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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,392
Posted By DonFromTX
The accomplishments of course deserve to be...

The accomplishments of course deserve to be bragged about, but to me the beauty of that paint job on your plane has stuck with me. What a beauty!!!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-12-2019, 04:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,344
Posted By DonFromTX
Another thing to consider, my frame was a long...

Another thing to consider, my frame was a long ways from a fit to the fuselage, took LOTS of bending and forming to match the rest of the plane. Using the old frame, especially if not damaged, might...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,861
Posted By DonFromTX
Leah, would you or Shanna shed some light on this...

Leah, would you or Shanna shed some light on this subject (and I don't care how old you are either)? Obviously from this thread there are lots of opinions, and at 81 many of my flying friends are at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,861
Posted By DonFromTX
I found out quick and painfully, when my 80th...

I found out quick and painfully, when my 80th birthday came - so did a triple cost of the policy! I felt as competent to fly as I was the day BEFORE I turned 80, but made no difference.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-25-2018, 08:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,437
Posted By DonFromTX
Someone gave me the stock answer for the "Oh it...

Someone gave me the stock answer for the "Oh it is just a kit" comment..
I would explain that it is a kit, like going to Home Depot with a big truck and buying a "house kit". Seemed to put in better...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,142
Posted By DonFromTX
I did not mean to indicate that the charge was...

I did not mean to indicate that the charge was excessive at all.
I am aware of the huge costs of LODA insurance.
I meant only to suggest that there is unfortunately a financial incentive to not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2018, 08:45 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,142
Posted By DonFromTX
I am flying on my drivers license, cannot fly a...

I am flying on my drivers license, cannot fly a C150.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,142
Posted By DonFromTX
You are absolutely correct, I was not careful...

You are absolutely correct, I was not careful with my use of words. The deception was very good for him, lots of riding around making $180 per hour watching the scenery fly by.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2018, 02:25 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,142
Posted By DonFromTX
A LODA is a Letter of Deviation Authority granted...

A LODA is a Letter of Deviation Authority granted by the FAA for an Experimental Aircraft owner to give flight instruction in his aircraft. I did not realize that the LODA does NOT allow the use of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2018, 07:39 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,142
Posted By DonFromTX
First off to those that took offense, that was...

First off to those that took offense, that was never intended. I actually admire any CFI, training someone to fly is a noble calling, one I could never do. Having been a pilot for 50 years I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,142
Posted By DonFromTX
I appreciate your comments, thanks for sharing. I...

I appreciate your comments, thanks for sharing.
I have read and reread everything the FAA prints about flight reviews. The problem I seem to have is that in trying to recoup the costs of insurance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2018, 08:12 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,142
Posted By DonFromTX
thanks for the kind comments folks, sympathy is...

thanks for the kind comments folks, sympathy is appreciated. I knew all my life I would either get too old to fly or die first, so I can live with that, unwillingly of course.
It would have been a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,142
Posted By DonFromTX
Sine I started this thread, thought I would do a...

Sine I started this thread, thought I would do a followup, long sad story. I had completed over 17 hours of refresher training, but got a fancy sidestep answer whenever I asked for the promised (in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-16-2018, 06:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,650
Posted By DonFromTX
Another point for a buyer, if you feel that the...

Another point for a buyer, if you feel that the ELSA is "better" because it was built strictly according to a standard, think again. The day AFTER the ELSA certificate, most any changes you might...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-14-2018, 05:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,848
Posted By DonFromTX
I used to carry two Dahon folders in my Cherokee...

I used to carry two Dahon folders in my Cherokee for years. A while back in one of these discussions, it seemed that a Dahon Vitesse 7 speed internal transmission was a great choice. I bought one,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2018, 09:11 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,427
Posted By DonFromTX
I wish I had known of this system and used it...

I wish I had known of this system and used it during the build, highly recommended. When doing it you THINK you can recall it all, but when you turn 81 you cannot. Also, the next owner will thank...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,045
Posted By DonFromTX
I would actually be offended if someone offered...

I would actually be offended if someone offered me compensation for my visit to their project. Have never even heard of that happening.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,872
Posted By DonFromTX
No mater what you do - don't get old! I turn 81...

No mater what you do - don't get old!
I turn 81 next month and insurance companies all decided to hate me for it. I never had a claim in over 50 years of flying.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-20-2018, 06:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,538
Posted By DonFromTX
When I put them on mine, I would claim to those...

When I put them on mine, I would claim to those asking they added 12 knots at least, mostly to watch closely at their composure and expression.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-17-2018, 04:47 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 25,969
Posted By DonFromTX
That must be a change. When I upgraded mine a...

