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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,540
Posted By Snowflake
I'm so cheap I drain my oil cans too. But I went...

I'm so cheap I drain my oil cans too. But I went one better and talked a friend into making me a rack out of sheet metal... It holds any bottle that has the same rectangular dimensions as the Shell...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 11,454
Posted By Snowflake
Not reading all the posts but will offer my...

Not reading all the posts but will offer my experience:

Carb heat can happen in a Lycoming. I've seen it a few times in my RV-6, with its O-320-E2D.

The stock "snorkel" carb heat tube is next to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2021, 07:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,032
Posted By Snowflake
90" is wider than a 6' doorway, but diagonally...

90" is wider than a 6' doorway, but diagonally maybe it could fit. With a few people to lift and rotate the fuselage it might go through.

Gotta stop thinking in two dimensions on some of these...
Forum: ADS-B 09-12-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 403
Posted By Snowflake
That wouldn't have any bearing on getting ADS-B...

That wouldn't have any bearing on getting ADS-B in to his Avare...
Forum: International 09-10-2021, 07:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,872
Posted By Snowflake
Export restrictions would still kill that...

Export restrictions would still kill that business, as McMaster would probably not sell to it. When you buy there you check off a declaration that the parts won't be exported. If an individual does...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-09-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,285
Posted By Snowflake
@Jerry - Epic! Paint colour and scheme can be...

@Jerry - Epic!

Paint colour and scheme can be polarizing, see the Rocket lately painted in robin's-egg blue. I personally love the colour. If I were in the market for a Rocket, that paint job...
Forum: Canada 09-09-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,003
Posted By Snowflake
While this is true, MD-RA has had issues with...

While this is true, MD-RA has had issues with their choice in how to interpret regulations. For example, their *policy* was to require 406MHz ELT's on all new builds before it was mandated by...
Forum: International 09-09-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,872
Posted By Snowflake
McMaster went from having no problems shipping to...

McMaster went from having no problems shipping to Canada, to cutting off everything north of the 49th. They would only ship to companies that they already had a history with, no individuals. That...
Forum: Reviews 09-08-2021, 07:32 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,555
Posted By Snowflake
Pull into a vertical climb, and your prop is...

Pull into a vertical climb, and your prop is lifting your entire gross weight, half on each blade (for a two-bladed prop). I doubt you're pulling with that much force when you move it on the ramp.
Forum: Reviews 09-07-2021, 07:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,555
Posted By Snowflake
They'd have to pull or push at the tip of the...

They'd have to pull or push at the tip of the prop to even be likely to cause damage... Usually one pushes/pulls near the root, where you're unlikely to flex the blade.

Props experience much higher...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-07-2021, 07:34 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 37,662
Posted By Snowflake
The mounting holes for the 2" version are...

The mounting holes for the 2" version are standard 2.25" instrument holes. The front portion of the case sits against the panel and sticks out like the G5.

The 3" version has a larger front case...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-03-2021, 09:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,861
Posted By Snowflake
Except a lot of the new automotive engines *are*...

Except a lot of the new automotive engines *are* using high CR. My Mazda3 is 9:1, and in Europe it's available with a 10 or 10.5:1 CR. No, not the Diesel.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2021, 09:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,457
Posted By Snowflake
FYI - Your images aren't showing up, for me at...

FYI - Your images aren't showing up, for me at least. Chrome under Windows and Linux, same result. This is likely because your site is only http, not https. Browsers are now blocking embedded...
Forum: Safety 08-27-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 14,545
Posted By Snowflake
First thing I saw in the first photo was the open...

First thing I saw in the first photo was the open canopy and immediately thought "that's going to close on impact." And yep, on the last photo you can see it half-way there.

I wouldn't want the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,186
Posted By Snowflake
Oh? How would you measure the flow rate at the...

Oh? How would you measure the flow rate at the exit in practice?
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-25-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,947
Posted By Snowflake
As I recall, it's a -6 fuselage with -4 wings.

