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Forum: APRS Tracking 08-30-2009, 11:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,455
Posted By N523RV
Big Red Bee APRS

Just stumbled across this product this morning. Might be of interest... seems self-contained.

http://www.bigredbee.com/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2009, 07:13 PM
Replies: 557
Views: 418,403
Posted By N523RV
Me and My Sister in N523RV

Here's a shot of my sister and I. She's deathly afraid of flying... this is the 2nd time she's gone up with me... very proud.

http://www.n523rv.com/images/MissyAndMattInN523RV.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2009, 12:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,001
Posted By N523RV
Palm Pre SDK - How about some aviation/RV apps

Ok all you geeky RV'rs... Palm has released their SDK for the Palm Pre... how about some aviation apps! You programming guru's... some weather/notam/tfr app would be cool.

http://developer.palm.com/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2009, 03:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 990
Posted By N523RV
Jan, We have a pretty big RV contingent around...

Jan,

We have a pretty big RV contingent around KC (not quite like those Texans...) I'm sure we can get you your fill of RV juice while you are here. I'd be happy to give you a ride in a -9A, hit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2009, 05:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,873
Posted By N523RV
File for download

Here is the file for anyone that would like it.

http://www.n523rv.com/Tanker%20Calculator.xls
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2009, 01:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,873
Posted By N523RV
Willing to share your spreadsheet so we dont'...

Willing to share your spreadsheet so we dont' have to recreate the wheel? I'd even post it on my web server for others to d/l...

Matthew
matthew@n523rv.com
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-26-2009, 02:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,540
Posted By N523RV
If you do proseal it... use it SPARINGLY......

If you do proseal it... use it SPARINGLY... otherwise it will pucker between the rivets.
Forum: Steam Gauges 03-08-2009, 03:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,222
Posted By N523RV
Not near the hobbs meter

Don't place it anywhere near the hobbs meter. I had to relocate my hobbs meter as it was causing major interference. Every little 'tick' on meter caused the compass to swing. :-)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2009, 06:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,939
Posted By N523RV
W/O seeing a picture, I assume that you are still...

W/O seeing a picture, I assume that you are still leaving a gap wide enough for the end rod to pass through during up/down elevator movement.

Instead of taping just the holes, couldn't you put some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2009, 06:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,408
Posted By N523RV
OK.. not to start anythng.. but if an...

OK.. not to start anythng.. but if an amateur-built aircraft cannot be used for commercial purposes, I'm curious how it could be used to take a commercial checkride?

Good to know though!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2009, 09:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,123
Posted By N523RV
Not necessarily "first engine run" related but if...

Not necessarily "first engine run" related but if you haven't already, get 2 or 3 sets of other builder eyes to go over the engine compartment looking for anything you might have missed. As the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-30-2009, 04:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,835
Posted By N523RV
Scott, Keep us posted of further testing. 2...

Scott,

Keep us posted of further testing. 2 years ago while I was out at LOE I talked my original flight instructor (now A10 pilot) into doing an engine off test with me. I just wanted the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-27-2009, 06:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,594
Posted By N523RV
Same here...

Yep.. I have the exact same little flag that I have attached to the bracket itself. Your idea might be better... keep me from embarrassing myself in front of others....
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-26-2009, 02:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,594
Posted By N523RV
Simple..

Simple... drill a hole in the rudder stop and another one in the rudder brace. Bend up a piece of steel rod in the shape of a large U. One end goes in each hole. Works great... don't forget to put...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 01-22-2009, 07:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,368
Posted By N523RV
Thanks Turbo. I just got my renewal form for the...

Thanks Turbo. I just got my renewal form for the Airchart book I currently get. Considering the Enroute book as well. Not sure how often we'll be flying IFR to justify the extra $99. I may just...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 01-20-2009, 04:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,368
Posted By N523RV
Thanks Joe. You probably heard something close...

