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Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-28-2016, 08:08 PM
Replies: 389
Views: 241,388
Posted By novipilot
Next stop should be 2E8. Also a grass strip. If...

Next stop should be 2E8. Also a grass strip. If you make it, let me know and I'll buy lunch.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-26-2016, 12:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,962
Posted By novipilot
Ahh, McGuire. The start of my yearlong vacation...

Ahh, McGuire. The start of my yearlong vacation in SE Asia.

It does take some pre-planning and coordination though to be able to fly to a military base. Once I flew to a joint base, had all the PPR...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-10-2016, 04:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,780
Posted By novipilot
I think you first need to clarify the rules. I'm...

I think you first need to clarify the rules. I'm not sure an E-LSA or an E-AB RV12 qualifies for a club or rental situation. I would think an S-LSA would. But I definitely am no expert on the rules....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-19-2015, 06:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,689
Posted By novipilot
Once again I am reminded of the words a professor...

Once again I am reminded of the words a professor used in a Fatigue of Weldments class that I was taking - "Welds are instruments of the devil". Estimating the fatigue life of a welded structure is...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-25-2015, 05:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,456
Posted By novipilot
A few years back, the annual Michigan Air Tour...

A few years back, the annual Michigan Air Tour started in Sault St. Marie. Essentially the same you did, dinner cruise through the locks, motels and city within walking distance, etc. The next day,...
Forum: RV-4 09-22-2015, 07:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 15,515
Posted By novipilot
Ahh, but the trick is more smiles per dollar. All...

Ahh, but the trick is more smiles per dollar. All I'm sayIng is that for the typical non-business airplane, it's probably better to rent, partner, or club unless you are going to need exclusive use...
Forum: RV-4 09-22-2015, 05:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 15,515
Posted By novipilot
What I'm not seeing is the cost of capital to buy...

What I'm not seeing is the cost of capital to buy the plane. A $75,000 investment in a plane at 5% interest costs $3750 per year. For one who flies 50 hours, that is $75 per hour additional. I fly in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,691
Posted By novipilot
You may want to search out a senior AME. There...

You may want to search out a senior AME. There might be only 1 or 2 per state but these have had special training in what the FAA wants and seem to be able to do things with a telephone call that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-15-2015, 06:18 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,085
Posted By novipilot
Maybe. I have been VFR with flight following...

Maybe. I have been VFR with flight following around or over the lettered air spaces and have been given headings and / or altitudes to hold, and have been "corrected" when changing an altitude...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-07-2015, 05:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,704
Posted By novipilot
Ditto on using quality bits and throwing them way...

Ditto on using quality bits and throwing them way when required. Can not stress this point enough.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-30-2015, 05:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 17,872
Posted By novipilot
Dalton 3DA

Flushing Dalton airport is on the northwest side of Flint's Class C inner ring. No problems getting in or out, the Flint facility controllers are very friendly. The restaurant is right next to the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-26-2015, 08:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,791
Posted By novipilot
Looks like you missed Port Clinton, Put in Bay,...

Looks like you missed Port Clinton, Put in Bay, and one of the best parts of Lake Erie. Port Clinton has a great restaurant on the field, plus a little museum. At the airstrip close to the shore,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-30-2015, 04:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,933
Posted By novipilot
The ELT manual will spell out battery replacement...

The ELT manual will spell out battery replacement intervals depending on transmission time or service life. The old 121.5 ELT's typically required battery replacement every couple of years. The newer...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-12-2015, 05:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,783
Posted By novipilot
The tube should have been removed a couple of...

The tube should have been removed a couple of years ago and thrown away if it is "at least 8 years old" as you stated. Rubber is a highly complex chemical, and is affected by oxygen aging. That is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-03-2015, 06:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,197
Posted By novipilot
The is a some LSA activity at Punta Gorda,...

The is a some LSA activity at Punta Gorda, Sebring, and Lakeland. You might catch a ride in a 12 at Sun N Fun if Mitch Lock brings the Vans demo down. I would definitely recommend multi-hour...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-09-2015, 06:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,827
Posted By novipilot
There was an article in the Venice paper recently...

There was an article in the Venice paper recently with Dick Cole who was Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot. He is 97 or so, still actively getting out and about. There were 80 crew who took off for the B-25...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-04-2015, 06:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,948
Posted By novipilot
S-Low is when you are going in reverse.

S-Low is when you are going in reverse.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-22-2014, 06:52 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 37,902
Posted By novipilot
I would like to visit one more museum this month....

I would like to visit one more museum this month. Anybody has any recommendation which one?

New England Air Museum at KBDL in Connecticut (neam.org)
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-03-2014, 06:31 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 37,902
Posted By novipilot
Great museum at Grissom Field in Indiana. Former...

Great museum at Grissom Field in Indiana. Former Air Force Base now open to the public. If you're lucky, you'll be in the pattern with a KC-135, maybe a Warthog. Museum is just off the field, about...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-04-2014, 06:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,080
Posted By novipilot
The LSA category, whether E or S, has weight,...