As I recall, it's a -6 fuselage with -4 wings.
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-21-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 15,355
Posted By Snowflake
Changing tack slightly... Has anyone tried MGL's...

Changing tack slightly... Has anyone tried MGL's ECB offering, or compared how it functions compared to VPX?
Forum: RV-10 08-20-2021, 07:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,296
Posted By Snowflake
Thinking out loud... Roll trim on the RV's was...

Thinking out loud...

Roll trim on the RV's was originally done with a spring-tension system connected direcctly to the pushrods, and a lever between the seats to bias the spring tension to one side...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-20-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,735
Posted By Snowflake
While you're at it, take the time to put some...

While you're at it, take the time to put some kind of wear protection between that (aluminum?) line and the very tight hole that it runs through. A leaking fitting might just weep, but when the skin...
Forum: RV-4 08-19-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 753
Posted By Snowflake
You can also drill a water drain hole at the back...

You can also drill a water drain hole at the back of the wheel pant so at least the water will run out.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-16-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 773
Posted By Snowflake
Not only that, anyone onboard can use their...

Not only that, anyone onboard can use their tablets to connect to the Stratux and see traffic on their portable EFB, all at the same time. The Stratux supports multiple connections over WiFi.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-16-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 773
Posted By Snowflake
Drat... Copying the URL from my phone got an...

Drat... Copying the URL from my phone got an extra "-" in there. Fixed. Corrected URL for reference:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spbN0_ccpUU

In the video he gives the model number for the...
Forum: Tools 08-15-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,397
Posted By Snowflake
@jliltd I think part of the criteria for going to...

@jliltd I think part of the criteria for going to the surplus store is "sharpened beyond a certain length" as well... They use 6" bits for a reason, if they get sharpened down to 5.5" they may not be...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-15-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 773
Posted By Snowflake
There's some incomplete information here. 1. You...

There's some incomplete information here.

1. You do need a USB to serial adapter for the Stratux.
2. You need a free RX Serial port on the GRT.
3. The Stratux will detect the USB to serial adapter...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-12-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,897
Posted By Snowflake
FWIW, your semicircle design is what Bob Mills...

FWIW, your semicircle design is what Bob Mills said was the fastest on his -6. The flat caps he made (I have his molds for them now) were the second fastest. Both increased stall speed slightly (I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2021, 07:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,498
Posted By Snowflake
Take care that the bathroom scale style sometimes...

Take care that the bathroom scale style sometimes has a "tap to wake" and an automatic timeout that will kick in at the most inopportune time... Like just after you've got the plane all positioned on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 581
Posted By Snowflake
What switches are on the right side of the panel...

What switches are on the right side of the panel that you need to actuate while in your landing roll?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 903
Posted By Snowflake
The bill of sale from Vans Aircraft is for the...

The bill of sale from Vans Aircraft is for the *kit*. You are manufacturing that into an *airplane* and as such become the aircraft manufacturer. They remain the kit manufacturer.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-06-2021, 12:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,573
Posted By Snowflake
Marc, some questions: 1. Are those repair covers...

Marc, some questions:
1. Are those repair covers simply pop-riveted on, with pro-seal between them and the rear wall of the tank?
2. What size hole cutter is that? 4", 5"?
3. How did you remove the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,345
Posted By Snowflake
No, the TailbeaconX does not work on both...

No, the TailbeaconX does not work on both frequencies. The TailbeaconX is a 1090 MHz Mode ES transponder.
Forum: RV-15 08-01-2021, 09:00 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,455
Posted By Snowflake
Make it an option perhaps, but don't make it the...

Make it an option perhaps, but don't make it the default. The extra weight for gear attach hard points that you'll only use half of comes straight off your useful load.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,745
Posted By Snowflake
"Oversquare is tough to do with a fixed-pitch...

