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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 05:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,854
Posted By flyvans.com
flew 3 flights with about 3:30 in the air...

flew 3 flights with about 3:30 in the air :-)
good times.

we also practiced some new camera positions and formations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeQxm1zK43M
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2021, 09:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,694
Posted By flyvans.com
looks normal/accetable to me. interesting that...

looks normal/accetable to me.
interesting that the "stain" is so far back... residues are either close to the exhaust or then tend to spread evenly in the very aft area.
by the way, we clean the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-05-2021, 09:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,782
Posted By flyvans.com
cool, thanks for cutting!!! looking forward to...

cool, thanks for cutting!!!

looking forward to the next opportunity!!
:-)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,826
Posted By flyvans.com
Flew an awesome 5-ship organized by Tobi on...

Flew an awesome 5-ship organized by Tobi on Saturday :-)

#1 Tobi / DEEEG
#2 Moritz / DEVAJ
#3 Bernie / HBYMT
#4 Pascal / FPSGA
#5 Herrmann / DEIGT

Some impressions
(working on it)... Story is,...
Forum: Canada 02-14-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 648
Posted By flyvans.com
I am somewhat involved with PocketFMS (volunteer,...

I am somewhat involved with PocketFMS (volunteer, no commercial links, only get the subscription for free), as one of the core Beta Testers and "Airmarshal" for Switzerland, which means I'm looking...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-06-2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,360
Posted By flyvans.com
To get even better footage from the hopefully...

To get even better footage from the hopefully many formation flying opportunities next year, we're trying to gear up ;-)

currently i'm working on an external controlled pan/tilt mount for a "DJI...
Forum: Canada 01-04-2021, 05:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,932
Posted By flyvans.com
VOR: going to reduce to an absolute...

VOR: going to reduce to an absolute minimum-minimum coverage in practically all countries, but not completely disappear for now.

DME: a lot of VOR's are replaced by simply DME's (instead of...
Forum: Canada 12-17-2020, 04:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,932
Posted By flyvans.com
I follow the Aireon development with quite some...

I follow the Aireon development with quite some professional interest...

So far, I get the feeling that some companies are literally gambling "Vegas style", big time. Can't blame them (unless it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2020, 06:05 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,355
Posted By flyvans.com
Another #2 here... Married for 9 years to the...

Another #2 here...

Married for 9 years to the day,,, The RV was 1.5 years from first flight when i met her, so the airplane was first ;-) no arguments there...
sometimes she even leans a bit towards...
Forum: RV-14 10-31-2020, 04:29 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 38,891
Posted By flyvans.com
+1 for dan horton's sidebar addition! makes you...

+1 for dan horton's sidebar addition!
makes you wonder how much untapped performance is slumbering in all our -7A's, -8's, -7's, -8A's etc... considering the trivial firewall forward to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2020, 03:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,397
Posted By flyvans.com
Absolutely. I have it on good authority from...

Absolutely. I have it on good authority from people within international re-insurance (the companies that backup the primary underwriter companies) that the Boeing fiasco is having a severe impact on...
Forum: Safety 09-26-2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,037
Posted By flyvans.com
Kurt, excellent writeup! And definitely something...

Kurt, excellent writeup!
And definitely something you will learn from, glad there were only a few bruises to the ego and the wheelpants *G*

Regarding rudder:


Never experienced a situation (at...
Forum: Safety 09-24-2020, 04:49 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,871
Posted By flyvans.com
Our SOP is to always climb the first 400-500ft at...

Our SOP is to always climb the first 400-500ft at vx/70kts and then accelerate to 85+.... gets you through the "danger zone" the quickest/steepest (before obstacles) way possible, I believe.
The...
Forum: International 09-13-2020, 01:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,824
Posted By flyvans.com
not particular for Italy, but all of EASA land,...

not particular for Italy, but all of EASA land, where Italy is a part of:

there are several ways, with escalating "complexity". but since you're there for longer, these may be options, too......
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-11-2020, 07:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,785
Posted By flyvans.com
i only find two older pics right now, will have...

i only find two older pics right now,
will have two make more recent ones. there were a few changes in the radio stack, pc keyboard and such minor stuff....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-11-2020, 01:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,785
Posted By flyvans.com
here's our 10 year experience, although not on a...

here's our 10 year experience, although not on a -10 but a -7A.

we modified/relabeled a 2-lever DJM mfg throttle/mixture quadrant to use it for throttle and prop in a custom center console.
for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,335
Posted By flyvans.com
Agree with what Sid and others have...

