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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-15-2017, 02:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,071
Posted By chrispratt
I suspect it's because this site is for RV...

I suspect it's because this site is for RV related equipment and iPhones do not fall into that category. Try e-Bay or Craig's list.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2017, 03:15 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 59,555
Posted By chrispratt
Second Plane?

I want an AirCam -- on floats!
Forum: Texas (North) 10-02-2017, 04:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,007
Posted By chrispratt
Honestly, I can't recall ever seeing them...

Honestly, I can't recall ever seeing them either.

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 10-02-2017, 12:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,007
Posted By chrispratt
Taxiway markings per AIM

My curiosity has been piqued, so I grabbed my trusty 2011 FAR|AIM from ASA publications and looked up Section 3 Airport Marking Aids and Signs. Please note the words below are my opinion and not an...
Forum: Texas (North) 10-02-2017, 09:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,007
Posted By chrispratt
I will leave that to be answered by a higher...

I will leave that to be answered by a higher authority ;)

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 10-02-2017, 07:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,007
Posted By chrispratt
What he said

If I read the construction drawings correctly (Page 17) the area with all the parallel yellow lines that look like parking spaces is intended to be a "No Taxi" zone. The runway hold short position is...
Forum: Texas (North) 10-01-2017, 06:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,007
Posted By chrispratt
52F OPEN

What a pleasure to bring my RV-8 home to 52F and its new runway -- not repaved but a new runway. It's as smooth as any runway I've ever landed on. In fact, as I waited for my tail wheel to settle...
Forum: RV-12 09-25-2017, 12:26 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,332
Posted By chrispratt
Check the ground wire and surface its attached...

Check the ground wire and surface its attached to. So many of my problems early in flying my airplane were poor grounding.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,487
Posted By chrispratt
If you use this piece, you can temporarily attach...

If you use this piece, you can temporarily attach to the rudder using some of the aluminum tape like you use inside the cowling. It will hold but comes off easily when you need to adjust it. Fly the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2017, 06:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,487
Posted By chrispratt
If you find it is rigging, Cleaveland Tools...

If you find it is rigging, Cleaveland Tools (http://www.cleavelandtool.com/RUDDER-TRIM-TAB/productinfo/9883/#.WcBQKa3Mz64) has a plastic rudder tab you can try. Fly it and trim as necessary. Then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2017, 10:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,465
Posted By chrispratt
Amen. I have a friend who always lands his -8...

Amen.

I have a friend who always lands his -8 shorter than me. But he's quite aggressive on the brakes whereas I let the airplane bleed off speed until the tail wants to come down on its own before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2017, 08:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,465
Posted By chrispratt
Well Steve, items like this concern me: "...while...

Well Steve, items like this concern me: "...while dropping nose and holding 70mph for the turn to base, half way in base full flaps, hold airspeed and 1800 rpm, turn final, point to threshold, begin...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2017, 09:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,465
Posted By chrispratt
I would certainly caution anyone reading the...

I would certainly caution anyone reading the above posts to try these things at altitude first. Airspeed calibrations on E-AB aircraft vary widely as do handling characteristics in different RV...
Forum: Texas (North) 09-08-2017, 05:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,303
Posted By chrispratt
Would be interesting to take a census. 616...

Would be interesting to take a census. 616 airplanes is a lot of airplanes and might make this one of the most populous airports in the USA. I doubt it. Sounds more like a promotion than a fact. I'd...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-16-2017, 01:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By chrispratt
I've had the same issue with uploads to TinyPic...

I've had the same issue with uploads to TinyPic for several recent posts. The issue seems to be random in that I've tried to upload pictures and some will show an image on first try and others will...
Forum: Reviews 08-11-2017, 12:03 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 34,139
Posted By chrispratt
Sounds like there's more to this story. Care to...

Sounds like there's more to this story. Care to share?

Chris
Forum: Reviews 08-10-2017, 01:59 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 34,139
Posted By chrispratt
Amen to that Andy. Chris

Amen to that Andy.

