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Forum: RV-14 Today, 07:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,642
Posted By Snowflake
The discussion was about shoving the throttle in...

The discussion was about shoving the throttle in quickly on a go-around vs. pushing it in slower and/or not pushing it in all the way.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs Yesterday, 09:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 763
Posted By Snowflake
Well timed. I flew that day too. :) That's...

Well timed. I flew that day too. :)


That's what I thought was the case. I haven't tried going anywhere off the island during the restrictions and wondered if anyone would say anything if I tried.
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 09:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,642
Posted By Snowflake
I don't think anyone is suggesting that one...

I don't think anyone is suggesting that one should use less than full power in any emergency... Applying full power by shoving the throttle forward quickly, however, can cause some engines to stumble...
Forum: Safety 05-08-2021, 09:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,795
Posted By Snowflake
I'm not so sure about that. The visible riveting...

I'm not so sure about that. The visible riveting job looks fine, although hard to see in the small photos. These two questionable mods are clearly not part of the original build.

Aftermarket mods...
Forum: Safety 05-08-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,791
Posted By Snowflake
Keep in mind that the A in ABC includes you. ...

Keep in mind that the A in ABC includes you. Commonly referred to as "screaming Alpha."
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-08-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 763
Posted By Snowflake
Did any of the terminal controllers, or NavCanada...

Did any of the terminal controllers, or NavCanada when you filed the flight plan, say anything about flying between health regions during a ban on travel between health regions?
Forum: RV-14 05-08-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,642
Posted By Snowflake
Normal on the -6 as well. I find it helps to go...

Normal on the -6 as well. I find it helps to go to 10 degrees flap first, and do a coarse trim adjustment to reduce the stick forces. Then zero the flap and do a final trim adjust. I'm working...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-05-2021, 03:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 957
Posted By Snowflake
FWIW, my non-stiffened tip-up was 18 years old...

FWIW, my non-stiffened tip-up was 18 years old when the (poorly) factory-welded brackets where the front rib section connects to the pivot arms failed on both sides. It seems pretty clear to me that...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-05-2021, 03:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 995
Posted By Snowflake
Darin, it might help to know if any work...

Darin, it might help to know if any work (prep/assembly) has been completed on the kits, or if they are untouched beyond inventory.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2021, 07:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,226
Posted By Snowflake
Apparently, with lots of product testing. :)

Apparently, with lots of product testing. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 08:44 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,438
Posted By Snowflake
I suspect now that the main skins aft of the spar...

I suspect now that the main skins aft of the spar are all riveted in place, that the structure is quite rigid. You could probably do the entire repair without removing the wing from the plane,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,438
Posted By Snowflake
That was my first thought as well... Couldn't the...

That was my first thought as well... Couldn't the darn bird have hit another foot inboard? :P Although from a resulting fuel leak perspective, that may not have been preferable...
Forum: RV-14 04-30-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 682
Posted By Snowflake
Stop enabling bad service from MD-RA. They...

Stop enabling bad service from MD-RA. They cannot request anything that isn't backed up by the CARs, and every time someone backs down and "just does it" to get their inspection passed, it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 07:39 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,226
Posted By Snowflake
Direct link, to save the hype and the searching: ...

Direct link, to save the hype and the searching: https://antisplataero.com/products/asa-ez-oil-filter-drain

Basically it's a way to blow compressed air into your oil filter to rapid-drain the oil...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-28-2021, 07:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 400
Posted By Snowflake
Have you contacted them post-sale to report that...

Have you contacted them post-sale to report that the cable didn't come in to your specification?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-24-2021, 09:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 437
Posted By Snowflake
My 8" Galaxy S2 has been excellent. Its getting...

My 8" Galaxy S2 has been excellent. Its getting a little long in the tooth now, but still runs FltPlanGo perfectly. I'd like to upgrade it but haven't researched what the current 7-8" screen tablet...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2021, 07:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,773
Posted By Snowflake
The situation isn't any better in Canada. Our...

