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Forum: APRS Tracking 08-31-2008, 04:03 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 109,088
Posted By rfinch
Interested in this but don't want to duplicate if...

Interested in this but don't want to duplicate if a neighbor one block over is running an iGate. Is there a map or list of iGates in the USA?
Forum: APRS Tracking 08-25-2008, 06:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,997
Posted By rfinch
I haven't abandoned this thread. I got one reply...

I haven't abandoned this thread. I got one reply from the NWS which referred me to another division. I sent them an email last week and am waiting a reply.
Forum: APRS Tracking 08-25-2008, 06:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,868
Posted By rfinch
I talked to our GIS expert...yes, if given a list...

I talked to our GIS expert...yes, if given a list of received hits, she can easily create a map of the US with no hits.

So I need a list of all valid received pings from any kind of vehicle over,...
Forum: APRS Tracking 08-23-2008, 07:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,868
Posted By rfinch
Using the total database of points is a great...

Using the total database of points is a great idea. Dump all transmitted points into a GIS, select say a 1 mile radius around each one, then invert the resulting coverage so the absence of coverage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2008, 03:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,524
Posted By rfinch
The good news in the proposed regs is that...

The good news in the proposed regs is that they've prohibited fist fights and brawls:



On a more serious note, let's think who generated these regs:

Local fire department. They don't want lots of...
Forum: Safety 08-20-2008, 10:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,053
Posted By rfinch
Molex Wire Splice Recall

[Saw this on the AeroElectric-List: Molex wire splice recall]

1. Electrical Wire Splices Recalled Due to Shock and Fire Hazards

NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2008, 05:05 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,938
Posted By rfinch
...because VAF is moderated. It would be an...

...because VAF is moderated.
It would be an interesting experiment to do: quietly cease moderation and measure how long VAF becomes unbearable. I would guess one or two months. A tiny few can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2008, 10:13 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,938
Posted By rfinch
Very approximately that matches my long...

Very approximately that matches my long experience with the aviation groups on Usenet (rec.aviation.*). That is, the off-topic or offensive posts are mostly spammers with just a handful of really...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2008, 12:01 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,938
Posted By rfinch
If anything, I'd like to see more moderation. ...

If anything, I'd like to see more moderation. The recent thread on the FAA NPRM about Experimentals rapidly deteriorated into a bash-fest of the FAA and government in general. Very few on-topic...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2008, 03:44 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,480
Posted By rfinch
Best is to turn off the transponder and land at...

Best is to turn off the transponder and land at an airport with no tower, FBO, etc. that the FAA can call to get help identifying landing traffic. Wait some minutes, preferably for another aircraft...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2008, 10:57 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,480
Posted By rfinch
Well...in that case I'll start reporting them. ...

Well...in that case I'll start reporting them. Like the time on Flight Following a controller failed to point out opposing traffic, same altitude, that went whizzing by 200-300 yards away. Or the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2008, 10:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,590
Posted By rfinch
While we're on the electric trim...

...I've got a simple question.

The clevis pins holding the two servo rod ends: what hardware goes with them. I figure one washer on the cotter pin side, but I also find 2 small nuts included in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2008, 06:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,609
Posted By rfinch
Very good of you. Wonder if contacting the...

Very good of you. Wonder if contacting the seller would work....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2008, 05:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,281
Posted By rfinch
Try a protective hand lotion

Try a protective hand lotion, review (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?p=244095#post244095)just posted.
Forum: Safety 07-31-2008, 09:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,310
Posted By rfinch
In addition to total hours, there's recent hours....

In addition to total hours, there's recent hours. Best way to get hours (aside from instructing) is to own a cheap airplane and fly it a lot. You could buy a 2-seat taildragger, fly it while...
Forum: APRS Tracking 07-28-2008, 03:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,997
Posted By rfinch
The APRS format...

While waiting for the NWS folks to get back to me, I started looking at the APRS 1.0.1 protocol reference, and specifically the weather reports in the AX.25 protocol.