Thanks Joe. You probably heard something close to my call sign. :-) I think they had me down as N153RV instead of N523RV. When I called for my clearance, they couldn't find my flight plan, so they...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 01-20-2009, 04:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,368
Posted By N523RV
Filing

The wife has a rule that if we fly more than 45mins from home we do flight following, so we'll just be replacing that with an IFR flight plan every time. We enjoy 'being in the system'.
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 01-19-2009, 05:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,368
Posted By N523RV
Instrument Rated!

I completed my instrument rating today successfully passing the instrument checkride! This was all done in my RV-9A. I started with 320 hrs TT, of which 270 was in my RV. I was fortunate to have...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 01-07-2009, 05:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,470
Posted By N523RV
Steve, I owe you a beer or two.... I ordered...

Steve,

I owe you a beer or two.... I ordered some copper foil tape and did as you suggested. It mad a big improvement! I think the nutplates would probably work OK if you remember to polish off...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2009, 03:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,724
Posted By N523RV
They do say "terrain awareness"..... which...

They do say "terrain awareness"..... which clearly the 496 does have... and they state it "... such as TAWS..." so they don't specifically state it has to be TAWS/GPWS/EGPWS or certified....

We'll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2009, 03:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,724
Posted By N523RV
I have an IFR-approved panel mount GPS, I just...

I have an IFR-approved panel mount GPS, I just need to satisfy the requirements for "2 of the 5 following".... I think the weather on the 496 would certainly qualify... but the terrain portion could...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2009, 01:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,724
Posted By N523RV
Technologically Advanced Aircraft - Garmin 496 count?

I'm renewing the insurance on my RV-9A and looking at the "Technologically Advanced Aircraft" discount they offer. My agent is digging into this as well....

Does anyone have experience with this...
Forum: Safety 12-30-2008, 08:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 11,425
Posted By N523RV
Lightbulb Are you "D" NOTAM literate?

"!FTW 12/181 52F AD CLSD" - Would you know what this means?

"!COD 12/022 COD AD PAEW WEF 0812301052" - How about this one?

A couple of years ago, I nearly completed a stupid pilot trick when I...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-23-2008, 04:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,470
Posted By N523RV
Thanks Steve. I'll look for some copper tape and...

Thanks Steve. I'll look for some copper tape and get that ground connection better to see if that improves the range.

Next time I go fly, I'll watch the channels to see how many I get and do some...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-23-2008, 03:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,130
Posted By N523RV
Firewall mounted....

Here is how I firewall mounted my Van's oil cooler.

http://www.n523rv.com/fwf/uploaded_images/Pc280307-762405.jpg
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-23-2008, 02:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,470
Posted By N523RV
Steve, I'm using a KX-155 and KLN-89B with a...

Steve,

I'm using a KX-155 and KLN-89B with a KI-209A CDI and MD41 annunciator. The 89B has all of the updates (I think). Below are pictures of my NAV and GPS antenna installs. For the NAV, I just...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-23-2008, 07:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,470
Posted By N523RV
GPS and NAV Antenna's for IFR - I would do differently

I started working on my IFR ticket in my RV-9A. I've noticed two things...

1) My KLN-89B gives me frequent RAIM warnings while shooting GPS approaches. I _think_ this is because I have my GPS...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-07-2008, 07:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,149
Posted By N523RV
Ooo.. good idea. My trip computer reads a max...

Ooo.. good idea. My trip computer reads a max speed of 239.5mph which works out to 208 knots. :0)
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-06-2008, 08:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,149
Posted By N523RV
205 knots!

I was giving a ride to a local RV-9A builder this afternoon. We were putzing around at 6,000 ft when I noticed the 496 was indicating 190kts GS. What the hec, lets put our tail to the wind and see...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-03-2008, 05:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,088
Posted By N523RV
I would highly recommend that you invest in a...

I would highly recommend that you invest in a pneumatic squeezer. This will be one the best tool investments you will ever make. It will reduce your build time and keep your hands from falling...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2008, 12:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,190
Posted By N523RV
A tool just waiting to be designed

I used the oil pump can when I first did my brakes and made a complete mess. The problem was transitioning from a big hose that fits on the end of a can to a little hose that fits on the nipple. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2008, 06:40 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 18,690
Posted By N523RV
1) Wish I had been smarter about the places I...

