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Forum: RV-15 07-29-2022, 02:54 PM
Replies: 440
Views: 88,440
Posted By flyboy1963
Smile love the stick...hate the stick!

Where's the 'suggestion box' now?
....I love the stick for flying, but think it's a huge detriment getting in and out!
I've seen another bird with a stick that came out from under the dash, with...
Forum: Reviews 10-04-2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,067
Posted By flyboy1963
more aircraft using Van's snorkle and filters!

just FYI, there are quite a few homebuilders that use Van's FWF components, due to their design and price! I have the Van's airbox on my Glastar, as do quite a few others I've seen!...I use the K&N...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,830
Posted By flyboy1963
vinyl on acrylic

Funny how the question of what to do with canopies just rolls on, year after year.
Smart to ask, of course!

about 95% of the illuminated signs that you see are adhesive vinyl on acrylic or lexan...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,207
Posted By flyboy1963
Talking panel nightmares

I still have the scars from just adding a cigar lighter to my panel! For the same effort as these many access covers, would it make more sense to 'just' make the panel hinged and/or removable, with...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 07-07-2021, 06:43 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 41,067
Posted By flyboy1963
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeelectric ?

okay, this would be a 'departure' from Van's stable of Lyc's, but they ARE a creative lot...if you recall an earlier model was a motorglider?
...then an electric folding high-wing bushplane trainer...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-17-2021, 12:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,716
Posted By flyboy1963
actual temp? and pressure?

...sounds like a reason to run the little remote wireless tire pressure caps.
I can guess that a long taxi on 150 degree asphalt results in more than adequate tire pressure, if you started with at...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-21-2021, 10:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,451
Posted By flyboy1963
oh the threading has started!!!

...of course Van's 'Total Performance'...would demand that one of them be a centreline Rotax engine, with slats and flaps and fat tires for touring sandbars....then fire up and un-feather...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 03:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,943
Posted By flyboy1963
one more idea....

I would also like to think that my family all would go flying somewhere, and many do this.
just as many families likely have ONE member who isn't entirely happy up there. Now you are down to...
Forum: RV-14 12-26-2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,349
Posted By flyboy1963
or for 'experimental' class glareshields.....

...a $10 BBQ mat from Home Depot!
smooth Naugahyde side up, nice, but possibly slight reflection in the windshield.
...Fuzzy side up; the perfect surface, non-glare, and anything can be stuck to it...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-08-2020, 08:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,723
Posted By flyboy1963
one more option

....if you want to avoid solvents of any kind, try the 'stripe-off' rubber wheel on a drill method...I find it will buff off almost anything with the right touch.
Forum: Safety 10-12-2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,260
Posted By flyboy1963
statistically speaking...

well, I'm sure someone can come up with an angle on 'how reliable'....but even if there is one stoppage per 1000 have no way of knowing if that is hour 2, or hour 999!
another stat; I've...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-06-2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,292
Posted By flyboy1963
tips and tricks

....and if you ask any real painters ( not me) there are a few things to improve your odds.
Even with a good quality stencil, it can lift anywhere it bridges panels, or, obviously, rivets. The...
Forum: Canada 09-13-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,274
Posted By flyboy1963
tariffs.....funny, but nobody's laughing.

yeah, ain't it funny....
Canada annually exports about $10 billion worth of aluminum to the U.S....83% of our total production ( 4th largest producer in the world!)
so the odds are really high that...
Forum: Propellers 09-05-2020, 09:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,726
Posted By flyboy1963
Hartzell c/s prop bolts...what thread are they? 7/16" x 20?

So took my prop off, and one bolt came out pretty slow...the others could be turned with fingers. I'd like to clean up the threads on the crank insert, assuming the last guy may have bunged the first...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-22-2020, 10:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,940
Posted By flyboy1963
unscrupulous users?

.....this seems all to common.
My first one from the east was damaged in transit, it looked like the cardboard box was smunched by DHL, then taped up...with their tape!

