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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-11-2019, 07:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 466
Posted By thinkn9a
RP 4

Sent PM

....More letters for size count...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-28-2019, 10:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,736
Posted By thinkn9a
Smile I think “the kid” could handle a good chunk of the East coast

With that tool and attitude,....

As long as VAF doesn’t end up on the wrong side of official child labor / OSHA laws....

The picture is another in the long line I have enjoyed seeing with all the...
Forum: Safety 10-03-2019, 08:51 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 9,475
Posted By thinkn9a
Survival water container and stowage ?

What are some recommendations for container(s) and how/where to stow them?

I suspect whatever your favorite brand of water is, the bottle will not survive an impact. If you have a large...
Forum: Midwest 09-05-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,022
Posted By thinkn9a
Good use of mental health dollars !

I think Pete and Andi have a very good grip on how to use mental health dollars 😁

Gotta believe the de-stress value of the evening was considerable.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-01-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,998
Posted By thinkn9a
Search “battery rejuvenation” in prior posts

Prior to declaring victory, with one charge,....
Recommend you try the slow discharge, then charging at recommended voltage and amperage,..... then doing it again and again (longer each time) till it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-31-2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,998
Posted By thinkn9a
Odyssey TM on parasitic load

Regardless of the application, it is important to make sure your battery does not have a parasitic load; if there is a slow drain, connect the battery to a float (trickle) charger that puts out...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-31-2019, 07:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,998
Posted By thinkn9a
Odyssey Technical Manual, ninth Ed. 2016 (page 16)

Chart shows for deep cycle operations,...charging at 14.7 volts more than doubles the life of the battery, compared to 14.2 volts....

....wonder where 13.7 volts would lie on the graph, ....(and how...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,554
Posted By thinkn9a
Congrats,..glad to hear about the buy back

As for places to stop between Bowling Green and St. Louis...
- MVN has been mentioned,...I planned to stop there one time,.. but a thunderstorm arrived and parked first...
Other places
- MWA - fairly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2019, 05:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,349
Posted By thinkn9a
Wink Eagles with fish, vs airplanes

Ok,...anyone else catch another story on eagle with fish in September, Air & Space mag? ( page 8, letters)

737 out of Juneau almost hit the eagle,...
Yet again, Eagle dropped fish on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2019, 07:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,349
Posted By thinkn9a
Talking Off topic - call for peanut gallery review of eagle and fish story

My encounters with eagles would cast the fish story in a different light......

I think he was just jettisoning external / heavy ordnance, (oh, by the way on target) he could have max...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 08-19-2019, 09:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 603
Posted By thinkn9a
SLC altitudes


We were flying in from the south, and going into skypark KBTF..and were not cleared into Class B until at or past “point of the mountain”, VPPTM, so we were under their airspace until then....
Forum: West (and Southwest) 08-19-2019, 04:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 603
Posted By thinkn9a
From a first time newbie

Depending on where you are flying out of by SLC, you may or may not care to come down alongside SLC going south to Utah lake, east of Eagle mountain and west of Provo. (SLC controllers were great,...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-23-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,141
Posted By thinkn9a
WAAAM was so good, had me thinking about moving there

Very interesting place,... lots of different airplanes and automobiles,..and a few odds and ends. (Washing machine engine, tractor, fire truck, etc.)

What blew me away was that the ONLY two PAID...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-08-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 510
Posted By thinkn9a
From Odessey Technical Manual (2016)

Cycling tests conducted on an ODYSSEY PC545 battery demonstrated the impact raising the charge voltage from 14.2V to 14.7V has on the cycle life of the battery. The results are shown in the graph at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2019, 05:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 396
Posted By thinkn9a
Congrats to ALL

Please pass along my congrats,... as I won’t be at Osh this year.

Good to hear of young folks doing such.
Forum: RV-10 06-25-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 906
Posted By thinkn9a
Caulk tool?

I haven’t worked flox,... but have used the caulk tools. Suspect they would work on small corners. The yellow spreaders mentioned earlier would be needed for larger areas.

Quick online search...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-20-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 950
Posted By thinkn9a
Click and Clack troubleshooting tip,... if you think it is water

Really,...came from them... but it worked on my old reliable import that had turned into not so reliable, but not totally predictable. It would be less than reliable on wet or rainy days....

On a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2019, 06:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,751
Posted By thinkn9a
If you make it to Mississippi coast and still need one....

I have a spare you can borrow for a while...

Check PM for contact info
Forum: Safety 05-02-2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,399
Posted By thinkn9a
Something like ???... Thermo-Tec Thermo-Sleeve Protectors 14010 ??

Stuff is available from summit racing,.....

