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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2022, 09:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,403
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Red RV-8 missing from front page photo

Trying to get your plane on the front page? Nice try Blain, but I see Doug Reeves was on to you. Better luck next time :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2022, 10:14 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,712
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Getting your tailwheel endorsement will make you...

Getting your tailwheel endorsement will make you a better pilot, but only in a very narrow sense as Taltruda mentioned:

"It absolutely will make you a better pilot, because tailwheel aircraft are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2021, 09:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,572
Posted By joe_rainbolt
15K nautical miles in 139 flights. (Does not...

15K nautical miles in 139 flights. (Does not include flights that departed and landed at the same airport)
Longest leg: 589nm
Shortest leg: 16.6nm
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-13-2021, 10:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,618
Posted By joe_rainbolt
I'm not implying that you are overthinking this...

I'm not implying that you are overthinking this as I am certainly guilty of underthinking the big move. I didn't think about it in any way whatsoever. I just called a tow truck and they loaded it...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-10-2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,155
Posted By joe_rainbolt
I've had the need to remove my canopy 3 times in...

I've had the need to remove my canopy 3 times in 5 years so far. So just FYI, I've found that getting the canopy off was simple since I have the emergency release hardware in place.

It's getting...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-05-2021, 09:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,742
Posted By joe_rainbolt
You are correct. Thanks for the proof read. ...

You are correct. Thanks for the proof read. Those responsible have been sacked :)
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-04-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,742
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Highest to Lowest: the blog

A few weeks ago I posted some pictures in the 'weekend' thread from a recent trip flying by Mt. Whitney and landing at Furnace Creek, the highest and lowest points in the continental United...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2021, 11:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,140
Posted By joe_rainbolt
AirNav also states in its remarks section: "-RWY...

AirNav also states in its remarks section: "-RWY 15/33 PAVEMENT HEAVING; EXTREMELY ROUGH SFC."

The definition of rough is very subjective, but I think most will agree that the truth is somewhere...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 10:24 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,140
Posted By joe_rainbolt
L06 runway condition

Andy Simpkinson & Bryan Douglass:

The runway at Furnace Creek leaves a lot to be desired. There are too many rough spots to avoid all of them. Expect some bumps. It's still much better than the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2021, 09:35 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,140
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Flying high and low

Not actually this weekend, but last Wednesday.

Approaching Mt. Whitney from the west (center...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2021, 09:06 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 34,713
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Blain: I would bring her to the Saturday...

Blain: I would bring her to the Saturday flyouts, but I can't be certain that we would be eating outside.

LMPOWELL: She's a mix. We think she looks like a Brittany Spaniel, but others have said...
Forum: Flight Testing 02-11-2021, 09:30 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,351
Posted By joe_rainbolt
If someone has the slightest concern about flying...

If someone has the slightest concern about flying their aircraft's maiden flight, then perhaps they shouldn't.

Call them justifications or rationalizations, either way, here are things I considered...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2021, 10:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 34,713
Posted By joe_rainbolt
My frequent copilot, Trina. She always takes off...

My frequent copilot, Trina. She always takes off her ear-muffs as soon as I turn off the fasten seat belt light, but at least she's not smoking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2020, 01:45 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,664
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Skylor, I have data from my G3X that shows my...

Skylor, I have data from my G3X that shows my RV-7A experiences as little as .3Gs during the first part of a return to runway turn. There are more Gs later as the turn flattens out, but the steepest...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,664
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Skylor, Please explain my misunderstanding of...

Skylor, Please explain my misunderstanding of physics and flight characteristics.

I said that turn back at Vg would likely be at a higher than stall speed. In my RV, Vg averages out at 83KTS...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2020, 09:12 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,664
Posted By joe_rainbolt
As mentioned previously in this thread, Charlie...

As mentioned previously in this thread, Charlie Precourt's excellent articles in EAA Sport Aviation and in his EAA webinar covered the statistics of on takeoff engine failures. The take-home lesson...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-16-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,966
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Road trip by Air

California to Tennessee via Idaho in our RV-7A, with all the trials and tribulations expected from a trip with minimal planning.
Note that the picture below shows VMC over the entire country which is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2020, 10:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,727
Posted By joe_rainbolt
For me, it came down to aesthetics and switch count

I examined Infinity and Tosten up close while I was building my 7A. Both are of good quality. I liked the looks of the Infinity grip and it seemed to offer one more switch location, as I recall. I...
Forum: RV-4 09-28-2020, 09:16 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 19,708
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Thanks to KRaviator for his informative post, but...

Thanks to KRaviator for his informative post, but I was really hoping to see someone specifically address Dan Horton's question:

"Put another way, if the fasteners are in the standard locations, and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-16-2020, 10:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,656
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Slow build all the way. I took 4 1/2 years to...

