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Forum: Midwest 05-19-2020, 05:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 580
Posted By chipf
Thanks Jerry. I've been tied down at the FBO for...

Thanks Jerry. I've been tied down at the FBO for short periods before, but wanted to see if there were other options. The FBO was my next stop, and knowing they could be a reasonable option...
Forum: Midwest 05-18-2020, 06:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 580
Posted By chipf
KPSO - Hangar space?

I'll be visiting family in Pagosa Springs the month of June this year. I have accommodations, but looking to see if I an find a place for the plane (RV-9A).
Does any one at Stevens Field have or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,038
Posted By chipf
Do you expect any cowling work? I like my Catto...

Do you expect any cowling work?

I like my Catto three blade, but I'm thinking that if I could do it over I would install a constant speed prop.
After 600 hours I'm finally learning how to avoid too...
Forum: Texas (North) 12-16-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,522
Posted By chipf
Great day despite the 26 knot headwind - only on...

Great day despite the 26 knot headwind - only on the way up of course!

I've been to the Hard 8 a number of times, usually the wait is 10-15 minutes. The Van's contingent had quite the turn...
Forum: Midwest 07-04-2018, 01:05 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 560
Posted By chipf
5 ship over Pagosa Springs

Flew from 88R up to KPSO for a few days to help my sister and brother-in-law to move in, and take a friend back home to Austin.

When playing Frisbee golf Monday afternoon (7/2/18), a nice 5 ship...
Forum: Safety 08-06-2017, 03:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,991
Posted By chipf
Glass Cockpit Aviation

Look up Cammie Patch. She's in Boise. I trained and took the checkride in the old Archer, but the web page is showing other options, including a retract option.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2017, 11:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,949
Posted By chipf
I had the exact same issue. With the old Dynon...

I had the exact same issue. With the old Dynon sensor, I would occasionally see high oil pressure on takeoff. But in the last few months it starting spiking in flight. Replaced with the new...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-25-2016, 03:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,520
Posted By chipf
The engine has 498 hours SMOH. I don't have logs...

The engine has 498 hours SMOH. I don't have logs from before that.

It is an older engine, does not have roller tappets. I don't have pictures of the cam right now. I took pictures with my new...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-25-2016, 09:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,520
Posted By chipf
BTW, I wrote up this post hoping to solicit...

BTW, I wrote up this post hoping to solicit comments from the experts who know how to interpret the crankshaft images. To me they're just pretty pictures.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-25-2016, 08:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,520
Posted By chipf
Part 2 - The really bad news

So I start stripping the FWF work that took so long to do 5 years ago. It comes off a lot...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-25-2016, 08:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,520
Posted By chipf
Tale of a sticky valve

I recently completed all of the tasks on checklist for the annual.
For the oil change, there was only one tiny piece of metal in the filter, and the finger filter was entirely clean. All previous...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2016, 05:44 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 14,865
Posted By chipf
Here's one list of airports close to the center...

Here's one list of airports close to the center of the path of totality. These are certainly not the only airports, just ones I picked at the edge of
each state. A flight plan with all of these...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-11-2016, 04:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,047
Posted By chipf
What model borescope are you using? Those...

What model borescope are you using? Those pictures are very good quality.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2016, 06:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,244
Posted By chipf
Congrats Greg! Looks like the perfect machine...

Congrats Greg!

Looks like the perfect machine for getting out of west Texas.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2016, 04:57 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 13,349
Posted By chipf
Around 2006 I had just earned my pilots license...

Around 2006 I had just earned my pilots license and was volunteering at the local airport, doing ramp duty and other things. I was beginning to think about what kind of airplane might be good to...
Forum: Safety 01-31-2016, 07:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,893
Posted By chipf
Been there done that

I immediately had to add the return springs using the parts in Daryl's post (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=159656&postcount=2).

Taxiing with sticky brakes was no fun at all....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 13,110
Posted By chipf
Your chosen location is going to be the high...

Your chosen location is going to be the high point of the installation. Just what EI's installation guidelines say to avoid.
Forum: Formation Flying 11-02-2015, 06:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,941
Posted By chipf
Pine Bluff Formation Clinic cancelled - or was it?

