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Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-19-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 208
Posted By Tankerpilot75
My trip plan has me going: KRQO - K81. (1+30). ...

My trip plan has me going:

KRQO - K81. (1+30). Breakfast at ďWe Be SmokenĒ / Refuel.
K81 - KEFT. (2+10). Refuel and Check OSH ATIS.
KEFT - GARTT - DREAR - RIPON - KOSH (0+30).

This allows an easy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2019, 06:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,703
Posted By Tankerpilot75
If youíre unfortunate enough to fall into a grass...

If youíre unfortunate enough to fall into a grass hole DO NOT try to power your way out. If the hole didnít damage the nose wheel pant then the process of trying to power out of the hole likely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,467
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Watch out for aft cgís

Last year I wrote about my experience with trying to land with an aft cg beyond limits. Not making that mistake again!

However for those who don’t learn from others mistakes I will repeat one...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-18-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,104
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Iím going to comment even though my RV is the 7A....

Iím going to comment even though my RV is the 7A. ďOld School halogenĒ IMHO doesnít give off sufficient light especially if theyíre the old wing tip installation type. I switched to LED lights...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-18-2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,195
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Will the GNC 355 allow ILS/LOC approaches also?

Will the GNC 355 allow ILS/LOC approaches also?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-15-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 542
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Since youíre having a local upholster do your...

Since youíre having a local upholster do your seats it shouldnít be too hard nor expensive to have him/her also make two boot covers. You should probably make the aluminum bases for the boots first...
Forum: Texas (North) 07-12-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 470
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I believe he is working in the OKC area. Iíll pm...

I believe he is working in the OKC area. Iíll pm you h8s number.
Forum: GPS 07-04-2019, 05:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
Posted By Tankerpilot75
While I agree this is a hot environment for gps...

While I agree this is a hot environment for gps antennas, the aircraft I purchased had two existing non-WAAS gps antennas located under the cowl mounted to the fire wall on brackets (one for each...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2019, 05:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 984
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Iíve paid anywhere between $500 to $5,000 for...

Iíve paid anywhere between $500 to $5,000 for mine. By far the highest quality inspection was the lowest cost inspection. The difference? The lowest cost inspection was done by an A&P who knew RVs...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-10-2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,521
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I used a nine pin Molex connection. Was...

I used a nine pin Molex connection. Was relatively easy to install and itís secure and easy to connect and disconnect. Takes just a few minutes to remove or reinstall stick. I have CP PTT, comm...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-07-2019, 04:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,106
Posted By Tankerpilot75
One more thought. Take off the panel on the...

One more thought. Take off the panel on the bottom of your horizontal stabilizer that your manual trim cable passes through to your elevator trim tab. The trim cable housing should have a secure...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-07-2019, 04:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,450
Posted By Tankerpilot75
From the way I read the original post, DR is...

From the way I read the original post, DR is challenging people to send pictures of an airport courtesy car that rivals the warning lights on the VAF car.

WELL, I wish I had a picture of the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-06-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,106
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Look at the base of your trim control knob. ...

Look at the base of your trim control knob. There is a nut on the cable housing that screws to the base of the trim control knob. Make sure itís tight. Before I converted from manual trim to...
Forum: Safety 06-05-2019, 11:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,207
Posted By Tankerpilot75
You want thermals and strong crosswinds, come to...

You want thermals and strong crosswinds, come to Oklahoma. Smooth air and calms wind scares me.
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 06-03-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,799
Posted By Tankerpilot75
River looks like a great dog! Your story causes...

River looks like a great dog! Your story causes my eyes to water!
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-03-2019, 06:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,673
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Going a little with thread drift, my experience...

Going a little with thread drift, my experience with both military and state budgets has taught me that no matter what one agency directs it will only happen in the military procurement process when...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-01-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,673
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Itís stealth! Actually it wasnít long after this...

Itís stealth! Actually it wasnít long after this photo they moved my plane a little and filled the hangar with a bunch of additional Airshow aircraft.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-01-2019, 05:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,673
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Trust me on this, the F35 is NOT ASEXUAL! I just...

Trust me on this, the F35 is NOT ASEXUAL! I just wish it was “my ride”! The F35 pilot said his plane was much easier to fly than mine - somehow I think he was just being kind. He said his flying...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-01-2019, 03:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,673
Posted By Tankerpilot75
You donít see this very often

My RV7A was sitting static display at the Tinker AFB Airshow today and they moved it in a hangar due to weather. Nice hangar...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-20-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,589
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Short answer: money! My legacy GRT WS system...

Short answer: money! My legacy GRT WS system still works very well but my old dual GNS 430s are non-WAAS. It would be nice to add LPV and LP approach capability to my existing panel for under...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2019, 02:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,681
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Had a bird strike in pilot training outside of...

Had a bird strike in pilot training outside of Lubbock Texas in the 70ís. I was flying back to Reese AFB as number two of a two ship. Lead called out ďbirdsĒ and pulled up left and I pulled up...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-30-2019, 11:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,837
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Envious! Nice father/daughter trip will yield...

