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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2020, 07:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,062
Posted By LeeM_2000
Any RV-4 retrofits?

I recently converted my -4 to electric flaps with the Vans kit and am wondering how much work this would be to retrofit before I close everything up. I am trying to determine if the benefits will be...
Forum: RV-4 06-20-2020, 09:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,765
Posted By LeeM_2000
Well, there is now an RV-4 owner in Kansas City.

Well, there is now an RV-4 owner in Kansas City.
Forum: RV-4 06-13-2020, 09:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,765
Posted By LeeM_2000
Never mind. I?m going anyway. Thanks for all...

Never mind. I?m going anyway. Thanks for all the help, Kansas City. 🤣🤣🤣
Forum: RV-4 06-10-2020, 02:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,765
Posted By LeeM_2000
Any RV-4 owners in Kansas City metro?

Hello,

I?m considering purchasing an RV-4 (while I work on my slow-build 7) and would like to sit in one and maybe take a flight with someone. Will buy lunch and fuel. I?m sure I fit in one (5?11,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2014, 10:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,407
Posted By LeeM_2000
Another option is to buy the sheetmetal...

Another option is to buy the sheetmetal (http://www.airpartsinc.com/) and use your skins as a template.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-10-2013, 06:59 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 112,861
Posted By LeeM_2000
Brantel, I think you may have designed my panel...

Brantel, I think you may have designed my panel for me. Thanks! :D
Forum: Safety 12-09-2013, 01:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 18,526
Posted By LeeM_2000
Prayers for the family. ...

Prayers for the family. :(

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/quebec-man-dies-after-losing-leg-in-weekend-explosion-1.2457103
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2013, 03:25 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 16,568
Posted By LeeM_2000
I was a witness and first-responder in this...

I was a witness and first-responder in this incident that was the result of a guy drilling over his head inside a chimney. This was a classic case of a broken bit diving into the thumb of the...
Forum: Formation Flying 10-14-2013, 08:37 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 54,721
Posted By LeeM_2000
I was lucky enough to be in the stands for this...

I was lucky enough to be in the stands for this and can say folks all around me were wide-eyed and obviously awestruck (or they were drunk and having some vertigo...probably a little of both). :D

It...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-11-2013, 10:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 15,844
Posted By LeeM_2000
Is that a Boulevard Pale in a Garmin glass under...

Is that a Boulevard Pale in a Garmin glass under your right pit in the background? :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2013, 08:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,765
Posted By LeeM_2000
My advice is don't do anything with it right now...

My advice is don't do anything with it right now and don't worry about it. Put it aside and keep building. I have found sometimes the best way to handle these is to let some time pass. The...
Forum: COMM 10-24-2012, 02:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 13,857
Posted By LeeM_2000
Agree. A little time in editing is worth being...

Agree. A little time in editing is worth being able to mount the camera wherever you want without stringing wire to it. Plus, you can save audio any time and dub it in as filler for times when you...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-17-2012, 08:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,217
Posted By LeeM_2000
This is not a typo. The C/B and voltage call-out...

This is not a typo. The C/B and voltage call-out helps you verify the ground wire is the correct gauge. This is just a way of reinforcing/reiterating the relationship between the wire gauge, volts,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-14-2012, 11:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,213
Posted By LeeM_2000
I have both an iPad2 and a Nexus 7. I love the...

I have both an iPad2 and a Nexus 7. I love the iPad, but I much prefer flying with the Nexus 7 for weight, cost, battery life, and size. If you are a Mac fan, the rumored "iPad Mini" may be...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-13-2012, 08:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,047
Posted By LeeM_2000
Just one more data-point for your...

Just one more data-point for your troubleshooting, but I've been flying the GDL-39 and an iPad with Garmin Pilot since just after Oshkosh and have never experienced this problem. It works fine for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2012, 07:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,210
Posted By LeeM_2000
I have had similar thoughts on the security of...

I have had similar thoughts on the security of CPDLC.

Oh, and good luck with redefining the term 'hacker'. TV, books, newspapers, magazines, comic books, and movies beginning in the early eighties...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2012, 10:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,804
Posted By LeeM_2000
Why not just make...