1) Wish I had been smarter about the places I installed a few things. Always keep in mind maintenance issues. IE, I put my altitude encoder on the rib that runs from the fw to the subpanel. Very...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-18-2008, 02:24 PM
Replies: 389
Views: 341,162
Posted By N523RV
Actually just updated the photo I had of 901RV......

Actually just updated the photo I had of 901RV... I had an older/small photo and grabbed this nice one of the site. Thanks!
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-17-2008, 07:06 AM
Replies: 389
Views: 341,162
Posted By N523RV
RV-9(A) Photo Gallery

I have 149 RV9 images now in my photo gallery out of 400+ flying. If anyone wants to send me photos (or links to) any that I don't have, I'll be happy to add...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-07-2008, 04:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,145
Posted By N523RV
Rocky.... I personally appreciate the posting. ...

Rocky.... I personally appreciate the posting. Issues that other RV'ators have can only make us safer as a group! I bet more than a couple of us will be paying a lot closer attention during annual...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-06-2008, 05:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,145
Posted By N523RV
Care to elaborate on the landing itself? Were...

Care to elaborate on the landing itself? Were you able to see the position of the flap while in flight? I'm curious if the flap was pushed up or if it was really hanging down on final. What were...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2008, 01:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,020
Posted By N523RV
I've never managed to get in the air with the...

I've never managed to get in the air with the canopy unlatched but a couple of times, I've started my take-off roll with it propped open. The rattling noise lets you know pretty quickly. My...
Forum: APRS Tracking 10-13-2008, 02:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 43,625
Posted By N523RV
FCC Call sign with a -X

Gang,

Do the dash numbers after a call sign mean anything? Does it matter one way or the other?

The following is Pete's info, highlighted the -1.

N789PH - info
2008-10-11 18:09:40z
11 MPH 181...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2008, 03:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,405
Posted By N523RV
I'm happy to hear that I'm not that only one in...

I'm happy to hear that I'm not that only one in that situation. :-)
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 09-20-2008, 04:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,904
Posted By N523RV
Yes. In my case it is a Bendix-King KLN89B IFR...

Yes. In my case it is a Bendix-King KLN89B IFR GPS that I am using for IFR purposes.
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 09-19-2008, 07:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,904
Posted By N523RV
Logbook entry required for GPS Database Updates

Having started my IFR training, I'm working on getting the airplane legal for IFR flight. I came across a forum with some posts that indicated that database updates on your GPS were considered...
Forum: APRS Tracking 09-14-2008, 01:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,796
Posted By N523RV
APRS Chapter Presentation

I volunteered to do a presentation on APRS in Aviation at our chapter meeting. Has anyone else done a similar presentation yet and maybe have some notes or Powerpoint presentation they would share. ...
Forum: APRS Tracking 09-14-2008, 10:25 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,098
Posted By N523RV
Planning on going to LOE, so that should be a...

Planning on going to LOE, so that should be a good long distance test of the APRS unit.
Forum: APRS Tracking 09-13-2008, 12:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,098
Posted By N523RV
Talking I passed the Technician Class license last...

I passed the Technician Class license last night.. only missed one question. I did spring for the ARRL Ham Radio License book, which I read. Now just waiting for my name to show up in the database...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2008, 07:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,525
Posted By N523RV
I echo the sentiment of looking over your...

I echo the sentiment of looking over your shoulder to see the trim tab position as part of preflight. (Right before/after you check fuel tank selection.) This doesn't work when luggage compartment...
Forum: APRS Tracking 09-05-2008, 02:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,929
Posted By N523RV
Can I have (buy) your little ELT antenna since it...

Can I have (buy) your little ELT antenna since it is off the plane? :-) I'll get an SWR and check it and put it on my plane.

