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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 23,623
Posted By jjconstant
Ask the locals who fly lots of IMC

I think one thing that may be being overlooked is what the reliability of GPS signals is, from a local perspective.

I have talked to numerous folks who regularly fly from Livermore to Southern...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-29-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,106
Posted By jjconstant
Tremendously helpful Mark...thanks! I?m on my way...

Tremendously helpful Mark...thanks! I?m on my way to the airport to dig through it all. I did as you suggested initially with my old configuration, but the new one is so different it didn?t help!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-29-2018, 12:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,106
Posted By jjconstant
Hi Mike I'm happy for us to figure out a...

Hi Mike

I'm happy for us to figure out a reasonable exchange via PM but I can't make any assurances as to how useful it will be...after all, I replaced it because it was well past "starting" to go...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-27-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,106
Posted By jjconstant
GRT configuration

I'm in the middle of an avionics upgrade and can't seem to find the info I'm looking for to configure my GRT Sport EX/Horizon EX.

I used to have a Garmin 300xl, Sl30 and the internal GPS for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,239
Posted By jjconstant
Sam's a unique kinda guy!:D And the guy who flew...

Sam's a unique kinda guy!:D And the guy who flew to Portland to give my my first IFR training last year on the way back from the Van's fly-in. You may be able to read about it soon in Kitplanes!
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-19-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,093
Posted By jjconstant
I can't remember which one I have but I...

I can't remember which one I have but I purchased a positioning system 10 years ago and use it. The fact is that there is a bit of flexibility because when you install it there is a notched rod that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2018, 11:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,605
Posted By jjconstant
I?ve had 3 VDO fuel pressure senders fail. All...

I?ve had 3 VDO fuel pressure senders fail. All failures resulted in an abnormally high fuel pressure reading.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-14-2018, 10:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,459
Posted By jjconstant
Based on one close up of one area, the canopy, I...

Based on one close up of one area, the canopy, I would stay well clear of this one. It is delaminating and that is a structural issue. If the canopy flies off in flight, I don?t think it would be...
Forum: Safety 08-12-2018, 09:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,913
Posted By jjconstant
Element Fire Extinguisher?

Has anyone heard of or used one of these for fire extinguishing?https://elementfire.com

They seem to be marketing for automotive uses but the notion of using a pyrotechic device inside an aircraft...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,260
Posted By jjconstant
When I started my instrument rating my instructor...

When I started my instrument rating my instructor pointed out that in a glass cockpit, with a total electrical failure a whiskey compass will still work. If you don?t have one because you were...
Forum: RV-14 07-24-2018, 02:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,964
Posted By jjconstant
There are a couple of ways of making decisions...

There are a couple of ways of making decisions like this. It is important to differentiate between rational decisions and emotional decisions. Before anyone ?poo-poos? emotional decisions as valid,...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-25-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 25,167
Posted By jjconstant
Oh, goodie!!! Another Vlad adventure story...I...

Oh, goodie!!! Another Vlad adventure story...I can't wait!:)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2018, 06:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,095
Posted By jjconstant
I just recently got this kind of clamp and it is...

I just recently got this kind of clamp and it is very useful. I?ve used it for adel clamps and as a clamp for holding nuts in hard to reach...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2018, 09:28 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,681
Posted By jjconstant
Talking I think I have it figured out: If you're wiring a...

I think I have it figured out: If you're wiring a slider on a taildragger, you prime the crimped connectors, but if you're wiring a tip up on a trike you don't prime the solder connectors!:)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,681
Posted By jjconstant
Nice link Paul...thanks.I'm starting to believe...

Nice link Paul...thanks.I'm starting to believe that the solder vs. crimp threads should probably be moved to the never ending debates section!:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,309
Posted By jjconstant
copied from another thread...

I have the same grips (when I bought them they were CH products) and would offer a cautionary tale: In my original build I used every switch, including using the small low-profile one on the front of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-11-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,037
Posted By jjconstant
I also have GRT equipment, love it and am happy...

