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Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 02-22-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,234
Posted By Steve
I regularly hear, "Land and hold short operations...

I regularly hear, "Land and hold short operations are in effect." on the ATIS broadcast ay my Class D airport.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2021, 08:56 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,034
Posted By Steve
Oshkosh wouldn't be the same without this event....

Oshkosh wouldn't be the same without this event. We'll be there.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-12-2021, 10:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,295
Posted By Steve
https://photos.app.goo.gl/7eSZxshdKP5Q2eMLA 3...

https://photos.app.goo.gl/7eSZxshdKP5Q2eMLA

3 pics: the finished install without the lens, the dimensioned paint shadow of the prototype adapter plate, and left over parts including the cardboard...
Forum: COMM 02-11-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 743
Posted By Steve
Don't most smartphones have an FM radio these...

Don't most smartphones have an FM radio these days? My cheapo 3 year old Moto G6 has one. The headphone/audio cable acts as the antenna.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,506
Posted By Steve
Enjoy the next chapter. It took me all of a day...

Enjoy the next chapter. It took me all of a day to adjust to retirement, although I do miss the social interaction at work.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-07-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,394
Posted By Steve
I'll take the 2 fuel drains and the spark plug...

I'll take the 2 fuel drains and the spark plug gap tool. Where do you want the check mailed?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-04-2021, 09:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,295
Posted By Steve
I haven't detected any EFI noise in the radio....

I haven't detected any EFI noise in the radio. The big difference is the weight with the old DW weighing 2 oz and the new LED coming in at 16 oz.
Before the LED, I replaced the 55w HID bulb with a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-03-2021, 10:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,295
Posted By Steve
I just replaced my Duckworks HID light with one...

I just replaced my Duckworks HID light with one of these:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B088NP81YV?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_asin_image

Not quite a drop-in replacement. I had to build a simple adapter...
Forum: Flight Testing 02-03-2021, 10:05 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,008
Posted By Steve
I flew mine and I would politely decline to fly...

I flew mine and I would politely decline to fly any other plane I didn't build.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,013
Posted By Steve
My public airport requires an airworthy aircraft...

My public airport requires an airworthy aircraft be inside the hangar. Kit or project aircraft must have a completion timeline which the builder must periodically update and be actively...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,750
Posted By Steve
My group had a car twice in past years: 2003 - We...

My group had a car twice in past years:
2003 - We were camped in the North 40 (pre-RV days). Our friends airlined to Chicago, rented a car, then parked in what is now H Lot, on the north side of HBC,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-10-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,374
Posted By Steve
I had to do the following to get my GTX-327 to...

I had to do the following to get my GTX-327 to communicate with my G3X:
1. Update the 327 firmware. $40 at the avionics shop.
2. Go to the 327 configuration page. Change the RS232 INPUT and OUTPUT to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-10-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 787
Posted By Steve
Android device: Touch the 3 bars in the top left...

Android device:
Touch the 3 bars in the top left corner.
Settings
Aircraft
Touch aircraft to edit data
Touch CHECKLIST
Touch IMPORT FROM AIRCRAFT
Find your plane on the acft mfg list
Edit as req'd.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-09-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,372
Posted By Steve
The ECI of old had PMA, part manufacturing...

The ECI of old had PMA, part manufacturing authority, meaning their engine parts could be found on factory airplanes, i.e. Pipers and Cessnas. ECI engine part numbers were the same as Lycoming part...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-22-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,273
Posted By Steve
off topic

This thread reminded me of a time waay back when I tied a 30 foot long string to my neighbors cat's collar then put the cat into the air duct feeding back into the neighbors apartment from my place....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-19-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 718
Posted By Steve
Tropic Aero, also in Indintown, did the 500 hour...

Tropic Aero, also in Indintown, did the 500 hour service on my Slick mags. I delivered the mags to him. About a 20 minute drive west from Stuart.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-17-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,710
Posted By Steve
I enjoyed reading that trip report. Yes, it's a...

