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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,858
Posted By John Courte
That's one of the most horrible things I've seen...

That's one of the most horrible things I've seen all year, and the bar for that is pretty high. I don't think I'm there, by any stretch, but I understand the motivation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,858
Posted By John Courte
This is why I'm looking for a CA airplane lawyer....

This is why I'm looking for a CA airplane lawyer. :) They know about this stuff, I don't.

Consensus is that no homebuilder has been successfully sued for building a bad airplane, but I'm just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2020, 07:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,858
Posted By John Courte
The EAA bill of sale is where I'd like to start,...

The EAA bill of sale is where I'd like to start, but after reading a few detailed threads on here, as well as the 6-part series eaa articles about liability...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2020, 06:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,858
Posted By John Courte
RV/Homebuilt-savvy attorney practicing in CA

At long last, N313TD has a potential new owner.

Can anyone recommend an attorney practicing in CA who can draft a purchase contract and a liability release waiver for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,018
Posted By John Courte
This is all great advice and thanks a million....

This is all great advice and thanks a million. Looks like I need to start a massive photo session that is best done during the upcoming annual inspection, when everything is exposed. Lots of work...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,939
Posted By John Courte
Wordpress

I've been using Wordpress pretty much forever. When I first started, I was using some weird open-source thing I can't recall the name of now, but Wordpress was able to ingest the files when I ported...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2019, 04:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,018
Posted By John Courte
Unhappy Advice: How to sell an RV7?

It's looking like it may be time to let go of N313TD.

As much as I love it, there are life changes happening that require... Liquidity. I know I won't ever get back what I put into it, and I...
Forum: Engine Monitors 11-12-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,386
Posted By John Courte
I like MGL for the support and the simplicity of...

I like MGL for the support and the simplicity of the firewall-side EMS module (RDAC). If I was going to do it over, I?d still go MGL, but I?d put the RDAC in a different location.

Builder tip:...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-10-2018, 08:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,767
Posted By John Courte
Brilliant work! I had to make a similar mod...

Brilliant work! I had to make a similar mod earlier this year, but didn't quite get it together with the 3D printing workflow. I still get up to 220 on climb on hot days, but always cruise around...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,226
Posted By John Courte
This seems like one case where "forgiveness vs...

This seems like one case where "forgiveness vs permission" should be strongly biased towards "permission." Just the hassle and possible expense of getting dinged is enough of a deterrent.

On the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2018, 08:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,226
Posted By John Courte
Regs Question: YouTube videos with ads enabled

If I put a flight video up on YouTube and enable monetization from ads, am I in violation of the no-commercial-use portion of the regs?

This article on drones from 2015 would seem to indicate that's...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-28-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,266
Posted By John Courte
+1 for MGL. Nothing but great service and...

+1 for MGL. Nothing but great service and support from Matt in Torrance. My V6 is a great little radio, and my now-ancient Odyssey G2 EFIS can control it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2018, 09:44 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 11,338
Posted By John Courte
My 7 slips just fine. It's not as dramatic as in...

My 7 slips just fine. It's not as dramatic as in the Citabria I took tailwheel lessons in, but it does work.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-14-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,945
Posted By John Courte
Intially, I thought I'd rebuild or IRAN the one I...

Intially, I thought I'd rebuild or IRAN the one I got off eBay. I got as far as taking a jug off at home to check out the camshaft, and as soon as I did, I got the strongest in-over-your-head...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,981
Posted By John Courte
Have you gone for a ride in an RV yet? Like...

Have you gone for a ride in an RV yet? Like others wrote, determine the airplane's mission, but then, see if you can get a hop in the type you think you want to build. A demo at Van's would be...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-31-2017, 11:44 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 868
Posted By John Courte
Best Practices - Bending/twisting angle for making brackets

Hi All,

I'm about to make a few brackets for an oil cooler mount, and I see a lot of examples (some even in the plans) for cutting off a part of one side of aluminum angle and using that to attach...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-29-2017, 01:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,376
Posted By John Courte
Thanks for the advice! Erich, I would love to...

Thanks for the advice!

Erich, I would love to set mine up like yours, but I have some extra tubing in the way due to the taildragger engine mount.

If I move the 4? inlet toward center I have...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-28-2017, 08:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,376
Posted By John Courte
Oil Cooler Duct - Velocity stack worth it?

Hi All,

I'm in the process of putting a larger oil cooler on my -7, remote mounted on the engine mount. I plan to duct it with 4" SCEET from the baffle to a fiberglas plenum on the cooler. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-28-2017, 11:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,815
Posted By John Courte
KPAO is interesting like that, at least it was...

KPAO is interesting like that, at least it was for me last time I took off from there.

There's a low spot in the runway where your wheels leave the ground, then contact it again on the other side of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-29-2017, 06:18 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 72,653
Posted By John Courte
This is an awesome thread. I'm going to...

This is an awesome thread.

