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Forum: RV-9/9A 04-10-2021, 01:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,624
Posted By Rick_A
TOGA not just for IFR

I use to TOGA on every flight, it’s part of my pre-taxi check list.

Pressing TOGA, brings up the Flight Director scoreboard. I then dial in my initial heading (runway heading if I’m VFR) and initial...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-12-2021, 07:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 589
Posted By Rick_A
AP Servo

If you are doing an autopilot, itís much easier to install the pitch servo before attaching the tailcone.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,012
Posted By Rick_A
Enjoy your retirement

You've always been a pleasure to work with, you will be missed.
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-04-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,958
Posted By Rick_A
Best thing since sliced bread

I use my AP panel all the time but I use the knobs a lot. My goal is to keep my HDG sync'd with my course at all times. Easy with a push of the HDG knob on the AP panel. This way, if I switch from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2021, 09:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,887
Posted By Rick_A
It seems like most of folks that replied to your...

It seems like most of folks that replied to your question are encouraging you to go ahead and build. I'd like to add a counter point.

How much time to you have flying in small planes with friends or...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-09-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,160
Posted By Rick_A
Proís use double crimp

I am not an avionics professional but I have watched a lot of the work that my brother, Walt, does. Walt is a pro and he only uses high quality double crimp connectors and high quality crimp...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-08-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,222
Posted By Rick_A
Continental Titan vs ECI Titan

Keep in mind that the current "Titan" is Continental Titan, which is not exactly the same as the old ECI Titans. Continental Titan is a front page advertiser on VAF and they are they only suppliers...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-08-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,160
Posted By Rick_A
From what I can see, neither of the 2 shown above...

From what I can see, neither of the 2 shown above are Double Crimp terminals. You should definitely be using double crimp terminals.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-08-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,025
Posted By Rick_A
I can't say that I remember exactly but I'm...

I can't say that I remember exactly but I'm pretty sure that I used 2 AWG Tefzel from the solenoid to the starter. It is VERY stiff wire. It's worked fine for 11 years and I re-used it when I did...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-02-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 920
Posted By Rick_A
It's been many years since i built the 12 but I...

It's been many years since i built the 12 but I remember it took a lot of fiddling with the UHMW blocks and the latch itself to get it to operate properly.

Don't be afraid to file parts down as...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-26-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,224
Posted By Rick_A
+1 for Goodyear Flight Special

Iíve used both FS II and FS III and like both, but getting good tubes is just as important.

I choked on the price of the Michelin Airstop tubes the last time I did my tires. They were almost as...
Forum: RV-14 12-23-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 11,312
Posted By Rick_A
Back to the original post, you'll pay a lot more...

Back to the original post, you'll pay a lot more than $100K for a really nice 7/7A.

There was a 9A listed here a few days ago for $150K. I have top notch Garmin panel and an a 1 year old IO-375 in...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-14-2020, 11:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 568
Posted By Rick_A
You may find it easier to NOT route the manifold...

You may find it easier to NOT route the manifold pressure line to the VA-168 manifold block and just use the VA-168 for fuel & oil pressure.

It is normal to use the port on the right rear of the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-01-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 943
Posted By Rick_A
another way

I agree with Mark's reply. However, if you are a Foreflight user, you can use the G3X to send flight plans from an iPad to the GTN.

It took a bit of fiddling to do it the first time. I use blue...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-09-2020, 08:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,327
Posted By Rick_A
How about an electric carving knife? I have not...

How about an electric carving knife? I have not tried one but I've often thought that electric knife would make the job a breeze.

I think my wife needs a new knife this year for the turkey :)
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 10-26-2020, 08:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,015
Posted By Rick_A
Thanks for the the suggestions. I think I'll give...

Thanks for the the suggestions. I think I'll give it a try both ways - (1) using the first airport as the destination and home as the alternate or (2) making home as both origin and destination and...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 10-26-2020, 04:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,015
Posted By Rick_A
Filing for Local (actual) IFR Training question

I want do an actual IFR flights to a nearby airports, do a couple of approaches and then return to my home field.

