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Forum: RV-10 12-15-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 314
Posted By MConner
Paul, I bought a finished -10 this spring and...

Paul,
I bought a finished -10 this spring and have flown it almost 150 hours. It has no trims at all. I do need a couple of pounds of right rudder in climb and left rudder in descent, the ball will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,316
Posted By MConner
Email address sent.

Email address sent.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2018, 10:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,316
Posted By MConner
How much is enough?

I fly professionally and do regularly fly my -10 IFR. If I have an alternator failure, then I have a couple hours of main battery to get on the ground. That equates to about 300 NM plus time for an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2018, 08:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 657
Posted By MConner
Bill, my smaller Honda is working fine but I may...

Bill, my smaller Honda is working fine but I may be over taxing it so considering more amps.

Vin this is what I just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2018, 07:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 657
Posted By MConner
Great feedback Bill, ď I do replace my bearings...

Great feedback Bill,

ď I do replace my bearings and brushes every 80k-100kĒ

At 40 mph average, 80k = 2000 hours. That works out to 15-20 years at my current pace. I will be in my mid 80ís by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2018, 09:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 657
Posted By MConner
Same question, why a $500 alternator when the...

Same question, why a $500 alternator when the Honda will bolt directly to the same mount I have?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2018, 09:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 657
Posted By MConner
alternator upgrade

The builder of my RV-10 used a surplus Honda alternator. It is rated at 25 amps and now that I have installed three more radios, I want to upgrade to a 60 amp alternator.

What makes a $500 Plane...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2018, 08:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 13,885
Posted By MConner
My RV-10 draws 7-8 amps once the battery is...

My RV-10 draws 7-8 amps once the battery is replenished. I have a 25 amp Honda alternator and am very happy.

I spent the last 10 years with a Grumman Tiger that ran a Ford alternator off a 1970 F100...
Forum: RV-10 12-01-2018, 09:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,065
Posted By MConner
My G3x and 650 antennas almost touch each other...

My G3x and 650 antennas almost touch each other and work just fine. No feedback on Dynon but I donít think these passive antennas are very sensitive to other passive antennas. YMMV
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 914
Posted By MConner
Not slippery

Do not fret the handling of the -10. It is very capable and has great handling qualities. Yes it is a step above the PA series but with proper training and checkout, it is a pleasure to fly. The...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-27-2018, 10:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 626
Posted By MConner
Yes I fly IFR a lot. I practice with my G5 as it...

Yes I fly IFR a lot. I practice with my G5 as it has a 4 hour backup battery. No dedicated essential bus and one alternator. No vacuum system.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-26-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 626
Posted By MConner
Which battery?

My RV-10 starter is turning slower lately. I have a 4 year old Concorde RG 25XC battery. Battery technology is advancing at light speed and I am finding it overwhelming to make a good choice. My...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2018, 08:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 918
Posted By MConner
ACK

I just replaced my Ameriking 121.5 to the ACK 406. It was the least expensive and so far works fine. I want the added safety of being tracked by satellites.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,128
Posted By MConner
Which battery

My RV-10 has a 4 year old Concorde RG25-XC. It struggles a little to pull the motor through its first compression stroke when cold (Florida cold is 70). It also had recently begun stalling the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-19-2018, 08:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 311
Posted By MConner
WTB non WAAS GDL-82

I waited too long to buy and now Garmin will only sell the WAAS equipped -82 for $600 more. I have a 650 and donít need the WAAS antenna or receiver in the 82.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,935
Posted By MConner
I definitely want the PFD directly in front of...

I definitely want the PFD directly in front of me. The rest is personal preference but the steam guages are just there for back up. I like #3.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 445
Posted By MConner
Wiring diagram needed

I have a GMC 305 autopilot controller and am trying to get it hooked in with my Non-Touch G3. Anyone have a link to the installation diagrams?
Forum: RV-10 11-15-2018, 07:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,024
Posted By MConner
Inside antenna

I have three GPS antennas and an XM antenna, all on my glareshield, and they work flawlessly. I think inches of seleration is plenty for good reception. YMMV
Forum: RV-10 11-15-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,338
Posted By MConner
I have 600x6 on my -10 and they work great on our...

I have 600x6 on my -10 and they work great on our grass field. And yes they fit.
Forum: RV-10 11-15-2018, 06:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,338
Posted By MConner
I fly off grass and love my bigger tires.

I fly off grass and love my bigger tires.
Forum: RV-10 11-09-2018, 06:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,656
Posted By MConner
And a a 50 year old airframe with retracts and an...

And a a 50 year old airframe with retracts and an FAA strait jacket on changes to avionics and airframes? Not even apples and oranges.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 529
Posted By MConner
My plane had a single leading edge light. I too...

