...

Be aware that just because no leaks were found using water doesn't mean that leaks won't be found when the tanks are filled with gasoline. This is where testing with air (via a toy balloon or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 09:16 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,536
Posted By ChiefPilot
One difference is that AFS tends to be more...

One difference is that AFS tends to be more "open" whereas Dynon wants you to buy their stuff. An example is ADS-B in support - AFS can take GDL90 formatted data from multiple places, including a...
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