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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-12-2016, 08:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,412
Posted By Rob Erdos
Helpful Stuff

Thanks for your thoughts, guys.

So, it seems that troubleshooting should start with verifying the voltage indications and checking the integrity of the ground. Also, my battery is about three years...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-11-2016, 08:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,412
Posted By Rob Erdos
Weird Electrical Snag...Help!

Hi Guys!

My wife and I were on the last leg home from a wonderful long weekend away in our RV-6. I got some strange electrical indications, and have no idea what I was seeing. If anyone has ideas...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-29-2016, 09:26 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 108,822
Posted By Rob Erdos
You know, he's likely to take the bait. ...

You know, he's likely to take the bait. Incredible stories! Thanks Vlad!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-06-2016, 02:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,329
Posted By Rob Erdos
Great Moments in Formation Flying

I did a brief formation ferry flight recently with a friend who owns a Cessna Cardinal. He departed first and then I rejoined and slid into echelon.

I've never seen anything funnier than the look...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2016, 02:08 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 24,607
Posted By Rob Erdos
Count Us In!

Thanks for setting this up, Dan!

Count my wife and me in for maybe two beers.

See you there!
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-16-2015, 03:17 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 24,580
Posted By Rob Erdos
Supplementary IFR Limitations

Folks,

This is an interesting thread. I concur with the sentiment that establishing personal limits is a critical part of the decision-making apparatus. When I ask a pilot about his crosswind...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-13-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,417
Posted By Rob Erdos
Impressive!

Great looking airplane!
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-15-2015, 01:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,397
Posted By Rob Erdos
Congratulations!

It seems that there is yet another test pilot RVAtor in the sky. It must be an endorsement for the design that so many qualified guys build RV's. Congrats. Safe flying.
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-09-2015, 07:19 AM
Replies: 274
Views: 257,495
Posted By Rob Erdos
Scott, The only vinyl is the registration. It...

Scott,

The only vinyl is the registration. It was shot in white JetGlo, then gold stripes shot and masked, then shot in red. No clear coat, due to weight. Quality of work is...you decide! I'll...
Forum: RV-12 07-09-2015, 07:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 11,038
Posted By Rob Erdos
Thanks. As far as I know, however, there is no...

Thanks. As far as I know, however, there is no Canadian subscription for VFR chart data for Skyview. Our "charming" NavCanada runs the sky for profit, and won't release the data.
Forum: RV-12 07-08-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 11,038
Posted By Rob Erdos
They cut the Canadian content from the U.S....

They cut the Canadian content from the U.S. Sectionals?! Really?! Can anyone else confirm this?
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-29-2015, 07:04 PM
Replies: 274
Views: 257,495
Posted By Rob Erdos
Fresh From the Paint Shop

Our RV-6 came home today from the paint shop, just in time for Oshkosh.

The paint scheme was designed by my friend Dave O'Malley of Aerographics in Ottawa. I simply told him that (a) I like red,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2015, 12:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,606
Posted By Rob Erdos
Nav Radio Troubleshooting

Folks,

The Garmin GNC 255A nav/com in our RV-6 has never worked quite right. The comm side of the radio works great, but the nav side doesn't seem to receive anything. The radio functions...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-04-2014, 09:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,645
Posted By Rob Erdos
Kind Offer

Thanks, Kevin! I'm off on business travel tomorrow for two weeks, so my chance for a quick swap of the tailwheel has passed. The solid Van's tire should be waiting when I return.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-04-2014, 01:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,645
Posted By Rob Erdos
Solid Rubber Tailwheel

Thanks guys. Solid rubber tire on order.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-04-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,645
Posted By Rob Erdos
Pneumatic Tailwheel Tube Specification

Owing to a suddenly flat tailwheel during an otherwise fly able weekend...

Can anyone advise the type of inner tube used in the Vans pneumatic tailwheel (RV-6). Are these typically procured locally...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-14-2014, 07:15 AM
Replies: 274
Views: 257,495
Posted By Rob Erdos
Thanks for the kinds words guys. I acquired the...

