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Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 01:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 898
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It was worth a try. :)

It was worth a try. :)
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 11:51 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 898
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is of interest, I just edited my VAF 'New...

That is of interest, I just edited my VAF 'New Posts" bookmark to drop the www.
Forum: RV-12 12-14-2017, 10:30 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 12,775
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I don't have a dog in this hunt....but I've...

I don't have a dog in this hunt....but I've detected "bias" on more than one side of this discussion (and a previous fuel thread). ;)

I'm enjoying the exchange of info, my personal understanding...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 12-14-2017, 10:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 898
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Ray, we are not seeing cached pages. I'm glad you...

Ray, we are not seeing cached pages. I'm glad you don't experience this random issue but it appears many others do. I am definitely on the VAF domain when these errors appear, the error message...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 12-13-2017, 04:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 898
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I'm saying Chrome can not find the address for...

I'm saying Chrome can not find the address for the VAF forum. It is returning a server error, no page loads. VAF is the only site I see with this issue.

It may have something to do with me...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 12-13-2017, 11:14 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 898
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Can't answer your question but I sometimes find...

Can't answer your question but I sometimes find VAF failing to load on my desktop PC. After hitting refresh a couple of time the page will load after a brief pause. I assume this is an issue with the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-12-2017, 05:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 233
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Just for clarification, I'm pretty sure the...

Just for clarification, I'm pretty sure the TruTrak autopilot that was compatible with the Navaid servo was discontinued several years ago.

The Navaid servo is compatible with all Trio products when...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-11-2017, 09:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,381
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Biggggggg sub-woofers!

Biggggggg sub-woofers!
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-11-2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,635
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I'm really impressed with how the welding could...

I'm really impressed with how the welding could be accomplished without damaging the paint...... ;)
Forum: Autopilots 12-10-2017, 09:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 263
Posted By Sam Buchanan
They are not.

They are not.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-10-2017, 08:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,111
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have the Harbor Fright version of the Walmart...

I have the Harbor Fright version of the Walmart meter used by the OP and it works fine for checking plug resistance. Getting a good connection on the terminals sometimes requires some effort when...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 12-08-2017, 04:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 610
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My son gave me a pair of Simpson Driving Shoes...

My son gave me a pair of Simpson Driving Shoes several years ago when I still had the Lotus kit car. I found them to be a good option for the limited foot area in a couple of aircraft and they are ok...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-06-2017, 01:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,973
Posted By Sam Buchanan
?????? It hasn't been sold, you are still an...

?????? It hasn't been sold, you are still an RV-8-tor? :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2017, 07:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 992
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It's a moot point. Regardless of whether or not...

It's a moot point. Regardless of whether or not it has been maintained in a "certified" manner, it can't be installed in a certificated aircraft unless an IA endorses the logs as stated in the posts...
Forum: Painting your RV 12-03-2017, 06:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 276
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Google is your friend. ...

Google is your friend. :)

http://www.sherwin-automotive.com/fleet-refinishing/products-reference/paint/genesis
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2017, 06:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 593
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Shouldn't have any effect on response. The AOA...

Shouldn't have any effect on response. The AOA port on my LRI probe is a hole probably smaller than 1/16" diameter and it responds very quickly to changes in AOA (ram pressure).
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-02-2017, 01:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,042
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Checked on the Android app while at the hangar...

Checked on the Android app while at the hangar today--it is MScopes:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zyepro.mobilescopes&hl=en

The camera isn't branded so no help there but I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-01-2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,042
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Wish I could, but I must have purchased the...

Wish I could, but I must have purchased the camera directly from China, I can't find it in my Amazon and eBay history. I paid about $14 if I recall correctly.

The software is one of the many generic...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-30-2017, 07:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 795
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is definitely not the norm. You need to...

This is definitely not the norm. You need to purchase a set of preview drawings from Vans for your 6A. Carefully study the drawings to see how the airbox baffling and cowl trim around the nose gear...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-29-2017, 10:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,042
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The cheap borescope works fine with my Nexus 7...

The cheap borescope works fine with my Nexus 7 Android tablet.
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-27-2017, 06:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 989
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yes. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Yes.
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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2017, 07:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 901
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Don't use the grease fitting, it will only result...

Don't use the grease fitting, it will only result in a mess. Replace the bearings when they get noisy, they are inexpensive.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2017, 01:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 861
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The thermostatically-controlled sump heater on my...

