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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 09:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 325
Posted By Dugaru
Flap motor

If all you need is the motor, and it's the same as what was in my -9A, you can get just that part from the machine shop that supplies Vans, with the required gizmo already mounted on the drive shaft....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 09:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,927
Posted By Dugaru
Good tip

Good idea on the cowl cover for shorter trips.

I've yet to find an outlet with 100ft of any of the parking spots at KXLL, one of my frequent destinations. They will put it in the heated hangar but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2021, 08:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,927
Posted By Dugaru
Middle of nowhere

Has anyone found a good portable solution for preheating on a ramp when no electricity is available? A portable generator would likely solve the problem, but is hard to carry around in the baggage...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-15-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 460
Posted By Dugaru
My next electrical question

Okay so my old Kubota alternator turned “backwards” when installed on my O-320. From what I can tell this is typical, and my (limited) grasp of ancient high school physics tells me that the rotation...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-15-2021, 07:59 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,847
Posted By Dugaru
I’m that guy

As the guy who let the smoke out, that story doesn’t actually defame the Odyssey. Actually it appears to have soldiered on for some time despite heavy abuse caused by my ignorance.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-12-2021, 05:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,663
Posted By Dugaru
Good to know

I think I may try to source a replacement for the current one then (saves on surgery as well). I *think* this will do; the model number on the old one is.... burned off. But it's definitely 3 pin.

...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-12-2021, 03:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,663
Posted By Dugaru
Still more info

The alternator is kaput. It appears to be the model used in a Kubota tractor, which I gather is a typical install in an RV. On the bench it's grounding positive.

Thinking I'll go with a PlanePower...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-12-2021, 03:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,663
Posted By Dugaru
I can tell you what mine did

I looked at my voltage data from my engine monitor, and it basically shows less voltage than that. I was under 12.75 much of the time. Bus voltage appears to have declined over time as the alternator...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-12-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,663
Posted By Dugaru
new data

No backup batteries. He checked the installation of the battery right after the smoke appeared, and it was correct.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-12-2021, 10:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,663
Posted By Dugaru
Missed this

No, it doesn't.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-12-2021, 10:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,663
Posted By Dugaru
Update

Okay, additional findings:

1. Engine monitor data uploaded to savvy shows that bus voltage was too low and was falling over time. My dead battery (and the short life of the one before it) appear to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-11-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,663
Posted By Dugaru
We let the smoke get out

So at the conclusion of my condition inspection, my A&P discovered my battery (PC680) was dead and would not take a charge. That was weird because the battery was only a few months old. Anyway, after...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2021, 10:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,700
Posted By Dugaru
Yup

Virginia also requires aircraft registration. The sticker is only $5, but to get one you have to prove you've paid sales/use tax as required, and you also have to provide evidence of sufficient...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,793
Posted By Dugaru
Adventures in Used RVs

Third owner of an RV-9A here. I think this is a super important point.

I posted once about my own adventure due to my incomplete knowledge of my RV's electrical system (and a wrong fuse possibly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2021, 10:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,978
Posted By Dugaru
"RV, Intrepid, southbound, 1100...."

The Ace Copilot and I flew from W96 (New Kent International Aerodrome, Quinton VA) to KISP (Long Island MacArthur) on Friday. What a good reason to get an instrument rating.....

We then came down...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2021, 03:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,706
Posted By Dugaru
Refills

I faced largely the same problems until I discovered my local scuba store would fill mine cheaply ($10?). I use an O2D2 which stretches tanks for a looooong time, and haven’t been able to justify...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2021, 01:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,025
Posted By Dugaru
We need an RV in MSFS 2020!

This is awesome!

By the way, can you ask them if/when the Garmin 430/530s will be fully functional? I'd love to use MSFS 2020 for (obviously non-loggable) IFR practice, but unfortunately the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-07-2021, 02:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 373
Posted By Dugaru
Count me in

I've got XPlane and my real plane has a Horizon EX. If that combo could be helpful, I'm in!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-05-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 970
Posted By Dugaru
Baffling material

I used this stuff:

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/pages/ap/baffling_0material/siliconecowlseals4.php
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-05-2021, 11:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,610
Posted By Dugaru
Low speeds

From my very first flight in my -9A, what impressed me the most was how well it flies slowly. It's just an amazing airfoil on that thing.

