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Forum: RV-10 02-24-2021, 08:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 379
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Call Aero-Tow - the owner is very helpful.

Call Aero-Tow - the owner is very helpful.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-16-2021, 09:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 588
Posted By Canadian_JOY
I have a bit of a hybrid instrument panel...

I have a bit of a hybrid instrument panel consisting of a GRT HX, Mini-X, and Sport EX. In addition I have a TruTrak Vizion 385 autopilot as well as a GNS480 GPS navigator.

There are some pretty...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2021, 07:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 787
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Excellent post documenting a very real (and...

Excellent post documenting a very real (and costly) technicality.

When ordering from ACS it is wise to state that you will only accept an ELT or ELT battery if it has almost all of its battery life...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2021, 07:32 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 12,067
Posted By Canadian_JOY
My AeroTow tug had both a continuous-on red lamp...

My AeroTow tug had both a continuous-on red lamp and a Sonalert beeper to signal power was turned on. The company owner / product designer found a better solution to these annoyances. In the next...
Forum: Flight Testing 02-12-2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,035
Posted By Canadian_JOY
I would add that whoever flies the first flight...

I would add that whoever flies the first flight should also have VERY strong technical knowledge of ALL the systems installed in the aircraft. That's one of the reasons I flew my own first flight -...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-11-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,283
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Sounds like it's the now-discontinued Mini-GA...

Sounds like it's the now-discontinued Mini-GA instrument, as the OP stated in his post. The Arinc module would convert ARINC 429 data from a GPS navigator into RS232 data to port into one of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 453
Posted By Canadian_JOY
As others have said, the G-switch "loop" in the...

As others have said, the G-switch "loop" in the harness is absolutely NOT optional. It MUST be installed.

To be clear, the G-Switch MUST be enabled otherwise the installation does not meet the...
Forum: Flight Testing 02-02-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,035
Posted By Canadian_JOY
I did the first flight in my aircraft. I'll...

I did the first flight in my aircraft. I'll commit heresy here by saying it was also my very first flight in the type, my very first time moving the airplane under its own power, but a long way from...
Forum: Canada 02-01-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 619
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Rob - I recently renewed insurance on my two...

Rob - I recently renewed insurance on my two aircraft. I am a member of both COPA and EAA so used both of those member benefit insurance programs. In fact I previously was with EAA's CPLAN...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-26-2021, 12:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,999
Posted By Canadian_JOY
For those going the automotive blade fuse route,...

For those going the automotive blade fuse route, it's not a huge additional cost to use fuses with built-in LED failure indicators. These aid in quickly locating the blown fuse - look for the one...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-25-2021, 02:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 782
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Take a look at Skysports capacitance fuel probes....

Take a look at Skysports capacitance fuel probes. The one I'm using is a 5-bolt SAE pattern sending unit. Feed it +12V and GND and it outputs 0-5VDC. I've been using one for something like a dozen...
Forum: Canada 01-04-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,305
Posted By Canadian_JOY
I have a bottom-mounted antenna and have...

I have a bottom-mounted antenna and have confirmation that Aireon has "seen" and tracked my aircraft fairly reliably. It helps that it's a composite aircraft but it still has a ground plane which...
Forum: RV-14 01-03-2021, 04:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,801
Posted By Canadian_JOY
If one is installing heated seats there's an idea...

If one is installing heated seats there's an idea that's really worth considering. I'm not sure how much it would interfere with the "pre-packaged" solution for the RV14. I know it's something I...
Forum: Canada 01-03-2021, 04:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,305
Posted By Canadian_JOY
If one spends a little while reading NavCanada's...

If one spends a little while reading NavCanada's future navigation planning documents it becomes clear that VORs are not going totally away but a lot of them are disappearing.

As Glenn mentioned, we...
Forum: Canada 01-01-2021, 02:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,305
Posted By Canadian_JOY
You make a good point, Rob. Since I'm not party...

You make a good point, Rob. Since I'm not party to the details of the NDA I was merely assuming it covered discussion of performance of the TailbeaconX vis a vis Aireon monitoring.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-31-2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 883
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Black map means no map data. Double-check you've...