The cam still worked ok, but...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-13-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,703
Posted By flyboy1963
ask Van's?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2020, 04:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,637
Posted By flyboy1963
same problem

I couldn't get mine to close, and the provided bolts had really neat heads, but my socket slipped off easily.
I squeezed the clamp nearly shut with a C-clamp, and got some standard bolts and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2020, 08:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,368
Posted By flyboy1963
50% pulse???

I wonder, how hard is it to rig one of those pulsing gadgets? looks just as cool ( cooler?) and uses half the oil!
well, and then there's color!
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-05-2020, 10:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,819
Posted By flyboy1963
best wing for range????

I'm wondering, if you are re-engineering for about double the gross weight, like most RTW folks, would you be better off starting with the greater span and airfoil of the -9 wing?
Forum: Engine Monitors 06-04-2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,290
Posted By flyboy1963
UBG-16 data download cabling?

Quite a few guys on here use the E.I. UBG-16 EMS, which has a box data goes to....( MUX-8A data recorder)
I have the panel switch to download, but not the funny 4mm plug and serial cable that is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-13-2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,897
Posted By flyboy1963
some experience .....

well Harry, you asked for tips or advice. I don't have a source for bits....but...
1. can't really see a good reason to not go larger....all the bad things that happen to plexi attached with...
Forum: Safety 05-05-2020, 10:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,372
Posted By flyboy1963
rumour has it...

I hear the Glastar/Sportsman gang are mounting them in the rear (fibreglas) fuselage, and just leaving the light on....just for a nite lite?
not much fear of heat buildup in that space, but I can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2020, 08:06 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 15,366
Posted By flyboy1963
best design???

Rob, I knew you'd be on the job!
My son is making a few for my sis at VGH in Victoria, and she had borrowed one from a friend.
?.She liked the OPEN back.... which made it easier to clip and hold in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,022
Posted By flyboy1963
not just polishing....

[QUOTE=Skint;1423131]??.., a wrinkled old man appeared in front of me. The more I polished the more wrinkles he had. Now jowls were emerging. Who the **** is that? What little hair he had was...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-06-2020, 09:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,537
Posted By flyboy1963
try the Manufacturer?

Mike at Electroair has always personally replied to any inquiries I had about the product...even though I just have an old gold coil set.... in a box... in my garage!
I only have the photocopied Jeff...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2020, 08:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,746
Posted By flyboy1963
Transport Canada did

current medicals valid until Aug. 1, 2020.

I'm guessing there will be another extension, as the backlog of expired licenses will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,648
Posted By flyboy1963
what is.....'this year'?

nice to have some data, but for anyone north of Dixie, insurance renewal is often a 'spring' thing, so we have yet to see what 2020 rates will be.
?.and I won't even mention the 'other' factor! ;-(
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-17-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,796
Posted By flyboy1963
beta tester available

..uhhh?.I dunno John, that plan looks a little sketchy.

ahtellyuhwhut?..send all that stuff to me, I'll try it out in my plane, shake out all the bugs for a year or two, and get back to you on what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2020, 04:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,804
Posted By flyboy1963
not just for the dawgs

sounds like my ol' college girlfriend....;b) wouldn't fly with me either!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,782
Posted By flyboy1963
big metal heat sinks???....

tests by one of the heater manufacturers showed that heat loss thru an uncovered prop was significant....more so outdoors where a slight breeze would suck the heat out quickly.
a couple of large wool...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2020, 10:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,392
Posted By flyboy1963
jack?....we don' need no steenkin' Jacque!

ok, haven't had a 'flat', but at annual, I found it much more stable to use a those racy guys do.
Ok, you may not have an 8' long 2x4 in your RV, but can probably find something laying...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-05-2020, 09:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,797
Posted By flyboy1963
one more point

?.ok, I always fly behind a Lyc, or an old Cont....but I have WAAAAAAY more experience overhauling, rebuilding, & troubleshooting small-block chevvies in stock cars.
I know almost NOTHING about my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2020, 08:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,420
Posted By flyboy1963

strange! it's an 'open' system as the reservoir is vented, but seriously.....