Looking at the various formats,...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-27-2008, 11:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,446
Posted By rfinch
Aircoupe pilot rides an RV

[From the Ercoupe email list]

Sometimes not knowing when to say ?no? is a good thing. My ex-fighter pilot neighbor, Steve, got bored again last week.... Heaven help us when that happens.... ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-27-2008, 10:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,708
Posted By rfinch
Like this:...

Like this: http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2008/04/improvised_air_purifier.html
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-26-2008, 01:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,708
Posted By rfinch
Tip: Modest tips for a clean mfr. plant

My aircraft manufacturing plant is my attached garage. Don't want to track in fiberglass dust or aluminum particles. So here's a couple of modest tips to keep things clean.

1. Dust collector box. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2008, 10:46 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,920
Posted By rfinch
Easy...they don't. My Alon Aircoupe, a 45 year...

Easy...they don't.
My Alon Aircoupe, a 45 year old design, flies at around 105-110 smph at 5.5 gph which is about 20 mpg...not great, but similar to an American car of like vintage. RVs are well...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2008, 11:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,446
Posted By rfinch
Texas too...

I heard yesterday (NPR I think) that Texas has requested an exemption from the EPA for the ethanol requirement. That state is concerned about the high corn costs for cattle feed.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-22-2008, 06:46 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 23,511
Posted By rfinch
Phil Gramm was right...

...you guys are the biggest bunch of whiners I've seen. Thought VAF was moderated but I've seen no moderation on this thread.

Here's some clues:

The FAA is not evil incarnate
Government is not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2008, 01:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,311
Posted By rfinch
broken links

Try http://rvnewsletter.blogspot.com/2008/07/theres-plane-in-my-hangar.html and http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/07/21/pilottribute
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2008, 01:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,614
Posted By rfinch
Just called Ray Allen, they recommend 6-32 screws...

Just called Ray Allen, they recommend 6-32 screws to attach to servo to the Z brackets; I'll consider nutplates there. Then rivets to attach the brackets to the cover plate. Thanks guys for your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2008, 08:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,614
Posted By rfinch
How to mount the Ray Allen trim servo

Minor question. Need to mount the Ray Allen elevator trim tab servo to the EET-602B Z brackets; Vans plans (Dwg 4) say to use hardware supplied with the servo, but I don't think I got that. And Ray...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2008, 01:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,026
Posted By rfinch
Systematic List of Metal Cleaners

As I begin the main QB tasks, I find myself puzzled by the many metal cleaning agents: detergents, isopropyl alcohol, lacquer thinner, MEK, acetone, etc etc. So I'm looking for a list of common...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 07-18-2008, 12:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,515
Posted By rfinch
How about breaking aluminum?

In all this talk about canopies, I think we're missing another potential exit: the aluminum floor bottom, which in a tip-over is now pointed skyward. Not blocked, not super tough, maybe kickable.
Forum: APRS Tracking 07-15-2008, 10:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,997
Posted By rfinch
What with people on vacation, and having to start...

What with people on vacation, and having to start up a chain of contacts, it will be a week or two before I get further with the NWS folks. Meanwhile I wonder if the APRS developers could answer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2008, 10:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,386
Posted By rfinch
Yes, the hinge bolt will prevent the rod end...

Yes, the hinge bolt will prevent the rod end bearing from turning too much. Maybe Probably I am making way too much over this, I'm just trying to understand nuts and bolts. It seems that with just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2008, 01:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,386
Posted By rfinch
MIL-F-9490D and jam nuts on rod end bearings

Installing the rod end bearings for the rudder and elevator, I'm seeing a conflict between Vans plans and the above. For instance, the rudder plans (DWG 7, RV-7,9) note the use of jamnut AN316-6 on...
Forum: APRS Tracking 07-13-2008, 10:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,997
Posted By rfinch
Yes, good reminder. Certainly I have no...

Yes, good reminder. Certainly I have no intention of trying to make money from this. What a shock that would be, an airplane that made money! All my flying has been the other way:rolleyes:
Forum: APRS Tracking 07-13-2008, 08:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,997
Posted By rfinch
I would think the most anybody would want would...

