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Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-09-2018, 04:03 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,898
Posted By alcladrv
No. I don't have a big enough hat to handle the...

No. I don't have a big enough hat to handle the cold.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-26-2018, 06:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 698
Posted By alcladrv
I solved my transponder antenna placement...

I solved my transponder antenna placement question when I dropped a bucking bar onto the skin under the baggage floor, about a foot inboard of the right side step on my -7A. It opened a hole like...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-08-2018, 10:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 624
Posted By alcladrv
Where does one obtain a 1K ohm pot?

Where does one obtain a 1K ohm pot?
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-07-2018, 01:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,800
Posted By alcladrv
In my -7A, I inflate the mains to 50 psi and the...

In my -7A, I inflate the mains to 50 psi and the nose to 40. I have no issues with shimmy and shaking. I check them every couple of months or when the weather turns markedly colder and they're all...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-05-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,568
Posted By alcladrv
+1 on what Ralph said. My RV-7A was my first...

+1 on what Ralph said. My RV-7A was my first experience wiring an airplane so I bought this from Vans: Part Number = ES WH 6/7/9 KIT. It gave me great start and drawings. From there, I've...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-05-2018, 11:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 624
Posted By alcladrv
I installed the panel dimmer from Vans: Part...

I installed the panel dimmer from Vans: Part Number = ES DIMMER, LAMP 1.5A.

It dims both screens of my 2 screen non-touch G3X system and works well.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-02-2018, 07:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,214
Posted By alcladrv
Sent you a PM about your visors.

Sent you a PM about your visors.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-02-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,084
Posted By alcladrv
I second Freeway, although I wouldn't include the...

I second Freeway, although I wouldn't include the term "nicer" in any of my description. Adequate is the description I would use. I never had any issues parking as a transient for a few days at a...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-01-2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,214
Posted By alcladrv
Enjoyed your video. Looks like a good airport to...

Enjoyed your video. Looks like a good airport to visit.

I like you sun visors. Could you discuss how they were made or link to a website?

Thanks
Forum: Reviews 09-28-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,596
Posted By alcladrv
My experience with Monster retreads leads me to...

My experience with Monster retreads leads me to not use them again.

My OEM Airhawk tires and tubes from Vans were flown for 727 hrs. and made 501 landings over a 6 year period. Then I installed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,602
Posted By alcladrv
I don't think anyone really thinks that using...

I don't think anyone really thinks that using your N-number in your call sign is primarily for visual identification.

I also use the call signs, however descriptive they may or may not be, and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-25-2018, 08:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 749
Posted By alcladrv
I thought I read or maybe heard at an Oshkosh...

I thought I read or maybe heard at an Oshkosh forum that the only requirement for the fuel gauges was that when the tank is empty, the gauge needs to read empty.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2018, 08:43 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,602
Posted By alcladrv
N-number might help if there are 2 or more of the...

N-number might help if there are 2 or more of the same type like yellow cubs in the pattern, which I experienced once.

It's better than arriving without any radio calls.

It seems like it hardly...
Forum: Midwest 09-22-2018, 10:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,205
Posted By alcladrv
Those are wonderfully sharp and clear pictures...

Those are wonderfully sharp and clear pictures over Minne. What camera and lens do you use for your photos?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-16-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 494
Posted By alcladrv
Armrest padding

What do you use for padding on your armrest? Mine is about 1/2" thick and has a permanent divot (padding is flattened) where my left elbow rests in my RV-7A and needs to be replaced. Thanks, Mike
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2018, 08:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,589
Posted By alcladrv
Actually, the Cessnas to OSH crowd uses Juneau. ...

Actually, the Cessnas to OSH crowd uses Juneau. The Bonanza group stages out of Rockford.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-01-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,387
Posted By alcladrv
Because the AS and ALT require no power.

Because the AS and ALT require no power.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 38,262
Posted By alcladrv
My intentions, exactly!! +1 By the way, I...

My intentions, exactly!! +1

By the way, I first flew in and camped using a C152 with my son in 1985, and not as part of some mass arrival. Remember the Concorde? And waited in line, along with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 38,262
Posted By alcladrv
Sounds like the Bonanza group had a great trip in...

Sounds like the Bonanza group had a great trip in that they successfully screwed up 3 airports, one of them twice. As I flew past Rockford, they blanketed Runway 1, making a 767 and others to use...
Forum: Safety 07-26-2018, 08:12 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 9,608
Posted By alcladrv
Maybe the whole "aircraft type and color" ID...

Maybe the whole "aircraft type and color" ID system is so foreign to pilots AND controllers that it should be abolished.

A new sequencing point upstream of FISKE, just beyond RIPON, where pilots...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 38,262
Posted By alcladrv
I think that is an overstatement. The arrival...

I think that is an overstatement. The arrival system has been incrementally deteriorating as traffic increases and more and more groups seek out special handling, i.e. mass arrivals, airliner and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2018, 12:17 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 38,262
Posted By alcladrv
Ah, the B-1 and mass arrivals "disrupting"...

