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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 01:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 929
Posted By Chattin35
IMC

Former professional heavy iron pilot here!

This may not be a popular opinion, but if you're flying IMC in a single engine aircraft w/out de-icing capabilities, and you don't have a mission critical...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,214
Posted By Chattin35
Heating

I put electric heaters in the corners of the garage during the winter and ran up the electric bill. Circuit breakers would occasionally pop when the air compressor would kick on, haha.

No issues...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2018, 07:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,761
Posted By Chattin35
Congrats!!!

What a great plane! Those fastback -8's sure are sexy. Nice job Aaron. Have fun in phase I.
Forum: Reviews 11-01-2018, 07:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 710
Posted By Chattin35
GRT is awesome

I'll second that. GRT has always been awesome to work with.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2018, 12:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,392
Posted By Chattin35
Landings

I haven't found a good way to consistently 3 point the -7 b/c the AOA at the 3pt attitude on the ground is less than the stall AOA. So, the airplane is still flying when you touch down. This makes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,641
Posted By Chattin35
Blood

Yeah, how corrosive is blood? :D

https://i.imgur.com/vdo0qTJm.jpg
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 09-07-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 393
Views: 96,157
Posted By Chattin35
Next RV

How about a 2 place methylox orbital rocket?

The -7 fulfills my need to explore the atmosphere quite beautifully. Space is the next obvious step...

:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2018, 04:49 PM
Replies: 711
Views: 436,803
Posted By Chattin35
Well, it's experimental. So, you can write the...

Well, it's experimental. So, you can write the POH to accommodate ;).

Here's another angle...

https://i.imgur.com/9Ca6188l.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 711
Views: 436,803
Posted By Chattin35
Yep. Alvord. It was surprisingly pleasant for...

Yep. Alvord. It was surprisingly pleasant for August, high 80's low 90's.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2018, 09:59 PM
Replies: 711
Views: 436,803
Posted By Chattin35
La playa

Earlier today...

https://i.imgur.com/bjRoeOwl.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,879
Posted By Chattin35
Great thread!

I'll add...


A camping headlamp is great to have in lieu of a regular flashlight (hands free)
Paperwork (of course)
Backup handheld radio


For backcountry/remote flying
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-03-2018, 10:01 PM
Replies: 297
Views: 131,577
Posted By Chattin35
Paul got it

Yep. It's Johnson Creek. Met a couple friends who flew in for a Supercub fly in.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,555
Posted By Chattin35
Awesome!

That's how we do it Bill! Love the Firefly reference.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2018, 04:49 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 12,338
Posted By Chattin35
Awesome!

As soon as the "Batwing" upgrade is available, I'm a buyer. Thanks Paul! Was going to roll my own with the Squadron Pros, but this is perfect.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-02-2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 297
Views: 131,577
Posted By Chattin35
Grass strips you say?

First one logged of the summer a couple weeks ago :D.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DgEGuVkU8AAos5Q.jpg:small
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-30-2018, 12:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 988
Posted By Chattin35
BillL knows

I concur with BillL's conclusion and did the same on my -7. Sometimes you just gotta fiddle with it until it works correctly. I had a slightly heavy wing and worked through Van's heavy wing guide...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-18-2018, 10:04 AM
Replies: 169
Views: 48,133
Posted By Chattin35
Awesomeness

What an epic trip!

I'm curious about the mods req'd to get 30 hrs worth of fuel on board. Outboard tanks? Bladder in the cockpit? Both?
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-12-2018, 02:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,495
Posted By Chattin35
CS Prop FTW

A prop extension is req'd for a SJ cowling which changes your G tolerances - limiting your aerobatic/formation cushion and fun factor. IIRC, adding the 4'' extension reduces max G to +4G's. Also,...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-01-2018, 03:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,900
Posted By Chattin35
FBO Fees

The Bahamas were expensive. They dinged me $200 for an overnight. But, they did all the paperwork for me (flight plan, customs, gen decs, etc) and got me a hotel, ride, etc.

The DR charged me $50...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-31-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,900
Posted By Chattin35
Not going to lie. I miss the islands.

Not going to lie. I miss the islands.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-28-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,900
Posted By Chattin35
Russia

Vlad! We have to chat sometime soon. I want to pick your brain about flying in Russia :D.

Rik, that pic I posted above of the 202kt ground speed is pretty typical. The -7 likes to hang out b/w...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-27-2018, 12:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,900
Posted By Chattin35
Telluride

I'd never been to Telluride. So, I decided to check it out.

The approach...

https://i.imgur.com/vIi9GJMl.jpg

Back taxi.

https://i.imgur.com/pGJ8UErl.jpg
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-27-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,900
Posted By Chattin35
Back to the Mountains!