Chris
Forum: Reviews 08-10-2017, 01:58 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 34,139
Posted By chrispratt
I, obviously, was not aware of that Paul. Thanks...

I, obviously, was not aware of that Paul. Thanks for the clarification. I'll file it away in my memory banks. ;)

Chris
Forum: Reviews 08-10-2017, 12:34 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 34,139
Posted By chrispratt
Not sure what you're looking at Mani. I installed...

Not sure what you're looking at Mani. I installed a set of Crow's in my RV-8 a few months ago and they work as you'd expect: everything pulls/pushes toward the central latch. Perhaps you're...
Forum: Texas (North) 08-05-2017, 09:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,303
Posted By chrispratt
Steve: I don't know the answer to the first...

Steve: I don't know the answer to the first question and I don't want to guess other than somewhere around $500k. Maybe the POA can answer. I think the POA website www.fly52.org has the data.

But...
Forum: Texas (North) 08-05-2017, 09:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,303
Posted By chrispratt
Amen to that. Wish we could lure the Beacon Cafe...

Amen to that. Wish we could lure the Beacon Cafe from T67 over to 52F. They used to be here and we miss them. Put it on the project list :rolleyes:

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 08-05-2017, 09:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,303
Posted By chrispratt
Yeah, it'll do for the moment I guess :D If only...

Yeah, it'll do for the moment I guess :D If only mine were half this cool.

Chris
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-04-2017, 07:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,420
Posted By chrispratt
John From my perspective, the answer is "no" it...

John

From my perspective, the answer is "no" it is not worth it. I agree that XM has better resolution. I used it for ten years. When I switched to ADS-B and its FIS- B weather, I immediately...
Forum: Texas (North) 08-04-2017, 07:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,303
Posted By chrispratt
While that is a great idea, I don't see that...

While that is a great idea, I don't see that happening. I'm not privy to all the details but like everything else at this airport ... it's complicated. I do believe that runway 17 when reopened will...
Forum: Texas (North) 08-04-2017, 04:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,303
Posted By chrispratt
52F CONSTRUCTION AERIAL UPDATE

For 52F users and those of us who just like to watch others work, here’s a few aerial views of de-construction day 4 at 52F (Northwest Regional Airport, Roanoke, TX). The runway already looks...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-01-2017, 12:47 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 22,058
Posted By chrispratt
My mentor and my avionics guru finally talked me...

My mentor and my avionics guru finally talked me into upgrading my Vans Nippon Denso internally regulated 60 amp alternator (no longer available from Van). The impetus was some new and expensive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2017, 01:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 598
Posted By chrispratt
Have you tried Aircraft Engravers at...

Have you tried Aircraft Engravers at Engravers.net?

Chris
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-20-2017, 06:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,704
Posted By chrispratt
Sounds like a great trip TJ. Glad you enjoyed it.

Sounds like a great trip TJ. Glad you enjoyed it.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-21-2017, 10:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,258
Posted By chrispratt
That was my thinking as well of a possible cause....

That was my thinking as well of a possible cause. Thanks.

I have some good options for tackling this now with the suggestions here.

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-20-2017, 09:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,258
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you all. Some interesting ideas here that I...

Thank you all. Some interesting ideas here that I will experiment with. Gotta love the Duct Tape suggestion. Red Green would be proud.

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-20-2017, 08:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,258
Posted By chrispratt
FLAPPING WING-TO-FUSELAGE GAP SEAL

For the third time in about as many years, the rubber channel that acts as a seal between the inboard wing faring and the fuselage on the right side came loose during flight and proceeded to thrash...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-15-2017, 07:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 534
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks everyone. Got it. Chris

Thanks everyone. Got it.

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-14-2017, 02:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 534
Posted By chrispratt
HARTZELL CS PROP O-RING

Anyone know the part number for the O-Ring on a Hartzell two-blade Constant Speed prop? I need to order a new one before R&R on the prop. Thanks.

