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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-18-2022, 07:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,750
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The innovations and just plain cool stuff Mark...

The innovations and just plain cool stuff Mark built into his plane are amazing. Great fodder for conversation on the ramp....somebody will get a fantastic RV-6A.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-18-2022, 12:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,076
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've used a handheld as the sole radio in three...

I've used a handheld as the sole radio in three of my planes and they perform quite nicely when connected to an external antenna. In my case all three aircraft had belly-mounted 1/4-wave whips.

You...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2022, 08:21 AM
Replies: 13
Ice
Views: 1,149
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I say this with all due respect...but if you feel...

I say this with all due respect...but if you feel the need to ask this question you don't have the training to even begin to contemplate flying where ice is a remote possibility. Park the plane and...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-15-2022, 07:41 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,725
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You have a very contemporary paint scheme! Seeing...

You have a very contemporary paint scheme! Seeing a lot of new "aviation" gray muscle cars and Corvettes. Nice look. :)
Forum: Painting your RV 01-11-2022, 12:39 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,725
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I agree the pastel colors and "swoopies" will...

I agree the pastel colors and "swoopies" will look dated at some point, if not already. My RV-6's color scheme still gets compliments 22 years after I painted it, and the scheme is inspired by what...
Forum: Safety 01-10-2022, 09:37 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 322
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Prelim; RV-4, N456MC

Location: Walsenburg, CO Accident Number: CEN22FA064
Date & Time: December 8, 2021, 10:13 Local Registration: N456MC
Aircraft: Vans RV-4 Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2022, 08:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,622
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Select your state then look for gas stations with...

Select your state then look for gas stations with uncontaminated fuel:

pure-gas.org
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2022, 08:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,622
Posted By Sam Buchanan
pure-gas.org

pure-gas.org
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-27-2021, 10:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,682
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My big red oil pressure warning light is high on...

My big red oil pressure warning light is high on the panel so I'm more likely to see it. I tied an audio transducer into that circuit so it will scream at me if the master is left on. When the canopy...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-23-2021, 10:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,791
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Wow! Perhaps the coolest Christmas RV-12 video...

Wow! Perhaps the coolest Christmas RV-12 video ever.

Merry Christmas!

[thread moved to General Discussion for greater exposure]
Forum: COMM 12-22-2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 377
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Probably Delta...

Probably Delta Pop:

http://www.deltapopaviation.com/Home.html

I have their com antenna, very please with it.
Forum: Autopilots 12-18-2021, 05:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The Navaid servo (using it with the Trio...

The Navaid servo (using it with the Trio ProPilot) has been in the mid-wing inspection port at the aileron bellcrank for 22 years. I installed it while the wing was under construction but it could be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2021, 04:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,003
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You'll have a shot at it if the builder logs...

You'll have a shot at it if the builder logs still exist, gotta prove it is amateur-built. One of my planes is now without engine and instruments but I'm leaving it registered so a new owner won't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 13,781
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The original poster deleted the post......no need...

The original poster deleted the post......no need to stir that pot.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-02-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,756
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Prelim Report

Location: Harrison, MI Accident Number: CEN22FA029
Date & Time: November 5, 2021, 09:37 Local Registration: N16TG
Aircraft: Vans RV Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2021, 07:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,389
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Same here. I have a box of Harbor Fright meters I...

Same here. I have a box of Harbor Fright meters I accumulated when they gave them away with a coupon. I'm usually just measuring coarse voltages and continuity and they are fine for that....and...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-30-2021, 01:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By Sam Buchanan
SureFly doesn't sell a proprietary harness. Their...

SureFly doesn't sell a proprietary harness. Their devices use either the same harness designed for the Slick mags with aviation plugs or a "magneto" harness that has been converted for use with auto...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-30-2021, 08:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Working off my inconsistent memory....so check...

Working off my inconsistent memory....so check your SureFly docs. I think I recall them stating that even though the SureFly will work with auto plugs they didn't see any advantage to using them.
Forum: Safety 11-20-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 712
Posted By Sam Buchanan
RV-4 Prelim Report; Oct 31, 2021

https://www.scribd.com/document/539836841/NTSB-Report-on-Gadsden-Co-plane-crash
Forum: Safety 11-11-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,757
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Well, this thread has drifted off of Dan's...

Well, this thread has drifted off of Dan's original point. In regard to doing an overhead approach at the airport where I'm based:

Yes, executed with no traffic conflict it works nicely.