When I file a flight plan should I my the Destination the "nearby" airport and then...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-20-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,537
Posted By Rick_A
You need to get it certified

A transponder certification is a system test, it is not just testing a single box.
The antenna, encoder and wiring are all part of the system.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-04-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,609
Posted By Rick_A
You might want to try flying an ILS at a...

You might want to try flying an ILS at a different airport just to see if it behaves the same way all the time.

There was one airport that I used for ILS practice were something similar happened to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-24-2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,480
Posted By Rick_A
One thing that messed me up when I first started...

One thing that messed me up when I first started flying with the G3X/GTN was forgetting to engage NAV mode when I was hand flying.

My buddy Matt taught me to always monitor the flight director...
Forum: Tools 09-22-2020, 11:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,975
Posted By Rick_A
+1 Wiha and Wera

I have a bunch of Snap-on screwdrivers which are now my tier 2 screwdrivers.

I switched to Wiha screwdrivers and Wera screw driver bits for my electric screwdriver.

Once again, I have to credit my...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-15-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,714
Posted By Rick_A
Didnít know

I guess I have been keeping up with info on the 12. Nice to know if I ever decide to build another plane :). Thanks.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-15-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,714
Posted By Rick_A
ELSA or E-AB

If you want to certify the plane as an ELSA, you need to stay with the prop Vans supplies as part of the kit - no deviations.

I just checked Van's website and did not see an option for a 3 blade...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,266
Posted By Rick_A
Operating Limits

Don't forget that I your Op Lims are part of you Airworthiness Certificate.

I forgot to bring mine! I got lucky and the inspector pulled up a copy that was on file with the FAA.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-15-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,184
Posted By Rick_A
+1 on What Scott said Picture #2 shows normal...

+1 on What Scott said

Picture #2 shows normal orientation for that yoke. Even thought it would be nice if you could always put the stationary side on the manufactured head, it not something you can...
Forum: Reviews 07-23-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,730
Posted By Rick_A
As Walt's brother I would like to correct the...

As Walt's brother I would like to correct the spelling - it's Aronow.

That said, I like the "Aero" part, maybe we should change the spelling to Aeronow or maybe Aero Now!
Forum: RV-14 07-23-2020, 02:09 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 37,610
Posted By Rick_A
All I can say is that this makes me want to start...

All I can say is that this makes me want to start building again:)
Forum: Reviews 07-15-2020, 03:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,918
Posted By Rick_A
These are keepers

I used the headset for about 2 more hours over the weekend and I'm still liking them. I did not feel a need to switch back to my Bose A20's - even though I still like the A20's.

I've tried other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,525
Posted By Rick_A
Which RTV

I've always used Permatex Sensor Safe High Temp RTV - it does not have the vinegar (acetic acid) smell. It comes in Black or Copper (not quite as Red as the smelly red RTV).

I've never had a...
Forum: Reviews 07-10-2020, 08:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,918
Posted By Rick_A
I?ve only done one other short flight but I plan...

I?ve only done one other short flight but I plan to get a couple of hours in the weekend. Still liked them on the second flight.
Forum: Reviews 06-23-2020, 07:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,918
Posted By Rick_A
I did not find any discounts on headsets. I paid...

I did not find any discounts on headsets. I paid $895 for the DC One-X which includes Bluetooth (there no non-BT version). The Bose A20 is $995 without BT, $1095 with BT.

If I got another A20, I...
Forum: Reviews 06-23-2020, 01:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,918
Posted By Rick_A
First impression DC One-X

I flew for about 40 minutes today with the new DC One-X headset. My first impression is that I like them quite a bit.

I thought the noise cancelling is at least as good as the Bose A20. The sound...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-20-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 758
Posted By Rick_A
I like to use ?sensor safe? RTV. It doesn?t have...