I 'topped' up my reservoir every year, at least, at annual, for 8 years. It was down about 1/4 to 1/2". no fluid...
Forum: Canada 01-14-2020, 02:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,462
Posted By flyboy1963
shipping/importing etc.

I have been to Van's, yes, it's a nice visit, but perhaps you've already been?
I can't imagine fuel, hotel, and food would be less than freight from Oregon to the border?...but I was wrong once...
Forum: Canada 11-21-2019, 04:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,902
Posted By flyboy1963
mounting options?

?.could this be one of those gadgets that is FIRMLY velcro'd to the panel in it's new vibration-free mount.... for inspection, and then ah, removed for, ummm, safety and visibility enhancement!
( and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2019, 04:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,420
Posted By flyboy1963

...this then could, or possibly would be, one of those:

'unknown known known unknown's?'
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 05:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,149
Posted By flyboy1963
one other option

as you've all said, sim is NOT for, ah, recreating the flight's for 'simulating' many, many things that you either can't, or don't usually do in the air!
You can try over, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2019, 07:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,204
Posted By flyboy1963
ditto - duracell suck!

yep, if you want to ruin something, put in Durahells!

how they stay in business is a testament to mass advertising showing firemen saving people with their flashlites!?!

Energizer will replace the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2019, 04:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,751
Posted By flyboy1963
one more idea

...I use the VA400, but not with a mac. If you are getting pictures at all, look at the file size, or the actual pixels in your viewer ( i.e. 800x1200).
I'll bet the resolution is the same on your...
Forum: Engine Monitors 09-12-2019, 08:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,939
Posted By flyboy1963
pillar point?

fuel flow sensor dohickey ( forgive the techno-babble) :D
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-27-2019, 12:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,977
Posted By flyboy1963
sounds good, is it true?

Hey Dave, just hoping for your success here...but be cautious.
Ask to see a 10 year -old plane painted by an amateur with this exact paint..... and see if you still want to do it!
Most paint I've...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-18-2019, 08:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,289
Posted By flyboy1963
back..... to the 1979 future?

Nice video Steve....for a minute I thought ONLY taildraggers were allowed!

I just realized my first Arlington was exactly 40 years ago...I was 16, tented on site with my Dad. LOVED the dawn patrol,...
Forum: Safety 08-09-2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,143
Posted By flyboy1963
we train for in-flight emergencies....don't we?

great comments on here; if you are lucky enough to live in an area where survival courses are available, DO IT!
If not, most flying clubs have within their talent pool all or most of the resources to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2019, 07:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,382
Posted By flyboy1963

Several makers of this stuff; the age-old sign version for spraying plexi signs is now owned by PPG, still called Spraylat. Not a lot cheaper than the products mentioned here.
NOTE: do NOT let this...
Forum: Reviews 08-02-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,632
Posted By flyboy1963
reviving this topic

I'm sure more has been said on this, but I want to expand on the comments made;
now in 2019, after I hoped Garmin's InReach would be a viable alternative to SPOT, I'm crushed!

I had to do a little...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-01-2019, 12:51 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 18,044
Posted By flyboy1963
ask the insurer?

just another data point; I had a non-aviation claim, and the insurer would not let me buy a used gadget, even if under the replacement max. value!
They absolutely insisted on an invoice from a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-31-2019, 09:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,043
Posted By flyboy1963
tire info from the big guys

I once downloaded the hundred-odd page tire guide from Michelin, and Goodyear IIRC, they outline very specific parameters on 'acceptable' tire damage which is good reading, whether you apply it or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,916
Posted By flyboy1963
one data point

I have no personal knowledge, but this outfit appears to have been building aircraft as 'amateur-built' ?..professionally. now THERE's an oxymoron. :)

ok, they call...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,912
Posted By flyboy1963
define 'outside'

Ok, you'll get a million NEW opinions here, but here's mine.
Had my RV outside for 8 + years. $50 a month tie-down. $500/month for a hangar...not po$$ible, none even available.

