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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 316
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Shortened the step on my RV-6 by 4", but the -7...

Shortened the step on my RV-6 by 4", but the -7 probably sits higher and won't need to have as much taken out. I sectioned the downtube, put a piece of 4130 round tube inside the airfoil tube to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,756
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The fact the tires are about worn out is a good...

The fact the tires are about worn out is a good sign. This means the outside wear on the left tire is not significantly worse than general wear. If the tires looked pretty fresh and the outside was...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-29-2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 355
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No doubt your hangar neighbors would appreciate...

No doubt your hangar neighbors would appreciate you wearing pants when working on your RV.... :o
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-28-2018, 07:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 247
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Does the servo work properly in flight? If...

Does the servo work properly in flight? If so...just fly it. :)

Not sure what you mean by "levels one aileron".
Forum: Safety 11-20-2018, 04:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,071
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is precisely how the early RV-6's were...

That is precisely how the early RV-6's were designed...a prop rod to hold up the canopy. When the gas struts were introduced it was a case of the "latest and greatest"!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2018, 12:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,510
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Moderator note; This line of inquiry needs to be...

Moderator note;

This line of inquiry needs to be in a separate thread. Please move the RV-X tail discussion to its own thread so the discussion of this tragic accident can proceed...
Forum: RV-12 11-16-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,166
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Haven't had to dogfight...those pesky SPADS see...

Haven't had to dogfight...those pesky SPADS see the D.VII coming and turn tail and scamper for friendly territory. :D

Thanks for the kind comments and hoping you have a good resolution.
Forum: RV-12 11-16-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,166
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Prepare to be shocked when the labor estimate...

Prepare to be shocked when the labor estimate arrives for replacement/repair and paint to return your RV-12 to the condition it was prior to the damage. Again...very sorry you are having to deal with...
Forum: RV-12 11-15-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,166
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Very sorry to hear of your misfortune. This is...

Very sorry to hear of your misfortune.

This is not the time to be emotionally attached to your aircraft. If in your position, I would do everything possible to get the insurance company to total...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 523
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is where I mounted an ADS-B antenna on my...

That is where I mounted an ADS-B antenna on my RV-6. Went as far back as I could reasonable reach without inflicting permanent injury.....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-08-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,797
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Non-ethanol premium 90% of the time, the...

Non-ethanol premium 90% of the time, the remainder is 100LL.

Once again, I'm only relating my experiences, not trying to encourage a particular hose replacement protocol and certainly not being...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2018, 04:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 845
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A close look at Mickey's info in his first post...

A close look at Mickey's info in his first post will show he lives in Switzerland and needs to transport his plane 350 miles. Unfortunately he doesn't have the options we have in the USA.

Best...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-06-2018, 04:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,797
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Tom, I'm not suggesting anyone delay replacing...

Tom, I'm not suggesting anyone delay replacing hoses. However, the stainless braided hose with rubber lining that I've used in the RV-6 since 1999 have never shown any form of failure or lack of...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,797
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I won't discourage anyone from replacing hoses at...

I won't discourage anyone from replacing hoses at reasonable intervals. But just as a datapoint, both times I have replaced/rebuilt the fuel and oil hoses on my RV-6, the stainless braided Aeroquip...
Forum: RV-4 11-05-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 754
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is another version of the Lift Reserve...

This is another version of the Lift Reserve Indicator that has been in use for nearly 30 years. It is an excellent addition to your panel and once you get used to it being in your primary scan you...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-02-2018, 04:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 15,000
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I tried three USB ports from various sources to...

I tried three USB ports from various sources to power the Stratux ADS-B receiver and they were all noisy. On a lark while at Walmart I picked up a $5 adapter at the checkout as Kyle described and it...
Forum: ADS-B 11-02-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,511
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Or a brand new Stratus ESG transponder that...

Or a brand new Stratus ESG transponder that includes the WAAS GPS and the ability to fly in any airspace.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-31-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 15,000
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Some of the inexpensive USB ports can definitely...

Some of the inexpensive USB ports can definitely introduce EMI which will interfere with radio ops. It is difficult to determine in advance with devices work well other than relying on good pireps...
Forum: RV-10 10-29-2018, 10:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 521
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You can drill another set of holes in the nuts.

You can drill another set of holes in the nuts.
Forum: RV-12 10-29-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,726
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is probably a good charger......but don't...

That is probably a good charger......but don't use it for trickle charging. Leaving a trickle charger on a battery has killed a bunch of Odysseys. That is a great battery that will hold nearly a full...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-29-2018, 06:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,669
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've had carb ice in the RV-6 (O-320) under the...

