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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2021, 10:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 855
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I suppose you could use professionals to convert...

I suppose you could use professionals to convert the gear but the expense would far exceed what it would cost to buy a tri-gear RV in the first place. Converting the gear is not a trivial undertaking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 855
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It is possible to change the gear config but for...

It is possible to change the gear config but for someone who doesn't "have the time, space or patience to try to build one myself" it is not a practical endeavor.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2021, 08:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,153
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is my tug and how I secure the "blue Cessna"...

Here is my tug and how I secure the "blue Cessna" towbar to it:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,153
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Retired lawnmower or 4-wheeler will pull your RV...

Retired lawnmower or 4-wheeler will pull your RV splendidly on the turf strip. Will also cost far less and faster than the dedicated tugs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,775
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, the Cessna bar has been in service since...

Yep, the Cessna bar has been in service since 1999 for my RV-6. There are more robust bars but this one works fine for my paved, gently sloped ramp. I now use it to hook up my "tractor tug":
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-12-2021, 08:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 663
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://www.tsflightlines.com/

https://www.tsflightlines.com/
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-11-2021, 10:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 952
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The flare may be cracked, if so you won't be able...

The flare may be cracked, if so you won't be able to make it stop leaking until you replace that line.

In regard to your service question, my 1999 Facet pump is still working. I've wondered if it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-08-2021, 05:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,265
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Decided to try a pair of these lights. Got them...

Decided to try a pair of these lights. Got them installed in a couple of hours and they look fantastic, my old wig-wag flasher even drives them.

Unfortunately.....they create a huge amount of noise...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 04:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,532
Posted By Sam Buchanan
They also skipped punching most of the holes in...

They also skipped punching most of the holes in my RV-6 "kit"........Can I get a refund 22 years after the fact?? :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 12:36 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 11,888
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Looks like the makin's of a KitPlanes article to...

Looks like the makin's of a KitPlanes article to me........ ;)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-03-2021, 08:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 694
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Until you verify the accuracy of your airspeed...

Until you verify the accuracy of your airspeed (converted to TAS), fuel flow, OAT (so we know DA), and tach we are just chopping with a dull hoe......

Congratulations on your new ride but until you...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-03-2021, 11:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,265
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Steve, do the LEDs create any EFI noise in your...

Steve, do the LEDs create any EFI noise in your radio? This looks like an interesting option for replacing the old-school (1999) DW lights.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-01-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 218
Views: 44,870
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have toggle mag switches and have never seen...

I have toggle mag switches and have never seen the "backfire or stumble" issue during run-up or inflight mag tests. Either the mag or SureFly is firing at all times. My SureFly is static timed at 0*...
Forum: RV-4 01-29-2021, 04:34 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,682
Posted By Sam Buchanan
What's an altimeter??

What's an altimeter??
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2021, 02:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,161
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://www.apexbattery.com/apex-battery-apx12220-...

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

https://www.apexbattery.com/media/catalog/product/cache/2/thumbnail/600x/17f82f742ffe127f42dca9de82fb58b1/a/p/apx12220_fro...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-25-2021, 09:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 982
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://www.steinair.com/ Economical? Depends on...

https://www.steinair.com/

Economical? Depends on one's perspective. Good value? Yes.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-19-2021, 12:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 991
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is discussed every few months, here is a...

This is discussed every few months, here is a recent thread:

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=189809&highlight=pin
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2021, 09:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,956
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, the two instances of carb ice I recall in...

Yep, the two instances of carb ice I recall in the 21 years of flying my O-320 carbed RV-6 occurred during long taxi to the runway. The runup was a little rough and a few moments of heat cleared it...
Forum: RV-14 01-18-2021, 12:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 841
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Wow.....the plans are so detailed they tell you...

Wow.....the plans are so detailed they tell you how to clock fittings??

Whatever happened to building an airplane? :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-16-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,428
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is correct as long as you can give the buyer...

That is correct as long as you can give the buyer adequate builder docs to prove compliance with E-AB when you sell the project. However, the buyer won't qualify for the Repairman's Certificate in...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-13-2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,428
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Very sorry to see that you lost your building...

Very sorry to see that you lost your building partner...that is tough.

Be sure you are well-versed in the regulatory limits and documentation needed when hiring help finishing the RV. It would be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,087
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep. Here is a similar thread from...