Ah, the B-1 and mass arrivals "disrupting" traffic. Who is Airventure really for? Seems like that's a question that needs to be addressed. The mass arrivals idea came about simply so a bunch of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2018, 11:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,398
Posted By alcladrv
Are we discussing the Cessna 180 that is actually...

Are we discussing the Cessna 180 that is actually parked with a tent in darn near the first spot in HBC in the island area just west of the Blue Barn area?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2018, 10:05 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 38,262
Posted By alcladrv
+1 The last time I flew into OSH during...

+1

The last time I flew into OSH during Airventure in my-7A was 7 years ago. Been there , done that. Can't think of a good reason to do it again. Typically, I land and park at an airport in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2018, 08:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 697
Posted By alcladrv
Homebuilt camping access?

Does anybody know if you can routinely use the Permit Only gates near Homebuilt Camping as a pedestrian, with a wristband, of course. That seems like a quick way to get to Vans banquet, the museum...
Forum: Safety 07-14-2018, 04:01 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 64,489
Posted By alcladrv
Thanks for your help .

Thanks for your help .
Forum: Safety 07-13-2018, 09:39 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 64,489
Posted By alcladrv
I saw that. I just thought there might be...

I saw that. I just thought there might be someone with knowledge of more specific ETAs.
Forum: Safety 07-13-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 64,489
Posted By alcladrv
Mass arrivals?

Can someone post the ETAs for the mass arrivals, like the Bonanzas, Cessnas, et al? aka arrival times to avoid
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-02-2018, 02:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,242
Posted By alcladrv
Landed at Put-in-Bay 10 years ago and mostly...

Landed at Put-in-Bay 10 years ago and mostly enjoyed the visit, especially the primary business area and the afternoon parade. What I didn't enjoy was the ramp check that some local FAA FSDO type...
Forum: California 05-31-2018, 03:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 497
Posted By alcladrv
Visiting Reagan Library

Looking to visit the visit the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA. It looks like Camarillo or Santa Paula airports might be nearest. Any local knowledge would be most appreciated to help make it a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-29-2018, 12:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,941
Posted By alcladrv
I'm 95% on pavement in my -7A. I've used 50 psi...

I'm 95% on pavement in my -7A. I've used 50 psi in main tires and 40 psi in nose tire for several years without any issues. Nose tire is checked monthly and mains every other month. Michelin tubes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2018, 09:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,764
Posted By alcladrv
Like he said. My philosophy was when feeling a...

Like he said.

My philosophy was when feeling a little overwhelmed was "Just do something!"

After a year and a half, I was in the air 13 years ago.
Forum: ADS-B 05-02-2018, 09:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,005
Posted By alcladrv
Check out this link to block your...

Check out this link to block your N-number:

https://www.nbaa.org/ops/security/asdi/#how-block
Forum: Safety 05-02-2018, 09:27 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,025
Posted By alcladrv
Realistic or not. it is more likely that 2 or...

Realistic or not. it is more likely that 2 or more "red & white" RVs are in the pattern than 2 or more aircraft with the same registration number.
Forum: Safety 05-01-2018, 10:25 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,025
Posted By alcladrv
I like this part in addition to the statement in...

I like this part in addition to the statement in the prior posts:

10.3.1 Self-announce transmissions may include aircraft type to aid in identification and detection, but should not use paint...
Forum: Safety 04-28-2018, 10:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,641
Posted By alcladrv
I haven't seen where a 3rd class medical would...

I haven't seen where a 3rd class medical would revert to basic med after 2 years. Do you have a reference for that?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2018, 06:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,258
Posted By alcladrv
In my -7A slider, one will readily fit with...

In my -7A slider, one will readily fit with moderate care in loading it. A second might fit with both tires and handlebars removed.
Forum: RV-14 03-03-2018, 05:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,247
Posted By alcladrv
Only because the strobes are significantly...

Only because the strobes are significantly brighter and I wanted to keep the operation of them on a single switch.
Forum: RV-14 03-02-2018, 08:44 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,247
Posted By alcladrv
On my -7A, I installed one like Matt's, but...

On my -7A, I installed one like Matt's, but it's on the fin just ahead of the rudder. I also have the 3 strobe light system, wingtips and tail light. I leave it on the beacon for all ground ops....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2018, 11:32 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 425
Posted By alcladrv
Wing covers?

In addition to a canopy cover, does anybody use wing and/or stab-elevator covers on their RV that's tied down outdoors?

Thanks
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,700
Posted By alcladrv
Ditto. That's what I did 13 years ago. Getting...

Ditto. That's what I did 13 years ago. Getting the thing finished and in the air was paramount. A basic "steam gage" VFR panel and gps will take you far. Those same "steam gages" have now become...
Forum: GPS 01-30-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 994
Posted By alcladrv
Thanks for your help.

Thanks for your help.
Forum: GPS 01-28-2018, 08:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 994
Posted By alcladrv
Right angle TNC connector

Has anybody used a right angle TNC connector on RG400 coax to connect to their WAAS GPS antenna? If so, which part number did you use?

