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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 01:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 439
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Thats great. I hope you already have your wheel...

Thats great. I hope you already have your wheel paints and fairings done because once you start flying, they will never get done! Have fun and make sure you record all the data.

PS - hope you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 01:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,358
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Where about is the plane? Im in Lansing area and...

Where about is the plane? Im in Lansing area and may be able to head over if not too far. PM me with your info so I can give you a call.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-24-2022, 06:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 554
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Build a stand if you feel then need it. I...

Build a stand if you feel then need it. I transported my wings from Oregon to Colorado, then to Idaho laying down on some foam mattress toppers. I would be way more concerned about other things in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2022, 07:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,553
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Thanks for responses. It has been interesting...

Thanks for responses. It has been interesting reading. Not to many on the fence - people are pretty strong in their opinions.

I have a couple G3X's in my panel and an autopilot that I am amazed by....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2022, 08:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,553
Posted By rockwoodrv9
East coast to OSH. Over or around the LAKE!

Im planning my trip to AV this year from mid Michigan and there are 3 ways to go.
1. South around the lake and get a good view of Chicago
2. North crossing at the bridge and coming in around the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2022, 12:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 673
Posted By rockwoodrv9
If you take the cowl off you can strap the engine...

If you take the cowl off you can strap the engine mount to the trailer very easy.
A 2x4 or 2x6 block bolted into the wing slot works well too.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2022, 07:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,137
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Nice Kyle. I have never flown in a 10 and a...

Nice Kyle. I have never flown in a 10 and a little afraid to. I know it would cost me a bunch of money! Like others have said, I like your paint scheme. It looks fast just sitting there! Have fun.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-13-2022, 08:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 384
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Good luck on that Darin. There should be someone...

Good luck on that Darin. There should be someone that has one. Maybe James Cowl? I have a 9 model standard cowl in my hangar at KEUL you are welcome to if it helps!
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-13-2022, 08:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 572
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Most models have same gotchas!

Keith,
Im not sure about gotchas specifically for the 9 only. I think most of them are the same for all the models.

Have fun on the preview plans and see if you can find someone to show you their...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2022, 05:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 372
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I believe I got mine at the HD aero isle. You...

I believe I got mine at the HD aero isle. You could always go to Ferguson if thought the ones at HD were not good enough!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2022, 03:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,013
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I知 doing much of my training in my 9A. I think...

I知 doing much of my training in my 9A. I think it is easier to land than a 172 but I知 glad I did quite a few hours bouncing in on the 182 gear! I would get some training in a trainer first, past...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-10-2022, 09:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,099
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Rocker switch with VPX

I have the standard aircraft grade toggles and I dont like the looks. They work find and I most likely will not make any changes.

But, I have the VPX power system so the switches only control the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2022, 12:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,747
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Pics of my install

Here are a few pics of the install. I am able to plug in the heater through my oil filler door. In semi cold climates the sleeping bag may not be needed but in Michigan it is. The upside down pic...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2022, 05:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,131
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Im still working on my ticket so my opinion is...

Im still working on my ticket so my opinion is not worth much but if I hear a pilot announce "Experimental.... I have no idea if it is an RV, Kitfox, Velocity, Lancair, or ? If they say, RV, Kitfox,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2022, 01:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,747
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Early Test of Heater

I was one of the lucky guys that got to test the engine heater Allan was developing. In Michigan, it gets cold. Really cold. When Allan asked if I was willing to test his heater, I jumped at it. I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-08-2022, 06:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 481
Posted By rockwoodrv9
It is really fun to see the plane on its gear and...

It is really fun to see the plane on its gear and wheels for the first time. Putting the wheels on the legs isn稚 a huge chore. Jacking the plane high enough to get the legs in is tricky but not that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2022, 05:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,498
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Crow 5 Point

I have Crow, 5 point, rotary. I have nothing but crappy 172 belts to compare but I feel the Crow system is about as good as I could hope for in a small plane. There is little movement once strapped...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-02-2022, 05:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 402
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I was going to suggest fouled pugs too. I have...

I was going to suggest fouled pugs too. I have the exact engine and had what sounds like the same issue. I took the plugs out, blasted them and everything has been fine since.

I have since learned...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-30-2022, 01:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 824
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I would keep the foreskin off as long as possible...

I would keep the foreskin off as long as possible making wiring and other easier. You can fit it and hole it with clecos to make sure things fit - BUT MAKE SURE YOU LEAVE THE CLECOS OFF IN THE...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-23-2022, 11:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,142
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Larry, with the wings off you don’t get this mark...

Larry, with the wings off you don’t get this mark on your head on the OAT probe.

I got a HF motorcycle lift and made a wood box to sit on top of it to lift my whole plane. It worked great. If you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2022, 07:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,979
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I am finding out after 10 years building and now...

