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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-07-2018, 06:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 608
Posted By Darin Watson
Canopy cover?

Is the Bruce’s cover advertised a travel or regular canopy cover? I assume.

Is there any difference in 7 vs 7A for the canopy cover?

Tx Darin
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2018, 12:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,066
Posted By Darin Watson
870 hrs and still ticking

I have all the standard vans engine gages and bar one fuel level sensor, no failures or complaints. I believe one of the biggest determinates of gauge life is vibration! At least biannual dynamic...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,759
Posted By Darin Watson
+1 for alternate

Yep have been using this alternative for the last 5+ years to run both a pan heater and a 1000W car warmer under the cowl. With a 2 hr call ahead and a cowl blanket and nose plugs and the engine and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,480
Posted By Darin Watson
+1 for Bruce’s

Have one for the RV7 fits like a glove, water resistant, light and reduces light and inside temps dramatically.
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 02-15-2018, 02:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,052
Posted By Darin Watson
Show and Shine

Thanks Graham! Plan to see you there.
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 02-14-2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,052
Posted By Darin Watson
How to register

Sounds great. Can you post the link to register?
Forum: RV-10 12-20-2017, 08:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By Darin Watson
TDI RV10 with a Gale Banks 630T

Up front full disclosure...I am an RV7 owner, and love that plane, not even sure I would need a 10...but also think TDI is going to be a great option at some point. I like the Gemini developments,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2017, 07:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,277
Posted By Darin Watson
Prarie skies

Beautiful...there is a reason they call MT “Big Sky County”...in SK they have the tag “land of the living skies”. Great people on the prairies as well, some of the friendliest and most helpful,...
Forum: RV-10 11-15-2017, 11:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,146
Posted By Darin Watson
You nailed it

Good high school physics lesson...and crystal clear.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-15-2017, 11:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,903
Posted By Darin Watson
That is ..

...one of the most awesome paint schemes I have ever seen...bar none.

Have to ask...paint or wrap?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-17-2017, 11:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,481
Posted By Darin Watson
I have seen above folks talking about an...

I have seen above folks talking about an “automotive” engine stand, which I would not recommend. There is a reason that aviation stands have the crank shaft in the vertical orientation...if left long...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-09-2017, 04:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,767
Posted By Darin Watson
Syringe method

Just used Gorilla glue and standard rubber o-rings. By the 3rd go the glue was cracking but the seal was fine.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-08-2017, 10:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,767
Posted By Darin Watson
Syringe method

Due to a bee plugging the vent to my left tank and pullng almost full vacuum, I ended up with two weeping rivets, likely lifted a thin spot on the sealant. Dam glad the tank did not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2017, 03:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,502
Posted By Darin Watson
+1 Primer not required

Running an O-320 with two impuls mags an have not had the engine go more than a cylinder or two to start. Even hand propped a couple time when in the NWT and Yukon when my battery was going.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-14-2017, 08:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,211
Posted By Darin Watson
+1

Agree with everything above and would add that not only do the side panels add insulation and aesthetics...lots of good pockets provided on the Classic Aero system.

I am quite happy with the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-04-2017, 10:44 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 869
Posted By Darin Watson
Tail Wheel Recomended

Firstly, I don't intend this to be "Nose wheel v. tail wheel" debate, nor an "I am better than you" commentary; just my own personal observations and experience.

For reference I have had my PPL...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-27-2017, 02:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,566
Posted By Darin Watson
To be clear...

No problem...

To be clear, however, the balancer is only balancing in the X-Y plane (Z being the crankshaft axis) as is not in any way, shape or form intended or able to do anything for rotational...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-24-2017, 02:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,566
Posted By Darin Watson
Satisfied

Bought direct from Balance Master and have been running on O-320 with Hartzel CS prop for a couple years and is working well. You have to be "pretty close" to start with...but does work over the...
Forum: Canada 02-11-2017, 01:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,367
Posted By Darin Watson
Similar advice

Like Ralph did the Calgary, Fort Mac, Fort Smith Yellowknife and was a good thing as there is a height of land just prior to Fort Mac where ceilings got low and my son and I diverted to a Cenovus...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2016, 05:22 PM
Replies: 713
Views: 423,636
Posted By Darin Watson
C-GULF

With such a famous photo backdrop it was hard to pick just...
Forum: RV-10 11-23-2016, 09:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,434
Posted By Darin Watson
Dynon 10A --- OK

Being an AP neophyte and diagnosable OCD:) I did a lot of tuning and general messing around with the AP when first installed. I too set min airspeed at 65-70 kias (done off hand recall) and then set...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-30-2016, 08:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,828
Posted By Darin Watson
Nice photos, what are the details of your scope?

