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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-24-2020, 06:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,808
Posted By catmandu
I've flown that plane, you are getting a good...

I've flown that plane, you are getting a good one, Seth! It's IFR, save the paperwork, I suspect. I'd suggest you might want to spend the money for that paperwork, to ensure a better shot at a more...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-19-2020, 01:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,140
Posted By catmandu
I got a whole kit from Amazon:...

I got a whole kit from Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Viton-Ring-Durometer-30-Sizes-Pieces/dp/B00NSLM2N6
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-16-2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,901
Posted By catmandu
That's what you get for teaching Nick how to use...

That's what you get for teaching Nick how to use a valve stem tool, and then leaving him in Doggie Daycare too long. ;)
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-16-2020, 02:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 565
Posted By catmandu
I was just shopping for some, I'll take this...

I was just shopping for some, I'll take this deal! PM sent.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-15-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 10,335
Posted By catmandu
GRT as well. Transition student: "Why is there...

GRT as well.

Transition student: "Why is there no yellow line in this plane? I want my yellow, I really don't like flying in the yellow." :)
Forum: RV-10 01-14-2020, 10:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,344
Posted By catmandu
Experimentals can be a tough nut, especially when...

Experimentals can be a tough nut, especially when dealing with shylocks. My friend Ron has the knowledge to help you find some answers, he is sort of local, will talk a bit for free, and is worth...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2020, 09:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 627
Posted By catmandu
6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12: they all “feel” like an RV to...

6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12: they all “feel” like an RV to me.

I think you will be a better 10 pilot if you’ve been flying a 12 vice a 172. And you will grin more!
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-11-2020, 06:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,722
Posted By catmandu
Anyone, anywhere feel free to contact me for a...

Anyone, anywhere feel free to contact me for a flight review in your RV if you are in a bind. Seriously. We can probably work something out that is not very costly, because I love to help, and I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-08-2020, 07:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,733
Posted By catmandu
Wings of Gold ARE the exception to the rule,...

Wings of Gold ARE the exception to the rule, shipmate! :)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-05-2020, 07:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,733
Posted By catmandu
Whoa, did I touch a nerve amongst the sea lawyers...

Whoa, did I touch a nerve amongst the sea lawyers with the word ‘legal’ ?

Plus 2 on Bill’s post.

What I meant in my OP was there was an assertion (referenced above) made by the GRT camp that one...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-05-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,733
Posted By catmandu
The GRT stuff is not IFR legal unless you can...

The GRT stuff is not IFR legal unless you can convince your local FSDO it conforms to the TSO’s. Not worth the effort IMHO. A 175 will do what you need, work with the GRT EFIS of your choice, and...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-01-2020, 07:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,722
Posted By catmandu
Give me a shout in a couple years, we'll do the...

Give me a shout in a couple years, we'll do the Review in your plane and keep the braggadocio at bay. :)
Forum: ADS-B 12-29-2019, 08:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 655
Posted By catmandu
Another "No Issues" separate systems vote:...

Another "No Issues" separate systems vote:

Garmin 400W feeding GDL-82 using a GTX-327 with ball and stick antenna.

Stratux (with GPS puck temporarily disabled until WingX gets their act...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-23-2019, 09:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 521
Posted By catmandu
Same antenna, so no spacing issues. I was told a...

Same antenna, so no spacing issues. I was told a blade antenna in the L-band is what you want to use given the option for a 375. But I use a ball and stick optimzed for 978 Mhz for my Stratux 'in'...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2019, 04:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By catmandu
Your assumption is that those who post such a...

Your assumption is that those who post such a request have a budget. It is my experience they are not limited by a budget, they see that the overlapping performance numbers of all three airframes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,276
Posted By catmandu
I parked it quietly away in the hangar, protected...

I parked it quietly away in the hangar, protected by CamGuard, as heavy aluminum tubes make more sense to go from east to west and then south east over the next few weeks, seeking snow and sun. ...
Forum: Autopilots 12-19-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 826
Posted By catmandu
From the Vizion Operating Manual, and why I use...

From the Vizion Operating Manual, and why I use the procedure I do:

6.4.5. GPSV Mode (Vizion 385 ONLY)

The vertical GPS Steering mode or GPSV mode is engaged automatically with GPSS mode if the...
Forum: Autopilots 12-18-2019, 05:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 826
Posted By catmandu
I agree it would be nice to have the Vizion...

I agree it would be nice to have the Vizion capture altitude right off the bat.

My current technique is to set the initial altitude in the EFIS and control initial rate of climb with the Vizion...
Forum: California 12-12-2019, 08:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 608
Posted By catmandu
I'll be there when you get back, let's see what...

I'll be there when you get back, let's see what pans out.
Forum: California 12-11-2019, 07:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 608
Posted By catmandu
Surely you will find someone, Steve. But if not,...

Surely you will find someone, Steve. But if not, I will be out that way in a week for Christmas, and always looking to do some west coast flying. So file that away.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 378
Posted By catmandu
Good catch, latest post here...

