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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2021, 05:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,197
Posted By vfr800
Another Honda guy

My username gives me away; another long time Honda rider. Last one was a Ď99 VFR; V-4 with a single-sided swing-arm. Did a track day at Willow Springs on it. When I finished college, took it XC from...
Forum: Northeast 01-13-2021, 02:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,281
Posted By vfr800
I68

Thatís a helpful pointer, Dyson. Iíll definitely reach out to them as well. Just the sort of group-think I was hoping for by posting. Thanks!

BTW, I was based at Kestrel/1T7 near San Antonio for a...
Forum: Northeast 01-13-2021, 12:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,281
Posted By vfr800
Looking for RV hangar options near Wright Pat AFB?

Word from above is I can expect to move to Wright Patterson Air Force Base (near Dayton, OH) this July. Likely to make home somewhere near I19/Greene Co, KMGY or I73/Moraine. Prefer the first 2 for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2020, 08:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,248
Posted By vfr800
Playing it safe

First, congrats! Flying with my daughter and wife as a family has been one of my greatest joys.

For what it’s worth, we have been making it work without too much hassle around that age using (a)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2020, 06:29 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,314
Posted By vfr800
Fighting wing

Prayers outbound from the A-10 heartland here in Tucson.

I?ve never met Yobo but, after being a fighter flight doc for 6 years, if anyone can pull through this it?s someone with his background and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2020, 03:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 707
Posted By vfr800
Ha! Love the spunk.

Ha! Love the spunk.
Forum: RV-10 05-07-2019, 11:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,004
Posted By vfr800
ES-P w/ BRS?

I love the -10 but maybe the Lancair ES-P in St Louis listed on Controller might fit your needs. I know nothing of the plane, but have been familiarizing myself with single-engine pressurized options...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2019, 06:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,979
Posted By vfr800
Bison bags

Missionbags.com has the RV flight bag.

I forget the exact history but believe these were RV ?Bison Bags? until recently. Had one in my 9a, and liked the design.

Hope that helps!
Forum: ADS-B 01-01-2019, 02:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,592
Posted By vfr800
Follow-up answers ? FWIW

-> I?ve got a 430W feeding GPS data to the GTX 345 and AF 3500, so I?m not sure on this one. If you went with a 660 in place of the 496, I?d like to think it could wire out the correct format to the...
Forum: ADS-B 12-30-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,592
Posted By vfr800
Good 345 experience

Many options surely exist. Just chiming in to say I?ve got a GTX 345 talking perfectly fine with my iPad for traffic and wx. Also have the AF 3500 non-s, though no ADS-B connection to that.

Wonder...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2018, 07:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,576
Posted By vfr800
Nicely done

Rachel,
Congrats on this accomplishment and for such a professional response. Seems you?re on a fine path into the future!

You, your dad, Eagle?s Nest and everyone who contributed are inspiring.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 08-11-2018, 07:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,213
Posted By vfr800
Temporary options?

Still on the waitlist (TUS preferred)... and missing my RV that’s safely hangared 2.5hrs away at Glendale.

Anyone around Tucson have a room for a -10?

I’m hoping a local hangar opens soon, within...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,302
Posted By vfr800
Good news

Thanks for the clarification, Carlos. Very nice combo unit.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2018, 07:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,302
Posted By vfr800
ECBs?

The Advanced Controls module seems slick, but does it truly offer electronic circuit breaker capabilities (the real benefit of the VPX)?

Would be glad to hear it does, though haven?t seen that...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 03-24-2018, 04:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,213
Posted By vfr800
Appreciate it

Thanks for the info, Alan & Jim!

Leaning towards TUS with AVQ as a close second. I?ll be calling some more next week.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 02-18-2018, 06:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,213
Posted By vfr800
Tucson area hangars, long-term

Looks like we?ll be moving to Tucson this June for a couple years.

Thankfully the Air Force is sending us to yet another location with a significant RV presence. :D Welcome any info from the VAF...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2017, 07:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,157
Posted By vfr800
Congrats!

