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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 11:55 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,947
Posted By plehrke
I canít sleep good just wearing the T-shirt.

I canít sleep good just wearing the T-shirt.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 11:50 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,947
Posted By plehrke
Your doctor is your consultant on your personal...

Your doctor is your consultant on your personal health care. You are your own primary care provider. It is your decision on doing the test. Since you are questioning your doctor, maybe you have some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 503
Posted By plehrke
Opening the oil cooler door does not do anything...

Opening the oil cooler door does not do anything to cool the plenum area that is the typical problem with hot starts or even to cool the engine itself. All the oil door will do is vent out a little...
Forum: ADS-B 08-24-2018, 03:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,742
Posted By plehrke
If I told you want it was then I would have to ....

If I told you want it was then I would have to . . . . . .
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 345
Views: 73,600
Posted By plehrke
Nope, Don’t need no computer program. Design is...

Nope, Don’t need no computer program. Design is creative, not computative. If computative it will just look like the “base design” as you call it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2018, 01:06 PM
Replies: 345
Views: 73,600
Posted By plehrke
Good luck. As an airplane configurator in my day...

Good luck. As an airplane configurator in my day job, large, highly funded airplane companies have been trying to replace me with just such a computer program for over 30 years. They hate to admit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 957
Posted By plehrke
Aviated for 2 hours this morning going absolutely...

Aviated for 2 hours this morning going absolutely no where, just flying here and there.
Note: The way I play golf I require way more than one ball.
Forum: Midwest 08-18-2018, 05:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,288
Posted By plehrke
I looked into it a bit last year but never got...

I looked into it a bit last year but never got further than just looking at their website (http://norwalklanding.com). Lots looked way to small for what I wanted. Could get several lots to get...
Forum: Safety 07-29-2018, 05:11 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,839
Posted By plehrke
Hey, there is no critiquing in brainstorming...

Hey, there is no critiquing in brainstorming
Maybe require all to tape large last 3 digits of n-number under wing. If they do not have then they obviously did not read NOTAM and send them to their...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 36,324
Posted By plehrke
Why do they continue to have both runways be fed...

Why do they continue to have both runways be fed from Ripon to FISK. The runways operate completely independent so why not have a separate VFR arrival path for 18/36? It would half the traffic...
Forum: RV-10 07-22-2018, 05:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 507
Posted By plehrke
Although you apply torque to the nut, it is the...

Although you apply torque to the nut, it is the bolt that sets proper torque. You will never break a nut from over torgueing but you will break the bolt. Bolt sets joint strength, nut just ensures...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,456
Posted By plehrke
Never do it at my airport

There were hangars that had the spray foam at our airport. Since our airport has been involved in several major floods due to it being only a couple hundred yards from the Missouri River. In the 93...
Forum: Safety 07-14-2018, 02:34 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 19,507
Posted By plehrke
Cracks in trim tab attach

Found this a few years ago in pre-flight. Cracks at several of the rivets. Ended up repairing it with a pretty ugly external doubler. See repair thread...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-14-2018, 03:40 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,268
Posted By plehrke
Installed CPI last year and thought very easy to...

Installed CPI last year and thought very easy to install. Was a little timid drilling on the flywheel but good instructions and provided drill block made it a non-event.

The ease of a hot starts,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,148
Posted By plehrke
Landing 27 last year they had me go around when 5...

Landing 27 last year they had me go around when 5 sec from touch down telling me to turn left and head to right hand down wind for 36. Luckily, as I was trying to adjust radio for 36 tower freq....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2018, 08:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 995
Posted By plehrke
Full set of vans gages have been working for over...

Full set of vans gages have been working for over 800 hours with no issues, except a burnt out light bulb. My frequent check of accuracy, being an engineer, with alternate sources I have within...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,790
Posted By plehrke
I go with what Lycoming recommends. They have...

I go with what Lycoming recommends. They have lots of data and financial skin in the game. No brand names called out just oil...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-16-2018, 03:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 982
Posted By plehrke
Pretty cheap IR thermometers are available...

Pretty cheap IR thermometers are available everywhere...
Forum: Safety 06-04-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,661
Posted By plehrke
Most excellent drawing to go with explanation. I...

Most excellent drawing to go with explanation. I have sketched many such drawings on my whiteboard to visualize what is really happening.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-28-2018, 04:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,648
Posted By plehrke
I have used the term "maintenance induced...

I have used the term "maintenance induced maintenance". Just had this happen when working on my shower drain. Fixing the leak I caused another leak that was even harder to fix then the...
Forum: RV-10 05-27-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,485
Posted By plehrke
And make sure you remove when carrying load with...

And make sure you remove when carrying load with aft CG.
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-26-2018, 05:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,292
Posted By plehrke
Someone with a vision to develop electric...