Slow build all the way. I took 4 1/2 years to complete my 7A. It would have taken much longer if I hadn't been able to build it at my house. On some days I only worked on it 5 minutes, but I did...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2020, 09:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,128
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Ditto on what Bobby Hester did, except that I...

Ditto on what Bobby Hester did, except that I only bought one scale. When it was time to weigh the plane, I cut two blocks of wood that were the same height off the floor as the loaded scale. As I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2020, 06:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,116
Posted By joe_rainbolt
As long as you have decided to not stay for the...

As long as you have decided to not stay for the entirety of the show you are going to miss something you wanted to see or do. I've found that I am about airplaned out after three days, so I choose...
Forum: RV-14 08-22-2019, 01:10 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 71,810
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Build on!

I'm with the build on crowd. Try not to let these kinds of set backs destroy your momentum. I know -- it's much easier said than done.

And while we are sharing our screw...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-21-2019, 10:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,002
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Oshkosh'19 and the Cosmosphere trip report

Our trip to Oshkosh and the Cosmosphere space...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-24-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,297
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Hot wheel pant

One note of caution on the hot wheel pant. On my last condition inspection, after reassembling the wheel pants, I allowed the brake line to be in contact with the inside of the wheel pant. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2019, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,716
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Myra and Claudette, Good luck, and especially,...

Myra and Claudette,
Good luck, and especially, good weather luck on your travels. A trip of this duration will surely bring many interesting adventures.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-02-2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,683
Posted By joe_rainbolt
My 49th State*

I was recently in Hawaii on vacation where I flew a Cirrus SR22. ...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-17-2019, 09:34 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 256,385
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Waikiki

Ran into Don Ho. Who knew he was a VAF...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-15-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,711
Posted By joe_rainbolt
me too

Like Dave, I too have had this happen 3 or 4 times in flight. In my case, the left screen goes dark and then I see that is it rebooting with the Garmin logo. My system includes 2 GDU 370...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-14-2018, 09:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,497
Posted By joe_rainbolt
To Colorado and Arizona

My latest flying...
Forum: Midwest 10-25-2018, 08:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,296
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Now I'm feeling...

Now I'm feeling...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-21-2018, 08:59 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,729
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Weekend get-a-way including WAAAM fly-in

After taking the summer off I'm back at it, finding new places to go in our RV-7A. What did I learn on this trip? Fly high or cough. The flammability of California and Oregon cannot be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2018, 06:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,499
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Or, maybe it won't drive you crazy...

I had a similar catastrophe with my elevator while I was painting: ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2018, 07:11 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 59,816
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Re: cutting in line

I'm not at Oshkosh this year and I've only flown in myself once. Fortunately on my flight which occurred on Monday morning last year, I had good weather. Although I did not personally observe any...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-07-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 20,451
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Orofino is awesome

Larry,
I'm so glad you were able to make it to Orofino. It is definitely a place I plan to return to the first chance I get. I blew my first approach there because I was coming in from the east and...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-05-2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 20,451
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Great write up

Congratulations Larry, you and your son have demonstrated uncommon perseverance and stamina. I'm impressed. Welcome to the club :)
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-10-2018, 03:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,571
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Hi Larry, My 48 State tour was a great time for...

Hi Larry,
My 48 State tour was a great time for me and I am certain that you will view it the same. Your 7 day time frame is very ambitious, but if the weather and your stamina permit, I don't see...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,060
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Hi Gizmos, The GMC307 will light up whichever A/P...

Hi Gizmos,
The GMC307 will light up whichever A/P mode is active and you will see the current and next A/P mode displayed on the PFD so you really don't need a separate indicator light to signal that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,040
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Interesting idea!

My first thought on your question was to suggest that since there are two fuel flow inputs on the G3X system, one could wire the single red cube output through a relay such that fuel flow signal...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2018, 09:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,055
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Access panels double as GPS antenna mounts

In my access panels I used fiber glass instead of aluminum. The access panels incorporate molded in mounts for GPS antennas. There are three total in my system and all are working great in this...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-16-2018, 05:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 14,798
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Putting the "EE" in Experimental

Nice work Gil. I love the idea of home built electronics in our home built aircraft. To me, its what 'experimental' is all about. Keep up the good work!

P.S. Anyone interested in my own foray in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 187,067
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Ocular glare hazzard

Same plant as in Vlad's pic, near Tonopah NV. It's listed on the sectional as an "Ocular glare...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,565
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Brand...

Brand...
Forum: RV-10 02-20-2018, 10:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,252
Posted By joe_rainbolt
delivered

5 miles, 30 minutes, no hassle, $125. Delivered into my...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-20-2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,930
Posted By joe_rainbolt
I would like to ask the question: What...