Agree with what Sid and others have posted.

First things first, a good landing starts with a stable and established approach.
One thing that clearly should be done differently in an RV (7A) is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 13,770
Posted By flyvans.com
Definitely flaps down! Not only due to the...

Definitely flaps down!

Not only due to the accidental "use as step" risk.
You might actually trip over/catch the trailing edge when stepping from the step weldment to the fortified area on the wing,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-31-2020, 11:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,468
Posted By flyvans.com
What kind of radio and what brand of...

What kind of radio and what brand of Autopilot?

The fact that it seems to be a new effect on a previously working installation is very suspicious...

i would also go look into the shielding /...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2020, 04:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,247
Posted By flyvans.com
i recently...

i recently bought
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/avpages/pa1151ACG.php
PILOT USA PA-1151ACG CHILD PASSIVE HEADSET - PINK
for our 3.5 year old and she is quite happy and comfortable with it.
I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-31-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 16,862
Posted By flyvans.com
Marc, that must have been a really early model...

Marc, that must have been a really early model then...

I can assure from tests that the latest 114 models quit somewhere around the 800 rpm range. At the same time, flying/gliding at reasonable...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2020, 07:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,740
Posted By flyvans.com
Before long, with that TMX-IO-360 humming...

Before long, with that TMX-IO-360 humming along...

http://www.flyvans.com/wordpress/wp-content/gallery/2020_05_24_emily_first_flight/20200524_mikey09_scaled.png

Some issues with sleep stability *G*...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2020, 06:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,740
Posted By flyvans.com
Latest RV Grin / Proud Daddy :-)

Today was one of those great RV-moments :-)

Our 3 year-and-two-month old was ready for her first RV ride! And we had a blast...

The all too familiar RV grin after the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-12-2020, 03:49 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,979
Posted By flyvans.com
totally aware about that. changing the filename...

totally aware about that. changing the filename extension does exactly zero to its content. simply renaming it as csv doesn't do the trick here. it's still a comma separated value file with a custom...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-10-2020, 05:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,979
Posted By flyvans.com
great tool! would you consider adding *.ALD...

great tool!

would you consider adding *.ALD support for advanced flight systems EFIS?
Nothing else than a specific csv file format with header.

i'm using another open excel based analysis tool so...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-24-2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 92,853
Posted By flyvans.com
anyone done the fix with an upsize -X bolt to get...

anyone done the fix with an upsize -X bolt to get rid of a small wiggle on an -A model recently?
finding inconclusive information...

Is a NAS6605-26X, NAS6605-27X or NAS6605-28X the right...
Forum: RV-4 04-19-2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,760
Posted By flyvans.com
first time i hear about a -4A... But i guess you...

first time i hear about a -4A... But i guess you know about the -4RG?
there are definitely some oddities out there, to the point that van's denies to use the RV model name...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,542
Posted By flyvans.com
looks really good! definitely leave the g5 where...

looks really good!

definitely leave the g5 where it is!
move the ELT panel away from the bottom edge of the panel (think knees, belts, tablets, arms and such). suggest moving it more to the right/up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2020, 03:47 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,542
Posted By flyvans.com
my free 50cts of advice ;-) : "Radio Stack" -...

my free 50cts of advice ;-) :

"Radio Stack"
- definitely keep the autopilot panel at the top, it's the most natural and no accident that all serious airplanes (airliners, bizjets etc...) have it up...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-22-2019, 05:08 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 13,407
Posted By flyvans.com
awesome project! a dimension of its own...

awesome project! a dimension of its own 😜

congratulations!
looking forward to reading more, also on the software side of things...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-22-2019, 04:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,156
Posted By flyvans.com
The VP200 had a trim runaway protection logic...

The VP200 had a trim runaway protection logic even on the software side of things.
may even have been carried over to the VPX?!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-21-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,156
Posted By flyvans.com
During our test phase, i performed landings on...

