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Forum: RV-7/7A 07-29-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 450
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Canopy compression struts

I’m sure this has been asked before but what compression psi should the canopy struts have. I know they’re 16” long but when I went to replace them O’Reilly’s air parts had two different strengths...
Forum: Safety 07-22-2021, 07:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,318
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Steve, Point taken. I have experienced the...

Steve,

Point taken. I have experienced the scenario you mentioned personally during military upgrade training when my instructor emphasized the need for doing “safety checks” on final by verbally...
Forum: Safety 07-21-2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,318
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Steve, Is the AOA system you refer to the GRT...

Steve,
Is the AOA system you refer to the GRT EFIS warning system? If so that system is (I believe) airspeed based on a calibration process you go through when setting it up. It works well in level...
Forum: Propellers 07-14-2021, 07:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,898
Posted By Tankerpilot75
This whole propeller thread got me thinking and I...

This whole propeller thread got me thinking and I read again my Hartzell Propeller Manual and Logbook. Upon re-examining it I still couldn’t find anything other than a statement relating to...
Forum: GPS 07-09-2021, 06:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 191
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Figs, I’ve been fighting an ARINC issue too with...

Figs,
I’ve been fighting an ARINC issue too with my new GRT EX EFIS system. It was not wanting to communicate gps data to my TruTrac autopilot through the remote ARINC. I’ve learned that you have to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-07-2021, 05:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 642
Posted By Tankerpilot75
As a second owner: my response is “more often...

As a second owner: my response is “more often than you’d think!
Forum: Propellers 07-07-2021, 05:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,898
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’ve never seen this prop rpm restriction for the...

I’ve never seen this prop rpm restriction for the standard Hartzell 72” CS aluminum propeller. I too like to cruise “comfortably” and usually set my flight rpm at 2350. Please give a reference for...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 07-04-2021, 06:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,103
Posted By Tankerpilot75
High Altitude Approach

A long, long time ago I use to fly military aircraft and there was something called a “High Altitude Approach” that we often flew.

The high altitude approach basically allows aircraft, when cleared...
Forum: Autopilots 06-25-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 818
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Just in case

If this happens again you might want to look at the A/P GPSS Source DPDT switch.

I’ve been trying to upgrade my old WS system to a dual EX EFIS system and after many frustrating hours and four...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-21-2021, 05:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 538
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Brakes

Does anyone know whether the brake disks can be turned? If so what are the disk limits? If not where’s a good place to purchase new disks and at about what price?
Forum: Autopilots 06-21-2021, 05:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 818
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I don’t see serial port 1 listed. Do you have an...

I don’t see serial port 1 listed. Do you have an ARINC 429 installed? If so I would expect that to be identified later in your setup menu as GPS1. If you have an internal GPS that could be...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-20-2021, 07:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,940
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I didn’t build my RV7A, I’m definitely not a gear...

I didn’t build my RV7A, I’m definitely not a gear head, and I do use an A&P every year at inspection time. However, owning the aircraft that I now have has taught me so much about airframe, avionics...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-07-2021, 05:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By Tankerpilot75
The dsub pin crimper, wire stripper tools sold by...

The dsub pin crimper, wire stripper tools sold by Steinair are adequate for most of the work you’ll do and well priced. However for the removal of the high density dsub pins used in Garmin equipment...
Forum: COMM 06-07-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 374
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Thanks Bob! I appreciate the clarification and...

Thanks Bob! I appreciate the clarification and suggestion. I will be sure to secure for mechanical support.

I’m thinking they might go to the EIS. I understand some older EIS’ had a tone...
Forum: COMM 06-07-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 374
Posted By Tankerpilot75
EFIS audio to Garmin 340

I’m upgrading my old GRT WS EFIS units to the GRT Horizon EX units. I’ve had to run new wiring for the warning audio output from the EX units to the Garmin 340 intercom system (WS units didn’t have...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-05-2021, 09:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,103
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I made myself an iPad sun shade out of thick...

I made myself an iPad sun shade out of thick paper stock and then had it laminated at Office Depot. I use Velcro to secure it to the top of my iPad mount. In Oklahoma it gets pretty hot in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2021, 01:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 490
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’d still be hesitant to fly him in your RV. My...

I’d still be hesitant to fly him in your RV. My older brother has for years wanted me to take him flying and I’ve refused because I’m afraid his mobility issues will cause significant difficulties...
Forum: ADS-B 06-04-2021, 08:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 869
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I use the Stratux for Adsb in and power it...

I use the Stratux for Adsb in and power it through a usb plugged into my panel outlet. The Stratus also is hardwired to my two GRT EFIS’. Works great! Price was right.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,363
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’m also not a builder but a “buyer and flyer.”...

I’m also not a builder but a “buyer and flyer.” However I too have my concerns with the quality I’ve seen on some experimental aircraft. And for that matter many older certificated aircraft too! ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-31-2021, 07:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,881
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Three Flats

I’ve experienced three flats in my RV7A. One just as I was buying it, another taxing to the runway, and the third pulling it out of the hangar. I would say two of these flats were do to poor...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-31-2021, 03:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,528
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I just swapped out my old GRT WS units and ARINC...

