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Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2021, 06:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 368
Posted By Vern
Smile Floor vibrations

Most RVs Iíve flown have exhaust pulses on the floor. Try lifting up your feet off the floor in flight. Then put both feet on the floor. Feel the difference?

On my 6A I have some 3/4 inch black foam...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-25-2021, 06:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 633
Posted By Vern
Cowl removal

Anti Aerosplat makes a nose gear fairing that snaps over your nose gear leg to protect the finish. Many folks will put masking tape around the spinner area also
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-07-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,299
Posted By Vern
Scotch bright machine

Harbor freight has as excellent motor with shafts both sides that can mount scotch bright wheels much better than using a bench grinder. The shafts are extended and allow you to get the parts closer...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-18-2021, 02:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,818
Posted By Vern
Go fly

Donít worry about them. They can take a lot of abuse
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-06-2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 743
Posted By Vern
Exclamation Caution

A new RV-7 burned up in my hangar because a little fuel spill and low humidity sparked just right

Take it outside

No dry days which produce static

Ground wires everywhere

Multiple fire bottles...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 05:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 778
Posted By Vern
Smile Canopy restoration

My 6A slider canopy is used. The previous owner spilled a gallon of epoxy paint on it. I bought it for a song and sanded all the epoxy off. It could use some touch up now after 17 years but has...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-14-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,795
Posted By Vern
Exclamation RV-9 Aerobatics

Don't go there please. In the hands of a skilled demo pilot maybe. But not in mere mortal experience levels.

Buy or build the plane that meets your needs.
Forum: Painting your RV 03-04-2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 950
Posted By Vern
Smile Cool paint

Sam, you're always cool no matter what color the plane is! ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 01:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,098
Posted By Vern
Smile Stickers in logs

As beautiful as computer generated labels are in your logbook, in twenty years or so they will be dried out and subject to peeling off and out. Suggest that if you do use labels, use a few staples to...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-10-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,425
Posted By Vern
Smile Paint

Most folks fly first then take the plane to a paint shop where fairings and controls are removed. When painting is done someone ,usually not the builder, reassembles the parts. The thought is that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,099
Posted By Vern
Thumbs up Outstanding achievement!

No wonder your smart kids are doing so well! A family of high achievers!
Forum: RV-10 01-29-2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,766
Posted By Vern
Smile Narrow deck

Does it have the cylinder hold down plates and internal socket nuts holding the cylinders? If so, a cylinder change is a little harder in my opinion

I have a narrow deck O320 on my Hatz
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,090
Posted By Vern
Thumbs down Walk thru

A recent DAR client did this expedited registration and it was severely fouled up.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 01-10-2021, 04:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,218
Posted By Vern
Exclamation Red Flag memories

Your post brought back many memories, some good, some not so good.

During my multiple Red Flags Back in the seventies, I got to see and be on-scene coordinator for a crash . Additionally My squadron...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-26-2020, 04:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,452
Posted By Vern
Cheap wrench at Walmart

Walmart sells a large wrench for about $12 bucks intended to install trailer hitch balls. It is perfect for those RV axle nuts and self- defense also!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2020, 10:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,744
Posted By Vern
Cargo pod

Iíve seen an RV-8 with a travel pod mounted directly under the fuselage
Front would come off for access

Looked like two medium suitcases would fit

Similar to USAF travel pods on T-38s
Forum: Painting your RV 11-09-2020, 10:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,844
Posted By Vern
Thumbs up Paint guns

Decide what type of paint you will be shooting and then consult the paint guys for the recommended needle size.

Decide standard gun, low pressure, etc

Donít forget safety equipment as the iso...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-04-2020, 09:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,399
Posted By Vern

In my years of being on this list most folks seem to keep their tools with the exception of an occasional specialized tool.

Welcome aboard VAF !

You are several years away from needing a hangar ,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2020, 12:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,423
Posted By Vern
Pre buy

Although I am a DAR, I did not do this inspection.

Pierre, who paid for the inspection, you or the looker?

Most pilots would ask the inspector if it was minor rust or an engine killer. If the...
Forum: COMM 10-25-2020, 03:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,428
Posted By Vern
Thumbs down SL40

Just sent an SL40 to Garmin for power supply issues

Flat rate is ( gulp) 850!
Forum: Safety 10-06-2020, 06:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,991
Posted By Vern
Franks RV was a slider. He shared my hangar and I...