I would think the most anybody would want would be time, position, altitude (with the AHRS/EFIS would have baro altitude as well as GPS altitude), OAT, and calculated wind velocity, every, say 10...
Forum: APRS Tracking 07-13-2008, 10:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,997
Posted By rfinch
I'm thinking of something easier to use when...

I'm thinking of something easier to use when reported. Seems this might require a hardware change to the encoder box: in addition to GPS inputs it would receive inputs from an AHRS or EFIS. Knowing...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-11-2008, 11:27 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 12,417
Posted By rfinch
Hey, thanks a LOT for creating this blog. This is...

Hey, thanks a LOT for creating this blog. This is really interesting.

How many hours--roughly--do you think it will take to build?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2008, 05:01 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 20,754
Posted By rfinch
How to exit a flipped RV??

"By the time rescuers arrived, the pilot had already gotten himself out of his harness, but he was unable to get out of the plane."

And if you look at the photo, you can see why. Canopy was surely...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-11-2008, 07:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,998
Posted By rfinch
Not being critical, just think this statement...

Not being critical, just think this statement needs a little more examination. I'm starting a QB -9A and am unexperienced. In my short time looking at other RVs, I would say the workmanship by the...
Forum: APRS Tracking 07-10-2008, 09:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,997
Posted By rfinch
Can Winds/Temps be added to GPS info?

Many of our planes now automatically and continuously calculate wind velocity from aircraft and ground velocity. And they continuously measure outside air temperature. Can this data be added to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2008, 05:13 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,655
Posted By rfinch
Yes. Like others, I don't want the actions of a...

Yes. Like others, I don't want the actions of a few blatant pro builders to damage my own ability, under existing rules, to build, fly, and repair my amateur built, experimental airplane. And I'd...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2008, 03:45 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 11,655
Posted By rfinch
More than the particulars of this one pro...

More than the particulars of this one pro builder, I'm interested in the pro builder concept and some other issues.

- I hope the FAA will add another category of building to allow pro building to...
Forum: Alternative Engines 07-08-2008, 03:21 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,856
Posted By rfinch
acronym dictionary

With Firefox as my browser, I use answers.com 1-click (http://www.answers.com/main/download_answers_win.jsp) add-on to almost instantly answer these questions. Very handy.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2008, 01:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,879
Posted By rfinch
Sounds like you are where I was 8-9 months ago. ...

Sounds like you are where I was 8-9 months ago. I have a 2-car garage in a typical California tract home, single metal rollup door. The extra width is filled with cabinets. Nevertheless my QB -9A...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2008, 09:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,800
Posted By rfinch
I strongly third this! At the time you're...

I strongly third this! At the time you're planning, early September, the California coast will probably still have fog so you might not be able to land VFR at either Monterey or Half Moon Bay. ...
Forum: Tools 07-05-2008, 11:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,667
Posted By rfinch
Gee. I know you said it leaves a light mark, but...

Gee. I know you said it leaves a light mark, but I was told absolutely no scribe marks on our aluminum...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2008, 11:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,180
Posted By rfinch
In 2000 we made a 20-day trip to France. One...

In 2000 we made a 20-day trip to France. One week we stayed in a small village, Ambert, in south central France, which had a local airport and flying club. I brought along a San Francisco Sectional...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2008, 08:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,458
Posted By rfinch
Say, where did you have this done? I'd like to...

Say, where did you have this done? I'd like to do the same.
Does the use of the crow foot throw off the torque setting, or do you keep using the same setting as with a socket?

TIA!--
Forum: Safety 06-30-2008, 12:04 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 18,289
Posted By rfinch
Or how about this recent post. I'm not trying to...

Or how about this recent post. I'm not trying to embarrass the poster, but this gives me the chills:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2008, 09:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,197
Posted By rfinch
Only if he puts that chevy engine in it! 70 mph...

Only if he puts that chevy engine in it! 70 mph as I remember from my hours in one (65hp), but the airspeed indicator was known to be wonky...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2008, 06:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,187
Posted By rfinch
Say, I'm a couple of years from making a decision...

Say, I'm a couple of years from making a decision but I definitely want an EFIS of some kind. You must have done some kind of comparison between the different manufacturers. Can you describe more...
Forum: Safety 06-14-2008, 08:41 AM
Replies: 247
Views: 75,635
Posted By rfinch
Not obvious to me. Could be it doesn't happen to...