That must be a change. When I upgraded mine a year or so ago, I had to buy the entire hub and send my blades to them for whatever they done.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-29-2018, 04:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,883
Posted By DonFromTX
Thanks, but I bought one long ago, just did not...

Thanks, but I bought one long ago, just did not get around to building a box for it.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-28-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,030
Posted By DonFromTX
I vote for NOT attaching them yet! I did, but...

I vote for NOT attaching them yet! I did, but there were LOTS of times I regretted it, for instance when you could turn the fuse up on its side for easy access, but had to do it the hard way because...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-27-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,883
Posted By DonFromTX
thanks John, that was exactly what I was looking...

thanks John, that was exactly what I was looking for!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-24-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,692
Posted By DonFromTX
I did mine of the 12 I built, but the one I...

I did mine of the 12 I built, but the one I bought had the "Viking Shield" I had heard bad things about it, but it actually looked better and was lighter than the one I made. Sure makes it quick...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-24-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,883
Posted By DonFromTX
Thanks Joe, I have the modified saw horses as...

Thanks Joe, I have the modified saw horses as well, work great. In looking for a way to do it myself, and lift all wheels at once, this sure seems sweet. Just have to carefully figure out how to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2018, 07:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,181
Posted By DonFromTX
I would like to point out that there is no...

I would like to point out that there is no dictionary definition of a prebuy! Sure someone like Vic will give you a really good one, but the next A&P might look thru the crack in the doors, count...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-24-2018, 07:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,883
Posted By DonFromTX
Hydraulic Lift for RV12

A year or so ago it seems, someone posted modifying a Harbor Freight motorcycle/ATV lift to lift en entire RV12. I bought the lift, but cannot find the thread that described how to modify it for...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-07-2018, 03:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,295
Posted By DonFromTX
You might be right there, had not thought about...

You might be right there, had not thought about it much actually.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-07-2018, 02:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,295
Posted By DonFromTX
I have, often on auto and tractor engines. The...

I have, often on auto and tractor engines. The open valve face tends to pick up some oxidation, which allows for some leakage. I have never pulled a Rotax head but would suspect the same there. ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-06-2018, 05:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,791
Posted By DonFromTX
No, have sold it. The great photos and the...

No, have sold it. The great photos and the narrative was all provided by Bob Bogash.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-06-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,295
Posted By DonFromTX
Even following all the previous tips, it took...

Even following all the previous tips, it took FOREVER for mine to gurgle after sitting for some months. I think that the valves don't seal quite as good after sitting, and therefore the crankcase...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-05-2018, 07:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,791
Posted By DonFromTX
How to Get Your New RV12 Home

That was a big problem I had, and was rescued right here on VAF! I thought many would probably like to share the adventure of getting one home, enjoy!....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,047
Posted By DonFromTX
There exists no requirement for log books, I...

There exists no requirement for log books, I assume what you are missing is some proof that it was amateur built, which can be in many different forms.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,257
Posted By DonFromTX
OK, I think I have it now. If you are getting...

OK, I think I have it now. If you are getting some transition training from a LODA guy and need a BFR, you should probably give him a birthday present of say $100, then when asking about a BFR,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,257
Posted By DonFromTX
Interesting. To make a discussion, the words...

Interesting. To make a discussion, the words "for transition training only" certainly does not infer to me that you could not use your plane for pleasure or sightseeing or personal travel - or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,257
Posted By DonFromTX
This struck me as odd, not being able to give a...

This struck me as odd, not being able to give a BFR in your plane.
I recently sent for a copy of a LODA for someone I knew, and found NO REFERENCE whatever to a BFR requirement nor any prohibition...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-08-2018, 06:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,379
Posted By DonFromTX
They somehow knew he was still at pattern...

They somehow knew he was still at pattern altitude when he turned base, I supposed that info was from his data log.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,549
Posted By DonFromTX
Understanding Rates

OK, this is confusing but first of all I wanted to make it clear that Gallagher and especially Shanna are not guilty of any wrongdoing, the confusion existed because of two different insurance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,075
Posted By DonFromTX
Out of courtesy to Vans, I opted to use my own...

Out of courtesy to Vans, I opted to use my own serial number and make since I had modified an RV12 quite a bit. Did not think it was right if I crashed and burned to have that a mark against Vans. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2018, 01:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,549
Posted By DonFromTX
Change a flat would be helpful as well, and if...

Change a flat would be helpful as well, and if you locked your keys inside also. Towing to a place that could fix it might also be a nice provision too.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,549
Posted By DonFromTX
I certainly wil do that when we resolve some last...

I certainly wil do that when we resolve some last issues, the person that apparently made some mistakes was not available until Monday to get
her side of the story.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2018, 08:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,549
Posted By DonFromTX
I am of the belief that the various ratings...