During our test phase, i performed landings on our RV-7A with max trim "runaway" in either direction (but not in motion).
Relatively easy to handle, although with a very "abnormal feel".
But not...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-08-2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 876
Posted By flyvans.com
cheaper alternative to A500 tail light bulb?

as many others, we have the Whelen A500 combined strobe / nav tail light at the tail.
https://m.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/elpages/whelenstrobesystema500.php

for the second time already over the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-03-2019, 02:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,431
Posted By flyvans.com
agreed. that is assuming there is still oil in...

agreed. that is assuming there is still oil in the system...
but consider a gradual oil pressure loss / oil leak and a shutdown short of a seizure e.g. possibly intentional to save the engine. that...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-03-2019, 01:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,431
Posted By flyvans.com
one thing to consider in my opinion - should you...

one thing to consider in my opinion - should you get into the situation that this data may become necessary, such as in an engine failure - it may be impossible to put the prop to coarse pitch as...
Forum: Autopilots 05-19-2019, 05:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,278
Posted By flyvans.com
can't believe this is still not standard......

can't believe this is still not standard...

that was about my only gripe about the digiflight II VSGV (later AFS advanced pilot).

managed to solve that deficiency by having vertical power...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2017, 03:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,773
Posted By flyvans.com
hi chad, would be great if you could find some...

hi chad,

would be great if you could find some way to release "legacy" documentation and material (maybe limited to actual product users/owners) on the discontinued products. maybe even with more...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-30-2017, 03:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,863
Posted By flyvans.com
advertising other ignition systems does not...

advertising other ignition systems does not really help the OP, back to topic...

i used to monitor the aerosance fadec developments quite closely around the time of our engine selection...

there...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2017, 05:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,068
Posted By flyvans.com
in terms of the user fee disussions, i can assure...

in terms of the user fee disussions, i can assure you that even though they can be high in some places (mainly in the form of landing fees), it's in my experience not what breaks the bank...
the fuel...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-08-2017, 05:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,665
Posted By flyvans.com
50, 40, 30, 20, 10, retard....! (airbus) cool...

50, 40, 30, 20, 10, retard....! (airbus)
cool project!
just because you can ;-)

keep us posted on the progress!
i always thought on or near wing access panels could be the perfect mounting location...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-09-2017, 03:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,339
Posted By flyvans.com
hey mark, thanks for the great writeup and...

hey mark,

thanks for the great writeup and pics!

i am happy to report that my brownie point bottom line is doing great ;-)
we flew out to the canary islands (tenerife) for a week the next day (via...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2017, 05:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,608
Posted By flyvans.com
Thumbs up another thumbs up for...

another thumbs up for www.embroideryfromphotos.com
saw them at osh long time ago.
ordered twice over the years, kept our design on file, so reordering/second order was no issue whatsoever.
also, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2017, 03:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,484
Posted By flyvans.com
i've only had stuff printed for me so far by an...

i've only had stuff printed for me so far by an online service called shapeways.com, not yet invested in my own printer. upside is you get to choose from more materials than just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2017, 06:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,816
Posted By flyvans.com
hi mark, we are the second RV-7A in...

hi mark,

we are the second RV-7A in birrfeld
always happy to give rides.

let me know.
getting a baby any day, so that will mess up scheduling and time available for flying a bit maybe ;-)

cu bernie
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2016, 07:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 14,066
Posted By flyvans.com
1500' are fine, but also wouldn't want to have...

1500' are fine, but also wouldn't want to have much less available to feel comfortable.
obstacles in the approach path are very important too, almost more important than ground roll/strip size. our...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2016, 03:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 13,238
Posted By flyvans.com
don't know exactly how good the database for the...

don't know exactly how good the database for the u.s. is, but you may want to have a look at pocketfms.com / easyvfr.
that data can be used for afs and dynon systems. i'm having great results here...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2016, 03:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,635
Posted By flyvans.com
still using 2 AFS3400's. great product, hasn't...

still using 2 AFS3400's.
great product, hasn't missed a beat!
Forum: Safety 09-08-2016, 05:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,385
Posted By flyvans.com
p.s. this is in no way meant to suggest you...

p.s. this is in no way meant to suggest you should sell and quit!
Forum: Safety 09-08-2016, 05:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,385
Posted By flyvans.com
interesting topic, david. despite approaching...

interesting topic, david.

despite approaching the topic from the other end of the age bracket, i feel that i can already relate very well...
determining when it's the right time may not be so easy...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-27-2016, 08:38 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 17,330
Posted By flyvans.com
good luck on your journey and keep us updated...

good luck on your journey and keep us updated with pics and reports!
and great job with cutting all the red tape! persistence paying off :-)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2016, 01:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,142
Posted By flyvans.com
Before long, google/spacex will have put up a...

