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Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 07:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 168
Posted By snopercod
Thermal Insulation

I was having trouble with my carburetor getting too hot in warm weather and causing my engine to die at idle - usually on the runway just about to take off. After about a year of floundering around,...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 06:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 408
Posted By snopercod
Absolutely nothing. When I landed there, a weenie...

Absolutely nothing. When I landed there, a weenie with a clipboard ran out and informed me that they knew where I lived and if my plane was too loud on takeoff, they would send me a citation. I'll...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 06:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 408
Posted By snopercod
You gotta' fly over LAX via the Mini Route and...

You gotta' fly over LAX via the Mini Route and down the coast. I know you will be tempted, but DON'T land on the beach!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/q3kme6uwpv0lc7w/Landing%20Torrance.mp4?dl=0
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 05:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 768
Posted By snopercod
I'd like to see that. I fabricated a new set of...

I'd like to see that. I fabricated a new set of hinges today (See, even us fiberglass guys can make aluminum parts if we have to :D ).
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 12:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 768
Posted By snopercod
Yup, the prop wash really beats up the inboard...

Yup, the prop wash really beats up the inboard gear doors, especially on the R side. Have you considered stainless steel hinges? Also, I use the 321 SS welding rod for hinge pins; It fits better.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 06:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 768
Posted By snopercod
Piano Hinge Failure

I had one of the "lugs" (I don't know the proper name), crack off on one of my gear door hinges. I understand that RVs use lots of these MS20001-P5 extruded aluminum hinges so I'm posting this for...
Forum: California 04-23-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,582
Posted By snopercod
Thanks!

LOL! Thanks, Charlie. I'd love to meet you. I'm glad you understood that money is a concern for a lot of us builders out here. More power to the Legacy guy to fly his plane before it's "finished"...
Forum: California 04-23-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,582
Posted By snopercod
I liked bruceh's photos but, I have to admit that...

I liked bruceh's photos but, I have to admit that his comments on the crappy upholstery in the Legacy kinda' torqued my jaw. I guess I'm just sensitive because my Lancair doesn't have upholstery...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-22-2018, 05:16 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 14,295
Posted By snopercod
I had been waiting for good weather on a weekend...

I had been waiting for good weather on a weekend so I could fly to Columbia SC [Owens KCUB] and check out the Brewery in the old Wright hangar. Yesterday was finally it; It was an absolutely...
Forum: Reviews 04-20-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By snopercod
If we're talking about their AoA system here, I...

If we're talking about their AoA system here, I second your motion. Aircraft Spruce sold me the Sport AoA without the landing gear option. After several months, AFS sent me both a new unit with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2018, 06:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 929
Posted By snopercod
For us fiberglass guys, does the case of the...

For us fiberglass guys, does the case of the GDL-82 need to be "grounded" (negative side of the battery)?
Forum: RV-10 04-18-2018, 05:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 486
Posted By snopercod
You might want to consider buying your own...

You might want to consider buying your own scales; They're not that expensive and you will use them a lot over the years: Not only for re-weighing after modifications, but for checking fuel quantity....
Forum: RV-4 04-18-2018, 05:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 887
Posted By snopercod
We pay $60 for those rod ends because of the...

We pay $60 for those rod ends because of the excellent quality control /sarc
Forum: California 04-17-2018, 04:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,199
Posted By snopercod
Is that the strip by the Buckhorn in New Cuyama?...

Is that the strip by the Buckhorn in New Cuyama? I landed there once in the eighties in a C-172 and the runway was deteriorated even back then. A lot of workers from Diablo Canyon flew over there...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-17-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 784
Posted By snopercod
I tried one of those Bluetooth headset adapters...

I tried one of those Bluetooth headset adapters that you put in series with your headset and was very unhappy with it. It loaded down the audio from my radio depending upon whether it was ON or OFF....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-17-2018, 07:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,209
Posted By snopercod
It seems like "theoretical length" (the length if...

It seems like "theoretical length" (the length if the flats weren't there) would be a better phrase. But there's really no way to actually measure that, is there?
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-16-2018, 04:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,649
Posted By snopercod
Forgive me for latching on to your thread, but...

Forgive me for latching on to your thread, but flying in Alaska is about the most fun a pilot can have with his (or her) clothes on. I took these in March, 2014.

Flight of two heading from...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-15-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,649
Posted By snopercod
Awesome! Thanks for posting.

Awesome! Thanks for posting.
Forum: RV-14 04-15-2018, 06:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,284
Posted By snopercod
That's going to give you a pretty long coax...

That's going to give you a pretty long coax length. IIRC, the installation instructions on my GTX-327 read "11' max".
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2018, 06:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 868
Posted By snopercod
Brennan Industries has a lot of weird fittings....

Brennan Industries has a lot of weird fittings. http://brennaninc.com/product-category/tube-fittings-and-adapters/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,575
Posted By snopercod
My iPad Air2 running Foreflight and the Stratus 2...