I like to use ?sensor safe? RTV. It doesn?t have that awful acetic acid smell and since it doesn?t contain acetic acid, it is not corrosive to aluminum.
Forum: Reviews 06-17-2020, 05:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,918
Posted By Rick_A
DC?s on order

I ordered a set of the One-X?s yesterday. I?ll post a review after I?ve flown with them.
Forum: RV-14 06-16-2020, 10:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,119
Posted By Rick_A
I like Dan's comment "Don't land, Just fly very...

I like Dan's comment "Don't land, Just fly very low".

When I was doing my PPL I just couldn't get my landings down. I went up with a differenct CFI who had me practice "not landing" - flying as...
Forum: Reviews 06-16-2020, 04:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,918
Posted By Rick_A
I think you are right. I should just go ahead and...

I think you are right. I should just go ahead and buy the DC and see if like it. It looks like there a number of vendors that will do a 30 day trial. I noticed that DC itself has a 30 day free trial...
Forum: Reviews 06-15-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,918
Posted By Rick_A
Bose A20 vs DC One-X

I asked this question at the tail end of the other discussion about best RV headset but I'm not sure if it had many views. Forgive me if this a repeat for you.

The other thread mentioned the DC...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,853
Posted By Rick_A
DC One X vs Bose A20 ?

I've used many different headsets over the years (Zulu 2 & 3, Bose X, Clarity Aloft). My current headset is a Bose A20 which I like a lot, it's also the one that I have kept the longest without...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 06-11-2020, 09:02 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,391
Posted By Rick_A
When I installed my new IO-370, it was a change...

When I installed my new IO-370, it was a change from a carb to FI. I had to do all of the airframe mods required to support fuel injection.

After researching various High Pressure Fuel Pump...
Forum: Propellers 06-10-2020, 12:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,476
Posted By Rick_A
What Walt uses

Check out Walt's website. There is a lot of good info there on prop balancing in general and it shows the equipment he uses along with some sample...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-06-2020, 05:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,835
Posted By Rick_A
Manual trim?

So with the manual trim, does the G3X provide trim up/down indicators so that the pilot can make the necessary manual trim adjustments?

Of course another work of art. It looks great!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-03-2020, 03:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,179
Posted By Rick_A
Before I switched to fuel injection, I had the...

Before I switched to fuel injection, I had the Red Cube mounted on the cold side of the firewall just a few inches down stream of the Facet pump. It worked perfectly.

I made custom bracket that was...
Forum: GPS 05-31-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,195
Posted By Rick_A
United States vs North America

Unless you really want all of North America, the United States only databases are cheaper.

I use the ones Walt referenced for my G3X and GTN
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-13-2020, 05:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,524
Posted By Rick_A
If you are doing a thorough check FWF every time...

If you are doing a thorough check FWF every time you change the oil, I don?t see the need for safety wire on clamps.

I include checking clamps as part of my regular maintenance at every oil change,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-05-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,051
Posted By Rick_A
The GPS is rock solid. I?ve used my ForeFlight...

The GPS is rock solid. I?ve used my ForeFlight as a passenger in airliners. As long as I get a GPS lock before takeoff, it will usually stay locked on for the entire flight. It always works...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-04-2020, 11:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,051
Posted By Rick_A
I use an Otterbox cover for my 11? Pro. It is...

I use an Otterbox cover for my 11? Pro. It is very thin - the iPad fits into a Ram mount holder when its in the case.

I have also placed the iPad on the paper pad on my tradition kneeboard. It...
Forum: GPS 04-04-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,016
Posted By Rick_A
When I saw this post it reminded me once again...

When I saw this post it reminded me once again why I like my all Garmin G3X system. When I first built my plane I had a Garmin 480, GRT displays w/ internal GPS and TT autopilot - plus switches to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-29-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,009
Posted By Rick_A
Watch for falling FOD

I'm always concerned about dropping a piece of hardware into the open mag hole during removal and re-install.