If I were to do it...
Forum: RV-10 06-30-2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 10,935
Posted By flyboy1963
and another thing....

some good observations here.
I have not built a plane, so take all this with a grain of salt.
your big 'life' spreadsheet might want to include a couple other things.
1. mortgage rates can go up over...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-25-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,952
Posted By flyboy1963
for outdoors

I use a couple of the 'fancy' car wash sponges ( $4) with the grippy thing on one side, and the terrycloth on the other side.
bonus, if it's bright green, so you don't miss it on your, ahem, thorough...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,479
Posted By flyboy1963
one more Krazee idea...

ok, so Van's has the quick-built kits assembled in the Philippines, and then crated up, so wouldn't there be a nice new canopy just a 'couple miles' away from you in Aus? ;-)
...or....perhaps the...
Forum: RV-14 06-09-2019, 07:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,910
Posted By flyboy1963
meat ballast?

...ok, so my son happens to weight exactly as much as the moment arm of tail vs nose...hooked a ratchet strap to the tail eyebolt, slug it under his butt, and he slowly transferred his weight to it,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2019, 01:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,618
Posted By flyboy1963
one more group....

these folks seem to have a nice site and feedback on many things in the PNW, mostly south of the border tho'.

I'm guessing it's tailored to your geographic...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-27-2019, 09:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,410
Posted By flyboy1963
straight or 90...the debate

Hi Stu,
seems many people have figured out 'clean and easy' ways to change both types! If you check your PM you'll see my comments. I think it's ends up being more what you have space for under the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2019, 09:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,223
Posted By flyboy1963
how big are the antennae?

ok radio guys....just how big are these antennae?( and ground plane?)
I seem to see little 4" blades on the bellies of most aircraft, so why all this " top-bottom" issue? can't we put these things...
Forum: Tools 05-24-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,688
Posted By flyboy1963

since nobody has mentioned it....power ( electricity).
I have an old two piston belt-reduced oil type 5 gal.
has painted two planes, many cars, etc.....and still going, probably 40 years old! I think...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,160
Posted By flyboy1963
savingmoney by spending?

....and you'd think it would be different if I take my wife to Home Depot....un unh!....just walk out with $100 of DIFFERENT stuff, mostly non-aviation!
:( and involves some kind of renovation,...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-04-2019, 02:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,676
Posted By flyboy1963
magical vinyl number?

Sid, would love to know the actual part number of the vinyl used on Kelli Girl.
3M only makes about a million different products ( seriously!) and even though I work in the graphics business, I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2019, 05:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,525
Posted By flyboy1963
...and then there's the free advertising!

um, ok, since nobody has mentioned it....the free classifieds, where often things sell in minutes!
So I 'profited' from use of the classifieds, where the moderators were so kind.... as to allow me...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2019, 01:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,075
Posted By flyboy1963
one more thought

...since it's not been mentioned yet, I setup my W&B to show the heavy stuff I put right behind the seatback ( water, tools, survival gear, oil) and then another point about centre of the baggage...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-14-2019, 08:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,551
Posted By flyboy1963
reviving old thread

so Danny Maher made a nice looking RV7/7a for MS flight sim X it seems, then both his site
and flight sim itself seem...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,197
Posted By flyboy1963
new problem?.....

" there I was at 50,000, and the inside of the canopy ices up! I scraped it off with my glove, but could still barely see to land on the lakebed.... at 200 kts. My wingman Bob (Hoover)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2018, 08:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,103
Posted By flyboy1963
the resurrection of a thread???/

I see this thread has been superceded by others, but thought it worthwhile to re-boot the 'help me learn' part of the title!

there are a dizzying array of printer out there now.....many poorly made...
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