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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2018, 06:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,143
Posted By Dugaru
Iím 1000í and 3. Iím also looking for relatively...

Iím 1000í and 3. Iím also looking for relatively stable or improving weather at the destination.

So my IFR minimums are basically VFR..... :). But the older I get, the more I think that single...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2018, 01:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,143
Posted By Dugaru
This was a really educational description

Thanks for posting. This is exactly the kind of IFR flying I do this time of year, and it doubtless describes some portion of my planned trip to OSH.

My observations:

1. Based on observing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2018, 12:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 665
Posted By Dugaru
Really nice

If I may be so bold, what did that cost?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,046
Posted By Dugaru
I think this is good advice. My RV has a 430W,...

I think this is good advice. My RV has a 430W, upgraded to WAAS courtesy of the previous owner, and I really like it. LPV approaches are cool, and the autopilot can fly a hold, which is also neat. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 15,338
Posted By Dugaru
I suspect the urge to hunt for the ground (rather...

I suspect the urge to hunt for the ground (rather than look to the instruments) when blundering into IMC must be like the urge to turn back to the airport after an engine failure: very strong and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-01-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,056
Posted By Dugaru
This is very, very good advice, in my experience.

This is very, very good advice, in my experience.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,539
Posted By Dugaru
Your error message seems to be similar to what...

Your error message seems to be similar to what was described in this thread:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=157633

So maybe there is a new software problem. On the other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,329
Posted By Dugaru
Exact same experience I had with Vic, and also on...

Exact same experience I had with Vic, and also on two pre-buys. The second one was bad enough that I got a personal apology from the head of the maintenance shop that (supposedly) had been...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-25-2018, 11:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,473
Posted By Dugaru
I've got a Mini 3 set up in the same way, with an...

I've got a Mini 3 set up in the same way, with an anti-glare film on the screen. It's not EFIS bright, but when it's facing me straight on its very doable, even in direct sun and with sunglasses.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2018, 11:50 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,539
Posted By Dugaru
I was the guy who started this thread about the...

I was the guy who started this thread about the servo issue. What you describe does not sound like my servo problem, which annunicated with a big black box on the screen.

It does, however, sound...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,117
Posted By Dugaru
Back in the day...

I remember when my Warrior's tachometer rolled over at 10,000. I thought that was really cool! And then I thought, well, maybe not.... :)
Forum: Autopilots 06-17-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 884
Posted By Dugaru
Still going....

Autopilot continues to work correctly. I've confirm the trim is properly configured; I ran the gas out of the left wing for a long period and the autopilot dutifully trimmed into the "light" wing.
Forum: Autopilots 06-14-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 884
Posted By Dugaru
Also my conclusion. I don't think there's...

Also my conclusion. I don't think there's anything wrong with the autotrim setup.

And per Garmin above, the autopilot doesn't give up and disconnect due to out-of-trim conditions in any event. ...
Forum: Autopilots 06-14-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 884
Posted By Dugaru
Update

So of course the autopilot now appears to be working perfectly (as it was for months previously).

If I just leave a microSD card in the slot, will it continue to log data (and overwrite old data)...
Forum: Safety 06-11-2018, 09:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,495
Posted By Dugaru
Osprey question

So I returned to my home base at New Kent (W96, Richmond, VA USA) the other day to find that a V-22 Osprey was doing touch-and-goes. Or whatever you would call it when a tilt-rotor aircraft...
Forum: Autopilots 06-11-2018, 08:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 884
Posted By Dugaru
Sounds good, I'll data log my next flight and...

Sounds good, I'll data log my next flight and contact you directly.
Forum: Autopilots 06-10-2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 884
Posted By Dugaru
Help with a Garmin autopilot issue

Okay, so the other day after takeoff I engaged my Garmin autopilot (my setup is a G5, GSA28 pitch and roll servos, and a GMC 307). I used the CWS/disconnect button on the stick, and the autopilot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2018, 01:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,902
Posted By Dugaru
Brute force solution

Same thing happened to my Pilot USA Bluelink gadget. Scrubbing with simple green did no good. I ended up just wrapping it in black electrical tape. Gives it a nice sheen. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,924
Posted By Dugaru
IFR in my RV-9A

I have developed a habit of turning the autopilot on after takeoff using the CWS button, after pitching over to a more visibility- and cooling-friendly speed than Vy. The Garmin then turns on and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,601
Posted By Dugaru
to each his own but...

THIS. I bought an RV-9A that had the starter button on the Infinity Grip. That was a terrible, terrible idea, IMHO. I actually had someone bump it accidentally while I was walking around the plane....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,521
Posted By Dugaru
Did not know that! If you buy it in NY and then...