I enjoyed reading that trip report. Yes, it's a long taxi to the fuel pumps no matter which runway you use at Delta, UT.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2020, 09:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 443
Posted By Steve
I cover the upper 4" of my oil cooler with...

I cover the upper 4" of my oil cooler with aluminum tape in the winter. With the OAT at 20 degrees, I'll see 175 degrees oil temp.
I plug the two cabin air vents with 3/4" thick foam. A 2"x2" square...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 12-15-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,739
Posted By Steve
I had a few reasons why I flew to Blanding...

I had a few reasons why I flew to Blanding instead of the other dirt strips:

1. Blanding has fuel and it was discounted for the event. It was a 2 hour flight each way and I didn't want to arrive...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 12-12-2020, 09:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,739
Posted By Steve
Backcountry Santa

On Thursday, 12/10, 42 airplanes departed from Salt Lake Int'l, KSLC, or their nearby home airport to deliver food, toys, clothing, and other necessities to the Navajo Nations in southeast...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-11-2020, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 454
Posted By Steve
I was once told that vtachgen came from an 80's...

I was once told that vtachgen came from an 80's vintage Ford LTD. It was part of the cruise control system.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-10-2020, 06:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,619
Posted By Steve
How to setup and use the wt & bal function in the...

How to setup and use the wt & bal function in the G3X.
Forum: RV-10 12-07-2020, 09:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,119
Posted By Steve
+1 on the Simple Green (aviation) for cleaning...

+1 on the Simple Green (aviation) for cleaning the belly.
+1 on the alcohol to remove fuel stains.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-26-2020, 09:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,724
Posted By Steve
I use a Craftsman fly cutter in my drill press. I...

I use a Craftsman fly cutter in my drill press. I hold the fuel tank in the assembly fixture used when I built the tanks. Clamp everything firmly. Verify the tool is square to the workpiece. Drill a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-07-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,836
Posted By Steve
The fact that there's a g3xpert monitoring this...

The fact that there's a g3xpert monitoring this site and NO DYxpert, ADVxpert, GRTxpert nor MGLxpert says something.
Forum: ADS-B 10-30-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,294
Posted By Steve
I had a GTX-327 in the panel so the GDL-82 was...

I had a GTX-327 in the panel so the GDL-82 was the way to go. Note - this provides ADS-B OUT only. I already had IN, via a Garmin GDL-39 talking to a tablet via bluetooth.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-30-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,438
Posted By Steve
I installed a Garmin G3X touch system in my day...

I installed a Garmin G3X touch system in my day vfr 9A earlier this year.
- I used my existing GTX327 transponder. The wiring diagram is in the G3X Installation Manual. I had the GTX firmware...
Forum: ADS-B 10-25-2020, 09:38 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 30,885
Posted By Steve
I bought a pack of stainless flat washers and...

I bought a pack of stainless flat washers and lock nuts from Ho Depot / Lowes. Good to go.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2020, 09:13 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,831
Posted By Steve
We had 14 8 foot 2 tube flourescent light...

We had 14 8 foot 2 tube flourescent light fixtures installed when our hangar was built in 2008. Fast forward to last year. The lights and/or ballasts are starting to wear out. Note - those light...
Forum: Florida (South) 10-17-2020, 09:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,277
Posted By Steve
Have your friend take a taxi to Lauderdale Exec,...

Have your friend take a taxi to Lauderdale Exec, KFXE, while you browse around Banyan Pilot Shop.
It's Class D but you'll need to contact Clearance before you contact Ground for departure taxi. It's...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-15-2020, 09:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,067
Posted By Steve
cart before the horse

The first 3 items on my G3X RV-9A checklist are:
1. Backup Battery - ON
2. Master - ON
3. Wait for G3X to initialize
Then I can check-off those first 3 items after scrolling to the checklist page. I...
Forum: Steam Gauges 10-14-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,143
Posted By Steve
I have a Vans airspeed indicator (mph/knots) and...