Before long, google/spacex will have put up a worldwide sat-based constellation and facebook is working on a similar project (more HALE UAS based [high altitude long endurance unmanned aerial...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-21-2016, 12:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,090
Posted By flyvans.com
sehr sch?nes flugzeug! gratuliere!!! viel erfolg...

sehr sch?nes flugzeug!
gratuliere!!!

viel erfolg beim erstflug!

(very nice airplane! congratulations! good luck and success with first flight!)

bernie

ein schweizer in LSZF
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2016, 03:26 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 118,779
Posted By flyvans.com
dear scott, i have mainly three points to make,...

dear scott,

i have mainly three points to make, it's not the first time i struggle with some detailed but important aspects of a Van's SB. sorry if it is a little bit of a rant, but i do appreciate...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,213
Posted By flyvans.com
congratulations hank! truly amazing, considering...

congratulations hank!

truly amazing, considering all the hoops that had to be jumped and - literally - "red tape" to be cut!

hope you get to fly her some more!

regards from switzerland,

bernie
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-24-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,666
Posted By flyvans.com
congrats to the nice video, domi! i have to...

congrats to the nice video, domi!

i have to chime in here and make people aware that this is probably the nicest crafted RV i've ever come across! stunningly beautiful work! domi doesn't just drill...
Forum: ADS-B 10-18-2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 21,471
Posted By flyvans.com
glad you guys are picking up this issue! and i...

glad you guys are picking up this issue!

and i wouldn't worry too much about FAA (or even NSA-type agencies, even though this is also an interesting - although for this site maybe too political -...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-18-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,865
Posted By flyvans.com
no, i don't think so... i also have a feeling, in...

no, i don't think so...
i also have a feeling, in many cases, the actual failure is not followed up and the failed alt just replaced (both with the aviation and the automotive parts) or sent in for...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-14-2015, 03:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 17,181
Posted By flyvans.com
alf, disclaimer that we have a nosedragger...

alf,

disclaimer that we have a nosedragger -7A.

i use full flaps all the time, no matter how much wind. (practiced different settings and it is what feels most comfortable overall)
i think it may...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-20-2015, 01:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,441
Posted By flyvans.com
thanks to everyone for the feedback! especially...

thanks to everyone for the feedback!

especially the various links to sources / suppliers. :-)

and
- the ring gear and the pulley are properly aligned -> parallax/foto effect. that's also the reason...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-19-2015, 04:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,441
Posted By flyvans.com
i did check with ATU/online inventory and that...

i did check with ATU/online inventory and that particular alt is "momentan nicht lieferbar".
also, i did find one source in germany, which would have taken about a week to deliver and with...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-19-2015, 01:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,441
Posted By flyvans.com
Another failed Alternator Experience (N.D.) - Any idea where the pulley comes from?

here's the story of our first major electrical hiccup...
with some pictures to help understand and with the hopes to save someone else headaches at some point...

at exactly 300hrs, our alternator...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,316
Posted By flyvans.com
sorry smilin' jack, while it may be an option...

sorry smilin' jack,

while it may be an option for a cessna, oscillating stalls are a guarantee for disaster in an rv!!!! please don't even think about it!

stay safe!

regards,
bernie
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2015, 03:07 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,316
Posted By flyvans.com
my opinion on this subject: don't religiously...

my opinion on this subject:
don't religiously "land straight ahead" nor attempt a hairy turn back to the runway at very low altitude. weigh risks and options in the departure briefing before getting...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-31-2015, 03:40 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 17,129
Posted By flyvans.com
as early adopters of the VP-200, we consciously...

as early adopters of the VP-200, we consciously took that risk... nobody knew for how long/in what form the company or the product would be around...

thanks to Chad/Ballard for being upfront about...
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