Great to hear of yet one more military aviator type enjoying RV flying. Nicely written story as well!

If you make it down to the Phoenix area, a drink is on me.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2017, 08:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,977
Posted By vfr800
Welding shop +1

Thanks to Aerox's CGA 540 type connection, there's a good chance you can get it filled via a welding shop and for le$$.

Many welding shops won't fill medical tanks (CGA 870 style), and other shops...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-10-2017, 08:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,407
Posted By vfr800
Nice!

Very clean, functional and capable set up. Thanks for sharing!
Forum: RV-10 03-26-2017, 02:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,401
Posted By vfr800
Lap vs should straps for turbulence

Seems most turbulence is dealt with by the lap belt. (I'd call a sudden stopping force/impact something more than turbulence. :o)

The prior RV I flew regularly had inertial reel shoulder harnesses,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2017, 06:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,416
Posted By vfr800
Got 'er done!

Congrats Larry! Enjoyed chatting with you a few weeks back. One of my favorite uses of the RV was training for and completing the DPE instrument ride, especially with GRT on the panel.

Well done,...
Forum: GPS 02-09-2017, 12:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,183
Posted By vfr800
I removed a Jepp 430W navdata card from my RV and...

I removed a Jepp 430W navdata card from my RV and it worked fine another plane's 430W kept in the same hangar. Web pireps show the same. So it works with Jepp cards in 430's (at least those...
Forum: GPS 02-09-2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,183
Posted By vfr800
Swapping cards between tails?

I've read that Jepp navdata cards can be swapped into other similar units. For example, one person who has access to multiple aircraft with a 430W in each could take the most current card with him...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2017, 08:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,206
Posted By vfr800
30 minute timer?

Any chance it lights up 30 minutes after engine start or flying time? I liked the timer function providing a reminder to select the other tank every 30 mins. (The exact interval is adjustable so...
Forum: Texas (South) 01-17-2017, 08:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,802
Posted By vfr800
Say it ain't so!

When I lived in San Antonio, this was the go-to option for a nice flight, good food (Blue Bell ice cream too!) and a unique 50's style setting. Like others have said, hard to believe it's ending... ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2017, 12:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,918
Posted By vfr800
Occasional sale exemption for aircraft

Occasional sale exemption applies in Texas for aircraft if both the buyer and seller are effectively private parties. (More specific wording in the TX tax regs but that's the spirit.)

There's a...
Forum: GPS 12-27-2016, 12:50 PM
Replies: 646
Views: 337,376
Posted By vfr800
Battery cover incompletely latched?

I seemed to struggle with similar issues (while first assembling the 660 in a dark room holding our infant). Then eventually realized one side of the battery cover wasn't completely seated and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-23-2016, 09:01 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 15,144
Posted By vfr800
Modern redundancy

In a prior RV, we went with a similar approach (though I wasn't IFR trained at the time) & it worked nicely overall. One big 8.4in GRT Hx screen with dual AHRS, plus a Dynon D10a for back up provided...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-28-2016, 05:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,150
Posted By vfr800
Appreciate those inputs confirming similar...

Appreciate those inputs confirming similar functionality with at least some Garmin and Dynon units. I wonder if AFS has this brewing as a Dynon family member... That'd be great!

I might check with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2016, 09:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,054
Posted By vfr800
Hear, hear

Couldn't agree with you more! The people, especially VAF types, have made my my passion for aviation exponentially more rewarding. And more obtainable.

I'm pretty sure I wouldn't be flying GA at...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-24-2016, 06:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,150
Posted By vfr800
Waypoint balloons -- GRT; any others?

Mostly by coincidence, nearly all my RV time has been behind GRT screens. I was overall impressed with their features and reliability in my prior 9A and 10 partnerships. But, like many things in...
Forum: ADS-B 11-22-2016, 05:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,866
Posted By vfr800
335 vs 345

Maybe it was a simple typo, but I believe only the (more expensive) GTX 345 provides ADS-B in traffic/wx. The 335 mentioned satisfies the requirements for ADS-B out at a lower cost but without the...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 09-24-2016, 09:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,079
Posted By vfr800
Thumbs up Home!