I also have GRT equipment, love it and am happy with their support on the phone. I actually prefer to be able to talk to someone on the phone, while sitting in the plane pushing the buttons they are...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-11-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,428
Posted By jjconstant
It's probably just me, but I found that when I...

It's probably just me, but I found that when I had accounted for all the grounds I thought I would need, and installed a "forest of tabs" that accommodated that number, it was woefully inadequate. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2018, 02:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,433
Posted By jjconstant
You?re absolutely right, I have a tip up. It...

You?re absolutely right, I have a tip up. It makes sense that the ferrous metal in the slider frame will affect the magnetometer when open vs. closed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,433
Posted By jjconstant
I made an aluminum hanger and shelf and it is...

I made an aluminum hanger and shelf and it is attached to the longeron that runs along the top of the fuselage, just behind the baggage bulkhead. The 2 magnetometers sit on this shelf. This location...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-09-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,577
Posted By jjconstant
You can always count on Mahlon!

You can always count on Mahlon!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-27-2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,367
Posted By jjconstant
I like the ability to run lean of peak, so I did...

I like the ability to run lean of peak, so I did the GAMI process, bought 1 injector that was .0005 larger diameter for the hottest cylinder that wouldn’t come into line after methodical swapping and...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 05-22-2018, 10:58 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 15,103
Posted By jjconstant
Thanks for the link...I do find it ironic that...

Thanks for the link...I do find it ironic that when I clicked on a link about Notams for GPS outages, there was basically a notam about notam outages!

?FAASafety.gov Currently Undergoing...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 05-22-2018, 10:04 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 15,103
Posted By jjconstant
This is all very timely for me. I started my...

This is all very timely for me. I started my instrument training in Sept and it was put on hold due to my 300xl dying. I'm in the middle of an extensive rework of the panel with an ifd440 becoming my...
Forum: Safety 05-20-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,277
Posted By jjconstant
Plus one for GRT integration! I have the old...

Plus one for GRT integration! I have the old Proprietary Software Systems AOA Sport (before they were bought by Advanced Flight Systems) and would love to have useful aural info before the "angle,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 16,514
Posted By jjconstant
I think you may have inadvertently answered your...

I think you may have inadvertently answered your own question. "Reassuring" can be translated as "stress reducing" and I've never known that to be a bad thing to have available. There are many other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2018, 09:58 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,849
Posted By jjconstant
I have an RV7A and successfully retrofited a...

I have an RV7A and successfully retrofited a Steward Warner10599 onto the rear baffle where the standard Vans oil cooler had been installed. I had climb limiting oil temp issues right from the first...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2018, 11:11 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 18,913
Posted By jjconstant
Another approach is to send the nose wheel and...

Another approach is to send the nose wheel and tire off to Anti Splat and have them do their modifications which include changing to sealed bearings, truing the tire and doing a really good dynamic...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 02-05-2018, 10:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,066
Posted By jjconstant
The photo appears to show the anti splat nose job...

The photo appears to show the anti splat nose job saddle to be to one side and forward of where it is supposed to be. The only way I can picture that happening is when there is not only an overload...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-01-2018, 04:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,891
Posted By jjconstant
I did the upgrade from 2 WS screens to a Sport EX...

I did the upgrade from 2 WS screens to a Sport EX and a Horizon EX. I kept the single legacy AHRS and legacy magnetometer and those feed the Horizon. The Sport has a built in AHRS and I connected the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2018, 10:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,017
Posted By jjconstant
Talking Fabricate ingress/egress hatch, sized for a 7...

Fabricate ingress/egress hatch, sized for a 7 year old so that once you realize what you forgot, you can utilize an appropriately sized 7 year old to crawl down the tail cone!:)
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-01-2017, 08:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,844
Posted By jjconstant
I am just doing my training and am doing it in my...

I am just doing my training and am doing it in my 7A. Currently using approach speeds of 90kts with 10 degrees of flaps, 2300 rpm. 13" of manifold pressure keeps me level and 10" gives me 500fpm...
Forum: GPS 11-01-2017, 08:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,888
Posted By jjconstant
Do you intend to fly IFR? Can you guarantee that...

