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Forum: RV-7/7A 08-14-2018, 06:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,003
Posted By RV7ator
The registration expired in April. The owner's...

The registration expired in April. The owner's not even keeping that up. Move on.

John Siebold
Forum: Canada 08-12-2018, 08:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 953
Posted By RV7ator
BC Fire TFRs

Contemplating a trip to Alaska early September, and I see that BC is burning down. Does NavCanada publish a regional fire TFR map on a single page so I can see where they are? So far, no joy with...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-04-2018, 06:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,292
Posted By RV7ator
Watsonville, CA

1994, Mike. I was there for some fly-in. Chevron supplier mixed A with 100 to some some immense degree. I didn't refuel with many gallons, but the blend was still way more than one cup A in 16 when...
Forum: Northwest 07-02-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 290
Posted By RV7ator
Need a Whitefish, MT, PIREP

Anyone with a recent runway condition PIREP for 58S?

John Siebold
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-26-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,227
Posted By RV7ator
Can You Explain Garmin's Weaselwording?

Canada isn't part of North America, according to Garmin. Garmin's web site is no help, and neither is the 30+ minute hold for any phone call to Garmin for any reason.

Shopping for a 795/6 annual...
Forum: California 06-19-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 451
Posted By RV7ator
KSMO Brief

What's available for a way through the fence and gas at Santa Monica, other than Atlantic? Last I visited the PR of SMO, piston GA was on the south side, and at least one operation let me use their...
Forum: California 04-11-2018, 07:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,203
Posted By RV7ator
Van Nuys, Burbank, Whiteman, or Santa Monica....

Van Nuys, Burbank, Whiteman, or Santa Monica. Check AvWeb or AOPA FBO listings and then phone them for particular information. The Valley (VNY, WHP, BUR) will clear stratus earlier (if it's an issue...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,597
Posted By RV7ator
Our 7 crossed the US spinnerless - the cone that...

Our 7 crossed the US spinnerless - the cone that is - and for a time thereafter with no noticeable changes in speeds or temps. Removing the backplate, however, did affect cooling air distribution...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-24-2018, 03:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,828
Posted By RV7ator
We're headed north, Fred, but likely mid-May as...

We're headed north, Fred, but likely mid-May as I'm basically cheap (except avgas, beer, and chocolate) and car rental and lodging prices shoot straight up after that. I absolutely will not spend...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2018, 08:30 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 10,023
Posted By RV7ator
See you at OSH! By then you'll likely have flown...

See you at OSH!

By then you'll likely have flown somebody's 9, and hopefully you can arrange a ride or two for your wife. Just be sure the pilot isn't a yahoo who will scare her with the greater...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-18-2018, 07:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,389
Posted By RV7ator
I doubt it, other than ageing airframes. The 6...

I doubt it, other than ageing airframes. The 6 and 7 are functional and cost equals. No surprise then that the fabrication technology, range, and almost-don't-notice slightly larger cabin of the 7...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,283
Posted By RV7ator
Lie

The FAA wants a copy of the entire trust document, not just the certification that satisfies most institutions. No way in HE-double-L was I going to divulge our personal trust to bureaucrats. The...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-15-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,421
Posted By RV7ator
2700 is perfectly fine. FP set-ups often cruise...

2700 is perfectly fine. FP set-ups often cruise high rpm.

4-bangers have natural intensified resonance bands between 2600 and 2700 and 2100-2300. Hartzell recommended avoiding continuous operation...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-12-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,448
Posted By RV7ator
It's a tone generator that doesn't ramp up....

It's a tone generator that doesn't ramp up. Suddenly it's ON! BLATT! enough to scare the pucky out of any passenger just as you flare. Throw it away and pay attention to your AS/AOA.

John Siebold
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,766
Posted By RV7ator
Van's brake pedal is one of the few points of...

Van's brake pedal is one of the few points of really bad design. Drill your pedal assemblies apart and rerivet the angles to the aft side (the side your feet press) to set the pedal surface 7/8"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2018, 08:36 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,782
Posted By RV7ator
Approaching home after a tank-draining cross...

