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Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-11-2020, 11:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,980
Posted By flybill7
Flying the Mississippi River north to south

In mid-September I did something I've wanted to do for a long time: fly the Mississippi River. I decided to start at the river's headwater in the north -- Lake Itasca, Minnesota -- and then fly the...
Forum: RV-10 10-05-2020, 10:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,341
Posted By flybill7
I built my RV-7 with the Cleaveland tool kit and...

I built my RV-7 with the Cleaveland tool kit and used every tool that came with it. You will end up buying additional tools over the life of the project. I thought an angle-drill attachment (with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,289
Posted By flybill7
AAF Tank Museum, Danville, VA

Mugsy and I headed southwest from the Annapolis, Maryland area on this beautiful Saturday. Here we are crossing the Chesapeake Bay. ...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-20-2020, 08:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,429
Posted By flybill7
Thanks, Vlad. Itís on the list!

Thanks, Vlad. Itís on the list!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2020, 08:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,141
Posted By flybill7
Yes, you can do it, and more importantly, you...

Yes, you can do it, and more importantly, you will be glad you undertook the journey. I didn't even know what a cleco was when I started my build.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,537
Posted By flybill7
Go for it!

Hi Jim,

There is too much to see in one trip but you have to start someplace. Here are the links to my web logs that will give you some ideas. We live in a beautiful country. But Southern Utah is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-13-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 20,061
Posted By flybill7
I still love the old GPS496 - never let me down...

I still love the old GPS496 - never let me down after 11+ years. I use an iPad/Foreflight/Scout for ADS-B in and GDL82 for ADS-B out. The iPad/Foreflight and GPS496 make a nice combo, and the GPS...
Forum: Northeast 02-13-2020, 12:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,714
Posted By flybill7
Joni's 340 Diner at Smoketown has the biggest...

Joni's 340 Diner at Smoketown has the biggest pancake you will ever see. It covers an entire plate and is 1/2" thick! Incredible.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2020, 08:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,443
Posted By flybill7
I've had three flats over the last 11 years and...

I've had three flats over the last 11 years and each was a major hassle even though I was lucky being not too far from home and able to get help. Now I carry the equipment & spare tube to be able to...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-07-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,905
Posted By flybill7
Awesome

Vlad, you moved out west! I'm so envious! As you know, my favorite place to fly -- Green River, southern Utah, Rockies -- best flying in the world! You are living the dream, my friend.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,845
Posted By flybill7
Seven RVs flew this weekend at the annual Easton...

Seven RVs flew this weekend at the annual Easton Airport Day in Maryland, featuring a mass formation flight of 10 T-34s, 6 T-6, 1 CJ, 7 RVs and 4 Epsilons, followed by the famous Rubber Chicken...
Forum: RV-14 08-21-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 38,205
Posted By flybill7
After spending five years building my RV-7, I...

After spending five years building my RV-7, I have been flying it over 10 years now, and can say without hesitation building the RV changed my life. It has opened up new worlds to me, in so many...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-03-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,908
Posted By flybill7
Canon Digital Rebel EOS T7

Canon Digital Rebel EOS T7
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-03-2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,908
Posted By flybill7
Long cross-country Coast to Coast

Just posted the web log of my long cross-country flight out west. Baltimore to Niagara Falls, along the Canadian border to Seattle, down to San Ciego, then Tucson, Dallas and home. 67 hours in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,701
Posted By flybill7
I decided to build a plane back in 2004 but what...

I decided to build a plane back in 2004 but what plane to build? I went on the internet and it didn't take long to realize that Vans was the market leader by far and for good reason. I asked on the...
Forum: RV-10 05-29-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 850
Posted By flybill7
Heated Pitot question

I'm helping a friend build an RV-10. We are working on installing the Garmin GAP-26 heated pitot with Angle of Attack in the quickbuild wing. I have a couple of questions. Is it OK to cut the two...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-15-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,349
Posted By flybill7
The on-field restaurant at Cambridge (KCGE),...

The on-field restaurant at Cambridge (KCGE), Kay's, serves an excellent crabcake sandwich. It's only a little farther than Bay Bridge and a very scenic flight at 500 ft. Or, if you want to have...
Forum: RV-10 05-06-2019, 12:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 834
Posted By flybill7
Riveting outboard bottom wing skin RV-10 QB

I'm helping a friend with his RV-10 QB. We are approaching the point of riveting the outboard bottom wing skin. The skin (and ribs) are all match-drilled, deburred, dimpled and edge-smoothed.

The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,484
Posted By flybill7
On my long cross-countries from Maryland to the...

On my long cross-countries from Maryland to the Rockies and beyond, I've had good luck with June, although no problems in July or August either. On one trip in early October, I was surprised how...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,140
Posted By flybill7
Day Trip

Flew in Wednesday morning from the Vero Beach area 90miles away. Beautiful flying weather. I've flown into Oshkosh/Sun 'N Fun many times but this was the first time flying in/out for the day at...
Forum: Safety 03-20-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 16,338
Posted By flybill7
Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) - SPOT

I always fly with my SPOT breadcrumb tracker on. The wife loves it - she can see where I am via an online map. It costs $150/year and is worth every penny. I also fly with the aforementioned ACR...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2019, 09:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,632
Posted By flybill7
Ditto on the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. ...