My iPad Air2 running Foreflight and the Stratus 2 are my primary means of navigation. I have the cellular iPad with 64GB of memory. The cellular plan costs me almost $100 per month (f'n Verizon), but...
Forum: California 04-11-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 865
Posted By snopercod
Do NOT go to Zamperini [KTOA]. They are very...

Do NOT go to Zamperini [KTOA]. They are very unfriendly people. I got out of there as soon as I could and flew to Redlands [KREI]. VFR flight following with SoCal Approach was painless.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-11-2018, 03:29 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 14,295
Posted By snopercod
It's been a long winter, but the weather is...

It's been a long winter, but the weather is finally getting better. Owen, Steve, and I flew down to Spartanburg [KSPA] for lunch at Jason's Deli again. Darwin's RV-4 was down for maintenance, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2018, 05:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,738
Posted By snopercod
Great idea. I've tried to use the zip-lok bag...

Great idea. I've tried to use the zip-lok bag before but the step I was missing was to loosen the filter first. Duh...

Great idea on the dog training pads, too. Thanks, Guys!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-08-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,232
Posted By snopercod
I've had good luck with Cheng Shins. For a while...

I've had good luck with Cheng Shins. For a while there, the company refused to sell them for aircraft use so I bought a couple of Desser Aero-Classics. I had a lot of trouble mounting those because I...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-06-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,347
Posted By snopercod
This was South of Monument Valley, on the way to...

This was South of Monument Valley, on the way to Page:
https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/924/CZIr2M.jpg
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-05-2018, 08:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,347
Posted By snopercod
Is that a motel in the background behind the gas...

Is that a motel in the background behind the gas station?
Forum: Southeast 04-04-2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 529
Posted By snopercod
This guy does mine in Asheville: Schedule IFR...

This guy does mine in Asheville:

Schedule IFR certifications at your airport - Altimeters and Transponders
FAR 91.411 and FAR 91.413
Contact Richard Ellington
(704)...
Forum: Tools 04-03-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,081
Posted By snopercod
Remember those plastic "lettering guides" with a...

Remember those plastic "lettering guides" with a line of holes in a rotable circle, used for making parallel lines? I still have one in my drawer here. Dang, I'm...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-02-2018, 05:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 696
Posted By snopercod
It's pretty simple and not very expensive ($120)...

It's pretty simple and not very expensive ($120) to change floats yourself. Blue Epoxy Float Kit (http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/eppages/volare_float_kit_sm.php?clickkey=5013716) from ACS.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-01-2018, 06:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 970
Posted By snopercod
Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for taking the time...

Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for taking the time to post the photos.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-01-2018, 01:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 696
Posted By snopercod
I think these days you're suppose to have the...

I think these days you're suppose to have the blue epoxy floats.
Forum: ADS-B 03-31-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,450
Posted By snopercod
Aircraft Spruce is showing "Out of Stock" until...

Aircraft Spruce is showing "Out of Stock" until April 20th on the GDL-82. Nuts.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2018, 05:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 929
Posted By snopercod
From the GDL-82 Installation Manual:

From the GDL-82 Installation Manual:
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-30-2018, 04:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,962
Posted By snopercod
Awesome. Thanks.

Awesome. Thanks.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-28-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 331
Posted By snopercod
FS: Hartwell H 5000-2 Flush Latches (Surplus)

I have two Hartwell H 5000-2 Flush Latches (Surplus). One of them looks new, and the other looks like it might have been installed. Both are working perfectly. ACS sells them for $46 (surplus) and...
Forum: GPS 03-22-2018, 04:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,967
Posted By snopercod
No. Bad idea. The base of the GA-35 has to be...

No. Bad idea. The base of the GA-35 has to be physically and electrically in contact with the ground plane. Also, the heat and vibration in there would kill the GA-35.
Forum: GPS 03-21-2018, 11:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,967
Posted By snopercod
That was my original plan, but I ran up against a...

That was my original plan, but I ran up against a couple problems. First, the mounting screws for the GA-35 are on top and I would have no screwdriver access with the antenna mounted right up against...
Forum: GPS 03-21-2018, 06:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,967
Posted By snopercod
Thanks, Walt. If I really need the 20" dia....

Thanks, Walt. If I really need the 20" dia. ground plane, that's what I'm going to have to do. I'll apply the foil to the underside of the fuselage skin above the baggage compartment and mount the...
Forum: GPS 03-21-2018, 06:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,967
Posted By snopercod
Figure 6-4 in the GDL-82 installation manual...

Figure 6-4 in the GDL-82 installation manual shows the ground plane extending a minimum of 7.5" from the perimeter of the antenna. Since the longest dimension of the GA-35 antenna is 4.68", I took...
Forum: GPS 03-20-2018, 03:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,967
Posted By snopercod
Minimum ground plane diameter?

How would one do that, please? I have a question on how to install the GA-35 in a fiberglass airplane. I'm planning on installing a GDL-82 in my Lancair, but the instructions tell me I need a 20" dia...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2018, 04:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,049
Posted By snopercod
This topic makes me sad. I hate the thought of...