Approaching home after a tank-draining cross country, I had the sudden inspiration to inspect the fishing crowd on a local reservoir. Lacking any semblance of planning, I was too close abeam to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 982
Posted By RV7ator
Insurance and Beer

This excerpt is from today's AvWeb flash, at the end of an article about breakdown assistance:

"We asked Global Aerospace if there are hidden charges tacked on to a policy, but it said that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2018, 08:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,158
Posted By RV7ator
The biggest problem flying in Canada is US CBP....

The biggest problem flying in Canada is US CBP. (BTW, order your decal months before you intend traveling, and make sure your passport is and will remain valid throughout your trip.) Besides the...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-26-2017, 08:16 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,303
Posted By RV7ator
Scott, How much were you allowed to use the...

Scott,

How much were you allowed to use the autopilot during the ride?

Couple of CFIIs I use as safety pilots on proficiency flights expect me to demonstrate competency with the autopilot besides...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-26-2017, 11:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 388
Posted By RV7ator
Does the D10A boot on power application?

Will the D10A boot upon power application, e.g., turning on an avionics master? Or must I manually push a power on button on the D10A once ship's juice is applied?

John Siebold
Forum: West (and Southwest) 11-02-2017, 09:00 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,922
Posted By RV7ator
Our western wx seems to come in 3-week spurts. We...

Our western wx seems to come in 3-week spurts. We just exited a period of relative calm, now comes a period of cold fronts marching across the country before the next high pressure dome sets in....
Forum: Tools 10-30-2017, 08:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 17,252
Posted By RV7ator
Any recent news on buying a VA-400? Seems Oasis...

Any recent news on buying a VA-400? Seems Oasis Scientific has locked down sales at $199 anywhere I've dug on the web.

John Siebold
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2017, 05:23 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,722
Posted By RV7ator
Thread Steal! Besides the blasters, there's...

Thread Steal! Besides the blasters, there's another type of mindless oaf that I come across more often...the dope who pulls up to the hold short line and THEN does their run-up and take-off check...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2017, 07:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,357
Posted By RV7ator
If "wheel pants work" means you're fitting the...

If "wheel pants work" means you're fitting the fairings, the less on the floor under the aircraft, the better. You'll be using plumb bobs, drawing centerlines, measuring off the lines, using squares,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2017, 09:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,107
Posted By RV7ator
Your fancy aids should have programming...

Your fancy aids should have programming capability allowing you to select with a single button push a curve the audiologist has established wherein the aid's fundamental frequency is suppressed to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2017, 03:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,583
Posted By RV7ator
No. My landings frighten passengers enough...

No. My landings frighten passengers enough without this thing suddenly screaming during the flare. Did complete the install then removed the parts so a future owner can reinsert it.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-19-2017, 06:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,282
Posted By RV7ator
The first place to look for an electrical problem...

The first place to look for an electrical problem is at the circuit connections. By adding three connections (each contact and contact-to-contact) you've increased failure potential, let alone...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 08-14-2017, 08:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,686
Posted By RV7ator
Airplane camping, great hiking and car rental...

Airplane camping, great hiking and car rental don't usually go together. Typically two out of three. You could fly a short distance to a car rental town from these nice airports for camping and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2017, 07:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,121
Posted By RV7ator
This is the reason I won't accept 9/27 for a...

This is the reason I won't accept 9/27 for a homebuilt.

Fantastic show this year. Sunday afternoon obviously more attendees prowling the grounds. With HBC expanded it was a bit deceiving with plenty...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-29-2017, 09:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,216
Posted By RV7ator
Sorry, guys, no pics. Play with it. The canopy...

Sorry, guys, no pics. Play with it. The canopy would tip if the block weren't engaged to the rail. Ergo, notch the rail. Disengaged from the rail, the canopy won't tip because the roller brackets are...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-28-2017, 07:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,216
Posted By RV7ator
Forget the kits. Notch the slider track, exactly...

Forget the kits.

Notch the slider track, exactly the width of the block. Slightly taper leads on the notch edges and block edges.

V-notch the rails 11.5" back from the roll bar, about a 60 degree...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-10-2017, 07:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,835
Posted By RV7ator
Any other interesting places to visit in northern...

Any other interesting places to visit in northern MN and WI post-OSH? Duluth/Superior is already on the radar for a couple of excursion trains and paddling. I'm looking northward towards Boundary...
Forum: ADS-B 07-08-2017, 07:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,431
Posted By RV7ator
I arrayed five satellite antennas across the top...