Taking off out of Las Cruces.

https://i.imgur.com/YLJyzLZl.jpg

New Mexico ain't so bad...

https://i.imgur.com/D5Ox6O9l.jpg

Stopped with another friend up in Albuquerque the next night. Here I am...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-27-2018, 11:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,900
Posted By Chattin35
Daytona Beach and Westbound

Gator country down there!

https://i.imgur.com/t5Nt4Nyl.jpg

What's up NASA! Was going to try to catch the SpaceX launch from the air, but they delayed at T-minus 1...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-27-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,900
Posted By Chattin35
Back to the USA

Flying into Exuma.

https://i.imgur.com/huP90h5l.jpg

Here's crossing the ADIZ.

https://i.imgur.com/WrvYAyvl.png

Stopped in Key West to clear customs.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-27-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,900
Posted By Chattin35
Journey Home

Fast forward 2.5 months and it's time to leave. Bummer.

All packed up.

https://i.imgur.com/Wy8GHeUl.jpg

Rainbows over Puerto Rico.

https://i.imgur.com/dyYEYnRl.jpg
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-27-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,900
Posted By Chattin35
On Island

These little RV's are such great airplanes it's hard to put it into words. The longest leg on the trip was 750 miles non-stop from Grand Junction to San Marcos. I have much more to say about the RV...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-27-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,900
Posted By Chattin35
Puerto Rico and St Thomas

Crossing another mini-pond towards Puerto Rico.

https://i.imgur.com/AsenCAel.jpg

West Coast of Puerto Rico.

https://i.imgur.com/YAwengvl.jpg

Overflying the north side of PR.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-27-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,900
Posted By Chattin35
Punta Cana

Pretty sweet open air FBO.

https://i.imgur.com/1ursfCvl.jpg

The security guys were kind of confused. I guess I didn't look like the normal pilot they're used to seeing, haha. A couple of them...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-27-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,900
Posted By Chattin35
Dominican Republic

I spent the night in Exuma in the Bahamas. Pretty expensive place to stop. Actually had to get a hotel. Lame! But, the gal's were super friendly and helpful.

The customs guys were pretty funny...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-27-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,900
Posted By Chattin35
Bahamas!

Seeya!

https://i.imgur.com/cER0kvFl.png

I sure hope there's an island out there!

https://i.imgur.com/cQrTinWl.jpg

Land ho!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-27-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,900
Posted By Chattin35
On to FL!

Once again, the weather across the SE was awesome. So, I took off out of San Marcos with no plan.

The Mississippi River delta.

https://i.imgur.com/BjRCXmql.jpg

Flying across what is...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-27-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,900
Posted By Chattin35
Caribbean Adventure!

So, I had a friend who recently started flying helicopters/seaplanes on St Thomas in the U.S. VI's. He was joking around one day and said, "you should fly the -7 down!". I had been itching for a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2018, 09:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,859
Posted By Chattin35
Talking N numbers

Painter's tape did the trick :D

https://i.imgur.com/3XG7yMjl.jpg
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-12-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,495
Posted By Chattin35
Get a Hartzell BA prop

The -7 was designed around the parallel valve Lycoming 360 and Hartzell CS prop. I have that combo on my -7 and the W&B came out beautifully. It's almost impossible to load it out of limits. Not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2018, 05:10 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 123,866
Posted By Chattin35
I'm in! Made it with normal cruise config...

I'm in! Made it with normal cruise config :)

https://i.imgur.com/iNTUcO7l.jpg

https://i.imgur.com/TPXkVz0l.png
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,307
Posted By Chattin35
Clean panel

I was going for simple, efficient, and ergonomic.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMi1oFnUQAAGh3N.jpg:small
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2018, 01:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,859
Posted By Chattin35
Perfect. Thank you gents.

Perfect. Thank you gents.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2018, 09:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,859
Posted By Chattin35
Temporary 12'' N numbers (ADIZ crossing)

So, I'm going to fly my -7 through the ADIZ and need bigger N-numbers. Do you guys have any recommendations for temporary 12'' lettering? Just use tape? Is there an easily removable vinyl option? ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-29-2017, 06:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,389
Posted By Chattin35
Recommend

I recommend against that config. It adds unnecessary complication and time to the build.

If you like flying stick right hand throttle left, just fly the plane from the right seat. Thats what I do.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2017, 11:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,664
Posted By Chattin35
Keep the manual flaps

If the -7 had a manual flap option, I would have definitely done that instead of electric, FWIW.

Advantages to manual flaps:

- Less stuff to fail
- Much faster extend/retract
- Less expensive
-...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2017, 11:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,965
Posted By Chattin35
Wait until you need them.

I decided to wait. Figured I'd cut access panels if I ever needed them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2017, 01:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,905
Posted By Chattin35
More results...