Nice photos, what are the details of your scope?
Forum: Propellers 10-07-2016, 04:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,521
Posted By Darin Watson
Thickness

Don't recall exact thickness, but not much, somewhere between 0.04-0.06". Did not require longer prop bolts.
Forum: Propellers 10-07-2016, 10:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,521
Posted By Darin Watson
Not at all

The device is NOT a torsional balancer as in a Landol ring, but rather a device for rotational balance in the X-Y plane. Principle is the same as bead balancing inside of inner tubes.

All that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2016, 08:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,227
Posted By Darin Watson
+ one more for KWJ Engineering

Appears to be quite sensitive has both visual LED and audible...I hang it from the slider canopy latch so it is in easy view.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2016, 01:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,130
Posted By Darin Watson
Thought this was a family friendly site!!!

This looks like home builder porn...to me!
Forum: West (and Southwest) 10-29-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,180
Posted By Darin Watson
Goodyear near Avondale

Was into GYR last Feb from Calgary really well run, and if I recall $15/day tiedown, but waived if you purchased fuel above some quantity I don't recall.

I had them arrange a total wash, polish and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,868
Posted By Darin Watson
Depends

For me when I feel my Depends are wet..switch; then when they are sticky...switch again.

OK...lame attempt at humor.

When alone I do 1 hour on the right for balance. After that I do the "top" and...
Forum: ADS-B 09-12-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 283
Views: 102,131
Posted By Darin Watson
2 radios

So being a neophyte...is this setup for dual band?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2015, 06:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,246
Posted By Darin Watson
Great!

Great... Thanks Henry
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2015, 12:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,246
Posted By Darin Watson
iPad iOS 8.4.1 - pirep?

Anyone know if there are bugs? I really got burned with the Foreflight iOS 8.3 fiasco.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2015, 12:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,241
Posted By Darin Watson
That was also along the line I was thinking...but...

That was also along the line I was thinking...but was not sure as Don said, getting in and out, once seated it is like OK to fly with.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2015, 03:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,241
Posted By Darin Watson
Creative location for Dynon AP74 module

I would like to add the AP74 module to D10A but will struggle to do so without major panel surgery. Only real space I have is in a 3" hole, under the panel (i.e. similar to the throttle/prop/mixture...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-01-2015, 11:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,057
Posted By Darin Watson
Preamp for Flightcom 403mc music input from iPad

So it appears from searches on this site that others have determined that playing music off your iPad there is an issue getting enough volume due to the lack of a preamp in the intercom box. I have...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-19-2015, 01:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,616
Posted By Darin Watson
me too with BE-GPS-1000

Much has been made of the BT issues but I am also hamstrung with Foreflight and the 30 pin direct connect, which apparently both FW and BE are already aware of...if only Apple would let you downgrade...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-15-2015, 06:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,663
Posted By Darin Watson
Nice

Looks like saying you are "enjoying" your plane would be a massive understatement. The RV grin is more than first flight...looks permanent!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2015, 08:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 942
Posted By Darin Watson
KBPI is a great place to stop

My son and I were returning to Calgary, AB (CYBW) from Pheonix (KGYR) via the Grand Canyon, SP Cone, Crater, Monument Valley and Antelope Canyon, having a fabulous week exploring the desert SW. On...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2015, 11:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,461
Posted By Darin Watson
OK

Thanks for the clarification John.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,461
Posted By Darin Watson
Would be interested....but...

I would also like to bring our own equipment.....

So are there folks who have done mods to carry skis? I think the gear and "essential" clothing is not a W&B issue, if you have a reasonable net wt,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 28,499
Posted By Darin Watson
Pancake landing

Saw Turbo's post about "Pancake" landing into water. Minimizing forward speed onto any "bad" situation is a good idea...period. I thankfully have never had to, but a very experienced bush pilot I...
Forum: Autopilots 10-02-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 796
Posted By Darin Watson
Any advice?

