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Forum: RV-9/9A 02-12-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,086
Posted By Mark Dickens
Wow, Tennessee Orange! Nice look!

Wow, Tennessee Orange! Nice look!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-09-2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Posted By Mark Dickens
Just downloaded it and installed it. It comes up...

Just downloaded it and installed it. It comes up fine. I'll take a look at it in more depth tomorrow. Looks good!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-08-2019, 03:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 911
Posted By Mark Dickens
I'd like to try it. I'm an old coder (and still...

I'd like to try it. I'm an old coder (and still coding for my own business). What did you code it in?
Forum: Propellers 02-08-2019, 05:33 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
99% of its life was sitting in my hangar. It...

99% of its life was sitting in my hangar. It hasn't sat outside much at all so i don't think heat was an issue
Forum: Propellers 02-07-2019, 03:38 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
One last post to REALLY close this out. My new...

One last post to REALLY close this out. My new prop arrived this afternoon:

http://www.marksrv8.com/photos/newprop.jpg

This is what the 3D carbon fiber looks like...AWESOME!

Now I'll have to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-03-2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 538
Posted By Mark Dickens
I'd rent it from you if you got one.

I'd rent it from you if you got one.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-02-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,070
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have no experience yet with Desser monster...

I have no experience yet with Desser monster retreads, but I just installed a pair during the condition inspection. They are retreaded Goodyear Flight Specials. Look very durable and came highly...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-02-2019, 07:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 631
Posted By Mark Dickens
Two discrete issues mentioned here: First, trim...

Two discrete issues mentioned here:

First, trim that hinge pin so it doesn't touch the aileron bracket. Mine is trimmed such that it doesn't protrude through the brackets at all, so no touching....
Forum: Propellers 02-01-2019, 04:28 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
Closing this out, here's the statement from the...

Closing this out, here's the statement from the engineers at Sensenich published with Don Rowell's perimission:

"The crack occurred at the 30% ply drop. While the crack did not and likely would not...
Forum: Propellers 02-01-2019, 11:21 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
Just spoke with Don Rowell at Sensenich. He is...

Just spoke with Don Rowell at Sensenich. He is going to send me the findings from his engineers, but net-net, they couldn't find a specific reason for the crack. It was indeed cracked through the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-01-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,065
Posted By Mark Dickens
Very nice. Looks very familiar. Interesting that...

Very nice. Looks very familiar. Interesting that you opted for mags and no EI, although you can't do better than Bendix.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-01-2019, 09:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,466
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have the Flightstream 510 chip plugged into my...

I have the Flightstream 510 chip plugged into my 650 and love it. I download my database updates to Garmin Pilot and then it automatically connects to the FS 510 and uploads the database changes. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2019, 05:05 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,751
Posted By Mark Dickens
Wordpress is a great platform for something like...

Wordpress is a great platform for something like this. I like the design. Now, go add the substantive content. It's a lot of work just to get to this point, but so far, existing content has just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2019, 04:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,747
Posted By Mark Dickens
Excellent reference and read. Thanks for...

Excellent reference and read. Thanks for posting. In reality, trying to follow a localizer 20 or more miles away can result in a wandering path over the ground until you get closer. I've experienced...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2019, 06:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,747
Posted By Mark Dickens
It's been a few months since I've flown an ILS...

It's been a few months since I've flown an ILS with this setup, but the flow I use now is to load the approach (but not activate it) when approach control tells me to what to expect. Assuming you are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2019, 07:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,747
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have the exact same setup and in flying some...

I have the exact same setup and in flying some practice ils approaches, I've seen the same thing. I have a V antenna mounted to the bottom of my tail cone, and the signal comes and goes that far out....
Forum: Propellers 01-29-2019, 05:38 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
No. In fact, it's been very smooth.

No. In fact, it's been very smooth.
Forum: Propellers 01-28-2019, 08:43 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
Just had a good conversation with Don at...

Just had a good conversation with Don at Sensenich and I will be overnighting the blades to him tomorrow for inspection. I have confidence that we'll get this resolved quickly and am looking forward...
Forum: Propellers 01-28-2019, 08:27 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
No, there's no wood in this prop. It's all carbon...

No, there's no wood in this prop. It's all carbon fiber with a metal stiffener inside as I recall
Forum: Propellers 01-27-2019, 07:44 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
I sure don't want to give the wrong impression in...

I sure don't want to give the wrong impression in re my Catto prop. It is true that there was a problem with it regarding the adhesive for the nickel leading edge. It was oozing out very slowly and...
Forum: Propellers 01-27-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
No apology necessary. I just didn't want the...

No apology necessary. I just didn't want the thread to veer off in a different direction. Truth be told, I should have found this on a preflight. It just shows you that even after flying for 37+...
Forum: Propellers 01-27-2019, 02:31 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
No, but it's been on the list for a while. Once...

No, but it's been on the list for a while. Once I get this squared away, I plan to make it a priority
Forum: Propellers 01-27-2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
The crack is 8-7/8" from the hub end of the...

