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Forum: RV-9/9A 12-12-2019, 09:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,935
Posted By Dugaru
My experience

Whether you fit is going to depend somewhat on your body geometry -- seated height, etc. So I think you'll want to try one on. You're welcome to try mine if you're in the area sometime (W96).

I flew...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-06-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 354
Posted By Dugaru
Thanks, PM sent

Thanks, PM sent
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-06-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 354
Posted By Dugaru
Holiday bills are coming

Price dropped to $400.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-04-2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 354
Posted By Dugaru
FS: GRT Horizon WS and magnetometer

GRT Horizon WS EFIS and GRT analog magnetometer. $400 including shipping within the lower 48.

Removed in working condition as part of an upgrade to a Horizon EX and GRT's newer digital...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2019, 09:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,644
Posted By Dugaru
-9A in crosswinds

I think this is right. The -9A seems a lot like my old Warrior when it comes to handling crosswinds. A bit more susceptible to gusts due to the light weight.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-02-2019, 09:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 376
Posted By Dugaru
I don't think you're wrong

The GI-106 is priced for certified aircraft, essentially. The experimental version of the G5 is a freaking steal by comparison.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,644
Posted By Dugaru
Let's just put it out there

I'm biased, but.... the -9 is his masterpiece.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 962
Posted By Dugaru
Congratulations!

Love the paint scheme.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2019, 07:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 628
Posted By Dugaru
Indeed

In part because the price usually goes way down!!! Baja Squadron Pro lights, scuba shop filling my O2 tank..... :)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-21-2019, 11:40 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,757
Posted By Dugaru
GRT and Garmin

I bought a 2007 RV-9A with a GRT Horizon WS, the old AHRS, the old analog magnetometer, and an EIS 4000. IFR gear was a 430W.

I added a Garmin G5 as a backup attitude indicator, and to drive a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2019, 10:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By Dugaru
Gotta quibble with your geography there....

Cape Charles and the "Delaware Peninsula at the Southern end" are better known as....

Virginia. :)

The peninsula is generally known as the "Delmarva" peninsula because it includes portions of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2019, 09:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By Dugaru
Good point

This can be a real problem going to Teterboro, for example. They tend to put the pistons down low and drag them all over suburban NJ while the bizjets flash overhead. if there are nasty icy clouds...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,662
Posted By Dugaru
We shall see...

There are a TON of 430s out there, and they still reliably provide the coveted /g status, en route and approach, for IFR flight. Meanwhile, the Flightstream interface is now available, giving them at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2019, 04:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,331
Posted By Dugaru
Indeed

Yup. My lawyerly take is that any time you and ATC are on the radio discussing anything that occurred in the past, nothing good is happening for you. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2019, 04:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By Dugaru
NE IFR

For many years I have done a lot of flying between Richmond VA and Allentown PA, so I know the "east of DC" portion of your route pretty well. You'll definitely get airways for most of that route,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2019, 04:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,331
Posted By Dugaru
According to the AIM

What you described is very common practice and it seems odd that it drew a rebuke.

Here's what the AIM says. In my case, I would think that "RV Niner Two Niner Juliet Alpha Experimental" is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-19-2019, 08:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 543
Posted By Dugaru
Thanks to all

I really appreciate the info. My working theory is that, unrelated to my degrading connector, I may be getting just a hint of water behind the panel. Flew through some rain lately. In any event, I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-18-2019, 09:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 543
Posted By Dugaru
Crumbling backshell

Electrical gurus:

I noticed a little gray fleck of plastic on the floor of my RV-9A. Investigated and discovered the backshell of one of the d-sub connectors on my EIS 4000 was crumbling at the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2019, 03:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,517
Posted By Dugaru
Same here

I fly in some busy airspace so i figured why not leave the lights on -- the airliners do! At least at the altitudes I fly.

Along those same lines, I need to get a flasher. There's already a switch...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-14-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,144
Posted By Dugaru
Hah! I'm a horrible influence!!

Nothing more fun than ruining pilots for other airplanes. :) Nice meeting you!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2019, 09:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,517
Posted By Dugaru
+1 on Squadron Pros

My home airport, W96, is pretty much of a black hole at night -- and I have also had the nose drop on landing to reveal several pairs of deer eyes on the runway. (It turns out that if you lock up...
Forum: RV-14 11-06-2019, 02:17 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 77,392
Posted By Dugaru
Nice looking RV!

