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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 09:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 703
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Golden Years

Being retired is an adjustment and I think very few of us actually get to truly chose our retirement date. Life has a way of choosing it for us. That said, it’s also a great accomplishment and very...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-11-2019, 09:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 417
Posted By Tankerpilot75
My bad. Like I said I didn’t build my RV. Just...

My bad. Like I said I didn’t build my RV. Just had to repair a build issue that caused a severe flight problem.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-10-2019, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 417
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’m probably unqualified to speak to this issue...

I’m probably unqualified to speak to this issue since I didn’t build my RV7A but instead purchased it off the original builder. However,

When I bought my RV the trailing edge of the two elevator...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-09-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 489
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I have the older WS system. I was also...

I have the older WS system. I was also frustrated by the ILS bars until I saw my 430 (non WAAS) had the ILS frequency still dialed in. As the saying goes, “there are those that have and those that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2019, 11:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 898
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’m unfamiliar with this “light bar.” Do you...

I’m unfamiliar with this “light bar.” Do you have a website to reference this light bar?
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-30-2019, 05:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,260
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I prefer d sub pin connections with shrink tubing...

I prefer d sub pin connections with shrink tubing in lieu of butt connections. I think it’s a better connection and gives the ability to easily break the connection via cutting the shrink tubing if...
Forum: Polishing your RV 01-28-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 522
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Canopy scratch

Has anyone used the “Canopy Scratch Kit” sold through Vans to clear up minor scratches in the main and rear section canopy. I have a number of minor scratches in the rear canopy over the cargo area...
Forum: ADS-B 01-09-2019, 06:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,078
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’m told the WS and the 6.5” HX are the same...

I’m told the WS and the 6.5” HX are the same width but the HX is 1/2” taller. For my aircraft the extra height is available but requires I enlarge the hole 1 inch at the top. That’s doable when I’m...
Forum: RV-14 01-09-2019, 05:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 807
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I had to move my rudder pedals to the farthest...

I had to move my rudder pedals to the farthest forward position and have my seat back it the farthest aft position. I’m 6’1” with a 32 inch inseam. I still wish I had another two inches of leg...
Forum: RV-10 01-09-2019, 05:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 896
Posted By Tankerpilot75
While your cg may be good for takeoff with an...

While your cg may be good for takeoff with an over loaded aircraft have you checked it out (along with handling characteristics) at a very low fuel condition? Center of gravity moves aft as you burn...
Forum: ADS-B 01-09-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,078
Posted By Tankerpilot75
If is the old Horizon WS (wish is similar in...

If is the old Horizon WS (wish is similar in appearance to the sport) then the answer to you question about audible alerts is “no.” It will display Wx and traffic but you should download the latest...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,027
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Wish I’d known about these folks sooner. I’d...

Wish I’d known about these folks sooner. I’d walked a different path than I’m on with my interior upgrade.
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 01-08-2019, 08:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,650
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I totally agree that pilots need to practice...

I totally agree that pilots need to practice engine out landings. Here are a few cautionary considerations to bring into your “practice preparation.”

An engine at idle is not the same as a stopped...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2019, 07:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,177
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I made a small vinyl bag and keep my spare tow...

I made a small vinyl bag and keep my spare tow bar in it. If I’m traveling away from my home field and plan to stay overnight I will consider storing it behind my seat in the cargo area flat on the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-06-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,271
Posted By Tankerpilot75
To pickup on the Antisplat comment, you might...

To pickup on the Antisplat comment, you might also consider additionally adding the new Easy Exit bar @ $89. Both the Almost a 14 and the Easy Exit Bar modifications should address any entry, exit...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-05-2019, 07:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,414
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Can’t say I’ve had a problem BUT anything...

Can’t say I’ve had a problem BUT anything electrical does generate heat. And where its at there isn’t a lot of air circulation.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-05-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,317
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Would still like to see something for airspeed...

Would still like to see something for airspeed that wasn’t iPad dependent. I understand this is a VFR aircraft so attitude, altitude backup isn’t so critical but airspeed is everything when the s***...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-05-2019, 02:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,414
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I built a bracket/shelf out of spare aluminum,...

I built a bracket/shelf out of spare aluminum, covered the bracket/shelf with some vinyl to protect against accidental shorting and mounted it between two ribs. I also installed two insulated...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-04-2019, 06:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,414
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I used Tosten grips

When I converted from manual trim to electric trim I also went from a three button function Ray Allen grip to a military style six function button Tosten grip. I preferred the Tosten grip to the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-03-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,317
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Steve, While I’m a big fan of using the iPad as...

Steve,

While I’m a big fan of using the iPad as an EFB, I’m not comfortable using them as primarily flight instruments. I have the iPad Pro with Retina display and it’s great for EFB purposes. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-01-2019, 01:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 581
Posted By Tankerpilot75
When I think of Jeppesen and Seattle Avionics...