I arrayed five satellite antennas across the top of the glare shield. Ugly as sin, but not in my line of sight. Besides the 10' requirement, each of the little Garmin and Sirius antennas has a 10'...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-05-2017, 08:00 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 100,650
Posted By RV7ator
Saw this on AvWeb this morning:...

Saw this on AvWeb this morning: https://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/GA-Pilots-Fly-Alaska-to-Russia-Route-229242-1.html. More detail on the backstory would be interesting. Vlad tells all.

John...
Forum: Northeast 07-02-2017, 07:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,622
Posted By RV7ator
When you live in Idaho, telling friends you eat...

When you live in Idaho, telling friends you eat bugs makes for fewer friends. We'll be claiming the distance award at 2K+ nm.

John Siebold
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-20-2017, 07:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,576
Posted By RV7ator
Happened to me twice on two different -7 builds....

Happened to me twice on two different -7 builds. Problem was the wing/fuse gap was too tight at 1/8 inch. Opening it to >3/16 did the trick. Too narrow a gap influences the rubber to pop out.

John...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-11-2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,165
Posted By RV7ator
Why from Cut Bank? You're swinging a long ways...

Why from Cut Bank? You're swinging a long ways east for going to AK from Henderson, NV. That Alberta route is flat and boring compared to BC. If you're wanting pavement under you, well, fine. There...
Forum: Northwest 05-14-2017, 02:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,706
Posted By RV7ator
Thread Drift

Mike,

BOI is a pricey, nose dragger airport. The tail draggers inhabit Nampa and Caldwell, both very GA. Plenty of TGs and this area is a hotbed of homebuilding. I don't know of an RV specialist, a...
Forum: Northwest 05-14-2017, 08:39 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,706
Posted By RV7ator
WindyTV. Now that's interesting. I like single...

WindyTV. Now that's interesting. I like single screen graphics. Remember the bad 'ol days of winds aloft raw text for stations along your route? Ugh.

I take the coast as far as Skagway (added...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-11-2017, 03:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,064
Posted By RV7ator
Or a couple of geese and form up with...

Or a couple of geese and form up with them.

Besides tumbling EFIS, navigators, like my GTN650, loose lock with the satellites if you roll or pull hard enough to blank out the antenna's view. Knocks...
Forum: RV-10 04-07-2017, 08:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,072
Posted By RV7ator
Get the biggest tank you can cram in AND Mountain...

Get the biggest tank you can cram in AND Mountain High's O2D2 proportionator.

I have the 647 tank in our -7 and my wife and I can cruise around the US without a refill. The O2D2 is the secret,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2017, 07:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,405
Posted By RV7ator
The -7 can't carry an A/C along given everything...

The -7 can't carry an A/C along given everything else we'd bring even if we aren't schlepping camping gear. But...ah hah! It's $150 more for the minimum 3-night upgrade to A/C and for that change you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,405
Posted By RV7ator
Interesting, no pad atop a vinyl covered...

Interesting, no pad atop a vinyl covered mattress. No way your skin can breathe on that. Fan, check. We've done HBC and GAC many times. Idea this year is avoid carrying the extra bulk and weight of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2017, 01:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,405
Posted By RV7ator
I appreciate the replies. UWO is atop the list...

I appreciate the replies. UWO is atop the list because of regular inexpensive bus service. We aren't renting, er, buying, a car, and the shuttle bus fare for two is $50/day (last year); sorry Ripon...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2017, 11:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,405
Posted By RV7ator
What of the UWO dorm rooms?

If you've used the Univ. WI Non-AC dorm rooms, what do you think of the set-up? Which building were you in? These are the only accommodations available at the moment, and we won't be using HBC this...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-29-2017, 02:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 761
Posted By RV7ator
GDL39 WAAS to Foreflight

Does - or can - Foreflight use the a GDL's native GPS WAAS position bluetoothed to an iPad? Or does the iPad need its own GPS source such as a Bad Elf receiver?

Almost bewildering....

John Siebold
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-27-2017, 02:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,076
Posted By RV7ator
Right you are, Bill. My friend and I realize you...

Right you are, Bill.