Black map means no map data. Double-check you've got the map database properly loaded - it will show up in the boot up screen and is also accessible from the set menu. No version/date information...
Forum: Canada 12-31-2020, 11:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,305
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Do a search on threads having to do with the...

Do a search on threads having to do with the uAvionix TailbeaconX. It essentially is a transponder with just such a dipole antenna. Threads on this forum confirm that wingtip installations DO...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-28-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 9,643
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Ross - just curious to know if you are still...

Ross - just curious to know if you are still doing the 10 amps for one hour capacity test on these batteries? If so, what voltage do they start at and what's their voltage at the end of the test?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-28-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,653
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Thanks, Vlad, for providing these details. I do...

Thanks, Vlad, for providing these details. I do hope the factory comes up with a better solution because those precession rates make "DG Mode" a non-starter.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-27-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,653
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Vlad - please take a moment to enlighten me. ...

Vlad - please take a moment to enlighten me. When you say "all over the place" what exactly do you mean?

I'm asking because none of the experimental EFIS systems have much of an option for a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-26-2020, 03:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 705
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Let's look at this from a practical perspective. ...

Let's look at this from a practical perspective. You lose the primary alternator in flight... What's your priority now? Getting safely on the ground. That backup alternator is there to save your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2020, 03:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 438
Posted By Canadian_JOY
I'll toss some thoughts in line with the OP's...

I'll toss some thoughts in line with the OP's comments here
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-26-2020, 01:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 417
Posted By Canadian_JOY
I'm very happy with my Mini-X. It's pretty...

I'm very happy with my Mini-X. It's pretty "loaded" with mapping, synthetic vision and backup battery. Of those features it's the backup battery that I value the most. Turn brightness down to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-26-2020, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 417
Posted By Canadian_JOY
A second confirmation here - Mini-X with...

A second confirmation here - Mini-X with magnetometer definitely shows wind speed arrow. Wind is given as total speed plus broken down into headwind/crosswind components. VERY useful information.
Forum: Safety 12-25-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 8,084
Posted By Canadian_JOY
With respect to the OP's question about battery...

With respect to the OP's question about battery backup for the GRT screens, the answer is an unequivocal YES!

GRT has provided each EFIS with three separate diode-isolated power inputs, power 1,...
Forum: Alternative Engines 12-24-2020, 02:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,223
Posted By Canadian_JOY
It's rare that I can do much other than read...

It's rare that I can do much other than read these threads and absorb information. Perhaps that's changing...

I'm peripherally involved in an aircraft equipped with a Rotax 912 iS engine. Rotax...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-23-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 435
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Remember the Sport EX has only one USB port. The...

Remember the Sport EX has only one USB port. The Bluetooth dongle plugs into a USB port. Unfortunately, so does the memory stick one wants to use to allow continuous data recording.

The net result...
Forum: RV-14 12-22-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,771
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Burning mogas is largely a function of engine...

Burning mogas is largely a function of engine compression ratio. Lycoming says 8.5:1 is the upper limit for the use of 91 octane fuels.

An IO-390 with lower compression would allow you to gain...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2020, 05:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,293
Posted By Canadian_JOY
I'll admit to not fabricating mine but rather to...

I'll admit to not fabricating mine but rather to having customized it to my application.

It's an older AeroTow unit, substantially oversized for the application. This thing is an absolute tank...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,293
Posted By Canadian_JOY
One last comment... If you find the old...

One last comment... If you find the old dinosaur-fueled engine gives you trouble, these machines are fairly easy to convert to electric operation. Use a 24V motor and speed controller plus a pair...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2020, 09:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,196
Posted By Canadian_JOY
I modify this process by clipping the end of the...

I modify this process by clipping the end of the twisted safety wire off at a reasonable length, bending it back on itself so one won't snag a finger on it and leave the little loop of safety wire...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2020, 09:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,293
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Rick - Just a quick comment... Be careful of the...

Rick - Just a quick comment... Be careful of the relative "arms" of the snowblower handles versus the linkage going forward to the aircraft. You as the fellow behind the blower want to be the dog...
Forum: Canada 12-17-2020, 07:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,305
Posted By Canadian_JOY
What an interesting discussion... Keep in mind...