Did not know that! If you buy it in NY and then take it home to a state with sales/use tax (like VA), you'll still be paying of course.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-07-2018, 08:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 614
Posted By Dugaru
Thanks all!

Canít tell you how much I appreciate the info. Letís just say understanding and fiddling with small electrical components is not my specialty. :)
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-06-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 614
Posted By Dugaru
Dumb question about switch lights

Okay so my RV-9A has these lighted rocker switches

http://www.rvpilot.com/RV9Apanel/out/PICT1218.JPG

Which, based on the builder's log (which is still available on the web! truly a bonus!!) I...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-02-2018, 03:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,550
Posted By Dugaru
Cowl landing light for the -9?

Has anyone tried this? I noticed there was a kit available for the -10.

I've got Team Aerodynamix/Whelen lights in each of my wings, but would love to have some additional candlepower (I do a lot of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,009
Posted By Dugaru
You know....

It should be a violation of the forum rules to post this without including pictures. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2018, 05:48 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 9,709
Posted By Dugaru
You’re on the right track with the -9. Its slow...

You’re on the right track with the -9. Its slow speed handling is even better than my Warrior’s was, and that’s saying something. An accelerated stall can bite any aircraft quickly, but you’d have to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 9,709
Posted By Dugaru
I tell people my RV-9A would have a lot in common...

I tell people my RV-9A would have a lot in common with a mythical 2-seat Mooney 201.



This is how my RV (which is a slider) is equipped. It does have an EFIS rather than the standard six-pack in...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-19-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,100
Posted By Dugaru
I was just pondering the same thing!! No, but...

I was just pondering the same thing!! No, but maybe the original builder was?!?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-19-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,100
Posted By Dugaru
This solved my problem perfectly. With the tank...

This solved my problem perfectly. With the tank completely full, I reduced the AUX2SF entry until the right tank read 18.

AUX2 is in fact my right tank; AUX3 appears to be my left, and AUX1...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-17-2018, 01:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,100
Posted By Dugaru
Horizon WS "Too Much Fuel"

Still working out a few glitches in my somewhat-new-to-me RV-9A with a GRT Horizon WS and an EIS 4000.

I like these gadgets, but the learning curve is a bit steep.

The previous owner didn't quite...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-20-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 977
Posted By Dugaru
I bought a 9A with an O-320, and a CS prop...

I bought a 9A with an O-320, and a CS prop already installed. I love the absurdly (ABSURDLY) good climb performance, but assuming resources are limited, I think I still lean toward your view on...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-20-2018, 06:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 924
Posted By Dugaru
Love these photos

Come visit us near Richmond VA (at W96) if that's any help with your new logistical equation. Relatively cheap gas, too. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2018, 09:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,797
Posted By Dugaru
I don't know much about batteries, but I've been...

I don't know much about batteries, but I've been amazed at the 680's ability to recover after being fully discharged. Those things are tough.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2018, 03:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,732
Posted By Dugaru
This is super useful info, many thanks. So I've...

This is super useful info, many thanks.

So I've got a Reiff standard system - four 50-watt band heaters and a 100-watt HotStrip. If I'm reading the Odyssey specs correctly, the 1-hour AH rating for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,732
Posted By Dugaru
Preheating with battery and inverter

Guy - what kind of battery life/heating capability are you getting? I've got a spare Odyssey PC925 and an inverter that I can devote to powering my Reiff (sump and piston rings). But I'm wondering...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2018, 08:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,102
Posted By Dugaru
Good choice going RV

I moved to an RV after owning and flying a Warrior for a number of years. You're going to love the upgrade. :)

People here, me among them, love to debate which model is best for which mission. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2018, 06:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,113
Posted By Dugaru
Think hard about it

WAAS is nice. I had a non-WAAS 430 in my Warrior before buying my RV, which has a 430W. Now I can fly coupled LPVs and my autopilot can also fly holds. And the refresh rate of the screen is faster,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,814
Posted By Dugaru
Big fan of the Halo

I think the Halo is basically a better mousetrap. I would never go back to clamp-on headsets.

I'm sure the in-ear thing isn't for everyone, but I wear hearing aids (hearing loss is a family curse)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2018, 04:21 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,559
Posted By Dugaru
You'll be impressed

Having moved from a Warrior to a -9A, let me just say: prepare to grin.

Oh. My. God.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2018, 08:45 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,559
Posted By Dugaru
I'm biased but

I'd go with the 9. That's a long trip, and the 9 was designed to be a cross-country airplane. Its efficiency, especially at altitude, is little short of amazing.

But let's face it, you could go...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2018, 02:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 580
Posted By Dugaru
I'll try to remember to get one the next time I'm...