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 06-06-2017, 08:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,056
Posted By chrispratt
Hint: Rhymes with "nut crack" :rolleyes:

Hint: Rhymes with "nut crack" :rolleyes:
Forum: Painting your RV 06-05-2017, 05:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,447
Posted By chrispratt
PAINT DATA POINT

For those thinking about what brand of paint to use on their RV, I’ll give you a data point to consider.

The pictures below show my exterior paint after today’s flight through rain. Paint is 12...
Forum: Texas (North) 06-05-2017, 05:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,056
Posted By chrispratt
BC SQUADRON FLIES AGAIN

Monday was great for a BC Squadron flight to the Hard 8 in Stephenville, Texas (KSEP) for BBQ. It was great to see the usual suspects again. Been a while for me and reminded me what a great bunch of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-24-2017, 09:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,942
Posted By chrispratt
They're called Lycomings, Mel :-) Years ago I...

They're called Lycomings, Mel :-)

Years ago I spoke with a friend who worked sales for Lycoming. He told me to run the engine between 5 and 6 quarts. Anything above 6 will get thrown out. That was...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-28-2017, 09:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,095
Posted By chrispratt
Silver Bullet steering link - finally broken

Well it finally happened. Only took eleven years but my Silver Bullet tail wheel steering arm finally bit the dust. It happened as I landed at our wonderfully smooth (sarcasm here) runway/and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-28-2017, 09:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 751
Posted By chrispratt
+1 for 660

I just transitioned from the 496 to the 660. There are things I really liked about the 496 plus I was accustomed to it having used it for ten years. But if you want to upgrade the 660 is a good...
Forum: ADS-B 03-02-2017, 11:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,455
Posted By chrispratt
A friendly reminder on ADS-B install

According to the March-April 2017 FAA Safety publication:

"As of December 2016, just over 18-percent of the United States GA fleet is ADS-B equipped."

Deadline is December 31, 2019.


See link in...
Forum: ADS-B 03-02-2017, 10:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,164
Posted By chrispratt
Just a reminder

According to the March-April 2017 FAA Safety publication:

"As of December 2016, just over 18-percent of the United States GA fleet is ADS-B equipped."

Deadline is December 31, 2019.
Forum: ADS-B 02-22-2017, 11:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,164
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks for the tip Joshua. On the 345, I did not...

Thanks for the tip Joshua. On the 345, I did not need to do that. My 345 is set up so at engine start it is in the ALT mode and I never touched it during the process. Not sure if the 335 is...
Forum: ADS-B 02-22-2017, 12:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,164
Posted By chrispratt
I'm guessing it's to encourage that large fleet...

I'm guessing it's to encourage that large fleet of older aircraft to do the upgrade. But I agree, why restrict it.
Forum: ADS-B 02-22-2017, 12:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,164
Posted By chrispratt
Gil: I use the panel mounted Garmin 250XL for my...

Gil:

I use the panel mounted Garmin 250XL for my primary autopilot feed, but if you see the panel switch just above the 250? I flip that switch over to the right so that the Aera 660 can also drive...
Forum: ADS-B 02-22-2017, 06:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,164
Posted By chrispratt
Fingers crossed that it worked out okay. Glad I...

Fingers crossed that it worked out okay.
Glad I could be of some help.

Chris
Forum: ADS-B 02-21-2017, 07:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,164
Posted By chrispratt
Joe: it's all magic to me. I noticed on the...

Joe: it's all magic to me. I noticed on the flight map that appears on the front page of today's post that ATC paints ground and pattern altitudes as Yellow lines and flight altitudes as Green. I...
Forum: ADS-B 02-21-2017, 06:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,164
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks Brian. Interesting to see what shows here...