Thanks for the kinds words guys. I acquired the project from another builder a few years ago, and the square back windows were his idea. It's different, but I'm not sure it adds anything to either...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-11-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 274
Views: 257,495
Posted By Rob Erdos
C-FSPB Flies!

It's still in bare aluminum, but we were very excited to see our new RV-6 take to the air on 09 Aug 2014.

It has a Mattituck IO-320 engine with Hartzell constant speed prop and LightSpeed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,196
Posted By Rob Erdos
This is she! Yes, he got away with it....payment...

This is she! Yes, he got away with it....payment was great!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2014, 03:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,196
Posted By Rob Erdos
Ah, Dan, I got around that tactical problem by...

Ah, Dan, I got around that tactical problem by NOT asking her first!
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-14-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,772
Posted By Rob Erdos
Dale's Magic Number: "13"

Thanks guys!

Dale does nice work, that's for sure. I can't thank him enough for his help this year. Thirteen airplanes! I can't comprehend that. It took me all afternoon to replace a light...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2014, 01:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,196
Posted By Rob Erdos
That's too funny! Actually we did meet on the...

That's too funny! Actually we did meet on the Internet!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,196
Posted By Rob Erdos
Smile Support on the "Home Front"

Folks,

I'm basically just bragging here, but I needed to give a shout-out for my wife, Debbie. Our RV-6 did its first flight last week, and I have a lot of people to thank, but I know who's on the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-13-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,772
Posted By Rob Erdos
First Flight: Canadian RV-6 C-FSPB

RV Folk,

I'm very pleased to report the recent first flight of our RV-6, Canadian registration C-FSPB, nicknamed "SparkPlug" by my wife.

I recall walking the grass at Oshkosh in 1979 as a much...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-15-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,588
Posted By Rob Erdos
Inspiring!

Arlen,

Your video found me as I await final inspection of my RV-6, in preparation for first flight hopefully in August. Having an RV has been a dream of mine since I saw Van arrive in the first...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-10-2014, 12:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,485
Posted By Rob Erdos
Configuration-dependent Performance

Tom,

I will echo the comments of others that caution is warranted if you use source data from anyone else's RV. Actual performance will be effected by weight, configuration, engine, propeller, etc...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-04-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,915
Posted By Rob Erdos
Avionics Hub Wiring SitRep

My RV-6 project is progressing.

I bought the avionics hub from approach fast stack to handle data connections for my Skyview EFIS with Garmin IFR avionics installation. When it came time to connect...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2014, 01:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,595
Posted By Rob Erdos
...and meanwhile in Canada

Our Canadian charts are still written on birch bark with a quill dipped in moose blood.

Rob
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2013, 10:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,714
Posted By Rob Erdos
...and the Obvious Question:

Paul,

Do you take commissions for RV paintings? I can't wait to fly my -6 out to Stanley and let it "pose" for a portrait.

Congrats!

Rob Erdos
Ottawa
Forum: COMM 11-05-2013, 10:59 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 780
Posted By Rob Erdos
GNS 400W - GNC 255 Data Transfer Capability

I am eagerly awaiting delivery of the (very expensive) avionics for my IFR RV-6 project. The screens are Dynon Skyview. The avionics are all Garmin: GNS400W, GNC255A Nav/Comm, and GTR200 Comm.

I...
Forum: Tools 11-02-2013, 07:16 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 25,371
Posted By Rob Erdos
Component Specs List

Guys,

Excellent ideas for tool kits. In case it hasn't been said, carry along all of the specs for every component on the airplane. If you need to order an alternator belt or a trim relay, it's...
Forum: Canada 10-22-2013, 01:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,497
Posted By Rob Erdos
My friends bought a Grumman Trainer with a paint...

My friends bought a Grumman Trainer with a paint scheme like that a few years ago...

http://web.ncf.ca/adamandruth/AA-1-43.jpg

I thought it looked pretty good.

Rob
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-10-2013, 03:51 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 84,390
Posted By Rob Erdos
RV-6 Panel: Critique Request

RV6ators,

I'm just in the process of exchanging ca$h for avionics from Stein. The panel design is nearly finalized, and I am looking for some constructive feedback.