Yep. Here is a similar thread from 2018:

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=162959
Forum: RV-4 01-11-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,682
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There aren't any such attachments for my RV-6...

There aren't any such attachments for my RV-6 tanks which I think is the same design as the RV-4.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-08-2021, 12:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,541
Posted By Sam Buchanan
When I needed to replace the battery, starter and...

When I needed to replace the battery, starter and ground cables on my '48 Plymouth I used this vendor for custom-made cables:

https://www.batterycablesusa.com/battery-cables.html

The cable stock is...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-08-2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,691
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I think you are correct in your...

I think you are correct in your assessment....replace all damaged screws so they can be secured properly.

Application of BoeLube or wax to the screws will make them thread into the plate nuts easier.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,129
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Same here.

Same here.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,129
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Everybody's premium is at least 1/3 less than...

Everybody's premium is at least 1/3 less than Avemco....... :D

Avemco is the carrier of very last resort in the RV community.

For the first ten years with my 1999 RV-6 best rate was with AIG,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,129
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I knew somebody would reply singing the praises...

I knew somebody would reply singing the praises of AIG..... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2021, 02:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,129
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I'll be surprised if AIG is your best...

I'll be surprised if AIG is your best quote............she'll probably find something better with a different carrier.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2020, 08:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,222
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://pedalplanekits.com/models-kits/ Here is...

https://pedalplanekits.com/models-kits/

Here is my little RV-6:

6338
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2020, 10:06 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,681
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Hmmmm.....five days left to close the sale, I...

Hmmmm.....five days left to close the sale, I suspect this is going to be an interesting saga to watch....

Hope it doesn't result in heartburn for the seller.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2020, 04:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,069
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The Capt is in Australia, may be a brand only...

The Capt is in Australia, may be a brand only available there. Wonder if you install it upside down??? :D

There are many PC680 clones available in the states, just google PC680 to see a bunch of...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-22-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,990
Posted By Sam Buchanan
We have a special knack for doing that......try...

We have a special knack for doing that......try not to take it personally. :D

Congratulations on your new toy, you are going to really enjoy it!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-12-2020, 02:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 588
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Your friend needs a DAR who can answer all his...

Your friend needs a DAR who can answer all his questions and assist with preparing paperwork for the FAA. There have been major changes recently as the FAA has taken this process online.
Forum: APRS Tracking 12-12-2020, 02:44 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,260
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Your tracker may be configured to not send...

Your tracker may be configured to not send beacons if it isn't getting complete data from the GPS. You may have a GPS/configuration issue.
Forum: Safety 12-09-2020, 10:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,745
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://registry.faa.gov/AircraftInquiry/Search/NN...

https://registry.faa.gov/AircraftInquiry/Search/NNumberResult?nNumberTxt=N69HF
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-09-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,021
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I used to do that.......but my RV has gotten...

I used to do that.......but my RV has gotten heavier over the years..... ;)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-09-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,021
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Glad the tailwheel hoist works well for you. ...

Glad the tailwheel hoist works well for you. :)

I prop up the tailwheel stinger with a stand made with 2x4'x and a 4x4 after hoisting then move the hoist out of the way.
Forum: APRS Tracking 12-08-2020, 09:25 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,260
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Just for clarification...this thread is about...

Just for clarification...this thread is about APRS, not ADS-B. :)

APRS is a system based on the 2M Ham radio band and has no connection with anything FAA-related.
Forum: APRS Tracking 12-07-2020, 08:16 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,260
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Still flying APRS, but if my current tracker went...

Still flying APRS, but if my current tracker went belly-up I probably wouldn't replace it. My wife enjoys seeing where the RV-6 is located but my Flightaware account sends her an email every time I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,458
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Looks like you've gotten a head start.... :D

Looks like you've gotten a head start.... :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,458
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Some of the many recent threads about...

Some of the many recent threads about...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2020, 09:26 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,999
Posted By Sam Buchanan
And in the process you have gotten a good...

And in the process you have gotten a good overview of the doc package..... ;)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-30-2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 465
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is probably a good pressure for your -3,...

That is probably a good pressure for your -3, just wanted to make sure you weren't running high pressure that might aggravate the oscillations.

My RV-6 has some gear oscillation that gets worse as...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-30-2020, 12:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 465
Posted By Sam Buchanan
What tire pressure are you running?

