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Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat Today, 10:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 612
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Eastport is definitely away from the crowd but...

Eastport is definitely away from the crowd but interesting!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 10:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 834
Posted By Tankerpilot75
How about a four engine, sweep wing, heavy hauler...

How about a four engine, sweep wing, heavy hauler for those that like to camp out at OSH in luxury!
Forum: RV-4 04-20-2021, 05:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 829
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’ve had two Odyssey PC680s in my RV7A. They...

I’ve had two Odyssey PC680s in my RV7A. They just didn’t have the cranking power I wanted. I now have the EarthX 900 battery installed. It has significantly more cranking amps and weights almost...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-19-2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 47,329
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Based on the below post, I withdraw my comment...

Based on the below post, I withdraw my comment and await to see how this situation unfolds. Hopefully, Superior will do their best to make it right.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Because city management doesn’t care!

Because city management doesn’t care!
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-15-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,216
Posted By Tankerpilot75
When I was in USAF pilot training we soloed in...

When I was in USAF pilot training we soloed in the T37 jet very early in our training program. I’ve always described the RV as similar to a T37 - but with a propeller and a little slower.

If...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2021, 12:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 741
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I also use a RAM “type” mount I bought over...

I also use a RAM “type” mount I bought over Amazon attached to my panel but extending out towards me. However to help block the direct sunlight and heating you get in direct sun I made an iPad sun...
Forum: California 04-12-2021, 01:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 376
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Agreed. I’ve also seen some poor workmanship and...

Agreed. I’ve also seen some poor workmanship and care when people do their own touch up. But, I believe I can still do this myself if enough preparation and care is given to the project. It is,...
Forum: California 04-12-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 376
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’m thinking about doing some touch up myself and...

I’m thinking about doing some touch up myself and purchased a cheap air brush kit from Harbor Freight and the required paint from an aircraft paint store here in OKC. Paint, thinner and harder =...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-12-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,682
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Frankly when I’m flying a coupled approach and...

Frankly when I’m flying a coupled approach and execute a GA I used the “Missed” button on the EFIS after I’ve added power and started my clean up.

However, if I was to add a TOGA button I believe...
Forum: GPS 04-11-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 339
Posted By Tankerpilot75
While my post won’t address your concerns I was...

While my post won’t address your concerns I was wondering how difficult was it to swap out your old 430 for the 355? Did you do the wiring changes yourself?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2021, 06:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,301
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Come fly in Oklahoma during the spring with the...

Come fly in Oklahoma during the spring with the majority of the runways running north/south and the winds 270 20G30+. It’s always fun! Cough, cough!

I definitely agree with rvbuilder2002. Only...
Forum: RV-10 04-07-2021, 03:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,192
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Since it’s an RV 10 and you’ll be flying in...

Since it’s an RV 10 and you’ll be flying in Florida I might suggest air conditioning.
Forum: Northeast 04-07-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 168
Posted By Tankerpilot75
If you’re not a member of a local EAA chapter I...

If you’re not a member of a local EAA chapter I recommend you find one to join. Most EAA chapters have an A&P member whose familiar with RV aircraft. If not there is probably at least one member...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-05-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,646
Posted By Tankerpilot75
May not be the equipment but a poorly wired...

May not be the equipment but a poorly wired panel. Here’s three entities to talk with about your problems. Aerotronics (VAF advertiser), SteinAir (VAF advertiser), and Walt at Experimental Aircraft...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-05-2021, 06:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 833
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Concer with: “Carry a spare” “Conduct a...

Concer with:

“Carry a spare”
“Conduct a pre-flight inspection” EVERYTIME.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-03-2021, 08:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 731
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’ve also been looking for a good used 430W but...

I’ve also been looking for a good used 430W but frankly the asking price for these units is ridiculous ($6000+). Getting a used 430W, in my opinion, is spending good money on old technology with...
Forum: Autopilots 04-03-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 479
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Several years ago my Digitrac II display head...

Several years ago my Digitrac II display head went blank. Flew to TruTrac in Arkansas and had them install a Vision 385. Cost was about what you said. I think display head failure is somewhat...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-03-2021, 08:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By Tankerpilot75
The zig zag is constant with #3 EGT only. The...

The zig zag is constant with #3 EGT only. The headset clicking is also constant but volume adjustable using the volume control on the Garmin 340 intercom - not affected by radio volume.

Like rv8ch...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-03-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,686
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Here’s a very simple solution that allows you to...

Here’s a very simple solution that allows you to experiment on how much trim tab you need. https://www.cleavelandtool.com/products/rudder-trim-tab

Fly it with double sided tap until you define how...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,660
Posted By Tankerpilot75
SNF discounts

Just heard back from Jon Francois at GRT. He was responding to an email question I sent about GRT discounts. He said, “they will be posted on their website on Monday.”
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-01-2021, 04:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Zig zag EGT reading

Flew today and noticed two interesting phenomena. First my #3 EGT reading (GRT EIS) was showing a zig zag line on the EFIS engine page read out. Second, my headset had a definite clicking sound...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-28-2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,025
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Based on a PM it appears I need to clarify my...