My -9A has a very similar scheme, although it's not nearly as shiny and clean. :)

You were wise not to get the stripes/scheme duplicated on the wheel pants. Solid white looks great and is much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 677
Posted By Dugaru
Totally awesome

You are going to love flying the -9A. It is an absolutely delightful aircraft, I still can't get over how much I like mine. Can't wait to hear more about your adventures and impressions.

It took me...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2019, 09:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,741
Posted By Dugaru
New Kent (W96) Roar and Soar

I helped park planes at the annual New Kent International Aerodrome (W96) "Roar and Soar" car and airplane extravaganza. There was no airshow, but Laser pilot Mark Buow shot some video of his...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,662
Posted By Dugaru
+1

I've got a 430W and switched to Garmin a year or so ago. Garmin was definitely cheaper. And although it's hardly a triumph of user-friendliness, the Garmin download software & procedure was better...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 355
Posted By Dugaru
Too bad!

One of my favorite airplanes ever.

I'm wondering if I've met you there and chatted you up previously--seems like I always find a reason to talk to a 195 owner. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 355
Posted By Dugaru
You're both invited....

...to the nearby New Kent (W96) Roar & Soar fly-in tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. :)
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-24-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 512
Posted By Dugaru
The weather is looking good!!

Looking very flyable at this point.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,772
Posted By Dugaru
True

My 1979 Warrior had a huge mess of wire that wasn't even connected to anything, anywhere -- it was just hanging out back there like a bird's nest.

I also discovered that my alternator had been wired...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,493
Posted By Dugaru
Talking I don't doubt that "flying naked" happens but...

...here in Virginia it would be illegal. You can't fly a Virginia aircraft without a license from the state. That costs only $5 (!) and you get a nice sticker. It sounds like a bargain, but to get...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-16-2019, 09:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,936
Posted By Dugaru
Speeds

Take the following for what it's worth, because I'm not an instructor :)



Yes it takes a bit of practice to be able to lower the nosewheel gently. Make sure your seat cushion isn't interfering with...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-15-2019, 04:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 512
Posted By Dugaru
Richmond (New Kent) VA - W96 - Roar and Soar

The second annual Roar and Soar is taking place at beautiful New Kent International Aerodrome (W96) on Saturday 10/26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Sunday 10/27 is the rain date). Everyone is...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-15-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,936
Posted By Dugaru
That's really good advice

+1 on the slow pattern w/ flaps.

One of the many sterling qualities of the -9 is that it is absolutely delightful to fly at 65-75kts with the flaps down. In that configuration it has especially...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-15-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,144
Posted By Dugaru
I'm close

I fly an RV-9A out of W96 (just east of Richmond, VA) and would be happy to give you a ride sometime. The last four digits of my work number are 8355, the first three are 788, and the area code =...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 09:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,101
Posted By Dugaru
MSFS 2020

This is consistent with a Youtube video I watched that featured one of the developers. Apparently the quality of what you're seeing will scale depending upon the quality of your internet connection,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,101
Posted By Dugaru
Obviously a lot of sim-knowledgeable folks here...

...so I can't resist asking: what would be a good hardware/software setup if i want to practice instrument procedures with a (simulated) Garmin 430W?

I'm not overly concerned about the realism of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,673
Posted By Dugaru
WV this weekend

Flew to Lewisburg, WV to hang out with some old friends. Terrific times. And much better than driving!!!

My buddy from TX arrived in his TBM. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,355
Posted By Dugaru
That makes sense to me

This may be an underappreciated difference between RVs and traditional trainer/budget GA aircraft.

After transitioning from a Warrior to a -9A, it dawned on me that although the -9A is (like the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2019, 08:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,134
Posted By Dugaru
Another great RV weekend

Visited family in Allentown PA. Three hours of easy flying vs. 12 (or more....) hours on the highway. Glorious.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2019, 08:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 876
Posted By Dugaru
+1 Mountain High

I use the Mountain High O2D2 with one of their smaller cylinders. Easy to operate and even the smaller tank lasts forever.

