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Forum: RV-8/8A 10-01-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,247
Posted By chrispratt
I used .032 aluminum with nutplates (3 per side)...

I used .032 aluminum with nutplates (3 per side) for the lower cowl on my RV-8. After 13 years (765 hours) the aluminum cracked near the inboard nutplate on both sides. I think this is a good...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-26-2018, 06:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,411
Posted By chrispratt
Doug: I practice them at cruise speed. I thought...

Doug: I practice them at cruise speed. I thought the whole point of a Chandelle was to get you out of a suddenly dicey situation such as flying into a box canyon. It's meant to get you turned around...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-12-2018, 09:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,177
Posted By chrispratt
I switched from chains to the "Silver Bullet",...

I switched from chains to the "Silver Bullet", very similar to other steering links like the rocket, when it first became available about 10-11 years ago. I've never gone back to the chains....
Forum: Fiberglass 09-09-2018, 06:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,349
Posted By chrispratt
I used the same paint and process - Sherwin...

I used the same paint and process - Sherwin Williams Acry Glo -- that I used on the outside. It has held up well for 13 years.

Chris
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-09-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,716
Posted By chrispratt
It's on my to do list.;) Chris

It's on my to do list.;)

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 560
Posted By chrispratt
Evangelist

Danny has probably "sold" more RV-8s for Van than Van. I mean he's an evangelist for the design and is passionate about the -8 over any other Vans model. He (along with my younger brother) certainly...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-30-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,852
Posted By chrispratt
This is what my Lycoming contact told me also. He...

This is what my Lycoming contact told me also. He said cool is good for engines.

Chris
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-28-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 867
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you, Chris

Thank you,

Chris
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-28-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 867
Posted By chrispratt
Results

Steve;

Thanks for the advice on configuring my G5 standalone setup. The picture below shows the result after calibration. Obviously not all of the G5ís capabilities are being used since itís a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2018, 06:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 441
Posted By chrispratt
Joe: If this is the cable you receive from Vans,...

Joe:

If this is the cable you receive from Vans, pretty much all of them split especially wherever they make contact with structure and rub. These cables were not designed for aviation use (it says...
Forum: RV-14 07-28-2018, 06:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,628
Posted By chrispratt
Jason: When I built my RV-8 15 years ago there...

Jason:

When I built my RV-8 15 years ago there was no option from Vans, only the standard 2515. When I spoke with a Vans rep back then I was told that darker tints were not legal for night flying...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-28-2018, 06:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,716
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you. Chris

Thank you.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 37,216
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks for this. I didn't know about the "get out...

Thanks for this. I didn't know about the "get out of jail free card". I've had the same problem that Kenny and others complained about - not having a pass for the day I am leaving. It is ridiculous....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-27-2018, 04:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,716
Posted By chrispratt
GARMIN G5 UPGRADE

Finally got my Garmin G5 units installed and calibrated today Ė yeah! Took longer than I thought but not because of the Garmin design, just the usual retrofit/upgrade surprises you get when you need...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-26-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 571
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks for the write-up Mark. I'll take a look at...

Thanks for the write-up Mark. I'll take a look at this.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2018, 09:25 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 37,216
Posted By chrispratt
Didn't Jack Pelton say at the opening of this...

Didn't Jack Pelton say at the opening of this year's AirVenture that the FAA agreed not to charge EAA for ATC this year. Saved the organization about $400,000 if I recall correctly.

I hate to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 37,216
Posted By chrispratt
Just curious, with all that traffic so close...

Just curious, with all that traffic so close together how do you suppress "TRAFFIC" alerts on your ADS-B Out/In equipment? I would think it would drive you crazy, much less scare the heck out of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-24-2018, 08:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 867
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you Steve. Wilco. Chris

Thank you Steve. Wilco.

Chris
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-24-2018, 04:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 867
Posted By chrispratt
Garmin G5 Question

I know this sounds very basic and may become obvious once I start the process, but I am ready to do the calibration on my two G5 units and I have a question:

Do I calibrate both units at the same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 523
Posted By chrispratt
I've been using Van's canopy cover for my -8 for...

I've been using Van's canopy cover for my -8 for 15 years. I like it because it's light as a feather, sheds rain, doesn't take up much space. I only use it a couple of times a year and it has held up...
Forum: RV-10 07-09-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,019
Posted By chrispratt
From my experience, the main concern is the...

From my experience, the main concern is the originally supplied tubes more than the tires. I feel it was a real time/frustration saver for me to install Michelin Air Stop tubes over the original....
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-07-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,387
Posted By chrispratt
22 inches is about right. On longer trips, I like...