The situation isn't any better in Canada. Our regs refer to letters being in a "Roman Font" which an inspector told me means letters have to be in "Times Roman" like you'd see on your computer...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-18-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 842
Posted By Snowflake
A minimum of ADS-B out doesn't mean he needs...

A minimum of ADS-B out doesn't mean he needs ADS-B *in* at all.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-17-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,305
Posted By Snowflake
Maybe consider that the fact that it's out of...

Maybe consider that the fact that it's out of their control means they can't give you the straight answer you want.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-17-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 842
Posted By Snowflake
First thought is: Why? If the concern is cost,...

First thought is: Why?

If the concern is cost, and the plan is to upgrade later, why not install some steam gauges instead or as well? They're available used dirt cheap these days, and won't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2021, 07:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,945
Posted By Snowflake
Only if the video was filmed on April 1st......

Only if the video was filmed on April 1st... :)

I'll hold out for a tapered-wing RV-6. That's probably why they've been holding back on RV-6 parts for the last few years, they want to have a lot of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 07:48 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,229
Posted By Snowflake
I used to commute and travel on motorcycles,...

I used to commute and travel on motorcycles, first a 1984 Honda Nighthawk and then a 1996 VFR. Not long after getting the RV I switched jobs to something closer to home and started cycling to work...
Forum: RV-14 04-10-2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,930
Posted By Snowflake
A comment on this as it hasn't been mentioned...

A comment on this as it hasn't been mentioned yet. Mounting a fire extinguisher on the *front* side of any structure is fine if you only expect to use it because of an unexpected fire on the ground...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-10-2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,892
Posted By Snowflake
I think I understand the intent, but these two...

I think I understand the intent, but these two requirements do seem a little contradictory. Have to be able to find it blind, but it must be labelled so you can see it. :P
Forum: ADS-B 04-08-2021, 07:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,642
Posted By Snowflake
On the StratuX (not StratuS) boxes, you can enter...

On the StratuX (not StratuS) boxes, you can enter your hex code in the settings so it can filter that as an ownship. The data never gets to Foreflight, FltPlanGo, etc. as it's filtered right in the...
Forum: ADS-B 04-05-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,642
Posted By Snowflake
They probably ask you to confirm because there...

They probably ask you to confirm because there are a lot more people flying formation in RV's than in Cessnas...
Forum: RV-14 04-05-2021, 07:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,326
Posted By Snowflake
After you've installed a Lycoming in your RV,...

After you've installed a Lycoming in your RV, Van's doesn't "support" it either. Lycoming does. With a worldwide network of service centers and available parts.

How many people worldwide can look...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-04-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 951
Posted By Snowflake
As someone flying a 30 year old RV, I would...

As someone flying a 30 year old RV, I would advise against anything that reams the hinges out at all. They will get loose over time on their own, just through the repeated action of removing and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,182
Posted By Snowflake
Here in Canada the primary reasons for putting a...

Here in Canada the primary reasons for putting a private airplane into a corporation are for privacy and tax avoidance. We have no "use tax" on airplanes, but there are sales taxes on new and used...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 12,384
Posted By Snowflake
Correct on the first part... Lottery winnings are...

Correct on the first part... Lottery winnings are not taxable income in Canada (although I think you do have to declare them, they just get zeroed off at the end).

The "typical workaround" has...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-25-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,632
Posted By Snowflake
Keep in mind that weather-sealed connectors like...

Keep in mind that weather-sealed connectors like Deutsch are also good at keeping moisture *in*. In an engine compartment that heats up and cools down, condensation is a thing.
Forum: Canada 03-23-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,211
Posted By Snowflake
Low time investment, higher cost: Buy a kit of...

Low time investment, higher cost: Buy a kit of tools from one of the US suppliers. You will get a good set of tools that will do the job, and you can start building.