Why not just make one?

http://www.matronics.com/photoshare/charles.long@gm.com.2.01.09.2005/
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-13-2012, 10:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,494
Posted By LeeM_2000
Give it a few days. I have found, the more time...

Give it a few days. I have found, the more time between me and an "oops," the better my perspective and outlook tend to be. It would be worth it to have another builder look at your work before you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2012, 11:23 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 14,910
Posted By LeeM_2000
I don't go to Oshkosh for me. I absolutely hate...

I don't go to Oshkosh for me. I absolutely hate crowds, porta-potties, gang showers, camping in the rain, and public transportation. I also hate that I have to fly there in a rented plane. ...
Forum: Safety 05-29-2012, 06:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,847
Posted By LeeM_2000
I don't understand your closure numbers. The...

I don't understand your closure numbers. The 500' separation should only happen when the IFR vs. VFR traffic is moving in relatively the same direction. IFR vs. VFR traffic on opposing courses...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-22-2012, 06:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,161
Posted By LeeM_2000
I used West Systems epoxy with flocked cotton for...

I used West Systems epoxy with flocked cotton for this job. I did not use ProSeal because I didn't have to per the plans, and because it is expensive.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-19-2012, 07:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,154
Posted By LeeM_2000
If it's important to you, get some rivet tape. ...

If it's important to you, get some rivet tape. It's not that expensive in the grand scheme of things and it outperforms the alternatives. You can use the same strip multiple times.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2012, 11:07 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 23,456
Posted By LeeM_2000
I've heard of an anti-glare screen. :D This...

I've heard of an anti-glare screen. :D

This shot looks like I am tilting the iPad to make the glare worse, but actually, I took several shots with it tilted at various angles and this one was the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-11-2012, 09:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,589
Posted By LeeM_2000
I had to have a broken tap removed from a...

I had to have a broken tap removed from a motorcycle cylinder head a couple of years ago. The EDM worked very well. After that experience, I wouldn't even mess with trying to remove it myself. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2012, 08:53 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 23,456
Posted By LeeM_2000
I would not count on a software TSOA for...

I would not count on a software TSOA for determining whether I should invest in hardware that I can't use in direct sunlight. I say 'software' because they will not likely be getting any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2012, 09:54 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 27,578
Posted By LeeM_2000
For those of you who need a second seat, buy an...

For those of you who need a second seat, buy an RV-12.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-05-2012, 08:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,168
Posted By LeeM_2000
I'm still working on mine, but I have about $50...

I'm still working on mine, but I have about $50 in it so far. I plan to fab some brackets out of some strap, weld them to the uprights and then bolt up the adjustable angles to the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-04-2012, 09:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,023
Posted By LeeM_2000
Wire gauge sized drill bits can be found in some...

Wire gauge sized drill bits can be found in some Ace Hardware stores. I have looked and never found them in a Lowes or Home Depot.

I use a label printer and the multi-drawer plastic organizers from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2012, 08:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,172
Posted By LeeM_2000
I wonder if there is a reason you couldn't stop...

I wonder if there is a reason you couldn't stop drill it and then fill it with a tiny dab of JB or flocks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2012, 11:27 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 27,578
Posted By LeeM_2000
@Doug, I really, really want to send that...

@Doug,

I really, really want to send that email, but I am in the middle of a 7 build and couldn't see taking on another project at the moment. Had something like this been available 5 years ago,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2012, 10:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,013
Posted By LeeM_2000
This looks like it could produce some interesting...

This looks like it could produce some interesting results.
Forum: Propellers 03-01-2012, 01:38 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 20,816
Posted By LeeM_2000
No, but it drove on the road with a fixed-pitch...

No, but it drove on the road with a fixed-pitch prop. I thought these were one in the same.

It had a 3-speed on the floor for driving the wheels. That's just like having a constant speed prop. ...
Forum: Propellers 03-01-2012, 11:47 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 20,816
Posted By LeeM_2000
Talking Does this count?

It has a fixed pitch prop.

http://www.courtesyaircraft.com/AEROCAR3.jpg
Forum: Propellers 02-29-2012, 09:47 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 20,816
Posted By LeeM_2000
I want a C/S, but will likely end up with a FP...