Envious! Nice father/daughter trip will yield treasured memories.
Forum: RV-14 04-28-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,888
Posted By Tankerpilot75
When I purchased my RV7A from the builder he had...

When I purchased my RV7A from the builder he had mis-drilled the elevator horn so poorly that there was almost a 1 inch difference between the left and right side elevators. To compensate for this...
Forum: COMM 04-24-2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,409
Posted By Tankerpilot75
ELT is powered whenever aircraft is powered

In regards to the ACK E04 ELT vs the old ACK E01 ELT, there is a new four pin plug that required me to run a shielded four wire cable from my panel to the ELT. This new four wire plug has pins for...
Forum: COMM 04-23-2019, 10:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,409
Posted By Tankerpilot75
It is my understanding that the 335/345...

It is my understanding that the 335/345 transponders will not output gps serial data to another device. Thatís why I had to decide where to get my gps source information. Getting a wire run to my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2019, 03:58 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,054
Posted By Tankerpilot75
And your cell phone is resting on the wing and...

And your cell phone is resting on the wing and ringing!
Forum: COMM 04-23-2019, 03:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,409
Posted By Tankerpilot75
You guys were right!

Ron and Bob,
ACK returned my ELT after checking it out. They also sent two new five foot coax cables to couple together. Installed the ELT with the two coupled coax cables and guess what? Got the...
Forum: COMM 04-21-2019, 06:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,409
Posted By Tankerpilot75
KC-135 A/R/E models. I was one of the early...

KC-135 A/R/E models. I was one of the early instructor pilots in the KC-135/R model when it initially came into the Air Force inventory in 1984/85. Checked out a bunch of pilots in the R model and...
Forum: COMM 04-20-2019, 08:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,409
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Ron, I sent the ELT back to ACK and they checked...

Ron,
I sent the ELT back to ACK and they checked it out using the 10 foot RG58 cable I bought. It seems the cable (Amazon purchase) either isnít RG58 or its defective because that cable caused ACK...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,899
Posted By Tankerpilot75
The reason I have my own airplane today (RV7A) is...

The reason I have my own airplane today (RV7A) is because I damaged a friend’s Bonanza pulling it out of his hanger. I turned the nose wheel too tight, it popped the seals and the strut collapsed. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 928
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Hereís a thought

Most certificated aircraft on the market at a reasonable price today are in excess of 20+ years old. How many owners have had A&P friends sign off work that they’ve done or done work and not logged...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-09-2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,046
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Your lucky on several accounts. One, the prior...

Your lucky on several accounts. One, the prior builder is your dad so hopefully heíll be able to answer some build questions for you. Second, he passed a significant project both in cost and work...
Forum: COMM 04-09-2019, 06:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,409
Posted By Tankerpilot75
New ELT Install Update and Question

After talking to my A&P (local EAA Tech Counselor), Steinair and ACK Tech support I went ahead and installed my new ELT’s antenna in the same location as the old one under the fiberglass horizontal...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By Tankerpilot75
That portion of the back rail was left uncovered...

That portion of the back rail was left uncovered for the reason you mentioned. We were extremely aware of both the need for repeat access (seat panels, flap actuator area covers, seat back hinge...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Just had mine covered with ďgrey rubber step...

Just had mine covered with ďgrey rubber step tread.Ē Looks pretty good! Also covered metal seat panels.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2019, 03:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 823
Posted By Tankerpilot75
To add a snarky comment, if I hadnít already...

To add a snarky comment, if I hadnít already purchased an RV7A from its builder the above referenced article would have made me seriously question whether a used home built aircraft was a sensible...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-04-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 555
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Iím sure a number of the people who do RV...

Iím sure a number of the people who do RV pre-buys have developed a checklist to assist their inspection. However, the operative words here is familiarity and experience.

A checklist doesnít...
Forum: Safety 04-03-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,097
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Always, Always - Fly the airplane. Have a tip...

Always, Always - Fly the airplane. Have a tip up. Iíll admit to making this dumb mistake. Forgot to close and lock canopy. Noise was increasing on takeoff but Iíll also admit to being a little slow...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,830
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I represent (excuse me ďresentĒ) that comment! ...

I represent (excuse me ďresentĒ) that comment! Of course it helps to have my feet buried in two 50 lbs bags of concrete and a steel pole shoved up my behind!

Tornado season is just around the...
Forum: Reviews 03-29-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 761
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Itís even better when you live less than ten...

Itís even better when you live less than ten miles from them!
Forum: Safety 03-24-2019, 03:31 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,451
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Claude I havenít seen anyone else mention this...

Claude
I havenít seen anyone else mention this but you might want to examine what your landing cg was. Often when we go cross country weíre tempted to carry a little too much weight in the cargo...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 411
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I used to have a SiriusXM subscription and...

I used to have a SiriusXM subscription and dropped it. Because I donít fly every day Sirius kept ďdroppingĒ my unit from its service and I had to call and have them re-ping my receiver. Besides...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-24-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,291
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Check the EAA website ďHints for Homebuilders.Ē ...