An added benefit is that if anything goes wrong with a...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 09-21-2021, 12:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,999
Posted By Dugaru
Must have

I bought a -9A and flew it for a few years before installing the supertracks. Should have done it sooner. It makes a huge (HUGE) difference in the ease of loading and unloading the baggage area. And...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2021, 10:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,245
Posted By Dugaru
First thing

At this point, the most important thing to do is to understand the procedures and deadlines for any appeal of the assessment. You've likely already investigated that, but I've been amazed over the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2021, 09:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,692
Posted By Dugaru
Leaving the master on

For whatever reason, the Batteryminder seems to bail me out with no issues. I think my only drain with the master on is my electronic ignition.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2021, 02:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,692
Posted By Dugaru
Charging an Odyssey

I confess that I leave my 680 plugged into a Batteryminder for AGM that Odyssey has approved:

https://www.odysseybattery.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/ODYSSEY_approved_12V_chargers.pdf

May well be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2021, 07:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,393
Posted By Dugaru
Two LODAs or not

As I understood it, a CFI needs his or her own LODA to instruct in *any* experimental aircraft, and then any such aircraft itself also has to have a LODA identifying the aircraft and the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,393
Posted By Dugaru
Okay I can sort of see this...

...but at the very least I'm going to need an additional LODA. The authorized "delegate" has to be listed by name at the bottom of the LODA, per Paragraph A:

"The owner (or delegate) or authorized...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,393
Posted By Dugaru
LODA question

The LODA that I obtained for my plane is not a model of clarity -- in part because the FAA apparently uses the same form for aircraft owners that it uses for CFIs.

But that said, as I read it, my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 10:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,827
Posted By Dugaru
Tri-Pacer

That is indeed a great combination!! The Tri-Pacer is a really underrated aircraft.

My cousin has a Pacer and likes everything about it except landing it. He prefers grass, as it is not a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,244
Posted By Dugaru
Racing RVs

I would love to watch that, but I'll let somebody else fly it. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 858
Posted By Dugaru
A perfect opportunity for an in-ear headset - use...

A perfect opportunity for an in-ear headset - use the smallest foam tips provided and insert them like this (I confess I usually skip the...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 09-08-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,263
Posted By Dugaru
Going to grab a safety pilot and fly a...

Going to grab a safety pilot and fly a roll-my-own IPC as you suggest. I need to get down to SC, sounds like fun!

A friend who is a CFII and quite current in a Baron, TBM, etc., had a hard time hand...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 09-08-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,263
Posted By Dugaru
These are great observations. I also like to...

These are great observations.

I also like to practice instrument procedures solo in VFR (and without a hood obviously!). Doing that helps make the buttonology second nature, and that's a big big...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,342
Posted By Dugaru
Yes!

An RV with an enthusiastic pilot is GA's greatest ambassador. :)
Forum: GPS 09-04-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 286
Posted By Dugaru
Thanks - that appears to be what happened. Back...

Thanks - that appears to be what happened. Back to the manual!
Forum: GPS 09-04-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 286
Posted By Dugaru
430 traffic setting

So my 430W displays “TRAFFIC UNAVAILABLE” (or something like that) on the map screen in yellow text. I think it’s looking for old school TIS-A traffic data. Is there any way to tell it not to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2021, 06:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 16,956
Posted By Dugaru
I remember seeing that at Sun-N-Fun some time...

I remember seeing that at Sun-N-Fun some time ago! That was a very slick installation.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-03-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,550
Posted By Dugaru
Chalk another victory up for the Caveman and...

Chalk another victory up for the Caveman and Vansairforce: I was having erratic RPM readings, found this thread, and solved my problem. Hugely appreciative.
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 09-02-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,263
Posted By Dugaru
Horizon lines

I know exactly what you mean, and my brain was occasionally bumping up against this during my IPC. It's certainly a different experience. After watching a six-pack attitude indicator for years (where...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 09-01-2021, 01:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,263
Posted By Dugaru
IPC conclusions

Did an IPC yesterday after not flying for a while. Main takeaways:

1. I was really rusty with respect to the required hand-eye coordination. Hand flying an RV in IMC/under the hood is a really...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,753
Posted By Dugaru
Same here

Haven't tried the CQ, but if it's basically an improved Halo (as seems to be the case), it would be unbeatable.

I love the Halo. As I've mentioned before, assuming you're okay with things stuffed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2021, 02:11 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,385
Posted By Dugaru
One thing I know...

The effective service ceiling of my -9A is "below 18,000 feet," simply because I fly on BasicMed.

Also, it gets freaking cold up there. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2021, 06:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 913
Posted By Dugaru
Indeed

Someone should film me putting my lightweight cover on in gusty winds. It’s practically a Three Stooges bit.
Forum: GPS 08-19-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,700
Posted By Dugaru
Interesting tidbit

I think I understand what he was saying, maybe.

