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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 08:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 495
Posted By rongawer
Kroger Supershade

Definitely agree on this.

Kroger Wide Sunshades (https://shop.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bin/shop.cgi?ident=1593977805-436-27&browse=airframe&product=koger-shade) ...at a fair prices from Van's no less.
Forum: California 06-29-2020, 08:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 923
Posted By rongawer
For me, I just do the RNAV 31 and enjoy the view,...

For me, I just do the RNAV 31 and enjoy the view, but definitely ILS down to below the layer at HWD would work. Or just find a "hole" in the layer and carry on smartly...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-29-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 765
Posted By rongawer
Garmin G3X - next model?

I currently have a dual screen G3X in my RV12 and love the system. And now I'm within about 6-8 months of being ready to mount avionics my my RV-10. I noted that Garmin now has rebates available,...
Forum: California 06-24-2020, 10:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 923
Posted By rongawer
End of an era

I've done so many VOR approaches into Palo Alto over the years, I took a moment to reflect on the change when I got the notice from the FAA aerochart folks saying the approach would be cancelled...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2020, 09:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,502
Posted By rongawer
I completely with the statement about their...

I completely with the statement about their quality. I've bought everything from the oil/air separator and fuel filters to selector valves and check valves. Everything as been very high quality.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2020, 10:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,502
Posted By rongawer
Locking fuel caps

I'm probably the only one who doesn't get this, but why locking fuel caps on an airplane? If I'm going to steal fuel, why not just put a bucket under the fuel drain and let 'er rip?

If it's to...
Forum: RV-10 05-27-2020, 09:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 453
Posted By rongawer
I second Larry's comment. IMHO, the best weather...

I second Larry's comment. IMHO, the best weather stripping adhesive is 3M weatherstripping adhesive (https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B000HTNNDA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1)....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-25-2020, 05:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 621
Posted By rongawer
I have a GA 35 and GA 56 side-by-side with 6"...

I have a GA 35 and GA 56 side-by-side with 6" separation on the tailcone just behind the turtle deck bulkhead of my -12. They work great there. You can see them in the first photo of the linked...
Forum: RV-10 05-25-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,443
Posted By rongawer
Let's be clear, the vibration damper, which is...

Let's be clear, the vibration damper, which is essentially just an in-line orifice, is installed in a sensor line, not the main line. For a fuel line, you would have a sensor line Tee off of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2020, 04:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 969
Posted By rongawer
If you have not talked with Ray, you should; he...

If you have not talked with Ray, you should; he would be the right person to get you current pricing. My setup would not be a good reference for what it would cost as I bought a used engine, and then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 969
Posted By rongawer
I have the UL350iS installed on my RV-12. I just...

I have the UL350iS installed on my RV-12. I just finished my second annual with over 400 hours and climbing; I am very pleased with it. There was definitely a steep learning curve (as in, the first...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2020, 11:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 969
Posted By rongawer
But if you're going to go E-AB, which I did,...

But if you're going to go E-AB, which I did, maybe you would want to consider a UL engine instead? Simple, more power, direct drive, easy maintenance, EFII, lower cost. Just a thought. I recommend...
Forum: RV-10 05-22-2020, 08:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 452
Posted By rongawer
Whirlwind has 15" spinners. Although come with...

Whirlwind has 15" spinners. Although come with their props, they'd probably sell them separately if you call them.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-15-2020, 10:13 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,414
Posted By rongawer
Nearly all of the skins are 0.025". Section 4 of...

Nearly all of the skins are 0.025". Section 4 of the KAI lists each of them for reference. There are numerous reasons the 9 has a higher empty weight than the 12, starting with the engine and prop,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-14-2020, 07:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,271
Posted By rongawer
While I agree that the D-Sub connector is a step...

While I agree that the D-Sub connector is a step up from the mini-molex, Steinair has the best, low-cost solution here Simple Trim Servo Connection with D-sub pins (https://youtu.be/f8DCvBV2V4M). ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-13-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 955
Posted By rongawer
Ditto for McMaster-Carr #27 Plastic drill bit...