I guess...
Forum: Safety 11-10-2021, 10:55 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,757
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It's broadcasted as they are leaving the traffic...

It's broadcasted as they are leaving the traffic area....maybe before they change frequencies. I've never been able to figure out what it accomplishes...
Forum: Safety 11-10-2021, 09:56 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,757
Posted By Sam Buchanan
"Last call" and "Any traffic please advise" seems...

"Last call" and "Any traffic please advise" seems to be increasingly common at our non-towered airport that has a lot of training traffic from neighboring airports. Where did these radio calls come...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 400
Posted By Sam Buchanan
PMs?

But I can't find that option in private messages.....
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-05-2021, 03:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,756
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A sad day. I have "known" Ted for twenty years...

A sad day. I have "known" Ted for twenty years via the RV boards but now have another connection. I'm building a Glen-L Zip wood runabout and I've looked at Ted's Zip boat photos many times. His Zip...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-08-2021, 12:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,107
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://www.apexbattery.com/apex-battery-apx12220-...

https://www.apexbattery.com/apex-battery-apx12220-12-volt-22-ah-battery.html

Since the Apex site says the battery is out of stock I suspect they are experiencing supply line problems like most...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 19,710
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Your expectations are unrealistic....this isn't...

Your expectations are unrealistic....this isn't 2011..... ;)

Skysmith and other brokers don't set the rates, they only shop carriers for you. I've found Skysmith to be responsive and professional...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-21-2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,969
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I'm not aware of any "issues" that have shown the...

I'm not aware of any "issues" that have shown the need for reinforcement.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2021, 07:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,088
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My 680's (and cheap clones) have been happy on...

My 680's (and cheap clones) have been happy on the engine side of the firewall of my RV-6 for many years. I think that is the default location for the RV-7.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2021, 03:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,306
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Just curious.....would insurance carriers get...

Just curious.....would insurance carriers get heartburn if your plane was parked below a hoisted plane? Maybe not if the lift is a commercial device but I wonder about a unique (untested) design.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-11-2021, 07:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 939
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The bugs on the leading edge of the wings will...

The bugs on the leading edge of the wings will most likely have a larger effect than the antenna......

Not sure what you mean by the comment about crosswinds, etc (I'll start the popcorn :D ).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2021, 06:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,170
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If you have any popcorn left over just save it...

If you have any popcorn left over just save it for when this topic comes around again in a couple of months..... ;)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-02-2021, 07:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,710
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Avemco is so out there that their quotes are...

Avemco is so out there that their quotes are hardly ever mentioned. They don't want our business.
Forum: Safety 08-28-2021, 10:12 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 19,741
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I think the caption as he is talking to his old...

I think the caption as he is talking to his old friend would be “Why did you try to kill me?”. :o

Guess it’s just a matter of perspective. ;)
Forum: Safety 08-27-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 19,741
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yes...a serious case of plane envy...... :D

Yes...a serious case of plane envy...... :D
Forum: Safety 08-27-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 19,741
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, the apparently shorter wing span and tapered...

Yep, the apparently shorter wing span and tapered horiz stab seems to indicate this was not a -9A. But an excellent outcome regardless.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2021, 01:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 875
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Oh...and mentioning on VAF that you haven't heard...

Oh...and mentioning on VAF that you haven't heard from them will prompt a response. :D
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-24-2021, 12:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,179
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Two new Slick mags. :D

Two new Slick mags. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,224
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I didn't know the web site would print out the...

I didn't know the web site would print out the certificate without the doctor info....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2021, 05:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 13,781
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Jim, Very glad only the airplane was injured,...

Jim,

Very glad only the airplane was injured, not the pilot!

I suggest you push your RV back into the hangar and just let things settle down until your claim with the insurance is settled. I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-19-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,159
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, the aftermarket tailwheels are nice pieces...

Yep, the aftermarket tailwheels are nice pieces but I haven't had any service issues with the Vans tailwheels since 1999 (Bell fork for many of those years). I've replaced the Vans-sourced bearings...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2021, 11:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,668
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I'm not a broker but I suspect the insurance...

I'm not a broker but I suspect the insurance industry is much too fluid to predict with any accuracy what qualifiers carriers will request in the years to come.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2021, 06:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,668
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My Global GNIM policy went down as well.

My Global GNIM policy went down as well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,075
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I offer this as a datapoint, not a...

I offer this as a datapoint, not a recommendation.

