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Forum: RV-4 10-21-2010, 04:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,040
Posted By John_RV4
I've always wanted to do this.......

I inspected a 4 owned by a 6'6" individual who extended the footwells slightly and modified the rudder pedal attachments to allow longer legged folks more room. This also required some creative mods...
Forum: RV-4 10-15-2010, 12:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,193
Posted By John_RV4
I found it ... I think...

http://caselaw.findlaw.com/us-9th-circuit/1097158.html

I believe this is the case I was referring to. It was 1998. The fuel system was modified and put back. There was an accident and Avemco...
Forum: RV-4 10-15-2010, 12:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,193
Posted By John_RV4
Nope

No, this was not the John Denver accident. The incident I'm thinking of was covered in Sport Aviation quite some time ago. I'm probably more aware of it just because my RV4 is an older plane (1989)...
Forum: RV-4 10-14-2010, 09:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,193
Posted By John_RV4
Close........

From memory, may be a little fuzzy.

It was a Long Eze and it was probably 10 years or so ago. It wasn't an enforcement action. It was Avemco essentially declaring that the op limits were violated...
Forum: RV-4 12-16-2009, 11:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 11,495
Posted By John_RV4
Aha !!

I'm having a little trouble picturing this. If anybody has a photo (even of a -6). That would be great. I don't have access to a -6 to go look.

This sounds like it might be just the ticket to...
Forum: RV-4 10-20-2009, 04:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,882
Posted By John_RV4
Aileron trim ? Electric ?

NO WAY !!! Save those stimulus dollars and put them toward a nice wing leveler...

We've talked about this before but... If you can feel a heavy wing, you need to change tanks.

John
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2009, 10:07 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,315
Posted By John_RV4
One advantage of Flight Service....

I use Navmonster as my starting point for most weather/Notam/TFR into. I like the way it groups the data for my route of flight.

However, one thing you don't get online is an...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-07-2009, 11:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,705
Posted By John_RV4
Heart Attack !!!!

>>380F should be your max allowable cruise settiing, with about 340F as your >>low alarm setting

Mark, you're killing me :-). I run 300F in cruise and have for the last 1,000 hours or so.

Walter...
Forum: RV-4 09-25-2009, 05:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,048
Posted By John_RV4
it is working fine....

Like I said, it's working fine. Been like that from day one. The pin is fine. That's how it's always worked. I just don't like it. I have the chains somewhat loose to insure the TW can be...
Forum: RV-4 09-25-2009, 12:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,048
Posted By John_RV4
not so for me...

Mine unlocks all the time. This is particularly annoying in the run up area after a turn to line up. Now I have to wiggle the plane around to get the wheel to re-engage. It's also annoying if you...
Forum: Reviews 08-28-2009, 10:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,937
Posted By John_RV4
Not new....

I use it every day. Even if I'm not flying. It gives you a great picture really quick with almost no overhead/aggravation. It's been around for a while now. At least a year or more ??

John
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2009, 04:59 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,354
Posted By John_RV4
5 minute rule of thumb

Says to continue 5 minutes and if you don't see ground somewhere nearby, it's time to go back and descend below the clouds. A couple of times I've climbed high to get a better look around. But...
Forum: RV-4 08-20-2009, 11:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,529
Posted By John_RV4
Not to change the subject, but...

Who did the overhaul on #1 ? How confident are you in that engine ?
#2 is 300 SNEW factory engine ? That may be more of a factor than performance. In addition, which model Hartzell and what ADs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2009, 10:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,380
Posted By John_RV4
visibility...

I went out a while back on a day with Tstorms expected within the next few hours. The vis was about 7 and I stayed close to home. Anyway, there were lightning strikes at an airport 15 miles away...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2009, 02:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 955
Posted By John_RV4
Reiff

I also have the hotstrip setup on my carb'd 320. I seem to recall one side barely fit, but it did fit. See if you can get the exact dimensions and make cardboard cutouts. Should be do-able...
Forum: Northeast 06-16-2009, 10:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,281
Posted By John_RV4
Many to choose from...

It depends on how far you want to go but.......