Someone with a vision to develop electric airplanes that are more than just adequate, like Elon Musk did for cars, needs to step in soon. Yes, it maybe possible to do a trainer or LSA size aircraft...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-25-2018, 06:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,648
Posted By plehrke
Do you rotate your injectors?

I heard years ago that at condition inspection you should clean and inspect your fuel injectors but always put them back in the same cylinder from where they were removed. I have been trying to find...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-20-2018, 08:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,170
Posted By plehrke
Flap hinge pin lubrication (and rod ends)

I am doing my 12th condition inspection and looked at the flap hinge and they look a bit dirty after collecting dust for the the 12 years. I typically squirt some LPS2 on them every year and that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,549
Posted By plehrke
Gross weight on your airworthiness certificate...

Gross weight on your airworthiness certificate should be 100% based on safety and 0% based on legality when flying.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,559
Posted By plehrke
Landed and parked durning The Show at Appleton...

Landed and parked durning The Show at Appleton many times mainly because I was staying at B&B in Appleton. Easy in with plenty of places to park. Several years were not very easy out due to T-storms...
Forum: Safety 05-04-2018, 03:33 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,701
Posted By plehrke
Issue at non-towered Airport that gets me going...

Issue at non-towered Airport that gets me going are those doing an instrument approach into a non-towered Airport. Their radio call is typically based on waypoint or position on an approach plate....
Forum: Propellers 04-01-2018, 06:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 858
Posted By plehrke
I asked that same question in this thread...

I asked that same question in this thread (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=68127) thinking another couple inches of pitch would give me WOT, 2700 rpm red line, and 182 ktas Vne...
Forum: Propellers 03-31-2018, 06:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 858
Posted By plehrke
Info out there if you search. I posted this in...

Info out there if you search. I posted this in 2011 (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=71444) for a 180HP and Sensenich 85" pitch prop but it is for my 6A. Weight empty was...
Forum: Midwest 03-19-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,684
Posted By plehrke
Looks like it requires a ballast adjustment for...

Looks like it requires a ballast adjustment for flight home.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2018, 05:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,282
Posted By plehrke
Actually received draft copy of the joint...

Actually received draft copy of the joint revocable trust we are setting up yesterday. Wife and next in line in the trust know plenty of contacts at my airport with aircraft buying/selling...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,227
Posted By plehrke
Canít beat a set of Greenlee punches. Pricey but...

Canít beat a set of Greenlee punches. Pricey but work great. A&P in hangar a couple over has almost every size. Way better than flycutter and safer....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2018, 03:56 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 14,236
Posted By plehrke
Yes, the nose vs tail wheel debate always starts...

Yes, the nose vs tail wheel debate always starts from a tail wheel person. They seem to be most insecure about the position of their little wheel.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2017, 06:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,265
Posted By plehrke
https://imgur.com/IVlKRla.png You missed the one...

https://imgur.com/IVlKRla.png

You missed the one and only decision point question?

Which one do you want?

In the end you need to be happy with it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2017, 05:58 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,656
Posted By plehrke
Watching Jim Cone enter the pattern in his RV-6A...

Watching Jim Cone enter the pattern in his RV-6A at Smartt Field, do overhead break into the downwind while I was pre-flighting a barely flyable rental Cherokee 140 is why I decided to build an RV.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2017, 04:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 804
Posted By plehrke
What do you think the Average flight hours are per airplane on the 10,0000?

Unbelievable!. 10,000 RVs have flown. Another amazing thing about RVs, in my opinion, is not only that many have flown but that they fly many hours. Lots of experimentals get built that accumulate...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2017, 03:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,058
Posted By plehrke
Congratulations to Vans and all of us builders...

Congratulations to Vans and all of us builders and flyers. A true aviation accomplishment that ranks at the top not just of homebuilding but of all general aviation.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-26-2017, 02:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,276
Posted By plehrke
No belt failures but replaced twice in 800 hours....

No belt failures but replaced twice in 800 hours. Once when I had to replace a cracked alternator bracket and replaced it just because I had it all apart. Cheap insurance. Second time was to put on...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-26-2017, 02:10 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,338
Posted By plehrke
Use a band clamp wrapped around the connector and...

Use a band clamp wrapped around the connector and attach to an adel clamp. Mine currently is attached with zip ties but will make more permanent with the band clamp next time the cowl comes off.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2017, 07:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,425
Posted By plehrke
Extra holes in the longeron seems to me to be a...

Extra holes in the longeron seems to me to be a condition I would want to fix. Not knowing where you have extra holes or where longeron cross sectional sizing is critical, as an aerospace structural...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 03:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,071
Posted By plehrke
I expect zero! Vans product and support are...

I expect zero!
Vans product and support are already way past anything else in his business. Van has to make desicions that are right for Van.

Since original poll question was what did I expect when...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2017, 04:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 750
Posted By plehrke
We bought and installed a home furnace that runs...