See over 120 views...does anyone have advice to offer?
Forum: Autopilots 09-28-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 796
Posted By Darin Watson
Dynon AP tuning parameters for RV-7

Have a standard RV7 c/w O-320 (160hp) with a D-10A that I am adding the servos to enable the AP. I was wondering what folks have learned to be the optimal tuning parameters for the RV7. Software will...
Forum: Canada 09-16-2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,047
Posted By Darin Watson
Ralph Inkster

I would recommend Ralph Inkster, however he is located in Calgary (YBW) and I thinks was taking some time off after Reno. I'll PM contact details.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2014, 11:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,766
Posted By Darin Watson
+1 for the JRW version. Installed about 18 months...

+1 for the JRW version. Installed about 18 months ago and really makes getting stuff in and out a breeze, especially on a tail dragger where it is nice and low. One recommendation on modifying the...
Forum: Autopilots 08-27-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,106
Posted By Darin Watson
So...survey says

Looks like for standard RV7 no issues with SV32.
Forum: Autopilots 08-25-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,106
Posted By Darin Watson
Question on Dynon servos for RV-7

My next upgrade will be enabling the AP functionality on the D10A. My question is there any issues or downside to the SV32 that one should consider the SV42 servos?

I understand the point regarding...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,986
Posted By Darin Watson
Hail repair

Wonder out loud if the folks that do paintless hail repair can suck it out...pretty amazing what they can fix...no idea if it will work on aluminum.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2014, 09:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 14,448
Posted By Darin Watson
Sun shade

I would certainly be interested to see what the sun shade would be like...please post photos and results.
Forum: Canada 05-12-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 831
Posted By Darin Watson
Where to go?

It would be helpful in broad terms where you are planning to see (i.e. Loop up the eastern slopes or strait west to the coast, etc) then you will likely see a landslide of advice.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2014, 06:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,124
Posted By Darin Watson
Ralph Inkster - Custom Crafters

Give Ralph a call, he has built and rebuilt many. (403) 614-6142.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 868
Posted By Darin Watson
Please post link

If so I stand corrected...can you post the link?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 868
Posted By Darin Watson
Unhappy Does not couple

Did a fair bit of research on this and the short answer is they can not be made to couple. Digital out is non standard and slow, analog out does not work with Dynon.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-28-2014, 12:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,716
Posted By Darin Watson
Correct...

...I stand corrected 0.2 ips.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-27-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,716
Posted By Darin Watson
Angular vs Torsional Vibration

I do believe that the statements regarding "two different animals" is correct...the balance master product is for "high speed", if one can call 2000-2700 high speed, balance in the X-Y plane and not...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-27-2014, 06:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,716
Posted By Darin Watson
Lycoming and Prop Balance

First off...NO affiliation or personal conflict.

I ran across this device the other day and was wondering if anyone is using it and would have feedback on effectiveness?...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,948
Posted By Darin Watson
Bruce's

Have a Bruce's insulated c/w tail #, looks great, fits great and works even better.

https://www.aircraftcovers.com/general-aviation-models/vans-aircraft/rv-77a
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,718
Posted By Darin Watson
Go pro mount

I use the tripod mount for the GoPro and a bushing from camera store to get it up to the 3/16" for the tie down rings. GoPro can be pointed forward, sideways or down. I prefer the down looking for...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-03-2013, 05:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,392
Posted By Darin Watson
Need more heat...2nd muff series or parallel?

Getting colder up here in Canada and am looking to add a second heat muff without too much modification. For those who have done this I would like to know the pros and cons of muffs in series vs...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-19-2013, 02:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 726
Posted By Darin Watson
Wikipedia

Wikipedia has a comprehensive list and what they mean.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-28-2013, 08:47 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,396
Posted By Darin Watson
The Antisplat oil sep mod works great

This spring at annual time, I added the Antisplat oil Sep and vacuum valve and the oil level is stable right at the top mark on the dipstick and the belly is clean. Have about 70hrs since April and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-18-2013, 08:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,292
Posted By Darin Watson
AirNav Pro

I believe that AirNav Pro will do what you are looking for...$40ish.
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-29-2013, 10:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,165
Posted By Darin Watson
Thanks Patrick...I will check on this next time I...

Thanks Patrick...I will check on this next time I am at the hanger.
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