Bar Harbor (KBHB) is a must if you've never been there. about 180nm or so.

Rockland, Maine (KRKD) is a bit closer and also has a real pretty harbor....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2009, 03:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,836
Posted By John_RV4
not much saved there...

Steve,
I also have an RV-4 and I'm paying similar rates. Your correct, there is very little to be gained by dropping the "in-motion" coverage. Almost all accidents happen in motion anyway. I have...
Forum: RV-4 05-25-2009, 08:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,240
Posted By John_RV4
2 for me 2

I'll take 2 also.

Thanks

John
Forum: COMM 05-20-2009, 09:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,550
Posted By John_RV4
side tone....?

I never got what exactly "side tone" is. I get the idea of turning down the mic gain (I turned it down on my headset). But what is side tone and what does it do ?

Thanks

John
Forum: RV-4 05-17-2009, 08:23 PM
Replies: 399
Views: 326,682
Posted By John_RV4
not so fast....

Stephen,

Don't get your hopes up on the pre-punched skins. VAn's punches the skins. Phlogiston makes the spars. I don't know if they have improved in recent years, but historically the pre-punched...
Forum: RV-4 05-17-2009, 08:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,240
Posted By John_RV4
a few extras....

Good idea. I might take 3 or 4 also.. just in case. How much are they ?

John
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2009, 01:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,322
Posted By John_RV4
Hold on a minute !!!

Hey Tom. That's my technique. I posted that here at least a year ago and claim a patent on the process. I suppose I could make an exception for a fellow RV'er though :D.

Seriously, It's...
Forum: RV-4 04-06-2009, 01:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,396
Posted By John_RV4
get TW first...

Scott,
I suggest you find a local flight school and get a TW endorsement. That may take 10 hours or so. Once you have a TW endorsement, you can ask around for an instructor who MIGHT be willing...
Forum: RV-4 04-02-2009, 09:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,818
Posted By John_RV4
short term memory loss......

I did this a few years ago. To check the alignment, I leveled the plane laterally and used a long straight edge and had somebody hold it against the rudder trailing edge. I then just eyeballed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2009, 02:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,214
Posted By John_RV4
1 for me too..

I had a mag fail in a Citabria on the 2nd flight of the day. It ran fine 5 minutes earlier. I did a run-up(always do) and it just wasn't running right. Started into the mag check and sure enough...
Forum: RV-4 02-12-2009, 08:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 879
Posted By John_RV4
me too.....

Geez, I have the same issue on cold start. The voltage shows ridiculously high for a minute or so and then comes down to normal values. It never dawned on me that I could get if "fixed". Mine is...
Forum: RV-4 02-03-2009, 08:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,285
Posted By John_RV4
I hate winter....

Dean,
If you're still flying THIS winter, my hat is off to you. This is the first year that I have just punted the winter entirely. To answer your question though, I try hard to avoid those...
Forum: Rocket 12-08-2008, 10:00 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,754
Posted By John_RV4
Insurance cost ?

Doug,
Any idea how much of the insurance cost was due to hull value ? Obviously, if the hull is worth $150k, the insurance is going to be higher.

I guess I'm asking: If you had a HRII/F1 and say.....
Forum: RV-4 11-07-2008, 09:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,684
Posted By John_RV4
Leg room...

Boy, I really have to disagree with CCRYAN on this one. I'm 5'11" and I would kill for 6" more leg room.

When your legs are bent, it puts more of your weight on your tailbone and makes long flights...
Forum: RV-4 11-02-2008, 08:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,257
Posted By John_RV4
Maybe not...

I was flying today at 45F (on the ground). My 4 does not cool very well on the ground. I had 340F CHT before takeoff and loads of heat coming into the cockpit. After about 40 minutes of flight, ...
Forum: RV-4 10-30-2008, 11:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,257
Posted By John_RV4
cool is ok

Steve,
One of the GAMI guys commented on this question a while back and said that there is nothing wrong with "low" chts.
Anything much over 200 is fine......

I am running (in the fall) around 285F...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2008, 03:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,183
Posted By John_RV4
Do prices ever come down ?