Franks RV was a slider. He shared my hangar and I flew with him often
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-26-2020, 11:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,090
Posted By Vern
Thumbs down No

Donít do it .

Was it tested that way in phase one? Would it meet the consensus standard for certification. Would your insurance cover it? Would an FAA inspector be amused if he saw it?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-24-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,560
Posted By Vern
Aligning holes on bolts

Use a sharpie on the end of the bolt so you can tighten the castle nut to the correct position
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 14,572
Posted By Vern

However comma, when you are on cross country and have gotten a clearance after loading wife and baggage, it is a terrible time to find out that your flaps will not come up.

Wonder how I learned...
Forum: Southeast 07-16-2020, 06:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,921
Posted By Vern
Smile Georgia

Maule factory in Moultrie
8th AF museum in Savannah
Jekyll island homes of the early wealthy industrialists like duPonts,Rockefellerís,etc nice tours. Sea turtle center
St Simons island shops and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,261
Posted By Vern
Talking Letter of recomindation

Mel, the Atl FSDO does not want them

Guess it varies

Misspelling and unable to edit
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,267
Posted By Vern
Tom I need one

Need one of the systems for the clear brake fluid units
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2020, 05:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,111
Posted By Vern
Aircraft OH

I?ve done 4-5 engines in the past few years using Aircraft Specialties and Crankcase Services

Both have given outstanding service. In fact, Crankcase Services recently performed a case mod I needed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2020, 04:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,439
Posted By Vern
Supplier of the wood

Where can I get some for my Hatz?
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-25-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,579
Posted By Vern
Completion schedule and budget

When you?ve driven the last rivet, you are halfway done to being airworthy

Sorry to burst a bubble!

What say other builders?
Forum: Midwest 04-08-2020, 04:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,574
Posted By Vern
Indy area

Some down in Greenwood
West of town there is a grass strip on the south side of the interstate
The owner has built multiple rvs
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,971
Posted By Vern
Thumbs up Doug Reeves, good example for us all!

Doug, I've been with you since the beginning. Helped you get your RV-6 together out of the paint shop in Alabama. Chatted a number of times over the years. You have provided a platform that has...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-28-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,567
Posted By Vern
Exclamation Dehumidifier

Neighboring hangar burned up his Corvallis when his dehumidifier caught fire
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2020, 05:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,297
Posted By Vern
Smile Congrats !!!

We?ve watched her grow up right here. Thanks Doug for sharing your life with us!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2020, 05:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,172
Posted By Vern
Aluminum marker

My favorite is a fine line blue marker
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 828
Posted By Vern
Peachtree City, Ga group

It is our pleasure to entertain you!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2020, 06:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,153
Posted By Vern
Thumbs down Agree with comments about 2 weeks to taxi planes

This has given me more personal heartburn as a DAR than most anything else.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-15-2020, 10:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,813
Posted By Vern
Exclamation Limitations

The same limitations also prohibit banner and glider towing
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-14-2020, 03:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,813
Posted By Vern
Exclamation Skydiving prohibited

See your Operating Limitations
Forum: RV-4 03-08-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,400
Posted By Vern
Smile Congrats!

Regarding your IFR question, I refer you to your Operating Limitations document which is required to be in the plane for flight. Most have verbiage similar to ?if equipped i.a.w FAR xxx, IFR...
Forum: RV-14 03-06-2020, 06:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,665
Posted By Vern
Duct works cutouts can be patched

Treat it like any other skin patch
See AC43

Have seen it done and not even noticeable after patching
Forum: Safety 02-26-2020, 04:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,574
Posted By Vern
Smile PC680 tip

The battery terminals are very close to the firewall. A quick tip is to put some duck tape on the firewall just above the battery just in case there is contact.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2020, 11:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,359
Posted By Vern
Thumbs up Polishing aluminum

I own a 1947 Luscombe that I have been flying and polishing for over 50 years.
I use the Nuvite process. Depending on how the skins are, you might want to do an initial polish then finish up with...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 02-20-2020, 11:44 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 20,800
Posted By Vern
So sorry!

The loss of a spouse is almost unbearable but you will make it, surrounded by your many friends on VAF, your family, and your faith that you expressed.