I am of the belief that the various ratings brokers and insurance companies receive pretty well reflects how well they pay claims, Gallagher seems to have top ratings there and I believe they would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2018, 03:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,549
Posted By DonFromTX
You sure got that right Scott, I just finished a...

You sure got that right Scott, I just finished a lengthy conversation with Shanna at Gallagher Aviation, and I will vouch for a person that knows her field and will treat you right. My biggest...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2018, 01:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,549
Posted By DonFromTX
Your statements I believe you think are correct,...

Your statements I believe you think are correct, but I just experienced a far different outcome. I have checked and double checked the data given, and what I stated is the way it is. I am not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,549
Posted By DonFromTX
Not always so

I must loudly disagree with this thread statements that are not factual. Just this week I received a quote from a broker I had trusted, seemed very high priced, so my "other pilot" on the quote...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,118
Posted By DonFromTX
I love USAA, have been with them for over 50...

I love USAA, have been with them for over 50 years around the globe for all my insurance and banking needs. Since all they do is go thru Falcon, I decided that just made another profit suckoff level...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,118
Posted By DonFromTX
Most interesting, I think I may be experiencing...

Most interesting, I think I may be experiencing some of that.I may be way off here, but two different brokers with the identical information getting two vastly different quotes, suggests to me that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2018, 07:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,118
Posted By DonFromTX
I was not suggesting there was a bogus quote,...

I was not suggesting there was a bogus quote, only that brokers apparently add their profits to the quotes, and that those vary considerably. Perhaps a nationally advertised broker with lots of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2018, 06:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,118
Posted By DonFromTX
Aircraft Insurance (again)

I have only been a pilot and aircraft owner for 50 years, but have never understood the aircraft insurance industry, despite the information gained from this forum, now I am even more confused.
I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,175
Posted By DonFromTX
USAA specifically precludes coverage for the...

USAA specifically precludes coverage for the project.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2018, 09:43 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,257
Posted By DonFromTX
I do. A few years back I got a letter from the...

I do. A few years back I got a letter from the FAA informing me that the last three annuals on my Cherokee were performed by a person hired and acting as an IA by the local airport, who did not even...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2018, 06:00 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,257
Posted By DonFromTX
In case anyone else is trying to get a copy of...

In case anyone else is trying to get a copy of someones LODA, my request to the FSDO was returned today, saying I needed to resubmit it on a FOIA request form!
Sometimes the silliness of the FAA can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2018, 07:51 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,257
Posted By DonFromTX
I believe I got scammed by someone, and i doubt...

I believe I got scammed by someone, and i doubt he would show it to me for that reason. Trying to get in the back door. I will try your suggestion, thanks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2018, 06:49 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,257
Posted By DonFromTX
Is a LODA public information available to anyone?...

Is a LODA public information available to anyone? How can we find out if a person/plane has a LODA or not and therefore what restrictions might apply to him?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,257
Posted By DonFromTX
So can we then assume that NO CFI with a LODA can...

So can we then assume that NO CFI with a LODA can do a "legal" flight review (by him in that plane)?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2018, 09:53 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,257
Posted By DonFromTX
From my limited researched knowledge, it appears...

From my limited researched knowledge, it appears that CFI and LODA people are doing lots of unauthorized stuff with flight reviews, apparently this is just another of those examples. It is hard to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,257
Posted By DonFromTX
Most interesting, is it a "LODA" you have? Why...

Most interesting, is it a "LODA" you have? Why would this restriction be given to you, any idea of a reason? This seems to be all kinds of silly stuff.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,726
Posted By DonFromTX
Something not mentioned I run into, is not so...

Something not mentioned I run into, is not so much how long it has been since an item was inspected, but how much use has there been. For example, if I packed my wheel bearings 6 months ago and the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,555
Posted By DonFromTX
I really never got much on my hands, only tools. ...

I really never got much on my hands, only tools. I ALWAYS put on at least three pair of gloves, and peeled off a pair when moving to another phase of use.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2018, 09:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,555
Posted By DonFromTX
Funny, somehow I thought everyone used MEK for...

Funny, somehow I thought everyone used MEK for cleanup of tools and hands. Never even thought about using anything else.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2018, 03:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,239
Posted By DonFromTX
ESPECIALLY southwards! I have been on a campaign...

ESPECIALLY southwards! I have been on a campaign to get it down here for a year now, no interest, lots of excuses, no Swift fuel!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,715
Posted By DonFromTX
I agree. I have had a family trust for a couple...

I agree. I have had a family trust for a couple of decades,
and often putting vehicle ownership under the trust just complicates things constantly, and actually serves no purpose. The wife owns...
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