Good catch, latest post here (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=159892&highlight=counterweight+preflight), with links to other posts.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-10-2019, 07:46 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 7,412
Posted By catmandu
Tom, Prayers and condolences. Glad to hear you...

Tom,

Prayers and condolences. Glad to hear you are OK, but be honest with yourself and reach out to someone when you need to. Grief can be both good and bad.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-06-2019, 05:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,337
Posted By catmandu
So today I took the third external ADS-B IN box...

So today I took the third external ADS-B IN box up linked via wifi to WingX (the STRATUX with a current software build) and experienced the same heading issues. Disconnected the USB GPS puck from...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-05-2019, 03:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,337
Posted By catmandu
Following up, today I did a long flight in a...

Following up, today I did a long flight in a different plane and had the wild swings of heading right off the bat. But all else was spot on, location tracked perfectly with my ownship ADS-B target. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-30-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,337
Posted By catmandu
Flew once and the only wonk was a previously...

Flew once and the only wonk was a previously noted occasional crash issue, which they told me was known, but apparently the fix did not make it into this update.
Forum: Florida (Central) 11-30-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 480
Posted By catmandu
Thanks, that is usually my go to but the shop...

Thanks, that is usually my go to but the shop said they have issues with driver availability out there.
Forum: Florida (Central) 11-30-2019, 07:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 480
Posted By catmandu
VAF ride board active?

I need to drop a plane and a rescue dog off at Bartow Executive on Tuesday or Wednesday. The shop guys can make the long drive to TPA after work, but I was wondering if someone might be able to fly...
Forum: ADS-B 11-28-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,473
Posted By catmandu
It really depends on your equipment and...

It really depends on your equipment and particular installation. Transponder - OFF or STBY could do it for my GTX-327 / GDL-82 setup. And not sure I need ADS-B in during formation work, so pulling...
Forum: Autopilots 11-22-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 388
Posted By catmandu
Excellent advice. Annually prior to the...

Excellent advice. Annually prior to the condition inspection, I test my "30 minutes to get on deck in IFR" backup battery, just to make sure it goes past 29 minutes. And then I replace it anyway,...
Forum: Autopilots 11-22-2019, 06:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 388
Posted By catmandu
After some sleep, and with y'all's help, I think...

After some sleep, and with y'all's help, I think I will just run serial data from the 375 directly to the Vizion, HXr, and WS via an unswitched path. That data will be GPS1 on the GRT equipment...
Forum: Autopilots 11-21-2019, 04:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 388
Posted By catmandu
TruTrack GPS data matching?

Put a PM out to Lucas, because he mentioned in another thread (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=123429) it matters for a G3X, but maybe someone else knows for this particular...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 942
Posted By catmandu
First, I congratulate you on the loss of your...

First, I congratulate you on the loss of your reading glasses.

Second, I would hope that efforts to aid maintenance on larger aircraft will trickle down to us sooner rather than later, in both the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-16-2019, 02:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,547
Posted By catmandu
Awesome photos, Mark! Karen and I enjoyed...

Awesome photos, Mark! Karen and I enjoyed talking to you last weekend.

Scroll, a framed, three-panel story board ought to go in your hangar soon!
Forum: Formation Flying 10-16-2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,157
Posted By catmandu
Team Aerodynamix used to host an east coast...

Team Aerodynamix used to host an east coast clinic way back when. Since then, nothing. I have been travelling to the mid-west for clinics, and trust me, it is worth it!
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-06-2019, 05:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,610
Posted By catmandu
You are the problem. - From a USN 'Hoo. :D I...

You are the problem.

- From a USN 'Hoo. :D

I had a similar wall with wheel landings when I got my tailwheel qual. Then it 'clicked' and that was that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2019, 07:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,740
Posted By catmandu
What did you do with your RV this weekend (10/05-06/2019)

My youngest was the first to express an interest in learning how to fly. We did a couple lessons, and then other things got in the way. Last night, I got a text asking if we could spend some time...
Forum: Interiors 10-03-2019, 05:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,173
Posted By catmandu
I am a suction cup sun shade user. $10 each at...

I am a suction cup sun shade user. $10 each at big box stores, and you can position them exactly where you want them. I occasionally get whacked in the head when a suction cup breaks loose. I kind...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-29-2019, 06:48 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 51,743
Posted By catmandu
Dude! filler

Dude!

filler
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2019, 03:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,721
Posted By catmandu
According to Post #2...

According to Post #2 (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=1376224&postcount=2), you are set! We, however, are going to also pack two chairs and some Medicinal Beverages.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2019, 10:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,754
Posted By catmandu
Congratulations, Jake and Mrs. Jake! Given that...

Congratulations, Jake and Mrs. Jake! Given that backlog, I'd say put the paint off to next winter, no one cares about a 'weathered' RV! Enjoy what you have, and I am sure you will come up with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,179
Posted By catmandu
Up just before sunrise Saturday morning, went to...