"Oversquare is tough to do with a fixed-pitch prop"

Yep. Although I wonder if it's easier with props that flex under load and give a little bit of "constant speed" effect over a small range? Don't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2021, 01:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,367
Posted By Snowflake
As another small-scale contributor, i'm also...

As another small-scale contributor, i'm also pleased to see this recognition for the team. A lot of smart people have worked hard to bring us an amazing product that should contribute to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2021, 07:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,241
Posted By Snowflake
Or perhaps link directly to the Kitplanes article...

Or perhaps link directly to the Kitplanes article rather than force people to go through Facebook...
https://www.kitplanes.com/twinjag/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2021, 07:20 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 49,251
Posted By Snowflake
And yet, not familiar enough with it to spell...

And yet, not familiar enough with it to spell Corvair correctly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2021, 08:14 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 21,337
Posted By Snowflake
You're not alone... That was my first thought as...

You're not alone... That was my first thought as well!
Forum: RV-10 07-22-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 906
Posted By Snowflake
Flaps will increase drag at all positions, but as...

Flaps will increase drag at all positions, but as you point out they provide a lot more lift than drag for the first 5-15 degrees of deflection depending on the aircraft configuration. On many...
Forum: ADS-B 07-21-2021, 07:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,519
Posted By Snowflake
The AHRS board also has a fan controller that...

The AHRS board also has a fan controller that modulates the speed with temperature, so there are other benefits to it. But yes, you can run the Stratux with a fan that just runs full time.


While...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2021, 09:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,116
Posted By Snowflake
Wow, that really buckled everything in that outer...

Wow, that really buckled everything in that outer section beyond the fuel tank and ahead of the spar. But as far as I can see, that's all that's damaged... Would it be as simple as drilling out the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-17-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,531
Posted By Snowflake
How long have you been sitting on that short N...

How long have you been sitting on that short N number? :) Congratulations!
Forum: Engine Monitors 07-16-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,272
Posted By Snowflake
Not in a 3" or 2" package, no. I have the 3"...

Not in a 3" or 2" package, no.

I have the 3" TC-4 for CHT/EGT and 2" FF-(forget the number) for fuel levels and flow in my -6. They've worked great for 10 years now, and still can't be beat for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,962
Posted By Snowflake
Um... Wrong. Wind play can easily bend/break...

Um... Wrong. Wind play can easily bend/break control stops. Rudders can and do slam into the inboard ends of the elevators.
Forum: RV-3 07-12-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,552
Posted By Snowflake
Which assumes the wing loading is the only factor...

Which assumes the wing loading is the only factor limiting the structure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2021, 08:57 PM
Replies: 1,908
Views: 588,435
Posted By Snowflake
Hmm... That's clever. Now you've got me thinking...

Hmm... That's clever. Now you've got me thinking about whether my -6 would fit nose-first into my hangar... I'll have to measure next time i'm out there...
Forum: Alternative Engines 07-11-2021, 09:48 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 19,444
Posted By Snowflake
At the rate prices are increasing, it'll soon...

At the rate prices are increasing, it'll soon cost that much for the Lycomings we're using now.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-09-2021, 07:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,294
Posted By Snowflake
Since this thread was revived I thought i'd...

Since this thread was revived I thought i'd add:

I mentioned the difficulty I had learning FreeCAD on one of the Slack channels i'm on, and someone there gave me a pointer to some excellent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,780
Posted By Snowflake
Next they can stretch it out and get the 49th...

Next they can stretch it out and get the 49th (Alaska) and then put some long-range tanks in and go for the 50th! :)

Nice work!
Forum: RV-4 06-26-2021, 08:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,394
Posted By Snowflake
This is my plan. But good luck getting that...

This is my plan. But good luck getting that actuator cable from Aircraft Spruce. It's been out of stock for 9 months, they told me that delivery would be 10 weeks for one. 14 weeks after ordering,...
Forum: ADS-B 06-23-2021, 07:29 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 19,714
Posted By Snowflake
Correct. There is no privacy with ADS-B apart...