I would like to ask the question: What constitutes a hot restart? Is it a hot restart if and only if the engine has already attained its normal operating temperature?

In my own case, AFP injection...
Forum: RV-14 02-15-2018, 10:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,827
Posted By joe_rainbolt
redundancy

I installed mine per the plans, sans the electronics. I connected the switch directly to a sonolert type beeper. I can still hear it while I am wearing my headset. I consider it to be only a...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 01-29-2018, 07:49 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 38,289
Posted By joe_rainbolt
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I don't...

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I don't often comment on these forums, but as someone who has enjoyed your posts in the past and especially those related to dog rescue, I feel compelled to offer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,826
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Hi Mike, Thanks for all the great links and...

Hi Mike, Thanks for all the great links and advice. It seems that I have some homework to do.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2018, 05:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,826
Posted By joe_rainbolt
One hop to Alaska?

I've been thinking about this trip myself ever since completing my 48 state tour last summer. Of particular interest to me is the initial leg from northern WA to Ketchikan AK. Skyvector.com shows...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2018, 06:00 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 12,770
Posted By joe_rainbolt
I've got nearly the same setup as RAYMO. *...

I've got nearly the same setup as RAYMO.

* Coolie hat = roll/pitch trim
* Trigger = PTT
* Middle thumb button = A/P disconnect / cws
* Upper right thumb button = COM flip/flop
* Upper left thumb...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-04-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,930
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Fort Bragg CA, weekend get-a-way

A wine tasting, beer sampling, Christmas Parade watching, overniter to California's North...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-28-2017, 04:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,957
Posted By joe_rainbolt
You are unlikely to find what you need on any...

You are unlikely to find what you need on any single site. While I was building, I had several favorites like the Mike Bullock site already mentioned and Bruce Hill.

My plane is configured very...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-13-2017, 06:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,009
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Hi Gary, I don't think trading out Sedona for...

Hi Gary,
I don't think trading out Sedona for PIMA would have gone over too well with the Mrs. As it turns out though, we didn't make it to Sedona either, so I think I can see another trip south...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-13-2017, 02:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,009
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Need Uber

There's no doubt about that, Andy. We've blown a lot of money on rental cars and taxis.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-12-2017, 12:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,009
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Titan II missile museum

Our recent trip to Tuscon to see the Titan II missile...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-07-2017, 04:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,701
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

I'll admit that the last thing Oregon needs is more Californians, but we went anyway.
It was a quick overnight getaway to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum at McMinnville Oregon.
On the way...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2017, 09:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,780
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Hi Colin, First, I really like the work you did...

Hi Colin,

First, I really like the work you did on the oil door and hidden hinge.

I found out that my oil door would pop open right at 200MPH with the same latch as you have, and I also have an...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-16-2017, 05:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,756
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Eclipse: 21 August 2017

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/qPy_yjp7oKXEx0gAV0O24rnZIN6Ap2i5q6b6g1HpclUfJGlY05992tQm7Xbw0PKXk9eWnTeVF5ujJUZnxn9aOF6WU1r8X_SeeT6iTAiR1YumrWKaayFjcse3EL_B15NKwEmTxMbizr3RBeTOKy1gEEPTVHmjlfqz17z5-T...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-26-2017, 11:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,755
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Local news

I've gotten some local attention on my 48 state trip in the form of a newspaper article from the Grass Valley...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-16-2017, 10:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,755
Posted By joe_rainbolt
4th part is coming shortly

Sorry about the delay. Work got in the way of fun, once again. Expect the 4th chapter tonight or tomorrow.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-07-2017, 03:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,755
Posted By joe_rainbolt
48 States in two weeks

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/wibbd6eV1a4tfOyu5CvLas1T1EH7vzVg8KRSewl5wbGkeaP5QFouR14nvbXixCs1suHT-MqOgjR6kkBQtX6pCNKRcvXXv1DbSHHzIZCkJHD9gTdwIakfhZ1Cbpl5V6fWn3k8NBuGDIDd_6LUAjpJgkJVGhrY4GZ0521SZ4...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2017, 05:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,367
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Welcome to the group, Bob. Nice pics and...

Welcome to the group, Bob.

Nice pics and airplane. I am curious about your route. What was the rational for going the long way? Sightseeing or perhaps just enjoying the trip? The reason I ask is...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-23-2017, 12:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,345
Posted By joe_rainbolt
Bodie and Lone Pine

A ghost town, the eastern slope of the Sierras, and a bicycle crash. All in a day's...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-15-2017, 04:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,760
Posted By joe_rainbolt
I confess: I made the same mistake

I made exactly the same mistake as I was about to paint my elevator. I considered re-skinning, but I felt that the damage caused by me removing all those rivets was a greater risk than a fiberglass...
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