Based on a PM it appears I need to clarify my above statement.

It’s correct the people that built my panel did not provide “service loops” but that doesn’t mean the panel was poorly built! It...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-28-2021, 01:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,025
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Amazon also sells a HD pin extraction tool.

Amazon also sells a HD pin extraction tool.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-27-2021, 05:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,025
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Unfortunately my panel doesn’t have “service...

Unfortunately my panel doesn’t have “service loops!

The red/white extraction tools I referred to are the aluminum/copper extraction tool often sold by avionics shops. The tool I discussed above is...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-27-2021, 04:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,297
Posted By Tankerpilot75
This may be a situation where you’re better off...

This may be a situation where you’re better off drilling out the nut plate and replacing it.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-27-2021, 04:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,025
Posted By Tankerpilot75
d-sub pin extraction

I got tired of always having trouble extracting d-sub pins from connectors using those lightweight red/white extraction tools. They’re flimsy design always resulted in either the bending or breaking...
Forum: Interiors 03-25-2021, 05:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,041
Posted By Tankerpilot75
One caution

If you make up your own foam cushion be sure not to get it too thick. Remember some folks have a longer torso and taller sitting heights. You don’t want be bumping a head on the canopy. Don’t ask...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 06:23 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 23,120
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I had a friend’s father give me the nick name...

I had a friend’s father give me the nick name “Fox.” It wasn’t complimentary!

The joke was: there was a Texan in England on his first fox hunt. While on horse back riding with his English friend...
Forum: RV-10 03-12-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,571
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Once climbed up to 48,000’ in a T38 trying to get...

Once climbed up to 48,000’ in a T38 trying to get around weather. I was still looking “UP” to thunder heads!

Don’t know of any RVs that can climb that high!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-05-2021, 06:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 685
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Question for Garmin Expert

I’m considering purchasing the Garmin GNC 355 to replace one of my two non-WAAS 430s. I would like to have a WAAS navigator with comm but don’t want to pay the price of a new 650. Used 430w gps’...
Forum: Autopilots 03-03-2021, 07:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 688
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Thank you - Pat Hatch

As many of you know Pat Hatch has a small business called PH Aviation Services. One of the products he sells is the UTRB module (a trim control module). This is a really good product for...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-22-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,272
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Runaway Trim vs Disconnected Manual Trim

Manual trim malfunctions can be really scary too (and yes, they do occur)!

During my first two years of ownership my RV7A had manual trim. Twice during that period the trim cable became...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-20-2021, 10:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,861
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Frankly I use a much lower tech approach. I...

Frankly I use a much lower tech approach.

I mark the tire side using nail polish where the valve stem is aligned with the hole and then always push the aircraft until the paint line is...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-16-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 919
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Like you I’m thinking seriously about upgrading...

Like you I’m thinking seriously about upgrading my dual WS units with EX units. Here’s my thinking on the subject.

1. Not only will you get synthetic vision but you’ll also have a faster...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,331
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I installed an ACK E04 ELT two years ago I...

I installed an ACK E04 ELT two years ago I purchased from ACS and noticed the same thing. Unfortunately I did nothing about it then and am now facing the same issue. Please post if ACS is willing...
Forum: Autopilots 02-09-2021, 08:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,755
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I have the TruTrak 385 A/P and was recently given...

I have the TruTrak 385 A/P and was recently given an unused auto trim module by a friend who installed his A/P onto a manually trimmed RV. Had Steinair build a plug and play wiring harness and as...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-08-2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 789
Views: 559,730
Posted By Tankerpilot75
8117 This happened at the TAFB Airshow two years...

8117

This happened at the TAFB Airshow two years ago when the aircraft were moved into a hanger due to weather.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2021, 05:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,261
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I strongly recommend you follow up on the...

I strongly recommend you follow up on the recommendation that Ken suggested and join the airport board if you can. Airport managers ALWAYS pay attention to who their board members are and try to...
Forum: GPS 02-08-2021, 05:40 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,101
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Claude, I’ve three gps antennas installed on the...

Claude,

I’ve three gps antennas installed on the firewall directly below the cowl and meet the criteria you referenced above. Two non-WAAS units were installed by the builder for the dual 430s in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,425
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Doug, Did you check your horizontal stabilizer...

Doug,
Did you check your horizontal stabilizer when you landed? They say that will pick up the most ice first and can quickly lead to control problems if the elevator freezes.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-05-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 541
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Thanks Bob. Once again you’re a real help.

Thanks Bob. Once again you’re a real help.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-04-2021, 02:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 541
Posted By Tankerpilot75
NPT fitting for AHRS

I’m thinking about upgrading my old WS units to one Horizon EX and one Sport EX. The Sport EX would replace my lower WS unit which I generally use as a MFD and the Horizon EX replacing the upper WS...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-04-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,291
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I believe you’ll need an ARINC interface between...

I believe you’ll need an ARINC interface between the Garmin 175 and your GRT EFIS. However flying an LPV approach is just like flying an ILS. Just couple your autopilot and monitor until DA. Or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,512
Posted By Tankerpilot75
My last oil analysis with Avlab was never mailed...