When I think of Jeppesen and Seattle Avionics databases I think of approach and low IFR chart data. All GRT EFIS systems support the 28 day cycle navigation databases available free through GRT. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-31-2018, 09:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 581
Posted By Tankerpilot75
It is my understanding that Jeppesen and/or...

It is my understanding that Jeppesen and/or Seattle Avionics navigational databases can only be loaded on the HXr EFIS systems.
Forum: Web Site Development 12-31-2018, 08:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 413
Posted By Tankerpilot75
This really a discussion that you can only have...

This really a discussion that you can only have with Doug Reeves. PM him and let him contact you. I’m sure he has his reasons for not allowing his Forum to be tied to a archived hosting service.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-31-2018, 08:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,751
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Yep, no problem at all. I have three Garmin gps...

Yep, no problem at all. I have three Garmin gps antennas under my fiberglass cowling. One WAAS and two non-WAAS. Haven’t noticed any issues.
Forum: Autopilots 12-28-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 914
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I don’t know how your panel is set up but my...

I don’t know how your panel is set up but my panel was built by Aerotronics and the way it’s configured is there are two ways to provide navigation inputs to the TruTrak autopilot. Method 1 (EFIS)...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-27-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 408
Posted By Tankerpilot75
If the series one is the same thing as the...

If the series one is the same thing as the Horizon WS then the answer is yes, it will display weather and traffic “IF” you have ads-b “in” hardwired to the EFIS. You should make sure you have the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-16-2018, 08:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,008
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Prices are everywhere with RVs. So is build...

Prices are everywhere with RVs. So is build quality. So are engines, panels, avionics, interiors etc. The one constant is the decisions one makes when either building or buying. You either make...
Forum: RV-10 12-15-2018, 03:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 528
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’ve never flown in a 10 but my 7A uses aileron...

I’ve never flown in a 10 but my 7A uses aileron trim almost every flight. If no one is in the right seat the left wing is heavy. If both sides have individuals who are close in weight then the...
Forum: ADS-B 12-15-2018, 03:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 772
Posted By Tankerpilot75
My current installation of the Stratux is similar...

My current installation of the Stratux is similar to Sam’s but I use the remote antenna mount sold by Steve Sokol at Openflightsoultions and mount that with both antennas pointed up just behind the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-14-2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,508
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Unable to email picture

Bird dog,

Sorry I cannot send you a picture. VAF pm won’t let me paste a picture and your profile doesn’t allow email.
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-14-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,508
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’ve only once had to reset the plugs in flight...

I’ve only once had to reset the plugs in flight and I will admit it wasn’t easy - but it was doable. Having the cords hang behind my shoulder 99% of the time is IMHO worth the very rare times I have...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-13-2018, 06:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,508
Posted By Tankerpilot75
How about behind your head

The gentleman who built my RV7A ran the headset wires to the top bracing in the cargo storage area that separates the rear plexiglass window. He also installed two coat hooks (one on each side) on...
Forum: COMM 12-08-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 435
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I agree diagnoses of a remote comm problem is...

I agree diagnoses of a remote comm problem is nearly impossible. However, I once had trouble with static as you describe and discovered the coupler from the radio to the antenna was frayed. I cut...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2018, 04:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 226
Posted By Tankerpilot75
In my opinion you couldn’t go wrong using Walt...

In my opinion you couldn’t go wrong using Walt Aronow at Experimental Aircraft Services. tel:972-746-5154.

EXP Aircraft Services
Northwest Regional Airport
1004 Douglas Drive
Roanoke, TX 76262

I...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-07-2018, 11:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,164
Posted By Tankerpilot75
This is what I did when I converted from manual...

This is what I did when I converted from manual trim to electric trim. It works great. The push-pull cable needs to be about 28 to 30 inches in length for this to work optimally. All cable parts...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-06-2018, 01:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,404
Posted By Tankerpilot75
If your primary use is going to be a 420 mile...

If your primary use is going to be a 420 mile trip three times a month you might look at the RV9 or 9A. It designed for cross country flying. Since it has a different wing than 6 or 7 it actually...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-05-2018, 07:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 613
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Canopy lock question

As I said on an earlier thread I am updating my interior and looking at the canopy latch system. It’s always been a little tough to latch but works a little better (on the inside) since I adjusted...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-03-2018, 10:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,321
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Need to reconsider

Jereme,

Thanks for pointing out the 3 inch minimum requirement. Unfortunately when I took a tape measure to check my block placement I discovered the holes I was using already had me at the three...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-29-2018, 08:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,321
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Thanks

As always, ask intelligent, experienced people a few questions and you get good answers. VAF is a great repository of information. Appreciate the help.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-28-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,321
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Rudder pedals question

One of the first things I did when I purchased my RV7A from the original owner/builder almost four years ago was to move the rudder pedals to the forward most predrilled holes (the prior owner was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,211
Posted By Tankerpilot75
When I experienced this issue it was a vacuum...

When I experienced this issue it was a vacuum leak. The leak was at the sensor where the hose connected to it. Thrimmed off about two inches off the hose and re-attached to the sensor and problem...
Forum: RV-10 11-20-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,204
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I have three Garmin gps antennas under my engine...