The LSA category, whether E or S, has weight, speed, and pax restrictions. The big plus is the ability to fly these with only a drivers license medical. An outcome of the above restrictions is lower...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 09-23-2014, 06:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,777
Posted By novipilot
I feel the issue is not so much can you fly this...

I feel the issue is not so much can you fly this plane safely in IFR, but are you trained enough to save your butt if multiple things go wrong. That said, I'd say no redundant EFIS, no iPad. I'd want...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-20-2014, 05:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,920
Posted By novipilot
All good info. One more thing I didn't see in any...

All good info. One more thing I didn't see in any of the threads. The smooth appearing metal in a joint build-up may look smooth to the naked eye. But look at it through a high powered microscope,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,229
Posted By novipilot
After living with the waiver for 8 years, my take...

After living with the waiver for 8 years, my take on the whole thing is that the FAA will always want way more than necessary and the result will be huge and expanding out of pocket costs for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,944
Posted By novipilot
Talking I'm more impressed with how you got table legs,...

I'm more impressed with how you got table legs, boxes, and bottles to stick to the ceiling in your photos :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2014, 06:00 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 15,060
Posted By novipilot
I took a continuing education course titled...

I took a continuing education course titled "Fatigue of Weldments". One thing the professor said that has always stayed in my mind is that weldments are instruments of the devil. I know many who have...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-12-2014, 08:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,490
Posted By novipilot
That looks like about 50 gallons. I'd want to...

That looks like about 50 gallons. I'd want to research at what point the state laws for trailer safety kick in, like haz-mat decals, brakes on the trailer, spill protection, etc. Also where do you...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-26-2014, 06:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,940
Posted By novipilot
Having experience with both the Garmin G3 in the...

Having experience with both the Garmin G3 in the Skycatcher, and the Dynon in the SportCruiser, I would say that the Garmin is more intuitive to operate than the Dynon. The Garmin touchscreen video...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-26-2014, 06:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,091
Posted By novipilot
Eight years ago, the FAA was giving a keynote...

Eight years ago, the FAA was giving a keynote speech at an aviation convention. Subject of the speech was Alaska and the ADS-B Initiative. The speaker presented the FAA goals in Alaska for that year....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-13-2014, 08:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,280
Posted By novipilot
Just remember that the objective is to put the...

Just remember that the objective is to put the bolt in tension, and torque on the nut is an indirect method of estimating how much tension is on the bolt. Things like a drop of oil on the threads, or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2013, 06:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,130
Posted By novipilot
The Pilot Protection Services at AOPA is also a...

The Pilot Protection Services at AOPA is also a very big help. Once I submitted all the required SI paperwork 90 days ahead, as the FAA wants. When my medical lapsed, I called PPS at AOPA, and had a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2013, 09:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,921
Posted By novipilot
Future of LSAs ?

Now that the Pilot Protection Act has been introduced, and if, and that's a BIG IF, it does get through congress, what will it do to the LSA industry? Does the RV-12 have a future or will it go the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-06-2013, 07:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,930
Posted By novipilot
Just a thought from one who has searched for both...

Just a thought from one who has searched for both the 121.5 devices, and the 406 devices. The 121.5 has an accuracy of 10 to 20 miles, meaning someone would have to search that diameter circle to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-08-2013, 06:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 9,403
Posted By novipilot
JMHO, but the RV-12 is way superior to the 162 in...

JMHO, but the RV-12 is way superior to the 162 in an item near and dear to every pilot's heart, er butt - usable load. When I took my transition checkride in a 162, we could only have 7 gallons in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-07-2013, 06:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,708
Posted By novipilot
As I understand it, the 16 hour course only...

As I understand it, the 16 hour course only qualifies you to do the inspection on an E-LSA that you own. If you sell the plane and get another E-LSA, then the new plane can be added to your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-24-2013, 07:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,430
Posted By novipilot
I've been a CAP mission pilot and aircrew member...

I've been a CAP mission pilot and aircrew member and would tell anyone that the FAA should absolutely mandate the 406 MHz installation on all aircraft. When 406's first came out, a ground team was...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-20-2013, 06:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 16,635
Posted By novipilot
Somewhere I heard that Van's did not do dual...

Somewhere I heard that Van's did not do dual Dynons in the -12 because of electrical capacity with the Rotax. Is there something different with the Jab that provides the extra capacity?
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-07-2013, 06:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,010
Posted By novipilot
Treetops Resort in Gaylord is nice also. About 9...

Treetops Resort in Gaylord is nice also. About 9 different courses for all types of golfers. Cost $180 for the wife and myself to play 36 holes with cart plus a night's lodging.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2013, 06:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,176
Posted By novipilot
Driving with the wife to a golf resort in...

Driving with the wife to a golf resort in Northern Michigan. Never been to OSH, but make SNF and Sebring every year since at that time of the year they are both almost in our backyard.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2013, 10:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,104
Posted By novipilot
I had a CFI that turned off or covered up...

