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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,244
Posted By Mark Dickens
I can't commit the time right now to actively...

I can't commit the time right now to actively test it, but the screen shots show a lot of improvement and work. Love how you are showing photos of things that heretofore were only on "the list"....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2021, 06:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 748
Posted By Mark Dickens
I think that's reasonable, given how completely...

I think that's reasonable, given how completely screwed up things are now. Vans has never been "state of the art" on their order system or communications so this isn't surprising. I think a weekly...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-10-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 648
Posted By Mark Dickens
I'm guessing that the flap motor is being stymied...

I'm guessing that the flap motor is being stymied by a combination of air load and the frictional drag from the installed tape. Is a CB popping when this happens? Also check to make sure that the CB...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,180
Posted By Mark Dickens
You're a smart man and I'm sure someone from your...

You're a smart man and I'm sure someone from your area will respond. I would recommend reading some of the articles that have been written on lean of peak (LOP) ops. They do a good job of breaking...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-09-2021, 09:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,968
Posted By Mark Dickens
If you have decided to use a VPX, as I did, why...

If you have decided to use a VPX, as I did, why wouldn't you use the built in trim controller? Seems pretty moronic to ignore the built in runaway trim detection, and electronic CB protection. Of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-09-2021, 06:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,968
Posted By Mark Dickens
Memories fade over time, but I had somewhat the...

Memories fade over time, but I had somewhat the same issue a while ago after getting the plane painted and re-connecting the pitch trim servo backwards. I tried inverting the control but that didn't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2021, 05:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 355
Posted By Mark Dickens
The main thing is to aggressively lean on the...

The main thing is to aggressively lean on the ground so you don't foul your plugs on the taxi. I can't think of a scenario where CHTs would be an issue on the ground without some sort of engine...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2021, 04:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,132
Posted By Mark Dickens
Love the sentiments...Well said!

Love the sentiments...Well said!
Forum: Safety 05-04-2021, 04:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,362
Posted By Mark Dickens
...but do you still have one of these...

...but do you still have one of these handy?

https://www.marksrv8.com/photos/IMG_1170.JPG
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-02-2021, 01:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,729
Posted By Mark Dickens
Just a few shots of the fly in. We very much...

Just a few shots of the fly in. We very much appreciate all who attended and look forward to doing this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 04:36 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,662
Posted By Mark Dickens
Ain't it the truth? Back in the '90s, I used to...

Ain't it the truth? Back in the '90s, I used to study Sam's site and marvel at how fast he was building while I was just getting started on my -8. I just re-subscribed to Kitplanes so I can read the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2021, 09:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,814
Posted By Mark Dickens
There could be many reasons why you're having a...

There could be many reasons why you're having a problem, so go back to the fundamentals. Turn down the air pressure a little so you can control the gun, make sure the gun is perpendicular to the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-26-2021, 07:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 213
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have a friend who bought a new rear main wheel...

I have a friend who bought a new rear main wheel pant for a replacement but we were able to repair the old one so he has a new, never cut piece. I don't know if he's registered here or not, but I've...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2021, 06:20 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,621
Posted By Mark Dickens
Perhaps someone can explain this to me, but what...

Perhaps someone can explain this to me, but what does this change actually accomplish other than moving the mess to the west? If the controllers were actually going to use the ADSB info for thinning...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-12-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 373
Posted By Mark Dickens
SOLD: Antisplat Gust Lock for RV-8

Lightly used. New is $189.00, will sell for $160.00 and include ground shipping to lower 48. Will post a photo this evening! Selling because I fabricated by own gust locks and hate to see this just...
Forum: Formation Flying 03-25-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,991
Posted By Mark Dickens
Thanks. I thought I remembered seeing this in the...

Thanks. I thought I remembered seeing this in the past.
Forum: Formation Flying 03-25-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,991
Posted By Mark Dickens
I'd like to do this at some point, but don't have...