The thermostatically-controlled sump heater on my RV-6 runs 24/7 December through March and maintains the entire engine at ~90F in the insulated hangar. The engine thinks it is spending the winter in...
Forum: Safety 11-22-2017, 10:52 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 15,413
Posted By Sam Buchanan
http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.p...

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=154377
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2017, 10:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 446
Posted By Sam Buchanan
One way is to upload it to YouTube then post the...

One way is to upload it to YouTube then post the link to it.
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 11-21-2017, 10:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,144
Posted By Sam Buchanan
At this station in life my neck is no longer...

At this station in life my neck is no longer flexible enough for me to see what is on my six.....I enjoy the unlimited forward and side vision of my tip-up.

(Off to pop more corn.....)
Forum: APRS Tracking 11-20-2017, 12:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 519
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The one I've used for ten years is "aprs.fi"....

The one I've used for ten years is "aprs.fi". Here is the link you can give your friends:

https://aprs.fi/#!mt=roadmap&z=10&call=a%2FN247TD&timerange=86400&tail=86400...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2017, 08:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 645
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've been flying my RV-6 since 1999. The wagging...

I've been flying my RV-6 since 1999. The wagging you are referring to is a slight amount of Dutch roll that is present in turbulence if the pilot doesn't damp it with feet on the rudder pedals. This...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-17-2017, 09:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,280
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Excellent point on the AOA, it is my primary...

Excellent point on the AOA, it is my primary instrument when making the 180 turn from downwind to final. The airplane doesn't care how close it is to the ground as long as we keep the wing happy. :)
Forum: ADS-B 11-17-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,444
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If I understand the situation correctly, you...

If I understand the situation correctly, you would need to add the cost of a compliant GPS if you don't already have a GPS source. This would bring your total to ~$1800.

Also, the echoUAT is a 978...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-17-2017, 06:17 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,280
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I prefer an oval turn from downwind (which is...

I prefer an oval turn from downwind (which is much closer than what we often see) to final. The key is to maintain *proper* speed, extra speed just complicates the arrival and creates the need to...
Forum: ADS-B 11-16-2017, 10:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,444
Posted By Sam Buchanan
And the Stratus ESG is available for about $2200...

And the Stratus ESG is available for about $2200 which includes a compliant gps.
Forum: COMM 11-15-2017, 04:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,556
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Just reply with a link to the pdf, no need to...

Just reply with a link to the pdf, no need to attach the document itself.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 10:06 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,553
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Me thinks we are seeing a bright line being drawn...

Me thinks we are seeing a bright line being drawn between aircraft assemblers and aircraft builders....... ;)
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-08-2017, 08:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 777
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Options #1 and #2 should be viable for a long...

Options #1 and #2 should be viable for a long time. No need to panic, continue building your RV-6, you will be able to find parts either from Vans or other sources.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2017, 06:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,270
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Much higher. :) Account of Terry Jantzi's...

Much higher. :)

Account of Terry Jantzi's flight to 25,900' in his RV-6 back in 1999:

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/high.html
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2017, 06:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,378
Posted By Sam Buchanan
RV's aren't built from scratch.....a true...

RV's aren't built from scratch.....a true 'plans-built' aircraft is indeed a real project! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2017, 08:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 668
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You have several RV builders in the MSL area. Ask...

You have several RV builders in the MSL area. Ask some of them for suggestions and assistance with fabricating the brackets you need, they will most likely be happy to offer whatever expertise and/or...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-06-2017, 08:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,501
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You only need to consider this project if your...

You only need to consider this project if your desire to build a plane is such that you are willing to take whatever time and $$$'s is needed. Otherwise you are setting yourself up for frustration...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2017, 05:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 785
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is a post by Pete Howell on adapting the...

Here is a post by Pete Howell on adapting the inexpensive Kindle Fire HD8 for EFB use:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=152442
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-03-2017, 08:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,967
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I don't know anything about your battery mount,...

I don't know anything about your battery mount, but be sure it can withstand a multi-G load. The weight of a tractor battery on the firewall multiplied 4-5 times is a lot of stress on the firewall....
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-31-2017, 07:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,753
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I didn't consider my description as mechanical...

I didn't consider my description as mechanical because few takeoffs are identical. I described a "typical" takeoff in that manner to illustrate that it is not necessary to force the RV-6 into a...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-31-2017, 02:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,753
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There is also no reason to raise the tail to the...

