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Forum: Trip Write-ups Today, 06:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 896
Posted By snopercod
Great report. The photos look fine to me.

Great report. The photos look fine to me.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 11:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,370
Posted By snopercod
I think that makes a lot of sense and the same...

I think that makes a lot of sense and the same applies for crimped connections. Yesterday I tried to make a crimped connection in a very difficult place: It was dark, access was limited, and I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 07:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,370
Posted By snopercod
When I was an instrument tech in a nuke plant, we...

When I was an instrument tech in a nuke plant, we used the good stuff: Ethyl Alcohol.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-23-2020, 04:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 765
Posted By snopercod
Pro Tip: When re-assembling the upper and lower...

Pro Tip: When re-assembling the upper and lower housing with those tiny little 2-56 (?) screws, if you get the upper screws (the long ones) too tight, the upper switch will jam. Getting them fully...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-23-2020, 04:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,370
Posted By snopercod
I hear you, but on my plane there are numerous...

I hear you, but on my plane there are numerous places that must be soldered. The G205 stick grip switches, the parallel altitude encoder wires, the MS25041 PRESS-TO-TEST INDICATOR lights.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-23-2020, 09:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,370
Posted By snopercod
What Kind of Solder Should We Be Using?

I recently had occasion to partially rewire my G205 Stick Grip due to broken wires (see this thread (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=179689)). When I went to purchase some...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-23-2020, 07:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 765
Posted By snopercod
Edit: My mistake. The wires that come with the...

Edit: My mistake. The wires that come with the G205 are 26 GA.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-21-2020, 06:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 765
Posted By snopercod
Yes, they're 24 GA Tefzel. In MY opinion, it...

Yes, they're 24 GA Tefzel. In MY opinion, it would be impossible to use larger wire to the lack of space. Sorry this is out of focus. You can see where my soldering iron melted a couple places on the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-19-2020, 07:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 765
Posted By snopercod
My G205 is apart right now. The PTT switch was...

My G205 is apart right now. The PTT switch was getting flaky - the resistance would change from 0.4 ohms to several ohms depending on how hard I pressed the switch. I called tech support and they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2020, 04:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,575
Posted By snopercod
On my first flight, my IAS was reading 10 Kts low...

On my first flight, my IAS was reading 10 Kts low as well. I floated 4,000' down the runway before touching down on my first landing LOL! My solution was to build a little "dam" in front of each...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2020, 04:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,575
Posted By snopercod
Wouldn't his recent pitot/static certification...

Wouldn't his recent pitot/static certification have caught that? Every time I've had that done they did a pressure decay test on the static system.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-17-2020, 06:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,488
Posted By snopercod
I guess I'm anal because I check my tire pressure...

I guess I'm anal because I check my tire pressure at least once per month.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-12-2020, 10:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 224
Posted By snopercod
I have two wires from each pin on my encoder: One...

I have two wires from each pin on my encoder: One to my GTX-327 and a second to my Davtron 5-in-1 gauge. It's a lot easier to feed your GTX-327 with a serial cable, though, if you have a source of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,194
Posted By snopercod
I carry a spare tube and have started carrying a...

I carry a spare tube and have started carrying a CO2 bicycle tire inflator. I bought a 3 lb. aluminum Audi jack but haven't gotten it configured yet.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-11-2020, 07:17 AM
Replies: 397
Views: 388,424
Posted By snopercod
I really like that paint scheme. Good job!

I really like that paint scheme. Good job!
Forum: ADS-B 02-06-2020, 06:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 762
Posted By snopercod
No. Do NOT power up the transponder without an...

No. Do NOT power up the transponder without an antenna. You can damage it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,250
Posted By snopercod
Just a little history from a different airframe...

Just a little history from a different airframe which might (or might not) be useful. The original 1984 Lancair 200 sported a Continental O-200 engine which, I have been told, didn't have a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-06-2020, 04:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 928
Posted By snopercod
Back in the "olden days" when I built my Lancair...

Back in the "olden days" when I built my Lancair kit. I used "rotary scissors" to trim the parts. That worked great, but I don't think you can buy them any more. These days I use a Structered Carbide...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2020, 07:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,250
Posted By snopercod
If I'm not mistaken, the RV-12 fuel tank is back...

If I'm not mistaken, the RV-12 fuel tank is back in the baggage compartment. At a high pitch angle, doesn't that place it below the level of the carburetor? If not gravity, what pumps the fuel up to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-27-2020, 07:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,321
Posted By snopercod
I got the oil analysis back. No significant...

I got the oil analysis back. No significant changes other than "Silicon" was down.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2020, 07:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,239
Posted By snopercod
Boxes? My kit came in one...