I updated both of my cards today, using the Garmin reader. There appears to be a change to the procedure. Previously, you opened the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2021, 03:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 914
Posted By Dugaru
Placement

I suspect there are a lot of variables at play here. I had two, one in each forward cabin airvent inlet, and the reading was quite inaccurate - okay on the ground, but as much as 20 degrees off in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2021, 03:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,479
Posted By Dugaru
I had that problem

It's done that to me as well. It helps to occasionally bend the headset band to make more of a "V" out of it (if that makes sense).

I also frequently wear one of those lightweight stretchy neck...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,479
Posted By Dugaru
CQ1

That strikes me as a really cool feature.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,479
Posted By Dugaru
Another Halo fan

I've been an evangelist for these guys for years. I'm proud to report that my work has resulted in two sets of Boses being listed on eBay. :)

In my view, if you are okay with in-ear (and some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,614
Posted By Dugaru
Different issue of course

I was only talking "is," not "ought." :) I'm sure you're right that a PA or NP ought to be permitted to sign off on BasicMed exams, but as things currently stand they can't, unless a state somewhere...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2021, 01:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 863
Posted By Dugaru
Access panels

I vote for installing such panels, on behalf of all future owners/maintainers of slider RV aircraft. Trust me when I say that, without access panels, getting to gadgets stuffed away up in there is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,614
Posted By Dugaru
That's also my understanding

This is a potential "gotcha" of BasicMed -- people analogize the exam (appropriately enough) to the requirements for getting a commercial driver's license, but in the case of BasicMed a PA is NOT...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2021, 11:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,952
Posted By Dugaru
Impressive!

That was in the weeds -- very brave of you to ferret out that info!

I actually think a visual alert could be entirely satisfactory, but every GA autopilot I've ever used before now has had a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,952
Posted By Dugaru
307 v. 507

Correct, that's what I've got. For a G5 system, is there any way to improve the warning from the 307 when the autopilot goes offline? The little flashing A is easy to miss, particularly in an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2021, 08:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,952
Posted By Dugaru
307 vs. 507

I think that the 507 supports audio alerts for the autopilot (including a warning that the autopilot has disconnected), while the 307 does not. My Garmin autopilot has taken an unexpected nap on me...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-12-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,443
Posted By Dugaru
Weird parts

I have no doubt. A year or so after I bought my Warrior, the alternator died. Turned out one of the terminals was incinerated, due to a host of bad wiring firewall forward. Bad techniques, wrong wire...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-11-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,885
Posted By Dugaru
NY VFR corridor

Have flown this trip several times, including in my -9A, and I can confirm it is both easy to do and TOTALLY worth it. Really an amazing privilege. The procedures are simple and we've never had any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2021, 04:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,287
Posted By Dugaru
Really impressed

The new arrival procedure seemed to work well, and the show went off without a hitch from our perspective, despite a few interesting curveballs from Mother Nature!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2021, 01:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,140
Posted By Dugaru
Another one

I knew the RVers would come through with killer info.

Another item: the incredible PackTowl. Lightweight, packs small, dries fast even in humid...
Forum: GPS 07-29-2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,865
Posted By Dugaru
175 v 430

I have no doubt that's true! :) I'm starting to think that soon, older aviators will be marked by their ability to speak 430/530. Those gadgets were a huge advance, and I'm not selling mine, but the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,140
Posted By Dugaru
OSH gear next year

Just back from OSH and already thinking about gear that works, that didn't, and improvements for next year. My observations, open to debate of course:

1. Tents: We're going to move to smaller...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2021, 04:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,320
Posted By Dugaru
I hope you're right

I came pretty close to tagging one head-on over the James River about a year ago, at maybe 2000 feet (higher than I would have expected).

There are a LOT more eagles in Virginia than there used to...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 07-15-2021, 03:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,278
Posted By Dugaru
Needing NAV

I almost never use VHF NAV in the real world. As others have suggested, I'd skip the VHF NAV, but get a G5 with the battery backup.

You could get a relatively inexpensive handheld radio that will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2021, 06:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,269
Posted By Dugaru
Good point

My autopilot in my -9A took a nap on me one day as I was doing a climbing turn into a bouncy bouncy cumulus cloud north of Philly, in VFR weather. I’ve got the older 307 box with a G5, so there was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2021, 05:44 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 19,977
Posted By Dugaru
What on Earth

This whole episode is totally mystifying to me. What are they thinking.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2021, 08:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 720
Posted By Dugaru
Impressive

Is it wrong that I live for moments like this?!? :)
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