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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-23-2018, 08:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 288
Posted By SMRacer
Smoke switch

I use an on-off switch on my Infinity grip, but I've got a guarded master toggle switch for the smoke system on the right side panel to prevent inadvertent activation from the stick switch.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-06-2018, 08:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,877
Posted By SMRacer
Resale value

The only experience your friend will be interested in is resale value. I have watched the RV8 market for years and most RV8s with a 320 will sell for significantly less than one with a 360. (Same...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-26-2018, 05:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,041
Posted By SMRacer
It's definitely happening

Although there is some chance of thunderstorms mid afternoon, this event is "rain or shine".
Come have a nice BBQ lunch. You might have to leave a little earlier than planned, but it should work...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-24-2018, 07:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,041
Posted By SMRacer
Welcome to all

The fly-in is open to ALL aircraft.

Weather looks like it will cooperate.

So the party is ON.

I'll be on site at about 9am.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-23-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,041
Posted By SMRacer
61VA vs VA61

I couldn't figure out why the confusion between Highview (61VA) and Lovettsville (VA61) until I checked it out.

Can't understand why the FAA would permit this confusing situation.

Highview is...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-22-2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,041
Posted By SMRacer
Google Maps
Cedar Meadows is in the center of the picture. It is parallel to the RR tracks that you see just north of the runway. (The dotted line is the VA/WV state line)...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-22-2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,041
Posted By SMRacer
Not necessary to bring anything to the event. ...

Not necessary to bring anything to the event. Just show up.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-21-2018, 08:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,041
Posted By SMRacer
Not on the sectional

Cedar Meadows is not on any charts.

1. Fly to Highview Farms (61VA). This one is kind of hard to find, but fly to the coordinates.
2. Note the race tracks.
3. Find the stripes (as noted in the...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-20-2018, 10:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,041
Posted By SMRacer
Cedar Meadows Fly-in Saturday May 26

Looks like the first post met its shelf life, so I'll start again.

Food from 11am to 1pm (absolutely free lunch)
Formation demonstrations
Chicken bombing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,643
Posted By SMRacer

You just convinced me NOT to go to OshKosh.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2018, 09:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,021
Posted By SMRacer
Pitot static fittings

I also have a bunch left over from my AFS EFIS installation.
Let me know what you need.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 432
Posted By SMRacer
Smoke system injectors

Some quick troubleshooting leads me to believe that I have one smoke injector nozzle impaired and the other totally inop. I've gone through about 55 gallons of oil in the last 150 hours.

Should I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2018, 10:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,065
Posted By SMRacer
snap button

Here's the source I used.

I used their part # C-131 for a quick disconnect of the rear stick in my RV8.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,367
Posted By SMRacer
Plymouth, MA

Just saw an advertisemen for an RV friendly instructor at Plymouth, MA.

Perhaps Capt John could comment.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,138
Posted By SMRacer
Are we "aerobatic"?

Just noticed this. Seems aerobatic aircraft are being singled out. Not sure how they define aerobatic.

Aerobatic Pilots and ADS-B
By Dave Hughes, FAA writer
March 15, 2018 - As of January 1, 2020,...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 03-02-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 446
Posted By SMRacer
RV8 pre buy

I was interested in an RV8 in Tucson and was referred to Mike Jankowski.
He did a good job and was not expensive.
This was several years ago, and I don't know if the email address is...
Forum: RV-4 02-22-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,149
Posted By SMRacer
Roll bar

Mine was done by a race shop.

The curve at the top was too severe to be made with a single bend using the proper diameter and wall thickness tubing. So we made it in
two pieces and then sleeved...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-30-2018, 02:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 743
Posted By SMRacer

As an option? OK.
Can't imagine why you would want it that way though.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2017, 10:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,050
Posted By SMRacer
Change the rule

This problem (multiple reservations of N numbers by a commercial operation) is predominately applicable to experimental aviation. I would guess that the vast majority of reservations are made by...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-23-2017, 11:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,054
Posted By SMRacer
One person's experience

Recently I had an incorrect billing from Seattle Avionics. One phone call to their customer service resolved this quickly.

I use Seattle Avionics data for my AFS 5600 and also use FlyQ on my...
Forum: Reviews 12-20-2017, 07:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,078
Posted By SMRacer
Monster risk

Purchased two this summer for my RV8. One was so badly out of balance that it was a problem. Customer service would not exchange it, but rather said have it balanced. Balancing ate up most of the...
Forum: Reviews 12-15-2017, 08:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 520
Posted By SMRacer

Apparently a cell had failed and the battery was not able to hold a full charge.