I'm going to reexamine all my baffle seals ASAP. I had a really not-fun flight just now with the oil temps going way past my comfortable margin. I'm almost certain that...
Forum: RV-10 05-10-2017, 03:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,300
Posted By John Courte
Congratulations, enjoy!

Congratulations, enjoy!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2017, 01:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,028
Posted By John Courte
I'm using the Robo3D R1 Plus+ at work. 3 slice...

I'm using the Robo3D R1 Plus+ at work. 3 slice engines, easy to set up, decent build volume, and a bargain at $699.

We chose this one because it's the one Google labs reports as being the least...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2017, 07:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,618
Posted By John Courte
Congrats!

It's a great feeling, right? Best wishes to you and your new airplane!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,746
Posted By John Courte
[QUOTE=hgerhardt;1147338]Looks awesome, John!...

[QUOTE=hgerhardt;1147338]Looks awesome, John! Reminds me of our F-20 Tigersharks which were painted BMW code 151, Ascot Gray, which happened to be the color of the F-20 program VP's BMW at the time....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2017, 11:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,746
Posted By John Courte
I have a test plate that they painted for me and...

I have a test plate that they painted for me and a can containing the remaining paint. I fully anticipate the need for matching if I have to do something else down the road.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2017, 09:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,746
Posted By John Courte
This is what it looks like painted

It turned out nice! I have to reattach the gear fairings and wheel pants. I bought a set of RV Bits fairings and had them paint those, which means I have to do some installation work. But I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2017, 01:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 10,290
Posted By John Courte
I used it for my MGL SP2/SP4 combo. I used...

I used it for my MGL SP2/SP4 combo. I used aluminum standoffs and brass screws and it's been working fine so far.

But to be honest, if I was to do it again, i'd just stick them both to the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-29-2017, 10:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,746
Posted By John Courte
Thanks! Much appreciated!

Thanks! Much appreciated!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-29-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,746
Posted By John Courte
Hex Flap Rod Replacement

Hi all,

What's the Van's part number for the RV-9 flap pushrod? I want to put a set on my -7. The Avery replacement is no longer available, because there is no longer an Avery Tools. :(

Are the hex...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2016, 07:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,746
Posted By John Courte
I love this forum! Thanks so much for the info....

I love this forum! Thanks so much for the info.

I won't shoot this myself. I don't have the skills, the time, or the facilities. But this will help me work with a paint shop to get the color I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2016, 06:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,746
Posted By John Courte
Your 6 looks fantastic. You shot that yourself,...

Your 6 looks fantastic. You shot that yourself, if I recall, right?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2016, 04:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,746
Posted By John Courte
That looks promising, but I wonder if it's the...

That looks promising, but I wonder if it's the same paint and not a matched color. Might be worth ordering a sample to check out.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2016, 04:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,746
Posted By John Courte
Paint- BMW Singapore Grey

I know nothing about paint. but I've finally decided to think about painting my -7. Unfortunately, I seem to have latched on to the most unobtainable (as far as I know) color in the known universe....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-15-2016, 09:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 12,485
Posted By John Courte
I went with Stewart Systems Eko-Kote. the paint...

I went with Stewart Systems Eko-Kote. the paint is great and is holding up fine, but the process was a nightmare. Read on if you dare...

http://stjohn.openbar.com/airplane/?p=243
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-21-2016, 11:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,422
Posted By John Courte
Hi Bill, Apologies for the delay in response, I...

Hi Bill,

Apologies for the delay in response, I tend to go underground for long periods as work gets intense, then come up for air occasionally.

#1: I have the standard Van's 7-row oil cooler,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-17-2016, 10:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,422
Posted By John Courte
Thanks for all this info, much appreciated!

Thanks for all this info, much appreciated!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-05-2016, 08:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,422
Posted By John Courte
Mounting oil cooler on engine mount

I'm at the end of my rope with high oil temperatures. Baffles are sealing fine, and I can't see light from below the engine except through the fins.

I assume that the airflow coming in on the left...
Forum: California 06-06-2016, 09:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,907
Posted By John Courte
Wow, I have no idea where I got that number. But...

Wow, I have no idea where I got that number. But I remembered it from somewhere, which is why I gave it to them over the phone. I wasn't near my computer at the time, so I suppose my number was...
Forum: California 06-04-2016, 10:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,907
Posted By John Courte
KSMO Landing Fees - Check your invoice

This is pretty niche/local, so if you don't ever plan on flying to/from KSMO, (but you should!), please disregard.

KSMO contracts with Vector Airport Systems to handle the landing fee system...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-24-2015, 03:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 10,057
Posted By John Courte
Skis. Fishing poles. Golf clubs. Long, light...

Skis. Fishing poles. Golf clubs. Long, light things that won't fit otherwise.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-26-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,636
Posted By John Courte
Congrats! Enjoy the results of your efforts!

Congrats! Enjoy the results of your efforts!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-01-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,700
Posted By John Courte
I did.

I put in a backup mechanical oil pressure gauge. Glad I did.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,801
Posted By John Courte
Congratulations on your first flight!

