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Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 12-10-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,861
Posted By chrispratt
I noticed that Joe used full flaps in this...

I noticed that Joe used full flaps in this particular video. And in Post #8 referenced above he suggests experimenting with and without flaps. I'd be curious if Joe ever came to a conclusion as to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-05-2018, 02:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By chrispratt
If you go the replacement route, you can also...

If you go the replacement route, you can also check with Whelen. Their replacement LEDs use the same form factor as the original style and importantly the same holes for mounting. This is the route I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,049
Posted By chrispratt
Michael: This is how I hold my static lines in...

Michael:

This is how I hold my static lines in place in my RV-8. No drilling needed. Cable clamps have held up for 13 years to date. Buy online at RadioShack.com Part...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-16-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 231
Posted By chrispratt
FS: WHELEN WINGTIP POWER PACKS (plus strobes for free)

Removed in working order. Includes two wingtip-mounted power packs (Model A490ATSCF) for use in Vanís original wingtip style.

Iíll also include the left and right strobes with position lights...
Forum: Texas (North) 11-16-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 819
Posted By chrispratt
Mike: I think you'll find Prosper and Argyle are...

Mike:

I think you'll find Prosper and Argyle are pretty far away from what we locals consider N Dallas. I live in "N Dallas" -- about two miles from Addison airport.

Addison is expensive, has a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,559
Posted By chrispratt
My 2 cents is that an 80 gallon compressor from...

My 2 cents is that an 80 gallon compressor from Home Depot or Lowe's will work fine unless you're a commercial shop; and it will cost way less than $2K.

My Home Depot compressor cost about $800 at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2018, 06:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,065
Posted By chrispratt
LYLE: I hope you've solved your issue by now. If...

LYLE:

I hope you've solved your issue by now. If not, here's my recent experience.

(Note: My engine is an O-360-A1A, pressure transducer is from Van's kit and mounted on the firewall)

I started...
Forum: Reviews 11-08-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,570
Posted By chrispratt
Plus 1

+1 for this wheel/tire. I've had one for a couple of years now and it is so much better than the standard wheel/tire that comes with the kits. Much softer ride, less noise, less vibration. It's worth...
Forum: Texas (North) 11-05-2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,745
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you for the comments. My friend was...

Thank you for the comments. My friend was surprised when I told him there were no charges for landing fees or using the airspace for smaller planes. He was impressed with the whole idea. Can't do...
Forum: Texas (North) 11-01-2018, 07:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,745
Posted By chrispratt
Carl (RV8JD) - if you're reading this your...

Carl (RV8JD) - if you're reading this your suggestion works. With Apple's "Photo" open on my iMac you can drag an HEIC formatted photo into SmugMug where it will appear as a JPG file. Thanks, this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,593
Posted By chrispratt
Uh, try hand scuffing. As Mel said, you don't...

Uh, try hand scuffing. As Mel said, you don't need that much.

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 11-01-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,745
Posted By chrispratt
Just when we thought we were out of the rain, it...

Just when we thought we were out of the rain, it pulled us back in, to paraphrase the Godfather. Rained all day Wednesday, but the weekend was Beautiful with a capital B.

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 11-01-2018, 08:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,745
Posted By chrispratt
Trying it, but slowly. Still working middle of...

Trying it, but slowly. Still working middle of the week. Hey, this retirement thing is expensive.

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 11-01-2018, 08:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,745
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you Carl. I'm discovering some of this the...

Thank you Carl. I'm discovering some of this the hard way. I appreciate the suggestion and will try that with SmugMug this evening. It will certainly save some extra steps and aggravation.

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 10-31-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,745
Posted By chrispratt
I LOVE MONDAYS

What better way to spend a beautiful Monday than some formation flying on the way to get barbecue. I have a friend visiting from Thailand and wanted to introduce him to the RV world and create a...
Forum: Texas (North) 10-22-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,619
Posted By chrispratt
I think this is about the fourth time in 13 years...

I think this is about the fourth time in 13 years this runway has been under water at least partially. I'm more worried about the restaurant which has been flooded four times in that same period and...
Forum: Texas (North) 10-22-2018, 04:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,619
Posted By chrispratt
If you are referring to the trailing edge side of...

If you are referring to the trailing edge side of the tip it is just the original style wingtip from Van and not the "batwing" tip style used later. As Vic says below, it may be an optical illusion...
Forum: Texas (North) 10-21-2018, 04:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,619
Posted By chrispratt
RAIN CHECK for NORTH TEXAS

After several weeks of miserable rain in North Texas, we finally got some relief in the form of a gorgeous Fall day. So everyone with a plane seemed to be out flying today.

With record setting...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-01-2018, 03:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,662
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, 07:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,846
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, 10:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,323
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, 07:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,915
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, 02:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,964
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, 06:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 621
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, 12:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,056
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, 02:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 950
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you, Chris

Thank you,

Chris
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-28-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 950
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, 07:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 516
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, 07:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,818
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, 07:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,964
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you. Chris

Thank you.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 38,961
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, 05:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,964
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, 01:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 620
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, 10:25 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 38,961
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, 11:23 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 38,961
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, 09:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 950
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you Steve. Wilco. Chris

Thank you Steve. Wilco.

Chris
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-24-2018, 05:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 950
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, 12:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 573
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, 11:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,102
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, 04:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,644
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, 04:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,644
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, 10:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,751
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, 08:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 821
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, 08:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,189
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, 08:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,828
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, 10:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 573
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, 07:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,201
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, 06:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,201
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, 02:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,201
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, 08:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 986
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, 05:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 986
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, 10:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 986
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, 10:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,048
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, 02:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,244
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, 08:05 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 140,391
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, 06:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,126
Posted By chrispratt
Thumbs up Two thumbs up!! Chris

Two thumbs up!!

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 03-02-2018, 05:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 737
Posted By chrispratt
Next time Scroll.

Next time Scroll.
Forum: Texas (North) 03-02-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 737
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, 02:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,110
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, 10:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 879
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, 02:29 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,739
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, 12:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,033
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...
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