I have three Garmin gps antennas under my engine cowling. Two non-WAAS antennas (for my 430 non-WAAS unit’s) and one WAAS antenna for my 335 ads-b unit. The distance between all three units is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 16,451
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Ditto! Remember, your aviation friends feel your...

Ditto!

Remember, your aviation friends feel your pain and frustrations. If we’re lucky we’ll finish our aviation dream far richer for the experience and joy that it brought us!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2018, 09:48 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 16,451
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I appreciate your frustrations. I purchased an...

I appreciate your frustrations. I purchased an RV off a 81 year old gentleman four years ago who had decided to sell because he had a prop strike landing at AirVenture. He claimed an unexpected...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,192
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I have the Superior IO360 and my engine manual...

I have the Superior IO360 and my engine manual does not specify “boost pump - ON” for take off or landing.

As a rule I do not turn the boost pump on for take offs, landings or swapping fuel tanks...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2018, 03:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,463
Posted By Tankerpilot75
When I purchased my RV7A the difference between...

When I purchased my RV7A the difference between Hobbs and Tach time was over 200 hours. Looking at the log books showed both “tach and Hobbs hours” were being used for tracking purposes (depending...
Forum: Painting your RV 11-10-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 699
Posted By Tankerpilot75
You might consider an auto supply store like...

You might consider an auto supply store like O’Reily’s. Some on these stores can custom mix colors for you and put them in spray cans for easy application. For small pinstripping jobs or minor...
Forum: RV-4 09-29-2018, 07:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,298
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Just remember - if you find yourself with an...

Just remember - if you find yourself with an unexpected aft cg; forward (nose down) trim is your friend. It helps keep you from over controlling the aircraft due to increased pitch sensitivity.
Forum: GPS 09-29-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 477
Posted By Tankerpilot75
You also want to checkout “user defined” way...

You also want to checkout “user defined” way points.
Forum: Autopilots 09-29-2018, 03:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,075
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’m not sure yet. That’s why I’m thinking about...

I’m not sure yet. That’s why I’m thinking about it and asking these questions.

One thing I do recognize is that keeping the aircraft in trim during descent and on approach when coupled to the...
Forum: Autopilots 09-28-2018, 09:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,075
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Thank you both Jesse and Walt. Sorry for the...

Thank you both Jesse and Walt. Sorry for the name screw up. I obviously need to do more studying.

Walt, I do have a non-standard trim setup with drive cable. I chose to install it this way to...
Forum: Autopilots 09-28-2018, 04:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,075
Posted By Tankerpilot75
The “accidental shorts” you referred to are...

The “accidental shorts” you referred to are supposed to be eliminated by the “Ultimate Trim Control Boad” I referenced earlier.

If Jesse St. James or Walt Arron is reading this I would appreciate...
Forum: Autopilots 09-28-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,075
Posted By Tankerpilot75
TruTrak Autotrim option

I have the opportunity to purchase a TruTrak automatic pitch trim module at a very reasonable price (lunch) for my Vizion 385 from a friend who chose not to make it part of his autopilot installation...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 03:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,876
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Final PIREP

Well my replacement LED bulbs arrived about two weeks ago and I installed them. This installation went much better (he sent a different series of LED bulbs). I sent the first set back for analysis...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-11-2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 854
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Try typing into google “Military Flight Checklist...

Try typing into google “Military Flight Checklist Inserts”.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,876
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Can’t complain about customer service

I originally was going to chalk this experience to “lesson learned” but moosepileit got me thinking I should probably call the vendor and let him know of my problem with the bulbs. The vendor said,...
Forum: Midwest 08-30-2018, 08:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,405
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Good choice! You might call ahead and see if...

Good choice! You might call ahead and see if they’ll park your RV in a hanger over the weekend. Like everyone has said, this is probably the best and most friendly airport/FBO around. They’re...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,876
Posted By Tankerpilot75
PIREP LED Position Light bulbs

I promised a Pirep on the LED light bulbs I purchased from Pilotlights.net and will only say I was disappointed.

The diameter of the base is just slightly smaller than the original Whelen bulbs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2018, 05:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,698
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Sounds like you’re going through “new aircraft...

Sounds like you’re going through “new aircraft owner” pains. Don’t let the radio and engine surprises get you down. We all go through a little acquisition transition pain as we learn about our...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2018, 06:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,398
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’m wondering, since they don’t technically yet...

I’m wondering, since they don’t technically yet own the structure can’t the group of hanger owners just tear down and remove their structures. Taking the hangers down and people moving their planes...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-12-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,229
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I flew to Oshkosh this year next to a RV14 with...

I flew to Oshkosh this year next to a RV14 with stock IO-390 and C/S prop. His extra 30 hp were definitely noticeable at 11,500 feet. He flew LOP and I had to fly best power ROP to stay with him. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-10-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,870
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’ll give you a call in a couple of weeks to set...

I’ll give you a call in a couple of weeks to set appointment.
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