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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2021, 12:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By mikerkba
FAA Order 8130.2H is current

It uses the term "in full view" several times in the order. I am sure that the warning is expected to be visible during flight, not just on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2021, 04:07 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 11,346
Posted By mikerkba
Reno FSDO, 5 working days for LODA

I submitted my request by email on Monday morning of this week, and the approved document arrived earlier today (Friday) afternoon. No calls, no fuss, no muss. Bureaucratic masterbation.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-15-2021, 01:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,457
Posted By mikerkba
2 1/4 inch storage

Remember the standard RV8 Vans fuel gauge placement, at an angle outside your left knee, set at an angle? I bet I am not the only one that removed them when going EFIS. I closed up the holes with...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-25-2021, 06:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 710
Posted By mikerkba
This is an endless "discussion" and I am happy to...

This is an endless "discussion" and I am happy to weigh in with my experience and the guidance I follow---- I am not an engine guy and count on the experts, even to assist with timing and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 11:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 944
Posted By mikerkba
Tools - used

I recommend you keep an eye open here (classified section, but they go fast) and other online groups for tools that some sell off after their build. If you havent started yet, you have time to find...
Forum: Midwest 04-05-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 655
Posted By mikerkba
online guides and some videos

There are installation and pilot guides (and one for the Advanced Control Module, if you used it as I did) online at Advanced Flight's website. They are very thorough, and sometimes take some...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-02-2021, 05:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,114
Posted By mikerkba
Steve: Do you know which dash number for the...

Steve: Do you know which dash number for the Lord J-9613 is equivalent?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-02-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,114
Posted By mikerkba
Lord mount number RV-8A

Looks like the Barry part number for the RVs is 94011-20 and the Lord part number is J-9613-40. Per the Wicks Aircraft pages.

(EDITED: I see various refererences to the Lord J-9613, with 3...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,684
Posted By mikerkba
Me three....

Time for me to add one too. I am already putting on on the S-21 under build.
Follow the science, "they" say. One private jet departing Zurich leave more smoke than all the RV single engine 30...
Forum: Safety 01-19-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 10,502
Posted By mikerkba
But did your electronics die? :)

I often read that using a generic battery charger to keep your battery level up during an extended ground avionics run puts your sensitive electronics at risk. But, I have never heard of a report of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 984
Posted By mikerkba
I have always used Tosten, even under the prior...

I have always used Tosten, even under the prior company name before the aircraft grips were split off. They have 1, 2, 4, and 6 button choice, IIRC. Doesn't hurt to have an extra or two.

Infinity...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-15-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,158
Posted By mikerkba
Sparky is heavy.

Agreed. Yes, I'd love to try electric on a single or two seat small LSA for a neat, different, quiet, 60 minutes "around the airport" plane.

For everything else, I carry 1/15th of the fuel weight...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-14-2020, 11:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,757
Posted By mikerkba
Yes

I always tip a lineboy or line team. Maybe I'm lucky but I can't remember the last time I didnt get good service, particularly since I like to attend (or do) the fueling which means they have to get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,040
Posted By mikerkba
Ferrite sheet

Since that hardware is spec'd for strength, the plastic and brass options won't work. How about isolating the GMU 11 with a ferrite sheet? ...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 06-12-2020, 07:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,823
Posted By mikerkba
WAAS

For approach use, any GPS location must be identified by an installed (not portable), approved (not non-aviation), WAAS receiver. Even if there were only one waypoint on the whole approach.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2020, 05:00 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 28,372
Posted By mikerkba
old video

The link to the toilet paper drop bay (posted in 2012) has expired. Any happen to have the downloaded video or a current link, perhaps?
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-06-2020, 05:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,648
Posted By mikerkba
CB panel

UPDATE: SOLD: I sold my unused Stein CB panel.