The crack is 8-7/8" from the hub end of the prop.

Never having conducted a coin test, I thought I'd video doing this and put it up on youtube for anyone to watch and listen to. It's at...
Forum: Propellers 01-27-2019, 11:39 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
The prop has been very smooth and I've been (up...

The prop has been very smooth and I've been (up tp this point of course) very pleased with it.. I did pull the prop in accordance with their instructions last year and had no issues, so this is...
Forum: Propellers 01-27-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
Absolutely...I've sent an email to Don Rowell at...

Absolutely...I've sent an email to Don Rowell at Sensenich and hope to hear from him tomorrow in re next steps. I have the blades in the car and can measure anything he asks for
Forum: Propellers 01-27-2019, 06:00 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
I thought about digging around the area a little,...

I thought about digging around the area a little, but didn't want to touch it so that Sensenich would have it as is for investigation. I don't want any discussion about how I made a bad situation...
Forum: Propellers 01-27-2019, 05:59 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
I had the same thought around 2:00 am this...

I had the same thought around 2:00 am this morning. It will definitely be a subject of discussion and I'll keep everyone informed.
Forum: Propellers 01-26-2019, 08:41 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
I do too when I have the time. If i'm just out...

I do too when I have the time. If i'm just out flying around for fun, I usually have time at the conclusion of the flight and I like to wipe it down, but the last few flights have been on a schedule...
Forum: Propellers 01-26-2019, 05:47 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
Good grief...all I wanted to do was let others...

Good grief...all I wanted to do was let others know....:rolleyes:
Forum: Propellers 01-26-2019, 02:01 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 12,032
Posted By Mark Dickens
And this is why you do condition inspections...

My relatively new (< 2 years old and about 120 hours of use) Sensenich ground adjustable prop surprised me this morning when I was inspecting it as a part of the condition...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-21-2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 579
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have to stand up in support of rivnuts...I used...

I have to stand up in support of rivnuts...I used all three sizes (6,8,10) in various non structural areas of the plane. Platenuts are preferable and cheaper but there are many cases where you need...
Forum: Midwest 12-17-2018, 06:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 646
Posted By Mark Dickens
Pete, I just gotta say that you and your...

Pete, I just gotta say that you and your compadres up there in the great white north are my inspiration in the winter. Here I sit in the south thinking it's too cold and dark to get out to the hangar...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-17-2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,881
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have some similar stories, but at FXE not FPR....

I have some similar stories, but at FXE not FPR. I've only been through FPR once and it was a reasonable experience. Unfortunately, there are some real head cases in Customs and it's a gamble some...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-17-2018, 01:11 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,881
Posted By Mark Dickens
I don't know what you consider reasonable prices,...

I don't know what you consider reasonable prices, but Cape Santa Maria on Long Island is my and my wife's favorite Bahamas resort. Wonderful beach, great food, great bone fishing when the weather is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,430
Posted By Mark Dickens
Just remember, when he asks about your kids or...

Just remember, when he asks about your kids or family, your answer to any personal question is "keep it straight"! People who have flown with Bruce know what I mean!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-03-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,066
Posted By Mark Dickens
No. You gotta do what you gotta do, but safe?...

No. You gotta do what you gotta do, but safe? No. The dynon would not tighten up the sensitivity as the 625 would and isnít certified at that level. This is where old fashioned trip planning and...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 10-13-2018, 09:26 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 30,101
Posted By Mark Dickens
What an awful thing to read first thing this...

What an awful thing to read first thing this morning! Jon was a helluva pilot and although I never got to meet him, it wasn't hard to see that he was a helluva man. Our sport and aviation will...
Forum: Reviews 10-09-2018, 07:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,803
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have all metal locknuts on both ends of my...

I have all metal locknuts on both ends of my tailwheel axle. I use a Bogart tow bar to push the plane out of the hangar and then pull it back in. Wouldn't do it any other way. No pressure on any...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-02-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,232
Posted By Mark Dickens
I gave up on Dynon and Foreflight a few months...

I gave up on Dynon and Foreflight a few months ago, and installed a Garmin GDL-50 and now I not only have fully functional ADS-B in (both 978 and 1090) which displays flawlessly on Foreflight and...
Forum: Propellers 09-26-2018, 01:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,279
Posted By Mark Dickens
Yeah, I'm not real crazy about companies who...

Yeah, I'm not real crazy about companies who can't manage their production schedule. My hangar mate, Clam has a WW and it's a great prop, but if I move forward with this, there has to be a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2018, 08:46 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,609
Posted By Mark Dickens
Nothing wrong with trying to save a few bucks and...

Nothing wrong with trying to save a few bucks and it has to be balanced against the time it takes to source the item and make sure it will work for you. I appreciate Pat doing that and have no...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-24-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 58,030
Posted By Mark Dickens
I used the RV Bits fairings and have no bad...

