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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 05:01 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 10,413
Posted By Snowflake
You're right. On further searching, I found that...

You're right. On further searching, I found that the sites offering them in the $100-130 range here in North America all offer that they can be made in custom stroke lengths and with custom...
Forum: ADS-B Yesterday, 04:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,616
Posted By Snowflake
I believe the FlightBox implementation has a...

I believe the FlightBox implementation has a read-only filesystem. As @akschu says, the default on the self-built Stratux boxes is for read/write.

I've been running one for two years, updating the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 07:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 591
Posted By Snowflake
This is how I tighten mine as well. The filter...

This is how I tighten mine as well. The filter says right on it to tighten 3/4 turn after contact, i've never considered using a torque wrench.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2018, 09:58 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 10,413
Posted By Snowflake
I don't see a 5" stroke on any of those, but...

I don't see a 5" stroke on any of those, but earlier in the thread it was said that these ones are the same 5" stroke as the stock actuator. Is it a 6" that's been limited somehow? Let's be sure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,358
Posted By Snowflake
There are other reasons for the change, though. ...

There are other reasons for the change, though. The original -6 tip-up had arms that came straight back from the hinge points to the canopy frame. The slots were necessary to allow the canopy to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,947
Posted By Snowflake
Try keeping an aerodynamically indeterminate...

Try keeping an aerodynamically indeterminate shape like a canopy in a straight line at 150mph... Given the starting orientation, it's likely it will climb as it departs, possibly clearing the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2018, 04:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,947
Posted By Snowflake
Definitely a consideration, which is why the...

Definitely a consideration, which is why the thought was that you'd try to get the tail into the water first to bleed off some speed, then the mains and one wing the same time... Gut feel is that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2018, 08:16 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,947
Posted By Snowflake
Luigi, do you recall, when you contacted the...

Luigi, do you recall, when you contacted the water, decelerated, and ultimately flipped, was it more of a gradual change, or did it feel like a very sudden, jarring stop?

I fly over water regularly...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-14-2018, 08:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,826
Posted By Snowflake
Ditto, with one additional note... I love the...

Ditto, with one additional note... I love the link for steering on the ground, i'm sure it saves on brake pad wear. That said, I had the locking pin wear on me at one point and before I got to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2018, 07:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,358
Posted By Snowflake
Here's a thought... If the struts are attached,...

Here's a thought... If the struts are attached, and the canopy is trying to exit up and back, the struts should help raise the front of the canopy into the slipstream (and perhaps over your head) as...
Forum: Safety 09-11-2018, 07:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,496
Posted By Snowflake
It's in my signature...

It's in my signature...
Forum: Safety 09-10-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,496
Posted By Snowflake
If I were to fly a 60kt circuit i'd have the...

If I were to fly a 60kt circuit i'd have the tower asking me to speed up to accommodate the Cessna traffic behind me... :)

With manual flap, I find that it's not practical to apply all the flap at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2018, 08:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,211
Posted By Snowflake
I read someone suggesting this here a few months...

I read someone suggesting this here a few months ago and have found it's made my wheel landings a lot more consistent. There's almost always a *little* bit of a crosswind, and I find if I "feel" for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 739
Posted By Snowflake
The aluminium adjusters appear to be an...

The aluminium adjusters appear to be an alternative to having the short fabric tab to pull on when you want to loosen your belt. You can see the difference if you compare the "black anodized...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-07-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 947
Posted By Snowflake
How much closer is your head to the roll bar on...

How much closer is your head to the roll bar on the canopy with that mod? From where the seat back is in your photo, I suspect I would bump it while wearing my helmet...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-06-2018, 07:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,665
Posted By Snowflake
Wow, I wish all aircraft ads were this thorough. ...

Wow, I wish all aircraft ads were this thorough. Good luck with the sale! Someone will get a good aircraft.
Forum: Safety 09-04-2018, 02:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 875
Posted By Snowflake
Owners of -6, -7, and -12 tip-ups have had...

Owners of -6, -7, and -12 tip-ups have had canopies open in flight (usually due to forgetting to latch on departure) and they can be flown normally apart from the canopy sitting partly open (6" or so...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-04-2018, 02:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,488
Posted By Snowflake
I haven't seen anyone mention MGL in this thread,...

I haven't seen anyone mention MGL in this thread, but they too have glass panel fully integrated systems. I understand that the layout and presentation is nearly completely customizable as well, so...
Forum: RV-4 09-03-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 441
Views: 267,656
Posted By Snowflake
Those "nuts" look like inserts used in injection...

Those "nuts" look like inserts used in injection molding... They give you a solid brass thread when molded into a plastic body. The knurling on the outside is to give good security in the plastic. ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2018, 09:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 490
Posted By Snowflake
My -6 had a removable scoop when I bought it. ...