I'd like to do this at some point, but don't have rudder pedals in the back of my -8. I assume that's a requirement?
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-24-2021, 10:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,096
Posted By Mark Dickens
Whoops, just seeing this. As I recall, I bought a...

Whoops, just seeing this. As I recall, I bought a DPDT On/On/On switch which I had to source from a guitar parts vendor. I believe it was this one:...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-22-2021, 03:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,096
Posted By Mark Dickens
For its price, it's a good value, but in addition...

For its price, it's a good value, but in addition to wiring in a toggle switch to select the transmit radio, you really need (in my opinion) to wire in another DPDT switch so you can listen to COM1...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-22-2021, 03:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 950
Posted By Mark Dickens
I've tried both but went back to the ES. Lots...

I've tried both but went back to the ES. Lots cheaper and I just throw in a new set at condition inspection. On gapping the ES, I'm not real scientific about it but they've always passed my gap test....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-15-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 729
Posted By Mark Dickens
I had exactly the same problem with the Lycoming...

I had exactly the same problem with the Lycoming sniffle valve. I tried cleaning it up as well with no luck. I bought the Airflow Performance sniffle valve which is easy to clean and no problems...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2020, 06:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 928
Posted By Mark Dickens
If the welds are pretty (stacked dimes), you're...

If the welds are pretty (stacked dimes), you're looking at AC TIG welding and getting good at that takes a lot of time, experience and money (if you're buying your own equipment). Check out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2020, 06:21 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,467
Posted By Mark Dickens
My wife is type 4: not supportive or aggressively...

My wife is type 4: not supportive or aggressively unsupportive. In fact when I told her I was going to build a plane (way back in '99), her response was "no you're not"...well, I did and she...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-06-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 9,397
Posted By Mark Dickens
I'll say one last thing: I can't make any...

I'll say one last thing: I can't make any representations as to how Garmin communicates issues on their experimental line so I could find out that they are no different. I don't know. And I do...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-06-2020, 12:10 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 9,397
Posted By Mark Dickens
I own the full Dynon Skyview suite and if I was...

I own the full Dynon Skyview suite and if I was going to do it all again, I'd go with Garmin. So, I need to explain a couple of things:

When I was making the decision on what suite to buy back in...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-01-2020, 06:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 986
Posted By Mark Dickens
No, I am sticking with the standard curve. I use...

No, I am sticking with the standard curve. I use the box to keep up with what the PMag is doing and to verify settings.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-01-2020, 02:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 986
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have it and it does what it says it does. No...

I have it and it does what it says it does. No negatives.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-17-2020, 05:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,333
Posted By Mark Dickens
I can't remember what I did but if I had thought...

I can't remember what I did but if I had thought about this idea, I'm sure I would have done it. Of course, you'll need a longer rivet, maybe
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-17-2020, 05:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,068
Posted By Mark Dickens
If the snorkel will fit, the interface should be...

If the snorkel will fit, the interface should be fairly straightforward. Depending on how much room you have, you could just bolt on a flange on the snorkel side the same diameter as the intake...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-16-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,068
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have a FM200A mounted to an IOX 370. You will...

I have a FM200A mounted to an IOX 370. You will have some fiberglass work to do. Either a bulge in the lower cowl to accommodate Vans snorkel or you'll have to create and mount a chin scoop and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2020, 12:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,751
Posted By Mark Dickens
Yes, I should have mentioned this. I got a very...

Yes, I should have mentioned this. I got a very good deal on the A3 because one of the holes had been misdrilled and when Mark offered me the tug for basically the cost of the A2, well, the only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2020, 08:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,751
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have a Best Tugs Alpha 3 and it gets the job...

I have a Best Tugs Alpha 3 and it gets the job done. Customer service is awesome. I happened to call before they opened one day and Mark Patey answered the phone. Nothing like talking to the owner to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2020, 12:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,068
Posted By Mark Dickens
Although dirt daubers don't seem to care how it's...