Do you intend to fly IFR? Can you guarantee that you won't get caught VFR on top? Is most of your flying in the flats or is there terrain where you fly most? How about obstructions? I really wouldn't...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2017, 11:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,560
Posted By jjconstant
As someone who spent way too much time messing...

As someone who spent way too much time messing with static port shape and location (first version was part of a heated pitot tube with a static vent on it as well, that caused auto pilot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2017, 09:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,862
Posted By jjconstant
I did exactly this on my 7A. My reason was to try...

I did exactly this on my 7A. My reason was to try to address high cylinder temperatures. It helped by about 5 to 10 degrees F. It does add some steps in the nose gear inspection. If you want to see...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2017, 09:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 16,193
Posted By jjconstant
I understand your desire to head off as many...

I understand your desire to head off as many "problems" as possible during construction, but I think it would be best to embrace the notion of build, then test, then adjust. I speak from experience...
Forum: ADS-B 09-02-2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,939
Posted By jjconstant
I did both: stratus for faa blessed adsb out and...

I did both: stratus for faa blessed adsb out and in to foreflight and a stratux box for adsb in to my grt sport and horizon, giving me audio alerts and traffic on pfd and mfd. I do remember a saying...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-31-2017, 09:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,886
Posted By jjconstant
I'm having a great time getting back into student...

I'm having a great time getting back into student mode with my instrument training. Today's lesson was a quick flash back because of all the smoke around Livermore...lot's of requests for pop up...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-31-2017, 08:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,905
Posted By jjconstant
I used a Grand Rapids Technologies 2 screen WS...

I used a Grand Rapids Technologies 2 screen WS Horizon system for 8 years and loved it. Several generations later and I just upgraded to the Grand Rapids Sport EX and Horizon EX and am really...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-25-2017, 05:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,886
Posted By jjconstant
Thanks Jeff! Yup, the photo with your wing looks...

Thanks Jeff! Yup, the photo with your wing looks a lot like what I was flying through, although in my case the "high clouds" closed in around me, because of where I was, it turned out to be another...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-25-2017, 04:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,886
Posted By jjconstant
Jeff: I would love to see the photos you got of...

Jeff: I would love to see the photos you got of the smoke but for some reason they're not showing up on my screen. Anybody able to see them or is it just me?
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-25-2017, 12:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,886
Posted By jjconstant
...continued from previous post

...By this time, I was exhausted from flying for two hours while under a lot of stress. I thought ?screw this, turn around, beg for a bed and look at your options on the ground.? Air traffic control...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-25-2017, 12:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,886
Posted By jjconstant
Confessions of an Instrument Rating Procrastinator

I just got back from a more-eventful-than-expected trip to attend the Vans Homecoming and witness the eclipse. My annual trip to Sun Valley ID for the Sun Valley Summer Symphony had just concluded...
Forum: RV-14 07-24-2017, 09:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,037
Posted By jjconstant
I installed Amsafe inertial reels in my RV7A. I'm...

I installed Amsafe inertial reels in my RV7A. I'm not sure they sell to experimentals anymore but I really like them. If you use the supplied cables then the inertial reels will be forward of the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-14-2017, 09:27 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,908
Posted By jjconstant
One wrinkle: as I understand it (not instrument...

One wrinkle: as I understand it (not instrument rated yet), you need to verify that the missed approach point for an ILS approach doesn't require an ADF or IFR appproved gps to identify the missed...
Forum: ADS-B 04-28-2017, 09:26 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 47,247
Posted By jjconstant
I am about to be doing this upgrade. Regarding...

I am about to be doing this upgrade. Regarding the cable length...not having read the manual yet, is it really a minimum length and not a maximim? If I have a shorter run of RG 400 it won't meet the...
Forum: RV-3 04-21-2017, 04:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,285
Posted By jjconstant
You don't have to go out of state, just away from...