I lost my wife in 2012 and used my RVs to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2020, 09:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,153
Posted By Vern
Flipped RV-6A

Look up the story of the late Frank Eldridge of Waycross, Ga

He landed upside down in shallow water. The rapid flip forced him to slide under the shoulder harnesses into the baggage area

He punched...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-04-2020, 02:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,900
Posted By Vern

A local flew several hundred hours with an LS engine in his 10 but eventually replaced the LS with a Lycoming

Lots of starter issues . Dependability issues on fly outs with our group. The joke was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2020, 06:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,126
Posted By Vern

Since I asked the original question a year ago , I pulled the Dynon unit and put a cover over the hole. I installed a Garmin com panel so my audio would be setup for two com radio use.
Forum: Southeast 01-12-2020, 03:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,294
Posted By Vern
Thumbs up Tuesday luncheon

Mellow Mushroom on 74 north in Peachtree City

11:30 every Tuesday

Attendance varies 5-25

Shooting range afterwards for shooters. Formation flights for others

Come join us!
Forum: RV-14 01-06-2020, 06:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,342
Posted By Vern

I?ve had one mounted up above the rudder pedals pilot side.
Good for ATIS / clearances
Handy occasionally
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-03-2020, 05:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,911
Posted By Vern
Smile Rivet sorting

Good opportunity to get the wife or kids involved. Empty egg cartons and muffin pans work great but labeled small paper mouthwash cups make it easy to pour into other storage containers

In the old...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2019, 06:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,756
Posted By Vern
Smile Weight savings

Not knowing you I have an observation of myself first of all and then other RV buds.

Some are willing to spend tons of money and effort but not on their own weight. Many of us could stand to lose a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2019, 06:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,360
Posted By Vern
Thumbs up Aileron trim

On my 2005 6A I originally had the springs under the seats aileron trim.I hated it.

With trim buttons on my stick I finally got to use them by installing the very old Vans aileron trim kit I had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2019, 12:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,248
Posted By Vern
Talking Too short

Years ago while flying OV-10s for Sam , I wrote up a plane for having too short of a relief tube. Over the years the tube had been worn and trimmed and really was very short.

Imagine the guffaws in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2019, 07:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,240
Posted By Vern
Thumbs up Delay of new certification process

Got an email from the FAA today that the new digital process has been moved out to the end of March 2020.
Good move!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 827
Posted By Vern

My local auto parts store had about 5-6 various suitable ones in the store. I bet online sources have many more.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-08-2019, 03:09 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 16,299
Posted By Vern
Loss of spouse

So sorry Tom. Although 50% of us typically will experience this loss,it is overwhelming when it happens. My own wife fought a courageous losing battle with cancer for about 8 years and nothing else...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2019, 07:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,240
Posted By Vern
Builder log

No answer on builder log yet but I noted that EAA just released a digital builder log

The FSDO used to keep a copy of your certification files At the FSDO and forward the paperwork to Oklahoma City....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2019, 05:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,240
Posted By Vern
Exclamation New DAR procedures

I’m a DART in the Atlanta FSDO.
The new procedures begin Jan 1,2020 For us.

The website applicants use is:


The manual to use it is under the...
Forum: Job Board 11-05-2019, 04:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,565
Posted By Vern
Ag pilot

There is an ag pilot school in southwest Georgia at Bainbridge.KBGE
Forum: Propellers 09-15-2019, 06:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,968
Posted By Vern
Prop flange

The bolts should match your prop for security. New collets for your crankshaft are available. Use a home made removal and installation tool using ordinary sockets, washers, and a same threaded bolt...
Forum: RV-10 09-07-2019, 03:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,191
Posted By Vern

FAA has a free manual for downloading

Vans paperwork also has a chapter on it
Forum: Engine Monitors 08-17-2019, 05:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,376
Posted By Vern
Smile Unit in Peachtree City

Have one in Peachtree City, KFFC
Hangar D30
Forum: Southeast 08-12-2019, 04:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,139
Posted By Vern
Smile Peachtree City weekly RV luncheon

You (and everyone else) is invited to our weekly pizza luncheon at Mellow Mushroom on highway 74 in Peachtree City every Tuesday at 11:30

Attendance varies from 5-25 depending on work...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,986
Posted By Vern
Exclamation Operating limitations apply

Operating limitations may prohibit devices attached to your rv which allow something to be dropped

Use caution!
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