Although dirt daubers don't seem to care how it's oriented. Upside down makes a lot of sense and I'd think about using screen door mesh (the soft plastic kind) to cover the openings
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 08-13-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,559
Posted By Mark Dickens
Fayette County, my home base (KFYE). Gas is...

Fayette County, my home base (KFYE). Gas is 3.31/gal and it's outside the class B
Forum: Interiors 08-12-2020, 05:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,921
Posted By Mark Dickens
I painted my interior with rattle can Rustoleum....

I painted my interior with rattle can Rustoleum. The silver hammered look stuff. I'm sure that using two part urethane is better but I'm happy with what I have for the money I spent (maybe 2-3 cans...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-09-2020, 04:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,676
Posted By Mark Dickens
After shutting down, I always get gas out of the...

After shutting down, I always get gas out of the sniffle valve for a little bit. I have a AFP injector without the purge line, so between the fact that ICO doesn't really cut off all the fuel and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-22-2020, 03:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,782
Posted By Mark Dickens
Many of today's CFIs are snowflakes. They were...

Many of today's CFIs are snowflakes. They were trained that way. Many have never landed on a runway shorter than 5000 ft. They are the product of part 141 pilot mills and their only motivation is get...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-20-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,470
Posted By Mark Dickens
It might be affected by the FI system you're...

It might be affected by the FI system you're running. For example, having the mixture at ICO with a Airflow Performance FM200A doesn't actually seal anything off completely. ICO on the system just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2020, 02:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,695
Posted By Mark Dickens
If you get a hummingbird in your hangar/garage,...

If you get a hummingbird in your hangar/garage, place something bright red outside the door and eventually, they'll fly out to investigate. Been there, done that. I think my one of my kids told me...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-19-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,530
Posted By Mark Dickens
I had a different issue last year when I...

I had a different issue last year when I converted to CS and installed my WW prop. Jeremy is who you will talk to. He has a lot of different spinner designs and sizes, and it's possible you got the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-19-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,470
Posted By Mark Dickens
Wouldn't it be logical to expect Emagair to note...

Wouldn't it be logical to expect Emagair to note that a particular hot start technique is a problem? Yet they don't. Call Emagair and ask them. I would bet that your "source" at the airport also...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,929
Posted By Mark Dickens
Yet Van sends the aluminum fittings in the finish...

Yet Van sends the aluminum fittings in the finish kit with the oil cooler....I'm not an engineer and surely steel would be the best, but those -8 fittings are beefy and since both ends of the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2020, 10:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,394
Posted By Mark Dickens
The sensor is mounted vertically on my firewall...

The sensor is mounted vertically on my firewall and it's definitely above the cylinder fitting, and it does sag before going uphill so I think I'm ok there but the wiring connection to the sensor...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,394
Posted By Mark Dickens
Since I've replaced the sensor once for the same...

Since I've replaced the sensor once for the same issue, I'm thinking it's the wiring and/or the restrictor fitting. The latter needs to be cleaned up anyway since that's not been done. Those wires on...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-16-2020, 07:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,071
Posted By Mark Dickens
It might help if you posted a few photos of the...

It might help if you posted a few photos of the damage, inside and out. Also, I'd engage Vans on this myself.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2020, 07:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,394
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have the same setup and have seen my MP...

I have the same setup and have seen my MP fluctuate in flight up to unrealistic values and then back down. This isn't a new thing. I replaced my MP sensor and it's happening again as recently as...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-14-2020, 01:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,835
Posted By Mark Dickens
Here's what works on my Titan IO-370 with AFP...

Here's what works on my Titan IO-370 with AFP FM200A injector:

Mixture: Full
Throttle: 1/2"
Fuel Pump: On until fuel pressure stabilizes (usually takes about 5 seconds)
Fuel Pump: Off
Mixture:...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2020, 04:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,945
Posted By Mark Dickens
Patrick is right, not RV related specifically....