What an interesting discussion...
Keep in mind that Nav Canada has responsibility for the surveillance of the skies in Canada for the purposes of ATC. They badly want to decommission ground-based...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,730
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Talk to anybody who has tried to buy a Deb or an...

Talk to anybody who has tried to buy a Deb or an A36... Just about every pre-buy comes up with something that either kills the sale or takes thousands of dollars of price adjustment to make right...
Forum: Canada 12-17-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,305
Posted By Canadian_JOY
A few good comments have already been made here. ...

A few good comments have already been made here. I'll see if I can provide a little bit of a summary.
1) there is no ADSB mandate in Canada
2) while Nav Canada wants ADSB mandated, the Minister of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-15-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By Canadian_JOY
To build on Bob's response, that 1K resistor does...

To build on Bob's response, that 1K resistor does more than protect the power supply. It also increases the total resistance load on the power supply, thus acting as a current limiting device. That...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-14-2020, 09:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Pop them a quick email - you'll get a good...

Pop them a quick email - you'll get a good written response to clarify.

The internal pull-up is essentially a software-controlled connection between the analog input connector pin to an internal...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-11-2020, 07:50 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,800
Posted By Canadian_JOY
For those who can't access the body of the AD...

For those who can't access the body of the AD I've pasted it's "applicability" text here. So sorry for those affected - this is very painful. 2020 is the year that just keeps on giving......
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-11-2020, 07:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,699
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Most of the posts here are on the right track. I...

Most of the posts here are on the right track. I broke in my brand-new Lycoming O-360 on its first flight where I had to wait for OAT to warm up to -15*C so I know the challenges of cold-weather...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-10-2020, 09:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,683
Posted By Canadian_JOY
One important detail has heretofore been missed...

One important detail has heretofore been missed in this conversation...

The Trig TT22 transponder often uses the TC20 control head to provide both control over transponder functions as well as...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 12-05-2020, 11:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,376
Posted By Canadian_JOY
This one definitely needs a great big "LIKE"...

This one definitely needs a great big "LIKE" button!!!

Isn't it funny how so many of us have that one favorite memory of the time when everything in the world was just perfect? I'm fortunate to...
Forum: RV-4 12-03-2020, 12:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,508
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Some notes with a Canadian flavour... 1) Last...

Some notes with a Canadian flavour...

1) Last month new regulations for ELT carriage were published in the Gazette with a phase-in period. If you are not planning to install a 406MHz ELT now then...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-03-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,127
Posted By Canadian_JOY
This video, posted by a local RV6A owner, is most...

This video, posted by a local RV6A owner, is most informative. By his own admission it took quite some time to locate the leak. The video provides excellent footage of the leak location as well as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,134
Posted By Canadian_JOY
I purchased a tug for our Glasair Sportsman......

I purchased a tug for our Glasair Sportsman... It's an older Aero-Tow model similar to their current Get-Jet which lifts the nose wheel off the ground. I made the purchase because moving the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-03-2020, 11:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,095
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Not to pick nits but rather to ensure clarity and...

Not to pick nits but rather to ensure clarity and accuracy of the information provided...

In the situation where GMU11 magnetometer data is not available, I believe the more correct statement...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-29-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 770
Posted By Canadian_JOY
This technique is commonly used on some...

This technique is commonly used on some helicopters. One would want to ensure the hole is fully stress-relieved.

I've had very good success using round DIN connectors with gold-plated contacts....
Forum: Engine Monitors 11-19-2020, 06:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,019
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Bob - let me run this past you as a process... 1)...

Bob - let me run this past you as a process...
1) set 75% power as displayed on GRT EFIS screen
2) note MAP
3) add 0.3" MAP to make up for known/calibrated MAP sensor error
4) observe GRT-generated %...
Forum: Engine Monitors 11-19-2020, 02:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,019
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Don't forget the inaccuracies of MAP measurement...

Don't forget the inaccuracies of MAP measurement as an influence on accuracy of the % power reading. I have calibrated mine and found it to be inaccurate by 0.3" which equates to about 3% power...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2020, 07:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,035
Posted By Canadian_JOY
I'll second this recommendation that the ACK's...

I'll second this recommendation that the ACK's are a substandard device.