Thanks, Mike
Forum: Job Board 01-19-2018, 05:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,884
Posted By alcladrv
Sent you a PM with my phone number. I'm...

Sent you a PM with my phone number. I'm available with 1400 hrs. in my RV-7A. Maybe we could chat about it in next few days to exchange info.

Mike
Forum: ADS-B 01-12-2018, 05:46 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 18,908
Posted By alcladrv
I got a reservation the day before the program...

I got a reservation the day before the program expired last September and set the installation date as far into the future as I could, 150 days, which turned out to be 2/11/18. I chose one of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2018, 07:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,286
Posted By alcladrv
I flew my -7A for nine years without any paint on...

I flew my -7A for nine years without any paint on the aluminum with no special care other than an occasional wash to remove bugs and bird droppings. I primed and painted the fiberglass pieces a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2017, 01:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,472
Posted By alcladrv
I enjoyed reviewing your work. What you did is...

I enjoyed reviewing your work. What you did is pretty neat. I'd choose to build my RV-7 all over again, especially if you somehow worked building cost into your matrix.
Forum: Reviews 12-07-2017, 09:34 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 447
Posted By alcladrv
Alcor vendor review

I had an Alcor EGT go bad after using it for about 18 months. Alcor's website shows a 5 year warranty for grounded thermocouples like the EGT probe.

After contacting Steinair, my vendor as part of...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-17-2017, 05:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 810
Posted By alcladrv
Followup. Found a bad solder joint for Tach wire...

Followup.

Found a bad solder joint for Tach wire inside the Lightspeed Input connector. After resoldering it, the indication looks to be normal now.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-16-2017, 02:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,058
Posted By alcladrv
Congrats on your decision to build a -14. I'm...

Congrats on your decision to build a -14. I'm sure it will meet your needs.

The build time is more a function of the priority the project has in your life than the characteristics of the kit. The...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-15-2017, 07:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 769
Posted By alcladrv
EGT probe failure mode?

After powering up my G3X and BEFORE the engine is started, I have an Alcor EGT probe where the temperature just keeps climbing from ambient into the 1600 - 1700 F range if I just let it keep going. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2017, 06:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,980
Posted By alcladrv
About half of 10 or so Leakguard tubes I've...

About half of 10 or so Leakguard tubes I've installed in the past 12 years lose about 10 psi over the course of a month after being inflated to 50 psi. The better ones only lost 3 or 4 psi.

On the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-25-2017, 10:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 810
Posted By alcladrv
Erratic LSE engine rpm

I've been experiencing an erratic engine rpm indication on my Plasma II+ system. It drives the top/right plugs and a Slick 4371 drives the bottom/left plugs on the O-360 in my -7A. The LSE tach is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2017, 06:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,314
Posted By alcladrv
I replaced the socket head bolt with a hex head...

I replaced the socket head bolt with a hex head AN bolt, which allowed me to increase the washers stacked under the head of the bolt. That increases the length that the tow bar can grip onto...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-09-2017, 10:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,550
Posted By alcladrv
You've got a whole lot more screws holding those...

You've got a whole lot more screws holding those lenses on than necessary. I've got 1 screw in the corner on both top and bottom, 2 screws total, that have held without any issues for 1300 hrs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2017, 03:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 883
Posted By alcladrv
Wingtip lens maintenance

I just replaced my wingtip lenses after they had become mostly cloudy and somewhat crazed after a dozen years. The nice, new clear lenses are great. How do I keep them that way? Plexus? ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-26-2017, 05:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,638
Posted By alcladrv
Is there also backup data support for the...

Is there also backup data support for the GSU73?

Thanks
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2017, 09:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 431
Posted By alcladrv
Wow!! I'm impressed that the info is available...

Wow!! I'm impressed that the info is available and so quickly.

Thanks, Mike
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2017, 10:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 431
Posted By alcladrv
First Flights

Does anybody have a screenshot from vansaircraft.com showing the First Flights/completions from June 2005? I'm just trying to learn what the makeup of the RV fleet was back then when my RV-7A first...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-09-2017, 07:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,059
Posted By alcladrv
Yikes!!! Too dangerous for me. I last flew in 5...

Yikes!!! Too dangerous for me. I last flew in 5 years ago in my RV-7, but now park at Racine or Kenosha and rent a car.

Enjoyed your write-up.

Thanks, Mike
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2017, 08:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,536
Posted By alcladrv
You're in luck. It's called Camp Scholler. I...

You're in luck. It's called Camp Scholler. I believe all camping has a 3 night minimum.

By the way, can anyone speak to flying into HBC on Wednesday or Thursday and being able to camp? Has the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2017, 02:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,514
Posted By alcladrv
There is a VRE, Virginia Railway, train station...

There is a VRE, Virginia Railway, train station within a couple of miles of Manassas. It's primarily oriented toward commuter times. The FBO would likely drive you over to it.

If you fly into IAD,...
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