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Forum: RV-6/6A Today, 10:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By Snowflake
Oh? He's been receptive to feedback elsewhere in...

Oh? He's been receptive to feedback elsewhere in the model. And the plans say to mount the handle horizontal.
Forum: Safety Today, 10:23 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,323
Posted By Snowflake
The wedges on the washer don't contact the mating...

The wedges on the washer don't contact the mating surface on the engine or prop. The washers are used in pairs, with the wedges facing each other. That leaves the flat sides exposed on the outside,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 08:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 830
Posted By Snowflake
Congratulations on the new (to you) RV-3B. I've...

Congratulations on the new (to you) RV-3B. I've seen the plane many times since the builder finished it.

The builder was an MD-RA inspector if I recall, so would have had a lot of exposure to many...
Forum: RV-6/6A Yesterday, 08:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By Snowflake
Did this come from the 3D model that the guy in...

Did this come from the 3D model that the guy in europe somewhere was selling? I sent him a note to let him know the canopy release handle was 90 degrees off... :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 08:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 880
Posted By Snowflake
A minor nit, but STL files aren't "open source". ...

A minor nit, but STL files aren't "open source". Open Source means you give the source files and allow others to see how they were constructed as well as modify them for their own use. STL files...
Forum: Safety 01-21-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 13,294
Posted By Snowflake
80/87 was always red around here. Purple was...

80/87 was always red around here. Purple was marked gas, used in farm implements or boats.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-19-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,704
Posted By Snowflake
Nonsense. An RV-8 is intended to be used more...

Nonsense. An RV-8 is intended to be used more than once.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 356
Posted By Snowflake
This was my guess as well. Does the knob pull...

This was my guess as well. Does the knob pull out perhaps? Not much, maybe only 1/8" or so, but it may be spring loaded or have a detent that lets it come out to a position where turning it moves...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-17-2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,679
Posted By Snowflake
You could make the whole plane disappear by...

You could make the whole plane disappear by painting it with one of the "ultrablack" paints available on the market now. It won't be cheap...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-17-2021, 10:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 914
Posted By Snowflake
And your CG will move aft, which is already a...

And your CG will move aft, which is already a problem in the -6.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-16-2021, 09:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,975
Posted By Snowflake
The answer is probably that the plane was built...

The answer is probably that the plane was built with two traditional mags first, and when the eMag was installed the person installing it didn't understand electricity either and put a separate...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-16-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,679
Posted By Snowflake
To what end? The only benefit would be looks. ...

To what end? The only benefit would be looks. The RV is already such an efficient airframe that the performance benefit of retracting the gear is offset by the increased weight of the retract...
Forum: COMM 01-16-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 224
Posted By Snowflake
Check that it hasn't vibrated around and...

Check that it hasn't vibrated around and dislodged something. Ribbon cable, fit in tray, etc.
Forum: Painting your RV 01-15-2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,679
Posted By Snowflake
It's a lot easier to take a picture and photoshop...

It's a lot easier to take a picture and photoshop the gear out afterwards. :)
Forum: ADS-B 01-13-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,941
Posted By Snowflake
Actually, it is. The system necessary to let you...

Actually, it is. The system necessary to let you click an opt-out selection doesn't exist, and would need to be developed. It's debatable whether the ADS-B hardware that everyone was convinced to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-12-2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,729
Posted By Snowflake
If you can't see the Dynon on the right side of...

If you can't see the Dynon on the right side of the cockpit, what makes you think the GPS/AP/audio/SL-30 will be any more accessible/readable from there?

Go with one large 10" screen in front of...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-12-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,656
Posted By Snowflake
Linux laptop, Windows laptop, Android phone......

Linux laptop, Windows laptop, Android phone... All blank. The only photo that comes up for me is the one of you in the first post. You can probably see all of them because they're your photos...
Forum: ADS-B 01-12-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,941
Posted By Snowflake
Because the complexity of a system necessary to...

Because the complexity of a system necessary to provide the equivalent level of tracking and monitoring that ADS-B does, and keep that information private to ATC, would drive the cost into the range...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 1,780
Views: 475,815
Posted By Snowflake
I use a USB SD card reader for loading the card...

I use a USB SD card reader for loading the card for my printer. I've used it that way for four years now. I have a Raspberry Pi sitting in my office that I plan to set up as a dedicated controller...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-11-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,527
Posted By Snowflake
Do you mean hex head (socket drive), or hex drive...

Do you mean hex head (socket drive), or hex drive (ie. allan key)?

FWIW, I tried using hex drive keys for my baggage panel, and almost had to drill one out. Due to the geometry of the pan head, the...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-11-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,656
Posted By Snowflake
...the photos are all dead in that post. :(

...the photos are all dead in that post. :(
Forum: Painting your RV 01-11-2021, 09:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,656
Posted By Snowflake
The link just takes you to a login page.

The link just takes you to a login page.
Forum: ADS-B 01-10-2021, 11:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,941
Posted By Snowflake
All the more reason you shouldn't be allowed to...