Higher time investment, lower...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-22-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,127
Posted By Snowflake
FreeCad will work in low-powered systems, it's...

FreeCad will work in low-powered systems, it's lower overhead to start with (https://www.freecadweb.org/). It definitely has the drawing capability, but it is designed primarily to be a 3D modeller...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 528,900
Posted By Snowflake
On the outside, sure... But on the inside?

On the outside, sure... But on the inside?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-21-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,127
Posted By Snowflake
As someone pointed out above, Solidworks is free...

As someone pointed out above, Solidworks is free with your EAA subscription. The files you make will all be branded as coming from the "Educational version" though.

FreeCAD is a completely free,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 528,900
Posted By Snowflake
Apart from the extra material to make it,...

Apart from the extra material to make it, why?

Couldn't the inside part just be made taller, to give the thickness required for an insert at the thin end? The other side would be extra thick, but...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-19-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,632
Posted By Snowflake
And yet... You don't hear of a lot of failures of...

And yet... You don't hear of a lot of failures of those. Despite being on an engine.

The green Phoenix connectors (screw down type) are essentially crimp terminals, with the crimp being provided by...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-17-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,005
Posted By Snowflake
It's not that the -9 is more slippery, it's that...

It's not that the -9 is more slippery, it's that the wing on the -9 is that much more efficient. It needs to be slowed down farther before descent starts happening.
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-16-2021, 07:52 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,592
Posted By Snowflake
I was told once that power tells you how fast...

I was told once that power tells you how fast you'll hit the wall. Torque tells you how far you'll move it.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-15-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,676
Posted By Snowflake
Unfortunately not. You're still looking at...

Unfortunately not.

You're still looking at increasing the load and bending moment at the wing root to the aerobatic region... The spar carry-through needs to carry that additional load and it wasn't...
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-11-2021, 07:46 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,939
Posted By Snowflake
Consider cars with Iternal Combustion vs....

Consider cars with Iternal Combustion vs. Electric drive. If you're looking to win a race, do you want a 200HP ICE? Or do you want a 200HP Electric? The peak HP is the same, but the torque curve...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-09-2021, 07:52 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,051
Posted By Snowflake
The dash on the -6 and -7 isn't anywhere near...

The dash on the -6 and -7 isn't anywhere near deep enough for it. The piece with the hud screen on it will barely fit between the glareshield and the front canopy. Which means everything else...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-04-2021, 07:41 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 14,305
Posted By Snowflake
Airbox and cowl, no. But your throttle/mixture...

Airbox and cowl, no. But your throttle/mixture cables will change as the actuation geometry is different. Also, as mentioned, you'll need a cable or servo (and possibly some mechanical linkage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 528,900
Posted By Snowflake
Don't sell yourself short... You rolled a pretty...

Don't sell yourself short... You rolled a pretty nice piece of bling out of the way to take the photo...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-04-2021, 07:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 866
Posted By Snowflake
I saw an all- (or mostly-) black RV at the NWEAA...

I saw an all- (or mostly-) black RV at the NWEAA fly-in in Arlington, WA a number of years back. After sitting in the hot sun all day, the top surface of the wings looked like an upholstered chair. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-03-2021, 07:58 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 15,051
Posted By Snowflake
Have you tried putting it on your glareshield? ...

Have you tried putting it on your glareshield? It takes up rather a lot of space, and overhangs the edge. Unless you're referring to the Hudly Lite, which only offers Speed and RPM... Not sure if...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-03-2021, 07:51 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 31,055
Posted By Snowflake
Here are some shots of the 3" instrument (in a...

Here are some shots of the 3" instrument (in a prototype case) showing some of the different screens that we've been working on. It's been fun working on this project with Vern, I look forward to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,537
Posted By Snowflake
Fingers crossed they don't destroy the airframe...