I spent the first 6 months of 2015 earning a commercial certificate. Being very goal oriented, I was looking for the next flying challenge so I
decided to see what formation was about. I don't...
Forum: RV-10 10-19-2015, 05:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,497
Posted By chipf
Looks like a good solution

Can anyone report on how well these AeroRoller 1000s work for RV's? I'm curious how they interact with the wheel fairings.

I had someone else's Baron parked in the hangar yesterday, and if I could...
Forum: Safety 09-07-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,933
Posted By chipf
I had a flat main tire earlier this year. The...

I had a flat main tire earlier this year. The landing was normal and I taxied over to the gas pumps. As I was just about to start adding fuel, I noticed that the left main wheel fairing was almost...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2015, 07:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,027
Posted By chipf
I slip occasionally. I wouldn't say it reduces...

I slip occasionally. I wouldn't say it reduces speed, the plane will in fact speed up if you let the nose down. But it will add drag and steepen the angle of descent.
What's working best for me...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,027
Posted By chipf
You can log the PIC time if you are otherwise...

You can log the PIC time if you are otherwise qualified, but you'll have to ask your insurance company the other part of the question.

I am carrying liability and hull, and my insurance company...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2015, 07:49 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 25,954
Posted By chipf
I can't believe 5 hours went by and nobody else...

I can't believe 5 hours went by and nobody else noticed...
Autoreply, welcome to VansAirforce!

I was also thinking about a twin kit. It would need 6 seats, and an option for 360's or 540's.

But...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 09-25-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 830
Posted By chipf
Thanks for the ideas Vlad. That Cedar Meadows...

Thanks for the ideas Vlad.

That Cedar Meadows post did not show up when I searched, but it was essentially the same question and not too old. Hmmmm....:confused:

Edit---
Just searched again and...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 09-24-2014, 06:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 830
Posted By chipf
Hangars at KFRR?

The search came up pretty sparse on Front Royal, there is one entry on the RV Hotel list.

I'll be in Virginia this next week and am interested in any hangar options that might be available. The FBO...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-04-2014, 11:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,891
Posted By chipf
If you're just looking to complete the toolkit,...

If you're just looking to complete the toolkit, get one each of the AN bolt sizes. The 3/16" is the one I used the most.

For the .311, consider buying two. When the first one breaks you'll be...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-29-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,677
Posted By chipf
Jay, What are they doing during the closure?

Jay,
What are they doing during the closure?
Forum: Texas (South) 06-06-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,236
Posted By chipf
I've landed there with the RV. It's acceptable...

I've landed there with the RV. It's acceptable for an A model, but the apron area has some tank traps:eek:

It has a post apocalyptic feel. The beach area is au naturel.

Privately owned as...
Forum: ADS-B 06-04-2014, 12:31 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 85,829
Posted By chipf
Take advantage of this while it lasts!

Personalized service from the Fed, sincere smile included:)

I got my report back from Jim 10 minutes after sending the email. Everything appears to be in working order.

For the record I have a...
Forum: Tools 05-27-2014, 12:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,997
Posted By chipf
I built mine into the table. I used 2x12 cross...

I built mine into the table. I used 2x12 cross pieces as the support for the dimpler frame. Both of my tables are on wheels, so that made it easy to arrange them for a wide expanse of support when...
Forum: ADS-B 05-27-2014, 11:55 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,350
Posted By chipf
Not sure about the traffic, my system is using...

Not sure about the traffic, my system is using TIS from the Trig transponder for traffic. I do know that I can pick up TIS traffic in your area.

But you should be able to pick up weather info. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,979
Posted By chipf
Great picture!

Congratulations Greg!

Now you have to hurry and finish the 9A so you can start on the 10.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-26-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,569
Posted By chipf
Thanks Chad. I just noticed your reply. Posts...

Thanks Chad. I just noticed your reply. Posts can scroll off the first page pretty quick around here!

Hmmm. My installation appears at first blush to be about the same as yours. I sandwiched the...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 01-17-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,935
Posted By chipf
In. Last one I saw was 13 - from my front yard....

