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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 08:02 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,649
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Just for grins, download and install the free...

Just for grins, download and install the free Avare app. You can run it with FltPlanGo installed on your device. You may like the ADS-B rendering better and I think it has AHRS enabled. You can then...
Forum: RV-10 Yesterday, 09:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,850
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Looks good to me! Just grateful that I've been...

Looks good to me! Just grateful that I've been able to live in a wonderful house for twenty years that I would most likely never have if Vans hadn't built it. ;)
Forum: RV-10 05-30-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,850
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I resisted the temptation to describe the build...

I resisted the temptation to describe the build process of my 1999 RV-6.....didn't want to sound like one of those old coots who make fun of the youngsters...... ;)
Forum: RV-10 05-30-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,850
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Oh boy.......if it's getting frustrating with the...

Oh boy.......if it's getting frustrating with the tail section, wait until the fuse.....wings.....canopy.....cowl.....engine.....instruments...... :D

Yep, time to walk away and take some deep...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-30-2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,536
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The SureFly in my RV-6 is working as...

The SureFly in my RV-6 is working as advertised......in other words, I can't tell it is there....the engine starts and runs smoothly. Operationally it is the same as flying with the old mag....do a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 767
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The model name can be whatever you want it to be...

The model name can be whatever you want it to be as long as it matches exactly the registration paperwork. Take a look at the FAA registry and you'll see some aircraft makes you have never heard of. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2020, 07:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 767
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Another small point.....don't choose a Model name...

Another small point.....don't choose a Model name that is too long to fit the data plate! :o
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2020, 06:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 767
Posted By Sam Buchanan
For my last project I used the data plate that...

For my last project I used the data plate that came in EAA's registration packet. It has pretty black borders with bare metal fields for the data.

I received a call from the trophy shop that was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2020, 10:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 749
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep....good practice is to never turn your back...

Yep....good practice is to never turn your back on an open tipper.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2020, 12:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,314
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep...that really sounds straight forward...........

Yep...that really sounds straight forward........ ;)

A good DAR would be very helpful.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,314
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You need to enlist the help of a good DAR.

You need to enlist the help of a good DAR.
Forum: COMM 05-25-2020, 03:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 487
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is what a simple Rami aviation base station...

Here is what a simple Rami aviation base station antenna looks like:

https://www.rami.com/product/base-antenna_av-5

The ground radials are about the same length as the radiating element. Follow...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,187
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Excellent. It would have been a shame to send...

Excellent. It would have been a shame to send your panel back to 1995.... :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2020, 09:13 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,649
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Avare is a good app for Android. And it is...

Avare is a good app for Android. And it is free.

https://ipadpilotnews.com/2015/09/avare-offers-free-one-efb-app-android/
Forum: COMM 05-20-2020, 10:42 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,961
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Excellent outcome, Scott! Glad the remedy was...

Excellent outcome, Scott! Glad the remedy was something easy to fix, and you got a new antenna out of the deal :)
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-18-2020, 08:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 298
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If your monitor has % power and Fahrenheit temps...

If your monitor has % power and Fahrenheit temps you have the final upgrade (note the "chair", upgrade notes still on the legacy site...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2020, 05:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 564
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I consider it practically impossible to make an...

I consider it practically impossible to make an informed decision about which aircraft is best suited if enough flying hours haven't been accumulated to achieve a pilots license....plus some more...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-15-2020, 09:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,455
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Pulling high G-loads, extreme whifferdils and...

Pulling high G-loads, extreme whifferdils and whirligigs and extended inverted flight into outside loops can overstress wings and wrinkle the skins.

Wait......you have an RV-12........... :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2020, 08:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 488
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My conversion...

My conversion notes:

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/fuse7.html#flaps

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/flaps-1.jpg
Forum: COMM 05-12-2020, 06:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,955
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My statement is based on nearly twenty years of...

My statement is based on nearly twenty years of reports by RVers who have installed the Archer COM antenna in RV wingtips. The issue isn't the RF properties of the antenna rather the consequences of...
Forum: COMM 05-11-2020, 06:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,955
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The Archer COM antenns has never been considered...

The Archer COM antenns has never been considered to be a very good performer in our RVs due to the wingtip shape. The NAV antenna on the other hand is a good option.