Thanks Brian. Interesting to see what shows here versus what I recall doing. I can vouch for one thing, the traffic advisories were spot on at least for the traffic I could actually spot. I'd...
Forum: ADS-B 02-21-2017, 03:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,164
Posted By chrispratt
ADS Rebate Program – Piece of Cake

For those who have been thinking about installing ADS-B in time to apply for the FAA rebate, I encourage you to do so. It was much easier than I thought it would be. Keep in mind the Rebate Program...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2017, 06:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,361
Posted By chrispratt
Even though air gets sucked in from the rear of...

Even though air gets sucked in from the rear of the canopy, I have not had trouble with water coming in. The air is sucked in by the lower pressure in the cabin and while I have seen many clever...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-06-2017, 03:44 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 41,493
Posted By chrispratt
Kevin: I almost always land with full flaps. They...

Kevin: I almost always land with full flaps. They are very effective at slowing the airplane down and adding drag. When there is a strong crosswind with gusts, I tend to land 0 flaps or half-flaps --...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 01-30-2017, 08:49 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 40,218
Posted By chrispratt
You've got more nerve than me, Vlad. I would...

You've got more nerve than me, Vlad. I would never park my RV (that I spent 6 1/2 years building) on a lake that might thaw at any moment. Gives me chills just thinking about it.

Great job by your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2017, 09:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,143
Posted By chrispratt
Check and compare Hooker Harness and Crow...

Check and compare Hooker Harness and Crow Enterprizes for five point harnesses. I personally prefer the cam-lock style release setup versus the military style but I don't do much aerobatics. Both...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-22-2016, 10:09 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 20,157
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks for posting this Tracy. My -8QB kit was...

Thanks for posting this Tracy. My -8QB kit was delivered March, 1999. It has rivets installed, no bolts. I spent about three hours going through the SB, my drawings, and a special trip to the hangar...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-19-2016, 06:10 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 20,157
Posted By chrispratt
Its Drawing Number 11 for early RV-8QB

The early RV-8QB plan sets do not have a drawing 64. The Center Spar section is in Drawing 11. I only have the preview drawings with me at home but there is no reference to these bolts in that...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-22-2016, 02:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,203
Posted By chrispratt
If it helps, I have -8 not a -7, mounted mine on...

If it helps, I have -8 not a -7, mounted mine on the firewall and never had an issue in 700 hours of flying.
Forum: RV-10 09-08-2016, 09:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,330
Posted By chrispratt
Crow belts for RV-8

I just replaced the Hooker Harnesses on my RV-8 with the Crow 5-point system, front and back. I bought the system with the shoulder pads and I do recommend them as they seem to spread the pressure...
Forum: RV-12 09-02-2016, 05:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,029
Posted By chrispratt
Reminiscent of Chennault's Flying Tiger emblem on...

Reminiscent of Chennault's Flying Tiger emblem on the P-40. Perhaps your friend could sell the design to Van (okay maybe barter with Van :D) and offer it to RV12 builders. We might soon have an...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-08-2016, 03:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,963
Posted By chrispratt
Regarding the 0360-A1A versus the IO360, consider...

Regarding the 0360-A1A versus the IO360, consider the weight. I have the O360. Friends have the IO360 200 HP. It seems the extra 20 HP gets offset by the extra 20 lbs or so of weight in the IO...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2016, 08:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,660
Posted By chrispratt
Good point. I can see where being in HBC vs. HBP...

Good point. I can see where being in HBC vs. HBP could call for slightly different procedures.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2016, 11:45 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,660
Posted By chrispratt
The procedure for the 11 years I've been...

The procedure for the 11 years I've been attending with my RV-8 has been to listen to ATIS for airport info, push the airplane into the alley in front of where you are parked and turn the plane 90...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-20-2016, 01:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,442
Posted By chrispratt
Great looking -8 Herman. You'll enjoy flying it....

Great looking -8 Herman. You'll enjoy flying it. Welcome to the -8 club.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2016, 01:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,413
Posted By chrispratt
+1 MyRadar Pro. Free. I use it as a quick weather...

+1 MyRadar Pro. Free. I use it as a quick weather check. For flight planning I use ForeFlight (subscription).
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