In. Last one I saw was 13 - from my front yard.

I've been looking at the schedules trying to figure out when I can see one.
Looks like the next date I might be able to make is May 1 at Wallops.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2014, 07:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,668
Posted By chipf
I pretty much followed the Bob Nuckolls Z-11...

I pretty much followed the Bob Nuckolls Z-11 schematic which has an endurance bus. The power diode in this schematic supplies power to the E-bus from the main bus without needing to turn the E-bus...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-08-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,569
Posted By chipf
Does anyone have photos of a Bob Archer NAV...

Does anyone have photos of a Bob Archer NAV antenna that is working well, including how the wires are routed?

I have one installed - actually two, but only one side is hooked up - and I can't say it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2013, 11:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,796
Posted By chipf
Try ACS in Taylor.

Try ACS in Taylor.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2013, 08:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,759
Posted By chipf
I found the same problem when I finished my kit. ...

I found the same problem when I finished my kit. The two bolts provided in the kit were way too long.
I ended up ordering two new allen head bolts, I can't remember which length. Then I used 3 flat...
Forum: Texas (South) 02-12-2013, 11:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,800
Posted By chipf
Horseshoe Bay has a ramp fee. I think they...

Horseshoe Bay has a ramp fee. I think they waive it if you buy fuel.

There is a nice quiet passenger terminal, but not much open hangar activity. It's really set up to handle high end traffic...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-29-2012, 12:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,534
Posted By chipf
Don't forget proper grounding

Looks good Pete.

Just a reminder, since I didn't see the words "grounded the airplane" anywhere in the posts, make sure the aircraft is well grounded when messing around with fuel. You'll be...
Forum: GPS 10-24-2012, 07:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,190
Posted By chipf
I'm curious how the ADS-B compliance update will...

I'm curious how the ADS-B compliance update will be implemented. Will this be through additional data packets on the existing Aviation Out serial data stream? And if so, will there be some setup...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-19-2012, 07:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,469
Posted By chipf
The tank attach isn't the problem. The problem...

The tank attach isn't the problem. The problem is that the spar web here is one of the most highly stressed places on the airframe. That particular spot carries a bending moment imposed by half the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2012, 08:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,497
Posted By chipf
Congratulations Greg! You'll have to get the 9A...

Congratulations Greg!
You'll have to get the 9A finished up now. Soon you'll have orders to start the 10, once she figures out how slow that 172 really is.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2012, 08:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,376
Posted By chipf
I answered a different question. I didn't have...

I answered a different question. I didn't have to worry about the minimum cable length issue, but I remember Stein saying I had to have the cable be at least 3'.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2012, 08:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,376
Posted By chipf
It's an antenna-to-antenna line of sight issue. ...

It's an antenna-to-antenna line of sight issue.
You should find cable length restrictions in your transponder installation instructions, and it will depend on what kind of cable you use. That...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-16-2012, 07:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,535
Posted By chipf
Congratulations Luke! Way to to bring home the...

Congratulations Luke! Way to to bring home the hardware! That picture you took at the airfield in the mountains is one of my favorite screen saver photos. You built a fabulous airplane.
Forum: Texas (South) 09-14-2012, 11:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 984
Posted By chipf
Greg, We have a 7A and 9A slider at Lakeway, 3R9....

Greg,
We have a 7A and 9A slider at Lakeway, 3R9. Both of these were done with Sika, and we both did a composite skirt layup. Both are flying.

I'd fly down to San Marcos, but it looks like the...
Forum: ADS-B 07-18-2012, 12:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 16,982
Posted By chipf
At last! I was ready to buy a Stratus for the...

At last!

I was ready to buy a Stratus for the iPad, this might change that.

The Dynon web page doesn't have any info yet, I wonder what the time frame for availability will be. I might just have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2012, 12:09 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,597
Posted By chipf
Dang. I wish I had noticed this thread on...

Dang. I wish I had noticed this thread on Monday, before I put the latest sample in the mail with their prepaid shipping label.