I want a C/S, but will likely end up with a FP for the cost savings both in initial purchase price and maintenance.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2012, 05:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,328
Posted By LeeM_2000
I found one on Craigslist. It has no markings on...

I found one on Craigslist. It has no markings on it, but it works well. It looks like one you might buy from any of the usual tool houses.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2012, 02:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,371
Posted By LeeM_2000
I definitely agree with the others. Rudy's...

I definitely agree with the others. Rudy's design looks like the way to go if you have the space. That is what I had planned to build all along, but for love of welding and lack of project space, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2012, 11:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,371
Posted By LeeM_2000
I just started building one based on Van's...

I just started building one based on Van's drawing. I have a scrap steel place that sells all kinds of tubing for $0.33/lb. I welded two upside down "T" shapes and placed two 114" lengths of tubing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2012, 10:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,851
Posted By LeeM_2000
It needs to be hot enough to remove ice as well...

It needs to be hot enough to remove ice as well as prevent ice buildup. It will take significantly more heat to remove ice than it will to prevent ice. Err on the hot side.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2012, 06:38 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 15,757
Posted By LeeM_2000
Having dumped a lot of skydivers in a former...

Having dumped a lot of skydivers in a former life, I remember there was always a desire to have the helicopter moving as slowly as possible. They seemed to like the feeling of acceleration in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2012, 09:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,301
Posted By LeeM_2000
I dutifully reported a single irregular heartbeat...

I dutifully reported a single irregular heartbeat event that scared me into going to a hospital. They kept me overnight for observation, but the condition went away on its own. Though I was cleared...
Forum: Tools 01-28-2012, 07:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,365
Posted By LeeM_2000
I think powdercoating was around $40. I went...

I think powdercoating was around $40. I went with the color that was being used for a large run of other stuff the guy was doing that day. You can save a lot by just rattle canning it, but I...
Forum: Tools 01-28-2012, 02:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,365
Posted By LeeM_2000
I am a novice welder with a Miller Autoset 180...

I am a novice welder with a Miller Autoset 180 MIG machine. I made mine out of scrap 3" x 5" x 0.25" and 2.5" x 2.5" x 0.25" tubing that I bought for $0.25/lb. I think I have about $10 in it before...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-28-2011, 09:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 8,468
Posted By LeeM_2000
I fly with both, but if I could only have one, it...

I fly with both, but if I could only have one, it would undoubtedly be the 796. iPad is frustratingly difficult to see in sunlight and unless you mount it to something, I find it a bit unwieldy in...
Forum: Safety 12-19-2011, 07:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,139
Posted By LeeM_2000
I applaud the SB, but I would have omitted the...

I applaud the SB, but I would have omitted the "we recommend" language from Step 4. That makes this step appear optional and is in opposition to the 'Mandatory' heading. Besides, thread-locker...
Forum: Safety 11-25-2011, 05:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,969
Posted By LeeM_2000
I think you misunderstand what I mean by...

I think you misunderstand what I mean by 'deficient.' I never equated deficient with unsafe. I admitted that the numbers don't point necessarily to an unsafe design. To me they point to something...
Forum: Safety 11-25-2011, 09:03 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,969
Posted By LeeM_2000
Definition of DEFICIENT 1: lacking in some...

Definition of DEFICIENT

1: lacking in some necessary quality or element <deficient in judgment>

It is my opinion that landing gear should not tuck on landing or roll out under all but the most...
Forum: Safety 11-25-2011, 08:24 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,969
Posted By LeeM_2000
It has been demonstrated that landing is not the...

It has been demonstrated that landing is not the only operation that can result in biffing the nose gear or doinking over. The design is clearly deficient. The magnitude of the deficiency is what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2011, 10:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,471
Posted By LeeM_2000
I bought the DRDT head and built the frame. That...

I bought the DRDT head and built the frame. That was a fun project. I highly recommend this tool. I have the pop rivet dimpler also, but I don't really like using them as much since they are...
Forum: Safety 11-24-2011, 10:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,969
Posted By LeeM_2000
No doubt it's the pilot, but I'm not sure ground...