My plane had a single leading edge light. I too would like to have only had wingtip landing lights and I plan to add a second light in the opposite tip.

I would not have cut the skin if I was...
Forum: RV-10 11-08-2018, 08:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,165
Posted By MConner
Jerry, I have spent my career operating aircraft...

Jerry,
I have spent my career operating aircraft they have doors I cannot see. They need a light to tell me if they are not closed. With a door that is two feet from you, I fail to see the value of...
Forum: RV-10 11-06-2018, 05:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,656
Posted By MConner
A year ago I looked long and hard at the Comanche...

A year ago I looked long and hard at the Comanche 260 and the TwinCo vs the -10. While the Piperís is performance was impressive, there is half a century difference. Especially in the avionics.

The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,665
Posted By MConner
I have owned a couple of aircraft in a...

I have owned a couple of aircraft in a co-ownership setup. It worked out fine. I feel the most important issue to have in writing is how to get out. Being trapped when you want out is bad.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2018, 06:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,113
Posted By MConner
Welcome aboard Rich. The generosity of the RV...

Welcome aboard Rich.
The generosity of the RV family has been one of the best parts of owning one. I had a similar experience when searching for the right plane for me. I love sharing my plane and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 15,559
Posted By MConner
To get max range, depleting a tank(s) completely...

To get max range, depleting a tank(s) completely has been common for decades.

It cannot be good for a motor to go from cruise power to off to cruise power again. I prefer to switch with a couple...
Forum: RV-10 10-30-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By MConner
Mel, I am sure but now I am aware that the...

Mel,
I am sure but now I am aware that the starting position of the nut defines the hole that may or may not line up. There is a hole in each flat of the nut.

Is there any reason to have the hole...
Forum: RV-10 10-30-2018, 07:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By MConner
Exactly, it is not likely that 10 year old...

Exactly, it is not likely that 10 year old bearings and new bearings will match the same hole due to differing depth . In conventional castle nuts there is no limitation to an exact hole alignment...
Forum: RV-10 10-29-2018, 09:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By MConner
Main wheel nuts

New owner, just installed new main wheel bearings.
Having trouble lining up the large aluminum nut with the cotter key hole in the axle. It seems to be too tight on one gear and too lose on the...
Forum: RV-10 10-23-2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,845
Posted By MConner
I run a carbeurated O-540 (250 hp) and see about...

I run a carbeurated O-540 (250 hp) and see about the same numbers as the OP. I add another 1/2 gph and cruise at 160 knots at 10.5 gph. Our claim to fame is the low drag airframe. I can still get...
Forum: RV-10 10-13-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 749
Posted By MConner
Mine are below the panel high on each side. Keeps...

Mine are below the panel high on each side. Keeps them out of the sun.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,613
Posted By MConner
Guess I am going with the GDL 82, there goes my...

Guess I am going with the GDL 82, there goes my flights above FL 180.

For $500 I will gimp my RV-10 and stay out of the flight levels.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2018, 07:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 431
Posted By MConner
Hurricane Michael

My neighbor was returning on his boat from a summer long cruise to Tennessee. He ran short on luck when Hurricane Michael ran him down in Panama City, FL. He wisely bailed out after putting her in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2018, 10:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,110
Posted By MConner
Ken I like your idea, let me know what options...

Ken
I like your idea, let me know what options you find.
Forum: RV-10 10-03-2018, 07:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,355
Posted By MConner
Bob, Will they fit the same place as the plastic...

Bob,
Will they fit the same place as the plastic ones without any surgery?
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2018, 09:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,355
Posted By MConner
I have a Vans panel and the vents are very loud....

I have a Vans panel and the vents are very loud. I can close them a little and they are fine but with Lightspeed ANR headsets I can still hear the vents screeching at me when wide open in flight.

As...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,656
Posted By MConner
A mag grounding Check is imperative. There was a...

A mag grounding Check is imperative. There was a recent fatality from a hot mag in a 182. I have found a broken P-lead twice in the past decade by doing a grounding check. I do it at shutdown,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2018, 10:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,656
Posted By MConner
If I owned a 40 year old multi thousand hour...

If I owned a 40 year old multi thousand hour plane then I would worry about a worn out key switch. My plane that will serve me the remainder of my flying career without needing an engine overhaul so...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,248
Posted By MConner
I have a LoPresti Boom Beam HID. It is very...

I have a LoPresti Boom Beam HID. It is very bright albeit not inexpensive.
Forum: RV-10 09-26-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,105
Posted By MConner
I did not build my -10 but there have been flying...

I did not build my -10 but there have been flying Learjets for decades. In years past there have been jets lost due to chafing of the un-fused battery wiring. There is now a requirement to check...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2018, 10:42 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,230
Posted By MConner
The AIM and ACís are not regulations. They are...