Also, given you fantastic luck with your existing antenna, can you give...
Forum: APRS Tracking 09-05-2008, 10:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,929
Posted By N523RV
Use a modified ELT Antenna for APRS?

Could we use a modified ELT antenna for an APRS antenna? An ELT antenna would be around 22", could it be trimmed down to 19"?

This is the type of antenna I have for my ELT that would look nice to...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-04-2008, 03:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,183
Posted By N523RV
Steve, Make sure that the trim cable isn't...

Steve,

Make sure that the trim cable isn't rubbing anywhere. It's been a couple of years but my elevators move freely up and down. You may notice the difference after attaching it but as long as...
Forum: APRS Tracking 08-29-2008, 08:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,032
Posted By N523RV
Thumbs up Back in business....

Turns out someone at Byonics realized what a dufus I was when I ordered the EU version. The MT-300 arrived today and it is the 144.39 version, which I believe is the US version. :-) So now back to...
Forum: APRS Tracking 08-28-2008, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,032
Posted By N523RV
The Byonics website says they are out of the...

The Byonics website says they are out of the Micro-Trak 300. If you know of a different source, let me know. :-)
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-28-2008, 10:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,042
Posted By N523RV
The default torque setting was 12 for both pitch...

The default torque setting was 12 for both pitch and roll. Guess I'll drop that down. :-)
Forum: APRS Tracking 08-28-2008, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,032
Posted By N523RV
Unhappy Cost vs. Benefit?

So I was all stoked up yesterday after Paul's flight to Burning Man and his neat little Micro-Trak 300. I started digging into it more and thought for just over a $100 I could brew one of these up...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-28-2008, 06:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,042
Posted By N523RV
Trutrak AP settings

Just finished up the installation of the TT ADI-Pilot II in my RV-9A. I went through the post-installation check routine and everything works. There are numerous settings however, and TT really...
Forum: Autopilots 08-27-2008, 07:17 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 829
Posted By N523RV
TruTrak ADI Pilot Settings for RV-9

Posting edited... I found appropriate instructions for determing settings.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-25-2008, 02:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,755
Posted By N523RV
I could see where that if the bearing failed, the...

I could see where that if the bearing failed, the pushrod could flop up and down but it would not come entirely loose. Still.. probably not a bad idea to add a second washer.

Once I complete my...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-25-2008, 12:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,755
Posted By N523RV
TruTrak roll servo installation in RV-9's

To all RV-9 builders planning on installing a Trutrak autopilot.... and a few flyers I suppose as well. The installation of the roll servo is different for the RV-9's than the RV-7's. The drawings...
Forum: Autopilots 08-25-2008, 12:49 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,180
Posted By N523RV
Washer configuration on Trutrak installations

For anyone that has installed a TruTrak AP, you know there are NO instructions, only a few drawings and the drawings don't call out how the washers are to be used on the pushrods that attach the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-23-2008, 12:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,156
Posted By N523RV
Frank, I'm flying with the SJ cowl/plenum. I do...

Frank,

I'm flying with the SJ cowl/plenum. I do have 9:1 pistons for 170hp on my O-320. I just ordered the louvers to install on the bottom of my cowl to see if that brings the temps down. The...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-23-2008, 05:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,156
Posted By N523RV
Cruise?

Has is made any improvement at cruise speeds?

I usually hit 425 on one cylinder on a hot day when climbing out and they stabilize around 380 in cruise.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2008, 10:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,955
Posted By N523RV
Adel Clamp Pliers

Wish I had these when I was doing my FWF!

http://www.smamtools.com/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2008, 06:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 897
Posted By N523RV
One colder EGT

I was graphing my engine data coming back from Osh and I noticed that I have one EGT (#1) that is 100 degrees cooler than the other 3. The cylinder temps were within 10 degrees of each other and the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2008, 09:50 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 844
Posted By N523RV
Jeff Dunham at Oshkosh

For anyone that didn't make it to Osh.... Jeff was amazing! Funniest part was the whole Jet Pack bit....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4k-pNVzEZcg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiVdVLXpmsg
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