On shutdown the EFIS shows backup battery voltage. I noticed that during the 30 second shutdown cycle (during which...
Forum: Reviews 12-15-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 520
Posted By SMRacer
TCW Battery

I had a recent problem with my TCW backup battery in my AFS 5600. I spoke with Bob Newman and he immediately approved a return for inspection. Turns out a rare problem had occurred, and even though...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-14-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 526
Posted By SMRacer
Air/Oil separator for aerobatics

I'm considering getting involved in IAC aerobatics.

My RV8 has a M20 air/oil separator. I do not intend to go to a full inverted oil system. In addition to the M20, there is also the ASA/Anti...
Forum: Northeast 12-05-2017, 07:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,121
Posted By SMRacer

Hey Vlad and Glen,
I have digital scales in my hangar.
Stop by and get weighed.
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 11-26-2017, 06:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,135
Posted By SMRacer
AFS 5600

5600T in an RV8 located near Winchester, VA KOKV.
Advanced control module, Dynon autopilot, ADSB in/out, GRT miniX.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2017, 08:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,267
Posted By SMRacer
The basics

Don't mow too low, especially when the grass is stressed (heat or drought). I mow our mostly fescue turf 3 1/2 to 4 inches in the heat of the summer, and 2 1/2 in the spring and fall. I'm in USDA...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 07-15-2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,253
Posted By SMRacer

Great location, great food, great turnout.

OK, so a little MVFR and IFR, along with 2100 feet of grass may have narrowed the participation. But the hard core always find a way to get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2017, 07:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,525
Posted By SMRacer
Aero Classic leakguard

Curious that I just installed a new Aero Classic leakguard that turned out to have a defective valve stem.
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 07-09-2017, 09:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,253
Posted By SMRacer
Cut the grass

I'll be there. Looks like the weather will cooperate.

Hey Vlad, that runway looks a bit narrow, but if you would have landed on the centerline, you would have been OK.
Forum: Midwest 05-17-2017, 08:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,329
Posted By SMRacer

Go to the VAF white pages. There are two names on the list from Rochester. I suggest you call them and ask advice.

There are lots of places to keep airplanes in the area. For example, I kept my...
Forum: GPS 04-25-2017, 08:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,058
Posted By SMRacer
Black magic

I found a very simple solution to this annoying glare problem.

First, my wife provided me with an item (black and stretchy) from which I cut a circular section. I then put a bead of 5 minute epoxy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2017, 04:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,299
Posted By SMRacer

It appears that the next software update of my AFS5600 will support wi-fi of all AHRS and ADSB functions to my ipad, so I no longer have need for my Clarity SV.

Looks like the Stratus is getting...
Forum: RV-14 03-27-2017, 09:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,101
Posted By SMRacer
These things aren't "seat belts" or "harnesses",...

These things aren't "seat belts" or "harnesses", they are a SAFETY harness.
1. A fifth point sub belt does not make the harness uncomfortable.
2. Each component (lap, shoulder, and sub) plays an...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-15-2017, 12:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,807
Posted By SMRacer
And now we can positively determine the...

And now we can positively determine the popularity of the VAF web site by watching the Google search trends for "rickroll".;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2017, 03:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,807
Posted By SMRacer

I understand the sentiments regarding repairs. But the argument that the original builder was a novice and the repairman was an expert just doesn't necessarily hold true.

A damaged airplane has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2017, 01:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,807
Posted By SMRacer
Damage history

The airplane in question might well be an essentially new airplane, but it still carries the "damage history" scarlet letter. I can't comment on the value of such an airplane.

However, I can...
Forum: Southeast 03-10-2017, 02:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,602
Posted By SMRacer

I have only rolled it once in 5 years. I like to roll it in the spring about 10 days after the frost comes out. Our underlying soil is very firm, so frost heaving is generally the only reason to...
Forum: Southeast 03-10-2017, 10:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,602
Posted By SMRacer
Turf Management

I personally maintain our 3000 x 100 turf runway. Mow 2-3 times a week, fertilize 3 times a year, spray once a year, and aerate once a year. It keeps me busy.

I looked into a commercial turf...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-04-2017, 12:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,979
Posted By SMRacer

Here's the scary part.

If you annoy the thieves, they resort to vandalism.

This is a nasty situation that only a locked hangar will (might?)solve.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-04-2017, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,724
Posted By SMRacer
AFS fiiles

Initially this process confused me too, but it's actually very easy.