It's a small market to begin with. I suspect they would just scale back production to keep prices up. I'd be curious if Lyc prices have ever come down.

On a similar vein, anybody noticed that the...
Forum: RV-4 09-25-2008, 12:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,562
Posted By John_RV4
like many things.....

I thought I would also immediately install the electric flaps. After living with the manual flaps, I see no reason to change them. I think your idea of practicing is a good one.

I also had an...
Forum: RV-4 09-25-2008, 11:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,562
Posted By John_RV4
The notch..

I haven't had any issue with full flaps. But my first notch position is not as positive as full. You might want to take a look at the notch itself.

I've never noticed the handle twist. But I've...
Forum: RV-4 09-24-2008, 09:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,251
Posted By John_RV4
common mod...

It was not unusual for 4 builders to simply order the RV-6 skins and the RV-6 tank flange (U shaped piece riveted to the spar). I'm sure those parts are still available.

If you talk to Evan, just...
Forum: RV-4 09-18-2008, 04:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,125
Posted By John_RV4
You need the wings....

The wing kit contains the main fuselage bulkhead that mates the fuselage to the main wing spars. This bulkhead is matched drilled to the wing spars. You essentially build the fuse around that...
Forum: RV-4 09-05-2008, 09:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,580
Posted By John_RV4
Easy...

Yes, everything is easy on the internet :-). I'd be more than happy to take any advice/pictures you might have. Maybe we can build up a knowledge base for this operation.

Thanks

John ...
Forum: RV-4 09-03-2008, 10:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,580
Posted By John_RV4
Need a plan...

I'm going to do my next oil change over at the shop and my A&P and I will start our plan for the brackets. Assuming we only do one......

It sounds like this:

1. support engine from hoist wings with...
Forum: RV-4 09-01-2008, 03:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,580
Posted By John_RV4
tops are ok....

The top ones show no signs of any cracks. You've got me thinking though....
Maybe it's better to do each bracket as a separate session (mabye a couple of months apart). I'd rather not have the...
Forum: RV-4 08-30-2008, 07:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,580
Posted By John_RV4
would also like to see 'em.....

I'm going to do the two lower ones this winter. They both have cracks now. You can see the crack in the left one. The right one just looks like a little dirty line.

Anyway, I'd sure love to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-28-2008, 03:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,828
Posted By John_RV4
Slick AD ?

As long as we're on the subject......
My local A&P told me that the overhaul shop he uses is finding no bad mags when they check the AD. Anybody heard different?

That might also factor into your...
Forum: RV-4 08-28-2008, 02:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,409
Posted By John_RV4
No go on Hijack light...

Bill,
I also bought the Hi Jack "light". However, I am unable to get it on the axle without running into the brake lines. I have a solid line at the caliper. I may change over to flex lines this...
Forum: RV-4 08-19-2008, 08:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,580
Posted By John_RV4
Common issue....

This is a well known issue and is a condition inspection item. I wish I could see the pictures to get an idea of how "bad" the cracks are but can't.

There is no SB as such. However, the new parts...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2008, 05:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,218
Posted By John_RV4
backwards....

I still think the whole idea is backwards. You don't want to start transmitting when the plane crashes. Even the best activation device may not work or the antenae may be severed. Reasonable idea...
Forum: RV-4 07-25-2008, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,461
Posted By John_RV4
Buyers have an advantage...

I just want to point out that buyers actually have an advantage in this regard. The plane is already out of phase I. So, you can take advantage of the instructors out there who are already very...
Forum: Safety 07-23-2008, 11:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,004
Posted By John_RV4
and what about 406 ?

Larry has brought up a great point. ELTs have historically been "marginal" at working in an accident. What assurance do we have that the 406 units will work any better ?

I am starting to wonder...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2008, 09:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,538
Posted By John_RV4
A200....

A200 is also cheap. If it were to give trouble, you just throw it away and get another. It doesn't cost enough to get you sucked into that recurring trips to the radio shop syndrome.

That said. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2008, 11:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,475
Posted By John_RV4
KAVP

KAVP is another one that is actually a Class C with the ATIS on a nav freq. I just call "negative ATIS" both arriving and calling clearance delivery.