There is also no reason to raise the tail to the point where the fuselage is horizontal. Takeoff with my 160hp, fixed-pitch prop RV-6 is:

Smoothly apply throttle, 1, 2, 3, stick to approximately...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2017, 04:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,249
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Hey Mel...what's your fee for doing an inspection...

Hey Mel...what's your fee for doing an inspection in Hawaii? Airfare and three nights in a nice hotel on the beach?? :D
Forum: ADS-B 10-26-2017, 05:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,492
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If push came to shove you could have an ADS-B...

If push came to shove you could have an ADS-B Performance Report in your hands in a matter of minutes showing the NavWorx device wasn't tranmitting during your last flight. :)
Forum: ADS-B 10-26-2017, 01:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,492
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The FAA couldn't care less what you are using for...

The FAA couldn't care less what you are using for an ADS-B receiver, their only concern is the integrity of an ADS-B transmitter. If the NavWorx device can't transmit, it is no longer any different...
Forum: RV-12 10-26-2017, 08:47 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,895
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I haven't installed a uAvionix device, but the...

I haven't installed a uAvionix device, but the GPS antenna for the Stratus ESG in my RV-6 is mounted under the cowl.

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/ADS-B%20GPS%20antenna.jpg

It performs flawlessly.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-26-2017, 08:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,967
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have also used the less expensive AGM batteries...

I have also used the less expensive AGM batteries in the RV-6 and now have one in the Fokker replica. However, keep in mind the terminals are not as robust as the ones on the PC680, so good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2017, 12:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,374
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Don, I recently bought four tubes for a riding...

Don, I recently bought four tubes for a riding mower I converted to an airplane tug. I shopped several vendors, Walmart and Ebay included, and still spent $50 for cheap, generic tubes. New tires from...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-25-2017, 12:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 957
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No, a breaker trips when current exceeds the...

No, a breaker trips when current exceeds the rating of the breaker, the OV module reacts to voltage.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-24-2017, 10:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,967
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There is a little more difference between a PC680...

There is a little more difference between a PC680 and a lawn mower battery than just the name and price. :)

The current versions of the RV-6, the RV-7, have the battery mounted on the engine side...
Forum: COMM 10-23-2017, 04:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 544
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is merely the sound Lifties make when the...

This is merely the sound Lifties make when the plane gets close to the ground and they start getting excited. Lifties are microscopic creatures that are responsible for our wings being able to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-23-2017, 08:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,967
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A local pilot with an old RV-6 had to remove the...

A local pilot with an old RV-6 had to remove the angles which serve as hold-downs in his battery box for the PC680. That isn't a problem because the box can be filled with spacers to keep the PC680...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-23-2017, 07:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,967
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The Odyssey PC680 has been the go-to battery for...

The Odyssey PC680 has been the go-to battery for many years.
Forum: ADS-B 10-22-2017, 12:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 351
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The GPS antenna for my Stratus ESG ADS-B...

The GPS antenna for my Stratus ESG ADS-B transponder is located forward of the firewall under the cowl. Performs flawlessly.

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/ADS-B%20GPS%20antenna.jpg
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-20-2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,906
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The only way I can shut down the alternator in my...

The only way I can shut down the alternator in my RV-6 is turning off the master, there is no alternator switch. I have a 5A breaker in the field circuit but it isn't the switchable type. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2017, 08:44 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 12,324
Posted By Sam Buchanan
NavWorx front page announcement

http://www.navworx.com
Forum: COMM 10-17-2017, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 679
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A COM antenna is a little too short for optimum...

A COM antenna is a little too short for optimum APRS performance, but it would work as long as the SWR wasn't high enough to damage the tracker.

I would fabricate a patch as detailed in posts above...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2017, 04:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 796
Posted By Sam Buchanan
He got a reply from Vans in post #2. :)

He got a reply from Vans in post #2. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2017, 12:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,899
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, weather warning tech certainly has improved...

Yep, weather warning tech certainly has improved in the past twenty years. In our area (north Alabama...lots of tornadoes) the weather radios can now be programmed for an area about ten miles in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2017, 04:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,116
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Profile states RV-7. Very glad to see plane and...

Profile states RV-7.

Very glad to see plane and pilot survived.
Forum: Tools 10-10-2017, 09:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,599
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Dale, you will enjoy the Wen, I have used mine...

Dale, you will enjoy the Wen, I have used mine for a few projects and really like it. I recently added this little Wen accessory, ordered it from Home...
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