The AIM and ACís are not regulations. They are guidance only and the only time you are likely to be second guessed might be after an accident or incident where there was some connection to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 686
Posted By MConner
Preservation oil

https://generalaviationnews.com/2017/04/16/preservative-oil/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2018, 10:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,367
Posted By MConner
The Garmin party line is not supported in...

The Garmin party line is not supported in practice. I have three GPS antennas on my glareshield that work perfectly. I am moving my XM antenna there too. I maintain that this is why we do not have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2018, 10:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,367
Posted By MConner
The antennas CAN be painted with some paints, I...

The antennas CAN be painted with some paints, I have my 650 antenna on the glareshield and painted black. It works fine.
Forum: Safety 09-15-2018, 08:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,549
Posted By MConner
Avionics failure in IMC

Ok so here I go exposing myself to the flame thrower to hopefully help someone else avoid my SNAFU.

I departed In my -10 at night on a stormy, night IFR flight plan for a 50 minute hop home after...
Forum: RV-10 09-15-2018, 08:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,044
Posted By MConner
Carl, I added planearounds cam mostly to avoid...

Carl,
I added planearounds cam mostly to avoid the flex in the doors at higher speeds. It is still possible to bow the doors enough to have the aft pin outside of the door block but it requires a...
Forum: RV-10 09-15-2018, 07:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,095
Posted By MConner
I have flown all three, the Callair has the best...

I have flown all three, the Callair has the best wing, the bird dog is fun to fly but comes in a distant third behind the Pawnee.
Forum: RV-10 09-15-2018, 10:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,095
Posted By MConner
I have been a towpilot for 40 years. Even if it...

I have been a towpilot for 40 years. Even if it was legal, my -10 would require significant modification to the cowling to keep the engine cooled enough. This mod would then cause significant drag...
Forum: RV-10 09-15-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,044
Posted By MConner
As a corporate jet jock and RV-10 owner, I am...

As a corporate jet jock and RV-10 owner, I am used to door warning lights but I donít understand the need for a light in my -10 to indicate if a door is open or closed.

It is in sight and reach and...
Forum: RV-10 08-29-2018, 08:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,534
Posted By MConner
The cheapest option should be to but a runout and...

The cheapest option should be to but a runout and overhaul it with a pro looking over your shoulder....
Forum: RV-10 08-29-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,013
Posted By MConner
I have operated 540 Lycomings for 30years. ...

I have operated 540 Lycomings for 30years. Anything over 9 should be poured on the hangar flooor. Your motor will tell you where it wants to be. I would worry at less than 6 but think many motors...
Forum: RV-10 08-22-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,438
Posted By MConner
I live in Florida but I think my RV-10 has enough...

I live in Florida but I think my RV-10 has enough cabin heat to melt the windows. I have flown it several times at 17,500í with OAT in single digits and just a crack of forward heat is more than...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-17-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,856
Posted By MConner
non-builder log entries

I am a little confused as to what work I can do or sign off on my RV. I was not the builder so I have no repairman certificate. So if part 43 doesnít apply to my plane, am I authorized to return it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2018, 09:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,206
Posted By MConner
Take off at dawn and land before noon for the...

Take off at dawn and land before noon for the best ride. Rotor and wave are not present with upper level winds below 40 knots, mostly winter issues.

Mark
Forum: RV-10 08-09-2018, 03:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,020
Posted By MConner
611 612 370 1593# 104.9 Painted, basic...

611
612
370

1593#
104.9

Painted, basic interior

Mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,210
Posted By MConner
For those of us at sea level (Florida) who think...

For those of us at sea level (Florida) who think this is a mountainous terrain thread, let me share a recent experience.

I bought my -10 in Phoenix and wanted to take a trip through Napa and Tahoe...
Forum: RV-10 08-04-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 779
Posted By MConner
More comfortable rear seats?

Just took a family trip where the wife rode in back. She loves the room in our -10 but says the rear seats are pretty much a bench. Has anyone tried some more comfortable options?

Mark
48X
Forum: RV-10 08-02-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By MConner
I think you got it Gil, maybe I will try some...

I think you got it Gil, maybe I will try some shimming.

Mark
Forum: RV-10 08-02-2018, 01:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By MConner
I am referring to the flat aluminum release lever...

I am referring to the flat aluminum release lever that you push to release the handle to rotate. Maybe a grommet to shim the screw that acts as itís hinge?

Mark
Forum: RV-10 08-02-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By MConner
Door release lever rattling

The thumb button on the inside door handles rattles on both doors. Is there an easy way to reduce the slop to eliminate rattling?

Mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 601
Posted By MConner
I have tussled with an ineffective carb heat on...

I have tussled with an ineffective carb heat on my -10. The small clamp on device did almost nothing. I plumbed the heat scat to one of my heater muffs without any forced air and it was equally...
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