Download the AFS file. Click on the file to unzip it. You now have a second file. Click on the new file and that will take...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-04-2017, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,724
Posted By SMRacer
AFS support

Check this site:
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-03-2017, 05:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,979
Posted By SMRacer
Talking Oh, Canada!

We don't have those problems south of the border. ;)
Forum: ADS-B 03-02-2017, 03:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,288
Posted By SMRacer

1. No problem waiting until the last moment.
2. You might never need it depending on the airspace you fly in.
3. It's not as expensive as you think. Especially with the rebate and considering...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2017, 06:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,283
Posted By SMRacer

IMO you powder coat for durability. The instrument panel does not get much wear. I rattle can painted my panel, and it still looks perfect. Plus, it can be touched up easily if a defect becomes a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2017, 10:59 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,340
Posted By SMRacer
Lightspeed Zulu

A public service announcement for the board:

I am currently using a Lightspeed Zulu (original). This headset is now 2 generations old (or 3 if you want to count the cordless) . I have been very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2017, 08:22 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,240
Posted By SMRacer
Ipad full size or mini?

I have used both. An Ipad flush mounted in the dash of an RV4, and an Ipad mini mounted flush in the panel of an RV8. Both work well in spite of complaints you may hear for glare and visibility in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2017, 10:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,020
Posted By SMRacer

An airplane is worth exactly what someone is willing to pay for it.

That being said,
I would continue to fly that engine as long as oil analysis, compression checks, and perhaps borescope...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2017, 08:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,735
Posted By SMRacer

Had a conversation with Gallagher today about my renewal. Due to the fact that I am based at a private grass strip, only two companies offered coverage. Neither offered a "smooth" policy.

Forum: COMM 01-24-2017, 12:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,840
Posted By SMRacer
Don't give up hope

Our KX155 recently had a display failure. Started looking for used radios that would be slide in replacement, or new Garmin radios. Decided to take it to an avionics shop before I spent a lot of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2017, 07:25 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 17,309
Posted By SMRacer
Reply from FAA

Just as I suspected, you're wasting your time complaining to the FAA. I received the following reply to my comments overnight.

"This issue has been reviewed by our legal department and a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2017, 06:14 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 17,309
Posted By SMRacer

Also outraged by this practice. These companies are abusing the system. I recently saw that the FAA released the number N6A. I thought this would be a great find for many of our 6A builders. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2017, 11:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,592
Posted By SMRacer

I only flew out 8 miles. I'm sure the reception would have continued beyond that distance. What I'm wondering about is that reversing direction diminished the reception considerably.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2017, 11:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,592
Posted By SMRacer
Still not happy

So I've repositioned the antenna and rerouted wiring, but reception is still not great.

I noticed yesterday that flying OUTBOUND on the localizer I had very good reception on both localizer and...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-05-2017, 02:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,370
Posted By SMRacer
Closer than you think

For a real comparison to Van's specifications, you need to climb to 8000 and measure IAS at WOT.

Your figure of 145KIAS at 5000 converts roughly to 160KTAS, and that converts to 184MPH. Not that...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-04-2017, 10:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,104
Posted By SMRacer
Is good good enough?

The Van's product is exceptional. I think we all agree with that. That being said, we all know there are certain aspects of the design that could use improvement.

One of those items is the tail...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2016, 02:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,166
Posted By SMRacer
Lynx tailwheel springs

I had the Lynx tailwheel springs on my RV4. When I purchased the RV8, it had the stock springs. I purchased and installed the Rocket link. After a month or so, I removed the Rocket link and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2016, 11:05 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 12,377
Posted By SMRacer
Read carefully

Lots of good advice in the previous posts.

A runway in your back yard is a wonderful thing. You'll fly twice as much because of the convenience. But expensive, and lots of work. Our HOA spends...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-24-2016, 10:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,869
Posted By SMRacer
I can't help myself

This is a topic and thread that I probably shouldn't comment on. But here goes...

I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I think there is another aspect that deserves consideration. Future posts...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2016, 10:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,123
Posted By SMRacer
Repairman certificate

But under these circumstances, would anyone be able to get a repairman's certificate?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2016, 10:39 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,214
Posted By SMRacer
Can I post?

I don't know if I'm even allowed to post in this thread without bashing SA, but here goes.

I have an AFS 5600 EFIS using SA data, and use FlyQ EFB on my Ipad. And I have no complaints.

SA has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2016, 10:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 14,963
Posted By SMRacer
Ipad with ForeFlight

My preference (obviously) is the Ipad or Ipad mini. Use any EFB app you prefer. The Ipad has the advantage of ease of flight planning and you can remove it and take it anywhere. You will need a...
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