Patrick is right, not RV related specifically. One motivation for posting was to give a heads up on the notice, which I've never received before, but I let my frustration bleed into a rant for what I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-13-2020, 05:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 12,646
Posted By Mark Dickens
Love it. Simple and effective. Heading to your...

Love it. Simple and effective. Heading to your website now
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,945
Posted By Mark Dickens
First, I'd point out again that I am a paying...

First, I'd point out again that I am a paying Garmin Pilot user. Fltplan is a feature of that software, so that point is null and void. Secondly, maintaining someone's information costs almost...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2020, 03:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,945
Posted By Mark Dickens
Fltplan.com Notice

So, I got this today from the geniuses at Fltplan.com:

Hello FltPlan.com user.

Our records indicate that it has been more than 120 days since you last logged into your account on FltPlan.com with...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-13-2020, 05:07 AM
Replies: 877
Views: 1,147,640
Posted By Mark Dickens
The plane looks very nice and I'm sure it'll fly...

The plane looks very nice and I'm sure it'll fly that way! Congratulations from another "super slow builder"!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2020, 03:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,001
Posted By Mark Dickens
Yeah you can do it. You just have to have a...

Yeah you can do it. You just have to have a uncompromising approach to it. Failure is not an option, neither is quitting! If you screw a part up, then buy a new piece and do it right the next time...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,530
Posted By Mark Dickens
If you're the one thinking of making an offer,...

If you're the one thinking of making an offer, then offer what it's worth to you. If the deal happens, it happens, if not, move on. If I'm selling this plane, it's either airworthy with all damage,...
Forum: Safety 06-21-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,710
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have Allan's RV-8 control lock. It may take me...

I have Allan's RV-8 control lock. It may take me 15 minutes to get it installed, but I know I won't forget it!
Forum: Safety 06-21-2020, 07:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,710
Posted By Mark Dickens
This sickens me...I don't even have my rear stick...

This sickens me...I don't even have my rear stick installed unless I am going to have a pilot passenger. Then I remove it when I get back. I have to move my stick to even get into my seat. I just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,172
Posted By Mark Dickens
I'm surprised that Appleton, Fond du Lac. Wautoma...

I'm surprised that Appleton, Fond du Lac. Wautoma or one of the other close airports isn't sponsoring a little flyin for a few days. I can say with certainty that getting up to WI for a couple days...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-20-2020, 01:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,603
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have mine powered directly from the battery bus...

I have mine powered directly from the battery bus (not through the master switch) through a fuse. During run up, after I check the P lead connections, I then shut the both power switches to the pmags...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-20-2020, 01:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,539
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have the capacitance probes that were current...

I have the capacitance probes that were current around 1999. They work, but they are only accurate at certain points. The float senders have the same issue. I'd just go with floats, do you best to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2020, 03:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 11,454
Posted By Mark Dickens
Here's my "contribution" to the tail jack...

Here's my "contribution" to the tail jack discussion. It's my first welding project so it's wildly overbuilt but it works. Basically you pull the tail wheel up a piece of channel so no trolley is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2020, 06:45 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,994
Posted By Mark Dickens
Going back to the OP's comment about learning to...

Going back to the OP's comment about learning to fly out of a small field, I took my first lesson on 5/31/81 at Lucien Field in Shreveport, LA. 1,900 ft strip with pine trees off of one end. Solo was...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-05-2020, 04:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,646
Posted By Mark Dickens
Take a look at this thread:...

Take a look at this thread: http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=148389
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2020, 04:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,413
Posted By Mark Dickens
They do vary and that's why I'd check. Yes, in...

They do vary and that's why I'd check. Yes, in theory, you are supposed to pay use tax in lieu of sales tax (really it's the same thing with a different name) each time you make an out of state...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,413
Posted By Mark Dickens
I don't know about MI, but use taxes on aircraft...

I don't know about MI, but use taxes on aircraft aren't usually required until that pile of parts IS an aircraft...and that doesn't happen until you have your final inspection! Just because you...
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