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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2014, 06:42 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 17,737
Posted By JDRhodes
Like - 8 hours later.;) It'll be better then.

Like - 8 hours later.;) It'll be better then.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2014, 06:56 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 15,611
Posted By JDRhodes
But - I'm not sure it's really worth the effort,...

But - I'm not sure it's really worth the effort, when RV-7's are readily available. If the RV-9 was the only Vans kit offered, there would be plenty of ACRO conversions being done.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2014, 06:55 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 15,611
Posted By JDRhodes
You're not.

You're not.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,490
Posted By JDRhodes
This is why I wish we could leave out the...

This is why I wish we could leave out the military jet teams out of OSH and SNF.

They are not compatible with our sport aviation convention. I can go see them at a military base airshow, if I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2014, 08:51 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 17,737
Posted By JDRhodes
Watch for config changes at Ripon!

I was surprised when the Cardinal RG I was following lowered his gear at Ripon. With the gear and CS prop, boy did he slow down RIGHT NOW! A FP FG RV-9 doesn't slow down that fast.

A little...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,731
Posted By JDRhodes
I took my 10 year old son last year, which is the...

I took my 10 year old son last year, which is the first time I'd been at Oshkosh and not just on my own to look at what I wanted. He was a trooper and enjoyed it, but I did have to consciously make...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 06-24-2014, 07:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,630
Posted By JDRhodes
Realitive dange

The RV-12 carries a tank 100 times the size, made of much thinner material, filled with just-as-flammable liquid fuel it the baggage compartment all the time.
I'm not going to worry too much about...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-09-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 15,923
Posted By JDRhodes
The paint looks awesome!!! Love the...

The paint looks awesome!!! Love the red/red/red/red.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 13,340
Posted By JDRhodes
THINK - about fuel mgt

Wow - We, as a group, have 6+ pages of differing procedures for everything!;)

FWIT, I will never again switch to the fullest tank prior to take off and see no reason to switch to an unknown fuel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2014, 07:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,783
Posted By JDRhodes
I wouldn't necessarily count on it.

Aviation insurance rates are much more dictated by market conditions than by individual claims history or pilot experience.

The expectation is that you have no claims. It's a negative if you do,...
Forum: RV-10 04-07-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 17,121
Posted By JDRhodes
I'm not sure $100K would touch it. You might buy...

I'm not sure $100K would touch it. You might buy one for $100K out of an old wrecked helicopter.
Forum: RV-10 04-03-2014, 02:38 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 17,121
Posted By JDRhodes
The IO-540 (one of the most widely used aviation...

The IO-540 (one of the most widely used aviation pistons ever produced) is getting scarce and expensive, so we're going to look at a one-off brand new turbine that costs twice what a factory new...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2014, 03:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 27,793
Posted By JDRhodes
That orange thing is cool. What is that?

That orange thing is cool. What is that?
Forum: RV-10 04-01-2014, 08:14 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 17,121
Posted By JDRhodes
Don't get it

I've never understood the appeal of a turbine engine on an unpressurized sport plane, other than a wow factor / novelty.

The airframe is still Vne limited and the fuel flow on turbines at the low...
Forum: Propellers 03-17-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,967
Posted By JDRhodes
Running a Prince Q-tip on an RV-9. Came with the...

Running a Prince Q-tip on an RV-9. Came with the project, so didn't choose it, but have been very satisfied. Flying off grass strip - no issues. Great prop.

Knocking on this wood desk. ;)
Forum: Job Board 02-06-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,003
Posted By JDRhodes
Houston A&P needed for corporate jet

Southern Jet Management is looking for a Houston, TX based A&P for a regular PT or FT position doing daily maintenance, preflight insp, and light maint of a small fleet of corporate jets (Embraer...
Forum: Safety 11-21-2013, 03:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,089
Posted By JDRhodes
How do you ride a bike?

I don't know what I do. I just land. It's always pretty much the same.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-21-2013, 11:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,787
Posted By JDRhodes
I wish there was a -12 Aerobat! That would be...

I wish there was a -12 Aerobat! That would be sweet. :cool:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2013, 07:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,195
Posted By JDRhodes
1200 feet with trees / obstructions will be a...

1200 feet with trees / obstructions will be a challenge. The airplane will do it, but you will have to do it perfect every time.

I fly a -7 and a -9 off 1800 ft with a 50 ft obstruction on one...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-24-2013, 07:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,658
Posted By JDRhodes
What they mean is a Lycoming, or Lycoming-type...

What they mean is a Lycoming, or Lycoming-type engine (or Continental, I suppose) as opposed to an auto engine conversion, experimental diesel, nuclear powerplant, or stem turbine.
Forum: Southeast 09-16-2013, 05:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 973
Posted By JDRhodes
Vote for RYY

I wouldn't leave my airplane, car, or spouse unattended at FTY. Corporate flight departments down there have walled compounds for a reason.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-07-2013, 06:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,760
Posted By JDRhodes
EASY EASY EASY taildragger. And oh so pretty. ...

EASY EASY EASY taildragger. And oh so pretty.