Dan: Do you have the Stein CB panel for the RV8 already? It is designed to install on the right sidewall, not the instrument panel, proximate to...
Forum: RV-14 04-23-2020, 08:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,448
Posted By mikerkba
AFS/ACM needs no relays

You don't need relays if you are using the Advanced Control Module. The relay is needed in planes that direct control the trim motors, but not needed in a system where the wires off the grip are...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,518
Posted By mikerkba
Bruce Custom Covers -- extended version

I have had good luck with Bruce's Covers for several different planes. Solid fabric and good mechanics. Good phone service, but maybe some production time before delivery.

When I was at risk...
Forum: RV-10 02-16-2020, 02:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,795
Posted By mikerkba
Pics and cost

I?ll get some pics soon, but will have to email to you. (Went by airport earlier today, but hadn?t seen you message.)

As to cost, I?m not sure it?s as bad as I (and others) first thought. If you...
Forum: RV-10 02-15-2020, 09:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,795
Posted By mikerkba
Working fine for me.

I installed the model III wingtips this summer. Havent painted them yet because they look quite good out of the box in well finished white gelcoat. More importantly:

1. Noise: I utilized the...
Forum: Reviews 12-05-2019, 12:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,366
Posted By mikerkba
Sticking with AFS

I have had AFS in my RV7A and RV8A and plan it for the S-21 underway now. Of course, most all of us like the system we have the most. But, in this competitive industry with lots of attentive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2019, 09:13 PM
Replies: 364
Views: 189,866
Posted By mikerkba
210 kts reported by flightaware

First time to claim 210 knots in the RV8A: on my way home from HSF (north of Reno) to Ely on October 19. Across the state of Nevada, 1.5 hours flight. I observed 207 kt GS on the Advanced Flight...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-15-2019, 12:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 742
Posted By mikerkba
O-320 vs O-360

Vans support tells me that the VA-130 is for the O-320 engine and the VA-131 is for the O-360 engine. So, I need the 131. Components (the fiberglas airbox, the mounting plate and the top plate) can...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-13-2019, 03:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 742
Posted By mikerkba
Airbox va-130 or va-131

I have wear on the airbox for my RV8A carburated 0-360. The Vans website has a VA-130 and VA-131, but no photos or application information. My plans dont show a part number and I can't find on on...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-13-2019, 05:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 941
Posted By mikerkba
Thanks Rob, just what I needed to address it. ...

Thanks Rob, just what I needed to address it. Mike
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-12-2019, 01:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 941
Posted By mikerkba
Thanks Dan. I agree. I thought it was a pretty...

Thanks Dan. I agree. I thought it was a pretty basic question that others might know, I wanted to ask here before bothering Rob. No doubt, Rob is always promptly available (by work or cell) and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-11-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 941
Posted By mikerkba
Dual watch/monitor second freq: AFS 5000 series

I can't figure out how to monitor the second frequency tuned on my Avidyne 540 9which is #1 com radio). It is managed by the remote PS Engineering PDA 360EX, and controlled on the face of the AFS...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 766
Posted By mikerkba
How to get a VAF Cap on sale today.

I tried on two occasions to use the suggested vendor for a new VAF cap, but cannot find the hat model or color choices that Doug has on his cap page (left column of home page).

Today, I saw that...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-13-2019, 11:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 11,098
Posted By mikerkba
When I ordered mine about 2 weeks ago, Damien at...

When I ordered mine about 2 weeks ago, Damien at Aveo-Florida had info on how one installer was modifying the carbon fiber tips (by moving part of the electronics into the wing, as I recall) to make...
Forum: Primers 01-01-2019, 04:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,709
Posted By mikerkba
Alodine Pen??

If not priming, I would use an alodine pen on all the joining surfaces in the wing. Quick and easy, and good for areas that might see moisture :( such as the lower wing skins to ribs over the years....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,878
Posted By mikerkba
Attainable goals

Several years ago, I dropped aspirational resolutions and now set reasonably attainable goals. And I get them done, which is sort of satisfying.