I sent my last sample in March, no word on that yet. I guess this...
Forum: Safety 07-11-2012, 12:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,131
Posted By chipf
Oshkosh arrivals besides at KOSH

I finally get to start a thread!

There's lots of discussion on flying into KOSH, but I wanted to get advice on flying into the other area fields, in my case Outagamie Regional (KATW).
I've tried...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-11-2012, 12:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,138
Posted By chipf
I was also there in 2009! For this visit, Monday...

I was also there in 2009!
For this visit, Monday and Tuesday are my options, Wednesday is reserved for seeing parts of Wisconsin where the airplanes are not. :eek:

Any reason we can't do double duty...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2012, 08:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,807
Posted By chipf
I always call ahead and ask 1. Do they have a...

I always call ahead and ask 1. Do they have a courtesy car? 2. Do they have a rental car just in case? and 3. Is there a hotel at the field or within walking distance?
In fact I just grabbed a car...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2012, 11:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,282
Posted By chipf
I bought the switches from B&C. They have small...

I bought the switches from B&C. They have small color plastic covers to give them a more organized look, I think these also came from B&C. Most of the rest was purchased from SteinAir, including...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2012, 12:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,282
Posted By chipf
Standard panel for me

The oversized panel would conflict with my knees.

I put the EMS and ARINC on the left side subpanel. I also mounted the two Skyview backup batteries on that side.

I put in a few 3/4" snap bushings...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-20-2012, 07:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,487
Posted By chipf
On my O-320-E2A there is a convenient hole just...

On my O-320-E2A there is a convenient hole just aft of where the oil dipstick tube threads into the case. I scraped the paint off and used a AN4 bolt to attach the ground line directly from the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-20-2012, 07:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,760
Posted By chipf
I have a O-320-E2A with a Catto 3 blade wood...

I have a O-320-E2A with a Catto 3 blade wood prop. The weight and balance turned out fine. As long as I'm under weight limits, I can't load it out of CG, except for the case of full tanks, no bags,...
Forum: Texas (South) 05-06-2012, 09:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,446
Posted By chipf
With respect to seeing some RVs, I'll throw out...

With respect to seeing some RVs, I'll throw out the welcome mat.
If you have some time before the big trip, come on out to Lakeway (3R9). It would make a good test flight for the 172!
We have two...
Forum: Texas (South) 04-23-2012, 07:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 909
Posted By chipf
A sad state of affairs...

I was trying to think of where besides Sears and Paxtons (woodworking store, long gone) that would fit the bill. I was assuming HF didn't meet the criteria.
I coudn't come up with anything so I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2012, 05:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,058
Posted By chipf
For the touch up filet, I did not reprime. It...

For the touch up filet, I did not reprime. It seems to have worked well.
A popsicle stick is OK, but sometimes the radius may not be what you want.
A finger works pretty good. Wear a latex glove,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-28-2012, 05:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,548
Posted By chipf
I'd have to measure at the hangar tonight. It's...

I'd have to measure at the hangar tonight. It's on the order of 15 to 20 degrees in both directions, full deflection with the servo.
In practice I only ever use about 5 degrees down deflection and...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-27-2012, 08:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,411
Posted By chipf
I decided to run all the center wires through the...

I decided to run all the center wires through the standard holes at the center of the spar. Then I dropped conduits at both sides from the forward deck down, and these went through the holes at the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-27-2012, 07:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,752
Posted By chipf
Looks like what might happen if the nosewheel...

Looks like what might happen if the nosewheel smacks over to the side when rolling backward. Are the holes in the collar worn/elongated? How about the hole in the gear leg.

It's hard to tell...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2012, 12:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,091
Posted By chipf
Antenna's for SkyRadar?

I'm having to fight the urge to grab the credit card and place an order.

You guys using the the SkyRadar, how is the antenna working out? Did you buy the dual or single unit? Where do you keep...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2012, 08:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,655
Posted By chipf
I was thinking "You cancelled an order for extra...

I was thinking "You cancelled an order for extra platenuts?". By the time you're working on the panel and FWF, you'll be going through #6 and #8 platenuts like candy. There will be plenty more...
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