Boxes? My kit came in one box:

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/911/RitnZs.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,243
Posted By snopercod
Real men build their own airplanes.

Real men build their own airplanes.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2020, 04:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,588
Posted By snopercod
I actually wasn't kidding. Take a look at my...

I actually wasn't kidding. Take a look at my canopy. Even if I busted out a big hole, I don't think I could fit my large body through it. I would have to saw out a section of the fuselage side. Yeah,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2020, 04:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 728
Posted By snopercod
I'm not familiar with your particular task, but...

I'm not familiar with your particular task, but I've used a lot of peel ply. I have to believe you need peel ply tapes, which come in various widths. I mostly used 1", but sometimes 2", 3" or,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-26-2020, 04:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,304
Posted By snopercod
To elaborate on my previous statement that too...

To elaborate on my previous statement that too rich can cause backfiring, I have evidence. This video was taken at an airport with a 8,000' density altitude, after leaning for max RPM during the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-26-2020, 01:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,304
Posted By snopercod
Idle mixture adjust depends upon outside air...

Idle mixture adjust depends upon outside air temperature, and altitude. This Aviation Consumer article doesn't discuss altitude but otherwise has good information: Carburetor Idle Issues: Check the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-26-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 614
Posted By snopercod
That looks like a great drill, but at $490 I'll...

That looks like a great drill, but at $490 I'll have to pass.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-26-2020, 12:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,304
Posted By snopercod
Not so fast there, my friend. Have someone look...

Not so fast there, my friend. Have someone look at your exhaust while the engine is backfiring. If there's black smoke coming out of the stacks, your mixture is too rich. Or, you can just try leaning...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,091
Posted By snopercod
My Lancair has oddball tire sizes so I carry a...

My Lancair has oddball tire sizes so I carry a spare tube with me when I fly. I know Lancair pilots who carry an entire wheel as a spare! Personally, I'm not that anal.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-25-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,588
Posted By snopercod
One of these would work, I think: 12-Volt MAX CXT...

One of these would work, I think: 12-Volt MAX CXT Lithium-Ion 3-3/8 in. Cordless Circular Saw...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-25-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,321
Posted By snopercod
I'll find out. I drained one quart then took a...

I'll find out. I drained one quart then took a sample and sent it off for analysis. I've been sending samples to the same lab for five years so I have a good history for comparison.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-25-2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,321
Posted By snopercod
Success!

I changed the oil today just using the heat from the oil pan heater. I decided not to run up the engine because I wanted to see how it would go with just the oil pan heater. It worked fine and the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-24-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,321
Posted By snopercod
Thanks, Amir...and for Glenn, yes I could ground...

Thanks, Amir...and for Glenn, yes I could ground run. Maybe I'll do that.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-24-2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,321
Posted By snopercod
Question Oil Change Question - Oil Pan Heater OK for Preheat?

I need to change the oil in my plane and the weather has been too poor to fly like I normally would to warm up the engine. Is there any reason I can't just leave my oil pan heater on for 24 hours...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-22-2020, 07:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 937
Posted By snopercod
On my #2 cylinder, it was too tight to get a...

On my #2 cylinder, it was too tight to get a socket wrench on the "approved" nuts. So I'm flying with 12 pt. nuts from Summit "Aviation". I used Nickel anti-seize on the threads. No problem getting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2020, 04:33 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,449
Posted By snopercod
This is EXACTLY the kind of situation where the...

This is EXACTLY the kind of situation where the AoA will save your bacon. You did good..
Forum: Propellers 01-19-2020, 06:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 814
Posted By snopercod
I paid $250. I think it helped but you have to...

I paid $250. I think it helped but you have to realize that it's only balanced at one RPM - mine was 2300, IIRC. At other rpms, you still get some vibration.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 666
Posted By snopercod
Skybolt...

Skybolt (http://skybolt.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/AN-MS-NAS-Hardware-2017.pdf) has an excellent catalog. I used to have a hard copy but I don't know if they offer them any more.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-18-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,376
Posted By snopercod
The GoPro 8 stabilization is awesome! Sadly, it...

The GoPro 8 stabilization is awesome! Sadly, it doesn't have a built-in GPS. Also, I don't think prop filters are available for the 8. Am I wrong?
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-17-2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,543
Posted By snopercod
I moved my Stratus 2 from the glareshield to the...

I moved my Stratus 2 from the glareshield to the baggage compartment due to HEAT. The sun would shine on it and it would shut down from overtemp.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-15-2020, 05:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,308
Posted By snopercod
Ah-so. That knob wasn't shown in the photos at...

Ah-so. That knob wasn't shown in the photos at the top of the thread. Thanks. The touchscreen is kinda' nice (except in turbulence).
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-15-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,308
Posted By snopercod
My $1575 Dynon D-6 seems to do everything that...