Not obvious to me. Could be it doesn't happen to everyone because of occasional bad nose gears. Or building technique (improper installation). Or--and I believe this most likely--plain bad...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2008, 04:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,143
Posted By rfinch
Protective hand cream?

Anybody using protective hand cream during the build, e.g. http://www.manoproducts.com? Worth it? Comparison to nitrile or latex gloves?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2008, 10:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,253
Posted By rfinch
Fair question. I'm building a -9A which...

Fair question.

I'm building a -9A which recommends a max engine power of 160 hp (http://vansaircraft.com/pdf/hp_limts.pdf)....because of potential flutter problems at high cruise speed. That...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2008, 06:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,253
Posted By rfinch
Thanks. I guess, according to Martin, that's...

Thanks. I guess, according to Martin, that's what was done before.
OK, but could a reasonably close approximation be done cheaply by:
- using a good code on a PC. Doing FDM and FVM codes in water...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2008, 03:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,253
Posted By rfinch
Flutter

No, I don't know anything about "the Stallion". Regardless of Hollman's agenda, what about formal flutter analysis of the RV models? I would think this would be of considerable interest to all of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2008, 07:32 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,253
Posted By rfinch
Flutter?

Great! An excellent review of basic aero....now I have someone I can explore a few nooks and crannies with :-)

I've become a bit interested in flutter with respect to the RVs. I talked to a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-07-2008, 11:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,237
Posted By rfinch
I am really intrigued by this. Can put a final...

I am really intrigued by this. Can put a final decision on whether to go that route or traditional wiring for a year, but will probably go with VP. Of course the single point of failure is a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2008, 01:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,972
Posted By rfinch
Sounds bogus. The particles of combustion are...

Sounds bogus. The particles of combustion are nowhere near big enough to be removed by a paper oil filter.

Everybody agrees that a non-synthetic--aka mineral--oil should be used for break in....
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-02-2008, 11:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,740
Posted By rfinch
Certainly more than shear, the bolts are also...

Certainly more than shear, the bolts are also under tension, because they're torqued to a specified amount. The tension in the bolts doesn't directly help keep the wings on, but does create high...
Forum: Painting your RV 05-27-2008, 11:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,876
Posted By rfinch
Hmmmm....it's a good first step to what I have in...

Hmmmm....it's a good first step to what I have in mind. Fuselage still symmetrical. Overall it looks nice though.

Again, nice asymmetry on the wing, but doesn't follow through on the fuselage. ...
Forum: Painting your RV 05-26-2008, 10:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,876
Posted By rfinch
Asymmetrical paint scheme

Rarely do I see a paint scheme on an airplane, RV or otherwise, that I consider remarkable, or one I would want to emulate. An exception is the one a friend had done for his Ercoupe...
Forum: Web Site Development 05-23-2008, 02:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,644
Posted By rfinch
No upload problems, but I emailed some...

No upload problems, but I emailed some suggestions and it was over a week until I got a response.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2008, 02:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,695
Posted By rfinch
The whole Puget Sound area is amazing beautiful. ...

The whole Puget Sound area is amazing beautiful. Anywhere you go you'll enjoy.
Consider taking a ferry (http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/info_desk/route-maps/) somewhere. You could ferry into...
Forum: Reviews 05-20-2008, 02:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,568
Posted By rfinch
Are you having trouble with the company, or one...

Are you having trouble with the company, or one of their products?

I've never bought anything from RST but the owner posts a lot on the Usenet aviation groups (rec.aviation.*). He seems an ornery...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2008, 03:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,691
Posted By rfinch
I feel your pain...but here in California I quit...

I feel your pain...but here in California I quit using autogas years ago. Instead I use 100LL + TCP.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2008, 03:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 934
Posted By rfinch
The .mdb files are simply Microsoft Access...

The .mdb files are simply Microsoft Access database files...and MS Access has a built-in spell checker. So one way to spell check them is to open the kitlog.mdb file from Access (you'll need a...
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