We bought and installed a home furnace that runs off a 100 gallon propane tank. It heats the air in the hangar in no time but the floor stays cold and eventually your feet get cold and whole body...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2017, 06:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,010
Posted By plehrke
Sales tax (use tax in this case) is collected by...

Sales tax (use tax in this case) is collected by the state you live in. Pay it now or later when you register the plane, I would guess states may differ.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-05-2017, 04:29 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,092
Posted By plehrke
Know when the engineering...

Know when the engineering (planning/thinking/deciding/designing/changing/etc) stops and building has started. Never try to mix the two.

This is true at every new task you start on the project....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2017, 06:00 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,719
Posted By plehrke
i never start my airplane at the pump. Always...

i never start my airplane at the pump. Always pull it away and angle it so if anyone pulls up to the pumps while I am starting, I am not blocking them or prop washing them. Less than 10% of others do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2017, 06:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,380
Posted By plehrke
Would be interest to poll at what age were you...

Would be interest to poll at what age were you when you made your first flight of your built RV or bought your first RV. Over lay that with this poll. Would the bell distribution lay on top or...
Forum: ADS-B 09-24-2017, 11:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,024
Posted By plehrke
FlyQ EFB shows them on the map. So does...

FlyQ EFB shows them on the map. So does Weathermeister.com
Here is FlyQ


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Forum: RV-14 09-10-2017, 01:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,343
Posted By plehrke
2 coats of PPG Concept over a good primer. 800...

2 coats of PPG Concept over a good primer. 800 hours and still no wear.
(And yes, I do use my rudder pedal as more than foot rests)
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-10-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,671
Posted By plehrke
Easy from iPhone. great to be able to do that to...

Easy from iPhone. great to be able to do that to snap picture and get it posted
...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-10-2017, 09:01 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,671
Posted By plehrke
check 2..2...2.. http://halie.com/scale/25/ohB.jpg

check 2..2...2..
http://halie.com/scale/25/ohB.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2017, 03:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,334
Posted By plehrke
Lots of places sell sheet stock carbon fiber...

Lots of places sell sheet stock carbon fiber boards. Here is...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-08-2017, 03:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,669
Posted By plehrke
Excellent write up. a 48 state, but for me, 4...

Excellent write up. a 48 state, but for me, 4 week trip has always been on my bucket list. Retirement in 3 years and then planning begins.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2017, 04:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,759
Posted By plehrke
Remember an access panel is between 0 and 75%...

Remember an access panel is between 0 and 75% effective in carrying the skin loads depending on how much doubling around the panel you add and the number and type of fasteners you use to attach the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-26-2017, 01:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,492
Posted By plehrke
What makes you less than thrilled with AOA? I...

What makes you less than thrilled with AOA?
I have been using them for 10 years on RV and 5 years before that on C140. Never had issue and no hint that they have issues running their business. I...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-22-2017, 06:10 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 16,982
Posted By plehrke
About the 5th one under the hidden settings....

About the 5th one under the hidden settings.
These can be accessed by holding down the left arrow button when powering up the CPi unit.

From manual page 12...
Forum: Tools 08-13-2017, 04:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,220
Posted By plehrke
I used the hand snips a lot even though I have a...

I used the hand snips a lot even though I have a small bench top band saw. Even after I was out at the airport and access to large heavy duty band saw, I found I used hand snipes or a large shear And...
Forum: Midwest 08-13-2017, 04:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 303
Posted By plehrke
I was I member at chapter 32 back when I was...

I was I member at chapter 32 back when I was building. Nice group and found very helpful.
I have my RV out at Creve Coeur Airport if you want to come visit. I am there flying and maintaining every...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2017, 06:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,054
Posted By plehrke
Stoddard solvent or mineral spirits depending...

Stoddard solvent or mineral spirits depending what I have and then rinse with brake cleaner. Always thought having the solvent residue left on the bearing could break down the new grease. Brake...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-04-2017, 03:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,187
Posted By plehrke
Anybody playing with a DIY HUD?

With cheap "HUDs" available for cars these days, has anyone attempted to adapt one for use in their RV? Some are as cheap as $15 that has your smart phone laying on glareshield, some around $50 that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2017, 04:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,117
Posted By plehrke
It is got to be frustrating when you made it All...

It is got to be frustrating when you made it All the way in and landed and within sight of parking only to not be able to get across a runway. My long taxi have always been for takeoff. Been...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2017, 08:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 913
Posted By plehrke
How are you measuring and on what are you...

How are you measuring and on what are you displaying your RPM?
What is the accuracy of the sensor and the display?
Forum: RV-14 07-20-2017, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,280
Posted By plehrke
Tire specs probably are listed per the most plies...

Tire specs probably are listed per the most plies at top of range and less plies at bottom of spec range as the catalogs show same size for different plies. Here is Goodyear spec (see page...
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