My project is a tip-up RV-6,...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-10-2013, 03:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,868
Posted By Rob Erdos
RV-6 Panel .dfx File

Fellow RV6ators,

I'm thinking of doing the final design of my panel using Front Panel Express. Does anyone have a dfx file for a tip-up RV-6 that I could use as a starting point for the FPE panel...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-02-2013, 08:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,580
Posted By Rob Erdos
Dynon Guys, Thanks for looking into the Canadian...

Dynon Guys,

Thanks for looking into the Canadian regs. You're right, and I should have been clearer in my message. The GNS 400W +SL30 solution would be nearly ideal. I don't need to VOR/ILS...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-30-2013, 08:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,580
Posted By Rob Erdos
Skyview compatibility with legacy Nav radios

Hi,

I'm thinking about a cheap way of configuring my RV-6 for IFR. Canadian regs require two independent Nav systems (...and, no, the 430/530 won't cut it). The Master Plan is for one GPS/Comm and...
Forum: COMM 08-05-2013, 11:33 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 35,026
Posted By Rob Erdos
GTR 200 Database Compatibility

Guys,

The new Garmin comm looks great, but after all of the talk about the compatibility of the GTR 200 with the SL40 mounting tray, I think one feature has been neglected for consideration.

The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2013, 09:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,766
Posted By Rob Erdos
Used Avionics Shopping - Request for Sage Wisdom

Good Morning RVators!

I am currently at the avionics shopping stage of my RV-6 project. I want to build an IFR panel, and have a lead on a used Comm/Nav/GPS unit. At issue is the fact that it's...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-30-2013, 03:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,863
Posted By Rob Erdos
Congrats Paul!

Congratulations on the completion of your beautiful RV-8. Your accomplishment is an inspiration to get out the workshop and to bash some rivets.

I told Deb about your first flight and she made me...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 05-25-2013, 12:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,153
Posted By Rob Erdos
Valuable Suggestions

Thanks Guys!

I agree with Kevin's feedback that dual COMM, while not a regulatory requirement, makes good sense. I should have been clearer in the original post, but that's my intention.

WAAS GPS...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 05-24-2013, 02:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,153
Posted By Rob Erdos
Secondary Nav Preferences: GPS or VOR/ILS?

All,

I'm finally at the stage of building where I get to make fun and expensive decisions about the avionics for my RV-6 project. I plan to install dual 7" Skyview displays and configure the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-24-2013, 12:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,915
Posted By Rob Erdos
Avionics Hubs - Failure Mode Effects

I've been following the threads about prefabricated avionics hubs, and several fellow builders have recommended the Approach Fast Stack system for my RV-6 project.

My concern is whether a hub will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2013, 09:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,895
Posted By Rob Erdos
Congrats Chris!

It must be incredibly satisfying to share the "RV grin" with your son. Congrats and Happy New Year.

Rob Erdos
Ottawa
RV-6...before my kids graduate from university, I hope.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-31-2012, 04:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,391
Posted By Rob Erdos
How about Permatex?

I have the same question in regard to the fuel line fittings that are to be installed on my fuel pump. The Manual says to use "Fuel Lube" on the fittings.

As an alternative to no-longer-available...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2012, 07:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 13,089
Posted By Rob Erdos
"Nut launchers"...Funny!

Thanks, Kay, for starting this thread. I spent last evening installing two Adel clamps, and the Frustration Meter was in the red. Lock wire next time for sure!

Question: are Adel clamps always...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 11-04-2012, 06:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,339
Posted By Rob Erdos
Patrick, Many thanks for the link to your AFP...