Congratulations on your first flight!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-11-2015, 02:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,506
Posted By John Courte
I listed it on FleaBay for $135. Thanks for the...

I listed it on FleaBay for $135. Thanks for the info!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-09-2015, 12:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,506
Posted By John Courte
What is a sump worth?

Looking for a ballpark figure for what my old take-off sump is worth.

I have an O-360-F1A6 sump with no data plate that I took off my engine to convert it to cold air induction FI.

I've looked on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,863
Posted By John Courte
The FM200 will need some fiberglass work, and the...

The FM200 will need some fiberglass work, and the 2007 and prior snorkels often needed modification just to fit at all. Some folks cut them in half in the middle and re-glassed them back together,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-13-2015, 02:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,587
Posted By John Courte
Another TD flies!

Congratulations! One of the most amazing experiences in the world is flying a plane you built yourself. Enjoy!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,858
Posted By John Courte
Thanks very much for the info. Whether or not I...

Thanks very much for the info. Whether or not I go for permanent residency will be determined by how the job works out.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2015, 09:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,858
Posted By John Courte
Canadian Registration of US Aircraft

Do I have to register my -7 in Canada if I'm not a Canadian citizen?

There's a possibility I might be moving to Vancouver, BC for work. This came up once before, but it's a lot more likely...
Forum: California 04-03-2015, 08:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,468
Posted By John Courte
Santa Monica's nice. Typhoon at KSMO has...

Santa Monica's nice. Typhoon at KSMO has amazing Asian fusion fare and a spectacular view of the runway. There's also the pier, the Promenade, the beach, and for epic people-watching, go a little...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2015, 06:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,788
Posted By John Courte
I've always been partial to AO Eyewear, but maybe...

I've always been partial to AO Eyewear, but maybe that's more of a family tradition (2 Vietnam-era pilots in the family).

http://www.aoeyewearonline.com/

Other than that, I really like the Ray Ban...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,266
Posted By John Courte
This is exactly how it went for me. The FSDO...

This is exactly how it went for me. The FSDO inspector asked me on the phone, "did you build over 50% of it?" and "can you prove it?"

I think the 50%+ was just some number he figured would satisfy...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-19-2015, 03:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,024
Posted By John Courte
I wish I had that kind of focus available to...

I wish I had that kind of focus available to focus on my project. :D

My 7QB took 8 years.
Forum: Safety 03-18-2015, 05:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,604
Posted By John Courte
I think we're all agreed that taking selfies with...

I think we're all agreed that taking selfies with a cell phone camera in situations of high pilot workload, questionable environmental conditions, and higher-risk phases of flight is a stellar...
Forum: Safety 03-18-2015, 09:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,604
Posted By John Courte
Selfies in flight - legal or not?

With regard to the pilot operating a camera in the cockpit while flying, in the context of the FARs that govern our operations:

Is it legal or is it not?

I just got barked at in the comments on my...
Forum: California 03-15-2015, 04:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,106
Posted By John Courte
SLO = FUN

A great weekend in SLO, thanks for all your help!

We did a picnic along the river in town, hiked the Johnson Ranch Open space, visited the Hearst Castle, checked out the Mission, and took a short...
Forum: California 03-12-2015, 08:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,106
Posted By John Courte
Thanks for the tips! If you're at KSBP after...

Thanks for the tips!

If you're at KSBP after noon on Friday and you see an unpainted 7 with an OD green cowl and black spinner, that's me.
Forum: California 03-12-2015, 04:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,106
Posted By John Courte
Smile What's there to do in San Luis Obispo?

We're flying up to KSBP from KSMO tomorrow (after the presidential TFR's lift) and parking the plane at the Jet Center.

I was wondering what fun things there are to do in the San Luis Obispo area...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2015, 04:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,941
Posted By John Courte
Nice shot with the Mustang coming up over the...

Nice shot with the Mustang coming up over the peak of the barn as well. :D

Or is that a fancy weathervane? 15 years in visual effects and I'm having trouble telling.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-25-2015, 08:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,109
Posted By John Courte
I think I have a local source for livestock...

I think I have a local source for livestock syringes as well. thanks!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-24-2015, 09:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,109
Posted By John Courte
I have managed to get to some places with a...

I have managed to get to some places with a finger, but not all.

Randy, I'll look for the pressurized hi-temp silicone at the O Reilly on my way to work tomorrow, thanks!

I'm right on the bubble. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-24-2015, 06:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,109
Posted By John Courte
RTV in hard-to-reach places?

Hi All,

I'm still chasing down some cooling gremlins and I think I'm pretty close, but I would love to hear any and all advice, tips, tricks, and workarounds for getting RTV into really tight places...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2015, 08:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,652
Posted By John Courte
I had the AOA and pitot lines swapped. No...

I had the AOA and pitot lines swapped. No airspeed indication in flight, but I got one on the ground (taildragger). Not exactly a big deal, and easily corrected before the 2nd flight.
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-16-2015, 04:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,578
Posted By John Courte
Congrats! Enjoy the new ship!

Congrats! Enjoy the new ship!
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