I just swapped out my old GRT WS units and ARINC for two new GRT Horizon EX units and ARINC module. Love the increased functionality (SV, voice warnings, touch screen on primary PDF, faster...
Forum: RV-10 05-19-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,901
Posted By Tankerpilot75
You definitely don’t want ejection seats in an...

You definitely don’t want ejection seats in an RV. Too much weight and the likelihood of leg amputation around the knees very high with the seating in all RVs.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-14-2021, 06:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 717
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I used the plastic wedge. Works great.

I used the plastic wedge. Works great.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,932
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Brian, Did you get the stuff I emailed you last...

Brian,

Did you get the stuff I emailed you last week?

I highly recommend you check out the “safety” forum on this website and read the Training Syllabus thread and the attachments that Mike Vacarro...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-07-2021, 03:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,070
Posted By Tankerpilot75
No problem. I already have the Garmin 340 in my...

No problem. I already have the Garmin 340 in my panel. Right now I’m waiting on delivery of my two new GRT Horizon EX units and a new ARINC 429 module. One these units are installed I’ll get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,573
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I recommend adding one more limit - winds! ...

I recommend adding one more limit - winds! Greater than 20 knots (any direction) VFR or IFR!

While I know for a fact the RV7A can handle greater, it becomes a real challenge when those winds...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2021, 06:41 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 13,748
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’m glad Sam that you’re safe. Judging from the...

I’m glad Sam that you’re safe. Judging from the dent size it appears a new world altitude record for flying turkeys has been established.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2021, 07:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 940
Posted By Tankerpilot75
UTRB

When I installed my Tosten military style grips I used d-sub pins because the wire gage is so small. I then put the d-sub pins into a d-sub pin connector and ran additional wires to a Pat Hatch UTRB...
Forum: The RV Grin 04-27-2021, 02:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,595
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Tom Stafford Museum

My “free ride” in a friend’s RV7A to the Tom Stafford Museum in Weatherford, OK (located on the airport) cost me the price of my own RV7A. These dang grins are expensive! However it beats sitting...
Forum: Safety 04-24-2021, 07:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,086
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Unfortunately complex panels are common in RV’s...

Unfortunately complex panels are common in RV’s but good POHs and training not so much.

When I bought my RV7A six years ago from the builder my POH/Checklist consisted of two pages. Basically...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-22-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,061
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Eastport is definitely away from the crowd but...

Eastport is definitely away from the crowd but interesting!
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-22-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,238
Posted By Tankerpilot75
How about a four engine, sweep wing, heavy hauler...

How about a four engine, sweep wing, heavy hauler for those that like to camp out at OSH in luxury!
Forum: RV-4 04-20-2021, 05:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,523
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’ve had two Odyssey PC680s in my RV7A. They...

I’ve had two Odyssey PC680s in my RV7A. They just didn’t have the cranking power I wanted. I now have the EarthX 900 battery installed. It has significantly more cranking amps and weights almost...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-19-2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 259
Views: 60,432
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Based on the below post, I withdraw my comment...

Based on the below post, I withdraw my comment and await to see how this situation unfolds. Hopefully, Superior will do their best to make it right.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 754
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Because city management doesn’t care!

Because city management doesn’t care!
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-15-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,313
Posted By Tankerpilot75
When I was in USAF pilot training we soloed in...

When I was in USAF pilot training we soloed in the T37 jet very early in our training program. I’ve always described the RV as similar to a T37 - but with a propeller and a little slower.

If...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2021, 12:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,080
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I also use a RAM “type” mount I bought over...

I also use a RAM “type” mount I bought over Amazon attached to my panel but extending out towards me. However to help block the direct sunlight and heating you get in direct sun I made an iPad sun...
Forum: California 04-12-2021, 01:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 802
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Agreed. I’ve also seen some poor workmanship and...

Agreed. I’ve also seen some poor workmanship and care when people do their own touch up. But, I believe I can still do this myself if enough preparation and care is given to the project. It is,...
Forum: California 04-12-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 802
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’m thinking about doing some touch up myself and...

I’m thinking about doing some touch up myself and purchased a cheap air brush kit from Harbor Freight and the required paint from an aircraft paint store here in OKC. Paint, thinner and harder =...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-12-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,275
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Frankly when I’m flying a coupled approach and...

Frankly when I’m flying a coupled approach and execute a GA I used the “Missed” button on the EFIS after I’ve added power and started my clean up.

However, if I was to add a TOGA button I believe...
Forum: GPS 04-11-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 585
Posted By Tankerpilot75
While my post won’t address your concerns I was...

While my post won’t address your concerns I was wondering how difficult was it to swap out your old 430 for the 355? Did you do the wiring changes yourself?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2021, 06:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,868
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Come fly in Oklahoma during the spring with the...

Come fly in Oklahoma during the spring with the majority of the runways running north/south and the winds 270 20G30+. It’s always fun! Cough, cough!

I definitely agree with rvbuilder2002. Only...
Forum: RV-10 04-07-2021, 03:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,606
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Since it’s an RV 10 and you’ll be flying in...