I've had carb ice in the RV-6 (O-320) under the same conditions a couple of times and the standard carb heat cleared it quickly. I'm thankful I don't have to deal with it like I do with the O-200 in...
Forum: RV-12 10-25-2018, 10:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,126
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I was not as clear as I should have been. By...

I was not as clear as I should have been. By "fueling rig", I'm referring to the ones that have appeared in this thread with either electric or hand-crank pumps. The aircraft end of a grounding...
Forum: RV-12 10-25-2018, 05:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,126
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Where should the fuel rig be grounded?

The question for which I haven't seen the answer is "where should the ground wire be attached on the fueling rig?"

Does static need to be discharged at the pump or at the nozzle where gasoline...
Forum: RV-12 10-24-2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,126
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Don't fill the tank to the top...only add...

Don't fill the tank to the top...only add whatever fuel you anticipate using in three weeks....or add fuel for just the next flight. What am I missing here??
Forum: GPS 10-24-2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,543
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Depends on the application. The installation...

Depends on the application.

The installation instructions for the WAAS GPS that comes with the Stratus ESG transponder implicitly limits how short the coax can be (ten feet in some instances). It...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-24-2018, 04:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,143
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If you want your battery to die an early death,...

If you want your battery to die an early death, just keep on charging it the way you have been doing. :)

If you want the PC680 to live a long life (unless you have already mortally wounded it) keep...
Forum: RV-12 10-24-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,126
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The Fokker warbird wannabe is even more awkward...

The Fokker warbird wannabe is even more awkward to fuel than the RV-12. Here is my fuel transfer rig that uses a 12vdc Carter automotive fuel pump driven with a retired PC680...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-22-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,988
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Getting the corn popper warmed up.........

Getting the corn popper warmed up.........
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,539
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Call Stark Avionics...

Call Stark Avionics (http://www.starkavionics.com/) in Columbus, GA to see what they can ship you.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2018, 10:07 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,539
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I installed a "certified" Stratus ESG in my RV-6...

I installed a "certified" Stratus ESG in my RV-6 and recieved the $500 FAA rebate. I paid $2150 for the Stratus which put my out-of-pocket cost in the same neighborhood as the 978mhz...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-19-2018, 11:10 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,267
Posted By Sam Buchanan
One of the rod end bearings on my Rocket link...

One of the rod end bearings on my Rocket link (RV-6) broke while taxiing out of a Saturday breakfast. The steering was a bit looser but landing back home was a non-event. There was no effect on...
Forum: ADS-B 10-18-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,709
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The Stratux is just an ADS-B receiver. It is not...

The Stratux is just an ADS-B receiver. It is not necessary to have a receiver in order to comply with the 2020 mandate.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2018, 08:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 565
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Add some dish detergent to the water and apply...

Add some dish detergent to the water and apply with a towel and gentle elbow grease.

There, you did ask about grease. :)
Forum: RV-12 10-11-2018, 07:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,852
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You are correct, I typed E85 when I intended E15....

You are correct, I typed E85 when I intended E15. Thank you for the correction, my post has been amended.

I think the main point of my post is still valid, E10 is not going away. The announcement...
Forum: RV-12 10-11-2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,852
Posted By Sam Buchanan
As I understood the announcement, E-15 is not...

As I understood the announcement, E-15 is not mandatory or replacing E-10, it will just be available nationwide. There are a lot of vehicles on the road that were not designed for E-15.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-08-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,125
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The service letter is in regard to nose wheel...

The service letter is in regard to nose wheel tires. This thread is about tire pressure on the taildragger RVs.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-07-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,125
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I can understand why Desser would recommend max...

I can understand why Desser would recommend max pressure in their tires, I suspect they want to make sure the tire can support the maximum rated load. However, our RVs are considerably lower weight...
Forum: Southeast 10-05-2018, 10:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 448
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Frank, Tim is who I was referring to in my...

Frank, Tim is who I was referring to in my earlier post--glad he still has the slot open. He bases his RV-6A in his beautiful hangar on a lightly used airport near Huntsville. I hope it works out for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2018, 06:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 973
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The O-320-H2AD engine will depress the price...

The O-320-H2AD engine will depress the price somewhat due to its reputation (whether deserved or not). You can Goggle it or search the VAF archives for background info.
Forum: Southeast 10-01-2018, 10:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 448
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Frank, I know someone at Hazelgreen (M38) that...

Frank, I know someone at Hazelgreen (M38) that might have a slot for you. I'll see if I can get in touch with him via the TVRVBG email list.
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-01-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 684
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is how we did it back in the olden...