You don't have to go out of state, just away from the 9 Bay Counties that drain into the SF Bay. T and P is in Salinas, I believe in Monterey county and is fully legal and does fantastic paint jobs...
Forum: RV-3 04-20-2017, 11:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,285
Posted By jjconstant
T&P

Many of us at Livermore have gotten fantastic paint jobs from Juan at T&P Aero Refinishers in Salinas.
Forum: Safety 04-16-2017, 01:40 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 51,554
Posted By jjconstant
great info...thanks!

great info...thanks!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2017, 11:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,720
Posted By jjconstant
When I was first flying and testing my RV7A I...

When I was first flying and testing my RV7A I spent a huge amount of time chasing gear leg vibration and shimmy that would come and go and everything I tried was variable. Even though the original...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2017, 04:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,443
Posted By jjconstant
Artex ELT 345

I'm going to be upgrading to the 406Mhz Artex 345 Elt. I think it has a built in GPS but I can't find the info on their website and I'm trying to find out if it has a separate gps antenna. I need to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2017, 04:24 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 11,547
Posted By jjconstant
Congratulations Paul! Prepare yourself for an...

Congratulations Paul! Prepare yourself for an endless barrage of questions regarding everything from....oh wait....you get those anyway!:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2017, 10:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,671
Posted By jjconstant
Wait, aren't the young, flexible kids the ones...

Wait, aren't the young, flexible kids the ones that are supposed to go in the tail cone and under the instrument panel?:D Congrats!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2017, 12:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,920
Posted By jjconstant
I, and I think a few others on the forum,...

I, and I think a few others on the forum, "tested" our flaps similarly at some point:D When I inquired one of the responses was that when, not if, it happens the recommendation was to slow to flap...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2017, 06:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,746
Posted By jjconstant
I must say i that the first time I saw an RV 10...

I must say i that the first time I saw an RV 10 putting the wings on without having to be inside the fuselage, I was jealous. The 14 does the same and that alone to me would be reason enough to go...
Forum: Safety 02-10-2017, 09:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,892
Posted By jjconstant
Great post. I'm about to install an EFIS with...

Great post. I'm about to install an EFIS with Synthetic Vision and start my instrument training. Really good to know about failure modes and where to look! Thanks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2017, 10:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,589
Posted By jjconstant
Maybe paint a smiley face on the big red light:D

Maybe paint a smiley face on the big red light:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2017, 01:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,825
Posted By jjconstant
I had a similar problem with my WW200RV after...

I had a similar problem with my WW200RV after sending it to a WW factory authorized repair place. After the third time I spoke at length with the factory and after carefully describing the symptoms...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-06-2017, 09:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,919
Posted By jjconstant
I went with targa...one layer of carbon and two...

I went with targa...one layer of carbon and two layers of fiberglass. I like the look and it did help with added stiffening. I haven't flown in much rain so I don't know if it helped in that area but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2017, 11:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 26,009
Posted By jjconstant
Great video...THANK YOU! Fulfilling the...

Great video...THANK YOU!

Fulfilling the "education" component of "education and recreation".:)
Forum: Flight Testing 01-01-2017, 11:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,937
Posted By jjconstant
Also test the difference between glide at flat...

Also test the difference between glide at flat pitch and glide at coarse pitch.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2016, 07:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,781
Posted By jjconstant
In my experince the random combinations of...

In my experince the random combinations of airspeed and airframe vibrations produced consiberable "jello effect". Eliminating or reducing one of those factors helps to minimize the chances of poor...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-08-2016, 12:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,879
Posted By jjconstant
In my case I used what was supplied by Vans. My...

In my case I used what was supplied by Vans. My decision was made easy by the admonition from many people that, of all the places to deviate from the plans, the fuel system should be off limits...
Forum: Safety 11-03-2016, 06:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 15,963
Posted By jjconstant
One way to deal with big egos is to appeal to...

One way to deal with big egos is to appeal to their sense of superiority. A friend at Livermore used to fly a lot of formation in Texas. They used to have one guy who always did a roll on takeoff....
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