But, remember, people foul up landings and wreck Cessna 172's. Get a little instruction and you'll be fine.

Manage thy airspeed, lest the earth...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2013, 04:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,897
Posted By JDRhodes
$1,000,000 LIMITED to $100K/ pax

The $100K sublimit only applies to passenger bodily injury. Otherwise you have a million. Taxi into a Learjet, kill 5 people in a house, burn down a community hangar complex - you have $1,000,000...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2013, 02:33 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 25,480
Posted By JDRhodes
Me and a 10 year old. Plus a cropduster engineer...

Me and a 10 year old. Plus a cropduster engineer test pilot from TX and 2 USAF T-38 instructors (that will be flying a Cessna to OSH). We'll probably split a 6-pack....or so;)
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-11-2013, 06:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,552
Posted By JDRhodes
- But... Flaps are different on the -9 than on...

- But... Flaps are different on the -9 than on the short-wing airplanes, so this may be part of the issue.

I like flaps down for mount dismount on the -7, but flaps up on the -9.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-11-2013, 06:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,552
Posted By JDRhodes
The -9 came as a -9A project and already had the...

The -9 came as a -9A project and already had the step brackets installed and holes in the skin, so the steps were installed in the taildragger version.

Clearance is fine - no issues. Find them...
Forum: Safety 06-25-2013, 07:35 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,050
Posted By JDRhodes
These, of course, were the replacement David...

These, of course, were the replacement David Clarks. I ran over my first set with a Cessna 152 as a student pilot. :rolleyes:
Forum: Safety 06-25-2013, 07:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,050
Posted By JDRhodes
I used to fly a Maule, which is very difficult to...

I used to fly a Maule, which is very difficult to climb in/out of. Once, I taxied up to the gas pumps, swung the tail around, shut down and opened up the door with a crowd watching - boy was I a...
Forum: Southeast 06-17-2013, 07:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 877
Posted By JDRhodes
I can make that one! You guys need any Young...

I can make that one! You guys need any Young Eagles pilots? I'd be available in the morning.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2013, 08:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,516
Posted By JDRhodes
Steve, Your former insurer spent 2 years giving...

Steve, Your former insurer spent 2 years giving out very low rates and then went out of business - imagine that. Your new insurer has ticked up rates a little, due partly to the other insurer's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2013, 06:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,516
Posted By JDRhodes
Need to shop it.

But don't shop brokers. Have your broker shop markets - and ask him/her to show you all the quotes. Especially for renewing policies. Sometimes brokers will renew with the expiring carrier with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2013, 06:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,516
Posted By JDRhodes
Steve, Did anything change? What company are...

Steve, Did anything change? What company are you with / have you been with? (not your broker, what insurer?) When was your renewal date? What has been the trend over the last few years?

We...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-11-2013, 06:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,355
Posted By JDRhodes
You can buy a nice hat for way less than $500...

You can buy a nice hat for way less than $500 :eek:
Forum: RV-14 04-16-2013, 07:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,202
Posted By JDRhodes
There are no "standard" rates

Remember, insurance is marketed by multiple independent competitive companies. Asking what the rates are for [insert situation] is kind of like asking "what does lunch cost?"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2013, 06:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,529
Posted By JDRhodes
Go to your agent with a plan: I'm going to get...

Go to your agent with a plan: I'm going to get training with Joe Instructor, who has a formal RV transitioning training program (or, is a CFI with xxx hours in RV models X, Y, Z). I will be doing...
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-12-2013, 08:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,746
Posted By JDRhodes
What does just the block and cylinders (without...

What does just the block and cylinders (without heads) weigh on an O-235 or O-320 Lycoming? I'd think not much more than 52 lbs.

...for comparison purposes.

It's all the other "stuff" that's...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-05-2013, 12:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,483
Posted By JDRhodes
Tenn - Date night Vineyard and Concert

I'd like to organize a VAF fly-out to see a great dinner concert a a quaint little vineyard near Nashville.

https://www.facebook.com/#!/natchezhills

The vineyard is owned by a retired air force...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2013, 02:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,106
Posted By JDRhodes
Hallmark is a large financial services company...

Hallmark is a large financial services company that owns the aviation underwriter known as Aerospace Insurance Managers. Aerospace has always been a specialist in low limit, high(er) risk coverage. ...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-25-2013, 07:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,404
Posted By JDRhodes
The T-Bucket hot rod is way cool. On my list of...

The T-Bucket hot rod is way cool. On my list of things to collect.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-12-2013, 12:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,057
Posted By JDRhodes
Shoe Mod

Screw some 4X4's to an old pair of flying shoes? ;)
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-07-2013, 12:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,661
Posted By JDRhodes
power?

I assume that $99 kit doesn't include powerplant or avionics;)

Looks great!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2013, 09:24 AM
Replies: 251
Views: 64,947
Posted By JDRhodes
I'd love to see this! :D

I'd love to see this! :D
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-04-2013, 07:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,973
Posted By JDRhodes
Home base is 1800 ft grass with a sizable hump in...