For 2019, I plan to reinstitute the use of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-31-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 914
Posted By mikerkba
NavData selected

Thanks Rob.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-31-2018, 08:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 914
Posted By mikerkba
Avidyne updates at Jeppeson

I'm not sure I understand the difference in Navdata and Charts for the first time I am updating my IFD540. I also note that the geographic areas of coverage don't exactly overlap, further adding to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,704
Posted By mikerkba
DD 214 copies

A dd-214 can be copied and submitted as documentation. It is not illegal to reproduce a DD214.

18 USC 701 deals with "...badge, identification card, or other insignia...," of which a DD214 is not. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2018, 04:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,299
Posted By mikerkba
If your tiedown rings are semi permanent (e.g....

If your tiedown rings are semi permanent (e.g. removed at annual and seldom otherwise), Permatex and LPS, or even beeswax, lightly coating the threads will eliminate dissimilar metal corrosion.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2018, 09:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,299
Posted By mikerkba
Tiedown hooks work to ground the ship, if you...

Tiedown hooks work to ground the ship, if you leave them installed. I do.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-21-2018, 10:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,166
Posted By mikerkba
Had a followup session today on the IFD540. ...

Had a followup session today on the IFD540. Rob's guidance below that power source was correct based on symptoms, and made specific sense to me after talking to Avidyne and reviewing the IFD manual...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-20-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,166
Posted By mikerkba
power/ground and seating.

Good thoughts, thank you. I checked it for case seating (it appeared set in the tray properly and snugly) after the flight. As it was dark when I returned, I didnt check the connectors yet, but will...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-20-2018, 12:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,166
Posted By mikerkba
IFD 540 error message

Today on startup for the return leg of a two leg vfr, I got an error message on my ifd 540 at boot up. While enroute home and again after landing, I did a shutdown/restart of the radio, with the...
Forum: ADS-B 11-28-2018, 07:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,498
Posted By mikerkba
Performance reports

I am curious what self-installers are finding most often as errors in their performance reports. In other words, what are the common types of failures and fixes. Hardware? Setup? Or...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-26-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 932
Posted By mikerkba
SOLD: Hooker Harnesses for 8 or 8A

SOLD.
I replaced the pilot and passenger 5 point Hooker harnesses with Crow-brand center rotary lock ones. The removed ones are dated 11/06/09 and have the lever lock, not the rotary lock. They...
Forum: RV-10 11-19-2018, 08:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,346
Posted By mikerkba
Andair option

Here is another good looking, somewhat more expensive option from Andair.
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/andairfuelcap.php

FYI: If you don't need the locks, there are number of...
Forum: Northeast 11-13-2018, 11:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 717
Posted By mikerkba
Bobbi Boucher in Fredericksburg

Bobbi is an A&P IA, and a multiple RV builder and builder assister. She supervised my RV7A build. She built/flies/races her own RV4. Former US Navy powerplant mechanic, she is an outstanding...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-06-2018, 07:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,669
Posted By mikerkba
Glance Avionics

Like the original post re: Kanardia hardware, I recently learned of this company Glance Avionics, which is also CAN bus based. And from the Czech Republic. I know nothing about the company or its...
Forum: Reviews 10-03-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,448
Posted By mikerkba
I have seen this muff (referenced above and found...

I have seen this muff (referenced above and found here:

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/eppages/turboheat05-15249.php )

in the catalog and plan to put on in my 8A. Does anyone have a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,543
Posted By mikerkba
Black spots only

On the RV7A I built (but no longer own), I had black wing walk on the step, the wing walk area, and the center section of black/grey seat upholstery. My passenger briefing (though a short spiel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2018, 09:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,034
Posted By mikerkba
stuff to have

I am sure there will be many good suggestions.
You might consider --
two cockpit sized flashlights (or one that size and one larger for preflighting)
a nosewheel tire if you use the Lamb tire, at...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-22-2018, 09:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 739
Posted By mikerkba
Thank you Rob. I wanted to avoid interrupting...