Up just before sunrise Saturday morning, went to the hangar and almost finished the GDL-82 install on my -6A. Then did some -10 transition training for a friend just before noon. Flew to Reno (in a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2019, 08:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,045
Posted By catmandu
Here's my (not Doppler) notch: There is a...

Here's my (not Doppler) notch:

There is a notable history that nose wheel RV's have a significant risk of tipping over in rough terrain landings, planned or otherwise. So much so that some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2019, 05:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,045
Posted By catmandu
What Scott says. It is what I do every time, and...

What Scott says. It is what I do every time, and how I teach it when transition training in all nose-wheel Van's, -6a through 12.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 07:38 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 15,167
Posted By catmandu
I would say "Cash Buyer!" pays the most dividends...

I would say "Cash Buyer!" pays the most dividends on the bottom of the sales charts, but holds some value at the upper end, due to the aforementioned 'hassle' of dealing with the details of a buyer...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-31-2019, 05:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 447
Posted By catmandu
I think the blue led's on the Amazon one you...

I think the blue led's on the Amazon one you linked would become an issue at night. JMHO. I have used this one in two planes, no noise at all, good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 11,171
Posted By catmandu
Well slap my arse and call me Bridget, look what...

Well slap my arse and call me Bridget, look what the locals just sent me. How...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2019, 09:44 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 11,171
Posted By catmandu
I can't fault one for skipping a navigation...

I can't fault one for skipping a navigation radio. But, I still bought and installed one one. Guess I am officially an old man.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2019, 11:50 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 469
Posted By catmandu
Thanks, Van's Borg!

I use that STNG (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_The_Next_Generation) analogy because I feel we are a collective.

The knowledge you have given me, a non builder, but (sometimes) smart dude,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 16,305
Posted By catmandu
As mentioned, I flew dmat's plane last week. ...

As mentioned, I flew dmat's plane last week. First impression of the seats is quite favorable when you see them, high quality fit and finish. 5.2 hours flying that day, never was uncomfortable. I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-01-2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,021
Posted By catmandu
I wanted an 8 with a big engine and constant...

I wanted an 8 with a big engine and constant speed prop. Spent 2.5 years figuring out the details of that build. Then, a good man found me the plane in my signature at the right price with 90% of...
Forum: Safety 07-26-2019, 06:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,084
Posted By catmandu
Bill, thanks for being forthright. While I am...

Bill, thanks for being forthright. While I am good on my control checks (my wife finds it cute I still say 'aileron waves hello' from time to time) I had become lax in my autopilot operational...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 595
Posted By catmandu
Sent you an email but it bounced. PM sent.

Sent you an email but it bounced. PM sent.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-09-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,832
Posted By catmandu
Man, that talk alone might force me to wedge a...

Man, that talk alone might force me to wedge a quick trip to OSH into my schedule!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 598
Posted By catmandu
Okay, everybody keep quiet about this or the...

Okay, everybody keep quiet about this or the dudes at Short N Numbers will figure out a way to automate the clicks and monetize it! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2019, 02:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,453
Posted By catmandu
If you’re talking the DIY cylinder jacks, first I...

If you’re talking the DIY cylinder jacks, first I chock both mains, front and back. Then I use one jack on center line under the firewall, incorporating a 1x2 laterally to help spread the load. ...
Forum: GPS 06-28-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 222
Views: 49,978
Posted By catmandu
Shipping so much that the one we need which was...

Shipping so much that the one we need which was due today now shows backordered! :(
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-26-2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,779
Posted By catmandu
My Mastercraft ski boat throttle is set up to...

My Mastercraft ski boat throttle is set up to always have tension on it, for precise control of boat speed during slalom course runs, similar concept to the spring on the stick the Blue Angels fly...
Forum: Polishing your RV 06-26-2019, 08:24 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,346
Posted By catmandu
I assume we are not talking paint? 3M 1080 vinyl...

I assume we are not talking paint? 3M 1080 vinyl and seam tape, good info in this thread (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=98932&highlight=vinyl+wrap+stripes+tape).
Forum: Tools 06-23-2019, 07:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,784
Posted By catmandu
I have used both these options with good success,...

I have used both these options with good success, after a little bit of practice to refine the technique.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-21-2019, 05:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 886
Posted By catmandu
Spend money a little at a time. Look for deals...

Spend money a little at a time. Look for deals here and there as they pop up. I was where you are, with a Sport SX and a TruTrack Gemini, although I already had vertical commands enabled. Then I...
Forum: RV-10 06-19-2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,013
Posted By catmandu
Yellow fan at a diesel shop. Luv it! :)

Yellow fan at a diesel shop. Luv it! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2019, 08:32 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,154
Posted By catmandu
Get off my lawn, you millennial techno geek!...

Get off my lawn, you millennial techno geek! Probably don't know how to use a rotary phone! :D
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