No doubt it's the pilot, but I'm not sure ground loops are really comparable to doink-overs since it is reasonable to assume that most of them do not get reported because they do not meet the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2011, 08:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,069
Posted By LeeM_2000
I flew a 2.6 in moderate-to-severe turbulence on...

I flew a 2.6 in moderate-to-severe turbulence on Saturday with a GTN 650 and an Aera 796. I had no issues at all with either touch screen. I actually prefer the touch screen to buttons/knobs for...
Forum: Tools 11-20-2011, 04:28 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,509
Posted By LeeM_2000
What about lazy clecos? You know the kind. You...

What about lazy clecos? You know the kind. You buy them brand new and they decide not to spring back even with a few drops of oil. Bad cleco.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-15-2011, 06:57 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 14,070
Posted By LeeM_2000
This would be an example of a walk-around bottle....

This would be an example of a walk-around bottle.

http://www.mildenhall.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/web/100330-F-6286F-011.jpg

You just plug a hose from your mask into one of these and turn it...
Forum: Safety 11-14-2011, 11:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,969
Posted By LeeM_2000
Meaningless exercise?

Accident stats have a long and storied history of driving design and purchase decisions; some good and some not so good. How do you know the RV design is even safe, if you put no stock in accident...
Forum: Safety 11-14-2011, 07:02 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,969
Posted By LeeM_2000
It seems you are mixing probabilities with basic...

It seems you are mixing probabilities with basic stats. We haven't calculated any probabilities. All I did was count the accidents, read all the reports, and from the narratives determine which...
Forum: Safety 11-13-2011, 08:48 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,969
Posted By LeeM_2000
Only substantial damage or fatalities are...

Only substantial damage or fatalities are reported to the NTSB. There is no way to count minor accidents.

See CFR Title 49 Part 830 for more info.
Forum: Safety 11-13-2011, 08:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,969
Posted By LeeM_2000
Over the last year, there have been 34 additional...

Over the last year, there have been 34 additional accidents added to the NTSB database. Somehow, my original search missed 11. The total number from 1/1/2000 to present shows 345.
Forum: Safety 11-13-2011, 03:41 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,969
Posted By LeeM_2000
Yeah, the 44% was a typo. It should have been...

Yeah, the 44% was a typo. It should have been 34%. :rolleyes:

I just did the same search of the NTSB database and came up with 11 more accidents than I found a year ago when I did this little...
Forum: Safety 11-13-2011, 10:22 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 14,969
Posted By LeeM_2000
Yeah, I did this research last year. I was...

Yeah, I did this research last year. I was mostly concerned with attempting to figure out the impact of the A-model doink-over, but you can see that accidents are fairly even between the two...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-12-2011, 12:37 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 14,911
Posted By LeeM_2000
Check valve type is typically used on the end of...

Check valve type is typically used on the end of a filler hose. It holds air in the hose until you push its pin in with the schrader valve on the tube. The non-check valve type just has a nub in it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-11-2011, 07:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 14,911
Posted By LeeM_2000
Let me Google it for you again. ...

Let me Google it for you again.

http://www1.mscdirect.com/CGI/NNSRIT2?PARTPG=IMLMKD&PMPXNO=1669271

This one doesn't specify, but I suspect it has the check...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-11-2011, 11:19 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 14,911
Posted By LeeM_2000
Amazon has the straight tapered chucks with and...

Amazon has the straight tapered chucks with and without the check valve. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-11-2011, 07:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,266
Posted By LeeM_2000
FAR 65.104. "Primary builder" is open to...

FAR 65.104.

"Primary builder" is open to interpretation, or so it would appear.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-07-2011, 11:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,738
Posted By LeeM_2000
You can still wear gloves with a touch screen. ...

You can still wear gloves with a touch screen. You just have to either buy gloves that have a conductive pad on the fingertips, or modify your own gloves with the same (very easy/cheap to do). ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2011, 11:28 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 19,647
Posted By LeeM_2000
It sounds to me like the insurer informed SnF's...

It sounds to me like the insurer informed SnF's management that they knowingly, or otherwise, overstepped the limit of their liability insurance. Normally when someone does this, they have to assume...
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