I'll try to remember to get one the next time I'm out at the hangar. Basically I replicated the original u-shaped bracket, flipped it upside down, and sandwiched the hinge between the two brackets. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 580
Posted By Dugaru
Mine also failed

Mine cracked on both ends and then the whole assembly sort of flopped down into the intake area. At the suggestion of someone here, I discovered that it was rubbing/bucking against the cowling,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2018, 01:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,348
Posted By Dugaru
Get the G5

You won't be sorry. It's a great gadget. Huge bang for the buck in terms of redundancy, reliability, etc. when you include the backup battery.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2018, 01:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,656
Posted By Dugaru
+1. The guy who built my -9A did a superb job....

+1.

The guy who built my -9A did a superb job. But he put the starter switch on the stick. This was a TRULY HORRIBLE idea, in my humble opinion.

Note that there may someday be a person (e.g.,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-14-2017, 12:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,559
Posted By Dugaru
In an effort to reduce thread drift that I helped cause....

I've got a slider -9A with an O-320, carbureted, Hartzell CS prop. I pretty consistently see 150KTAS at 5-6000ft and 23/23. Less sure of fuel burn at that setting, it seems to vary, but I'm...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-13-2017, 03:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,559
Posted By Dugaru
This is extremely useful info. I'm going to...

This is extremely useful info. I'm going to start heading for the teens on my standard mission between Richmond VA and Allentown PA (about 215 nm). Perhaps the harried controllers in that area will...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-13-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,559
Posted By Dugaru
I'm starting to explore higher altitudes in my...

I'm starting to explore higher altitudes in my (relatively) new (to me) RV-9A. I've got O2. Over what distances do you think it makes sense to climb to 10K or more?
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-12-2017, 01:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,237
Posted By Dugaru
You'll like any RV, including the 9

A while back I bloviated at some length about transitioning to the RV-9A. On the off chance that would be useful for you, here's a...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-11-2017, 09:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,358
Posted By Dugaru
What Ron said! Terrific trip report. I'm dying...

What Ron said! Terrific trip report. I'm dying to visit Australia.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2017, 07:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,468
Posted By Dugaru
VPZ and DKB are favorite stops of ours on the way...

VPZ and DKB are favorite stops of ours on the way to/from OSH. Highly recommend both.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2017, 12:17 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,452
Posted By Dugaru
This site is a big deal

Sellers should definitely consider promoting this site to potential buyers. I think it's capable of adding to the sales value of your aircraft.

I'm a third owner, and this site was incredibly...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-01-2017, 08:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,401
Posted By Dugaru
Well done

Really, really nice setup there.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2017, 01:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 659
Posted By Dugaru
My vote is "no problem." If it's been flying for...

My vote is "no problem." If it's been flying for 16 years, has complete logs, and has been inspected by an A&P you trust, that's the key info.

Meanwhile, logs that are "clean, easy to read, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2017, 01:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,741
Posted By Dugaru
Wow

None of us gets out of here alive. But few of us get such an awesome sendoff.

My hat is off to him and to his family!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2017, 09:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,998
Posted By Dugaru
Yup, my O-320 promptly barfs out anything above...

Yup, my O-320 promptly barfs out anything above 6.5 quarts. My Warrior, also with an O-320, did exactly the same thing, only its number was 7.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 11-21-2017, 01:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 360
Posted By Dugaru
I know nothing about the airport but...

...I congratulate you on your choice of destination. I thought that place was really cool!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2017, 09:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,179
Posted By Dugaru
You'll be grateful for this. The cooling effect...

You'll be grateful for this. The cooling effect of being able to open a big door opposite the open hangar door is huge.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 01:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,556
Posted By Dugaru
It was O2. Most dive shops around here have it...

It was O2. Most dive shops around here have it (don't know about elsewhere). They handle various types of fills for tech divers, fill oxygen bottles that are standard safety gear on dive boats, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 08:50 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,879
Posted By Dugaru
The airspeed indicator is The Gauge that...

The airspeed indicator is The Gauge that Lies.

http://vansaircraft.com/pdf/hp_limts.pdf
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 07:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,556
Posted By Dugaru
Here in Richmond VA, the medical places AND the...

Here in Richmond VA, the medical places AND the welding shops balked at refilling my Mountain High bottle (which is marked "aviation oxygen"). Both said I would have to do a tank exchange, it would...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-09-2017, 07:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,541
Posted By Dugaru
A great museum

I paid the extra $ for the full tour of the Spruce Goose and it was a real highlight. What a machine.

Alas, I traveled there by car, so I'm jealous. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2017, 03:40 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 15,338
Posted By Dugaru
Good point. It's important to remember that a...

Good point. It's important to remember that a fair number of VMC into IMC accidents happen to instrument-rated pilots who, for whatever reason, weren't prepared for the transition or proficient...
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