Since it’s an RV 10 and you’ll be flying in Florida I might suggest air conditioning.
Forum: Northeast 04-07-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 356
Posted By Tankerpilot75
If you’re not a member of a local EAA chapter I...

If you’re not a member of a local EAA chapter I recommend you find one to join. Most EAA chapters have an A&P member whose familiar with RV aircraft. If not there is probably at least one member...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-05-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,310
Posted By Tankerpilot75
May not be the equipment but a poorly wired...

May not be the equipment but a poorly wired panel. Here’s three entities to talk with about your problems. Aerotronics (VAF advertiser), SteinAir (VAF advertiser), and Walt at Experimental Aircraft...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-05-2021, 06:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,264
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Concer with: “Carry a spare” “Conduct a...

Concer with:

“Carry a spare”
“Conduct a pre-flight inspection” EVERYTIME.
Forum: Autopilots 04-03-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 635
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Several years ago my Digitrac II display head...

Several years ago my Digitrac II display head went blank. Flew to TruTrac in Arkansas and had them install a Vision 385. Cost was about what you said. I think display head failure is somewhat...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-03-2021, 08:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 583
Posted By Tankerpilot75
The zig zag is constant with #3 EGT only. The...

The zig zag is constant with #3 EGT only. The headset clicking is also constant but volume adjustable using the volume control on the Garmin 340 intercom - not affected by radio volume.

Like rv8ch...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-03-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,277
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Here’s a very simple solution that allows you to...

Here’s a very simple solution that allows you to experiment on how much trim tab you need. https://www.cleavelandtool.com/products/rudder-trim-tab

Fly it with double sided tap until you define how...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,030
Posted By Tankerpilot75
SNF discounts

Just heard back from Jon Francois at GRT. He was responding to an email question I sent about GRT discounts. He said, “they will be posted on their website on Monday.”
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-01-2021, 04:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 583
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Zig zag EGT reading

Flew today and noticed two interesting phenomena. First my #3 EGT reading (GRT EIS) was showing a zig zag line on the EFIS engine page read out. Second, my headset had a definite clicking sound...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-28-2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,366
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Based on a PM it appears I need to clarify my...

Based on a PM it appears I need to clarify my above statement.

It’s correct the people that built my panel did not provide “service loops” but that doesn’t mean the panel was poorly built! It...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-28-2021, 01:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,366
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Amazon also sells a HD pin extraction tool.

Amazon also sells a HD pin extraction tool.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-27-2021, 05:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,366
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Unfortunately my panel doesn’t have “service...

Unfortunately my panel doesn’t have “service loops!

The red/white extraction tools I referred to are the aluminum/copper extraction tool often sold by avionics shops. The tool I discussed above is...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-27-2021, 04:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,578
Posted By Tankerpilot75
This may be a situation where you’re better off...

This may be a situation where you’re better off drilling out the nut plate and replacing it.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-27-2021, 04:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,366
Posted By Tankerpilot75
d-sub pin extraction

I got tired of always having trouble extracting d-sub pins from connectors using those lightweight red/white extraction tools. They’re flimsy design always resulted in either the bending or breaking...
Forum: Interiors 03-25-2021, 05:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,520
Posted By Tankerpilot75
One caution

If you make up your own foam cushion be sure not to get it too thick. Remember some folks have a longer torso and taller sitting heights. You don’t want be bumping a head on the canopy. Don’t ask...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 06:23 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 24,391
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I had a friend’s father give me the nick name...

I had a friend’s father give me the nick name “Fox.” It wasn’t complimentary!

The joke was: there was a Texan in England on his first fox hunt. While on horse back riding with his English friend...
Forum: RV-10 03-12-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,008
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Once climbed up to 48,000’ in a T38 trying to get...

Once climbed up to 48,000’ in a T38 trying to get around weather. I was still looking “UP” to thunder heads!

Don’t know of any RVs that can climb that high!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-05-2021, 06:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,070
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Question for Garmin Expert

I’m considering purchasing the Garmin GNC 355 to replace one of my two non-WAAS 430s. I would like to have a WAAS navigator with comm but don’t want to pay the price of a new 650. Used 430w gps’...
Forum: Autopilots 03-03-2021, 07:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 984
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Thank you - Pat Hatch

As many of you know Pat Hatch has a small business called PH Aviation Services. One of the products he sells is the UTRB module (a trim control module). This is a really good product for...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-22-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 12,272
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Runaway Trim vs Disconnected Manual Trim

Manual trim malfunctions can be really scary too (and yes, they do occur)!

During my first two years of ownership my RV7A had manual trim. Twice during that period the trim cable became...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-20-2021, 10:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,449
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Frankly I use a much lower tech approach. I...

Frankly I use a much lower tech approach.

I mark the tire side using nail polish where the valve stem is aligned with the hole and then always push the aircraft until the paint line is...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-16-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,138
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Like you I’m thinking seriously about upgrading...

Like you I’m thinking seriously about upgrading my dual WS units with EX units. Here’s my thinking on the subject.

1. Not only will you get synthetic vision but you’ll also have a faster...
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