Thank you Rob. I wanted to avoid interrupting you at the show.
I've been working from the AF-5000 manual, Ver.15.1, not the ACM manual you linked. That will help a bunch. If we have any...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-22-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 739
Posted By mikerkba
AFS ADAHRS pinouts and connections

I'm working vigorously this extended weekend with my A&P on a 5600 and associated components of a quick panel.

I might be overlooking something obvious in the AFS 5000 install manual, but I can't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2018, 03:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,113
Posted By mikerkba
Shop smart

You need to take the opportunity to compare the AFS and Dynon screens (size, terrain and obstruction graphics andcolor schemes) and buttonology. Both are solid equipment, but seeing them side by...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-03-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,426
Posted By mikerkba
Gust Buster Control Lock

I just ordered one. Special pricing on the RV8 and RV8A units right now. From the website:
"RV 8 and 8A Gust Busters on sale for $170.00 regularly $209.00 while current supply lasts."...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-12-2018, 12:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,683
Posted By mikerkba
PM sent to Paul and Greg. Axel, could not get it...

PM sent to Paul and Greg. Axel, could not get it to you, your PMs are turned off. If you can PM or text me (775-two9three-2933), I'll forward it to you.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-11-2018, 11:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,683
Posted By mikerkba
Axel: The hours of closure (like many other...

Axel: The hours of closure (like many other event plans here) have been a moving target since planning started, with 0900 originally set and a mid-day opening for transient arrival/departure. ...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-11-2018, 10:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,683
Posted By mikerkba
Mike Starkey - you can thread your way along US...

Mike Starkey - you can thread your way along US 50 in the corridor you mention, but I have never done it due to altitude restrictions and a bit of confusion on the Western end transition S of Fallon...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-11-2018, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,683
Posted By mikerkba
ELY Nevada Air Races are ON.

With the FAA Waivers in place and the weather forecast approved for insurance purposes, the Ely Air Races are on, starting Wednesday of this week.

This is a first ever event in Nevada. Formula...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-18-2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,436
Posted By mikerkba
DC Special Flight Rules Area - Mandatory Training

Vlad makes a good point: Any flights within 60 miles of the DC VOR, even transiting the airspace without landing, requires you take an online course and carry the paper certificate card, for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2018, 11:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,942
Posted By mikerkba
See the doc

As I understand it, basic med starts with the basic med signoff from a licensed physician, not the date of (or the paperwork from) the now 2 year old Third Class physical.
The 2 year "refresher"...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-12-2018, 10:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,012
Posted By mikerkba
Online tickets

Here is a link for online tickets for one day or the whole 4 day event: F-1 air races in Ely, Nevada.

https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/13573/ely-airport

(Thanks for the support Rockwood.)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,772
Posted By mikerkba
Increased gross in my RV7A

Not advocating one way or the other...
I wrote up my RV7A (2009 inspection year) with a gross weight of 2000 pounds in normal category (knowingly not consistent with Van's specs), 1800 (factory...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-08-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,731
Posted By mikerkba
Lithium battery powered, no hoses, and 450 rivets...

Lithium battery powered, no hoses, and 450 rivets battery life.

Info: https://www.milwaukeetool.com/Products/Power-Tools/Specialty-Tools/Rivet-Tools/2550-20

"No cords, no hose that you don't...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-29-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,012
Posted By mikerkba
Ely, Nevada KELY F-1 pylon races, 6/13-16

This is a first ever Formula One air race in Ely -- one of the two sanctioned F-1 pylon events in the entire US this year. June 13-16.

The airport (KELY) will be open for transient visitor flights...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 04-09-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,683
Posted By mikerkba
Ely, from a resident. KELY airport

I have lived in Ely for 8 years. Never have seen a skydiver here. But imagine my excitement at seeing our little town in a post! Random info for transients follows:

The FBO has a loaner pickup...
Forum: RV-10 02-08-2018, 11:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,914
Posted By mikerkba
ACS Turbo Heat Cabin Heat Muff

This thread reminded me of a (reportedly new) cabin heat muff offering from Aircraft Spruce. One of the user comments mentions an RV8 installation with great results. I am considering installing...
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