There is a can of 'proseal' and catalyst in the frig at the hangar that is well over ten years past expiration. It has been used for many adhesive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,299
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The propellor 'disk' is mostly air.........but...

The propellor 'disk' is mostly air.........but going to be a bad day for the bird either way. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2021, 01:10 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 22,014
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Applied 7/15, no confirmation received, but LODA...

Applied 7/15, no confirmation received, but LODA arrived in my inbox today.

The LODA was signed by a rep of the Fargo FSDO even though I live in the deep South.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 19,710
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is what Mr. Google showed...

This is what Mr. Google showed me:

https://www.ajg.com/us/industries/aerospace-and-aviation-insurance-and-consulting/light-aircraft-insurance/
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-02-2021, 08:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,890
Posted By Sam Buchanan
To state the obvious.....but the fuel tanks are...

To state the obvious.....but the fuel tanks are venting properly, right?
Forum: Tools 06-23-2021, 10:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,520
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I agree the HF pliers are only semi-useable as a...

I agree the HF pliers are only semi-useable as a last resort. However, I've found the economy pliers from Aircraft Spruce to be significantly better if you don't want to pop for the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 06-22-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,036
Posted By Sam Buchanan
N284RM accident

In case this accident hasn't already been posted here is preliminary info:

http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2021/05/fatal-accident-occurred-may-24-2021-in.html

Heartbroken for the family involved.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-10-2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,700
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Wow....that is a catastrophic failure. However,...

Wow....that is a catastrophic failure. However, it is not at the same location as the small compression fatigue cracks we sometimes see in RV-6 mounts and have been addressed with gussets in later...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-10-2021, 12:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,700
Posted By Sam Buchanan
photos please

Sorry to hear about your -6 being grounded but glad you were able to return to the hangar under power.

I can't help with the mount but would love to see some photos of your cracked mount. Am...
Forum: Safety 06-02-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,436
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I decided the repair on my RV-6 was acceptable to...

I decided the repair on my RV-6 was acceptable to put the plane back into service due to the relatively small area of damage compared to the total leading edge skin area. Seeing a couple of examples...
Forum: Safety 06-01-2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,436
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Not me

No, I am not selling my RV-6. :)

http://https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=194892&highlight=Bird+strike...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2021, 08:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,593
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Be prepared for folks to think you are flying a...

Be prepared for folks to think you are flying a Cirrus...... :D

Congrats!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2021, 08:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,230
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Not mine, but my friend's RV-6A, O-360. Kinda...

Not mine, but my friend's RV-6A, O-360. Kinda awkward, not recommended for anyone that doesn't have a couple hundred hours of J-3 time. Make sure the keyed ignition switch is on "L", not "Both".

Not...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,242
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've used a local sign shop to cut all the vinyl...

I've used a local sign shop to cut all the vinyl on my projects for the past 20+ years.
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-10-2021, 10:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 717
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A call to the Trio guys will give you a good...

A call to the Trio guys will give you a good recommendation for the settings.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2021, 10:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,162
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Fuel is not being dumped overboard. The fuel pump...

Fuel is not being dumped overboard. The fuel pump vent is only used if the pump diaphragm developes a leak.

You are seeing a higher flow reading because of fuel pulsing in the Floscan when the Facet...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2021, 11:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,677
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No, just leave it as is. When we formed a local...

No, just leave it as is. When we formed a local RV builders group 20+ years ago a local (non-RV) EAA chapter felt threatened by it and did all they could to shut us down.

We stayed out of the EAA...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-05-2021, 01:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,431
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Also available from Aircraft...

Also available from Aircraft Spruce.

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/safaircav110.php?clickkey=12830

O-rings listed on same page.
Forum: Southeast 05-05-2021, 01:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,319
Posted By Sam Buchanan
First Saturday of every month, gets started about...

First Saturday of every month, gets started about 7:30, turns into a swarm by 8:00, and tapers off around 9:00-ish.

Do some checking in case regular schedule hasn't resumed, but Moontown (3M5) is a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,299
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No cracks in the skin, only in the very thin...

No cracks in the skin, only in the very thin paint.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,299
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Thank you, neighbor! :D

Thank you, neighbor! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2021, 07:28 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,299
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A quote from your link: "Since cold shrinking is...

A quote from your link:

"Since cold shrinking is almost impossible on tempered aluminum....."

Nope, I'm done but thank you for trying to help. :)
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