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Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 03:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,230
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The 35a alternator Vans sold for many years...

The 35a alternator Vans sold for many years didn't have a fan......
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-16-2019, 07:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,568
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Mike is a true gentleman and diplomatic...

Mike is a true gentleman and diplomatic instructor.....he was probably just trying to make you feel better...... :D
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 08-13-2019, 02:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 522
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No experience with the breakdown rider or claims,...

No experience with the breakdown rider or claims, but Global has had the lowest premiums for both my aircraft for the past few years. Skysmith is the agency I use.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,369
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I think the scenario under discussion was about a...

I think the scenario under discussion was about a previous builder who now owns an RV for which no Repairman's Certificate has been issued. My point was that it is hard to argue that someone who has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,369
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Huhhh??? An A&P with no experience whatsoever...

Huhhh??? An A&P with no experience whatsoever with E-AB and the systems often found in our aircraft (but legally entitled to perform a condition inspection) is better prepared to perform a condition...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-11-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,138
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A wonderful tribute to the Light that will guide...

A wonderful tribute to the Light that will guide you all your days......
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2019, 04:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 780
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Details are in the thread I...

Details are in the thread I linked.

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/aircraft-tug-2-small.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 780
Posted By Sam Buchanan
http://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t...

http://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=156723&highlight=tug


http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/aircraft-tug-small.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2019, 06:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,599
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Your priorities are commendable and will keep you...

Your priorities are commendable and will keep you on the path to making this project happen in a manner so your family will share in the endeavor. Trust your judgment, you will be fine.....and enjoy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,114
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It will make a great garden tractor battery. :)

It will make a great garden tractor battery. :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-23-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 883
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The grease fitting is worthless, the only way to...

The grease fitting is worthless, the only way to really service the yoke is to disassemble it as you did. This is a good item for your annual Condition Inspection and will assure your tailwheel will...
Forum: Rocket 07-22-2019, 07:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,003
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Same here, been a customer of SkySmith for twenty...

Same here, been a customer of SkySmith for twenty years and multiple aircraft. The carrier with the best rates for my RV-6 for the past few years has been Global.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-08-2019, 06:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,766
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The first time I started my O-320, it would run...

The first time I started my O-320, it would run for a few seconds then quit with fuel running out the carb. This continued even after checking the float needle to make sure it wasn't stuck.

The pump...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-06-2019, 02:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,418
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The battery box can't be removed and slightly...

The battery box can't be removed and slightly modified?
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-01-2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,820
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is close to what I see with my 1999 RV-6...

That is close to what I see with my 1999 RV-6 that has similar equipment.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,705
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Previous discussion that pretty much covers these...

Previous discussion that pretty much covers these questions:

http://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=169230&highlight=toggle
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,142
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Clever. :)

Clever. :)
Forum: Safety 06-28-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,949
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Irrelevant....there would be far more factors to...

Irrelevant....there would be far more factors to consider than their smoking habit, age and weight.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-28-2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,395
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I like having both foam plugs connected to each...

I like having both foam plugs connected to each other with a rope that is draped over the spinner. I suspect starting the engine with the plugs in place would result in them being jerked out by the...
Forum: Safety 06-27-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,949
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Previous...

Previous discussion:

http://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=169780&highlight=age
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2019, 03:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,042
Posted By Sam Buchanan
What kind of car and engine is that??????

What kind of car and engine is that??????
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,231
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I think the more proper term is subrogation.

I think the more proper term is subrogation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2019, 04:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,231
Posted By Sam Buchanan
And...as I understand it, if a claim is paid to a...

And...as I understand it, if a claim is paid to a renter, the insurer then sues the owner of the plane to recover their loss.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 10:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,680
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Oops...fat-fingered the 'ol keyboard....wasn't...

Oops...fat-fingered the 'ol keyboard....wasn't trying to let any of Vans's secrets escape. ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 05:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,680
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A lot of RVs have used mogas for many years with...

A lot of RVs have used mogas for many years with no tank problems. Most
RV-15's use mogas (with ethanol) nearly all the time due to it being the recommended fuel for the Rotax engine.

I really...
Forum: Safety 06-02-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,414
Posted By Sam Buchanan
School buses historically have been the safest...

School buses historically have been the safest form of transportation (as far as fatalities go....not counting whatever happens on the bus.......).

[recent retiree as a juvenile haulage...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-26-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,973
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If you are absolutely adverse to pulling the cowl...

If you are absolutely adverse to pulling the cowl for the intermediate oil change you might consider adding a small service access door under the oil sump drain. A hose could be connected to a...
Forum: RV-14 05-23-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,153
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have a different model (RV-6) but as a general...

I have a different model (RV-6) but as a general rule I never turn my back on the plane with the canopy open.....just too high a risk to run if something happens and it slams shut. My RV-6 is twenty...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-12-2019, 10:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 531
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is the install in my RV-6 many years...

Here is the install in my RV-6 many years ago:

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/sportcraft.htm
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2019, 03:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,417
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Wow...wait until PETA hears about this one..... ...

Wow...wait until PETA hears about this one..... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,135
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Before reaching a resolution to your question,...

Before reaching a resolution to your question, the best course of action would be to research A&Ps in your area to see if you can locate a technician that is familiar with RVs and wants to work on...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-03-2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,002
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Wow!

A genuine work of art! Display it on the wall when you aren't riding it. :)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-01-2019, 05:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,608
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Makes the plane smell good!

Makes the plane smell good!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2019, 06:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,167
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This has been the case for a long time...it is...