My last oil analysis with Avlab was never mailed but they claimed to have emailed me my results when I called them. You might check your email junk folder or just call them. They will email you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,312
Posted By Tankerpilot75
As Mel said, if you don’t inform them that they...

As Mel said, if you don’t inform them that they are about to fly in an experimental amateur built airplane you are not complying with the FARs. That is risking not only your passengers right to know...
Forum: GPS 01-28-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,014
Posted By Tankerpilot75
My set up uses the ARINC 429 but staying in GNAV...

My set up uses the ARINC 429 but staying in GNAV for entry will not complete a good holding entry. My panel does have an autopilot source switch labeled EFIS/FMS. I just assumed the FMS selection...
Forum: GPS 01-28-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,014
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I don’t want to hijack your thread but I also...

I don’t want to hijack your thread but I also have trouble getting my Garmin (that’s my tie in) 430 when coupled to do a holding pattern entry. Once I’m on the first inbound holding leg it works...
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-24-2021, 03:32 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,457
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Just buy and fill the wings up with EarthX...

Just buy and fill the wings up with EarthX batteries.
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-23-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,862
Posted By Tankerpilot75
My nose wheel had a bad shimmy and it only seem...

My nose wheel had a bad shimmy and it only seem to get worse the faster I taxied. At my last condition inspection I completely removed the nose wheel bracket and nose wheel axle assembly and cleaned...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-20-2021, 04:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 487
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Thanks Bob

I appreciate the clarifications you gave.

One question: what is the GRT self contained gps approach system you mentioned in beta testing? I asked GRT a question regarding whether they plan to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-20-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 487
Posted By Tankerpilot75
GRT WS to EX Upgrade Questions

These questions are for those GRT users who have upgraded their old WS system to the newer Horizon EX. Besides a brighter screen, adding synthetic vision and having a faster processor:

1. What...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-12-2021, 04:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,267
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Had my first flight of the new year today. It...

Had my first flight of the new year today. It just so happened that I thought it was time to check tire pressure again. Glad that I did. Cold temperatures always lower tire pressures and a little...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-07-2021, 03:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,787
Posted By Tankerpilot75
My old GRT WS doesn’t save its data as a “log”...

My old GRT WS doesn’t save its data as a “log” file. I’m not sure what it’s format is. However I would like to up load it’s data to your spreadsheet tool.

If you would be kind enough to send me a...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-07-2021, 10:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,890
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Personally I recommend taking the square root of...

Personally I recommend taking the square root of 3, multiply times pie and divide by 2.8. Apply that to your imagined altitude and then close your eyes.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2021, 05:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,894
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Here’s the rub. There is no “definitive...

Here’s the rub. There is no “definitive knowledge base” on whether having the virus, and now a positive antibodies test, guarantees that one cannot get it again or still transmit the virus to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2021, 03:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,463
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I go through AOPA and for years AIG was my best...

I go through AOPA and for years AIG was my best option. However last year things changed and AOPA gave me two quotes to consider: AOPA and Global. The AIG quote had increased quite a bit while the...
Forum: ADS-B 01-02-2021, 10:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,411
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I can’t speak to the EchoUAT but I have three gps...

I can’t speak to the EchoUAT but I have three gps antennas (two non-WAAS and one WAAS) installed on my firewall under my fiberglass cowl. The WAAS antenna is for my Garmin 335 adsb transponder and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-01-2021, 11:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 868
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I don’t know how your stick is wired but I...

I don’t know how your stick is wired but I suspect there are two wires for your copilot push to talk trigger switch. Be sure you don’t mess that up and have it constantly transmitting.

I used the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2020, 02:54 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 22,794
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I try to fly at least one practice RNAV or ILS...

I try to fly at least one practice RNAV or ILS every time I fly. My usual flight is takeoff from El Reno, fly to the contact area; do steep clearing turns; power-on, power-off stalls; a few aileron...
Forum: Safety 12-25-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 9,082
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Mark, We all make “mistakes” and if we’re lucky...

Mark,

We all make “mistakes” and if we’re lucky survive to add them to our bag of “experience.” Once you’ve discovered what caused you power failure and have addressed the issue, I strongly...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-23-2020, 06:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,258
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’m not sure how most rv12 owners address this...

I’m not sure how most rv12 owners address this issue but on my RV7A the cowlings’ hinge pins have a nut plate on the lower cowling which I screw a #8 screw in through a fiberglass fairing cover. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 792
Posted By Tankerpilot75
If he’s a good A&P I wouldn’t be afraid to use...

If he’s a good A&P I wouldn’t be afraid to use his guidance for a lot of what you might consider doing. However when it comes time for your annual condition inspection I would seek assistance from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2020, 02:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,266
Posted By Tankerpilot75
You may want to first talk to your FAA medical...

You may want to first talk to your FAA medical exam provider before you make any decision. Most of us senior pilots have hearing issues but that doesn’t mean the FAA approves all hearing remedies. ...
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