Anyone have thoughts or experience?
Forum: Reviews 04-02-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 613
Posted By thinkn9a
Thumbs up Aircraft Specialty - another very satisfied customer

After making up all the major hoses during my build, I was not looking forward to completing replacement of hoses for time in service. I contacted Aircraft Specialty about sending in my hoses so...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-01-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 811
Posted By thinkn9a
Confirm applicability - fluids you use and temps you fly

Following edited info pulled from data at first site identified,.... looking at it,... you would not want to use Viton if getting your brake fluid from Local auto parts place... or if you do really...
Forum: Safety 02-02-2019, 07:50 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,809
Posted By thinkn9a
Probably should see what the experts say

There are any number of references that can be found,... the one below gives several values, with the important takeaway is that you can handle about twice as much fore and aft deceleration /g than...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-28-2019, 05:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,079
Posted By thinkn9a
Glad you had the pie,....and took some home

I suspect there are a number of us folks that should have eaten some pie.

My small sample space has several times I wish I had. And only one I might take a pass on is the time with the bald...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-24-2019, 03:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,785
Posted By thinkn9a
Visit the Odyssey battery web site

And look at their technical manual ....

Checking an open circuit voltage on the battery after SIX HOURS of not charging or discharging, will show you amount of charge.

12.8V = 100 percent

11.7. =...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-14-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,736
Posted By thinkn9a
While we are getting explanations,....

Walt, et al,

Not arguing,... just trying to understand

Am I getting this correct? With a dead battery, (ok,.apparently just almost).... providing 8 volts to system,...while cranking the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-13-2019, 06:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,736
Posted By thinkn9a
Wiring or battery, or both?

Bill noted that the Pmag will start/work with 9V (battery), yet the starter was turning over the engine. (Guessing it was more than a blade or two)

So, question for the gurus,... is a new battery...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 642
Posted By thinkn9a
Other info

Visit Stein Air and look at the support section for video on crimping rg-400

( coming from a rookie, only comment,... the video shows you where the pin crimp is on the tool,... I found turning...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 01-03-2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 555
Posted By thinkn9a
Good choice,... remember some desserts must be ordered when ordering meal

When we were there about 3 years ago,... there was a door,... but you had to flag down someone at the restaurant to let you in.

While you are there,...take time to look through the old terminal, at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,568
Posted By thinkn9a
Artex 345 manual “requirements”

While the initial cost looks good,.... I’m not a fan of the DETAILED requirements for annual check,.... including mention of dummy loads, frequency check,.. use of,.... etc.

Forum: Electrical Systems 11-07-2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,439
Posted By thinkn9a
Thoughts on using a direct splice?

Link below has data sheet that shows 8 to 12 butt splice

Reasons for or against using such for fusible link, if you can get a...
Forum: Safety 10-15-2018, 07:04 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 10,474
Posted By thinkn9a
Very Flexible Routing = VFR

Flexible on timing, path, number of stops, alternative stops,....and delayed execution.

And what the others said about checking and cross checking,...and continuing to confirm you have options in...
Forum: Safety 10-05-2018, 07:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,536
Posted By thinkn9a
this isn't recreational..... but maybe it will be educational

If someone can help me begin to understand what is being said in the documents cited below.

I will note from the start, that this was not an exhaustive search, as I did not care to spend the...
Forum: Midwest 09-29-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,700
Posted By thinkn9a
Can’t see pics

And usually don’t have a problem seeing them....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,473
Posted By thinkn9a
Manuals by the manufacturers are good sources of info

Recommend doing a search on “aircraft tire maintenance”.... it should yield manuals by Michelin, Goodyear, Bridgestone. (Listed in sequence of longest to shortest...)

Although geared to big...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-16-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,472
Posted By thinkn9a
Be careful with the grinding compound

In fact, if you can find lapping compound you might use that.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-16-2018, 06:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,472
Posted By thinkn9a
Getting hinge pins to fit

Do a search with. “Grinding compound hinge”..... it should return one item with title above.

Lots of good info in the thread including,... check alignment of each eyelet by pushing pin in (and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2018, 08:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,583
Posted By thinkn9a

I picked some up at my local bicycle shop! surprised me..

so REI should have it also
Forum: Tools 08-14-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,417
Posted By thinkn9a
Didn’t he say out of wood ? 😳

But if you are going in the ditch,.....
Can’t you sort one out with a battery pulled off the plane due to age, and a rebuilt flap actuator that has been degreased and brushes replaced? 😁
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,073
Posted By thinkn9a
Recommended “out” airports from OSH

With all the folks using out airports this year, there should be a good corporate knowledge of recommended and not recommended airports.

Please let the rest of us know your new found jewel or new...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 44,827
Posted By thinkn9a
Thrashing,.... is the term

What James was recalling is called “thrashing”,..... the official technical term. I really like it. I talks to what happens when you approach the limit of throughput. Instead of graceful...
Forum: Safety 07-31-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 21,295
Posted By thinkn9a
Requirements for solution?

So,... solutions start with requirements,..... ( and should be guided by facts / analysis)....