My -6 had a removable scoop when I bought it. About 15 screws hold it on, with tinnerman washers and nutplates in the cowl. For access, I love it. I can do an oil change by just removing the top...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 737
Views: 145,110
Posted By Snowflake
I wouldn't want to give up the stiffness of the...

I wouldn't want to give up the stiffness of the complete ring. I'd rather unscrew the arms from the front plate if I needed access.
Forum: Rocket 09-02-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,713
Posted By Snowflake
Won't that just add drag? :P

Won't that just add drag? :P
Forum: Rocket 08-31-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,713
Posted By Snowflake
Could save yourself some time and effort and pick...

Could save yourself some time and effort and pick up this one:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=163710

I can vouch (as a passenger) that it lives up to it's name. Built by a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,947
Posted By Snowflake
What I remember most about that video was seeing...

What I remember most about that video was seeing the canopy slid back before touchdown... And being 100% certain that it would slam shut when contact was made with the water. I have to duck a bit to...
Forum: Rocket 08-31-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,713
Posted By Snowflake
I haven't flown either, but my impression of...

I haven't flown either, but my impression of sitting in the -8 and an HRII on the ground is that there is more room for the pilot in an HRII (I expect the F-1 is similar). This seems...
Forum: Safety 08-30-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,345
Posted By Snowflake
And if I recall correctly, eliminating those...

And if I recall correctly, eliminating those three alone is enough to make it safer than driving.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2018, 04:16 PM
Replies: 737
Views: 145,110
Posted By Snowflake
No, but there are a lot more old panels that have...

No, but there are a lot more old panels that have them. I was thinking more for retrofit applications... Due to changes over the years i've ended up with two spare 3" holes.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2018, 07:41 AM
Replies: 737
Views: 145,110
Posted By Snowflake
Here's a thought... How about fitting 6 switches...

Here's a thought... How about fitting 6 switches into a standard 3" instrument hole?
Forum: RV-10 08-18-2018, 09:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,682
Posted By Snowflake
Hmm... In formation, you could give a BEEP and...

Hmm... In formation, you could give a BEEP and let lead know you're in position. Or get his attention when your radio conks out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 737
Views: 145,110
Posted By Snowflake
These look really good, so I offer this as...

These look really good, so I offer this as constructive feedback that may improve the product! The two posts out to the panel for the DB9 connector seem to be less beefy than one might want......
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 737
Views: 145,110
Posted By Snowflake
Resistors will work, but they do generate heat......

Resistors will work, but they do generate heat... More dimming, more heat.

The best way to dim an LED is through Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) where you pulse the LED at high frequency to reduce the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2018, 08:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 860
Posted By Snowflake
I just ordered parts from them a few weeks ago...

I just ordered parts from them a few weeks ago and used a rather obviously made-up company name using my last name. No questions, no issues, and I had the parts in two or three days. It appears the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 568
Posted By Snowflake
I've seen a few RV-8's with an access panel...

I've seen a few RV-8's with an access panel between the back of the avionics space and the forward baggage compartment. It may be possible to add that now, while you have everything open, if you are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,068
Posted By Snowflake
Only if he has 20" letters under one...

Only if he has 20" letters under one wing!


Righto, never mind then... :)

Congratulations on the first flight!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-08-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 42,002
Posted By Snowflake
Note that the nosewheel is off the ground as...

Note that the nosewheel is off the ground as well. If the nosewheel were lowered the mains would come off the ground with the jacks that far extended.
Forum: Job Board 08-03-2018, 07:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 670
Posted By Snowflake
That's awesome. :D Sounds like a great place to...

That's awesome. :D

Sounds like a great place to work, if I were US-based I would probably apply! :P
Forum: Safety 08-02-2018, 08:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,838
Posted By Snowflake
It would be great if a company like Bison...

It would be great if a company like Bison Mountain would make a triangle-shaped bag that could go in this location, to help contain the items up there. You could lock it in place with a flap that...
Forum: RV-14 07-30-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,696
Posted By Snowflake
Looking very, very nice. Congratulations!

Looking very, very nice. Congratulations!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 737
Views: 145,110
Posted By Snowflake
Maybe a silly question, but why not just use one...

Maybe a silly question, but why not just use one of the buttons as a test button? or if a different size/shape is desired for identification, then just a simple round pushbutton?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,361
Posted By Snowflake
Note that most RV's do not have cowl flaps, so...

Note that most RV's do not have cowl flaps, so this one must have a reason. Possibly just because it's in California, needs a little extra airflow?


I'd recommend doing a search on here for RV-6...
Forum: Safety 07-20-2018, 07:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,492
Posted By Snowflake
It would be good to know where exactly the extra...

It would be good to know where exactly the extra hole is. Is it in the carry through structure, in the wing spar, or is it just a close tooling hole?

A photo might show you whether it's in an area...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-19-2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,707
Posted By Snowflake
I think i've posted this before in other photo...