Ditto for McMaster-Carr
#27 Plastic drill bit (https://www.mcmaster.com/27465a339-27465A339)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2020, 11:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,206
Posted By rongawer
Depending on which rod end bearings you have, you...

Depending on which rod end bearings you have, you can buy these ACS Regreasers (https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/acsregreaser.php?clickkey=17894), but for an RV, I'm with the others:...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-11-2020, 10:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,414
Posted By rongawer
It all depends on how you build your -12, but I...

It all depends on how you build your -12, but I have yet to see a PA28 do 138KTAS... or cruise 125KTAS on 4.7 gph. :cool:
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-11-2020, 10:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,137
Posted By rongawer
A couple comments

You're welcome. I agree with having a heated pitot, AP and pitot/static check, 91.411, and then there is also a separate check for the transponder, 91.413 that is required. I would also include the...
Forum: RV-10 05-11-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,542
Posted By rongawer
Nice...it is definitely a balancing act to get...

Nice...it is definitely a balancing act to get the airplane fitted the way you want all the while adhering to the KISS principle.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-11-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,137
Posted By rongawer
I respectfully disagree. I ran a report on my...

I respectfully disagree. I ran a report on my logbook and find that I have 113 instrument approaches along with 23.1 hours of actual instrument conditions out of 412.3 hours PIC in my RV-12 over that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-11-2020, 07:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,137
Posted By rongawer
While I agree with Bob that an autopilot does...

While I agree with Bob that an autopilot does help relieve fatigue and keep you sharp, I'm in the Richard Collins school of thinking in that you should always have two pilots if your are flying IFR,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-10-2020, 09:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,137
Posted By rongawer
E-AB Pitot

I have a heated pitot (GAP 26) in the left wing on my RV-12, which is fully IFR capable. If you have any thought to fly in any semblance of IMC, then you should consider a heated pitot. I have...
Forum: RV-10 05-07-2020, 10:42 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,443
Posted By rongawer
McMaster-Carr has gauge dampers in both brass and...

McMaster-Carr has gauge dampers in both brass and stainless in several sizes, which includes 1/8 NPT. I have found that 0.004 works well for manifold pressure, 0.008 for fuel and 0.015 for oil. The...
Forum: RV-10 05-07-2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,189
Posted By rongawer
Completely agree. Run them hard, often, and...

Completely agree. Run them hard, often, and they'll continue to do that.

Leok, throttling back for slow flight, or local cruise/sight seeing/joy of flying flight is understandable, but that would be...
Forum: RV-10 05-06-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,189
Posted By rongawer
Erich, that is an interesting guess, and I can...

Erich, that is an interesting guess, and I can understand that you, Leok, and possibly many others - believe that is true based on traditional training to "Power down and don't go over square, and...
Forum: RV-10 05-05-2020, 09:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,189
Posted By rongawer
Ok, I'll bite....why are you "bringing it back to...

Ok, I'll bite....why are you "bringing it back to 23 inches"?
Forum: RV-10 05-05-2020, 07:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,189
Posted By rongawer
I can attest that I flew my Baron for nearly 2800...

I can attest that I flew my Baron for nearly 2800 hours on the same engines in the manner I described with great success - those were IO-550 Continentals, but Lycoming clearly states their engine can...
Forum: RV-10 05-05-2020, 02:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,189
Posted By rongawer
My question is really directed at those who do...

My question is really directed at those who do throttle back - why? Why throttle back at all? And why, of all phases of flight, would you throttle back in the climb? What are you saving? Certainly...
Forum: RV-10 05-04-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,189
Posted By rongawer
John Deakin's articles are great. A short quote...

John Deakin's articles are great. A short quote from him answer's the OP's question, and pretty much sum's it all up: "With all aircraft engines, use full available rated takeoff horsepower for all...
Forum: RV-10 05-03-2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,189
Posted By rongawer
What are you saving?