I remove the top fastner and hold down block completely before removing the bottom...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-12-2020, 03:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,215
Posted By Rick_A
Lot's of good info in general

I never took a close look at the EPI website before yesterday. In addition to the engine that the OP referenced, there is a ton of good information on internal combustion engine design and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-31-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,758
Posted By Rick_A
Why no X340 or X370 on list

Jim,
Why don't you have the X340 or X370 on the pull down list on the Titan/Vans page?

I think you are doing yourself a disservice by not listing them as an option.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-27-2020, 04:03 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 36,524
Posted By Rick_A
Yep, some were backwards

You are correct. I had to re-do some because they were backwards!
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-22-2020, 11:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,254
Posted By Rick_A
Another option

If you are looking for something in the 200 hp range, check out the parallel valve Titan IO-370. It's the same dimensions as an IO-360 mentioned above.

Last year, I swapped my 180 hp O-360 for the...
Forum: RV-14 01-19-2020, 05:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,151
Posted By Rick_A
Keep the condo and buy a house with a 3 car...

Keep the condo and buy a house with a 3 car garage. Rent the house with the caveat that the tenants don?t get to use the garage!

Give them a break on the rent to compensate for the noise you make...
Forum: GPS 01-08-2020, 02:22 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 14,325
Posted By Rick_A
Garmin must have known ....

They must have known that I still have money in my bank account. I?ll probably do the upgrade from my 750 to the 750 Xi soon.

So what?s my 2 year old 750 worth?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-21-2019, 01:54 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 11,215
Posted By Rick_A
Love my Garmin panel

When I first built my 7A, I had dual GRT WS's, a Garmin 480 and an SL 40, PS Engineering audio panel and TruTrak AP.

I still had the original avionics in my 7A when I built a 12. I did the full...
Forum: Reviews 11-11-2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,520
Posted By Rick_A
Easy install

I just installed one of these in my plane yesterday. Per the instructions, it was just a matter of adding 3 new pins into one of the GEA 24 connectors and then doing a few simple configuration...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-07-2019, 07:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,461
Posted By Rick_A
When I did my 7A panel, the 7" G3X touch screens...

When I did my 7A panel, the 7" G3X touch screens were not available so I did two, 10" screens which I like quite a lot. However, since I share a hanger with Walt, I've seen his plane as he has done...
Forum: RV-14 11-07-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 134,293
Posted By Rick_A
Thumbs up Looks great

Great looking plane. I hope to see it in person one of these days.
Forum: RV-4 09-17-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 995
Posted By Rick_A
I still use these on my 7A. Best I recall, there...

I still use these on my 7A. Best I recall, there is a set screw in the base of the grip.

Mine turn a little bit but I like the fact that I can adjust as needed for comfort..
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-01-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,043
Posted By Rick_A
Silicone tape

I think it is different then Rescue tape. This is the stuff that Spruce sells.
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/uniwrap.php

I is very useful for chafe protection and it works well...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,031
Posted By Rick_A
Pulse Oximeter - recommendations ?

There seems to be a very large number of cheap Pulse Oximeters on the market (under $25) but there are also some higher priced models. I would like to buy a good quality Pulse Oximeter that is...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-05-2019, 11:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 569
Posted By Rick_A
Flight Director mode

Once you turn on the flight director, using either the TOGA button or the FD button on the AP controller, it is very important to monitor the flight director mode.

One of the best lessons I was...
Forum: Tools 07-20-2019, 06:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,725
Posted By Rick_A
Both eventually

The 1/4? 20-150 in lb will do the job for about 90% of the build. However, at some point you will need a Ft Lb wrench for a few items. At which point a 3/8 ft lb torque wrench is a good option. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-23-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,808
Posted By Rick_A
Thumbs up Great engine

I agree with Walt 100%. Walt's plane was already faster than mine, so I was "forced" :D to upgrade my engine when Walt did his - so we now have identical engines and props.

I am very happy with the...
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