22 inches is about right. On longer trips, I like to fly at 7500-8500 feet and full throttle because that's where the O-360 is most efficient. So you're at full throttle there. At those altitudes, my...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-07-2018, 03:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,387
Posted By chrispratt
Keith: Welcome to the world of small...

Keith:

Welcome to the world of small aircraft.

For what's it's worth (since I fly an -8) but have the O-360 with Hartzell C/S here are my typical settings:

MP: 24 inches (or full throttle at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2018, 09:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,608
Posted By chrispratt
Mine on my RV-8 O-360 with B&C 40 amp alternator...

Mine on my RV-8 O-360 with B&C 40 amp alternator is a NAPA 7360 (note that the 7365 supplied by B&C was too long by about a half- inch). The 7360 also worked well with my original Nippon Densu...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2018, 07:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 789
Posted By chrispratt
If you are referring to the Michelin "air stop"...

If you are referring to the Michelin "air stop" tubes (not tires) then the recommended pressure in the documentation is 50 pounds. If you are used to factory built Cessna and Pipers then the 50...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,076
Posted By chrispratt
Congratulations Fred and welcome to the world of...

Congratulations Fred and welcome to the world of the RV-8. I predict you will love flying this plane.

Most of us had a few issues after first flight - minor though they might be. My experience was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2018, 07:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,656
Posted By chrispratt
FAA stats show that most GA hobby planes on...

FAA stats show that most GA hobby planes on average fly 40 or 50 hours a year. So aging of the tire and structural deterioration are real factors to consider. Perhaps that was the issue with yours...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-30-2018, 09:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 553
Posted By chrispratt
Wink Could it be that you were not starting your check...

Could it be that you were not starting your check from the "both" position? ;)
If the switch isn't in both but actually is in the "right" mag, your first check will actually be the left mag, and your...
Forum: Texas (North) 06-25-2018, 06:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,122
Posted By chrispratt
:D I hear you Mel. I'm part time these days and...

:D I hear you Mel. I'm part time these days and still can't get away to fly much.
Forum: Texas (North) 06-25-2018, 05:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,122
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you

She has a great smile and a big heart, so Texas is an appropriate place for her. My wife thanks you for the compliment Steve, and so do I.

I think you'd enjoy the trip. Fredericksburg is known for...
Forum: Texas (North) 06-24-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,122
Posted By chrispratt
Nice Place to Take a Break in Texas

Traded the Dallas heat for the Hill Country heat in Fredericksburg, Texas this past Friday. Nice break and change of pace for a day and a night. Parked and stayed at the Hangar Hotel on T82...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-16-2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 905
Posted By chrispratt
Good point Mel. I'll keep that in mind. Chris

Good point Mel. I'll keep that in mind.

Chris
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-16-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 905
Posted By chrispratt
After looking at the package today, I think the...

After looking at the package today, I think the XL may be just a marketing term for Xtened Life or Extra Long Life as it was on my original as well. I removed my cowl today and saw no more cowling...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-15-2018, 09:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 905
Posted By chrispratt
My B&C experience

Hmm, interesting Carl. The belt B&C sent me was a 7365 and that was too long - by about a half inch. It rubbed the cowl and dug a nice furrow into it. I went back to a 7360 like I had on my old Van's...
Forum: Reviews 05-24-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 983
Posted By chrispratt
Works well for me

I have the original SPOT messenger. It's never failed to send a position message for me. I use it every time I fly. I press the "OK" button at every landing so that I can check that it is working....
Forum: Texas (North) 05-19-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,187
Posted By chrispratt
Be careful

Thanks Mike. I was there yesterday and though the Friday crowd is light, there was plenty of auto traffic on the taxiway -- and they don't always seem aware of the rules of the road regarding...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-30-2018, 07:05 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 135,423
Posted By chrispratt
VAF HAT SIGHTING

Chris Pratt at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia, April 4,2018.
https://photos.smugmug.com/VAF-Postings/i-gmGXzrT/0/36917308/L/IMG_1404-L.jpg...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-21-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,963
Posted By chrispratt
Thumbs up Two thumbs up!! Chris

Two thumbs up!!

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 03-02-2018, 04:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 709
Posted By chrispratt
Next time Scroll.

Next time Scroll.
Forum: Texas (North) 03-02-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 709
Posted By chrispratt
Meet on the ramp

So the man says: meet on the ramp at 11:30. Hmmh.

https://photos.smugmug.com/VAF-Postings/i-5WVnZxM/0/135edd23/L/Watch%202-L.jpg

Wait. Whatís that noise? Overhead...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,056
Posted By chrispratt
Have you tried using one of those drill bit hole...

Have you tried using one of those drill bit hole guides we all buy to identify #30, #40, etc. drill bit sizes? That should get you there.

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 01-12-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 823
Posted By chrispratt
According to a friend of mine who owns a hangar...