This has been the case for a long time...it is unfortunate your DAR did not stress previous to your inspection the importance of registration and data plate being an exact match.
Forum: Traditional vs. Alternative Powerplants 04-29-2019, 04:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,965
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It's hard to see how rehashing very old news is...

It's hard to see how rehashing very old news is going to be productive. The problems with the vendor under discussion are well documented and widely circulated in the aviation community. It burns me...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-23-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 734
Posted By Sam Buchanan
And a couple of closeup photos with your phone...

And a couple of closeup photos with your phone might be helpful later.

Also have one of the magnetic picker uppers for the nut that will get dropped into the tailcone.... ;)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-21-2019, 11:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,190
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Another reason to build a tail hoist. ...

Another reason to build a tail hoist. :)

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/tailhoist-17-small.jpg
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-20-2019, 08:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,190
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Don't over-tighten

Follow the directions on the new filter for proper torque....it is easy to over-tighten which can make the filter very difficult to remove.
Forum: Southeast 04-15-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 668
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Maybe Vern Darley will see this and get in touch...

Maybe Vern Darley will see this and get in touch with you, he is in Peachtree City, GA and can travel via RV for an inspection. I had him inspect my latest project.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,545
Posted By Sam Buchanan
After reading about the rebranding of S-N-F and...

After reading about the rebranding of S-N-F and the emphasis on youth education I have to wonder if homebuilts are much of a priority anymore....maybe this is an effort to get them out of show center...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-09-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,511
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have two, the ELT battery and the pilot........

I have two, the ELT battery and the pilot........
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2019, 03:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,027
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Carb ice may not be the problem but 40-50*F is...

Carb ice may not be the problem but 40-50*F is definitely not too warm for ice unless the humidity is quite low. High humidity can push the optimum temp for ice up into the 70's.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,712
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The run-up pad transgression that eats me is when...

The run-up pad transgression that eats me is when a pilot points the tail of the aircraft toward my open hangar and commences blowing trash into the door. Not much of a problem with a C150 but large...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,398
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That guy must have a lot of relatives.....I know...

That guy must have a lot of relatives.....I know one of them, too. :)
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-04-2019, 06:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,503
Posted By Sam Buchanan
What they are trying to tell you is "Get these...

What they are trying to tell you is "Get these chargers away from us!"

PC680's will hold most of their charge for many months. Frequent charging can kill an AGM battery quicker than about anything...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2019, 05:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 367
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There is room for two crimps, put the first one...

There is room for two crimps, put the first one out on the end of the sleeve and the second one on the other end. Check with the gauge and you are good to go.
Forum: Tools 04-03-2019, 06:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,700
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I used 1/8".

I used 1/8".
Forum: Tools 04-02-2019, 09:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,700
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is the aforementioned MIG...

Here is the aforementioned MIG project:

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/jack-1.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2019, 10:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,378
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Why not test it with air? Put a couple of PSI in...

Why not test it with air? Put a couple of PSI in the tank and spray the outside with soapy water, any leaks will cause bubbles to form.
Forum: Tools 04-02-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,700
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I used this as an excuse to get out the MIG and...

I used this as an excuse to get out the MIG and cut up some 1" square mild steel tubing. In less than an hour I had an RV wheel jack, been using it for a few years and works great. I have a u-bolt...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2019, 05:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 786
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Most auto parts stores stock a generic ignition...

Most auto parts stores stock a generic ignition switch. Here is one from Autozone, not sure if it has the positions you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 783
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If the sole purpose of the second thread is to...

If the sole purpose of the second thread is to provide a link to the other thread......that is double posting, and will most likely be deleted by a moderator.

Just pick an appropriate sub-forum,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,028
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is so cool I'm moving this thread to General...

That is so cool I'm moving this thread to General Discussion for long-term archiving.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,806
Posted By Sam Buchanan
See post #2. :)

See post #2. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 08:44 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,806
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There has been considerable discussion on this...

There has been considerable discussion on this topic, here is one thread:

http://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=164592&highlight=n-number
Forum: Propellers 03-22-2019, 04:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 919
Posted By Sam Buchanan
When you call you will be talking with Alaina who...

When you call you will be talking with Alaina who is very knowledgeable about the props she builds. I fly one of her beautiful props on my low-n-slow biplane and also look forward to hearing what you...
Forum: Safety 03-21-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,865
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, get the trim switch off the control stick....

Yep, get the trim switch off the control stick. It really isn't an inconvenience to operate a trim switch on the panel.... :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2019, 03:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,400
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Take a tram tour first

One way to acclimate to the overall layout is to spend an hour or so riding all the trams. Get a tram map...
Forum: Safety 03-10-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,233
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I would hope RV-think has trended more toward...

I would hope RV-think has trended more toward safe ops than when the ten-year-old VAF thread he referenced was current. RV flights I see at various airports and discussed here lead me to believe...
Forum: Tools 03-08-2019, 08:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,376
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Even though I find the ad amusing, I have quite a...

Even though I find the ad amusing, I have quite a bit of Harbor Fright stuff in the hangar. I find their hand tools (wrenches, sockets, etc) are more than adequate for my non-professional use. I...
Forum: Tools 03-08-2019, 07:53 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,376
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is the Parking Lot Sale ad, lots of good...

Here is the Parking Lot Sale ad, lots of good stuff here:

https://imgur.com/gallery/JcG3B
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-02-2019, 02:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,543
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Oh good grief....this situation doesn't call for...

Oh good grief....this situation doesn't call for a bunch of hand wringin'.......

My RV-6 (and who knows how many others) has "experienced a partial structural failure" for nearly twenty years with...
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