Correct. There is no privacy with ADS-B apart from Anonymous mode.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,822
Posted By Snowflake
Honestly... How much movement does your airplane...

Honestly... How much movement does your airplane see in the hangar? Any wind? Chocks really aren't necessary unless your hangar is built on a slope.

That said, I always chock mine in the hangar,...
Forum: Reviews 06-15-2021, 09:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,034
Posted By Snowflake
If you can spin it fast enough by hand to get oil...

If you can spin it fast enough by hand to get oil moving, and given you're not likely to spin it more than a couple of dozen blades or so to do it, then what's the difference between it being spun by...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-15-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,344
Posted By Snowflake
Not without a 3D printed fairing for it, at...

Not without a 3D printed fairing for it, at least. Where's Steve? :)
Forum: ADS-B 06-12-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 883
Posted By Snowflake
Some encouraging results...

Some encouraging results examples...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQhj-LwuCaQ
Forum: ADS-B 06-12-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 883
Posted By Snowflake
I'm on the Stratux Github repository as well. ...

I'm on the Stratux Github repository as well. There is work being done on this, and there has been success in getting the Stratux to emulate a GDL39 and display traffic on the Aera 660. The code is...
Forum: ADS-B 06-10-2021, 07:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,454
Posted By Snowflake
You will also see Mode S transponders.

You will also see Mode S transponders.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-07-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,182
Posted By Snowflake
You never need to weigh a tailwheel when it's off...

You never need to weigh a tailwheel when it's off the ground.

Weigh the aircraft in 3-point attitude and total all three scales. That's your total weight.

Lift the tailwheel to flying attitude,...
Forum: Formation Flying 06-06-2021, 09:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,014
Posted By Snowflake
When you're at the firewall and lead is walking...

When you're at the firewall and lead is walking away from you, you ask lead to slow down (in a 150HP RV-6 flying with a Rocket, I do this a lot...). Ditto on the slow end, if he's slowed down...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,206
Posted By Snowflake
Ditto. I stand in front of the filler hole and...

Ditto. I stand in front of the filler hole and when the person walks forward with the hose I reach my hand out to take it as they approach. Never had it refused.

I did the same at the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-05-2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 977
Posted By Snowflake
I seem to recall that when applying vinyl you use...

I seem to recall that when applying vinyl you use a heat gun to "set" it, the heat softens the vinyl and shrinks it so it pulls out minor bumps and conforms to rivet heads, screw heads, seams, etc. ...
Forum: Safety 06-05-2021, 08:42 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 9,636
Posted By Snowflake
You'd be best off where the flaps are providing...

You'd be best off where the flaps are providing more lift than drag... the 10 degree takeoff setting would apply. Don't go for more than that until you're sure you're too high or too fast on the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-03-2021, 07:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 759
Posted By Snowflake
On my -6 I raise it high enough that I can turn...

On my -6 I raise it high enough that I can turn the overhead latch 90 degrees and rest the handle on the top of the canopy bow. That doesn't let me hang my arm over the side (sorry, if you wanted...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-02-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 37,662
Posted By Snowflake
Vern hasn't posted with an update yet so i'll...

Vern hasn't posted with an update yet so i'll jump in... The huVVer AVI instruments (2.25" and 3.125") are now live for sale on the Makerplane.org...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-02-2021, 07:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,092
Posted By Snowflake
Since the builder screwed you by not installing...

Since the builder screwed you by not installing the jettison handle (which as you can see has other uses), the best suggestion would be to work on the weather stripping with the canopy in-place. If...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2021, 07:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 859
Posted By Snowflake
If you value your hearing at all, I would not...

If you value your hearing at all, I would not recommend making it a habit of flying without a headset. There are definitely times when i'd like to have a speaker in the cockpit though... Being able...
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