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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 367
Posted By Feetwet
Falconview Users?

For awhile the USAF (GTI) had an open release of the Falconview flight planning software. They no longer support it, but it is still available on the internet at various sites. I use it in my RV4...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2018, 09:54 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 11,257
Posted By Feetwet
Synthetic Vision

First define what you mean by synthetic vision. I worked in a human factors cockpit development lab for several years, and have seen everything from a bad wire terrain outline laid upon a 2D map...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2018, 07:09 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,587
Posted By Feetwet
solder or crimp rule

Some time ago I heard the following general rule:

Solder when corrosion is the main problem, crimp when vibrations is the problem.

Makes sense to me, I solder most boat stuff, crimp most airplane...
Forum: ADS-B 02-28-2018, 09:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,072
Posted By Feetwet
Trig TT31 New Manual

Interesting: My unit was initially installed in Feb,2017, my manual is dated 18 June 2014 and does not have that paragraph. The new manual is dated 28 August 2017 and has the stated paragraph. I...
Forum: ADS-B 02-28-2018, 03:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,072
Posted By Feetwet
Trig Biannual Transponder check after ADSB install

Installed a Trig TT31 with a Garmin GPS20A feed for ADSB and initially had problems with the airborne performance check getting the Trig to switch from Airborne to Ground on landing. Eventually...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2018, 08:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,535
Posted By Feetwet
ADSB in

What I think is that ADSB-in can be very useful in providing traffic information, and I KNOW that on at least 3 occasions it has provided in-cockpit directional information toward my ADSB-out RV4 for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,535
Posted By Feetwet
MyChoice

My transponder needed to be replaced as well, eventually I went with a trig TT31 with a Garmin GPS20A feed. The TT31 fitted best in my panel, the 20A requires an external antenna, but has no panel...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-26-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,932
Posted By Feetwet
Finally changed antenna

I had a low power radio and wingtip antenna in an RV4. Tried every possible positioning in the wingtip, and as vertical as possible with no good results. Reception seemed OK, but transmission range...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-26-2017, 10:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,178
Posted By Feetwet
Blue Sea with diode as Master Solenoid

After exploring several ideas for a master solenoid, I followed Carl's lead, and also went with a Blue Sea,...
Forum: RV-10 06-20-2017, 10:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,663
Posted By Feetwet
Heat and Altitude

Phoenix is only 1000', not normally a big problem. Try Ely at ~7000' in the middle of the summer. Had to lean the engine (carb O-320) at idle just to keep it running and the airplane rolls forever...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-19-2017, 01:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,036
Posted By Feetwet
harbor freight unit works great

I have used the harbor freight unit for many years, works great for RVs, riding lawnmowers, wheelbarrows etc. Didn't like it quite as well for motorcycles, but putting the tire part of a motorcycle...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2017, 01:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,380
Posted By Feetwet
Missing Man, Tucson

The Missing in America Project (MIAP) researches records of homeless Americans whose cremated remains have not been claimed, and if found to be eligible, arrange for them to be interred with honor. ...
Forum: ADS-B 04-22-2017, 01:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,204
Posted By Feetwet
RV-4 ADSB Out Install, Trig TT31, Garmin 20A GPS, serial altitude from D10A

I originally had a Terra transponder and radio in my RV-4. After trying different things for a long time, performance was still not what I wanted, so about two years ago I upgraded to a Trig TT31...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2017, 11:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,820
Posted By Feetwet
Falconview in Cockpit

I wasn't going to amplify, because falconview Open Source is apparently no longer available for download, but I think the replies missed my point: I want something on my kneeboard in case everything...
Forum: Photography 01-01-2017, 11:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,468
Posted By Feetwet
Yes, I had the same problem, didn't follow this...

Yes, I had the same problem, didn't follow this part of the instructions: select the picture so it's full screen. If you don't, you get a link, but not the right one.

Also, it is useful to know...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2016, 10:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,820
Posted By Feetwet
Flight Planning

Back in the old days, I used to flight plan at base ops, with a map, protractor and aircraft performance charts, fill out the AF form 70, and fly with it on my knee. I still like to use something...
Forum: RV-4 11-30-2016, 03:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,159
Posted By Feetwet
I have two

I have two D10As in my RV4, each with a remote compass. One remote is under the pax seat floor, the other under the baggage compartment floor. I made up an angled aluminum mount to set the pitch and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2016, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,680
Posted By Feetwet
Before you change battery

If the internal battery has been flat for some time, even if it recharges it will give the indications/problem you mention. Check out the solution by cjba850 at the following link. It worked for me...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-30-2016, 12:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,264
Posted By Feetwet
Try Again

OK, dropbox didn't seem to work with the images. Used Google Photos...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-30-2016, 11:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,264
Posted By Feetwet
BlueSea solenoid works for me

OK, after three months, still working as expected, no repeat of the Weed incident. I seem to be getting an effective extra 1 amp into the system, which for an 8 amp BC alternator is significant, so...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-18-2016, 02:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,264
Posted By Feetwet
Presumed Bad Battery Master Switch

So something did go wrong. Stopped at Weed on my way from Tucson to Seattle. After refueling tried to switch the master on, Nothing! After several further attempts, it finally turned on. Worked...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2016, 11:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,264
Posted By Feetwet
Terminal Blocks

One other item may be of use to builders: I used a standard #10 (10-32) double terminal block next to the solenoid from local electronics shop, but I didn't want to use the screws since access with...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-18-2016, 03:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,264
Posted By Feetwet
BlueSea 9012 installed and Ops Checked