I just flew to Oregon and back over the weekend and noticed my CHTs running about 10 degrees cooler on each cylinder.

This could have been a number of factors like the engine continuing to break...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2017, 05:13 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,905
Posted By Chattin35
Talking Dynamic prop balancing

Hi all,

At 80 hours on my -7, I had the prop dynamically balanced. Figured I'd share the results...

My engine/prop (YIO-360-M1B / Hartzell BA from Van's) was pretty well balanced from the factory...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-17-2017, 04:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,314
Posted By Chattin35
Nope

I have that setup (YIO-360-M1B) and did not use a return line. Built per the plans.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-08-2017, 11:09 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 131,577
Posted By Chattin35
Collection started.

First grass landing! Many more to follow.

http://i.imgur.com/6hBb0pBl.jpg
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-22-2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,632
Posted By Chattin35
Upper intersection fairings

Test flew the upper intersection fairings today. Surprisingly, no noticeable speed increase. I'm still 175 KTAS at 8000' DA, wide open, 2700 rpm.

http://i.imgur.com/wNnMbdQl.jpg
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-19-2017, 02:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,632
Posted By Chattin35
Another speed run...

Did another speed box this morning in smoother air. Confirmed 175 KTAS (plus or minus a couple) at 8000' DA.

Can't wait to see what the intersection fairings add.

EFIS...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-18-2017, 11:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,632
Posted By Chattin35
You bet. I kept it simple - built it light and to...

You bet. I kept it simple - built it light and to the plans.

1043 lbs empty.
Stock IO-360-M1B and Hartzell BA CS prop from Van's.
Vetterman 4-pipe exhaust.

Oh and the intersection fairings join the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-18-2017, 08:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,632
Posted By Chattin35
Speed increase from wheel pants and gear leg fairings

So, I just finished installing my wheel pants and fairings. Thought I would share the results (spoiler: she fast).

Before...

http://i.imgur.com/SIjnu6al.jpg

Install...

I jacked the plane up by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2017, 05:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,411
Posted By Chattin35
FWIW, I bought some because the manual talked...

FWIW, I bought some because the manual talked about it, but never used it.
Forum: RV-14 06-26-2017, 11:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,608
Posted By Chattin35
Ahh yeah! That is a sweet looking aircraft.

Ahh yeah! That is a sweet looking aircraft.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-20-2017, 12:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,321
Posted By Chattin35
Get a CS prop

FWIW, a CS prop is some of the best money I spent on the project. Like zilik said, what's the point of building a hot rod, then limiting it's performance with a fixed pitch prop.

It should pay...
Forum: Propellers 06-20-2017, 09:51 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 32,735
Posted By Chattin35
Hartzell v Whirlwind

Bob, I'm excited to hear the comparison of the BA vs newer WW. I'll definitely keep an eye on this thread as it progresses. I've heard the BA wins performance wise vs the older 200RV on the same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 711
Views: 436,803
Posted By Chattin35
Night before the first flight...

http://i.imgur.com/lTZmYghl.jpg
Forum: Flight Testing 05-01-2017, 10:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,598
Posted By Chattin35
Canopy latch...

For anyone wondering, the upper canopy latch handle is taped open intentionally.
Forum: Flight Testing 04-30-2017, 12:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,598
Posted By Chattin35
Test Flight #7 & #8 -- Stalls, Spins, G Testing, and Basic Aerobatics

12.1 hours on the plane. Opening up the test envelope. Having some fun.

http://i.imgur.com/UnohhMTl.jpg
Forum: Flight Testing 04-26-2017, 07:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,598
Posted By Chattin35
Probably because I was running wide open and rich...

Probably because I was running wide open and rich at or below of 5000' DA for most of the flight (engine break-in). 10 GPH seems about right.
Forum: Flight Testing 04-25-2017, 09:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,598
Posted By Chattin35
Flight test #6 - More engine break-in and fuel calibration

It's official... I love this airplane.

Profile

Full power, no flap, static takeoff, on the right fuel tank.

Once airborne and stabilized, I switched to the left tank. I then switched to the right...
Forum: Flight Testing 04-25-2017, 01:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,598
Posted By Chattin35
Flight Testing N437T

Flight test #5 completed successfully.

Profile

Flight time: 1:32 min / 1.5 hrs. 18.6 gallons burned.

Flaps up, full power, static takeoff.

Trial run with EFIS set to MPH instead of KTS. I learned...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-24-2017, 10:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,486
Posted By Chattin35
Awesome Rick! Post the pics / vids!

Awesome Rick! Post the pics / vids!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2017, 09:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,393
Posted By Chattin35
Minimum CHT in flight...

Here's an article where Lycoming mentions 150'F for min CHT in flight:

http://lycoming.prpl.rs/content/more-cylinder-head-temperature
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