I think i've posted this before in other photo threads, but for anyone who hasn't seen it, this image resizer has to be the easiest way for a user to resize before uploading: ...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-18-2018, 05:08 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,707
Posted By Snowflake
Any thread that had picasa/etc. images...

Any thread that had picasa/etc. images linked.
Any thread that has halie images linked.

I'd love to go back and update any posts i've made with links to the photos moved to a new site. ...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-18-2018, 07:21 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,707
Posted By Snowflake
Oddly enough, it works from my office in...

Oddly enough, it works from my office in Victoria, but not my house in Sidney. Both in BC, Canada. I guess the geofencing isn't perfect... :)
Forum: COMM 07-18-2018, 07:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 780
Posted By Snowflake
Steve, if you wired an external intercom to the...

Steve, if you wired an external intercom to the pilot's headset jacks, how would the GTR know that an intercom was connected instead of a heaset? Many portable intercoms work specifically by...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-17-2018, 03:23 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,707
Posted By Snowflake
A cautionary note for people using Halie.com: It...

A cautionary note for people using Halie.com: It has become geofenced in some areas due to abuse, which means a number of photos here have "disappeared." Over time, as more people (outside of VAF)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,361
Posted By Snowflake
Is that for all photos on Halie? Darn, and I...

Is that for all photos on Halie? Darn, and I thought that was going to be a good solution for the image hosting problem here. Another one bites the dust?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,361
Posted By Snowflake
No photo for me either, and i'm at home not at...

No photo for me either, and i'm at home not at work.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 737
Views: 145,110
Posted By Snowflake
I think the important thing to note here is that...

I think the important thing to note here is that Steve isn't going for a "perfect" solution, which I agree would require a lot more vanes and a lot more CFD analysis to get it "right". He's going...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2018, 07:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 797
Posted By Snowflake
I admit I haven't read up on this radio, but I...

I admit I haven't read up on this radio, but I expect the Bluetooth is intended for connecting to a Bluetooth headset. Personally, I think that's marketing gone wild. In a light aircraft where you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2018, 07:50 AM
Replies: 346
Views: 74,199
Posted By Snowflake
Actually, no. I'm thinking a "baby Tucano". The...

Actually, no. I'm thinking a "baby Tucano". The Shark wouldn't look right as a taildragger, I don't think... Nor would a Legend or a Tucano. In the same way an RV-8 doesn't look right with a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-11-2018, 07:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,276
Posted By Snowflake
In that case, shouldn't we use something a heck...

In that case, shouldn't we use something a heck of a lot less draggy than scat tubing between the plenum and the cooler?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2018, 07:40 AM
Replies: 346
Views: 74,199
Posted By Snowflake
As others have said and shown by building them,...

As others have said and shown by building them, the weight penalty offsets the speed gain for the most part on the RV airframe. Also, the -4 and the -6 aren't that different in speeds, either.

A...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2018, 07:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 797
Posted By Snowflake
According to the User Manual, Page 10-2: "The...

According to the User Manual, Page 10-2:

"The IC-A25N and IC-A25NE have a built-in Bluetooth unit. You can connect Bluetooth headsets, or other Bluetooth devices to use some of navigation...
Forum: Safety 07-06-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,911
Posted By Snowflake
One or two loose airport dogs will just become...

One or two loose airport dogs will just become snacks for that many coyotes.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 737
Views: 145,110
Posted By Snowflake
Gil, I can see a gap around the edge of that...

Gil, I can see a gap around the edge of that holder. It looks to me like it was inserted from the back, through a nicely-finished hole. If you want something inserted from the front that can cover...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 909
Posted By Snowflake
Scott, since you brought it up... It appears to...

Scott, since you brought it up...

It appears to me (and I admit I haven't looked at it *too* closely yet) on a tip-up at least, that rib serves mostly, if not completely, to support the panel itself...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2018, 07:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 964
Posted By Snowflake
I have not tried this on Plexi, but WD-40 does an...

I have not tried this on Plexi, but WD-40 does an amazing job of removing adhesive residue from painted surfaces.

If you have a spare piece of plexi sitting around that you could use as a test...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,961
Posted By Snowflake
That tail art is awesome. Congratulations!

That tail art is awesome. Congratulations!
Forum: California 06-23-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,024
Posted By Snowflake
Maybe show her the video of the -7A collapsing...

Maybe show her the video of the -7A collapsing its nosewheel and going on its back in the UK.

Really, the RV is one of the easier tailwheel airplanes to fly... It's much easier than the 140 to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-23-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,177
Posted By Snowflake
Understood, thanks. Maybe a "future product"......

Understood, thanks. Maybe a "future product"... :)
Forum: Polishing your RV 06-23-2018, 09:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,901
Posted By Snowflake
I used to use the blue painter's tape to mask the...

I used to use the blue painter's tape to mask the edge of the vinyl, but i've stopped doing that and just buff right on to it (with the Cyclo polisher). A wipe with naptha afterwards cleans up any...
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