Ditto on the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Really outstanding museum especially for WWI airplanes. It features the World War I aircraft and artifact collection of Sir Peter Jackson -- Producer...
Forum: ADS-B 10-18-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,451
Posted By flybill7
So if I go with GDL82 for ADS-B Out only, will I...

So if I go with GDL82 for ADS-B Out only, will I be able to get the rebate?.
Forum: Safety 10-17-2018, 08:52 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 12,335
Posted By flybill7
Stick your nose in it

Plagiarizing from Kyle Boatright, I'm a 2000 hour VFR pilot. A lot of that is cross country time. I don't have an IFR ticket. I've only been stuck a few times over the years. That said, I've had to...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-01-2018, 08:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,089
Posted By flybill7
Thanks for the great write-up. Very interesting!

Thanks for the great write-up. Very interesting!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2018, 09:25 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 49,779
Posted By flybill7
I would think having your head down in the...

I would think having your head down in the cockpit looking at ADS-B is the last thing you would want in this situation.
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 07-22-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 740
Posted By flybill7
Mike, thanks, we'll stop by DMW when you get back...

Mike, thanks, we'll stop by DMW when you get back from Osh. (Have a big prime rib for me at the Black Otter!) Thanks for the offer Matt. Glen, the Ham transmitter tester is the next step depending...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 07-21-2018, 10:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 740
Posted By flybill7
Anyone in Mid-Atlantic Area have a Garmin GTR-200 COMM in their panel?

My brother-in-law has a Garmin GTR200 Comm in his RV-3 and has been having a devil of a time getting it to transmit farther than 30 ft. It receives fine. We've triple-checked the wiring, and put a...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-05-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,283
Posted By flybill7
The restaurant at Goulding's Trading Post serves...

The restaurant at Goulding's Trading Post serves a great breakfast.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-27-2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,823
Posted By flybill7
Hi UtahClem, I've built an RV-7, and the wings...

Hi UtahClem, I've built an RV-7, and the wings and finishing a fuse of a Xenos motorglider -- basically a Sonex with glider wings. I thought building both planes was very similar; you use the same...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 03-12-2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,718
Posted By flybill7
MD/DC area

Hi Paul,

I'm based out of Essex Skypark (W48) northeast Baltimore. There might be hangar space available here. There are also hangars available at Martin State airport. Both are outside of the...
Forum: RV-14 11-17-2017, 09:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,842
Posted By flybill7
Strange. During my entire build, I did not...

Strange. During my entire build, I did not receive a single damaged part. Neither in the big Wing, Fuse and Finish kit crates shipped via ABF, or the smaller stuff shipped however it was shipped...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-20-2017, 08:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,569
Posted By flybill7
High CHTs

Since you have the Lightspeed EI, I would recommend checking your ignition timing using a strobe light. The instructions are in the LSE manual. One potential reason for high CHTs is a failed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,195
Posted By flybill7
Smile Tour de France

Wow, now that is a great trip! Thanks for sharing. Can only dream of flying across the Channel and touring France in the RV from here in the colonies.
Forum: Primers 04-28-2017, 10:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 14,721
Posted By flybill7
Priming

On my slow-build RV-7 project, finished in 2009, I used self-etching rattle can primer on the non-alcad parts. I scuffed up the parts with scotch-brite, then cleaned them well before spraying. ...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 04-28-2017, 08:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 671
Posted By flybill7
Form-Flying in the Mid-Atlantic Area

We do have a group that does formation flying in the mid-atlantic area. The RVs are based at the following airports: Easton, Smoketown, Essex Skypark, Montgomery County, Frederick, Annapolis (plus...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-26-2017, 10:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,983
Posted By flybill7
Sun /N Fun

Great write-up! Glad to hear you are going to build an AirCam. When you finish and need a pax, I'm available! ... Bill
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-27-2017, 08:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,243
Posted By flybill7
Great report! Looks like you had an awesome...