According to a friend of mine who owns a hangar at TKI (McKinney) there is a waiting list of about three years for a hangar. So you might to get your name on the list now if that's your preference....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-10-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,036
Posted By chrispratt
A related suggestion

Hopefully this is not too far off topic, but 5 or 6 years ago, after hearing of a rash of cracked canopies that occurred in cold weather with the aircraft parked in the hangar, I decided that when my...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-10-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,758
Posted By chrispratt
Andy: If you can find a "Tail-Mate" buy it. It...

Andy:

If you can find a "Tail-Mate" buy it. It will become one of your favorite tools for the -8. I don't believe they are manufactured anymore but someone may have one for sale. That someone would...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-13-2017, 04:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,413
Posted By chrispratt
Oh that's an easy one, Vic. You put the torque...

Oh that's an easy one, Vic. You put the torque seal on, and overnight the bolt torques itself to the proper value. :rolleyes:

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2017, 08:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,133
Posted By chrispratt
Interesting. With my O-360 I've always run cool...

Interesting. With my O-360 I've always run cool even here in Texas whereas most of the IO-360 guys tend to run hot especially in climb.

During the hottest part of summer I'll get slightly above 180...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2017, 07:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,133
Posted By chrispratt
What engine do you have? Big difference between...

What engine do you have? Big difference between an IO-360 and a carbureted O-360.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-11-2017, 01:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,773
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks Gill. I'll consider this on my next...

Thanks Gill. I'll consider this on my next change.

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-10-2017, 07:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,773
Posted By chrispratt
That may be, Walt. That's the wire that came with...

That may be, Walt. That's the wire that came with the original unit and being a rookie builder at the time (about 14 years ago) I used what the OEM sent. I replaced it with Tefzel wire.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-10-2017, 03:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,773
Posted By chrispratt
FOULED PLUG and IT PAYS TO LOOK AROUND ANTIME THE COWLING IS OFF

If you’ve never seen a fouled spark plug, this is an example of what one looks like. Note on the right side of the photo the bridged gap between anode and cathode effectively shorting out the plug....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2017, 02:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,736
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you Bob. Very thoughtful piece of writing....

Thank you Bob. Very thoughtful piece of writing. Doug deserves a huge THANK YOU for an immeasurable contribution to the RV community and flying in general.

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-03-2017, 06:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,146
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks guys. Chris

Thanks guys.

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-03-2017, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,146
Posted By chrispratt
Electrical System Supplies

Any suggestions on where to buy electrical hardware such as Tefzel wire and electrical connectors. Specifically I need some Push On connectors, female, 18-22 gauge. (And NO, I am not looking for a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2017, 06:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 667
Posted By chrispratt
What Jeff said +1. If the slot is worn it won't...

What Jeff said +1. If the slot is worn it won't hold the pin in place and so the tailwheel freewheels. Makes the steering feel like your driving on ice, i.e. very sensitive.

A similar issue has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2017, 02:15 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 67,201
Posted By chrispratt
Second Plane?

I want an AirCam -- on floats!
Forum: Texas (North) 10-02-2017, 03:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,342
Posted By chrispratt
Honestly, I can't recall ever seeing them...

Honestly, I can't recall ever seeing them either.

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 10-02-2017, 11:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,342
Posted By chrispratt
Taxiway markings per AIM

My curiosity has been piqued, so I grabbed my trusty 2011 FAR|AIM from ASA publications and looked up Section 3 Airport Marking Aids and Signs. Please note the words below are my opinion and not an...
Forum: Texas (North) 10-02-2017, 08:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,342
Posted By chrispratt
I will leave that to be answered by a higher...

I will leave that to be answered by a higher authority ;)

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 10-02-2017, 06:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,342
Posted By chrispratt
What he said

If I read the construction drawings correctly (Page 17) the area with all the parallel yellow lines that look like parking spaces is intended to be a "No Taxi" zone. The runway hold short position is...
Forum: Texas (North) 10-01-2017, 05:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,342
Posted By chrispratt
52F OPEN

What a pleasure to bring my RV-8 home to 52F and its new runway -- not repaved but a new runway. It's as smooth as any runway I've ever landed on. In fact, as I waited for my tail wheel to settle...
Forum: RV-12 09-25-2017, 11:26 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 15,223
Posted By chrispratt
Check the ground wire and surface its attached...

Check the ground wire and surface its attached to. So many of my problems early in flying my airplane were poor grounding.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2017, 08:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,570
Posted By chrispratt
If you use this piece, you can temporarily attach...

If you use this piece, you can temporarily attach to the rudder using some of the aluminum tape like you use inside the cowling. It will hold but comes off easily when you need to adjust it. Fly the...
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