This topic makes me sad. I hate the thought of some stranger having his way with my creation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2018, 03:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,853
Posted By snopercod
I guess this is all academic now since bkervaski...

I guess this is all academic now since bkervaski already got his hole cut, but clearly the hole punches (we used to call them chassis punches) are the way to go. A lot of EAA chapters own a set. You...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2018, 06:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 855
Posted By snopercod
In a critical application, just use a new bolt...

In a critical application, just use a new bolt every time. Heck, they only cost 15c so is it worth it to have to worry about it? Not for me.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-11-2018, 08:45 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,273
Posted By snopercod
LOL! That's what I call mine, only en inglés. I...

LOL! That's what I call mine, only en inglés. I told my wife yesterday that I was going to the hangar to give the other woman a sponge bath. No, I am not a smart man...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-10-2018, 06:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 898
Posted By snopercod
Do it yourself

You can easily do this yourself. You don't even have to remove the carburetor from the aircraft - just undo the bottom half. Then switch out the old nozzle for the new one. Here's the kit:...
Forum: RV-10 03-10-2018, 06:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 829
Posted By snopercod
Cod Piece

I have no idea what a "Show Planes Cowl" looks like but, on my Lancair, I made the bottom of the lower cowl removable so I could change the oil, check the carburetor linkages, and gain access to the...
Forum: Primers 03-07-2018, 01:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 559
Posted By snopercod
I've stored both of these in their original...

I've stored both of these in their original containers for over twenty years with no signs of degradation when I used them recently. They were on a shelf in the garage.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-06-2018, 05:23 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,962
Posted By snopercod
FedEx Next Day costs around $350 (ask me how I...

FedEx Next Day costs around $350 (ask me how I know), but you've missed the 5 PM pickup time for today, I think. Enjoy the sights in beautiful Deming /sarc
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-06-2018, 05:17 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,956
Posted By snopercod
Thanks, Smoky. The graph I posted was EGT, not...

Thanks, Smoky. The graph I posted was EGT, not CHT. My CHTs are fine - running around 380 or so on climbout (closer to 400 in the summer). I'm very pleased with my high-compression Don George...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-06-2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,962
Posted By snopercod
Bummer. I think Aircraft Spruce West is still...

Bummer. I think Aircraft Spruce West is still open. They have one for $794 and I'm sure they could send it FedEx next day. Good...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-06-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,956
Posted By snopercod
That's an excellent suggestion and it's on my...

That's an excellent suggestion and it's on my list of things to do. I have an AOA so I feel pretty safe in making a 45 deg banked turn with idle power and see how much altitude I lose. (I'll do it at...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-06-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,956
Posted By snopercod
Actually, it was Marvel-Schebler who came up with...

Actually, it was Marvel-Schebler who came up with the idea of a perforated [AKA "peppermill"] nozzle to provide better fuel atomization and distribution. See: SB-22...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-06-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,956
Posted By snopercod
I'm learning a lot of things lately that...

I'm learning a lot of things lately that seemingly everybody else knew ;)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-05-2018, 04:36 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,956
Posted By snopercod
The saga continues

I watched the carb temperature all winter and never once saw the temperature get down into the icing zone, even during an idle power descent on a cold day. Enough heat is transferred from the oil...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2018, 04:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 859
Posted By snopercod
Everybody has an opinion on this subject, and...

Everybody has an opinion on this subject, and they usually conflict. I use a Deltran 1.25A Battery Tender which advertises a temperature compensated 4-step charging program (Initialization, Bulk...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-04-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,535
Posted By snopercod
I finally got the Cheng Shin tire mounted today,...

I finally got the Cheng Shin tire mounted today, but I'm embarrassed to admit that I ruined one more tube on the first attempt. The problem was that I had too much air in the tube when I went to mate...
Forum: RV-3 03-03-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,943
Posted By snopercod
I don't know anything about RV-3s, but the...

I don't know anything about RV-3s, but the original Lancairs had a heavy aileron response. That was "fixed" by making the trailing edge of the aileron 1/4" thick.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-28-2018, 05:34 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 14,295
Posted By snopercod
It was, but I don't eat raw oysters any more...

It was, but I don't eat raw oysters any more after I learned about Hepatitis. I brought my wife some scallops sauteed in wine, butter, and garlic, though. Special Delivery!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-27-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 14,295
Posted By snopercod
Grand Strand Today

Expanding our range, Darwin and I flew 1+30 From AVL to CRE (Grand Strand AKA North Myrtle Beach) today for some fresh seafood. Darwin left first and I never could catch him in my Lancair. I had him...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2018, 06:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By snopercod
There's a guy at AVL who does it as well. I'm not...

There's a guy at AVL who does it as well. I'm not sure he wants to advertise so, if you're interested, PM me. I think he charges $250.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-20-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,535
Posted By snopercod
I've done that in the past and it works. I may do...

I've done that in the past and it works. I may do it again since apparently I've lost my Tire-Fu.
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