All the more reason you shouldn't be allowed to opt out of it. If you're not doing anything unlawful, nobody has the time to waste on tracking you anyway. If you are, the easier you can be found...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2021, 10:39 AM
Replies: 1,780
Views: 475,815
Posted By Snowflake
If you built an RV, you can build a Prusa...

If you built an RV, you can build a Prusa printer. That lowers the cost a lot, and building it is fun. The assembly instructions are extremely good.

I'd recommend going with something that other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2021, 10:46 PM
Replies: 1,780
Views: 475,815
Posted By Snowflake
Well, that would be telling, wouldn't it? :)

Well, that would be telling, wouldn't it? :)
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-06-2021, 12:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,141
Posted By Snowflake
I wouldn't trust the tiedown ring for loading in...

I wouldn't trust the tiedown ring for loading in that direction. It's designed for mostly vertical loads from a rope to the ground, not high horizontal loads from a run-up.

Yes, every static RPM...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-06-2021, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 596
Posted By Snowflake
1996 RV-6 here with ~700 hours on it and it's...

1996 RV-6 here with ~700 hours on it and it's been exactly like that for the ~350 hours i've owned it. The manual trim cable has slop in it.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-06-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,792
Posted By Snowflake
Ditto. Here's the manufacturer's page with FAQ...

Ditto. Here's the manufacturer's page with FAQ (note the Air filter stuff comes first, Oil filters a little further down).

https://www.challengeraviation.com/faq.html
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-05-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 957
Posted By Snowflake
It may not be in print but I would expect that...

It may not be in print but I would expect that it's copyright is still valid.
Forum: Canada 01-04-2021, 08:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,889
Posted By Snowflake
In the vicinity of an airport, ATC will receive...

In the vicinity of an airport, ATC will receive your transponder signal from a top-mounted antenna easily, except for specific angles at which the bulk of your airplane just happens to be exactly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2021, 05:12 PM
Replies: 1,780
Views: 475,815
Posted By Snowflake
Here's something you can add to your...

Here's something you can add to your repertoire... This won't work on all prints, but for some of the parts that are printed flat, where the flat portion may face a user, here's an idea for making...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-03-2021, 10:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,932
Posted By Snowflake
Given the similarity of the fuselage to the -7, I...

Given the similarity of the fuselage to the -7, I would guess that the wing and tail structure were not designed to take the flight loads of aerobatic flight to the aerobatic standard limits.

That...
Forum: Canada 01-02-2021, 10:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,889
Posted By Snowflake
They probably wouldn't want anyone sharing...

They probably wouldn't want anyone sharing specifics, like actual power output, signal strength received, etc. etc. But we as testers never got to see any of that data anyway.

The "big picture"...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-02-2021, 10:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,178
Posted By Snowflake
You can buy cheap probes, or you can buy...

You can buy cheap probes, or you can buy expensive probes, it just comes down to how often you want to replace them. When you divide price by the time in service, the resulting number is pretty...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-02-2021, 10:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,809
Posted By Snowflake
That looks like a pretty sketchy site to be...

That looks like a pretty sketchy site to be downloading apps from to start with.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-01-2021, 12:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,870
Posted By Snowflake
Scott, is is reasonable to assume that the two...

Scott, is is reasonable to assume that the two smaller kits Vans sells (small jar of sealant with little tube of catalyst, or the single pump-tube) can be mixed directly without measuring/weighing? ...
Forum: Canada 01-01-2021, 12:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,889
Posted By Snowflake
I'm fairly certain that the NDA was intended to...

I'm fairly certain that the NDA was intended to keep the product under wraps until it went public. Now that it's available, i'm sure uAvionix would appreciate any info that helps sell units being...
Forum: RV-4 01-01-2021, 12:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 928
Posted By Snowflake
Neat! Are these still being made anywhere?

Neat! Are these still being made anywhere?
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-01-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 414
Posted By Snowflake
Let's hope the UK Civil Aviation Authority is...

Let's hope the UK Civil Aviation Authority is more lax about pursuing people for flying into and out of clouds while doing aerobatics than they are in the US or Canada... Unless this flight was filed...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-01-2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,460
Posted By Snowflake
In 40 years i've only had an oil filter gasket...

In 40 years i've only had an oil filter gasket fail on me once, and that's exactly how it failed. Removed the old filter, and the gasket remained on the engine.

This was in my car, not my airplane,...
Forum: Canada 12-31-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,889
Posted By Snowflake
I think it's fair to say that the limited success...

I think it's fair to say that the limited success is at least partially due to the limited testing they've done, as it's not the recommended mounting location.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-31-2020, 10:35 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,870
Posted By Snowflake
I have the same issue on my -6. A previous owner...

I have the same issue on my -6. A previous owner opened the fuel tanks to perform the anti-rotation SB, and when re-sealed, whatever material that was used just didn't harden. Poorly mixed, or...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-29-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,781
Posted By Snowflake
The engine is supported at four points at the...

The engine is supported at four points at the rear of the engine. The center of gravity of the engine is ahead of those points, and on the ground at rest the weight of the engine causes it to rotate...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2020, 11:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,457
Posted By Snowflake
FWIW, the manual primer that was installed on my...