This is how we did it back in the olden days:

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/finsh157.jpg

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/finsh158.jpg

Use floral foam and some plywood finished with...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-30-2018, 04:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,429
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I found a socket that works with Tempest plugs at...

I found a socket that works with Tempest plugs at one of the local auto stores, would have been either Autozone or Advance Auto, can't recall which. Or it may have been a Kobalt socket from Lowes. As...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,555
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Shut down with mag switches instead of mixture?

Because my Fokker D.VII wannabe doesn't have a mixture control, every shutdown is a check of the mag toggle switches/p-leads. I've wondered why I don't shut down the O-320 in the RV-6 the same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2018, 08:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 842
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Whew....I got tired just reading that...... I...

Whew....I got tired just reading that......

I make one pass down the edge with the 2" ScotchBrite wheel and call it good. I've had no stress cracks on my RV-6 during the past 19 years of flight.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-24-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,267
Posted By Sam Buchanan
And British motorcycles!

And British motorcycles!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,856
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Just make a couple of turns around the dipstick...

Just make a couple of turns around the dipstick with a plumber's tubing cutter to lightly scribe marks on the dipstick.
Forum: RV-12 09-19-2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,437
Posted By Sam Buchanan
still want to jump??

Someone posted that they are looking forward to flying with their 5-year-old son.........
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-19-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 565
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Calibration is only necessary for the...

Calibration is only necessary for the traildraggers. You have a -7A so you should be able to rely on the current dipstick marks. However, be sure you have a mark for 6-qts because you will probably...
Forum: ADS-B 09-19-2018, 11:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,988
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Mike, I've never encountered any problems with...

Mike, I've never encountered any problems with turning on or shutting down my Stratux via a power switch. It is my understanding recent versions of the software use the card as read-only so it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2018, 12:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,196
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If your RV can be controlled enough to slow it...

If your RV can be controlled enough to slow it down, then roll it on command to facilitate an easy exit, why would you want to jump out instead of flying it to a survivable landing?

A fire is the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,196
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A thought exercise....shoot a canopy and frame at...

A thought exercise....shoot a canopy and frame at the tail of your airplane with a velocity of 150+ mph and see if any catastrophic damage occurs..... ;)

But, maybe the canopy wouldn't hit the...
Forum: Safety 09-16-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,487
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I hate it when lint comes from the screens..........

I hate it when lint comes from the screens....... :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 12:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,196
Posted By Sam Buchanan
canopy jettison

Purely speculation...but I can't envision a likely scenario where serious damage to occupants and aircraft tail doesn't occur when a tip-up canopy is jettisoned....damage might be limited to the tail...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-14-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,267
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I received one of the early units from Terry for...

I received one of the early units from Terry for evaluation and it is still flying on my RV-6.



And that pretty much sums up this entire discussion. :)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-12-2018, 10:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 894
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Works fine for the poly tubing if it is the same...

Works fine for the poly tubing if it is the same OD as the aluminum. Make your rubber splice hose about 3" long. After pushing everything together you won't be able to pull it apart. :)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-12-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 894
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It is probably 1/4" tubing. A solution that has...

It is probably 1/4" tubing. A solution that has worked for a couple of decades in my RV-6 is joining the two tubes together with a piece of 1/4" rubber hose. This is very low tech but works nicely....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,019
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The very early RV-6's used a prop rod instead of...

The very early RV-6's used a prop rod instead of struts. You could remove the struts and resort to a prop rod.



A length of 3/8" fuel hose slit to allow it to be slipped over the strut rod...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 938
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Jeff, that makes me feel old......... :)

Jeff, that makes me feel old......... :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-07-2018, 11:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,125
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The tail draggers often run less pressure than...

The tail draggers often run less pressure than the nose wheel RVs in order to manage gear shimmy. I ran 28 in my RV-6 tires for many years but now start at 35 and add air when they get down to about...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-07-2018, 08:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,110
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Don't unscrew the spring, just use your thumb to...

Don't unscrew the spring, just use your thumb to push the spring "tab" out of the way so the set can be pulled out of the gun and the new set inserted.
Forum: Safety 09-04-2018, 04:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,169
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I think a better summary would be "There have...

I think a better summary would be "There have been X number of crashes due to pilots not continuing to fly their RV after a canopy has opened".

Open canopies don't create an unflyable RV.
Forum: Safety 09-04-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,169
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This topic has been discussed in depth many times...

This topic has been discussed in depth many times over the years. The archives contain all these threads....the search engine (http://vansairforce.com/community/search.php) is your friend. ...
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