My first recommendation remains the Kannad, despite their expensive battery pack replacement. Their in-service record is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2020, 07:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,035
Posted By Canadian_JOY
If purchased two years ago it should have had the...

If purchased two years ago it should have had the static suppressor included in the installation kit.
Forum: RV-10 11-16-2020, 04:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 799
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Castoring nosewheels CAN land on ice. One needs...

Castoring nosewheels CAN land on ice. One needs to exercise caution and be extremely ready to pull the mixture at ANY time in order to kill thrust and stop the prop before it contacts a snowbank. ...
Forum: Alternative Engines 11-16-2020, 02:02 AM
Replies: 748
Views: 155,392
Posted By Canadian_JOY
What an epic read of an epic "experimental...

What an epic read of an epic "experimental aviation" story! I really take my hat off to you, Charlie, for sticking with this project.

I'm a huge fan of Honda engines and, thanks to the rational,...
Forum: RV-14 11-15-2020, 04:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,799
Posted By Canadian_JOY
The Matco hydraulic line-lock parking brake valve...

The Matco hydraulic line-lock parking brake valve is an excellent item to install. It's simple and very effective.

Yes, my airplane has a tendency to walk away from me if I turn my back on it on a...
Forum: RV-14 11-13-2020, 04:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,793
Posted By Canadian_JOY
How is its attitude solution? I've been hearing...

How is its attitude solution? I've been hearing murmurings the AV30 attitude might not be as rock-solid as we might like...

When I first spoke with the "inventor" at OSH a few years ago and saw the...
Forum: Autopilots 11-13-2020, 03:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,038
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Thanks for sharing this info, Andrew. My Vizion...

Thanks for sharing this info, Andrew. My Vizion 385 sometimes displays vertical lines, either ON or OFF. The vast majority of the time the display is perfect, hence my belief that...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-13-2020, 03:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 787
Posted By Canadian_JOY
I had a wonky attitude indication in the Adaptive...

I had a wonky attitude indication in the Adaptive AHARS. At night. During instrument training, so black dark and under the hood. HX and Mini-X diverged following a climbing turn. I used secondary...
Forum: Engine Monitors 11-13-2020, 03:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,488
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Just thought of something... if you are using an...

Just thought of something... if you are using an EFIS aux input, make sure the "internal pullup" setting is turned OFF otherwise your sensor reading from a powered sensor will never be right.
Forum: Engine Monitors 11-12-2020, 10:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,488
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Hmmm... taking 4.8V excitation power from the EIS...

Hmmm... taking 4.8V excitation power from the EIS to power the sensor and feeding its output into an analog input on the EFIS. And you get weird readings. This sounds suspiciously like an issue...
Forum: Engine Monitors 11-12-2020, 09:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,488
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Is that the hot side or cold side of the...

Is that the hot side or cold side of the firewall? Sorry, I'm not seeing the picture well. I think it's the cold side. That starter cable shouldn't have any effect on the current sensor. Your path...
Forum: Autopilots 11-11-2020, 07:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,038
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Andrew - what's failing in the displays? Is...

Andrew - what's failing in the displays? Is there anything we owners can do to improve their longevity?
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-10-2020, 06:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,460
Posted By Canadian_JOY
I scratched my head quite a bit while pondering...

I scratched my head quite a bit while pondering this scenario. I ended up with an Essential bus, powered by its own battery. The battery is charged via a circuit breaker and Schottky diode from the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-10-2020, 05:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,453
Posted By Canadian_JOY
I've used the OP's method extensively, albeit...

I've used the OP's method extensively, albeit with flat nuts, internal tooth lock washers and flat washers.

The key to success is in ensuring the fiber lock nut subsequently used to affix the...
Forum: GPS 11-06-2020, 06:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 516
Posted By Canadian_JOY
Just the capability to do ionospheric corrections...

Just the capability to do ionospheric corrections through the use of different carrier frequencies will bring a very significant enhancement to navigational accuracy. While we have "LPV" now with L1...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-06-2020, 05:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,124
Posted By Canadian_JOY
You might find you get a lot more responses if...

You might find you get a lot more responses if you update the title to read GRT instead of DRT...

What do you want to install in your aircraft - what functionality? Just an EFIS? EFIS + engine...
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