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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-23-2022, 03:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,970
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I like the paint. Very nice looking plane.

I like the paint. Very nice looking plane.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-23-2022, 11:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 824
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: 1,754
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: 26
Views: 2,733
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: 26
Views: 2,733
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: 26
Views: 2,733
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: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-21-2022, 08:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 554
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Email sent with a couple questions.

Email sent with a couple questions.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2022, 07:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,554
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: 4,554
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: 4,480
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: 4,554
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: 4,554
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: 417
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: 4,480
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: 4,554
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: 24,183
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: 735
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: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-10-2022, 08:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,018
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Very nice. I bet it was fun making them. I...

Very nice. I bet it was fun making them. I thought about making a replacement for my joystick - throttle I use on FS and you have got me reenergized! I need them left handed and they only come right!...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-10-2022, 12:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 430
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: 430
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: 1,026
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: 4,637
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: 892
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: 1,701
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: 13
Views: 913
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I wish I had more baggage space rather than this...

I 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: 928
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: 828
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: 960
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: 1,232
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: 434
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: 759
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: 1,478
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: 1,478
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: 1,478
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: 1,839
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
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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2022, 02:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,542
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: 1,478
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: 1,478
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: 596
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. Im getting...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-06-2022, 08:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,478
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: 959
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: 910
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: 3,189
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: 2,931
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: 959
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: 2,192
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: 3,107
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: 5,296
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...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-22-2022, 01:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,659
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Vlad uses MMO and he got 5000 + hours out of his...

Vlad uses MMO and he got 5000 + hours out of his engine. Im sure that isnt the only reason but maybe it helped? At most it doesnt help but the cost is small so I use it now.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-21-2022, 03:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 464
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I think I replaced all of mine so they were the...

I think I replaced all of mine so they were the same after losing one. That was the easiest for me.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-20-2022, 07:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,574
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Ron, If I read it correctly, it is just outboard...

Ron,
If I read it correctly, it is just outboard of the wing tank. There could be access to the backside of it through the rib.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-20-2022, 05:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 495
Posted By rockwoodrv9
You want a FLAT surface and long enough

You may be best using one of your existing tables and getting some straight 2x4s and screwing them on edge to the side and ends making sure they are fastened straight and flat frame and then putting...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-19-2022, 08:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,293
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Bad or incorrect power supply fried panel

Interesting and costly story. Make sure you test your power supply before first plug in on your panel.

I built the full size mock up for the B 2 bomber for the movie Broken Arrow. It had to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2022, 02:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 487
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Thanks guys. I am VFR only with no VOR radio. I...

Thanks guys. I am VFR only with no VOR radio. I have no plans to fly at night or crappy weather so I didnt want more things on my panel to confuse me!

The manual is about a lifetime of reading so I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2022, 08:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 487
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Foreflight - G3X ICAO - FAA Settings?

I just got foreflight and it looks very much superior to garmin pilot that I have been using. I am not sure how to set up the Aircraft FILING information.

I have the full G3X Touch system with A/P,...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-18-2022, 06:35 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 119,545
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Looking good John. The canopy is an interesting...

Looking good John. The canopy is an interesting part of the build.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-18-2022, 05:19 AM
Replies: 991
Views: 726,168
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Nice. It is a good feeling to be finished - well...

Nice. It is a good feeling to be finished - well at least finished enough to fly! I guess we are never really finished. Have a great phase one. Good luck doing the fuel calibration with the g3x. I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-17-2022, 07:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,574
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Sorry for you. That sucks. Best of luck getting...

Sorry for you. That sucks. Best of luck getting it repaired. PM sent.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-16-2022, 06:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,278
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I know my 9 wing kit will easily fit in a pickup...

I know my 9 wing kit will easily fit in a pickup with the box with the spar and other stuff overhanging out the back. Im sure the 10 wing is a bit larger but should still fit. If you have the...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-15-2022, 07:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,789
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Painting costume. The hard part was keeping the...

Painting costume. The hard part was keeping the hood out of the paint!
Forum: Painting your RV 03-15-2022, 08:57 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,789
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Paint respirator filters have a time from opening...

Paint respirator filters have a time from opening and number of hours used limit. Read the filter information very carefully. You will be thankful you did as you get older.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-14-2022, 07:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,874
Posted By rockwoodrv9
Canopy Repair thread

Good thread by Scott showing how he repaired the crack in his canopy. Scroll down a few posts.
https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=179925
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-14-2022, 06:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,874
Posted By rockwoodrv9
It is hard to tell from the pictures, but it...

It is hard to tell from the pictures, but it looks like it could be connected to the cracking in the windscreen skirt? Maybe an impact on the skirt or fastener under the skirt?

As for fixing, it is...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-11-2022, 02:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 628
Posted By rockwoodrv9
I got a rusty scrap piece of 1/4 or 3/8, cant...

I got a rusty scrap piece of 1/4 or 3/8, cant remember for sure. Then I used my belt sander on it. After it was good and flat, I used my orbital sander at I think 220g, then maybe 400g. It worked...
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