Great report! Looks like you had an awesome trip. Those fish tacos are making me hungry. :)
Forum: Trip Write-ups 11-12-2016, 09:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,821
Posted By flybill7
Sightseeing via RV in Utah and Colorado

Kanab Creek, AZ
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Marble Canyon
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Monument Valley
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Paria River Canyon
Forum: Trip Write-ups 11-12-2016, 09:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,821
Posted By flybill7
Sightseeing via RV in Utah and Colorado

Twin Lakes, CO near Leadville
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Dinosaur NM
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Flaming Gorge Reservoir
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Colorado River...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 11-12-2016, 09:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,821
Posted By flybill7
Sightseeing via RV in Utah & Colorado

About a month ago, I flew the RV-7 on a ten-day cross-country to/from Baltimore to western Colorado and eastern/southern Utah. I did most of my flying in the morning when the sun lit everything up...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-24-2016, 11:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,572
Posted By flybill7
Wow

That was the best RV video I have ever seen. Well done. I have been to Canyon de Chelly; took the ground tour with the Navajo Guide. It was spectacular. I would have enjoyed seeing two planes...
Forum: RV-14 09-07-2016, 07:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,044
Posted By flybill7
Triple Tree

I'm planning on flying down Friday morning from Maryland and leave Triple Tree Sunday morning. I attended two years ago and it was great. The runway is like landing on a golf green! The event...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2016, 10:36 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 9,100
Posted By flybill7
High CHTs

Thanks Scott, I am envious that you were able to troubleshoot and resolve so quickly. This one has been a real bear for me. ... Bill
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2016, 09:19 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 9,100
Posted By flybill7
Hi Scott, I've been having the same high CHT...

Hi Scott, I've been having the same high CHT issues with my TMX-360. When you say a new replacement is installed, does that mean you replaced the Lightspeed brainbox? ... Bill
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-11-2016, 11:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,569
Posted By flybill7
RV Adventure in Englad

Well done! Enjoyed it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2016, 10:10 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 13,111
Posted By flybill7
December 2003

It was mid-December 2003, just after the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first powered flight. It was too cold and dismal outside to fly my Citabria, and I was bored.
Building a plane had...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-12-2015, 10:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 13,750
Posted By flybill7
Deerfield Valley Airport, Vermont (4V8)

Flew up to Southern Vermont this weekend and were lucky to hit it at peak foliage! Wow.

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Forum: Polishing your RV 08-04-2015, 08:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 17,128
Posted By flybill7
Don't Polish the bottom

When I was buying my polishing kit from the Nuvite booth at Oshkosh, when I told him it was an RV, the Nuvite guy himself said "paint the bottom". I took his advice and am glad I did. It's all I...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 06-15-2015, 09:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,450
Posted By flybill7
Vlad has...

Vlad has arrived!
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Forum: Mid-Atlantic 06-15-2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,450
Posted By flybill7
Cedar Meadows

Here are some pics from Cedar Meadows 2015 fly-in for you ...

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Glen taxiis out in the Devastator.
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Condor's RV-6 and Jolly's...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-01-2015, 02:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,410
Posted By flybill7
Moab

I landed at Canyonlands Airport last August and stayed overnight in Moab which is 18 miles away from the airport. So you need transportation. "Arches Repair Services" keeps a couple rental cars at...
Forum: RV-10 05-14-2015, 08:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,473
Posted By flybill7
Slow-Build

I did the slow-build fuse. I would say the quick-build fuse would have got me into the air a year early. But building the fuse was interesting and I learned a lot. Plus I saved the money. So, for...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 05-13-2015, 03:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,450
Posted By flybill7
I'm planning on flying in

I'm planning on flying in
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 16,674
Posted By flybill7
Sun N Fun trip report

I flew my 7 into SNF Tuesday noon and departed Saturday morning, camping at Homebuilt Camping and enjoying the hospitality there. (Mary Kay and the HBC volunteers are wonderful). I had a great...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-07-2015, 10:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 12,151
Posted By flybill7
First Flight

Beautiful airplane. Congrats!
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 01-27-2015, 11:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,156
Posted By flybill7
Nice hotel

Yes, I stayed there in August on a cross-country. Recommended. Right on airfield. Very nice rooms. Recommend going when the Officer Club is open. Weekday rates are lower than on weekends. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2015, 08:24 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 14,508
Posted By flybill7
1917 Fokker Dr-1 Triplane

I finished the RV-7 in 2009 and started building a 1917 Fokker DR-1 Triplane from Ron Sands plans in 2012. Instead of aluminum, riveting and fiberglass, I'm working with wood, steel tubing and...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-23-2015, 07:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,178
Posted By flybill7
Nice trip

Ted, looks like you had a fun trip. Thanks for the write-up and great pics.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-17-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,152
Posted By flybill7
No Food

Vlad, I didn't think you'd be interested in this trip. Not much in the way of tasty food. Didn't have time. Had to keep movin!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,410
Posted By flybill7
2X No Problem

I used a 2X for the entire project and the plane is still holding together after 875 hours. I'm not saying its better than the 3X or 4X but it will do the job.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-14-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,152
Posted By flybill7
2 Week Trip Out West

Camping at the Triple Tree Aerodrome Fly-in, South Carolina

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Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-14-2014, 09:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,152
Posted By flybill7
2 Week Flight Out West (continued)

Somewhere near Green River, Utah

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Green River, north of Moab, Utah

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Canyonlands
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-14-2014, 08:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,152
Posted By flybill7
2 Week Flight Out West - Green River

It probably took me as much time to write the trip up as it did to fly it, but here is the link to the web log of my trip out west a month ago.

Link...
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