FWIW, the manual primer that was installed on my RV-6 when I bought it rarely seemed to work. It even leaked occasionally, and with the lines running fuel into and back out of the cockpit it just...
Forum: RV-14 12-28-2020, 11:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,671
Posted By Snowflake
With the panel vents open, the cockpit would...

With the panel vents open, the cockpit would exchange a lot of air very rapidly. At the very least, you could direct a flow of outside air at your face while directing the cloud from the Element at...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-27-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,053
Posted By Snowflake
If you're printing subsections of the panel from...

If you're printing subsections of the panel from a PDF to check fit of individual components, check that you don't have "fit to page" turned on in Acrobat. That one setting is enough to give you a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-26-2020, 11:48 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 11,585
Posted By Snowflake
Of course, the options there aren't either-or. ...

Of course, the options there aren't either-or. You can roll 3000' with no brakes (ie. Aero drag only) or you can roll several hundred feet with brakes and also with Aero drag. Unless you've found a...
Forum: ADS-B 12-26-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,166
Posted By Snowflake
The setup screen for the TailBeaconX has inputs...

The setup screen for the TailBeaconX has inputs for lateral and longitudinal offset, so you could easily enter your position regardless of where you mount it on the airframe.

I have heard that...
Forum: ADS-B 12-24-2020, 02:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,166
Posted By Snowflake
It looks through the fibreglass. Fibreglass...

It looks through the fibreglass. Fibreglass doesn't block the signal.


Someone walking past and breaking mine is the only concern I have with mine on the tail. The prototype had a plastic...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-23-2020, 10:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,290
Posted By Snowflake
Keep in mind the Vne speed here is incorrect. ...

Keep in mind the Vne speed here is incorrect. Vne is True Airspeed, not Indicated.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-23-2020, 10:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 480
Posted By Snowflake
I can definitely email them as well, but I...

I can definitely email them as well, but I figured this close to the holidays they may be getting swamped with last-minute orders... I guess there's no harm in putting the question in the queue.
Forum: ADS-B 12-23-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,166
Posted By Snowflake
Nope. This has been done, I'm sure someone here...

Nope. This has been done, I'm sure someone here on the forum mentioned it. Contact uAvionix and they may be able to supply firmware that disables the light as well, so it's not shining inside your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 1,780
Views: 475,815
Posted By Snowflake
What about making different shapes? Rectangular...

What about making different shapes? Rectangular for avionics (EFIS, radios, XPDR), round for controls (trim, AP), Triangular for ?
Forum: RV-14 12-23-2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,033
Posted By Snowflake
Sounds like a $150K incentive to lose some...

Sounds like a $150K incentive to lose some weight. Better for your wallet in many ways... Flying, grocery bill, long-term health-care...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-22-2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 480
Posted By Snowflake
What cowling do I have?

As the non-builder owner of my 1996 RV-6, I don't know some of the minutiae of subtle changes to the RV's that have happened over time. In particular, cowling shapes and construction materials.

My...
Forum: Safety 12-22-2020, 09:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 876
Posted By Snowflake
Saving others a search: $250USD for the Sparrow.

Saving others a search: $250USD for the Sparrow.
Forum: ADS-B 12-20-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,259
Posted By Snowflake
Welcome to VAF! I was a TailbeaconX beta-tester....

Welcome to VAF!

I was a TailbeaconX beta-tester. I also found the install very easy, even factoring in the running of a new wire to my rudder. I was sent a simple control head for it, but they...
Forum: Canada 12-19-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By Snowflake
digikey.ca has supplied all of my needs.

digikey.ca has supplied all of my needs.
Forum: Canada 12-19-2020, 01:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,889
Posted By Snowflake
NavCanada has had it's chain yanked rather hard...

NavCanada has had it's chain yanked rather hard by COVID. They're hemorrhaging money and trying to lower costs and increase revenues any way they can. Wait for this year's NavCanada bill, I think...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-19-2020, 01:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,206
Posted By Snowflake
Ditch they key, go with individual toggles for...

Ditch they key, go with individual toggles for each mag and a momentary toggle (or pushbutton) for starter. Interlock the starter to one of the mag switches, or add a hidden "starter enable" switch...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-19-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 877
Posted By Snowflake
Enacting the "faint hope" clause... I'll be third...

Enacting the "faint hope" clause... I'll be third in line. :P
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-19-2020, 01:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 702
Posted By Snowflake
This. There's also a better-than-average chance...

This.

There's also a better-than-average chance that within the next five years when Canada mandates them, that someone will come up with a G-switch for ADS-B, and that this will become an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2020, 01:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,358
Posted By Snowflake
Every product i've ever owned that has "soft...

Every product i've ever owned that has "soft touch finish" has had the soft touch fail eventually. Flaking, gumming up, etc. It's nice when it's new, but doesn't last.
Forum: Painting your RV 12-19-2020, 01:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,963
Posted By Snowflake
First off, your paint guy is probably wrong,...

First off, your paint guy is probably wrong, unless there's something special about how your plane was prepped before it was painted. Being a paint guy, he probably wants to get the job to do the...
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