More kudos to the VAF community -- share of a hangar secured at GEU, and the -10 is resting there now. Hopped on a SWA flight to Dallas early yesterday and flew the -10 back before sunset. Gotta love...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 09-21-2016, 01:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,079
Posted By vfr800
Will do, Geeman! Just don't hold your breath....

Will do, Geeman! Just don't hold your breath. ;)

I think it is a good deal as well, and most importantly a high-quality build. Excited to get it to its new home safely.

Still open to any hangar...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 09-20-2016, 11:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,079
Posted By vfr800
That's the one. :D Lined up the quickest...

That's the one. :D

Lined up the quickest pre-buy inspection possible via Chuck Wilson (Hotel Whiskey at T31) and secured first dibs. I'm eager to pick up this -10 from another VAF member.

Might...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 09-19-2016, 06:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,079
Posted By vfr800
Thanks for the inputs, Don and Marc. On one hand...

Thanks for the inputs, Don and Marc. On one hand it could be a good time to buy, but I'd like to be a bit more informed when making the decision of rent versus buy.

I'll keep an eye out for any...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 09-19-2016, 02:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,079
Posted By vfr800
Hangars available/inputs on Glendale, AZ - KGEU

Well, I've got a deal lined up on a -10 in Texas! Should be bringing it back to the PHX valley in the next week or two. Was planning on finding a partner with an RV around here but couldn't pass on...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-14-2016, 09:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,297
Posted By vfr800
Sweet!

Nice find, Scooby! Glad you joined the RV ownership club. Can't wait to see this in person some day.

Perfectly good use of that CZTE, IMO. :D Sawadee!
Forum: COMM 05-15-2016, 02:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,414
Posted By vfr800
Had the same issue a couple years ago and was...

Had the same issue a couple years ago and was advised there was no simple field repair option when I called Lightspeed. Their service did the trick nicely with a quick turn-around.

Hope that helps,...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 05-07-2016, 07:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,498
Posted By vfr800
Much appreciated, Carlos. We'll be in Litchfield...

Much appreciated, Carlos. We'll be in Litchfield Park as well so I will definitely stop by. Great to see such a strong VAF presence in the west valley.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 05-06-2016, 04:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,498
Posted By vfr800
New family

Thanks, Gash and Frank. I'll aim to send a PM after moving there for good in June. Glad to meet the local RV family!
Forum: West (and Southwest) 05-06-2016, 06:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,498
Posted By vfr800
Bump

Back in the US now! Bumped for any prospects, or to simply meet PHX-area VAF community members.

Also, if anyone around there will have temporary room in a hangar for an RV-10 during 21-30 May, I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2016, 11:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,215
Posted By vfr800
Solid Bozeman option

John,

I flew a couple hours to Bozeman, MT for my check ride in an RV a couple years ago. Totally worth it. Some data here - http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=107771

I can...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 03-19-2016, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,498
Posted By vfr800
RV partnership opportunities near Luke AFB/PHX?

I've enjoyed a great RV-10 partnership during the past couple years in Utah. But now big blue says I'm moving to Luke AFB this summer. Good news, bad news kind of thing.

We will miss the current...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2016, 03:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,965
Posted By vfr800
Size?

The panel size/shape looks unusual to me as well. Or are you intentionally going for the extra large/tall panel? Maybe that was inadvertently selected in the panel planner.

For your equipment and...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 09-20-2015, 10:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,408
Posted By vfr800
Awesome VAF community

Brian - was a pleasure meeting you as well. Especially since you helped me find what I needed to complete my IFR check ride some 20 months ago.

Even got to use that rating for an approach to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2015, 08:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,417
Posted By vfr800
Nice!

Thanks for sharing the 3rd person view of our way to the green dot!