I am finding out after 10 years building and now about 6 months flying, I am having so much fun flying I dont want to take the plane out of flight status to work on the wheel pants and fairings. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2022, 07:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,738
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Wow, great video. I would love to know your...

Wow, great video. I would love to know your camera settings. PM sent. Thanks
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2022, 07:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,738
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Nice picture Carl. What a pretty place to fly.

Nice picture Carl. What a pretty place to fly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2022, 11:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,738
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Low clouds kept me in the pattern

I went up today but clouds at 2200 kept me in the pattern. I was in the pattern with a Cessna Cardinal and I had to keep extending my cross wind turn and base leg to stay behind him. A couple times I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2022, 07:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,189
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I agree, I need more time with my instructor in...

I agree, I need more time with my instructor in the bumps and especially cross winds. Lucky I have a great instructor - one everyone would know but Im not sure he wants more students after me! Ha! ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2022, 10:52 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,189
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Ron, I have a couple of the G3x panels in front...

Ron, I have a couple of the G3x panels in front of me and I will set the G meter so I can see it. I never thought of that. I dont worry about the plane holding together, i have never seen the wing or...
Forum: Safety 05-19-2022, 06:48 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,269
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Thank you Jim. I appreciate the pictures and link...

Thank you Jim. I appreciate the pictures and link to the other thread.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2022, 08:51 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,189
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Thanks for the responses and info

I am really lucky because I have one of the best instructors anywhere. He is getting me ready for my check ride and hope to have it this summer. We try to fly on nice days and when it gets past fun,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2022, 10:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,189
Posted By rockwoodrv9
That is an interesting idea. I never liked...

That is an interesting idea. I never liked boating in Lake Tahoe pounding across the chop either! Im sure glider training is a real good tool to have in your toolbox.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-18-2022, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 603
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I added some weatherstripping this winter and...

I added some weatherstripping this winter and have to pull down on the handle to get it tight enough for the latch to fasten easily at first. Now that it is warming up, it is not as difficult. Maybe...
Forum: Safety 05-18-2022, 10:17 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,269
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Welding pics?

To me, this is a scary thing. I have not had any issues but I like the idea of having them welded. Can someone post a picture so I can show my welder? Thanks
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2022, 10:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,189
Posted By rockwoodrv9
How bumpy is too bumpy or too windy?

I am still a student pilot. I have about 40 hours solo and 15 or so instruction in my 9A. I am not a fan of bouncing around when I fly but here in Michigan calm days are rare.

I have limited my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 09:09 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 24,918
Posted By rockwoodrv9
We have REC gas here in Michigan. I think it is...

We have REC gas here in Michigan. I think it is 91. I have an O-320 D2A that is approved for mogas. The last of our $4.80 100LL ran out yesterday so we will be over $6 now.

Is there a reason I...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-15-2022, 12:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 943
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I love watching all the videos in all of Europe....

I love watching all the videos in all of Europe. Well, the US for that matter too. I lived in Aspen for 10 years and know about expensive! But, I would still love to fly around Switzerland and some...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-10-2022, 12:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Paul, Im sure things were worse before but the...

Paul, Im sure things were worse before but the brakes could be improved. The riveting isnt that hard - it just seems so unnecessary and a place to screw up a pretty important part!

I wish I had...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-10-2022, 11:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Brakes are PIA

I ordered from Vans so I cant help you there but agree - it is too expensive for what you get.

Maybe I am the only one but I find it a PIA to change the brakes. I can change them on my truck much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2022, 06:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,161
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Wouldn’t it be easiest to just have a credit card...

Wouldn’t it be easiest to just have a credit card left in the plane for all expenses and then split the bill by hours flown? Maybe there is a downside to that or people that are too picky to the last...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 05-07-2022, 05:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,217
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Reported as N54MG. RIP sorry for the family.

Reported as N54MG. RIP sorry for the family.
Forum: Job Board 05-02-2022, 07:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 986
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Dan, consider the hangar and a breezeway between...

Dan, consider the hangar and a breezeway between it and the house. That eliminates lots of fire code requirements and maybe the 5000' architect signature if it is 2 buildings. You can always enclose...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-30-2022, 05:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,133
Posted By rockwoodrv9
If you get one of the small furniture dollys from...

If you get one of the small furniture dollys from HF you can put your front wheel on it and you can move the plane easily. You may want to cut a couple sloped blocks so the wheel site nice and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,296
Posted By rockwoodrv9
的 wish I had more baggage space rather than this...

的 wish I had more baggage space rather than this BRS as he is crashing is another never heard quote.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-20-2022, 06:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 961
Posted By rockwoodrv9
A touch screen can be used with buttons. A non...

A touch screen can be used with buttons. A non touch can only be used with buttons. $275 is a pretty small premium and if you ever go to sell, you will have to discount the price by much more than...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-20-2022, 08:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 888
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Eric, let me know when you are doing the move if...