John

P.S. before I get in trouble for using...
Forum: RV-4 07-03-2008, 02:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,555
Posted By John_RV4
Foot full...

I kept reading about how RVs need a "Foot full" of right rudder on takeoff. I thought this was exaggerrated. So, one day I started easing off the right rudder on climbout and I almost did a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2008, 12:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,478
Posted By John_RV4
I've got one...

Amusing story....
My RV4 has one of these "extra" holes for the fairing. It is however, on the top. The painter was supposed to fill in the fairing and unfortunately forgot. That was in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2008, 05:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,192
Posted By John_RV4
Search first

Do a search on the word "jack". It will give you numerous threads on jacking RVs and more information than you can digest....

Good luck.

John
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2008, 01:37 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 16,060
Posted By John_RV4
Kudos to Barry

Paul kind of stole my thunder here. But I also want to say that I REALLY admire your patience under such trying circumstances.

I think I'll refrain from any other comments.....

Good...
Forum: GPS 06-13-2008, 08:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,128
Posted By John_RV4
Before you do that......

I'm using a 2000c in my RV4 and find it a big step up visually over my backseat 500. I loved the form factor of the 500 (fits in a shirt pocket) but the small screen just got too hard to read.

I...
Forum: RV-4 06-12-2008, 09:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,394
Posted By John_RV4
skip....

I think the flare is somewhat less pronounced in these airplanes(FP). I think it's more of easing the nose to an approximate 3 pt attitude and using back stick to gradually arrest the descent. ...
Forum: RV-4 06-11-2008, 03:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,394
Posted By John_RV4
wow...

1700rpm !! Dude you're in a climb :-).

Seriously, I use 70 mph over the fence solo and 80 with passenger. I use no flaps until I am on very short final and the throttle is idled at or before the...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 06-10-2008, 08:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,319
Posted By John_RV4
They're gonna love this guy...

Since he has just had a prop strike in the club airplane, he has just pi$$ed off xx pilots who now lose access to that airplane. In addition, the insurance rate will probably go up and the club...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2008, 08:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,915
Posted By John_RV4
Stop rubbing it in.......

We had 1600 bkn and 2000 overcast with Tstorms at my home field on Saturday. Too many commitments on Sunday. I'm really disappointed that I missed this one.

Hopefully, I'll catch you guys up at...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-02-2008, 08:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,780
Posted By John_RV4
me too...

Yeah, I got a little cocky and tried to do the right tank quickly. That's how I stripped the nut. I hereby withdraw from the contest, since I've got one I can't get out (yet). I reserve the right...
Forum: GPS 06-01-2008, 08:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,203
Posted By John_RV4
terrain is dark....

Karl,
You're right about the bright sunlight situation. With the terrain awareness display on, it is dark. This is especially true when flying westbound into the sun. I have turned off the terrain...
Forum: GPS 06-01-2008, 07:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,203
Posted By John_RV4
too bright

>>it is far too bright for night flying
Hit menu twice (brings up main menu). Screen is the first option. Hit enter and select the brightness. I was just doing this yesterday (rainy day) to tone...
Forum: GPS 05-31-2008, 09:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,203
Posted By John_RV4
Stunning thread....

I must say I could not disagree more with most of the notes in this thread.
The 2000c form factor is just about PERFECT. It can be mounted anywhere and provides a big clear screen without forcing...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-28-2008, 01:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,780
Posted By John_RV4
stuck...

Anybody had a fuel drain they couldn't remove ? I did the left tank this week and the old one came out easily. I then tried the right tank and I started to strip the nut on the body of the drain. ...
Forum: RV-4 05-21-2008, 02:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,355
Posted By John_RV4
I remember....

I remember that too.... The guy had trouble flying it and decided to convert it to a trike. That was a loooong time ago. Don't forget that "back in the day", there were no RV checkouts or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2008, 09:57 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 11,417
Posted By John_RV4
Huh ???

This discussion is all well and good but doesn't it apply just as much to store bought airplanes ? Given thousands of pilots flying each type, wouldn't you conclude that the pilots are not a factor...
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