What tire pressure are you running?
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-27-2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,059
Posted By Sam Buchanan
But that doesn't address the cracks that appear...

But that doesn't address the cracks that appear at the leading edge of the rudder.

Cracks appeared in my 1999 0.016" RV-6's rudder at the spar very early in its life, propagated a short distance and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-27-2020, 04:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,688
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Every HF store I've been in is jammed with folks...

Every HF store I've been in is jammed with folks buying 'paperweights'.....and I suspect most of them are repeat customers like me...... ;)

P.S. If you haven't treated yourself to a set of HF...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2020, 04:30 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 9,026
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Pretty sure he is saying defending a liability...

Pretty sure he is saying defending a liability lawsuit would be very expensive.

Another option is ground-not-in-motion coverage if you can self-insure the hull but don't want to be without...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2020, 07:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,000
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Link: https://www.vansaircraft.com/service-inform...

Link:

https://www.vansaircraft.com/service-information-and-revisions/sl-00022/
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2020, 07:28 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 13,123
Posted By Sam Buchanan
For some reason a link to the service bulletin...

For some reason a link to the service bulletin wasn't included in the original post. Here it is:

https://www.vansaircraft.com/service-information-and-revisions/sb-00023/
Forum: RV-10 11-16-2020, 12:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 793
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Previous...

Previous threads:

https://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=82716&highlight=alton

https://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=167576&highlight=alton
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 999
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I think your analysis is correct. The issues you...

I think your analysis is correct. The issues you have observed are similar to what I've seen when winter blend is used in my RV-6 on a hot day.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2020, 07:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 999
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Peter, I don't know if you guys have "winter...

Peter, I don't know if you guys have "winter blend" gas in central Florida, but I found it quite common to see lower fuel pressure when using the winter flavor than 100LL. I had a bad episode with...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-14-2020, 09:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,594
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A package of pet housetraining pads is also a...

A package of pet housetraining pads is also a great item to keep in the hangar for oil spills. :)
Forum: RV-14 11-12-2020, 01:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,761
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The original poster can clarify but pretty sure,...

The original poster can clarify but pretty sure, based on the wording of his post (steam....still....), that he is referring to old-school, mechanical round gauges. An RV-14 with only mechanical...
Forum: RV-14 11-12-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,761
Posted By Sam Buchanan
For an RV-14......completely and totally out of...

For an RV-14......completely and totally out of vogue. :)
Forum: Safety 11-11-2020, 02:34 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,022
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I don't think a bolt with a hole in the shank...

I don't think a bolt with a hole in the shank will address the rotation issue Scott is describing....
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-03-2020, 07:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,571
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Can't you attach a standard Slick harness to the...

Can't you attach a standard Slick harness to the SureFly and find which post the lead marked "1" is going to? The harness is made so the screws will only line up with the holes on the SureFly the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2020, 07:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 956
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Ryan, you said you are "new to aviation". How...

Ryan, you said you are "new to aviation". How new?

Total hours and experience can have a big impact on what direction your aircraft search takes. A certain amount of flight time is needed in order...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-01-2020, 11:16 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,613
Posted By Sam Buchanan
And as the CG moves back to the aft limit (or...

And as the CG moves back to the aft limit (or beyond it??) pitch stability disappears. Instead of the stick returning to neutral pitch after disrupting it, it will remain in the deflected position....
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-29-2020, 09:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,908
Posted By Sam Buchanan
One more note...the Sensenich is a good prop. 79"...

One more note...the Sensenich is a good prop. 79" is the correct pitch for your -6A and yields a good combination of climb and cruise.

I've never been tempted to flirt with the 2600 limit because...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-28-2020, 06:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,908
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Full throttle rpm will depend on altitude but...

Full throttle rpm will depend on altitude but please be advised the 2600 rpm limit for the prop is very real. There are blade harmonics above 2600 that Sensenich wasn't able to eliminate that could...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-24-2020, 09:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,360
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I thought the original poster was asking why the...

I thought the original poster was asking why the RV-9 is so much less common than the RV-9A. But I may have mis-read the question....maybe RV-9 was being used in a generic sense.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-22-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 973
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I use the USB cable for my hard-mounted Stratux...

I use the USB cable for my hard-mounted Stratux and it works fine. Just secure the cable so it can't be jostled or stressed.
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