I have a Vans airspeed indicator (mph/knots) and a voltmeter, both recently pulled from my -9A.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2020, 10:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,241
Posted By Steve
Maintenance Tools For the spark plugs: -spark...

Maintenance Tools
For the spark plugs:
-spark plug socket 1/2" drive (deep)
-wire type feeler gage
-gap setting tool
-dental picks
-abrasive cleaner
Magneto tools
-buzz box timing...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-02-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 12,674
Posted By Steve
The instructions that came with my cube actually...

The instructions that came with my cube actually gave the Mil Spec part numbers for straight, 45, and 90 degree fittings.
My instructions also allowed up to a 2" drop per foot on the fuel line from...
Forum: COMM 09-14-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,237
Posted By Steve
I went to my local window tinting shop and...

I went to my local window tinting shop and grabbed a piece of .015-ish scrap from the dumpster. It was the darkest stuff they had and was actually used to make removeable window shades. Picture a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-14-2020, 09:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,902
Posted By Steve
I like having the CHT/EGT graph displayed on the...

I like having the CHT/EGT graph displayed on the PFD EIS strip. I'll stick with v8.71 for now.
+1 for allowing the user to configure the EIS strip in a future firmware upgrade.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2020, 09:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,464
Posted By Steve
My local uniform supply store, where nurses buy...

My local uniform supply store, where nurses buy scrubs, etc, stocks all 3 components: the bag, the hose, and the catheter. Note you'll have a choice of sizes - small, medium or large (children, men,...
Forum: Safety 08-18-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,416
Posted By Steve
F-16 flares

This is what it looks like when you're intercepted by an F-16 and you ignore the "follow and land now" command.
1404
Forum: Interiors 08-04-2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,413
Posted By Steve
I've used the material available at automotive...

I've used the material available at automotive upholstery shops. Its a black cardboard product approx .06 thick.
I've also used plastic "cardboard". It looks like corrugated cardboard and is commonly...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-16-2020, 09:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,221
Posted By Steve
I took my -9A there back in '09. No probs. We're...

I took my -9A there back in '09. No probs. We're flying up there again on 7/28 for 3-4 days.
Note - no line of sight between runway ends and make right traffic to 15 for landing.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 07-15-2020, 09:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,887
Posted By Steve
Here's one at Ogden, KOGD. You'll own the...

Here's one at Ogden, KOGD. You'll own the building but will lease the ground.
https://classifieds.ksl.com/listing/60470109
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 18,528
Posted By Steve
I've been with EAA/Falcon/Global for 12 years for...

I've been with EAA/Falcon/Global for 12 years for my -9A. Full coverage of $75k on the hull and $1m liability. I have over 2100 hrs and 860 in make/model. I wasn't prepared for a 20% increase in my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2020, 08:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,436
Posted By Steve
If you decide to tackle the job yourself, Van's...

If you decide to tackle the job yourself, Van's sells a Fuel Tank Repair Kit (no pics) consisting of a 7"? round aluminum cover plate and 25 LP4-3 rivets for $8.10. I used a circle cutter in a drill...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-08-2020, 08:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,877
Posted By Steve
You can wear gloves during the winter and still...

You can wear gloves during the winter and still use the Garmin G3X Touch. I don't know about the others.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-04-2020, 07:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 673
Posted By Steve
I brought my GTX-327 to my local avionics shop...

I brought my GTX-327 to my local avionics shop for the upgrade from v2.09 to v2.13. They charged me $50 for a half hour labor. The 327 and my new G3X Touch happily communicate.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2020, 09:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,525
Posted By Steve
Per the factory, the baggage limit on the -9A is...

Per the factory, the baggage limit on the -9A is 100 lbs, W&B permitting.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-23-2020, 08:04 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,285
Posted By Steve
Another vote for Garmin Pilot running on an...

Another vote for Garmin Pilot running on an Android tablet from a longtime user. I like the ability to plan a flight at home then transfer the plan to my new G3X when I get to the hangar.
Admittedly,...
Forum: Northwest 05-11-2020, 08:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,539
Posted By Steve
Bring food to eat or cook because only one...