Fingers crossed they don't destroy the airframe trying to flip it back over.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2021, 05:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 736
Posted By Snowflake
Wow, nice! And I like the paint scheme, too......

Wow, nice! And I like the paint scheme, too... Haven't seen that done before, it's always nice to see something new.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,602
Posted By Snowflake
Came in here to post this method. And i'll go...

Came in here to post this method. And i'll go one further: If your scales are a little thin, you can let air out of the nosewheel to get it down lower.

(and as an aside, for Tailwheel aircraft the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,545
Posted By Snowflake
I use a spreadsheet that I developed years ago. ...

I use a spreadsheet that I developed years ago. Calculates totals and currencies on types as well. PM me an email address and i'll send you a copy.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-26-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,074
Posted By Snowflake
The engine technology isn't going to progress...

The engine technology isn't going to progress anywhere near as fast as the avionics are. Engine first, Avionics about a picosecond before you want to hit the starter for the first time if you want...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,647
Posted By Snowflake
It's well established that sharing incidental...

It's well established that sharing incidental flight costs is perfectly legal for a private pilot and in an amateur-built aircraft as well.

You can't total up your hangar costs, insurance costs,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2021, 08:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 704
Posted By Snowflake
If you can google the authors and find contact...

If you can google the authors and find contact info, you can email or call them directly and ask for a copy. Most of the time you'll get a PDF back to your mailbox. The Authors get none of the...
Forum: Interiors 02-13-2021, 08:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,956
Posted By Snowflake
Jay, it may just be the perspective in the photos...

Jay, it may just be the perspective in the photos that's tricking my eyes, but that Tosten grip looks like it's *really* high off the seat. Did you cut down the stick tube at all or did you just...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-11-2021, 07:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,163
Posted By Snowflake
I can only think of one RV built near me that...

I can only think of one RV built near me that flew before painting. Most of the others were painted before they came to the airport, a few were painted in a shop on the airport.

I always cringe...
Forum: Canada 02-10-2021, 07:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 910
Posted By Snowflake
A lot of that will be due to COVID, just getting...

A lot of that will be due to COVID, just getting registration transferred on an airplane that's already here could take 3-6months right now... Transport is working on a less-than-skeleton crew it...
Forum: Canada 02-09-2021, 07:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 910
Posted By Snowflake
There's a lot more for sale in the US, and...

There's a lot more for sale in the US, and importing isn't that difficult.

And welcome to VAF!
Forum: Painting your RV 02-06-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,381
Posted By Snowflake
It's not chromosomal. I don't like it either...

It's not chromosomal. I don't like it either from an aesthetic perspective. But I wouldn't criticise someone who made a choice and moved on. I cheated and bought my RV. ;)
Forum: Reviews 02-05-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 730
Posted By Snowflake
Ditto. Much more tactfully put than my first...

Ditto. Much more tactfully put than my first thought at a response.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 10,535
Posted By Snowflake
I'd hazard a guess that the money you'd spend on...

I'd hazard a guess that the money you'd spend on lawyers getting to the point of having a hangar that you can build in, would be better spent on buying a flying RV... Even including crating and...
Forum: Canada 02-04-2021, 07:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 11,171
Posted By Snowflake
I offset the time by the fact that Customs rarely...

I offset the time by the fact that Customs rarely bothers collecting the taxes when you go see them. Usually it's a quick glance to make sure the paperwork is in order, confirm that it's not a...
Forum: RV-3 02-03-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,294
Posted By Snowflake
About using it for formation... The radio should...

About using it for formation... The radio should be closer to your throttle hand, as that's the one you'll want to use most to change it. Otherwise, you'll be forever switching hands to switch radio...
Forum: Canada 02-02-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 927
Posted By Snowflake
Next year, get a quote from Marsh...

Next year, get a quote from Marsh (www.marshwings.com). They were $600 cheaper than Magnes for me, with the same coverages as far as I could find in both policies. Full hull-in-motion, $3M...
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