Home base is 1800 ft grass with a sizable hump in the runway right in the touchdown zone. With a wheel landing, I'm better able to "fly" over the hump and touch down on the back side rather than...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-01-2013, 01:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,973
Posted By JDRhodes
Me too. RV-9 wheel lands so easy, I find myself...

Me too. RV-9 wheel lands so easy, I find myself becoming too lazy to do 3 pointers.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-24-2013, 06:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,114
Posted By JDRhodes
'cause, for some people, it's fun to see if you...

'cause, for some people, it's fun to see if you can. ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2013, 09:08 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 11,569
Posted By JDRhodes
Rate increases after a claim

You typically won't see rate increases tied directly to your claim - at leaset not as closely as with car insurance. Airplane insurance is a TINY market segment. TINY.

Above anything, airplane...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2013, 10:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,040
Posted By JDRhodes
Taxi slow

We base on grass and fly 100 hours per year or so. The farings and pants move around a lot as the gear flexes on smooth (but rougher-than-pavement) grass. We occasionally have seen cracks in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2012, 07:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,288
Posted By JDRhodes
Tell them where it's OK

Even in the side-by-sides, there's really no way to get in without stepping on the seat. So I tell them that up front.

Easier to clean the seat that repair the windscreen fiberglass that the tend...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2012, 06:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,146
Posted By JDRhodes
SAU has been around in one form or another for a...

SAU has been around in one form or another for a number of years. They've always been a "specialty" insurer, focusing on odd ball stuff - Experimentals, warbirds, eastern bloc jets, etc. As a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2012, 06:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,095
Posted By JDRhodes
That's what brokers do.

That's what you're paying a brokerage commission for. Let him do his job. Ask him to show you all the quotes.

Anything posted here is hersey based on what I think I remember about what a friend...
Forum: RV-4 11-28-2012, 01:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,297
Posted By JDRhodes
In all RV's rudder pedals and seats are...

In all RV's rudder pedals and seats are adjustable to fit the pilots. If it's your airplane, you'll be able to set it up to fit you comfortably.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-08-2012, 01:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,499
Posted By JDRhodes
More info

This may be covered elsewhere, but...

How are you funding these Nagle's Nest projects? Do you have a benefactor, or are they self funding?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2012, 03:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 16,614
Posted By JDRhodes
Anyone can sue you for anything. There is NO way...

Anyone can sue you for anything. There is NO way to remove your liability other than not participating in the activity in the first place.

Don't want liability for the airplane you built? Chop...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2012, 03:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 16,614
Posted By JDRhodes
Nope - You have liability for the workmanship of...

Nope - You have liability for the workmanship of the parts, too.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-25-2012, 05:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,244
Posted By JDRhodes
Check this. Historically, you needed to buy an...

Check this. Historically, you needed to buy an additional liability policy written by a Mexican insurance company (readily available and relatively cheap [ and useless coverage-wise] from your local...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2012, 05:47 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,841
Posted By JDRhodes
:eek: Wow - you da man! I've seen charter pilots...

:eek: Wow - you da man! I've seen charter pilots run the batteries dead and burn up starters trying to start those from the cockpit.

It's like anything, I guess. Once you know how...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-24-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,263
Posted By JDRhodes
You can always stick a sawhorse or some other...

You can always stick a sawhorse or some other prop under it for stability. Yes, it will sit there without it.
Forum: RV-3 10-22-2012, 10:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,471
Posted By JDRhodes
:eek: We spent $10K on a mid time FWF Lycoming...

:eek: We spent $10K on a mid time FWF Lycoming WITH and prop and baffle and exhaust. And it fit right on the RV mount and inside the RV cowling with no engineering. Is it brand new? No, but I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2012, 06:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,313
Posted By JDRhodes
I worked for an FBO as a line tech through...

I worked for an FBO as a line tech through college and they move our (big) airplanes now. Most FBO line guys are careful and try very hard to offer good service. For them, that service includes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2012, 11:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,362
Posted By JDRhodes
This is about the third time they've lost their...

This is about the third time they've lost their reinsurance backing in the 6-7 years they've been doing general aviation. Britt Paulk is a pretty weak underwriter, in my opinion.
Yes - they're...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2012, 08:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,362
Posted By JDRhodes
Hardy's your BROKER Britt Paulk is an...

Hardy's your BROKER

Britt Paulk is an underwriting company. Hardy, Nationair, Falcon, SkySmith, CS&A, etc. place your business with companies like Britt Paulk - or Global Aerospace, Chartis,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2012, 06:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,362
Posted By JDRhodes
I'll just repost my comments from the spring...;)

I'll just repost my comments from the spring...;)
Forum: Southeast 09-28-2012, 08:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,799
Posted By JDRhodes
Eat...

Pink House Resturant +++++++
Pirate House

Stay - Holiday Inn Express on River Street. Super nice hotel in the middle of the historic district. Say hello to Becky at the bar.
Forum: Texas (North) 09-28-2012, 08:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,500
Posted By JDRhodes
Better get some bleach. Looks like you've...

Better get some bleach. Looks like you've already got a Piper growing in there. ;)
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