I think at some point you will...
Forum: COMM 05-11-2020, 03:28 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,961
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Very good, Scott, hope your test flight confirms...

Very good, Scott, hope your test flight confirms your diagnosis. A new antenna will be an easy fix plus you get a sleek new addition to your RV. :)

Yes, those simple antennae flew on many Cessnas,...
Forum: COMM 05-09-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,961
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That type of antenna is known for bouncing RFI...

That type of antenna is known for bouncing RFI back into the plane. The lack of a BNC connector can cause issues like you are seeing. If you have tried everything else a new antenna that has a BNC...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2020, 05:23 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 8,858
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Wow, Bill, that was a really negative...

Wow, Bill, that was a really negative post.........

I guess the alternative is to assume a problem will crop up, but I don't think that line of thinking governs our equipment decisions....unless we...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-07-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,785
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Visions of '70's era Pintos......... ;)

Visions of '70's era Pintos......... ;)
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-06-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,350
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Excellent point. The questions on VAF that are...

Excellent point. The questions on VAF that are posed by individuals who have purchased an RV often demonstrate a breathtaking lack of mechanical knowledge. These individuals obviously come from the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-04-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 819
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Many magnetometers have been mounted on the shelf...

Many magnetometers have been mounted on the shelf under the leading edge of the vertical stab. The mag in my RV-6 has worked flawlessly in that location for 15 years. I wrapped the mag in a plastic...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-04-2020, 07:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,302
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Awesome! xxxxxxxxxx

Awesome! xxxxxxxxxx
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-01-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,228
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I think this is a solution to a problem that...

I think this is a solution to a problem that doesn't exist. After flying my RV-6 for twenty years I've never noticed the pedals don't line up exactly....wish you hadn't told me that...... ;)

I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2020, 06:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,819
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, post some ads in the VAF Classifieds using...

Yep, post some ads in the VAF Classifieds using 50% of new price as a starting point. The engine being inactive for three years in a coastal environment might concern some potential buyers unless it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-29-2020, 07:07 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,951
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Be careful about making blanket statements. Some...

Be careful about making blanket statements. Some pilots run the engine heater 24/7 during the winter with the dipstick in place. That has been my practice for the past 19 years with the RV-6 and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2020, 05:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 505
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yes---my 20 year-old RV-6 has some Al/poly/Al...

Yes---my 20 year-old RV-6 has some Al/poly/Al connections.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-24-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,117
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You might consider something like...

You might consider something like this:

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/jack-1.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2020, 10:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,346
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If dust/dirt is all you want to remove some...

If dust/dirt is all you want to remove some dishwashing detergent mixed in a bucket of clean water will work nicely. Use the technique in the above old posts with a succession of towels to rinse and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 22,212
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I don't know why it is so common either. I sit in...

I don't know why it is so common either. I sit in front of my hangar and watch landings and at least half of the nose wheel aircraft landings are too fast and "three pointers". Sometimes you can hear...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-17-2020, 08:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,243
Posted By Sam Buchanan
We have an aircraft builder in our area that has...

We have an aircraft builder in our area that has produced multiple high-$$$$ showplanes. He paints outside behind his hangar and is a master at cutting and buffing...lays down a bunch of paint and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 22,212
Posted By Sam Buchanan
From the original post: "His daughter, who was a...

From the original post:

"His daughter, who was a passenger, was very seriously injured and Ian himself suffered a broken neck which has left him as a quadriplegic."

Heartbreaking outcome.....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-15-2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 563
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That will probably do it....it is a very course...

That will probably do it....it is a very course screen. Most likely you won't see anything in it. :)
Forum: Safety 04-15-2020, 08:59 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,702
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Dan, I don't know how much the washer is...

Dan, I don't know how much the washer is rotating, but the nut hasn't loosened in twenty years between many relubes/servicing. It only takes a tiny bit of rotation of the nut to take it from too...
Forum: Safety 04-15-2020, 07:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,702
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I'm sure that is the way the tailwheel yoke is...

I'm sure that is the way the tailwheel yoke is designed, but both tailwheel yokes I've used on my RV-6 have required a bit of finesse when it comes to tightening the nut. It is possible to get the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-14-2020, 05:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,086
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Does this work harden or change the temper of the...