Patrick,

Many thanks for the link to your AFP control cable bracket solution. I just discovered today that Van's bracket won't work with my AFP FM-150 F/I on the IO-320 for my RV-6. I found your...
Forum: Propellers 10-14-2012, 05:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,997
Posted By Rob Erdos
More on The Governor Installation

Thanks All,

My parts bag from Mattituck contained two studs, which I presumed were spares for the exhaust. To be fair, I told them that I wanted the engine configured for a C/S prop, but that I had...
Forum: Propellers 10-14-2012, 09:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,997
Posted By Rob Erdos
Prop Governor Installation

All,

My RV-6 project has a Mattituck TMX-IO-320 engine, and I'm installing a Hartzell prop governor for my new Hartzell C/S prop. I'm confused as to the fasteners required to install the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-09-2012, 06:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,420
Posted By Rob Erdos
Motivated!

Thanks for sharing your adventures. Deb and I are off to the workshop - RIGHT NOW! - to work on the RV. Wanna do the next trip in formation?

Rob
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2012, 04:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,787
Posted By Rob Erdos
Wisdom of Burt

I once heard Burt Rutan say that one should take all of the options and accessories that are being considered for installation, and throw them into the air...those that come back down are too...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-05-2012, 08:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,972
Posted By Rob Erdos
Thanks Alan, Your note was very encouraging. My...

Thanks Alan,

Your note was very encouraging. My experience is similar to your own. The airframe is fairly standard, but firewall forward it's every man for himself.

My specific problem is that...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-04-2012, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,972
Posted By Rob Erdos
This thread nearly answers my current Burning...

This thread nearly answers my current Burning Question...

I'm installing an AFP FM-150 F/I system on a Mattituck TMX-IO-320 engine. Van sold me what we thought were the correct parts for the FWF...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2012, 07:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,542
Posted By Rob Erdos
RV Maintenance Manual

As I build my RV-6 I am constantly thinking ahead to how I will maintain and inspect it in the future. The best time to consider continuing airworthiness is when a system or component is being...
Forum: Propellers 05-22-2012, 01:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,521
Posted By Rob Erdos
Info on Hartzell - RV-6 Prop Compatability

Guys,

This thread is absolute gold! I'm considering purchase of a propeller from the same shop. Given that I'm in Ottawa, Canada (oh, approximately 2231 sm away), I'm cautious with unknown...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2012, 06:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,350
Posted By Rob Erdos
Current RVators

Thanks guys. Perhaps I wasn't clear. I can find the archive of old RVators, but are there still current editions of The RVator being published? Where would I find the most recent editions?

Rob
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2012, 06:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,350
Posted By Rob Erdos
Facebook Illiteracy Question

I hate to admit this, but I cant seem to find an archive of editions of The RVator on Vans Facebook site. All I see is the friendly social media stuff, but I can't find any links to technical...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2012, 07:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,626
Posted By Rob Erdos
Firewall Rivets...Why Flush?

i'm building an RV-6, and currently hanging components on the firewall. The gascolator will go on the lower-right-forward side of the firewall. In lieu of the VA-161 gascolator bracket specified...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-11-2012, 07:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,922
Posted By Rob Erdos
How Does It Work?

With the implementation of Pocket FMS in SkyView, does that mean that one can use all of the Functionality of the navigation mapping and flight planning software in Canada?

When I visited Dynon at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2012, 03:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,683
Posted By Rob Erdos
FWIW, your question seems reasonable, except that...

FWIW, your question seems reasonable, except that I would expect that the collection efficiency of the gascolator would only be suitable when the airplane and fuel system are static. Once you move...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-30-2011, 06:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,508
Posted By Rob Erdos
Reassuring

Thanks guys. I'm relieved to learn that I'm not the only guy turning nice sharp drill bits into tiny butter knives. Cutting stainless is a pain...

Rob
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-13-2011, 11:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,726
Posted By Rob Erdos
One Vote for Inspection

Thanks Tom!

I don't know if there was grease or anti-seize compound used when the gear legs were installed. I infer that there should be something to reduce abrasion within the socket. It appears...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-13-2011, 10:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,726
Posted By Rob Erdos
Main Landing Gear Conditional Inspection Requirements

RV-6ers,

I'm in need of an opinion... See below some pics that I took of the landing gear legs on my RV-6 project. You will note some spots where surface abrasion has penetrated the powder coating...
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