While we wait for facts and figures..... how about some brainstorming on REQUIREMENTS,...not point...
Forum: Safety 07-29-2018, 05:46 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 21,295
Posted By thinkn9a
Don't forget the PILOT as a key part in the system change

I'm sure the systems analysis folks will sort out the max landing rates achievable, and potential maximum arrival rates given multiple scenarios of day, weather, special landings, emergencies, etc. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2018, 07:40 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 44,827
Posted By thinkn9a
Brainstorming, con’t

Flow control

- simple system..... using registration numbers,.... group them into 3 or 4 groups,... assign them a time slot e.g. on hour to 15 min after,.... 15 min after to 30 min after,... ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2018, 06:33 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 44,827
Posted By thinkn9a
Brainstorming,... con’t

As someone asked before,...what are the real bottlenecks? Is it taxiing capacity, it hold and breakout, it really runway? Is it trying to have all the different kinds of traffic at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2018, 08:54 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 44,827
Posted By thinkn9a
Brainstorming rules,... all thoughts recorded,... no criticism

After a while some wild and crazy things start to gel and point to something probably nobody thought of to begin with,...

Possible “buckets”

1 - flow control

2 - crowd control. (Would not want to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-15-2018, 07:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,364
Posted By thinkn9a
Search on “ replacing engine driven fuel pump”

There are some warnings -
Fatal crash due to improper install, with plunger not properly aligned.....

And tips/ reminder
- position prop so that plunger is at top,position...... remember safety...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,635
Posted By thinkn9a
"GFA" a hidden gem

GFA stands for Graphical Forecasts for Aviation,.. by NOAA AWC

There is a link to “(TAF) Graphics App” just above the VAF wx section on FREEXING LEVELS

On my tablet is shows an error when you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,448
Posted By thinkn9a
Slightly different approach provided by Nigel,....worked for me

Join Date: Dec 2008

My engine has 10:1, Precision Airmotive Fuel Injection and Dual PMags with jumper wires installed.

I hot start mine by:

Throttle open ~1/2 inch
Mixture Idle Cut Off
No priming,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,177
Posted By thinkn9a
Which type headset is this?

The regular retails for about $380. Bluetooth about half again more....
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-19-2018, 05:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,311
Posted By thinkn9a
Local hardware store with parts drawers?

Just picked up Springs, bushings, and washers at the local ACE hardware store today. There are some of those part way down to Seattle,.. but gotta believe there are some good stores in Vancouver. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2018, 07:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,711
Posted By thinkn9a
So, question,....over in PAM (Siverhawk / RSA fuel injection) info on troubleshooting

There is mention of possible leakage of air,...even though there is NO. FUEL LEAKAGE,...and use of a short piece of clear tubing to take a look with engine running 😳

What caught my eye with respect...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-22-2017, 07:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,625
Posted By thinkn9a
Talking Absolutely a 9 first (and maybe last)

I am a bit biased,... as you can see below.

Made the jump from spam to RV,...Not a problem,... but as you mentioned it takes some recalibration for timing and “sight picture”

Would highly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2017, 02:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,068
Posted By thinkn9a
Smile Not an answer,.but alternative - Search for "awc-Gfa".

Aviation weather center - graphical forecast for aviation

one stop shopping,.... pick what you want to see, ..then move through graphically hour by hour over TAF period

Includes cloud TOPS as well...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2017, 09:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,349
Posted By thinkn9a
Yep,...most likely pump going south

Or,... something changed in flow,...fighting more back pressure, (or suction head) due to clogged filter,... re-circ not flowing freely,..or even loose joint or crack in line allowing air entry,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2017, 09:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,635
Posted By thinkn9a
Have you gotten this?

Best 10 bucks you can spend at Van's,...

more info
Forum: RV-10 08-11-2017, 02:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,151
Posted By thinkn9a
One free reset (even if it is against training, usual, std approach)

The dwg with attached documentation, for AL 12-EI60/B alternator (60 amp) states

If the breaker trips
1. Reset 5 amp circuit breaker and CONTINUE operations
2. If 5 amp breaker trips AGAIN, land...
Forum: ADS-B 08-04-2017, 05:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,539
Posted By thinkn9a
FYI -iPad / foreflight quirk

As a heads up to others,...(or maybe there is a software update on the way)

Bought the Scout at Osh,... installed it night before leaving,...and enjoyed traffic and weather the next day,... first...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-03-2017, 08:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,299
Posted By thinkn9a
Do search for "Nigel approach"

It works for me,...

And there are a few other approaches discussed in the thread
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-16-2017, 05:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,414
Posted By thinkn9a
Air rally

This looks like it
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2016, 08:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,046
Posted By thinkn9a
You can adjust (and lube) the standard fuel caps

Away from the home machine,...but if you search for "adjustment UD-3 Usher fuel caps" (pdf)...mustang aero

You will find the info,...

you and the line boy/gal will be much happier.

(Basic idea is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2016, 07:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,540
Posted By thinkn9a

I'd leave it and see how it goes..
Mine had a bit of softening/ curve early on,...but no further issue in over 500 hrs.
Unless you are going for perfect, avgas instead
Forum: Safety 12-03-2016, 07:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,107
Posted By thinkn9a
Read and listen to experts !

And here are a few other things,..from a non-expert

1) ensure you are prepared to let the insurance compnay have the plane

2) do everything you can to prevent rule 1, but always be ready to invoke...
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