Does this work harden or change the temper of the rivet? If so....that is not a good thing.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-14-2020, 02:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,039
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I built my RV-6 with that squeezer......highly...

I built my RV-6 with that squeezer......highly recommended as a reasonably-priced addition to every non-builder RVer's toolbox..
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-14-2020, 06:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,243
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Maybe he wants to paint in a booth that is too...

Maybe he wants to paint in a booth that is too small for an assembled RV?

But if that isn't the case...don't pull the wings.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-11-2020, 05:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,429
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You should be able to cut up any wrench with a...

You should be able to cut up any wrench with a cut-off wheel in a grinder.
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-09-2020, 07:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,829
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Barry, I think you made a good decision on both...

Barry, I think you made a good decision on both counts. :)

That -6A was really heavy. You can't fully appreciate the wonderful handling of a light -6 until you have flown one. My 1999 RV-6 was 1010...
Forum: Safety 04-09-2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,702
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep....that is a good one. ;) I landed my RV-6...

Yep....that is a good one. ;)

I landed my RV-6 with 19ktsG26 burbling over buildings and hangars within 10* of straight across the runway and decided I didn't want to do that again. Nothing bent...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-04-2020, 01:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,017
Posted By Sam Buchanan
2350 sounds low, probably about 50-60% power at...

2350 sounds low, probably about 50-60% power at that altitude. I would expect at least 2500 rpm for 160kts true with 80" pitch. I've been flying the metal Sensenich 80" for nearly two decades (RV-6,...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-04-2020, 01:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,017
Posted By Sam Buchanan
2350 sounds low, probably about 50-60% power at...

2350 sounds low, probably about 50-60% power at that altitude. I would expect at least 2500 rpm for 160kts true with 80" pitch.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-03-2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,013
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Is there a B&C alternator for the RV-12?

Is there a B&C alternator for the RV-12?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2020, 06:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 382
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You'll want it by the time your first condition...

You'll want it by the time your first condition inspection is due.
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-01-2020, 05:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,017
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No restriction on the O-360 prop.

No restriction on the O-360 prop.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-01-2020, 12:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,815
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The alternator doesn't care electrically which...

The alternator doesn't care electrically which way it rotates and it is doubtful the presence of the correct fan or even a fan at all is a big deal in our application. The 35a alternator Vans sold...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-30-2020, 10:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,017
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That sounds about right for old-style wheel pants...

That sounds about right for old-style wheel pants and fairings. You would pick up a few knots with the newer stuff.

Glad you have unlocked the potential of your -6. ;)
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-30-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,017
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I think you will like what you see once you put...

I think you will like what you see once you put your -6 into high gear. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2020, 07:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,308
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You should be able to get this plane built in a...

You should be able to get this plane built in a couple of hours or so.......

Enjoy the journey!
Forum: ADS-B 03-28-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,068
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Thanks for the link. I run PiAware as my desktop...

Thanks for the link. I run PiAware as my desktop but this site has some cool features. Interestingly, there are aircraft that my PiAware receiver picks up that don't show on ADSBexchange.
Forum: APRS Tracking 03-28-2020, 08:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,574
Posted By Sam Buchanan
ADS-B has certainly changed the situation, each...

ADS-B has certainly changed the situation, each user will decide what is best for them. I was just reacting to your quote:

" I kind of like the idea of having both in case I am in an area of poor...
Forum: APRS Tracking 03-28-2020, 07:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,574
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If you still like having APRS then how has the...

If you still like having APRS then how has the rational for using it changed? :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2020, 05:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,026
Posted By Sam Buchanan
1/16" stainless welding rod. Cut a couple of...

1/16" stainless welding rod. Cut a couple of extras and put them in your flight kit.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 698
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The two ribs supporting the panel do not carry...

The two ribs supporting the panel do not carry flight loads, just stiffen the panel. Minor trimming of the ribs and sub-panel are often needed to get everything to fit.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2020, 06:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,859
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Hey.....we build airplanes.....we should be able...

Hey.....we build airplanes.....we should be able to figure this out from a couple of photos....give creativity a chance to run free. :D

Nice tug, and yes, a MIG (with gas bottle) is a great tool...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-22-2020, 07:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 791
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Welcome to VAF! Here is the drain that is...

Welcome to VAF!

Here is the drain that is commonly found on...
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