PM sent for 423CF.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2015, 08:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,724
Posted By vfr800
Positive experiences for me

RV partnerships have made flying possible, affordable and enjoyable for this guy. [In hopes of promoting similar opportunities for others, the lengthy details follow!]

I co-owned an RV-9a for a...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-18-2015, 06:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,095
Posted By vfr800
Again!!

Favorite mood-lifting video ever. I'm to pretty sure the bundle of laughs in the back seat is saying "Encore. Encore!" repeatedly between her giggles and smiles during the maneuvers.

Seems to be a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-28-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 14,554
Posted By vfr800
Awesome

Congrats. Sierra Hotel, sir!

Sawadee,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,640
Posted By vfr800
CFI?

An additional consideration...

When I was new to the 9a, after specifically asking, my insurance allowed the required transition training to be with someone who was *not* formally a CFI but had...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-17-2014, 08:37 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 71,061
Posted By vfr800
Still on my bucket list...

Looks like Catalina Island/Avalon, not far from my alma mater. Hoping to check that square in the next 10 months, finally. Go Bruins!

Ryan

Sawadee!
Forum: Texas (South) 10-03-2014, 05:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,014
Posted By vfr800
Talking Bingo

You are correct, and I miss that place!

They kindly provided a ride to/from the airport every time I inquired. Worth calling before flying down, though.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-10-2014, 09:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,714
Posted By vfr800
Like it!

Chris,
Your panel design is very similar to what we ended up with in our RV9a during its panel redesign. I was very happy with the end result. With iPads so common now one big EFIS screen, a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,183
Posted By vfr800
Humbling yet rewarding

Your words made me chuckle -- "You just don't like to suck when there's a real pilot in the right seat." Too true. Especially when work takes you out of the country and away from an RV for a few...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 07-03-2014, 08:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,055
Posted By vfr800
Here here

Paul,
When I first explored VAF years ago, your professional approach to all aspects of this community quickly caught my attention. Now reading your insightful background about your father, it makes...
Forum: California 06-19-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 986
Posted By vfr800
Bump

Checking once more... Maybe someone is taking their RV on a cross country summer trip away from the Sacramento area and can help hangar this one visiting. Had to try, at least! :o

Looking forward to...
Forum: California 06-07-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 986
Posted By vfr800
Hangar space, end of June, near SMF?

I'm planning to take the RV-10 to the Sacramento area for 22/23 June through 1 July. Of course I'll relax better during this vacation time if the -10 rests comfortably in a hangar.

Any chance a...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-07-2014, 01:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,498
Posted By vfr800
Well done!

Beautiful photos, and I bet the first-hand experience was even better!

Gotta love what RVs enable us to experience. (I covered some similar territory a few months ago but while training for IFR and...
Forum: Texas (South) 03-05-2014, 09:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 705
Posted By vfr800
RV9 CFI

Don Olandese, an experienced CFI in SA, did my BFR a couple years ago in my (then) 9A. I had a great experience with him and appreciated his instructing/review technique.

He now flies an 9. He's...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 01-07-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,408
Posted By vfr800
Talking It's done!

Thanks to the above VAF community inputs, I was able to take and pass the instrument practical this week -- woohoo!

To summarize a couple helpful pointers for others wanting to test in an RV:

- To...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-25-2013, 01:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,247
Posted By vfr800
Go for the cellular model!

What he said!

I used a wifi-only ipad2 and then wifi-only mini with an external Bluetooth GPS for the past few years. That combo did the job, but had its drawbacks. Namely, issues at times due to...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-19-2013, 09:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,408
Posted By vfr800
Thanks!

Appreciate the leads, Bob and Brian. Fingers crossed...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-19-2013, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,408
Posted By vfr800
Instrument DPE needed for check ride in -10, in/near Utah

As I started IFR training in the RV?10 this fall, I was aware that some DPE's wouldn't perform an instrument check ride in an RV/experimental thanks to discussions on this forum previously. However,...
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