Got the BlueSea 9012, turns out it's actually built by Gigavac and called the Gigavac GV200. Here is a link to the specifications:...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-04-2016, 11:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,264
Posted By Feetwet
New Vans Starter Solenoid, ordered BlueSea for Main

Carl,

Followed your lead and ordered a BlueSea 9012 to use as main solenoid. Not an exact physical replacement, the large terminals are oriented differently, but should fit with minimum rework. I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-24-2016, 11:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,264
Posted By Feetwet
BlueSea

Went to the BlueSea site, and checked out the 9012. Looks like high quality and high amperage handling, but from the shape and reference to a coil in the specifications I suspect it is still a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-23-2016, 12:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,264
Posted By Feetwet
Time for another starter solenoid

Interesting looking back at these posts. I put in a mechanical starter solenoid and diode in 2009 (from Vans). Now 7 years later, the first indications of a starter solenoid problem (popped fuse on...
Forum: Safety 11-16-2015, 11:16 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,572
Posted By Feetwet
Thanks

Good Info. I had misread the transport Canada link and thought all the blue arrows were applicable for ATF fields, where in fact only the two green ones were. So at completely no radio ATF fields...
Forum: Safety 11-13-2015, 11:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,572
Posted By Feetwet
Canadian VFR Patterns

I had heard that in Canada the common VFR approach to a landing pattern at an uncontrolled field was from the upwind side, across the airfield center to the downwind. This seems to be born out by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2015, 01:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,958
Posted By Feetwet
Other Considerations

I fly an RV4, generally agree with most comments but have a couple other considerations that I did not see mentioned.

First the aerobatic flop tube. Have one in the left tank, not in the right. ...
Forum: GPS 09-30-2015, 06:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,567
Posted By Feetwet
My 2020 plan as well.

Please keep us posted. I have a TT-31 installed in my RV4, and plan to use the 20A for the 2020 ADS-B out requirement as well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2011, 02:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,213
Posted By Feetwet
Cockpit Computer with e-sectionals

In the past I used Falconview(FV), the Air Force flight planning program released for public use, primarily for flight planning, and to digitize turn point lat long data for input to a personal...
Forum: Safety 11-22-2010, 03:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,046
Posted By Feetwet
Snowflake and Sig600 - sorry I'm late with this...

Snowflake and Sig600 - sorry I'm late with this reply, got busy doing other things before your replies came in.

You can find the site just by searching on falconview, but the following will get you...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-22-2010, 02:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,983
Posted By Feetwet
Any light helps!

After leaving the battery on and flattening it three times in three years, I finally just put a light on the instrument panel in series with the battery switch. So far, two years and no battery left...
Forum: Safety 11-10-2010, 01:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,046
Posted By Feetwet
I use the free download version of the Air Force...

I use the free download version of the Air Force flight planning tool Falconview to geo-reference the free downloaded FAA sectionals. I use it exclusively for preflight planning and can generate...
Forum: COMM 06-24-2010, 12:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 686
Posted By Feetwet
Terra IFF interference with VHF

I have the Terra 760 Com stacked on top of the Terra IFF, and after sending them to Trimble (now out of the business), they have been working very well. I noticed recently a little static when...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-20-2010, 11:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,514
Posted By Feetwet
Have you tried the local A&P at Crest, Glenn...

Have you tried the local A&P at Crest, Glenn Patterson? He's a good guy, and usually has lots of stuff laying around.
Shop Phone: 253-631-1451
Cell 206-354-2618
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-12-2009, 07:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,001
Posted By Feetwet
Battery Master left on

I have left the Battery switch on and flattened the battery at least 3 times in four years, and notice from forum postings that I am not the only one. After the last occasion I put an amber light to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-09-2009, 11:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,264
Posted By Feetwet
Well, I got the Lamar Superswitch today. The...

Well, I got the Lamar Superswitch today. The mounting was an ill thought out extension of the case, with very small mounting holes, and the switch side was wired in a cheesy manner that could swivel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2009, 03:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,070
Posted By Feetwet
Lite RV-4 Numbers

I use the following inputs for my flight planning program. I did a moderate amount of flight testing, and they seem to work out reasonably closely. The first 3 columns after altitude below...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-05-2009, 02:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,264
Posted By Feetwet
Thanks Guys, I should have figured the...

Thanks Guys, I should have figured the bi-directional requirement myself. I will go ahead and try the Lamar as a Master Relay, although my Pappy says: "Never buy or fly the Mark I of anything!" If...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-03-2009, 10:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,264
Posted By Feetwet
Very Helpful MCA, thanks. It looks like the...

Very Helpful MCA, thanks. It looks like the Lamar superswitch is a good option for my Master relay. I presume a diode isn't necessary, and understand the ground switching, but why is bidirectional...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-02-2009, 06:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,264
Posted By Feetwet
Lamar vs. Cole Hersee eSolenoids

Very interesting! The Lamar unit as advertised seems to be able to replace both the master relay and the starter solenoid. When you view the Cole Hersee unit, (Part No. 48785), it looks very...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-30-2009, 06:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,264
Posted By Feetwet
Electronic Relays/Solenoids

I have never had much luck with mechanical solenoids, either in marine applications or in aircraft. They always seem to pit and go intermittant after a year or two's use. My RV-4 starter solenoid...
Forum: Reviews 03-12-2008, 08:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,567
Posted By Feetwet
Terra 760D Comm, 250D xponder Repairs

Had both the Comm and Xponder repaired at Free Flight Systems located in Waco, Tx. They do good job, a little pricey, but they are up front about the costs, and stand behind their work.
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