My $1575 Dynon D-6 seems to do everything that the $4,000 GI 275 does. What I don't see are any buttons to set the baro pressure, etc.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2020, 03:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,162
Posted By snopercod
I'm a big fan of Zolatone. It's very durable. My...

I'm a big fan of Zolatone. It's very durable. My "Apollo Gray" is not "busy" at all. It IS, however, a pain to spray. You have to spray it twice: One to do the background and again to do the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-12-2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 44,015
Posted By snopercod
After the monster storm passed last night, it was...

After the monster storm passed last night, it was actually sunny and (mostly) smooth this morning so Owen and flew down to GMU again for lunch. We were joined by a beautiful 1947 Navion. Darwin...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 830
Posted By snopercod
Being fiberglass, you can heat it and lock it in...

Being fiberglass, you can heat it and lock it in place with clamps or something. It will take a permanent set when the clamps are removed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 455
Posted By snopercod
I replaced all the hinge pins on my Lancair with...

I replaced all the hinge pins on my Lancair with 3/32" SS welding rods from a welding supply house. They're .093 diameter 321 Stainless alloy and offer a tighter fit. If you want the standard pins,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-07-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 48,925
Posted By snopercod
Summit Racing 12 pt. nuts

Steve-- I commend you for taking the time to test these nuts. Just to muddy the waters, on my exhaust flanges I used these ARP 12-Point Nuts 301-8343 (https://www.summitracing.com/parts/ARP-301-8343)...
Forum: Safety 01-07-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,435
Posted By snopercod
I had the same concern so installed a cheap...

I had the same concern so installed a cheap digital meat thermometer with the probe sticking through the firewall just below the oil cooler. I also installed a 3/8" bulkhead fitting on the right side...
Forum: RV-14 01-06-2020, 08:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,612
Posted By snopercod
I installed a Uniden Trucker's Speaker...

I installed a Uniden Trucker's Speaker (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009PIRQ6E/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1) behind the rollover on the passenger side, facing me. I can reach...
Forum: Florida (South) 01-05-2020, 06:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 883
Posted By snopercod
Mucho Gusto, Javier

Mucho Gusto, Javier
Forum: RV-10 01-04-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 842
Posted By snopercod
Wait! That set doesn't have 7/8" does it? This...

Wait! That set doesn't have 7/8" does it? This one is cheaper, and has 7/8"...
Forum: RV-10 01-04-2020, 06:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 842
Posted By snopercod
I think a chassis punch would work. You'd still...

I think a chassis punch would work. You'd still have to drill the (3/8"?) pilot hole, though. The other option would be to start at one end with the Unibit and keep adding extensions to get to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2020, 02:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 856
Posted By snopercod
Very cool!

Very cool!
Forum: RV-10 01-02-2020, 04:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,747
Posted By snopercod
RF Interference

The problem with these things is RF interference. You don't want to trash your radios and GPS by turning on the LED strips.
Forum: RV-14 01-01-2020, 06:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,728
Posted By snopercod
Yes, Awesome!

Really nice uphill landing! It was like landing on a glacier in Alaska. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xu2fX1t_6iE
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-01-2020, 07:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,513
Posted By snopercod
I always enjoy watching RVs take off at my...

I always enjoy watching RVs take off at my airport. Man, they really climb!
Forum: Fiberglass 01-01-2020, 06:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 567
Posted By snopercod
You can slip a piece of sandpaper into the joint...

You can slip a piece of sandpaper into the joint and drag it along to remove some of the tightness. I think 80 grit would do the job.
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 12-31-2019, 07:36 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,629
Posted By snopercod
That (or a few holes) sound like a good idea to...

That (or a few holes) sound like a good idea to me. You would get some natural convection even it the plane were standing still. I got out my Heat Transfer book from engineering school and tried to...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 12-30-2019, 06:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,629
Posted By snopercod
You want me to educate you on how forced air...

You want me to educate you on how forced air cools off hot metal?
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 12-30-2019, 03:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,629
Posted By snopercod
I'm going to contact Ferrari and tell them...

I'm going to contact Ferrari and tell them they're doing it wrong:

https://qph.fs.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-1e83d2eb166a0240bac892bd0435e314-c
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 12-30-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,629
Posted By snopercod
Any you have the engineering data to back up that...

Any you have the engineering data to back up that assertion?

A member the Lancair community (aerospace engineer) has actually instrumented his brakes and recorded the hard data on brake temperatures...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 12-29-2019, 04:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,629
Posted By snopercod
Who's carried away? I've read at least two...

Who's carried away? I've read at least two threads here about brake fires on RVs and you want to dismiss it as pilot error? Whatever... On my Lancair, when I read about incidents related to the poor...
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