My friend and I realize you must avoid backfeeding anything from the 9v battery. Keeping the panel P-mag power switch off prevents backfeeding the battery buss. We've two...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-27-2017, 08:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,076
Posted By RV7ator
P-mag 9v Start

E-mag suggests a 9v battery will sufficiently power a P-mag for starting. Has anyone successfully tried this?

A friend's PC-680 internally failed when he attempted a start. Buss voltage was 12.6,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2017, 02:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,722
Posted By RV7ator
Where you are meeting exactly? And how tight's...

Where you are meeting exactly? And how tight's your time? That might have more of a bearing on BOI v. MAN. I wouldn't let a little 'ol backwater Class C deter me if you're after a fast turn.

This...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2017, 08:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 12,999
Posted By RV7ator
The -14 came along while I was deep into my fifth...

The -14 came along while I was deep into my fifth -7 build. I pawed around in the -14 when it first appeared, barely dry paint, at OSH. I'd still stick with -7s.

Granted, the -14 kit goes together...
Forum: ADS-B 02-11-2017, 08:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,357
Posted By RV7ator
Is The $500 Rebate Taxable?

While poking fun at a friend who's encountered a variety of obstacles with his Stratus ESG installation, we got to wondering if the $500 rebate will be taxable income at the Fed level.

Anyone know...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-10-2017, 05:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,352
Posted By RV7ator
Take a look at the last several posts on this...

Take a look at the last several posts on this thread:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=123889&page=3&highlight=brake

The discussion revolves around insufficient clearance...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-28-2017, 08:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,562
Posted By RV7ator
I'm using the Matco brake set Van's supplied -...

I'm using the Matco brake set Van's supplied - maybe still does - four years ago. The Matco bearings have an integrated soft plastic seal, no felts required, ergo no reliance on a smooth OD running...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-27-2017, 10:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,562
Posted By RV7ator
For us proletariat lacking lathes, you don't need...

For us proletariat lacking lathes, you don't need to turn down the nut face. Discard the outer .250 washer and use three of the .062 arbor shims from the package of 10. Crude, but works.

I've been...
Forum: Canada 01-24-2017, 10:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,862
Posted By RV7ator
Lots of info about routes, processes, decals and...

Lots of info about routes, processes, decals and fees, and procedures on the web; visit AOPA to start.

Canada's easy. Phone before crossing to establish your arrival with customs. You'll need to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2016, 10:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,628
Posted By RV7ator
Instead of preaching-to-the-choir,...

Instead of preaching-to-the-choir, self-aggrandizing posts, take the time to contact friends you know who lurk, and/or those to whom you've passed on tips and wisdom from VAF. Some may not even be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2016, 11:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,568
Posted By RV7ator
How does one perform a VOR check if there's no...

How does one perform a VOR check if there's no VOT signal on the airport and the airplane's not airborne? Hmmm? Records which might show a 30-day accuracy check do not need to be presented. I don't...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-20-2016, 07:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,637
Posted By RV7ator
My -7's used Duckworks. The left was the cheaper...

My -7's used Duckworks. The left was the cheaper low wattage halogen primarily for illuminating the taxiway close in front of me. (It was pitched sharply down to compensate for sitting nose up.)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2016, 09:12 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,052
Posted By RV7ator
After moving to Boise from LA, I noticed the...

After moving to Boise from LA, I noticed the common practice of using the past tense for a future activity. It's spreading, and my sweet, smarter-than-me wife has picked it up, e.g., "That shirt...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-08-2016, 07:58 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 10,001
Posted By RV7ator
After five -7 SBs...I'd still do SBs.* *YMMV. I...

After five -7 SBs...I'd still do SBs.*

*YMMV. I wasn't in any rush and had the time. The wings go together fast because they are so redundant. There's a thousand miles of edges to deburr and...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-10-2016, 07:35 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 120,614
Posted By RV7ator
Surface

Vlad,

The various unpaved runways you used in AK all seem to have gravel surfaces with nothing looking bigger than an inch, smooth, and pretty flat. Would you say this is true for most of the "dirt"...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-14-2016, 11:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,903
Posted By RV7ator
Cutting off the crumpled ends of the Van's...

Cutting off the crumpled ends of the Van's longerons, then adding an angle piece, doesn't address alignment issues in instances where both legs must nest against mounting surfaces. My solution was...
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