I'm still building my 10, so I can't speak to how I fly it...yet. But I don't see the benefit of taking off with anything less than full throttle. I've been flying large continentals and lycomings...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2020, 05:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,114
Posted By rongawer
Byron fuel

It's actually $2.95 out in here in Byron, Wackinfornia. Lowest I've seen AVGAS in many years. And because we have high car gas prices, owing mostly to taxes and demand, it's also the first time I've...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,224
Posted By rongawer
My hangar is on the county airport, hence a...

My hangar is on the county airport, hence a land-lease. However, USAA covers the hangar as "other structures external to the residence", with a limit to 10% of the policy value, but that definitely...
Forum: California 04-19-2020, 12:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 653
Posted By rongawer
I use my doc at Spring Hill Medical (I think they...

I use my doc at Spring Hill Medical (I think they serve Antioch, Pittsburg and Brentwood). He signed off my BasicMed with no issue, commenting that it's a lot like a DOT sign-off.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-18-2020, 09:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,331
Posted By rongawer
I didn't bother installing the regular mic and...

I didn't bother installing the regular mic and phone jacks, but put LEMO plugs on both sides. I have two sets of Bose headsets and just keep the second one available in the plane, and with over 500...
Forum: RV-10 04-17-2020, 10:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,211
Posted By rongawer
Yes, if you price out all of the parts from...

Yes, if you price out all of the parts from Lycoming for an IO-540, it will definitely cost more than a complete engine, but one can certainly be built reasonably and for less than a new one. The key...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2020, 08:24 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,147
Posted By rongawer
For fixed runs of line that aren't exposed to...

For fixed runs of line that aren't exposed to relative motion - hard line makes sense. As mentioned previously, you should not mix your fitting and line metals. Are you using SS tubing because of...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-15-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 947
Posted By rongawer
SAE 30

I just put about 10 drops of motor oil - any weight will do and give it couple spins to lubricate the paddle blades on the pump (it's a paddle wheel pump). There's nowhere near enough oil to even be...
Forum: RV-10 04-13-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,372
Posted By rongawer
Aside from the corrosion and fire issues, a good...

Aside from the corrosion and fire issues, a good ANR headset will overcome the ambient noise and RV makes, so, as you said, avoid the whole deal and save a lot.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-13-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,425
Posted By rongawer
I like it. You'd need to redesign the wing to...

I like it. You'd need to redesign the wing to handle the additional stress, but it would be cool. You might also want to stretch the fuselage - both changes might increase Vne, but either way, you'd...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-13-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,425
Posted By rongawer
It might seem like splitting hairs, but...

It might seem like splitting hairs, but continuing a take off after V1 with a failed engine is different than initiating a take off with a failed engine. Also, neither the A380 or B747 are twins. The...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-12-2020, 07:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,425
Posted By rongawer
Stay single...

I think you may mean that a good twin needs to be able to climb on one engine. I do not believe there is a certified twin, piston or jet, that allows take off with one engine inoperative, but your...
Forum: RV-10 04-12-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,211
Posted By rongawer
I would always encourage working with fellow...

I would always encourage working with fellow RV'ers, so certainly work with walker172, but if that doesn't work out, I got a used case from Gary Barber, Outlaw Aircraft as a package deal with other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,443
Posted By rongawer
My "toolbox"

All cleaned up and ready for the next kit...
https://i.imgur.com/8hDQMFDl.jpg
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2020, 10:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,659
Posted By rongawer
SB 16-05-23

I did the SB in 2018 and did not receive a new front fairing half, nor did I need it. Seemed pretty straight forward to me.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2020, 08:46 AM
Replies: 416
Views: 283,170
Posted By rongawer
Congrats Don! Glad to see you're airborne!...

Congrats Don! Glad to see you're airborne!

Congrats to N112DR as well!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-06-2020, 06:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,583
Posted By rongawer
De-natured alcohol

I just wipe down the surface with alcohol, let it dry a minute. Then warm up and apply the wing walk.