I had a CFI that turned off or covered up everything, then had me gage power by using the index finger as a gage of where the throttle should be, altitude by experience, and descent attitude by where...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-21-2013, 05:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,055
Posted By novipilot
Par 54 course. The drivers probably stayed at...

Par 54 course. The drivers probably stayed at home.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-30-2013, 06:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,559
Posted By novipilot
Hope you were on a flight plan for crossing the...

Hope you were on a flight plan for crossing the border into and back from Canada. Those of us living near Detroit know how randomly mean CBP can be. Everything could be OK ... Or ... They could...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-18-2013, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,603
Posted By novipilot
It might be helpful if you posted the size and...

It might be helpful if you posted the size and type of thread, and the materials of the fitting and adjoining fitting or hole. Pipe threads, as one example, will not have a torque value, but rather a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2013, 01:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,759
Posted By novipilot
I have been in your boots, for 4 different...

I have been in your boots, for 4 different reasons now, with the latest two incidents happening just weeks after I had obtained my SI medical, and the last one occurring just 3 weeks ago.

My advice...
Forum: Safety 12-31-2012, 07:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,338
Posted By novipilot
The one thing that scares me the most is towers...

The one thing that scares me the most is towers under construction. Sure we're within 5 miles of the airport and sure, we know where all the charted obstacles are, but has someone started another...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-05-2012, 10:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,170
Posted By novipilot
You should have landed at Katama Airpark, 1B2....

You should have landed at Katama Airpark, 1B2. Three grass runways, couple of bi-planes there giving sightseeing rides, sometimes mock fighting, always a good show. GREAT restaurant right by the end...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-20-2012, 07:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,836
Posted By novipilot
I think the fact that Experimentals fly so much...

I think the fact that Experimentals fly so much different from similar certified planes makes it mandatory that anyone in the club that wants to fly it will have to attend one of Van's authorized...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-16-2012, 05:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 10,400
Posted By novipilot
Read some of Mike Busch's columns. He's a regular...

Read some of Mike Busch's columns. He's a regular contributor to Sport Aviation. Also has a web site, SavvyAviator or something like that. I once read that if you have symmetry, which your valves...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-09-2012, 09:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,538
Posted By novipilot
Non-Rotax

Has anyone built a -12 with a Continental O-200 or a Lycoming O-235 engine?

Major problems incurred?
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-28-2012, 07:24 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 32,108
Posted By novipilot
Some things in life you just have to write off....

Some things in life you just have to write off. Look at it as repayment for the wonderful stories he tells. Many of us could only dream of the adventures Vlad has had.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2012, 07:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,477
Posted By novipilot
Did you use tire talc on the tube? After that,...

Did you use tire talc on the tube? After that, inflate the tube in the tire just a bit to seat it, but leave the valve out of the stem. Then you can maneuver the tube a little to get things aligned....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-13-2012, 07:02 AM
Replies: 428
Views: 390,692
Posted By novipilot
Is a transponder part of the Skyview system??

Is a transponder part of the Skyview system??
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-14-2011, 12:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 16,457
Posted By novipilot
Just this morning watched the EAA webinar on EGT...

Just this morning watched the EAA webinar on EGT and CHT by Mike Busch. After that, I'd want a CHT no higher than 380, redlined at 400. I know Lycoming says 500, but in the webinar, Mike made a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-23-2011, 02:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,548
Posted By novipilot
Of all the posts on this topic, I haven't heard...

Of all the posts on this topic, I haven't heard mentioned that you should also update the ear seals and interior noise absorbing material every couple of years. That stuff degrades over time and the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-14-2011, 01:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,912
Posted By novipilot
Memories

Ah, that flight brings back many memories from long ago when I learned to fly in VT and lived in MA. Flew all over VT, NH, MA, CT, RI and parts of NY. Never got to land on those long runways then,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-13-2011, 11:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,943
Posted By novipilot
This thread got me to thinking: Does Van's supply...

This thread got me to thinking: Does Van's supply the W&B envelope for his aircraft? One thing to calculate W&B, another to have the boundaries of the envelope.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2011, 11:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,346
Posted By novipilot
Looking for a pre-buy inspection, Oklahoma City, OK

Looking for a pre-buy inspection of a 7A around Oklahoma City, OK. Will pay reasonable travel of aircraft or inspector.

PM me.

Trying to avoid a trip for nothing. Last time I travelled from MI to...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-05-2011, 07:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,804
Posted By novipilot
Heated Pitot

Is there a heated pitot tube available for the 9A?
Forum: Tools 11-23-2010, 06:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,675
Posted By novipilot
Anyone use ATS tools?

There is a local place that sells aircraft tools which is local to Michigan and some people here swear by them. Prices for their own branded tools are very reasonable. Thought I'd try a couple of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2010, 06:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,421
Posted By novipilot
I hope I've planned ahead enough.....

I don't own an RV .... yet. The decision now is a 9 or a 12. I think the medical is a more worrysome thing than the hourly cost. It can bite you at any time once you're up in age as I am. And if it...
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