I used the RV Bits fairings and have no bad behavior at all. This is interesting to me because when I went down to Houston for transition training with Bruce Bohannon, he had strakes on his RV-8 and...
Forum: Safety 09-23-2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 28,860
Posted By Mark Dickens
I don't know what rating the internal resistor is...

I don't know what rating the internal resistor is but I tested it by simply connecting it to the battery. It's made for auto use so 12v works fine. The way you'd test it is to ground it out. The...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-22-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 667
Views: 666,460
Posted By Mark Dickens
I "think" my panel is now done...LOL. There...

I "think" my panel is now done...LOL. There always seems to be another little thing to add, but for now it's done...

http://www.marksrv8.com/photos/panel-final.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2018, 05:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,609
Posted By Mark Dickens
Just a photo of my install of Pat Hatch's flap...

Just a photo of my install of Pat Hatch's flap motor in my RV-8. I chose to mount it with the motor in the upper fixed position. This allowed me to minimize the size of the hole. There is no apparent...
Forum: Safety 09-22-2018, 07:04 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 28,860
Posted By Mark Dickens
This is what I bought and works...

This is what I bought and works great:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01AHQJ06G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2018, 03:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,914
Posted By Mark Dickens
I bought one of them a couple of years ago rated...

I bought one of them a couple of years ago rated for up to 550lb. The challenge with them is that they don't stay on long. Not long ago, though, I weighed my plane with one of them. I used two...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-19-2018, 06:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,477
Posted By Mark Dickens
I flew into PDC the Saturday before OSH thinking...

I flew into PDC the Saturday before OSH thinking that I'd stay overnight and then ease into OSH the next day. Ha. When I landed at PDC, another gentleman had just landed in a LSA and as soon as he...
Forum: Reviews 09-18-2018, 02:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,803
Posted By Mark Dickens
OK, I'm going to send in my order and primed is...

OK, I'm going to send in my order and primed is just what I want. I'll note that.
Forum: Propellers 09-17-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,279
Posted By Mark Dickens
Not yet...I love that prop but I want to dabble...

Not yet...I love that prop but I want to dabble in some gentlemans aerobatics (with appropriate training of course) and I'd like to have the additional control that a CS gives me
Forum: Propellers 09-17-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,279
Posted By Mark Dickens
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: Reviews 09-17-2018, 10:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,803
Posted By Mark Dickens
Blake, I'm thinking of ordering one, but I'd like...

Blake, I'm thinking of ordering one, but I'd like it without any powder coat so I can paint it to match the existing fork...can I get that?
Forum: Propellers 09-17-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,279
Posted By Mark Dickens
CS Prop Dealer

I am idly thinking about converting to CS from my FP prop this winter. I used my "one prop per builder number" from Vans a long time ago (a long story) and sold that prop so I can't go back and buy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2018, 02:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,529
Posted By Mark Dickens
In the case where I was a witness to the FAA...

In the case where I was a witness to the FAA inspection, it was purely about paperwork and placards. Period. There was no real inspection. I am glad I had Vic come do mine despite the expense,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2018, 02:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,865
Posted By Mark Dickens
It's a mixed bag. I had one come over to look at...

It's a mixed bag. I had one come over to look at my tail kit when I finished and the only comment I remember was "well it won't win any awards"...what an a$$hat, and it's the tail flying on my plane...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,529
Posted By Mark Dickens
Keep in mind that the FAA may not be as generous...

Keep in mind that the FAA may not be as generous as a DAR can be in defining your phase one test area. I'd work that out in advance to avoid being given a nice 25-30 mile radius in which to spend...
Forum: Flight Testing 09-09-2018, 06:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,236
Posted By Mark Dickens
Jeff built a very nice plane and not surprisingly...

Jeff built a very nice plane and not surprisingly it flew hands off on his first flight. Other than the oil temps, which I think are due to the rear baffle issue he mentioned, there really was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,476
Posted By Mark Dickens
Agreed. This is a photo forwarded to me by Tom S....

Agreed. This is a photo forwarded to me by Tom S. My installation is all steel.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-05-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 17,355
Posted By Mark Dickens
Thank you! I'll go hammer Dynon now

Thank you! I'll go hammer Dynon now
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-05-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 17,355
Posted By Mark Dickens
Question for Garmin

I posted this earlier, but I think it got lost in the Labor Day postings. I'd like to get an answer please:

"I went out this morning and set up a short cross country, using a "along track offset"...
Forum: Reviews 09-04-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,803
Posted By Mark Dickens
Good to hear this, as we have some good sized...

Good to hear this, as we have some good sized expansion joints on our taxiways. I've been wondering about whether this would help.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2018, 12:45 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,476
Posted By Mark Dickens
Of course, I've calibrated the K factor over...

Of course, I've calibrated the K factor over time, but it's stayed consistent once I zeroed in on the calibration. I'm logging the predicted vs actual fill up amounts so I can keep an eye on it.
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