I get mine filled at the scuba shop for something like $15. I should...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-24-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 962
Posted By Dugaru
Wing tip / aileron mismatch

Both of mine are mismatched a bit. I can confirm that leaving it as is has no apparent effect on flight characteristics. :)
Forum: Autopilots 09-17-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,129
Posted By Dugaru
That's interesting

This response suggests they know the problematic serial number range, which would be very useful to know. Given that there's been no recall (that I'm aware of), presumably some of the bad ones are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2019, 09:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 891
Posted By Dugaru
Great idea

My Ace Copilot has been asking about headrests, because she loves snoozing in the plane. Have to keep her happy. This looks like a great mod.

Love that paint scheme by the way!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,805
Posted By Dugaru
Same here

This seems to be an example of precisely the sort of insurance industry ticky-tack shenanigans that I thought were largely overblown hearsay....

Having never been wrong before, this entire...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,755
Posted By Dugaru
Very cool!!!

Really enjoyed watching that and "looking around."

The video technology available in the consumer market these days is just amazing.
Forum: Autopilots 09-16-2019, 04:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,129
Posted By Dugaru
Servo failures

How do you know? What was the serial number?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2019, 02:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,755
Posted By Dugaru
Great question!!!

I flew my son Dan to visit his grandmother.

I started out in Richmond, VA. Dan was in Allentown, PA, and his grandmother was in Virginia Beach, VA.

Sounds like a job for an RV!

This weekend...
Forum: Autopilots 09-14-2019, 10:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,129
Posted By Dugaru
Servo failure

I had both GSA 28 servos fail, one after the other. I was never warned, before installation, that there had already been a "rash of failures" of the servos (that's an actual quote from a Garmin...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 03:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,924
Posted By Dugaru
One idea

Give the flap motor a good strong whiff, with your nose right up on it.

Does it smell like your smoky cockpit did?

I think the motor can get a little burned inside but still operate. This...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2019, 01:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,790
Posted By Dugaru
Also my practice

This is exactly how I handle my -9A. I generally taxi with the stick full back, also.

Did the same thing in my Warrior II, with its considerably beefier nosegear.

One advantage to this - if you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 682
Posted By Dugaru
W95

+1 on Ocracoke and the Castle B&B. We really enjoyed a weekend there. Right now Ocracoke appears to be largely underwater; I expect that it will be while before the airport is back up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,755
Posted By Dugaru
My take

His fault.

A prospective buyer should and must assume that an item remains for sale unless and until that prospective buyer locks it up somehow (usually by paying something for a time-limited...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 04:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,805
Posted By Dugaru
Very educational

Got it. Definitely "aggressive" for the insurance company to deny coverage in those circumstances. A really useful real-world data point, there.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 04:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,805
Posted By Dugaru
LLC

Yeah, holding a number of other issues to the side, as a practical matter I don't think many sellers would agree to that. :)



True. And of course the LLC doesn't provide any protection to a pilot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 02:40 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 10,402
Posted By Dugaru
Airline navigation

This is really interesting.

The more I fly little planes, the more I realize how little I actually know about bigger planes. And I used to be an expert. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 02:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,805
Posted By Dugaru
Using an LLC

Not sure how that would work, but I'm all ears.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,805
Posted By Dugaru
Seller liability

Maybe somebody offers insurance to sellers of homebuilt aircraft, but I'm not familiar with it.

And if there's no insurance available, I don't see how a seller of a homebuilt aircraft can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 02:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,805
Posted By Dugaru
In that case, you definitely "win"

That is a genuine denial of coverage for a BS violation of the FARs, I'd say.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,805
Posted By Dugaru
Technically I think this goes in my column...

...since they only harrumphed, and ultimately paid. Admittedly, I have lower expectations for insurance companies than most, so I take the harrumphing as something of a given. :)

Glad this worked...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 12:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,805
Posted By Dugaru
Indemnification etc.

After engaging in a number of aircraft transactions over the years, I'd say that release & indemnification clauses seem to be pretty common in aircraft sales agreements, for both certified and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2019, 02:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,013
Posted By Dugaru
Agree completely

I used a G5 at night, powered by its backup battery, to get home when the rest of my panel croaked -- and I can report very high satisfaction with the gadget.

I feel like a genius for having it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 10,402
Posted By Dugaru
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