My most recent walks are in good shape as far as adhesion goes...showing a little wear in the...
Forum: RV-10 04-02-2020, 04:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,982
Posted By rongawer
Mark is the engineer for his PSRU's and states...

Mark is the engineer for his PSRU's and states that he has many of these in service, with multiple thousands of hours on some units.

If you want more detail, you can contact him here: AeroMomentum...
Forum: RV-10 04-02-2020, 08:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,982
Posted By rongawer
A fully installed IO-540 is about 505 pounds with...

A fully installed IO-540 is about 505 pounds with all accessories, mount and oil.

The AM20T should be about 360 pounds for the same installation, so a lot lighter and is shorter than an IO-540 with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,729
Posted By rongawer
My business is considered an essential service...

My business is considered an essential service and I'm still commuting to work by air, so I'm personally quite happy the airports are open for business.

Normally when I'm heading in to work, the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-22-2020, 12:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,448
Posted By rongawer
I use VNAV all the time in my -12 and do about...

I use VNAV all the time in my -12 and do about 160 approaches annually with it. With the latest software update for my setup, which is the GTN650 and G3X, I can program the approach, pre-select VNAV...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2020, 08:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,727
Posted By rongawer
And the corollary of that is you can register a...

And the corollary of that is you can register a crate of parts LONG before airworthiness is even a possibility....not recommended, as you might not finish the thing creating a problem about where the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-19-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,683
Posted By rongawer
I have dual Garmin G3X Touch displays, which I am...

I have dual Garmin G3X Touch displays, which I am quite fond of.

My wig-wag is automated by my Vertical Power unit and go solid at 70KIAS, which is a great feature.

The lights are bright, but...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2020, 08:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,683
Posted By rongawer
Highly recommend dual

Aside from the excellent wig-wagging, the extra light is great for night landing and navigating around a dimly lit airport.

Incidentally, here's those two lights in action during the morning...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,379
Posted By rongawer
I agree, the extra 15 hours passes pretty quick...

I agree, the extra 15 hours passes pretty quick and I simply use the time to work out bugs and fine tune the performance of the airplane. Oh, and enjoy flying...
Forum: California 03-16-2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 514
Posted By rongawer
Richard Ortenheim is in Tracy at Skyview...

Richard Ortenheim is in Tracy at Skyview Aviation. Good guy and easy to work with. I’ve known him many years and recommend him. You won’t be able to get Oakland FSDO to do an inspection. The one guy...
Forum: RV-10 03-06-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 716
Posted By rongawer
Big Crank

I've used and recommend the Big Crank line of batteries. The compatible one is the ETX20L. And it's actually made in the US...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2020, 08:49 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 17,368
Posted By rongawer
Yes, it's time to let it go. "let it go, let it...

Yes, it's time to let it go. "let it go, let it go" - sing along with me.

I haven't experienced an actual GPS outage, meaning RAIM failure, since 2007. Only issues I've seen, and I fly a lot, have...
Forum: RV-10 03-02-2020, 09:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,436
Posted By rongawer
Congrats! Looks good. Your 3,000 hours gives me...

Congrats! Looks good. Your 3,000 hours gives me hope...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-29-2020, 11:21 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,906
Posted By rongawer
Rubber seal

Create a rubber seal.

Use permatex black silicone to form a seal. Put a good coat of mold release on the airframe, I use maguires mold release, but any good wax will do the job. Then place a thick...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-28-2020, 08:04 AM
Replies: 354
Views: 115,584
Posted By rongawer
I like the idea. The only downside, IMHO, is...

I like the idea. The only downside, IMHO, is that the sensors "wake up" when in motion and may take up to 30 seconds of motion to reconnect. Maybe they'd work while taxiing around, if so that would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,906
Posted By rongawer
Very nice. Do you have access from there to reach...

Very nice. Do you have access from there to reach to the center around the F-1045 and 1044 ribs?
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