Eric, let me know when you are doing the move if you need a hand.
Forum: Reviews 04-19-2022, 08:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,030
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I have one on my plane and wouldn’t fly without...

I have one on my plane and wouldn’t fly without it. I have the lip skid too and think it is equally as important. I have video of the shaking nose gear. If I didn’t enjoy flying so much I would swap...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-17-2022, 01:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,297
Posted By rockwoodrv9
The two things that I would check and double...

The two things that I would check and double check are the trim and canopy. If you have glass, there are a couple places where you could have things reversed and I have heard real bad results for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2022, 08:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 460
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Rocketbob in member search. He is worth looking...

Rocketbob in member search. He is worth looking up. PM me if you need to.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-13-2022, 08:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 816
Posted By rockwoodrv9
It is pretty critical to fit the panel in the...

It is pretty critical to fit the panel in the correct spot so it does not interfere with the closing canopy - at least on the tip up. My panel was slightly tipped or too close to the pilot and when...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-11-2022, 08:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,571
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Hey John, how are you doing? I miss Idaho!

Hey John, how are you doing? I miss Idaho!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-11-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,571
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I will have to go back and look at my notes and...

I will have to go back and look at my notes and pictures. I dont remember it being difficult. I am heading to the airport tomorrow and will check it out and see if I can get some pictures.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2022, 02:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,571
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I made the change before I had fitted my cowling....

I made the change before I had fitted my cowling. As was said, the bolts are tricky - I ended up hot gluing the nuts to popsicle sticks to get them in place and get them started. It was fiddly but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2022, 11:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,909
Posted By rockwoodrv9
If it was done, I would start with the E at the...

If it was done, I would start with the E at the top and do the lettering from top to bottom.

E
X
P
E
.
.
.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2022, 02:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,607
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I will never complain about getting into the cockpit again

This is an amazing story. I am embarrassed at how much I have complained about climbing back into the womb of my 9A to sit down. I may have to take a trip to Italy just to meet this...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-07-2022, 02:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,571
Posted By rockwoodrv9
That is correct. The A models mount inside just...

That is correct. The A models mount inside just in front of the spar. You have to cut on new holes and bolt the weldments to the spar. You then have to patch the holes near the firewall where the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-07-2022, 07:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,571
Posted By rockwoodrv9
The main gear is easy since you are getting a new...

The main gear is easy since you are getting a new motor mount. It took less than an hour to cut the new holes and patch the old ones. It is an easy process from start to finish.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-06-2022, 08:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 622
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I have the same system and have recalibrated my...

I have the same system and have recalibrated my tanks 4 times. Right now my rat tank shows 96 gal remaining and left at 8.

My red cube is accurate to a tenth of a gallon between fillips. I知 getting...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-06-2022, 08:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,571
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Easy conversion. Just need a new motor mount and...

Easy conversion. Just need a new motor mount and get the new one with the better nose wheel system. When I did mine, I did not take the tail wheel hardware out of the rear fuselage. It makes a great...
Forum: COMM 04-03-2022, 08:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,012
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Pete, You have too much time on your hands!!! Ha!...

Pete,
You have too much time on your hands!!! Ha! It looks like a fun project and even better - it worked!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2022, 03:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 949
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Sean, I made the mistake of opening my canopy...

Sean,
I made the mistake of opening my canopy when the foreskin was still clecoed on and bent the canopy skin. I ended up taking the front piece off and making a new one and then making a fiberglass...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2022, 06:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,241
Posted By rockwoodrv9
There was a good webinar this afternoon about W&B...

There was a good webinar this afternoon about W&B and Foreflight. They said it would be posted for review on their website tomorrow. Worth watching if you have questions about how to use W&B with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-28-2022, 12:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,142
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I would easily pay $60 for a system to bleed my...

I would easily pay $60 for a system to bleed my brakes! I have been trying to get the bubbles out for 3 days with a gravity system. I am close, but not there yet.

Im going to order the MityVac to...
Forum: Safety 03-27-2022, 02:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 983
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Dave, you guys are always burning up up there!

Dave, you guys are always burning up up there!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2022, 10:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,288
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I have both. I have the g3x system so I got...

I have both. I have the g3x system so I got garmin pilot. It works ok but is not nearly the program Foreflight is.

What I really like about Foreflight is the 3-d view of an airport I have never...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2022, 10:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,226
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I think I am in the minority here but I just paid...

I think I am in the minority here but I just paid last month for the foreflight $299 package with the 3-D flight preview and replay. I have garmin pilot too - but it isnt half the program foreflight...
Forum: Safety 03-22-2022, 07:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,512
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Bill, I was asked about this yesterday on a...

Bill,
I was asked about this yesterday on a flight. I remembered from you or someone exactly what you are saying here. When I pull power on landings or stall practice, I get the low oil pressure...
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