Bring food to eat or cook because only one restaurant was open in Yellow Pine last summer. Or you can fly out to the Smiley Creek lodge when it opens for the summer season on June 5. Or fly out to...
Forum: GPS 04-19-2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,568
Posted By Steve
The large black plastic cover around the BNC...

The large black plastic cover around the BNC connector on the GA26C antenna is easily removed. Slide the cover up along the cable then, using sharp snips, carefully split the cover lengthwise.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,202
Posted By Steve
Several years ago, I attended a forum at Oshkosh...

Several years ago, I attended a forum at Oshkosh on this topic. The bottom lines were:
1. Yes, your time spent building your plane counts toward your AME rating.
2. All that time spent must be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,179
Posted By Steve
I have 25+ years of UG/NX on my resume but since...

I have 25+ years of UG/NX on my resume but since retirement last year it's free Solidworks for me.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2020, 09:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,463
Posted By Steve
9A panel project

I continued with the "G3X from steam gages" panel upgrade project. It's been 3 weeks and I can finally see the tunnel with the light on the other side.
Removed all old system hardware. All new...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-19-2020, 09:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,970
Posted By Steve
That would be Fort Wadsworth on the Staten Island...

That would be Fort Wadsworth on the Staten Island end of the bridge. John Paul Jones park and Fort Hamilton are at the Brooklyn end.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2020, 08:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,854
Posted By Steve
Yes, a generator would be disruptive to other...

Yes, a generator would be disruptive to other campers. Leave it home.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2020, 09:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,143
Posted By Steve
Wendover

Four of us flew over from KOGD to KENV for lunch at the Salt Flats Caf? on Friday.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/TDAJ9MVRAcJ4Su519
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-28-2020, 08:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,991
Posted By Steve
Dave, I've been using this product since our...

Dave,
I've been using this product since our Piper Pacer...
Forum: Florida (Central) 02-26-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 629
Posted By Steve
Indian River Aerodrome is just west of Vero...

Indian River Aerodrome is just west of Vero Beach, KVRB, about 25 south of Melbourne.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,523
Posted By Steve
That would be me. We fly over from KOGD. Your...

That would be me. We fly over from KOGD. Your runway is in great shape compared to nearby Manila airport. Ref the pic showing Flaming Gorge reservoir.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/VNiTMAomXR9Gpzup9
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,298
Posted By Steve
If the bolt won't start, throw it in the garbage....

If the bolt won't start, throw it in the garbage. Run an 8-32 tap through the nutplate. Install a new bolt. It worked for me.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-15-2020, 10:16 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 16,281
Posted By Steve
A Cessna 182 owner mounted a 12v winch centered...

A Cessna 182 owner mounted a 12v winch centered on the back wall close to the floor of his t-hangar. He ran a cable with a wye to the main gear legs down close to the wheels. He put the winch control...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-12-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 30
Poll: EFIS Poll
Views: 3,832
Posted By Steve
Now and next month

Currently flying with steam gages augmented with GDL 39/Garmin Pilot/Android tablet since 2013. Before that, I used an Anywhere Map GPS for nav.
In the works, however, is a new vfr panel system based...
Forum: Job Board 11-15-2019, 09:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,009
Posted By Steve
1. If you go to work for one of the major...

1. If you go to work for one of the major companies, you may be the "washer guy" for a bit, working up to be the "bracket guy" some day. If you sign on with a smaller company (less pay and bennys)...
Forum: RV-14 08-11-2019, 08:41 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,881
Posted By Steve
I used the throatless shear in the sheet metal...

I used the throatless shear in the sheet metal shop. I also had good luck using a heavy duty paper cutter like the one in the copy room at work.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 07-31-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 32,517
Posted By Steve
Other Van's seminar notes

- Van's is bringing all machining work in-house leading to better control quality and scheduling. Toward that end they purchased a Haas VF-11 NC mill. Two smaller mills are due to arrive later this...
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