Check the EAA website ďHints for Homebuilders.Ē If my memory serves me correct, their recommendation for drilling into plastics like the canopy was to use a ďdulled bitĒ in that the heat generated...
Forum: Autopilots 03-20-2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,309
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Bert, Iíll be glad to send you a Word document...

Bert,
Iíll be glad to send you a Word document copy of my Quick Reference checklist which includes the ďInstrument Approach ProceduresĒ checklist. But hereís the problem, Iím traveling right now and...
Forum: Autopilots 03-20-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,309
Posted By Tankerpilot75
First sync SVS

I assume youíre setting your desired altitude and rate of climb on your HXr EFIS and then engaging your autopilot for both heading/route and climbout. This doesnít work.

If youíll review your...
Forum: Safety 03-19-2019, 02:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,106
Posted By Tankerpilot75
You forgot to mention that the new 406Mhz ELT...

You forgot to mention that the new 406Mhz ELT also requires you to register its 15 digit hex code with NOAA so not only can they locate you quickly but they also have a good idea who theyíre looking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2019, 03:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,486
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Itís a shame Amazon Prime doesnít ship Vans parts...

Itís a shame Amazon Prime doesnít ship Vans parts and kits or ACS. If so two day shipping would be free but our bank accounts empty!
Forum: Safety 03-12-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,354
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I always try to get flight following - no matter...

I always try to get flight following - no matter how short the flight! Often Iíll fly from KRQO (El Reno airport) to KHSD (Sundance airport), a distance of less than 20 miles with both airports...
Forum: COMM 03-10-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,409
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Dennis and John, Thanks for your input. Since I...

Dennis and John,
Thanks for your input. Since I posted my initial thread the weather and my own schedule these last few weeks has kept me away from the airport. I went ahead and ordered the ACK-04...
Forum: California 03-08-2019, 08:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,465
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I believe Oklahoma is the same. Sales/use taxes...

I believe Oklahoma is the same. Sales/use taxes on internet sales but not on aircraft parts.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-05-2019, 06:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 798
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Smile Kyle, I have an RV7A with the GRT EIS 4000. It...

Kyle,
I have an RV7A with the GRT EIS 4000. It measures fuel two ways: (1) by fuel flow, and (2) by fuel tank float position. My RVís float system is really accurate between 2 to 17.5 gallons with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 979
Posted By Tankerpilot75
When I last looked at ďmy insurance policyĒ there...

When I last looked at ďmy insurance policyĒ there was no obvious mention of a deductible or proration of claims requirement (AIG insurance through AOPA). If there is some type of prorating involved...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 973
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I am getting ready to install a new ACK-04 ELT in...

I am getting ready to install a new ACK-04 ELT in my RV7A. Like several other people on this thread Iím replacing a 121.5 MHz ELT which has an internal antenna mounted under the rear fiberglass...
Forum: Reviews 02-27-2019, 04:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,064
Posted By Tankerpilot75
https://i.postimg.cc/cKr8kpPW/E2117-F7-C-9-D42-4-F...

https://i.postimg.cc/cKr8kpPW/E2117-F7-C-9-D42-4-FB8-A481-A31-C2354-BE87.jpg (https://postimg.cc/cKr8kpPW)

The next big kit
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 666
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I converted from manual trim to electric trim. ...

I converted from manual trim to electric trim. At the same time I installed new Tosten military style grips and a Pat Hatch UTRB control board. It took me about two weeks of steady work. Most of...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-26-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,303
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Like Tom Lewis mine is mounted in the left wing...

Like Tom Lewis mine is mounted in the left wing tip. It was originally mounted on a shelf beneath the vertical stabilizer but had too much electromagnetic interference because there was significant...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2019, 07:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,269
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Today there is no privacy! You can be track by...

Today there is no privacy! You can be track by your cell phone, big data collects information on what you watch on tv and surf on the internet. Your banking, credit card purchases, financial...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-22-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,150
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I bought my RV7A in 2014. It was a very low time...

I bought my RV7A in 2014. It was a very low time airplane with a professionally built panel. But the aircraft had experienced a prop strike eight months before while landing at AirVenture. The PIC...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-21-2019, 06:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,870
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I have one in MS Word format that Iíll send you. ...

I have one in MS Word format that Iíll send you. Send me an email at Tankerpilot75@cox.net and I will email it to you.
Forum: COMM 02-20-2019, 03:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,409
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Thanks Bob.

Thanks Bob.
Forum: COMM 02-19-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,409
Posted By Tankerpilot75
No itís not fun getting on oneís back to access...

No itís not fun getting on oneís back to access to the back of the Garmin rack. I had to get back there once before and that was why I was hoping that someone could easily identify the correct pin. ...
Forum: COMM 02-18-2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,409
Posted By Tankerpilot75
ELT upgrade

I currently have the EDMO E-01 121.5 ELT installed in my RV7A. I read where the FCC no longer allows the sale or support of these ELT units therefore Iím thinking itís time to upgrade to a 406 MHz...
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